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Published Every Other Friday

franklin Chronicl

Volume 6, Number 2


January 24 February 6, 1997

Flood Insurance Rates May

Take a Big Hike

By Rene Topping
There may well be bad news
ahead for those residents of Fran-
klin County who own an older
home built at ground level in ar-
eas defined as flood zones. Con-
gress is considering a proposal
that would eliminate the subsidy
on flood insurance that, if passed,
could possibly triple flood insur-
ance on pre-Flood Insurance Rate
Map (PRE-FIRM) homes and other
structures built prior to the date
the Flood Protection Insurance
(FPI) was adopted in the county
and city areas of Franklin County.
Although this is only in the pro-
posal stage it should be watched
carefully by the people who live
in homes below the Base Flood
Elevation (BFE). According to
Leroy Thompson of Department of
Corrections (DCAS), Bureau of
Recovery and Mitigation, this ap-
plies to all homes and other struc-
tures that were grandfathered in
at the time the flood protection
ordinance was passed. These
structures are presently being
subsidized on the rates charged.
He added, "A homeowner now
paying $400 could find the policy
rates growing to $2.000."
According to an article in Wash-
ington Reports in News and Views
of December 1996, a PRE-FIRM
subsidy study is underway on the
economic effects of increasing

premium rates for flood insur-
ance premiums on PRE-FIFIM
buildings to full actuarial (risk-
based) premiums. The study is
being undertaken by Price
Waterhouse. The article also
pointed out that the National
Flood Insurance Program (NF1P)
is not taxpayer supported. 'be-':
cause all claims are paid out of
premium income. It was also
stated that concern has been ex-
pressed that significantly increas-
ing PRE-FIRM rates may be a dis-
incentive for communities to stay
in the FIP,
According to another article en-
titled "Increases in Flood Insur-
ance Costs Likely In 1997" in the
December issue of the Washing-
ton Report in News and Views re-
ported several proposed other new,
rules. One deals with new insur-
ance coverage that would reim-
burse a policy holder (limited to
$15,000) to rebuild a flood dam-
aged structure to comply with lo-
cal floodplain management regu-
lations. Cost of this would be
borne by all policy holders
through a surcharge of from $5
to $75 depending on the struc-
ture's flood risk. This proposal is
scheduled to begin May 1997.
FEMA has been reviewing it's long
term losses in the various risk
zones and has concluded that the
current rates for B, C and X Zones
are too low. They estimate losses

of $28 on B, C and X policies and
$94 on each preferred (now called
low risk) policies. FEMA wants to
raise these rates effective May 1,
1997 by 15 to 20%.
There have been increased losses
all around the United States in the
past 2 years due to severe fresh-
water flooding in the midwest and
in the northeast. Since the start
of the NFIP the severe flooding in
Louisiana in May 1995 holds the
record for number of claims paid
(31,025) as well as number of dol-
lars ($578 million.) Hurricane
Opal, which hit the Gulf Coast of
Florida in October 1995, had
9,000 claims with a total of $331
million paid.
Dan Davis of Cook Insurance
Company in Apalachicola said "I
don't have any firm information
on rates that may ensue from the
ruling at the present time but
should have something by the
first of April."
Mark Curenton, Franklin County
Planning and Zoning, said "We
have not received any news on
this as of now." Neither had
Charles Lee Daniels, Carrabelle
City Clerk. Both agreed that if
these rates do go into effect and
the subsidy is removed it could
have a devastating effect on the
smaller home owner who lives
along a river, on the Gulf or
Sound, or inland in a flood zone
in Carrabelle, Eastpoint and



The Franklin County Juvenile Justice
Council honored residents Kris
Halstrom and Jerry Weber as Citizens
of the Month for January at the
group's January 16 monthly meeting.
Ms. Halstrom stated that she worked
with students of the WINGS program
at the Franklin County Public Library.
Mr. Weber stated that he served as a
captain on the Governor Stone for the
Apalachicola Maritime Museum. He
further noted that he would be offer-
ing Navigation and Safe Boating
classes with the museum to children
under 16 years of age. ,He also said
that a Small Boat Building program
would be offered to youth members
between the ages of 12 and 16. Weber
further stated that a Sailing Program
would be available through the mu-
seum to children between the ages of
8 and 12.


Over 100 members from the com-
munity gathered on January 18
at the Fort Coombs Armory to
celebrate the "Feastivity" Banquet
in memory of Sylvester Williams.
The banquet brought a cross-sec-
tion of community members to-
gether in order to focus on the
common cause of the county's
youth population. The event fea-
tured insightful presentations
from a variety of guest speakers
as well as musical performances
from the community choir and the
Christian Community Marching
The banquet opened with the
spiritual hymn "Lift Every Voice
and Sing." The event continued
with a prayer from Elder O.H.
Walker, Pastor from the Shady
Grove Primitive Baptist Church.
City of Apalachicola Mayor Bobby
Howell then welcomed guests to
the event. Reverend Daniel White
from the Love Center Church fol-
lowed the welcoming and per-
formed a solo hymn. Reverend
White's hymn was followed by
several presentations by guest
Franklin County Commissioner
Clarence Williams encouraged
residents to become interested in
the development of their youth
population. "If I can motivate just.
one child," said Williams, "I'd be
happy." He commended the
Christian Community Marching
Band for channeling the energy
of the county's youth toward a
positive end. "It's a community

band," he noted, "every one can
join it. All you have to do to join it
is go to bible study once a week."
The spread of drugs, warned Wil-
liams, was having a negative im-
pact on the community. He noted
that some members of the youth
population become attracted to
the lure of illegal drugs because
of the opportunity to make a lot
of money quickly. "But, it will
never last," he warned. Commis-
sioner Williams said that students
needed to apply themselves in
order to "do the best he can while
he can...while he's in school." He
noted that, if a young person
wanted to have a minimum pay-
ing job, he needed at very least a
high school education.
Franklin County Juvenile Justice
Council Chairperson Sandra Lee
Johnson informed audience
members that the community
needed more "bridge builders and
path finders." She encouraged
residents to encourage children
with words of."love and life." Ms.
Johnson added, "whatever we do
affects the whole of humanity."
Franklin County School Board
member Willie Speed was greeted
with a standing ovation. He in-
formed audience members that he
was asked by Representative
Janegale Boyd to' speak in her
place. Mr. Speed said that Ms.
Boyd was unable to attend the
event due to a prior engagement
in Washington D.C.
Continued on page 8




Asks for More


Franklin County Juvenile Justice
Council Chairperson Sandra Lee
Johnson was adamant in her re-
quest during a January 16
monthly meeting for more partici-
pation in the local juvenile justice
group at all levels.
Ms. Johnson stated that local gov-
ernment officials who were re-
quired by law to attend monthly
meetings of the local Juvenile
Justice Council have not been in
attendance. "What appalls me is
that thle State will put a law on
the books that they don't enforce,"
Johnson complained. She contin-
ued, "the state's money pays these
people's salaries...and they've got
a law on the books that they don't
have any means seemingly to en-
force. Because, if they did, these
people would be here."
Ms. Johnson also asked group
members for help in preparation
of each meeting. She asked that
Bonnie Segree get guest speakers
for the event. In addition, she
asked that Eileen Annie compile
a list of nominations for Citizen
of the Month awards. She further
suggested that Morna Smith and
Jeanette Malone secure a location
as well as food and paper goods
for the meetings. Ms. Johnson
also asked that Sara Dahlman
serve as hostess to the event and
collect lunch money from visitors.
Johnson said that she would con-
tinue to provide the agenda and
news updates for the meetings.
The followed individuals, reported
Johnson, were assigned to the
following committees or projects:
Update Bylaws/County Plan: 1.
Faye Burton (representing school
district) 2. Kendall Wade (repre-
senting courts) 3. Bruce Varnes
(representing law enforcement) 4.
Lanette Griffin (representing De-
partment of Juvenile Justice).
Skateboard Project Committee: 1.
Pamela Amato 2. Bruce Causey
3. Adam Dahlman 4.Joanne
Ms. Johnson further stated that
the secretary's position was now
open. She informed those-in at-
tendance that Ms. Sara Dahlman
was serving her final meeting as
the group's secretary. Although
no one volunteered to fill the
secretary's position, Ms. Melanie
Martina did agree to serve on the
Public Relations Committee. Ms.
Johnson said that volunteers
would also be needed to serve on
the Nominating Committee, Mail-
ing Update Committee, the com-
mittee to prepare the annual re-
port to be presented to the State
Department and the Membership
Committee. "Everybody should be
on that [Membership Committee]
and telling people to come," said
Ms. Dahlman informed those in
attendance that the purposes of
the group included:

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(From left to right) Citizen of the Month Kris Halstrom, Juvenile
Justice Secretary Sara Dahlman, Citizen of the Month Jerry
Weber and Juvenile Justice Chairperson Sandra Lee Johnson.

Restoration Plans Voiced at

School Board

Lois Clary shows auditorium photograph to school board.

Resident Lois Clary appeared be-
fore the Franklin County School
Board on January 14 to discuss
the possibility of having the roof
at the Chapman Elementary
School auditorium restored.
Ms. Clary informed board mem-
bers that she had been appointed
by the Philaco Women's Club to
coordinate the noted restoration
project. "The auditorium is old as
you probably know," began Clary,
"and I don't know how long it's
been since all of you have been
inside of it, but it's in need of re-
pair and restoration."
Ms. Clary noted that the audito-
rium was built in 1928. "It's the
only building, besides the old gym
there, that's part of the old school
that was my old school and
Jimmy's (Gander) old school...and
Brenda's (Galloway)," Clary ob-
served. She continued, "it makes
me want to cry to see the disre-
pair that it's in."
To obtain grant funding to restore
the building, said Clary, the
Philaco Women's Club would need
the support of the various local
governmental agencies. "Our club
wanted to see this restored and
we wanted to know where you
stood on it," she said. Ms. Clary
shared with board members a
variety of older photographs that
illustrated the inside and outside
of the auditorium.
Ms. Clary explained that, several
years ago, the district received a
$10,000 grant to have the roof
restored. However, she said that
the roof was not repaired prop-
erly. "The roof is less than 10
years old," she noted, "and it's
pouring like a sieve...and the win-
dow panes are out." Ms. Clary ob-
served that, at present, there was
a lot of verbal support for the res-
toration project. "It's nice to have
verbal support, but that don't buy
paint and that don't buy a
contractor...it just makes you feel
good," she said.
Ms. Clary suggested that the
board provide the Philaco
Women's Club with a 100-year
lease on the auditorium at 1 dol-
lar per year in order to have the
facility restored. "We'll get a grant
on it. We'll fix it up and take care
of it and y'all can pay us rent on
the building when you're using
your offices there. If y'all don't
want to do that, then we'll (Philaco
Women's Club) rent the offices
Board member Willie Speed
pointed out that the $10,000
grant, which was written by Di-
rector of Curriculum Rose McCoy,
helped to reduce the roof from
leaking during rainy conditions.
"I worked in that building for 12
years every day," Speed noted. He
pointed out that the present con-
dition of the district facility was
far improved from its condition
prior to the grant. "It rained in the
office...you couldn't go to the rest
room on a rainy day. You had to
go home. It's in good shape now
compared to what it was,' said
Speed. He said that, due to Ms.
McCoy's grant efforts, the facility
was painted and also had an air
conditioner unit installed. "We
need to give Ms. McCoy credit and

