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Volume 5, Number 11


31 May June 13, 1996

Recreation Board

in Violation of

Sunshine Law

Questions Arise on
Discussion of,
Public Funds in
The Recreation Committee for the
City of Apalachicola met in
private on May 20, 1996 to
discuss and decide on the
allocation of approximately
$11,000 of city recreational funds.
In addition, adequate public
notice was not given for the
meeting in conformance to Florida
rules; also, one resident was
informed that the meeting was
exclusively for board members.
Secretary/Treasurer for the City
of Apalachicola, Lee Mathis,
informed the Franklin Chronicle
on May 29 that she never stated
that the said meeting was
"closed." She admitted, however,
to telling one resident that the
meeting in question was "just for
board members." Recreation
Committee Chairperson William
Lane stated that he was informed
of the meeting from Ms. Mathis,
Fellow board member Al Mirabella
said that he received notice of the
meeting when he visited the
Apalachicola City Hall to pay a
water and sewer bill. Both
members agreed that the meeting
should have been open to the
public; each denied knowledge of
the meeting being closed to the
Other recreation board members
include Henry Martin, Lee
Solomon and Robbie Johnson.
At the May 21 meeting, four of the
five board members attended and
approved funding for several
different programs. A city
program coordinated by Ms.
Dorothy Hill, wife of Apalachicola
City Commissioner Wallace Hill,
received $3,360. The Chapman
Elementary School Gymrasium
Program, which has been
coordinated by Mark Elliott
(brother of Apalachicola City
Commissioner James Elliott),
received $2,100. The Franklin
Square Recreation Program,
coordinated by Recreation
Committee Chairperson William
Lane, received $1,602. The Love
Center Church received $2000,for
the purpose of funding a
community marching band. The
Juvenile Justice affiliated WINGS
Program received $3,350. Board
member Robbie Johnson was not
present at the May 21 meeting.
Franklin County Juvenile Justice
Council Chairperson Sandra Lee
Johnson expressed outrage over
the secretive manner in which the
recreation board met. Ms.
Johnson had received the
assurance of the Apalachicola
City Commission at a March 3
meeting that notice would be
given for the next recreation road
meeting. "I'm confused, because
I was told one thing by city hall
and another thing, at .another
time," said Johnson. She stated
that, since the recreation board
meeting was exclusive to
members, it was essentially a
closed meeting. "I'm not a board
member. I'm Suzie Q. Public, so
the meeting was closed to me.
However, I can't get anyone from
the city to give me any clear cut
answers so I interpret that as
suspicious." She concluded,
"People who handle public funds
should be above board for the
good of the public."

According to the 1996 edition
of the Government-In-The-
Sunshine Manual, meetings of
public boards or commissions
must be open to the public. In
addition, reasonable notice of
such meetings must be made
Continued on page 4

The district's new 14 X 70 mobile home office.

Lanark District Moves to

New Office


Over New



Some residents of Lanark Village
have been quick to comment on
the newly purchased Lanark Vil-
lage Water & Sewer District
(LVW&SD) office that faces War-
ren Street. And, for the most part,
that commentary has not been
favorable; The common denomi-
nator for village complaints has
been the outright appearance of
the 14 x 70 mobile home that has
been placed behind the district's
current office.
Contacted on May 28, Lanark Vil-
lage Association (LVA) board
member Kathryn Kemp told the
Franklin Chronicle that the place-
ment of the new office has been a
major contention of most LVA
members. "It's an ungodly, awful,
second-hand mobile home that
they're (LVW&SD) gonna use as
an office in the middle of the vil-
lage," said Kemp. She stated that
the new office would lower prop-
erty values throughout the village.
"We're (LVA) so mad that we could
spit cotton," said Kemp. She
stated that the LVW&SD board
could have placed the mobile
home on Oak Street, which she
felt would have been less aestheti-
cally offensive.
Also contacted on May 28,
LVW&SD board Chairperson
James Lawlor stated that the Oak
Street site was not viable due to
zoning requirements .and addi-
tional cost factors. Lawlor stated
that the office would have to be
25 feet from the adjoining street.
He said that the site in question
did not have enough space to al-
low for the 25 foot easement.
Lawlor also said that the Oak
Street site did not have the needed
sewer lines to hook up for such
services; he stated that it would
cost the district an additional
three to five thousand dollars to
install sewer lines for the new of-
fice. Lawlor maintained that the
new office would be spruced up
to look more attractive. He said
that the district would plant
shrubbery around the office. He
also noted that a deck and handi-
cap ramp would added to the of-
fice by June 1.
Assistant County Planner Mark
Curenton informed the Franklin
Chronicle on May 28 that the new
office was permitted and met all
zoning conditions.


The Lanark Village Water & Sewer-
District (LVW&SD) board unani-
mously voted at their regular May
20 meeting to purchase an
$18,000 repossessed 14 x 70
mobile home for the district's new
office. The board decided to seek
anew office after, receiving notice
of a $100 monthly rent increase
from their present landlord.
The district was able to purchase
the mobile home with a loan from
the Apalachicola State Bank. The
board noted that monthly mort-
gage payments of $200 would be
made to the said bank. Chairper-
son James Lawlor said that the
mobile home would be paid off in
10 years. The district will move
into its new office at the end of
May. The mobile home will be lo-
cated behind the district's present
office and will face towards War-
ren Street. Commissioner
Jeanette Pedder stated that the
.district planned to add a deck and
'a handicap ramp to the new of-
In other board business:
*The board unanimously voted to
:lift the district's sewer morato-
'rium for all existing sewer lines.
Commissioner Pedder stated that
the waste water treatment plant
could only handle 100,000 gal-
lons of sewage daily. She stated
that the treatment plant was pres-
ently at 71% of its capacity.
*The board announced that senior
field maintenance employee Don
Griswold had been named as the
district's acting field manager.
Chairperson James Lawlor stated
that the board would consider
hiring a full or part-time field
manager in the future.
*Dr. Edward Saunders requested
that commissioners verify
whether the district's waste
water treatment plant would have
the capacity to serve his proposed
multi-family development project.
The project, noted Saunders. will
contain approximately 40 half-
acre lots and will require 12,500
gallons of sewer per day.
Dr. Saunders stated that, in.or-
der to present his proposed de-
velopment plan to the county
planning & zoning board for a
zoning change, he would have to
obtain the district's assurance
that water and sewer services
would be available. The board
agreed to inform Saunders
whether they could assure water
& sewer services to his proposed
project before the next county
planning & zoning board meeting
in June.
*The board unanimously voted to
allocate $500 for the purchase of
50 meters.
*The board agreed to change their
monthly meetings to the third.
Tuesday of each month at 3:00
p.m. on a temporary basis from
June to September.

More Tate's Hell

Swamp and Wetlands

Go Into Preservation

Evr amr edr
ar tri ng t th


Permit on

St. Geo-

State to


In the most recent legal opinion
from the District Court of Appeals
(First District), Coastal Petroleum
has won another decision in their
trek to obtain a permit to drill for
gas and oil off of St. George Is-
land. However, such a "victory"
does NOT lead to the conclusion
that the company will receive a
drilling permit. The entire matter
involving the Apalachicola-based
oil company has taken years of
litigation with state agencies, in
the face of often stated intentions
by the Governor and Cabinet that
undersea oil drilling is not to hap-
pen in offshore Florida waters.
The Governor and the Board of
Trustees of the Internal Improve-
.ment Trust Fund of Florida and
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) have turned to
the Florida Supreme Court for
help. On May 30, 1996, they filed
a notice with the Supreme Court
to invoke discretionary jurisdic-
tion since recent decisions con-
strued portions of the Florida
Constitution, and there are con-
flicts with Supreme Court opin-
ion in another case. This is not
an automatic appeal. The Court
has to agree to review the recent
cases based on the state agencies'
legal brief, still to be filed. The
Notice is to alert all parties that
such an appeal has been re-
The overall issue is whether
Coastal Petroleum shall be
granted a drilling permit at site
No. 1281, about 10 miles south
of St. George Island, and the Sike
Cut area. Since 1992, the Dept.
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) and later the Trustees (Gov-
ernor and Cabinet) sought to stop
all drilling exploration and Inin-
ing in Florida waters. This has
been described as a bipartisan
effort on the part of the Florida
Cabinet in recent years.
Coastal Wins Court Cases
On May 10, 1996, the District
Court of Appeals (First District)
denied the State of Florida their
motion for rehearing, and rehear-
ing en bane or certification involv-
ing an.application Coastal Petro-
leum made to drill an oil and gas
well, known as Application No.
1281. This was the second of two
decisions which set aside state
agency denial decisions (Dept. of
Environmental Protection and the
Board of Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Trust Fund, DEP
and BOTIITF respectively) deny-
ing a drilling permit to Coastal
Petroleum. The other decision was
given on April 4, 1996.
The April decision was an appeal
by Coastal Petroleum over simi-
lar issues but taken against the
Continued on page 2


Wellsprings To

Go the Way of

Chapter 7

With the 20 May 1996 signed or-
der by Bankruptcy Judge Lewis
M. Killian, Jr., the voluntary
bankruptcy of Wellsprings Home
Health Care, Inc. will convert to a
chapter 7 proceeding calling for a
complete liquidation. Under
Chapter 11, the original filing,
Wellsprings would .have likely con-
tinued but under a reorganized
The hearing which brought for-
ward the May 20th order was held
on May 9, 1996, but the order of
the Judge was not signed until the
20th. Indeed, there appeared to
be some confusion over the tran-
script of the proceedings, as these
were not officially filed until the
20th as well.
The Judge ordered Wellsprings to
bring all delinquent employment
tax returns current within 30
days. While the case shall be con-
verted to a Chapter 7 proceeding,
Wellsprings will be allowed 45
days to present a contract for the
purchase of their assets. Any
such contract is to be accompa-
nied by a substantial cash de-
posit. After the 45 day period, the
Court will schedule a status con-
ference to address the timing of
conversion, and to also make a
determination as to whether to
allow any pending contract to
close prior to conversion, should
Wellsprings have a.buyer.
Portions of the May 9th transcript
reveal the progress of the case
thus far. Brian Newman, ap-
peared on behalf of the debtor,
Mr. Newman:...(Wellsprings)
is not operating, your honor.
It has not operated since
probably December of 1995.
It's not servicing patients.
...They lost their provider con-
tract on September 12th of
'95 and they continued to ser-
vice Medicare patients for
another month based on the
that they do that and dis-
charge patients and continue
to bill.
Thereafter, the Debtors at-
tempted to get back in the
program by getting resur-
veyed. The results of that sur-
vey were negative.
Continued on page 7

