Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: December 15, 1995
Copyright Date: 1995
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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The Published Every Other Friday

Frain chronicle


Volume 4, Number 25


15 December 28 December 1995

The State of Florida's case against
Jeanette Kinln-Flovd was dis-
missed on the grounds of double
jeopardy on December 11. 1995
y Judge William Gary during
Second Circuit Court proceed-
Information had been filed against
Kirvin-Floyd on March 27, 1995
for Resisting Arrest Without Vio-
lence. Ms. Kirvin-Flo\d had been
stopped by Officer Michael Moore
on the suspicion of driving while
intoxicated. Although a D.U.I.
road test was never administered,
Officer Moore arrested the defen-
dant after she allegedly became
The trial of Jeanette Kirvin-Floyd
proceeded on March 29, 1995.
The defendant's counsel at the
March trial was Attorney Ben
Watkins. Attorney Watkins had
asked for a mistrial towards the
end of the trial when the prosecu-
tion allegedly elicited testimony
from a witness that was in viola-
tion of the motion in limine. The
motion In limine provided that the
prosecution and defense could
not discuss information occurring
after the arrest of Ms. Kirvin-
Floyd. The honorable Judge Van
Russell declared a mistrial follow-
ing discussions between prosecu-
tion and defense in his chambers.
On April 12, 1995, the state filed
a motion to disqualify Franklin
County's Second Circuit Court
from conducting a second trial on
the premise that Judge Russell
had become a material witness in
the trial. Judge Russell excused
himself on April 18 and concluded
that the state's motion was legally

sufficient and had to be granted
as a matter of law. On April 27,
Chief Judge Philip J. Padovano
issued an order of assignment
that directed the Honorable Judge
Kevin Davey to hear the Kin-in-
Floyd case.
In a motion to dismiss filed b',
Attorney Robert Augustus Harper
on September 8. Harper noted
that the second trial against
Kirvin-Floyd would place the de-
fendant in double jeopardy, which
is governed by the United States
Constitution's Fifth Amendment,
because, the mistrial was due to
the state's violation of the motion
in limine. Attorney Harper cited
Oregon v. Kennedy and Duncan
v. State in support of his argu-
ment to dismiss.
"The state is precluded from pros-
ecuting Ms. Floyd," wrote Harper,
"Because where a mistrial con-
sented to by the defense is based
on. bad faith prosecutorial mis-
conduct intentionally designed to
provoke a mistrial, double jeop-
ardy prevents the state from ever
retrying the defendant for' the
same charge again." Harper also
wrote that the motion to disqualify
the case from Franklin County's
Second Circuit Court was not le-
gally sufficient, "The motion did
not set forth any facts of bias, or
prejudice," noted Harper, "The
mere possibility of the judge be-
ing a witness would not preclude
a trial judge from issuing a search
warrant. The motion was granted
solely on perceived mandatory
grounds,- without regard to the
truth or accuracy of the matters

Rhetoric-Filled Board Meeting

Ends in Firing of Plantation


Beginning with a seven item agenda, subdivided into 16 subcatego-
ries, the Plantation Owners' seven-member Board of Directors began
their seven hour meeting with about 30 Plantation owners attending.
After roll call of the Directors at 9 a. m. the minutes for two Septem-
ber and two November meetings were approved.
Then, the agenda was modified with a jump into the report of the
Legal Committee delivered by Dr. Tom Adams. Items discussed were
he Bob Herren (RSH) case, with a potentialjudgment pending against
the Association for $160,000 and the resignation of Association at-
torney Barbara Sanders.
On Wednesday, November 29, 1995, I met with the committee con-
sisting of Bill Hartley, B.L. Cosey and Tom Adams to discuss the
R.S.H. litigation. I am ready to proceed in one of three ways:
a) I will continue as sole counsel and submit the proposed
final order and memoranda to the court; or
(b) The Board will retain additional counsel with whom I
will associate and who will enter a notice of appearance
and appear as additional counsel on the submissions to
the court; or
(c) The Board will retain substitute counsel and I will with-
draw as counsel of record after obtaining court permis-
Please let me know by Monday at the close of business
which option the Board chooses so that the required sub-
missions can be done in a timely manner.
Legal representation of the Association for the-Resort Vil-
lage situation was also discussed. I informed the commit-
tee and am now informing the Board that I will not repre-
sent the Board in that matter. I strongly encourage you to
retain new counsel to advise and assist you regarding Re-
sort Village... .
Nearly three hours of the Board's time was consumed with various
issues such as the Herren case, Sander's resignation, the so-called
"Ben Johnson Agreement", Resort Village (a commercial development
inside of the Plantation), and recruitment of new counsel for the Board
A filing had to be made soon in the Herren litigation and considerable
opinion was expressed on the merits of obtaining a transcript of the
tape made during the judge's hearing in early December. Some thought
the transcript, which would have to be paid for by the Association,
would be a good planning aid should an appeal be taken. At that
time, the judge's decision, going against the Association, had not been
reduced to written form. Others thought the transcript to be a waste
of Association funds.
Lou Vargas: ...You've heard from three attorneys in the room... That
notwithstanding what you've heard, you're going ahead and or-
dering (the transcript) and spending the money... you may not
need. This is a very minor issue... When we get to the more com-
plicated issues, what I'm fearing is that we're going to go form
shopping for attorneys... emptying our till trying to get the opin-

Continued on page 9

St. Geo Resident Dies

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i Tournament
_Fee Raised by

Narrow Vote

*ar The Apalachicola City Commis-
Parent QuestiO nS sfon voted 3-2 at their December
S12 special meeting to adopt an
Grade Point -ordinance which sets a $500 fee
for fishing tournaments members
Average who use the Battery Park Boat
Averoge Basin.
PrerequiSite for "Over this past month, .I'vehad a
Athleteslot of people come to me," said
Athletes Commissioner Jack Frye, "I've
had a lot of phone calls and I can't
Apalachicola resident Reverend even walk down the street with-
Clifford Williams came before out our local people talking to me
school board at their regular De- about how they got blocked out
cember 7 meeting to protest the the last time we had a tourna-
2.0 grade point prerequisite for. ment: and it's notfair for people
high school basketball players. t come in here and take over the
ten foot hole area." Frve noted

that residents were unable to
launch or pull their boats out
during tournaments and had re-
quested him to support a tourna-
ment fee.
"Our businesses in this town de-
serve a break," countered Com-
missioner Jimmy Elliott, "And I
believe these people bring into this
community a lot of money. And
for us to charge them $500 and,
take a chance that they won't
come into this community is
harmful to the businesses of this
community." Elliott said that he
had spoken with many people in
the community and few had
voiced opposition to the tourna-
ment. He recommended that the
board charge a fee on boat opera-
tors only. "It's not like they're
gonna' have a tournament every
Mike Creel of the Georgia Florida
Bass Trails said that the Florida
State Championship Tournament
for Bass/Angler Sportsman Soci-
ety had already been canceled in
Apalachicola due to the City of
Apalachicola's opposition of tour-
naments. Creel stated that the
tournament would have brought
$80,000 into the community. "All
those people come to spend
money. If you impose a fee that's
totally unreasonable in our view,
which this appears to be, those
people will leave and you won't get
the economic benefit from them.
And I have the figures to back that
Steve Creel, Director of the Geor-
gia Florida Bass Trails, opened a
brief case full of money to illus-
trate the lost revenue to Apalachi-
cola as a result of the tournament
fee. "This is just 43% of what was
left laying on the table, said Creel,
"Last Saturday, The B.A.S.S. Fed-
eration decided to pull out and
they took their business to

Reverend Williams stated that the
prerequisite for basketball play-
ers was inconsistent with both the
Florida High School Athletic As-
sociation and with other
Apalchicola High School sports.
According to the Athletic Program
Student Handbook that Williams
quoted fr6m and later dissemi-
nated to the board, "Each player
must pass five subjects and have
a 1.5 GPA each six weeks in or-
der to maintain athletic eligibil-
ity." He stated, 'This was not used
before basketball. This was
pushed aside. I cannot go along
with that, because that is a viola-
tion of the rule (of the Florida High
School Athletic Association)."
Also brought before the board was
the written disciplinary referral
policy in the Athletic Program Stu-
dent Handbook. Reverend Will-
iams stated that this rule was
"pushed aside" before the basket-'
ball season started. The policy
reads: "If you have one written
referral, your coach will handle
any team discipline. On your sec-
ond referral, you must sit out the
following game. On the third re-
ferral, you will be suspended for
the remainder of the season in
your particular sport. Continued
misbehavior will result in a loss
of all athletic privileges."
Reverend Williams stated that,
during football season, players
were allowed to play with three
referrals. "When it comes to bas-
ketball," said Williams, "There is
a discrepancy." He stated that
coaches, during the football sea-
son, would disregard the referral
policy. "In football, referrals did
not count before the first game."
After Superintendent of Schools
C.T. Ponder questioned Reverend
Williams' naming of high school
personnel, Attorney Barbara
Sanders recommended 'that the
board wait until those people who
are discussed in the matter be
present to defend their actions.
Board member Willie Speed sug-
gested that Reverend Williams get
on the agenda for the next regu-
lar board meeting on January 4.
Chairman Will Kendrick also re-
quested that Reverend Williams
first file a written complaint and
take the matter up at a later date.
The board then proceeded with-
out a motion to other school board

Steve Creel unlocks a
suitcase full of lost revenue
to Apalachicola due to the
tournament fee.

