Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: December 19, 1996
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Franklin Chronicle

Volume 5, Number 25 & 26

Assistant State Attorney

Transfers to State-Wide

Prosecutor's Office

After 3 \ears of service n Franklin County. Assistant State Attorney
Frank Williams announced that he will be leaving the county on Janu-
ary 3 and transferng to the State-Wide Prosecutor's Office in Jack-
Mr Williams came to Franklin County in January of 1994. During
his first year of serce in the county. Williams made an immediate
impact. He recorded the highest number of convictions under the
Habitual Felony Offenders act in the county's history in addition, he
also recorded the highest number of cases rned and convictions made
in the past 5 years.
Williams said that one of his initial goals was to target habitual of-
fenders in the county. "I felt that, if I made the effort, I could make a
difference in the county," said Williams.
The role of prosecutor, noted Williams, has been an often confused
service. "The Florida Bar Rules state that a prosecutor has the re-
sponsibility of a 'minister of justice' and not simply an advocate."
said Williams. He continued, 'This responsibility carries with it spe-
cific obligations to ensure that any person accused of a crime is treated
fairly and their rights are respected. A prosecutor must refrain from
prosecuting a charge which is not supported by probable cause."
The challenges of working as a prosecutor, noted Williams, also re-
quires patience, persistence and.a lot of convict on. At.times." joked._
SWilliam'. "it-feel-like you're manning Fort Apache You're an outpost
and you have to make decisions independently and be accountable
for those decisions."
Williams explained that the nuts and bolts of being a prosecutor rest
not in the highly publicized court appearances, but rather in the day-
to-day paperwork in the office. 'To most people, the exciting and in-
teresting aspect of being a prosecutor is found in the courtroom,"
explained Williams. He continued, "Movies, books and television all
concentrate on the prosecutor in the arena, ignoring what is consid-
ered mundane work that takes place in the office. However, the truth
is that it is in the office that the prosecutor exercises his greatest
discretion and has the greatest responsibility. For example, an error
in the courtroom becomes a headline, but failure to investigate or
properly charge is seldom understood by the public unless theerror
is a massive one."

Frank Williams is sworn in as an Assistant State-Wide
Prosecutor by Judge William Gary on December 13.
One of the hardships of being a prosecuting attorney, noted Williams,
was that the job often resulted in victims or defendants directing all
of their dissatisfaction of a trial at the prosecutor. "Often times a
defendant and their family or loved ones harbor resentment against a
prosecutor, simply because they have been singled out for punish-
ment or harshly treated by the system. At times, victims are dissatis-
fied with the punishment meted out against a defendant. To the vic-
tim, the prosecutor also serves as a reminder of what often was a
terrible or traumatic even in their life. These problems all contribute
to making life 'interesting' for a local prosecutor and his family."
Williams continued, "A prosecutor must strive to ensure that he makes
decisions in a fair and objective manner. Some cases are so morbid or
heinous that it becomes difficult to separate emotion from rationale
decision making. This is especially true in cases involving the sexual
abuse of children or offenses that result in an innocent person's death."
Continued on page 13

Protecting Your Business Is Our Business.


Affordable for Business and Residential


a -
Santa 'sArrwal

Friday, November 29: Skipper Jerry Weber piloted the Governor
Stone up the Apalachicola. River carrying Santa Claus to the pier
at the end of Avenue D. Santa arrived at 6:00 p.m. and proceeded,
surrounded by crowds of happy children, to the town Christmas
tree, which he lit before being seated and taking gift requests from
the children who thronged around him in a nearly impenetrable
wall of Christmas spirit and joy. (If one looked closely enough, a
person could see a very close resemblance between Santa Claus
and Alex Moody.)
Elsewhere in Apalachicola, the block of Market St. between Av-
enues E and F was blocked off for a program featuring music and
dance provided by The Heartland Christian Center Lighthouse of
Apalachicola, Eastpoint Church of God, Trinity Episcopal Church
and the Pam Nobles Dance Studio. Patty Anderson and her pup-
pet Lenny also provided entertainment in the form of dialogue
and song. Lenny did a pretty good job of belting out a song for the

The Franklin

Work Camp

Receives a

New Major

Major Fred Watson began his first
day of service at the Franklin
Work Camp on December 13.
Major Watson, who was promoted
to the Franklin Work Camp from
the rank of Captain at the Wash-
ington Correctional Institution,
replaced outgoing Major Royce
Pippen. Major Pippen served ati
the local work camp for 13
months and was promoted to Re-
gional Colonel in Marianna, FL.
A native of Chipley, Major Watson
began his career in the Depart-
ment of Corrections in 1986 at the
Apalachee Correctional Unit. In
1987, Watson was promoted to
Lieutenant at Holmes Correction
Institution. He remained at the
Holmes institution until 1994.
While at the Holmes Correctional
Institution, Watson also served
with now Regional Colonel Royce
Pippen. In 1994, Major Watson
was promoted to the rank of Cap-
tain at the Washington Correc-
tional Institution. While at the
Washington institution, Watson
helped to work with the farming
project as well as the Toys for Tots
program. "I like to put back into
the community as much as pos-
sible," noted Watson.
Major Watson voiced support for
all programs geared to increase
the knowledge of inmates as well
as reduce their rate of recidivism.
"Anything a person learns," said
Watson, "they'll always have and
utilize." He also expressed a keen
interest in working with all local
community members to provide
as much service as possible. Ma-
jor Watson indicated that he had
already met Sheriff-Elect Bruce
Varnes and plans to work as
closely as possible with the new
As for his new home, Major
Watson admits that he has always

been more suited to the smaller,
tight knit communities. "I'm just
a country boy from the back-
woods," joked Watson. He contin-
ued, "I've always enjoyed small
towns and their simplicity. Sim-
plicity is one of the most impor-
tant things to me." Watson has
found his simplistic new home in
Eastpoint, where he now resides.
"I like the area," said Major
Watson, "and I like the people. I've
met a lot of nice people."




Jeffrey S. Richardson, manager of
the Plantation Owner's Associa-
tion (POA) on St. George Island,
submitted his resignation to the
POA Board of Directors last week
(December 9). Richardson is a
native to Tallahassee and was
appointed as the POA Operations
Manager in April 1996.

December 19, 1996 January 9, 1997

Franklin Graduation

Rate at 61.48%, Well

Below State Average

Flonda Education Commissioner Frank T. Brogan released 1995-96
data last week (December 12, 1996) showing the Franklin County
graduation rate to be a low 61.48 percent. Other panhandle counties
are also reported in the table below.
In the 1992-93 school year. the runth grade in Franklin County was
comprised of 122 students. This class numbered 75 graduating se-
niors by the 1995-96 school year, or a graduation rate of 61.48 per-
cent. There were 70 standard diplomas awarded, four special diplo-
mas and one GED credential awarded. The highest graduation rates
in surrounding counties such as Gulf and Liberty were 93.42 percent
and 85.54 percent, respectively.
Statewide, the 1995-96 data show that students are dropping out of
high school at a slightly lower rate than in 1994-95, marking the
second consecutive year of improvement in the dropout rate.
Statewide the data also show a slight improvement in the 1995-96
graduation rate, after showing declines for the previous two school
The dropout rate fell to 5.02 percent in 1995-96 from 5.24 percent
the previous year, continuing a steady decline since 1993-94 when
the dropout rate was 5.63. The dropout rate measures the number of
students who quit school during a given year. The rate is calculated
based on the number of students over the age of 16 years who with-
drew from school during the school year without transferring tio an-
other school in Flonda or to another state.
The graduation rate for Florida students increased to 73.22 in 1995-
96 compared to a rate of 72.94 the previous year, marking the first
improvement in the graduation rate since 1992-93. In 1992-93, the
rate had improved to 78.73 from 77.86 in 1991-92, but fell to 75.64
in 1993-94 and 72.94 in 1994-95. The graduation rate is defined as
the percentage of first-time ninth graders who 4 years later leave
school with either a diploma, certificate of completion or GED (for 16-
to 19-year-old students).

1995-96 District Graduation Rates for
Selected Panhandle Counties



9th Grade



Publisher's Note "Statistics Don't Tell the Whole Story"
The Chronicle would be remiss In reporting the above story without some pause to consider other
aspects of the graduation rate in Franklin County: not that we are looking for excuses. For one thing,
not all schools uniformly agree that this is the way to statistically assess the rates of graduation.
What these figures do not take into account are the multiple family movements into and out of
Franklin County due to the vississitudes and uncertainties of the seafood industries, with families
placing their school-age children into schools and later having to move out of the county there is in
search of work. How much of a transient factor there is in the other counties Is unknown to us. We
also suspect that children may fall to graduate because of early pregnancies. In both situations, the
rate is affected by family decision-making most likely outside the direct influence of the school district.
The usual reaction to news of this sort is to blame the school district. That too is pretty shallow
thinking. Tom W. Hoffer.




Twice in

One Year

On December 2, Franklin County
Public Library Director Eileen
Annie was informed that the li-
brary-based Juvenile Justice
WINGS program was selected by
the Young Adult Library Services
Association (YALSA) as one of the
fifty most exemplary programs/
services operating out ofa library.
With such recognition, the local
WINGS program will be included
in the second edition of the pub-
lication, "Excellence in Library
Service to Young Adults." The li-
brary will also be eligible for a
cash prize as a result of the
Those libraries selected with ex-
emplary programs/services will
be announced at the American
Library Association (ALA) midwin-
ter meeting in Washington, D.C.,
on February 14-20. The top five
ranked programs will each receive
$500. The remaining 45 recog-
nized programs will each receive
$100. Those receiving cash
awards will be recognized at the
ALA annual conference in San
Francisco, Calif., on June 26-July
3, 1997.
Library Director Eileen Annie
nominated the youth program for

the YALSA award on October 31.
The award marks the second time
in 1996 that the WINGS program
has been nationally recognized.
"I'm very proud of our kids and
staff and volunteers," said Ms.
Annie. "It's an honor for this pro-
gram to receive such national
notoriety," she concluded.
The WINGS program was recog-
nized by YALSA for youth partici-
pation of young adults between
the ages of 12 and 18. The youth
participation entailed decision
making, policy development and
advisory group involvement.
The YALSA recognition program
of Excellence in Library Service to
Young Adults was established by
past ALA President Hardy Frank-
lin in 1993.

Eileen's Coffee

Cup Closes
Exactly one year to the day from
its opening, The Coffee Cup at 58
Market St. in Apalachicola closed
its doors with a thank you and
goodbye party, according to Eileen
Nanflto, owner and manager. The
party, a dance with live music,
started at 6:00 p.m. on Friday,
December 13 in the parking lot
next to the coffee shop.
Ms. Nanflto says she is going to
spend a week at tennis camp over
Christmas and she is planning a
trip to Taos, New Mexico, in Janu-
ary, "For a tune-up before I need
an overhaul!" After Taos, Ms.
Nanfito will return to Apalachicola
where she will be looking for a
good part-time job starting in Feb-




Paop 2 19 December 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday



Notes from the December 3
Franklin County
Commission meeting
*The board revisited an old prob-
lem that came up nearly 1 year
ago. Commissioner Edward
Tolliver disputed a decision by
Commissioner Dink Braxton to
allow employees from the County
Landfill to be excused from work
in observation of a holiday.
This time, Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis questioned why Road
Department employees were al-
lowed to be excused from work in
observation of Thanksgiving.
County Clerk Kendall Wade ac-
cepted the blame for the incident.
"I knew that the board had dis-
cussed it some time ago," said
Wade, "and you did actually take
action on it in February and I just
failed to realize that you took
Mr. Wade informed board mem-
bers that he mistakenly read the
old personnel rules and regula-
tions on the matter. 'That's my
fault," admitted Wade, "and I'll
take responsibility for that." Mr.
Wade suggested that the board
review the rules and regulations
to make possible changes in the
policies. "We've got a real mess
with these personnel rules," said
Commissioner Mosconis ques-
tioned whether the Road Depart-
ment employees would be paid for
the day that they were excused
from work. "That's a lot of money,
complained Mosconis, "do you
have any idea how much it costs
to operate the Road Department?"
Commissioner Mosconis said that
one problem was that the Road
Department worked a different
schedule from the rest of the
county employees. The Road De-
partment employees work 12
hour shifts in a 4-day work week.
"I personally don't think this 4-
day work week is serving the best
interest of the county," explained
Mosconis. He further noted that
the county could use inmate la-
bor 6 days per week. "We've got
prisoners available to us 6 days a
week and we only use them 4
days," said Mosconis, "we've got
that resource sitting out there and
we're not utilizing it."
Chairperson Raymond Williams
informed the board that his dis-
trict was the largest territory cov-
ered by the Road Department. "I
can see a need for some longer
hours when they're working in
that area," said Williams.
Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum argued that the 4-
day work week was a more effi-
cient means of labor production
for the Road Department. "We get
more work done," said Crum, "we
keep up with the work that has
to be done in Franklin County. I
just believe it's a more efficient
way to work." Mr. Crum, however,
volunteered to have the Road De-
partment employees work an ad-
ditional day to make up for the
excused holiday vacation.
The board agreed to conduct a
workshop on January 7 at 1:00
p.m. to review the rules and regu-
lations regarding policies for
county personnel. The board also
voted 3-2 to disapprove a motion
by Commissioner Mosconis to'
have the Road Department em-
ployees work an additional day to
make up for their unofficially ex-
cused holiday vacation. Commis-
sioners Jimmy Mosconis and
Clarence Williams voted to require
the employees to work an extra
'They took the day off with good
intentions," said Commissioner
Bevin Putnal, "and it was a
mistake...maybe." Commissioner
Eddie Creamer concurred, "If it
was me in their position, I
wouldn't want to work an extra
day. It was a mistake."
Mosconis, in defending his mo-
tion, addressed the Superinten-
dent of Public Works. "Prentice
[Crum] volunteered that. I don't
want you [Mr. Crum] to go back
to the Road Department and tell
them I didn't want them to have
the day off. You're the one that
offered the option to the board."
*Janice Hicks from the Franklin
County Health Department in-
formed board members that a
contractor had been selected for
the construction project of the
proposed health department
building in Carrabelle. Ms. Hicks
said that the contractor's main
office was in Jacksonville. She
said that one local bid was sub-
mitted for the construction
project. The local bid, said Hicks,
was in excess of $100,000 of the

low bid.
Ms. Hicks said that the low bid
was $401,600. She explained that
$99,000 would be left over from
the department's grant, which will
be used to furnish the new facil-
ity. Construction plans for the
new facility, said Hicks, would
begin shortly after the first of the

1 4

As for the renovation project for
the health department building in
Apalachicola, Hicks said that
plans were currently being made
or the new roof, wiring and heat-
ing and air conditioning units.
She informed commissioners that
additional funding for the facility
in Apalachicola would be re-
quested from the legislature in
their upcoming session. The ex-
tra funding, said Hicks, would be
used to nearly double the space
of the present facility. Hicks said
that members from the health de-
partment in Apalachicola would
probably have to move to the air-
port temporarily in January while
the renovation project was
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
introduced a schematic proposal
for the City of Carrabelle to cre-
ate a one-way road on Avenue A
in the downtown area. "What they
need to do is to provide more
parking in this area," said
Hamilton, "they have a real park-
ing problem."
Mr. Hamilton said that the pro-
posal would help to eliminate a
dangerous driving situation in the
downtown area of Carrabelle.
"This is a very dangerous situa-
tion for west bound traffic," ex-
plained Hamilton. He continued,
"a one-way road on Avenue A
would eliminate that hazard plus
provide more parking."
Commissioner Bevin Putnal said
that he was informed that five
traffic accidents had occurred in
the noted downtown area in a 1-
year period. Commissioner Putnal
said that the noted road was not
wide enough for two-way traffic.
The board unanimously agreed to
allow the county engineer to as-
sist the City of Carrabelle with the
plan. The presented plan was
designed by resident Bill Cas-
toldi and presented to the
Carrabelle City Commission dur-
ing the board's regular November
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
informed board members that, in
regard to an erosion problem in-
volving Elizabeth Buchanan, he
was in the process of completing
a drainage study so that he could
work with the developer to design
a retention pond. Hamilton told
commissioners that part of the
erosion of Buchanan's property
was due to run-off from her own
property. 'The best thing for deal-
ing with that is...it [the top banks
of Ms. Buchanan's property]
needs vegetation real bad," said
Hamilton. He instructed, "It needs
to be done immediately."
Commissioner Bevin Putnal re-
quested that the county engineer
remain in contact with Ms.
Buchanan about the matter. "She
feels left out," said Putnal, "we
need to keep in close contact to
let her know what's. going on...I
want her Involved, because that's
her property and we need to let
her know everything that's going
on with it."
County Planner Alan Pierce noted
that a soil conservation engineer
would also be examining
Ms. Buchanan's property in the
*The board approved a recom-
mendation from County Planner
Alan Pierce, County Engineer Joe
Hamilton and Assistant County
Planner Mark Currenton to rank
Julian Webb & Associates as the
top ranked administrative service
provider for the county for a Com-
munity Development Block Grant
(CDBG). The board also ranked
Preble-Rish as the top engineer-
ing service provider for the county
for the noted grant.
-*At the request of County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce, the board agreed
to designate John Sack as Emer-
gency Manager Director in place
of Mr. Pierce. "The board could
make emergency management
part of administrative services, of
which I am the director," said
Pierce, "so that he [Sack] would
still report to me." Pierce said that
he would continue to respond
during hurricanes and other large
scale disasters. "But the daily ac-
tivities, which appear to be in-
creasing from the state emergency
management personnel, John
[Sack] would be entirely respon-
sible for," said Pierce. The board
also agreed, at the request of
Pierce, to eliminate the Emer-
gency Management Coordinator's
position as of January 1, 1997.
*The board agreed to seek the
names of all local Vietnam Veter-
ans. Commissioner Bevin Putnal
proposed that the names of all
those local residents that served
in Vietnam be engraved on a
plaque and placed in the Armory
in Apalachicola. Putnal said that
many Vietnam Veterans did not
feel like they have been recognized
for their service.
*The board agreed to send a reso-
lution to appropriate government
officials to request that funding,
be allocated for the dredging of the
Carrabelle, Apalachicola and Two
Mile Channels. Commissioner

Bevin Putnal stated that he
wanted to get the county's request
quickly on the minds of those
charged with allocating such
funds. County Clerk Kendall
Wade will determine which gov-
ernment officials will receive the

*The board denied a request from
Jim Sullivan to rezone an 8.3 acre
site in Eastpoint from R-la
(single-family) to R-7 (multi-fam-
ily). The R-7 zoning would have
allowed Mr. Sullivan to develop 15
units per acre. The board also
agreed to advertise for a public
hearing to determine a new zon-
ing class for the property owned
by Sullivan.
Sullivan informed board members
at the December 3 meeting that
he now wanted the site to be re-
zoned as R-5. The R-5 zoning
would allow 4 units per acre.
Sullivan said that he now planned
to develop town houses, rather
than apartments. He said that the
town houses would be for sale and
not for rent. "I think it will fill a
gap in housing that will bring in
more jobs," said Sullivan. He ex-
pected that his project would need
approximately 6-8 units per acre.
"We're not going out there just to
fill the woods up with apart-
ments," said Sullivan.
Sullivan further noted that the
issue of wetlands on his proposed
site needed to be addressed.
"We're gonna try to make the wet-
lands benefit the area," said
Sullivan, "in other words, the den-
sity is gonna be lower and we're
gonna use the wetlands as a thing
of beauty."
County Planner Alan Pierce said
that he would introduce the new
zoning class request to the Fran-
klin County Planning and Zoning
Commission on December 10.
"We'll have a new name and a
number for this," said Pierce.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal
noted, "we're gonna have a brand
new one (zoning Class) for you,
Jim. You're making history." An-
other individual commented,
"we'll'call it R-Sullivan."
Commissioner Eddie Creamer
said that he would object to a
housing, project. '"That's ,the last
thing we need," said Creamer. Mr.
Sullivan said the project would be
much like his other development,
Las Brisas. "If you can name one
thing in this town that I've done
that hasn't been nice and attrac-
tive, then show it to me," noted
Sullivan. He said that his new
project would consist of two-story
town houses, ,duplexes and
quadraplex patio homes.
*The board appointed County
Clerk Kendall to serve as the
board's member to the Apalachee
Regional Planning Council. Com-
missioner Eddie Creamer was
appointed as the board's alternate
to the noted council.

