Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: April 5, 1996
Copyright Date: 1996
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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...Page 5

The Published Every Other Friday

Franklin chronicle


Dixie Theater Restoration

Moves Ahead

Rex and Dixie Partington received approval from the Apalachicola
Planning and Zoning Board on April 1 to obtain building permits to
restore the Dixie Theater. The Parington's received final approval from
the Apalachicola City Commission one day later and also received
approval to implement a new marquee.
The reconstructed building will be 49 feet wide, 90 feet long and 31
feet high. There will be an auditorium with a balcony and a proscenium
arch stage with a 30 foot opening. Seating capacity is set at 340 per-
The seating will be flexible enough allowing the auditorium to be used
for cabarets, banquets, meetings and convention-type gatherings in
addition to the primary live stage performances, concerts, recitals
and motion pictures. The restored structure will also house the the-
ater box office, restrooms and a 12 foot by 14 foot rental space suit-
able for an office or small retail store on the first floor. A 900 square
foot apartment will occupy the second floor. Construction is sched-
uled to begin very soon. Mr. Partington said the building should be
completed and ready for public performances by the fall of 1997.


Time in


By Rene Topping
April 20 marks a new date for the
Carrabelle Waterfront Festival
which was previously held on Fa-
thers Day weekend in conjunction
with the Yamaha Big Bend Salt-
water Fishing Contest. The Car-
rabelle Area Chamber of Com-
merce, whose members have
sponsored the festival each year
since 1991, decided on the ear-
lier date in hopes that the weather
would be better. Several of the
previous festivals have been
marred by rain. Also, motel and
campground accommodations are
heavily booked by participants in
the Fishing event.and it is hoped
this date would bring in a good
crowd for a one day event.
There will be a great number of
various things for people to do and
see. Chamber officials announced
that the Gumbo Cookoff which
has grown in popularity each year
will once again be sponsored by
the Gulf State Bank. It is expected
that there will be even more en-
tries, thus surpassing 1995 with
almost 30 cooks competing. Gulf

State Bank will provide the cash
rewards. The First Place winner
will receive $200; Second Place
will net $125; Third Place gets
$75; and all three top prizewin-
ners will receive a certificate.
There will be seven $10 awards
for the next seven winners. Each
winner will receive in addition a
gift certificate provided by local
merchants. Two new awards will
also be given this year. Top Orga-
nizational entry will be awarded
$50 and a gift certificate. The
other new award named the
"People's Choice Award" will re-
ceive $10 and a gift certificate.
There is an entry fee of $5.00 and
all proceeds go to the Friends of
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary. To obtain an entry form
and all rules and regulations for
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Perot is Big Man on Campus:

Would-Be Presidential

Candidate Delivers Speech

at FSU Auditorium

A Feature & Commentary by ,rian Goercke

The Ruby Diamond Auditorium in Tallahassee was flooded with youth
and vocal enthusiasm on March 28 as H. Ross Perot, the much ex-
pected nominee for the Reform Party, delivered his own interpreta-
tion of the state of the nation. In the course of a one hour speech,
Perot made reference to a cast of historical and motion picture per-
sonalities as Alexander Hamilton, Cicero and Forest Gump in his
attempt to shed light on issues as political deceit, the power of spe-
cial interests and the gluttonous national debt. Though barely taller
than his podium, the little, big man from Texas encouraged listeners
to get involved in the Reform Party Movement and in the reformation
of government. "Never forget for a moment," instructed Perot, "that
ordinary Americans are capable of extraordinary achievements."
Voter Participation
With concern for the future generation of youth, Mr. Perot told listen-
ers that voter participation in the present was crucial in shaping the
future. "It would be absolutely wrong for my generation not to pass
on a better, stronger country to you," said Perot, "We literally could be
the first generation not to leave a better, stronger country to our chil-
dren. We the people own this country. Everybody here is old enough
to vote. And, if you haven't registered to vote and if you don't intend
to vote, you deserve what happens to this country. Please keep in
mind that the elected officials in this country work for you. They are
your servants under the constitution." In defense of the nation's elected
officials, however, Perot noted, "There's good people in Washington.
They're just trapped inside a bad system. We've got to change the
The Reform Party
In his attempt to generate support for the Reform Party, Perot claimed
that the independent constituency accounted for the highest per-
centage of voters. He said that 29% of Americans classified them-
selves as Democrats, 30% classified themselves as Republicans and
39% of Americans were registered as Independents. Perot said that
62% of Americans wanted a new party, 52% of the registered Demo-
crats wanted a new party and that 48% of the registered Republicans
wanted a new party.
Politics & Mud Wrestling
"Politics is not rational," Perot noted, "There are no rules of conduct.
War has rules. Mud Wrestling has rules. Politics has no rules." He
continued, "Did you watch the Republic Primary? No mud wrestling
operation would have been conducted at the Federal level. Destroy-
ing your opponent does not address the issues."
Perot warned listeners not to allow campaign promises to influence
the way they voted. He said that a person didn't have to be a Rhodes
Scholar to see through the political promises. 'That's R-O-A-D scholar,"
Perot joked, "If you're sitting out there in your overalls and you say,
'Ross, one or the other didn't make any sense.' You can't have it both.
This is nothing' but free candy just before the election to get your
votes. This is destructive and we've got to cut it out."
There's No Business Like Show Business
"In business, the only way you get promoted is based on your
performance...by what you do," said Perot, "In politics, you get elected
to higher offices primarily based on your acting abilities." Mr. Perot
stated that great leaders of the past could never be elected in the
present due to their physical appearances. He cited George Washing-
ton as an example. "People would say, 'Ross, this guy's got wooden
teeth, you wouldn't want to put him on the television.'" He then de-
scribed Abraham Lincoln as "Tall, ugly with a beard" and seemingly
"unelectable" in the present. In reference to Winston Churchill, Perot
felt that voters would turn away from Churchill's massive girth and
cancerous habit. "We've gotta help this guy lose 50 pounds, get him a
toupee and have him throw that cigar away," said Perot.
"That is a fundamental flaw in our system, because we people are so
easily manipulated," said Perot. He made reference to President Bill
Clinton's State of the Union speech. "When you look at the president,
he's been made up by Hollywood's finest. When you look at Al Gore
sitting' right behind him, the same person worked on him. When you
look over at Newt (Gingrich)... Newt's the only guy showing real skin."
Mr. Perot complained that the president's State of the Union speech
was hyped with partisan applause and exaggerated gestures. "All that

Continued on page 4

5 April 19 April 1996

FDA Review of AmeriPure

Oyster Treatment

Labeling Language

The Chronicle has obtained the letter of the reviewing officer from the
Office of Food Labeling, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center
for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for the AmeriPure treatment
process reported in the last issue, March 22, 1996. The treatment
process is designed to reduce the bacteria of Vibrio Vulnificus to un-
detectable levels.
The process holds the potential of purging the oyster industry on the
Gulf Coast of the negative publicity surrounding the consumption of
raw oysters by reducing vulnerable eaters by reducing the Vibrio
vulnificus bacteria from oysters still in their shell.
The subject of the FDA letter is not a formal review of the process but
only a review of the labeling of the processed oysters.
Dr. Douglas Park, in the Dept. of Food Science at Louisiana State
University, presented certain factual situations to Dr. F. Edward
Scarbrough, Director, Office of Food Labeling, Center for Food Safety
and Applied Nutrition, to obtain guidance on the labeling of pro-
cessed oysters using the AmeriPure process. Further, the Scarbrough
letter also presents a context for the process and what it does to a
raw oyster. The Chronicle has added the sub-heads to the Scarbrough
letter in order to better organize the comments from the FDA. The
letter is quoted in its entirety.
What the FDA Did
"Dear Dr. Park:
This is in response to your letter of October 13, 1995, to Ms.
Elizabeth J. Campbell requesting guidance on labeling oys-
ters treated by the AmeriPure process, a mild thermal treat-
ment purported to reduce Vibrio vulnificus to nondetectable
levels. In your letter and subsequent discussions with the
Food and Drug Administration, you stated that the inshell
oysters will be heat treated so that an internal temperature
of 500C is achieved and maintained for 5 minutes. The oys-
ters will then be rapidly cooled and held at 380F or less under
aerobic conditions. You reported that your data indicate that
while this process kills the oyster and reduces V. vulnificus
to nondetectable levels, the product retains organoleptic quali-
ties comparable to untreated oysters. You stated that these
oysters will be harvested from approved shellfish harvesting
areas, subjected to the process, and then transported and
stored under refrigeration. Further, you stated that the en-
tire commercial operation will follow Hazard Analysis and
Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines. In your letter, you
offered the following suggested labeling:
Raw Pasteurized Safety Enhanced
Shellstock Oysters
These oysters have received minimal thermal pro-
cessing to reduce the numbers of V. vulnificus
and thereby improve their safety. Keep refriger-
ated at 38F or lower.
"We have reviewed the materials and suggested label state-
ment submitted in your letter as well as other information
available to the agency, keeping in mind that raw oyster prod-
ucts must comply with provisions of the National Shellfish
Sanitation Program (NSSP) and the newly adopted HACCP
regulations. We examined the terms 'raw,' 'pasteurized,' and
'safety enhanced,' as well as other language on your sug-
gested label, to determine whether the labeling is accurate
and not misleading..."
Use of the Term "Raw" Not Misleading
"...We recognize that the organoleptic properties, e.g., smell,
texture, and flavor, of a raw oyster are important to the mar-
keting of the product. You have provided to us information
that, except for a slight lightening in color, sensory panels
found the treated product comparable in flavor, texture, and
smell to an untreated raw oyster. Independent research from
the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Gulf Springs, Missis-
sippi also reports that raw oysters that have received a simi-
lar mild heat treatment do not have a noticeable cooked ap-
pearance or cooked taste (J. Food Prot. 55(12):985-989, 1992).
We have concluded that because the oyster that has under-
gone the treatment described in your letter retains the orga-
noleptic qualities associated with a raw product, and because
the protein has not been coagulated by the treatment, use of
the term 'raw' to describe this product would not be mislead-
ing. We advise you, however, that it will be necessary to moni-
tor the process closely to ensure that the oysters are not
overprocessed, thereby changing their organoleptic qualities
and in turn, causing them to be inappropriately described as
AmeriPure Must Distinguish Treated Product
From a Fresh, Untreated Oyster
"...It will be necessary, however, for you to distinguish the
product from a fresh, untreated oyster. The name of the prod-
uct will need to reflect the fact that it has been treated. While
we recognize that you attempted to do so by using the term
'pasteurized,' we think that the phrasing of the name needs
to be modified.
"The term 'pasteurization' is used to refer to a reduction of
pathogens of concern in a food. In pasteurized milk, for ex-
ample, the term is used to refer to the elimination of a broad
spectrum of pathogenic organisms. Lobster meat is pasteur-
ized to eliminate Listeria monocytogenes, and crabmeat is
pasteurized to extend shelf life, while also assuring the de-
struction of Clostridium botulinum type E spores. In each of
these cases, the pasteurization process reduces all organ-
isms of concern for the particular food.
"The mild heat treatment process (50C for 5 min) described
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Notes from the April 2
Franklin County
Commission Meeting
The board approved the Joint
Drug Task Force Agreement with
Liberty County. The agreement
proposal was presented by Lt.
Archie Holton of the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department. The
board asked Mr. Holton if the drug
task force had been successful in
the apprehension of drug dealers.
Holton responded, "We're catch-
ing them, but we're not keeping
them put away. You're gonna have
to talk to the legislators about

Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum requested and the
board unanimously agreed to ap-
propriate $80,000 from the Road
& Bridge Contingency to the Road
& Bridge Supply Fund.

