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The Published Every Other Friday





Franklin Chronicle


Volume 5, Number 15


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


July 26 August 8, 1996


Department of

Community

Affairs:

Resort Village Is

NOT a Substantial

Deviation

The Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) has issued a letter
on July 12, 1996 to Franklin
County's Planning and zoning
Director announcing the results
of the DCA staff review for Phase
I of Dr. Ben Johnson's planned
use of 9.6 acres within the Plan-
tation, St. George Island.
The DCA staff review of the pro-
posed amendment to the Devel-
opment of Regional Impact (DRI)
for development of the Resort Vil-
lage at Nick's Hole "...indicates
that identified state and regional
concerns have been adequately
addressed for phase I of the de-
velopment. The amendment for
Phase I does not appear.to create
a reasonable likelihood of addi-
tional regional impact or any type
of regional impact not previously
reviewed:" Moreover, the letter
continued, "the amendment also
appears to be consistent with re-
quirements set forth in the Florida
Land and Water Adjudicatory
Commission (FLWAC) Final Order
on April 12, 1995." This was an
earlier decision by the Governor
and Cabinet which sent the case
back for additional review by the
Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners. The operative
paragraph in the letter to the
Planning Department also indi-
cated,
"Therefore the Department
(DCA) does not object to the
proposed change for Phase I and
does not believe it is a substan-
tial deviation pursuant to Sec-
tion 380.06 (19)a, F. S. (Florida
Statutes)."
The hearing on the Resort Village
proposal for Phase I will be held
on Tuesday, August 6, 1996 at 5
p.m. at the County Courthouse.
The entire DCA letter is published
on page 3 of this issue.


Wellsprings

Bankruptcy to

be converted
In an order signed on July 23,
1996, United States Bankruptcy
Court Judge Lewis M. Killian, Jr.
has ordered that the Wellsprings
bankruptcy case be converted to
a Chapter 7 liquidation on Mon-
day, August 5, 1996.
Wellsprings originally filed a vol-
untary bankruptcy application
last October of 1995, which would
have enabled the health care firm
to reorganize and remain in busi-
ness. But, over the intervening
months, the business has not
filed a plan for reorganization, but
has sought a buyer. Business
owners of Wellsprings Home
Health Care include residents
Maxie Carroll and Nita Molsbey.
The Judge's order read, in part,
"...Cause exists and it is in the
best interest of creditors and the
estate to convert this case to a
Chapter 7..." which amounts to a
complete liquidation of the busi-
ness." Further, the Judge decreed,
"...This case shall be converted to
Chapter 7 on Monday, August 5,
1996 without further notice or
hearing 3. The Debtor-In-Posses-
sion or any employees officers,
directors or stockholders of the
Debtor-In-Possession shall not
sell, transfer, or dispose of any
property or records of the Debtor-
in-Possession without further
Order of this court."
According to Wellsprings attorney,
Brian Neuman, a buyer of the
non-operating healthcare busi-
ness could still be identified by
August 5, 1996, and a sale con-
cluded with approval of the Bank-
ruptcy Court at that time.


Kelly Flannery


AIDS

Information

Group

Addresses

School

Board

Kelly Flannery with Big Bend
Cares appeared before the Fran-
klin County School Board on July
22 and gave an overview of the
AIDS epidemic. Ms. Flannery also
encouraged board members to
provide AIDS education programs
within the school system.
"We don't have a whole lot of in-
formation," noted Flannery, "but,
what we do have is not good news,
unfortunately." She said that, ac-
cording to a report from the White
House, half of all new H.I.V. in-
fections each year occurred to in-
dividuals who were under the age
of 25. "A quarter of all new infec-
tions occur among people be-
tween the ages of 13 and 21," said
Flannery.
Flannery stressed that the AIDS
virus was not isolated to metro-
politan areas as Miami or Talla-
hassee. "All of us here are con-
cerned about kids," said
Flannery, "that's why you're
here." She noted that, while new
drugs were emerging to help AIDS
patients, the best cure was always
prevention.
Since 1981, Flannery said that
seven AIDS cases have been docu-
mented in Franklin County.
"There's not as many cases in
Franklin County as there will be
in Miami, Tallahassee or any


larger area just by pure popula-
tion," said Flannery, "but that
doesn't mean that those numbers
are any less important, especially
if it's your child or someone you
care about."
Flannery said that a 1993 Na-
tional Youth Risk Survey indi-
cated that 53% of all children in
grades 9-12 admitted that they
had been engaged in sexual rela-
tionships. She said that 19% of
those children surveyed had been
sexually involved with four or
more different partners. "A lot of
times, our youth get involved in
what we call serial monogamy,
They may have one partner for a
long time...two or three months,"
explained Flannery, "and then
they fall out of love and then back
in love again." She continued, "By
doing this, they're putting them-
selves at increased risk. And these
are good kids."
The increased use of alcohol and
other illegal substances by young
adults, said Flannery, has led to
more sexually active behavior. "We
have 48% using alcohol cur-
rently," added Flannery.
Ms. Flannery urged parents to",
take an active role in teaching sex,
education in their homes. "Unfor-' :
tunately, parents aren't taught
,.how to do that. Parents aren't
taught how to do a 161 of things.-
They learn as they go," explained
Flannery. She encouraged board
members to study the effects of
AIDS in the community and to
consider "age-appropriate" educa-
tional programs implemented in
kindergarten to grade twelve
classes. "It's all intertwined with
teenage pregnancy prevention
and drug and alcohol use preven-
tion," said Flannery. She con-
cluded, "America is made up of
Franklin County's and everyone
needs to take a look at this."
Board member Connie Roehr said
that the involvement of parents in
such educational formats was a
good idea. "That's a big issue,"
expressed Roehr. Flannery replied
that curriculums were available
to provide such education to par-
ents. She also suggested that the
board seek its' own local re-
sources to provide such informa-
tion to parents.
Chairperson Will Kendrick com-
plained that those in the media
ad brought an outside source
into Franklin County in order to
create a news story. "In order that
we can make it more positive,"
said Kendrick, "why don't you
contact the local staff first instead
of going outside and trying to
bring somebody in. I feel that the
local people that handle these
programs sort of got by-passed."
Ms. Flannery informed Kendrick
that Franklin County was within;
the area covered by Big Bendl
Cares.
Continued on page 5


POA Board Seeks Loan to

Continue Operations


With six members of the Planta-,
tion Owners' Board of Directors
present, a meeting was called to
order at 5:17 p.m. on Tuesday,
July 23, 1996. Pam Amato,
Charlie Manos, Bill Hartley (Presi-
dent), B. L. Cosey and Christon
Gallio were present.
Extended discussion was held
over loans being sought by the
POA for road resurfacing, payoff
of the Herrin judgment, and
added cash needed to finish the
calendar year's expenses. Accord-
ing to Richard Plessinger, Trea-
surer, there were about 35 days
of operating funds remaining.
While the Herrin judgment has
been paid, to avoid mounting in-
terest, the POA treasury has been
depleted by $140,000+. A pro-
posal was discussed to send the
membership a ballot to vote on a
special assessment of about
$170-$185 per unit (house and lot
and/or lot) to replenish the trea-
sury. The Board decided to ask
the membership for a special as-
sessment, but in the alternative,
the needed money could be paid
out of the general fund with In-
creased dues.


The first order of business was to
close the meeting to members at-
tending the Board, as the Board
proceeded downstairs to confer
with the association attorney Ri-
chard Moore via telephone on an
"RVA Proposal", presumably
meaning Resort Village Associa-
tion. Upon their return to the sec-
ond level area, Charles Manos
moved to have the POA attorney
Moore retain expert witnesses, as
needed, for the hearing on the
Resort Village Phase I proposals
at the County Courthouse on
Tuesday, August 6, 1996, at 5:00
p.m. Richard Plessinger was the
only member voting "No" to the
proposal; all others "aye".
In the discussion on loan propos-
als, Richard Plessinger gave a
brief report on the status of a loan
proposal made to Gulf State Bank
but President Bill Hartley desired
to know more about the specifi-
cations for the actual road resur-
facing project, The rhetoric grew
louder, as follows:
Hartley:
We don't have an idea what


Children Put their Mark on Eastpoint


I,^WGSs 2 & R EAST POI


- 1I : ,-^i' B Bfe Ty' \

Artists mentors stand proudly before the mural wall.
Artists & mentors stand proudly before the mural wall.


In a community effort, children,
businesses, volunteers and staff
members from the Franklin
County Public Library worked
collaboratively to create the artis-
tic WINGS Over Eastpoint mural
on the west side of Register's
United Supermarket.
An estimated 50 children partici-
pated in the creation of the mu-
ral wall over the period of four
months. Most of the youthful par-
ticipants were students of the
WINGS Program from the East-
point library. However, much like
the Adventures of Tom Sawyer,
many other children in Eastpoint
spontaneously offered to lend a
hand in the mural's creation when
they observed the students from
the WINGS Program having so
much fun. In this case, the
WINGS students didn't charge
them anything to paint the wall.
There have been many individu-
als and businesses credited for
the establishment of the mural
wall. There were the library staff
members that brainstormed the
endeavor and put the project in
motion. There were the volunteers
who donated precious time to
work side-by-side with the chil-
dren and staff members. There
were the businesses who donated
a total of seven gallons of paint
for the effort. There was the busi-
ness that donated the entire side
of its' facility for an experimental
canvas to Eastpoint. And, of
course, there were the many chil-
dren who put their heart into the
artistic creation. A creation that
has become a source of pride for
the young residents of Eastpoint.
"This is what happens when your
imagination runs away with you,"
said Perianne McKeown, "and
that is exactly what we hoped to
accomplish." Ms. McKeown was


the hell we want to do on the
roads. We have no specifica-
tions...
Plessinger:
(interrupting) I have wrote you
and I have repeatedly wrote
you, I don't know how many
times, and you do not want
to read the stuff...
Hartley:
(cross-talk).. .You've sent me a
group of estimates that have
no specifications attached to
them. It's just kind of a
hodge-podge of numbers, and
we have no competitive bids...
Plessinger:
(cross-talk)... You can spend


one of the project's volunteers.
She donated much of her time to
help complete the mural painting.
Initially, McKeown said that the
children were actually timid about
spreading paint across the wall at
Register's Supermarket. As time
passed, though, the project be-
came easier for the children as
more people in the community
volunteered to help in the effort.
However, when the mural wall
was vandalized in May, McKeown
noted that the children did not
throw up their hands in discour-
agement. "They were issued a
challenge," said McKeown, "the
graffiti incident mobilized the kids
to make something of it." Ms.
McKeown credited Buddy Regis-
ter for generously allowing his
establishment to be the site of the
mural wall. "I think it was abso-
lutely wonderful and also very
trusting of Mr. Register to let us
use his wall," said McKeown, "this
is the perfect example of commu-
nity support."
Eastpoint WINGS Coordinator
Jennifer Millender stated that the
mural's creation was an excellent
public relations effort as well as a
source of pride to the residents of
Eastpoint. "It made them know
who we are and what we stand
for," said Millender. "It also helped
to recruit many students into the
WINGS Program. This has also
had a positive effect on those who
participated. They're proud of
what they did." TEENSPEAK Co-
ordinator Kris Halstom con-
curred, "It was a cooperative ef-
fort to reflect the community. The
wall reflects a lot of pride." Vol-
unteer Amanda Loos said that she
was just happy to be a part of the
effort. While away at New College
in Sarasota, Loos felt that she
might not be able to participate
in the project. Asked if the mural


some money with nim, and
can get it done...
Hartley:
I just propose we ought to put
a little order into it... We've
had at least four proposals
before the Board, and I think
we've approved them all as to
what we're gonna do, and we
really haven't done any-
thing...
Plessinger:
(interrupting).. .Yeah...You've
approved the thing and the
next thing you say is that
we're not going to do anything
at all...

