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Publication Date: November 17, 1995
Copyright Date: 1995
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Volume 4, Number 23

The Published Every Other Friday

franklin Chronicle

A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER 17 November 30 November 1995

S. Future of Inner

Harbour kemnains

"Nil Uncertain




By Rene Topping
City of Carrabelle Commissioners
met twice in the first two weeks
of November and succeeded in fill-
ing out their Commission seats to
a full complement of five with the
appointment of Jim Phillips to
seat 2, sewer and water,I on 6 No-
vember, and Virginia (Ginny)
Sanford to seat 5 at a special
meeting held 14 November. The
Commission had been sitting with
only three members for the last
two months.
In addition to this the Commiis.
sion had been faced with a crisis
condition when Mayor Charles
Millender was rushed to the hos-
pital with heart problems on 5 No-
vember. He was absent from both
the regular meeting on 6 Novem-
ber and the special meeting on
14 November.
The remaining two seated Com-
missioners, Buz Putnal and
George Jackson, were advised by
attorney William (Bill) Webster
that they could hold a legal meet-
ing as they were a majority of the
then only three seated Commis-
sioners. Putnal was chosen as
Mayor Pro-tem and the meeting
proceeded. Putnal pointed out
that if one of the two had an acci-
dent or fell ill and the mayor was
unable to attend the next meet-
ing it could bring about a situa-
tion wherein one man would have
to make all decisions.
At the 6 November meeting the
two Commissioners passed a first
reading of a proposed ordinance
that would allow the Commission
to appoint persons to'vacated
Continued on page 8

Inner Harbour Administrator
SDanny Bearden stated that ap-
proximately 35 Franklin County
staff members and 80 overall staff
members would be laid off from
the hospital facility on 30 Novem-
ber, while Inner Harbour Hospi-
tal begins the lengthy process of
Bearden said that the facility was
experiencing financial difficulties.
"The program providers have.not
been as willing to utilize our pro-
gram," said Bearden. Additionally,
Bearden pointed out that the re-
cent changes in the composition
of state and federal legislators has
had an adverse effect of the fund-
ing given to health care facilities.
""I think that people in govern-
ment are more leery of funding
programs now until they're sure
of what they're getting."
While the future of Inner Harbour
Hospital remains uncertain,
Bearden assured the Franklin
Chronicle that big decisions
would be made by January in re-
gard to the reorganization of the
acilty. He said that, if the facility
does bring back its' staff mem-
bers, those staff members living
in Franklin County would be the
first individuals hired. Bearden
also noted that Inner Harbour
would remain open on a limited
level twenty-four hours a day and
seven days a week.
"Something has to be done," said
Bearden, "Because too many kids
are falling through the cracks. It's
basically like this, you can pay
now or you can pay later. We've
done a good job serving people."
According to a 3 November news
release, Inner Harbour asserted
that it would work closely with the
State of Florida.as well as other
referral sources within the private
sector to ensure appropriate
placement of those patients that
are currently enrolled within their

Homeowner Board Majority
Now Comprised of Residents
A report and commentary by Tom W. Hoffer
The St. George Plantation Owners' Association Board of Directors
changed remarkably Saturday, 11 November 1995, as the Associa-
.tion held its annual meeting at the clubhouse on St. George Island.
Several candidates were running for the Board, which makes most of
the policy decisions affecting the some 626 households and homesites,
in the island development, including a nearly half-million dollar an-
nual budget. The candidates were essentially in two camps: (1) One
group included the incumbents, who were involved in unsuccessful
negotiations and deliberations over Resort Village, a commercial de-
velopment.number slowly emerging in the heart of a large number of
one-acre, single family residential homes and lots and (2) "others"
who wanted to oust the Resort Village as a commercial development
from the Plantation, and attempt to persuade Dr. Ben Johnson to
develop his property as single family, residential.
Bound up in the contest were candidates who represented lot owners
not yet living in the Plantation, and those who did have homes in the
Plantation. The Plantation residents won a majority on the Board,
thus reversing their minority status since Lou Vargas became Presi-
dent three years ago.
The new Board of Directors for the Homeowner's Association now
consists of Richard Plessinger, Pamela Amato, Christon Gallio, Bill
Hartley, Lou Vargas and John Gelch. An undetermined seventh mem-
ber to fill out the term of Tom Outlaw, who resigned in October, will
be appointed by the new Board, perhaps as early as their 9 December

The total votes were as follows:
Richard Plessinger
Pamela Amato
Christon Gallio
Hank Kozlowsky
Laura Rodrigue
Jim Bachrach


Thus, non-resident Board members who ended their service with this
vote were Jim Bachrach and Hank Kozlowsky. Five of the six Board
' members are island residents. The previous Board had a majority of
non-residents, consisting of Kozlowsky, Bachrach, Vargas and Out-
0' Previously, those in the minority were Amato, Hartley, and Gelch.
The minority supported the proposal to litigate the Ben Johnson agree-
ment the majority considered necessary to preserve for several legal
Continued on page 4

Mitchell Hicks:

Successful Businessm n

Recalls His Life in


Owner of Standard Business Machines and Service, Inc. in Talla-
hassee, Florida, and one of seven children, Mitchell Hicks re-
cently traced his history for the Chronicle in an interview at his
business in Tallahassee. He recalls the high productivity of Apa-
lachicola Bay, the rhythm of work in the summer and winter
months, and a tragic auto accident which left him without the
use of his legs. Mr. Hicks talks candidly about his hospitalization
and the search for a meaningful future and occupation. Such
adversity might be too much for some, but Mitchell Hicks arose
out of his predicament to develop his skills in the complex world
of business machine repair and, later, electronic machines, mostly
self-taught, at least in the beginning. We are pleased to publish
his account because so many may remember him in the Franklin
County area. Also, his story may also provide some hope for oth-
ers who feel themselves trapped in circumstances not of their
own making, but looking for some way to cope with adversity.

Mitchell Hicks (MH): There's a ton of Hicks. [I'm] related to those in
Apalachicola; not the ones in Eastpoint...Our families came from
Panama City and Southport. My dad is Grover C. Hicks. Everybody
in. Apalachicola knows him as Captain Shortie. He's one of the old
time shrimpermen.. .fish guide.. .freshwater and saltwater. He was born
and raised at 13-mile. He has cancer real bad...Still a fighter...still
wants to fish. My mother is also in Apalachicola. Still shucks oys-
I've got five sisters and a brother. Ruth, Ellen, Gouth, Dale, Rhonda
and Wanda who lives in Louisiana. Elaine lives in Atlanta. I also have
a little brother,.Loren. Rhonda, Dale and Ruth are living in Franklin
County. Loren follows the shrimp.
Ruth is the oldest; Loren is the youngest. Ruth is about 50; Loren is
31. The family was growing up between 1940 and 1960 in Franklin
I was born in 1954.

On Growing Up in 1950s Apalachicola
I can remember my dad unloading the oyster boat filled with oysters
twice a day. Twice a day. This approached 18 wheel barrels of oys-
ters; 4-5 sacks per wheel barrel. Fifty to 60 sacks, easily. And, they
would be in early Big oysters and plenty of them. You would oyster
with best returns in the months with the R's in them...
That's before you had your summertime oystering. You oystered dur-
ing the months with the R. Always plentiful. Many oysters...I think
that tradition goes back to when the cool fronts would come during
those months with the R's. Such as September or October or Novem-
ber. The cool fronts are connected with draining of...rivers and you
have less buildup in the bay...The water is more pure...and the oys-
ters taste better. Everybody made their living there...The ones oyster-
ing in the winter also produced mullet or shrimp as well.
Summertime were good floundering months.

Changes in Bay Productivity
I think it was a mistake to open oyster harvesting in the
summertime...Government stepping in is like giving them an ex-
cuse...[Oystermen] survived for years without any interference with
government...If you hand out [aid], and you know you're gonna get it,
why do you want to work anymore? A lot of people would disagree
with me on that, but you gotta see some hard times to overcome it, so
you can make that living [in seafood]. Instead of saying "I'm just an
oysterman, and that's allI've been"...No, I seen people, my family and
other families, oyster through the winter months. Come summer, ev-
erybody jumped on shrimp boats...They would go into the Gulf, to
Mississippi, Louisiana, Key West, Mexico...There were plenty of boats
all around. I know a lot of them may not have opportunities to get on
boats [to shrimp]... [Government] controls the Bay now, so they open
and close [it] and limit the catch...
...Years ago, the oyster season would start about the time school be-
gan in the fall. The season started in September and it ended in
April...During May, June and July, you were not allowed to oyster in
Apalachicola Bay.
You could go to Louisiana and oyster. Then, lot of your dealers sold
seafood and would depend on the Bay for continued productivity.
Come summer, they would still have overhead, requiring an oyster
supply from other places.
Continued on page 8

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Page 2 17 November 1995 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday



Notes from the
7 November Franklin
County Commission
* Assistant County Planner Mark
Curenton stated that the De-
partment of Community Affairs
would not allow the county to
Suse their Community Develop-
ment Block Grant (CDBG)
funds to be used for all the en-
gineering costs in the expansion
of the Eastpoint Water and
Sewer Plant. Curenton noted
that David Hines of the East-
point Water and Sewer Depart-
ment made the assurance that
there was enough money from
the Department of Corrections
to pay such costs. Curenton
stated that $400,000 would be
set aside from the CDBG funds
for the actual construction
costs of the Water and Sewer
Plant, which will be used for the
newly proposed prison site in
* County Planner Alan Pierce
stated that $11,000 was left
over from the CDBG grant for
the recently completed
reshelling project. Commis-
sioner Dink Braxton motioned
to place the balance of the
CDBG funds from the respell-
ing project into the county's
educational and retraining pro-
gram. The board voted four to
one (Commissioner Ed Toliver
voting nay) to approve Commis-
sioner Braxton's motion. The
board also voted unanimously
to cancel the lease for the com-
pleted reshelling project.
* Assistant County Planner Mark
Curenton informed the board
that, in order for $30,000 in
CDBG funds to be allocated to
the Friends of the Franklin
County Public Library for the
purpose of hiring a literacy co-
ordinator, the county would
have to either recognize the
public library as a local govern-
mental entity or view the lit-
eracy project as the sole pro-
vider of adult literacy services.
If the literacy project, which op-
erates out of the county library,
could not be named as the lone
adult literacy provider,
Curenton said that the board
must advertise the educational
funding for bids. Curenton
stated that the Department of
Community Affairs had set
such requirements.
The board did not recognize the
county library as a local govern-
mental entity. Cliff Butler of the
Friends of the Franklin County
Public Library stated that on 4
August, 1992, the board of
county commissioner passed a
resolution which stated: "It is
hereby created that the Frank-
lin County Public Library is es-
Stablished' and maintained to
provide library services for all
citizens in Franklin County,"
Butler noted that in the past
two years the county has paid
for all public library services as
well as for a library director and
assistant director. "It is a county
Entityy" said Butler, "We have a
Franklin County Public Li-
County Attorney Al Shuler said
that he would have to investi-
gate the matter further before
he could decide whether the
public library was a local gov-
ernmental entity. Chairperson
Jimmy Mosconis said that the
board would advertise the po-
sition to "keep things in mo-
tion." Mosconis continued,
"We've already decided what
we're going to do." It's not our
money we're dealing with. It's
just passing through us."
Mr. Butler stated that the
Friends of the Franklin County
Public Library had already
taken the time to advertise and
'.interview for the position.
"We've already got a person on
this on a volunteer basis for the
past 30 days to keep it [the lit-
eracy project] going." Butler
said that the bid process would
take additional time and force
the coordination of literacy ef-
forts to function on a volunteer
basis. Mosconis affirmed that
he did not want to be held li-
able for any misconduct in al-
locating the CDBG funds.

Mr. Curenton felt that the pub-
lic library would be the only
group bidding to contract to run
literacy efforts in the county. "I
don't anticipate anyone vying
for that bid." The board then
voted four to one (Commis-
sioner Dink Braxton voting nay)
to advertise for bids. Commis-
sioner Braxton insisted, "We've
got a county library."
"My biggest fear in all this,"
stated Butler, "Is that we've pre-
sented a proposal to the county
commission. Anybody with any
qualifications can come in and
submit a proposal that is less
than ours and win the bid. But
I understood that the purpose
of this was to continue a literacy
program that was already in
existence being operated
through the Literacy Volunteers
of America. And when their
funding for their coordinator
expired, I thought that the
county hoped to keep their pro-
gram going. My biggest fear now
is that, if it's bid out and our
cards are already laid on the
table and approved by the
county commission at a prior
meeting, somebody else could'
come in and get the money and
dd what they wanted with it. "
Mosconis responded, "Not with-
out our acknowledgement." He
continued, "The literacy pro-
ram ran out because their
funding ran out. We didn't have
the funding for this. We got the
funding from another source. It
may be a one year deal...it may
be two. So, let's play it by the
numbers. You've still got you're
program in place. It's not in any
jeopardy. And I don't know of
anyone else that's gonna bid.
You've got the background of
providing that [literacy] service.
I don't think there's any dan-
* Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum announce that
the CC land road was three-
tenths of one mile from being
covered with limerock. Crum
said that the cost of putting
down the limerock would cost
the county $9,000.
County Planner Alan Pierce
noted that the Federal Emer-
gency Management Administra-
tion (F.E.M.A.) indicated that
any such cost expended on the
CC land road would be reim-
burse, as the road was "not the
county's road to maintain dur-
ing a disaster."
* Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum requested and
received authorization to close
down the lower Trout Creek
Bridge in early January of 1996
for the purpose of repairing the
* The board approved paying
county employees overtime, in-
stead of Compensatory tifim; 'for
work performed after Hurricane
Opal. The board will pay the
employees overall approxi-
mately $12,000, which'is ex-
ended to come from F.E.M.A.
funding. Commissioner Toliver
motioned and the board unani-
mously agreed to pay county,
employees immediately to be
aid out of county contingency
funds and use the following
F.E.M.A. funding to replenish
the contingency funding.
* Bob Cambric of the Apalachee
Regional Planning Council re-
ported to the board that, of the
32 revolving loans (totaling
$87,000) that were given for di-
saster relief, 20 loan recipients
were current, one has ceased
operations, one recipient has
made only one payment, one
recipient was four payments
behind, three recipients were
three payments behind, one
was two payments behind and
five recipients were one pay-
ment behind.
"Since the acceptance of the
loans," said Cambric, "The bay
has been closed for two months
for greater than fifteen days."
The bay had been closed for
September and November. The
board had requested Cambric
to attend the 7 November meet-
ing, following complaints from
seafood dealers who insisted
that they were being asked to
make payments on their loans
while the bay was closed. Sea-
food dealers are not required to
make payments when the bay
is closed for more than fifteen
days. Cambric said that the
seafood dealers were incorrectly
billed for one month when the
bay was closed, which was Oc-
* Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson informed the board
that Mike Creek of Mike Creek
Sanitation Service had re-
quested that the county reim-
burse him for damage received
to his vehicle while at the land-

fill. Mr. Johnson asserted that
Creek's vehicle became lodged
in the landfill's sand when he

pulled off the road to make
room for an oncoming vehicle.
Johnson said that staff mem-
bers and individuals from the
work camp squad attempted to
push creek's vehicle from the
sand, but were unsuccessful.
He stated that staff members
then successfully pulled Creek's
vehicle from the sand with
heavy equipment. According to
Mr. Creek, the clutch and his
radiator were damaged when
his engine moved forward.
"I thought that we had a con-
tract with these hauls," said
Commissioner Ed Tolliver,
'That anytime they got stuck in
the landfill and we used heavy
equipment to get them out, we
had a clause in there that we
would not be held liable for any
Mr. Creek said he did not have
a contract with the landfill. Mr.
Creek said that the spotter with
the Job Training and Partner-
ship Act was riding his "packer
tractor" around the road, which
pushed loose sand on the sand
of the road.
Chairman Jimmy Mosconis
presented Mr. Creek with a gen-
eral release which was signed
by Mike Creek on 1 August
1991 that asserted that those
using the landfill will "hold
Franklin County harmless from
any claims or demands relating
thereto, including specifically
those of any employees of the
undersigned." As the board at-
tempted to continue to new
business, Creek asked, "So,
that's gonna be the end of it?"
He continued, "Now, is the
county gonna have the landfill
so we can drive in and drive out
without having to worry about
getting stuck?"

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Mike Creek.
Chairman Mosconis stated,
"We're been under extraordi-
nary times. We've had three
tropical storms last year and
two, tropical storms since, the
first of June this year. Things
happen and you've signed a re-
lease. We're gonna try to have a
suitable facility for people to
come and go. This is the first
time we've had anything like
this happen."
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson stated that, from 1
July 1994 through 30 June
1995, the solid waste depart-
ment has collected 10,776 tons
of solid waste. Johnson said
that, from that waste, 7,245
tons were class 1 (household)

"This is what we were con-
tracted with Argus [trash dis-
posal company] to remove from
the county." He continued, "And
that's with Apalachicola. With-
out Apalachicola, those figure
would be something like 4,400."
Johnson said that the solid
waste department would be ap-
proximately 506 tons short of
meeting contractual require-
ments. "And the contract calls
that we have to provide at least
5000 tons annually."
Mr. Johnson recommended
raising the tipping fees for class
1 waste by $7 per ton. The in-
crease will raise the tipping fee
to $69.15. "It's not per month;
it's based on the user. It de-
pends on how much waste they
generate." He continued, "Be-
cause we're short of the tonnage
necessary to meet our contract
obligations, it's gonna have to
be some adjustment made
"Basically, because Apalchicola
has changed to Waste Manage-
ment [disposal services]," said
Commissioner Bevin Putnal,
"Everyone in the county is
gonna have to pay more
money." Attorney Al Shuler felt
that the board had the author-
ity to force Apalachicola to pro-
cess their waste through the
county landfill. "ITs my opin-
ion that you do have a basis for
a lawsuit," said Shuler.
"I can't see making everybody
in the county that's not leaving
it [garbage] out pay more
money, because they [Apalachi-
cola City Commission] want to
be hardheaded," said Commis-
sioner Putnal. Chairman
Mosconis directed Attorney
Shuler to come back to the
board on the next meeting with
more options on the matter.
SCounty Engineer Joe Hamilton
submitted an amended ordi-
nance (# 93-5, the contractor's
construction industry licensing
ordinance) proposal to the
board -from the county licens-
ing board. "These amendments
are the result of meetings of the
construction Industry with the
licensing board." Hamilton said
that the amended ordinances
had been approved unani-
mously by the licensing board.
Mr. Hamilton pointed out that
the board had tabled the mat-
ter at their previous meeting.
Resident Brian Krytz spoke in
support of the amended ordi-
nance. "A lot of people were.tak-
ing this license and over using
it." Mr. Krytz stated that indi-
viduals with maintenance li-
censes were only allowed to re-
pair existing damages to facili-
ties. "A lot of people were using
this license to put on roofs and
they're not supposed to do that.
They're only allowed to repair
shingles on the roof. I would like
. the guidelines and the licens-
ing to keep the people in line."
Chairman Mosconis felt that
the amended ordinance was
"vague." County Planner Alan
Pierce recommended that the
amended ordinance presented
by the licensing board be ap-
proved. The board then ap-
proved the amended ordinance.
The board voted four to one
(Commissioner Dink Braxton
voting.nay) to advertise for a bid
to pave repair County Road 370
in Alligator Point and to pave

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courthouse. "I'm not willing to
pave one inch of anything until
we do something with the es-
cape road," said Commissioner
Braxton. He continued, "I've
had my jaws jacked many times
by that escape road."
Chairman Jimmy Mosconis ra-
tionalized that it would only
cost the county about $6,000
to pave the said areas, but over
$100,000 to pave the escape
road. Braxton countered, "If you
sit up here and vote to pave
another piece of road in the
county and don't something
with that escape road believe
me, the people will hang us."
Commissioner Ed Toliver re-
sponded, "No they won't. They
ain't gonna do that."
*The board voted to remove a
previous two dollar filing fees on
civil actions, which is used to
contract for legal services for
those individuals who are
handicapped; the board also
instituted a five dollar filing fee
to provide such services for in-
digent residents. County Attor-
ney AL Shuler noted, "That [fee
to aide handicapped individu-
als] was collecting more money

than was needed. There is an
ongoing need for legal services
for indigent people." Shuler said
that Legal Services of [North]
Florida requested that a five
dollar filing fees on all civil ac-
tions to be used for providing
legal services for those unable
to afford such services. Repre-
sentatives from legal services
stated that they anticipated a
loss in federal funds
by$312,000. Mrs. Christine
Knab of Legal services stated
that they screened each case
carefully and was only only to
serve approximately 20% of
those case brought before them.
County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan stated that the National
Sea Grant Program had re-
leased a poster to educate
boater on how to stop the
spread of zebra mussels.
Mahan said that studies have
shown that the common carp
may stop the spread of such
"exotic pests." He stated,
"They've [zebra mussels] been
a problem in the great lakes for
a number for a number of years.