Continued on page 2

Mr. Tom Christenson died in a one-car accident as his vehicle left the
last bridge enroute to St. George Island on Tuesday afternoon De-
cember 12, 1995 at about 1.30 p.m. The auto was seen by the only
eye-witness to the accident, Tom W. Hoffer, publisher of the Franklin
Chronicle. "I was approaching the first bridge, leaving the island, when
I saw-the Christenson car on the bridge, in his right lane. Then. it
started to wobble, and shortly after that, It crossed over-into my lane.
jumping up on the curb on his left. At that time, I was surprised to
see that no one was visible in the car interior. All I could see was a
steering wheel. I am not sure what I did in those next few seconds
other than to slow down and look for route to avoid a possible colli-
sion. Tom's car was fast approaching me when it swerved back into
his right lane, and just as it left the bridge, it swerved to his left
again, and shot at a fairly high rate of speed across my right lane,
and onto the very bumpy embankment. At that moment, the car was
going at a fairly high rate of speed since I could see it at an angle. It
bounced some going across the large boulders and hit the edge of the
embankment. I realized what had happened and immediately started
to back my van so I could locate the car, thinking that someone prob-
ably had a heart attack or suddenly went down below the windshield.
Another van pulled up very soon and the First Responders were alerted.
When I ran down the embankment, the car was 3 to 5 feet in the
water, upside down."
Christenson, who was owner of Holiday Pest Control, was pulled from
the auto with attempts to revive him immediately started as he lay
across the underside of the Buick four-door auto but the efforts were
not successful. He was pronounced dead at Emerald Coast Hospital.
An autopsy was being conducted at press time.
Services for Tom Christenson are planned for Saturday, December
16, 1995 at 10 a.m. A Rosary was held at the Holmes-Middlebrook
chapel on Friday, December 15th at 7:30 p.m.

It took two ShadeTree tow trucks to pull Mr. Christenson's
car from the water.



Cited for


Former Apalachicola Times and
Wakulla News reporter Mark
Temple Watson was arrested on
December 2 for Driving Under the
Influence (D.U.I.) of alcohol, Driv-
ing with an Open Container and
Driving with an Improper Driver's
License following a collision with
Scott & Sherri Osteen on State
Road 30 and Arizona Street ap-
proximately 70 feet west of Lanark
Following the collision, Ms.
Osteen was life flighted to Talla-
hassee Community Hospital. Ms.
Osteen, who was 19 weeks preg-
nant, would later lose her baby
the following day. Mr. Watson was
released at his first appearance on
December 4 on $600 bond. How-
ever, according to the office of the

Assistant State Attorney, Mr.
Watson will again be arrested on
a warrant that will be issued on
December 15 for the charge of
D.U.I. Involving Serious Bodily
Injury. The bond for that charge
will be $1000.
The collision between Watson and
Osteen's vehicle allegedly oc-
curred when Mr. Watson at-
tempted to pass the Osteen's on
State Road 30 while the Osteen's
were turning onto Arizona Street.
An estimated $2,000 worth of
damage was received by both ve-
hicles involved in the collision. An.
estimated $10,000 worth of prop-
erty damage was also recorded as
a result of the collision.
Watson failed the three road tests
that were administered by
Trooper Joe Powers of the Florida
Highway Patrol following the De-
cember 2 collision: breathelizer,
speech and balance. Mr. Watson
recorded a 1.34 blood alcohol level
on his breathelizer test and his
speech was noted as muffled and
slurred. A 0.8 blood alcohol level
reading is legally registered as a
D.U.I. charge.


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Pane 2 15 December 1995 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday



Notes from the
December 5 Franklin
County Commission
*Emerald Coast Hospital Admin-
istrator Kenneth Dykes intro-
duced new staff members Dr.
Rodriguez, Board Eligible in In-
ternal Medicine and Pediatrics,
and Dr. Ramirez, a doctor of
Chiropractics, to the board of
Franklin County Commission.
Chairman Jimmy Mosconis and
Commissioner Dink Braxton com-
mended Emerald Coast Hospital
for medical treatment that was
recently rendered to family mem-
bers by the facility. "Through the
years," said Mosconis, "there has
been a lot of criticism of the hos-
pital operation and particularly
with the ambulance service. Re-
cently, a member of my family had
a problem one night and the am-
bulance people came there and
the husband of the lady told me
that she couldn't speak highly
enough of the professional job
that your (Emerald Coast
Hospital's) people did in taking
her to the hospital and taking care
of her."

*Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum introduced to the
board a grievance reported by
road department Employee Oscar
Sanders against fellow employee
Larry Brown. Mr. Sanders filed a
grievance report on November 6
against Larry Brown after Mr.
Brown allegedly dropped a tire rim
behind him as a prank while
Sanders and a co-worker were
changing a tire.
Mr. Crum recommended to the
board that the reprimand that
was issued to Larry Brown follow-
ing the November 6 incident was
sufficient recourse in the matter.
County Attorney Al Shuler said
that he had met with Prentice
Crum and Labor Attorney Lucille
Turner on the matter. He stated
that the reprimand that was is-
sued to Larry Brown was a suffi-
cient means of recourse on the
matter. "If this happens again,"
said Shuler, "Further sanctions
will be taken which may include
dismissal. This is, it seems to me
at this stage, an appropriate ac-
tion for a first case. He con-
cluded, "We would never want to
say that this is not a serious mat-
ter, because the employees are
supposed to be there (at the road
department) for business." Shuler
stated that the board could de-
cide on an additional form of
sanction against Mr. Brown if they
'felt it was necessary. Mr. Crum
noted that the November 6 griev-
ance report against Brown was
his first in the 17 years that he
has worked for the Franklin
County Road Department.
"I think that there should be fur-
ther action taken on this here,"
said Oscar Sanders, "Because it
was a supervisor and not just an
employee that made this action
against me." Mr. Sanders stated
that he had worked for the road
department for over 16 years. He
also noted that he would be agree-
able to any decision that the
board of county commissioners
made as a matter of recourse.'
"I do think that this is a very, very
serious incident," said Commis-
sioner Edward Tolliver, "And we
shouldn't tolerate horseplaying by
the supervisor at no time." Com-
missioner Tolliver recommended
that the supervisor be placed on
a 90 day probationary period.
Commissioner Raymond Williams
suggested suspending Larry
Brown for one day without pay.
While Chairman Jimmy Mosconis
remained uncertain about addi-
tional punishment against Mr.
Brown, Commissioner Tolliver
stated, 'This is not a regular em-
ployee. This is a supervisor. He
should set the example not to be
out there horseplaying."
Mr. Sanders told commissioners
that he had suffered neck pain as
a result of the alleged prank per-
petrated by Larry Brown. When
Commissioner Williams made a
motion to suspend Mr. Brown for

Oscar Sanders
one day without day, Sanders
stated that he did not want his
supervisor to lose pay over the
matter, though he recommended
probation. Commissioner Tolliver
then made a motion to have Larry
Brown placed on a 90 day proba-
tionary period. When Mr. Brown
was asked if he understood the
manner of recourse, Brown re-
sponded, "So, I don't have any say
so in that, huh?" He continued,
"This is getting blowed out of pro-
portion." Mr. Brown told commis-
sioners that the November 6 inci-
dent was an accident. Commis-
sioner Tolliver stated that Mr.
Brown had already signed an
employee warning report in which
Brown admitted to his wrongdo-

Larry Brown
ing. "You admitted that what you
did was wrong. You should have
said this was an accident and held
to that." Brown stated that the
report written by Mr. Sanders was
not accurate. "Well, you signed to
it," said Chairman Mosconis, "We
just want to make sure this
doesn't happen again. If this was
an accident, then Larry (Brown)
got the short end of the stick. We
don't want to have deal with this
from anyone else that works at the
road department in the future.
These kinds of problems should
never be up here taking up our
time. When you two (Oscar Sand-
ers and Larry Brown) leave this
room, if there's any animosity
between you, you need to let it
evaporate when you walk out that
(commissioner's room) door. And
you can tell that to the rest of the
guys, too; because I don't think
this board is gonna' put up with
any animosity amongst the men."
The board then unanimously
voted to place Larry Brown on a
90 day probationary period.

*The board voted to put a dead
end sign on Oak Street in Lanark
Village..The road is owned by Dr.
Edward Saunders, who asked
that a dead end sign be erected.
Commissioner Raymond Williams
stated that the road had never
been dedicated. County Attorney
Al Shuler said that the board
could claim the road for mainte-
nance provided in the past,
though he felt that regular main-
tenance had not been provided.
The board agreed that they did not
want to claim the road.
*The board agreed to construct a
drainage easement on property
owned by Nelson Viles in Carra-

*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson requested and received
,approval from.the board to re-
scind a previous resolution that
prohibited the Franklin County
Landfill from accepting asbestos
waste. Mr. Johnson stated that
containers could be obtained from
Argus,Services, Inc. to temporarily
store the asbestos waste. The
waste, said Johnson, would later
be hauled to a disposal facility in
Jackson County. The asbestos
waste will not be accepted by the
landfill until the proper container
are received by Argus Service, Inc.

*County Planner Alan Pierce pro-
posed placing a four-way stop
sign at the entrance of the Plan-
tation on St. George Island. The
board of county commissioners
recommended that Mr. Pierce con-
tact members from the
plantation's board before taking
action on the said matter.

*The board approved the publica-
tion of a notice of early public re-
view for the construction of a wa-
ter and sewer treatment plant in
Eastpoint with funding from a
Community Development Block

*County Planner Alan Pierce said
that he would discuss with the
Federal Emergency Management
Administration the possibility of
seeking a Hazard Mitigation Grant
for Alligator Point for the purpose
of expanding the area's revetment
1000 feet eastward to protect the
threatened roadway. The board
approved Mr. Pierce's request to
seek a Hazard Mitigation Grant.
The deadline for the grant is
March 1, 1996.

*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that two grant
applications for the purchase of
land had been submitted. He
stated that the grant for the
Lanark Village Golf Course will
not be funded. He stated the
county may still have the oppor-
tunity to obtain Porter's Bar. "But
if we have any more bad weather,"
noted Pierce, "That (Porter's Bar)
will be washed away."

