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Shuler

Remain

Franklin

County

Attorney
Attorney Alfred "Sonny" Shuler
will remain the county attorney
for the Franklin County Commis-
sion, following a vote at a special
meeting on Tuesday, January 9.
The five-man commission voted
unanimously to accept the ser-
vices of Shuler and his two sons,
Gordon and Michael, for another
year. Ahhough three other attor
neys had made applicauon, only
one, Baxter Lemmond, came to
the meeting to make a presenta-
tion. Barbara Sanders bowed out
saying in a letter to the commis-
sion that she might have a con-
flict of interest. She is presently
the attorney for the Franklin
County School Board. Brent Tay-
lor said that he had been made a
better offer in Tallahassee.
In starting his presentation,
Shuler said that he was going'to
talk to the board about changes
and history. He stressed the long-
time association of his family with
the commission. "My father
served the county as county at-
torney since 1933," he said. "I
have served the commission for
35 years." He said that in addi-
tion to his services, the county
would have the services of one or
the other of his two sons should
S. he have to be absent from the
county. He added, "One of tfiem
will attend the meetings and be
available for legal advice, if I have
to be absent. There will always be
someone to turn to for legal ad-
vice." Shuler said his fees would
be the same as the previous con-
tract. This called for a retainer of
$875.00 per month, which Shuler
said was for 16 hours of service.
He added that this amount would
cover him attending all meetings
and would probably cover taking
care of things that came up at the
meetings.
He also told the commission that
his office was fully equipped with
a law librarian, equipment and
machines to do any task that
might be required. The retainer
does not cover any litigation the
county may have.
Attorney Lemmond said that he
was fairly new to the county and
presently lives on St. George Is-
land. He said this might be a good
thing, as he had no relationship
to anyone in the county and
would have no conflicts of inter-
ests. He said that he had experi-
ence in Virginia and in Key West,
where he served as Deputy
County Attorney. He,noted that
the first thing he would do if se-
lected would be to look through
the prevailing ordinances and
eliminate some that are not effec-
tive any longer. In addition, he
said he would, also propose some
new ones that could be of benefit
to the county financially. He said
he did not personally have a law
library but felt that there were
enough places he could have ac-
cess to one, to make that not of
any real concern. He proposed a
fee of $100 an hour.
In the last fiscal year from Octo-
ber 1, 1994, to September 30,
1995, the county had legal costs
of $34,898.18 for all.attorneys.
Shuler was paid a total of
$26,007.00, which included his
retainer. The Tallahassee firm of
Carson and Adkins was paid
$8,891.18 for other legal services.


Trustee Motion

to Liquidate

Wellsprings to

be Heard

February 8th
Creditors unpaid employees and
the public are advised by the U. S.
Bankruptcy Court that a hearing
on the issue of liquidating
Wellsprings Home Health Care,
Inc., headquartered in Carrabelle,
will be held in Tallahassee on
February 8, 1996, in the 3rd floor
Federal Courtroom, Tallahassee,
after 1:30 p.m. The U. S. Bank-
ruptcy Court is located in the
Federal Building at 227 North
Bronough Street, Tallahassee.
The U. S. Trustee filed their
motion to change the bankruptcy
proceedings to complete liquida-
tion about three months after
Wellsprings voluntary filed for
bankruptcy under Chapter 11.
Attorneys for owners Maxie G.
Carroll and Brenda M. (Nita)
Molsbee, President, have told the
Chronicle that Wellsprings
.Intends to submit a'plan forreor-
ganization despite the motion
made by the U. S. Trustee.
In the meantime, the debtor's
monthly financial report for
November 1995 shows a substan-
tial decline in the number of full-
time personnel employed by
Wellsprings. In November, 57 per-
sons were terminated or resigned,
Part-time employees were simi-
larly reduced. By the first week
in December, there were 4 full-
time employees and 7 part-time
persons working for the multi-
county home health care busi-
ness.


Partial Skull

Found in St.

James

Major Jimmy Williams from the
Franklin County Sheriffs Office
announced on January 5, 1996
that a hunter found a partial skull
in the woods located off Highway
319 in St. James on Wednesday,
January 3, 1996.
Major Williams transported the
skull to the Medical Examiner's
office in Tallahassee. It was de-
termined to be the skull of a hu-
man being who had died of a
single gunshot wound to the
head. The race, age and sex of the
person were indeterminable.
The skull was found in the gen-
eral area where on June 13, 1995
the Florida Highway Patrol found
an abandoned vehicle and had it
towed. Later, on June 29, Penn-
sylvania authorities contacted the
sheriffs office in reference to a
missing Pennsylvania man.
The missing man, William Elliot
Mauk (DOB: 08/25/43) had sent
his mother a letter stating that he
intended to take his own life.
Ammunition had been found in
the man's vehicle, suggesting he
had the means of committing sui-
cide as he told his mother he
would. At the time a thorough
search of the wooded area was
unsuccessful in locating the
man's body.
Officers of the Franklin County
Sheriffs Office did a shoulder to
shoulder search of several acres
on January 5, 1996 in an attempt
to locate more bones that could
possibly help positively identify
the person. The investigation is
continuing.

NO0STETM
TOSUCRBET
THE RANKIN CUNT


Dr. Bedford Watkins

10th Anniversary Gala

Concert of se Newell

Fund


By George Chapel

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Martha Gherardi Dr. Tom Adams

The 10th Anniversary Gala Concert of the Ilse Newell Fund for the
Performing Arts of the Apalachicola Area Historical Society will be
held on Sunday afternoon, January 21, at 4 p.m. at historic Trinity
Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. The Trio Internazionale, a violin,
piano, and contrabass ensemble, with a repertoire of classical music
will take part in the gala concert.
Martha Gherardi of St. George Island, violinist, with a masters in
music from Florida State University, performs as an orchestral vio-
linist in various orchestras in the United States and South America.
She will join with Bedford Watkins in performing Pergolesi's Sonata
#12.
Bedford Watkins of Eastpoint holds a doctorate and is the Professor
Emeritus in Keyboard at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was
the chairman of the Piano Department at the School of Music for a
number of years. In addition to his accomplishments at the piano, he
has played solo harpsichord recitals in 25 states, and served as a
church organist for over 30 years.
Luciano Gherardi, contrabassist, native of Italy, began his career as
an accordionist and has performed with numerous chamber orches-
tra ensembles. -Ie has also composed and performed musical scores
for radio, television and movies.
They will be joined by Karl Lester, Tom Adams, Nicholas Blake and
Joseph Wilbanks. Karl Lester holds a masters in music education
from Florida State University, and serves as an instructor of music in
the Franklin County School System. He and Bedford Watkins will
play two Slavonic Dances by Dvorak.
Tom Adams, with a masters and a doctorate from Rutgers and a bach-
elors in music education from Trenton State with a flute major, has
been a professional at Trenton and an administrator in the New Jer-
sey State Department of Education. He has taught and consulted in
20 foreign countries. A resident of St. George Island, he has produces
musicals for the Panhandle Players in Carrabelle. He will join the trio
in Telemann's Sonata in G Minor.
Nicholas Blake of Apalachicola, violinist, 14, a student of Martha
Gherardi and a student at Faith Christian in Port St. Joe, has played
in a number of concerts locally, including Vivaldi's Gloria this past
Christmas with the Bay Area Choral Society and the Ilse Newell Fund
at Trinity Church. Joseph D. Wilbanks from Charleston, S. C. and
Cape San Blas, pianist, a student of Carolyn Sapp of Chipola Junior
College, Marianna, and schooled through Montessori and tutorials at
the Citadel, has performed numerous recitals at Chipola Junior Col-
lege and elsewhere.


Luciano unerarai


A younger Nicholas Blake


I Emerald Coast Hospital

SCharged in Failing to

Provide Emergency

m Services
Marshall Kelley, Director of the Division of Health Quality Assurance,
Agency for Health Care Administration, has signed an Administrative
Complaint against Provident Medical Corporation and Emerald Coast
Hospital, Apalachicola, for failing to provide emergency services to
two children in separate cases. The intent of the complaint is to im-
pose a fine of $10,000 for each of the two instances, the first occur-
ring on November 7, 1994, and the second occurring on March 23,
1995. Provident Medical, the owners of Emerald Coast Hospital, has
21 days following service of the complaint to respond to the Agency
for Health Care Administration and request an administrative hear-
ing.


