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Erin Butler Named
Miss Florida Seafood
Erin Butler and Paula Blan looked anxiously at one another as the judges
took a dramatic pause before announcing the new Miss Florida Seafood Fes-
tival Queen at the 30 September event. As Paula Blan was named runner-up
in the contest, Butler was congratulated by the pageant's contestants and
crowned by 1994 festival queen Chantia Cargill as Miss Seafood Festival Queen
Erin Butler, a 16 year old Junior at Apalachicola High, is the daughter of Cliff
and Denise Butler of Eastpoint. Erin Butler was the winner of the talent con-
test. Erin used the element of comedy to help her take the talent contest.
Sporting overalls and a plaid shirt, Butler took on the persona of Forrest Gump
in the Florida Panhandle. "Mama always said," implored Butler-Gump, "Life
is an Oyster."
Bryanne Lee Was named second runner-up in the pageant. Bryanne won the
Physical Fitness Contest and was named Most Photogenic. Bryanne performed
a dance act for the talent contest. Kristin Bell was named third runner-up
and was the winner of the Poise and Appearance contest. Kristin sang a coun-
try song for the talent show. Jessica Varnes was named fourth runner-up and
was named Ms. Amity. Jessica played the 1960's song, "Wild Thing," on her
electric guitar for the talent show.
Jessica Varnes (left) plays "Wild Thing" on her guitar as
Paula Blan (right) sings "Daddy's Hands."
Other special entertainment for the pageant included a dance act by Chantia
Cargill and Pam Theis and a dance act by Pam Noble's dance troop. Master of
Ceremony for the event was Carl Petteway. Mr. Petteway also provided come-
dic relief with his one-armed fisherman joke.
Judges for the event included Mary Montgomery, Kathy Hobbs and Michele
Guy. Assistance was provided by Despina George and Barbara Sanders.
Fall Open House
at St. Vincent
St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
will conduct the twelfth annual fall
Open House Tours during the second
week of October. Participants will have
the opportunity to become better ac-
quainted with their refuge and its var-
ied wildlife and wildlife habitats. The
Open House is part of the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, "National Wild-
life Refuge Week", 8-14 October 1995.
One tour will be conducted daily on
10. 1 12, ana i a October (Tuesday.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).
The tours are scheduled to leave the
Refuge's Indian Pass boat dock at 8:00
a.m., E.S.T. and will return at approxi-
mately 1:00 p.m., E.S.T. Transporta-
tion across Indian pass will be pro-
vided for participants of the Open
Those wishing to participate must
make reservations by phone at 904/
653-8808. Reservations will be ac-
cepted beginning 27 September and
will be limited to four individuals per
Although Franklin County escaped the major thrust of Hurricane Opal's wind
blown fury on October 4, the -county was still able to become familiar with
Opal's strong personaJit, \ia after effects.
According to Assistant County Planner Mark Curenton, Opal's effect on Fran-
klin County was equivalent to a strong tropical Storm. Winds gusted as high
as 72 MPH and the storm surge was between six and eight feet.
Damage to the county included three destroyed homes in Dog Island and one
destroyed home in Alligator Point. A mobile home was turned over in East-
point The roof the Juniorr Store in Carrabelle and the Suwanee Swifty store in
Apalachicola were also mildly damaged. The critical area of State Road 370 in
Alligator Point also washed out
However, the most senous road damage occurred on Highway 98 from East-
point to Carrabelle- Park According to.Tommy Speights of the Department of
Transportation, extenstve erosion on Highway 98 is serious enough to require
a new road base. Speights said the roa'l vill not be up to par for two to three
' ilfrnmth:-He said that II would'be open -io trj1'fic: in about a week, thotigh th'e
road would be lirrited to a one I ne highway. According to Speights, D.O.T. is
surveying the road and will seek an emergency contract to repair the damaged
portion of Highway 98.
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These photos were taken at Alligator Point, about 2 p.m.
on Wednesday, 4 October 1995, before Hurricane Opal made
landfall in the Pensacola area. The Point was one of two
sites suffering the most damage in Franklin County, with
at least one house lost. Highway 98 between Carrabelle
and Eastpoint, was washed out at several points. Below,
the picture shows rock debris on the new paving next to
In a decision that caught the other two
commissioners by surprise, Jack Gar-
rison resigned his post on the Lanark
Water and Sewer Commission this
week. Jim Lawlor and Phil Shiver, cur-
rent Commissioners, received letters
from Garrison announcing his deci-
sion and indicating that his travel
schedule was the reason for the res-
Garrison expressed concern that his
future absences would inhibit his ser-
vice on the Water and Sewer Board
and not be fair to the Board nor the
Lanark Village 'This was a surprise"
commented Jim Lawlor in a telephone
interview with the Chronicle.
Garrison was elected in November
1994 and took office in January 1995,
along with Lawlor and Shiver. He was
Chairman of the Board. Now, the news
of his resignation has been circulated
with the view that new candidates
might come forward for consideration.
The Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners would appoint a new
member to finish Garrison's term,
6 October 19 October 1995
Robert Clyde Law
Found "Not Guilty"
Robert Clyde Law, Jr.
It took a jury of six nearly one hour to
return a verdict of Not Guilty against
Robert Clyde Law, Jr. for the alleged
accidental homicide of 77-year-old
Robert Clyde "Red" Law, Sr. on 13 Oc-
After a two day trial on 28 and 29 Sep-
tember, Robert Law, Jr. walked away
from the charges of Second Degree
Murder and Manslaughter. The 55-
year-old defendant, who could have
been sentenced to as much as
21 years in prison with a guilty ver-
dict, expressed relief after the Not
Guilty verdict was read and was
greeted by friends and relatives after-
wards. "I'm just glad It's over," said
Judge John Rudd, a retired Second
Circuit Court Judge from Tallahassee,
presided over the case, which featured
a 16-minute taped statement from the
defendant, five witnesses for the pros-
ecution and five witnesses for the de-
Assistant State Attorney Frank Will-
iams argued that the defendant mur-
dered his father in a fit of rage after
"Red" Law pointed a 38-caliber re-
volver at the defendant and ordered
him to leave his home. "He [the de-
fendant] was arguing with his father
and his father was known to be very
strong willed. He ["Red" Law] liked to
stand his ground," said Williams.
Williams dismissed the defendant's
argument that the weapon discharged
while the defendant and his father
were struggling with the revolver.
Pointing out that there were no pow-
der burns on "Red" Law's hands or
arms, the prosecution stated that the
defendant and his father could not
have been struggling over the weapon
when it discharged.
The prosecution called on expert wit-
ness testimony from David Williams.
Mr. Williams, who is a Firearms and
Toolmark Examiner from the Florida
Crime Lab, concurred that there were
no powder burns on the hands or
arms of "Red" Law. After previously
examining the shirt of Robert Law, Sr.,
Mr. Williams concluded that the 38-
caliber revolver was fired from be-
tween 18 and 24 inches away from
David Williams examines the
in the "Red" Law homicide.
"Red" Law. David Williams also, con-
ceded that the weapon could have
been discharged as "Red" Law was
falling back, due to the struggle.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger stressed the fact that the bul-
let that was fired into "Red" Law trav-
eled at a downward angle and pierced
the diaphragm, liver, pancreas and
abdomen of the victim. Steiger repeat-
edly illustrated the downward angle
of the fired bullet by holding a long
ruler to his chest at a downward angle.
Steiger also held the involved weapon
at a downward angle to illustrate how
awkward it would be to intentionally
shoot a person in the manner that
"Red" Law was shot. "This was not an
epic kung-fu struggle or a big time
wrestling match. There were two sets
of firm, strong hands grabbing and
struggling for a gun that was above
their heads. The gun went off and the
bullet struck "Red" Law. It Happened
Mr. Steiger also stated that "Red" Law
had threatened the defendant in the
past with his 38-caliber revolver and
a billyclub: however, Steiger noted,
"Red" Law later forgot the incidents
due to an allegedly deteriorating
The prosecution argued that the de-
fendant took advantage of "Red" Law's
state of mind and continued to return
to his father's house after being re-
peatedly told to leave. Mr. Williams
said that the defendant's crime may
have been inspired, because he knew
that his father was planning to sell
his home. Williams stated that the
defendant was actually the abusive
person in his relationship with "Red"
Law. Displaying a meat carving knife
before the jury, Williams stated that
the defendant had previously threat-
ened his father with the knife after an
The defense called Captain Don Ham-
mock to the stand. Captain Hammock,
who was the neighbor of "Red" Law.
gave testimony as a civilian, though
was dressed in his sheriffs depart-
ment uniform. Hammock stated that
he had never received any reports of
domestic violence against the defen-
dant. Hammock said that he had vis-
38 Caliber revolver involved
Continued on page 5
Volume 4, Number 20
Page 2 6 October 1995 The Franklin Chronicle
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Still a Trio
By Rene Topping
The City of Carrabelle remains with
only three members as commission-
ers pondered the virtues of special
elections over appointments at their
October 2 meeting.
City Attorney Bill Webster read from
two letters he had addressed to the
commissioners. One was advice re-
ceived from Michael T. Cochran by
FAX that very morning. The letter to
the commissioners outlined the dis-
cussions with Cochran and ended
with the following recommendations
to the commissioners from Webster.