Continued on page 8


The WINGS Over Eastpoint mu-
ral has many symbols indigenous
to Eastpoint. Those who pass by
the wall will notice a shrimp boat,
seagulls, a variety of fish and a
fisherman tonging for oysters. In
addition, the wall features a soar-
ing unicorn which has become
representative of the WINGS Pro-
gram. Franklin County Public Li-
rary Director Eileen Annie said
that she always notices something
different in the mural when she
asses by. "I believe the wall has
een received warmly. The young
people took pride in creating the
wall and they worked together."
Ms. Annie also serves as the
project director for the WINGS
and TEENSPEAK Programs.
Franklin County Commission
Chairperson Dink Braxton felt
that the WINGS Over. Eastpoint
mural was the first of its kind in
Eastpoint. He commended the
WINGS Program for its continued
work with the youth of Franklin
County. Asked to give his opinion
of the mural, Braxton offered,
"Myself, I like it. I think it sets a
good example for the kids." Brax-
ton explained that the mural wall
proved that children did not have
to write graffiti with foul language
along the property of others in
order to express themselves.
Buddy Register insisted that the
WINGS Program receive all the
credit for the mural that stretches
across the side of his supermar-
ket. He said that he was happy
with the final product and noticed
that the children who participated
in the project were quite proud of
their work, also.
Both Taylor's Building Supplies
and Apalach Building Supplies
were credited with donating a to-
tal of seven gallons of paint for the
mural project. The Franklin
County Public Library expects to
create mural walls in both Carra-
belle and Apalachicola. Due to the
generosity of Taylor's and Apalach
Building Supplies, project coor-
dinators felt that there was
enough paint left over to work on
murals in both Carrabelle and
Apalachicola.


School

Supply Drive

Florida Jobs and Benefits along
with Gulf State Bank & WOYS
Radio are once again seeking do-
nations for local school supplies
to split among the area schools.
Those interested in helping the
effort may either make cash do-
nations or drop off such needed
supplies at any of the mentioned
locations. Those requested sup-
plies include pencils, pens, note-
books, crayons, erasers and rul-
ers. For more information, please
contact Louise Allen at 653-9790
or 653-9446.









Pane 2 26 July 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NI WSV ,'i ',


Published every other Friday


Franklin

Briefs

Notes from the July 16
Franklin County
Commission
*The board unanimously agreed
to write a letter of appreciation to
Jane Cox for her work with the
local literacy project. Ms. Cox was
the Literacy Coordinator for the
Franklin County Adult Reading
Program. She retired from the
program in July of 1996.
*The board agreed to appoint
Brent Taylor to the Gulf Coast
Work Force Development Board.
Mr. Taylor will fill the position
vacated by Jane Cox.
*Resident Ruth Schoelles in-
formed board members that a lo-
cal pony league team had ex-
pected to compete in a state com-
petition. She requested that com-
missioners allocate recreational
funds to the pony league team to
help pay for travel expenses to the
event. Chairperson Dink Braxton
informed Ms. Schoelles that all
funds from the county recreation
budget had been completely
spent. "We're talking about the
kids of this county," urged
Schoelles. Board members Jimmy
Mosconis, Bevin Putnal, Edward
Tolliver & Dink Braxton as well
as County Clerk Kendall Wade all
agreed to personally donate
money for the local pony league
team to attend the state competi-
tion.


Ruth Schoelles
*At the request of Corporal Mike
Cross with the Florida Highway
Patrol, the board agreed to allo-
cate $16,770 from the fine and
forfeiture budget to pay for six
radar units. Corporal Cross
pointed out that the trade-in value
of each unit was only $150 and
suggested that the highway patrol
give three of its' existing radar
units to the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department. He contin-
ued, 'That way we can alleviate
two radars that they (the sheriffs
department) currently have that
are on loan from the Apalachico-
la Police Department and the Car-
rabelle Police Department." He
told commissioners that both city
and county officers could then
generate revenue with the noted
radar units. "One citation," con-
cluded Cross, "will take care of the
unit itself."


A V
Corporal Mike Cross
*The board agreed to obtain eight
portable phones for the Franklin
County Road & Solid Waste De-
partment from the 360 Commu-
nications Corporation. Each of the
phones will be billed on the
economy rate plan The economy
rate will cost $13.95 monthly and
50 cents per minute of use. In
addition, the board purchased
one battery saver unit and an
itemized billing plan. The billing
lan will cost two cents per call,
ut will allow the board to ana-
lyze each call to ensure that the
phones have been used economi-
cally. The battery saver unit will
cost $53; it will allow the user to
both operate and triple-charge the
battery of the phone for up to 90%
of its' capacity within less than a
three hour period.
*The board agreed to advertise for
bids to have the property around
the old landfill hydroseeded. Solid
Waste Director Van Johnson in-
formed board members that the
said property had been eroding.
He also noted that the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
was concerned about the matter.
The hydroseeding process will
help to bind seeds together with
the sloped surface layer at the
landfill. The board agreed to allo-
cate up to $18,000 to fund the
hydroseeding project.
*Resident Marion Eckstein re-
quested that agendas for the
monthly meetings of the Frank-
lin County Planning and Zoning


Board be advertised. County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce explained that the
agendas for the planning and zon-
ing board were usually not pre-
pared until the prior day of the
monthly meetings or on the day
of the said meetings. "The prob-
lem that we have," noted Pierce,"
is the equal burden that the gov-
ernment has of working and let-
ting people develop their property
in an orderly and timely fashion
and also letting the public know
about issues that are of public
issue or (are) controversial." He
added, "It's hard to balance...And
I have to be fair on both sides."
Pierce said that the most practi-
cal approach to the matter would
be to set a deadline for accepting
commercial development items for
the planning and zoning board
agenda.


Marion Eckstein
County Attorney Al Shuler noted,
"agendas are nice, but sometimes
they can tie you up to where you
can't do something that you re-
ally feel like you need to do." He
pointed out that he has never en-
couraged the Franklin County
Commission to set a deadline for
accepting items on their agenda.
"We have an agenda, but we're not
bound to it," said Shuler. He
pointed out, however, that the
Franklin County Commission
dealt with governmental matters
and also had police powers. "If you
adopt, a rule that they (the plan-
ning and zoning board) close the
agenda, there are gonna be people
who have strictly routine things
that are gonna get tied up longer
than they like," said Shuler. He
concluded, 'They're gonna com-
plain somewhere; and it seems
that, everytime people want to
complain, they end up right here
(at the Franklin County Commis-
sion meetings)." The county com-
mission then voted to disallow
commercial development items
from being added to the Franklin
County Planning and Zoning
Board's agenda after 4:30 p.m. on
the Monday prior to the Tuesday
meeting of the planning and zon-
ing board.
*The board voted 3-2 to issue an-
nual permits to vendors and ped-
dlers who operate on Franklin
County's right-of-way. Coniminis-
sioners Jimmy Mosconis and
Bevin Putnal voted against the
motion. The permits, explained
County Planner Alan Pierce.
would cost $150 if purchased in
the first three months of the year.
After the first three months, Pierce
said that the permits would cost
$300. Commissioner Bevin Put-
nal argued that the board should
not create unnecessary laws for
an industry that was only prob-
lematic in one area of the county.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
Office of the Governor had sent a
letter to the Small Business Ad-
ministration (SBA) requesting
that the Gulf Coast (Franklin,
Gulf, Hillsborough, Levy, Taylor
and Wakulla Counties) of Florida
be declared a disaster area. Pierce
pointed out that, if the SBA rec-
ognized the Gulf Coast as a di-
saster area, Franklin County resi-
dents would be able to apply for
Small Business Loans. Pierce said
that the SBA loans would prob-
ably not be of much use to many
of the local business owners, since
they already had the opportunity
to obtain such loans in the previ-
ous years. "Anyone who could get
a loan probably has one and can't
afford to borrow any more
money," explained Pierce. He con-
cluded, "They bay is now open
and the red tide is gone. I just
don't see the State ofFlorida do-
ing anything more."
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
State of Florida had agreed to in-
.crease the county's base amount
for emergency management pur-
poses from approximately
70,000 to $91,719. The increase
will be effective on October 1,
1996.
*The board agreed to send a let-
ter to the Department of Environ-
mental Protection to request that
the designation of a recreational
grant site be officially changed
from State Road 65 to Vrooman
Park.

*The board agreed to schedule a
public hearing at their September
3 meeting at 10:30 a.m. to review
a request from Maxie Carroll to
rezone Lots 20 & 21, Block 105
in Eastpoint from R-4 to C-4.
County Planner Alan Pierce noted
that the property adjoined an ex-
isting C-4 district on the north
side of US 98.
*The board agreed to schedule a
public hearing on September 17
at 10:00 a.m. to review a request
from David Apodaca to construct
an RV park on Alligator Point.
*The board agreed to appoint Car-
rabelle resident Deene Cook to the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Board. Ms. Cook will re-
place Rene Topping, who resigned
from the board in July of 1996.