thank here tor getting it where it
is now." Mr. Speed said, however,
that he supported any effort to
restore the auditorium and other
school district facilities.
,M4. Clary stressed that restora-
tion efforts needed to be contin-
ued. "We have to keep it up. We
can't just put a roof on a barn and
expect it to stay there." Resident
Jimmy Register pointed out that,
if the district planned to restore
the roof, it also need to restore the
auditorium's windows. "They're
all wood and you need to replace
them," said Register. "If you're
going to replace the roof," contin-
ued. Register, "you need to do
something about the windows,
because they need something
done to them."
Apalachicola High School Princi-
pal Beverly Kelley informed board
members that she taught in the
building previously. She urged the
board to support restoration ef-
forts. "It has been and could be
a wonderful building," she
Prior to Ms. Clary's presentation,
Mr. Speed urged that the previ-
ously established Capital Projects
Committee be activated in order
to prioritize the school district's
construction projects. The com-
mittee, he said, would include the
four area school principals
(Clayton Wooten, Beverly Kelley,
Janice Gordon and Jared Burns),
Superintendent Brenda Galloway,
Assistant Superintendent Mikell
Clark and board member Willie
Speed. Mr. Speed had been ap-
pointed to the board at a previ-
ous meeting.
Mr. Speed noted that, during the
Legislative Delegation meeting in
Franklin County with Represen-
tative Janegale Boyd, he voiced
his concerns about district facili-
ties in decay. "I told her that we
really needed some -help with
funds for our facilities," said
Speed, "I told her about the mud
hole out at the district office...and
that it's saddening to see those
conditions like that. And I also
told her that it's also saddening
to see the parents come out there
and discuss things with the su-
perintendent and have to drive
through those mud holes to get
to the superintendent."
The board later agreed unani-
mously to adopt a resolution to
support restoration efforts of the
Chapman Elementary School
In other board business:
*Superintendent Brenda Gallo-
way announced that new tile had
been placed in the hallways of
Carrabelle High School. She
thanked residents Jimmy Regis-
ter, Rhetta Strange and Ray Clark
for helping with efforts to have tile
placed at the school.
*Board member Willie Speed an-
nounced that Apalachicola High
School student Erin Butler was
one of two students in the State
of Florida to be honored by the
1997 U.S. Senate Youth Program.

Continued on page 8

Community Members

Gather for "Feastivity"

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Notes from the January 21
Franklin County
Commission Meeting
*The board agreed to hire Christy
Duncan for the position of secre-
tary in the office of the county ex-
tension agent. County Extension
Agent Bill Mahan informed board
members that he had received 22
applications for the position.
*As directed by the board, County
Extension Agent Bill Mahan
stated that he had researched the
MathCounts Program. He in-
formed board members that the
program was a national coaching
and competition designed to gen-
erate interest and achievement
among 7th and 8th grade stu-
dents in the study of mathemat-
ics. Mr. Mahan further noted that
the program begins each fall and
that each school must pay a $40
registration fee to participate.
"Local competition begins in Feb-
ruary with each school selecting
four students to compete as indi-
viduals and as a team," said
Mahan. He continued, "winners
progress to the state contest in
March." Mr. Mahan further added
that the top four achievers in each
state have the honor of compet-
ing in the national finals. The lo-
cal and state program, said
Mahan, has been administered by
the Florida Engineering Society
for the past 14 years.
*The board agreed to extend the
county's contract with Argus Ser-
vices for an additional 5 years
contingent on the contract's ap-
proval by County Attorney Al
Shuler. Attorney Shuler stated
that he wanted to research
whether the matter needed to ad-
vertise for bids.
Solid Waste Director Van Johnson
recommended the contract exten-
sion to the board: He said that
Argus had agreed to decrease its
disposal charge from $62 to $53
per ton to haul approximately
5,000 tons of class one waste. He
also said that, in the future, Argus
would agree to only increase their
rates by one-half percent of the
Consumer Price Index annually.
*Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum informed board
members that his work squad had
been placed on a new 5-day per
week work schedule. Mr. Crum
had previously argued against the
5-day work week in favor of a 4-.
day work week with longer hours.

"As far as I know," informed
Crum, "every thing went real
At the request of Commissioner
Eddie Creamer, Mr. Crum agreed
to begin preparation work on a
.ball field in Vrooman Park in
Eastpoint so that a fence could
eventually be constructed at the
* site. Crum joked, "we're pretty
good at tearing things down, but
not quite as good at putting up a
fence." He requested that the
board consider hiring a contrac-
tor to erect the fence. County
Planner Alan Pierce stated that,
out of three contractors inter-
viewed for the project, no one had
expressed interest in the work. It
was mentioned by one resident
that ABC Fencing in Panama City
may be interested in the project.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that, as
of January 1, the county's
Peddler's Ordinance and licens-
ing requirements were now in ef-
fect. He told commissioners that
vendors could no longer operate
in the parking areas on St. George
Island. Board members unani-
mously agreed to have signs
posted in the noted parking
areas to inform people of the said
*At the request of County Engi-
neer Joe Hamilton, the board au-
thorized Hamilton to advertise let-
ters of interest for a general air-
port consultant at the Apalachi-
cola Municipal Airport.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
Department of Community Affairs
(DCA) refused to process seven
land-change requests submitted
by the Franklin County Commis-
sion. Pierce said that, according
to the DCA, two of the requests
were incomplete. The two con-
tested requests were from Mitchell
Larkin and Alice Collins.
Without providing a recommenda-
tion, Pierce told board members
that they had two options in the
matter; he said that the board
could separate the two contested
items from the bulk of the land-
use change requests and submit
the five item package to the DCA
for approval. The other option,
said Pierce, was to hold the re-
quest package until all items were
ready to be approved. Pierce in-
formed board members that the
county only had two opportuni-
ties per year to have the DCA re-
ceive such requests. He said that
the next package of requests
would probably be sent in June.
Ms. Alice Collins informed board
members that she had satisfied
all requirements for her proposed
land-use change. "I don't think it's
fair for DCA to say, 'we're not
gonna start this process.' I don't
think that it's fair for us to be left

Olivier Monad with Grammercy
Plantation told boardmembers
that he could understand the
frustration voiced by Ms. Collins.
He said, however, that a delay in
the land-use change process
would create a hindrance for the
property owners of the project.
Monad also told board members
that such a delay would cause
further delays in the production
of jobs that he said would be cre-
ated by his development project.
The board then agreed to suspend
action on the matter until Febru-
ary 1 to allow Ms. Collins and Mr.
Larkin the opportunity to work
out any land-use change prob-
lems with the DCA. After Febru-
ary 1, the uncontested land-use
change requests will be submit-
ted to the DCA for approval.
*The board agreed to re-appoint
all members on the Board of
*The board agreed to appoint
Frieda White to the Franklin
County Planning and Zoning
Commission. County Planner
Alan Pierce informed board mem-
bers that Ms. White would replace
Deanne Cook's position on the
board. Ms. Cook, he said, fail-
ed to attend any of the board's
"I will forewarn you," Ms. White
oked, "you may wish you hadn't
appointed me]. I have some res-
ervations about being on a com-
mittee that is asked to do some-
thing without much authority."
Mr. Pierce said that the commis-
sion only had the capacity to ad-
vise. "If you want to be more pow-
erful," he joked, "you need to run
for county commission." Ms.
White returned, "Bevin [Putnal] is
doing a fine job."
*County Planner Alan Pierce
voiced concern that the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC) alleg-
edly expected Franklin County to
first purchase land for an antici-
pated new prison before securing
site approval from the DOC.
"If we go out buying land all over
to build prisons on," said Com-
missioner Jimmy Mosconis, "we
need some determination before
we spend real dollars on acquir-
ing land." Pierce concurred,
"when the county taxpayers put
up a bunch of money to buy land
to build a prison, we want that
prison built."
Reading a letter of correspon-
dence from the Franklin County
Planning Office to the DOC, Pierce
noted "since the land transaction
is going to involve three parties,
it is imperative that the county
know for sure that the prison will
and can be built on the Lake Mo-
rality site." He concluded, "it
would be terrible for us to pur-
chase that site for the department ;
only to find that it cannot be used, 0

or to find that there are additional
development costs which exceed
the department's budget."
Pierce said that he informed the
DOC that the county would not
go through the trouble of acquir-
ing a title to the noted land until
it was certain that the legislature
had appropriated enough funds
for the prison's purchase. He said
that all preliminary steps for the
land transfer would be completed.
"We'll be ready to exchange deeds
as soon as the department is
ready to begin construction," he
Pierce informed board members
that the county was waiting for
appropriations from the legisla-
ture for possible funding for site
work and analysis. "But they're
not gonna build a prison with the
existing appropriations and they
apparently never were gonna
build a prison with the existing
appropriations," he added. Pierce
said that the DOC expected Fran-
klin County or the legislature to
provide the funding to build a new
prison. 'They promised us that we
would be one of those additional
sites," said Pierce.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the
county did not receive State grant
funding for two requested
projects: 1. paving the C.C. Land
Road in Eastpoint and 2. provid-
ing the county with a back-up
Mr. Pierce said approximately 2.3
million dollars was available in
State grant money. He said that,
of the 25 projects that were se-
lected for funding, all of the re-
quests were either from state-wide
agencies or from projects in much
larger jurisdictions. He said that
$900,000 of the funding was given
to the Salvation Army and
$200,000 went to the Florida As-
sociation of Broadcasting. "Evi-
dently," said Pierce, "not only is
the program highly competitive,
but it is highly political as well."
The board unanimously agreed to
send a letter to the governor com-
plaining of the grant funding
*The board approved the follow-
ing action on development in the
Critical Shoreline District: a re-
quest from Dorn Mattingly (former
infielder for the New York Yan-
kees) to construct a family pier on
Lot 25B in the Magnolia Bluff
Subdivision; a request from Don
and Susan Boyd to construct a
riprap revetment on Tract 46 on
the east end of St. George Island;
and a request from Bob Heren to
construct a private dock on the
common area of his subdivision
(Bayside Subdivision) on St.
George Island. Mr. Herren as-
sured the board that the number
of boats to be moored at the site
would pnly be for five riparian lot