DEP is Target of



Lack of public comrhunication
from the Department of Environ-
mental Protection (DEP) prompted
lengthy criticism from Franklin
County Commissioner Bevin
Putnal at the December 3 Frank-
lin County Commission meeting.
Commissioner Putnal's criticism
came after board members were
asked to direct the board's attor-
ney to respond to an appeal from
the Department of Community
Affairs. Putnal alleged that mem-
bers from the DEP warned County
Clerk Kendall Wade and him in a
private meeting that the Resort
Village development project would
result in an environmental haz-
ard to the bay. Putnal said that
the DEP, however, failed to share
their deep concerns with the pub-
lic at an October 3 public hearing
in Franklin County.
Putnal said that he had no idea
why the DEP granted Mr. Johnson
a wastewater treatment permit. "I
asked them one question and they
all looked at one another and
grinned. And then I said that I
wanted one of them representa-
tives to tell the public what I'm
hearing now. They guaranteed me
and Kendall [Wade] that they
would have one [representative]
Putnal continued, "I don't want to
get into DEP's battle to fight these
ome owners, because they
wouldn't come here and tell the
public what they told me in pri-
County Clerk Kendall Wade briefly
affirmed Mr. Putnal's statement.
'"That's why I voted against it (Re-
sort Village Project)," said; Putnal,
"I based my decision on what they
told me in that room. They said it
could permanently close this bay
for oystering...permanently!" He
later concluded, "why they
would'nt come here, I don't know.
I guess they're afraid. But what
they're afraid of, I don't know.
They promised me they would
have someone at the meeting."
County Planner Alan Pierce al-
leged that David Hell with the DEP
excused himself from attending
the October 3. "He called and said,
'oh well, I'm in shelter sanitation.

I'm not in sewage treatment efflu-
ent disposal. I better not come
down. This is not my field. So, I'll
find another person"'
Mr. Wade added, "each one passed
it off to the other one until no one
Putnal mused, "I said, 'listen, if
you're telling me that this pollu-
tion can shut our bay down per-
manently, why did you [DEP]
people issue a permit for a waste-
water treatment plant on a bar-
rier island.' They all looked at one
another and said, 'we didn't.'
Somebody did."

Few Concessions Made by County for

Proposed RV Park on the Point


County Planner Alan Pierce (R) holds up site plan as Attor-
ney Mark Becker (L) reviews the plan with county commis-

The Franklin County Commission
took a small step in the direction
of approving a site plan presented
by Pride of the Point Marina Presi-
dent David Apodaca for a six lot,
47 space RV Park on Alligator
Point at a December 3 Public
Commissioners agreed to direct
board Attorney Al Shuler and
County Planner Alan Pierce to
draft a proposal for the approval
of one of the six lots. Both Shuler
and Pierce will draft the proposal
for lot 47. The future, however, for
lots 48a, 49a, 50a, 51 and 52 still
remains' uncertain. The Pride of
the Point Marina requested that
an additional lot, 46, not be con-
sidered for approval at the present
Commissioner Bevin Putnal.
stated that he wanted more infor-
mation concerning the space and
the size of the proposed RV camp.
He noted that the amount of
spaced proposed for the RV Park
has changed from 14, to 58, to
47 spaces. "We need something to
tell us what they're talking about,"
said Putnal, "rext week they may
want 110 (RV spaces)."
County Planner Alan Pier ln ice noted
that the county did not have
guidelines to dictate a maximum.
number of RV spaces allowed. "We
rely on HRS to set those guide-
lines," said Pierce. He informed
board members that the matter
could be sent to the county's plan-
ning and zoning committee if spe-
cific criteria were outlined for the
zoning board to review. However,
he warned against repeatedly
burdening the volunteer zoning
committee with the same issue.
"You all set policies for the
county," said Pierce, "not the
planning and zoning commission.
If you tell them of specific con-
cerns and ask them to wouk out
those concerns, the planning and
zoning has that authority to go in
and evaluate them. But, right now
you haven't told planning and
zoning anything. You haven't told
me anything. So, you keep mud-
dling around with...what's wrong
with this site plan. Giveus a list
of what is wrong."
Janice Hicks with the Franklin
County Health Department af-
firmed that a permit has been is-
sued to the Pride of the Point
Marina in Alligator Point for 58,
RV spaces. She later pointed out
that HRS had granted many per-
mits throughout the county pre-
viously and had never confronted
such scrutiny. "We are mandated
to follow state guidelines," ex-
plained Hicks.
Attorney Jan Hevier, who spoke
on behalf of Alligator Point Resi-
dents in opposition to the pro-
posed park, complained that the
proposed site plan was not the
same plan presented to the plan-
ning and zoning board. 'The site
plan that was presented to plan-
ning and building had an entirely
different septic system," said
Hevier, "this is not the site plan
that planning and building rec-
ommended to this board." He rec-
ommended that the site plan be
sent back to the planning and
,zoning board to determine
whether the plan should still be
approved. Hevier suggested that
issues such as vegetation and a
buffer zone for'the project be re-
viewed by the zoning board.
Mr. Pierce pointed out that, al-
though plans for the proposed
septic tank had changed, it was
not a matter upon which the
county commission normally re-
viewed and made decisions. "HRS
permits septic tanks," said Pierce,
"we don't decide where they
should go. We don't decide how
big they should be."
Pierce pointed out that the pro-
posed park was the first that had
been permitted in 8 years under
Franklin County Zoning Codes.

"All the other parks in the county
have been grandfathered in prob-
ably since the existence of the
zoning codes," said Pierce, "plan-
ning and zoning have never re-
viewed a brand new site plan for
a brand new RV park."
Mr. Apodaca informed board
members that he first met with
the commissioners in May and
has complied with every require-
ment they have made. "You have
held my hand through this pro-
cess," said Apodaca, "for every
motion that you have asked of me,
I have followed. I am dancing as
fast as I can. And I can do the two-
step backwards if I have to...I am
here to get resolution to the
Attorney Mark Becker, who spoke
on behalf of the Pride of the Point
Marina, urged board members to
take the advice of their county
attorney, county planner and
planning and zoning board which
was to approve the proposed site
plan. "Planning and zoning had
made recommendations to
change the site plan and we have
made those changes," said
Becker. "We're here today to re-
solve this...after Governor Chiles
has looked at this, the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion, the county planner, HRS and
the residents of this county (have
reviewed the site plan)," said
Becker referred to allegations of
inaccuracies within the official
map of the comprehensive plan as
a "Red Herring." He told board
members that, if the board con-
sidered changing the site's zon-
ing, they should also consider
purchasing the noted land.
"There's no more research.
There's no more thought involved,
other than the decision as to
whether you're going to approve
this site plan or not approve it."
He said that both the environmen-
tal and zoning issues had been
addressed in the proposed site
Pride of the Point Marina Associ-
ate Lee Schwuchow reiterated
that every requirement had been
satisfied to ensure the approval
of the proposed RV park's site
plan. He further noted that state
officials had double checked the
site plan. "We've had to go through
the whole process again because
of inquiries by people that Mr.
Hevier represents...Now, if you're
asking us to triple check it, I think
it might be a little unreasonable."
Schwuchow continued, "I think
there's an elephant in the room
and we're not pointing it out.
What they want here is a delay.
That's all they want and they'll do
anything for a delay." Attorney
Becker added, "We've satisfied all
of the state requirements. It's not
the commission's job to come in
and question whether the state
law is a valid law. We're here for a
Chairperson Raymond Williams,
who has been very cooperative
with developers working on
projects outside of his district,
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approval that the board could
raise the standards of approval.
"There's a lot of issues here that
we can probably hold you to," saic
Williams. He said that he was cer-
tain that one of the lots had the
remnants of paint on the site.
Williams also said that the issue
of a swale to contain groundwa-
ter needed to be addressed.
Becker questioned, "you're sug-
gesting that the work that was
done by the Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection and the site
plan that was approved by the
state is not going to do it for the
Franklin County Commission?"
Chairperson Williams responded,
"that's very possible. We can im-
pose stiffer rules and regulations.
Yes sir."
President of the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association Tom
Vanderplaats stated, according to
the county's administrative code,
the space site plan needed to be
at least 1,200 square feet. "So far
as that goes," said Vanderplaats,
"they did not meet the require-
ments." He added, "The first one
(site .plan) I saw was for 900
square feet. The second one I saw
was for 750 square feet."
Vanderplaats said that a list of
,other issues including the pro-
posed project's dump station, po-
table water supply and drain field
were not addressed in the site
plan. He said that the site plan
should be turned down or, at
very least, tabled for further
Resident Tim, Jordan expressed
concern about the project's ex-
pected impact on the roads. "The
roads are pretty poor," he ex-
plained. Jordan questioned
whether the board.had considered
safety aspects in case an emer-
gency evacuation of the area was
needed. Resident Jim Shelton in-
vited commissioners to drive
down the road leading to Alliga-
tor Point. "A few RVs a day will
completely ruin what's left. We
pay a lot of taxes down there and
we really don't get much from the
county in return," said Shelton,
"maybe you'd like to pave our
roads...it's been about 30 years
since you paved it last time."
Mr. Schwuchow said that the
Pride of the Point Marina would
not disappear. "These people want
delays, delays, delays until we file
for bankruptcy or we go away.
We're not going away. And if we
file for bankruptcy, it won't be
Chapter 7. It will Chapter 11 and
we're gonna be around for two or
three years." He questioned board
members, "Are we gonna delay
again because Mr. Vanderplaats
reiterates the same issues every
single month and you don't vote?
Who are you going to believe?
When do you stop listening to
Schwuchow pointed out that the
Pride of the Point Marina had filed
a suit against Bunky Atkinson
and Tom and Deborah Van-
derplaats for slander, defamation
and tortious interference. "It's
been pointed out to me that here
no one is under oath. This is not
important and that's part of the
problem. I think if people were put
under oath you'd here some dif-
ferent kinds of comments," said
Schwuchow. He also pointed out
that a court reporter was present
at the public hearing and would
record all comments.
In response to Schwuchow, resi-
dent Bunky Atkinson volunteered
to be sworn under oath. She al-
leged that the official map was
inaccurate andthat thate proposed
RV park was not on commercial
property. Atkinson explained,
"only three (lots) listed by num-
ber on this map are 48a, 49a and
50a. You don't see any other three
lots filled out as being C-3. Some-
body went in and penciled lines
through them."
Ms. Atkinson concluded, 'They
have caused a lot of trouble to me
because they wanted me to sit
down and shut up. I'm sorry, I will
not sit down and shut up."
The board will review'the proposal
drafted by the county attorney
and planner on December 16 at
1:30 p.m.

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The Franklin Chronicle 19 December 1996 Page 3

Editorial and Commentary

St. George Plantation

Member Ben Dooley

Questions Plantation


Below are the figures I think all owners need to be concerned about.

(1) 1996 Budget
Spent through

(2) Proposed 1997 Budget
1996 Budget

(3) Proposed 1997 Dues =
(for homes)
1996 Dues =


$ 30,092.16


Over budget through
10 months

or 28.13% Increase


$ 428.00 or 40.96% Increase

Why are we so far over the 1996 Budget? Why do we need a 28%
budget increase? If we do need a 28% budget increase, why are dues
up 41%? If the budget increase is in a large part to pay for infrastruc-
ture improvements, what happened to the $300+ dues increase three
years ago which was supposed to be for the five year improvement


1997 POA Draft Budget


Association Dues
RSH Land
Airport Income
** ***

*RVA dues for '97 excluded
***Mahr 3.1 dues for '97 excl.

Payroll Taxes
4% Pay Increase
Workman's Comp
Major Medical
Gas & Oil
Maint/Rep Equipment
Security Residence Maint
Property Tax
Standby Generator, Guardhouse

Maintenance Home
Total & Security Owners


826,643.72 0.00 0.00


149,544.00 149,544.00.
13,010.33 13,010.33
5,981.76 5,981.76
14,057.14 14,057.14
9,165.60 9,165.60
1,500.00 1,500.00
2,200.00 2,200.00
2,500.00 2,500.00
1,000.00 1,000.00
540.00 540.00
5,050.00 5,050.00
750.00 750.00
4,120.00 4,120.00
2,395.00 2,395.00
850.00 850.00
5,100.00 5,100.00
21,000.00 21,000.00

238,763.83 238,763.83

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December 19, 1996

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Citizen's Advisory Group
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Pat M orrison ............................................ St. George Island
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Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
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Payroll taxes
4% Pay Increase
Workman's Comp
Major Medical
Equipment Maintenance
Property Taxes

License Fee
Airport Taxes
Airport Phone
Signage -
Land Payment

Payroll Taxes
4% Pay Increase
Workman's Comp
Major Medical
Gas & Oil
Pool Supplies
Pool Utilities
Pool Equipment/Repair
Boardwalk Repairs
Bike Path Repairs
Tennis Court Maintenance
Maint Repairs/Supplies
Maint Facility Construction
Riding Mower
Amenities for Clubhouse
Mosquito Control

Payroll Taxes
4% Pay Increase
Workman's Comp
Major Medical
Computer for Manager
Equipment Maintenance
Insurance/E & O
Clubhouse Insurance
Clubhouse Property Taxes
Bad Debt (RSH)
Meeting Expense

Infrastructure Improvement
Replace Entry Fence

Total Expenses

Less airport income

Total Net Expenses

Due from B.S.C. HO
Due from R.S.H. Land

Total Homeowner Expenses




66,703.88 44,660,92 22,042.96



19,438.00 19,438.0,0



115,950.70 56,532.13






216,801.61 57,811.87 158,989.74

13,980.00 13,980.00 0.00
112,000.00 112,000.00 0.00
43,000.00 43,000.00

168,980.00 168,980.00 0.00

826,638.02 586,186.75 240,451.27

3,500.00 3,500.00

823,138.02 582,686.75



hfP1W Q, 'O4/1W E&lI$tL*4A4 5Ci4
Thanks to parents, community, faculty and staff, Brown Elementary
School had a successful Harvest Day on November 22nd. Many par-
ents and community businesses made valuable contributions of time,
talent, food, and supplies.
Among the artists providing craft demonstrations were: Mr. Segree,
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, Cass Allen, Mrs. Mabrey, Mrs. Eckstein, The
Pines, Mrs. Ppole, Mrs. Rickards, Mrs. Moore and J. Golden. Mrs.
Mellow and Mrs. Alford brought in quilts to be displayed. We truly
appreciate these talented people.
Special thanks also go to Red Rabbit, Register's U-Save, IGAApalachi-
cola and IGA Carrabelle for helping to make Harvest Day possible.
We'd also like to take this opportunity to recognize Esther Harris,
Joyce Smith, Marie Barfield, Tina Martina, Debbie Braswell, Johnny
Harris and Jerry Boatwright who went far beyond the call of duty. We
could not have done it without your help.
To the WONDERFUL parents who contributed to the festivities, the
students, faculty and staff appreciate you more than we can say. We
are glad Brown is part of such a caring community. We are looking
forward to working with you again soon.

Janis Gordon

Kimberley McKinney
Title 1 Resource Teacher


The Governor Stone
Historic 1877 Gulf Coast Schooner

Holiday Sailing Schedule:
Fri., Sat., Sun. 2 4 p.m.
Special New Year's Day Wed. 2 4 p.m.

