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Volume 4, Number 17 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER 25 August -7 September 1995
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Uncommon Algae in Area


Waters Blooms into Red Tide


For the first time since 1982, area
Gulf waters have shown distinct
signs of red tide, a microscopic
algae technically known as
Gymnodinium breve. This organ-
ism produces a toxin that affects
the central nervous system of fish,
in effect paralyzing them. This
usually results in fish kills com-
mon to red tide. Dead fish were
observed by sampling experts
from Tyndall Airforce Base (East
of Panama City) to the East to
Cape San Bias as late as
15 August.
The Florida Dept. of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) closed Apa-
lachicola Bay to shellfish harvest-
ing at sunset on 22 August. As a
precautionary measure, DEP also
closed Indian Lagoon to shellfish
harvesting. St. Joe Bay remains
closed until red tide is no longer
in the area. Scallops can still be
harvested.
Common Human Reactions to red
tide are coughing, tearing eyes,
and/or respiratorN' irntaUbn. In-
dividuals with severe or chronic
respiratory conditions such as
emphysema or asthma should
avoid red tide areas.
On 21 August, Shellfish Environ-
ment Assessment persons found
samples of the algae present at
Crooked Island, and low concen-
trations at Mexico Beach. "Low"
means less than 100,000 cells per
liter. In Gulf County, on the same
date, samples revealed low con-
centrations at St. Joseph Point,
and Medium concentrations at
Cape San Bias. Medium means
100,000 to less than 1,000,000
cells per liter of sampled water.
St. Joe Bay harvesting has been
closed since 16 August.
In Franklin County, sampling at
Indian Pass mouth revealed that
the algae were present, but two
miles west, southwest revealed
the presence in samples to be very
low, or less than 10,000 cells per
liter. At one mile west, southwest,
sampling did not locate any algae.
The mouth of the Sikes Cut ap-
pears thus far to have the high-
est count in'sampling done there,
still Low, or less than 100,000
cells per liter. Helicopter sampling
completed by the U. S. Coast
Guard offshore at ten miles re-
vealed Medium levels of concen-
tration off Apalachicola and low
levels up to 50 miles out.
The Florida Marine Research In-
stitute, source of the above data,
closed their recent report with this
language: "...If south winds con-
tinue for the Panhandle area, then
the Apalachicola area is most
likely to be influenced over the
next few days by these offshore
concentrations."

The Categorical Classes
Very Low


Low

Medium
High


Briefing Paper Presents
Grim Economic
Outlook For Franklin
and Other Panhandle
Counties

The representative of Florida
North Shore Technology Centers,
Inc. (FNSTC), Erik V. Korzilius,
briefed the Board of County Com-
missioners on 15 August 1995
about the new organization which
was created to assist in the de-
velopment of "home-grown", high
wage, high value businesses in


Facts About

Red Tide

What is red tide? A higher
S than normal concentration of
a microscopic algae called
Gymnodinium breve. This or-
ganism produces a toxin that
affects the central nervous sys-
tem of fish such that they're
paralyzed and can't breathe. At
high concentrations, the organ-
ism may produce a discolora-
tion of the water. "Red tides" are
often referred to as "blooms."
Can I eat fish, crabs, shrimp?
Yes, because the toxin is not
absorbed in the fleshy tissue of
these animals. However, re-
gardless of whether a red tide
is in the area, eating distressed
or dead fish is discouraged be-
cause the cause of the behav-
ior or death cannot be abso-
lutely known-it could be
something unrelated to red
*, tide. T : .- -: : ..
What shellfish are included in
a shellfish harvesting ban?
Bivalve mollusks: clams, oys-
ters, coquinas.
Can I eat scallops? Yes, as long
I as one eats only the muscle of
Sthe scallop. Cooking whole ani-
mals, such as in stews, should
be avoided.
Can I swim? Yes, for most
people. However, some people
have reported skin irritations
and burning eyes. Apply com-
mon sense-if a person is par-
ticularly susceptible to irrita-
tion from plant products, it is
probably best to avoid red tide
water. Once in the water, if ir-
ritation occurs, come out and
wash off thoroughly.
What is respiratory irritation?
An irritation of the eyes and
nose that often produces
coughing and tearing. The ef-
fect is noticeable when the red
tide organism is present, along
the shoreline and winds are
blowing from water to shore.
The microorganism is de-
stroyed in the surf and cell par-
ticles become attached to the
sea spray. The effect is local-
ized to the immediate area and
the extent to which it's noticed
by people on the beaches will
depend on how concentrated
the red tide is at that location
and how strongly the wind is
blowing. If a person must re-
main in an area that is being
affected by the red tide sea
spray, wearing a bandana over
the nose or remaining within
air conditioned surroundings
will provide some relief.


Possible Results
Continued shellfish harvesting
ban and possible respiratory irri-
tation
Respiratory irritation and possible
fish kills
Respiratory irritation and fish kills
Respiratory irritation and fish kills
plus discoloration of the water.


northern Florida. FNSTC is affili-
ated with Enterprise Florida
which is also charged with eco-
nomic development for all of
Florida, specifically to stimulate
growth of business and employ-
ment leading to higher wages.
Part of their charter contains this
language:
"...Our mission will be pur-
sued through a market-
driven private/public part-
nership that provides leader-
ship and support to
performancebased local, re-
gional and state economic
development organizations
that deliver resources and
expertise to firms critical to
this mission."


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WINGS Progi

Raises Four


ram


Hundred Dollars

The Franklin County Public Li-
brary held their third Wings for
WINGS and Library Ribs
Fundraiser on 12 August at the
Moorings in Carrabelle. The
fundraising effort in Carrabelle
brought in approximately four
hundred dollars to the library.
Between the three fundraisers in
Carrabelle, Eastpoint and
Apalachicola, the Franklin
County Public Library has been
able to raise sixteen hundred dol-
lars. "My WINGS Coordinators
have been absolutely dynamic,"
expressed public library director
Eileen Annie.
The 12 August event at the Moor-
ings offered a nearly perpetual
buffet table with seafood, ribs,
Italian cuisine, cakes, casseroles
and salads. Several door prizes
were given to several very lucky
visitors, and all those in atten-
dance were treated to musical
performances by Chaz Mikel
owner of the Key of Sea Music
Store in Carrabelle) and Will
"Smokestack" Morris.
Contributors to the event include:
Harry Andrews and his crew at
the Moorings, The IGA in Carra-
belle and the Red Rabbit Food
Lane, Julia Mae's Restaurant, The
Shrimp House Restaurant, The
Flower Shoppe, Two Gulls Gift
Shop, Gander's Gulf Supply, Anne
Lindsey, Kathleen Humphries,
Jackie Gay, Cliff Shaw, Andy Wil-
liams, Mary Ann Shields, Betty
Roberts, George Butler, Marion
Morris, Sarah Marxsen, Rhetta
Strange Jr. & Sr., Josh Whitten,
Carole Adams, Christine Hinton,
Mrs. Hampton, Betty Neylon,
Amanda Loos, Deandra O'Neal,
Marvin Benjamin, Tamillia
Lowery, Gloria Rounsaville,
Eilleen Annie, Celeste Dempsey,
Andrea Thompson, Felicia
Rankin, Travis Sheridan, Charley
Thompson, John & Katie
McKnight, Nan Collins, Erin But-
ler and Cliff Butler.


The plan of FNStC is to reach out,
from Tallahassee, to Franklin
County in a series of monthly
meetings in which a business con-
sultant would provide expertise,
advice, coordination and other
assistance to entrepreneurs.
Eventually, as marketing plans
are developed, the Franklin busi-
nessmen would travel to Tallahas-
see to spend a day at the "incu-
bator" seeking guidance in further
developing their plans. The "incu-
bator" concept includes sharing
office space, administrative sup-
port, and opportunities to "inter-
face with other new business ven-
turers in a comfortable and colle-
gial setting."
The not-for-profit agency, FNSTC,
Briefing Paper continued
on page 2


For the

SShrimpers:
"Cut 'em Some
Slack," Says
Gov. Chiles


The Marine Fisheries Commission
(MFC) proposed a new rule on
i shrimp trawl specifications and
.presented it to the Governor and
Cabinet for approval on Tuesday,.
22 August 1995, but the Gover-
nor, noting the 1 July impact of
the "net-ban", amendment on area
fishermen, called for "a little bit
of slack" for the fishermen. "If we
see some abuse, regulate it, deal
with it." In the meantime, the de-
cision sent the MFC back to the
drafting table to rewrite the pro-
posed rule once again.
One portion of the proposed rule
would have limited the shrimp
trawls to only shrimp and would
not allow bait fish orjellyfish har-
vesting, for example. The so-called
"ban" still allows shrimp trawls to
use nets up to 500 square feet in
inshore and near-shore waters,
out to three miles in the Gulf of
Mexico and out to one mile in the
Atlantic.
Environmentalists such as Ted
Forsgren, executive director of the
Florida Conservation Association,
urged the Governor and Cabinet'
to limit the wider use of trawl nets
by adopting the MFC rule. The
Governor did not agree. "...Hope-
fully there's a market for some of
that stuff (baitflsh and jellyfish).
Hopefully some of these people
can stay in business."
Russell Nelson, Executive Direc-
tor of the MFC, argued that de-
spite the shrimp-only provision of
their rule, fishermen could still
obtain special-activities permits
which would enable them to test
other uses such as baitfishing or
jellyfishing. The Governor re-
sponded, if fishermen had to go
through the permit process,
"...they'll all be out on welfare."
Earlier, the Cabinet had enacted
a 90-day emergency rule that
Shrimpers continued
on page 7

Reception Marks

Expansion of

Stavos Economic

Center
The public is invited to a recep-
tion scheduled for former Florida
State University President Ber-
nard F. Sliger at Apalachicola's
Gibson Inn on Wednesday,
30 August 1995 at 5:30-7:30 P.M.
Dr. Sliger will explain the expand-
ing economic activities of the FSU
Stavos Center in Franklin County,
The Center is a resource entity
servicing many different types of
programs in economic education
in classroom activities at all grade
levels in area schools. This is also
a kick-off for a fundraising cam-
paign in Franklin so that the Cen-
ter may continue its support to
Franklin teachers and students.
Gulf State Bank is sponsoring the
reception and would appreciate
an RSVP at any Gulf State Bank
location for those planning
to attend.


