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Volume 5, Number 20 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER October 4 17, 1996


Resort Village



Gets Favorable Vote


By Rene Topping
In the end, the October 3rd meet-
ing to consider changes that will
permit Dr. Ben Johnson to begin
work on this development of
Phase One of Resort Village, in the
Plantation ended in a favorable
vote for Johnson despite public
protest. The vote was once again
3 2 in favor of the development.
Commissioners Jimmy Mosconis
and Raymond Williams voted for;
Edward Tolliver and Bevin Putnal
against and Chairman Dink Brax-
ton gave the motion the tie break-
ing yes vote.
After the vote was taken Tolliver
told the three commissioners vot-
ing for the development that "Fu-
ture generations will curse your
souls."
The meeting was a continuation
of another meeting on August 6,
1996, where the vote had been ex-
actly the same. County Planner
Alan 'Pierce opened thie October"
3rd meeting by saying that
County Attorney Alfred (Sonny)
Shuler and he had put together
three documents which they felt
would give the commission some
control.
Braxton said that he was going to
give the commissioners a chance
to speak about their vote at the
previous meeting. None of the
commissioners took the opportu-
nity and Braxton led off the meet-
ing by saying that he had never
diverted from following the com-
prehensive plan of the 1870's and
felt that he was still following the
intent of that plan.
Johnson was given the first op-
portunity to speak and he said
that he was only trying to develop
9.6 acres of the 58 acres he owns.
He said that it would be a model
for the rest of the development
and felt it would be closely moni-
tored in order that there would be
no pollution.
Richard Moore, attorney for the
Plantation Owners Association,
(POA) made the objections that
there was actually more that the
9 .6 acres because the absorption
beds took more acreage. He also
said that there was still doubt that
Johnson actually owned the
rights to public access on Leisure
Lane and that part of that access
was still owned by the property
owners of the Plantation. He
stated that storm water runoff
and sewage possibly polluting
the Bay were problems still
unresolved.
There was no lack of speakers for
and against the development. Not
Small the speakers were from the
Plantation and not all of those
were members of the POA. Tom
Loughridge who lives on Gulf
Beach Drive and gave his creden-
tials as a scientist and teacher,
warned that the recent red and
brown tides was nature's way of
warning by damage done to the
fish and the manatees. He gave a
chilling account of the toxic prob-
lems that could be caused by pol-
Continued on page 8


What is Involved in
the Resort Village
Approval?
There were three documents
that the Board of County Com-
missioners had to vote on in
the complicated process of
approval.
1. The Board adopted an ordi-
nance amending the Compre-
hensive Plan to change the per-
mitted land use from residen-
tial to commercial. In this ordi-
nance 96-22, the Commission
voted 3-2 in favor of this change.
The Ordinance will take effect
when notice of receipt of a cer-
tified copy of the ordinance is
received from the Secretary of
State in Tallahassee.
2. The second approved docu-
ment involved a 10th Amend-
ment to the 1977 Development
Order granting approval of spe-
cific development plans for Re-
sort Village, Phase I. This in-
volved various provisions for
advance wastewater treatment,
project monitoring, temporary
aerobic systems, vegetation,
parking, construction debris,
water supply and stormwater.
The Plantation Owners Associa-
tion (POA) objected to portions
of the paragraph about
stormwater which was ulti-
mately amended to include a
provision for the Board of
County Commissioners involve-
ment in a "secondary safety net"
in stormwater precautions.
3. The last document involved
the Board approval of the
Planned Unit Development for
Resort Village and Review Stan-
dards and Procedures for that
District. Specifically, this in-
volved approval of the site plan
for the 9.6 acres referred to as
"Phase I." The POA complained
that the possibility existed
that the developer, Dr. Ben
Johnson, might seek approval
to change the plan through
amendment, such as installing
condominiums.
Thus, an additional paragraph
(D, "permitted uses", 3.) was
added specifically prohibiting
changes in permitted uses
through amendment to the site
plan.


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Voters Flood Polls
Neither rain, nor storm, nor mini-
tornado could stifle the voice of
the Franklin County voter on Oc-
tober 1. For, in as much as nine
inches of rain, more than 50 per-
cent of those registered voters
made their way to the various pre-
cincts throughout the county. The
voter turnout exceeded a 40 per-
cent predicted turnout made by
the superintendent of elections
earlier in the election day.
As evening rolled in, residents
packed the courthouse to obtain
) firsthand knowledge of the elec-
tion results. Only candidates
Bruce Varnes and Pamela Amato
were present at the courthouse.
As Supervisor of Elections Doris
Shiver Gibb released precinct by
Precinct information, supporters
of the Varnes campaign greeted
each result with growing cheers
of excitement. As the final results
were read, one of the crowd mem-
bers instructed Republican can-
didate Buddy Shiver to get out of
the race before he took a similar
political beating.
Sheriffs candidate Bruce Varnes
eventually rolled over opponent
Jack Taylor by a margin of greater
than 1000 votes. Candidate Tay-
lor, who won only one precinct,
would not endorse either Varnes
or Shiver in the November 5 gen-
eral election. Asked for a response
to the elections results, Taylor
simply stated, "He (Varnes) re-
ceived more votes than I did."
Candidate Varnes extended his
appreciation to the county's vot-
ers for their support in the pri-
mary election. If elected on No-
vember 5, he vowed, "I will do ev-
erything in my power to make
Franklin County a safer place to
live." Varnes also vowed that, if
elected, he would strive to keep
every campaign promise that was
made.
In the race for District 1 County
Commissioner, Candidate Eddie
Creamer captured over 70 percent
of the district vote against oppo-
nent Pamela Amato. The contest
between Amato and Creamer pit-
ted two first time political candi-
dates against one another.


Pam Amato with husband,
Peter Amato.
Ms. Amato said that the campaign
trail introduced her to new and
interesting people in the county.
She thanked those individuals
who supported her in the primary
election. Amato would not en-
dorse either Creamer or Republi-
can challenger Joyce Estes in the
general election. She said that, as
far as running for a political of-
fice in the future, she would "play
it by ear." Asked if she would run
her campaign any differently in a
future bid for public office, Amato
said that she would begin actively
campaigning one year in advance.
In regard to the plight of political
outsiders, Amato concluded, "I
think the people are more com-
fortable with people they've
known for a while and grown up
with."


Volunteer of the Year James
Lawlor (L) with Senior
Center Board President
Helen Schmidt (R).

Lawlor

Recognized

for Volunteer

Service

Lanark Village resident James
Lawlor was recognized in Septem-
ber with the Volunteer of the Year
Saward from the Area Agency on
Aging. Mr. Lawlor was nominated
for the award by the Franklin
County Senior Citizens Center.
Mr. Lawlor has served as Bingo
Chairperson for the senior center
and has also been involved in the
center's special activities. He cur-
rently serves as Treasurer on the
senior center's Board of Directors.
"Deep down," expressed Lawlor,
"I'm very pleased and honored to
receive this award. Every once in
a while, someone will thank you
for what you have done in the
community...and that gives you
pleasure in what you're doing."


Judge Gary

Rejects

Request for

Temporary

Injunction

On Friday, September 20, 1996,
Circuit Judge William L. Gary
denied the temporary injunctive
relief argued by the Plantation
Owner's Association in the hear-
ings and decisions made by the
Franklin County Commission in-
volving the Resort Village project.
The POA argued to have the
Commission's upcoming meeting
on the Resort Village project post-
poned, but counsel for the
County, Mr. Al Shuler, argued
that the Resort Village business
conducted by the Board of County
Commissioners on August 6,
1996, had not been concluded.
Another meeting was scheduled
for October 1, 1996, and has been
put off until October 3, 1996.
There are other pending litigation
matters in this case but the re-
quest for a temporary injunction
had to be addressed before this
week.


Regional Council Continues to
Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling


Coastal Petroleum
has underwater
leases stretching
for 425 miles, from
Apalachicola to
Naples. The leases
start about seven
miles offshore.


