Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: January 26, 1996
Copyright Date: 1996
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Franklin Chronicle

Volume 5, Number 2


Program to

be Canceled

Franklin County Sheriff Warren
Roddenberry announced on
January 22, 1996 that after this
week his office and the Franklin
County School System will no
longer sponsor the D.A.R.E. pro-
gram in the schools.
D.A.R.E. stands for. Drug Abuse
.2, Resistance Education and was
first initiated in the elementary
schools by Sheriff Roddenberry at
the beginning of the 1989-1990
school year. In the beginning, the
program was completely funded
by the Sheriffs Office. Budgeting
problems forced the Sheriff to ask
the School Board for help in fund-
ing two years ago. The School
Board readily complied and
funded half of the D.A.R.E. pro-
This year, however, the School
Board was unable to contribute
to the program forcing Sheriff
Roddenberry to shut down the
D.A.R.E. program with the gradu- .
atronbol" the 1995-1996 school
year students.
Since its conception in Franklin
County, the D.A.R.E. program has
graduated an estimated 902 stu-
dents. During this graduation
week 138 students will be added
to that number. Sheriff
Roddenberry was quoted as say-
ing of the number of graduates,
"As far as I am concerned, if this
program has saved only one child
from a life of drug use, the last
seven years have been well worth
Sheriff Roddenberry expressed
his concern at shutting the pro-
gram down, but felt he had no
recourse since his department is
unable to completely fund the
project. He stated, "The School
Board has approached me about
a School Resource Officer in the
upcoming school year. While a
School Resource Officer will pro-
vide a vital service to the students
and school system, it will not re-
place the effectiveness of the
D.A.R.E. program."

Vargas Resigns

from St. Geo

POA Board

The former President of the Board
of Directors of the St. George Plan-
tation Owner's Association, Lou
Vargas, resigned from the Board
on January 13.
Vargas had been President of a
majority Board consisting of Plan-
tation non-residents up until last
November, when three new resi-
dent owners were elected. John
Gelch had then been elected
President and head of the new
majority of resident owners, with
Vargas in the minority of one.
Vargas said he resigned because
he did not agree with the direc-
tion that the current Board ma-
jority were taking in regard to sev-
eral legal issues.
POA Treasurer Richard Plessinger
reported at the January 13 meet-
ing that there would be, for an un-
defined period, a surplus of funds
in the Association treasury but no
specific figures were discussed.
Property for enlarging the gate
area had been purchased.
Plessinger reported that he was
having some difficulty in getting
Florida Power personnel to restore
the grounds following some power
work in the Plantation.
A number of reports were made
on Architectural Control by Guy
Marshall, also indicating that his
Board (ACC) had voted to place
contractor Mark Jeppson on two
year probation, and if that were
Continued on page 7



Graham Armistead (R) speaks at the School Board meeting
as board member Jimmy Gander (L) look on.

-.Parent Rrings Briefcase

Full of Complaints to

School Board

St. George Island resident Gra-
ham Armistead came before the
Franklin County School board at
their January 18 regular meeting
to inform, though not criticize,
board members about alleged
educational deficiencies at Carra-
belle High School.
Just before the school board
meeting's adjournment, Mr.
Armistead announced that he had
come to address the board on be-
half of his 16 year old son. Toting
a large briefcase, Armistead
walked behind the table in which
board members sat, placed his
briefcase on the table and ad-
dressed both the board members
and those in attendance.
"My understanding is that in a
school system," said Armistead,
"The. teacher of that particular
county are primarily the employ-
ees of the people from that county
and then of the state and then of
the federal government. Also, the
principals are the lead men of
those teachers. The superinten-
dent is the manager and the
school boardhere is the watch
dog for us. Now, ladies and gentle-
men, I need help."
Armistead stated that his 16 year
old son, who had been an honor
student, could not write in cur-
sive. "I've got three and a half
years...and that boy is gonna'be
looking at F.S.U." He opened his
briefcase and pulled out two of his
son's notebooks to illustrate his
son's writing to the board.
Armistead said that he worried
that his son would be one of those
students who "fell through the
cracks" of the educational system.
He then grabbed his son's report
card from the briefcase and illus-
trated that his son passed all of
his courses, but still could not
write in cursive. "If he graduates,"
asked Armistead, "And he still
cannot write in cursive, whose
fault is it?"
"I don't say anything unless I've
got dry gunpowder and I can back
it up," said Armistead. He then
grabbed a document from his
briefcase and read from an article
that quoted that 70% of all high
school graduates need remedial
math and English courses in com-
munity colleges. "I've already paid
that bill once," said Armistead, "I
don't want to pay it twice."
Mr. Armistead complained that
high school graduates who
worked at his store could neither
add or spell properly. He said that
parents need to get more involved
in their children's education. Mr.

Armistead then looked into the
group attending the meeting and
asked. how many of them were
parents. There were apparently
only four other parents attending
the meeting. "That shows a lot of
concern," said Armistead, "What's
the objective of the school board
and the superintendent? They're
the watch dogs of the money and
you're the watch dogs of how to
get it done. We're the boss. And
the boss doesn't even show up for
his own employees meeting. These
people (school board) will put out
if we say, 'this is what we need.'"
Armistead concluded, "My son is
my number one priority. I've got
a boy whose falling through the
cracks. If he doesn't have his
speed up before he comes off the
flight deck, he's gonna go into the
In other school board business:
*The board voted 2-2 (Chairper-
son Will Kendrick and board
member Jimmy Gander voting
nay) to release Carl Petteway from
his contract as an instructor at
Apalachicola High School.
"If we're not going to hold nobody
to their contract," asked Kendrick,
"What good is the contract?"
Board member Jimmy Gander
stated that Apalachicola High
School was without a driver's edu-
cation program in the 1995-96
school year, because the driver's
education instructor left before
his contract expired and the
school district could not find a
replacement. Gander said that he
could understand medical, fam-
ily and personal reasons for
breaking a contract with the
school district. However, he said
that he did accept the excuse of a
teacher leaving the Franklin
County School District to obtain
a preferable job.
Board member Connie Roehr said
that she wanted instructors to be
content with their jobs in Frank-
lin County for the sake of the stu-
dents, rather than forcing them
to adhere to a contract against
their will. Superintended Ponder
recommended that the board re-
lease Mr. Petteway from his con-
tract. Although Petteway has al-
ready left his position, Instructor
Brenda Galloway will replace
Petteway until the board settles
the matter of the contract obliga-
*The board agreed to put a $350
cap on travel expenses to pay for
two potential resource officers to
attend a training conference in
Orlando from February 12-16.

26 January 2 February 1996

Jermaine Earl

Closed To Convicted on Charges

Shrimping of Manslaughter

The Florida Marine Patrol an-
nounced on January 23, 1996
that it will renew enforcing a 1965
statute which closes waters to
shrimping north and south of the
John Gorrie Bridge, which con-
nects Eastpoint to Apalachicola.
Citing Chapter 65-905 of Florida
Statutes, the MFC announced re-
newed enforcement for areas
identified below. The specific
statutory language is as follows:
(2) All of that area of the wa-
ters of Franklin County begin-
ning at the southwest end of
Cat Point in Apalachicola Bay
on the south southwest along
a straight line to flashing
lights C(52), C(58), C(64),
C(70), and to a corner at
flashing light C(76), thence
north northwesterly to the
west end of the John Gorrie
Memorial Bridge, then follow-
ing the shoreline all bay ar-
eas north of the John Gorrie
Memorial Bridge, thence back
to the southwest end of Cat
Point, is hereby set aside and
established as a breeding
ground for shrimp and prawn,
and it shall be unlawful to fish
for, take, possess, deal in, in
any manner, or destroy any
shrimp or prawn in or from
said area at any time, the
same being permanently
closed to the taking of shrimp
or prawn. The operation of
any fishing boat or vessel in
said closed area with shrimp
nets or other shrimp and
prawn paraphernalia aboard
otherwise than in direct tran-
sit to or from areas not closed
to fishing for shrimp and
prawn, shall be prima facie
evidence of the violation of
this section.,
The announcement concluded
!with this language:
The closure of these areas by
laws of Florida will be en-
forced by the Florida Marine
Patrol as written, both north
and south of the John Gorrie
Memorial Bridge.
The Florida Marine Patrol has
become aware that this has
not been enforced in the past
and the majority of the local
fishermen are unaware of the
closure south of the John
Gorrie Memorial Bridge.
This notice shall serve as
clarification of the language of
this special act for Franklin




mended for




i As parties consider whether to file
exceptions, the Hearing Officer
reviewing the Resort Village ap-
plication for an advanced waste-
water treatment plant has recom-
mended to the Dept. of Environ-
Imental Protection (DEP) that the
permit be approved.
There were two conditions im-
posed on the application by the
administrative judge, Ella Jane P.
Davis. (1) Resort Village would
have to place a certified operator
on site for six hours each week-
end day, 6 hours on three week-
Continued on page 7

Jermaine Earl, 29, of Leon County
pleaded No Contest to the charge
of Manslaughter with a Firearm
and Possession of a Firearm by a
Convicted Felon. on January 22
before the Honorable Judge Will-
iam Gary.
The defendant's counsel, Attorney
Clifford Davis, said that much
"soul searching" had to be done
in order to arrive at a mutually
agreeable plea bargain with the
State of Florida. Assistant State
Attorney Frank Williams agreed to
waive the charge of Aggravated
Fleeing and Eluding andhave the
defendant sentenced to the De-
partment of Corrections for 20
years. The sentence will run con-
current with any Violation of Pro-
bation that the defendant is
charged with in Leon County.
Mr. Earl had been facing First
Degree Murder charges in connec-
tion to the shooting of Albert
McKinney (the defendant's uncle)
on March 1, 1995 at the Carra-
belle Cove Apartment Complex.
The charge was a capital offense.
However, according to Assistant
State Attorney Frank Williams, a
key witness to the shooting al-
leged that the incident was acci-
dental. 'The facts strongly indi-
cated a murder conviction," said
Williams, "However, the victim's

wife described the shooting as an
According to a probable cause
report filed by Officer Larry Litton,
the incident was reported at ap-
proximately 8:25PM on March 1,
1995. Officer Litton reported that
Mr. McKinney had a single bullet
would to the left shoulder and was
surrounded by a large mass of
blood. It was later determined that
the bullet traveled downward at
an angle and became lodged in the
victim's lower spinal cord. Officer
Litton noted that two African-
American males had fled from the
scene of the crime in a dark blue
Deputies Carl Carlson and
Carlton Whaley from the Frank-
lin County Sheriffs Department
set a road block in anticipation of
the Buick. According to the prob-
able cause report, the Buick sped
through the road block and pro-
ceeded east on Highway 98. The
vehicle later sped off Highway 98,
ran across a ditch at the F.S.U.
Lab and came to a halt. Defen-
dant Jermaine Earl allegedly con-
fessed to the upon his arrest.
Albert Harris, who was also in the
Buick, alleged that the shooting
was accidental. Mr. Harris' testi-
mony was also backed up by wit-
nesses Travis and Reginald

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Notes from the
January 16 Franklin
County Commission

*Superintendent of Works
Prentice Crum informed the board
that maintenance on Trout Creek
Bridge was completed.

