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Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: March 24, 1995
Copyright Date: 1995
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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The Franklin Chronicle

Volume 4, Number 6

Published twice monthly

Friday, 24 March- 6 April 1995



Guilty to


Mid-way through his trial on 21
March, defendant John James
Sansom pled guilty to the charges
of First Degree Murder, Burglary
of a Structure while Armed,
Armed Robbery and Possession of
a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
Mr. Sansom was sentenced by
Judge P. Kevin Davey to life in
prison without possibility of pa-
role for twenty-five years.
Mr. Sansom's decision to plea
guilty as charged was followed by
a day of lengthy testimony by key
witness Donna Roberts on 20
March and corroborating testi-
mony by witness Duane Moses on
21 March.
Witness Donna Roberts recounted
the events of 30 December, 1993,
in which she alleged led to the
shooting death of Apalachicola
resident Charles "Chuck" Nobles.
Ms. Roberts stated that her then
boyfriend, Duane Moses, and she
had begun consuming alcohol at
5 p.m. and continued until 10
p.m., when her uncle, John
James Sansom and his girlfriend,
Billie Joe Byrd, visited them at her
home in Eastpoint.
Ms. Roberts said that, upon
Sansom and Byrd's arrival at her
home, the two couples continued
their consumption of alcohol for
almost another hour. Ms. Roberts
said that the couples left the East-
point home, and drove to
Apalachicola in Mr. Sansom's car.
Upon their arrival in Apalachicola,
Roberts' said that the group vis-
ited "the hill" and purchased and
smoked crack cocaine; after-
wards, she said that the group
visited several homes trying to sell
cigarettes. Ms. Roberts noted that
the four individuals had visited
approximately five residences and
were unable tb sell their cartons
of cigarettes.
Ata little past midnight Sansom's
car pulled in front of Chuck
Nobles' trailer on Twelfth Street
Ms. Roberts stated that Billie Joe
Byrd went to Mr. Nobles' door and
tried to sell him cigarettes. Un-
successfully, Ms. Bryd came back
and stated, according to Ms. Rob-
erts, that Mr. Nobles didn't want
to buy cigarettes, but offered her
twenty dollars for sex. Ms. Rob-
erts said that Billie Joe Byrd kept
repeating that Mr. Nobles had



John J. Sanson
money. "She was just a racket,"
said Roberts. Upon Ms. Byrd's
repetition of Nobles' financial sta-
tus, John James Sansom grabbed
a double-barrell shotgun and or-
dered Ms. Roberts at gunpoint to
knock on Mr. Nobles door. After
Ms. Roberts knocked and Mr.
Nobles opened his door, John
James Sansom pushed Ms. Rob-
erts aside and pointed his gun at
Chuck Nobles ordering him to get
on his knees. According to Donna
Roberts, Mr. Nobles refused to get
on his knees and instead went to
grab for something. Ms. Roberts
said that Mr. Sansom then hit
Nobles in the forehead with the
front of his gun. In response, Mr.
Nobles began telling Mr. Sansom
not to hit him again with the "stun
gun." According to Donna Rob-
erts, Mr. Sansom then responded,
"Stun gun this," and shot Mr.
Nobles in the head. Ms. Roberts
said that she was then ordered to
take Mr. Nobles' money. Roberts
said that she took a checkbook
from Mr. Nobles' back pocket
Defense Attorney Tom Wood ques-
tioned Ms. Roberts' memory of the
events on 30 December, 1993,
"You were so intoxicated that you
probably couldn't remember all
the events of that night clearly."
Roberts responded, "I could re-
member Mr. Nobles home."
The following day, Duane Moses
and Medical Examiner Tom Wood
gave testimony implicating Mr.
Sansom in the murder of Chuck
Nobles. Shortly after Mr. Wood's
testimony, John James Sansom
decided to plead guilty as charged.

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Future of


Clinic In The


The Nemours Foundation recently
revealed its plans to pull out of
the Eastpoint Pediatric Clinic, as
well asnine other primary care
clinics in Florida. Nemours Foun-
dation General Manager W. Jeff
Wadsworth explained that the
Nemours Foundation plans to
expand its specialty care facilities
inboth Fort Myers and Jackson-
ville. Mr. Wadsworth also stated
that the Nemours Foundation
would be interested in opening
specialty facilities in Panama City,
Pensacola and Tallahassee within
sixty days after the foundation's
Concerned withthe sudden deci-
sion of the Nemours Foundation
to leave the Eastpoint Clinic ,
Nemours Pediatrician Elizabeth
Curry and representatives of the
Gulf, Bay and Franklin County
Chapter of Healthy Start met on
18 May at a special meeting to
discuss the future of Nemours
Dr. Elizabeth Curry stated that,
from recent telephone discus-
sions, Mr. Wadsworth had ex-
pressed an interest in expanding
the initial 30 May exiting date of
the Nemours Foundation from the
Nemours Clinic. "Mr. Wadsworth
was upset at all the clamor and
phone calls in response to their
decision to leave the Eastpoint
Clinic," said Curry, "he now
agrees that two months is not
enough time to prepare for their
departure. He has made the con-
cession to work with us on the
May 30 deadline and to help us
in the transition."
Healthy Start Representative
Paige Ellison encouraged Indi-
viduals in attendance to contact
the Nemours Foundation Board of
Trustees. She stated that the
board members had not been in-
formed of the community's re-
sponse to Nemours departure
plans from the ten Florida pri-
mary care clinics. Ms. Elllson also
encouraged individuals to attend
their county commission meet-

Richard Deadman

ings to make their commission-
ers aware of the Nemours Clinic
situation. Jane Cox concurred,
"talk to your commissioners per-
sonally. They do respond to calls."
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Dr. Elizabeth Curry
Mark Owens expanded, "The
amount of time that the county
commission takes to solve some-
thing varies. It can be very fast or
very slow. It depends whether the
commission finds this an impor-
tant issue. I would think that they
would find the children of their
county an important issue. If you
wait for the state to deal with this,
a lot of children are going to get
sick or injured." Mr. Owens also
suggested urging the commission-
ersto instill a one-half cent sales
tax for the purpose of providing
medical insurance for those chil-
dren in Franklin County who are
Healthy Start Representative
Norton Kilbourne then requested
that Mr. Owens lead a task force
to help in the transition of
Nemours Clinic. Owens accepted
the offer, though stated that he
was often out of town. Other in-
dividuals present were also en-
couraged to Join the task force at
the meeting's conclusion."

County Receives
Grant Agreement
for Disaster Aid

Tom Pierce of the Dept of Com-
munity Affairs appeared before
the Franklin County Commission
Tuesday, 21 March 1995 to re-
Sspond to questions concerning
Sthe recently delivered contract be-
tween DCA and the County con-
cerning the administration of the
disaster aid totaling about $1.7
million overall. The three major
thrusts Include oyster shelling,
retraining and revolving loans.
The County has already borrowed
about $500,000 from the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council to start the revolving
fund, and Commissioners were
anxious to repay the loan to stop
the interest payments, and con-
sequently put additional dollars
into the fund. Pierce explained
that the money would have to be
placed in a separate account with
independent auditing, to be
drawn against as the County
needs the money. Upon execution
of the agreement between DCA
and the County, the funds may
be repaired to the Apalachee Re-
gional Planning Council. As of 21
March 1995, the County owed
$481,685.58 to the Apalachee Re-
gional Planning council, paying
$62.50 interest per day. When
County Attorney Al Shuler re-
viewed the contract, the money
could be requested and trans-
ferred to the Council.
In a related matter, LeRoy Hall,
representing seafood interests in
the County, requested another
$500,000 to be deposited into the
revolving loan fund, and the Com-
mission eventually approved
transferring an additional
$200,000 to the revolving loan
In light of budget cutbacks and
national budgetary concerns,
questions were raised if the $1.7
million might be reduced but Mr.
Pierce of DCA said that it would
be best if the County would move
to commit the funding. Programs
which might be threatened by cut-
backs or reduced funding were
those without committed fimds.
Ms. Susan Cook of DCA also an-
nounced that the soil conserva-
tion matching funds totaling
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in a very significant regulatory
move, representatives of the De-
partment of Community Affairs
(DCA) and the Department (DEP)
of Environmental Protection
briefed the Carrabelle Port and
Airport Authority on the Timber
Island project at city hall last
Wednesday, 15 March 1995. Ri-
chard W. Deadman, planning
manager in the Office of Planning
and Research, DEP and J. Tho-
mas Beck, Chief, Bureau of Local
Planning, DCA, accepted the in-
vitation of the Port Authority and
attended a workshop designed to
stimulate community involvement
in,changing or eliminating the De-
velopment of Regional Impact
(DRI) set up the Timber Island
project as an Industrial seafood
The reviewing agencies of the DRI
for Timber Island, have now ad-
vised the Carrabelle Port and Air-
port Authority that It may elimi-
nate the DRI, and charter the
project to include recreational or
leisure activity more consistent
with tourism. While there was no
formal declaration prompting this
change, the net ban and the prob-
lems of the seafood industries
were on the minds of many of the
participants at the workshop. Ac-
companying the overtures for
change were statements from
Beck and Deadman that their
agencies would cooperate with the
Port Authority to make any
changes they deemed necessary
to make the Timber Island project
an economically viable one.
Thomas Beck said, "I think the
discussion was real positive to-
day. We basically told the Port Au-
thority the alternatives they have
in terms of leisure development
plans. ...They can amend the cur-
rent plan and keep the DRI, just
a different proposals or they may
come up with a brand new plan
based upon...a recreation con-
cept. That concept, If its small
enough would not warrant a DRI
review and they could abandon
the DRI."
Chronicle: "What has stimulated
this change?"
Beck: "I think this particular situ-
ation just recognizes
that the industrial seafood park
was not a viable concept"
Chronicle: "How did you reach
your conclusion on that?"
Beck: "Well, in the Timber Island
Project there's only been one
small project developed over three
or four years, in the five years
since this has been approved.
That would indicate the industrial
plan was not a feasible plan... I
think the Port Authority is doing
a good Job In realizing what would
be a viable plan out there, and
we're ready to work with them."
Richard W. Deadman, Planning
Manager, Office of Planning and
Research, stated: "It's not the
State Agency saying that project
is not progressing at the rate It
should. We're hearing from the lo-
cal entities, that It's not moving
at the rate they would like to see
it move... We're just here to as-
sist them."
Gene Langston reflected on the
history of the Timber Island plan.
"The whole premise for doing this
thing... I was in it from the very
beginning. 17 years ago. ...To
spend taxpayers money to put
this land exchange together and
to spend taxpayers money to cre-
ate jobs for this community. That
was the whole reason and pur-
pose behind this project. I think
the Board members and the city
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commission (Carrabelle) ...still
feel that way. They have a public
obligation ... We've spent that
money, now we're gotta produce
some jobs. And, we just really
haven t done that."
James Lycett: "There seems to be
a perception in the city council
and on the Board (of the Port Au-
thority) that abandoning the DRI
is an impossibility, or it is so
fraught with red tape, that it is
something we shouldn't even con-
sider doing."
Tom Beck: "Abandoning the DRI
is very similar to amending the
DRI. Its the same process...In
your case I am assuming that you
would produce a new master plan.
You would simply demonstrate
that the master plan would be less
than 80 per cent of the size
..of what would qualify to be a
I)RI. And, the law says that If
you're 80% of a DRI size thresh-
old, then its pretty clear... It Is
fairly easy to abandon that (ear-
lier) plan..."

