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Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: February 26, 1995
Copyright Date: 1995
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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he Franklin chronicle

Volume 4, Number 4

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

26 February 9 March 1995



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President Harry Arnold of the Chili Cookoff and
Auction demonstrates a 40-year-old looking glass,
one of the items to be auctioned off at the Cookoff
after 11 a. m. on Saturday, 4 March 1995. The
list of unusual items is growing for bargain shop-
pers, antique collectors, or collectors, and in-
cludes one C-J Jeep, a 16 foot boat, 70 horse
Evenrude and trailer; two sailboat; one Hobby Cat;
a 24-foot Air Stream Camper; a celestial tele-
scope; art; Collectibles; Jewelry; dinners at area
restaurants; airplane tours and hundreds of other
items. Some of the merchandise is on display at
Collins Realty on St. George Island.

Liberty County's Clerk of Court
Vernon Ross urged Franklin
County Commissioners at their
21 February regular meeting to
impose a local option gas tax.
"It's been lust like a gift from
above," said County Clerk Ross in
reference to the local option gas
tax. Mr. Ross explained that Lib-
erty County was able to re-sur-
face forty-two miles of road at al-
most no cost to local residents.
The lowest price per galon of gas,
noted Ross, was 104.9 in Liberty
County, which he pointed out was
only a few pennies more than
Franklin County's average price
of gas. He said that local gas
prices were kept reasonably low
due to the competition of busi-
nesses. Mr. Ross said that Liberty
County had pledged a six cents
gas tax for ten years and that the
county now receives approxi-
mately three hundred thousand
dollars per year from the tax. He
said that Franklin County, which
is larger than Liberty County,
would receive as much as four
hundred thousand dollars.
Chairman Mosconis remained
skeptical of the gas tax and told
Mr. Ross that Franklin County's
roads were not as bad as those in
Liberty County. Commissioner
Putnal challenged, "You haven't
been in my district riding around."
Mr. Mosconis stated that the
board of commissioners had
paved over forty miles of roads in
the past twelve years without a
gas tax.
Mr. Ross concluded, "We're not
down here to certainly tell you
people what to do and how to run
your business. We was asked to
come and we've Just been
through this." Ross said that, if
Franklin County were to obtain a
local option gas tax for 1995, the
paperwork would have to be com-
pleted by 1 July. The money from
the tax, said Ross, would then
come into Franklin County by
September. Franklin County re-
mains the last county in the state
to refrain from imposing a gas tax.

Felony Charges Pending

At Inner Harbour Hospital



The Franklin Work Camp hosted
a luncheon on 17 February in
honor of Black History Month.
Many of the county's dignitaries
were invited to the luncheon that
featured an introductory speech
by Franklin County School Board
Member Willie Speed.
Mr. Speed addressed the work
camp's Black History Month
Theme, Reflection of 1895, and
spoke at length about the lives
and achievement of Frederick
Douglass, Booker T. Washington
and W.E.B. Dubois. The special

Continued on page 3

According to the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department, at least two
and possibly three Juveniles at
Inner Harbour Hospital are being
charged with Battery on a Deten-
tion Facility Staff Member. The
charge Is a third degree felony.
Lieutenant Investigator John
Turner stated that he was dis-
patched to Inner Harbour on 16
February during the alleged inci-
dent, "We're dealing with kids that
a e problem kids," said Turner,
"a.,d these are kids who have been
battered and raped as children.
They've been in trouble most of
their lives and their next step
would probably be Jail if they were
old enough."
Inner Harbour Administrator Bill
Hutchinson explained, "We deal
with some kids who have difficul-
ties controlling their impulses and
are very aggressive. It's not any-
thing new for this facility to be
confronted with aggressive behav-
ior." Mr. Hutchinson said that
Inner Harbour Hospital had the
contractual ability to transfer
problem children to either of the
three Inner Harbour branches. At
least one of the children involved
in the batter case was transferred
to the branch in Georgia.
Hutchinson noted that the Juve-
nile Justice Department and all
relevant parties were notified, be-
fore the child was transferred to
the Georgia facility.
One Inner Harbour employee re-
ferred to the alleged 16 Battery
incident as, "a hell of a free for
all." This individual noted that
the incident began at 3 p.m. and
did quiet down until 12:30 a.m.
According this source, at least
three employees were injured.
One staff member was kicked in
the face, one received a broken
collar bone and another returned
to work the with his arm in a
sling. The kids involved in the al-
leged battery incident were all
from the Level 8 program.





he: governor appointed Boa
Trustees for Emerald Coast
pital met for the first time o
Attorney Ben Watkins opened
meeting stating that, since h
not being paid for his service
would only answer ques
posed to him by the Gover
Board. Attorney Watkins
described the role of
Governor's Board.
Governor's board, said Wa
did not have the power to alt
itive Medical Staff policy an
thus, not required to adhere
Sunshine Law. He noted th
Governor's Board Chairp
would act as a direct liaison
tween the Board of Trustee
Emerald Coast Hospital. En
Coast Hospital, said Wat
would be also responsible ft
viding the Governor's Bo
monthly financial statemer
fore the tenth day of each n

O. 4,495

After Attorney Watkins' intr
tion, the members were asl
select board officers. Lanar
lage resident Jennette Pedde
nominated chairperson
Apalachicola resident
Pettaway was nominated
tary-treasurer. Other board
bers include William Lane,
Carroll and Margaret Holtoi
Pedder then asked those in
dance for their concerns. 1
aid Coast Hospital Adminis
Kenneth Dykes asked if the
pital representatives wou
welcome to the board mee
Ms. Pedder explained th
Governor's Board meetings
be open to the public. She
clouded that, since it would 1
ficult to conduct further bui
without the financial data (
the board on 10 March, the
should afford itself ample
between the reception of fin
data and the following me
After discussion, the Gove
Board set their next meet
22 March at 7 PM in the Fr
County Courthouse.

The Small County Coalition Leg-
islative Network met at Wakulla
Springs Lodge on Saturday, 11
February to review various as-
pects of the net ban amendment
passed by the voters in the last
election. Representatives from
various, small coastal counties
were present, but none of the
Franklin County Commissioners
were in attendance. Circuit Court
S Clerk Kendall Wade, however,
was in attendance.
Mr. Joe Blanchard, Chair of the
Small County Coalition, called
Bob Jones of the Southeastern
Fisheries Association provided an
~ overview of the issues concerning
the impact of the net ban amend-
1 ment. Most of the time was de-
",,.w voted to activity relating to
Amendment 3 (the net ban) to the
Florida Constitution. An "infor-
mation needs assessment" plan
was explained which raised more
questions than could be an-
swered. According to the
Coalition's brochure, "The
S amendment will not only Impact
the commercial fishing industry,
it will have the negative Impacts
on many other individuals, fami-
lies, businesses, communities-
ard of and the state as a whole."
n 15 Proposed legislation was identi-
fied and discussed including a
proposed net ban economic assis-
ed the tance program to be administered
e was by the Division of Law Enforce-
s, he ment (Dept. of Environmental
tons Protection) and the Dept. of La-
rnor's bor and Employment Services.
then The threshold for participating in
Sthe the proposed economic assistance
The. program is that an applicant has
tkins, to prove that he made at least
tkins, $2500 in net annual income from
er A- the sale of the products that will
to the be prohibited under the net ban.
at the Proposals under this legislation
at the include the purchase of deep wa-
n be- ter 600 yard gillnets over 50 mesh
s d for $1000; shallow water 600 yard
s and gllnets less than 50 mesh for
herald $500, Trammel nets at least 600
,tklns, yards for. $1000, Beach, purse
r pro- and seine nets at least 600 yards
ard a for $3,500 and so on. Other pro-
nt be- visions in these proposals include
nonth. the purchase of vessels under 28
H feet being purchased by the for
$1,500, and those over 28 feet
Purchased by the state for $8,500.
All nets and vessels will be de-
Fishermen and first-level retail or
wholesale dealers who fished or
bought fish directly from the boats
beginning July 1, 1991 to June
30, 1995 may receive economic
assistance under other proposals
slated for the legislature this
oduc- spring. Other proposals for fund-
ked to ing the economic assistance in-
rk Vil- clude a special fee stamp for all
erwas commercial and recreational li-
Sand censes. "The FCA is looking at be-
Carl tween $3 and $5 per license per
secre- year until the year 2005," stated
mem- the Coalition's brochure. These
Maxie funds would be used to pay back
n. Ms. the Coastal Protection Trust Fund
atten- and any excess funds would go
Emer- into the Seafood Workers Program
Atrator To get the program started, about
e hos- $30 million would be transferred
lid be from the Coastal Protection Trust
Etings. Fund to the Seafood Workers Eco-
at all nomic Assistance Trust Fund. An-
would other $10 million would come
e con- from the General Revenue, and

be dif-
due. to
e time
rnor s
ng for

NOTE: According to the 1st Quar-
ter 1995 Vacancy Report from
Governor Lawton Chiles, the
Board of Trustees for George E.
Weems Memorial Hospital have
the "power to acquire and main-
tain hospitals and hospital facili-
ties in Franklin County and to set
rates and charges for the services
and facilities of hospitals."

there is already another $10 mil-
lion available in federal Job train-
ing programs.
The Coalition also learned that
Representative Boyd has been
holding meetings between oppo-
nents and proponents of the net
ban in order to obtain a level of
consensus on legislation he in-
tends to file this session.

Jack Rudloe

Jack Rudloe discussed new devel-
opments in catching and prepar-
ing jellyfish for market and the
prospects for what might become
a new industry in the panhandle
based on his visits to the Raffleld
In related developments, the At-
torney General, Robert A.
Butterworth, has recommended
that Judgment be sought in the
judicial system concerning ques-
tions about trawls and their di-
mensions for rulemaking by the
Marine Fisheries Commission.
Litigation on this and related is-
sues was started by Bruce
Millender (Franklin County)
Ronald Fred Crum (Wakulla
County) and Timmy McClain
(Franklin County) in December
1994. Their lawsuit asks that the
Second Circuit Court in Franklin
County declare that a net system
devised by Ron Crum be declared
in full conformance with the ap-
plicable statutes, and that plain-
tiffs request the declaration of
their rights with regard to certain
measurements of a trawl using
the "open mesh" method as speci-
fied by the Constitutional Amend-

Publisher's Note: The Report of the Florida Department of Labor and
Employment Security concerning economic assistance and retrain-
ing needs among various groups in the Florida fishing community
due to the "net ban" Constitutional Amendment was on the agenda of
the Small County Coalition meeting at Wakulla Springs Lodge, on
Saturday, 11 February 1995. The Chronicle is excerpting the "execu-
tive summary" of the report because the material provides an over-
view of the situation for the fishing community and others outside of
the fishing industries affected by the net ban. The summary below
discusses the scope of the problems created by the net ban, proposed
retraining and reemployment proposals, "buy-out" options, propos-
als about income from net fishing, sources of training funds, and
estimated costs for training.

