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Published every other Friday

Franklin chronicle

Volume 4, Number 16

Moving Forward, Sideways

Commissioners Vacillate,
Then Vote to "Review and

Perfect" Resort Village Plan

A report and commentary by Tom W. Hoffer
In a 2.5 hour marathon session plan held in the Franklin County
courtroom, amid arguments for procedure, fairness, patriotism and
lunch, the Board of County Commissioners decided to direct the Fran-
klin County Attorney and County planner "to review and perfect" the
Resort Village Plan so the Board could consider final approval of the
plan at some future meeting. This may take place on 15 August, al-
though Alan Pierce, County Planner, was not sure m a telephone
interview with the Chronicle on Tuesday 8 August.

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11 August 24 August 1995

-County Reaffirms

m Position on Leases

'^H The Franklin County Commissioners held a special hearing at their 1
August meeting to discuss the topic of leasmg bay bottoms for the
purpose of aquaculture.
SApalachicola resident David Jones first addressed the issue: he stated
that he felt "passionately" about the matter Mr. Jones said that the
recent net ban amendment had posed a difficult situation for many
fishermen and that the fishers needed to seek alternate means to
earn a living. 'There are many people who have been put out of work.
heraII.'e of the net ban leolslation: and I'm 'one of those Ipeoolel."

The stolen truck driven by Adam Cantley took a beating
after its' collision with Sgt. Carl Carlson's vehicle.

High Speed Chase Ends

In Eastpoint

The second point of the Commission's action was for Al Shuler and
Alan Pierce to advise the Board what procedure the Board should
follow in reviewing the Phase One plan of Resort Village, submitted
several weeks ago by Dr. Ben Johnson and his attorney, Ben Watkins.
The motion for this action was made by Commissioner Raymond Wil-
liams, seconded by Bevin Putnal, with the final vote 3-2, Braxton and
Tolliver "against" and Williams, Putnal and Mosconis "for".
This was the result of the long meeting which pushed beyond the
"lunch hour", in which two state agencies, the Concerned Property
Owners in the Plantation (a development on St. George Island where
the Resort Village property is located), local residents and spokesper-
sons for Resort Village argued on matters of procedure.
One side of the issue addressed the procedural question, and advo-
cated that an amendment to the Development Order (DO) and land
use plan should occur first, before the Board would review and possi-
bly approve the Phase One Plan. Dr. Johnson and his attorney, Ben
Watkins, argued against the state-oriented process, citing specific
language in the DO which had articulated a process. The site plan
would be reviewed and approved by the Board first, and then land
use/zoning changes would be made under the terms of the 1977 DO.
The entire matter had been discussed by the Board in May when they
decided to follow the decision made by the Governor and Cabinet (in
April), which returned the matter to the local authorities. This was
the outcome of an administrative action involving Resort Village which
had appealed the denial of multifamily housing to Dr. Johnson in
January 1995. Johnson has filed an intention to appeal this decision
by the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Land and Water
Adjudicatory Commission (FLAWAC),a sore point raised on Tuesday,
1 August 1995, by two county commissioners, Mosconis and Brax-
The two state agencies attending the proceedings were the Dept. of
Community Affairs, represented by Sharon Anderson, and the Dept.
of Environmental Protection. The Apalachee Regional Planning Coun-
cil, a "non-state agency," was represented by Mike Donovan. These
agencies interpreted the FLAWAC decision to mean that amendments
were needed to the DO, zoning and the County's Comprehensive Plans.
The Governor and Cabinet decision, however, made no reference to
what procedure should be followed in reviewing the Resort Village
Concerned Property Owners, through their attorney Karen Walker,
argued that the necessary procedure was to await the outcome of a
September hearing on the subject of wastewater treatment, since that
agency in DEP would deal with various issues connected with the
plan and its adequacy in protecting Apalachicola Bay.

It was, however, the displaced seafood workers who advocated the
approval of the Village plan, since they perceived that more jobs would
be available to them through the project. Larry Colson stated, "Did
they consider when they moved here from out-of-state the people who
lived here before them? Did they look at the issues when the net ban
come up? No they didn't. Now, do you think they care whether we
have a job or not? No, they really don't care."
The most vocal preservationists of record at Tuesday's "hearing" were
those in the Concerned Property Owners, which came from the Plan-
tation, a development on St. George Island. They claimed that the
plan presented some unresolved problems endangering the Apalachi-
cola Bay through the wastewater and perhaps, stormwater plans.
Continued on page 3

A Saturday afternoon high speed
chase on 5 August involving the
Gulf County Shenffs Department,
the Port St. Joe Police Department
and the Franklin County Sheriffs
Department ended abruptlyat the
--oemner of Highway a9'Ta Mag-
nolia Bluff In Eastpoint.
Twenty Year Old Robert Adam
Cantley of Port St. Joe was chased
by Gulf County Authorities when
they received information that Mr.
Cantley had allegedly stolen his
sister's white Ford Ranger truck.
Gulf County authorities stated
that the high speed chase had
exceeded one hundred miles per
hour for some of the pursuit.
The chase began in Port. St. Joe,
entered Apalachicola and finally
concluded in Eastpoint. When Mr.
Cantley entered Eastpoint, he
turned off of Highway 98 and onto
Island Drive, which leads to St.
George Island. One Gulf County
officer stated that Cantley prob-
ably knew that he was going to
be "land locked" on St. George Is-
land, and immediately turned
onto South Bayshore Drive in at-
tempt to reach Highway 98.

Major Whitehead
Promoted to Gulf


Major T.E. Whitehead of the Fran-
klin Work Camp will be making a
change in location and in job title
at the end of August. Whitehead,
who began his duties at the Fran-
klin Work Camp on 26 October
1993, will be promoted to the title
of Assistant Superintendent II at
Gulf Correctional Institution.
"The Franklin Work Camp was
definitely a learning experience for
me," said Whitehead, "I came to
Franklin with a positive attitude
and I wanted bring a lot new ideas
and values to the work camp.
Though I think I've learned as
much or more from the people I've
worked with at the Franklin Work
Camp. They have offered a lot of
really fine ideas and they were
very accepting of mine. They've
just treated me real good."
Major Whitehead stated that the
responsibilities of being well or-
ganized, resourceful and an effec-
tive decision-maker at the Fran-
klin Work Camp have prepared
him for the greater responsibili-
ties that await in Gulf County. At

Mr. Cantlev was able to reach
Highway 98. though his flight
from justice abruptly ended as his
Ford Ranger truck met the left
front side of Sgt. Carl Carlson's
Franklin County Sheriffs vehicle.
which h was parked lengthwise
,across Highway 98 m an attempt
to block further access into East-
point: Cantley's vehicle careened
off of the sheriff department's ve-
hicle, crashed into a Magnolia
Bluff street sign and flipped over.
Members from both the Eastpoint
First Responders and the Emer-
ald Coast Hospital ambulance
crew placed Mr. Cantley in an
immobilizing stretcher and took
him to Emerald Coast Hospital.
Cantley was received x-rays and
was reportedly uninjured.
Mr. Cantley was then taken to the
Gulf County Jail. He faces the
charges of Grand Theft Auto, Flee-
ing and Attempting to Allude Po-
lice Officers and Willful and Wan-
ton Reckless Driving.
The Franklin County Sheriffs
Department has estimated the
damage to Sgt. Carlson's vehicle
to exceed twelve hundred dollars.
Robert Cantley may be required
to pay for the vehicle's damage as
restitution or as a civil judgment
at his sentencing.
the Franklin Work Camp,
Whitehead was responsible for
seventy staff members and ap-
proximately two hundred in-
mates. At Gulf Correctional Insti-
tution, Whitehead will be respon-
sible for three hundred staff mem-
bers and thirteen hundred in-
During his term at the Franklin
Work Camp, Major Whitehead has
introduced many new programs,
while maintaining other existing
activities. Whitehead said that he
was very interested in having the
traditional, as well as the newer
programs, active and maintained
at the Franklin Work Camp.
In the interest of providing edu-
cational opportunities to the in-
mate population, Whitehead has
expanded the camp's literacy pro-
: gram by allowing the Franklin
County Adult Reading Program
Continued on page 6

Jones continued, "I think a lot of people are beginning to worry about
the fact that the state and federal governments can, on a whim, turn
[the issue over to the voters, who actually don't have a thing to do
with the water, except to go out here and boat ride."
Mr. Jones stated that he was not in favor of pushing fishermen into
aquaculture. However, he did hope that aquaculture would be a vi-
able form of livelihood for interested fishers at some time. "I'm not
putting this [leasing bay bottoms] in the form of a motion for the
commission today. I'd like to have this placed in a less hostile envi-
ronment, and have it discussed with the commercial fishermen and
oystermen on the basis where they can have their input and where it
can be a more of a friendly type of attitude. The forcible way that this
thing came here and the way it came about, I did not like."
Jones felt that the knowledge accrued from the county's past experi-
ence with aquaculture should not be discarded. "At this point in time,
we do not have a feasible commercial scale aquaculture venture. But
we do have the capability of going out and using the old method,
which is the culch method...and receiving some very good results...fast.
I would love to have an area in this bay that I can go plant culch on or:
do what the state statutes say I can do under the current state stat-
Mr. Jones stated that the net ban was not going to allow all fishermen
to make a living as they have been able able to traditionally. "I think
that if everybody could just be open-minded and consider what has
transpired in the last few months...we've been faced with an alterna-
tive or an ultimatum to go forth and find something that will work,
and to make sure we perpetuate what we have done all of our lives.
And I think if we sit here with tradition, and I'm not against tradition,
we can traditionalize ourselves out of existence. And I never want
that to happen. For the people who make their living off the water, I
think some serious long-term planning has to be done."
In its most successful case scenario, Jones said that aquaculture
could offer a more closely monitored and harvested supply of oysters
at a higher rate of harvesting and with a consistent product quality.
"Those natural bars that are out there need to be maintained and
looked out after. If we don't, what we're gonna' have is a disaster." Mr.
Jones stated that he hoped to learn more about the most productive
area size for aquaculture and the best method for harvesting. "We
still have a lot to learn. It's not an exact science yet." Jones suggested
the possibility of having as much as four areas for aquaculture. He
further suggested having two areas designated on the east and west
end for the purpose of aquaculture. "The reason for that is clam pro-
duction and oyster production... diversification. This seafood indus-
try, if it doesn't start diversifying and looking at these things, it's
gonna' be gone."
Monica Lemieux, a representative for the Seafood Workers Associa-
tion [SWA], read a statement from her father that was in opposition of
leasing bay bottoms:
Continued on page 8

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Published every other Friday


Franklin Briefs

Notes from the 1 August
Franklin County
Commission Meeting

The board of county commission-
ers unanimously agreed to write
a resolution of behalf of the Fran-
klin County Health Department to
request that legislators consoli-
date the seven hundred thousand
dollars that was appropriated for
'both the construction of a health
department in Carrabelle and the
remodeling of Apalachicola's
Health Department.
The Franklin County Health De-
partment was appropriated four
hundred thousand dollars for the
construction of a new facility in
Carrabelle and the balance was
to be appropriated for the remod-
eling of its existing facility In
Health Department Director
Shakra Junejo stated that four
hundred thousand was not
enough to construct a new health
facility. She stated that the Fran-
klin County Health Department
would spend the needed money
from the seven hundred thousand
dollars appropriated on the new
facility, and would spend the bal-
ance on Apalachicola's facility.