*Project Manager Jim Parrish with
the Small Counties Foundation
informed board members that his
program was funded by the legis-
ature in 1993 to provide training
and technical assistance services
to small counties with population
levels of 50,000 residents or less.
He said that 31 such counties
exist in the State of Florida. The
services, said Parrish, were free
to the noted counties.
The Small Counties Foundation,
said Parrish, provided workshops
to small counties on such topics
as budget financing, waste man-
agement, regional supervisor
training, comprehensive planning
and grant preparation.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
questioned whether Parrish could
provide assistance to the county
to purchase land for a new prison.
Mr. Parrish said that he could
assist Mr. Pierce in working on
potential grant applications. "We
have worked with some of the
counties who have had problems
between the counties and state
agencies," said Parrish. He con-
tinued, "We will come in at the
county's request and work with
the county to add another voice
for you."
*Lois Clary with the Philaco
Women's Club informed board
members that her organization
was working on a project to reno-
vate the auditorium roof at
Chapman Elementary School.
"It's really falling down," Clary
noted, "the roof is caving in, it's
leaking and the windows are fall-
ing out."
Ms. Clary distributed current
photographs of the auditorium to
indicate its current condition. "We
don't want to restore the audito-
rium just for Apalachicola," said
Clary, "it will be for the whole
county." She informed board
members that fund-raisers would
be held to generate funding for the
renovation project. Clary asked
whether the county could provide
a support letter and possibly
funding support for the project.
"Our club had, a few years ago,
raised $10,000," said Ms. Clary.
However, she said that the audi-
torium roof was not repaired
properly at that time. The audito-
rium, she told commissioners,
was presently a health hazard due
to the facility's wiring and the
leaks in the roof. "If we don't take
care of what we already have,"
said Clary, "it's a beautiful old
building that will go to pot." She
said that the present state of the
building amounted to a cluttered
"junk house."
The board then approved a letter
of support for the renovation


MFC Schedules

Public Meeting

in Crystal River

The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a public meeting
February 3-5, 1997, at the Plan-
tation Inn and Golf Resort, 9301
Westfort Island Trail in Crystal
The Commission will receive pub-
lic comment and:
- consider several SHRIMP man-
agement issues, including a re-
quest to reopen shrimp harvest-
ing in Pumpkin Hill Creek in
northeast Florida, a proposal to
exempt small trawls from turtle
excluder device requirements,
trawl mesh specifications for cer-
tain bycatch reduction devices
(BRD's), and proposed provisions
to manage the statewide use of
- receive an assessment of the
BAY SCALLOP fishery, and con-
sider future management options
- review SPEARFISHING regula-
- receive reports regarding limited
entry plans for the STONE CRAB
fishery, and from the FLORIDA
- receive a report and consider
action on proposed management
- consider provisions regarding
the closed season possession of
- review a local law regarding the
use of nets in VOLUSIA COUNTY
- consider options regarding a re-
quest to establish a special man-
agement zone in BROWARD
- review legislative research,
workplan, and federal issues

The Commission will also receive
stock assessments for the TAR-
PANO fisheries.

County will Attempt to

Collect Rent from Hospital

Emerald Coast Hospital Administrator Kenneth Dykes (L)
with owner Hu Steely (R).

The Franklin County Commission
gave Attorney Ben Watkins the
green light at their regular Janu-
ary 21 meeting to either collect 2
months of late rental payments
from Emerald Coast Hospital or
proceed with a summary notice
or eviction. The board agreed to
authorize Attorney Watkins, who
has represented the county on
matters concerning the hospital,
to collect the rental payments af-
Ster he had requested the board to
instruct him on the matter of the
facility's past due rent.
"I know that they [the hospital]
have some problems with [collect-
ing on] indigent care," Watkins
stated, "but according to my un-
derstanding, if I owe you rent
under a contract and you may
owe me 5 dollars for something
* else, that's a separate item. And
the rent has to be taken care of in
order to be in compliance with the
S contract."
S Commissioner Bevin Putnal ques-
tioned hospital owner Hu Steely
whether he was having such fi-
S nancial difficulties that he could
not pay the rent. Mr. Steely re-
sponded, "we are right now."
Mr. Watkins informed board
members that, in a meeting with
hospital representatives, con-
cerns were voiced involving the
process of certifying indigent care.
The process, said Watkins, was
established in 1992. At that time
Watkins said that HRS had agreed
to certify emergency care to expe-
dite the matter.
Attorney Watkins further in-
formed commissioners that the
hospital had recently determined
that the process certifying indi-
gent care did not work. "He [Ken-
neth Dykes] said that the people
would not go to HRS to get certi-
fied," Watkins noted, 'They re-

fused to go over there and, con-
sequently, there's been no certifi-
A resolution to the certification
problem, said Watkins, would be
to designate an individual at HRS
to determine indigent status.
"How they're [the designated in-
dividual] gonna certify it if the
patient will not fill out a form or
go there [to the HRS office]...I
guess all they can do is check
their roll and see if he draws food
stamps, welfare or any other pro-
grams," said Watkins.
Attorney Watkins questioned
whether the emergency room at
Emerald Coast Hospital was be-
ing used as a medical station
without regard for emergency.
"I'm think we all know of certain
instances," said Watkins. He said
that the hospital agreed that there
was a problem in that regard and
would investigate the matter. "The
problem is whether they have to
treat any one who comes into the
emergency room and what they
can require from that person,"
noted Watkins.
Janice Hicks with the Franklin
County Health Department sug-
gested that the hospital and
county meet with Norton Kilbourn
at the local HRS office to work out
a process on the matter. "We can
work out a process," said Hicks,
"where the hospital would refer
and the patient would have to sign
something at the hospital level
stating, 'we will seek other federal,
state or local funding to pay this
hospital bill.' If that patient does
not sign before they leave that
hospital, Mr. Dykes has no re-
course once they walk out that
door to get any money from any-
"The problem that they're [the
hospital] facing right now," ex-
plained Commissioner Mosconis,

S C .
Every.day, mor reder
]F ankli

"is that they're not collecting the
money from people who walk into
the emergency room. We can't be
responsible for that...we're not in
the hospital's day-to-day busi-
ness. This is an internal, opera-
tional problem."
Following the statement from
Commissioner Mosconis, the
board agreed to request that a lo-
cal HRS representative meet with
administrative officials at Emer-
ald Coast Hospital to devise a pro-
cess for the certification of indi-
gent care.




Site Denied

The Franklin County Commission
voted unanimously at their Janu-
ary 21 meeting to deny the Florida
Power Corporation a previously
approved site located behind
Luberto's in Eastpoint to con-
struct a substation.
Resident and business owner
Paula Luberto led the opposition
against the proposed site. Ms.
Luberto presented the board with
a petition containing over 200 sig-
natures protesting the proposed
construction project. In a pre-
pared stated, Luberto read in
part: "we believe that we have le-
gal documentation that identifies
the property on which the pro-
posed substation is to be built is
property dedicated to the people
of Franklin County for useby the
public as roads and streets and
only for that use."

Mike McDonald with the Florida
Power Corporation displayed a list
of nearly 3,000 customers before
the board that he said were served
by his company. "These are my
concerns," said McDonald, "and
these are the people that I want
to make sure, when they flip the
light on, have the service they
need." He told board members
that the substation would help
the Florida Power Corporation
operate more effectively.

Attorney Ben Watkins, who spoke
on behalf of the adjacent property
owners, questioned whether the
county had the legal authority to
grant an easement on a dedicated
site for such a construction
project. "You were given that ease-
ment at the dedication for the
purposes of a public road,"
Watkins stated.


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LEditorial and Commentar

The Friday Night Auction

While many have known about this event for weeks, last Friday I
discovered for myself another gem that sparkles life in the Panhandle
and perhaps is yet another reason to plan a visit to this area. Wade
and Paula Clark put on a very neighborly, yet occasionally funny
encounter in their majestic Port St. Joe theater called the Friday Night
Auction. Consignors bring in their wares, Paula runs the administra-
tion, Wade and his assistants operate a convivial auction resulting in
rock-bottom prices for collectibles and household goods as the in-
coming bidders assemble in the airy and comfortable auditorium of
the old theater.
The turnout on a Friday night in Port St. Joe was high, yet each
participant sits on padded chairs, listening or bidding, and often
chuckling with their old and new friends, as Wade and his staff keep
items moving, with very few long pauses, and often funny comments.
I saw many carry off boxes of toys, for example, at prices unheard of
in this day and age-most at less than $5. There was another who
bought her own antique steam iron for $1, disappointed that it wasn't
selling for a higher bid. But she was relishing the comraderie with
new and old friends nearby, while sipping 5t coffee and bidding on
the merchandise that changes each week.
Starting at 7 p.m. the evening lasts as long as the merchandise. There
were aging phonographs, lamps, sofas and beds. Lots of glassware, a
bicycle, lots of pictures. My eye was temporarily transfixed on several
boxes of collectible football, baseball and other cards, each box con-
taining hundreds. The crowd was a good turnout but not so large
that you could not exchange conversation with your fellow bidders
and have a few laughs.
My experience with auctions has been limited but this one is not the
high-pressure, dead-serious type. Instead Wade and Paula have pro-
vided an easy, very friendly environment in which lots of strangers
enjoy a social event while finding a bargain or two. This can cap your
"evening out" in the panhandle with a dinner somewhere at the start
and a short drive to Port St. Joe for the auction after 7 p.m. You are in
for some fun, bargains, and another delightful evening away from the
anonymity of the "big city". You might also find one more, pleasure of
small town life while finding some "treasure". Try it. The Friday Night
Auction, Old Port Theater, 314 Reid Ave., Port St. Joe, 7 p.m.
Tom W. Hoffer



License Fee
Airport Repair/Maint.
Airport Signage
Land Payment

Total Airport Exp.


.I^ '^p-
...,- '* -. *
POA Treasurer Richard Plessinger

"Unofficial" Expenditure

and POA Budget Data


The St. George Plantation Owner's Association (POA) budget and ex-
penditures has been made available for 1996, revealing a continuing
escalation in legal fees for the year, low productivity at the Plantation
airport, a paltry "firehouse fund" and continuing expenses for the
restoration and repair of Leisure Lane, the main road through the St.
George Island development.