Continued on page 4

Officer Winfield holds up
inmate art contest entrees


Page 2 26 February 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Franklin County
At A Glance

* Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum said that he had
met with county employee
Leonard Brownell, following the
17 January Franklin County
Commission meeting, to discuss
alternative positions with the
Public Works Program. Mr.
Brownell, said Crum, suggested
working as a mechanic's helper
or a truck driver as possible al-
ternatives. Mr. Crum said that
Leonard realized that, since Pub-
lic Works positions centered
around inmate labor, it would be
difficult for him to continue work-
ing without his certification from
the Department of Corrections.
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson requested that Franklin
County enter into into a two year
agreement with Consort Plastic
Recycling Corporation out of
Tampa Bay. The agreement will
allow Franklin County to recycle
all seven types of plastic. Frank-
lin County will receive fifty per
pound of plastic from its contrac-
tor. The board voted unanimously
to approve the agreement. Mr.
Johnson also informed the board
that the Household Hazardous
Waste Collection Center Grant
had been submitted. He re-
quested that, while the grant was
being sought, the board approve
the application for a Co-op grant
and invite Leon County to host a
collection day until Franklin
County is to obtain its own col-
lection center. The board voted
unanimously in support of the
grant application. Mr. Johnson
concluded that the tipping fee for
household waste would increase
on 1 April. The price will increase
ten percent in addition to the Con-
sumer Price Index.
* County Planner Alan Pierce re-
ceived approval for:
-A 7 March {at 5:05 p.m.) and
21 March {at 5:20 p.m.) hearing
to discuss changing two Florida
Statute prohibit mobile homes in
R-3 zoning and to allow cluster
on one acre lots, granted the
project passes the subdivision or-
-A 21 March {at 5:05 p.m.} hear-
ing to discuss changing 35 '0
acres from agricultural to residen-
tial land use on River Road ex-
tension between the old Buckeye
Mill Site and Burnt Bridge. The
hearing will also include a 100
acre track in Eastpoint that re-
quested being changed from ag-
ricultural to residential land.
River Road resident

Frieda White

Frieda White requested that the
commissioners approve the zon-
ing to R-3. "Our idea is to protect
the environment and increase the
county's tax base." Ms. White
stated that they would not be in-
terested in the planned develop-
ment of one hdme per five acres
if mobile homes were allowed on
the track in question. "Our con-
cern is, if we do not do something
now, our county won't get the tax
base that it needs and mobile
homes are not going to provide
that. We also want to protect the
environment because it is along
the river properties. If we go one
(home) for five (acres), even with
the clustering, then we can keep
the rest of It green space." Chair-
man Mosconis said that if the
board approved the zoning
change, he would like the resi-
dents of the developed track to put
up a bond to help pay for the pav-
ing of their road. "Grated roads
are fine as long as one or two
people live on them. When you get
seventy or eighty living on them,
they don't work," said Mosconis.
Ms. White said that the there
could be no more than seventy
people living on the potential 350
acre development. She stated that
several individuals owned large
tracks of land on the area in ques-
tion and had no plans of dividing
their acreage. Ms. White also said
that the grated road in question
was sturdy and well traveled. The
developed land, reminded White,
would extend Franklin County's
tax base.Chairman Mosconis
countered that the money raised
-by the increased tax base would
not assist the road department,
which he noted drew support from
:a separate funding source. "The
'only properties that you've got in
this county that you can develop,"
concluded White, "Are on grated
roads, and you know that. And if
you're gonna put this kind of a
burden on the people that want
to try to do some development
that's environmentally sound and
that's trying to help the county...if
you're gonna put that kind of bur-
den on people, you're gonna dis-
courage an awful lot of people."

Chairman Mosconis concluded
that the tax burden would be
placed on another group to pave
the road. "You want to develop it,"
concluded Mosconis, "Fine and
Dandy, but you're gonna pay for
-A 21 March (at 5:15 p.m.) hear-
ing to discuss changing a ten acre
parcel from agriculture to com-
mercial {C-2} zoning on County
Road 370 in Alligator Point.
*County Planner Alan Pierce an-
nounced that Franklin County
had received Its first
check from St. Joe Telecommu-
nications for the 911 surcharge.
The county
received a check for $3256.85 and
will receive similar monthly
Mr. Pierce stated that it would
take approximately twenty-four
months to accumulate
enough funds to purchase the
enhanced 911 equipment.
* The board of county commis-
sioners approved a five year lease
for the use county land for the St.
George Island Chili Cookoff. The
commissioners allowed a five year
renewal clause to be written into
the lease. Liability Insurance was
set at one million dollars.
*Ron Smith presented a person-
nel study of the hourly and an-
nual salary amounts of every
county employees. Mr. Smith
noted that most of Franklin
County's employees were paid
above the state average. He noted
that the county was paying a cus-
todial worker above the recom-
mended maximum in annual sal-
ary. Mr. Smith stated that he
would go over the personnel study
in detail with County Clerk
Kendall Wade at a later date.
*Eastpoint Water and Sewer
Chairperson David Hines pre-
sented the first of two required
public hearings for the 1995 Com-
munity Development Block Grant
{CDBG} Planning Cycle. Mr. Hines
said that Franklin County was
eligible for six hundred thousand
dollars of grant funding from
CDBG. He explained that the
funds could be used for housing,
public facilities, water, sewer,
drainage, street paving, economic
development and commercial re-
vitalization. Mr. Hines said that,
if the county wanted to use CDBG
funds for street paving, it had to
be used in moderate to low income
areas. He said that the county
would have a better chance of
being funding if tried to pave in
densely populated areas. Hines
stated that CDBG had prioritized
funding for water, sewer and
street paving.
*Mr. David Hines also presented
the first of two public hearings for
the 1995 Fair Housing Planning
Cycle. Mr. Hines said that the
county did have a fair housing
ordinance, which he said met all
necessary standards. He stated
that a Fair Housing Analysis was
being prepared that would look
into possible barriers of the grant
"Housing is one of the hardest
services to deliver," concluded
*County Clerk Kendall Wade said
that HRS would not give an audit
date for Emerald Coast Hospital,
because their investigation of the
facility, he said, was supposed be

School Board

By Rene Topping
Both Franklin County teachers and parents appeared before the Fran-
klin County School Board on 9 February, to bring more of Apalachicola
High School's problems to the board for a second time. John Leach,
Executive Director of the Central Panhandle Union (affiliated with
the Franklin County Teachers Association) read a long letter, on be-
half of the math teacher who was discussed at the previous board
meeting. He protested the manner in which the board had handled a
letter from several parents who were questioning a first year teacher's
abilities. Leach said that the board and the administration had not
followed proper procedure, and had violated their own policies. The
letter also stated the full support of the Franklin County Teachers
Association for the teacher in question. The letter was received into
the record with little comment from the board.

A group of Apalachicola parents came to the meeting to report an-
other situation at the Apalachicola High School. Monica Lemleux,
parent of a unior at the school, acted as spokesperson for the group.
She said the Junior Class had been turned down by Principal Ed
Duggar on their request to hold the traditional Valentine's Day Dance.
Lemieux stated that the dance was to have been held as a money
making event to support the Junior/Senior prom.
According to Lemieux, despite repeated efforts to assure Duggar that
the dance would be well chaperoned by parents, Duggar did not want
to hold the dance at the school because of possible vandalism and
fights as had happened in the past.
Lemieux said that after the parents had made four attempts, Duggar
finally said he would meet with the parents. Lemieux said the par-
ents did not feel that any such meeting would change the outcome.
Also, she noted that the time was getting short for adequate prepara-
tions. She added that the group had not come to force the Valentine s
Day dance but rather to inform the board. Although Mr. Duggar was
not present, some members of the board thought that he should be
when his actions were being discussed. The board members felt that
Mr. Duggar should be given a chance to defend his position. In fact,
some thought that the Union letter had criticized the board for the
last month s discussion of a teacher who was not present during
that meeting.
After hearing the School Board Attorney, Barbara Sanders read por-
tions of the school board policy, School Superintendent C.T. Ponder
suggested that a workshop would be a more proper place to hold
such discussions; he felt that the county's parents, teachers, admin-
istration and the school board, as well as interested members of the
general public could all be present to air their grievances. No action
was taken by the board.
The board only briefly discussed the recent Tallahasse Democrat edi-
torial and Wall Street Journal article that listed Carrabelle and
Apalachicola High Schools as "the worst of the worst." in writing tests,
according to the newly published "Blueprint 2000" report cards just
issued. No action was taken.
In other business:
The board approved a request from Cliff Butler, President of Friends
of the Library, for a circus to be sited on the field north of the softball
field at Apalachicola High School on 18 March 1995. The board ac-
cepted a bid of $300 on a 1967 Ford Truck made by Bryant Hand;
accepted a bid of $290 by Bryant Hand on a 1974 International
truck; accepted a bid of $226 on a 1977 Dodge truck from Bob Randall;
Received no bids on a fourth truck- a 1974 International. Accepted
the resignation of Tommy J. Massey from his position at Carrabelle
High School. Approved three new substitute teachers; Barbara Henry
and Wanda Boone at Eastpoint and Lee Belcher at Carrabelle. Changed
the date of the next regular school board meeting to the second Thurs-
day of the month which would be 9 March. Board member Willie
Speed suggested five minutes be allowed for any board member be-
fore the end of every meeting, in order that the member might com-
ment on any subject. _pc-.

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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin Chronicle 26 February 1995 Page 3




At a recent School Board meeting a group of parents was allowed to attack the
performance of a new Franklin County School teacher. It is doubtful that
there is any remedy that can restore that teacher's professional stature in this
community. And, given the fact that under Florida law this untenured teacher
is subject to dismissal without cause at the end of the school year, his chances
for future employment are seriously jeopardized. For, surely, this Board knows
that when a teacher is non-renewed in one county that teacher becomes al-
most unemployable in any county. Non-renewal is a leper's mark.
I was not in attendance at this meeting but I have talked to some who were
and I read the newspaper account. And. even though the initial letter from
parents presented to the Board did not mention a particular teacher's name,
there was no doubt toward whom the real venom was directed. It was directed
toward a first-year teacher who took over a problem class after another, more
experienced teacher resigned.
The competence of this teacher is not the issue here tonight, though let me
state, on the record, the Franklin County Teachers Association fully supports
his competency and professional credentials, as do many students and par-
ents. The issue is that of due process, state law, the Collective Bargaining
Agreement between this Board and the FCTA, and the Board's own policy, all
ofwhich were violated in some form or another.
Under State Statutes, Superintendents are charged with initiating discipline.
The Board is charged with acting on the recommendations of the Superinten-
dent. Investigations are to be private and confidential until such time as they
are either dismissed as ungrounded or acted upon if grounds are there. By
allowing the public onset against a teacher without that teacher being present
and absent a documented investigation or disciplinary recommendation from
the Superintendent the Board has compromised itself on any disciplinary is-
sue that might come before it as relates to the employee in question.
Under the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement, employees are covered
by contract language requiring just cause for all discipline. Arbitrators have
long held to seven steps of Just cause, including fair warning and fair investi-
And. finally, the Board's own policy on Agenda. section 1.711, provides both
the means for public appearance on the agenda and protection for employees
who might be the subject of such an appearance. Your actions at the January
12 Board meeting clearly violate your own policies.
When a parent has problems with a teacher there is a clear accepted profes-
sional practice for dealing with such problems. The first step is through the
teacher. If that does not suffice, the next step is through the Principal. Upon
notification of the principal, the teacher should be called in for VERIFICA-
TION, and then, should circumstances warrant, for counseling and assis-
tance. Should this fail, another conference should be held to determine why
the plan failed. Specific written plan for improvement is next. And, finally,
should circumstances warrant, a recommendation should be made to the
Superintendent for proper action. Should the Superintendent recommend dis-
cipline, that discipline must be allowed to be challenged for contractual com-
pliance by the teacher and the Association. Then, and only then, should that
situation come to this Board.
Should that process not be in place, this board has a much more serious
interest at stake here than the treatment of a single teacher, as serious as that
might be. To guarantee anything less for all educators seriously jeopardizes
academic freedom and the very foundation of our community.

from page one
luncheon was adorned with draw-
ings of African American innova-
tors, activists and community
leaders. Major T.E. Whitehead
stated that the Black History
Month Committee had prepared
both an art and essay contest for
the inmates. The top three works
in each category, said Major
Whitehead, will received ribbons.
The Franklin Work Camp Black
History Month Committee in-
cludes: Lieutenant Davis, Major
Whitehead, Officer Winfleld, Ser-
geant Webb and Sergeant
Mr. Speed later praised the work
camp's celebration of Black His-

tory Month and felt that the con-
tests provided for the inmates
would serve as great vehicle of
knowledge and understanding.
When asked who came to his
mind during Black History
Month, Mr. Speed proudly noted
that his uncle, Emanuel Smith,
as a great achiever. Mr. Speed
stated that his uncle had been an
Apalachicola City Commissioner
for seventeen years and a post
master for four years. Mr. Speed
also listed Poet Paul Lawrence
Dunbar and activists Sojourner
Truth and and HarrietTubbman
as great achievers that came to
mind during Black History

904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
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Vol. 4, No. 4 26 February 1995
Publisher ........ Tom W. Hoffer
Editor and Manager Brian Goercke
Contributors .... Carole Ann Hawkins
............ Paul Jones
............ Randle Leger
............ Bonnie L. Dietz
............ Rene Topping
............ Lee McKnight
I........... Judy Corbus
........... Darl R. Ostrander
............ Wayne Childers
............ Laura K. Rogers
............ Amanda Loos
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........... Eric Steinkuehler
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Video Production .... David Creamer
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel ............. Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson ................................. Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen ...................... Carrabelle
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
Pat M orrison ............................................ St. George Island
Tom and Janyce Louthridge .................... St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung......................... Eastpoint
Brooks W ade ........................................... Eastpoint
Wayne Childers ............. Port St. Joe

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Alligator Point

By Paul Jones
The Alligator Point/St. Teresa Volunteer Fire Department held their
annual organizational meeting on January 14 to elect board mem-
bers and officers for 1995. The selections for board members included
.Gall Carter, Wes Carter, Denise Griffin, Bob Harwood, Dale Jones,
Gene Mellot, Glen Price, and Bill Scaringe. In addition, Rosemary
Scaringe was elected president, John Murphy Vice-President, Deanna
Greene Secretary, Paul Parker Treasurer, and Steve Fling Fire Chief.
For early 1995, the department expects to have an Automatic Exter-
nal Deflbrillator on line to treat patients with symptoms of cardiac
arrest. Most folks recognize this device as seen on television (in a
hospital scenario) where the cardiac patient is literally "shocked."
The good news for the people in this remote community is that this
particular A.E.D. unit is portable and can be used almost anyplace to
aid a victim.
According to Chief Steve Fling, each 1 st Responder in the department
will be trained on the A.E.D., thus providing early defibrillation treat-
ment that has been proven to give the cardiac arrest victim the best
chance for survival.
Franklin County Commissioner Raymond Williams, District 2, was
greeted on Saturday morning, February 11, at the Alligator Point Fire
House, by a Standing-Room-Only crowd desirous of not only meeting
;the new commissioner but also to quiz him as to his intentions to
bring about a closer harmony between the county and the taxpayers
of the Point.

