Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: September 6, 1996
Copyright Date: 1996
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Published Every Other Friday

Franklin chronicle

Volume 5, Number 18


September 6 September 19, 1996

Candidates Talk Up il|

the Campaign Trail |I

A Report & Commentary by Brian Goercke *
The campaign trail to.the September 3 primary election proved to be
a leisurely waltz to victory for the majority of incumbent candidates.
Of the five incumbents running for re-election, four of the candidates
cleared the first hurdle with wide margins of victory. ,, ,.,. ,
With 57 percent of the voting population speaking' out, the majority of !
those taking part in the political process seemed to imply that they
were happy enough with the work rendered by their representatives '7 T"
in local government. -.
Two of the six political contests will be re-played in an October run-
off between the remaining Democratic Party candidates. Three of the I
six contests will be forwarded to November for a Republican/Demo- -.
cratic showdown., :
With the playing field cleared of seven candidates in the race for sheriff
and District 1 county commissioner, four remaining democratic can-
didates will vie for the right to face their Republican opponents in
November. Four candidates were knocked out of the sheriffs race ,
following the primary election leaving candidates Bruce Varnes and
Jack Taylor with an additional month to pound the pavement on the
campaign trail. The victor of the October election will win the right to -.
face Republican challenger Buddy Shiver in November.
The Franklin Chronicle contacted Jack Taylor on September 5 for a :.
comment on the primary outcome. Mr. Taylor stated that he was happy y..
to be one of'the two remaining candidates from the democratic pri-
mary election. He attributed his campaign success to "hard work and
talking to the people." Taylor said that his political platform on the
drug issue was being s ron lvN' received by the. voters of Franklin
County. "I'tm just taking this onre step at a time," noted Taylor. He
said that he would like the opportunity to voice his opinions at an-
other political forum before the next election. Questioned whether he
had sought the endorsements of the four other democratic candi-
dates, Taylor said that he had talked with a few of them. "They said
they'd get back with me," continued Taylor. Asked about the impor-- "
tance of the sheriffs election, Taylor commented, "We can't go back Ms. O
to another four years of the way it is." domestic
The chronicle also contacted Bruce Varnes on September 5. Mr. County
Varnes; who was the front runner of the democratic primary, noted FrI
that his two reactions to the outcome were that of excitement and
appreciation. "I'm so appreciative of the support that I've received E j
and I want to let my supporters know that I won't let them down," J
commented Varnes. Mr. Varnes encouraged all voters in Franklin
County to participate in the next election. Age
Three of the four other candidates in the sheriffs race were contacted A tt
on September 5 for a comment. Candidate Ron Crum, who finished .
in the third place, said that he was "thankful and appreciative" of
those who supported him in the primary. Mr. Crum said that he was Sel
satisfied with the results on September 3, especially since the race
marked his first ever campaign attempt in Franklin County. As of
September 5, Mr. Crum was not ready to endorse either Varnes or Over 40
Taylor. Candidate Don Hammock also voiced his appreciation for those through
who had confidence in his campaign for sheriff. Mr. Hammock stated tended a
that he was satisfied with the "good, clean campaign" in the race for county c
sheriff. Mr. Hammock said that he publicly endorsed Bruce Varnes the State
for sheriff. Candidate David Jackson also thanked those who sup- Governo
ported him in the race for sheriff. He, too, publicly endorsed Bruce tic Viole
Varnes for sheriff. The two
In the District 5 race for Franklin County Commissioner, Eastpoint instruct
resident Eddie Creamer and St. George Island resident Pamela Amato related i
were the two surviving democratic candidates in a five candidate pri- changes
mary election race. Both candidates were contacted on September 5 seizure.
for a comment. Front runner Eddie Creamer stated that he was "over- Mauree
whelmed" by his support and that the primary results were "unex- Educato
pected." Asked about his chances in the run-off election, Creamer Becky D
simply stated, "I feel confident." He said that, for the run-bff election, Rural
he only needed approximately four percent more of the District 1 Govern
vote, while his opponent needed approximately 96 percent more of Attorney
the vote. Candidate Pamela Amato admitted that she had "a long way sistant
to go" in the run-off election. She said that she simply needed to talk nar was
more with the people and make her views more widely known. "I re- deputies
ally do care about what's going on and I really do care what happens City of
in the county," noted Amato. Ms. Amato pointed out that there were belie Poi
enough swing votes to help her campaign in the run-off election. She Game an
stated that 250 of those Eastpoint residents who voted in the primary mission
election did not vote for county commissioner. Florida
The Franklin Chronicle also contacted Candidate Darrell Segree on tions, an
September 5. Mr. Segree would not endorse either candidate. How- "This se
ever, he did want to extend his appreciation to those who supported provide
him in the primary election. Mr. Segree said that he would monitor motion e
the progress of the District 1 commissioner for the next four years, next ses
And, based on his assessment of that progress, Segree said he would Segree.
then decide if would make another campaign bid for county commis-
sioner. Republican candidate Joyce Estes was also contacted on Sep- "This wa
tember 5. Ms. Estes said that she that she wanted to convince voters local off
that she had the qualifications and leadership skills to be a good, on chan
solid county commissioner. "I feel I can do a better job than anyone lieve th
else, "noted Estes. She said that one of her main platform issues was group d:
centered on long-range planning. She said that the Franklin County a spirit
Commission needed to address issues throughout the year, rather Franklir
than haphazardly addressing them during budget meetings. In addi- officers,
tion, Ms. Estes said that she would support the hiring of a public Greg Mo
relations representative for the seafood industry if elected to the county Accordii
commission in November. The representative, said Estes, would be nar is in
able to promote and address seafood-related issues in Tallahassee. series of
She also said that, if elected, she wanted to bring the comprehensive to assist
plan up to date. ficers to
In the District 3 race for county commissioner, challenger Clarence evolving
Williams unseated the ten year incumbent candidate Edward Toll- issues o
iver. The Franklin Chronicle contacted both candidates on Septem- seminar
ber 5 for comment. seminar
cess -
Mr. Williams stated that he entered the race for county commissioner we hope
because of a confrontation he had with Mr. Tolliver two years ago on classes
a budget-related issue. Mr. Williams said that he was disappointed Frank W
with a decision by the board not to grant the full budget request from is prese
John Crooms two years ago. He said that, when he confronted Toll- day, Se]
river about the issue, he was shunned by his District 3 representative, terested
tact the
Continued on page 5 653-81l

"Neal addresses
Ic violence issues at
Court House.
nklin Law

end Legal


law enforcement officers
out Franklin County at-
I seminar at the Franklin
courthouse sponsored by
Attorney's Office and the
r's Task Force on Domes-
nce on August 26.
I-part seminar included
ion on domestic violence
issues, as well as recent
in the law of search and
Instructors included Dr.
n O'Neal, Community
r for Refuge House; Ms.
unn, Deputy Director for
Initiatives from the
or's Task Force; F.T.
Williams, Assistant State
r; and Michael Bauer, As-
State Attorney. The semi-
attended by officers and
From the Sheriffs Office,
Apalachicola and Carra-
ice Departments, Florida
id Fresh Water Fish Com-
, Florida Marine Patrol,
Department of Correc-
Id the Florida Park Patrol.
seminar was excellent, it
1 a lot of valuable infor-
and I look forward to the
sion," stated Deputy Ron

as a chance for state and
icers to become updated
ges in the law. I also be-
e high attendance and
discussion will help foster
of cooperation between all
i County law enforcement
" stated Wildlife Officer
ig to sponsors, the semi-
.tended to be the first in a
monthly classes designed
Local law enforcement of-
stay informed on rapidly
criminal justice issues as
provide a forum to discuss
f common concern. 'This
Swas a resounding suc-
the perfect start to what
e will be a long series of
and meetings," stated
Villiams. The next seminar
ntly scheduled for Mon-
pt. 23, 1996, anyone in-
in attending should con-
State Attorney's Office at

Dr. Saunders presents
development design plans to





for Lanark


The Franklin County Commission
agreed to table a request from Dr.
Edward Saunders on September
3 to rezone 24 acres of land in
Lanark Village from R-1 to R-1A
zoning. R-1 zoning would permit
Dr. Saunders to develop one unit
per acre, while R- 1A zoning would
allow three units per acre.
County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that four
letters had been received by the
county which expressed concern
about the access and buffer is-
sues in relation to the proposed
development. Pierce said that the
issue of access seemed to be the
greater of the two concerns.
"There is a desire by one of these
particular property owners to
have access behind some existing
apartments that potentially that
access is gonna disappear if this
property is developed to the prop-
erty line," noted Pierce. He said
that, if residents requested a
buffer for access, then approxi-
mately 30 feet would be needed
for an alleyway. "If it's a buffer for
privacy," added Pierce, "It could
be anything."
Lanark Village Association Presi-
dent Ralph Dietz stated that the
"villagers" were not opposed to the
density of Dr. Saunders' develop-
ment. However, he said that the
proposed development area on the
east end of Lanark Village had
been "dug out." He continued,
"There's a little swallow there and,
when we get heavy rain, that will
fill up." Dietz said that Lanark
Village residents were requesting
a wide buffer area. "We're asking
Mr. Saunders to give us this con-
sideration," noted Dietz, "by law,
he doesn't have to do it. All he has
ive is ten feet. But, we're asking
im out of the goodness of his
heart to donate this property to
the county." He said that, if
Saunders donated the requested
property, the residents of Lanark
Village would not protest the den-
sity of the proposed development.
The residents of Lanark Village,
said Dietz, also requested that the
county provide a road near the
buffer area to give access to the
highway. Commissioner
Raymond Williams said that he
Continued on page 6

In the second lawsuit against Dr. Ben Johnson and his Resort Village
Association, and the first on appeal aimed at Franklin County, the
Plantation Owner's Association (POA) through their attorneys
Amundsen and Moore (Tallahassee) appealed the actions taken by
the Franklin County Board on August 6, 1996.
Under Count I, the POA seeks to have the Second Circuit Court for
the 2nd Judicial. Circuit reverse the action taken by the Franklin
Board of County Commissioners on August 6, 1996. The POA brief
recites the procedural history of the case and numerous discrepan-
cies and alleged violations of law. The POA also seeks in the reversal
to remand the matter back to the County Commission "...to conduct
such hearings as such to ensure that the decision on Phase I of the
Resort is rendered in compliance with all essential requirements of
In response to the lawsuit, Dr. Ben Johnson told The Chronicle,
This small group of Plantation Owners is trying to burden our
project with further delay and expense. We are confident this
litigation will not prevent us from developing the Resort Vil-
lage. However, it may force some additional delay, and it will
definitely force everyone to spend many thousands of dollars
more on legal expenses.
In effect, the Plantation Owners are asking the circuit court to ignore
the 1977 Development Order, and to ignore the detailed review which
has been conducted by numerous local, state and regional agencies
during the past four years.
Earlier this year, the POA included Ben Johnson in another legal
action seeking a declaratory judgment regarding a contract made
between Dr. Johnson and the POA. A number of irregularities have
been cited which might render the contract non-existent or null and
void. This action does not have any other direct connection with the
recent lawsuit against the Franklin County and Dr. Johnson.
Within the discussion for Count I, the POA alleged the following:
3. At the August 6, 1996 public hearing, the St. George Planta-
tion Owilers' Association, Inc. presented expert testimony and
exhibits on the numerous substantive and procedural problems
plaguing Phase I of the Resort Village proposal. These problems
included the pollution of Apalachicola Bay from an inadequate
storm water system; violation of the state growth management
laws; violation of the St. George Island Development Order; viola-
tion of the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission's
("FLAWAC") 1995 Final Order controlling this development; and
other deficiencies in the developer's project. Despite the
uncontroverted testimony and exhibits and intense public oppo-
sition, the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners on
August.6, 1996 directed its staff to prepare a final order approv-
ing Phase I of the Resort Village project. Specifically, the Franklin
County Board of County Commissioners, by three separate mo-
tions, took the following action:
(1) directed its staff to prepare a small scale Compre-
hensive Plan amendment and to take all necessary
steps in order to change the land-use designation of
Phase I to commercial;
(2) directed the County Planner and County Attor-
ney to prepare an order approving Phase I to be con-
sidered at the same meeting following the Compre-
hensive Plan amendment; and
(3) directed the staff to work with Mr. Johnson [de-
veloper] to take all necessary steps to proceed to-
ward final development approval- and rezoning of
Phase I at a public hearing to be scheduled for Tues-
day, October 1, 1996.' A-pp. 1.
4. The Board's action on August 6, 1996 completely
ignored and misapplied the law applicable to the
Phase I proposal. The Board ignored existing require-
ments of the St. George Island Development Order
and the April 11, 1995 FLAWAC order, improperly
directed its staff to prepare a small scale Compre-
hensive Plan amendment for Phase I, and failed to
consider the amendment and the proposed change
to the St. George Island Development Order at the
same hearing. On the basis of these defects, the St.
George Plantation Owners' Association, Inc. brings
this petition to the Court for relief.
Dr. Johnson told The Chronicle:
With regard to the procedural issues, it seems the Plantation
Owners keep hiring new attorneys, who will argue that what-
ever process we follow, it is not the right one. Last summer,
the local and state authorities told us what procedures to
follow. The Plantation Owners' attorneys advocated those
same procedures, and we have been following them ever since.
Now, they have hired new attorneys, who are objecting to
those procedures.
With regard to the environmental issues, the Plantation Own-
ers keep making the same invalid arguments, which keep be-
ing rejected, because they are inconsistent with the facts.
Our project will have less Impact on the environment than
the residential development which surrounds it. Those houses
aren't hurting the Bay, and our project won't either.
Among numerous alleged deficiencies to "due process" the POA
brief accuses the County Board of failing to provide adequate public
notice of the August 6, 1996 hearing. (See pare 23.)
C. The Improper Hearing
23. The August 6, 1996 notice for the public hearing violated Chap-
ter 380, Florida Statutes. First, the Board published notice for
the Resort Village substantial deviation hearing on July 25, 1996
58 days after the NOPC's submittal Second, the Board pub-
Lawsuit continued on page 10