Inequity Charged by

Local Businessmen








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Mike Murphy
Mike Murphy, owner of Gulf
Breeze and Sea Breeze camp-
grounds and Jack De Priest,
owner of the Gulf Waters Motel,
both served by the Lanark Village
Water and Sewer District (LVWSD)
vehemently protested the district
rate raise on their service for the
1995-96 budget and called it dis-
criminate and unequal.
Both men said that they felt
counting each room at the motel,
and each site at the campgrounds
as single residential units was
totally unfair. These rates were
unveiled and approved at the
14 August special budget meeting
held by the LVWSD. Board trea-
surer Jim Lawlor said that al-
though it was true the board voted
on that date the matter had been
discussed at several other
meetings.
The three Board members of the
LVWSD found they had a short-
fall on revenue of just over
$30,000. In order to make up the
deficit they propose that the rates
for residential users in the village
remain at the present $35.95 per
month and a change be made in
the billing of commercial users.
The two campgrounds owned by
Murphy have 60 sites total. De
Priest has a small eight site camp-
ground adjacent to the Gulf.Wa-
ters Motel. The district proposal
is that each of the sites in the
campgrounds and each of the
rooms in the motel be treated as
a separate residential unit with a
monthly charge of $35.95 as a
base rate. There are several other
small businesses in the district
but De Priest said he feels none
of them will have to pay more than
the one residential charge. The
only other large facility is the out-
of-district Inner Harbor Psychiat-
ric Hospital. LVWSD has served
this facility since 1981 when the
facility was known as Annee-
wakee. The district agreed to serve
them but made a provision that
the facility pay and install all the
pipes and equipment.
De Priest said that it would be
better to stop serving Inner Har-
bor in favor of doing something
in Gulf Terrace, a subdivision of
29 homes, that has serious infil-.
tration of ground water which is
using up a great deal of the sewer
plant's limited 100,000-gallons-a-
day capacity. He also said he un-
derstood that the subdivision has
meters which- are not presently
being used. He said money could
be better spent in district to cure
that problem.
De Priest and Murphy say that
they are "crying foul" on the com-
missioners and feel that they are
being most unfairly treated. They
feel that they are not even being
treated equitably in their own
class.
Both campgrounds and the mo-
tel are presently served by one
meter each. De Priest said that it
would be difficult to bill each
camper from one meter as there
are many variations in usage. He
said that it might entail a meter
for each room and for each camp
site. One board member said that
the district might have to do just
that.
One of the board members, Jim
Lawlor, said after the meeting that
the South of 98 project when
originated by a previous board


was at first calculated to be
funded by $668,000. But as the
district began their work they
found that the only way they
could do the work was by using a
vacuum system, which was far
more expensive. In fact, the dis-
trict had to use $1,400,000.
He added that because of the
project the district customers had
already had four rate increases
and were now paying $13.00 more
'than they had previously. No
money was spent on correcting
the ground water intrusion in Gulf
Terrace.
Lawlor said that equipment was
continually breaking down and
that the district needed to spend
money in that direction to keep
things going. He said that it was
necessary to charge more; he felt
the residential customers had al-
ready carried a burden and that
the only place they had to go was
to the commercial accounts. He
added that they simply took the
information that was provided to
the FmHA for the South Side of
98 loan and grant to figure the
rates. He said that he was not
speaking for the whole board, but
that even if De Priest, Murphy and
the board were to discuss the
matter further, he would still rec-
ommend his stated position to the
board.
He added that although the board
had several budget hearings it
was not until the 14 August meet-
ing that they had any more than
one residential customer at their
meetings. De Priest said that he
felt they had not been properly
notified of the meetings.
Again speaking only as the trea-
surer and not for all the board,
he said that he believed that the
debt took $16.00 of each
customer's monthly payment,
leaving them with only about $20
per customer to run the system.
Lawlor hotly defended the position
of the water board members say-
ing, "Our rates are in line with the
debt." He added that the debt was
incurred by a previous board
when the water lines were ex-
tended along U.S. 98. At that time
the commission, headed up by
Carl Bailey, and composed of
board members Samuel Davis
and Burwell Harrison, obtained
low interest loans and grants to
provide funding to provide capi-
tal. The LVWSD at that time col-
lected hook-up fees from certain
of the people who were involved
in the extension. The contract
involved 41 existing homes and
businesses on the south side of
US 98. The board approved a
resolution to repay these custom-
ers the $750 hook-up fee they had
been charged. The district will
have up to one year to reimburse
without interest, to make the re-
payment. The resolution was ap-
proved by two members of the
present board, Phil Shiver and
Jack Garrison. Lawlor refused to
sign the resolution saying, "I will
not sign in any way shape or form,
anything to do with giving free
service."
Speaking against the rate of
$35.95 to be charged on each of
his campground sites, Murphy
said that such a rate would cause
him to have to shut down his op-
Inequity Charged
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* The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday


Franklin Briefs

Notes from the 15 August
Franklin County
Commission Meeting
*Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum recommended that
the Road & Bridge Department
cease installing culverts for pri-
vate residents. Mr. Crum stated
that the Road & Bridge Depart-
ment has installed approximately
ninety driveways in the present
fiscal year. "It's just taking a lot
of man hours and a lot of equip-
ment hours to do this."
Commissioner Dink Braxton rec-
ommended charging a permitting
fee for the installation of culverts.
He noted that the county's ex-
penses for installing culverts were
much higher than the fee that
private residents paid to have cul-
verts provided by the county.
Commissioner Raymond Williams
suggested that the county cease
installing culverts, unless the
county make it more cost effec-
tive.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
said that the culvert installation
program provided the county with
nearly seventy thousand dollars
in revenue. He felt that if the Road
and Bridge Department abandons
the culvert installation business,
then approximately seventy thou-
sand dollars should be cut from
the Road & bridge Department's
budget. The board voted three to
two (Commissioners Mosconis
and Tolliver voting nay) to require
residents to obtain a permit for
the installation of a culvert.
*County Planner Alan Pierce
stated that Franklin County resi-.
dents were not participating with
the American Red Cross to help
them run their hurricane shelters.
"We can't have shelters open down
here if no one wants to help out."
*County Pl&nner Alan Pierce
stated that he received a request
from the St. George Fire Depart-
ment that someone in the county
be given the authority during de-
clared emergencies to clear the
surf. "They had surfers and other
lunatics coming from Panama
SCity [during Hurricane Erin] that
wanted to get into the water," said
Pierce. He continued, "They
couldn't get in the water in
Panama City, because they have
a flag system flying, where the red
flags prohibit people entering the
water. We don't have a system
'here. They came over to St. George
Island and dared the Emergency
Management people to make
them get out of the water. At one
point, the volunteer fire depart-
ment had to rescue two people out
of the water from St. George Is-
land." Mr. Pierce requested the
board to implement a Panama
City ordinance that bars individu-
als from entering the water dur-
ing a declared emergency. Com-
missioner Ed Tolliver motioned
that Alan Pierce and Attorney Al
Shuler meet and draft such an
ordinance. The board voted
unanimously to accept Commis-
sioner Tolliver's motion.
*The board voted to sign a grant
application for Communities
Trust money to purchase recre-
ational land as the Indian Mounds
subdivision in Eastpoint and land
in Lanark Village.
*County Planner Alan Pierce
stated that the board needed to
acquire forty-five additional acres
of land from the St. Joe Paper
Company to use for the Eastpoint
Sprayfleld, a recreation complex
or staff housing for the proposed
prison site. Pierce said that the
and acquisition cost appeared to
be at 1.6 million dollars. Pierce
suggested that the board appro-
priate an additional one hundred
and fifty thousand dollars from
the education and retraining
funds from Housing and Urban
Development grant money in or-
der to complete the local fund
match for the prison site.
*County Planner Alan Pierce
stated that Prentice Crum, Joe
Hamilton and he met with Gene
Langston and Gordon Reger in
regard to the relocation of sections
of Bald Point Road.
Mr. Pierce said that the group
agreed that the Mader Corpora-
tion would take care of all permit-
ting requirements, which includes
providing a site to get fill. He also
said that the Mader Corporations
would work directly with an as-
phalt contractor to place the lime-
rock base, compact the lime-rock
and put on the required asphalt
surface. Pierce said that the
county's responsibility would in-
clude providing the appropriate
manpower and equipment to de-
sign the road, cut the new right-
of-way and clear and place the
amount of fill necessary for the
lime-rock road base. Pierce also


said that the Mader Corporation
agreed to deed the new right-of-
way to the county (before the work
is begun) and then the county
would deed the right-of-way back
to the Mader Corporation when
work is completed.
Chairperson Jimmy Mosconis
asked Mr. Pierce to request that
the Mader Corporation donate
fifty acres of land to the county to
complete the "deal." Chairperson
Mosconis said that the county
could then trade the donated land
to St. Joe Paper Company for land
located near the proposed prison
site. "Let's get a little more out of
this [deal] and a little more
money," said Mosconis.
*County Planner Alan Pierce an-
nounced that Ms. Gayle Dodds
was appointed Chairperson for
the Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Commission. Ms. Dodds
will replace Reverend Roy
Bateman, who is retiring. The
board voted to write a letter of ap-
preciation to Reverend Bateman
or his service to Franklin County.

County Attorney
Now Recommends
Resort Village File
Amended DO


Al Shuler, Franklin CountyAttor-
ney, has recommended that the
Board of County Commissioners
review the Resort Village plans
through an amendment to the St.
George Plantation Development
Order. Shuler made his recom-
mendation after receiving an ad-
visory letter from Thomas Beck,
Chief, Bureau of Planning, Dept.
of Community Affairs.
The letter from Mr. Beck is re-
printed in part, on page 3, under
Editorial and Commentary this
issue.
'Mr. Ben Watkins requested the
opportunity to present the legal
position of Resort village regard-
ing these procedures at the next
.Board meeting, on 5 September
1995, which was approved by the
Board.