County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
Federal Highway Administration
(FHA) had refused to reimburse
the county for $30,000 in main-
tenance work to the C.C. Land
Road in Eastpoint. 'They [FHA]
said it was an alternate route,"
noted Pierce, "And federal high-
way dollars are not spent on
maintenance of alternate routes."
Pierce said that the FHA referred
him to both the Department of
Transportation and the Federal
Emergency Management Admin-
istration (FEMA) for possible re-
imbursement. Mr. Pierce had pre-
viously requested reimbursement
from FEMA for work rendered on
C.C. Land Road. However, FEMA
had refused to reimburse the
county and referred Mr. Pierce to
the FHA. Mr. Pierce said that he
would make another request to
FEMA for reimbursement.

Solid Waste Director Van Johnson
informed board members that the
Franklin County Landfill had be-
gun to operate under the facility's
summer hours. The new hours
are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mon-
day through Friday and from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
recommended to the board that
the speed limit on Sanborn Road
in Carrabelle be reduced from 35
mph to 25 mph. He also recom-
mended that the speed limit on
Carlton-Millender Road in Carra-
belle be reduced from 35 mph to
20 mph. The board unanimously
approved Mr. Hamilton's recom-

The board agreed to re-advertise
for bids for a pole shed and re-
lated paving for the Franklin
County Hazardous Waste Facility.
The board declared a scrivener's
error on 3.39 acres east of the
Stingray Station at Carrabelle
Beach and agreed to change the
zoning from R-4 Single Family
Home Industry to C-3 Commer-
cial Recreational.
Residents Bill Miller and Hamp-
ton May complained that the
board had previously changed the
zoning of their property without
board notice and requested that
their property also be rezoned
County Planner Alan Pierce re-
plied, 'The problem was [that] we
didn't think we were changing it
[zoning]. County records didn't
show it was commercial when we
redrew our zoning maps." Pierce
pointed out that both Miller and
May had been to a public hearing
nearly fours years ago and, at that
time, the board determined that
there had been no scrivener's er-
County Attorney Al Shuler said
that, since no public hearing had
been scheduled to consider the
rezoning of either Mr. May's or Mr.
Miller's property, the board could
not act on their requests to have
their property changed to com-
mercial zoning. Commissioner
Tolliver said that the board should
not charge either May or Miller to
advertise for a public hearing.
Carrabelle resident Mekin Yur
appeared before the board to pro-
test the buildup of commercial
property on Carrabelle Beach. He
said that there was no sewer sys-
tem in the area and worried about
excess waste polluting the water.
"We have to protect our lives," said
Yur, "We have to stop this." He told
board members that, if individu-
als wanted to open a business,
they should do so in areas already
zoned commercial. Carrabelle

resident Kathy Kitts also submit-
ted a letter to the board to pro-
test the change in zoning.
The board then voted 4-1 (Com-
missioner Tolliver voting nay) to
have the property zoned to Com-
mercial Residential.

The board voted 4-1 (Commis-
sioner Braxton voting nay) to table
John Horan's request to have 7.8
acres in Section 36, Township 8
South, Range 7 West rezoned from
residential to commercial. The
re'zoning request will again come
before the board on April 16 at
10:15 for a hearing.

The board agreed to suspend re-
volving loan payments from loan
recipients to the Apalachee Re-
gional Planning Council when
50% of the productive area of the
bay has been closed for 15 or
more days per month. Board
members expressed concern that
those not employed with the sea-
food industry may also be excused
from paying back loans during
such bay closures. WOYS News
Director Michael Allen questioned
board members on the criteria
they would'use to determine
whether 50% of the bay was
closed. County Planner Allen
Pierce said that he had conferred
with David Cole of the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
and had determined that 50% of
the bay, which included Cat Point
and East Hole, was presently
The board appointed Jane Cox to
the Job Education and Partner-
ship (JEP) Act board. County
Planner Allen Pierce informed the
board that another positions on
the board needed to be filled.

County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
company that provides Franklin
County employees with uniforms
had reported $700 of outstand-
ing bills from county employees
who did not return their uni-
forms. Mr. Pierce said that he
would contact the company and
have them send a list of those
employees who personally had
outstanding bills. Pierce said that
he would request those employ-
ees to pay back their debt to the
uniform company.
St. George Island Business owner
Steven Rash appeared before the
board to request a permit to use
a small four-wheeler vehicle to
.transport jet skis and inflatable
boats on and off the beach. Mr.
Rash requested the permit under
the following guidelines: Only a
four-wheeler can be allowed on
the beach. Trucks and other large

vehicles will not be allowed on the
beach. The four-wheeler will only
be permitted on Unit 1 Block 10
West Units 39,40 & 41. The four-
wheeler will only be permitted to
travel on a natural trail, which is
on the property. Only employees
of S.G.I. Rentals will be allowed
to drive the four-wheeler to and
from the beach. The launching of
boats would only be permitted
between 7 9 a.m. and 6 8 p.m.
A fee will be assessed for the al-
lowance of the permit.
The board directed County Attor-
ney Al Shuler to prepare an
amendment to the Jet Ski Ordi-
nance and to present his report
to the board.

Pamela Amato introduced Jeff
Richardson, who is the new Plan-
tation Manager, to the board of
county commissioners.
County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed board members
that the Division of Forestry had
contributed 20,000 pine seedlings
to the county for the Airport Tree
Replanting Project. He said that
the seedlings were being planted
by inmates from the Franklin
Work Camp.
County Attorney Al Shuler in-
formed board members that both
the office of the state Attorney
General and the Department of
Revenue confirmed that a simple
majority vote would be sufficient
to pass a local option tax on gaso-
The board voted 3-2 (Commis-
sioners Tolliver and Braxton vot-
ing nay) to give full-time county
employees a $700 pay raise and
part-time employees a $350 pay





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New Police


By Rene Topping
Jonnathan Riley was chosen by
Carrabelle City Commissioners on
April 1 to be hired as a new police
officer for the City of Carrabelle.
Riley replaces Anthony Alligood,
who recently resigned to take a
position with another community.
The new officer was told that he
would start work immediately and
will be on permanent night shift.
The commissioners, with the ex-
ception of Commissioner Jim
Phillips were in agreement on
choosing to have a new officer.
Phillips expressed the opinion
that it would be better for the city
to advertise for an experienced
officer to serve in the position of
assistant chief under Chief Jesse
Gordon Smith.
Phillips said "I would like to sug-
gest that we not hire a city po-
iceman and that we advertise for
an assistant chief. I think that
part of the problem is that we are
not paying the people enough to
stay here and they get a better
offer and they move on. And I
can't say I blame them. We pay
our officers about $306 a week
and I don't think that is enough
to do the job they try to do. I also
think that, by hiring an assistant
chief, (we need to find) someone
who has some experience, and (we
need to) pay him the money to be
assistant chief ; we will add sta-
bility to the police department."
Phillips added that he was look-
ing to a time when the present
chief would be retiring and the ex-
perienced man could step into the
He was opposed by Police Com-
missioner George Jackson who
said, "I am the police commis-
sioner. When the chief retires, I
would then be in favor of adver-
tising for a new chief." Phillips
made a motion to advertise for an
assistant chief and it failed for
lack of a second.
The commissioners then voted on
the three applicants and Riley
won out over Jep Dwayne Smith,
and Chris Wilson. Part of the sal-
ary for the officer will come from
a grant.

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letter from Cora Russ, who com-
plained that a resident on Fifth
Street had been turning their
property into a junkyard. Mayor
Howell said that he had surveyed
Fifth Street, but was unable to
locate the site in question. He
said, however, that he had noticed
a home on Fourth Street that had
a couple of abandoned vehicles on
city property. Mayor Howell said
that he would address the situa-
tion the next day with the help of
a city worker.
The board agreed to pass an In-
tergovernmental Agreement and
Lease with the Franklin County

School Board. The agreement pro-
vides that the City ofApalachico-
la pay one dollar per year for ten
years to the Franklin County
School Board for two parcels of
land. The land will be used for a
multi-purpose sports facility,
which will include activities as
baseball and softball. The City of
Apalachicola will provide grant
funding for the construction of
fences. lights, baseball diamonds
and other sports facilities. In ad-
dition, the City of Apalachicola
also agrees to hold the Franklin
County School Board harmless
during the term of their lease of
any claims or suits that arise from
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Mr. Sandy Howze appeared before
the Apalachicola City Commission
at the regular April 2 meeting to
complain about continued van-
dalism to his carwash in Apala-
chicola. Mr. Howze reported that
vandals have been responsible for
causing thousands of dollars
worth of damage to his carwash,
which is located behind a recently
closed EZ Serve Convenience
"I've talked to the police 'til I'm
blue in the face," complained
Howze, "Nobody seems to see the
things that are going on." Howze
told board members that he has
been unable to contact a police
officer about the matter. When
asked who he had tried to con-
tact, Howze challenged board
members to "try to find one [po-
lice officer]."
He then stated that, whenhe has
conveyed his concerns to police
officers about the continued van-
dalism, they have continued to
ignore his requests. "I just can't
understandeta when I talk to a guy
that evening... I told him about
the car wash, 'Please check that
thing at night.' I've also talked to
the policemen constantly about
the drinking, the filthy language
and the bad tapes going on." He
said that, when he has confronted
individuals about their behavior
at the car wash, their typical re-
sponse has been,"For the police
not to care, why should you?"
Commissioner Wallace Hill stated
that he noticed beer bottles "all
over town." He suggested that the
board direct police officers to con-
front those issues of littering and
vandalism. He also said that he
wanted the open container law
enforced more strictly. "This is
getting extremely sickening," said
Howze commented, "I know y'all
think I'm being hard about this,
but you've had three break-ins
out there. Along about the same
time, the Red Rabbit had a break-
in: I had one (business vandalized)
last year at the laundromat. It
cost me $8000 to replace the
equipment. This last one cost me
$4000. And we don't even hear
about the other citizens in town.
Enough of this stuff is enough.
Apalachicola is not that big of a
Mayor Bobby Howell said that he
would contact Officer Sonny
Whitehurst about the matter.
At the request of resident Jimmie
Nichols, the board agreed to au-
thorize City Clerk Betty Taylor-
Webb to apply for a Special Cat-
egory Grant to the Division of Ar-
chives of the Department of State
to restore Chessnut Cemetery.
The grant funding request will be
in the amount of $120,658. The
deadline for the grant is May 31.
"It will be a very outstanding at-
traction... tourist-wise," said
Nichols. Nichols noted that the
City had unsuccessfully applied
for the same grant money in 1991.
The board added John Solomon
and Alfia Mirabella, Jr. to the Rec-
reation Committee. The board
also agreed to reduce the recre-
ation committee to a five member
The board agreed to allow Florida
A & M to use the Apalachicola
Community Center for a Small
Business Workshop on April 17,
but denied such use on June 19
because the Summer Recreation
Program occupies the facility at
that time.
Major Bobby Howell stated that
he had received a February 25