Shakra Junejo
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson stated that his depart-
ment was able to remove most of
the paint that was splattered on
Richard Sutcliffe's vehicle by the
city. When Commissioner Brax-
ton asked whether Sutcliffe's ve-
hicle needed to be repainted,
Johnson stated that it did not. "I
inspected the truck and with my
naked eye, I didn't see anything."
Sutcliffe returned, "That's my
truck and they didn't get all the
paint off. In your opinion, you
wasn't even out there looking' at
it.,,You was in your office. You
don't pay the payments on it. You
don't know what it needs. It's been
three months and I've been about
as patient as I could be. I won't
be happy until it's the way it was."
The board unanimously agreed to
have Bill Henderson work to have
Mr. Sutcliffe's car repainted.
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
stated that the county
courthouse's roof had been in-
spected. He said that the inspec-
tor reported the work to be satis-
factory and that a Gold Seal War-
ranty would be issued for the
work rendered.
Mr. Hamilton noted that there was
a small leak in one of the drain-
age pipes on the courthouse roof.
He recommended that the board
release the payment for the roofs
construction [eighty-four thou-
sand dollars], but hold the addi-
tional payment for the
contractor's work of the drainage
pipes [three thousand dollars].
Commissioner Dink Braxton
stated that the contractor had not
provided the board with a perfor-
mance bond. "If you go ahead and
release this money, and all he's
doing is giving his word that he's
gonna' come back here and redo
this. He could just take this
money and run." Commissioner
Braxton suggested having the
contractor provide a written
agreement to repair any possible
defects that may occur after his
work. "We've got a lot of damage
here. And we're talking about a
substantial amount of money that
he's liable for. And he doesn't have
a performance bond or some
other kind of bond."
Chairman Jimmy Mosconis re-
quested that the county attorney
review the matter. County Attor-
ney Al Shuler stated that he would
review the liability factors con-
cerning the work of contractor
Dennis Weaver.
*County Planner Alan Pierce
stated that Baldpoint Road
needed to be moved inland. He
said that moving the road inland
would decrease the rate of its ero-
sion. He also said that, if the road

were moved inland, it would cre-
ate beachfront property for devel-
opers and, thus, Increase the
county's tax base. "As far as I see
it, it's a win-win situation for us,"
said Pierce.
Chairman Jimmy Mosconis sug-
gested abandoning the road and
letting the Mader Corporation
move the road, Commissioner
Raymond Williams countered, "I
don't think we should abandon
the road, because I think it's
gonna' cause a lot of confusion."
Gene Langston stated that the
Mader Corporation would pay for
most expenses, except for labor
expenses of hauling materials and
of clearing land to move the road

inland. "Ya'll have got to decide
what you'll help us with and we'll
do the rest." Langston said that
mostly scrub oak needed to be
cleared. He also said that there
were some wetlands, which he
was not sure if they were juris-
dictional, that had to be worked
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
estimated that it would take three
or four weeks of the county's
workers' time to complete the
work that Langston requested.
The board requested that Mr.
Langston meet with Joe Hamilton
to work out the specifics of the
proposed project. County Attor-
ney Al Shuler said that he could
not have the county's workers
begin work until the easement
were recorded. Mr. Langston
stated that he would have the site
immediately surveyed and begin
preparation to have the site
*The board of commissioners
unanimously agreed to send a let-
ter to the Department of Correc-
tions, which includes such provi-
sions as:
-The board will transfer ownership
of the entire parcel of land next to
the land, with the exception of the
Franklin County Jail and the Fran-
klin County Road Department, to
the Department of Corrections. The
county will be transferring ninety-
five acres of land to the Department
of Corrections. If there is unused
land after the prison is constructed,
the board requested that -the De-
partment of Corrections cooperate
with the county to allow the unused
land to be used for county purposes
[i.e. a recreational complex].
-The board will obtain forty-five
acres of land from the St. Joe Pa-
per Company for staff housing, a
recreational complex and an addi-
tional sprayfield or percolation
ponds for the Eastpoint Water and
Sewer District Plant.
-The board will transfer over to the
Department of Corrections as much
land as is needed to site the prison
and staff housing.
-The board will commit its' re-
sources in obtaining a 1.46 million
dollar grant from the Economic
and Development Administration
[EDA] for improvements to the East-
point Water and Sewer District in
order to accommodate the needs of
the prison site. The commitment is
in the form of a pledge of two hun-
dred and fifty thousand dollars of
Community- Development Block
Grant money that the county has
already been awarded. The board
is aware that the Department of
Corrections intends to provide a
pledge of approximately six hun-
dred thousand dollars to completed
the local match requirements for
the EDA Grant.
-The board has assured that Water
and Sewer will be available to the
prison site by September 1, 1996.
*County Planner Alan Pierce an-
nounced that the Department of
Community Affairs [DCA] has
given approval to the board to
contract with the Seafood Work-
ers Association for the oyster re-
shelling project. "That is the last
hurdle," said Pierce, "to getting,
the seafood workers qualified to
work on this project for us."
*County Planner Alan Pierce an-
nounced that the two Community
Development Block Grants [for
road paving and water and sewer
works] that David Hines had ap-
plied for were denied. Mr. Pierce
noted that the grants, which were
designated for Lanark Village and
Eastpoint, were turned down for
technical reasons. Mr. Hines rec-
ommended that he be allowed to
reapply for the grants in October,
so that he will be able to address
the technical problems listed. The
board voted unanimously to allow
Mr. Hines to reapply for the CDBG
grants in October.
*County Planner Alan Pierce
stated that the Department of
Environmental Protection [DEP]
had proposed grant opportunities
to the Franklin County Planning
Office for recreational land pur-
chasing. Pierce said that the leg-
islature had appropriated more
money for recreational land pur-
chases this year, than it has in

the past. He noted that water ac-
cess property was particularly
emphasized for grant opportuni-
ties. Pierce listed land possibili-
ties as the river access on the
Crooked New River, the waterfront
across from the Indian Mount
subdivision in Eastpoint and wa-
terfront lots in Lanark Village. The
deadline for grant applications is
15 August. The board voted
unanimously to allow the plan-
ning office to apply for the D.E.P.
*The board unanimously agreed
to prepare a resolution of appre-
ciation for Reverend Bateman for
his service on the Franklin
County Planning and Zoning
Board. Reverend Bateman is re-
tiring and moving to North Geor-

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Janice Hicks
Janice Hicks of the Franklin
County Health Department ap-
peared before the Franklin
County School Board at a special
1 August meeting to request one
acre of land for the site of a pro-
posed Carrabelle Health Depart-
ment building.
Ms. Hicks notified the school
board members that she had ob-
tained an assurance from the
Franklin County Commission
that the county would pay the
property transfer fee. Hicks stated
that the reason why the health
department requested one acre of
land was because they had based
the needed land amount on a ten
year plan for the site.
The plan, said Hicks, would al-
low the health department to ex-
pand its facility as well as its park-
ing area.
The board members then voted
unanimously to grant the one acre
property along Fifth Street in Car-
rabelle to the Franklin County
Health Department. "I think it's,
wonderful," said board membef'
Connie Roehr. Chairperson Will
Kendrick noted, "We would like to
think that this was a cooperative
type of situation and that we all;
share in the good blessings of
The board also considered several:
options in the Code of Conduct.
for those students who bring ille-,
gal substances on campus.
After a couple of failed motions
from the board to adopt a policy.
for board members to follow dur-
ing expulsion hearings for drug
possession, Superintendent C.T.
Ponder offered his opinion on the
matter. He stated that tradition-

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The board also accepted the res-
ignation of Coach Shaw Maddox.
However, during discussion,
Chairperson Kendrick mentioned
that he had been told that a con-
siderable debt had been accrued
at a sporting goods store in
Dothan Alabama by the Apalachi-
cola High School Athletic Depart-
ment. Kendrick also maintained
that his information was second-
hand and that there was no va-
lidity to such hearsay.
Both Chairperson Kendrick and
board member Gander felt that
Coach Maddox and former AHS
Principal Ed Duggar would be li-
able for the debt if the purchase
orders were made without prior
approval. Superintendent Ponder
said that he knew that there was
a running bill at the sporting
store, but was unaware of the
debt accrued.
Kendrick said that he had been
told that the sporting store was
instructed to speak only with the
principal or with Coach Maddox
about the debt. Ponder stated that
he had spoken to representatives
at the store. He said that such
running bills were not uncom-
mon. Board member Gander said
that he was told that Maddox re-
quested the Booster Club to pay
the bill and that they agreed to
pay most of it. The board agreed
to table the issue to further ex-
plore the matter.