Residents Gain City's Attention
Through Pending Lawsuit
Apalachicola residents Eric and Wanda Teat are of the belief that
they finally have the attention of the City of Apalachicola. For months,
the Teat's have petitioned their city, county and state officials as well
as the Department of Environmental Protection about the continu-
ous pollution to Huckleberry Creek allegedly due to a sewage treat-
ment plant in Apalachicola that discharges effluent into the creek.
For all their efforts, the Teat's feel that they have been largely ignored
until Attorneys Randall'Denrker and Paul Lehrinan, counsel to the
Teat's introduced the City of Apalachicola to a pending lawsuit.
The City of Apalachicola could end up paying out over a million dol-
lars in legal fees and compensation if they challenge the Teat's in
court and are unsuccessful. The pending lawsuit involves a three
count complaint against the City of Apalachicola: Strict Liability Statu-
tory Count, Temporary Inverse Condemnation Count and a Trespass
Count.
According to the Strict Liability Statutory Count, the suit claims that
the City of Apalachicola has violated Section 376.302 (1) (a) of Florida
Statutes by discharging pollutants upon surface water and in ground
water. The suit also alleges that such discharges also violate Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection standards which are defined in
Section 403.803 (13). "The City has continuously violated state water
quality laws throughout the history of the plant's operation," alleges
the complaint.
The count of Temporary Inverse Condemnation alleges that pollution
from the sewage plant has resulted in a long-term confiscation of the
plaintiffs' property and also in the inability of plaintiffs' to use their
property. The complaint alleges that pollution has destroyed the value
of the plaintiffs' property. Those discharges from the city sewage plant,
the complaint continues, have allowed the City of Apalachicola to
expropriate the plaintiffs' land without compensation.
Final count of Trespass alleges that discharges from the City's sew-
age treatment plant has resulted in a trespass upon the waters and
riparian lands of the plaintiffs. Such discharges are in the nature of
an uncompensated easement for the City's effluent. The complaint
reports that the trespass has occurred in the plaintiffs' ground water
and surface water and is continuous in nature. The complaint con-
cludes, "The City does not have Plaintiffs' permission to use its prop-
erty for such purposes.
Some of the damages that the Teat's have allegedly suffered from the
pollution of Huckleberry Creek include: Deprivation of peaceful en-
joyment of their home and land, deprivation of recreational opportu-
nities on the creek and adjacent land (especially fishing and boating),
Devaluation of their property and loss of marketability of their prop-
erty, Exposure to pollution through contaminated surface and ground
water and out-of-pocket expenses due to the pollution.
In a January 1, 1996 letter from Attorney Randall Denker to City
Attorney Patrick Floyd, Denker outlined a list of requests by the Teat's
in regard to the city sewage treatment plant and the City of Apalachi-
cola. Attorney Denker reported that the Teat's request that the city
re-design its sewage treatment plant, water weeds and silt be removed
from Huckleberry Creek, current and future water quality tests of
Huckleberry Creek be taken to insure that any pollutants which could
be harmful to the health of the Teat's via ingested fish and other
sources are detected, reports of all water quality tests be performed
on the treatment plant and given to the Teat's on a regular basis, free
medical testing and treatment be provided to the Teat's if any health
threats are detected, $100 per day compensation for each day that
Huckleberry Creek has been polluted until the eventual clean-up (to
insure a prompt response in city clean-up efforts), compensation for
any devaluation of the Teat's property, a new and deeper well not
communicating with polluted creek water to be provided by the City
of Apalachicola, compensation for all out-of-pocket expenses includ-
ing bottled water costs, lost work days, phone calls, mileage for trips,
purchase of documents, attorneys fees and other incidentals.
Attorney Denker also contacted Mayor Bobby Howell in a November
20, 1995 letter and noted, "the public interest would be best served if
all concerned parties can reach an amicable resolution of these very
complex problems out of court." Denker assured Mayor Howell that,
if the city loses the suit, the legal fees alone will cost Apalachicola
approximately $500,000. "The financial damages to the Teat's and
the city's own legal costs will push the tab well over the million mark,"
claimed Denker.
Attorney Denker also reported the economical benefits of construct-
ing an upland disposal site to Mayor Howell. Denker noted that, with
upland disposal, the city would only require a system capable of sec-
ondary sewage treatment and not Advanced Wastewater Treatment.
She reported that the city could eliminate the need for costly and
extensive monitoring that is required by the Department of Environ-
mental Protection for the present wetland site; furthermore, noted
Denker, the city could defray operating expenses by leasing out the
spray field to hay farmers. She reported that upland disposal would
limit flooding and also reduce the city's liability and litigation ex-
penses. "The advantage here is much like the advantage of building a
new house versus patching the roof on an old house," instructed
Denker, "It's often just a matter of time before something else goes
wrong. Lawsuit, continued on page 4


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Page 2 12 January 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday


Franklin

Briefs

Notes from the
January 2 Franklin
County Commission
meeting

*Commissioner Edward Tolliver
complained that the County
Landfill was closed on December
26 without board approval. He
said that he received calls over
the Christmas holiday from resi-
dents who questioned why the
landfill was closed. Solid Waste
Director Van Johnson had re-
ceived board approval to close the
county landfill on Christmas and
New Year's Day.
Commissioner Dink Braxton said
that he authorized the closing of
the landfill on December 26 and
stated that, based on the county's
handbook of policies and proce-
dures, county employees were al-
lowed to have the proceeding and
following day of a holiday off.
Commissioner Tolliver stated,
"We've got too much interference
with commissioners going up to
the landfill and trying to run it. I
don't think that one commis-
sioner should go up there (to the
landfill) and change the request
that the board approves." Com-
missioner Tolliver then stated that
Commissioner Braxton should
pay the lost wages for the employ-
ees who were excused from work.
"If you don't like me going to the
landfill," said Braxton, "You have
the same opportunity to do it and
I suggest you do it and see what
they (county employees) what."
When Chairperson Jimmy Mosco-
nis asked about the policy
manual, Commissioner Tolliver
affirmed, "We're the boss at the
landfill. We can change that
[policy] manual any time we get
ready to." Chairperson Mosconis
requested that Attorney Al Shuler
give an interpretation of the policy
manual to the board at the next
meeting.

*The board voted 3 to 2 (Commis-
sioners Braxton and Putnal vot-
ing nay) to elect Jimmy Mosconis
as Chairperson for 1996. Com-
missioner Tolliver made the mo-
tion to nominate Mosconis and,
after a few seconds of silence,
Commissioner Raymond Williams
stated, "Being that I'm new at all
this, I'd like to find out what our
procedures are that we usually
follow." County Attorney Al Shuler
said that there have been times
when a chairperson is changed
every year and other times when
the same chairperson is elected
year after year. "The board is free
to do in this instance whatever it
wants to do," said Shuler. Com-
missioner Williams then seconded
the motion. After the board's 3-2
vote, Mosconis responded, "I ap-
preciate your vote of confidence."
Commissioner Raymond Williams
was unanimously voted as Vice-
Chairperson and Commissioner
Bevin Putnal was unanimously
voted as second Vice-Chairper-
son.
*Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum informed the board
that work has begun for the re-
pair of Trout Creek Bridge..
*Commissioner Tolliver men-
tioned that an employee with the
Public Works Department re-
quested and was unable to receive
a day off of work over the Christ-
mas holiday. "The more you tend
to accommodate an employee, the
more he'll appreciate it," said Tol-
liver. Prentice Crum said that this
employees were required to give
at least two weeks notice in order
to receive their annual vacation
time. He said that the Public
Works Department actually pre-
ferred a full month's notice from
a employee, so his department
could make the appropriate
schedule changes. "Work comes
first," said Crum, "and the em-
ployees wants and needs come
take whatever place they need to
take." Commissioner Tolliver
stated, "I think Mr. Braxton has
the idea that we have some non-
essential workers over there [at
the landfill] and he gave them the
/- day 6ff." Commissioner Braxton
repeated that he was following the
county's policy handbook. He the
asked Mr. Crum if he was famil-
iar with the policy handbook.
Prentice Crum said that the
county's labor attorney instructed


