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Volume 4, Number 21


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


20 October 2 November 1995


Wellsprings Home Health .

Care Files Bankruptcy

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The damage shown here, in the Eastpoint area, looking
east on highway #98 is typical of the kind of washout that
occurred at 26 points on the road between Carrabelle and
Eastpoint. Most of these damages are expected to be re-
paired by Seafood Festival weekend, 3-5 November 1995.


Langston

Withdraws

as Port

Authority

Agent

The Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority is minus one exclusive agent
as of their regular 12 October meet-
ing. Port Authority Chairperson
Donald Wood announced at the regu-
lar meeting that the board's agent
Gene Langston would not seek to re-
new his exclusive agency agreement
with the Port Authority, which expired
on the 12 October.
Mr. Langston held the position of ex-
clusive agent for the past five years,
though chose not to explain his rea-
sons for withdrawing as agent in his
brief letter to the port authority. To-
wards the end of his contract period,
however, Langston had received his
share of public scrutiny for a proposed
property acquisition between the City
of Carrabelle and himself. In his frus-
tration, Mr. Langston had on several
occasion offered to step down from his
position should the port authority so
request. The board agreed to accept
Mr. Langston's resignation and to
write him a letter of appreciation for
service to the Carrabelle Port and Air-
port Authority.
The board decided not to seek a re-
placement for the exclusive agent po-
sition, but rather opted to work with
Baskerville-Donovan for future busi-
ness acquisitions. The board indicated
that, much like the exclusive agent
position, Baskerville-Donovan would
not receive a payment from the Port
Authority unless the engineering firm
successfully completed a business
acquisition for the board.
In other board business:
*Baskerville-Donovan representative
Bill McCartney stated that, if water
and sewer services were brought to
Timber Island, approximately thirty
new jobs would be created in that
area. McCartney, who is developing
a grant application to bring water and
sewer services to Timber Island. felt
that there may not be enough jobs
created from the grant to support the
grant application. McCartney stated
that the lose of jobs to the timber in-
dustry, seafood industry, highway and
marine patrol would all be a factor in
being considered for a grant.
Continued on page 13


Hearing Set

for Adoption of

Local Option

Gas Tax

Franklin County Commissioner Dink
Braxton led the board in discussion
for the adoption of the Local Option
Gas Tax at the 17 October regular
county commission meeting.
Commissioner Braxton stated that the
proposed sales tax would be for six
cents and would be in effect for ten
years. Braxton said that the tax money
would be kept in escrow for the pur-
pose of paving and resurfacing the
county's roads. Braxton then made a
motion to have a public hearing set
for 21 November.
"I haven't researched this enough to
go ahead with Mr. Braxton's motion.
said Commissioner Ed Toliver, .
gonna have to have more time to look
into this. We have brought this up
several times before, and we have had
very stiff opposition from our business
people in the community."
Chairperson Jimmy Mosconis con-
curred with Commissioner Toliver's
sentiments.
Commissioner Braxton stated that the
board would have two weeks before
the hearing to research the gas tax.
"You may want to vote for this and
you may not." Braxton stated that he
could also give the board a breakdown
of what the gas tax consisted of.
"I don't want your breakdown," said
Toliver, "I want the public's break-
down." Commissioner Toliver stated
that the two week period was not
enough time for him to research the
matter.
The board then voted 3-2 (Chairper-
son Mosconis and Commissioner
Toliver voting Nay) to hold a public
hearing on 21 November to adopt a
Local Option Gas Tax.
"When the people on the CC land or
the escape road call me." stated Brax-
ton, "I'll say, 'Call Mr. Toliver and the
chairman, because they will not adopt
a sales tax for gasoline."'
"That'll be fine," responded Toliver.
"That's not my district," responded
Mosconis.
Eastpoint Resident Annie Mae Flow-
ers stated. "You do have a responsi-
bility as the governing body for this
county to provide protection for all of
your people. The escape road or the
CC land road is a viable road to es-
cape not only for St. George Island and
Eastpoint, but for Bay and Gulf
County, as well. And for all of Frank-
lin County. I'll persist and insist that
you look towards paving our road at
sometime in the very near future. If
we got what Panama City Beach got.
what could we do? How could any
transportation be done."
Commissioner Braxton then offered to
loan the board $100,000 at 1% inter-
est for one year. if the county wouiml
pave the escape road. "Does the board
want to borrow $100,000 of my
money'?"

Continued on page 13


Principal owners of Wellsprings Home
Health Care, Inc., Brenda M. Molsbee
(President) and Maxie Carroll (Vice-
President) have filed for bankruptcy
in the Northern District of Florida (Tal-
lahassee) to stop a run on the assets
of Wellsprings Home Health Care, Inc.
According to their attorney, Brian A.
Newman of the law firm of Mowrey and
Newman (Tallahassee), the Internal
Revenue Service had issued levies to
Wellspring's fiscal intermediary for
over $257,000, leaving the home
health care facility without enough
cash to pay their help and continue
operating.
The filing for bankruptcy on 4 Octo-
ber 1995, according to Newman, is not
based on fraud nor fiscal management
problems, but to freeze assets so no
additional draws against Wellspring's
assets could be made by the Internal
Revenue Service or others.
The order authorizinc W,'llsprilrs.
,Home Health Cire inc. lt cCrntirLur-
business combined ..Ith an .auLtom ic
stay and injunction was signed by
Judge Lewis M. Killian, Jr. on 6 Octo-
ber 1995.
On 12 October, Judge Killian ap-
proved Wellspring's motion to receive
an emergency loan from Molsbee and
Carroll for $60,000 so the health care
facility could continue to operate with
that cash.
The order of 6 October authorizes
Wellsprings to "remain n full opera-
tion of its business and to manage its
property as a Debtor-in-Possession,
consistent with all applicable provi-
sions of Chapter 11 of Title 11 of the
United States Code..." This means the
health care facility may buy and sell
merchandise, supplies and other
property in the ordinary course of
business for cash or by obtaining


trade credit.
The company had to lay off several
employees but it still services about
300 patients in Franklin, Gulf,
Gadsden, Liberty, Leon, Madison and
Jefferson counties. Most of their pa-
tients are Medicare and Medicaid pa-
tients. In September 1995, the facil-
ity failed to obtain various certifica-
tions to continue receiving Medicare
money. They may reapply.

Wellsprings will close their existing
books of account and will begin oper-
ating under Killian's Order with new
books of account. A report of that sta-
tus is due within 30 days.

The filing of the voluntary petition for
bankruptcy operates "...without
notice, as an automatic stay of the
commencement or continuation of any
court or other proceeding against it,
or any act or the commencement or
I. cLjunnuauon of any court proceeding
u. ercf.r.-e mny lien against its prop-
erty, or of any court proceeding..,

Further, Wellsprings has also asked
the Court to approve hiring special
counsel Theodore E. Mack and Will-
iam H. Hughes III to assist the health
care facility in reinstating the Medi-
care Provider Contract which is vital
to their reorganization. As of 19 Octo-
ber, the file of Wellsprings which was
to contain the reorganization plan, a
list of assets and other papers was not
complete.

The petition listed 27 creditors total-
ing over $850,000 including the mon-
ies drawn by the IRS. A meeting of
creditors is scheduled at Bankruptcy
Court in Tallahassee on Monday
morning, 6 November 1995 at 11 a.m.


Lanark Water & Sewer

Board Go Commissioner

Searchin'


The Lanark Village Water and Sewer
Commission are trying to get the word
out that they want more community
participation at their meetings and
that they want a new commissioner
to join the board and fill the vacancy
left by Jack Garrison.
The commissioners stated at their 16
October meeting that only one person
has indicated an interest in filling the
vacant position. The board stated
that they would advertise the
commissioner's position in both the
Carrabelle Time and the Franklin
Chronicle for two weeks.
"People I've talked to," said Commis-
sioner James Lawlor, "laughed and
walked away. None of the prior can-
didates or commissioners have shown
any interest. Some of them tell me
they're retired and not retarded like I
am.
In other board business:
*The board voted over the recommen-
dation of their attorney to place a one
year moratorium on all new water and
sewer hook-ups due to continual over-
use of water in the village and as well
as the faltering condition of the sewer
system.


Commissioner Lawlor felt that the
moratorium may force people into
using wells, which would reduce the
village's water consumption. "Without
putting restrictions on the water we're
just voicing our concerns. We want to
show the state that we're trying to
work with them and abide by their
rules."
Attorney Scott Smiley pointed out that
a six month moratorium on new wa-
ter and sewer hook-ups imposed by
the board had just expired. Attorney
Smiley recommended that the board
impose another six month morato-
rium.
Commissioner Phil Shiver stated that
Lanark Village was averaging nearly
208 thousand gallons per day. "That's
eight thousand more than we'd like,"
said Shiver. However, Commissioner
Shiver said that the water use for the
present month was down to less than
189 thousand gallons per day. "We
still have an over use of our water and
the only thing that I can see that will
cure our sewer problem is expansion
of the sewer plant and that costs
money."


32nd Annual Florida

Seafood Festival

Coming 3-5 November

The 32nd annual Florida Seafood Festival for 3-5 November 1995 is gearing
up to be north Florida's biggest maritime event of the year, despite the recent
Hurricane Opal.
Som ; ,vater and wind damage was done to the Franklin County coastal com-
munities, including Apalachicola, where the festival will be sited. Franklin
County Planner Alan Pierce said, "We had some road damage, particularly to
U. S. Highway 98 between Carrabelle and Eastpoint which may take most of
October to fix and there were some private beachfront houses with structural
damage, but we were generally lucky..." Pierce is also the Franklin County
Emergency Management Coordinator. Countywide, Pierce said there were five
houses destroyed-three on Dog Island and two at Alligator Point.
In Apalachicola, docks were damaged, and sections of the Lafayette Park and
Battery Park piers were washed away. Bayfront homeowners had many cleanup
chores resulting from the storm surge which also deposited mounds of marsh
debris in yards and on Water Street along the Apalachicola Riverfront.
County officials say that two of the three major arteries leading into Apalachi-
cola are fine. Highway 65 and Highway 98 west are clear and traffic is smooth.
Those festival attendees who plan to travel along east U.S. Highway 98 be-
tween Carrabelle and Eastpoint might best be advised to check the local sheriffs
office (904/670-8500) for updated road repair information as traffic is cur-
rently being rerouted away from this stretch of Highway 98. There are also
advisories in other articles in this issue.
There are hotels countywide and & beach rentals on St. George Island to
accommodate festival goers. It is suggested that those persons with existing
reservations double check with their hotels/beach rental companies to verify
those reservations.

JERRY REED
This year's Florida Seafood Festival will feature Five Time Grammy Award
Winner Jerry Reed who will perform many of his more than Twenty Top Ten
Singles including: Amos Moses, When You're Hot, Guitar Man, Eastbound and
Down, Thing Called Love, U.S. Male, She Got The Goldmine, The Bird, Gator,
Georgia Sunshine, Patches and many more. A member of the Georgia Hall of
Fame, Jerry is also famous for his performance in five Burt Reynolds movies
including Gator & Smokey And The Bandit.

FREE OYSTERS
This year's Florida Seafood Festival will also feature Free Oysters Each adult
paying admission on 4 November will be provided with a voucher for a FREE
dozen of half shell oysters (while supplies last). The oysters are being pro-
vided, shucked and served by the Apalachicola Bay Oyster Dealers Associa-
tion.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The 32nd Annual Florida Seafood Festival lineup of entertainment and events
will be as follows:
Friday (3 November) is generally regarded as the day for "locals" to
roam Battery Park. Gates open at noon and there is no admission charge.
Booths are set up and musical entertainment starts about 4 PM.
At 5:30 PM the reigning King Retsyo (oyster spelled backwards) and Miss
Florida Seafood arrive for official opening ceremonies. Their vehicle is the Na-
tional Historic Landmark Governor Stone, the oldest active sailing vessel in
the Deep South. Music resumes following the ceremony.
Continued on page 10


Major Changes at the

Work Camp And Sheriffs

Department

While the Franklin Work Camp will be receiving a new major at their facility,
the Franklin County Sheriffs Department will be losing a veteran major in
about six months.
The Franklin Work Camp has finally filled the vacancy left by Major T.E.
Whitehead, who was promoted to Gulf Correctional Institution several months
ago. And for the months that Major Whitehead has been gone from Franklin
County, the Franklin Work Camp has been operating without a major.


On October 27, the Franklin Work Camp will welcome in Royce Pippen as the
facility's new major. Mr. Pippen is presently completing service at Holmes Cor-
rectional Institution, where he operates under the rank of captain.
Pippin, who is 31 years old, has been employed with the Department of Cor-
rections for the past eleven years.
Over at the Franklin County Sheriffs Department, Major Jimmy Williams has
announced that he plans to leave Franklin County in March of 1996. Major
Williams has worked at the Franklin County Sheriffs Department for the past
18 years. Prior to that, Williams worked at the Gulf County Sheriffs Depart-
ment from 1973 to 1975. Major Williams stated that he plans to move back to
Gulf County.