CPAA Members

and City

Officials Served

Subpoenas

The Federal Bureau of Investiga-
tion (FBI) served subpoenas to
members from the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority (CPAA) as
well as to employees and officials
from the City of Carrabelle on
September 17.
Those receiving subpoenas were
asked to either appear before a
Grand Jury in Tallahassee on
October 2 or to provide the fol-
lowing records to Special Agent
Jody Cornwell with the FBI:
1. Copies of minutes (written or
recorded) of the CPAA
2. All correspondences relating
to business or the affairs of
the CPAA within the subpoe-
naed individuals possession.
3. All financial reports of the
CPAA
4. All contracts that the CPAA
was a party.
5. CPAA financial account state-
ments.
6. CPAA account agreements.
7. All CPAA checks, canceled or
uncancelled.
8. All diaries and daily registers
relating to the business or the
affairs of the CPAA.
9. All regulatory reports locals,
municipal, county, state and
federal agencies.
10. All reports and advisory opin-
ions from engineers, engineer-
ing firms or consultants ad-
vising the CPAA or any of its'
officers or representatives.
11. Salary and benefits informa-
tion for any and all employ-
ees of the CPAA.


On Thursday, September 27,
1996, the Apalachee Regional
Planning Council voted to reaffirm
their opposition to offshore oil
drilling by Coastal Petroleum, Ap-
alachicola, in the waters near St.
George Island and elsewhere. In
their regularly scheduled meeting
at the W.T. Neal Center, Blount-
stown, the Council the board
unanimously approved a motion
to nonconcur with the project. In
1992, the Council approved a
resolution strongly spelling out
their opposition to the project.
But, in the four years since that
Resolution, much litigation, and
opposition by the Governor and
; Cabinet a 1996 legal decision
I from the First District Court of
, Appeals determined that a bond
requirement on the oil drilling
company based in Apalachicola
impairs the lease contract with
the State of Florida and is there-
fore in violation of the Florida
Constitution. The Governor and
Cabinet voted to require that
Coastal Petroleum post a $1.9 bil-
lion dollar surety bond prior to
any oil drilling in the event a
cleanup could be financed follow-
ing any catastrophic oil accident.
Thursday's vote was precipitated
by a request from the Governor's
Office because state comments to
a federal plan concerning a five-
year oil and gas leasing program
on the continental shelf for the
period from July 1997 through
June 2002 were due in Washing-
ton at the end of October. More-
over, the advisory opinion from
the Council was also sought be-
cause Coastal Petroleum had re-
cently won its appeal litigation
with the Dept. of Environmental
Protection (DEP) which is now re-
quired to issue a drilling permit
to Coastal Petroleum. The specific
question still being appealed in a
separate action is whether the De-
partment must advertise its no-
tice of intent to issue the permit,
which Coastal Petroleum opposes.
When the advertising is started,
substantially affected parties or
persons may, under Chapter 120,
Florida Statutes, challenge the
issuance of the exploratory drill-
ing permit.
Coastal Petroleum is now disput-
ing the state's authority to require
this notice as a part of the per-
mitting procedures. If there are
protests, an administrative hear-
ing follows and DEP will have to
defend its decision before an ad-
ministrative hearing officer. That
officer will hear all testimony, for-
mulate a recommendation and
submit it to the Secretary of DEP.
A final order will come from the
Department's Secretary, and that
order can be appealed to the First
District Court.
Three additional permits will be
required before any actual drill-
ing can begin. These are (1) an
Environmental Resource Permit
from DEP for placement of a drill
rig in the water, (2) a U. S. Army
Corps of Engineer fill permit, and
an (3) air pollution control permit
from DEP. These permits will also
be subject to notice provisions,
and interested parties will have
the opportunity to challenge any
agency decisions.
An excerpted letter about these
matters from Governor Chiles to
Senator Bob Graham is published
on page 3 of this issue.


2nd Primary Election Franklin County October 1, 1996


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TOTAL VOTED
SHERIFF
JACKTAYLOR,JR. 304 21 226 150 147 29 116 147 195 1334 36.33
BRUCE VARNES 407 39 216 274 494 169 134 291 313 2337 63.66
DISTRICT ONE
PAMELA AMATO 72 123 37 232 26.42
EDDIE CREAMER 426 124 96 646 73.57


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Page 2 4 October 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday


Franklin

Briefs

Notes from the October 1 meet-
ing of the Franklin County
Commission
*Forest Area Supervisor Tony
Millender presented board mem-
bers with the annual fire report
for the Division of Forestry.
Millender informed board mem-
bers that the division responded
to 24 wildfires in the past year
which burned 270.5 acres. The
number of wildfires in the past
year, noted Millender, was well
elow the division's five year av-
erage. The five year average, said
Millender, was 39 wildfires that
burned 1, 173.9 acres. He in-
formed board members that his
division was responsible for over
100,000 acres of land.
The chart below illustrates the
cause, number and acreage of
wildfires that has affected the
county in the past year:


Cause


Fire


Lightening
Campfires
Smoking
Debris Burning
Incendiary
Equipment
Railroad
Children
Unknown


Bs Acres
2 9.5


and only affordable housing
group to such a limited group,"
said Pierce. He recommended that
the program be open to anyone
who qualifies based on income
status. The board unanimously
agreed to accept Mr. Pierce's rec-
ommendation.
At the suggestion of Commis-
sioner Edward Tolliver, the board
unanimously agreed to require
SHIP applicants to take a drug
test.
The SHIP Committee, said Pierce,
complained that many of its'
members were continually absent
at the committee's meetings.
Pierce said that the 12 member
committee was not always able to
obtain a six member quorum for
each meeting. The board re-
quested that Pierce provide the
board with a list of potential com-
mittee members at the next meet-
ing.
*The board agreed to appoint
Mary Lou Short to the Franklin
County Planning and Zoning
Committee as an alternate. Ms.
Short will replace the position
previously held by Martha
Gerhardi.
*The board agreed to allocate
$170,000 from the Tropical Storm
Alberto funds to the Franklin
County School Board. The funds,
noted Alan Pierce, will be evenly
split between the two area high
schools.


0.1 1 *The board agreed to issue an
0 0 emergency letter to those mem-
bers in the soft shell crab indus-
11 174.3 try which will allow them to drive
on the beach. The board previ-
7 80.1 ously passed an ordinance to dis-
0 0 allow individuals from driving on
the beach. The board also previ-
0 0 ously turned down a request from
Steven Rash to drive on the beach
1 1.5 in order to launch jet skis.
2 5.0


*Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum informed board
members that the road depart-
ment had hauled approximately
8,000 cubic yards of fill dirt to the
proposed site of the health depart-
ment facility in Carrabelle.
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
said that the county saved ap-
proximately $21,000 by hauling
the dirt to the noted site. He said
that it cost the county approxi-
mately $11,000 to haul the fill
dirt. Hamilton noted that, accord-
ing t o the health department, a
contractor would have charged
S$32,000 to provide such labor.
Mr. Hamilton pointed out that the
County could still obtain approxi-
mately 10,000 cubic yards of fill
dirt from Gene Langston free of
charge. He said that Mr. Langston
only requested a receipt for the
fill dirt at fair market value for tax
purposes. The board unani-
mously agreed provide a receipt
to Mr. Langston and obtain the fill
Sdirt.
*The board agreed to spend as
much as $2,500 to repair a roof
leak at the Franklin County
Health Department building in
Apalachicola. "It's not leaking
anymore," noted Chairperson
Dink Braxton, "It's pouring."
*At the request of Solid Waste Di-
rector Van Johnson, the board
agreed to renew the contracted
services of the coordinator for the
Keep Franklin County Beautiful
and Adopt a Shore Programs. Mr.
Johnson informed board mem-
bers that 228 tons of solid waste
were collected on amnesty week.
*Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
complained that Argus Services,
Inc. had increased its' commer-
cial fees by approximately 40 per-
cent. Mr. Van Johnson stated
that, according to a contractor
from Argus Services, the company
had right to increase its' rates by
ten percent plus the rate of the
Consumer Price Index. Mr.
Johnson said he would contact
Argus about the matter. He noted
that there was approximately five
months remaining in the county's
contract with Argus Services.
*Bob Cambric with the Apalachee
Regional Planning Council in-
formed board members that, of
the 32 revolving loans that have
been distributed, ten of the loans
were current. He said that eight
of 32 loan recipients were one
month behind in their payments.
Three of the loans, said Cambric,
were two months behind in their
payments and nine of the loans
were behind in their payments by
three or more months. The board
then agreed to send letters urg-
ing those loan recipients late with
their regular payments to become
current in their loan payments.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that he
had attended a meeting of the
SHIP Committee on September
19. He said that committee mem-
bers had voiced frustrations over
the length of time in which major
and minor rehab projects oc-
curred.
At the recommendation of the
SHIP Committee and Mr. Pierce,
the board agreed to eliminate the
minor rehab program of the SHIP
Committee and to transfer those
Program funds to the down pay-
ment assistant program.
The SHIP Committee, said Pierce,
also recommended that the com-
mittee limit the major rehab pro-
gram to those applicants over the
age of 62 and to those who were
handicapped, as determined by
the State of Florida. Also, the SHIP
Committee recommended that the
applicant be the head of their
household. Mr. Pierce disagreed
with the committee's recommen-
dation. "I have some reservations
about limiting the county's one