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ally the board has allowed stu-
dents, who have been brought to
an expulsion hearing, to be per-
mitted to choose substance abuse
counseling over expulsion. "I
would think that the board could
operate in the same way. To hold
the hearing, yet not expel the stu-
Chairperson Will Kendrick sug-
gested that expulsion hearings
should be closed to the public.
Board member Jimmy Gander felt
that the hearing should be closed,
unless the parent requests oth-
erwise. Superintendent also
stated that the parent had the
right to request an open hearing.
Board member Connie Roehr wor-
ried that mandatory hearings may
be violated the rights of the stu-
dents. She stated that it would
better to make such a determina-
tion when the board attorney was
present. "I want to know we're le-
gal," said Roehr. Mr. Ponder said
that he did not believe that the
hearings were in violations of any
of the students' rights.
Board member Willie Speed mo-
tioned to accept Mr. Ponder's rec-
ommendation and the board
voted unanimously in favor.
Board members also tabled the
decision to raise the dollar
amount on purchases having to
go through the bid process from
two thousand to ten thousand
dollars. After an extended discus-
sion, board member Jimmy Gan-
der remained wary of increasing
the purchasing ability without
having to obtain board approval.

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By Professor Wallis H. Clark, Jr.---
Chair; Fisheries and Aquatic
Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences ----

For the past 10 years, the Uni-
versity of Florida has demon- been dedicated to problems re-
strated a strong commitment to lated to the management of
the support of aquaculture and Florida's freshwater lakes, aquac-
fisheries. The Department of Fish- culture and inshore fisheries.
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lege of Veterinary Medicine, De- Laboratory at Marineland, St.
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of Food Science and Human Nu-
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In addition, the Sam Mitchell 2) applied research aimed at the
Aquaculture Demonstration Farm development of diets, and the
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research on economically impor- diagnosing and treating dis-
tant fresh water fish and an IFAS eases of marine animals; and,
multi-county agent assists the 3) education and technology
ornamental fish and aquatic plant transfer.
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The University of Florida's com-
mitment is being continued and
expanded. For example:
1) a large experimental fisher-
ies facility for research and
projects is being built adjacent
to the Department of Fisheries
and Aquatic Sciences;
2) a multi-county agent is be-
ing hired to work with the ma-
rine fisheries and aquaculture
industries in Dixie, Levy, and
Taylor counties;
3) the Department of Fisheries
and Aquatic Sciences is in the
final stages of recruiting an as-
sistant professor to work on es-
tuarine and inshore fisheries;
4) a recruitment has just been
initiated by the College of Vet-
erinary Medicine for a veterinar-
ian to work with the ornamen-
tal fish industry, this position
is being jointly funded by IFAS
and the industry;
5) joint planning efforts between
IFAS, Hillsborough County and
the ornamental industry to es-
tablish a research/extension
center in Hillsborough County;


6) expansion of the Mitchell
Aquaculture Farm with new
ponds and laboratory facilities;
7) the Whitney Laboratory is
planning the construction of an
experimental hatchery and sup-
port facilities.

County Board
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to Eastpoint
Last week, following the 1 August
1995 meeting of the Board of
County Commissioners, Chair-
person Jimmy Mosconis signed a
letter directed to the Eastpoint
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port an approved Community De-
velopment Block Grant (CDBG).
The applicant is to help meet
matching requirements for an
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boat and plans to have it raffled off in mid-October for the
benefit of the Franklin County Adult Reading. Program
[fCARP]. Babbs has participated with FCARP for over a year,
and he hopes that his small water craft will help to raise
funds for the adult reading program in the attempt to help
offset serious budget cuts in FCARP's next program year.
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ture as you drive over Apalachicola River bridge. The growing
sand pile is east of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Navigation
channel. Officially titled at "Disposal Area 2.1", the area has been
a 23 acre open-water disposal site for dredge material from the
Intracoastal Waterway for years.
The island is the result of an agreement among three agencies:
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), the Florida Game and Fresh
Water Fish Commission (GFC) and the Apalachicola National Es-
tuarine Research Reserve (ANERR). "Disposal Area 2.1 has been
a 23 acre open-water disposal site for dredge material from the
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway for years. Agreements among state
and federal agencies were made to keep the site the same size
and provide "overflow" sand to Apalachicola and Franklin County
as buildup continued. The island is also beneficial to shorebirds
and seabirds.
The Oystercatcher is a newsletter of Friends of the Reserve, and
memberships may be obtained by writing them at Post Office
Box 931, Apalachicola, Florida 32320. The Apalachicola National
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Dr. Tom Adams
viewed seriously. "We pay for security on private land that is not pub-
lic access. It isn't enough to sit here today and just basically approve
whatever it is Ben [Johnson] wants to do. You have to follow the pro-
cedures." Gallio concluded, 'You have taken away all of the people's
rights to due process under the planning statutes. When Ben [Johnson]
didn't like what you did about mult-family, he went to the Governor
and Cabinet and to a hearing officer. We'll, why can't the people here
in Franklin County have the same rights. This is a different plan
[than the multi-family complex plan]."
Mr. Johnson explained that he needed another card to play in the
round robin game of review and protest over the Resort Village project.
Dr. Tom Adams asserted that the proceedings sounded more like "Let's
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Resort Village continued from page 1
The presence of state involvement into Franklin County affairs was
once again present within the Commissioner's deliberations, as DCA
representative Sharon Anderson kept returning to the theme which
said that amendments were needed to the DO and the County's Com-
prehensive Plan before the Board could review and approve the Phase
One of the Resort Village Plan.
Ms. Anderson cited a letter signed by a DCA agency head which stated
the same issues presented to the Board at a May meeting. At that
time, the Board brushed that aside and announced to Ben Johnson
and his attorney Ben Watkins, that the Board of County Commis-
sioners would review the plans first without state agency involve-
Commissioner Ed Tolliver was one of the loudest supporters of that
view, yet on Tuesday, 1 August, he was calling to table the entire
review until the state agencies reviewed Dr. Johnson's application for
a permit to construct a wastewater plant to serve the Resort Village
on St. George Island.
Several times, Dr. Johnson and attorney Ben Watkins read the Board's
own 1977 DO which specified that the procedure to follow involved
the presentation of a site plan, and upon approval, a rezoning of the
project. Dr. Johnson and attorney Watkins contended that amend-
ments to the DO were not necessary, citing a 6 page memorandum to
DCA on that subject last January 1995, in which the law on the issue
had been researched.
Johnson claimed that DCA did not want it to get around the state
that under similar circumstances amendments would not be neces-
sary, but the publicity accompanying a "settlement" on those issues
would be alright, since the details are seldom publicized. He claimed
that those problems would be worked out in compromise with DCA
after the Board of Franklin County Commissioners had made their.
Chairperson Jimmy Mosconis made continued references to the Board
following its decision-making within the law, and comply with all state
requirements. Eventually, Mosconis proposed the drafting of a Planned
Unit Development (PUD) in which the public and all other interested
parties would have their input, and scrapping the amendment pro-
cess argued over that morning.
Dr. Johnson reiterated that having to go through a procedural review
and an amendment to the DO was stepping backwards, not forward.
He also reminded the Board that any outside challenge to their deci-
sion would be appealed by Resort Village and that County resources
would not be expended.
With Chairperson Mosconis remaining silent on his position until the
very end of the meeting, the rest slowly evolved their views on the
Resort Village matter. Commissioner Tolliver wanted to table the en-
tire matter and await the outcome of the wastewater review by DEP.
His motion on that point failed to obtain a second.
Commissioner Putnal was concerned with more litigation and re-
mained silent for most of the meeting. Commissioner Williams wanted
to vote up or down on the application and kept urging a vote but the
deliberations turned in and around the procedural issues. It was his
motion that was finally adopted, with some editing advice by the
County Attorney.
Commissioner Braxton stated that he was confused because the DCA
and the FLAWAC were sending mixed signals. The Governor and Cabi-
net had sent the case back to the county to be decided as a county
matter. However, he noted that the DCA, which he termed the "right
hand" of the Governor and Cabinet, was still involved. Braxtontold
Johnson that he would consider approving the project when Mr.
Johnson obtained a wastewater treatment plant permit. settled the
issue of storm water management and dropped his lawsuit against
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Edi trial and Commen

Confusion and Indecision

Haunt Board of County


While the result of Tuesday's (1 August 1995) meeting of the Board of
County Commissioners was probably the best response to the Resort
Village application for site plan approval, given the circumstances
and indecision of the Board, the Franklin County Commission has
once again demonstrated that it can easily put off a decision by del-
egating the matter to "a committee" or other entity. This time, the
Commissioners voted to defer the matter of reviewing the Resort Vil-
lage proposal to a committee of two, County Attorney Al Shuler and
County Planner Alan Pierce. At their initiative, presumably, the vari-
ous parties, including State of Florida agencies, Dr. Ben Johnson, his
lawyers, and the County representatives will sit down and hash out
some kind of "solution" to the matter.
Dr. Johnson's goals are fairly clear; he wants the County to approve
his Phase One plan for developing about ten acres of land in the
middle of the St. George Plantation as a commercial project. He has
stated on many occasions that he intends to exploit his vested rights
in his commercial development, and indeed the Governor and Cabi-
net, sitting as the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission
(FLAWAC), returned the matter to the County to be reviewed locally.
Resort Village was also seeking approval of its concept of the com-
mercial development, at least through Phase One, which has been
widely publicized for the last several weeks. Returning this matter to
the local level for land use determination seemed to be entirely con-
sistent with earlier pronouncements on the land use matter, and es-
pecially "localism."
As the hearing was getting underway, the spector of State agency
review was once again brought forward, focusing on the issue of the
wastewater treatment facility. A hearing on this specific issue is sched-
uled for September. Someone argued, why not wait until that matter
was resolved? Now, the scenario of what appeared to be a fairly or-
derly and strictly local procedure, with appropriate reviews built in
as the project climbed the approval hierarchies toward the state lev-
els (read into this, the Dept. of Environmental Protection -DEP-
and the Dept. of Community Affairs -DCA-) the discussion returned
to the old saw about the village plans having to go through an amend-
ment to the Development of Regional Impact, (DRI) and an adjust-
ment to the Comprehensive Plan. The decision by the Governor and
Cabinet said nothing about this side-trip except to emphasize that
the local county board was to review the matter, first. Indeed, some
opinion was stated in earlier meetings that the county commission
could decide on its own to eliminate an amendment to the develop-
ment order.
The opposition to Dr. Johnson's plans moved quickly, asserting that
the DRI amendments were now necessary, adding considerable con-
fusion to some of the beleaguered county commissioners. Mr. Ed Tol-
liver wanted to table the whole thing and wait for the wastewater
treatment decision in September. Dink Braxton confessed to general
confusion about the order in the process of approval. Of course, the
DCA representative, Ms. Anderson, claiming to be operating accord-
ing to requirements of state law, insisted that an amendment to the
DRI had to be made. This agency was the supervising entity that
reviewed the county's decisions under the rubric of "an Area of Criti-
cal State Concern." We don't mean to suggest that all of their actions
should be condemned. DCA has been very helpful to Apalachicola,
along with other agencies, in getting a solution to the city's wastewa-
ter treatment problem, and so on. The point is that this interference
side-tracked the County Commission's ability to carry out a funda-
mental review which is quite consistent with the value of local deter-
mination of land use matters. These reviews can occur after such
review, but their participation served more to create barriers and stone
walls to an orderly determination of the entire project, and sidetracked
the intent of the Governor and Cabinet, among other entities.
I invite attention to this recent role of DCA in local matters, and con-
demn their meddling in Franklin County affairs at inappropriate times,
such as the last meeting. I recognize that this agency while fast be-
coming obsolete in terms of state money required to operate its bu-
reaucracy, has to interfere in local matters so it can continue to
justify the maintenance of its bureaucracy, and drain valuable state
Interestingly, the matter of amending the comprehensive plan was
another "catch 22" game, since this set of regulations was initially
created by the planners in their agency, and others, as a monument
to be crossed through, adding more to the endless flow of paper, re-
ferred to as the "review process." Given the opposition to the Resort
Village project as it stands now, a formidable opposition at that, the
role of DCA is more irrelevant at this stage of local approval, since the
opposition has already brought up various issues for the local deci-
sion-makers to consider. And, as the matter "goes up the ladder" of
review, the DCA role can manifest a useful function, provided there is
evidence to support some arguments against the Village project. At
the Tuesday meeting at least two state bureaucrats added to the
Commissioner's confusion.