him to follow the handbook more
closely. "He's (Prentice Crum)
supposed to go by that book," said
Tolliver, "We (the board of Frank-
lin County Commissioners) don't
have to go by that book." Braxton
responded, "We adopt something
and then don't go by it?" Tolliver
replied, "We can change the laws."
*The board voted 4-1(Commis-
sioner Tolliver voted nay) to write
a letter to the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department to direct
them to enforce an ordinance that
prevents individuals from driving
in the county's ditches. Commis-
sioner Tolliver said that the
sheriffs department was "short of
help" and couldn't enforce the
ordinance.
*The board agreed have the Army
Corps of Engineers look into Steve
Davis' request to pump "spoil" on
county property north of Two Mile
Channel. Mr. Davis expressed an
interest in having the Two Mile
Channel dredged and then pump-
ing the spoil through a culvert
onto the county property. Com-
mission Braxton worried that
"lead, oil and diesel" remnants
might pollute the channel. He said
that previous samples taken at
the Eastpoint Channel indicated
that the spoil would have to be
separated, dried out and then
hauled to a toxic waste landfill.
"It's not that I don't want the
channel cleaned out," said Brax-
ton, "But it's gonna' be a major
undertaking to get it cleaned out."
*At the request of Solid Waste Di-
rector Van Johnson, the board
voted 4-1 to terminate all help
from the J,T.P.A. employees. "At
this point in time being, I think
the county staff and inmate labor
can finish whatever clean up is
necessary." He concluded, "It's
(J.T.P.A. workers) just a major dis-
traction and it's something I don't
want to deal with in 1996." Com-
missioner Braxton said that he
didn't want to send the "wrong
message" to J.T.P.A. that the
county didn't need the project's
help. Resident and J.T.P.A. em-
ployee Tyrone Robinson protested
the\board's decision. "If you're
gonna' terminate J.T.P.A., termi-
nate it all. Don't kick me out the
door. Don't put a boot in
my...whatever." Chairperson.
Mosconis instructed Mr.
Robinson that he should contact
his J.T.P.A. supervisor for possible
reassignment.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan stated that the final phase
of the county's Airport Tree Re-
planting Project was tentatively
set for the first week of February.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan stated that he spoke to
Chris Russell of the Department
of Environmental Protection
about illegal dumping on county
property. Mahan said that Mr.
Russell suggested that the board
direct the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department to increase
patrolling such trouble areas, re-
questing the Florida Marine Pa-
trol to help patrol such area (al-
though the marine patrol have
only three investigators to cover
from Franklin County to Cedar
Key), applying for a Liter and Ma-
rine Debris Grant to possibly cre-
ate a "Litter Police" program and
passing an ordinance that re-
quires any individual who is
found illegally littering to clean up
their waste or pay for the cost of
the cleanup. Commissioner Bevin
Putnal mentioned having J.T.P.A.
employees used for cleaning the


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litter and Commissioner Edward
Tolliver suggested that the
J.T.P.A. workers be armed with
"shotguns."
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan corrected a statement that
he made at the previous commis-
sion meeting. HE said that the
Food and Drug Administration's
(FDA) proposed Hazard Analysis
Critical Control Point (HACCP)
regulation inspections of county
processors will be officially en-
forced in December 18, 1997. He
said that there will be a one year
grace period from the end of 1996
to December 18 of 1997 in which
the FDA will train and inform pro-
cessors on the correct procedures
needed to conform with HACCP
inspections.
*County Planner Alan Pierce dis-
tributed handouts of the 1996
Florida Enterprise Zone Program
to the board of commissioners.
Pierce stated that the net ban and
the poverty levels in certain parts
of Franklin County may entitle
Franklin County to an Enterprise
Zone (See handout on page 3).
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that they
needed to approve the provision
that there wasn't any significant
impact regarding the use of Com-
munity Development Block Grant
funds to build a sewage treatment
facility and to approve a state-
ment to find a public explanation
for building a such a plant.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that he has
worked with County Attorney Al
Shuler on interrogatories con-
cerning the Herren Lawsuit.
*County Planner Alan Pierce an-
nounced that building permits
increased in 1995, while housing
permits declined. He stated that
Carrabelle permits increased from
65 in 1994 to 99 in 1995. Frank-
lin County permits, said Pierce,
increased from 473 in 1994 to 513
in 1995. However, housing per-
mits declined from 101 in 1994
to 93 in 1995; housing permits
on St. George Island declined from
58 in 1994 to 48 in 1995. Pierced
concluded that overall revenues
were up in Franklin County from
approximately $15,000 to an es-
timated $123,000 in 1995.
*The board voted 4-1 (Commis-
sioner Tolliver voting nay) to raise
the annual salary of County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce by.$3000 as com-
pensation for added duties to the
board of county commissioners.
The board had previously re-
quested Pierce to outline the du-
ties for a proposed County
Manager's position. Mr. Pierce
presented the board with the du-
ties of a "Director of Administra-
tive Services" position at the De-
cember 19 meeting:of the Frank-
lin County Commission. The
board had then agreed to study
the submitted outline and nego-
tiate the salary request at the,
January 2 meeting. Mr. Pierce had
requested a annual salary in-
crease of $7000.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal ques-
tioned the fact that the county
could not afford to give their mos-
quito control employee a $500
raise during in the last fiscal year
and wondered how the board
could afford to add $3000 to the
county's budget. Commissioner
Edward Tolliver argued also that
the, county could not afford a
county manager's salary. "What


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we're trying to achieve here,"
countered Chairperson Mosconis,
"Is an efficient, effective county
government." He said that Mr.
Pierce would be paid through
Emergency Management Funds.
Commissioner Tolliver responded
to Mosconis, "You're putting a lot
of emphasis on something that it
don't take a brain surgeon to do."
Commissioner Tolliver continued,
"We couldn't find enough money
to pay for the people that are run-
ning this county in the
courthouse...to give them a de-
cent salary. We're gonna' have
some very unhappy campers if we
give this raise." Tolliver also sug-
gested advertising for a county
manager at the beginning of the
next budget year..
The new duties will require Alan
Pierce to provide the board of
commissioners with data or infor-
mation concerning the county
government. He must also carry
out directives and policies of the
board in conjunction with the
County Attorney, enforce all or-
ders, resolutions, ordinances and
regulations of the board to insure
that the policies are executed. Mr.
Pierce will develop public policies
for adoption by the board of com-
missioners, establish schedules
and procedures to be followed by

all county departments in relation
to the county budget; he must
review county expenditures and
budgets, monitor services and
programs to insure their effective-
ness, communicate with the press
and the public, prepare all board
agendas, make recommendations
concerning the location and qual-
ity of county improvements, as-
sure that all terms and conditions
in all leases, contracts and agree-
ments are performed and to no-
tify the board of any such viola-
tions.
*County Attorney Al Shuler ad-
vised the board to urge legislators
to implement a civil judgment pro-
vision that required those indigent
individuals who incur investiga-
tive court costs to pay back such
costs in the future if they should
"come into money" afterwards.
*The board unanimously ap-
proved Commissioner Dink
Braxton's nomination of St.
George Island resident Martha
Gherardi to the Franklin County
board of Planning & Zoning; she
replaces the seat held by Roy
Bateman.
*The board unanimously ap-
proved Commissioner Raymond
Williams' nomination of St.
Teresa resident John Murphy to
the Franklin County board of
Planning & Zoning; he replaces
the sea,-held by Jeanette Pedder.
Now is the time to
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Carrabelle

City Board

Discusses

Grant

Proposals
Seven Carrabelle residents will
have better living quarters thanks
to a move by the Carrabelle City
Commission, at their meeting on
January 9, when the commission
accepted the bids on the housing
rehabilitation brought in by
Julian Webb, who administers the
Community Development Block
Grants, (CDBG) for the city. Those
receiving repairs are Judith
Whitten; Carol Thompson; Marie
Smith; Erline Dempsey; Julia Th-
ompson; Joyce Purvis and
Bernice Jackson.
Contractor Duane Capps will do
the work for four of the recipients:
Joe Webb, (no relation to Julian
Webb) will do two houses and K-
Construction will do one. The
commission laid aside their pre-
vious condition that no contrac-
tor could do more than two
houses at the same time, after
Capps guaranteed that his com-
pany was capable of handling all
four. The only other problem on
the CDBG work was brought up
by Commissioner Jim Phillips. He
told the commission that
Mr. Whitten objected to Joe Webb
doing the work on her home as
her mother Frankie Smith, had
many problems with that contrac-
tor. He asked what could be done.
Julian Webb told the Commission
that the policy was, if a home
Sooner wants a contractor other
than the one with the lowest bid,
it is possible to go to the next low-
est bid if the homeowner agrees
to pay the extra amount. Commis-
sioners agreed to allow
Ms. Whitten that choice. However,
if she accepts Webb as contrac-
tor, he would be closely monitored
by the County Building Inspector,
Roscoe Carroll. Mr. Obert, inspec-
tor for Julian Webb and the City
Commission would be watching
carefully that the resident got a
good job.
Webb said that this completes the
list of eligible residents and felt
there was a possibility that
enough funding would be left over
to do replacement of electrical
wiring on at least three of the
public housing units.
Bill McCartney, of Baskerville and
Donovan had a shopping list of
projects that he was seeking per-
mission to look into. He said that
the State government is looking
at the possibility of forming six
more enterprise zones in Florida.
(See page 3 for irifoimatioh on En-
terprise Zones.) "Carrabelle and


possibly other areas of Franklin
County could score high on the
list as two of the provisions are
that the area is being economi-
cally affected by the net ban and
has at least 30 per cent of its
population below the poverty
level," McCa-tney said. He will
look into that possibility along
with County Commissioner Bevin
Putnal. He added that he should
know something by January 25
and would bring any information
to the February 5 meeting of the
Carrabelle Commission.
He told commissioners that there
would probably be a reduction in
Grants, continued on
page 6