Polous presented commissioners
with a petition containing over
300 signatures that requested
that $5000 be allocated by the
county for legal counsel to chal-
lenge the DEP's model. Polous
requested that the county secure
the services of Attorneys J.
Patrick Floyd and Al Shuler as
counsel in the matter.
"Basically, there are a lot of things
in this (DEP) model that do not
work," stated Polous. He then de-
scribed the downward harvesting
spiral of the past twenty years.
Polous said that Franklin County
harvested 5,566,464 pounds of
shellfish in 1978 and 6,198,862
pounds of shellfish in 1984. How-
ever, he said that Franklin County
only harvested 1, 291,671 pounds
of shellfish in 1988. "Today," said
Polous, "it's less than that. If this
continues with the amendment
they've added to this model since
1990, they're gonna put the en-
tire commercial seafood industry
out of work." He added, "Person-
ally, I really don't think that Fran-
klin County can survive without
the seafood industry."
Mr. Polous alleged that the DEP
set guidelines that exceeded those
required by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). "And the
DEP has presented rules upon the
commercial fishermen that are lit-
erally putting them out of work,"
noted Polous, "we have to meet
FDA guidelines, but we do not
have to exceed these guidelines;
and the DEP has done that."
Commissioner Bevin Putnal ac-
knowledged that the commercial
seafood industry had been seri-
ously struggling. He stated that
he had once worked in the sea-
food industry and now observed
many of the commercial fisher-
men being negatively effected by
the constant bay closures. "I know
what you're talking about and I
know what the people are saying,"
noted Putnal. He then made a
motion to allocate $5000 towards
legal counsel to challenge the
DEP's model.
County Attorney Al Shuler felt
that the county would have to
spend much more than $5000 to
engage the DEP in a legal battle.
"I think if we're gonna go head to
head with the DEP," said Shuler,
"then $5000 is just a down pay-
ment." He continued, "I'm not
sure what it would take to force
DEP to do something with these
regulations. I know what they've
(DEP) told us before. If we win a
lawsuit against them, then we've
got problems with the Food and
Drug Administration."
"We should put up a battle at
least," argued Putnal.
"As long as we don't try to pull it
below the Food and Drug Admin-
istration guidelines," added
Polous, "we're not gonna have any
problems."
Chairperson Dink Braxton admit-
ted that he was not always con-
tent with the manner in which the
bay has been closed. However, he
argued against engaging the DEP
in a legal battle. "I'm opposed to
hiring somebody to go out and to
cut the hand off that's feeding


Board Thrns Down Req :


to Fund Legal Counsel
Eastpoint resident Ricky Polous
appealed to Franklin County
Commissioners on July 16 for le-
gal assistance to challenge the ,
Department of Environmental ,
Protection's (DEP) method ofclos- '
ing the bay.


people right now; and I'mi I:ll;,ii1
about the DEP." [hi-a lorn i)-, i,
out that the DEP w;as iisi(,,, I
tal rin working wi(li ,Sc :ii ',
Thomas to suppI)lemiet li ic iti
Trust Fund with ,'200,()(O). ""o,()
can't be asking t(hem o ,cl'ci i
you a disaster (a;ica) anl Iin
right around and say .t:i th n
don't agree to their (Bay I v II;in(
ment) Plan. Well, you have a;! cc'd
to it. It won't work and r11 igl ii Imv
we're trying to get decl alrd ;a li
saster (area)."
"We wouldn't be a disaster .; j;i il
they (DEP) hadn't shut. I; dot!.'
argued Polous. He c(nflin iicl. "'it
they (DEP) would leave uss ;tlohn
next winter, then next suIItIne(r \-(w
won't need their free moi ui. \V''
don't want their welfare. I hic v:t
fare system in this county iiw i;i'!
work. The welfare svst.ell it; e
signed to put you( dow(iid kni'r lr-
you there."
Resident Susan Reeder iitrged
board members to lake action to
defend the commercial sealoid
industry. She stated that tlie I av
Management Plan needed lo be
changed. "Our workers at e ,ot (,i
work and the industry is ,oin
under," argued Reeder. She c, n
tinued, "If we go out oi btminc fs.
we're gonna say to the ('runt
commissioners, 'whele w,' i.
yqu?'... If you represent us. yi u re
gonna keep our in)dusltry iin.o
"The problem we're talki :t a'i .ul
is food safety," replied C tini, s
sioner Mosconis, "it doesn't h~ve
anything to do with vIhof' riiiln
and who's wrong."
The board then voltd :3-2 r
pose Commissioner Ptil 'iitl;s
tion to allocate 85000 for hkioi
counsel to challenge DEP's fi del.
Chairperson Dink Braxlon ani
Commissioners Jiimmy iMo(sconi:s
and Raymond Williamts \vor-it
against the motion.


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The Franklin Chronicle 26 July 1996 Page 3


JAMES F. MURLEY
Secretary


July 12, 1996
Mr. Alan Pierce
Planning and Zoning Director
Franklin County
Post Office Box 340
Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Dear Alan:
Department staff has reviewed the proposed change to the St. George
Island Development of Regional Impact (DRI) for development of the
Resort Village at Nick's Hole. It is our understanding that the appli-
cant proposes to amend the master plan to establish a specific plan
of development for 9.6 acres in Phase I that includes 300 square feet
of retail space, 86,275 square feet of hotel/motel and affiliated uses
to include 114 hotel/motel units, food and beverage service, confer-
ence rooms, recreational amenities and similar services, and 250
parking spaces.
The proposed change also includes information regarding-plans for
the remaining portion of the 58-acre parcel which include 12,500
square feet of retail, 371,000 square feet of hotel/motel and affiliated
uses to include 469 hotel/motel units, food and beverage service,
conference rooms, recreational amenities and 680 parking spaces.
The St. George Island DRI is a 1,200 acre Mixed-Use development
originally planned and approved in 1977 for 830 residential units
(subsequently reduced to 770), a 27 acre airport, 30-40 slip marina,
and 200 acres of commercial uses to include "one or more high qual-
ity hotels and such affiliated uses as may be appropriate and desir-
able." The DRI approval for commercial development also allowed for
commercial areas to develop as residential at a density of one dwell-
ing unit per acre. The only area within the DRI designated for com-
mercial development that has not developed as residential is the
58-acre subject parcel. Under the 1977 St. George Island Plantation
DRI Development Order (D.O.), no intensities of commercial use were
established because plans for the commercial areas were "indefinite."
Final development approval was withheld until specific plans for de-
velopment were established and reviewed so that impacts to the Ap-
alachicola Bay and the environment could be determined.
Staff review of the amendment indicates that identified state and re-
gional concerns have been adequately addressed for Phase I of the
development. The amendment for Phase I does not appear to create a
reasonable likelihood of additional impact or any type of regional im-
pact not previously reviewed. The amendment also appears to be con-
sistent with requirement set forth in the Florida Land and Water
Adjudicatory Commission (FLWAC) Final Order on April 12, 1995.
Therefore the Department does not object to the proposed change for
Phase I and does not believe it is a substantial deviation pursuant to
Section 380.06(19)a, F.S.
The Department has not conducted a review of the impacts of future
phases of development beyond Phase I. As specific plans are pro-
posed for future phases of development, is recommended that fur-
ther consideration be given to how the developer will ensure that the
proposed development will not negatively impact the extensive wet-
lands on the remainder of the parcel, the wetlands adjacent to the
subject parcel, and the Apalachicola Bay.
It should be noted that the County's adopted Comprehensive Plan
Future Land Use Map (FLUM) designation for the subject parcel is
Residential. Pursuant to Chapter 380, F.S., any commercial develop-
ment of the parcel will require that a comprehensive plan amend-
ment be adopted prior to final development approval. The amend-
ment may be considered at the same hearing as the application for
development approval for the DRI, however action on the two issues
must be taken separately with the comprehensive plan amendment
considered first.
The Department recommends that Section B.3. of the proposed de-
velopment order language be amended to ensure that any change to
the type or amount of development approved will require a DO amend-
ment. As written, the amended DO would allow for a change of use
from hotel/motel to multi-family without a DO amendment. Addi-
tionally, all conditions specified in the proposed change should be
included in the development order amendment as well as the types
and amounts of development approved. Section B. 1. of the DO should
be revised to include the uses approved, number of hotel/motel units
approved, and the maximum gross square footage attributable to each
use that is being approved.
If we can be of further assistance or answer any questions concern-
ing our comments on the proposed change, please contact Susan
Anderson in the Bureau Of Local Planning at 904-487-4545.
Sincerely,


Charles Pattison for


J. Thomas Beck, Chief
Bureau of Local Planning


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Marine

Fisheries

Commission
STATE OF FLORIDA


Spotted

Seatrout &

Jellyfish

Management

Rules

Approved

The Governor and Cabinet on 9
July 1996 approved the following
rules proposed by the Marine
Fisheries Commission (these
rules take effect on August 1,
1996):


SPOTTED SEATROUT
RULE
This rule will replace the Novem-
ber/December harvest closure of
spotted seatrout with a December
through February closure each
year in Nassau through Flagler
counties only. All other recently
enacted statewide management
provisions for spotted seatrout are
not effected by this action.

JELLYFISH RULE
This rule, for all jellyfish species
of the genera Rophilema and
Stomopholus, will:
allow the harvest of jellyfish
in state waters out to i mile
from shore on the Atlantic coast
and 3 miles from shore on the
Gulf coast only with the follow-
ing gear:
cast nets with a radius no
greater than 12 1/2 feet
beach or haul seines with a
maximum mesh size no
greater than 2 inches, and a
maximum of 500 square feet
of mesh area
paired surface trawls with
a maximum of 500 square
feet of mesh area, a minimum
mesh size in the wing portion
of the trawl of no less than 3
1/2 inches stretched mesh,
and a minimum mesh size in
the bag portion of the trawl
no less than 1 1/2 inches
stretched mesh (these trawls
will not be allowed to tend the
bottom)
no more than 2 wing nets,
each with a maximum of 500
square feet of mesh area, a
perimeter no greater than 40
feet per net, and a minimum.
mesh size of no less than 3
1/2 inches stretched mesh
a single frame net, with a.
maximum of 500 square feet
of mesh area, a perimeter no
greater than 40 feet per net,
and a minimum mesh size of
no less than 3 1/2 inches.
stretched mesh
no more than 2 hand dip
nets, each with a maximum
of 500 square feet of mesh,
area
allow the harvest of jellyfish
in state waters beyond 1 mile
offshore on the Atlantic coast
and 3 miles offshore on the Gulf
coast with only the gear de-
scribed above, and a paired sur-


face trawl with a maximum
mesh area of 3,000 square feet
(the use of no more than two
nets with a combined total of
3,000 square feet will be al-
lowed), a minimum mesh size
in the wing portion of the trawl
of no less than 3 1/2 inches
stretched mesh, and a mini-
mum mesh size in the bag por-
tion of the trawl no less than 1
1/2 inches stretched mesh
(these trawls will not be allowed
to tend the bottom)
prohibit the harvest of any
other speciesas an incidental
bycatch while targetingjellyfish

MFC

Schedules

3-Day Public

Meeting in

Cocoa Beach

The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a public meeting
August 5-7, 1996 at the Cocoa
Beach Hilton, 1550 North Atlan-
tic Avenue (A1A), in Cocoa Beach.
The meeting will include the fol-
lowing:
MULLET RULE Final
Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on proposed rule
amendments for mullet that
would:
permanently extend emer-
gency provisions now in place
that prohibit the simultaneous
possession of any species of
mullet in excess of the recre-
ational bag limit (50 fish) and
any gill or entangling net, and
eliminate the July through Sep-
tember 500 pounds commercial
daily vessel harvest limit for
mullet
eliminate the commercial clo-
sure to the harvest of mullet on
4 weekdays in late December
that fall between established
weekend closures
establish the only allowable
gear that can be used at. any
time for the harvest of mullet
as no more than 2 hand-thrown
cast nets, 2 legal seines, hook
and line gear, gigs, and snatch
hooks

