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Publication Date: January 26, 1995
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Resigned Pediatrician

Draws Public Protest

Franklin County Commissioners listened to a heated and impassioned
dispute between the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County and
Emerald Coast Hospital Administrator Kenneth Dykes concerning the
resignation of Dr. Elizabeth Curry at the 17 January meeting of the
Franklin County Commission.
At the request of the county commissioners, Administrator Kenneth
Dykes opened the discussion and stated, "It's always nice to be the
guest of honor, even if the occasion is a lynching." Before addressing
Dr. Curry's resignation, Dykes pointed out that the Governor's Board
for Emerald Coast Hospital had scheduled a meeting for the evening
of 17 January and had notified neither himself or the local press.
Although Commissioner Ed Tolliver was notified of the meeting, none
of the other county commissioners had been notified. "It's not my
board. It's an advisory board to me, but I would appreciate the advice
and the opportunity of inputting. And I would also appreciate this
commission as going on record in supporting me in that. I need to
have access to that groupand it needs to be a group that meets in the
sunshine," said Dykes. Dr. Tom Curry reminded the commissioners
that they were supposed to appoint an attorney to the Governor's
Board, but had failed to do so. Attorney Ben Watkins said that he
would try to get the the Governor's Board together and activated.
S -.

Famous Amos Visits

Franklin County

Wally "Famous" Amos with Superintendent C.T. Ponder

Wally "Famous" Amos with Superintendent C.T. Ponder

National Literacy Spokesperson
Wally "Famous" Amos visited
Apalachicola High School on 19
January. Mr. Amos spoke to stu-
dents for an hour and entertained
Mr. Amos encouraged the stu-
dents to be enthusiastic about
their lives and to focus on their
school work. He stressed confi-
dence and commitment as char-
acteristics to focus on. Mr. Amos
told the students that if they
didn't pay attention in life, they

would miss many valuable
moments."You need to take re-
sponsibility for yourselves, If you
don't pay attention in life," in,
strupted Amos, "You will miss out
an:.: t will be nobody's fault, but
your own."

"Mr. Amos visited Trinity Episco-
pal Church after his Apalachicola
High School lecture and signed
books, answered questions and
also took time to pose for photo-

26 January 9 February 1995

St. Geo Resort Village Wins

First Round Of Appeal To

Overturn Franklin County

County Attorney Al Shuler said Tuesday, 24 January 1995, that he
plans to file a number of exceptions to the 11 January opinion ren-
dered by Administrative Hearing Officer P. Michael Ruff who has rec-
ommended that Dr. Ben Johnson be permitted to build multi-family
housing in his Resort Village development on St. George Island. Ruffs
recommendations go to the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory
Commission, which would overturn the Franklin County Commission's
decision of January 1994 denying multi-family housing in the Resort
Village project. Ruffs recommendation also called for amending the
1977 Development Order (DO) to specifically allow for multi-family
housing for Dr. Ben Johnson's project in the manner he proposed.
Ruff also concluded that the amendment would not substitute a sub-
stantial deviation. Ruffs opinion stated that Dr. Ben Johnson did
have vested rights to develop his property at the densities he pro-
posed, subject to the issuance of appropriate permits.
With regard to the vested rights issue, Ruff wrote: "...The substantive
law of vested rights is based upon the premise that government must
deal fairly with citizens... The substantive law in Florida employes
the term "vested rights and "equitable estoppel" interchangeably...
This rule of law often repeated by the Florida courts concerns whether
a property owner (1) in good faith reliance; (2) upon an act of govern-
ment; (3) has made such a substantial change in position or incurred
such extensive obligations and expenses that it would be inquitable
and unjust to destroy the rights he has acquired...Thus, under these
decisions (cited earlier), if vested rights are established by a land-
owner, local government is equitably stopped from enforcing a change
in zoning regulations or other ordinances which would destroy or
limit the landowner's vested rights. Dr. Johnson, and his firm, Coastal
'Development Consultants, had expended beyond $500,000 above the
Continued on page 7
County Prepares to

Slice Up the HUD Pie

Administrator Kenneth Dykes defends hospital policies
Administrator Dykes maintained that Dr. Elizabeth Curry's applica-
tion to the Active Medical Staff would be considered if she would
agree to work general emergency room call. He insisted that Curry
was also eligible to participate in a category other than Active Medical
Staff that would allow her to use Emerald Coast Hospital's facilities
under the supervision of a staff physician. Dr. Tom Curry countered
that there was not a qualified staff physician to oversee the work of a
pediatrician. Administrator Dykes stated that Dr. Elizabeth Curry had
admitted an average of eleven patients per year for the last three
years. He said that the relationship between Nemours Clinic and
Emerald Coast Hospital was poor and that the Nemours staff op-
posed hospitalization. Intimating that Nemours Clinic may close due
to insolvency, Mr. Dykes said that had heard the clinic was continu-
ally losing money. Dykes concluded that Emerald Coast Hospital would
hire one or more pediatricians to replace the need previously filled by
Dr. Elizabeth Curry. "I told you in October when all this foolishness
started that this was over control. What we are arguing about today
is not the ability for a physician to appropriately treat her patients,
but for the ability of that physician to pass motions, vote and control
the medical staff," He questioned Curry's refusal to treat adults stat-
ing, "The definition of pediatrics is patients from age zero to puberty.
That, if you look it up, takes place at fifteen or sixteen years old. It
may even take place sooner. Now what about patients beyond that
age? Are they not young adults? Are they that significantly different
than other adults? Was this not a physician who first was a
doctor...and then a pediatrician?" Mr. Dykes noted that If Dr. Curry
were to use the hospital's facilities, she may encounter resentment
from the staff physicians needed to admit her patient to the hospital.
"This same doctor has appeared in this room and has said that the
other doctors over there are incompetent. Now, in doing that, they're
gonna have to come to grips with that. I think they're men of prin-
ciple. And I think they will reach out to her and assist her. And I feel
certain that I can persuade them to do so."
The Concerned Citizens of Franklin County requested that several of
the county's parents speak on of the matter of Dr. Elizabeth Curry's
resignation. Some of those parents who responded include:
Ms. Venesa Glass who stated, "We're getting away from medicine and
the well-being of our children and we're getting into politics. You're
trying to railroad her (Dr. Elizabeth Curry) out of town...you don't
care Mr. Dykes returned, "You're right, I don't. I want a physician
Continued on page 2

Mr. Amos takes time to pose for a photo at Trinity Episcopal Church

Educational Concerns

Expressed at School

A variety of discontentment led a group of parents to voice their con-
cerns on the state of education at the 12 January Franklin County
School Board Meeting.
Between concerns of disciplinary problems, inadequate instruction,
administrative confusion and equal access to courses for higher edu-
cation, parents of Apalchicola High Schoolchildren were on hand let
school board members know that were dissatisfied with some edu-
cational policies and procedures.
Brown Elementary School Teacher Ms. Marcie Collins began discus-
sions by reading an open letter from a group of concerned parents to
the Franklin County School Board:
It is our belief, as parents and adults in this community, that our
children deserve an education. We, as parents, are accountable for
proper parenting as our educators are accountable for educating
our youth. Many of our children are dissatisfied with the education
being provided at Apalachicola High School, and so they should be.
Our children have hopes and dreams for successful futures, but an
education is vital to achieve those goals. Children's reports to par-
ents about what they will be studying in grades 9-12, receive those
classes in a timely manner, be allowed to attend classes without
interruption from other students, be offered instruction and guid-
ance for the ACT and SAT, and most important, receive an educa-
tion from certified, experienced educators. It is our hope that we
will be taken seriously about the need for change at Apalachicola
High School, and that you will make a concerted effort to check on
whether or not education is taking place within this institution.
The open letter came as a result of several concerns; one of those
concerns entailed approximately ten discontent ninth graders who
sought the advice of school counselor Marty Brady about a math
teacher who they felt was providing inadequate instruction. Ms. Brady
forwarded the group to the attention of Principal Ed Duggar who for-
warded the group back to their math class. Minutes later, Mr. Duggar
spoke to the instructor outside of the classroom. When the teacher
returned, he asked the students who contacted Mr. Duggar to iden-
tify themselves.
Continued on page 8

Toni Riordin Chairman Mosconis
Franklin County Commissioners began discussions for setting up and
allocating the 1.7 million dollars of grant money from the Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) department at their 17 January meet-
Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Representative Toni Riordin
was on hand to assure commissioners that their HUD grant money
would arrive soon. "There's no chance in this instance that this money
will revert or disappear." Ms. Riordin told commissioners that there
were steps, which she referred to as "HUD hoops," that the county
had to take in order to receive its grant money; she noted that HUD
had originally planned to require Franklin County to make an Envi-
ronment Impact Statement, but recently decided to forego that re-
quirement. Riordin did say that HUD would require Franklin County
to obtain authority from the state legislature to spend the money.
Ms. Riordin stated that she had also asked and received approval
from the Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) to obtain a
$500,000 loan for Franklin County storm victims until the HUD money
arrives. She expected loans to be processed shortly after the 17 Janu-
ary meeting. Franklin County will have to pay the ARPC loan back at
four percent interest when the anticipated HUD money arrives.
ARPC lawyer Ed Blanton told commissioners that the planning coun-
cil would both process and service loans. He said that loan appli-
cants would probably be given seven to ten working years to pay off
their loans. Blanton assured loan applicants that a forbearance clause
would be written into the loan applications, so that individuals would
not be required to make payment on a loan while the bay was closed.
Continued on page 8


Volume 4, Number 2

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Page 2 26 January 9 February 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Carrabelle Police

and City Workshop

By Rene Topping
A workshop meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commissioners,
City Police and citizens ended on
a cooperative mood with police
promising to better communicate
with citizens;in return, citizens at
the meeting seemed more than
willing to do what they could to
help te police.
Two audience members, Gary and
Jean Reakes, of Bayou Harbor
Subdivision, said they might con-
sider starting a Neighborhood
Watch program and try to encour-
age citizens to take part.


