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Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: July 14, 1995
Copyright Date: 1995
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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Published every other Friday

Franklin Chronicle

Volume 4, Number 14


14 July 27 July 1995

Inner Harbour

Cancels Contract

In a 10 Jly 1995 letter to Frank-
lin County Attorney Al Shuler.
Secretary of the Dept. ol Juve-
nile Justice Cal\in Ross expressed
high confidence that there was no
authority for Franklin County to
assess Inner Harbour for certain
expenses involving Level Eight ci-

Certain of these patients have
committed crimes which in turn
have involved higher than normal
expenses. including medical, to
incarcerate the persons charged
with crimes. The Count recently
started a lawsuit again r tnner
Harbour seeking an injunction to
1 urth.-r prevent the housing of


Roderick Robinson asked for the
court's mercy on July 5 as he
appeared before Judge P. Kevin
Davey for sentencing.
Robinson had been found guilty
by trial on May 19, 1995 for the
charge of Attempted Second De-
gree Murder. His crime had been
found by the jury to be a "Hate
Crime." The prosecution was now
requesting that Judge Davey sen-
tence the defendant as a Habitual
Felony Offender. With Mr.
Robinson's previous record and
present charges, he was facing a
sentence of life in prison.
"The tragedy in this case is that
it's somewhat senseless." said
Davey. "It's totally senseless.
There doesn't seem to be any rea-
son why this crime had to occur.
The two families are both long
time members of the community.
They knew one another. There's
just really no room in our society
for this kind of attitude or thought
Mr. Robinson was arrested on
November 10, 1994 for the beat-
ing of Alfred Shuler, Jr. on August
27 1994. Shuler was found lying
on the side of the road on Ninth
Street in Apalachicola. Co-
Defendant's Jonathan Donaldson
and Glenn Suddet)h were also
charged for the crime of At-
tempted Second Degree Murder
and Battery. Each of the individu-
als had their sentences reduced
in exchange for their consent to
testify against Robinson. Both
Donaldson and Suddeth testified
that Robinson had beaten Shuler
about the face with a firearm, af-
ter threatening to kill the first
white person he, saw on the
evening of August 27.

ner FHar-.c;r lac;ciy. l,:atic just
east of Carrabelle. in the Lanark
Village v1cmrity and to collect dam-
FRoas also advised Shuier that the
problem would cease to be one for
Franklin County. .as Inner
Harbour has chosen to termi-
nate its contract with the de-
partment... of Juvenile Jus-
tice. Presumably, this means
that Inner Harbour will no
longer house Level Eight per-
Ross' letter further stated: "...I
regret that the patients at Inner
:Harbour may have caused some
Expense to Franklin County. I am

Roderick Robinson

City Gives

Its Garbage

to Waste

The Apalachicola City Commis-
sioners were talking trash at their
regular 11 July monthly meeting.
They vented their frustrations at
the garbage disposal services that
have been rendered by Argus and
also began discussions with Gen-
eral Manager Richard Payne of
Waste Management of Bay
County, the city's newly hired gar-
bage disposal team.

By Rene Topping
Audrey Messer requested at the
..uly 5 Carrabelle City Commis-
.ion meeting that her.husband's
candidate's papers and fees,
which he paid to enter the race
for Mayor of Carrabelle, be re-
Ms. Messer said that, although
she and her husband, Wilburn
(Curley) Messer, have paid city
utility taxes for many years, it ap-
pears that their home is just out-
side the city limits. The location
of the Messer's residence prevents
Wilburn Messer from participat-
ing in elections. Ms.
Messer claimed that she had paid
ten percent tax on all utilities ever
since it had been imposed many
years ago to pay off bonds on the
city hospital.,
Ms. Messer told commissioners
that she and her husband in-
tended to seek reimbursement of
27 years worth of payments. She
opened a large pocket book that
bulged with paid city water re-
ceipts. However, City Attorney Bill
Webster advised her that a per-
son could only seek reimburse-
ment for up to four years. Ms.
Messer was also advised by com-
missioners to obtain receipts
from Florida Power and St. Jo-
seph Telephone Company if she
and her husband intended to seek
the reimbursement.
Ms. Messer claimed that she and
her husband had been pressured
politically and that a similar oc-
currence happened in 1971 when
Messer was seeking office. Near
election time in 1971, the city
adopted an emergency ordinance
that required candidates and vot-
ers to have at least a six month
residence in the city prior to tak-
ing part in city elections.
General Manager Richard Payne
stated that Waste Management
was interested in a five year con-
tract. He said that his company
would also volunteer a perfor-
mance bond for services rendered.
"If we don't live up to our service
commitment, we certainly don't
belong here."

Library Policies
Apalachicola resident Jack Da-
kota came to the 3 July Apalachi-
cola Municipal Library Board
meeting in search of oiTicial II-
brary policies with specific con-
cern over the library's rules for
checking out books.
Dakota, who is. the Program Di-
rector for the Summer Fun Pro-
gram, said that he wanted to bring
a group of Summer Fun Children
to the Apalachicola Municipal Li-
brary to obtain library cards and
to check out books.
Municipal Library Director Erma
Barber said that the library had
an understood policy that chil-
dren under twelve years of age
had to have a parent present
when checking out books. She
also stated that group leaders who
brought children to the library
were responsible for the children's
Dakota stated that the Summer
Fun Program was funded by the
Recreation Board, which is
chaired by Carl Petteway. Dakota
said that Petteway instructed him
not to sign for:books checked out
by the program's children. "The
city is not going to sign for and be
responsible for books that come
out of a city funded library." He
continued, "On the back of your
library card, it says that parents
sign and accept responsibility for
the books. Therefore, it seems re-
dundant for me to sign for them
[books] also."
Mr. Dakota presented a pamphlet
from the Port St. Joe Library
which listed the library's rules,
and suggested that the Apalachi-
cola Library provide a similar
courtesy. "Once we have a list of
your official rules as passed by
your board and adopted and ap-
proved by the city council, then I
can train and coach the kids what
the rules are."
Library Chairperson Clark
Holmes suggested writing down a
list of rules at the meeting and
having Dakota disseminate them
to the children. When Mr. Dakota
questioned the board's suggestion
to create the rules in ten minutes,
Holmes responded, "That's sort of
our business. We know what the
rules are. We're here to tell them
to you."
Mr. Holmes stated that the
Apalachicola City Commission did
not have to approve the library's
policies. Dakota disputed, "The
city owns the library. You work for
the city. You answer to the city.
You establish rules and they

New Second
Circuit Judge
Judge William Gary began his first
day of second Circuit Court pro-
ceedings on July 10. Judge Gary,
who has been on the bench for
eleven years, is a graduate of the
Florida State University Law
School. "Franklin County is a
beautiful area. I've been here
many times before." Agreeing with
former Judge P. Kevin Davey's
assessment of Franklin County,
Judge Gary reaffirmed, "This is
the plum assignment."

DOC Narrows
Choice for


Prison Site

Randy Dender, Chief of facilities
Services for the Dept. of Correc-
tions (DOC), rearranged earlier
preferences for a possible prison
site in Franklin County during a
5 July visit to the county.
Dender ranked the county jail site
up highway 65 as the number one
choice of the DOC for such.a cor-
rections facility. Donna Pope is to
investigate the feasibility of con-
structing a prison there and make
a report to DOC within the next
few days. There are about 70-80
acres available near the jail, and
additional acreage to the west
owned by the St. Joseph Paper
At earlier meetings, strong pref-
erences were made for a site near
the Apalachicola airport and the
Franklin Work Camp but acre-
age there was limited and there
might have been problems intrud-
ing into the airport space. In both
locations, water and sewer are
available and this appeared to be
a major factor in the overall plan.
Dink Braxton, Franklin County
Commissioner, told the Chronicle
that the additional acreage across
the highway from the jail would
be needed for staff housing and
perhaps some operational build-

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Published every other Friday

Poon 14d nlv 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Notes from the 5 July
Franklin County
Commission Meeting
* Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum informed the
board that County Road 370
had been completely resurfaced
by contractor C.W. Roberts.
* Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson speculated that the
next Amnesty Day for "white
goods (appliances)" would be in
late September.
* Commissioner Bevin Putnal re-
quested that Van Johnson in-
vite a representative'from Argus
Services to attend the next
county commission meeting
and address some community
complaints that the board has
received about the trash dis-
posal in the county.
* County Engineer Joe Hamilton
stated that, in the process of
repairing the county court's
roof, the Franklin County Court
House has received some inte-
rior rain damage. Hamilton
stated that the contractor who
is repairing the roof does not
feel entirely responsible for all
the damage. Hamilton noted
that the contractor blamed
some of the rain damage on a
faulty drain on the court's roof.
"We're not paying them until we
feel the job is completed satis-
factorily," said Hamilton.
* Assistant County Planner Mark
Curenton stated that the De-
partment of Corrections may
have some interest in building
a prison north of the Franklin
County Jail on Highway 65.
Commissioner Putnal said that
if the prison was sited on High-
way 65, it would eliminate the
proposed softball complex.
Curenton stated that the
county had received grant fund-
ing for the softball complex.
* Mark Curenton announced that
the Department of Community
Affairs has offered Franklin
County an increase in grant
funding if a full-time Emergency
Management Program is imple-
mented. Curenton stated that
the grant funding would be in-
creased from forty-six to sev-
enty-two thousand dollars.
* County Attorney Al Shuler an-
nounced that David Jones and
Joe Squire have requested that
the Florida Supreme Court re-
view their lawsuit against a
Franklin County Commission
board decision to refuse the
Leasing of bay bottoms without
the county's permission. The
Franklin County Commission
has successfully fought previ-
ous appeals in Trial and First
District Courts.
* Franklin Chronicle Publisher
Tom Hoffer questioned why the
county was expending time and
money fighting aquaculture
possibilities when the county
was being negatively affected by
the net ban. Chairperson
Jimmy Mosconis motioned for
a hearing to discuss the issue
of aquaculture at the board's
August 1 meeting. Commis-
sioner Raymond Williams sec-
onded the motion, and the
board voted three to two (Com-
missioners Tolliver and Braxton
voting Nay) to discuss aquac-
ulture at the August 1 board
* Commissioner Bevin Putnal
questioned why the board did
not seriously consider imposing
a gas tax. He stated that
Sopchoppy, which has a gas
tax, also has cheaper gas prices.
"Wakulla got four hundred
thousand dollars for their roads
and they have a gas tax. We
didn't get any of that money for
our roads." He continued, "The
way that roads need repairing
in my district...something
needs to be done."
* Apalachee Regional Planning
Council representative Bob
Cambric stated that Franklin
County had to provide a fund-
ing source to the Economic De-
velopment Administration
(EDA) for a grant that the
county applied for. The EDA
grant, which is for the improve-
ment of the Apalachicola Air-
port, requires that the county
provide a twenty-five percent
match for a nine hundred and
twenty-five thousand dollar
I4I'm not aware of anything that
?we can come up with," stated
County Clerk Kendall Wade,
We certainly don't have two
'hundred and thirty-one thou-
-'sand dollars." Mr. Wade re-
d-quested that Cambric find
whether the EDA would accept
the twenty-five percent match
through in-kind services.

Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf
and Liberty County
Bicycle Maps Available
Bicycle Maps of Calhoun, Frank-
lin, Gulf and Liberty Counties
have been completed by the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council, with funding from the
Florida Department ofTranspor-
tation. These waterproof maps
compare the feasibility of riding a
bicycle on the major roadways
within these four counties, based
on a Safety Index, and are spe-
cifically designed to be carried by
the rider.

Topping Off The Fourth


Rene Topping is all smiles after winning $500 cash from
the American Legion Auxiliary's Fourth of July Raffle. Ms.
Topping was awarded her cash prize by Jean Lolley of the
American Legion Auxiliary.


City Meeting

By Rene Topping
When the Carrabelle City Com-
mission met on 3 July, it seemed
that each commissioner
signed a task to complete before
the next meeting. The only absent
member, Michael Horvath, was
exempt from taking on a project.
It fell to Commissioner Jim
Phillips to make a final choice on
a new employee for the water and
sewer department. After the four
commissioners reviewed the list
of six applicants, they ranked
Manuel Aguilar as first choice.
However, Phillips will interview all
of the six applicants and report
his choice back at the 7 August
meeting of the commission.
Applicants besides Aguilar, in-
clude; Susan Creek; Leonard
Green; Ronnie Joseph; Roger Lee
Smith and William Webb Will-
iams. There were some objections
from the audience in reference to
the manner in which the choice
was to be made and several resi-
dents had questions on salary.
Commissioner Buz Putnal drew
the task of getting a post and rail
fence installed around the kiddie
park as part of a plan to make
improvements to that area and
encourage the children and par-
ents to use the facility. Putnal
asked and received the approval
of fellow commissioners to spend
about $1,000 out of the parks and
recreation budget of $3,400.
Mayor Carlton Wathen and Com-
missioner Woodrow Judy took on
the task of choosing a site for a
park in Baywood subdivision.
When the city approved the sub-
division for entrance into the city,
developer Tom Mitchell pledged
one lot of the commission's choos-
ing would be set aside. The com-
mission at that time approved the
donation but stipulated that it did
not have any strings attached.
The commission also assigned to
the city attorney, Bill Webster, the
job of getting the paperwork ready
for a transfer of title, and he
agreed to donate his time. The
commission firmly refused to ac-
cept the maintenance on the-
roads in the subdivision.
Rodney and Susan Green were
granted a variance to replace a
non-conforming mobile home that
was recently destroyed by fire,
with another new mobile home on
Lots 10 and 11, Block 152, (C6)
Pickett Addition which is zoned R
1. The commissioners granted the
request to replace the mobile
home, saying "A fire is a disaster
and a tragedy to any family."
Oscar and Cheryl Sanders in an-
other request on the same area
asked the board to re-zone the
entire block as R2. They said that
there are already two mobile
homes on the block and that the
neighbors did not object to them
putting a mobile home on their
lots. The commission told the
couple to make a formal request
and said that hearings could then
be held.
A variance from the normal set
back lines that had been granted
in August of 1987 was not allowed
as commissioners felt that eight
years was too long a time to wait
to act on the 1987 approval. They

stated that the variance would be
regarded as "null and void."
Commissioners made a start to-
wards the 1995-6 budget by set-
ting a millage rollback rate of
8.026 which is the same as the
present rate. They also set a ten-
tative date for the public hearing
on 4 August 1995.
Commissioners also tabled a
reading of an ordinance that
would amend the city code by
adding on to section 6.4 and es-
tablishing the area in Poston
Bayou on the Carrabelle River
between latitude 29 degrees 50
minutes, 40 seconds: longitude
84 degrees 40 minutes 19 sec-
onds as a restricted area.
It would declare the area an "idle
speed no wake zone," and the
ordinance would carry provisions
for a marker and for enforcement.
Commissioners tabled this until
the matter could be taken up by
the Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority at their next regular
In other business:
Commissioners approved the
purchase of two used trucks, one
1983 F 350 for $1,800 and one
1987 Dodge Dakota for $3,500.
for the Water and Sewer depart-
Commissioners also agreed to
accept lots 1 and 2 Block 119 (E
1) Pickett Addition into the N.E.
boundaries of Evergreen Cem-
etery and pay the fee to transfer.
Woodrow Judy agreed to check on
the list of of condemned struc-
Buz Putnal agreed to look into'
getting rid of the remains of the6
Donaldson home that was de-
stroyed by fire.
Carole Adams was the sole bid-
der to take and transcribe the city
minutes. She will be paid $29 for
the meeting and $2.00 per page.

Franklin Briefs

Bay St. George Care Center, lo-
cated on Highway 98 in Eastpoint,
Florida, will be offering Certified
Nursing Assistant classes, begin-
ning 21 August 1995. Registra-
tion will be at 5:30 P.M. at the fa-
cility. These classes are offered in
cooperation with the Haney Vo-
tech Center. Classes will meet four
nights a week, from 5:30 P.M.
until 10:00 P.M., and will last for
six weeks. The class is limited to
twenty-one students. For more
information, call Haney Vo-tech,
or call Bay St. George at (904)

Garbage Still

Messy Problem

for Carrabelle


By Rene Topping
A small but vocal group of resi-
dents attended the 3 July meet-
ing of the Carrabelle City Commis-
sion to again take up the matter
of uncollected garbage. John
McKnight complained about the
attempted collection fee raise that
had been proposed in a letter from
the Argus Company to all city resi-
Commissioner Jim Phillips asked
,him, "Did you pay the raise?"
McKnight responded that he cer-
tainly did not. He said that the
person answering the phone had
said that Argus was not going to
press the raises.
The commissioners then asked if
there was any representative from
Argus present, but there was not.
The commissioners agreed that
the company had apparently not
tried to force the issue about the
raise in rates. At the June meet-
ing commissioners had de-
nounced the raise in rates as ille-
gal since they were put in place
without consulting with the com-
Tempers flared as residents
graphically described the results
of Argus employees leaving gar-
bage in the large containers for
over two weeks in the heat of the
Florida sun. McKnight said that
"maggots were crawling around in
it." Audrey Messer backed his
statement saying, "I am going to
deduct maybe a half or a quarter
from this month's bill. There were
maggots coming out of mine the
other day." It became evident that
the residents had come to the
meeting to request that the com-
missioners cancel their contract
with Argus.

John McKnight

Although all commissioners said
that they receive almost daily tele-
phone calls from residents about
the service, they all said that they
will need documented times that
service has been either poor or
non-existent. Commissioners Buz
Putnal and Jim Phillips both
urged the complainants to write
their complaint so that it can be
documented. Phillips said, "We
need some kind of legal grounds
to cancel their contract. Like
where did they not pick it up."
Commissioners agreed to give
Argus one more chance to attend
the next meeting.

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Sends Carrabelle $100

to "Carry on the Fight"

for Mullet

The next City Commission meet-
ing in Carrabelle will present a
puzzle for commissioners who
have collectively received a gift of
a $100 dollar bill to "carry on the
fight" in behalf of mullet fishing.
A two page letter was received last
week at city headquarters in Car-
rabelle addressed to: "Dear Fel-
low Florida Crackers... mullet fish-
ermen and families...(and)... fel-
low mullet eaters.
The letter continued:
"It's just the dam yankees
from Perry south who put you
out of a living. They did this
to me, too... Ask for a season
on mullet. Then while they're
breeding you can take a va-
The unsigned letter continued
with various one-liners extolling
the beauty of mullet fishing and
eating, with some advice to other
net fishermen, including a refer-
ence to an old legal case in which
the attorney involved proved that
a mullet was not a fish but a fowl,
" it has a gizzard."
Finally, the real point of the letter
emerged with this language:
..The great, great, great
grandchildren of the carpet-
baggers have taken over our
paradise and have demol-
ished our cherished way of
To Carrabelleans, the well-wisher
concluded with:
"All our sympathy and faith
goes to you. Keep up the good
eight. Have you noticed that

For Food Orders

the court and legislature and
all are filled with outside do-
gooders that don't fish for a
living, own land, or even pay
much taxes? This is a welfare
state noW--it grieves us.
"Signed, a lifelong mullet lover
fried smoked, broiled or even
salted with grits and sweet
potato. Gooooood' From a
long line of the same since
1775. My great great great
grandfather was raised on
mullet. He was in the war of
1812. Good luck"'
Also contained in the delivery en-
velope was a crisp, $100 bill to
carry out the goals, with a smil-
ing Ben Franklin pictured, of
course, in the center. Mayor
Carlton Wathan confirmed to the
Chronicle that the item will be on
the agenda of the next City Com-
mission meeting, scheduled for 7
August 1995. The letter was post-
marked in Bay County, stamped
with the new Florida 324 com-
memorative stamp of the alliga-
Inner Harbour from page 1
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The Franklin Chronicle 14 July 1995 Page 3

Adrift in Angry Waters

By Brian Goercke

'The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a
colossal Scavenger slang and has no respect" Carl Sandburg,
Two Nocturnes, 1950
Nearly a month has lapsed since Gary and Jeanette McIntosh took
their unexpected four day sojourn in the Gulf of Mexico. The wind
and the waves that followed Hurricane Allison helped to carve out a
new outlook for the McIntoshes on sailing. They are not afraid of
sailing, nor the unspeakable powers of the sea. But both Gary and
Jeanette McIntosh are now armed with new found knowledge con-
cerning sailing precautions and they are anxious to make that knowl-
edge available to others.
Setting Sail
It was Sunday, June 11 when Gary and Jeanette Mcintosh began
their fishing expedition with friends Laurie Cameron and Tim Collins
on their green colored fifteen foot manatee. After a thorough inspec-
tion of the boat by the Florida Marine Patrol, the crew headed off from
"We headed out towards the cut," noted Gary, "and right when we
were going through the cut, the rip tides became a little rough. But
we could see that the gulf was nice and mellow, so we decided we
would go out to the sea tower to do some fishing." The crew first
hooked and released a three foot sand shark. They later caught and
released an undersized grouper.
As time grew weary and the fish stopped biting, the crew decided to
ease up towards the sea tower in order to get a better look at the fish.
"When we climbed aboard the sea tower and looked down," said Gary,
"We saw all kinds of beautiful snapper, but they weren't biting." The
crew later found out why the snapper weren't biting. "We noticed
that basically we had a school of barracuda around us. The smallest
was about four feet long."
"What Would MacGyver Do?"
The fish weren't biting and the Mclntoshes decided that they would
untie from the sea tower and head for home. When they tried to start
their boat, the engine wouldn't turn over. Gary joked, "What would
MacGyver do?" He then noted that a large squall was headed in the
direction of his boat. "We decided to take the canopy top and use it as