*County Planner Alan Pierce
stated that the Federal Emer-
gency Management Administra-
tion would allocate a maximum
of $32,000 to Dog Island for beach
restoration in order to protect the
area's homes. Pierce stated that
the county could provide the res-
toration needed with its own la-
bor force or contract the work out
to someone else. The board voted
to advertise the restoration work
for a bid and to require any pos-
sible contractor to provide one
million dollars of liability insur-,

*The board agreed to allow Jan
Stoutamire to act as a'building
inspector on Dog Island. County
Building Inspector Roscoe Carroll
stated that he could not monitor
the area on a regular basis.
"There's just a lot of illegal activ-
ity going on out there," said
Carroll. He stated that Ms-
Stoutamire would volunteer her
service. Mr. Carroll noted that,
since Stoutamire was a volunteer-
she did not have to be a certified
building inspector. "She's (Ms.
Stoutamire) very honest and very
concerned about the county. I just.

hope and pray that we'll be able
to compensate her one day "
County Attorney Al Shuler felt
that Ms. Stoutamire might need
to be: certified to assist Roscoe

Carroll. "What she's (Ms.
Stoutamire) gonna' be doing is
instructing people and telling
them what they need to do and
then report that to me," said Mr.
*The board voted to direct County
Planner Alan Pierce to draw up
duties and guidelines for a pro-
posed County Manager position to
supervise the board of county
commissioners and instruct them
on the county budgetary matters.
"It's getting to the point where the
county is growing. The budget is
getting bigger and the infrastruc-
ture is getting bigger. We're gonna'
need somebody sooner or later,"
said Commissioner Braxton.
Commissioner Tolliver noted, "I
tried to tell you that during bud-
get time that the county is grow-

*The board agreed to continue the
Greenpoint Development District
Hearing to January 16, 1996. The
board also directed County Attor-
neyAl Shuler to research the sta-
tus of special districts in concern
to Greenpoint.


*The board voted to advertise for.
the position of county attorney in
the next fiscal year. Commissioner
Dink Braxton stated that he had
recently received a letter from an
attorney on St. George Island re-
questing information about the
position. "In all fairness," said
Braxton, "You've got to advertise
or somebody's wanting the job."



Friday, December 10 was the day
for grant money to be awarded in
Franklin County. Senator Pat
Thomas made his way to the
county presenting Franklin
County and the Cities of
Apalachicola and Carrabelle with
ceremonial checks.
Chairman Jimmy Mosconis
accepted an $88,000 check for
softball complexes to be
constructed in Eastpoint, Mayor
Charles Millender accepted a
check for $100,000 for
Carrabelle's Riverwalk Project and
Mayor Bobby Howell accepted a
check for $100,000 for
improvements to Apalachicola's
Battery Park.

Tournament fee, continued
from page 1.
Bainbridge, Georgia. Maybe
you're thinking that bass tourna-
ment fishermen are the ones that
put the net ban on all the net fish-
ermen out here; I don't think that
bass fishermen really care what
happens in saltwater, because
we're in fresh water. But if that's
what you perceive, you're looking
in the wrong direction."
Commissioner Wallace Hill stated
that he was not against a fee, but
that the fee should be per boat.
Commissioner Hill asked Mike
Creel how many boats usually
were brought to tournaments.
Creel stated that from 10 to 150
boats had been brought to previ-
ous tournaments. Creel stated
that he supported a reasonable
per boat fee, and that $2 per boat
was the average fee at other sites.
Creel also complained of the limit
to allow no more than five boats
in the boat basin. "We can't con-
duct any kind of tournament with
only five boats in that boat basin."
"I'm very reluctant to set a price
at $500 that is connected to any-
thing whether it be saltwater or
freshwater," said Commissioner
Hill, "And to send a message, 'Get
out of Dodge. We don't want you.'
Because we want people to come
into our community. Anything
that brings revenue in without
endangering the health, safety
and welfare and destroying the
way of life we have, I'm all for it."
Resident Billy Cook addressed
Mike and Steve Creel. He stated
that tournament members
needed to make an effort to "be
careful of other people's property
" and to be courteous about the
rights of the community to use the
boat basin, also.
The board then voted 3-2 (Com-
missioners Hillt and Elliott voting
nay) to adopt the ordinance.
Mayor Bobby Howell complained
that, on an area television pro-
gram, a caller to the program



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stated that he had attempted to
pass the fee ordinance at the last
regular meeting and that Mike
Creel had to "get up and
straighten the mayor out of it."
Mayor Howell stated, "There was
no hint of anybody trying to pass
the ordinance at the last meeting.
And, be it fair or fowl, it was a lie.
And I want everybody in Apala-
chicola to know that."
Mike Creel confronted Mayor
Howell about a statement that he
made at a previous meeting that
bass fishermen came to town with
an old shirt and an old ten dollar
bill and didn't change either. Creel
said that he had read the mayor's
statement in the local paper.
Mayor Howell inferred that he was
taken out of context. "So," said
Creel, "I'm not calling you a liar
and you're not calling me a liar."
He concluded, "You're calling T.V.
a liar and I'm calling the newspa-
per a liar." Howell responded,
'That's correct."
Contacted outside of the City Hall
meeting room, Mike Creel stated,
"The mayor looks for some way to
call somebody else a liar and he
doesn't expect anyone to call him
a liar." Mr. Creel handed out a few
petitions which asserted: "We, the
citizens and businessmen and
women of Apalachicola, being
aware of the economic benefits
derived from tournament and rec-
reational largemouth bass fisher-
men, hereby petition the Mayor
and City Council of the City of
Apalchicola to drop any and all
proposed local and desist from
attempting to discourage the use
of Apalachicola's Battery Park
boat launch and basin for the
purpose of tournament or recre-
ational largemouth bass fishing."
In other board business:
*The board heard from Norton
Kilbourn, who gave a presentation
on behalf of grant writer
Willoughby Marshall, concerning
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The Franklin Chronicle 15 December 1995 Page 3

Editorialand Comnm

Views from Left Field

The Gift
By Will Morris
Christmas approaches once again, and we are filled with the spirit of
giving. The perennially popular icon of this giving spirit-the seem-
S ingly cholesterol-laden "shape-shifter" with a magic sleigh and eight
bionic reindeer-cruises the planet with a bottomless bag of baubles,
placing them under Christmas trees in billions of homes.
For the more scientifically minded, the extraordinary powers ascribed
to Santa Claus present no problem. although it is not possible for
normal people to accomplish such feats, Santa is obviously not nor-
mal. As we all know, Santa is magical. He can go chimney even when
he is clearly bigger than the chimney. He can go down a chimney
even when there is no chimney, because he merely transforms our
modern central air systems, temporarily, into chimneys. He does this
by putting a finger aside his nose. I've seen people attempt this ma-
neuver with fairly unpleasant results. Do not try this at home.
Scientists theorize that the key to Santa's magic powers has some-
thing to do with fairy dust. Supposedly, it's some kind of dehydrated
ambrosia that the elves get for him (probably from Tinkerbell). He
feeds it to his reindeer, too. Rumor has it that certain disreputable
scientist have written to Santa from time to time, stating that they
have been good, and requesting samples of this fairy dust "strictly for
research purposes."
But Santa is constrained by the law of magic from dispensing this
powerful ambrosia to those individuals who have not yet evolved to a
point where they always act wisely and selflessly. he who lusts for
power is unworthy to receive it. Accordingly, we might be better ad-
vised to lust for lumps of coal.
Nonetheless; as Santa whirls around the world, he does dispense
something more that toys and trinkets. He imparts the Spirit of Christ-
I am forty-nine years old. and I will never stop believing in Santa
Claus. Two thousand years ago, a wonderful thing happened on this
earth. A great light was born among us, and it changed mankind
forever. And every year since, its spirit returns to us, lifting our hearts
and washing away our pettiness, if only for one magical moment.
I think that this great, magical light takes many forms-one of which
is Santa Claus. As Santa comes near, we somehow become caught up
in a great, magical dance of the spirit. We feel like giving, instead of
having. We feel like singing, instead of complaining. We hear music
instead of noise. We see ourselves in others, and others in ourselves.
This Spirit of Christmas is Santa's true gift. If, on Christmas eve, you
look very closely, you might just catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. And
if you look even more closely, you might just recognize who he really
is. And then you will know why Christmas will always be so special,-
so wonderful, so magical.
Jesus said, "Ye must become as children." At Christmas time, as we
celebrate His birth, we begin to understand why. Magically, we all
become children again. We see the world through a child's eyes. And
the world we see is a better world that the world we saw before. We
feel with a child's heart. and it is a better feeling than we felt before.
We dream a child's dreams--dreams of wonder, dreams of joy. We
dream that Christmas wilLlast all year. And, as dreams are the stuff
life is made of, we believe that this will happen. And so we hope with
a child's hope that this will happen soon. And it will. As the twig is
bent, so grows the tree.
As we gather around the Christmas tree, let us remember that it is,
indeed, the tree of life. Let us pin our hopes and dreams upon its
branches, Let us look at its crown as the eternal star of heaven and
earth. And let us rejoice in this many-splendored, precious gift of life:
the exquisite blessings of love, the eternal song of hope, and the magical
dance of wonder.
Let us be thankful for the myriad, priceless gifts which all possess
but none can owri-gifts which grow with each warm smile, each
kind word, each selfless act.
Let us be thankful for the children.
We have the gift.
Merry Christmas, my friends. Merry Christmas!


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Happy Holidays, Wayne-

You're Fired

The newly elected majority on the Board of Directors at the St. George
Island Homeowner's Association has made another mark of uncer-
tain distinction. You might say, "Who cares?" What is the Plantation
to us? I would hastily add, that the Plantation is among largest em-
ployers in Franklin County. The Association, through its dues struc-
ture and organization is an example of "private government" in ac-
tion-good or bad. Nearly one-third of communities in the United
States are "run" by such private organizations, and they, like plain,
ordinary, city and county governments, bear watching. And, at the
St. George Plantation Homeowner's Association, there is plenty to
Last Saturday, December 9, 1995, at the very end of a long agenda
the remaining six Board members took up the subject labeled "Per-
sonnel". Most everyone else had left the meeting since it was now
mid-afternoon, and the meeting had been held over a six hour period,
including a break for lunch.
Wayne Gleasman had requested the Board to provide him a contract
involving his job as Manager of the Association. In fact, Mr. Gleasman
had asked for a contract several times during the last several months.
He had already developed a number of plans to assist the Association
in coping with several infrastructure problems such as the deterio-
rating condition of Leisure Lane, the main road into the 600-odd one-
acre residential land development. He had been supported in his work
straightening out the disheveled condition of the main office by Lou
Vargas, former President of the Board of Directors, but Lou was ab-
sent that afternoon when the Personnel subject had come up.