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Committee Formed to

Study Efficiency of

Road Department

The board of Franklin County Commissioners appointed a six mem-
ber committee on April 2 to conduct a general study to determine
whether the Franklin County Road Department has used state allo-
cated funding as efficiently as possible to repair and maintain county
roads. The committee will examine road conditions, road department
staff and equipment and compare such factors with funding that has
been allocated to the road department. The committee was directed
to report such findings to the board within 30-45 days of the April 2
meeting. Those included on the six member committee were County
Engineer Joe Hamilton, County Planner Alan Pierce, Superintendent
of Public Works Prentice Crum, County Clerk Kendall Wade, County
Finance Officer Ruth Williams and Solid Waste Director Van Johnson.
"Our road tax money has shrunk," said Chairperson Jimmy Mosco-
nis, "And our road department has grown. It's put more of a burden
on us." He continued, "We're at the juncture now where we've got to
do some long term planning." Mosconis said that the board may have
to restructure elements within the road department. He also noted
that the board may have to implement a local option sale tax on gaso-
line. "We're headed down a dead end street here," said Mosconis.
Commissioner Edward Tolliver commented, "I think that our road
department is doing a very good job... and I don't see how a study is
gonna' help us." Tolliver said that he would object to the gas tax,
because it would negatively affect those in the seafood industry who
worked on the bay and depended on cheap gasoline to fuel their boats.
Mosconis replied that he did not want to make any rash decisions on
the gas tax, but preferred to first analyze the operations of the road
department to determine whether the county utilized its state fund-
ing as efficiently as possible.
Superintendent of Public Works Prentice Crum informed board mem-
bers that serious road problems existed on parts of Highway 67 to
the north of Carrabelle. He explained that a section of the twelve mile
road was heavily used by trucks connected with the timber and
limerock industries. "For the last month," said Crum, "I've had a crew
up there trying to keep the road patched together." Crum said that
his crew had been repairing the road with "hot mix." He further ex-
plained that his crew had been providing ten to twenty tons of hot
mix per week on a nine mile section of the road.
County Engineer Joe Hamilton stated that the most critical section of
Highway 67 was approximately 6.1 miles in length from Crooked River
Bridge to the county line. Hamilton agreed with Mr. Crum's assess-
ment that timber and limerock trucks were using the said road ex-
tensively. "We're trying to do patching, but our road department
isn't equipped to replace large sections of the road," said Hamilton.
He said that the road has six or seven inches of sand shell base; he
also said that the road was serviced approximately 15 years ago with
asphalt and concrete. Hamilton assessed that the cost to repair High-
way 67 with two and one-half inches of asphalt and concrete would
be approximately $515,000. He also noted that there was a damaged
section of road, which was 3.7 miles south of the Crooked River Bridge
that was equally in need of repair. Hamilton said that it would cost
approximately $234,000 to repair the 3.7 mile section.
Mr. Hamilton suggested that the county either implement a weight
limitation on the damaged section of Highway 67 or charge the tim-
ber and limerock trucks a surtax to drive on the road. County Clerk
Kendall Wade noted that the State of Florida had agreed to accept 28
miles of Highway 67 from Liberty County in exchange for Highway
12. Commissioner Putnal then made a motion and the board unani-
mously agreed to give authority to County Clerk Kendall Wade to
negotiate with the Florida Department of Transportation on the mat-
ter of taking back a portion of Highway 67.
Chairperson Mosconis said that the county needed to consider im-
posing a weight impact fee for vehicles that travel on Highway 67 to
the north of Carrabelle. "I'm not gonna' sit up here and go along with
handing but $80,000 for patching pot holes," said Mosconis. Mr.
Hamilton concurred, "It's a complete waste of time and we're paying
some debts now." He said that, if the board implemented weight re-
strictions on th'e highway, theboai-d may be the target of many law-
suits. Commissisrier B'evirth P1trial stated, "Somebody else is gonna',
have to tell them they can't use the road, because I'm not gonna' do
that." Commissioner Putnal explained that the board would put a lot
of people out of work if they, restricted large trucks from using the
"What is our legal liability here," asked Mosconis, "If we allow that
road to be like it is?" County Attorney Al Shuler stated that the county
would be liable if a road was determined to be dangerous and caused
a vehicle to wreck. County Engineer Joe Hamilton informed board
members that he considered the damaged sections of Highway 67 to
be dangerous. Attorney Shuler recommended that the board reduce
the speed limit on the road to help ensure safer driving conditions.
Commissioner Edward Tolliver joked, "You should put up a sign that
says 'Drive at You Own Risk'." The board then agreed to declare an
emergency and have the speed limit on Highway 67 reduced to 45

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To a Father From a Son:

A Tribute to Carl Bailey

By Joseph Bailey

My father asked, in his will, to have his ashes scattered in the Gulf of
Mexico, just off the coast in front of Lanark Village. My mother was
placed there, by me, some eleven years earlier.
A fellow named Cliff Blankenship had volunteered his boat for this
final parting of my mother. Looking back, it was very likely that my
father realized that I wasn't aware of what was really happening here.
So, at the last moment, he asked me if I would scatter her ashes. I did
a terrible job of it and have thought about it many times since. For
some reason, the boat slowed just as I was about to start and most of
the ashes fell atone spot into the water to the point we could all hear
a splash. An instant realization that one shot was all I got. But what
really has nagged at me for this past decade plus is the fact that I
didn't want to touch her ashes. Somehow I felt they weren't clean or
something more than that, that I can not come to term with. Well, not
really. What I could not come to terms with was how sick she was
and how much pain she was always in. And I either didn't want to
admit it or I was afraid that someday I would fall victim of the same
plight. At any rate, morality had looked me in the eye and I did not
understand it.
Now, once again, it was time to go to Gulf; this time with my father's
ashes. He had decided long before I could ever remember that he was
going to go to ashes. The fact that my mother was in the Gulf made it
a simple decision for him. I'm sure he could have cared less where his
ashes were put, but he knew that would cause some consternation
for those left behind, so he made it easy for us and went into the Gulf.
As I begin to ponder just how I should go about this, I begin to under-
stand what this thing called life was all about. It was about living,
living free in one's heart and mind, like he lived. His life was over and
had ended much like he had wished, fairly fast at the end and physi-
cally somewhat pain free. But what I was beginning to see and feel
was this incredible spirit. He was everywhere I turned. He was on
everybody's lips, he was in everyone's bathroom, he was on everybody's
table and he was part of everybody that knew him.
As I walked through the community, all the projects that he had talked
with'me, in the most meticulous detail, seemed to beckon me to look
for him. And his home possessed his smell, not a smell of age, nor
death, but smell of his amazing energy.
I do hot mourn his loss to the depths that I rejoice his life. He was
fulfilled by and vibrant about everything. I was not there when his
ashes arrived home. They were sitting on the dinning' room table un-
der the tall table lamp. It was so fitting. His labor of love for the last
two decades was the water and sewer systems for Lanark Village, and
that very table where he rested for the last time was the place that all
of his ideas were crafted, where many of his countless letters were
written. Where he spoon fed, to the end, his ailing wife, my mother,
Helen. Where countless friends and associates had gathered to trade
ideas and thoughts, he now waited for me to return his ashes to the
planet he so dearly loved. To the waters that he had so diligently set
out to protect. He knew, before he began his water and sewage work,
that we could return to the earth what we take from it in the same
condition as we take it.
I walked to the end of his property, the property that Rose Noga and
he had purchased years ago to prevent the development of the coast
line and cut off the view from the village. The property that he groomed
at his own expense to assure that any one leaving the village could
cast a gaze at the blue waters of the Gulf and feel apart of it. This
piece of earth was a path that he gave to all of us. All of us that need
to touch the waters to feel, to take comfort, to be human. As I stood
there, with my thoughts on my father and my mother and how they
would soon be together, I turned and looked an saw this.quaint, beau-
tiful, little village and knew just, as my father would have known,
what to do.
He was a man that spread his energy as wide and far as possible, and
his ashes should no doubt follow his path,'his many paths.
He was a man that spread his energy as wide and far as possible, and
his ashes should no doubt follow his path, his many paths.
This was a pilgrimage that I wanted to share with all his friends. But
it was also a pilgrimage that beckoned some urgency from within me.
It needed to be done, and knowing that it was done, how it was done,
would satisfy his beloved neighbors, friends and colleagues.
God bless Zelma. She, a woman of passion, understood my needs. It
was all so simple really; all we had to do was think of all the places
Dad would like to be.
Our first stop was at Zelma's toilets and sink drains. We blessed them
with his ashes and knew that he had always wanted to see all he
could of his beautiful system at work. We left there and headed for
the sewage plant. We threw handfuls of ashes over the fence, on the
road and on the roses and small garden just inside the fence. Next we
went by the second or third office he had worked out of, which is now
a beautician shop, and placed ashes on the entrance side walk, then
on to the post office and Chillas Hall.
Two women stopped and one asked us what w; were doing. When we
told her, she cried. We all cried a little. Tears of joy. Across from
Chillas Hall lays the office of Lanark Village Water and Sewer. A place
we felt compelled to smother with my fathers ashes, so we did. My
father is and will always be a part of the ground, until the waters
return him to sea. My father simply is the reason for the quality of
life's blood that flows through the pipes of Lanark.
We anointed the water tower, the golf course and the beach. We stopped
at his old friends the Wagoner's and the Kubicki's and asked if they
would like some of his ashes. They were delighted to have my father's
ashes spread over their grounds and to share some stories of all that
he had done.
Before I took the last of my father's ashes to the Gulf, I stopped by the
tree next to this house; and, in my father's name, blessed it the "Es-
sence of Carl." It stood majestically on his neighbor's yard. It took up
the position of dominance as it pushed the envelope of its surround-
ings. On one side, the side that encroached onto the side walk. it was
being twisted and broken a small branch at a time. And, like Carl, it
choose to ignore the damage being done to it. So, as I scattered his
ashes all over the branches of that tree, I knew that. like he. the tree
had been out there by a greater power. And I'm sure that, if the tree
could do for others as Carl did, it would pull in its branches and allow
safe passage and inspirational admiration of its magnificence.

