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Franklin Chronicle



Volume 5, Number 13 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER June 28-July 11, 1996


County

Finally

Adopts

Vending

Ordinance

After two regular meetings, one
special meeting and a public
hearing, the board of Franklin
County Commissioners finally
agreed to adopt an ordinance to
regulate vending and peddling in
Franklin County.
The board members agreed to
prohibit vending only in the ar-
eas marked "park" and "parking"
of the official plat of St. George
Island, Gulf Beaches of unit one. -
The prohibited area was once the
target of dispute between devel-
oper John Stocks and the county.
Both parties had sought owner-
ship of the land; the county was
eventually awarded the property.
Attorney Barbara Sanders, who
argued on behalf of 40 business
owners, has stated that units one,
two and three on St. George Is-
land were connected with the
John Stocks lawsuit and should
not to be used for commercial ac-
tivities. She has argued that the
roads, streets and cul-de-sacs
were not supposed to be used
commercially. Ms. Sanders has
informed board members that, if
the county continued to allow
such commercial use of the prop-
erty, the land could revert back
*to John Stocks.
County Attorney Al Shuler told
commissioners that, in regard to
the reverter clause, the county
was only vulnerable in the "park"
and "parking" area of unit one.
"We don't need to have a commer-
cial enterprise in the park, any-
way. It's for people to go to the
beach," said Shuler. In regard to
those additional areas cited by
Attorney Sanders, Shuler felt
commercial activities were allow-
able. "I think we're stirring up a
problem that doesn't need to be
stirred. I would hate to go to court
someday and have these minutes
read out...that we're agreeing that
there could be a reverter in those
other areas. said Shuler. He later
told commissioners, "I think if we
make a good record that we're
scared there's a reverter
(clause)...it's like telling ghost sto-
ries in an old house. You start
getting scared and the next thing
you know you're gonna see that
ghost. I think we need to, ignore
that ghost."
Commissioner Edward Tolliver
concurred, "I think the John
Stocks lawsuit was plenty down
here. He (Mr. Stocks) don't want
to come back down here any-
more."
Attorney Shuler felt vendors were
also constitutionally protected to
earn a living with their occupa-
tion. "If you're going to prohibit a
lawful business, then you need a
good reason to do it," said Shuler.
Attorney Sanders questioned the
constitutional claim made by
Shuler. She cited a Supreme
Court case involving vendors in
New Orleans. "In that particular
case, they allowed two (vendors)
and not any others." She contin-
ued, "The Supreme Court said
that the city could regulate vend-
ing by citing trash control and
traffic control... The United States
Supreme Court has said that it's
okay (to prohibit vending)...My
clients are mostly concerned with
St. George Island. And if you ban
it (vending) everywhere on St.
George Island, then you will have
accomplished our goals eliminat-
ing the traffic hazard and any
other problems."
Commissioner Bevin Putnal urged
fellow board members not to
adopt an ordinance that would
outright prohibit vending in the
county. "The only place I see a
problem is on the Island right
now," said Putnal. He continued,
"I don't think that we need an-
other law or another ordinance to
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believe that would hinder our'
people from finding something to
do...like our oystermen." Putnal
said that the John Stocks area
should be the only matter of con-
cern to the board members.
Resident Willard Vincent told
board members that they would
be limiting the choice of the con-
sumer if they prohibited vending
in Franklin County. "If you pro-
hibit these peddlers, you're tak-
ing another choice away from the
public," said Vincent. He contin-
ued, "You're forcing them to come
back across the bridge or to eat
somewhere that they might not be
able to afford. Why do you want
to take another choice away from
people? Why can't the people de-
cide where il ,>y want to buy?"
St. George Island business owner
Morris Palmer presented board
members with a map containing
15 lots available to rent to inter-
ested vendors. He said that 13 of
the lots would be rented out for
$150 per month. He said that the
other two lots would be rented for
$250 per month. "There's plenty
of property available," said
Palmer. He continued, "We're not
trying to run anybody out of busi-
ness. We want to make it easy for
everybody." Commissioner Ed-
ward Tolliver argued that $150
was too much to ask vendors to
pay for monthly rental spaces.
Resident John Polous complained
the newer residents of Franklin
County were attempting to extract
native commercial ventures from
the area. He said that his grand-
father was one of the first peddlers
in Apalachicola. "We peddled
where we wanted to peddle," said
Polous. He continued, "We've been
here all of our lives. We didn't
bring you from the north down
here... We can't help it if you've
got all the money in the world."
Attorney Sanders compared the
present vending situation to the
fable of the Little Red Hen. She
said that business owners have
worked hard to make St. George
Island industrious. She also noted
that the Island has struggled in
the past. The Little Red Hen
planted, weeded, milled and har-
vested wheat from her field, Sand-
ers recalled. "She then bagged the
bread," said Sanders, "and
through all those years of bad
times, now the bread is sitting on
the table; and other people want
to pull up a chair." Sanders said
it was not fair for others to freely
profit from the hard work of the
business owners. She said the
business owners did no, mind
Continued on page 7


Braxton

Withdraws

from

District 1

Race

A Report and Commentary
by Brian Goercke
The political tides in Franklin
County continue to shift unex-
pectedly. As Chairperson Dink
Braxton of the Franklin County
Commission seemed to be near-
ing the pinnacle of his popularity
among residents in the county, he
shocked both residents and the
press by withdrawing from the
county's District 1 race on June
20.
Braxton simply offered, "I just de-
cided not to run." He continued,
"I've made a lot of good friends in
the last eight years and I still feel
that I have a lot of good friends. I
appreciation serving the people of
Franklin County for the last eight
years, but it's time for me to move
on.


Mr. Braxton did not dismiss the
possibility of securing employ-
ment in Department of Correc-
tions (D.O.C.) in the future. He
stated that he was D.O.C. certi-
fied. Braxton also did not dismiss
the possibility of running for the
District 1 seat in the future. "I'm
gonna live here." said Braxton.
"I'm not moving off."
Those individuals presently eli-
gible for the District 1 seat include
Democrats Betty Carmichael,
Francis Hand, Pamela Amato,
Darrell Segree, Ricky Polous,
Eddie Creamer and Republican
Joyce Estes.


Thousands of dead catfish
have washed up along the
shoreline on St. George
Island. The cause of this
massive fish kill has yet
to be determined.


Stinky Fish

Relief

By Rene Topping
Nasal relief from the thousands
of dead fish that have deposited
along Franklin County's beaches
and river banks seems to be just
around the corner.
The Gulf Coast Work Force
Development Board (GCWFDB)
pledged an allocation of money to
help in a clean-up project on June
25. The action came in response
to a written appeal from the
Franklin County Commission,
which was hand delivered by
Chairperson Dink Braxton at the
development board's meeting at
the Community Center in
Apalachicola.
Board President Ralph Rish
announced that the letter
requested Board consideration for
help in the crisis situation. The
board responded by promising to
allocate up to $20,000.00 to the
county for the clean-up job. The
money would be administered by
the board.
Cliff Butler, who resides in
Eastpoint on the Apalachicola
Bay, told the board, "Something
has to be acted on pretty quick- I
tell you." He went on to say that,
over the weekend, he had picked
up several buckets full of dead
fish at his river bank home. He
added that, with the ban on
oystering and now the dead fish
on Franklin's shores that have
kept the tourists away, the Red
Tide has been an economic
disaster to Franklin County.
Kim Shoemaker, who is the Ex-
ecutive Director of the GCWFDB
told board members that she
would be on the phone the next
day. Rish told board members
that there was a possiblility that
Governor Lawton Chiles could de-
clare Franklin a disaster area and
provide emergency funding,
which would help solve the prob-
lem for not only Franklin but for
all counties that would be in-
cluded in the declaration. The
GCWFDB has already approved
money for beach re-nourishment
in Gulf County and Shoemaker
reported that the sea oat plant-
ing project has gone well.,This
type of job provides work to sea-
food workers who are unemployed
because of the present conditions
of the bay."





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Monica Lemieux with the Seafuod
Workers Association appeared
before the board of Franklin
County Commissioners at a June
20 workshop to discuss the im-
pact of red tide and to offer some
possible solutions to the phenom-
enon.
Ms. Lemieux stated that the wide-
ranging publicity of red tide was
having a serious affect on both the
seafood and tourist industry in
Franklin. County. "People are
scared to go into the water and
scared to eat the fish. It just has
a lot of repercussions," said
Lemieux.
Lemieux informed board mem-
bers that representatives of the
seafood industry had researched
the issue of red tide and had also
communicated with the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
about the matter. "In our brain-
storming sessions," said Lemieux,
"the only thing we've been able to
come up with is that we need an
influx of fresh water. We need a.
flushing of our bay and hopefully
that would cause the red tide to
dissipate and bring the levels
down to a point that we could live
with that would be safe for the
consumer, swimmer and fisher-
men."
Ms. Lemieux requested that the
board contact the Army Corps of
Engineers to look into the possi-
bility of releasing some water from
the floodgates of surrounding riv-
ers. Lemieux also requested that
the board contact the governor
and cabinet to inform them of the
situation and to request that the
reshelling prograti be activated if
the red tide lingers and the bay.
remains closed for an extended
period of time. The board unani-
mously agreed to pursue Lemieux'
requests.
Environmental Specialist
Catherine Bray with the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
said that flushing the bay with
fresh water would be largely inef-
fective. She said that many miles.
of red tide were being brought into
the bay by gulf waters. "The
amount of water that they could
let out of the river compared to
the twice a day tides that bring
the gulf water in...that's where it's
coming from so it's still bringing
the toxin in," said Bray.