Jean Reakes

Commissioner Jim Phillips
started the discussion by saying
that he had investigated the com-
plaints that were made at the
January city commission meeting
and that he had found that much
of the problem was unfounded.
All four police officers, Chief Jesse
Gordon Smith, Officers Larry
Litton, Jep Smith and Robert Tay-
lor were present and answered
questions put to them by Phillips.
On of the focal points that citizens
were most concerned about en-
tailed the alleged crack houses
that had apparently been operat-
ing for some time in city limits.
The houses are the subject of an
ongoing arson investigation and
four-local citizens were arrested
for various charges involving
crack cocaine being sold at those
Jean Reakes asked about the
length of time that the houses had
been operating before any action
was taken. She queried, "Is there
anyone in this room tonight who
did not know that crack was be-
ing sold from those places?"
Both the Chief and City Attorney
Bill Webster explained. Webster
said that there is a great deal of
difference between knowing and
proving. He explained that the ef-
fort to close down the Carrabelle
crack houses was a part of a
larger effort which encompassed
Apalachicola and several other
The effort was a part of the Joint
Task Force that is spending it's
time on the drug problem in the
area. Webster also explained that
"You don't go to prison for a first
offense, even if it is on crack co-
caine." He said that
a longer Investigation often re-
sulted in longer prison terms for
offenders by the terms of the
Florida sentencing guidelines.
Police Commissioner Tommy
Loftin also made statements of
support for the department and
the actions taken, saying that a
lon surveillance had taken place
and finally resulted in the four
Officer Jep Duwayne Smith said
that he was sorry that he did not
do a follow-up visit on a complaint
of Brenda and Gilbert Barfleld. He
did say however, that the Barflelds
had expressed their satisfaction
with his investigation.

The Barflelds jointly own the Big
Bend Machine Shop with Robert
Ammons. Ammons was present at
the meeting and explained that
the problem started when a rock
was thrown through the window
of the business and that his part-
ners, the Barflelds, believed that
it was "retaliation" for an un-
founded rumor that police offic-
ers had used their building to
watch activities at the alleged
crack house.
There was an allegation that there
was no report at the city hall of
the rock throwing Incident. Chief
Smith answered quickly saying, "
My officers responded in two min-
utes." He added that a report was
made, saying, "We don't handle
calls without making a report."
* Webster told citizens that he felt
that there was an implication that
Sthe city was not doing all it could
about the problem. "That's con-
trary to the facts,"he said.
The chief pointed out that the city
force consisted of only three of-
ficers and himself who worked in
twelve hour shifts. He said that
what they really needed was one
additional officer Commission-
ers said that they would look into
that at the next budget time.
Phillips brought up another inci-
dent of a tire slashing on a
teacher's car at the school at an
after school hours dance. He said
the incident was handled by a
reserve officer who was on duty
at the event.
Several citizens spoke at the meet-
ing, and after much discussion
Commissioner Wesley (Buz)
Putnal said, "We are talking about
how we can't do anything-we
need to find out howwe can." Sev-
eral suggestions were made in-
cluding better communications,
possible use of volunteer reserve
officers and another full time of-
ficer. Putnal said that citizens can
help the police by letting them
know of things that are happen-
The Chief went over to a table and
displayed a card box full of traffic
violations that have been issued
by city officers, saying that some
of them remained unpaid. It was
suggested that the police depart-
ment look into it at the county and
see if there was money coming to
the city as part of the fines.


Police Chief Jessie Gordon
Smith Displaysa full box
of unpaid fines

Phillips wrapped up the meeting
by talking directly to the
chief and the officers, "If you do
yourjob, I will back you up. If you
don't, I'll be the first to ask you to
leave." Gary and Jean Reakes said
after the meeting that they might
try to spearhead a "Neighborhood
Watch" program.

New Carrabelle City Commissioner




sion At A


* Major T.E Whitehead of the
Franklin Work Camp asked and
received approval from the
county to obtain and plow ap-
proximately one and one-half
acres of county land for the use
of a vegetable garden.
Administrator Bill Hutchinson
of Inner Harbor Hospital in-
formed commissioners that, in
his opinion, Level 8 children,
who are being treated at the fa-
cility are no more of a threat to
Franklin County any other pa-
tient treated by the institution
since its establishment in 1972.
County Clerk Kendall Wade felt
that Level 8 Patients may be a
risk in that, if allowed Into the
community, they would have a
greater propensity for getting
into trouble. Mr. Wade pointed
out that Franklin County is re-
sponsible for covering the legal
expenses of any criminal Infrac-
tion withinrhe county; he said
that other counties have been
hurt by legal costs of similar
rehabilitative programs. Mr.
Hutchinson stated that there
weren't any Franklin County
residents In the Level 8 Pro-
gram. He said that Level 8 chil-
dren were returned to their pre-
vious residences and not re-
leased into Franklin County.
Humane Society President Jane
Cox gave a report of the Animal
Control and Shelter Activities
for the first quarter of the fiscal
year. According to the Franklin
County Humane Society Spay/
Neuter project for 1993-94, a
total of 118 cats and dogs were
either spayed or neutered. The
Animal Shelter's report for the
months of October, November'
and December for cats and dogs
listed 115 impounded, 27
adopted, 76 euthanized and 7
claimed. Ms. Cox stated that
animal control efforts as well as-
the animal shelter were running
smoothly under the operation
of the Franklin County Sheriffs
Jim Parrish of the Small Coun-
ties Technical Assistance Ser-
vices told commissioners that
his program offered free grant
assistance to the county. He
also encouraged the commis-
sioners to attend a Commis-
sioner Education Program in
DeFuniak Springs on 16 & 17
February. He said that the
workshop would be free, also.
Leonard Brownell submitted his
legal bills to the county and re-
quested that they be paid. Mr.
Brownell was charged in August
of 1994 of petty theft at the
Franklin County Recycling Cen-
ter. He was subsequently sus-
pended without pay. Mr.
Brownell contested the charges
and won his suit against Fran-
klin County and regained his
job at a Pre-Terminiation Hear-
ing. Mr. Brownell's total bills
amounted to $3,794.40. County
commissioners tabled the mo-
tion to pay Mr. Brownell's bills.
* Attorney Al Shuler said he
would look into a Nuisance Or-
dinance presented by Bill
Purser, Vice President of the
Lanark Village Homeowners
Association, and return to the
board with a report.

Resignation Continued From
Page 1
that is willing to practice medicine and not be involved in political
shenanigans! I want a physician that will be supportive of the care
that this community deserves. I'm tired of the half-truths, I'm tired of
the outright lies, I'm tired of the distortions! We are going to run a
good hospital. We're going to do it in spite of what you want and what
others want to do!" Ms. Glass answered, "She is the best thing that
has been in Franklin County for the children. I can afford to take my
kids out of town. Most people in Franklin County cannot afford it. If it
were not for Dr. Curry, a lot of kids in Franklin County would not get
the treatment they need."
Ms. Cindy Clark who stated, "I know that there are two sides to this
story. I know that there are administrative procedures and hospital
policies. Also, there is a certain amount of personal and professional
pride here. I want you to know that I am deeply troubled that the
welfare of my children and the children of this community are being
compromised over what I consider an administrative dispute."
Ms. Rose Clark who stated, "I'm not fortunate enough to have the
money to run to Panama City or Tallahassee every time my baby gets
sick. I have a baby with seizures, sickle cell, asthma...and sometimes
he can't hardly breathe. But Dr. Curry is just as close as my tele-
phone if I need her. And I would really like to see her practice at the
hospital. We're a long way from other facilities and she has been a
lifesaver to me."


Cindy Clark Rose Clark
Ms. Barbara Rippey who stated, "I think you need to leave doctors in
their respective fields. My children have gone to the hospital and she
(Dr. Elizabeth Curry) knows their history. We walk in and she knows
immediately exactly what's going on. She doesn't have to start asking
me these questions about my child. And she can give them the best
treatment available. I wouldn't take them there (to Emerald Coast
Hospital) otherwise. We did have an emergency one time and she (Dr.
Curry) was not on call...I went to Tallahassee. And I know friends
who have done the same thing. In the three years that I've lived in
this town, I've never seen a more political situation. And I was under
the impression that a hospital was for the good of the community it
serves. This hospital seems to me to work for the good of its owner.
The lack of accountability of government funds... my tax money, a
lack of desire to work with competent physicians, a revolving door of
doctors and staff and rumors of faulty and outdated equipment makes
me truly wonder who they serve. They're willing to take me into their
emergency room. They're willing to take my money and insurance,
but not my advise, my suggestions or my doctor. Who does this hos-
pital serve? What is its purpose here? Is it to make money or to treat
injury and illness as quickly as possible and in the best manner avail-

Barbara Rippey addresses the county commissioners

Ms. Mira Patel who stated, "Before the clinic was here, we had to run
our kids to Panama City. My youngest son, he has asthma. So many
nights I had to pray that someone would take care of our kids if
something happened. As soon as I heard about Dr. Curry, we changed
our doctor from Panama City to her."
Ms. Fonda Davis who stated, "Last year in February, we had to take
my three year old son to the emergency room. She (Dr. Curry) was in
her office and left to take my baby to the hospital. She's been real
nice to me. She's given me a treatment machine for my baby. She's
given me samples of medicine, because I can't afford the medicine at
the pharmacy. Without Dr. Curry, we wouldn't have been able to make
Chairman Mosconis responded to the parents' testimonials by re-
questing Administrator Kenneth Dykes to meet with Dr. Elizabeth
Curry and try to reach a compromise so that Curry could continue
admitting patients at Emerald Coast. Dr. Tom Curry requested that
an impartial county commissioner attend the meeting. Chairman
Mosconis volunteered to attend and persuaded Mr. Dykesto
attend also at Bay City Lodge Mosconis stated, "The problem is that
you have mothers here and their kids. It's an emotional thing. It's an
emotional and dear thing to a mother." Cindy Clark stated, "It's
Continued on page 8


Test Range

For The

Gulf And


The question concerning the mis-
sile test range and deployed mis-
siles guiding themselves to targets
in the Panhandle counties is still
an open one. Only recently have
copies of the Final Environmen-
ta Impact Statement been re-
leased to various parties in Fran-
klin and Gulf counties, present-
ing only the results of environ-
mental impacts. These docu-
ments have weighed in at several
pounds, but there is not the
slightest suggestion as to which
of the four test areas might be
selected as four alternative test
range areas. The four alternative
sites are In New Mexico (White
Sands), Florida (Eglin and the
Gulf), Californla (Western Range)
and the Marshall Islands
(Kwajalein Missile Range).
The project is to entail extended
range flights of target missiles and
defensive missile and sonar sys-
tem tests at one or more of the
four sites. The tests would involve
target and defensive missile
launches from existing test ranges
from off-range locations. In the
Florida area, sea-based launch
platforms would offer interesting
alternatives due to the lack of
civilian infrastructures. In the
next five years up to 100 test
flights would be scheduled. Up to
now, the U. S. Army Space and
Strategic Defense Command has
Organized investigations to deter-
mine environmental impacts that
might result with the program.
These have resulted in numerous
hearings and long documents
containing testimony, drawings,
pros and cons of the program in
each area, and backup data.
But, nothing remotely resembling
the operational agenda and rec-
ommendations about each test
area has been made public, and
that material Is crucial to the fi-
nal decision to be made by Lt.
General Malcolm O'Neill, Director
of the Department of Defense Bal-
listic Missile Defense Organiza-
tion, headquartered in the Pen-
tagon. The environmental analy-
sis or impact statements con-
ducted in the last two years is only
one factor in this decision. Ac-
cording to Edward Vaughn, Head
of Public Affairs for the U. S. Army
Space and Strategic Defense
Command, the decision is ex-
pected sometime in February. The
decision might still involve all four
test areas, or three, two, or Just
one. Or, there may not be a deci-
sion at all. Other factors include
program costs, schedules, envi-
ronmental impacts and perhaps
controversy. For example, in the
New Mexico area, long-held views
.on indian-U. S. affairs have con-
tributed to some level of acrimony
on this issue. Vaughn said,
"...Yes, controversy might be a
factor, but not necessarily a de-
termining factor." Stay tuned.

