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The Published Every Other Friday

Franklin Chronicle
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Volume 6, Number


March 21 April 3, 1997

Wellsprings Sale

"Sittin' Still"

Report and Commentary
by Tom Hoffer
"Sittin' Still" may be the most le-
gally accurate way of expressing
the state of the Wellsprings Home
Health Care situation in their vol-
untary bankruptcy; but in an-
other way, the words do express
the current state of affairs. The
Carrabelle-based home health
care organization still has a num-
ber of creditors. And, with the pa-
tience of the Bankruptcy Court in
Tallahassee, the organization has
been attempting to sell its assets.
One of the assets of any Florida
home health care organization is
its "Certificate of Need" (CON).
Sometime back, the Agency for
Health Care Administration
(AHCA), which issues CONs and
licenses hospitals and home
health care agencies in Florida,
wrote and said some things which
appear to have damaged the Well-
springs organization's capacity to
sell their assets. The important
item of value is the ability or ca-
.pacity ofWellsprings to bill Medi-
care for future business.
The Trustee of the Bankruptcy
Estate of Wellsprings Home
Health Care, Inc. has requested
a formal hearing to challenge a
statement by AHCA which inhib-
its the health care agency from
having "property" to sell. That
"property" is a statement from
AHCA concerning the non-review-
ability of their Certificate of Need.
AHCA wrote Wellsprings twice.
First they said Wellsprings would
not be subject to a certificate of
need review. A second letter re-
versed that finding, stating that
Wellsprings would be required to
apply foi a new certificate of need
to reinstate its Medicare certifica-
tion. In fact, Wellsprings lost their
Medicare certification which con-
tributed the filing for voluntary
bankruptcy. The Trustee of the
Bankruptcy Court is suing AHCA
because "...its ability to obtain
Medicare certification has been
taken without due process and
the value of its agency has been
substantially reduced by the
AHCA determination based on
such policy (i.e. the statement
that Wellsprings lost its certifica-
tion, has closed and the CON is
no longer valid). It is true that
Wellsprings lost the Medicare cer-
tification but the federal agency
involved stated that the agency
may re-apply for certification,
when the health care agency has
a valid CON and license.
Thus, the litigation between the
U. S. Trustee and AHCA filed last
October 1996 is merely to main-
tain the certifiability of Well-
springs or whoever purchases the
health care agency, so they may
bill Medicare, for services per-
Continued on page 8


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New Major

at Franklin

Work Camp

Major John Whitfield began his
first day of service at the Frank-
lin Work Camp on March 10. Ma-
jor Whitfield was promoted to the
local camp from Gulf Correc tional
institution He, replaced M jior
Fred Watson, who served at the
camp for nearly three months.
Major Watson now serves at the
west unit of Gulf Correctional In-
Major Whitfield began his career
in the Department of Corrections
in 1988 at Gulf Forestry. In early
1993, Whitfield began working at
Gulf Correctional Institution un-
til his recent promotion to Fran-
klin County.

Major Whitfield stated that the
first priority at the work camp was
to provide for the public's safety.
"By doing that," he noted, "we
make sure that all of these in-
mates are properly supervised
and classified. Before we put an
inmate out on the street, he is
reviewed and reviewed and re-
viewed." Whitfield added, "it's my
job to provide a safe, humane en-
vironment for the inmate to serve
his time." The next priority, said
Whitfield, was to provide security
for those who worked at the camp.
"I want to make sure that every
officer that works for me walks
back out of that gate," he said.

Major Whitfield stressed the im-
portance of educational programs
in the work camp. Using a hypo-
thetical situation, Whitfield illus-
trated the role of education in re-
ducing the recidivism rate for in-
"If you take a 17 year old kid who
Continued on page 3

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Chairperson Wood Takes

His Leave of Port Authority

By Brian Goercke
The many years and endless meetings of controversy between Timber
Island business owner Tommy Bevis and the Carrabelle Port and Air-
port Authority finally reached an apparent closure on March 13 in
the resignation of Chairperson Donald Wood.
In the middle of an extended discussion concerning a proposal by Mr.
Bevis to have his lease amended, Chairperson Wood stood silently for
a moment and then announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't need.
this and I don't have to put up with this. I am the villain in this whole
thing, so as of this time, I resign. Thank you."

From the Beginning
The Port Authority meeting began in apparent confusion as board,
member James Lycett requested that the board advertise for propos-
als to help in the development of Timber Island. The board had previ-
ously discussed the option of advertising for such proposals during a
recent workshop.
After Lycett made his request, the board did not seem responsive. He
asked, "was I the only one there? We did discuss it...I'm sure of that."
Lycett continued, "if nothing has come out of this workshop (that is)
concrete, then we wasted our time having a workshop. And this has
been one of my problems all along...that we're wasting time."
Chairperson Donald Wood finally agreed that the board could "enter-
tain a proposal." He continued, "but before we could accept the pro-
posal, we would have to advertise." Lycett suggested that the board
advertise' for such proposals in the local as well as other news peri-
odicals. Newly appointed member David Jones suggested that the,
local media'print the proposal as a public notice. The board then
agreed to advertise for proposals.

Lycett's Resolution
As the meeting progressed, Mr. Lycett requested that a hand written
"resolution" or proposal that he presented during a recent workshop
be passed. "This involves an amount of work on my part to straighten
the situation," said Lycett.
The resolution presented by Lycett included:
A. Designate and define Bevis property to be commercial/industrial
in nature:
1. All capital improvements and sub-lease requests should be as-
sociated with the repair or construction of boats or involve some
marine industrial application.
2. Special emphasis should be made to provide accommodations
for boats over 50' in length (tugs, shrimp boats, supply vessels
or other vessels such as dinner boats that may be passing
through and need dockage).
B. Expedite actions on already discussed capital improvements:
1. Assist Mr. Bevis in obtaining permits, monies and materials for
a) boat ramp b) travel lift and c) large boat dock
2. Request Mr. Bevis and sub-lessees to create a reasonable time
table for these and other improvements.
3. Request that Bill McCartney (with Baskerville-Donovan) help in
searching for monies for these projects.
4. Drop all legal actions. Both the CPAA and Mr. Bevis should
drop all existing, threatened and proposed legal actions for a
period of at least two years.
C. Both the CPAA and Mr. Bevis should pledge themselves to main-
tain a climate of civility and decorum and keep in mind several
factors to use as a yardstick in all discussions:
1. Are we enhancing and/or protecting the river or any other prop-
erties under CPAA control?
Continued on page 4

