Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: November 15, 1996
Copyright Date: 1996
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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...pages 6&7

Published Every Other Friday

franklin chronicle



L Addresses


of Local


SFranklin County Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade announced during
a November 5 Franklin County
Commission meeting that Emer-
ald Coast Hospital has failed to
) submit rental payments to the
county for the past 4 months. He
informed board members that the
county would have to make a
bond payment on the hospital by
'."' December 1 in the amount of
r '"*. $33,625.

.. :

Parent Ricky Lichardello
addresses school board



to Voice

Concern of


Resident Ricky Lichardello ap-
peared before the Franklin
County School Board for a sec-
ond consecutive month on No-
vember 7 to voice concerns about
the conditions of Apalachicola
High School.
Mr. Lichardello informed school
board members that the needs of
his son continued to be over-
looked at Apalachicola High
School. He stated that one of the
instructors at the high school
would not allow his son to visit
the restroom during a class pe-
riod. The oversight, said
Lichardello, caused a very embar-
rassing situation for his son. "My
son's civil rights have been vio-
lated," said Lichardello. He threat-
ened to report his dilemma to the
American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) if his complaints were not
taken seriously.
Superintendent CT Ponder in-
formed Mr. Lichardello that, in
order to speak specifically about
the instructor, he would have to
submit a notarized affidavit of
complaint to the school district at
least ten days prior to a board
Lichardello complained, "every
time I come to the school board,
it's always something else. I
thought the board here was for
the children and education, but
apparently it's to protect teach-
ers and faculty members at the
school house."
Chairperson Will Kendrick re-
sponded, "they have rights, too."
"When they violate the rights of a
young one," returned Lichardello,
"where are the kids' rights? Where
.is the constitution of the United
States, the Bill of Rights and the
Declaration of Independence?
Where does it say that you've got
to be 18 to have rights? It doesn't."
He continued, "somebody needs
to get their act together, so a par-
ent knows how to come to these
meetings. If a person is not doing
their job right, they need to go
ahead and sit down and let some-
one else do it."
Lichardello said that he wanted
to obtain a copy of the Code of
Conduct in order to understand
the district's rules for student
conduct. Mr. Ponder noted, "as far
Continued on page 10

"Presently, we only have a bond
payment of $4,911," said Wade,
"the hospital is past due on Au-
gust, September, October and
November on their rental pay-
ments." Mr. Wade pointed out that
the hospital's lease required
rental payments of $3,333 per
month. He said that the hospital
had only one payment in July. Mr.
Wade noted that, if it was able to
collect the delinquent rental pay-
ments, the county would still have
to pay nearly $5,000 on the bond.
"If this is a continuing problem,"
commented Wade, "it's probably
gonna be a problem next year."
The board directed Attorney Al
Shuler to contact Emerald Coast
Hospital to inform them they were
in violation of their contract with
the county.
County Commissioner Bevin
Putnal also complained of the
hospital's billing procedures. "I'm
hearing a lot of complaints about
the way they're billing [Emerald
Coast Hospital] people," said
Putnal, "people are calling me all
of the time." Commissioner Putnal
stated that he received notice from
a collection agency on a medical
bill from-Emerald Coast Hospital-
that he had been waiting for Blue
Cross and Blue Shield to pay.


Progress in



According to attorneys for Well-
springs Home Health Care, a new
prospective buyer of the bankrupt
firm has shown an interest in
purchasing the business but
some delay has been experienced
in closing the sale. Nightingale
Associates is no longer a part of
the prospective sale.



for Local

While criminal investigations still
continue into the Alligator Point
Surfside Beach Club and The
Flower Shoppe in Carrabelle,
Tony Samper of-the State Fire
Marshall's Office has determined
that both fires were arson. A re-
ward for $6,000 has been posted
for information on the Carrabelle
Flower Shoppe blaze. Pat Howell
has moved her business to a new
location. The store has been
moved to the former ERA office
on highway 98 east. She said she
is "open for business" with a
Thanksgiving Special advertised
in the Chronicle this week.

Ponder and White Honored

with Retirement Party
Franklin County School Superintendent CT Ponder was honored on
November 8 with a retirement party at the district office in Apalachi-
cola. Approximately thirty individuals attended the farewell event.
Some of those present included Franklin County School Board Attor-
ney Barbara Sanders, Franklin Cuiiity School Board member Connie
Roehr, for secretary for the superintendent Margie White.

Ms. Marjorie White, retiring secretary for the superintendent, was
recognized by the Franklin County School Board on November 7 for
her service to the school district. Superintendent CT Ponder com-
mended Ms. White for her strong commitment to the school district.
"This is a hard thing to do, because we're here to honor a person who
has dedicated 25 years of service to the Franklin County School Board,"
said Ponder. He said that Ms. White had worked with him for ap-
proximately ten years. "It's a sad time when we have such tremen-
dously good employees who have decided to hang it up," concluded

Veterans' Day Celebration

in Carrabelle

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Cathy Rutherford sings the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at
Veterans' Ceremony.
Approximately 30 residents gath- Gulf War Veteran, told audience
ered at Veterans' Park in members that it was important to
Carrabelle on November 11 for a teach the importance of Veterans
special ceremony to honor veter- Day to the children. He encour-
ans on Veterans' Day. aged veterans at the November 11
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Reverend Andrew Rutherford
opened the ceremony with a
prayer. The ceremony also fea-
tured musical performances by
Mary Lou Bowman, Cathy Ruth-
erford and Martha Kersey. Both
Ms. Rutherford and Ms. Bowman
provided vocal performances as
Ms. Kersey played piano.
Resident David Butler, a Persian

ceremony to give tesullllulloi -
their military experience.
Sam Rice, a 72 year old World War
II veteran, informed audience
members that he had served in
the Army Air Corps. He stated
that, while he served in the Air
Corps, he participated in over 50
missions. "I never went on a mis-
sion that I wasn't real scared."
Continued on page 9

November 15 28, 1996






Bay St. George, Eastpoint, Rated

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The state Agency for Health Care Administra-
tion -- which regulates Florida's 647 nursing homes -- joins other
state and local agencies in offering free consumer information and
assistance about nursing homes.
Published annually by the state Agency for Health Care Administra-
tion, the Guide to Nursing Homes in Florida provides facility-specific
information including charges, rating, inspection history, ownership
status and special services. The Guide also suggests community-based
alternatives to traditional nursing home care and questions to ask
when choosing a facility.
The Guide is distributed statewide through the Agency's Health Quality
Assurance Area Offices. The Lbcal Health Councils, the Area Agen-
cies on Aging, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Councils and the
Department of Elder Affairs/CARES Program. Consumers can call
the Agency at (800) 342-0828 to request a copy by mail or access the
Guide on the.Internet at http://wane5,scri.fsu.edu/AHCA/
NURSDAT/. A Spanish-language companion reference is also avail-
able. Data presented in the 1996 Guide is current as of March 1996
with the next edition scheduled for release spring 1997.
The state Agency for Health Care Administration inspects nursing
homes at least annually and investigates consumer complaints. In-
spection reports are public record and are required to be posted by
the nursing home. Copies are also available through the Agency's
Health Quality Assurance Area Offices, the local Long-Term Care
Ombudsman Councils and public libraries.
"We are committed to protecting Florida's elders so their golden years
don't become tarnished times. That's why we must promote the high-
est quality nursing home care for our most vulnerable elders," Gover-
nor Lawton Chiles said. "I'm pleased we are taking these critical steps
to strengthen our nursing homes. This is an important effort to help
our communities reach out and ensure our elders are safe and
According to Douglas M. Cook, director of the Agency for Health Care
Administration, the quality of nursing home care is not a reflection of
regulation alone. It requires a dedication of nursing home owners,
administrators and staff to quality improvement and involvement of
families, friends and the community. Most nursing homes consis-
tently provide high-quality, attentive care. More than 95 percent of
the state's nursing homes meet or exceed state and federal standards.
Furthermore, over 60 percent are currently rated superior.
"Caring for our elders has become the hardest job in health care.
Seniors continue to relocate to Florida in record numbers, leaving
life-long friends and family support behind and often outliving their
resources. As a result, local communities must become caregivers for
our elders in nursing homes," said Cook.
Beginning in January, the Agency will convene community-rooted
advisory groups statewide represented by business, government and
religious leaders, elder and consumer advocates and industry. The
advisory groups will establish or build upon existing facility volun-
.teer programs; expand resident interaction with the larger commu-
nity through social activities and services; and step up routine moni-
toring and, if necessary, seek new ownership and/or management of
problem facilities.
The Agency is also taking steps to ensure nursing home administra-
tors take responsibility for providing adequate and trained staff, safe-
guarding resident rights and protecting against resident abuse and
neglect. The Agency has vowed to continue to aggressively pursue
disciplinary action against facilities and nursing home administra-
tors -- fines, suspension and licensure revocation -- for substandard
care violations. By law, nursing home administrators are required to
be licensed. The Board of Nursing Home Administrators transferred
to the Agency for Health Care Administration from the Department of
Business and Professional Regulation in October 1995. Florida cur-
rently has 1,452 licensed nursing home administrators.
:In announcing its new initiatives, the Agency has also released the
first bimonthly update to its annual consumer Guide to Nursing Homes
in Florida, listing all current conditionally rated facilities. A condi-
Continued on page 9

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Notes from the November 5
Franklin County Commis-
sion Meeting
*The board voted 4-1 to table a
request from the Florida Power
Corporation to construct a 65 x
120 foot substation on 100 feet
of easement located in Eastpoint.
Part of the easement, noted
County Planner Alan Pierce, has
been dedicated to the county for
the purpose of installing a road.
The remaining portion of the ease-
ment, said Pierce, was to be used
by the Florida Power Corporation
to install lines and other related
items. "We all want to work to-
gether," said Pierce, "but the prob-
lem is that there mayor may not
be enough room for a road if
there's a 65 foot wide building in
that space." Attorney Al Shuler
advised board members that, if
they felt that 35 feet was adequate
space for a road, he would have
no objection to the proposal.
Commissioner Edward Tolliver
voted against the measure and
argued that the facility's electro
magnetic fields (EMF) would have
a negative impact on neighboring
properties. Representatives from
the Florida Power Corporation
said that, according to studies
from the federal government, no
additional levels of EMF have been
detected outside the fenced sub-
stations. "If there's any EMF in the
area," noted one representative,
"it's currently there because of the
transmission power line." Com-
missioner Tolliver expressed that
he did not always agree with all
governmental studies.
If approved, the proposed substa-
tion facility will be located behind
Luberto's. The county's road su-
perintendent and engineer will
review the feasibility of the pro-
posed project and report back to
the board of county commission-
ers on November 19.
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson reported that Sherman
Thomas was selected to fill a
vacant position at the county
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
informed board members that the
property of Eastpoint resident
Elizabeth Buchanan has gradu-
ally eroded due to the overflow of
a small creek located along the
east side of her property line. Mr.
Hamilton suggested that the
county install riprap in order'to
deter the erosion. However, he
pointed out, "anytime you riprap
an area you transfer the problem
to the end of the riprap. And, you
start getting erosion there and it
never stops until you riprap the
whole area." Hamilton noted that
,approximately 760 feet would


Commissioners Edward Tolliver
and Dink Braxton were honored
with resolutions of appreciation
on November 5 as they resided
over their final board meeting as
elected officials.
Chairperson Dink Braxton be-
came emotional as he addressed
each board member with words
of gratitude and acknowledgment.
He also recognized the work pro-
vided by County Planner Alan
Pierce, County Clerk Kendall
Wade and Board Secretary Amelia

Chairperson Dink Braxton
offers a tearful farewell to board
and county staff members.

To Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis, Braxton stated, "people
in your district, sometimes they
really don't realize and appreci-
ate all the work that you do. You
and I didn't always agree on ev-
erything, and believe me, I know
;-our heart is with Franklin
County and I respect that."
To Commissioner Bevin Putnal,
Braxton expressed, "you're a com-
passionate man. I found that to
be true over the last 4 years and I
enjoyed serving with you."
To Commissioner Edward
Tolliver, Braxton stated, "you're a
commissioner, and I've heard you
say it a lot of time, 'I'm a Franklin
County commissioner.' I really
believe that. You and I have never
been able to get off to go fishing
together. Now maybe we can get
off and go on a fishing trip to-
gether and it won't be in the sun-
shine. We won't fall under that

need to have riprap installed. He
said that such a project would
cost $92, 376.
Hamilton stated that similar prob-
lems were reported throughout
the county. He offered, "I don't
personally see that the county is
obligated to take care of private
property." Attorney Douglas
Gaidry, who spoke on behalf of
Ms. Buchanan, stated that the
county was responsible for chang-
ing the water flow in the area
when it cleared land and installed
culverts near Buchanan's prop-
erty. "All of that water is draining
from the property on the other
side," said Gaidry, "which has
been cleared, and comes through
the culvert under the Escape
Road and into her ditch." He con-
tinued, "it rushes through there
and is eroding to the point where
a tree is about to collapse. And, if
it continues, it can get up to where
it's a threat to the house, as well."
Attorney Al Shuler considered the
matter to be too complex to "shoot
from the hip" and provide the
board with a recommendation at
the November 5 meeting. How-
ever, Shuler did urge board mem-
bers to adopt a stormwater ordi-
nance that would require indi-
viduals who cleared land to install
retention ponds for runoff water.
Attorney Shuler agreed to re-
search the matter and provide the
board with a recommendation at
the next board meeting.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan noted that pine beetle ac-
tivity was still being observed.
"The state entomologist thinks
that we're probably at the end of
that.. .it's a delayed mortality cycle
from the hurricanes and tropical
storms that we've had," said
Mahan. He informed commission-
ers that, in some cases, the am-
brosia beetles were also noted to
attack trees. Mahan pointed out
that neither of the beetles could
attack and kill a healthy tree.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
Land Management Advisory
Council approved a land exchange
between the Department of Agri-
culture and Department of Cor-
rections for a local prison site on
State Road 65. Pierce said that the
matter would be forwarded to
cabinet aides on November 13 and
to the cabinet on November 19.
"Right now," expressed Pierce,
"everything looks for the cabinet
to approve this."
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that
Shakra Junejo was selected as
Franklin County's HRS Medical
*County Planner Alan Pierce
asked board members whether
they wanted to send any of the
county's supervisors to Gulf
County to receive additional train-
Sing. The training, noted Pierce,
was being sponsored by the
Florida Counties Foundation. The
board failed to act on Mr. Pierce's
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that
County Building Inspector Roscoe

[the sunshine law]." Tolliver re-
sponded, "maybe we'll have time
to do that now." Braxton contin-
ued, "and you've been a friend and
I've enjoyed serving with you."
To Commissioner Raymond Will-
iams, Braxton stated, "I found out
that you're a man who sticks to
his guns and you've served your
district well."
To County Clerk Kendall Wade,
Braxton said, "you took the clerk's
office and you changed it. And I
believe you changed it for the best.
There have been a lot of improve-
ments made at that office."
To Ms. Varnes, Braxton noted,
"the chairman of this board is
gonna really know how to appre-
ciate what she does. I truly will
miss Ms. Varnes and the work
that she does and the dedication
that she has. It's unbelievable
what she goes through in that
To County Planner Alan Pierce,
Braxton said, "we gave him a raise
one time because he had so much
he had to do. Alan always has
more to do. I really appreciate
what Alan does and the hard work
that he puts in."
Mr. Braxton also complimented
the road department. "We prob-
ably have the best crew we've ever
had at the road department. They
turn out more work than people
realize. They really work hard." He
concluded, "It's just been a plea-
sure for me to serve on the board
of commissioners. It's been an
experience. It's been 8 years
and...I'm probably gonna miss it
more than I thought I would."
Commissioner Edward Tolliver
also thanked the board for recog-
nizing his efforts as a county com-
missioner. He thanked the people
of Franklin County for allowing
him to serve on the board of com-
missioners for 10 years. "I've tried
to work with the working man and
the poor man. And I've tried to
protect the resources we have in
our bay. That might have cost me
this job...this position. But that's
neither here nor there. Had I
served longer, I was gonna get on
to Mr. Shuler and Alan Pierce. I

Carroll had posted a stop-work
order on the Alligator Point Ma-
rina RV Campground. He noted
that the campground had begun
construction on the site. Pierce
said that construction had halted
at the site.
*The board granted a request from
Donnie Wilson to rezone 58 acres
on Blount's Bay from agricultural
to residential. The zoning change
will allow Mr. Wilson to develop
one unit per 5 acres on his prop-
erty. County Planner Alan Pierce
informed board members that the
Department of Community Affairs
(DCA) had objected to allowing the
development of one unit per 5
acres. He said that, if the DCA
appeals the board's decision, the
board will have to defend their
decision to grant Mr. Wilson his
zoning change. "For all I know
that's [the objection] a threat,"
expressed Pierce, "that thei [DCA]
really don't plan to appeal what
we do." He continued, "if it is ap-
pealed, the county has the option
of withdrawing it [rezoning
*The board-voted 4-1 to send sev-
eral photographs of commercial
property owned by developer Ben
Johnson to the Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP).
The photographs, which were
taken following heavy Ilooding in
September, were previously pre-
sented to the board by resident
Tom Adams. Mr. Adams told
Board members that the pictures
depicted a problem with the
property's stormwater retention.
Adams said that the DEP had cor-
responded with him regarding
Johnson's wastewater treatment
plant. "They [DEP] advise that, in
order to. comply with the permit
conditions, both the wastewater
treatment tank and the effluent
disposal system must be in op-
eration," said Adams. Chairper-
son Dink Braxton voted against
the decision.
*County Attorney Al Shuler in-
formed board members that the
Plantation Homeowners Associa-
tion (POA) had filed a Chapter 163
proceeding against the action that
the board had previously taken in
approving phase 1 of the Resort
Village Project. Shuler stated that
the measure was an administra-
tive proceeding. "A preliminary
look at it indicates that the board
has 30 days to make a response,"
said Shuler, "and at the end of
that period, if the board takes no
action, the POA can proceed with
an administrative hearing pro-
ceeding under a process similar
to Chapter 120." The board voted
4-1 to direct Shuler to study the
appeal and report back with a rec-
ommendation on the matter.
Commissioner Tolliver voted
against the decision. Shuler also
informed board members that the
POA had filed a certiorari petition
against the board. 'This is some-
thing that we need to defend if we
want to defend the action that we
took," said Shuler. He continued,
"it's in relation to the Phase 1
Resort Village approval." The
board voted 4-1 to direct Attor-
ney Shuler to review the matter
and report back to the board with
a recommendation. Commis-
sioner Tolliver voted against the

think they ought to be working for
this county...and not for the de-
veloper. And they should show .us
that... and not to recommend ap-
proval of anything that will hurl
that bay."

Commissioner Edward Tolliver
thanks voters for allowing him
to serve on the Franklin County
Commission for 10 years.

Did you know that
aqauaculture is the fastest
growing form of agriculture
in the United States and
Florida? Join us here at the
Reserve to learn more about
aquaculture from Bill
Mahan, Franklin County
Extension Agent.
His program will address the
realities, as well as the risks,
of getting started in
aquaculture, and provide an
overview of what is currently
being grown in Florida.
Animals to be discussed
include: scallops, soft-
shelled blue crab, goldfish,
bait minnows, shrimp and
Tuesday Evening,
November 26, 1996
7:00-8:00 P.M. (EST)
at the
National Estuarine
Research Reserve
261 7th Street
Apalachicola, Florida
Telephone 904-653-8063
Guest Lecture Series






for Lanark


The Franklin County Commission
granted a request from Dr. Ed-
ward Saunders on November 5 to
rezone 24 acres of land in Lanark
Village from R-1 to R-la. The zon-
ing change will allow Saunders to
develop three units per acre on his
property in Lanark Village.
Dr. Saunders agreed to dedicate
a 30 and 60 foot right-of-way to
provide access for those neighbor-
ing residents who will become
landlocked. The First American
Title Company agreed to provide
the county with $2,500 and Dr.
Saunders agreed to provide an
additional $3,000 to help prepare
the road bed.
County Planner Alan Pierce felt
that the developers should be re-
sponsible for providing adequate
amounts of asphalt and limerock
to pave the 60 foot right-of-way
into the proposed development.
He offered two alternatives to the
'They can either dedicate the 60
foot right-of-way on the eastern
boundary of their property," noted
Pierce, "and then work with the
Title Company to buy the county
enough limerock and enough as-
phalt that we need on 98, so that
we, the county, are able to do the
work to open the road up." He
continued, "If that is not satisfac-
tory to you all, then put the road
in wherever you need to put the
road in and forget about the prob-
lem. The board is unwilling to,pay
or do.anything, but do some
"Everybody has a little bit of re-
sponsibility," noted Saunders,
"and if the county takes its re-
sponsibility, we'll take ours." Dr.
Saunders said that, according to
County Engineer Joe Hamilton, it
would cost approximately $5,400
to provide asphalt for the paving
project. He pointed out that the
board's sole concern previously
was that the county did not have
enough money to purchase as-
phalt for the paving project.
Saunders told board members
that, if the county provided the
road's base, he would contribute
enough money to purchase as-
phalt for the proposed project.
"And we're gonna donate the land.
HAnd we're gonna donate the 30
foot alley," said Saunders,
Chairperson Dink Braxton com-
mented, "I don't think we can beat
the deal that you're offering."
Commissioner Bevin Putnal sug-
gested that the county use a clay
base, rather than limerock, for the
paving project. Putnal noted that
the county had greater access to
clay. Commissioner Edward
Tolliver urged board members to
approve the zoning change re-
quest from Dr. Saunders. "We've
been stalling and stalling and
putting him [Saunders] off meet-
ing after meeting."