New Carrabelle City Commissioner Woodrow Judy sits
in Carrabelle's Police and City Workshop. Woodrow Judy
Was nominated to the commission on 5 December by a
majority vote by Carrabelle City Commissioners. Mr.
Judy will complete the remaining three years of
Raymond Williams' previous term.

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26 January 9 February 1995 Page 3

Editorial an Commentary

Medicine, Politics &

Bad Prose-It Makes for

a Newsworthy Hangover

The 17 January Franklin County Commission meeting was a bad
mixture of politics and medicine that left this writer calling for his
local physician. The subsequent "Journalistic" coverage by the Times
left your author pleading for a caretaker and a copy of his Associated
Press guide.
What Is The Role Of Media? Certainly, it is to annoy people by
intruding into their business; that goes without saying. Should a news
reporter have to limit his prose to strictly reporting what has hap-
pined, or is there room for interpretative language and editorial in
"straight" reporting?
In my opinion (key word), the greatest casualty in the hospital/con-
cerned citizens dispute was to that of a fellow "journalist" who, in-
stead of standing on the sidelines and mirroring the .event, picked
sides and put his opinions on the front page. Between two howls, one
catcall and one hoot...all in the name of derision, The Times coverage
presented the image that one side in the hospital/concerned citizens
dispute was more animal than human. The fact that every writer has
an opinion and that it will unavoidably be painted into his prose is
understandable and the media will just have to live with that. The
fact that the 19 January Apalachicola Times article, Mothers Protest
Doc's Departure, made no effort to find middle ground is regrettable
and should have be marked editorial and surrounded by David Broder,
William F. Buckley and Cal Thomas. In his book, Parliament ofWhores,
commentator P.J. O'Rourke wrote:
I am a Journalist and, under the modern journalist's code of Olym-
pian Objectivity (and total purity of motive), I am absolved of re-
sponsibility. We Journalists don't have to step on roaches. All we
have to do is turn on the kitchen light and watch the critters scurry.
Although there may be no room for ethics in the pursuit of news (and
that's another commentary altogether) there really ought to be a
conscientious attempt to write a straight news report with straight
and balanced language and content.
Brian Goercke

Editor, Franklin Cgunty Chronicle
P.O. Box 590, Eastpoint, FL 32328

1440 Elm Court
St George Island, FL 32328
January 14, 1995

Dear Editor:
I am writing concerning the article, published in the January 10 Chronicle, concerning
the St. George Plantation board meeting of Dec. 10, 1994. Many Plantation owners who live
throughout the USA and abroad subscribe to the Franklin County Chronicle because they get a
more thorough report of board proceedings than they do from the Plantation's official
newsletter, "Soundings". However, this time the article published was quite confusing even
to those who attended the meeting.
The insertion into the report of the Dec. 10 meeting ofexerpts from a letter dated
January 6 from POA Board Pres.Vargus to Board Member Bill Hartley was somewhat
misleading and confusing, and I hope you will publish the following facts so that your
subscribers understand what really happened.
(1) On the night proceeding the Dec. 10 board meeting, Concerned Property Owners
were given a copy of the proposed "re-negotiated" agreement with Ben Johnson. The group
spent several hours reviewing it and found many serious problems in die "new" proposal.
(2) Many of these concerns and problems were brought to the attention of the board on
Dec. 10.
(3) As a result of the complaints of the owners present, Mr. Vargus invited Mr. Hartley
to become part of the negotiation team (comprised of himself and Mr. Kozlowski). Concerned
owners believed that Mr. Hartley would be representing them during future negotiations.
(4) Mr. Vargas made no effort to contact Mr. Hartley in the weeks following the
meeting to discuss this or any other matter with him personally.
(5) On January 6, 1995 Mr Hartley received in the U.S.Mail, as did 600 other owners,
a letter addressed to him which "congratulated" him on his appointment to the negotiating
team, but informed him that negotiations were pretty well finished except for a few minor
details like "cleaning up the language".
(6) This letter apparently was a way to let the liniebership think that probleins with the
improperly "amended" covenants had beendiresolved. Because Mr. Vargus failed to also
explain what was being given to.Mr. Johnson in return, his letter can only be considered as
propaganda to influence those owners who live in distant places and don't understand what is
really going on.
By interposing excerpts of this Jan. 6 letter into the story of the Dec. 10 meeting, the
Chronicle report was not as helpful to your subscribers as most previous articles have been.
The report did not explain how these two separate and distinct events related to each other.
Plantation Owners are very appreciative of your detailed coverage on these issues which on
balance have been fair and accurate.
Thank you for your consideration of my comments.

Thomas H Adams

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Rene Topping

Frankly Speaking in

Franklin County

By Rene Topping

It would be the understatement of the year to say that I was sur-
prised at the appearance of bias from Chairman Jimmy Mosconis at
the 17 January meeting of the Franklin County Commission. The
Concerned Citizens of Franklin County (CCOFC) were on the com-
missioners agenda and waited to express themselves on matters con-
cerning Dr. Elizabeth Curry's resignation and Emerald Coast Hospital's
(ECH) position in the resignation. The concerned citizens had also
asked to give time to the mothers of the county to express their
Without regard to the fact that the concerned citizens were on the
agenda (and the rule is, people who are not on the agenda have to
wait until the Call To The Audience made by the chairman), Mr.
Mosconis called on Mr. Ken Dykes, ECH Administrator, to address
the audience on "some ugly rumors and bad talk" about the
It was hard for me to believe that Mr. Mosconis would totally
ignore a large crowd of mothers and small children who had waited
patiently to have their turnto speak. Incredible How could he and
each of the other commissioners sit idly by without insisting that
the agenda be adhered to? Mr. Mosconis said he did not know why
the mothers and the representatives of CCOFC were there. I
thought I knew Jimmie better. In fact, I have always felt that he
was most perceptive and attuned to the needs of the voters. Is it
possible that not one of these mothers talked to her commissioner
before the meeting? That is hard to believe! Of course, I suppose it
is possible that all five commissioners thought the mothers' had
brought their children to see a first-hand experience of "their
govenitnent in action."
Despite at least 15 minutes of frantic hand-waving to get the
attention of Mr. Mosconis or any of the other commissioners to
point out that an agenda item was being by-passed, Mr. Dykes was
allowed to speak. Mr. Dykes stated that Dr. Elizabeth Curry only
admitted 11 children for hospital care per year. The point that Mr.
Dykes wanted to make was that Dr. Curry could apply for courtesy
privileges and admit 12 children per year.
The truth is that according to records at the Nemours Clinic in
Eastpoint, 41 children were hospitalized in 1994. Of these, 19 were
admitted to Emerald Coast Hospital; 3 to Gulf Pines Hospital in
Gulf County; 12 to Bay County Hospital in Panama City; 6 to
Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center; and 1 to Shands.
These numbers mean that 22 children were admitted at a local
level. These numbers also constitute 1 percent of the patients
treated at the clinic, which is in line with -Nemours Foundation's -
mission to hospitalize as few children as is possible, It seems,
because of the help parents are receiving from the Nemours Fouri-
dation, children are being seen in earlier stages of problems.
Dr. Curry was not present at the commission meeting, as she was
answering a call to serve on the Grand Jury. In times past, when
Mr. Dykes was not present at a meeting, Mr. Mosconis has told
residents that they should not speak against a person who was not
there to defend himself.
The children got restless, but they were still remarkable in their
behavior. But the mothers decided they could, and would, no
longer maintain silence, so they "broke across" the speaker. The
mothers were told not to interrupt, and Mr. Dykes was permitted
to carry on with further statements. All I can say to the commis-
sioners on that is: when you are faced with a crowd of "Momma
Bears" who have their claws sharpened in defense of their cubs, it
takes either courage or sheer stupidity not to let them have their
So finally, the mothers were permitted to speak, and I'm sure that
the commissioners were moved by the quiet clarity of the testimony
of Cindy Clark, who defended her right to speak.
"Momma Rose" spoke of having a doctor to treat her small child
who has sickle-cell anemia. "Momma Bear" Barbara Rippy, re-
sponding to Mr. Dykes remark that Nemours was losing money on
the Eastpoint clinic, said, "The Nemours Foundation is a non-profit
foundation. They knew they were going to lose money when they
set it up." She added that although her husband is gainfully
employed and carries health insurance, they have four children,
and she is grateful that Nemours picked up the difference.
One after another, the mothers made it clear how happy they are
now that they have a good doctor, one they can rely on to be here
for them and their children. One mother summed up a general
sentiment: they didn't want "ones who come and go, like the ones
at Emerald Coast." In all, it was a moving testimonial to the fact
that the mothers of Franklin County are happy and relieved that
now, for the first time (to my knowledge), their children can be
served by a fine, caring pediatrician in an outstanding facility, as
good as any to be found in the Panhandle. In past times, those
who could afford it took their children to Panama City or Tallahas-
see. Many of the children of the less privileged did what they could
for themselves. Often, children wound up in the emergency rooms
of nearby hospitals. Now, since the advent of the Nemours Clinic
and Dr. Curry, all children can receive excellent care. Mothers, at
the meeting and afterward, have come forward to tell me that they
owe a lot to Dr.Curry.
It might be appropriate at this point to remind the younger people
how things were at one time in this county. This is straight from
the lips of one local grandma who told me that about 50 years or so
ago, she was one of the small children in one of the poor families of
the county who needed her tonsils removed. She said that the
children were lined up on small cots at the Armory and at the
Carrabelle School, awaiting their turn in "surgery". She has vivid
memories of children crying piteously for "Mommy" or "Daddy." He
remembers they were each given a large glass of grape juice and
sent home. It was a good service, at a time when there was no
other. But times have changed,and we are entering the 21st
Century. Those grandmothers remember and want a whole lot better
for their grandchildren. Our people are now getting a taste of what
it is like to have good doctors and good health care and are ready
now to fight to keep it going. Mayor Bobby Howell said so elo-
quently at a recent meeting of the Concerned Citizens, when he
urged them to carry on, "You have Truth and Justice on your side."
It seems correct to remind Mr. Dykes that Dr. Curry is a pediatri-
cian who serves all the children of our county. The mothers like
being able to have a local pediatrician. Mr. Dykes spoke of being
able to obtain the services of two pediatricians in a short while to
practice at the hospital. Yet, he talks constantly about economics,
and surely three pediatricians in a county that has a population of
less than 10,000 would not be a good way to go. Besides, we have a
pediatrician we all are happy with. Why not concentrate on getting
an adequate emergency room doctor?
I am sure that much of the action that took place after those
mothers talked was because of the sheer eloquence and sincerity of
mothers like Cindy Clark, Barbara Rippy, Daphne
Heyser, and "Momma" Rose. It seemed that even Mr. Mosconis felt
that Mr. Dykes was being too stubbom and unyielding in his stand