St. Geo Plantation Owner's

Association Sues Franklin

County and Ben Johnson



PrI6 ,

Pqop i RS ntemher 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday



Notes from the
September 3 Franklin
County Commission
*Commissioner Bevin Putnal re-
quested that the Franklin County
Road Department spread
limerock in those driveway areas
in which local school buses en-
tered to turn around. Commis-
sioner Putnal stated that resi-
dents were complaining that the
asphalt in the noted driveways
were breaking off from the con-
tinual weight of the school buses.
"It seems to be a problem that's
getting a little worse each year,"
noted Putnal. Superintendent of
Public Works Prentice Crum
stated that he was not sure which
areas the school buses used to
turn around. However, he said
that he would look into the mat-
ter. "If it's on the county's right-
of-way," noted Crum, "we can cer-
tainly take care of it. But, if it gets
up in the yard, I get real uneasy."
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson provided board members
with a cost estimate for those
materials to be used for a
hydroseeding machine. The ma-
terials, noted Johnson, would cost
$4,941. Mr. Johnson urged board
members to invest in the
hydroseeding machine. He said
that the county would otherwise
be compelled to repeatedly pay
other companies to provide
hydroseeding services. "The more
you use it, the cheaper it be-
comes," said Johnson. He contin-
ued, "Once you get it on the in-
ventory, I'm sure you'll find more
uses for it." The board voted 3-1
to approve the request with the
provision that a demonstration of
the hydroseeding machine be of-
fered. Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis voted against the mo-
tion and contested that the ma-
chirie would not have many alter-
native uses.
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson requested that board
members consider adopting the
,budget proposal for the landfill
that was presented at the previ-
ous budget hearing. Mr. Johnson
stated that he was losing valuable
employees because of the salaries
that were offered by the county.
The board agreed that the request
should be reviewed at the next
budget meeting.

*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
informed board members that it
would cost approximately
$85,000 in order to bring the
county courthouse in compliance
with the Americans with Disabili-
ties Act (ADA). Some of those pro-
visions needed to comply with the
ADA include remodeling the bath-
rooms in the courthouse and pro-
viding a wheelchair lift in the
courtroom. Hamilton stated that
there was ample funding from the
present year's contingency fund.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
United States Postal Service
would soon begin to deliver mail
in Eastpoint and on St. George Is-
land based upon the house num-
bering system that has been co-
ordinated by Pat McWhinnie and
Mark Curenton.
*The board unanimously agreed
to authorize advertising for a sec-
ond year of adult literacy train-
ing. County Planner Alan Pierce
stated that those bids would be
opened on September 17 at 9 a.m.
Those funds used to support the
adult literacy program will come
from the remaining money that
has been set aside for education
from the Tropical Storm Alberto
Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) funds. Mr. Pierce
stated that either $17,000 or
$22,000 remained in the CDBG
funds. Acting Literacy Director
Bonnie Segree said that the pro-
gram desperately needed at least
$30,000 for the next fiscal year.
*The board unanimously agreed
to grant a request from Stacy
Kirvin and Lee McLemore to re-
zone 8.5 acres of land in East-
*The board unanimously agreed
to grant a request from Maxie
Carroll to rezone a parcel of land
in Eastpoint.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed board members
that, during the past legislative
session, a new aquaculture bill
was passed that made many regu-
lations of the Marine Fisheries
Commission (MFC) that dealt with
aquacultured animals obsolete.
"What the State is now doing is
trying to promote aquaculture,"
noted Mahan, "and they've asked
the Marine Fisheries Commission
to remove what they saw as bar-
riers to the development of aquac-
ulture." Mahan stated that, in re-
sponse to the legislative session,
the MFC has dropped those regu-
lations for most aquacultured
species with the exception of
snook, redfish and trout.
*The 'board agreed to appoint
Commissioners Bevin Putnal and
Jimmy Mosconis to serve on the
Value Adjustment Board on Sep-
tember 13.


on Florida



Approved by
Franklin County
Commission on
September, 1996.
WHEREAS, Florida's forests have
played an integral part of our
State's heritage, economy and rec-
reation opportunities; and
WHEREAS, the state forest sys-
tem and the first state forest, Pine
Log State Forest in Bay County
was created by the Florida Legis-
lature in 1926; and
WHEREAS, the State and other
forest landowners and citizens
have worked diligently to expand,
protect and manage Florida's for-
est resources through reforesta-
tion, wildlife prevention and re-
duction, erosion control and
sound harvesting practices; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services' Division of For-
estry currently manages
thirty-fpur state forests and the
number continues to grow; and
WHEREAS, the Division of For-
estry manages these forested
lands to provide multiple public
benefits, endangered species,
water quality, timber, recreation,
aesthetics and the economic good
while retaining their unique char-
NOW, therefore, be it resolved that
the Board of County Commission-
ers do hereby declare the month
of October 1996 as the State For-
est Awareness Month and en-
courages the citizens of Florida to
increase their awareness of our
unique State Forest System and.
avail themselves of every oppor-
tunity to expand their under-
standing and enjoyment of the
many natural systems and recre-
ational experiences of Florida's
State Forests.


City Approves
Millage Rate

and Budget

The Apalachicola City Commis-
sion voted to increase the annual
millage rate to 8.7914 at their
September 3 regular meeting. The
rate was increased by one-half mil
from the previous year. In addi-
tion, the board also voted to ac-
cept a tentative budget of
$1,715,855. The budget for the
1995-96 fiscal year was


Farm Facts

The 1996 Florida State Fair, Feb-
ruary 8-19 in Tampa, is a show-
case of all that Florida agriculture
has to offer. It's the Southeast's
largest agricultural fair with food,
rides and live entertainment. But
there's another side to the Florida
State Fair it's educational, too,
with exhibits, displays and dem-
onstrations. You can learn about
Florida history at Cracker Coun-
try, where the pioneer spirit lives
on. You can see agricultural
events that demonstrate the tal-
ents of tomorrow's farmers. And
you can share in the age-old tra-
dition of handmade arts and
crafts. For information about the
1996 Florida State Fair, call 1-
800-345-FAIR (in Florida only), or
(813) 621-7821.

City Expresses Concern Over

Pending Lawsuits

Resident Day McGee addressed
the Apalachicola City Commission
on September 3 and voiced "frus-
tration" of a previous Board ofAd-
justments (BOA) meeting. She
complained that the quorum of
the BOA was only four members,
though she noted that four votes
were needed to have an issue sent
back to the Apalachicola Planning
and Zoning Committee for further
Ms. McGee has appealed a deci-
sion by the Apalachicola Planning
and Zoning Committee to approve
the development of a Taco Bell/
Chevron Station on Avenue E and
Market Street. "Since this has
happened and gone out to the P
& Z members who voted for the
permit, reported McGee, "(they)
have embraced me and consoled
me and said, 'I had no Idea.'" One
planning and zoning board mem-
ber, said McGee, felt that the de-
velopment would be located where
the previous service station was
"The problem is the way it looks
from the street," emphasized
McGee, "and our biggest protec-
tion lies in the hands of local gov-
ernment to protect our historic
assets. And I believe that in that
entire process that our ordinance,
which is good and is strong, was
abided by." She stated that the
city failed to require the Millers
to comply with the city andistreet
City Attorney Patrick Floyd stated
that the four vote requirement to
successfully appeal an item at the
BOA was not necessarily a weak-
ness. 'There's some strength to
that," noted Floyd, "It depends
how you look at it. On the other
side of it, you may want to be in a
situation where you have it
blocked. There's a reason for this
and it wasn't something 'that the
City of Apalachicola turned on a
light and created a constitutional
amendment. This is a format used
in a number of other cities. What
may help this time may hurt you
the next time."
Residents asked whether the city
had an attendance requirement
for those who served on the vari-
ous city boards. Mayor Bobby
Howell responded, "I don't know,
but there sure should be."
BOA Chairperson Roy Solomon
informed audience members that
four votes were required for any
matter that came before the BOA.
"That does not apply to just ap-,,.
peals," said Solomon. He also
stated that he had served on the
BOA for several years and that it
was rare when seven members
attended a board meeting.

Residents also complained that
City Attorney J. Patrick Floyd had
a conflict of interest in the Miller
development because he had pre-
viously represented the Millers.
Attorney Floyd explained that
there was no conflict of interest
in the case because it was at the
appellate level. "The Board of Ad-
justments had decided to rule and
the ruling was in favor of Millers.
Then the position of the City and
the Millers became the same,"
noted Floyd.
"It sounds like somebody's a little
too involved in this," stated resi-
dent Tom Beavers. He said that,
whenever he sought counsel for
representation, attorneys would
cite a conflict of interest in cases
that involved people they previ-
ously represented.
"I think he (Attorney Floyd) said
on the appellate level," responded
Mayor Howell.
Attorney Floyd said that he gave
his assurance that he would not
handle the case in which the City
was filingagainst the Millers. "Nor
would I handle a case whenever
the Millers were asking for some-
thing," said Floyd.
"It sounds like a free attorney for
the Millers that the City is paying
for," responded Ms. McGee.
'The appeal is to the City of Apa-
lachicola," concluded Floyd, "It's
not an appeal to the Millers."
In other board business:
*The board voted unanimously to
increase the cost of each grave site
at Magnolia Oaks Cemetery from
$100 to $300.
*The board agreed to accept the
following members on the City
Beautification Committee: Jimmy
J. Nichols, William L. Cook, Anna
E. Gaidry, Barbara S. Holmes,
Richard Bickel, Hollis Wade,
Linda P. Weller, Hagar E. Price and
Gwendolyn F. Ingram.