*Commissioner Dink Braxton
complained that individuals were
still driving through county
ditches. Commissioner Braxton
raised the same issue at the
board's previous meeting. The
board had then agreed to write a
letter to the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department and request
that officer's cite those driving in
county ditches. "It's getting out of
hand," said Braxton, "Somebody's
gonna get killed before it's over

*Bass Anglers Sportsman Society
(BASS) Vice-President David
Melvin requested that the board
provide a county facility for the
purpose of holding approximately
six bass tournaments annually.
While the board agreed to support
Mr. Melvin's efforts to bring such
tournaments into Franklin
County, board members noted
that the county's recreational
budget had just enough to cover
such activities as little league
baseball. "What you're asking for
is gonna take a major investment'
by somebody to put in a large
enough boat ramp to launch four
boats at a time. The problem here
is...where is the land and who's
willing to sell it for that purpose?"
asked Mosconis.


David Melvin

Commissioner Braxton inquired
as to whether the tournament or-
ganization would consider pur-
chasing a boat ramp and the
needed property to host their
events. Mr. Melvin said that he
would look into Braxton's inquiry.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal sug-
gested that Mr. Melvin speak to
the Game & Freshwater Fishing.
Commission about funding such
an organizational event.
Melvin noted that three tourna-
ments have already been sched-
uled at The Sportsman's Lodge in
Eastpoint next year. He said that
The Sportsman's Lodge had of-
fered to mark the channels and
provide guides for the
tournament's boats. possibly con-
struct a boat ramp for the events.
"We're willing to work with any-
body that's willing to work with
us and will make us feel wel-
come," concluded Melvin.

*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson requested and received
board approval to advertise for
bidding the job of constructing a
Compost/Hazardous Waste Col-
lection Center next to the Frank-
lin County Landfill. The proposed
1,500 foot Compost & Hazardous
Waste Collection Center is being
funded by a $100,000 grant from
the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection.

*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson told board members that
County Engineer Joe Hamilton &
he met with representatives from
Argus Services, Inc. to discuss
reducing the tipping fee in Fran-
klin County. Johnson said that
Argus representatives had recom-
mended scheduling a workshop to
discuss the said matter. "They
(Argus) want the powers that be
to get together and bring some
ideas to this meeting," said
Johnson. Chairperson Mosconis
directed Mr. Johnson, Mr.
Hamilton and County Planner
Alan Pierce to work out the "de-
tails" with Argus to reduce the tip-
ping fee, before bringing the mat-
ter to the board.

*Commissioner Edward Tolliver
urged board members to adopt a
policy to prevent against fellow
board members "interfering" with
the business of the Road and
Solid Waste Departments. "I'd
think we've been having a lot too
much interference from the com-
missioners," said Tolliver, "And
we've got to stop them (commis-
sioners) from going down there
and changing the rules."
Commissioner Braxton argued
that the board could not stop its
members from visiting the vari-
ous county departments. Tolliver
returned, "We're not trying to stop

you from going there, but to stop
you from interfering in the opera-
Chairperson Mosconis said that
he did want a "iron-clad" policy
for the days in which department
members may be excused from
work. Commissioner Tolliver had
objected at the previous board
meeting to Commissioner
Braxton's personal approval for
employees at the landfill to take a
day off during the Christmas holi-
day without approval from the
board. Braxton had argued at that
meeting that those employees
were entitled to that particular
day off under the rules of the
policy handbook for county em-
County Planner Alan Pierce noted
that the policy handbook in ques-
tion was entitled as a proposed
handbook. "Maybe you've adopted
it and maybe you didn't," said
Pierce, "But anyway, It (the hand-
book) never has changed from
proposed to adopted."
Pierce noted that the policy hand-
book excused a county employee
from the next regular business
day when a holiday falls on a day
that an employee is already ex-
cused from work (i.e. a Saturday
or Sunday). However, Mr. Pierce
urged the board to eliminate the
additional days off from work that
an employee receives when a holi-
day falls on a non-business day.
The board then unanimously
agreed to adopt the handbook;
they also directed County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce and County At-
torney Al Shuler to amen any
questionable policies within the
handbook and return with recom-
mendations to the board.

*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan told board members that
he contacted Donna Pope with the
Department of Environmental
Protection about the problems of
illegal dumping in Eastpoint. Ac-
cording to Mr. Mahan, Ms. Pope
related that the property that has
been frequently victimized by il-
legal dumping is state owned.
Pope allegedly recommended that
Franklin County use caution in
requesting assistance from the
Florida Marine Patrol (FMP) when
dealing with county property.
Pope allegedly said that FMP staff
could cite the county ,for the
property's condition. However,
Pope allegedly noted that the
county could request FMP pilots
to periodically monitor the prop-
erty in question when flying in
and out of the airport.
Alan Pierce added, "The problem
is that the people who are doing
the dumping are a little smarter
now, because some of them have
been caught. They're removing
labels, names and addresses from
the garbage and so it's harder to
catch them." He concluded that,
if those individuals dumping the
garbage are not caught, the prop-
erty owners who are having their
property dumped upon should be

Commissioner Bevin Putnal sug-
gested that mandatory garbage
pick-up on a county-wide level
may be the answer to illegal
dumping. County Planner Alan'
Pierce felt that mandatory garbage
pick-up may help the situation,
but might not be the final solu-
tion. "Part of the problem now is
that people who are not paying for
garbage service don't have a ser-
vice available, so they're throwing
it (garbage) away in the woods. If
they're forced to pay for it, it's
likely that they will use it," said
Pierce. Commissioner Dink Brax-
ton, however, argued that a new
department would be required for
mandatory garbage pick-up and
would create an administrative
"monster." He concluded, "If you
don't use it (garbage service), what
are you gonna' do, put another
M.S.B.U. out."
Mr. Pierce also added that con-
struction debris had been de-
tected at on one site with illegally
dumped material. Pierce said that
he would meet with County Build-
ing Inspector Roscoe Carroll to
discuss the possibility of having
builders provide proof of disposal
of construction debris before elec-
tricity is allowed to be turned on.

*The board agreed approved a
zoning change from R-1 to R-1A
on a portion of the proposed sub-
division Las Brisas in Eastpoint.

*At the request of Developer Jim
Sullivan, the board agreed to re-
quest the Florida Highway Patrol
and the Department of Transpor-
tation to provide a traffic survey
for alleged speed violations
through Eastpoint on Highway
*Cut lanrAanPec

*County Planner Alan Pierce
noted that HRS had reported a
violation in the county's airport
for sanitary sewer conditions.
Pierce said that the airport did not
have a valid permit its' septic
tank. The board agreed to give the
lessee 30 days to obtain a permit
for the septic tank.

*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that construc-
tion of the St. George Island bike
path had begun. He said that con-
tractor C.W. Roberts had agreed
to complete the two mile bike path
within 60 days. Pierce said that
Phase II of the bike path may be
delayed because of excessive costs
in other projects.


I -

Published every other Friday

County Concerns Addressed

at Legislative Delegation


Representative Boyd meets with Leonard Martin of the
Franklin County Sheriffs Department.

Bill Parker

*Jim Sullivan from the Genesis
Group informed the board that
the study for the Gopher, Frog and
Alligator Rails to Trails project
was on schedule and was ex-
pected to be completed by July of
1996. He said that the project's
advisory counsel included Com-
missioner Buz Putnal, Donald
Wood, Jim Green and Janet

Sullivan said that the project
would have to take an alternate
route, because the St. Joe Paper
Company would not allow the
project to run across old, unused
railroad beds that the project
originally hoped to construct
upon. He said that two choices
existed as' alternatives for the
project: Highway 319 to 98 and
McIntyre Road.
Sullivan said that McIntyre Road
had a limited right-of-way, though
was preferable to Highway 319 &
98. Sullivan said that, if the High-
way 319 & 98 route were chosen,
the project would have to wait'
until the Department ofTranspor-
tation widened the said highways,.
to accommodate the project.'
Sullivan also said that the 55
MPH speed limit along the noted
highways would pose a safety
threat to those using the proposed
project. The Rails to Trails project
is proposed to extend from Talla-
hassee to Carrabelle.

Jim Sullivan
Jim Sullivan

The project, Sullivan noted, may
hopefully generate an economic
development possibility for the
county. The board then agreed to
contact the St. Joe Paper Com-
pany to request the use of their
property for the rails to trails

*The board appointed Commis-
sioner Bevin Putnal to the Vicious
Animals Adjudicatory Board. The
Carrabelle City Commission has
appointed Commissioner George
Jackson and the Apalachio la
City Commission has appointed
Commissioner Jimmy Elliott as
representatives to the Vicious
Animals Adjudicatory Board.