TABLE 1 Revenues


Account Name

4101 Association Dues
4113 Improvement Fund
Total Assoc. Dues


B&C Owners Dues
Resort Village Dues
Airport Income

November Balance
1996 Year to Date
-1,234.79 364,814.98
0.00 .167,883.00
-1,234.79 532,697.98



Total Revenues 1,459.60 636,735.07

TABLE 2 Capital Improvements

Account Account Name


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November Balance
1996 Year to Date

Leisure Lane Fund 2,043.68 197,581.22
Boardwalk Replacemt.4,429.40 U 6,570.60
Firehouse Fund 570.00 a 570.00
Airport Improve. Fund 0.00 0.00
Entry Fence Replacement 0.00 0.00
Infrastructure Improve. 0.00 0.00
Total Capital Improve.7,043.08 204,721.82




Total 5206
Budget 5207
112,000.00 5213
46,565.00 5223
9,318.00 5218


The budget (Table 1) for 1996 was $645,168 with $636,735.07 rev-
enue collected as of November 30,11996; The bulk of the POA income
isfrom dues paid,by all lot owners and home owners. But Bob Sikes
owners dues, Resort Village (the Bluffs) dues, airport income and in-
terest earned on all of that money accumulated during the year com-
prise the balance of POA income;
Resort Village dues are shown to be $31,859.85 collected, but due to
legal disagreements between Dr. Ben Johr'on and the POA, these
dues have not been paid. With regard to the budget and "balance"
column,.their presentation here seems misleading, as if the dues have
been paid. Moreover, the $31,859.85 figure would become part of the
Capital Improvements (Table 2) were budgeted at $167,883 but
$204,721.82 had been spent as of November 30, 1996. Most of the
budgeted and spent dollars have been in the category called Leisure
Lane Fund, with considerably lesser amounts spent for Boardwalk
replacement and the Firehouse Fund.
Expenditures appear to be consistent with the $157,416 budgeted
for Security Expenses (Table 3) for the 1996 year. The amount spent
during the.year to November 30, 1996, according to the document,
has been $136, 953.65. This is one of two categories where expendi-
tures to date have been less than the budgeted amounts, as shown in
the accompanying tables.

TABLE 3 Security Expenses


Account Name

November Balance
1996 Year to Date

Salaries 3,871.18 90,073.54
Payroll Taxes 2,225.03 13,762.55
Workman's Comp. 503.70 5,604.77
Major Medical 826.90 8,059.30
Supplies 0.00 923.55
Gas & Oil 215.47 1,523.75
Printing 509.45 1,752,54
Uniforms 0.00 994.96
Licenses 0.00 294.00
Maint. Repair/Equip. 767.32 5,887.16
-Residence Maintenance" 0.00 308.03
Utilities 409.80 3,143.57
Insurance -770.02 3,491.93
Taxes 0.00 1,134.00
Security Equipment 0.00 0.00
Security Vehicle 0.00 0.00
Total Security Exp. 8,558.83 136,953.65

Total 5516
Budget 5517
110,240.00 5520
9,646.00 5518
10,307.00 5526
6,600.00 550701
1,500.00 5504
2,200.00 5513
2,500.00 5508
1,000.00 5514
534.00 5515
4,050.00 5523
1,500.00 5527
2,395.00 5530
800.00 5531
137,416.00 Board n

The expenses for operating the airport (Table 4) up to November 30th
are a whopping $19,757.56 contrasted with the budgeted amount of
$19,538.00. Total income from airport use, based on landing fees,
has been a paltry $285.15.

yet llttl
ter to th

Account Account Name

Payroll Taxes
Workman's Comp.
Major Medical
Repairs & Maint.
Equipment Maint.
Total Roadway Exp.

November Balance
1996 Year to Date



November Balance
S1996 Year to Date




Maintenance expenses (Table 5) appear to be quite low for 1996 but
this portion of the document does not contain the expenses of repair-
ing Leisure Lane, which has been placed into a separate category
(Table 6).
TABLE 5 Maintenance Expenses

November Balance
1996 Year to Date

Salaries 1,347.17
Payroll Taxes 769.24
Workman's Comp. 167.90
Major Medical 255.60
Gas & Oil 74.98
Uniforms 0.00
Pool Supplies 427.63
Pool Utilities 395.42
Pool Equip. & Repair -427.63
Pool Furnishings 0.00
Boardwalk Repair 0.00
Bike Path Installation 0.00
Tennis Court Maint. 0.00
Tennis Court Utilities 44.41
Amen./Maintenance -5,500.00
Maint. Parts & Repairs -785.63
Maintenance Buildings 0.00
Expand/Repair Ent. & 0.00
Insurance 68.84
Maint. Equip.-Wash 0.00
Mosquito Control 0.00

Total Maint. Exp.





Administration Expenses (Table 7), the last category, jumped over
the budget amount of $124,985 to total $214,245.90. The largest
amount of Administration money went to pay legal fees, now costing
the POA $114,602.32 (to 30 November 1996). In November alone,
lawyers were paid $16,708.01.
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Directors Pamela Amato (left) and Bob Guyon
TABLE 7 Administrative Expenses

November Balance
1996 Year to Date

Salaries 1,923.08
Payroll Taxes 1,083:81
Workman's Comp. 167.90
Major Medical 346.40
Supplies 479.61
Printing 592.17
Travel 145.57,
Postage 213.50
Admin./Off. Equip. 948.71
Equipment Maint. 50.00
Utilities 1,329.98
Clubhouse Insurance 555.75
Insurance Bond 0.00
Insurance D&O 2,400.00
Taxes, Clubhouse 2,641.66
Bad Debt 0.00
Legal/General 16,708.01
Audit/Accounting 870.00
Meeting Expense 0.00
Total Admin. Exp. 30,456.15



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Second Circuit Court


The Honorable Judge William Gary
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
January 13, 1997
Thomas Arroyo: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
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.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly stole
a 1991 Chevy truck from David Paul on 22 Avenue in Apalachicola
on December 3. According to the report, the defendant drove the truck
to Pine Street in Apalachicola. He allegedly took several items from
the truck and then abandoned the vehicle.
Vickie Ann Carnes: Charged with two counts of Uttering a Forged
Check and one count of Resisting Arrest With Violence, Aggravated
Assault With a Deadly Weapon, and First Degree Arson, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on February 10. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Fred Cecil Dean: Charged with'one count of Burglary of a Structure
and Possession of Alcohol by a Person Under 21 Years of Age, 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.
According to the probable cause report, Deputy Michael Moore was
dispatched to the Express Lane Food Store (#14) in Eastpoint in re-
gard to an audible alarm from within the store on November 30. Deputy
Moore reported that the store's right, front door was torn out and
that a 2-foot steel rod was discovered on the ground in front of the
door. Moore further noted that, inside the door, Budweiser Beer as
well as Marlboro and G.P.C. cigarettes were scattered on the floor. He
further reported that a trail of Marlboro and G.P.C. as well as
Budweiser beer led from behind the store into the woods to Power
Line Drive.
Deputy Moore reported that, while he was searching for suspects on
Power Line Drive, he noticed the defendant walking swiftly away and
looking over his shoulder. Moore then noted that he contacted Deputy
Robert Shiver about the situation. The defendant, he noted, walked
from his location toward the back end of Charlie's Lounge. Moore
noted that he observed that the defendant was carrying red and white,
square-shaped items. The defendant, he noted, walked behind a large
power pole surrounding by brush. When the defendant finally emerged
from the area, Deputy Moore noted that the defendant was not carry-
ing anything. Moore reported that the defendant then began running
from his location. He allegedly ran through the parking lot of Badcocks
to an adjacent car wash. Moore reported that the defendant was de-
tained and arrested at the car wash. According to the probable cause
report, three 12 packs of Budweiser beer and a field jacket containing
packs of Marlboro and G.P.C. cigarettes were located behind the large
power pole.
Vickie Flores: Charged with two counts of Uttering a Forged Check,
the defendant pleaded Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary adjudicated
the defendant Guilty and sentenced her to 18 months of probation.
Judge Gary also fined the defendant $255. As a condition of proba-
tion, the defendant will be required to complete an out-patient treat-
ment program. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Norman Freeman: Charged with one count of Possession of Crack
Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary
continued the case for .case management on March 10. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was arrested
by Apalachicola police officers after he sped through a stop sign on
the corner of Commerce Street and Avenue F. According to the re-
port, the defendant attempted to elude the officers by turning onto
Avenue G, speeding through another stop sign and then turning onto
4th Street. The defendant then allegedly stopped his vehicle and ex-
ited the driver's side of his vehicle. According to the report, the
defendant'sleft hand was clinched when he exited his vehicle'. When
the officers ordered the defendant to unclench his left hand, a white
substance resembling crack cocaine allegedly fell from the defendant's
hand. According to Willie Lake, who was a passenger in the vehicle,
the defendant was using the illegal substance to "try to find him a
woman for the night."
S Vernon Gordon: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary
adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 18 months of
> probation. Judge Gary also fined the defendant $255. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jessie Page: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
,Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge
of Reckless Driving. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and sentenced him to 6 months of probation. Judge Gary also fined
the defendant $155. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Coy Sapp: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on February 10. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Dell Schneider: 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 March 10. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Jan Hevier.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly forced
a visiting 15-year-old girl from Ohio to engage in oral as well as vagi-
nal intercourse in the middle of October 1995. The offense allegedly
occurred while the victim and the defendant were alone on Timber
Island. According to the report, the defendant was a friend of the
victim's father. The defendant allegedly warned the victim that, if she
ever disclosed the incident, both of them would get into serious trouble.
The victim disclosed the alleged rape to a counselor at her high school
in Ohio. According to the report, the victim said that she disclosed
the incident, because she did not want the same thing to happen to
someone else.
Anthony Weaver: Charged with one count of Escape, 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.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was verbally
placed under arrest by Captain Don Hammock on December 5 in the
county courthouse due to a arrest warrant for charges of domestic
violence. In his report, Hammock noted that he attempted to contact
then Deputy Mike Mock to transport the defendant to the county jail.
As Hammock walked from the defendant to Deputy Mock, the defen-
dant allegedly fled the courthouse.
Maurice Williams: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled
Substance, the defendantpledefendant ped Not Guilty to the charge. The de-
fendant complained to Judge Gary that he did not feel that he was
being represented adequately by the assistant public defender. He
complained that his attorney was trying to push him into a plea bar-
gain agreement. Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury noted, "it (the
" plea bargain agreement) doesn't get any better than this." Judge Gary
informed the defendant that Mr. Steiger was one of the best public
i defenders that he has ever observed in 13 years as a judge. "You may
not like him and you don't have to like him," Judge Gary noted, "but
this court is not obliged to appoint you another attorney." Judge Gary
. asked the defendant if he wanted to represent himself. The defendant

replied that he did not. Judge Gary then continued the case for case
management on February 10. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was arrested
when he allegedly sold $20 of crack cocaine to a confidential infor-
mant on November 20 on Avenue K and 9th Street in Apalachicola.
According to the report, the controlled drug transaction was recorded
and videotaped.
James Yon: Charged with, one count of Resisting Arrest with Vio-
lence and Possession of Cocaine, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
February 10.