Sentence

Delayed for

Ex-Reporter
Former Apalachicola Times and
Wakulla News reporter Mark
Temple Watson appeared before
Second Circuit Court Judge Will-
iam Gary at his January 1 ar-
raignment for the third degree
felony charge of Driving Under the
Influence Involving Serious Inju-
ries and the misdemeanor charge
of Possession of an Improper
Driver's License.
Mr. Watson, also a former attor-
ney, represented himself in court
and attempted to plead No Con-
test to the charges. Assistant
State Attorney Frank Williams
stated that the plea bargain
worked out between Watson and
the State of Florida would involve
probation at the discretion of the
court and withholding adjudica-
tion of a guilty verdict.
The DUI charge against Mr.
Watson involved a collision with
Lanark Village residents Scott &
Sherry O'Steen on December 2,
1995. Watson had attempted to
pass the O'Steen's vehicle as they
turned onto Arizona Street. Mr.
Watson registered a 1.34 blood
alcohol level. Ms. O'Steen, who
was 19 weeks pregnant, lost her
baby the following day at Talla-
hassee Memorial Hospital.
Judge William Gary informed the
Assistant State Attorney that he
did not believe he could withhold
adjudication for a third degree
felony D.U.I. charge. Judge Gary
said that legislators were getting
tougher on offenses as D.U.I. and
selling crack cocaine: he com-
mented that a D.U.I. charge was
not as serious as a drug traffick-
ing charge, though informed Mr.
Watson that he would have to re-
serve judgment on the sentence
until the next February 12 Sec-
ond Circuit Court date.
After receiving his date of sentenc-
ing from Judge Gary, Mr. Watson
,confronted the Franklin Chronicle
and remarked,. "Hardly front
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City Narrowly

Votes to Protect

Seafood Dealer's

Property


Mayor Howell
Franklin County Seafood Dealer
Bruce Millender came before Ap-
alachicola City Commissioners
with a room full of moral support-
ers to plead for the security of his
rented Water Street property.
The board of city commissioners
had previously listened to a
Florida Community Trust Grant
presentation by Willoughby
Marshall at a December 18 spe-
cial meeting. If the City of Apala-
chicola received the grant pre-
sented by Mr. Marshall, it would
enable the municipality to pur-
chase the Water Street property
leased by Bruce Millender with
state funding. "If the State.of
Florida gives us that (property),"
stated Mayor Howell, "I'm all for
it (the grant)."
Bruce Millender affirmed that he
would match whatever price the
State of Florida would pay to buy
the Water Street property. "I work
hard and I work a lot.of people
here. I put about three million
dollars a year back into the
economy of Apalachicola. And I
work about 150 to 200 people."
Millender stated that would bring
more of his employees to the next
city meeting if the commissioners
did not have faith in his amount
of support.
"I don't know what the commis-
sion wants to do with this prop-
erty," responded Mayor Bobby
Howell, "It's their (the city com-
missioners) decision, it's not your'
(Bruce Millender's) decision."
Mayor continued by assuring
Millender that he did not want to
prevent his employees from work-
ing in the seafood.industry. "The
tourism industry cannot survive
without the seafood of Apalachi-
cola."
President of the Seafood Produc--,
ers and Con;sumers Associationi'
Pat McFarland said, "I would like
to see the City Commission of Ap-
alachicola do what they've always
done, which is to look out of for
the working here in Franklin
County. What people come here
to see is the fishing and oyster-
ing. It's the seafood way of life that
people flock to this county for. Re-
member the people that work and
what makes Apalachicola what it
is. It's the seafood industry."
"I'm for property rights," asserted
Commissioner Wallace Hill, "But
if the Florida Community Trust
buys it and it becomes part of the
park, it's gone forever in as much
as the taxpayers are concerned."


"I'm not opposed to a park," con-
curred Commissioner Jimmy
Elliott, "But I'm opposed to put-
ting somebody out of business."
Commissioner Jack Frye also
concurred, "I don't want to put
nobody out of business." He
stated that he had received any
valid information that the State
of Florida was interested in pur-
chasing the Water Street property
occupied by Millender. "Nobody
has confronted me as a commis-
sioner that somebody was nego-
tiating with a land owner to buy
this land." He concluded, "I want
to see the seafood people make a
| good living, because they've been
battered and battered for years. I
was one of them for over twenty
years.
Apalachicola resident Edith
Edwards questioned if the board
of commissioners would accept
the Florida Community Trust
Grant "without a public hearing."
Mayor Howell responded, "I'm
glad you brought that up. I let you
get away with that before. When
you bought and fixed that park
out there. You and Jimmy Nichols
and John Lee met out there and
changed the parameters of that
park without it coming before this
board. So, therefore, don't criti-
cize anybody for not doing every-
thing you did. You are just as
guilty as'the next." Ms. Edwards
explained that she made a deci-
sion on the spot. "But you didn't
have the authority," replied
Howell. "I took the authority," re-
turned Edwards.
Apalachicola Times Manager
John Lee addressed Mayor
Howell. "Every individual has the.
right to go to their elected officials
and, if they see something that
they think is wrong, to have in-
put and therefore possibly make
it right or create changes. I hope
nobody thought that anything
was illegal." Mr. Lee pointed out
that he merely wanted to provide
parking places for the park in
question that was not previously
brought before the board.
Bruce Millender questioned, "Do
you want me out or in? It's that
simple. I want to know where I'm
gonna' work tomorrow. If you
want me in, I'll stay in business
and keep fighting and fighting for
seafood. All I want to know is does
the City of Apalachicola want to
put me out?"
The board then voted, after a de-
layed affirmative voted by Com-
missioner Frye, 3-2 (Mayor Bobby
Howell & Commissioner Grady
Lowe voting nayJ to protect the
Water Street property occupied by
Millender from being included in,
a land purchase grant with the.
State of Florida.
Commissioner Hill later remarked
Sto Millender, "I willl.eadayny fight
ion any state agency with this
commissioner. I will lead any fight
to assist you in preserving your
place of business."





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Pat M orrison ......................................... St. George Island
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Editoriafand Commentary


Dr. Tom Adams States His Case For Publisher's Response To
A Declarative Judgment Dr. Adams's Letter


1440 Elm Court
St. George Island, FL 32328
December 20,1995
To the Editor and Publisher
Franklin County Chronicle
Gentlemen:
I have followed commentary in the Chronicle on recent meetings of
the St. George Plantation Owners Association Board with interest.
However, your opinions and selected excerpts from these meetings
add a great deal of "heat" to the controversy, but shed very little "light"
on the most important problem facing the newly elected board. For
this reason I would like to state what I believe to be the central issue
of the controversy. Very simply: Plantation Protective Covenants
were amended in 1992 without the knowledge, approval or re-
quired vote of the POA membership
FACT #1 At the 1992 POA Annual Meeting hundreds of proxy
votes were misused and cast for the Ben Johnson "agreement"
when these proxy votes were not solicited for that purpose and
owners were not advised that such an agreement was even being
considered.
FACT # 2 There was never a vote of the POA membership in Sept.
1992 (or at any other time) on covenant amendments as is al-
leged in the document filed in the Franklin County Courthouse
along with the Johnson "agreement".
FACT #3 The 1992 "amendments" to POA ,Covenants were not
disclosed to the membership and were rot even attached to
copies of the BJ agreement distributed to members until a year
later in August 1993.
FACT # 4 Since .that time owners have consistently and repeat-
edly petitioned the POA Board to correct this problem since the
board has no authority to amend covenants without the con-
sent of the membership.
It should be noted that these "amendments" are not trivial, but rep-
resent substantial issues affecting all aspects of the Plantation's op-
erations. These "amendments" potentially give virtually unlimited votes
to approximately 20 buildable acres,- sufficient to control Planta-
tion elections. They further obligate the POA to'expenditures of funds
which would be secured by mortgages on POA common property.
These "amendments" would permit Resort Village investors & em-
ployees (non-property owners) to be on the POA Board. Such amend-
ments could potentially give control of the Plantation to a commercial
enterprise. Obviously such changes in POA Covenants would never
have been approved if submitted to the membership as requited by
POA governing documents.
Plantation owners have been victimized by special interests seeking
to exploit the Plantation with higher density development than the
POA Covenants would allow. POA Covenants designed to protect
the community from such exploitation were violated by these unau-
thorized and improper amendments filed as an official document in
the Courthouse in 1992.
In the best of all worlds such an improper action could be remedied
without any cost to the victim,- in this case, the POA membership.
However, the reality is that over 2 years have elaLpsed since this
improper action was discovered and brought to the attention of the
Board & the POA membership, and there is still no resolution of
this serious problem.
Commentary in the Chronicle has clearly expressed opposition to any
litigation, but offers no solution to expunge these unauthorized and
unapproved "amendments" from county records. No one is anxious
to spend money for formal adjudication of these challenged "amend-
ments". However, if almost 2 years of "re-negotiation" have not been
able to resolve this issue, it seems that the only recourse the board
has is to seek justice by asking thde ourt for a declaratory judgment.
Such action has no, punitive intent, but merely seeks to. determine
the validity of covenant changes made without the specific approval
of the POA membership. In my opinion, it is not only the board's
obligation, but such action is also "member friendly" because it
recognizes that the overwhelming majority of owners want the issue
of the improper 1992 "amendments" resolved.
In closing, the newly elected members of the board, along with Bill
Hartley and John Gelch who won election by an overwhelming ma-
jority in 1 994, have consistently expressed the opinion that deter-
mining the validity of the 1992 amendments was of the highest prior-
ity. It is unfair to fault the newly elected board for their commitment
to the resolution of this moral and ethical imperative. It should be
noted that six of the current board members made their position on
this issue very clear to the membership and the recent election indi-
cates that the majority of owners support this position. I and most
other Plantation property owners are very appreciative of these mem-
bers who were elected to the POA board. We thank them for their
willingness to give their time and energy to protect the interests of the
vast majority of Plantation owners.