SHEEPSHEAD RULE -
Final Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on a proposed rule
that would increase the daily bag
limit for sheepshead from 10 to
15 fish per person-for recreational
fishermen, and allow commercial
spearfishing of sheepshead.
TRAP BUOY/VESSEL
MARKING RULES -
Final Public Hearing
(if requested)
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing, if requested, on
proposed rules that would rees-
tablish previous state rules re-
garding trap buoy/vessel mark-


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DCA letter to Alan Pierce

about Resort Village Proposals

STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HOUSING & COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT


LAWTON CHILES
Governor


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Ing requirements. For persons
using commercial stone crab, blue
crab, and lobster traps, these
rules would require the color and
trap number of marking buoys to
be permanently and conspicu-
ously displayed on vessels so that
they are:
readily identifiable from the
air, with the approved buoy de-
sign displayed and affixed to the
uppermost structural portion of
the vessel and displayed hori-
zontally with the painted design
up (for vessels with an open
design, such as skiffs from
which blue crab traps are
fished, one seat instead shall be
painted with buoy assigned col-
ors with permit numbers, un-
obstructed and no smaller than
10 inches high, painted thereon
in contrasting color); otherwise,
the display would be required
to exhibit the harvester's ap-
proved buoy design, unob-
structed, on a circle 20 inches
in diameter, outlined in con-
trasting color, together with the
permit numbers affixed be-
neath the circle in numerals no
smaller than 10 inches high
readily identifiable from the
water, with the approved buoy
design displayed and affixed
vertically to both the starboard
and port sides of the vessel near
amidship; the display would be
required to exhibit the
harvester's approved buoy de-
sign, unobstructed, on a circle
8 inches in diameter, outlined
in contrasting color, together
with the permit numbers af-
fixed beneath the circle in nu-
merals no smaller than 4 inches
high

BAY/OKALOOSA
COUNTIES SHRIMP
RULE Final Public
Hearing (if requested)
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing, if requested, on a
proposed rule that would repeal
an obsolete special act that estab-
lishes certain season and area clo-
sures for shrimp harvest in speci-
fied waters of Bay and Okaloosa
counties. An emergency rule that
temporarily repeals this special
act is currently in effect.

FISHING GEAR RULES-
Final Public Hearing
(if requested) &
Draft Rule Review
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing, if requested, on
proposed rule amendments and
repeals of obsolete rules in order
to conform the state's fishing gear
rules with Constitutional provi-
sions. The Commission will also
review draft rules that would:
establish a maximum mesh
size for seines of 1 1/2 inches,
beginning January 1, 1998
-allow the use from a single ves-
sel of no more than 2 hand-
thrown cast nets (each with a
mesh area no greater than 500
square feet and a radius of no
more than 12 1/2 feet), or 2 le-
gal seines with no change to
existing net soak time provi-
sions for all gear
prohibit the possession of both
a gill net and a cast net on the
same vessel
prohibit the use of rebreathers
to aid the harvest of any salt-
water species
The Commission will also con-
sider measures to manage the use
of tarps and similar gear to har-
vest saltwater species.

OTHER MEETING
ACTION
The Commission will receive pub-
lic comment and:
review a draft rule that would
extend the allowance of the use
of either a federal Gulf of Mexico
or South Atlantic REEF FISH
PERMIT to commercially har-
vest reef fish through Decem-
ber 31, 1997 only
consider options regarding the
management of AMBERJACK,
and the post-quota sale of
recreationally harvested KING
MACKEREL


receive a report and consider
management options for the
SHAD fishery
receive reports on the BALLY-
HOO fishery, and FEDERAL/
INTERSTATE fisheries issues,
The Commission will also review
stock assessments for BLUEFISH,
WEAKFISH, POMPANO, and
TRIPLETAIL, receive a report on
CODIUM BLOOMS, consider
OYSTER/CLAM AQUACULTURE
issues, and discuss various ad-
ministrative and research items.


1996

Aquaculture

Legislation

The 1996 Legislature passed
sweeping Legislation to encourage
aquaculture development in
Florida. The bill changed language
and added new language to a
number of state statutes. State
agencies have been instructed to
work with the aquaculture indus-
try to expand existing and develop
new aquaculture activities
throughout the state. The legis-
lation:
* consolidates and streamlines
aquaculture permitting
* allows experimental permits for
new culture activities
* removes aquatic crops from fe-
ral stock rules and laws
* clarifies definitions of aquacul-
ture, aquaculture producer and
aquaculture product
* requires that agencies support
the development of aquaculture
through research, new technol-
ogy, regulatory assistance, and in
the case of shellfish farming de-
clares aquaculture to be in the
public interest.
DEP will have an aquaculture sec-
tion to act as a clearing-house for
aquaculture permitting, and
DACS will have an aquaculture
ombudsman to assist individuals
with regulatory information and
problems.
An excellent final bill analysis
(prepared by House Agriculture
Committee staff), economic im-
pact statement, and the bill itself
are available from the House Ag
Committee by calling 904/488-
5465. Ask for Bill # CS/HB 605.
Below is a short summary from
the analysis.
"SUMMARY: Florida's Agricul-
ture industry faces significant
growth problems due to such
actors as not being recognized
as agriculture and having to
comply with complex and du-
plicative state regulations. CS/
HB 605 attempts to address
these and other industry prob-
lems. The bill's intent is to cre-
ate viable employment alterna-
tives for displaced net fisher-
men, as well as provide oppor-
tunities for others interested in
aquaculture.
CS/HB 605: (1) states that it is
in the state's interest to pro-
mote aquaculture; (2) provides
that aquaculture is agriculture,
which means that aquaculture
farmers must receive the same
statutory benefits and meet the
same requirements for 'other
agriculture farmers; (3) re-
moves farm-raised aquatic:
products, except snook, red
drum, or spotted sea trout from
the rulemaking authority of the
Marine Fisheries Commission;
and (4) clarifies the division of
responsibilities between the
DEP and the water manage-
ment districts for aquaculture
permitting.
The bill requires DACS to issue
aquaculture certificates to any
person growing and raising
aquatic organisms in a con-
trolled environment. The pur-
ose of the certificates is to dif-
erentiate aquaculture growers
and their aquaculture products
from commercial harvesters
and wildstocks. Also, DEP and

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Legislation from Page 3
the water management districts
must comply with additional
provisions to help streamline
and simplify the leasing and
permitting process for saltwa-
ter and freshwater cultivation
offish and other aquatic organ-
isms, except alligators.
The 1996-97 Appropriations
Act authorizes $475,000 to
implement the bill's provisions.
Of that amount, $250,000 is
earmarked for aquaculture re-
search and development
grants. The remainder must be
used to establish two full-time
positions for DEP and two full-
time positions for DACS to per-
form the provisions of the bill."
A reproduction from the
Project Aquaculture Center for
Training, Education and Dem-
onstration (A.C.TE.D.) Newslet-
ter, Harbor Branch Oceano-
graphic Institute, Ft. Piece.
'Ask


FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
1996-97 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Approved May 9, 1996
1996
AUGUST 12,13,14,15 .......................... Teacher Planning Days
AUGUST 16 ........................ School Opens (1st Day Students)
SEPTEMBER 2 .......................... ........ Labor Day (no school)
SEPTEMBER 25 ............... End 1st Six Weeks (early dismissal)
OCTOBER 14 ................................ ....... No School
NOVEMBER 6 ............... End of 2nd Six Weeks (early dismissal)
NOVEMBER 11.................................. Veterans Day (no school)
NOVEMBER 28-29 ............. Thanksgiving Holidays (no school)
DECEMBER 20 .................. End of 3rd 6 Weeks/ 1st Semester
(Report Cards- January 13)
DECEMBER 21-January 5 ...................... Christmas Holidays
1997
JANUARY 6 ........................................... Teacher Planning Day
JANUARY 7 ................................................... School Resumes
JANUARY 20 ......... Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no school)
FEBRUARY 19 ................. End 4th Six Weeks (Early Dismissal)
(Report Cards- March 3)
FEBRUARY 27-28 ........................ ........... Teacher Inservice Day
MARCH 28-April 6 .................................Spring/Easter Break
APRIL 7 .......................................................... School Resumes
APRIL 15 ..................... End of 5th Six Weeks (Early Dismissal)
(Report Cards- April 25)
MAY 29 ................... End 6th 6 Weeks (Last Day For Students)
(Report Cards June 6)
MAY 29 ......................... Apalachicola High School Graduation
Adult Graduation
MAY 30 ........................................ Carrabelle High Graduation
Adult Graduation
MAY 30-JUNE 2,3............................... Teacher Post Planning
JUNE 16............................................... Summer School Starts
JULY 17 ....................................... Last Day of Summer School




Sh&eliwe Med&cal qGtaf, P.4.

Is pleased to announce that as ofl September 1996
our Eastpoint Office will be owned and operated by

Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center.

Medical care will be provided by
Nancy Chorba, M.D.
Board Certified in Family Practice.


Elizabeth Curry, M.D. will be available by
appointment in the Eastpoint office for
consultations during the transition.


Franklin County patients are encouraged to use Dr. Chorba
and Tallahasse Memorial for medical care. Those patients
who wish to have their charts moved to the Shoreline
office in Port St. Joe should let us know before 9/1/96 by
calling: 670-8585.

Drs. Betty and Tom Curry are confident that
Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center
and Dr. Nancy Chorba can provide excellent care
to the people of Franklin County.


Political

Forum


In the county's first 1996 politi-
cal forum, the St. George Island
Civic Club hosted four of the can-
didates for District One represen-
tative to the Board of Franklin
County Commissioners on Thurs-
day, July 18, 1996 before a
crowded clubhouse, above the fire
station. Candidates present for
the questions submitted by Club
President John Shelby were
Pamela Amato, Betty Carmichael,
Darrell Segree and Eddie
Creamer. Absent were Ricky
Polous and Joyce Estes, the only
Republican candidate.
A mixture of local interest and
county-wide questions were sub-
mitted to the candidates, with
"first answer" order rotated
among the four candidates par-
ticipating in the forum. Each re-
sponded to queries about litter,
gasoline tax, economic growth in
Franklin County, the Vendor is-
sue, Resort Village, the St. George
public park and restrooms,
"equal-treatment" of St. George
Island taxpayers along with ques-
tions about the candidate's per-
sonal qualifications for the com-
missioner job.
Interestingly, all four candidates
voiced support for a change in the
election of County Commission-
ers with the addition of two com-
missioners running "at large" in
the county. The question em-
braced the iuea of retaining
single-member districts but add-
ing two more commissioners "at
large," and each candidate sup-
ported such a change.


the bay or anything in our envi-
ronment. You could have the
wrong development come in, but
we don't want that. We want the
right development to come in to
assure good jobs. We need good
careerjobs here in our county. St.
George Island is growing by leaps
and bounds. But, we do need to
monitor our development and
keep St. George Island beautiful.
We need to keep District One
beautiful. Eastpoint is growing
and the property prices have risen
so high within the past five or six
months. So, we're going to be see-
ing a lot of growth in Eastpoint
as we have on St. George Island.