Close Call

on the



The county's hospital came un-
comfortably close on March 14 to
having its doors closed for good
as Provident Medical Corporation
indicated on that day that they
would be withdrawing from the
facility at 5:00 p.m.:
During a March 18 Franklin
County Commission meeting,
Centennial Health Care CEO
Michael Lake said that the
County's ability to keep the facil-
ity functional on such short no-
tice was unprecedented.
"At 5:01(p.m.) last Friday," said
Lake, "there was a distinct possi-
bility that the hospital was going
to be closed up...and the chances
of that hospital opening up again
would be slim to none."
Lake Continued, "Something oc-
curred last Friday that was highly
unlikely in this State... and that
is the fact that the county was
issued a license to operate the
hospital..and' th'atlT~ense was
gathered and put together in less
than six hours. I can guarantee
you that has not happened in this
State in a long time."
Mr. Lake commended the work of
Senator Pat Thomas, State Rep-
resentative JaneGayle Boyd, Dr.
Shakra Junejo and the Franklin
County Commission for helping to
assure that the hospital doors
remained open. "I will tell you that
we had 35 employees stay there
for a good 48 hours to make sure
that this thing was cleaned up
and operational," said Lake,
"there were a lot of people who
worked many long hours to get us
where we're at."
Lake commented that the shape
in which Provident Medical Cor-
poration left the county hospital
was revolting. "It took us all of
Friday night and up until two
o'clock on Saturday just to clean
the facility up," he said. He said
that, even during that furious
clean-up detail of the hospital,
the emergency room remained
Earlier that day, the board of
county commissioners met for an


Michael Lake #
emergency meeting and granted
Centennial Health Care, Inc. with
a six month lease of the facility.
The board also directed Chairper-
son Raymond Williams to meet
with Provident Medical Corpora-
tion representatives in the at-
tempt to obtain the existing op-
erating permit. Williams was es-
corted by Captain Don Hammock
on the premises. However, Admin-
istrator Dykes failed to turn over
the document. Rather, he in-
formed Williams that the docu-
ment would be mailed to the li-
censing officials in Leon County.
On that evening, Commissioners
Jimmy Mosconis, Clarence Will-
iams and Eddie Creamer were
ppteent at the hospital. Adminis-
trator Josl'Plummer was later
allowed to address the hospital
employees in the facility's cafete-
ria. He assured each of the em-
ployees that they would be hired
at the same salary with the same
benefits by the new company if
they so desired.
By Saturday night, Centennial
Health Care admitted their first
three patients. By March 18, said
Lake, eight patients were "in-
house." He assured the board that
the hospital was now fully opera-
tional. Lake said that, in that
time, the lives of two cardiac pa-
tients were saved due to the hos-
pital remaining open. "They would
not have made it to Tallahassee,"
said Lake, "nor would they have
made it to Panama City."
Lake suggested and the board
unanimously agreed to change
the name of the facility from Em-
erald Coast Hospital back to the
George E. Weems Memorial Hos-
pital. "Currently," Lake informed,
"we are answering the phone
with...'Weems Franklin County
Hospital.' We've already taken
down things that have (the name)
Continued on page 2

Commissioners Rescind

Ordinance and Propose

New Tand-Use Category

The Franklin County Commission
rescinded Ordinance 96-22 on
March 18, 1997 and replaced it
with legally correct language.
The Commission had, on October
3, 1996, passed the Ordinance
which adopted a small scale de-
velopment amendment, changing
the permitted land use of 9.6
acres on St. George Island from
residential to commercial. In early
November, the St. George Planta-
tion Owners' Association (POA)
filed a petition with the Division
of Administrative Hearings
(DOAH) for a formal hearing over
the matter. They alleged that the
amendment did not include all the
land for essential infrastructure
and further alleged that if such
land was included, the total acre-
age involved would exceed the
amount permitted by law. In early
December 1996, Ben Johnson
and Coastal Development Con-
sultants, Inc. intervened in the
proceeding before DOAH. A hear-
ing was conducted in Apalachi-
cola in mid-December, and two
months later Administrative law
judge Donald R. Alexander recom-
mended that the Administration
Commission enter a Final Order
that the Ordinance 96-22 was not
in compliance with Florida law.
Since late February, Johnson and
the POA filed exceptions to the
order and to the interveners' ex-

The Commission entertained a
second motion to create a new
land-use category called Resort
Village Mixed Use and to amend
the County's comprehensive plan
to apply that category to all 58
acres owned by Dr. Johnson. The
County attorney is to research the
appropriate Florida Statutes re-
garding large scale comprehensive
plan amendments, and the time
and date of the hearing on the
land-use proposal will be estab-
At this time, the Secretary of the
Florida Land and Water Adiudi-
catory Commission and the Ad-
ministration Commission, Robert
B. Bradley, has transmitted Alan
Pierce's request-for a deferral of
the Resort Village matters until
the local authorities have had
time to act on the ordinances to
carry out the motions described
In the meantime, negotiations
between Resort Village and the
POA have continued, intermit-
tently. Saturday, March 15, Dr.
Ben Johnson appeared before the
Board of Directors at the POA and
discussed his proposals. Three
board members appeared to ex-
press their desires in strong terms
to arrive at a settlement in the
various matters and litigations
with Resort Village, but no action
was taken.

Page 21March1997 The Franklin Chronicle ,
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Published every other Friday



Notes from the March 18
Franklin County
Commission meeting
*The board unanimously agreed
during a public hearing to repeal
ordinance 94-5, which entrusted
the Franklin County Sheriffs De-
partment with the "authority and
power" to enforce the Franklin
;County Animal Control Ordinance
SDuring the hearing, resident
Gayle Dodds informed board
members that she would be the
.i-next Humane Society President.
z.. She expressed concern that those
Individuals presently enforcing
the Animal Control Authority Or-
dinance at the Solid Waste De-
Spartment were not yet trained.
SDodds said that those carrying
South such responsibilities needed
S:to complete a 40 hour minimum
standard training course; she also
said that training needed to be
Acquired in the handling of ani-
mals, dispersing of civil citation
ticketses and in the practice of
I euthanasia.
"We are concerned with the folks
S-just going out and picking up ani-
:mals," said Dodds, "they are plac-
ing themselves in some sort of
jeopardy because these animals
Scan and in some cases will attack
'if you don't know what you're do-
--Ms. Dodds suggested that the
Board retain the services of former
Animal Control Officer Kate
Clarke for, a period of three

.Kim McKinney from Brown El-
&'einentary School was honored on
I 'March 11 with the recognition of
"'District Teacher of the Year.
SATitle I Resource Instructor, Ms.
McKinney serves Brown Elemen-
tary school in a variety of ways.
SMs. McKinney provides computer
instruction to the children, works
to encourage parental involve-
ment in the school and assists the
teachers with a host of project
"She is one of thsse people who is
very flexible," said Brown Elemen-
tary School Principal Janice Gor-
On dop. "She has a posiuve attitude
Sall the lime and is always willing
-o help. She's kind oi hke the glue
:*-th'at keeps It all together"
W,. ", .
;,Some:'of the projects that Ms.
*'elMcKinney works on includes the
School's calendar, the sixth grade
nf newspaper, the science fair, the
;'f spelling bee and red ribbon week-
M just to name a few. "She helps to
'I make the. lives" of all the, school
Personnel a little easier," said Ms.
S1 Ms. McKinney has worked at
", Brown Elementary School for five
X, years. She -began her career in
teaching, in Citrus 'County two
Years previously.- McKinney has
Just recently begun to serve
Brown Elementary School in the
capacity of a Title I instructor. She
, previously worked as a classroom
"'' instructor.
i;. "'I get to see so many more of the
children as a Title I teacher," said
'McKinney, "instead of just one
','. class." Even more important,
Many more of the children get to
visit with Ms. McKinney.

