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The Published Every Other Friday





Franklin Chronicle


Volume 5, Number 12


Red Tide Shouldn't

Cancel Gulf Activities


Don't let red tide cancel your
weekend plans that's the mes-
sage the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) is
sending out to Big Bend residents
who are considering a inp to the
Gulf. While red tide is present in
Wakulla, Franklin and Gulf coun-
ties, residents can still fish, swim
and stroll on Florida's Gulf Coast
beaches as long as they practice
caution.Those precautionary
measures include:
For Everyone: Enjoy your day at
the coast. However, if you have
asthma, emphysema or are sus-
ceptible to upper respiratory prob-
lems, be especially cautious. Sea
spray carrying the red tide toxin
can cause upper respiratory irri-
tations. If you experience skin ir-
ritations while swimming or boat-
ing, get out of the saltwater, rinse
off with fresh water and avoid the
Gulf until red tide is gone. If on-
shore winds are brisk and the surf
is choppy, chances of experienc-
ing problems are greater.
For Anglers: "If the fish are biting
and fighting it's okay to eat them,"
said Ed Conklin, DEP Director of
Marine Resources. However, if the
fish are lethargic, circling at the
top of the water, floating or are
dead don't eat them. Practice
common sense: if you suspect
there is something wrong with the
fish you catch, don't eat them.
Ocklocknee Bay, Apalachicola
Bay and St. Joe Bay remain
closed to shellfish harvesting be-
cause of high red tide counts.
Only oysters, clams and coquinas
can not be harvested from these
areas. Other shellfish and fish can
be harvested and consumed.
DEP marine scientists report an
overall decrease in the numbers
of dead fish washing ashore in
northwest Florida, and Florida
anglers report successful fishing
excursions in the St. Marks,
Carrabelle and Carrabelle River
areas.
"We've confirmed that anglers out
of St. Marks and Carrabelle have
made excellent catches of grou-
*per, Spanish and king mackerel,"
said Frank Stephenson, spokes-
man for the Big Bend Saltwater
Classic. "We're confident that red
tide shouldn't pose a serious
problem for anglers if they follow
the precautionary measures and
practice common sense."

Facts About

Florida Red

Tide

Biological Background
Red tide Is a natural phenomenon
resulting from dense concentra-
tions of flagellates, which are mi-
croscopic, plant-like organisms.
In dense concentrations, called
blooms, the organisms can cause
the water to appear
reddish-brown, and the toxins
they produce can kill fish and
other marine life. Red tides of vari-
ous types occur worldwide.
Continued on page 7


City Issues

Moratorium

on New

Apartments

The Apalachicola City Commis-
sion unanimously agreed on June
4 to issue a moratorium on all new
downtown apartments.
Concerned with the congested
state of downtown parking, Mayor
Bobby Howell described the
present parking situation as "de-
plorable." He complained of the
recent flurry of apartment com-
plexes established in the down-
town area. "You've got the
Mirabella apartment complex.
You've got the old Grady building
apartment complex. You've got the
old bandstand out there... John
'Lee apartifi iet complex.' You've
got the old Owl Cafe apartment
complex. We're talking about in
the last year and a half. And
there's no telling how many apart-
ments are gonna be in the old
Grady complex," said Howell.
Apalachicola Planning and Zon-
ing board member Wesley
Chesnut told city commissioners
that visitors to the downtown area
were having an increasingly
harder time finding parking
spaces. He further stated that, if
downtown merchants stopped
parking in front of their busi-
nesses, there would be more park-
ing available to visitors. "The buck
stop with you (Apalachicola City
Commission)," said Chesnut. He
continued, "We're looking down
the line at an avalanche of tour-
ists and those 23 (parking) spaces
aren't gonna do it." He urged
board members to consider future
funding to provide increased
parking to the downtown area. "If
it costs bucks, I hope that some-
one bites the bullet to pay for it."
Mr. Chesnut also requested that
city commissioners carefully re-
view all decisions made by the
Apalachicola Planning and Zon-
ing board. "The planning and zon-
ing board is made up of laymen
and laywomen who are capable of
gross mistakes and miscalcula-
tions," said Chesnut. He urged,
"We when do obviously stupid
things, please stop us." Chesnut
concluded, "We are laymen trying
to do some sophisticated stuff. We
don't know what we're doing all
the time."
Mayor Howell responded, "We
don't either."
In other board business:
*The board appointed Alan Pierce
and Ina Margaret Meyer to the
Apalachicola Municipal Library
Board. Mr. Pierce and Ms. Meyer
will replace Clark Holmes and
Margaret Key on the board.
*The board unanimously voted to
charge a $25 fee to non-profit
groups who use the Apalachicola
Community Center.


Morris Palmer


Barbara Sanders


Phil Carmichael

Bevis vs

CPAA-

Round ???

A Report and Commentary
By Rene Topping
Ever-since Tommie Bevis signed
a contract with the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority (CPAA) in
1991 to lease the old Whiteside
Building on Timber Island, he and
some of the members of the Car-
rabelle Port and Airport Author-
ity have seemingly been at one
another's throats. So it should not
have been a surprise to anyone
that Bevis was a prominent issue
on the agenda of the meeting held
Thursday, June 13. The big sur-
prise was when Chairman Don
Wood relinquished the chair and
made a motion to "terminate Bevis
and Associates' sublease and give
them 45 days to vacate the pre-
mises."


Although, in the end, the motion
was withdrawn after board attor-
ney Ben Watkins, who serves
c without fee, advised the CPAA
that the ongoing litigation would
probably provide the answers. He
added that, if the motion were
passed, it would surely lead to
more litigation. It seemed that the
i ~board was almost equally divided
City Commissioner Jack Frye requests board approval to dedi- between those who wanted to
cate the book, "Florida Indians and the Invasion from Europe," soften the approach to the prob-
to the memory of Margaret Key. Mr. Frye said that the book was lems and the others wanting to
one of Ms. Key's favorites. The board unanimously agreed to dedi-
cate the book. Each commissioner signed the dedicated book,
which was returned to the Apalachicola Municipal Library. Continued on page 8


Action on

Venders

Ordinance

To Be

Continued

Local venders received a brief pe-
riod of reprieve from the Franklin
County Commission on June 4 as
commissioners agreed at a pub-
lic hearing to take more time to
review an ordinance that would
prohibit vending on county prop-
erty.
In a meeting in which business
owners far outnumbered venders,
a group of mostly St. George Is-
land business owners voiced a
host of concerns as unequal com-
petition conditions and county li-
ability for vending operations on
county property. Venders coun-
tered by, pointing out that St.
George Island business owners
also used county property for
commercial use.
St. George Island business owner
Morris Palmer said that he was
speaking on behalf of 40 .St..-
George Island and Eastpoint busi-
ness owners. Palmer said that
venders were a liability to the
county, because they operated on
county property. He said that, if
a vender were injured while work-
ing on county property, the
county would vulnerable in a li-
ability suit. "By the county as-
suming that," said Palmer, "it
transfers to each one of us as in-
dividuals. Therefore, we as indi-
viduals assume the liability of
those businesses being operated
on public property."
Palmer pointed out that the board
of commissioners had expressed
concern at their June 4 over the
Liability of a donated playground
Being placed on public property.
"We can't see how, if the liability
of a public playground is not ac-
ceptable to the county, the county
can accept the liability of a pri-
vate individual while operating his
business." He also complained
that the county allowed venders
to set their businesses on "prime
pieces of real estate" without

Attorney Barbara Sanders, who
spoke on behalf of the Eastpoint
& St. George Island business own-
ers, stated that venders operated
commercial businesses on prop-
erty designated for parking. She
said that the county could lose
property located on the county
park and on units 1-3 along Fran-
klin Boulevard and Gulf Beach
Drive if such commercial opera-
tions continued.
Ms. Sanders said that John
Stocks had previously made claim
to the said property. Because of a
reverter clause, Sanders indicated
that the property in question
could be turned over to Mr. Stocks
if venders were allowed to con-
tinue their commercial activities.
"It is of major concern to every-
one on the Island and all over the
county that we do not want the
county to lose that property," said
Sanders. "We do not want it re-
verting back to John Stocks or
one of his entities."
County Attorney Al Shuler took
issue with part of Ms. Sanders'
presentation. He did not believe
that all of the land that Ms. Sand-
ers had mentioned would revert
back to Mr. Stocks due to the
commercial use. Shuler felt that
a small "square" area south of
Private Drive could invoke the
reverter clause if commercial use
continued. However, he said that
much of the property in question
was owned by the county by vir-
tue of a deed. Shuler felt that it
was safe for the county to allow
venders to use the parking area.
Local Vender Phil Carmichael said
that St. George Island business
owners were as guilty as venders
of using county property for com-
mercial use. "What is fair is fair,"
said Carmichael. "If they would
Continued on page 3


14-28 June, 1996


Percy Mock,

69-year Resident of

Franklin, Dies


Budget Soars

over $600,000

A Report and Commentary
By Tom W. Hoffer

In a workshop at the Plantation
on Saturday morning, June 8,
1996, the Board of Directors of the
Plantation Owners' Association
(POA) surveyed a draft budget pre-
sented by member Richard
Plessinger totaling $698,452.28
plus. This has since been revised
to a draft figure of $644,251.
In the June 8 draft budget, two
items of extended discussion oc-
cupied the Board during their
three hour workshop meeting.
These were the proposed $80,000
set aside for legal matters under
"Administrative Expenses" and
the "infrastructure Improve-
ments" totaling $112,000. The le-
gal expenses are $50,000 more
than those budgeted in 1996.
In a later meeting held at the
Clubhouse that afternoon, Presi-
dent Bill Hartley outlined the vari-
ous legal matters confronting the
Association including the costs in
seeking a declaratory judgment in
the case of the so-called "Ben
Johnson agreement," a contract
between the Association and de-
veloper Ben Johnson which has
been the subject of continuing
discussion almost since the be-
ginning of the negotiations, follow-
ing the 1992 Homeowners' annual
meeting. In more recent times,
various legal matters involving
Casa del Mahr confronted the
POA including the invitation for
that subdivision to join the POA,
the resolution of dues from Casa
del Mahr and a recent acquisition
of a portion of Leisure Lane. A law-
suit begun by Wayne Gleasman,
former POA general manager, is
still pending. Gleasman is suing
the POA for breach of contract;
the POA asserts there was no con-
tract. Some minor legal items
were still pending.
Continued on page 3


Twice-elected to the Franklin
County Board of Commissioners,
Percy Mock of Carrabelle, died at
home on June 11, 1996. He was
69. Although he had cancer, Mr.
Mock had expressed an interest
in running again for the County
Commission until his cancer in-
tensified.
He was a lifelong resident of Car-
rabelle. During World War II, Mr.
Mock served in the U. S. Navy
onboard the USS Amicus, a re-
pair ship.
During an interview with the
Chronicle on July 28, 1992, Mr.
Mock talked about those early
days in Carrabelle.
"Back before the war came in,
they mostly fished. They probably
had 8 or 9 seine fishermen...20 -
25 netters, and 12 or 15 deep sea
boats...We had a lot of people
come in and [go] on the snapper
boats and fished out of Carrabelle.
That's about the only way you
could make a living..."
In 1992, Percy ended his second
term as County Commissioner.
He recalled his early experiences
in the political arena.
"When I was about 21 years.old, I
(ran) for City Commissioner. And,
I thought I wanted to be a City
Commissioner. I didn't know any-
thing about it,but I wanted to be
one. So, I lost. And, I (ran) against
two good fellas...As the years went
by, I fished for a living. Found out
I couldn't make a living. (Then) I
oystered. I said, 'Man, you've got
to get out of this .and make your
family a living.' I hitchhiked to
Tallahassee and got a state job (in
1951)...I worked 33 years with
them. I was an inspector...on
roads and bridges..."
When asked about the most
pleasant part of his job as County
Commissioner, he said:
"Helping people in any walk of
life...I believe in helping people..."
He added,
"I've enjoyed my work with the
County...I want to thank the
Continued on page 8


Retirees Honored by School District


From left to right, Superintendent C.T. Ponder, retiree Vilma
Baragona, Chairperson Will Kendrick and retiree Twila Price.