Group Charters & Special Occasions
Apalachicola Maritime Museum, Inc.

Teenspeak Unplugged

NOTE: The following article is one in a series of articles pub-
lished by the Franklin Chronicle, written by young people in Fran-
klin County. The writers are members of the Franklin County
Public Library's WINGS program involved in an environmental
grant project known as TEENSPEAK UNPLUGGED. The purpose
of this series is to raise awareness in our community about the
importance of listening to young people's ideas, especially regard-
ing issues of the environment.

By Tiffany Shiver
Animals in my thought are wonderful. Every creature that exists, in
my opinion, has feelings and thoughts. A dog or a cat comes off as a
companion; they really are in fact. It is said that a cat can help you
live longer, a dog is man's best friend!
Recently Kris and I went to Tallahassee and on the way we were be-
hind a school bus. I remember a certain stop when a child about 6 or
7 years old got off and to greet him were his mom and his cute little
dog. I remember the dog so well because she looked just like Lassie,
but smaller. The little dog was running around in circles happy to see
her young master.
Animals remind me of small children. They rely on you to feed and
take care of them. If not then they become wild and starve to death.
Or, they get killed which I think is wrong. Stray dogs and cats should
not even be.
Why does someone allow their dog to have puppies and the ones that
nobody wants get thrown out like garbage to starve and die? You
should have your animal spayed or neutered to control the pet popu-
lation. No animal should be mistreated or abused, from the beautiful
cheetah that runs from predators to save his coat to the whale who
runs to keep his hide from becoming lipstick. Dolphins are no excep-
tion. I also think any animal lab testing is wrong.
WINGS is now painting a mural on the Humane Society building on
Highway 65. They have wonderful animals that are looking for a safe
home. Every animal there is delightful. If you know of any animals
being hurt or mistreated, please contact the Franklin County Hu-
mane Society at 670-8417.

What You

Don't Know



By Kris Halstrom
Representatives from the Franklin County Public Health Department
were left with an empty room and no parents to hear their message
earlier this month. Hundreds of notices were sent to parents for a
Thursday, December 5th meeting at the Eastpoint firehouse regard-
ing a new AIDS curriculum, but no parents showed. Six hundred
notices were sent to Carrabelle parents for a November informational
meeting, and three parents attended that meeting. The meetings are
part of a series of scheduled events coordinated by the Health De-
partment to promote the new curriculum for 7th-9th graders.
The Health Department was awarded a $15,000 Department of Edu-
cation grant to fund AIDS education for students in Franklin County
schools. At the firehouse Kathy Mayne, a social worker at the Health
Department, and Mindy Kelly, an administrative assistant were pre-
pared to discuss with parents the details of "Get Real With AIDS", the
curriculum package purchased with grant funds. The grant also pro-
vides training for five teachers in each high school, and the cost of
substitute teachers for training days. Teachers with be trained to
facilitate 14 hours of sessions informing students about HIV and AIDS.
"Get Real With AIDS" teaches kids prevention strategies such as re-
ducing the risky behaviors that can lead to HIV and AIDS, and gives
them skills to make informed decisions about sexual activity.
The curriculum is currently being reviewed by a committee made up
of school staff and parents. Training sessions can begin if the review
committee approves the content of the curriculum. Faye Burton, Su-
pervisor of Special Programs in Franklin County Schools and one of
the writers of the grant, is hopeful about the prospects for approval.
"I think the curriculum is excellent," she said.
At the first information meeting held in Carrabelle, Ms. Mayne said
that seven or eight parents called to express interest in the meeting,
but could not attend because of an already scheduled event. As part
of the terms of the grant, all parents are required to give written per-
mission before their child participates in the program. Letters will be
sent to parents prior to the implementation of the curriculum;
Future meetings are scheduled with church groups and in elemen-
tary schools. Chapman Elementary School in Apalachicola will hold
its meeting January 13th,. on report card night, when parents are
required to attend to receive their child's grades. Ms. Mayne expressed
concern over the lack of interest in the informational meetings. "AIDS
is real," she said.
Florida ranks second in the United States in the number of pediatric
cases. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate 1 in every 100
people in Florida may be HIV positive and don't know it. The most
current statistics from the CDC report that, as of August 1995, there
were eight cases of full-blown AIDS in Franklin County. Franklin
County ranks above the state average in the rate of reported cases of
sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancies, and substance abuse.
Nationally, Mayne said, women and drug addicts are the two fastest
growing groups reporting infections with HIV, the virus that causes
AIDS. People who are infected with the HIV virus can experience flu-
like symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, for a 2 to 10
week period. The person can recover and be unaware that the symp-
toms were a sign of infection. The HIV virus shows up on tests from 2
weeks to 6 months after an experience that caused the infection. AIDS
can only be spread through contact with blood, semen, vaginal secre-
tions and breast milk, where there is an exchange high in white blood
cells, which is where that virus thrives. The best way for young people
to avoid contracting AIDS is to abstain from sexual activity and to
refrain from using intravenous drugs and sharing needles. Once they
are involved in a sexual relationship, it is safest to remain monoga-
mous. She also advocates for all people to get tested regularly and to
take precautions if you are sexually active with more than one per-
son. "[The epidemic] could be controlled if people controlled their be-
haviors," she said.
One of the goals of the new curriculum is to dispel some of the myths
surrounding HIV and AIDS. "People keep trying to tell me they can
get it from mosquitoes," Ms Mayne said. "It's not true." She also em-
phasized that AIDS is "not a gay person's disease," and noted that at
Bay AIDS Services in Panama City, 80% of the clients are hetero-
sexual. "Education helped the gay community," she said.
The Franklin County Public Health Department offers tests for the
HIV virus at a cost of $10, which is waived for those who cannot
afford it. The Public Health Unit is located at 137 12th St. in Apalachi-
cola. The phone number there is 653-2111. The Carrabelle branch of
the Health Department is located next to City Hall and is open on
Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 697-4121. A
brand new health care facility in Carrabelle, next to the high school,
is expected to be open within the next year.

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Published every other Friday

Board Approves New Zoning

Classification for Development


The Franklin County Planning
and Zoning Commission approved
a new zoning classification for
developer Jim Sullivan on Decem-
ber 10 for a proposed 8.3 acre
development project in Eastpoint.
The new zoning classification will
be R-8 and will allow up to 8 units
per acre of development.
Assistant County Planner Mark
Currenton informed the zoning
board that the new classification
provided middle ground for the
existing zoning codes of R-5 (4
units per acre) and R-7 (15 units
per acre).
Currenton explained that Sullivan
had initially requested R-7 zon-
ing, but was met with resistance
by the Franklin County Commis-.
sion. "There was some concern at
the last meeting that this was too
dense," noted Currenton, "and it's
really more than Mr. Sullivan
wants to put in."
Mr. Sullivan explained that the
proposed development project
would be a transition area. He
said that his proposed develop-
ment project would be sand-
wiched between the Las Brisas
Subdivision and the Eastpoint
Apartments. "The concern of Las
Brisas is the fact that we have
$140,000 to $150,000 houses
here," said Sullivan, "we have
rent-subsidy apartments to the
immediate east." Sullivan said
that his proposed development
would consist of patio homes and
duplex apartments.
Sullivan told board members,
"Eddie Creamer was very con-
cerned, being a new person on the
county commission and a life-long
resident of Eastpoint, about hav-
ing another "subsidized housing
project that's crime ridden with
drug trafficking and so forth."
Sullivan explained that he had no
desire to build 15-unit-per-acre
apartments next to his Las Brisas
Subdivision. "I certainly want to
protect the value of that (subdivi-
sion)," he noted.
In other board business:
*The board tabled a proposed
Land-Use change request from
Bill Bailey to rezone a 2.35 acre
parcel located on Patton Drive in

Eastpoint from R-l to R-la. De-
veloper Jim Sullivan informed
board members that there was a
moratorium on sewer connections
in Eastpoint. He further noted
that, according to the Franklin
County Zoning Code, an indi-
vidual could not develop such
property without access to sewer
services. "Requirements for
single-family R-la..;." Sullivan
explained, "provisions in this dis-
trict will apply only in approved
and recorded subdivisions that
are served by central water and
sewer systems approved by the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Regulation and have
paved roads. That is a require-
*The board approved a commer-
cial development request submit-
ted by Jim Sullivan for Forgotten
Coast Realty in Eastpoint to have
an additional warehouse unit de-
veloped behind the First Ameri-
can Title Company building.
*The board approved a sketch plat
review for the proposed Driftwood
Subdivision submitted by the St.
.Joe Corporation. Mr. Currenton
informed the board that the
project would contain 27 lots and
be located between Lanark Village
and St. James.
*Deborah Vanderplaats of the Al-
ligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion addressed the zoning board
concerning an alleged new site
plan presented by members of the
Pride of the Point Marina for a pro-
posed RV Park to the planning
and building office. "We have run
into a situation where it [compre-.
hensive plan] has been put before
the [planning and zoning] board
and none of us were aware of it,"
said Vanderplaats. Ms.
Vanderplaats submitted a packet
of information to the board "de-
tailing some of the events that
have been happening." She also
submitted a letter from her hus-
band, Tom Vanderplaats, to Mark
Currenton. Ms. Vanderplaats said
that she would mail each of the
members a copy of the noted let-
ter. She continued, "this is the
sixth site plan and they just [Pride
of the Point Marina members]
seem to show up and....and be
passed on." Vanderplaats said
that she understood that HRS

Jim Sullivan

was helping to prepare a site plan
for the proposed RV park. "I didn't
know HRS was in the business of
preparing site plans," she com-
mented. Board Chairperson Gayle
Dodds responded, "if that's your
understanding, you need to take
that up with the appropriate
people." .Vanderplaats noted that
she intended to address the noted
*The board took no action on a
land-use change request from Phil
Dunaway to rezone property on
Brownsville Road west in
Apalachicola from R-4 to C-3. Mr.
Currenton informed board mem-
bers that Dunaway proposed to
have a campground on the land
in question. Currenton said that
he had informed Dunaway that
HRS permits oould be needed for
such use. He said that, to his
knowledge, Dunaway had not re-
ceived those permits.
*The board approved a land-use
change request submitted by
Shaun Donohoe for William
Minton to rezone 7.57 acres west
of Apalachicola from R-4 to C-4.
*The board granted a request from
Harold "Buddy" Fredricks to re-
zone lots 25-29 (Block 5, Unit 1
East), lots 28-32 (Block 2, Unit 1
East) and lots 1-4 (Block 3, Unit
1 East) from C-2 to C-4 on St.
George Island.
*The board approved a land-use
change request from William M.
Wells to rezone a 400 acre parcel
of land located on the Crooked
River north of Carrabelle from A-
2 (Agricultural) to R-6 (Rural Resi-
dential). The site, it was noted, will
encompass part of the old Buck-
eye Mill tract. It was further noted

that the State of Florida had pur-
chased most of the noted tract of
land. The state and federal gov-
ernment, it was said, own half of
Franklin County.
*The board tabled a request from
Robert Herron to construct a pri-
vate dock in the Critical Habitat
Zone. The private dock, noted Mr.
Currenton, would be located at
Herron's Bayside Subdivision on
St. George Island. Currenton fur-
ther noted that the proposed dock
would be located next to an exist-
ing dock. "What this is, I believe,
is a common dock for the subdi-
vision," said Currenton, "basically
it will look like one dock, though
it will be permitted as two docks."
Board member Donald Wood ar-
gued that, by granting Herron the
proposed development item, the
board would be allowing him to
have Riparian Rights. Such rights
would provide an individual who
owns land bordering a waterway
with legal rights to that body of
Fellow board member Jack
Prophater added, "one thing that
I'm concerned about is that, if
there are nine lots with riparian
rights, I don't have any real prob-
lems with the docks that service
those nine lots. But, theoretically,
you can go out here in a subdivi-
sion that is close to the bay and
have two or three lots with ripar-
ian rights and you have four, five,
six, seven, ten or dozen others
that do not have [riparian rights]
and they go out here and build
docks so that everyone out there
at the subdivision can use it [the
dock]. You're building a marina'
He later noted, "these are not
waterfront lots and they don't
have riparian rights. What's to
keep him [Herron] from having
three or more piers there and have
a marina."
Board member Mary Lou Short
said that she had no problem with
the development item as long as
the developer limited his project
to the proposed dock. Mr.
Prophater shot back, "well, I do."
He said that such approval would
force the board to grant other de-
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New Research and Education Facility Under

Construction in the Eastpoint Area

In the north Magnolia Bluff area
(Bayshore), adjacent to East Bay
and north of Eastpoint, the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve and its Direc-
tor, Woody Miley, have quietly
been coordinating, sponsoring
and planning a new research fa-
cility. When completed, about
mid-March 1997, the Research
Reserve will have a presence on
both sides of the Apalachicola
River and Bay. The new and huge
facility in the Eastpoint area will
be 8,000 square feet of offices,
laboratories and shops, as shown
in the floor plan below. The shop
and boat storage section of the
steel frame structure will be about
2,000 square feet with the balance
(6,000 square feet) heated and
Rick Barnett of Barnett and
Fronczak (Tallahassee) is the Ar-
chitect. Poloronis Construction is
the local representative for
Childers Construction (Tallahas-
see), the contractor.
By any standard, this structure
is a major project in Franklin
County, and will enable the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve to service pub-
lic involvement education and re-
search needs on both sides of the
Apalachicola Bay. According to-
Miley the facility in Apalachicola
will be remodeled to enhance its
potential for public involvement in
the numerous and varied public
programs held in somewhat
cramped quarters at present.
Miley and others developed a
grant from the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration
to pay for most of the new con-
struction, primarily comprised of
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architect from Barnett-Fronczak
and coordinator of the project in
Tallahassee, said that value en-
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The Franklin Chronicle 19 December 1996 Page 5

Planning Council

Concludes Wilson

Land-Use Change

Inconsistent With

County Comp Plan

The last Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) meeting held
in Tallahassee on Thursday, December 5, 1996, concluded that the
Amendment to Franklin County's Comprehensive Plan, involving a
land-use change from agricultural to residential for a D. W. Wilson
development project in East Bay was inconsistent.
Therefore, the ARPC joins with the Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA)
in objecting to the land-use change for 58 acres located on Blounts
Bay, adopted by the County Commission on November 5, 1996. That
same day, Franklin County Planner Alan Pierce wrote Ray Eubanks
of the DCA, "...The Board... believes it must protect its future tax
base as the State in the last eighteen months has removed almost
100,000 acres from the county's tax role [roll] in the creation of Tate's
Hell State Forest." Pierce also said that the Board of County Commis-
sioners "...believes the density established, which was one unit per
five acres, is a reasonable density for the location."

The ARPC listed seven objections to the rezoning, stating that none of
the objections had been addressed in the adopted Amendment.
Objection 1: The Future Land Use Map Series appears to show that
wetlands are prevalent on this site and the soils are rated poor for
development. There is no information provided concerning how much
of the property is wetland or other natural water systems and, there-
fore, whether development can occur without significant impact. This
failure is in conflict with Regional Goal 10.3.1, concerning protection
of natural water systems.
This Objection has Not been Addressed.
Objection 2: There is no information to show whether there are any
threatened or endangered species known to use or inhabit the site
and, therefore, whether development can occur without significant
impact. This failure is in conflict with Regional Goal 10.2.1, concern-
ing protection of threatened or endangered species.
This Objection has Not been Addressed.
Objection 3: According to the Federal Emergency Management
Agency's (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map, this property appears to
be entirely within a flood prone area. This Amendment will dilow high
density development in a hazardous area, which is in conflict with
Regional Goal 7.2.1, concerning property loss due to disaster.
This Objection has Not been Addressed.

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Second Circuit Felony


The Honorable Judge William Gary
Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
December 9, 1996

Charles Alexander: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged
Check, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on January 13. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Richard Beebe, Jr.: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwell-
ing, Burglary of a Structure and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on January 13. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Chief Jessie Smith with the
Carrabelle Police Department received a burglary report on April 29
at 11:20 a.m. at the Episcopal Church in Carrabelle. Those items
reported stolen at the church included a large American flag and an
air conditioner. Smith reported that he recovered the air conditioner
at the residence of the defendant's father, Richard Beebe, Sr. On June
27, witness Michael Whitaker alleged that he was informed that the
defendant was involved in the noted burglary. He informed officers
that the defendant had confided that he had stolen an air conditioner
and large flag from the church. Whitaker alleged that he had initially
observed the flag on the defendant's wall and later saw it in a Ford
Mustang that the defendant had allegedly stolen.
According to another probable cause report, Lt. J.C. Turner noted
that the Franklin County Sheriffs Department had received a call on
May 13 concerning a stolen Ford Mustang belonging to Carrabelle
resident Wendy Smith. On May 16, the defendant's stepfather (Paul
Hite) from Shelfield Lake, Ohio, contacted the Franklin County Sheriffs
Department and reported that his stepson was driving a vehicle that
he believed was stolen. Mr. Hite informed the sheriffs department
that his friend checked the license plate and found that it was re-
ported stolen from Ms. Smith.
According to yet another probable cause report, witness Michael
Whitaker reported to officers on June 27 that the defendant and he
had entered the residence of Ms. Kelly in Carrabelle and stolen two
fans, a VCR and several VCR tapes. Whitaker alleged that the screen
on Ms. Kelly's window was cut and that the defendant crawled through
the window. He further noted that, once the defendant was inside the
home, he unlocked the door and Whitaker himself entered. Whitaker
admitted that he had taken two standing fans from the home. Chief
Jessie Gordon Smith verified statements from Whitaker with a bur-
glary report made on April 29.
Bobby Joe Duncan: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Struc-
ture, Felony Criminal Mischief and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on January 13. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steige.