The Florida Cabinet approved on
I'ue:day, May 28, 1996, the pur-
chase of three tracts of land in the
Tate's Hell area, totaling 40,246
acres. When the sales are com-
pleted about 60 per cent of the
Tate's Hell area will be owned by
the State of Florida.
The funds for purchasing the land
originates with the Preservation
2000 program under which the
state issues bonds each year to
pay for land purchases.
The tracts would be purchased
from: (1) Southern Pine Planta-
tions of Georgia, Inc., (2) Rex
Lumber Company and (3) The
Trust For Public Land (TPL). TPL
obtained options to purchase
1,529 acres for Wayne F. Chris-
tian, Don R. Christian and Olin
Wooten for $820,000. The Rex
Lumber Company portion of the
package involves 23,759 acres for
24,850,000. Southern Pines
would receive $7,651,650 for their
14,958 acres. The Nature Conser-
vancy (TNC) obtained the option
to purchase from Southern Pine
Plantations of Georgia, Inc. and
would be reimbursed by the state
for $75,000. There are oil, gas and
mineral interests and a
timber-cutting agreements which
encumber the property, and a
property, and a 650 acre section
will be retained by the owner.
Southern Pine will also reserve
perpetual non-exclusive ease-
ments over various timber roads
around the perimeter of the 650
acre parcel.
The briefing book for the Florida
Cabinet considering the purchase
referred to the expectations for the
property purchase. It said,
"The remote flatwoods
and swamps spreading
for miles through Frank-
lin County from the
Apalachicola to the
Ochlockonee rivers,
though logged, are criti-
cal to the survival in
north Florida of black
bear and other wildlife
that need large
unpopulated areas. The
Tate's Hell/Carrabelle
Tract will conserve most
of this land, maintaining
a link of undeveloped
land with the Apalachico-
la National Forest and
the Apalachicola National
Estuarine Research Re-
serve, preserving the wa-
ter quality of creeks that
flow into productive Ap-
alachicola Bay, and let-
ting the public hunt, fish
canoe or simply view the
plants and animals in
this uniquely large land-

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Franklin Briefs

Notes from the May 21 meet-
ing of the Franklin County
*At the request ofJay Abbott, the
board unanimously approved a
resolution of appreciation for Pam
Nobles for her work with local
children at Pam Nobles Studio in.
Apalachicola. "She drives 150
miles each day to come here and
teach all these girls," said Abbott.
"She's been doing it for about 13
*The board voted 3-2 to pave Fort
Gadsen road with limerock if nec-
essary; the board also agreed to
write a letter to the Department
of Forestry to request for help in
repairing the said road. Fort
Gadsen Road is located in the
Apalachicola National Forest.
Commissioners Williams and
Mosconis voted against the mo-
Commissioner Tolliver pointed
out that many elderly individuals
and children lived on Fort Gadsen
Road. He said that both emer-
gency vehicles and school buses
could not easily maneuver on the
said road. Superintendent of Pub-
lic Works Prentice Crum felt that
the county may not be able to af-
ford to limerock Fort Gadsen
Road. "We can afford it ," assured
Tolliver. "If we can afford to
limerock that road in Eastpoint
(East Bay Drive) and not know if
it's a county road or a private
road, we can afford to do this."
*The board unanimously agreed
to enact an emergency ordinance
to prohibit through traffic of
trucks on Patton Drive in East-
point. The board also voted to re-
duce the speed limit from 35 to
25 mph. of Patton Drive.
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
pointed out that Patton Drive was
only 16 feet wide and was in very
poor condition. He also noted that
the road was lined with seafood
houses. "Consequently, there's a
large amount of congestion with
trucks backing in and out," said
Hamilton. "It makes for poor sight
distance and we've had some ac-
cidents out there."
The board tabled a request by
County Building Inspector Roscoe
Carroll to upgrade the building
code to ensure better standards
for hurricane resistance of resi-
dential and commercial construc-
tion of Zone III wind loads. Mr.
Carroll requested an upgrade in
both roof sheathing and framing
standards. The proposed up-
grades would include the require-
ment of solid sheathing (lumber)
wood boards to be a minimum of
5/8 inches thick. For framing, a
minimum of 4 x 8 1/2 inch ply-
wood or 1/2 inch OSB board
sheathing would be required to be
applied vertically or horizontally
to wood studs not less than two
inches thick and spaced 16 inches
on center on vertical walls with
non-structural siding (i.e. vinyl,
aluminum, ect.).


Roscoe Carroll
*The board approved the place-
ment of a boat ramp at Bob Sykes
Cut. The ramp would be located
at the end of Leisure Lane's right-
of-way. The request, which was
submitted by the Schooner Land-
ing Homeowners Association,
failed to receive a recommenda-
tion from the Franklin County
Planning & Zoning board at their.
May 14 meeting. The zoning
board, however, did express con-
cerns for the ramp's proposed
placement within the Critical
Habitat Zone. They further noted
that.the proposed ramp may cre-
ate a liability for the county.
*The board voted against rezon-
ing 3.4 acres of land from R-4 to
C-2 on the west side of County
Road 65, which is located south
of the C.C. Land Road.
*At the urging of resident Walter
Armistead, the board voted 4-1
(Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
voting nay) to discontinue county
appeals of Robert Heron's pro-
posed development on St. George
Island. "This case has been be-
fore the board since 1989," said
Armistead. "It's been to Circuit
Court three times. It's been to the
First District Court of Appeals and
upheld already... This man (Rob-
ert Heron) has been damaged long
enough." He concluded, "I just
think that it's a waste of taxpay-
ers money to file another appeal."
After the board voted to drop the
appeal, Commissioner Tolliver
addressed Armistead. "You know
who your friends are," said
Tolliver"Jimmy (Mosconis) op-
posed that."
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
State of Florida had changed the

process in which counties access
their shares from the Boating
Improvement Trust Fund. Pierce
said that the county would soon
be able to hold the said funding,
and drop the application process.
He noted that the county would
be able to access funding, which
has been accrued on the basis of
the number of boats registered in
the county, by making a request
for the said funds and explaining
that the funding will be spent in
accordance with those require-
ments of the Boating Improve-
ment Trust Fund. Pierce also
noted that the Eastpoint Dredg-
ing Project was currently on hold.
until the changed procedure has
been completed.
*The board authorized County
Planner Alan Pierce to apply for a
permit from the Corps of Engi-
neers for a wetlands alteration.
Pierce noted that the county had
altered .11.75 acres of forested
wetland systems.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
Department of Corrections (DOC)
had not yet chosen a site for the
proposed prison.
In a May 21 letter of correspon-
dence to Randall Dender with the
DOC, Pierce informed Dender that
the DOC needed to commit to
building a facility that would uti-
lize the district's (Eastpoint) ser-
vices by June 1. He noted that the
district would lose an $850,000
grant if such a commitment was
not made by June 1. The grant,
reported Pierce, will help to de-
fray the costs of providing sewer
to the a prison. He instructed
Dender that neither the board of
county commissioners nor the
district had the leverage to pro-
long the said grant.
"The department responded on
April 12, 1996 that it was aware
ofthe June 1 deadline, but even
now no commitment has been
provided," noted Pierce. "Perhaps
the Department has funds avail-
able to replace the grant but the
county does not....if the Depart-
ment fails to perform in a timely
fashion and the grant is lost, the
Board will not be able to make up
the difference." He concluded,
"The Board wants to assist the
Department in every way, but we
are unable to do your work for
you. Please do not allow this grant
to slip away."
*The board agreed to have the FAA
helipad moved to the southwest
corner of the intersection of 4th
Street and Gulf Beach Drive on
St. George Island. County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce stated that the
helipad would no longer remain
in the center of St. George Island,
and would open the said area to
possible development.
*The board voted 4-1 (Commis-
sioner Tolliver voting nay) to pur-
chase a sign machine. The ma-
chine will cost an estimated
$10,000. Commissioner Tolliver
maintained that road quality was
more important than the acqui-
sition of a road sign. Chairperson
Braxton argued that road signs
were important in order for emer-
gency vehicles to identify the signs
when responding to 911 calls and
other emergency situations.
*The board unanimously passed
a resolution to declare the week
of May 19-25 as Emergency Medi-
cal Services Week.
*The board approved a new fee
schedule from the Franklin
County Health Unit. Some of the
new items added at the health
unit include HIV Testing, Hepati-
tis B Antibody Screening, CPR
and First Aid Classes and Smok-
ing Cessation Classes.