My father was a far far better man than me
whose virtue was his sanctity
he knew no racial barriers
he knew no spiritual limits
he knew no richer man than he

Observations on the

Perot Speech at FSU

I like Ross. Probably not enough to vote for him, but certainly enough
to visit him at a lecture 60 miles away. In his presentation, Ross
expressed concern that the American voter was easily manipulated
by the glitter of Hollywood sprinkled over campaigns and politicians.
I agree. But, using the same argument, I would also have to say that
I was excited to see Ross for those very reasons, entertainment. It
wouldn't surprise me if others went to see Mr. Perot for his true en-
tertainment value.
Let's face it... Perot is a witty chap. He uses his country witticism
with the grace and potency of Buck Owens. And as a singer, he's an
awfully good comedian. Ross actually belted out a musical refrain
from "The Sound of Music" at the March 28 event. Is this any differ-
ent than Bill Clinton utilizing his saxophone skills on the 92' cam-
paign trail or Lamar Alexander pounding on his piano in the 96'
campaign trail? "There's No Business Like Show Business." Indeed,
politics is a game without no rules and Ross can comrrpete with the
best of them.
In regard to Ross' argument about the "electability" of George Wash-
ington, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill due tc [1, -' 11 p:-
culiarities, I'd have to say that Ross was incorrect. He li-:J ..., i:'l-n
teeth, obesity and outright homeliness as reasons why these histori-
cal figures could not be elected today. I wasn't aware that people
found Bill Clinton or George Bush cute. Nor the many other plug
uglies, which would certainly have to include Lyndon Baines Johnson,
who have been "made" by the voters.
Are Americans swayed by the ability of a politician to act? Sure they
are. Perot was correct. In this writer's opinion, Clinton was a better
actor than Bush. Bush was nominated for his acting abilities over
Dukakis. Reagan was far more (and still is) theatrical than either
Mondale or Carter. And neither Carter nor Ford could act, so the
voters just had to settle on integrity.in 1976.
Perot claimed that President Clinton's State of the Union speech was
rehearsed and, essentially, a feel-good address. Maybe so. But. I chal-
lenge anyone to take the politics out of a politician; especially when
that politician has to deliver a national address that will be picked
over by the media and the voters alike with the critical intensity of
ravenous vultures circling dead meat in the Mohave Desert. My guess
is that Perot would probably do the same thing. If you want to dig
your own political grave, go ahead and tell the American people they're
a mob of imbeciles on national television.
In addition, Ross asserted that Senator Bob Dole's follow up to the
State of the Union speech was not dull, but genuine. I would argue
that Bob Dole simply can't act. I'm not saying that he's above the fray
and will not put on an act. My guess is that, if Dole tried to be enter-
taining, someone might try to cast him as Bela Lagosi in Plan 9 From
Outer Space.
On the issues, I agreed strongly with Perot's assessment of special
interests, education and national unity. The fact that Mr. Perot would
point out both party's gluttonous patronage of corporate contribu-
tions in exchange for subsidies was especially admirable. National
unity and education, though, are kind of easy issues to support. He
said that we need more people who are good. Indeed, that's a bold
statement but hardly insightful. No person or politician in their right
mind is gonna' stand up against such issues.
In regard to the national debt, the trade deficit and the reorganiza-
tion of the tax system, I have to confess that all those numbers and
figures he quoted really made my head hurt. Of course, we need to
balance the budget and the trade deficit. But where do you start cut-
ting? That's the hard part.
One clear exception that I had with Ross was his suggestion to give
.only voters the power to enact a tax increase. For, that is a thing that
voters will never vote for. Mr. Perot felt that, if you feed people with
enough information, voters will make informed choices about what
tax increases they want. That kind of goes against Mr. Perot's argu-
ment about political manipulation. "No new taxes," for example. Ross
knows very well, or should, that nearly all the information any voter
needs in order to make an informed choice can be found by sifting
through public documents, reading a variety of newspapers and mak-
ing an occasional visit to the library for research material. Do the
majority of voters choose to research issues before they vote for a
senator, governor or president? How many voters were suckered by
the health care phone scam launched by the Chile's campaign for
governor? Could this have been researched by voters before they ac-
cepted what some person told them on the telephone? And so, we the
people rely strongly on pamphlets, sound bites and word of mouth.
To give this national question some local flavor, how many voters in
Franklin County would vote for a local optional gas tax? Are the roads
rough? Yes. Does the county have money to pave the roads? No. Would
the local constituency vote for such a measure? I have my doubts.
Who is this Ross.Perot that has emerged as a political superstar in
92? How would he vote on the issues? Since he has never held an
elected office, no one knows what he would do if ever he became a
part of the political arena. There is this theory that Perot seems to
have about working your way to the top. Maybe he should first try to
run for governor of Texas and then show people what he can do in a
single state, instead of grabbing for the big political pie every four
years with the help of his massive bank book.
Nonetheless, I look forward to seeing Mr. Ross at the presidential
debates of 1996. I'm sure he'll add plenty of variety to the debates as
he did in 1992. And if he is truly the independent he claims to be,
he'll argue, or rather, demand for the right of the Libertarian Party to
take part in those events. After all, they may not have the money that
Perot does to push their way to the presidential debates, but they
have been consistently on every ballot in every state for quite a while.
Sit back and enjoy the political show of 96'. "There's No, Business
Like Show Business."
Brian Goercke

Recycled Art from Highland Park


Brown Elementary students (from left to right) Bruce Taylor,
Mimi Golden, Cathrine Page and Cynthia Sanders.
In what was meant to be a project to study illegal dumping in Frank-
lin County, the Brown Elementary School students of Ms. Wanda
Teat's sixth grade class found that they could scrape out a little bit of
culture in a large amount of garbage. The students picked through
an illegal dump site in Highland Park in Apalachicola and came up
with their flowered "Found Sculpture." Ms. Teat explained. "A lot of
artists who go out and search for art like this often call them found
sculptures." The project, which began in the name of science, found
that a little bit of art can be extracted from any field of study.

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Perot, continued from page 1

is fine and that's entertainment. That's not the way you solve prob-
lems." He continued, "In politics, there's special interests. The voter
should be king, but the voter exists to be manipulated. And, boy, are
we easily manipulated." He then made reference to former president
George Bush' 1988 campaign promise. "Here's one that got millions
of votes. 'Watch my lips, no new taxes.' We rushed down and voted for
that and then we got hit right between the eyes two years later with a
giant tax increase."
Singing a refrain from, "There No Business Like Show Business." Perot
alleged that political speeches amounted to recitations of carefully
prepared orations written by a team of professional speech writers.
He stated that he wrote his own speeches. "And I know it must be
painful," joked Perot.
Trust in the Government
Perot alleged that, in 1964, 76% of Americans trusted the govern-
ment. In 1994, he continued, voter confidence was down to 19%. "If
only 19% of your customers trusted you, you would be bankrupt,"
said Perot. He further alleged that two-thirds of the nation believed
that government was on the wrong track and that 93% felt that gov-
ernment wasted their money. "You'd fire anybody whose company
did that," quipped Perot. He concluded that 88% of Americans felt
that their leaders would tell them anything to get elected, rather than
convey their true convictions. "And along those circumstances," said
Perot, "You wonder if they (politicians) believe anything."
The National Debt
In reference to one of his most frequently addressed topics, Mr. Perot
took issue with the national debt. He compared uncontrollable gov-
ernment to an alcoholic who vowed to stop his consumption of alco-
hol the next day. "Once you know you're a little sick," said Perot, 'The
sooner you start treating it you get well. You don't delay."
Mr. Perot said that, in 1960, the government was. operated for 100
billion dollars annually. "That wouldn't even begin to pay the interest
on the national debt today," he asserted. Perot said that government
spent 15 times more presently than it did in 1960. He said that gov-
ernment expended 1.5 trillion dollars annually, though was burdened
with a five trillion dollar debt. "If I'm living in debt and have 1.5 billion
dollars in expenditures," noted Perot, "we should all be living in man-
sions on the hill and have a yacht in Palm Beach."
Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security
Mr. Perot complained that the annual cost of both Medicare and Med-
icaid in 1995 was 250 billion dollars. He said that the cost of those
said programs was two and one-half times the cost to run the whole
government in 1960. He alleged that, in 2030, both Medicare and
Medicaid would cost 3.9 trillion dollars to operate. "That's twice what
we spent on our government," said Perot, "Don't you think that For-
est Gump would get the fact that if the amount of debt exceeds the
amount of money in print, that's too much debt." He also predicted
that, in 2050, the social security debt would be 5.5 billion dollars. He
offered, "More college students thought they would personally meet
an extraterrestrial in their lifetime than they would see social secu-
The Trade Deficit
In reference to the national 174 million dollar trade deficit, Perot com-
plained, '"That's the largest of any nation in history." He said that the
United States permitted a 38 billion dollar trade deficit with China, a
59.3 billion dollar Merchandise trade deficit with Japan, an 18.1 bil-
lion dollar trade deficit with Canada and a 15 billion dollar trade
deficit with Mexico. "We've got five trillion dollars of debt, 17 trillion
dollars of guarantees, 20 trillion dollars of assets, 42 trillion dollars
of liabilities," said Perot, "I am for international trade. I am not for
stupid international trade."
Special Interests
Perot argued for campaign finance reform as a necessary measure to
combat special interests. He said that campaigns went on for too
long, cost too much and benefited no one. Perot claimed that both
parties were both guilty of bowing to big corporations and special
interests. "They (corporations) don't have political philosophies. They've
got a business philosophy." He alleged that a corporations would con-
tribute 5 to 10 million dollars annually to campaigns and receive in
return 500 million dollars in subsidies. "If I could invest five million
and get 500 million back, as long as it's honest, it would be exciting.
This is not honest," said Perot. He claimed that the middle class had
to pay back in taxes what politicians granted in subsidies to special
A Balanced Budget Amendment

