Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: May 19, 1995
Copyright Date: 1995
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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SThe FranklinChronicle

Magistrate Chuck Spicer pontificates his honor as he prepares to se'
bail for another donator.

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Woody cools his heels in the jail sanctuary, commonly called the East
Point fire house, on Thursday, 18 May 1995 while talking escape with
Apalachicola Times Manager John Lee.

Subdivision Approved

Over Objections

Developer Jim Sullivan met with
torrents of objections to his pro-
posed subdivision in Eastpoint,
Las Brisas, at the May 16 meet-
ing of the Franklin County Com-
The proposed subdivision will be
located on an eighteen acre tract
south of Highway 98 and east of
Bayshore Drive.
Attorney Ben Watkins, who spoke
on behalf of Sulivan, noted that
the subdivision received "unani-
mous approval" from Planning
and Zoning. Watkins raved that
the project would be the only sub-
division in Franklin County to
have paved streets. He also stated
that the subdivision, which will
be rezoned from R-1 to R-IA, will
have a six foot Spanish styled
stucco wall facing South Bayshore
Commissioner Bevin Putnal wor-
ried that the residents located
near the subdivision may become
"landlocked." He warned, "If we
landlock those people where they
can't use their property, they can
sue us."
Resident Abe Koren worried that
too much traffic would be pushed
out onto South Bayshore Drive
and recommended either Widen-
ing or curving the road. "I'm not
against development, I just don't
like the way he's got it set up."
One resident objected over the
zoning change and felt that the
subdivision may reduce his prop-
erty value. Another resident wor-
ried that the subdivision might
push rain water onto her prop-
erty. "If there is any water on my
land, you'll hear from me."

Jim Sulivan
Attorney Watkins stated that the
project had a stormwater man-
agement plan and that the sub-
division also had to be built in
accordance with D.E.P. guide-
Unsatisfied with the project's de-
sign, Commissioner Dink Braxton
motioned to table the matter.
Commissioner Raymond Williams
requested that the board resolve
the matter.
"In a time when this county is
going to lose so many people from
the net ban," said Sullivan, I'm
willing to put a first class project
in there. And we'll hire many
Eastpoint citizens and put them
to work...and teach them to build
houses. I expected open arms."
The board approved the subdivi-
sion contingent on Sullivan's
agreement to put a turn lane off
Bayshore Drive, present a layout
of the stucco wall and provide the
board with documents of finan-
cial provisions.

Published every other Friday


P.T.O Explores High ByWsENE

School Consolidation RULING

The nagging issue of high school
consolidation made its way into
the May 8 meeting discussion of
the Apalachicola High School Par-
ent/Teacher Organization (PTO).
High School Custodian Johnny
Harris questioned whether any
action had been made concern-
ing the 1990 Feasibility study of
High School Consolidation. The
study was formulated by a four
member committee, which was
established by Board of Education
action on November 6, 1987. The
committee, which consisted of
James Sisung, Thomas Hoffer,
Jean Gander and Grace Wathen,
recommended consolidation to
the Franklin County Board of
School Board Member Jimmy
Gander felt that consolidation had
many positive aspects, but la-
mented the financial burden it
would incur. "We have already
spent our race track money be-
yond the year 2000 and I don't
know how realistic consolidation
would be financially."
P.T.O. Board Member Monica
Lemieux stated, "Are we looking
five years down the road? Are we
looking ten years down the road?
This is the future of our children
we're talking about and I think
that consolidation might be a good
thing." Parent Marcia Johnson
remained skeptical about consoli-
dation. "I wouldn't want my kids
on that bus goin' all the way to
Carrabelle or in cars. The way
these kids drive... I can see a lot
of tickets being written and maybe
some serious wrecks."
AHS Instructor Denise Butler
stated that she would present a
copy of the 1990 consolidation
report to the PTO. A motion was
then unanimously passed to re-

quest updated information from
the Franklin County School Board
concerning the 1990 study of high
school consolidation.
In other PTO business:
*Officer Bruce Varnes announced
that a police dog was brought to
AHS to inspect student lockers for
-drugs. Varnes stated that the
search took approximately twenty
minutes; he stated that one stu-
dent, who saw the police dog from
his class window, jumped out of
that window and fled. Varnes
stated that there were no drugs
found on the student who fled
when they "found him." Although
Superintendent C.T. Ponder, As-
sistant Superintendent Mikel
Clark, School Board member
Jimmy Gander, Ms. Martina,
Sheriff Warren Roddenberry and
Major Jimmy Williams were all
informed of the drug search in
advance, Officer Varnes did not
feel like any of high school stu-
dents received advanced warning.
* Jimmy Gander stated that Su-
perintendent Ponder was inter-
ested in providing a resource of-
ficer for Apalachicola High School.
Denise Butler stated that re-
source officers were also certified
teachers. Officer Varnes noted
that resource officers, as well as
being certified to instruct, were
bonded law officers as well.
"You're gonna' have three or four
kids in a class room who are
gonna' create a problem where the
teacher can't teach. They're al-
ways got to calm down little
Johnny or little Sarah," said
Varnes, 'That's where a school
resource officer takes over. They
send them {the students} to his
class. It's kind of like an alterna-
tive school, but it's not. It's an al-
ternative class. He {the resource
officer} don't just walk the hall.
He helps out with troubled kids."

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Anticipating the Net Ban's pas-
sage in July 1, Ronald F. Crum
obtained the services of Buford
Golden, a net maker for more than
40 years, and asked him to con-
struct a new net that would con-
tain less than 500 feet of net
The new constitutional amend-
ment banned the use of "gill nets"
or other "entangling nets" from all
Florida waters, which means that
nets containing more than 500
square feet of mesh area will not
be allowed in Florida waters come
July 1.
Plaintiffs Bruce Millender, Ron F.
Crum and Timmy McClain sought
a declaratory judgment to deter-
mine the appropriate method of
measuring trawl type nets under
the amendment. A trawl net is an
elongated bag with the mouth
kept open by various means, and
fished by being towed or dragged
on the ocean bottom.
The plaintiff trio also wanted to
know if the Golden-Crum net that
they proposed to use after the ef-
fective date of the constitutional
amendment (1 July 1995) was
prohibited by the amendment.
Judge Davey, in the court of first
jurisdiction, the Second Circuit,
decided that the Golden net was
not prohibited.
Davey cited the amendment
which provides that nets contain-
ing 500 feet or less of mesh area
may be used within three miles
of the Gulf coast and within one
mile of the Atlantic coast. The
Golden-Crum net, with turtle ex-
cluded device, contained 478.09
square feet.
The Defendants, which include
the State of Florida Department

of Environmental Protection
(DEP), the Florida Marine Patrol
(FMP) and the Florida Marine
Fisheries Commission (FMFC)
disagreed. They argued that ac-
tual square footage measure-

ments were irrelevant since the
amendment required that the
trawl type net be measured using
the mathematical formula for de-
termining the area of a cone. Ap-
plying the standard formula to the
Golden-Crum net produces a
square footage area of 953.4
square feet, well above the 500
foot maximum. Thus, under their
arguments, the Golden-Crum net
would be banned under the con-
stitutional amendment.
The issue focuses down to the in-
terpretation of the phrase "...with
meshes open..."
Mr. Golden testified that the in-
dustry standard for measuring
nets is with the meshes open
rather than with meshes closed
or stretched. Davey pointed out
that the defendant's method of
measurement would not be con-
sistent with the language con-
tained in the amendment. He
...Finally the Court finds ad-
ditional support for the inter-
pretations and determina-
tions herein. Unquestionably,
the clear intent of this amend-
ment to Article X is to limit,
not prohibit commercial fish-
ing by trawl. While defen-
dants objected to the intro-
duction of evidence demon-
strating the impracticality or
commercial unfeasibility of
the small nets which they
contend are mandated by the
amendment, this evidence
was legally relevant to the is-
sues raised in this action. The
'Golden-Crum' net represents
a significant reduction in the
size of trawl net historically
used by Florida's shrimpers.
Such a reduction is clearly in-
tended by amendment to Ar-
ticle X. There is, however, no
evidence of an intent by the
people of Florida in adopting
this amendment to function-
ally prohibit shrimp trawling
Continued on Page 12