Pam Amato then moved to end all of that by moving to dismiss Wayne
Gleasman from the Manager post. No reason given, and no discus-
sion held. William Hartley seconded this motion. No reason given,
nor discussion held. While President John Gelch remained silent (the
President votes only during a tie vote ordinarily), B. L. Cosey and
Richard Plessinger voted "Yes". Later, when questioned by the
Chronicle, Mr. Cosey said "it was time for a change." Plessinger's an-
swer was "You told me to do it". Amato said later that Mr. Gleasman's
management style was not compatible with the Board's. I was not
aware that the Board was defined as a Manager, since on many occa-
sions various Board members had defined themselves as "policy-mak-
ers." Anyway, with the vote now taken, there was still no reason given,
nor discussion on Mr. Gleasman's! dismissal. Only Christon Gallio
voted "No." This was the "member-friendly' Board in the last hours of
the Saturday meeting. Gallio did state that he thought Mr. Gleasman's
role or position was "untenable" as if this word lifted the veil of capri-
cious ambiguity into the light of crystal clear rationale. There were
rumors flying about, of course, one to the effect that Wayne had been
"too friendly with Dr. Ben Johnson,) the subject of a pending contro-
versy within the Plantation politics.
What is obvious is that a political agenda was held by the Board and
Mr. Gleasman had been caught in that agenda following an election
that changed the Board majority from lot-owner to home-owner ori-
entations, especially those who lived year-around in the Plantation.
Regardless of the perceptions held by Board members, or the other
members, Mr.. Gleasman has been unfairly treated. The Board did
grant him one month's severance pay.
Thus, together with the resignation of the seasoned lawyer, Ms. Bar-
bara Sanders, the Board has shot itself in the foot again by firing the
only other person who has the most complete picture and experience
in the Association's problems, and general administration. The first
time they shot themselves in the foot was sending a "legal committee"
to Barbara Sander's office, creating an impression that the Board did
not have confidence in her legal competencies. She said so at the
Saturday meeting.
The Board has now collectively jeopardized the Association because
it is behaving as if it is not accountable to anyone except its collective
self, with all their perceptions, and little evidence. This is an example'
of "member-friendly" behavior. Who is likely to want to voluntarily
participate in such a self-governing mechanism when the masters
act without a sense of fiduciary responsibility?
George Mahr, developer of Casa del Mahr, threatened each member
with litigation against their persons for the lack of such responsibil-
ity, and other members spoke to that point earlier at Saturday's meet-
ing. At that time, they were upset with Barbara Sander's resignation.
To dismiss Gleasman at this time is just plain tacky and unethical.
The membership of the Association is entitled to a.full explanation of
the firing of Wayne Gleasman, and the continued silence of each Board
members who voted "Yes" is evidence enough that they hold them-
selves above and beyond accountability. Now, the membership is left
with the same old thing--Plantation politics that ignores competence,
reliability, continuity and responsibility, attributes of Mr. Wayne

Tom W. Hoffer

Tournament fee continued
from p. 2.

a $600,000 block grant that the
City of Apalchicola is seeking for
the construction of a park on
Water Street. Mr. Kilbourn sug-
gested that the park would have
street lights added, historical and
'ecological visuals, indigenous
plants, large roofed areas, docks
for allowing access of recreational
and shrimp boats and telescopes
throughout the park. "How long
do you think they'll (telescopes)
stay there," joked Howell.
Resident Billy Cook suggested
that a main concern should be for
the stabilization of the bulkhead.
Other moneys left over from the
grant, said Kilbourn, may be used
to address the sparse lighting in
the City of Apalachicola. He said
that the deadline for filing the
grant application is December 19.
*The board agreed to set a meet-
ing for December 18 at 6 P.M. at
the Apalachicola City Hall for the
purpose of discussing a possible
lawsuit involving the Franklin
County Commission and the city's
right to choose its' own trash col-
lection service.

A small crowd of St. George Is-.
landers congregated on the St.
George Island Branch of the Apa-
lachicola Bank, Friday, December
1, at 5 PM to welcome the arrival
of a brand new rescue truck. All
the present units of the St. George
Island Volunteer Fire Department
(SGIVFD) went to the mainland
end of the bridge to await the ar-
rival of their chief, Jay Abbott. He
had driven the new unit in from
Ocala. The other units escorted
the brand new addition over the
last few miles of the journey to the
Island with sirens blaring to an-
nounce the truck's arrival.
The convoy stopped at the bank
to allow Branch Manager Mark
Edenfield to present them with an
over-sized version of the loan
check in the amount of
$51,910.65. The unit cost the fire
department $78,000, and the ap-
roximately $26,000 difference
ad been raised at the Chili
Cookoff, through the sale of raffle
tickets on a quilt made by the St.
George Island Quilters and the
One Hundred Dollar Apiece Mat
Present among the audience were
members of the Quilting Club who
had come to see the rewards of
their hard work. The members
were Linda Holzhauer, Gwen
Henkel, Helen Marsh, Ruth


Curmudgeon's Corner

By Tom Markin

National ID Card
Accompanying the growing influx of illegal immigrants into our coun-
try are continuing calls from some political and business leaders for
a national identification in order to contain the situation. At present
not only are the Southwest U.S. and California under siege but hordes
of Caribbean people are now flooding into Florida and our eastern
At the moment, the proposals are limited to helping control the immi-
grants, with the main thrust being an I.D. card that would help em-
ployers from breaking the law by hiring illegal immigrants who can-
not be legally hired. The card would use data provided by the Social
Security Administration and the Immigration and Naturalization
Agency with the key being the social security number.
For my money, the idea of such a card makes sense. The fact that the
illegal immigrant situation is far into the crisis stage was brought
home to me even more when I read of large-scale professional smug-
gling of Haitian illegals. A recent account tells of one intercepted ves-
sel that was carrying 516 Florida-bound Haitians. The report indi-
cated that there is a flotilla of these ships operating.
Remember that nationally there are millions of these illegals coming
in. A dreadfully discouraging proportion of them are poverty stricken
illiterates whose main goal in coming is to get onto the social, medi-
cal, and educational programs of our country. Add to the problem the
fact a large number of them end up in our jails as criminals, and you
have a situation that is life threatening to our society.
My question is: Why confine the card to immigrants? The possible
benefits to our society if we are all required to carry an identification
card that is hard to forge are obvious and many. The information that
can now be put on an electronic wallet card is nothing less than mind
boggling, and a great deal of this information could help us run a
much better society.
For starters, criminal records of an individual would be available to
the public or private employer who would then be able to know at
once whether the applicant was a convicted thief or sex offender. (Think
of the occasions school systems are embarrassed when it is revealed
an employee charged as a sex offender has a previous record of such
offenses.) Police would have instant access to a suspect's criminal
Wrongdoers such as deadbeat parents and scam artists could easily
be tracked down through their necessary transactions. It follows that
anybody convicted of falsely changing information on his card or us-
ing a forged card would be subject to stiff prison sentences.
Other advantages would be that medical information would be imme-
diately available, so people prone to sudden illnesses such as diabet-
ics could have rapid diagnosis and treatment. Blood type would be
instantly identified in case of an emergency.
An advantage that appeals to me is the card would be effective in
helping to curb fraud and theft in government welfare programs. I
read of immigrantsand other people with "packs" of social security
cards with different names drawing multiple checks from the taxpay-
ers whom the rip-off artists look upon as fools. The last figure I read
on food stamp fraud was $ 1.8 billion per year, and I'm sure the same
situation exists in HUD, Medicaid, and the other give-away programs.
Free money begs to be stolen.
Most of the civilized nations of Europe have used I.D. cards for many
decades, referring to them as internal passports. Remember, decent
law-abiding people have nothing to hide from the authorities con-
cerning criminal or nefarious activities. These people would welcome
an I.D. card or its equivalent as a step toward maintaining a.society
where crime, fraud, and corruption are kept to a minimum.
It makes sense to do it.

St. George Welcomes

New Rescue Unit

By Rene Topping



Guernsey, Jan Weber, Jean
Lively, Jean Crozier, and Marie
Duncklee. The ladies said they
were proud and happy to see the
results of their labors used in
such a tangible fashion. There
was a good sprinkling of residents
displaying their high priced head
Rescue workers, residents, chil-
dren and one West Highland ter-
rier dog crawled in and out of the
vehicle, poked into compart-
ments, opened the hood, raised
and lowered the halogen lights,
sat at the wheel and tried out the
bunk in the back.
Judi Little, Commander of the
rescue unit said, "These lights will
make life so much easier for us
when we are called out after dark.
We will really be able to light up
the scene." She said that the
height of the vehicle will make it
easier when they are on a search
for someone lost in the water, en-
abling them to see further.
Right now the rescue unit is com-
prised of Jay Abbot (Fire Chief),
Judi Little, Marilyn Walker, John
Ficklen, Susan Ficklen, W. K.
Sanders, Mason Bean, Mary Lou
Short, Sharon O'Dell, Ken Collins,,
and Sam Lipscomb.

Ms. Little said, "People who vol-
unteer for this job have to be very
dedicated. Otherwise they'd soon
quit." She went on to say that ev-
ery kind of emergency call that
happens in the big cities is
handled at one time or another
by the squad. "We see a lot more
car accidents now with the in-
creasing population," she said.
Ms. Little announced that there
will be a new class starting for
those who might want to volun-
teer and those who want to have
more emergency skills to aid their
.own families or friends in an
emergency situation. Paramedic
Marilyn Walker will be the in-
structor for the 40 hour course,
which will begin on January 3,
1996. pre-registration for the
course ends on December 15. The
fee for the course is $50, which
includes a text book and all in-
structional materials. Classes will
be held at the Civic Club, and
each session will be from 6:30 PM
to 10:30 PM, every Wednesday
night for ten weeks. An extra 20
hour class will be held to teach
people how to use the equipment.
Anyone volunteering to become a
member of the rescue unit will
have the cost of their course
picked up by the St. George Is-
land Volunteer Fire Department.