Perot urged legislators to enact a balanced budget amendment. He
complained, "We don't have a balanced budget amendment. We don't
a budget for this year. That is absolutely inexcusable in this great
country." He stated that a new tax system needed to be created, though
warned voters not to be disillusioned by flat-tax proposals. "You don't
even know what it is," said Perot. He also suggested that new tax
increases should only be enacted by a popular vote. "If the sacrifices
are necessary," said Perot, "You will do it (vote for a tax increase). But
if it's a goofy idea, they'll (legislators) be probably looking for work."
In a historical overview of the American Taxpayer, Perot said that,
during the colonial war, every citizen had to .pay 67 cents in taxes per
year. "I can live with that," he joked. After American citizens became
colonists, Perot said that they were required to pay one.dollar annu-
ally in taxes. 120 years later, he said that Americans paid $6.75 in
taxes annually. In 1913, he noted that the Federal Income Tax Amend-
ment was enacted. In 1929, Perot said that the amount an American
paid in taxes had tripled. "Do you see a trend?" He concluded that, in
1995, citizens pay $5,700 annually. 'The number one growth indus-
try in the United States of America is government," said Perot, "It
doesn't make any money. It just takes money from people who have
jobs.to make those jobs. It's a trap."
Social Programs
.Perot complained that no social program had ever been pilot tested.
"You better bring in the best and brightest minds. You better design it
(the social program) in detail, then explain it to the American people
in detail. And then you build one and pilot test it," said Perot. He
noted that all programs were designed the same and implemented as
such in diverse areas. 'The ideal health care system or welfare sys-
tem for New York City will be radically different than the ideal health
care or welfare system for a remote, rural area in Idaho. And right
now, they're all the same."
"No matter how rich you are, the greatest legacy you can leave your
children is to fully develop their intellect," said Perot. He complained
that millions of federal dollars were spent on education and that the
schools were ineffective. "Small schools work. Big schools don't," said
Perot. He argued the school's should begin a child's education as
soon as possible. In reference to the cost of education compared to
the cost of incarceration, Perot offered, "It costs more to keep a guy in
prison for a year, than it does to send him to Harvard for a year. That
'is really cost effective."
A Call to Unification
"Every house must set on a foundation ideally of granite," said Perot,
"And the granite foundation for this great country is something that
Washington can't do anything about. It's us. We the people are the
granite foundation. We are the most important piece of the puzzle."
He continued, "The government can't make us be good. It can put
you in jail for being bad. We need more people who are good. We have
too many people in this country whose hearts are filled with hate. We
need people whose hearts are filled with love that are constantly giv-
ing it away."
In a call for unification, Mr. Perot argued. "You understand in sports
that united teams win and divided teams lose. If we have a divided
tear chewing on one another that's a recipe to lose. The fact that we
are different is a strength. The fact that we have different religions is
a strength. Our religions don't teach us to hate one another. Some-
how, we figured that out on our own."
Final Words
Simply stated, Mr. Ross Perot listed some of his main concerns for
legislators: "The budget should be balanced. The treasury should be
refilled. The public debt should be reduced & the arrogance of public
officials must be controlled."
Perot closed his address with two quotes. He quoted Roman Philoso-
pher and Statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero and followed with a musi-
cal refrain from a country song. "History repeats itself and human
nature doesn't change," said Perot. He concluded that the govern-
ment should offer "a little less talk and a lot more action."

City of Carrabelle Meeting

Ponder Changes

to Carrabelle


By Rene Topping
When the Carrabelle Commission
convened for their April 1 meet-
ing, there were several issues on
the agenda that dealt with chang-
ing the face of the Carrabelle Wa-
terfront forever. Recent sales of
commercial property all along the
waterfront of the harbor will mean
a vast change in the existing use
of all of harbor front on the south
side of U.S. 98.
One request from Jimmy
Crowder, made by Dan Garlick,
was to approve a plan for revamp-
ing about 1,500 feet of waterfront
on what is commonly known as
the Old Millender Property. This
property runs from Riverside Mo-
tel to just past the Taco Body
Shop. According to Garlick, the
plan will eventually require new
docks and about 80 slips, a port
master building and other struc-
tures. The first plan will be for the
slips. The road right of way of 4th
Street that provides access to the
water will be left open.
Phillips asked if the applicant has
considered the water and sewer
needed for the 80 slips. John
McKnight asked how they ex-
pected oto get 80 slips into the
1,500 feet as each slip would take
at least 20 feet. Garlick answered
that the applicant felt that he
could always make it less than
those approves and said that it
might be less. He added that
Crowder wanted to be sure to se-
cure the waterfront at this present

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John McKnight
Parking for automobiles was on
the mind of Jackson, who asked
how additional building, other
than the slips, would affect park-
ing. Garlick said that all parking
would be off-street. Jackson said,

"I would like to see a plan of the
whole deal." Garlick answered, "It
is kind of hard to give you' a whole
package at this time. He wants to
start with the slips and will prob-
ably use the existing fish house
as a dockmaster building; stuff
like that. That is all he is looking
for right now and he may find out
that is all he can do there." Jack-
son said, "You say it is hard for
you, but it's kind of hard for me."
He said that he was not objecting
to the slips, but was concerned
about future development.
Cliff Willis of the Carrabelle Port
Sand Airport Authority said that

RSH Investments

Gets O.K. to Build

9 Units on 3
St. George Acres

RSH Investments, owned by Rob-
ert Herron, is now permitted nine
units on three acres of St. George
Island real estate located near the
Bob Sikes Cut, following the is-
suance of a Writ of Mandamus
directing the Franklin County to
issue the permits. The County
had earlier refused to grant vari-
ances to the platted property
which allowed only one house per
acre. Eventually, up to five units
were approved by the County; but
RSH Investments requested nine
units, though was refused. Judge
William Gary, Second Circuit
Judge, said in his Final Judgment
and Writ of Mandamus that the
County's denial was "...though,
not spiteful, ...arbitrary and ca-
pricious." He continued, "...Under
the facts, the Defendant (Frank-
lin County) is equitably stopped
from claiming or contending that
the zoning of Plaintiffs property
(RSH Investments, Inc.) does not
permit the nine units on the three
The Court found that RSH Invest-
ments, Inc. was entitled to build
nine units on his three acres.
Judge Gary's decision was issued
on March 28, 1996.

On Tuesday, at the regular meet-
ing of the Franklin Board of
County Commissioners, County
Attorney Al Shuler plans to seek
a rehearing on the recent RSH
decision. Alan Pierce, County
Planner, has contacted the Dept.
of Community Affairs about the
case in light of the decision which
now-permits nine units on three
acres, in contradiction to the St.
George Development Order, (DO)
which mandates one house per
acre. The judicial decision is in-
consistent with the DO. The ad-
ministrative actions will delay the
case for approximately 30 days.

the body had approved the site
plan as presented with the con-
dition that all permits from all
agencies are obtained. It was also
stated that the plan had been
approved by planning and zoning.
The commissioners voted to ap-
prove.the proposal site plan as
presented to Alan Pierce and Plan-
ning and Zoning.
At a past meeting, the Commis-
sion had approved plans for the
Riverside Motel buildings which
adjoins this property to be made
into townhouses with docks.
David Ward asked the Commis-
sion to approve his request to re-
model the old Marine Patrol build-
ing into three apartments. Ques-
tions were asked about the water
and sewer supply. The applicant
stated that both are available and
that he would like three separate
meters on the water, but could
manage with the existing one.
Phillips questioned the set back
lines. The application as ap-
proved, provided the applicant
can meet the set back lines.
The riverwalk moved one step
closer to reality as the commis-
sioners approved a contract with
Ben Watkins to have the state
purchase the waterfront, from
just beyond the Carrabelle Medi-
cal Center to the Dog Island Ferry.
In addition to the state's
$129,000, the city has agreed to
swap the 60 feet of waterfront now
known as old city dock plus a
cash input of $20,000. Watkins
agreed to take care of any prob-
lems on the old dock site. The city
has received a grant of $200,000
to build a riverwalk and pavilion,
which ill ensure access to the
waterfront for all residents and
visitors for fishing or sightseeing.
Vance Millender argued against
he swap of the old city dock. He
said, I believe the city is selling
itself short. You need to have a
public auction." Millender added
he believed that the property
would fetch more than the $1,000
a foot appraisal. It was pointed
out that there were serious ero-
sion problems that also involve
damage to the next property,
owned b Riley's Bait and Tackle.
Shop. Commissioners votes to
approve the contract.

I .

t,. I,

Vance Millender
In other business:
Commissioners tabled three re-
quests for variances to build
docks in the critical shoreline dis-
trict in the new River Bluff Sub-
division, requested by Dan
Garlick on behalf of Dan Ausley.
The docks would be on Lot 13 for
Dan Ausley, on Lot 7 for Robert

Bryson and on Lot 5 for Abbiegail
S. Chittenden. Phillips reminded
Garlick that the city and the de-
veloper had agreed no building
could begin until all roads and
utilities were in place.
Annette Vinson received approval
to operate a small hairdressing
business in her home on River
Road as a cottage industry.
City commissioners unanimously
approved extending the contract
for garbage pickup for Argus Ser-
vices to January 31, 1997 to cor-
respond with the expiration date
of the Franklin County contract.
Commissioners tabled a request
from John Horan for a change of
zoning from R1 to C1 on Lots 1, 2
and 3, Block 108 (D6) Picketts
Addition to the City of Carrabelle
until County Planner Alma Pierce
could be present upon advice of
City Attorney Bill Webster. Phillips
had objected to a request for re-
zoning the grounds by spot zon-
ing. "We need to hold to a com-
prehensive plan," he said.
Commissioner Ginnie Sanborn
remarked, "It looks like to me we
keep turning down things that are
going to be a business, that would

help the town. We need to have
some new businesses coming in.
If we keep knocking everything
out, how are we ever going o get
new business? Phillips said that
there are business zones already
in town. Attorney Bill Webster
advised that the request would
require a change in the land use
map and he felt the commission-
ers should table until county
planner Alan Pierce was present.