According to the probable cause report, the defendant was arrested
on warrant in Eastpoant. Deputy Timothy Register noted that the de-
fendant made threats that he would "whip my ass" while he trans-
ported him to the Franklin County Jail. Deputy Register alleged that,
when he looked in his rear view mirror, the defendant appeared to
have placed something under the front seat of the vehicle.
Deputy Register further noted that, while at the jail, the defendant
reiterated his threat and then lunged at the officer. According to the
report, Deputies Register and Duncan restrained the defendant.
Deputy Register alleged that he later inspected the back seat of his
vehicle and discovered a small baggie that contained white power
resembling cocaine.
Charles Alexander: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged
Check, Third Degree Grand Theft and Violation of Probation, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on February 10. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Richard Bebee: Charged with two counts of Burglary of a Dwelling &
Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, the defendant pleaded No Contest to
the lesser charge of Burglary of a Structure. Judge Gary adjudicated
the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 22 months in the Depart-
ment of Corrections with credit for 155 of time served. Judge Gary
also sentenced the defendant to 3 years of probation and fined him
$255. The defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Jesse Brown: Charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by
a Convicted Felon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case for trial on February 13. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
George Cargill: Charged with one count of Trafficking in Cocaine,
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy to Traffic in Co-
caine, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Con-
spiracy to Possess Cocaine. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant
Guilty and sentenced him to 84 months in the Department of Correc-
tions. In addition, Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 4 years of
probation and fined him $255. The defendant was represented by
Attorney James Richmond.
Jessetta Dalton: Charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Gary withheld
adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 18 months of proba-
tion. Judge Gary also fined the defendant $250 and ordered her to
pay $50 in restitution to George Creamer and $401 in restitution to
Gulf State Bank. "Everyone's entitled to make a mistake," Judge Gary
advised the defendant, "you've just used up all of your time." The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Daniel Dillon, Jr.: Charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly
Weapon and Affray, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge.
Judge Gary continued the case for a trial on March 13. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Joe Duncan: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwell-
ing, Third Degree Criminal Mischief and Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on February 10. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Lee Fichera: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the lesser charge of Trespassing on a
Structure. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sen-
tenced him to 6 months of probation. Judge Gary also fined the de-
fendant $155 and ordered him to pay $50 in restitution to Bill Martina.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Sherri Hutchins: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on February 10. Judge Gary questioned
whether the defendantrwas in court the previous month. When he
was informed that the defendant was in court last month, Judge Gary
noted, "We meet again. A trip down here without seeing Ms. Hutchins
is like a day without sunshine." The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jerry Kent: Charged with one count of Aggravated 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 J. Gordon ShiBer.
Jamal Kirkland: Charged with one count of Second Degree Robbery
without a Weapon, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge.
Judge Gary withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 6
months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 81 days of time
served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to 30 months of
probation to follow the prison sentence. The defendant, in addition,
will be required to pay $892 in restitution to the Hardee's fast food
restaurant located in Apalachicola. "Every one is entitled to make a
mistake," Judge Gary advised the defendant, every one is
human...yours (mistake) was a lulu, though." The defendant was rep-
resented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.

Bobby Martin: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Gary continued the
case for a trial on February 10. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
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The Franklin Chronicle 24 January 1997 Page 5

Second Circuit Court, From Page 4

Freddie McIntyre: Charged with Aggravated Battery with a Firearm
and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, the defendant
pleaded No Contest to the charges. Judge Gary adjudicated the de-
fendant and sentenced him to 54 months in the Franklin County Jail
with credit for 81 days of time served. In addition. Judge Gary sen-
tenced the defendant to 5 years of probation to follow the prison sen-
tence. The defendant was also fined $255. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Patrick Pearson: Charged with First Degree Arson, 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.
According to the probable cause report, Apalachicola Police Officers
Arnold Tolliver and Steve James observed the defendant standing at
the door of a trailer on 24th Street as a fire blazed in the backyard on
November 30. The officers ordered the defendant to extinguish the
fire. After the defendant put the fire out, he allegedly informed the
officers that he was going to remove some of his belongings from the
trailer and burn the rest in the road. The officers allegedly warned
the defendant that he would be arrested if he started another fire.
The defendant later allegedly removed his property from the trailer
and placed the items in his car located approximately 250 yards from
the trailer. He then allegedly set fire to and completely destroyed the
noted trailer. All of the property belonging to the wife (Ann Pearson) of
the defendant were allegedly still in the trailer at the time of the fire.
Holly Strippling: Charged with one count of Trafficking in Cocaine,
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Conspiracy to Traffic in Co-
caine, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser charge of Pos-
session of Cocaine with Intent to Sell.
Tearfully, the defendant pleaded with Judge Gary to impose a fair
sentence. She informed the judge that she had just given birth to a
baby. Judge Gary angrily responded to the defendant that she should
have thought of her baby before she decided to get involved with an
illegal substance. "Do not try to put this court on a guilt trip! This
court quit going on guilt trips a long time ago," Judge Gary stated. He
added, "your sentence is more fair than you deserve."
Judge Gary then adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
her to 5 years of probation. The defendant also received a suspended
sentence of 5 years in the Department of Corrections. Therefore, if
she violates her probation, she will be sentenced to 5 years in prison.
Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 in court costs.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin

Billy Beverly: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to
the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing. The defen-
dant 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 Febru-
ary 10. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Howard Enfinger: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on February
10. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Barry Martina: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis-
sion to the charge. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 180 days
in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 71 days of time served.
Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to complete Level 1 of the DUI
School. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Robert Peterson: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the charge. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on March
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Janegale Boyd, newly elected
State Representative for District
3, accompanied by Susan
Skelton, aide for State Senator Pat
Thomas, came to visit residents
and officials of Franklin County
at a public meeting held January
10 at the courthouse. Skelton ex-
plained that Senator Thomas was
ill and could not be present. Rep-
resentative Boyd said she had
come to listen and learn the prob-
lems of this part of her district,
which is far flung and diverse.
Skelton said that she would make
a full report to Thomas.
In her opening remarks Boyd said
she was more than pleased with
her committee assignments.
These duties will include a seat
on the education committee for K-
12 grades, water resource man-
agement, joint legislature audit
and utilities/communications.
Skelton said that Thomas will be
serving on senate rules; com-
merce, banking, agriculture and
finance and taxation committees.
These committees all have impact
on the lives of residents of Frank-
lin County. Boyd announced that
the legislature will be in session
in Tallahassee from March 4
through May 3.
Franklin County Commission
Chairman Raymond Williams
speaking for the County Commis-
sion said the county could use a
helping hand on repaving and re-
pairing roads such as C37P on Al-
ligator Point and Escape Road in
Eastpoint, these being evacuation
routes. He asked if it was possible
to get some help in funding the
cost of the new site on C67 and
Lake Morality Road proposed now
that the site on C65 is no longer
in the running.
Clerk of the Court Kendall Wade
asked if any relief could be ob-
tained as help for the court costs
of $196,000 for the'last 3 years.
This amount represents the cost
of the public defender, state's at-
torney and conflict resolution at-
torneys, for which the county was
only reimbursed $17,473. He
asked if it was possible to push
some kind of legislation for relief
from some of the excessive costs
to small rural counties.
County Commissioner Bevin
Putnal asked if Boyd could assist
in getting on the list for dredging
of channels at Carrabelle,,
Eastpoint and Two Mile near
Apalachicola by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers. He added that
boats were "scraping bottoms,"
Mayor Howell asked for help for
his city in upgrading the city
water system, saying, "Clean wa-
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Carrabelle City Engineer Bill
McCartney, of Baskerville and
Donovan, and Carrabelle Water
and Sewer Commissioner Jim
Phillips made eloquent appeals for
help for the City of Carrabelle,
saying that at the time when the
City of Carrabelle was under the
designation of "Area of Critical
Concern" to the State, the State
made promises in exchange for
the designation that have never
been fulfy honored. Phillips said
that the water plant is in need of
major improvements as it is over
50 years old. He added that 387
jobs have been lost to the city in
the last several years, with the
timber interests moving. He noted
that the state had spent large
sums of money in land acquisi-
tion under the Preservation 2,000
with the result of loss of tax rev-
enue in the area. "We don't want
to be treated as a red headed step
child." He then appealed for help
in financing the upgrading and
expansion of the city sewer and
water system.
Boyd was also questioned on the
state prison that is scheduled for
Franklin County. Don Esry of the
Department of Corrections prom-
ised cooperation on the site se-
lected on U.S. 98 and Lake Mo-
rality Road that is just north of
The two City Commissions of
Apalachicola and Carrabelle had
good delegations to the meeting.
Carrabelle Commission had a full
complement of their members
present. The county commission
was represented by Raymond Wil-
liams, Bevin Putnal, Clarence
Williams and Eddie Creamer.
Kendall Wade was the only per-
son present from the courthouse.
Willie Speed spoke for the Frank-
lin County School Board. The
Sheriffs office was represented by
Michael Moore, as Sheriff Bruce
Varnes was attending a funeral.
Boyd recognized an Apalachicola
student, Royce Rolstad, who has
been named as Legislative Page
to Representative Boyd and that
recognition drew a round of ap-

Classes Offered
at Local Library
Ms. Jackie Gay, the Director's
Assistant at the Carrabelle
Branch of the Franklin County
Public Library, works with resi-
dents throughout the county to
help them find, their distant fam-
ily members in order to build fam-
* ly tre s. Every Saturday, Ms. Gay
conducts her genealogy class from
2-6 p.m. to provide such a
service to members of the
On January 18, Ms. Gay worked
with Carrabelle resident Connie
Flint to locate distant family mem-
bers. The two took a journey
through history on the computer's
CD program well into the 1600's
and located Ms. Flint's family,
"The Gallants," in France. Al-
though this was the first time that
Ms. Flint had worked on a com-
puter, she voiced enthusiasm over
the intricacies of the system. She
also noted that one could spend
lots of time, as Ms. Gay said she
has personally discovered, with
the computer.
Those interested in building their
family tree should visit Ms. Gay
each Saturday for the genealogy
classes. If she doesn't find your
long, lost family members initially,
she will continue on as a self-
dubbed "bull dog" until such a
discovery has been made.