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Dr. Edward Saunders finally receives his zoning change request
after months of meeting with the Franklin County Commission.

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George Chapel

George L. Chapel, well known for
his work as.a historian and pres-
ervation advocate in Apalachicola,
has been appointed to the Florida
National Register Review Board.
Mr. Chapel, a native of Panama,
attended the University of the
South in Sewanee, Tennessee,
where he received a degree in po-
litical science, and did postgradu-
ate work at Vanderbilt University.
A retired employee of the U. S.
Department of State, Agency for
International Development, Mr.
Chapel now serves on the Re-
source Planning and Management
Advisory Committee for the State
Area of Critical Concern for
Apalachicola Bay. He is president
of the Apalachicola Area Histori-
cal Society, conducts area tours
for Elder Hostel and the
Smithsonian Institution, and is
the project manager of state his-
toric preservation grants for Trin-
ity Episcopal Church and the
Raney House Museum.

Departing Board Members

Honored by Franklin County

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Published every other Friday


The Franklin Chronicle 15 November 1996 Page 3

Editorial and Commentary


On Plantation Owners' Legal Proceedings...
IS IT SIX? EIGHT? SEVEN? MAYBE TEN? Well, I'm not really sure
but as best as I can guess there are at LEAST six Plantation lega
actions that have been filed, two more this week. And that doesn't
include the counter-claims filed against the POA. Oh yeah, and I for-
got, there is another lawsuit against the POA coming down the pike
So who cares? What's one more? Some POA Board Members are con-
fident the POA is going to "win it all" in 1 year. When queried aboul
the cost, the POA attorney just didn't seem to have a clue. Oh but
wait! In a recent letter written by Jeffrey S. Richardson (Plantatior
Manager) for the board, in response to a letter by a Plantation owner
he says: "In reference to costs, the legal fees are going to be less thar
$40 per member, and there will be no more judgments because we
have purchased insurance that is covering all of the counter suits. If
a judgment is obtained, the most it will cost us is the $1000 deduct-
ible." One wonders if anyone has read the fine print in the insurance
policies? One also must wonder if the POA board's confidence in their
"future legal wins" has clouded the cohering reality of the high cost ol
litigation. Other attorneys, when asked how much it would cost and
how long it would take to defend all of the legal actions the POA is
involved in, thought it would take 2 to 4 years at a cost of around
$15;000 per month.
Obviously the POA board thinks Plantation owners are rich, rich,
rich and are really pleased, pleased, pleased with their actions, but
then again, the POA board really hasn't been forthcoming with much
communication, probably operating under the assumption that an
uninformed membership is a quiet membership.
I And by the way, who is running the show in the Plantation? It seems
that we have "the" POA board, and then we have a "sub" POA board,
'The" board does wonderful things like take care of Plantation busi-
ness. Four members of "the" board do not live in the Plantation. The
"sub" board appears to be the one "taking care of business" with the
Franklin County Commission, like harassing them, calling them
names, accusing them of all kinds of things like selling the bay and
taking bribes, The "sub" board has done "wonderful" things to im-
press the citizens of Franklin County by showing them what "being
civil and neighborly" really means! I am sure that the Plantation own-
ers will be real impressed with the "sub" boards "public relations"
efforts in Franklin County. Perhaps "the" board would like to know
about the "sub" boards activities!
Uh, oh. What's that I hear? Could it be the silent majority of Planta-
tion owners awakening? I CERTAINLY HOPE SO!
Name Withheld.

Letter to the Editor
November 6th, 1996
Dear Mayor Howell and City Council Members,
I want to thank you for honoring my request to replace the broken
and missing children's swings in the parks. The speed and efficiency
with which you responded was remarkable, for within a week the
play equipment was upgraded.
The occasions of Halloween, the Seafood Festival and children's birth-
day parties of the past week brought an inordinant amount of activity
to both Battery and Lafeyette parks. Children were running and laugh-
ing and swinging! What a treat it was to see our young community
enjoying the parks that you have maintained so wonderfully. Apalachi-
cola is place of such great natural beauty, and one of the most impor-
tant things in our community is to give its members, young and old,
access to its wonder.
Thank you for your prompt attention, and for our children's swings.
with gratitude,
Karen Dennis


Bay Area

Artist Art

Show and


Invited artists from the Apalachi-
cola Bay area will exhibit their art:
during a 3-day show starting on
November 29, 1996. The 3-day
exhibition will be held at 117

Market Street, Apalachicola from
noon until 9 p.m. on the 29th and
30th of November. The exhibition
will continue on December 1,
1996, from noon until 3 p.m. 117
Market Street is located across
the street from the historic Raney
House in Apalachicola. Proceeds
from the art sale will benefit local
charities and scholarships given
by the Apalachicola Womans
Club. Admission is free and light
refreshments will be provided. Ad-
ditional information is available
from Anna- Gaidry at 904-653-

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November 15, 1996

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New Form-Elderly Against Elderly





After the Election...

By Kris Halstrom

The people have spoken! Who are these democrats (with a small "d")
who turned out in such mediocre numbers on Tuesday, November 5?
Nationally, this election yielded the lowest voter turnout since the
1920's. In Franklin County the numbers were only a little 'better.
Depending on nationwide or local numbers, and whether the glass is
seen half empty, about 30-45% of registered voters don't believe that
voting is important. It is said that, in our unique American version of
democracy, we exist to argue with each other over our existence. If
so, then election time is when those actually engaged in the per-
petual argument take action.
Elections are a passionate time of soul-searching for some of us. We
ask ourselves what it is that we care about, what is our philosophy,
our hope for the future. Then again we might follow it up with, what
does it really matter, our vote? About half the people refused to be
interviewed for this story. The reasons varied from fear of retribution
from their neighbors to religious grounds. One young man answered
in volumes but asked to remain anonymous. To reveal your political
beliefs is to reveal your passion, your heart and soul. The nature of
politics, these passions we hold, is conflict. Maybe, because so many
of us have an aversion to conflict in personal relations, wearing your
beliefs on your sleeve is asking for trouble. Mary Schwer, retired to
Franklin County since 1989, disagrees. She said voting is important,
but not the only commitment we should make as citizens. "If we don't
get out and speak and work for what we believe, there won't be a
country to work for," she said.
The logic behind each person's political decision is based on many
factors, such as age, sex, income, education, religion and family. For
example, Eastpoint resident Jennifer Millender said her family votes
as a bloc, discussing and deciding together who the group should
vote for. Other people with famous Franklin County names, Cream-
ers and Shivers, spoke of family voting. In an area with a small popu-
lation, a big family bloc of votes can be a powerful strategy. Of the
people interviewed who mentioned family voting, all are affiliated with
a church and said strong morals are most important to them. Lo-
cally, a candidate's lifetime of moral decisions are up for election, and
the fact that people tend to know the details of a life can cost a candi-
date votes. Some people thought personality was most important,
especially for local races. Ada Scott,. a 45-year resident of Eastpoint,
said knowing people and their personality is enough for her to make
a decision. Harrison "Bud" Jones, owner and operator of B&B Barbe-
cue in Apalachicola, also considers his personal knowledge of candi-
dates when he makes his decisions.
One young man of eighteen, an Eastpoint resident who asked that
his name not be used, had a chance to vote for the first time, but he
chose not to cast his' ballot. He said he believed there was "nobody
Worth voting for." He also said he did not have time to read newspa-
pers or watch television to get informed about issues. Another young
man of sixteen said that if he could vote he would vote for Perot,
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As America's younger, wealthier
retirees move longer distances to
find the good life, their new home-
towns should prepare for brew-
ing conflict among the elderly, a
Florida State University migration
study shows.
"Not only are affluent retiree com-
munities often at odds with in-
creased spending for other age
groups, but now there are signs
of economic segregation and con-
flict between 'younger' and 'older'
elderly citizens," said FSU eco-
nomics Professor William Serow,
director of the Center for the
Study of Population.
The policy implications are impor-
tant, Serow said, with the poten-
tial for enclaves of younger retir-
ees new to an area to lock horns
with older residents on "not-in-
my-backyard" grounds, as well as
"no-new-taxes" grounds.
"You might have, for example,
vocal retiree-migrants opposing
tax increases for senior health
clinics or publicly supported
longterm-care facilities in their

own community," he said.
Serow, author of more than 80
articles dealing with demographic
and socioeconomic aspects of
population aging and migration,
recently used U.S. Census data
to analyze elderly migration pat-
terns in the 1980s.
His findings, published in the
Journal of Aging and Social
Policy, show differences in migra-
tions across the country between
what he calls the "young-old,"
ages 55-64, and people 65 and
The oldest elderly tend to move
for support, such as to be near
family members, he said while the
"young-old" are more likely to
make "quality of life" moves.

Serow found that during the
1980s there appeared to be some
tendency for increased mobility
among the "young-old," especially
involving movement over longer
distances. Those elderly who
moved the farthest not only were
younger, but also the wealthiest
and best educated.
The relatively favorable economic
conditions of the '80s, particularly
reflected in the increase in hous-
ing prices, may have allowed some
of these people to cash in the eq-
uity on their home and move.
Whatever the reason, this perva-
sive lengthening of migration dis-
tance-such as from New York to
Florida-suggests an increase in
the type of amenity-seeking moves
made by the recently retired, Se-
row said.
"For the young-old," he said "you
could argue that these longer dis-
tance moves reflect less attach-
ment to their current residence
and a greater willingness to ex-
perience a different residential
environment"-one, perhaps,
where they can make their own
"If true, it might partially offset the
decline that's coming in the
growth rate of people 55 to 64
during the next 10 to 15 years;
and would be good news for those
communities trying to attract
comparatively affluent retirees as
part of their economic develop-
ment strategy."
Those cities should be prepared
to live with potential policy con-
sequences, however, such as in-
creased segregation among the
elderly, with wealth being the pri-
mary basis of segregation.