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Franklin Briefs
Notes from the June 4 Franklin
County Commission meeting
eAt the request of Superintendent
of Public Works Prentice Crum,
the board unanimously agreed to
declare an emergency and pur-
chase a used Cat Roller from C.W.
Roberts for $10,000.
*The board agreed to adopt a
county road inventory, which was
presented by County Engineer
Joe Hamilton. Board members
agreed that they would not accept
or drop a road from the inventory
list without board approval to do
so.
*The board directed County Attor-
ney Al Shuler to review a possible
land exchange between Owen
Golden and Clay Smallwood of the
St. Joe Land Development Corpo-
ration. County Planner Alan
Pierce informed board members
that Mr. Golden owned 50 acres
of land in Bay County. He said
that Mr. Smallwood had given ver-
bal assurance that, if the board
purchased Golden's land, he
would trade 45 acres of land in
Eastpoint for the 50 acres as well
as 45 acres on Bald Point. Pierce
said that the Eastpoint land could
be used for the county's new spray
fields to serve the proposed prison
site. He urged board members to
refrain from purchasing Golden's
land until Smallwood provided
written assurance to purchase the
50 acres from the county.
*The board directed Attorney
Shuler to review the possibility of
abandoning part of a right-of-way
on Bluff Road. County Planner
Alan Pierce said that the county
only maintained 60 of the 200 feet
of right-of-way. He said that the
right-of-way was given to the
county by the State of Florida in
1978.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that he
had ordered a sign machine from
U.S. Highway Products. He said
that he also ordered enough ma-
terials to make 75 signs. Pierce
told board members that the sign
machine would be used at the
landfill and would also be used to
make and sell house numbers to
residents throughout the county.
He noted that the machine and
materials cost $2,444. Pierce told
board members that the county
would save $14 per sign with the
acquisition of the new machine.
*The board approved a revised
Conceptual Approval Agreement
for the Porter's Bar Creek project.
County Planner Alan Pierce noted
that, since enough bonds were
sold, the.Florida Communities
Trust could move forward with the
project. He said that the revised
agreement removed the contin-
gency of having the project
stopped if bonds were not sold.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
Eastpoint Water & Sewer District
had received approval from the
Department of Corrections to be-
gin the permit for plant construc-
tion of a sewer plant for the pro-
posed prison.
eCounty Planner Alan Pierce pre-
sented board members with a let-
ter from Senator Pat Thomas. In
the letter, Thomas listed several
accomplishments of the Legisla-
tive session. Some of those ac-
complishments included chang-
ing the definition for a small
county to 75,000 persons from
50,000. "I guess we're gonna be a
small county for the rest of y'alls
lives," said Pierce. Other accom-
plishments included providing a
share of money to those counties
with enhanced 911. Franklin
County's share will be $4,320.
Rural Hospital Assistant Grants,
finally, were funded. Pierce noted,
however, that the letter from Tho-
mas did not indicate the exact
nature of the grants.


*County Planner Alan Pierce an-
nounced that the county had re-
ceived partial payment ($30,000)
for the C.C. Land Road. He noted
that the county had received their
federal share, but had yet to re-
ceive their state share.
*The board directed Attorney Al
Shuler to review whether the
county would incur liability for
injuries occurring on a play-
ground on county property.
County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that Ms.
Judy Blackburn had offered to
purchase playground material
and place the materials on the
county park on St. George Island.
*The board agreed to hold a work-
shop on July 2 at 1:30 to review
Ben Johnson's Development Or-'
der. The board also agreed to hold
an adoption hearing for Jim
Sullivan on August 6 at 5 pm.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed board members
that Cherry Rankin had begun
offering nutrition education
courses in connection with the
Extended Food and Nutrition
Education Program.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan stated that, according to
Fernando Leyva, the National
Marine Fisheries Service expected
to have final approval on the Boat
and Gear Compensation Program.
The program, said Mahan, would
allow those commercial fishermen
and charter boat operators who
lost or suffered boat and/or gear
damage due to hurricanes to sign
up for the program. He said that
the expected sign-up period would
be from June 15-August 15.
*The board appointed Greg
Yancey to the Lanark Village Wa-
ter and Sewer Commission.
Yancey will replace former Com-
missioner Phil Shiver.
*The board appointed Frank
Lathen to the Gulf Coast Work
Force Development Board. Lathen
will replace Chuck Marks.
*The board unanimously agreed
to amend ordinance 87-2 The
Municipal Service Benefit Unit
Ordinance. The amended ordi-
nance will allow rescue units to
receive Fire Protection and Res-
cue Unit funding in unincorpo-
rated areas throughout Franklin
County.

Love Center
Church Seeks
$ and Musical
Instruments
Plans have been completed by the
Love Center Church for the
creation of a local community
youth marching band. The band
is under the direction of Mrs.
Temolynne Wintons. The project
is designed to provide the youth
of the Franklin County
community with a wholesome
activity.
The Love Church is soliciting the
donation of musical instruments
and cash for the purchase of
musical instruments. All
donations may be sent to: The
Love Center Holiness Church
Community Youth Bank, Post
Office Box 237, Apalachicola, FL
32329-0237. The Church is a 501
(c) (3) Corporation chartered in
Florida. For additional
information, please call the
Church at 653-2203, Temolynne
Wintons at 653-8242 or Robert
Davis at 653-8073.


Carrabelle

City

By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City Commissioners,
meeting for a regular session on
June 3, finally agreed to resume
public meeting on the proposed
change in the City's Ri (single
family) zoning code to include cot-
tage industry. This change would
allow businesses such as attor-
ney, hairdresser, accountant etc.
The commissioners had passed
the proposal earlier in the meet-
ing. Several people in the audi-
ence spoke out against the pro-
posal. Although the commission-
ers did not vote to rescind their
earlier motion, they did agree to
give the public a chance to come
out at the July regular meeting
'and speak for or against the pro-
posal.
Freda White spoke against the
move saying that there is little
enough exclusive residential zon-
ing in the city and it would result
in people planning to build a
home in the city going into the
county. Also appearing against
the move was Ruby Litton who
owns Carrabelle Realty. She said
that she, too, felt it would' hinder
people from building within the
city limits. She said that there are
several really good subdivisions
now being opened in city limits
such as Bayou Harbor, River For-
est on River Road and the latest,
River Bluffs which would all be
affected. She was concerned that
the move made by the city might
do real harm to what is now an
increasing tax base.
Questions were also asked by sev-
eral members of the audience who
said they were at the last meeting
and that there was no first read-
ing of the proposed change.
Michael Allen of WOYS Radio Sta-.
tion said that his recollection of.
the May meeting was that the at-
torney, Bill Webster, had told
commissioners that he could draft
up an ordinance for consideration
by the commission. Allen said that
he did not consider that there,
could be a reading of the yet un-
formed document, so therefore in
his opinion the action should not
have been taken at the June
meeting. Webster was not present
for opinion at the meeting.
A request was presented at the
meeting by Jim Phillips on behalf'
of Nita Molsbee. He said Ms..
Molsbee was inquiring into the'
possibility of the city being able
to serve a motel and restaurant
of the type of Day's Inn or Holi-
day Inn to be built on a piece of
ground almost adjacent to the'.
Stingray R.V. Park. Phillips said
that Ms. Molsbee was asking if the'
unused small sewer plant located
off Airport Road, on the west side
of Carrabelle could be utilized.
She also was said to be ready-to
pay for the extension of pipe
which would cost about $8.00 per
foot for a total of approximately
S40,000. The matter was referred
to the Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority Meeting to be held on
June 13 at 10 a.m.
Oscar and Cheryl Sanders came
to the meeting to discuss their
concerns with all sorts of garbage
left at the Evergreen Cemetery.
Cheryl Sanders said, "We feel this
should be a place of rest-not a
place to dump garbage." Commis-
sioner Buz Putnal also spoke of
the city cemetery being vandalized


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by young people in a truck per-
forming "wheelies." The commis-
sioners promised to look into the
problem.
Carrabelle City Fire Chief Bonnie
Kerr told commissioners that the
members of the Carrabelle Volun-
teer Fire Department had decided
that a fully equipped 4 wheel drive
truck would be their best bet and
asked permission to advertise for
bids. The commissioners agreed
to her request.
The commissioners unanimously
approved the site plan for a Medi-
cal Clinic/Subway Restaurant to
be built on U.S. 98 just west of
the intersection of C67 and U.S.
98. When asked if this was to be
the new home of Carrabelle Clinic
the commission was told that it
was another group altogether but
the representative could only an-
swer questions on the building
and the building site as that was
her area of expertise.
The commissioners decided to try
re-advertising forjanitorial service
for city hall.
The roof on the Library again
came up for discussion and this
time, Anne Lindsey said that the
library had been receiving dona-
tions toward a new roof. She
stated that Rose Noga, who has
been a longtime supporter of lo-
cal causes, and who lives in
Lanark Village, had mailed in a
donation of $50.00. Betty and
Alan Roberts had also sent in a
$50.00 donation. Ms. Lindsey
then declared, "I am ready to put
my money where my mouth is. My
husband and I have decided that
we also will donate this $50.00."
Her donation brought another
spontaneous donation of $50.00
from Don Wood. The commission
tabled the matter until they re-
ceive the estimate to repair or re-
place comes in from Johnny
Watts. It was also stated that
Enough donations had come in to
place plywood over the windows
of the Community Center. Putnal
said that he would try to get in-
mate help and also some people
who had volunteered to paint the
boards.
'Commissioners approved pave-
ment to Baskerville and Donovan
of $1,980.00 on a bill that was not
payable from the grant. Commis-
sioners also held a workshop on
the 1996/7 budget. Charles Lee
Daniels, City Clerk reported that
he and Mary, Lou Mathes were still
working on the budget. A special
meeting will be held next month,
(date to be announced.)
Dan Ausley, developer of River
Bluffs, told commissioners that he
will get the water lines in for his
" subdivision. There were questions
as to who would accept the ulti-
mate responsibility for the lines.
Phillips said "If we accept the line,
we (the city) will accept responsi-
bility for it ". ... '.- .:: ;
SThe next regular city meeting will
be held on July 1.