Linda Millender


Resident Linda Millender re-
quested that the board allow her
to back her vehicle onto the beach
in order pump the beach water
into a vat. The vat, said Millender,
will located on the back of her
vehicle. Ms. Millender said that
she could not continue her busi-
ness unless she obtained beach
access.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
suggested that the county declare
an emergency and grant Ms.
Millender access to the beach.
"Why don't we allow that activity
and not call it driving on the
beach," said Mosconis, "but
merely pulling down."
*The board agreed to table a re-
quest from Dr. Edward Saunders
to rezone 24 acres of land in
Lanark Village from R-1 to R-la.
The board agreed to continue the
public hearing to their October 15
regular meeting at 11:15 a.m.

Kayak

Workshop

St. George Island State Park will
host the 2nd Annual Coastal
Kayaking Workshop, Saturday
and Sunday, October 19 and 20.
Equipment demonstrations and
workshops will be from 10:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m.
The event is sponsored by The
Canoe Shop of Tallahassee and
the Apalachee Canoe and Kayak
Club. Clinics will be taught in
paddling, boat safety, trip plan-
ning and packing techniques.
Reduced prices on boats and gear
will be offered by The Canoe Shop.
A donation of $1.00 per ticket will
make you eligible to win: a Eu-
reka! Tent, an Aquaterra Paddle,
a Trangia Stove, or a One Year
Membership in the ACKC. "


Point Residents Success-

fully Oppose Zoning

Change Reauest


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Mrs. Roberts (R) tells the exciting ham story to the board
as Robert Burnett voices opposition to the zoning change
on Bald Point.
Alligator Point resident were able stuck it in his busom right
to convince the board of Franklin quick and ran. Well someone
County Commissioners on Octo- was following and he saw
ber 1 to deny a request from B.Ki them, so he ran into the
Roberts to rezone property on church. He got into the front
Bald Point Road from R-1 (Resi- row and the preacher was
dential) to C-2 (Commercial Busi-. saying, 'now brother and sis-
ness). The Roberts' planned to. ters, I want to tell you that
construct a hotel on the noted you've got to get that sin out
property. of your bosom.' The fellow


Tom Vanderplaats, President of '
the Alligator Point Taxpayers As
sociation, informed board mem-
bers that there was plenty of un-
used commercial property that,,
could be used for such commer-
cial ventures in Alligator Point. He ,
noted that a petition opposing the
rezoning request, which con-'
tained over 40 signatures, had
circulated around Alligator Point.
"We feel that there is enough com-
mercial property on Alligator Point
at this point," said Vanderplaats,
"we feel that, if this is allowed to
happen, more and more of it will
happen."
Point resident Robert Burnett in .
formed board members that he
purchased land on Bald Point
with the understanding that the
area was to be residential. "We
don't feel that we need to turn
Bald Point and Alligator Point into
another St. George Island," said
Burnett. He continued, "We're not .
just a bunch of reactionary
people. We want to try to main-'
tain the residential nature of this
area."
St. George Island Resident Torif
Adams pointed out that, accord--
ing to the comprehensive plan,.
the noted property was zoned for
residential use. He also noted that fi
the area was poorly suited for de- r,
velopment due to the land's soi'
quality. "This is another case
where it's inappropriate to de-
velop," said Adams, "and why,
would you change your zoning'
map?"
Mrs. B.K. Roberts then told a brief
anecdote to the board: ,
Years Ago, there was a fellow. 2
who went into a supermarket
and stole a ham. And henf

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jumpecu. iC preactiher contin-
ued, 'and tonight, when you
go home, you've got to get on
your knees and pray. You've
got to get that sin out of your
bosom.' The fellow jumped
again. After about a half
dozen times, the fellow
reached in, he got the ham
and he threw it and it hit the
preacher. He said, 'take the
damn ham.'
Mrs. Roberts told board members,
"I've never heard as much hell
raised over one little piece of land
in all of my life." The Roberts' then
got up to leave the room as the
board voted unanimously to deny
their zoning change request.



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Residents

Contest

County's

Budget

Amidst scattered voices of protest,
the Franklin County Commission
voted 3-2 to adopt the county's
annual millage rate. The board
also voted 4-1 to 'adopt
the county's annual budget for
1996-97.
The approved budget was an 11.4
percent increase over the previ-
ous year's rollback rate. The roll-
back rate consisted of 7.861 mils.
The board approved an increased
millage rate of 8.757. The total
budget approved was $12,668,
340. County Clerk Kendall Wade
noted that the total certified tax-
able value of real estate in the
county for 1996 was over five
hundred and forty million dollars.
Magnolia Bluff resident Richard
Bloodworth informed board mem-
bers that St. George Island resi-
dents were being compelled to
leave the island due to increasing
county taxes. He said that he was
informed that the county had the
highest millage rate in the State'
of Florida. "I can't verify that,"


Bobby Burke
noted Bloodworth, "but I've heard
from reliable sources." He further
noted that family members who
had hoped to purchase a home in
Apalachicola would be unable to
do so due to the county's increase
in taxes. "It appears to me that
the county commissioners is the
ones responsible for these millage
rate increases over the years,"
concluded Bloodworth, "and all I
have to tell you, gentlemen, is to
please vote your conscience when
you vote on this today. We're run-
ning some good people out of the
county."
Jack Henderson from Lanark Vil-
lage Beach told board members
that the county should not be
compelled to pave new streets, for
subdivisions. He urged board
members to refrain from provid-
ing free paving services for a 24
acre development project in
Lanark Village which has been
proposed by Dr. Edward
Saunders. "If he (Saunders) wants
to build a subdivision in this
state," said Henderson, "then he
ought to provide the infrastruc-
ture for that subdivision and not
with my property taxes."
Henderson stated that many
other existing roads were in dire
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Editorial and Commentary


Never Mind the Motives for
Now-It's Time to Deflate the
Power of Obese Wealth

Because certain elements of this paper continue to politicize the Resort Village
issue to tremendous lengths, I feel compelled to counter this inky surge of pro-
development sentiment. Though. I would gladly neutralize my editorial stance
on this issue if other elements would also become more neutral.
This issue of the Franklin Chronicle contains a letter from Attorney Alfred
Clark. The letter contains noted support for the Resort Village development.
Mr. Clark, prior to this issue, has no knowledge that his letter will be printed.
And, I suppose, it will be somewhat unfair of me to criticize its contents for
that reason. But, then again, there has been very little that has been fair for
those in opposition to Resort Village. When you fight "the outrage and tyranny
of wealth." you indeed fight a lopsided battle.
Mr. Clark, who claims to be "disturbed and embarrassed," alleges that the
St. George Plantation Board of Directors has used "manipulation,
misinformation and fear tactics" to gain control over the noted board. These
accusations are familiar to me. However, quite frankly, they do not interest
me in the least.
What is of interest, however, is that the Plantation board has become the last
vestige of hope for those who oppose the proposed Resort Village development.
These actions may well be the result of "not in my back yard" politics. In fact,
I'm totally convinced that is the case. In this particular case, however. I'm
willing to overlook motive and focus on the end result. For. "the enemy of my
enemy is my friend." And the end result is the funded opposition of a
development project that MAY cause harm to the bay and, therefore, to those
who work in the seafood industry.
Mr. Clark further refers to the actions of the Plantation board as "selfish,
elitist interests." That's outrageous. At best. Clark's assertion is a case of the
pot calling the kettle black. Mr. Clark owns property in the plantation; he
does not want to be taxed with supporting a battle that could protect the
livelihood of working class people...and he has the audacity to refer to
someone besides himself as an elitist. Incredible.
I have very little sympathy for those Plantation members who whine
continually about the actions of their board...especially when that whining is in
opposition to the greater good of the county. If they don't like their board, they
can seek a place on it in the next election. Or. they can certainly leave their
exclusive subdivided property. In either case, it makes no never mind to me.
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Vol. 5, No. 20