*County Attorney Al Shuler in-
formed the board that the Ben
Johnson/Resort Village appeal
had been through an administra-
tive hearing. Shuler said that the
administrative hearing officer rec-
ommended issuing a permit for
the construction of the Resort Vil-
lage project. The hearing officer,
said Shuler, determined that Re-
sort Village would not create an
environmental hazard to Nick's
Hole on St. George Island. Attor-
ney Shuler said that those con-
testing the project had ten days
as of January 10 to file exceptions
to the project.
Shuler recommended to board
members that the county not file
exceptions to the project. "I don't
see that this (development) order
is vulnerable to attack by the
county and the petitioners as was
the other order [of Ben Johnson]
that allowed condominiums." At-
torney Shuler urged board mem-
bers to leave any appeals to those
Plantation Homeowners petition-
ing the project. The board took no
action on the Resort Village
Project at their meeting.

Representative Allen Boyd and
SSenator Pat Thomas met with lo-
cal public officials, organizational
representatives and concerned
citizens for their annual Legisla-
Stive Delegation meeting on Janu-
ary 16 at the Franklin County
The two state officials were
'greeted by a list of local concerns
in areas such as education, crimi-
nal justice, juvenile justice and
county road improvement; both
Boyd and Thomas also received
praise for their support of library/
literary as well as historic pres-
ervation causes.

Franklin County Commission
Chairperson Jimmy Mosconis in-
formed Boyd and Thomas that the
,Escape Road in Eastpoint contin-
ued to be damaged throughout
last year's storms. "If there's a
.major storm," emphasized Mosco-
nis, "It (the Escape Road) always
washes out." Chairperson Mosco-
nis requested that the Escape
Road remain a focus of concern
for both Representative Boyd &
Senator Thomas. Representative
Boyd stated that he would work
with County Planner Alan Pierce
'and seek a solution to improve the
:condition of the Eastpoint road.
Assistant State Attorney Frank
Williams made several requests at
the delegation meeting; he ad-
dressed the escalating cost of Ar-
ticle 5 investigation fees incurred
. .by defendants preparing for court
'cases. The county has a $1,500
.cap on investigative fees for each
Scrrminal case. Franklin County,
'said Williams, spent over 60 thou-'
sand dollars last year on such fees
and he felt that more than 100
thousand dollars would be spent
in the next fiscal year. Represen-
,tative Boyd observed, "We're
* gonna' have to learn to do more
with less."

Mr. Williams also argued for the
. termination of discovery deposi-
tions (the written testimony of a
v witness under oath), which pros-
: ecuting attorneys are required to
submit to defense attorneys prior
to a court case. "It's a defense tool,
Sas long as we allow them to de-
Sline .the issues," said Williams.
Representative Boyd responded
that such matters were constitu-
tional matters and could not be
decided by state officials.
Mr. Williams also requested that
Representative Boyd and Senator
Thomas look into funding av-
, enues to hire a full-time proba-
'::tion officer. Williams said that lo-
" cal probationary conditions were
such that defendants on proba-
tion from
'-other counties came to Franklin
County to enjoy a more relaxed
' probationary environment.

,Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger later related to the Frank-
lin Chronicle that every state in the
union has some form of prelimi-
nary measure as the discovery
deposition in which to provide
both the prosecution and defense
with information on a particular
Case. Steiger said that depositions
actually help to save money, be-
cause they alert either the pros-
ecution or defense to weak cases
in which costly trials can be
avoided. He said that other states
without depositions have 25% of
their cases go to trial as opposed
to Florida's 3%. "Just because a
person is charged with a crime,"
said Steiger," doesn't mean he's

guilty. Justice is a two-way street;
someone who is accused of a
crime needs to know what the
case is."
In response to Mr. Williams re-
quest to lower investigative fees,
Steiger said that such a reduction
would be unfair. "All of the re-
sources are already on the side of
the state," said Steiger. He said
that, in Franklin County, the
prosecution has the services of
three police departments which
include investigators. Steiger also
said that the prosecution had
unfair advantages of a crime lab
and services of the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement. "His
(the prosecutors) job is to seek out
truth," said Steiger, "You'd think
he'd support investigative services
that try to seek out the truth."


John James, Jr.

County Property Appraiser John
James, Jr. urged the state officials
to maintain the "Presumption of
Correctness" and eliminate "Frac-
tional Year Appraisals." Mr. James
urged Boyd and Thomas to return
to the practices of 1966 in con-
cern to the "Presumption of Cor-
rectness." He stated, 'The 'pre-
sumption' has served the county
well. If 'presumption' is changed,
it changes the whole focus of ev-

Representative Boyd stated that
he had worked-to "kill" Fractional
Year Appraisals, though was not
familiar enough with "Presump-
tion of Correctness" to venture an
opinion upon the issue.

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*The board unanimously agreed
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*The board gave approval to Bill
Parker to provide beach
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"My system is completely environ-
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Both Assistaht Superintendent
Michael Clark and School Board
member Willie Speed spoke at the
delegation meeting and urged
their state officials to "cut that pie
bigger" for PECO (Public Educa-
tion Capital Outlay) and Sparcity
funding to the Franklin County
School District. Mr. Clark also
requested that state officials for-
give the district's construction
debt, so that the school district
could use the State Race Track
Funds for "operational" expenses.
Clark noted that the district paid
over 300 thousand dollars per
year with race track funding to
eliminate the construction debt.
The debt, he hoped, would be
wiped out before the year 2000.
Mr. Speed informed state officials
that there were only two admin-
istrators who work directly with
over 100 teachers and 1,700 stu-
dents in the Franklin County
School District. "I think that those
two (administrators) have had to
do too many things and wear too
many hats." Speed also argued for
a one-half cent increase in the
district's millage rate to raise the
capital outlay.
Senator Thomas questioned if the
school system could take a more
active role in the "re-establish-
ment of morality" in society. He
noted that 88% of juvenile crimes
came from homes with no father
and that 70% of those in prison
could neither read nor write on a
functional level. Thomas asked if
Charter Schools would be helpful
to the Franklin County School
District and board member Speed
responded that a charter school
may be beneficial to Franklin
Representative Boyd exclaimed,
"You've hit on some things that
are very important for a rural
school system. We need to stick
together. You didn't speak about
those pipe dream issues that you
know we can't do. You've ad-
dressed the issue that we can
have an impact on."

Apalachicola Mayor Bobby Howell
thanked both Boyd and Thomas
for their support of historic pres-
ervation which he included as the
Rainey House and Battery Park.
Mayor Howell also thanked the
state officials for their support of
the city's proposed sewer system.
"Without the two of you, .it would
never had happened." He offered,"
I just came here to say thank you
on behalf of the City of Apalachi-
cola." Before concluding his re-
marks at the meeting, Howell ad-
dressed Senator Thomas and
urged him not to "renig" on his
pledge to run for office again.

Continued on page 7

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'ditoria and Commen


Views From Left Field

Waiting By the Phone
By Will Morris
1996 is really moving right along here! I mean hey, it;s January 26,
and already we've got airliners going down, oil barges going down,
temperatures going down, drug lords "going down," national debt ceil-
ing going up, public confidence in government going down, American
troop going over to Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia/Serbia, major flood
in the northeast, Princess Diana ready to fly the coop, splitsville for
the gloved one and Lisa Marie, O. J. in court yet again, taxes due yet
again, LSD making a comeback, old diseases making a comeback,
new disease making their debut, Hillary Clinton taking some heat,
and right here in Franklin County, bass fishermen sent up the river.
Arid then there's Betty Freeman in Wakulla County. She's facing six
months in jail and a $500 fine for being too poor to comply with local
building codes. And she's not the only one in that situation. With the
coast ofhomes, land, vehicles, appliances, utilities, insurance, cloth-
ing, food, etc., who can hope to comply with modern codes.when
they're just starting out? It's no wonder that many people become
homeless, when the government creates situations where they can
afford either a piece of land, or a house but not both.
Quite a few of us remember, not so long ago, what it was like to be
"poor." We couldn't have afforded such homes as the government now
requires. What would have happened to us? It's scary to think about
it. It's scary to think about an America in which it is becoming effec-
tively illegal for poor people to establish an affordable base from which
to advance themselves. If we look closely at these people, we can see
ourselves not so long ago.
I can understand health considerations for sewage, septic, and safety
considerations for electrical wiring and structural integrity. But mini-
mum square footage? Where in hell does that come from? Is Betty
Freeman living in a, 400 square foot shack because it's her dream
house? It's obvious that she's trying her best to make do.
In my opinion, minimum square footage codes are un-American. Who
do they really protect? Who do they really benefit? Who are they re-
ally for? I guess it's only natural for bureaucrats to assume that,
since American citizens are the product of public schools, then it
goes without saying that they wouldn't know what size their houses
should be.
Look at the typical public school core curriculum: math, literature,
composition, geography, science, social studies, house size. That last
one isn't in there, is it? (Neither is growing your own food in your own
garden. Can you believe that?)
If the government can tell me that my house has to be bigger, then
where does it end? Can they tell me that my TV has to be bigger?
Pretty soon, they'll be telling me that my pants have to be bigger.
They'll be telling me I'm getting too big for my pants.
What about Abraham Lintoln being born in a three-sided cabin? I
suppose they should have arrested his parents. I bet the Lincoln resi-
dence would have violated every modern building code! HRS would
probably have taken an interest in them too.
Add this together wi th the recent revelation by astronomers that'many
of the stars in the universe are older than the universe itself and,
well, it all begins to make sense, right? Okie dokie, so maybe it doesn't
seem to make any sense at all. As I write this, I'll be darned if I can
make sense out of it either.
But look at it this way: remember the Jane Goodall documentary on
PBS (WFSU, Channel 11)? Remember that chimpanzee who was try-
ing to carry away about a hundred bananas, and he kept dropping
bananas? And every time he reached down to pick up bananas thai
he had dropped, he'd drop even more bananas? Did that chimpanzee
remind you :f anyone?, .
At this.point, I get a picture in my mind (where else?) of some chim-
panzee trying to carry off hundreds of Franklin Chronicle newspa-
pers. On the one hand, it's encouraging to note such a voracious
appetite for the printed word on the other hand, it's discouraging to
note thislselfish, simian-like act was meant to deprive others. Ofwhat?
Of news.
I have combed the last issue of the Chronicle for news articles which
would seem to make someone look so good that they would want to
take home hundreds of issues, but didn't make them look so good
that they would consider paying for them. I didn't find any articles
which met this criteria convincingly.
Failing to finger a suspect by this method, I then began to assemble a
"suspect profile," based on the criminal's MO (modus operandi). Since
the newspapers were taken from vending machines over a fairly wide
geographic area, I deduced that the suspect (a) had access to a ve-
hicle, or'(b) had help. This eliminated quite a few people, including
several of my friends and professional associates. Still, there were too
many people left in the suspect pool to quickly round up for a police
line up..
As it now stands, I think my best shot might be to call up the psychic
network ILve seen on the TV commercials. They're offering a free read-
ing when you call their 900 number. Now if only I could remember
the other seven digits. But hey, if they're so psychic, why don't they
just call me?