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sified in the same category as Enginee
rooming houses. "That includes
everything that's not a motel or a *The bol
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voiced concern that the Bed and Point M
Breakfast facilities may turn into zoned C-
"cheap flop houses." He also said each RV
that the facilities may turn into 10 conc
40 room facilities that were for- grill and
matted on the level of motel and H.B. Stiv
hotel complexes. Chairperson of Apod;
Gayle Dodd described the blan- that the
ket approval for all Bed and site foray
Breakfast facilities as a "death do
your part" decision.
Curenton suggested that the
board approve all Bed & Break-
fast facilities as special excep- ,'
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and determine specific guidelines '
for each facility. "You would have .:
more input into the specific indi-
vidual requests that are permit-
ted," said Curenton.
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Breakfast facilities in the
ng district. The R-4 dis-
ts Bed & Breakfast facili-
six bedrooms and bath-
hey must, furthermore,
sed with the Division of
nd Hotels. The facilities
:et parking requirements.
on, a Bed & Breakfast can
ve food to those individu-
ng a room at the facility.
board business:
ard unanimously agreed
a request from Ricky and
ay Hathcock to establish
s Station on the corner of
street and Highway 98 in
it. The proposed business
located across from the
ore on .94 acres of land.
ard unanimously agreed
a request from Langwood
es to install a conveyer
for limerock dn south
Street at the "Old Flower
Carrabelle. The conveyer
will be used to load
Son barges. The request
.ngwood Industries will
luire approval from the
nent of Environmental
on and the Army Corps of
rs.
ard voted 3-2 (Gayle Dodd
in Murphy voting nay) to
avid Apodaca construct a
e RV park at the Alligator
:arina. The RV site was
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Space would have an 8 x
rete pad, a picnic table,
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The Franklin Chronicle 14 June 1996 Page 3


Editorial and Commentary


America's Most Wanted-

Audiences or Social Good?

Six years ago, Bob & Edda Allen underwent a heart-pounding experi-
ence as they participated in an FBI seizure of a kidnapping suspect
right in their backyard. In late April 1990, Kenneth Cole bicycled up
to the Sportsman Lodge in Eastpoint with a small child on his back.
Cole, age 24, claimed that he was "Steve Stevenson" and that his wife
had just left him in Panama City. He said that his wife had left him to
fend with his child. The child was actually Nicole Ravesi from a small
community in Massachusetts. Kenneth Cole had actually been the
girl's baby-sitter. In a series of strange events, Cole had taken the
5-year-old daughter of Frank and Debra Ravesi, and travelled across
several states to Florida. Up north, authorities had been searching
for Nicole for several weeks.
All of the fakery was told to Bob Allen in order to convince him to
provide overnight accommodations at the Sportsman's Lodge. Bob
made the accommodations and at a reduced rate. Cole then started
looking for a job locally. He was eventually hired by Diane Tucker at
the Apalachicola Oyster Company. On the eighth day, Cole told the
Allen's that he had run out of money, so they arranged free lodging in
the grounds keeper's trailer which had been recently vacated. About
the 12th day, Bob was zipping through his cable-TV channels and
landed briefly on the Channel 7 newscast at 11 p.m. He saw Nicole's
picture as a missing child, and learned of her kidnapping.


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A younger Bob Allen is shown in front of the trailer in
Eastpoint occupied by Kenneth Cole and the missing
Nicole Ravesi. This clip was published in The Boston
Herald on May 11, 1990, p.7.

The report had been fashioned from a longer piece, which was put
together by a new TV show over the Fox network called "America's
Most Wanted." The person who tipped offWJHG about the girl's dis-
appearance was an agent for the program. The series had already
devoted three segments to the case. The "advocacy" thrust in the
program was to simply alert the public to the plight of missing chil-
dren and their frantic parents across the nation. Bob happened to be
flipping through the TV channels, pausing briefly to listen and watch
the story of the missing Massachusetts child. He immediately called
Sheriff Roddenberry. Diane Tucker also saw the TV report and con-
tacted the sheriff, who, armed with two confirming reports, arrived at
the Sportsman's Lodge the next morning with FBI personnel and lo-
cal deputies. Bob had been checking on things at the trailer to make
sure that the kidnapper had not escaped before the authorities ar-
rived. Kenneth Cole was taken into custody, and was eventually sen-
tenced to five years probation. Nicole was reunited with her parents,
but '"America's Most Wanted" celebrated the discovery and arrest with
a flourish, claiming their "110th arrest". The event generated a con-
siderable amount of print and electronic coverage across the United
States.
So, in late May, 1996, the Allen's were invited to Washington, D. C. to
help the program's producers celebrate their most famous cases. For
nearly a week, Bob and Edda were wined and dined. They even made
special appearances on the anniversary program. Then, just after the
anniversary episode, the Fox network unceremoniously announced
that "America's Most Wanted" would be canceled in the new season.
Broadcasting magazine, a trade journal, put it mildly "Twentieth has
opted not to renew the strip..." The piece added, "...although it may
be.revived in the future."
How can they eliminate a TV program that has the potential of so
much social good? "America's Most Wanted," and other reality pro-
grams of this type has replaced Most Wanted posters in the Post Of-
fice, and more effectively. Many testimonials from government-run
law enforcement agencies attest to that fact. In considering these
decisions, we must turn to the medium itself. Television in our politi-
cal, social and economic culture uses programs to generate audi-
ences to be served up to advertisers. The advertisers are an impor-
tant part of the audience for American television because advertisers
finance the medium. They want certain types of audiences at certain
times of the day to view their messages, and hopefully act on those

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messages. If a program falls short in generating particular kinds of
audiences, the program's life ina given network or local schedule be-
comes short. Authors Lawrence W. Lichty and James G. Webster
describe the "situation" in their excellent book entitled RATINGS
ANALYSIS: THEORYAND PRACTICE:
Audience ratings are a fact of life for virtually everyone con-
nected with the electronic media. They are the tools used by
advertisers and broadcasters to buy and sell audiences. They
are the report cards that lead programmers to cancel some
shows and to clone others. Ratings are also road maps to our
patterns of media consumption and as such, might be of in-
terest to anyone from a Wall Street banker to a social scien-
tist. They are the object of considerable fear and loathing,
and they are certainly the subject of much confusion...
Avalanches of audience mail demanding a review of the programming
decision to cancel "America's Most Wanted" may have some impact,
but that is doubtful. What is adding to the sad outcome of this par-
ticular program is the fact that the social involvement of hundreds of
TV watchers, some of whom became participants, as did Bob and
Edda Allen of Eastpoint, is now gone. Very few TV programs can claim
such involvement in the lives of their audiences, and this outcome
stands in ironic contrast to many of the predictions for television
when it was a young medium.
Tom Hoffer
Publisher


Lanark President Responds
First of all, I am not sure my letter should be in the category of a
rebuttal. But as President of the Lanark Village Association, which
has approximately 3000 members, I feel I should answer a letter to
the editor from Kathryn Kemp printed in the Apalachicola times on
May 31.
The opinion of Ms. Kemp should not necessarily be taken as the view
of the Board or the members of the Lanark Village Association. Ms.
Kemp has a right to her opinions on the matters about which she
wrote. Living in this great country, we all have the right of free speech.
The opinions I am about to express are mine alone.
The manufactured home in question was put in place complete with
a ramp and a set of steps and skirting to hide the underside. This was
done after months of study by Lanark Village Water & Sewer District
board meetings, which are open to the public.
I must say that for a three-year-old manufactured home it looks great.
The inside has been kept up well and its rooms are being used for
offices for the L. V. W. & S. D. It also has what many villagers would
love to have a bath with a garden tub. Plans are being made for
landscaping and maybe a circular drive to make access easier. Please
note that all the above pertains to the L. V. W. & S. D. office and was
done with the approval of the Franklin County Planning and Zoning
Board.
One final thing. Just 100 feet north of the manufactured home sets a
storage building belonging to the L. V. W. & S. D. This building has
been there for many years, and it really is an eyesore. I have never
heard a complaint about the appearance of this metal building, so
why now?
As Maggie Weber said in her statement in the Carrabelle Times, let's
all work for a better Lanark Village and stop the petty bickering. Let's
give the L. V. W. & S. D. a chance to right all wrongs, and let's support
their efforts to do the job they were elected to do for us, the people
who must live here in Lanark Village.
Respectfully Yours,
Ralph Dietz,
President of Lanark Village Association


Homeowner
The draft budget is reproduced
below without the various shares
of responsibility by the POA or the
Bob Sikes Association. The im-
pact of paying off the judgment
against the POA obtained by Bob
Herren in recent litigation "put the
Association in the hole" for the
remainder of 1996, according to
a statement made by Treasurer
Richard Plessinger. That judg-
ment was paid to avoid interest
charges but it depleted the gen-
eral fund by $140,000. A portion
of that money was slated to pay
for repairing Leisure Lane.'
In an interview with Wayne
Gleasman after this meeting, he
said that the judgment money due
Herren was specifically encum-
bered before the payment was
due. Plessinger did not present
any specific figures showing the
alleged POA "hole" debt, but dur-
ing the last two years of assess-
ments to home and lot owners,
some publicity was given to the
need for repairing the roads. The
amount of money remaining in
the 1996 budget for road repair
was unknown. The 1996 budget
was not presented to the members
attending the workshop.
The June 8 budget has
since been revised but
The Chronicle's deadline
precluded including all of
the changes. As of Friday,
June 14, The Chronicle
awaited receipt of the re-
visions from the POA.
There apparently has been some
problem in audit-continuity as the
POA recently hired an "operations
manager" and a new secretary-
assistant. Jeff Richardson joined
the Association in December, with
Mary Baird as his assistant.


From page 1
Richardson told the Cihronicie they
are learning the administrative-
bookkeeping program as rapidly
as they can. President Hartley, in
the afternoon session, lamented
the lack of monthly reports on
POA finances since the departure
of Gleasman and his assistant,
Susan Gunn. Both have taken
jobs with Resort Realty.

1997 Proposed
Plantation Budget
(June 14, 1996)
Income 704,360.64

Security 204,267.40

Roads 58,982.00

Airport 19,438.00

Maintenance 104,335.00

Administrative

183,162.00
Capital Improvements
125,980.00
Total Expenses
696,164.40
Less airport income
1,000.00

Total Net Expenses
695,164.04

A few at the lightly attended work-
shop pointed out that this was the
second year dues had been raised
on the membership, and no road


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not let you (business owners) use nate a portion of the county's
county right-of-way for parking, property on St. George Island for
they could close your doors to- vending operations; he also sug-
morrow." He said that such busi- gested that the county charge
nesses created equal liability to venders a fee for the use of such
the county as did venders, property. The board then agreed
to continue their discussion on
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis the vending ordinance at their
suggested that the board desig- next regular meeting.