Lanark Village

Water And Sewer

Settles lawsuit

withT & A

By Bonnie Dietz
The Lanark village Water & Sewer
Department held their monthly
meeting at Chillas Hall, in Lanark
Village on Monday, March 20,
1995. The meeting was opened at
7:01pm by Mr. Shiver in the ab-
sence of Chairman Jack Harrison.
There were approximately 22 resi-
dents in attendance. After the
minutes of the February 20 meet-
ing were read and accepted, and
the Treasurer's report was given
by Mr. Lawlor, Treasure and ac-
cepted, discussion of the Status
of the Water Treatment Plant was
opened by Mr. Shriver who ad-
vised those present that the #1
pump was back in the well and
Was expected to be back in ser-
vice the week of March 21st. The
Leaking valves and check valves
had also been replaced.
Also under unfinished business
the Chlorination System was dis-
dussed. Mr. Shriver informed the
residents that the present Chlo-
rination system is not in compli-
ance with State regulations and
the Board is checking into the
possibility of going with a differ-
ent type of system. Also the con-
trol panel at the treatment plant
needs to be replaced because the
one in use now is too old to be
repaired. The Board is also look-
ing into getting this done. On a
motion made by Mr. Lawlor, Mr.
Shriver was given authority to
Spend up to $6,193.00 (the high-
est estimate for replacing the con-
trol panel). Mr. Shriver said he
would get other estimates and go
with the one that best fit the Wa-
ter Departments needs at the
most economical cost.
Mr. Lawlor informed those
present that the Final Audit is
back and will be discussed at the
fext meeting. Mr. Lawlor also re-
ported that the District purchased
a computer to update customer
lists and information and to ex-
pedite the billing process.
Jim Bove requested that the Dis-
trict run water to his property, put
in a stand pipe or fire hydrant.
He also stated that the District
could pick up at least 12 new cus-
t6mers in the process. Commis-
sioner Jim Lawlor explained to Mr.
Bove what steps the district would

In a wide-ranging discussion,
touching on the desirability of a
municipal marina, concerns
about stability of constructed
buildings and community on the
TimberIsland spoil, the need for
festival and community facilities,
prospects for grant money in a
budget-tight legislative environ-
ment, and lost tax revenues ac-
cruing to diminished seafood and
timber industries, participants
concluded that more community
meetings were needed to thor-
oughly consider all options for the
Timber Island development. Cen-
tral to the discussion were the
concerns about actually eliminat-
ing or amending the current DRI
to embrace a larger range of rec-
reational activity, and consequent
government oversight from DCA
or DEP, and other agencies.
What was particularly significant
in the tone of the discussion
punctuated with comments such
as "We'd better know that it's go-
ing to be a large mountain to

have to take to expand water ser-
vice. North West Water District
has given Lanark Water District
11 Points that needed top be im-
proved upon before more water
would be made available to the
Water District Mr. Lawlor advised
Mr. Bove that his request would
be seriously considered and
looked into.
The Water District is also check-
ing into the feasibility of switch-
ing to a meter system instead of a
flat rate to homeowners. The
Board is checking into what it
would cost to put in meters to
.each apartment.
Mr. Lewis recommended that the
line leaving the holding tank be
metered to determine how much
water leaves the tank.
Attorney Smiley asked about the
storage area where the District is
checking into leasing lots to resi-
dents for storage of boats or RVs.
Mr. Smiley advised that his office
was finalizing a form for lease
agreement and also release of li-
ability. A form will be presented
for the Board's approval at the
next meeting.
Under new business: There was
discussion of a need for a tele-
phone at the Water Treatment
Plant. Mainly for use of employ-
ees to use in case of an emer-
gency. Mr. Shriver suggested that
it be put in hold untilthe chlori-
nation system is repaired.
Mr. Smiley gave the Attorney's Re-
port. At the February meeting Mr.
Thompson was given authority by,
the Board to settle the law suit
withT &A. This includes the $11,
000 already owed them because
of a check they returned to the
Water District. The settlement
also included an agreed upon
amount for the storage of pipe.
The attorneys for T & A will file
for voluntary dismissal and the
case will be closed.
Referring back to the Treasurer's
report, Ms. Pedder asked if the
Board would consider paying
back the money owed the reserve
fund for the bond account
($19,000) from the funds made
available through the settlement
of the lawsuit After some discus-
sion the Board agreed that If any
funds were available after the
emergency repairs which need to
be made they would consider her
suggestion. It was also made clear
that the Water District is presently
making an extra monthly pay-
ment to that. account to get it
caught up.

climb," (James Lycett), was the
conclusion, in this group at least,
that any future funding to was
more likely to flow from recreation
and tourism rather than seafood
processing. The overriding prob-
lem of Job losses was one focus of
a rejuvenated Timber Island plan
and these losses were not limited
to the seafood industries, as sig-
nificant as they may be. Gene
Langston pointed out that more
harvestable timber land is being
pulled off the market by state ac-
quisition, in the name of preser-
Then, the question emerged
whether the businesses on St.
George Island might replace those
tax revenues lost for the dimin-
ishment of the seafood business
and timber land. Base closings
have compounded state-wide em-
ployment problems. In this coh-
text, retraining, touted by the
Governor's administrators and
others would only be useful if
there were jobs waiting for the re-
trained persons. Langston
pointed out that many fishermen
and others still wanted to remain
in the Franklin County area but
would there be jobs for those per-

There was also discussion with
Mr. Lewis about setting a date for
a special public meeting In re-
gards to his law suit with the
Water District The dates under
consideration at this time are
April 10, 11 or 13th. The two
sides will choose a date that is
agreeable for both.
The meeting was adjourned at

Franklin County



Tuesday, 21 March
The personnel hearing involving
Leonard Brownnel has been re-
scheduled for Tuesday, 4 April
1995, on the advice of attorneys.
Commissioner Braxton was out-
of-town and a full board was
needed for the hearing.
County Attorney Shuler will check
into the matter of selling limerock
currently stored alongside high-
way 370 on Alligator Point. Shuler
thought that the material might
have to be advertised for bids. He
will report back to the Commis-
sion on 4 April.
Mr. Crum, the Superintendent of
Public Works, indicated that the
Work Camp inmates would have
to close their workday at 3:30
p.m. This began an extended dis-
cussion on the merits of the four-
day and five-day work week and
included discussion on grievance
Solid Waste Director Van Johnson
reported that the Dept. of Envi-
ronmental Protection has re-
quired additional certification for
recycling and a fee of $50 and a
quarterly report. The report ap-
plies to the facility for recycling,
not individuals. Additionallegis-
lation also requires a report to
DEP on solid waste management
by the county, though the county
has never complied with the re-
quirement. Cost: $6,000 one time
and an additional $4,500 over a
three-year period. The county ap-
proved payment of the fees for
both programs. This stimulated
discussion of the Governor and
Cabinet meetings during which
much rhetoric was given over to
administrative actions taken to
cut-back on rules and other re-
porting requirements. Clerk
Kendall Wade was planning to

sons here? James Lycett conjec-
tured that the secondary function
of a new Timber Island project
geared for recreation and tourism
might be more important for those
benefits-the generation of Jobs.
Others pointed out that tourism
did not bring high-paying jobs,
but minimum-wage jobs, Tom
Beck agreed. Lycett did point out
that he had heard that the St.
Marks Trail had become much
more economically important to
businessmen there.
The general consensus of the Port
Authority group and participants
was that the seafood park idea
was "out" and unsuccessful. Gene
Langston urged the group not to
think that commercial and recre-
ational fishing were through but
going through stressful times.
Following a few moments discus..
sion on airport Issue, the
Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority took under advisement the
necessity of organizing commu-
nity meetings in order to solicit
citizen involvement in the Timber
Island issues. "This Board has to
decide what we intend to do." "No
idea should be thrown out."

Disaster Aid continued
from page 1.
about $253,000 to be used to cor-
rect the disaster exit route...which
will come to Franklin County.
Pierce was asked when the money
would flow to Franklin County,
and he stated it would be 15-21
days after the County's request
was received for the first amounts.

write a letter addressing these
concerns to the Governor and
Mr. Johnson also announced that
the landfill would be switching to
a summer schedule starting 1
April 1995. Hours: 7 a. m. to
5 p. m. Monday through Friday,
9 a. m. to 1 p. m. on Saturdays.
The summer dumpsters will also
be placed on the public beaches
1 April.
Alan Pierce announced that a
state-wide hurricane alert exer-
cise would be held on 20-22 June
1995, involving Franklin County
and the Commissioners. Last
year's exercise was held in south
The Governor's office contacted
Alan Pierce on Monday, 20 March
wanting to know if the county
would be willing to meet to nego-
tiate the Resort Village matter,
now on appeal. The Administra-
tive Hearing before the Governor
and Cabinet is scheduled on 11
April 1995 in Tallahassee.

Gulf County


Turn Down

Paving Bids

By Laura K. Rogers
At the 14 March meeting of the
Gulf County Commission, it was
decided unanimously to reject all
bids for the county's proposed
paving project The lowest bid was
some $100,000 over what the
Commissioners had budged to
spend. The budget had been de-
veloped by Ralph Rish, county en-
gineer. Approximately $350,000 is
available through road paving
funds. There was some consider-
ation of reducing the list of roads
to be paved before submitting the
project again for bids.
Continued on page 7

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Alligator Point

By Paul Jones

The wide-ranging discussions at the recent Carrabelle Port and Air-
port Authority workshop, featuring two State of Florida bureaucrats
ended on an optimistic note, and involved one wave of public opinion
concerning Timber Island, the seafood industrial park of the 1980s.
Clearly, times are changing, and such meetings as the Port Author-
ity of last week are but one step in a new direction.
If only the momentum might continue.

There were several benchmark statements made which might serve
as a springboard for continuing a dialogue throughout the entire
Franklin County, and adjacent counties. One Port Authority mem-
ber uttered a profound conclusion, "The secondary benefits of a
reconfigured Timber Island may be more important than simply turn-
ing a dollar. "Tourism is good but it doesn't provide high paying
jbs." "Don't think that the commercial and recreational fishermen
ire through". "Fishing adds character to an area." "We'd better know
that it's going to be a large mountain to climb." Words that string
into shades of wisdom, tempered with practical experience and bot-
tpm line needs.
"Retraining is fine but where are the jobs when retraining is over?"
Are we also faced with moving away to find work?" Continuing the
dialogue is critically important, but tangible and highly visible out-
comes to speculative conversation must also work themselves Into
such dialogues. Citizens from all Franklin's communities should par-
ticipate in these workshops and "town meetings" but the seed for
positive change must start somewhere, and hopefully spread.
Lest the rhetoric get the best of us, there is also a need to recognize
the interdependence each community
has to others inside of and outside of Franklin County. You work in
Apalachicola, bank in Carrabelle, shop in three locations,have friends
throughout the county, obtain services from throughout the county
and perhaps adjacent counties-an unplanned interdependence many
of Franklin's citizens experience already.
Someone mentioned the word, "economic development" and "new
industry." Pretty lofty and complicated stuff,.Maybe not. Some guide-
posts and plans are needed when these subjects are broached, "eaten"
and digested.
Our Economic and Tourism Council, a committee of dedicated citi-
zens, might be just the organizing point for developing these plans,
and conferencing the strengths and weaknesses of the grandiose
schemes advanced in times such as these. Some kind of systematic
approach is called for, including a close review of past schemes, to
determine if there are any fruitful ideas still clinging to hope.
I think there are at least two: Aquaculture and a consolidated school
system with an emphasis on comprehensive vocational training to
match county needs. New industry will pass up Franklin County if
the school system lacks strengths in writing, math and programmed
curriculum. Aquaculture would have provided jobs and career op-
portunities for Franklin's younger generation in particular had the
earlier project succeeded. It failed, in part, because the Franklin
County Commission on a close vote failed to allow for leasing small
plots, with leases which contained very restrictive provisions. Yet, a
few entrepreneurs were willing to move forward with the idea. Now,
in the shadow of high success in Dixie and Levy counties, those who
wanrt'tocontiniue careers In/seafood look into an uncertain future,
given recent natural and man-made events.
Education can be a finely crafted kev for change in this area, but
inrst, there is one important element that can be addressed in work-
shops and town meetings, and that is ATTITUDE.
Recognizing the economic, social and political dependence each com-
munity has with the other, and exterior forces,our Franklin citizens
can discard the old attitudes of community feuding and petty jealou-
sies with neighbors to move to a more important level of discourse
.In case one doubts that the feuds still exist, I merely point to the
smoldering arguments still burning with regard to the moving of the

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Publisher ................................................ Tom W Hoffer.
Editor and Manager .............................. Brian Goercke
Contributors ............................................. Carole Ann Hawkins
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............ Bonnie L. Dietz
............ Rene Topping
.............Wayne Childers
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............ Holly Gallups
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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county jail and the events leading up to that decision. There is a
mind-set operating here which can destroy cooperation, Joint-plan-
ning, and eventual economic success throughout Franklin County.
Many of our citizens already have manifested this new orientation,
especially in the cooperation in the founding of the Humane Society
for animal control and the county-wide library system. Think back
on the opposition to those pro ects and the reasons given, usually
including money as central to the stone wall.
But, the county has seen some bright spots in collectivism through
volunteer efforts, to know that stimulated citizens can and do take
their futures into their own hands and act on reasoned plans. We
must learn to handle change, not fear it. There is some risk-taking
involved, to be sure.
The community and county-wide dialogue on these future ideas must
continue for our own sake and that of our children.
Tom W. Hoffer