Approval was given on Resolution
number 2-96, authorizing the
mayor to mayor tempore to nego-
tiate and execute a joint partici-
pation with the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation (DOT) to
provide a 50/50 grant to build five
hangars at the Carrabelle Thomp-
son Airport. The DOT will supply
$50,000, the applicant $40,000
and the city $10,000.
Approval was given to the Carra-
belle Area Chamber of Commerce
to close off Marine Street and
Curtis Spree in front of City Hall
from 6 AM to 10 PM on April 20
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The Franklin Chronicle 5 April 1996 Page 5

Secretary of State

Visits Local Library

Secretary of State Sandra Mortham visited the Eastpoint branch of
the Franklin County Public Library on March 29 to award the library
with a State Aid to Libraries matching funds check in the amount of
After she presented Franklin County Public Library Director Eileen
Annie with the grant money, Ms. Mortham spoke with children from
the WINGS program. "I think that education is what it's all about,"
noted Mortham. She encouraged the children, "You can be anything
you want to be." Ms. Mortham listed her greatest role model as her
mother. "She was involved in every community type project," said
Mortham, "I always felt that, because of her, service to the commu-
nity was something you owed. She always said that service is the rent
you pay for the place you take up on earth." She also credited Bar-
bara Bush and Nancy Reagan as inspirational forces in her life.
Ms. Mortham told the children that the Department of State had ap-
plied for a grant to receive discarded state computers. "What we want
to do is to put new guts into these computers and we want to send
them out to libraries and educations programs like WINGS. We be-
lieve it will be a great educational tool."
Asked if she had considered a possible run for Governor in the next
term, Mortham laughed and stated, "Well, I'm not making my an-
nouncement today in Franklin County. I think that three years is a
long way, off." She noted that Lt. Governor Buddy MacKay had al-
ready filed to run for governor in the next term. Questioned after the
event if she felt that Mr. MacKay would be a strong candidate, Mortham
said she felt that their were stronger candidates that could run for
the position.
Carrabelle resident Will Morris noted, "I am really impressed, when I
see a lot of state officials, [they] attempt to speak in platitudes up
from Tallahassee. To consider us important enough and vital enough
of a concern to you personally to come visit and spend some time
among us...it's very reassuring."
Franklin County Public Library Director Eileen Annie called the day a
"phenomenal" success. She thanked Secretary of State Sandra
Mortham for her visit to the Friends of the Library event as well as to
the Holy Family Center in Apalachicola (one of the three WINGS project
sites in Franklin County), and to the Eastpoint Branch of the Frank-
lin County Public Library. Ms. Annie also thanked those who attended
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The Friends of the Franklin County Public Library hosted an awards
ceremony and luncheon on March 29 to honor the Franklin County
board of commissioners for their support of The Franldin County Public
Over 50 people attended the event, which featured a key note ad-
dress from Secretary of State Sandra Mortham. Other speakers at
the event included Marion Morris, Pamela Amato and Franklin County
Public Library Director Eileen Annie.
In an introduction that lauded Ms. Mortham as the second woman to
be elected to the Florida Cabinet and the first woman to be nomi-
nated for Speaker of the House, Ms. Pamela Amato praised Morthamr
as a "political star of the present" and a "woman who has risen to
power in the south."
Ms. Marion Morris gave an overview of the formation of the Franklin
Public Library. "Efforts by Franklin County citizens to.obtain a county
library began as long ago as 1950." She continued, "These efforts
continued through the 60's and 70's and were redoubled in the 80's
when Franklin County was designated an Area of Critical Concern."
Ms. Morris noted that, in 1992, state officials passed legislation to
allow the formation of multi-county units. "This allowed small coun-
ties with limited resources to form coalitions that would help them
satisfy the stringent requirements needed to be met to have a library."
She continued, "The Franklin County Commissioners acted swiftly
and wisely. Within scant months, they passed a resolution that her-
alded the Franklin County Public Library." Ms. Morris noted that, in
May of 1993, the Franklin County Public Library Board and the Friends
of the Library held a Grand Opening for the library in Eastpoint. "At
that time, the commitment was made to 'Pass the Light of Knowledge'
from one generation to the next."
Ms. Mortham praised community members, .organizations and pub-
lic officials for their support of the Franklin County Public Library.
She said that organizations at the Friends of the Library were ex-
tremely instrumental in their support of local libraries. "The friends
have been absolutely wonderful...giving freely of their time and their
money." Mortham said that she was very influenced at a young age
by story hours that were conducted at her library in Pinellas County.
"That was truly the high point of the week." She continued. "We need
to provide these services to all the people in Florida."
In reference to state funding, Ms. Mortham said that the State of
Florida had a "finite" amount of money that it could allocate to librar-
ies throughout the the state. She pointed out that. when communi-
ties exerted strong support for their local libraries, the State of Florida
was better able to award grant money to such communities. "We need
commitment to give out money," said Mortham. "We do not. at the
state level, just hand out money willy nilly." She praised Senator Pat
Thomas and Representative Allen Boyd for their support of library
Ms. Mortham then presented county'commissioners with a plaque
and certificates of appreciation from the Franklin County Public Li-
brary. Commissioners Bevin Putnal, Dink Braxton, Edward Tolliver,
Jimmy Mosconis and Raymond Williams were all present to receive
their awards. Commissioner Tolliver, after he received his award, noted,
"I'm at a loss of words'. And I've never been at a loss for words at the
county commission i',ieetings." Commissioner Putnal said that he had
been confronted by individuals who didn't know how to read or write
and who were to embarrassed to seek help for their situations. He
said that one person he knew was unable to fill out a job application
and was, therefore, unable to seek employment. "If this could provide
a way for these young people and these elderly people with a chance,
it's all worth it."
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Accusation of "Politics"

Mars Philaco Women's

Club Event

InI recop:iilion of (heir I00th Birthday and in honor of past presi-
dents. 'Te l'hilat o W omen's Club hosted a March 29 banquet at the
St. Patrick's Catholic Church recreation center in Apalachicola. The
eveni received over 100 visitors, which included guest speakers, can-
didcl;'s loi i.lP!ii ollice :as well as public officials.
Apalachicola Tinms Mlanager John Lee served as Master of Ceremo-
nies to Ihc evNnt and Secretary of State Sandra Mortham was the Key
Note Speaker. Other guests included County Judge Van Russell, City
ol Apalalhicola layor Bobby I-lowell. Candidate for Superintendent
of Schools Frank Stephens. Candidate for District 10 Hlouse of Repre-
sentatives Janlegale 3Bovd.
Mlr. John Lee introduced past presidents to the Philaco Women's Club,
which included Mrs. E.R. Haves (1941-42) Mrs. C.O. Robinson (1944-
46). Mrs. Robert Howell (1960-62), Ms. C.W. Randolph (1956-57),
Ms. Jimmie J. Nichols (1964-65), Mrs. V.M. Hoffman, Jr. (1968-70),
Mrs. C.A. Marks. Jr. (1970-71), Mrs. W.B. Greer (1973-76), Mrs. James
Estes (1980- 2. 1984-86 & 1992-94). Mrs. David Kelley (1982-84),
M irs. Gordon Meaeham (1988-90) and Mrs. Jack Robinson (1990-92).

The Philaco Women's Club Most Senior Past President, Mrs.
E. R. Hayes, attended the March 29 event. Mrs. Hayes served
as President from 1941-42.

In her key note address, Ms. Sandra Mortham praised the Philaco
Women's Club for their enduring service to the community. "You have
truly met a milestone and you should be congratulated," said Mortham.
She noted that much of her civic inspiration came from her mother.
Ms. Mortham said that she was influenced by the story hours that
her mother participated in at a local library. "I truly believe that
library's are the cornerstone of education," said Mortham. She con-
tinued, "When it all comes down to it, it's all about education."
Mortham complained that the State of Florida paid more in welfare
and A.F.D.C., than it did for education. She said that, in 1986, the
state had a budget of 17 billion dollars. Presently, Mortham added,
the budget had more than doubled. "The state has got to set its pri-
orities. I'm a big believer in the less government there is the better."
Mortham said that she preferred that local entities make their own
decision on how to spend state and federal monies, rather than hav-
ing "Washington tell you what to do." She continued, "Why should
you have to have the same programs as Dade," asked Mortham, "We
do have a ways to go. My department disperses 65 million dollars in
grants and rural communities should be able to vie for this money."
Ms. Mortham also encouraged investment in historic preservation.
She said that every one dollar invested in such causes generated four
dollars as a result of the investment. She said that, if communities
did not seek to preserve historic foundations as the lighthouse on
Cape St. George, such foundations would be lost forever.
Ms. Mortham then opened the meeting to a question and answer
session. Resident Charlie Shubert stated that he had plans to ex-
pand his business, but was unable to attract new employees. Shubert
stated that he had requested an employee to poll would-be employees
for his proposed business expansion. Speaking in dialect, Shubert
said that his employee related to him, "I just can't influence anybody
to get off the welfare to come in and work for the money." Shubert
then asked Mortham to relate how strict the State of Florida is in
trying to wean individuals off the welfare system and into the work
Ms. Mortham told Shubert that the issue of welfare had been a criti-
cal issue for a number of years. "When I was the leader in the house,"
said Mortham. "We had some major welfare reforms that came before
us." She noted that certain provisions in the said bill included re-
striction of welfare payments to recipients who were not "claimed"
and who were not actively seeking employment. "We also had a provi-
sion where you could only be on welfare for two years and at the end
of two years it would be cut off no matter what."



Giving out some flack at the Philaco Women's Club event:
Bily Cook (left) charges "politics" at the event as Secretary
of State Sandra Mortham (right) tries to offer an opinion
to Cook's accusations.