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repairs had been started yet. As-
sessments against home and lot
owners have been increased again
to continue maintaining the "in-
frastructure" fund for use on road
repairs. For unknown reasons,
the proposed expenditures for the
Firehouse and an entry fence (to-
taling $46,980) were not included
in the total for capital improve-
ments. A close reading of the to-
tals in this category indicates that


omy me infrastructure improve-
ment costs were totaled in the fig-
ure $112,000. Thus the draft bud-
get was now $46,980 short, and
some discussion about cutting
out the entry fence was conducted
about half-way through the meet-
ing.
Thus, for home and lot owners
in the POA, assessments will
continue to rise. In this draft,
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Increased Assessments with

some Stiff Penalties

The Board of Directors at the St. George Homeowners' Association is
off and running again. This time, a "dream budget" made up of ideal-
ized financing from various departments was submitted for Board
review last Saturday, June 8, 1996 and it hit a record high. Richard
Plessinger, Treasurer, had the misfortune of presenting the soaring
estimates, exceeding $700,000, with proposed homeowner and lot
owner assessments of $1145 and $520 respectively.
Keep in mind, some of this money is to improve the roads as a part of
the Wayne Gleasman-drafted comprehensive plan. For the last two
years, homeowners have been assessed above-average dues to buildup
the nest egg to repair the roads, but no repairs have been done. There
had been an unexpected judgment placed against the Homeowners'
Association in 1996, the Bob Herren lawsuit, which cost the Associa-
tion $140,000. That has been paid in order to avoid costly interest
charges. Meanwhile, the Board has moved ahead to begin another
lawsuit, this one seeking a declaratory judgment on the so-called
"Ben Johnson" agreement. But, that is covered in the budgeted
$80,000 set aside for "legal matters." Remember, these legal costs are
now $50,000 more than the previous year's budget.
Feeling the pressure about money going out, the Board is anxious to
collect dues from everyone, including those who have paid their dues
in incremental steps, not all at once Normally, dues are payable
January 1st of each year and overdue by the 31st of January. Then
the interest clicks in and continues until the dues are paid in full. Mr.
Plessinger made the motion that if the incremental payers fall behind
in their payments after January 1st, a lien should be slapped on their
property. This motion contravenes the Covenants and would prob-
ably not stand legal scrutiny, since the Membership of the Associa-
tion must vote on changes to the covenants. All on the Board voted
for this dubious measure because it is only good public relations for
a Board who is "member friendly", to recall Pam Amato's political
credo during the last Board election. Pam was there, and she joined
the rest in voting for this motion.
With due respect to the hard-working Board members, I think the
whole thing stinks, including the high budget, though this is a draft
budget. President Hartley called for a monthly report so he could
monitor income and expenditures but none for the past few months
has been presented to the members attending these monthly meet-
ings. Why? I think most Board members do not understand the bud-
geting process nor do they have any facility with the computer pro-
gram that creates these reports. If they now insist on running every-
thing from their high perch, they need a cram course to preserve
their credibility about what is going on with Plantation finances. The
series of questions by some at the last Board meeting clearly reflects
a lack of knowledge of financial affairs.
Step One would begin with President Hartley's request: Generate a
monthly report so we all going and for what. I hope that the entire
burden does not fall on the new assistant to Mr. Richardson, "Opera-
tions Manager." She is the lovely Mary Baird who brings bank experi-
ence to the position. Perhaps Tommy Day might be persuaded to con-
duct some sessions for the Board in auditing fundamentals. He gave
a good preview at the last meeting.
Tom W. Hoffer
Member and Publisher









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Published every other Friday


Confusion Over

Capital Improvement

Funds


Franklin County School Board
member Willie Speed attempted to
designate $34,000 from the
district's Capital Improvement
Fund for repairs and improve-
ments to the Apalachicola High
School field house at the regular
June 6 meeting; however, Mr.
Speed's attempt to provide field
house funding met district resis-
tance as Finance Officer John
Rieman questioned the fund's sol-
vency and Superintendent C.T.
Ponder was unable to confirm the
whereabouts of the district's 80
thousand dollar fund nor the na-
ture in which it had been spent.
Mr. Speed had received board
approval on May 9 to have archi-
tectural plans drawn up for the
completion of the Carrabelle High
School's field house. Following the
May 9 meeting, Speed stated that
he reviewed the conditions of the
field house at Apalachicola High
School (AHS). "I was appalled at
the condition of the Apalachicola
(High School) field house," said
Speed. He then presented board
members with a list of requests
from AHS Athletic Director Bobby
Glass for improvements and re-
pairs to the AHS field house. The
requests included: Having the
entire inside of the field house
painted, having tile placed in the
ceiling, having carpet placed in
the weight room and junior var-
sity dressing room, receiving more
weight equipment, repairing the
conference room and an office at
the end of the facility.
Fellow board member Jimmy
Gander questioned Superinten-
dent Ponder on the amount of
money expended from the Capi-
tal Improvement Fund. He noted
that each high school was sup-
posed to receive $40,000. "All I've
seen out of that $80,000 is some
block walls at Carrabelle and
that's been done by volunteer la-
bor," said Gander. He continued,
"My question is, if the $80,000 is
gone, where did it go?"
Superintendent Ponder said that
he wasn't sure if the $80,000
from Capital Improvement Fund-
ing had been expended. He stated
that $62,000 had been expended
to repair the roof on the AHS field
house. Gander responded, "That
was not included in this
original...you can't count that."
Ponder continued to explain that
interior repair of the AHS field
house had been held up until the
roof was repaired. "That's the best
answer I can give," said Ponder.
Gander complained that little
work had been done on either field
house. '"This many years ago, the
board authorized the money and
authorized the work to be done,"
said Gander. He concluded, "And
here we are now and the work
hasn't been done." Ponder de-
fended, "It's been a project that's
been very difficult. And I'm not
gonna talk about it anymore.
We've done the best we could with
what we have."
After a motion by Mr. Speed and
a second by Mr. Gander to desig-
nate $34,000 to the AHS field
house, Chairperson Will Kendrick
asked for discussion on the mo-
tion. Finance Officer John Rieman
said that he had to. "pour some
cold water" on Mr. Speed's motion.
He asserted, "These funds are
about bankrupt. There's no more
money."
Mr. Speed complained that, when
he met with Rieman earlier that
day, he had been assured that the
district had adequate resources to
provide the AHS field house with
the discussed improvement fund-
ing. "You took 34 thousand
dolars... somebody did...from Ap-
alachicola High School. Either the
Chairman, either the finance of-
ficer moved it...somebody moved
that $34,000." Speed complained
that the finance officer had
"thrown dampness" on his mo-
tion. Rieman replied, "That's my
job."
Rieman told board members that
he would provide each of them
with as much information from
the finance office as possible. He
also urged the board to refrain
from engaging in projects at the
end of a fiscal year.
The board then agreed to table the
motion.
In other board business:
'The board approved a contract
with Leon County for Special Edu-
cation (ESE) students.
*The board approved a ESE
Federal Entitlement Grant for
1996-7.
*The board approved the
Prekindergarten Early Interven-
tion Program's Annual Report.
*The board approved a request
from Supervisor of Transportation
Conrad Meyer to continue a trans-
portation arrangement with
Croom's Transportation during
the summer school session and
the 1996-7 school term.


*The board approved a request
from the Franklin County Public
Library to conduct a Summer
Food Program in conjunction with
a recreation program. The library
will be allowed to use the
Chapman Elementary School
lunchroom for food preparation.
In addition, two Chapman El-
ementary School food workers will
be employed by the library for four
hours per day for the program's
duration. Meals will be picked up


at the Chapman facility and
served at the recreation site.
*The board approved the resigna-
tion of Carrabelle High School
Athletic Director Roy Abbott and
Carrabelle High School ESE in-
structor Maribeth DiFlorio.
*The board unanimously agreed
to exclude the Dairy Fresh Cor-
poration from the district's bid
process. Franklin County School
District personnel had previously
detected and documented milk
shortages from the Dairy Fresh
Corporation to the area schools
from January 22 to February 6,
1996. In a May 20 letter of corre-
spondence to Superintendent
Ponder, Supervisor of School Food
Services Fay Burton noted, "Dairy
Fresh never admitted any wrong-
doing and did not apologize or
even offer to compensate the
Franklin County School Board for
the shortages." She continued,
"Last week, the milk received at
Carrabelle High was delivered
with sour or crusty rotten milk on
the outside of the cartons and in-
ternal temperatures ranging from
46 degrees to 47.7 degrees." Bur-
ton noted that the acceptable tem-
perature for milk should not ex-
ceed 42 degrees.
*Board member Willie Speed com-
mended Superintendent C.T. Pon-
der for having the "foresight,
knowledge and wisdom" to hire
Beverly Kelley as principal for
Apalachicola High School. Speed
said that Ms. Kelley appeared to
be the first female principal in the
Franklin County School District.
"And I want to commend her for
the outstanding job she has
done," said Speed.
*Board member Katie McKnight
requested that the superinten-
dent and principal of Carrabelle
High School meet in order to ad-
dress the school's alleged faulty
public service announcement sys-
tem.
*Board member Jimmy Gander
suggested that all scholarship in-
formation be provided to all se-
niors at the beginning of each
school year. He also suggested
that students who threaten, hit
or curse teacher receive an auto-
matic ten day suspension.