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Please sign your letter and include your full name,
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promoting meetings or events. Please send your
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Guide to
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This cookie recipe of food writer
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Washington Post.
Total lead time: 35 minutes
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 2-ounce package semisweet.
chocolate pieces
1 cup chopped walnuts or
After procurement actions, de-
containerize inputs. Perform mea-
surements tasks on a case-by-
case basis. In a mixing-type bowl,
impact heavily on brown sugar,
granulated sugar, softened butter


and shortening. Coordinate the
Interface of eggs and vanilla,
avoiding an overrun scenario to
the best of your skills.
At this point in time, leverage
flour, baking soda and salt into a
bowl and aggregate. Equalize with
prior mixture and develop intense
and continuous liaison among
inputs until well coordinated. As-
sociate key chocolate and nut
subsystems and execute stirring
Within this time frame, take ac-
tion to prepare the heating envi-
ronment for throughput by manu-
ally setting the oven baking unit
to a temperature of 375 degrees
Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
Drop mixture in a ongoing fash-
ion from a teaspoon implement
onto an ungreased cookie sheet
at intervals sufficient enough
apart to permit total and perma-
nent separation of throughputs to
a maximum extent practicable.
Position cookie in a bake situa-
tion and survell for eight to ten
minutes or until cooking action
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Finally, serious construction work has begun towards the restora-
tion of the segment of County Road 370 located In front of the Alliga-
tor Point Camp Grounds literally obliterated by tropical storms which
pounded the Point during the summer months of last year.
On Monday, March 6, the predawn serenity of the Point was rudely .
awakened by the clamor of revving diesel engines and the sporadic ;
release of airbrakes by a tightly knit long caravan of long-body dump i
trucks laden with granite rock.
As soon as the contractor arrived on the scene, the one-lane path
bordering the beach and the entrance to the camp grounds was closed
to public traffic and rerouted through the camp grounds property.
Even though there is the continuous clanging of truck-beds as they
unload the granite and then the steady deafening roar of engines as
the trucks depart, the residents and visitors of the Point are relieved
the work has finally started.
Originally, the contractor had been limited to a 30 day completion
period, however, construction superintendent Dale Zimmerman ad-
vised that his company had been awarded a 14 day extension due to
Franklin County's refusal to remove any further limestone and de-
bris at the Western portion of the job.
Wayne Wiggs, Civil Engineer Tech for Natural Resources Conserva-
tion Services Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the on-
site federal Inspector for this Job. Wiggs, felt that progress was on
schedule and that he anticipated the job to be completed, pending no
delays, around the 20th through the 25th of April.
Surfside Beach Club
As reported earlier, the old Point Lounge is history. New owner and
manager Mike Willenborg has not only renamed the establishment
but is advertising a completely new entertainment format to attract a
varied cross section of fun seekers.
Willenborg and his assistant manager Bill Hand have been working
around the clock to remodel the premises and to employ service per-
sonnel. According to Willenborg, the club will be open for business
Sunday, April 1.
Rezoning Request
The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners advertised a,
public hearing for Tuesday, March 21 to consider a zoning change on
Alligator Point for a 10 acre tract of property from R-1 Single Family.:
Residential to C-2 Commercial Business. The parcel of land runs
adjacent to County Road 370, located just North of the Bald Point;.
road entrance.
The property which is owned by the Mader Company is to be comrn-
mercially developed to support of the anticipated residential develop-
ment at the end of Bald Point by the same company. For several-,
apparent reasons, the Alligator Point Taxpayers Association voted at .
their last board meeting to oppose the change at this time.
According to county officials the zoning meeting has now been post-..,-
poned until Tuesday, April 4.

,Ce&brate Forid,

1995 Brings Statehood


By Robert Grimm
Florida became a state on March 3, 1845, but the 1995
celebration of the 150th anniversary of statehood will
continue all year long. Although the initial planning of
the event is taking place on a statewide level, much of
the real activity will happen in local communities, mak-
ing Florida's Sesquicentennial truly a grassroots effort.
The work of local committees, communities, and organi-
zations statewide will enable them to join in the celebra-
tion with their own official events and activities.
The Florida Sesquicentennial Commission is taking seri-
ously its leadership role in planning for the observance
of the Sesquicentennial, as well as its charge to "be as
inclusive as possible of... all who wish to participate, to
draw attention to the unique cultural diversity and rich
historical heritage of Florida, to inspire a new confidence
and sense of place in Florida and to promote goodwill
and prosperity." The statement reflects the history of
the state-a history that since the very beginning, in-
volved Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics
and immigrants from many countries. All of these groups
have contributed to the rich diversity and ethnic flavor
of the state today.
In an effort to involve as many Floridians as possible in
the celebration, specific Commission powers will be del-
egated to local Sesquicentennial Coordinating Commit-
tees in the 67 counties statewide. These committees will
have the primary responsibility of encouraging, sanction-
ing and coordinating their counties' activities and events.
Local non-commercial events sanctioned by these com-
mittees will be recognized as official Sesquicentennial
events and will be able to use the official logo. Events of
a more statewide nature will be sanctioned by the Florida
Sesquicentennial Commission.

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the Rain

By Randle Leger
It was late March of 1994 and the
moon was near full. With condi-
'tions favorable for spawning, a
'huge, horde of pot-bellied bass
began moving up onto the flats of
the great Lake Seminole. During
an nationally televised B.A.S.S.
tournament, the legendary David
Fritts was there to greet them.
After four days of fishing RatL-
Traps and lizards on the flats
around Man Made Island in the
mouth of the Chattahoochee
River, David brought 20 bass to
the scales for a total of 91.10
pounds. His record setting catch
not only eclipsed the all-time five
fish record but also surpassed the
present seven fish per day record.
This was when the nation, as a
whole, sat up and took notice of
Lake Seminole with comments
such as "best lake in the south"
to "best darn lake in the country."
And truly it seemed they were
right because the glory days con-
tinued through the spring and
summer. Incredible bags of fish
were brought to the scales on vir-
tually every weekend and at times
a simple limit of keepers wouldn't
put you in the money even in
some amateur tournaments.
Seminole seemed to be maturing
with an uneasy alliance between
hydrilla and largemouth bass.
The summer of 1994 was unusu-
ally cool and comfortable and was
possible a precursor to the rains
that were looming in the forecast
for the southlands. It began with
a tropical storm named Beryl, fol-
lowed by one named Alberto, and
then one with no name. Before the
Sflood waters of one storm could
:recede, they were recharged by
the next storm. The entire fall sea-
son was one long series of too
much rain and at one point or
another, North Florida, Southeast
Alabama and all of South Geor-
gia were affected by the great flood
of 1994.
According to Jack Wingate, owner
and proprietor of the famous
Wingate's Lunker Lodge,
* Seminole's vegetative cover was
severely damaged by the awesome
flood waters that reached speeds
of thirty miles per hour during the
peak of the flood. Not only uproot-
ing and displacing the vegetation
but silting over whatever re-
mained rooted. The heavy current
flow also possibly washed quite a
few fish through the dam, basi-
cally restocking the Apalachicola
Once Lake Seminole returned to
somewhat normal levels and fish-
able clarity, most fishermen as-
sumed the fish would also return
to a normal routine. Though ru-
mors of Seminole being restocked

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by bass, bream, catfish and two
hundred pound suckers from
over-flowing ponds and busted
dams fueled the imagination of
eager winter fishermen, reality
was something very different. In
truth, simply catching a keeper
bass was considered a good day
for some of the lesser experienced
Each year, many vacationing bass
fishermen come to Lake Seminole
from hundreds of miles away to
enjoy the great fishing offered
here but this winter they found
none. Atone point, the action was
so slow that Mr. Wingate began
sending folks to Lake Talquin,
near Tallahassee, in hopes of sal-
vaging their vacation. Talquin also
suffered the same misery as Semi-
nole but persistence and dedica-
tion would give a few fish for their
efforts. One North Carolina vaca-
tioner claimed to have fished five
full days on Seminole without a
single strike. After listening to
Jack's recommendation, tent
stakes were pulled and a trip to
Lake Talquin yielded six keeper
bass in two days of fishing. Not
6od by any standards butbetter
than getting totally skunked.
The fishermen who have seemed
to suffer the most, typically were
shallow water fishermen. The
flood kicked the fish into a pre-
mature winter pattern and the
shallows became void of life. Bank
bangers spent the entire winter
season in the futility of"chunkin"
and winding where nothing ex-
Those fishermen that understand
the art of deepwater, winter
bassin' fared much better than
most especially the fishermen
that are comfortable with deep-
running crankbaits but even this
group experienced difficulty. Bass
could be marked on the
depthfinder, hugging river ledges
and channel bends, but getting
them to strike was yet another
story. Fish seemed to exist in
worthwhile numbers on a com-

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puterized screen but seldom-
ound their way to a livewell.
Even the almighty B.A.S.S. pros
had a tough time this year on
Lake Seminole. Legend after leg-
end walked emptyhanded to the
scales and suffered the generous
lament of Mr. B.A.S.S., Ray Scott.
Only a chosen few were able to
catch quality fish and of these few,
none were able to do it consis-
Now that winter is officially over
we can look forward to a renew-
ing system, spurred into motion
by warming water temps and
nature's demand for reproduc-
tion. Most experts agree that this
year's fishing will not be as good
as in recent years, but that
doesn't mean we should give up
fishing Lake Seminole. It means
we will have to fish a little harder
and a little smarter. Instead of
stumbling into fish, we have to
figure out where they are and
hunt them down. It also means
we will have to pay closer atten-
tion to conservation and protect
the lake's present population of
fish until it can rebuild.
One of the best ways to see the
future is to look at the past
Seminole's past is well docu-
mented. David Fritt's record set-
ting weight taken near Man Made
Island will undoubtedly make this
a very popular area when the full
moon of March approaches. Odds
are, you will have to take a num-
ber to get onto these shallow flats.
With spring just around the cor-
ner, bass fishermen are already
spending time in this area hop-
ing to get a preview of the upcom-
ing action.
If the flats around the Island look
like a bass boat parking lot on
your next Seminole fishing trip
then look to the west. The Sneads
shoreline also gave up some tre-
mendous catches of fish to the
B.A.S.S. pros. These waters
stretch from Seminole Lodge to
the backwaters of the
Chattahoochee River and offer

enough space for anglers to
spread out a little.
Fairchild Cove on the east side of
the Chattahoochee River is also
another likely spawning area
worth checking out this year. The
vegetation has remained in fairly
good condition but just like Man
Made Island, expect a flotilla of
bed-hunting bass boats. Best bet
is to fish this area during the week
and let the weekend warriors
pound it on Saturday and Sun-
One area of the lake that has
fallen from grace in recent years
is the Flint River. This translates
into less fishing pressure and a
greater possibility for success. A
popular area called the Fingers,
which is directly across from the
Faceville Landing, could be a good
choice. These shallow cuts liter-
ally butt up to the Flint River have
been known throughout the years
as a favorite spawning area for
bass. On the downside however,
this river does pass through the
red clay farmlands of South Geor-
gia and spring rains can turn the
Flint into a mudbath. This may
not prevent fish from spawning
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dusk (light turning to darkness). By Itself or coinciding with a lunar
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The "Best" column n the "Dally Periods" section suggests which
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Refuge staff completed an eagle
nest survey of St. Vincent Island
Friday, 10 March 1995, with the
assistance of a contract helicop-
ter. They discovered a new eagle
nest on the island. Including the
new nest, St. Vincent Island has
five confirmed bald eagle nests. A
suspected sixth nest may turn out
to be a very large osprey nest Two
of the nests are in the same nest-
ing territory and the adults have
let one of them begin to deterio-
rate. Staff located four active
nests, two nests with two eaglets
each and two with one eaglet
each, during the survey. Hope-
fully, all six eaglets will survive to
flight age. Their ages vary, but
they should begin flying in late
March through early May. In
1989, three nests produced five
eaglets on St Vincent Island. This
year will set a record for eaglet
production if all six eaglets fledge.
Four active nests in one season
also sets a refuge record.
During the flight, staff also
checked one mainland nest along
St. Vincent Sound. They discov-
ered that nest late in the season
last year. Although they observed
adult eagles near the nest this
year and last year, no nesting has
been confirmed. During Friday's
flight a great horned owl was in
the nest. They checked two other
areas, one near Apalachicola and
one near Port St. Joe, where adult
eagles have been frequenting, but
they found no eagles or nests.
In a related story, an adult bald
eagle, found injured on St.
Vincent Island in October 1992,
was finally released back into the
wild. Refuge Operations Special-
ist Randy Cordray discovered the
eagle with a broken wing and foot.
Staff transported the eagle to
Betsy Knight at the Big Bend
Wildlife Sanctuary in
Blountstown, Florida. Betsy
Knight arranged expert medical
care for the eagle. She transported
the eagle to the Southeastern
Raptor Rehabilitation Center at
Auburn University. It took over
two years of extensive surgery and
rehabilitation to get the eagle in
good condition for release. On 16
February 1995, Auburn staff re-
leased the eagle on the Houston
Unit of Eufauta NWR in Alabama,
to help bolster the eagle flock in
that area.

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Seminole, from page 4

but it can push them back into
extremely shallow water where
enough light penetrates to allow
bass to spawn successfully.
If your best efforts in the Flint
produce nothing then drop back
to the lake and fish Carl's Pass or
Silver Lake Run. These areas are
across from Wingate's Lodge and
come highly recommended by Mr.
Wingate himself. They offer good
wind protection and plenty of
shallow, spawning water but are
not as pressured as some of the
better known areas.
Where to fish in Lake Seminole
can always be a tough question
to answer but what lures to fish
in the spring is an easy one. With-
out a doubt, the two most popu-
lar baits, are and have been for
some time, the Rat-L-Trap and liz-
ard. Tournament after tourna-
ment has beenwon with this dy-
namic duo. In many cases, the liz-
ard will fill the creel and the trap
will catch the anchor. The 1994
Mariner/Procraft Open hosted by
Shaw Grigsby was a good ex-
ample. Bob Boyleston, a semi-pro
tournament angler from the
Florida Panhandle used a Texas-
rigged lizard in the Flint River to
win the two day event with 36.69
pounds. It was estimated that
eighty percent of the contestants
who made it to the scales on day
two were fishing the lizard. Brian
Key brought in the big fish at 8.2
pounds on what lure? Naturally
the Rat-L-Trap.
The great lady Seminole is down
but not out. Lake records for the
last five years show that bass ac-
tivity normally begins around
February 15th and that time is
upon us. When the March moon
nears full things will be "bustin"
out all over. Itsbeen a tough win-
ter but hopefully there are many
good days in our near future on
Lake Seminole, after the rains.