Those adversely affected by the "net-ban" constitutional amendment
are promised some economic assistance in legislation, which has been
started by Representative Allen Boyd (D-Monticello), brought into the
Senate and finally enrolled as a Florida Statute 370.0805.
The total appropriated funds appear to reach $30 million, including
$20 million from state funds which were appropriated to match fed-
erally funded programs. There is also a program for transporting
banned nets through state waters into federal waters where the nets
may still be legally used.
About the Program
The net-ban assistance program is operated by the Department of
Labor and Employment Security. The assistance program has three
functions: (1) To provide economic assistance to commercial saltwa-
ter products,licensees suffering certain losses in income as a result of
the amendment, (2) to purchase commercial fishing gear rendered
illegal or useless by the amendment, and (3) to retrain commercial
fishermen economically displaced by the amendment.
The Dept. of Labor and Employment Security, which is under Florida
Statutes 370.0805(b), clarifies the eligibility of affected saltwater prod-
uct workers for the Job Training Partnership Act services (JTPA) and
directs that these workers be given every priority as dislocated work-
ers, including special outreach efforts, expanded accessibility through
one-stop service centers, and enrollment in performance-based in-
centive training courses.
Alternatives Envisioned
The Dept. of commerce, the Dept. of Community Affairs, the Dept. of
Labor and Employment Security and Enterprise Florida are instructed
by Florida Statute 370.0803(c) to develop alternative industries, em-
ployment opportunities and entrepreneurial ventures in the coastal
communities directly or indirectly impacted by the new limitations
on saltwater products workers. The foregoing agencies are also in-
structed by the statute to "place a special emphasis on utilizing the
expertise".., of the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), the In-
stitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Harbor Branch oceano-
graphic Institute to establish viable aquaculture operations in those
affected communities. The DEP is instructed to work with the Dept.
of Commerce and the Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) to identify
existing grants and low-interest loan programs appropriated for the
conversion of gear or vessels which are rendered useless under the
constitutional limitations, but which require conversion to be legally
used for commercial saltwater fishing purposes.
Continued on Page 12

Volume 4, Number 10

Bailiff Warren Roddenbery (Franklin County Sheriff) and Woody Miley
(Director of the Apalachicola Estuarine Reserve) exchange some light
banter but Mr. Miley is unable to raise his bail, so...

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Johnny Harris looks for answers concerning high school

Continued on Page 9

Page 2 19 May 1995 *

The Franklin Chronicle

Published every other Friday



Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson announced that the
annual Amnesty Day for house-
hold hazardous waste products,
Stores and white goods (refrigera-
tors and appliances) would be
held on 3 June at the county
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
announced that the rip rap re-
vetment for Alligator Point had
been completed. He also recom-
mended that the county declare
an emergency situation to'help
expedite the bid process to pave
Alligator Point's road, which is
designated in a critical concern
area. The board agreed to de-
clare an emergency situation
and have the County Engineer
negotiate a contract.
Janice Hicks, Business Man-
ager for the Franklin County
Health Unit, announced that
the state legislature had ap-
proved a $700,000 allocation
for renovation and construction
'of a Health Department Build-
ing in Carrabelle.
Hicks stated that the health
unit's first choice for Carrabelle
property was from the Franklin
County School District. She
stated that the board would
Need to purchase property for
the health department, if they
could not get property donated.
Hicks noted that the health
units legislative funding did not
allow the purchase of property.
Commissioner Putnal recom-
mended contacting the City of
Carrabelle for possible property
donation across from the Senior
Citizens Center. The board
voted to write letters to the
Franklin County School District
and the City of Carrabelle for
possible assistance of the Fran-
Sin County Health Unit.

Mark Currington from the
County Planning Office an-
nounced that there would be a
,ribbon cutting ceremony for the
new revetment on Alligator
Point on or around 1 June. He
stated that Governor Chiles was
expected to attend the cer-
emony. Currington suggested
serving fish, instead of hot dogs,
at the ceremony to remind the
governor of the importance of
the commercial fishing indus-
try to Franklin County in the
wake of the net ban.
Currington also presented a let-
Ster to the board, which was writ-
ten by Alan Pierce, in response
to an article written about East-
point by the Tallahassee Demo-
crat. The letter was presented
to the board for Chairperson
S Jimmy Mosconis's signature.
Mosconis commented that he
hadn't read the Tallahassee
Democrat article.
The board approved the enact-
ment of Ordinance number
ninety-five, which establishes
speed zones for Alligator Point.
The ordinance pertains to
SCounty Road 370 located south
Sof U.S. 98. The speed limit dic-
States that from U.S. 98 to the
Recycling area/transition tower
no motor vehicle may exceed 55
SMPH. From the recycling area/
transmission tower to the gar-
den triangle, the maximum
speed is 45 MPH. From the gar-
den triangle westerly to the end
of the pavement, the maximum
Speed is 35 MPH. And on the
entire length of the Bald Point
Road, the maximum speed limit
is 45 MPH.
The 911 Committee recom-
Smended that the County enter
: into an agreement with St. Joe
Communication to obtain an
S enhanced 911 system. Linda
SBordelon from St. Joe commu-
'I nication suggested that the
| county agree to a two year lease.
She quoted a down payment fig-
ure of $55,400 and monthly
payments of $2,741 for the en-
hance 911 services. With en-
hance 911, the Sheriffs Depart-
ment can have access to a
caller's name, telephone num-
ber, address and medical his-
:* The Board approved the enact-
, ment of a nuisance ordinance
-. for Lanark Village. The ordi-
, nance provide that:

1. No noxious or offensive
trade or activity shall be
carried on upon any lot,
nor anything be done
thereon which may be or
become an annoyance,
nuisance, or health haz-
ard to the neighborhood.
2. No structure that is a nui-
sance as defined by the
laws of Florida shall be
constructed or placed
3. No garbage shall be
dumped, nor be emptied,
or be permitted to flow on
the property or any part
4. Violations of this ordi-
nance shall be a misde-
meanor of the third de-
gree, publishable by im-
prisonment in the county
Jail not more than ten
days, or by fine not ex-
ceeding one hundred dol-
* Susan Tremain from
Cablevision requested that the
County enter into a 15 year con-
tract. "If we're not in compli-
ance with the contract, you can
always revoke the franchise,"
said Temain. Commissioner Ed
Toliver complained that chan-
nels Six and Ten did not come
in correctly. Commissioner
Dink Braxton complained that
fifteen year contract was too
long. The Board then voted 3-
2 (Commissioners Toliver and
Braxton voting nay) to enter
into a fifteen year contract with
* Sheriff Warren Roddenberry
and B.J. Vopnier reported to the
Board the Sheriffs Department
was experiencing financial dif-
ficulties. They requested that
unspent contingency funds be
set aside for the Department's
nearly depleted repair and
maintenance budget for the
jailhouse and the Department's
vehicles. The Department's
supply and inmate medical
budget were also low on funds.
The Board set aside $36,000 for
the Sheriffs Department. The
lion's share of that allocation,
$20,000, will 'go into the
Department's inmate medical
fund. $2000 will go into the
Department's supply budget
and $7000 will be put into both
the Vehicle and jailhouse repair
and maintenance budget.
* The Board ordered Attorney Al
Shuler to file an injunction
against Inner Harbour Hospi-
tal seeking reimbursement to
the County for legal expenses
incurred from several Level 8
Juvenile prosecution cases.
Board members complained
that Inner Harbour was profit-
ing at the County's expense.
The Board also ordered Shuler
to get a determination of
whether Inner Harbour was le-
gally constructed in Franklin

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by Bonnie Dietz
Monday night, the Lanark Village
Water and Sewer Department held
their regular meeting at Chillas
Mr. Lawlor reported that the Wa-
ter & Sewer District is still con-
sidered to be under a financial
emergency, because they are still
operating in the red. He said that
he hopes to see some black ink
by the end of the current year.
Jim Lawlor suggested putting up
for bids for water service con-
tracts, legal services, insurance,
and accounting, and made a mo-
tion to that affect. After discus-
sion and a suggestion from the
attorney that the Department run
ads for the bids in the paper, it
was suggested that the contracts
be put up for more than one year.
No decision was made to the
length of the contract, but three
years was mentioned. After much
discussion, the matter was tabled.
Mr. Garrison brought up the mat-
ter of the $750 hook up fee to the
residents along Rt. 98.
The Department Lawyers stated
that the resolution that waved the
hookups appeared to be legal and
binding. He felt that this matter
could be won in court. He also
stated that it wasn't necessary to
vote on how the settlement would
be handled at the meeting, but a
decision should be made said that
whether to collect the hook up
fees or let Resolution 78 stand
and refund the fees already paid.
Mr. Lawlor referred to the health
department report. There were 14
septic systems that needed up-
grading. Some of the residents
involved in this dispute upgraded
and some did not. Lawlor felt that
those that didn't were waiting for
the service to come in and in lieu
of that he feels they should be
charged. He also questioned
where the $750 amount was de-
rived when the cost to the Water
Department was $1500. He read
a letter from FHA stating that the
funds from the grant was for up-
grading piping throughout Lanark
and the water treatment plant.
Mr. Garrison said he had told
those present at the special meet-
ing that a vote would be taken at,.
the 17 April meeting. He also said
he would love to be able to take,
this to court but the district does
not have the money to take on a
law suit to find out if they are right
or wrong. If it is decided that the
1990 Resolution #78 is not legal.