Planning &

Zoning

Board

Approves

Proposed

Art School

The Apalachicola Planning & Zon-
ing Board reviewed two special
exceptions at their regular June
3 meeting. The board approved a
request from Lee McLemore to
implement an art school at the
"old convent" on Bay Avenue. The
zoning board also denied a re-
quest from Clifton Moore to cre-
ate a pawn shop &jewelry busi-
ness, which would have been lo-
cated behind Red's BP Station.
Board members George Wood and
Reverend Thomas Banks stood in
opposition to McLemore's request
to implement a for profit art
school in a residentially zoned
area. Mr. Wood stated that he did
not favor spot zoning commercial
ventures in residential neighbor-'
hoods. He stated that, even
though he lived adjacent to the
proposed art school, he would
vote against any such spot zon-
ing request. "I think everyone on
this board knows how I feel about
R-l zoning," said Wood.
Resident Paul Standish, who op-
posed the proposed art school,
stated that the project may set a
precedent for other commercial
ventures in residential areas.
Residents Elizabeth Cook, Betty
Reiner and Marie Marshall, how-
ever, voiced their support of
McLemore's request. Ms. Cook
stated that the project would be
an asset to the community. She
said that the art school would not
require excessive parking space
nor cause a large increase in traf-
fic to Bay Avenue.
Mr. McLemore said that the art
school would be complementary
to the Bay Avenue neighborhood.
"I wouldn't want to do anything
that would be a detriment to the


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Work Force

Meeting

By Rene Topping
When Chairman Ralph Rish
banged down the gavel on the
June 4 meeting of the Gulf Coast
Work Force held in Port St. Joe
he found that he was two mem-
bers short of a quorum. Being re-
sourceful, he sent out an aide and
rounded up two of the local Gulf
County members. The meeting
was then able to become a meet-
ing of record.
The three county board members
began settling down on the me-
chanics of organization. The
board approved advertising for an
executive director with a salary
range of $42 to $48,000 per year,
an accountant with a salary range
of $33 to $39,000 per year, a
monitor position with salary range
of $20 to $26,000 and a Scty/
clerk with a salary range of $14
to $20,000 per year. Robert
Swenk inquired if the proposed
salaries were within the budget
level. He said informed that the
board's budget was $182,852.78.
In a report on the mediation be-
tween the eight counties on the
assets of the old Private Industry
Council (PIC), Swenk said "I hope
we do not have to go and mediate
again and can quit being a pain
to the state."
On discussion of who would keep
the records, it was decided that
the old records could be stored
but current records of each of the
two districts should be kept sepa-
rately by each board. Interim Co-
directors Karen Stubbs and Kim
Shoemaker said that it would be
very time consuming for one of
them to have to go over to the
locker where the records were
kept if there was an audit on the
old records. The two women
pointed out that the new district
will be headquartered in
Marianna and will not have any
space in Panama City. The board
felt it fair to charge time to the
other board if either woman had
to spend time making the records
available on the old PIC. Swenk
felt that the Gulf Coast Board
should make it clear that, if the
board assume a custodial func-
tion for the records, it would not
accept responsibility and liability
for the files. "We should make a
63/37 percent cost for storage,
with us taking 37 per cent," said
Swenk. He further noted that ac-
cess would be controlled by dis-
trict 4 (The Gulf Coast Work
Force).
The next meeting will be held at
5:30 CST at the Gulf Coast Com-
munity College in Panama City on
June 18.

neighborhood," said McLemore.
He noted that the old convent
building had traditionally been
used as an educational facility. He
told planning and zoning board
members that a maximum of ten
students would attend the art
school. The classes, he said,
would be held from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
McLemore said that art instruc-
tor Neil Smith would teach for
three months at the Bay Avenue
school on a trial basis. He said
that Smith would then assess the
school's success level and make
a decision on the viability of the
program.
The planning & zoning board was
less decisive & unified in its' de-
cision on Clifton Moore's request
to implement a pawn shop and
jewelry business behind Red's BP
Station. In a 4-3 vote, the board
denied Moore's request. Board
members George Wood, Reverend
Thomas Banks, Martha Ward and
William "Pop" Wagoner voted
against the request.
Reverend Banks voiced concern
over the possibility of stolen goods
being dealt at the pawn shop. He
suggested that, if the board ap-
proved Moore's request, swift
punishment should be levied
against the pawn shop's owner if
he was caught accepting stolen
property. "If the owner ever takes
stolen property," said Banks, "I
think he should automatically go
to jail."
Several residents including Ken-
neth Sipprell & Bud Flowers
voiced opposition to Moore's re-
quest. One resident noted, "This
business is a can of worms that I
wouldn't like to see opened, so I'd
have to say, 'thumbs down,' on
this."


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Towing Issue

By Rene Topping
When is a street not a street?
Why, it's when it's an alley, of
course.
At the June 3 Carrabelle City
Commission meeting, city com-
missioners as well as residents
Tom Sexton and Mike Roboluck
all seemed to be uncertain as to
whether Clara Street was, in fact,
a street or an alley. The city map
indicated that Clara was a street.
Clara Street is a dirt road which
leads to the properties owned by
Tom Sexton and Mike Roboluck.
However, the road vs. alley ques-
tion was not the only problem fac-
ing commissioners at the June 3
meeting. For, Mr. Roboluck was
at the meeting to discuss whether
the city did the right thing when
they had his dump truck towed
away by the Shade Tree towing
company in the early hours of
May 27. Roboluck reported that,
as of June 13, the truck was still
being held by the Shade Tree Tow-
ing or the towing fee of $500.00
and the storage fee of $15.00 per
day. He claimed that the city was
responsible for the incident.
Robuluck said that, as soon as the
City took care of the bill, he would
drop a suit that he has pending
against the city. He also claimed
there was no warning sticker on
his truck warning indicating that
it would be towed away in a cer-
tain number of hours.
According to Roboluck, he went
up the hill to his property on Clara
on May 28 and was surprised to
find that his dump truck was
gone. Thinking that someone has
stolen it over the long weekend,
he said he immediately contacted
the Chief of Police Jesse Gordon
Smith. Smith told him that his
truck had been towed away un-
der an order from the city. At the
meeting, Smith said that he
checked with Police Commis-
sioner George Jackson. Jackson
allegedly said that, if the truck
was blocking the street, it should
be towed away.
Roboluck inquired as to why the
city had urgently called the tow-
ing company under the cover of
darkness. He also exchanged
heated words with neighbor Tom
Sexton. Both men were warned by
acting Mayor Buz Putnal that they
were out of order. City Clerk
Charles Lee Daniels informed the
commission that the mayor had
been served with papers on the
matter. At this point, city commis-
sioners said that they would look
into the whole affair.
The commissioners then passed
a specific resolution to prohibit all
vehicles from blocking Clara
Street. They warned that such ve-
hicles would be ticketed within a
72-hour violation period and then
towed away.
The commissioners seemed to
waffle on Roboluck's situation. At
one point, the board indicated
that they were sorry that
Robulock's truck had been towed
away. At another point, they held
the position that Roboluck's truck
was illegally parked and, there-
fore, ticketed and legally away.
The commissioners decided that
any vehicle found blocking the
way on Clara Street would hence-
forth have a warning sticker
placed on it and later be towed
away. The board instructed Sex-
ton to move his vehicles if they
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Nearly 40 students form the
WINGS Program spent the after-
noon on June 8 dabbling in clay
at the Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Library. Stu-
dents from Apalachicola, East-
point and Carrabelle jointly
sculpted and molded their indi-
vidual masterpieces under the
tutelage of local resident and pot-
tery enthusiast Cass Allen.
An elementary school instructor
by trade, Ms. Allen has taught for
several years at Brown Elemen-
tary School. However, Allen said
that she decided to take a full year
off from teaching in order to pur-
sue her interest in sculpting. Ms.
Allen has been working with clay
for over seven years.
Questioned about the interest of
young participants in pottery, Ms.
Allen explained that the children


enjoyed the "flexibility" that
sculpting offered. She said that,
if a young pottery enthusiast
made a mistake or was just dis-
satisfied with his or her work, the
young participant could manipu-
late their clay and craft a sculp-
ture that yielded self-satisfying
results.
After spending nearly two hours
with the children on June 8 as
mentor and guide, Ms. Allen gath-
ered the host of sculptings and
packed them in her vehicle to take
to her kiln. After she initially "fires
up" the pottery, Ms. Allen will re-
turn them to the children. At that
time, the kids will have an oppor-
tunity to paint their clay master-
pieces. Again, Ms. Allen will take
the pottery back to her kiln for a
final toasting. The pottery will
then be returned to the WINGS
students for "keeps."


The Summer

Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program, which will be hosted by the Fran-
klin County Public Library and sponsored by the J. Ben Watkins
Foundation, will begin on June 10. The program's 1996 theme
will be, "Rhythm and Books-Feel the Beat." The program will be
sited at the Carrabelle and Eastpoint Branch of the Franklin County
Public Library as well as the Apalachicola Community Center. The
program will conclude on August 2. The three sites will conduct
their programs at the following times:
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin County Public Library: Grades
K-3 will meet on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:00-11:30 a.m.
and grades 4-6 will meet on Thursdays & Fridays at 10:00-11:30
a.m.
Eastpoint Branch of the Franklin County Public Library: Grades
K,.3 will. meet on-Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:00-11:30 a.m..
and grades 4-6 will meet on Thursdays & Fridays at 10:00-11:30
a.m.
Apalachicola Community Center: Grades K-6 will meet on Mon-
day through Friday at 1:00-2:30 p.m.

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Teen

Health Fair

The call is out to every teenager
in Franklin County: for answers
to all the questions you ever had
about health but were afraid to
ask, the Teen Health Fair & Cel-
ebration is for you. The Teen
Health Fair & Celebration, hap-
pening on June 22, 1996, at the
Apalachicola Community Center,
will be a day packed with infor-
mation, food, live music and other
activities. This event is a unique
opportunity for teenagers and
families in Franklin County to
learn about issues that directly
affect their lives, but are rarely
discussed.
From 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.,
there will be a variety of presen-
tations for teenagers, given by
experts from around the pan-
handle. About a dozen booths will
be set up all day, offering pam-
phlets and video presentations on
all kinds of topics regarding
health and wellness. A represen-
tative of the organization sponsor-
ing the booth will be available
throughout the day to answer any
questions teenagers and others
might have about living a healthy
life.
The day begins with a session on
violence in teen dating relation-
ships, offered by a representative
from the Refuge House, a battered
women's shelter located in Talla-
hassee. At 11:00 A.M., a medical
professional presents information
about human sexuality, including
such topics as anatomy, physiol-
ogy, hygiene, birth control and
sexually transmitted diseases.
At noon, the group breaks for a
healthy lunch, which will be pro-
vided for those who attend the
events during the day. The food
will offer an example of the many
possibilities that exist for those
who want a lower-fat, more nu-
tritious diet. During the breathe


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young people will be treated to a
puppet show prepared by WINGS
teen council members, face paint-
ing, an art display of works by
WINGS kids, and a poetry read-
ing.
After the break, there will be a
panel discussion presented by
people with AIDS and those who
work with them at Bay AIDS Ser-
vices in Panama City. The last
information session of the day is
a general panel involving youth
representatives and adults from
the local community who work in
the health field. As the group
reads and answers questions that
have been placed in an anony-
mous question box throughout
the day, whoever is most quali-
fied to answer a question will
speak on the subject.
At 3:00 P.M., as the health fair
comes to a close, the celebration
begins. The Love Center in Apa-
lachicola will give a performance,
face painting continues, and the
whole event moves outside. Tra-
ditional summer carnival food of
hot dogs and hamburgers will be
available, and a live concert can
be heard from 4:00-6:00 P.M.
'Phoenix Uprising returns to Fran-
klin County to perform their
"reggae with an urban groove."
Phoenix Uprising performed for
an enthusiastic audience last
year, and they have agreed to re-
turn for this special occasion.
Their performance will be spon-
sored by the Franklin County
Public Library and the Wilderness
Coast Public Libraries.
The Teen Health Fair & Celebra-
tion is being organized by a col-
laborative effort from several in-
dividuals and agencies in Frank-
lin County and beyond. Any ques-
tions can be directed to Sarah
Dahlman, at the Apalachee Cen-
ter for Human Services, at 653-
9744, or Kris Halstrom, at the
Eastpoint Branch of the Franklin
County Public Library, at 670-
8151.