Inequity Charged
continued from page 1

erations. He told the commission-
ers, "The simple fact is that you
will not get $2,500 or $2,100 per
month from me because you will
put me out of business. I cannot
afford it. So if you are looking for
me for salvation, I cannot handle
it. I consider it personal discrimi-
nation to attempt to put me 'out
of business on the approach you
have taken." He said no account
had been taken for the fact. that
some of the units on sites at his
camps are only paying a mini-
mum $50 per month as storage
yet they are counted.
De Priest was also adamant in
calling the new rate change totally
inequitable and threatened the
commission with legal action. At
one point he hotly proclaimed,
"When I go to court with you you
are going to lose your butts." He
added that the board was trying
to as he put all the weight of the
deficit on just two users, himself
and Murphy. "You are just throw-
ing this big old rock on our backs
and saying, "Here boys, carry it.
We don't care what it costs or how
hard it is to carry it." He also
claimed civil rights violation in the
commissioners' treatment of the
two and warned that "This district
will not defend y'all."
DePriest quoted figures from
other motel owners in nearby
towns, saying that the Apalach
Motel in Apalachicola with 14
units paid only $200 to the City
ofApalachicola for both water and
sewer service plus garbage collec-
tion. The board members unani-
mously denied that they had any
intention of putting anyone out of
business. They said that at a pre-
vious meeting they had offered to
talk to the two men.
In their advertisement on the bud-
get hearings the commission
listed estimated budget for the
coming fiscal year 1995-6 at
$254,760. They will also charge
the following for new tap-ins: 3A/4
tap-$350; 1" tap--8350; 1 2" tap
400; 2" tap-$500. At the present
time the board has a moratorium
in effect on any new hook-ups to
either water or sewer.
The board took up a matter con-
cerning Paul Hansen who is want-
ing to begin building a home.
According to information Hansen
built an out-building when he first
got the permit two years ago.
Board members voted to send him
a letter, to inform him that if he
did not hook-up within 90 days
then the district would hook him


up to the system. There are sev-
eral other people who will also be
notified as they are in the bounds
of the extension contract.


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Tract 54 Raises Tensions


Among St. George Neighbors

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County Planner Alan Pierce re-
ported to the Board of County
Commissioners at their 15 Au-
gust meeting that the Board of
Adjustment granted two special
exceptions, including approval of
a community house for the
a upCon Garden Club in a residen-
tial area of Lanark Village, over
"strong opposition of the neigh-
bors
The second special exception in-
volved Tract 54 on St. George Is-
land, \v.hich brought the neigh-
bors directly to the Board of
County Commissioners. The de-
veloper. George Mahr, presented
documentation td the Board of
Adjustment which indicated his
ownership of 13 acres of land. He
proposed that the spit of land be
deeded to the county, and that he
be permitted to cluster the 13
units on the remaining land.
Pierce pointed out that to guar-
antee that there be no further
development on the spit of land,
that it be deeded to the County.
While this would protect the view
of those across the small water
area, the neighbors objected to
the clustering of the 13 units on
less than 13 acres of land. More-
over. a challenge, was made con-
testing Mahr's ownership of the
spit of land despite the protests
from Dan Garlick and Walter
Armistead that George Mahr did
own all of the land. A survey of
the property was also challenged.
Alan Pierce noted that while the
survey showed that there was 150
feet or land on the spit of land, on
site examination revealed that
only 75 %was above water. The im-
plicauon for this, of course, would
be limiting the clustering of units
on other portions of Mahr's prop-
erty. The Board of County Com-
missioners agreed to accept the
recommendation of the Board of
Adjustment with a vote of 3-2.
"For": Mosconis, Williams and
Putnal. "Nay": Braxton and Toll-
iver.


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Briefing Paper continued
from page 1
also requested that Franklin
County fund the six-month advi-
sory program, consisting of 6
monthly day-long meetings, two
of which would be held in Frank-
lin, four to be held in Tallahas-
see. The cost to the county would
be $2100, or $350 per day.
The Commissioners discussed
possible funding opportunities for
the project including the pros-
pects for using some of the HUD
money, perhaps in the training
category. A report on that aspect
of the project would be made at a
later date.
The economic advisory effort also
involves 17 other counties in the
northern Florida region, includ-
ing Bay, Calhoun, Escambia,
Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson,
Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison,
Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor,
Wakulla, Washington and Walton.
The briefing paper, sent to Com-
missioners in advance of Mr.
Korzilius' appearance at the
Board meeting painted a "Not-So-
Rosy Economic Future for Fran-
klin County and the Panhandle."
The paper began, "Franklin
County and other Panhandle


counties desperately need high-
skill, high wage business and
high-value products and services,
because Franklin county's aver-
age is below Florida's. That "av-
erage relates to the rank of the
state as 44th in the Nation in
wealth generated by wages. Fran-
klin county's predominantly lower
wage jobs cannot be expected to
generate the sales and property
taxes needed to fund infrastruc-
ture, schools, crime prevention,
and other future, required ser-
vices...
The scenario gets worse. Citing
statistics from the Florida Depart-
Briefing Paper continued
on page 7


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The chart (right) shows the tract and the spit of land.


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Editoria and Commentaru


Appeal for Literacy Funds
If you are reading this you have a skill that over 40% of our county's
residents do not have. You can read. For business, for pleasure, just
to function in today's society where communication by the printed
word is so vitally important, the simple ability to read is essential.
Yet, over 3000 of your neighbors, according to the Florida Depart-
ment of Education, are functionally illiterate. They can not read a
newspaper or a book, read instructions on signs or equipment, etc.
They are, therefore, restricted to the most menial of common labor
jobs with little hope of attaining a decent life style.
There is an organization dedicated to correcting that situation. It is
the Franklin County Adult Reading Program (FCARP). It is a chapter
of the Literacy Volunteers of America, a national, non-profit organiza-
tion. Headquartered in the county branch libraries it is manned by
32 men and women volunteers who spent over 2400 hours with 125
students this past year. These dedicated tutors give of their time,
materials, and transportation. They are supervised by two VISTA Grant
employees who match the students with the tutors and do some teach-
ing themselves in family situations. The Coordinator of the Program
is Ms. Jane Cox who is paid by a Title 6 Federal Grant. She has done
an outstanding job.
The good news is that it works. Men and women, boys and girls of
all races are being helped-their reading skills improved. Inmates
at the Franklin County Work Camp are in group classes. Plans
are in motion to start similar classes at the County Jail. Just
think of how better reading skills could help these inmates get
better jobs and break the cycle of crime and imprisonment which
plagues so many in our society.
The bad news is that the Title 6 Grant money that has paid the
Coordinator will no longer be available because of belt tightening
by Congress and the Administration. Without her leadership, re-
cruiting and training skills the whole program could die on the vine.
FCARP needs help.
We can not expect Uncle Sugar to do it all. Our County Commission
is strapped, too... It is our problem, in our community and we, as
concerned individuals, must pick up the slack.
In order that this vitally important program can continue, I am send-
ing my check to LVA Franklin County, c/o Franklin County Public
Library, P.O. Box 722, Eastpoint, FL, 32328 (a tax-deductible dona-
tion). I hope you will do the same.
George Butler
St. Teresa, Franklin County, FL


Florida Power

Corporation

By Paul Jones
In response to requests from Alli-
gator Point residents the Florida
Power Corporation relocated a
series of powerline poles along a
seaward area of County Road 370
that had been plagued continu-
ally by storm erosion.
Just a few days after Hurricane
Erin had invaded the Gulf of
Mexico and caused wind and ero-
sion damage along the North
Florida coast, a tactical team of
power company personnel
swarmed onto the Point. Timing
being of the essence with tropical
storm Felix forming up rapidly in


the tropics, this team cofipleted
the task of engineering the relo-
cation of the poles and line within
48 hours.
This team accomplished this work
during a period of time when other
similar teams assigned to the pan-
handle were struggling just to get
power and service back to resi-
dents of the storm ravaged North-
west Florida coastline.
Not only did they do it "by the'
book", they concerned themselves
with the terrain to assure that the
Point's underground water sys-
tem and phone lines were never
compromised.
From the folks at Alligator Point...
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DCA Addresses Procedural

and Substantive Issues in

Resort Village Process

Because there are implications in procedure for future changes in
any comprehensive plan across the panhandle counties, as well as
the entire State of Florida, and as an illustration of the various
administrative complexities involved in the Resort Village approval
process, we are publishing substantial portions of a Department of
Community Affairs (DCA) advisory to Franklin County Commis-
sioners, for possible future action. The letter of 10 August 1995,
from J. Thomas Beck, Chief Bureau of Local Planning, was received
just before the last meeting of the Board of County Commissioners
(15 August 1995). Dr.Johnson's attorney, Ben Watkins, asked the
Commissioners to defer action on this letter until he and Dr. Johnson
had time to respond to the matters raised in the letter, and he
planned to do so at the next meeting of the Board, on 5 September
1995. The Commissioners approved the request.