Gary and Jeanette McIntosh survive the wind and waves
of Hurricane Allison to tell their tale.
a sail base. We just leaned it over the shield and floped that it would
catch the wind and keep us ahead of the waves so that they would
not come down and crash on top of us.
The crew drifted past several towers and three shrimp boats on Sun-
day night, but were not spotted. They fired three flares to alert the
shrimp boats of their condition and location, but were still not recog-
nized. The crew endured two additional squalls on Monday and fought
through a barrage of storms on Tuesday. "And we had only gone out
with enough food and drinks for an hour of fishing on Sunday."
The Supplies Dwindle
Down to a couple of diet colas and two cigarettes, the crew had to
ration off their caffeine and nicotine supplies between four hungry,
thirsty, tired and nervous individuals. On Monday, Gary, Jeanette,
Tim and Laurie split a soda. On Tuesday, they each shared their final
"We ran out of cigarettes on Sunday," said Gary, "But Jeanette told
us she had stashed two cigarettes...We enjoyed that smoke. That was
right after going through two squalls on Tuesday." He continued, "Ev-
ery single one of the storms and squalls that came up on us was
different and we had to make the boat respond accordingly to each
one. We were out in some deep, deep water and most of the time the
waves were twice the size of the boat."
The crew was also low on drinking water. And in the end, they had to
drink the ice that had melted from the bottom of their cooler. As there
were no cups, the crew had to empty and rinse out a Windex bottle
and use it as a cup. "Still with every little swallow," said Gary, "You
Sgot a little taste of Windex."
Laurie Collins, who was more than four months pregnant, was per-
haps most affected by the unexpected journey. Gary stated, "Every
morning when she woke up she wanted food. And nobody wanted to
eat sushi. We had some fish bait that we ended hanging on to all the
way until Tuesday." The crew decided to toss the bait away, because
they felt they would reach land on Tuesday. As they kept closing in
on land, the powerful wind and waves continued to drive the fifteen
foot boat from the she,' 'in' I

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missioners that the franchise fee
would not be predicated on un-
collected residence fees. Waste
Management, said Payne, would
visit each residence for trash dis-
posal once a week. "Certainly our
service record speaks for itself.
We're in the garbage business."
The board then asked Argus Man-
ager, Keith Beezhol, if he cared to
make a response before the com-
mission selected a new trash dis-
posal service. Mr. Beezhol began,
"Obviously the cards were stacked
against us when we came in the
door." He continued, "I believe
that a couple of commissioners
have talked to our people on the
street and have made comments
that they have seen improve-
ments. Maybe it hasn't gotten to
where you want it to be. But to
sit here and say that there has
been absolutely no improvement
is a direct contradiction to what
I've heard from my people."

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The board also asked Mr. Payne
if Waste Management would con-
sider hiring those employees of
Argus Services who had provided
garbage disposal services In
Apalachicola. Payne stated that
he would consider employing
those workers, but that they had
to successfully pass an initial and
random drug analysis test, as well
as a physical exam.
The board then voted unani-
mously to accept Waste Manage-
ment of Bay County as the city's
new trash disposal service. As Mr.
Payne thanked the board for their
vote of confidence, Mayor Howell
assured, "We'll be just as hard on,
your fanny as we were on theirs
(Argus Services), if you don't pro-
vide the services we require."
In other board business:
*The board voted four to one
(Mayor Howell voting Nay)'to re-
duce the cost of two hundred dol-
lars to one hundred dollars to use
the Apalachicola Community
Center for weddings.

"From Sunday night when I knew we were gonna' be stranded," said
Gary, "I told everyone that if they didn't need to stay awake, I wanted
them to sleep. Because as long as they stayed asleep, they weren't
gonna feel hungry and they weren't gonna' feel thirsty."
The crew's struggle with thirst and hunger was compounded by their ,
quest to stay warm at night. The storms and squalls that drenched '"
the crew only made them colder during the evenings. The evening
temperature, said Gary, felt as if it was in the low fifties. Each person
on the boat was dressed in shorts and t-shirts. During the heat of the
day, the crew did not burn because there were ample provisions of I
Jeanette said that one of her greatest fears was being attacked by a
shark if the boat capsized and the crew had to wade in the water. She
said that she recently watched the movie, JAWS, and could not get n
out of her mind the part when Captain Quinn spoke about abandon-
ing a World War II ship after it had been torpedoed by the Japanese.
"He's {Captain Quinn} sitting in the bottom of the boat...and he's tell-
ing the story of when they {United States} delivered the H-Bomb in
World War II. It's a true story. And he says, 'Eighteen hundred men
went into the sea, and a week later eighty men came out of the sea.
And the sharks got the rest." Gary and Jeanette said they saw eight
and ten foot sharks circling the boat. "When you're in a fifteen foot
boat," said Jeanette, "Everything looks big."
The crew sang show tunes to keep their spirits up. They sang the
theme song to Flipper and Gilligan's Island, and they joked about
episodes of MacGyver.
"We talked about work and the deliveries," said Jeanette, "We knew
they'd be knocking on the doors and we wouldn't be there. I worried
about my mother. She's eighty-two and she lives alone."
Jeanette observed, "The Coast Guard painted a bleak picture, be-
cause when you don't have provisions...they can only guesstimate
what kind of condition you'll be in." Gary stated, "They (Coast Guard}
weren't optimistic about when they would find us, how they would
find us or if they would find us." Gary added that his green colored
boat would have been difficult for the Coast Guard to locate.
The Premonition
Early Wednesday morning, Captain Sammy Royale guided his fishing
boat in the direction of the McIntoshes fifteen foot Manatee. Gary
McIntosh, siting Captain Royale's boat, set off his final flare. When
he saw the great lights of the fishing boat flash his way, he knew his
time as a castaway was nearly over. Royale, explained Jeanette, was
led by a premonition. "He {Royale} was a very religious man. He had a
premonition, since he heard we were missing, that he would be the
one that would find us. And that morning when he was gassing up at
three-thirty, he heard the Coast Guard speak about us on the radio.
He decided then that he would go east of Horseshoe Key. He said he
normally goes out west of Horseshoe Key, but as he started off he
decided for some reason to go east as he never had. If he had gone
west, he would have never seen us. "
Captain Royale and mate Troy Osteen served their new found guests
a pot of hot coffee, pop tarts and led them to the house of Jackie
Vechgold. Ms. Vechgold gave the Mclntoshes and their friends food,
hot coffee, clothing and access to their shower.
Parting Advice
Both Jeanette and Gary McIntosh wanted to give parting advice to
other would-be sailors. They felt that it was important for those trav-
eling the vast waters on smaller crafts to invest in an emergency dis-
tress device, to pack proper rain gear for bad weather, to bring canned
food and several gallons of drinking water. "A person can survive longer
without food." said Gary. "Than he can without water."


"If you have a wedding and you
can't afford two hundred (dol-
lars)," stated Howell, "You need to
get married in the church." He
continued, "I just don't think that
our people can afford to take this
community center and let people
use it for free. I think the user
should pay and we shouldn't put
it on the taxpayer."
*The board tabled the issue of
changing long distance telephone
carriers from AT&T to MCI for
their next monthly meeting.
*Commissioner Wallace Hill
stated that the Franklin Recre-
ation Center on Sixth Street
needed to have its' roof repaired.
He said that he had received a
cost estimate for the roofs repair
of two thousand dollars. The
board decided to seek bids for a
contractor to repair the center's
roof and then to decide on a con-
tractor at the next city meeting.
*The board hired Gregory Byrd for
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*The board voted unanimously to
seek grant funding from the En-
vironmental Protection Agency for
the Apalachicola Harbour Walk
Project. The grant amount is one
hundred thousand dollars.
*Mayor Bobby Howell made a rec-
ommendation to have city worker
Edward Branch promoted to the
position of step 1 supervisor.
Commissioner Hill objected to the
promotion and stated that the city
could not afford to pay for another
supervisor. Howell said that
Branch was a hard worker. The
board voted four to one (Commis-
sioner Hill voting Nay) in favor of
Mayor Howell's recommendation.
*The board voted unanimously to
write a letter of support to the
county in their attempt to seek
grant support for a weather radio
*The board voted unanimously to
change the property zoning owned
by Jimmy Nichols from C-4 to C-
*Mayor Howell presented a rusty
water pipe to the city commission-
ers to illustrate the condition of
the the city's Waste Water Treat-
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' ditoria and Commentary

A Step in A Direction

At the last Board of County Commissioner's meeting in the Franklin
County Courthouse, County Attorney Al Shuler announced to the
Board that the aquaculture litigants, David Jones and Joe Squire
might take their case to a final round, if the Supreme Court of the
State of Florida would decide to hear their case. Jones and Squire
have been challenging the constitutionality of part of a statute which
permits coastal counties to veto proposed leases in the waters adja-
cent to the county. Twice, the county has litigated this issue and
won, thereby affirming the county's power to veto leases. Chairman
Jimmy Mosconis looked nervously at the clock on the wall which
indicated more than a few minutes remaining before an official bid
was due for deliberation, so he asked anyone in the room if there
were any other remarks, and then silence.
This voice was raised, perhaps in a slight editorial tone, asking the
Commissioners about the aquaculture litigation. Given the renewed
emphasis on aquaculture and other economic plans to aid those dis-
placed by the so-called "net-ban," why was the County Commission
putting more money into legally fighting the Jones-Squire lawsuit?
Over $10,000 of county tax money had been spent litigating a pro-
cess which was now being promoted in-county and throughout the
:state by agencies, the Governor, and others as a partial solution to
the seafood industry problems.
)Why was the Franklin County Commission so against aquaculture?
Here was a process which would provide some incentive for the young
people to stay in Franklin County to make a living. Aquaculture may
not be a complete solution, but why was the Board of County Com-
missioners so totally against the process?
County Attorney Shuler continued to stare at the floor.
Commissioner Mosconis fidgeted; Commissioner Ed Tolliver who has
never publicly explained his negative opposition to aquaculture at-
tempted to gesture the subject away. New Commissioners Putnal and
Williams remained silent. Finally, Jimmy Mosconis spoke to the ef-
fect that perhaps the County Commission needed to revisit the sub-
ject, and he proposed putting a discussion of aquaculture on the
1 August 1995 agenda, for 30 minutes. Commissioner Braxton and
Tolliver would not hear of it, they indicated. Commissioner Putnal
had heard that the leases involved in the earlier proposals would be
on the then-current oyster bars, which was totally false. This was
never formally proposed although no one can know for certain what
goes through the Franklin County rumor mill.
Another person spoke from the audience indicating that the training
agency, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute from Fort Pierce, was
dictating methods, locations and procedures when they were here
several years ago, and that was the reason for the project's failure. At
once, he opened the window for discussion but all of this was too
short-lived for the few minutes remaining before the official bids had
to be opened for something else. Chairman Mosconis managed to get
a split vote and some agreement for a 30-minute discussion of the
subject on 1 August. At that same meeting, the hearing for-Resort
Village on St. George Island will be started, promising listeners to
this agenda a very full meeting!
The vote appeared to be three to two in favor of discussion with Braxton
and Tolliver the negatives. Williams moved and Putnal seconded.
Braxton and Tolliver do not want to hear about aquaculture in Fran-
klin County, nor do they want anyone else to discuss it at the County
Commission meeting. These are elected representatives of the people,
mind you. All of the people in their districts, including those not in
the seafood industry, have a stake in this problem which affects the
entire county and region. We have all been reminded of that stake in
recent weeks with the "net ban" situation affecting directly the sea-
food harvesters, processors, local businesses and institutions which
extend credit and engage in other matters related to seafood, and
yes, even the tourists, who respect and admire the hard work that
goes into the harvest of local seafood.
Aquaculture and the seafood industries are not the subject for one
club, or special interest group, but a matter for the entire region to
contemplate and discuss.
In Wakulla county, the leaders of the seafood industry have success-
fully bridged their concerns to the local publics, and have seen the
reach of their arguments extend across the nation. In Franklin, some
county commissioners would like to see this as a "closed shop" to be
discussed among orly among the special interests.
These Commissioners overlook the greater power available to them
when informal alliances are made on common interests and the county
begins to work together on these common problems. The most obvi-
ous touchstone for leadership on these issues is at the level of the
county commission, and the split vote on something as fundamental
as a discussion of the issues in aquaculture reflects poorly on the
lack of leadership at the county level.
I commend Commissioners Mosconis, Williams, and Putnal for at-
tempting to get the discussion going on these matters, and condemn
the foot-dragging of the rest on the commission who, for whatever
reason, would just as soon ignore the subject.
Tom W. Hoffer