Photo: Commissioner Williams with officers of the APTA
(1st row) Williams, Lisa Principata (Secr.), Bunky Atkinson
(Ist VP)
(2nd row) Paul Parker (2nd VP), Taylor Moore (Pres.), Bob
Harwood (Treas.)
Williams, who was only scheduled to meet wit the group from 8:30 to
10:00am, patiently listened to the discourse of old and new business
of the Alligator Point Taxpayers Association's regularly scheduled
meeting held from 10:00 to 11:00am.


Even though bids have been accepted to begin construction on the,
restoration of the storm damaged portion ofCounty Road 370, the
-only activity to date has been the relocation of electric power poles by
the Florida Power Company. '

19 Year old Carrabelle Artist Beth Gibbs

. ** .Art Exposition at

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Carrabelle Artist and Poet Beth
Gibbs has set up a collage of her
Drawings in the WINGS Program
room at the Carrabelle Branch of
the Franklin County Library.
g, "= "Her work is fantastic," Assistant
SLibrarian Jackie Gay boasts, "She
does naturally what others have
to go to school for." Ms. Gibbs,.
who is presently illustrating a
V book written by Carrabelle resi-
dent Dean Humphries, hopes to
Eventually become self-supported
by her artistic talents. Art, says
Beth, is something that she has
excelled at as long as she can re-
call. "It's something that, when
my mind gets troubled, puts me
at ease."

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Viles Combo; Memory

Making Entertainment
By Rene Topping
Clare and Nelson Viles, two self-confessed lovers of "Big Band Mu-
sic," joined together to form the Viles Combo over four years ago.
Since their formation, they have been invited to play their music to
audiences from Orlando to Fort Walton Beach; and there have been
many stops between at Carrabelle, Eastpoint and Apalachicola. The
Viles, being quite musically diverse, enjoy playing all types of music.
They have been heard to sound out with a spirited bit of country or a
moving gospel piece.
In the four years that the couple have been making music together,
they have donated thier musical talents on a regular basis at local
nursing homes. Clare said," There is nothing more joyful than to see
senior citizens get up and show that no matter how old they are, the
sounds of the 40's will make them want to dance." Nelson Viles uses
his dry humor to get the audience to clap and sing, saying, "The event
is always better when you get the audience to join in. Nelson ar-
ranges the music that the couple plays at an event. The duo practice
endless hours at their home on the Poston Bayou in Carrabelle to
perfect the music for each affair.
It is hard to believe that the couple have both attained seventy years
and a bit more; when you watch the vivacious Clare smile out at the
audience as she takes her place at the keyboard or witness Nelson as
he starts things off with the introduction. So, side by side, Clare on
the keyboard and Nelson on the saxophone, off they go on another
musical Journey guaranteed to bring memories rushing back to the
The most frequent comments heard at their concerts are: That was
real musical You can sing all the words Those were the really good
songs! Clare laughs saying "Ou groupies are mainly close to our
age, so we don t get much screaming, but we do get a lot of smiles and
happy talk."
With their musical talent, the Viles are indeed one of the "thousand
points of light." But it would only be right to mention that Clare has
another talent which she has gotten to really use after she retired.
She is an award winning local artist and the founder of the Carrabelle
Artist Association. Her art hangs in her own shop, the Bayou Art
Gallery, which Is located at the west end of the Tillie Miller Bridge in
Carrabelle. How long do the Viles expect to continue their entertain-
ing ways?. Nelson says simply,"We have no plans for retiring. I guess
we will go on doing this for the rest of our lives. Further than that... I
cannot say."