PROCEDURAL ISSUES
The proposed development at Nick's Hole on St. George Island is within the
existing St. George Plantation DRI. The Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory
Commission (FLWAC) ruled in their Final Order on April 12, 1995 that any
final development approval within this area must comply with the current
requirements of Chapter 380, F.S. and Rule 9J-2, Florida Administrative Code.
Although this order is on appeal, it is nonetheless final and binding on the
County.
The 1977 St. George Plantation DRI D.O. clearly states that the Words and
terms used in the D.O. shall have the meanings used in Chapter 380 of the
Florida Statutes.
The proposed development site is in an acknowledged environmentally sensi-
tive area with potential impacts on the Apalachicola Bay, a resource of re-
gional, state and national significance. Commercial development within the
t. George Plantation has been given "Conceptual approval only" by the terms
of the 1977 D.O.
At the time the DRI Development Order was approved by the County in 1977,
the commercial area in question was given conceptual approval for types of
development without delineating specific densities and intensities or mitiga-
tion of impacts. Implicit in the understanding of "conceptual approval" as
used in Ch. 380, is the recognition that further review will be required before
the County issues final approval that will allow development to commence.
The mechanism to accomplish this further review is the NOPC [Notice of Pro-
p osed Change] process established by DRI law. Although this process was not
formalized in 1977 when the D.O. was issued for this DRI, the D.O. require-
ment that the developer come back to the Board for further review is unmis-
takable. This process of further review, under Ch. 380, F.S., at the time the
1977 D.O. was written, required that any changes to the original D.O. be
rendered to DCA for review. This review process was elaborated on with the
Notice of Proposed Change requirements in subsequent changes to the law.
It is the role of DCA in its capacity as the State Land Planning Agency to have
oversight of any DRI development order, or amendment to that development
order in order, to ensure that impacts to state and regionally significant re-
sources are addressed as conditions of approval within the development or-
der. The assurance that more specific local issues are addressed occurs through
the local site plan approval and rezoning processes. The two processes are not
mutually exclusive, occur at different levels concurrently as the development
progresses towards final DRI approval.
A change of type of local government approval, i.e. from Conceptual approval
to Final DRI approval that will allow development to commence, constitutes a
"change" to the DRI. Changes, not specifically exempt by statute, require that
the NOPC process be followed.
The 1977 D.O. specifically states that plans for this area are "indefinite." The
order repeatedly uses the term "conceptual" referring to commercial develop-
ment of St. George Plantation and the term "commercial zone preliminary
master plan" to refer to the generalized bubble map for the area. The order
also states that the developer and the Board mutually agree that final plans
for the commercial areas have not been developed and that this order consti-
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tutes conceptual approval only. The record is consistent in referring to the
development of commercial areas within the Plantation as general in nature.
The process used by the Board to allow final development approval for other
areas that were conceptually approved under this D.O. has been to amend the
D.O. The amendments have been rendered to the Department for review and
have been processed as amendments to the original 1977 D.O. While the 1981
"Gorrie Ocean Mile Development Order" does not clearly state that it is an
amendment, it was processed as an amendment by the Department and is so
indicated in the St. George Island DRI file. There is no indication that this site
plan should be handled differently inder the law.
The 1977 D.O. anticipated that a change of land use would be required to
provide for commercial development in this area. Under the current rules and
statutes, that change of land use includes the requirement that development.
be consistent with the County's Comprehensive Plan. Since the current land
use designation is Residential, a Comprehensive Plan map amendment will be
required prior to rezoning.

SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
An overall plan of development for the total commercial site referred to as the
Plantation Commercial Area has not been proposed at this time. There is no
indication of buildout dates for this phase or other phases of the commercial
development as required by FLWAC's Final Order pursuant to Ch. 380.08(3),
F.S.
The site plan incorporated by reference as Exhibit #2 in the draft Develop-
ment Order under consideration by the Board includes restaurants with a
total of 312 food and beverage seats. The proposal intends that some unspeci-
fied number of these seats will be developed on septic tanks. The Department
has had prior discussions with the developer and made it clear that the intro-
duction of restaurant wastewater into septic tanks would not be acceptable
given the harmful impacts to the Apalachicola Bay. Certain conditions limit-
ing food and beverage seats to no more that 20, and requiring the use of
disposable utensils only, were negotiated with the developer earlier this year.
It is of concern to the Department that these conditions do not appear in the
draft D.O. for this project. The impact of restaurant wastewater needs to be
adequately addressed as a condition of approval with the order. Until these
issues are adequately addressed, it is the position of the Department that
environmental impacts will occur to Apalachicola Bay due to the development
proposal and that further review of the project will be required.
It is the Department's recommendation that the County proceed as follows:
1. Require the developer to submit a NOPC 2. Prepare and submit a DRI
D.O. amendment consistent with conditions for approval recommended by
the Department, other review agencies and the Regional Planning Council
3. Prepare and submit a Comprehensive Plan Amendment changing the
underlying land use designation for this site from Residential to Commer-
cial 4. Proceed with local Site Plan approval and Rezoning 5. Process Build-
ing Permits, or other local permits required.
I hope this information will be useful to the Board in your deliberations. If you
have any questions, or need further information, please call me or Susan
Anderson in the Bureau of Local Planning at (904) 487-4545.
Sincerely,
J. Thomas Beck, Chief
Bureau of Local Planning


Alligator Point

By Paul Jones
The Alligator Point Water Resource District and the Mader Corpora-
tion are heading for an apparent big-time showdown. This confronta-
tion will possibly surface at the A.P.W.R.D.'s quarterly meeting sched-
uled for Saturday, 26 August at 10 a.m. (due to the anticipated audi-
ence the meeting place has been moved from Fred McCord's resi-
dence to the second floor of the Alligator Point Fire House).
The situation is that Mader will need water provided to their property
on Bald Point if they expect to develop the lots into homesites. And
the board of directors for the A.P.W.R.D. has succinctly advised the
corporation that the district has neither the resource capacity nor
the responsibility to provide water to them.
Only members within the geographical boundaries of the water dis-
trict are entitled to services...the Mader properties are outside this
boundary. The A.P.W.R.D.'s board of directors is appointed by the
Governor of Florida and answers to no one else. According to Joe
Cordell, Jr. President of the board, the A.P.W.R.D. is not in a nego-
tiable position in this matter, as he put it "We are mandated by law to
provide service to our members, we cannot provide or sacrifice re-
sources to an outsider...any action of this sort would probably evoke
a tremendous liability problem".
The board has offered the Mader Corporation their only viable iem-
edy to this situation...buy into the service, that is, at the corporation's
expense provide the necessary studies, and all materiel (pumps, lines,
wells, storage facilities, and maintenance personnel) to provide the
required resource capacity. Then once this was accomplished and
approved by the regulatory agencies, the satellite system would.be
deeded over to the A.P.W.R.D. management.
As expected, the Mader Corporation did not readily accept this pro-
posal. Among Mader's options it is conceivable that they are now
posturing toward taking this situation to court to attempt to force the
district to provide service.
The members of the water district should take keen interest in this
matter. .too many folks assume that they will always have ample
pressure and water resources to maintain their daily lifestyle. More
on this later, after the smoke clears!


Pulling the Plug on the Port Authority

A Report and Commentary
By Brian Goercke

A WRITER'S LAMENT: The Gavel is Mightier than the Motion
It was certainly the view of this writer that the 10 August Carrabelle
Port Authority meeting would contain all the action of the Mike Tyson
Pay-Per-View fight with better overall reception and with more par-
ticipants entering the ring.
This was to be a verbal buffet for the media, where truth and convic-
tion met outrage and indignation on the second floor of city hall. The
possibilities of hearing great words at fantastic volumes were better
than average. And who is to say what images might have been cap-
tured on 35 mm film?

The issues were anxious to be heard, for Carrabelle Port Authority
board member Jim Lycett had made them known just a few days
earlier at a Carrabelle City Commission meeting. He had literally
thrown down the gauntlet against heavyweight Gene Langston. And
Langston was not going to sit quietly cursing the one who had chal-
lenged his right as an exclusive contractor. This was to be round -one
of impropriety versus legal right. And your esteemed writer had box
seats, two;bic pens, one micro recorder, one fully loaded Minolta and
Sa4two cup caffeine buzz until.... .
THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Impropriety Versus Legal Right, and
much, much more
The 10 August Carrabelle Port & Airport Authority meeting came to
an abrupt end when Chairman Donald Wood hammered his way out
of a dispute between the board's Exclusive Agent Gene Langston and
board member Jim Lycett, thus adjourning while many questions
still lingered. This writer wondered why these discussions were halted
without even a motion for board consensus. He later wondered if
these issues would ever again see the sunshine of an open meeting.
Mr. Wood defended his actions at the 10 August meeting by stating, "I
can [end a meeting] when it deteriorates to this level." When Mr. Wood
was contacted on August 23, he said that he had ended the meeting,
because the board had covered all of its business on the agenda. "It
would not be fair for Mary Jane to have to sit an extra thirty minutes
in that meeting and transcribe verbatim all of that [discussion] from
the tape machine," said Wood.
Mr. Wood further noted that the dispute between Mr. Langston and
Mr. Lycett was personal and not board business. "I think Jim's inten-
tions are good," said Mr. Wood, "but he seems to go off to these meet-
ings with half the information." He stated that, even before Mr.
Langston's land can be purchased by the Port Authority with state
money, it must be appraised and'final approval must be given by the
City of Carrabelle.
Contacted on 23 August, Mr. Lycett said that the chairman's stated
reasons for ending the Port Authority Board Meeting were "weak." He
explained, "Since I've been on the Port Authority, no meeting has ever
ended that way."
By the numbers, Mr. Lycett's arguments are:
(1) Gene Langston is the Port Authority's Exclusive Agent and
(2) Gene Langston is attempting to sell eight acres of land, which he
purchased for $10,000, for $50,000 to the board.
(3) Gene Langston's land is not worth $50,000.
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For Mayor (Apalachicola)


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Mayor Bobby Howell Candidate Edith Edwards
Question One: What are your qualifications?


1. I have a BS Degree in Business
Administration along with many
years of practical experience. I
was Clerk of the Circuit Court for
Franklin County for 27 years. I
prepared 27 budgets and 27 an-
nual reports. I have been Mayor
for almost 4 years and I have
made a difference.


1. My experience as a city com-
missioner and being involved with
city government for the past ten
years will be helpful. During my
twenty-eight years with Southern
Belle Telephone and Telegraph
Company, I had experience in ac-
counting, as a service represen-
tative and in management. Work-
ing with people and getting a job
well done is natural or me. I e-
lieve in being fair, honest, trust-
worthy and in having respect for
all. I have the leadership qualifi-
cations of conducting myself
wisely and judiciously.


Question Two: (For incumbent) What revenue generating plans
and ideas have you implemented in your previous term? (For
incumbent and challenger) If elected or reelected, what revenue
generating plans and ideas would you like to implement in the
future?


2. My revenue plan has been not
to spend more that what we have.


2. According to Environmental
Protection Agency regulations, the
city must have a contingency fund
for operating and maintenance of
our sewer department. This cost
should be increased yearly to
avoid a large increase at one time.
This operating and maintenance
cost has not been increased since
I left office in 1993. At present,
any over expenses for the sewer
department is being funded from
the water department fund. Al-
though, I would avoid an increase
in our sewer bills if at all possible.


Question Three: (For incumbent) What were three of your main
priorities to accomplish in your previous term? (For incumbent
and challenger) If elected or reelected, what will be your three
main priorities to accomplish in the future?