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Trucks on the Beach at

Cape San Bias

June 26, 1995

Dear Editor of The Franklin Chronicle:
On a recent vacation to Florida, my wife and I were fortunate to find
a place to stay near the beach that runs out to Cape San Bias. We
were particularly interested in this beach because of its reputation
for sea shells and birds, especially at the Cape. We were not disap-
However, what we were disappointed in was traffic on the beach. We
saw pickup trucks, various other four-wheel drive vehicles, including
go-cart types-two of which were racing. I had one close call with a
pickup by my failing to look both ways before I crossed the beach.
Our question to the people of your area is why do you permit vehicles
on the beach, especially in an area that is supposed to be protected
for birds? What excuse do you have for letting vehicles even come
close to protected areas?
Have people grown too lazy to walk to the Cape to look for shells and
to fish? You have one of the most beautiful spots in the nation in
Cape San Bias-why make it look like a grocery store parking lot?
Take the traffic off the beach. Everyone will profit. Drivers will get
exercise from walking; children playing on the beach will not have to
be dodging traffic, and the birds can rest and nest in peace.


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Cookeville, TN 38501

June 27, 1995
Hooray Mr. Hoffer! Your Commentary in June 16 issue sparked a
great deal of interest. By all means, do go into, those other examples
you failed to mention. You might be pleasantly surprised to learn
that you have a large following of "think-a-likes." You are not the only
one in Franklin County who would like to see the DCA move its com-
munity interests into some other community and stay out of Franklin
County 's community affairs. There are a lot of counties out there.

Yours truly,

A Resident Subscriber

Hooray for the Residents of

Franklin County

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
June 23, 1995

Dear Editor:
My husband and I recently became stuck in the soft sand on the side
of US 98, a few miles east of Eastpoint, while attempting to rescue a
turtle from the roadway. I am writing to thank the kind-hearted resi-
dents of Franklin county who stopped to help us. We were only
stranded a few minutes when two friendly women and a teenaged girl
stopped and asked if we needed help. Within seconds, one of the
women used her cellular phone to call her husband. Not only did he
arrive, equipped with a shovel and boards to help us, but five other
vehicles stopped to offer assistance as well! With the help of a man in
a red pickup truck who pulled the car out with ropes, we were soon
on our way.
I am a social psychologist whose area of research is people and their
behavior. In addition, I have lived all over Florida (including Wakulla
and Leon counties) and traveled all over the United States. But, I
have never, until the other day, met a group of people like the ones in
your community, all of whom were kind, friendly, helpful, and moti-
vated by a true altruistic love for their fellow people! I hope they are
readers of your newspaper so that they will know that my husband
and I want to thank them again for being good Samaritans. Hooray
for the residents of Franklin county!

Dr. Melissa Pigott

STELLA Waits For

No Man

While the county eventually contemplates and discusses aquacul-
ture and other economic problems in this era of the "net ban," the
seafood industry may still be left without adequate supplies of fresh
water from the Apalachicola river to service the needs of that indus-
try and other functions. STELLA is the model currently being taught
and used to eventually help evaluate the fresh water needs of Apalachi-
cola Bay, the river, and its tributary system up stream. Yet atten-
dance at these meetings of "stakeholders" under the auspices of the
Northwest Florida Water Management District has been light when it
comes to Franklin County representatives. Steve Leitman, the water
management district representative and meeting coordinator ex-
pressed the problem in a recent memo:
The Apalachicola River is one of the major assets of this region of
the state. The river is Florida's largest in terms of flow and home
to many unique and biological species, including the "Florida
cracker." Since most of the river's flow comes from above the state's
boundary with Georgia and Alabama, Florida has been involved
in a study effort with the States of Alabama and Georgia and the
federal government to determine how the river basin should be
managed over the long-term.
As part of this effort, over a year ago the State of Florida estab-
lished a stakeholder group which includes citizens and govern-
mental representatives. The purpose of the group is to provide an
opportunity for people who could be affected by decisions made
in this study to have meaningful input into and involvement with
the study process and results. This group meets on a monthly
basis and periodically some members of the group meet with simi-
lar people in Georgia and Alabama.
These stakeholders are involved in discussing issues related to
the management of the river and are being taught how to use the
computer model which will be used to make basin-wide water
management decisions. Representatives of the six counties, gov-
ernment agencies and private interests such as forestry, naviga-
tion, agriculture, fishing and the environment have attended these
meetings which are held throughout the Apalachicola basin.
The stakeholder meetings are coordinated by Steve Leitman of
the Northwest Florida Water Management District.

If people wish to learn more about the committee or issues
which the river will be facing they are encouraged to contact
Steve Leitman at (904) 539-5999

Since the "stakeholders group" was organized, there have been ten
meetings, though the county representatives may also meet on their
own. The attendance record of county representatives at the ten meet-
ings is as follows:
Calhoun county = zero
Franklin county = zero
Gadsden county = zero
Gulf county = four
Jackson county = six
Liberty county = zero
On the other hand, the government has been well represented at
these .meetings:
Governmental Agencies
Game and Fish Commission: 6
Apalachee Regional Planning Council: 1
NWF Water Management District: 10
Environmental Protection: 6
Estuarine Research Reserve: 2
Dept. of Agriculture: 5
U.S. Fish and Wildlife: 1'
Community Affairs: 2
Interest group representation at the meetings has been as follows:
Interest Groups
Lake Seminole: 4
forestry and timber production: 7
agriculture: 8
environmental groups: 10
seafood: 5
commercial navigation: 6
Finally, Steve Leitman has written:
I consider the work the committee is doing as very important and
necessary. The ability of the Comprehensive Study to be translated
into actions is directly related to the involvement of stakeholders in
the watershed. Florida's stakeholders committee provides an op-
portunity for citizens in the basin to have a more meaningful role in
how the basin will be managed in the future and to better under-
stand the basis of decisions which are being made in the basin.
The next meeting of Stakeholders will be on 25 July 1995 at the North
Florida Water Management District headquarters at 10 a.m. for train-
ing with STELLA. At 1 p.m. issues related to the Tri-River Studies
will be discussed.

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Study-A Summary

From the 1994 "year in review" furnished by the Northwest Florida
Water Management District.
The following items in the 1994 annual review will provide an over-
view of the water management problems in Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf,
Gadsden, Liberty and Franklin Counties. This summary is directly
related to the commentary about participation in the STELLA model-
ing process.
ACF-ACT Comprehensive Study
The District continued to play a lead role in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-
Flint (ACF) and Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River System Compre-
hensive Study begun in 1992. During 1994, the four partners-Florida,
Georgia, Alabama, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers--falized the
remaining scopes of work for several study elements including;ecreation,
navigation and basinwide management. Work is now underway on all study
elements. At the conclusion of the study, a recommendation for a perma-
nent coordination mechanism is expected to be made to oversee basinwide
management of the two systems. In the interim, the existing memorandum
of agreement will be extended through 1996 or until the permanent coordi-
nation mechanism is ratified by all partners.
Third Year Funding Provided for the Tri-State Comprehensive Study
Mid-year, the District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion (DEP) entered into an agreement for a third year of funding for the
Apalachicola River and Bay Freshwater Needs Assessment, a study element
of the ACF-ACT Comprehensive Study.
Determining the quantity of fresh water required by the river and bay to
maintain historical productivity and diversity, is a critical element of the
Comprehensive Study for Florida. The Freshwater Needs Assessment is an
ongoing effort to ascertain the freshwater needs of the Apalachicola River
and Bay through hydrodynamic modeling of the bay and by conducting
related riverine, floodplain and estuarine studies. Funding for the third year
of the study effort was provided through a special appropriation by the
Florida Legislature and DEP through the Pollution Recovery Trust Fund.
Preliminary Phase of Hydrodynamic Modeling Completed
The preliminary phase of the hydrodynamic modeling program designed for
the Apalachicola River and Bay FreshWater Needs Assessment was com-
pleted. The preliminary phase involved adapting a model to the Apalachi-
cola Bay using an existing small data set. Previous research efforts have
dealt with two-dimensional models. The current effort reflected that two-
dimensional models are hot adequate and a three-dimensional approach
had to be used because the bay has a vertical as well as a horizontal struc-
Data on salinity, currents, temperature and tides from over 30 monitoring
devices placed in the bay were collected this past year. All monitors were
removed by late 1994 ending an 18-month data collection program. These
data will be used in subsequent simulations of the refined model to gain an
understanding about the physical processes in the bay and to assess how
changes in freshwater delivery affect the bay's salinity and currents.