I ~ ' I


Pedder On

Board Water

and Sewer


Jeanette Pedder

It was no easy decision for the 63
year old native of New York to
apply for a position on the Lanark
Village Water and Sewer Commis-
sion. The pay & appreciation given
to a Water and Sewer Commis-
sioner are obsolete and the work
is constant. However, after
months of consideration,
Jeannette Pedder finally decided
to apply for the position. At the
December 5 Franklin County
Commission meeting, Commis-
sioner Raymond Williams made a
motion and received unanimous
approval to appoint Ms. Pedder to
the water and. sewer commission
contingent on her resignation
from the County Planning and
Zoning Board. Pedder agreed to
resign from the planning and zon-
ing board.
Ms. Pedder was born in Brooklyn,
New York. At the age of 18, she
joined the Women's Army Core.
After two years of military service,
Ms. Pedder was honorably dis-
charged. She moved to
Baldwinsville, NY in 1952 and at-
tended Syracuse University. In
1957, she graduated with a B.A.
in European History. Ms. Pedder
worked for both Kemper Insur-
ance Company and Mutual Life
Insurance Company of New York
until 1987. In 1990, Pedder
moved to join her mother, who has
lived in the area for the past
twenty years. Since moving to

Franklin County, Ms. Pedder has
been appointed to the Board of
Trustees of the George M. Weems
Memorial Hospital of which she
chairs and to the Franklin County
Planing and Zoning Board.
"I'm just a concerned citizen who
believes that government is noth-
ing unless exercised at the grass
roots level. The moment we forget
that is the moment that we see
many of our rights go out the win-
dow. I live here and I have a vested
interest to get involved in what
goes on here."
Some of the goals that Ms. Pedder
has set for herself include man-
aging the excessive debt accrued
in Lanark Village, bringing water
usage in Lanark Village within
acceptable limits and implement-
ing a residential metering system
to monitor per residence water
"We are heavily in debt," noted
Pedder, "We have established,
long-term debt that will run for
another 38 years." Ms. Pedder
feels that Lanark Village will grow
modestly in future, though not
explosively. And as growth occurs,
eventually the board may have to
seek a permit for the allowance of
more water usage per day. How-
ever, at the present, Pedder feels
that the water and sewer commis-
sion must ensure that residents
stay within the village's water us-
age limits. "Residential metering
is really the only way to control
water use."

After being one of the more vocal
opponents of the previous water
and sewer board, Pedder ap-
lauded the new commission as
being a "150% improvement," who
are more accountable, more fis-
cally responsible and more aware
of Florida Statutes. "I think that
ultimately, you have to consider
this position more of a service to
community, rather than a politi-
cal position. We are such small
fish in a small pond. How can this
be political?"
Anxious to begin work as a
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
Commissioner, Pedder noted, "I
am very pleased with this appoint-
ment and I'm really excited begin
my work with the board." Ms.
Pedder is a retired Lanark Village
resident. She remains fascinated
with historical studies, her college
major; and entrenched in the
workings of local government. Ms.
Pedder has one daughter, who
lives in England, and three grand-

Clare Viles

December Artist

of the Month

Clare Viles was voted by the mem-
bership of the Carrabelle Artist
Association to be named Artist of
the Month in a program spon-
sored by the Carrabelle Branch of
the Apalachicola Bank. Bank
a- Manager Will Kendrick, said that
he was most proud to have the
pain tings and photographs by the
group hung on display at his
bank. "The talent we have in the
S area is really amazing, There is
so much variety in style. The pic-
tures certainly add to the decor
of the bank."

He was pleased to have Ms. Viles'
painting of shrimp boats at rest
in Carrabelle, and he hopes that
there will be many more pictures
or local interest featured at the
bank in the coming months. He
cordially invites the public to
come and view these works of art.
Ms. Viles is well known both lo-
cally and in the Tallahassee area
1 |fot her paintings and gas received
many awards starting with a First
Im and Second place award in-
Goffstown, New Hampshire in
1964 at that community's annual

.. 4 4 4 .2.2 6 3


Warns of





State funding for school districts
throughout Florida were predicted
by Franklin County School Board
member Willie Speed to be quite
low for the 1996-97 fiscal year.
During the December 7 regular
school board meeting, Mr. Speed
addressed the future funding
woes for the Franklin County
School District and also com-
plained to fellow board members
or failing to appoint him as ei-
ther Chairman or Vice-Chairman.
"We think that funds are tight for
the 1995-96 school term," stated
Mr. Speed, "But wait till you get a
good picture of the 1996-7 funds
and you will really see some
changes made." Speed stated that
the estimated cost to operate the
State of Florida school system was:
369.54 million dollars. He said
that it would cost an additional
369.54 dollars to maintain the
same educational level in the
1996-97 school year. "It was
pointed out to me that education
has to compete with prisons," said
Speed, "And it looks now that the
prison system has the edge. But,
hopefully, it will not be as bad as
it's predicted to be."
Mr. Speed also pointed out that
23 new schools were expected to
be built in the state of Florida in
the next year, which will ulti-
mately place the new school fa-
cilities in the competitive race for
state funding.

Art snow, when she competed for
the first time as an amateur. She
repeated the awards 'in 1965,
again taking a first and second
place award. She showed locally
in the 27th Annual Art Show in
Panama City, in the professional
division, and received an honor-
ablemention for a watercolor. She
took two second places, two third
places and two honorable men-
tions at the North Florida Fair also
in 1994. She took an honorable
mention with a water color at the
North Florida Fair in November of
Ms. Viles was born in Nova Scotia,
educated in New England. The
couple came to Carrabelle from,
Tallahassee where Nelson Viles
has worked for the Department of
Education and Clare had worked
for Florida State University. They
came to Carrabelle in the seven-
ties and made a home on the

Aside from discussing future state
funding, board member Speed
also chided fellow board members
for not electing him as Chairman
or Vice-Chairman to the Frank-
lin County School Board. "There's
one thing that is interesting to me
and kind of amazes me. Here I am,
the elected Chairman of the Small
District Counsel which involves
37 small districts and 185 mem-
bers and I cannot even be elected
Chairman, Vice-Chairman...just
Vice-Chairman of my school
board. And we only have five
members. I cannot even have the
honor of being elected Vice-Chair-
man. These things seem to amaze
me quite frequently." Mr. Speed
also noted that he was one of 24
directors on the Florida School
Board Association, which com-
prise of 340 members. He pub-
cly thanked Franklin County
School Board Chairman Will
Kendrick for driving over 600
miles to Florida School Board As-
sociation meeting to lend support
to Mr. Speed's candidacy to the
organization's Board of Directors.
"I have three brothers and I don't
know if they would have done that
for me."
In other school board business:
*Superintendent of Schools C.T.
Ponder announced that Franklin
County's 11th Grade Class scored
'above the state average on com-
munications and mathematics on
'the October 1995 High School
Competency Test. He stated that
the scores on the communications
test were among the highest in the
state. "I think we're on the right
road," said Ponder, "And we've got
to continue In that regard."
*Chairman Will Kendrick stated
that he had been approached by
several students wishing to be
excused from class following a late
football game that is being played
away from Franklin County.
"School comes first," noted
Kendrick. He stated that he'd
rather the students miss the ball
game, than a school day.
*The board unanimously ap-
proved the new Drug and Alcohol
Policy for the Franklin County
School District for the 1996-97
school term.
The policy provides that students
who are caught possessing, us-
ing or dealing an illegal substance
will receive an automatic suspen-
sion and possible expulsion. The
school district may even choose
to have the student arrested. A
student who is caught in violation
of the drug policy on or off cam-

Poston Bayou at the west end of
the Tillie Miller Bridge. She is
'.owner and artist in residence at
the Bayou Art Gallery, adjacent
to her home. As she began to grow
familiar with the town she discov-
ered there were quite a number
of artists living in the area. She
formed and was charter president
of the Carrabelle Artists Associa-
-tion in 1980 and this group pres-
ently has 22 active members.
She has served as judge for the
amateur and junior divisions of
the Art Show at the North Florida
Fair for the last three years. She
.has participated in many nation-
ally recognized art shows. She has
attended work shops with many
-noted artists and has studied
under Leonard Armstrong; Clay
Kent; Ray Loos; Carolyn Reidel
Sand Mary Jo Weale.
Continued on page 7

First Responder Course
A first Responder Course is being offered
beginning January 3, 1996 at 6:30 p.m., St. George
Island Volunteer Fire Department Building.

Course fee is $50.00, which includes all instructional
Pre-registratiodn is required. For pre-registration
packets, please call Marilyn Walker at 904-927-2354 or
write to Marilyn Walker, HCR Box 258, St. George Island,
Florida 32328.
Class size is limited to 20 (twenty) and pre-
registration closes December 15, 1995.
All existing First Responders are cordially invited to
audit any portion of the course.
Re-certification classes will be offered later in 1996.

pus will receive a mandatory 5 to
10 day suspension. The school
board will then hold an expulsion
hearing. If a student wishes to
escape expulsion, he must either
divulge information that will lead
to the arrest and conviction of a
drug dealer or he must success-
fully complete a state drug treat-
ment program.
*The board unanimously ap-
proved the Apalachicola High
School Spending Plan and In-
structional Technology. The
spending plan is a required item
by the Florida Legislature for
school districts seeking an In-
structional Technology Incentive
Grant. A spending plan is re-
quired by each school in the
county in order to reflect their
appropriate needs.
*The board unanimously ap-
proved a Memorandum of Under-
standing with the HRS for Pre-
Kindergarten Early Intervention.
The purpose of the memorandum
is to provide a federal funding
match for eligible students who
are served in the pre-kindergar-
ten early intervention program
during the 1993-94, 1994-95 and
1995-96 school term who were
not included in other federal pro-
grams. Those students who are
eligible must be pre-kindergarten
early intervention students whose
families receive AFDC. The Fran-
klin County School District can
receive approximately $2,000.00
per student. HRS must certify the
eligibility of each student and
then forward the information to
the Department of Education.
*The board unanimously ap-
proved a Contractual Agreement
with Margot A. Palazesi, a visual
impairment teacher and consult-
ant for visually impaired students
at Chapman Elementary School.