* months in order to.'train those
individual at the Solid Waste De-
Mr. Johnson informed board
members that his department was
already responding to calls in re-
gard to animal control. He said
that his employees recently spent
two hours trying to secure a dog
in Lanark Village. He said that his
department had a tranquilizer
gun to help in the matter; how-
ever, he said that none of his em-
ployees were certified to use the
instrument. "We never did get the
dog," said Johnson, "he's still over
there terrorizing Lanark Village."
Johnson said that he planned to
train two employees for the detail.
He recommended that the board
temporarily hire Ms. Clarke. The
agreed to allocate $1,000 to the
Solid Waste Department to hire
Ms. Clarke temporarily.
Humane Society member Rene
Topping questioned whether the
board could take steps to impose
a surcharge of $5 against those
who violated the Animal Control
Authority's ordinance. "This will
mean that, thosewho are mak-
ing the problem, they will be pay-
ing for the problem and we'll build
up a little war chest for Van
(Johnson) if he needs it," said Top-
ping. Attorney Shuler was di-
rected to review the mater. Ms.
Topping commended Johnson for
his previous service in the county.
"Everyone in the Humane Society
feels real great about the fact that
we're getting Van (Johnson) as our
animal control person," said Top-
ping, "I've seen him take a lot of
lemons that you guys have
thrown at him and turn them into
*At the request of Eastpoint Little
League Vice-President Lynn
Martina, Chairperson Raymond
Williams agreed to throw out the
opening day game ball on March

McKinney was the District's num-
ber one person. "She's the best
and she does a lot of activities
with us. She does the computer
and about everything she can do."
Claire Sanders added, "she makes
learning fun. She made up this
game to help us with our times
tables and it really worked. She's
just a good teacher."
McKinney said that she was hon-
ored to just be chosen as Brown's
Teacher of the Year, but she said
that the District honor was a real
thrill. "I don't know even how to
describe the feeling," said
McKinney, "it's such an incredible
honor and it makes me feel so
One of rewards of teaching, said
McKinney, was that she could
work with the children to provide
them with education'and a sense
of being special. "It's important to
the children that they know you
care about them," said McKinney,
"and it's important to let them-.
know -that they can accomplish-
anything that they set their minds
McKinney graduated from the
University of Central Florida
(UCF) in Orlando. She said that
her mother was a professor at
UCF and her grandmother taught
in North Carolina. 'There has al-
ways been a huge focus on edu-
cation in my entire family."
The three other teachers who re-
ceived the Teacher of the Year rec-
ognition from their schools in-
cluded Teresa Jones from
Apalachicola High School, Valerie
Miller from Chapman Elementary
School and Pam Schaffer from
Carrabelle High School.

29th at 9:00 a.m. in recognition
of the recently completed ball
fields in Eastpoint. Ms. Martina
said that the event would feature
a "round robin tournament" with
21 games played. Ms. Martina
also requested that signs be
posted at the field to prohibit four-
wheelers from being driven in the
*At the suggestion of Commis-
sioner Jimmy Mosconis, the
board directed Attorney Al Shuler
to review the possibility of creat-
ing a "Glass Container Ordinance"
to prohibit the consumption of
alcohol on public parks and
beaches. County Planner Alan
Pierce noted that the proposed
ordinance may draw objections
from those affiliated with the an-
nual St. George Island Chili
Cookoff. 'They sell beer," Pierce
said, "but I don't believe we
should be allowing the sale of
alcoholic beverages on public
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs had
approved a request to spend
Tropical Storm Alberto funds to
pave the C.C.,Land Road in
*The board appointed Eastpoint
resident Linda Crosby to the Com-
munity Development Block Grant
Citizen Advisory Committee.
*The board approved the follow-
ing recommendations from the
county zoning board for develop-
ment projects in the Critical
Shoreline District: 1) a request
from Charles Huffman to con-
struct a boat lift and finger pier,
on Lot 4 of Bayview Village on St.
George Island. 2) a'request from
George Plymel to construct a boat
lift and 3 finger piers on Lot 2 ,
Block 68, Unit 5 of St. George Is-
land. 3) a request from George
Grose to constYuct a boat lift and
2 finger piers on Lot 3, Block 68,
Unit 5 of St. George Island.
*County Planner Alan Pierce
noted that recipients of the SHIP
Program were angry at both the
quality and the time period in
which the work was being com-
pleted on the houses. "I have no
real solution because the more
critical we are of the contractors,"
said Pierce, "the less willing they
are to bid on futurejobs." He con-
tinued, "that means that no work
gets done, which is where we were
two years ago." Pierce concluded,
"none of us are making friends
with the program. It is a very bad
situation with everybody mad at'
each other."
*The board tabled 'a land-use
change request from Apalachicola
resident Bill Minton for 30 days.

Hospital from page 1
Emerald Coast on it." He said that-
a new sign would be painted., out
front to reflect the facility's, new
At the suggestion of Commis-I
sioner Mosconis, the board agreed
to send a letter to the Health Care
Administration to inquire why the
county was not informed about.
the proposed close down until the
last minute.
'The word that the news media
kept telling us was that they
(Provident Medical Corporation):
were going to close the door on
the 19th," said Mosconis, "we
were working towards that."
Mosconis said that a letter of cor-
respondence from Emerald Coast
Hospital to the Health Care.
Agency on March 5 indicated that
the hospital would be closed on.
March 14. "What I want to know,"
asked Mosconis, "is who knew
that?" He continued, "something's
wrong here. Something is wrong
with this agency to allow a prob-
lem like that to fall through the
cracks." He described Provident's
actions as "unethical" in the whole
The letter in question was writ-
ten to Daryl Barowicz, Supervisor
of Hospital Licensure at the:
Agency for Health Care, from Ad-
ministrator Kenneth .Dykes onr
March 5.
In the letter, Dykes noted, "we,
have been informed that the Fran-
klin County Commission is evict-
ing us from our lease of the hos-
pital building on March 29.. Be-
cause of this action and the finan-
cial hardships associated with it,
we have no alternative but to no-
tify you that we will cease all op-
eration of Emerald Coast Hospi-
tal (including emergency room
and inpatient unit) on March 14,
1997 at 5:00 p.m."
The letter concluded, "it is our
desire to cease our operation and
to surrender our hospital license
in an orderly and professional
manner. Should you have any
concerns or questions, please let
us know at once."