Mayor Bobby Howell expressed
concern over two pending law-
suits against the City of Apalachi-
cola during a budget workshop of
the Apalachicola City Commission
on August 27.
One of the lawsuits, which has
been filed by John Miller, may cost
the City of Apalachicola an' esti-
mated $10,000. The other suit,
which has been filed by Eric &
Wanda Teat, could cost the city
as much as $300,000 in just le-
gal fees. "This lawsuit could put
us in bankruptcy," said Howell,
"whether we win or lose, it won't
be cheap."
The first suit involves a proposed
dock that John Miller had re-
quested to construct by the Apa-
lachicola River. The City of Apa-
lachicola had denied that request.
The second suit involves allega-
tions from Eric & Wanda Teat that
effluent from the city's wastewa-
ter treatment plant has entered
their property and negatively im-
pacted their land and well water.
Mayor Howell stated that the City
of Apalachicola had won the first
round of a three step process to
determine whether the city would
be obligated to pay triple attor-
ney fees in the Teat case. Howell
expressed uncertainty as to how
the final two steps would be de-
termined. "You're looking at an
unknown," noted Howell, "and I
have no crystal ball. I don't have
any more knowledge about it than
you do, but you better be looking
at it."
Howell encouraged board mem-
bers to set aside a "slush fund"
during the budget process to pre-
pare for the worst legal case sce-
nario. "We're looking at bfg dol-
lars," warned Howell, "we're not
looking at fifteen cents We're
looking at big dollars."
A final report on the Teat case was
prepared by claims adjusters and
administrators from the Ward-
Thomas Howell Group (THG) on
March 14, 1996. According to the
report filed by Adjuster Ron
Childers, the City ofApalachicola
had requested that the Ward-THG
investigate allegations of degrada-
tion of a water way by the City of
Apalachicola on Dec. 8, 1995.
According to the investigation,
Childers noted that he had met
with city employee Harry Braswell
on Feb. 7, 1996 for an inspection
of the pumping station west of
Apalachicola and the holding
pond from where the plant's el-
fluent begins its' filtration through
the swamp land. Childers further
noted in his report:
"At the lower end of the swap,
where the water drains through
a culvert and under a road, the

water does not appear to have any
particular odor and looked like
typical tannic acid colored swamp
Mr. Childers reported that he had
inspected a site above and below
the point at which the discharge
stream entered Huckleberry
Creek. Childers noted that he did
not detect a difference in the
growth of the water hyacinth and
duckweed below and above the
discharge ditch. He further noted:
We observed one spot on the
creek from a railroad bridge
and the water hyacinths have
collected below the bridge,
but hyacinths are a problem
in virtually every water way
in Florida; even in the most
pristine springs and the hya-
cinths must be chemically
sprayed or mechanically re-
moved; the same is true of the
Childers reported, in concern to
water analysis, that Harry
Braswell had obtained a water
sample, sent the sample to a labo-
ratory and reported that there was
"nothing bad" in the water.
In other city business:
*The board took no action on a
suggested incentive raise program
that was proposed by Commis-
sioner Jack Frye. "I've never seen
a fair incentive program in my
life," concluded Mayor Howell.
*Commissioner Jack Frye com-
plained that city supervisors were
failing to report faulty equipment
to the city commissioners. "Every-
body that is a supervisor has got
a mouth," said Frye, "and all
they've got to do is go to their re-
spective commissioner and re-
quest that this equipment is
fixed." Commissioner Frye en-
couraged all city departments to
unite for the benefit of the com-
munity. He stated that the city
was behind on many cleanup
projects throughout the city. "I'm
getting tired of hearing complaints
and nothing gets done about it,"
concluded Frye, "I know the rest
of the commission hears it. (The
words) 'I can't' don't get it with
me." Frye suggested that the city
attempt to at least clean a ditch
or an alley each day to gradually
meet the needs of the community.
Mayor Howell concluded, "If we
need to roll our sleeves up, let's
do it."
*The board discussed the gradual
congestion of Magnolia Oaks
Cemetery. It was noted that the
cemetery had been expanded to
include an approximate addition
of 800 new grave sites. However,
Mayor Howell voiced concern that
those additional gave sites would
also be accounted for within a

decade. Howell said that further
expansion of the cemetery would
not be possible. "There's no way
to go east," said Howell, "because
there's nothing but swamp.,
There's no way we can go west,
because there's nothing but road.
And there's no way to go north,
because the property is prohib-
ited." Howell suggested that' the
city increase the price of each
grave site from $1.00 to $300.
*The board noted that the pro-
posed millage rate was set at
8.2914. The General Rate has
.been proposed at $924,601 and
the Enterprise Fund has been
proposed at $749,254.
*The board unanimously agreed
to allocate an estimated $500 for
repair work of the city's fire truck.
*The board unanimously agreed
to allow the Shuler and Shuler
Law Office to spread limerock
from their law office to the road.
*The board took no action on re-
moving gas tanks at the corner of
Avenue M and 7th Street. Com-
missioner Wallace Hill noted that
the city needed to follow'a proce-
dure set by the Environmental
Protection Agency to remove the
tanks. He also noted that the last
person who used the tanks
should be responsible for remov-
ing them. Commissioner Hill
warned that the City ofApalachi-
cola could be held liable if they
violated procedures set by the En-
vironmental Protection Agency.
Mayor Howell noted that he made
such a mistake previously, but
would not repeat that error. "I
made a mistake and told Marvin
Croom to remove a city tank,"
noted Howell, "I had a momentary
lapse in the law and we got chas-
tised about it, but I wouldn't take
that chance again. I just forgot
that we had to have their permis-
*The board unanimously agreed
to give a certification step raise to
Apalachicola Police Chief Warren
Faircloth to bring him "up to date"
on his salary. Commissioner
Wallace Hill stated that Chief
Faircloth had failed to receive the
step raise previously.


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The Franklin Chronicle 6 September 1996 Page 3

Editorial and Commentary

Publisher's Note:
I share this letter with you, not just because the complimen-
tary .nature of this letter connects Mr. Goercke with The
Chronicle, but for many other reasons concerning his char-
acter and his volunteer activities and service to many in Fran-
klin County. I agree with every word Drs. White have written
and I, too, am very proud of him. Besides, isn't it nice to have
a piece of mail that avoids acrimony, back-biting, and con-
troversy and moreover seeks to express the positive attributes
of someone in Franklin County life? We would welcome more
of them, but even with controversy, we would welcome your
mail, as we can easily disagree with out being disagreeable.
Tom W. Hoffer

SLove is what his Lov(

Center Holiness Church of the Living God, Inc.

August 7,1996

Dur. Daniel &- Shirley Whike

Dear Sir:
This letter is a letter of commendation for Brian Goercke. We know
Brian to be a community-minded person who has the people and
youth of Franklin County in his heart. He has been there for the
people of this church, and the Hill area of Apalachicola whenever he
was called upon.
Brian has served as a volunteer for our After School Reading, Math,
and Enrichment.program in the past. He has given accurate and vivid
accounts of events and issues that matters to this community. He
has shown has shown a deep love for children and a sensitivity in
dealing with people. He has been innovative and dynamic in his pre-
sentations of the events written in the Franklin County Chronicle.
Love Center Church, Inc. would like to express our deepest and heart-
felt love and appreciation to Brian for the services that he has given
to us and the people of Franklin County.


Drs. Daniel d ShirleyWhite
Pastors, Love Center Church

On Reunions

Having attended my 40th high school reunion in August 1996, I am
still slightly dazed yet moved to reflect on the event. We had a class of
62 students from a rural area in Iowa where many classmates in high
school 40 years ago were already working their livings in the sur-
rounding farm area. Many still are doing so now, but growing grains
instead of cattle.
To listen to the recitations by all about their 40 years since gradua-
tion, one would think the only thing they have been doing has been
birthing and raising children, with the smallest family including two
children and the largest, about six children, Of course, many were
great grandparents already.
There had been nine deaths among our classmates due to heart dis-
ease, cancer and two suicides. Perhaps there is a message to all of us
here. No catastrophic auto accidents nor other such calamities. Even
so, our conversations also included what pills we were taking and
various illnesses we have had over the years, especially the recent
We were more laid back, and a surprising number of us were retired,
not yet reaching age 60. We had slowly become the "older generation"
with many of our parents having passed on. Those of us who had
come from a distance made the ritual visit to local grave yards.
In some ways, the landscape looked the same as we scanned it through
the highly colored perspective of the past. The sharp realization of
growth and change came when one classmate walked "downtown"
only to be met by one or two persons who knew them. One or two
generations had already "moved in" to build new futures in their lives
and the old landscape was already peeling paint and/or rebuilding
the physical parts of our landscape.
We can dnly go home again in our memory, I thought. Reflecting on
the past, or holding reunions, reminds us of one certainty. Change is
inevitable, steady and sometimes too fast.
How can we prepare for this and cope with rapid change? As "re-
unionists" we can still become a part of the future because we have a

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The underlined portion emphasizes that "major expenditures on legal
matters" would not be made without membership approval.
In March 1996, The Board of Directors approved plans to sue Dr. Ben
Johnson without consulting the membership.
In June 1996, the Board similarly approved plans for legal represen-
tation to fight Resort Village in a workshop without consulting the
Legal bills posted in July 1996 were over $6,000 according to the
Board's own accounting.
In September 1996, the Board started a second lawsuit against Dr.
Johnson, and has also sued Franklin County without consulting the
In the meantime, the Plantation Owner's Association has had to seek
loans and lines of credit to finish the calendar year for operations.
Are we on a line toward financial collapse with the continual funding
of lawsuits without consulting the membership?
Like Mr. Hartley, I am not going to "Mince words or get political with
page after page of half-truths, innuendoes and lies." I think the docu-
mentary record speaks volumes concerning the behavior of the Board
of Directors and their public promises.
Tom W. Hoffer


Responds to


Supply Drive
The Florida Jobs and Benefits
Center with the help of Gulf State
Bank and WOYS Radio initiated
a county-wide supply drive on
July 3 with the purpose of fur-
nishing as many school supplies
to elementary and high school
students as possible.
As of August 22, Employment
Security Representative Louise
Allen with the Florida Jobs and
Benefits Center has collected the
following supplies: 10 notebooks,
3 binders, 10 packs of notebook
paper, 7 packs of pencils, 9 rul-
ers, 3 packs of erasers, 4 boxes of

eraser mates, 13 boxes of cray-
ons, 7 bottles of glue, 10 scissors,
5 pencil boxes, 1 pack of colored
pencils and 1 pack of markers.
The Florida Jobs and Benefits
Center will continue to collect
school supplies throughout the
school year. "I thank everybody
that has helped to get these school
supplies for the children," noted
Ms. Allen. Those interested in
donating to the school supply
drive may contact Ms. Allen at

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S Of St. George Island, Inc.

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Fax: (904) 927-2314

Ms Property For Every Budget

Mr. Ben Dooley, Plantation

Member, Challenges the

14. Why are we'still waiting for infrastructure repair and improve-
ments which were part of the 5 year plan submitted in 19937 The
membership was clearly under the belief that the major dues increase
at that time was to finance these necessary improvements!
15. Why can't we get Casa del Mar owners to vote to join the Asso-
ciation? Are any of the Board members really surprised by their re-
16. How do you explain to the membership that no conflict of inter-
est is involved in hiring the same attorney who has worked for the
C.P.O. to represent the Board in the move for a Declaratory Judge-
ment on the Ben Johnson agreement? It would also be interesting to
see how the Board's action this past year has affected the legal ex-
penses of the C.P.O.
17. What were the legal costs on the Herren suit?
18. What are the legal costs to date and how much is estimated for
the coming year relative to the Wayne Gleasman suit?
19. What are the legal costs to date and how much is estimated for
the coming year relative to the Ben Johnson agreement and/or his
proposed development?
20. Does this Board anticipate bringing any major legal action or
having to answer any suits in the coming year? If so, how do you
expect to inform the Membership and how much Membership input
prior to any legal action do you expect?
21. Why are several minutes missing from the tape record of a re-
cent Board Meeting where undocumented accusations were made
against a former employee? Should we call this "Plantation-Gate" or
perhaps "Gulf-Gate"?
22. Last and most important-when is this Board going to become
responsible stewards of the Association treasury and when will it begin
to represent the total best interests of the entire Association and all
its members rather than the narrow agenda of a small cadre of per-
manent residents?