3. My three main priorities were:
a) Correct the financial problems
of the city. b) Secure monies to
build a sewer plant and flow sys-
tem. c) Build a complete new wa-
ter treatment plant. Item "a" has
been corrected; Item "b" should
begin in April; and Item "c" should
begin in late 1995 or early 1996.


3. My three main priorities in-
clude: (1) According to the city
charter, the mayor by ordinance
shall be responsible for police and
public safety. Our citizens have
expressed their concern about
problems with our police depart-
ment. If elected, I will address
their concerns immediately. (2) I
would like to clean up our city
and remove unsafe (dilapidated)
buildings and health hazards. We
have an ordinance that I fought
to have adopted while ,I was a city
commissioner, which addresses
this matter. Why isn't it being
enforced? (3) I would continue, ef-
forts to impirbve the city water
system. Currently, the city has
submitted a pre-application to the
Farmers Home Administration for
a loan/grant. If the application is
accepted, I will work to get this
project underway.


Question Four: (For incumbent) What crime prevention ideas
and programs have you sought to implement in your previous
term? (For incumbent and challenger) If elected or reelected,
what crime prevention ideas and programs do you plan to imple-
ment? (For incumbent and challenger) If elected or reelected,
how would you seek to increase the efficiency within law enforce-
ment?


4. I have encouraged updating our
equipment. We have purchased
new radios for each policeman to
carry, one new police car, and
current maintenance on all police
cars. We have added two new po-
licemen and doubled our night
patrol. I will request one addi-
tional police officer next year. We
have adopted a plan to purchase
a new police car each year and
our oldest car would be only three
years old. We are replacing radios
in all police cars.


4. (a) It should be a requirement
that all police officers attend re-
fresher courses. This would en-
able them to stay in good physi-
cal condition and stay informed
of any new procedures. Public re-
lations needs to be improved. (b)
We should have a good working
relationship with our sheriff and
his department. We should be
sure that our police department
is well-staffed and that the nec-
essary funds are allotted to pro-
vide up-to-date equipment to op-
erate efficiently.


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Question Five: (For incumbent) How have you addressed the ris-
ing level of juvenile crime in your previous term. (For incumbent
and challenger) If elected or reelected, how do you plan to ad-
dress the rising level of Juvenile crime?


5. Juvenile crime is one of the
main crimes and we have worked
very closely with HRS and the
Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment. Increasing the number of
police officers has helped. Adding
an additional officer next year will
certainly help. We need the help
of parents to solve this problem.
During my riding with the police
around 2:00 and 3:00 in the
morning, I see many young teen-
agers out. I wonder if the par-
ents know where their children
are.


5.1 would like to have special
workshops with the sheriffs de-
partment, city police department,
parents, students, church lead-
ers, local organizations, school
leaders and teachers, city and
county commissioners and con-
cerned citizens. We should be
working together toward "invest-
ing in lives," instead of building
jails. (See part two question #4 for
additional answer to this ques-
tion).


Question Six: (For incumbent and challenger) To what extent do
you see historic preservation in relation to economic develop-
ment?


6. Historic preservation and eco-
nomic development go hand in
hand. This is one of the main
players in the tourist industry.
Without our Historic Preserva-
tion, we would not have the tour-
ists.


6. Historic preservation and eco-
nomic development go "hand in
hand." Some of our "ole timers"
say that the "new comers" want
Apalachicola to look like Key West
or Destin. This simply isn't true.
Take a look at the historic homes
and businesses that have been
and are being restored. We must
preserve our history, but in do-
ing so, not "go overboard" to turn
Apalachicola into a tourist attrac-


tion.
Question Seven: (For incumbent and challenger) What is your
position on the Local Option Gas Tax?
7. I completely oppose any new 7. I would take the matter by ref-
taxes on gas. erendum and by the wishes of the
city. I would support the city's
position.

For City Commissioner (Apalachicola)
Water and Sewer Department


Question Three: (For incumbent) What measures have you taken
in your previous term to provide better quality water for the
city? (For incumbent and challenger) If elected or reelected, what
measures would you take to provide better quality of water for
the city? Do you favor the installation of a chlorination booster
station? Why?


3) As for our Water System, the
City Water Department Flushes
Fire Hydrants weekly all over
town; this keeps our water flow-
ing better. They take samples ev-
ery week; these samples are
tested by experts. We are replac-
ing galvanized pipes and putting
in PVC pipe. The city has applied
for a grant and a loan for 2 Mil-
lion dollars to upgrade the water
system, which consists of Lines,
Wells and Water Tank.


3. (a) We need a water treatment
plant. (b) No, our engineers have
confirmed that this is not needed.


Question Four: (For incumbent) What city youth programs have
you supported and helped implement to combat juvenile delin-
quency? (For incumbent and challenger) If elected or reelected,
what youth programs would you support and seek to implement
to combat juvenile delinquency?


4) As a Commissioner, I have
helped with the Hendels Pee Wee
Park that was built. This park was
built for youths ages 5-12. A Com-
munity Center has been built for
youth activities. I was a member
of the Quarter Back Club. I have
Coached youth baseball for Girls
and Boys for 5 years. I have al-
ways supported youth Activities.


4. I would support the existing
agreement with the county
sheriffs department. We might
also hold a local forum to look into
the problem further.


Question Five: (For incumbent) What measures have you taken
in your previous term to ensure better waste disposal services
for the city? (For incumbent and challenger) What measures would
you take to ensure better waste disposal services?


5) I have worked along with Trash
and Garbage Contractors to make
sure it's picked up and disposed
on a regular schedule, The city
has just hired a new Company
and with this new company the
problems the citizens had with
garbage and Trash will be re-
solved.


5. I would establish a convenient
place for people to dump items.
Then, I would inform people what
they can dump and where, in ad-
dition to any routine pick-up.


Question Six: What kind of programs and ideas would you favor
to help provide relief to those affected by the net ban
amendment?


Commissioner Jack Frye Candidate Richard Macy
Question One: What are your qualifications?


1) I have been on the board of City
Commissioners for 12 years and
During my Terms I have worked
budgets and grants. I am the
Store Manager at the Gulfside IGA
in Apalachicola. I have also Man-
aged a Seafood House and its op-
erations. I was in the Military for
23 years. I have experience work-
ing with the public and experience
in buying and selling to make
profits.


1. My qualification include being
a Primary Executive in the Re-
gional Sales Management in the
Southeast for ConAgra.





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Question Two: (For incumbent) What departmental ideas have
you implemented in your previous terms to help city's water and
sewer plant run more economically and efficiently? (For incum-
bent and challenger) If elected or reelected, what departmental
ideas would you implement to help the city's water and sewer
plant run more economically and efficiently?


2) During my terms as a Commis-
sioner, there has been a new
sewer plant built. I have worked
with the engineers and the con-
tractors in getting broken pipes
and infiltration out of system.
This helps our system plant run
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For Mayor (Carrabelle)


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Candidate Charles Candidate Jim Phillips
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Question One: What are your qualifications?
1. I was the mayor of Carrabelle Mr Phillis did no submit his
for three consecutive four year Mr hllip dd not submit his
terms. answers by press time.
Question Two: (For incumbent) What revenue generating plans
and ideas have you implemented in your previous term? (For
incumbent and challenger) If elected or reelected, what revenue
generating plans and ideas would you like to implement in the
future?
2. There are grants for nearly any-
thing that the city could ask for.
We will get all of the grants that
We can.

Question Three: (For incumbent),What were three of your main
priorities to accomplish in your previous term? (For incumbent
and challenger) If elected or reelected, what will be your three
main priorities to accomplish in the future?
3. My main goals will be (1) to find
some place for the youth to get
them off of the streets and roads,
(2) to get the fireworks back on
the Fourth of July and (3) to try
to get the people involved in their
city.

Question Four: (For incumbent) What crime prevention ideas
and programs have you sought to implement in your previous
term? (For incumbent and challenger) If elected or reelected,
what crime prevention ideas and programs do you plan to imple-
ment? (For incumbent and challenger) If elected or reelected,
how would you seek to increase the efficiency within law enforce-
ment?
4. I would find a way to keep
drugs out of the schools and off
of the streets.

Question Five: (For incumbent) How have you addressed the ris-
ing level of juvenile crime in your previous term. (For incumbent
and challenger) If elected or reelected, how do you plan to ad-
dress the rising level of juvenile crime?
5. I have talked to several moth-
ers about getting involved in help-
ing with some kind of recreation
for the youth of the city.

Question Six: (For incumbent and challenger) To what extent do
you see historic preservation in relation to economic develop-
ment?
6. This will take care of itself, be-
cause when people move in, they -'--
do not want a change.

Question Seven: (For incumbent and challenger) What is your
position on the Local Option Gas Tax?
7. If we need the gas tax, I don't
believe people will complain about
it.


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For City Commissioner (Carrabelle)
Finance Department


Commissioner Michael
Horvath


Question Seven: What development possibilities do you support
for Timber Island?
7. I would like to see Timber Is-
land developed for Carrabelle resi-
dents and visitors alike. The pros-
pects are exciting. I would sup-
port a public marina with a fuel-
ing facility, pavilion for concerts,
recreation courts, picnic tables
and grills. I sure the list will grow.
Question Eight: What ideas do you have for generating revenue
within the city?
8. That question will have to wait.
If elected, I would like to see where
the city is money-wise and access
what its strengths and weak-
nesses are. Then, I would get the
facts and plan accordingly.


The Bevis Letter


Tommy Bevis


Question One: What are your qualifications?


Mr. Horvath did not submit his
answers by press time.


1. My qualifications include com-
mitment, desire and time. In my
opinion, these are the most im-
portant qualifications. My prior
experience will be helpful. I served
as a city commissioner in Boston,
GA. for a four year term. My post
was as Finance Chairperson and
as a member of the Police Com-
mittee.