Unplugged ByVanOUR LIVES o
Unplugged By Vanessa A. Lemon

By Kris Halstrom

Note: The following articles
are part of a series of monthly
columns published in the
Franklin Chronicle, written by
the youth of Franklin County.
The writers are members of
the Franklin County Public
Library's WINGS program, in-
volved in a Florida Commis-
sion on Community Service
Learn and Serve environmen-
tal grant project known as
The purpose of the series is
to raise awareness in our
community abut the impor-
tance of listening to young
people's ideas, especially re-
garding issues of the environ-
Kris Halstrom, TEENSPEAK
UNPLUGGED Coordinator

In my neighborhood, we have lots
of kids. So we have to be very care-
ful about the way we drive and
the things we say as well as the
things we do as older people. We
never know who is watching us
and how our lives reflect on them.
The kids play on the playground
(where I live) just about everyday.
So we have to make sure that the
playground stays clean and that
there is no glass or any other kind
of materials that can hurt the
The place where I stay could be
more peaceful, if everyone cleaned
up after themselves and helped
the kids clean up after their
(Vanessa Lemon is in the 12th
grade at Apalachicola High School
and is a teen aide with the WINGS
program in Apalachicola.
Continued on page 8

I Phipps Family Joins

Resistance to RV Park

at Alligator Point

November 8, 1996
Alligator Point Taxpayers' Association, Inc:
Post Office Box 965
Panacea, Florida 32346
Dear Taxpayers:
I am deeply distressed to learn that there is a movement under way
to commercialize certain parts of Alligator Point for the purpose of
developing an RV park on the property.
As the old records of Franklin County should indicate, my father,
John H. Phipps, placed certain restrictions on the Alligator Point sub-
division and, in particular, Peninsula Point Unit 6, in most parts,
single family residences on these lots. According to the old records
the only lots originally left for commercial property in this unit were
48A, 49A and 50A.
In 1975, John H. Phipps gave The Nature Conservancy 40 acres on
Alligator Point to permanently preserve this property as a natural
habitat for certain seabirds.
It is the intent of the Phipps family or their designee to join the tax-
payers' association in resisting any attempt to change the restric-
tions originally placed on these lots by John H. Phipps.

John E. Phipps

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Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
670-4200 Eastpoint
Walk-ins Welcome

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Located behind
Fisherman's Choice off
Highway 98

Political trio Bruce Varnes, Clarence Williams and Lee McKnight
work the precinct at the Apalachicola firehouse.

Page 4 15 November 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday



Bid for





The Carrabelle City Commission
accepted a bid from Donald Lively
for $15,940 to re-roof the Frank-
lin County Public Library portion
of the Carrabelle Community Cen-
ter. The bid was selected over a
lower bid from Wayne's Roofing for
$9,700. The two bids, however,
proposed different means of re-
roofing the facility. While Wayne's
Roofing offered to apply a flat roof
to the facility, Lively proposed a
staggered roofing project.
Resident Frieda White complained
to board members of a negative
experience with Wayne's Roofing.
"He just put a roof on a house for
us on the river," said White, "and
it was such a poor job that it was
torn off the house...and removed
as garbage." She concluded, "I
wouldn't let him put a roof on my

Frieda White
Mr. Lively informed board mem-
bers that he would be able to start
the re-roofing project in approxi-
mately six weeks.
In other board business:
*The board agreed to waive the
water & sewer deposit fee for the
Yaupon Garden Club at their new
*Police Commissioner George
Jackson stated that the city had
received four applications for the
Neighborhood Watch Program. "I
would like to try to get more
people involved to where we could
have the community backing this
(neighborhood watch program).'
The last two meetings, we had a
roomful of people wanting this
type of thing. And now we only
have four applications," said
Mr. Jackson presented a list of
police activities for the month of
October. According to Jackson's
list, the Carrabelle Police Depart-
ment responded to the following
incidents: two burglaries (with
one arrest), six gas thefts, 14 dis-
turbances, six stolen property in-
cidents, one arrest for domestic
violence, three trespassing agree-
ments, one drug arrest, 18
Alarms, 11 vehicles which needed
to be unlocked, two bad checks,
:five responses for arrest warrants,
eight cases of assisting the
county, three calls answered for
the county, four criminal mischief
incidents (with one arrest), four
responses to accidents, seven
tickets, two cases of assisting the
E.M.S., four cases of assisting the
fire department, one response to
attempted breaking and entering,
'four individuals were picked up
:on warrant, two responses to
grand theft incidents (with one
arrest), five responses to prowl-
ers and two responses to arson.
*The board tabled the first read-
ing of a proposed ordinance to
grant the U.S. Cable Television
Group a 15-year non-exclusive
right to erect, maintain and op-
erate in the City Towers, Cables
and ancillary facility. In addition
to tabling the proposed ordinance,
the board also agreed to contact
the cable group to request a work-
shop. The board also agreed to
seek other options for alternate
cable providers.
No representative from the U.S.
Cable Group was in attendance
at the November 4 city meeting.
Mayor Charles Millender sug-
gested that the City of Carrabelle
send a letter to the cable group
urging that a representative at-
tend the next meeting. He said
that, if no one from the group was
in attendance at the next meet-
ing, the city commission shouldn't
renew their contract.
Commissioner James Phillips
said that, in a letter of correspon-
dence from the noted cable orga-
nization, the group submitted in-
accurate franchise fee figures.
"They said they were paying us
one percent," said Phillips, "but
they insisted in the workshop they
were paying us five percent." He
concluded, "I think they're just
trying to do a song and dance on
us to try to get the thing passed."
Phillips also complained that the
cable group would not provide
services to all residents in the City
of Carrabelle.
Resident Keith Mock told board
members that he wanted the city
to hold out for a cable group that
could offer residents ESPN II,

Nickelodeon and the Sunshine
Network. "I don't want to watch
these same channels for the next
15 years," noted Mock. "I think
it's time to quit begging," he con-
Resident Ken Bowman said that
he would like more channels that
televised Christian programs. "I
know it's available," said Bow-
man, "and there have been sur-
veys done requesting it." Mr. Bow-
man also complained that it took
the cable group six weeks to re-
move unwanted R-Rated movies
from blending into his cable view-
ing system.

was supposed to be 25 feet. "But
you've got a non-conforming
structure that was there way be-
fore the zoning was adopting,"
added Webster. He concluded, "I
think, in looking at this project,
you need to look at what would
happen if adjacent property own-
ers were doing the exact same
thing. If they're off the line one foot
and somebody comes in and
wants to be off the line one foot,
you're gonna have buildings two
feet apart. If I am a fireman, I can't
get through two feet."
Commissioner George Jackson
noted. "I'm for building, but I'm

also for protecting my neighbor."
He told Mr. Garlick that two feet
was not enough space between
the two buildings. He added, "I
had to setback 12 feet (filom my
Buildingg)" Jackson said that
firefighters should be allowed
enough room to get between
buildings in case of an emergency.



, .d ;

Bill Castoldi
*The board approved a conceptual
site plan presented by resident
Bill Castoldi to create additional
downtown parking for the City of
Carrabelle. Mr. Castoldi proposed
that Avenue A be designated as a
one-way street in order to create
space for parking. Mr. Castoldi
informed board members that, if
theplan was approved, 26 park-
ing spaces could be created.

Commissioner James Phillips
said that he approved of the plan's
concept. "But somewhere there
has got to be an engineer involved
to say whether it complies with
all the requirements of the state
and the county," noted Phillips.
Commissioner Buz Putnal con-
curred that more parking needed
to be made available. The board
also agreed to send the plan to
either the county engineer or a
state engineer for further review.
Two additional site plans pre-
sented by Mr. Castoldi were for-
warded by the board to the Down-
town Revitalization Program.
*The board approved a side set-
back of three feet for the River-
side Association, Inc. for recon-
struction of the Riverside Motel.
For the conceptual site plan of the
building, the board approved a 0
& 2 foot setback for both corners
of the western end of the building
from the right-of-way. For the
eastern end, the board approved
a setback of 7 feet for each cor-
ner of the building from the right-
Dan Garlick, who spoke on behalf
of the Riverside Association, Inc.,
worked with the board to arrive
at a mutually agreeable amount
of space for the side setback. "The
issue," asked Garlick, "is how
much room do you need between
the buildings to make it work?"
He said that the facility would
have one spot in which it was two
feet from the adjacent building.
"Let's not kid ourselves, I mean,
two feet or three feet," said
Garlick, "we're not dealing with a
lot of space."
Attorney William Webster in-
formed board members that, for
C-2 development projects, appro-
priate conditions and safeguards
could be imposed as a special ex-
ception. "It doesn't say that you
have to have a ten foot side set-
back or a one foot (setback),"
noted Webster. He also pointed
out that the setback from the road

Mr. Garlick said that the devel-
oper would agree to a three foot
setback from the property line. "I
can live with three feet," re-
sponded Jackson.
Resident James Lycett said that
the setback that the board ac-
cepted would create a precedent
for other developers. "If you allow
one to squeeze the edges," said
Lycett, "somebody else is gonna
want to squeeze the edges. In
South Florida, there are some
places you can drive by and not
even see the water because the
building are so close together."
Lycett pointed out that, when the
individuals bought their property,
they understood the setback
rules. "I think it's real important
to stick with the rules here, which
is a level playing field for every-
body," said Lycett. "What you do
now," he warned, "is gonna set the
tone for down the road."


ter the Carrabelle River Project.
*The board approved an ordi-
nance declaring a need for the
creation of a Community Redevel-
opment Agency to carry out the
duties enumerated in the Com-
munity Redevelopment Act
(Chapter 163, part III of Florida
Statutes) and providing an effec-
tive date.
*The board approved an ordi-
nance declaring the city commis-
sion of the City of Carrabelle as
the Community Redevelopment
Agency to carry out the purposes
of Chapter 163, part II of Florida
Statutes and providing for an ef-
fective date.
*The board approved an ordi-
nance establishing a redevelop-
ment trust fund for the Commu-
nity Redevelopment Agency for
the City of Carrabelle and provid-
ing for an effective date.
*The board approved an ordi-
nance adopting the Community
Redevelopment Plan for the City
of Carrabelle and providing for an
effective date.