Objection 4: There is no analysis of traffic impacts expected due to
this change. It appears that access is entirely from State Road (SR)
65, but this is not clear. Based on the information provided, the land
use change could allow over.4,000 trips per day, which would have a'
impact on SR 65. Currently, about ten trips per day are allowed from
this site. The failure to provide adequate traffic data is in conflict with
Regional Goal 19.2.2, concerning preservation of level of service stan-
This Objection has Not been Addressed.
Objection 5: There is no information to show how water and sewer
needs will be met. It cannot be determined whether any additional
public facilities will be needed. The failure to provide adequate infra-
structure information is in conflict with Regional Goals 16.1.1, con-
cerning development in areas with adequate infrastructure; and 8.1.1,
concerning potable water needs.
This Objection has Not been Addressed.
Objection 6: There is no information concerning existing storm wa-
ter facilities that may be impacted by the adopted change. It cannot
be determined whether any public facility improvements will be
needed. The failure to provide adequate storm water information is in
conflict with Regional Goal 16.1.1, concerning development in areas
with adequate infrastructure.
This Objection has Not been Addressed.
Objection 7: There is no information provided as to whether the
adopted change will impact the water quality of Apalachicola Bay,
either through storm water, or other water quality impacts. The fail-
ure to provide adequate information concerning water quality is in
conflict with Regional Goals 8.2.1, concerning water quality; and 9.2.2,
concerning protection of marine resources.
This Objection has Not been Addressed.

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According to the probable cause report, George Bailey with the De-
partment of Environmental Protection reported that someone had been
on Little St. George Island, broken into two storage sheds as well as
the old Marshall House and stolen a Kawasaki 300 Four Wheeler
from the locked shed on October 21. Marshall further reported that
someone drove the stolen vehicle all over the island and then dumped
it into the Apalachicola Bay.
Witness Stacey Flowers informed officers that he and several other
individuals went to Little St. George Island with the intention of hog
hunting. He alleged that, when the group got onto the island, the
defendant broke into the Marshall House and cooked up some clam
chowder. He further alleged that the defendant also broke into one of
the sheds and began ramming the door of the shed with the four
wheeler vehicle with the intention of "knocking it down."
Mr, Flowers alleged that the group had pleaded with the defendant to
discontinue his actions. However, according to the report, the defen-
dant assured everyone that he had rented the island for the occasion.
flowers finally alleged that the defendant drove the vehicle from the
Island and dumped it in the bay. According to Woody Miley with the
DEP, the noted vehicle was completely damaged. The vehicle was val-
ued at $6,000.
Bobby Martin: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on January 13. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Larry Joseph, Jr., and the
defendant became entangled in an argument on November 28 at the
Starfire Lounge concerning a money matter. According to witness
Marcus Jenkins, Mr. Joseph confronted the defendant and allegedly
demanded 10 dollars. The defendant allegedly said that he didn't know
anything about the matter. Then, Mr. Joseph allegedly shoved the
defendant against the wall causing an injury to the defendant's fore-
According to the report, the defendant then went into the lounge and
retrieved a haridgun from behind the bar. He allegedly came from the
lounge and fired two shots at Joseph, who fled the scene. One of the
bullets struck the front, left fender of the vehicle driven by Joseph.
Melvin Robert McKinney: Charged with one count of Aggravated
Assault with a Firearm, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser
charges of Improper Exhibition of a Dangerous Weapon. Judge Gary
withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 6 months of
county probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be'
required to forfeit his handgun, refrain from any contact with Cesar
Nunez and pay $150 in court costs. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly threat-
ened Cesar Nunez with a small, black, semi-automatic handgun on
October 31 while in the parking lot of the Red Rabbit Foodlane. Ac-
cording to a statement made by Mr. Nunez to Officer Michael Moore
of the Franklin County Sheriffs Department, the defendant pointed
the handgun at Nunez' waist after he was approached about a can of
paint that fell from Mr. Nunez' vehicle. According to the report, the
defendant picked up the bucket of paint after it fell from Nunez' ve-
hicle and did not want to give it back to Mr. Nunez. Officer Moore
inspected the handgun owned by Mr. McKinney and observed that it
did not have an ammunition clip nor ammunition inside it.
Christopher Moates: Charged with one- count of Possession of Co-
caine, the defendant pleaded No Contest as charged. Judge Gary with-
held adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 18 months of pro-
bation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be required to
either serve 9 months in the Franklin County Jail or complete an
inpatient drug treatment program. Judge Gary also ordered the de-
fendant to pay $255 for court costs. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Officer Jonathan Riley of the
Carrabelle Police Department was informed by Buck Smith that the
defendant was smoking crack cocaine in front of juveniles on Novem-
ber 9 in front of the Carrabelle IGA. Officer Riley alleged that he checked
the area and found no one present. However, he also noted that rem-
nants of an illegal substance was found at the scene.
Officer Riley then noticed the defendant walking down a sidewalk
nearby. He confronted the defendant and allegedly informed him of
the complaint he had received. According to the report, the defendant
admitted that he had been smoking and informed the officer that he
was "fu**ed up." The defendant allegedly agreed to empty his pockets
upon request by Officer Riley. Officer Riley reported that, when the
defendant opened his wallet, he noticed crack cocaine.
Randy Peshhoff: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on February 10. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Alfred Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly spent
an evening at the victim's home in Apalachicola on November 13 watch-
ing television. According to the victim, she allegedly informed the de-
fendant that there would be no intercourse between the two that
evening. During the evening, the victim alleged that she later woke
up to find the defendant on top of her engaged in vaginal penetration.
When questioned by authorities, the defendant alleged that the in-
tercourse was consentual.
Chris Richards: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
Possession of More Than Twenty Grams of Cannabis and Criminal
Mischief, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charges of
Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief. Judge Gary adjudicated the de-
fendant Guilty and sentenced him to 90 days in the Franklin County
Jail with credit for 28 days of time served. Judge Gary also sentenced
the defendant to 3 years of probation. As a condition of probation, the
defendant will be required to complete 25 hours of community ser-
vice. The defendant will also be required to pay $150 to Don Powers
for restitution and $255 for court costs. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant had been ac-
cused of stealing a boat owned by George Power on September 22 at
the 'Ten Foot Hole" in Apalachicola. According to the report, the de-
fendant and a 14-year-old white male allegedly stole a 1985 12 1/2
foot red Achilles boat with a 7 1/2 horse power Mercury out-board
The Florida Marine Patrol located the two individuals while they were
using the boat on the river. According to the report, the boat was
painted gray and the previous motor was discarded for a 25 horse
power engine that did not have a serial number. When the two indi-
viduals were arrested, the 14 year old white male allegedly confessed
that the defendant and he stole the boat. A 12 gauge shotgun and a
quantity of more than 20 grams of cannabis was found in the posses-
sion of the two individuals.
Timothy Judson Stewart: Charged with one count of DUI and Driv-
ing with a Suspended or Revoked License, the defendant pleaded No
Contest to the charges. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and sentenced him to 90 days in the Franklin County Jail with credit
for 35 days of time served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant
to 24 months of probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant
will be required to serve 50 hours of community service. Judge Gary
also fined the defendant $1,000, ordered him to pay $280 for court
costs and revoked his driver's license for life. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Robert Thompson, Jr.: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on February 10.
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Carl Ard: Charged with First Degree Arson, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a trial on
December 30. The defendant was represented by Attorney James Rich-
George Branch: Charged with Cultivation of Cannabis, Killing or Pos-
session of an Alligator, Criminal Mischief Under $200 and Violation
of Probation, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charges
of Possession of Alligator Parts and Violation of Probation. Judge Gary
revoked the defendant's probation and placed him on 2 years of com-
munity control. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $155
in court costs. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Marvin Cambell: Charged with one count of Petit Theft, the defen-
dant pleaded No Contest as charged. Judge Gary adjudicated the
defendant Guilty and sentenced him to time served. Judge Gary waived
court costs. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sand-
Glenda Hatfield Millender: Charged with one count of Affray, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary set the case
for trial on January 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jesse Brown: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Firearm, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for a trial on January 16. The defendant was rep-
resented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
George Cargill: Charged with one count of Trafficking in Cocaine,
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy in Trafficking of
Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on January 16. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney James Richmond.
Jessetta Dalton: Charged with one count of Fraudulent Use of a
Credit Card, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for case management on January 13. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Danford: Charged with two counts of Burglary of a Dwelling
and Criminal Mischief, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser
charges of Burglary of a Dwelling and Trespassing of a Structure.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
eight months in the Franklin County Jail with 118 days of credit for
time served. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for
court costs. A restitution hearing was set for January 13. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Daniel Dillon: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon and Affray, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
January 13. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Lee Fichera: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on January 13. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Virginia Fordham: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft and Burglary of a Dwelling, the defendant pleaded No Contest
to the lesser charge of Trespassing. Judge Gary withheld adjudica-
tion and sentenced the defendant to 6 months of probation. As a
condition of probation, the defendant will be required to refrain from
contact with Jimmy Joe Sanders. Judge Gary also ordered the defen-
dant to pay $150 in court costs. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Sherri Hutchins: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Convey-
ance and Third Degree Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management
on January 13. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Duane Banks: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, the defendant
pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated the defen-
dant Guilty and sentenced him to 4 months in the Franklin County
Jail with credit:for 66 days of time served. Judge Gary also sentenced
the defendant to 2 years of probation. As condition of probation, the
defendant will be required to complete 25 hours of community ser-
vice. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for court
costs andset a restitution hearing for January 13. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jerry Kent: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case for case management on January 13. The
defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Jamal Kirkland: Charged with one count of Second Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on January 13. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Freddie McIntyre: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery
with a Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted
Felon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on January 13. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bill Miller,'IV: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure
and Third Degree Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
February 10. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Charles Newberry: Charged with two counts of Burglary of a Dwell-
ing and Criminal Mischief, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the
lesser charges of Burglary of a Dwelling and Trespassing in a Struc-
ture. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to 8 months in the Franklin County Jail. Judge Gary also sen-
tenced the defendant to 3 years of probation. As a condition of proba-
tion, the defendant will be required to stay away from St. George
Island. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 in court
costs. A restitution hearing was set for January 13 for the defendant.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Valerie Janard.
Ronald Philips, Jr.: Charged with one count of Escape, the defen-
dant pleaded No Contest as charged. Judge Gary adjudicated the
defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 5 years in the Department of
Corrections with credit for 83 days of time served. Judge Gary also
ordered the defendant to pay $255 in court costs. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Elex Pugh: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Conveyance and
Third Degree Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charge. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on Feb-
ruary 10. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pubic Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Otis Russell: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge
of Battery. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sen-
tenced him to 6 months of probation. As a condition of probation, the
defendant will be required to complete the PAVE (Providing Alterna-
tives to Violence Through Education) program. Judge Gary also or-
dered the defendant to pay $155 in court costs. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Coy Sapp: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly
Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on January 13. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Lee Roy Simmons: Charged with two counts of Arson, the defendant
pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of one count of Arson. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 34
months in the Department of Corrections with credit for 45 days of

time served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to 2 years of
probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be required
to complete 50 hours of community service and also refrain from any
contact with Doritha Jones or Ross Edwards. Judge Gary also or-
dered the defendant to pay $500 in restitution to Edward Tolliver in
payments of no less than $50 per month. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Tammy Kay Stanley: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Struc-
ture and Third Degree Grand Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the charges. Judge Gary continued the case for case management
on February 10. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Amy Sue Stiefel: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on February 10. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

Holly Marie Stripling: Charged with one count of Trafficking in Co-
caine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy to Traffic in
Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on January 13. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Mark Temple Watson: Charged with one count of DUI Involving Se-
rious Injuries, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Gary continued the case to January 13. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Kevin Steiger.
Susan Wright: Charged with Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on February 10. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

Dwayne Braswell: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on Janu-
ary 13. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Jonathan Donaldson: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an
admission to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 2
years of probation with a suspended sentence of 7 years in the De-
partment of Corrections. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Howard Enfinger: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on Janu-
ary 13. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Lucille Geter: Charged with VOP, the'defendant entered an admis-
sion to the charge. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
sentenced him to 60 days in the Franklin County Jail with credit
given for 41 days of time served. Judge Gary also sentenced the de-
fendant to a new 2 year term of probation. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Joseph Nieves: Charged with VOP, the defendant failed to appear for
his court hearing. Judge Gary issued a capias for the arrest of the
Chris Nowling: Charged with VOP, the defendant failed to appear for
his court hearing. Judge Gary issued a capias for the arrest of the
Terry Bentley: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis-
sion to the charge. Judge Gary revoked the defendant's probation
and sentenced him to 2 years in the Department of Corrections with
credit for 43 days of time served. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

County Takes No

Action on Adjustment


The Franklin County Commission
agreed at their regular December
3 board meeting to take no action
on an appeal made by Tom Adams
to the Board of Adjustments
(BOA) on December 2.
Mr. Adams had based his appeal
to the BOA on Section 315.04 of
the zoning code, which estab-
lished the powers and duties of
the adjustment board. The section
notes that the BOA will "hear and
decide appeals when it is alleged
that there is an error in any or-
der, requirement, decision or de-
termination made by an admin-
istrative official in the enforce-
ment of this zoning ordinance or
any other applicable regulation or
ordinance promulgated by the
Franklin County Board'of Com-
Adams objected to the fact that
Attorney Michael Shuler, counsel
for the BOA, has provided legal
advise to the adjustment board.
Adams maintained that Attorney
Michael Shuler had a conflict of
interest because his father (Al
Shuler) served as the county at-
torney. Both Al and Michael
Shuler, in addition, have been af-
filiated with the same firm, Shuler
and Shuler.
The BOA took no action at their
December 2 meeting in regard to
the argument presented by
Adams that Michael Shuler had
a conflict of interest as counsel to 4
the adjustment board. However,
the BOA voted to send the appeal
presented by Adams back to the
Franklin County Commission.
County Planner Alan Pierce rec-
ommended that the board take no
action on Adams' forwarded ap-
peal. 'They [BOA] do not haveju- 4
risdiction on this matter or the
authority to overturn the deci-
sions that county commission
made," said Pierce. He continued,
"they [BOA] have the authority to
overturn the decisions that I make
because I'm presumably an ad-
ministrative official. You all [Fran-
klin County Commission] are 4
policy makers not administrators,
so the BOA cannot overturn your
decision." Pierce said that, if the
board took action on the BOA's
decision it would create the im-
pression that the adjustment
board would serve as a board
of appeals for the county
County Attorney Al Shuler told
board members that the purpose
of the BOA was not to serve as an
appeal board. He felt that the
BOA's purpose was to review de-
cisions by such administrative of-
ficials as County Planner Alan
Pierce and Building Inspector
Roscoe Carroll. 'The appeal was
improper and appears to have
been rejected by the Board ofAd-
justments," said Shuler. He rec-
ommended that the board take no
further action.
Mr. Adams told board members
that, according to the comprehen-
sive plan, there must be a mecha- (
nism for appeals from citizens.
"What I appeal," said Adams, "was
that there is error in the orders
that were passed on October 3."
Adams pointed out that his ap-
peal was uncontrovertedd and
unrebutted" at the BOA hearing.
'This is a proper appeal," affirmed
Adams, "it was done in conjunc-
tion with the comprehensive plan
and your zoning code."
Adams reminded commissioners
that the Department of Commu-
nity Affairs (DCA) had also ap-
pealed the board's decision con-
cerning Resort Village on October
3. He continued, "DEP [Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-

tion] has advised that, in order to
comply with the conditions, the
wastewater treatment tankage
and effluent.disposal system ab-
sorption beds, must be in opera-
tion. In other words, leaving out
the absorption beds created a
problem because you can't oper-
ate the sewer."
Adams alleged that the board was
allowing provisions of the Devel-
opment of Regional Impact (DRI)
ordinance to be violated. He said
that Section 6 of the DRI prohib-
ited the filling of freshwater bot-
toms or wetland areas. '"his in-
cludes salt or freshwater
marshes," noted Adams. He main-
tained that both the DevelonmPnt


Appiove One Lot for RV

Park on Alligator Point

Tom Adams

Order and Comprehensive Plan
prohibited the filling of such
marshes. The Florida Advisory
Water Commission (FLAWAC),.
Adams continued, had sent sev-
eral directives to the board and
Ben Johnson concerning the im-
pact to wetlands. "Not only did
you not address impacts to wet-
lands," said Adams, "you pro-
posed to fill them."
The board, said Adams, further
violated its own zoning code with
respect to stormwater conditions.
"Applications for individual
project phases may be considered
only when the phases and
stormwater systems are totally
independent of adjacent lands.
That's your own zoning code,"
said Adams. He said that the map
that was presented to the board
on October 3 illustrated the con-
tiguous lands for future hotels
and absorption beds. "What was
approved is in violation of your
own code," said Adams.
Attorney Al Shuler urged board
members not to reverse their Oc-
tober 3 decision. "As far as indi-
vidual matters that Tom [Adams]
has addressed here, those are
being addressed in great details
in different forms...It's being ap-
pealed by the POA (Plantation
Homeowners Association) in court
and in an administrative hearing,"
said Shuler. He continued, "there
are ways to address any alleged
or perceived or real problems with
the order. But, this is not the way
to do it." He said that reversing
the board's previous action would
confuse matters. "It will probably
at least double your litigation and
more than double your risk of los-
ing something. Courts don't par-
ticularly like for people to say one
thing one time and something else.
the next time," he concluded.