Ben Dooley
i@ S Association Member

II. -"'

TALKING HOUSE! Ideal investment property or perfect
family home. Stop by 741 West Pine Street and hear of
its many extras today. $132,300.
Our talking house, located at 741 West Pine Street, is a
must listen for those seeking the perfect island home.
From its loft on top to the efficiency below this home is an
outstanding buy )for some lucky family, best make it
yours ........ ........... $132,300

The S -



past to build on. As the "older generation" presumably we have learned
some hard lessons to apply to ourselves as well as the new friend-
ships that come into our lives-for one thing, we have a lot more to
share. And, the old, yet lasting friendships rekindled at such reunions
can reinforce values, steady our own personal courses through the
uncertainties of older years, and keep alive those inner strengths that
will help us cope with future adversity and the uncertainty of change.
We may more easily accommodate to the variety of changing circum-
stances or help our children are the younger generation cope with
change. For some, we can also wake up to the fact that our colored
perspective on the past is not the same as that of today, nor would
our "solutions" necessarily provide that anecdote to the present-day
I will never forget some senior naval officers at the Madison, Wiscon-
sin drilling unit who had opinions about the Vietnamese wars, as if
they were still fighting World War II. Of course, this tragic conflict was
so misperceived by many in the defense establishment for years.
A hard lesson to learn as we age is the tolerance for disagreeable
viewpoints, many that almost vanished after many years of separa-
tion from old friends and arguments. Reunions at all levels can po-
tentially erase such closely held viewpoints but that might be too
much to expect of a group of high school students reminiscing after
40 years of separation, yet I sensed a strong bonding on all kinds of
We embraced the pain of a parent explaining his son's self-inflicted
shooting and understood at first awkwardly, the need for hearing
these sad words, as if we were part of a larger scheme to help remove
the terrible suffering all victims have in the aftermath of such a trag-
edy. Anther spoke in private of the sacrifices of raising three sons
without a father. The small group audiences for these admissions
empathized with each other because these were old friends, not strang-
ers and everyone brought those intangible benefits to a brief reunion
that could help all of us refine ourselves. While this mixture of sad-
ness, happy times and nostalgia comprised a large range of recol-
lected experience, we enjoyed each other.
But time was running out. There were planes to catch, relatives to
visit and bags to be packed. Then, it was over.
Tom W. Hoffer

What a Difference in

Plantation Politics A

Year Will Make...

Below are some excerpts from a memorandum sent to members of
the St. George Plantation.

William B. Hartley
1464 Bayberry Lane
St. George Island, Fl 32328
To: Fellow St. George Island POA Members
Subject: 1995 POA Board Elections
I have spoken at length with Christen. Dick and Pam and
they feel as I do that legal matters, or any thing else, should
be made without membership approval. The board should
be member friendly!...

4. With $161,000 paid out to Bob Herren this year and heaven knows
how much related to the Ben Johnson situation, does the $500,000
figure for legal costs so derisively shouted down at last year's annual
meeting still seem so far out of the realm of possibility?
5. Who authorized paid employees of the Association (gate security
personnel) to hand out a privately sponsored and inflammatory flyer
prior to the August 6 Commission meeting which considered the Ben
Johnson proposal?
6. Was any Association money expended on this flyer?
7. Why did most out of town property owners receive their packets
including the cards inviting comments to the Aug 6 Commission meet-
ing too late to be returned in time for the meeting?
8. Why are board members who joined "Concerned Property Own-
ers" in using private funds to oppose Ben Johnson's efforts to amend
the original development order to allow low density (4 units per acre)
owner occupied low rise condominiums now appalled that heiwishes
to proceed with the commercial development allowed by the original
Developer Order? This is especially in question since the C.P.O. spe-
cifically said they were not opposed to commercial development.
9. Why did this years packet of information related to the annual
meeting not include a financial statement as.it always has before?
Would not such information be helpful for members faced with a bal-
lot asking them to approve: Special Assessment or Dues increase?
Why have Members' requests for such information not been met as
required by Florida law?
10. How does the Board justify seeking a Special Assessment to Dav
the Herren judgement when the Covenants of the By-Laws of the
Association specifically allow Special Assessments only for the repair
or reconstruction of capital improvements on common property? (Ar-
ticle IV, Section E, paragraph 3).
11. Why did Board members Hartley, Plessinger, Amato and Gallio
not move for membership approval before taking legal action (filing
for a Declaratory Judgement re: Ben Johnson) as promised in writing
prior to the 1995 annual meeting?
12. Why did the Board appoint a new member to replace Mr. Gallio
who resigned shortly before the 1996 annual meeting? Why not call
for a vote of the membership for a replacement as was done at the
insistence of some Board members and the C.P.O. after an almost
identical situation upon the resignation of Mr. Outlaw shortly before
the 1995 annual meeting?
13. How does this Board justify sending written demand that a com-
pleted structure which was properly presented to and approved by
the A.C.C. approval to remain in place?

Board of Directors to

answers for 22 questions

Mr. Dooley has expressed his opinion in his 22 ques-
tions and I think he is entitled to answers. Whether
these will be forthcoming is problematic since the Board
appearsto answer to no one except themselves.
The St. George Plantation Owner's Association has just completed a
turbulent year. A year that began with the court decision awarding
Bob Herren $161,000 and ends with the Board having to borrow money
to borrow money to keep the Association afloat, County Commission
deciding for Ben Johnson, and new litigation of questionable wis-
doml All this has occurred with most of the Plantation property own-
ers having little or no knowledge of what was going on and with no
concerted efforts of the Board to explain or justify their actions. Ac-
tions which have put the Association's treasury and reputation in
serious jeopardy and led to early indications of a decline in Planta-
tion property values.
It is time for the Board to give a full explanation and accounting. For
1. Why are some Association members given access to the Associa-
tion membership through the newsletter while others are denied the
same consideration?
2. If the Board is determined to openly oppose Ben Johnson before
the County Commission, State Agencies and the Courts regardless of
the legality of the Association's agreements with him, why do we even
continue to pursue a Declaratory Judgement regarding the agree-
ment? Indeed, why did we begin such an action in the first place?
What happens if the Court declares the Agreement legal and bind-
3. If Mr. Johnson is successful in his efforts to complete the first
phase of his development, how will this Board react? Will you be.
willing to permit a vote of the Membership on whether to continue
opposition or to negotiate with Mr. Johnson on how the remaining 49
acres will be treated?

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Published every other Friday

Hill Forum Draws Strong Turnout

The Apalachicola Club hosted a
political forum on August 29 at
the Apalachicola Recreational
Center for candidates in the
sheriffs, county commission,
school board and school super-
intendent races.
Sandra Lee Johnson and Elinor
Mount-'Simmons worked
collaboratively at the event keep-
ing time and asking group and
individual questions to the can-
didates. Those attending the event
included District 3 Franklin
County Commission Candidates
Edward Tolliver, Clarence Will-
iams and Lee McKnight, District
3 Franklin County School Board
Candidates Willie Speed and
Clifford Williams, Franklin School
Superintendent Candidates
Brenda Mabrey Galloway and
Franklin Stephens as well as
sheriffs' candidates Ronald Mock,
Don Hammock, Bruce Varnes,
Ronald Crum, Jack Taylor and
David Jackson.
Included are some of the ques-
tions posed to candidates at the
Question: If elected to the Fran-
klin County Commission, what
commitment are you prepared
to make to the hill community
concerning after-school,
evening and/or weekend activi-
ties or jobs?
Edward Tolliver: I've been fight-
.ing for job training and J.T.P.A.
(Job Training. and Partnership
Act) employees for the summer.
And we are still looking forward
to seeking jobs for our commu-

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Edward Tolliver
Clarence Williams: I think that
if a child does good, then we
should recognize them. On the job
issue, when Plan A is not work-
ing, then you have to go to Plan
B. I've talked to many seafood
workers in the past few weeks.
And I asked them what I could to
help theirfindustry. And they said
that, with the: bay, you can no
longer depend o orfit. Now'Plan B
is coming with development on
the Island. I've talked to Mr. (Ben)
Johnson and he said that he was
going to employ 144 people. I
wanted to know what percentage
of those jobs were going to be for
white (people) and what (percent-
age) were going to be (for) black

Clarence Williams




Question for Commissioner Tol-
liver: You have been a commis-
sioner for quite a few years.
How effective have you been in
your representation of the hill?
What contributions have you
- made that have improved your
Edward Tolliver: I've been a
county commissioner for ten
years. I've paved every street in
the city that needs to paved. I have
done a lot to defend our kids at
the courthouse. One little boy
came down, it was probably the
first time he came down to the
courthouse, and they accused
him of stealing $500. The com-
missioners wanted to accused the
little boy in doing that and I de-
fended him in that. I was going to
raise money and defend that boy
to sue the commission. I have
made Van Johnson superinten-
dent of the solid waste depart-
Question for Clarence Williams:
On August 6, the day of the Re-
sort Village Hearing, Ben
Johnson donated $1,500 to
your campaign. What specific
discussions have you had with
Mr. Johnson?
Clarence Williams: Ben Johnson
said he wanted to talk with me.
He came to my house and said,
'Mr. Tolliver has fought me ever
since I came to Apalachicola. He
does not want to give people on
the Island jobs.' He said, 'I see
you're having a cookout and I
have some associates that would
like to make a donation to your
campaign.' I said, 'O.K.' So when
I received that money from him
and his associate, I took that
money and I invited the whole
county. It doesn't matter what
district you're in. I said, 'come on
and have a good time:' I gave the
community band $150. We spent
the $1,500 for the community.

Question for Lee McKnight: If
elected to the county commis-
sion, what commitment are you.
prepared to make to the hill
community concerning after-
school, evening and/or week-
end activities or jobs?
Lee McKnight: The ranking
issues...I would say that crime is
one of the big issues. I found
$2,700 in my yard one morning
that some drug dealer probably
dropped in woods here. I gave the
money to charity. It occurred that
there was a problem here when
my neighbor saw a kid who had
lost the money and he said that
he looked about 16 years old.
What kind of incentives can we
give a kid that will compare to
selling drugs that will put $2,700
in his pocket. We can say, 'stay in
school, work 50 years and even-
tually you'll have $2,700 in your
pocket.' There needs to be an in-
centive where they won't want to
buy the drugs or sell the drugs.
It's a community issue.

Lee McKnight
Another issue is our economy.
Let's face it, we're hurting. Our
fishermen are going out of busi-
ness. Our oystermen can only
work periodically. And even if you
don't have direct ties with our
fishing and oyster industry, these
people bring money into our local
economy which is turned over and
creates jobs in the community.
The only solution that has been
brought to our economy is to open
the doors to development. Devel-
opment does not pay anything.
Question for Clifford Williams:
The current school board mem-
ber has done an excellent job
in his capacity as a board mem-
ber. He has kept his constitu-
ents informed with quarterly
reports. He has used his vast
experience in public education
and he has been available to all
with his knowledge. What do
you see yourself contributing to
the Franklin County School
Clifford Williams: First, let me
commend our incumbent, Mr.
Speed. I feel that he has done a
superb job. However, he too had
to gain knowledge. He has prom-
ised me that if I'm elected that he
would be there for me if I need
that assistance. If he keeps his
word, then there's one avenue
that I have. Other avenues that I
propose is to have people that
have already been in the school
system to form an advisory board
for District 3 to guide and to help
me to make decisions that need
to be made. I cannot do it by my-
self. With this help, I believe that
I can come up to these standards
and in time go beyond them.
Question for Clifford Williams:
Discipline is a problem in any
school system. How do you plan
to monitor the process to en-
sure that all students are disci-
plined in a fair manner?
Clifford Williams: In our schools,
we have a Code of Conduct. Some-
times parents don't get to see the
Code of Conduct. I feel that each
parent should be mailed a Code
of Conduct. When we come down


to the discipline of a student, that
Code of Conduct should be spread
fairly to all students and not just
selected students in a special cat-
Question for Willie Speed: The
percentage of African-American
school teachers employed in
the Franklin County School
System needs to increase. How
do you plan to address this con-


Willie Speed
Willie Speed: We have a recruit-
ing plan...the first recruiting plan
developed in the county. I devel-
oped it to recruit minority teach-
ers in the system. I communicate
with the universities and go out
to encourage them to come to
Franklin County. As I have said
at many school board meetings,
they're difficult to get. We try hard,
but because of the location and
salaries and opportunities that
are offered in larger counties, it
is difficult to get minority teach-
ers to come here.
Question for Franklin Stephens:
What programs will you support
through the school system that
will ensure that our young
people have meaningful extra-
curricular activities after
Franklin Stephen: My major plan
is to evaluate students, especially
starting at the elementary
schools, so that we know that
when class starts at the beginning
of the year where the student
stands. And, if the student is

weak in some of the basic-skills,
we need to develop a program and
an individual contract between
the parent, the student and the
school system so that we can work
after school. We're going to teach
these young men and women so
their deficiencies are corrected
and they can be mainstream and
continue to be mainstream aiand
never lose out and get to the pojnt
that, when they leave the sixet
grade, they are at least sixth grade
qualified and possibly further
than that.