Notes from the

November 5

Apalachicola City



*Commissioner James Elliott re-
quested that the board allow a few
residents to monitor the lighting
at the local tennis court. Commis-
sioner Elliott suggested that keys
be signed out to specific residents.
The residents, noted Elliott, could
open the power boxes and person-
allv monitor the tennis court's
lighting. Mayor Bobby Howell
noted that the lights should not
be on past 10:00 p.m. The board
agreed for Commissioner Elliott to
discuss the matter with prospec-
tlve key holders for the tennis
court and to report his findings
to the board at the next meeting.
"The board approved all items on
the November 4 Apalachicola
Planning and Zoning Commission
'The board was informed that a
vacant position with the Apalachi-
cola Police Department needed to
be filled. It was noted that Officer
Jerry Proctor had resigned.

James Lycett

*The board nominated Commis-
sioher Virginia Sanborn to seire
as; a -representative 'to, the"-
Apalachee Regional Planning"
CounciL for 1997. Commissioner
Buz Putnal was nominated to
serve as the board's alternate to
the noted council.
*The board approved a resolution
declaring a portion of downtown
Carrabelle as an area suitable for
redevelopment and finding the
need for rehabilitation, conserva-
tion and/or redevelopment of
such area and providing for an
effective date.
*The board voted 4-1 to purchase
a new tape recorder to be used by
the Carrabelle City Commission
and Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority. Mayor Millender, who
voted against the measure, in-
sisted that the port authority pay
half of the cost to purchase the
tape recorder.
*The board approved a resolution
authorizing the mayor or mayor
pre tem to apply for and adminis-

- Friday, November 29
Come enjoy the start of the holiday season in
^ Historic Downtown Apalachicola.

Riding aboard (le I-listoric Goverilnor Stone, Santa leads a festive boat plaradc
down the Apalarchicola River where lie will arrive at 6 p.m. at the riverfront
docks located a( Avenue E and Water SSteel.

(4iideal 3'1 f"hin
Join In A TraditionalTrcc 1 i..'.(,.Ccrc molY
Fcatu'ring Clristmas Carolers and Free Gilt Bugs Ibr Kids!
(Following Santa's Arrival Water Street & Avenue iE)

Candeeidftt Waxd
Come stroll the festivally decorated avenues tuad storefronts as downtown mercliauts
stay open till 9 p.m. displaying their unique and inuginative Clristmas Gilt idlcas.
There'll be doorprizes and giveaways in many stores.
There will also be a Philaco Charity Art Show at 117 Market Street
(Most mnrchanlts open 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.)



EAST 98'


City Planning
and Zoning

The following items were approved
by the Apalachicola Planning and
Zoning Commission on November
*The board approved a request for
a building permit for Dan Davis
to replace an existing tin awning
and install support posts to the
sidewalk for the Old Cook Insur-
ance building on 23 Avenue D.
*The board approved a request for
a building permit for Wallace Hill
to install vinyl siding to the old
Porter Home on 159 Avenue C.
*The board approved a request for
a building permit for Dan
Garlick/Charles Chapin to re-
move 18' of the existing.seawall
and install a boat ramp at the
Benign Boat Works Site. The
board also agreed to allow
Garlick to remove the pilings and

existing dock from the noted site,
contingent upon local, state and
federal approval.
*The board approved a request for
a building permit for Dan Garlick
to renovate the second floor of
an existing garage into a apart-
ment on the old -Hayes house
(Lots 3.4.&5; Block 1).
*The board approved a request for
a building permit for Hillary
Brigham to construct a small
building to house two hotel units
on 145 Avenue E (Lots 8.9 &10;
Block 77).
*The board approved a request for
a building permit for Jimmy
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The Franklin Chronicle 15 November 1996 Page 5

City Meets

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The Carrabelle City Commission
met with representatives of the
Franklin County Public Library
for a November 12 workshop to
negotiate the terms of a previous
lease agreement between the City
of Carrabelle and the Franklin
County Public Library with re-
spect to the Carrabelle library
Those individuals attending the
November 12 meeting on behalf
of the Franklin County Public Li-
brary included Jackie Gay (Li-
brary Director's Assistant for the
Franklin County Public Library),
Cliff Butler (President of the
Friends of the Franklin County
Public Library) and Denise But-
ler (Chairperson of the Franklin
County Public Library Advisory
Commissioner James Phillips
stated that the board's attorney,
William Webster, had provided a
list of items concerning the lease
that needed to be negotiated.
Those items included: Determin-
ing a contract renewal period,
determining a monthly lease
amount payment, determining
the city's responsibility in concern
to maintenance of the library
Commissioner Putnal said that he
was uncomfortable with a section
in the lease that "guaranteed" that

the Franklin County Public Li-
brary would have an option to re-
new its' lease with the City of
Carrabelle each year. "Certainly,
I'would hope that would be the
case," said Putnal, "but to say that
we'll guarantee it..."
.Mayor Charles Millender com-
mented, "you can't even guaran-
tee that any of us will be sitting
here next year."
Mr. Butler said that library rep-
resentatives would be open to
suggestions in concern to re-
wording the section of the lease
that concerned Commissioner
Putnal complained that the lease
did not seem fair to the City of
Carrabelle. "This lease is so
slanted until the city actually
gives up all of their rights," said
Putnal. He continued, "When you
look at it, we give up all the rights
and you get all the rights."
Commissioner Phillips said that,
while the library had an option to
break the lease during the year,
the City of Carrabelle did not have
such an option. He said that, for
the library to break their lease
agreement with the city, they
could simply fail to make a
monthly rental payment. "Y'all
want lots of guarantees and so do
we," said Phillips.
Ms. Gay informed board members
that the library had contributed
over $10,000 for improvements to
the Carrabelle Library buildings.
"$10,000 to the library is a for-
tune to put it mildly," explained
Ms. Gay said that the library com-
pletely re-wired the Carrabelle
building. She also noted that a gas
heater as well as an air condi-
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facility. In 'addition, Gay stated
that all of the broken windows
had been replaced, and an 'emer-
gency exit door and. a handicap
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Jackie Gay
what we've done just on faith,"
said Gay. She also pointed out
that, according to the lease, all im-
provement to the library would
have to remain in the facility. "We
took something that no one really
wanted and made something
quite attractive out of it," said
Commissioner Phillips pointed
out that the City of Carrabelle had
just agreed to allocate over
$16,000 to re-roof the library
building. Putnal noted, "none of
us are going to say that we don't
want the library here. I hope that
it's still here in 50 years." The
board generally agreed that an
optional one year contract re-
newal period would be appropri-
The board agreed that, for the
present fiscal year, the monthly
rental amount on the building
would remain at $75 per month.
However, it was generally agreed
that the rental amount would in-
crease in the next fiscal year.
"I think that the library has done
an excellent job," noted Commis-
sioner George Jackson. He said
that he had no problem with the
present rental amount charged by
the City of Carrabelle. "We know
what we've got," said Jackson,
"and they know what they've got."
He felt that the 'present rental
amount, however, may have to be
re-negotiated in the future.
Ms. Butler said that, if the rental
amount was changed, the library
needed to be informed of that de-
termined amount by April. Com-
missioner Phillips told library rep-
resentatives that they should be
responsible for contacting the
Carrabelle City Commission at
that time to negotiate a mutually
agreeable rental amount. "That
burden should be on you," saidT
Phillips. "If you know that your

budget is coming due in July and
that we may not accept the $75
lease," he said, "then maybe you
should come ask us what we
would accept."
Phillips concluded, "I don't have
a problem with $75 (per month),
but then again I do have a prob-
lem if they (the library) also want
us to maintain the building, main-
tain the plumbing and maintain
the outside and do everything
that's necessary for $75."
Putnal noted, "we're not in a
money making situation, but
somewhere along the line...we've
got to look out after the city's in-
Ms. Gay pointed out that one of
the city's interests was the local
youth population. "The library
helps tdeducate the children and
works with the teenagers, which
you guys have spent so much time
agonizing over." She also informed
the board that over 1,400 resi-
dents were card carrying library
members of the Carrabelle branch
alone. "I have 1,400 names of
people who think that the library
is darn important to the commu-
nity," said Gay, "and I happen to
agree with them."
Putnal responded, "I agree too. I'm
one of those people who have a
(library) card."
The board generally agreed that
the city would accept virtually no
responsibility for maintaining the
library building. The city commis-
sion did agreed to go forward with
the re-roofing project. The board
also agreed that it would allow city
employee Keith Mock to unclog
the sewer system on an occasional

Ms. Gay noted that the library
rarely asked for any assistance to
maintain the facility. "We've been.
good faith tenants," noted Gay.
She continued, "We've fixed win-
dows. We've done everything we
Could do for the building without
asking for a dime."
Commissioner Phillips r sponded
that the City of Carrabelle had
been "good faith" landlords.
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Commissioners James Phillips (L) and Buz Putnal (R) conduct
workshop before a near empty audience.

The Carrabelle City Commission
met for a November 12 workshop
to continue discussions of a pro-
posed Neighborhood Watch Pro-
gram. The board had agreed to
review the possibility of creating
such a program after residents at
the regular October board meet-
ing complained that the rate of
crime in Carrabelle was out of
control. However, those same resi-
dents who were outraged over lo-
cal crime rates for the month'of
October failed to attend the No-
vember 12 workshop.
"The public outcry seems to have
diminished quite a bit," com-
mented Commissioner James
Phillips. He mused, "do you think
it's because we told them not to
take their clubs and guns on the
community watch?"
Commissioner" George Jackson
offered, "it only seems they get
involved when one particular
thing happens." Commissioner
Jackson pointed out that only
four applications for the Neigh-
borhood Watch Program had been
submitted to the City of
Those individuals attending the
workshop included resident Nita
Molsbee and County Judge Van
Russell. Judge Russell informed
board members that, in regard to
juvenile crime, he had.no juris-
diction over juvenile cases. "In
county court," noted Russell, "we
don't normally have jurisdiction
over juveniles except in traffic
Judge Russell informed board
members that, over the past
twenty years, the legislature lim-
ited the discretion that a judge
had over placing a juvenile in de-
tention. "If that's something you
feel that you need to change,"
advised Russell, "you probably

ought to talk to your league of cit-
ies and address it with the legis-
lature." He noted, "there's an old
saying that 'we're a nation of
laws...and not of men.' And basi-
cally what that means is that the
judge can't do just whatever the
judge wants to do. He has to fol-
low that law the way it's set out
in that book."
Russell told commissioners that
the amount of crimes committed
and the severity of the crime were
used to determine the type of pun-
ishment that could be levied upon
such a defendant. '"The more se-
rious the offense, the higher the
number he's assigned for that of-
fense," said Russell. He contin-
ued, "the more of those he has,
the higher his score is gonna' be
until he hits the magic number
where he qualifies for detention."
Resident Nita Molsbee, co-owner
of the Wellsprings Home Health
Care, said that residents needed
to stand up to the parents on ju-
venile crime issues. She com-
plained, "it's pitiful to set a meet-
ing and nobody wants to come."
Commissioner Phillips concurred,
"they want something done, but
they want somebody else to do it."
Board members mused over the
possibility of creating a curfew.
Judge Russell noted, "you can,
under certain circumstances, do
curfews. But curfews have to meet
certain legal tests before they're
valid." He advised board members
to have their attorney review the
matter. "And thing I would do is
talk to these other cities," contin-
ued Russell, "no reason to re-in-
vent the wheel...find out what
other cities are doing to solve that
problem." Judge Russell also sug-
gested that the board invite the
assistant state attorney to the
next meeting.