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Ms. Bray explained that red tide
was a naturally occurring marine
algae. She said that the algae was
microscopic. "It's actually just a
congregation of the numerous al-
gae. It hits together in a parcel of
water, which can be many miles
to a hundred miles large," said i
Bray. She said that the red tide
extended from Wakulla to Bay
County. Bray pointed out that the


red tide was 40 miles offshore in
some areas. "It's real controver-
sial about how to get rid of red
tide," said Bray, "the research and
responses that I've been given are
that it's (red tide) got to run its'
course." She said that the red tide
could dissipate within a couple of
weeks or take up to two months
to clear.
Bray explained that red tide or-
ganisms begin to die in less than
25 parts per thousand.
"As it's entering the bay and en-
countering the fresher water, it
dies... it breaks open and still re-
leases its' toxin," said Bray. She
said that the toxin was then fil-
tered with oysters, clams and bot-
tom feeders. "And that is concen-
trated in that animal," noted Bray.
She said that, when red tide cells
broke open, they could not be
evaluated. "But the toxin is still
present," Bray assured.
Monica Lemieux said that the bay
did not have a high level of red
tide organisms. She said that the
heavy concentration of red tide
was noted at those areas along the
pass. "Our point is that we want
to flush that (red tide) out of the
bay," said Lemieux. Bray re-
peated that it was impossible to
count those toxins that have been
released from the red tide cells,"
noted Bray. She concluded, "Put-
ting fresh water into the bay is not
gonna stop the tide from bringing
the red tide and toxins into the
bay." She said that the meat of
the seafood would be tested to
indicate whether red tide organ-
isms were present in the bay. Bray
said that the Food and Drug Ad-
ministration and the National
Shellfish Sanitation Program re-
quired that, in order to open the
bay, red tide organisms needed to
be below 5000 cells per liter.
Ms. Bray explained that the toxin
released by red tide organisms
was a neurotoxin.
She said that the toxin attacked
the organs, rather than the
muscles, of sea dwellers. Bray
said that some of the symptoms
resulting in the consumption of
red tide laden shellfish included:
tingling of the fingers and toes,
tingling and numbness around
the mouth, hot and cold reversal
of the senses, vomiting, nausea
and diarrhea. The symptoms, said
Bray, can last up to 48 hours. She
said that cooking shellfish would
not eliminate the organism.
Ms. Annie Wilson spoke on behalf
of the seafood dealers in Franklin
County. She told board members
that, with the exception of low
interest loans, the seafood deal-
ers have not received any help
since 1985. "When the bay is
down," said Wilson, "We're down."

Investigation
Closes Into
Local Nursing
Home

A three day investigation into The
Bay St. George Nursing Home in
Eastpoint came to a close on June
27, according to the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office. The inves-
tigation stemmed from actions
taken by nursing home staff fol-
lowing the death of 81 year old
Bay St. George resident Elizabeth
Leonard on June 24.
Ms. Leonard apparently wandered
from the Bay St. George facility
on June 24 and was later found
by staff members at 11:00 p.m.
near a surrounding fence and a
dumpster. When Ms. Leonard was
discovered, she was allegedly cov-
ered with ants. According to one
source. Ms. Leonard had at-
tempted to climb over the sur-
rounding fence. When Bay St.
Continued on page 9


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Page 2 28 June 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday


Franklin

Briefs
Notes from the June 18
Franklin County Commis-
sion Meeting'
*At the urging of business owner
Sharon Tucker, the board unani-
mously agreed to direct County
Attorney Al Shuler to perform a
title search to determine owner-
ship of a road located between
Charlie's Lounge and the office of
Dr. Stephen Gross. Ms. Tucker
said that, after she had spent
$300 to survey the said road, the
county declared ownership of the
property.
*The board unanimously agreed
to declare an emergency and
adopt an ordinance to prohibit
four-wheel and go-cart vehicles
from driving on the property of
parks, ball fields and cemeteries.
Resident Eddie Creamer com-
plained that four-wheel vehicles
had been disturbing one of the
cemeteries in the county. "When
a person lies the body of a loved
one to rest, they expect the grave
to be respected by everyone else,."
said Creamer. The ordinance will
not prohibit clean-up crews, fu-
neral directors or other work and
emergency-related operators from
entering the said grounds.


work had been completed on Ft.
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Eddie Creamer
*Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum announced that
work had been completed on Ft.
Gadsden Road in Apalachicola.
*The board unanimously agreed
to alesignate SeptGordon and John
Joe Polous to remove approxi-
mately 30 pine trees from
Vrooman Park at Brown Elemen-

The board unanimously agreed
:Amnesty Week for white goods (i.e.
appliances yard & household
Waste. The designated event will
coincide with the annual coastal
cleanup.
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
informed board members that it
vould cost approximately $5,400
'to construct a handicap acces-
sible dune walkover on St. George
island. The board agreed to allo-
cate the money from contingency
iunds to have the walkover con-
structed.
'County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan announced that Johanna
-Iatfield, a 7th Grade student
from Carrabelle High School, re-
ceived an Honorable Mention for
her entry in the 4-H & Depart-
nent of Transportation sponsored
Seat Belt Safety Poster Contest
held in Gainesville. Mahan stated
that approximately 90,000 stu-
dents participated in the event
statewide. He said that Ms.
flatfield, who was among 33 stu-
dents to receive such recognition,
dent to receive an award in the
state level competition. The board
6f county commissioners unani-
inously agreed to award Hatfield
With a Resolution of Acknow-
ledgement for her achievement..
SThe board unanimously ap-
proved a request from Ricky and
Donna Hathcock to construct a
BP Gas Station & Convenience
Store in Eastpoint on the east
corner of Segree Street and High-
Way 98.
SThe board agreed to set public
hearings on July 2 and August 20
to consider the abandonment of
the GreenPoint DRI. The


Grammercy Park owners will also
request a zoning change for the
property to a different Planned
Unit Development.
*The board set a public hearing
on September 3 to review a zon-
ing change that has been re-
quested by Dr. Edward Saunders.
Saunders has requested to rezone
a 24 acre parcel of land in Lanark
Village from R-1 to R-la.
*The board set a public hearing
on September 3 to review a zon-
ing change that has been re-
quested by Lee McLemore and
Stacy Kirvin. McLemore and
Kirvin requested to have 8.8 acres
of land rezoned from R-1 to C-4.
The property in question is lo-
cated adjacent to commercial
property along Highway 98.
*The board agreed to allocate
$1,100 for additional dyes to
make street signs. The money will
come from Road and Bridge
Funds. County Planner Alan
Pierce stated that 12 signs have
already been created. He urged
board members to continue all
work with the sign machine at the
Road Camp. He said that the
Landfill was a poor site for. the
equipment because of excessive
dust and wind that affected the
adhesive lettering. At the Road
Camp, Pierce said that the public
could get their addresses and ob-
tain houses numbers. By creat-
ing house numbers for residents,
Pierce said that the county could
,defray those costs attributed to
making signs.
*The board agreed to have audio-
visual exit signs placed in the
county courthouse in order to
come into compliance with the
American with Disabilities Act.
*The board agreed to advertise a
Nuisance Ordinance for Lanark
Village.
*The board agreed to draft a reso-
lution in honor of Percy Mock for
his service to Franklin County.


County Sends

Proposed RV

Park Back to

Zoning Board


The Franklin County Commission
yielded to the arguments of a small
but vocal group of residents from
Alligator Point on June 18, as they
sent a zoning board approved item
back to the Franklin County Plan-
ning and Zoning Committee to
again review the matter of a pro-
posed RV park.
On a 3 to 2 vote, The planning and
zoning board had approved a re-
quest from David Apodaca at a
June 11 board meeting to con-
struct a 14 space RV park in front
of the Pride of the Point Marina.
Residents from Alligator Point
complained that they were not in-
formed of Mr. Apodaca's develop-
ment plans and were, therefore,
not present at the June 11 zoning
board meeting to offer their input
on the matter. Since the project did
not require a zoning change, the
county was not obligated to inform
neighboring residents of the mat-
ter.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
voiced concern over sending the
matter back withoutjust cause. "In
my understanding," said Mosco-
nis, "when something is zoned and
you-can apply for a permit in what-
ever the parameters are...you bet-
ter have a darn good reason for
turning it down...you can't dis-
criminate people because you don't
like something ."
County Planner Alan Pierce argued
that the volunteer group on the
zoning board may view the
county's decision as an insult.
"They're (the zoning board) not
specialists. They're not experts,"
said Pierce. He continued, David
Apodaca said that he had planned
to improve the area. He said that
he was currently repairing and re-
placing channel markers on Alli-
gator Point. "We'll improve not only
the property itself, but also assist
the community in revenue." Attor-
ney H.B. Stivers, who argued on
behalf of Mr. Apodaca, said that
the proposed park met all environ-
mental requirements. He said that
the park's boundary line was 190
feet from the critical shoreline. A
project, Stivers noted, must only
be 150 feet from the shoreline.


Up, Up and Away

for Board


By Rene Topping
The Gulf Coast Work Force De-
velopment Board (GCWFDB) met
at the Community House in Apa-
lachicola on June 25, and
achieved the goal of meeting the
State deadline to begin operating.
The three county board had met
on a weekly basis in long exhaus-
tive sessions in order to meet the
time line of an operating board by
July 1. Members seemed to be
relieved that they could now start
to work together to coordinate
projects for Bay, Gulf and Frank-
lin Counties. The GCWFDB is a
newer version of the old Joint
Partnership Training Act, (JTPA)
and will be responsible for han-
dling all of the block grants on
money that will be coming to the
area from federal and state in the
future. The idea behind the plan
is to give more local control of the
monies and to try to use more
imaginative answers to problems.
The members representing the
Franklin area are Jane Cox;
Charles Watson Clark, Ted
Mosteller, C.T. Ponder, Cliff But-
ler, David Butler, Kristin Ander-
son and Franklin County Com-
mission Chairman Buford (Dink)
Braxton. Anderson and Mosteller
are on the GCWF Executive
Board.
Kim Shoemaker was chosen at
the June 18 meeting held at
Panama City, as Executive Direc-
tor of the board at a, salary of
$46,000.00 per year. Joe Mills
was chosen as Accounting Coor-
dinator at a salary of $35,000.00
per year. Gulf Coast Community
College is the fiscal agent for all
monies. The main offices of the
Director and staff will be at the
College; there will be auxiliary
sites in both Franklin and Gulf.
The board alternates meetings
between Bay, Gulf and Franklin.
At this meeting the main respon-
sibility was to approve the admin-
istrative function matrix which
spelled out the responsibilities of
the fiscal agent and the board. It
It also checked and-approveed the
budgets for the various programs
in order that programs can begin
promptly in the three counties on
July 1.
The board members approved the
Following budget amounts for the
service providers. The two biggest
providers for the three counties
will be Gulf Coast Community
College and Haney. All of the pro-
grams will be administered by the
board. For Title llA budget;
$2,011, 976.00 GCCC;
$202,739.00 Haney; $14,721.00
Franklin and Gulf. Title 11B
$109,442.00 GCCC; $70,874.00


Commissioner Edward Tolliver led
the board in their decision to sent
the matter back to the county zon-
ing board. "I think those people
should be invited," concluded Tol-
liver.
'They're just average citizens work-
ing on your behalf voluntarily to
review things...I don't want the
planning and zoning board to get
insulted by you all saying, 'well,
we don't like your recommenda-
tion. Look at it again...i.e. come
back with a different one.'" Pierce
noted that the project met all zon-
ing requirements. The proposed
park, said Pierce, was 50 feet from
the water, 10 feet from the side line
and 25 feet from the front. In ad-
dition, he said that the HRS had
already approved the site for any
disposal or environmental issue.
Alligator Point resident Bunky
Atkinson told board members that
residents of Alligator Point felt ne-
glected on most county matters.
"We feel like. lost children until
something bad happens to us and
they have to come down here.
Atkinson said that residents of Al-
ligator Point and St. Teresa paid a
"fair share" in taxable values and
did not deserve to be neglected on
such matters. She then presented
board members with a petition
with 165 signatures in opposition
to the RV park.
Attorney Ben Watkins argued on
behalf of the Alligator Point resi-
dents that many environmental
concerns needed to be addressed
before the project was approved.
He suggested that the board either
reject the matter or send it back
to the zoning board.