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The Franklin Chronicle 17 November 1995 Page 3

4' Editoria and Commenta


While we do not want to take away Irom any of the savory food de-
lights offered by those depicted in the above photos, this last sea-
food festival experienced a distinct reduction in the amount of sea-
food product available to all attenders. The success of the county
association's oyster bar ably demonstrated the high popularity of oys-
ters on the half-shell. But there were few other offerings widely avail-
able. There were also more than a few remarks made about the short-
age of fin fish. This observer was prone to remark, "I thank you for
your concern. Perhaps you might recall just how you voted on the
net-ban, at a time when your appetite for the county's fresh seafood
product was not quite so close I know I was disappointed when
the church fundraiser I attended ran out of fish just after 12:30 p. m.
What a strange predicament.

Response to "Lawyer Bashing"

Dear Editor:
This letter is in response to Tom Markin's article "Lawyers, the Scourge
of America." First of all, Mr. Markin is basing his entire premise on
the assumption that lawyers seek out lawsuits. This simply is not
true. For the most part, clients seek out lawyers.
Furthermore, it is unfair to make the sweeping generalization that
"lawyers are responsible for the collapse of our criminal justice sys-
tem." Lawyers are not the sole representatives of our legal justice
system. The judges and juries make the decisions in a court of law,
not the lawyers.
Mr. Markin asserts that the legal profession holds no redeeming quali-
ties. He contends that "The lawyers have us by the throat, and they
are strangling our society and our economy as they pursue their evil
ends." We counter this argument by reminding Mr. Markin of the
ACLU and the various pro bono cases lawyers perform. We point to
cases where lawyers, through their legal prowess, have freed inno-
cent men and helped convict criminals. Justice is not always black
and white, and often we rely on lawyers to make sense of complicated
legalities. Although the legal system is not perfect, we shudder to
think what would happen without it.
Mr. Markin assumes that every person accused of a crime is guilty.
He states, 'They [lawyers] defend the animals who prey on us be-
cause there is big money to be made in protecting the 'rights' of these
criminals." Apparently, Mr. Markin has not read the U.S. Constitu-
tion as it clearly states that everyone is entitled to a fair trial and fair
representation under the law. \Every defendant has rights and is in-
nocent ui 'f' proven guilht. '
Mr. Marklnsiuggests that "the only thing that makes sense...is to put
all legal advice in the public sector." We sincerely hope that he doesn't
suggest the same course,of action in the medical profession. Like
lawyers, doctors are trained professionals. You wouldn't ask the re-
ceptionist for her diagnosis; why would you ask a law clerk for his
legal opinion?
Mr. Markin claims that "Lawyers have complete control of state and
federal legislative bodies and all judgeships." We suggest that lawyers
did not put these people into office, the voters did. The last time we
checked, lawyers did not make up the entire voting constituency. If
you want to lay blame on our government, Mr. Markin, you need to
start with yourself as do all citizens. "Shame on the American people" .
if we do not stop this "terrible blight" of lawyers? Your criticism and
shame will not change the state of government, only your vote will.

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Spanish-American War. 1898
Although the Spanish-American War did not occur until
1898, its origins date to the late 1860s, when Cuban revo-
lutionaries began their efforts to overthrow Spanish rule
on the island. As a result of its proximity to Cuba, Florida
played an active role in both the background to the war
and the war itself. Jose Marti visited Florida several times
during the 1890s, where he created the Cuban Revolution-
ary Party, an organization dedicated to Cuban indepen-
dence. Future Florida governor Napoleon B. Broward ran
guns to Cuba aboard his ship The Three Friends in the
years immediately before the war, gaining support for Cu-
ban independence among Floridians.

Following the outbreak of the war in 1898, Florida served
as a staging area for United States troops being sent to
Cuba. The Tampa Bay Hotel became the headquarters of
Major Generals Shafter and Wade who led the expedition
to Cuba. Some Florida coastal fortifications were modern-
ized to improve the state's defenses against a possible
Spanish attack.

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they will relocate their disaster loan assistance office as of Monday, 20 November. SBA staff will
be available at the Gulf County Courthouse Conference Room,. 1000 Fifth St, in Port St. Joe.
Call first, 1-800-462-9029 for tele-reglstratlon.
GF & A rails to trails
A community information meeting will be held on Thursday, 30 November from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00
p. m.at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center in Carrabelle, Fla on the 'Gopher, Frog and
Alligator Trail"

Views from Left Field

Whiskey and Rice
By Will Morris
In recent news, Senator Kirkpatrick has gotten himself hitched, tak-
ing a second job as President and Chief Executive Officer of the "In-
dependent Colleges and Universities of Florida," at an annual salary
of $100,000. This promises to be a fruitful marriage, as Senator
Kirkpatrick is also the Chairman of Florida's Senate Higher Educa-
tion Committee.
Amid heads shaking, subdued mutterings, and left over rice, the fol-
lowing question, once again, rears its ugly head: Is it proper for a
public official to be an employee, or an executive, of an organization
which he regulates? In other words, we don't need to be political sci-
entists to know, right off the bat, that something is amiss here.
The Florida Ethics Commission is officiating this "wedding" like a
sort of bureaucratic Justice of the Peace.
Our Ethics Commission has extended its blessings upon this honor-
able marriage, subject to the following implied prenuptial vows and
assurances: (1) the Honorable Legislator shall not represent his orga-
nization before the legislature; (2) the interests of his organization
shall not constitute a matter of recurring concern before his particu-
lar committee; and (3) his duties and responsibilities as an agent for
his organization shall not conflict with his duties and responsibilities
as a public official..
In such a conflicting situation, the Honorable Senator would, of course,
remove himself from the proceedings (say, to the nearest lobby).
Most of us are already familiar with questions of ethics. Many of us
have had occasion to witness unethical situations arising out of our
admittedly imperfect legal system. So we tend to imagine that an
ethics commission would base its' decisions on what is perceived as
ethical, regardless of the law. Otherwise, why have ethics commis-
sions? In matters of law, we already have the court system. Hmmm.
Fortunately for state and local officials in Florida, the Ethics Com-
mission is not a court of law in the normal sense. Its findings result
in advisories and recommendations, as opposed to criminal verdicts
and civil judgments, which would directly expose public officials to
the same system of justice as everyone else.
If I were a public official, I'd rather take my chances with an ethics
commission. It would probably stnke me as an excellent administra-
tive buffer between me and the courts. And, since there is only one
ethics commission, it would haven't become hopelessly overwhelmed
and dysfunctional if it seriously attempted to fulfill its mandate to
deal with every ethics violation at all state, county, and municipal
Will Rogers, who. once said that Arerica has the best politicians money
can buy, is not on record in regard to his opinions concerning America's
ethics commissions.
When our government repeatedly fails to deal effectively with per-
ceived compromise of public trust, outrage turns into apathy. Public
perception of public impropriety,begins to transform into a general
suspicion of institutional collusion.
Another perceptionbegins fo;grow among citizens: that their govern-
ment is becoming so hopelessly corrupted at all levels that they might
more profitably spend their time drinking whiskey and rye, singing
"Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie."
Then again, there is talk of a growing 'Throw the Bums Out" senti-
ment, where the public just votes out all elected officials who are
perceived to have failed the test of acting in the public interest..But
this course of action depends on waiting until the end of their elected
terms, in order to vote in a new bunch of officials, who might also
prove similarly disappointing.
And then this new bunch might claim some sort of "mandate," rea-
soning that our votes fall under the laws of implied consent. They
might waive some sort of "contract" that none of us can remember
Well, when you get to drinking whiskey and rye, you can wake up
with some pretty strange "documents" lying about, along with some
mighty strange bedfellows. Just ask America's original tenants.

Curmudgeon's Corner

By Tom Markin

Close Department of Education
In a recent speech on Farrakhan's Million Man March, Speaker of the
House Newt Gingrich stated that 74 percent of the fourth graders in
America were reading below grade level. Gingrich blasts the Ameri-
can education system for the problem. He said in his speech:
"You have schools that don't work, union rules that are crazy, levels
of expense that are nutty and you have an absolute rejection of the
scale of reform that is necessary to save the children. "
I have a suggestion that might help the dire education picture the
Speaker paints. Why don't we eliminate the role of the federal govern-
ment from education in our country. For starters, we could close the
national Department of Education. That would save a big chunk of
the 70 billion federal tax dollars that pass through the fed's grubby
little hands in the name of education.
The amount of money the feds have to play with is huge, and you can
believe the players skim off a fat chunk as salaries to "administer"
these funds. The DOE spends $33 billion a year administering 244
different programs which provide armies of bureaucrats with very
well paying "middle class welfare" jobs. The remainder of the $70
billion is spent by 30 other federal agencies on 308 programs which
the General Accounting Office says "often are duplicative and over-
The dismal figures go on and on. Some 90 federal preschool and child
care programs are supervised by 11 federal agencies and 20 offices
that target children of similar ages and provide similar services. There
are 86 federal programs in nine federal departments that provide
teacher training.
In case you haven't quit reading in disgust, here's some more bad
news. At least 46 federal programs administered by eight federal agen-
cies are working on something called youth development. (Whatever
that is.) Fourteen different programs provide food and food related
One area with which I am personally familiar is the programs that
are supposed to be providing employment and training assistance to
the poor and disadvantaged. There are at ledst 163 of these programs
spread out among 15 departments and agencies. As an administra-
tor at a vocational-technical center, I was involved with the famous
C.E.T.A. program. The only thing this program provided was a num-
ber of cushy jobs for the "counselors" of the program. People in the
vocational field believe there is minimal positive results from these
Besides wasting billions of dollars, the federal education programs
saddle school districts with costly paperwork that saps local educa-
tion funds. A recent survey of Ohio school districts reported schools
must complete 173 federal report forms.
The federal government meddling in local education is a recent phe-
nomenon. The D.O.E. was created as a payoff to the National Educa-
tion Association for its early endorsement of Jimmy Carter's presi-
dential campaign in 1976. It has continued to grow as a bureaucratic
cancer ever since.
In the ensuing years since the inception of the D.O.E. public educa-
tion results have spiraled downward. For example, Scholastic Apti-
tude Test scores are down 35 points since 1972. As mentioned by
Gingrich, only 24 percent of our 4th graders are reading at grade
level, and 77 percent of 8th graders are below grade level in math.
The list of declines goes on and on.
Former Secretari.es of Education Lamar Alexander and Bill Bennett
recently issued a statement pertaining to the D.O.E. They said: "The
D.O.E. operates-from the deeply erroneous belief that American par-
ents, teachers, communities, and states are too stupid to raise their
own children, run their own schools, and make their own decisions."
The two former secretaries concluded that Congress should abolish
the Department of Education. Who could know better that this is the
proper action to take?
Political analyst Phyllis Schlafly sums it up nicely. "Public schools in
America were vastly superior before the federal government turned
on the funding faucet. It's time to write finis to federal aid to educa-
tion and return that $70 billion per year to the American people in
tax cuts."