Drama Club Hosts Haunted

Hay Ride

'" .'

All Aboard on the Haunted Hay The Carrabelle High School
Ride Express! Drama Club thanked Mr. Joe
Butler for allowing the club to use
his field for the hay ride. The
The Carrabelle High School drama club also thanked the
Drama Club hosted a Haunted Carrabelle Branch of the Frank-
Hay Ride event on October 31 and lin County Public Library for pro-
November 1 in observation of Hal- viding electricity to the club for
loween. The drama club raised its' games. All proceeds from the
approximately $100 from the two Haunted Hay Ride will be allo-
day event. cated to the Carrabelle High
School Drama Club for future
Carrabelle High School instructor performances.

David Myers operated a small
tractor for the hay ride. Several
games were also conducted by
drama club members during the
two day event. Some of those
games included apple bobbing, a
dart tossing game and several dif-
ferent types of ball tossing games.
Drama club members Jason
Altman and Valerie Hampton
planned the event. Other student
volunteers included Jason Rudd,
Marsha Bishop, Eric Register,
John Cline and Christopher Rose.
Carrabelle High School Drama
Club Instructor Melanie Humble
provided refreshments for the
event. Fellow instructor Pam
Schaffer also helped with refresh-
ments. Allyn & Jean Jasper as-
sisted by selling tickets to the hay
ride and the games. Ms. Laurel
Cline provided artwork and other
decorations for the event. Jully
Hampton and Marie Register pro-
vided general oversight and assis-
tande for the event. Members from
the Carrabelle High School
Booster Club also provided assis-
tance to the event.

A justly rewarded apple bobbing
Photos taken by Sally Baker
and Jully Hampton.

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Page 6 15 November 1996 The Franklin Chronicle
After the Election, from page 3 f

., Let's stop cheating
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Cathy Creamer participates in petition drive in conjunction with O(
the Franklin County Teachers' union.
because Perot has enough money so he wouldn't need to spend ours. Pri
When asked where he gets his political information, he replied, "TV ore
news, whenever the TV remote accidentally passes by." ing

Teaching the virtues of citizenship to children was mentioned by sev-
eral people as a way fight apathy. Bud Jones and his wife, Bonnie,
talked about teaching their children at home. Bud said that while
watching television he uses issues that arise as opportunities for dis-
cussion with his daughter Co'Lela, 12, and son Delonte, 18. When
she turned eighteen, Bonnie said her aunt brought her to be.regis-




termed to vote and gave heTY explicit instructions to vote Democrat."
" This year she continued the tradition, she said, by encouraging her
son to register to vote. Bonnie also talked of howv important she thought
- it was for black people to vote.
-'-There was someone, Martin Luther King, who worked so hard to
. allow us to vote. You're the only one who can put down what you
" tered to vote and gave her explicit instructions to "vote Democrat."

wanThis year she contied, the tradition, she said b encouraging her
t: son to register to vote. Bonnie also talked of how important she thought
it was for black people to vote.
,'There was someone, Martin Luther King, who worked so hard to
allow us to vote. You're the only one who can put down what you
want and be counted," she said.
Another voter, Bob Hudacek of Apalachicola, said that politics was
not emphasized in his house growing up, but it was something he
grew into as an adult. He also noted that the use of mock elections as
a grade-school teaching tool was "great." Casey Creamer, 17, of
Eastpoint, spent election day outside the Eastpoint firehouse, help-
ing collect a list of voters who needed a ride to the polls. She said that
Politics is taught in her home and that her family votes as a group.
Erin Butler, 17, and other students at Apalachicola High School were
given permission by their teacher to spend part of election day get-
ting signatures on an educational-funding petition. May Schwer grew
up in a politically charged household because her uncle was an
assemblyman in Wisconsin. She spent part of her adult life as chair
of her county's Republican Women's group, raising money for
Once a person has decided that voting is worth their time and effort,
the question becomes how to vote. In Franklin County, where a Demo-
cratis many times defined as a person who wants to be able to vote in
the primaries, a few voters spoke of a change towards the label "inde-
pendent." Billy Varnes's family has a history of political involvement
in Franklin County; his father, Cecil Varnes, was a county commis-
sioner and a Democrat. Mr. Varnes, though, said he voted for Perot,
was "unhappy with the candidates," and did not feel an allegiance to
one party. Jennifer Norman, 23, and Eastpoint resident, said that as
she became older she changed both her religious and political affilia-
Stions. Mary Schwer also recalled a time when she broke from her
family's traditions as a younger woman to vote for Kennedy for presi-
dent "because he's so handsome." Her dad cursed, she said, when
, she explained her rationale.
SSometimes single issues are enough to drive a vote. Lloyd Cline, an
- independent, registered Democrat who votes Republican is a World
War II veteran who said he would never vote-for Clinton, "Only in
America," he said, "could a draft dodger be Commander-in-chief of
the armed forces." Jennifer Millender said, "Morals is the number
one way I vote." Wesley Branch, 18, said the threat of cuts to social
security, medicare and medicaid were enough to make him vote against
Bob Dole. He said his grandmother relies on those benefits.
Most people interviewed said they get their information from televi-
sion and newspapers. Regarding local elections, word of mouth was
said to be the best way to receive information on candidates. Histori-
cally, churches have been powerful in mobilizing political action. This
year, Senator Allen Boyd spent time at The Love Center in Apalachi-
cola trying to win votes. Mary Schwer said she used to attend lec-
tures literally to get a closer look at a candidate.
To be an informed voter is seen by many as difficult. To make it to the
polls has become impossible for many registered voters. After spend-
ing all of election day holding up a sign and waving to approaching
cars, hoping to win some last minute votes for her sheriffs candidate,
perhaps Jessica Norman said it best: "I'll be glad when it's over."

Franklin County

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With Christmas just around the corer, it is time to think about sharing
with the less fortunate.
Gulf State Bank and Apalachicola State Bank will once again have
Little Stars for you to pick from. Also, we have an account at each
bank if you would rather make a donation.
You may make a donation for the "Toys for Tots" or for food. Please
mark your check accordingly.
Also, all gifts must be turned in by December 14th so that we may be
able to get them out to the distribution points and set up to be given
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Kendrick said that the whole in-
cident needed to be talked over at
a staff meeting. "We need to learn
from this. We need to deal with
the kids on this because a lot of
those little kids were hurt by the
fact that a dead cat showed up at
the school. Those kids are sup-
posed to be protected from that
kind of stuff at school."
School Principal Wooten stated in
an interview on Wednesday, No-
vember 13, that he has tried to
investigate the incident and has
talked to all of the teachers,
coaches and students. He said
that his investigation has led no-
where. He said that he did not
anticipate any further action be-
ing taken in an effort to find the
culprit. He said he did not per-,
sonally see anything, as. he was
not.inside the room when the box
was opened at the end of the rally.
Wooten said that he was busy
ushering the younger children to
the bus which was five minutes
early. He felt that only a few stu-
dents had actually had any close
view of the dead animal and that
most of the younger children had
not been aware of what was hap-
Wooten added, "We know from
now on to check in boxes that are
left in front of the gym. In the past,
someone has done that [leaving a
box] and it has been dead flow-
ers. No-one thought that anyone
would do something like that, and
we did not look before it was
opened." Wooten continued, "I
don't approve of it. I didn't ap-
prove of it then-I don't approve
of it now." He felt he that had done
everything he could at the present
time. Wooten said that he had not
yet assembled the students to talk
to them about the incident.
School Superintendent C. T. Pon-
der said that he had little knowl-
edge of the incident except what
he had been told. He referred in-
quiries to Mr. Wooten who he had
asked to look into the problem.
Ponder felt it was meant tp be a
prank, but said that it wag espe-
cially a problem because the el-
ementary children were involved.
Kendrick said that he would like
to institute talks between the
teachers and students on kind-
ness to animals. He would like to
see more sensitivity training in-
stituted into the programs. He
also said that he and in-coming
School Superintendent Brenda
Galloway have already had sev-
eral conversations concerning the
Franklin County Humane Society
president Phyllis Fullmer said,
"We would like to help make this
happening into something posi-
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agenda of our next meeting and
will be talking about plans to
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schools at our next meeting at
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Yaupon Garden Club

Celebrates Grand Opening


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Dorothy Jones (L) with Jim Welsh (R) at Grand Opening
The Yaupon Garden Club celebrated the grand opening of its new
building on Avenue F across from the Franklin County Senior Citizen's
Center in Carrabelle on November 6.
Yaupon Garden Club President Jim Welsh welcomed residents to the
ceremony. He instructed audience members that the garden club was
founded in 1938. Mr. Welsh noted that the organization had served
its community well throughout the years.
Mr. Welsh then honored garden club member Dorothy Jones with a
plaque dedicating the new building to past member Eugene Jones.
Welsh also acknowledged supporters Leon Bloodworth and Ken Fish.
The Yaupon Garden Club's current board consists of President Jim
Welsh, Vice President Ann Garriss, Second Vice President Mary
McSweeny, Secretary Helen Schmidt, Treasurer Dorothy Jones and
Parliamentarian Evelyn Bergen.