then nothing from the beginning
is legal and they are looking at a
larger problem.
The attorneys don't feel they have
a case and don't recommend le-
gal action be taken. One of the
residents present said he would
donate $100 right now if we hire
another lawyer and take this to
court. Mr. Garrison made the
motion to start seeking ways to
settle the matter and to accept the
1990 Resolution to wave $750
hookup fees as legal and binding.
The motion was seconded by Mr.
There were specific questions
about who would be involved in
the waiver. This will only affect the
people who were in residence at
the beginning of the project.
Mr. Shiver reported that the #1
pump was up and working and
we now have two working pumps.
It has been decided to try a dif-
ferent chlorination system on a
trial basis at a fraction of the cost
to bring the current system up to
state guidelines. Mr. Shiver also
reported that the tractor is back
in service.
The board next voted unani-
mously to replace Lanark Village's
pick up truck. The Board agreed
to spend $5000.
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Diabetics are susceptible to
several kinds of serious foot
problems infections are
among the most dangerous.
One study found that foot in-
fections are the cause of 20
percent of hospitalizations of
diabetics. Properpersonal and
professional care can reduce
the risk of infection or im-
prove the chances of control-
ling an infection if one gets

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diabetics' primary physicians
increasingly refer these pa-
tients to the podiatrist for in-
struction in home foot care
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agnosis and early treatment of
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race serving 29 homes. The fig-
ures show that they are pumping
3 times as much as they should.
Waste water specialist came in
calibrated the gauges and they are
Mr. Shiver made the motion that
no more customers be allowed to
hook up to the Gulf Terrace grav-
ity system until the district finds
out what the problems are and
what it will take to correct them.
A time period of six months was
set. Mr. Lawlor asked if they could
legally withhold service. It was
mentioned that there was one new
residence that has already applied
for and has been given permission
to hook up. Mr. Shiver also stated
that a resident in Gulf Terrace has
been paying for sewer service for
20 years, but has never been
hooked up. After discussion, mo-
tion carried.
Mr. Shiver next brought up the
fact the whole district is still us-
ing more water than they should
be, even. with the new check
valves that were installed. The
district has exceeded 200,000
gallons (which is the allotted daily
amount) 10 times during the
month of March. Mr. Shiver made
a motion that no new water and
sewer customers be accepted dis-
trict wide until we can figure out
why we are over using our water
allotment. Motion was seconded,
and it was also decided to put a
6-month time frame on this mo-
tion. There was discussion of
metering each user and also pos-
sibly rationing or limiting water
use. The question was raised if a
reconnect would be permitted if
the customer was previously
hooked up. The board stated that
this would only apply to new con-
struction. It was suggested that
the commissioners send a letter
to all customers asking them to
voluntarily conserve water so a
mandatory conservation program

would not have to be instituted.
Motion was voted on and passed
The Water and Sewer Department
is required to do testing several
times a year. Twenty random
apartments have been tested for
lead and copper. Two of the apart-
ments failed. No follow up was
done to their letter informing us
of the problem. Now the problem
has to be fixed. Florida Rural
Water suggested that we protect
our waterifrom contamination by
forming a well head protection
plan. The board agreed that this
is needed and will follow up on
what is necessary. Mr. Garrison
commended Commissioner
Shiver for his hard work and ef-
forts to get all these different or-
ganizations to help us free of
charge. The residents present
gave Mr. Shiver a round of ap-
The Secretary of the St. James-
Lanark Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment read a letter that Chief Bud
Evans submitted to the Commis-
sioners for consideration. The let-
ter requested a lease/purchase of
a parcel of land to the west of the
fire department to Spring Street
at a depth of 200ft, which is the
size of the current lot owned by
the fire department. This parcel
of land is needed for expansion of
our station and the construction
of a training center along with
other needs. Lawlor commented
that this lot is page straight land
with no current water or sewer
included. He stated that the As-
sociation is currently leasing the
property directly behind the fire
department for $1 a year for 10
years, and a precedent has been
set. Mr. Garrison said he would
like to table the matter so the
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Decision to the
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Johnson has announced his in-
tention to appeal the decision of
the State of Florida Land and
Water Adjudicatory Commission
(FLWAC) given on 12 April 1995.
The Governor and Cabinet (sitting
as FLWAC) had rejected the deci-
sion of an administrative officer
who recommended overturning
the Franklin County
Commission's denial of multi-
family zoning for Dr. Johnson' s
Resort Village. The Resort Village
is a commercial development in-
side the Plantation on St. George
At the meeting of the Franklin
County Board of County Commis-
sioners on 2 May 1995, Dr.
Johnson's attorney Ben Watkins
and Johnson requested informa-
tion on the procedure to be fol-
lowed for sitting ten acres of the
58 acres in the Resort Village de-
velopment. At that time, Commis-
sioners expressed a desire for ad-
ditional information concerning
the final plans for the entire de-
velopment. In the latest appeal,
the first that will go through a for-
mal judicial review is the state-
ment of intent filed by attorney L.
Lee Williams. It asserts that the
FLWAC decision imposes addi-
tional requirements, limitations
and restrictions on the Johnson
property which unilaterally
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If you've ever wished that you
could tell a government agency
what it ought to be doing, here's
your chance. Florida Agriculture
Commissioner Bob Crawford is
seeking the public's ideas as he
updates a plan to guide the De-
partment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services into the year
Florida law requires all state agen-
cies to develop an agency strate-
gic plan and update it annually.
The plan describes the agency's
public mission and outlines strat-
egies to achieve its goals.
Crawford said interested citizens
can attend a public meeting in
Tallahassee or can send their sug-
gestions in writing. A preliminary
draft of the Department's strate-
gic plan will be available to the
public after 1 June 1995. Anyone
who wishes to provide comments
in person may attend a public
hearing from 2 to 4 p.m. on 26
June in the Conner Building Au-
ditorium, 3125 Conner Boule-
vard, Tallahassee.

The week of 8 May was a swamp-
land of judicial proceedings that
saw three of four jury trials end
in convictions.
The case of Alvin Baker opened
the week. Baker was charged with
one count of Sexual Assualt on a
Child Under Sixteen. On the
strength of the testimony of a
fourteen year old girl, Baker was
found guilty as charged after
thirty-nine minutes of jury delib-
Public Defender Kevin Steiger
stated that he would file a motion
for a mistrial at the May 9 pro-
ceedings on the grounds that As-
sistant State Attorney Frank Wil-
liams commented on the
defendant's right to remain silent
and shifted the burden of proof
on the defense. He later com-
mented, "This case was heart-
breaking. I think it was a very
close call by the jury. When you
get a jury who has to deal with
such a sensitive matter, it tends
to blind them to things. With a
case like this, you're dealing with
fire. It's blinding. My heart goes
out to everyone concerned with
this case."
Assistant State Attorney Frank
Williams stated, "When a child
speaks the truth from the stand,
it's compelling. I'm glad the jury
had the conviction to do the right
The case ofSharold Langston fol-
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The case of George Cargill followed
on 11 May and ended abruptly
when Officer Jack Osborn could
not identify the defendant in a vid-
eotaped drug bust. Frank Will-
iams immediately moved to have
the case dropped. He later com-
mented, "I don't have any inter-
est in prosecuting a person whose
guilt is questionable. A law en-
orcement officer was confused on
the stand. Based on that, I wasn't
Kevin Steiger stated that the
Cargill case was "proof that po-
lice can make mistakes." He com-
mended Officer Osborn for his
"honesty and forthrightness."
George Cargill was charged with
one count of Sale of Cocaine.
The final case against Calvin
Burns was on 12 May. Burns was
charged with one count of Sale of
Cocaine. On the strength of testi-
mony from a confidential infor-
mant, Burns was found guilty as
charged after one and one-half
hours of jury deliberation.
Kevin Steiger later commented
that the confidential informant
was untrustworthy and had pre-
viously been convicted of utter-
ing a worthless check. Steiger
noted that the confidential infor-
mant had been shown one pho-
tograph of the defendant and
identified him as "James
The probable cause report listed
the names "James Johnson, Papa
and T-Bone" as aliases of Calvin
Burns. "Cocaine is destroying our
society and these people need to
be. punished," said Williams.
"There needs to be truth in sen-
tencing. Every defendant that I
prosecuted this week had a
lengthy criminal record, which is
a testament to the failure of the
Criminal Justice System. A per-,
son should serve every day of the
sentence he receives."