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"Discussion" on Aquaculture

Becomes a Replay of Past


While the idea of Jimmy Mosconis to "discuss aquaculture" at the 1
August 1995 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners was a
good one, and long overdue, last Tuesday's forum did not work out
very well. The end result was a series of complaints and recollections
from the 1989-1992 demonstration project led by the Harbor Branch
Oceanographic Institute from Fort Pierce, who took the brunt of the
criticism. The Commission reaffirmed their opposition to leases in
Apalachicola Bay by voting once again not to permit leases.

\\'hat happens to the "localism" aspect of the entire decision-mnaking'
It gets swallowed up ini the alphabet soup of DCA, DEP-even before
the Board can act. And, it worked. The opponents of the Resort Vil-
lage project were wearing big smiles because this situation devel-
oped into another delay.
The opposition to the Resort Village is no longer against condomini-
ums of "multi-family" housing as it once was, but it now manifests
total opposition to the Resort Village development, as a commercial
development. And I wonder how many have been mislead by this new
Dr. Johnson clearly has the right to develop his property commer-
cially. Everyone seems to nod in agreement t that statement and yet
the arguments crop up here and there, now complaining about pro-
cess and procedure: Well, the Governor and Cabinet mandated that
the process begin at the county-level by the elected Commissioners.
Indeed, there were agreements between DCA and Resort Village, no
longer valid, but nevertheless signed by Linda Shelley and others
completely agreeing to the density and other matters. Can an agency
agree to one set 'of standards in April and turn around and demand
other standards in May or August?
Is local decision-making to be jettisoned completely in favor of the
almighty state agency representatives before local participation has
been started? The Commissioners were still mesmerized by these "state
arguments" that the Commission itself would be embroiled in litiga-
tion if they did not follow the recommended process according to the
gospel spread by DCA, DEP, the Apalachee Regional Planning Coun-
cil and others. Even the attorney for the Concerned Property Owners
offered advice portending lengthy County litigation until sharply re-
buked by Johnson's attorney Ben Watkins, who argued that Dr.
Johnson would lead the defense of any approval actions the County
might make. But, the rhetoric had already led the Commissioners
into confusion and indecision.
The confusion was so apparent that few noticed that anything had
been argued against the merits of the Phase One Plan. Other than the
arguments about wastewater and stormwater approvals, no specific
complaints were given by the opposition, except vague Mother-and-
apple pie arguments about "rights" and "procedure." Those argu-
ments are more appropriate for review and appeals, if indeed, due
process was not observed.
There is considerable disagreement on whether the Development Or-
der ought to be amended or not. This disagreement does not invali-
date the county's initial review.

The debate could better focus on the balance that must be arrived at,
preserving the privacy of the Plantation as well as the marketplace
requirements to generate enough cash flow to maintain the facilities
and offer new amenities to the entire County, not just the Plantation.
Even from the Plantation's viewpoint, Resort Village could conceiv-
ably relieve the over-taxed homeowners the burden of constructing
another clubhouse for membersonly, so over-ridden with visitors is
the present one.
Some of these matters clearly involve the Plantation itself, but some-
times, arguments against Resort Village are more latent than real
when presented to the county at large, when they ought to be limited
to the Plantation itself. Yes, there are deep disagreements within that
environment with justification but often, these unstated views lob in
clumsy fashion into county politics. Dr. Johnson has already elimi-
nated the multi-family housing, a matter of sharp disagreement at
one time. At the Tuesday meeting, some voiced support for the Resort
Commissioner Raymond Williams urged the Commissioners to vote
the proposal up or down, but there was considerable hesitation.-
So, instead of taking action on the proposal, the Commission grabbed
for a compromise position to get out of the way. Commissioner Mosco-
nis recommended that Alan Pierce, County planner, and Al Shuler,
County attorney, bring the parties together to "review and perfect" a
solution at a later date.
Alan Pierce was already confronting an approaching hurricane, as he
is also involved with Emergency Planning. Attorney Shuler has many
other matters to attend to, including the long overdue work on redis-
tricting. And, the decision-to-refer the matter to the newly and latently
appointed "County executives'8, Pierce and Shuler, was very consis-
tent with past commission practices. Such a referral simply post-
pones the inevitable decision and it helps the Commissioners to es-
cape from dealing with tough questions. They would rather send ev-
eryone home happy. I think some of them need to do more home-
work, such as reading the Phase One plan, tojustify the salaries they
collect. Some do, some do not.
By so doing, the Franklin County Commission avoided the opportu-
nity to deal directly, to deal locally with an important decision, while
preserving the rights of everyone in the process, including Dr. Ben
Johnson, who has patiently awaited due process too.
Tom W. Hoffer

$2500+ Tossed

Into Apalachicola

On Wednesday, 9 August, Lee
McKnight was walking in his yard
at about 8 a.m. He stopped,
looked down at his feet and came
to behold a pile of green bills cov-
ering his green, green grass, Mr.
McKnight brought the money to
WOYS radio in Eastpoint, where
it was counted. He then had the
local authorities summoned. Over
$2500 had been in the pile. And
at present, the money is "in cus-
tody" for about 90 days, awaiting
a claim. If this remains un-
claimed, the money would revert
back to Mr. McKnight. Lee has an-
nounced that the money is not
his, so he would likely give it to
the Franklin County Animal Shel-
ter and Franklin County Library.
For Mr. McKnight, the discover
was a surprise that even his
morning coffee could not prepare
him for. And it also was a testi-
mony to his integrity, for many of
us would have made the next two
car payments and had change for
a Grand Slam breakfast at
Denny's. But in the meantime, the
rest of us will have to keep on
looking for that cherubic grin of
Ed McMahan to visit our mailbox.

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David Jones

David Jones, one of the litigants in the lawsuit challenging the county's
authority to veto leases in the Bay, responded to Mr. Mosconis' re-
quest for "discussion" and began the colloquy. He argued that de-
spite all the mistakes of the past in regard to Franklin County aquac-
ulture, the culch method was a workable one. More importantly, he
urged leasing of some portions of the Bay because the future for the
local oyster industry was far from certain and that state agencies, or
environmentally stimulated votes could easily close-off oystering in
the future, as the "net-ban" Amendment to the Florida Constitition
had done to shrimpers.
Jones also pleaded for less hostility to the idea of aquaculture, and
more cooperation to find solutions to the problems associated with
acquaculture. But, for other reasons, the other participants were bent
on rolling over the simmering coals of the past and completely ignor-
ing the need for future planning.
Mr. Mosconis chided one protestor who appeared at the meeting to
"eliminate the subject of leasing and aquaculture once and for all."
Mr. Mosconis reminded the disgruntled oysterman that the subject
of leasing could come up anytime before the Board and that the Board
may vote one way now, and two years later, vote another way.
AWai AM ; 3

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Lloyd Carpenter

Lloyd Carpenter lost none of his zeal to critically review the "failure"
of the Harbor Branch led project in Franklin County, citing his own
data that only "three bags of commercially salable oysters had been
generated." Others seemed more content to roam the hallways say-
ing, 'They're giving the Bay away" as they relished the opportunity to
spread falsehood to the shell fishermen. The meeting was merely dis-
cussing the subject, but a vote was taken anyway.
That vote can be changed as the composition of the Commission
changes. That is fundamental to the democratic process.
Some did not attend the meeting. Richard Noble, a critic of the dem-
onstration project of some years back was one who chose not to at-
tend. He is too busy making a living at a new trade. When you pass
HOBO's Ice Cream Parlor, stop by for a cone. I have. They aregr|t-
Especially the low-fat Yogurt ones. And, you will be supporting a local
business trying to make it on a hot afternoon. Corner of Airport Road
and Highway 98, Carrabelle 904-697-2776. Richard's poetry against
the aquaculture project was pretty intense, sensitive, and sometimes
funny. Yet, he did not want to revisit the past. He is working on a new
Overall, the session did not contribute to even starting a useful dia-
logue on the subject. Very few have been willing to cooly and collec-
tively discuss the past mistakes in a way that can be of some benefit
for the future. While other counties and countries capture world
markets in shellfish, the output from Apalachicola Bay can poten-
tially suffer from short-sighted and parochial thinking. The excerpted
data from the Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services ought to
sober some thought about the future of Franklin County in seafood
Where are the visionaries? David Jones is one. Aquaculture and leas-
ing can involve more than one species. There are clams, fin fish of all
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Aquaculture continued from page 4
types that can be aquacultured. Perhaps jellyfish could be added to
the list. Not all may be suitable for this environment. Diversification
is the name of the game in this economic climate, another point made
by Mr. Jones, but his message fell on deaf ears, some of whom be-
longed to the County Commissioners themselves.
A good idea can never be buried. The discussions and perhaps some
actions will be promoted into the future. It is a tragedy so much effort
is used to fight aquaculture when cooperation could provide greater
benefits for future fishermen and farmers. Will it be too late for the
fishing industry in Franklin County? I hope not.
Tom W. Hoffer

Options in Fisheries

and Aquaculture

Despite the Franklin County Commission's reaffirmation against leases
of any type in Apalachicola Bay, the Chronicle presents excerpts of a
report from the Tallahassee based Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture
because it offers options for those currently engaged in the local sea-
'food industries. You may want to contact the bureau for the full re-
port, which also includes a number of names and addresses and leads
to additional information.