Cindy Clark Addresses the county commission as Administrator
Kenneth Dykes listens to the side
on the rules of the hospital and suggested a meeting between Dr.
Betty Curry and Mr. Dykes. After several repetitions of "If SHE
wants to meet, SHE can call ME. All she has to do is abide by the
rules, Mr. Dykes finally agreed to meet with Dr. Curry with Mr.
Mosconis present. We can all hope that the meeting arranged
between Mr. Dykes and Dr. Curry bears fruit. Mr. Dykes speaks
frequently about "a group of people" wanting control, but it is he
who seems to want to control all our destinies in regard to our
health needs. After all, his stance seems to be that unless the
doctor obeys all of his rules, then she cannot take care of children
at HIS hospital... no matter what effect that may have on the
children involved.
Lastly, I feel that it is only fair to everyone concerned in this
problem to ask that Mr. Mosconis, in the future, please adhere to
the agenda in his conduct of a meeting. As for Mr. Dykes, no one is
fooled by his lip service to the children of our county. It's easy to say"I
Care," but a lot harder to really show it. Beware the MOMMA BEAR.
Where whe lives, there is also a POPPA BEAR who is out there
working during commission meetings; but he cares about his
It might also be good to mention that the motto of the Concerned
Citizens of Franklin County during the Single-Member District
issue was: "The difficult we do at once-the impossible takes a
little longer." Which motto was, as some older folks will remember,
the motto of the beleaguered British Royal Air Force during the
Battle of Britain.

Alligator Point

By Paul Jones
Finally, initial work has begun on the restoration of County Road
370, particularly the portion along the front of the Alligator Point
Camp Grounds. On July 3,1994, Tropical Storm "Alberto" rendered
this 1700-foot-long strip of recently-paved road bed to a two- lane
pavement and sand thoroughfare. Then, because of no immediate
efforts by any agency to repair or at least bolster protection for the
road from further damage, two subsequent tropical storms in August
and October literally obliterated the remainder of the road to a one-
lane sandy obstacle course...the only alternate to this route being a
very narrow one-lane private pathway through the heart of the camp
grounds. County work crews started early Monday morning, 16 Janu-
ary moving heavy equipment in to remove road and beach debris
adjacent to the remaining road bed. Even though work has finally
started, the traffic situation for residents and visitors will only worsen.
According to officials, during the ensuing reconstruction, all traffic
will be routed through the camp grounds for at least thirty days. To
compound matters worse, Gene Mollot, owner of the Alligator Point
Camp Grounds, has vowed to close the private passageway if safe
speed (5 m.p.h. maximum) and traffic control cannot be maintained:
The latest coastal engineering analyses to reconstruct the bulkhead
to protect the new road bed require the use of non-porous rock sub-
stance such as granite rather than the very porous limerock used in
the first revetment. Therefore, the county is bringing fill sand and
removing the limerock at the site for relocation within the county.
What appeared to be an even trade-off with the county (fill sand for
limerock) has created controversy among several residents of the Point.
Some contend that the engineering study is incorrect and the limerock
could be used in the construction of the revetment and that even if
not, the rock should stay on the Point for beautification projects and
control of non-parking areas on the county right-of-way of CR370.

Return Address

Effective 10 January 1995, Alligator Point residents may use either
Panacea or Alligator Point, FL return address on their mail. However,
they still must use the 32346 ZIP Code. According to Linda Thomp-
son, Postmaster, Panacea, Florida, this policy change was activated
too late for Alligator Point to be registered in the 1995 National ZIP
Code Directory but would appear in the 1996 directory under the
"State List of Post Offices" section.

Gill Net Ban
The new constitutional netting ban which is to take effect July 1, has
been damned by both commercial and non-commercial netters alike.
But what the recreational netters in this area did not know, was that
their fate had already been decided long before for the net ban amend-
ment was placed on the ballot. The Marine Fisheries Commission has
literally pulled the net from under all Big Bend/Panhandle non-com-
mercial gill netters effective January 1,1995. According to Florida
Department of Environmental Protection authorities, a MFC rule was
established in 1993 to allow, with proper gill net registration, recre-
ational netters to "harvest mullet...in Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Levy,
Dixie, Taylor, Jefferson, Wakulla, Franklin, Gulf, Bay, Walton,
Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Escambia counties." The catch was that
the rule also had a "sunset clause" which Invalidated the proviso
effective 1 January.
The question came up, why didn't they allow the invalidation period
to be extended to 1 July, the date of the general state net ban? With
only six months to go and with all of the local furor being created over
the general ban, the MFC didn't desire to complicate the issue fur-

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Marine Fisheries Commission

Omni West Palm Beach Hotel
1601 Belvedere Road
(407) 689-6400
West Palm Beach
15-17 February 1995

Wednesday, 15 February-9:00 A. M. -5:00 P. M.
Approval Of Minutes
Annual Workplan
Legislative Update
Shrimp Trawis (Amendment 3), Draft Rule Review
Northeast Shrimp "Bubble" Rule, Final Public Hearing
Federal Council Update: King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Red
Thursday, 16 February-9:00 A. M.-5:00 P.M.
Marine Patrol Enforcement Report
Net Gear (Amendment 3), Final Decision
Spotted Seatrout
SVessel Operator's Responsibility, Final Public Hearing
SSpanish Sardines, Update
Finflsh Workshop: snook, red drum, sheepshead, flounder,
tripletall, African pompano, aggregate bag limits
Friday, 17 February--9:00 A. M.- 1:00 P. M.
Apalachicola Oysters, Summer Season Status Report
Other Business
All persons who so desire will be given an opportunity to speak
on these issues within the guidelines established by the Com-
mission. The Chairman reserves the right to establish time limits
for individual speakers or agenda items in order to insure the
public's opportunity to be heard, and the orderly conduct of the
commission meeting.
Special accommodations at Commission public meetings and
workshops for persons with disabling conditions should be
requested in writing at least 7 days in advance.

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area, reopened for oyster harvest-
ing after water samples tested
normal. The closure of the Bay
on 4 January resulted when nu-
merous people became ill after
consuming oysters on New Year's
Eve. Tags from the contaminated
oysters were traced to processing
plants in Apalachicola where the
oysters were harvested.
A portion of St. George Sound re-
opened on 14 January after wa-
ter quality samples tested normal.
Rainfall over the following week-
end prohibited other area from
opening. The Cat Point area,
known for its abundance of oys-
ters, reopened Sunday, 22 Janu-
ary, after water samples from that
area also tested normal.
"The past three weeks have been
nothing short of frustrating for
consumers, harvesters and pro-
cessors," said David Hell, Chief,
Bureau of Marine Resource Regu-
lation and Development, "and we
appreciate their patience."
Water quality samples consis-
tently tested normal. Due to the
magnitude of the outbreak addi-
tional tests were conducted on the
oyster meat with excellent results.
After the initial outbreak involv-
ing seven people was reported, the
number of illnesses continued to
rise. According to the final reports
by the Department of Health and
Rehabilitative Services, the total
number stricken with the oyster
virus reached 124. In six out of
seven persons tested the virus
was present. Florida and Texas
oysters have been implicated in
these illness.
"Unfortunately, this is turning out
to be one of those rare cases
where we will probably never be
able to prove the cause of this
outbreak. We do know, however,
that the virus is a direct result of
oysters coming in contact with
human waste, leaving little doubt
as to what occurred, we Just don't
know the culprits," said Hell.

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Shrimp Workshops MFC Schedules
Finfish/Aggregate 3ay February
Bag Limits Workshop Meeting in
Scheduled West Palm Beach

The Marine Fisheries Commission
has canceled a series of work-
shops this month on proposed
changes to Florida shrimping
rules. The Commision wil con-
sider further action regarding
changes to shrimp rules during
its February meeting in West Palm
Beach, pending the outcome of
Finfish/Aggregate Bag
Limits Workshop
The Commission has schedules a
public workshop to receive com-
ment on the red drum, sheeps-
head, flounder, tripletail, and Af-
rican pompano fisheries, and also
on the concept of aggregate bag
limits, the public is encourage to
participate in the workshop on
Wednesday, 15 February 1995
from 5:30-7:30 P.M. at the Brevard
Agricultural Center, 3695 Lake
Drive in Cocoa.
Vessel Operator
Responsibility Rule-
Final Public Hearing
This proposed rule, intended to
establish vessel operator's re-
sponsibility for illegally harvested
products, would:
* inform the public that respon-
sible vessel operation on Florida
waters includes an obligation by
vessel operators to ensure com-
pliance with saltwater fishing
rules by all persons aboard the
* establish that the responsibil-
ity for compliance with all Com-
mission rules by persons
aboard a vessel on state waters
rests with the operator of the
vessel, and that the vessel op-
erator shall not allow the pos-
session aboard the vessel on
state waters of any marine spe-
cies not in compliance with
Commission bag and size lim-
its, seasons, or prohibited gear.