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Veterans Day 1995

While the attention to World War II may seem overdone these
days, some 50 years distant, ask any veteran or family of a
World War II veteran, and you are likely to engage in a long
conversation pulling out the poignant yet revealing memories
of that conflict and their part in it.

Unlike America's following wars, the Big One left large tracks
in America's emotional, social and political life. For some, the
Second World War was'an exciting time as the trains operated
constantly, carrying their priority cargo to training centers and
ports of call. Entire communities were occupied with multiple
phases of the war effort, with posters and persons extolling
the virtues of savings stamps, scrape drives, and civil defense

In Franklin County, Camp Gordon Johnson operated at full
tilt with up to 50,000 troops bivouacking at one time, while
they trained for amphibious operations for the Eurpoean and
Pacific Theaters. No one escaped the effort on the domestic
front. And, for the serviceman, there were periods of long sepa-
ration relieved only by the letter from home. Often, there were
hours of boredom, now revealed in the thousands of letters
still lovingly saved in old file boxes.

With the nostalgia comes the heartache of those years marked
especially by the losses, the separations, and the boredom-
sometimes broken with terror for those on the "front lines." All
veterans of all wars have those things in common, these sacri-
fices for Country, for duty, for themselves and their families
mark them forever. World War II was a conflict for the survival
of our way of life and democratic institutions. The County still
owes all of those participants a great debt. So, we honor them
and their memory, with gratitude and thankfulness for a job
well done.
Tom Hoffer

Veterans Information Provided to the Board of County Commission-
ers by Willam Scott
Veteran Population of Franklin County 1355 Males, 56 Females
Yearly Veteran Administration Monies expended in Franklin County:
Compensation and Pensions ................. $1,228,624.00
Vocational Rehabilitation ......................... $593.00
Insurance and Indemnities ................... .. $97,353.00
TOTAL ......... $1,326,570.00
Franklin County has 127 residents that are 'military retired veterans
with a yearly payroll of $2,196,624.00.
Franklin County veterans add $3,523,194.00 to the local economy.
Total Veterans serviced by the Franklin County Veterans Service Of-
fice from 1 October 1994 through 9 May 9 1995:
Veterans Assisted: 1,279
Office Visits: 314
Telephone Calls: 280
Home Visits: 31

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Vol. 4, No. 10

19 May 1995

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Editor and Manager ........... Brian Goercke
Contributors Carole Ann Hawkins
............ Paul Jones
............ Randle Leger
............ Bonnie L. Dietz
............ Rene Topping
............ Judy Corbus
............ W ayne Childers
......... ...Laura K. Rogers
......... Amanda Loos
Survey Research Unit ............................ Tom W. Hoffer
............ Eric Steinkuehler
Sales Manager ..................... Teresa Williams
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Production and Layout Christian Liljestrand
........... Eric Steinkuehler
........... Audra Perry
..............Kathy Hammett
Circulation Will Morris
............ Bonnie Dietz
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson ...... Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen Carrabelle
Rene Topping Carrabelle
Pat Morrison St. George Island
Tom and Janyce Louthridge .................... St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung Eastpoint
Brooks Wade Eastpoint
Wayne Childers .... Port St. Joe
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Former Library Director

Whiplashes Jimmy Mosconis

Over Library Funding

The April 27 issue of the Times, reporting on the proceedings of the
Franklin County Commissioners, depicted Chairman Jimmy Mosconis
openly questioning whether it was time for Franklin County to get
out of the library business. This statement arose within the context
of his concern for overall budget considerations.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational
Research and Improvement (publication LP94-4009, revised July
1994), the national median per capital spending on community li-
braries is $16.00 per year. The lowest reported per capital spending is
quoted at $4.00 per year.
However, that figure is obviously in error, because Franklin County
currently spends only $2.60 per capital per year (that's 5 cents per
week) on our Public Library. Whereas I am not suggesting that we
form a committee to contact the Guinness Book of World Records, I
think it is likely that we are close runner ups, if not outright national
champs, in the lowest per capital library spending category.
Out of every $100.00 of locally derived revenue, Franklin County
spends 65 cents on our Public Library. I know this may seem foolish
and irresponsible to some people. It does to me. If we lavished that
kind of money on the sheriffs department, there would be one un-
derpaid sheriff holding bake sales to get a car, office, gun, phone,
And if we continue to fund our public library at the present rate,
there will be one underpaid librarian holding bake sales...
The state of Florida has given Franklin County a generous amount of
money in good faith to help establish a county public library. Now
that our public library is established, those funds are no longer avail-
able. The free ride is over.
We can no longer afford to spend 65 cents out of every $100.00 on the
Franklin County Public Library. If we do, we'll be able to say "Yes, we
used to have a public library system, but it failed for lack of adequate
We need to designate at least one dollar out of every $100.00 of local
revenue, for the Franklin County Public Library. If we can't figure out
a way to do that, then maybe we're too stupid to have a library. And if
we can't figure out why it's so important to have a library, then maybe
we're too ignorant to deserve one.
In relatively low income, rural areas, the public library is a beacon of
hope, empowering common citizens to change their conditions through
access to ideas, plans, dreams, technical how-to-information, etc.
How can we know what to do and how to do it, unless we have access
to information?
For those who have appreciate the critical role of public libraries- as
well as the tragic impact of no having them- it's time to question
whether Franklin County should get out of the business of electing
officials who view public spending on libraries is irresponsible.
Will Morris (former Director, F.C.P.L.)
P. o. Box 710, Carrabelle, FL 32322
(904) 697-2519

Quotable Facts

About America's


* Americans make some 3.5 bil-
lion visits to school, public and'
college libraries each. year-
about three times the atten-
dance at movie theaters.
* The nation's reference librar-
ians answer 295 million ques-
tions annually. Standing in line
single file, those asking ques-
tions would stretch from coast
to coast.
* Federal spending on libraries
totals only fifty-seven cents per
person-about the cost of a
pack of gum.
* In twenty-five years, federal
funding for libraries came to
less than the cost of one aircraft
carrier (est. $3.5 billion).

* Americans spend nine times as
much on home video games
($1.5 billion) as they do on
school library materials for their
* A recent Colorado study found
that the highest achieving stu-
dents come from schools with
good library media centers.
* Most school libraries spend only
about $6 per child for books-
less than half the average cost
of one book.
* Students visit school library
media centers some 1.7 billion
times during the school year-
about twice the number of vis-

its to state and national parks.
A quarter of all schools have no
school librarian.

There are more public libraries
than McDonald's-a total of
15,872 including branches.
Americans check out an aver-
age of six books a year and
spend an average of $18.73 a
year in taxes for public library
services-the same as one
hardcover book.
A 1993aGallup Poll found that
a majority of Americans believe
that tax support for public li-
braries should be double the
current amount.
Americans spend $330 billion
a year on legalized gambling-
enough to fund public libraries
for the next seventy-five years.
Public libraries receive less than
one percent of all tax dollars
and are used by more than fifty
percent of the population.
More children participate in
summer reading programs at
libraries than play little league
For more information, contact:
American Library Association, 50
E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: (800) 545-2433, ext.

Will Morris, former Library Director, now has to double as
an aardvark to support his vocation as a writer of letters
to the editor. He is presently studying how to get a free
meal by fax.

Morris Lashes Out at

Times Letter Policy

Post Script:
I am faxing the above letter, which I had previously attempted to fax
to the Carrabelle Times in Apalachicola on Tuesday morning, May 2.
However, my attempt was met with resistance in the form of Times
I was informed by four separate Times representatives, that:
1. The Times refuses to take letters to the Editor by fax.
2. The fax machine was turned off.
3. No one was authorized to turn it on without express permission
from John Lee.
4. The fax number of the Times is a secret which no one may reveal
without express permission from John Lee.
5. John Lee was not there.
As I called throughout the day, my' continued requests for their fax
number were repeatedly refused. By 4:00 pm, I was informed that
John Lee was in, but that he was busy. At that time, a good friend of
mine arrived at the Times office to deliver my letter by hand, and I
was informed that the Times had received the'letter, but could not
guarantee that it would be printed, due to the fact that it was four
hours past the noon deadline.
I was not surprised when this letter to the editor failed to appear in
the issue of May 4. However, I am extremely disappointed that it did
not appear in yet the following May 11 issue.
I have considered calling John Lee back for an explanation, but quite
frankly, I'm fed up to here with calling the Times and getting the run-
I wonder how many people appreciate the fact that letters to the edi-
tor are the nearest thing to a public forum that the general citizenry
can are afforded? Lacking access to such public forum, in which we
may freely express our views and opinions, the voice of the common
person is effectively silenced- at which point the 1st Amendment to
the Constitution becomes an exercise in futility: After all, the real
value of free speech lies in others hearing what is said.
Newspapers are also free to print, or not to print, whatever they see
fit. This is as it should be. However, I prefer to do business with those
who have not lost touch with the common citizen. it is fairly clear that
my opirions, for whatever reasons, were of no interest to the Times.
Accordingly, the Times is not the newspaper I will continue to buy.
I am fairly certain that the Times will somehow pull thorough the
devastating loss of my weekly patronage. And it's also improbable
that John Lee, realizing his fatal mistake, will drive at break-neck
speed from Apalachicola to Carrabelle, fax number in hand, to pa-
thetically prostrate himself before my countenance, begging for abso-
lution. But it's a nice thought.
Will Morris