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cal Survey was begun. Understanding the hydrologic connections between
the Apalachicola River and the various floodplain habitats is the central
focus of this ongoing study. The floodplain provides habitats, food and shel-
ter for numerous species of freshwater fish and invertebrates, as well as
terrestrial wildlife. Aquatic organisms have ready access to floodplain habi-
tats during high-water periods of the year but this access can be restricted
during low-water periods. During flood periods, diverse and abundant fresh-
water fish communities, as wellas other organisms, utilize the inundated
floodplain forests for habitat, food, protective cover, spawning sites and
nursery grounds. Conducting an examination and developing an under-
standing of interactions between the river and its floodplain are study ob-
jectives of the Freshwater Needs Assessment.
Nutrient Transport and Primary Productivity Studies in Apalachicola
River and Bay
The quantity of nutrients delivered by the river to the bay, their distribution
throughout the bay, and their effect on estuarine phytoplankton productiv-
ity are key biological study elements of the Freshwater Needs Assessment.
Decreased river flows may result in the transport of fewer nutrients which
could affect many of the bay's food webs and cause a decline in productivity
of the estuary. Early in 1993, the District and Florida State University be-
gan exploring these concerns. In 1994, this research effort was extended
for another 12 months. A third year of data collection is anticipated to en-
compass more of the biological variability in the system than could be as-
sessed in a one-to-two year study.
Food Webs of Bay Studied
Originally established as a pilot study with Florida State University, an
analysis of how nutrients and detritus from the river are used by organisms
in the bay was expanded in scope in 1993 and extended in late 1994. This
study is another key element of the Freshwater Needs Assessment. Results
for the first two years suggest that primary productivity within the estuary
is at least as important to bay organisms as inputs from the floodplain.
Extending this study will allow the collection and analysis through a third
year of the river cycle to refine the role of estuarine producers.
Analysis of Historic Biological Data
An agreement with Florida State University relating to the long-term analy-
sis and comprehensive review of existing Apalachicola Bay biological data
was extended for another year. Begun in 1992 in conjunction with the Fresh-
water Needs Assessment, the analysis will integrate historic data with newly
collected information. A large quantity of data has been collected for the
river and bay over the past 20 years. These data are being examined with a
focus on the freshwater flow needs of the bay. Key species and groups of
species are being examined for their relationships with freshwater inputs to
the estuary.
Special Grant for the Apalachicola River Watershed
A $308,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
was awarded to the District through DEP to implement watershed manage-
ramnt strategies for the Apalachicola River. Watershed management strate-
gies vill help ensure that the natural resources associated with the Apalachi-
cola River and Bay continue to be protected.

Praise for Carl Bailey

30 June 1995
Dear Editor:
I travel a lot. Florida to St. Paul down the Mississippi to New Orleans
and up the Ohio to Pittsburgh.
I'm a river boat captain. and I get4@ read a lot of local papers. They
abound with stories of corrupt politicians and public officials but I
can tell you, Carl Bailey is as honest and hard working as your sewer
line is long.
As my mom can tell you Carl lives and breathes water and sewage
treatment. He's the only person I know when passing by a sewage
treatment plant "likes" the smell and can tell with just one whiff if its
operating correctly...
He started life over at 65 in that thankless job. He got paid allright-
not with money but with pride and the joy of doing something right.
About car expenses. Have you ever been in or looked at his car? It
wouldn't qualify for a demolition derby.
Finders fees. The only thing Carl found was a slap in the face by a
very small group of people...
Most people I've met at Lanark Village are honest, nice neighbors who
are probably just as annoyed as I am about these allegations of mis-
Where in this world do you find someone as dedicated to serve the
community as Carl Bailey? I'm sure there is not many. "Saint Carl"
probably not, but he should at least receive a gold plated "throne." He
can sit down every morning (smiling) and think of those allegations
he was cleared of. Carl, my friend, go ahead "Make Your Day." Flush
the toilet!

Carl's Stepson
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By Paul Jones
The Point celebrated Independence Day in grand fashion July 1st
and 2nd with the annual Alligator Point/St. Teresa Volunteer Fire
Department's Bar-B-Que, Flea Market Sale, and Parade.
Saturday's parade featured the Point's first ever Grand Marshall, Mr.
Earl Morton. Morton reigned over more than twenty official wheeled'
entrants that included a mobile medical stretcher to an eighteen
wheeler loaded with all of the amenities of beach living. The spirit of
the parade this year was not dampened by the specter of an incoming
storm. Last year less than hours after the parade had disbanded the
effects of tropical storm Alberto were being felt along the coast line.
According to a member of the volunteer fire department over three
thousand dollars was collected from the bar-b-que and flea market
sales. The annual parade will now be under the sole direction and
responsibility of the fire department.
Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge
The Alligator Point Marina, after a long closure period for it's eatery
and watering hole, has reopened the Waterfront Restaurant and
Lounge on a very limited agenda of opening times and menu items.
According to Karen Lobdill, general manager of the Marina, they will
be open on weekends and serving mostly hors d'oeuvres and sand-
wiches with full bar offerings. The restaurant will be closed on the
last two weekends of July (vacation).
The Road
Oh! Oh! Oh! It is finally finished...or is it? Some local residents are
up-in-arms so to speak as to the final construction limits of the road
bed and paving. They feel that since sufficient funds were available,
the road bed should have been constructed wider for safer travel.
And now to add to this furor, the county recently painted the double
center lines squiggly.

Editor Awakens to


By Brian Goercke
It was the crack of noon. And I
awoke to the sound of an auction-
eer announcing a watermelon eat-
ing contest.
The auctioneer's voice belonged to
Bill Miller and that sound led me
to Bob Evan's Village Fina, where
several hundred people were cel-
ebrating the Fourth of July and
raising funds for the American
Legion. I entered the celebration
and witnessed Andy Travis ac-
cepting congratulations for win-
ning the senior watermelon eat-
ing contest.
Fire engines from the Lanark Vil-
lage-St. James Fire Department
shone brightly from the Village
Fina alerting passer-bys of the
celebration. Attendees sat under-
neath tents eating and drinking,
participating with the auctioneer
and visiting with one another.
Norman Boyd and the Rhythm
Makers would later play memo-
rable tunes for those in atten-
dance. The group had volunteered
their time to help raise money for
the American Legion. 'They sup-
port a lot things for volunteer or-
ganizations," said Bob Evans. He
later stated, 'Their music was re-
ceived really well by everyone."
The Fourth of July event, hosted
by Bob Evans and coordinated by
American Legion Post 82 Com-
mander Vic Larimore, was the
start of a beautiful fund raising
collaboration for the American
Legion. "I'm a veteran," said
Evans, "And I'm all in favor of
building up the legion the best
that I can."
The American Legion would re-
ceive many donations for its'
newly refurbished lodge on the
Fourth of July. They received a
microwave, aluminum siding,
paneling and carpeting for the
lodge. Over five hundred dollars

were raised through the auction.
And the Village Fina donated one
thousand dollars for the event's
food and beverages. Over nine
hundred people attended the
event that began at eleven in the
A.M. and concluded at six o' clock
in the evening. "We got Bill Miller
committed to the next three fund
raisers," said Evans, And at the
next Fourth of July, we're gonna'
to try to raise enough money to
have the parking lot paved around
the American Legion."
At Battery Park in Apalachicola,
several organizations were trying
to raise money. The Big Brothers
and Big Sisters Chapter of Fran-
klin County, the Apalachicola
High School Parent Teacher Or-
ganization, the Recreation
Department's Little League Orga-
nization and many others were all
on hand.
The Big Brother/Big Sisters Or-
ganization grossed over one thou-
sand dollars. And they had plenty
of help for their barbecue fund
raiser. Volunteer workers in-
cluded: Gene Osborn, Jack
Osborn, Bob Patrick, Tonya
Patrick, Mary Ann Osborn, Terry
Osborn, Kim Osborn, Laurie
Osborn, Jerry Proctor, Susan
Proctor, John Drew and Geanise
Brown. Baked goods were pro-
vided by Patty Ward, Susan
Howze and Laurie Osborn. Almost
six hundred dollars were also do-
nated through the generosity of
Jack and Laurie Osborn, The Red
Rabbit Food Lane, The I.G.A. Su-
permarket, Ben Watkins, Kendall
Wade and Stephen and Bertha
Stanley. The Big Brother also
raised over one hundred dollars
through their Island Snow Cone
Sale coordinated by Pam Vest at
her Chill and Grill Concession
Stand. The Big Brothers netted,
Continued on page 6

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Editor Awakens continued from page 5

Scouts Explore Wacissa River By Frank Williams, Assistant Scout Master

Flatbed and heavy trucks
(Eastpoint), which served as
George fireworks.
with the generous help of
Badcock's Furniture Store and
Hawkins Printing of St. George
Island, overfive hundred dollars
in raffle sales. The raffle was was
by Mary Isenberg of St. George
Over at the Gazebo in Battery
Park, Chuck Spicer held a cap-
tive audience as he became Mr.
Auctioneer. Chaz Mikell
strummed his guitar and belted
out tunes of youth and ballads of
Eric Clapton.
On St. George Island, a large
number of businesses and private
citizens sponsored the annual
fireworks at the boat basin near
the bridge. The team firing the
explosives were Mike Cates, Lee
Edmiston, Woody Miley, John
Fickland, Ricky Mosely, John Vail,
Chris Crozier, Wayne Bonada and
Kenny Potroski. The flatbed and
truck were donated by Luberto's
of Eastpoint. While there has been
no formal "competition" between
Apalachicola and St. George Is-
land firework displays, both were
, ". ,.,

s, furnished by Luberto's
launch platforms for the St.

termed by some observers as
"stunning" and "exciting." The
Apalachicola display visible
across the Bay and began before
the traditional salute started on
St. George. This year, some "big
stuff' had been purchased for a
spectacular conclusion, consist-
ing of explosives contained in six-
teen inch cylinders. For that, a
large truck filled with sand was
used as the launch point. The St.
George Island volunteer Fire Dept,
and First Responder team along
with the St. George Island Secu-
rity Patrol were on hand to super-
vise the fireworks and assist the
crowds numbering as high as
5000 according to some estima-
The sun poured down in the heat-
stroke Floridian afternoon of the
American day. It was good to be
young and free and alive on the
Fourth of July.


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WHEREAS, there is proposed a "Rails to Trails" project for the old
abandoned Georgia, Florida & Alabama Railroad right of way from
Tallahassee to Carrabelle, and
WHEREAS, a substantial part of this scenic route is in Franklin
County, and
WHEREAS, the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners finds
that the establishment of a non-motorized recreational trail using the
Georgia, Florida & Alabama Railroad right-of-way would be of eco-
nomic benefit to the County and to Florida, and
WHEREAS, the proposed trail would provide a unique historical rec-
reation resource for the County and Florida,
NOW, Therefore Be It Resolved By the Franklin County Board ofCounty
Commissioners that this Board supports the "Rails to Trails- Gopher,
Frog and Alligator Rail Trail".
This Resolution adopted unanimously June 6, 1995.