In reference to the article from the
May 17-30 issue of the Franklin
Chronicle entitled, "Library Hon-
ored Again," Cliff Butler has been
President of the Friends of the
Franklin County Public Library
since the organization's incorpo-
ration. Both Edna Brabham and
Marion Morris served as presi-
dents when the said organization
was unincorporated.





of Mosconis
Commissioner Edward Tolliver
kept the heels of Jimmy Mosco-
nis to the fire at the May 21 meet-
ing of the Franklin County Corm-
mission as he prolonged his pub-
lic scrutiny of the former chair-
Following a split decision in which
Commissioner Mosconis voted
against having Fort Gadsen Road
paved with limerock, Commis-
sioner Edward Tolliver requested
board action to orally reprimand
the former chairperson for previ-
ously authorizing the pavement of
East Bay Drive without board
approval. "I don't want Commis-
sioner Mosconis to pay for this
road," said Tolliver, "but I think
we need to give him an oral repri-
mand so he does not do it (au-
thorize paving projects) on his
own anymore...no more."
Mosconis replied, "You've got your
facts wrong."
Commissioner Tolliver then made
a motion to have the board orally
reprimand Mosconis for his pre-
vious actions. Chairperson Dink
Braxton offered, "I think you're
doing that right now."
Tolliver's motion failed to receive
a second.
Towards the end of the board
meeting; Tolliver again requested
that commissioners give Mosco-
nis an oral reprimand for his pre-
vious actions. His request failed
to receive board action. Tolliver
then stated that, if Mosconis au-
thorized any future actions with-
out board approval, the matter
should be referred to the Ethics
Commission and then to the
Governor's Office for summary
removal.of office. "I think we need
to send him a clear message not
to do this anymore," said Tolliver.
He then turned to Mosconis and
asked, "That would be too harsh,
wouldn't it?" Mosconis did not
respond to Tolliver's inquiry.


The Franklin Chronicle incorrectly
listed the Apalach Motel as being
recently closed in its' May 17 ar-
ticle entitled, "The Making of a
Best Western." The motel is open
for business.

Water and

Sewer Updates

Given to city

of Carrabelle

Only two Carrabelle City commis-
sioners, Buz Putnal and George
Jackson, were present at a spe-
cial meeting held Thursday, May-
23 at 4 p.m., at the City Hall. The
meeting had been called to update
the city on the progress of the
money required for renovation of
the city's entire water and sewer
Bill McCartney and James
Waddell, city engineers, who are
employed by Baskerville and
Donovan, were present to brief the
commissioners. McCartney said
that, in as much as it had been
called as a workshop meeting for
information only, he felt the two
commissioners were adequate to
make the meeting official.
McCartney said that he expected
to have more information on the
application by the June 3 regular
The meeting gave the commis-
sioners and the sewer department

Drilling from page 1
Board of Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Trust Fund (Gover-
nor and Cabinet) when they im-
posed a bond requirement for
Coastal Petroleum. They raised
the earlier bond figure from $500
million to $1.9 billion dollars, a
figure considered by Coastal Pe-
troleum as simply outrageous and
The Chevron Discovery
The Chevron discovery of a major
lode of natural gas about 30 miles
south ofPensacola, announced in
late April 1996, has provided the
impetus for a renewed exploration
effort in the area, and perhaps
putting greater credibility on the
argument made by Coastal Petro-
leum that there is oil undersea.
However, the Chevron discovery
took place in Federal waters, un-
der a different regulatory context.
Others have speculated that
Coastal Petroleum would also find
additional wealth in the form of a
buyout of their lease rights by the
State of Florida. No one is indi-
cating what path the recent court
decisions may take the drilling
company, but given the rise in
gasoline prices, there may be ad-
ditional profits bolstering the
company's asking price should
they sue the State for a "regula-
tory taking" without compensa-
The Litigations
Earlier, the DEP and Trustees
(BOTIITF) voted to increase the
bond required of Coastal Petro-
leum before they would be allowed
to drill a well at point 1281. This
bond requirement has been used
by the DEP as a reason for its con-
tinued refusal to issue a drilling
permit. Coastal disagreed with the
bond requirement, arguing that
DEP had no authority to impose
Continued on page 3

a chance to air some concerns.
Among discussions were a point
brought up by Keith Mock, who
works for the city in the Water and
Sewer Department. He stated, "95
percent of the main sewer lines
we can't get to. They have sunk.
too deep." Waddell said that the
noted problem might work in the
city's favor; he said that the prob-
lem showed the necessity for the
work to be done.
Putnal and Jackson expressed
concerns about having the streets
dug up. Jackson said he would
like to see ..."some sort of figures
on the water and sewer, as to
McCartney responded, "I don't see
how you can NOT do it (rehabili-
tate the water and sewer). I know
you are doing a good thing." He
said that getting money would
never be any easier than at the
present time. He felt that Carra-
belle was looking at unprec-
edented growth and that the work
on the sewer and water treatment
plant would ensure that there
would not be a moratorium. He
further noted that there would be
new businesses, new people and
new residents to help pay for the
new system. He added that Sena-
tor Pat Thomas was ready to help
all he could,
The matter will be taken up at the
June 3 regular meeting.

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The Board of Franklin County
Commissioners unanimously
agreed at their May 21 meeting
to make structural adjustments
to the Franklin County Court-
house in order to bring the facil-
it\ into compliance with the
American with Disabilities Act
County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that there
could be no further Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG)
meetings within the courthouse
until all ADA requirements were
met. He stated that all CDBG
meetings would have to be held
in either the Apalachicola Com-
munity Center or the Apalachico-
la National Estuarine Research
Reserve building if the ADA stan-
dards were not met.
The board approved a transition
plan to bring the county into com-
pliance with the ADA. They also
agreed to have handrails placed
on the entrance ramp to the
courthouse and to make all court-
house bathrooms handicap ac-
cessible. In addition, the board
agreed to implement an audio-vi-
sual warning device in the court-
Resident Tina Shiver also ap-
pealed to commissioners to have
a handicap accessible boardwalk
implemented on Franklin Boule-
vard in St. George Island. "There's
no way to get to the beach," ex-
plained Shiver, "And it's a hard-
ship for my family."

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by Bauer Financial Reports, this
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Commissioner Tolliver stated that
he wanted to have the said board-
walk constructed "no matter
what it costs." He then made a
motion to have a boardwalk built
near Franklin Boulevard.
Tolliver's motion failed to receive
a second.
As board members discussed the
cost of building a boardwalk, Ms.
Shiver offered, "I'm not talking
about building the Golden Gate
Bridge. I'm talking about a board
Commissioner Raymond Williams
then made a motion to direct
County Engineer Joe Hamilton to
obtain a cost estimate for the con-
struction of the said boardwalk.
Tolliver turned to Williams and
asked. "If the estimate is too
much, you're not gonna approve
it?" Williams said that he could
not make a decision without first
receiving cost estimates on the
matter. Tolliver replied, "I don't
think the cost has anything to do
with the motion." The board then
voted 4-1 (Commissioner Tolliver
voting nay) to approve Williams'
Ms. Shiver noted that the pro-
posed location for the requested
boardwalk was very accessible to
handicapped individuals because
of the many parking spaces
nearby. "If I've got to roll four
blocks before I get there," said
Shiver, "I'm gonna be worn out.
I'm gonna fall out of the chair."

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The report noted, "Gulf State
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required by federal regulators and
has sound investments and op-
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"Gulf State Bank has earned our
highest 5-Star 'SUPERIOR rating
since June of 1991, which is
abundant evidence of its strength
and soundness," said Paul Bauer,
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"Gulf State Bank's consistent per-
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Published every other Friday


The Franklin Chronicle 31 May 1996 Page 3

The Federal Telecommunications
Act of 1996: What It Means For
Local Governments

The following piece is derived from an article appearing in
the May-June 1996 publication of The County Reporter by
Nicholas P. Miller and Tillman L. Lay. The Federal Telecom-
munications Act was signed into law the first week of Febru-
ary. Recent developments in the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) rule making process and the latest tele-
communications statistics deserve the attention of Florida
counties, and The Board of Franklin County Commissioners
in particular.

Local governments have won a key victory in the final version of the
landmark telecommunications overhaul, namely the inclusion of lan-
guage to guarantee local governments power to manage their right-
of-way and receive fair and reasonable compensation for the use of
public rights-of-way by all providers.
Yes, we are talking about that much-used, little understood term called
the "information superhighway." With the changes in the federal stat-
ute and subsequent FCC rule-making, local governments have a rare
opportunity, and obligation, to PLAN in.the months ahead. Certainly,
at the present time, the penetration of home computers into the north-
ern Florida regional marketplace is an insignificant number in con-
trast with the availability of audiences for print and electronic media.
In considering the entire world as a potential market, even for north-
ern Florida providers, the growing number of Internet users, for ex-
ample, is large enough to justify investment in this medium. But the
Internet is just one facet of the context for computer-driven and as-
sisted message distribution.
Authors Miller and Lay tell us that the new legislation is very compli-
cated. They add this advice, which our Board of County Commission-
ers should'heed.
"Counties should be very wary of relying on what cable op-
erators and telecommunications providers tell them the leg-
islation means. Counties should not agree to amend any of
their cable or telecommunication franchisees until they have
conducted and independent and thorough review of both the
new federal law and applicable state law."
Miller and Lay continue,
"When the dust settles, there will be new roles and responsi-
bilities for local governments in many...important areas."
What does this mean for Franklin County government, and
other counties?
For one thing, the new federal law makes it abundantly clear that
local authority prevails over any other when providers use the mu-
nicipal or county rights-of-way. This also means that local govern-
ments will need to put in place procedures for negotiating non-dis-
criminatory rights'-of-way agreements with a variety of telecommuni-
cations providers. In Franklin, it is NOT a remote idea that the County
consider new ordinances to provide a framework for agreements and
rates. These ordinances can build on the cable franchising experi-
ence and should be tailored for the County's goals.
For another item, Section 303 of the new Telecommunications Act
still permits County and Municipal governments to continue requir-
ing CATV systems to provide public, educational and government
access channels and facilities. This same section was amended to
allow local government to treat CATV systems and others like other
telecommunications providers to the extent that CATV operators pro-
vide telecommunications services. One major potential change in-
cludes the telephone companies providing video programming and
the CATV systems operating as telephone companies. The point here