Sincerely,
Thomas H. Adams


Enterprise Zone


What is an Enterprise Zone?

An Enterprise Zone, designated by the
state of Florida, is an area targeted
for economic revitalization. Financial
incentives are offered to business to
encourage private investment and em-
ployment opportunities for the area's
residents.

What incentives are provided by
the state?
Enterprise Zone Job Tax Credit
against corporate tax or sales tax:
Enterprise Zone Property Tax Credit:
Community Contribution Tax Incen-
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Sales tax exemption for building ma-
terials used in rehabilitation of real
property:
Sales tax exemption for business
equipment;


Enterprise Zone Linked Deposit Pro-
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Who can apply for the "Net Fish-
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Communities adversely affected by the
net ban and having a population of
less than 7,500 as well as communi-
ties in rural and coastal areas with a
county population of less than 20,000
may apply.
How many Enterprise Zones will
be designated?
The state can designate up to eight
(8) Enterprise Zones in communities
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We are grateful to have your letter and have reprinted it nearly in its
entirety because it represents an informed view about the problems
confronting the Homeowner Association on St. George Island. I wanted
to respond to your comments to some degree but I realize that both of
our commentaries will not cover all of the salient issues.
First, I must take issue with your conclusion regarding the "central
issue" of the controversies. Filing a lawsuit to seek a declamatory
judgment in the Ben Johnson "agreement" is not, in my opinion, a
necessary action to be undertaken at this time by the Board, as sue-
happy as they may become. For one thing, past surveys, given their
limitations, have indicated that the membership would rather negoti-
ate with Dr. Johnson and others instead of starting more litigation.
The various member-inspired statements at the recent Board meet-
ings have clearly indicated that many members are tired of the in-
fighting and lawsuit talk, and in favor of negotiation. In fact, Dr.
Johnson has publicly stated more than once that he would mutually
rescind the "agreement" altogether, although it is not clear why the
Board will not take him up on the offer. That would likely eliminate
the need for a declaratory judgment and allow the Association to put
those lawyer-destined dollars into road repair and more productive
endeavors. The recent report of the rising costs of litigation by the
Concerned Property Owners organization amply demonstrates how
the cost of litigation is escalating to at least $81,000 with a muted
claim that this falls far short of the $500,000: I find the figure $81,000
offensive, period. Especially in light of what little action the group got
for their legal money. What I do find disturbing is the intransigence of
some members of the Board who approach the "negotiation process"
with a "take it or leave it" posture.
Your memory of the same $200,000 of legal funds "invested in the so-
called Andrew Jackson agreement seems a tad "short." The impor-
tant question of who owns and/or controls Leisure Lane would seem
to be more important, especially in light of Dr. Johnson's proposal to
mutually rescind the earlier agreements and start over.
The "take it or leave it" negotiating by our Board was indeed surpris-
ing and provided much "light" in this process. As a voting member, I
did not vote for such negotiating positions-which are bound to re-
sult in stalemate. I suspect the behaviour of the Board in these mat-
ters is like a moving target-changing minds from one meeting to the
next. The excerpted commentary conveyed this information clearly
enough, despite some messed up problems we had in typesetting,
and dropped phrases because of our own internal publication prob-
lems on that last issue.
There is a tendency to validate various positions because of a single
election. You and I do not know why these matters turned out as they
did in the election, and. I agree, we have a generally competent Board
taken as a whole on some issues. I am not so sure of the same con-
clusion if that matter were reduced to individual members. The deci-
sion concerning Wayne Gleasman was, in my opinion, a very unwise
decision. The action seems to indicate that this Board is not using its
collective judgment very well, except of course in the case of Christon
Gallio, who did not agree that Mr. Gleasman should have been termi-
nated.
The Board members, when asked about their decision, gave perfunc-
tory and generalized answers clearly indicating they were acting out-
side of any accountability for their actions. When the leadership holds
itself beyond accountability to the members, trust and confidence in
their leadership will fall. This is an old axiom in management and
military discipline, so fundamental to the operation of any large orga-
nization. To see this abdication of responsibility and accountability
occur here is not only surprising, but embarrassing. This also speaks
to the failure of the Board to acting fully with the fiduciary trust that
such an election-vote embraces. That is just one important problem
we now have on our hands.
None of the foregoing statements denies your arguments. But, I see a
solution to the "agreement" with a negotiated settlement first, then
perhaps the correction of the records. I don't know of anyone who has
d advocated ignoring your arguments, unless.you are changing your
SDosltion from theyery first complaint. Then, I believe you indicated
that if Dr. Johnson would give up the condo aspects to his plan, you
would not have further complaint. But, it is unlikely he will go the full
distance and give-up commercial development of his property. More-
over, it is now obvious you are out to stop his commercial plan alto-
gether. I don't think that is a reasonable position to take, and if the
Board were more reasonable, there might be an opportunity to ex-
ploit the advantages of Dr. Johnson's plan. There would be less need
to invest in another clubhouse if some opportunity for his investment
dollars could accommodate Association members in using his facili-
ties at a discount. There are other possibilities in cooperation, I would
hope. I think this Board is so bent on litigation to the exclusion of all
other avenues of reconciliation.
One other point: The Board has not been forthcoming with many
details about the Robert Herron lawsuit, which he won, and has a
judgment against the Association for $160,000. If that holds on ap-
peal, the Association membership is likely to face special assessment
for those litigations. It seems they would prefer to avoid advice from
their lawyer-members and purchase transcripts not knowing if these
were really needed. Then again, some are disturbed by the "tone" of
argument against these wasteful administrative actions. The Board
is not yet "out of the woods" on the abrupt dismissal of Wayne
Gleasman. I understand Mr. Gleasman has sent a letter through his
attorney with some "demands" surrounding his arbitrary dismissal.
What could follow would likely be another litigation. Ironically, Mr.
Gleasman has received several telephone calls from property owners
in the Association urging him on. But, we are reminded that this is a
"member friendly" board. Now, those terms seem more like.a smoke
screen.
Tom W. Hoffer, Association Member and Publisher


Theft of

Papers from

Vending

Machines

Tom W, Hoffer, publisher of the
Franklin Chronicle, has an-
nounced that two investigations
have begun into the criminal mis-
chief conducted last week against
Chronicle vending machines. This
affected the distribution of the 29
December 1995 issue. The first in-
vestigation is being conducted by
the Franklin County Sheriffs Of-
fice. The Chronicle is reviewing
evidence obtained through their
own resources with the expected
outcome to result in litigation
against the suspects who have
been identified.