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Nature's Most

Violent Storms

By Chris Floyd
Disaster Services Director
Capital Area Chapter
American Red Cross
This Is the time of year- we see a
large number ofTornado watches
In our area. Just a few weeks ago
the Capital Area Chapter of the
American Red Cross sent to vol-
unteers to the Tornado in north-
ern Alabama.
With winds swirling at 200 miles
an hour or more, a tornado can
destroy Just about anything in its
path. Generally, there are weather
signs and warnings that will alert
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Be prepared by having various
family members do each of the
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Pick a place where family mem-
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Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit
First aid kit and essential medi-
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Canned food and can opener
Bottled water
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Also include in the kit written in-
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A Tornado WARNING means a
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S may be headed for your area.
Go to safety immediately.
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Listen to local radio and TV sta-
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If you are inside, go to the safe
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Mark Collins of the Department
of Environmental Protection
(D.E.P.) met with oyster harvest-
ers and dealers to discuss an
agreeable emergency rule that
would be imposed for at least
thirty days and a subsequent
"normal" that would remain the
guided law. Mr. Collins stated that
the emergency rule was being
imposed to come into compliance
with the Interstate Shellfish Sani-
tation Program and control the
outbreak of vibrio vulnificus.
Mr. Collins entered the meeting
with a document of emergency
rules that he stated were concrete,
until the normal rule was im-
posed. One of the rules stated that
arvesters had to have their oys-
ter placed in a mechanical refrig-
Continued on page 6

Red Wolves Raise
Puppies on St.
Vincent Island

St. Vincent Island is one of three
island propagation sites in the
Red Wolf Recovery Program. The
refuge's mission is to give wolves
"wild experience" prior to release
at mainland release sites.
A male wolf, 411M, was released
from the holding pen on 19 Janu-
ary 1994, after a one-month ac-
climation period. He soon joined
female 453F who had been roam-
ing freely since 23 June 23 1993.
The pair bred and raised a family
in the wild. Radio tracking indi-
cated that the pups were bon ap-
proximately 16 May 1994. The
wolves traveled over large portions
of the refuge.
On 31 July 1994, St. Vincent's
staff found 453F's collar.ln the
water, near the edge of Oyster
Pond. In August, a visitor reported
reddish-gray hair and skin at the
edge of Oyster Pond about 300
yards from the collar location.
This evidence suggests that 453F
may have been killed by an alli-
gator. No evidence of her was seen
during the winter capture period;
consequently, she is presumed
The staff captured male 411M,
and three pups this winter. Fe-
male pup 7F,mapup 767M,
and male pup 771M survived the
rigors of life on St Vincent Isla.d.
No evidence of any other wolves
was seen on the island. The four
wolves were radio collared, given
health exams, and vaccinated.
The staff received a new female
437F for the upcoming breeding
season. She and 411M will be held
in an enclosure until they breed.
At that time we plan to release
them and allow them to raise a
family on the refuge. The 1994
pups will remain on the refuge
and help raise the new litter until
the Fall of 1995. At that time they
will be captured for release at
mainland release sites.

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Plnai Board of

Sder theB' D Plantation Board of

Under the Big Top Directors Meeting,

ft Continued

The Franzen Brothers Circus cov-
ered all of Franklin County for
three days of amazing animal
tricks, daring acrobatics and
wacky clown antics.
The circus shows began with al-
most a dozen Bengal tigers jump-
ing through fiery hoops, walking
on large medicine balls and roll-
ing over on their sides in unison.
Chico, the lovable and wacky
clown, performed in between cir-
cus acts riding on his malfunc-
tioning bicycle and engaging in
prank games with the
Ringmistress. Following the tiger
act, the Franzen Brothers
brought out a camel and a llama
act, who knelt to the audience and
played a brief game of chase. The
Franzen Brothers Acrobat fol-
lowed by juggling fiery batons,

while trying to balance himself on
medicine ball. Several of the
Franzen Brothers enormous
mastodons continued the show,
marching into the tent with
trunks grasping the tails in front
of them. Ohka the mighty el-
ephant took over the show by bal-
ancing on a medicine ball. Sev-
eral miniature horses followed the
elephant act, and pranced around
the ring. The Ringmistress con-
cluded the show by dangling her-
self from a high wire.
The Franzen Brothers Circus were
sponsored by the Friends of the
Franklin County Public Library.
The Friends of.Llbrary announced
that the three day circus helped
to earn the Franklin County Li-
brary $2,500.

D.E.P. Meets continued from page 5

eration device within thirty min-
Sutes of docking, even if their des-
tination was as close as Eastpoint,
and that oysters had to be at a
certified dealer by 4 p.m. After
harvesters and dealers began
complaining loudly and one indi-
vidual called him a communist,
Mr. Collins began negotiating the
particulars of the emergency rule.
Some of the amended particulars,
subject to approval by D.E.P. head
Virginia Wetherall's signature, in
the emergency rule include: oys-
ter boats must provide covering
of the oysters to protect the shell-
fish from direct sunlight. Sun-
light, said Collins, causes vibrio
vulniflcus to multiply. "We're not
shooting for zero {cases of vibrio
vulniflcus}," said Collins, "We're
only trying to contain it." The
emergency rule will also require

harvesters to have their product
refrigerated and in a registered
dealership by 6 p.m.The harvest-
ers will have to purchase tags to
record their beginning time in the
gulf and end time at a registered
dealer. "I'm not going to imple-
ment anything that the FMP
{Florida Marine Patrol} can't en-
force," stated Collins. An addi-
tional provision in the emergency
rule would require that oysters be
refrigerated within thirty minutes
of arriving at a certified dealer.
Mr. Collins said that he would try
to amend his emergency rule
guide in one day and present the
amended document to Virginia
Wetherall on 23 March. If the
amended rules are not accepted,
the original emergency rule in
which many local harvesters were
adamantly opposed to will become
law for at least thirty days.

Publisher's Note: While this report is long, we think portions
of the transcript from the 4 February meeting of the Board of
Directors at the Plantation Association are revealing and im-
portant, due to the issues before the Board. While this is a
private association on St. George Island, this is also one of
several thousand such associations across the United States
that serve nearly one-third of the U .S. population. The
Homeowner's Association of St. George Island is a major em-
ployer in the County, and its budget has the requisite "multi-
plier effect" in Franklin County. Often, news of such entities
is dismissed as Irrelevant to county-wide concerns and needs.
The economic and political influence of such associations in
the County is spreading and that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Despite the detailed scope of even these excerpted minutes,
there are revealed positions of role players, discussions of ob-
vious and latent issues, speculations of all sorts, and, of course,
the passions that congeal around the issue being debated. Very
little of this is systematically conveyed in the local press, and
certainly not in the "house organ" of the Association called
"Soundings." Even the minutes do not reveal the informative
detail that may be helpful to the membership at large, and to
others who deal wirth Plantation life, such as building con-
tractors and real estate agencies.
John Gelch: Not quite yet. I want to hear more about it. I ttiinK that there are
two issues here. One is that the fact that we drew an opinion here that this
can be done. The other is that we have a fees reduction which is a matter of
income whether that's a major concern or not. I guess my greatest concern is
that, what I would like to be absolutely sure about. I would like to be sure that
we are not setting some kind of precedent here...
Lou Vargas: Whether they can do it and whether or not you give them relief in
terms of their dues are two separate questions. And the question what's been
requested is they get relief on their dues for the property which they've now
split up and added to their existing lots. But that's what the issue is.
Jim Bachrach: I would like to do it for them but I agree with you with prece-
dent set. I don't think there are going to be a lot of there situations coming up
but what happens when somebody wants to join twenty lots.
Bill Hartley: Personally I think that would be great. I am very concerned with
density. I think that we want to keep this... We want to keep, maybe its the
wrong word, but as exclusive as it can be...
Lou Vargas:...I think Wayne has identified fifteen potential
similar situations.
Wayne Gleasman: That' s correct.
John Gelch: As this.
Wayne Gleasman: Eligible to make this request. Because they own adjacent
parcels. And if they want it one, establish it as one homesite perhaps they
may too come to the Board. It is a little different than the Baldino, Davis
request because it is not two neighbors splitting a parcel. it is people who own
lots side by side that instead of one and a half acres.
Jim Bachrach: They could easily split that parcel and request exactly what.
these folks have.
Lou Vargas: The issue is not can you do this. I understand your interest Bill,
you like big lots.
Bill Hartley: Absolutely. They are building a house in front of my house right
now and I wish somebody bought that property on the houses that are on
either side of that because I would much rather prefer having a view and I
think that anytime we can preserve a view of the ocean we ought to go ahead
and do that.
Lou Vargas: The question is not can you do that the question is do you excuse
the owners of those lots from paying dues.
Bill Hartley: Right.
Lou Vargas: OK, I just want to make sure you are not confusing those two
John Gelch: Follow up on that again, I want to make sure there is a potential
of fifteen other situations so..
Jim Bachrach: And how many after that.
Bill Hartley: I think we ought to promote by excusing dues. I mean anyone
who wants to say hey, I've got ten lot down here I want to build one house on
it that is more of an opportunity for us to sit here and look out at the lovely
ou Vargas: Well as a practical matter there aren't too many situations like
that left what you are going to have is interior lots. I think, for the most part,
the gulf is pretty much built out.
Jim Bachrach: I guess. maybe going to the extreme, but if we agree to do this
could someone maybe go down and buy twenty interior lots in a package and
say, one house and paying dues as one lot.
Bill Hartley: Personally, I would encourage that. That's how I feel.
Lou Vargas: I don't think we should indicate you approve that without looking
at the financial consequences of that policy. I am not so sure that is what we
are talking about here today.
Jim Bachrach: And Bill, the other thing, how about the people who have
asked to do that in the past and have been told no.
Bill Hartley: That's something that I know nothing about.
Tim Bachrach: Well you've got to consider that...
Lennie Davis. We require one acre lot for a building site. We are not creating;
we are abolishing a building site and taking... we now own a one and a half
acre building site that only one house can be built on and that's all. It is not a
situation of combining half a dozen lots and putting one building site on it.
This is a matter of county law you cannot have a building site less than one
acre in size and we now will have on residence on one and a half acres and it
is just one build site, no more, and that all it is...
Jim Bachrach: I make a motion that this board then at the next meeting
doing whatever we need to do to resolve this issue and finding an answer by
the next board meeting.
Bill Hartley: You want to table it.
Jim Bachrach: Yeah, you can say that.
Lou Vargas: Is there a second. A motion to table.
Pamela Amato: Second.
Lou Vargas: Call for a vote.
Pamela Amato: Aye.
John Gelch: Aye.
Bill Hartley: Aye.
Jim Bachrach: Aye.
Tom Outlaw: Aye.
Lou Vargas: Motion carries, this has been tabled.
Letters to the Board
Lou Vargas: all right, lets get on with the agenda. What's the next item on the
agenda. We are under other business. We are on John Gelch' s suggested
agenda now. Discussion of letters of the Board.
John Gelch: We receive letters to the Board. All of you have the copies.
Lou Vargas: I don't have a copy.
Bill Hartley: You don't get copies of letters when they are sent into Wayne...
John Gelch: ...Now, my concern is that some folks here that concerns the
Plantation and concerns Board actions. Has there been a response? Should