Prepared by
Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture
2051 East Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32310-3760
Fax 904/922-3671
(Prepared March 1995, revised May 1995. This report will be continually re-
vised and expanded. Please call us for the latest version.)
The Bureau is investigating ideas, simple and complicated, that may provide
profitable and productive work to people who know and love the sea. Some of
these ideas involve harvesting fish, plants, or invertebrates that traditionally
have not been considered marketable items. When looking at these species,
we must be mindful that in some cases not much is known about their life
histories, abundance, or ability to reproduce. We are working to involve knowl-.
edgeable marine scientists in this effort to avoid creating future marine re-
source management and fishery conflicts.
Aquaculture, the farming of fish, plants, and invertebrates, is another avenue
to pursue. Some economic investigation has been accomplished for clam farm-
ing but little solid information is available regarding other species and culture
systems. Generally, the work and knowledge required to farm marine spe-
cies is more than most people realize, depending on culture system and
species a number of permits and licenses are required and until the farm
is productive there may be little to no income. You will quickly realize that
it is very difficult to produce finfsh at costs competitive with market value,
but some species do have market values that justify a small business. We are
working to identify those species, culture systems, and markets.
Please call or write us if you are in doubt about what we have written, have
other suggestions for us to investigate, or just want to talk to some one. Indi-
viduals identified in this paper as the contact on a certain topic will be glad to
assist you. To receive updates, workshop notices, reports, and other informa-
tion, please call Martha Jean Martin in our bureau, 904/488-0163.
The Florida Sea Grant Extension Service has multi-county Marine Agents avail-
able to answer technical, production, and biological questions regarding ma-
rine species.
The Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security has hired people
to work at the local level to supply information about employment, training
and economic benefit availability. Attached is a list of Fisheries Industry As-
sistance Specialists, their address and phone and counties they serve.
Alternative Fisheries

Live and Frozen Marine Baits
A variety of baits are used by commercial and recreational fishermen. Frozen
baits include cigar minnows, chum, mullet, ladyfish, shrimp, menhaden, etc.
Live baits can include shrimp, pinfish, grunts, fiddler crabs, lugworms, dollar
crabs, sand fleas, etc. These baits can have a high market value and excellent
demand. A problem cited by retailers has been undependable supply which
indicates an opportunity for service-oriented businesses to enter the market.
Two bureau representatives surveyed market potential for the Panhandle and
Big Bend Region (Parrish Barwick, 904/488-0163) and the middle Gulf Coast
(Hank McAvoy, 813/724-1582). Please contact them for information regard-
ing live and frozen marine bait markets and opportunities.

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Top Ten COunties .
in Seafood Harvest".

S-..-County 'Total Lbs

No. I ... .............. ........ onro0 e .................... 19,437,035.

SNo. 2 ............................. Gulf . 7229,08

No. 3 ...........................' Pincllas .. ..... .......:,13,2167367
No. .............. ............. ay.................. 11,780,089
No. 5 ........... ................. Bredm ............ .......... 82,914

o.6 ......... .............. ........ .., ,1 0,008

.No. ...... ............... Manatee...................... I8,530,924
No. 5 ........................... DBr rd ........................ 5,582,91372

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No. 8 ..... "........Dl................... 5,508,372

SNo9 ....................... lillshoough .............. 5,397,259

No. 10 ........................ Franklin .................... 5,108,267

Source: Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Among Leaders in

1993 Seafood Production

The Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services is sporting a brand
new brochure about Florida Agriculture. One particular section on
seafood is reprinted here, reciting 1993 statistics in seafood produc-
tion, The figures are preceded with the following language: "Florida
consistently ranks among the top 10 states in fresh seafood produc-
tion with an average harvest of nearly 200 million pounds, and a
dockside value of more than $200 million... The total economic im-
pact of Florida's seafood production is over $1 billion annually, and
creates more than 25,000 full-time and 15,000 part-time jobs".

The cannonball jellyfish is looking like a good candidate for a new fishery. The
Japanese and other Asian cultures eat processed jellyfish and there may be
an interest in jellyfish derived products for medical use. It would be very help-
ful and we would appreciate you calling the bureau to tell us when (months of
the year), how plentiful, and where (distance from shore) the jellyfish are in
your region. Please ask for Paul Zajicek or Charles Thomas (904/488-0163).
Marine Life
There exists a demand for colorful marine fish, crabs, shrimps, starfish, anemo-
nes and other critters for the saltwater aquarium trade. The Marine Fisheries
Commission has a rule Identifying those species which cannot be collected
and sold. For a copy of the marine life rule, please contact the Marine Fisher-
ies Commission at the address below. Further investigation is needed to de-
termine which species is most valuable and how it should be collected, handled,
packaged, and sold. It is apparent that some species can be collected in in-
shore waters but others are collected using scuba on offshore reefs. A Re-
stricted Species Endorsement and a special Marine Life Endorsement are
needed for your Saltwater Products License to enter this fishery. Marine Life
Endorsements expire on June 30th of each year and are available for a fee of
$75. For information contact the Department of Environmental Protection
The Marine Fisheries Commission
2540 Executive Center Circle W. #106
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Department of Environmental Protection
Saltwater License Section
3900 Commonwealth Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
The Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association has several members who buy
and sell marine life. You could advertise your interest in becoming a marine
life collector through their newsletter or request a listing of their marine life
handlers. The contact is:
Mr. David Boozer
Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association
Post Office Box 1519
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
The contact for the Florida Marine Life Collectors Association is:
Mr. Ken Nedimeyer, Chairman
P. 0. Box 712 A P
Tavernier, Florida'33070
We are working on the market size, buyers and species list. For additional
information, contact Alan Peirce (904/488-4033) or Jim Smith (904/488-0163).
Blue Crab
As you probably know certain areas of Florida are heavily crabbed. Entering
the blue crab fishery will depend on your region and your relationship with
established crabbers. Soft-shell blue crabs can be produced by purchasing
peelers from existing blue crabbers or catching hard-shell crabs and holding
them in land-based tanks or floating water pens until they molt. Your local
Sea Grant Marine Extension Agent will have copies of soft-shell crab publica-
tions prepared by the Florida Sea Grant Extension Service. Contact your local
Marine Patrol Office or DEP, Saltwater License Section, to determine the regu-
latory and license requirements necessary to enter these fisheries. More re-
search is needed on the market strength of the soft-shell crab and Hank McAvoy
(813/724-1582) or Parrish Barwick (904/488-0163) will have current market

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A Followup On a Bureacratic

This is In three parts. The first is an excerpt from a Chronicle story
about the requested fiscal audit on Emerald Coast Hospital last No-
vember (1994).
member (1994). Commissioners Bend

to Public Pressure:
Emerald Coast Hospital to be Audited by State

The 15 November meeting of the Franklin County Commission was
packed with an undeniable "Pro-Audit" crowd. The event was a con-
tinuation of the 1 November meeting In which Dr. Tom Curry re-
quested an independent audit due to what he felt was a mismanage-
ment of Emerald Coast Hospital's Trammell Funds.

County Attorney Al Shuler began the discussion by listing three o
tions that the commissioners could'choose from to obtain an audit
report. Shuler Informed the commission that they could request a
state agency to conduct the audit. He also told the board that they
could conduct the report themselves or use the audit prepared by
Price Waterhouse. Attorney Shuler stated that Price Waterhouse was
one of the top five accounting firms In the nation and that their report
would be provided to the commissioners free of charge. Commis-
sioner Tolllver expressed a"n Immediate interest in the ,Price
Waterhouse report. Resident Janice Hicks said that she could con-
tact a state agency to do an Independent audit Commissioner Tolllver
responded. "that would be good, then we could get one audit) from
Price Waterhouse and the state." Resident Marie Marshall reminded.
Price Waterhouse Is the accounting firm employed by Provident Medi-
cal Corporation. We're looking ata conflictof Interest. I think." Com-
missioner Tolliver questioned Marshall's statement and maintained
that the county needed to seek a free audit report.
Then, Part Two shows excerpts from the letter by County Attorney Al
Shuler, directed to Marshall E. Kelley, requesting the audit.
Re: Emerald Coast Hospital
Dear Mr. Kelley:
The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners has directed
me to request that HRS conduct a fiscal audit on Emerald Coast
The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners has received
complaints about the operations of Emerald Coast Hospital at sev-
eral of its recent meeting.
Alfred O. Shuler
County Attorney
Part Three presents excerpts from Mr. Kelley's reply, dated March 10,
1995, in which he "recognizes" the "concerns regarding the distribu-
tion of Rural Hospital Disproportionate Share Funds."
RE: Emerald Coast, disproportionate Share Funds
Dear Mr. Shuler:
We recognize your concerns regarding the distribution of Rural Hos-
pital Disproportionate Share funds. We have reviewed your con-
cerns within the context of authority and responsibility of the Agency
for Health Care Administration derived from Florida Statutes.
The entitlement criteria for additional payments to rural hospitals
through the disproportionate share program are derived from Sec-
tion 1923 of the Social Security Act as implemented in the state by
Florida statutes. Copies of the sections of the Florida Statutes
(s.409.911, s.409.116 and s.409.918) pertaining to this issue are
enclosed for your convenience. The programenabling legislation is
also reflected in the Florida Title XIX Inpatient Hospital Reimburse-
ment Plan (the Plan) as required by federal regulations; a copy of
the Plan is also enclosed.
From the enclosed material you may confirm that the basic con-
cept underlying the disproportionate share program-is that the ad-
ditional payments are for previously uncompensated services ren-
dered to a "disproportionate share" of Medicaid and charity cases.
Ideally, the additional compensation will enable them to compete
on a more equitable basis with those who provide less uncompen-
sated services to the community.
We understand your position concerning disproportionate share
payments to the Emerald Coast facility and have briefed everyone
concerned on what.the underlying issue is from your point of view.
We regret that we are unable to be of further assistance to you in
this matter. ..
Marshall E. Kelley
Director of Medicaid