Question Two: What are some of your ideas for grant possibilities?
2!'At this point, I would like to
educate myself as to what grant
programs are available and what
would be feasible for our commu-
nity. Ideas are great, but facts are
what count.
Question Three: What are the biggest economic problems and
assets to the city?
3. A lack of jobs are the primary
problems here. Our assets are
numerous with regard to: it's a
great place to live, the people are
friendly, we have water all around
us, hunting and fishing are bit.
As far as our assets pertaining to
the operation of the city of Carra-
belle, I don't know know yet.
Question Four: To what extent do you see historic preservation
in relation to economic development?
4. Historic preservation in rela-
tion to economic development is
a tough question. However, if one
looks closely at all of the aspects,
I think a fine balance could be
attained and the two could work
hand-in-hand.
Question Five: What are some of the youth programs that you
support? How would you address the rising level of juvenile crime?
5. Most youth programs available
today are doing a good job. Some
may need fine tuning, but all-in-
all, they provide a service for our
kids. The rising level of juvenile
crime is a very complex situation.
There are no clear cut answers.
Being a mother of five, I have defi-
nite views. Children need love,
attention and a firm set of values.
I must confess that I am at a loss
as to what should be done.

Question' Six: What is your position on the Local Option Gas Tax?
6. My first reaction to the Local
Option Gas Tax is: I don't want
any more taxes, gas or otherwise.
My second view is: If this is the
only way to get our roads up to
par, then maybe I would have to
see what this would do for Carra-
belle before I made up my mind.


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Mr. Ben Watkins
41 Commerce Street
Apalachicola, Fla. 32320
Re: Bevis & Associates, Inc. lease with Carrabelle Airport and Port Authority
and proposed transfer of location.
This will acknowledge receipt of your letter of August 3, 1995. I apologize for
the delay in providing you with the information you requested regarding our
requirements for relocation. The bad weather we have been experiencing as a
result of Hurricane Erin, together with the demands of our boat building
business, have delayed us in assembling the information set forth below.
I noted your statement that Bill MacCartney has reviewed my lease and has
found "there, are substantial instances of failure to comply with its manda-
tory terms." I am unaware of any violation by me of any mandatory term of
my lease. To the extent that I have in any way failed to comply with the
requirements of, my lease, such failure is the direct result of contractual
breaches by the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority and/or the City of
Carrabelle. If either you or Mr. MacCartney can point to instances where that
is not the case, such information might affect my requirements which are set
forth below.
I have tried repeatedly, without success, to reach an amicable settlement of
this matter. It is apparent however, that certain parties are convinced that
the facility leased by me can now be leased to someone else for substantially
more money. As a result, everything possible has been done to try and pre-
vent me from fulfilling the terms of the lease so that I can be forced out. I will
not be.
I want to be very clear. I do not wish to leave my present location. To try and
resolve the controversy with the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority and
the City of Carrabelle, I am willing to do so under the terms set forth below,
which I believe to be very reasonable. If we are unable to reach a resolution
along these lines, and if I am subjected to any further harassment or failure
by the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority or the City of Carrabelle to act in
reasonable conformance with the terms and intent of the lease, it is my in-
tent to seek judicial relief. If that becomes necessary, it is my intent to pur-
sue an action for damages in federal court against those persons who have
acted under color of state law to deprive me of my rights. I have been told that
if I am successful, I may also be able to recover my attorneys fees under S42
USC 1988. I have also sought legal advice regarding my rights regarding
actions by others who are not necessarily acting under color of state law, but
who stand to gain financially by influencing the Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority to declare a breach of my lease. I am told that the law recognized a
cause of action for intentional interference with an advantageous business
relationship. I don't want to resort to litigation of any kind, but if I'm forced
into it, it will not simply be a declaratory judgment proceeding, but will in-
stead be an action for monetary damages against those who have wronged
me.
In order to consider relocation to another facility we would require a 10,000
square foot building, with 18 foot ceilings containing office space of 24' x 36',
one 12' x 12' office, one 12' x 12' tool room. The total office space and tool
room spaces need to be covered by flooring for upper level storage. The build-
ing needs to have handicapped accessible rest rooms with hot and cold wa-
ter. The building should also have three (3) twenty foot roll back doors with at
least fifteen foot head clearance. We also require three phase power, water,
sewer and.telecommunication hook ups. All utilities need to be underground.
This building should be situated on eight acres of privately owned, cleared
land deeded to Bevis,& Associates, Inc. and-located on the water to enable us
to water test our boats, and a paved road for delivery and public access
purposes. We also require a 150' x 150' parking lot preferably located in the
front of the building. We would also require a 12' x 16' outside storage build-
ing.
In addition to the physical requirements we are requesting reimbursement
for lost revenue incurred during the relocation process, The relocation will
include shutdown for packing etc., actual moving time, and set-up, start-up
time. We also will incur additional expense for office stock and supplies, ad-
vertising, brochures and other materials used in the promotion of our busi-
ness containing our new address.
Also to be considered is the long term lost revenue from the other marine
related services that we provide. Reimbursement for expenses incurred for
valid permits for six more slips, concrete boat ramp, 50 ton travel lift, fuel
dock, sanitation and bilge pump outs. In addition, there is the inconvenience
and hardship of having to relocate an existing thriving business to a new
location.
Finally, it has come to our attention that in several of the previous meetings
of the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority, Mr. Donald Woods. Mr. Cliff
Willis and Mr. Gene Langston on several occasions have said that this facility
could be rented to someone else for seven thousand dollars per month.
In consideration of the above mentioned items not to include the physical
plant, we are asking for a cash settlement of six hundred fifty thousand dol-
lars ($650,000.00).
I look forward to hearing from you to continue our discussion of this pro-
posal.

T. J. Bevis,
Bevis & Associates


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After each board member read a
letter of Mr. Bevis' demands sub-
mitted to Attorney J. Ben Watkins
(printed above), they decided to
halt earlier proposed negotiations
with Mr. Bevis and seek a Declara-
tory Judgment against him on the
basis that he has not operated his
marina in accordance to his lease.
Board member Carole Adams ad-
dressed Bevis, "When you start
backing people into corners, they
come out swinging. This could
have been worked out, but for
whatever reason, it's not being
worked out."
Board member Jim Lycett con-
curred, "I cannot read this letter
without feeling that the last two
months have been a delaying tac-
tic to go for time. These propos-
als are pie in the sky. It really sets
up an awfully difficult case. You're
sort of drawing the battle lines
and leaving us no choice in try-
ing to work something out."
Mr. Bevis stated that he was will-
ing to have the facility appraised
and to have a counter-offer made
to him.
Lycett responded, "It's not as if
you own everything that's over
there and want to be reimbursed
for it."
Board member Barry Wood con-
cluded, "I'm telling you the truth,
this has just gone on and on and
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SECOND CIRCUIT