New WINGS Coordinator

Aboard in Carrabelle

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WINGS Coordinator Madeleine White (C) with Teen Aide
Kari Jenkes (L) and WINGS student Kristal Edgecomb (R).


Thirty two year old native New
Yorker Madeleine White began her
first day as WINGS Coordinator
for the Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Public Library on
May 23. Ms. White, a resident of
Eastpoint, recently moved to
Franklin County from California.
While in California, Ms. White
became involved in a youth-based
program known as the Youth Con-
servation Corps (YCC). The YCC
program, said White, taught sur-
vival skills to young adults be-
tween the ages of 15-18. In the
program, Ms. White spent six
months volunteering as a Kitchen
Coordinator to approximately 30
young adults in the Yosemite Na-
tional Park. Students of the YCC
program were taught such skills
as hiking & camping. In addition,
the students were imbued with a
sense of respect for nature, con-
servation and personal responsi-
bility.
As Carrabelle's WINGS Coordina-


tor, Ms. White hopes to implement
some of her own interests into the
program. Two of her enduring in-
terests have been music and art.
She designs her own jewelry,
plays a little bit of guitar and is a
talented vocalist. Ms. White hopes
to offer such programs as music
appreciation, environmental and
basic education, pottery, jewelry
making and other assorted arts
& craft programs.
Concerned with self-esteem is-
sues for many within the youth
population, Ms. White seeks to
empower her students with the
practice of positive thinking. 'The
esteem issue is the key," said
White. "The minute you think
negatively and self-destructively,
you're disempowered." She con-
cluded, "I want them to know that,
though things may be rough, it
doesn't always have to stay that
way. The children are all worth-
while. Every one of them deserves
a chance in life."


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Memorial Windows


Reflect


By Rend Topping
Dr. Louis Patmore, retiring min-
ister of the First United Method-
ist Church of Carrabelle, cel-
ebrated his 71st birthday on June
9 and his second retirement from
active ministry with a final ser-
mon to the congregation. He also
dedicated twelve new stained
glass windows s a final legacy of
his service 'to the church mem-
bers he has ministered to for the
past five years.
The idea for the windows came
when Jeff Bradford and his wife
Dot Bradford of Tallahassee
wanted to make a generous con-
tribution to the church in memory
of Bradford's aunt Pitt Mattair.
Miss Pitt, as she was known lo-
cally, taught several generations
of Carrabelle school children at
the local school. She was revered
for her teaching ability and the
window dedicated to her memory
has been called "fitting because
she was certainly a person who
shed light on education for the
kids." Jeff and Dot Bradford had
both grown up in Carrabelle and
were members of the church.
The Bradfords also wanted to
make the contribution as a mark
of honor to the two Patmores.
They had given them the choice
of how best to spend the money.
Then one day, Dot Bradford had
occasion to go into the stained
glass shop of Tallahassee glass
artisan, Susan Frisbee. She asked
Ms. Frisbee if she could make
stained glass windows. The new
beauty added to the Carrabelle
scene is the result of that conver-
sation.
As the idea spread, several other
members of the church thought
that they, too, would like to make
a meaningful memorial to loved
ones they had lost or wished to
honor. The windows are memori-
alized to Lucille Pitt Mattair;
Judge Raymond and Annie
Witherspoon; Lt. James Bradford


beauty
Swho was killed in World War II;
Evelyn Mattair Bradford; Mamie
and S.J. Robison and Imogene;
I Harley Hicks; Reverend Howard
and Hazel Almand; Reverend
SLouis and Claudine Patmore; The
Robison and Mayton Families;
SCarlton and Ruth Millender; The
Hance Family; The children of the
Church and Myron and Dorothy
Fish. The large windows were
$1,000 and the smaller ones were
$650.
The smaller medallions mounted
in each window depict scenes
from the crucifixion and the res-
urrection in the life of Jesus in a
most meaningful and beautiful
manner. The main part of the win-
dows is filled with undulating
waves, which are very fitting for
this small coastal community. As
the light shines through the
church windows during the day,
it bathes the congregation in a
scintillating purple and teal green
light. At night, with the glow of
the inside lights, the windows are
an especially uplifting sight.
The artisan finished the windows
in the astoundingly small time of
eight weeks. Because the Carra-
belle area has already suffered
several hurricanes in the last ten
or so years, Ms. Frisbee has used
protective space age Lexan to pro-
tect them in any future storm. In
1985, Carrabelle suffered Hurri-
cane Elena for Labor Day and
then came Hurricane Kate just in
time for Thanksgiving. In the last
year, the eye of one storm passed
directly over Carrabelle and resi-
dents were relieved when they
were only on the fringes of Opal.
Reverend Patmore was pleased
that on his last day at the church
he was able to dedicate the gifts.
He preached his sermon on the
role of water in the Christian faith.
The congregation is most famil-
iar with this there, as many of
their lives have been tied to the
sea that laps the coastline of Car-
rabelle. Later in the day, the
Patmores were honored at a din-
ner on the grounds as the con-
gregation wished them good for-
tune on their retirement. In leav-
ing to retire in Ft. Myers in order
tobe near their tour children, the
couple promised to be visitors for
extended stays back in Carra-
belle.
Church member Anne Lindsey
reported, "We will have a new min-
ister moving in on "Methodist
Moving Day," June 12. This is the
traditional day when Ministers
accept new assignments. Our new
minister will be Reverend Michael
Kelly. He and his wife Audrey have
already paid the church a visit on
May 13 and 14, and said that they
really like Franklin County, par-
ticularly Carrabelle."


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SECOND CIRCUIT

COURT REPORT

The Honorable Judge William Gary


Frank T. Williams,
Assistant State Attorney

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Franklin County Court House
April 9, 1996


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Carl W. Ard: Charged with one count of First Degree Arson, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for pretrial on July 15. The defendant was represented by Attor-
ney James Richmond.
The defendant has been accused of setting Gloria Maudlin's mobile
home in Carrabelle on fire on April 25. Maudlin stated that the de-
fendant and she had been romantically involved for approximately
one month. She further noted that her relationship with the defen-
dant ended two days prior to the arson incident. Maudlin reported to
investigators that the defendant had confronted her on April 25. The
defendant allegedly grabbed onto Maudlin's vehicle as she was leav-
ing her Third Street home. Maudlin reported that she accelerated
when the defendant grabbed onto the vehicle. The defendant, as a
result, allegedly fell from the vehicle and was injured.
The defendant reported to investigators that his vehicle had not been
near Maudlin's residence for approximately one month. He denied
involvement in the arson incident. Investigators, however, photo-
graphed tire prints near Maudlin's home and determined that they
were consistent with the tire tread patterns on the defendant's ve-
hicle. In addition, sworn testimony from a passenger in the defendant's
vehicle at the time of the arson incident confirmed that the defendant
asked his son, Jeremiah Ard, to drive him to the vicinity of the Maudlin
residence. The request was allegedly made to Jeremiah Ard following
the defendant's earlier confrontation with Maudlin. According to the
probable cause report, the defendant asserted "he was going to burn:
her home and pay the bitch back." Jeremiah Ard then allegedly drove
the defendant to the Maudlin residence. The defendant allegedly en-
tered Maudlin's home through the front door and, according to the
probable cause report, later indicated that he was in a hurry to leave
Carrabelle and return to Eastpoint following his exit from Maudlin's
residence.
Kenneth Brock: Charged with one count of Grand Theft Auto, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated
the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to 60 days in the Franklin County
Jail and 18 months of probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defen-
dant to pay $255 in court costs and $750 in restitution to Carrol
Watkins.
The defendant had been accused of stealing a car owned by Carrol
Watkins on November 10, 1995. According to the probable cause re-
port, Dana Croft and the defendant were working on a shrimp boat
with Captain George Horner. Croft allegedly informed Horner that
the defendant and she wee going to get some cigarettes at a store
located a few blocks away. Horner reported that the two did not ask
permission to use the car owned by Watkins, who also owned the
shrimp boat. Horner further reported that Mr. Watkins had previ-
ously informed Croft and Brock that they were not allowed to use his
car. Watkins reported that, when Brock and Croft left the boat, they
visited his house. Watkins further noted that Croft had asked him for
$200 as an advance for the next fishing trip. Mr. Watkins acknowl-
edged giving Croft the requested money. He further reported that he
observed his vehicle, but assumed that Captain Horner was also in
the vehicle. Watkins waited until the next day to report the theft,
because he hoped the vehicle would be returned.
Dennis Burke: Charged with one count oi Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for a pretrial on July 15. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant has been accused of stealing new and scrap high volt-
age wire from the Florida Power Repair Buildinlg. On February 8,7o6f--
ficers from the Apalachicola Police Department were dispatched to
the Florida Power facility. According to the probable cause report, a
resident observed three individuals entering the Florida Power facil-
ity and removing items. The witness could not identify what items
were being removed from the facility. The witness, however, identified
thethree individuals as Eddie Montgomery, Dennis Burke and an-
other individual who she knew as "Mack."
Officer Sonny Whitehurst visited one of the suspects' home on 9th
Street and discovered three rolls of new wire behind the home in the
alleyway. The wire had been thrown over a fence that adjoined a
junkyard. According to the probable cause report, a witness observed
both Montgomery and Burke burning copper wire in the front yard of
the 9th Street residence. A large spool of copper stranded wire was
discovered to be cut in sections and removed from the spool.
Claudia L. Hutchins: Charged with three counts of Uttering a Forged
Check, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary
continued the case for a pretrial on July 15. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant has been accused of attempting to cash a check at the
Gulfside I.G.A. on May 3 on another individual's account. According
to the probable cause report, the I.G.A. had been contacted earlier on
May 3 and advised by a local bank not to cash any checks on the said
account by the defendant. The defendant allegedly admitted to Lt.
John Turner that she had stolen the checkbook and had cashed three
checks for $75 at the Red Rabbit Food lane and the I G A.
Willie L. Melton: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with
a Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser
charge of Battery. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
ordered him to pay $105 in court costs. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant was accused of threatening and chasing his brother,
Roy Melton, with a butchers' knife on May 20. According to the prob-
able cause report, Deputy Carlton Whaley noted that the defendant
considered the incident with his brother a "misunderstanding" and
denied that a knife was involved. Both Officer Fred Jetton and Deputy
Whaley searched the area of the alleged incident, but were unable to
find the said weapon. Witness Charles Alexander also reported that
the defendant had attacked Roy Melton with a knife.
Eddie Montgomery: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for arraignment on July 15. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Carlos A. Morris: Charged with one count of Introducing Contra-
band to an Inmate, Escape, Burglary of a Dwelling, Resisting an Of-
ficer with Violence and two counts of Sale of Cocaine, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for
pretrial on July 15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Ms. Miriam Parker observed
an individual laying in her living room and wearing her hat on May 2.
Parker reported that she maneuvered her wheelchair over to the indi-
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man "went crazy" when Parker took the hat from him. She reported
that the man kicked her in the chest and caused her to fall from her
wheelchair. The man then allegedly fled from the residence. Parker
denied knowing the man. However, she described him as having a
"titti" behind his ear. She also said that the man was from Port St.
Joe and she believed that he had previously attempted to rape a girl
who lived in the neighborhood. According to the report, Officer Sonny
Whitehurst testified that the defendant had a noticeable growth be-
hind his ear. He further testified that the defendant was from Port St.
Joe and had been charged with the rape of a girl in Ms. Parker's
neighborhood.
According to a separate probable cause report, Deputy State Fire
Marshall Anthony Smith observed the defendant throw an item out of
his car window in the direction of a state inmate on April 22. The
inmate then allegedly kicked the item under his lawn mower. The
item was recovered from the inmate and found to contain Cannabis.
State Corrections Officer Clay Clark witnessed the incident and no-
ticed that the defendant's vehicle did not have a license plate. The car
was later found at the Southern Villas Apartment Complex and in the
possession of the defendant. Both Smith and Clark identified the de-
fendant as the individual who had supplied the state inmate with
contraband.
Sinclair Rivers, III: Charged with three counts of Sale of Cocaine,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for pretrial on July 15. Judge Gary also agreed to reduce
the defendant's bond from $75,000 to $25,000. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jimmie Joe Sanders: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Firearm by a Convicted Felon, the defendant pleaded No Contest as
charged. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to 18 months of probation. As a condition of probation, the de-
fendant will be required to complete 25 hours of community service.
The defendant must also relinquish his 20 gauge shotgun. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Troy Segree: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser offenses of Trespassing
on a Structure and Petit Theft., Judge Gary withheld adjudication
and sentenced the defendant to six months of probation. Judge Gary
also ordered the defendant to pay $255 in court costs and $727 in
restitution to Mike Millender. As a condition of probation, the defen-
dant will be required to complete 25 hours of community service. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant was accused of entering Islandview Seafood with
Jeremiah Ard on April 15 and stealing $726 worth of seafood. Ac-
cording to the probable cause report, the defendant and Ard were
seen entering the said business. Deputy Ronnie Segree, who is the
defendant's father, was informed of the said findings. Deputy Segree
then visited the defendant at his Driftwood Apartment residence.
Segree reported that he observed an ice chest at the defendant's resi-
dence, which he believed belonged to Islandview Seafood. Deputy
Segree also reported that he observed that the defendant had fried
some crab claws and shrimp at the residence.
James Charles Taunton, Jr.: Charged with one count of Aggravated
Fleeing and Eluding and two counts of Uttering a Forged Check, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced him to 90
days in the Franklin County Jail and two years of probation. Judge
Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 in court costs. As a
condition of probation, the defendant will be required to complete 25
hours of community service; he will also be required to complete the
P.A.V.E. (Providing Alternatives to Violence through Education) Pro-
gram. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Terry Glenn Weikleenget: The defendant has been charged with two
counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and one count of
Resisting Arrest Without Violence. Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger entered a motion to determine competency on behalf of the
defendant. Judge Gary granted the motion. The case was continued
to July 15.
Michael Whitaker: Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a Mo-
tor Vehicle, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for pretrial on July 15. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant has been charged with the theft of Wendy Smith's 1993
Ford Mustang on May 13. Several days after the alleged theft, Paul
SHite contacted the Franklin County Sheriffs Department to report
that his& stepson, Richard Beebe! was driving a stolen vehicle. Hite.
who'resides in Ohio, reported that his stepson had arrived in Ohio on
May-14 with the-vehicle. Mr. Hite further reported that he requested
a friend to run a check on the vehicle's license plate; the check indi-
cated that the car was stolen.
Beebe and the defendant fled from Hite's residence before Ohio law
enforcement officers could apprehend them for the theft; the defen-
dant was, however, apprehended in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Beebe and
the defendant had stopped at a local mission in Fort Wayne and at-
tempted to sell the vehicle to Michael Johnson for $500. Johnson
informed Beebe and Whitaker that he would buy the vehicle, but said
that he needed to go get the money; he then contacted Fort Wayne
law enforcement officers about the incident. The defendant was ap-
prehended and allegedly admitted to the theft of Wendy Smith's ve-
hicle. Beebe fled before Fort Wayne authorities could apprehend him
for the theft.
PRETRILS
Adolph Buzier, Jr.: Charged with one count of Lewd and Lascivious
or Indecent Act on a Child, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charge. Judge Gary continued the case for pretrial on July 15. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Marvin B. Cambell: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged
Check, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge of Uttering.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
18 months of probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to
pay $255 for court costs and $88 in restitution to the Gulfside IGA.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
George Frederick Cargill: Charged with one count of Trafficking in
Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell and Possession of
Cannabis, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge

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continued for pretrial on July 15. The defendant was represented by
Attorney James L. Richmond.
Alvin E. Cummings: Charged with one count of Trafficking in Co-
caine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for pretrial on July 15. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Eric Carl Evans: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest with
Violence and Battery, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant guilty, sentenced him to 60
days in the Franklin County Jail and 18 months of probation. As a
condition of probation, the defendant will be required to complete the
P.A.V.E. (Providing Alternatives to Violence through Education) Pro-
gram.
Linda Joyce Goggins: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery
with a Deadly Weapon Causing Serious Injury, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for pretrial
on July 15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
William Roy Haas: Charged with one count of Aggravated Fleeing
and Eluding, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and
Third Degree Criminal Mischief, the defendant pleaded No Contest to
the charges. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty, sentenced
him to 22 months in the Wakulla County Jail and 36 months of pro-
bation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 in court
costs and $1200 in restitution to the Franklin County Sheriffs Of-
fice. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Thomas Michael Hart: Charged with three counts of Second Degree
Petit Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools and Molesting a Vending
Machine, the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Attor-
ney Douglas Gaidry entered a motion to compel on behalf of the de-
fendant. Judge Gary granted the motion and continued the case to
July 15.
William Edward Holmes: Charged with one count of Aggravated Bat-
tery, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Bat-
tery. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to one year of county probation. As a condition of probation, the
defendant will be required to complete the P.A.V.E. (Providing Alter-
natives to Violence through Education) Program. Judge Gary also
ordered the defendant to pay $155 for court costs. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Marcus Lament Jenkins: Charged with one count of Sale of a Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge.
Judge Gary withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to
18 months of probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to
pay $255 for court costs and $130 in restitution to the Narcotics
Task Force. The defendant was represented by Attorney Timothy J.
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Dermaine Odoms: Charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine,
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Joseph Lee Short: Charged with one count of Driving Under the
Influence (DUI) Involving Serious Injuries, the defendant pleaded Not
Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for pretrial on
July 15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Harold Lee Smith, Jr.: Charged with one count of Possession of Crack
Cocaine, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary
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probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for
court costs. The defendant was represented Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Holly Marie Stripling: Charged with one count of Trafficking in Co-
caine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell and Possession of
Cannabis, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary continued the case to July 15. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Charles F. Tiller: Charged with one count of Falsely Impersonating
an Officer, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case to July 15. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Elizabeth J. Trammell: Charged with one count of Trafficking in
Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell and Possession of
Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the Charges. Judge Gary
continued the case to July 15. The defendant was represented by
Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Mark Temple Watson: Charged with one count of Driving Under the
Influence (DUI) Involving Serious Injuries and Driving with an Im-
proper Drivers License, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charges. Judge Gary continued the case for pretrial on July 15. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Steven P. Glazer. Assistant
State Attorney Frank Williams removed himself from the case due to
a familiarity with the defendant. The defendant will now be pros-
ecuted by Assistant State Attorney Michael Bauer.
Anthony L. Williams: Charged with two counts of Uttering a Forged
Check, the defendant pleaded No Contest to one count of Uttering a
Forged Check. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sen-
tenced the him to seven months in the Franklin County Jail with 77
days of credit for time served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defen-
dant to six months of probation and ordered him to pay $255 for
court costs and $250 in restitution to Red Rabbit. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

VIOLATIONS OF PROBATION (VOP)
Charles A. Anderson: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a
denial to the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing
on August 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Eric Leo Cambell: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on July
15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
John P. Dart, Jr.: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on July
15.
Rosemary Griffin: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a de-
nial to the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on
July 15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
David Hall: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission
to the violation: Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to one year of
community control. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Marcus Dewayne Kelley: Charged with VOP and two counts of Forg-
ery, the defendant entered an admission to the violation and pleaded
No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to
six months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 26 days of time
served. Judge Gary suspended the jail sentence upon the defendant's
acceptance into a care program. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Sherry Hutchins: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the violation. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 60
days in the Franklin County Jail. He also reduced the defendant's
court costs to a civil judgment. The defendant was represented by


Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Richard Lock: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to
the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on July
15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Lester Milton Sapp: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a de-
nial to the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on
July 15. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Richard Roberson: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the violation. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to four
months in the Franklin County Jail with ten days of credit for time
served. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Creamer: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on July
15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Brent Roulhac: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to
the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on July
15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.