Webster advised the commissioners to
take up the issues in the following
1. Determine that Mike
Horvath was legally qualified
to run for office.
2. Determine that Mike
Horvath was legally elected.
3. Determine that Mike
Horvath resigned his City
Commission seat, thereby cre-
ating a vacancy in said posi-
4. Determine that there is a
vacancy in the other Commis-
sion seat based upon the res-
ignation of Jim Phillips, which
was effective September 14,
5. Determine if the City Com-
mission wants to fill these two
vacancies by appointment, or
is the City Commission wants
to amend the City Charter to
provide for another procedure
to be used i.e. interim appoint-
ment until next general elec-
tion, or special election.
6. If the City Commission de-
termines that it wants to use
a different procedure, then we
need to prepare and legally
adopt an ordinance to change
the City Charter and imple-
ment the other procedure.
Webster gave the commissioners his
opinion on the Horvath resignation
saying that The Florida Marine Patrol
(FMP) does not have the right or the
authority to determine who can run
for office in the City of Carrabelle. The
FMP only had the recourse of firing
Mike Horvath for violating personnel
policy, so that Mike could be a city
commissioner or an FMP employee,
but not both. Mike was duly elected
to office on September 7th, 1995 and
duly resigned from his four year term
in office. The City needs to fill this
vacancy by appointment pursuant to
the City Charter."
The commissioners seemed to agree
that this summation of their position
in the matter of Harvath's resignation
but discussion was hot on what way
to resolve the task of finding a person
to fill the seat.
Webster also pointed out that with-
out a change in the City Charter the
commissioners had only one avenue
to full the two seats by appointment
in which case Horvath's replacement
for the seat previously held by Phillips
would be for two years.
Jim Brown came forward to the com-
mission table to place a group of peti-
tions gathered by himself and Audrey
Messer asking for a special election.
Brown said that he had contacted 45
electors and had obtained signatures
of all but two. Audrey Messer said that
she had contacted 71 people and
again all but two had signed. How-
ever, Webster explained that the word-
ing on the petition was "getting the
cart before the horse." In that the City
Charter had to be changed before a
special election could be held. He said
that the citizens could have a special
election to change the city charter, but
a second one would be necessary to
allow for special elections for the pur-
pose of filling any vacancies.
Commissioner George Jackson said,
"I'm going to tell you how I feel. I be-
lieve that the charter should be
changed and appointments made, but
only until the next general election."
He added that as a long-time resident
of the city the cost of 8-900 dollars to
ruin a city election could be put to
When it was suggested that it could
be possible to have to have up to four
special elections in four years given
the same circumstances that now face
the commissioners. Brown replied "If
that's what it takes-that's what we are
asking for." Webster warned that spe-
cial elections would take at least 45
days and Jean Rakes said "So be it."
At that point Commissioner Buz Put-
nal who was elected in the last elec-
tion said, "Even more bizarre, some
people are trying to find a way to get
in and I am trying to find a way out.
Charles, state what you want and I'll
word it in a motion." Millender said
that he would like some more time to
think about it and the commission-
ers tabled the question until a special
meeting which will be held on 16 Sep-
tember at 7 P.M..
In other business: The commission-
ers voted to put $2250 in the city
budget for animal control.
Hired Fred Jetton to replace Anthony
Stone as a full-time city police officer.
Approved tentatively to recommend a
rezoning from agricultural to R.1 on
forty acres of land on the Carrabelle
River requested by Dan Ausley of Tal-
lahassee Land Company. County
Planner Alan Pierce told the commis-
sion that there were two ways the de-
veloper could handle the rezoning. He
could develop up to ten lots on a once
a year change and could develop a
plan for the other acres later or he
could ask for all forty acres to be re-
zoned at this time. He suggested that
the city request the applicant to pay
for the advertising. Ruby Litton said
that the applicant did not think it
would come up so quickly and had
left on his honeymoon. She asked for
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Anne Lindsey again asked to be heard
and said that the attitude of some of
the members of the audience sad-
dened her. Saying that although she
has a hearing deficiency she said. "I
could hear the ugliness." She added
that she was proud of the city com-
missioners and did not appreciate
some of the remarks that had been
made in the past at the meetings. She
pleaded for the audience to "Speak like
ladies and gentlemen."
When asked of any answers had been
received to the advertisement run ask-
ing for citizens to offer their names
for appointment, City Clerk Charles
Lee Daniels said, "We did not receive
any answers. No one applied."
Mayor Charles Millender opted for the
special election route saying, "I feel
like it ought to change." He added that
he could not agree with appointments
and said he would not vote on it. I'm
like Mr. Brown, when it comes to three
or more appointments."
The attorney warned that worst sce-
nario 'You can still have meetings with
only two commissioners but if the two
do not agree, in effect the city is para-
lyzed. I can see special elections if you
have three or more vacancies. "Ms.
Lindsey commented that "A few people
are influencing the people of Carra-
belle and Carrabelle's whole future
and that can be expensive." Although
Brown offered again to pay the $900
for a special election Webster said,
"The city is responsible for bearing
that cost." Jackson offered a motion
that included conditions on when a
special election should be held. The
commission seemed to have reached
an impasse and Ruby Litton said,
"Meanwhile, what are we going to do
about the two empty seats?"
Millender said, "I am not going to sit
here and see two people appointed to
the board" and indicated that he
would oppose anything except a spe-
cial election with no appointments.
Webster said that he felt that the
present situation could only be called
bizarre in that the commission had
had one commissioner resign, one re-
sign after being elected, one commis-
sioner got sick and another died, all
in a very short period. He added, "I
cannot see this kind of situation be-
The Florida Department of Agriculture
& Consumer Services, Division of For-
estry would like-to invite everyone in-
terested in the future management of
the Tate's Hell State Forest to attend
a Town meeting on Tuesday, 10 Oc-
tober, at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom
at the Franklin County Court House.
Topics to be discussed at the meeting
include: Development of a Type I Wild-
life Management Area; road manage-
ment plans for the forest: recreational
opportunities; and any questions from.
the public. ,
For additional information. please
contact Ken Weber. Forestry Superv-.
sor II, Tate's Hell State Forest 19041
"a feeling" from the commission and
that the matter be brought up again
at the next meeting. Commissioners
The city accepted the offer from Tom
Mitchell to deed a lot in Baywood
Estates to the city on a warranty deed.
Commissioners approved a second
reading of an ordinance that would
make disabled access such as
restrooms, telephones, drinking foun-
tains and entrances for any new pub-
lic buildings, professional service
buildings. It was noted that some pos-
sible improvements might be made to
city hall of grant money was available.
Signed a mutual aid between the City
and the State of Florida in case of
emergency. County Emergency Direc-
tor Alan Pierce said that it would en-
able Carrabelle to get use of equip-
ment and aid in the event of an emer-
gency such as a hurricane.
Table a request from Norman Boyd for
a special exception to the R2 zoning
to establish a day care center at his
home at Third Street West and Three
Rivers Road. The matter was tabled
because Boyd was not present.
Authorized the purchase of a $50.00
advertisement in the Carrabelle High
School Year Book.
Millender brought up the proposition
to close the street between the Bar-
ber Shop and Riley's Bait and Tackle
Shop and sell this piece of waterfront
provided the buyer would take respon-
sibility for repairing the bulkhead.
Putnal objected to closing the street
saying, "It is a most strategic position
in town I don't feel we should sell any
waterfront property." He added that
the city could have received a grant
to improve the property except for the
fact that someone had a lease on the
Jim Brown asked for and received
permission to repair a step in front of
the post office.
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Chairperson Martha Pearl
Residents from around Apalachicola
crowded into the 26 September and
2 October meetings of the Apalachi-
cola Planning and Zoning Board as
well as the 3 October meeting of the
, Apalachicola City Commission to let
their thoughts be heard about having
a Taco Bell and a gas station con-
structed on the corner of Market
Street and Highway 98.
Although most residents attending the
zoning board & commissionmeetings
expressed opposition to the Taco Bell
& gas station, the members of the
Planning and Zoning Board went
against popular opinion at the meet-
ing and voted six to one (Wesley
Chesnut voting "Nay") at their 2 Oc-
tober meeting to approve the proposed
project of John Miller, Jr. The Apala-
chicola City Commission then voted
unanimously the next day to accept
the recommendation from Planning
Opposition to the John Miller project
came on many fronts; while most resi-
dents complained that the project
would spoil the integrity of the his-
toric district, others stated that the
24-hour store would bring an increase
of litter. crime and "undesirables" into
the downtown area.
Susan Bikel presented a petition to
the zoning board on 2 October. The
petition was signed by the Historic
Trust in opposition to proposed
project. Mr. Miller stated that he was
never contacted by the Historic Trust.
At the Apalachicola City Commission
meeting, Ms. Bickel also stated that
the fast food store would increase lit-
ter within the historic district. "How
do you plan to address this?" asked
Bickel. Mayor Howell stated that the
city would have to request more in-
mate labor to addfessthe'increase of
Tom Beavers stated that the wall of
the proposed project would only be
one foot from his residence. Mr. Bea-
vers also expressed concern that the
fast food store would be placed in the
center of the historic district.