By Rene Topping
Marian Millender was selected as
artist of the month by her fellow
artists in the Carrabelle Artists
Association, Her work will be
hung at the Carrabelle Branch of
the Apalachicola Bank for the
entire month of October.
One of the paintings selected by
the artist for display is a slashing
portrayal of a small shrimp boat
battling against the towering
waves of a sudden storm in the
Gulf. The small boat is struggling
to bring itself and the crew home.
Ms. Millender said that she
painted this after being a part of
the crew and many a local
shrimper will find this picture very
real. Her slashing rendition of her
memory throbs with the terror
that comes when a sailor realizes
just how small the boat is in those
towering waves. "You have to have
experienced a storm at sea to be
able to paint it," Ms. Millender
She feels that her work has
evolved from very impressionistic
to a gentler type of picture as the
years have passed. Even the col-
ors have become more gentle as
she portrays views of a quieter sea
gently kissing the shore, or a deer
poised before a small pond in the
woods. Still she says that as the
spirit moves her she may well re-
turn to revisit that younger


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By Shannon Stone
On Thursday, October 24, I went
with A group of young people from
the Carrabelle WINGS program to
Pat's Garden Corner in Eastpoint.
We talked with Jim Joyner about
planting herbs, and organic gar-
dening and growing. While at Pat's
Garden Corner,- we visited two
greenhouses, saw a "rubber" tree,
which had grown around a golf
ball, and looked at a great variety
of plants and trees.
Each person in the group brought
back a plant. Among the herbs we
took home were oregano, basil,
chives, sage, parsley and sweet
marjoram. Mr. Joyner topped off
each plant with a special fertilizer
he called, "blue stuff." Some
people took their plant home and
some are in front of the Carrabelle
library. Plants don't interest
me, but Mr. Joyner made it
(Shannon Stone is an 1 lth-grader
at Carrabelle High School and is
a teen aide with the WINGS pro-
gram in Carrabelle.)

Ms. Millender said "I paint all the
time: only sometimes it is only in
my mind. I never went out for
profit from my paintings. I still
prefer to paint scenes from where
1 am. Still, I paint a feeling. If I
paint the trees purple that is
ine. If a person wants a perfect
image then, they should take a
Marian wishes that our school
system had the funding to employ
an art teacher. "Sometimes it is
hard for our children to find ways
to express themselves. Drawing
and painting would give them a
good outlet."
Ms. Millender said that she gained
a great deal in her work from her
studies with Hazel Hutchinson.
She said the best piece of advice
Ms. Hutchinson gave her was "Al-
ways do it for yourself first." Ms.
Millender added, "Every one of my
paintings have a little bit of me in
them-some more than others."
She pointed to the half finished
oil painting of two seafood houses
rising out of a foggy morning that
was a work in progress on her
easel. 'That has a lot of me in it,"
she said.

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J.J. Joyner of Pat's Garden Cor-
ner welcomed approximately ten
students from the WINGS Pro-
gram to his Eastpoint business on'
November 7.
Mr. Joyner explained the differ-
ent types of soil, fertilizer and
plafrts to the children. He stressed
the importance of properly water-
ing each plant. "The most impor-
tant person in a nursery," said
Joyner, "is someone who can wa-
ter a plant."
Each of the students received pot-
ted plants containing such items
as sage, parsley, garlic and
oregano from Mr. Joyner. Joyner
instructed the students on proper

watering techniques. "If you put
your pinky in the plant's soil and
it's moist," noted Joyner, "then
you don't need to water it." The
students ended their visit to Pat's
Garden Corner with a tour of the
facility's greenhouse.
Mr. Joyner has operated his
Eastpoint business for 17 years.
He said that he conducts many
workshops to instruct young
minds on the art of plant mainte-
nance. Joyner previously taught
a class in botany at the univer-
sity level. For Mr. Joyner, the chal-
lenge of growing plant life has
been one of the most satisfying
aspects of his job.

Franklin County Among 10

Florida Areas Designated

as State Enterprise Zones

Governor Lawton Chiles and Lt. Governor Buddy McKay announced
on October 18, 1996, the designation of 10 Florida areas as state
enterprise zones, including Franklin, Wakulla, and Gulf counties.
The designation will help promote economic development in the ar-
eas that have been adversely impacted by the constitutional ban on
certain fishing nets as well as redesignating an area in the Collier
county community of Immokalee as an enterprise zone.
The 10 new zones will become effective on January 1, 1997. Busi-
nesses located within these areas are eligible for financial incentives
in the form of tax credits, sales tax refunds and sales tax exemptions.
These incentives are available when new and existing businesses in
the designated areas provide jobs for qualifying residents, purchase
business equipment and building materials, or make other capital
Florida's Enterprise Zone Program was established in 1980 as one of
the nation's first tax-incentive programs designed to attract businesses
to needy areas of the state. The Enterprise Zone Program is designed
to raise the overall quality of life and bring jobs to areas targeted for
economic revitalization. There are currently 19 enterprise zones lo-
cated throughout Florida.
Enterprise Zone Development Agency Contacts are as follows:


Artist of the

Month of


Betty Roberts of Lanark Village,
was chosen as the artist of the
month for November by her fel-
low artists of the Carrabelle Art-
ists Association. Her work will be
on display in the lobby of the
Carrabelle Branch of the
Apalachicola Bank for the entire
Betty says that art has always
been an important part of her life.
In fact, she says that even Santa
Claus recognized her talent. When
she was 10 years old, he brought
her an easel and a paint set in-
stead of the usual doll.
When Betty attended the univer-
sity she really wanted to become
a career artist, but wound up tak-
ing education as her major with
art as her minor. In those years
teachers were more in demand
than artists. It was not surpris-
ing that when Betty became a
teacher she insisted that her
classes be exposed to art lessons
every Friday morning. "It seemed
that the children looked forward
to these classes as much as their
teacher," she said.
Betty went on to further her art
with classes at 'The Clearing," a
prestigious school in Door
County, Wisconsin. Here she
studied under such famous art-
ists as Phil Austen, Wynn Jones
and Pat Norton. "It was at The
Clearing' I sold my first painting,"
Betty said. Someone had picked
a bunch of weeds which fasci-
nated me and I tried to put them
on paper. A farmer came to watch
us painting and he wanted to buy
my weed picture. He said it re-
minded him of the weeds that
grew near his barn." Betty wanted
to give him the painting but she.
said he sent her a big package of
some choice Wisconsin cheese. "I
later saw my painting hanging
next to a copy of the Mona Lisa in
the farmer's parlor.
She said that after she and Allan
retired, she first devoted herself
to painting pictures of her friends'
homes after they admired the one
she did of her own. Betty added,
'The painting of mine was quite
complete right down to cats in the
windows. I must have 30 or so of
those house paintings hanging all
over the place."
The artist's voice came through
clearly when Betty said, "I truly
believe that this part of'Florida is
an artist's paradise. I guess I
could do more painting, except I
am so involved in other activities."
Betty is an active member of the
Franklin County Humane Society,
Carrabelle Artists Association,
Yaupon Garden Club, is an active
member and tutor in the Frank-
lin County Adult Reading Program
and has just retired from the
Franklin County Library Board.
She is also active in'the Lanark
Village Association and Lanark
Boat Club.
Betty took first prize for a paint-
ing she entered at the 1996 North
Florida Fair in the latter part of
October. She is married to Allan
Roberts, who works at her side in
many of her activities.

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The Franklin Chronicle 15 November 1996 Page 9

A Day in the Park


Veterans Day, from page I
said Rice. He continued, "anyone in-laws serve
who went on a mission and said ing World W
he wasn't scared...there's some- ence memb,
thing wrong with them." Mr. Rice World Wari
noted, "we were real glad when the wasn't very
guns stopped shooting." He closed in the war. I
. by encouraging fellow residents to although I w
Some meet with him over a cup of Crusoe info
coffee.'The coffee will be instant," bers that hi
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Anabelle Dabney, senior member of the Sea Oats Garden Club, re-
laxes in front of the Freedom Fountain on October 30 in Veteran's
park. Jo Woods, President of the Sea Oats Garden Club, praised Ms.
Dabney for her efforts in caring for the ferns in front of the Carrabelle
City Hall. She praised Ms. Dabney for her commitment to the garden
club. "We are very proud to have her as an active member of the Sea
Oats Garden Club."

Nursing Home, from page 1

tional rating means that a facility tailed to meet, or correct upon
follow-up: minimum licensure standards at the time of the state's
annual survey. The Guide update will be published every 60 days,
distributed to consumers through the Agency's local Health Quality
Assurance Offices and displayed on the Internet in January.
Cobk suggests that a conditional rating should prompt consumer
questions. Ratings are an indicator of quality at a point in time, and
the Agency immediately takes action against facilities when there is a
threat to resident health or safety. Cook further urges nursing home
residents and their families with any quality of care concern to imme-
diately consult with their nursing home administrator, ask questions
and seek assistance from the Agency or one of the many other advo-
cacy agencies for elders.
The Agency inspects each of the state's nursing homes at least annu-
ally for compliance with federal and state regulations. The Agency
also investigates consumer complaints against nursing homes.
In July 1995, the nursing home survey was refocused to a more resi-
dent, outcome-oriented assessment of care. The survey process in-
cludes a facility tour; assessments of resident well-being, medical
treatment, activities and protection of resident rights, interviews with
residents, families, staff, visitors and volunteers; and a review of
sample medical records, policies and procedures.
With the completion of a survey, a Statement of Deficiencies is is-
sued. The first priority is to seek corrective action. Within 10 days,
the facility is required to submit a written Plan of Correction. The
Agency approves the Plan of Correction and conducts follow-up visits
to monitor the facility's progress. Given the complexity of the survey
process, it is common -- almost expected -- for some minor deficien-
cies to be cited even at the highest quality facility. The most severe
violations -defined as "substandard quality of care" -- lead to
Agency-administered fines, restrictions on patient admissions, change
of ownership or management, and in some cases closure.
Florida developed one of the country's first nursing home rating sys-
tems. Recently, the Agency, the industry, consumer advocacy groups,
health professionals and university staff revised the system, further
orienting it as an indicator. of quality and performance. A
superior-rated facility exceeds minimum licensure standards at the
time of inspection; a standard-rated facility meets the minimum stan-
dards; and a conditional rating indicates that the facility has failed to
meet, or correct upon follow- up, licensure standards.
The Agency for Health Care Administration is working with the De-
partment of Elder Affairs, Department of Children and Families, the
local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Councils, the industry and con-
sumer advocacy groups to first attempt to correct deficiencies and
ensure residents the quality of care they deserve. When facilities do
not correct the deficiencies or there is an immediate threat to patient
safety, the Agency must take stronger actions:
In 1995 and thus far in 1996, the Agency has imposed 27 moratori-
ums -- a restriction on new admissions -- and closed Snapper Creek
in Miami, Monticello Manor in Ft. Lauderdale and Riverside in Tampa.
Also for the first time, in 1995, the Agency placed four nursing homes
into receivership or stipulated new management -- strategies designed
to ensure immediate quality improvement. Federal civil monetary
penalties -- up to $7,500 per daily -- may be levied when deficiencies
are not corrected at the time of a follow-up visit. Since July 1995 to
date, the Agency has recommended an estimated $2.5 million in fed-
eral fines.
Nursing homes offer comprehensive 24-hour skilled nursing care.
Seeking to control health care costs, Florida has implemented one of
the most effective nursing home placement pre-screening programs
in the country -- seeking home- and community-based care options
-- and limited facility development and expansion. Florida maintains
one of the lowest numbers of nursing home beds per capital in the
country and an average nursing home occupancy rate of 91 percent.
More than 60 percent of the state's nursing home bed days are Med-
icaid funded.
Working to provide access to affordable, quality health care for all
Floridians, the Agency licenses and regulates more than 17,500 health
care facilities and nearly 500,000 health care practitioners statewide;
administers Florida's $6.7 Medicaid program; oversees the Commu-
nity Health Purchasing Alliances; and publishes health care data and
The following North Florida nursing homes have been given condi-
tional ratings by the Agency for Health Care Administration. A facility
that receives a "conditional rating" has failed to meet minimum stan-
dards or has failed to correct deficient practices or hazardous condi-
tions. The facilities listed in the GUIDE TO NURSING HOMES will be
updated by the Agency for Health Care Administration every two