Some Positive Stuff in

Plantation Life

Orchids and honors are due Bob Shriver and his staff for checking
261 homes in the Plantation for water damage following the very cold
weather in Franklin County. There seemed to be a common link among
the few houses having burst pipes and leaks. Most of the outside
showers in a few homes had frozen pipes.
Item Two: When the Board of Directors closed their meeting to con-
sultwith their new attorneys on pending litigation, they left the room
and met downstairs in the clubhouse. Other Association members
stayed and met with Tom Adams and Ben Johnson, who agreed to
discuss the so-called Ben Johnson Agreement, and how it came into
existence. Dr. Adams has always contended that this was not a legal
undertaking, and he proceed to describe this process and the flaws
in a very clear presentation to the 20 or so who were waiting for the
Board to reconvene. Dr. Johnson responded to questions as well. While
there was some disagreement, there was also some obvious agree-
ment on several points, clearly indicating that the potential to negoti-
ate the entire controversy is still possible.
Thanks to Dick Plessinger for his very close supervision of road re-
pair activity and electrical installations-truly a Board member worth
his .votes.
When the Board did return, they voted to send Dr. Johnson a "docu-
ment-offer" calling for the mutual rescission of the agreement, al-
though copies of this were not distributed to the assembled group. In
the absence of the Board, there were few outbursts, hysterically driven
rhetoric, or other disruptive comments so common to some previous
Board meetings. Does this mean George Mahr's idea might be a pat-
tern to follow? He suggested putting in an entirely new team of nego-
tiators and replace some Board members in the negotiations.
Tom W. Hoffer

Roddenberry Announces


January 19, 1996
To the Citizens of Franklin County:
Today I am announcing my intention to retire as Sheriff of Franklin
County effective December 31, 1996.
I chose to make this early announcement in order for everyone to
know my intentions and clear the way for anyone considering run-
ning for this office. While I will not be endorsing any one candidate, I
do wish each one the best of luck.
I started my career in law enforcement when I went to work for the
Florida Forest Service in 1961. After spending three years there, I
went on to become a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol. I spent
twenty-four and a half years with the Highway Patrol before becom-
ing elected Sheriff seven years ago. Once this last year in office is
over, I'll have over thirty-five years in law enforcement. I feel it's time
for me to move on to another level in my life and make room for a
younger man to handle the important duties, of Sheriff.
I want to thank all the citizens of Franklin County for the honor of
allowing me to serve as your Sheriff for over two terms in office. As
Sheriff and with the help of many fine, dedicated employees, I feel
that I have brought a professional standard of excellence to this office
that every citizen can be proud of.
May God bless you all.
Sheriff Warren Roddenberry

A Reader's Response

Concerning Resort Village

January 19, 1996
Dear Tm. : .
Thank you for your editorial and commentary in the January 12 is-
sue of the Franklin County Chronicle.
I would like to briefly respond to Dr. Tom Adams letter by saying that
I do agree that the majority of the Plantation property owners want
the issue of the 1992 amendments resolved. However, I feel that the
only way this issue can be fairly resolved is to allow the membership
the opportunity to vote on the amendments AFTER hearing both sides
of this issue. It seems that this is an issue that has been taken out of
the members' hands by the recent board action to attempt to mutu-
ally rescind the Johnson agreement, which in my opinion has left the
Plantation in a very vulnerable position. I am extremely disappointed
that this board has chosen to not involve members in, issues that
affect every Plantation property owner.
Tom, you have raised a very interesting issue in your commentary.
From the very beginning, the Concerned Property Owners have said
that if Dr. Johnson gave up the multi-family residential aspect of the
project they would have no further complaint with regard to the com-
mercial aspect of this development. They took their concerns to the
Franklin County Commission and to the Cabinet and both the County
Commissioners and the Cabinet listened to what the CPO wanted.
Dr. Johnson removed the multi-family residential and now has a
strictly commercial project. The CPO's have, in this strictly commer-
cial development, gotten what they asked for.
Franklin County Commissioners no longer need to look at this devel-
opment as a "not in my back yard" issue raised by the CPO's, but how
this development can benefit Franklin County as a whole and how it
will benefit the citizens of Franklin County.
This development could bring a much needed increase to the eco-
nomic base of the County. As Dr. Johnson has promised over the
past three years, he will employ Franklin County citizens, he will
train Franklin County citizens, he will promote from within...he will
provide jobs with a future. This development would bring year round
employment, and would greatly help the businesses not only on St.
George Island, but Apalachicola, Eastpoint and Carrabelle..
The CPO's argument against the state-of-the-art wastewater treat-
ment facility that is the State is in the process of permitting for Re-
sort Village rings hollow to those.of us who realize that at build-out
there is far less risk from this wastewater treatment facility that the
great numbers of septic systems that are currently being installed!
You are right, Tom, the Plantation needs to look at exploring the ad-
vantages of Dr. Johnson's plan. But more importantly, our County
Commissioners need to look at the positive impact this development
could have on Franklin County.
We are fast becoming like other coastal areas of Florida....a place
where only the wealthy can afford to live. Now is the time to begin
seeking job opportunities with a future. To look into affordable hous-
ing. To insure that citizens of Franklin County will not be driven out
by high taxes, no affordable housing and no job opportunities.
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water...let us look at the best
positive side of this development and use it in the County's best in-
terest: The CPO's urged the County Commissioners to agree to a com-
mercial development in the Plantation, now lets do something posi-
tive that will benefit ALL the citizens of Franklin County.
Mary Lou Short

Card of Thanks
My brother, Jerry, and I want to
thank those who telephoned, sent
flowers and sent kind thoughts on
cards following the death of our
= mother, Margaret K. Hoffer on
1 January 17, 1996. She is a loving
'' memory and your kindness con-
,' J SiV' tinues to remind us of her inner
strengths and beauty.
Tom W. Hoffer

Margaret K. Hoffer

Curmudgeon's Corner

Separation of Church and State
By Tom Markin
At times one has to wonder at what passes for thinking in the liberal
minds. It seems to me their actions frequently are at cross purposes
to helping them achieve their beloved social agenda that they con-
tinually try to cram down the throats of the American people.
A splendid example of this phenomenon is the fervent passion of the
leftists to separate all aspects of the government from all aspects of
religion in general and Christianity in particular. The annual flap
about any observance of Christmas in public (government) schools or
in public parks or buildings seems to have a life of its own.
Another major concern of our liberal masters is the existence of even
a smidgen of Christian practices or beliefs in public education, such
as prayer in schools or prior to athletic events. They should remem-
ber that an overwhelming majority of Americans are either practicing
Christians or are benignly indifferent to the church. ("I don't go to
church, but it's a good thing.")
Of course Christian churches that are active politically are an anath-
ema to the people on the left. Since the liberals control all of the
major media, they are given to much shouting and breast beating
about the evils and dangers of people such as the "religious right"
taking over the government and setting up a Christian theocracy.
For my money, the liberals are paranoid on the subject. I can see
absolutely no chance that the Christians will take over a state or the
national government, and force all of the American people to become
Christians. To the contrary, many pundits are saying that religion is
a diminishing force in the country, with the mainline churches actu-
ally seeing a decrease in the number of members.
All of this deemphasis of the church should really be worrying the
people on the secular left, because their social goals and the tenets of
Christianity frequently overlap.
The liberals claim to be supporters of the poor, the elderly, the handi-
capped, and the lesser among us in general. (Of course, they are also
the champions of the criminals, the stupid, the lazy, and the non-
productive, the people who are destroying the U. S., but that's an-
other article.)
Remember, one of the basic beliefs of Christianity is also the care and
feeding of the poor, and those who have fallen on hard times. The
early church leaders admonished their followers to take care of the
widows and orphaned children. Brotherhood and forgiveness of those
who have wronged you are also major rules for living a Christian life,
as are mercy and a constant quest for peace. All of these beliefs dove-
tail very snugly into the social agenda of the secular left.
It has always been difficult for the human animal to achieve these
goals. He is a very self-centered individual whose basic interests rarely
go beyond his family, or at best his tribe, those immediate people who
share his interests and views. The pre-Christian people had no con-
cept of respect for human life, per se, much less love and charity for
people simply because they were fellow humans.
The Romans of 2,000 years ago did not consider themselves cruel
when they killed and tortured untold thousands of people in arenas
for sport. The fierce Vikings of old saw it as their obligation for many
centuries to kill and plunder their way through the countries of Eu-
rope. It should be noted that historian Will Durant pointed out the
Northmeh- were finally tamed by Christianity.
Current observers of the national scene decry the violence, crime,
and amorality of increasing numbers of our young, who see nothing
wrong with such behavior, claiming they are simply "doing their thing".
One of the more striking aspects of the actions of these young thugs
is their complete indifference to the feelings of the victims upon whom
they prey.
The people of the secular left are schizoid in their approach to our
social problems. On one hand they cry with horror at the violence
and apathy toward others in our midst, and at the same time these
people with their complete control of the media pour out an ava-
lanche of gory violent films and TV shows where citizens do unspeak-
able things to one another.
As our society continues to decay, the liberals should look to Chris-
tianity as a desperately needed ally to preserve at least a semblance
of peace and order in our land. And if this includes prayer and the
teaching of Christian morals in schools and in the media, isn't this
an exce lent trade-off for our friends on the left?