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By Rene Topping
Approximately 40 Alligator Point resi-
dents were disappointed when the
Franklin County Commissioners
voted 3-2 to permit an RV park to be
built on Lot 47 at Pride of the Point in
Alligator Harbor Subdivision. Voting
yes were Commissioners Jimmie
Mosconis, Clarence Williams and
Eddie Creamer. Commission Chair-
man Raymond Williams and Bevin
Putnal voted against the park. Putnal
drew applause from the residents
when he stated. The reason I op-
posed this is I don't know why we have
got to do this right now." Putnal had
spoken vigorously to table until the
next meeting so that residents could
have the chance to read an answer
from Alan Pierce to a lengthy letter
from Tom VanderPlaats, president of
the Alligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
VanderPlaats objected to the fact that
the written answers to his questions
had just been handed to the commis-
sioners who were seeing the proposed
site plan for the first time.
John Hambrose commented, "I under-
stood that the plan that was supposed
to be brought back here used only the
lot 47 but the plan that is before the
board is using lot 46 for access in and
out of the park. Look at that plan you
have before you. How are you goine
Continued on page 12

Adams objected to the board re-
ceiving advise from Attorney Al
Shuler. "He is a part to the prepa-
ration of the documents by your
own board," said Adams. He con-
sidered Shuler's advise to the
board to be "inappropriate" and
urged board members to seek in-
dependent counsel in the matter.
"You've got the fox guarding the
chicken coop," he added.
"This is incredible to me," said
Adams, "there's not been one
single rebut of the points that I
have made. There was clear error
and your Board of Adjustments
recognized it." Mr. Adams felt that
the BOA's decision to take no ac-
tion on the December 2 gave va-
lidity to his allegations. "The
Board of Adjustmenrts had the
option to say, 'we deny your alle-
gations and find them un-
founded.' They did not do that and
so I see -their lack of denial as an
affirmative vote," noted Adams.
Mr. Pierce felt that the BOA took
no action on the matter because
they were "overwhelmed" with the
complexity of Mr. Adams' allega-
tions. 'They didn't want to get in-
volved or were unsure what they
were supposed to do, so they sent
it back," said Pierce. ,

Published every other Friday


The Franklin Chronicle 19 December 1996 Page 7

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The Carrabelle City Commission
unanimously agreed at their regu-
lar December 2 meeting todisap-
prove the first and final reading
of a proposed ordinance to grant
the U.S. Cable Television Group
a 15-year non-exclusive right to
operate in the City Towers. The
board, agreed, furthermore, to
advertise for a new cable service
The board's decision came after
months of public discussion and
continual disapproval of the cable
groups' proposed ordinance to
operate in the city. Board mem-
bers noted that no representative
from the cable group had both-
ered to attend the December 2
meeting to address the board's
"We're not getting any place with
this," complained Commissioner
'Buz' Putnal. He said that he had
been informed that the noted
cable provider "had done all
they're going to do." He added, "if
they're not more interested in us
than that..."
"I don't know how many times
we've made the motion to disap-
prove the first reading," explained
Commissioner James Phillips.
"The programs that I'm getting at
my house," commented Putnal, "I
can put up an antennae and do
just as good... I think we watch 7
out of 20 some-odd channels."
Resident Keith Mock again re-
quested that the boarfind a
cable service provider that would
offer ESPN II and the Sunshine
Network. He further complained
that reception for the Fox Network
had been really poor as of late.
"Can we as consumers cut down
on payment to the company for
dissatisfaction?" Board Attorney
William Webster replied, "the ul-
timate dissatisfaction is to just
cancel your service. Mock re-
turned, "well, I don't want to go
that far with it."
Attorney Webster noted, "the
problem I have with these guys is
that we tried to get them to come
to the city meetings and they
won't respond to the city commis-
sion when we're wanting to act on
their franchise. If they don't re-
spond to the city, what makes you
think they're gonna respond to
you [Mr. Mock] as a customer?"
In other board business:
*The board approved an ordi-
nance to declare a portion of
downtown Carrabelle as an area
suitable for redevelopment with
the need for rehabilitation, con-

servation and/or redevelopment.
*The board approved an ordi-
nance to declare a need for the
creation of a community redevel-
opment agency to carry out the
duties enumerated in the commu-
nity redevelopment act.
*The board approved an ordi-
nance to declare the Carrabelle
City Commission as the commu-
nity redevelopment agency to
carry out the purposes of the com-
munity redevelopment act.
*The board approved an ordi-
nance to establish a redevelop-
ment trust fund for the commu-
nity redevelopment agency for the
City of Carrabelle.
*The board agreed to award a con-
struction bid for the proposed
Riverwalk Project on January 14
at 6 p.m. at a special meeting.
Bids for the proposed project will
be advertised on December 12
and opened on January 9.
*Bill Choat with Argus Services
appeared before the board of com-
missioners to address previous
complaints about the trash dis-
posal company. Mr. Choat apolo-
gized for incidents at Argus Ser-
vices office that he considered
were "inexcusable." He informed
board members that every one in
the office of Argus Services had
read the minutes of the city meet-
ing last month that listed the com-
plaints of local customers. "It was
pretty damning as to how they're
handling people," commented
Mr. Choat assured commission-
ers that additional training had
been offered to the office workers
to ensure that such situations do
not occur again. "We've also hired
a secret shopper company to call
in and review our people and give
us reports back and make sure
things are happening," said
Choat requested that local cus-
tomers specifically ask for
Stephanie Hewitt at the office of
Argus Services to address their
concerns. "She is the supervisor
of those people and she's very
good with customers," he noted.
*The board agreed to display a
plan prepared by Bill Castoldi at
the Carrabelle City Hall. The plan
detailed a City Hall Annex for
parking at the Castoldi Office
Complex. Castoldi noted that the
property would provide the City
with 28 parking spaces as well as
a handicap accessible facility. He
urged the board to seek grant
funding for such a project. "You
want people to stop in Carrabelle,"
commented Castoldi, "I don't
think really tourists are gonna'
stop in the downtown area if
there's really no place to park.
They'll keep ongoing to Eastpoint
and Apalachicola. You won't get,
the tourist dollars you're really
looking for. Their money will be
spent elsewhere. We need some-
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Bill McCartney with Baskerville-
Donovan noted that the Redevel-
opment and Riverwalk Project had
a parking requirement in their
plan. Commissioner James
Phillips indicated that the pre-
sented plans had been passed
along to the Redevelopment Com-
mittee following the previous
meeting in which Mr. Castoldi ini-
tially presented the plans.
*Resident Charles Lewis com-
plained of trucks and trailers
parking on Highway 98. "When I
pull out on Marine Street to the
highway, I have a hard time see-
ing often," explained Lewis.
Concerning such parking prac-
tices, Mayor Charles Millender
said that the State of Florida
"didn't have much to say about
it." He added, "that's about-the
only place they can park."
Commissioner 'Buz' Putnal sug-
gested that the city require such
vehicles to park on the south side
of U.S. Highway 98. Commis-
sioner James Phillips said that he
had no problem with the vehicles
parking on the highway. "As long
as they're not blocking the view
of the drive or the road," he added.
Phillips informed Mr. Lewis that
the City of Carrabelle had no ju-
risdiction over. vehicles that
parked on the noted highway.
SMayor Millender noted, "they
don't; but the City can complain
and D.O.T. [Department of Trans-
portation] will go along with it."
Mr. Lewis also complained that
when vehicles parked at an angle
at Linda's Trading Post, those
parked vehicles obstructed the
view of oncoming traffic when
turning from Marine Street onto
U.S. Highway 98.
Commissioner Phillips remarked,
"if it's a safety problem, we need
to look into it. If it's strictly some-
body that don't want the trucks
parking on [Highway] 98, I've got
a problem with that, because they
need to park somewhere. And we
allow them to park on the back
roads, because they tear the roads
Mayor Millender suggested that
the board request that police of-
ficers instruct truck drivers to
park only on the south side of U.S.
Highway 98. "Like between
Millender and Sons and the Ma-
rina and in there," said Milleinder.
"In the future," concluded Lewis,
"if there are going to be more tour-
ist developing into the town,
people aren't gonna want the
trucks there. And, now would be
a better time to look for an alter-
native site, rather than wait until
there's no land to do it later."
"You also have to look at it this
way," responded Phillips, "those
peoplehave'kept this community
going for years ard years and
years. We need to consider our
feelings on that, too."

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Lewis affirmed that he did not
want to make parking on U.S.
Highway 98 illegal. Rather, he said
he merely wanted to identify land
to be used for such parking pur-
poses in order to avoid future
Mayor Millender instructed, "the
next time you see a rubber hose
going across the road, don't try
to go around it...They come in
here every once and a while to see
if you got enough traffic to put a
street light up. They do that about
every 3 years."
*The board agreed to close the
following streets for the Water-
front Festival: 1, Avenue B South
from Third Street East to Marine
Street; 2, Berry Street between
Avenues B and C South; and 3,
Marine Street from U.S. Highway
98 to the Edgewater Bar.
*The board agreed to table a lease
agreement between the City (les-
sor) and Franklin County (lessee)
for the Franklin County Public
Library's-use of the old gym
*The board agreed to award
Julian Webb and Associates the
administrative services contract
for the Commercial Revitalization
Grant Project from the Commu-
nity Development Block Grant
(CDBG) Program. The City also
agreed to negotiate a contract with
Baskerville-Donovan for engi-
neering services for the same
noted grant project.
Prior to selecting an engineering
and administrative services bid,
Mr. Julian Webb advised board
members to rank the different
bids fairly closely. "I've never seen
DCA [Department of Community
Affairs] challenge a commission-
ers ranking of engineers or admin-
istrators or anything. What they
want to do is see some numbers,
a total and they want to see the
sheet signed. They pretty well take
that position," commented Webb.
He said, however, that if a bidder
was ranked too low, that
individual might challenge the
The board approved rules to gov-
ern the use of the Carrabelle Ath-
letic Facilities.
*The board approved a proposed
contract between Oar, Brown
Marine Services and the City.for
construction of phase 1 of the
Bryson Family Reef.
Attorney William Webster in-
formed board members that the
contract seemed to protect the
City of Carrabelle. "If everything
happens properly," he noted, "the
city is covered." Webster further
stated that the City of Carrabelle
has received State recognition for
those artificial reefs locally situ-
ated. "It has been shown as a
model for the rest of the state for
the Artificial Reef Program. I don't
know iflt has done the city any
good or tnot,' said Webster, "but
y'all ark getting some positive
press from it."
*The board agreed to accept a re-
quest from Jovel Taylor and
Nancy Allee to have the Gypsy
River subdivision property an-
nexed into the City of Carrabelle.
Commissioner James Phillips in-
formed those requesting the an-
nexation that city sewer services
would not be available to the
noted property. "If we do annex
this inside of the city, are those
people gonna be up here com-
plaining before us about having
to pay city taxes without receiv-
ing any city services?" One of
those requesting the annexation
responded, "they will be apprised
of that prior to buying the lot. So,
they can make their decision
*The board approved a variance
request from Bobby Phipps with
the stipulation that Phipps be re-
quired to move his portable build-
ing upon request by the City of
Carrabelle. Mr. Phipps requested
a side setback requirement vari-
ance to place a storage building
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City Discusses

Proposed Grant

and Loan for

Water System


Phil Dover and Bill McCartney
with the Baskerville-Donovan en-
gineering firm met with members
of the Carrabelle City Commission
on December 2 to discuss specific
items of a proposed grant and
loan application that will be used
to fund improvements in the city's
water system.
Mr. McCartney informed commis-
sioners that the City of Carrabelle
would probably be eligible for a
50-50 grant/loan from the Office
of Rural Development (formerly
known as the Farmers Home Ad-
ministration). The amount of
grant money that the city would
receive, said McCartney, was
McCartney informed commission-
ers that the City would receive a
4.5% loan for 40 years if it was
not in compliance with various
regulatory agencies. Ironically,
the city's loan would be 5.8% for
40 years if it was in compliance.
"You're [City of Carrabelle] not
way out of compliance in any re-
gard," said McCartney.
Commissioner 'Buz' Putnal ques-
tioned why the interest rate to be
paid back for the loan would be
greater if the city was in compli-
ance. McCartney responded that
the reason for the lower interest
rate was to assist small commu-
nities who were not able to com-
ply with all the rules and regula-
tions of the regulatory agencies.
Putnal remarked that the City was
better served by remaining out of
compliance. "You better believe
it," responded McCartney.
The average water bill for custom-
ers in the City of Carrabelle, noted
Dover, was presently $12.53. The
minimum bill, he continued, was
$7 for 3,000 gallons. "The city's
losirig money," he pointed out.
Dover said that the City of
Carrabelle was losing an average
of $29,000 with its present water
system operation.
To break even, Dover said that the
city would have to raise the mini-
mum rate to $8.89. In order for
the City to break even and absorb
the new debt incurred by the
grant/loan, he said that the mini-
mum rate would have to be in-
creased to $12.11. Dover said that
the average bill, then, would be
$21.67. He said that, with the in-
creased-rate, the customer would
receive service from a new and
dependable water system.
"It's not a matter of dependabil-'
ity," responded Commissioner
James Phillips, "it's a matter of
inability. If we don't do something
with this system, it's gonna quit.
That's all there is to it."
Mr. Dover informed board mem-
bers that the scope for the pro-
posed grant project consisted of
two areas: inside and outside of
the City of Carrabelle. Dover noted
that the area of Timber Island
would be listed as inside the city
limits. He said that the area was
initially thought to be outside the
City of Carrabelle.
The new water plant, said Dover,
would be located outside the City
of Carrabelle to the north. "The
reason why it's located outside of
the city is because of location. We
wanted to locate the new well rnd

ground storage tank as far away
from the Gulf of Mexico as we
could," said Dover. He explained
that, the closer that a well is lo-
cated to the ocean, the greater the
possibility of having salt water
intrusion to the well. "Over time,
the well goes bad and you can't
use it anymore," explained Dover.
The water lines for the proposed

to the board by Chief Warren
Faircloth. "He's [Whitfield] a good
man," noted Howell.
*Mayor Bobby Howell informed
board members that, instead of
providing city employees with
turkeys for a Christmas bonus,
they would give them $20
certificates. The certificate, noted
Howell, could not be used for
alcoholic beverages.
*Commissioner Jack Frye
complained that unauthorized
approval was given to turn on
water for a resident of the city. "I
don't think nobody's got the
authority of cutting on the water
and off the water except Carl
Gilbert," said Frye.
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water' system will extend across
the Carrabelle River and Timber
Island, said Dover. The lines, he
said, would tie back to Highway
98 and go down River Road. Fi-
nally, the lines will go back out to
Highway 98 and go out to the
Carrabelle Beach area. "And
that's where we're gonna termi-
nate it," noted Dover. He said that
the water line would not reach to
Lighthouse Point area. "We could
not justify that additional line,"
said Dover, "there is several thou-
sand feet of water line that
it would take to reach those
City Employee Keith Mock sug-
gested that the City of Carrabelle
provide the labor at a later date
to extend the water lines to the
Lighthouse Point area. "If push
comes to shove, and the city
wanted to, we could probably do
a lot of that ourselves," he noted.
Mayor Charles Millender noted
that many potential customers
were located in the Lighthouse
Point area. "If you can't got them,
you ain't got that many signed up
Ifor connections to the new water
system]," said Millender.
"We told everyone in the sign up
period that we didn't know where
the city was going to be able to go
and what was going to be cost ef-
fective," said McCartney. He con-
tinued, "and [we told them] the
best thing to do was to sign up
even if wasn't gonna get there,
because ultimately it will."
Dover explained that the
Baskerville-Donovan firm
planned to maximize the amount
of water line connections, though
minimize the amount of water line
to be used in the proposed project.
"The more residences you hook
up," explained Dover, "the greater
your revenue. The fewer the line,
the less the construction cost,"
At present, Dover noted that 173
individuals have paid a $50 de-
posit fee to be hooked up to the
proposed water system. 'Those
aren't all single-family resi-
dences," added McCartney, "some
of them are businesses."
McCartney also noted that the
Department of Transportation as
well as the Division of Forestry
had also paid the $50 deposit fee.
McCartney concluded, "it's cheap
money. You're talking about 4.5
percent interest and a million and
one in grant money. You'll never
get another dffer like this...I think
we can smile all the way to the
bank with this grant."