Minton requested that 7.25 acres
Sof land in Apalachicola be rezoned
from residential to commercial
use. County Planner Alan Pierce
informed board members that a
nursery would be constructed on
the property. "Whether that's an
Acceptable area out there, I don't
know," said Pierce. Resident
Louise Carnes stated that she was
in opposition to the proposed
*The board directed Chairperson
Raymond Williams to sign a reso-
lution in opposition of Senate Bill
412. The board also agreed to
send the resolution to all local
representatives as well as to the
Governor and Cabinet. The reso-
.lution declared that Senate Bill
'412 of the 1997 Legislation ses-
sion contained provisions that
would harm the seafood industry.
The resolution affirmed, "Senate
Bill 412 strikes at the right of the
people to ajury trial, tramples on
the authority of our courts and
does away with the law providing
that our elected cabinet approve
;rules for saltwater fishing."
County Clerk Kendall Wade said
that the bill in question placed the
Marine Fisheries Commission
under the DEP and allowed them
Sto write their own rules and regu-
lations without going before the
legislature. "They can just decide
what they want to do and put you
out of business," said Wade, 'This
is dangerous."
.*St. George Island residents War-
Tren Cadwalder and Mike
Robulock requested that the
board designate an area in the
county to be used as a skateboard
Mr. Cadwalder said that children
first began to skate on the prop-
erty of various businesses., How-
ever, he said, the children were
immediately halted in such activi-
ties. Cadwalder said that the kids
then began skating on the bas-
ketball court on St. George Island.
He informed commissioners that
Mr. Robulock and he then created
some skateboard ramps and
placed them at the court.
'Then the problems began t arise
from the Blackburns,' said
Cadwalder. 'They said that it was
their basketball court and they
objected to the children skating
there." He said that some of the
older children who hung out at
the Blackburns' restaurant went
to the court and destroyed the
Cadwalder said that he then con-
tacted the sheriff and discussed
Sthe situation with him. "He said
.that he had no problem with the
\young children skating on the
Basketball court," Cadwalder con-
tinued, "but first preference had
to go to the basketball players."
He further complained that many
Sof the younger children who
skated on the court werehbeing
harassed by older kids who con-
sumed alcohol on the beach.
Cadwalder said that the under-
age drinking problem in the area
was getting out of hand.
Mr. Robulock said that he had a
county-wide petition signed by
approximately 500 individuals in
favor of the construction of a
:skateboard park. "This problem
just isn't in St. George Island,"
said Robulock, "the kids in
Carrabelle, Eastpoint and
Apalach have no where to go." He
said that several businesses had
agreed to assist in the creation of
such a park anywhere in the
county that the board agreed to
make such a designation.
Chairperson Raymond Williams
said that the board needed to first
determine the legal aspects of the
Smatter. "If we're gonna have the
different ball parks," mused Will-
iams, "maybe we can incorporate
that in organized sports and put
everything in a sports complex."
The board eventually agreed to
allow a skateboard park to be
build on county property with the
contingency that insurance pre-
miums for liability do not



Bay St. Joseph Care Center, a
skilled nursing and rehabilitation
center in Port St. Joe, will officially
welcome spring on Friday, Mmrch
28th at 10:00 a.m. Staff members
and residents will begin the plant-
ing of the facility vegetable gar-
den. The garden project is one of
many therapeutic programs de-
signed to nurture social, physical,
and mental development of the
elderly residents. Land cultivation
services and the seeds are being
provided by several local organi-
zations. The public and the
media are invited to join us for
some "old time lemonade and
cookies" as we plant our commu-
nity garden.

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Editorialand Commentarn
Swho have been treated so shabbily. We all need to back them with
F rankly Speaking n letters to all appropriate agencies in order to help them get their back
pay. We need to express our support in letters to the editor. The com-
Smissioners say "We can't interfere with a business and the way they
Frali C Oty pay their staff Legally we can't but morally we all should.

By Rene Topping
So, those characters who have run our George, E. Weems Hospital
have finally taken their departure from our county. Good riddance, I
say. But, in the leaving, they have left thirty of our young women with
their lives turned upside down because those rascals refused to pay
them the wages they rightfully worked for and earned. Can the good
people of Franklin County stand idly by and allow our young neigh-
bors to be treated in this cavalier fashion? I think not. If you study
the Bible, you will find a verse that says that "The laborer is worthy of
his hire." These young people labored long and hard and by all that is
proper should not have to fight to get their money.
Not only did the departing administration take along with them much
of the hospital equipment, they pushed carts through the hospital
collecting up rolls of toilet paper and patients pillows.
Apparently what they took was enough to stir Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis to say they took ".... enough to cripple us."
Incidentally, I was pleased to see that finally all of the commission-
ers, including Jimmy, have taken off the rose colored glasses and the
kid gloves in dealing with these people.
They took swift and sure action in this past couple of weeks and I say
"Hurrah" and applaud them for theiractions. Listening to the words
spoken by Jimmy these days, I can't help but think back to a com-
mission meeting on September 17, 1996. The room was crowded with
people. As Dykes began to address the board, he told them that he
would be leaving Franklin County.
Jimmy made the move to have a Resolution of Appreciation written
for the administrator. Jimmy then stated, "He (Dykes) has done an
outstanding job at the hospital. He will be missed." He asked that the
Resolution express this opinion. Perhaps he thought it would make
up for the lousy way the people of Franklin County had dealt with
him. After all, what Dykes wanted to do was to do good. That Resolu-
tion was later passed, unanimously.
You know, sometimes it pays to listen to the voice of the people. They
certainly did their best to communicate with our commissioners on
this matter. Today, Jimmy has bashed the executives of the Emerald
Coast operation with as much gusto as have the other commission-
All taxpayers of Franklin County have suffered a loss with the actions
of these men, but I feel especially for those thirty of our neighbors

New Shelter Manager


Apalachicola resident Katherine
Neill began her first day of work
as the newest shelter manager at
the Franklin County Animal Shel-
ter on March 11.
Ms. Neill stated that, as shelter
manager, her main goals will be
to increase pet adoptions at the
facility and to maintain an orga-
nized and smoothly run shelter.
"There's a lot of animals here that
need to be adopted," said Neill,

"there's always a need to adopt
Ms. Neill said that her experience
with animals stemmed from be-
ing a lifelong pet owner and ani-
mal lover. She expressed a need
to increase public awareness in
regard to animal care. Neill
stressed that, in order to main-
tain animal control in the county,
it was important that the area's
animals be spayed or neutered.


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New Major from page 1
has a 7th grade education...and
you lock him up for 3 or 4 years,
if you don't educate him and turn
him loose, guess what you've got?
You've got a 20 year old with a
7th education that can't get ajob.
So, what you've got is someone
who's gonna be right back in
Heree" Whitfield added, "if we can
educate him and give him a job
skill, then maybe he won't come

Major Whitfield described the re-
cent decision to remove recre-
ational equipment and televisions
From correctional facilities as "one
of the biggest injustices that have
ever been done." He expressed,
"they're human beings. They're
not cows or machines. You can't
turn them off." Whitfleld agreed
that the recent move to deny such
equipment was caused by the
Current political environment.
"Some of them want to look'
tough," he noted.
Whitfield pointed out that, by re-
moving the televisions from the
prison facilities, the amount of
supervision needed for the inmate
population has only increased.
Previously, he described the at-
mosphere of a prison facility with
a television set:
"If 600 inmates were watching a
$400 t.v., they weren't out there
aggravating each other. They
weren't fighting or stealing from
one another. I didn't have to have
staff constantly involved with
them. For the most part, they be-
have themselves."