Opinion from Southeastern

Fisheries Association, Inc

D.E.P. to Enforce Mullet Rule Prohibiting Fishing in
Federal Waters
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection in a letter to
SFA on October 20, 1995, notified Southeastern Fisheries Associa-
tion that it intends to enforce Rule 46-39.005(3), which prohibits the
harvest of mullet in all state and federal waters outside three nauti-
cal miles.
This is the latest attempt by the Marine Fisheries Commission to
extend its control over federal resources in federal waters and may be
challenged in federal court. The MFC and DEP refuse to obey the
rulings of federal courts and continue to ignore the adjudicated fed-
eral rights of the fishermen that have been hard.won through a series
of federal cases.
The State only recently had to pay David Paul Horan over $100,000
in legal fees for it's attempt to prevent the landing of Spanish Mack-
erel. A federal magistrate told DEP they couldn't prohibit the harvest
and landing of Jack Crevalle from federal waters, yet again the state
makes the fishermen go back to federal court to protect their rights.
There should be a process making regulators, who ignore federal court
orders, suffer the consequences financially as they have made the
fishermen suffer.
MFC to Hold Oyster Meeting in the Keys
The luxurious Cheeca Lodge, one of former President Bush's favorite
fishing spots, will be the site of the December MFC meeting here the
trawling rule will be discussed. This makes a long trip for the people
primarily impacted by by the MFC's trawl rule and very tough on
those people in the Panhandle who have to drive ten hours down and
ten hours back to get 5 minutes before the Commission. It's even
tough on those that only have to drive 3 to 5 hours for their 5 min-
utes. Such are the vagaries of regulatory action these days. The meeting
begins at 9 am on Monday, 2 December 1995.
MFC Tells Cabinet to "Stick It in Their Ear"
The Florida Marine Fisheries Commission, voted 6 to 1 to tell the
Governor and Cabinet to stay out of their business by resubmitting
their highly controversial shrimp rule that prohibits trawling for ev-
erything but shrimp.
At the Sarasota MFC meeting, Senator Charles Crist goaded the Com-
missioners to send the rule back to the Governor and Cabinet in the
same form. Crist pointed out that 72% of the people voted to ban nets.
Crist failed to point out that 72% of the people also voted to allow trawls
and other types of nets up to 500 square feet in the inshore and
nearshore waters of the state of Florida..
The commercial fishing industry has already told the Governor and
Cabinet that it had no intention of trawling for any of the popular
types of fish that are caught predominately by the anglers but wants
to trawl for mullet, croaker, spot and baitfish.
Commissioner McElvey was livid after the Governor & Cabinet voted
to send the rule back to the MFC and wrote numerous letters criticiz-
ing the role of the Cabinet. Much of McElvey's rhetoric appeared in
selected outdoor columns.
From Hotlines, November 1995

Paoe 4 17 November 1995 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Inkspots Drippin Local

with Harmony Fundraiser
"Big" Success

'The Big Brothers/Big Sisters pro-
gram in Franklin county spon-
t scored several events during Sea-
food Festival weekend to help in-
crease public awareness and raise
funds. The program had an am-
bitious schedule, including a food
booth, the King Retsyo Ball on
I Saturday night, and participating I
in the Saturday morning parade.
Frank Williams, a local board .
member, credits the success of -
these events to the many volun- ,j
.' e teers who contributed their time '
\ e to help the kids of Franklin -
county. "It was inspiring to see the
enthusiasm and excitement of our .
volunteers," he stated. "Their hard
work really paid off and all our
kids will benefit." N

It was a renaissance of jazz and
soul on November 4 at Sam's
Place in Apalachicola as the
Inkspots permeated 8th Street
with rhythm and blues and mu-
sical harmony.
"We've played before kings,
queens and monarchs," stated
lead singer Bobby Sykes, "And
we've played for the Kennedys;
we made our first hit in nineteen
hundred and thirty-eight when it
was just us and the Mills Broth-
ers playing our kind of music."
As Smoke flooded from each fil-
ter, the "Spots" kicked off the
evening with their shining brass
horns pounding jazz and feeding
off the energy of those assembled.
An approximately two hour jazz
fusion found men and woman
dancing furiously without re-
serve. Saxophone player Barry
Calimese kept the scene hopping
as he and fellow Inkspot musi-
cians played their version of du-
eling brass. Original bass player
Bill Fuller evened out the high
notes with his mellow handed
The InkspotS shifted gears later
in their show and performed the
melodic medleys as "We'll Meet
Again" that have made them
known world-wide. Lead singer
Bobby Sykes from New Y6rk City
led the riveting harmony with a-
string of love songs. "We under-
stand that, without our audience,
we wouldn't be anywhere. We've

basically been doing the same
thing we've always done and
people seem to like our sounds as
much as they did when we first
While the music poured almost
perfectly from the stage, band
members also interacted with
audience on a very personal level
from both the stage and the floor.
Brass player Barry Calimese
helped to shed light on the mean-
ing of the band's name. He ex-
plained that the Inkspots named
themselves after an old-fashioned
Asian fountain pen that splattered
ink quite frequently. "But that
was such a long time ago," said
Calimese, "I'm not even sure why
we decided to name ourselves af-
ter a fountain pen."
As the band took a break, the
show featured the Big Mama of
Soul, who took presence and sang
with the aid of a music box be-
hind her. Interacting with the au-
dience, Big Mama teased and
taunted and even sat her respect-
able girth on one audience par-
ticipant for an entire version of
"The Last Dance."
"I'm just trying to bring a relaxed
atmosphere to the area," said
Chauncey Ford (owner of Sam's
Place), "I want the type of climate
where all of the people feel com-
fortable." Inkspot musician Bobby
Sykes also noted, "Chauncey
(Ford) is my nephew and he just
wanted to bring a little bit of class
to the area."

M -

A team of volunteers from Talla-
hassee arrived on Friday to assist
in the events. Local volunteers
provided manpower to operate
and plan the events. These vol-
unteers included Michael Shuler,
Gene Osburn, Jack Osburn, Terry
and Kim Osburn, Bob Patrick,
Larry Hale, Howard and Elle
Jones, Bruce Causey, and Brent
The goal of Big Brothers/Big Sis-,
ters is to provide adult role mod-:
els to children from single parent
families, especially those children
who demonstrate a special need.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters is the
only national youth serving orga-
nization based on the warmth of
one-to-one friendship between an
adult volunteer and a child from
a single parent home who needs
that special, extra attention. Each
volunteer simply makes a com-
mitment to spend three to six
hours per week with a Little
Brother or Little Sister-caring,
sharing experiences, and just
having fun!
If you would like to become a Big
Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer, or
know a child who may be in need
of this service, contact Frank Wil-
liams at 653-8523. The program
has a great need for adults to
match with children in Franklin





Franklin County's Florida Seafood
Festival drew over 9,000 paid ad-
missions on Saturday November
4, and approximately 11,000 in-
dividuals visited the festival
grounds for the three day affair.
However, prior to the event, roof-
ing nails were reported scattered
Along Highway 98, down Avenues
C and D and along the bridge of
St. George Island. The only leads
That the Apalachicola Police De-
partmient have been left with are
that the nails were not purchased
within the confines of Franklin
County. Over 200 flat tires have
been report as a result of the scat-
tered nails.
Beyond the initial flat reception
experienced by some festival
goers, most organizations and
fund raising events have reported
an above-average festival.
.Fundraising efforts conducted by
the Apalachicola High School Se-
niors, the Franklin County Hu-
mane Society, the St. Patrick
Catholic Church, The AME
Church and the American Legion
have all reported moderate to ex-
ceptional fundraising efforts.
Wallace Hill, who helped to coor-
dinate a fundraiser for the Apala-
chicola High School Seniors, said
that over $500 was raised by sell-
ing parking spaces during the fes-
tival. Fr. Roger of the St. Patrick
Catholic Church said that
fundraising efforts were doubled
this year. "We could not keep the
chicken and ribs on the grill and
the gumbo was sold out by 3 p.m.
on Saturday." Reverend Curry of
the AME Church stated that he
expected well over $2,000 to be
raised by the festival's end.