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will be a deterrent to vandals. The
Miller family said that the lights on
their store may possibly be dimmed
during the evening.
The convenience store, according to
the report, will probably have four gas
pumps within two islands. The main
building will be built of brick and the
design will be similar to the old sponge
exchange building, with arches on
both ends. The roof of the building will
be raised-seam metal of galvanized tin
or a bronze color. The signs will be of
brick and will match the main build-
ing. The structure will also include'
matching brick planters with bushes
and a dumpster surrounded by brick.
The report concluded, "The consen-
sus of the committee is that the Mill-
ers are going beyond the requirements
to come up with a design that will be
acceptable to the community." The
committee consisted of Kristin Ander-
son, Susan Bickel, John Lee, Ken
Kenniston and Dean Vail.
No Welcome for
Wasp at Carrabelle
By Rene Topping
When a very large flying creature en-
tered the back door of the Carrabelle
Area Chamber of Commerce, it was
not given the same kind of cheery
greeting the Chamber Secretary re-
serves for tourists. Today the insect
identified as a Cicada Killer has a
place of honor on a display board at
the North Florida University Research
and Education Center (NFRAEC) in
One of the reasons Ms. Mason wanted
to have the creature identified was
that it looked somewhat like a hornet
and one of the people in the office at
that time had a dangerous allergy to
stings from such insects .
Dick Sprenkel, who heads up the
NFRAEC, told Franklin County exten-
sion Agent Bill Mahan, that it was
the largest specimen of a cicada killer
he had ever seen. The proper name
for the insect is Sphcius Speciosus,
and its common name is Cicada Killer.
This name refers to the fact that the
insect kills cicadas and then buries
them in a cell at the end of a tunnel.
Two females work together to capture
and paralyze the cicada and then take
it back to the nest. Sometimes two
cicadas are put into the nest and an
egg is laid. When the egg hatches in
205 days, feeds, and the larva pupates
and hibernates in the cell until the
The female Cicada Killer is said to have
one of the most severe stings accord-
ing to information supplied by Bill
Mahan. He said that the insect does
not normally attack people but if it
was guarding it nest or cornered it
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John Horan argued at the 26 Septem-
ber Planning and Zoning board meet-
ing that the proposed project was a
service station and not a convenience
store. If the project was considered a
service state, a special exception
would be required and the board
would have to call a public hearing.
The Planning and Zoning board, on
the advice of the city's attorney, de-
termined that the structure was a con-
Opinions from the Planning and Zon-
ing Board varied. Board member
Wesley Chesnut was the lone voice of
opposition to the project. Chesnut
said that the project, which is sited
on one lot, does not meet the criteria
for the Certificate of Appropriateness.
The Certificate of Appropriateness,
said Chesnut, is typically awarded
before a building receives its' permit.
Mr. Chesnut also felt that the pro-
posed site would not be appropriate
for the historic district, which he felt
was a source of revenue to the city
Board member Reverend Thomas
Banks stated that John Miller's
project would provide more jobs in the
county. He trusted that the project
would to be constructed in an appro-
priate manner so as to compliment the
historic district. Reverend Banks
urged the board to make a decision
and refrain from stalling Mr. Miller in
John Miller, III presented sketches of
the project's canopy design, which he
felt was the main concern to most resi-
dents. Miller stated that the canopy
would remain the same size. He urged
the board to make a decision on his
project and stated that he could not
continue to have drawings made up
all the time.
According to a report by the Citizens
Committee for Economic Development
through Historic Preservation, the
committee gained assurance from the
Miller family that the gas station
would not provide diesel fuel and,
would, therefore, avoid having big
trucks stop at the station for fuel. The
Miller family also pointed out that the
store, which will be open 24 hours,
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The Franklin Chronicle 6 October 1995 Page 3
Public Libraries: The Adult
Learner's Friend in Florida
As we come to an end of September, the month proclaimed as Literacy Month
in Florida, I encourage you to visit your local public library and see what it
has to offer.
Most adults who lack reading skills have low incomes, low self-esteem, and
are at-risk for other societal problems. But virtually all people in Florida have
access to a public library and to a trained literacy volunteer. An excellent
location for learning to take place outside of school is the pubic library. A
library environment tends to be less threatening to an adult student than a
formal school environment. Unlike the home with its distractions or the school
which is a constant reminder of personal failure for some, the library is a
neutral setting. The public library has an environment that illuminates books,
reading, and learning.
Effective adult literacy programs take place in a setting where people feel no
embarrassment when they enter the room or the building. Public libraries are
such places. They welcome everyone. There are no stigmas or prerequisites
Libraries provide a place for trained volunteer tutors to meet with adult stu-
dents; a place where adults learn to read or improve their reading skills through
the use of a computer: a place where non-English speaking adults learn to
speak English; a place where adults study and prepare for their high school
diploma or GED equivalency; and a place where adult learners and their fami-
lies pursue lifelong learning.
Florida residents must be knowledgeable, well-trained, competitive and in-
ventive. They must be able to adapt to changing environments and under-
stand the world around them. They must also understand and accept the
responsibilities and obligations of citizenship, and continue to learn and de-
velop new skills throughout their lives.
Nowhere in the nation is public library involvement in literacy more vigorous
and dynamic than in Florida. Florida public libraries make a difference. They
provide the adult student with a place to learn. They are community oriented
and are sometimes closer to the geographic area of the home or workplace
where a literacy program is needed. In addition, public libraries are generally
open more hours of the week than any other public institution in Florida.
Public libraries in Florida provide over one-third of the literacy education pro-
grams available for adults who need basic literacy or English for speakers of
other languages. They are natural partners in Florida's efforts to combat illit-
eracy. Solving the illiteracy problem in Florida is a critical step toward ad-
dressing other societal problems. Public libraries are an invaluable resource
and a pivotal part of he solution. Visit your local public library today.
Sandra B. Mortham
Florida Secretary of State
Key Facts and Findings:
* Florida's per capital state and local tax ranking rose to 25th in FY 1993, our
state's highest ranking ever. This is up five spots from 1992. State and local
tax collections totaled $2,128.31 per Floridian in 1993, up $208 from 1992.
* Florida's per capital state tax ranking rose from 41st to 37th in 1993, revers-
ing a trend that had Florida's ranking dropping four consecutive years. Each
Floridian's state tax bill rose $125 (11.6%) in 1993. reaching $1.199. This is
still below the national average which rose $86 (6.7%.) to $1,374.
* Florida's local governments tax citizens relatively higher than state govern-
ment. Floridians' per capital local tax ranking rose three spots to 20th in 1992
(latest available data). It has risen nine spots in three years.
* When viewed in terms of percentage of personal income, Florida's tax rankings
are lower than per capital ranking. State taxes take 6.2% of Floridians' per-
sonal income, up slightly from 5.7% in 1992. State and local combine to take
out 11.0%. This compares to 6.9% and 11.6%, respectively, nationally. Florida's
ranking for taxes as a percent of personal income: State 42nd; Local 22nd;
and Combined State and Local 30th.
* Floridians' per capital burden for local government's largest tax source the
property tax has increased 45% in four years and now exceeds the national
average. During this time growth was most rapid among special taxing dis-
tricts, followed by school districts, county governments and, lastly, munici-
* While Florida still relies heavily on the sales tax, the percentage of total state
taxes supplied by the sales tax is decreasing. Sales taxes provide 57% of
Florida's total state taxes, down from 62% three years before. The national
average is 33%. Florida has the fifth highest per capital general sales tax bur-
den, and that burden increased by $62 in 1993, reaching $679.
* Floridians' selective sales tax ranking continues to rise, reaching its highest
place ever 19th. This ranking has risen 15 spots in three years. Florida
collects 37% more alcoholic beverage taxes than the next closest state (Texas)
and taxes tobacco and utilities heavier than most states.
* Spurred by increased corporate license, fees and increased motor vehicle
license collections, Florida's license tax ranking rose to 20th, exceeding the
national average for the first time.
* Florida is one of seven states without a personal income tax. Of the four
largest states, Florida and Texas have no personal income tax.
While the Florida live oak and naval store industry was
important in the years before U.S. acquisition of the re-
gion and during the territorial period, the lumber industry
increased dramatically in the years after the Civil War. Many
Floridians, white and black, participated in lumber and
turpentine operations in the state. Forest resources con-
tinued to be important well into the twentieth century.
Cattle ranching has been an important occupation in
Florida since the First Spanish Period. In the antebellum
years the developing south Florida frontier was home to a
large number of cattle, which grazed unrestricted and were
herded by Florida "cracker cowboys." This industry con-
tinued throughout the late 1800s and 1900s. Frederick
Remington, famous illustrator of the American West, cap-
tured the spirit of these cowmen in the 1890s in a series
The cigar industry began in 1867 when Samuel Seidenberg
established the first cigar factory at Key West. Vicente
Martinez Ybor, a Spanish-born cigar manufacturer from
Cuba, and E.H. Gato, followed shortly thereafter. By the
1870s Key West was the site of 45 factories employing
1400 workers (mainly Cuban-born). In the mid-1880s, be-
cause of labor difficulties and a fire, Ybor and other manu-
facturers moved their operations to Tampa. Cigar produc-
tion in Ybor City was at its peak during the period of the
late 1880s and early 1900s. Although it declined dramati-
cally by the mid 1900s, small operations continue today
at both Key West and Tampa.