Franklin Stephens

Question for Brenda Mabrey
Galloway: What Programs will
you support through the school
system that will ensure that our
young people have meaningful
extracurricular activities after
Brenda Mabrey Galloway: I think
we do have to involve our com-
munity. The school cannot do ev-
erything. I am for actively going
out into the community and ask-
ing you to volunteer and come to
our school. There are many pro-
grams in the community that
should be utilized here in the
school system.

(Crum) said, I apologize if it seems
like there's notoriety on the hill
wheIn it comes to drugs. When
arrests lincre I've been here has
been of while people on St. George
Island. Of course, It's mainly my
duty station, In the last four year,
it's been known that these drugs
are prevalent throughout the
county. So, we need programs. We
need teachers. We need education

on what these programs can do.
And the D.A.R.E. Program has
been doing that. I think it's been
very successful and needs to be
David Jackson: I would just like
to say that I have not made any
arrests since 1977. I have never
implied or never put out any lit-
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Question for all candidates:
Many of you seem to imply that
Franklin County's drug prob-
lems begins and ends on the
hill. When there's a bust and an
arrest, they are mainly of Afri-
can-Americans. When there are
searches, they are mainly of Af-
rican-Americans. Do you not
feel other Franklin County citi-
zens of other races are involved
in illegal drug activities? All you
concentrating all your efforts
on the hill's drug problem or on
the county?
Ron Crum: It's a shame that it's
been implied to the hill area. As a
street level patrol officer, I've made
drug arrests and drug busts all
over Franklin County. I regret that
I haven't been able to teach in
school and be able do those
things, but I had to be out on the
streets. Somebody's got to be out
there doing the work...doing the

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Ronald Crum
things that are going to keep this
county safe. I've been doing that
for seven and a half years. We can
say what all we will do; but white
kids are on drugs, black kids are
on drugs. I'll tell you what the
problem is. It's not our children.
The problem starts in the home
and in the family. With the right
role model, then we can address
the problem. Let me apologize to
the hill community, although I
haven't implied that. Let me
apologize for all of us who have
implied that or felt that way.
Don Hammock: I've been in the
county for 18 years and in law
enforcement for 14 years. As Ron


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County Talk Up from page 1
"He told me to shut up or ne would rescind his motion and wouldn't
give him anything," noted Williams. When Commissioner Tolliver was
asked about the statement from Williams, he said that Mr. Crooms
had requested a 100 percent increase in his budget from the previ-
ous year. "We were trying to cut costs," noted Tolliver, "but we still
gave him a real good budget." Tolliver stated that Mr. Williams was
only upset because he was employed by Mr. Crooms.
SMr. Tolliver stated that he would be remembered for his role in the
Resort Village matter and his overall service to the community as a
commissioner. "A lot of people have called me and thanked me for my
service on the board," said Tolliver. He said that he would consider
running for a seat on the Apalachicola City Commission in two years.
He also said that he would consider running again for his seat on the
Franklin County Commission. In either case, Mr. Tolliver promised to
remain politically active after he relinquishes his seat as commis-
sioner on November 19.
Mr. Williams said that his decisive victory in the primary election
took him somewhat by surprise. "I didn't figure it would be that big of
a margin," said Williams, "but I thought I would win." He promised
that there would be a change in the way District 3 was represented in
the county commission. "People want to see you," noted Williams. He
said that he would be available to all of his constituency all of the
Mr., Williams said that his decisive victory was due to the wide sup-
port from the surrounding churches in his district. He said that Mr.
Tolliver only sought the support of the catholic church. In addition,
Mr. Williams said that his opponent had been a "yes man" for Jimmy
Mosconis for too long. 'They (District 3) want me to stay away from
him (Mosconis)," said Williams, "He (Mosconis) is for whatever is good
for Mosconis. You can just look at his district and see that." Mr. Tol-
liver stated that his opponent would be a "yes man" for Ben Johnson.
"His hand is tied now," said Tolliver, "he's taken Mr. Johnson's money
and now he's got to vote his (Johnson's) way." Mr. Williams stated
that he was in no way obligated to Mr. Johnson because he accepted

campaign contributions of over $1,500 from Mr. Johnson and his
associates. "I'm for growth but I'm for saving the bay, too. Most of all,
the people on the hill need jobs," said Williams. He stated that the
proposal presented by Commissioner Mosconis at a previous board
meeting would provide the necessary "teeth" to regulate the wastewa-
ter treatment plant at Resort Village and protect the bay. As a com-
missioner, Mr. Williams said that he would provide incentive pro-
grams for the youth of his district who excelled academically. He also
said that he would strongly support the Marching and Moving Chris-
tian Community Band as a commissioner.
Asked about his chances against Republican opponent Lee McKnight
in the November election, Mr. Williams exuded confidence in the mat-
ter. "He won't be as hard to beat as Mr. Tolliver was," said Williams,
"75 percent of the people who voted for Mr. Tolliver will vote for me."
Contacted on September 5, Mr. McKnight stated that his political
philosophies were closer to Mr. Tolliver's than to Williams'. "I was
kind of rooting for Ed (Tolliver)," said McKnight, "he's got the right
attitude on the bay. Williams has shown that he is owned and oper-










ated by Ben Johnson." McKnight criticized Mr. Williams as an "old
time" politician who was swayed by the money of special interests.
"Mr. Johnson is not giving money away because he likes people," said
McKnight, "He's hoping to get something back." McKnight insisted
that Williams, if elected, would be obligated to the wishes of Ben
Johnson as a future commissioner.
In the District 5 race for Franklin County Commissioner, incumbent
Bevin Putnal said that he was "elated" by the confidence that his
constituency had in his candidacy. "I've never seen the people get on
board and hang on like they did," said Putnal. He said that his sup-
port for issues as the seafood industry, the public library, the WINGS
program and the humane society were very helpful in his re-election
! In the District 5 race for Franklin County School Board, Katie McKnight
said that she was "tickled to death" by t he results. She said her dedi-
Scation, concern and communication with the parents seemed to make
the difference in the election. "I just want to thank all the voters of
District 5 who voted and supported me," expressed McKnight. She
said that, with her acquired experience on the school board, she will
be able to provide even better service to the public in her next term
of office.
In the District 3 race for Franklin County School Board, Willie Speed
stated that it was "gratifying" to receive 69% of the district's vote. He
said that his quarterly reports to district residents seemed to make
all the difference in the election outcome. Mr. Speed promised resi-
dents four more years of the same dedicated work that he has pro-
vided in the past.
In the District 1 race for Franklin County School Board, Connie Ard-
Roehr called the primary election results "wonderful." She thanked
her family, friends, campaign supporters and her husband for con-
tinual support in her bid for re-election. "I will put
forth the effort to improve our schools," stated Roehr.
In the race for Franklin County Superintendent of School, veteran
school teacher Brenda Mabrey Galloway scored a decisive victory over
opponent Franklin Stephens. For Mr. Stephens, the race for school
superintendent was his second attempt for that particular seat. In
response to the primary election results, Galloway stated, "I was over-
whelmed by the confidence people placed in me." She attributed his
her success to the "long, hard hours" on the campaign trail. "I'm
from here and I'm a teacher," noted Galloway, "and I'm honest and
straightforward." As superintendent, Galloway said that she would
keep a promise that she made at a previous forum on the hill. "I made
a commitment to the people on the hill to meet with community lead-
ers and devise a comprehensive plan for after-school activities." Ms.
Galloway will assume the seat of school superintendent from C.T.
Ponder on November 19. In the meantime, she said that she would
confer with Mr. Ponder, school board members and district adminis-
trators to help her make the transition to the superintendent's posi-
tion. At present, she noted, the school district will need to find a
replacement for her instructor's position at Apalachicola High School
by November 19.

1st Primary Election Franklin County September 3,1996

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ANITA DAVIS 46 16 204 26 72 37 29 17 78 525 13.87
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SBETTY L CARMICHAEL 91 34 11 136 15.31
EDDIE QREAMER 273 79 54 406 45.72
RICKY POLOUS 57 14 8 79 8.89
DARRELSEGREE 84 11 15 110 12.38
EDWARD TOLL VER 184 32 216 37.56
CLARENCE WILLIAMS 316 43 359 62.43
PATJACKSON 47 79 17 143 15.76
FRED P. JETTON, SR. 59 166 34 259 28.55
BEVIN L PUTNAL 129 301 75 505 55.67
WILUIEB. LEWIS 255 68 42 365 41.10
CONNIE ARD ROEHR '292 162 69 523 58.89
WILLIE SPEED 342 53 395 69.29
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RUBY J.LITTON 17 93 8 118 13.03
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Chairperson James Lawlor ad-
dressed the issue of metering at
the August 20 board meeting of
the Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District (LVWSD).
Chairperson Lawlor stated that
there were less than 400 apart-
ments in the village that needed
to be metered. The meters, said
Lawlor, would be installed by the
sidewalks located near each
apartment. He informed audience
members that each apartment
unit would be assessed $150 plus
any additional labor costs over a
ten year period for the cost of in-
stalling the meters. Lawlor said
that the owners of these units
could pay the $150 assessment
fee up front if they so desired.
Otherwise, he said that a cost of
$1.25 would be assessed to the
monthly bill of each unit owner
for a period of ten years.
The LVWSD board will first draft
and approve a resolution before
they begin charging metered rates
to district customers. Chairper-
son Lawlor stated that the board
would conduct a reading of the
resolution at their next meeting
in September. In addition, he said
a public hearing would be adver-
tised to gain more public input on
the matter. Lawlor also suggested

sending a brief letter to all district
residents prior to the public hear-
ing to inform them about the in-
tent to charge metered rates. 'The
water and sewer board's respon-
sibility is to conserve water and
supply water to the people," noted
Lawlor. Chairperson Lawlor
stated that the district would save
approximately $200,000, because
district employees were installing
the meters without outside assis-
Commissioner Jeanette Pedder
stated that the district would
hopefully begin to charge metered
rates by October 1, 1996 to those
homes and apartments that have
already had meters installed.
Commissioner Pedder noted that
October 1 marked the new fiscal
year. She further stated that the
district's rate structure was predi-
cated to a metered system. Pedder
informed audience members that
the meters presently installed in
the district have been paid for
with general revenue funds. "We
are not borrowing any money any-
where to do this project," noted
Pedder, "we feel that the district
is in debt enough."
In other board business:
*Commissioner Pedder suggested
that the district charge a flat
reconnection fee of $250 to those
customers who fail to pay their
water and sewer bills within sixty
days. The district presently
charges over $400 for
reconnection fees. Chairperson
Lawlor said that he had no prob-
lem with the suggested rate, but
requested that a resolution be
drafted on the matter.

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County tables from page 1
was under the impression that the
residents of Lanark Village
wanted an alleyway. "We don't
have any paving funds," noted
Williams, "and we're not gonna be
doing any paving in Franklin
County unless it comes under
"The people would prefer a road
rather than an alley," remarked
Dietz. Dr. Saunders said that he
would protest the installation of
the requested road. "I will object
that the county put a road in there
where people come off Oak Street
and they come into this subdivi-
sion," noted Saunders, "I will ob-
ject to that. That's not what the
intent of this subdivision is."
Lanark Village resident Harry
Johnson also requested that a
road be placed at the requested
area. "When we get the snowbirds
in here in the wintertime," said
Johnson, "we don't have enough
parking spaces for all of the people
for half of the other side of the
street. We don't have enough
County Planner Alan Pierce said
that Saunders could provide an
easement instead of the requested
road to provide access to resi-
dents. "That way your lots don't
have to be reconfigured," said
At the request of the board, Dr.
Saunders agreed to meet with the
Lanark Village Association (LVA)
at their next meeting to discuss
the access and buffer issues. The
LVA will next meet on September
9 at 7:00 p.m. in Chilas Hall. Thel
board of Franklin County Com-
missioners will consider Dr.
Saunders' rezoning request at,
their next meeting on September
17 at 9:45 a.m.