The Marine Fisheries Commission
February 15-17, 1995 at the
Omni West Pal Beach Hotel, 1601
Belvedere Road in West Palm
Beach. The meeting will include
the following (please also see the
meeting agenda on page 3):
Net Fishing Rules
The Commission will make a fi-
nal decision on proposed rules
and rule amendments intended to
achieve compatibility with provi-
sions of the recently passed net
fishing Constitutional Amend-
Other Meeting Action
The Commission will receive pub-
lic comment and:
* review draft rule amendments
to conform Florida shrimp rules
with provisions of the recently
passed net fishing Constitu-
tional Amendment (pending the
outcome of litigation now in
* consider management options
for the spotted seatrout fishery
* develop a permanent rule to
manage the state's Atlantic
coast weakfish fishery
* review the status of the Span-
ish sardine fishery in Tampa
* consider issues regarding the
snook, red drum, sheepshead,
flounder, tripletallm and african
pomano fisheries, and on the
concept of aggregate bag limits
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The Franklin Chronicle 26 January 9 February 1995 Page 5

The British Fort At

Achackweithele on the


Beginnings Of Fort

Gadsden: Part Two

By Wayne Childers
In the first segment of this narrative, the British had arrived at the
site now known as Fort Gadsden to meet with the remnants of the
Red Stick faction of the Creek nation. These were the traditionalist
faction among the Creeks and were at war with the Liberals who
wished to be assimilated into mainstream American society. The United
States had allied itself with the Liberal faction and been at war with
these Indians since August of 1813, but it was not until the begin-
ning of 1814 that the British government had heard about it. Up to
this point, British efforts had been concentrated in the northeast,
but now their attention had turned to the Lower South and the Gulf
In the last Gadsden site installment we left Captain Woodbine of the
Royal Marines and two Sergeants on the way to the present day Fort
Gadsden to arm the Seminoles and Miccasukis and train them in
British military tactics. From the end of May, 1814 to August of the
same year, Woodbine continued this activity and also sent spies and
agitators up the river to seek an alliance with the Creeks living on the
Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers and to entice slaves on Georgia Plan-
tations to run away and join the forces he was gathering.
Woodbine was plagued by a shortage of food and, when reinforce-
ments and supplies finally arrived to Apalachicola on the 10th of
August, 1814, he was in Pensacola where he had gone for supplies
with the greater part of his forces. There, the Spanish Governor un-
der threat of an imminent American attack, asked the British to de-
fend the town. As a result, Woodbine sent a Captain Lockyear back to
the post on the Apalachicola to gather all the arms, equipment and
any British forces he might encounter and bring them to Pensacola.
When Lockyear arrived at Achackweithele, or as the British called it,
Prospect Bluff, he found brevet Lt. Col. Edward Nicholls of the Royal
Marines and one hundred officers and Black Colonial Marines whom
the British commander, Admiral Cochrane, had sent to organize and
S train the Indians. Nicholls immediately recognized that the port of
Pensacola would be a more strategic location to stage an invasion of
the Lower South and the entire British force took residence in Fort
San Miguel in Pensacola, flying both the British and Spanish flags.

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Nicholls, in effect, took over the entire town. In conjunction with the
British Fleet, he arranged an attack on Fort Bowyer at the entrance
to Mobile Bay which included 190 Indians in its assault force. This
ended disastrously, with the loss of the largest British ship, the
Hermes. Nicholls retreated to Pensacola where on November 6th,
Andrew Jackson attacked with cannon fire. Jackson besieged
Pensacola with some 3,000 troops and demanded the surrender of
the town. With only 600 Indians, 100 British Colonial troops and 500
or so Spanish troops, Nicholls saw that he could not withstand Jack-
son. He blew up Fort San Miguel and Fort Barrancas after sending
the Indians back to Prospect Bluff and then evacuated his own men
and many of the slaves of the inhabitants there as well as 200 of the
Spanish troops. Jackson thereupon occupied Pensacola after a short
battle with the remaining Spanish soldiers.
Back at Prospect Bluff, Nicholls found himself with 1100 warriors,
450 women and 755 children. Early in January some 1100 more
warriors would arrive. Nicholls had been favorably impressed by the
Indians he had met at Prospect Bluff in August. These were a group
of some 80 warriors, all skin and bones but cheerfully ready to attack
and destroy the common enemy, the Americans. He shared Woodbine's
opinion that these were excellent fighting men and that with the 8,000
to 10,000 of them that were located up the rivers, the Americans
could be defeated. His major problem at this point, was food. The
whole garrison was consuming twelve barrels of flour per day and
supplies were inadequate. Nicholls was forced to occupy the Indians
in hunting to support themselves and their families rather than mili-
tary activities.
In November, Nicholls commenced work on a large fortification at
Prospect Bluff. He had also formed three companies of Black Colo-
nial Marines by this time and had begun the formation of another.
His task was to supply support to Admiral Cochrane's invasion. In
late 1814, Cochrane visited Apalachicola Bay on board his flagship,
the Tonnant; he brought along with him the British advance fleet:
Cappachamico, Chief of the Miccasukis; Thomas Perryman, Chief of
the Seminoles; Hllls Hadjo, also known as the Prophet Francis and
others were received by Cochrane on the ship. The Indians were wear-
ing their traditional headdresses, the entire skin of a bird with the
beak point out over the forehead and the wings sweeping down over
the ears. They were given gold laced cocked hats, sergeants jackets
and naval breeches which they promptly put on, tying the breeches
around their waists rather than putting their legs in them. Cochrane's
Fleet Captain, Edward Codrington, was not favorably impressed. He
wrote his wife that they looked like "dressed up apes".
Whatever Cochrane thought however, he encouraged the Indians with
a joint proclamation on December 5, 1814, in which he stated that
the King, inspired by the spirit of Justice, was waging war on the
Indians' side to recover the lands that the Americans had taken from
them. Cochrane must have known that the number of Indians left at
this time and the number of Blacks that had been recruited by his
agents in Georgia, were woefully inadequate to support his attack on
New Orleans with an attack from the rear while he mounted a frontal
Cochrane however, had been given some 8,000 regulars for the job
and was unworried about the lack of sufficient support at Prospect
Bluff. With cursory arrangements, he then sailed away to this opera-
tion taking Nicholls and 100 Creek, Seminole and Choctaw warriors,
ordering the others to harass the Georgia frontier and to link up with
AdmiralCockburn who had orders to take Cumberland Island and to
encourage a slave revolt in Georgia. A number of minor raids took
place Into Georgia but little of consequence was accomplished except
that these raids acted to hold down an American army of some 5,000
who otherwise would have been with Jackson at New Orleans.
The Battle of New Orleans in late December, 1814 and early January,
1815; ended In a complete fiasco for the British. Nicholls' attempts to
win over the pirate Jean Lafitte and the Baratarians had been unsuc-
cessful and so detailed knowledge of and guides to the river and
swamps about New Orleans was denied to the British. This failure In
combination with a number of other blunders led to their defeat de-
spite the size and experience of the British force, veterans of the Battle
of Waterloo.
With this further setback, British strategy fell back on Prospect Bluff
and in January a company of the West Indian Regiment and two long


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six-pounder cannons reinforced the already formidable force tnere.
Plans were made to attack Fort Stoddart on the Tombigbee River and
Nicholls attempted to join forces with Admiral Cockburn who had
taken Cumberland Island by this time. This two front action was meant
to effectively cut off the state of Georgia from Jackson.
While the intended attack on Fort Stoddart was threatening Mobile
from the rear, Cochrane intended to launch a frontal assault against
it. On February 8, 1815; action was begun and on the 11th of the
same month, Fort Bowyer finally fell. However, the planned rear at-
tack on Fort Stoddart was thwarted by American forces. Nicholls in
the midst of arranging an attack on the fort, found the towns on the
Upper Apalachicola threatened by the American Indian agent, Ben-
jamin Hawkins with 900 men.
Already In December, Major Uriah Blue had killed more than 150 Red
Sticks around the Escambia River and had burned the village of
Choctawhatchee so Nicholls was already apprehensive. He moved to
counter this new threat from Hawkins and in an indecisive battle
somewhere near the confluence of the Flint and Chattahoochee Riv-
ers, Hawkins's drive south stalled with both Nicholls and Hawkins
claiming that the other withdrew.
Hawkins encamped somewhere above present day Chattahoochee and
was still there on February 25th, 1815; when he received word that
the peace treaty had been signed. Nicholls, at about the same time,
was also informed that peace had broken out.
This was not the end of the British presence in West Florida, however.
The British stayed on for some time to protect the interests of the
Indians that they had allied with, protesting continued attacks by
Americans on settlements of the Creeks who were now at peace and
sent their complaints to the British commander. Nicholls then with
veiled threats continued to worry the Americans with his presence at
two forts he now had on the Apalachicola as he attempted to force the
Americans to abide by the peace treaty. These were the one at Pros-
pect Bluff and another much smaller one on the river near present
day Sneads or Chattahoochee.
The next installment covers the repatriation of Spanish property to
Pensacola during the final days of the British presence through a
letter of Vicente Sebastian Pintado to don Josef de Soto.
John Sugden. "The Southern Indians in the War of 1812". The Florida
Historical Quarterly (FHQ). January 1982.
Mark Boyd. "Events at Prospect Bluff, 1808-1818" FHQ. January 1937.
John K. Mahon. "British Strategy and Southern Indians: War of 1812".
FHQ. April, 1966.
William Coker and Thomas Watson., Indian Traders of the Southeast-
ern Spanish Borderlands. University Presses of Florida. 1986.
The Cochrane Papers. Manuscript 2328. The National Library of Scot-
land. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Frank L. Owlsley, Jr. Strugglefor the GulfBorderlands: The Creek War
and the Battle of New Orleans 1812-1815. University Presses of
Florida. 1981

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Representative Alzo Reddick,
chair of the Transportation and
Economic Sub Committee of the
Florida House Appropriations
Committee, met in the county
courthouse Monday night with
approximately 75 area seafood
workers and a small number of
local officials to discuss the im-
pact df the implementation of the
net ban this summer. Reddick
stated emphatically at the begin-
ning of the meeting that he was
not there to provide answers but
rather was seeking the opinions
of those effected by the constitu-
tional amendment outlawing the
use of most nets in Florida's
coastal waters. The ban passed by
a heavy majority of the state' vot-
ers in November goes into effect
1 July. He told the audience that
it was essential that key legisla-
tors understand what the seafood
workers want in order to positively
impact legislative actions.
Faced with the apparent reluc-
tance of those present to "tell their
story" once more to a Tallahas-
see legislator they did not know,
Reddick,who represents District
32 in the Orlando area, explained
to the group that he strongly sup-

ported their right for just compen-
sation for their net ban induced
economic losses and their right to
make a decent living in the future.
He said Right now nothing is on
the table and nothing is off the
table."- At that point, he urged
those gathered to tell him what
they saw as solutions, be it un-
employment compensation, re-
training, purchase of equipment
or other approaches.
Commissioner "Dink" Braxton
from Eastpoint broke the ice when
he stated that one of his constitu-
ents not present had a third grade
education and wondered what
type of retraining he could ben-
efit from. Braxton, also, pointed
out to the legislator that there
would be other serious problems
for the county if the commercial
fishing based economy is de-
stroyed. He mentioned the
county's responsibility to provide
indigent health care and the im-
pact on the schools when many
families with children are forced
to leave to seek employment else-
where. He said the county needed
industry, and the seafood work-
ers needed reeducation and eco-
nomic compensation.
Seafood worker, Steve Davis said
he was too old at 55 to be re-
trained and he doubted he could
hold up to eight to ten hours on
an assembly line for minimum
wages. Reddick responded that he