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Franklin

Briefs

Notes from the 17 October Franklin
County Commission meeting.
SCounty Planner Alan Pierce
stated that the detour through
Tate's Hell was not recognized by
the Department of Transporta-
tion (D.O.T) as an official detour
for Highway 98. "The school
board has a problem now," con-
tinued Pierce, "Because if the
D.O.T. is not going to work on the
road, the school board is going to
have to decide what it will do with
its buses." Mr. Pierce stated that
the greatest problems existed
with the bridges near the Buck
Siding road.
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
stated that he investigated several
bridges through Tate's Hell at the
request of the Franklin County
School Board. Mr. Hamilton stated
that the bridges were "structurally
sound." However. Hamilton stated
that the bridges on Duggar Road
were in poor condition. "We don't
have permission to be on that road.
It's a private road. We shouldn't be
on that road."
Hamilton stated that many vehicles
were using Duggar Road as a de-
tour. "With the bridge and any
structure, it's not only the total load
that influences the structural integ-
rity, it's the repetition. The big
trucks are beating them bridges to
pieces. I looked at them Thursday
and I'm getting real concerned."
Hamilton said that if they couldn't
get Highway 98 opened to Highway
65 in the next few days, he would
recommend closing the detour to
the school buses.
Chairperson Mosconis responded,
"We've got to get those big trucks
off there."
Solid Waste Director Van Johnson
stated his department wanted to
extend amnesty for yard waste and
white goods, because of the recent
hurricane. The board agreed to ex-
tend the amnesty for yard waste
and white goods for an additional
30 days.
The county designated Ted
Mosteller as the new certified tech-
nician for the Apalachicola Airport.
Mr. Mosteller agreed to volunteer
his time to the county as the new
technician with the understanding
that the county would.pay for his
certification training. The certifica-
tion training will cost approximately
$4,500. The board agreed to pay for
Mosteller's certification expenses.
The board designated County En-
gineer Joe Hamilton to meet with
the Department of Environmental
Protection to discuss procedures to
reduce the long term care monitor-
ing period at the county's closed
landfill.
The board allocated $1,500 to the
Friends of the Franklin County Pub-
lic for audit and overhead expenses
in order to contract with the Fran-
klin County Adult Reading Pro-
gram. The board had previously
given the literacy program $29,300
from its H.U.D. grant money for
education and retraining purposes.
County Planner Alan Pierce stated
that Franklin County was the last
county to be designated as a disas-
ter area as a result of Hurricane
Opal. Pierce stated that there would
be both individual and commercial
assistance available to Franklin
County residents. Mr. Pierce stated
that Franklin County's damages
were mostly to related to its roads.
He commended County Building's
Roscoe Carroll for helping to ensure
that Franklin County's buildings
are sturdy. "He (Roscoe Carroll)
does deserve credit for making the
builders build to the code, because
we had very little structural dam-
age."
Pierce stated that the greatest
structural damage was on Dog Is-
land, where as many as twelve
houses seriously damaged.
County Planner Alan Pierce an-
nounced that John Sack was hired
as the new Emergency Management
Coordinator. Mr. Sack replaces Carl
Petteway, who has made plans to
move to Alabama. Pierce stated that
an honorary dinner for Mr. Petteway
was scheduled for 25 October at the
Breakaway at 7 p.m. The board
agreed to write a letter of apprecia-
tion to Carl Petteway for his service
to Franklin County.
The board agreed to bar Penny
Rotella from the reshelling program,
because of a violent confrontation
that she had with Tina Jetton on
12 October. According to a letter
from David Cole of the Bureau of
Marine Resource Regulation and
Development, Rotella allegedly
knocked Jetton, a clerical worker,
into the water from a dock at a load-
ing site and caused bodily injury.
The altercation allegedly ensued
when Rotella thought there was er-
roneous record-keeping by Jetton.
The decision to bar Rotella from the
site had been recommended by the
Seafood Workers Association and
the Department of Environmental
Protection.


* County Planner Alan Pierce stated
that the Job Training and Partner-
ship Act (JTPA) had funding to tem-
porarily employ displaced workers.
The funding is a direct result from
Franklin County being declared a
disaster area. Possible temporary
work may be secured at the county
landfill: other work may also in-
clude beach clean-up in Franklin
County.
* County Clerk Kendall Wade an-
nounced that Emerald Coast Hos-
pital had responded via letter to
Commissioner Bevin Putnal's con-
cerns about the ambulance. Com-
missioner Putnal had stated that
the ambulance service had taken a
patient to Apalachicola from Car-
rabelle, over objections by the pa-
tient to be taken to Tallahassee.


In an 17 October letter from EMS
Director Susan Ficklen, Ms. Ficklen
noted "It is apparent that the
patient's condition warranted im-
mediate transport to the nearest
medical facility for stabilization."
She concluded, "As a general rule.
we have been transporting patients
from the east end of the county to
Tallahassee when they have re-
quested to go. In the past 60 days,
we have transported twenty-six pa-
tients from Carrabelle/Lanark area
to Emerald Coast and fifteen to Tal-
lahassee Memorial or Tallahassee I
Community. The primary reasons
for not transporting patients to Tal-
lahassee are: 1) It is not an emer-
gency situation, and the other am-
bulance is out of the county.
2) The patient needs further stabi-
lization at a closer facility prior to a
longer transport 3) LifeFlight is not
available, or it is not a justifiable
call for LifeFlight."
* The board agreed to give the East-
point Little League the recreational
funds requested for their lighting
project for the ball field.
* County Clerk Kendall Wade an-
nounced that the Franklin County
Health Department will hold a
meeting to discuss their health unit
construction project on 30 October
at the Apalachicola Community
Center at 10:30 a.m.
* The board agreed to sign the lease
agreement for the library building
in the Eastpoint Mall with the Fran-
klin County Public Library. The
board also agreed to sign the Fire
Protection Contract, which ensure
fire protection for unincorporated
areas.
* The board unanimously decided to
rezone both Gardenia and Eucalyp-
tus streets at the request of Jim
Sullivan, who is planning the con-
struction of a housing development.
The board, however, had difficulty
in determining whether the area
that Jim Sullivan requested to be
rezoned was, in fact, deeded to Mr.
Sullivan. The board's attorney, Al
Shuler, noted that he was confused
by the land deed and could not
make a determination of ownership.
Shuler advised that the board table
the matter. Chairperson Mosconis
felt that the question of ownership
would ultimately have to be taken
up in court. "Exactly," responded
Attorney Barbara Sanders, "That's
a good reason to deny the rezon-
ing, because you can't make a fac-
tual determination that Mr. Sullivan
owns the property; and you can't
rezone someone else's property."
Mr. Sullivan responded, "Why does
this have to go court when I've got
title insurance from the largest title
insurance company. I've agreed to
give an easement and now I am be-
ing unduly withheld from using my
property and I resent it." Commis-
sioner Putnal stated, "If we landlock
somebody and give away their prop-
erty, then we're going to court." At-
torney J. Ben Watktins said that
ownership had not previously been
in question. He said access had
been the only concern of the com-
plainants. "And you don't have to
give them a freeway when you're
giving access." Attorney Sanders
said that it was difficult to deter-
mine whether the deed in question
was involved a grant or a reserva-
tion. This is one of those old titles
that are ambiguous," concluded
Sanders.
Commissioner Raymond Williams
argued against taking time to think
about the matter. "Let's rezone it. If
it goes to court, let the title compa-
nies battle it out." Commissioners
Williams then made a motion to
grant rezoning. Commissioner Dink
Braxton addressed Mr. Sullivan,
"I've seen your deed. You've got it
recorded in the court house. You've
got insurance on it. As far as I'm
concerned, you own the thing."
Commissioner Braxton then sec-
onded the motion. It passed unani-
mously.




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Seafood Dealers Seek


Loan Waiver


Commissioners

Move Towards

Charter Change

By Rene Topping
Filling two vacancies that exist on the
Carrabelle City Commission was the
first item on the agenda of a special
meeting held on 16 October. At the
end of an hour long discussion It was
decided on a vote of 2-1 to ask the
City Attorney Bill Webster to draw up
a city ordinance to change the city
charter. The ordinance would permit
the Commission to appoint people to
vacant seats to serve until the next
general election.
Those voting for the action were
George Jackson and Buz Putnal.
Mayor Charles Millender gave a em-
phatic "No!" vote even before the other
two commissioners had voted.
Millender has declared himself a sup-
porter of those in the community who
wish to have the vacancies filled by
special election. He said after the vote
was taken, that he personally would
go out into the community this com-
ing weekend and solicit signatures on
a petition to have the city commission
vote to have a special election to
change the charter. He said he could
get "Half of Carrabelle" to sign his pe-
tition. He also added, "I would still like
for the people to vote on the two seats
that have to be filled." The attorney
informed Millender that these seats
would have to be filled by appointment
under the present charter. If the com-
mission opted for a special election be
held to change the charter then an-
other special election would have to
be held in which the people would vote
for people to fill the vacancies. He said
it could possibly be over three months
before the city commission had a full
five man board.
Jackson and Putnal said that there
were many very important issues fac-
ing the city. Putnal said, "One will
come up later in this meeting,"(the
loan for sewer and water repairs).
Jackson said that he would like the
benefit of two more voices in the up-
coming decisions.
Jackson said that some people he had
talked to since the last meeting and
they had said that they would be sat-
isfied if the positions were filled by
appointment, with the condition that
it would only be until he next general
election. Millender replied, "I have not
had any of them tell me that they
would like to have them appointed."
Putnal said, "I don't know when this
cloak and dagger thing, where there
is a someone who is going to take over
the city, got started. I don't know
where all the fear is coming from to
be honest with you."
Jackson said that he did not have any
ill feelings against the people who were
working to get special elections. He
added that he would like to continue.
to be a commissioner. He said that he
still felt the best way was to have
people appointed but only until the
next general election. In this case the
next city election would be in Septem-
ber of 1997. -r
James Brown, an activist in the fore-
front of the group of people who wish
to have special elections for filling va-
cancies, said, "Nobody had any ill feel-
ings. We just felt like it s a bad prece-
dent to have more than half of the
commissioners appointed. I don't
think it is in the best interest of the
city."
He added," No one is throwing rocks
at them [the city commissioners]," but
pointed out that the present city com-
missioners will not be there forever
and felt that no one knew when once
again there could be more than half
of the commission being appointed.
He said that was the point the people
he was representing were trying to get
across. He went on to remark, "We
want to insure that there is never a
majority of the board appointed."
Jackson moved that the city "change
the city charter by ordinance and have
each appointee serve only until the
next general election, a maximum of
two years, and then the appointee
would have to run for the seat." Put-
nal and Jackson voted for the motion
and the Mayor voted against. The at-
torney reminded the commissioners
that it should be only a recommenda-
tion that the commission let him and
Daniels begin work on such an ordi-
nance to be brought up at a subse-
quent meeting on 6 November. The
mayor reiterated his decision to go out
and get a petition signed on the week-
end to bring to that meeting.


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A group of Franklin County seafood
dealers attended the October 17 Fran-
klin County Commission meeting to
seek forgiveness of their $25,000 low
interest loans, which they received
almost half a year ago.
The low interest loans were received
through a $487,000 Revolving Loan
Program, which was set up to help
small business survive economic
hardships caused by natural disas-
ters. The loan program was one of sev-
eral programs created through a 1.7
million dollar grant from the Depart-
ment of Housing and Urban Develop-
ment (HUD). Other programs in-
cluded: The Reshelling Program. Edu-
cational, Economic Development and
Retraining Programs.
Several individuals claimed that they
would lose their businesses if they had
to pay back their loans. Some men-
tioned that the recent flurry of tropi-
cal storms and hurricanes had made
it nearly impossible earn a living and,
thus, pay back their loans.
Chairman Jimmy Mosconis pointed
out, "The first thing you've got to un-
derstand is that this is federal money
and there are guidelines and stipula-
tions on how the money is supposed
to be spent. I don't think we have the
power to change that unless we pay
the money back."
Local seafood dealer Annie Mae Wil-
son questioned the board on how
they've spent the balance of the 1.7
million dollars in H.U.D. money. "I was
under the impression that H.U.D.
gived Franklin County this money for
the people that got hurt in the disas-
ter area," stated Wilson, "And y'all was
placing this money around how ya'll
wanted to. But then you gave it to sev-
eral who didn't have to pay it (money)
back. Where you spent the rest of that
money...do those people have to pay
it back?" Ms. Wilson also questioned
the board on the limitation of funds
in the Revolving Loan Program.
Mosconis explained that there were
several programs that the H.U.D.
money funded, which were not all re-
quired to pay back their allotted
money. He also addressed the loan
program's limitations: "We didn't have
an unlimited amount of money. 1.7
million dollars doesn't go far if you
start loaning hundreds of people
$25,000 a clip."
Commissioner Raymond Williams ex-
plained that the loan program is de-
signed to help businesses through
future economic hardships. "The rea-
son for that (Revolving Loan Program)
is that you would have money coming
in once it's paid back. And-you can
escrow that money in case you have
another disaster."
"But we don't a have a revolving loan,"
said Ms. Wilson. "That's not gonna' be
o 'rievolving loan."
SThat s the intent," replied Williams.
'He explained that when enough of the
$48.7000 were paid back, the county
would have a revolving loan program.
Seafood dealer Wanda Moses re-
quested that the board petition the
federal government to have the loans
waived. Chairman Mosconis agreed to
make a request to the federal govern-
ment to have the loans forgiven. "But
y'all don't sit back there and criticize
us if you do have to pay it (money)
back. This is not our money. It was
passed through us to you and it's got
guidelines that the feds (federal gov-
ernment) set up."
Moses stated, "The problem is that a
small business owner doesn't qualify
for anything. You can't draw unem-
ployment. You can't do anything. Any-
time you go to one of these programs,
they tell you that you're disqualified."
S"I don't know if it's been any different
than that," responded Mosconis.
Ms. Moses pointed out that the loan
recipients were assured that they
would not have to pay back their loans
when the bay was closed; she said that
the Apalachee Regional Planning
Council (ARPC), who dispenses the
loans, had requested payments dur-
ing months when the bay was closed.
"We were assured when we borrowed
this money that this board would not
come in and take our property." said
SMoses, "We have not had a decent


month's work in probably a good year.
We were down for six weeks. We were
down for (Hurricane) Erin. We were
down for the red tide. We're still down.
The only thing open is the miles...and
we've had about two days work in two
months." Moses said that loan recipi-
ents have received notice of foreclo-
sure from the ARPC.
"You all came to my house when the
cap (for loans) was ten thousand dol-
lars." said Commissioner Dink Brax-
ton, "and you pleaded with me to raise
the cap to twenty-five thousand dol-
lars. We did that. I came over here and
made the motion to raise that cap from
ten to twenty-five thousand dollars to
help y'all."
Braxton continued, "The stipulation
that you were talking about, the as-
surance from this board (not to fore-
close on property), was on the ten
thousand dollars. When you were at
my house, I said that all games is off
now, because this is a loan. You know
it. Everyone in this room knows it.
This is a loan. It's not a grant. There
has never been a grant. This revolv-
ing loan is an opportunity for this
money to keep circulating in the
county for years and years. Your chil-
dren, your grandchildren, even their
children will have an opportunity to
go in and maybe borrow some of this
money for a new business."
Commissioner Braxton stated that the
loans were to be paid off at 4% inter-
est only while the bay was open.
"You're not gonna find anyone to give
you a better deal than that."
Wanda Moses stated that the loan re-
cipients were being required to make
payments while the bay was closed.
"Any time the bay is closed fourteen
days, we do not have to make a pay-
ment. That was the agreement."
The board agreed to contact the