Proposed for
the Reef Fish
Fishery of the

Gulf of Mexico
A proposed rule to implement part
of Amendment 12 to the Fishery
Management Plan for the Reef
Fish Resources of the Gulf ,of
Me.xco was filed with the Office
of the Federal RegisteronAug. 16,"
1996. announced Dr. Andrew J.'
Kemmerer. Director, Southeast
Region. Natonal Marine Fisher-
Ie-s .ervlicp (NMFST AmePnrlmpnt

Gulf Fishery Management

Council to Review Red Drum,

Red Snapper, and Shrimp Issues
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man- commercial red snapper fishery agement Council is 1 of 8 region
agement Council will meet at the that would limit participation in fishery management councils th
Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, 333 the fishery. The committee will were established by tt
Poydras Street, New Orleans, schedule meetings of an Ad Hoc Magnuson Fishery Conservatic
Louisiana on Sept. 9 13, 1996. Red Snapper Advisory Panel, con- an Management Act of 1976.
The Council's committees will re- sisting of commercial fishermen
view the issues related to red and industry representatives, and The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Ma
drum, red snapper, shrimp, and of scientific groups, to review the agement Council prepares fishe
mariculture and report'their rec- discussion paper and recommend management plans that are d
ommendations to the Council. the management alternatives for signed to manage fishery r

On Monday, September 9, 1996,
beginning at 1 p.m. a joint meet-
ing of the Shrimp and Reef Fish
Committees will consider a report
by LGL Ecological Research As-
sociates, Inc. of Bryan, Texas,
,that analyzes the procedure and
data available for use by National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
in preparing the assessments of
the status of red snapper stock.
The committees will also hear
comments by scientific groups on
this report and will develop its
recommendations to the Council.
The Shrimp Committee will meet
on Tuesday, beginning at 8 a.m.,
to review staff revisions to Draft
Shrimp Amendment 9, which ad-
dresses shrimp trawl bycatch. The
committee will select their pre-
ferred management alternatives
relating to bycatch reduction and
will schedule public hearings on
the amendment.
The Reef Fish Committee will
meet on Tuesday, beginning at 1
p.m., to review a draft discussion
paper containing alternatives for
a license limitation system for the

A copy of the proposed rule will
be available from Robert Sadler,
NMFS, Fishery Operations
Branch, 9721 Executive Center
Drive North, St. Petersburg, FL
33702 at phone (813) 570-5305.
Written comments on the pro-
posed rule will be. accepted
through September 30, 1996 and
must be submitted to the address
above. Copies of Amendment 12
may be obtained from the Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management
Council, 5401 West Kennedy Bou-
levard, Suite 331, Tampa, FL
33609 at phone (813) 228-2815.
NMFS is an agency of the Com-
...merce I Department's National
Oceanic and Atmospheric

12 was prepared by the Gulf of The Marine Fisheries Commission
M exico Fishery Management has scheduled four public hear-
Council ICouncil). ings on its proposed rule regulat-
ing harvest-of the four species of
The nrle proposes the following amberjacks. Each hearing is
measures for federal waters ol thp- scheduled for 7 -10 p.ii.'local'
Qjulf o1. Mexico- [I) a minimurunjt| rne, Theheanng dates, andJoca-,
--allonwable size limit of 28 in chei' Uopns aie-as bollo-w. ".
lork length for banded rudderfis .\ .... member 2"
S .eptember 23:
and lesser amberack taken a- Den C Hal
der the bag limits (greater amber- 'DsnTw Tres RoH a
.ack hanrested under the baglimit 200s Two TreesFL Road32541
would continue to be managed Destin,FL 32541
under a 28-inch fork length size September 24:
limit): 12) a one-fish aggregate bag Atlantic Beach City Hall
limit for greater amberjack, lesser 800 Seminole Road
amberjack. and banded Atlantic Beach. FL 32233
rudderfish. and (3) a 20-fish ag-
gregate bag limit lor reel fish spe- September 26:
cles for which there is no other ,' Sarasota Ciry Hall
bag limit The intended effects of 1565 First Street
the proposed rule are to conserve Sarasota. FL 34236
reef fish. enhance enforceabilit'
of the regulations, and provide ad- : September 27:
ditionaf protection for reader ; Pompano Beach Civic
amberjack. Center

The Council also proposed, under
Amendment 12. to reduce the
minimum size limit for red snap-
per harvested in the commercial
fishery, from 15 inches to 14
inches, and to eliminate the au-
tomatic increase to 16 inches
in 1998. Based on a preliminary
evaluation of Amendment 1'2,
NMFS, (National Marine Fisher-
ies Service) has concluded, that"
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Pb e ee A LN Nh F In

A new educational resource is
now available to residents
throughout the county in a Car-
rabelle-based business known as
The Learning Center. The Learn-
ing Center offers one-to-one and
small group tutorial assistance in
areas such as basic education,
high school studies and with stan-
dardized tests as the Graduate
Education Degree, Scholastic Ap-
titude Test or Graduate Record
Examination. If students are in
need of short-term "cramming"
sessions before an important test,
The Learning Center can also pro-
vide such assistance.
The Learning Center is operated
by Shirley and Bill Castoldi, a
mother and son team. Ms.
Castoldi has a lifetime of experi-
ence as an elementary, middle
and high school instructor. Mr.
Castoldi has a Bachelor's Degree
in English and Journalism. He
has taught for nearly ten years.
Mr. Castoldi's experience as an
instructor includes four years of
teaching basic English skills to
individuals in Japan. "I'm pretty
familiar on what needs to be done
with somebody who is picking up
language for the first time," noted
Mr. Castoldi, "perhaps an adult
with literacy problems. So, in
some way, shape or form, I've
been able to capture that as well."
The Castoldi's encourage stu-
dents at the Learning Center to
receive at least two days of tutor-
ing per week. "If you play the
trumpet an hour a week and put
it down for the rest of the week,"
noted Mr. Castoldi, "you really
won't go anywhere with
it...Statistically, it's been proven
that more practice is better." Stu-
dents to The Learning Center can
expect to receive some homework
from the Castoldis to help supple-
ment their educational needs. "I
remind my students that the
miracles and the changes come
from within," noted Mr. Catoldi,
"I'm just here to try to help them."

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The Castoldi's have operated The
Learning Center for the past three
months. "There's a need in the
community for this," noted Ms.
Castoldi, "there really is." Mr.
Castoldi concurred, "What we're
trying to do is supplement the
school system and also help with
the community."
Both Shirley and BilL Castoldi
share a mutual sense of commu-
nity. At present, the Castoldi's
plan to meet and hopefully col-
laborate with the Juvenile Justice
Counsel's library-based WINGS
Program. In addition, they have
also voiced interest in working
with the Franklin County Adult
Reading Program in the future.
The Learning Center is located in
downtown Carrabelle next to the
Georgian Motel. The center is
open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from
Monday through Thursday and
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11 ..

Nikita Williams (1) and Alma Pugh (r) are honored at the August
Juvenile Justice meeting.

Residents Honored for

Service to Community

The Franklin County Juvenile
Justice Council met on August 29
at the Trinity Episcopal Church
Annex in Apalachicola and recog-
nized several community-minded
individuals in the county. The
event was hosted by a local Girl
Scout troop. The event also fea-
tured guest speaker Anna Griffith
from Marianna, who spoke of her
experience as a troop leader with
the Girl Scouts.
Franklin County Juvenile Justice
Council members Sandra Lee
Johnson and Sara Dahlman rec-
ognized and presented five com-
munity members with Citizen of
the Month certificates. Those
community members recognized
included Cliff Butler, Nikita Will-
iams, Colleen Burlingame, Alma
Pugh and Sister Shiela Griffin.
"We just want to recognize people
who may be working behind
closed doors," noted Johnson,
"and they don't necessarily get
recognized for the work that they
do. But, they're making a differ-
ence in our community and these
people work hard." Ms. Johnson
requested that each of the mem-
bers recognized give a brief expla-
nation of their community service.

Mr. Butler noted that he served
as the President of the Friends of
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary. Nikita Williams stated that
she served as a WINGS Coordi-
nator in Apalachicola. Colleen
Burlingame said that she helped
to coordinated the P.A.V.E. (Pro-
viding Alternatives to Violence
through Education) Program in
conjunction with thejudicial sys-
tem. Alma Pugh noted that she
served as a Community Outreach
Specialist and worked to help im-
prove basic educational skills for
residents throughout the county.
She also stated that she worked
with the Summer Reading Pro-
gram to enhance reading skills for
the youth of Franklin County. Sis-
ter Shiela Griffin, who was unable
to attend the event, was also rec-
ognized for her volunteer work in
the community.
The Franklin County Juvenile
Justice Council will meet next on
September 26 at 12 p.m. at fhe
Trinity Episcopal Church Annex
in Apalachicola. For those wish-
ing to nominate an individual for
the honor of Citizen of the Month,
please contact Franklin County
Juvenile Justice Chairperson
Sandra Lee Johnson at 653-8729.

1996-1997 Newell

Concert Line-up

The Ilse Newell eleventh concert season resumes on October 27, 1996
featuring the Trio Internationale, Martha and Luciano Gherardi and
Bedford Watkins playing your favorite selections. This season is an
expanded one with local and regional talent such as the Panama City
Chamber Players, the Bay Area Choral Society, the Tallahassee Boys
S Choir, Rex and Cleo Holladay Partington, daughter Dixie and son
Tony, closing the line-up with the toe stamping 97th Regimental String
Band and music from the Civil War era. Here is the lineup:

October 27 We have had requests to increase the number of
concerts, so our season begins in October this year with our popu-
lar local Trio Internationale, Martha and Luciano Gherardi and
Bedford Watkins, playing some of your favorite selections.
November 17 -The Panama City Chamber Players, Becky and
Ernie Brock, Mary Kay Thompson, and DonnA Campbell, per-
forming on harpsichord, Celtic harp, flute, oboe, bassoon, cello,
and penny whistle, will present a program entitled A Celtic Au-
December 8 The Bay Area Choral Society, under the direc-
tion of Nancy Totman will present two short works: Camille Saint-
Saens' Christmas Oratorio and J. S. Bach's For Us a Child Is
Born. Both of these beautiful pieces will feature an orchestral
accompaniment and several of our local soloists.
January 19 Lawrence Campbell, accomplished concert pia-
nist and Professor of Piano at Illinois Wesleyan University, will
perform compositions from various styles and periods.
February 16 The Tallahassee Boys Choir, organized just two
year ago under the direction of Earle Lee, Jr., has already estab-
lished a reputation for excellence, and we feel fortunate to bring
this talented group of young African American men to our Ilse
Newell audience. Their varied program will bring pleasure to all
age groups.
March 16 -"... merely players", a quotation from Shakespeare,
is the title chosen for their Ilse Newell debut by a local family who
are much more than "merely players!" We welcome Rex and Cleo
Holladay Partington, their daughter, Dixie, and their son, Tony,
all established performers for a program of theater, and music.
April 6 "There's no business like show business," and we've
been asked for more. The Bay Area Choral Society, again under
the direction of Nancy Totman, will present the wonderful music
of South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Some of the memo-
rable songs are: Some.Enchanted Evening, Younger Than Spring-
time, There Is Nothin' Like a Dame, and Bali Hati.


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us spellbound with their foot-stomping dances, army ballads,
comedy songs, and folk tunes from the Civil War Era. We wel-
come them back to Lafayette Park for our annual "Concert in the
2ost of The Regimental String Band Concert will be ap-
proximately $800. Since it is free to the public and we have
no gate receipts, we thought perhaps you, your organization,
or your business might want to be listed as a "sponsor" for
this special concert at a minimum contribution of $200. If
so, please indicate on the appropriate line of the contribution
coupon. The contributing individual, organization, or busi-
ness will be given special recognition in our publicity and on
the printed program.
Below is a contribution coupon. A gift of $50 to $99 entitles the donor
to a membership card admitting one person to each concert. A gift of
$100 or more provides a family membership card. All contributors
will be honored at a reception following the March 16 concert.
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the concerts.