State and Local Taxes
in Florida and the Nation
This is Florida TaxWatch's annual report of how Florida's state and
local taxes compare with those of the other 49 states. Relative to
other states, Florida's state and local tax burden is still lower than
average, but that gap is growing smaller and smaller. Florida's per
capital state and local tax burden rose five spots to 25th in FY 1993,
its highest place ever. For the first time, Floridians' per capital taxes
($2,128) are within 10% (92%) of the national average ($2,310).
Florida's state tax ranking stands at 37th and local taxes rank 20th.
When viewed in terms of percentage of personal income, Florida's tax
rankings fall a bit lower. State taxes take 6.2% of Floridians' personal
income, up slightly from 5.7% in 1992. State and local combine to
take out 11.0%. This compares to 6.9% and 11.6%, respectively,;na-
tionallyl Florida's ranking for-taxes as a percent of personaliincome:
State 42nd; Local 22nd; and Combined State and Local 30th.
State Taxes. After four years of falling rankings, state taxes re-
versed the trend by rising four spots to 37th. The Florida Legislature
raised over $500 million in taxes for FY 1993, including hikes in in-
tangibles taxes, documentary stamp taxes, sales taxes and pollut-
ants taxes. Florida per capital statetaxes reached $1,199 in 1993, up
$125 from 1992.
Local Taxes. Local tax growth continued to outpace that of state
taxes. Florida's per capital local taxes were $834 in 1992 (latest avail-
able data), ranking 20th the highest ranking ever. This is up three
spots from $781 and 23rd in 1991. The largest component of local
taxes, the property tax, has grown significantly. Per capital property
taxes in Florida have risen 45% in four years, and now exceed the
national average. During this time growth was most rapid among
special taxing districts, followed by school districts, county govern-
ments and, lastly, municipalities.
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Views from Left Field
By Will Morria
"Of Chickens and Foxes"
Once upon a time, there lived a society of people whose main livelihood was
raising chickens and foxes. The main problem they had was foxes sneaking
into chicken coops and taking chickens and eggs.
The chicken people decided to compromise with the fox people by giving the
foxes jobs guarding the chickens. This was done and seemed like a good idea,
at first. The foxes now had steady jobs, and were able to buy eggs and chick-
ens with the money they earned. Additionally, they seemed well suited to the
task, due to their intimate familiarity with the tactical expertise of chicken
thievery. Some folks even said, "It takes a fox to know one."
But, eventually, things did not work out very well. More chickens and eggs
came up missing than could rightfully be accounted for. Some of the chicken
people grew strangely suspicious of these foxes guarding the chickens. They
argued that these foxes did not care about the chickens as much as they
cared about eating them. They even dared to suggest that some of these guards
might just be involved, in some way, in the continuing thievery.
Arguments raged before the Chicken and Fox Commission (which was made
up of representatives from the chicken and fox industries.) The Commission
became hopelessly deadlocked, and to make a long story short, the issue was
finally resolved by constitutional amendment.
Henceforth, it was not only unlawful for the foxes to guard the chickens, but
also for representatives of chicken or fox industries to serve on commissions
which regulated them. They were only allowed to appear before such a com-
mission to lobby for their interests in open public sessions. It was recognized
that separating interests of livelihood from the general interest usually led to
insurmountable conflict for those whosefinancial interests were at stake.
These interests remained so strong, however, that the courts were frequently
forced to deal with attempts to circumvent this law. Separate "ethics commis-
sions" were formed to guard against undue fox 6?"Thicken influence on other
commissions. Sometimes this worked rather well, and sometimes it didn't,
because there were no ethics commissions guarding the ethics commissions.
It was easy to see that this problem had no perfect solution. The only realistic
approach was to insure that the proceedings of all commissions, including
the ethics commission, were open to the general public. This way, everyone,
would know right away if anything suspicious was going on.
However, most of the people were so busy, raising chickens and foxes, that
they had little time or inclination to attend all the commission meetings. Real-
izing this, the fox industry concentrated on buying up newspapers and televi-
sion stations, forming chains and networks, and creating "media conglomer-
ates." Thus they were in a position to present the affairs of the day in a man-
ner which they determined to be fair, balanced, impartial, and complete.
Some of the chicken people became strangely suspicious of these "foxes" own-
ing the newspaper and television media. They argued that fox people did not
care about the interests of the chicken people. They even suggested that the
profits of these media conglomerates depended on the advertising from the
same fox industries which also owned the media conglomerate. They pointed
out that fox people were quoted most often in the news, and that fox issues
were given undue emphasis, while chicken issues were often ignored or mis-
But, for some reason or another, the chicken people didn't get much coverage
on this issue, whereas arguments to the contrary were offered and generally
accepted by "the experts" presented by media conglomerates. Out of public
concern for fairness, "spokespersons" for the chicken people were occasion-
ally shown clucking about rotten eggs, and cackling about buck-bucking the
Alas, the rest of our story has not yet come to pass. What will happen to the
chicken people? Will they find a way too combat the monopolistic media
stranglehold of the fox industry network? Or will their arch rivals become
their ultimate nemesis? Will they end up reading cue cards from stacked decks?
Or will they take to the hills and forests, forming armed militias,
spouting strange, revolutionary gibberish, and scaring the feathers out of de-
cent, law abiding folks? Stay tuned.
After a few brief messages from their sponsors, "the experts" will return to
keep you informed on the developing situation.
By Tom Markin
Will Gun Control Solve Our Crime Problems?;
Guns in the hands of private citizens in a civilized society with civilized people
are absolutely no threat to public order.
In the Midwest small towns where I grew up, virtually every house had one or.
more guns. The crime rate was completely insignificant.
In Switzerland, the country many people consider to be the zenith of a civi-
lized society, every man by law is required to own guns and ammunition as a
member of the army reserve. Yet Switzerland has one of the lowest murder.
rates (as well as crime rates) in the world.
The reason, of course, is that the Swiss are a very intelligent, civilized people.
When you hear and read the talk about gun control, there is one point to
Gun control in the U.S. is physically impossible because the horse is long
gone out of the barn. The latest figures show there are over 200 million guns
in private hands, and sales of new weapons are soaring.
In every year since 1978, at least 4 million guns have been manufactured or
imported. In 1993, there were 8 million new guns sold in the U.S.: 3.9 million
of these were handguns.
This great desire on the part of the American public to own a firearm is easily
understood. When one reads about attacks in parking lots of "nice" area shop-
ping centers and, malls, thugs waiting for you in your garage when you step .
out of your car, criminals lying in wait at ATMs, crazies shooting at you from.
their cars, home invasions well, people get the justified feeling they are in.
danger and they want to protect themselves.
These feelings are borne out by statistics. The public police cannot offer pro-
tection in vast areas of our country.
Not only are there too few of them, but the ones we have are grievously handi-
capped by lawyer-driven laws that favor the criminals.
One frightening figure I read in the Adam Wallinsky article "The Crisis In
Public Order" in the July Atlantic Monthly is that, "If we wished to return to
the ratio of police officers to violent crimes in the 1960s we would have to add
not 100,000 new police officers but about five million."
Is an armed citizenry safer because of their arms?
To the great distress of our liberals, a card-carrying member of the ACLU says
the answer is a resounding yes! Professor Gary Kleck, Ph.D., an FSU crimi-
nologist, after a 7-year study states flatly that you are in less danger in our
society if you carry a gun. He says: "People are less likely to be robbed and less'
likely to be injured, when they use a gun to resist than when they don't. And
even if the robber is armed with a gun, people are less likely to be injured if
they resist with a gun than if they do nothing at all."
What the massive statistical evidence he offers suggests is this: America might
be a safer place to live if everyone carried a gun.
Americans have certainly heard the message, inasmuch as in 20 states any
law-abiding citizen is allowed to carry a concealed weapon, and 14 additional
states are actively considering such laws.
An Armed Citizenry
What it all boils down to is that America is a country with an armed citizenry,:,
and it is going to remain that way.
It is the will of the people, and frankly I sleep better at night knowing that the
decent people of the country have guns. It is our first line of defense against
the exploding numbers of criminals who prey on us.
And while I don't like to dwell on it. the guns in our country could well give
pause to political leaders who might want to strip us of our freedoms.
A friend of mine poses a very interesting question. If the Jews of Europe in the
1930s had been armed, could the Nazis have so readily lead them to the gas
chambers as docile victims?
Isn't it something to think about?
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Notes from the 3 October Franklin County
*Tony Millender and Smokey the Bear
from the Division of Forestry met with
county commissioners to give their
annual report. Millender stated that
there was a reduction in the number
of wildfires from the previous year: he
also noted that there was an increase
in public assistance calls. Millender
stated that the Division of Forestry
had the same amount of employees
in Franklin County as they did in the
"Residential subdivisions are becom-
ing our concern with fire safety. We're
still working closely with volunteer
fire organizations." Millender stated
that the Division of Forestry had been
able to purchase $2,800 in fire safety
equipment with the help of volunteer
fire organizations. "Right now, we've
got a little over 68 thousand acres
we're trying to manage. We've only
gotten two additional positions that
the legislature has given us. We've
asked for eight more, but everyone
knows money is tight. Those positions
are lnnkinc kind of grim."