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down the Wac'issa river. The
Wacissa originates from a main
spring located 25 miles southeast
of Tallahassee.
The scouts found the natural
world of the Wacissa river to be
both beautiful and strange. The
crystal clear waters were home to
large numbers of fish, including
bream, catfish, and large mouth
bass. Alligators, turtles, and
snakes were seen basking along
the riverbank in the warm after-
noon sun. A family of wood ducks
watched nervously as the scouts
silently paddled by in their pro-
cession of six canoes.
The highlight of the trip was a
brief stop at a small spring which
feeds the main river, known lo-
cally as "Blue Hole Spring." A rope
swing, hung from a towering cy-
press tree, provided non-stop rec-
reation for the boys and at least
one daring adult.
At "Blue Hole," the scouts worked
to achieve merit badges by prac-
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By Amanda Loos
Twenty WINGS teens and four
adults from all three sites
(Apalachicola, Eastpoint, and
Carrabelle) joined together on
Saturday, 17 June 1995, to at-
tend the Saturday-At-The-Sea
program at the Florida State Uni-
versity Marine Laboratory, where
they had the opportunity to ex-
perience the complexities and
wonders of the marine envirop-
Saturday-At-The-Sea is spon-
sored by Florida State University
and is held every Friday and Sat-
urday for middle school groups in
our region to awaken an interest
and awareness in young people
about the life in the estuaries and
bays of our area.

The scouts practiced rescue pro-
cedures and learned to recover a
swamped canoe by paddling it to
shore. It's really tough to paddle
a swamped canoe!" exclaimed
Zack Dillon. "It's important to be
in good shape and a good swim-
mer before you try canoeing" re-
sponded Brian Kent.
The scouts were vigilantly super-
vised by several adult volunteers,
including Eastpoint resident
Terry Brannon, owner of Terry's
Garage, and scout master Larry
Hale of St. George Island. Terry's
son Mark shared a canoe and
enjoyed the freedom of the river
with his dad. Scouting provided
a unique opportunity for this fa-
ther and son to spend time to-
gether and develop a positive and
casting friendship.
If you or someone you know would
like to volunteer to help or par-
ticipate in any local boy scout
events, please contact Larry Hale
at Sun Coast Realty, phone num-
ber 927- 2282. Troop 22's next
event will be a trip this July to
summer camp in Virginia, includ-
ing camping, fishing, and white
water rafting. Many other events
are planned for this year, and
Troop 22 welcomes all youngsters
to join the fun.

of FSU students welcomed the
WINGS group to the marine labo-
ratory at 9:15 a.m. and intro-
duced the day's activities with a
slide show highlighting the crea-
tures and features that they could
expect to find throughout the day.
In small groups, the WINGS kids
and coordinators with the guid-
ance of Mr. Bowling and the FSU
students collected various types
of crabs and fish by beach sein-
ing (or as Tara Ray, and Eastpoint
WINGS-er called it using "the
scooper thingy) and digging in
the sand.
They moved out to the oyster bar
where they were shown the parts
of an oyster and even felt its heart-
A natural history field trip in the
salt marsh taught them about the
smell of sulfur, the taste of a sea
grass called salt wort, and how to
enjoy the beauty of sting rays
while avoiding their nasty blows.
They also became amateur ar-
chaeologists as they discovered
fossilized sea creatures and shark
teeth that dated back 15 20 mil-
lion years. The kids and adults
seemed to enjoy the hands-on
experience. "I had a pretty cool
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The Franklin Chronicle 14 July 1995 Page 7

MFC to Hold 3-Day Meeting

in Daytona Beach

Seatrout & Weakfish Meetings Scheduled
The Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a public meeting 7-
9 August 1995 at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 100 North Atlantic Avenue
in Daytona Beach. The meeting will include the following :
The Commission will hold a final public hearing on a proposed rule to
manage the state's stresses spotted seatrout fishery. This rule would:
- prohibit all harvest of spotted seatrout in state waters from the
Pinellas/Pasco counties line to the Florida/Alabama line in January
and February, and in all other state waters in November and Decem-
- establish daily recreational bag limits of 8 spotted seatrout har-
vested in state waters from the Pinellas/Pasco counties line to the
Florida/Alabama line, and 5 spotted seatrout harvested from all other
state waters
- establish a 15 inched total length minimum size limit and a 20
inches total length maximum size limit for spotted seatrout harvested
in state waters (one fish larger that 20 inches total would be allowed
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 spotted seatrout

-allow the use of one trawl that has a perimeter around its mouth
greater than 66 feet, or two trawls with a perimeter around the
mouth of each trawl no greater than 44 feet in length, in the inshore
waters of the Northeast Region
- allow the use of trawls for the directed harvest of shrimp only
This rule, if approved, would take effect following the expiration of
the emergency rule regarding shrimp trawl measurement, pending
the outcome of litigation.
RED DRUM RULE Final Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final public hearing on proposed rule
amendments that would allow the harvest of red drum (redfish) year
round by eliminating the current March, April, and May closed sea-
son, and eliminate the current 27 inches maximum size limit for red
drum. These limited measures that would relax restrictions on red
drum harvest are not expected to adversely effect the successful re
cover of Florida's red drum fishery, which has been under strict
management for several years.
TRAPS RULES Final Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final public hearing on numerous pro-
posed rules to manage the use of traps in Florida waters. These rules
- allow baiting of blue crab peeler traps with live male blue crabs only
- require all blue crab traps with 1 1/2" mesh to have escape rings
- require escape rings in wire stone crab traps used to harvest blue
- establish a maximum throat size of 3 1/2" X 5 1/2" for stone crab
traps, using the inside dimensions of the narrowest point of the fun-

- prohibit the possession of spotted seatrout on any vessel with gill establish a minimum throat size of 4" X 6" for lobster traps, using
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that would:
- prohibit the use of any trawl in inshore and nearshore state waters
that contains more than 500 square feet of mesh area
- prohibit the use of any otter trawl that has a perimeter around its
mouth greater than 66 feet
- prohibit the use of more than two unconnected otter trawls, includ-
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located on the top of the trap
-establish a maximum size of 2' X 2' X 2' for stone crab traps
- define "untreated wood" as being pressure treated with a maximum
of 0.40 pounds of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) compounds per
cubic foot of wood
- require degradable panels in all non-wooden stone crab and non-
wooden lobster traps
- define degradable panels for lobster traps as a wooden lid located
on the top of the trap
- define degradable panels for stone crab traps as having wooden
slats with a maximum thickness of 3/4" that covers an escape hole at
least the same size or larger as the dimension of the smallest opening
of the throat
- define degradable panels for black sea bass traps using the same
definition as for blue crab traps
- allow wire stone crab traps to have the same degradable panels as
those established for blue crab traps'
- allow the harvest of the recreational bag limit of finfish species from
crustacean traps
- allow recreational fishermen to use up to five stone crab traps, with
a daily bag limit of 2 gallons of stone crab claws.
The Commission will receive public comment and review draft rules
regarding the management of several finfish species. These rules
- standardize rules by setting categorical bag limits with standard
minimum sizes and bag limits for species groups, and standardize
fish measurements as that from the tip of the snout or front-most
part of the fish to the rear center edge of the tail
- establish a 12 inches minimum size limit for all harvest of floun-
ders, sheepshead, Florida pompano, and permit a 10 fish daily rec-
reational bag limit would apply to species in this group (however, an
aggregate bag limit of 10 fish for Florida pompano and permit would
apply, with one fish over 20 inches allowed)
- establish a.15 inches minimum size limit and a 2 fish daily bag limit
for all harvest of tripletail
- establish a 1 fish daily bag limit for all harvest of African pompano,
and prohibit its sale.
The Commission will receive public comment and review a draft rule
that would increase the 2 fish daily bag limit on red snapper to 5 fish
for all harvesters on the state's Gulf of Mexico coast, and prohibit the
sale of red snapper when federal sale closures occur in Gulf waters.
The Commission will receive public comment and review a draft rule
amendment that would establish a 125 fish commercial daily vessel
limit for king mackerel harvested on the state's Gulf coast this com-
mercial daily vessel limit would be reduced to 50 fish when the same
limit is established in adjacent federal waters, and to zero fish when
federal waters are close to the commercial harvest of king mackerel.


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Times and Heights of High and Low Waters

(All daily tide predictions are based on the standard time meridian
indicated for each location. Predicted times may be converted to day-
light saving times, where necessary, by adding 1 hour to these data.)

July August
Time Height Time Height Time Height
h m ft cm h m ft cm h m ft cm

Tide Corrections For Your Area
High Low High Low
Steinhatchee River -0:15 -0:03 Dog island +0:07 +0:06
Aucilla River +0:03 +0:05 St. George Island (East End) -0:15 +0:06
Shell Point +0:05 +0:03 St. George Island (Sikes Cut) +0:49 +1:32
Dickerson Bay +0:16 +0:20 Apalachicola +2:00 +2:44
Bald Point +0:33 +0:19 St. Joseph Bay -0:24 -0:51
Alligator Point -0:08 +0:11 Panama City -0:43 -0:44
Turkey Point -0:12 -0:18 St. Andrews Bay (Channel Entrance) -1:31 -2:02

,, Ceeblate Florid,

The Civil War
While few major battles took place in the state, Florida
was the scene of numerous smaller engagements. The Battle
of Olustee, fought near Lake City in February 1864, was
Florida's largest battle, while smaller actions occurred at
Marianna, Gainesville and Natural Bridge. Union black regi-
ments played major roles in many of these battles. The
African American units that fought at Olustee included
the well-known Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry, the
first black regiment raised in the north and recently me-
morialized in the movie "Glory." The percentage of Fed-
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Board Runs Through

26 Item Agenda in

Record Time

Four major agenda items were
reviewed by the five members of
the St. George Plantation Owner's
Association at their quarterly
meeting on Saturday, 10 June
Following approval of the minutes
and introductions, the Board
adopted the 1996 budget. Dues
per house will be $1051.01 and
or unimproved lots, $477.73.
This is partly conditioned on three
other events which include the
incorporation of Schooner Land-
ing and Pelican Point into the
Plantation Owner's Association
for dues purposes, and the reso-
lution of the continuing negotia-
tions between the Association and
the Resort Village, owned by Dr.
Ben Johnson. The latter also in-
volves computations for "The
Bluffs", an entity which may be
figured differently, for dues pur-
poses, apart from Resort Village.
Total income for the 1996 budget
includes $645,168 derived prin-
cipally from homeowner dues
($556,867)and other sources in-
cluding an estimated $12,000
from fishing permits. The major
Association expenses are esti-
mated as follows:
Security $157,416.
Roadway 50,960.
Airport 19,538.
Maintenance $124,386.
Administration $124,985
Capital Improvements
Total Expenses $645,168.
With regard to comparisons since
1993, the income of the Associa-
tion has strikingly increased from
$337,142.77 to $560,025.82 or
about 166 per cent ($222,883),
nearly double in three years. How-
ever, expenses have also in-
creased substantially. Mainte-
nance expenses increased from
$55,843.06 in 1993 to budgeted
$124,386 in 1996. Security in-
creased from $130,311.91 in
1993 to an estimated $157,416
in the 1996 budget. The long
awaited Capital improvements
including the resurfacing of Lei-
sure Lane and replacement of the
boardwalks have added $167,883
in additional expenses.
The comparisons with 1993, 1994
and budgeted 1995 and 1996 are
presented in a separate article.
Since nearly 35 per cent of all
American communities are of
these associations, and the num-
ber of these associations in Fran-
klin County is increasing, the
Chronicle continues to provide as
much detailed information of
these budgets and the cost of pri-
vate "government" as possible. In
the case of the St. George Island
Homeowners Association, the
1996 budget is nearly the size of
the city of Carrabelle, even though
the Plantation is sized at less that
1000 acres.
A proposal for the Casa Del Mar
sub-division near the Sikes Cut
was tabled after extended discus-
sion, principally because of a con-
.cern that the homeowners there
might want to retain the gates to
their platted lots. If invited, Wayne
Gleasman, Plantation Manger,
would attend the Casa Del Mar
Homeowners meeting in late June
and express a desire for them to
join the Plantation Association,

but search for a compromise on
the gate issue.