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contribution as follows:

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I [ ] $200 Sponsor (Concert in the Park)l

[ ] $100 $199 Patron
[ ] $50 $99 Associate

[ ] $25 $49 Friend
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The E.istpoint Branch :o tihe Fran-
klin C,:'unts Public Library has
become a little mo're- roomier as
ofAugLust I dlu' to an added store-
front unit to the e.-e stin l Iacililt
located at the Easltpoint mini-
mall. The additional -.torelront
unit .7.ll be uscd for the \1NGS
Program and l-ir ltirors and slu-
dents it iti'e Fr.inklin C-ountv .
Adult ReadiniL F'r:.r.rim IFCRP) -
"This h3s provlidd us much
needed space in an overcrow.'ded
library' noted Franklin County
Publ:c Library Director Eileen
Annie, "this will provide a quiet
spot for tutors and for WINGS stu-
dents. It will also provide a quiet
spot for patrons to sit and read."
The extended storefront unit, in
addition to providing more "quiet
spots" for the facility's patrons,
will also help to increase the size
of the reference area in the library.
Now, patrons will be afforded the
comfort of added space to peruse
through the reference section.
Funding for the additional store-
front unit was made possible by
the Wilderness Coast Public
Library's literacy programming


Selected as

Employee of

the Month

The Franklin Work Camp has se-
lected Officer Sandra Moore as the
Employee of the Month for Au-
gust. Ms. Moore, a resident of Gulf
County, has worked within the
Department of Corrections for
-over three years. She began her

Amanda Loos volunteered her time and resources in a
two day period to paint window signs for the WINGS,
FCARP & Greenthumb Programs. In addition, signs for
the Friends of the Franklin County Public Library and
the library's administrative staff were also painted by
Ms. Loos. .

Holy Cow! Carrabelle

Booster Club Hosts

Cow Patty Bingo

Franklin County residents made
their way out to Carrabelle High
School on August 31 at 7 p.m. to
take part in a new fundraising
event hosted by the Carrabelle
High School Athletic Booster
Club. The event was Cow Patty'
Bingo. And the principles of the
event included one football field,
500 chances and a cow named
Here's how the game was played:
500 lots were marked off on Car-
rabelle High School's football field.
Each lot (or chance) was sold for
ten dollars apiece. Then, Butch
the cow was escorted onto the

Cows of the Sea
A prime contributor to the phe-
nomenon of global warming is
methane gas, scientists say, and
it's not all coming from swamps
and cows two sources much
touted in recent years.
In particular, much has been
made of flatulent cows and their
apparent contribution to a warm-
ing world, but there might not be
enough fuss over the role of ocean
animals and their contribution to
the problem, says one researcher
at Florida State University.
FSU oceanographer Dr. Lita Proc-
tor studies the microbiology of
marine zooplankton. These float-
ing microscopic crustaceans,
which make up the base of the
sea's food chain, are host to a wide
array of bacteria to break down
cellulose in grass, zooplankton
appear to digest their food in
much the same way, producing
considerable amounts of
byproducts -including meth-
ane-that get released into the
water column. Methane, like car-
bon dioxide, is a heat-trapping
greenhouse gas that hastens glo-
bal warming. The oceans are full
of it.
Since the oceans cover three-
quarters of the earth, their meth-
ane production is worth watching,
says Proctor. But the literature is
strangely silent on zooplankton
guts and their effects on under-

field. The object of the event was
to successfully select the lot in
which Butch the Cow would, well,
relieve himself..
Butch wandered the field grazing
from the various lots. From time
to time, several children would
playfully chase young Butch from
one side of the field to the other.
And, at 9:30 p.m., Butch allocated
the winning marker on lot 414.
The winning ticket was purchased
by Carrabelle resident Mike Mock.
He received $500 in the contest.
The remaining $4,500 was given
to the booster club.

water biological processes, not to
mention the atmosphere, or life
on dry land.
"It's very important from a biologi-
cal standpoint to find out what
kinds of microbes are in these
zooplankton," Proctor says.
"Then, from an oceanographic
standpoint, the question is how
much and where methane is pro-
duced in the water column. Since
a little bit of methane goes a long
way, we need to know where it's
being produced."
The first order of business will be
for Proctor's students to catego-
rize the myriad microbes present
in the complex, nutrient-rich en-
vironment inside a zooplankton's
gut tract, and assess the effect of
their activities on methane pro-
duction in the ocean. Recent re-
search in Proctor's lab has found
evidence of anaerobic photosyn-
thetic bacteria inside zooplankton
guts- they get all the light they
need through the organism's
translucent body walls. "Who
knows?" she asks. "What else is
going on in those guts?"
"Even though we know a lot about
the microbial ecology of
freefloating ocean bacteria, we
know almost nothing about the
microdes inside zooplankton,"
Proctor says. "They may be an
important but overlooked aspect
of the carbon and nitrogen cycling
in the oceans."

career at Gulf Correctional Insti-
tution and has served at the Fran-
klin Work Camp for the past 14
months. Officer Moore operates as
a relief officer to the work camp.
Thejob, noted Moore, is one of the
most flexible duties in that it re-
quires an officer to work all of the
various operations at the work
Officer Moore was nominated for
the Employee of the Month hon-
ors by Lieutenant Michael Todd.
In his recommendation, Lt. Todd
offered, "Officer Moore is quick to
learn and utilize new knowledge
in her work environment. Officer
Moore's outgoing personality can
only be described as 'bubbly,' this
helps keep shift morale on and at
a stable level."
The importance of having an up-
beat and "bubbly" personality
during a work shift, said Moore,
was that it helped to boost mo-
rale among her co-workers. She
said that she would remain opti-
mistic and upbeat if such behav-
ior continued to have a positive
affect on those at the work camp.
'This is a tough job and if I can
do or say something to make
someone smile, then I feel that I've
done my job," said Moore.
Ms. Moore said that it was impor-
tant to also remain fair but firm
with those inmates that she su-
pervised. "I believe in treating oth-
ers the way I want to be treated,"
said Moore. She said that, during
much of her supervision, she
worked to counsel many of the
inmates. By counseling the in-
mates, said Moore, many of the
possible problems between the
inmates and she have been re-
solved in a peaceful manner.

About Motor

Vehicle Repairs

Aggressive action by the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services led to the re-
imbursement of more than
$78,000 from auto repair shops
to resolve consumer complaints
about motor vehicle repairs in the
first half of 1996.
In 1995, the Department obtained
$112,299 in reimbursements and
in-kind repair services from auto
repair shops to resolve consum-
ers' motor vehicle repair com-
Under Florida's Motor Vehicle
Repair Act, the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services is responsible for
Licensing and regulating auto re-
pair shops.
Auto repair complaints filed with
the Department are carefully
screened, and the more serious
cases are referred for investiga-
tion to a motor vehicle repair field
In these cases, the shops involved
are inspected and noncompliant
shops are cited for violations of
the Motor Vehicle Repair Act.
Under Chapter 559, F.S., motor
vehicle repair shops must regis-
ter with the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices or file an affidavit of exemp-
tion prior to engaging in motor
vehicle repair in the state.



Flonda Coastal Cleanup Da\ is
scheduled for Saturday. Septem-
ber 21, 1996 St. Vincent Island
will again be one of the cleanup
sites in Franklin County. Volun-
teers who participate in the
cleanup of St. Vincent Island's
beach will be given a tour of the
island after lunch.
Because of limited space, reser-
vations -are required. Volunteers
interested in participating can
contact St. Vincent National Wild-
life Refuge, PO Box 447, Apala-
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artist of the month of September
by her fellow artists who are mem-
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sociation. Her work will be shown
at the Carrabelle Branch of the
Apalachicola State Bank.
Kathleen has come to find her
artistic talent a little later in life
than some of the local artists. She
has made great strides an each
new work she does is more pro-
fessionally done She said, "I am
enthralled by painting in oils. It
was my exposure to fine arts that
kicked me off to do something I
have really always wanted to do.
Since I have been painting I find I
am passionate in my efforts."
She also is specially fond of paint-
ing the mountains. "I feel closer
to God in the mountains.than any
where else on earth," she said.
Kathleen has traveled extensively
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The Franklin Chronicle 6 September 1996 Page 9

Hill forum continued from page 4

erature that stated that the hill
in Apalachicola was the bulk of
the drug problem. I've always said
that the drug problem in Frank-
lin County was not a white prob-
lem or a black problem, it was not
an Apalachicola, Carrabelle or
Eastpoint problem. It was a Fran-
klin County problem.


David Jackson
Ronald Mock: Drugs are colo
blind. It don't'make no difference
who uses them or who sells then
I did respond to an article in th
Apalachicola paper. Someone ha
wrote a letter to the editor about
the drug problem between sixt
and ninth street. They wanted
help and they wanted to knoi
what could be done about it.
wrote, a response. It said tha
there is a problem across th
county and. I've heard it across th
county as the number one issue
The community is tired df th
drug problem wherever it's at. It'
in Eastpoint. It's in Carrabelle. It'
over here. Franklin County need
to have a zero tolerance on drug
Ir they know you're gonna enforce
the law, you're gonna encourage
them to get out of the business
You can put any kind of training

Ronald Mock

or any kind of program down here
for these kids to make six dollars
an hour after school. And they're
not gonna work them. They can
make more money selling the
drugs in any community. It isn't
a black and white issue.
Jack Taylor: In 1988 when I left
office, this county was a safe place
to live. You didn't have the drug
problem you've got today. I know
things have changed. But, I can
promise you that if I'm elected as
your sheriff, I will work day and
night to get rid of the drugs from
Apalachicola to Alligator Point.
And I will Start on January the
First. I can get the help and get to
do whatever is necessary to get
rid of the problem.
Bruce Varnes: My theory on the
drug problem is that you've got
to get to the source of the drug
problem. It's like anything else. As
long as there's drugs here, you're
gonna have people selling them.
There's money involved and it's
easy money. As long as there's
easy money, you're gonna have
numbers of people in line want-
ing to get some of that money.


Bruce Varnes
Bruce Varnes

S- What you have to do is to get with
'g DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency),
FDLE (Florida Department of Law
Enforcement), U.S. Customs and
other agencies to assist you as
sheriff. And I've checked on this.
All you have to do as sheriff is to
mail a letter to their regional di-
rector and they will assist. My
theory is that, if we go to work on
the trafficking in and out of Fran-
klin County, we'll start at the top
if we have to. I know we'll have to
work at the bottom, too. But, we'll
also need to work on the people
at the top. I know they're hard to
Sget to their hands on, but we can
sure run them out of town.
Question for all candidates: If
elected sheriff, what plans
would you initiate to ensure the
-'employment of qualified Afri-
can-Americans as patrol depu-
ties in your department?

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Ron Crum: Regardless if it's Afro-
Americans or Hispanics or what-
ever, I doesn't really make any
difference. Once they go through
law enforcement basic standards,
they're qualified. The State of
Florida ensures that, regardless
of race or color difference, if you
graduate from basic standards
then you're a qualified person. I
would actively recruit minorities.
I think we need minorities, be-
cause there's no person better
able to understand the culture of
another person than the person
from that culture. I think that's
one area that we're greatly miss-
ing in Franklin County.
Don Hammock: In this county,
we have a standard of equal op-
portunity. And I support that.
Being a supervisor in law enforce-
ment for about 25 years, I know
what it takes to supervise some-
body and get them trained.
They're needed out there. And
when they function professionally
and properly, it works well for
everyone in the community.

Don Hammock

David Jackson: I believe in hir-
ing whoever is able to do the job.
I do not care if they're black or
white. If they are capable of do-
ing the job, they will have a job.
Some of the people that have
asked to be sent to Franklin
County have been turned down.
To me, the more that you send in
the better people that you get back
Ronald Mock: When you hire an
African-American, as stated ear-
lier, they know and understand
the culture and they can get along
better in the community. Another
thing that we should look at with
the correction officer is that you
should go ahead and offer cross-
over training. Then, you'll have
more qualified law enforcement
officers to use in a time of need
Jack Taylor: In 1972 or -73. I
hired the first black deputy sher-
iff ifi thiS area. Ever"bod'V said
that I won't work. But. it will work'.
And it has worked for 27 years.
And I continued on hiring blacks.
If I needed somebody to work. it
didn't matter about color. I hired
them. And I'll continue to do that.