Mr. Millender did state that three po-
sitions were open in Franklin County's
Division of Forestry. According to
Millender, individuals wishing to ap-
ply must be high school graduates or
have a G.E.D., they must be in good
physical health, they must have a
Class A Commercial Driver's License,
they must be a non-tobacco user and
have a good background.
*Commissioner Bevin Putnal stated
that the ambulance service in Frank-
lin County received complaints from
a family, who alleged that the ambu-
lance drivers would not take a patient
to Tallahassee when requested. Put-
nal stated that the ambulance driv-
ers took the patient from Carrabelle
to Apalachicola and then to Tallahas-
see. "They take them in the ambulance
and ride them all around the county
and then take them where they want
to go. Somebody's gonna' die. And it's
gonna' be somebody's mother or it
might be one of us. This has got to be
solved. I don't know if it's to make a
lot of money or what the problem is."
The board of commissioners agreed to
write a letter to Emerald Coast Hos-
pital and request that they attend the
next Franklin County Commission
*Commissioner Edward Tolliver sug-
gested separating the Road Depart-
ment and the Solid Waste Depart-
ment. Chairman Jimmy Mosconis
agreed with the idea and asked Su-
perintendent of Public Works Prentice
Crum for his opinion on the matter.
Mr. Crum expressed a reluctance to
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and Mosconis. "Until the Solid Waste
Department is totally self-sufficient, I
think I need to be where I can make
any decision I need to make to get the
Commissioner Dink Braxton noted, "If
it's not broke, don't fix it." Tolliver re-
turned, "Well, It's broke. Van
(Johnson) is doing a very good job.
And if we give Mr. Crum some respon-
sibility, we can take that responsibil-
ity back and give it to Van (Johnson)."
"I've always liked the idea, because
we're a small county that the Road.
Department, Solid Waste and Mos-
quito Control...we work closely to-
gether and shoulder-to-shoulder."
said Crum, "I've noticed in other coun-
ties that when you separate and seg-
regate these departments, you create
more problems than I want to deal
Mosconis responded, "The problem is
that when you're on vacation, then
Van (Johnson) gets somebody subor-
dinate to him normally as his boss.
This is part of the problem."
Commissioner Raymond Williams
suggested separating the Road De-
partment. Solid Waste Department
and Mosquito Control. The rest of the
board opposed such an action and
noted that the Mosquito Control was
a part-time position. "I can see the
snowball rolling," said Braxton, "We're
gonna' get a lot of departments all
wanting to be separated." He con-
cluded, "I'll tell you what's happening
here is that Bill Henderson is being
told, 'we don't want you.' I think we're
playing games with employees and
playing politics." The board then voted
4-1 (Commissioner Braxton voting
Nay) to separate the Solid Waste De-
partment from the Road Department,
which makes Van Johnson answer-
able only to the Franklin County Com-
*The board agreed to have the Solid
Waste Department remove the sum-
mer dumpsters from the area beaches
in the last week of October. Van
Johnson announced that the Solid
Waste Department would begin opera-
tion under their winter hours;;which
begins at 9 AM and closes 5iPM.'
The board approved a Department of
Environmental Protection agreement
fund, which allocates one hundred
thousand dollars to Franklin County
for household hazardous waste col-
*County Extension Agent Bill Mahan
announced that Phase I (chopping) of
the site prep for the tree planting
project had been completed. Phase II
(harrowing), he said, would be com-
pleted by the end of November.
*Keith McCormick came before the
board of commissioners to request
that he be able to fly model airplanes
near the Apalachicola Airport until a
new site could be found to fly mode'
airplanes. The board had previously
ruled that land near the Apalachicol-
Airport was to be a restricted area for
flying model airplanes.
"We go out of our way to get out of the
way of full scale aircraft when we're
out there. And I have heard that we've
endangered air crafts and to the best
of my knowledge that is not true," said
McCormick. Mr. McCormick said that
he had a troop of eight Boy Scouts who
were interested in flying a newly ac-
quired model airplane. "Everywhere
else I look, there are trees," said
Chairman Jimmy Mosconis stated
that he did not want to accept the re-
sponsibility of allowing individuals to
fly model airplanes in a high risk area.
"Now we all have two million dollars
worth of insurance...every single one
of us." stated McCormick. Mosconis
returned, "Well I don't know how
much a life is worth to you." The
board then decided that Mr.
McCormick could fly his model air-
planes atop of the landfill.
*Assistant County Planner Mark
Curenton announced that the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs approved
expending money from the county's
Community Development Block Grant
to the literacy program. The board
unanimously agreed to allocate
$29,311 from the retraining fund of
their H.U.D. relief money to the Fran-
klin County Adult Reading Program'
for the purpose of funding a literacy
coordinator's position for one year.
The board made the fund allocation
contingent on the literacy project's
ability to seek a contractor for the
money. Literacy Coordinator Jane Cox
said that the literacy project may be
able to contract with the Friends of
the Franklin County Public Library.
*Lewis Reese from the Department of
Transportation and Jim Sullivan from
the Genesis Group gave an update of
the Frog, Gopher and Alligator Rail
and Trail Project Development. Mr.
Sullivan stated that the project ex-
tended through three counties, which
included Leon, Wakulla and Franklin
County. Sullivan also stated that 13
miles of the project is in Franklin
County, ten of which is on property of
the St. Joe Paper Company and the
rest is on private property. Sulivan
said that engineering and biological
studies were being conducted. He also
said that the project would conduct
public hearings and information meet-
ings in each of the three counties. Mr.
Sullivan concluded that citizen advi-
sory committee s would be formed in
each of the three counties.
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*The board agreed to set a salary range
for a new full-time emergency man-
agement coordinator at between 18
and 24 thousand dollars per year. The
board also accepted the resignation
of Carl Petteway from that position.
County Planner Alan Pierce stated
that Mr. Petteway did not want to work
*County Planner Alan Pierce stated
that their would be not emergency
shelters in the county, because there
was not enough local volunteer sup-
port for the shelters in the past. Pierce
stated that Red Cross workers will not
come into the county if a hurricane is
a category 2 or above. "That's a fate
we have, because we just don't have
enough input of local volunteers here."
Piece stated that refuges of last resort
would be open, however, for those
seeking shelter. Those refuges, said
Pierce, would provide no food and per-
haps no water.
Apalachicola resident Wanda Teat
brought environmental pollution to
the minds of Apalachicola commis-
sioners at their 3 October meeting as
Teat explained the recent damage to
Tilton Creek due to a sewer system
plant that was installed nearby.
"You should be on top of this," urged
Teat, "You should have bacteria tests
going on. We're seeing animals in the
area looking sick. The fish are dying.
This should not happen...not to this
extent. It's to the point now where we
can't get out to the main river. Our
backs are against the wall and we
need some help."
Mayor Bobby Howell stated that the
sewage plant was put in at the rec-
ommendation of the Department of
Community Affairs. "They insisted
that it go there," said Howell.
Mayor Howell stated that he was in
"We're losing every way of life that we favor of the tournament fee. "Bass
can think of," said Teat, "And now fishermen come into town with a ten
we're losing another by our own ac- dollar bill and a old shirt and they
tonss" don't either." He conclude, "When you
get a lot of these folks drinking and
The board then agreed to investigate youaskthempolitelytodosomething
the matter further. you're liable to get your backside
In other board business: whipped."
*Commissioner Jimmy Elliott an-
*The board agreed to renew the nounced possible street sign name
CableVision's contract for an addi- anges in the greater Apalachicola
tional five years. Jimmy Nichols asked area. Elliott said that he wanted to
when Apalachicola would get access name the new signs in memory of
to the History Channel and another those who lost their lives in previous
resident questioned if CableVision wars. Emergency services had re-
would try to improve channel six. quested that the signs in the greater
Susan Tremain from CableVision said Apalachicola area be renamed, be-
that her company would try to address cause they duplicated signs that were
all of the concerns of Apalachicola cause they duplicated signs that were
residall of the concerns of Apalachicola in Apalachicola and created confu-
sion. Those signs changes include:
*The board replaced resigning Recre- 1. Sixth Street is to be changed to
action Board member Carl Petteway honor Ellis Van Fleet, who died in
with Palmer Philyaw. The board also World War II.
asked the Housing Authority Board to 2 Eighth Street is to be changed to
submit a name to replace resigning honor Fred Myer, who died in World
member Jane Petteway. War I.
*The board implemented a $500 fee 3. Twelfth Street is to be changed to
honor Bobby Cato. who died in Viet-
for future fishing tournaments and nam.
limited tournament boaters to fifteen 4. Thirteenth Street is to be changed
minutes to launch their boats. Com- to honor Timothy Simmons. who died
missioner Jimmy Elliott voiced a re- in World War II.
luctance to the fee. "If we charge them 5. Fourteenth Street is to be changed
a big fee, they're gonna'move the tour- to honor Rex Buzzette, who died in
nament somewhere else." World War II.
6. Fifteenth Street is to be changed to
One resident noted that tournament honor Earl King, who died in Korea.
participants slammed into his boat 7. Sixteenth Street is to be changed
causing one hundred dollars worth of to honor James Clay, who died in Viet-
damage. "If they come here," he said, nam.