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was 57 and he didn't think of him-
self as too old to learn and that
Davis must not give up on him-
self. Davis mentioned as did a
number of others that he did not
want to have to move aiay from
Franklin County to find work...
Buford Golden, referring to him-
self as "the little old net maker",
said he had a very simple
solution,"Help us get a favorable
ruling on this net measurement
case. Reddick asked for a clarifi-
cation and Jerry Sanson of Save
Our Florida Seafood said he would
explain it to him on the ride back
to Tallahassee. Golden said this
would make it possible for the
seafood workers to continue to
make a living. "If you will help us
to convert to these new nets it will
be cheaper in the long run." he
Jerry Sanson stated that the af-
fected workers wanted the same
benefits as the victims of any di-
saster like a hurricane: retrain-
ing and loans. One man shouted
"You are Just talking about wel-
fare." Reddick responded "I know
how you feel, I hate welfare as
much as God hates sin "
Another asked why the northwest
counties couldn't be exempted
from the ruling. It was suggested
that Woody Miley of the
Apalachicola River and Bay Natu-
ral Estuary Sanctuary should be
asked for data. He was quoted as
believing the net ban is like a
bandaid on a cancer. Reddick
stated that if the net ban decision
was based on bad information,
this needs to be known.
It was suggested that low inter-
est loans are needed in order to
help those who want to start new
seafood processing businesses
even if imported seafood had to
be used. Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis noted that production
from this bay has always been
cyclical and the people of south
Florida didn't understand or care
about Franklin County.
The coordinator of Franklin
County Adult Reading Program,
Jane Cox pointed out that this
county has one of the lowest lit-
eracy rates in the state. She said
that was because the men and
women who worked in seafood
had been able to make a good liv-
ing for their families without a lot
of formal education and so they
didn't stay in school. She further
stated the problem has two parts.
First, a way must be found for
those who wish to continue to
work in the seafood to do so. Sec-
ond, meaningful Job opportunities
must be developed for adults and
their children. Cox stated that it
was unfair to ask the victims of
this man made disaster to come
up with the solutions needed
when this is such a complex is-
sue. She stated the best minds in
Florida should be addressing the
problem such as those at the De-
partment of Commerce and Labor.
"They owe us that." she said.
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St. Geo Volunteer

Fire Dept. Celebrates

20 Years

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Dozens of hungry persons packed
the Oyster Cove Restaurant Sat-
urday night to celebrate the 20th
Anniversary of the St. George Is-
land Volunteer Fire Department.
Hosted by Helen and John
Spohret. The celebration began
with barbercued ribs and chicken
plus dozens of pot luck bowls and
plates, soothed down with the
appropriate libations, backpacks
and hugs led by island casanova
Woody Miley.
The loud pang on tin plates broke
through the barroom chatter as
Mason Bean attempted to get the
attention of the group, and sud-
denly all were singing "Happy
Birthday" to 61-year-Old Dominic
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a toothy smile at a large, cleverly-







Citing "...significant strides to-
wards bringing itself into compli-
ance ..," with PSC and DEP re-
quirements, the proceedings to re-
voke the St. George Island Utility
Company, Ltd. certificate were
stopped and closed by the Public
Service Commission in an order
closing docket 920782, signed on
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the Commission said, "...Since it
appears that many of the con-
cerns that led to this docket have
been resolved to one extent or an-
other, we find that this docket
should be closed. Should circum-
stances warrant such action, we
may reinitiate revocations pro-
ceedings at a later date."
Mr. Joe Garcia, Julia L. Johnson,
and Diane K. Kiesling
were the PSC commissioners par-
ticipating in the disposition ofthis




On Sunday, 12 February 1995,
experts and re-enactors will cre-
ate the past at San Marcos de
Apalache State Historic Site, at St.
The celebration is a part of
Florida Archaeology Week, and is
appropriately titled, "A Point in
Time." This will include a hands-
on display of history. A flint
knapper will be available to dem-
onstrate the making of flint arrow-
heads. Apalachee Indian pottery
will be displayed and explained.
Re-enactors representing differ-
ent time periods will help weave
the historical threads for their
guests. Of course, guided tours of
the fortification wilrbe conducted,
and live music by Jim McMurry
will be performed. A computer
graphic analysis of artifacts will
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strations of primitive Native
American and other early weap-
"A Point in Time" will begin on
Sunday, 12 February at 10 a. m.
and close at 4:00 p. m. at the
State Historic Site in St. Marks.
The site is about 16 miles south
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Ranger Bonnie Jean Allen, Florida
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decorated birthday cake. He
asked, "Can we take it home with
us?" amid the wild applause.
Dominic appeared in charge of the
cooking of the main entres that
night and many complimented
him on his work, along with that
of John Selby and Lee Edmiston.
Jay Abbott, fire chief, became the
master of ceremonies, interrupted
once with 911 calls about a fire
in Eastpoint, was able to get
everything under control. This was
a night to relax some, so the vol-
unteers who have served their is-
land community would have a few
moments of recognition-not long
enough to match the long hours
of watchful vigilence as First Re-
sponders or volunteer firemen.
The tributes were heartfelt, yet
brief, and certainly deserved.
Marilyn Walker was first recog-
nized by Jay Abbott for her tire-
less instruction providing First
Responders for the last five years.
"Your commitment to the safety
and well-being ofyour community
are an inspiration to all," Abbott

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Then, the surprise. W. K. Sanders
was asked to step forward as Jay
Abbott recited the beginning trib-
utes. "There is only one person
who has had a 20 year continuity
in the St. George Island Volunteer
Fire Department, since 1974. He
is always there first. He assesses
the problem and makes things
easier for the rest of us." W. K.
stood still, capped with his
ballcap, modestly looking down at
the floor. Jay offered a large
plaque with the appropriate trib-
ute and recognition for 20 years
service as the applause lifted to a
roar. His daughter hugged him as
wife Barbara, Apalachicola attor-
ney, videotaped the event. Most
knew about the recognition in
advance except W. K.

W.K. with da
Harry Arnold began a narration
of the history of the St. George
Island Volunteer Dept, beginning
his speech with the line of confi-
dence, "This is a hell of a lot easier
when I used to drink..." Harry told
of the story about getting the 1983
fire engine, driving to Panama City
with the crew. "The local water-
ing hole was the Pelican. I think
we got a case of beer and then we
left. I think the first stop was in
Port St. Joe, and we got another
case of beer...I can't remember if
we got another case at Tyndall..."
Just then, Hoyt Vaughn inserted,
"Mexico Beach." This was the first
red-and-white fire truck, Harry
recalled, and the fund raisers sold
14 hats, raising $1400. Ollie
Gunn inserted, "We got the fire
truck but we didn't have any
money." Harry recalled, They for-
t to bring the dad-gum check-
ok. Gunn: "We signed notes."
[Laughter] Harry turned to W. K.
and said, "W. K. is a wild and
crazy guy. And, he always wore
wild and crazy sunglasses. The
new fire truck was brought home,
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Bruce Jr)e
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commitment to excellence. Judy
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belongs to all of the Responders.
You have carried me through this
year...I really appreciate it." Bruce
Drye, Mason Bean and Ollie Gunn
were recognized for over 15 years
of individual service to the island
community as volunteer firemen.
A special plaque from the East-
point Fire Dept. was also pre-
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with appreciation and warm ap-

Mason Bean resumed the tribute:
"W. K. has always been a behind
the scenes guy. He has been the
mainstay four organization. But
what happened was that we were
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We never knew when the truck
was gonna give out. So, we drank
the beer to be ready when the
truck gave out [loud laughter].
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The WINGS Program from the
Eastpoint Branch of the Franklin
County Library and the Holy Fam-
ily Center in Apalachicola visited
the Apalachicola Times on 12
January. Times Manager John
Lee led the WINGS students on a
tour of the building's layout room
and darkroom. He also spoke at
length of the paper's past history
and present challenges.
Mr. Lee informed the students
that the Apalachicola Times have
been in business since 1885 and
he proudly noted that his paper
has never missed a press date
since its conception, even during
storms and hurricanes. "We have
literally gone from the quill pen
to desktop publishing at the
Times," said Lee. He reminded
students that typesetters of the
past had to read their copy up-
side down and backwards,
whereas typesetters of present
can easily view their copy from a
computer screen. "And it ain't
hard to find a type-o today," said
Lee, "the typesetters of today
make just about as many errors
as your typesetters of the past."
In defense of his weekly birthday
and engagement reminders, Mr.
Lee told students that the
Apalachicola Times firmly sup-
ported promoting youth and
youth activities. "Some of the old
fogies will say, 'why do you keep
writing about this persons
bfirthday...why don't'you write
rhmre hard news?' Well, I want to
tell you, you're about as impor-
tant as it gets. That's why we'll
run pictures of you five to one over
our older readers. Our old cus-
tomers are only going to be our
customers for the next twenty
years. You're gonna be our cus-
tomers for the next seventy years."
Asked by WINGS coordinators
whether he would encourage stu-
dents in ajournalstic pursuit, Mr.
Lee said he would not encourage
anyone to enter the newspaper
business. He listed low pay and
expendability as his reasons. Mr.
Lee maintained that most of those
who enter and endure within the
media circuit are motivated by a
love of community and of the
news. "You tell me another occu-
pation that's gonna' have a big-
ger impact in a county," chal-
lenged Lee, "ifyou want to do good
for your community," said Lee,
"one way to go about that is with
a newspaper." Mr. Lee concluded,
"I live for the newspaper. I eat, live
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By Carol Ann Hawkins
Florida State University School of
Music presented a Chamber Mu-
sic Festival Concert to a standing
room-only audience on 22 Janu-
ary. The concert was dedicated to
the memory of the late Joseph A.
Lindsay, who with his wife, Rose
retired to Carrabelle in 1975 from
Easley, South Carolina. Comple-
tion of the Franklin County Se-
nior Citizen's Center in Carrabelle
without the aid of state or federal
funds was made possible after Mr
& Mrs. Lindsay made a major
"monetary donation to the project
in 1990. A main hall in the senior
center is named for Joseph A. and
Rose M. Lindsay.
In 1985, Mr. & Mrs. Lindsay es
tablished the university's first
Presidential Scholarship in the
FSU Foundation and designated
its use for an outstanding music
student. In 1986, the couple do
nated a valuable piece of property
to the school to create an endow
ment fund in the Foundation for
the support of string players-
scholarships, travel funds for
competitions, and travel for per
formances in major cultural cen
ters. Over the years, the Lindsay's
added significantly to the endow
ment fund. In 1988, the couple
made the largest single contribu
tion to the Kuersteiner-Oppermar
Music Hall renovation project
and their gift, along with a matcl
from the State of Florida, provides
the mechanical stage lift in
Opperman Hall, which opened the
way for use of the hall for open
and other varied activities.
Mr. Lindsay's Interest in music
blossomed at the age of 57 whet
he started studying the violin anc
learned to read music. He
founded a still extant community
orchestra in the western suburbs
of Cleveland, Ohio and later was
active in the Greenville, South
-Carolina Symphony. When the
:couple moved to Carrabelle, Mr.
'Lindsay began studying the vio-
lin and viola with the late Uni
Thomas. Mr. & Mrs. Lindsay were
introduced to the FSU School ol
Music by Uni and an Thomas. Mr.
Lindsay's favorite pursuits in life
were practicing the violin and
viola, playing string quartets, and
encouraging and helping to aspire
musicians (particularly string
players) of all ages and degrees ol
Wherever they lived during the
years of Mr. Lindsay's active and
varied business life, the couple
supported, and in several cases
donated, local animal shelters.
They also furnished the land foi
a 48-unit senior citizen housing
project in South Carolina.
Mrs. Lindsay, who resides at Har-
bor Breeze Retirement Home in
Carrabelle, attended the memo-
rial concert on Sunday; and if Mr.
Lindsay was watching, unseen
somewhere from the wing...how
delighted he must have been tc
see the animated faces of the
young musicians as they played
Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, and
Boccherini on the violin, viola, vio-
loncello, flute, and guitar.
"FSU music students and faculty
are much indebted to Mr. & Mrs
Lindsay for their support and
friendship, and we were pleased
to have been able to name Lind-
say Recital Hall after them. Their
dedicated support will continue tc
benefit School of Music students
faculty, and the community for
generations to come. It is with
great gratitude that we dedicate
this concert to his memory."