Governor's Letter on Oil Drilling

Office of the (obernor
August 27, 1996
Senator Bob Graham
524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Bob:
As I am sure you are aware, the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) recently issued a Notice of Intent to Issue an
exploratory drilling permit to Coastal Petroleum Company. The No-
tice of Intent was issued in order to comply with a First District Court
of Appeal mandate finding that a DEP permit requirement for a $1.9
billion bond was not authorized.
Subsequent to the appellate court mandate, the state requested re-
view of the case by the Florida Supreme Court. On July 30, the Su-
preme Court declined to hear the'state's appeal. The Supreme Court's
refusal to hear the case left the DEP no choice but to proceed with
permitting procedures consistent with the District Court's opinion.
Coastal Petroleum is required to publish the Notice of Intent to Issue.
This published notice allows substantially affected parties or persons
the opportunity under Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, to oppose or
challenge the issuance of the exploratory drilling permit. Coastal Pe-
troleum is now disputing the state's authority to require this notice
as part of the permitting procedures prior to issuing the permit.
The area in which Coastal Petroleum wants to begin its exploration
activities is approximately 10 miles offshore of St. George Island in
the Florida panhandle. Because some of Florida's most pristine
beaches are found in the panhandle, the activities associated with
drilling are not environmentally and economically compatible. I will
continue to use every authority I have to protect our valuable coastal
resources.
Attached is the history of this issue. As you will see, Coastal Petro-
leum and the State of Florida have been involved in these disputes for
a very long time. I am firmly committed to protecting Florida's beaches
and tourism industry and I hope you continue to work with me to-
ward this goal.
With kind regards, I am
Sincerely,


LAWTON CHILES


Publisher's Response to

Editor's Commentary

I would point out that Mr. Goercke is easily permitted to state his views in this
newspaper, unlike the Plantation Ass6ciation's newsletter. Soundings. Mary
Lou Short was denied access to the propaganda press of the POA, but others
who espoused anti-Resort village material'were permitted to publish their anti-
Resort Village views. Those of you who,know The Chronicle are aware that Mr.
Goercke and I seldom agree on many-things. I think that strengthens the
editorial pages of the Chronicle.
However, he places the Board of Directors in some kind of weak position
picked on by Mr. Clark and others, especially those who do not agree with the
Board's actions. He should read Mr. Clark's letter more closely and follow the
hearings, then he would become betterinformed that there is an opposition to
the Board on this issue of litigating Ben Johnson instead of negotiating with
him over Resort Village. Thelawyers lighting Mr. Johnson in court in many
confrontations have not won any of them, at a cost exceeding $88,000!!! The
continuance of this litigaiton is costing-the county many dollars, and this will
reflect in the tax bills of everyone, including the livelihoodd of working class
people."
The Board has conducted a campaign of disinformaiton and misleading infor-
mation since these litagations started., switching their posture from "fighting
Resort Village, to creating some kind of "growth management," the last buzz
words used in public at the annual meeting. There has never been any kind of
concern for this environmental program before Resort Village became a real-.
ity. This has been a sham from the beginning. The use of a fear-based leaflet
was an attempt to fill the courtroom, for the August 6, 1996, hearing, and it
worked. The Board attempted to pass off the gathering as a bonifide expres-
sion of public concern when in fact the reaction was manufactured from their
propaganda. No doubt, everyone has concerns for Apalachicola Bay, but to
blame one wastewater treatment plant on a threatened degradation of water
quality is absurd. There are the problems of fresh-water needs in the tri-river
study, the use of the Plantation's rental residences as commercial proper-
ties, the general development of the entire St. George Island (3,000 septic
tanks at full buildout, and we are over half-way there already). The past
pollution of the Bay by Apalachichola. Carrabelle and other towns upstream.
the blockage of nutirents and water created by the landbridge, and on and on-
- all contribute to the life ofApalachicola Bay. The POA Board has no realistic
plan for dealing with all of this, except to serve their own ends,-and that is to
"stop Ben Johnson." The criticism of Mr. Clark is really absurd but Mr. Goercke
has his views and suspicions. Waitifgr for reelections is an unrealistic solu-
tion to the problems made by the Board, as outlined in the previous issue of
The Chronicle. What seems more important to attack is the "power of obese
wealth," and that is the performance f the Board of Directors.

Tom W. Hofer
Publisher "


October 4, 1996


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AffredW. Cfark
Attorney at Law
September 27, 1996
Franklin County Commission
31 Market Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320
RE: Resort Village
Dear Commissioners:
I am a Franklin County and St. George Plantation property owner
and a Franklin County tax payer. I am part-time resident of St. George
Plantation.
The purpose of this letter is to ask that your vote on the initial phase
of the Resort Village be based upon common sense and an objective
review of the facts and legal issues, and not the irrational and irre-
sponsible positions taken by the current Plantation board.
I am extremely disturbed and embarrassed by the actions of the small
group of individuals who have used manipulation, misinformation,
and fear tactics to gain control of the St. George Plantation Board of
Directors. This group does not represent the Plantation home owners
as a whole.
I hope you understand that the current Board of Directors has con-
scientiously avoided allowing the Plantation home owners to vote on
the litigation which has been initiated against you and others by the
Board, sometimes without even a vote of the Board itself.
As a Plantation home owner, I hope you also understand that the
current actions of the Plantation Board are not supported by a sub-
stantial number of Plantation home owners, who deeply resent see-
ing their dues squandered on futile litigation.


As s Franklin County tax payer, I don't want to see my taxes squan-
dered on the litigation which will inevitably result if your vote adopts
the misrepresentations of the current Board concerning the potential
impacts of the Resort Village proposal.
As a Tallahassee attorney, I have represented the Department of En-
vironmental Regulation, homeowners groups opposed to local devel-
opment, developers, and not-for-profit agencies who are deeply in-
volved in the DRI process. I have made numerous Court and Cabinet
appearances in hotly litigated development proposals.
As a result of my experience and based upon numerous discussions
with colleagues who are deeply involved in statewide land use and
environmental issues, I can tell you that there is an overwhelming
consensus that there is nothing that can be done to force Dr. Ben
Johnson to develop only single family residences in the Resort Village
area. The 1977 Development Order virtually guarantees Dr. Johnson
the right to some form of commercial development of this property,
limited only by the good judgment of Franklin County.
You cannot prevent the Resort Village development, but you can con-
trol it. The only rational course of action available to you which has
any likelihood of success is to make sure that the Resort Village de-
velopment proceeds in the most careful manner. I urge you to vote in
accordance-with the best interests: of Franklin County as a whole,
and not the selfish, elitist interests of a few individuals whose iriten-
tiort is to have the Cbunty tax payers and Plantation homeowners
bankroll their losing litigation.
Thank you for your patience and consideration.
Sincerely,