*The board unanimously ap-
proved the design of a new two
page School Report, which will be
sent to the public on December
15, 1995. Information received by
the Department of Education and
on the local level will be included
under each goal area of the school
report. A separate sheet will in-
clude additional required infor-

*School Board Attorney Barbara
Sanders stated that the original
deed for the old school gym in
Carrabelle was missing from the
county files. The deed will be
needed in the transfer of the gym
from the Franklin County School
Board to the City of Carrabelle.
Ms. Sanders noted that school
board member Katie McKnight
had expressed concern that the
gym not have a age limitation or
discrimination when transferred
to the City of Carrabelle. Sanders
suggested putting language in the
transfer document to "encourage"
youth participation in the old
gym. She stated that the school
board could either exercise their
reverter clause or sue the City of
Carrabelle if the gym is used in-
appropriately. Sanders stated
that a third party or profit mak-
ing entity should not be allowed
to gain ownership of the property.
Board member Jimmy Gander
requested Sanders to draw up
plans to sum up the board's rights
and provisions of the transfer
*School Board Attorney Barbara
Sanders applauded Chairman
Will Kendrick's oversight of a bill
to Inner Harbour Hospital. She
said that the chairman had re-
frained from paying an excessive
bill from the hospital facility,
which would have cost the board
approximately 60 thousand dol-
lars. "This is an example of local
government working with the
board's oversight."

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The Honorable William Gary

Frank T. Williams,
Assistant State Attorney

Kevin Steiger,
Assistant Public Defender

Franklin County Court House
11 December 1995

Brandon Atkinson: Charged with one count of Trespassing While
Armed, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the
case for pre-trial on January 8, 1996. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant has been accused of trespassing on the property of
Harry Sanborn on November 12, 1995 while armed with a 22 Caliber
Rifle. According to the probable cause report, Harry Sanborn reported
that his food shack and several other camper windows had been bro-
ken near his private property in Carrabelle. Sanborn questioned the
defendant and two other co-defendants, who are minors, about the
broken windows. Sanborn reported that the defendant had claimed
that the broken windows were broken before they entered the private
property and that they were hunting for squirrels.
Larry M. Cummings: Charged with one count of Sale of Cannabis,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on January 8, 1996. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
George N. Davis: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with
a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Grand
Theft of a Firearm, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser
charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a
Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Grand Theft of a Firearm. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant was accused of stealing a Colt 22 firearm from the car
of Edward Wilson on June 28, 1995. According to the probable cause
report, Edward Wilson reported that he was confronted by a group of
African American youths on bicycles after he had sold a quart of oys-
ters to Franklin County Commissioner Edward Tolliver at his resi-
dence. Mr. Wilson alleged that one individual reached into his car
and took $27 from his shirt pocket. He reported that the defendant
later reached into his car and stole his firearm. Wilson alleged that,
when he shouted at the youths to return his property, the defendant
returned, "Old man, you better get your ass away from here before I
powder it." On September 9, 1995, Stacy Flowers alleged that the
defendant threatened her with a firearm.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
23 months in the Department of Corrections with 40 days of jail credit
for time served. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255
for court costs. "I think you've just jumped into the possibility of
being a habitual offender," said Gary, "This is your last bite of the
apple. The rest of the apple is full of worms."
James D. Gordon: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling
and Battery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary continued the case for case management on January 8, 1996.
The defendant was appointed the services of the Assistant Public
Tasha Jennings: Charged with one count of Accessory to Third De-
gree Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge.
The defendant was accused of diverting the attention of Fr.. Latosynski
with conversation while another defendant went into St. Patrick Catho-
lic Church on December 4, 1995 and stole three microphones and
one microphone cord which were worth $2000. The defendants un-
successfully attempted to sell the microphones to the Franklin Gun
& Pawn shop in Eastpoint. The defendants were later stopped in
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Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to one year of probation and
permitted the defendant to transfer her probationary term to Utah.
John R. Jones, I: Charged with onA count of Sexual Battery by
Force, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on January 8, 1996.The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender.
The defendant has been accused of committing sexual battery on
Pam Jones on September 7 at the Rancho Motel. According to the
probable cause report, Ms. Jones alleges that she and the defendant
met at the Rancho Motel, watched television and engaged in consentual
intercourse. However, Ms. Jones alleged, when the defendant's brother
Charlie Jones arrived at the motel, both Charlie and John Jones be-
gan drinking beer and becoming "rowdy." Ms. Jones alleges that the
defendant later slapped her, threw her down and sexually assaulted
her as Charlie Jones helped to hold her down.
John F. Lee: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Check and
Petit Theft, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to one year of
probation, 25 hours of community service and ordered him to pay
350 in restitution to the Gulfside IGA and $250 in court costs. The
defendant had previously given false information to Judge Steinmeyer
at the November court proceedings when asked about prior convic-
tions. Judge Steinmeyer had promised to charge the defendant with
perjury if his testimony was found to be false. However, even though
the defendant did give false information, he was not charged with
perjury, because Steinmeyer failed to ask the defendant to raise hi
right hand and to swear to his testimony. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Note: the defen-
dant is not the person of John F. Lee, who manages the Apalachicola
Lorenzo O'Neal: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on January 8, 1996. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Phyllecia B. Daniel: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault,
Resisting Arrest Without Violence and Trespassing with Notice Given,
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges.
The defendant was accused of trying to enter the home of William
Jones after she had been given notice to leave by Officer Jerry Proc-
tor. According to the probable cause report, Officer Proctor had been
dispatched to the residence of William Jones. Proctor reported that,
when he arrived at the residence, he warned the defendant to leave
-the premises. According to Proctor, the defendant left, went down an
alleyway behind the house and then attempted to climb through the
back window. When Officer Proctor confronted the defendant, the
. defendant threatened Proctor with a knife and stated, "I'll cut your
mother-f***ing ass." Proctor reported that he put the defendant in a
straight arm bar, forced her to the ground and handcuffed her.
Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 30 days in the Franklin County
Jail and ordered her to serve 18 months of probation. "Everyone is
entitled to make mistake and you had a lulu here," said Gary, "If you
come back before me, you better brig a toothbrush, because they
don't provide them In the prisons anymore due to budget cuts." The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jeff A. Savage: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling
and Petit Theft, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charges
of Trespassing in an Occupied Structure and Petit Theft. Judge Gary
adjudicated the defendant guilty, sentenced him to one year of pro-
bation and ordered him to pay S 100 in restitution and $150 in court
costs. The defendant ws represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
James C. Taunton: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged
Instrument, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to 18 months
of probation and ordered him to pay $86 in restitution to the Gulfside
IGA, $88 in restitution to the Red Rabbit and $255-in court costs.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. '
Albert A. Wilson: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled
Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for pre-trial on January 8, 1996. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Mellnda Payne: Charged with one count of Third Degree Criminal
Mischief, the defendant pleaded.No Contest to the charge.
The defendant was accused of curing the auto tires of Linda Richards.
According to the probable causereport, Amie Gall Burke alleged that
she accompanied the defendantlto Ms. Richards' home and witnessed
the defendant cut the auto tires. According to the probable cause
report, the defendant suspected Ms. Richards of having personal re-
lations with her husband.
The defendant was also accused of cashing a stolen treasury check
belonging to Audrea Odell. The: defendant's sister, Cora Beth Yon,
had confessed to taking the check out of Ms. Odell's post office box
on August 22, 1995. Ms. Yon said that she also witnessed the defen-
dant forging the check. The defendant's sister-in-law Linda Wynette
Cambell gave testimony that she witnessed the defendant cashing
the check at Gulf State bank on September 12, 1995.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced her to
60 days in the Franklin County Jail with credit given for 38 days
served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to 18 months of
probation and ordered her to pay $375 in court costs and $1,540 in
restitution to Linda Richards and Audrea Odell. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Richard Barnett, Jr.: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on January 8, 1996. The
defendant was represented by Attorney J. Joseph Hughes.
Ashley Bradshaw: Charged with three counts of Sexual Battery, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary adjudi-
cated the defendant delinquent and sentenced him into the custody
of Juvenile Justice. The defendant, who was fourteen years old, could
have been charged as an adult and received prison time for the three
counts of homosexual rapes that he committed at Inner Harbour
The defendant was represented by Attorney David Brooks Kundin.
"Quite frankly, I'm doing this (sentencing the defendant as a delin-
quent) reluctantly," said Judge Gary, "Because this young man has
more problems than I've seen in a long time." Gary addressed the
defendant. "If your behavior continues, you will spend the rest of
your fourteen-year-old life in prison; and you don't want to go to
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mascara smeared on you in twelve hours. You won't be a boy there
and you'll never be a man. You'll be what they call a girl."
Dann Brown: Charged with one count of Escape, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for
case management on January 8, 1996.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger was appointed to the defen-
Billy Gene Bryant: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged
Check, Uttering a Worthless Check over 149 Dollars and Forgery, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued
the case for trial on January 24, 1996. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Sandra Massey Clark: Charged with one count of Possession of more
than Twenty Grams of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Parapher-
nalia, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary
continued the case for trial on January 25, 1996.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Kenneth D. Cooper: Charged with one count of Aggravated Fleeing
and Eluding, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for trial on January 26, 1996. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jermaine J. Earl: Charged with one count 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
Gary continued the case for trial dates on January 24-26. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney Cliff Davis.
James Don Glass: Charged with one count of Possession of more
than Twenty Grams of Cannabis, Possession with Intent to Sell Can-
nabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
January 8, 1996. The defendant was represented by Attorney Stephen
S. Dobson, III.
Jamie Davis Guthrie: Charged with one count of Possession of more
than Twenty Grams of Cannabis, Driving with a Suspended License
and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pleaded Not
Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on
January 26, 1996. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Smith Harris: Charged with Principle in Armed Robbery, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for a hearing on December 14, 1995. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Andrew O'Neal: Charged with one count of Battery on a Law En-
forcement Officer and Battery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for pre-trial on January
8, 1996. The defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
The defendant has been accused of attacking Apalachicola resident
Carla Sanders and Apalachicola Police Officer Arnold Tolliver. Ac-
cording to the probable cause report, Officer Arnold Tolliver had been
asked by Mr. Sanders to accompany her to the residence of the defen-
dant on 11th Street to help retrieve some of her personal belongings.
Officer Tolliver's reported that he remained in the yard of the defen-
dant while Ms. Sanders went to the door. Tolliver noted that the de-
fendant threw Sanders to the ground when he initially saw her and
later dragged her into his home and again threw her to the ground.
Officer Tolliver reported that the defendant later confronted him and
stated, "You Arnold Tolliver is no more than a punk assed nigger and
I ought to dog your punk ass out." Tolliver noted that the defendant
then punched him in the chest twice, but ceased his actions when he
drew his service revolver.
David R. Pool: Charged with one count of Trespassing on a Struc-
ture, Resisting Arrest with Violence and Criminal Mischief, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary set the case for
case management on January 8, 1996. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant has been accused of refusing to leave Charlie's Lounge
in Eastpoint after given notice and also resisting Deputy Chester
Creamer. According to the probable cause report, Deputy Creamer
was dispatched To Charlies Lounge on September 30, 1995 on a com-
plaint that minors were loitering the facility. Lounge Manager Wallace
Watkins told Deputy Creamer that the defendant had been pestering'
the facility's disc jockey and that he was permanently barred from
the property. After Deputy Creamer and Sgt. Mike Eller informed the
defendant that-he must leave the premises, he responded that he
was not going any "mother f***ing place." As the officers informed the
defendant that he was under arrest, the defendant allegedly began
swinging at Deputy Creamer. Sgt. Eller pepper maced the defendant
and placed him under arrest. The defendant, after being placed in the
sheriffs vehicle, kicked the rear left door, knocked the window out of
its track and bent the outer edge of the window frame.
Milton Ray Hatfield: Charged with one count of Cultivation of Can-
nabis, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for trial on January 25, 1996. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
David Martin: Charged with one count of Inference with Custody
and Delivery of a Controlled Substance by a Minor, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for
case management on January 8, 1996. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
John C. Thomas: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case for case management on December
14, 1995. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
James Earl Coulter: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault
with a Deadly Weapon and Battery, the defendant pleaded No Con-
test to the lesser charge of assault. Judge Gary adjudicated the de-
fendant guilty, sentenced him to six months of county probation and
ordered him to pay $125 for court Costs. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Barbara Sanders continued on page 9
Continued on page 9