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I look at it from a different angle I expect the people who represent us
to at least give us moral support in a time of crisis.
Perhaps our telephone, power company and other businesses can
give these young people breathing room to get their problem settled.
Brooksayne Gillikin tells me that she is owed $1,700. She reported to
me the different attitude of the incoming administration. The new
regime have hired the women on as staff and have told them that
they will cut advance cheeks for them on Friday to help alleviate their
financial burden...
Nothing can restore the feeling of being betrayed. These young women
stuck with the old administration through thick and thin. Their re-
ward was betrayal. Hu Steeley, who after promising to meet with them,
did not come himself. Instead, he sent an aide to inform them there
was "No money and they simply would not be.paid."
Will the good people of Franklin County allow this to happen to these
women? Will we let bad things happen to good people? If we remain
silent and hope this all blows away on the next good wind, we are all
. then a part of the problem. Everyone will know that we don't stand
up for what is right and the next time we may find ourselves being the
ones trampled on.
I believe after twenty years here I know that our people will cause
such a stir as has never happened in our county before. If I know
anything at all, I know about the heart that beats in the breasts of
our people, and the collective wrath we feel when somebody betrays
our trust and harms our "Young 'Uns."
I approve and applaud the return of the good name of George E,
Weems. That was a mark of sensitivity on the part of the new admin-
istration. Still, we know little of the company who is taking over. I, for
one, will adopt a wait and see attitude. I Hope that our commission
will do the same. We simply cannot afford losses such as the one we
just went through. Not just the financial loss, but the loss of confi-
dence that eroded the well being of our people and just got worse as
'the months of inaction went on. Please, commissioners, we elected
you to be vigilant; and after such an awful lesson, which I believe
shook you and all of us to the core, we will all need to keep an eye,
and ear open and never ever permit it to happen again.
(None of the women I wrote about asked me to tell their story.)

Advisory Committee

Report: A History of

Some Aspects of Weems


Nearly seven years ago, on February 14, 1990, the Board of Fran-
klin County Commissioners established the Franklin County Hos-
pital Advisory Committee (FCHAC) for the purpose of evaluating
the medical care system in Franklin County with specific empha-
sis on the George E. Weems Hospital and the Franklin County
Ambulance Service. The Commission members, each appointed
by a Commissioner on the Board of County Commissioners were:
Gayle Dodds (Chairperson), Margaret Holton, Carl Peteway,
Reginald Watkins and Charles Watson. What follows below are
excerpts from their report to the County Commissioners.

The George E. Weems Memorial Hospital was built in 1959 and un-
derwent major renovations in 1977. The facility served as a county
hospital with a board of trustees appointed through the governor's
office acting as the interface between the Hospital administration and
the County.
Dallas Shiver was involved with the Hospital's management much of
the time since 1979. He reported that as a county hospital a subsidy
of $175,000 per year raised through millage of less than one cent was
provided by the County. The Hospital was able to retire the original
construction bonds and meet payments on the renovation bonding
with this funding.
During the mid 80's Hospital revenues declined significantly due to
diminished utilization of the facilities by the local medical commu-
nity. A surplus fund originally established to pay off the remaining
bonds and cover Hospital losses was rapidly diminishing and fear of
bankruptcy and loss of millage collection forced a change in opera-
tional philosophy. A decision was made to seek outsidelease/man-
agement operation for the Hospital in an effort to provide new physi-
cians, increase services and reverse the negative cash flow situation.
On July 14, 1986, a twenty year lease agreement was signed between
the County and Health Care Management Corporation (HCMC), a
Georgia corporation specializing n rural hospital management. The
lease included the Hospital premises and equipment. HCMC agreed
to operate an acute e general hospital including out-patient, emer-
gency room, inpatient with limited surgery and appropriate support
services. SupplementalAgreements were made to provide countywide
ambulance service and indigent medical care.
Monetary stipulations in this agreement included rent payable by
HCMC of $60,000 per year during the first 10 years and $100,000
annually the second 10 years. The County was obligated to reim-
burse HCMC $60,000 per annum toward the cost of EMS service.
The County agreed to lease each of their two ambulances to HCMC
for one dollar per year. A formula was determined to cover costs of
indigent care. HCMC agreed to spend $200,000 within two years to
upgrade the physical plant and equipment.

At the time of the HCMC lease the Hospital returned $300,000 to the
County representing the closing of the surplus fund. Since that time
the County has continued payment of the revenue bonds with inter-
est at a rate between $35,000 and $40,000 per year with final pay-
ment due in 1998.
For financial reasons HCMC made the decision to discontinue man-
agement of rural hospitals. Provident Medical Corporation (Provident),
on May 12, 1987, signed an agreement and the County agreed to
sublease the HCMC contract and assume all obligations of the origi-
nal lease and supplement agreements. Provident had no relationship
to HCMC. Through its president, Hubert E. Steeley, Provident pur-
chased the contracts for five HCMC hospitals. In addition to Weems
Hospital were hospitals in Port St. Joe (Gulf Pines Hospital) and
Graceville, Florida plus Piedmont and Wedowee, Alabama. The latter
three hospitals were returned to the respective counties after attempts
to reverse negative financial situations proved unsuccessful. Provi-
dent continues to operate Weems Hospital on a lease/management
basis and Gulf Pines Hospital as owner manager. These operations
are managed through Provident subsidiaries. Provident Medical Cor-
poration of Apalachicola provides Weems Hospital in-patient and sup-
port services. Provident Medical Clinic of Apalachicola covers the
Apalachee Bay Clinic out-patient service. Gulf Pines Hospital, Inc.
provides all services at that facility.
An amendment to the lease dated December 7, 1988 provided an
upgrade of EMS from basic life support (BLS) to advanced life sup-
port (ALS). Up to $50,000 in matching funds was provided for equip-
ment upgrade with ambulances and equipment remaining titled to
the County. Provident was given up to 10,000 per month for eight
months to fund additional operating expenses and improvements in
EMS. This supplement was to be offset by reimbursement charges
from Provident for indigent care. The Hospital Board of Trustees was
to continue to serve as liaison between the County and Provident
with oversight responsibilities.
A second amendment was made November 10, 1989 to provide the
same funding for ALS upgrade since the original $50,000 had not yet
been utilized. A single payment of $10,000 was made to Provident to
support EMS.
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Chairperson Wood Takes His Leave, From Page 1
2. Are we assisting Mr. Bevis in every way to improve the quality of
his lease under the guidelines of number one?
3. Most importantly, are we helping and benefiting the people of
Carrabelle through our actions and considering all segments of
the Carrabelle and Franklin County population when making
our decisions?
By presenting the resolution, Lycett said that he hoped to specify the
lease agreement with Mr. Bevis. He noted that Bevis had voiced an
interest in selling his lease to Mike Hopkins. "But we really haven't
specified what it is that Tommy (Bevis)-was going to be able to sell to
Mr. Hopkins," Lycett said. He continued, "if we specify the direction
he's going in over there, then Tommy knows what he can do."

Defining the Bevis Lease
Chairperson Wood argued that, instead of having the board define
the lease, they should wait on a declaratory judgment that would be
rendered by a judge on the matter '"That's the reason why we re-
quested the courts to make a decision as to who's right and who's
wrong on Mr. Bevis' lease," said Wood. He continued, "this has been
the source of all the bickering back and forth throughout the years."
Wood concluded, "if I'm wrong, I'll be the first one to back up. But I
would like to have someone say whether I'm wrong. This would be
very simple to do."
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James Lycett

Mike Hopkins

Lycett argued that the declaratory judgment has been ongoing for
quite some time. "All we're doing is hanging something over Tommy's
head," he noted. "We haven't done anything," Lycett continued, "I'm
not against what you're saying, but some of the arguments that I
heard at the workshop are stale. We've heard them over and over
again." He further argued that the declaratory judgment would not
be binding. However, board Attorney Ben Watkins informed Mr. Lycett
that a declaratory judgment would in fact be a binding order.
Marlow White, counsel for Mike Hopkins, requested that the board
move forward and define the lease agreement with Mr. Bevis without
A seeking assistance from the courts. Mr. Bevis also requested that the
board amend his lease. Such lease amendments would allow the new
lease holder to considerably expand his operation on Timber Island.