Editoriafand Commentary

is that the federal law now provides a window to accommodate these
changes, and the local baseline is put right in the lap of the County
and Municipal governments.
A related question is whether these governments are properly staffed
and elected so as to cope well on their own with these new technolo-
gies without undue reliance upon the providers themselves. The cur-
rent condition breeds a high potential for favoritism, dependence and
eventual abuse and corruption.
While the local governments have authority, the state laws may com-
plicate the exercise of that authority.
Section 302 of the new Telecommunications Act of 1996 also permits
the telephone companies to provide video service. They may enter the
marketplace through wireless cable, traditional CATV or a new con-
cept called Open Video System (OVS). This is a delivery system in
which the local phone operator makes at least two-thirds of the ca-
pacity of the telephone company line available to unaffiliated pro-
grammers on.a non-discriminatory basis. OVS providers certified by
the FCC are exempt from obtaining a local cable franchise. They will,
however, have to meet public, educational and government access
channel requirements set by the FCC and they can be required to pay
the local government a fee in lieu of a franchise fee. The OVS provi-
sions, according to the authors Miller and Lay, are ambiguous.
There are also bristling issues connected with the local authority and
the control over siting, construction and modifications to wireless
facilities, such as the towers used by cellular telephone companies.
On March 17, 1996 the FCC issued new rules pre-empting most local
zoning authority over satellite dishes, apparently because many local
governments were impairing the growth of satellite services by en-
forcing overly restrictive zoning rules. Under the new Telecommuni-
cations Act of 1996, the FCC is directed to issue new rules to preempt
(replace) local restrictions that impair reception by antennas used in
direct-to-video services such as Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) ser-
As the months unfold, the new rules promulgated by the FCC will
make the regulatory turf of local governments more easily identified.
While these changes present opportunities for local involvement, there
are very serious responsibilities on behalf of county governments to
be taken into account, and the county commissions, with the help of
their attorneys, need to sharpen their knowledge of the new laws and
administrative regulations. I think the time to get started on home-
work is now.
Tom W. Hoffer




* Makes telephone companies and other telecommunication
carriers responsible for interconnecting with one another.
* Opens local and long-distance markets by removing
state or local barriers that keep out competition.
* Maintains state and local authority over zoning and
land-use decisions.
* Gives principles for devising a federal definition of
universal service.
* Opens local-service area to competition between
existing and new carriers.
* Defines conditions that regional Bell companies must
meet to enter long-distance markets.
* Deregulates cable rates and proves guidelines for
local exchange cable and video services.

%'II 904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
'*"r Facsimile 904-385-0830

Vol. 5, No. 11

31 May 1996

Publisher ...................... ........ ............. Tom W Hoffer
Editor and Manager ................. Brian Goercke
Contributors ............................................ Rene Topping
............. Tom Markin
............. Kris Halstrom
Survey Research Unit .............................. Eric Steinkuehler
Computer Systems,
Advertising Design,
and Production ....................... ........ .. Diane Beauvais
........... Jacob Coble
............ Crystal Hardy
............ Christian Liljestrand
Production Assistant .............................. Joe Kassman
C circulation .....................:........................ Lee Belcher

Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel ......................................... Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson ................................. Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen ...................... Carrabelle
Rene Topping ........................................ Carrabelle
Pat Morrison ........................ ............ St. George Island
Tom and Janyce Louthridge .................... St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung......................... Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
W ayne Childers .................................... Port St. Joe

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"Net-Ban" Survives Constitutional Challenge
N Constitutional challenge by five as opposed to a legislative delib-
ndividuals collectively litigating erative process, but Judge
against the Governor, Attorney Padovano concluded that this did
General and the Florida Depart- not pass the "test of common
nent of Environmental Protection sense." He wrote, "...It is illogical
vas turned back by Judge Phil to conclude that the people of
'adovano Tuesday, May 28, 1996. Florida have greater protection in
the legislative process where they
Given that there were no genuine participate indirectly through
disputes as to any material facts their representatives, than they
n the case that might relate to a do in the constitutional initiative
Constitutional review of the process where they can partici-
imendment to the Florida Con- pate directly by their casting their
stitution that restricted the use own votes..." In sum, the Judge
of gill and entangling nets in concluded that the amendment
Florida waters, both parties must be presumed to be consti-
sought a summary judgment on tutionally valid and that the plain-
he legal issue before the court. tiffs have the burden of showing
Was the amendment to Article X, it is invalid.
Section 16 of the Constitution In the five arguments then briefed,
subject to a higher standard as Judge Padovano dismissed all of
argued by the plaintiffs, Cecil them. He added, 'There is little
Lane, Dewey E. Destin, Jr., Buddy doubt that the amendment will
3rown, Julie A. Russell and Mike adversely affect commercial fish-
Davis? The judge said "No." He ermen and many others who de-
wrote that all legislative enact- pend on the fishing industry.
nents are presumed to be valid. However, the voters evidently rea-
'A party challenging the consti- sons that the ultimate harm
tutionality of an enactment has a would be far greater if they did not
heavy burden to show that it is take some action to protect the
invalid..." He added, "Generally, State's marine resources. The citi-
a state statute must be upheld if zens of Florida made that choice
it meets the rational relationship and it would be presumptuous of
test; that is, if there is any rea- this court to assume that they did
sonable relationship between the not understand the issue. The
act and the furtherance of a valid court has the authority to enjoin
governmental objective..." state constitutional amendments
n but only in those rare cases in
The plaintiffs argued that because which a new amendment violates
the restrictions were adopted as other basic rights guaranteed by
a result of a constitutional initiate the constitution. This is not the

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Resident Requests Fairness

Mike Robulock

Dear Editor:
Maybe you can tell me what to do? Here I was trying to be a good
hearted, good neighbor here in the City of Carrabelle. I had bought a
piece of property up on the hill looking out over the harbor. Behind
the place was a bunch of trash. I went to the city to ask about it and
wound up offering to get it all picked up and hauled away. I had
already taken out two truck loads of assorted trash when the tractor
I was using to load the dump truck broke down. So I loaded what I
could by hand and then quit for the weekend. This was on May 17,
Well, when I went back up to the property on May 20, I saw that my
dump truck was missing-stolen I thought. So I went on down to see
Carrabelle Police Chief Jesse Gordon. Can you imagine how amazed I
was when 1 learned that my truck had been towed away by order of
the chief of The City Of Carrabelle. He had a letter saying that A
SEXTON) on which a letter had been written warning the owner that
the truck would be towed if not moved.
Now one has to begin wondering a little because I ...(was) told that
the tow truck was ordered out by the police at just after midnight on
what would have been the early hours of Tuesday, May 20. Good
grief! Why ever have the thing towed in the early hours like that?
Surely, the tow truck driver must have been unhappy about a non-
emergency tow like that. Anyway, it apparently is going to cost al-
most $500 plus $15.00 per day for storage fees.
I went to each of the commissioners, except Jim Phillips, whom I
have not been able to get to see. I first of all received sympathy and
promises of doing something. However, Ihad no response by the spe-
cial meeting held on May 23, and I asked questions there and was
told that I was going to have to pay for it.
I am writing to the paper as an open forum on fairness. Does any-
body out there really think it is fair that, after trying to be a good
citizen, I find myself being asked to PAY TO HAVE MY TRUCK RE-
Mike Robulock

Drilling from page 2

such a fee on a lease agreement
negotiated in the early 1940s, and
that their actions were improper
and unlawful for other reasons.
On March 16, 1992, CP filed an
application for drilling at site
1281. They had paid a fee re-
quired by state law but an addi-
tional requirement was added by
DEP and the permit was denied.
On the administrative side, the
Trustees then voted to require a
$500 million bond in May 1995;
they refused to issue a drilling
permit until the bond was posted.
By August 8, 1995, the DEP and
Trustee actions were consolidated
into one litigation and moved for-
ward, slowly. Coastal filed their
appeal in the First District Court
of Appeals in September of 1995.
Some facts in this recitation of the
background were disputed by
both sides. In 1941, the Florida
Legislature authorized the Trust-
ees to negotiate, sell and convey
oil and gas leases on state lands.
The state even promoted these
leases by offering a prize of
$50,000 for the first commercial
production on State Lands.
On October 4, 1941, the State
leased an exploration contract to
Arnold Oil Explorations, Inc. At
that time, no bond was required.
Then, the State sold three oil and
gas drilling leases to Coastal.
These leases included the offshore
areas along the west coast of
Florida from Apalachicola to
Naples, Fla., extending 10.36
miles from shore, and embracing
about 4,500,000 acres of sub-
merged lands. There was another
narrow band of leased waters
close to shore which later became
the subject of litigation.
The leases were challenged in a

1944 decision and declared to be
valid. Coastal drilled in 11 loca-
tions, some close to #1281.
Coastal claimed to have paid
nearly $18,000,000 in rentals to
the Trustees, seismic programs
and for drilling. They claim their
resent investment now exceeds
100 million.
In 1969, the State of Florida chal-
lenged the validity of the leases
and the leases were held to be
valid. Later, the Legislature
amended the law to require that
any applicant pay an annual non-
refundable fee into a spill
clean-up trust fund instead- of
posting a bond.
In March 1992, CP filed an appli-
cation for site #1281, paying the
non-refundable fee. DEP required
an additional bond for $515 mil-
lion in addition to the non-refund-
able fees. Application 1281 was
denied and CP appealed the deci-
sion; the First District Court of
Appeals reversed the decision on
February 9. 1995.
The Court agreed with CP's argu-
ments that the DEP did not have
authority to require an additional
bond in addition to its payment
into the Petroleum Exploration
and Production Trust Fund.
Eventually, the Trustees entered
the regulatory picture under their
responsibilities pursuant to
Florida Statute 253.571, i. e. in
their capacity as owner and pro-
tector of sovereign lands. Thus,
the litigation issues split from an
action seeKing and denying a per-
mit (a DEP function) to an action
under the auspices of the Trust-
ees, the landowner. The Trustee
action included the imposition of
the large bond, itself the argument
between the parties as the litiga-
tion continued. Coastal Petroleum
raised questions about the leogl-
Continued on page 8

Cajun Festival Cooks Up

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Over 100 individuals attended the 'Think Cajun" Festival hosted by
the Franklin County Public Library's WINGS Program at the East-
point Firehouse on May 18. Musician Chaz Mikell provided cajun
flavored harmony for the event. A full range of cajun gourmet was
also provided. Many of the recipes were prepared from the "Classic
Creamer Cookery" book. The event raised an estimated $460. Frank-
lin County Public Library Director Eileen Annie extended her appre-
ciation to all community members, merchants and volunteers who
pitched in to make the festival a great success.