Investigation

Continues into

Ratliff Death
The Franklin County Sheriffs Office
is investigating the 10 October 1995
death of 41 year old Debra S. Ratliff
of Carrabelle. Mrs. Ratliff reportedly
fell out of a pickup truck while being
driven by her husband, Bob Ratliff.
The Sheriffs deputy was dispatched
to Lanark Village when they found
that Life Flight had been requested for
Mrs. Ratliff by the Carrabelle Rescue
Unit. She died the same day. An au-
topsy by the State Medical Examiner
revealed that she died of massive head
injuries sustained in the accident.
When the accident happened, the
couple appeared to be enroute back
to Carrabelle after visiting friends in
Lanark Village. Mrs. Ratliff fell out of
the truck near Florida Street and
Highway 98. The investigation is con-
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A.R.P.C. to discuss loan guidelines.
"We all knew they were loans," said
i Brooks Wade, "But since that time.
there have been three hurricanes and
red tide. None of which could be ex-
pected and totally devastated us. I'm
surprised that anybody has made a
payment at all. My business has been
devastated by 50% or more." Mr. Wade
requested the commissioners seek to
have the loans forgiven.
Commissioner Toliver said that the
i county would no longer have money
for loans in the future if the present
recipients did not complete their pay-
ments.
"Well, sir, without our businesses,
there won't be a future." Wade re-
sponded, "Not in the seafood indus-
try." He concluded, "Apalachicola Bay
has been the only bay that has been
closed the last several months in the
whole gulf oystering business. We've
been more stressed environmentally
and more regulated than any other
gulf fisher for oysters."
The board then agreed to contact Vir-
ginia Weatheral from the Department
of Environment Protection and a rep-
resentative from the Governor's Office
to have them explain recent regula-
tions of the seafood industry.
"We need some explanations and we
need to request someone to attend our
next board meeting to explain what
the hell's going on with oystering in
Franklin County," said Chairman
Mosconis, "There's nothing wrong
with the shrimping. There's nothing
Wrong with the fishing. And I don't
know about this red tide business.
They (D.E.P.) need to have some closer
liaison with us. They've almost ignored
the oystering industry for the last
three months. Nobody's heard a peep
out of them. And they won't come
down here and give us any respect."



Hospital Rep. Pleads

"No Contest" to

Grand Theft Charges

Provident Medical Corporation
employee Paul Sandhu pleaded No
Contest to the charges of Third
Degree Grand Theft and Insurance
Fraud at his OActober 9 pre-trial pro-
ceedings.
Judge William Gary withheld adjudi-
cation and sentenced Sandhu to two
years of probation. As a condition of
his probation, Sandhu must complete
25 hours of community service. Judge
Gary also fined Sandhu $255, ordered
him to pay an additional $1,300 for
investigative costs and $8,64. to
Allstate'Insurance Company as resti-'
tution. Mr. Sandhu was represented
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Editorialand Commentary


Curmudgeon's Corner

By Tom Markin

Expatriate Money
As our liberal masters continue to wage class warfare against the productive
people of our country, it becomes more obvious they look upon your money as
money belonging to the government. They allow you to hold it for a while
before they give it to the "poor" and other citizens they deem deserving.
Since most of us would like to own and control our own funds, a lot of suc-
cessful people are looking for ways to keep the bureaucrat's hands off their
funds. It follows that since as a citizen of the U. S. you are the victim of
America's tax laws, one way to find relief is to give up your citizenship, and
become a subject of a country which will allow you to keep more of your
money.
Of course our liberal-controlled bureaucrats are aghast at the idea of you and
your funds escaping the clutches of the IRS and other treasury agencies. They
consider such efforts to be immoral, and that furthermore, the escapees are
selfish, greedy, and lacking in the desirable attributes of compassion, broth-
erhood, and love. The fact that as a matter of survival this describes 99 per-
cent of the human race is of no consequence. Therefore, the treasury depart-
ment has in place a number of laws and regulations to keep your money in the
country. Fortunately, clever people have figured out ways to circumvent these
regulations.
At any rate, the exodus, though small in numbers, is gaining strength. The
November 24, 1994 issue of Forbes in an article "The New Refugees" quoted
Francis Mirabello, head of the personal law department at the prestigious
Philadelphia office of Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius, who said recently, "I talk to
a new client interested in expatriating every week. Many people can't pay the
federal tax rate and live in the style they want."
The authors of the article, Robert Lenzner and Phillipe Mao, say you could fill
a Boeing 707 with wealthy U.S. citizens who have recently taken on foreign
citizenship rather than submit to what justice Learned Hand called "enforced
exactions" at a level that borders on virtual confiscation.
These successful citizens are fleeing primarily to the Caribbean countries,
though Ireland, Israel, and Hong Kong have drawn a few. The reason is simple:
a rich Bahamian pays no estate taxes, zip. Here in America you pay a 37
percent estate tax on everything over $600,000, and that penalty rapidly es-
calates to 60 percent as your estate increases. In these days of continuous
inflation (remember your dollar's value cuts in half in 24 years with a "low"
inflation rate of 3 percent) many middle class citizens have estates that ex-
ceed $600,000.
There are also tremendous income tax savings in giving up U. S. citizenship.
St. Kitts-Nevis and the Cayman islands have no income tax. However, there
can be disadvantages to some people. If you give up your citizenship you are
only allowed to live or travel in the U. S. for 120 days a year, but your new
passport will give you access to the rest of the world if the good life in the
islands palls. As far as making money is concerned, modern communications
puts you in touch with markets all over the globe, including the booming
emerging markets.
The idea of a government refusing to allow you to dispose of your holdings as
you see fit strikes me as an evil part of socialism, and the determination of the
treasury department to keep you from leaving with your money is an abomi-
nation. Billionaire Sir John Templeton gave up his citizenship in 1962 in or-
der to escape estate taxes. The man gives most of his money away, but he
rightfully assumes he can do it better than can stupid, indifferent bureau-
crats.
It's worthy of note there is another country refusing to allow its citizens to
leave the country with their hard earned holdings. That country is South.
Africa, and the desperate whites are trying to escape from a collapsing, ex-
ceedingly dangerous society. In a few years could there be similar conditions
in America?
In the meantime, I'm in complete sympathy with the American expatriates. I
understand why they are leaving with their money, and I wish them God-
speed. In a lot of ways, I wish I were rich enough and young enough to join
them.















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A Commentary from HOT LINES, Southeastern Fisheries
Association, Inc.
MFC Votes to Send Trawl Ban Rule Back to
Governor and Cabinet
At a short meeting in Sarasota on October 2, 1995, the MFC (Marine Fisheries
Commission) voted to ignore the Governor and Cabinet mandate and return
their previous shrimp rule, which bans all trawling in Florida waters except
for shrimp. The Commission made no effort to limit the size of boats, nets.
species, seasons or anything else in the shrimp rule. Seafood industry repre-
sentatives asked the Commission to prohibit trawling on the most popular
recreationally caught species but did ask that mullet, spot, croaker, whiting,
baitfish and jellyfish not be prohibited in the shrimp rule. The Commission
indicated they would consider a more comprehensive fish trawl rule at a later
date. In the opinion of industry representatives once all trawling is banned it
will impossible to get the sportfishing groups to agree to allow trawling for a
limited number of species. If the MFC gets the shrimp rule passed and it is
found to be legal, then there will be no other trawling in statetewaters and most
likely only a matter of time before shrimp trawling is prohibited as well.


Views from Left Field

By Will Morris

None of the Above

A prominent politician recently received a phone call from an avid supporter,
who proceeded to tell him about a public exchange concerning his personal
integrity: "Senator Paidoff asserted that you weren't fit to sleep with the pigs,
but I immediately defended you. I asserted that you were fit to sleep with the
pigs."
Therein lies the issue. Do we vote for the candidate who is "fit to sleep with the
pigs," or the candidate who is "not fit to sleep with the pigs?" Or do we just
stay home and root for the pigs?
We often find ourselves voting against the worse of two undesirable candi-
dates, rather than for the better of two or more desirable candidates. We are
often forced to choose between the rotten apple and the wormy apple. At this
point, many of us are persuaded to consider yet another option: none of the
above.
It has been proposed from time to time that "none of the above" should be
included as a choice on election ballots. But further consideration reveals
that his option is already being exercised by a majority of eligible voters: they
are not even bothering to vote.
Will Rogers once said: "The more you observe politics, the more you've got to
admit that each party is worse than the other."
We are repeatedly offered a choice between Republicans and Democrats. the
Republicans support huge and powerful corporations. The Democrats sup-
port huge and powerful bureaucracy. The huge corporations depend on the
huge bureaucracies for huge government contracts. The huge bureaucracies,
in turn, depend on such an arrangement to justify their own existence.
Like many voters, I am aware that neither big business, nor big government,
care about me at all. To big business, I am just another faceless consumer to
be exploited. To big government, I am just another faceless citizen to be taxed
and regulated.
More sobering is the realization that big business and big bureaucracy are not
the separate, opposing camps they are made out to be. In what is often re-
ferred to as "revolving door policy," top bureaucratic administrators are former
top industry executives; and, top industry executives are former top bureau-
cratic administrators.
Will Morris says: "The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit
that each party is the same party."
I tend to lose my enthusiasm when my choice for someone to represent me is
restricted to one of two candidates both of whose campaign coffers are bur-
geoning with big money from rich and powerful special interests. Obviously,
both of these candidates represent the rich and powerful. Otherwise, the rich
and powerful wouldn't waste a penny on them.
Like most people, I am not rich and powerful, nor are any of my friends.
Actually, I don't even like the rich and powerful. I tend to view the majority of
them as unprincipled, opportunistic leeches who take money from the poor,
and use it to manipulate and maintain a system calculated to discourage the
poor, as a majority, from challenging the dominance of this elite minority. It's
a depressing version of "minority affirmative action."
As a "peasant," I am not into voting for "rich masters" to represent my inter-
ests. As a "commoner," I tend to be on guard against those types, who, not so
long ago, arrogantly required people of my "station" to address them as "M'lord"
or "Master." Such people are an affront to me, and I view them as an affront to
the human race.
Oppression of the disenfranchised by the "noble elite," as they like to think of
themselves, was a major factor in the mass exodus of commoners from Eu-
rope to the American colonies. The continued refusal of free men to endure
these same conditions led to the American Revolution and the Civil War. It
also figured prominently in World War;II.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there's been-a lot of talk about third parties.
Currently in vogue in "United We Stand America," centered around Ross Perot,
a rich and powerful multibillionaire. Under this scenario, we would all stand
united for America with Ross Perot as: the champion of "our" cause.
"O1' buddy Ross. He's one of us. Always been one of us. We know we can count
on him. And now he needs to know he can count on us. We each need to send
him five dollars. He'd do the same foe any one of us, wouldn't he?"
Haven't we all seen this movie a bunch of times already? Samhe old bad guys,
same old bad plot, same old bad popcorn?
I'm out of here! Just put me down for...none of the above!


By Paul Jones
Hurricane Opal's water surge pounded Bald Point and Alligator Point from
one end to the other. Luckily, there was very little extensive damage to homes
in the hurricane's wake.

Opal's main message was to validate the inevitable...the washout of County
Road 370 just East of the new shoreline revetment. The storm as predicted,
selected a very vulnerable 600' stretch of road just East of the new revetment
road bed cutting a swath through foot deep asphalt to the road's centerline.
This six hundred feet of roadway plus the already seawalled 1700' of roadway
is included a Florida Department of Natural Resources coastal study desig-
nating a 1.1 mile stretch of CR 370 as "critical" (shoreline most receptive to
storm erosion).
What makes this few hundred feet of roadway so important? Well, less than
100 feet North of the centerline along parts of this relatively short span of
roadway lies an almost parallel manmade navigable canal. If storm conditions
continue as predicted and nothing is done to protect the road, that in a very
short time the water surge will most likely make its way to the canal thus
shutting off any storm evacuation travel to and from the West end of Alligator
Point.
Even though this seriously affects a couple of businesses and many
homeowners there has been no appreciable action taken by local officials to
counteract this very imminent danger. The Alligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion has the attitude that it has "paid its dues" and has lost any serious in-
volvement in the matter, the so-called Save the Alligator Point Road and Beaches
group has faded into oblivion, and the county appears to be content to just
keep hauling in sand and limestone.
Just stick your head in the sand and it will all go away!

To compound matters worse, 90% of the roadbed along Mellot's Causeway (a
name given by several residents to the 1700 foot section of roadway and revet-
ment transversing along the perimeter of the Alligator Point Camp Grounds)
has been literally crumpled up as a result of the hurricane.
As the old adage goes, each storm cloud has a silver lining. This held true
with Hurricane Opal, even before the storm surge had subsided along the
battered seaward side of County Road 370, Prentiss Crum, Franklin County
Road Maintenance Director, had his crews on thjo6belearing road debris and
, hauling and spreading sand and limestone-where needed to make vehicular
travel safe.
And too, 'iost residents that were permitted to return to the Point, didn't
notice the Alachua County Public Works red and green trucks working hand
in hand with Franklin County to haul sand and limestone. Allen Cheshire
(ACPW) led these folks from Gator Land to right into the midst of a Seminole
reservation to help out...Thanks so very much Alachua County.
Oh by the way, there were no satellite dish trucks and media cameras around
when these work crews were doing their jobs, the only observers were the
thankful residents.


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While this shortcut is not likely to be needed by the week-
end of the Seafood Festival, we have published a map with
these directions just in case the bold among our readers
decided to try it. Remember, this route is not recommended
if the rain is falling, or rain has fallen within a few hours of
your drive. In coming through Carrabelle on #98, turn right
on the paved asphalt road at the foot of the Tillie Miller
bridge, after you cross it. This is twin rivers road, which
forks to the left after a couple of miles into Buck Siding
road, just in the vicinity of the old Buckeye Mill site. Con-
tinue on Buck Siding for 7.8 miles, going toward the north-
west. You will come to an intersection with North Road
and you should turn left onto North Road, continuing south-
west and then west for about 4.5 miles. You will "t" with
highway 65, and a left turn onto #65 will take you into
Eastpoint, where you can pickup the escape road, or high-
way #98, depending upon the completion of repairs on #98.