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Looks Forward
to Traninig

Kathy Russ, the local represen-
tative for the Education Founda-
tion {EF) for Foreign Study, will
be;attending a regional training
meeting this month in Atlanta,
Each year, EF brings its Interna-
tional Exchange Coordinators
(IECs) and Regional Coordinators
(RCs) from all over the United
States to a three-day regional
training meeting. This provides an
opportunity to teach new recruits
about cultural exchange and to
introduce them to other represen-
tatives. Experienced individuals
receive updated Information on
the program as well as new tech-
niques in everything from public-
ity to counseling homesick stu-
Russ, who is a Regional Coordi-
nator for the non-profit organiza-
tion, says, "Last year, we had a
really insightful workshop on un-
derstanding people more fully by
re-thinking the way you listen .to
them. This year, the theme of the
meeting is 'Communication.' I'm
hoping it will help me fine-tune
the orientations I give for students
and families. They're an important
tool in helping to ease culture
Asked why she chose interna-
tional exchange as a way to give
her time, Russ explained, "It's a
great way for me to help people
discover new cultures and tradi-
,tions, and to introduce these stu-
dents to a new way of life." She
added that the students arrive in
the United States with lots of pre-
conceived notions about our
country-many of them from the
media. "It's fun helping them sort
out what they've seen in the mov-
ies from what America is really
like. "
EF is a non-profit organization
dedicated to high school foreign
exchange as a method of promot-
ing intercultural understanding.
Students from Europe, Asia and
Latin America travel across the
globe to live with volunteer host
families and discover new worlds.
The students attend local high
schools and discover American
culture through daily life, holi-
days and traditions. The students,
aged fifteen to eighteen, arrive in
the United States with their own
spending money, health insur-
ance, and a general knowledge of
spoken English. They lea, with
enough memories to st a
All students are helped through
their exchange year by represen-
tatives like Russ, who act as liai-
sons for students, host families,
and high schools. IECs are re-
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Net Ban Report
NET BAN REPORT continued from page one
On November 8, 1994, the voters of Florida passed a constitutional
amendment banning the use of gill and other entangling nets in all
Florida waters and prohibiting the use of other nets larger than 500
square feet in mesh area in nearshore and inshore Florida waters.
When they did, a significant segment of Florida's commercial fishing
community saw Its way of life changed forever. It is not the purpose of
this report to rehash the relative merits of the net ban itself but,
rather, to gauge its adverse effects and propose ameliorating actions.
The impact of the amendment does not end with taking a net fisher
off the water. Many communities face a widespread economic impact
because their economies rely heavily-in some instances, like the town
of Oak Hill in Volusia County, almost solely-on commercial net fish-
ing. The ripple effect on these communities is going to pose a threat
to every business accustomed to commerce resulting from income
earned and dollars generated by commercial net fishing.
There are socio-economic effects as well. For example, many low-
income consumers depend on mullet and other net-caught fish as a
healthy low-cost food source for their families. Mullet is caught by
net and those who use it as a staple of their diet are among those who
will be adversely impacted.
Those on whom the ban will have the most pervasive impact are the
gill netters themselves, as well as their families. Fishers are a proud
and resilient people, unused to dependency in any form. For fishers,
time is not measured by a time clock but by the movement of the
tides and schools of fish and shrimp. Many have been in the business
for generations and are presently ill-equipped for transition to any
other way of life. The sense of despair, anger and hopelessness in
these fishing communities, as experienced by the Interagency Task
Force which recently held twenty-two town meetings across the state,
cannot be adequately conveyed on paper. It is clear that social service
agencies must prepare themselves to address these issues.
On September 7, 1994, The Department of Labor and Employment
Security, in response to legislative mandate, convened an Interagency
Task Force, initially consisting of the Department of Environmental
Protection, the Marine Fisheries Commission, the Department of Com-
merce, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the
University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Services
(IFAS), the Florida Sea Grant and the Department of Community Af-
fairs. Subgroups of the Task Force and others have been assembling
to address the net ban issues with increasing frequency ever since.
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Aucilla River +0:03 +0:05 St. George Island (East End) -0:15 +0:06
Shell Point +0:05 +0:03 St. George Island (Sikes Cut) +0:49 +1:32
Dickerson Bay +0:16 +0:20 Apalachicola +2:00 +2:44
Bald Point +0:33 +0:19 St. Joseph Bay -0:24 -0:51
Alligator Point -0:08 +0:11 Panama City -0:43 -0:44
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NET BAN REPORT continued from page five
The first order of business was to gather data to determine the extent
of the need. This was no small task. Due to the nature of the com-
mercial fishing industry, little definitive data exists from which to
make these estimates. Salt Water Product License data ells how many
licenses are In effect, but not how many crew members there are.
Trip Tickets tell us how much of each affected species Is landed, but
not how far out from shore It was caught. Boat registra ion data does
not tell us if the boat can or will be used beyond the limits of the
banned area. No reliable statistics exist on how many nets each fisher
Past estimates of how many individuals will face economic loss have
fluctuated wildly from a few hundred to several thousands. Proposed
compensation costs have ranged from zero to hundreds of millions of
dollars. As with any controversy, reality lies somewhere in between.
Following a review of existing data, much of which was conflicting
and non-definitive, the Task Force chose two primary avenues through
which to amass additional necessary information. One, as mentioned,
was to hold a series of townhall meetings in twenty-two locations
around the state identified from landings data as areas likely to be
most Impacted by the ban. Over 1,700 Individuals attended these-
meetings and provided extensive information. The other data collec-
tion effort consisted of surveys intended to gauge the impact of the
ban on fishers, first receivers and retailers. A total of 3,764 surveys
were sent to fishers, 582 to first receivers, and 2,550 to retailers.
The Task Force also reviewed the case histories of other states and
countries. None duplicated the situation here in Florida. What sets
Florida apart Is the large number of affected individuals, the large
number of rural coastal communities dependent upon a fishing
economy, and the permanency of the ban. California, one of the few
states offering any form of compensation, reduced its number of lic-
ensees to fewer than 200 through a phase-out period simultaneously
using that time to raise dedicated revenues. Florida, by comparison,
Is going "cold turkey."
In many ways, the effect on Florida will be most similar to that of
Maine, which has just had a federal closure of the Georges Bank,
fishing grounds that have supported generations of fishers. Florida,
like Maine, depends on tourism for much of its economy and has
rural coastal communities with historic ties to the marine fishing
industry. Like the hamlets of the Maine coast, some of Florida's small
communities will have a surfeit of fishers, stranded in mid-life, iso-
lated from mainstream labor markets, and fearful of their futures.
Unlike Maine, however, Florida will not be receiving a sizable federal
aid package since the closure is not a federal action.
According to the Department of Environmental Protection's Trip Ticket
data, thirty-six of Florida's 67 counties recorded landings of net ban-
affected species in excess of $10,000 in 1991. There were 6,103 Salt
Water Product licensees, of whom approximately 1,200 landed over
S5,000 in gross value and about 1,700 had landings of $2,500 or
more. 582 wholesalers/dealers and over 2,550 retailers were Identi-
fled. The universe of affected Individuals and businesses does not
end here, of course, since the ripple effect of the ban will be felt
throughout the net-fishing dependent communities.
Clearly, those who make their living exclusively from gill netting will
be the most affected, because that livelihood will.cease. Exacerbating
this problem is the fact that Individuals who make their living from
fishing, unlike most wage earners, are not covered by unemployment
compensation. Unemployment compensation Is a federalstate Insur-
ance program that provides temporary compensation payments as
protection against lost wages when a worker becomes unemployed
through no fault of his or her own.
No less affected in terms of Job loss will be those on,the docks and in
the flshhouses, plants and retail outlets who depend upon net-caught
fish. The major difference is that most of these workers do enjoy the
limited protection of unemployment compensation .
Section IV of this report contains the Department of Labor and Em-
ployment Security's retraining and re-employment service plan for
affected individuals. It is estimated that approximately 1,583 dislo-
cated workers will avail themselves of services over a threeyear pe-
riod. A projected need for $10,246,165 in training funds has been
identified. Federal job training funds are available for this purpose. A
portion of these funds will be devoted to the development of aquacul-
ture projects. Aquaculture was identified as the alternative employ-
ment of most interest to this population, although other alternatives
are possible and certainly will be pursued.
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By Carol Ann Hawkins
The room breathed music. As I sat down in the living room of a
Carrabelle home and briefly glanced around, I noticed a music stand,
complete with sheet music, beside my chair. There was a player pi-
ano and stacks of piano rolls directly behind me. To my left, a black
guitar case leaned against the wall. It was in this house that I came to
know and appreciate the life history of James Edward "Gentleman
Jim" Portwood, a retired professional musician. He personally es-
corted me through his past, a nostalgic guided tour of gone-but-never-
to-be-forgotten yesterdays, modestly shrugging off various items (vis-
ible proof of the exciting life he lived) as "Just the passing years."
"Just the passing years" included the time he spent as a recording
artist; he has played all over the country with 50 to 70 piece orches-
tras; he has performed on radio and television for more than 50 years;
he has taught music to youngsters such as the Osmonds, who called
him "Uncle Jim" (Donnie andMarie were still "in arms, little babies");
friends like Red Skeleton, Jimmy Rogers, Glen Campbell, Bing Crosby,
Mitch Miller, the Sons of the Pioneers, the original Blackwood Broth-
ers and the Arizona Wranglers, to mention only a few; and last but
not least, Hollywood producers who decided his father's ranch near
Reno, Nevada was an ideal spot to make movies.
Four things of personal importance stand out in "Gentleman Jim's
life: 1) Life itself, family and friends: 2) music, especially Gospel mu-
sic; 3) freely sharing his musical talents with the community, espe-
cially at the Franklin County Senior Citizen's Center and First Meth-
odist Church; and 4) the fact that he doesn't like any type of alcoholic
beverage and never did and that he is a non-smoker.
Jim was born in June 1922 in Reno, Nevada. He grew up on a ranch
of several thousand acres, about 20 miles from Reno. When Jim was
a little boy, he and his father would go into Reno to stock up on
groceries. Little Jim Portwood's father was a sheriff, and a lot of the
locals called his dad "Gentleman Jim," drawing from the nickname
given to then-World Champion American boxer, James John "Gentle-
man Jim" Corbett (1866-1933).
His mother, Ardella Burk, born in Reno in 1897, "is still alive and
kickin," explains Gentleman Jim and she's just as busy as she can
be" in Tampa." Mrs. Burk celebrated her 97th birthday in December
1994. His grandmother was an "army brat," born in 1874 or 1876
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The Portwood ranch was situated at an altitude of 6200 feet, 20 miles
from the nearest neighbor. Wild horses roamed freely. Film-makers
found out about the ranch and used the site to film Westerns and
"did all kinds of things." During these filings, Jim heard a lot of
guitar-playing. One day, someone lent him a guitar. He soon mas-
ered the instrument, then went on to master the banjo, bass, and
Intwined in his music, "Gentleman Jim" pulled his guitar across his
lap as I interviewed him and began picking and strumming; he sang
a beautiful song often heard at weddings, "Always." (Remember? "I'll
be loving you, always..."). I smiled as I listened, thinking of my mother,
who died in 1987, and my dad, who has since happily remarried.
This was mother's and daddy's kind of music. Jim recalled he played
a lot of Arkansas towns back in the early 1970's, "back when I was a
kid," he laughed.
In 1938, he attended school in Des Moines, Iowa. At the age of 16,
under the name of Jimmy Edwards and singing "Is It True What They
Say About Dixie?", he won first place in a talent show. "Guess what I
got-my first prize?" he asked. I shook my head. "Ten dollars! 1937,"
he said proudly. After that, he played all over Iowa, and he's been
playing ever since. In the '40s, still in school, he was sponsored by
the makers of "Oshkosh (B'gosh)" overalls. He played often in Des
Moines with Buddy Webster and the Borderland Buckaroos on WHO
Radio, a 50,000 watt station that beamed his music across the whole
eastern seaboard. "I was young then," he said.
He lived in Seward, Alaska for about 13 years.While there, he'd fly to
Reno, do a couple of shows back-to-back, then return to Alaska. He's
been in and out of Florida since 1947. After he graduated from the
University of Iowa, he traveled up and down the sunshine state, spon-
sored by what was then the Dixie-Lily Milling company (now Dixie-
Lily) The "Dixie-Lily Boys," played Country & Western, Swing, and
Show Music at state fairs and wherever Dixie-Lily sold products. When
the group of six played "On their own" in the late '50's and early '60's,
they were known as "The Six Appeals."
Back to the present, "Gentleman Jim" offered to demonstrate his player
piano. I scooted a chair nearer to the piano. My foot was soon tapping
to the music of "Pennies From Heaven." As the player piano did its
thing, Jim did his thing, playing right along with it, using different
keys and different notes. After he finished, I told him that I wished
there was some way we could devise a method for the sounds of the
music to "come out" in the newspaper to accompany the story.
As the consumate showman, Jim had once performed in the casinos
of Vegas; he noted that they "weren't quite as gawdy in those days,
because they didn't have the equipment they've got now." He loved
every facet of his vocation, but admitted that it involved a lot of hard
work and a lot of time away from home.
Since he was a non-drinker (declaring, "I hate boozel"), he was the
one who drove the bus while everyone else partied or slept. "We didn't
call it designated driver in those days." Drug use back then was "noth-
ing like it is now." However, he recalled a saying then, that "If you are
a musician, you're probably a drug addict." His family thought his
friends were "awful."
Jim has always been active in church work. He was one of a group of
Carrabelle residents who played and sang at First Baptist Church in
Carrabelle on New Year's Eve when a young Russian couple shared
Iheir slory of growing up as Christians in Iheir country. (The Russian
husband later asked Jim to teach him to play the Blues sometime in
the future, and Jim's looking forward to it.) When Jim was playing on
an Iowa radio station in 1938, he met the original Blackwood Broth-
ers, a popular gospel quartet and fathers of the sons who still sing
under the same name.
A Navy veteran in charge of landing craft in the South Pacific and
"one of 11 who came back, out of a company of 189," Jim recalled he
was in a Methodist Church in Des Moines when he heard about the
bombing of Pearl Harbor. "Church was Just getting over," he said. He
joined the Navy shortly afterward.
As we wound up the interview, one ofJim's,friends dropped by to visit
and was introduced as "a fine guitar player arfd picker...and he's a
fine bass picker." Robert Franklin, who moved from Texas to in Lanark
Village, started playing guitar while he was serving in the Army dur-
ing World War II. "Gentleman Jim" and Robert have formed a duo and



both like gospel music. Most every Sunday morning at 11:45 A.M.,
"unless the creeks rise," they can be found at Carrabelle's First Meth-
odist Church, where "Gentlemen Jim" plays the guitar and Robert
plays the bass. Joined by Cathrine Mock, "a fine organ player and a
fine piano player," they form a nice-sounding trio.
"Gentleman Jim" retired in 1962, and is a lifetime member of the
American Federation of Musicians, Reno, Nevada. Having graduated
from two piano technology schools, he has been a piano technician
for over 40 years and formerly served as a representative for Baldwin
Pianos and Organs in the Reno, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe areas.
Does he have any advice for aspiring young musicians? "No. They
already know.., a lot more than I do," he smiled.

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Background of the Ben

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Consultants Appeal
Dr. Ben Johnson and his corporation, Coastal Development Consult-
ants appealed a Franklin County Commission decision which denied
his Resort Village project from having multifamily housing. Franklin
County Respondent answered the Johnson appeal before Hearing
Officer P. Michael Ruff, in formal proceedings held in Apalachicola on
22-23 August and 9 September 1994. Dr. Tom Adams intervened in
the matter on the side of the County Commission. The background
presented below is excerpted from the Ruff opinion released on
11 January 1995.
Statement Of The Issues
The issues to be resolved in this proceeding concern whether the Petitioners
should obtain an amendment to a development order which would allow multi-
family residential development on the property of the Petitioners, presently
designated as commercial property, on St. George Island, Franklin County,
Florida. Included within that general issue are questions involving whether
the proposed amendment is a "substantial deviation" from that 1977 develop-
ment order, what vested rights, if any, the Petitioners have to develop their
property, and whether the development, as proposed and as delineated in the
testimony and evidence, is consistent with the development order and any
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Preliminary Statement
The Petitioners' cause of action became ripe for adjudication upon the filing of
a petition for appeal with the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commis-
sion on February 17, 1994. That petition was transmitted to the Division of
Administrative Hearings and the undersigned Hearing Officer for formal pro-
ceeding. On June 30. 1993. the Petitioners had filed with the Respondent a
notification of proposed change to a previously-approved development of re-
gional impact (DRI) in accordance with Chapter 380. Florida Statutes. That
proposed amendment, if approved, would allow the development of multifam-
ily residential units and condominiums on the Petitioners' property on St.
George Island. Florida.
A public hearing was held on the proposed amendment by the Respondent on
December 7, 1993 and upon a motion to deny it. the Respondent voted to
deny the amendment. The Respondent issued an order setting forth the de-
nial on January 4, 1994, in which the Respondent took the position that the
owners of the property should apply for an amendment to the development
order, specifying densities of uses permitted for the property and that future
applications for development orders concerning the property should address
storm water, sewage disposal, fire safety, emergency evacuation, water sup-
ply, and provide reasonable assurances that the quality and productivity of
Apalachicola Bay will be maintained...
Findings of Fact
1. A development order (DO) was approved by the County on September 10.
1977 providing for a DRI for approximately 1.200 acres of property on St.
George Island in Franklin County. Florida. The 1.200 acres to which the 1977
DO relates is not contiguous. It is separated into two parcels, one of which is
located on the east end of St. George Island, adjacent to the state park, which
contains 33-1/3 acres designated as "commercial." It is identified as the "Sunset
Beach Commercial Area" in that 1977 DO. That same area is also referred to
as Three Hundred Ocean Mile, Gorrie Ocean Mile, or Sunset Beach. The re-
maining portion of the 1.200 acres is located hetween 19th Street West and

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the Bob-Sikes Cut, and is generally referred to as the "Plantation." The Planta-
tion DRI property is divided by the 1977 DO into both residential and com-
mercial areas. Thereare two designated commercial areas in the Plantation
property,' one of which is adjacent to Bob Sikes Cut and is approximately 100
acres in size. The other commercial area is approximately 150 acres in area
and is referred to as the "Airport Commercial Area" or the "Nick's Hole Com-
mercial Area." These areas are collectively referred to in the 1977 DO as the
"Plantation Commercial Areas". The remainder of the Plantation DRI property
consists of 900 to 1,000 platted, residential lots designated as "Residential
Areas." Approximately 250 of these lots are already developed with single-
family residences. The Petitioners are successor-in-interest to a portion of'the
Plantation property, owning approximately 58 acres within the Airport or Nick's
Hole Commercial Area. This property is hereinafter described as "Petitioners'
2. The 1977 DO limits the total commercial area which can be developed to
not more than 200 acres even though a larger portion is commercially desig-
nated. Thus, the development of the 58 acres at issue in this proceeding will
not result in the limit in the 1977 DO being exceeded. The 1977 DO autho-
rizes commercial development within the Plantation Commercial Areas...The
1977 DO thus provides that the commercial areas shall include one or more
high quality resort hotels and motels, with affiliated uses such as tourist shdps.
-restaurants, recreational amenities and similar activities. The 1977 DO pro-
vides that because specific plans for the two areas were indefinite at the time
of the enactment of the 1977 DO. those areas would not be re-zoned at that
time; but rezoning of the areas would be granted upon final approval of the
plans by the Respondent. "which approval shall not be unreasonably with-
held." "Condominiums and multi-family residential structures shall not be
allowed in any of the areas...without the prior consent of the Respondent.
Before development is commenced in the commercial areas, plans and speci-
fications for the site clearing and construction shall be submitted to the Re-
spondent for review and approval. Upon such approval, the specific area in
question shall be re-zoned to allow the requested land use."
3. The 1977 DO has been amended several times. Two of the amendments
enacted in 1985 and 1987 specifically authorize condominium and multi-
family residential development within the Plantation Commercial Areas.
Continued to page 12