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there be a response? Who makes that response? And it should be something
that reflects the boards position on some of these matters. Or we take what
they have suggested and we put them on the agenda or we react to them. I
want us to react to every member, dues paying member that we have.
Bill Hartley: Particularly if they are policy matters. A lot of them involve policy
and maybe Wayne writes a letter and you get a copy of Wayne's letter.
John Gelch: That letter from Tom Adams dated February 1. 1995...
Jim Bachrach: What did you do with it?
John Gelch: Right here. I think they are to board and I can't act Individually
to them but I think the Board has to react to them. Practices I always been
associated with is that all letters that come into Board, there is a reaction,
someone is designated, usually the secretary or the president react based on
a discussion. Now, you really can't answer all questions but you can say the
Board will take it into advisement and these issues will appear on the agenda.
Now, I'm not saying that we have to give an answer to every statement in here
but I think we ought to acknowledge receipt and I think we should take a look
at this and if it does pertain to something that we should answer that we
should answer it as an agenda item. And I go back to again my earlier position
with the agenda and I thin our role is to react this way
Bill Hartley: And possibly Wayne should make a recommendation as to how
he intends to answer them and then we all kick it around a little.
Jim Bachrach: What if Wayne didn't get one of them, how can you react when
ou didn't get it.
ill Hartley: Well, I believe Wayne gets them.
Wayne Gleasman: With the exception of the Baldino. which I received yester-
day morning, I do not have those other three pieces of correspondence.
Bi Hartley: Then maybe we should be contacting you.
John Gelch: That's not what I am saying.
Pamela Amato: That's not the question at all.
John Gelch: If Wayne, Wayne should not be responsible for reacting to these
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letters. ine only tnng Wayne should do is just state that he has received the
letters and he will direct them to the Board.
Lou Vargas: I disagree and this gets to heart of the matter and I am probably
going to be booed before I am done. A decision was made to hire a manager.
OK, he manager directed by the Board is supposed to be running this organi-
zation, with our direction. Letters of this nature are perfectly ofWayne han-
dling with our understanding of what is going on, Now, the reality here is, and
I hear comments from the audience, and the audience Is represented with
maybe fifteen... the 31 people here are important, but they are no more im-
portant, in my opinion, and some of you disagree with me because you have
stated it publicly, than the other people who may live 500 miles from here of
5000 miles from here. OK. You can't ignore those people either. Now, if this
organization were to be run the way that some of you are attempting to run it
would exclude people like me. people like Jim, people like Hank and people
like Tom. We don't live here, we can't possibly have the contact that you folks
are lucky enough to have, I don't think, under the current system. with a
manager, imanageranager is permitted to function that this is a bad system. I
think t's oo system because I think you would get a distorted view of
what the entire membership in this organization were run simply by the 25 or
30 people who show up at these meetings. Now that is my opinion. And I will
when the time comes I will say it publicly to the membership. All of this that
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who don't live on-this island from running this organization.
John Gelch: Listen. I did not say that.
Lou Vargas: John...
John Gelch: Don't change from what I said. I said this board should react to
these letters and Wayne does not have the authority to act on these letters any
other way that to say that they have been received. And any letters that he has
received should be directed to the Board for their consideration.
Lou Vargas: I disagree with you. Wayne has the authority if we direct him to
react to these letters.
Tommy Day: Why don't you resign, Lou, because you don't have the time or
the energy or the desire to serve this association.
Jim Bachrach: I'm going to adjourn this meeting. Why don'tyou just let us do
our work.
Tommy Day: Why don't you resign too, Jim.
Membership Mailings
John Gelch: ...I'm looking and unless you pull a procedure out on me or
something but Lou you have sent out two letters to membership regarding the
negotiations individually is there something somewhere that allows individual
board members to do this?
Lou Vargas: As president I can send letters to the membership.
John Gelch: You tell me where that is.
Lou Vargas: I have no idea. In my opinion it is the inherent power of the
president that he can send letters to the membership.
John Gelch: I would like to know where that is.
Lou Vargas: I just told you I can't point to a place where it is.
Bill Hartley: How do we change it?
John Gelch: I think, again this goes to, I feel that we are seven, and we're
dealing with Board matters and we should all have a right to decide what goes
out to the membership unless you do it on your own.
Lou Vargas: I think that in the years..
John Gelch: You used plantation funds and money and anything that's done
through this Board should be agreed to by this Board.
Lou Vargas: I think the president has to have the authority and does have the
authority to write the membership in response to a letter that is likely to
cause hysteria among the membership, OK. It is going to generate phone calls
to Wayne...
Bill Hartley: In your opinion. If you can do It why can't the rest of us do it. In
the U.S. Government there is such a thing called the Franking privilege. Con-
gress and the House of Representatives all have the right to use postal service
to send out stuff. I mean if you are going to do it the rest of us should be able
to do it.
Lou Vargas: OK, why don't we schedule this for the next meeting and agenda
it. Why doesn't somebody put a motion on the floor.
Jim Bachrach: What is the...
Bill Hartley: I make a motion that no member of the Board send out anything
without approval from the rest of the Board.
Pamela Amato: On Plantation, at Plantation expense.
John Gelch: At Plantation expense.
Bill Hartley: At Plantation expense.
Lou Vargas: Discussion, well, we've had discussion. Call for a vote, Pam?
Pamela Amato: Aye.
John Gelch: John Gelch, aye.
Bill Hartley: Bill Hartley, aye.
Jim Bachrach: Jim Bachrach, no.
Tom Outlaw: Tom Outlaw, no.
Lou Vargas: No. Tie. Motion doesn't pass.

Covenant Review
John Gelch: ... I want to make a motion that a committee be formed to review
and recommend to the Board any covenant changes, additions or deletions
for membership approval by the next annual meeting...
Pamela Amato; Do you want to say bylaws.
John Gelch: No. not at this time.
Lou Vargas: I don't understand, why don't you try to explain what you want to
John Gelch: I just want a committee.
Lou Vargas: I understand that you want a committee but what is the commit-
tee supposed to do?
John Gelch: Recommend to the Board any covenant changes, additions or
deletions for membership approval at the annual meeting. Now I think that
should be done every year.
Bill Hartley: Form a committee to look into potential changes in bylaws and
Barbara Sanders: Mr. Gelch's motion is strictly for covenants.
Bill Hartley: I think there's some Bylaw changes.
Lou Vargas: Is there a second for that motion.
Pamela Amato: I seconded that. I'm sorry. I did.
Lou Vargas: Discussion.
Bill Hartley: I think there are some Bylaws that need to be changed. Isn't it in
the Bylaws that someone can be present at the meting by phone. I can see
that changed I don't think that's a problem.
John Gelch: That is something that can be made from the floor at the annual
meeting, also... I think that the covenant changes need to be sent out to the
membership. There needs to be a lot of preparation and be sent out on the
ballot for the annual meeting. A bylaw can be presented at the annual meet-
ing from the floor.
Bil Hartley: To be changed? Don't you need a majority of votes?
John Gelch: I am going to stay with covenants with this.
Pamela Amato: Let's keep covenants on one thing.
Jim Bachrach: I want to make a comments on that. I have heard this so
many times in different forms. Lets d this real quick and I don't mean to be
real hostile or anything but I've heard those kinds of comments in so many
forms and I hear people out here saying, about the decisiveness and two group
of people and those that have and those that don't and how everybody is
trying to pull together and these folks and then you make a comment that you
don't want anybody to attend the meeting by phone. That message is simply
that we don't want you to be a part of this Plantation. I've heard that so many
times I just didn't want to let it go.
Bill Hartley: If you are not serious about taking on that responsibility then
you shouldn't be on the Board.
Jim Bachrach: Well. I strongly disagree. Some people don't live here.
John Gelch: I appreciate your topic but that doesn't relate to this.
Jim Bachrach: know it doesn't, but I got it in.
Pamela Amato: I think its a good idea to have discussion on the motion.
Lou Vargas: The motion is still...
Pamela Amato: Right, and it's been seconded, and I'm discussing it. I'd like to
discuss it. I mean. I'd like to discuss this motion is what I was saying. I think
its a good idea to have a committee to review and make any recommendations
that they feel are appropriate for our covenant. Wayne' passed some informa-
tion that I think is interesting that indeed the ACC has determined that they
feel there is a need or some revisions exist pertaining to some of the ACC
covenants. And, of course, there is much more to our covenants than the
ACC. Therefore I would like to speak for his motion. I think that it's a good
idea and as always we will reiterate this, a committee does nothing more than
make recommendations.
Jim Bachrach: Thank you.
Lou Vargas: This motion is still limited to covenant changes?
Barbara Sanders: Yes.
Lou Vargas: Further discussion.
Bill Hartley: No one will allow me to add bylaw changes?
Barbara Sanders: You can make your own motion, Mr. Hartley.
Bill Hartley: Make a second motion.
Lou Vargas: Further discussion on this? Call for a vote.
Pamela Amato: Pamela Amato, aye.
John Gelch: John Gelch, aye.
Bill Hartley: Bill Hartley, aye.
Jim Bachrach: Jim Bachrach, aye.
Tom Outlaw: Tom Outlaw, aye.
Lou Vargas: Motion passes.
John Gelch: The second committee, this is still on the agenda. that a commit-
tee be formed to review all aspects of the five year plan and to recommend any
change, additions or deletions that are deemed necessary by July I of each

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Questions were also raised to rep-
ANS resentatives of the Regional Plan-
ning Council about why Gulf
1R County did not receive any disas-
ter funds in the aftermath of tropi-
cal storm Alberto. Nearby coun-
F SPACE ues had received confirmation
that federal money would be made
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assistant director of the
RS Apalachee Planning Council re-
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ing the application process These
MBI ING items were apparently not given
priority with the other proposals.

Commissioner Billy Traylor do-
nated $150 from his discretion-
ary funds to help a little league
baseball team in his district. Com-
missioner Warren Yeager donated
$350 from his funds to a little

league group in his district as
well. Arrangements were made to
bury the remains of an unidenti-
fled man found in the northern
part of Gulf County. Newly ap-
pointed sheriff Frank McKelthen
was praised for his job perfor-
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year. I will repeat again. That a committee be formed to review all aspects ol
the five year plan and to recommend any changes, additions or deletions that
are deemed necessary by July I of each year.
Jim Bachrach: Second...
Five Year Plan
John Gelch: I think the five year plan is a guide, something that we look to for
future consideration, decisions and so forth. And I think it is important that
we have input from the membership to make recommendations regarding
that five-year plan. A lot of interpretations in the five-year plan sometimes
five-year plans become a mandate. Any five-year plan that I've dealt with has
a review process and every year it becomes a five-year plan. I just think that
there are a lot of good people out here in this membership that could give us
a lot of assistance in that five-year plan and makes it a lot easier when your
getting question about dues and so on and any kind of expenditures so I think
it is a very good thing and I hope that we have members that come forward
and participate on it.
Bill Hartley: I think we should review the five-year plan annually and the one
year-plan quarterly, at least. That's the way it is normally worked in any
organization I've ever worked in.
Jim Bachrach: Doesn't the five-year plan which took a great deal of effort to
ut together have a two year review?
ill Hartley: It should be one.
Pamela Amato: Most five year plans have an annual review. I know in govern-
ment it does. in Federal government it does, does it in state?
Bill Hartley: Particularly one that is just getting started like this one. This
was, I'm sure, a first shot. It took a lot of work.
Jim Bachrach: First shot? No. It was about a forty shot.
Lou Vargas: About twenty years.
Bill Hartley: But its the first one ever to be published.
Lou Vargas: About twenty years, yeah. The Board's been working on it for the
last fifteen years, at least...Then I think he may need to re-word his motion.
What is your motion again.
John Gelch: That we form a committee to review all aspects of the five-year
plan to recommend any changes, additions or deletions to the Board that are
deemed necessary.
Lou Vargas: Call for a vote.
Pamela Amato: Pamela Amato, aye.
John Gelch: John Gelch, aye.
Bill Hartley: Bill Hartley, aye.
Jim Bachrach: I'll abstain.
Tom Outlaw: Tom Outlaw, aye.
Lou Vargas: Motion passes.

Sea Palm Village Problem
Wayne Gleasman: As to lot 61, Sea Palm Village, that is a lot owned by John
Cullen Construction. December of 1992 your ACC approved a house plan for
that site, the house itself has never been started; however, in August of last
year. Cullen Construction did pop in a one-piece fiberglass [swimming pool]
without approval of the ACC. When called on this violation he did meet with
ACC and had a design approved for the enclosure because the committee was
concerned about a health hazard and a safety liability in the form of an open
body of water. Mr Cullen neglected to get the building permit for this pool
enclosure and approximately 8 weeks ago the Franklin County building in-
spector slapped a stop work order and has yet to issue a building permit for
that pool enclosure as approved and requested by the ACC. In regards to that
site and other issues, Mr. Cullen will be addressing the Franklin County Con-
tractors Licensing Board on the third Wednesday in February and the follow-
ing Saturday your ACC will meet in this room and will perhaps have addi-
tional, will consider their enforcement procedure based on the outcome of the
prior Wednesday's meeting at the County level and in consideration of the
November 4. certified letter that denoted the violation. Further from that I will
probably ask Barbara research abandonment procedures and how we can
clear that lot of major tonnage of construction materials as well as the build-
ing violations that persist there...
Bill Hartley: In the meantime is it possible to cover that pool up somehow or
another, it is dangerous. It is wide open, we were down there yesterday, my
wife and I were walking by. And it's a wide open pool. Some kid is liable to run
in there and fall.
Wayne Gleasman: Yeah. we are pumping it out on Monday and covering the
pool in the meanwhile. We were going to do it yesterday but with the rains
coming we knew it would fill it back up...

Fire Department

Wayne Gleasman: Basically, my understanding from the fire chief is that
Thursday evening that the fire substation committee met and felt they had a
good meeting to advance the project. At that time they directed the architect,
Mr. Crozier, to go ahead and draft the initial drawings for the fire station and
they hope to have those preliminary drawings available next week for review
again by their fire station committee for presentation to Ben Johnson who is
still anticipated to be the land donor for that site. I think that about covers it.
I'm trying to push their Board of Directors and they have formed their com-
mitteed and they are quite active on a weekly basis to get this thing designed
and built. They've made some modifications to their design where they have
expanded their long range plan to be for about a twenty year requirement and
they are attempting to have a three bay station as opposed to a two bay. They
do anticipate buying a fifty foot ladder truck sometime in the future. That's all
I have to report on that subject at this time...