Letter to the


Congratulations to all the stu-
dents of the Carrabelle High
School Drama Club on their pro-
duction of Arthur Miller's "The
Crucible", which was presented
on May 9 and 11 at the high
I especially wish to commend the
seriousness of purpose that the
students brought to this difficult
project. The lesson that Miller
teaches us about
narrowmindedness, hypocrisy,
and the blurring of lines between
church and state were clearly ex-

pressed by these young, but tal-
ented actors and actresses. And I
would like to thank them for al-
lowing this not-so-young actor to
join them and be treated as an
Special recognition must go to Ms.
Humble for having the courage
and determination to tackle such
a heavy and meaningful play, and
for carrying it out to such a suc-
cessful conclusion. The students
are fortunate to have such a dedi-
cated and talented leader.
There were too many others in-
volved in this production for me
to mention them here. The crew
and backstage folks were just
wish to say: well done!
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School Board

Urged to Hire

Principal Quickly

From left are the Spelling Bee Champs: Celeste Elloitt
Kayla Martina, and David Smith.

Students & Teachers

Honored at Awards Night

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Chairperson Will Kendrick congratulates Coach Eddie
The Franklin County School Board honored both students and teach-
ers at their 15 May Awards Night Ceremony.
The county's top spellers were honored first. Apalachicola High
School's David Smith received district honors for his spelling prow-
ess. Brown Elementary's Kayla Martina and Chapman Elementary's
Celeste Elliott were also on hand to be honored as school-wide spell-
ing champions. Crystal Pate and Mary Nola Tolbert of Carrabelle High
School were absent, but also recognized for their spelling excellence.
The Apalachicola High School Sharks Basketball Team were honored
with their Coach Eddie Joseph for reaching the AA State Champion-
shio Game. The Sharks basketball team advanced an extra game in
thb 1994-95 season to become second in their division.
Sna-rk ball player Delonta Sanders was the only member of the
Apalachicola Shark Basketball team to attend and receive honors at
the Awards Ceremony. Other players recognized included Marcus
Vanning, William Cargill, Marvin Croom, John Stanley, George Toliver,
i eon Millender, Maurice Miller, Jerome Kellogg and Tyrone Evans.
District Teacher of the Year Audrey Gaye received a $500 check from
the credit union and a plaque from the school board.
Apalachicola High School's Eddie Joseph, Carrabelle High School's
Marian Morris and Brown Elementary's Marcie Collins were all rec-
ognized as top teachers in their schools. Each of the three teachers
will receive a check for $100 from the credit union.
The Awards Night was concluded with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to
commemorate Brown Elementary's new media center. Snacks and
refreshments were also provided afterwards.

The 11 May regular meeting of the
Franklin County School Board
began with a request from
Apalachicola High School P.T.O.
Vice-President Monica Lemieux to
hire a principal for A.H.S. as "ex-
peditiously" as possible.
Ms. Lemieux stated that many of
the high school students did not
have a course schedule for the
next semester and would not
know their schedule until the first
day of school. She noted that
scheduling was the responsibility
of both the principal and guidance
department. "If we had a princi-
pal on board, perhaps this (sched-
uling) could be addressed. Who-
ever you choose (for principal), we
will certainly work with them and
try to communicate well and try
to participate with them and our

Board member Willie Speed stated
that the board could not make a
determination for a principal un-
til a recommendation from C. T.
Ponder was rendered. Speed said
that the board had to accept the
superintendent's recommenda-
tion for principal or show just
cause for rejecting the recommen-
A.H.S. staff member Jeanette
Meyer stated that high school
counselor Martha Brady had been
working diligently on the
student's schedules for the last
few days. Chairperson Will
Kendrick scoffed, "A good time to
start, the last couple of days."
In other board business:
* Superintendent C.T. Ponder
announced that he received a
letter from Senator Pat Thomas,
which stated that the district's
dollar Technology Grant was
scheduled for approval to be
allocated in Franklin County's
1995-96 budget.
Board member Willie Speed en-
couraged other board members
to continue lobbying their state
legislators. "These things just
don't happen," said Speed,
"Board members had to put
forth effort to contact legislators
to get them to consider these
things for the district." He con-
cluded, "Franklin County only
has one senator and one repre-
sentative. And that senator and
that representative serve sev-
eral counties."

Board member Jimmy Gander
requested that the board meet
at Chapman Elementary and
Apalachicola High School,
rather than at the district office,
to ensure that board members
have the opportunity to see
each of the four district schools.
The board voted unanimously
to approve Gander's motion.
Attorney Barbara Sanders in-
formed the board that, accord-
ing to Florida Statutes, a prin-
cipal could not be required to
recommend expulsion for on-
campus drug use for first time
offenders. "The principal has
the discretion in the first in-
stance," said Sanders. A stu-
dent can avoid expulsion, said
Sanders, by either seeking drug
treatment or providing evidence
of other students who use drugs
on campus.
The board approved the
Carrabelle High School Tech-
nology spending plan, which
amounted to $12,916. Thirty
percent of the technology
spending, noted Superinten-
dent Ponder, must be allocated
for training personnel and the
remaining seventy percent is to
be spent for instructional hard-
ware and software.
The board approved the Articu-
lation Agreement with Gulf
Coast Community College,
which is a dual enrollment pro-
The board approved the Articu-
lation Agreement with Tech.
Preparation Consortium. The
agreement involves Gulf Coast
Community College, Bay and
Gulf County School District,
Tom P. Haney Technical School
and the Franklin County School
District. The Technical Prepa-
ration course study is a six-year
plan implemented through the
The board approved an agree-
ment with the Gulf County
Guidance Clinic, which is a con-
ditional agreement for psycho-
logical services.
:* The board approved a Kinder-
garten Screening Team, which
is mandatory for a kindergar-
ten student before they can en-
ter school.
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Ribbon cutting ceremony to the new Brown Elementary
Media Center

instrument called the "puilli"
- made of split bamboo. The
puilli is a "noisemaker" that
accompanies the music of the

Many in the after school
audience of about 30, joined
in and danced enthusiastically
using puilli's made of
cardboard. The performers
had their own made of bamboo
and brought from Hawaii.

Ms. Redig has just returned
from a recent trip to Hawaii
and has participated in several
recent Hawaiian dance work -
P.T.O. From Page 1
*Parent Al Mirrabella complaine.
that Apalachicola High School
had poor scheduling practices. He
stated that students did not know
what classes they would have
until the first day of school.
Monica Lemieux stated that stu-
dents were unable to anticipate
their course work, because of the
school's scheduling practices. Ms.
Butler noted that the high
school's scheduling had been
worked out between both Coun-
selor Martha Brady and Principal
Ed Duggar. She stated that, since
Apalachicola High School was los-
ing its principal, it would be diffi-
cult for the high school to work
out a better scheduling plan un-
til the school board selected a new
principal. Mr. Mirrabella said that
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had a bad habit of not forwarding
student grades to the student's
Colleges. "My daughter almost lost
her college scholarship, because
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C.H.S. Drama Club

.Cast a Bewitching

Performan ce

(L) John Proctor (Jonathan Tindell) defends Mary Warren
(Amanda Loos) in court. (R) Reverend Parris throws the
fear of God into Abigail Williams (Valerie Hampton).

By George Chapel
The Annual Tour of I
toric Apalachicola tc
urday, May 6, 1995,
The tour included fo
commercial structui
private houses. All
ings are historically

Spring Tour of Homes Raises $6,000
story building witn Federal lines
and Greek Revival features was
cut to measure near Syracuse,
New York, shipped by sailing ves-
Homes in his- sel around the Keys, and as- .'
ook place Sat- sembled on heavy cypress fram-
from 1-5 pm. ing timbers with large wooden
our churches, pegs. Both the house and lawns V .
res and twelve have been beautifully restored by I U
of the build- Anna and Douglas Gaidry. This
or structur- was its debut. "-MM so

ally significant. Approximately
500 people participated in the An-
nual Tour of Homes. The event
raised a total of $6.000 for the
Trinity Episcopal Church Resto-
ration and Preservation Fund with
$1,000 generated from the lun-
cheon and $5,000 from the tours.
A luncheon, prepared by the
Women of Trinity Enisrnpal

The David G. Raney house (1838)
is an example of Greek Revival.
Operated by the Apalachicola
Area Historical Society, it depicts
a commission merchant's home of
the 1840s.
The Hoffman house is a Gulf
Coast cottage moved from old St.
Joseph in 1844. Well preserved.