S Facility Name/Address

Sam Rice
Nita Molsbee told audience mem-
bers about her 20 year old
brother, Cliff Millender, who lost
his life in Vietnam. She said that,
Following her brother's death, she
was unable to view movies about
war nor say the Pledge of Alle-
giance. However, she said that the
service of her brother has come
to be source of pride within her
life "Cliff died so that we could
be free," said Molsbee.
Muriel Crusoe said that she had
five brothers and three brother-

erans Day means a lot to me," she
Towards the end of the ceremony,
approximately 10 veterans came
forward and informed audience
members of their branch of mili-
tary service and tour of duty.
Hot dogs and beverages were
served at the ceremony's conclu-
sion. The Sea Oats Garden Club
assisted in serving the food.

Veterans gather to provide brief testimonials.
Veterans gather to provide brief testimonials.

Mary Lou Bowman (R) sings as
Martha Kersey (L) plays piano at
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iReason for Rating/Deficiencies

Alachua Nursing and Rehab Ctr. Number of Beds: 120 Beds Neglect; stolen property, no
1000 SW 16th Avenue 0 Gainesville License expires: 12/31/96 investigation; uncorrected
county: Alachua Owner: American Medical Associates, Inc. deficiencies.
Bay St. George Care Ctr. Number of Beds: 90 Bed Cleanliness; lack of staffing; no plan
198 West Hwy. 98 0 Eastpoint License Expires: 6/30/97 of care for residents; and
County: Franklin owner: senior care Properties Corp. uncorrected deficiencies.
Eastbrooke Health Care ctr. Number of Beds: 120 Beds Transferred residents without
1445 Howell Avenue Brooksvllle License expires: 7/31/97 family notification; uncorrected
county: Hernando Owners: Beverly Gulf Coast Fla. Inc. deficiencies.
Leesburg Nursing Ctr. Number of Beds: 120 Beds No care assessment plan for some
715 E. Dixie Avenue 0 Leesburg License expires: 7/31/97 residents.
County: Lake Owners: Diversacare Leasing Corp.
Mount Dora Health Care Ctr. Number of Beds: 116 Beds Medication errors; uncorrected
3050 Brown Avenue Mt. Dora License expires: 8/31/97 deficiencies.
County: Lake Owner: Beverly Health & Rehab Services
Oaks Residential and Rehab Ctr. Number of Beds: 179 Beds Insufficient staffing; medication
3250 SW 41st Place Gainesville License expires: 2/28/97 errors; facility unclean; transferred
county: Alachua Owners: Unicare Corp. residents without family
notification; uncorrected

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received a painting by Peggy Lauver entitled "Stormy" as her raffle
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Parent Continues, from page 1
as I know, the principal has been
trying to operate under that Code
of Conduct." He told Lichardello
that he had personally tried to
resolve the situation with him.
"We are turning out a society right
now that thinks they can steal,
cheat, shoot and do anything they
want to," said Lichardello. He con-
tinued, "and nobody has the guts
to stand up and say, 'enough is
enough. Let's stop it.' And let me
tell you, I'm gonna stop it. One
vote, one voice will change it."
In other board business:
*Chapman Elementary School in-
structor Elinor Mount-Simmons
informed board members that
over 2,400 signatures were ob-
tained at various county precincts
on November 5 by members of the
Franklin County Teachers Asso-
ciation (FCTA) for a petition to
seek more state operating funds
for school districts throughout the
State of Florida. She said that the
FCTA's goal was to receive at least
1,000 signatures. The petition
seeks endorsement for a consti-
tutional amendment initiative
known as Reclaim Education's
Share to be on the state's ballot
in 1998. The initiative would raise
the public education's share of the
state's operating budget from 34%
to 40%. If the initiative was pres-
ently approved, the Franklin
County School District could have
received $774,000.
Chairperson -Will Kendrick
complimented the conduct of
those .participating in the local
petition drive. "It was a good at-
mosphere... and encouraged
people to talk.openly," said
Kendrick. He concluded, "I appre-
ciate y'all not twisting people's
At the request of Ms. Mount-
Simmons, the board agreed to
sign a resolution to become an
active participant in the Coalition
to Reclaim Education's Share.
*The board approved a Letter of
Agreement for Instructional Tech-
nology Training Initiative for
1996-97. The agreement will be
between the Franklin County
School Board and the Washing-
ton County School Board/Pan-
handle Area Educational Consor-
tium (PAEC).


Warns of Fund


Retiring School Superintendent
CT Ponder informed members of
the Franklin County School Board
that the district would losing an
estimated $385,000 in revenue
due to a decrease in expected Full
Time Equivalency (FTE) funds.
Mr. Ponder's announce came
during his final school board
meeting as superintendent on
November 7.
Board members reacted to
Ponder's announcement with
both surprise and concern. Board
member Willie Speed asked; "How
can we make that money up with-
out cutting personnel?" Speed
pointed out that school person-
nel accounted for approximately
83 percent of the district's bud-
get. He continued, "I wish the
board had known we were under
that kind of shortfall."
Chairperson Will Kendrick stated
that the FTE figures arrived dur-
ing the second week of Septem-
ber. He questioned, "why is it that
we didn't know until the second
week of November?" Kendrick
commented, "these kids didn't
disappear overnight."
The Franklin County School Dis-
trict receives a particular amount
of federal funding per student
under the FTE program. Some
students generate more FTE
funds than others. For instance,
the school district would receive
a larger "weighted" FTE sum for
special education students.
Finance Officer John Rieman ex-
plained that the budget had an
estimated 1,653 FTE units. He
informed board members that the
district had lost approximately
100 units in the past year. "We're
looking at all possibilities of
sources of money before any dras-
tic steps of purchases," remarked
Mr. Ponder informed board mem-
bers that, when he assumed the
superintendent's position, the dis-
trict was confronting an FTE loss
of approximately 90 units. He ex-
plained that Brown Elementary
School accounted for a 48 unit
FTE loss. Ponder said that
Chapman Elementary School was
experiencing a loss of 20 FTE
units, while both Apalachicola
and Carrabelle High Schools com-
bined for a total FTE loss of 20

Chapman Elementary School
Principal Jarred Burns informed
board members that he noticed
attendance figures diminishing at
his school and actively worked to
reduce expenses. He said that,
when two instructors resigned, he
did not fill the two position. Mr.
Burns noted that such a decision
saved the school approximately
Mr. Ponder stated that the district
administrators would meet with
incoming Superintendent Brenda
Galloway to further discuss the

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(96) An astronaut's vision of
our future, Mi~hael Collins
has written Mission to
Mars.. Collins flew his first
space flight as a pilot of
Gemini 10 in 1966. In 1969,
he was the command mod-
ule pilot of the historic
moon landing mission,
Apollo 11. Collins shows
that the most effective way
to revitalize space explora-
tion is to resolutely focus on
a mission to Mars with a
long-range goal of estab-
lishing a permanent colony
on the planet. Sold nation-
-ally for $22.50. 307' pp,
published by Grove
Weidenfeld. Bookshop price
=$11.9.5 Hardcover.'

(107) Peril and Promise: A
Commentary on America
by John Chancellor. Arthiur
Schlesinger, Jr., wrote: "In-
dispensable reading; a lu-
cid and bracing challenge to
us all to get our act to-
gether, pull out of the na-
tional nosedive and fulfull.
the promise of American
life." Harper Perennial, a
division of Harper Collins
Publishers. Paperback.
182pp. Sold nationally for
$8.95. Bookshop price

(5) New. Monthly Interest
Amortization Tables. A
handy, extensive loan pay-
ment book containing the
essential tables to calculate
loan payments. Especially
typeset with clear, easy-to-
read figures for fast, accu-
rate use. Sold nationally for
$5.95. Bookshop price:
$2.50. Paperback.

(115) Home Fires: An
Intimate Portrait of
One Middle-Class
Family in Postwar
America. By Donald Kaitz.
Aaron Asher Books, a divi-
sion of Harper-Collins,
1992. Hardcover. 619 pp.
A power saga of the Gordon
Family-- real people,
names changed. Their story
has the scope, depth,
wealth of incident, and
emotional intensity of a
great novel, illuminating
the' interplay between pri-i
vate life and profound cul-
tural changes. Nationally
sold for $2500. Bookshop
price = $15.95


(123) The Choice by Bob
Woodwvard. 'New, hard-
cover, Simon and Schuster,
1996, 462 pp. Based on
massive documentation
and hundreds of interviews
with first-hand sources,
B~ob Wo odward (The
President's Men, et. al) has
written a behind-the-scenes
story of President Bill
Clinton and Senate Major-
ity Leader Bob Dole over the
last two years. This is a per-
sonal and political story of
how the nation's two top
leaders prepared them-
selves for the 1996 presi
dential election. Sold na-
tionally for $26-00.
Bookshop price = $14.95.


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