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The so-called "hurricane-escape route" was open in East-
point, linking to highway 65, which is a major artery north
to Sumatra, Hosford and highway 20, east and west. County
Planner Alan Pierce called for paving this road early last
summer for just such an emergency as hurricane Opal, but
action has been deferred on this so far. Hurricane Opal had
damaged highway 98 going into Eastpoint, and closed the
intersection of 98 and 65. Photographs made on Sunday,
8 October 1995 show the damage just inside of Eastpoint
on highway 98.


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George Lemois, Commander, Gulf County Search and Res-
cue, took the Chronicle for a "fast stroll" over the ruts and
sea-sawn sand dunes at Cape San Bias on Sunday after-
noon near dusk, 8 October 1995. We surveyed the damage
shown in these pictures, which demonstrate once again
the awesome power of storm surge water as it carved away
at the sand dunes, pulling tons of the matter out to sea
and leaving high and heavy condominiums and houses
perched very close to the edge of soft sand, now on their
own "cliffs." While Gulf and Franklin counties suffered only
light damage overall, there were pockets of catastrophic
damage on Cape San Bias, segments of highway 98 (par-
ticularly between Eastpoint and Carrabelle) and Alligator
Point. On St. George Island, a considerable amount of dam-
age was done to dune walk-overs, and the dunes them-
selves, pulling away the sand, and eliminating the once
protective dune systems. Mexico Beach was dealt a cata-
strophic blow in the west.

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1995 after proper consideration and a finding of good cause,
announces the continuation of the moratorium prohibiting new
connections to the District's water and sewer facilities for all new
construction within the District boundaries. This moratorium shall
commence October 16, 1995 and run for a period of one calendar
year, unless prior termination by the District Board for good cause.
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District Chairman
October 17, 1995

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Second Circuit Court


The Honorable Judge William Gary

Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams

Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger

October 9, 1995

ARRAIGNMENTS
Charles Brown: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, the defendant
pleaded No Contest to the charge. The defendant was accused of striking
Natasha Stallworth on September 19, 1995. Judge Gary withheld adjudica-
tion and sentenced the defendant to eighteen months of probation. Judge
Gary also ordered the defendant to complete 25 hours of community service
and to attend the P.A.V.E. (Providing Alternatives to Violence through Educa-
tion) Class. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.

Police Officers, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary
continued the case for pre-trial on December 11. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Antawn Jerome Fludd: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest with Vio-
lence, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Disorderly Conduct and Battery, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case
for pre-trial on November 13. The defendant was represented by Assistant
SPublic Defender Kevin Steiger.
Christopher W. Knowles: Charged with one count of Uttering, the defendant
Pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for pre-trial
,on November 13. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
'Curtis Lake: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Substance, the
'defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. The defendant was accused of
,selling $120 worth of crack cocaine on December 6, 1994 in Apalachicola.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to eighteen
months on community control. Judge Gary also fined the defendant $255 and
ordered him to pay an additional $250 to the Franklin County Sheriffs Office
for investigative costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
David Martin: Charged with one count of Interference with Custody, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger entered a motion on behalf of his client to Determine the Defendant's
Competency. Judge Gary granted Steiger's motion and continued the case for
pre-trial on November 13. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Aidrew O'Neal: Charged with one count of Battery and Battery on a Law
Enforcement Officer, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary continued the case for pre-trial on November 13.
Tyrone Patterson, Jr.: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled
Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary con-
tiniied the case for pre-trial on November 13. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Robert Michael Ray: 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 November 13. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Terry Lynn Weikleenget: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest and
Trespassing on Posted Property, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger entered a motion on behalf of his
client to Determine the Defendant's Competency. Judge Gary granted Steiger's
motion and continued the case for a hearing on November 13. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Brent L. Roulhac: Charged with Armed Robbery with a Firearm, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
entered a motion on behalf of his client for pre-trial release. Judge Gary de-
nied the motion, but reduced the defendant's bond from fifty to twenty-five
thousand dollars. "The problem here," said Gary, "Is that more teenagers pos-
sess firearms than do adults."
The defendant has been accused of the September 23 armed robbery of Long's
Video Store in Apalachicola. According to a October 2 probable cause affida-
vi. Brent Roulhac gave a recorded confession to Deputy Buddy Shiver while
in the custody of the Franklin County Jail. Roulhac stated that "Big" Bobby
.Harris and he had discussed robbing a store from the 11th Street Housing
Project to the downtown area. Roulhac stated that Harris had provided him
with a gun and instructed him on how to get away with the robbery. Roulhac
said that Harris and he were supposed to meet at the St. Joseph Telephone
Company and split the money after Roulhac had robbed Long's Video Store.
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and split the money with him. According to the probable cause report, Roulhac
stole $332 from Long's Video Store. The defendant allegedly robbed the busi-
ness with a piece of cloth covering his face and with a hat pulled over his eyes.
According to the October 2 report, the defendant first asked the cashier on
duty if he knew who he was. When the cashier replied that he did not know
the defendant, the defendant held a gun before the cashier and demanded for
all of the money in the cash register. The defendant then allegedly warned the
cashier that he would be back if he called for help. The defendant, who is 15
years old, is being charged as an adult; he is represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.


Brent Roulhac is in the center with Kevin Steiger on the
left and Frank Williams at the far right.
FIRST APPEARANCES
Robert Kevin Lee: The defendant has been Charged with Resisting Arrest
Without Violence.
On October 4, 1995, the defendant allegedly threatened to kill his wife, Renee
Lee, as the two were driving in their automobile. As the two reached the cor-
ner of Highway 65 and Highway 98, Mrs. Lee yelled out to Officer Michael
Moore, who was directing traffic. Officer Moore did not understand what Mrs.
Lee was trying to tell him, but still decided to follow after the Lee's vehicle.
After Robert Lee drove his vehicle into a wooded area off of Highway 98, Mrs.
Lee fled the vehicle and began running down Highway 98.
Officer Moore spotted Mrs. Lee on Highway 98 and later found Mr. Lee in the
wooded Area. When Officer Moore gave the defendant verbal and hand mo-
tions to pull his vehicle over, Lee drove around Officer Moore and stopped
near a truck owned by Bruce Millender on Highway 98. Officer Moore repeat-
edly directed the defendant to speak with him, but Mr. Lee refused and stated
that he first wanted to speak with his wife. As Officer Moore grabbed the
defendant, Mr. Lee began to struggle. Officer Moore reported that Bruce
Millender and another gentleman helped to subdue the defendant. The defen-
dant is scheduled for First Appearance on November 13.
Jamie Davis Guthrie: The defendant has been charged with Possession of
More Than 20 Grams of Cannabis, Cultivation of Cannabis and Driving with a
Revoked License. The defendant was stopped by State Trooper Joe Power on a
traffic violation. As Officer Power examined the defendant's revoked license,
he was also alerted by a fellow officer to a couple of stalks sticking from under
a rag. The two plants were found to be cannabis plants. The defendant is
scheduled for First Appearance on November 13.
Sandra Massey: The defendant has been charged with Possession of More
Than 20 Grams of Cannabis. The defendant was arrested with Jamie Davis
Guthrie by Officer Joe Power for possession of two cannabis plants. The de-
fendant is scheduled for First Appearance on November 13.
John F. Lee: The defendant is charged with Uttering a Stolen Check. On
September 30, the defendant allegedly took a stolen check belonging to H. L.
Stewart worth $350 and cashed it at the IGA in Apalachicola. The defendant
is scheduled for First Appearance on November 13.
Ashley Bradshaw: The defendant is charged with three counts of Sexual Bat-
tery. The defendant, who is 17 years old; is being charged as an adult. On
September 20, the defendant allegedly forced two twelve year old boys into
oral and anal intercourse at Inner Harbour Hospital. The defendant is sched-
uled for First Appearance on November 13.
Irving Wadsworth: The defendant is charged with one count of Sexual As-
sault on a Child Under Twelve Years Old. The defendant allegedly sexually
assaulted his ten year old step-daughter on three separate occasions between
April and June of 1994. In an investigative report from Mary Helen Barnes of
the One Strike Protective Team in Panama City. Barnes concluded that "her
step-father had touched her in a way she didn't like." The ten year old girl
allegedly ran away from her home ,on ,lJur, 1-, 1994 and left a note for her
- mother stating that she would e.x pl.ai'n r he left home at a later date. The
defendant is scheduled for Firs A.pp.-e iirni-'e :.n November 13.
Bobby Smith Harris: The driridant i chl,ircd with Principal to Armed Rob-
bery with a Firearm. The defendant allegedlygave Brent Roulhac a gun and
told him how to rob Long's Vide Store on September 23. The defendant is
scheduled for First Appearance on November 13.
PRE-TRIALS
Richard Barnett, Jr.: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for trial on November 13. The defendant was represented by Attorney J.
Joseph Hughes.
Carlos Artiz Morris: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, Escape, Battery and Resisting Arrest without Violence, the defendant
has pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for trial
on November 16. 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 has pleaded Not Guilty. Judge
Gary continued the case for trial on December 14. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Valerie Denese Croom: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Check
and Violation of Probation, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge of
Uttering a Forged Check and entered an admission to violation of probation.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced her to 45 days in
the Franklin County Jail with eighteen months of probation to follow the prison
sentence. Judge Gary also fined the:defendant $255 for court costs and or-
dered her to complete 30 hours of community service. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler. '
James Don Glass: Charged with one count of Possession of More than Twenty
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terms and conditions of the defendant's probation. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Eric Leo Cambell: Charged with Violation of Probation, the defendant failed
to appear in count. Judge Gary issued a capias of arrest for the defendant.
William Goggins: Charged with Violation of Probation, the defendant entered
a denial to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on No-
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Benjamin Dwayne Judson: Charged with Violation of Probation, the defen-
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Michael Whittaker: Charged ,with Violation of Probation, the defendant en-
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of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Gary
continued the case for pre-trial on November 13. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Stephen Dobson, III.
William Reid Hicks: Charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a
Convicted Felon, the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for trial on November 16. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney J. Ben Watkins.
Chrystal Melissa Keith: Charged with one count of Cultivation of Cannabis
and Possession of more than Twenty Grams of Cannabis, the defendant pleaded
No Contest to the lesser charge of Possession of less than Twenty Grams of
Cannabis. Judge Gary withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to
six months of probation. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
William R. McDaniel: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
The defendant has been accused of exploiting a 54 year old disabled Carra-
belle man, Johnny O' Sullivan. According to the probable cause report, the
defendant had promised to fix up O'Sullivan's trailer and make sure that he
had food and clean clothes. The defendant also promised to take care of Willard
O'Sullivan's (Johnny O'Sullivan's brother) funeral expenses. In return, the
defendant requested that Johnny O'Sullivan give him power of attorney over
his assets.
On June 22, 1995, Mr. O'Sullivan allegedly signed a contract with the defen-
dant giving him power of attorney over his assets. In early March, O'Sullivan
allegedly opened a joint checking account with the defendant. According to
O'Sullivan, the defendant only gave him ten dollars per week. Additionally,
O'Sullivan reported that his bills were not being paid as the defendant had
promised they would.
According to the June 22, 1994 probable cause report. O'Sullivan became
suspicious of the defendant when he noticed that McDaniel had bought a new
truck and had made improvements to his home. Mr. O'Sullivan contacted co-
worker Bill Henderson from the Road Department and the two went to review
O'Sullivan's bank account. O'Sullivan reported that nearly $20.000 had been
spent from his account and that only $1.600 remained. In his June 22 report,
Deputy Ron Crum concluded, "It is my opinion that Mr. McDaniel knew
Johnny's mental condition and took advantage of his condition for his own
personal gain." Judge Gary continued the case for trial on October 18. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Salesia V. Smith.
Mitchell Lee Monroe: Charged with two counts of Third Degree Grand Theft.
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Petit Theft. Judge
Gary withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to six months of
probation. Judge Gary also fined the defendant $150 and ordered him to pay
an additional $150 in restitution to Ross Chamber.
Lionel Sanders: Charged with fourteen counts of Uttering a Forged Check &
Forgery, and one count of Unemployment Fraud, the defendant has pleaded
Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on Novem-
ber 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Charles R. Savage: Charged with one count of Carrying a Concealed Firearm,
the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for trial on November 13. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Johnny William Warner: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure
and Third Degree Grand Theft, the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the
charges. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on December 15. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Rosalie E. Ward: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded
No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
sentenced her to 60 days in the Franklin County Jail with two days of jail
credit for time served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to four years
of probation, fined her $255 and ordered her to pay $687 to Mrs. Crum as
restitution. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
HEARING
Cecil Hicks: The defendant was previously convicted of Lewd and Lascivious
Assault on a Minor. Attorney J. Ben Watkins entered a motion on behalf of his
client to have condition 11 (attending counseling therapy) deleted from the
defendant's probationary requirements. Assistant State Attorney objected to
the motion and stated that the probationary requirements strictly demanded
that the defendant seek treatment. Attorney Watkins stated that the defen-
dant was 72 years old; he said that the requirement to travel to Panama City
or Tallahassee for treatment was an extreme hardship on the defendant. Judge
Gary granted the motion and stated that, if the defendant violated his proba-
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Apalachicola State Bank


Expands


Carrabelle Branch Opens!


ne of the state's oldest inde
pendent banks opened its
newest branch office Oc-
tober 16. The Carrabelle Branch of
Apalachicola State Bank is a 2,900
sq. ft. structure located at the cor-
ner of Highway 98 and 6th Street
in Carrabelle. The branch office
represents a major step towards
expanding service countywide for
Apalachicola State Bank.
"Apalachicola State Bank has as
its mission providing banking ser-
vices to everyone in Franklin
County," says Barry Brynjolfsson,
ASB President. "We've had a num-
ber of good friends and close rela-
tionships in the Carrabelle area
over the years and we felt it was
essential to do this to provide full
banking services countywide."
The Carrabelle branch of
Apalachicola State Bank was de-
signed by Apalachicola Architect
Danny Erskins and built by com-
mercial contractor Dennis Weaver.
The new Carrabelle branch bank
is designed for service. The inte-
rior features an "open" architec-
ture to allow for easy traffic flow
and simplicity. There will be of-
fices for private customer consul-
tation as well as a full compliment
of services on the premises to meet
all community banking needs.
Community is a big part of the
philosophy behind Apalachicola
State Bank. For example, in pre-
paring the site for construction of
the new facility, Apalachicola State
Bank officials donated all the build-
ing materials from the previous
structure on the site to the high
school building trade classes in re-
turn for their help in demolishing
the structure.
A Grand Opening is planned for
Thursday, October 26 at the new
facility. The Open House, sched-
uled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., will be
part of a weeklong grand opening
gala at the new facility. All week,
refreshments and gifts willbe given
away and bank staff will be con-
ducting tours and answering all
your questions.