San Marcos de Apalache has been the site of several epochs in Florida
history. John Winfield, Sandy Madsen and Sandy Thursby joined other
reenactors at the St. Marks historical site in celebration of Archeology
Week, ending on Sunday, 12 February 1995. John Winfield (Eastpoint),
an employee in the State Park on St. George Island, demonstrated a 72
cal. Matlock rifle, and a large sword, indigenous to the DeSoto explora-
tion period. About 500 visitors went through the time trail, and observed
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Although the controversies that
once rocked the foundations of
then Annaweekee Psychiatric Fa-
cility have quieted down some for
the now Inner Harbour Hospital.
a growing concern remains for
the newly placed Level 8 Program
for at-risk uveniles has placed In-
ner Harbour Hospital back in the
public's mind.
At the 17 January meeting of the
Franklin County Commission,
Inner Harbour Hospital Adminis-
trator Bill Hutchinson appeared
before the county commissioners
to address the board's concern
that the new at-risk program may
place the county in an expensive
judicial liability predicament. The
commissioners felt that the
youths treated in the new pro-
gram would be more apt to run-
away and possibly involve them-
selves in illegal activities. The
county would, as a result, be re-
sponsible for the consequential
legal expenses. Mr. Hutchinson
assured the commissioners that
the juveniles from the Level 8 Pro-
gram were no different than any
of the Juveniles previously treated
at Inner Harbour Hospital.
A continuing curiosity of Inner
Harbour's facility and treatment
plan led two of Franklin County's
news sources to request an inter-
view with the hospital administra-
tor and a tour of the facility. On
3 February, Inner Harbor Hospi-
tal Administrator Bill Hutchinson
spoke with the Franklin County
Chronicle's Managing Editor
Brian Goercke and Oyster Radio's
News Director Michael Allen
about the facility's history and
treatment plan and led the two
news mediums on an extended
tour of the facility.
Mr. Bill Hutchinson became the
administrator for Inner Harbour
Hospital in 1987. The facility,
which treats nearly seventy
youths with a staff of approxi-
mately one hundred and fifty em-
ployees, Is set on roughly four
hundred square acres of land .
The youths, said Hutchinson, are

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March from 6-8 p.m. in the Fran-
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interested In participated in the
Big Brother and Big Sisters Train-
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Each group has a Native Ameri-
can tribal name. The groups live
in wooden cabins in isolated
camps. Each camp has five cab-

Administrator Bill Hutchinson

treated at Inner Harbour on an
average from four to six months.
"The state is overwhelmed with
kids that need help. Sometimes
they get funneled through
H.R.S.," said Hutchinson, "We try
to address their needs. Most of
our kids have family problems.
Many of them suffer from low self
Inner Harbour Hospital is accred-
ited by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools. The
youths attend the facility's private
school from 8AM to 3PM. Accord-
ing to Administrator Hutchinson,
Inner Harbour has provided their
students with guided tours of
some of Franklin County's scien-
tific institutions including the
Marine Estuary Laboratory to
help the youths gain knowledge
though experience. "The thing is
to find an interest within the
kids," said Hutchinson, "if you
can do that, then you can teach
them." Inner Harbor also provides
their students with Vocational
Education and GED preparation
Social and psychiatric services of-
fered at Inner Harbour Hospital
include: individual, group and
family therapy, treatment for eat-
ing disorders, adolescent sexual
offenders, substance abuse and
experiential therapies that utilize
outdoor activities, Inner Harbor's
Juveniles are often treated to such
recreational excursions as hiking,
camping and canoeing trips. The
recreational activities, said
Hutchinson, afford the youths an
outlet to ease their often troubled
minds. "The kids have to be ac-
tive. A lot of them suffer from de-
pression and the exercise is very
good for them," said Hutchinson.
Some of the ailments that Inner
Harbor is equipped to treat in-
clude: Attention-Deficit Hyperac-
tivity Disorder, Impulse Control
Disorders, Oppositional Defiant
Disorder and Conduct Disorder.
The facility is staffed by licensed
psychiatrists, psychologists, so-
cial workers, mental health assis-
tants and nurses. According to
Administrator Hutchinson, Inner
Harbor provides five to six years
of follow-up examination to track
the progress of their former pa-
The Juveniles at Inner Harbour
are separated into small groups
of ten to twelve individuals. The
groups seldom mix with one an-
other. The groups are kept sepa-
rate to create a more controlled
environment for the youths to live
in; the facility's counselors are,
thus, more able to provide qual-
ity treatment to each resident.

ins which house two to three
youths. Some of the values that
Inner Harbor tries to instill in
their group members include col-
laboration and discipline. The
youths are expected to keep their
cabins, restrooms and general
camp surroundings clean. They
are also expected to interact
peacefully within their groups.
Administrator Hutchinson stated
that when the youths refuse to
adhere to the facility's policies, the
individuals are isolated in what
he refers to as secure units. "The
day stops for an individual and
sometimes a group when a prob-
lem fails to be resolved. The choice
of group activities are always
group based. By working together,
the kids learn a skill that will aide
them in the future. Everything
eventually Is designed to teach
discipline. These kids, they've
been told they are bad people. We
Just tell them that there's a skill
that they need to learn, discipline..
Our program design is real
simple, straightforward and real-
Ity-based. We ask the kids to be
responsible teenagers...not re-
sponsible adults," said

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Although the youths at Inner Har-
bor come from a variety of back-
grounds, the facility tries to emu-
late a mood of equality within the.
groups. The kids are required to
dress in modest wardrobes and
are allowed a limited amount of
personal possessions. "We want
the kids to know that what counts
is how they feel on the inside.
That's hard sometimes, because
many of those we work with have
their insecurities."
Although the treatment that the
youths receive is often priceless,
the cost for a person to stay at
the facility is great. At minimum,
it costs five hundred and twenty-
five dollars per day for a youth to
stay at Inner Harbor Hospital. The
facility, said Hutchinson, does do-
nate a considerable amount of
money per year to charity cases.
And while such extensive treat-
ment for youths isconsiderably
rare in the state of Florida, Inner
Harbour Hospital does cater to the
needs of those who often have no
other place to look to for such

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904-670-8585 Dr. Elizabeth Jones

Apalach Motel
On Hwy. 98 West
Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Phones: (904) 653-2116 or 2117
Clean, Comfortable, Convenient, Moderate Rates

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The Franklin Chronicle 26 February 1995 Page 9

... ~L.%,, IM hi- ldh and 26th

Four Generations




...you are if you support the Charity
Chili Cookoff by purchasing either a
bodacious black embroidered jacket
($100) or black buckskin bill cap ($25).
To place your order, contact Harry
Arnold: 927-2447 or 224-9475. We
salute the 1995 Chili Heads below!

Happy Pelican
Paula Luberto
Making Waves
Cindy Clark
Mindi Cates Onderick
JoAnn Shiver
Beth Moseley
Joshua Putnal
Cody Putnal
Gyynn Morris
W. H. Harwell, Jr.
Aaron Taylor
Victoria Eggers
Georgia-Florida Burglar
Alarm Co.
Spearman Dist.
(Miller Beer Products)
Bruce and Rose Drye
First America Title
Insurance Company
Gwen Morton
John Morton
Dennis Barnell
Collins Construction
William L. "Bill" Gary
David Fulmer
Dan Garlick
Shirley Gelch
Kathy Gilbert
..Gulf State .Bank
Gunn Electrical
Gunn Heating & Air
Ollie Gunn, Jr.
Jan Powell
Harry A's
Hill Pharmacy
Hills Pharmacy
Walter Hoch
Island Emporium
Tommy Johns
G. Michael Kates
Keystone Realty
George Kirvin
Magic Carpet
Market Place
MGS Services
Woody Miley
Nickel & Dime
Lee Nole
Willie Norred
Oyster Cove
Rita O'Connell
Kenny P.
Morris Palmer
Paradise Cafe
Gary Pitts
Gordon Adkins
Steve Adkins
Roland Aldridge,:
Alice Collins Realty
Anchor Realty
Apalach Animal Clinic
Linda Arnold
Beach Builders
Blue Parrott
Don Boyd
Pat Campbell
Ane Cates
Alice Collins
John Collins
Buddy Crawford
Fisherman's Headquarl

Sherrie Powell
S. G. I. Civic Club
Shade 'n' Shelter Tent Co.
Kristen Shelby
Mary Lou Short
Chuck Spicer
Helen Spoher
John Henry Spratt
Supply Dock
Franklin Chronicle
Gill Troutman
Patt Valentine
Mark Wilbanks
Judi Williams
First American Title
and Insurance Co.
Tom and Dixie Hall
K. L. Rarrow
Al Clark
John Bone
Nara Pearce
Vic Cobb
J. P. Rakei
Ann Coppin
Mary Noel
Terry Kemp
James H. Cobb
Grier Sims
Jean Parker
Jason Pilcher
Rich and Gail Barlett
Ed and Beverly Lewis
Pat Leach
Tommy Johns
Karen Bock-Schoelles
Thayer M. Marts
Gulf Coast Realty
Tommy's Heart of
the Island
Wayne Kozich
Robert M. Gill
Ryan Maxwell
John Ackerly
Pat and Donna Tornillo
Wiliam J. Phelan
Temp Davis
Richard Hodgkins
Southern Tier Land
and Catle Co.
Charles W. Barnes III
Jan Powell
Willie Luberto
Drew Clarke
J. J. ans Chris Healy
Gil and Beverly Troutman
Joe and Helen Soloman
Harry and Nelle Landrum
Tom and Ellen Beavers
Linda Ellis
AAA Integrity Inspections'
Jim Davidson
Dan Davis
Louis Day
Patty Durham
Eagle Constructors
ERA Canterbury Prop.
Executive Office Supply
Carla Lee Fazzi
Ken Fish
Kim Fish
Don Crozier

Together for the first time are: Mrs. Chloris Davis,
mother of Mrs. Jane Roberts, who is mother of Mrs. Beth
Perez, the mother of Miss Gini Perez.
Mrs. Perez and Gini are former residents of Carrabelle
and now live in Tallahassee.
Mrs. Davis now resides with her daughter Jane Roberts
at Carrabelle Beach.

Chili Cookoff Board member Gary Cates displays
one of several hundred "FSU Chairs" to be on
sale at the 4 March March event, held on St.
George Island, Florida. The chairs, with champi-
onship logos, will be sold for $20 each. Later,
some will be sold at auction.



Esther Suber



ROBERT L. KAISER, a frequent
visitor to this area, has died in At-
lanta at the age of 64. He was a
physician whose work in the field
ofepidemiology and prevention of
tropical diseases led to a number
of disease eradication programs
around the world. Dr. Kaiser led
efforts at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention to estab-
lish national and International
programs to prevent and control
parasitic diseases. He retired in
1993, and had told friends locally
that he had planned his retire-
ment in Franklin County. Surviv-
ing are his wife, Mary Cormack
Kaiser, three children of Atlanta
and a grandchild.


The Franklin County Sheriffs Of-
fice announced the arrest of two
Juveniles and one adult in a
reak-in ofArd's Grocery in East-
point. Cynthia Doris Turbeville,
27, has been charged with Bur-
glary of a Structure and Criminal
Mischief, and two Juveniles, 13
and 15, have been charged with
Burglary of a Structure. At about
2:00 a. m. on 19 February, the
two juveniles entered the grocery
store through the roof while Ms.
Turbeville acted as lookout, ac-
cording to the Sheriffs report.
They took cigarettes, tobacco and
other items.
Acting on a tip, deputies ques-
tioned several persons before ar-
resting the suspects. The Juve-
niles told authorities that the idea
for the burglary was Ms.
Turbeville's. The Juveniles were
released to the custody of their
parents. Ms. Turbeville was de-
nied bond after first appearance
before the county Judge.