The Apalchicola Oyster Dealers
reported that over 5,000 dozen
oysters were exhausted by the
festival's end. Each paid admis-
sion on November 4 was awarded
one dozen complimentary oysters.
SSome of the contest winners in-
cluded: Mick Thompson of
'Freeport, FL, who won the oyster
eating contest. Mr. Thompson
courageously engulfed 20 dozen
Oysters and triumphed over nine
other contestants. Archie Miller of
Nokomis was also named the win-
.ner of the oyster shucking con-

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Homeowner Board from page 1
While residency in the Plantation, according to some arguments, was
not a relevant issue, others complained that non-resident Directors
were not very familiar with the day-to-day operational problems, even
though the Board's exercise of authority is limited to policy matters.
The barrage of memoranda and letters, some promulgated by an-
other group formed within the membership called the Concerned Prop-
erty Owners, (CPO), contained arguments that the current board,
comprised of a non-resident majority, had done nothing to settle the
matter involving an agreement with Dr. Ben Johnson and his Resort
Village development at Nick's Hole. The controversy extended more
deeply into the legality of that agreement and its adoption at an ear-
lier membership meeting-still steaming throughout many meetings
of the 1995 Board of Directors.
Now, Board meetings are to be held monthly instead of every other
month. The CPO fight against the Resort Village proposals to install a
wastewater plant involved hiring a lawyer, stimulating opposition cries
about repeating previous litigation expenses which cost the Associa-
tion over $200,000 in earlier years.
Each faction accused the other of conveying "misinformation",
"disinformation" or deceptive arguments to the membership through
Their election broadsides, letters and pamphlets. This continued up
to the time with of the election on Saturday, 12 November, with accu-
sations and loud rhetoric continuing after the meeting when the votes
had already been taken.
Board member Pam Amato took over the meeting after Lou Vargas
obtained a vote to adjourn, and left the assembly with Hank Kozlowsky
while many members remained to-participate in the "post-meeting"
Kozlowsky, in his election speech, warned the membership if two
members from the "other slate" were elected to the Board, the Asso-
ciation would be "held hostage" for the next year. His rhetoric was
met with a very loud, negative response, and a lone voice kept repeat-
ing, "Enough is enough..."
Interestingly, Kozlowsky had been appointed by Lou Vargas when an
opening on the Board occurred three years earlier. Richard Plessinger
had obtained the highest vote count among the losers in the previous
election, and many recommended that he take the vacant position.
But Vargas appointed Kozlowsky instead. Now, in the recent election,
Plessinger received the highest vote count, and took his position on
the Board as an elected member.
The meeting began about 10 a.m. with welcoming remarks by Presi-
dent Lou Vargas and a status report of Plantation Affairs by Manager
Wayne Gleasman. Gleasman spoke on developments at the airport,
repairs of the dune walkovers, Hurricane Opal damage, the new fire
station and resurfacing Leisure Lane.
Then, each candidate for the Board of Directors spoke briefly. Pam
Amato lead the group with her remarks. In a long speech, well over
the allotted six minutes for each candidate, she reiterated her con-
cerns for the Plantation and its future, outlining a program to in-
crease involvement by more members. While comparatively few votes
were affected by all the candidate's remarks, since nearly 400 ballots
had been sent in by mail, about 45-60 votes had been taken that day,
according to Wayne Gleasman, association manager. Hank Kozlowsky's
speech stirred the most audible response. Jim Bachrach's remarks
may have been the most humorous when he told the assembly that
his job is to treat emotionally disturbed children and their families
and that this "...had come in handy in sitting as a Director on this
At an Organization meeting held at 4 p.m. after election results were
counted and announced, John Gelch was voted by the Board as new
President of the Association, relieving Lou Vargas. The Board also
elected Bill Hartley as Vice President of the Association and Richard
Plessinger as Secretary-Treasurer.

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The Honorable Judge F. E. Steinmeyer
Frank T. Williams,
Assistant State Attorney
Kevin Steiger,
Assistant Public Defender
Franklin County Court House
November 14, 1995

Ashley Bradshaw: Charged with three counts of Sexual Battery, the
defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for trial on December 11, 1995. The defendant
was represented by Attorney David Brooks Kundlin.
Sandra Massey Clark: Charged with one count of Possession of More
than Twenty Grams of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,
Possession with Intent to Sell Cannabis and Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the Charges.
The defendant has been accused of stealing $300 from the purse of
Kim Neel while riding in Ms. Neel's vehicle on August 10. According
to the probable cause report, Ms. Neel stated that she had given the
defendant a ride in her vehicle. Neel said that she had $1,500 in her
purse, which was on the floorboard on the passenger's side. Accord-
ing to Ms. Neel, approximately $300 was missing from her purse when
Ms. Clark left her vehicle.

According to the probable cause report, Joe White, a friend to Ms.
Clark, told investigators that Ms. Clark had "a large amount of money"
on August 11. Furthermore, Lynn Guthrie, mother of Jamie Guthrie,
told investigators that Ms. Clark and her son Jamie had traveled to
Tallahassee and used crack cocaine for the entire evening of August
10. Ms. Guthrie said that her son indicated that Ms. Clark had pur-
chased the crack cocaine. Ms. Clark stated that she had found her
money in the restroom of a Sunshine Junior-Store in Sopchoppy.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on De-
cember 11. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Daniel Albert Dillon, Jr.: Charged with one count of Possession of
more than Twenty Grams of Cannabis and Cultivation of Cannabis,
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge of Possession of less
than Twenty Grams of Cannabis.
Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced
him to six months of probation. As a condition of the defendant's
probation, he must obtain his G.E.D. within six months. Addition-
ally, Judge Steinmeyer ordered the defendant to pay $255 in court
costs and fined him $100 Judge Steinmeyer also ordered the defen-
dant to complete 25 hours of community service.
Lucille Geter: Charged with one count of Public Assistance Fraud,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty as charged
The defendant had been accused of obtaining food stamps with false
information from the period of March 24, 1994 to July 31, 1994. Ms.
Geter allegedly claimed Thomas Rosier as a household member, while
he was actually incarcerated. The defendant had failed to report such
information until July 28, 1994.
Initially, the Assistant State Attorney and Public Defender had agreed
to have the defendant serve one year of probation and pay $466.00 in
restitution to the State of Florida for the money that was fraudulently
received. However, Judge Steinmeyer objected to the arrangement. "I
have a problem with this. She has stolen money from the State of
Florida and all you're asking her to do is pay the money back just
because she got caught." Steinmeyer concluded, "There's got to be

some penalty involved in stealing from the State of Florida."
After a brief conference, both the prosecution and defense agreed to
add 50 hours of community service as conditions of the defendant's
probation. Judge Steinmeyer accepted the arrangemerit and with-
held adjudication. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jamie Davis Guthrie: Charged with one count of Possession of more
than Twenty Grams of Cannabis, Driving while License was Sus-
pended or Revoked and Cultivation of Cannabis, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
case management on December 11, 1995. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Smith Harris: Charged with one count of Principal Armed Rob-
bery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on December
11, 1995. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Milton Ray Hatfield: Charged with one count of Possession of more
than Twenty Grams of Cannabis and Cultivation of Cannabis, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
The defendant was allegedly observed via National Guard helicopter
by Officer Greg Morris. According to the probable cause report, the
defendant was spotted carrying cannabis plants. The report noted
that "there was a clear trail leading from the northwest corner of the
trailer (where the defendant was located) to the cannabis.' According
to Officer Morris, the defendant stated that the recovered cannabis
belonged to him, but was not used for sale.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on De-
cember 11, 1995. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Wordsworth F. Irving: Charged with Sexual Battery on a Child Under
Sixteen Years Old, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
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Come stroll the festivally decorated avenues and storefronts
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The Franklin Chronicle 17 November 1995 Page 5

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Paee 6 17 November 1995 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Dockets, from page 5
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger requested on behalf of the
defendant that Judge Steinmeyer set a bond. "He wants the opportu-
nity to get out and work to support his family and his wife," Steiger
continued by stating that the defendant had been a resident of Fran-
klin County for the last 20 years and that the defendant's nephew
had offered to house Mr. Irving.
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams pointed out that the defen-
dant was not a citizen of the united stated. "There's a risk that he will
flee to South America. If you let him out on bond, there is a good
chance that that we will not see him again."
Judge Steinmeyer stated, "This is a capital case and he is not entitled
to bond. The defendant faces life in prison if convicted. If I did set a
bond, it would have to be so high that he (the defendant) couldn't
possibly pay it."
The defendant's wife, Annie Irving, pleaded that a bond be set for her
husband. "We have three children and there is no way to provide for
them without him (Irving). We'll have to go to the welfare system and
I don't want to do that. There's no work for people in Franklin County.
I've applied to several different places for jobs."
Judge Steinmeyer set bond at $250,000 and continued the case for
case management on January 8, 1995. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Lane Lee: Charged with one count of False Imprisonment,
Disorderly Intoxication, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Criminal
Mischief and Battery, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges
of Disorderly Intoxication, Criminal Mischief and Battery.
The defendant allegedly locked his girlfriend Heather Mahon in the
restroom of the Edgewater Bar and assaulted her on October 27,
1995 after his sexual advances were rejected. According to the prob-
able cause report, the defendant punched Mahon in the jaw twice
and slammed her head against the restroom wall several times. The
defendant allegedly left the bar that evening when he found out that
the bartender had called the police.
Officer Alligood noted that he found the defendant at a convenience
store and brought him to the Edgewater Bar for questioning. Alligood
said that, while the defendant was left in the patrol car, he ques-
tioned witnesses Ron Kwiatkowski and Les Marcham. The witnesses
said that they heard a commotion in the restroom and observed the
defendant slamming Mahon's head against the wall when the door
While Alligood conducted his investigation, he was informed that Mr.
Lee was no longer in the patrol car. Officer Alligood reported that the
rear side of the driver's side window was broken and that the defen-
dant was missing from the vehicle when he inspected the situation.
Alligood stated that he was then informed that the defendant was
back in the Edgewater Bar. Alligood reported that the defendant was
then spotted in the back of the bar using the pay phone.'According to
the officer, the defendant dropped the phone and ran out of the back
door when he saw Officer Alligood. Officer Alligood said that he had
to chase the defendant through the woods on the north side of the
bar before apprehending Mr. Lee.
Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to six months of proba-
tion and ordered him to pay $155 in court costs. As a condition of the
defendant's probation, the defendant must successfully complete the
P.A.V.E. (Providing Alternatives to Violence with Education) Program.
The defendant was also also ordered to refrain from making any con-
tact with Heather Mahon and to refrain from consuming alcohol.
John F. Lee: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Check, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer sen-
tenced the defendant to one year of probation, ordered him to pay
$255 in court costs, $350 in restitution to the IGA and to perform 25
hours of community service.
Before Judge Steinmeyer decided to withhold adjudication, he asked
the defendant if he had any previous convictions. The defendant stated
that he did not have any previous convictions. However, a statement
from the National Crime Information Computer indicated that the
defendant had charges of Burglary of a Controlled Substance and
Possession of a Controlled Substance. "I've never been charged with
anything like that," said the defendant. He stated that he had once
been pulled over once for a broken tail light within city limits. The
said offenses occurred in Illinois and the defendant noted that he
was from Illinois. "I don't recall any of those other charges;" said the
The prosecution noted that the said offenses drew a five year prison
term. "He would have remembered that," said Judge Steinmeyer. Judge
Steinmeyer said that he would give the defendant the benefit of the
doubt and accept the plea that was entered. However, Steinmeyer did
order the defendant to be fingerprinted to determine if there were any
previous convictions. "If those prints (fingerprints) match up and you
do have prior convictions, I'm gonna set this plea aside and bring you
back before me on perjury charges."
Judge Steinmeyer withheld adjudication. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Ben Mullins: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft
and Burglary of a Dwelling, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the
The defendant allegedly burglarized the home of his ex-wife Donna
Mullins on August 29, 1995. Ms. Mullins, who noted that her home
in Carrabelle was used to store property, resides in Tazewell, Tennes-
see. She stated that her ex-husband had called her and said that he
was going to take "everything" from her Carrabelle home and that
"she was not getting it back."
Approximately $2000 worth of property was taken from the Carra-
belle home. According to the probable cause report, Mickey Hurst
(mother to Ms. Mullins), saw the defendant unloading property into
his Tennessee home that appeared to belong to her daughter. Officer'
Alligood reported that he believes that the defendant used the condi-
tions of Hurricane Erin as a shield to prevent him from being noticed
or caught.
The defendant was later arrested on a warrant in Tennessee.
Judge Steinmeyer withheld adjudication and ordered the defendant
to pay $125 in court costs within thirty days of November 13, 1995.
The defendant's ex-wife, who was in the court, asked Judge Steinmeyer
to drop the provision of "no contact" between the defendant and her.
"He brought all the stuff back," said Ms. Mullins. Judge Steinmeyer
dropped the said provision.