Condos and Litigation
Bill Hartley: I have one other thing. Comments have been made at several
meeting and in general discussion that there were only a few people who were
opposed to condos and that there were a lot of people who were not opposed to
condos. So for my own uses and for other uses and other people's enlighten-
ment you all know that I went out with a personal survey and I sent it out to
try and figure out how the people, the membership felt. I did this at my own
expense. I was not trying, in the least extent, be inflammatory, I was trying to
determine, really, what the membership's opinions were. I tried to be brief. I
tried to make it as simple as possible and it cost me 500 bucks to send the
survey out because I don't enjoy the Franking privilege. Without making a big
fuss about the results of it were astounding, even to me. We sent out 640
cards. So far in a 15 day period, we've got back 297 and we got back 20
yesterday, so they are still coming in rather good numbers and out of the 297
returns 267 show that they are opposed to any condos. That's 90% of the
people that have returned the cards so far are opposed to condos. About the
remainder of the cards wouldn't mind condos. A couple said they were not
opposed to small hotels, inn type establishments. And there were about 30 of
them that said they would like small shops. Of course there was not room for
a great deal of comment of these forms and there wasn't intended to be. Al-
though I did receive a lot of comments and several people sent in letters. I
have that here if anyone would like to look at it and my wife has copies of the
cards. They are all verifiable with phone numbers; however, I have taken the
phone numbers off these things because I think there is a certain amourit of
privacy involved. But if anyone would like to verify these they can be done. In
my way of thinking it sends a very clear message to me that if I am going to
respond or if I'm going to adhere to my responsibility or my fiduciary respon-
sibility as an elected member of this board Iam going to fight condos in the
beaches, in the trenches, wherever it is necessary. Because that's what people
are telling me that elected me to this Board. And the message is really clear.
No condos. There is absolutely no doubt. That the majority of the people in the
Plantation don't want condos to be built. For this reason, and to remove cloud
of suspicion that is hanging over the Board, I would like to once again make
the motion that we seek to clarify the covenant changes by having an attorney
not involved with the Plantation seek a declaratory judgment That motion is
John Gelch: Second.
Lou Vargas: I would like to make a comment first on the survey.
Bill Hartley: Can I please first repeat the motion. That we seek to clarify the
improperly adopted covenant changes by having an attorney not involved in
the Plantation with Plantation business, seek a judgment. Do you second
John Gelch: Yeah. I second that. I previously made the motion.
Lou Vargas: Call for discussion. I would like to make some comments first
about the survey. I think the survey was too simple to have any meaning at
Bill Hartley: You have to make it complicated.
Lou Vargas: Please Bill. I listened to you, OK. NO you don't have to make it
complicated but you have to give people enough information. When you see a
survey that simply asks: I want condo development, I want hotels, I want
shops in the Plantation, with out any further information. I leads people to
believe that they have a choice. This choice is not something that we can
make right here. Its not up to, we don't have the power or authority to decide
what Ben Johnson can do to develop his land. So. unless you tell people that
this is what the situation is, this is what the options are. Do you want to
spend $500,000 litigating over whether you can have condo's or not. Or if he
is permitted to do something there would you rather have condos or would
you rather have hotels. I appreciate the need to have a simple survey but I
think you went too far in the direction of simplicity for this survey to have any
meaning. Because I don't think people were fully informed as to what the
situation is, on what the authority of the association and what power the
association has with regard to these issues. Now I see a lot of you shaking
your head. And I'm sorry I disagree with you. The other thing is that before we
ever entertain a motion here about seeking a declaratory judgment. That's
litigation.. We're back to do you want to litigate. And I will never support
litigating unless we also attach an assessment to it. If we are going to litigation
and we are going to go to war with somebody, then we need to say we are also
voting to do a special assessment for whatever we think it is going to cost. Last
time we got into I think it was a $500,000 expense to the Association. Litiga-
tion is costly. That's what I've been preaching all along. I know a lot of you are
in this room, I don't know about the entire members, are disgruntled. When I

first came here I would attempt to negotiate with Mr. Johnson and I would
attempt to resolve those issues that you all told me existed out there. The
votes, the host of issues, the improvement fund, whatever those things were.
And we've been doing that. We've been working on that process and the draft
agreement that was presented last time eliminated all those objections. And
then there were new objections raised on top of that. Now. I really believe that
this whole issue is amenable to resolution by negotiation which is not going to
be costly. If you were to seek this declaratory judgment, and even if you were
to win. Where would that leave you? Then our relation with Mr. Johnson
would be ambiguous. He would be under no obligation short of agreeing to do
so to pay any dues to the association. We wouldn't have any say. whatsoever,
as to what he was doing with his land. So basically you are back to square
one. You would either have to sit down with Mr. Johnson and negotiate these
issues or you would have to go back into court. Your talking about a lot of
court here. Your talking about a big expense to the membership. If this survey
had presented those options to the membership I don't know how they would
have responded. But that's my point I don't think this survey told us anything
because the questions didn't raise those issues. Thank you.
Bill Hartley: You know, your survey that you sent out was extremely compli-
Lou Vargas: It was a Board survey. Bill.
Bill Hartlev: OK. the board survey. And from those things you come up with I

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Plantation, from page 7
things like of the 170 comment responses 11 comments reflected not want-
ing condominium, multi family." Now how can you derive that you made the
thing so complicated that nobody could make a statement. And you can get
anything out of that survey that you want to get out of it.
Lou Vargas: OK.
Jim Bachrach: I think you also need to understand...
Bill Hartley: And frankly I think the survey... You can't resolve every issue in
a survey. You have to get general direction from a survey. And that's what we
should have done in the original board survey and that's what I did in mine.
General direction. Nobody wants condos. You try and make policy and you tr
and negotiate with that in mind. Nobody wants condos. And you are directed
by that. There are things that there are nothing we can do about. If the County
Commission says Mr. Johnson is allowed to have condos and if you go to the
State and they say that Mr. Johnson is allowed to have condos there is not a
lot we can do about that except fight him as far as the DEP is concerned ...
and we should be doing that because the direction of the membership is that
they don't want condos in the Plantation. And as elected officials of this Plan-
tation that is where we should get our direction.
Jim Bachrach: Let me ask you a question. From the research point of view
and gathering daily information surveys are often a lurch vehicle for research-
ers. If I sent out a survey and said a man has a gun, does he want to pull the
trigger, yes or no. 90% would probably say no. You can assume from that
those people would vote for gun control. I mean you can do anything you want
to you have to be very careful. If you'd added to that do you want to avoid
having condos and also spend $500,000, $600.000, $700,000 plantation
Bill Hartley: I think you'd find.. Well its all supposition of course. I think you
find that most people would not mind a responsible expense for fighting...
When I say responsible there are 650 people on our mailing list. If each of
those throw in a couple of hundred bucks that would be S 130,000 dollars. I
don't think Mr. Johnson would want to spend $130,000 to full with this thing.
What I'm saying is we'd have our expenses spread. I don't know whether he
does or not. Even if it is $500 preserve the Plantation and the security and
beauty of the place its worth every penny as far as I'm concerned.
Jim Bachrach: If the survey had come back with that information you'd have
quite an argument.
u Vargas: Ultimately were going to reach some type of proposal which I said
is going to be submitted to the membership. So the membership is going to
have a choice. The membership is going to have a choice to accept the best
deal we can cut with Mr. Johnson or go to war with Mr. Johnson.
Bill Hartley: Do you want to send that thing out that you've got now. Because
it will be voted down hands down. Without a doubt. I can muster enough
votes to have that defeated in three days. On the telephone.
Lou Vargas: We need to finish up our negotiations with Mr. Johnson. We need
to put together the best package and we need to send it to the membership.
Jim Bachrach: And if it is voted down, so be it...
John Gelch: I want to get back to the motion. My interpretation of the motion
is that we seek a ruling, an interpretation, from a legal. impartial legal, apart
from Barbara Sanders...We get this interpretation back. We don't go into liti-
gation at that point. We've got to get interpretation. Now, I've heard Barbara
say that there is still some question about how the procedure for those cov-
enants and whether or not they were approved through proper procedure. We
sit here and we sit here and we sit here and that is one of the basic issues.
When Tom has proposed, if we are undecided lets go out to the membership to
approve the covenants that are associated with that agreement. The agree-
ment is one thing, the covenant approval is something else.
Lou Vargas: I am at a loss. we negotiated out those amendments.
Bill Hartley: That's not the point, you traded out a lot of things to take those
amendments out. We don't want to give him all that.
Lou Vargas: Now is not the time to go through the whole agreement. We are
still working on the agreement, guys. We're still working on the agreement...
Christon Gallio: Assuming that you should even have one.
Bill Hartley: Exactly.
Lou Vargas: So there's only two option. You either negotiate out of your dis-
pute or you litigate. And I prefer to negotiate out of the dispute.
Christon Galllo: There's a third.
Lou Vargas: What's the third.
Christon Gallo: You either mutually rescind or unilaterally rescind the origi-
nal agreement.
Bill Hartley: That 's been an option all along.
Christon Galllo: That's what everybody has asked for up until now. And then
if Mr. Johnson wants to do something about it he can do it He can go to war
with the Board as well as everybody else who is opposed...
Bill Hartley: And Chris, Mr. Johnson asked that that be done. How can we
object to that. Mr. Johnson's proposal was lets start from scratch.
Lou Vargas: Lets get back... Lets make the motion. Who seconded the motion.
Bill Hartley: The motion has been made and seconded.
Lou Vargas: OK, call for a vote.
Pamela Amato: Aye.
John Gelch: Aye.
Bill Hartley: Aye.
Jim Bachrach: No.
Tom Outlaw: No.
Lou Vargas: No. Tie.
Bill Hartley: Frankly, Lou, at some point this Board is going to have to be
changed because its ridiculous to keep having this split. And someone is go-
ing to have to make a change on the Board.
Jim Bachrach: Its what Board's do, Bill.
Floor Discussion
Lou Vargas: Any discussion from the floor: Mr. Aatns.' '
Tom Adams: I've been an activist and I have done so, am a current activist
because the Plantation, the official Plantation body did not advise the mem-
bership what the issues were. Now we talk about the prerogatives of the presi-
dent. I would like to remind you that our past president is the subject of
action that we're taking now because of liberties he took as president. I'm
speaking of John Cullen. People may not know Cullen was our past president
and the Johnson agreement has always been my position that it was tainted
from the outset Even where there is allegation of being a resolution, that a
resolution was never voted on, passed, it was never presented to the member-
ship, there was no vote about the covenants. There was no presentation of
covenants. The documents that were presented to the people, those of us were
told you can come down and get the approved agreement, did not have cov-
enant amendments attached. They were put in after the fact. And I have said
repeatedly its the Board's obligation, the fiduciary obligation to address that
problem. Now there is another option, one option you have is that you ac-
knowledge that there has been an error. That the covenants were never ap-
proved as required and the membership can be given the option to either vote
them up or vote them down. What is the issue there? What is the problem
with that? That's not litigation, that's addressing what is an obvious error. For
you to not address it, and in terms with the other conflicts of interest that are
apparent, I think we start to border on something far more serious. I think its
possible to show that there was conspiratorial attitudes and actions. Your not
addressing that, you're ignoring it. Look at the history. Look at what hap-
pened under Royal, under Spohrer, under Cullen and more recently under
you, Lou. You sent out what I regarded as a political message. Folks, every-
thing is fine, without telling the population what was not told to them. I took
that responsibility, as I told to the member ship at the annual meeting. I was
silent at that meeting at your behalf, and I said the condition will be that if the
membership is not informed I will write to the (membership] I accepted that
obligation. And so it is in that spirit that I've done it. That organ that goes out
from the membership, the "Soundings" does not truly record or report what
discussions are here. Or what issues are. Its tainted. Your just continuing
with something that is morally and ethically bankrupt. How can you have
peace as long as you continue to fail you responsibility to do what is right?
Every person in this room knows that there was not vote about covenant
amendments. That is not contested at all, everyone knows that. Johnson knows
it as well. And why are we a party to it. Why do we not address that issue. Why
do we not invite the membership, acknowledge that error and invite the mem-
bership to vote those covenants up or down and address it. That documents
says that if something is found to be, by competent court, that does not de-
stroy the rest of the agreement. I mean why is it that one person can play that
one way but we can't. That's my question.
Lou Vargas: Tom, I've tried to answer your question on countless occasions. I
regret that you don't understand what I'm trying to say and what I'm trying to
do. Basically what your asking me to do is to litigate.
Tom Adams: I'm saying turn to the membership and let them vote the 'cov-
enants up or down.
Lou Vargas: But where does that get you. It doesn't solve your problem. I
know you disagree with this but we've had legal opinions, OK. The Board has
looked at those legal opinions. The board has in its opinion, determined from
the survey that we did, that the membership wants us to negotiate out of this
dispute. We're trying to negotiate out of this dispute. Part of those negotia-
tions was attempting to get rid of those covenant amendments that you speak
of without getting into the issue, OK. We do that for economic reasons. Its
cheaper to negotiate than it is to litigate.
Tom Adams: And I say to you that the difference between us is moral and
ethical and what is expedient. What you want is expedient.
Lou Vargas: You know we owe a fiduciary responsibility to all of the members.
Now I don't want to turn this into a shouting match, particularly when I am
the one shouting at end of the table and I've got twenty people shouting at the
other end. But we owe a fiduciary responsibility to the membership and it is
our belief that the membership, as a whole, want us to negotiate out of this
dispute. That's what I'm trying to do. I can't put it any simpler than that.
Bill Hartley: You're out of touch, Lou.
Lou Vargas: Lennie, and then BL...
Lennie Davis: I think you're out of touch, Lou, really. They do not want you to
negotiate something that'they consider null and void. There is no room for
negotiation. What you're talking about is lets give away something that we
don't have to give away. Because there is no room to negotiate a completely
void. so called agreement. And I think you know that. But for some reason or

another, you're on the other side of the great, great majority will of this orga-
nization which I can't understand because your supposedly elected by them.
I don't know whether or not the 67 votes put you in or not. You alone may
know that. You are out of touch. Maybe you don't intend to be. But you are
out of touch with the will of this organization and I would think twice before
running down the line and saying lets negotiate. What you are saying is lets
give away something to Ben Johnson. That's what you are saying. And we
don't want to do that. I'm through....
Lou Vargas: Well it has been my experience. BL, when there is this much at
stake, when the parties are this much at odds that what usually happens is
its just like a war. It escalates. What started out as minor legal fees turns out
to be major legal fees. And I would be hesitant to go to the membership and let
them think we are going to incur minor legal fees and then incur a half a
million dollar legal bill because that is what happened once before in the