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Coastal Petroleum Timeline
Contained in the Governor's Letter
to Senator Graham, August 27, 1996
1941: The State of Florida issues a mineral rights exploration
contract and lease to Arnold Explorations. Since this is
during a time of war, producing fuel for our airplanes
from domestic sources is a high public priority. Spills
from coastal exploration are not considered detrimental
and economic development is more important than any
environmental considerations.
1947-1967: Coastal Petroleum Company (Coastal) purchases Arnold
Exploratiolis and, by this time, the contract has been
separated into three leases. The first two leases encom-
pass Gulf coast offshore areas. The offshore area runs
from Apalachicola to six miles south of Naples, from the
coast seaward 10.36 miles. The third lease covers Lake
Okeechobee and fresh water bodies.
Coastal begins studies to locate oil and other minerals.
Twelve wells are drilled upland, but Coastal finds no oil
or gas except a hydrocarbon "show" in one well in the
Forty Mile Bend area in Collier County. The California
Company and Mobil Oil Corporation join Coastal and
together they drill nine offshore wells but no oil or gas is
discovered. In all, more than $16 million is spent on the
leases and no oil is ever discovered.
1968: A dispute concerning rights to mine limestone beneath
Lake Okeechobee begins between Coastal Petroleum, the
State and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
1969: A well near the city of Santa Barbara, California, blows
out, oiling miles of California beaches and brings the
threat of spillage from oil production to the attention of
Floridians.
1976: The State and Coastal enter into a Memorandum of
Settlement on the Lake Okeechobee case. Coastal agrees
to surrender substantial portions of the area covered by
the leases and revised offshore drilling rights. They re-
tain only a residual royalty right to 6.25% of any oil and
gas produced in the nearshoree corridor", (defined as
within 4.36 miles of the coast) until the year 2016. They
surrender the "middle corridor" (4.36 miles to 7.36 miles
offshore), and retain active rights to explore only in the
"offshore corridor" of state jurisdiction (7.36 miles to
10.36 miles).
1990: The Florida Legislature limits offshore oil drilling by pass-
ing Chapter 90-72, Laws of Florida. Coastal Petroleum
files suit in Circuit Court, claiming this action effects a
taking of Coastal's drilling rights and royalty interests.
The Circuit Court dismisses the portion dealing with the
"offshore corridor" drilling rights because Coastal had
not exhausted its administrative remedies. The dispute
over royalty rights is tried in the Circuit Court and ap-
pealed (see August 5, 1996).
1992: Coastal submits five applications to the Department of
Natural Resources (now the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection) for permits to drill offshore, four of which
are subsequently withdrawn.
1993: The Department recommends, and the Governor and
Cabinet sitting as the head of the Department of Natural
Resources approves, denial of the remaining permit ap-
plication. This denial is based upon the applicant's fail-
ure to provide a $515 million surety bond to cover costs
estimated to be associated with potential discharges. The
Department issues its Final Order denying the permit
and Coastal appeals the order through administrative
measures and to the First District Court of Appeals.
1995: In February, the First District Court of Appeals reverses
the Final Order, ruling that the Department has no au-
thority to require a bond exceeding $4,000 the company
had deposited into the Petroleum Exploration and Pro-
duction Bond Trust Fund. The case is remanded back to
the Department.
In May, the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Board
of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, vote
to require a bond of at least $500 million for exploration
on state owned submerged land and directs the Depart-
ment to prepare another recommendation based upon a
more catastrophic spill. Coastal appeals this requirement
to the First District Court of Appeals, and at the June
meeting, the Governor and Cabinet vote to increase the
bond to $1.9 billion. The Department again denies the
permit for failure to pay the bond required by the
Trustees.
1996: During the fall of 1995 and the spring of 1996, the ap-
peals for the surety bond issue are consolidated and the
First District Court of Appeals finds that the bond re-
quirement impairs the contract (lease) in violation of the
Florida Constitution. The Board of Trustees appeal to
the Florida Supreme Court, which declines to accept the
case for review. The Final Order is remanded back to the
Department, directing that the permit cannot be denied
for lack of a bond required outside of the legally binding
lease agreement between the State and Coastal.
On August 5, the Circuit Court issues its ruling on the
1990 lawsuit that the Memorandum of Settlement (1976)
did not require the State to lease the nearshoree corri-
dor", therefore, a right was not taken by the legislation.
Furthermore, the legislation is not a taking because the
decision to prohibit drilling was made in the public trust.
Coast has appealed this ruling.
On August 16, the Department sends a notice of its in-
tent to issue the drilling permit to Coastal, who must
advertise the Department's intent. Once the legal notice
appears in a publicly available newspaper, any person
whose substantial interests are affected by the
Department's proposed permitting decision may petition
for an administrative hearing. The Department will then
have to defend its decision before an Administrative Hear-
ing Officer. The Hearing Officer will hear all testimony,
formulate a recommendation, and submit it to the Sec-
retary of the Department. The Department will accept
the Hearing Officer's recommendation and issue a Final
Order implementing it, or disagree, explain the legal ba-
sis for disagreement and issue its own Final Order. The
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A small group of veterans from
distances as far off as Tennessee
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klin County on September 25 for"'
a last look at Camp Gordon
Johnston. The visiting veterans
agreed that, since they were get-
ting along in years, their sojourn
to the ol' camp would probably be
their last group visit.


Johnston from 1944-46. Mr. Hull
said that some of the men sta-
tioned at the camp would crab
"fish from the county's piers for
enjoyment. One of his more pleas-
jant memories at the camp in-
Vcluded watching the movie, "It
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tured actor Clark Gable.


Georgia Resident Hubert
The reunion began mid-morning Groseclose was stationed at Camp
at the American Legion Hall in, Gordon Johnston from 1943-46.
Lanark Village. As veterans'" He described the camp as being
passed through the legion hall "boring." For fun, Groseclose said
entrance, Ms. Kay Arbuckle was that he would either visit Wakulla
on hand to greet and offer the visi- --Springs or Tallahassee. One of the
tors brewing coffee and assorted more positive things about Camp
cookies. Along various tables in Gordon Johnston, said
the legion hall, maps, photo Groseclose, was that the men
books and even an authentic could purchase beer at either the
Camp Gordon Johnston uniform officers or non-commissioned of-
were displayed for the veterans to0 ficers club for only ten cents. Un-
study. The veterans spent nearly- fortunately, he noted, only one
an hour musing over the assorted brand of beer was offered.
items of camp nostalgia resident Jim Beadnell
kallahassee resident Jim Beadnell
The reunion continued with a busg aid that he could not remember
tour of Camp Gordon Johnston.: pone thing about Camp Gordon
Mr. David Butler served as tour'i Johnston that was enjoyable. "It
guide to the event. From the C it as full of tics, red bugs, mocca-
of Carrabelle to the outskirts of~ ins and rattlers in the wild,"
Lanark Village, veterans revisited ioted Beadnell, "not to mention
such sites as the old parade field, 11 of the mosquitoes." Mr.
ammunition supply site and thel Beadnell recalled that Lake Mo-
old officers' quarters. rality was used as a Lifeguard
)Noe of te v g ver raining Center. He said that
None of the visiting veterans three separate piers were con-
seemed to recall Camp Gordon'" .tructed at the site. The men, said
Johnston as a particularly ernily- Beadnell, were required to jump
able place to reside. They remem- rom each of the piers and swim
bered the extreme heat, the pe.k- t approximately 100 yards and
mosquitoes and the rattle snakes henreturn back to shore. The
and moccasins; the veterans also oles of those piers, he noted, still
recalled that there really wasn't a otrude from the waters of Lake
whole lot to do at the Franklin. -Morality.
County camp.


Tennessee resident Cordell HullP
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6:00 Musical Entertainment -Night Wing

Saturday, November 2nd
7:30 Red Fish Run (Gibson Inn)
8:00 Battery Park Gates Open $5
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10:00 Parade (Avenue E/Highway 98)
10:00 Arts/Crafts/Food Booths Open
11:45 Musical Entertainment -Jason Byrd
1:00 Oyster Shucking/Oyster Eating contest
1:00 Musical Entertainment Restless Waters
3:00 The Marshall Tucker Band Performs
4:30 Blue Crab Race
5:00 Blessing of the Fleet Candlelight Service
5:30 Musical Entertainment The Redwood BaT
8:30 Fireworks
9:00 King Retsyo Ball (Armory)

Sunday, November 3rd "Spiritual Day"
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Literacy Program Hosts

Hawiian Fundraiser


The Franklin County Adult Read-
ing Program (FCARP) was host to
the Luau for Literacy fundraiser
event on September 27. The event,
which raised approximately $700,
attracted nearly 100 visitors to the
Eastpoint Firehouse on a wet &
gloomy day.
Acting Literacy Director Bonnie
Segree said that the turnout was
impressive considering the rainy
conditions of the day. "The event
was a lot of fun," added Segree,
"everyone that I've talked to thor-
oughly enjoyed it."
The event featured a performance
by the Nancy Redig Mau Oli Oil
Dancers, a food judging contest
and a plethora of door prizes for
guests. The Nancy Redig Dancers
were sponsored by the Wilderness
Coast Public Library. "The kids
'really seemed to enjoy the danc-
ers," said Segree.
A six member judges panel which
included Granville Crooms, Marie
Marshall, David Butler, Eugenia
Butler, Brenda Galloway and Mike
Roehr were given the task of rank-
ing those entrees brought to the,
event. The entrees were divided in
three separate categories, main
dishes, side/salads and desserts.
The following contestants received
awards for their entrees:

Main Dish
First Place: Gayla Espinitu
Second Place: Dolly Sweet
Third Place: Becky Melton
Side/Salad
First Place: Amber Branch
Second Place: Mary Hill
Third Place: Jackie Gay.
Dessert
First Place: Dolly Sweet
Second Place: Sister Sheila
Griffin
Third Place: Jackie Gay
In total,' 23 dishes 'were e'htered
in the event's contest. Ms. Segree
noted that contestants as young
as seven and eight years old sub-


mitted entrees in the events con-
test.
Volunteers to the library and lit-
eracy program were also recog-
nized. The following individuals
were honored at the Luau for Lit-
eracy event:
For Outstanding Volunteer Ser-
vice to the Franklin County Adult
Reading Program: Sister Shiela,
Sister Peter, Guy & Helen Marsh,
Allan and Betty Roberts, Erin
Butler, Michael Allen & Barbara
Hudacek.
For Service to the WINGS Pro-
gram: Jennifer Millender, Nikita
Williams, Madeleine White and
Crooms Transportation.


Alma Pugh
For Service to the LAPS Program:
Michael Amalfatano, Alma Pugh,
Stephanie Boatwright, Lee
Belcher and Kris Halstorm.
For Service and Dedication to the
Franklin County Public Library:
Cliff Butler, Brian Goercke and
Ada Scott
Those recognized for service &
donations to the Luau for Literacy
event include: The Seafood Reef,
The Hut, The Gulfside IGA,
Hardee's, The Red Rabbit, B&B
Barbecue, Delores' Sweet Shop,
Magnolia Grill, The Grill, The
Flower Patch, Betty T. Webb,
Doris S. Gibb, The Bay City Lodge,
Johnny's Restaurant, The IGA in
Carrabelle, Julia Mae's Restau-
rant, Bayside Gallery and Florist,
Charles Creamer, Ada Scott, The


The veterans ended their day in
the county with a noon feast at
Julia Mae's Restaurant in Carra-
belle. Some of the visitors recalled
that, during their stay in Frank-
lin County, one of their favorite
places to dine was at The Hut in
Apalachicola. The veterans
pointed out that subtle remind-
ers of Camp Gordon Johnston
were still noticeable in the county.
Some of those historic reminders
include the shells' that have be-
come embedded in the road to
Alligator Point and in the back
roads of Lanark Village. And if a
person looks long and hard
enough through the wooded ar-
eas of the old camp, he will quite
possibly stumble upon an old relic
from Camp Gordon Johnston.


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Gander's Gulf Supply, Linda's
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Carrabelle WINGS Coordinator Madeleine White (L) works
with her students on a craft project for the Luau for Literacy
fundraiser.

INVITATION FOR QUOTES
Written quotations will be received by the Department of
Corrections, Gulf Correctional Institution, until October
14, 1996 at 4:00 p.m. CST for the following:
Removal of swill frbm Franklin Work Camp,
U.S. 98 West, Apalhchicola, FL 32320, for the
initial term of one (1),year beginning November 1,
1996 and ending Octbber 31, 1997 with an option
to renew for two (2) one year terms.
Quotation forms for removal of swill may be obtained from:
Judy Odum, Purchasing Agent, Gulf Correctionali
Institution, P.O. Drawer 10, Wewahitchka, FL 32465.
Telephone: 904-639-1137. The Department of Corrections
reserves the right to reject any and all quotes and to accept
the quote that is, in it's judgment, in the best interest of the
,State.



INVITATION FOR QUOTES
Written quotations will be received by the Department of
Corrections,' Gulf Correctional Institution, until October
14, 1996 at 4:00 p.m.-CST for the following:
Removal of swill'from Gulf Correctional
Institution on Stone Mill Creek Road,
Wewahitchka, FL 32465, for the initial term of
one (1) year beginning November 1, 1996 and
ending October 31, 1997 with an option to renew
for two (2) one year terms.
Quotation forms for removal of swill may be obtained from:
Judy Odum, Purchasing Agent, Gulf Correctional
Institution, P.O. Drawer 10, Wewahitchka, FL 32465.
Telephone: 904-639-1137. The Department of Corrections
reserves the right to reject any and all quotes and to accept
the quote that is, in it's judgment, in the best interest of the
State.



INVITATION FOR QUOTES
Written quotations will be received by the Department of
Corrections, Gulf Correctional Institution, until October
14, 1996 at 4:00 p.m. CST for the following:
Removal of swill from Gulf Forestry Camp, Doc
Whitfield Road, White City, FL 32465, for the
initial term of one (1) year beginning November 1,
1996 and ending October 31, 1997 with an option
to renew for two (2) one year terms.
Quotation forms for removal of swill may be obtained from:
Judy Odum, Purchasing Agent, Gulf Correctional
Institution, P.O. Drawer 10, Wewahitchka, FL 32465.
Telephone: 904-639-1137. The Department of Corrections
reserves the right to reject any and all quotes and to accept
the quote that is, in it's judgment, in the best interest of the
State.


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(13) New. The Entre-
preneur's Manual. Busi-
ness Start-ups, Spin-offs;
Innovative management.
Uncovering lucrative mar-
kets and products, attract-
ing co-founders and key em-
ployees to your team, stock
distribution, approaching
venture capital groups,
money leveraging, accom-
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Step By Step Guide. For
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succeed. Sold nationally for
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(21) New. University Of
Florida Press. William
Roger's History, Outposts
On The Gulf: St. George Is-
land And Apalachicola
From Early Exploration To
World War II. Sold region-
ally for $30 or more. Avail-
able from the Chronicle
Bookshop for $25.00. Hard-
cover.


(22) New. University Of Ala-
bama Press. Fair To
Middlin':The Antebellium
Cotton Trade Of The Apa-
lachicola-Chattahooche
River Valley. Sold nation-
ally at $26.95. Available
through the Chronicle
Bookshop at $21.00. Hard-
Scover.

(5) New. Monthly Interest
Amortization Tables. A
handy, extensive loan pay-
ment book containing the
essential tables to calculate
loan payments. Specially
:typeset with clear, easy-to-
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(23) New. University of Ala-
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Rivers. Sold nationally at
$27.50. Available through
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$25.95! Hardcover.







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(31) New. Game Wars: The
Undercover Pursuit of
Wildlife Poachers. By Marc
Reisner. An unprecedented
and astonishing report from
the front lines of the battle
to save the world's endan-
gered wildlife. Because of an
enormously lucrative black
market in wildlife and wild-
life parts, poaching of wal-
rus and elephants, of black
and grizzly bears, even of
more common species such
as ducks and animals' sur-
vival as the relentless de-
struction of their habitat. In
Game Wars, author Reisner
offers a written firsthand ac-
count of how undercover
game wardens operate, the
elaborate covers they devise,
the groundwork of subter-
fuge and lies necessary to
pull off a success and the
dangers they face as they
impersonate smugglers and
big-game hunters, poaching
anything from alligators to
gamefish. There is a hero in
this true story as Reisner's
tale unfolds in the Louisiana
bayous. Sold Nationally for
$19.95. Bookshop price:
$6.95. Hardcover.


(32) New. Southern Daugh-
ter: The Life of Margaret
Mitchell. By Darden Asbury
Pyron. Arguably, Gone With
the Wind has been the most
popular novel of all time, fol-
lowed with the highest
grossing film to date. Author
Pyron offers an absorbing
biography of Margaret
Mitchell, the writer of
...Wind. A solidly re-
searched, sprightly narra-
tive informed by a deep
knowledge of Southern cul-
ture. Pyron reveals a woman
of unconventional beauty,
born into one of Atlanta's
most prominent families,
and imbued from childhood
with tales of the Civil War.
Fans will find several chap-
ters in Southern Daughter
that trace how various ele-
ments in Mitchell's biogra-
phy made their way into her
fiction, including the most
surprising identity for the
fictional Rhett Butler.
533pp. Published by Oxford
University Press and sold
nationally for $26.00, the
Chronicle offers these cop-
ies at $14.00 each. Hard-
cover.