Crime


Reports

By B.J. Vonier
Franklin County Sheriff Warren
Roddenberry announced the ar-
rest of two Eastpoint men over the
past weekend.
On June 7, 18 year old Jeremy
Nowling was arrested on a vari-
ety of charges which included Re-
sisting Arrest with Violence, Ag-
gravated Assault with a Deadly
Weapon and Battery on a Law En-
forcement Officer.
Officers were dispatched to Long's
Video on St. George Island in ref-
erence to a disturbance in the
parking lot. When the deputies
arrived, they found Jeremy
Nowling and his mother arguing.
One of the deputies approached
the vehicle Nowling was in and
asked him to get out. Instead,
Nowling backed the vehicle up
and then drove the vehicle for-
ward as if to strike the officer.
Nowling then stopped the vehicle,
got out and deliberately struck the
deputy in the face. The two depu-
ties managed to subdue Nowling
only after a great deal of resis-
tance on his part.
Mr. Nowling has been released
from the Franklin County Jail on
a $10,000.00 bond.
18 year old Troy Kelly was taken
into custody on an outstanding
warrant for Aggravated Assault
with a Deadly Weapon and Im-
proper Exhibition during the early
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Prior to taking Kelly into custody,
deputies had been called to the
scene of a shooting incident at
Buchanan's Trailer Park in East-
point. Upon arriving on the scene,
deputies found a large crowd of
people engaged in a verbal con-
frontation. It was determined that
earlier in the evening, Troy Kelly
had allegedly struck another
young man on St. George Island.
The young man that was struck
gathered up some friends and
tracked Kelly down to his home
at the trailer park. During the
course of a physical confronta-
tion, Kelly allegedly entered his
trailer, came out with a shotgun
and shot into the crowd striking
Dana Walker in the side of the
head and his left arm. Kelly was
arrested and charged with Aggra-
vated Battery with a Deadly
Weapon. The investigation of this
incident is continuing.
Mr. Kelly is currently in the Fran-
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the Homeowners are projected
to pay $1,130 (revised June 12)
per house, and lot owners would
be billed $520.47 (June 8 bud-
get). These assessments are, of
course, in addition to their
property taxes.
In the afternoon session, a regu-
lar Board of Directors meeting
was held with four directors at-
tending. These included Pam
Amato, Richard Plessinger, Bill
Hartley (President) and B. J.
Cosey. The meeting lasted about
three hours and 45 minutes,
nearly an hour longer than the
morning workshop session.
On the update to the road work,
many of the same discussion
themes were continued from the
workshop session, including an
extended discussion over the as-
sessments and special assess-
ments. The latter require mem-
bership approval; the Board may
mandate the level of annual as-
sessments. When the discussion
revealed that, for the second year,
increased assessments had not
provided enough funding for road
repairs, concern was raised by
some of the Board and audience
about how these assessments fit
into the five year comprehensive
plan. This raised unanswered
questions about accountability for
those funds and their expendi-
tures. Plessinger advocated a spe-
cial assessment to handle the
road repairs; Hartley felt that the
membership would oppose this.
In the regular meeting, Ben
Johnson recommended that the
Board account for debt service
separately from proposed expen-
ditures and a separation of ac-
counting of Leisure Lane expen-
ditures from that of the T-roads.
At present, the audit records do
not reflect a division of Leisure
Lane maintenance, "traceable to
time sheets" to better conform to
the complicated "Andrew Jackson
agreement" now involving Casa
del Mahr owner George Mahr and
the POA.
In the workshop session, Tommy
Day, an accountant, raised sev-
eral questions regarding the "au-
dit trail" of money spent on Lei-
sure Lane and the T-roads, which
had to be separately recorded in
the Plantation's administrative
program called Dac Easy or
Microsoft Works, no one seems to
know for sure.
Day kept telling the Board to "read
the agreement" irfan effort to help
them answer their questions
about the bookkeeping. The


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Bloom Beginnings
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Researchers have documented
red tides caused by Gymnodinium
breve at least once along most of
Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts.
Texas, Mexico and the Carolinas
also have experienced blooms of
Gymnodinium breve A few cells
of the organismare always
present somewhere in the Gulf of
Mexico, although their numbers
are too low to impact marine life.

Human Hazard?
Florida red tides moving Inshore
can affect humans in several
ways. Fish killed by red tide and
washed ashore create odors offen-
sive to residents and tourists.
Also, toxins in the sea spray may
cause temporary human respira-
tory irritations, such as coughs or
tearing eyes. Wearing a surgical
mask or remaining In
air-conditioned surroundings will
provide relief from these particles.
Red tide organisms accumulate in
filter-feeding shellfish, such as
oysters and clams, and eating
these causes human illness. State
officials will announce shellfish
harvesting bans when red tide
moves inshore. No bivalve shell-


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fish harvesting is permitted in
areas under a red tide ban. Two
to four weeks after the red tide has
terminated, oysters and clams
can purge the red tide toxins from
their systems. Scientists conduct
tests on the shellfish before lift-
ing shellfish harvesting bans.
These bans do not apply to crabs,
shrimp or lobsters.
Fish caught during red tides are
safe to eat, and no one has re-
ported illness from consuming fil-
eted fish taken in Florida red tide
areas. However, eating fish that
appear sick or lethargic is never
advisable.

Animal Enemy?
Slow-moving or territorial,
bottom-dwelling fish are usually
the first to die in a red tide. But
nearly all fishes are susceptible,
depending on bloom density, ex-
posure time and other factors. A
red-tide-produced toxin affects
respiration in fish and usually can
cause death. In general, inverte-
brate animals, such as crabs,
shrimp and lobster, are not as
severely affected by red tide.

Pollution Problems
People reported red tide off Florida
as early as 1844, long before pol-
lution and widespread chemical
use became issues. While field
studies show a link between red
tide and oceanic events offshore,
laboratory evidence shows red
tides are not caused by pollution
or chemical dumping, but exces-
sive nutrients added to the water
by pollution could extend the du-
ration of a bloom when it is in-
shore. Red tides are seasonal and
sporadic, unlike pollution, which
is ongoing. i
By Beverly S. Roberts &
Karen A. Steidinger.
Produced by the
Department of
Environmental Protection's
Florida Marine
Research Institute,
100 Eighth Avenue, St.
Petersburg, FL 33701-5095


agreement referred to was the
complicated Andrew Jackson
agreement between the Plessinger
Homeowner Association, the then noon that
Andrew Jackson Savings and culverts h
Loan Association (which held fi- house" at
nancial interests in the Cut area) mates of
and others, which in part divided been recei
up fiscal responsibilities for main- tractors.
training the road system in the
Plantation to the Cut area. Later, Bythe enc
Wayne Gleasman told the determine
Chronicle that up to late Decem- get would b
ber 1995, all expenditures were 1996. The
separately recorded and checked POA would
each month as to the separation Saturday
of T-road and Leisure Lane main- tember 8,
tenance costs, but no one at the
Saturday meeting seemed to un-
derstand this, especially the
Board members.
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Shrimp i1 the nost popular and valuable /
- 0iiu i. the Jnited States. This delicate and -
IchI.iou, cruitacean is desired the world over,
,lin riundreds of species harvested from fresh
....,L nj ijiltuater. There are four species of
,iirpiip ot commercial value in the Gulf of Mexico
adii Souui Atlantic waters. It takes an expert to
distinguish one from another. To make a distinc.
tion, they are roughly categorized according to
color. The four major kinds are: brown shrimp
(Petleuu adtecus), pink shrimp (Penaeus
.:sdrjiuiil), white shrimp (Penaeus seliferus) Jmd
i ei jl shrimp (Pleoticus robustus or
i;uientupenaeus robustus).
Shrimp are decapod crustaceans characterized
by five pairs of legs with small pincers on the end. Thel
first three pairs are used for walking. They have large.
well-developed eyes, large swimmerets, and long
antennae. The color varies depending on the species.
Pink shrimp found along the Atlantic coast are usually
brown; those found along the northern Gulf coast are
often lemon-yellow; and those found in Florida's
To tugas are pink. White shrimp are grayish-white
-.th a green, red or blue tinge on the tail and legs.
t.uyal red shrimp are usually deep red, but are
lmnetimes grayish pink.
Most shrimp spawn offshore in deep water from
early spring through early fall. Young shrimp are
carried by currents into coastal estuaries to mature.
In Florida, shrimp are iarvestedwith trwis, which are
cone-shaped nets towed along e o In shal-
lower waters near shore. Turtle exduder devices
(TEDS) and by-catch reduction devices (BRDS) are
used, as required by law, to minimize the capture of
non-target marine turtles and fish.
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example, headless shrimp of 16-20 count means there
are 16 to 20 headless shrimp per pound. Counts for
headless shrimp range from under 10 (the largest
shrimp) to 300-500 (the smallest).
Shrimp are available in a variety of fresh or


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did report that after-
about one-third of the
had been repaired "in
the cost of $123. Esti-
$750 per culvert had
ved from outside con-

1 of the meeting, it was
d that the revised bud-
be available by June 15,
annual meeting of the
d be held on the 2nd
in September or Sep-
1996.


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maintain the hard line.
Wood based his motion on four
points. One, that Bevis and Asso-
ciates has refused to provide the
board its' employment records as
required by Article 9 of the sub-
lease. Two, that Bevis and Asso-
ciates' attorney, Ronald W.
Brooks, acknowledged by letter
dated January 30, 1996, that
Bevis and Associates have not cre-
ated 12 jobs required by the same
Article 9. Three, the board's de-
termination of Bevis' intended use
was to be a boat manufacturing
and repair facility. Bevis insists
that they have a right to have a
marina. At this time, Timber
Island's development order does
not permit a marina. Four, Bevis
and Associates' insistence'that
they have the right to a marina
could possibly result in a cost of
more than $210,000 to the board
for submerged land lease fees,
which would jeopardize the
board's ability to develop the re-
mainder of Timber Island.
Wood further accused Bevis of
telling an untruth that he had a
contract with WalMart stores to
supply Weldbuilt boats. Bevis
hotly protested saying that he had
between 12 and 14 workers at this
time and that he did supply
WalMart with boats. Several of the
workers were present the meet-
ing and they asked Wood if he
knew that he would be putting
these people out of a job. When
asked if Wood had somebody in
mind to take over the building, the
response was that there was no
one in the wings.
Wood made the point that Bevis
pays only $1980 as a lease on the
building and that the State of
Florida has so far forgiven the


fees; but he said the time was near
when they would start to charge
the fees; he also said that this
situation gives Bevis an advantage
over other businesses that must
pay the fees. Carrabelle resident
Archie Holton said that the State
gives these kinds of incentives to
businesses to help the economy.
This county is really depressed
economically and we don't need
the loss of these jobs."
Mayor Charles Millender, who had
sat quietly through the discus-
sion, remarked that he felt that
the building had been nothing but
a goat shed when Bevis took it
over; he did not like the idea of
putting people out of work.
Board member Jim Lycett said at
the last meeting that the board
had approved Bevis' request for a
travel lift and had somewhat soft-
ened the ongoing feud; he felt this
was progress. Lycett added, how-
ever, that Bevis had not been"A
White Knight in all his doings."
Wood stuck to his guns and said
that he was tired of seeing "the
people being ripped off." Board
member Barry Woods said that he
felt that Wood was operating from
a vendetta and had a "vindictive
attitude towards Bevis." He said
that the fight between Bevis and
Wood had become personal.
Woods went on to say that the de-
cision made at the last meeting
was a good one.
Board member Freda White, who
seconded the motion for discus-
sion purposes, asked Watkins if
the motion was legal and what
effect would it have on the ongo-
ing litigation. She also stated that
she felt Bevis had overstepped the
terms of his lease.
To be continued in the
next issue of the
Franklin Chroniclelll


people for electing me twice in a
row. They had some confidence in
me and I'm proud they did. I want
to take up some of my time fish-
ing and working for the
Lord...When you get my
age...you've been given your
days ...and I know I don't have
many more left. If it were ten or
twenty years, it's not many. Not
really."
Services for Percy Mock were held
on Thursday, June 13, 1996 with
burial in Evergreen Cemetery,
Carrabelle.
He was a member of the Carra-
belle Methodist Church. His sur-


vivors include his wife, Patricia A.
Mock of Carrabelle; sons Keith
Mock and Wayne Mock and a
daughter Karen A. Smith.
Four brothers and four sisters
also survive, including Donnie
Mock and Herbert Mock of Car-
rabelle, Walter Mock and Theron
Mock of Perry, Florida, and sis-
ters, Beulah Carroll, Hazel Cook,
Esther Cook and Jessie
Boeckleman, all of Carrabelle,
Florida. Percy Mock was Grand-
father to nine children.
Kelley-Riley Funeral Home was in
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