"They should pay insurance. They 8. Tenth Street is to be changed to
added absolutely nothing to my ap- honor Cornelius Rise, who died in
preciation of that day." World War I.
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The Franklin Chronicle 6 October 1995 Page 5
Commission Is Sworn In ed ArrestsDrug
Mayor Bobby Howell (L), Commissioner Jack Frye (C) and Commissioner Jimm
Elliott (R) are sworn into office by Apalachicola City Attorney Patrick Floyd a
the October 3 meeting of the Apalachicola City Commission.
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Located on Highway 65
Next to the Franklin County
Some of you might remember
me from the Critters Christmas
event last year. I have dubbed
myself spokesdoggy for the
homeless pets at the Franklin
County Animal Shelter. Many
Scats and dogs are looking for a
friendly face and that might
include you! Please take a trip
Sto the shelter today. You may
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The 1995 edition of the consume
"Guide to Nursing Home Charges i
Florida" is now available from th
Agency for Health Care Administra
tion (AHCA). In addition to providing
charge, service, and rating data, th
brochure lists information and refer
ral sources. It also includes suggest
tions and a comparison worksheet fo
selecting a nursing home. To order
copy, call our toll-free number: (801
342-0828, or the Data Disseminatio
unit at 904921-0550. Please indicate
the counties of interest, since the brr
chures are printed by districts.
A Spanish version of the brochure
available for Broward, Dade, and Mon
roe counties. Tambien hay una version
en espanol para los condados d
Broward, Dade, y Monroe.
The statewide median charge for a pr
vate pay resident over the last yea
increased 5.3 percent to $99 per da
for room, board and basic nursing se:
Ancillary services, charges for per
sonal laundry, and amenities like tele
phone and TV in the room would ad
to this charge. A oneyear stay could
cost well over $36,000.
As in previous years, the lowest
charges were in northwest Florid
(Panhandle and the Big Bend area
Median charges in that area were $8
and SA_3 respect,.d:l, As in the pas
the higher s mri edia ri: h.iarge 15 113) wa
reported in CHPA district 9, which ii
eludes the counties of Indian Rive
Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, an
St. Lucie. This is consistent with nur
ing home operating costs, which ai
also higher in southeast Florida an
lowest in northwest Florida.
Franklin County Sheriffs Office Ma-
jor Williams announced on 3 October
1995 that in the past week a number
of drug related arrests have been
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joe
Powers discovered cocaine, crack co-
caine and marijuana during a consen-
sual search of a car after a routine
traffic stop on Thursday, 28 Septem-
ber. Three Wakulla County men were
Michael Tyrone Scott, 21, was charged
with Possession of a Controlled Sub-
Daniel Forest, Jr., 19, was charged
with Possession of a Controlled Sub-
stance and Possession of Cannabis
(Less than 20 Grams).
John C. Thomas, 23, was charged
with Possession of a Controlled Sub-
stance Cocaine & Violation of Proba-
Stion for carrying a concealed firearm.
County Judge Van Russell noted on
Y the special conditions of release that
it the three men were to stay out of Fran-
klin County except for meetings with
their attorney and court dates.
On Friday 29 September at 8:37 PM,
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joe
Powers stopped a vehicle for having
no tag light. Upon identifying the oc-
cupants of the car, he found the driver,
Jaime Davis Guthrie, 25, Carrabelle,
to be driving with a suspended license.
Trooper Powers also noted there were
S outstanding warrants on the passen-
ger, Sandra Massey Clark, 31, Carra-
belle. Both occupants were arrested
and transported to the Franklin
County Jail where an inventory of
their vehicle revealed a large quantity
er of marijuana.
le Clark was charged with Possession of
a- More than 20 Grams, Possession of a
'g Controlled Substance with Intent to
Le Sell, Petit Theft, Grand Theft and Cul-
r- tivation of Cannabis. She is currently
s- being held on a $19,250 bond.
a Guthrie was charged with Driving
0) While License Suspended, Possession
)n of More than 20 Grams, Possession
te of Controlled Substance with Intent
o- to Sell and Cultivation of Cannabis.
He is currently being held on a
is $14,000 bond.
n- Also, Milton Ray Hatfield, 27, East-
gn point, was arrested on 29 September
le and charged with Possession of More
than 20 Grams Cannabis and Culti-
S action of Cannabis. During a routine
aerial surveillance, marijuana was
ar spotted growing off the northwest cor-
Ly ner of Mr. Hatfield's trailer. Approxi-
mately 30 plants were located.
Hatfield stated the plants were his and
Sfor his own use. Bond was set at
T FA L
ited with the defendant after the al-
leged accident and noted that the de-
fendant was very remorseful about his
Mr. Steiger also noted that, after the
defendant shot his father, he imme-
diately contacted the sheriffs depart-
ment and his sister-in-law. Lynn Law.
Lynn Law stated that, when she ar-
rived at "Red" Law's home, the defen-
dant was holding a cloth over the vic-
tims wound. Ms. Law stated that the
defendant removed the victims false
teeth to help him breath better and
muttered, "Don't you die, old man."
Ms. Law also noted that the defendant
was confused about where the
struggle happened between his father
The prosecution questioned the defen-
dant about his confusion of the 13 Oc-
tober incident; and Assistant State
Attorney Williams openly implied that
the defendant was concocting an
imaginary story to trick local authori-
ties into believing that the death of
"Red" Law was an accident.
Mr. Steiger countered with one of his
favorite quotes from Justice Oliver
Wendell Holmes: "You cannot expect
detached reflection in the presence of
an upraised knife."
Mr. Steiger's final witness was Major
Jimmy Williams from the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department. Steiger
asked Major Williams about the ex-
tent of his investigation concerning
the defendant. Williams responded
that the sheriffs department took a
16-minute statement from the defen-
dant. Steiger asked Major Williams if
he dusted the revolver or the bullet
shell for "Red" Law's finger prints.
Williams stated that he did not.
Mr. Steiger asked Major Williams if he
diagramed the the struggle between
the defendant and his father. Major
Williams responded that he did not.
Mr. Steiger asked Major Williams how
many homicide investigations he had
been involved in. Williams responded
that he had been involved in about
100 investigations. The defense con-
cluded that, since the sheriffs depart-
ment did not adequately investigate
the case, it obviously believed that the
defendant's actions on 13 October
1994 were accidental.
The jury's verdict left the defense
smilin' and the prosecution bewil-
I dered. "Not guilty does not mean in-
nocent." said Frank Williams. He later
stated, "When Captain Don Hammock
took the stand and vouched for this
[the defendant's] man's character.
that's when the case was over." Will-
iams concluded, "This county has a
strong tolerance for domestic violence.
I think this verdict proves that."
Kevin Steiger stated. "I think they [the
jury] could see he [the defendant] was
a sincere and honest man. They could
see the pain that this was causing
him." Steiger concluded. "The finest
piece of lawyering cannot beat the
Medical Examiner Tom Wood (left) holds a pointer to
illustrate the angle of the fired bullet and Visiting Judge
John Rudd (right) poses for a picture in his chamber.
Public Defender Kevin Steiger points 38 Caliber revolver
at defendant Robert Law, Jr. to illustrate the angle of the
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Franklin County Sheriffs Office Ma-
jor Jimmy Williams announced that
a marijuana indoor growing operation
was dismantled and an Eastpoint man
arrested on a variety of charges.
During a routine aerial surveillance
conducted by Franklin County
Sheriffs Office in conjunction with the
U. S. Forestry and the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement (FDLE),
Douglas Topham, No. 12 Hickory Dip,
Eastpoint, and another man were
spotted behind Topham's trailer cut-
ting marijuana plants. The men spot-
ted the helicopter and fled the scene
taking the cut plants with them.
Topham was apprehended by a
deputy and FDLE officer at the rear
of his trailer, but the other man dis-
appeared into the woods. Topham
willingly consented to a search of the
premises where the indoor growing
operation was found in the attic of a
storage shed. Also, plants were found
in every room of the trailer as well as
scales and baggies in the kitchen. In
all, approximately 2 pounds of mari-
juana was confiscated and approxi-
mately 1/4 pound of seeds. Topham
stated to officers that the marijuana
was his and for his own use.
Topham was released after posting
bond. He is charged with Cultivation
of Cannabis. Possession of More than
20 Grams of Cannabis, and Posses-
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Published every other Friday
The Poet's Side
with Eileen Annie
An Aldersgate Obloquy
Elegy for Ma Stewart
Her eyes glittered dark, hidden
A fox within a bracket thicket
Lined and shadowed face serene
Leaves and branches of the fen
Quiet, secret life within it
Bright and quick and clean.
Nudging, mocking, they despised her
Coughing nervous, raw contempt
Unworthy children, gaunt and lean
Misborn scions of a graveyard age
With empty hearts and minds unkempt
Smug, self-righteous, small and mean.
That double portion she wore well
And carried cookies in her pocket
She dared to speak aloud and sing
Her reward the savage welts
From the blows of homed prophets.
God's affirmation in their sting.
Her shoes were heavy, maudlin black
She rolled her stockings at the knee
Her voice would make the tall firs ring
With lifted arm and head held back
She touched the hidden throne for me
She was my bridge, my offering.