Page 4 31 May 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Lanark District

Listed in Financial

State of


The Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District (LVW&SD) has been listed
in a financial state of emergency,
according to a March 22 letter of
correspondence from Chief In-
spector General Harold D. Lewis
with the Office of the Governor.
LVW&SD Commissioner Jeanette
Pedder explained in an April 9 let-
ter of correspondence to Lewis
that, according to Florida Statute
218.503)11, the water and sewer
district has been placed in a fi-
nancial state of emergency due to
its four consecutive years of op-
erating deficits.
Pedder noted that the water and
sewer district had increased it's
rates for the 1995-96 fiscal year
in order to prevent further oper-
ating deficits. She further noted
that the district still had out-
standing bond issues and that all
debt services were current. Pedder
reported that the water & sewer
district had no plans of issuing
any bonds.
"Since we meet all debt service
requirements," noted Pedder. "We
pay all payroll taxes when due; we
pay all salaries promptly and we

have instituted a rate structure
that meets our operati nca s."
She concluded, "We feel that we
are in reasonably sound financial
In a May 16 letter of correspon-
dence to Mr. Lewis, Commissioner
Pedder pointed out that the wa-
ter and sewer board had been ex-
ploring new "avenues" to help
keep the district on "sound finan-
cial footing." Pedder noted that
the board had considered meter-
ing all residences in the future.
At present, the LVW&SD charges
a flat fee of $35.95 to all water &
sewer customers. She also re-
ported that the bo-.rd had been
working closely the with Rural
Water Association to formulate a
future rate structure that would
be equitable to all customers and
also promote water conservation
throughout the district.
Pedder concluded, "We feel that'
any financial emergency that may
have prevailed in the past is be-
hind us now and we are optimis-
tic about our continuing success
with the management of the dis-

available and minutes of those
meetings must be taken. The
manual provides that "the
Law applies to any board or
commission of any state agency
or authority or of any agency or
authority of any county,
municipal corporation, or political
subdivision." The Sunshine Law
also applies to advisory boards
"whose powers are limited to
making recommendations to a
public agency and which possess
no authority to bind that agency
in any way."
In reference to public notice, the
Sunshine Law provides that
"notice is required even though
meetings of the board are of
'general knowledge' and are not
conducted in a closed door
manner." Notice may be given by
posting such information in an
area set aside for such purposes.
There was no notice listed on the
city hall's public meeting
calendar. The calendar typically
includes notice of Apalachicola
City Commission and
Apalachicola Planning and

Zoning board meetings. Public
notices may also be printed in a
local periodical. There was no
notice provided in The
Apalachicola Times, The Franklin
Chronicle or The Coastline
In regard to punishment for
violating the Sunshine Law, the
1996 manual provides that "any
member of a board or commission
or of any state agency or authority
of a county, municipal
corporation, or political
subdivision who knowingly
violates the Sunshine Law is
guilty of a misdemeanor of the
second degree." An individual
convicted of a second degree
misdemeanor may be sentenced
to a term of imprisonment not to
exceed 60 days and/or fined up
to $500. In addition, when neither
the State Constitution nor the law
provide a method for removal of
such an individual from office,
"the Governor may suspend an
elected or appointed public officer
who is indicted or informed
against for any misdemeanor
arising directly out of his official

Ever da y more readers aretrnn tah

i Nowdistibutd inFranli n, Wakulla, and Gulf Counties)l




County Planner Alan Pierce pre-
sented commissioners with a fore-
cast of Road Department expen-
ditures at the May 21 meeting of
the Franklin County Commission.
Mr. Pierce stated that personnel
costs at the Road Department in-
crease by 5.3% annually. He fur-
ther noted that road materials
and supplies, which include
limerock and clay, increased 9.3%
two years ago and 23.6% in the
previous year. "Essentially, it is
impossible to determine what
needs to be spent," noted Pierce.
"When the board doesn't know
how many roads it has, or how
much maintenance work should
be done in one year, there is no
forecasting of work, so there can
be no.forecasting of expendi-

Gulf Coast

Work Force



The Gulf Coast Work Force De-
velopment Board (GCWFDB) met
at the Gulf Coast Junior College,
in Panama City on May 21 at 5:30
p.m. CST. One of the first orders
of business to be dealt with was
replacement of Joanne Cox, who
had been chosen as a permanent
designee by Stephanie Gall, the
Bay County School Superinten-
dent, to serve on the board in her
place. Cox had been chosen to be
a member of the Executive Board
of the Work Force but due to a
letter from the state received by
Board Chairman Ralph Rish she
was deemed ineligible. The letter
from Michael Switzer, JEP tech-
nical staff, was written to make
the state position on composition
of the board clear,
The letter stated that the board
be made up of the highest level
decision makers available from
the public and private sector.
"This basic intent is now being
made more explicit by state law.
As indicated in the enclosed ex-
cerpt from CS/HB (House Bill)
1883, Community College Presi-
dents and School District Super-
intendents are required members
of local boards." The letter ended
with caution, "It is very unlikely
that your board would be certi-
fied if your permanent designee
results in presidents, school su-
perintendents or other mandated'
members not serving on your
board as is mandated by law."
Chairman Rish then said he
would like to make a nomination
for a person to fill the position Cox
had to vacate on the executive
board and nominated Richard
Dodd of Gulf County. Kristin
Anderson said that she felt that
the floor should be opened for
nominations. Then a parliamen-
tarian in the audience said that
the chairman could not nominate

from the chair and "Nominations
do not require a motion and nomi-
nations do not require a second."
Rish then insisted that the voting
on Dodd should go forward and
the participants all voted by se-
cret paper ballot. The nomination
In the end, although Rish said he
felt that one person should be
nominated at a time, the nomi-
nations from the floor took place
and Richard Dodd, Sylvester
Herron, and John Tinney were
nominated. Tinney received the
most votes and was elected to fill
the vacant place on the executive
Karen Stubbs, interim secretary,
told the board that the two-year
plan, which had been prepared by
the other interim secretary Kim
Shoemaker and herself, had been
approved ard that she was happy
to announce that the board had
been taken off the state watch list.
This was a list of counties that
were not timely in going through
all the actions needed to be ready
to operate as a board.
Rish appointed two board mem-
bers, Ted Haney and Roy Smith,
who are involved in the insurance
business, to look into board in-
Bob Swenk reported that the tran-
sition plan was in the works and
another meeting would be held to
firm up the division of assets of
the old Private Industry Council
(P.I.C.) board. Kristin Anderson
reported that the By-Laws are
ready to go to an attorney for veri-
fication and each member will be
sent a copy.
Shoemaker reported that the
beach renourishment program for
Gulf County is underway. Stubbs
gave a report on the revised fund-
ing allocations. Shoemaker an-
nounced that funds would be
forthcoming for the Summer
Youth Employment and Training
. Programs.
.Members of the board were ad-
vised that attendance at meetings
is vital to the success of the board.
The next meeting will be held in
Gulf County at Port St Joe on
June 4 with the place to be an-

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if all road maintenance funds
were expended in the present year
($80,000 of a total $100,000), ex-
penditures for the present year
will increase by 77.8% over the
previous year's expenditures. He
stated that the board expended
$72,604 two years ago and
$89,445 the previous year on road
materials. "Bluntly, the board will
run out of money depending on
how fast it wants to," instructed
Pierce. He noted that the county
will have approximately $220,000
in cash reserves at the end of the
current fiscal year. "If the board
utilizes all of the money it has al-
located toward road materials this
year at the same rate next year,"
concluded Pierce, "it will have
enough money for next year, but
after that it will have to reduce
road material expenditures."
Commissioner Edward Tolliver
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Florida accountable for maintain-
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approved at the general monthly meeting held on May 20
after proper consideration and a finding of good cause,
announces the lifting of all moratoria prohibiting
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The Franklin Chronicle 31 May 1996 Page 5

Children's Concert

,Apalachicola High





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By F.T. "Frank" Williams
Franklin County recently hosted
the "Swamp Man Rendezvous," a
three-day scouting event attended
by hundreds of youth throughout
North Florida. The "Rendezvous"
was sponsored by Larry Hale,
scout master for Franklin County
Troop 22, and took place at
Wright's Lake in the Apalachicola
National Forest. Scouts camped
adjacent to the lake and enjoyed
an exciting schedule-of activities
including swimming, canoeing,
hiking, and fishing.
A myriad of educational programs
were conducted for the benefit of
the scouts, and several special
guests were in attendance. The
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was
represented by Frank Parauka
and Frank Finchum from Panama
.City. Erik Lovestrand from the
Apalachicola Reserve took the
opportunity to educate scouts on
estuarine ecology in a natural set-
ting. Several members of the U.S.
Forest Service were in attendance,
and the scouts were awed by an
unexpected visit from Smokey
Bear! Another surprise guest was
the ghost of Nathan Tate, the
namesake of "Tate's Hell Swamp."
Tate's ghost (who was played by
John Lee of the Apalachicola
Times) terrified the scouts with
vivid tales of hidden dangers in
the swamp.