The 17-item questionnaire proved
to be very long for the four candi-
dates present, lasting nearly two
hours and broadcast over radio
station WOYS. No additional
questions were taken from the
audience, who applauded the ef-
forts enthusiastically at the end.
The next Civic Club meeting will
feature candidates running for
Sheriff an a similar format, at the
monthly club meeting on Thurs-
day, 15 August 1996. The potluck
supper begins at 7 p.m. followed
by an abbreviated business meet-
ing and then the political forum.
The public is invited.


Questions &

Responses

from the

Candidate's:

Forum

If elected, what will you do to
keep St. George Island litter-
free?
Eddie Creamer: We have a lot of
state inmates at this time that are
being housed at the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department and
by the state facility in Apalachi-
cola. We can have them give to
society instead of taking away
from society all the time. I think
that wouldbe a great way to clean
up the sidewalks or the lifeflight
pad.
Betty Carmichael: The county is
providing the inmates to help
clean the beaches after the week-
ends. But, something else can bet
done. One of the main concerns
on the beach is broken glass. So,
one thing that could be done...we
can post signs which would deter-
a lot of your litter, especially your
broken glass. i r
Darrell Segree: Litter control is a
community problem as well as a
state problem. This problem...
we're faced with all over. One of
the solutions to the problem is
that the county could invest in lit-
ter containers along the beadhf
And, like lifeguards, you could
have someone down there to pa-.
trol those beaches to make sure:
that, if someone violates the litter
ordinance, to ticket them. Also, we
have access to the inmates and
we should use that vital resource
to our benefit.
Pamela Amato: .It's very difficult
to legislate people's behavior when
they're not committing a capital
crime. It's difficult enough when
they are committing a capital
crime. I believe that the Island
could also have their fair share of
help from our inmates in clean
ing the litter in the area. I do be-
lieve that there are areas where
people can place their litter if
that's what they're going to do. Of
Course, enforcement is something
that we would have to make a
decision on. Do we want to use
our limited law enforcement to d
such things as patrol for litter or
do we want to use them for some"-
thing that is perhaps much mor
serious?
What is your overall vision for
Franklin County for future eco-
nomic growth and develop-
ment, especially as it relates to
the environment, education
and jobs? How do you see SiC.
George Island fitting into this
vision? '
Darrell Segree: As it stands right
now, without new industry ini
Franklin County and (with) the
new rulings that the State of
Florida has handed down and the
closure of the bay. the outlook iii
mighty bleak. Changes are goinri
to have to be made and made in
the near future. The Island anrd
District One will have to continik
to carry the base load of the tai
without new industry and that is
why we need foresight for the fdt-
ture to bring new industry in f6
offset the tax balance that we are
under today. 11
Pamela Amato: What I envision
for the county is a future for the
people who live here and for our
young people that we hope will
stay here. My vision for Franklin
County is a place where our chil-
dren want to stay, where we want
our children to go to school, where
we find good medical care and
where we find school systems thti
we're happy and delighted with.
What I see for this county is be-
ing able to go out to an industry
and say, 'come to Franklin
County. We have good schools. We
have libraries. We have medical
facilities and we have the people
who are educated and trained to
work in your facility without you
having to bring in people yourself.'
Eddie Creamer: As long as there
is property for sale, there is going
to be growth. There's no way that
you're going to have everyone take
their property off of the market.
We're going to continue growing
and I hope that we can get devel-
opment in here that will not hurt


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Betty Carmichael: Franklin
County has its own vocational-
educational school, so that people
can be properly trained for jobs.
We need to create an industrial
park or a free enterprise zone to
give clean environmentally safe
industry a chance to come into
this county and give them an in-
centive to do so. If we go after in-
dustry, all we have to do is go to
Tallahassee. You have companies
that come in and register with
your state.
What are your feelings on ven-
dors and peddlers being able to
operate on property owned by
Franklin County? Why?
Pamela Amato: There are two
very valid points of views. We have
people who have, for many years
in our area, depended upon some
type of peddling. Now, we have
development particularly on the
Island and that's really where the
problem is showing itself. There
may be ways to settle this issue
fairly. There may not be. I'm in-
terested in seeing that the people
on the Island have their obs pro-
tected, but I'm also very interested
in the people who don't live on the
Island and would like to partake
in some of our largess.
Eddie Creamer: Vending is good
for residents. As a business
owner, I know what it's like to pay
property taxes and employment
taxes. There's just so many taxes
that you really don't realize and
there are two views. I believe that
there should be a designated area
for vending, unless you are on
private property.
Betty Carmichael: I can certainly
understand the people anywhere
in Franklin County being con-
cerned about the (John) Stocks
property. I agree to the ordinance
prohibiting peddling or vending
on the property involved in the
reverter clause. Peddlers have a
tendency to regulate themselves.
Darrell Segree: For some time,
we've had vendors. And I'm quite
sure that we're going to continue
to have vendors. It was a simple
solutions, ladies and gentlemen,
and I agree with the (Franklin
County) Commission's ruling 100
percent. But on the other hand,
you have to look. Their feelings are
hurt. When the county commis-
sioners passed the ruling that
there would be no vending in the
county unless so many permits
So, In my heart that was unjusti-
ed.
How do you feel about the Re-
sort Village being developed as
proposed? What will you do to
promote it or squash it?
Eddie Creamer: When I went to
real estate school, I was taught
that when you buy property that
you buy a bundle of rights. And,
each and every one of us as prop-
erty owners have rights to our
property. My main concernn wduld'
be the waste water treatment
plant that would be built in the
Plantation, because it's in the
flood zone. When you have a,
storm tide, you surely have got to
have spray fields and holding
ponds. When you have a storm
tide, you're going to have chemi-
cals sweeping out into the bay.
That's that last thing we need. We
do not need development where
it's going to be harmful to our bay.
We need to stand up and fight for
the bay, regardless.
Betty Carmichael: I don't have a
problem with people purchasing
land and developing it according
to their zoning codes. In the State
of Florida, if a person buys land
and he can't build whatever itwas
zoned for at the time that he pur-
chased it, the State has to buy it
back at fair market value...or the
county, whichever entity is pre-
venting this. But Mr. Johnson's
development, at this current time,
he is wanting the county to rezone
property in his development. If we
do not monitor and try to control
this on every phase that he tries
to put in then you're going to have
something that... (answer not
completed as the candidate ran
out of time)
Darrell Segree: I think they have
the right to develop their property,
but in a manner that can be con-
trolled within the growth that you
set for this area. I just don't be-
lieve that the water treatment
plant that they've got designed will
be sufficient to suit our environ-
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The Franklin Chronicle incorrectly
identified Deputy Ronald Crum as
Prentice Crum in the article,
"Sheriffs Deputy and Apalachico-
la Police Officer Address Apalachi-
cola Commissioners." The article
appeared in the July 12-25 issue
of the Franklin Chronicle.
The Chronicle also incorrectly
identified the date of the Resort
Village hearings before the Fran-
klin County Board of County
Commissioners as August 5th.
The hearing is scheduled for Tues-
day, August 6, 1996 at 5:00 p.m.
Further, the picture on page 6 of
the same issue should have iden-
tified Dr. Tom Adams as the pre-
senter during the workshop on
the Resort Village project.


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The Conter-Mabrey House in Ap-
alachicola was awarded $161,825
in Special Category grant funds
for historic preservation. Special
Category grants are funded by the
Florida Legislature to assist res-
toration of historic structures,
archeological excavations and
museum exhibit projects. A 12-
member citizen advisory group
appointed by Secretary of State
Sandra B. Mortham recommends
the projects for funding. Forty-
nine were so designated this year,
involving $11,946,214 of appro-
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The Franklin Chronicle 26 July 1996 Page 5


,. nounced that six meters had a
S; ready been Installed by Field Mar
agey Don Griswold. He said tha
the district's goal was to hav
three meters installed per week
Lawlor estimated that, by the en
of October, meters would be in
stanlled at evmerr ec.tirlev in rth


L*.& %;_p I F.# ILO ^A A A AAA b&alleu aL eve rr 0 district.
La nark Commissioner Jeanette Pedde
stressed the need to have all wa
Village ter-cooled heat pumps in the dis
S' 'trict placed on a metering system
S"' She noted that such pumps use(
The general discourse between a great deal of water.
board members and visitors to the ... w
July 16 meeting of the Lanark.* .'Audience members were informed
Village Water & Sewer District, that the process of installing
Village Water &SewerDic, meters would not be a free ser
(LVWSD) was genuinely more re- meters would not be.a free ser
laxed than usual as district com-, vicetothedistrictresidents."Un
missioners addressed a wide '.der Florida Statute, we must pa
range of issues as metering, over-, our debt service," said Pedder, "w
time pay and the cost o. n ust operate and we cannot op
reconnection fees. The e -erate in the red... You will pay
econnc o fees. he n-the debt service. You will pay fol
ment remained so pleasant that,: e t serwce. xO W.ay O
by the meeting's end, the board -the operating expenses.
was even greeted by a smattering Chairperson Lawlor suggested
of applause by some of those m that a public hearing be set be
attendance. .... ,.np -r nn-f .>...-r t


Chairperson James


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Lawlor an-' consider a special assessment
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The board of Franklin Couns
Commissioners unanimous,..
agreed at their July 16 meeting
to write a letter of appreciation I
Jane Cox for her years of work'
with the local literacy project.
Ms. Cox began her work as I
eracy coordinator for the Fran-
lin County Adult Reading Program
(FCARP) in September of 1991.
coordinator, Cox worked to ej-
pand FCARP's reach throughout
the county. Through her pers'.,
tence, she was able to implemer ]
a twice weekly tutoring program
at the Franklin Work Camp. S,
addition, Cox involved FCARP i
a home tutoring program know_,
as the Rural Read At Home al
also coordinated several wor ,
shops on the study of dyslexia. Ii
the past three years, Cox has also
helped to ensure the continued
;success, of the popular, annual likl
eracy fundraiser known as Lasaw
gna For Literacy. Ifi
In 1994, Ms. Cox was honored [
with. the Distinguished Servie,:
Award by the Florida LiteraSy.
Coalition'. She also received a si
vice award from the Literacy Vg .-!
tinteers of Franklin County i
1995'for"her development of th
local literacy program. ,-


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Property For Every Budget


Segree is

Acting

Literacy

Coordinator


l- the possibility of having residents
I- pay a special assessment rate il
it a ten year period. If the board
'e eventually decided on such a time
k. period, residents would be r'e-
d quired to pay an assessment rate
i- of approximately 82 cents per
e month period.
Commissioner Pedder argued
;r against seeking a loan from the
I- Farmers Home Administration t
- fund the costs of installin ,
1. meters. "We have enough debt."
d Pedder explained, "we are
$996,000 in debt."
d Pedder expected that residents
g who have been provided with
-meters would begin to a pa'y nmei-
-tered rates upon the onset ol'
y 1996-97 budget.
e
- In other board business
r *Commissioner Pedder an-
nounced that 68% of the disi-ct's
budget had been spent, tLhcugh
d 70% of the annual revenue ha
- been received. She noted that
3 since 75% of the budget vear had
t passed, the district was in cood
r financial shape.
It
*Commissioner Pedder w\arne4
that district residents who failed
to pay their water & sewer bills
would have to pay an exqpenisAe
reconnection fee when service
were terminated. I
I n
After 60 days, Pedder said tht"
services would be terminated aid I
such residents would have to pBt
a reconnection fee of $431 to hay i
services continued. Tb,
reconnection fee is the equivaleMj
of a regular twelve, month water
and sewer bill. Pedder noted that
the district's bond covenant rtidt
only allowed such a fee, but ad-&
tually required the district 1t4;
charge such an amount. She alNd '
said that, according to FloridBe
Statute 153, the district could?
place a lien on the property df
delinquent accounts and sell thoai
property at a;public auction t-:
recoup district loses. "We have not
yet employed that:method," said
Pedder, "but it is not beyond u ."