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Jack Taylor
Bruce Varnes: I strongly believe
that you need to be equal. I be-
lieve that, if you've got a person
that's certified whether they're
black or white, it doesn't matter.
You need to give them that job.
We definitely need some new,
young black leaders and black law
enforcement officers in this
county. We need them and it's
critical. I will do everything I can
to recruit anybody that's inter-
ested in law enforcement.
Question for David Jackson and
Ronald Mock: You are currently
now employed in law enforce-
ment. In a race such as the county
sheriff, It is vital that it be filled
with somebody that's is as knowl-
edgeable as possible. There is no
time to gain on the job experience.
Do you feel that you will have a
handicap if you win this seat and
not have current experience with
law enforcement?
Ronald Mock: I'm unemployed
right now. I've been unemployed
for three months. I didn't have to
elect to come back to Franklin
County. I had many other oppor-
tunities. I came back to give some-
thing to Franklin County. This is
where I grew up. I've been all over
the world. I have worked in cor-
rupt countries supporting the
policy of the United States. I know

how corruption in the Philippines
were. I know what it means to
sacrifice. As the sheriff, it's your
leadership and management
skills. I've been trained in public
relations. I'm open minded. I have
worked with many countries
throughout the world.
David Jackson: In some ways, I
feel that I'm better qualified be-
cause sometimes I believe that I'm
the only one that lives in the real
world. I look at taxes whenever I
see the county's sheriff budget
come up. My taxes are too high.
Your taxes are too high. I count
money every day. We have a prof-
itable business. Our business is
growing every day. We started
with $500 and now it is a family
owned business, Jackson Auto
Parts and Ace Hardware in Car-
rabelle. With hard work and long
hours, we have turned it into a
profitable business. That's the
business type of interest that I will
be putting into the sheriffs de-
Question for Jack Taylor: If
elected sheriff, do you plan to hire
Sonny Whitehurst to be on your
staff in any way, shape, form or
Jack Taylor: No way, shape, form
or fashion. Mr. Whitehurst is very
much satisfied where he is at this
time. We have not discussed it.

A support group for parents of
children or adults with develop-
mental disabilities and special
needs which formed earlier this
year has recently become affili-
ated with a state-wide organiza-
tion, Family Network on Disabili-
ties of Florida. Known locally as
Family Network on Disabilities of
Franklin County, the new
organization's goal is to support
families of children and adults
,with developmental delays, sen-
sory, physical, learning or emo-
tional disabilities, as well as fami-
lies of medically involved, at risk,
and chronically ill family mem-
bers. FND of Franklin County is
a parent-driven, non-profit orga-
nization which meets third
Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at
First United Methodist Church in
FND of Franklin County will hold
its first fall meeting on Wednes-
day, September 18, at 7 p.m. at
'the Eastpoint Methodist Church.
The program for the evening will
be provided by Ms. Gloria Dumas,
a licensed and nationally certified
School psychologist employed by
.G Gull County Guidance Clinic. Ms.
.'-Duma- provides- school psycho-
Slogical services to the Franklin
County School District and is
available for private referrals at
the Guidance Clinic. She has a
Master's and Specialist Degrees in
School Psychology and extensive
experience in school psychologi-
cal evaluation and consultation.
The topic of her presentation is
"Behavior Management Tech-
niques for Children and Adults
witi Developmental Disabilities or
Special Needs."
For more information or to re-
quest child care, call FND's
co-leaders, Shirley Hartley
(927-3154) or Sabrina Hollenbeck
(670-8428). All persons interested
are welcome to attend FND meet-
Davis Gaines,


Phantom of

the Opera,

returns to FSU

The Florida State University
School of Theatre will host Celeb-
rity Benefit, Broadway and Be-
yond Saturday, September 14,
1996 in the Tallahassee Civic
Center. Highlighting the evening's
festivities will be the appearance
of two noted FSU alums: stage
and television personality I-enry
Polic II and Davis Gaines,
Broadway's Phantom of the Op-
era. Polic will serve as Master of
Ceremonies for the event, auc-
tioning prizes donated by some of
the School of Theatre's most no-
table alumni. Hailed as one of the
finest male Broadway singers,
Davis Gaines will delight audience
members with a concert includ-
ing songs from his new album
Against the Tide. Tickets for this
Seventh are $100 per person or $750
for a table of eight, dinner is in-
All proceeds from the benefit will
be used to establish an Endowed
Scholarship for Music Theatre
Students enrolled at the Florida
State University School of The-
atre. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call the Fine Arts Ticket Of-
fice at (904) 644-6500.




Publisher's Note: Fall can mean many things to adults and
kids, resuming school brings the anticipation of renewing
old friendships and facing new challenges in the classroom
after that might have bee For those children their excitement
in a summer break, especially one that is foot-loose and un-
organized, yet fun. For those children who would meet new
and dedicated teachers, their excitement in learning would

begin again but this time with more challenges as they pro-
gressed through the ladder of continued accomplishment,
assessed through their progress in climbing from one grade-
level to another. Oh yes, there would also be the social and
perhaps emotional thrills of a festive, holiday-like season in
football, band, fund-raisers and dozens of special-interest ac-
tivities held at school. For the adults, these extra-curricular
activities may link old students to the present and perhaps
linger often actively participate in their schools through PTOs
and other activities. In the following essay, there is a differ-
ent set of appeals from the pen of a retired Franklin County
school teacher. This message seems appropriate now, but it
would be at anytime. And, the reflections easily remind us
that "schooling" is not limited to an institutional organiza-
tion, but is, indeed, a responsibility of the home, family, teach-
ers and above all, our community.

Musings of a Retired

School Teacher

School bells will soon be ringing a new beginning for students and
teachers. I look back and remember the students who made their
"beginnings" with me as their teacher. I remember faces; scared-to-
death faces; smiling, bright clean faces, and also sullen watchful,
tear-stained faces.
I remember the trials of establishing an accepting relationship with
each child and his family. The welfare of the child should be the pri-
mary concern of the family and school. I remember the heartache of
learning this is not universally true. Yes, there were successes that I
recall with pleasure. Home visits, school visits, and work sessions
facilitated understanding between parent and school, student and
But more and more the failures weigh upon my heart. What more
could I have done for the anti-social five year old who as an adult was
sent to prison for anti-social behavior- or for the withdrawn child
who now languishes in the State Mental Hospital? What happened to
the immature child who tested below average in readiness but the
parents objected abusively to the suggestion of retention?
I remember teaching in school where the administration and the com-
munity worked together to provide a learning environment. I remem-
ber others whose main concern were preserving buildings and
grounds. Buildings under their supervision were manicured (This is
also true of most cemeteries.) Children seemed to be an intrusion
and teachers who didn't maintain rigid discipline received low
The teaching experiences I remember most fondly took place in schools
where the administration and all staff looked to the welfare of each
individual child, providing an extention of a loving home environ-
ment. For those who didn't have that'in their home backyard (sadly
there are many of these), the school offered perhaps their first secu-
rity and nurturing.
Yes, I look back and now I shudder to think of the responsibility I
eagerly sought to help all those children make a good "beginning."
The fearlessness of youth has been replaced by thankfulness that I'm
no longer on the "cutting-edge"-and I say a prayer for those who are.

New Paper for Fishing

Enthusiasts to Hit the

Stands Soon!

Bob (r) and Grace (1) Evans show off the flat of their first issue.

The presses will soon be rolling
for the newest paper on the block
as owners Bob & Grace Evans
busily prepare for their first issue
of the Vilcom Fishing Report and
Outdoor News. This new Lanark
Village-based, monthly newspa-
per will be printed on September
12 and available to the public by
September 14.
Readers of the Vilcom (Village
Communications) may look for-
ward to a variety of feature sto-
ries about sports fishing in the
area as well as the newest rules
and regulations from the Marine
Fisheries Commission and the
Game and Freshwater Fish Com-
mission. Readers In addition, the
Vilcom will contain tide tables,
astro tables, crossword puzzles
and cartoons.
"Basically," noted Mr. Evans,.
"what this will be is a newspaper
on saltwater and freshwater fish-
ing and outdoor activities of all
Both Bob and Grace Evans will
be able to offer an interesting
blend of talent to the Vilcom. Bob
Evans has a lifetime of experience
in journalism. He first began
working in the field of journalism
as a public information officer for
the U.S. Army in 1963. He has
also held positions as Sports Edi-
tor for the Houston Home Jour-
nal and Calhoun News Dispatch
and Managing Editor for the Jas-

per County News.
Grace Evans has over twenty
years of experience with the Game
and Freshwater Commission. Her
experience, noted Mr. Evans, "will
be a big plus for those interested
in that area of outdoor sports."
Ms. Evans also has an extensive
knowledge of Florida Wildlife. She
has been a nursed and trained a
host of different animals includ-
ing armadillos, alligators, birds
and bears.
The Vilcom office, located at the
old Water & Sewer District build-
ing on Pine Street, has been com-
pletely renovated. The office will
also serve as an art studio to dis-
play the many paintings of Grace
Evans which may be purchased.
In addition, a portion of the
Vilcom office has been designated
for the repair of fishing rods.
For more information on the
Vilcom Fishing Report and Outdoor
News, please contact Bob and
Grace Evans at 697-4141. Those
wishing to contribute copy to the
newspaper may fax the office at
697-4144. Copies of the Vilcom
will be available to Franklin
County residents at various ma-
rinas and bait and tackle shops
throughout the county. The pa-
per will be sold for one dollar per
copy. For subscription orders to
the Vilcom, please contact the
previously listed office number in
Lanark Village.



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Lawsuit from 1
First, the Board published no-
tice for the Resort Village sub-
stantial deviation hearing on
July 25, 1996 58 days after
the NOPC's submittal Second,
the Board published the re-
quired 15 days notice only 13
ays before the hearing.
24. Nevertheless, on August 6,
1996, the Board held the public
hearing for Phase I of the Resort
Village project. At that hearing,
the Plantation Owners, Associa-
tion voiced specific concerns
about the Resort Village project
and the adoption procedures
employed by the Board. The As-
sociation presented expert testi-
mony and exhibits directly ad-
dressing its concerns on these
issues. Id. Ignoring this evidence
and with complete disregard for
the applicable law, the proper-
ties 10 acres or less (assuming
they meet other criteria) qualify
as small scale amendments.
Under Section 163.3187(1)(c)3,
small scale amendments require
only one public hearing before
adoption and do not require DCA
review. Higher scrutiny is ap-
plied to other Comprehensive
Plan amendments known as full
scale amendments. Pursuant to
Section 163.3184, must undergo
two public hearings before adop-
tion. Furthermore, full scale
amendments must receive DCA
review pursuant to Section
163.3184(6), Florida Statutes.
28. On August 6, 1996, the
Florida Statutes, by directing its
staff to prepare a small scale
amendment to the County's
Comprehensive Plane for Phase
1 of the Resort Village Project.
Phase 1 proposes to
develop 9.6 acres- just below
the 10 acre cap for small scale
amendments. How-
ever, the Phase 1 site plans re-
veal that while Phase 1 Includes
the waste water treatment plant,
it does not include the absorp-
tion beds integral to that plant.
Exhibits intro-
ducea at the hearing clearly
show that the absorption beds
are located outside the 9.6 acres.
Adding these ab-
sorption beds to Phase 1 as
they are essential to operation of
the waste water treatment plant
- pulls Phase I over the 10 acre
can for small scale amendments..
Amazingly, the Board
ignored this fact at the August 6
hearing and instead directed its
staff to prepare an unlawful
small scale direct violation of
Section 163.3187(1)(c), Florida
Statutes. Board directed
its staff to take necessary steps
for approval of Phase I of the
Resort Village project.
(1). The Board's Failure to
Conduct a Concurrent
Land Use Hearing
25. At the August 6, 1996 hear-
ing, expert witness Ms. Lusia
Gallio testified that the Board's
action on Phase I would circum-
vent the statutory requirement
that a local government hear the
proposed change for a DRI and
related Comprehensive Plan
amendments at the same hear-
ing. At the August 6, 1996 hear-
ing, the Board never considered
the Comprehensive Plan amend-
ment required for Phase I. In
fact, the Board explicitly in-
structed its staff to prepare such
an amendment for consideration
at a separate hearing scheduled
October 1, 1996.
(2). The Board's Unlawful

Order to Prepare a Small
26. Besides its failure to follow
the DRI procedures, the Board
failed to correctly apply Chapter
163, Florida Statutes. Specifi-
cally, the Board wrongly directed
its staff to prepare a small scale
development amendment to the
County's Comprehensive Plan.
In sum, the POA brief alleges, the
Board of County Commissioners
"failed to provide the POA with pro-
cedural Due Process; failed to ob-
serve the essential requirements of
law, and the Board's findings were'
not supported by competent sub-
stantial evidence."
Count II in their petition asks for a
declaratory judgment "declaring that
the Board violated Section 380.06 (6)
(b)6, Florida Statutes by failing to
consider the NOPC (notice of pro-
posed change) and comprehensive
plan amendments at the same hear-
Count III seeks a declaratory judg-
ment from the 2nd Circuit Court
that the Board of County Commis-
sioners declare Phase I of the Resort

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