A discussion on the issue of ve-
hicular access to the Bob Sikes
Cut area resulted in no action
being taken.
The remaining major issues in-
volved a discussion of the current
Resort Village "situation" Lou
Vargas indicated that negotiations
with Dr. Ben Johnson were con-
tinuing but "something" would be
presented to the Board at the next
meeting. Christian Gallio brought
forward a related issue, the 1989
land use plan, and the Dept. of
Community Affairs (DCA) letter
from Tom Beck, which concluded
that the Resort Village site plans
now before the Franklin County
Commission would have to in-
volve an amendment to the DRI,
and additional state oversight.
Gallio argued that the Association
should actively fight the approval
of the Phase I plans recently sub-
mitted to the Franklin County
Board of County Commissioners.
He claimed that the Association
could stop all commercial devel-
opment in the Plantation if the
Board would only send the appro-
priate message to the Board of
Franklin County Commissioners.
The Chronicle raised a question
about ownership of Leisure Lane,
which is related to the future
ower of Dr. Johnson for traffic
ow to his commercial develop-
ment and the CATV system, and
was told by President Vargas that
the ownership question is
"vague." The Chronicle learned
from Dr. Johnson directly in a
separate interview in late May that
Dr. Johnson asserts 50 per cent
ownership of Leisure Lane. These
declarations only present a sur-
face description of very complex
legal questions which would need
to be resolved before long. The key
'to this may repose in the litiga-
tion between Resort Village and
the St. George Cable TV system,
as attorney Pat Floyd told the
Chronicle that he is researching
some aspects of the Leisure Lane
ownership and the easements
connected thereto.
What stops the Board from be-
coming an advocate against the
Resort Village project is the agree-
ment the Association signed with
Dr. Johnson which obligates the
Association to support the devel-
opment of the Resort Village.
If the Association Board members
were to appear before the Frank-
lin County Commission advocat-
ing disapproval or other overt ac-
tion inconsistent with the agree-
ment there would be a breach of
contract which could potentially
open the Association to a lawsuit
Dr. Tom Adams has challenged
the entire proceedings involved in
the contract and the lack of evi-
dence supporting a change in cov-
enants to accommodate contract
provisions allowing Resort Village
tp have 67 votes in the Associa-
tion, and other matters. However,
individual members of the Asso-
ciation are not bound by the
agreement and some have ap-
peared before various Franklin
County meetings to oppose the
Resort Village project. The plans
for Phase I of the project were of-
ficially filed before the
Franklin County Commission, on
6 June 1995.

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Among other matters presented to
the Board were the Security Re-
port by Robert Shiver, ratification
of airport policies, various inter-
nal Board procedures, committee
reports, garbage accumulation
especially with large rental
houses, land acquisition and
Plantation Soundings.
Board member Bill Hartley recom-
mended discontinuing Plantation
Soundings, the Association news-
letter, because its reports were
incomplete and always put the
"best light" on Association events.
Others attending the Board meet-

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Bob Shiver
ing asked that the newsletter re-
port decisions and voting results
be published in the newsletter.
The vote on discontinuance failed
with President Vargas casting the
deciding ballot. Gelch and Hartley
voted for the motion to discon-
tinue; the others voted to continue
the newsletter.
Bob Shiver, in his Security Report,
identified signage violations of the
covenants when numerous
homeowners placed signs of "No
trespassing" across their drive-
ways, and other warnings aimed
mainly at visitors and renters.
Some instances were identified by
members of the audience indicat-
ing that warning signs about sand
dunes, installed at homeowner
expense, appeared to work. The
signage problem presented a di-
lemma for the Board and the mat-
ter was tabled but Bob Shiver was
asked to advise owners that the
signs must come down regardless
of the intent in order to conform
to the covenants.
A statement of airport policies and
various fees associated with use
of the airstrip on St. George Is-
land is now available from the
Plantation Office, in addition to a
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Under the subject of land acqui-
sition, Board member Bill Hartley
expressed a view that the Asso-
ciation ought to be acquiring land
for future expansion, as buildout
continues. He especially outlined
a concern for expanded club-
house and swimming pool facili-
ties. During this discussion, the
fire station was brought up, and
the Board deliberated the pros
and cons of locating the fire sta-
tion in the Resort Village, as pro-
posed by Dr. Ben Johnson several
months ago. During the last week,
the Phase I of the Resort Village
plan contains a parcel dedicated
to the fire station on .13 acre.
Homeowner Lennie Davis raised
the question whether any land at
the airport could be used to relo-
cate the fire station. John Gelch
raised the question whether the
pledge to the fire department
should be rescinded until the
question of location was an-
swered. Others objected to this,
pointing out that the Association
pledge of $85,000 was for the
building, not the land. No action
was taken on these matters ex-
cept that Wayne Gleasman, Asso-
ciation Manager, would seek in-
formation of available land and
advise the Board.
The next meeting of the Board of
Directors was scheduled for 12
August 1995 at the Clubhouse.
The annual meeting was sched-
uled for the same location on 28
October 1995.

Lawsuit Hovers Over

School District

The Franklin County School
Board Chairperson Will Kendrick
announced at the July 6 board
meeting that a year old lawsuit
was pending against against the
Franklin County School District.
The lawsuit alleges that student
Preston W. Smith broke his leg in
the Apalachicola High School
gymnasium, while unsupervised
by his instructor. The student al-
legedly broke his leg on February
24, 1994 when he jumped on a
table to shoot a basketball and fell
from the table.
The lawsuit amounts to one hun-
dred thousand dollars. Superin-
tendent C.T. Ponder stated that
the Franklin County School Dis-
trict was covered by the Risk Man-
agement Consortium insurance
program. He stated that the
school's insurance rates may
change as a result of the lawsuit.
In other school board business:
*The board approved the Auditor
General's Report. The report,
stated Superintendent Ponder,
had some citations, but not as
many as the previous year.
*The board approved the Pooser
Communications Agreement. The
agreement provides speech and
language services. The maximum
amount of time allowed through
the agreement is six hours per
day. The services will be billed.for
Brown Elementary School and
Carrabelle High School. Addi-
tional services will be contingent
upon board approval.

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Dr. Nancy White

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af-,?-' 7 -
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area archeologists from many
walks in life and staff at the W. T.
Neal Civic Center staged an "Ar-
cheology Day" in Blountstown
Saturday, 8 July 1995. Dr. White
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holding up a specimen. "What is
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chemical analysis of the residue
on it?" she smiled. And, then in
staccato-like fashion she warned,
"Don't throw those spear points
in a bucket of bleach or rub them
with Effordent. Blood residues on
stones are now being identified as
belonging to a species of animals
or humans. Write down where it
came from," she added.
Dr. White explained that she was
involved to a high degree in pub-
lic archeology. "There is no such
thing as Ivory Tower science any
more. Science has to be for the
people. First, you pay for it. It's
your land, your heritage. We (the
archeologists) are happy to bring
the information we find back to
the people."
Dr. White reminded her listeners
that archeological sites are valu-
able but nonrenewable resources.
It is every American's responsibil-
ity to help preserve as much of
our past as we can. "We save the
past for the future," she said. "So
don't dig everything up, only the
fragments. So the message of
public archeology is to record ev-
erything you can, take notes, and
enhance the value of your collec-
tion." She has described in a
Booklet "Apalachicola Valley Ar-
cheology", available to visitors at
the session, and by mail, that the
exact placement and context of
artifacts in the ground cannot be
disturbed when investigations are
done. "We only get one chance to
obtain archeological knowledge;
the site can never be put back
together again."
Dr. White's student teams were in
the area this summer to excavate
portions of the Yon mounds, in-

cluding determining the layout
around the mounds. Four
squares have been opened. The
teams have gainednew knowledge
on building structures having lo-
cated sites of house walls and re-
covering pottery fragments across
all time periods, likely from A. D.
900 to A. D. 1500 or so. The sec-
ond project undertaken by the
University of South Florida arche-

ologists-in-training under Dr.
White's direction has been to sur-
vey the flood damage done to
some archeological sites from last
year's flood.
The remainder of her talk was
about the stages of Florida pre-
history. In the Apalachicola River
Valley there is an extensive record
of human occupation for over
12,000 years. Dr. White has been
directing a research program in
the Apalachicola River Valley for,
over ten years. Her report on the
excavations at six sites has been
published by the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration
including sites near Apalachicola.
Archeology Day was held at the
W. T. Neal Center in Blountstown.
SMany local collectors were shar-
ing information with the Univer-
sity of South Florida team. The
collectors brought their artifacts
for display. There were also dem-
onstrations on stone-tool making,
spear-throwing along with the lec-
ture by Dr. White. Her assistants
this year were Tim Lewis and Ken
Dr. White may be reached by mail:
Dept. of Anthropology, University
of South Florida, 4202 East
Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Florida
33620; telephone (813) 974-0815.

Dr. Nancy White advises young archaeologists attending
the Blountstown Archaeology Day, Saturday, 8 July 1995.