The following business was
conducted during the December
3 meeting of the Apalachicola City
*The board agreed to endorse and
support efforts by the Cape St.
George Lighthouse committee.
Resident Jimmy Nichols informed
board members that the
committee was applying for a
$60,000 grant. Mayor Bobby
Howell questioned, "An
endorsement but no money?"
Nichols replied, "We don't want no
money from you. We just want an
*The board agreed to allow Gulf
State Bank to be first mortgage
holder on the proposed Dixie
Theatre property owned by Rex
Partington. Mr. Partington
received a revolving loan of
$45,000 from the City of
Apalachicola for the proposed
construction project. Mayor
Howell informed board members,
"We have the first bank mortgage
on it and the bank is wanting to
lend him [Partington] $190,000
on it." He continued, "the bank
will not lend him [Partington] the
$190,000, which they can't,
unless we accept the second
mortgage and the bank the first
[mortgage]." According to a source
at the City of Apalachicola, the
proposed construction project will
probably begin in January.
*The board agreed to approve all
recommendations from the
Apalachicola Planning and Zoning
*The board agreed to allocate
$3,331 for the purchase of new
equipment for the Apalachicola
Fire Department. The new
equipment, said Howell, included
several masks, flash lights, hoses
and nozzles for the fire
*The board agreed to hire previous
Animal Control Officer Earl
Whitflield to fill a vacant position
with the Apalachicola Police
Department. Mr. Whitfield will
replace the position vacated by
Gerald Proctor. Howell said that
Whitfield had been recommended

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Sherman Thomas ai
board as Ricky Lie
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waits for

Two of Apalachicola's parents
continued to heap a generous
amount of complaints upon the
Franklin County School Board at
the regular December 12 meeting
at Brown Elementary School.
Parent Sherman Thomas first in-
formed board members that he
had requested to be placed on the
meeting's agenda. He told board
members that he had met with
former Superintendent C.T: Pon-
der to ensure that he would be
on the agenda.
Mr. Thomas then bombarded
board members with a host of
complaints ranging from facilities
at Apalachicola High School to an
alleged lack of school sponsored
programs for the children.
Thomas complained that, at
Chapman Elementary School, he
had so many problems with an
instructor that he had to have his
child transferred from the
instructor's class. "I feel that, if
my kid was having trouble with
the teacher at the elementary
school, I'm.sure there's some
other kids out there that are hav-
ing trouble out there also," said
"My main beef is education," af-
firmed Thomas, "the education of
all of our kids in Franklin County.
I'm sure that, as school board
members, you all should express
the same feelings that I have. That
is, to educate our children and
take care of any problems that
Mr. Thomas complained that the
conditions of Apalachicola High
School were not adequate. He said
that the ceiling tile in the school's
lunchroom hung down. "And it's
not fair to our kids," said Thomas.
He further noted that the class-
rooms were drab and dreary and
not conducive to learning. Tho-
mas urged that the classrooms be
painted in a brighter color. He also
suggested that the school board
collaborate with the health de-
partment in order to have an air
quality test conducted in all of the
schools. He said that such a test
should be conducted in order to
ensure that no harmful pollutants
existed in any of the classrooms.
"I'm serious about what we should
do for our students," said Tho-
mas, "It's time for a change."
Thomas advised board members
that all instructors should be fin-
ger printed, drug tested and also
subjected to psychological testing.
"I personally don't want my child
going out there to this school and
being taught by a teacher with a
criminal background," said Tho-
mas, "because they're not there
for the benefit of the kids." He in-
formed board members that he
had six children attending schools
in Franklin County and was not
certain whether he would let them
remain in the local school system
if conditions did not improve.
The board informed Thomas that
instructors were drug tested and
that all new individuals hired in
the school district were finger
printed. Bus drivers, noted Mr.
Meyers, were randomly tested for
drug use.
"I know that we have a school sys-
tem these days where the kids
want to have all the power, but
the power should be given to the
teachers and they should be pro-
fessionals," continued Thomas.
Thomas also told board members
that he was opposed to having a
new prison built locally. He said
that, instead of having such an
investment in the county, board
members should lobby for a con-
solidated school.
Board Member Connie Ard in-
formed Mr. Thomas that the
school board was not in the busi-
ness of building prisons. Thomas
responded, "If you're not a part of
the solution, you're part of the
problem. We as school board
members, parents and people that
live in this community... if we're
not against it, then we're part of
the problem."
Thomas finally requested that
members of the school board meet
with city and county officials to
have after school activities and
facilities created for the children.
He suggested that a science lab
or a swimming pool be built for
the children. "Let's all get together
as parents. Let's get together with

the city and county commissions
and build something for our chil-
dren. They get out of school and
they don't have anything to do but
go and get into evil. And they move
rom there into a life of crime and
Ms. Roehr reminded Mr. Thomas
that the WINGS program coordi-
nated by the public library offered
children of all ages educational
and entertaining after-school ac-
tivities. She also added, "if we
don't think positive and talk posi-
tive, then our kids are gonna
think negative and talk negative."
Parent Ricky Lichardello also
complained that he was supposed
to be on the agenda concerning
an ongoing complaint about the
treatment of his son at Apalachi-
cola High School.
Chairperson Will Kendrick in-
formed Mr. Lichardello that the
teacher's union had appealed the
noted complaint on the grounds
that it was too general. He asked
Mr. Lichardello to again meet with
the' superintendent and specify
those complaints in order to have
the matter addressed at a public
"In other words," said Lichardello
in frustration, "the kid's safety is
second standard to maybe a
teacher's little job. That's what
you're sitting there saying. My son
is coming home bruised up and
banged up just about every other
day. And it's been let to go on. I've
got pictures, I've got doctors'
documents and the whole nine
He concluded, "If my kid comes
home hurt one more time, I'm
gonna bring charges. I have tried
to work with everybody and the
more I've tried to work, the worse
it's got at that school system... My
son's got to the point where he
wants to get out of school."
In other board business:
*Superintendent Brenda Gallo-
way announced that Miss Florida
1996 would visit all of the local
schools on February 11. The visit,
noted Galloway, was being coor-
dinated by a drop out prevention
instructor at Apalachicola High
*School District member Faye
Burton informed the board that
a curriculum evaluation commit-
tee was presently reviewing a pro-
gram called, "Get Real About
AIDS." Ms. Burton informed
board members that the proposed
program has received much posi-
tive feedback. "We have involved
parents and teachers and Ms.
(Rose) McCoy and Joanne
Thomason (from the health
department)," said Burton. She
noted that the program was un-
der the direction of Director of
Curriculum Rose McCoy.
*Board member Jimmy Gander
was nominated to the
Qualifications Review Committee
of the District 2 Health and
Human Services (HRS) Board.
*The board approved a Letter of
Cooperative Agreement between
the Franklin County School Board
and the Love Center Academy
(Day Care Center for Teen
*The board approved the School
Advisory Council (SAC)
membership list.
*The board approved the DARE
program for the sixth grade.
*The board approved the use of a
drug dog from Gulf County to be



Coming to





According to newly elected
Superintendent of Schools
Brenda Galloway, a variety of new
programs will soon be available to
area students. The programs will
focus on academic and vocational
needs in the community.
The Franklin County School
System will soon be able to offer
dual enrollment opportunities to
Apalachicola High School
students at the Haney Vocational
and Technical School in Panama
City. The local school system
already offers such opportunities
to Carrabelle High School
students at the Lively Technical
Center in Tallahassee. "We are
beginning to answer the call for
our vocational needs," noted
Galloway. Apalachicola High
School will be allowed to
participate in a 20-week dual
enrollment program on January
For kindergarten students at
Chapman Elementary School, Ms.
Galloway announced that a VISTA
(Volunteers in Service to America)
worker from the Franklin County
Adult Reading Program would be
available to the students for
general tutoring on February 17.
Eastpoint resident Bonnie Segree
serves as the adult reading
program's director.

And finally, Ms. Galloway
announced that the Gulf Coast
Work Force Development Board
would be providing the county
with funds to initiate a School-to-
Work Program. The program will
be composed of three
fundamental components:
school-based learning, work-
based learning and connecting
In the work-based learning phase
of the program, students will
receive job training, paid or non-
paid work experience and
workplace mentoring. In the
school-based learning com-
ponent, students will receive
career counseling. The students
will also select a career major and
receive a comprehensive program
of their selected area of study. In
the connecting activities
component, the students will be
matched to an employer. This
component will help to integrate
school-based and work-based
"What we are trying to do is
collaborate and integrate
businesses with education," said
Galloway. She noted that the
program would not occur
overnight, but would take
patience and persistence from all
The program, as indicated in an
information bulletinprovided by
the School-to-Work Learning and
Information Center, creates "a
new form of education for a new
economy that links learning to
TheSchool-to-Work Opportunities
Act was an initiative from the
Clinton Administration to help
students develop and hone their
work skills to ensure that the
transition from school to work
was more effective. The School-to-
Work Opportunities Act was
signed into law in 1994. The
measure will be authorized
through 1999.

Senior Center Christmas Razaar

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The Franklin County Senior Citizen Center held their
annual Christmas Bazaar on December 7 in Carrabelle.

used in the schools Resident
Ricky Lichardello nodd that he
had donated approximately 50
black German Shepherds to the
Panama City Sheriffs Depart-
ment. "I have trained puppies fix-
ing to be 11 months old,"
Lichardello noted, "you can throw
a 22 shell out there in the yard
and they'll find it. I've trained
them to smell powder. You talk
about drug dogs... why not put in
a dog that can smell powder? It's
getting to be a big thing... kids
bringing guns to school." Chair-
person Kendrick said that he
would keep Lichardello's com-
ment under advisement.
*The board agreed to dispose of
old school district furniture to an
organization known as Food for
the Poor, Inc.

'Hankins Selected in

Christmas Card Contest

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Jennifer Hankins with her third grade teacher Pamela
Carrabelle Elementary School student Jennifer Hankins was selected
as 1 of 25 finalists in the Fox 28 WPGX and Panama City Mall spon-
sored Christmas Card Contest on November 21.
More than 500 students in grades K through 3 throughout Bay and
surrounding Counties entered the contest. Jennifer Hankins was the
only student from Franklin County to be chosen as a finalist.
Those students selected as finalists were treated to a catered buffet
at the Panama City Mall on November 21. Two characters from Fox
28 were also on hand at the mall to entertain the children. The event
will be televised in late December by Fox 28. As a contest finalist,
Jennifer Hankins was awarded three videos and a T-shirt from Para-
mount Pictures.
Jennifer Hankins' winning Christmas card featured Santa Claus com-
ing down a chimney with a children's Christmas wish list in hand.
The card also featured an intricately decorated Christmas tree sur-
rounded by gifts.
Jennifer Hankins is the daughter of Chris and Lynn Hankins. She is
also the niece of Susan Creek. The Hankins Family extends their
appreciation to Pamela Schaffer and Mr. and Mrs. Kubicki.


Received by

Friends of

Public Library

The Friends of the Franklin
County Public Library received a
Community Awareness Award on
September 30 which was pre-
sented by the Department of Edu-
cation Summer Food Program.
The Franklin County Public Li-
brary staff was commended for,
extraordinary efforts as Summer
Food Service Program sponsor.
The eight week food program was
held last summer at the Apalachi-
cola Recreation Center as part of
the library's children's programs,
which included the Summer
Reading Program sponsored by
the J. Ben Watkins Foundation,
the IjRS Family Support Mini-
Grant, the Apalachicola Summer
Recreation Program, and WINGS,
the Juvenile Justice Partnership
Grant Program administered by
the Friends of the Franklin
County Public Library. An aver-
age of 82 children per day were
served lunch and an afternoon
snack. Library Director Eileen
Annie extended her appreciation
to community and volunteer in-
volvement and especially noted
the dedication of WINGS Coordi-
nator Nikita Williams and Literacy
Volunteer Alma Pugh.




Sheriff-Elect Bruce Varnes
promised many of his DARE
students during the recent
campaign that, if he was elected
to the office of sheriff, he would
make sure that the DARE
program continued in the area
schools. One week after the
election, newly elected Sheriff
Bruce Vaines kept his word and
made time in his increasingly
busy schedule to personally
conduct the DARE program.
"I gave my word to those kids that,
if everything turned out o.k., we
would continue to have the DARE
program," said Varnes. He said
that many of the children begged
him not to run for sheriff during
the campaign. "They felt that they
would never see me again if I
won," said Varnes.
At present, Mr. Varnes works
solely with students from the
sixth grade classes at Chapman
Elementary School, Brown
Elementary School and Carrabelle
High School. Mr. Varnes conducts
the DARE program at Chapman
Elementary School every
Tuesday. On Wednesdays, Varnes
visits Brown Elementary School
and he works with the sixth grade
students at Carrabelle High
School every Thursday.
Mr. Varnes pointed out that he
has requested two positions for
the DARE program in his budget.
Those hired for the position would
serve as both a DARE Officer and
a School Resource Officer. Mr.
Varnes said that, if he cannot
recruit an officer for the nbted

positions, he will personally
continue to work in the schools
as the DARE Officer. By providing
such service to the schools,
Varnes has essentially made
history. He will be the only sheriff
in the State of Florida to serve as
a DARE Officer while in office.
To become certified as a DARE
Officer, an officer must complete
a 2-week training course at the
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement Academy. "It's along
2 weeks [of training]," explained
Varnes, "and you learn what kind
of person you are." Many personal
qualities are needed, said Varnes,
to become an effective DARE
Officer. A person must learn to
devise an effective lesson plan,
said Varnes. And he must also be
truthful and consistent with the
students. "If they [the kids] think
you're phony, they'll pick it right
out," said Varnes. He continued,
'To be effective, the kids have to
know what you stand for."
Mr. Varnes became involved in the
DARE program in 1989. He was
recruited by Sheriff Warren
Roddenberry for the position.
Before moving to Franklin
County, Varnes served as a police
officer in Lake City. The DARE
program, Varnes explained, began
in Los Angeles in 1986; at that
time it served as a pilot program
for the entire State of California.
The DARE program became so
effective, said Varnes, that it
spread virtually to every state.
Florida was one of the first states
to adopt the new program out of
In Franklin County, seven DARE
program classes have already
graduated. The program, said
Varnes, continues to enjoy
popular support from the
community, school system and
sheriff's department. The
students have also remained quite
interested in the program, said
Varnes. Varnes said that the
secret of his success with the
student population was simply
due to his natural ability to work
with kids of all ages. "I've always
loved kids," said Varnes, "I've
always had a knack to build a
relationship with the kids."
Varnes applauded community
members, the school board and
the sheriff's department for
working closely together to make
the DARE program a success. He
also applauded Sheriff Warren
Roddenberry and Mr. Dooly of the
IGA in Apalachicola for making
personal donations to the
program. "The community
supported this program from day
one," said Varnes. He continued,
"and what it has given me is a
relationship with Franklin

WINGS Students Paint

the Town

The Franklin County Public Library's WINGS program and the Fran-
klin County Humane Society joined forces on December 5 and 6 to
make the care of animals in Franklin County more visible. Local youth
involved with the WINGS program helped to create a mural on the
Humane Society building on Highway 65 in Eastpoint. Students from
Brown Elementary School also participated in the mural on Decem-
ber 6. The mural will be a celebration of animals and will add some
much-needed color to the building. The WINGS program also helped
to design a new and larger sign to replace the older sign on the front
lawn of the humane society.


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Recall: Toro Yard and Garden
Tractors. The Florida Depart-
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sumer Services, the U.S. Con-
sumer Product Safety Commis-
sion, and The Toro Company an-
nounce the voluntary recall of
6,500 Toro Wheel Horse yard and
garden tractors as well as Ford
and New Holland brand LS 25 and
LS 45 Gear yard tractors. The
tractors' brakes may wear out pre-
maturely, eventually leading to
brake failure. This recall and re-
pair program affects Toro model
72040 tractors with serial num-
bers ranging from 4900001 to
5999999; Ford or New Holland
model LS 25 Gear tractors with
serial numbers from T4AOOO1 to
T4A1201, and T5AOOO1 to
T5A0617; and Ford or New Hol-
land model LS 45 Gear tractors
with serial numbers from
T4COOO1 to T4C058 1, and from
T5COOO1 to T5CO 168. The model
and serial numbers are located on
the fender underneath the seat.
Toro and New Holland dealers
sold the six-speed riding tractors
nationwide under the names
Toro, Ford and New Holland from
January 1994 to May 1996 for
about S2,000 each. Consumers

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who own recalled Toro tractors
should contact the nearest Toro
service dealer to have the brakes
modified at no charge. Call Toro
at 1-800-3482424. Consumers
who own recalled Ford or New
Holland Brand LS 25 or LS 45
Gear tractors should contact the
nearest New Holland service
Recall: Radio Flyer Little Wood
.Wagon. The Florida Department
Sof Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices, the U. S. Consumer Prod-
uct Safety Commission, and Ra-
dio Flyer, Inc., announce the vol-
untary recall of 14,000 children's
toy Little Wood Wagons. The wag-
ons contain a prohibited level of
lead in the red painted sides.
Young children who ingest the
paint could contract lead poison-
ing. The body of the Little Wood
Wagon, model 6, comes with a
pull handle measuring 12.5
inches by 7.5 inches with wheels
measuring 3 inches by 1 inch.
Retailers sold the wagons nation-
wide from June 1996 through
September 1996 for between $20
and $25 each. Consumers should
immediately take the wagons
away from children and look for
a manufacturing date decal on the
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the proposed Amendment to the
Florida Constitution, was suffi-
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did meet the requirements of
Florida law. Further, the trial
court (Second Circuit of Leon
County) found that the Amend-
ment did not violate the commer-
cial or recreational fishermen's
rights under due process, equal
protection, impairment of con-
tract, or guarantee clauses of the
Florida or Federal constitutions.
The court also refused to apply a
strict or heightened level of scru-
tiny in its analysis of the Appel-
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Thus, on appeal to the Florida
Supreme Court, the state argued
that the Amendment (net ban) did

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Challenge to Net-Ban Heard

by Florida Supreme Court

Community Honors

Retiring Sheriff

On Thursday, December 5, 1996,
the Florida Supreme Court heard
final oral arguments from attor-
neys for the State, the Attorney
General (as Appellees) and five
commercial fishermen (as Appel-
lants) in a case on appeal from
the Circuit Court of the Second
Judicial Circuit (Leon County).
The Second Circuit Court found
that the time had passed for the
fishermen and the Southeastern
Fisheries Association, Inc., to
challenge the sufficiency of the
ballot summary that led to the
public vote and the net ban.
The Second Circuit Court also
found that the summary on the
ballot, advising the voters about

not deprive the fishermen of any
protected liberty or property in-
terest, and did not constitute a
taking of property. Their brief
stated, In part
"...With respect to the substantive
constitutional arguments, this is
an economic regulation affecting
no fundamental rights or suspect
classes and therefore this court
[Supreme Court] should apply the
"rational basis test" [to make a fi-
nal determination of constitution-
ality]. With regard to the argu-
ment concerning a protected lib-
erty interest, "...Fishing is not a
fundamental right" asserted the
state's attorney, Jonathan
Gloucau. "...Art. X, (section) 16
does not prohibit anyone from
engaging in the profession of com-
mercial fishing; it simply regulates
how that industry may operate."
The State's brief before the Su-
preme Court continued, "This
case presents an exercise of the
police power, not the power of
eminent domain. The regulation
on the use of nets is not a taking;
Appellants [the fishermen], oper-
ating in a highly regulated indus-
try, acquired that property with
an accepted risk that valid regu-
; lations might diminish it value. It
cannot be said that there is no
possibility of any reasonable use,
and therefore there has been no
The appellants (fishermen) argued
throughtheir attorney, Tallahas-
see lawyer Frank J. Santry that
the Court could indeed review the
ballot summary issue at this late
date, and that the fact that the
Amendment was adopted by a
majority of voters did not cure any
ballot summary defects. They
were not required to seek relief
prior to the adoption of the
Amendment. They also outlined
another argument claiming the
summary on the ballot was defec-
tive by failing to inform voters of
existing statutes and rules, fail-
ing to inform voters about purse
seines, the elimination of the
mullet fishery and failing to in-
form the voters about the fiscal
impact of the proposed Amend-
ment. Other violations of a Con-
stitutional nature were also ar-
Bob Jones, in the Southeastern
Fisheries Association newsletter,
HOT LINES, wrote an editorial
describing the courtroom setting:
"Frank Santry, 'counsel for the
fishing industry, was immediately
recognized by the Presiding
Justice to present our argument.
Standing ramrod straight, his
dark beard offering a
Lincolnesque profile and with a
voice as clear as a crystal bell,
Santry articulated our arguments
with feeling, fervor and facts. He
eloquently reminded the Justices
of what lay before them and that
this case was indeed "unprec-
edented" in the history of the.

was well prepared for the case but
his voice didn't have the same
depth of concern nor understand-
ing that Frank Santry displayed.
Florida Conservations Association
lawyer Terry McCullough had
about 5 minutes to echo Mr.
Glogau's statements and made a
few points that caused the Jus-
tices to ask several more ques-
tions. Then, just like that, it was
As in almost all Supreme Court
decisions, there was no indication

... I jut when the decision would be to
torne General for the State of justwhen the decision would be
Florida, presented the State's ar- made, nor any indication of how
gument in a forceful manner. He the Court will rule on the issues
was asked several difficult.ques- presented challenging the consti- arita e
dons and had answers for most tutionality of the so-called
6f them.