The Carrabelle High School
Drama Club revisited the puritan
times of Salem, Massachusetts
with their rendition of Arthur
Miller's play, The Crucible.
Although the play's May 9 open-
ing performance attracted less
than twenty theatre goers, nearly
one hundred tickets were sold for
the May 11 closing performance,
which was a dinner theatre.
The C.H.S. Drama Club rendition
featured twelve student perform-
ers and one guest performer.
Leading student players included
Valerie Hampton, Jonathan
Tindell, Amanda Loos, and Kelly
Hall. Guest Performer Norman
Boyd also played a leading role.
Other Performers included Ricky
Baker, Diana Sanders, Brandee
Josey, Alison Sanders, Jason
Aultman, Jeremy Nowling and
Joey Rudd.
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gues for the life of John Proctor.
Jeremy Nowling plays the stub-
bornly selfrighteous Reverend
Hale. Nowling's character sides
with John Proctor and against
Abigail Williams and the court's
prosecution of Proctor.
Jason Aultman plays the court's
guard and messenger. Joey Rudd
plays the judge of few words,
Judge Hathorne.
Guest performer Norman.Boyd
rounded out the cast by playing
Deputy Governor Danforth, who
was the chief prosecutor of the
alleged witches and quite literally
the hangin' judge, as well. Gover-
nor Danforth concludes the play
by sentencing John Proctor to
hang by the neck for refusing to
sign his confession to witchery
and refusing to implicate his
friends of similar charges.

eputy Governor Danforth (Norman Boyd) goes on the pros-
cution trail. Abigail William (Valerie Hampton), Susann
acott (Brandee Josey), Mercy Lewis (Allison Sanders) anc
etty Parris (Diana Sanders) look on.

Arthur Miller's four act play, The
Crucible, isset in.1692 in Salem,
Massachusetts. The play involves
accusations of witchery, the sin
of adultery, religious hypocrisy
and a town's reckless pursuit to
rid itself of spiritual impurity.
Valerie Hampton plays the cun-
ning and outspoken character
Abigail Williams; her character
gets tangled up in an adulterous
affair with the character John
Proctor and is later brought up
on charges of witchery.
Jonathan Tindell plays the earthy
and proud character John Proc-
tor. His character spends much
of the play defending his adulter-
ous lies from his wife, defending
his maid from accusations of
witchery as well as his own life
from similar charges.
Kelly Hall plays the character
Elizabeth Proctor, the wife of John
Proctor. Hall's character is meek
and ordinary, but becomes strong
and close to her husband as he
eventually confesses to adultery
in open court.
Amanda Loos plays the cowardly
and often tearful character, Mary
Warren. Loos' character is the
maid of John and Elizabeth Proc-
tdr. She initially implicates Abigail
Williams and three other charac-
ters of witchery in her confession
to the court. However, she later
becomes a chief suspect as Abigail
and her cohorts turn the tables
by pretending to be afflicted by the
sDirit of Mary Warren. Loos' char-

Abigail Williams feign
Ppirtual possession I
John Proctor, who had argued for
her in court, and accuses Proctor
of willfully controlling her spirit
to afflict Abigail and her friends.
The three other characters ac-
cused of witchery include Betty
Parris, played by Diana Sanders,
Susanna Walcott, played by
Brandee Josey and Mercy Lewis,
played by Allison Sanders.
The play features two ministers
of diverse character. Ricky Baker
plays Reverend Parris, who is dog-
matic and judgmental, though
softens at the play's end and ar-

1lSome of the C.H.S. Drama Club
members spoke later about their
experience as first time thespians
and lovers of literature.
Jonathan Tindell, who was new
to the stage, credited Panhandle
Player veteran Norman Boyd for
providing on and off stage sup-
port. Tindell stated that Boyd
helped to boost the entire group's
confidence and expectations. He
also defended his character, John
Proctor, who finally spoke the
truth and was hung by the neck
for his truthfulness. "My charac-
ter didn't deserve to die," said
Tindell, "He probably deserved to
be dragged around town for be-
ing a lecher."
Valerie Hampton argued that her
character, who was supposed to
be only fourteen, was taken ad-
vantage of by
John Proctor, who was supposed
to be forty-two. "My character
tried to bring Mary (Warren) over
to her side and was finally suc-
cessful." Hampton stated that,
while she had little previous on-
stage experience, she has had al-
ways been interested in acting.
Hampton noted that she was the
youngest in the cast; she stated
that she planned to study drama
when she attends college.
After performing in "The Secret
Life of Walter Mitty" with The Pan-
handle Players as well as in a play
written and directed by Alan
Chase and the Zero Budget Play-
ers, Amanda Loos was again
home on the stage. She confessed
that her character, Mary Warren,
was a coward "in all respects."
For Norman Boyd, working exclu-
sively with high school students
was a new and challenging expe-
rience. "I was impressed with the
ability of every member of the cast
to focus on the seriousness of the
play and to perform as success-
fully as they did through hard
work and dedication. Even those
who suffered from severe stage
fright overcame their fear!" Boyd
stated that his character, Deputy
Governor Danforth, was very op-
posite from his own personality.
"It was a challenge to play a char-
acter who was that absolutely cer-
tain of his moral beliefs and was
willing to destroy and forfeit the
livesof other people for those be-

Church, was available for pur-
chase and was served in Benedict
Hall Parish House, next door to
the Trinity Church in
The tour was suitable for walking
to driving, and tour participants
were able to visit the buildings in,
any sequence. Each was clearly
marked. Maps and informational,
brochures were distributed when,
participants registered for the
tour.: Hosts and hostesses wevre-
on-sit at each stop to answer"'
questions and help the visitor
enjoy the building.
The homes shown reflected the
history of the town from its 1840
cotton period, through it 1880-
1920 lumbering period, to its sea-
food and recently developed tour-
ism period. Among the homes that
were open from the,early cotton
period, were the Orman-Gaidry,
the Raney home museum, and the
Hoffman home.
The Orman house (1837), a two

the Hoffman house originally had
plaster interiors with a separate
kitchen at the end of a covered
open-sided walkway to protect the
house from fires and odors.
The Chapman house, now home
to Senior Care Properties, dates
from 1846, and was the residence
of Dr. Alvin Wentworth Chapman,
the foremost botanist in the South
of the 19th century. The lower
floor was rebuilt by William
Popham in the 1920s..,he
Bloodworth cottage on 7th Street
is from the same period and style
as"the Hoffman house.
The lumbering period was repre-
sented by the beautifully restored
Victorian, Coombs House Inn
(c1905), the John Ruge-Van
Russell home (1910) on Bay Av-
enue, the Montgomery home, the
Olin and Martha Pearl Ward home
on Avenue C, the Mirabelle home,
the Flowers-Daly-Rutherford
home (1912), and the Whiteside-
Bickle home. The Gibson Inn
(1907) built of heart pine and cy-
-press also comes from this period.

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The Maris Stella convent building
(1929), now privately owned by
the Lee McLemores, was also
open. The name comes from one
of the most popular Marian
hymns of a thousand years ago,
Ave Maris Stella, "Hail, Star of the
Sea." The Chapman Auditorium
(1932) with its pleasing decora-
tive designs in cast concrete, and
the contemporary home "in the
trees" of Ruth and Dr. Roy Young
on Bay Avenue was also available
for viewing. ,
The churches open for tour were
Trinity Episcopal Church, St.
Patrick's Roman Catholic Church,
the First United Methodist
Church, and the First Baptist
Church of Apalachicola.
Trinity's Greek Revival building
was shipped cut to measure from
New York and assembled with
nails and wooden pegs on a cy-
press frame in 1837. It still has
its 1840 Henry Erben tracker or-
gan. The twenty six stars in the
ainted ceiling dome date it as
having been done in 1845. There