Cans to

Adorn the

Do not be surprised if you begin
to notice brightly painted garbage
cans popping up around the
county in the next few weeks. The
painted cans are just the latest
project produced by the local li-
brary-based youth program
known as WINGS.
Students from the Franklin
County Public Library's WINGS
program are embarking on the
can painting project to help boost
environmental awareness. Each
of the cans will contain friendly,
environmental messages to en-
courage the would-be litter bug to
deposit his or her trash in a trash
container. The WINGS students
expect to complete 10 of their
painted cans by January 31.
Three cans will be placed in
Eastpoint, Apalachicola and
Carrabelle. An additional can will
be placed on St. George Island.
The can painting project is part
of a Learn and Serve Grant from
the Florida Commission on Com-
munity Service. With the grant,
the WINGS program has been able
to purchase paint for their en-
deavor. The garbage cans were
donated to the program by the
Franllin County Landfill. Ms. Kris
Halstlom, TEENSPEAK Program
Coordinator, thanked Solid Waste
Director Van Johnson for his co-
operation with the WINGS pro-
gram. Ms. Halstrom also com-
mended Tiffany Shiver for being
an excellent role model to stu-
dents from the WINGS program.

Board MembI

Voices Conce

Over Test

Scores and

Graduation B

Recent test scores by ar
dents on the annual High
Competency Test were a
concern of board membe:
Speed at the regular Janu
Franklin County School
meeting. Mr. Speed inform
low board members that
boring counties ranked su
tially higher, not only on th
scores, but also with their
The school district, exc
Speed, had excellent pri:
and instructors. He said, h
that the noted excellence V
illustrated on the High
Competency Test. Speed in
board members that the p
age in which area students
the competency test was
third lowest in the State of]
54 percent of Franklin (
students passed the note
The only two counties tc
lower were Hamilton (5
cent) and Gadsden (46 p
Mr. Speed questioned w
neighboring counties per
so much better on the comr
test. He observed that 75 I
of the students in Gulf (
passed the test. In Liberty C
he said that 71 percent oft
dents passed. And in W
County, Mr. Speed noted
percent of the students pas
"It kind of bothers me to
kind of information as it
to our students," Speed s,
continued, "if those studer
achieve, then so cai
students...they border
basically we have the san

Over 100 residents made their
way to the Carrabelle Branch of
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary on January 11 for an open
house event that featured musi-
cal entertainment, recreational
activities and a banquet of Mexi-
can food. The purpose of the event
was to familiarize residents with
their local library as well as their
new WINGS Program Coordinator
Donna Messer. The WINGS pro-
gram provides educational, cul-
tural and recreational activities to
the local youth of ages 10 to 17.
Carrabelle resident Chaz Mikell
provided musical entertainment
for the event as visiting residents
dined, socialized and enjoyed
Mikel's performance. Ms. Messer
also provided recreational enjoy-
ment for the WINGS students.


Messer coordinated a relay game
that has tentatively been dubbed
the "WINGS Whistle Game" with
nearly one dozen students from
the WINGS program. In the relay
game, the students were required
to eat a cracker, whistle and then
sit on and break a balloon.
Director's Assistant Jackie Gay of
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary extended her appreciation
to the following businesses and
individuals for their generous do-
nations to the event: Johnnie's
Restaurant, The Carrabelle IGA,
Diana Halyak, Cathy Ramsey,
Rhetta Strange, Donna Messer,
Andrea Waller, Alison Hartley,
Shirley Hartley and Cliff Shaw.
Ms. Gay also contributed sub-
stantially to the success of the


Chaz Mikell (L) performs at the Open House as Braun Messer
(R) illustrates one of the many uses for a balloon.

Open House at Carrabelle

Library a Success


>- students."
The graduation rate of Franklin
County, said Speed, was well be-
low the state average. He com-
plained that the neighboring
er schools boasted far higher gradu-
ation rates. Franklin County's
r graduation rate, said Speed, was
'Al. 64.48 percent. He said that the
state average for the graduation
rate was 73 percent. Gulf County
had a 93 percent graduation rate.
Liberty County had a 85 percent
graduation rate and the gradua-
tion rate in Wakulla County was
tate 80 percent.
Mr. Speed felt that the principals
ea stu- were responsible for the results
School that their students posted at each
Noted school. "The principal of the
r Willie school is the leader of the school,"
ary 14 said Speed. He continued, "and
Board so goes the leader...so goes the
ned fel- school system. He (the principal)
neigh- sets the tone for the whole
bstan- school."
Leir test The Department of Education,
rate of said Speed, urged each school dis-
trict to meet the State Standards.
claimed 'The policyis," said Speed, "that
ni if schools did not meet those stan-
nowever dards in 3 years, then there was
was not a strong possibility that the prin-
School cipal would be moved from that
formed school and a new principal would
ercent- be brought in." He continued, "the
passed commissioner of education (Frank
ranked Brogan) said that students can
Florida. achieve. I agree with that 100
County percent...if the student does not
ed test. achieve, then we're holding the
o score leader of that school responsible."
1 per- Mr. Speed did commend the area
percent) principals for being ranked among
the top five counties in the State
7hy the of Florida in drop-out prevention.
formed He said that, if such a ranking in
petency drop-out prevention could be
percent achieved, then the schools could
County also post better results on the
County, competency test and the gradua-
hestu- tion rate.
Vakulla Fellow board member Jimmy
that 76 Gander agreed that the school
,sed the district did have excellent princi-
pals and instructors. "I just be-
get this lieve that we're not on the right
relates track," he said. Mr. Gander said
aid. He that in Gulf County students were
.ts can tutored prior to taking the com-
n our petency test. He said that the area
us and schools should also tutor its stu-
e kinddents on such tests.
re kind

Page 6 24 January 1997 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

King's Dream Brought to

Life on Sixth Street

Eeya. m era rartri tot

Fakin Croncl

The Community Marching Band and Drillleads the march
in recognition of Dr. King.

"No great victories are won in a
war for transformation of a
whole people without total par-
ticipation. Less than this will
not create a new society; it will
only evoke more sophisticated
token amelioration," Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., "Where Do We
Go From Here: Chaos or Com-
munity," 1967
Around the corer of 10 a.m., visi-
tors to the recreation center on
Sixth Street were alerted by a
beating drum; the beating merged
with a trumpet's sounding; a
clarinet, saxophone and trom-
bone joined in the musical pro-
cession. As the orchestration
neared Sixth Street, the sounds
of children were heard; their
chanting, singing and cheering
lifted the moment up in exhala-
tion. The march would soon be-
gin in recognition of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., on this calm
morning of January 20.
A somewhat small though vibrant
group of approximately 50 partici-
pants began their march in
memory of Dr. King. The Chris-
tian Community Marching Band
and Drill led the procession as a
cross-section of adults and chil-
dren followed. Residents carried
banners entitled "The Hill Cel-
ebrates the Dream" and "Happy
Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.,"
on the march. Community mem-
bers watching the march waved
from their front yards and
orches; others honked their
orns and, waved at marchers
while watching from their ve-
hicles. A van followed behind to
transport those unable to physi-
cally march in the procession, but
who desired to participate.
The conclusion of the march was
met with a rally for Dr. King.
Chapman Elementary School ith-
structor Elinor Mount-Simmons
welcomed residents to the event.
In her opening address, Ms.
Mount-Simmons urged residents
to take an active role in making
King's dream a reality for all con-
cered. "He had a dream," said
Ms. Mount-Simmons, "and we
must wake up and carry it out."
She urged, "we must do some-
Following a prayer that was of-
fered by Elder Granville Croom,
Jr., and the National Anthem,
which was sung by Teresa
McClendon, Apalachicola Mayor
Bobby Howell greeted visitors to

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The Realtor Association of Fran-
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recently installed their new offic-
ers and directors for 1997 at their
Annual Meeting for the Installa-
tion of Officers and Christmas
Party. After listing the highlights
of the year and thanking every-
one for their hard work and as-
sistance, Outgoing President Ma-
son Bean introduced Willie
Norred, President; Harry
Plumblee, Vice President; Kristy
Branch, Treasurer; Shirley Reed,
Secretary; Sammy Gilbert and
Shawn Donahoe, New Directors;
and Returning Directors John
Shelby, Tom Beavers, Betty Jean
Londono, Karen Folks and Mason
A unique and lively Victorian Sur-
prise Program was arranged by
Appraiser Member Cliff Butler,
Senior Vice President of Gulf State
Bank who is also treasurer of the
Apalachicola Maritime Museum.
The surprise was pirates of the
Beauvoifl Society, who said their
last vessel had sunk in the rough

the event. "Let's celebrate his liv-
ing," Howell exclaimed. "Let's cel-
ebrate his fortitude," he contin-
ued, "he was a great American."
Mayor Howell commended Dr.
King's use of non-violence to ex-
act change in the nation.
Following another greeting from
Franklin County Commissioner
Clarence Williams, a tribute was
offered by Reverend Samuel
McGlockton to Dr. King. In his
address, Rev. McGlockton read a
poem to the crowd that was writ-
ten by Elinor Mount-Simmons.
"He was a special man with a spe-
cial plan," McGlockton read. He
continued, "Martin didn't die in
vain...full equality we shall
realize...Wake up, my people, and
fulfill King's legacy."
Sheriff Bruce Varnes also greeted
visitors of the rally. Varnes
praised Dr. King for his courage
to address societal problems. "He
was a leader who brought this
country together," offered Sheriff
Varnes. He told rally participants
that many problems, including
the war on drugs, still remained
to be solved. Varnes continued,'"if
he was here, he would tell us to
face these problems together."
Apalachicola High School instruc-
tor Eddie Joseph, Jr., also ad-
dressed rally participants. Mr.
Joseph told audience members
that one of the remaining chal-
lenges in the community was to
keep the youth active and inter-
ested in their education. "Educa-
tion is going to be the key," said
Joseph; "the only way to be pre-
pared is by education."
The final address was offered by
Barry Hand. Mr. Hand said that
he was honored to address the
rally. However, he said that he
expected more members from the
community to be present. "I don't
see us in the way we should be
out here," said Hand. He warned
residents not to become compla-
cent in regard to King's dream.
"How quickly we've forgotten...and
it was really only yesterday," said
Hand. He concluded, "you can kill
the dreamer, but you can't kill the
Resident Maxine Kellogg then
sang "The Negro National An-
them." The event concluded with
audience members joining hands
and singing "We Shall Overcome"
with Ms. Kellogg.