Literacy )

Coordrinator

Honored by

Co. n
S.,, AB l.

'^^^^Hr. *


Ms. Cox stepped down from the
position of literacy coordinator
towards the end of June of 1996
and has since moved from the
county. Acting Literacy Coordina-
tor Bonnie Segree noted the many
accomplishments of Ms. Cox.
"She's got some pretty big shoes
to fill," said Segree. She contin-
ued, "Jane's presence in the
county will definitely be missed in
more ways than one."
Healthy Start Coalition Executive
Director Marie Marshall also
noted that Ms. Cox was an active
board member with the Historic
Apalachicola Foundation. "She
was all for preservation," said
Marshall, "She was about all good
things within the community."
Itiaddition, Ms. Cox remained ac-
tive in the Franklin County Hu-
mane Society and served as the
organization's president for sev-
eral years.


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into the public," said Segree. She
continued, "I hope we can keep
this program going."
The literacy coordinator position
was mostly funded by a Depart-
ment of Housing and Urban De-
velopment (HUD) grant, which
was given to the county in 1995.
The Wilderness Coast Public Li-
brary also allocated $5000 for the
position during the same year. At
present, no funding source has
guaranteed to keep the literacy
coordinator position operational
for the 1996-97 budget year.
Segree stated that, if the position
should be funded for the next
year, she will be interested in ap-
plying for the job of literacy
coordinator.


Meet Your

Candidate
The Franklin County Senior Citi-
zens Council will host a "MEET
YOUR CANDIDATE" day at the
Carrabelle Center on Sunday,
July 28, 1996 at 1:00 p.m.
STable space will be available for
Sthe candidates to display bro-
chures, voting records and any
other material that they may wish
to offer. Visitors are invited to ask
questions and discuss any con-
cerns with the office seekers.
Candidates from various Florida
locations have agreed to meet
their public at our forum. The fol-
lowing will be here:
FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF
Don Hammock (D)
Ronald Mock (D)
David Jackson (D)
Bruce Varnes (D)
SUPERINTENDENT OF
SCHOOLS
Brenda Mabrey Galloway (D)
Franklin L. Stephens (D) ,
COUNTY COMMISSIONER
DISTRICT 1
Pamela Amato (D)
COUNTY COMMISSIONER
DISTRICT 5
Leonard (Pat) Jackson (D)
Bevin L. Putnal (D)
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
DISTRICT 5
Doug Creamer (D)
Ruby J. Litton (D)
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Kendall Wade (D)
TAX COLLECTOR
James A. Harris, Jr. (D)
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
Doris Shiver Gibbs (D)
PROPERTY APPRAISER
John James, Jr. (D)
REPRESENTATIVE SECOND
C ONG. DISTRICT
Allen Boyd, Jr. (D)
Carol Griffin (R) '"
David L. Taunton (D)
Bill Sutton (R)
James Graham (Write in)
STATE REP. TENTH HOUSE
DISTRICT
Bill Blue (D)
Noel Desmond (R)
Gene Hodges (D)


AIDS Info From page 1
Board member Jimmy Gander
notedthat the Health Fair had
been active for the past few years.
He encouraged fellow board mem-
bers to consider implementing the
event into the school system. "Ev-
erybody I've talked to has been in
favor of that," said Gander. He
concluded, "I'd like to put that on
the agenda at a later date."
Director of Curriculum Rose
McCoy noted that the school dis-
trict was in the process of incor-
porating AIDS education pro-
grams within the school system.
Editor's Note: This writer at-
tended the June 22 Health
Fair sponsored by the Healthy
Start Coalition. At the event,
an AIDS information group
known as B.A.S.I.C. gave a
presentation. The presenta-
tion included two AIDS pa-
tients who spoke candidly
about their condition and the
effects of the AIDS virus within
their lives. Unfortunately,
there were too few teenagers
attending the event and much
of the information may have
been lost on the younger chil-
dren in attendance. This writer
has no knowledge of any such
organization as B.A.S.I.C. in
the county. Further, it was this
writer's opinion that such a
presentation could have a last-
ing impact on the behavior of
a young adult. And, realizing
that the AIDS virus had in-
creased at a deadly rate among
young adults, it was the intent
of this writer to seek to have
such a presentation offered in
the high school It was, con-
trary to the chairperson's as-
sertion, not an attempt to cre-
ate a news story.
In other board business:
*The board agreed to hire Gregory
R. Presnell to fill the position of
Athletic Director and Head Foot-
ball Coach at Carrabelle High
School for the 1996-97 school
year. Mr. Presnell will also fill a
teaching position. The board also
agreed to hire Deborah B. Howell
to fill the position of Guidance
Counselor at Carrabelle High
School for the 1996-97 school
year.
*Board member Willie Speed
urged the superintendent to send
letters to instructors who taught
out of field in an attempt to en-
courage them to become certified
within a three year period. "I think
that would help us tremendously
to help teachers to take this seri-
ously," noted Speed. Mr. Gander
added that the district should
make an effort to refrain from hir-
ing instructors who were not cer-
tified in their proposed field of
instruction.
TMhe board agreed to advertise a
Notice of Tax Increase. The notice
indicates that the school board
will consider a measure to in-
crease its' property tax levy by
2.43 percent. In addition, the no-
tice adds that a portion of the tax
levy would be required under
state law in order for the school
board to receive $3,905,308. A
public hearing will be held on the
matter on July 30 at 6:00 p.m.
at the District Office in
Apalachicola.


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Officer J. Brown of the Franklin
Work Camp supervised a group
of six states inmates on July 17
as they stenciled and painted ply-
wood boards that were donated to
the Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Library by resi-
dents & businesses throughout
the community. The boards will
be placed in the windows of the
library and the old gym adjoining
the library to prevent further
damage to the facilities.
Those credited with making do-
nations for the plywood boards
include: The Dockside Marina,
Katie McKnight, Fitness For Life,
Ronald Mock, Bevin Putnal,
Jackie Gay, Larry & Bernadine
Smith, The Moorings, Robert &
Ethelle Nicholson, Kathryn Kemp,
Charles & Cynthia Osborne, Ray
& Mildren Weathington, Tom &
Mary Ann Shields, Burma Gibbs,
Sara & Paul Maxsen, Franklin
County Glass, Mike & Debbie
Mock, Clare & Nelson Viles,
Johnnie's Restaurant, Fred
Jetton, Betty Jump, Anne
Lindsey, Gulf State Bank, Burda
Pharmacy and Jackson's Ace
Hardware. In addition, Chuck
Melton and Beth Gibbs were cred-
ited for their work.


Eastpoint resident Bonnie Segree
assumed the position of Acting
Literacy Coordinator for the Fran-
klin County Adult Reading Pro-
gram (FCARP) on July 1, 1996.
As acting literacy coordinator,
Segree provides oversight to
FCARP as well as the Literacy
Action Pioneer Services (LAPS)
Program. As part of her responsi-
bilities, Segree interviews pro-
spective students for both LAPS
and FCARP and matches those
students with existing tutors for
each program.
At present, the adult reading pro-
gram does not have any VISTA
Volunteers in Service to America)
workers to assist Segree in her
duties. However, she said that
FCARP may obtain as many as
two VISTA's by August of 1996.
Segree also noted that the read-
ing program hoped to become, ac-
tive in the Probationers Education
Growth (PEG) Program. She said
that she has contacted Second
Circuit Court Judge William Gary
on the matter and expects to be
in formed soon about the possibil-
itt of participating with the PEG
Program. "The PEG Program,"
said Segree, "cuts down on the
recidnism rate of inmates." She
con inued, "the program has had
very good success in other
.counUtes.
, Asked about her interesting the..
reading program, Segree com-
.mented. "I've always worked with
'kids." As a native of Franklin
County, Ms. Segree has worked
min the school system as a teacher's
aide for ten years. She was also
;the president of the PTA for ten
years. In addition, Segree has
,worked with the LAPS Program
since. February of 1995. "I have
thoroughly enjoyed getting out


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Published every other Friday .


Franklin County


Second Ciruit Court


July 15, 1996
Franklin County Second Circuit Court
The Honorable Judge William Gary
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger -- '