As Mortham continued to answer Shubert's question, she was inter-
rupted by resident Billy Cook, who remarked loudly and repetitively,
"This is a political speech." Mr. Cook informed those in attendance
that the event was meant to honor past presidents and should not be
used for political purposes. Mr. John Lee intervened and told Cook
that his point was well taken. Ms. Mortham told Shubert she would
answer his question after the event. Those in attendance gave a round
of applause to Ms. Mortham and later thanked her for attending and
apologized for the outburst from Mr. Cook.
*Mr. Cook later conveyed to the Franklin Chronicle that similar politic
slants had been given to such events. "If she (Sandra Mortham) wants
to make a political speech, that's fine. But this was to supposed to be
to honor the past presidents." Asked if he would have had the same
response if a Democrat had made a political speech at the event,
Cook stated. "Ross Perot could have been speaking and my response
would have been the same."
The majority in attendance felt that Mr. Cook was "out of order," which
included MIr. James.Estes who attempted to fight with Cook towards
the end of the event. Mayor for the City of Apalachicola Bobby Howell
later commented. "I totally despised what happened." He continued,
"I think what happened should be totally ignored. It would serve no
one )by being covered in the media." Mr. Howell said that he did not
believe that Mortiham's speech was political and "didn't take it as
such." Ile concluded that Ms. Mortham reacted to Cook's outburst
with ",ri .i

C'ontact -,1 .i :, tn- l on April 1, Secretary of State Mortham said
that .,1e i'h!l .,. ,. Cook's comments much thought. "I think it
:was "", ';. I:!l :w!io had his own ideas about it," said Mortham.
Sli .:,i :( i:.-V : I !ers at the event later conveyed that they had
beel c, ei.j'e io the issues that were brought out in the key
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Honored for Library

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Bay Area

Choral Society


Easter Portions

of "Messiah"
To a crowded Trinity Church on
Sunday afternoon, March 31,
1996, the Bay Area Choral Soci-
ety presented a concert of the Pas-
sion and Easter portions of
Handel's Messiah. The soloists
who sang were Nancy Totman (So-
prano) Julia Six (Soprano), Dr.
Tom Adams (Tenor), Glenn
Totman (Tenor), Wesley Chesnut
(Bass) and Jimmy Miller (Bass).
Members of the Choral Society
include the following:
Shirley Adams
Ferris Aston
Margaret Boone
Olga Nichols
Mary Virginia Robinson
Julia Six
Dody Slaght
Nancy Totman
Ruth Eckstine
Edith Edwards
Susan Galloway
Shirley Hartley
Barbara Hartsfield
Ellie Jones
Ina Meyer
Ann Six
Tassy Weller
Tom Adams
George Chapel
Mike Guthrie
Frank Latham
Glenn Totman
Wesley Chesnut
Dewitt Galloway
Royce Hodge
Chilton McPheeters
Jimmy Miller
Merel Young

the Cantata.

Lion's Club

The Lion's Club of Carrabelle
wishes to thank those who helped
make their past Charity Bingo a
huge success.
The Lion's Club meets every 2nd
and 4th Tuesday of each month
at 7 p.m. at Missy's Village cafe
in Tinark Villnae Thnose wrishinr

vIf c gC. i uz ic 5 g
R. Bedford Watkins was the Or- to become members of the Lion's
ganist and Luciano Gherardi Club are encouraged to attend.
played Contrabass. The entire Dinner is served at each meeting
concert was conducted by at nominal fee.
Eugenia Watkins.

Volunteers Recognized at

Senior Center

George T Riordin
The Franklin County Senior Cen-
ter in Carrabelle was the site of
the Donor & Volunteer Apprecia-
tion Program on March 26.
Key note speaker George T.
Riordin addressed over 200 vol-
unteers that recognized at the
event and included organizations,
county officials, municipalities
and individual volunteers to the
senior center. Mr. Riordin, who
is the Assistant Dean of Music at
Florida Student University,
praised volunteers for their
volunteerism to the senior center
and encouraged others to get in-
volved in working to help senior
related causes. Riordin is respon-
sible for the oversight of many
outreach programs for FSU.
.K A

Although nearly 200 individuals
were recognized at the event, just
over 20 individuals and organiza-
tions received awards at the vol-
unteer and donor appreciation
day. The following individuals and
organizations were honored with
special awards at the event:
Distinguished Service Award-
Dr. George T. Riordin
Community Service Award-
Franklin Work Camp
Franklin County Commission,
City of Apalachicola, City of
Carrabelle, Body Works
Award Recipients-
Marquis Home Health:
Health Support Award
Judy Corbus:
Nutrition Education Award
Jerry Harnett:
Entertainment Award
Happy Homemakers Club:
Organization Award
Home Delivered Meal Awards-
Bud & Hope Flowers, K'enny
Siprell, Gwen Barks, William &
Marion Purser
Senior Center Awards-
Christell Ford and Charlie
Craft Award-
Dorothy Worthington
Outstanding Board Member
Award- Shirley Walker
Bingo Award-
Barbara Dunnill and Carole

SCompanionship Award-
NEW NAME Hagar Price
SNEW SERVICES Senior Center Impro
Award- John E. Casey


Being Made

in Franklin


By Rene Topping
Franklin County is the setting for
a movie titled "Ulee's Gold," which
is currently being shot in Carra-
belle, Apalachicola and other
parts of the county. It is the story
of an aging Vietnam veteran
named Ulee Jackson, who has
become alienated from the world.
Ulee works hard keeping bees in
his apiary that is near Apalachi-
cola in the midst of the tupelo
trees. The producer said that he
does not want to'give more details
on the plot at this time, but guar-
antees it to be a good movie.
The film is being produced from a
screenplay by Victor Nunez, a well
known filmmaker. Nunez has,
used all parts of Florida as a back-
drop for many of his productions.
This time the unique North
Florida landscape of Franklin
County will become the setting of
his latest film. Nunez, who is
widely recognized for his sensitive
portraits of Florida characters,
chose to set "Ulee's Gold" in the
lush tupelo marshes found only
in this part of the world.
Other films located in Florida are
"A Flash of Green" and "Ruby in
Paradise." "A Flash of Green," fea-

Season Finale in

Lafayette Park

The last Concert in the Isle Newell
concert series will be held in
Lafayette Park, Sunday, April 21,
1996, featuring the Florida State
University Steel Drum Band,
Mas'n Steel." Concert goers are
advised to bring their own por-
table chairs. This Concert in the
Park will be directed by FSU's
Daren Duerden. There is no ad-
mission charge. Guests are ad-
vised that there are no restrooms
available in the Park.



In preparation for the Easter cel-
ebration, the St. George Island
united Methodist Church and
Rev. welcomed visitors and mem-
bers to the Easter Cantata.
"Redeeming Love'" was sung by
the 16-member choir from Lanark
Community Church, with Jim
Phillips directing. Four soloists
were Evelyn Bergen, Bix Durbin,
Charlotte Smith and Jim Phillips.
Rev. David McGrath, minister of
the Methodist church at Lanark
Village, narrated the Cantata.
Rev. David McGrath and the choir
made a special chalk and black
light presentation just prior to the
Cantata. Rev. McGrath drew in
chalk the Crucifiction scene as the
choir and accompanists Martha
Gherardi and Luciano Gherardi
played appropriate music. The
Gherardi's also performed "Jesus,
Keep Me Near the Cross by Doane,
arranged by Luciano Gherardi.
After the presentation, the choir
and guests were served a dinner
in the adjoining Dews Hall.
Choir members included:
Sarah Allison'
Evelyn Bergen
Janet Dorrier
Joe Driver
Bix Durbin
Kathleen Heveran
Kathryn Kemp
Mary Jane Kitamura
Mary McSweeney
Kay Nastazewski
Anne Pille
Betty Roberts
Jean Sewell
Charlotte Smith
Beth Stone
Ivar Stone

tures Ed Harris and Blair Brown
and is being co-produced by
American Playhouse, a public
television series. "Ruby in Para-
dise," staring Ashley Judd, was
honored at the 1993 Sundance
Film Festival as best picture and
featured in the Directors Fort-
night at the Cannes Festival.
In an interview at the film's pro-.
duction office in Carrabelle,
Stewart Lippe spoke highly of the
cooperation and friendliness of
the of the residents and govern-
ments of Franklin County. He said
that the finished product will
probably have several young
Franklin County extras as part of
the cast.

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From left to right, Donna Spacey, Betty Neylon, Mandy
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30 event.

A Focus on


Alma Pugh

Holds Strong

in Service

to Her


By Kris Halstrom

Alma Pugh has seen a lot of things
in Apalachicola change. "The say-
ing was really true, that the vil-
lage was there to help raise the
child. Now families are smaller
and they're on their own. When
she was a young girl she knew of
many people who needed help
learning how to read when they
turned away from school or
schools turned away from them.
But back then, there was no place
for people to go to get help. "People
could try and get help from their
family or friends, but there was
no program set up to do the job."
These days, a program does exist
to help those in need. Volunteers
in Service to America (VISTA) is
the federal government's domes-
tic Peace Corps. VISTA's mission

is to reach out to those in need.
Around the country, volunteers
work on housing, in food banks,
and many other projects as dic-
tated by the local needs. In Fran-
klin County, VISTA focuses on
improving basic literacy rates.
VISTA is sponsored locally by the
Franklin County Public Library's
literacy program, the Franklin
County Adult Reading Program
Alma Pugh has worked as a VISTA
literacy volunteer since February
of 1994. This February her term
of service expired and she was not
allowed to extend her contract
with VISTA. Ms. Pugh recalled the
times she has spent reading to
children at the Kids Are Great day
care center. "They really do love
to hear someone read to them,"
she said, "and when I can't be
there they miss it terribly."
As her service with VISTA comes
to an end, she is philosophical
about it. A devout Christian and
an ordained minister at The Love
Center, a Pentecostal church on
10th St. in Apalachicola, she
takes solace in the fact that her
God will be there for her. In an
interview last week, Ms. Pugh
quoted Psalm 91:1-2 to explain
how she feels as she is pushed
out of her job. Psalm 91 begins,
"He that dwelleth in the secret
place of the most High shall abide
under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my
refuge and my fortress: my God,
in Him I will trust."
Losing a job is hard for anyone.
Recent changes in the seafood in-
dustry have caused many people
in this community to experience
such a loss. Ms. Pugh's source of
frustration is a familiar one. Be-
cause of inflexible bureaucratic
rules and rule-makers, the people
that control the flow of money, she
will not be able to continue what
she is qualified to do. In the past,
volunteers with the VISTA pro-
gram could reapply for up to three
years of service after their origi-
nal two years was over. With the
latest budget cuts in Washington,
programs like VISTA are facing
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FDA, continued from page 1
in your letter is not sufficient to kill the broad spectrum of
bacteria found in shellstock oysters but is used to eliminate
only V. vulnificus. Therefore, we find that use of the term
'pasteurized' on this product is acceptable only when the spe-
cific target organism, V. vulnificus, is identified so as not to
mislead consumers by implying a broad spectrum of patho-
gen reduction, e.g., 'pasteurized to reduce Vibrio vulnificus.'...

FDA Will Not Sanction Term "Safety Enhanced"
"The agency has not sanctioned use of the term 'safety en-
hanced,' or any reference to improved safety, because of the
potential for it to be misleading. The term 'safety enhanced'
implies that the product is 'safer' to consume than other like
products, even though no attempt is made to address, among
other things, the virulence of the pathogen or the consumer's
predisposing medical conditions. Consequently, FDA would
object to use of this term..."