Arthur James Patin: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Struc-
ture, Shooting into a Building or Dwelling and Battery, the defendant
pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Reckless Display of a Fire-
arm. Judge Steinmeyer withheld adjudication and sentenced the de-
fendant to one year of probation. Judge Steinmeyer also fined the
defendant $105. The defendant was represented by Attorney Frank
E. Shefflel'd.
Melinda Yon Payne: Charged with one count of Grand Theft and Vio-
lation of Probation,the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on Janu-
ary 8, 1996.
David R. Pool: Charged with one count of Trespassing on a Structure,
Resisting Arrest with Violence, Criminal Mischief and Disorderly In-
toxication, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on December
11, 1995.
Brent Roulhac: Charged with one count of Armed Robbery with a
Firearm, the defendant pleaded No Contest to Armed Robbery with a
Deadly Weapon. Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to one
year in the Probation and Rehabilitation Center in Tallahassee and
granted 46 days of jail credit for time served. He sentenced the defen-
dant to three years of probation and 50 hours of community service
to follow. Judge Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $382
in restitution to Rita Long and $255 in court costs. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael T. Scott: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on De-
cember 11, 1995. The defendant was represented by Attorney Bar-
bara Sanders.
Michael Forrest Shuler: Charged with one count of sexual assault,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
The defendant allegedly assaulted a 17 year old girl that he met on
September 3, 1995 on St. George Island Beach. According to the prob-
able cause report, the defendant initially committed digital penetra-
tion on the victim against her will. Afterwards, he ripped the victims'
shorts off and penetrated her with his penis. He later, according to
the report, forced her to perform fellatio on him.
The defendant, who is 17, is being charged as an adult. Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger requested on behalf of the defendant
that the court release the defendant from house arrest in order to
allow the defendant to seek employment. While the prosecution ob-
jected to such a measure, Judge Steinmeyer allowed the defendant to
seek employment for one week. After that period, the defendant must
either have secured a job or he will be placed back on house arrest. "I
don't want you running around the streets. If you're out doing any-
thing other than work and school, you're gonna be in trouble. We've
got a juvenile crime problem here and this is just an example."
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on Janu-
ary 8, 1996. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Doug Topham: Charged with Cultivation of Cannabis, Possession of
more than Twenty Grams of Cannabis and Possession with Intent to
Sell Cannabis, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
According to theprobable cause report, Officer Greg Morris and Agent
Holloway observed the defendant and another individual cutting can-
nabis plants while in a National Guard Helicopter. Officer Morris noted
that the two individuals ran when they observed the helicopter. He
said that he spotted the defendant approximately twenty yards from
his trailer, though the other individual eluded the officers in the woods.
Agent Holloway later arrested the defendant and collected twenty
grams of cannabis. .
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on Janu-
ary 8,1996. The defendant was presented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Kenneth L. Wallace: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
The defendant allegedly threatened his ex-girlfriend Marie Hendels
with' a knife when he observed her with a new boyfriend. According to
the probable cause report, th defendant grabbed his ex-girlfriend
and began pulling her to his vehicle to leave with him. When she
refused, he allegedly threatened her with a large knife.:'
Judge Steinmeyer continued~tfe case for case-management on No-
vember 17. The defendant vwatsrepresented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Dan Brown: Charged with one count of Escape, the defendant had
pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
The defendant, A Franklin Work Camp inmate, allegedly escaped from
public work squad #2 on May 2, 1995, which was under the supervi-
sion of Frankie Fennell. The defendant had been serving a 14 year
sentence. His tentative release-date was November 22, 1995.
Judge Steinmeyer reset the case for case management on December
11, 1995, because the defendant was in custody at Gulf Correctional
Institution. Judge Steinmeyer appointed Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger to represent the defendant.

Richard Barnett, Jr.: Charged with Third Degree Grand Theft, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for case management on December 11, 1995. The
defendant was represented by Attorney J. Joseph Hughes.
Jermaine J. Earl: Charged with. one count of Second Degree Murder,
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Aggravated Fleeing
and Eluding, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on January 24, 1996.
Antawn Jerome Fludd: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest
with Violence, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arresting without Vio-
lence and Battery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on December 14, 1995.
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James Don Glass: Charged with one count of Possession of more
than Twenty Grams of Cannabis, Possession with the Intent to Sell
Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant
pleaded-Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for case management on December 11, 1995. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Stephen S. Dobson, III.
Robert L. Jones: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery Upon a
Child Under Sixteen Years Old, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the charge. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case manage-
ment on January 8, 1996. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Christopher W. Knowles: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged
Check and Forgery, the defendant failed to appear for his pre-trial
hearing. Judge Steinmeyer issued a capias for the arrest of the defen-
dant for failing to appear for his court date.
David Martin: Charged with one count of Interference with Custody,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pre-trial on December 11, 1995. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Andrew O'Neal: Charged with one count of Battery on a Law Enforce-
ment Officer and two counts of Battery, the defendant pleaded Not
Guilty to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for Case
management on December 11, 1995. The defendant-was represented
by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Tyrone Patterson, Jr.: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance and Resisting Arrest with Violence, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for case management on December 11, 1995. The defendant'
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Robert Ray: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Petit
The defendant allegedly stole a $300 money order while he was work-
ing at the Sunshine Jr. Store #52. According to the probable cause
report, the defendant was asked to clean out the store's money order
machine on August 9, which had been jammed with money orders
the previous day.
The defendant noted that he found a ripped money order on August
9, which he claimed to have thrown away upon discovery of the item.
A Gulf State Bank cashier, however, did note that she cashed a money
order for the defendant for the amount of $300.
Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to six months of probation. As a condition of his probation, the
defendant agreed to obtain his G.E.D. The defendant was also or-
dered to pay $155 in court costs,$320 in restitution to the Sunshine
Jr. Food Store and was ordered to stay off of the Jr. Store's property.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Charles R. Savage: Charged with one count of Carrying a Concealed
Firearm, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge
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Continued on page 8

Developer gets Judgment

Against St. George Homeowners


Bob Herren has won a $161,000 judgment against the St. George
Island Plantation Homeowner's Association. Judge Wallace Joplin
made his oral opinion last Monday, 12 November 1995, following
several months of litigation which began in March 1990.
Two issues in the instant case remain. (1) A determination of
attorney's fees, now expected to be about $32,805, and (2) whether
the appreciation of Herren's property values in the Plantation, a
St. George Island development, might affect the final judgment when
the written opinion is released. For the present, attorneys for both
sides are filing memoranda with the Court.
The lawsuits involved an alleged breach of an agreement between
Herren and the Homeowner's Association stemig.from three
"contracts"or documents alleged to be contracts. Inr986, the first
document approved use of the property for a dry dock and marina
and the Homeowners agreed not to oppose such use. A second
document consisted of minutes of a 1988 Association Board meet-
ing which approved division of the three acres into 12 homesites,
less than one acre each.
Judge Joplin discarded the minutes document.. But, he found
the third agreement to bind the Homeowner's Association, in what
has been known as the "Andrew Jackson agreement".
Herren was found by the Judge to be a Third Party Beneficiary of
that agreement even though he purchased the property before the
Andrew Jackson agreement was signed by the Association and other
parties. Herren purchased the three acre tract in 1988. In the
period that followed, the proposals for a marina and dry dock were
moved to the Sikes Cut. Franklin County has approved a lower
number of lots if the property installed septic tanks. Herren has
also sued Franklin County for damages resulting in density limits
of five units on three acres.That litigation is still pending as well.
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vs. Bass

Toi rnaments
Angling for Answers .
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By Debe Beard