The Bevis Proposal
Mr. Bevis informed board members that his proposal illustrated the
amount of funds that could be generated from his property. The pro-
. :posal, he said, would also provide the Port Authority with a consider-
able amount compensation. Some of the proposed lease amendments
would be to allow a total of 31 wet slips and 100 dry storage spaces.
In addition, the proposal would include a lease for 2.5 acres of prop-
erty adjacent to the Dockside Marina. "We had an option on that
when we first leased the property," said Bevis, "we did not exercise
that option in the first two years."
Bevis continued, "we see this as a solution to the lawsuit for both of
us. We see this as a way of getting off of this stalemate." He added,
"This is a stalemate position that I've been in for the last five and a
half years and I need to move on. I need to do something else."
Attorney Marlow White noted that the amount of rent currently paid
to the Port Authority by Bevis was approximately $20,000. "We're
proposing to pay $36,000 (per year) minimum with 10 percent o0 the
gross revenues when it begins to exceed $336,000," White said.
Mr. Jones acknowledged that he needed to be better informed about
the matter. "Based on the information that I do have and the past
history," said Jones, "I think that Mr. Bevis has been greatly impaired
to reach his full potential by the denial of what he has asked for at
this meeting." He then informed the board that he would be in favor
of approving the proposal presented by Mr. Bevis.

The Future of Timber Island
Mr. Lycett argued that the board first needed to consider the forma-
tion of a conceptual plan for Timber Island before arbitrarily approv-
ing the proposal by Bevis. "Until we have come to the conceptualization
of how we're gonna do this land up here and what we're gonna do
with it," said Lycett, "we're wasting time." Lycett commented that, if
the proposal in question was passed, the 31 requested wet slips would
not fit in with the development of the lease owned by Mr. Bevis. "We
have to have an idea," said Lycett, "we've got to have a plan of what's
going where and how it's gonna go." He said that, in accordance with
the DRI, a certain amount of space needed to be provided on the
public land for commercial boat facilities.
Mike Hopkins stated that the conceptual plan drafted by Baskervllle-
Donovan would be drastically changed. "It is totally not feasible," said
Hopkins. He continued, "grant money...it will work. But, private money,
it will never fly. Not even close to it."
Mr. Jones commented that the Bevis proposal had incredible poten-
tial to create jobs in the community. He said that he would support
the expansion even if it encroached on space that was set aside or a
public marina.

Final Words from the Chairman
Chairperson Wood said that he would agree to the proposal in ques-
tion if an amendment to the DRI could be obtained from the State of
Florida. He added that he wanted assurance that the requested 100
dry storage spaces would not impact the proposed public marina. "To
amend a development order or a DRI costs money," said Wood. He
asked, "who's gonna pay for it?" He said that the board presently had
a permit for 100 dry storage spaces. Wood asked, "Now, are we just
gonna give this to somebody without any compensation on it?"
Wood said that approximately 1.3 millions dollars had already been
spent on Timber Island. "That did not include the roads, the dredging
or the sewer," he said. Wood stated that the gross return on the area
was less than 2.85 percent. He asked, "Who would invest money at
that rate?" Wood continued, "this board should be cognizant of the
fact that this is the taxpayers' money that we have spent. And what
are we getting in return?"
Mr. Lycett questioned how much money would be spent on the pro-
posed Riverwalk. He added, "we're not getting any direct return on
that money.
Following Mr. Lycett's comment, Chairperson Wood stood, announced
his resignation, grabbed his hat and exited the City Hall building. For
a moment, the room remained quiet. Board members then quietly
questioned who would assume the chairmanship. Attorney Ben
Watkins stated that the vice-chairperson, Barry Woods, should take
the chair.

Again with the Bevis Proposal
As the meeting resumed, Mr. Hopkins again renewed his request to
have amendments made to the lease. Board member Ron Crawford
made a motion to amend Bevis' lease to include 31 wet slips, 100 dry
storage spaces, 2.5 acres of land adjacent to Dockside Marina as well
as commercial dockage. Mr. Jones seconded the motion.
Before a vote was taken, Board member Carole Adams questioned
whether the board could approve such amended items when they
were repeatedly denied in the past. "If I would never give him (Mr.
Bevis) or the board would never discuss with him (Bevis) 31 boat
slips," asked Adams, "why would I want to give them to you (Mr.
Hopkins)?" Mr. Hopkins responded that he was not "privy to the
Attorney White informed board members that the amended lease would
have a positive impact on the community. "Mr. Bevis is requesting
that the board recognize that the original contemplation of the sea-
food industrial park isn't gonna happen," said White. He continued,
"an amendment to this lease accommodating this kind of use is a fair
use. It's one that helps the board to carry out its mission to develop
the property." White said that the amendment would help to create
jobs and increase potential revenue for the area. He concluded, "it's
not an unfair request."

Ms. Adams pointed out that Mike Hopkins would not purchase the
lease from Tommy Bevis unless the board approved the requested
amendments. She again noted that the board had repeatedly denied
such requests from Mr. Bevis. Mr. Lycett said that he was concerned
mainly with the legality of the matter. He said that, by granting such
a request, the board could be perceived as unfairly ridding itself of
future dealings with Mr. Bevis. "He would have some grounds for still
suing us for interfering with his business," said Lycett. Attorney White
pointed out that, according to the proposal, all lawsuits would be
dropped prior to a transfer of the lease. Finally, after about 30 min-
utes of discussion, the board unanimously approved the motion made
by Mr. Crawford.

The Chair Remains Open
David Jones then suggested that the board create a nominating com-
mittee to elect a new chairperson. Mr. Lycett felt that the board should
wait to allow Mr. Wood time to consider his decision. "Donald (Wood)
is very...he Is an asset to the board," said Lycett. Attorney Watkins
stated that, unless the board accepted the resignation, Mr. Wood would
be afforded an opportunity to reconsider his decision. One of the board
members felt that Mr. Wood would not return. Mr. Jones said that his
intention was not to get rid of Mr. Wood, but to make the necessary
arrangements for the board.