A reward is offered by the
Chronicle in the amount of $2,000
for information leading to the ar-
rest, conviction and imprison-
ment of the guilty parties. Most
of the vending machines in Apa-
lachicola, Eastpoint and Carra-
belle were vandalized by having
the unsold newspapers taken out
of the machine and disposed of
in an unknown manner. The is-
sue was reprinted and reinstalled
in the affected machines. A satu-
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SECOND CIRCUIT

COURT REPORT


The Honorable William Gary

Frank T. Williams,
Assistant State Attorney

Kevin Steiger,
Assistant Public Defender

Franklin County Court House
January 8, 1996


. Arraignments
Christopher Ray Granger: Charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery with Deadly Force and two counts of Public Assistance Fraud,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
The defendant has been accused of hitting Ricky Banks in the face
with a board during a group altercation involving Billy Dalton, Jer-
emy Ard, David Pool and Ricky Banks on December 5, 1995 at the
Suwanee Swifty in Eastpoint.
Judge Gary continued the case for case management on February
12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Warren L. Hayward, m: Charged with one count of Aggravated As-
sault with a Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charge. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on Feb-
ruary 12. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Jimmy Ray Hutsell: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property, the, defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the charges.
The defendant has been accused of stealing three microphones from
St. Patrick's Catholic Church on December 4, 1995. Judge Gary con-
tinued the case for case management on February 12. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Marcus Lamont Jenkins: Charged with one count of Sale of a Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case for case management on February
12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Mary L. King: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Petit Theft.
Judge Gary withheld adjudication and fined the defendant $150. The
defendant had been accused of stealing a microwave from the Apala-
chicola Health Care Center located on the corner of Avenue I and 8th
Street with co-defendant Kerri L. McKee. "Everyone is entitled to make
mistakes," instructed Judge Gary, "You've just used up your last one."
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Erik Christian Larsen: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management
on February 12. The defendant has been accused of stealing three
microphones from St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
David Wade Maxwell: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwell-
ing and Criminal Mischief Under, $200, the defendant pleaded No
Contest to the lesser charges of Trespassing and Petit Theft. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to 60 days in
the Franklin County Jail with 19 days of jail credit for time served
and fined him $150. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Kerri L. McKee: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on February 12. The defendant
has been accused of stealing a microwave from the Apalachicola Health
Care Center with co-defendant Mary L. King.-The defendant was rep-
resented by Attorney Barbara Sanders,. -, .; o.
Jay Cleveland Nix: Charged with one count of Attempted First De-
gree Murder, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for pre-trial on February 12. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Cheryl Gentry.
Pasquale John Piccirillo: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on February 12.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger entered a motion on behalf of
the defendant for pre-trial release or reasonable bail. Judge Gary de-
nied pre-trial release, but lowered the defendant's bond from $25,000
to $10,000. The defendant has been accused of sexually assaulting
his 18 year old ex-girlfriend from Apalachicola on December 6, 1995
at his St. George Island residence. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
David Pool: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon and two counts of Affray, the defendant pleaded No
Contest to the lesser charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly
Weapon. Judge Gary withheld adjudication, fined the defendant $255
and sentenced him to 18 months of probation. The defendant had
been accused of shooting at Billy Dalton with a 12 gauge shotgun on
December 5, 1995. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
Allan Blake Ray: Charged with one count of Aggravated Fleeing and
Eluding, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the Charge. Judge Gary
withheld adjudication, fined the defendant $255 and sentenced him
to 18 months of probation.
"This is your last bite out of the apple," said Judge Gary, "If you came
back, you better bring a toothbrush, because they're having all sorts
of budget cuts. If I was a betting man, I'd bet you'll be back before
me." The defendant responded, "You'll probably lose your bet." Gary
returned, "Good, I hope so." The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Fred L. Rhine: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on February 12. The Defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

Pre-Trials
Brandon Atkinson: Charged with one count of Trespassing While
Armed, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on February 12. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
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 February 12. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney J. Joseph Hughes.
Dann Brown: Charged with one count of Escape, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for
pre-trial on March 11. The defendant was represented by Assistant
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'arrabelle Lanark The Franklin County Legislative
Delegation will hold its annual
esa St. James Eastpoint public hearing on Tuesday, Janu-
iide to finding your ary 16, 1996 at 3:00 p.m. in the
Courtroom of the Franklin County
of a property. Courthouse, Apalachicola.
The hearing will be a town hall
type meeting along with prospec-
7arrabellefor over 19 tive proposals for local legislation.
Senator Pat Thomas and Repre-
Inow every nook and sentative Allen Boyd make up the
? Panhandle." Please county delegation.
or selling this pleasant, Anyone wishing to address the
delegation is requested to call or
write Rep. F. Allen Boyd, Jr., Post
Office Box 551, Monticello, FL
32345 (telephone 904-342-0286
AX (904) 697-3870 or 486-5320) to be placed on the
agenda.


Billy Gene Bryant: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged
Check, Uttering a Worthless Check Over $149 and Forgery, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the
case for trial on January 22. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Sandra Massey Clark: Charged with one count of Possession of More
Than Twenty Grams of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
and Possession with Intent to Sell Cannabis, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for pre-trial
on February 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Kenneth D. Cooper: Charged with Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for trial on January 29. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Larry M. Cummings: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on February 12. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jermaine J. Earl: Charge with one count of Second Degree Murder,
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Aggravated Fleeing
and Eluding, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary continued the case for case management on February 12. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Stephen S. Dobson, III.
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 trial on January 23. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jamie Davis Guthrie: Charged with one count of Possession of More
Than 20 Grams of Cannabis, Driving with a Suspended License, Pos-
session of Drug Paraphernalia, Cultivation of Cannabis and Posses-
sion With Intent to Sell Cannabis, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for Trial on February
21. A motion to suppress evidence, which was filed by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger, was denied by Judge Gary. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Smith Harris: Charged with one count of Principle in Armed
Robbery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for pre-trial on February 12. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Milton Ray Hatfield: Charged with one count of Possession of More
Than 20 Grams of Cannabis and Cultivation of Cannabis, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the
case for trial on February 21. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Wordsworth F. Irving: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery of a
Child, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on February 12. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
John R. Jones, III: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on February 12. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Robert L. Jones: Charged with Sexual Battery Upon a Child, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for pre-trial on February 12. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
David Martin: Charged with one count of Interference Mvith Custody
and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not
Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case man-
agement on February 12. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Andrew O'Neal: Charged with one count of Battery on a Law En-
forcement Officer and two counts of Battery, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty. to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on
February 21. The defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon
Shuler.
Lorenzo O'Neal: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on February 12.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.made a motion of behalf of
the defendant for pre-trial release or,reasonable bail.Steiger argued
that the defendant was a long time resident of Franklin County and
had a sister who was willing to provide boarding. Assistant State At-
torney Frank Williams argued that the defendant's bond, was appro-
priate, because he had been previously arrested in 1991 for sale of a
controlled substance. Judge Gary denied the motion.
Tyrone Patterson, Jr.: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest With Violence, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued, the
case for case management on February 12.
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger entered a motion on behalf of
the defendant to suppress evidence. Steiger argued that the defen-
dapt had luggage inspected without consent and without a search
warrant. He also argued that officers stopped the vehicle he was driv-
ing in through unreliable information given by a confidential infor-
mant.
Lt. John Turner told the court that a reliable confidential informant
had informed the sheriffs department that a large amount of cocaine
would be coming through Franklin County to Apalachicola from Tal-
lahassee via two African-American males driving in a gold colored
Chevy Caprice with extra-wide tires. Lt. Turner, who also received
corroborating testimony from Lt. Archie Holton and Officer Michael
Eller, stated that they stopped the Chevy Caprice in Eastpoint. He
said that three African-American males were in the vehicle. Turner
stated that passenger Johnny Gray signed a consent order that gave
permission to search the vehicle. Lt. Turner said that police dogs
were used to inspect the car, but initially found no controlled sub-
stance in the vehicle.
Lt. Holton stated that the officers inspected the truck, received per-
mission to inspect the luggage and found a controlled substance re-
sembling hashish within a tinfoil wrapping that belonged to the de-
fendant. The defendant stated that the substance was a sexual stimu-
lant. Vehicle operator Cedrick Brown stated that permission was not
given to the officers to inspect the luggage nor was ownership of lug-
gage inquired about, though he noted that the bag with the controlled
substance had the defendant's name written on it.
Lt. Turner stated that when the defendant was being placed in police
custody, he fled from the officers into a wooded area. Turner said
that nearly two hours'.later, they found the defendant lying on the
ground and complaining of illness.
Steiger reiterated that the officers did not attempt to seek a search
warrant in a two hour period and that the" confidential informant's
information was vague and unreliable as there was no cocaine found
in the vehicle. Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams stressed that
the confidential informant in question had provided information that
led to a conviction several years ago. He also noted that the defen-
dant gave an accurate description of the vehicle right down to its
white striped extra-wide tires. Judge Gary denied the motion to sup-
press evidence.
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 trial on February 21. The defen-
dant was-represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.