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The new Carrabelle Branch of Apalachicola State Bank, located on Hwy. 98 in Carrabelle will
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Vance Millender Named

To ASB Board of Directors

Carrabelle businessman
Vance M1\illender was recently
appointed to the Board of Di-
rectors ofApalachicola State
Bank. Millender, owner of
Millender & Sons Seafood, is
a lifelong resident of
Carrabelle. An active commu-
S.! f nity leader, Millender is a
;: ,member of the Franklin
.,,-,^.k County Board of Adjustment,
Carrabelle High School
4'.: B boosters, American Legion
? #0169 and serves as a Dea-
con to the Fellowship Baptist
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Ready To Go
Lifelong Franklin County resi-
dent and veteran banker Will
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Kendrick, a Franklin County
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tive community and church
leader, brings more than 14
years of local banking experi-
ence to the position.
"Will brings to Apalachicola
State Bank his years of experi-
ence in the financial commu-
nity as well as a knowledge and
appreciation of our community
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volvements, church affiliations
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Skipper.
"We believe very strongly in
being a good community neigh-
bor and that is reflected in try-
ing to staff our facilities when-
ever possible with residents
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Hardwood Maritime Forest


Coastal Ecosystems and Their Inhabitants



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Florida's Coastal Diversity

From Dunes to Mangroves

By Mary Tebo
Artwork By Amber Ayers, Computer Graphics By Keith Mudd
Florida's coastal areas define the state like no other habitat.
Small wonder, when we consider that Florida is a peninsula
bordered by 1,200 miles of coastline. The state's coastal areas
are diverse-windswept beaches on barrier islands, rolling sand
dunes, estuaries where freshwater rivers flow into the salty
sea. Other coastal areas are thick with mangroves,while some
bristle with the long grasses of salt marshes. Some coastal
areas are even buffered by living underwater walls of coral
reef. Coastal areas form a tight interface between the aquatic
and terrestrial worlds.
Coastal areas allow land-dwellers to peek into a world that is
strange and alien -the ocean. As the tide moves out, it leaves
many marine animals exposed to the scrutiny of beachcomb-
ers and roamers of salt marsh and mangroves. Many other
animals are also interested in these exposed sea creatures-
not out of curiosity, but out of hunger.
Yet organisms of coastal areas, so highly evolved to deal with
the harsh demands of their natural environment, are vulner-
able to injury from humans. Coastal development, dredge-and-


Carrabelle

Haunted

House a

Sight to See

Special to the Chronicle
by Valerie Hampton
Close your eyes... Monsters on the
prowl... Don't look now, but that dun-
geon master who was rapping the in-
sides out of the man is coming for us!
The old hag in the corner is conjuring
visions of Dante's classic "Inferno."
The young man who is your guide
through the netherworld points you
and the other guest towards the exit
and explains that Frankenburgers are
available for your enjoyment at the
refreshment stand.
This collage of sights, sounds and feel-
ings is the third Annual Haunted
House. It is presented by the Athletic
Boosters and Drama Club. We are
proud to point out that just four weeks
ago the house was a vacant bait
house.
"This place was a old live bait house,"
D. Cone said. "People always said it
was haunted. I guess that woman
really told some wild tales after she
came running and screaming out of
that place like that. She said she
looked up and saw the deceased
owner shucking oysters right beside
her. After that there were similar
things occurring. They shut it down."
Cone implies that the house was do-
nated for use by the present owner
certainly not the deceased. They might
be just a tad bit angry.
One really does not take one's life in
one's hands when visiting the
Haunted House. Every safety precau-
tion has been met. Even the youngest
can experience it. But we will not be
responsible for any accidents.
The Athletic Boosters hope to raise
about $500 for the Carrabelle Pan-
thers. They plan to profit from the
Haunted House while the Drama Club
will help to make this night even more
spectacular by setting up games to be
played and maybe storytelling for the
young ones.
One gets the impression that the three
chairmen in charge of the project for
the Booster and the Drama Club could
have or do work for a large circus. In
fact, neither Cone, 'Hampton, or
Aultman ever had anything to do with
show business.
Jason Aultman threatened to make
me spend the night in the "Snake Pit
with 50,000 deadly seething cobras"
if I gave away one single hint about
what was to be found in the many
rooms of the Haunted House. So, I will
just say you should put this on your
agenda and go see it. The admission
is $2 for adults and $1 for students.
Dates when the house will be open are
27 and 28 October, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Incidentally, when finished with the
tour, try some "ghoulade." We make
the best lemonade in the South.
In our day and age of plastic restau-
rants and mass amusement and two-
sided TVs, it is refreshing to visit a
community project and see the results
of individual effort and initiative. This
is but one example of our lifestyle here
in Carrabelle, Florida. The "spirits" of
this Haunted House are good and will
waft their goodness through here for
a long time.


AnimalS- to

Share

Halloween

Celebration

The Franklin County Humane Soci-
ety and Woofers and Tweeters store
of Carrabelle are joining hands to
make Halloween special for the chil-
dren and pets of the area. The celebra-
tion will be at the Woofers and Tweet-
ers Shop in Carrabelle and will start
on 28 October at 3 p.m.
If you have a dog, cat, bird or other.
pet bring it along either in a box, cage
or securely leashed. Dress up the cat
or dog and decorate the cage of other
animals and enter the contest. There
will be prizes and all pets will be rec-
ognized. Come even if you don't want
to dress up the pet but please bring
your critter along. Kathy Kitts, owner
of Woofers and Tweeters said, "We will
try to have a parade and Rene Top-
ping will act as a judge of the best of
show."
She added, "Dress up yourself and
join the fun. But remember that ani-
mals judge you in part by shape, and
may respond to you in a new way.
Rene told me that she put on a witch's
hat and dark gown and her two cats
made like Halloween cats until she let
them see her once again with the
hat off."
Entry fee will be three dollars with one
half going to the Humane Society Spay
and Neuter Fund. No charge to come
and enjoy the children and the ani-
mals. Be sure to bring your camera!




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lil1, and canalization transform the conditions ol coastal areas
and displace native wildlife. Even insensitive use of coastal
areas walking on dunes, dropping trash, disturbing nesting
birds, releasing exotic animals or plants-can have unintended
repercussions.
BEACHES AND DUNES
A beach's Intertidal zone takes the full force of the pounding
waves, thus it cannot support any vegetation. Most animals-
that live there-and in the upper beach and near dunes be-
yond the tide-take shelter byburrowing into the wave-washed
sand of the beach's tidal zone. Many species of sea worms
sieve seawater and sift sand for tiny particles of organic mat-
ter. These creatures and tiny crustaceans and mollusks at-
tract shorebirds such as sanderlings, sandpipers, and plovers,
who search for them with their long, thin bills.
Above the tidal zone, where the sand is a bit looser, the skit-
tering ghost crab is a familiar sight. This area of the beach is
especially important to nesting sea turtles-loggerhead, green,
and olive ridley, to name a few-who dig shallow holes there to
lay their eggs in.
Dunes farther from the reach of the tide Form yet another
zone in this coastal habitat. Dunes form when sand blows in-
land from the sea and hits some obstruction-perhaps some-
thing as small as a piece of driftwood. As the sand settles be-
hindcthe obstruction, more sand is caught, and the dune grows.
Finally it grows tall enough that the landward side of the dune
is sheltered from wind, and the sand is stable enough to sup-
port shrubs and trees.


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Saturday (4 November) is the really big show. The Red Fish Run kicks
things off at 8 AM. Potential contestants can register starting about 7 AM at
the Historic Gibson Inn at the foot of the John Gorrie Bridge. Some spectators
then move on to Avenue E (Highway 98) for the annual 10 AM parade.
Meanwhile, the gates at Battery Park on the banks of Apalachicola Bay will
have swung open at 8 AM and many will have entered. Admission is $5 and
youngsters under 12 get in free.
CHAMBER AUCTION
Would you like to pick up a bargain while you're at the festival? The Apalachi-
cola Bay Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an auction starting about 11
AM Saturday in the park. Some great deals can be had. Wade Clark Auctions
is handling the chanting chores while Chamber members will assist.
OYSTERS SHUCKING/ EATING
Apalachicola is encompassed by an area managed by Apalachicola Estuarine
Research Reserve the largest reserve in the nation. Among those some 200,000
estuary acres are the finest oyster beds in the world. They produce the World's
Greatest Oyster.
Starting about 1:30 PM about a half-dozen of the most prolific oyster shuckers
in the nation will take the stage for the annual shuck-off. The winner earning
the right to advance to the nationals the following October.
But it isn't just speed. It is also proficiency and presentation. And it often
takes the judges upwards of half an ,hour to judge the finished trays and
determine an overall winner. ,
So, while the judges are determining the shucking winner, the annual oyster
eating contest will be held. Again, about a half-dozen folks will vie for top
honors. For 15 minutes they will shovel down dozens upon dozens of previ-
ously shucked oysters.
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Isolated strands of upland plants--cabbage palms, saw pal-
mettos, Spanish bayonet, Florida rosemary and live oaRs-
support rare beach mice and gopher tortoises Further inland
from these coastal strands, on stable, older dunes, hardwood
maritime forests shelter and provide food for many resident
animals, as well as numbers of species of migrating birds
Wading birds and shorebirds nest on beaches and barrier is-
lands, where they are exposed to humans and inclement
weather.
Barrier islands are dynamic, changing sand formations, shaped
by wave action and the wind. During storms, barrier islands
provide a buffer for Florida's mainland, yet are susceptible to
inundation and erosion. Continued dredging and other forms
of coastal development intensify erosion problems, usually more
evident down-current.
MANGROVES
Mangroves are a subtropical wonder that occurs in no other
state except Hawaii. These subtropical and tropical trees can-
not tolerate the frosts that chill northern Florida, and are most
important to south Florida, where they cover more than 494,000
acres. Mangroves colonize the sheltered tidal flats that salt
marsh cordgrass grows on in more temperate climes.
Continued on page 11

You say you can down 10 dozen bi valves in a single sitting? Don't bother
entering. Twenty dozen? Now you're getting in the ballpark. The winner or
winners (last year there wasactually a tie for first place) will likely down some
250 to 300 oysters in the allotted time.
If you feel you have the credentials to compete in one of these contests, con-
tact the festival information booth manned by WOYS Oyster Radio.
FLEET BLESSING
Appropriately, all eyes now turn to the water. The colorful "Blessing of the
Fleet" begins about 4 PM. Dozens of vessels of every conceivable configuration
will pass by a Coast Guard Cutter and receive the blessings of a half-dozen
clergymen. King Retsyo and Miss Florida Seafood will also be on hand.
Following the Jerry Reed performance; festival goers will be treated to a short,
but powerful, fireworks display.
After the fireworks some will continue strolling the park enjoying some out-
standing seafood and other goodies. Other diehards will head for the vener-
able Ft. Coombs Armory in Historic Downtown Apalachicola. Some 250 folks
are expected to once again to dance the night away at the annual King Retsyo
Ball.
SPIRITUAL SUNDAY
Folks begin stirring about 9 AM, about the time the gates are opened at Bat-
tery Park. There's no admission charge and not a whole lot of planned activi-
ties going on until noon. But lots of visitors feel this is the perfect time to stroll
the arts and crafts exhibits (some 80 are expected) and pick up those items
they had decided to "think about."
There will also be several informational type booths set up on festival grounds
so you can gain a greater knowledge about the area and about the fabulous
seafood available.
Starting about noon, Elmer Rogers begins introducing a whole host of spiri-
tual performers ranging from vocalists to musicians. Individuals and groups
from throughout Northwest Florida. The program continues on into the after-
noon
The festival officially ends at 4 PM. But you are permitted and encouraged to
enjoy the hospitality of Apalachicola and Franklin County for as long as you
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Snook
Mangrove Snapper


Four species of mangrove trees are involved, the pioneer plant
being red mangrove. Red mangrove seeds are specially designed
to float in saltwater, bottom-heavy, until the pen-like roo can
spear a mud flat and take hold. Red mangroves-are notewor-
thy for their prop roots, descending into the water, on which
many marine animals anchor themselves.
Red mangroves shelter a wide spectrum of wildlife- marine
animals in their prop roots, birds in their crowns. Root sys-
tems may support painted tunicates, sea anemones, and many
types of oysters. Crown conchs can often be found there hunt-
ing for mollusks. Many fish loiter in the water among the roots-
mangrove snapper, snook, and tarpon are just a few.
Crabs frequent not only the roots of red mangroves but also
the treetops. This unusual crab has startled many a mangrove
explorer by-dropping from the trees. The sturdy branches of
the mangroves are strong enough to support large rookeries of
herons, white ibis, roseate spoonbills, and wood storks.
Like salt marshes, mangroves feed marine animals with abun-
dant amounts of leaf lit er By trapping sediments, mangroves
actually build land and protect it, during storms, by breaking
the force of high winds and waves.
In coastal areas, visitors can witness how plants, animals, and
their environment are intricately tied together These incred-
ible associations have developed over millions of years. With
our protection and support, inhabitants of Florida's coastal
areas will be here in ages to come.