seas off Franklin County, mas-
querading as Victorian Christmas
carolers. They encouraged all Re-
altors to support the Apalachicola
Maritime Museum and the Gov-
ernor Stone because you all know
what happens to the value of
property you are trying to sell
when a band of Pirates are
stranded next door. In addition to
encouraging them to join as indi-
vidual members (membership
starting at $25/yr.) and their com-
anies to join as a business mem-
ers (membership starting at
$100/yr.) or Corporate Sponsor
(starting at $1,000/yr.), they were
urged to promote the Governor
Stone through their company pro-
motional materials and rentals.
They were reminded that, by pro-
moting the Governor Stone and
the Apalachicola Maritime Mu-
seum they were promoting a one
of a kind historical landmark that
helps set our area apart from
For additional information on
joining the Apalachicola Maritime
Museum or sailing on the Gover-
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at the Museum office, 653-8708,
between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
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Cliff Butler at Gulf State Bank,
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ing with people," said Mr. Watson-
Clark, "I know that the kids will
be happy to get the gifts and that
the parents will also appreciate
it." He added, "It's interesting to
see the way the kids look when
you come with a gift, even though
you're not dressed as Santa
Mr. Watson-Clark has much ex-
perience in working with the
community's youth. He taught in
Franklin County's Schools
(Quinn, Apalachicola and
Carrabelle High Schools) over a 30
year time span. In 1989, Mr.
Watson-Clark retired from teach-
ing. However, he still remains
quite active in the community. He
said that, several years ago, one
of his former students contacted
him. Mr. Watson-Clark said that
his former student, Dr. Frederick
Humphries, requested that he
work with him on the FAMU Con-
nection. From that point on, Mr.
Watson-Clark has worked with
his former student to ensure that
children in need received a gift at
Ms. Tolliver said that the most
gratifying aspect of participating
with the FAMU Connection was
witnessing the enjoyment that it
brought Mr. Watson-Clark.. "He
just seems to get such a thrill out
of it," said Tolliver. She added, "I'm
not calling him Santa Claus, but
he does get a lot of enjoyment out
of it."

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Each year, during the Yuletide
season, several residents of Fran-
klin County work with Florida A
& M President Dr. Frederick
Humphries to disperse Christmas
gifts to needy families. The pro-
gram, known as the FAMU Con-
nection, provides approximately
50 presents to the children of
Franklin County each Christmas.
Franklin County residents Rose
Tolliver and Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Watson-Clark have worked with
Dr. Humphries in years past to
coordinate the FAMU Connection.
Ms. Tolliver's role in the program
has been to identify and compile
a list of those children in need of
the program's services. Mr. and
Mrs. Watson-Clark collect the gifts
from Dr. Humphries and then
match the gifts to the names on
Ms. Tolliver's compiled list.
Mr. Charles Watson-Clark visits
the children at their homes on or
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Carrabelle City Commissioners
and City Clerk Charles Lee
Daniels were praised highly by
Mark Payne of the James Moore
and Company, CPAs, as a result
of what Payne called a "clean au-
dit," Payne said You all did a
good job, especially Mr. Charles
Daniels]. He watches the dollar
for you." He added that the city
had a clean audit saying, "It don't
get any better than that."
He detailed the assets and liabili-
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ing grants and loans, their cash
reserve which he added was up
by $72,000.00 last year. The city
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penses coming in at $25,000.00
less than estimated. He said that
the only place the city showed any
loss was in the area of water and
sewer. He advised commissioners
to check on the rate structure. In
the general fund $91,000.00 more
came in than went out. He ended
by saying "Y'all just did a great
The commissioners went on to
approve a lease between the City
of Carrabelle, Franklin County
Commission and The Franklin
County Public Library for a por-
tion of the community center at a
monthly rental of $75.00. The
lease had been approved for con-
tract by County Commission At-
torney Al Shuler and was ap-
proved by the city attorney Bill

A bill for services for sewer reha-
bilitation presented by Bill
McCartney, of Baskerville and
Donovan, in the amount of
$8,050.00 was approved for pay-
ment. Commissioner Jim Phillips
reported that the west half of the
sewer plant had been repaired
and work was commencing on the
east side.
Commissioner Buz Putnal an-
nounced that he would attend a
meeting with the Argus Company
representatives. The city contract
will be up on January 31. The
County Commission had re-
quested that the city once again
cooperate with the county and
choose Argus. He added the
county was meeting on the 7th of
The commissioners approved ad-
vertising for a public hearing on
a small scale land use change on
a 9.98 acre parcel that is located
on U.S. 98 west, between Airport
Road and the Mini MB11. The
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Bill McCartney reported that ad-
vertisements have gone out for
bids for work on the Riverwalk.
Bids will close on January 31 and
will be opened at the
commission's regular meeting on
February 3. He also reported
things were going well on the
Farmers Home grant and loan for
extension of water service. He told
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The event was the second of three
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tests in recognition of the event
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The Franklin Chronicle 24 January 1997 Page 7





of Chili

Cookoff at

Civic Club

Amid dozens of chuckles and a
few belly laughs, St. George Island
andTallahassee businessman
Harry Arnold reviewed the history
of the Chili Cookoff as plans for
the 15th Annual Regional Char-
ity Chili Cookoff and Auction were
being finalized.
He began, "Everything we've ever
done [at the Cookoff], there is al-
ways someone from the Civic
Club." While he looked around at
the audience, he found only three
faces who were at the first Chili
Cookoff and Auction. "Here they
are: Barbara Sanders, W. K. and
Harry Arnold." All the rest of the
nearly packed civic club hall were
"newcomers," who wanted to
know the background of the now
famous regional chili competition,
and the upcoming March 1st fif-
teenth celebration.
"Fifteen years ago, the fire depart-
ment consisted, in part, of one
deuce and a half truck with a
water tank welded to it. It held
500 gallons with a little pumper
on it." When the 500 gallons were
expended on the blaze, the truck
turned around and drove for "re-
fueling" but, Harry continued, "by
the time you got back, the fire was
back up to where it
started...Instead of putting the fire
out in an hour, the house burned
This frustration led to a sponta-
neous fund-raiser at the Pelican
on the island, which Harry owned
at the time, There was a pickle jug
placed nearby for coins and bills
to raise some money for fire equip-
ment and miscellaneous ex-
One evening, a chili competition
was held and Alice Collins won.
The first prize was a case of beer.
Alice asserted she did not touch
the stuff so she donated the case
back to the fund. The beer was
auctioned and the proceeds


Harry Arnold
placed into the pickle jug, and
that was the first auction held at
what would later be called the
Three cases of beer brought $150
that first night. Then, someone
supplied a Budweiser stretch-
neck with the label upside down,
and Hoyt Vaughn bid $7.50 for it.
"This was a collector's item" and
has been the first auction item bid
at the CookoffAuction ever since.
Harry claimed, "Every year about
a week before the Chili Cookoff,
this bottle [with the upside down
label] shows up again," he said
chuckling. Civic Club President
Barbara Sanders said, "A very
rare item." The audience was be-
ginning to get the point with a
growing sound of laughter. Harry
added, "There's only 15 in the
world." Last year, the bottle drew
$110 at the auction. "That kinda
tells ya, it's a real collector's
Harry continued, "Buddy
Crawford was the auctioneer, just
hooping and hollering." He said,
"oh man, I've got a slipped disc."
Bruce Drye retorted, "I'll give you
$5 for it." Harry continued, "At the
end of the day, we dumped out
the contents of the pickle jar and
counted the money. $900!!!" They
were on a roll, so next year, the
event was planned. "In the first
year, there were about 25 persons
at the Pelican. The second year,
you can't even breathe in this
place." The auction produced.
The 1996 auction produced over
$60,000. For the Fifteenth
Cookoff to be held this March 1,
1997, Harry has his hopes and
eyes on six figures.
He reviewed the sources of income
from the day, which has become
the premier fund-raising event in
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help and no government hand-
outs. The Cookoff is an example'
of fund-raising made possible
with close planning and citizen
participation along with the thou-
sands of fun-lovers coming into
Franklin County for a day of cel-
ebration, auctioneering and tasty,
succulent Chili and a large range
of other food offerings.
The day begins with the morning -
competitive run, the first source
of revenue. The food booths open
later in the morning and the pro-
fessional chili-cookers prepare
their offerings. This select group
of professionals are in competition
with each other while offering
their chili for sale. Judges from
the Franklin County community
taste the offerings. Amateur or
homemaker competitions are also
held, and their chili is sold.
"The auction is the big money
maker during the day," Harry
said. "The biggest expense is the
tent and about 300 chairs. We are f
looking for quality auction items;
no used cars on Pine Street." The ]
food booths contribute about a
$10,000 to the final tally; the big e
tent auction generates,about I
$20,000. The civic club handled i
tee-shirt sales for several years. f
A country store selling smaller I
items is 100 percent profit. The
Corporate sponsors, featured on
the first letterhead solicitation for
"Chili-head" jackets and hats,
contribute $1,000 each. Last year, Y
the jackets priced at $100 each
generated about $18,000 even be-
fore the Cookoff was held on the
first Saturday in March. This year
the jackets sell for $100 each; the i
hats for $25 each.
A fire hat drive is held indepen-
dently by the volunteer St. George
Fire Department. Solicitation let-
ters to, all islanders were mailed
in late 1996.
Gary Cates told about Michigan '
professional chili cooker Georgia
Walker who won the World Com-
petition in 1996. She plans to at-,.
tend this year's Cookoff and Auc-
tion. Over 20 states are now rep-
resented in this year's regional
cookoff at St. George Island. The
competition can handle about 50
contestants, and Gary added he
is looking for judges; Contact Gary
through Harry A's on St. George.
Harry Arnold reminded Franklin
County Commissioner Eddie
Creamer, sitting in the audience,
that he was expected to partici- C
pate in the judging. "We've never
had a Commissioner do it 2 years
in a row." [Audience laughter].
Gary has organized the profes-
sional cookers and kept track of
who won in various categories,
along with registration, and mak-:
ing sure that everything complies,
with the meticulous official rules
of the International Chili Society..
"From here, the winners are eli-
ible to compete in the nationals
eld in Reno," he said.
Harry, W.K. Sanders and Gary
related more anecdotes that gen-
erated the appropriate responses
from the club members; lots of
laughs. It was obvious that the
volunteer fund-raising over the
last 14 years has brought much
more than fire engines; First Re-
sponder equipment and training
for 35 volunteers who continue to
serve their communities long af-
ter the Cookoff ends each year.
The participants also relish the
comraderie and memories of good
times together and a lasting com-
mitment to service of the highest
order. While there is always a se-
rious note mentioned in such rec- i
collections, the fun of such service i
persists. In conclusion, Harry
mentioned that goats were no
longer accepted as auction items.
One year, a cow was auctioned off Or
and also a 300 lb. pig. Smiling,
Harry concluded, "You ought to Ja
have seen this guy trying to get
that cow into his car." H