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Editorial and Commentary

An Open Letter To

POA Board Members

December 16, 1995
Dear POA Board Members:
Over the Thanksgiving weekend a Plantation property owner and his
daughter were in the store. At that time he told me about his conver-
sations with some of the new board members:
1. B.L. Cosey was appointed to the POA Board.
2. We were going to sue Ben Johnson and get rid of the agree-
ment once and for all.
3. We were going to get rid of Wayne Gleasman.
4. We were going to fire Barbara Sanders.
Living in a small community such as this, one learns very quickly to
"file" everything that is told to them. My curiosity, however, was peaked
when I saw the agenda for the Specially called board meeting.
After attending that meeting, I would like to share some concerns
with you;
1. When asked whether or not the decision to appoint B.L. Cosey to
the board had already been made, every board member denied any
knowledge that the decision had been made, every board member
denied any knowledge that the decision had been made prior to the
meeting. Mr. Cosey was nominated and appointed...and given his tele-
phone calling card! The board never contacted Mr. Mannus for an
interview, nor did they publicly review the applications...Mr. Mannus
drove to this meeting from Tallahassee and was available not only at
the meeting but willing to be interviewed by the boardlThe percep-
tion being that the decision to appoint B.L. had already been made
2. Vote on Casa Del Mar entry. I was dismayed at Christon Gallio's
angry remarks and accusations. Marta Thompson, representing Casa
Del Mar should have been shown every courtesy. It was inappropri-
ate to make accusations against Casa Del Mar, George Mahr, Schoo-
ner Landing, etc. We do not need to bow to every whim, but we do
need to be conciliatory and we certainly need to understand that it is
not in the best interest of the Association to take an adversarial posi-
tion when we need to be looking at the long term...getting out from
under a very cumbersome Andrew Jackson Agreement and the first
step is to attempt to bring Casa Del Mar, Schooner Landing and the
Cut property into the Association. In effect, I believe that confronta-
tion caused this Board to lose an opportunity to pull the Casa Del
Mar Association and Schooner Landing into the POA.
3. Standing with DCA, etc. THANK YOU Dick Plessinger for being the
voice of reason. In a few short moments this Board was poised to
breach the Ben Johnson Agreement at great cost to this Association!
Please be reasonable and please remember the promises board mem-
bers made that no litigation would go forward without the full knowl-
edge and consent of the members of this Association.
4. Future Legal Matters. Is it appropriate to appoint a committee made
up of B.L. Cosey, Tom Adams, Bill Hartley to seek out attorneys for
futuree legal matters"? All appointees are active members of the Con-
cerned Property Owners. Is this a conflict of interest? Is this in the
best interest of the Association? Shouldn't committees be more di-
versified rather than of one special interest group? Two members of
this "legal committee" filed ethics complaints against Barbara Sand-
ers that were ultimately dropped! What "future" legal matters are you
expecting? I would like to remind this Board that when a previous
board voted to hire Barbara Sanders as out attorney of record it did
so because she is highly thought of in the community and among her
peers. She is a long-time resident of St. George Island and is aware of
the past history of the Association, and should there be need for an
attorney to represent us in certain areas she could advise us. (Her fee
was also a lot lower than Gary Anton and we didn't have to pay a
Tallahassee lawyer $200 an hour that included three hours round
trip time!)
5. It was totally inappropriate for Board members to publicly accuse
Barbara Sanders of losing the Bob Herron case. You must do your
homework on what has happened in the past! The Tom Royal board
made every attempt to settle with Bob Herron, but Herron would not
settle for anything less than some exorbitant amount. One way to
look at this is that we won-a million dollar settlement requested by
Herron is now down to $160,000.
6. I would caution the Board to only address items on the agenda of a
specially called board meeting.
7. Wayne Gleasman was asked to resign prior to the Board meeting
on Tuesday evening and yet EVERY board member denied any knowl-
edge of this. How can this happen? There is absolutely no room for
deception by this board under any circumstances! By what reason
was a very effective, intelligent POA Manager asked to resign? At one
time, all of the Plantation records were kept in the president's office
in Montgomery, Alabama and when the Royal board took over I am
sure Dick will verify that the board spent hours on day-to-day busi-
ness. Wayne has been an excellent liaison between the board and
members. We don't need to fire Wayne, we need to give him a raise!
I urge this board to STOP. Regroup. Immediately request a meeting of
the full board with our attorney so that she may better inform this
board of the meaning of government in the sunshine, and laws per-
taining to board actions, how they must. conduct themselves what
they can and cannot say, what they can and cannot do.
As I see it, in two weeks this board has placed this Association in
great jeopardy by almost breaching the Ben Johnson agreement, se-
1ecting an appointee to the board prior to the meeting and without
properly reviewing the applicants or giving the applicants an oppor-
tunity to speak publicly. By appointing a committee to seek out at-
torneys for future legal matters made up only of CPO members clearly
giving the appearance of conflict of interest and raising the question
as to what legal action the board is planning. And by jeopardizing
future relations with Casa Del Mar, Schooner Landing and any other
entity that does not come under the POA. George Mahr has already
publicly threatened to sue this Board, and a group of property own-
ers are poised to file a class action lawsuit individually and collec-
tively against this board. We need to pave our roads and take care of
the infrastructure, not pay lawyers!
This board can accomplish great things. This Association is in need
of strong leadership. This Association deserves to be represented by a
board willing to accept that they represent a very diverse group of
people and that they will represent this Association openly, honestly
and in their best interest. It is your duty and responsibility to do so.
It is what you promised!
I would like to close by telling you a true story. It is about what us
long-time owners fondly refer to as "Plumbergate". About four years
ago a former board member and his wife hosted a dinner party at
their Plantation home. A number of people attended including four of
the then current board. During the course of the evening a local
plumber was in and out of the house repairing pipes that had been
broken during a recent freeze. After indulging in a great meal and
imbibing many glasses of wine the party-goers began to tell stories
and jokes, including the board members. Months later POA board
members individually and collectively were sued by Gene Brown for
conspiracy...based of the testimony of the plumber! Needless to say,
those board members were very relieved when the Association and
Gene Brown settled out of court for $100,000...that lawsuit was a
part of that settlement!
What is my point? Please, KNOW the laws that you as board mem-
bers must abide by. Something as innocents s a party cost this Asso-
ciation dearly, and created much concern among individual board

I wish this board success. It is my sincere desire that at the next
annual meeting this board will be able to say "look what we have
accomplished...we have pulled this Association together".

Mary Lou Short

Response to

Curmudgeon's Corner

This letter is in regard to Tom Markin's article, "Separation of Church
and State," published in the January 26 issue of the Chronicle.
Mr. Markin proposes that the actions of liberals are "at cross pur-
poses" with their beliefs. As he writes, "A splendid example of this
phenomenon is the fervent passion of the leftists to separate all as-
pects of the government from all aspects of religion in general and
Christianity in particular." I argue that this is not an example of a
"leftist passion," but it is a tenant of the United States Constitution.
Our Constitution clearly states in its First Amendment that there
should be separation between church and state. This is an idea on
which our country was founded, not just a silly concern of today's
liberals, as Mr. Markin would like to believe. Many of the early set-
tlers came to America as a means of escaping religious persecution
by the government.
It may be true that "an overwhelming majority of Americans are, ei-
ther practicing Christians or are benignly indifferent to church." And,
it is their right to freely practice and preach whatever they choose.
However, when the government is mandating religious events, such
as daily prayer in school, this freedom of religion is being taken away
from some. Suddenly, the views of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc.
are being suppressed, simply because they are in the minority. Why
should a Jewish student be forced to celebrate a Christian holiday at
school? Why should a Muslim student be forced to recite a Christian
prayer at school? I'm sure that their parents would agree that they
are sufficiently taught about morals and prayer at home. This is where
all types of religious instruction belong in the home. And, it seems a
bit paradoxical to me, Mr. Markin, that you would be in favor of tak-
ing something as important as religious instruction out of the hands
of the family and give it to the bureaucracy.
Mr. Markin, I believe that you are blaming society's problems on the
lack of spirituality on the behalf of liberals and non-Christians alike.
This is not a fair assumption. I myself am a liberal and a practicing
Christian and I am sure that I am not alone in this category. I would'
doubt that those who are non-Christian feel that their beliefs are
immoral or unworthy of respect.
As I have stated before, giving a religious faction (regardless of the
size) legislative power is unfair. So, instead of looking to the govern-
ment, I look to the families to teach their children morality, respect
for life and human"kindness. It is the responsibility of each and every
family to raise its children to be productive and dependable citizens.
Taking that right away from them only weakens the country more,
Mr. Markin.
Audra Perry


News You

Can Use

Cleaning products, pesticides,
medicines, painting supplies,
perfumes and other toxic sub-
stances are commonly found in
most households. According to
the American Association of Pol-
son Control Centers, more than
1.75 million accidental poisonings
were reported nationally In 1993,
and 90 percent of those occurred
in the home. Children under 6
years of age represented 56 per-
cent of the poisoning victims.
Young children are naturally cu-
rious and often cannot
distinguish between poisonous
and non-poisonous items. Pills
can look like candy; furniture
polish may look like syrup; a liq-
uid cleaner or even gasoline or
kerosene might look like apple
juice to a small child.
Families with young children
should, of course, make extra
efforts to "child-proof" their
homes. But those who may have
youngsters visiting In their homes
should also consider these basic
Use child-resistant packages;
they have been shown to save
lives. People who request packag-
ing that Is not child resistant -
those with arthritis, for instance
should be especially careful to
keep their medicines secured and
out of the reach of children.
Destroy old or unlabeled medi-
*Always keep handy, a bottle of
Ipecac syrup a medication used
to induce vomiting but don't
ive it to a poisoning victim un-
less told to do so by a physician
or poison control expert.
If a poisoning does occur, poison
control experts advise:
*If the victim is not conscious, call
911 or take him or her to an emer-
gency room.
*If conscious, give the victim a
little water to dilute the poison,
and call the Florida Poison Infor-
mation Network at 1-800-282-
3171 for further advice. Also call
your family physician.
*Do not induce vomiting unless
instructed to do so by a doctor or
poison control expert. While in-
ducing a person to vomit is a com-
mon treatment for many poison-
ings, it is not the recommended
treatment for every ingested poi-