From Huckleberry

Creek to "Teat's Hell"-

Environmental Pollution Aired

to County Representatives

By Brian Goercke


L..
Wanda Teat displays Huckleberry Creek at the 17 October
Commission meeting as Chairman Mosconis (left) looks
on.
Apalachicola resident Wanda Teat felt like she was getting no response from
the Apalachicola City Commission when she informed them that Huckleberry
Creek was being polluted by the city's sewage. Ms. Teat stated that the waste-
water treatment plant located in greater Apalachicola was draining directly
into Huckleberry Creek.
On October 17, Wanda Teat brought her complaint to the county and spoke
with commissioners at length about the increasing sickness of Huckleberry
Creek and the city's responsibility for that sickness. "The city of Apalachicola
and the county has not bothered to do any testing on this creek. Since that
wastewater treatment plant has been put in, knowing that it's having prob-
lems and knowing that it's not working correctly, I cannot find one test that
was done on the body of creek water. Who would allow any kind of wastewater
effluent to go into a body of our water and not test it?" She continued, "I've
went before the city and I've asked for help. It was like, 'you've got a problem,
don't you.' "
PAST PROMISES
Ms. Teat stated that when the wastewater treatment plant was installed in the
late 1980's, former Mayor Roger Newton and Johnny Meyers had assured her
that the plant would process the sewage properly. "They assured us that the
plant would have back-up pumps on everything. It would work and it (the
water) would be so clear that you could drink from it." Teat pointed to a photo
of the creek. "Who would want to drink from that?"
Teat continued. 'The original plans of the wastewater treatment plant was
changed. It was originally supposed to go to the bay, but they said it was not
pure enough and it might cause a problem. So they run it down to our area.
They told us it would be sprayed out of the area, not pumped directly out."
Teat said that the sewage in the wastewater treatment plant was only being
mixed with excess water and then pumped directly out of the plant. "So, we've
got a pollution problem that's a health problem to this city and county. This
goes to the bay and this will close Apalachicola Bay."
THE DEATH OF A CREEK
Ms. Teat held a poster in front of the commissioners that was covered with
enlarged photos illustrating the damage to Huckleberry Creek; the photos
documented the fish kill and the accelerated growth of water hyacinths and
other vegetation in the creek. "This is a creek that we allow shrimp and oyster
boars to come up to our place during storm time to park for safety. Now, no
one can come in. At this last storm, we had two of the oystermen who did
manage to cut their way in and were trapped in and could not get their boats
back out." She pointed at the photos of dead fishing floating in the creek.
"These are bottom feeding fish and they're probably dying because of the lack
of oxygen in the water. But, we don't know. It might be the excess chlorine in
the water. There's a lot of reasons."
Ms. Teat urged the commissioners to find a way to clean up Huckleberry
Creek. The board decided to contact the Game and Fish Commission and to
have one of their biologists research the matter.


Oyster Rat
or Mud lat Oysters


Sample


Continued from page 10


Sea Oats

Members Hear

Buz Putnal

Beautification

Ideas

By Rene Topping
City Commissioner Buz Putnal re-
ceived high marks from the members
of the Sea Oats Garden Club on
12 October. when he told them what
his vision was for Carrabelle. He and
his wife Genevieve have been involved
for a long time in doing plantings and
making areas of Carrabelle bloom with
flowers.
Putnal said that he would like to have
people talk about how pretty Carra-
belle is. He said that there could be a
theme of plantings all the way along
U.S. 98. Putnal planted trees along the
verges of the highway last year and
vandals tore them up. He said. "You
can't let that stop you. You just
re-plant." Lately he has been concen-
trating on beautifying the "kiddie
park." Putnal would like to see a walk-
ing path around the park for adults
and more things for the children to
play on. He has already cleaned it and
fenced it in.
Sea Oats Chairperson Jo Woods
announced that Buz and Genevieve


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Prarle Warbler
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SALT MARSHES
Salt marshes typically get their start as underwater plants colo-
nize shallow mud flats. These plants trap sediments and begin
to build land up so that it is exposed at low tide. At this point,
cordgrass moves in, eventually covering the space with a thick
mat of roots and stiff grass blades. Salt marshes continually
change as grass sinks, or subsides, to become open water again,
or else emerges in new clumps from the sea.
Salt marshes are very productive, growing as much or more
plant material than fertilized agricultural fields. As plants die,
microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, and protozoa break
them down, thereby making their nutrients available to other
animals, such as snails, crabs, young fishes, and shrimp. Ma-
rine worms, mollusks, and crustaceans are also on the menu
in salt marshes. A crustacean that is usually quite visible is
the fiddler crab, a thumbnail-sized crab with one small and
one very large claw. Birds flock to salt marshes for the seafood
feast, familiar ones include snowy egrets and black-crowned
night herons. Reptiles include the threatened Atlantic salt
marsh snake and the rare Gulf salt marsh snake. Salt marsh
snakes do not drink seawater, and are dependent upon fresh
water, usually rain or dew.
The plants of salt marshes also build land by catching grains
of sand and dirt-or sediments-but these sediments move in
via ocean currents rather than wind. Sometimes, "salt pans"
develop in the middle of salt marshes barren areas where the
salt water has evaporated and the soil is too salty for anything
to live. Yet on the edges of these desert-like patches, succu-
lents such as glasswort and salt grass often manage to sur-
vive.
Reprinted from The Skinner, Vol.II, Numbers 1 and 2 (Spring,
Summer 1995) The Florida Nongame Wildlife Program.



D.E.P. ASSESSES THE SITUATION
Following the county commission meeting, Ms. Teat met with Environmental
Specialist Candice Burger of the Department of Environmental Protection
(D.E.P.) to discuss the fate of Huckleberry Creek. Ms. Burger stated that she
has held her present position with D.E.P. for the past three years. Burger said
that she was not aware of any water testing at Huckleberry Creek for as long
as she has been with D.E.P.
"The problem is that we have nothing conclusive that tells us that the waste-
water treatment plant is contributing to the pollution of the creek," said Burger;
she did, however, admit that the treatment plant was pouring poorly pro-
cessed effluent into Huckleberry Creek. Ms. Burger noted that the treatment
plant was fifty years old and probably had leaks within its sewage pipe. 'The
D.E.P. does not know for sure what is being pumped out," said Burger. Ms.
Teat responded, "When you're gone, the city can pump out an excess of what-
ever they want."
The treatment plant is expected to remove nutrients, provide a more compli-
cated monitoring system, though still discharge its effluent in the same area.
However, It will be approximately two:years before Apalachicola's wastewater
treatment plant is updated and operable. And while the city waits two years
for its new treatment plant, the Teat's will have to endure two more years of
pollution.
"How can they (the city) blatantly be allowed to push whatever they want to
into the water," questioned Teat, 'This goes into the bay. I hope they know
about that." She continued, "Why would D.E.P. allow this?"
Ms. Burger could not provide an answer. Ms Teat pointed out, "As long as
you're supporting what they are doing, what can the normal citizenry do?"
"In two years, they expect to have their new treatment plant in operation,"
continued Teat. "In the meantime, What's gonna' happen to us?"
"That's a good question," responded Burger, who could not provide an imme-
diate solution to a current environmental calamity. "It's a slow, horrible pro-
cess."
Ms. Burger concluded that the three options available were 1) nutrient re-
moval 2) aquatic vegetative control (a herbicide spray, which the seafood
workers are opposed to) and 3) removal of the treatment plant from its present
site, which Ms. Burger regarded as "highly unlikely if not impossible."
THE CONSENT ORDER
According to the 1987 Consent Order set forth by the Department of Environ-
mental Regulations, the following sampling, monitoring and effluent limita-
tion is supposed to be carried out at the wastewater facility:


Frequency Levels


Flow Daily
(amount of effluent)
PH-Effluent Daily
(measures acidity)
Chlorine Daily
per Liter (Max.)
Residual
(total)
BOD-5 Weekly
(Biological Oxygen Demand)
Total
Noninfiltration Weekly
Residual
(residue collects within the syi


1.0 MGD (Max. Mo. Avg.)

6.0 (Min.) / 8.5 (Max.)

1.5 Mg per Liter (Min) / 1.0 Mg



20 Mg per Liter (Max. Annual Avg.)


20 Mg per Liter (Max. Annual Avg.)


TKN Weekly 3.3 Mg per Liter (Max. Annual Avg.)
(organic nitrogen and ammonia combined)


DO Weekly
(Dissolved Oxygen)
Fecal Monthly
Coliform
(creates aerobic lactose former


Lawsuits Targets Department

of Labor and Department of

Environmental Protection

Franklin County Attorney J. Patrick Floyd has filed a lawsuit against the De-
partment of Labor and Employment Security and The Department of Environ-
mental Protection on behalf of fourteen Franklin and Gulf County plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs are each seeking between $2,500 and $15,000 apiece. The plain-
tiffs represent those individuals who have "suffered the deprivation of benefi-
cial use of commercial fishing nets upon implementation of Article X, Section
16 of the Florida Constitution." The suit also represents those who were pro-
vided "Net Recovery Vouchers" from the Department of Labor for the net
"buyback" program (as passed by the Florida Legislature), and were later sent
checks for their nets at an amount less than they were promised.


22.0 Mg per Liter (Max. Annual Avg.)

200/100 ML (Max.)


The accelerated vegetative growth on Huckleberry Creek indicates that TKN
levels are above normal. According to Ms. Teat, only water levels have been
monitored on the creek. And while D.E.P. continues their assessment of the
creek, Wanda Teat continues to urge Franklin County residents to become
involved in the matter.

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Fish kill depicted in a photo taken by Wanda Teat.


Overgrown water hyacinths choke off the creek.

"The shrimpers and oystermen are now asking to have the water tested," said
Teat, "I'm beginning to think that the D.E.P. may be afraid to test our creek.
They may not want to know what's become of it."


Cliif Shaw and "Popeye". In Carrabelle, Cliffs bird, an
Indian Ringneck (a native of India) has been on his shoulder
since the bird was nine weeks old. When we met "Popeye"
(the bird), he was not using many of his 50 odd words
taught to him by Cliff over his 8.5 years. In fact, Popeye
had nothing to say about Hurricane Opal even though he
takes an occasional shower with master Cliff. This feathered
friend, who has "good morning" and "huh" in his vocabulary
is domesticated and clipped so he will not fly far. Cliff Shaw
works at Marshall Marine (Carrabelle). The bird does no
work, but absorbs the usual rations of vitamin supplements
and minerals along with his daily feeding.


Putnal had been chosen to be the first
honorary members of the club. This
Sis an honor the club will convey on
those who have worked hard to make
Carrabelle a more pleasant and beau-
tiful place to live in.
Putnal and his wife will cooperate with
members of the Sea Oats Garden Club
in beautifying the small area across
from Burda's Drug Store. He talked
about the area known as the Triangle
Park where Avenue A joins U.S. 98.
He and his wife are working on a brick
patio surrounded by shrubs and fea-
turing a small fountain to provide a
shady spot.
Putnal noted that Bob and Rene Top-
ping have donated 50 golden daffo-
dils to the park. Topping said that she
was doing this as a "thank you" to the
people of Carrabelle for making her
18-year residence here a pleasant and
welcoming one. She added. "It cel-
ebrates fifty happy years together for
Bob and me." Topping has also do-
nated trees in memory of friends who
have died. She asks that others plant
a tree to memorialize a loved one. "It
is my way of celebrating life not
mourning death," she said. Putnal
said that all such gifts are very wel-
come and he would personally take
care of getting trees, plants or flowers
planted.
The next meeting of the Sea Oats Gar-
den Club will be 9 November at 7 p.m.
at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal
Church in Carrabelle.


Osprey


Highway 98 Update

The most seriously damaged road from Hurricane Opal was U. S. Highway 98
between Carrabelle and Eastpoint, a portion of a major artery running along
the coast, into Apalachicola. However, according to contractor Chuck Rob-
erts, the chief road repair and builder having responsibilities to fix that link.
Highway 98 should be open at least to Eastpoint and Highway 65 by the time
of the Seafood Festival. 3 November 1995.
"The highway was damaged in 26 different locations, where portions were
entirely washed away, or washed out to the center line", said contractor Rob-
erts in a telephone interview with the Chronicle on Wednesday, 18 October.
The repair efforts were two fold. (1) Fix the Carrabelle to Eastpoint link and
the 26 damaged sites, and (2) repair the damage to 98 from Highway 65 into
Eastpoint. If (2) is not finished, there is a convenient and short detour via the
so-called county "escape route" which can convey drivers into Eastpoint and
the bridge crossing the Apalachicola River.
The Roberts contracting firm will not have finished the shoulders by 2 Novem-
ber. Their 30-day contract tasks have been challenging due to the remote
location of the damage. First, the contractor had to selectively excavate dam-
aged portions and refill them, followed by a layer of limerock in two six inch
thick levels, with compacting in-between. Then a two inch structural course
of asphalt had to be installed and compacted, followed by a final friction course
layer of asphalt, and more compacting. The last layer is not expected to be in
place until all repairs along the 98 route have been finished.
Overall cost for repairs, contracted on an emergency basis, are $768,464.
Two detours have been active to bring drivers back and forth between Carra-
belle and Eastpoint. The long route, up Highway 65 to Telogia, and then across
(east) and south to Carrabelle via State Road #67 takes about one hour, one
way. Round-trip miles number 150 for this route. A shorter, but much more
demanding route is through the old Tate's Hell swamp via two dirt roads which
begin off Highway 65 and travel north, intersecting with Buck Siding Road,
lasting for about 18 miles. Please refer to a related story on that subject.


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New Florida Laws

Affecting Homeowners

Associations

Homeowners associations are increasingly taking over many functions reserved
for city and county governments. One of been the largest in Franklin County
has been the Plantation Homeowner's Association on St. George Island, but
this is not the only one in Franklin which can levy fines, make assessments
for the association, and generally provide for maintenance of common areas
for the membership community.
Initially, when these organizations are formed, the developer is usually the
party that starts the organization. State law has not been applied to certain
functions of these entities of "private power" to ensure orderly functioning of
the association and preserve the rights of the member-owners.
One new change is the guarantee of any member to make audio and
video tape recordings of the Board of Directors (BOD) or general member-
ship meetings. This wipes out an earlier restriction of the Plantation
Homeowner's Association which prohibited such recordings.
The 1995 Florida Legislature made substantial revisions to Section 617.302,
Florida Statutes (F.S.) including a rewording of the current text. The purposes
of sections .301 through .312 are to give statutory recognition to corporations
that operate residential communities in Florida, to provide procedures for
operating homeowner's associations and to protect the rights of the associa-
tion members without unduly impairing the ability of the associations to per-
form their functions.
Section 617.303 describes powers and duties of such associations, board meet-
ings, official records, budgets and financial reporting. Under (1). after 1 Octo-
ber 1995, all associations must be incorporated as a Florida corporation, and
their initial governing documents must be recorded in the official records of
the County in which the community is located. The officers and directors of
the incorporated association have a fiduciary relationship to the members
who are served by the association. An association may have more than one
class of membership in the association.
A meeting of the board of directors (BOD) of any association occurs whenever
a quorum of the board gathers to conduct an association meeting. All meet-
ings much be open to all members except for meetings between the board and
its attorney with respect to pending or proposed litigation.where the contents
of the discussion would otherwise be governed by the attorney-client privi-
lege.
Notices of all board meetings must be posted in a conspicuous place in the
community at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
If not posted, then in the alternative, notices must be mailed seven days in
advance.
An assessment may NOT be levied at a board meeting unless the notice of the
meeting includes a statement that assessments will be considered, and the
nature of the assessments.
Directors may not vote by proxy or by secret ballot at board meetings except
that secret ballots may be used at the election of officers. This voting re-
quirement also applies to meetings of ANY committee including the body
to approve or disapprove architectural decisions.
The minutes of all meetings of the association must be maintained in written
form or another form that can be converted to written form within a reason-
able time. A vote or absention from voting on EACH matter voted upon for
each director present at a board meeting must be recorded in the minutes.


rum can be assembled, the member preet-owner may proceed with the petition.
If a receiver is appointed, the homeowners' association shall be responsible for the
salary of the receiver, court costs, and attorney's fees and all other expenses of the
receivership. The receiver has shallhave all the powers and duties of a duly consti-
tuted board of directors and shall serve until the hemeowners' association fills a
sufficient number of vacancies on the board so that a nuorum can be assembled
sufficient to constitute a quorum.
At a meeting of the members, the quorum (617.306) is 30 per cent of the total
voting interests unless a lower number is provided in the association bylaws.
Further.
Section 56. Section 617.306, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
617.306 Associations: meetings of members; voting and election procedures.-
(1) QUORUM.-Unless a lower number is provided in the bylaws, the percent-
age of voting interests required to constitute a quorum at a meeting of the members
shall be 30 percent a-majority of the total voting interests. Unless otherwise provid-
ed in this chapter or in the articles of incorporation or bylaws, decisions that re-
quire a vote of the members must shall be made by the concurrence of at least a
majority of the voting interests present, in person or by proxy reprfse4nte at a
meeting at which a quorum has been attained is-present.