The highlight of activities was a
series of demonstrations by com-
bat swimmers from the Marine
Corps Combat Dive Team sta-
tioned in Panama City. The dive
team used a zodiac boat to
stealthily approach the lake
shore, then used special under-
water breathing apparatus to
swim the remaining distance un-
detected. Spectators stood open-
mouthed when the divers sud-
denly emerged from the lake cov-
ered in grass with rifles drawn
only a few yards from the shore!
Everyone joined in an enthusias-
tic round of applause for the
divers' remarkable skills.
When asked about' the event's
overall success, Larry Hale re-
marked, "This has been a bless-
ing; people should come out to
these scout trips to see what's
right with America! Many people
are pessimistic about our youth
and everyone seems to be looking
for the answer. I have the answer;
it's the first thing you see every-
day when you wake up and look
in the mirror!"
Based on his 17 years of volun-
teer service to scouting, Scout
Master Hale recently received the
Silver Beaver Award from the
Suwanee River Area Council of the
Boy Scouts. Scout Master Hale is
assisted by several other volun-
teers from the community, includ-
ing scout leaders Ollie Gunn from
St. George Island and Adam
Dahlman from Apalachicola.
Franklin county has only one boy
scout troop, although there are
many young boys and girls who
wish to join. The bottom line is
that more volunteers are needed..
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A capacity crowd witnessed the
"Children of Destiny" perfor-
mance hosted by The Love Cen-
ter Ministries on May 26 at the
Apalachicola High School cafete-
ria. The concert was performed by
nearly 50 children, who ranged
from five to fifteen years of age, of
the Love Center Youth Ministry.
The "Children of Destiny" perfor-
mance was a three hour benefit
concert to raise funds for instru-
ments and uniforms for a com-
munity marching band. Admis-
sion was free, but the Love Cen-
ter Ministry raised an estimated
$200 from concession sales.
The two part concert featured
musical mimes, dancing, en-
sembles, dramatic biblical reen-
actments and quotations from
scripture. Part one of the "Chil-
dren of Destiny" included 13 mini-
performances. The performance
began with a musical dance &
mime entitled "Steppin'." As the
concert continued, the children
kept their "eyes on the prize" by
empowering audience members
with dramatic, spiritual perfor-
mances; as audience members
vocally encouraged the concert
participants, the participants
were also empowered by the con-
tinuous praise and applause. "We
walk by faith and not by sight,"
quoted one participant in the fol-
lowing performance entitled, "We
Walk By Faith."
Other performances included "Go
That Extra Mile," "Jesus Be Ex-
alted," "Now I Can Say I Love You,
Jesus," "Free Indeed," 'The Unfor-
giving Servant," "Take Away,"
"Shoutin' John," "Doxology (Praise
God From Whom All Blessings
Flow)," "Lazarus," and "Medley
with Bishop Daniel White."
In the performance entitled, "The
Unforgiving Servant," the children
reenacted a biblical parable from
Matthew 18: 21-35. The perfor-
mance featured Jeremy Williams,
who played the king that forgave
his servant (Raevyn Jefferson) of
a large debt. However, when the
king found out that his servant
would not forgive a fellow servant
of a small debt, he had his "Un-
forgiving Servant" imprisoned
until the large debt was paid. "You
must-forgive others," quoted a
participant, "in order to be for-
In the performance entitled,
"Shoutin' John," Keith Lane por-
trayed a zealous, church-going
man who annoyed his congrega-
tion with his religious fervor. In
his devotion to God, Shoutin'
John would wave his hands in
ecstasy and move his feet in ex-
ultation. When fellow reenactors
tried to hold his hands down,
Shoutin' John would shuffle his
feet triumphantly; when they tried
to stop his feet from shuffling,
Shoutin' John would wave his
Willie McNair, Jr. was the lead
performer in "Lazarus." In the
dramatic performance, the reen-
acted Lazarus gave testimony to
the profound way in which God
I had touched his life. Concert par-
ticipants playing biblical roles as
SMoses, Abraham and King
Solomon also gave testimony as
to the affect of God in their lives.
However, the reenacted Lazarus
told his biblical peers that God
had affected him in a way that
they had never experienced.
The second part of "Children of
Destiny" included performance as
"The Champion," "His Eye Is On
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"Breakin' of Day," "Sweeter,"
"Allright," "We're Blessed in the
City" and "The Greatest Love of
In the performance entitled, "The
Beatitudes," concert participants
quoted passages from Matthew 5:
3-12. The passage has also been
referred to as the Sermon on the
Mount. In the performance, par-
ticipants would quote different
sections of the scripture as
"Blessed are the meek; they will
receive what God has promised"
and "Blessed are those who are
merciful; God will be merciful to
The concert also featured several
selections as "His Eyes on the
Sparrow" and "Allright," which
were performed at the past Black
History Month performance in the
Chapman Elementary School Au-
ditorium on February 29.
Coordinator Nina O' Neil told au-
dience members that the children
performers were participating in
an event that was much more
than just entertainment. "These
kids really make a difference,"
said O'Neil. "These kids are im-
portant. This isn't just entertain-
ment, but true ministry."
Fellow Coordinator Temolynne
White Wintons informed the Fran-
klin Chronicle on May 27 that the
Love Center Ministries had raised
approximately $1000 for the pro-
posed community marching
band. Ms. Wintons stated that the
band's uniforms and instruments
would cost several thousands of
dollars. The value of a marching
band for the children, said
Wintons, was invaluable in that
it will help to teach both discipline
and creativity to the young minds.
"Music is a discipline," said
Wintons, "though also an art form
of creativity." She noted that other
fund-raisers as a father and son
basketball tournament on
Father's Day as well as a youth
camp program would be instru-
mental in raising money for the
proposed marching band. Ms.
Wintons hoped to have the com-
munity marching band in action
by the next Florida Seafood Fes-
tival in November.
Those interested in helping to
raise funds for the community
marching band may send their
donations to: The Love Center Min-
istries, P.O. Box 237, Apalachico-
la, FL 32329.
Those children involved in the
"Children of Destiny" perfor-
mance included: Jonathan,
Kristopher and Alexander
Stanley, Antionette, Fred, Ericka,
Tambra, Ericka and Reneta
Ducker, Bobbie & Michael Hopps,
Anastasia Townsend, Angelita &
Joshua Stephens. Willie, Jrfi. &
Jordan McNair, Lanee &
McKenzie Buzbie, Ashley & An-
thony O'Neal, Kennard Law,
Keith, Kevin and Michaela Lane,
LaShonda Williams, Kendra Will-
iams, Ke'Asha Martin, Hope
Critton, Colela Jones, Jeremy
Williams, Raevyn Jefferson,
Shenedra & Kanedra Cummings,
Jerrel Weaver, Brandy & Anthony
Croom, Michael, Mario and
Tanisha Pugh, Keicheli, Michael,
"Scooter," and Noel Irving, Gabriel
Lockley, Tomeka Tolliver, Layfette
Martin and Natasha Prince.
Coordinators for the event in-
cluded Temolynne White Wintons,
Alma Pugh, Nina O'Neil and
Latonya Tonya. Pastor Daniel &
Shirley White were credited as the
"Visionaries" for the performance
of "Children of Destiny."

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Junior High School Awards

at Apalachicola High School
Nearly 100 students from the 7th
and 8th grades were honored at
Apalachicola High School on May
21 for both excellence in academic
excellence and school citizenship.
Those teachers and staff members
participating in the awards cer-
emony included Denise Butler,
Sharon Philyaw, Martha Brady,
Brenda Galloway, Sarah
Parmarter, Denise Roux, Valerie
Clayton, Barbara Lee, Eddie Jo-
seph, Jeanette Meyer and Princi- .
pal Beverly Kelley. Jimmie Nichols '
also presented the American Le-
gion Citizenship Award.
President's Award for Educational
Excellence: Jenny Thompson,
Jenny Martina, Aarti Patel, Kevin
Maxwell and James Bloodworth. .

Aarti Patel

Dreamers and Doers District
Award for the 8th grade: Aarti

Geography Achievement Award
for the 7th grade: Desiree Ross,
K.C. Creamer, Daniel White,
Aimee White, Bernard Simmons,
Kayla Martina, Kayla Lee, Brett
Johnsori, Hunter Bartley, Jamie
Carroll and Miranda Elliott.
Most Improved in 7th grade Ge-
ography Award: Tenisha Jeffer-
son, Herndon Rochelle, Joseph
Hunnings and Matt Barineau.
United States History Award for
the 8th grade: Nicole Cook, James
Bloodworth, Howard Robinson,
Tanisha McClendon, Talitha
Lowery, Kevin Maxwell, Megan
Davis, Aarti Patel, Jenny Martina,
Jenny Thompson, Jessica Scott
and Emily Hutchinson.
Language Arts Award for the 8th
grade: Ezekial Johnson, Je'meane
Pinckney, Ricky Hathcock, Katie
Nobels, Kristen Smith, Miranda
Elliott, Celeste Elliott, Tyler
Fulmer, Jamrie Carroll, K.C.
"Creamer, Sarah Grable, Lafayette
Martin, Leefire Hendricks, Royce
Rolstad, Douglass Peralta, Holly
Justice, Julie Jones and Gabriel
Lockley, Joye Abbott, Jarvis
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Most Improved in 7th grade Read-
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Reading Award for the 8th grade:
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Megan Davis and Nicole Cook. Miranda Elliott, Brian Elliott,
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Apalachicola High School Students were first to celebrate their gradu-
ation ceremony on May 24 at Coach Wagoner Field. Carrabelle High
School students followed on May 27 with graduation ceremonies con-
ducted in the Carrabelle High School Auditorium.
An array of topics were covered at the Apalachicola High School Gradu-
ation in key note speeches as well as in student addresses. Apalachi-
cola High School Instructor Theresa Jones gave a Dylanesque ad-
dress that featured lyrics from folk icon Bob Dylan as well as a per-
sonally penned poem entitled 'Times For You Are A'Changin'" that
combined Dylan's style with the plight of the future graduates. Ms.
Jones first recited lyrics from the song, "The Times They Are
A'Changin'," and solicited participation from the audience in her reci-
tation. In her Dylan recital, Jones read most of the song's lyrics and
had audience members belt out the refrain, "The Times They Are
Valedictorian Shantia Cargill thanked high school instructors Denise
Butler and Barbara Lee for helping to keep her motivated. She also
acknowledged fellow classmates. "Where do I begin," asked Cargill
about her classmates, "We have been through so much together. From
kindergarten to our senior trip...from skipping in the lunchroom and
skipping school. We did it all. We made our mark...and AHS (Apala-
chicola High School) will remember it." She stated that the class of
1996 was the class to speak up when things weren't the way they
wanted them to be. "We were never the class to accept things as they
were," offered Cargill, 'it had to be our way or now way." She con-
cluded, "Keep shooting for the moon. Even if you miss, you know
you're still among the stars."