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Violations of Probation

Charles H. Carmichael: Charged with Violation of Probation, the de-
fendant entered an admission of his his violation.
The defendant pleaded emotionally for leniency with the court and
stated that he just met a special girlfriend and wanted to change his
lifestyle for the better. "I've been in and out of trouble for petit theft
and smaller crimes, but no violent crimes as long as I can remember.
When a man doesn't care about himself, he doesn't care about his
actions. I just want to start my life over. If I get a long D.O.C. sen-
tence, I'll probably lose my girlfriend. Without her, I'll be the same
person that I've always been."
Judge Gary advised the defendant that he should have thought about
his girlfriend while he was on probation. "You've had more bites of
the apple than you need. Do your time and get on with your life."
Judge Gary then adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to 2.5 years in the Department of Corrections with 41 days of jail
credit for time served.
Eugene James Cooper: Charged with Violation of Probation, the de-
fendant entered an admission to the violation. Judge Gary adjudi-
cated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 31 months in the
Department of Corrections with 10 months ofjail credit for time served.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
William Goggins: Charged with Violation of Probation, the defendant
entered an admission ofviolation. Judge Gary adjudicated the defen-
dant Guilty, fined him $150 for court costs and sentenced him to 18
months in the Department of Corrections with 142 days of jail credit.

Restitution Hearing.
William McDaniels: The defendant appeared before Judge Gary with-
out the legal counsel of Attorney Salesia V. Smith. Judge Gary in-
formed the defendant that his attorney was aware of the hearing and
had made no attempt to contact the court. He stated that the restitu-
tion hearing would proceed without Attorney Smith and that the de-
fendant would justified in filing a suit against his attorney for ineffec-
tive counsel.
The defendant had been charged with Third Degree Grand Theft for
taking financial advantage of mentally handicapped Carrabelle resi-
dent Johnny O'Sulivan. Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams pro-
vided witnesses that consisted of a representative from Apalachicola
State bank and a relative of Johnny O'Sulivan. A representative of
Apalachicola State Bank provided a list of transactions from Mr.
O'Sulivan's account by the defendant which totaled over $13,000.
Relative Laura O'Sullivan also testified that two of her social security
checks were cashed by the defendant and totaled over $7,000. In all,
the defendant was ordered to pay back $19,950.66 in sums of no less
than $400 per month. The defendant had previously received a 60
day sentence in the Franklin County Jail, 18 months of probation
and 50 hours of community service at his December 11 court ap-
pearance.

Lawsuit, continued from page 1
Allan Johnson of the Department of Environmental Protection ad-
dressed the Teat's concerns in a November 8, 1995 letter and noted
that the Apalachicola Wastewater Treatment System had originally
been permitted as an experimental wetland discharge system, but
has been determined by the D.E.P. to be unsuccessful. Mr. Johnson
reported that the failure of the system was apparently due to a solids
overload that was caused primarily by inflow/infiltration problems.
Johnson noted that a recently completed sewer rehabilitation report
recommended that several areas of the collection system be replaced
and/or rehabilitated. He reported that, with the help of a state grant
to fund rehabilitation to the collection system, the pollution to Huck-
leberry Creek will cease in approximately two years.
In the meantime, Eric & Wanda Teat will find out in early February
whether the City of Apalachicola is willing to cooperate with them or
if the two will engage in a lengthy lawsuit. Eric Teat's only concern
with his lawsuit against the city is that wide exposure of the case may
have a negative impact upon the area's oystermeh. He feels that ef-
fluent from the city's treatment plant that has found its way to Huck-
leberry Creek may have also found its way to the bay. Mr. Teat feels
that, if such information spreads, it will have an negative impact on
the market for Apalachicola Bay oysters.
Otherwise, the Teat's are ready for battle, though would prefer nego-
tiation. "We've had no help from the city on this matter from the start,"
said Mr. Teat, "Mayor Howell told my wife to 'do whatever you gotta
do.' They've (Apalachicola City Commission) been arrogant, uncoop-
erative and they're the cause of all this (pollution to Huckleberry Creek).
They need to know that they aren't above the law. We're not gonna'
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Confronts Parent

Complaint


The Franklin County School
Board met on January 3 for a spe-
cial meeting to address a com-
plaint that was previously voiced
by Apalachicola resident Rever-
end Clifford Williams during the
board's regular December 7 meet-
ing.
Reverend Williams filed com-
plaints against Apalachicola High
School Principal Beverly Kelley for
allegedly violating the rules and
policies of the Florida High School
Athletic Association (FHSAA)
handbook and against Assistant
Principal William Lane for alleg-
edly being aware of the FHSAA
rules and regulations and not
enforcing those policies.
Reverend Williams spoke on be-
half of his son to address incon-
sistencies within the school
district's requirements and poli-
cies for extracurricular athletic
activities.
He argued that the grade point
average requirement and the
school policy for disciplinary re-
ferrals between the football and
basketball program were incon-
sistent.
During the Apalachicola High
School football season, athletes
were only required to maintain a
1.5 grade point average and were
required to pass at least five
courses. In addition, athletes par-
ticipating in the school's football
program were removed from their
team after three disciplinary re-
ferrals. Athletes participating in
the school's basketball program,
in contrast, had been required to
maintain a 2.0 grade point aver-
age and were removed from their
team after receiving two disciplin-
ary referrals. "This is not consis-
tent and is showing discrimina-
tion against one sport," said Will-
iams


Although Superintendent of
Schools C.T. Ponder stated that
the district had recently reverted
to their previous requirements
and policies in order to maintain
consistency, Reverend Williams
pointed out that his son was sus-
pended after two disciplinary re-
ferrals. Mr. Ponder responded, "Is
the school supposed to ignore any
further disciplinary referrals after
that (suspension) in making a
determination on whether your
son should return [to the basket-
ball team] ?"
Apalachicola High School Princi-
pal Beverly Kelley stated that the
student in question had received
his fourth referral ir late Novem-
ber; she also noted that the stu-
dent did not meet the requirement
of maintaining a 1.5 grade point
average and passing at least five
courses.
Reverend Williams'complained
that Ms. Kelley was unaware of
the policies within the FHSAA
handbook and further noted that
no written policy had, presently
been adopted. He also said that
Mr. Lane was "instrumental" in
removing his son from the bas-
ketball program and that a "con-
cerned citizen" informed him that
Mr. Lane was determined to
"bust" his son. "My son was
picked out to be picked on."
In response, Mr. Lane said that
he had no reason or inclination
to single out Williams' son .for
punishment. "He (Clifford Will-
iams) mentioned that I was out
to get his son. I don't think I could
have been when there were many
days when I kept his son in my
office to keep teachers from writ-
ing him up. Why would I ever
want to do any harm to that kid.
If the (school) board wants him to
play (basketball), It's alright with
me.


William Lane


Reverend Williams urged school
board members to give his son a
chance t6 improve his behavior
and grades at school. Williams
said that his son was going
through the transitional stage of
puberty and that his personality
was perceived as being disrespect-
ful; he said that his son's voice
had become louder during pu-
berty and may have been per-
ceived by some instructors as be-
ing disrespectful. "I wish you
would understand that children
go through transitions. They have
to find themselves. You have chil-
dren. There's a lot of things they
do that we don't like, but we're
loving parents and loving teach-
ers."
School Board Chairperson Will
Kendrick said that extracurricu-
lar activities were a privilege and
that students. participating in
such activities should not be af-
forded leniency as far as behav-
ior was concerned. "When you
play sports, It's a reflection of the.
school. If they're (students) not
projecting a positive image to the
teachers and to the community
which they're in and to their team-
mates, I wouldn't want them on
my team. I think that what's
wrong with our society today is
that we call it puberty or what-
ever and always find something
to blame it on."
Andy Williams of the Apalachico-
la Police Department angrily re-
sponded, "Some students have
just enough in them to finish
school. And when you take that
(basketball) away from them and
tell them, 'You can't play basket-
ball,' they're right out there on
that corner selling dope, because
they don't have anyone out there
(at the school) that's black that
can reach those students. And
there's a lot of other black stu-
. dents out there that need some-
Sbody to help them out. There was
one last year that no one could
help and he's out there selling
dope. He could have been an NBA
player." He then addressed Chair-
person Kendrick, "You pissed me
off with what you said. Everybody
has made mistakes in their lives.
I made mistakes, but I think I've
become a good citizen. And for
that statement you (Mr. Kendrick)
made, you (Mr. Kendrick) don't
need to be on the school board."