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Students from the Apalachicola
High School's Student Govern-
ment Association (SGA) hosted
their annual Santa Supper event
on December 1 at the Trinity Epis-
copal Church.
SGA members dressed as elves
and worked in the kitchen, served
dinner (hot dogs with macaroni
and cheese) to visitors and helped
the visiting children fill out Christ-
mas wishes for Santa Claus.
Apalachicola resident Alex Moody
participated in the event as jolly
ol' St. Nick. Santa Moody listened
to the children's Christmas or-
ders, posed for photographs and
handed out candy canes. Santa
informed the Chronicle that he
had yet to run into any bad little
girls or boys. "And they also give
out the greatest hugs.in the
world," said Santa.
Those students coordinating the
event included SGA President
Jessi Ammons and SGA Vice-
Presidents Sabrina Brinkley and
Allison Elliott. SGA Sponsor
Denise Butler noted that the
Santa Supper was the students'
favorite project. "This is the kiddie
social event of the season," said
Butler. The Apalachicola High
School SGA, said Butler, received
recognition from the State of
Florida several years ago with the
Best Community Service Award
for the Santa Supper.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner
Bob Crawford today announced
release of the annual "Gift Givers'
Guide," a comprehensive guide to
charitable organizations in
The publication lists charitable
organizations registered with the
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services in fiscal
year 1995-96, and shows how
much money they spent on pro-
gram services, administrative
costs and fund-raising expenses.
In 1992, the Legislature gave the
Department responsibility for reg-
istering most organizations that
solicit from the public. The
"Florida Solicitation of Contribu-
tions Act" does not apply to bona
fide religious institutions, educa-
tional institutions, government
entities or properly solicited po-
litical contributions.
The Department receives the fi-
nancial information contained in
the guide directly from the orga-
nizations, which provide copies of
their federal income tax filings.
For most organizations soliciting
in Florida, the guide lists the
organization's total expenses for
its previous fiscal year and a
breakdown of how much was
spent on administrative expenses,
program services and fund-rais-
ing costs.
The 270-page guide lists more
than 5,000 organizations regis-
tered with the Department that
solicit contributions in Florida,
regardless of whether they are
based in the state. New organiza-
tions that have no financial his-
tory to report are also listed, but
without a.financial breakdown.
Also included is a list of organi-
zations that are exempt from fil-
ing a detailed financial report, and
a section listing professional
solicitors and fund-raising
To receive a free copy of the "Gift
Givers' Guide," consumers should
call the Department's consumer
help line at 1-800-HELPFLA (1-
800-435-7352) and leave their
name and complete mailing ad-
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The Department's toll-free num-
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printed information distributed by
the charitable organization, with
a disclaimer stating that the De-
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Roddenberry holds out a freshly sliced
piece of retirement cake.
Approximately 100 individuals from Franklin and surrounding
counties made their way to the Franklin County Sheriffs Department
on December 12 to show their support and appreciation for retiring
Sheriff Warren Roddenberry. On hand for the event were Sheriff-Elect
Bruce Varnes, Major Jimmy Williams, former Franklin County
Commissioner Dink Braxton and newly elected Franklin County
Commissioner Clarence Williams. Retirement party visitors were
treated to a large buffet at the event. Sheriff Roddenberry was honored
with a large cake and a bag of golf clubs as a farewell present.

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United States. He gently
but firmly reminded them how
tyranny of the majority can be just
as deadly as tyranny of a king. He
asked them to scrutinize this case
in a strict sense, not in a routine
fashion. He asked, "If not you,
then who can guarantee justice
in a Republic." He was interrupted
several times by the Justices and
responded fully to each of their
questions. His manner was that
of a warrior, fighting for something
in which he truly believed.
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Apalach City Continued
from Page. 7
Frye requested that a special lock
for the water supply be installed.
Frye further requested that two
city employees each receive one
key to control when water was
turned on and off. He also
requested that one key be left in
the city hall. "I monitor this and I
work out things with the best of
my ability to the best of my ability
to help people out from time to
time to cut the water on. I'm not
discriminating against nobody.
But I don't think that somebody
should be able to go get a key and
go cut on somebody's water
unless they know the entire
Mayor Howell responded, "Nobody
in the City of Apalachicola...no
individual sitting on this board
has the right to do that."
Commissioner Jimmy Elliott
admitted that he had given
authorization to turn on a
resident's water. Mayor Howell
joked, "We all knew that." Mr.
Elliott told board members that
the resident in question had
contacted him and said that
Commissioner Frye had
authorized such action.



and Zoning

The following items were approved
at the December 2 meeting of the
Apalachicola Planning and Zoning
*The board approved a permit
request from Robert Deiter to
construct a new home on Lots 7,
8 and 9 (Block 192) of Bay
Avenue. The request was
approved contingent upon
approval from necessary agencies.
*The board approved a permit
request from Eddie Amison to
have an aluminum storage shed
placed on the corner of 17th
Street on Lots 6 and 7 (Block 104).
*The board approved a permit
request from the Rainbow Inn/
Boss Oyster to place a cover over
an existing walkway between Boss
Oyster and the Rainbow Inn on
Water Street. The board also
agreed to allow Boss Oyster to cut
a doorway between its facility and
a tin barn to obtain access to a
walk-in cooler and storage area.




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Published every other Friday

The Bay Area Choral Society at
historic Trinity Church on Sun-
day, December 8, 1996, per-
formed to a near-capacity crowd
with their performance of "For
Unto Us a Child is Born" (by J.S.
Bach) and "Christmas Oratorio"
(by Camille Saint-Saens). The per-
formance was directed by Nancy
At a reception in Benedict Hall
after the concert, hosted by St.
George Island Friends and Gulf
State Bank, the hundreds of
guests munched holiday cookies
and drank holiday refreshments
while discussing the artistic suc-
cess of the performances. Marsha
Smith (St. George Island) said her
participation had been "...a good
experience." She has now signed
up as a participant. "...I might as
well contribute and it's fun."

Madeleine Poole (from Carrabelle),
a soloist in Sunday's perfcr-
mance, said, "I think its inspira-
tional for other people... If you like
to sing, you can't resist it... I think
it's really wonderful too to have a
chance to bring a different level
of the performing arts, and I wish
to heaven they would do more of
it, for the area. ...The rehearsal
schedule was not difficult... Tues-
day evenings for an hour and a
half. We started in October. The
rehearsals themselves were fun..."
Director Nancy Totman re-
sponded, "...It was pleasurable
work. It really was. We had a won-
derful group and we all really got
into the music. I had a lot of fun!!"
Participant Judy Little (St. George
Island) said, "It's just so glorious
to be able to participate with so
many beautiful voices and such
a grand director. For me, it is so
nostalgic and gives you a great
sense of joy, like you're doing

something special. ...It's more fun
than v-nrk... Singing to me is like
praising the Lord."
George Chapel, the President of
the Apalachicola Area Historical
Society, concluded with, "...Mu-
sic expresses many different
things in the range of human
emotions. It is intellectual as well
as emotional. That we had today
with Saint-Saens Oratorio, it was
simply exquisite... (The Choral
Society) did a beautiful job with
it. This adds a great deal to the
quality of life in this community..."
Moreover, based on the outpour-
ing of compliments, applause and
chatter at the reception, the con-
cert also demonstrated once again
how participants from all over
Franklin County work together in
harmony to make music.

Holiday Concert a

Smashing Success

The vote seemed to bring an end to 7
months of continual meetings with the
R.V. Park being in contention. But
many of the taxpayers were still not
satisfied after the decision was made.
Until this vote, the marina had been
the only commercial development on
the west end of the Point. The other
six lots are presently in litigation; a
deed restriction has been placed on
the lots that restricts them to residen-
tial use by the original owner, John
Phipps. County attorney Al Shuler ar-
gued that it was not up to the county
to make sure that any deed restric-
tions would be enforced.
Deborah Vanderplaats stated that al-
though any number and variety of site
plans bad been reviewed by the Fran-
klin County Planning and Zoning
board, this latest plan had never been
presented to that body at their Decem-
ber 10 meeting.
Pierce said that, although he was not
required to answer questions from the
residents, he had carefully read a let-
ter from VanderPlaats and had gone
into detail in answering every ques-
tion. He was asked to read each of the
questions and his answer to them.
However, when it was evident that the
residents still had many questions,
Pierce remarked that he had no
obiection to doing this but he felt it
would take all day. He reminded the
commissioners that they had other
business they had to attend to. (The
commissioners were meeting in Tal-
lahassee with state officials on the
proposed prison.)
Ms. VanderPlaats said, When we
have an issue, we say a few sentences
about it and go on to something else.
Nothing is solved. We should resolve
one thing at a time. These questions I
ask on behalf of the Taxpayers Asso-
ciation are valid questions and should
be answered. It's everybody on Alliga-
tor Point's questions."
The residents alleged that Lot 47 was
the only commercial lot; they further
noted that it was surrounded by six
residential lots. The owners of the
marina claimed that the lots were
zoned C3 and that they were just ask-
ing to use them for the park. Pierce
stated that, when the comprehensive
plan was last reviewed, lot 47 was
listed as commercial; he noted that
the other lots owned by the marina
were zoned residential and he changed
them to commercial at that time.

Wishing Upon A Star

David Butler (L) and Louise Allen (R) point out some of the
many Christmas wishes from the Wish Upon A Star
Christmas tree located at the Gulf State Bank in
Approximately 230 families in Franklin County have participated in
the "Wish Upon A Star" program coordinated by Louise Allen of the
Florida Jobs and Benefits Center. The program, which is part of the
Toys for Tots program, has been active in the county since 1985.
The program began as a result of the devastating hurricane of 1985.
Ms. Allen noted that the Marine Corps first participated with the pro-
gram by providing gifts for the children. Their participation with the
program continued until 1988. From 1989 to 1991, a group of volun-
teers kept the program active.
In 1992, both the Apalachicola and Gulf State Banks became spon-
sors in the Wish Upon a Star effort. Each of the banks presently have
trees sited at their four locations in Eastpoint, Apalachicola, Carrabelle
and St. George Island.
Gifts for those families participating in the program will be given out
on December 20 at the Apalachicola, Eastpoint and Carrabelle Meth-
odist Churches. In addition, food baskets will be given out at the
Pentecostal Church on Brownsville Road in Apalachicola on Decem-
ber 23. The food basket program has been coordinated by Tim
Turner. Mr. Turner is also active in the SHARE Program in the City of

In his written response to
Vanderplaats' argument. Pierce stated
that the site plan had not been filed
with the county planner 30 days be-
fore the Planning and Zoning meet-
ing, as required by the zoning code.
Pierce admitted the argued point.
However, he said that the development
business being what it was in Frank-
lin County, few plans are ever filed in
a timely fashion. He added that this
was the first RV site that had been
reviewed in years. Pierce further
added that the HRS has to now de-

cide how many units could be placed
in the proposed park and under what
conditions. He said that the county's
actions cannot create RV parks, only
HRS can do that.
With the passage of the motion to per-
mit, the owners will have permission
to begin construciton and will not be
permitted to keep any units on the lot
until lights, fences and two 600-gal-
lon septic tanks and other amenities
have been installed. Meanwhile, resi-
dents will keep a watchful eye that the
county and state HRS keep their word
on monitoring.

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to get into lots 10-17 unless youatake
access through lot 46?" He went on
Sto say that lot 46 is one of the lots in
After County Planner Alan Pierce read
the allowable uses for C3 zoned prop-
erty, Attorney Al Shuler advised the
board, "If we refuse to allow develop-
ment just because it is unpopular, we
expose ourselves to litigation." He
added that he had reviwede the plan
and recommended that it be approved.
a Jan Hevier, attorney for the taxpay-
,, ., .-""' ers association, objected that he had
"' only received the site plan on Mon-
S day, he said that he had been assured
by Shuler and Pierce that they would
S give him plenty of time to disseminate
the plan to the clients. Hevier felt that
g S the matter should be tabled to the first
meeting in January.

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A View of a Saturday rehearsal of the instrumental and choral
group on Saturday, December 7, 1996.

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Artists Enter 14, Bring

Home 15 Ribbons


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(From L-R) Kathleen Heveran, Betty Roberts and Clare Viles.

Four Carrabelle artists entered 14
paintings into the North Florida
Art Show which was held on the
first week in November of 1996.
From the contest, the artists
hauled home 15 ribbons. Look
again there is no mistake made
in the mathematics.
Kathleen Heveran, of Lanark Vil-
lage, brought home a total of five
for four of her oil paintings. Her
painting of a still life of two pop-
pies won not only first prize in the
Adult Amateur oil painting divi-
sion but also walked away with
Best of Show for that division. In
addition, she collected one second
place and two honorable men-
tions for other entries.
Heveran is now serving as presi-
dent of the Carrabelle Artists As-
sociation and describes herself as
a learning painter. She took her
first lessons in art from the Bob
Ross School to learn the basics.
Her painting won the praises of
two of the best known local art-
ists' Clare Viles and Norma
Felshaw. Both are established
artists and both were particularly
interested in the method Heveran
had used to achieve the transpar-
ency of the two poppies.
Clare Viles, who was the founder
and first president of the
Carrabelle Artists Association was
pleased with the five ribbons she
brought home. Viles is a long time
shower in the Professional Divi-
sion. This year she came back
from the fair with two first prize
ribbons in the Adult Water Color
Still Life, and two second prize
ribbons in Adult Water Color ani-
mal wildlife and a first prize rib-
bon for an Adult Water Color Con-

temporary. Viles is the sole owner
of the Bayou Art Gallery at the
west end of the Tillie Miller Bridge.
Peggy Lauver, also a Carrabelle
resident, entered five of her art
works. She received a first place
ribbon for her contemporary oil
painting, one second place for a
still life, two third place for two
wildlife oils and one fourth place
for a brilliant seascape, also in oil.
Betty Roberts, of Lanark Village,
had to be persuaded by her fel-
low artists to enter her latest
painting. She was entered in the
Amateur Adult and animal wild-
life category. Roberts is a well
known member of the Franklin
County Humane Society and it
was not surprising that she de-
picted a whole family of cats from
the small curled up domestic cat
to the greatest wild creatures,
On Tuesday November 26, all
paintings were displayed at the
regular meeting of the Carrabelle
Artists. Clare Viles, who has
worked as a judge for several
years, gave those members
present some tips on framing and
matting pictures for entry, She
said that, "There is real good news
for our local artists for next year's
fair. There will be more ribbons
awarded and more categories. I
am so proud of the artists who did
so well this year and I hope many
more of you will enter in 1997."
Joe Butler of the Gulf State Bank
asked the artists to display their
paintings in the front lobby of the
Gulf State Bank and they at-
tracted much attention from bank

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A Christmas musical drama and
a live manger scene combine to
"Celebrate Jesus" on the lawn
of the Carrabelle Christian
Center on River Road (north off
Highway 98 from the west side
of the Tillie Miller bridge),
Saturday, December 21 and
Sunday, December 22 at 7 p.m.
If inclement weather occurs, the
play will be presented in the
church's fellowship hall. Wor-
ship services on Christmas
Sunday and every Sunday are
at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and
also at 6 p.m. every Wed-
nesday. Sunday School starts at
9:30 a.m. Pastor Andrew
Rutherford (697-3224).

Holy Eucharist at Carrabelle's
Episcopal Mission Church of
the Ascension (First Street at.
Avenue B North) will begin at 5
p.m. Christmas Eve. Regular
worship services and holy



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Chaz Mikell

Only a handful of visitors made
their way to the Concert Florida
performance on November 30 at
the Chapman Elementary School
Auditorium. The concert, which
was coordinated by program ex-
ecutive director Chaz Mikell, fea-
tured a variety of performances.
Chaz Mikell opened the show with
a medley of popular songs from
the 50s to the 70s. With help from
saxophone player Bo May and
bass guitarist Duncan May,
Mikell performed songs by Jerry
Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Jim
Croce and Billy Joel. Following
Mikell's performance was a two
member group called Paris Match.
The group consisted of fiddle play-
ing vocalist Mark Russell and pia-
nist and vocalist Lynn Taff. The
two performed such songs as
"Ain't Misbehavin"' and "New York
State of Mind" by Billy Joel. Other
performers included Terry Reeves
and Sevron Jet.
Mr. Mikell explained that the con-
cept behind Concert Florida was
to bring cultural events to small,
rural areas. He said that the pro-
gram was not limited to music,
but also included art and educa-
tional activities. Mikell said that
Concert Florida had identified 250
potential performance sites. He
also said that the program had
signed up over 300 artists. Mikell
informed audience members that
the program planned to produce
a newsletter that would provide
information about upcoming
events. Mikell suggested that the
small attendance was due to the
event coinciding with the holiday
weekend and the FSU/UF football

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SAp431 Hwy 98

Eucharist begin at 10 a.m.
every Sunday, followed with
fellowship and refreshments in
the Wathen Parish Hall. Father
James R. "Knox" Brumby, Shell
Point (926-7294).