Dennis Rich
Stephanie Perrin


Esther S. Suber, 76, a resident of
St. George Island for over 20
years, died at her home in Talla-
hassee on Monday, 13 February.
She and her husband Beau had
sold their island home in Decem-
ber 1994, and moved into Azelia
Gardens, at Westminister Oaks,
a retirement community on 4436
Meandering Way.
Services were held at Centenary
United Methodist Church in
Quincy, Florida, on 14 February,
and at the St. United Methodist
Church on 20 February 1995.
Mrs. Suber was born In Indiana
and raised In Indianapolis. She
was a former editor for the
Gadsden County Times, and for
nearly 20 years wrote a column
for the Apalachicola Times, open-
ing a window of information, com-
mentary and sometimes advice for
hundreds of loyal readers anxious
to know about St. George island
life. She was a member of Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution,
the Philaco Club (Apalachicola),
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and the
St. George United Methodist
Church. Mrs Suber is survived by
her husband-E. L. (Beau) Suber,
two sons-John F. Suber (Quincy)
and Andrew C. Suber (Tallahas-
see), a daughter-Sally Ann
Johnson (Thomasville, Georgia),
and five grandchildren. Memorial
contributions may be sent to the
St. George Island Methodist
Church, St. George Island 32328

County Well
Joe Hamilton, County Engineer,
announced at the Tuesday, 7 Feb-
ruary Franklin County Commis-
sion meeting, that the county
would not have to test Its wells
near the landfill on a quarterly ba-
sis. Previously, the county had to
submit test data quarterly, and
have another "annual" test per-
formed costing nearly $100 000
Now, the county has been relieved
of officially from some of these
tests, and will submit data on a
semi-annual basis.



By Dr. Stephen J. Gross

The term runner's knee covers
one of the most common types
of painful conditions experi-
enced by runners. It is not a
single disorder, but a broad la-
bel for a knee pain that can be
triggered by a variety of
causes, from excessive weight
or defects of the kneecap, car-
tilage or ligaments to inad-
equate shoes or training defi-
However, the most common
culprit is excessive pronation,
the tendency of the foot to roll
inward on striking the ground.
An examination by the podia-
trist can determine if this is
the cause of the knee pain. If
so, the excessive pronation
sometimes can be corrected by
switching to more appropriate
shoes. In .some cases the solu-
tion may lie in customizing an
orthotic device that is inserted
into the shoe to control the
way the foot functions. Don't
count on runner's knee fading
away by itself. Get profes-
sional evaluation and advice.

Presented in the interest of
better foot care by:
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Eastpoint, Florida



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Juvenile Court

Second Circuit Court Judge:
The Honorable P. Kevin Davey

Assistant State Prosecutor: Frank Williams

Public Defender: Kevin Steiger

*Charged with violation of of Community Control, the Juvenile defen-
dant entered a denial of violation. Judge Davey set a hearing for 14
*Charged with one count of Petit Theft, the juvenile defendant en-
tered a denial for taking a wallet that held twenty-seven dollars in it
and an admission to helping someone steal a pound cake."She wanted
to have her cake and eat it, too," informed the Public Defender. The
case was continued to 14 March.
*Charged with one count of Petit Theft, the juvenile defendant pled
no contest. Judge Davey placed the juvenile defendant in the JASP
{Juvenile Alternative Services Program) Program. Because the defen-
dant stated that she had two jobs and was attending school, Judge
Davey allowed the individual flexibility in attending the JASP Pro-
gram. "If you've got a tight schedule, you probably won't be getting
into any trouble."
*Charged with one count of Lewd Lascivious or Indecent Assault upon
a Child, the juvenile defendant pled guilty to the lesser charge of
Battery. Since the defendant had no previous record, Judge Davey
Withheld Adjudication and placed the individual in the JASP Pro-
*Charged with three counts of Criminal Mischief and one count of
Grand Theft the juvenile defendant entered a denial. Judge Davey
set a hearing for 14 March.
*Charged with one count of making Harassing Telephone Calls, the
juvenile defendant failed to appear. Judge Davey issued a pick-up
order for the youth.
*Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a Firearm, the juvenile
defendant entered a denial. Public Defender Kevin Steiger noted that
the victim in the case had withdrawn their complaint. Judge Davey
continued the case to 14 March.
*Charged with one count of Grand Theft and one count of Criminal
Mischief, the juvenile defendant pled No Contest. Judge Davey adju-
dicated the defendant Delinquent and sentenced him to Community
Control. The defendant was involved in the theft of a Tallahassee
Democrat Box, which was located at the IGA. To satisfy Community
Control, the defendant will have to complete one hundred hours of
community service, write a one page letter of apology to the IGA and
to The Tallahassee Democrat, pay four hundred dollars restitution to
the Tallahassee Democrat and one hundred dollars restitution to the
IGA, the defendant will have to obey a court designated curfew fto be
home at 7PM on Sunday through Thursday and at 10PM on Friday
and Saturday), refrain from drinking alcohol and using controlled
substances, submit to a random urinalysis test and refrain from vis-
iting with any of the individuals who were involved with the defen-
dant in the criminal offenses against the IGA and The Tallahassee
Democrat. The defendant will also be prohibited from visited the IGA
*Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a Firearm, the juvenile
defendant entered a denial. Judge Davey set a hearing for 14 March.
*Richard Allen Lock {tried as an adult): Originally Charged with one
count of Aggravated Battery with a Motor Vehicle on a Law Enforce-
ment Officer, the State Prosecution amended the charges to Aggra-
vated Fleeing. The defendant, who is a resident of St. Lucie County,
was arrested after leading the Franklin County Sheriffs Department
on a high speed chase that resulted in the defendant crashing into a
police vehicle. The defendant was appointed to Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Judge Davey set pre-trial for 3 April. The defendant was trans-
ferred to the county jail and bond was set at $20,000.
*Michael Gloner {tried as an adult): Charged with Burglary of a Struc-
ture, Judge Davey appointed Public Defender Kevin Steiger to the
defendant. Pre-Trial was set for 3 April. Judge Davey also prohibited
the defendant from entering the property of Apalachicola High School.

*Charged with one count of Petit Theft and one count of Aggravated
Assault with a Deadly Weapon, the juvenile defendant entered an
admission to the lesser charge of Petit Theft. Judge Davey set a hear-
ing for 14 March and extended the juvenile's home detention to 15
* Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling, the juvenile de-
fendant pled No Contest. Judge Davey adjudicated the defendant
Delinquent and placed the individual on Community Control. Condi-
tions of Community Control will include: seventy-five hours of com-
munity service, restitution to Kurt Pilger, Sr. in the amount of two
hundred and eleven dollars, a letter of apology to Mr. Pilger, a three
page essay explaining what the defendant believes he has learned
from his criminal experience, forbiddance to enter the property of Mr.
Pilger, consuming alcohol or using controlled substances, submit-
ting to a random urinalysis test, obeying a court designated curfew
(to be home at 7PM on Sunday through Thursday and at 10PM on
Friday and Saturday) and submitting to substance abuse counsel-
ing. Mr. Pilger was present at the Juvenile court and stated, "I'm more
concerned with the kids correcting their lives and less concerned with
revenge. It's all part of growing up. I want the kids to learn what truth
is and to learn some ethics and lead good and healthy lives." Judge
Davey concluded, "It is unfortunate that something like this ever has
to happen. And it's ironic that that same people, who will destroy
someone else's property, become incensed when anyone tampers with

Officer Arnold Tolliver Public Defender Kevin Steiger
*Charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm, the defendant, repre-
sented by Public Defender Kevin Steiger, moved to suppress the evi-
dence from a search and seizure of his vehicle. Mr. Steiger cited Lane
V. State in his argument to suppress the evidence. Steiger argued
that, since the officers involved did not have a search warrant or
permission from the defendant to search the vehicle in question, the
evidence should be suppressed. Assistant State Prosecutor Frank
Williams countered that since the officers involved were informed that

someone had previously displayed a firearm, it was in accordance to
police standards to search the general premises. "It will be a sad day
in our country when officers can't search an area when they've been
told there was a gun involved." Mr. Steiger argued that'the officers
should have found out who had improperly displayed their firearm
and then searched the vehicle of that particular individual. He pointed

out that the otlicers could nave veritably searched every vehicle on
Water Street to find a firearm. Mr. Williams asked two police officers
from the Apalachlcola Police Department, Jerry Proctor and Arnold
Tolliver, to testify In the case. Officer Tolllver stated that he had been
dispatched to Water Street during the Seafood Festival concerning a
reported fight. Tolliver stated that the defendant's car doors were
closed, but that at least one-third of the rifle, which he claimed was
between the driver's and passenger's seats, was visible to the officer
as he looked the vehicle's windows. When asked if the rifle were oper-
able, Officer Tolliver replied that he had not made that Inquiry. When
asked where the box of bullets were found in the vehicle, Officer Tolliver
said that he could not remember the exact location where they were
found. Officer Tolliver noted that it was standard police procedure to
secure an area when a firearm has been Involved. Judge Davey de-
nied the suppression of evidence argument and reasoned that when
an officer's safety Is concerned, a limited search is permissible. Judge
Davey noted that the search of a trunk or glove box would be an
entirely different matter. Mr. Steiger then requested the juvenile de-
fendant to take the witness stand. The defendant stated that, after
visiting a rifle range with a friend, he had driven to Water Street. The
defendant stated that he had fired his rifle twice at the rifle range and
had found that his rifle was misfiring. The defendant said that the
rifle had a shell still lodged In the rifle that, thus, prevented the
firearm from being operable. The defendant stated that, when he had
parked his vehicle on Water Street, he found his uncle and another
person fighting. The defendant testified that he hid the riffle in ques-
tion to deter his uncle from detecting and trying to use the firearm.
Mr. Williams argued that the defendant knowingly hid the firearm to
keep police officers from finding his weapon. Mr. Steiger countered,
"The defendant was not trying to hide the gun to create a problem. He
hid the gun to keep his uncle from seizing the weapon and getting his
fool head shot off." Mr. Steiger stated that when the police seized the
weapon, the defendant immediately confessed to owning the firearm.
Steiger also noted that the firearm was unloaded and that the bullets
were three feet from the firearm. "The gun was not readily accessible,
" said Steger, "The defendant had no intention on using the gun on
anyone and he made no attempt to mislead the police officers." Mr.
Steiger cited Ridley V. State, Ashley V. State and Amaya V. State in
his argument that the weapon was not readily accessible. Judge Davey
stated that he would study the case further, before he decided his
ruling on the case.