WINGS Go To Sea From Page 6

a big scallop.
"It was fun, very exciting, and one
day I would like to become a ma-
rine biologist," said Spring Ray,
another Eastpoint member. It
seems that the Saturday-At-The-
Sea program's special goal of
"stimulating in young minds a
strong interest in science..." is
being reached through an excit-
ing program.
When asked about their favorite
parts of the day, the kids and
chaperones replied with "Seeing
Spring Ray find a shark tooth,"
(Terri Chambers), "The
Bluecrabsl" (Savannah Rhew-Wil-
son), and "Watching a crown
conch eating a fiddler crab,"
(David Wilson. '


1. Skinny
5. Dinner course
10. Snatch
14. Make
15. Public buildings
17. Bomb
20. Words whose
first letters
are silent
23. Electrified atom
24. Feast
25. Tidbit passer
26. Tears
28. Diamond Lil's
29. Spanish hero
31. Flier
34. Period of time
35. Take out
36. Garland
39. Cheap metal
40. Shapely limbs
41. Words whose
second letters
are silent
48. Regal wear
49. Clothing
50. Actor Ralph
54. French verb
55. Radiance: var.
58. Cash dis-
penser: abbr.
60. Dante's nation
61. Notsm. or Ig.
62. Close's oppo-
site, to a poet
63. Men's
65. Utter lack
67. Churchill, e.g.
70. Run
72. Heat unit
75. 100 centavos
77. Ignited
78. Pointed tool
81. Phantom's
82. King_
84. Water retention
86. Response to
"Get it?"
87. Worked at the
blackjack table
88. Stringed
90. Drink holder
91. Words whose
third letters
are silent
97. Barriers
100. Turncoat
101. RR
102. VP
103. "Camellia
State": abbr.
104. Crimean Turk
106. Spanish cheer
107. Open sponsor:

110. Nightclub
112. Most mature, as fruit
117. Battery size
119. On the_; running
120. Words whose last
letters are silent
125. Cover with a policy
126. Zinnia, marigold or pansy
127. Adversary
128. Strip
129. Type
130. Basilica's feature

1. Gem
2. Dejected
3. Pulitzer-winning playwright
4. Threatened
5. Spotted
6. As limp as _
7. Jay
8. Connecting words
9. Dips lightly into water
10. Antelope with a mane
11. Crash into
12. To the left
13. Cause of distress
14. Celebes ox
16. Use scissors
18. Evans or Blair
19. Feminine address
20. Darby or Novak
21. Slanted
22. Descriptive phrase
27. Method: abbr.

time," said Tara Ray. "And we got
all WETI" exclaimed Gloria
Rounsaville, the WINGS Coordi-
nator in Eastpoint.
They returned to the wet lab to
identify and investigate further
with microscopes, the many fid-
dler crabs, blue crabs, peri-
winkles, pinfish, shiner minnows,
king conch, sand dollars, and
other fascinating sea life. They
learned how each species survives
in its environment and how they
relate biologically to others.
A picnic lunch, volleyball, and
trash clean-up were intermingled
with the sea study, and the day
closed with the creating of a cq-
operative mural illustrating all the
favorite sights of the day, includ-
ing the pelicans, an osprey, and
Ivin R. & Jackie Mathews

30. Morning phenomenon
32. Fish story
33. Canadian prov.
35. Genetic matter
36. Army loo
37. Computer key word
38. Notorious Ugandan
40. Vandyke
41. Object
42. Location
43. Fat
44. Topsy-turvy era
45. Word with meal or bran
46. Clutch
47. Dance style
51. Hans, in Edinburgh
52. Patient's need, for short
53. Watch
55. Actress Anderson
56. Distraught
57. Place
59. Shriver
64. West Indies curses
66. Cave dwellers
67. Spheres
68. Indignant
69. Of one of the senses
71. Shade tree
72. Fishy cape?
73. Act like
74. Grassy spot
76. Sombrero wearer
78. Floating
79. Low dam
80. Loan

83. Smart-alecky
85. U.S. immigrants'
course: abbr.
86. Suffix for favor
or graph
89. Cry of triumph
90. Pronoun
92. Undergarment
93. Make lace
94. In the past
95. Ryan
96. Feared
97. Family man
98. Excuse
99. Burr role
104. Brimless hat
105. Costa _
107. Feather
108. Like poorly
109. Legate's title:
111. Pointed end
113. Ping's follower
114. Type of eagle
115. Made a web
116. Powerful ruler
118. time; never
121. Ending for de-
part or enrapt
122. Slimy one
123. Beverage
124. Haw's partner

Puzzle Features Syndicate

Robinson from page 1
dealt with this defendant for the
last two years that I have been
here. One of the greatest crimes
is that he's seen as a leader here
by the younger people...and they
often choose to emulate what he
does. They see him as a role
model. The state is asking for a
sentence that provides the great-
est amount of protection for the
community." He concluded, "This
erson is overqualified as a Ha-
itual Felony Offender."
Defense Attorney Gregory
Cummings stated that the crux
of the evidence against Robinson
was provided by two co-defen-
dants who made deals with the
state in exchange for their testi-
mony. Cummings requested a
guideline sentence of sixty-eight
to one hundred and three months
in the Department of Corrections
from Judge Davey. He stated that
Robinson's crime was not racially
motivated. Cummings said that
the defendant was intoxicated
when he made racial threats on
August 27.

Richard Robinson, brother to
'Roderick, pled on behalf of his
brother for a fair and reasonable
sentencing. He apologized to the
Shuler family on behalf of his own
family for the pain-and suffering
that they have endured from
Roderick's assault.
Michael Shuler, brother to Alfred,
Jr., requested that the court im-
pose no leniency on the defen-
dant. "This was charged as a Hate
Crime. Apalachicola is a small,
close knit community. I've been
here most of my life. Knowing the
Robinson family as I do makes.
this only tougher."
Alfred, Jr. chose not to attend the
sentencing. However, in a 13 June
Presentence Investigation report,
Alfred, Jr. stated, "I am not able
to function normally now, cannot
work. I feel that the maximum
penalty should be imposed con-
sidering what he did to me." Ac-
cording to the victim impact as-
sessment of the Presentence In-
vestigation Report, Mr. Shuler was
Unconscious for approximately
one month after his August 27
assault. He underwent immediate
physical treatment and received
CAT Scans that documented a
swelling in the brain. When
Shuler awoke, his motion coordi-
nation was destroyed. He is pres-
ently experiencing difficulties in
anger control.
"I don't have any indication that
Mr. Robinson had any hate for
any race," said Judge Davey, "ex-
cept for the statement that was
heard by several people of some-
thing along the lines of 'the first
white person that comes here, I'm
gonna' get him.' "
Davey concluded, "It's awfully
hard to bring harmony to all
people. Unfortunately, things like
this go the other way. It kind of
sets thing back. The things that
Dr. [Martin Luther] King tried to
do just gets set back by cases like
Judge Davey then sentenced
Roderick Robinson to twenty-two
years in the Department of Cor-
rections. He also sentenced
Robinson to ten years of proba-
tion. Robinson was sentenced
under the Habitual Felony Of-
fenders' Act, which means that he
will serve a minimum of eighteen
years. Davey stated that if
Robinson violated his subsequent
probation, he would likely serve
a life sentence.
Davey ordered a restitution hear-
ing to follow within sixty days of
sentencing. At present, Shuler
has in excess of six thousand dol-
lars worth of medical bills and is
receiving further medical treat-
ment. Mr. Robinson's restitution
payment will likely exceed six
thousand dollars. Davey also or-
dered Robinson to pay five thou-
sand dollars for the service of his
Conflict Attorney and two hun-
dred and fifty-five dollars in court

Prison site from page 1
ings. The other site that is appar-
ently no longer being considered
was near Carrabelle and Lake
In a 28 June meeting in Tallahas-
see at DOC headquarters, staff
members referred to some prob-
lems with sewer and water ser-
vices as a major reason for con-
cern at the Carrabelle location. A
final decision on whether Frank-
lin County will be selected as a
site for a new prison facility is
expected very soon. At full opera-
tions, such a facility would require
about 300 employees, generating
a payroll of about $8,000,000
annually, with additional funds
spent on construction and related

Parramore Sentenced

Floyd P. Parramore, the escaped
inmate who turned himself in to
the Apalachicola Police Depart-
ment on June 20, appeared be-
fore Second Circuit Court Judge
William Gary on July 10 for sen-

Parramore was charged with Es-
cape and could have received a
maximum of fifteen years in
prison. He was previously charged
with Violation of Probation for
assault and consuming alcohol
while on probation. Parramore
received thirty-seven months in
prison for his violation of proba-

Parramore pled No Contest as Apalachicola library


Apalachicola library
from page 1

Parramore pled No Contest as
charged and received four years
in prison to run consecutively
with his thirty-seven month pre-
vious sentence with no probation
to follow. "The sentence was
proper," said Assistant State At-
torney Frank Williams.

Bear Captured

in Carrabelle

By Michael Allen, WOYS Radio
Game And Freshwater Fish Com-
mission Officers this morning
forcibly evicted a 175-pound
Black bear from the City of Car
rabelle and relocated her to the
Apalachicola National Forest.
The female bear was caught just
after 9 a.m., 13 July 1995, wan-
dering near Avenue D and 11th
'street East. According to Sheriff
Roddenberry, the bear had made
a few appearances in the City
since last Friday. Some specu-
lated that the bear was coming
into the city to eat worms and dog
food. The bear kept visiting one
house in particular where bait
worms are raised in the back
yard. The worms are fed by dry
dog food spread across the
ground, and the bear basically
decided that buffet-style worms
and dog food beats foraging in the
woods for berries.
Game and Freshwater Fish com-
mission officers tried for two
nights to catch the bear with a live
trap baited with donuts, but the
bear didn't fall for it, so Wednes-
day morning they shot her with
tranquilizer darts.
They wound up shooting her with
enough tranquilizer to knock out
a 350 pound bear. Once the bear
went to sleep, she was loaded up
and hauled off to an area of the
Apalachicola National Forest,
about 30 miles North of Carra-
belle. She woke up at about 12:30
Wednesday afternoon, with a
hangover, two eartags, a tattoo,
and a pulled tooth.

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[Apaiachicola City Commission]
approve the rules or change
them." Holmes responded, "You
may think that, but we do not."
Dakota stated that he would take
his grievances to the city's attor-
ney and to the media. "Go to the
media and see what they'll do,"
replied Holmes.
Board member Wesley Chessnut
then agreed to draft some rules
for the library to be made as
policy. "I truly see no problem
with that."
The Franklin Chronicle then re-
quested that the Apalachicola
Municipal Library give notice of
future monthly meetings. Mr.
Holmes stated that the meetings
were posted on the library's front
door. The Chronicle requested, as
a courtesy to the city, to have fu-
ture meetings broadcast on Oys-
ter Radio.
The Franklin Chronicle also re-
quested whether minutes were
being kept by the Apalachicola
Library Board and submitted to
City Hall, as is required by city
policy. Holmes responded, "I
doubt you'll find any minutes."
Holmes stated that the library
board would be willing to provide
minutes to the city, once a book
was provided.
The board's secretary, who is
Margaret Key, was not present at
the 4 July meeting. Chairperson
Holmes did not appoint a secre-
tary for the meeting, so minutes
were not kept.
Mr. Dakota asked whether their
was an amount of meetings that
a board member could consecu-
tively missed, before they were
dropped from the board. Mr.
Holmes stated that there was no
set policy.
Dakota also asked what the
length of the term was for each
library board member. Holmes
stated that their was no set term
length. "That has been litigated,
several times, and I think the last
city council that took that issue
up decided that board members
served until they quit." He con-
tinued, "But digging up minutes
from the city council these things
are difficult." Holmes thought that
the issue was last addressed
when Roger Newton was Mayor.




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