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The British Fort at


The Beginnings of Fort

Gadsden-Part Four

By Wayne Childers
The following is the second half of 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.
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. It begins with a continua-
tion of his negotiations with Col. Nicholls, the British commander at
Prospect Bluff.
I made known to the Colonel the demands for repayment that had
been made from the other Florida (the Province of East Florida). He
answered me that although he had (no) knowledge of the circum-
stances of those reports, notwithstanding, he had been written by
the inhabitants of Saint Augustine demanding six slaves and asking
for four hundred pesos for each one and that he was disposed to act
on their behalf so that the Government would pay for them. However,
I had directed (this question) to Captain Woodbine afterwards. He
told me that 78 Blacks had served with him from East Florida, but
that these were Blacks that had been found among the Indians for a
number of years, and none of them had come directly from Saint
Augustine. He said he had actually been in that place escorted by
forty of them and as many more offered their services to him. While
he was there, several residents had presented themselves to him,
claiming some of them. He answered them that they could take them
and that he would not oppose them in any way but that they could
not use force since he would not have it. Equally, the same Captain
Woodbine told me that an equal number of Blacks was expected from
that frontier (East Florida) who ought to join up with those that had
remained in Apalachicola and would form there, a settlement that
would consist of about 300 families.
At my arrival to La Loma de Buena Vista or Prospect Bluff, the offic-
ers and troops were already prepared for their evacuation and in fif-
teen days from this date, it shall be fully completed. My first objective
was to inform myself and to see the state of the fortifications, artillery
and the rest as well as what was thought would be done when the
post was completely evacuated. For this, I presented myself to Colo-
nel Nicholls and questioned him about what he Intended to do about
the artillery and munitions that were found there and with the works
of the fortification which had been made in a territory which although
it might properly be the Indians', incontestably lay within the Sover-
eign rights of His Most Catholic Majesty, an integral part of West
Florida and therefore of his Dominions. Also that the part in which
the fortified (prales) works were found was still private property granted
by the Indians with legitimate titles sanctioned by the government of
these Provinces. I also informed him at the same time concerning the
danger that would result if the Post remained in the state in which it
was found since it would be the place where all the outlaws would
join together and a second Barataria. That when it began to increase
in size and was assisted by the number of Blacks who had remained
there, they would disrupt the peace not only of the rest of the Prov-
ince but of also of the Gulf of Mexico with incursions and piracies. He
answered me at the beginning that the redoubt that had been built
on the East side of the Apalachicola a quarter of a mile below the
confluence of the Flint and-Chattahoochee Rivers in which he still
had 6 or 8 men with an officer would be demolished and burned if I
desired it and he would tell the Indians that it was done at the re-
quest of the Spanish officer. Upon reflection, however, he said that
since this (fortification) was not as great as the rest, he was going to
leave itJust like it was. (He also said) that he would leave the artillery
that was not bronze since the Indians had asked for it. Moreover, he
.would give orders and instructions for doing it and also (orders) to
give the same Indians as much in the way of arms, artillery, military
equipment and supplies etc. as they might request from him, for the
defense and preservation of the Post. This would remain entrusted to
them until such time as the English government with our
(government's) consent, should decide about the request that the In-
dians had presented; asking for thefree navigation and commerce of
that river. Therefore in the interim, they would not;allow any type of
foreigner, not even the same Spaiiards and only (allow) the English,
(to use the river). They had also promised, notwithstanding, not to
commit the least hostile action against the Spanish or Americans, at
least not without express orders to do so from the English govern-
ment, even though the Indians were very dissatisfied with the Span-
ish government and inclined toward enmity with it. I asked him if he
would please answer me in writing and in an official dispatch con-
cerning everything relative to these points in the same way I might
ask him for. He responded to me that he was not able to nor was he
required to give an account to anyone in this fashion, concerning the
actions that he was entrusted with by a superior order. Notwithstand-
ing, in all the rest, the cited Colonel personally treated me with all the
attention, politeness and protection that it was possible to desire.
In the meantime, while I was on the Post, I had among other things,
a conference requested by some Indian Chiefs among whom were
Colonel Nicholls and Captain Spencer. The first one told me that the
Indians had asked him if I was going to remain there permanently

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and if I had the intention of taking possession of the place when the
English evacuated it. In this case, he should warn me to remove my-
self as fast as was possible. Whether he was telling what might hap-
pen (or not), I did not perceive any hostility against me rather the
contrary. By the mere act of wearing the Spanish uniform and insig-
nia, I found that they came to me. They shook hands with me and
spoke to me in their languages which I did not understand, with pleas-
ant expressions and demonstrations of friendship. They had requested
in the same conference, two cannons of large caliber with the neces-
sary munitions for them and the rest of the things that pertained to
them. (These requests) were agreed to and in place of two, they were
sent four of twenty-four pound caliber which were taken from the
Frigate Cydnus with their naval gun carriages and about a few more
or less than 400 cannon balls, canisters of grapeshot and powder. All
of this was embarked aboard of a little galley two days before our
departure for here, which was the 25th of current month, in order to
carry them to the Post. It was still on St George Island when we made
sail. The powder that was embarked which had beforehand been car-
ried by the galley and two other boats, appeared to me to possibly
amount to more than 800 arrobas (20,000 pounds). There remained
in the settlement, four six pounder cannons on naval carriages and a
certain number of balls. Only the iron cannons remained, without
doubt for the service of the Indians as the Colonel had said. However,
these are mounted outside the fortifications of the Post facing the
open country. The fortifications consist of a terreplein of wood and
clay on the bank of the River and the Post's dock, with an opening in
the parapet for a battery on each side, situated to fire up or down the
river. About sixty toises (383 feet: 1 toise = 6.396 feet) more within,
there is an octagon of pieces of squared timber and earth worked
with solidity an care whose exterior sides are about 50 pies (Span-
ish feet; 50 pies = 30 feet). However, it is not finished, only the terreplein
(probably an earth filled raised mount for the cannons) since they
had been working on the merlons (solid walls between the gun ports)
and esplanades (level areas in front of the fort) when the news of the
Peace was received. It has a moat of little depth. The octagon and the
houses of the settlement which in the greater part consist of cabins,
are found surrounded by a stockade that is not very solid and whose
side that faces the river is open. About 30 or 40 toises (191 to 255
feet) from the stockade toward the open country, is a moat and a
parapet of earth. The first is of little depth and the second is of little
height, in the manner of a entrenched encampment The one that is
close to the Flint River and which is about 80 miles from the first
ones, is nothing more than a type of earthen redoubt with its moat
and palisade; No artillery is left in it according to what I have been
able to discover.
As to the naval forces, I do not think that any of them may remain
after the transports and boats which are therein order t receive the
troops, have left. At least, there are no pirogues and (only) some flat
bottom bateaux which I saw there.
Many gifts were divided among the Indians and there remained a
considerable supply to give them during the coming year. These were
left in the charge and care of one Guillermo (William) Hambly who is
or was an officer among them. He has remained there as I under-
stand it, on half pay.
God guard Your Lordship many years. Pensacola and 29th of April of
1815. Vicente Sebastian Pintado to Don Josef de Soto.
This is a copy, etc.
This manuscript is found in its entirety at the Library of Congress listed as:
Vicente Sebastian Pintado to Don Josef de Soto. Pensacola. pril 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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history of this association. It escalated and escalated and escalated and that's
what I'm trying to avoid. I'm not quite sure what the fear is in the audience. At
first we'd gone through such a historical stepping stone here, basically what
I've said all along here is I don't want to create hysteria in the membership,
everything is above Board. We work on a draft agreement. We are going to
refine the draft agreement now. we are going to present this to the member-
ship and if the membership doesn't want it they will vote it down and you'll get
Yqur war, you'll get your litigation.
JJL Cosey: That doesn't answer the question, If the Johnson agreement was
gone, everything this board does could be attacked by anybody as far as the
legality of the action of the Board because we don't feel that two of the mem-
bbiis were seated or was seated, maybe they'd be seated again. it wouldn't
bother me if you reapplied for the job. But there's got to be, somewhere along
the line, a tape of the fact that there are two board members serving on this
Board that were illegally seated.
Lou Vargas: You're making conclusions that you have no basis to flat out say
thing like that. Tom, you draw conclusions too. You say, boom, boom, boom.
Only judges can make that decision. Let me Just say one thing. Even if the
covenants are declared invalid that does not mean that the agreement is in-
Bill Hartley: It is a nullity, a nullity. If the covenants..
Lou Vargasl: Folks, I have really tried hard. If you are disappointed with my
approach I'm sorry. I'm not trying to antagonize peoXple. I'm trying to do what
Is best for the Association. I think I'm fulfilling my fduciary responsibility to
the membership to try and negotiate an agreement to this dispute before I
spend their money. It's that simple. I though I fulfilled my commitment to you,
T'om Adams, and to other people in this group when I took care of those com-
plaints that you brought to me. To me, every one of those things that you
raised earlier, not your last letter, but before that, would be resolved in the
dr-aft agreement U-lat we proposed. Now, I feel that I have fulfilled my promise
to you.-You folks never thought we'd get to this point. I know, You though he'll
never negotiate with him, he'll never do this, he'll never do that, and its frus-
trating to me because we've reached a point now where I really think we are
close to a viable agreement. It has to be refined a little bit, it has to be cleaned
up, but I think we are really close. I think you should simply let us conclude
negotiations, see what the draft is. Of course I don't send that draft to the
membership. Its not final yet but I did send it to anybody who requested it
could have gotten it. Anybody that was at that meeting got it. I think we sim-
V~y need to wrap up our negotiations with Mr. Johnson. Put the thing out.
thumbs up, thumbs down. Ad if it is thumbs down we are going to wind up
in litigation. But we are going to attach a price tag to it. I'm not going to
mislead the membership. I'm not going to let,them think this Is going to be
cheap. I think once you start to go down that path of litigation its going to be
very, very expensive.
Lennie Davis: You people that are apparently the majority on the Board should
realize that you are out of touch with the will of the maj ority of the people. And
you stand here, and God help you I don't know why, you think you can use
scare tactics and scare us on the basis that the litigation is going to bankrupt
you all. And it is ridiculous instead of trying to defend us and say your going
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$) 000 l0itigating this over the next five or ten years, then when we have to
put in new roads and we have to do other Improvements. People are not going
to be pleased with that.
Lennie Davis: Where do you get the $500,000 figure? You just picked that
out of the sky. I'm a lawyer like you are and I know that there ain t no way in
the world, he may lay over and fall dead the first time you have a hearing,
Lou Vargas: Last time... Yeah, that could happen, last time we got into major
litigation it wound up costing a half a million dollars. OK, set the next meet-
ing. What is it set for now?~
Wayne Gleasman: It is set for Saturday, April 8th by your previous motion.