ARRAIGNMENTS


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Charles Alexander: Charged with one count of Dealing in Stolen Prop-
erty, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on August 12. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant has been accused of stealing a jack hammer from the
old marine patrol building in Carrabelle and selling the item for $100.
According to the May 31 probable cause report, resident Mike Davis
reported that he was approached by an individual on May 29 who
offered to sell him a jack hammer. Mr. Davis noted that he bought the
item for $100. However, Davis reported that he discovered a rental
ticket on the jack hammer the next day. He alleged that, when he
called the rental agency, he found that the jack hammer had been
rented to Bill King. Davis then allegedly contacted Mr. King and gave
a description of the individual who had sold him the item. Mr. King
noted that the description matched that of a previous employee. Mr.
Davis later identified the defendant by a photograph that was pro-
vided by the Carrabelle Police Department.
David Hunter Banks: Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a
Motor Vehicle, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for case management on August 12. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the May 31 probable cause report, the defendant bor-
rowed a car from April & David McCranie of Eastpoint on May 28.
Ms. McCranie reported that she loaned the defendant her 1984 Toyota
Tercel under the pretense that he would visit his son and return the
vehicle on the same evening. The defendant, who is the brother of Ms.
McCranie, had failed to return the vehicle as of May 31.
Howard Lee Enfinger: Charged with one count of Third Degree Crimi-
nal Mischief, Possession of Burglary Tools, Molesting a Vending Ma-
chine and Petit Theft, the defendant was not present for his court
date.
The defendant has been accused of stealing coins from a beverage
machine at the Gulfside I.G.A. in Apalachicola on May 27. According
to a June 6 probable cause report, Wayne Dooley with the Gulfside
I.G.A. presented a surveillance videotape to Officers Sonny Whitehurst
and Jerry Proctor of the Apalachicola Police Department. The video-
tape revealed one individual who used an instrument to pry at the
machine as another reached into the machine to remove the change
box. Both Proctor and Whitehurst felt that the two suspects in the
videotape were Chris Busbie and the defendant. In addition, Officer
Proctor reported that E-Z Serve Store Clerk David Creamer had in-
formed him on May 27 that Chris Busbie had cashed in $25 worth of
quarters and dimes at the convenience store.
Brenton L. Freeman: Charged with one count of Forgery and Utter-
ing a Worthless Check Over $149, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management
on August 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant has been accused of uttering three false federal re-
serve notes between March 5-7 at Taylor's Building Supply in East-
point and at an E-Z Serve Convenience Store in Apalachicola. Ac-
cording to the May 10 probable cause report, information was brought
to the attention of the Franklin County Sheriffs Department that the
defendant had been manufacturing false federal reserve notes. It was
reported that the reserve notes had been printed on a color copier
machine. Further, it has been revealed that the defendant was em-
ployed by Air Tec; the company possesses a color copier. A joint in-
vestigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States
Secret Service and the Franklin County Sheriffs Department led to
the discovery of the false reserve notes.'The probable cause report
indicated that Air Tec cooperated fully with the investigation. The
sheet of face only federal reserve notes and paper samples from the
copier at Air Tec were seized as evidence by investigators. The evi-
dence has been sent to the Forensic Services Division of the United
States Secret Service Office of Investigations. The examination analy-
sis revealed five of the defendant's latent prints on the face only sheet
of federal reserve notes. The serial number on the face only sheet of
the federal reserve notes was matched with the serial number on a
false $20 note uttered at Taylor's Building Supply.
In addition, the defendant has also been accused of cashing seven
worthless checks for a total of $522.51 at the Gulfside I.G.A. between
March 6-11.
Etta Griggs: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure, Petit
Theft and Perjury, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
Judge Gary continued the case for case management on August 12.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Deputy Buddy Shiver was
dispatched to the residence of Lloyd & Betty Hall in Apalachicola on a
burglary incident. The Halls indicated that $50 in change which in-
cluded $25 in half-dollars had been taken from their residence. Deputy
Shiver reported that all local stores in the area were then advised to
contact the sheriffs department if a customer attempted to cash a
large quantity of half-dollars. Less than one-half hour after the initial
investigation, the defendant was detained at the Red Rabbit Foodlane
for attempting to cash $15 worth of half dollars. Officers Jack Osburn
and Jim Wilburn with the Apalachicola Police Department reported
that, in a sworn recorded statement, the defendant alleged that her
name was Stephanie Johnson. In addition, the defendant allegedly
falsified her address, date of birth and social security number. Ac-
cording to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly con-
fessed to Officer Wilburn that she lied in the taped interview because
she was aware that warrants were out for her arrest. The previous
warrants entailed two petit theft incidents. The defendant allegedly
stole $2 from the car of Jason Noth on May 24. In addition, the defen-
dant also allegedly stole one-fifth of liquor from the residence of Jo-
seph McIntosh on March 6.
Gregory Allen James: Charged with one count of Aggravated As-
sault with a Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charge. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on Au-
gust 12. The defendant was represented by Attorney Douglas Gaidry.
The defendant has been accused of ramming his vehicle into the side
of Terry Walley's vehicle on May 27. According to the May 27 prob-
able cause report, Mr. Walley indicated that the defendant had been
harassing Rhonda James and he at the Oasis Bar in Apalachicola.
Walley noted that the defendant and Ms. James were in the process
of a divorce. He stated that, when Ms. James and he left the Oasis
Bar, the defendant followed. Walley reported that the defendant
rammed his vehicle as he attempted to enter the parking lot of the
Huddle House in Eastpoint.
Troy Kelly: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Improper
Exhibition of a Dangerous Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management
on August 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant has been accused of firing a gun into a crowd near the
Dent and Bent Store in Eastpoint on June 8. Dana Walker suffered
injuries to the side of his head and to his left arm due to the incident.
The defendant had earlier been accused of hitting Deon Millender
with a beer bottle on June 8. The defendant has also been accused of
firing a gun into the air and into the ground on May 3 in the midst of
several individuals who were at Catpoint. Chris Etheridge reported
that he received injuries to his arm when rocks bounced up and struck
him following an incident when the defendant allegedly fired his
weapon into the ground.
Joshua Mathis: Charged with four counts of Third Degree Grand
Theft, Careless Driving and Driving with a Suspended or Revoked
Drivers License, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges.
Judge Gary withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to
two years of probation. The defendant was fined $350, ordered to pay
$255 in court costs and $839 in restitution to John Dodds and John
Carroll. The defendant was represented by Attorney Douglas Gaidry.
Judge Gary warned the defendant against such future behavior.
"You're too little to survive in prison," said Gary, "they'll have lipstick


and mascara smeared on you in 24 hours." The defendant, who was
17 years old, waived his Chapter 39 rights to be charged as a juve-
nile. "Everyone's entitled to make a mistake," said Gary, "you've used
up your time and enough for four other people." He continued, "You
can either continue to be a punk or you can start acting like a man. If
you come back to me, it will be a very unpleasant day. I will remem-
ber you. Anyone who takes up two pages of my dockets, I usually
remember them."
The defendant had been accused of stealing a 1983 Ford dump truck
.e from the property of John Carroll on January 4. He also was accused
of stealing a Honda four-wheeler vehicle from the property of Gary
Hunning on May 16. The defendant was also accused of stealing a
Plymouth Colt Vista Van from the property of Ester Pool on May 16.
The defendant was also accused of stealing a 1995 Ford Taurus from
the property of John Dodd on May 16.


Sinclair Rivers, m: Charged with three counts of Sale of Cocaine,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on August 12. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.


Sonya Mckinney: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest with
Violence and Battery, the defendant failed to appear for her court
date. Judge Gary issued a capias for the arrest of the defendant for
failure to appear for her court date.
The defendant has been accused of hitting Kelvin Melton in the leg
with a flashlight while in the parking lot of the Shanhai Saloon. When
Deputy Carlton Whaley attempted to arrest the defendant after her
alleged assault of Mr. Melton, she allegedly kicked and scratched at
Deputy Whaley in an attempt to escape.
Eddie Montgomery, Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant failed to appear for his court date. Judge Gary
issued a capias for the arrest of the defendant for failure to appear for
his court date.
Jeremy Nowling: Charged with one count of Battery of a Law En-
forcement Officer, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Re-
sisting Arrest with Violence, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charges. Judge Gary continued the case or case management on
August 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant allegedly hit Captain Jeff Vonier in the face on June 7
while in the parking lot at Long's Video Store on St. George Island.
Captain Vonier reported that the defendant hit, kicked and pushed
both Deputy Larry Litton and he as they attempted to arrest the de-
fendant.
Carla Page: Charged with one count of Shooting into a Building or
Dwelling, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on August 12. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
The defendant has been accused of shooting a 12 gauge shotgun into
the residence of Daniel Page and Melissa Slisher on June 3. Accord-
ing to the probable cause report, Daniel Page (the defendant's hus-
band) informed Officer Jerry Proctor that the defendant and her son,
Daniel, had been arguing all week.
Lisa Johnson Page: Charged with one count of Public Assistance
Fraud, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on August 12. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Alan B. Ray: Charged with three counts of Uttering a Forged Check
and Violation of Probation, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
August 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Lionel Sanders: Charged with one count of Dealing Stolen Property
and Violation of Probation, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the
lesser charge of Petit Theft. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant
Guilty and sentenced him to one year in the Franklin County Jail
with six months of credit for time served. He ordered him to pay $150
in court costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Kenneth Rucker: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery, Forc-
ing, Compelling or Coercing Another to Become a Prostitute and Vio-
lation of Probation, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser
charges of Battery and Attempting to Force, Compel or Coerce An-
other to Become a Prostitute. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant
Guilty and sentenced him to one year in the Franklin County Jail
with 21 days of credit for time served. The defendant was also or-
dered to pay $155 in court costs. The defendant was represented by
Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
The defendant has been accused of sexually assaulting an 18 year
old victim on May 21. According to the probable cause report, the
defendant allegedly smoked crack cocaine with the victim and then
took her to the east side of Carrabelle. According to the victim, the
defendant allegedly said that he "had some business to take care of"
on his way to Carrabelle. The defendant allegedly stopped his vehicle
when he arrived in Carrabelle and spoke with several men. He then
allegedly ordered the victim to lepve the vehicle. The victim reported
that, due to her physically impaired state, she did not resist when
two men grabbed her and led hbr away from the car. She reported
that three individuals sexually assaulted her and also recalled that
one made the statement that he was "getting his money's worth." The
victim later observed the defendant receive several pieces of crack
cocaine from one of those individuals who assaulted her. The victim
also reported that she was taken to the defendant's trailer and sexu-
ally assaulted by the defendant.'
PRETRIAL
Carl W. Ard: Charged with one count of First Degree Arson, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for trial on September 12. The defendant was represented by
Attorney James Richmond.
Dann Brown: Charged with one count of Escape, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for
pretrial on August 12.
Dennis Burke: Charged with one'count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for a trial on August 19. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Adolph Buzier, Jr.: Charged with one count of Lewd and Lascivious
Assault, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for pretrial on August 12. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Eric Leo Cambell: Charged with one count of Attempted Burglary of
a Dwelling, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for a trial on July 18. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
George Frederick Cargill: Charged with one count of Trafficking in
Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy to Traffic
in Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary continued the case for pretrial on October 14. The defendant
was represented by Attorney James Richmond.
Alvin E. Cummings: Charged with one count of Trafficking in Co-
caine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Trafficking in Cocaine,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for trial on September 12. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Linda Joyce Goggins: Charged with one count of Aggravated Bat-
tery with a Deadly Weapon, the defendant failed to appear for her
court date. Judge Gary issued a capias for the arrest of the defendant
for failure to appear for her court date.
Thomas Hart: Charged with three counts of Petit Theft, Molesting a
Vending Machine, Possession of Burglary Tools and one count of Crimi-
nal Mischief, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Gary continued the case for August 12. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Douglas W. Gaidry.
Claudia L. Hutchins: Charged with three counts of Uttering a Forged
Check, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary
withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 18 months of
probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be required
to complete 25 hours of community service. Judge Gary also ordered
the defendant to pay $150 in restitution to the Red Rabbit and $75 in
restitution to the I.G.A. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Carlos A. Morris: Charged with one count of Introducing Contra-
band to an Inmate, Burglary of a Dwelling, Resisting Arrest with Vio-
lence, Attempted Sexual Battery, Escape and Violation of Probation,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for trial on September 12. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.