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The January 18, 1997 Board of
Directors meeting of the St. George
Plantation Owner's Association. Inc.
(POA) was called to order at 12:30 p.m.
with all Directors present. Treasurer
Richard Plessinger reported the cur-
rent financial condition of the POA.
through Mary Beard:
General and Savings Accounts:
Maintenance and Security
Accounts: $7,643.07
Mary Beard: "This last month, we did
pay off the line of credit loan that we
had taken to get through the last few
months of last year. It is closed at this
time We made an interest payment on
the Road Loan, Phase I, but the Road
Loan balance is still carried at this
time. We anticipate we'll have excess
funds enough to pay that Road Loan
off within the next two or three weeks.
1997 dues receipts total $353,397.57.
That represents about half of what we
get from regular lot and houses as-
The November 1996 statements were
distributed to the Directors. The ac-
countant (Larry Lane) had not com-
pleted the December 1996 financial
statements in time for this meeting.
Mrs. Beard mentioned that there were
enough "dues complaints" letters on
file to create form responses from the
Board. Richard Plessenger received
the files with dues complaints and was
planning to draft responses to specific
inquiries next week. A bank loan had
been negotiated for improvements in-
cluding the fire house. Abou
$120,000 would be borrowed for the
fire house, according to Plessinger.
About $500,000 in road funds would
be needed to complete the Leisur,;
Lane road repairs to the Guard Shack.
That construction would begin aboiul
mid-to-late March and be completed
about April 15, 1997. A 401Kplan for
employees was also discussed.

Bob Shiver (right) placing
"Outstanding" award on the
chest of Dennis Creamer
Pam Amato announced after evalua-
tions of all personnel were conducted,
Dennis Creamer was selected as Out-
standing. Dennis performed his du-
ties in a consistently outstanding
manner and has been awarded a spe-
cial pin-recognizing his competencies
and service to the Plantation. Bob
Shiver was also rated "outstanding"
and received a salary increase accord-
Guy Marsh, head of the Architectural
Control Committee presented a draft
letter concerning construction beyond
the Coastal Construction Control line
(CCCL). Many structures have been
built without the POA approval, as de-
termined by a survey conducted by
the Security department. Consider-
able discussion was held on two is-
sues. (1) Concern was raised by Board
member Charlie Manos that the pri-
macy of POA approval must be main-
tained in order to enforce the Cov-
enants, and (2) The dilemma raised
by the draft letter seeming to grand-
father dune walkovers previous con-
struction without POA formal ap-
proval. Lee Noels was also present at
the meeting. He was the subject of a
Board order to remove his deck and
walkover not approved by the Archi-
tectural Control Committee, an early
case that raised these issues initially.
Noels contended that he followed all
procedures of the ACC but the Board
overturned that earlier approval.
President Hartley wanted to address
that earlier case since Mr. Noels was
present. The discussion continued
with the conclusion that Mr. Noels
"was off the hook for awhile..." The
other party involved in a similar dis-
pute was Nora Pierce.
After a smoke break, Director Charlie
Manos submitted a redrafted letter to
be sent to the 70 homeowners who
apparently violated the POA Cov-
enants. The key statement in the POA
letter to be sent to ihe 70 "violators"
was approved by the Board:
"...It is our (POA Board) intent not to
contest existing structures... with the
explicit provision that all structures
built after January 18, 1997, whether
first built or rebuilt must comply with
all criteria for approval."
The motion was approved.
In a surprise announcement,
Director Bob Guyon spoke about re-
opening negotiations or "conversa-
tions" with Dr. Ben Johnson. "...I
think that we've reached a point in
time where both sides would be bet-
ter served if we explored alternative
ways of resolving some of these issues.
Rather than getting closer to resolu-
tion, it appears that we're getting fur-
ther apart. I don't see any harm in
establishing a line of communication
with Mr. Johnson to at least revisit
what it is that is important today...
and see if we can exercise a parallel
path..." President Hartley responded
favorably, "...We certainly don't want
to keep the lawsuits going..."
Shirley Adams, chairperson of the
Covenant Review Committee, an-
nounced a tentative date for a island-
wide Forum on February 26th at 9:30

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St. George Island Regional Charity Chili
Cookoff & Auction, Inc.
Fifteenth Annual (can you believe it?)

Mark your calendar-Saturday, March 1, 1997, for a fantastic
un day on St. George Island!!!
The Red Pepper Run will start at 8:00 a.m. with T-shirts and
awards for all runners. Over 20 states and 55 professional cook-
ers will be represented in the Professional Chili Cooking area.
And as always the auction will have hundreds of great
tems...antiques, collectibles, old and new. Also included in the
un will be our very own food booths with Chicken and Dump-
ings, Famous Chili Head Chili, Sweet Shop and several Seafood
booths will be added this year.
Well, you wonder, why do we have to keep on raising money?
Plans for 1997 include a Two-Bay addition to our existing Fire
House on Pine Street. This will include an expanded area on top
or offices for the Fire Chief, First Responder Commander, Chili
Cookoff storage area and a new Civic Club area. Also, due to the
height of most houses on St. George Island, a new Ladder Truck
s in the budget for 1997/1998. The Plantation Fire House is ex-
pected to be completed in 1997. At that time, the Fire Dept. plans
are to house their #2 Fire Truck in the Plantation to give better
ire protection to everyone on St. George Island.
We need your help now!!!! Be a Chili Head Sponsor!!!! The Chili
Head Jacket this year is outstanding. See the order form below.
You will receive the official Chili Head Sponsor Jacket for a
$100.00 or more donation. The Chili Head Hat is available for a
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As always, we need auction items. Please call any director for
pick up.
Thanks for all your help in the past and we look forward to your
help in 1997. See you there!!!!
Harry K. Arnold


looking us right in the face." Mr.
Speed concluded, "education is
the key that will unlock the
door...it will be up to our young
people who are coming on right
behind us."
Other local officials attending the
event included Franklin County
Commission Chairperson Ray-
mond Williams and Apalachicola
City Commissioner Jimmy Elliott.

Clarence Williams addresses crowd at the "Feastivity" Banquet.

Mirabella Honored by Chamber

Bonnie Stephenson (L) with the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce
presents Ruth Mirabella (R) with a dedicational plaque to her hus-
band, Johnnie Mirabella. The Mirabella's donated the original 'World's
Smallest Police Station" to the chamber. Mr. Mirabella installed the
famous telephone booth at the Carrabelle site. A former telephone
repair person, Mr. Mirabella was widely known by many as "Mr. Tele-
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Mr. Speed informed audience
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of Florida that will receive a de-
creased amount in the governor's
budget. He said that the decrease
will be by approximately
$127,000. Speed noted that it
would be important for the dis-
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Juvenile Justice, from
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1. To provide a forum for the de-
velopment of a community-based
interagency assessment of the lo-
cal juvenile justice system.
2. To develop a county-wide ju-
venile justice plan for more effec-
tively preventing juvenile delin-
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more effective utilization of exist-
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ing juveniles who are truant or
who have been suspended or ex-
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been found to have been involved
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4. To encourage and enter into a
written interagency agreement
between the state and local agen-
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programs in Franklin County to
achieve the goals set forth in the
county plan.
5. To develop partnerships be-
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sectors aimed at reducing juve-
nile crime in Franklin County.
"We need help," concluded Ms.
Johnson, "we're out here helping
your children. We need you to
help us help your children."

Renovation Plans, from
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Speed noted that the program,
sponsored by the William
Randolph Hearst Foundation,
enabled each student to meet with
U.S. Senators in Washington D.C.
Hepointed out that approximately
200 students competed for such
an honor. In addition, he noted
that Ms. Butler received a $2,000
college scholarship. "That is
something to be proud of," ex-
pressed Mr. Speed. At the request
of Mr. Speed, the board agreed to
write a letter of commendation to
Erin Butler from the Franklin
County School Board.
*The board unanimously voted to
allow Dr. Hobson Fulmer to be-
gin a cross country running team
at Apalachicola High School.
Chairperson Will Kendrick asked
whether Dr. Fulmer knew of an-
other person interested in coach-
ing a cross country team. He said
that there may be several stu-
dents at Carrabelle High School
interested in participating in such
an athletic program.





Former Apalachicola Times and
Wakulla News reporter, Mark
Temple Watson, pleaded No Con-
test in the chambers of Judge
William Gary on January 13 to the
charge of DUI Involving an Acci-
dent that Involved an Injury. The
noted charge was a First Degree
Misdemeanor. Watson was ini-
tially charged over 1 year ago with
the Third Degree Felony of DUI
Involving Serious Injuries.
Judge Gary adjudicated Mr.
Watson guilty of the agreed upon
charge and sentenced him to 30
days in the Franklin County Jail
with credit for 3 days of time
served. Judge Gary also sen-
tenced the defendant to serve 1
year of probation following the
prison sentence. As a condition of
probation, Mr. Watson will be re-
quired to serve 50 hours of com-
munity service. In addition, he will
be required to complete Level One
of the DUI School and also attend
regular classes of Alcoholic's
Anonymous. Judge Gary fined
Watson $750 and ordered him to
pay $783.40 to Sherry Collins and
Scott Osteen. Judge Gary agreed
to allow Watson to make pay-
ments of $70 per month to Mr.
Collins and Ms. Osteen.
Mr. Watson was arrested for DUI
after he collided with residents
Sherry Osteen and Scott Collins
on December 2, 1995, in Lanark
Village. Ms. Osteen, who was 19
weeks pregnant at the time, lost
her baby the following day at Tal-
lahassee Memorial Hospital due
to complications. Mr. Watson reg-
istered a 1.34 blood alcohol level
following the December 2 colli-
sion. According to Assistant State
Attorney Ron Flury, the victims
of the collision were satisfied with
the plea bargain agreement be-
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