Salutatorian Shelita Green touched on some seemingly untouchable
topics. She first informed audience members that she was instructed
against making her pre-planned speech by school members. As Green
continued speaking. tears filled much Jf her address. "The class from
hell they called us. The ones that would never amount to anything,"
said Green, "The ones that often got short-handed. The ones-that
were were never told of those opportunities that awaited them...not
what you know, but who you know should have been our motto." She
concluded, "The class of'96, the time has finally come. As I stand
before you, happy because I'm moving on to bigger and better things
and yet sad because I'm leaving behind so many memories. Now, it's
time to make decisions for ourselves and not depend on anyone to do
it for us."
Principal Beverly Kelley offered some final words of guidance to the
class of 1996. "This is the first stepping stone of your life. What will
you do now? To which stone will you now step to reach?" She con-
cluded, 'The only things that students wear out faster than shoes are
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The Carrabelle High School graduation ceremony featured nostalgic
student addresses and a patriotic Memorial Day reminder from one
of the ceremony's presenters.
Salutatorian Harper McGough encouraged her classmates to remem-
ber all of the important times shared at Carrabelle High School. "No
matter what," noted McGough, "We will always have our memories."
Valedictorian Candice Sweet expressed her appreciation for the free-
doms experienced in the United States. "America is the land of the
free," said Sweet. She stated that Americans were free to vote and
also free to seek an education.
Carrabelle City Commissioner Jim Phillips spoke at length prior to
an award presentation on behalf of the Masonic Lodge. Phillips began
his address with a touch of levity. "Those of you who saw me up here
and thought I was finally graduating," said Phillips, "I'm sorry...that
is not the case." As he continued, Phillips praised Carrabelle High'
School for holding their graduation cereriony on Memorial Day. "What
better day to have graduation than on Memorial Day," said Phillips,
"Today is a day of celebration. Today is a day of thankfulness. Today
is a day to remember." He concluded, "Freedom has never been free.
It never will be and it never has been. You earn it every day."
In an amusing contrast with Apalchicola High School's folksy recital
of Bob Dylan, Carrabelle High School graduates were serenaded by a
portion of Lynard Skynard's rock & roll classic, "Free Bird," during
their candle lighting ceremony. The graduation ceremony also fea-
tured a solo.musical performance from Dale Millender.

Valedictorian Harper Salutatorian Candice Sweet
CHS Graduates: Stephanie Boatwright, Lance Bockelman, Wayne
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Street in Gainesville. The meeting
will include the following:

N.E. Spotted Seatrout
Rule-Final Public
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on a proposed rule
that would replace the recently
enacted November/December
closed season to the harvest of
spotted seatrout with a December
through February closure-in
Nassau through Flagler counties

Jellyfish Rule-Final
Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on a proposed rule
that would:
* allow the harvest of cannonball
jellyfish with trawls in state
waters outside of the Colregs
line only, with no bycatch al-
* allow the harvest of cannonball
jellyfish with paired seines,
wing nets, and frame nets
only-with a maximum of 500
square feet of mesh area, a pe-
rimeter no greater than 66 feet
per net, and a minimum mesh
size in the bag of 3/2 inches
stretched mesh-in state wa-
ters inside 1 mile from shore on
the Atlantic coast and 3 miles
from shore on the Gulf coast
* allow the harvest of cannonball
jellyfish with a paired seine net
with a maximum mesh area of
3,000 square feet (no more than
two nets with a combined total
of 3,000 square feet may be
used) in state waters .beyond
1 mile offshore on the Atlantic
coast and 3 miles offshore on
the Gulf coast-a minimum net
mesh size of 3'/2 inches
stretched -mesh would also ap-
Counties Shrimp
Rule-Final Public
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on a proposed rule
that would eliminate the current

Rudd, Brad Shiver, Janalyn Shiver, Jamie Skipper, Mark Stephens hrim
Vickie Sullivan, Carmen Summerhill, Cathy Summerhill, Candice Shnml
Sweet, David Teems, Nichole Thompson, Jonathan Tindell, Timothy Adv
Watson and Nelson Woods. Advisory

Adult School Graduates at CHS Panel To

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SI I Bycatch

: Amendm,

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CHS Adult School Graduates: Wendy Atkinson, Lea Bentley,
Nadine Black, Richard Gantly, Tabatha Hayes, Sharol Hughes, Victoria
McCalphin, George Murray, Laura Register, Richard Sand, Stephanie
Schotting, Polly Stevens, James Trawick, Crystal Venable, Judith
Padowitz and Stephanie Smith.

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council will hold a
Shrimp Advisory Panel (AP) meet-
ing on June 10 from 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. at the Isle of Capri Ca-
.sino Crowne Plaza Resort, 151
Beach Boulevard (Hwy. 90E),
Biloxi, Mississippi.
The purpose of the meeting will
be to review Draft Amendment 9
to the Fishery Management Plan
*for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf
of Mexico, U.S. Waters with
Supplemental Environmental Im-
pact Statement (EIS), Regulatory
Impact Review (RIR), Initial Regu-
latory Flexibility Analysis, and
Social Impact Assessment (SIA).
The amendment is intended to
address the Council's commit-
ment to reduce the bycatch mor-
tality of red snapper, particularly
juveniles, from shrimp trawls. The
amendment includes a review of
previous actions and their effects
on bycatch as well as various al-
A copy of the agenda and amend-
ment can be obtained by calling

shrimp count (size limit) regula-
tion in state waters from the Ap-
alachicola Bay system to the
Northwest/Big Bend Region de-
marcation line and instead estab-
lish the following area/season clo-
sures to all harvest of shrimp:
* retention of the present year-
round closed area north of the
John Gorrie Bridge in Apalachi-
cola Bay
* closure of areas in St. Vincent
Sound known as Big Bayou,
Sheepshead Bayou, and Indian
Lagoon year-round
* retention of the presently en-
forced daytime area closure
from July 15 through Septem-
ber 15 in St. Vincent Sound and
Apalachicola Bay
* closure of a specified area in St.
George Sound south of Green
Point from September 15
through December 31
* closure of a specified area be-
tween the shipping channel and
the mouth of St. Vincent Sound
in Apalachicola Bay from
March 1 through May 31
* closure of the Carrabelle River
The rule would also close speci-
fied nearshore and inshore waters
in Wakulla County year-round to
all harvest of shrimp (except rec-

Other Meeting Action
The Commission will receive pub-
lic comment and:
* review a draft rule that would
reestablish previous state rules
regarding Trap Buoy/Vessel
Marking requirements
consider management options
for Sheepshead, Mullet and
Gear, Shrimp Trawl bycatch
reduction, the post-quota sale
of recreationally harvested King
.Mackerel, and a bag/posses-
sion limit exemption for Char-
ter Vessel operators while clean-
ing fish harvested by their cus-
The Commission will also receive
public comment on Amberjack
bag/size limits and Snook and
review Special Activity License
rules and federal Reef Fish Per-
mit requirements.

Wellsprings from page 1
We then focused our attempts
on selling the assets which
culminated in the contract
with Nightingale and Associ-
ates that has since failed to
lames Bennett is from the U. S.
trustee'ss Office, and appeared on
halff of the U. S. Trustee.
Mr. Bennett: What I've tried
to do, Your Honor, is convince
Debtor's counsel that it's in
the best interest of the credi-
tors and the estate to convert
this case to Chapter 7. As I've
discovered different informa-
tion, I've provided that to Mr.
Newman who has in turn pro-
vided me with information...
But the thing I do know, Your
Honor, is that according to
the October Monthly Operat-
ing Report there was a
$10,000 disbursement to Mr.
Willie Carroll, who is the hus-
band of one of the principals.
There was also a $3,000 dis-
bursement to Mr. Carroll dur-
ing that same Monthly Oper-
ating Report. That same re-
ort, Your Honor, shows a
6,000 disbursement to the
daughter of one of the princi-
pals, a lady by the name of
Rene Brannon.
The trial balance for fiscal
year '95 for the Debtor that I
picked up for reference-that
I picked up during lunch,
Your Honor-reflects that an
entity called Island View En-
terprises received $231,300
for the fiscal year ending Sep-
tember 30th, 1995.
My investigation has shown
me that Island View Enter-
prises is a related entity that
is owned by the principals of
this debtor.
In 1995, the W-2 statements
that I've been provided
showed that Maxie Carroll,
the principal, and her hus-
band received a total of
$207,650. Brenda Moisbee,
the other nrincioal, and her
Continued on page 8

Timber Island,
24 Hour Service Carrabelle, FL 32322
Phone: 904-697-3939


Baitfish Trawls,
Sh rimping, King Northeast Shrimp
Shrimping, King Rules

MilacklJereC. cuLI
Lobster Traps
The Governor and Cabinet ap-
proved the following rules pro-
posed by the Marine Fisheries
Commission (these rules take ef-
fect on June 3, 1996):

Baitfish Trawls Rule
This rule will:
* allow the use of baitfish trawls
only seaward of the Colregs
Demarcation Line in state wa-
ters of Escambia County
through Wakulla County ap-
proximately south of St. Marks
rom April 1 through November
15 each year for a two year pe-
riod, ending November 15, 1998
* define a baitfish trawl as a net
in the form of an elongated bag
with the mouth kept open by
various means and buoyed by
floats so that it is fished and
towed at or along the surface of
the water and never on the bot-
* allow the use of baitfish trawls
for the directed harvest of men-
haden, round and Atlantic
thread herrings, scaled, Span-
ish, and orangespot sardines,
anchovies, round scad, chub
mackerel, blue runner, and la-
dyfish only-a 10 percent (by
weight) bycatch allowance for
non-targeted species harvested
in baitfish trawls would also be
* allow baitfish trawls to be towed
for no more than 30 minutes
* allow the use of no more than
two baitfish trawls, each with a
mesh area not greater than 500
square feet and a perimeter
around the leading edge of the
net not greater than 66 feet, to
be fished or deployed from any
vessel where allowed in all wa-
ters of the region
prohibit the use of baitfish
trawls with a mesh size less
than 11/4 inches stretched mesh
in the cod (tail) end and prohibit
the use of any liner or insert
with'a smaller mesh in the cod