Holmes (904) 653-8878

Middebrooks FuneraHome (904) 670-8670
APALACHICOLA EASTPOINT


Lighthouse Sales and -
Long Term
Realty Rentals
S Of St. George Island, Inc.


HCR Box 126

St. George Island, FL 32328-9703

Office: (904) 927-2821

Fax: (904) 927-2314

Property For Every Budget


Haney and $1,000.00 Franklin
and Gulf. Title 11C $362.617
GCCC; $162.172.00 Haney and
$16,063 Franklin and Gulf. Title
111 $201,688.00 Bay County
School Board and $81,918.00
Franklin and Gulf. Shoemaker
announced that one staff person
will be working in Franklin and
Gulf counties. Among projects will
be a Sea Captain's School. Shoe-
maker said all of the contracts are
cost reimbursement contracts.
Shoemaker reported at a Tampa
meeting she learned our three
counties were not the only ones
having problems getting started,
She said, 'There is a whole lot of
confusion at state." She addedI
that the Lt. Governor Buddy
McKay advised the boards to "take
it and run with it." She added she
will compare the charter and the
proposed bylaws to make sure
they are in conformity with each
other but otherwise she felt the
board had met all obligations.
The board approved Shoemaker
to chose an applicant for the po-
sition of monitor and bring it to
the executive board for final ap-
proval, John Bruce and Jane Cox
were the two negative votes on
this motion. When asked after the
meeting what the monitor is ex-
pected to monitor Shoemaker re-
plied, 'The service providers." This
is done on a semi annual basis
and the person acts in other ca-
pacities in coordinating. Shoe-
maker was granted permission to
hire her own choice as secretary.
John Bruce requested that the
board appoint a parliamentarian
for future meetings. The by-laws
are complete the board will abide
by Robert's Rules. Many of the
earlier meetings bogged down
with members having very differ-
ent opinions on how the business
should be conducted.
Shoemaker requested the next
regular board meeting be held in
three weeks to give her new staff
time to start and to give time to
start up programs. Emergency
i~eetings may be called at any
time. The next regular meeting
will be held in Port St. Joe on July
23 at 4:30 p.m. CST. Anderson
reminded everyone it was now
Central Summer Time. Location
of the meeting will be announced.

Camp

Gordon

Johnston

Reunion

Meeting

By Rene Topping
Sid Winchester was elected presi-
dent of the Camp Gordon Reunion
meeting held Wednesday, June 9
at the American Legion Hall in
Lanark. He will replace Betty Ma-
son who has resigned and has
just moved out of town.
Kaye Arbuckle, Camp Gordon
Johnston Reunion Historian pre-
sented a scrap-book filled with
clippings and other memorabilia
from the previous reunion. A
group picture of one of the bat-
talions who trained at the Camp
was presented and will be framed
and hung permanently in the hall.
David Butler presented the fin-
ished history that will go on the
historical marker that will mark
the site of the old camp.
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Marshall began her first day of
work as the Executive Director of
the Healthy Start Coalition for the
counties of Franklin, Gulf and
Bay on June 22. Ms. Marshall
conducted the initial "brainstorm-
ing" meeting at the Apalachicola
Community Center.
At the meeting, Faye Yonge with
the Panhandle Area Consortium
suggested that the group collabo-
rate with other organizations to
achieve Healthy Start's initiatives.
Sara Dahlman with the Apalachee
Center for Human Services sug-
gested that Healthy Start initia-
tives should be addressed at each
of the organization's meetings. It
was also suggested that the su-
perintendent of the Franklin


County School District be urged
to attend each meeting in order
to develop a stronger relationship
with the area schools.
Newly appointed board members
Norton Kilbourn and Pamela
Amato were also present at the
meeting.
Ms. Marshall stated that the
Healthy Start Coalition needed to
make education an integral part
of their agenda. "Education has
always been the way up and the
way out," said Marshall. She con-
cluded, "We're in an age of trans-
formation." Ms. Marshall replaces
former executive director Paige
Ellison from Bay County.


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An estimated 200 visitors made
their way to the Apalachicola
Community Center on June 22 to
attend the second annual Teen
Health Fair and Celebration. The
June 22 event was coordinated by
the Healthy Start Coalition.
The Health Fair was well attended
by representatives from various
groups as the county extension
agency, the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department, the Refuge
House, Fitness for Life and the
Apalachee Center for Human Ser-
vices. Each of the attending
groups conducted information
booths for those interested visi-
tors.
Cindy Terrebonne with the Ref-
uge House gave the opening pre-
sentation. Her topic, 'The Violence
in Teen Dating Relationships,"
focused on those individuals who
remained in abusive relation-
ships. Terrebonne said that
people remained in abusive rela-
tionships because they felt


trapped. "Most of those abused
are also afraid to leave," said
Terrebonne. She continued,
"They've been told they're too stu-
pid or worthless. And the abuser
often uses the children as lever-
age to keep the abused person in
the relationship." Terrebonne said
that victims of abuse were usu-
ally ashamed to reveal their situ-
ation to others. "If you don't tell
people about it," said Terrebonne,
"they won't know and they won't
be able to help." She then exam-
ined the nature of abusive situa-
tions. "What is violence? It's one
person trying to get control over
the other. It's all about power and
nothing about love."
Following Ms. Terrebonne's pre-
sentation, Dr. Thomas & Eliza-
beth Curry & Dr. Nancy Chorba
gave separate seminars on the
topic of "Human Sexuality." Dr.
Thomas Curry gave his presenta-
tion to the boys and Dr. Elizabeth
Curry and Nancy Chorba ad-
dressed the girls. The presenta-


tons focused on birth control,
sexually transmitted diseases,
physiology and hygiene.
As the noon hour rolled in, visi-
tors were treated to a vast buffet
luncheon prepared by Madeleine
White and Michael Loos.
Following the luncheon, Valerie
Mincey with B.A.S.I.C., an AIDS
service organization from Bay
County, gave a presentation that
brought the threat of AIDS to the.
direct attention of those in atten-
dance. Two clients from B.A.S.I.C.
gave individual accounts of cop-
ing with the AIDS virus. A 55 year
old female named Janice said that
she had acquired the virus from
her deceased husband. "There
was one thing he forgot to tell me
about himself when we got mar-
ried," warned Janice, "he was
nearly at the state of full blown
AIDS." Janice said that she con-
sidered her husband's actions to
be equivalent to murder. She com-
plained of constant fatigue, anxi-
ety and a daily headache for the
past four years. "It affects your
bones," said .Janice, "I never
thought about my bones hurting.
You're immune system is being
eaten up minute by minute. This
thing takes complete control of
your body from head to toe." She
conclude, "You have to keep a
good attitude, but it's not easy."
A general panel discussion fol-.
lowed Ms. Mincey's presentation.
The panel discussion featured
both teens and adults. Those
present of the panel included Dr.
Nancy Chorba, Ellie Tullis,
Sabrina Mallon, Jimmy Gander,
Sandra Lee Johnson, Carol Har-
ris, Anthony Martin, Tiffany
Shiver Michael Pugh and Toni
Hutchinson. The panel addressed
questions that were submitted
confidentially in a box by visitors
to the event. The panel discussed


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The Healthy Start Coalition coor-
dinated the event with the assis-
tance of The Apalachee Center for
Human Services, Shoreline Medi-
cal Group, The Refuge House, Bay
AIDS Services, The Franklin
County Public Health Depart-
ment, The Carrabelle Medical
Center, The Franklin County Pub-
lic Library, The Friends of the
Franklin County Public Library,
The Franklin County Public. Li-
brary WINGS Program, The Fran-
klin County Public Library
TEENSPEAK Program, The Wil-
derness Coast Public Libraries,
The Love Center, The Franklin

County Extension Office, The
Franklin Sheriffs Office, The
Franklin County Juvenile Justice
Council, The Boy Scouts of
America, The Girl Scouts of
America and the City of Apalachi-
cola.
The Healthy Start Coalition ex-
tend special thanks WOYS Oys-
ter Radio, The Franklin Chronicle,
The Apalachicola Times, The Mag-
nolia Grill, Seahorse Florist, St.
George Island Cookers, Gulf State
Bank, The Carrabelle I.G.A., Red
Rabbit Foodlane, Waste Manage-
ment of Bay County, B.L. Cosey,
Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Buzzett, Tom
Fischer and Century 21.


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Teen Council Discusses

Environmental Issues


The Teen Council was amply supported by TEENSPEAK
Coordinator Kris Halstrom, Franklin County Public Library
Director Eileen Annie, WINGS Coordinator Jennifer
Millender, County Extension Agent Bill Mahan and Florida
Impact Representative Tom Fischer at the June 19
meeting.


Young adults from the Teen Coun-
i:il met at the Eastpoint Branch
of the Franklin County Public Li-
brary on June 19 to discuss envi-
ronmental issues confronting
Franklin County.
Teen Council members were
joined by County Extension Agent
Bill Mahan, Florida Impact rep-
resentative Tom Fischer,
TeenSpeak Coordinator Kris
Halstrom and Library Director
Eileen Annie.