Asian buyers are very interested in locating supplies of live glass and elver
stage eels. Glass stage eels are extremely small and transparent juvenile eels.
When the glass stage eel develops the dark olive color like the adult, it is called
an elver. The glass eels and elvers can be trapped and sold live by the kilogram
to Asian and U.S. farms that grow-out the eel for food or bass bait (U.S. farms
only). This fishery is a seasonal harvest and the value of the young eels is
quite high. The Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission has specific
regulations prohibiting the use of certain nets within their jurisdiction. For
information contact: Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission 620 South
Meridian Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-160C 904/488-4066
Adult eels can be trapped during a season of October to March and have a
market value of $2.50 to $2.75 per pound in mixed sizes. Traps are wire mesh
(1 inch x 1/2 inch) and baited with female horseshoe crabs or other crab
parts. Buyers want live product. Eels are sold for domestic consumption (Ital-
ians prepare a traditional eel recipe at Christmas) or overseas to buyers. For
additional information call Alan Peirce (904/488-4033).

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Sea Urchins and Sea Cucumbers
There is an export market for limited species in Asian countries (primarily
Japan). Diving, usually scuba, and gathering by hand are methods for har-
vesting. Potential buyers require evaluation before purchasing. The National
Marine Fisheries Service currently feels the resource is limited and may not
withstand heavy fishing. There are no federal or state restrictions on the com-
mercial fishing of sea cucumbers or urchins in the South Atlantic or Gulf
waters. A Marine Life and Restricted Species Endorsement from the Marine
Fisheries Commission is required. The Longspine Urchin is protected. Hank
McAvoy (813/724-1582) can answer market questions and has a list of poten-
tial buyers.

Aquaculture, growing animal and plants in fresh or marine waters, is an op-
tion. In Florida freshwater tropical fish and aquatic plants for aquarium hob-
byists are the largest segments of the industry.
Farming hard shell clams as a food item or small "seed" clams for other farm-
ers to purchase is a growing aquaculture segment. Currently there is a short-
age of seed clams. Two regions of the state are centers for clam culture: Cedar
Key and the Indian River from Merritt Island south to Vero Beach. Farming
clams requires leasing submerged bottom lands from the state. Production of
seed clams is a land-based activity that requires a greater level of technical
expertise to mass culture varieties of algae to feed the larval clams. For a
package to begin the process of leasing lands, contact Mark Berrigan or Wanda
Prentis at:
Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Marine Resources Regulation & Development
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI), a not-for-profit organiza-
tion which conducts marine research in many fields including aquaculture,
has provided much of the technology used in Florida to grow clams. The HBOI
staff were the managers and trainers of out of-work fishermen in Cedar Key
under Project OCEAN (Oysters/Clam Education Aquaculture Network). Over
a three-year period, they conducted an integrated classroom and field train-
ing program from which 170 fishermen graduated. Project OCEAN officially
closed at the end of 1993, but a land-based field nursery is operated on Cedar
Key to provide seed clams to area farmers. For clam and oyster farming infor-
mation, please contact:
Dr. David Vaughan
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Inst.
5600 U.S. Highway 1 North
Ft. Pierce, Florida 34946
407/465-2400 ext. 400, Fax 407/466- 1506
Ms. Leslie Sturmer
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Inst.
Post Office Box 89
Cedar Key, Florida 32625
For clam marketing information, contact Alan Peirce (904/488-4033).
Live Rock
Live rock is a product harvested from the rubble zone of coraline reefs. The
rock is dead coral, a highly porous calcareous material, that breaks off from
the reef and becomes thoroughly inhabited by invertebrates, algaes, etc. Har-
verers gather the rock, pack it fresh, or scrub it of loose material (called
"ciling"J, and sell it to saltwater aquarium hobby shops. In addition to its
beauty, live rock has proven to aid aquarium hobbyists in maintaining water
quality in marine tanks. Recently, state and federal management agencies
have moved to stop the collection of live rock. The Florida Sea Grant Exten-
sion Service and the Department of Environmental Protection have performed
some work on the feasibility of culturing live rock. In essence, some kind of
"rock" is ferried out to an offshore site and placed on the bottom. Over time
little critters inhibit the "rock", and then the owner gathers and sells it. There
are several questions that need answering: What kind of "rock" works best?
How long does it have to remain on the bottom? Is the cultured rock valuable
enough to make all this worthwhile? The Department of Environmental Pro-
tection has a separate program for leasing submerged lands for live rock cul-
ture (same contact as already listed but different lease package). Contact your
local Marine Agent for reports on live rock aquaculture and call Alan Peirce
(904/488-4083) or Jim Smith (904/488-0163) for more information.

Unfortunately, the money needed to get into the farming of marine fish is
substantial. In addition, there are few marine fish species that can be farmed
on a practical basis or have a market value to justify the investment. Many
people are hopeful that this will change primarily through reduced produc-
tion costs. Potential production systems include ponds, recirculating tanks,
and off-shore net pens. Each of these systems has been proven to be economi-
cally viable in other parts of the world. The use of net pens in Florida waters
will require a water column lease from DEP. Contact Mark Berrigan (904/
488-5471) for lease information. Contact Alan Peirce (904/488-4033) or Paul
Zajicek (904/488-0163) for more information regarding marine finfish farm-
Freshwater farming of catfish, hybrid striped bass, bream, largemouth bass
fingerlings and tilapia is carried out in Florida. Largemouth bass fingerlings
can be sold in Florida to stock private water bodies for fishing. Adult large-
mouth bass, live or processed, cannot be sold. The money needed to start
upland fish farming depends on the site (land costs), permitting (also site
related), farm construction, wells, etc. The best source of information to de-
velop a pond farm is:
Dr. Andy Lazur
Mitchell Aquaculture Farm
Route 2, Box 754
Blountstown, Florida 32424
904/674-3184, Fax 904/674-3366
Dr. Lazur has reports developed with the help of agricultural economists that
discuss the costs of building a catfish farm in North Florida.
Freshwater tropical fish farming is the largest segment of Florida aquaculture
with approximately 200 producing farms. A multi-county Aquaculture Exten-
sion Agent is stationed near Tampa to assist the industry. For information on
tropical fish aquaculture or the handling and packing of marine species, please
Mr. Craig Watson
Hillsborough County Extension Office
5339 County Road 579
Seffner, Florida 33584
813/744-5519, Fax 813/744-5776

There is a southern bait worm very similar to the northern blood worm called
the lugworm, Arenicola cristata. Florida Sea Grant did some work on this crit-
ter several years ago. There may be a potential to produce the worm and
market it to bait shops or through the bait shrimp distributors who work up
and down the coast. We are gathering information on this species. Please call
Paul Zajicek (904/488-0163) for additional information.
Bait Shrimp
Florida has three native shrimp: brown, white and pink. Worldwide two spe-
cies make up the farmed shrimp supply: Penaeus monodon and P. vannameL
These shrimp are not natives and the culture of them in Florida may be heavily
regulated. Non-native shrimp which might escape from captivity could affect
native stocks through genetic pollution or disease.
Some work has been accomplished in South Carolina farm raising white shrimp
as a bait for recreational anglers, but little information is available regarding
its feasibility or potential in Florida. We are working to gather that informa-
tion. Please contact Paul Zajicek (904/488-0163) for current information.

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High tech scientists are excited by
the potential to produce new or
improved products from unusual
seafood products or byproducts.
The cannonball jellyfish is so com-
mon in the Gulf of Mexico and
South Atlantic watersduring late
summer that it clogs power plant
intakes, causes offshore shrimp-
ers all sorts of headaches and lit-
ters Florida's sandy beaches with
dead and dying jellyfish. Recent
work by researchers in Florida
and Virginia have found the jelled
substance making up the can-
nonballs body and tentacles is an
excellent source of a specific type
of protein called collagen.
Collagen is an important compo-
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bone. Collagen derived from beef
and pork byproducts yields a wide
variety of materials used during
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medical community because of its
potential for providing high qual-
ity and disease and pathogen-free
materials. Additional work has to
be done to prove the acceptabil-
ity of jellyfish collagen for medi-
cal uses, but in the near future
you may thank commercial fish-
ermen for providing these beau-'
tiful and unusual sea creatures
to make scars invisible, bones
stronger and teeth last longer.
Another biotechnical application
is under investigation to recycle
seafood processing byproducts.
Researchers based in Pennsylva-.
nia have found treasure-in this
odoriferous trash through the use
of a :niaineyeast. The recipe is
simple: take a ton of seafood
waste, add yeast and sugar, mix
it up, wait 17 to 18 hours and the
result is proteins broken down to
their basic chemical components:
peptides and amino acids. Best of
all as the yeast does its work de-
lightful champagne-like aromas
are produced. The yeasts elimi-
nate other bacteria and the final
product is pathogen-free. It is so
clean that when properly stored
it has a very long shelf-life and is
not susceptible to spoilage.
Depending on the quality of the
seafood wastes fermented two dif-
ferent markets can be targeted.
Processing scraps produce a high-
quality substitute for fish meal in
animal feeds. This substitute is
easily digestible, very palatable to
animals and has the perfect par-
ticle size for easy incorporation
into a feed. Pure muscle protein,
skin-off fillets, yield a high-qual-
ity, toxinfree food supplement
suitable for use by individuals
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tissue regeneration disorders and
conditions typical of famine. The
key to the success of this supple-
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mediate availability of crucial nu-
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replenish depleted protein re-

The G.E.D. Program was also in-
vigorated under Whitehead's su-
pervision. Major Whitehead noted
that two inmates had recently
graduated from the program.
In an effort to provide positive and
constructive recreational activi-
ties to the inmate population,
Whitehead began a musical tal-
ent show in which the best and
brightest inmate musicians were
allowed to perform brief skits.
"That idea came from Officer
Moore," said Whitehead, "the staff
reaffirmed that we could do such
an event. I weighed the positives
against the negatives and found
that the positives far outweighed
the negatives." The talent show
'was coordinated by work camp
staff members in collaboration
with the inmate participants.
As a community service to Fran-
klin County, Major Whitehead
began the work camp's participa-
tion in the Adopt a Highway Pro-
gram. which involves cleaning a
two mile stretch of Highway 98,
as well as the Adopt a Shore Pro-
gram in which the work camp
participates in one mile of the
cleaning project. The coat and
blanket program was begun un-
der Whitehead's supervision,
which provides the Franklin
County's most needy individuals
with warm clothing materials
during the winter. The Toys for
STots program has also been main-
tained in the past two years.