Bass fishing enthusiasts and
Apalachicola's city commissioners
again grappled with the question
of what impact fishing tourna-
ments held at the City Marina
have on the area and how they
should be paid for.
A bass fishing tournament held
at the Marina in September drew
complaints from a number of citi-
zens, prompting the commission ob
too propose an ordinance that problem
establishes a $500 fee for the use tion, whi
of the boat basin and adjacent to come
areas. Tournament organizers Mayor Be
claim the fee to be insulting, and the boar
designed to drive them away from Commui
the area. Mayor Bobby Howell Grants
agreed, saying the reason for the 1) the Ri
fee was to discourage tourna- for repair
ments. paving
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both of whom stressed the posi- Commis
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tournaments have on the area. to rest
Both men also advocated a $21- Lafayette
per-boat launching fee, instead of aged du]
the flat $500 rate.
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saw 103 boats launched at the spreadin
city marina, Creel said that ap- through
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and casting them into musical
shapes that provided Sullivan the
opportunities for a burlesque of
musical conventions.
Gilbert was educated as an attor-
ney. His career in drama began
with "The Little Duck and the
Great Quack." He started work-
ing with Sullivan in 1870, with Ri-
chard D'Oyly Carte staging their
productions in 1875, including
"H .M. S. Pinafore" in 1878. He
died in 1911 of a heart attack af-
ter rescuing a woman from
Sullivan, the son of an Irish mu-
sician whabecame bandmaster at
the Royal Military,College and an
Italian mother, composed the
music for his first comic opera
with Burnand's "Cox and Box," in
1867. He also wrote many hymn
tunes, including "Onward, Chris-
tian Soldiers," and the song "The
Lost, Chord." He was knighted in
1883. Gilbert and Sullivan were
estranged from 1889 to 1893 over
what Sullivan regarded as the ar-
tificial nature of Gilbert's plots
and "stupid lines," and Sullivan's
desire to compose other types of
The action in "H. M. S. Pinafore"
takes place on the ship's quarter-
deck, off Portsmouth, England.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter,
K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the
Bath), First Lord of the Admiralty,
who "never thinks at all," is played
by Wallace Floyd, who advises us
to "stick cldse to your desk and
never go to sea, and you all may
be rulers of the Queen's Navee."


Virginia Harrison plays cousin
Hebe, one of Sir Joseph's "sisters
and his cousins, whom he reck-
ons up by dozens, and his aunts!"
Among those who arrive aboard
Sir Joseph's barge and "its crowd
of blushing beauty" are Olga
Nichols, Margaret Boone, Edith
Edwards, Barbara Hartsfield,
Barbara Siprell, Jenny Edmiston,
and Meghan Gunter, supported
by Eugenia Watkins, Mary Vir-
ginia Robinson, Ruth Eckstine,
and Chilton McPheeters.
Madeline Poole is "Sweet Little
Buttercup," a Portsmouth
bumboat woman with a mysteri-
ous past who sells various goods
to the crew. Among the crewmen
who "sail the ocean blue," with the
right "attitude," and their "saucy
ship's a beauty" are Bedford
Watkins and Royce Hodge. Dick
Deadeye played by Norman Boyd
is the trouble maker of the crew,
while Jimmy Miller as the boat-
swain keeps things shaped up.
Tom Adams "rends the air with
warbling wild" as the carpenter.
But "never mind the why and
wherefore, love can level ranks
and therefore," everything goes
from bad to worse until "oh joy,
oh rapture unforeseen, the cloudy
sky is now serene," a happy end-
ing is achieved. The whole thing
irritated Queen Victoria so much
that Gilbert was not knighted
until 1907.
Nancy Totman is director, and
Karl Lester is the accompanist.
Paula Webb is the prompter.
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by the Apalachicola Area Histori-
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the community through pro-
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those who are not season con-
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Published every other Friday

Mitchell Hicks from page 1.
In some instances local houses, having bought oysters from out-of-
state would not buy locally...An'd, then you've got 25 or so men out of
work for a week. Or they could shuck what the dealer just bought, at
a cheaper price. One or two dealers needed enough money to payoff
his overhead. He looked after himself instead of the employees...There
some very loyal county people, like Mr. George Kirvin or Mr. Cecil
Varnes...[I worked a lot of their crews]. I've seen some dealers take
losses sometimes just to keep the local help employed. To be sure
that his crew got their work in. He'd buy the oysters [anyway]; he
would buy more oysters than he needed to fill his orders.
I worked the houses as a canner. was 15 when I started work with
Mr. Varnes. Times were hard then. My dad and mom busted up. I
took it upon myself to pull out of school...and went to work...I shrimped
and oystered with my dad when I was about nine years old. Then, I
oystered with Mr. Tommy Creamer. He would get me on weekends
while I was still in school...
I worked in seafood from 15 to 20 years of age.

Leisure Time Activity
We had a small walk-in theater...We had a drive-in. We had a roller-
rink.. .That was out on the Bluff road.. .Then you had the Canteen.. .You
had a dance hall...Mrs. Zingarella was the manager.. .Right there where
the park's at, that's where your teenagers would come. You couldn't
get in until you were thirteen. You couldn't get in if you were twenty.
Teenagers only. Now, all of that is gone. Then, it was the ridin', goin'
up and down the road, seeing your buddy and honking. You would
also gather up and down the rivers. I participated in all them good
actions. I was just like any other down there. Had my good times, my
ups and downs.
There's a lot of us still there-that I went to school with, I'm sure...Chris
Hendles. His father was Chief of Police...All of my old flames have
moved out of Apalachicola. Deborah Cooper, who worked for Mr.
Stewart. There's Skeeter Paul.

The Accident
I was 19 in 1974, when I had my"auto accident. It was at the Y inter-
section on Highway 98-Indian Pass and Port St. Joe roads. Chris
and I were out having a good time following some girls to their town at
Port St. Joe. Little too much speed, and we lost control of the car, as
we were rounding the curve...Wiped out a guard rail on the curve.
Chris broke his left leg. I broke my back in about three places. Col-
lapsed lung, ribs; that hospitalized me about three months...

Franklin Briefs,
And they they just sort of
marched through the great
lakes, down the Hudson and
the Mississippi."
Mr. Mahan also stated that the
National Sea Grant Program
had begun a state-wide educa-
tional campaign to help the
public understand about blad-
der injuries to fish and what
anglers can do to help such af-
fected fish survive. Mahan said
that when fishers bring the fish
up too quickly it caused the
stomach of such sea dwellers to
come up through their mouths.
He stated that a researcher has
developed a "hollow needle" to
push the stomach out of the
mouths of such affected fish.
"They feel this gives fish a fight-
ing chance to get back down
without sitting there like a bal-
loon on the surface getting
lulled by the birds."

from page 2.
Mahan said the fish farms have
been ordered for both Carra-
belle and Apalachicola High
Schools to help students gave
greater biological knowledge.
Mahan stated that the fish
farms were large aquariums or
"like a six foot diameter pool."
These fish farms were provided
with a $2,400 grant from the
district extension agency.
County Planner Alan Pierce
stated that the 52 individuals
who were employed by the Jobs
Training and Partnership Act as
a result of funding allocated to
Franklin County after Hurri-
cane Opal would lose their jobs
by November 24 due to lack of
such funding. The board voted
to write a letter of support to
maintain the said employment
to the Department of Labor and
to Senator Bob Graham and
Pete Petersen.

Bill Mahan displays "Stop the Invasion" (of Zebra Mussels





10 a.m. Saturday,

12 November 1995
About four hours including
Board of Directors Organizational meeting
Call to order and introductions
President's and Manager's comments
Financial Report
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Counsel's Discussion on legal affairs
Membership comments
+ Adjournment
Post meeting discussion by various individuals
concerning Plantation futures
+ Organizational meeting of the new Board of
Directors at 3 p.m.
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I went to Jacksonville and a rehabilitation center. I was at Tallahas-
see Regional Medical Center initially. I stayed only three weeks in
Jacksonville...In the second week I was catching the bus to visit my
first wife, Debbie...I was engaged before my accident and married in
After the accident, I started working with Florida Marine Patrol as a
dispatcher. I went back to school at got my GED. We moved to
Tallahassee...I couldn't find anything or think of anything I could do
without my legs. I knew I had to getback to school.
...Some can realize some things..."Look I need to change..." Some
don't. They will never change. In my case, I've never seen anyone,
except Mr. Joe Turanto, in a wheelchair. I couldn't picture what it
was like, or imagine it. As far as being paralyzed, I had heard of it, but
hadn't seen it...While I was in the hospital, a rehabilitation counselor
who worked for HRS rolled in, in a wheelchair. Kelly Parish. He shocked
me. He inspired me. He was the one that opened my eyes...
I had an attitude problem. One day I could be happy. Next day I was
ready to give up. What could I live for? What could I do? This guy
[Parish] was here just to fill out his report, I thought. He said "You're
a client of mine. I've got to do my paperwork...It's up to you what you
He said, "...I've got about 20 more minutes. I gotta go pick my date
up. We're goin' to have dinner and go shoot some pool..." Right then,
I turned a 100 degrees right there...I said to myself, "If he can do it, I
can do it better." I've always been someone to push a little harder.
"Don't ask for nothing; never have, never will."
...The last ten years, I'm proud of everything I've done. Got married...I
dispatched for almost ten years at Florida Marine Patrol...I returned
to Apalach for about ten months. Then, I returned with my new wife,
Erica Lee...Neither one of us had ajob, but we got us a place to stay...
I wanted something to depend on; something solid. In Apalachicola, I
thought of running a shop of some kind but things were seasonal
down there; not very steady. I really had no idea what we were gonna
get into business-wise.
I worked for a time helping the handicapped. People that had prob-
lems but they couldn't cope with them. I would go around and talk
[with them]. "Hey, look, I can do these things...I have no pity for you.
It's up to you if you want to lay there and rot. That's your life."
...I was sitting home with a draft beer...met this guy that owned a
typewriter shop. And, I just talked with him. He said "I need some-
body to catch the phone; you don't need yotfr feet for that."...While I
was answering the phone, I was tearing these machines down. I was
curious what made them tick. I never even had that in my mind that
I knew that I could...Taking them apart; putting them back together:
making them work. I had no idea: no training...
Another fellow I met had a new shop and I went with him. He was
looking for a partner...and I joined him. I bought him out when he
wanted to sell out. That was in 1986.
I gave up $650 a month to go to work for two years and not make one
dime. That's how strong I believed in what I was going to do. This is
when I went into this business. I gave it up to get something else. At
the end of the first year, I was $2000 in the hole...I put another $1000
drawn from social security into the business...
I took on another partner, and ever since then, it has been going
uphill. There are five of us now. And, I've had more training since the
beginning. We probably run a quarter of a million dollars a year
through here.
Life is a chance....There is work in any big city. You are going to make
it. It's according to what you want. You gotta let your mind go,
though...to find out what can you do. What do you want to do? You've
gotta try these things.