*Charged with one count of Violation of Community Control, the Ju-
venile defendant was adjudicated Delinquent by Judge Davey. Public
Defender Kevin Stelger had requested that the defendant be commit-
ted to the Level 2 Program and stay with a relative In Tallahassee who
is employed with HRS. He argued that the Level 6 Program, which
the prosecution requested, would not be able to provide a bed for the
defendant for at least one month. Steiger questioned holding the de-
fendant in detention for a program that would assist the individual
less that a month. "Why waste the taxpayers money," said Steiger, "if
she's only going to be held for fifteen days?" Assistant State Prosecu-
tor Frank Williams objected to placing the defendant in the Level 2
Program. "I appreciate the Public Defender's sentiments for wasting
taxpayers money," said Williams, "I Just don't want to waste the tax-
payers money tracking this person down." He pointed out that that
the defendant had previously failed to appear in court, violated com-
munity control and tried to escape from the detention center. Public
Defender Steiger noted that the defendant had been in detention for
two months and had received a report of good conduct. Judge Davey
requested the advise of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Case Manager
Lynette Griffin. Ms. Griffin stated that the individual ought to be placed
In a moderate risk program. "I don't think this girl's a bad kid," said
Griffin, "but I don't think anything lower than Level 6 would be ap-
propriate." Ms. Griffin worried that, if the defendant were placed in
the Level 8 Program, she might pick up the bad habits of fellow de-
tainees. Judge Davey felt that it was too early to release the defen-
dant from detention. "I don't want to put her in waters that she's
demonstrated that she cannot swim in. I don't really think it's in her
best interest to release her from a secure setting. It would just be too
much temptation." Judge Davey then remanded the defendant to the
Moderate Risk Level 6 Program and extended detention until 10 March
or until the Individual is able to be placed in the Level 6 Program.
Judge Davey addressed the youth, "I'm real proud of you for doing
well in detention. If you complete this program, it won't be long before
you're able to go back home."
*Charged with one count of Battery and one count of Criminal Mis-
chief Judge Davey adjudicated the juvenile defendant Delinquent.
Judge Davey placed the defendant on Community Control. As condi-
tions of Community Control, the defendant will have to complete sixty
hours of community service, write a letter of apology to the victim {the
defendant's mother}, write a three page essay on the necessity of con-
trolling one's temper, adhere to a court appointed curfew {at home by
7PM Sunday through Thursday and 10PM on Friday and Saturday,
unless under parental supervision}, refrain alcohol consumption and
the use of controlled substances and submit to a random urinalysis
test. "These conditions are really for your benefit," concluded Judge
Davey, "I think you're salvageable. I think you know right from wrong."
*Michael Gloner {tried as an adult): Charged with Petit Theft, Bur-
glary of a Structure and Criminal Mischief, Judge Davey placed the
adjudicated the defendant Delinquent and placed him on Commu-
nity, Control. Conditions of Community Control will include: eighty
hours of community service, restitution of six hundred and thirty-six
dollars to Joe Johnson, obeying court designated curfew Idefendant
is to be home by 7PM from Sunday through Thursday and at 10PM
on Friday and Saturday), completing a tour of the Franklin County
Jail, refraining from the use of alcohol or controlled substances,
submiting to a random urinalysis test and attending night school.

Mr. Kurt Pilger, Sr. Spoke during a Juvenile Court Hear-

Rep Boyd Issues Call for Citizen
Involvement in Booting Needless

To The Editor:
Several of my legislative colleagues and I are committed to cutting
away layers of needless and unreasonable state regulation this
year. While we could spend hours pouring through our statute and
rule books looking for regulations we deem to be ridiculous, I feel
that the best way to find examples of excessive regulations is from
your readers the people who must deal with them daily.
We have more than 2,000 pages of law on our state statute books
and more than 24,000 pages of rules implementing those laws -
and those rules are growing by about 1,000 pages a year. We have
allowed regulation to develop into a nearly unmanageable mess
that's compromising our ability to grow commerce for Florida.
Please help us get this beast under control.
I am asking your readers to send me specific examples of any
unnecessary or unreasonable, regulation that they have run across
in their daily lives. We need solid, strong examples of this to make
our case in Tallahassee this year.
I am requesting that these examples be sent to my office by March
10, Post Office Box 551, Monticello, FL 32345, so that we can bring
them before the legislature during this session which begins March
7. Thank you for your assistance. I hope that together we can begin
to reduce the number of unreasonable regulations that keep us
from prospering.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 904-
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Man Acquitted

Carrabelle Resident John E.
Evans was acquitted of Battery
against his wife, Sheila Evans, at
his 16 February Trial.
Although the alleged battery inci-
dent occurred on 19 November,
Mr. Evans was not arrested until
14 December. Public Defender
Kevn Steiger, who represened
Mr. Evans, argued that the wife
of the accused used a battery al-
legation to retain custody of their
child. Mr. and Ms. Evans, said
Stelger, are currently battling over
visitation rights. Steiger stated
that, according to a police report
by Carrabelle Police Officer Jep
Smith, Ms. Evans showed no

Not Guilty verdict. The prosecu-
tion team was led by Eddie Evans
of Wakulla. Mr. Evans refused to
comment on the case.

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The Franklin Chronicle 26 February 1995 Page 11

NET BAN REPORT continued from page seven
Retraining and re-employment services will include:
'On-site rapid response visits, followed by the six-month assign-
ment of on-site staff to affected communities
Industry needs surveys
SOutreach and recruitment campaigns
Assessment, testing and Job counseling
Job search and Job placement assistance for the Job-ready
Child-care, transportation and counseling assistance for those In
Training services, to be offered through a variety of venues and
ranging from basic or remedial education to occupational, appren-
ticeship, classroom, on-the-job, and entrepreneurial training
Out-of-area job search and relocation assistance can also be
covered by this program.

Although the Department of Labor and Employment Security has iden-
tified JTPA Title 111 as the primary source of funding for the activities
described above, we recommend that the Legislature give consider-
ation to increasing General Revenue appropriations to the Perfor-
mance-Based Incentive Fund and the Quick Response Training Pro-
gram, which also can provide training services to this population.

Should the state opt to add compensation to the training to be offered
to those adversely affected by the ban, state funds would have to be
utilized. Such economic assistance could take the form of equipment
buy-outs, income replacement, or a combination of the two.

The primary goals of equipment buy-outs are to ensure compliance
with new fishing restrictions and to equitably recompense the fish-
ers' capital investment In their gear. However, equipment buy-out
options pose a number of difficult issues; which nets, how many, etc.
For the purposes of this report, the assumption has been made that
any net buy-out would be for only those nets legal for use anywhere
June 30,1995 and illegal as of July 1, 1995, irrespective of any previ-
ous restrictions.

Similarly, since many commercial fishers cannibalize old nets to cre-
ate new ones, there is a large but undetermined amount of unusable
net in existence. In order to avoid compensating for unusable net and
discourage the development of a new industry based on the importa-
tion of net for the purpose of sale to the state, the assumption has
been made herein that a net must be fishable to be compensable.

The proposed pay-out options for nets range from $6,624,000 to
$15,400,000 depending on such variables as whether a sliding scale
or fixed price is offered for the nets of all licensees or only for those
drawing above a certain income level from net fishing .

Beyond the nets themselves, net fishers have an investment in boats
that will lose economic value when the ban takes effect. Unlike nets,
which could be surrendered for a set price, boats would presumably
have to be appraised and values set. Appraisal, gathering, storage
and disposal of boats would clearly be more costly than a net buy-out
to administer. The take-up rate would be lower than for nets since it
is expected that many boat owners will elect to keep their vessels,
particularly the owners of larger boats using trawls who have a siz-
able investment in the boat. If boats are to be paid for, proposed
options range from $1,950,000 for the smaller boats to $5,950,000
for the full range of boats.

Tabular Representation of Options and Costs
net buy-out based on a $13,239,000 $9,188,000
capped # of nets per .
fisher based on value of $1000 deep gill net $750 deep gl/l
landings-no floor level of $750 shallow gill $500 shallow gill
landings $750 seines $500 selnes
$1000 trammel nets $750 trammel nets
$1000 trawls $500 trawls

net buy-out only from $9,609,000 $6,624,000
fishers with effected
species landings of
net buy-out at single $15,400.000 $7,700.000
price regardless of type ($1000 per net) ($500 per net)
of .net.

buy-out.of skiff type $1,950,000
1300 boats at average
value of $1500
buy out of trawlers $4,000,000

based on $10,000 per
trawler (cap)
Full explanations of options, estimated costs, etc. are contained in the
Equipment Buy-Out section of this report.

On the issue of compensation for income, this report offers a menu of
options relating to those who directly derive their income from net
fishing. All are predicated on the premise that income replacement is
to be transitional in nature. That is, it is designed to provide support
for individuals until they are able to make the move into other gainful

There are a variety of possible approaches to determining the Income
to be replaced. It could be based on the fishers' selection of the best
year of landings within the preceding three years, an average of re-
ceipts over a three year period, or the average of the best two years of
the preceding three.Other considerations Include whether to offer
100% replacement of documented Income from net fishing, be it net
or gross, for a certain period with or without an income cap or, as a
partial reflection of the present unemployment.system, to provide a
50% replacement of income for up to a year. The cost projections for
these options range from 8,796,300 to $25,420,000.

100% replacement of documented
Income, up to $31.200, for a year
A) Floor level of required landings of
1) based on gross revenue 1. $23,665,000
from landings
2) based on income after 2. $17,592,600
B) Floor level of required landings of

1) based on gross 1. $25,420,000
2) based on after expense 2. $19,347,600
50% replacement of Income up to
a year
A) 1.. $11,832,500.
2. $ 8,796,300

B) 1. $12,710,000
2. $ 9,673,800

An explanation of the options is contained in the income replacement section
of this report.

As previously indicated, many small businesses will be negatively
impacted by the ban. These impacts range from retooling require-
ments, to debt service difficulty, to new market identification; and a
variety of responses would be necessary to offset them. These re-
sponses could include the creation of a revolving loan or "umbrella"
fund (approximately $5 million), Small Business Investment Corpo-
rations and/or Technical Assistance Consortiums.

Since many of the affected communities/counties have extremely lim-
ited fiscal resources, they will not be able to undertake necessary
revitalization efforts on their own. To address this need, the state
might consider such measures as the creation of a Community Re-
volving Loan Fund to enable project financing. Such a fund could
conceivably be capitalized at an initial level of $3-5 million.

The thorniest issue of all is, as always, where to find the funds to
address the identified needs. The following charts consist of the seem-
ingly most viable sources, along with the monies they would need to

Activity Estimated Cost Major Funding Source
Re-employment Services $10.2 million Federal Job Training
Partnership Act
Activity Estimated Cost Potential Funding Source
State General
Equipment Compensation $6.6 19.2 million Revenue
Working Capital
-, -Fund
Surcharge on
saltwater licenses
Income Replacement $8.7 25.4 million Increase license
base to include
shore based fishers
10 % surcharge on
boat registration

Umbrella or Revolving Loan Funds $8 -10 million State General
Aquaculture Business Incubators $1.2 million State General
(Reflected in DACS
Budget Request)

In conclusion, it is obvious that the net ban, for all its intended ben-
efits, will have negative impacts on the economic well-being of a num-
ber of individuals and communities throughout Florida. The majority
of those so impacted are, unfortunately, among the least equipped to
rebound from these adversities without assistance. To that end, we
hope this report proves useful.

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By Wayne Childers
The following is a letter written on April 29th, 1815, by Vicente Sebastian
Pintado, a Spanish officer who was sent to the British Post at Apalachicola to
retrieve the slaves and possessions of citizens of Pensacola which had been
taken from that city during the British withdrawal in November. 1814. It has
been translated from the Spanish by Wayne Childers.