-E. L. Peck, 1995
See You Tomorrow
I painted my nails
that covered the hard cement
and thought of you,
have you seen the light of the star
beating down on the ivy black
the virus travels
in the wind,
and you die
I swam in the lake
I love myself
do you know
Society is stuck
in a hole,
at a time,
I don't understand
too many ideas
too many disbeliefs
too many problems,
your eyes are
for me to believe,
it's the shadow
of the heart,
and do you love her
as much as you see her?
do you think of her
Thin the rain,
in a puddle of sorrow?.
~St e, we've gone too far
now is a moment
in our forgotten hearts.
The Eclectic Acrid McDLT Test
Stood he, on high, some 9-foot-2
flappin' renegade digits at my youth,
Lbeathing from his soul...a ray o' sun-
a good smattering for all; Food, Folks & Fun
I knew, I swore...this was no mere clown,
this was, swore I...A filthy rich clown,
who bathed with the Boesky's...drank all their Boones Farm-
who ran unmarked burgers to Iran for arms.
And vanguard of morals and red striped wardrobe,
who styled with Bogart, with Chevy and Bo,
who lobbied for Lyndon, tobacco and Ross
and tore from cars "Don't Blame me, I voted Bush."
I look deep within, "Oh Valley of Thought!"
and see myself with the Big Mac I've bought.
So, the world holds truth as the crisp, golden pie-
Though the vitals be clogged from the coarse, sallow fries,
I'll ride the Mac Train, LOOK, it's growing' strong!
Whatever is right cannot be wrong!
Don't flush me McLord down this ol' McJohn-
Just lead me on glory...one of those chill burger job$$$
The Poet's Side with Eileen Annie will appear regularly in the Franklin
Chronicle. If you would like to participate in the Poet's Side, please
drop off your work at the Eastpoint or Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Public Library or the Holy Family Center in Apalachi-
cola. All poems must include the author's name.
Request for Proposals
for Professional Engineering Services
The Alligator Point Water Management Resources District, pursuant
to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, seeks professional engineering
services for a program including but not limited to, the following:
1) Forecasting for future water requirements and cost estimates
of such requirements.
2) Investigation and development of additional water supply
3) Project planning and design including replacement of existing
4) Surveying services as required.
5) Cost estimates including feasibility reports.
6) Permitting for local, state, and local authorities.
7) Needs and feasibility investigation, surveying, testing, design,
and construction inspection.
All proposals will be considered on an equal and competitive basis
and be evaluated based upon the experience and technical expertise
of each firm and its personnel in connection with the above services
to be provided. Interested firms must have a registration/certificate
with the State of Florida.
The District expects to enter into a continuing professional
engineering services contract for this program. Any firm or individual
desiring to provide such professional services must be qualified
pursuant to law and should file such proof with the District including
a sworn statement required by Section 287.133(3)(A), Florida
Statutes. In addition, those interested parties should provide a report
. of their capabilities, the adequacy of their personnel, and their past
record and experience to the Alligator Point Water Management
Resources District, Post Office Box 155, Panacea, Florida 32346.
Please submit three copies of proposal to the above referenced
address on or before November 1, 1995. Please Indicate "Proposal
for Professional Engineering Services" on the front of the envelope.
The first course of Saturday's dinner began at the Hodges-Willis House overlooking
Apalachicola Bay. Built in 1873, the house was originally a one-story structure, and the
second story was added in 1881. Historical Trust visitors toured the downstairs observing
the heart of pinefloors, wide black cypress molding and the great hallway, before departing
to Trinity Church for the main course.
Lasagna For Literacy _
A Second Annual Success
of Florida Trust
Brings over 80
A Report and Commentary
The Florida Trust for Historic Preser-
vation sponsored their "insider's tour"
through Apalachicola and environs on
29 September through 1 October
1995. each participant paying about
$165 for two nights and three days
steeped in local and regional
history. "It went as smooth as silk,"
uttered one of the hosts, George
Chapel, who helped conduct the tour
for members from as far away as the
Overnight accommodations were not
included in the tour package, but
most participants got their money's
worth if the din of conversation, and
depth of occasional applause was any
measure of satisfaction. Many were
impressed with the historic homes
and restorations in the community
and the wide range of activity orga-
nized for them by Chapel and others.
A reception began the festivities on
Friday night at the Gibson Inn, the
three story Victorian structure, now
on the National Register of Historic
Continued on page 7
"We believe the ability to read is critical to personal freedom." -Literacy Volun-
teers of America Mission Statement.
Alma Pugh (left) extends greetings to the audience as Jane
Cox (right) raises a victorious clenched hand for literacy
Almost two hundred Franklin County residents poured into the Eastpoint
FireHouse on 30 September to sample some of the county's finest Italian cui-
The Franklin County Adult Reading Program (FCARP) was against host of the
Lasagna for Literacy fundraiser. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) worker
Alma Pugh was the event's chairperson. "A lot of people have worked real hard
to make this possible," said Ms. Pugh at the event, "It's almost impossible to
thank everyone who gave a helping hand."
After an introduction of the Master of Ceremony by VISTA Jack Dakota, the
event began with the lasagna showdown. Lasagna categories included tradi-
tional, seafood, veggie and desert Iasagrin The patiel of lasagna judges in-
cluded David Belsen, Dolores Law, Pamela Lester, Van Johnson, Deborah
Buckhalter and Michael Allen. When the judges had sampled each of the lasa-
gna dishes, first place awards went to Lucia Gallio in the Veggie Category,
Eileen Annie in the Seafood Category and The Paradise Cafe for the Tradi-
tional Category. Hampton May was awarded earliest entry and Dr. Scott Smith
was awarded latest entry. Dr. Smith also received Best of Show.
S tLmPa MWA iN=m -A. rW
Commissioner Bevin Putnal is honored by FCARP for his
support of library and literacy efforts.
FCARP Literacy Coordinator Jane Cox, M.C. Chuck Spicer and Garfield (played
by Tiffany Shiver) then gave recognition to volunteers and special helpers of
the literacy project. Some of those individuals receiving recognition included
Commissioner Bevin Putnal, Richard and Claire Plessinger, Cliff Butler, George
Butler, Michael Allen, Kathleen Humphries, Ken Mansuy, Brian Goercke, Eileen
Annie, Alma Pugh and Lucia Gallio. Special trophies were given to Allan and
Betty Roberts and Guy and Helen Marsh in appreciation for their work as
tutors with FCARP. Literacy Coordinator Jane Cox was also presented a plaque
of appreciation for her work with FCARP.
Allan and Betty Roberts receive volunteer tutor awards.
Over $750 were raised at the Lasagna for Literacy bash. The funds raised will
be used to support FCARP via student and tutor materials.
Businesses and Individuals supporting the event include: Seahorse Florist,
Flower Patch, Bayside Restaurant, Chesnut Tree Antiques, Cedar Woman,
Dolores Sweet Shoppe, Magnolia Restaurant, The Marketplace. The Hut,
Gulfside IGA, Red Rabbit. Risa's Pizza, The Grill, Hardee's, The Love Center.
IGA Plus-Carrabelle, The Apalachicola Times, The Franklin Chronicle, WOYS
"Oyster Radio," Island Oasis, Blue Parrot Restaurant, Island Shirt Company,
Harry A's. Two Gulls Gift Shop, The Cut, Island Emporium, Paradise Gar-
dens, Charles Brannan, Happy Pelican. Aunt Ebby's Ice Cream and Deli,
Hawkin's Printing, Paradise Grill, Eastpoint Cleaners and Laundromat, Won-
derland Home improvements Inc., Tonya Patrick, Addie Stephen, Pearlie
Jarman, Robert Davis, Connie Dehner and Bay City Lodge.
Benedict Hall, adjacent to historic Trinity Church, was the
dite of the main course (above). The final course, rich
desserts, brought the "insider's tour" to the Gaidry-Orman
iome overlooking the Apalachicola River, for the close to
i tour-filled day.
FCARP recognizes departing Green Thumb worker, Kathleen
"Mary Poppins" Humphries. Kathleen Is moving to Mexico.
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Continued from page 6
Places. Other accommodations were
at the elegantly restored 1905 Coombs
House Inn, with high ceilings, nine
fireplaces and antique furniture.
Guests yvere "on their own" to shop
amid many of Apalachicola's art and
craft shops open for this occasion. Ap-
alachicola Trading Company
featured original artwork and
handpainted cabinets. The Camou-
flage shop sold historic prints and
original oils by Joyce Estes, while the
Chesnut Tree featured antiques.
Riverlily featured hand crafted
Austrian Crystal jewelry. There was
original art by Ken Kenniston on ex-
hibit at Twin Peaks Gallery. Victorian
reproductions and gifts were featured
at Victorian Way. Winds of Atlantis
sold unique kites and wind objects.
Dried flowers, baskets and gifts were
featured at Seashore Gift and Florist.
The Pied Piper had shown guests fash-
ionable women's clothing.
Long Dream Gallery, now moved up-
stairs in their Market Street building,
demonstrated fine art jewelry
handcrafted by Kristin Anderson.