RECALL: "Quick N' Easy Micro
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s'umer Product Safety Commis-
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Of St. George

St. Geo Plantation Owners

Association Opens Up

Meetings to Area Press

Motivated by disagreeable press reports and editorials, the Planta-
tion Owners Association at the last Board of Directors Meeting, on
Saturday, 13 January 1996, decided to invite all of the area press to
cover their meetings. Board member B. L. Cosey, dissatisfied with the
Chronicle reports and editorials, moved to invite other reporters to
observe and report on Association meetings.
The Chronicle applauds this action of the Board, allowing for more
open coverage of Board activities. As far as the Chronicle coverage is
concerned, almost all of the reports have been based on verbatim
notes made by tape recorder and lately published on the editorial
page, along with writing by a long-time observer of these meetings,
going back to 1978. I am learning more, "as time goes by" about the
various hidden activities of the Board, previous administrators and
outside influences on Association politics. When these are revealed,
sometimes in these pages, Board members don't like it much. So,
bringing in more "inquiring" reporters might reveal more about Board
activities and politics. Perhaps with more "outsiders" covering the
Board the high degree of "hot air" will be flushed outside with greater
I will provide one more.example of subtle cover-up acts one of which
occurred at Saturday's meeting. When the item about Correspon-
dence came up, Richard Plessinger very loosely made references to
some letters from George Mahr, and others-- overlooking a poten-
tially litigating letter from Wayne Gleasman. He was reminded about
the Gleasman letter and only then did he make a brief, ambiguous
reference to the letter from Gleasman's lawyer. For the benefit of those
attending, and others who have followed this situation, here is the
January 8, 1996
St. George Plantation Owner's Association, Inc.
1712 Magnolia Road
St. George Island, Florida 32328
Re: Severance Pay for Wayne M. Gleasman
I represent Wayne M. Gleasman. In that regard, I am instructed
to notify you that Mr. Gleasman expects to be paid the balance
of the severance pay owed him pursuant to the Executive Em-
ployment Agreement under which he has been performing his
duties from July of 1993 until his termination in December of
That agreement provided that Mr. Gleasman is to receive the
balance due under the agreement as a severance pay within
thirty days of termination of employment, We calculate the bal-
ance due as being $16,615.40, representing 13.5 pay periods.
This sum is due and payable today, this being the thirtieth day
from the Board of Director's meeting at which Mr. Gleasman's
employment was terminated.
Mr. Gleasman expects to receive the full amount due within ten
days, or I will proceed with legal action as instructed by my
Gary M. Ketchum
One or two Board members dismissed the Gleasman letter as insig-
nificant because "he didn't have a contract." I am not so sure that
this matter is over, but the membership desenr d better treatment
about the letter and its imnplicaLions.

I do not enjoy picking on the Board, but most of the Board members
have very short memories of the previous behaviors involving tortu-
ous interference, the commissioning of high cost legal activities, prom-
ises current Board members made in the last election (reminded by
member Ken Posely from the floor) and other matters tending to sow
distrust and loss of confidence in the current administration, includ-
ing the abrupt termination of Wayne Gleasman.
Tom W. Hoffer

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The Franklin Chronicle 26 January 1996 Page 5

Students Graduate Clothing Camp :

From D.A.R.E. Program for Sewng
e By Judy Corbus

D.A.R.E. Officer Bruce Varnes poses with Chapman
Elementary's essay winners, Claudette Hamilton and
Morgan Heyser.

Over 250 Carrabelle, Browne and Chapman Elementary School stu-
dents will be graduating from the D.A.R.E. program during the week
on January 22. The D.A.R.E. Program, which has worked with Fran-
klin County's elementary school students for the past seven years,
will no longer be in operation after the January 25 graduation at
Carrabelle Elementary School as funding has been discontinued from
the Franklin County School Board.
D.A.R.E. Officer Bruce Varnes told those attending the January 23
D.A.R.E. graduation at Chapman Elementary School that only 14 of
the overall 1,040 graduates from the D.A.R.E. program have faced
drug-related charges in Franklin County. "It's important that you learn
to say no," Varnes told graduates, "Some of you will face great temp-
tations from your own peers to use drugs. It's important that you
remember what you've learned here. Your very life may depend upon
that knowledge."


Do you like to sew? Interested in
the latest techniques? Want to
learn about new fabrics, notions
and equipment? Do you like to
embellish clothing? Enjoy home
If you answered yes to any of these
questions, then plan on attend-
ing the Adult Clothing Camp,
March 19-21, 1996. This 3-day
"sewing retreat" will be held at
scenic 4-H Camp Timpoochee,
located on Choctawhatchee Bay,,
6 miles east of Niceville. Sleep in'
climate-controlled cabins, let
someone else cook your meals,
enjoy a stroll along the bay, as
well as uninterrupted sewing in
the fellowship of other sewing en-
Classes will be taught by the Uni-
versity of Florida Extension Fam-
ily and Consumer Sciences
Agents, including the State Cloth-
ing and Textiles Specialist and
local "experts." Participants will
choose one main project and par-
ticipate in numerous other hands-
on classes and demonstrations.
The camp will begin on Tuesday,,
March 19, at 9:00 a.m. and end
at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March
21. Cost for the camp is $70 for
full-time participants; this in-
cludes lodging, 7 meals, registra-.
tion and insurance. Those who
wish to commute will pay $35,'
which includes registration, in-
surance and 3 lunches. Class
sizes are limited and classes will.
be filled on a first-come, first-serve
basis. Registration deadline is.
March 1.
Participants will bring their own,
supplies for classes: fabric, no-,
tions, machines, etc. Kits may be
available for certain classes for an
additional charge.
Fliers with registration informa-,
tion are available at the Franklin.
County Cooperative Extension
Service office. For more informa-
tion, contact the Franklin County
Cooperative Extension Service at,
(904)653-9337 (V/TDD, via the
Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-
This program is open to anyone'
regardless of race, color, sex, age,
handicap, religion, or national

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is Artist of


Ms. Jordaski was chosen as art-
ist of the month of January by her
fellow members of the Carrabelle
Artists Association. Her work
along with several other members
decorates the walls of the Carra-
belle Branch of the Apalachicola
In addition to being an artist in
her own right, Ms. Jordaski is also
a certified teacher in the Bob Ross
Style of Painting. She said, "I be-
lieve, as Bob Ross did, that ev-
eryone has a talent for painting
and can paint for their own plea-
sure in the Joy of Painting." She
has already taught several people
to paint by this method and says
that the pleasure they take in
their finished products is very re-
warding to both pupil and teacher.
She shares her time presently
between a winter residence in
Lanark and her present summer
home in Herbster, Wisconsin. One
other thing she likes about this
area in addition to our more mild
climate than that of the North is
the splendid seclusion that can be
found on our beaches. She is
starting to sketch and paint some
of the local scenes. "There is a
picture in every corner of the
county," she said. She especially
likes the shrimp boats, birds and
the many scenes in the wooded
areas.."I will try to capture some
of these type pictures before I
leave this year," she added.
There are about 300 teachers of
the Bob Ross system and they
meet each year. They go to vari-
ous museums to view works of
other artists and to enjoy one
another's mutual passion, art.
Gini said, "Bob Ross gave people
a good feeling about themselves.
He taught to show people happi-
ness in the realization they could
-do something they did not think
they could, and many a person is
now happily creating oils to hang
on tlieir own walls or decorate a
friend or relative's home. It is in
the creation that happiness
': comes One student, Kathleen
Deveran, has already displayed
her art at the Apalachicola Bank,
and is very proud of her success.

1st Annual

Shrimp School

The University of Florida's
SAquatic Food Products Program
introduces the annual Shrimp
Schools dedicated to advancing
shrimp products quality and
safety. These technical programs
will feature current and basic top-
Sics through lectures and actual
hands-on training.
The 1996 program includes train-
Sing with sensory indicators for
shrimp decomposition, product
grading and implementation Haz-
ard Analysis and Critical Control
Point (HACCP) programs. The de-
composition training will be con-
ducted in cooperation with the
leading FDA experts demonstrat-
ing product differences for small
and large sized product. Innova-
tive quality grading and HACCP
orientation will be consistent with
the recent FDA mandates issued
on December 18, 1995. The train-
ing will combine some lectures
with laboratory experience.
This training will be useful for
experienced and new suppliers,
processors, importers, exporters,
inspectors and other private sec-
tors. All participants will be pro-
vided with certificates of comple-
tion for future reference as an
alumnus of the UF-Shrimp
The classes will be held at Unl-
versity of Florida campus Febru-
ary 26-28 and will be limited to
the first 25 registrants. The lirm-
ited class size assures an effec-
tive teacher to student ratio. The
registration fee ($175.00) is based
on cost recovery for materials and
instructor travel. To reserve a po-
sition, participants should pre-
register by phone (904/392-
4421), fax (904/392-8594), or E-
m a i 1 ( O T W E L L
@GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU). The train-
ing coordinator is Dr. Steve Otwell
in the UF Food Science and Hu-
man Nutrition Department.
For additional information, con-
tact the Franklin County Exten-
sion Program office at 653-9337.

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My Father's Birthday
By E. L. Peck
Wounded deep, I cannot feel
This time of year this one day's toll
The darkness passing, still I pause
His squinting, silent laughter real
Work-stained, callused sausage finger
Rubbing rough against my cheek
Sweat and dirt and Old Spice linger
Night-voice rumbling me to sleep
That likeness once my only goal
I'm there, and others see me so
Yet more alone and lost because
I'm older than he ever was.