Additional sections of 617.306 are quoted verbatim from the enacted legisla-
tion.
(2) ANNUAL MEETING,-The association shall hold a meeting of its mem-
bers annually for the transaction of any and all proner business at a time date. and


place stated in or fixed in accordance with, the bvlav
if one is required to be held, must be held at, or in <


meeting or as provided in th
general proxy, but may vote
may be used to establish a qi
en to amend the-article3 of i
oriecrmits a vote of the horr


: election of directors
:tion with, the annual
wncra may not vote by
cs and general proxica
She. Iucd fno r. ut tnl


on or bylaws or for any matter that requires


r o p r o e Lawn .
(3) SPECIAL MEETINGS.-Special meetings rnust be held when called by
ht e board of directors or unles is stated in the governine


documents, bv at least 10 percent of the total voting inl


M tUe a;


Business conducted at a special meeting is limited to the e


notice of the meeting, Any proxy shall be el
for which originally given and any lawfully a
is not valid for a period longer than 90 days
which it was given. A proxy is reveeable-at-a
owner who exccutes it.


Ily for the specific meeting
m meetings thereof. A proxy
date of the first meeting for
t-the-4leasurc of the honm


(4) CONTENT OF NOTICE --Unless law or the governinadocuments require
hto erwise notice of an ann -


pose or purposes for which the meeting is called. Notice of a special meeting must


include a description of the purpose or I
For election of members of the board of d
at a meeting of the homeowners or by a be


s for which the mootine i


(5) ADJOURNMENT.-Unless the bylaws reauire otherwise, adjournment of
an annual or special meeting to a different date, time or place must be announced
at that meeting before an adjournment is taken, or notice must be given of the new


r place pursuant to s, 617
n the original date of the


Any business that might have been
g may be transacted at the adjourned


meeting. If a new record date for the adjourned meeting is or must b er


I meetin- must be given to persons who are enti-
f the new record date but were not members as


s. 617.0707. notice oft
tled to vote and are n


of the previous record date.
(6) PROXY VOTING.-The members have the ripht, unless otherwise nrovid-
ed in this subsection or in the governing documents, to vote in person or by proxy.
To he valid, a proxy must be dated must state the date time, and place of the
meeting for which it was riven, and must be signed by the authorized person who
executed the proxv. A proxv is effective only for the specific meeting for which it
was originally yiven, as the meeting may lawfully be adjourned and reconvened
from time to time, and automatically expires 90 days after the date of the meeting


for which it was ori
of the narmnn whon


v eiven. A nroxv is revoc
es it. If the proxv form e


Sat any time at the pleasure
r lssv so provides anv nroxn


holder may appoint in writing a substitute to act in his place.


(7) ELECTIONS.-Elections of directors must be conducted in accordance
with the procedures set forth in the governing documents of the association. All
members of the association shall be eligible to serve on the board of directors, and
a member may nominate himself as a candidate for the board at a meeting where
the election is to be held. Except as otherwise provided in the governing docu-
ments boards of directors must be elected by a plurality of the votes cast by eliei-
ble others.
(8) RECORDTNG.-Anv parcel owner may tanne-record or videotane meetings


St. George Plantation Homeowners Board of Directors
Section 617.303 (4) specifically describes the official records of the associa-
tion which must be maintained within ,the state (5) where the association is
located. .
After receipt of a written request for copies of any of those records, the asso-
ciation has ten days to deliver the copies at a price which reflects the actual
costs of production. The association is also required to maintain stocks of
copies of records for the membership. This is defined as "an adequate num-
ber."
A member who is denied access to the official records of the association is
entitled to damages. Minimum damages are to be $50 per calendar day up to
ten days, with the calculation for penalty purposes to begin on the eleventh
day after receipt of the written request.
(6) The Association shall prepare an annual budget which must reflect esti-
mated revenues and expense for the budget year. The budget must set out
separately all fees or charges for recreational amenities. Financial reports for
the membership are due within 60 days at the close of the financial year,
Considerable changes were enacted to 617.305 which outline obligations of
members, remedies at law or in equity, the levying of fines and suspension of
use rights (by members). First, the statutes apply to members, their tenants,
guests and invitees, and those persons also must comply with association
rules, and governing documents of the community.
Members and the association may bring actions in-law or equity to redress
failure or refusal to comply with the various provisions in the association. If
the governing documents so provide, the association may fine up to $50 per
violation. The process of bringing charges is described in 617.305(2) (a).
An association may NOT suspend the voting rights of a member. Penalties in
this section do not apply to failure of a member to pay assessments.
In the event the association fails to fill vacancies on the BOD, the 1995 legis-
lation is as follows:
(3) If an a homeowners' association fails to fill vacancies on the board of direc-
tors sufficient to constitute a quorum in accordance with the bylaws, any member
parceloewner may apply to the circuit court that has jurisdiction over the communi-
ty served by the homeewners' association for the appointment of a receiver to man-
age the affairs of the association. At least 30 days before applying to the circuit
court, the member pareel-owner shall mail to the association, by certified or regis-
tered mail. and post, in a conspicuous place on the property of the community
served by the homeowners! association, a notice describing the intended action,
giving the association 30 days the opportunity to fill the vacancies. If during such
time the association fails to fill a sufficient number of the vacancies so that a ouo-


of the board of directors and meetings of t
the association mav adopt reasonable rules
board and the membership,


sre The board < -tors f


Sthe taping of meetings of the


I CODING: Words strielen are deletions; words underlined are additions.



An Update

1995 Florida Seafood


Festival On Schedule

Advance tickets are now on sale for the 32nd Florida Seafood Festival featur-
ing Jerry Reed. Normally priced at $5.00, the $4.00 advance tickets are avail-
able at the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce/Florida Seafood Festival
Office, 84 Market Street, from local business and board members.
Even though Hurricane Opal brushed our shores, the festival will go on as
scheduled. The only major change will be that the Blessing of the Fleet will be
moved to Andris Marina Pier, located adjacent to the festival grounds. As al-
ways, participants will receive a medal and flags for their boat entries, entry
forms may be picked up at the information booth located in Battery Park
during the festival (Friday or Saturday) or you can contact Mrs. Nina Marks,
Chairperson for this event.
As in the past, vendors will display their wares in the park. At least 8 local
churches and several non-profit organizations have been provided free booth
space, and will benefit immensely from the event.
The Florida Seafood Festival Board is also providing free space to the Apala-
chicola Bay Oyster Dealers Association, who will feature the largest oyster
booth in the history of the festival. As a means of promoting the seafood in-
dustry, and the oyster industry in particular, the Dealers Association is pro-
viding a voucher for one free dozen oysters (while supplies last) with each paid
admission on Saturday, 4 November.
This year's Miss Florida Seafood is 16 year old Erin Butler, daughter of Cliff
and Denise Butler of Eastpoint, Florida. Honored to serve as King Retsyo is
Apalachicola resident Jook Patrenos, a long time member of the local seafood
industry. This year's Parade Marshall is Capt. Terrell Cain, a veteran of more
that 40 years of salt air and harvesting the waters of Franklin County.
Residents are requested to notify their friends and relatives who will be at-
tending the festival of the safest highway routes into Apalachicola. We are
recommending that the festival goers from the North access by I-10, State
Road 20 and State Road 65 into Eastpoint. Highway 98 from Panama City
into Apalachicola is open.
On behalf of this year's Board, we hope you enjoy the 32nd annual Florida
Seafood Festival. Any questions regarding the event can be answered by the
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce/Florida Seafood Festival Office at
84 Market Street (904-653-9419).


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new association, Mr. Bill Miller, said,
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MFC Takes Action on

Shrimp/Trawl Fishing,

Spotted Seatrout,

Finfish, and Other

Saltwater Fishing Issues

The Marine Fisheries Commission
held a two-day public meeting 2-3 Oc-
tober, 1995 in Sarasota (a third sched-
uled meeting day was canceled to al-
low persons to prepare for Hurricane
Opal, which struck Florida's north-
west coast on 4 October ). The Com-
mission took the following action:

SHRIMP TRAWL RULE-
Final Public Hearing
(Reopened)
The Commission reopened a final pub-
lic hearing to reconsider a proposed
rule intended to aid implementation
of provisions of the Constitutional
Amendment regarding use of net fish-
ing gear in state waters. The Commis-
sion voted to recommend to the Gov-
ernor and Cabinet that they approve
the rule previously submitted to the
Cabinet for approval in August, which
would:
- prohibit the use of any trawl in in-
shore and nearshore state waters with
more than 500 square feet of mesh
area
- allow the use of otter trawls with a
perimeter around the opening no
greater than 66 feet in all areas of the
state where otter trawls are currently
allowed in inshore and nearshore
waters
- prohibit the use of more than two
unconnected trawls, including any try
net. in inshore and nearshore state
waters


- allow the use of a sled in lieu of the
Inner doors between two otter trawls
(with a spread of at least 10 feet be-
tween the trawls) where the use of ot-
ter trawls is allowed in inshore and
nearshore waters.
- allow the use of trawls for the di-
rected harvest of shrimp only (the
Commission intends to address the
issue of allowing the use of trawls to
harvest other forms of marine life
separately please see TRAWL FISH-
ING below)
An emergency rule regarding the use
of trawls that took effect in July has
been extended indefinitely, pending
implementation of a permanent rule.
In other action, the Commission re-
ceived a report on Atlantic States
Marine Fisheries Commission com-
ments regarding Proposals to reduce
shrimp trawl bycatch in Florida's
Northeast region.
TRAWL FISHING
The Commission received scientific
and public comment regarding the use
of trawls to harvest marine species
other than shrimp in state waters.
The Commission directed staff to de-
velop management options that would
allow the limited use of trawls to har-
vest jellyfish and specific baitfish and
finfish species under certain condi-
tions. The Commission will consider
these options (including possible tow
time and harvest limitations), during
its next regular meeting, scheduled 4-
6 December, 1995 in Islamorada.

SPOTTED SEATROUT
RULE Final Public
Hearing (Reopened)
The Commission reopened a final pub-
lic hearing on its proposed spotted
seatrout rule, and voted to amend the
regional boundary line and commer-
cial harvest provisions of the rule. The
rule as now proposed would:


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- prohibit all harvest of spotted
seatrout in state waters from the
Pinellas/Pasco counties line to the
Florida/Alabama line in February,
and in all other state waters in No-
vember and December each year
- reduce daily recreational bag limits
to 7 spotted seatrout harvested in
state waters from the Pinellas/Pasco
counties line to the Florida/Alabama
line, and 5 spotted seatrout harvested
from all other state waters
- raise the minimum size limit for spot-
ted seatrout harvested statewide to 15
inches total length
- establish a 24 inches total length
maximum size limit for spotted
seatrout harvested in state waters
from the Pinellas/Pasco counties line
to the Florida/Alabama line, and a 20
inches total length maximum size
limit for spotted seatrout harvested in
all other state waters (an allowance
for the daily harvest of one fish larger
than the respective maximum lengths
would apply statewide)
- allow the commercial harvest and
sale of spotted seatrout in June. July,
and August only a 75 fish daily ves-
sel limit and a 15 inches total length
minimum/24 inches maximum size
limit would apply during these months
for all commercial harvest of spotted
seatrout statewide
- allow only the use of hook and line
gear and cast nets for all harvest of
spotted seatrout
- prohibit the simultaneous posses-
sion aboard a vessel of any gill net or
entangling net together with any spot-
ted seatrout
- require all spotted seatrout to be
landed in a whole condition, and pro-
hibit the possession of spotted
seatrout that are not in a whole con-
dition in or on state waters, on any
public or private fishing pier, on a
bridge or catwalk attached to a bridge
from which fishing is allowed, or on
any jetty
define "total length" for spotted
seatrout to mean the length of the fish
measured from the most forward point
of the head to the hindmost point of
the tail
The Commission intends to take this
proposed rule to the Governor and
Cabinet for approval on November 29,
1995, and implement the rule Janu-
ary 1, 1996, if approved.
FINFISH RULES Final
Public Hearing
The Commission held a final public
hearing on proposed rules and rule
amendments regarding the manage-
ment of several finfish species. These
proposed rules and amendments
would include the following provisions
for the species listed below:
e FLOUNDERS and SHEEPSHEAD:
12 inches minimum size limit for all
harvesters: 10 fish daily recreational
bag limit for each species: only hook
and line, cast net, and beach and haul
seine gear allowed (gigs allowed for
flounders only) a 50 pound commer-
cial daily vessel bycatch allowance for
each species otherwise legally har-
vested in non conforming gear would
be allowed; daily harvest of no more
than 10 of each species allowed by
spearfishing
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10 inches minimum/20 inches maxi-
mum size limit for all harvesters; ag-
gregate 10 fish daily recreational bag
limit, with an allowance of 1 fish over
20 inches in length: only hook and
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inches in length prohibited
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minimum size limit for all harvesters:
all daily harvest, possession, and sale
of more than 2 fish per person or ves-
sel (whichever is less) prohibited: only
hook and line gear allowed
* TRIPLETAIL: 15 inches minimum
size limit for all harvesters: 2 fish daily
recreational harvest and possession
limit; 10 fish daily commercial vessel
limit; only hook and line gear allowed
(with a 2 fish commercial daily vessel
bycatch allowance for tripletail other-
wise legally harvested in non conform-
ing gear)
These proposed rules would also:
- designate all the above listed finfish
as "restricted species"
- define "length" (for purposes of de-
termining size limits for the above
species) as the measurement of the
fish from the most forward point of
the head to the rear center edge of the
tail
- require all the above species to be
landed in a whole condition, and pro-
hibit the possession of any such fish
that are not in a whole condition in or
on state waters, on any public or pri-
vate fishing pier, on a bridge or cat-
walk attached to a bridge from which
fishing is allowed, or on any jetty
- prohibit the use of any multiple hook
in conjunction with natural bait, and
snagging (snatch hooking) to harvest
the above species in state waters
- allow size/bag limit exemptions to
flounder, sheepshead, and Florida
pompano aquaculture operators who
provide proper documentation
The Commission intends to take these
proposed rules and rule amendments
to the Governor and Cabinet for ap-
proval on November 29, 1995, and
implement the rules January 1, 1996,
if approved.