At the June 19 meeting, teens
addressed topics as recycling, lit-
tering and turtle nesting. Coun-
cil members discussed the possi-
bility of requesting a beach light-
ing ordinance. Following the
meeting, Bill Mahan stated that
turtles seek the brightest lights on
the beach and gravitate towards
that light. He said that it was im-
portant that the turtles not be dis-
tracted from moving inland. A
; beach lighting ordinance would
require that all residences along
Sthe beach keep their outdoor
lights turned off during hours in
which turtles nest.
Teen members also vented their
frustrations about excessive litter
throughout the county. One
Il: member said he was angry be-


cause he cut his foot on a broken
bottle on the beach. The teens dis-
cussed the possibility of monitor-
ing the beach with a video re-
corder. It was noted, if they caught
someone littering, they would
confront that person and ask
them why they had just littered.
It was also suggested that a Teen :
Council member join the Keep
Franklin County Beautiful Com- .
mittee. "The teens are fed up with
people trashing their beach,"
noted Mahan. The council agreed
to invite Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson to the next meeting to
discuss recycling issues.
Tom Fischer complimented the
Teen Council for their enthusiasm
and progressive ideas. "They feel
that their opinions and thoughts
are valuable," said Fischer. "And
they have some great ideas." Mr.
Fischer works for a non-profit or-
ganization entitled Florida
Impact. The organization concen-
trates on issues such as legisla-
tive action on poverty and eco-
nomic justice. In addition, the
organization provides support to
community-based organizations.
Fischer has worked with the Teen
Council for three months. He vis-
its the council every two weeks.


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such topics as the AIDS virus.
teenage drug abuse and abusive
relationships.
The children from the Love Cen-
ter were then led in a musical
performance by Temolynne Jef-
ferson. The young adults per-
formed dances, mines and bibli-
cal reenactments for those in at-
tendance. Many of the perfor-
mances were featured in the re-
cent Black History Month perfor-
mance as well as a children's con-
cert which was coordinated by the.
Love Center.
The Health Fair came to a close'
with a two hour music perfor-
mance by Phoenix Uprising, a
reggae band sponsored by the
Wilderness Coast Library and the
Franklin County Public Library.
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NW Comer of
Sea Palm Village
Subdivision


St. George Islan'd Resort Village

Phase I Site Plan



SFuture Hotel/Inn

uFuture Hotel/Inn

5 Future Hotel/Inn


Leisure Lane


Primary Structures:
A Beach Club and Conference Center.
1 Story, 14,750 Sq Ft, including 300 Sq Ft Retail;.
325 Conference Seats; 6,000 Sq Ft Exercise/Club
B Food and Beverage: 3 Story, 4,000 Sq Ft
C Hotel/Inn: 3 Story, 19,500 Sq Ft, including 34 Units
D Hotel/Inn: 3 Story, 15,000 Sq Ft, including 26 Units
E Hotel/Inn: 3 Story, 18,000 Sq Ft, including 31 Units
F Hotel/Inn: 3 Story, 13,500 Sq Ft, including 23 Units
G Resort Village Utility, Inc.: AWT Plant


Acreage Attributable to Impervious and Other Uses:
Building Footprints 1.0 acres 10.3%
Other Impervious Surfaces 3.2 acres 33.2%
Naturally Vegetated Surfaces 2.0 acres 20.4%
Other Non-Impervious Surfaces 3.5 acres 36.0%
Total 9.6 acres 100.0%


Notes:
* In accordance with the 1977 Development Order, food and beverages may be provided in all
areas as desirable and appropriate.
* In accordance with the 1977 Development Order, condominiums and multi-family residential
structures shall not be allowed without the prior consent of the Board of County
Commissioners. To the extent such consent is granted, other uses will be reduced accordingly.
" Distribution of hotel units in individual buildings may vary.
* Primary Structure sizes are Maximum Heated and Cooled Square Feet


Amenities/Other Structures:
1 Maintenance/Storage
2 Tennis
3 Bocce
4 Playground
5 Fountain
6 Covered Access Gate
7 Shuffleboard
8 Gazebo
9 Swimming Pool
10 Privacy Fence
11 Volleyball
12 Open Air Food & Beverage
13 Swimming Pool
14 Badminton
15 Whirlpool
16 Croquet.
17 Covered Access Gate
18 Horseshoes
19 Storage
20 Covered Access Gate


Workshop on Resort


Village Scheduled


for July 2nd .

Dr. Ben Johnson, through his attorney L. Lee Williams, Jr has filed
papers with the Franklin County Board of County Commisioners to
review again the Phase I portions of the Resort Village project, a com-
mercial development planned for St. George Island and the Planta-
tion. What has steamed controversy has been the plans for a com-
mercial project to become a of a private, residential development (the
Plantation).
The Workshop is likely to become a question-and-answer session af-
ter some preliminary remarks by Dr. Johnson. The Board of County
Commissioners has heard the presentation before but not in the pro-
cedural steps outlined by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
During a Workshop, no official action by the board may be taken. The
session is scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, July 2, .1996 at
1:30 p.m. A Hearing in the matter or rejection of the Phase I involving
approval, modification proposal is scheduled for August 6, 1996 at
5 p.m.
Background
In a lengthy procedural process beginning on June 6, 1995, Resort
Village presented site plans and specifications to the Franklin County
Board of County Commissioners. On August 1, 1995, a hearing con-
cerning that submission was held by the County but the hearing
ended with some ambiguity in the adopted motion to "review and
perfect the plan presented" so the Board could consider final ap-
proval of the plan. The "staff' of the County Commission was to ad-
vise the Board of Commissioners as to what procedure the Board
should follow. Then, a few days later, the DCA intervened, recom-
mending that the amendment to the Development Order process be
used. The County Attorney then followed with that recommendation.
But, in the current submission, Resort Village has stated, "...it should
be clearly understood that the (Resort Village)...is fully satisfied with
the 1977 Development Order (DO) and would not be proposing any
changes to that document if it had not been required to do so."
The Current Submission
Resort Village has indicated that their "...development will be fully
consistent with and within the terms of the development approved
under the 1977 Development Order." The intensity of the develop-
ment on St. George Island will be less than the development approved
by the 1977 DO. Pertinent sections of the proposal are reprinted be-
low.
The exact location, gross square footage, and number of units
associated with these uses is shown on the specific plans of
development attached to Applicant's Proposed Development
Order. These plans also show the acreage attributable to im-
pervious and other uses. The information provided on these
plans is incorporated herein by reference. The following
supplementary information is also provided:
Parking Spaces: Phase I will include approximately 248
spaces attributable to hotel/motel and af-
filiated uses, such as food and beverage
service, conference rooms, recreational
amenities and similar activities, plus 2
spaces attributable to retail uses. In to-
tal, the entire 58 acre Resort Village
project will include approximately 680
parking spaces attributable to hotel/mo-
tel and affiliated uses, such as food and
beverage service, conference rooms, rec-
reational amenities and similar activities,
plus 63 parking spaces attributable to
retail uses. These figures reflect a
mixed-use adjustment; if this adjustment
were not accepted, the total number of
spaces would increase to approximately
850 parking spaces. Since the number of
hotel/motel units and the number of
square feet of retail space is being sub-
stantially reduced, the proposed plan re-
sults in a substantial reduction below the
number of parking spaces originally and
subsequently approved.


Open Space:


The proposed master plan for the Resort
Village clusters development and places
it farther from the Gulf and the Apala-
chicola Bay than required by the 1977


DO, thereby providing more than 25 acres
of green belt/open space which were not
provided under the original development
plans.
Proposed Phasing, Commencement and Buildout
Dates: Physidal development will com-
mence within five years after approval of
specific plans by the BOCC. Physical de
velopmen| shall mean the completion fI
any infrastructure to secure any portion
of the proposed development, i.e., roads,
drives, water lines, sewer lines or facili-
ties, wastewater treatment plant; or the
completion of at least one commercial
building. Buildout of Resort Village-Phase
I will occur on or before December 1,
2010, and buildout of the entire Resort
Village will occur on or before December
1, 2015.
DO Conditions and Requirements: As requested by the
Department of Community Affairs, more
specific D.O. conditions will be imposed
regarding wastewater, stormwater, and
other environmental issues. These con-
ditions are substantially more detailed
and more restrictive than the D.O. con-
ditions required by the County when ap-
proving specific development plans for the
Sunset Beach and Sikes Cut commercial
area.
In response to the DCA inquiry concerning elements which might
lead to a substantial deviation, the Resort Village document contains
this language:
The only "change" which is being proposed is to have the
Board adopt specific development plans, along with specific
D.O. conditions, as requestediby the Department of Commu-
nity Affairs. If the proposed plans and D.O. conditions are
approved, the effect will be to substantially reduce the num-
ber of hotel/motel units and affiliated uses, and the amount
of retail space, below the level originally and cumulatively
approved...
As provided in the 1977 Development Order, the Resort Vil-
lage will contain high quality resort hotel/inns together with
affiliated uses which are appropriate and desirable, such as
tourist shops, restaurants, recreational amenities and simi-
lar activities. Condominiums and multi-family residential
structures shall not be allowed in the Resort Village without
the prior consent of the Board of County Commissioners.
The Resort Village development will be fully consistent with
and within the terms of the development approved under the
1977 Development Order. However, the Resort Village will be
substantially smaller, and less intensive, than the commer-
cial development which was originally and cumulatively ap-
proved under the 1977 Development Order, as amended from
time to time.
Throughout his application, Dr. Ben Johnson has emphasized that
the proposed change will not result in any increase above the previ-
ously allowed level of development. With regard to criteria listed in
Florida Statutes, the proposed change in the upcoming workshop
and hearing (in August 1996) will result in a reduction in the volume
or intensity of development. In "1977, the DO permitted and approved
a maximum of 200 acres of commercial development. The proposed
Resort Village master plan will limit commercial development to a
maximum of 58 acres. Dr. Johnson's answers to the DCA question-
naire concludes, 'This represents a 71 percent reduction in the amount
of land area originally and cumulatively approved for commercial de-
velopment within the DRI."
The plan clusters development and places it farther from the Gulf
and the Apalachicola Bay than required by the 1977 DO, "...thereby
providing more than 25 acres of green belt/open space..." thus add-
ing a substantial increase in the amount of.open space relative to the
amount originally approved.
In regard to an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, Dr. Johnson
argues that he is statutorily vested under the 1977 DO to develop his
property commercially, and an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan
is not required. He cites the following additional evidence and au-
thority.
Even the attorney for Tom Adams and other Plantation prop-
erty owners who opposed his earlier development proposal,
when speaking before the Florida Land and Water
Adjudicatory Commission, admitted that Dr. Johnson is
vested to develop his property commercially.
I want to make it clear that our clients are not op-
posed to Mr. Johnson developing or using his prop-
erty. (April 11, 1995 transcript at page 54 line 25 and