By Angel McClain
feels uneasy...
junkyards make me squirm
air thick, heavy haze of rust, coating my throat
tasting like blood old blood-i-blood
so quiet here-you can hear metal rusting
and falling to the ground
I'm falling to the ground fighting
an urge-to stay awhile
grit and smile at this, neon idea
glaring from a million blind sockets
its kinda good this
parra-parrallels of my neighborhood
grills and glass, everything in wheels
stark angled mammoth fossils
precariously piled documentary layers
lairs of thought rust and coughing filth

Paper Bag
By Tiffany Shiver
Life is like a paper bag
in every paper opened end
we are there
standing there
with open hands
and open mouths
with everything better
to do than make
up our own

First Christmas in Wyoming
By Pearle H. Schultz
(Published in Wyoming Journeys 1995)
Tonight I walk our bottom pasture land
and hear the snow beneath my heavy boots
crunch with small cries.
The air is ice within each nostril here,
like dagger thrusts with every breath I take,
It even smells like winter,
I still remember breezes soft as silk,
and running barefoot over pale beach sand
to see the silver streamers of the stars
touch ocean, black with night.
The taproot of deep restlessness in me
can find no Southern constellations here.
My heartbeats bleed into the silence
of this Sargasso Sea of whiteness;
it is so long until the year brings back
the subtle celadon of spring.
Snowfall begins again! An arctic wind
slaloming down the mountains' eastern face
tortures our Russian olives' barren boughs,
prowls my unbound hair, and makes itself
the center of this frigid universe.
No matter, since the kitchen will be warm
and it is time to cook the black-eyed peas--
Although I left that land so steeped in sun,
it seems I brought along old boundaries.
Tomorrow's New Year callers will have Hoppin' John.*
Traditional dish of black-eyed peas and rice served New Year's Day in the
South to guarantee good luck all year.

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City State

Page 6 26 January 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


Fla Supreme Court
Affirms Crum-
Golden Net
Despite the State's assertions
(Dept. of Environmental Protec-
tion-DEP) that the shrimp trawl
designed by Buford Golden and
Ronald Crum did not conform to
the "net-ban" amendment speci-
fications, the Florida Supreme
Court on Thursday, January 18,
1996, affirmed a lower court de-
cision that concluded the net did
conform to restrictions in the net-
ban Amendment. Tried before
Judge Davey, 2nd Circuit, held in
Apalachicola, his judgment con-
cluded that the net did conform
to the net-ban specifications.
Moreover, the Davey decision, af-
firmed by the Supreme Court,
also concluded that the Consti-
tutional Amendment really in-
tended to limit not prohibit trawl
nets in nearshore and inshore
waters of Florida. Travl nets must
not contain more than 500 square
feet of mesh area using the for-
mula for a cone (circumference of
the mouth of the net times the
slant height length divided by two)
and the slant height mid-point of
the headrope (net mouth) to the
tail of the net with the meshes of
the net in an open rather than a
closed or stretched position. The
basis of the appeal taken by Bruce
Millender and others to the
Florida Supreme Court was a dis-
agreement relative to the mea-
surement of the slant height.
The Florida Conservation Associa-
tion (FCA) maintained that spe-
cific language requiring "maxi-
mum length" governs over lan-
guage requiring measurements to
be "with meshes open". The Su-
preme Court rejected that inter-
pretation. Moreover, the Court
also concluded that "Proposed
methods of measurement by the
State and FCA reach an absurd
result and defy common sense."
The Court also accepted the
Millender arguments that shrimp
trawling would be rendered infea-
sible in the nearshore and inshore
waters if either the State's method
or FCA's method of measuring
slant height would be adopted.
The decision in these matters was
unanimous (6-0). Appellees (the
winners) were represented by J.
Patrick Floyd (Port St. Joe), on
behalf of Franklin County, Alfred
01 Shuler (Apalachicola) and
Ronald Mowrey (Tallahassee) on
behalf of Wakulla County.

The Bevis


It,was November 3, 1995 when
Attorney Ben Watkins sent on
behalf of the Carrabelle Port &
Airport Authority a list of alleged
sub-lease violations to Bevis &
Associates, Inc. Some of those al-
leged violations included:
1. Failure to create twelve full-
timejobs for the period of the sub-
2. Failure to provide information
and verification of said employ-
ment on forms provided by the
Department of Community Affairs
as well as failure to require sub-
lessees to do the same.
3. Failure to allow access to em-
ployment/employee records of the
tenant and its sub-lessees.
4. Failure to maintain at all times
"insurance for the premises, in-
cluding liability and insurance for
the landlords of at least
$300,000.00 with the landlords
as First Loss Payees." Failure to
furnish the Carrabelle Port Au-
thority with certificates of current
5. Failure to receive port author-
ity approval, before entering into
sub-lease agreements.
6. Utilizing more than the nine
boat slips authorized by the De-
velopment Order under which the
project was established and
funded, which allegedly caused
the port authority to be placed in
jeopardy of losing additional Com-
munity Development Block Grant
Attorney Watkins noted in the
November 3 letter that the port
authority felt that the most cost
effective way to settle the matter
of the allegedly sub-lease viola-
tions was to seek a declaratory
judgment in the local circuit
On December 20, 1995, the Car-
rabelle Port & Airport Authority
filed a civil suit against Bevis &
Associates, Inc. in the Second
Judicial Circuit Court of Frank-
lin County requesting a declara-
tory judgment concerning the al- ,
leged sub-lease violations.
If the second circuit court rules
in favor of the Carrabelle Port &

Airport Authority at a future de-
claratory judgment hearing, it is
expected that Bevis & Associates
would be evicted from its leased
property on Timber Island.



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Off-limits to Shrimping in Apalachicola Bay
The Florida Marine Patrol is "renewing" enforcement of Florida Statutes 65-905 which
declares areas north and south of Gorrie Bridge in Apalachicola Bay off-limits to
shrimping. Gorrie Bridge is shown in the chart above as going through the middle of
the off-limits zone. Previously, there had been a "gentleman's agreement" between the
Patrol and Franklin County not to stringently enforce the provisions of these "special"
areas subject to legislative action in the past, according tod reports obtained at the
Department of Environmental Protection by the Chronicle. Unofficial spokespersons at
the Patrol advised the Chronicle that other "special" areas whichh are the subject of
past legislative action will also have stepped up enforcement in future days. The fact
that this change comes'at a, time when the Golden-Crum net case passed muster with
the Florida Supreme Court may or may not be coincidental.

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Bill Tehan with the Marine Fisheries Commission points
to a possible area of closure of the bay.

Members from th'e seafood industry crowded into the Franklin County
Commission Room in the county courthouse for a Marine Fisheries
Commission (MFC) meeting on January 22 to give their input on pos-
sible bay closures.
While most seafood workers were willing to concede partial and per-
manent closures on parts of the Apalachicola Bay, a vocal majority
affirmed that they did not want St. Vincent Sound to ever be closed.
Some individuals claimed that the Army Corps of Engineers had de-
stroyed more areas of the bay than the seafood industry ever could
by pouring mounds of sand into wetlands.
Bill Tehan of the Marine Fisheries Commission said that previous
bay closures had been made on mutually agreeable understandings
between the seafood industry and MFC. Although Tehan noted that
the January 22 meeting had included some very positive communi-
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ing Program were strong forces for
positive change in the area. "We
ave a strong feeling here for our
Ms. Butler urged Boyd and Tho-
mas to continue their fight for
larger library/literacy funding
appropriations to Franklin
County. Representative Boyd
noted that funding was tight, but
assured Ms. Butler that an effort
would be made to continue gen-
erating funds for the libraries
throughout the State of Florida.
St. George Island resident Mike
Robulock and Apalachicola resi-
dent Odelege Kwanzaa (formerly
known as Kenneth Ingram) both
made vague though impassioned
pleas as concerned citizens.
Mr. Robulock stated that the
Florida Marine Patrol had spent
an inordinate amount of money
painting a boat that he felt was
not needed. He said that state of-
ficials needed to allocate money,
in areas that were most in need
of funding. Robulock said that
Browne Elementary students had
to share science books and could
not afford to purchase enough
spelling books. "I'm paying taxes
and'I don't think the money is
going in the right places."
Senator Thomas stated that he
has been very frugal. "If you have
a friend on welfare, tell them to
go to Georgia or Mississippi where
they pay em' good."

Mayor Bobby Howell
Senator Thomas returned, "I've
know you for quite some time and
don't mind saying how contrary
you can be to your legislators.
We're not doing our jobs as well
as we could, unless you're getting
on us sometimes; and you've got-
ten on me a few times."
Representative Boyd said that he
didn't know Mayor Howell well
enough to call him contrary,
though he praised Howell for his
persistence in "pushing and
ramrodding" his legislators to help
enhance the beauty and economy
of Apalachicola.

Denise Butler

Franklin County Public Library
Board Chairperson Denise Butler
told Representative Boyd and
Senator Thomas that she at-
tended the delegation meeting to
accomplish three goals: to give, to
brag and to plead. Ms. Butler pre-
sented both Boyd and Thomas
with plaques of appreciation for
library/literacy support to Fran-
S klin County.
"We are impacting the area and
we feel that we are offering some
of the best at risk programs in
Franklin County," said Butler.
She told the state officials that
such programs as WINGS, the
Summer Reading Program and
the Franklin County Adult Read-

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mas that, if the United States re-
frained from investing in nuclear
armaments, it could afford to
have a better educated citizenry.
Mr. Kwanzaa also argued against
the recent surge of prison
bootcamp' construction as an in-
vestment in crime and dismissed
the juvenile justice system as a
waste of state funding.