AMBERJACK
The Commission received public com-
ment and reviewed a draft rule that
would prohibit the sale of amberjack
during the closed April/May season,
reduce the daily recreational bag limit
to one amberjack of any species per
person, and reduce the recreational
minimum size limit to 20 inches for
any amberjack species. The Commis-
sion directed staff to schedule a final
public hearing on this proposed rule
during its December meeting in
Islamorada.

OTHER MEETING
ACTION
The Commission received public com-
ment and:
reviewed the management of the
SLIPPER (SPANISH) LOBSTER fish-
ery the Commission intends to fur-
ther consider management of this fish-
ery during a future meeting in north-
t~vest Florida
discussed issues concerning the tar-
pon tag program
directed staff to hold a final public
Shearing on a proposed rule that would
prohibit the harvest of LIVE SHELLS
in MANATEE COUNTY
discussed AQUACULTURE issues
reviewed an update of the Atlantic
States Marine Fisheries Commission
plan to manage BLUEFISH, and di-
rected staff to hold a final public hear-
ing if requested on a proposed rule
that would establish a commercial
harvest quota of 734,828 pounds of
bluefish for 1996


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ne Oelieved the last sewerl sysLem ue-
sign was bad and that it could have
been improved by use of more lift sta-
tions. McCartney said he agreed with
Brown. He said that there would have
to be a preliminary study which will
cost $29,000. After this preliminary
review is complete he will come be-
fore the commission and then they will
be able to decide whether they should
go ahead with the loan.
Water and sewer rates will have to be
reviewed. McCartney said, "An equi-
table rate will have to be looked at
seriously." He assured the commis-
sioners that at any time they did not
feel the city could afford even the
amounts on an interest free loan they
could call a halt. He also assured the
commissioners that they would be
kept fully advised and as each "task"
was to be started the engineering com-
pany would seek approval. The city
will have a one year grace period on
payments for the $29.000 loan and
then 20 years to repay.
The commissioners agreed that the
sewer and water systemT'were gravely
in need of repairs, particularly the
collection lines. They agreed that there
are several areas where the lines have
sunk down many feet. McCartney said
that is the situation continued there
was always the possibility that a
moratorium on new connections
would be ordered and would adversely
affect the city's economy. He added
that Apalachicola was the last system
to receive funding from the original
act. Commissioners agreed to seek the
loan and also to consult with the leg-
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City Commissioners Buz I'Pilitl anl
George Jackson along with Mayor
Charles Millender voted uiitaimtoiusly
to have the engineering lirm of
Baskerville and Donovan seek lutids
from the State Revolving Fund ULoan
Program. Bill McCartney said the
problems would only worsen as linme
goes by.
McCartney said that the City of Car-
rabelle was designated an "Area of
Critical Concern to the State." in 1985.
in order to protect the valuable food
source of the Apalachicola River Es-
tuary and St. George Sound. The Leg-
islature had promised that upon pas-
sage of the Critical Area Designation
Act the state would commit millions
of dollars to renovate and rehabilitate
Sthe ailing sewer systems of Franklyn
County. The area of critical concern
was dropped in 1994. but Carrabelle
did not receive sufficient funds and
the need for much more rehabilitation
still exists in Carrabelle.
The 1985 Legislature have passed line
item 1320 of the Appropriation Act,
Senate Bill 2800 and authorized a $2
million dollar loan to the City for
sewer improvements and water. The
City of Carrabelle representatives have
met with the Florida department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) and
requested that the State Revolving
Fund (SRF) interest rate be waived for
the life of the SRF loan. The city will
pledge the revenues from the water
and sewer to the repayment of the
SRF.
McCartney told commissioners "It is
never going to be cheaper to fix it, (the
sewer and water system) than now."
James Brown told commissioners that
f- 1-ac-cuicic1pt LiCd


Later that afternoon. Hill M1C'A;;irtney
scheduled a "working meetlirlt" rigt Ih(
Village Cafe that was ;ttilenrled by Port
Authority Chairpersoln Donald WVooi,.
Carrabelle City Commiission-er ia13
Putnal. Carrabelle City Clerk (Charles
Lee Daniels. Port Authority Secrertary
Mary Jane Kitamura. !olrmer Carra-
belle Mayor Carlton Wathlan ad his
wife Grace Wathan, Apalachee Re-
gional Planning Council (ARPC) Ex-
ecutive Director Charles Bloonm and
assistants Mike Donovan and Alissa
Barber.
McCartney first requested that the
ARPC assist in putting together a pre-
application for an Economic Develop-
ment Administration (EDA) Grant and
to assist in developing the economic
conditions package and justification
for an EDA grant. "They're (EDA) se-
lective about the programs that they
put together." The ARPC representa-
tives agreed to give such assistance.
Mr. McCartney also noted that one of
the main goals for the EDA grant
money was to construct a public ma-
rina on Timber Island. He stated that
the development order from the DRI
process presently permitted the port
authority's plans to create the marina.
"The thing we want to do is to try to
fund those portions of the DRI that
will add economic development and
jobs to the Carrabelle area."
McCartney stated that, in addition to
the public marina, the City of Carra-
belle also had plans for a 2.2 million
dollar water improvement and a 2
million dollar sewer improvement.
which had been directed by the De-
partment of Environmental Regula-
tion. McCartney stated that these
long-term public works improvement
funds may be used as a match for an
EDA grant.
Mr. McCartney stated that economic
documentation of the city's loss of
jobs. loss of economic .. I ii and in-
crease-ofjobs resulting from an EDA
grant would be necessary for the pre-
application process. "There may be as
many as 100 jobs created in the Car-
rabelle community." said McCartney.
"If we don't have some sort of eco-
nomic growth to absorb the loss of tax
revenue." said Donald Wood, "We're
gonna' be in dire straits with our
schools, our court systems, our court
houses. jails and the whole ball of
wax."
"The Carrabelle folks are asking for
help," said McCartney, "But they're
not asking for a hand-out."


Gas Tax from page 1

Attorney Al Shuler said that he was
not sure if a board member could
make such a transaction within his
own board.
Chairperson Mosconis said that the
county might have enough money to
pave the escape road with its own
) funds.
"O.K.. let's do it," said Braxton, "I'll
make that motion."
The board questioned Counly Engi-
neer Joe Hamilton on how much
money it would take to pave the
escape road. Hamilton stated that the
relocation of the 2.2 miles of the
escape road would require clearing,
grubbing, filling and embankment. He
estimated that the road's pavement
would cost over $100.000.
"There is grants set up to relieve con-
gested traffic." said Commissioner
Bevin Putnal. "If you can pave another
road to relieve that congestion."
County Finance Officer Ruth Wade
noted, "What I've understood is that
until we help ourselves., the state's not
gonna help us."
"And you're gonna help yourselves
with an optional sales tax on gasoline."
said Braxton.
County Planner Alan Pierce said that
according to the Federal Emergency
Management Assistance (FEMA) pro-
gram, the east-most 1.2 miles ol
CC Land Boulevard was now consid-
ered a detour for U.S. Highway 98. He
said that federal standards were
required for official detours. Pierce
said that the Federal Hlighway Admin-
istration may he responsible for the
maintenance of thl detour. Mr. Pierce
said that he would look into the mat-
ter further.
In order for the board to ,pss
a Local Option Gas TFax at their 21
November public meeting, it must lbe
approved by no less thaii four of the
five conlmissioners.


Food for Thought
from Florida

Taxwatch

The U. S. Colnsltitution was
amended 17 tiiius i')vontd t lie
original 10 (Tlie Bill of Rig its) over
a period of 206 ,-ears. while
Florida's Constitutiotn lihs been
amended over 60 lines since
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Langston from page 1

Those pledigligii newly e(',i ted jobs,
from the proposed ramilt include:
Paramores (6 skilled/iuskilled iahor
ers). Dell S icn ider (14 Io ib created lor
a1 140 room miotel). I.;iLii!.wood Indus-
tries (5 jobs lor a h ('liarv., book-
keeper, two I trck drivers m;id a loa;dci
opci, lor), I tie Icarrab'lle Port ail Air-
port Au tli lr ity (8 jo( ls created lor
I jitititel iiinc S. r ctail sal1s. hookkee p
ingjr dorck t ali t ils. iadministrtiol aJild
'~- re t a- y lor ,i a240 h t Li rila). Jerry
Sit,;I (2 4 jobs cr .tl til f ar Il ritn
'aii\p'g v i -, l it l.,iiitilitna ce work-
lc-, .ilnd o, l 'll cr l I Itsf lo t w lit e t'xl)ln
sioi0 01 ,111 I'XlAIS||Il I llail ,l) amd Ival!
rind FrI d'i W liiir.
McC lat'lly s, dit d 1li f hie was look
inr lor a l m illj] ll ;ii ; li, l dllldol 'ars inl
grantll v IIIOI w' ; It'J tll l "'Tlhe
city will 'a- iidilv s in li1, .ithi it s
walker a diild s-evre 'r ]iro rl',li ." 1Mr.
McCartniy y ,It thiat hi w.'n .) ld
50 jobs had(l Ijo f i t l cd with Il (i
grant money. "It all dependt on .liat
the federal buidret has this year. ['in
real concerned about lle -ier'i(rl ild
get this year."


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(25). New. Ginger-My
Story. Autobiography of the
dancing partner of Fred
Astaire. Sold nationally for
$22.50. Bookshop price:
$7.00. Hardcover.
(26) New. In Retrospect:
The Tragedy And Lessons
Of Vietnam. By Robert S.
McNamara. Sold nationally
for $27.50. McNamara has
crafted the classic insider
account of Vietnam policy
making, revealing how the
U. S. stumbled into the Viet-
nam War and why it became
so difficult to pull out.
Chronicle Bookshop price
for this hardcover is $21.00.

(27) New. My War. By Andy
Rooney. Sold nationally for
$25.00. His is a story of
learning the craft ofjournal-
ism; a moving, suspenseful
and reflective memoir.
Rooney is a nationally syn-
dicated columnist and a
regular commentator on
Sixty Minutes. Bookshop
price: $18.95. Hardcover.


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(29) New. The South. By B.
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authors have traced the
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sunbelt of Georgia, Alabama
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possession of the indian
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thology. Dee Brown wrote,
"Explorers heading south
should throw away their
standard guidebooks and
take along The South."
Bookshop price: $21.00.
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(51) LEONARD NIMOY: I
AM SPOCK. The long-
awaited autobiography of
Leonard Nimoy is now avail-
able through the Chronicle
Bookshop. Mr. Nimoy opens
up to his fans in ways the
Vulcan never could. He gives
the ,reader his unique per-
spectives on the Star Trek
phenomenon, his relation-
ships with costars and in
particular, the creation of
the pointed-eared alien that
the author knows best. Pub-
lished by Hyperion, sold na-
tionally for $24.95.
Bookshop price = $19.95.
Hardcover.
(32) New. Southern Daugh-
ter: The Life of Margaret
Mitchell. By Darden Asbury
Pyron. Arguably, Gone With
the Wind has been the most
popular novel of all time, fol-
lowed with the highest
grossing moving picture to
date. Author Pyron offers an
absorbing biography of Mar-
garet Mitchell, the writer of
...Wind. A solidly re-
searched, sprightly narra-
tive informed by a deep
knowledge of Southern cul-
ture. Pyron reveals a woman
of unconventional beauty,
born into one of Atlanta's
most prominent families,
and imbued from childhood
with tales of the Civil War.
Fans will find several chap-
ters in Southern Daughter
that trace how various ele-
ments in Mitchell's biogra-
phy made their way into her
fiction, including the most
surprising identity for the
fictional Rhett Butler.
533pp. Published by Oxford
University Press and sold
nationally for $26.00, the
Chronicle offers these cop-
ies at $14.00 each. Hard-
cover.
(33) New. Margaret Mitch-
ell's Gone With the Wind
Letters. A delightful com-
panion to No. 32, Southern
Daughter, this volume con-
tains much of the personal
correspondence behind the
most successful novel and
motion picture. Edited by
Richard Harwell and pub-
lished in Great Britain.
There are over 300 letters,
chosen from her papers be-
tween 1936 and 1949, ev-
ery aspect of Margaret
Mitchell's character is illu-
minated. 441pp. Sold na-
tionally for over $26.00.
Chronicle Bookshop price:
$16.00. Hardcover.
(34) New. The Red Hills of
Florida, 1528-186;5. By
Clifton Paisley. "A superior,
very superior, example of lo-
cal or regional history...The
research is especially
strong; it is exhaustive, solid
and first rate" (Gilbert C.
Fite, University of Georgia).
A history of Leon County,
and neighboring counties
Gadsden, Jackson,
Jefferson and Madison. Uni-
versity of Alabama Press.
290 pp. Sold regionally for
$34. Chronicle bookshop
price: $18.95. Paperback.


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