Nikita Williams concurred, "If
everybody's telling you that you're
no good and that you can't make
it and aren't worth it, what are you
gonna say to yourself. 'I'm not
worth it, so why should I care.
School should be a help...not a
hindrance."
School Board Attorney Barbara
Sanders advised the board mem-
bers that consistency in policy
was important, but that students
did not have a constitutional right
to participate in school athletic
programs. She added that schools
could not discriminate between
race, creed, age and handicap of
a student, but could discriminate
between sports if so desired.
According to a December 6, 1995
letter from Paul K. McLaughlin,
Director of Athletic Operations for
the Florida High School Activities
Association, to Apalachicola High
School Principal Beverly Kelley:
"an individual school or specific
coaches in a school may have
more demanding academic eligi-
bility requirements than those set
forth by the Florida High School
Activities Association. Of course,
the principal should approve any
such deviation from the existing
policy." The letter concludes,
"Schools or individual coaches
may not lower the eligibility stan-
dards which are set by the FHSAA
Board of Directors."
At the recommendation of Super-
intendent Ponder, board members
voted unanimously to support the
decision previously made by the
principal of Apalachicola High
School to remove the student in
question from the basketball pro-
gram.



City Repeals

Sign

Ordinance

In a move that completely wiped
out months of work by a four
member committee in conjunc-
tion with Planning & Zoning board
of Apalachicola, The board of Ap-
alachicola City Commissioners
unanimously voted to repeal a
newly proposed sign ordinance.
After several months of operating
under an moratorium of new
signs, the newly proposed ordi-
nance was created to regulate the
construction of signs in the his-
toric district.
"This historic thing is getting to
be a little too much around here,"
protested Red Sizemore of the
newly proposed sign ordinance,
'This stuff is getting out of hand
around here."
Commissioner Frye-offered,
"We've been getting by for years
with the sign ordinance we had.
We didn't have any problems with
it until a few months ago when
Gulf State Bank put a lit sign in
front of their building that gives
you the temperature, it gives you
the name of the place and the time
of the day twenty-four hours a
day. This is where all this boils
down to, because a few people did
not like the sign where the bank
put it."


S"I can't understand why every-
thing is so restrictive," com-
plained resident John Miller, 'The
majority of the businesses are in
the historic district. Why would a
business want a small sign that's
not really noticeable? People have
\ got to see your sign. They've got
to know where you are. I can't un-
derstand why you can only have
32 square feet of signs. People
need more than that. And why
can you only use 10% of your win-
dow to put advertising on. You
should be able to put whatever
you want on it. I just don't un-
derstand it. It scares me. We lose
rights every day."


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Speaking in favor of the sign
ordinance, Richard Bickle, a par-
ticipant in the four member com-
mittee that drafted the ordinance,
noted, "We looked very carefully
at what other towns similar to
Apalachicola have done. Towns
that are moving towards tourism.
The question is whether we go in
the direction of Panama City of
shelter skelter with 20, 30 and 50
feet signs covering building that
scale the town. I'm working for
Apalachicola. I don't have any ul-
terior motives. The next step is
commercialization."


Richard Bickle
In other board business:
*The board named Commissioner
Jimmy Elliott to the County Ani-
mal Adjudicatory Board.
*The board approved the Florida
Communities Trust Grant 4-1
(Commissioner Hill voted Nay).
Commissioner Hill said that he
opposed the motion because the
board was not afforded the oppor-
tunity to review the grant appli-
cation and that no public hear-
ing had been held on the matter.
"We need to voice their (the
public's) vote; not our vote, but
their vote."
Commissioner Elliott stated that
the public elected the board mem-
bers to make their own decisions
on such matter.
A resident in attendance stated,
"You four gentlemen up there and
the mayor are representing me as
a taxpaying citizen of the commu-
nity. I would anticipate that you
have the intelligence amongst
yourselves to make a good man-
agement decision for this commu-
nity. The public tells you what
they wanted when they elected
you. If you don't give them what
they want, you're gonna' be voted
out of office. It's just that simple."
Commissioner Frye addressed
those criticizing the board for vot-
ing on the matter without a pub-
lic hearing. "I know and Ms.
(Edith) Edwards knows that for
the four years you sat on this
board...we sat here with our fin-
gers up our...whatever, and we did
not make really much progress.
There's all kinds of opportunities
coming out as far as grant money
to make thing go around here. If
we had a public hearing every
time we wanted to do something,
then this money would go to some
other city in this state, cause of
all ya'll sitting' back here draggin'
around. Ya'll don't want to coop-
erate. Ya'll don't want us to help
you."
Commissioner Frye then inade
the motion to seek the 1.5 million
dollar grant. When Commissioner
Hill asked Frye to describe the
grant that he wanted to approve,
Frye paused. Mayor Howell then
assisted Frye by stating that the
commissioner wanted to approve
the Community Development
Block Grant.
*The board unanimously agreed
to advertise city surplus materi-
als for bids.
*At the recommendation of the
city's engineering firm
Baskerville-Donovan, the board
unanimously voted against pur-
chasing a product from BCI for
the city's water & sewer system
that would make the grease that
builds up in the city's pump sta-
tion more soluble. BCI offered to
service all of the city's pump sta-
tions for approximately $400 per
month. Commissioner Frye
stated that only two pump sta-
tions had a problem with grease
building up. He said that the ser-
vice could be more economically
provided by the city's water and
sewer employees by proper oper-
ating maintenance.


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Grants, continued from
page 2
the funds for the sewer and wa-
ter project from $2.2 million to
$1.8 million. He also reported that
the state was prepared to give a
no-payment lease for 27 years on
the Timber Island. However there
was no response from the Florida
Division of Forestry on use of land
adjacent to the Carrabelle Airport.
McCartney is also looking into a
library loan to rehabilitate the old
community center.
In other business, the Commis-
sion
SApproved a request from the
Florida Department of Trans-
portation, (FDOT) to pursue get-
ting six T-hangars at Thomp-
son Field, (Carrabelle Airport)
* Approved sending a letter or-
dering a clean-up of old cars
and other junk from a property
at 12th Street East and Avenue
D South. Letter will be sent both
to Ronald Gray, as owner and
Larry Davis, as tenant.
Approved the appointment of
Greg Daniels, Mark House-
holder (with Tony Millender as
alternate), and Cliff Millender as
members of the City Recreation
Committee.
George Jackson agreed to serve
on the Vicious Animal
Adjudicatory Board for Animal
Control. ,Jimmy Elliott will be
the Apalachicola Commissioner


Changes In

Carrabelle

City residents will be looking for
changes and buildings in what
were once two vacant areas in the
city. The changes will come as a
result of actions taken at the
January 8 meeting of the Carra-
belle City Commission. The Com-
mission voted unanimously to
change the zoning on Davis Island
from Al (agricultural) to C-1
(mixed zoning). The request ap-
proved was made by Harry
Andrews of the Moorings of Car-
rabelle and will involve all 7.29
acres of Davis Island which is
situated under the Tillie Miller
Bridge.
Commissioners also gave ap-
proval to the final plan offered by
Dan Ausley of Tallahassee Land
for a new subdivision named River
Bluffs, contingent on a title-ap-
proval letter being sent to the title
company and the closure of the
land deal. City Attorney Bill
Webster will keep the approval in
escrow until then. The project will
have one acre waterfront lots on
the Carrabelle River between the
Three Rivers subdivision and the
Riverside Heights Subdivision.
The approval was contingent
upon Ausley obtaining a letter of
title opinion and closing the land
deal with the St. Joe Paper Com-
pany of 40 acres of land. The only
area being developed at present
is that on the river.
City Commissioners also gave ap-
proval for a utility easement on
one side of the tract where a six-
inch water main is to be installed
by the developer. Fire hydrants
will also be installed on the project
by Ausley. The project will have
roads built to City and County'
standards and will be 20 feet wide
with six inches of paving. When
complete Ausley will turn the
roads over to the City. The deal is
slated to close on the sixteenth of
January.


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Clearwater Beach. The Commission
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to receive input on several saltwater
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below of the Commission's February
meeting topics.
NON-SHRIMP TRAWLS
The Commission will receive public
comment and review a draft rule that
would allow the use of trawls to har-
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consider options that would allow the
use of trawls to harvest jellyfish in
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SHRIMPING
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Florida's Northeast Region. The Com-
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that would allow recreational fisher-
men to use frame nets to harvest
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allowed, and replace current size
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agement in state waters from the Ap-
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reef fish permits and sufficient valid
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pons aboard, and allow only federally
permitted dealers to purchase red
snapper. The Commission will also
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will be held Tuesdays, January 23
and 30, 1996, from 7:00-8:30
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