In order to limit the work camp's
food expenses and to provide a
select group of the camp's in-
mates with an agricultural expe-
rience, the Franklin Work Camp
began farming a variety of veg-
etables on six acres of land. Ma-
jor Whitehead secured additional-
land for farming from the county
when he petitioned the board of
Franklin County Commissioners
for the extra property.
Major Whitehead said that he will
miss the tranquility, natural re-
sources and many friends and
staff members from Franklin
SCounty. "I hope that the people
that I've worked with here... that
our paths will cross again." He
concluded, "I've got this button
::that says, 'Bloom where you're
planted.' Well, I've now been
planted in Wewahitchka and it's
.. there where I will have to bloom."

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Whitehead, from page 1
[FCARP] to instruct for an addi-
tional day at the facility. FCARP
has provided one-to-one basic
reading programs, general and
advanced mathematical instruc-
tion, basic computer instruction,
group reading exercises, as well
as creative writing sessions which
has produced several plays, short
stories, poetry and two literary
magazines entitled The
Inkdrippers Review and We The
Major Whitehead also played a
vital role in working with FCARP
and the Franklin County Public
Library to implement a new li-
brary at the work camp. "We cer-
tainly couldn't have done this
alone. With their cooperation and
with the donation of books from
the community, they made this
library possible for the inmates."
Public Library Director Eileen
Annie contributed to the effort by
providing an instructional session
for would-be inmate librarians on
the principles of cataloging and
filing literature.

S"Earlier, we were criticized for proposing to amend the Development Order...
'Y We don't think its necessary to amend the DO. There's in the 77 order that
we're dissatisfied with that needs to be amended...
'There's also going to bAe some suggestions from some folks that its prema-
ture. That we don't yet have every state and federal issue resolved. We do not
yet have in particular a wastewater permit. We would have a permit if it wasn't
for the opposition of some individuals who are opposing this project....
'We have conservatively estimated 141 jobs will be generated by this one project,
S in this first phase that we're asking you to approve.
"Property taxes are conservatively -estimated over the next seven years we
would bring an additional $542,000 in property taxes to the county's budget
' and about $143,000 to the School Board."

Sharon Ander. .son
Sharon Anderson

Mike Donovan

Sharon Anderson, Planner assigned to Franklin County, DCA:
"It has been the Department's position that this proposal, a specific site plan
is subject to a DRI (Development of Regional Impact) that has a Master Plan
with conceptual approval only, and that additional review is required under
Chapter 380 of the Florida Statutes. It's been the Dept.'s position that concep-
tual site plans do require additional review from the Department... It is also
the Dept.'s position that Dr. Johnson's proposal will require a land use change.
It is single-family Residential at this point..."
Mike Donovan:
"I'm Mike Donovan of the Apalachee Regional Planning Council and I want to
take every chance to emphasize I do not work for a State agency (laughter).
...It's been our position since the start of this that the 1977 Development
Order (DO) is conceptual and that an amendment is needed to ...the DRI, to
clarify ...and to set out exactly what type of commercial (development) and
how much commercial is approved there...
'We've had DRI's where we gave general approval and they came back later
through an amendment to get a little more specific and to include the mitiga-
tion that was needed. That's our view of what this is... I want to be clear that
our concerns are procedural. Thiis not intended in any way to be in opposi-,
tion to the project... In the original notice of change Dr. Johnson submitted
(about) a year ago, we stated very clearly (that it) did not have significant
regional impact. His proposal now is very unlikely to have any additional im-
pacts than that did.."
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"I know you're going to hear a lot from various parties arguing that you should
not adopt or approve the site plan we have submitted to you. Procedurally,
what we have done is to follow what is set out in the 1977 development order.
We're fully consistent with that order in what we have submitted to you and it
would be fully consistent with that Order for you to approve these site plans
today... What we're doing is consistent with the direction we got from the
Board (of County Commissioners) a couple of months ago. (We) came to you
early and said, procedurally, do you want this to be local process following the
1977 Development Order (DO) or something different, such as an amendment
to the DO. I thought we got a clear understanding... to go ahead and submit
site plans consistent with the 1977 DO...

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The Franklin Chronicle 11 August 1995 Page 7

Hurricane Erin Leaves

Minor Damage

Although winds from Hurricane
Erin reached as high as seventy-
four miles per hour along the the
county's causeway, the second
hurricane in the 1995 hurricane
season left minor damage and few
personal injuries throughout
Franklin County.
The Emergency Management Of-
fice in Franklin County reported
that Erin's sustained winds were
estimated between forty to sixty
miles per hour from 10 pm on 2
August to 8 am on 4 August. Ac-
cording to Emergency Manage-
ment Director Alan Pierce, the
overall intensity of Hurricane Erin
was fairly equal to that of Hurri-
cane Allison. 'The wind from Hur-
ricane Erin was higher than
Allison's, but the storm surge
from Erin was less than that of
Hurricane Allison's."
Mr. Pierce stated that Alligator
Point and St. George Island re-
ceived the worst damage from
Hurricane Erin. He said that mi-
nor damage to residences
throughout the county was re-
ported due to fallen tree limbs.
Only one fallen tree was noted by
the Franklin Chronicle, which
was in the Carrabelle Cemetery on
Highway 98. A member from the
Lanark Village-St. James Fire
Department also reported that a
fallen tree had to be cleared on 3
August off of Highway 98 in from
of Ell's Court. Alan Pierce stated
that seventy-five residents from
Franklin County used the storm
shelters that were provided by the
county in Apalachicola and East-
St. George Island received flood-
ing on the bayside, though minor
water damage had been reported.
Also, two individuals had to be
rescued from the surf during the
storm and one St. George Island
resident received minor injuries
when the storm broke his win-
dow and cut him while sleeping.
Hurricane Erin also ripped up
pieces of asphalt on Alligator

Point's County Road 370. County
Engineer Joe Hamilton stated that
the rip-rap revetment held up well
during the hurricane and that
minimal erosion was noted. "I
think it passed the test," said
Alligator Point resident Charles
Snapp also reviewed the road's
damage and felt that the struc-
tural should have held together
better during a less potent hurri-
cane. Snapp observed the width
of the uprooted asphalt and
stated, "That's not even thick
enough to cover a driveway." He
felt that the quality of the road
construction reflected the
county's concern for Alligator
Point. "The only time they [the
Franklin County Commission] are
interested in us is when tax time
comes. Then its' give me, give me."
He concluded, "Also, [the county
is interested], when you get some
T.V. camera out here, they'll get
their men out here working. When
the T.V. cameras are gone, they're
gone, too."
Another individual complained
that the asphalt was not com-
pacted well. He dug a small hole
in the asphalt effortlessly with the
end of a bald point pen. "You can't
tell me that this road will be also
to survive a stronger hurricane or
the constant wear and tear from
cars, trucks or whatever people
choose to drive down this road."
Mr. Hamilton stated that the
limerock base on the Alligator
Point is the most important ele-
ment of the road to be concerned
with. He noted the the limerock
base was undamaged by the hur-
ricane. Mr. Hamilton also stated
that the required width of the as-
phalt was one and one-half
inches. He said that the width of
the asphalt was in accordance
with the construction plans.
Hamilton also said that it was less
of a problem to relayer broken and
torn asphalt, than it was to mend
the limerock base. Mr. Hamilton
stated that he would inspect the
quality complaints of Alligator
Road 370.

--... ....

Alligator Point resident Charles Snapp shows off a piece of
asphalt [also shown below] from County Road 370 that was
uprooted by Hurricane Erin. "That's not even thick enough
to cover a driveway," said Snapp, who criticized the county
for the construction quality of County Road 370.
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Resort Village continued from page 6
Ben Johnson:
'The fact is that the agencies have reviewed the project. So substantively, they
know what's coming, they know what this project is. It's strictly a procedural
issue. After hearing from DCA, the (County) Commission decided two months
ago that you wanted to keep it a local process. If for some reason, we're wrong,
and doing it legally, has to go through that process, it's not your problem, it's
my problem. I'm the one who will ultimately have to pay the burden, or pay
the price if the advice from my lawyers has been wrong and that we should
have gone through an amendment process. So, I do think you can act and I
think you can do so in good conscience... We're asking you to approve the
plans and specifications we submitted to you in June... and that's been avail-
able in the public record in the last month and a half. They are extremely
detailed. They tell you precisely what land is going to be cleared, where its
going to be cleared, what's going to be put there... exactly what's going in
there. There is no ambiguity as to what we're asking you to approve today.
Regarding the Comp(rehensive) Plan, almost two years ago we came in and
said, procedurally, DCA is asking us to amend the Comp Plan to be consistent
with our plans. We heard objections from members of the public, these prop-
erty owners, that we shouldn't amend the Comp Plan that that procedurally
was the wrong thing to do... We submitted it to you. You made the decision not
to amend the Comp Plan until after you got specific plans... That's the proce-
dure we're following today. Yes, you'll have to approve changes in the Comp
Plan at some point... We're not concerned because we're vested against the
Comp Plan... Concerning impacts, we're not hearing that there's additional
impacts that have not been previously reviewed by state agencies...There's
nothing in our submission that is inconsistent with the 77 DO..."