(33) New. Margaret Mitch-
ell's Gone With the Wind
Letters. A delightful com-
panion to No. 32, Southern
Daughter, this volume con-
tains much of the personal
correspondence behind the
most successful novel and
motion picture. Edited by
Richard Harwell and pub-
lished in Great Britain.
There are over 300 letters,
chosen from her papers be-
tween 1936 and 1949, ev-
ery aspect of Margaret
Mitchell's character is illu-
minated. 441pp. Sold na-
tionally for over $26.00.
Chronicle Bookshop price:
$16.00. Hardcover.


(34) New. The Red Hills of,
Florida, 1528-1865. By
Clifton Paisley. "A superior,
very superior, example of lo-
cal or regional history...The
research is especially
strong; it is exhaustive, solid
and first rate" (Gilbert C.
Fite, University of Georgia).
A history of Leon County,
and neighboring counties
Gadsden, Jackson,
Jefferson and Madison. Uni-
versity of Alabama Press.
290 pp. Sold regionally for
$34. 0. Chronicle bookshop
price: $18.95. Paperback.

(38) New. Take My Life,
Please! By Henny Young-
man with Neal Karlen. At 85,
Henny Youngman is reach-
ing a younger audience. His
gigs are now at colleges and
hip urban comedy clubs.
One example, he says: "My
doctor just told me I was dy-
ing. So, told him I'd like a
second opinion. "Sure' my
doc said, 'Your're ugly too.'"'
A biography of the king of
one-liners. Occasionally
side-splitting. 224 pp. Sold
nationally for $16.00.
Chronicle bookshop price:
$7.95. Hardcover.


(6) New. Your First Car. You
do not have to be a me-
chanic to keep your car in
A-1 condition. With proper
care, it will give you many
years of service and go thou-
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miles. This book will save
you money. Sold nationally
for $3.95. Bookshop price:
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(54) New. The 1996 Florida
Almanac by Del and Marty
Marth. Swanee River Press:
Branford, Florida, 1996.
Sold nationally for $14.50.
Available from the Chronicle
Bookshop at $11.50. 508pp.
Paperback.


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(42) New. Three Blind Mice:
How the TV Networks Lost
Their Way. By Ken Auletta.
"Ken Auletta has written a
remarkable and extremely
important book. This is
careful, painstaking, under-
stated journalism of the
*highest order," said David
Halberstam. Frank Stanton,
President of CBS, Inc.
'(1946-1973) said, "...the
best book ever written on
"'network television." Execu-
t' ive Editor of the Washing-
ton Post, Ben Bradlee, said
'Ken Auletta tells it all about
Lithe television networks. Be-
hind the scenes, on the
record, as never before. Just
'a superb job." Three Blind
SMice is a vivid, close-up en-
Scounter with the men and
women who bring news, en-
: tertainment and sports to
: tens of millions of Ameri-
cans every day, facing the
: greatest crisis of their pro-
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i years to complete, Auletta's
Book is about the decline of
1 American network televi-
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(58) New. The Dream Is
Alive: A Flight Of Discov-
ery Aboard The Space
Shuttle by Barbara
Embury. A souvenir of the
IMAX presentation. Large
color format featuring stun-
ning photographs from the
big screen presentation.
Documents the activities of
three space shuttle mission
crews who flew in 1984.
Sold nationally for $14.95.
Bookshop price = $7.95.
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c(51) Leonard Nimoy: I Am ( ) Nw.
Spock. The long-awaited (60) New
'autobiography of Leonard the rn Civ
'?Nimoy is now available outher
.through the Chronicle by Charles
Bookshop. Mr. Nimoy opens Morgan's d
,up to his fans in ways the valut. It
Vulcan never could. He gives mnt. It is
' the reader his unique per- ind story
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(78) New. David
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(86) New. Confederate
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Olustee by William H.
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273 pp. A book treatment
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Community Service Recognized

by Juvenile Justice Council

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(From L-R) Helen Marsh, Guy Marsh, Dr. Elizabeth Curry,
Joanne Thomason and Kathy Mane.


The Franklin County Juvenile
Justice Council honored six indi-
viduals on September 26 at the
Trinity Church Annex in Apala-
chicola for their outstanding ser-
vice to the community.
Sara Dahlman and Sandra Lee
Johnson with the Juvenile Jus-
tice Council recognized Guy and
Helen Marsh, Elizabeth Curry,
Kathy Mane, Ellie Tullis and
Joanne Thomason as Citizens of
the Month of September.
Following the recognition awards,
Assistant State Attorney Frank
Williams introduced two local
youths to the council. Zeke
Gossett and Kenny Grable in-
formed council members that
they had been "harassed" by.lo-
cal police officers for skateboard-
ing in the parking lot of the Apa-
lachicola State Bank. The two
youths noted that they had cir-
culated a petition throughout the
county urging the creation of a
skateboard park. Gossett and
Grable informed council members
that they had already received
101 signatures on the petition.
The petition was then circulated
around the room to obtain more
signatures.










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Zeke Gossett (R) and Kenny
Grable (L) address the
Juvenile Justice Council.
Sandra Lee Johnson noted that
'the proposed skateboard park
project wotild cost money to ob-
tain. She urged council members
to work'together in order to ob-
tain thb noted park. The council
formed a subcommittee which will
work for the establishment of the
skateboard park. Those who
agreed to serve on the subcom-
mittee included: Frank Williams,
Bruce Causey and Joanne
Thomason.


Ms. Faye Burton with the Frank-
lin County School District fol-
lowed by informing council mem-
bers of the upcoming Red Ribbon
Week. She urged those attending
the meeting to sign a pledge
against the use of illegal drugs or
the illegal use of legal drugs.
Those participating with coordi-
nation efforts of the event include
Jeanette Malone, Marilyn
Reynolds, Elinor Mount-
Simmons, Jennifer Rogers,
Marcie Collins and Eileen Annie.
Apalachicola High School Princi-
pal Beverly Kelly then provided
council members with a presen-
tation of the school's suspension
and expulsion policies. She noted
that there were two different types
of suspension, in-school and out-
of-school suspension. Students,
said Kelley, could be suspended
for fighting, cursing, disrespect,
insubordination, skipping class,
vandalism, defiance, gambling,
smoking and setting off the fire
alarm. Kelley said that, while the
usual suspension term was 2-3
days, a student could be sus-
pended for up to 10 days.
Ms. Kelley noted that expulsion
terms could only be ordered by
the Franklin County School
Board. A student, said Kelley,
could be expelled for such reasons
as.drug and alcohol use on cam-
pus, possession of weapons, as-
sault, threats of violence, sexual
acts. kidnapping. homicide,
armed robbed' or obscene/pro-
fane gestures against school em-
ployees. If expelled, Kelley stated
that the students could still at-
tend night school to receive their
formal education. "We don't deny
them an education," noted Kelley,
"their placement is just going to
be changed."
Jeanette Myers from Apalachico-
la High School informed council
members that the local rate of tru-
ancy was one of the lowest in the
state. Truancy, said Myers, was
the equivalent of 15 days of
unexcused absence from school.
She said that the county's truancy
rate was 1.47 percent. She fur-
ther noted that the local atten-
dance rate was well above the 90
percent stateaverage. Myers said
that there were approximately
1,600 students enrolled in the
district school system.


Officers Elected at Senior Center


The Franklin County Senior Center elected officers for the
new year on September 23. (From L-R): Treasurer James
Lawlor, At Large Board Member Ken Mansuy, Secretary
Bonnie Dietz, President Helen Schmidt and Vice President
Shirley Walker.

New Members to Senior Center Board


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Senior Center Board President Helen Schmidt (L) with new
members Bonnie Dietz, Julia Mae Putnal and Donna F. Zorn.