page 55 on lines 1-2)
And we take issue with (multi-family development)
in several different ways and say that he was only
vested to develop commercial. (Id., at page 56 lines
12-14, emphasis added)
There were two commercial areas designated. They
were near the Sikes Cut and Nic's Hole....the devel-
opment order recognized (this), and Mr. Johnson is
vested to develop hotels. But it specifically included
in that order the fact that condominiums and multi-
family developments had to be approved by Franklin
County. They reserved the right to approve that. (Id.,
at page 56 line 21 through page 57 line 7, emphasis
added).
The 1977 Development Order was entered pursuant to Chapter
380, Florida Statutes, and is, therefore, a development of re-
gional impact ("DRI") Florida law specifically recognizes vested
rights under a DRI. (Section 163.3167(8), Florida Statutes, 1995).
These vested rights are valid in regards to any "consistency" or
"concurrency" requirements of Franklin County under Section
163.3194, Florida Statutes, or Section 163.3202, Florida Stat-
utes.
For administrative purposes, it is desirable to maintain consistency
between the Comprehensive Plan and other County documents (e.g.
approved development plans, and the zoning map). Section 3B(vi) of
the 1977 Development Order, states that "Rezoning of these areas
shall be granted upon final approval of the plans by the Board, which
approval shall not be unreasonably withheld."
On June 8, 1981, the Board considered whether to rezofe these ar-
eas to commercial prior to final site plan approval and instead de-
cided to show the areas as residential on its zoning map "with the
understanding that as specific site plans are approved by the Board
of County Commissioners pursuant to the conditions of the develop-
ment order, that the zoning map will be changed..."
The Department of Community Affairs has recommended that once
the specific plan of development for Phase I of the Resort Village is
approved, "the County should also amend their comprehensive plan
to establish an appropriate land use category to accommodate the
commercial uses" reflected in that approval, sincene the exist land
use designation is Residential on the Future Land Use Map"... To
comply with this recommendation, the BOCC could amend the exist-
ing and future land use maps to indicate "Mixed Use Commercial" as
the applicable land use. To avoid any possibility of confusion, Policy
2.2, paragraph f. could also be amended, to read as follows (new lan-
guage indicated in italics):
Mixed-Use Commercial: This category of land use shall
provide for development that is commercial in nature but
which may include categories of land uses otherwise described
in this plan such as conservation, recreation, historic and
archaeological, and residential. Commercial land uses allowed
in this district include, but are not limited to, retail, office,
hotel/motel, recreation facilities, clubs, and marinas. This
category is designed for and limited to the area covered in the
Franklin County Bob Sikes Cut Planned Unit Development
District (Ordinance 88-5), and the "Resort Village Phase 1."
As provided in the St. George Island Development Order, con-
dominiums and multi-family residential structures shall not
be allowed without the prior consent of the Board of County
Commissioners. The residendal density shall not exceed 4.3
dwelling units per gross acre on average. The location of these
lands is depicted on the Future Land Use Map Series.
Owners of the Sikes Cut and Sunset Beach areas are not proceeding
with the approved plans for commercial development of these areas,
and are instead developing their property residential. The Compre-
hensive Plan and zoning maps have not been amended to reflect this
fact. If the BOCC decides to follow the recommendation of the De-
partment of Community Affairs with regard to the Resort Village prop-
erty, it might also be appropriate to follow this same recommenda-
tion with regard to the Sikes Cut and Sunset Beach areas, by amend-
ing the comprehensive plan to establish an appropriate land use cat-
egory which better reflects the residential development which is oc-
curring in those areas.
Once the County approves Phase I, the 1977 DO provides for a change
in zoning from residential to commercial. At the Workshop, the Board
may not take any official action on the Phase I proposal, but at the at
the August Hearing, the plan may modified, rejected or approved.
The draft of the final order is attached to the submission made on
May 28, 1996.




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Civic Club Reviews

City Status for

St. George


The June meeting of the St.
George Island Civic Club engen-
dered considerable interest in
quizzing their guest speaker
about St. George Island becom-
ing a city in Franklin County. Mr.
Kenneth S. Small, Director of Eco-
nomic Research, from the Florida
League of Cities, Inc. addressed
the membership and responded
to their questions about city sta-
tus for St. George.
The seed for the idea begins with
the often-expressed dissatisfac-
tion by club members concerning
county-imposed taxes and ser-
vices. The discussion began with
the proposed gas tax and the ad-
vantages it would accrue to the
island and the County. From
there, the thread of the group dis-
cussion moved to establishing the
island community as the third
incorporated city in Franklin
County.
Small announced the major ca-
veat at the very beginning:
"There's no free lunch. You have
to pay for it." He pointed out that
.establishing an incorporated city
government is "...not for every-
body." But, he said that many of
the items he heard discussed in
the club meeting could be ad-
dressed by an incorporated com-
munity, such as creating their
own law enforcement, sign ordi-
nances, and codes to deal with
other issues.
There are almost 400 cities incor-
porated in Florida, and about 200
of them are smaller that 4,100
persons, thus Florida is a state of
small cities. In response to other
questions, Small also pointed out
that whatever revenues accruing
to the County from ad valorem
taxes would continue to flow into
the County treasury; city states
would not affect that. Moreover,
an incorporated city of St. George
would likely have to take over
maintenance of some roads. Law
enforcement might become ex-
pensive absent any agreement to
extend county services from the
County sheriff.


S"\ This end of the county is where
Leisure Properties the tax values are increasing," he
Setback Line-- \\ reminded the audience. That tax
money would remain with the
county. There might be a possi-
bility of relieving the City of St.
George from the MSBU taxes. Of
course, an incorporated City of St.
George could levy its own utility,
property and occupational license



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Islanders would be left with a new
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taxes and if the sum of those taxes
amounted to at least 3 mils, (the
minimum threshold) there could
be some revenue sharing by the
state on gasoline, cigarette and
sales taxes.
However, one major problem put-
ting a ceiling on the revenues to
be shared would be the rising
property values on the island. In
that scenario even a tax base as
low as a 1 mil levy would raise a
substantial amount of tax dollars,
on top of county-imposed prop-
erty taxes, that the minimum 3
mil threshold (to qualify for
revenue-sharing) would be pro-
hibitively expensive for city resi-
dents. In effect, the City of St.
George might turn out to be a very
small city because residents could.
not cope with the high taxes. On
the other hand, Small pointed out,
the city could provide the munici-
pal services they desired.
He also reviewed four forms of city
government. The process would
begin with a group as active as
the Civic Club and the drafting of
a Charter, along with close liai-
son with the District Representa-
tive. The House member is espe-
cially important because he or she
is the author of a local bill advanc-
ing the incorporation of the city,
possible only through the Legis-
lature. The County Commission
has no part of this approval pro-
cess. Then, when the legislature
approved, a community vote is
likely on the city Charter with a
clear majority required for ap-
proval.


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the island's beaches despite the
presence of water containers.
Those who supported the extefn-
sion of the bike path should write
Edward Prescott at the Dept. of
Transportation.
Sample ordinances have been
obtained for assistance in writing
a county rule for the control of
large billboards on the island un-
der old business.

A vote was taken by the Club to
write a letter to the Franklin
County Commission urging them
to adopt a gas tax. President John


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Shelby cited the value of a user
based tax as the great proportion
of ad valorem taxes already come
rom the island to finance County
government. Some discussion
occurred concerning the increas-
ing concern that the available
county money was diminishing
and the cost of road maintenance
might have to draw heavily on the
general treasury which is funded
by ad valorem taxes. Since at least
38 per cent of county taxes are
collected from assessments on St.
George Island, this puts a burden
on those landowners. Hence, a
user based tax was favored and
the vote was nearly unanimous.
The letter will go forward in the
next few weeks. Several views on
various forms of tax, including a
county sales tax, were expressed.
A sales tax would not provide for
matching funds. While there was
not a major thrust to pave roads
on St. George Island, some dis-
cussion was focused on paving
the escape road in Eastpoint, and
a gas tax would provide the funds
for that.
A question was raised about the
funds for the rest rooms planned
for Franklin Blvd area, but the
hang-up has been maintaining
the restrooms--who would do it?
The recommendation that the
Civic Club do this was met with a
negative response.

Bevis vs. CPAA

Continued from
last issue
A Report and Commentary
by Rene Topping
However she
felt it was of great importance that
the board must stay legally cor-
rect. Watkins responded that in
his mind if the board passed the
motion and threw Bevis out there
would surely be more litigation.
He suggested that they let the liti-
gation now in progress be allowed
to run its' course.
The Timber Island Project has a
long history and was started in
the early 80's with a proposition
by Luke McKissack that the city
of Carrabelle swap the land on
Timber Island for other land. The
city did not have the means to do
this and the State of Florida en-
tered the picture. A swap was
made for some land in South
Florida and the State then leased
the Timber Island property to the
City of Carrabelle for the purpose
of forming a Seafood Industrial
Park. The swap was engineered'in
part by Gene Langston who was
agent for McKissack Properties.
At the same time the Carrabelle
Port and Airport Authority was
Formed of local people Don Wood
has been a member since its' in-
oeption. The AlUthoritv h.is'Tar
iea: hi viia u iori r o\c r "lie rper -
tion oi the airport'andlhe harbor
and its' jurisdiction reaches into
the Carrabelle River and out to the
Pass.
At first there were high hopes for
the Island to become a source of
jobs for the community and that
businesses would flock to the site.
Gene Langston was appointed
agent for the project. He was able
to obtain grants for roads to be
built and a sewer lines and a small
sewer plant built near the airport.
(So far this plant has never oper-
ated.) There were improvements
to the airport and these are ongo-
ing. However the Island itself did
not attract business. The build-
ing now occupied by Bevis and the
docks were built to entice some-
one to set up shop. But still there
was no land rush of customers to
take advantage of the low rates
and the ready to use building.
A company by the name of
Whiteside applied and they leased
the building but the company
failed, and for several years the
building stood vacant. The Tim-
ber Island Project seemed mired
in failure. The building became
inhabited by goats and was scorn-
fully referred to locally as the "goat
shed." Then in 1991 Bevis as-
sumed occupancy. His business
is part of Phase I and the Devel-
opment Order does not permit a
marina until the project enters
Phase II.
In other business. The board ap-
proved use of a loader to load
barges at a site near the Old Flour
Mill requested by Gene Langston
of Langwood Industries. In re-
sponse to questions he said
trucks carrying the limerock
would traverse the Morality Lake
Road to (8 and then go on 30 A to
the barge) the loading site,