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
will have Mass at 4 p.m. on
Christmas Eve and at 10 a.m.
on Christmas Day. The church
is on Highway 98, just east of
Lanark Village. Father James
Creegan (697-3445).

Carrabelle's United Methodist
Church (Tallahassee Street,
turn north off Highway 98 at the
Carrabelle Realty building and
go up two blocks.) will provide
a Christmas tree for Sunday
School children on Christmas
Sunday, Decemb6r 22 at 6 p.m.
Sunday worship services at the
church are at 10:45 a.m. and 6
p.m. Sunday School starts at
9:45 a.m. Prayer and Bible
study is at 7 p.m. every
Wednesday. Rev. Mike Kelly

The children of Carrabelle's
First Assembly of God Church
(Third Street West), will present
a Christmas skit during the
morning workshop service Sun-
day, December 22 at 10:30
"Ta.m F16llowing the children's
program, a special presen-
tation by the adults will be on
"The,, Angel Who Got Left
Behind." When all his fellow
angels went to observe and
honor the babe in the manger, a
lone angel was designated to
stay behind to watch over a
shepherd tending sheep. Also,
a Christman communion ser-
vice will be held Sunday,
December 22 at 7 p.m. at the
First Assembly iof God Church.
Regular services are Sundays at
10:30 a.m. amd 7 p.m. Sunday
School is at 9:30 a.m. Pastor
Ron Barks (697-3595).

A Christmas Cantata, "A Simple
Christmas," will be presented
on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. at
the Lanark Village Community
Church, Inc. (Spring Street at
Oak, Lanark Village (697-
2180). The cantata includes
groups from the Lanark Village
Community Church, Sacred
Heart Catholic Church and the
United Methodist Church of
Carrabelle. Jim Phillips of
Carrabelle is Musical Director.
Sunday servioces are at 10:30
a.m. and the WCFC meets on
the third Thursday of every

Christmas gifts for the kids will
be given out at Fellowship
Baptist Church of Carrabelle
(on Ryan Drive, which is north
off Highway 98) during Sunday
School on Sunday, December
22. Sunday school begins at 10
a.m. Sunday worship services
are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and
prayer time and Bible study are
on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.
.,Pastor Don Glenn, 697-3819.)
The children of the First
Baptist Church of Carrabelle
(Avenue A South) will sing at
the worship service Sunday,
December 22, at 11 a.m. The
membership enjoyed an ex-
tremely good meal and had a
good time at the church's
annual Christmas banquet with
tree on Monday, December 9.
Sunday School begins at 9:45
a.m. and regular church ser-
vices are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
on Sunday and 7 p.m. on
Wednesday (697-2812).

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Assistant State Attorney Frank Wilfams from page 1
Another aspect of working as a prosec uiI ir : i'.r .*i .:, explained Will-
iams, involves involvement in one's community and -,,: .* .jarii in
the community's events. "I think it's essential," noted Williams, "the
job demands it." He continued, "by getting out m i '- r ',I:-m.:: .', you
understand their needs and concerns of its' retsid- '-
While in this community, Franklin Williams worked with Ms. Colleen
Burlingame to help create the PAVE (Providing Alternatives to Vio-
lence Through Education) Program for violent criminal offenders. He
also became active with the county's youth by volunteering as an
assistant scoutmaster for Troop 22. In addition, Williams took an
active role of working with local law enforcement officers by coordi-
nating and participating in a lecture series for local law enforcement
officers. With the lecture series, Mr. Williams was able to provide im-
portant information to local law enforcement officers on matters such
as juvenile detention and search and seizure laws.
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Assistant State Attorney Frank Williams (C) with office staff
members Susan Howze (L) and Patty Ward (R).
In his new role as State-Wide Prosecutor, Mr. Williams will work on
significantly more complicated cases. Some of that work will entail
investigating and prosecuting offenses such as bribery, burglary, crimi-
nal usury, gambling, extortion, racketeering, kidnapping, murder, car-
jacking and home-invasion. The State of Florida has one State-Wide
Prosecutor and 22 Assistant State-Wide Prosecutors located in five
different cities. Mr. Williams will be 1 of those 22 Assistant State-
Wide Prosecutors. "It's important for prosecutors to attend this in
order to expand their knowledge as a.prosecutor," he said.
Leaving the rural county that he has called home will be quite diffi-
cult for Mr. Williams. "I have greatly enjoyed living and working in
FranklinCounty," said Williams. He continued, "I appreciate the op-
portunity that my boss, Willie Meggs, provided by allowing me to work
here. Leaving this county was a difficult decision. The hardest part is
leaving friends. There are so many people here who give so much of
themselves to make this a better community. To me, that's what life
is all about."
In his farewell to Franklin County, Mr. Williams applauded the ef-
forts of Sheriff-Elect Bruce Varnes to make drug prevention a major
issue in the campaign. "I hope the community supports Mr. Varnes,"
said Williams, "I think that's the single greatest concern facing this

Kindergarten Students

Serenade Seniors with

Christmas Carols

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Chapman Elementary Students spread the warmth of
Christmas by singing a few yuletide melodies to visiting
Residents from the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center were en-
tertained by 48 Christmas caroling kindergarten students from the
classes of Ina Meyers and Paula Webb on December 12 at Chapman
Elementary School.
The kindergarten students sang a variety of Christmas carols includ-
ing "Up on the Rooftop," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." At the end of the musical perfor-
mance, members of the senior center passed out Christmas treats to
the children. The children, in turn, greeted each of the seniors with
warm Christmas greetings and a hug.
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Kindergarten students greet the visiting seniors with a hug.




Page 14 19 December 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

A Caring Connection:

Rescued With Love



Bazaar A Success

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Ken Linthacum holds an Italian Greyhound, a newcomer to the
NSRA kennel.

By Tom W. Hoffer
Ken and Diane Linthacum have
been married for over two de-
cades. In that time, they have sa-
vored the usual experiences of
shared lives while building a home
and careers. Living in rural
Thomasville, Georgia, their -rou-
tines of daily living are far from
Ken is a jet pilot working for a
Thomasville industrial firm, and
his time at home, as he describes
it, is "erratic but constant."
Diane, a former teacher of the
blind and visually impaired, fol-
lows a rigorous schedule as she
is active in many professional
groups and travels throughout
the region.
One common bond they share
unites them in work and love, and
that is the daily responsibility of
managing over 70 four-legged
Diane and Ken rescue Grey-

The Linthacums own and oper-
ate a Greyhound rescue kennel
under the rubric National
Sighthound Rescue and Adoption,
Inc (NSRA). They began this ef-
fort about 10 years agc, at first
acquiring one or two Greyhounds
from nearby race tracks or occa-
sional shelters and breeders. One
or two out-buildings were con-
verted to the needs of the dogs,
adding laundry, hot and cold run-
ning water, kitchens, cages, beds,
first aid supplies by the ton (even-
tually) and all the associated
equipment needed to acquire and
care for dozens of handsome and
fast running Greyhounds, Italian
Greyhounds (miniatures) and

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Unlike many animal shelters, the
Linthacums operate a "no-kill"
rescue kennel. "We will take Grey-
hounds with broken legs and
nurse them back to health,"
added Diane.
Rehabilitation and medical treat-
ment can require several months
and may cost hundreds of dollars.

Their efforts have spared over
3,000 dogs from early destruc-
tion, abuse and suffering. Their
non-profit organization has res-
cued Greyhounds and made them
available for adoption across the
United States. They serve as a
pipeline for retired dogs to retired
couples and families in search of
canine companions for their chil-
dren. Because of the rapid growth
of the Linthacum's work and con-
sequent public demand, (NSRA)
was formed in 1993 to rescue,
rehabilitate and make available
for adoption all sighthounds with
emphasis on racing Greyhounds.
NSRA also conducts educational
programs to educate the public on
the responsibilities of pet owner-
ship. Promoting spaying and neu-
tering as the only humane solu-
tion to the growing pet overpopu-
lation problem is an important
part of their overall program.

these animals back to health. For
this, and their routine care and
lots of TLC (tender, loving care),
they are not paid very much, The
$150 "donation" for adoption does
not cover the cost of routine care
and shipping but the fees are kept
low for adoption so as not to dis-
courage placement.
Because of their care and repu-
tation, NSRA is known in adop-
tion and rescue circles across the
United States. NSRA does not re-
ceive any grants or government
funding, but occasional tax-de-
ductible gifts are gratefully re-
No one draws any salary, and
there are a few volunteers who
help Diane and Ken, mostly on
weekeridsby walking ard other-
wise socializing the animals in
preparation for new families.

Some limited fundraising is con-
ducted but time to organize these
functions is very limited. Diane,
Ken and some volunteers are the
elbow grease that keep the res-
cue kennel going.
Sighthounds are one of the old-
est breeds of dogs known to man.
Information gathered from an-.
cient Egyptian tombs describe
sighthounds as "Swift as a ray of
light," Eyes deep and far-seeing"
and possessing great wisdom.

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Diane Linthacum places a new bandage on a Greyhound disabled
with "Alabama rot". Ken's hand is on the right, helping steady a
Greyhound that seems to understand what is happemog.

When this observer visited with
Ken and Diane in early Decem-
ber, they had just acquired some
dogs with "Alabama rot," a nasty
malady involving the dropping off
of the outer skin exposing the
muscles in the legs or underbelly.
The Linthacums aid has nursed


Greyhounds have been success-
fully placed in homes with young
children or senior citizens desir-
ing a companion for the house-
hold." Diane and Ken have hun-'
dreds of heartwarming anecdotes
of their placements that would
probably melt the heart of a
Christmas Scrooge. They shared
one or two with me.
Diane told the story of an elderly
lady who complained about her
aging husband who kept sitting
in his easy chair, doing nothing,
not even talking with his wife. A
Greyhound was applied for and
after the adoption process was
complete, the old man noticed the
dog and took a liking to it, so he
left his chair often and took the
dog out walking-to the surprise
of his wife. She became lonely and
called the kennel back asking for
another animal just for her.

Rescue Scenario
The scenarios from rescue to
adoption are sometimes complex,
time-consuming, and certainly
demanding of money resources,
but, in my observation, accompa-
nied with a large dose of TLC. It
is hard to look for long at one of
these animals and not feel a bond
with them. The animals are
"picked up" or acquired from in-
dividuals, race tracks, perhaps a
shelter or farm. When the
Linthacums take responsibility

for the animals, they are bathed,
dipped (sometimes de-ticked by
hand, ears are cleaned and
treated, toenails clipped, and they
are seen by a veterinarian for vac-
cinations, including kennel
cough. A vet-directed health exam
includes rabies vaccination, oc-
cult heartworm test, and fecal
exam, and then they are spayed
or neutered. When returned to the
Linthacum's (NSRA) kennel, they
are inspected for parasites. Vol-
unteers help in leash training and
socialization including introduc-
tion to a home environment. The
Greyhound is "profiled" for de-
sired behaviours with children,
and reactions to other animals
and general personality traits are.
identified and evaluated-over
time. As adoption applications are
received, the dog is matched with
the adoption application. Upon
delivery of the animal to its new
home, there are a series of follow-
up reports required over 6 months
to 1 year. USAIR is often used to
transport the animals to distant
locations, from referrals received
in other states. Adoptive homes
must sign a contract with NSRA
promising never to abandon the
Greyhound, and animals might
rarely be returned if circum-
stances change and the adoptive
family is no longer able to care for
the dog.
Diane and Ken spoke often of the
memorable experiences they
share in running the kennel, as
they reach the ultimate goal in
placing each dog in a new home.
There are over 3,000 memorable
anecdotes they might recall yet
recognizing the need to care for
the present cycle of animals shar-
ing their kennel, getting ready for
a new wave of adoptive homes,
they know they cannot afford to
linger long on just memory be-
cause there are so many demands
in the present. But in my conver-
sation with them, I have the im-
pression that their experience is
deeply rich and fulfilling, well be-
yond what most of us encounter
in a satisfying life. I suggested
they might write something about
these experiences with advice on
the management of such kennels,
and Ken responded, "We may
work on that someday," but with
a wistful suggestion that time
needed for such a project. "We are
thinking about it," he concluded.

"Every penny we receive through
donations goes to these dogs,"
Diane emphasized. There are
many expenses tied to the NSRA
responsibilities of maintaining the
kennel for 65 to 75 animals at any
one time. Of that number, about
35-45 are currently ready for
adoption. Recently, there has
been an abundance of the minia-
ture or Italian Greyhounds. If you
are moved to send a tax-deduct-
ible donation to help NSRA con-
tinue their work, contact NSRA at
2399 Fredonia Road, Thomasville,
Georgia, 31757. (FAX (912) 225-
1153; Phone (912) 226-7632.) The
same address is used for request-
ing the paperwork for adoption.

Hobson Fulmer Sits in as Jolly 01' St. Nick at the Humane
Society Christmas Bazaar.

By Rene Topping
The Humane Society sponsored
Christmas Bazaar held on
December 6 and 7 raised just over
$1,700, according to the event's
co-chairpersons Gayle Dodd and
Jeannie McMillan. The proceeds
will go towards keeping the
Shelter open for the upcoming
year. The Franklin County Animal
Shelter is partly funded by the
Franklin County Commission and
partly funded by funds raised by
the humane society.
Both Ms. Dodd and Ms. McMillan
expressed their thanks to all who
participated in the event. "Special
thanks all of us goes to a person
who lives part-time on St. George
Island who donated most of the
articles for sale," said Dodd, 'this
person's dedication, love and
generosity towards animals and
humans is most exceptional. All
through the years the shelter in
Franklin was opened, this same
person has contributed food and
other comfort to the shelter
animals. Mere words cannot
express the gratitude our
members feel."
Friday morning brought out good
crowds of residents who soon
began to haul away some of the
afghans, Christmas decorations,
stuffed animals, large soldier
nutcrackers, Christmas pillows,
aprons, angels, decorated
seashells, plants, mailboxes,
baked goods and much more.
Students from Brown Elementary
School also made articles tosell
including homemade labels and
cards. One shopper who had her
arms full of things said, "I came
just to look and these things are
so pretty and such good bargains
that I have almost been able to
fill my entire Christmas list." Mike
James donned a Santa outfit and
entertained the children.
A busload of children came on a
field trip from Brown Elementary
and began painting a mural on
one side of the shelter. The WINGS
children also worked on the
mural wall. Shelter Manager
Kathy Kitts talked to the children
about care of the animals. Ms.
Dodd said that the Society was
grateful for the loan of tables and
chairs by the school.
Despite the fact that Saturday
morning started with a heavy
rain, people began to come as
soon as the showers eased. Santa
Claus, whose alter ego is Dr.
Hobson Fulmer, DVM, arrived
shortly after 12 noon
accompanied by Bro, the only
living rein-dog known to

mankind. He has a strong
resemblance to a black retriever,
except for the fine antlers.
All dogs and cats who showed up
for the event, along with all shelter
residents, received dog and cat
treats as gifts. There were more
picture opportunities available for
all the children who wanted to
make their Christmas wish
known to thejolly, old man. Rein-
Dog Bro graciously permitted
children to give him a hug and
also let the kids examine his
antlers. Shelter tours were
available and were guided by
Kathy Kitts and Missy James.
Ms. Kitts said that many of the
people were seeing the shelter for
the first time and were pleased
with the facility. Two volunteers,
Becky Turner and Kay Gould, had
worked to add a special sparkle
to the kennels and the animals.
Volunteer helpers at the bazaar
included Lacy Tiffin, Fran Breech,
Alyson Hartley, Jearinie McMillan,
Gayle Dodd, Pat Farrell, Phyllis
Fullmer, Frederick Naech, Rene
Topping, Betty and Alan Roberts,
Danny Brown, Susie Stanton and
Hazel Deschenes.
Ms. Dodd said, 'We will be making
this an annual event and will hold
it each year on the first weekend
in December. We want everyone
to know that your participation in
our events means that we can
keep taking care of strays in a
humane and loving way. Kathy
Kitts added her thanks for the
gifts of canned dog food brought
by several caring people.
If you would like to visit the
shelter, hours are from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. from Monday through
Friday. Adoption hours are the
same. If you have lost an animal
and wish to adopt one, you can
reach the shelter during the same
hours (670-8417). Vistors are
always welcome. The shelter is
located on State Road 65 in
Eastpoint and it is just south of
the Franklin County Jail.

It's a dog's life for these adorable but homeless pups.

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Settling in for a cat nap: this brother and sister kitten
combo is looking for a nice, new home to continue their

Wide awake and ready for some kitten mischief. These are
some of the cuddly kittens waiting for you at the Franklin
County Animal Shelter (located on Highway 65).

Ken shows where each Greyhound's vital statistics (birthdate,
etc.) are stenciled. The dog's name is Rose, who occupies a special
place of responsibility in the Central kennel building, "managing"
the other animals and greeting new animal and human visitors.
Rose is twelve years old.



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(93) The Agenda: Inside
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by Bob Woodward, is based
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(96) An astronaut's vision of
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ule pilot of the historic
moon landing mission,
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(34) New. The Red Hills of
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Gadsden, Jackson,
Jefferson and Madison. Uni-
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(37) New. The Last Bus to
Albuquerque. By Lewis
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graphs. 235 pp. Sold nation-
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(51) Leonard Nimoy: I Am
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