Resort Village continued from page 1
purchase proce of the property, pursuant to the 1977 Development
Among the conclusions of law in the Ruff opinion, The Franklin County
Commission did not provide for cross examination to Coastal Devel-
opment Consultants, the Ben Johnson organization appealing the
decision of the County Commission, and "Therefore, the record of
that "hearing" does NOT (our emphasis) reflect the provision of due
process, and is not admissible, competent substantial evidence in
this proceeding (The Ruff Hearing conducted 22-23 August and 9 Sep-
tember 1994.)
Coastal Development Consultants and Dr. Johnson have the right to
develop their property subject only to the limitations in the 1977 De-
velopment Order and subject only to the limitations established in
the 1977 DO, subject to any required permitting by regulatory agen-
While the Franklin County Commission has to approve multifamily
use in Resort Village, Ruff opined "...this requirement must be con-
strued and interpreted to preclude an arbitrary or unreasonable de-
nial of a request for multi-family use.... Franklin County did not
present any evidence which would Justify the denial of the requested
Ruff concluded that Coastal Development had a plan consistent with
f the land-use goals of mixed use development described in the Frank-
lin CoUnty Comprehensive Plan, and the County had previously ap-
proved the mixed-use development, including multi-family at the Bob
SSikes Cut. The County had also approved numerous other multi-
family uses. Also, there was no competent, substantial evidence in
the record showing that multi-family use would in any way be ad-
verse to the public interest.
The County and intervenor Dr. Tom Adams have expressed numer-
ous concerns over the impact of the development of the Resort Village
e on St. George Island. Ruff reminded the County Commission that
1 they "...cannot deny or limit the development rights based upon un-
substantiated concerns."
t "...For example, the Petitioners (Coastal Development, Inc.) would be
r required to obtain permits for stormwater and waste water treatment
Facilities and operations from the DEP (Department of Environmental
Protection), as well as site plan approval from the Respondant (Fran-
klin County)."
t Franklin County had no separate permitting requirements for storm
e water or waste water treatment, and no Franklin County ordinance
Existed which provided for standards of review for sotrm water or
c waste water facilities or operations. Thus, Ruff reasoned, the County
- had no discretion to deny any development rights based upon any
y concerns regarding storm water or waste water treatment. This is a
matter for the review, regulation and permitting authority of the DEP.
Local government must promulgate its public policy by virtue of duly
r enacted ordinance, otherwise, its application would be subject to
Sthe caprice of the local government officials.








Concerned Property Owner in the
St. George Plantation, Dr. Tom
Adams, released a letter to the
membership in early January
critical of a public letter sent to
the membership by Board of Di-
rectors President Lou Vargas on
the Ben Johnson agreement dis-
cussed by the Board at the last
Directors'meeting. Adams called
the Vargus letter "premature and
"somewhat misleading" because
Vargus failed to point out what the
proposed "new" agreement with
-Dr. Johnson did contain; .
The lisf contained 16 items in the
"new" agremeent including reim-
bursement to Dr. Johnson of
$24,500 in past dues, a
convenant not to sue each other
which can be breached by either

Legislator Seeks continued
from page 5

Reddick said he knew that the
three county area faced a disas-
ter Just as devastating as Hurri-
cane Andrew. A seafood worker
disagreed saying it was much
worst because a, few months af-
ter a hurricane, people could go
back to work, "but after this we
will never be able to go back to
work. Another asked it was all
well and good to buy back nets
but what about his boat. One
asked who would buy his house
when he had to leave to seek
work. Another commented that if
loans became available "Please
keep the paper work down."
Reddick said that he was writing
as fast has he could to get all the
comments down.
The meeting ended with Repre-
sentative Reddick returning to
Tallahassee with pages of notes
filled with the audience's an-
guished and often, angry state-
ments. However, his most vivid
memory will probably be of the
burly, sun hardened man whose
voice cracked and broke when he
said "This girl here wants to go to
college and now I can't help her."

party; Plantation Owner cov-
enants would not apply to Dr.
Johnson's development, Resort
Village. The "new" agreement also
involves Dr. Johnson more inten-
sively in airport operations., Plan-
tation Association budget, and
limits how money received from
Ben Johnson can be spent by the
Plantation Association. It also
places limitations on the use of
Mr. Johnson's dues for specific
projects. Mr. Adams closed his
mass mailed letter, urging every
Plantation Owner to become fully
informed about the issues before
making any decision on the "new"
agreements. The Concerned Prop-
erty Owners meet at the Club-
house regularly on the second
Friday of each month, at 7 p. m.




The monthly meeting of the
Carrabelle School Advisory Com-
mittee (SAC) was held on 11
January and attended by 16
people, eight of whom represented
the community of Carrabelle. One
of the Carrabelled representatives
included Franklin County Com-
missioner Bevin Putnal. The ad-
visory committee continues to
seek individuals to represent
Eastpoint and the seafood indus-
County Health Nurse Joanne
Thomanson explained the new
Carrabelle School Health Clinic,
opening 1 March. Numerous pro-
posed health services that will be
available at the clinic were dis-
Many enthusiastic suggestions
were generated about Goal 2:
Graduation Rate and Readiness
for Post-Secondary Education and
employment. The new Computer
Lab, currently being built at CHS,
will provide preparation for the
ACT test. Vocational Education
continues to be the topic of con-
cern "More, more more" seems
to be the consensus. It was an-
nounced that several CHS stu-
dents are attending Lively Tech-
nical Center in Tallahassee while
receiving credit at the Carrabelle
The Carrabelle School Advisory
Committee will meet Wednesday,
8 February at 3 P.M. at the CHS
Media Center. Anyone interested
is encouraged to attend.


Providing Comprehensive Health Care for Infants, Children, and Young Adults

Dr. Elizabeth Curry

Dr. Lawrence King
Dr. Elizabeth Jones

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EL.ii'j:ti.:a '2 n ,c e r 'r. C n. m F a e 1
Ms. Collins read a list of almost a dozen names who agreed with the
sentiments of the open letter. She stated. -1 think If we had the oppor
tunity to pass this letter around, we would probably have had hun-
dreds of signatures and not Just a few. We will gladly as parents and
people of the community entertain any questions you might ha e about
anything we put In this letter. And personally, I would really like to
see all school board members at Apalachlcola High School as soon as
possible." School Board member Willie Speed requested that future
concerns and documents be presented to board members before the
scheduled meetings. so that the concerns can be reviewed in full.
"I think that it Is fitting and proper that those kinds of concerns go to
the superintendent first and then It would be better If we could re-
ceive a copy of the letter in advance. It would be difficult for me to
pass any kind of decision or make any kind of statement relevant to
what was read on the spur of the moment like this." Superintendent
C.T. Ponder volunteered to meet with those concerned with Franklin
County's state of education. He noted that no formal complaint had
previously been brought to his attention. Board member Jimmy Gan-
der read a paragraph from a recent parent survey that that showed
little dissatisfaction:
Most families at Apalachicola High School are represented by only
one child from the family. Parents expressed satisfaction with the
school staff and their ability to manage the school. Most parents
felt that the school was doing a good job in teaching the basic skills
and stated that the grades earned by their student was a true re-
flection of that students progress. Most also voice the opinion that
school provides notification if a student's progress declines.
Mr. Gander questioned the results of the annual school report that is
forwarded to the state Department of Education. He thanked the con-
cerned parents for attending the school board meeting. Parent Peggy
Miller felt that students were having difficulty in obtaining teachers
and classes that provided specific skills. "If they're teaching algebra
and they're basketball players, do they have the credentials to teach
algebra?" Ms. Miller said that she attended the school board meet-
ings to express her concerns, because her granddaughter had not
successfully communicated with Mr. Duggar or been able to contact
Mr. Ponder. Mr. Ponder stated that he hadnot received any messages
in regard to the concerns of Ms. Miller's granddaughter. "I have an
answering machine on my phone at home," said Ponder, "and I re-
spond to calls." Chairman Will Kendrick requested that a public work-
shop be scheduled for the week of 23 January and that Principal
Duggar and Superintendent Ponder meet with the parents individu-
ally to get better acquainted with the concerns. Superintendent Pon-
der concluded, "I am deeply, deeply disturbed that people have tried
to get a hold of me and couldn't, because I've always tried to make
myself accessible to people. I may not always be able to help them
with everything they want done, butt I try to do what I can."
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Peggy Miller