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Literacy

Worker

Completes

Service with

Local Reading

Program

After two years of working with the
Franklin County Adult Reading
Program (FCARP), Apalachicola
resident Jack Dakota believes
that his labor of literacy has sown
some very important seeds of
empowerment throughout Fran-
klin County. Mr. Dakota com-
pleted his final day with the read-
ing program on June 17. His em-
ployment with the local program
was supported by the federal
VISTA (Volunteers in Service to
America) program.
The VISTA program has fre-
quently been described as the
domestic version of the Peace
Corps. Those who work with the
federal program receive a small
stipend to cover basic living ex-
penses. Although VISTAs were
once allowed to work in the pro-
gram for up to five years, they are
now only permitted to serve for
two years.
Those federally employed literacy
workers with FCARP perform
many services to the community.
They provide individual and small
group tutoring; they recruit and
train tutors. The VISTAs also par-
ticipate in many of the reading
program's fund raisers and pub-
lic awareness campaigns.
Of his many services to the read-
ing program, one of Dakota's main
concentrations was to serve as the
program's Corrections Coordina-
tor at the Franklin Work Camp.
As Corrections Coordinator, Da-
kota worked with approximately
150 inmates through the
program's twice weekly tutoring
sessions. He worked with inmates
on such skills as basic reading
and writing, computer literacy,
creative writing and music. In
addition, Dakota helped to pro-
vide thousands of books to both
the Franklin Work Camp and the
Franklin County Jail. He also
managed to tune and repair a pi-
ano at the Franklin Work Camp.
Inmates at the Franklin Work
Camp generally only stay at the
facility for approximately one year
before being transferred or re-
leased. Tutors, therefore, have a
relatively short time to work with
an individual inmate on educa-
tional skills. Nonetheless, much
personal and education growth
can be accomplished in a short
time period when both the tutor
and student dedicate themselves
to a common goal. Dakota offered,
"I felt that I was able to help many
of the inmates improve their abil-
ity to communicate their
thoughts, ideas and feelings by
helping them to improve their
writing." Mr. Dakota worked with
a variety of inmates with a range
of educational skills. He said that
some of his inmate students had
elementary educations, while oth-
ers had college experience.
In addition to his service within
the Franklin Work Camp, Dakota
also assisted with many library-
based programs as the WINGS
and Summer Reading Programs.
His office site was located at the
Holy Family Center in Apalachi-
cola, which has also served as one
of the three WINGS Program sites
in Franklin County. While at the
Holy Family Center, Dakota
worked feverishly to furnish the
site with extra books, book-
shelves, couches and desks.
Of all his services to the county,
Dakota said that his proudest
accomplishment was to establish
the Summer Fun Program. Dur-
ing the summers of 1994-95, Da-
kota founded and coordinated the
program. Over 80 students en-
rolled in the summer program
during the first two years. The
Franklin County Public Library,
which presently coordinates the
Summer Fun Program, has en-
rolled over 100 students in the
program. "I'd like to think that I've
planted some seeds in the
county," said Dakota.
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Jack Dakota
During his two years of service.
Mr. Dakota worked with fellow
VISTAs Alma Pugh and Carolyn
Sparks. Dakota praised both
Pugh and Sparks for their dedi-
cation and community leadership
with the Franklin County Adult
Reading Program. He also ap-
plauded the leadership of Literacy
Coordinator Jane Cox. "If all of
our Franklin County politicians
could be as industrious and ethi-
cal as Jane Cox," said Dakota,
"then many of the problems fac-
ing residents could be solved in a
more beneficial manner for every-
one." His advise to future VISTAs?


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Kelly Reynolds

Returns to

Apalachicola as

Henry Plant


When he visited the Apalachicola
Library several years ago,
Professor Kelly Reynolds re-
enacted facets of Claude Pepper
is a special program of living
history. Now, Dr. Reynolds
returns to the river town on
Saturday, July 20 1996, as the
self-made man and empire-
builder Henry B. Plant. A railroad
tycoon', Plant was responsible for
many changes on Florida's west
coast during the last part of the
Nineteenth Century'. Professor
Kelly, through his re-enactierit,
gives the audience a dynamic slice


State Representative Allen
Boyd included Franklin
County on his stops, visiting
the numerous counties in
Florida's Second
Congressional District as he
meets the public in his
campaign for the
Congressional seat now
occupied by Pete Peterson.
In the State Legislature,
Representative Boyd has led
the fight to introduce a
performance based
budgeting reform in Florida.
He is shown here (right) with
his wife Stephanie ("Cissy")
talking with two future
voters during his visit in
mid-May to Apalachicola.

"I am a pro-jobs
Democrat who
believes that
government wastes
too much taxes too
much, and regulates
too much,"
Boyd said.


Dakota urged, "Set short-term,
realistic and achievable goals.
That's the same advise we give to
our students."
In his life after VISTA, Jack Da-
kota plans to return to some of
his lifelong hobbies. He will con-
tinue to write fiction and work on
the great American screenplay.
Dakota also expects to get back
to the piano tuning and repair
business. In addition to his plan
to offer private tutoring, Mr. Da-
kota said that he will be available
to assist the Franklin County
Public Library with various
programs.


of Plant's personality, career and
legacy. A slide presentation
accompanies the program.
Henry B. Plant was born to a
family of modest means in
Connecticut. He was the founder
and President of the Plant railway
system, steamship lines and
hotels. He developed and
promoted the west coast and
central sections of Florida.
The presentation begins about 7
P.M, at, the Apalachicola
Community Center. For
additional information please call
the Apalachicola Library.


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More

Criticism of

New Office

at Lanark

Board

Meeting

The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer Commission conducted
their first afternoon meeting at
3:00 p.m. on June 18 before a
host of scrutinous residents. The
meeting time, which was previ-
ously conducted at 7:00 p.m., was
changed at the May board meet-
ing in order to encourage greater
community participation with the
water & sewer commission. Newly
appointed Water and Sewer Com-
missioner Greg Yancey and Field
Manager Donald Griswold were
,also present at the June meeting.
Community participation at the
June meeting increased as the
attendance more than doubled.
Unfortunately for water & sewer
commissioners, they were treated
to an earful of criticism from dis-
trict residents who accused them
of secretly purchasing a mobile
home and placing the new office
at the center of the village. Resi-
dents also complained that the
new office lowered their property
values and was not handicap ac-
cessible.
Chairperson James Lawlor ar-
gued that the matter of the, mo-
bile home was discussed at three
previous meetings. "This is a dead
issue," concluded Lawlor. Kathryn
Kemp countered. "It was the big-
gest secret that any one of us ever
ran across in our lives."
Kermp c o:m pla i ned ;thatz'the:e-presi-
dent of the Lanark Villai Asso-
ciation (LVA) i.as not present at
the water and sewer meeting
when commissioners voted to
purchase the mobile home. "The
vice-president, you told him and
he didn't report it and I'm mad at
him...and not only that. It could
have been in the newsletter."


Kemp addressed Lawlor, "I no-
ticed you moved it (the mobile
home) down so you got a clear
view."
Ms. Kemp later noted that she had
"quit" the LVA following a printed
letter from LVA President Ralph
Dietz in the Franklin Chronicle.
Mr. Dietz noted in the June 14
issue of the Franklin Chronicle
that, in reference to Ms. Dietz'
printed letter in the Apalachicola
Times, her views did not neces-
sarily represent the views of the
LVA.
Commissioner Jeanette Pedder
pointed out that discussion of the
new office had been printed in the
local newspaper. She added, "You
(Ms. Kemp) know when the water
meetings are."
The residents also stated that the
new office was not handicap ac-
cessible. The board pointed out
that a 30 foot ramp had been
implemented in front of the office.
Kemp contended, "That's not
handicap (accessible)...people
can't go up that ramp."


In other board business:
*Chairperson James Lawlor an-
nounced that meters may be
implemented in apartments
throughout the district on a per
unit basis. The board had previ-
ously. considered implementing
one meter per two units at their
March 18 meeting. If the board
had decided to meter apartments
as such, residents from the two
separate units would have been
obligated to split the monthly bill
evenly without regard to the
amount of water that each resi-
dent had used during that
monthly period. The Franklin
Chronicle had voiced concern at
the March 18 meeting in regard
to the equity of metering apart-
ments on such a manner.
Chairperson Lawlor also men-
tioned the possibility of having
heat pumps metered throughout
the district. Lawlor said that heat
pumps utilized a large amount of
water compared to other opera-
tions.
Continued on page 8


Resolution Urging

Disaster Assistance

for Franklin County

WHEREAS, Franklin County, Florida depends heavily on the sea-
food industry to provide a means of income to its citizens, and
WHEREAS, Franklin County, Florida has no other source of em-
ployment which impacts its economy as much as the seafood indus-
try does, and
WHEREAS, the Net Ban Amendment has adversely affected the
fish and shrimp industry, and
WHEREAS, the oyster industry in Franklin County, Florida has
been shut down since June 4, 1996 because of Red Tide, and
WHEREAS, it is not yet known when this Red Tide shut down will
end, and
WHEREAS, the Red Tide shut down is causing serious injury to
the citizens and businesses of Franklin County, Florida, including an
inability to pay Small- Business Administration loans and revolving
loans established by Franklin County, Florida, and
WHEREAS, the economic injury has included tourism, seafood
dealers, seafood workers, restaurants and a wide spectrum of busi-
nesses in Franklin County, Florida, and
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Environmental protection
has expressed its support for State and Federal disaster assistance
for Franklin County, Florida, and
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Corrections has plans to
construct a new prison in Franklin County, Florida, which would
provide a much-needed boost to the Franklin County, Florida economy:
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Franklin County
Board Of County Commissioners, Franklin County, Florida, strongly
Surges that any and all assistance available from the State and Fed-
eral governments be immediately made to the citizens and businesses
of Franklin County, Florida, including, but not limited to the follow-
ing:
1. That the Apalachee Bay Trust Fund be supplemented;
2. That assistance be given by the Florida Department of Labor
and the Florida Department of HRS;
3. That the construction of the new prison in Franklin County,
Florida be expedited, including the cooperation of the State Division
of Lands and the Florida Department of Corrections in acquiring the
property for the construction of the prison; and
4. That any and all further disaster assistance be made available
by the State and Federal governments.
This Resolution adopted by its Franklin County Board Of County
Commissioners at its special meeting June 25, 1996.
THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS


County

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months due to the phenomenon
of red tide.
Braxton stated that members of
the seafood community, the De-
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Representative Al Lawson and
other state officials to discuss the
situation surrounding the closure
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the meeting, David'Hiel with the
DEP predicted that the Apalachi-
cola Bay would be closed for the
next two months. "That right
there would take care all of the
summer season," said Braxton.
The board then unanimously
agreed to adopt a resolution urg-
ing for disaster assistance for
Franklin County. The resolution
notes that the Net Ban Amend-
ment and the phenomenon of red
tide have crippled the local sea-
food industry. It requests that
state and federal assistance be
made to the citizens and busi-
nesses of Franklin County. Those
assistance's requested include:
supplementing the Apalachee Bay
Trust Fund; receiving assistance
from the Florida Department of
Labor and the Florida Department
of HRS; expediting the construc-
tion of the new prison in Franklin
County and the provision of any
and all disaster assistance by
state and federal governments.
Braxton also noted that local sea-
food workers were having difficul-
ties paying their oyster harvest-
ing licenses. The licenses cost
$100; however the price of those
licenses will increase to $500 if
they have not been purchased by
June 28. Braxton said the Apala-
chee Bay Trust Fund contained
an estimated $47,000. He sug-
gested those funds be used to pay
seafood workers to replant shell-
fish. Seafood Workers Association
President Leroy Hall expected that
the replanting effort would be con-
ducted on June 27 in order for
seafood workers to pay for their
licenses by June 28.