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Dockets, continued from p.7
Jay Cleveland Nix: Charged with one count of Second Degree Mur-
der and Armed Robbery with a Firearm, the defendant pleaded Not
Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for a compe-
tency hearing on January 8, 1996. The defendant was represented
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adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 60 days in
the county jail followed by 18 months of probation. Judge Gary also
ordered the defendant to complete 50 hours of community service
and pay $255 for court costs. A restitution hearing was set for the
defendant on January 8, 1996. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Salesia V. Smith.

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defendant entered a denial to the charge. Judge Gary set the case for
a hearing on January 8, 1996. The defendant was represented by
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Eugene James Cooper: Charged with Violation of Probation, the de-
fendant entered a denial to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for a hearing on January 8, 1996. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Glenn Suddeth: Charged with Violation of Probation, the defendant
failed to appear for his court date. Judge Gary issued a capias for the
arrest of the defendant for failure to appear.
Catherine A. Tucker: Charged with Violation of Probation, the de-
fendant entered a denial to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for a hearing on January 8, 1996. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Edgar Lee Elzie, Jr.
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By Brian Goercke
Amidst a room filled with atten-
tive listeners at the Moorings in
Carrabelle, writer Patrick Smith
chronicled his travels and his life
as a writer from the old south on
December 2.

The lament of selling his first work
was compounded by "14 straight
rejections," said Smith. He stated
that A Land Remembered is now
published in 46 countries. "You
don't have to write trash to suc-

.-peeed." said the author.

Mr. Smith instructed audience In order to write his work Angel
members that writing is contin- ity, Mr. Smith stated that he had
gent upon experience. He stated- toss himself off as a migrant
that all of his work has been _worker." He noted, "It was sheer
brought to being through the physical torture to spend 10 to 12
hardness of travel, meeting and ours in those bean or tomato
understanding the people that he fields."
would later write about and liv-
ing out the content of his future ,Mr. Smith first became ac-
work. In works such as A Land quainted with the state of Florida
Remembered, Forever Island at the age of six in 1933. The
and Altapattah, Smith said that. young would-be author was liv-
he had to spend a good amount ing in Mississippi and his family
of time living in the coitmpany of "fihad decided to take a three week
Native Americans. - -trip to the Sunshine State with
I c .. f the$100 of travel money. Smith ex-
"I couldn't make a friend with the plained that the old Florida did
Seminole Indians," said Smith,; not require a lot of travel money.
who stayed at the Florida Ever- you wanedsomething to eat,
glades to meet with the people he you just parked and helped
had hoped to write about. "I sat yourself...put a grasshopper on
around stores and tried to learn,--th dof hook,threwitin the
as much as I could. I learned more river and pulled put whatever you
by observation than by conversa- wanted."
tion, because there was no con- .. .
versation." He concluded, 'They Smith recounted his trip from
,tolerated me, but they didn't ac- Pensacola, to St. Petersburg
cept me." ,.("Where shuffleboards outnum-
S h sd tt he r d hs bers people 100 to 1"). In Naples,
Smith said that he received his he recalled, "It looked like some-
break in Hollywood, Florida where ,,one captured a rainbow and
he met a friend named James crushed it and sprinkled it all over
Billy, a young Seminole, who the trees." Then to the swamps of
spent time with him explaining the Florida Everglades, which the
the fears, superstitions and leg- -author commented, "Flights of
ends of the Seminole Indian tribe. birds were so thick, they literally
"He (James Billy) has since be- .blocked out the sun and cast a
come Chief of the Seminole Indi- Show across the land. In Vero
ans and we have remained re-
mained friends." Continued on page 10

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dent Tries to
Cocaine from
Gulf County
According to a December 7 report
from The Star of Port St. Joe, St.
George Island resident Steven C.
Rash, age 37, was arrested after
purchasing crack cocaine from an
off-duty police officer in Gulf
According to the probable cause
report, Mr. Rash approached Gulf
County Sheriffs Deputy Andrew

Gainer, who was washing his ve-
hicle on Martin Luther King Bou-
levard, and allegedly asked the
police officer if he was "holding."
Deputy Gainer asked Mr. Rash
how much he wanted and Rash
responded that he wanted $40
According to The Star, Gainer
contacted Officer Marty Williams
of the Port St. Joe Police Depart-
ment, and asked him to obtain a
quantity Of crack cocaine from the
evidence locker at the sheriffs
department. Officer Williams de-
livered the crack cocaine to
Deputy Gainer and then Gainer
allegedly sold the illegal drugs to
Mr. Rash at a parking lot off of
First Street.
Mr. Rash was immediately ar-
rested by Deputy Gainer after-
wards for the purchase of crack
cocaine. Mr. Rash's 1990 Mus-
tang convertible was also seized
after the arrest.

Board Meeting, continued from p. 1
ion that we want. And, Dick (Plessinger) is the only one in the
room that has expressed a desire not to practice law... So, I would
just like to voice my continuing objection to the problem we have
here... in terms of form shopping. Let's just keep spending money
until we hear what we want...
John Gelch thanked Lou for his opinion.
Dr. Adams: (continuing with his report to the Board)... We asked for a
status report on the Resort Village... Barbara said she had no
knowledge of any pending negotiations.
This brought a lengthy discussion as to what negotiations had been
done, and whether negotiations had broken off, or were in a tempo-
rary hiatus.
...At this point, as far as I am able to determine, there is no
negotiation going on with Mr. Johnson...
Dr. Adams invited Lou Vargas to comment.
Vargas: ...You made a speech at one of the last meetings
mischaracterizing the status of the negotiations. And I hope that
your opposition to what we were attempting to do was not based
upon your misunderstanding of the facts we were at a point,
prior to the elections, where we could have very easily remedied
this situation if people would have had a more accurate perspec-
tive on what we were trying to do. I think the problem here re-
mains that everyone is trying to practice law...
Barbara Sanders: It (the negotiations) was left hanging. There were
proposals. No one to my knowledge... has sat down across the
Vargas: Well, were the negotiations closed? Did we break down? ....My
answer to that is "Hell, NO." ... There was no closure....
Adams: ...There was no report that we could obtain.
Vargas: Tom, what a crock of baloney. You got draft proposals... You
got verbal reports. There was no report? That's baloney, Tom...
Adams: Lou, I asked you at the Annual Meeting... I said where do we
stand with...
Vargas: No, you asked are we negotiating this minute. No, I was not
talking to Ben Johnson. Did you ever ask me if the negotiations
had broken down?
Adams: What I asked in the course of this deliberation is there any-
thing happening?
Vargas: The impression I got was that if we attempted to present
something to the membership, some of the members would file a
lawsuit. I was attempting to sell this thing without any lawsuit
being filed. Which is probably a mistake, because it's impos-
sible, it seems, to get everyone to agree on this issue.... Ifyou're
asking me now, did the negotiations break down, the answer is
No. If you're asking me now, do'I think its possible to resolve that
issue by negotiation, the answer is Yes. But, people will have to
be reasonable.
Sanders: Just so you understand the status, there were proposals,
counterproposals, discussions, modifications, etc. that were hap-
pening. Then, there was a hiatus, I guess, for the (annual) meet-
ing and for the new board...
Vargas: You specifically asked me not to do anything until after the
elections, Tom.
John Gelch: Let me jump in here, because what we're up against I
think is the letter here from Barbara Sanders, and I'm going to
quote this... I think what we're trying to find out, is where the
hell we are?
Mr. Gelch reiterated his frustration, in light of losing.
B' L. Cosey recommended that everyone keep their mouth shut for
awhile and allow Dr. Adams finish his report to the Board.
Adams; He concluded that there was no indication that negotiations
were going on at this time. And, that Barbara Sanders would not
be representing the Board on the Resort Village matter. The legal
committee then consulted with attorney Mike Coppins and he