COURT REPORT


The Honorable William Gary
14 August 1995

Frank T. Williams,
Assistant State Attorney

Kevin Steiger,
Assistant Public Defender


Franklin County Court House
12 September 1994

Arraignments
Richard Barnett, Jr.: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for pre-trial on 11 September.
The defendant has been accused of stealing three spools of cable, taps, con-
nectors and face plates in early 1994 from the St. George Island Cable Com-
pany. According to Charles Sumner, co-owner of the St. George Island Cable
Company, the defendant used the stolen items for his benefit on a project with
the Georgia Cable Company. The defendant is the son of Richard Barnett, Sr.,
who owns the Georgia Cable Company.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Joseph Hughes.
Carlos Artez "Famee" Morris: Charged with one count of Sale of a Con-
trolled Substance, Battery, Resisting Arrest Without Violence and Escape, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case
for pre-trial on 11 September.
The defendant has been accused of assaulting Katurah Washington and es-
caping from the custody of Officer Luther Whitehurst on 18 March 1995. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
James Earl Coulter: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon and Battery. the defendant pleaded Not Guilty'to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case for pre-trial on 11 September and appointed
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger to represent the defendant.
The defendant has been accused of assaulting Robert H. Russell during a
fight with a pocket knife on 29 April 1995 at the Florida Shell Fish in East-
point.
Valerie Denise Croom: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Check,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for pre-trial on 9 October. The defendant has been accused of uttering a
false check, which was stolen from Kywana Croom, of thirty dollars to pur-
chase two shrimp dinners from the Seafood Reef. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Melissa Davis: Charged with one count of Battery on a Staff Member of a
Detention Center (Inner Harbour), the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charge. Judge Gary continued the case for pre-trial on 15 August. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges on 15 August and was sen-
tenced to thirty days in the Franklinr County Jail. The defendant was accused
of assaulting Kenny T. Wilkins on 27 May 1995.
William Reid Hicks: Charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by
a Convicted Felon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary-continued the case for pre-trial on 9 October. The Defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney J. Ben Watkins.
Larry D. Joseph: Charged with four counts of Uttering a Forged Check, the
Defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case
for pre-trial on 11 September.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger entered a motion for pre-trial release
'on the defendant's behalf. "He has long standing ties to the community and is
a long time resident of Apalachicola." said Steiger. "The defendant is a good
risk for pre-trial release." The defendant has been accused of uttering two
forged thirty dollar checks to the Red Rabbit on February 2 & 18, 1995, a forty
dollar check to the Sooonbill Lounge on 1 April 1995 and a thirty dollar check
to the Oasis Lounge on 29 March 1995. All of the uttered checks were stolen
from Kywana Croom.
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams argued that the defendant's charge
has drug-related implications. Mr. Williams also expressed concern that the
..defendant had a list of alias'. He read several of Mr. Joseph's alias' from a
National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) sheet and stated, "That's only
half of them." Steiger returned, "I don't have access to the NCIC, so I don't
know if he's [Larry Joseph] going by Larry, Curly or Moe."
Judge Gary denied pre-trial release, but reduced the defendant's bond to
twenty-five hundred dollars. "I've received letters from your brother," said Judge
Gary to Mr. Joseph, "I'm sorry that your mother is ill."
Barbara McAnally: Charged with one count of Uttering a Worthless Check
Over One Hundred and Forty-Nine Dollars, the defendant pleaded No Contest
to the charge. Judge Gary withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant
to two years of probation. Judge Gary waived court costs and public defender's
fees, but ordered the defendant to pay two hundred and seventy dollars in
Restitution.
William McDaniels: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for pre-trial
on 11 September. The defendant was represented by Attorney Salesia V. Smith.
Lionel Sanders: Charged with thirteen counts of Forgers, one count of Un-
employment Compensation Fraud and thirteen counts of Uttering a Forged
Check, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for pre-trial on 11 September.
The defendant has been accused of uttering five thirty-dollar checks, two thirty-
five dollar checks, two twenty dollar checks and one forty dollar check to the
Oasis Lounge. He has also been accused of uttering checks to Two Gulls Two,
Suwanee Swifty and Gulf State Bank for a total of four hundred and seventy
dollars. All of the uttered checks were stolen from Donnie and Beverly Maddox
and were uttered between May 24-30, 1995. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Daniel Lee Whoolery: Charged with six counts of Forgery, the defendant
pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary withheld adjudication and
ordered the defendant to pay two hundred and fifty-five dollars in court costs.
one hundred and twenty five dollars for public defender's fees and six hun-
dred dollars in restitution.
The defendant was a first-time offender. Judge Gary asked, "Do you plan to
become a regular here." The defendant responded that he did not have such
plans. "Well, everybody's permitted to make a mistake. You just used up your
time."
The-defendant was accused of forging credit cards, while he worked at the Jr.
Store #385.The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin.
Steiger.
Tammy D. Douds: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Check, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated the de-
fendant guilty and sentenced her to eighteen months of probation. Judge Gary
also ordered the defendant to pay two hundred and fifty-five dollars in court
costs, sixty-six dollars in restitution to Karen Daniel, and waived the public
defender's fees.
As conditions of the defendant's probation, Judge Gary also ordered the de-
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Gary instructed, "Do not come back to see me again, unless it's as a juror.
reporter, attorney or clerk of the court." The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Billy James Beverly: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure
and Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued
the case for pre-trial on 11 September.
The defendant has been accused of unlawfully entering the Alligator Point
Volunteer Fire Department with intent to commit theft or some offense therein.
On 4 March 1994, the Colquitt Sheriffs Department recovered several items
of fire department equipment in Moultrie, Ga. The items were later deter-
mined to belong to the Alligator Point Volunteer Fire Department, which were
reported stolen on 14 September 1994.
The items had the initials A.P.V.F.D. stamped on them.
On 29 March 1995, the defendant gave a sworn testimony to Investigator
Donald Davis of the Colquitt Sheriffs Department that co-defendant Johnny
Warner and he were involved in the thefts. The defendant stated that Warner
ordered him to steal property from the Alligator Point Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment, a First Responders' vehicle and a camper on Alligator Point. The defen-
dant stated that he stole one fire helmet, one bunker coat, three pairs of
gloves, one fire fighter's bag, one pair of high top boots, one flashlight, three
radios, one tree climber, one gun, one medical bag, one VCR and one televi-
sion.
In a 29 March 1995 sworn statement, the defendant wrote, "Johnny kept
everything, except for a twenty-two pistol. I kept it. I threw the gun in Bear
Creek Pond. I done all of this, because I was afraid Johnny would shoot me."
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbary Sanders.
Billy Gene Bryant: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Check,
Uttering a Worthless Check Over One Hundred and Forty-Nine Dollars and
Forgery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for trial on 27 September.
The defendant has been accused of Uttering a Forged Check of four hundred
and seventy-two dollars to David Gilbert for the purchase of shrimp. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant'Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Vedell Maurice Bunyon: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine and
Sale of a Controlled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
Judge Gary continued the case for pre-trial on 1 December.
The defendant has been accused of selling one hundred and sixty dollars
worth of crack cocaine on 15 December 1994 to an undercover investigator.
The drug sale was both video and audiotaped. The defendant was represented
by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Billie Jo Byrd: Charged with one count of Principal First Degree Murder
and Armed Robbery with a Firearm, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the
lesser charge of Accessory After the Fact.
The defendant had been accused of Principal First Degree Murder of Mr. Chuck
Nobles on 30 December 1993. Judged Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and sentenced her to one year and one day in the Department of Corrections
with credit for one hundred and thirty-one days for time served. Judge Gary
also fined the defendant two hundred and fifty-five dollars. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Steve Cummings: Charged with one count of Sexual Act with a Child Un-
der Sixteen, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Battery.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced him to six months
of probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay two hundred and
fifty-five dollars in count costs and one hundred and twenty-five dollars in
public defender's fees.
The defendant was accused of having a consensual sexual relationship with a
thirteen year old girl. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Joe Duncan, Jr.: Charged with two counts of Third Degree Grand
Theft and one count of Armed Burglary of a Dwelling, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on 22 Au-
gust.
The defendant has been accused of trafficking stolen property belonging to
Herman Roekch and Wallace Watkins. The defendant has been accused of
selling a stolen Honda generator to Ralph Richards of Apalachicola on 26
January and attempting to sell a stolen tool box containing tools to Kenny
Estes and Coy Shiver for sixty dollars on 27 January 1994. The defendant
was also accused of busting the window of a truck owned by George Simmons
on 21 January 1994 and stealing three guns from the vehicle. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jermaine J. Earl: Charged with one count of Second Degree Murder, Pos-
session of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Aggravated Fleeing and Elud-
ing, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for pre-
trial on 13 November.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger made motions for More Definite Ad-
dress, Disclosure of Penalty Phase Evidence, To Compel Disclosure of Mitigat-
ing Circumstances and To Furnish the Penalty Phase Witness List on behalf
of the defendant.
In reference to the Motion for More Definite Address, Mr. Steiger stated that
several witnesses lived in Wakulla County and could not be located via their
address. "It's kind of hard to serve a subpoena to a P.O. box." said Steiger.
Judge Gary approved the motion to the extent in which the Judicial System
could assist in the matter. "In Wakulla County that's [post office boxes] about
'all you're gonna' get. They don't have many street mailing addresses."
In reference to the Motion for Disclosure of Penalty Phase Evidence, Judge
Gary approved the motion to the extent that is normally applied in criminal
procedures.
In reference to the Motion to Compel Disclosure of Mitigating Circumstances,
Judge Gary took the motion. under advisement. Mr. Steiger stated that he
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has suffered prior injuries. Steiger further stated that, while he was not re-
questing an incompetency hearing, he did feel that the psychologist could
provide mitigating factors in the capital case.
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams argued that, since the prosecution
did not request such services, the defense should not receive an expert to help
them with their case, either. He further pointed out that the defense was not
trying to prove the defendant incompetent to stand trial, but to help improve
their case.
County Attorney Al Shuler stated, "The county is hurting for money and they
don't need to spend money'[on expert witnesses] if it isn't needed."
On 15 August Judge Gary denied the motion without listing a reason.
In reference to the Motion to Compel the State to Furnish the Penalty Phase
Witness List, Judge Gary approved the motion to the extent that is permitted
under the Discover procedure.
Michael Gloner: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure and
Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary
withheld adjudication and sentenced the'defendant to eighteen months of
probation. Judge Gary also fined the defendant two hundred and fifty-five
dollars and ordered him to pay one hundred and twenty-five dollars in public
defender's fees.
Judge Gary asked the defendant his age and Mr. Gloner responded that he
tvas sixteen. Judge Gary warned the defendant that if he appeared before the
court again, he would be going away to prison for a lengthy time. "You may
think that you're a man at sixteen, but I assure you that you ain't gonna' be a
man in prison. They're gonna' smear mascara on you, cause you ain't gonna'
survive there. When several inmates in custody began laughing at Gary's
remark, Judge Gary turned to them and said that they laughed, only because
they had been treated the same way in prison. Gary addressed the defendant
again, "You better start pumping some iron now, if you're gonna' continue
with what you're doing. You may think I'm picking on you, but I'm telling you
the straight fact. I'm giving you one last bite of the apple and I'm serious as a
heart attack about the matter."
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Robert Clyde Law, Jr.: Charged with Second Degree Murder, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for trial
on 28 September. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Milledge: Charged with Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated the de-
fendant guilty, fined him two hundred and fifty-five dollars and ordered him
to pay two hundred and fifty dollars in public defender's fees.
The defendant was accused of punching Alfred Derosier, a Department of
Corrections inmate supervisor, in the left eye on 23 January 1995 after he
was ordered to leave a work bus.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Johnny William Warner: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Struc-
ture and Third Degree Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charge. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on 9 October.
The defendant was accused of burglarizing the Alligator Point Volunteer Fire
Department in early September of 1994 with co-defendant Billy James Beverly.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Anthony L. "Amp" Williams: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Discharge of a Firearm in City Limit, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case
for pre-trial on 29 September.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Harry Scott: Charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Con-
victed Felon, Possession of Cannabis and Carrying a Concealed Firearm, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary adjudicated the
defendant Guilty and sentenced him to two years in the Department of Cor-
rections with sixty-four days of credit for time served. Judge Gary also or-
dered the defendant to pay two hundred and fifty-five dollars in court costs
and one hundred and twenty-five dollars in public defender's fees, but re-
duced the payment to a civil judgment. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jeannette Kirven-Floyd: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer
Without Violence, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued
the case for pre-trial on 11 September. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Robert A. Harper.
Adrian L. Daniels: Charged with two counts of Sale of Cocaine, Resisting
an Officer With Violence, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Corruption
by Threat Against the Public and one count of Possession of Cannabis, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on 23
September. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Curtis Monroe: Charged with.one. count of Third Degree Grand Theft, the
defendant pleaded Not'Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case
for trial for the week of 18 October. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Violation of Probation
Charles H. Carmichael: Initially charged with zone count of Grand Theft
of a Motor Vehicle, the defendant entered a denial of Violation of Probation.
Judge Gary continued the case for a V.O.P. Hearing on 11 September. The
defendant had been accused of depriving Sandra Miller of her 1987 Ford Tau-
rus on 19 August 1992. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.