Vending From Page 1

sharing the Island, but were op-
posed to giving the vendors a "free
chair." Sanders explained, "It's a
chair being provided to the county
in direct competition to those
people who have worked ex-
tremely hard over the last 15
years."
Resident Harrison Jones pointed
out that the main interest of busi-
ness owners in the vending situ-
ation was that of making a profit
from the vendors. He noted that
the business owners favored mov-
ing vendors onto private property,
rather than the county charging
a fee to vendors for using county
property. "They (business owners)
want you (vendors) over there as
long as you accommodate their
property and their prices," said
Jones. "They don't want you over
there when you're going to accom-
modate the county, which is go-
ing to do the county some good."
Jones said he favored the regula-
tion of the vending industry.
Commissioners then unani-
mously agreed to advertise the
adopted ordinance for 10 days. A
copy of the ordinance may be re-
viewed in the office of the county
clerk. The board also voted 3-2
(Commissioners Toliver and Put-
nal voting nay) to direct the
county attorney, clerk and plan-
ner to meet and determine a
county vending fee for Franklin
County. The vending fee must ul-
timately be adopted by a majority
vote of the Franklin County Com-
mission.


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday,


New WINGS Coordinator

Workin' Hard


Eastpoint resident Jennifer
Millender has only been coordi-
nating the WINGS program at the
Eastpoint Branch of the Franklin
County Library since June 4 and
already she has recruited nearly
20 students into the program. "I
want to keep bringing in more
kids to the program," said
Millender.
The young people who visit the
WINGS program at the Eastpoint
Branch of the Franklin County
Library may look forward to a host
of intriguing activities. Ms.
Millender said that she hoped to


implement poetry workshops,
music appreciation sessions and
programs on local history. "I
would really like to interest the
kids in local history." said
Millender, "there is a lot to learn
about the different places in this
county." In addition, Millender
said that she wanted to work with
the WINGS students on scholas-
tic goals and career plans. 'The
kids need to start early thinking
about their (scholastic) goals and
I want to help them with that."
She concluded, "I do love kids and
my role here is to be a positive
reinforcement to the kids in ev-
ery aspect."


Artist of

the Month-

Debbie

McCormick

By Rene Topping
Debbie McCormick of Eastpoint
was chosen as Artist of the Month
for June and her painting of a
happy pelican has hung in the
place of honor at the Carrabelle
Branch of the Apalachicola Bank
all this past month.
Ms. McCormick is married to
Keith McCormick and they have
one son. When she came to East-
point several years ago to settle,
she saw the beauty of the coast-
line and the creatures that inhabit
the area. Many of her paintings
reflect this interest. The pelican
on display in the lobby of the bank
is a typical happy bird. With wings
outspread he seems to be danc-
ing with joy and cannot help but
put the viewer in a happy mood.
A work by the artist graced the
cover of the Apalachicola Times
Seafood Festival magazine in
1995 giving her. interpretation of
the sea life scene of the area.
She said she feels her mother was
her inspiration and helped her
find her way into a lifetime pas-
sion to picture nature and its
beauty. She added when she was
very young, she found some draw-
ing materials in the attic of her
home; she began using them. She
gradually developed her own style
and the rest is history. Besides the
paintings at the bank, Ms.
McCormick's work can be seen at
the Oyster Cove on St. George Is-
land.


Her son has already shown he too
has a propensity for drawing and
is developing very nicely. Given a
pad of paper and crayons, he is
already doing creditable pictures.
Ms. McCormick wishes she had
more time to paint and to draw
and although the moments to
herself and her work are small she
makes the most of them and sets
down her latest creation.
She is a member of the Carrabelle
Artists Association and has taken
part in several of their outdoor
displays of their work.


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Erin Butler Florida.
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elected
Girls'i n State cou ntyi
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50 years, young women from elected

State sponsored by the American through
Legion Auxilary. During that week both hc
the mythical state of Seminole proving
with its' six counties and 12 cit- routes
ies and a population of 300 con- In addii
venes. They campaign, meet in ence, tt
committee, lobby and pass bills were ea
and get a "hands on" opportunity Tallaha
to see how government works. in politi
They are even divided into two time th
political parties, the Nationalists tests ag
and the Federalists. on the
31stf
This year, Erin Butler, a rising -1st.
senior at Apalachicola High Erin E
School, represented the W.A. daught
Marks Post 106 Auxilary at Girls ler of E
State. She had an opportunity to dent ai
hear Commissioner Frank Bro- book E
gan, dine with the President of the Un
Florida State University, Sandy Fall of
D'Alemberte, and meet young



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cold. Indoor air contaminants from seemingly benign sources such
as office furniture, drapes, carpets, insulation, paint and office ma-
chines can cause a variety of symptoms that include respiratory
irritation, dizziness, headaches, skin rashes, nausea and vomiting.
In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a
report stating that indoor air pollution may pose serious and chronic
health risks with an economic impact of tens of billions of dollars per
year.
The good news for homeowners and office workers is that there may
be a low-cost, attractive solution to many kinds of indoor air pollu-
tion. Research conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) shows that placing live plants throughout a
home or office can clean the air in certain environments. NASA's stud-
ies concluded that common indoor plants can dramatically reduce
toxic chemical levels in buildings with poor ventilation.
Living plants have been found effective in reducing the levels of com-
mon toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene
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Benzene is a common chemical found in many products includ-
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tive in detergents, explosives, pharmaceuticals and dyes and has
long been known as a skin and eye irritant.
Formaldehyde is found in virtually all indoor environments, in-
cluding foam insulation, particle board or pressed-wood prod-
ucts. It is used in consumer paper products treated with resin,
including grocery bags, waxed papers, facial tissues and paper
towels. Most household cleaning agents contain formaldehyde.
TCE is used in metal degreasing and dry-cleaning processes. It is
an ingredient in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes and
adhesives.
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The children from the WINGS Program pause for a
photograph at the Merchants of Seaside.


Over 30 students from the WINGS
Program visited the Merchants of
Seaside in Panama City on June
15 to attend an evening perfor-
mance by the Northwest Florida
Ballet. The performance, which
was entitled, "A Gala of Classical
and Cor.temporary Dance Under
the Stars," featured musical se-
lections from artists such as An-
drew Lloyd Weber ('RRemem-
brances"), Claudio Ragazzi ("Blue
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The young adults from the WINGS
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door event and cheered "Bravo"
and "Encore" after each dance
performance. Students from Car-
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Criticism of the New Office from Page 7


*Commissioner Jeanette Pedder
announced that the board had
provided Dr. Edward Saunders
with a letter of availability for
water and sewer services to his
proposed multifamily develop-
ment project. Pedder stated that
Dr. Saunders would be required
to pay all expenses related to his
proposed development such as
cost estimates and capacity
analysis reports. "Under no cir-
cumstances will the Lanark Vil-
lage Water & Sewer District bear
any costs that the development of
the project may entail," noted
Pedder. She concluded, "We will
not burden our existing custom-
ers with the cost of the develop-
ment."
Asked by a resident if the board
would fight Saunders' proposed
development, Chairperson James
Lawlor stated, "What we're doing
is putting all the stipulations and
all the problems on his (Dr.


Saunders) back. If he wants it, he
can pay for it." He concluded, "The
water and sewer (board) is trying
to look at future and current
customers...We have all these po-
tential customers out there and
we have to look at your pocket-
books to see what we can do."
The water and sewer board had
agreed at their May meeting to
iniorm Saunders whether water
and sewer services would be made
available to his proposed project.
Dr. Saunders requested that such
information be provided to him
prior to the June meeting of the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Board. At the June 11
meeting of the planning and zon-
ing board, Dr. Saunders was
granted a public hearing to re-
quest a zoning change from R-1
to R-la for his proposed project.
On June 18, the Franklin County
Commission set the public hear-
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leaders from all over

is elected a city commis-'
or her city of Immokalee.
e only "Nat" (Nationalist)'
to the school board in h4r
of St. Johns and after an-
essful bid for State Com-
ner of Education, wa's
to the House of Represen-
After all of the campaign-
Swork began and made it
h committee, and through
)uses. It was a bill for im-
g hurricane evacuation
in Florida.
tion to the fun and experi-
he "citizens of Girls' State"
Irning 3 credit hours from
assee Community College
cal science. This is the first
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consitiution before July

Butler, the 17 year old
er of Cliff and Denise But-
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nd the 1997 Shark Year-
ditor. She plans to attend
diversity of Florida in the
1997.


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The Franklin Chronicle 28 June 1996 Page 9


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WILD Takes Program to

Elementary Schools
WILDerness Coast Public Libraries kicked-off the 1996 Florida Li-
braries' Youth Program with a series of programs in county elemen-
tary schools. Chapman, Brown, and Carrabelle Elementary students
in Franklin County; Crawfordville, Medart, and Shadeville students
in Wakulla County; plus Jefferson and Aucilla Elementary students
in Jefferson County were treated to a Hawaiian dance and cultural
story-telling program at school assemblies during May. In Franklin
County the programs reached about 1,000 young people. For the three
counties, almost 4,000 children were reached with the message "sum-
mer library, activities can be fun".
Each program was geared to introduce the types of activities that
would be available to youngsters during the summer. Summer pro-
grams in the counties will feature music, arts and crafts, multi-cul-
tural events, and other gateways to adventures through books and
libraries. At each program the children were given invitation letters to
take home to their parents and a FLYP mascot tattoo of a Florida
panther. The panther tattoos were supplied free to WILD patrons
through the FLYP statewide program.
"The goal was to see that each child had an opportunity to hear about
the summer programs in a way that would get them immediately
'involved in a hands-on experience," said Dr. Marilyn Naito, Program
Coordinator at WILDerness Coast. "Each child received a tattoo, got
,to participate in some sitting hula, and was able to browse through
some of the books about Hawaii and Hawaiian children."
In Franklin County, Library Director Eileen Annie Ball and Library
Manager Jackie Gay were present, along with Dr. Naito and the Ha-
waiian dancers, to encourage children to attend summer events. For
,more information, to enroll your child, or to volunteer to help out
during the summer, call the Franklin County Public Library. In East-
point the number is: 670-8151. In Carrabelle the number is:
697-2366. All programs are free but an adult parent or caregiver must
enroll the child':.