specific plans. So you need at some point I think we're entitled to a review of
specifics...Every single detail we would ever need for a building permit is there
with the exception of the buildings.... No, we don't have specific plans for the
buildings, but we have told you how big they will be, where they will go, what
goes in them, and everything you need to know to contemplate the site... I
would like to hear some substantive comments on the plan...Before we table,
please let us at least air the issue so we know what, if any, concerns there
are...These folks have big guns pointed right at my head, I understand that.
But, I would like to get to the substance, if we can, to find out what their
concerns are... DEP now says there is now additional water beyond what was
contemplated, so there's not a potable water problem... DCA has made it very
clear that up to 20 acres of impervious surfaces within our section of the
Plantation may be developed, consistent with the 77 DO. They are very clear.
Up to 22...All we're asking for is four...
"n the State process, they complain that the County has not been specific
enough...It is a continual Catch 22 from the exact same folks. So, I am very
gently asking you to the extent that you can air what local concerns you have,
I'm willing to be in a local process... At a minimum, I would like to know are
there any real issues? I don't think I have heard yet that they don't like where
I put the parking spaces, which is a local issue..."
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Ben Watkins:

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Karen Walker, attorney with law firm of Holland and Knight :
"I'm here today representing the Concerned Property Owners of St. George
Island Plantation... Our position is that for you to do action today would be
premature. There obviously is a lot of confusion about the procedures that
need to be followed., this For two reasons, you need to think about a little
further. First, the procedural issue. Florida law requires Dr. Johnson to follow
certain procedures. .Obviously there's some disagreement about those... The
second reason is you just do not have before you right now the information
you need to make sure that all the conditions in the 1977 DO are satisfied.
That is your obligation. That's something that the DO established to protect
the County and the residents...
"I'd like to discuss the four major issues as to why we think it is premature to
act today. (1) First, is the amendment to the development order %sue... (2) The
Comprehensive Plan issue. Granted it's a minor issue but it is a procedural
problem that needs to be taken care of... (3) Zoning. The property is single
family residential. And, now you have a proposal for commercial development
before you. We all know the DO describes how the zoning could be changed.
But that language... says that specific site plans for clearing and construction
have to be submitted... I haven't seen anything in there that I would consider
construction plans. There's a sentence that says 'Construction will be similar
to the Bluffs in design'... I haven't seen anything that will tell me what the
buildings are going to look like... (4) The development itself. We just don't
think you have the information before you today to make those determina-
tions. Specifically, the DO says the Board has to be sure that what's going to
be built out there is not going to pollute Apalachicola Bay, or cause any other
environmental damage There are lots of unanswered questions where that's
concerned. We know there is the wastewater (issue)... There are also potable
water concerns. Finally, there's the appeal up to the first District Court of
Appeals right now..."
County Attorney Al Shuler:
"Now, I had thought earlier that...we could just move to approve the site plan
pursuant to the 1977 DO. In view of what I have learned since, I am not sure
of that. It may not be that we can do that. If we go ahead and approve a plan
in the face of DCA and ARPC's recommendation, either agency can appeal. Or
both appeal. DCA did not make an appearance at our formal hearing in De-
cember (1994) but they have made a formal appearance here. And, stated a
position.,What I would suggest at this point... At this point, my recommenda-
tion would be to table this for further study and I would like anybody to fur-
nish me briefs or information as to the issue of the necessity of the DRI planned
Ben Johnson:
"...If you were to follow that advice, you would be doing a complete 180 degree
turn for the second or third time in this project. Let me remind you very gently
but clearly, we came to you in early May to talk about this precise issue of
procedure. And, understandably it wasn't ready to be resolved. Mr. Shuler
asked for some extra time to research the issue. So, you gave him extra time,
and he came back DCAwas here...the same lady from DCAwas here. She said
the same things she said then. And, I believe you actually moved and voted to
reject her advice and to tell us what procedure we should follow. (It) should be
strictly a local procedure. That was the issue. Do you want us in a State
proceeding or a Local proceeding? I understood when we asked for that issue
that DCA wasn't going to be happy if we chose a local procedure. They prefer
State proceedings. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that they
have some turf that they're trying to protect. And, I understand that. And, I
understand that I've got the risk. But,...I think what will happen, if you do
decide to move forward with a local proceeding, there's no risk to the County,
you understand. The risk is to me. If you decide to go with the local proceed-,
ing, they (DCA) can appeal that decision and we'll probably settle the appeal.
And, when we settle that appeal, whatever specific concerns they have, if
there are substantive ones, they'll get resolved....
"Comp Plan, we're hete before. We tried it that way; you all turned us down,
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"May I make one observation. Everybody who wants to delay this has a job.
Everybody who wants to delay it has a paying client or an income. There are
people out here in this audience that are in the construction business. And,
they came to this meeting today...and I think they would like to be heard...
"And, one other observation, and I quit. You don't have to participate one bit
in an appeal from your Order; you don't have to pay one dime in attorney's
fees. Holland and Knight will be on one side and Dr. Johnson will be on the
other side. You (the County Commission) won't have to spend a dime. You
make your decision and there will be adequate moneys on both sides to take
care of their appeal..."

Nita Mosley:
"I'm Nita Mosley. And, I've sat in this courtroom for about ten years and watched
our Board of County Commissioners put stumbling blocks in front of every
developer that has tried to come into this county and bring jobs, bring an
expanded tax base to take the burden off the rest of us. You have stalled. You
won't give developers an answer it may even though it may createjobs...You've
,got people in this county who need jobs. You've got people in Perry and Buck-
eye Cellulose that can't come home because there's no fishing anymore, the
oysters are going, and they cannot come home and support their children and
make a living. And, its about time that this Board of County Commissioners
made a decision based on what you think is best for Franklin County and Ben
Watkins has already beat Holland and Knight one time, so quit letting outside
people make your decisions for you."

Larry Joe Colson:
"I'm Larry Joe Colson and I live here in Franklin County, in Apalachicola. I
have two construction businesses. I employ five other people other than my-
self... We need jobs. Ifjobs don't open up for us...we will have to lay people off.
We need these developers. I was a commercial fisherman. I was banned from
the nets. My living was taken away. I had to get into a different trade...We've
got to work at something. Everything can't be pushed away from us..."

Walter Armistead: Continued on page 8
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proposed here today...I think at this point, you need to make a decision so
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Resort Village continued from page 7
commercial and I can live with that. I was at that May meeting too And, DCA
told you that they wanted an amendment to the DRI, and... you told the devel-
oper, No. we're going to take this on the local level and we're going to make our
own decision, and we'll go from there... The county ought to make local deci-
sions. Get out of that Tallahassee atmosphere and take it down here on the
local decision...You wanted DCA out of Franklin County and you got them
out. And, now all of a sudden, they're coming back down here again and
hounded the County again."

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Harry Buzzett:
"I'm Harry Buzzett of St. George Island. I want Ben to know that I've been a
rocket scientist since 1948 when the only birds we had to fire were captured
German V1s and V2s... I do know that Ben is premature in what he trying to
do now... Withhold the action until you at least get the decision on the waste-
water treatment (plant)..."

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Leases, continued
from page 1

In the 1940's, the state of
Florida leased waters out in
the gulf for oil drill. Now, fif-
ties years later, that stupid
mistake is gonna' cost the
taxpayers two hundred mil-
lion dollars to stop the drill-
ing for oil cause the state will
have to buy the leases back
so the oil company is not al-
lowed to drill. Some of the
leases in the bay today'was
gave away, before any of us
was born by the people like
you, talking' about the county
commission, who had the
power to give the bay away.
We had no input in the deci-
sion, but we're still living with
them a hundred years later.
Who has benefited from these
leases? Just the ones who
own them. If you work on a
dredge boat, you get two dol-
lars a bag. We have plenty of
oysters in the bay -now that
can't be sold. If the oysters
dealers are right, nobody
wants to buy them [oysters].
So, if there's not a market for
the oysters out there, why
grow more? And if it's for fish
or shrimp farming of the bay,
Mr. Mosconis has a great con-
flict as he runs a sport fish-
ing lodge on a state creek with
boat sheds and docks that are
also on the state waters. We
didn't learn from Harbor
Branch that came in here
with a big program to oyster
farm. Over a hundred
oystermen worked for years
and didn't make a dollar from
it. But Harbor Branch and a
few working with them to set
up walked away with a mil-
lion dollars of state and fed-
eral grants. With any kind of
fish farming, the only mining
is what comes from the state
or federal grant money. When
the grant money dries up, so
does the shrimp and fish
farming. You five people do
not own the bay in Franklin
County. You have no right to
give it away. The only fair way
is to put it to a vote and let
the people of Franklin County
decide whether to give the bay
away or not. The bay bottoms
are worth a thousand dollars
a square foot. The state leases
it for a hundred and fifty
cents an acre.
Local fisherman Lloyd Carpenter
stated that he had worked with
the Harbor Branch project and
considered the endeavor an "ab-
solute failure." He stated that his
wife and he put three thousand
hours of work into the Harbor
Branch project, "We produced
three and'a half bags of oysters
apiece for two and a half years of
labor. And anything that happens
to the natural bars inmthis bay will
also happen to these leases. All it
is...is a change in ownership from
public ownership to private own-
ership. It's private confiscation of
public property for the benefit of
a few people. It creates an unfair
advantage to those having the
leases as to those not having the

SWA President Leroy Hall stated
that the Seafood Workers Asso-
ciation were firmly against the
leasing of bay bottoms for aquac-
ulture. He said that no one within
the SWA had voiced support for

The commissioners were then
urged by a local fisherman to
make another vote to decide on
the board's position concerning
the leasing of bay bottoms. Chair-
man Jimmy Mosconis stated that
the board was merely having a
discussion on the matter. Com-
missioner Dink Braxton said that
he was opposed to aquaculture at
the very beginning. "It was the
biggest disaster I've ever seen. It
could have very possibly caused
people to sell their home, mort-
gage their home to get money and
get into this thing. And they would
have lost everything they would
have had." Braxton voiced con-
cern that lease owners would steal
oysters off of natural bars.
Commissioner Braxton then
made a motion to reaffirm the
county's position on leasing bay
bottoms. Commissioner Ed Toll-
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