Wood's Response
Contacted after the meeting, Mr. Wood stated that he would not re-
turn to the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority as the board's chair-
person. "They're stacking the board in Bevis' favor," said Wood. He
continued, "they're in favor of giving him anything he wants at the
taxpayers expense. That's why I quit."
Mr. Wood stated that the son of recently appointed board member,
David Jones, worked for Tommy Bevis. He complained also that three
members (one of which he said was Mr. Bevis) from the Carrabelle
Chamber of Commerce recommended a Port Authority board mem-
ber to Governor Lawton Chiles for approval. Wood did not want to
divulge the name of the recommended board member. However, it
should be noted that Mr. Jones was recently appointed to the board
by Governor Chiles.
Mr. Wood said that the Port Authority was not considering the DRI.
"They're gonna get themselves in trouble and I don't want any part of
It," he said. Mr. Wood based his arguments on a January 25, 1994
letter of correspondence from Department of Community Affairs Bu-
reau Chief Thomas Beck. In the letter, Beck responded to three ques-
tions previously posed by Mr. Wood:
1. Should Bevis & Associates, Inc., a sublessee of the Carrabelle
Seafood Commerce Park, be limited to the development of 9 wet
slips on the submerged land, as allowed-in the Amended Prelimi-
nary Agreement (PDA) of October 27, 1988?
2. If more than 9 slips are developed, how would this project's eligi-
bility for CDBG or other grants be affected?
3. The sublease entered into between the City of Carrabelle and Bevis
and Associates requires that Bevis and Associates provide at least
12 full-time jobs, 7 of which shall be for low-to-medium income
employees. Bevis and Associates is required to provide informa-
tion on the status of these jobs. Has Bevis and Associates Com-
plied with these conditions?
Beck noted, in response to the first question, that the Development
Order allowed additional wet slips when a stormwater master plan
has been submitted to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA),
DER and to the Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) for ap-
proval. Beck concluded, "if additional development does occur prior
to meeting the above conditions, the developer would be in viola-
tion of the DO, and enforcement action could be taken by the
In regard to the second question, Beck noted that "there is not a
direct correlation between further construction and eligibility for CDBG
or other grants."
In.regard to the final question, Beck indicated that Bevis had not
provided employment to 12 individuals. "The CDBG contract expired
on December 31, 1993," Beck noted. He continued, "the City of
Carrabelle is therefore ineligible to apply for further CDBGs until the
conditions of the previous contract have been met."
Conflicting information, however, was provided in regard to the final
question in a report filed by the Department of Environmental
Protection's Office of Inspector General in November of 1996. In the
report, it was indicated that Bureau Chief Thomas Beck had been
contacted about the matter. "According to the Department of Com-
munity Affairs," the report noted, "the failure of Mr. Bevis to attain
employment of 12 full time positions has not resulted in the loss of
any grant funding."
Mr. Wood acknowledged the discrepancy in the two documents and
referred to Mr. Beck as a quibblerr." He further stated that the reason
the City of Carrabelle had not lost a grant was because it had not
applied for a grant.
In response to the DEP report, Mr. Wood stated that he was inter-
viewed for only 15-20 minutes by those individuals who compiled the
report. He further noted that the report contained several inaccura-
cies. In a March 13 letter to the DEP, Wood listed six alleged errors in
the report.
One of the alleged errors in the report included a statement by the
DEP that two pump stations on Timber Island were in need of a ma-
jor overhaul. The report further noted, "pipe (will be) needed to be laid
from the highway 98 pump station to the treatment plant located
near the airport." Wood responded, "the pipe has been laid and con-
nected to the treatment plant and we have pumped water all the way
from Timber Island to the treatment plant."
Wood also took issue with a statement in the report that the DEP
"became aware of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investi-
gation into the possible misuse of grant funds awarded to the CPAA."
Wood responded, "the grant was awarded to the City of Carrabelle
and administered by the City and not the CPAA."
Again, Wood took issue with a statement in the report that Bureau
Chief Thomas Beck "indicated that he had no objections to proposals
made by Mr. Bevis to expand his business." Wood responded, "this
statement contradicts Mr. Beck's (DCA) letter of 1-25-94."
Mr. Wood stated emphatically that his confrontation with Mr. Bevis
was not a personal matter. He said, however, that he was concerned
that Bevis was placing the Port Authority in jeopardy of receiving
possible grant funding. Wood concluded, "I'm just tired of fighting

Bevis Responds
Timber Island business owner Tommy Bevis commented that the Port
Authority seemed much more productive following the resignation of
Chairperson Donald Wood.
'Two hours into that last meeting," Bevis said, "nothing happened."
He continued, "less than 15 minutes after he (Wood) resigned, more
was accomplished than had been in the past ten years."

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Mr. Bevis said that the chairperson's lengthy term on the board was
a good argument for term limits. "A lot of people in the community
have told me the same thing," said Bevis. "If we had term limits," he
said, "it would not have taken 5 years to develop Timber Island. It's
frustrating to think that this could be allowed to happen by just a few
Bevis stated, in response to Wood's assertion that the board was
stacked in his favor, that most of the current board members have
served with the former chairperson for quite some time. He also said
that the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, as well as two other Cham-
ber of Commerce's, had submitted three Port Authority nominations
each to the Governor for selection. "So the Governor had nine choices,"
said Bevis. He commended newly appointed member, David Jones,
as an individual who has previously been appointed by the Governor

to serve on a disaster preparedness as well as an aquaculture com-
Bevis commented that the former chairperson created smoke screens
by pointlessly referring to a 1994 letter from Thomas Beck. "That was
the only thing that he had that he could make mention of," said Bevis.
He noted that the direction of Timber Island had changed from its
original intent of a Seafood Industrial Park to a Recreational/Munici-
pal Marina. "What they (the Port Authority) wanted ten years ago has
changed from what they wanted now," Bevis said. He said that the
recent report from DEP validated his argument.
Mr. Bevis said that he could have his lease transferred to Mike Hopkins
as early as the end of May. He has not determined whether he would
keep his own business in the State of Florida or move to Alabama.
"I'm glad to see Carrabelle and the Port Authority on the road to
growth," he said, "I think this is something that will benefit the City
of Carrabelle. I wish it had started five years ago."



Board to


New Zoning


The Franklin County Planning
and Zoning Commission dis-
cussed the possibility of creating
a new zoning district on St.
George Island during their regu-
lar March 11 meeting.
The proposed district, which
would be entitled C-5, would al-
low business owners to live in
their businesses as long as the
commercial use of the facility was
the primary use.
For the most part, zoning board
members seemed to voice a favor-
able opinion in regard to the pro-
posed district. Some of the argu-
ments in favor of the proposed
district included:

1) The C-5 zoning would help to
bolster a shrinking commercial
district on the Island and 2) The
proposed district would allow
business owners to reside in their
businesses and, thus, be able to
provide constant security for their
Those arguments in opposition to
the proposed district included: 1.
The C-5 zoning would be abused
by those who had no plans to
make the primary use of their
property commercial and 2. The
proposed district would create a
confusing mixture of residential
and commercial uses in a single
zoning district.
Board member Donald Wood said
that the proposed zoning district
would allow "mom and pop type
operations" to live within and pro-
vide security for their businesses.
He pointed out, however, that he
wanted clear language to indicate
that the proposed district was
primarily for commercial use.
Wood added, "we don't want any
residential people complaining
about the noise down the street
in a commercial operation."
Board member Jack Prophater
warned that the proposed district
would be used by residents to
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The Franklin Chronicle 21 March 1997 Page 5

Students at Apalachicola High
School were given the opportunity
to browse at some of the many
career opportunities displayed for
them at the March 14 career day
event. Representatives from a
cross-section of businesses, de-
partments and organizations at-
tended the event.
Some of the representatives at the
event included Lt. Anthony Mar-
tin from the Franklin County
Sheriff's Department, Will
Kendrick from Gulf State Bank,
Judi Stokowski from the local
post office, John Lee from the
Apalachicola Times, Rachel
Chesnut from the office of the
Assistant State Attorney and
Michael Shuler from the Shuler
and Shuler private law firm.
Others who were represented at
the event included Devry Institute
of Technology, The Apalachicola

Research Reserve, The U.S.
Airforce, the Correctional Officer
Training Program from Gulf Coast
Community College and other
representatives from Gulf Coast
Community College.
Lt. Martin said that he was en-
couraged by the number of stu-
dents who stopped to speak with
him about a possible career in law
enforcement. "A lot of the kids re-
ally seemed interested," said
Tech Sgt. Jim Greene with the Air
Force Recruiting Program noted
that it was important to meet with
all the students, young and old.
He noted that the recruiters with
the other military branches had
cut out early before speaking with
students from the younger
grades. "I think it's important to
speak with all of the students,"
said Greene.