* County Planner Alan Pierce said
that much of the recent dam-
age to Alligator Point Road
would not be repaired with
F.E.M.A. funding because it was
considered repetitive repair..
"Last year when they [F.E.M.A.]
built the road back," said
Pierce, "They warned us thai
they would not make any morq
improvements out there, be-
cause they want the road
moved." Pierce said, however,
that approximately 17%/ of the
damage on Alligator Point road
was considered new damage;
He said that F.E.M.A. would al.,
locate nearly $10,000 for repa-
ration to the new damages. "At
this point," continued Pierce, "I
think they've told us 'tough'
luck. They gave us the oppor-
tunity to move the road last year
and we didn't take it. I don't
think they care what happens
to it [the road]."
* County Planner Alan Pierce said
that the board could use their
1.7 million dollars in Housing
and Urban Development
(H.U.D.) funding to purchase
land. for the Eastpoint Water
and Sewer Plant if it is used for
the newly proposed prison.
Pierce stated that, while the
county had already received 45
acres from the Mader Corpora-
tion,, the Port St. Joe Paper
Company had not yet agreed to'
a land trade. He said that time.
was running out to obtain the
land needed to begin work on
the proposed prison site.
Commissioner Raymond Will-
iams stated that Inner Harbour

Hospital was closing and that
he spoke with the facilities ad-
ministrator, Danny Bearden,
about purchasing 50 acres of
the facilities land. Williams said
that Bearden said the land pur-
chase was a possibility. How-
ever, when the Franklin
Chronicle contacted Mr.
Bearden later, he insisted that
Inner Harbour was undergoing
a reorganization and not nec-
essarily closing. Bearden said
that the possibility of a land
,purchase with the county was
not being considered.
The board agreed to petition In-
ner Harbour for a possible land
purchase; they also unani-
mously agreed to drop their
lawsuit against Inner Harbour
over paying the court expenses
of Level 8 Juveniles, which were
brought to the facility without
board approval. Commissioner
Williams felt that, if the board
dropped their lawsuit, Inner
Harbour would be more willing
to participate in a land pur-
chase deal.
* County Planner Alan Pierce said
that the St. George Island Civic
Club had requested that traffic
be slowed on Gulf Beach Drive.
Pierce proposed implementing
stop signs on the.east and west
intersections of Seventh and
Third Street. The board directed
the matter to County Engineer
Joe Hamilton and Attorney Al
Shuler to address the require-
ments needed to implement
such measures.
* The board appointed Commis-
sioners Raymond Williams and

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Bevin Putnal to serve as board
liaisons and Kendall Wade as
staff liaison to the Small County
* The board received an agree-
ment from the conservation
board of Dog Island to hold
Franklin County harmless of
any and all costs for the con-
struction and maintenance
costs on the road that stretches
from the Dog Island boat land
to the Gulf of Mexico. The con-
servation board is presently
seeking a declaratory judgment
to determine ownership of the
said road. The conservation
board also agreed to hold Fran-
klin County harmless of any
attorney's fees in determining
ownership of the said road. "We
don't want to sue nobody over
that road," noted Commissioner
Bevin Putnal.
* Attorney Al Shuler said that the
possible implementation of a
gas tax could not be set until 1
January 1996. Shuler had
failed to advertise for the pub-
lic hearing that the board voted
had previously voted three to

Mobile Home

In Violation

By Rene Topping
City Commissioners turned down
a request from William Pope to be
permitted to leave an illegally
placed mobile home on a lot at
Avenue C and Third Street West
in an R1 zone until he could com-
plete remodeling. Commissioner
Buz Putnal said that he had re-
ceived numerous complaints of
the mobile home being placed in
a R1 zone. He said nearby neigh-
bors were worried it would be
there for an extended time.
Pope argued that he and his
mother, who owns the lot, had
lived in the area for many years
and that the site had historically
been used as a repair place for
buggies many years ago. Pope also
said that the commission should
take into account that he had
cleaned up the lot. He was ques-
tioned as to having had permits
to move the mobile home from the
county and told that he had not
asked for a permit from the city.
Pope stated he would eventually
move the mobilelhome from the
lot to another place. The City At-
torney said that Pope should
make sure he had the necessary
permits and that he should get in
touch with the building inspector
as to placing the home on another
site. He was told that Alan Pierce
would be at City Hall on Thurs-
day, 16 December, and that Pope
should consult with him.
Pope asked for 30 days to com-
plete repairs. 'It was suggested
that he move it before the next
meeting. Commissioner Jim
Phillips finally suggested that
Pope be ordered to remove the
home in the next 15 days and that
the matter be brought up at the
4 December meeting to ensure
that Pope had complied with the
order and had obtained all per-
mits to move the mobile home.

Dockets from page 6

two to set. Chairman Mosconis
argued that the hearing should
be delayed in order to gain more
knowledge on the matter. Com-
missioner Braxton argued that
the board had already voted to
set the hearing for a gas tax on
21 November at 10:30 in the
Franklin County Courthouse. "I
know, Jimmy [Mosconis] that
you're against the gas tax and
Ed [Toliver] is, too. But three of
these people [commissioners]
voted to have a hearing to get
the input of the people. That's
what a hearing is for. And I don't
want to hear it." Attorney
Shuler took full responsibility
for failing to advertise the meet-
ing. He said that there still was
time to advertise for a meeting
and would do so. Mosconis of-.
fered, "To me, if we spend
money on the advertisement at
these point in the game...why
waste money on the advertise-
ment if we can't implement this
thing till January?" The board
failed to rescind Braxton's pre-
vious motion and Attorney
Shuler agreed to advertise for
the public hearing.
Commissioners appointed
from page 1.
seats on the Commission but only
for up to the next general election.
Putnal pointed out that this would
ensure that no-one would ever be
serving more than that term as
appointees. "If they still want to
continue as a Commissioner at
the time of the next general elec-
tion they were would have to put
themselves up for a vote." he said.
The Commissioners selected
14 November for a special meet-
ing to consider passage of the or-
dinance after a second reading.
This was set for 14 November..
With Jim Phillips seated the three
Commissioners voted for the or-
dinance. The Commission then
took up the matter of appointing
a person to fill the Finance Seat 5.
Former Mayor Carlton Wathen
and Virginia Sanford had offered
themselves for the position. Ms.
Sanford was appointed.
Other matters addressed at the
14 November meeting:
* Commissioners were told by the
city attorney that the commu-
nity building which houses the
Carrabelle branch of the Fran-
klin County Library was still
owned by the Franklin County
School Board and only on lease
to the city at this time. He stated
that the deed has been drawn
but has not so far has not been
signed the School Board Chair-
man, Will Kendrick. The item
was tabled until the next regu-
lar meeting on 4 December.
Commissioners approved a sec-
ond reading of a proposed oi-
dinance to rezone 10 riverfront
acres of a forty acre tract of va-
cant land located between Ryan
Road and the Carrabelle River
from Agricultural to R. 1. single
family residence.
Commissioners also approved a
first reading of a proposed re-
zoning of Davis Island from Ag-
ricultural to C.1. mixed use
commercial district.
Commissioners also approved
an extension to be made on the
proposed River Walk project f6r
a period of six months.

days in the Franklin County Jail with one day of jail credit for time
served. The defendant also received one year of probation and was
ordered to pay $255 in court costs. As a condition of probation, the
defendant agreed to forfeit all weapons within his possession. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Terry Lynn Weikleenget: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest-
ing with Violence and Trespassing on a Structure, the defendant
pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer withheld adju-
dication, sentenced the defendant to one years of probation and waived
all court costs. As a condition of probation, the defendant was or-
dered to refrain from consuming alcohol and submit to a random
urinalysis test. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.

Violations of Probation
James Wheeler Murray: Charged with Violation of Probation, the de-
fendant entered a denial of Violation of Probation. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for a V.O.P. hearing on January 8, 1995. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Amos Works, Jr.: Charged with Violation of Probation, the defendant
failed to appear for his V.O.P. hearing. Judge Steinmeyer issued a
capias of arrest for the defendant for failure to appear.
Thomas L. Zawonda: Charged with Violation of Probation, the defen-
dant entered a denial of Violation of Probation. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for a V.O.P. hearing on December 11, 1995.
The defendant initially sought to enter an admission of V.O.P. with
the assurance that the court would allow him to enter a six month
rehabilitation program and serve six months of jail time within the
Department ofCorrections. "I know in my heart that I can get my life
together," said the defendant. He continued, "In prison, they'll just
keep me for a while and release me; and I won't be able to advance
myself. I've got a chance in life if I can get away from alcohol and
drugs. I've been praying and praying and praying that I can get into a
rehabilitation program."
"Mr. Zawonda," began Judge Steinmeyer, "You have had enough time
to get your life together. You're gonna' do some time. You do need
rehabilitation, but you also need to do some time." Judge Steinmeyer
then read aloud more than half a dozen counties in which the defen-
dant has been arrested and convicted. He stated, however, that he
would not sentence the defendant without a Pre-Sentencing Investi-
gation to review. The defendant was represented by Assistant State
Attorney Kevin Steiger.

Case Management
Clarence Jeffrey Paul: Charged with four counts of Lewd and Lascivi-
ous Assault, the defendant appeared before the court on appeal. The
defendant pleaded No Contest as charged. Judge Steinmeyer adjudi-
cated the defendant guilty and sentenced him to fifteen years within
the Department of Corrections and gave him two years and seventeen
days of ail credit for time served. The defendant also received three
years of probation. As condition of probation, the defendant was or-
dered tohave no contact with children under the age of 18. He must
not gain employment that requires close confinement with children.
He must not have any contact with the victim and he must be super-
vised during visitation with his own child. The defendant must also
be screenedfor additional counseling.
Jay Cleveland Nix: Charged with Second Degree Murder and Armed
Robbery with a Firearm, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charges. The defendant was recently discharged from the mental health
unit in Chattahoochee on December 11, 1995. Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger announced that he would have to "conflict off' of
the case and requested that other counsel be provided for the defen-
dant. Judge Steinmeyer agreed to provide alternate counsel for the
Defendant. The case was continued for case management on Decem-
ber 11, 1995.



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