The day before yesterday, within a half hour of my arrival to this place on His
Britannic Majesty's frigate, the Cydnus commanded by the honorable Captain
don Roberto C. Spencer proceeding from Apalachicola, I received the official
dispatch from Your Lordship dated the same day. Through this, you have
been pleased to inform me to pass to your hands as quickly as possible, a
detailed account of the state of the establishments that the English troops
have formed in said place, their naval and land forces as well as anything else
that I shall consider necessary in order to enable Your Lordship to give an
account to the Most Excellent Senor Captain General of the Province. By vir-
tue of this and the orders that I had from the same Most Excellent Senor,
which I had gone to comply with. I tell Your Lordship that the 28th day of
February last. I presented myself to the Senor English Admiral Sir Alexander
Cochrane who was found in la Batira de la Havana (?) and told him on behalf
of the Most Excellent Senor Captain General, that I was the officer that His
Excellency had assigned to go to Apalachicola and effect the delivery of the
slaves and effects belonging to the residents of this town of Pensacola as Their
Excellencies had agreed.
The Senor Admiral made me translate into English the contents of the official
dispatches from the Most Excellent Senor Captain General that he had re-
ceived beforehand and instructed in this way, he gave orders to his secretary
that he must immediately issue the necessary orders for said delivery (and)
hand them over for their execution to the above said honorable Captain don
Roberto C. Spencer. He further told me to find myself at 6:00 in the morning
the following day, the 1st of March, aboard His Britannic Majesty's Corvette,
the Brazen, commanded by Captain don Santiago (James) Stirling. to whom
he would deliver the documents for the Senor de (sic) Spencer, which he did.
The same morning we left from the port and on the 6th of the same month, we
arrived in Apalachicola but (we did) not find Captain Spencer there yet as the
Senor Admiral thought he would be. (We were) informed that the Colonel, don
Eduardo Nicolls, Commander in Chief of the place, had gone up with part of
the Blacks to the Flint River. Captain Stirling said to put the documents aboard
the English Brigantine of War, the Boa(re?) which was found anchored on the
inside of St. George Island and we would continue our voyage all the way to
Mobile Point where the cited Captain Spencer ought to be. However on the
(date missing) of said month, while in front of (Fort) Barrancas, we spied out
the Corvette Carron which had entered and was commanded at that time by
Captain Spencer. For this reason, Captain Stirling got close in and fired off a
signal gun so that the pilot would come out and carry me to shore and he
could continue his voyage.
As soon as I arrived to this port, I went to see Captain Spencer and reported to
him everything that I had (to tell). On the 14th. I left with him for the Bay of
Apalachicola accompanying me was a resident of (Pensacola), Don Eugenio
Sierra and the Mayordomo of the Senores Forbes and Companyl. We arrived
there on the 27th in the afternoon. Captain Spencer, instructed by the orders
which were given to him, took measures to insure that everything was carried
out with the desired result. (He) went up(river) before me to the Post to inform
himself of how things were. From there, he wrote me two letters relating to the
subject and by the last one, he told me that I could come up with the two cited
residents (of Pensacola). I did this and on the 7th of April, we arrived in a boat
to the said settlement called Loma de Buena Vista or Prospect Bluff on the
East side of the Apalachicola River about 18 miles from its mouth. Here (I)
found Colonel Nicholls recently arrived from Mobile Point and there he had
his troops, Indians and many Blacks (who had emigrated or had been brought
from the American possessions and the Indian settlements. Among them were
some of the slaves of the residents of (Pensacola) but the greater part of these
had embarked for St. Vincent's Island by Captain Spencer's arrangement so
that there, we might have a better chance of working without the presence of
the other Blacks. However, we were warned that although their orders were to
make delivery of the slaves and effects of the residents of Pensacola, we must
understand that force could not be used in case they did not want to come
(and that we could) only use persuasion and make them see the horrible and
miserable state in which they would remain after the evacuation of the place
by the English troops, telling them solemnly that for no reason should they
embark in the English boats since these were their orders, offering them with
our assurance, the pardon and forgetting of the past and explaining to them,
the danger in which they would remain of being captured by the Indians and
handed over to their owners in expectation of a reward from them.
Thus, things were arranged (and) Captain Spencer's plan was begun to be
placed in effect. Colonel Nicholls assisted in everything, speaking deceptively
with each one by himself and advising them to return to their owners and
being pleased himself about little, using more or less the same expressions as
Captain Spencer; he told them that although he had made them hope before-
hand that they would be carried to the English Colonies and established there
as free men by virtue of the proclamation of the Senor Admiral Cochrane
dated in Bermuda on the 2nd of April of 1814 [of which he showed me a copy
and gave me a printed example which accompanies (this
letter) to Your Lordship under the number 1]. that some of them were slaves
that had emigrated from Pensacola when it had been occupied by the Ameri-
can Army at the command of General Jackson and others that came from
there had said they were Americans and had taken the names of such. Not-
withstanding this (proclamation), he had received orders to the contrary that
ought to be obeyed but that he would not use force. At the same time he said
that those taken in the orderly withdrawal (buen socorro) (from Pensacola)
and others that although emigrants from Pensacola, belonged to American
citizens and were there for safekeeping, detained for hire or transients, ought
not to be included in the orders given to Captain Spencer. By these means.
(we) managed to persuade some 28 to return but some of these disappeared
from the post and others returned to say that they did not want to come in
such a way that of the 28 that were reclaimed according to the list carried by
the resident don Eugenio Sierra, only 12 had come, some voluntarily and
others deceived by the persuasion. The rest remain there with an order that
they cannot be embarked. Various of these were disarmed and discharged
from the service in my presence and they were paid their salaries as soldiers.
However, I had perceived that in the discharges that they were given, no men-
tion was made of their color nor their state of slavery. I mentioned to the
Colonel, that each one of these discharges was a letter of manumission since
only free men were admitted to the armed service and that they would pass as
such in whatever place that might be presented with this document. I ob-
tained one from him which is seen in an example that I asked him for, signed
by his hand and which accompanies (this letter) to Your Lordship under the
number 2. He assured me that he would make a strong attempt to have his
government or in its failure to d1 so. the Philanthropic Society, satisfy the
deserving owners for the price of the slaves that had not wanted to return to
their masters so (that) thus disposed of, they must be considered as com-
pletely free.
The number of the slaves who remain there can possibly be as many as 260?
and includes those of ours and those who emigrated or were brought from the
Indian or American settlements. As concerns the last who ought to embark
(these are) about some fifty or more. The rest minus those from Pensacola. the
Colonel told me, remained armed although those who came from here man-
age to get weapons with great ease. According to what I have been able to
discover, they have come up with the idea of going to settle on the Bay of
Tampa. This number shall no doubt increase daily and this shall be a place
where those that have run away from their owners shall Join together. While I
was there. (a vessel) arrived, coming from (Pensacola) which as we were able
to discover, belonged to or was under the command of or in the care of Manuel

In part two of the letter. Pintado describes the rest of his stay in the Apalachicola
area and gives a description of the fortifications that the English have built on
the Apalachicola River.
This manuscript is found in its entirety at the Library of Congress listed as:
Vicente Sebastian Pintado to Don Josef de Soto. Pensacola. April 29. 1815.
Vicente Sebastian Pintado Papers. Library of Congress. Box 3, Folder 1: or in
a very poor copy at the Florida Department of State. Division of Library and
Information Services. Manuscript number M78-177.

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poa 19 96 Fehrnarv 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

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Middlebrooks funeralfHome

4. The Franklin County zoning ordinance, Ordinance No. 75-7 (Zoning Ordi-
nance)., was in effect on September 20, 1977, when the 1977 DO was enacted.
The Ordinance authorized condominium and multi-family residential devel-
opment as part of the commercial designation applicable to St. George Island
in the Plantation Commercial Areas. A "Tourist Conmercial District" is estab-
lished in Section 630 of the Zoning Ordinance, and this land use is specifi-
cally applicable to the islands within Franklin County. Section 631 of the
Ordinance includes within the "Principal Permitted Uses" hotel, motel, res-
taurant and gift shops and all uses within R-2 multi-family districts. Section
520 of the Zoning Ordinance. "Multi-Family Residential District," sets forth
principal permitted uses. which include "multiple dwellings including
townhouses, apartment houses..."
5. The Petitioners acquired their 58-acre parcel in 1991 after the entry of the
1977 DO and the two amendments referenced above. Exhibit "D" to the 1977
DO is depicted in Petitioners' Exhibit 3 in evidence. This exhibit, which in-
cludes the Petitioners' property, has been recorded in the Franklin County
Public Records since 1977. The exhibit indicates the intensity of the contem-
plated development approved for the Petitioners' property. The portion south
of Leisure Lane reflects the following densities: 525 to 675 hotel rooms; food
and beverage outlets and other amenities associated with those hotel rooms;
65,000 to 82.000 square feet of resort shops and commercial business use;
and 685 surface parking spaces (in addition to the parking spaces which would
be located below the hotel). Those densities were calculated based upon the
coverages depicted on "Exhibit D." The figures do not include that portion of
the Petitioners' property north of Leisure Lane, which was also approved for
commercial development.
The Proposed Development
6. "Resort Village," the proposed development, would consist of residential
and multi-family development, hotel and inn and related commercial uses.
such as retail shops and restaurants. Recreational amenities would be pro-
vided, such as a club house, swimming pool, tennis courts, racquetball courts
and exercise facilities. The amenities would be available to surrounding prop-
erty owners, as well. St. George Island is a resort vacation area, and the pro-
posed development in Resort Village would be compatible with those uses.
Approximately 150 of the 250 developed homes in the Plantation are in rental
7. The Franklin County Comprehensive Plan and its land use
goals. objectives and policies includes a "mixed-use residential" land use cat-
egory. limited to developments such as DRI's. That category includes recre-
ational, commercial, retail, office, and hotel and motel development, as well
as multi-family residential uses. That category is very similai- to the descrip-
tion of the Plantation Commercial Areas contained in the 1977 DO. Resort
Village is the only parcel remaining in the Plantation area available for this
type of development.
8. The Petitioners in the St. George Plantation Owners Association, Inc. en-
tered into an agreement in October, 1992 providing for certain density and
other restrictions on the Petitioners' property. These restrictions include den-
sity limitations of 3.9 residential units per gross acre; 19.5 hotel units per
gross acre; and 12,000 square feet of miscellaneous commercial development
per gross acre. The Petitioners also agreed not to exceed a 35-foot height
limitation which was less than that previously approved by the County in the
Plantation Commercial Areas.
9. The development restrictions agreed to by the Petitioners are more strin-
gent than those previously approved for development in the Plantation Com-
mercial Areas and allowed-for by the County zoning code in effect in 1977 or
currently authorized and allowed in commercial and multi-family develop-
ments in the County. The Petitioners have also agreed to limit the total imper-
vious surface area to no more than 40%; to maintain a 50-foot buffer adjacent
to wetlands; to maintain a large portion of the 58 acres in its naturally-veg-
etated state and not to seek permission to develop any of the DEP "jurisdic-
tional wetlands" adjacent to Apalachicola Bay. Thus, all development will be
on uplands without any permitting sought or development in wetlands and
waters of the State.

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Sing their Hearts
Out for Seniors

Forty-Four Kindergartners from
Carrabelle visited their local Se-
nior Citizens Center on Valentines
Day for a day of music and social
Carrabelle's Kindergartners
treated almost thirty seniors to a
half hour of Valentines Day Songs.
The songs followed with the chil-
dren greeting each of the seniors
with a hug.
Senior Jewell Lively stated, "I
dearly loved it. The little children
sang to us and they hugged our
necks We gave the children val-
entines and little hearts with
candy in them. We just dearly
loved having the children visit us."
Senior Mabel Kunzman followed,
"I think everyone enjoyed the
event...The kids were delightful
and very well behaved. It would
be nice if more seniors came here
and not just for the food, but for
the social hour."

The review of the recommendations of the Hearing Officer Ruff will be continued
in the next issue. Readers are advised that the Franklin County has already filed
exceptions to many of the above stated facts and findings of law. These matters
will be heard by the Water and Adjudicatory Commission (Governor and Cabinet),
probably in early April. The appeal route from these administrative hearings
would be to the First District Court of Appeals should either Dr. Johnson or
Franklin County decide to seek a judicial review of these matters.

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Florida Literacy

The 1995 Florida Literacy Confer-
ence was held in Orlando from
8 to 10 February.
Participants from Franklin
County included Jane Cox (Lit-
eracy Coordinator), Allan Roberts
(tutor and past President of Fran-
klin County's Literacy Volunteers
of America Advisory Board), Betty
Roberts (tutor), George Malone,
(tutor) Ada Scott (Green Thumb):
Kathleen Humphries (Green
Thumb) Bonnie Segree, Beth
Gibbs and Lee Belcher (Literacy
Action Pioneer Services Outreach
Specialists), Alma Pugh and Jack
Dakota IVolunteers in Service to
Amerlcal: and Marilyn Naito of
the Wilderness Coast Public Li-
The annual conference is held by
the Florida Literacy Coalition and
provides an opportunity for those
who work in literacy to exchange
Ideas, learn new methodology and
plan for the future.
This year's conference featured
presentations by John Lawrence,
Florida Bureau Chief of the Bu-
reau of Adult and Community
SEducation; Tennessee Supreme
Court Justice Penny White; and
Dr. James A. Knight a speaker on
equity and excellence in educa-
tion who has consulted in 40
states, Canada, Africa, and the
South Pacific.
For more information about lit-
eracy programs, or to volunteer
as a tutor, call Jane Cox at the
Franklin County Public Library in
Eastpoint: 670-8151.

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The 130th Anniversary of the battle of Natural Bridge will be celebrated
Sunday, 5 March 1995, at the battle site near Woodville. The event is
sponsored by the Florida Park Service and the Daughters of the Con-
federacy, with ceremonies beginning about 1:00 p. m. and the reenact-
ment of the battle to be staged at 2:30 p. m. About 300 reenactors are



The Alligator Point Water Resources District
will meet Saturday, March 4th at 10 A. M. at
Fred McCord's home on Highway 370,
Alligator Point.

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