were 2b states in the union De-
fore Florida's entry as the 27th
state 150 years ago. Dr. Gorrie,
the inventor of the artificial manu-
facture of ice was a founding
vestryman, and Dr. Chapman
sang in the choir.
Among other sights were the
Chestnut Street cemetery,
Lafayette Park, and the Gorrie
Museum. The Chestnut Street
cemetery dates from 1832 and
contains the graves of both Con-
federate and Union soldiers. Both
black and white are buried here,
and its tombstones reflect the
many different people who have
come through this port. Dr.
Chapman is buried here.
The houses on the tour may and
do change from year to year, but
this quaint community rich in
early Florida history never ceases
to charm the visitor. The word
"apalachicola" refers to the people
on the other side of the mound of
earth delineating a tribal council
or peace area. Whether one is
looking in at a seafood house, or
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Pinellas/Pasco counties line to
the Florida/Alabama line, and
5 spotted seatrout harvested
trom all other state waters
establish a 15 inches total
length minimum size limit and
a 20 inches total length maxi-
mum size limit for spotted
seatrout harvested in state wa-
ters (one fish larger than 20
inches total length would be al-
lowed to be harvested daily)
allow the commercial harvest
and sale of spotted seatrout in
June, July, and August only,
with a 50 fish daily commercial
vessel limit
only the use of beach and haul
seines, cast nets, and hook and
line gear would be allowed for
the commercial harvest of spot-
ted seatrout
prohibit possession of spotted
seatrout on any vessel with gill
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Shrimp, and Calico Scallop.
* consider errors in Pennekamp
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The Commission, at this date, is
awaiting a judicial ruling on the
proper application of provisions of
the net ban amendment passed
ii November regarding the legal
size of shrimp trawls that will be.
required beginning 1 July 1995.'
The Commission will receive pubo
lic comment and consider apn
emergency rule to establish
shrimp trawl specifications based&
upon the anticipated judicial de-'
cision, and will also consider a
similar rule to make these speci7
fications permanent. In other acy
tion, the Commission will receive.
public comment amd consider.
options to require offshore
shrimpers in northeast Florida to
use bycatch reduction devices td
reduce the by-catch of finfish andZi
other marine species and will con;<
sider citizen requests regarding
the Big Bend shnmp line and thea
use of frame nets in southeast-,
The Commission will review draft
rules to manage the use of traps'
by fishermen to harvest various
marine species in Florida waters,
These rules would:
* allow baiting of blue crab peeler
traps with live male blue crabs
require all blue crab traps with
1 1/2" mesh to have escape
require escape rings in wird
stone crab traps used to har-
vest blue crabs
establish a maximum throat
size for stone crab traps as 3
1/2" X 5 1/2", using the inside
dimensions of the narrowest
point of the funnel
establish, a minimum throat
size for lobster traps as 4" X
6",using the inside dimensions
of the narrowest point of the
require stone crab slat trap
throats and lobster trap throats
to be located on the top of the
establish a maximum size for
stone crab traps as 2' X 2'X 2.
define "untreated wood" as be-
ing pressure treated with a
maximum of 0.40 pounds
chromated copper arsenatZ
(CCA) compounds per cubic foot
of wood
require degradable panels in alI
non-wooden stone crab and
non-wooden lobster traps X
define degradable panels for
lobster traps as a wooden top.4
(full trap, top dimension)
define degradable panels fo6
stone crab traps as having
wooden slats with a maximum
thickness of 3/4" that covers arin
escape hole at least the same
size or larger as the dimensional
of the smallest opening of the
definedegradable panels for
black sea bass traps using the
same definition as for blue crab
allow wire stone crab traps to
have the same degradable pan'
els as those established for blue
crab traps
allow the harvest of the recre-
ational bag limit of finfish speI
cies from crustacean traps '
prohibit the possession of stone
crabs or blue crabs on vessels
during any season or area clo-
sures The Commission will also
consider additional options to
manage the use of traps in state-
The Commission will receive pub-'
lic comment and consider man'-
agement options for various fin-"
fish species, including sheeps-
head, flounder, tripletail, pomh-.
pano, and African pompano, and:
consider possible red drum and'
snook rule amendments, and th:
concept of aggregate bag limits.'-,
Bluefish Rule
The Commission will receive pub-.
lic comment and review a draft
rule that would establish an an-,
nual commercial quota of 877,335,
pounds for bluefish harvested on:
the state's Atlantic coast.
Red Snapper Rule
The Commission will receive pub'k
lic comment and review a draft.
rule that would establish a 5 fish.
daily bag limit and a 15 inches
minimum size limit for all harvest
of red snapper on the state's Gult
of Mexico coast, and prohibit thhe
sale of red snapper when federal
sale closures occur in Gulf waters
Other Meeting Action
The Commission will hold finaq
public hearings, if requested, orj
proposed rules that would: ^
establish a minimum sizes
limit of 12 inches total lengthI
and a daily recreational bagC
limit of 4 fish per person for.
Weakfish harvested from the.
state's Atlantic coast

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Economic Aid Bill from Page 1
Eligibility for Economic Assistance
The Dept. of Labor and Employment Security (DLES) shall determine
the eligibility of applicants for economic assistance under this sec-
tion. Those not eligible for assistance include persons convicted of
more than two violations of any Marine Fisheries Commission rule,
or any provision of chapter 370 in any single license year since 1991
through 1995.
Only a person who was a resident of Florida on 8 November 1994 is
eligible to receive, or designate another resident to receive, economic
31 December 1995 Deadline
For economic assistance for lost income, each saltwater products lic-
ensee must apply to the DLES before 31 December 1995. Assistance
shall be provided on a first-come, first served basis determined by
date of receipt of each completed application.
Net Buy-Back Program
Those who want to sell their nets rendered useless by the amend-
ment have from 1 July 1995 to 31 December 1995 to apply for assis-
tance. Nets will be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis de-
termined by the date of receipt of each completed application, when
presented at the nearest net-recovery facility. Nets will be purchased
"according to the availability of funds"...
Loss of Income
The statute states that any fisherman rendered partially or totally
unemployed by the net ban is eligible for retroactive elective coverage.
Retroactive (elective) coverage shall be limited to fishers who, during
the base period, (as defined in the statute 443.036) possessed a valid
saltwater products license, and had recorded landings of the species
affected by the net ban. Applications may be 'made anytime on or
before 31 December 1995. Another important point is contained in
this section: Liability for contributions due as a result of retroactive
coverage must be satisfied prior to the payment of unemployment
A formula is presented to determine benefits if wages cannot other-
wise be determined under chapter 443. In the alternative, benefits
shall be determined by multiplying the total pounds of catch per cal-
endar year as recorded on trip tickets by the unadjusted average an-
nual coded species-grouping values published in the Marine
Training Assistances
Trip tickets recording landings which are handled by the DEP and
recorded by the MFC will be used to determine eligibility for economic
To receive economic assistance under this subsection (4d) a person
who is otherwise eligible must be accepted and enrolled in an ap-
proved training program or have satisfactorily completed such a pro-
gram, or have registered in a job-search program operated by DLES.
Approved training programs include aquaculture research and train-
ing, opportunities provided by JTPA and similar programs provided
by the Job Training Partnership Act and similar programs managed
:by the DLES, and course offerings at state universities, vocational-
,technical schools and community colleges.
Net Buy Back Program
Those holding commercial fishing licenses and saltwater products
licenses shall receive economic assistance to compensate them for
nets rendered illegal or useless by the constitutional limitation after
they receive application approval from DLES. However, only those
persons holding a resident commercial license under s. 372.65 who
can document an annual gross income of $2,500 or more from net-
caught landings of saltwater products during the period 1 July 1991
and ending 30 June 1995 shall be eligible for the net-buy back pro-
The assistance shall be as follows:
1. Deepwater gill nets at least 600 yards long,
composed of 50 mesh or more .... ...................... $1,000
2. Shallow-water gill nets at least 600 yards long, composed of less
than 50 mesh ................................ ....$500
3. Trammel nets at least 600 yards long ...................$1,000
4. Beach, puse and seine nets at least 600 yards long ....$3,500
5. Shrimp trawls of at least 500 square feet ..... ....$500.
There are provisions for nets described in paragraphs (1) through (4)
above which are less than 600 yards in length to be valued propor-
The economic assistance is limited to nets that could have been legal
fished on 30 June 1995, and that are presented to the DLES in a
prescribed manner. Each net shall include only float line, webbing
and leadline, and shall be cleaned of all debris and fish, and shall be
devoid of all ferous metals, doors and "let go" wrights. The statute
contains additional provisions limiting qualifying nets from a single
licensee. For example, licensees averaging from $2,500 gross income
to $4,999 annually may not be paid for more than four nets. Those
grossing more than $30,000 each year are limited to ten nets for
which they may be paid. No licensee may be paid for more than two
shrimp trawls. Nets which are purchased will be owned by DLES and
shall be disposed of in a manner not harmful to Florida's environ-
Retraining and job search and placement programs shall be made
available by the DLES, to the extent that federal assistance funds are
available, to retrain all licensees and workers who are unable to con-
tinue their occupation under the constitutional limitation on marine
net fishing,
The rules to carry out the retraining sections will be made by DLES
and they may enter In interagency agreements with DEP to adminis-
ter any provisions of the retraining section. Up to $10 million may be
made available for retraining and support service programs over a
three year period to assist with retraining, job placement, transition
assistance, support services, and other services to ensure that dislo-
cated workers may reenter the work force. These funds may come
from the DEP directly. To implement the full program of economic
assistance, the Executive Office of the Governor may transfer up to
$20 million to the Seafood Workers Economic Assistance Account
from state funds appropriated to match federally funded programs.
The statute has set aside $20 million from the Seafood Workers Eco-
nomic Assistance Account within the Special Employment Security
Administration Trust fund. Unexpended funds shall remain in the
Seafood Workers Economic Assistance Account for use by the pro-
gram in following years.
The statute also mandates that all state agencies give priority
consideration to any job applicant who is able to document the loss
of full-time employment in the commercial saltwater fishing industry
as a result of the adoption of the constitutional amendment limiting
the use of nets. The applicant must still meet the minimum require-
ments for the position sought.
Designation of Enterprise Zones
The Dept. of Commerce (Commerce) is directed to identify communi-
ties that are suffering adverse impacts from the adoption of the con-
stitutional amendment. Towns with less than 7,500 persons, and
with a county population of less than 20,000 may apply to Commerce
by 15 May 1996 for the designation of an area as an enterprise zone.
The community must comply with the requirements ofs. 290.0055 F.
S. (Florida Statutes).
Carriage of proscribed nets across Florida Waters