Resort Village Continued
from Page 1
lution and included data that one
oyster loaded with some of these
toxins could kill a human.
On the other hand, Mary Lou
Short, a resident of the Plantation,
said her views, and the views of
others were not represented by at-
torney Richard Moore. She went
on to talk about commercial de-
velopment in the Plantation. say-
ing, "62 percent of the homes in
the Plantation have rental own-
ers. These homes are licensed by
the State of Florida; they are for
profit; they are inspected by state
inspection; they are commercial
establishments. The average
home sleeps eight and has three
bedrooms and two bath rooms. At
capacity they will accommodate
4,420 people." She went on to
make the point that those homes,
all on private septic systems had
not raised one single complaint of
pollution. After more discussion
of the proposal she added, "Per-
sonally I don't want the State of
Florida or a judge to control, our
destiny." She asked that the com-
mission approve the documents.
Roy Hoffman, who is a resident
of the Plantation, urged the com-
mission to use common sense and
he said that he thought the com-
missioners were trying to "do the
right thing." He added he hoped
the commissioners would inves-
tigate all counties around the
State of Florida that have been
faced with similar problems. See
if similar sewage plants have beer
put into use and later had the
developers say, "Oops! I'm sorry.'
Hoffman added, "It is too late
then."
Fisherman James P. Creamer
made an impassioned plea to the
commissioners asking them to
"Slow down and look and see what
is happening." He said he wags
pleading for the sake of the chil-.
dren to save the bay. "We are jusie
passing through." He asked thej
commissioners if the Bay vwa4
destroyed what would the sitiN
ting commissioners tell theli
grandchildren. '
In response to Creamer, Nita
Moseley said, "As far as what Mr.
Creamer said, about saving the
Bay for our children, it's good to
save the Bay but to me, you can't
expect the commissioners to rep-
resent YOU instead of all the vot-
ers in Franklin County because
there are people out here. We
don't work the oysters and we don"
t want to shuck." She urged the
commissioners to "Look at all of
your voters. "Not a few fishermen;
not a few in construction; not a
few homeowners. Look at what all
of them need."
About 70 people attended the
meeting. Others who spoke were
Helen Spohrer; Tom Adams; Al
Clark; Shirley Adams; NancyI
Adams and Jeannie McMillan.
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Association of

Diabetes

Educators

Awards Local

Educator

The American Association of Dia-
betes Educators (AADE) recently
recognized the winners of its 1996
association awards at the 23rd
Annual Meeting in New Orleans,
Louisiana.
Suzanne Laws, MS, RD, LD, CDE,
received the Diabetes Educator of
the Year Award, sponsored by
LifeScan, Inc., for her outstand-
ing work in the field of diabetes
education. Laws was chosen from
many applicants based on her
high level of involvement and
dedication to the speciality. She
is the first dietitian to receive this
award.
Laws is a native Floridian residing
in Tallahassee for the past 27
years and is currently in private
practice as a consulting
nutritionist and diabetes
educator. Diabetes educators
work with patients and their
families to develop the self-
management skills essentialtto
living a healthier life with
diabetes. Laws contracts to
provide these services to several
local medical facilities including
a federal prison in Tallahassee
and Children's Medical Services
in both Tallahassee and Panama
City.
Among many other activities,
Laws is a member of the Adopt-
A-Village Missions medical team
to Jamaica as well as a regular
volunteer at Shoreline Medical
Clinic 'in Eastpoint, Florida. She
is a member of the American
Dietetic Association and both the
Florida and the Tallahassee
Dietetic Associations, as well as
the AADE. As. partof the Diabetes
Educator of the Year Award, over
the course of the next year, Laws
will travel nationally giving
presentations to healthcare
professionals in the field of
diabetes education.
Prior to becoming a diabetes
educator, Suzanne taught nutrition
courses at Tallahassee
Community College and Valdosta
State College. She has been a
diabetes educator for 18 years.
She began in diabetes education
as a diabetes nutrition specialist
for a CDC pilot education project
at South Georgia Medical Center
in Valdosta, Georgia. After


completion oi0 ne two-year
project, she went into private
practice as a consulting
nutritionist and diabetes
educator. She has contracts to
provide diabetes education and'
nutrition counselling to a federal
prison in Tallahassee, the VA Out-
Patient Clinic in Tallahassee,
Children's Medical Services in
Tallahassee and Panama City,
and a group practice of physicians
in Valdosta, Georgia. She also
provides diabetes education and
nutrition counselling to private
patients referred by physicians
and nurse practitioners.


Chairman Dink Braxton noted
that road paving projects were not
funded by property taxes, but by
taxes on gasoline. 'The county at
this time doesn't have a local op-
tion gas tax," he stated. Commis-
sioner Raymond Williams added
that he had previously informed
Dr. Saunders that the county did
not have the funds to pave any
new roads. "I think it's the policy
of this board not to do any paving
for any subdivision for any devel-
oper," concluded Williams.
Henderson complained that he
received very little from the county
for his tax dollars. "What little you
have to offer," said Henderson,
"it's almost nothing. You've got the
sheriffs department and that's
about it." He complained that,
during a previous storm, he had
to call the sheriff's department
four times in regard to an alleged
burglary. "That's the kind of ser-
vice you get," noted Henderson.
He continued, "You get no garbage
collection, which you used to fur-
nish. And several other things
that you're now paying for that the
county used to furnish."
Henderson concluded, 'There is
no services here and the taxes
keep going up. My feelings is that
you're gonna spend what you get
your hands on."
Resident Bobby Burke said that
the continual increase in county
taxes was due to "poor damn
management" at the county level.
"Responsibility lies with you
people (Commissioners) there,"
said Burke. He concluded, "We
don't get a dern thing for our tax
dollars."
Chairperson Braxton noted that
the county had a court system,
jail, health department, landfill
and road department to support.
"All those things, you pay for, and
you've got to have," concluded
Braxton. He urged fellow board
members to vote their conscience
on the budget. Board members
Jimmy Mosconis and Bevin Put-
nal voted against the millage rate.
Commissioner Mosconis re-
sponded that he was voting his
conscience. He said that he had
opposed the millage rate during
the budget hearings. Braxton re-


minded the commissioner that he
had participated with the board
in all of the budget proceedings.
Commissioner Mosconis was the
lone vote of opposition against the
county's proposed budget.
In other board business:
*The board reversed a prior 3-2
vote to grant Superintendent of
Public Works Prentice Crum an
additional heavy equipment op-
erator. The position would have
paid $9 per hour. Previously,
Chairperson Dink Braxton and
Commissioner Raymond Williams
voted against the measure.
Chairperson Braxton argued that
the position should require a high
school diploma. He pointed out
that county employees with the
solid waste department were re-
quired to have a high school di-
ploma. "If you have a manual for
the operation of a motor grader
or back hoe or whatever and the
employee can't read and under-
stand that manual, they could
very well destroy the equipment,"
said Braxton. He continued,
"we've got a literacy program right
now and we're trying to get young
people to learn ow to read and
write and get their G.E.D." Brax-
ton concluded, "we're sending out
a message that, if you come to
work for the road department, you
don't have to have that. We're
sending mixed signals."
The board voted 3-2 to allow Mr.
Crum to advertise a heavy equip-
ment operator's position at the
annual entry level salary of
$13,200. Commissioner Mosco-
nis, who reversed his previous
vote to hire a heavy equipment
operator at $9 per hour, requested
that Attorney Al Shuler meet with
the labor attorney to determine
whether the position could be
advertised at an entry level sal-
ary. Mr. Crum informed commis-
sioners that there were not
enough heavy equipment opera-
tors on the road department. 'The
board has given me the authority
in the past to hire personnel ac-
cording to the need that we have,"
stated Crum.


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Senior Fair
Coming
The Franklin County Senior
Citizens Center will host a fair on
October 12 at the senior center
facility in Carrabelle. The event
will begin at 10:00 a.m. and
conclude at 3:00 p.m.
The Senior Fair will feature
musical entertainment from
gospel singer Mary Lou Bowman
and country singers Lynn
Hankins, Ivan Daniels and Evelyn
McAnnalv.
A wide variety of craft and flea
market tables will be set up at the
fair for residents to browse and
enjoy. Additionally, several
organizations will have information
booths set up at the fair. Some -of
those groups include: Community
Health Care, Big Bend Hospice,
Marquis Management, The
Franklin County Health
Department, The Lion's Club and
the Lanark Village Volunteer Fire
DeDartment.
Those interested in purchasing
table space at the fair may contact
Helen Schmidt at the Franklin
County Senior Center in
Carrabelle at 697-3760. Tables
will be offered to individuals for
$10 per space. Vendors will be
allowed to sell any product except
food.


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