Mike Robulock

Mr. Mike Robulock criticized board members for not attending the
Delegation Hearing on 6 January with State Representative Allan Boyd.
Board member Willie Speed said that he had called the Superinten-
dent to inform him that he would be in Jacksonville that day. He said
that it was a personal choice for each board member and that he
almost always attends such events. "As you'll remember, I was the only
one to attend last year. I like to present my concerns eyeball to eye-
ball and I usually do." Board member Jimmy Gander apologized for
not attending the meeting and promised to be at the next delegation
hearing. Mr. Ponder said that he had contacted Mr. Boyd to inform
him that Mr. Speed and he would not be able to attend the meeting.
"I'm not sure if it was necessary for everyone to attend that meeting.
I think we do a pretty good job of covering the bases." Mr. Robulock
responded, "All you people were elected to look after the kids and the
needs of Franklin County. I don't think somebody should say, 'I don't
feel like I should go.' You should have thought of that when you you
wanted to get elected."
Following the school board meeting, Principal Ed Duggar asked those
students who were in the protested math class to each write a brief
statement of whether they would like to remain in that particular
math class or transfer to another. Sixteen students from the math
class in question asked to transfer out of the class and were placed in
an algebra class taught my Coach Hansen.
Several of the concerned parents were contacted after the school board
meeting. A variety of different concerns were expressed. Ms. Robin
Brinkley stated that she had tried to voice the concerns of her daugh-
ter to Principal Duggar concerning the math class and was "brushed
off." Ms. Brinkley did not feel that her daughter's concerns would
have been addressed had they not been brought before the school
board. She said that she was proud of the students for acting on their
convictions. "The kids wanted to do something and they were not
going to stand for anyone not caring about them. They made a point.
Most of these children have dreams of higher education. They have a
goal in life." Ms. Brinkley noted that many of the students who com-
plalned about the math teacher have been harassed by some of their
fellow students from that math class. "A lot of kids were mad that
they messed up their free ride. Some of the kids were trying to make
it a racial thing." Ms. Nina Marks expressed concerns that the chil-
dren were not getting adequate preparation for higher education. She
felt that there were more concerns than just the math teacher who
the students alleged was unqualified. Ms. Lois Shirley worried that
the students were allowed to get too unruly and felt that Apalachicola
High had a disciplinary problem. "Parents are concerned and they
want the best for their children. If we could have a more flexible ad-
ministration, a more flexible principal and a more flexible school board,
the problem could be easily solved. Most people would like a general
forum. 90% of the problem is communication." Mr. John Harris ex-
pressed concern that his son was bumped out of the Gold Seal Pro-
gram, because the class was overbooked. He noted that the Gold Seal
Program consisted of three different phases: 1) Computer Keyboard-
ing 2) Word Processing and 3) Office Procedures. Mr. Harris felt that
his son would have a better chance, with a good grade point average,
SAT score and completion of the Gold Seal Program, to obtain a col-
lege scholarship. "Right now, everyone in the district office is working
with me." As a result of the parent's response at the school board
meeting, Mr. Harris felt that the teacher from the protested math
class had probably received an Inordinate amount of attention. "He
came in on the tail-end of an aggravated situation. They put him
right in the hub of It and I don't think he should have been there. If
they give him a fair chance to become a good teacher, I believe that he

HUD Pie Continued From Page 1
"We are not going to do anything without some dlrecuon from this
commission." said Blanton. -Right now both you and we are in a
hurrN up posture. because there are some people who don't need the
money today...the, needed it some time ago." Blanton said that the
ARPC would make regular reports to the county commission for the
duration of the revolving loan program. "As much as we can sympa-
Lthie with the people of Franklin County...we don't ilie here. so we're
gonna' require a lot of Input."
Commissioner Ed Tollver asked Mr. Blanton if Individuals could ap-
ply for more than a $15.000 loan. Blanton replied that ARPC had to
adhere to a resolution passed by the Franklin County Commission to
cap loar at $15.000. County Clerk Kendall Wade suggested allocat-
ing $750.000 to the long term loan phase of the HUD relief package.
instead of the $500.000 previously decided. Asked by a local seafood
dealer if collateral would be required to pay a loan. Blanton responded
that If would be necessary. He said that each appllcaUon would entail
a re\vew of the Individuals asset liability balance. "We have the re-
sponsibility of doing our best to help Franklin County ensure that
these loans will be repaid and establish this revolving loan program.
because If it's as successful as it should be, this money is going to be
here forever."


Willard Vincent Ed Blanton
Blanton assured potential loan applicants that future loans would be
more easily obtained. He said that future loans could be accessed
through their county commission, instead of through state and fed-
eral government. Blanton stressed, "We should not loan monies to
people in excess of their ability to repay it. That's got to be one of your
loan criteria."
Local seafood dealers and harvesters made requests for a share of the
HUD money. Seafood Workers Association President Lerol Hall re-
uested that the reshelling program not be overlooked. Local seafood
ealers Wanda Moses and Annie Mae Wilson requested that the
$15,000 cap be raised on loans. Ms. Riordin stated that the HUD
money had to be divided into three relief programs: 1) The Long Term
Revolving Loan Program 2) The Bay Shelling Project and 3) The Long
Term Economic Diversity and Training Program. She noted that the
training program had yet to be sketched out. Ms. Riordin stated that
HUD money could not be directly appropriated to those affected by
the net ban amendment, though she felt that the training program
may indirectly be of assistance. She also stated that forty to fifty thou-
sand dollars from the HUD funds had to be allocated to the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection (DEP) to maintain the shelling
project. Chairman Mosconis complained to Toni Riordin that the 1.7
million in HUD funds was not enough to adequately fund the three
relief programs. "You got around thirty seafood dealers who want fifty
thousand dollars apiece. You got other people who want to borrow
some money. You got other needs here to train people to promote
some economic development and diversify our economy. And then
you got the shell program and there's not enough money to do all
this. Now can you see the dilemma it's put this board in? Who came
up that 1.7 million figure?" Ms. Riordin responded that Franklin
County should consider itself fortunate to have 1.7 million dollars
divide among its community. Chairman Mosconis stated that a needs
assessment should have been conducted before the 1.7 million figure
was arrived at.
Commissioner Braxton motioned to raise the $15,000 revolving loan
cap to $25,000. Commissioner Putnal protested, "We can't be preju-
dice. We've got oyster dealers and; they've all been hurt by this thing.
We've got some thirty-five dealers and we can only help twenty of
them ifwe raise the cap to $25,000." One resident said that the smaller
seafood dealers would rather wait a few more weeks to get a larger
sum of money, than collect $15,000 at an earlier date. "If you throw
them a crumb," he said, "that's not gonna' do any good." Commis-
sioner Braxton defended his motion, "Everybody's not gonna' qualify
for $25,000, so it's not gonna serve just twenty people. You may wind
up with thirty, forty, fifty or maybe seventy-five people." The commis-
sion voted 3-2 to raise the loan cap (Commissioner Putnal and Will-
iams opposing).



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political.. .it's ust seems so political. And you (Kenneth Dykes) seem
so stubborn and so dead set on a rule...when rules don't mean any-
thing at three o'clock in the morning. Once this hits the wire, and I
promise you it may, this is the worst public relations nightmare you've
ever dreamed of." Dr. Tom Curry said that the medical staff by-laws
allowed for his wife to continue her duties on the Active Medical Staff
if the Administration would provide a waiver for general emergency
room coverage. "But my wife will not participate in the hospital," Said
Dr: Tom Curry, "unless she can have some say on the medical staff."
Mr. Dykes responded, "Let me make something very clear, this county
commission does not have the authority to place Dr. Curry on this
medical staff." He concluded, "If you want to negotiate something, I'm
willing to listen to anything reasonable. But I have a little difficulty
when the truth is an elusive thing and tends to be twisted. However,
I'm not willing to create some exceptional process that will permit
this lady to have all of the privileges and none of the responsibilities."

Concerned Citizens Upset

By Curry Resignation

The Concerned Citizens of Fran-
klin County met on 12 January
and made the 2 January resigna-
tion of Dr. Elizabeth Curry their
focus of discussion.
Dr. Tom Curry protested the con-
ditions under which his wife, Dr.
Elizabeth Curry, resigned. "Most
other hospitals allow heir physi-
cians to provide Emergency Room
coverage within their fields of
practice," said Curry. He held up
Medical Staff Bylaws from North
Okaloosa Medical Center to sup-
port his statement. "That is what
she [Dr. Elizabeth Curry] has done
and wanted to continue to
do...and that is what she was not
allowed to do." Curry continued,
"This was clearly an attempt to get
rid of the medical staffs voices.
There will be no more voices of
dissent from the Emerald Coast
Medical Staff. It will now mimic
the Administration."
One Concerned Citizens member
stated that Emerald Coast had yet
to make contact with the gover-
nor appointed advisory board.
Van Varnes complained that Em-
erald Coast Hospital has been
staffing its emergency room with
primarily Physician's Assistants,
rather than medical doctors.
"When my daughter gets ill, I don't
want a physician's assistant to
treat her when she needs a pe-

Van Varnes
Concerned Citizens officer Jane
Cox read a draft on the group's
position concerning quality health
care. The draft statement was
unanimously accepted and in-
1. The George E. Weems Hos-
pital facility belongs to the

citizens of Franklin County,
having been built with the
tax monies collected in Fran-
klin County.
2. The County Commissioners
of Franklin County have
complete responsibility to
oversee the operation of the
hospital in a manner which
will provide the very best
possible medical care for the
citizens of the county.
3. The lease of the hospital to
a private corporation in no
way absolves the commis-
sion from that responsibility.
4. The mechanism by which
the commission has chosen
to fulfill that oversight is a
board of trustees composed
of one representative from
each commission district
who are nominated by the
commission district who are
nominated by the commis-
sion and appointed by the
5. This board has the respon-
sibility to meet regularly with
the hospital administrator in
order to ensure that (a) qual-
ity medical care is being pro-
vided, (b) patient and com-
munity complaints are in-
vestigated and
6. In order that the citizens of
the county feel confident
that their best interests are
being protected, it is essen-
tial that (a) the representa-
tives appointed are above
reproach regarding conflict
of interest, i.e. they should
not have have any vested
interest pats or present in
Provident Medical Corpora-
tion, they should not be in
an employer-employee rela-
tionship with each other,
(b) Meetings must be held
regularly and meet all re-
quirements of the Sunshine
law, i.e. publicly and ad,
equately noticed, open to the
public and press, no busi-
ness conducted outside of
regular meetings, (c) regular
reports should be given at
least quarterly at county
commission meetings.


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