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Joseph Lee Short: Charged with one count of Driving Under thi
Influence with Serious Injuries, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to.
the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management oni
August 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Holly Marie Stripling: Charged with one count of Trafficking in Cp-
caine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy to Traffic in
Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gaty
continued the case for pretrial on October 14. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Charles F. Tiller: Charged with one count of Falsely Impersonating
an Officer, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge:
Gary continued the case for case management on August 12. Thd
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steigefr-
Elizabeth J. Trammell: Charged with one count of Trafficking in
Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Conspiracy to Traffic in.
Cocaine and Possession of Cannabis, the defendant pleaded to the -
lesser charge of Possession of Less Than 20 Grams of Cannabis. Judge
Gary withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to two years
of probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $250 for:
court costs. The defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordorn
Shuler.
Mark Temple Watson: Charged with one count of Driving Under the
Influence with Serious Injuries, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on-
August 14. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Terry Glenn Weikleenget: Charged with one count of Resisting Ar-
rest with Violence, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Resist-
ing Arrest without Violence and Violation of Probation, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for.
case management on August 12. The defendant was represented by-
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael F. Whitaker: Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a
Motor Vehicle, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for Case management on August 12. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
Vanessa Glass: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer with
Violence and Disorderly Intoxication, the defendant pleaded No Con-
test to the lesser charges of Resisting an Officer without Violence and
Disorderly Conduct. Judge Gary withheld adjudication and ordered
the defendant to serve six months of probation and pay $150 in court
costs. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be required to
complete 25 hours of community service and pay $55 to attend the
P.A.V.E. (Providing Alternatives to Violence through Education) Pro-
gram. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
SENTENCING
Wordsworth Irving: Convicted of one count of Sexual Assault on a
Child and Lewd and Lascivious Assault, Judge Gary sentenced the
defendant to a 25 year minimum-mandatory term in the Department
of Corrections on July 19. Upon sentencing, the defendant insisted
that he was innocent of the charges against him.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION (VOP)
Anthonio Bernard: Charged with VOP, the defendant failed to ap-
pear for his court date. Judge Gary issued a capias for the arrest of
the defendant for failure to appear for his court date.
Bobby G. Creamer: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a de-
nial to the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a VOP hear-
ing on August 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Fred Diestelhorst: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a de-
nial to the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a VOP hear-
ing on August 12. The defendant was represented by Attorney James
C. Banks.
Nicholas Jay Goodin: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an
admission to the violation. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant:
Guilty and sentenced him to six months in the Franklin County Jail.
with one month of credit for time served. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Richard Lock: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis,
sion to the violation. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guit:
and sentenced him to six months in the Franklin County Jail witi'
four months of credit for time served. The defendant was represented :
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Brent L. Roulhac: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the violation. Judge Gary continued the case for a VOP hearing on
August 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De- **
fender Kevin Steiger.
Lester Milton Sapp: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an
admission to the violation. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 13:
months in the Wakulla County Jail Bed Program with 59 days of
credit for time served. The defendant was represented by Attorney J.
Gordon Shuler.
Jeff A. Savage: Charged with VOP, the defendant failed to appear for
his court date. Judge Gary issued a capias for the arrest of the defen-
dant for failure to appear for his court date.
RESTITUTION HEARINGS
Kenneth Brock: Previously convicted of one count of Grand Theft
Auto, the defendant was ordered to pay $2,480 in restitution to Carol
Watkins in payments of no less than $248 per month.
Theodore Parker: Previously convicted of one count of Burglary of.a
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To many of her youthful follow-
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known as the "Bird Lady." She
attends many special functions
with her feathery friends and ex-
plains to children and adults alike
about the origin and habits of her
small flock ofbirds.
On July 17 & 18, Ms. Fleitman
visited the Eastpoint & Carrabelle
Branch of the Franklin County
Public Library as well as the Apa-
lachicola Community Center to
give presentations about her ani-
mals. Over 150 visitors made their
way to the three locations to learn
more about bird life.
Some of the animals that Fleitman
brought to the presentations in-
cluded a four year old Screech
Owl named "Hooty," a three year
old Hahns Mini Macaw Parrot
named "Hunzi," a 13 year old
Monk Parakeet named "Crack-
ers," a three year old blind Crow
named "Corky," and an American
Kestrel. Kleitman also brought
her two dogs "Mandy" and "Pep-
per" to the event. Although she
noted that her Yorkshire Terrier
and Pe-ka-poo were not part of the
animal presentation, the children
lavished the two dogs with affec-
tion throughout the day.
Ms. Fleitman explained the feed-
ing, sleeping and social habits of
each of the birds. She also noted
that the feather colors of certain
birds were designed to attract at-
tention while others served as
camouflage to bigger birds and
predators. In addition, the chil-
dren were quizzed on the origin
of different skeletal bird legs.
Fleitman explained that some of
the birds' legs and feet were cre-
ated to exist in an aquatic setting
while others were more suited for
the forest.
The children were allowed to
touch and feed Hooty the Screech

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Ms. Fleitman plays a familiar
looks on.
Owl and the two parakeets. Both
"IHunzi" and "Crackers" were even
allowed to perch atop several will-
ipg young heads. Ms. Fleitman
also played a game with the two
parakeets that was the near
equivalent to a game that some
tpasters play with their more in-
telligent canines. Fleitman
pointed her finger at "Hunzi" and,
in response, "Crackers" rolled
Over into Fleitman's cupped hand
.playing dead.
Jane Fleitman has been giving
animal presentations for four
years in cooperation with the Op-
eation Wild Life Survival (O.W.L.)
Program. As a member of the
F.lOrida Wildlife Rehabilitation
Council and International Wild-
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knowledge of much indigenous
and rare wildlife. She noted that
much of her inspiration to work
with animals came in her ten
years of employment at the Mi-
ami Metro Zoo. Simply stated,
Fleitman acknowledged, "I've al-
ways liked animals."
Ms. Fleitman's animal presenta-
tion was just one of the many
summer programs presented by
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary. Other public library pro-
grams include the WINGS Pro-
gram, The Summer Recreation
Program and the Summer Read-
ing Program sponsored by the J.
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the sewage disposal for such an
ambitious project. While I have
absolutely no background in sew-
age disposal, I do know two things
that I learned all the way back in
elementary school. One thing is
that water finds its' level. And the
second thing is that stuff flows
downhill.
A public park with public
restrooms has been proposed
for the county property be-
tween Gulf Beach Drive, both
sides of Franklin Boulevard and
the beach. There is a little
money set aside to develop
such a park, but no money set
aside to maintain and keep the
public restrooms clean. Where
would the money come from for
keeping such facilities clean?
Who would do it and who would
maintain law and order in the
park and in the parking area?
Darrell Segree: I guess we would
have to get back to using those
inmates. And, of course, the
County Road Department would
have to pick up their end of it, too.
Anytime you have something new,
then you have to go back and re-
define what you have in county
government to find the money for
those projects like that.


Pamela Amato: Quite frankly, I've
thought about this issue. I've
heard it talked about. My first
S impression was that it was a won-
derful idea. So I went down to
Carrabelle Beach. And, guess
what folks? Before you put the
public restrooms here, regardless
of who's going to keep it clean and
Where the money is going to come
from and who's going to patrol it,
go down to Carrabelle Beach
where the City of Carrabelle is
having to maintain those areas.
Spend some time during the day
there. Spend some time during
the night there. And then, if you
still are interested in it, I'd like to
address it as your commissioner.
Q. Eddie Creamer: When I was
Working with the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department, we had so
many complaints about cars be-
ing parked at the state park, loud
music, glass being broken on the
cement, tables being turned over
and bathrooms being filthy and
unsanitary. But, if St. George Is-
land wants to have this, then we
can probably get it. But, I don't
think people here want to see
such a disaster that could occur.
I think we really need to sit and
study this thing before a decision
is made on it.
Betty Carmichael: I think it
would be fantastic if you had a
well-planned area for a restroom
and a ark. But, I think that you
years ago and come up with a plan
for it. But, I'm not going to sit here
and lie to you and tell you that
o the county can fund it without
knowing what kind of revenues
you will have at that time.


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POA From page 1

Gallio:
...I would like to say...
Plessinger:
....we're going to do it and
we're going to be positive, and
we're going to move ahead or
we're not going to do it...
Gallio:
Let me talk to Mr. Plessinger...
What can we accomplish to-
day, Dick? What do you want
us to do? We've been talking
about this for months... (sev-
eral talking at once).
Hartley:
...If you have bids, I suggest
you make copies of them and
circulate them.. We'll call a
meeting and we'll sit down
and discuss what we're going
to do.
Gallio:
We have a meeting right
now...
Jeff Richardson:
....Last time we discussed it,
we talked about one line,
open-ended, four year ...(?)
without being tied to any spe-
cific chain. What the bank
has suggested in response is
the loan with three sections,
each having different terms.
The fire house and the road
would be construction-type
loans and we would need to
set out what we plan to do,
how much it would cost, and
then have planned releases
upon stages of completion...
(We're here today to approve)
the conceptual nature of
whether we want to press on
to get the open-ended line
with a cap of 900
(thousand)...that would be
approvable yearly... or
whether we are going to go
with the Bank's suggestion
that we have one open-ended
line of credit that would ...
cover the Herrin
judgment...which we would
have that separated from two
construction-type loans. One
for the road (resurfacing) and
one for the fire house...
Christen Gallio clarified the op-
tions as three. One loan line of
credit would amount to about
$150,000 to be drawn upon by the
POA, as needed, for operational
expenses until the end of the cal-
endar year, when the new budget
would then be drawn upon. The
second line of credit would finance
the fire house, now put on hold.
A third line of creditwould finance
the road resurfacing program,
once the Board approved the
plans. A proposed special assess-
ment of the membership, if ap-
proved, would replenish expended
funds already spent on the Herrin
judgment ($140,000+).
In Board action on Tuesday, Pam
Amato moved to seek the
$150,000 loan to provide credit in
operational expenses until the
end of the calendar year. The re-
maining proposals for external fi-
nancing were put on hold.
Richard Plessinger offered his
view on borrowing money to pay
for the Herrin judgment as "very
poor judgment He urged one
payoff on this expense, perhaps
through a special assessment, to
be approved by the membership.
Considerable discussion followed
on the timing of the payment,
method and other details.
Plessinger added, "...Did anybody
tell me the reason why you should
take a bad judgment call by an
earlier Board, and then...tell me
a reason why you want to finance
something like that?..." Charles
Manos urged to let the member-
ship select the alternatives for fi-
nancing the Herrin judgment by
mail ballot.
As to the "elections" agenda item,
Jeff Richardson reported that
there were no candidates formally
declaring candidacy. Bill Hartley
added, "We're working on that."
The meeting adjourned about
7 p.m.


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day. 12 Disaster Services vol-
unteers from the Capital Area
Chapter move 35,000 MRE's
donated to the American Red
Cross from the State of Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services Those
MPE's were moved to the
Chapter's Disaster Services
Warehouse in Tallahassee,
where they will be stored un-
til needed on a Disaster Relief
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enable us to be better pre-
pared to feed victims of any
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