Hooked on Books displayed their
wares including Florida books and
titles of .local interest. Antiques and
collectibles were available from
Peddler's Cove as well as Taylor's An-
tiques. Cedarwoman Gallery sold tex-
tiles, oriental porcelians and Navajo
weavings. There was a Florida Land-
scape show at Artemis Gallery. Con-
temporary works by Charles Chapin
were displayed at Gallery 75. Palmyra
exhibited Enamels by Carol Jayne and
other contemporary crafts. There were
others open for business and it ap-
peared as if trading were in high gear.
Saturday morning strolls through
Apalachicola's historic district, led by
George Chapel, were conducted end-
ing at noon with a fish fry at Battery
Park, prepared by a crew led by Harry
In the afternoon, at least three cruises
aboard the Governor Stone were
launched from the city marina. A tour
of the city cemetery was also con-
Saturday night, 30 September, the
tour featured a three course meal be-
ginning at the Hodge house overlook-
ing the Bay, followed with the main
course served at Trinity Church, and
concluded at the Doug and Anna
Gaidry home for dessert.
Sunday morning, as news of the im-
pending hurricane spread, guests ate
a hurried breakfast at the Carriage
House, adjacent to the 1838 Rainey
House, where many toured the house
Overall, the tour made many new
friends for Apalachicola with the
promises of return engagements, and
most likely, much more business.
1 111.1 #9199
Sonic Booms and
The Tyndall Operations Group and the
Public Affairs Office led by Herman
Bell, made a special presentation be-
fore the St. George Island Civic Club
on Thursday, 21 September 1995. The
heart of their talk, delivered by Lieu-
tenant Colonel T. J. Cottongim of the
325th Operations Group stationed at
Tyndall, was a subject annoying to
many islanders and residents.in the
panhandle-the creation of sonic
booms over the Gulf region, The bal-
ance of the remarks also involved the
claims procedures when high speed
aircraft break the sound barrier, cre-
ating booms which shatter windows,
disturb more than the peace, and per-
haps set nerves on edge. There are no
damage procedures for the last items,
but the presentation outlined what is
needed to file a claim and expect pay-
ment for damages.
The presentation started with an ex-
planation of what the operations,
group does with their aircraft over the
Gulf of Mexico, and why the opera-
tions are performed. The operations
group at Tyndall is the only training
wing for the F-15 aircraft in the U. S.
Air Force. The air space used over
fragments of the panhandle areas is
marked with special surveillance de-
vices buoyed in the water and elec-
tronically relayed back to Tyndall, tied
to a videotape presentation which is
used to debrief student pilots, an ad-
vanced system available only at
Tyndall. "Because of that, the opera-
tions group flies a lot of missions over
here," said Lt. Col. Cottongim. Units
from Moody, also Jacksonville and
aircraft out of Ft. Walton Beach also
use the same airspace over the St.
George Island, and Franklin County. ,
Tyndall's use of the airspace over St.
George Island and contiguous por-
tions over Franklin County and the
panhandle involved over 2200 sorties
per month, a 20 per-cent increase in
student-pilot load in the last year. This
training is for combat-ready units.
About one-third of those sorties over
fly the St: George Island airspace.
Another factor which affects the wide
use of airspace over the region are
newer air-to-air missiles which re-
quire greater separation between air-
craft when pilots are in training to use
the missiles according to new combat
Lt. Col. Cottongim explained the steps
the 325th Operations Group has
taken to minimize sonic booms over
populated areas including
reconfiguring the training airspace by
expanding it southward, briefing
Tyndall and visiting pilots, reorient-
ing dogfight alignments seeking engi-
neering advice from an expert at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
"...who, believe it or not, calls himself
Dr. Boom "' said the Colonel, "1e is
the foremost expert fit sonic booms
and provided us some technical
studies..." The Group has instituted
a "Check Mach" call 20 miles out,
before overflying the coast. New train-
ing devices and techniques will be
installed worldwide, reducing reliance
on the anchored buoys now used in
the Gulf of Mexico to relay electronic
data for training critiques. This will
be available in 1997.
Then, Lt. Col. Cottongim described the
steps for submitting a claim to pay for
damages caused by sonic booms. The
steps to be followed are outlined
1. Contact Tyndall Public Affairs
Office immediately at 904-283-
2965, Herman Bell, Chief, Com-
2. The Legal Office will send out
3. The flight will be correlated and
tapes will be reviewed. Bell and
others will determine what aircraft
were flying in what airspace, at
what time, etc.
4. When the cause of the sonic
boom-is identified and the claim
has been investigated, it will be
"I've been in the Air Force long enough
to know that machinery moves
slowly-sometimes. There is a specific
procedure to follow to make sure that
we not only protect your interest but
we protect the government's inter-
est...", he concluded.
Lt. Col. Cottongim then opened his
presentation for questions. In re-
sponse to one comment, he empha-
sized that pilots do not "hot-dog" and
'break Mach 1 in a spontaneous mode.
In their training for combat, they of-
ten fly at supersonic speeds. They may
.occasionally fly as low as 500 feet over
the terrain and in designated areas,
this is permitted, but only at subsonic
One problem was brought forward by
Marilyn Bean, when vacation
homeowners may not be in the area
when damage might be done by su-
personic flights, and there is no one
around to verify date, time, location,
aircraft and other factual matters.
Representatives at the meeting agreed
that the situation of the absentee-
owner was difficult for establishing
dates and times, unless the
homeowner relied on a neighbor or
Manager to inspect the home on a
A well-documented claim has to es-
tablish at least some parameters so
an investigation may proceed. A claim
form, with a receipt, but lacking dates,
times, and other information such as
witnesses' statements or photographs
is not likely to be granted. One par-
.ticular area of some difficulty in grant-
nme a claim involves windows iith
Sleaky seals The damage could come
from age, window malfunctions, or.
other sources, such as settling on pil-
ings. The manufacturers have in-
formed Air Force investigators that
their window seals should not be af-
fected by sonic booms, but a repre-
sentative speaking at the Civic Club
indicated that the Air Force has not
Lt. Col. T. J. Cott<
done any research on sor
and window seals.
Betty Day brought forward
claims experiences, with th
"assisted" with some Cong
help, and it was paid. Th
claim was denied on the ba
maintaining the seals in the
she said. 'The Air Force broke
and the Air Force should p
windows," she concluded. T`
resentatives responded to M
indicating they would look f
her claim and seek a resolu
In response to another quE
Col. Cottongim indicated ti
pilots are restricted to 14,00
St. George Island. "...As far
is concerned, there's no r
You could fly at 500 i
land...over cities you can't
He said his group would d
job of minimizing noise
booms over the island and t
in the future.
-- Civic Club
The St. George Island Civic Club met
Thursday, 21 September 1995 with a
lengthy old and new business agenda
and a special program by the Public
Affairs Office at Tyndall Air Force
Base, 20 miles west of Port St. Joe.
The Tyndall program is reported in
A report was made by President Vest
that some 80 street signs are down,
missing or just paint-faded and are
scheduled to be also replaced. Presi-
dent Vest also reported that only five
couples participated in the coastal
ongim cleanup on the island. John Shelby
reminded members of the need to af-
nic booms filiate with Big Brothers and Big Sis-
ters in the county, chaired by Frank
Sher two Williams.
d her two
e first one Mason Bean announced that the
gressional number of First Responders available
ie second for "on call" duty is dropping. Civic
basis of not Club President Pam Vest asked what
Windows, the club could do to stimulate more
ke my seal, members to the life-saving team. Ma-
lay for my son reminded the membership that
yndall rep- there were still a number of paramed-
rs. Day by ics living on the island who respond
further into to the calls; they are not available to
ition. take the First Responder truck. The
L. mission of the First Responders is to
sht ion5th be on the scene of an emergency first
ha0 t 32or to take an accounting of the problem
0 feet over and render aide, if needed. About
is the FAA 40 hours of training is needed by vol-
eseection. unteers before assuming responsibil-
do that." ity for a watch.
o a better Nominating Committee members were
and sonic sought by President Pam Vest. A slate
the county of candidates would be ready in time
for the October mailing. Elections will
be held at the November meeting.
SThe next meeting in October will fea-
ture Commissioner Dink Braxton and
County Planner Alan Pierce discuss-
ing Gorrie Drive, Pine Street and the
traffic on Gulf Beach Drive.
A presentation was made honoring
Rev. Roy and Shirley Bateman. Roy
broke up the gathering with laughter
as he spoke acquired about giving
back a key he had acquired some time
ago. He urged everyone to visit them
in northern Georgia. Pam Vest
thanked him for his service to the Civic
Club, particularly his leadership in
operating the club's tee-shirt booth at
the Seafood Festival each year. A
plaque was also given him which com-
memorated both the Seafood booth
and his work at the Chill Cookoff. He
started to read the inscription to the
group, but was unable to continue as
he struggled to hold back tears. Pam
Vest finished the reading to a lively
round of applause.
,*.'- The Treasurer's Report was presented
S St. George Island Civic Club
SAugust 18, 1995 to September 21,1995
Board of County Commissioners
(Bike Path donation refund)
Interest (Jul. & Aug.) 10.65
Raffle of Aug. 17 10.00
& PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC.
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St. Joseph Telecomm. $ 30.81
(Jul. & Aug.) 296.22
(Postage for 3 months) 135.00
St. George Island
Recreation Fund %1,000.00
Total Expenses <1,462.03>
Ending Balance $4,372.03
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