FDA Guidance on Labeling Language
"After reviewing the remaining language in the suggested la-
beling, the statement that 'these oysters have received mini-
mal thermal processing to reduce the numbers ofV. vulnificus
to nondetectable levels' is acceptable because your data and
other independent data confirm that this statement is true.
The language referring to improved safety should be removed,
however, for the reasons discussed above.
"It is important that the product be refrigerated, and that the
labeling state this fact because the mild heat treatment as

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described in your letter does not render the product sterile,
and therefore the product may continue to harbor microor-
ganisms, Therefore, the label should state that the product
must be I I'f I 'l r.il ',
"After review of the information you provided and other in-
formation available to the agency, we believe that the follow-
ing statements appropriately describe the product as de-
scribed in your letter and would be in accordance with FDA
labeling regulations. Please note that our review and sug-
gested labeling for your product reflect only the process de-
scribed in your letter.
(all on one line, same type size) or
(two lines, but all in the same type size with no
intervening language)
The following statement should also appear on the label and
may appear in a smaller type size: This product must be
refrigerated at 380F or lower' "In addition to appropriate la-
beling, please note that oyster production processes must
meet both the provisions of the NSSP, which apply to raw
oyster products in interstate commerce, and the newly
adopted HACCP requirements (see December 18, 1995 issue
of the Federal Register (60 FR 65096)). Although the raw oys-
ter product will be treated to reduce the levels of V. vulnificus,
other pathogens may remain viable. Because your treated
oyster product may bear the label "raw" and is intended to be
eaten raw without further processing or cooking, the trace-
ability of the oysters is essential. Therefore, your labeling and
recordkeeping should be the same as that for shucked mol-
luscan shellfish, as required in both the NSSP and the new
HACCP regulations. Widely adopted state retail food laws re-
quire dealers to be listed on the Interstate Certified Shellfish
Shippers List, published monthly by FDA. Therefore, we ad-
vise you to seek the early counsel of the state shellfish sani-
tation control officials regarding specific state regulations for
NSSP plant certification."

Additional Requirements

"...We agree with you that your oyster production process
should meet the newly adopted HACCP requirements. Within
the next two years HACCP requirements will also be included
in the NSSP certification process. Some critical control points
that you should address include:
"1. assuring that shellstock oysters are from an
approved source and are properly tagged;
"2. monitoring oyster processing to assure that
they receive adequate treatment to reduce V.
vulnificus levels to nondetectable levels;
"3. establishing an effective heat treatment sched-
ule, which may include product testing;
"4. monitoring cooling following heat treatment
to ensure that it is effective and rapid; and
"5. monitoring raw material and finished product
storage temperatures..."

Concerns Over Listeria Monocytogenes;
A Potential Hazard
"...We have concern that the heat treatment, by reducing the
number ofV. vulnificus present, gives pathogens, e.g., Listeria
monocytogenes a competitive advantage. Your hazard analy-
sis should consider this potential hazard. If an organism such
as L. monocytogenes could pose a hazard, then a control point
is needed to control this hazard such as placing an appropri-
ate use by date on the product.

We appreciate the opportunity to review your suggested la-
beling for raw pasteurized oysters, and are encouraged to see
industry is developing alternative oyster products in response
to public health needs.
Sincerely yours,
F. Edward Scarbrough Ph.D.
Office of Food Labeling Center for Food Safety
and Applied Nutrition"

Seafood Workers Association

Seeks Attorney

The Franklin County Seafood
Workers Association (SWA) met on
April 4 to discuss the possibility
of raising funds to hire an attor-
ney for the organization. Since
only a small group attended the
April 4 meeting, organizational
members decided to reschedule a
April 13 meeting at 7 p.m. in the
county courthouse to attract old
and new members in the hope of
soliciting membership fees to hire
an attorney. Recommended mem-
bership fees were suggested at
$20 per month. Presently, the
SWA has only 35 registered mem-
bers of the approximately 700 in-
dividuals employed locally in the
seafood industry. Organizational
members at the April 4 meeting
suggested that they would obtain
the services of an attorney and a
marine biologist to test the bay in
the same manner in which the

Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) conducts their
studies. Many SWA members felt
that the DEP closed the bay with-
out just cause and did not oper-
ate their studies in accordance to
management procedures. Mem-
bers suggested that, if their stud-
ies proved that the DEP studies
were not in accordance with
proper management procedure,
they would challenge such decep-
tive actions in a court of law.

Important Marine
Fisheries Commission
The Marine Fisheries Commission
decided on April 4 to repeal the
shrimp count rule. The board also
agreed to allow fishermen the use
of trawls for bait fishing.

Child Hospitalized After

Near Drowni

As of press time (Friday morning,
April 5) 23 month old Dustin Lee
Creamer remains in intensive care
at the Tallahassee Regional Medi-
cal Center following his near-
drowning in a ditch if water be-
hind his Apalachicola home.
At 6:15 PM Monday, April 1, the
sheriffs office receives a 911 call
from a distraught mother asking
that an ambulance be sent to
Brownsville Road in Apalachico-
-la. The dispatcher immediately
sent law enforcement officers and
medical personnel to the area
where the unconscious child was
found, the apparent victim of an
accidental drowning.
It was determined that Dustin Lee
Creamer, the son of Maggie
Creamer and step-father Rufus
Dean, had been found lying face
down in a ditch of water behind
the family residence. The family
of the child discovered him miss-
ing and began searching for him.

Neighbors joined in the search
and soon after discovering him
unconscious in the ditch.
First Responders unable to revive
him and not wanting to wait fir
the ambulance to arrive placed
him in a patrol car to take him to
the hospital. About a block down
the road they met the ambulance
and transferred him to it.
Upon arriving at Emerald Coast
Hospital, medical personnel
worked in the toddler approxi-
mately thirty minutes before re-
viving him. Later, he was life
flighted out of Apalachicola and
taken to Tallahassee Regional
Medical Center where he is cur-
rently on life support systems in
the Pediatric Special Care Unit.
This incident is considered a
tragic accident and there is no
suspicion of foul play.



in time for the Carrabelle Waterfront Festival, an

Antiques and Collectibles Extravaganza!

We have obtained the "mother lode" of all antiques and collectibles in the region. The sale opens Friday, April 18th and
extends through the Waterfront Festival Weekend to Sunday, April 21st. (If there is anything left at fabulous sale prices,
we will continue to be open the following week.)

Hat Tree

Wall Hanging

Ladies 12-Drawer Dresser

Albums, Exercise Equipment, Ski Boots, Antique Finds, Relic Manual Typewriters, Brass Collectibles, Hair Dryers, Books, Christmas
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Priced to move! If not, we negotiate!

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Driver Beware:
Hydroplane Accidents in Heavy

Rain and on Damaged Roads

Amid torrents of rain, Highway 98 claimed three vehicles to hydro-
plane accidents on March 30. According to Lanark Village/ St. James
Fire Chief Bud Evans, the road conditions on Highway 98 from the
Wakulla/Franklin County line to Carrabelle have rapidly deteriorated
due to excessive use by heavy vehicles and the approximately ten
years in which the highway has remained unpaved. "It's all right there,"
noted Evans, "heavy vehicles have created trenches in the road. The
road is flat and when it rains, the water stays in the trenches instead
of running off the road." Evans said that the trenches have been filled
periodically with asphalt, though the patchwork has failed to correct
the propensity of vehicles to hydroplane in heavy rain. "A lot of depu-
ties and highway patrol people will tell you how dangerous it can be
to drive on that road in the rain," said Evans.
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the contest contact Betty Mason
at 697-2585 or stop into the
Chamber Office which is located
at the junction of County Road 67
and U.S. 98 next to "The Small-
est Police Station in the World."
Marine Street will be filled with
booths containing all manners of
arts and crafts. In addition, there
will be several food booths. Any-
one wishing to display can con-
tact the Chamber. The Sea oats
Garden Club is sponsoring a Cake
Walk to help provide a fountain
for the Park at the junction of
Avenue A and U.S. 98. Sam Av-
enue, who is a Kentucky Colonel
Auctioneer will be M.C. for the
If you like the thought of a Fun
Auction where you can bid on all
manner of articles donated by lo-
cal businesses and residents, if
you are looking for a bargain in a
boat, don't miss the second an-
nual boat auction.
A new addition to the festival this
year will be a maritime crafts ex-
hibit which will display all sorts
of crafts associated with the fish-
ing industry-which has been a
major industry in Franklin
County. The exhibits will be based
on the skills of local residents who
have worked the adjoining waters
for oysters, crabs, shrimp, scal-
lop and other fish.
The arrival of several visitors by
parachute, which has been one
highlight of the event, will be held
again this year. Members of the
Chamber are busy selling raffle
tickets to pay for this event.

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serious threats to their survival.
Alma was not allowed to continue.
The jobs involved in VISTA ser-
vice are challenging, and the ma-
terial rewards are very low. Vol-
unteers are given a stipend that
barely allows them to make ends
meet. The turnover rate is ex-
tremely high, which makes Ms.
Pugh's case so frustrating.
Alma Pugh has worked recruiting
and training both students and
tutors of basic literacy, focusing
special attention on getting fami-
lies to come together to learn. As
a long-time member of the com-
munity, Ms. Pugh knows people.
She has been able to reach people
that an outsider probably would
not have been able to reach. "I
really enjoyed working as a VISTA
volunteer," she said. Alma sees a
change coming in Apalachicola,
slowly but surely. "The one's who
work at it, now they can read a
label at the grocery store or pass
their driver's test. That makes a
big change in someone's life."
FCARP Coordinator, Jane Cox,
was able to place Alma in the
LAPS program, which is another
arm of the literacy program in
Franklin County. "I'm very
pleased that we're able to keep
Alma involved," said Ms. Cox,
"She's done a wonderful job for a
lot of people. "
Ms. Pugh is also attending classes
at Gulf Coast Community College
through their Open College exten-
sion program, so she can do the
coursework at home and take
tests at Apalachicola High School.
She's working toward a degree in
pre-elementary education. She
and her husband, James, are
;, raising three children, Michael,
12, Tanicia, 10, and Mario, 8. She
and James teach Sunday school
at their church, in addition to her
ministerial duties.
"I thank my family, my pastor,
k Bishop Daniel White and his wife
SShirley, and my co-workers for
* 'being the encouragement in my
own life to go to college and
broaden my horizons. Jack Da-
kota [another VISTA volunteer],
who teaches at the work camp,
was always very supportive, and
Jane Cox, she has been the best
supervisor that anyone could ever
Ministering comes natural to
Alma. She has found a fresh op-
portunity to reach people with the
LAPS program. As a Community
Outreach Specialist, she will keep
on recruiting adults who want to
learn math and reading. The LAPS
Program uses lap-top computers
to take learning into homes or
wherever it is most convenient for
a person to learn. She summed
up her current situation with a
prayer: "Even though this job is
over, I'm with you, God. So don't
worry about it. "

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