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Pa o 10 24 March 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Published twice monthly

County Youths
Given Traveling
Shoes With
Dr. Maya Angelou

By Amanda Loos
Despite the delay on Thursday,
March 16th caused by the
afternoon's black ominous
clouds, a waterspout warning,
and a broken-down bus, the fifty
Franklin County youths and ten
adults that hovered under the
eaves of the Eastpoint Branch of
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary and at the two remaining
pick-up points in Apalachicola,
the high school and the Franklin
County Public Library Program
Center, were determined not to
miss the event of a lifetime, Trav-
eling Shoes for the Journey, An
Evening With Maya Angelou at the
Panama City Civic Center, made
possible by Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College.
The trip was arranged through the
heroic efforts of Library Director,
Eileen Annie, in coordination with
Apalachicola High School teacher
Denise Butler, Carrabelle High
School teacher Melanie Humble,
the three WINGS coordinators
Gloria Rounsaville, Chaz Mikell,
and Bruce Ward, and the Frank-
lin County School Board which
provided transportation.
Thirty complimentary tickets were
obtained through Gulf Coast, and
an additional thirty were pur-
chased by the WINGS program to
meet the demand of excited stu-
dents from both high schools and
all three WINGS sites.
Dr. Angelou is most renowned for
her work as a writer of poetry -
collections including And Stll I
Rlse and Oh Pray My Wings Are
Gonna Fit Me Well and autobi-
ographies most well-known of
which is I Know Why The Caged
Bird Sings.
However, her accomplishments
are widely varied and seemingly
endless. As a professional dancer
and actress, she has starred in
many productions including the
twenty-two country tour of"Porgy
and Bess;" been a teacher and
assistant "administrator at the
School of Music and Drama at the
University of Ghana, Africa; and
has written, directed, produced,
and composed the music for nu-
merous works for film, television,
and the theatre. While living in
Africa, she was the first woman
editor of The Arab Observer in
Cairo and the feature editor of The
African Review in Accra. As an
activist, she became a coordina-
tor for the Southern Leadership
Conference (by the request of Dr.
Martin Luther King), and was also
appointed to The Bicentennial
Commission by President Gerald
Ford and to the National Commis-
sion on the Observance of Inter-
national Women's Year by Presi-
dent Jimmy Carter. She has re-
ceived a long list of awards rang-
ing from the Chubb Fellowship
Award from Yale university, a
Pulitzer Prize Nomination for
"Just Give Me A Cool Drink of
Water 'Fore I Diiie," and the
NAACP Springarn Medal, to over
thirty Honorary Doctorate De-
grees from colleges throughout
the United States. She may be
recognized most recently as the
second poet in U.S. history to
write and recite her own work at
a Presidential Inauguration "On
the Pulse of Morning" at President
Clinton's Inauguration for which
she won a Grammy award.
After an introduction by Janice L.
Lucas, Co-Chair of the Black Heri-
tage Committee at Gulf Coast
Community College, Dr. Maya
Angelou took to the stage in one
powerful sweep. With a spread of
the arms and the grace of the
wind, she took total command of
the packed house. At that mo-
ment there seemed to be no doubt
in the minds of the audience what
had made her great from a meek
silent girl in Stamps, Arkansas to
the prestigious, accomplished
woman that she is today.
She proceeded to share some of
the great African- American po-
etry mainly the romantic poetry
- of such writers as Nicki
Giovanni, James Weldon
Johnson, Langston Hughes and
Mari Evans with such style, and
humor that the audience was en-
raptured by her.
Among her first words she said
that she hoped to bring laughter
to this Panama City crowd (who
had fnalln invited her to speak.
It was okay that they had invited
a lot of other people, but she'd
"noticed.") Indeed she did bring a
tremendous amount of laughter
with her eloquent wit and deep
understanding of human nature
and the condition of the world to-
day. Along with her humor, she
presented some powerful mes-

She shared her story of how at
seven, after she told about being
raped by her mother's boyfriend
and he turned up kicked to death,
she refused to speak at all until
she was about thirteen believing
that her words would kill those
around her and in the world. Dur-
ing this time, she read African
American poetry (as well as
Shakespeare) constantly. Her
grandmother encouraged her in
this as she combed and braided
Maya's thick curly hair saying
that poetry puts "starch in your
backbone" and that when young

Maya got ready to speak, she
would be a preacher. Her grand-
mother was right.
It was through poetry that Maya
Angelou found her voice again,
and now she encouraged us all to
go to our local library (in the Point
all in Eastpoint or Hwy 98 in
Carrabellel) and ask the librarian
to help find the works of 19th and
20th century poets. No matter
what race, religion, creed, gender,
state of mind you are, she said to
"take African-American poetry in-
side, wear it like a cloak and it
will liberate you." She said that
all poetry leads to a "cheerful
spirit" and she wished she could
give each one of us a poem to keep
and use as hope as a "rainbow
in the clouds."
She interspersed some of her own
poetry (commenting, "I've been
known to write a poem or two.")
including "No Loser, No Weeper"
and "Seven Women's Blessed As-
surance," during which she
evoked such feeling from the
crowd that they were literally
roaring, yet were also truly
thoughtful. She seemed to unite
all of us by remarking that each
one of us has been paid for
through the hardships of our an-
cestors. Whether it be the Irish
escaping famine, the German flee-
ing war, the African American
packed on slave ships, our free-
dom today has been bought.
After a standing ovation and a
presentation from Carrie S. Baker
rom the Black Heritage Commit-
tee, the audience eagerly refused
to let her leave the stage so soon.
To our joy, she swept back once
more to deliver one of her most
inspiring feminine poems, "Phe-
nomena Woman." She introduced
it saying that men are phenom-
enal too that it is a balance but
as for the men, she said, "You'll
lust have to write your own noemt"
She raised her arms, the glitter
on her collar and her head wrap
sparkling Irridescently, "Pretty
women wonder where my secret
lies/ I'm not cute or built to suit
a fashion model's size/ But when
I start to tell them/ They think
I'm telling lies./ I say,/ It's in the
reach of my arms,/ The span of
my hips,/ The stride of my step,/
The curl of my lips./ I'm a
woman/ Phenomenally./ Phe-
nomenal Woman,/ That's me..."
This was for our mothers and
grandmothers and their grand-
Dr. Maya Angelou is indeed a phe-
nomenal woman and truly an in-
spiration. She seems to a have a
way of making each person feel
happy to be alive and proud to be
who they are.
It was an honor for Franklin
County students to take part in
such a glorious experience.

FSU's Scientific
"Circus" Comes
to Town 8 April

all be under a big top, but chil-
dren and parents alike may jour-
ney through the magic and won-
der of the scientific world by vis-
iting Florida State University's
"Flying Circus of Physics," a free
open house taking place Satur-
day, 8 April 8 10 AM to 6 PM on the
FSU campus.
"This year's scientific extrava-
ganza should be our best yet be-
cause we have more exhibits and
presentations than ever to chal-
lenge explorers of all ages," said
Professors Samuel Tabor, coordi-
nator, and James Skofronick,
publicity chairman, of the Phys-
ics Department's third biennial
open house.
Unveiled for the first time will be
a new NASA Theater, online tours
of the World Wide Web and phys-
ics contest booths. The popular
"Death of the Dinosaurs" plan-
etarium show, demonstrating the
cataclysmic events that led to the
dinosaurs' demise, will be pre-
sented every hour. Extra show-
ings of "Dinosaurs" will be pre-
sented Sunday, 9 April 9, hourly
from 1 PM to 4 PM.
Visitors also may tour FSU's Su-
perconducting Linear Accelerator
facility, see one of the world's fast-
est supercomputers and tour the
condensed matter physics facility,
home of high-temperature super-
conductivity research.
Numerous hands-on experiments
and demonstrations on mechan-
ics, physics, electricity, magne-
tism, sound and waves, lasers
and light, as well as a working
model of the earth's atmosphere,
will be presented throughout the
day. The Tallahassee Astronomi-
cal Society plans to set up tele-
scopes between the Keen and
Richards buildings to observe
Visitors can see such entertain-

ing and informative demonstra-
tions and films as: "The Chemi-
cal 'Medicine' Show," 11:30 AM
and 1 PM; "The National High Mag-
netic Field Laboratory," 12:30 and
2:30 PM; "Superconductivity and
Its Impact on Tomorrow's World,"
1 and 3 PM; and "The Physics of
Sports," 2 and 4 PM. Four addi-
tional science films also will be
shown: "Einstein," 10 AM; "The
Universe," 11 AM and 5:30 PM;
"Destiny in Space," Noon, 3 and
5 PM: and "The Eagle has Landed,"
4:30 PM.
The takeoff points for all "Flying
Circus" tours will be the ground
floor of the Nuclear Research
Building and the circus tent set
up in the Keen Physics Building
plaza on the FSU campus.



Red Cross

Collins Realty and
Sales Associates
Take Top Honors

CENTURY 21 Collins Realty, Inc.
was awarded the "Top of the Cen-
tury" plaque for outstanding sales
production achieved by al sales
associates In office for 1 January
1994 to 31 December 1994. This
award commends the entire office
for its efforts and accomplish-
CENTURY 21 Collins Realty sales
associates Marilyn & Mason Bean
were among the agents in the
Century 21 of the Southeast, Inc.,
North and Central Florida Region
honored for 1994 production at
the recent awards banquet held
at Golden Eagle Country Club,
Tallahassee, Florida.
Specifically, Marilyn Bean was in
the spotlight as recipient of the
CENTURION designation, one of the
highest levels of recognition given
to top-producing sales associates
in the CENTURY 21 system and was
named #1 Residential & #1 Invest-
ment Associate for the entire
North & Central Florida Region.
Marilyn was further recognized
with the Masters Club pin at the
Emerald level showing consis-
tently being a Multi-Million-Dol-
lar producer and will be honored
at the International CENTURY 21
Convention later in March at Las
Vegas, Nevada. Mason Bean re-
ceived the President's Award, the
2nd-highest award in the CEN-
TURY 21 system and the Masters
Club pin at the Ruby level show-
ing consistent Multi-Million-Dol-
lar production.
"Our top agents and offices have
made significant contributions to
the success of the CENTURY 21 sys-
tem" said Dave Wild, Regional
Director "and we feel it is impor-
tant to recognize those people who
are among the most accomplished
in our system."



By Laura Rogers

Mrs. Marie Marshall of Nemours
Children's Clinic spoke eloquently
at the recent disadvantaged/dis-
abled transportation public hear-
ing held on Wednesday, 22 Feb-
ruary. She spoke of the need for
there to be more funding for chil-
dren to use the public transpor-
tation to get to educational and
cultural events. The public hear-
ing, which was open to the pub-
lic, took place at the Franklin
County Courthouse. Also present
at the meeting were John and
Betty Crooms, school board mem-
ber Mr. Willie Speed, and a room
full of other guests.
Mrs. Marshall, who has a long
standing reputation as an advo-
cate for education talked about
the importance that hands on
learning has in any curriculum.
It was suggested by the board that
Ms. Marshall bring this concern
up at the next school board meet-
In other agenda items, Mr. and
Mrs. Crooms asked for guidance
from the board about what to do
when a elderly person without an
escort becomes incontinent dur-
ing a trip. They also asked
whether escorts should be man-
datory for all nursing home resi-
dents being transported. The
board said that escorts should not
be mandatory, but if the company
had had problems with one spe-
cific resident in the past and he
or she were not going to be es-
corted that the company could
elect to refuse to transport that
person. The Croomses also asked
the board to explain the difference
between "demand" transporta-
tion, which Crooms provides as a
courtesy only if drivers are avail-
able, and "scheduled" appoint-
ments, which are part of the ser-
vice Crooms must provide as part
of its service contract if the ap-
pointments are made with 24-
hour notice.
With no further concerns the
meeting was adjourned. These
meetings are open to the public.
and the input of the community
is welcomed by the board. If you
would like to attend the next
meeting, Please call Crooms
Transportation to find out the
next meeting date and time.


Racks In


By Amanda Loos

After more than a month of in-
tense planning, excited discus-
sion and anxious preparation, the
Carrabelle High School Chapter of
Future Business Leaders of
America (FBLA) departed to
Wakulla High School for the Dis-
trict III Competition on Tuesday,
February 21, 1995.
Each of the 33 members the
largest group CHS has had in the
history of its FBLA membership -
could compete in one of a wide
variety of business categories.
Students could match their
knowledge and skills with any-
thing from Computer Applica-
tions, Word Processing, and Ac-
counting to Parliamentary Proce-
dures, Business Communica-
tions, and Public Speaking.
Through their business courses,
FBLA members worked closely
with Mrs. Jo Ann Gander, head
of the business department, to
hone their skills and prepare
them for the stresses and expec-
tations that the chosen areas of
competition would put upon
By the time 7:50 Tuesday morn-
ing brought them to the CHS
parking lot dressed to the hilt, the
business students had spent long
hours writing resumes, practicing
on transcription machines, study-
ing vocabulary and math proce-
dures, and writing speeches.
Some were calm and collected,
some were panic -stricken, but all
were ready to put their best foot
proudly forward and represent
Carrabelle High School honorably
and professionally as one of the
eight competing schools from
Leon, Wakulla, and Jefferson
Indeed they were impressive,
bringing in nine trophies includ-
ing our First places. The hard
work throughout the year and the
long hours in actual competition
paid off. All students competed
well and made an excellent show-
Solomon Lowery placed Third and
Todd Griffith placed Second in
Business Math, Ellis Jackson won
Second in Computer Applications,
Joseph Segree placed Second in
Computer Concepts. The CHS
Parliamentary Procedures Team -
Candice Sweet, Jonathan Tindell,
Courtney Millender, Kelly Hall,
and Jamie Skipper won Second
Prize. Jonathan Tindell scored
the highest on the written exam
and will now serve as District III
Four students placed first in their
areas: Misty Hitt in Machine Tran-
scriptions, Janalyn Shiver in
Computer Applications, Amanda
Loos in Impromptu Speaking, and
Joey Rudd in Computer Con-
cepts. These students will move
on to the State Competition in
Hane City on May 4th 7th where
they will match their skills with
business students from all over
All agreed that the brightest thing
on the school bus coming home
to Carrabelle was not the Febru-
ary sunshine, but Mrs. Gander's
beaming face!
Aside from the excitement of com-
petition, CHS students had the
opportunity to interact with other
FBLA members from various
schools in Northwest Florida and
very diverse backgrounds. It was,
an enjoyable learning experience.
What's next? The big trip that
they've all been waiting forl All
students who have participated in
both the Rally (this past Fall) and
the Competition can attend the
FBLA trip on the weekend of April
21st. The locale is tentatively set
for Tampa and will be Jammed full
of exciting activities, possibly in-
cluding a day at Busch Gardens
and a mini-cruise.
Students have been busy
fundraising throughout the year
for this trip with such sales as
calendars, posters, and the larg-
est money-maker of all balloons
and flowers for Valentine's Day.
Donations, of course, are always
Through FBLA events, especially
competition, CHS students have
the opportunity to become more
fully prepared to compete and be
successful in the job world.

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