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Florida's public libraries are as diverse as our population. In all but
two of our 67 counties residents are served by countywide or
multicounty library service. In the three counties where service is
limited to a few municipalities, there is still an unserved population
of approximately 360,851.
D There are 424 public library service outlets in Florida with
30,540,557 books, videos, recordings, magazines, and other mate-
O Public library revenue in Fiscal Year 1993-94 was $234,921,667;
the great bulk (85%) from local governments and 10% from the
State Aid to Public Libraries Program.
Big Returns On A Small Investment
C Florida invests an average of $16.27 per person in library service.
The national average is over $19.00. More than 85% of all public
library funding comes from local sources. State and Federal sources
enhance and supplement local funds.
O A recent nationwide Gallop poll shows that Americans-whether
library users or not-believe that libraries should be supported at
more than $30 per capital.
The State Aid Program
C State Aid has enabled public library service to grow significantly in
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in 1961; today, 97% of our residents have these resources avail-
C State Aid is a continuing state grant program authorized under
Chapter 257, Florida Statutes, for eligible libraries. In place since
1961, State Aid to Libraries is an incentive program, designed to
encourage counties to provide library service to their residents.
The statute permits the state to grant operating funds to county
libraries at a rate of up to 25 cents on the local dollar. The program
is funded at 12.3 cents for 1994-95 and is estimated at 11.1 cents
for 1995-96.
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comes from state sources. However, for some libraries, particularly
in rural and poorer counties, state aid is as such as 53%-a criti-
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dollars in matching funds to build libraries all over Florida. The
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The Franklin County Public Li-
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program funded by the Juvenile
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for a one hour treatment session.
For the employee this meant the
expenditure of money for trans-
portation and long hours on the
But thanks to the updated physi-
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Coast Hospital in Apalachicola, as
well as the addition of Dr. Manuel
Ramirez to the hospital's staff,
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now enjoy the same high quality
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Dr. Ramirez is a chiropractic phy-
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e referring physician's physical
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'For work related injuries, both
time off work and cost to both pa-
tient and company are signifi-
cantly reduced," Dr. Ramirez
promised. At a time when medi-
cal cost savings are a top priority
throughout the country, receiving
treatment at home offers area
companies and injured patients
a convenient way of saving money
and time.
In addition to his chiropractic and
physiotherapy licensure, Dr.
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Prior to affiliating with Emerald
Coast, Dr. Ramirez associated
with the Acupuncture and Holis-
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Vargas, continued from
page 1

violated, the Covenants called for
barring him for three years from
the Plantation.
Alice Collins requested that the
Board provide a written statement
of intent in regard to what the
Association intended to do in
building a new fire house in the
Plantation. Discussion moved to
questions about the function of
the fire house structure at other
times, if, for example, the fire de-
partment might want to use the
space for meetings and social
events. Plessinger reported that
current planning provided for a 50
x 50 foot structure to be built by
the Plantation, and that led into
a heated exchange between Lou
Vargas and Dick Plessinger. The
Board voted to send the intent
letter to. the island Volunteer Fire
Before the Board went into closed
session, introductions of the new
attorneys were made. Represent-
ing the Association will be the
Tallahassee firm of Amondson
and Moore, who have extensive
backgrounds in land use and en-
vironmental matters.
There was extensive discussion on
whether the proposed new agree-
ment with Dr. Johnson would be
subject to ratification by the mem-
bership, but the Board concluded
that the rescission document
would not be sent out for mem-
ber approval.
Gene Brown has contacted the
Association and informally re-
minded them of an earlier agree-
ment to maintain or restore a sign
at the Plantation entrance which
read: "St. George Plantation-Lei-
sure Properties Ltd."
Pam Amato presented a report on
Personnel and recommendation
for pay increases. A Financi&l
Workshop on Association money
matters was proposed and ap-
proved for Saturday, 27 January
1996 beginning at 9 a.m. The pro-
posal to install a four-way stop
just outside the Plantation en-
trance was the subject of some
discussion with the Board voting
to disapprove the County's plan
to install the stop plan. Dr. Ben
Johnson requested a written plan
of road restoration, with details
including contractors, materials,

New Doctor at

Magnolia Medical


When Dr. Horacio J. Rodriquez-
Jimenez joined the staff at Mag-
nolia Medical Clinic in November,
two pressing needs were fulfilled.
According to Kenneth E. Dykes,
Sr., administrator at Emerald
Coast Hospital, in which the clinic
is located, recruiting a pediatri-
cian and an internal medicine
physician had been a top priority
for the clinic in Apalachicola. "Dr.
Rodriquez-Jimenez is board eli-
gible in both pediatrics and inter-
nal medicine and has already pro-
vided services in these and other
needed medical areas at the clinic
and hospital," Dykes said.
Prior to joining Magnolia's staff,
Dr. Rodriquez-Jimenez was emer-
gency room physician at Pompano
Beach Medical Center as well as
being in private practice at
Gratigny Medical Center in Miami
and South Florida Heart Group.
Although Dr. Rodriquez-Jimenez
has been practicing medicine in
Franklin County for only a few
weeks, he said he already feels
like he's part of the community.
"I have already felt the trust of the
community," he said and sug-
gested that the sense of belong-
ing to a community is important
to him."
When the Cuban born physician
was seven-years-old, his family
was thrown out of their home in
Havana and all possessions were
taken from them when his par-
ents informed Cuban officials
they wished to leave the island.
"My parents were verbally and
physically abused until we were
finally allowed to leave," Dr.
Rodriquez-Jimenez recalled.
Rodriquez-Jimenez stated that
even today it is dangerous for
anyone in Cuba to criticize Presi-
dent Fidel Castro or his dictato-
rial policies. "Freedom of speech
is so vital to a healthy country and
as long as Castro remains in
power, Cuba will remain a sick
country," Dr. Rodriquez-Jimenez
Many of Dr. Rodriquez-Jimenez's
family members remain in Cuba,
including 16 cousins who are also
physicians. "Hopefully Castro will
depart soon and Cuba can again

look forward to prosperity,"
Rodriguez-Jimenez suggested.
Partly because of his experience
as a youth, Dr. RodriquezJimenez
wants to be involved in any com-
munity he lives. He already has
plans to hold seminars through-
out the community and teach pre-
ventive medicine practices to area
"Of course you can't eliminate all
illnesses and diseases through
preventive medicine and that's
where Magnolia and Emerald
Coast really stands out to me," Dr.
Rodriquez-Jimenez said. When
medical care is needed, the doc-

Resort, continued from
page 1

days and on the remaining week-
days the plant is in operation. (2)
Resort Village, a commercial
project in the heart of the Planta-
tion (St. George Island) would
have to expand its list of param-
eters to be monitored.
The entire case began when DEP,
on January 27, 1995, issued a
public notice of their intent to is-
sue a permit for the wastewater
treatment plant. Petitioners Dr.
Tom Adams, Lusia Dende-Gallio,
Harry Buzzett, Charles F.
Duncklee, Donald and Marta Th-
ompson, Marie A. Dunck and
Franklin County challenged the
application. The owner of Resort
Village, Dr. Ben Johnson, pro-
posed to construct a 30,000 gal-
lon per day (gpd) domestic waste-
water treatment facility expand-
able to 90,000 gpd to serve phase
one of his Resort village develop-
ment, with reclaimed water to be
discharged through absorption
cells constituting a reuse/land
application system. Major areas
of concern in the vicinity of such
an operation are Nick's Hole, Ap-
alachicola Bay and the Gulf of
Mexico. There is the potential for
introducing nitrogen and phos-
phorous into Nick's Hole and the
Bay which might result in in-
creased production of phy-
toplankton. There were also con-
cerns about the potential for di-
rect flow into sur ace waters flow-
ing into Nick's Hole and a possible
influx of effluent from the ground-
The administrative lawjudge also
took into account the problems of
groundwater degradation due to
nutrient loading by the project
and possible transmigration of
effluent and nutrients due to the
sensitivity of the ecosystem in the
vicinity of St. George Island. Nick
Hole is the most productive area
for its size in the entire Bay sys-
tem and has limited flushing. The
marsh system to the north of the
wastewater is among the richest
on the island. Barrier islands
such as St. George present un-
usual 'environmental problems
because they are subject to ex-
treme wave action during hurri-
canes and also because there is
very little land to treat waste.
Given the problems, Judge Davis
concluded that the proposed
wastewater treatment plant would
provide the highest level of treat-
ment availab e for wastewater.
The highly treated effluent would
be suitable for irrigation, and the
treated effluent leaving the plant
would also be suitable for drink-
ing, "...of higher quality than
many public drinking water sup-
plies.". The plant will also include
three subsurface absorption cells,
each approximately five acres in
size. The cells would allow a net
average effluent hydraulic loading
rate well below that provided by
DEP. Although complaints about
ponds forming after major storms,
the judge concluded that there
was no ponding in the area of the
absorption cells. None occurred
during tropical storm Beryl in
August 1994. Possible impacts to
groundwater were modeled and
the judge concluded that the ex-
pert presented by Dr. Johnson,
was credible weighing "...in favor
of a finding that normal tidal in-
fluences will not significantly im-
pact inland groundwater levels as
the site." Later, the judge opined,
"Having determined that the
applicant's groundwater modeling
is accurate and adequate, the
applicants contaminant transport
modeling is also deemed accu-
Petitioners attacked Dr.
Johnson's raw data, calculations
and modeling as inaccurate or
unreliable. To this, the law judge
replied, "...To the extent their wit-
nesses focused upon additional
tests that the applicant (Dr.
Johnson) could have performed
but which were neither required
nor performed, these witnesses
were not persuasive of the
applicant's unreliability."
Finally, the judge concluded that
Resort Village's application pro-
vided "reasonable assurances"
that the proposed wastewater
plant could not violate Florida
Statutes or relevant DEP Rules.
He does not have to provide "ab-
solute guarantees."

tor said Emerald Coast has the
most caring and dedicated sup-
port staff he has ever seen.
Dr. Rodriquez-Jimenez said he
enjoys being associated with a fa-
cility that is constantly striving to
improve how it provides medical
care to the community. "It is good
to be a part of a clinic and hospi-
tal wanting to provide the best
possible care to its patients. Mag-
nolia and Emerald Coast are do-
ing that by bringing in physicians
and support staff who have excel-
lent credentials."

Dr. Rodriquez-Jimenez said that
community input is an important
part in providing quality medical
care. 'The more we hear from the
public the better," he said. "With
community input, the medical
staff and our support personnel
are better able to determine the
most appropriate medical care to
deliver to each patient."

As to the physician's double last
name, he explained, "My mother
paid for about half of my medical
school expenses and was so proud
when I became a doctor. In her
honor, I legally changed my name
to Include her maiden name of


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All The Trouble In The
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In twelve chapters, profusely
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scholars review the master-
pieces of American history
painting to show how pub-
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patronage and imaginative
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