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The Capital Area Chapter of the
American Red Cross has acquired
a limited quantity of the Coastal
Construction Manual.
This 257 page manual provides
technical guidance on how to de-
sign and construct buildings ii
areas subject to coastal flooding,
such that the potential risk of
damages from both flood and
wind are minimized. The techni-
cal criteria contained in this
manual can be used to comply
with the performance standards
of the National Flood Insurance
Program. It Is Intended for use by
designers, builders, developers,
community building officials and

These rules will, in all state wa-
ters of the Northeast Region
(Nassau through Brevard coun-
ties including all waters of the St.
Johns River):
* require a legal, functioning
bycatch reduction device (BRD)
to be installed and used in all
otter trawls rigged for fishing
and used by all food and live
bait shrimp producers-BRDs
that meet the legal specifica-
tions of this proposed rule in-
clude the Florida Finfish Ex-
cluder and the large mesh Ex-
tended Funnel BRD
prohibit the rigging or altering
of BRDs installed in trawls in a
manner that would render the
BRD non-functioning or ineffec-
increase the minimum mesh
sizes allowed to be used in
trawls by food shrimp produc-
ers to 7/-inch bar measurement
in the body of the net and
3/4-inch bar measurement in the
cod (tail) end
eliminate the shrimp count (size
limit) regulation in the region,
effective July 1, 1996

Recreational Shrimp
Frame Net Rules
These rules will allow recreational
fishermen statewide to harvest
shrimp with frame nets if such
gear is deployed from a vessel, or
from a structure other than an
operational bridge or causeway,
or from a catwalk attached to
such bridge or causeway. These
frame nets will not be allowed to
be fished or dragged along the
bottom. The rules also reaffirm
that frame nets used by commer-
cial food shrimp producers in the
Southeast Region be deployed
only from vessels.
Spiny Lobster Rule
This rule will suspend the current
10 percent annual reduction of
spiny lobster traps for the 1996/
97 fishing season.

King Mackerel Rule
This rule will require king mack-
erel to be landed with heads and
fins attached.

Unlike typical jellyfish, the cannonball is a
irong swimmer with a compact, solid body and few
singing tentacles. The Latin name for the cannon-
ball, Stomolophus meleagris, is very descriptive of
ts lifestyle and means "maly-mouthed hunter."
he cannonball feeds and swims by pumping water
with a gelatinous bell over the sticky folds of it; ,
irms, trapping lanal stages of oysters, clams and a
arnety of crustaceans. This sticky mucus is passed
o numerous openings among the a.m, that lead to..
he mouth. It is abundant along Florida's northern
;u:f coast and off the northern Ailantc'"oast,
cc urrng in groups of millions of animals.
The cannonball has great potential value as a
ocd tremn the -orld market. The most important
act aboul Ihe proie.n ,n the cannonball jellyfish is -
he collagen it contains. The human body needs .
ollagen to build cell tissue, cartilage, teeth and ,
bones. Scientific research continues on collagen and'
:s medical potential. For more than a thousand
ears, Asians have been eal.ng lellyfish for medicinal
seasons to treat high blood pressure, arthritis,
ronchitis, and other diseases. The cannonball
llyfish is an ideal diet food because it is low in fat,
rotein, cholesterol and calories.

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Wellsprings from page 7
husband received a total of
In 1994, the W-2 statements
showed that the Carrolls re-
ceived $251,000 and the
Molsbees received
Attorney Newman argued to
maintain a Chapter 11 status so
Wellsprings might obtain a buyer.
Earlier, an unsigned plan for re-
organization was filed with the
Court. The Judge acknowledged
that this had not been signed.
Mr. Bennett: The only thing I
would point out to the Court
is that that proposed plan of
reorganization includes the
employment of the two prin-
cipals in exchange for a non-
compete agreement. So not
only have these people in the
past years got a million dol-
lars from this corporation,
but they also have the audac-
ity to expect to be employed
after the corporation is sold.
Mr. Newman asserted that the
employment agreements were
negotiated in part at the request
of the proposed purchaser that
actually wanted their services.
They did show a talent to in-
crease the size of the home
health care agency from
twenty some odd employees
to over 200 in three or four
years and expand to seven
different offices. It wasn't-
they weren't negotiating in an
attempt to siphon more
money off of the Debtor.
In reviewing the debts of the cor-
poration, the Judge asked how
much was owed in 941 taxes (em-
ployee withholding). Roy
Blondeau, a Tallahassee attorney,
was present on behalf of the In-
ternal Revenue Service (IRS).
Mr. Blondeau: Your Honor,
post-petition 941, there's
$57,203 owed. Pre-petition at
this point, there's $339,000;
$339,685. That's in a proof of
claim of the IRS. ...They also
owe the Department of Health
and Human Services in over-
payments a couple million
dollars approximately. We
filed a proof of claim on that.
Newman, attorney for the debtor,
disagreed with Blondeau concern-
ing the last amount. He argued
again to postpone the conversion
to Chapter 7 so the debtor could
liquidate the assets. He said, in
part, ,We have acted in good faith
throughout this case and are
attempting to do what is in
the best interest of the credi-
tor and that's to liquidate
what appears at this time to
be the major asset of Debtor
to generate any meaningful
distribution to the creditors.
Drilling from page 3
ity of the Trustees imposing
higher fees or bonds upon leases
officially negotiated back to the
1940s, despite a 1976 agreement
between the parties. The question
about what fees might be retro-
active to earlier periods, which did
not have bond requirements, was
also argued.
The action of denying a drilling
permit to CP also brought the DEP
into the legal arena when CP ap-
pealed that decision of the per-
mit-granting agency. The two ar-
guments raised to the First Dis-
trict Court of Appeal was that the
DEP denial of the permit applica-
tion for 1281 was without any le-
gal basis. Secondly, CP was en-
titled to a default permit. DEP re-
plied to the arguments on Janu-
ary 16, 1996, arguing that the
DEP properly denied the applica-
tion, and coastal is not entitled to
a default permit. CP responded
with another brief two weeks later
asserting that the denial of the
#1281 application was without
legal basis. On April 26, 1996, the
First District Court of Appeals
reversed DEP's denial, and agree-
ing with CP, the court also found
that DEP had no legal basis to
deny the application for #1281.
The court decided that the impo-
sition of the $1.9 billion bond by
DEP and the Trustees impaired
CP's obligations' under the lease

Theatre SE is the professional
theatre extension of the Florida
State University School of The-
atre. Its purpose will be to pro-
duce theatre of the highest qual-
ity that explores the culture and
values of our changing world
while providing entertainment
and enlightenment to the audi-
ences in our community and the
Southeastern United States. In
addition to performing works from
the widest possible repertory,
Theatre SE will give a special em-
phasis to new works, Southeast-
ern writers and plays set in the
Theatre SE is operated by the
Florida State University School of
Theatre and is centered in Talla-
hassee, Florida. Theatre SE will
produce plays and mount staged
readings, mainly in the early sum-
mer, in the Fallen Theatre on the
Florida State University campus.
Theatre SE is dedicated to mount-
ing quality productions utilizing
professional and student actors,
designers, dramaturgs and tech-
nicians in a collaborative produc-
tion process. Theatre SE intends
to support the development of fac-
ulty, alumni and student actors,
writers, dramaturgs, designers
and technicians by providing pro-
fessional opportunities in a
non-commercial setting.
Resident Staffing
Gil Lazier, Dean of the School of
Theatre, is Producing Director,
Bill Byrnes, Associate Dean, is
Managing Director and Michael
Zelenak is Resident Dramaturg
for Theatre SE. George Judy will
be Guest Director for the first sea-
son of Theatre SE.
Inaugural Season
The inaugural season will be the
summer of 1996, with the produc-
tion Robin Swicord's The Last
Days at the Dixie Girl Cafe.
Swicord, a FSU School of Theatre
alum, is best known for her re-
cent work as the screen writer for
the celebrated film adaptation of
Little Women, starring Susan
Sarandon and Wynona Ryder.
The Last Days at the Dixie Girl
Cafe is a comedy-drama set in
Bainbridge, Georgia in the early
80s. Jeri Lee, the owner of the
Dixie Girl Cafe, is set to marry
Wayne Blossom, a local
wheeldealer salesman of fallout
shelters. Wayne Jr., who owns a
filling station next to the restau-
rant, is the philandering son of
the merchant of doom and is mar-
ried to Joy, a somewhat disillu-
sioned tomboy. Rounding out this
odd assortment of folks is Lanette,
the youngest of the Blosso fam-
ily. Lanette is off to college on a
baton-twirling scholarship.
Swicord says of the play, "These
are real people. Each one faces a
personal holocaust; each one is
saved from it or succumbs to it.
The central idea has to do with
the power of love."
Ticket & Performance
The Last Days at the Dixie Girl
Cafe will have a limited run of two
weeks in the Fallon Theatre on the
FSU campus June 7, 8, and 13,
14 and 15 at 8pm. Tickets will be
$10 for the general public, $8 for
FSU staff, State employees and
Senior Citizens and $5 for stu-
dents and children. Tickets may
be charged now by calling the Fine
Arts Ticket Office at 644-6500.
For more information about The-
atre SE please contact:
Patrica Marshall
Publicity Director
644-6488 or Fax 644-1611
Email to pmarshal@garnet.

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The Road to Olustee
Wlliam H. *':uIry

(86) New. Confederate
Florida: The Road to
Olustee by William H.
Nulty. Paperback. New.
273 pp. A book treatment
of the Battle of Olustee.
Recipient of the 1990 Mrs.
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Award of the United Daugh-
ters of the Confederacy.
University of Alabama
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