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Board Meeting, continued from p.9
reported that the remains of the opinion that the Resort Village
agreement is not a valid agreement... Coppins concluded that
the only "clean way" to resolve this is to seek a declaratory judg-
ment on the agreement. Otherwise, there will remain a potential
liability to the Association likely to resurface as did the '86 agree-
ment. That agreement was made by the developer, to resurface
ten years later, as "we are the ones to suffer from that language...
In a sense, the Resort Village, unresolved, leaves us in that same
Jeopardy, Adams concluded. The legal committee's recommen-
dation is to get on with the negotiations and resolve the matter,
or if there are no negotiations, we seek the declaratory judg-
Dr. Adams then turned to other lawyers who have applied to the As-
sociation to represent the Association. The four lawyer firm propos-
ing to be retained as counsel at $750 month
Vargas began interrogating other Board members to find out how the
solicitations for bids were started which led to another verbal ex-
change about the solicitation of new attorneys. Vargas had not been
Vargas: ...I still want to have an answer to my question. Who picked
up the phone and asked...?
Finally, it was revealed that B. L. Cosey had talked with one law firm;
Christon Gallio talked with another.
Vargas: ...What I think has happened here, and I think each of you
are about to breach a fiduciary duty to the Association if you
continue this way... I think that Tom (Adams) has been hellbent
on a declaratory judgment since day one, on this issue.
I think you've gone to attorneys and have said I want you to file a
declaratory judgment. I don't know that you're getting good legal
advice because I don't know what you have said to that attorney. ....I
want to remind the Board that each of you has pledged to go to the
membership before you initiate litigation...
In my humble opinion... a declaratory judgment now would be abso-
lutely the worst thing that the Association could do.... in terms of
what could happen later down the road......The Board is taking affir-
mative action to say, We breached that agreement, which may or may
not be a valid agreement.

Gallio: It's only your opinion...

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Beach, the author said that he
found a starfish and mistakenly
thought that it was a baby octo-
As his career as a writer devel-
oped, Mr. Smith stated that he
would try to talk with old Florida
families to gain a better historical
knowledge of the area. "And they
(the families) still live in those old
cracker houses. And every one of
em' has a front porch with the
cane bottom rocking chairs."
Smith said that he would get to
meet some of the old timers by
just approaching them and tell-
ing them that he was a friend of
an.old friend of the family who
made him promise to stop by if
he was in the area. "At that point,
they're too embarrassed to say
they don't remember'who you're
talking about, so they'll let you sit
down. You have to step in
sideways...tell little white lies."
Smith recounted some of the old
southern delicacies that included
Cajun Coffee and homegrown to-
bacco. He recalled the ingredients
of Cajun Coffee as being four-
fifths of coffee and chicory poured
into a one gallon barrel and boiled
for a long time. "It comes out with
the same taste as melted asphalt.
Two cups of that stuff has the
same effect on me as nine choco-
late x-lax bars." Smith noted that
the homegrown tobacco re-
sembled rotten kabasi. "I once
tried to chew that stuff when I was
young and I missed three days of
school because of it."
After 40 years as writer, Smith
passed on his knowledge as a man
of the written word: "Writing is not
a glamorous way of life. It's a lot
of hard work. There's a lot of lone-
liness. It's just you and that type-
writer; and no one can help you.
You have to give up a lot of things
you'd rather otherwise like to do.
Nobody cares whether you have
or have not written a book." How-
ever, he concluded, "When some-
one tells you that something you
wrote'brought them pleasure, it-
makes it all worthwhile." Mr.
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ings as a youth were the Hardy
Boys series. He named Thomas
Wolfe as one of his later favorites.
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Smith'sold copies of his books and
took time to sign each copy. A re-
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also followed the lecture. The ap-
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made possible by efforts from
Marilyn Naito with the Wilderness
Coast Library.

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Vargas: Excuse me, Christon. Excuse me... It is only my opinion.
You're absolutely right, o. k. And. I'm giving you my opinion and
I'm putting it on the record because when this goes down the
tubes... I want everybody to know who's responsible for losing
the-Association's money...
Gallio: You have put your opinion on the record for the past two
Vargas: You are playing right into Mr. Johnson's hands, if that's what
you want to do. That's because each and every one of you want
to practice law...
Pam Amato commented that Vargas' points were valuable but she did
not like his tone.
Dr. Adams then resumed his report. Issues coming before the Board
include easements, and other matters. The other attorney who was
listed as a possible counsel for the Board was Baxter Lemmond. Adams
stated that he was not certain as to the status of Barbara Sanders in
view of her letter. Vargas interrupted, complaining that the entire
matter of soliciting attorneys had not been listed as an agenda item
and that a thorough canvass of possible candidates had not been
completed. He did not think this procedure was proper for the Board.
Barbara Sanders told the meeting that her letter was the result of a
meeting with the legal committee "...in which a lack of confidence
was expressed in my abilities..." 'That's the purpose of my letter. I
don't like to represent clients who do not think I'm doing a good job
for them," she said.

John Gelch: ...All I'm trying to'do is to get a sense of order here. And,
you keep taking us, way past, way past, before we've made a
decision. We're at the point now that we have not moved on any-
thing. Vargas: ...The way you guys are going and some of the
things you have suggested, a half million dollars won't be enough
to cover it. Gelch: I don't think we've approved anything yet, Lou.
Vargas: You may riot have approved anything, but you've sown
Gelch continued to argue that the Board was merely trying to assess
"where we are" in reviewing the Ben Johnson matter, deliberating
over the resignation by Barbara Sanders, and determining the status
of the Ben Johnson negotiations, and reviewing the process of select-
ing new Board counsel. Finally, Vargas stated:
"What I am suggesting is the backhanded way, the behind-closed-
doors that you have handled this whole situation... has already
bungled it. It's going to take a formal apology to convince this woman
to continue to represent us...
Gelch: You're speaking for Barbara.
Vargas: Barbara can speak for herself.
Barbara: ...More money. (Laughter from the audience and Board).
Ms. Sanders said she would "stay on" to provide continuity to the
Bob Herren appeal and new attorney. She cautioned the Board
that bringing in new counsel was not like interchangeable parts.
It would be unfair to dump the business into the lap of a new
attorney. The larger issues will require a lot of homework to get
up to speed before continuing any litigation or negotiation, for
new counsel, she concluded.
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sociation for five years. ...I bought my house down here to retire.
And, we did, last year. I moved down here, halftime starting about
a month ago. I didn't buy in here to become part of a lawsuit, or
lots of lawsuits. I just want to live here. And, I don't like the
thought that we are going to enter into... lawsuits as a way of life
here. And, that seems to have been the process for a longtime... It
doesn't make me very happy to be a. member of a community that
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ment... i sure as hecic don't want to pay an -extra assessment...
I'm not wealthy. I can't afford that... Let's be friends among each
other. (Applause from the audience).
B. J. Cosey: ...All the lawsuits that have been filed have been
defensive.... (interrupted)
Audience: That's not true...
Kay Davis: ....Is there a way to keep the Plantation as it is, without
lawsuits? If there is, let's hear it...
Jim Thaxton: I'm Jim Thaxton and I've lived here a little over two
years. I really hate to say this. I haven't been to many meetings
because every time I come, I get so disgusted with what's going
on in this beautiful area.. riding down this road everyday (Lei-
sure Lane) tearing, my cars up... You start talkingabout assess-
ments. We'll have a lot.of lawyers getting a lot ofinoney around
here... We have plenty of potholes... I'm fed up with it. This is a
beautiful place to live... come in and hear you all argue, like a
bunch of kids I want to go on record to say that I'm tired of the
potholes and I'm tired of all the litigation. And, you're going to
ruin this beautiful place...if you keep going in the direction you're
Vargas: ...This debate has been going on for 15 years... (In the Resort
Village area)... the DRI (Development of Regional Impact state-
ment) potentially permits commercial development there. There
is a lot of debate going on. I concur with your suggestion that we
negotiate out of this rather than litigate... But what's happened
in the past is, when you try to resolve these issues, other than
putting a gun to somebody's head, which is essentially Mr.
Hartley's negotiating position was, single-family homes or noth-
ing, that was Bill's position. That's not negotiation... Negotia-
tions is give-and-take. I never suggested that the POA endorse
commercial development....
George Mahr: (If the Association is going to sue Dr. Ben Johnson)... if
that is the case, I have already committed myself, my attorneys
to sue every individual Board member here as a class action
suit.. So be prepared. I think it's entirely wrong, so get ready to
defend yourselves...
Lennie Davis: That requires an answer. If you do sue, Ill help orga-
nize a group to counter sue him (Mahr)... (confusion, laughter)

Wayne Gleasman sat before the Board, the last item of business was
a vote on his termination. Pam Amato:moved to dismiss Mr. Gleasman
as Manager, and William Hartley seconded the motion. Plessinger
and Cosey voted "Yes", Christon Gallio voted "No." President John
Gelch remained silent. Then, without any explanation to Mr. Gleasman
about their vote, the meeting was adjourned,

Plantation CPO Legal Costs
Climbing to $81,200.

The ad hoc group of owners within the St. George Island Plantation
calling themselves the Concerned Property Owners have reported to
Plantation owners at large that the CPO legal costs have risen to
$81,200. The group started soliciting contributions to their legal fund
to fight the Resort Village development in the Plantation, owned by
Dr. Ben Johnson. During the recent election for the Board of Direc-
tors, a number of opposition candidates stated that CPO costs would
rise to $500,000, so the CPO has released their inventory of legal
expenses to demonstrate that the charge was not true. Thus far, allof
the legal expenses are owed to the Holland and Knight law firm in
Tallahassee. Contributors may mail their contributions to the CPO
fund to: Charles Duncklee, 1560 Seaside Drive, Post Office Box 923,
St. George Island, FL 32328.

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