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SEditorial and Commentary


The Widening Gap Between Florida's Public
Schools and Their Communities:

Taxes and a Changing

Age Profile

By Susan A. MacManus
Professor of Public Administration and Political Science,
University of South Florida
The classic funding battle in recent sessions ol the Flonda Legisla-
ture has been 'schools versus pnsons At the local level. it has been
"schools versus e\verthing else." This scenano will intensify for nw.'o
reasons- Florida's anti-tax climate and the aging of our population.
There's evidence that Flonda's public schools are losing the battle.
Since January 1995. st. counties have rejected proposals to increase
local taxes earmarked for schools (Broward, Hillsborough, Leon, Pasco,
Pinellas, and St. Lucie). Only two counties have passed one Oklaloosa
and Monroe.
One of the challenges facing Florida is how to narrow the widening
gap between public schools and their communities. Before any seri-
ous discussion of how to do this can begin we need to know the an-
swers to six key questions:
* Are the strategies used by school officials to promote these taxes
offensive to a substantial part of the electorate? If so, why?
* Who turns out to vote in school tax referenda elections?
* Are taxes per se the primary reason Floridians are voting against
school taxes?
* To what degree do concerns about the efficiency and effectiveness
of school operations affect voter decisions?
* Are there clear differences in generational perspectives regarding
school tax proposals If so, why?
* Have post tax-election actions of school officials narrowed or fur-
ther widened the gap?
The answers to these questions are generated from registration and
turnout data supplied by the supervisors of elections in the eight
counties holding tax elections, newspaper articles and letters to the
editor, pre-election surveys conducted in three counties (Broward,
Hillsborough, and Pasco), and an extensive exit survey of 962
Hillsborough County voters conducted on September 12, 1995. The
exit survey probed deeply into the reasons why people voted "For" or
"Against" the tax and how persons from different backgrounds re-
acted to the issue. The arguments and the results observed in the
Hillsborough County electorate were mirrored in other counties re-
jecting the tax.
Based on the data, the answers to the six key questions are as fol-
lows:
Question 1: Are the strategies being used by school officials to promote
school tax increases offensive to a substantial part of the electorate?
Answer: "Yes." Large portions of the electorate were not swayed by
the traditional tax sales tactics employed by school officials, such as
making the tax temporary, touting the proposed tax as one heavily
tapping non-residents, and holding the election "off-cycle," among
others.
Question 2: Who turns out to vote in school tax referenda in Florida?
Answer: Older voters, whites, and voters with no ties to the public
school system (no kids in school; no family members employed by the
school system), and conservatives-a growing portion of Florida's
population.
Question 3: Are taxes per se the primary reason Floridians are voting
against school taxes? Answer: "'Yes" and "No While a large malorint
of those \vho voted against these taxes acknowledged that taxes in
their.county were already too high. at..equaL or even greater, per-.
centage cited other reasons for voting no. Among these were con-


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Shiver

Honored at

Franklin

Work Camp
Correctional Officer Pam Shiver
was chosen as the Franklin Work
Camp's Employee of the Month for
June. Officer Shiver has worked
in the Department of Corrections
for nearly three years. She has the
responsibility of supervising those
inmates who work in the camp's
dormitories.
,"Officer Shiver is constantly striv-
ing to improve work surround-
ings," noted Major Royce Pippin.


He continue, "She always pre-
sents a pleasant attitude when
working with others to achieve
common goals." Major Pippin also
applauded the strong community
involvement of Officer Shiver.
Shiver coordinated the April 20
Bike-A-Thon for the St. Jude's
Children's Hospital. The event
raised $2,700.
Officer Shiver stated that consis-
tency of character was a crucial
element for the effectiveness of a
correctional officer. "Firm and
fair...that's the only way you can
be. And consistency is the key. As
long as you're consistent in what
you do, you will be respected."
Officer Shiver felt that, by project-
ing a positive attitude, she has the
opportunity to be a positive role
model to those at the work camp.


cerns about the inefficiency and inellectiveness of current schc'ol
operations and a general lack of trust in the sales tacucs. motives
and truthfulness of school officials Much of this skepticism em3-
nates from their bad experience with information regardinC the use
of Flonda lottery funds.
Quesnon 4 To what degree do concerns about the efficiency and effec-
tiveness oJ school operations ajfect voter decisions? Ans\.er "A lot A
large portion of the voting electorate is aggressively demanding to see
clearer evidence linking spending with positive results. They are- par-
ticularly skeptical of claims that buildings and equipment produce
improvements in student performance
Question 5: Are there clear differences in generational perspectives re
guarding school ta. proposals? If so why? Answer 'les." the pnmary
reason being that at different stages of the life cycle, a person's pron-
ties and policy preferences van'. Older voters land to a certain degree
the ery' youngest cohort) are the most opposed to school taxes.. 1ThIe
are the most likely to think taxes are already too high and that schools
have deteriorated. Older voters are especially prone to question the
integrity of school officials' messages and sales methods.
Question 6: Have post tax-election actions of school officials narrowed
or further widened the gap between schools and their communities ?
Answer: Early evidence suggests they may have widened it." Many
school officials have reacted to voters' rejection of the tax in less than
optimal ways. Some made postelection statements that gave the pub-
lic the appearance it was being chastised for being uninformed, un-
caring, selfish, and ignorant. Subsequent actions such as cutting
positions that turned out to be vacant lines, reassigning administra-
tors to the classroom but not cutting their pay, and cutting popular
programs with little or no community (or teacher) input have done
little to restore the respect of voters.
The answers to these six key questions are evidence that Florida's
educational community has some major repair work to do to recon-
struct community support for public schools.
Having identified the problems, I offer these recommendations as
school and community leaders begin the search for solutions:
* Develop ways to connect with constituents who have no direct ties
to the public school system; the bulk of the Florida electorate meets
this description.
* Work hard to combat the image that there is an exclusionary com-
munity governing-elite with its own agenda.
* Solicit, and be respectful of, divergent opinions. Work with the op-
position, not against it.
* Solicit the opinions and suggestions of front line employees of the
public school system. They are often in the best position to identify
plausible ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
* Engage in serious program evaluation and be willing to accept the
results. Too many in the public believe that school leaders constantly
create new programs but rarely eliminate old ones that are no longer
necessary or effective.
* Engage in more extensive pre-election legwork prior to taking an
issue before the electorate. Find out what they are willing to support,
what they're not, and why.
* Make painful choices before, not after, going to the voters for more
money. It is critical for government to show it has tightened its belt
just as private citizens and businesses do do before making an ap-
peal for more money from them.
Floridians in every county care about the quality of life where they
live. This common concern offers the best starting point for discus-
sions on ways to bring our state's diverse communities together.
Schools and their communities need each other. Florida's future de-
pends on it.
From the James Madison Institute:
P.O. Box 13894, Tallahassee, FL 32317


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older state prisons. In its 1995 session, the Legislature made condi-
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yuilts inow
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In the history of quiltmaking, the
Great Depression is just a stitch
in time.
But to Florida State University
doctoral student Jeana Brunson,
the quilts made during those
"waste not, want not" years are a
three-dimensional history of
Florida lifestyles, values and atti-
tudes.
Brunson, chief curator at the
state's Museum of Florida History,
studied a group of 107 Florida
quilts and 67 Depression-era
quiltmakers for her doctoral dis-
sertation directed by textiles and
consumer sciences Associate Pro-
fessor Mary Ann Moore. Brunson
analyzed existing quilts, histori-
cal photographs, records from
home demonstration clubs and
the Works Progress Administra-
tion (WPA), and newspaper and
magazine articles.
In those days, Brunson said, a
typical quilt was made of printed
and solid cotton fabrics, combin-
ing scraps and purchased mate-
rials pieced together in a block
design with plain borders and
straight edges. The typical
quiltmaker was an older, married-
with-children homemaker who
lived in a small community.
"Quiltmaking provided an impor-
tant leisure activity, an opportu-
nity for social interaction, and
reflected the broader cultural val-
ues of cooperation and commu-
nity," said Brunson.
A quilting revival occurred in the
late 1920s, paralleling widespread
interest in the nation's Colonial
past, Brunson said. Colonial
Williamsburg was being restored,
museums were featuring exhibits
from Colonial times, and people
were returning to the values and
traditions of the past.
Because quilt patterns were regu-
larly published in newspapers
and magazines, Florida quilts re-
sembled those made in other re-
gions of the country. The most
popular patterns-the Dresden
Plate, the Double Wedding Ring,
Grandmother's Flower Garden
and Sunbonnet Sue-produced
quilts as colorful as their names,
she said.
Quilting is now enjoying another
revival, said Brunson, with mu-
seum exhibits and clubs-like
Quilters Unlimited in Tallahassee
with more than 100 members-
introducing the art to a new gen-
eration.
Many of the Great Depression
quilts have been documented
through the museum's Florida
quilt registry, which since 1986
has recorded more than 5,000
uilts dating from the 1840s to
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/oI-the BroolVn Dodgers.
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SALES OF FLORIDA

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PRODUCTS

INCREASING

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford today announced
that farm sales of Florida aquacultural products totaled $79 million
in 1995. This represents an 8 percent increase since a similar survey
was conducted in 1993, and a 46 percent increase since 1991. The
biennial surveys are conducted by the Florida Agricultural Statistics
Service.
As in previous surveys, tropical (ornamental) fish continued to domi-
nate Florida's aquaculture industry, accounting for $52.5 million, or
67 percent of total sales in 1995. There were 205 active growers,of
tropical fish in Florida last year. The aquatic plants category, with 72
growers and $8.6 million in sales, was second in value. This category
includes plants for aquariums and farm-produced plants used in
wetland restoration.
Tropical fish production is centered in Hillsborough and Polk coun-
ties, with smaller concentrations in Dade and Palm Beach counties.
"The aquaculture industry is a significant and growing component of
Florida agriculture," Crawford said. "New training programs for growers
of clams should lead to a significant increase in production in coming
rears, while providing employment and income or some coastal com-
munities."
aquaticc species identified in the survey were tropical fish, catfish,
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and international aquaculture trade shows, and publication of sea-
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