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Bobby C. Martin: Initially charged with one count of Grand Theft, the de-
fendant entered a denial of Violation of Probation. Judge Gary continued the
case for 11 September for a V.O.P. Hearing. The defendant had been accused
of attempting to assault Benita Judson in July of 1995 and stealing her purse.
According to Ms. Judson, the defendant pretended to have seizures on Ninth
Street in Apalachicola. When Judson went to the defendant's aide, he at-
tempted to strike her with a bicycle rim and stole her purse. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Ricky L. Smith: Initially charged with one count of Cultivation of Can-
nabis, the defendant entered a denial of Violation of Probation. Judge Gary
continued the case for a V.O.P. Hearing and appointed Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger to the defendant,
S John Lawyer Thomas: Initially charged with one count of Carrying a Con-
cealed Firearm, the defendant entered a denial of Violation of Probation. Judge
Gary continued the case on 11 September for a V.O.P. Hearing. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
James Wheeler Murray: Initially charged with one count of D.W.I. Man-
slaughter, the defendant entered a denial of Violation of Probation. Judge
Gary continued the case for a V.O.P. Hearing on 9 October. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Anthony V. Thornton: Initially charged with Petit Theft, the defendant
failed to appear to court. Judge Gary issued a capias for the arrest of the
defendant.
Patrick Thornton: Initially charged with eleven counts of Forgery and Ut-
tering a Forged Instrument, the defendant admitted a Violation of Probation.
Judge Gary revoked the defendant's probation and sentenced him to five years
in the Department of Corrections with eight months and fourteen days credit
for time served. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Patrick Glen Thornton: Charged with one count of D.U.I. and Driving
with a Suspended License, the defendant pleaded No Contest as charged.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, fined him five hundred dollars
and sentenced him to nine months in the Department of Corrections with
forty-four day of credit for time served. The defendant was represented by
Attorney J.M. Powers.
Leroy Yarrell: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest without Violence,
Resisting Arrest with Violence and Violation of Community Control, the defen-
dant entered a denial of violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hear-
ing on 11 September. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Cynthia Tuberville: Charged with two counts of Burglary of a Structure,
one count of Criminal Mischief and Violation of Probation, the defendant en-
tered an admission to the charges.
The defendant has been accused of unlawfully entering Burgers By The Bay
on 7 October 1994 with co-defendants Keith Golden and Talmedge Turner.
She was accused of stealing one hundred and seventy-five dollars and a gum
ball machine from the restaurant.
Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to eighteen months in the Department of
Corrections with seventy days of credit for time served.
Bobby Gene Creamer: Charged with two counts of Third Degree Grand
Theft, one count of Armed, Burglary of a Dwelling, Battery and Improper Dis-
play of a Firearm and Violation of Probation, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the charges and entered a denial of Violation of Probation. Judge Gary
continued the case for a V.O.P. Hearing on 11 September.
The defendant has been accused of stealing two outboard motors owned by
James Shiver and Ross Chambers on 29 May 1995. He is also accused of
unlawfully entering the home of Winfred Register, Jr., who is the defendant's
brother-in-law, and stealing six guns and one hundred and fifty dollars in
coins. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler and Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

Request for Conditional Release
Thomas M. Laplatney: Initially charged with one count of Burglary of a
Structure and sentenced to the Florida State Hospital on 19 September 1994,
the defendant sought a conditional release to the care of his mother in Tampa
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Dr. Kenneth Kling stated that the defendant suffers from bi-polar disease. He
said that Mr. Laplatney did not require court jurisdiction and recommended
intermittent supervision from the Apalachee Center for Human Services to
ensure that Laplatney took his needed medication.
Dr. Gary Simmons, a Forensic Specialist, stated that the defendant had very
good insight into his condition. He could not, however, assure that Mr. Laplatney
would adhere to conditions of his release without adequate supervision.
Judge Gary stated, "What kind of assurance do we have that any court re-
quirement will be followed? We don't have any. Unfortunately, I've lost my
crystal ball and cannot predict the future. Mr. Laplatney has good insight into
his condition. Do we have any guarantees? We never do." Judge Gary said
that he wanted the defendant to take small steps towards easing the restric-
tions of his release. He took the case under advisement. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Marcia Perlin.


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their property to exercise care be-
fore and after storms.
Follow these safety measures if
flooding is expected:
* In areas where severe flooding
occurs, contact your propane
supplier to ask if your propane
tank should be moved to higher
ground or secured. Only your pro-
pane supplier should move the
tank.
* If less serious flooding is
present, your propane supplier
may choose to place the propane
equipment on blocks to protect it
from further damage.
* If you are forced to evacuate,
turn off the propane tank service
.valve and the shut-offvalve on all
propane appliances. Check with,
your gas company if you are not
sure where these valves are lo-
cated on your equipment.
The following safety measures
should be followed after flood wa-
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* Propane-powered farm equip-
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been under water should be in-
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the controls replaced before be-
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damage to propane equipment
and appliances is not always ob-
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thoroughly inspected before being
put back into service.
* If your propane equipment has
been flooded, be sure to shut off
the service valve at the propane
tank if you didn't do so before
evacuating the property. Turn the
hand wheel in a clockwise direc-
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* If you smell gas upon returning
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open flames and exit the building
or area immediately. Do not touch
electrical switches, light matches
or use the telephone. Turn off the
gas valve on the outside tank,
meter or service area. Go to a
phone located away from the area
and call the gas company or fire
department. Do not re-enter the
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Shrimpers continued
from page 1
complied with Judge Davey's net
ruling on shrimp-net measure-
ment. The discarded rule on Tues-
day would have incorporated key
elements of that decision pending
a State Supreme Court review of-
this case, specifically dealing with
net measurement. That lawsuit is
pending.

Background to the Rule
On November 8, 1994, the elec-
torate of the State of Florida
adopted Article X, Section 16 to
the State Constitution. The pro-
vision prohibits the use of gill or
entangling nets to take marine
animals and places limitations on
other nets, including shrimp
trawls, in nearshore and inshore
Florida waters. The constitutional
provision effectively changes the
direction of marine fisheries regu-
lation in the state. The primary
purpose of these rule amend-
ments and new rule is to conform
the Marine Fisheries Commis-
sion's shrimp and trawl gear
rules to this new direction, imple-
ment new prohibitions and speci-
fications to enhance enforcement
of the amendment, and provide
guidance to Florida citizens in
complying with the requirements
of the new provision. The new
constitutional provision limits
trawls and other nonentangling
nets used in nearshore and in-
shore Florida waters to no more
than 500 square feet in mesh
area. A judicial construction of
the wording of Article X, Section
16 was sought in the case of
Millender, et al. v. State of
Florida, Department of Environ-
mental Protection, Florida Marine
Patrol, and the Florida Marine
Fisheries Commission. On May
11, 1995. a decision was ren-
dered in that case. The Court
ruled that a trawl with a 65.75
foot perimeter and a 29 foot
length (stretched) met the consti-
tutional requirement. That deci-
sion is incorporated in these rules
by the specification of a perim-
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otter trawls used in nearshore
and inshore Florida waters. The
specification of the maximum pe-
rimeter will assist in the enforce-
ment of the amendment, which
will, in turn, have the effect of
minimizing the unnecessary
mortality of marine species in this
type of fishing gear, the primary
goal of the constitutional amend-
ment. The goal of the amendment
is consistent with the standards
set forth in Section 370.025,
Florida Statutes, for Commission
rulemaking. Trawl gear is very
nonselective and tends to capture
and kill many species of marine
animals in addition to its tradi-
tional target, shrimp. Trawl
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a major fisheries problem
throughout the Southeastern
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Commentary on Port Authority continued from page 3
(4) There is an appearance of impropriety for a board's Exclusive Agent
to sell land to that particular board at the expense of the taxpayer.
(5) Gene Langston's close working relationship with board member
Barry Wood has entitled him to "inside information" and the "inside
track" to the proposed the grant.
(6) Such dealings will hurt the board's chances of receiving future
grants.
And, also by the numbers, Mr. Langston's response to Mr. Lycett's
arguments are:
(1) The issue is none of Mr. Lycett's business.
(2) He (Mr. Langston) is an Independent Contractor and has every
right to sell his land.
(3) He (Mr. Langston) has a fiduciary relationship with the Port Au-
thority, but he can deal with the City of Carrabelle at "arms length.
(4) Mr. Lycett is not an appraiser. "I don't know where he got his value
appraising abilities." -From a 23 August telephone discussion.
(5) Mr. Lycett is "posturin' and Grandstandin'."-From a 23 August
telephone discussion.
Mr. Lycett stated on 23 August that he had requested two realtors to
appraise Mr. Langston's land, which is located near the airport. The
realtors, said Lycett, appraised the land at between $20,000 and
$30,000. Lycett said that a large portion of the land could not be
built upon, because it was either on high ground or was covered by
wetlands. Lycett said that he did not want to name and thus involve
the two realtors in the matter.
Lycett expressed concern that the Port Authority was not making
progress. "We are no better off than we were four years ago. We have
no money. But a few individuals are better off. My problem is that no
one is doing anything to help the Port Authority. A few individuals are
doing O.K., but not the Port Authority." He continued, "This effort to
secure a grant very well benefits Gene Langston. If Gene Langston
put the Port Authority's interest in perspective, we all would have
benefited."
The fact that Mr. Langston has an exclusively close relationship to
the Port Authority has compelled Mr. Lycett to term the appearance
in public as being of "back room dealing and cronyism." Mr. Lycett
later stated, "When this whole negotiation went down, this particular
matter never came up at a public meeting. It was not brought up
before the Port Authority." Mr. Lycett affirmed that his objections
towards Mr. Langston's dealings with the Port Authority were not
personal, but one hundred percent in the interest of the Port Author-
ity.
Mr. Gene Langston defended his relationship to the board on August
23 by stating, "If he's (Jim Lycett) saying that because I have friends
on the Port Authority and in the City of Carrabelle that it's cronyism,
I just don't agree. In a small town like this, people are bound to know
one another. If Mr. Lycett is going to say these things about me in a
public meeting, he damn well better be able to prove them."
And so the matter goes, until both Langston and Lycett are able to
resume their discussion in public or in private. The issue between
impropriety and legal right, I'm sure, will meet again in a Carrabelle
public arena near you. Be a pal and leave your gavels at home.


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Carrabelle residents Bob and Rene Topping celebrate their
50th Anniversary on 16 August at the Franklin County
Senior Citizens Center in Carrabelle. Those attending the
Topping's Anniversary were requested to bring a pet food
donation for the benefit of the Franklin County Humane
Society. Pictured to the right of Bob and Rene Topping are
approximately four hundred and seventy pounds of dog
food and seventy pounds of cat food. The pet food dona-
tions were taken to the Franklin County Animal Shelter
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