Section 370.092 contains provisions for the carriage of nets across
Florida waters, which refers to all vessels transporting on Florida
waters gill nets or any net containing more than 500 square feet of
mesh area. Nets that are properly stowed in sealed containers are
not included in the terms of this section. Permits will be available
from FLES with the categories of permitable vessels described in sec-
tions (a) and (b). A number of additional rules are also included in
this section for transporting nets.
Penalties for Violation of this Chapter
In addition to rescinding transport permits and suspension of the
saltwater products license, violators of this chapter may, for second
and more violations be subjected to heavy fines, forfeiture of gear and
equipment used in the violation. There are additional penalties for
violation of rules involving blue crabs, taking or harvesting of shrimp
from prohibited areas, oysters, clams of endangered species of finfish
so identified in the statute. Section 370.13 deals with stone crab rules;
Section 370.135 involves blue crab regulations, and Section 370.14
with crawfish. Additional rules affect live bait shrimp production.

New Net Approved
from Page 1
in the near shore and inshore
water of the State by render-
ing it commercially unfea-
sible. The Court likewise finds
no evidence of an intent by
the proponents of this
amendment to prohibit
shrimp trawling. If such a re-
sult was intended, then the
ballot title and summary ap-
proved by the Supreme Court
were facially and Constitu-
tionally defective.
The State plans to appeal Judge
Davey's Second Circuit Decision
to the First District Court of Ap-
peals. J. Patrick Floyd repre-
sented the plaintiffs in this action.
The Defendants were represented
by Jonathan A. Glogau, assistant
attorney general. The Florida Con-
servation Association, a propo-
nent of the "net-ban" amendment,
was an interferon on behalf of the



A series of Aquaculture Work-
shops will be conducted statewide
to provide information on alter-
nate seafood products, innovative
harvesting techniques and new
fisheries for those individuals who
will become dislocated workers
due to the ban on certain types of
net fishing, which will take effect
on July 1, 1995.
The workshops are being spon-
sored by the Florida Department
of Labor and Employment Secu-
rity (FDLES) in conjunction with
Harbor Branch Oceanographic In-
stitution, located near Fort Pierce,
Florida. The workshops will be
held in those communities across
the state that will be impacted by
the net ban. Each workshop will
commence at 9 AM and will end
at approximately 4PM. Franklin
and Wakulla County meeting will
be 25 May at the Franklin County
Aquaculture, either marine or
fresh water, may be an option for
some of the displaced netters,
whether in starting their own op-
erati6n or working for others. This
may include molluscan shell fish-
ing (hard clams, oysters and bay
scallops), the controlled produc-
tion of fin fish and bait shrimp
and the raising of tropical fish.
The Florida Department of Labor
and Employment Security in co-
operation with local Private Indus-
try Councils and local FDLES
Jobs and Benefits Offices will pro-
vide the employment and train-
ing assistance for those eligible
dislocated net fishers who wish to
get into aquaculture.
Fishers can receive technical as-
sistance in the production and
marketing of aquaculture prod-
ucts through the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services' Bureau of Sea-
food and Aquaculture, the Univer-
sity of Florida's Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences, Florida
Sea Grant and private institutions
such as Harbor Branch Oceano-
graphic Institution and Mote Ma-
rine Laboratory. Business assis-
tance can be supplied by the
Florida Department of
Commerce's Bureau of Business
Assistance, the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services' Agricultural Eco-
nomic Development Program, the
Florida Agricultural Extension
Service and Small Business De-
velopment Centers located across
the state.
In addition to the aquaculture
portion of the workshop, the pro-
visions of House Bill 1317, which
provides economic assistance to
the net fishers who are adversely
impacted by the net ban will also
be discussed.
The Florida Department of Labor
and Employment Security will
also be opening a series of one-
stop shops across the state in the
communities affected by the net
ban. These one-stop shops will be
located in places where it will be
convenient for fishermen and
their families to visit, and they will
provide information on a variety
of topics, which include employ-
ment and training opportunities,
information on where to obtain
assistance on financial planning
and counseling, assistance with
housing, food stamps and medi-
The one-stop shops will be open
for one or two days in each loca-
tion and will be held between 6
June to 16 June. Please be alert
for the date and location of the
one-stop of the one-stop shop
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Refuge Revenue

Sharing Payment

Refuge Operations Specialist
Randy Cordray of St. Vincent Na-
tional Wildlife Refuge presented a
refuge revenue sharing payment
in the amount of $49,160.00 to
the Franklin County Commission-
ers on 16 May 1995. This pay-
ment for fiscal year 1994 (1 Oc-
tober 1993-30 September 1994)
is authorized by the Refuge Rev-
enue Sharing Act of 1978, Public
Law 95-469. Funds credited to the
National Wildlife Refuge Fund are
derived from income generated
nationally on Service lands, such
as oil and gas revenues, sale of
timber products, gravel, grazing
receipts, and other products, and
is supplemented by appropriated
The Act authorizes payment to
counties/parishes in-which Fish
and Wildlife Service-owned lands
are located, based upon the fol-
'lowing methods of computation,
whichever is greater:
(1) Three-fourths of 1 percent
(0.75 percent) of the fair
market (appraised) value of
fee lands located within the
(2) Seventy-five cents per acre
of the fee lands located
within the county/parish.
(3) Twenty-five percent of net
receipts collected by the
Fish and Wildlife Service for
certain activities permitted
on fee lands located within
the county/parish.
This year's fund did not contain
sufficient receipts to make full
payment to counties/parishes as
computed above. Although Con-
gress, as authorized, did appro-
priate additional funds, the
amount appropriated was not
sufficient to provide for a full en-
titlement payment. The amount of
payment for fiscal year 1994 rep-
resents 77.1 percent of the total

MFC continued from page 11
Commission rule reduction ef-
forts requested by Governor
Lawton Chiles

Marine Fisheries Com-
mission Agenda
Holiday Inn of Sebring
6525 U.S. 27 North
5-7 June 1995
Monday, 5 June
Agenda, Approval of Minutes
Executive Director's Report
Legislative Report
Commissioner Woodward's
Shrimp Trawl Specifications,
Draft Rule Review, Emer-
gency Rule Consideration
N.E. Offshore Bycatch Reduc-
tion, Options
Miscellaneous Requests: Big
Bend Shrimp Line, S.E.
Frame Net Regulations
Generic Trap Definitions,
Draft Rule Review

Tuesday, 6 June
Bluefish Quota, Draft Rule
Weakfish, Final Public Hearing
(if requested)
Spotted Seatrout, Draft Rule
Finfish, Options: Sheepshead,
Flounder, Tripletail, Pompano,
African Pompano, Snook, Red
Drum, Aggregate Bag Limit

Wednesday, 7 June
Federal Council Issues:
Gulf Council:
Red Snapper, Draft Rule
Review (size/bag limits)
King Mackerel, Report/
Reef Fish Permit Morato-
rium Extension, Final Public
Hearing (if requested)
South Atlantic Council:
Golden Crab, Rock Shrimp,
Calico Scallop
Governor's Rule Reduction
Program, Report
Pennekamp Park Lobster Site
Manatee County Sea Shell
Request (Update)
Other Business

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