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Clownin' Around: Jumpin' Jane the Clown meets Library Chico the Clown .
Assistant Jackie Gay at the Carrabellle Library.

Franzen Brothers Circus Entertains Community and

Raises Funds for Local Library

Franklin County Public Library
Director Eileen Annie announced
on March 17 that the public li-
brary raised approximately
$2,400 in ticket sales from the
Franzen Brothers Circus; the
three day event was sponsored by
the Friends of the Franklin
County Public Library.
The Franzen Brothers rolled into
Carrabelle on March 13. Early in
the-morning, the traveling show
began to set up near the post of-
fice. From store to store, Jumpin'
Jane the Clown greeted residents
and encouraged them to visit the
greatest show on earth.

Jumpin Jane said that she was
working in her first year on the
traveling circuit with the Franzen
Brothers Circus. She explained
why people just could not resist
the draw of the circus. "It's a live
show," said Jane, "and it's family
entertainment. And everyone
loves the animal acts."
Jumpin Jane said that she de-
cided to take up the art of clown-
ing after witnessing a clown show
at a nursing home. "Everybody
loves a clown," she noted," they're
happy and they make people
happy. The basic thing about be-
ing a clown is, if I'm having fun,
then everyone else is having fun,
also. But it has to come from the
The circus show began with
Wayne Franzen and his lion act.
The lions jumps through flaming
hoops, over one another and even
walked on a large medicine ball.
Directing each of the cats to its
designated seat, Franzen seemed
almost playful with the lions as
they sat in their chairs and let out
the occasional roar. His act cli-
maxed as he directed three of the
lions to roll over in unison.
Miss Natalie the acrobat contin-
ued the show with high wire
stunts on an elevated swing. Chil-
dren gasped as Miss Natalie
swung upside down and held on
by the strength of one arched leg.
Chico the Clown barged in next
with broom in hand and provided
laughs as he attempted to sweep
the circus floor clean. He later
hopped on a bicycle though was
frustrated as the handle bars con-
tinually popped off the vehicle.
Even later, he conducted a magic
show. He began by placing a rab-
bit in an oversized hat. Jumpin'
Jane, who was disguised as a

large rabitt, later popped her nead
out of the hat and taunted Chico.
Wayne Franzen then brought out
a Peruvian llama with a couple of
camels. One of the camels play-
fully chased the llama around and
pretended to grasp at its tail.
Franzen later introduced the spot-
ted white "Ponies of America" for
all to see.
Following a ten minute intermis-
sion, Miss Natalie announced four
winners of the event's coloring
contest. The winners included
Alan Owens, Hunter Tyre, Eliza-
beth Eller and Jessica Tindell.
Each of the winners received n

Again, Chico the Clown enter-
tained the crowd as "Chef Swell.'
He spun twelve plates that were
balanced on poles. As one of the
plates would begin to fall, the
crowd would alert Chef Swell with
a shout and he would run to the
plate and keep it spinning.
Tanto the Wonder Horse followed
with a lesson in mathematics.
Children were asked to pose an
addition, subtraction, multiplica-
tion or division problem to Tanta
and the counting horse would
pick the answer from prop with
nine choices. The only catch was
that the math problems.had to be
between the numbers zero and
nine. Miss Natalie questioned
Tanto as to how many hours he
trained daily and he chose the
number nine. She then asked how
many hours his trainer Wayne
Franzen worked and Tanto chose
the number 0.
The show ended with the elephant
performance. The show featured
,three pachyderms: Ohka, Crusty
and Magoo. The elephants sat up
in chairs and paraded around the
circus ring with trunks grasping
the fails in front. The mighty Ohka
even proved his skill in sports by
kicking a football.
After the show, visitors had the
opportunity to enjoy a petting zoo,
pony rides and a once in a life-
time opportunity to ride the
mighty Ohka. And, of course,
there was popcorn, peanuts and
hot dogs to enjoy while you
watched the greatest show on
Library Director Ms. Annie said
that ticket sales for the recent cir-
cus seemed to have improved
from the previous event two years

ago. She thanked the following
people for putting their hearts into
the promotion and sale of the tick-
ets: Jackie Gay, Becky and Caleb
Melton, Donna Messer, Brown
Elementary School, Gulf State
Bank, The IGA in Apalachicola,
The Red Rabitt Foodlane, Jenni-
fer Millender, The Students from
the WINGS Program, Dolly Sweet,
Carolyn's Restaurant. Ada Scott,
Linda Crosby, Nikita Williams and.
Bonnie Segree. And, of course,
The Friends of the Franklin
County Public Library who made
it all possible.


Final Public


Scheduled on

Keys Sanctuary


The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a final public hear-
ing on proposed rules that will
implement zones in state waters
of the Florida Keys National Ma-
rine Sanctuary where fishing is
restricted or prohibited in the re-
cently approved Sanctuary Plan.
The hearing will take place on
Friday, April 11, 1997 beginning
at 9:00 a.m. at the Plantation
Yacht Harbor 87000 Overseas
Highway (Mile Marker 87) in
*Note: The Commission will also
hold a final public hearing on
April 1 1th-only if requested-on
a proposed rule that will extend
the open harvest season for BAY.
SCALLOPS through September
10th, beginning this year.


featuring all kinds of original
art products and crafts.
We've had our share of qual-
ity merchandise that you'll
enjoy seeing... and maybe
buying. If you have YOUR
OWN unique or creative arts'
* or crafts items why not plan
on exhibiting and selling
them in our ART SHOW and


has grown into a major part
of our festival. The cookoff
is sponsored by The Gulf
State Bank who invites all of
you cooks AND seafood
lovers to be part of the fun
and prizes. Dust off your
cookbooks to participate in
the contest... or line up to
taste the results. For entry
forms or more information
please call Bonnie
at 697-2585


This year, in our enthusiasnr,J
to make this a truly local
and inclusive festival, we
are adding more entertain-
ment games and other ,
things for the kids. This
includes fun rides on the
wooden train.

are a grand part of AMY fes-
tival and ours is no excep-
tion. Besides the popular
Seafood Gumbo Cookoff we
have more local food ven-
dors than ever to show off
and sell their own specialty
foods and recipes. And we'll
have all those other tradi-
tional food favorites that
festival-goers expect.

Learn more about the
wonderful environment .
that is Franklin County
and the Carrabelle Area
by way of some specialty
exhibits that are being

Everybody loves them.
Maybe your favorite one
will be here.

Easter Sunday
Carrabelle pastors will unite to
hold Easter Sunrise Service on
Carrabelle Beach. The Franklin
County Ministerial Association
also plans sunrise services at
Apalachicola, Eastpoint and St.
George Island. Pastor Ron Barks,
First Assembly of God, Carrabelle,
said "We like to be out there when
the sun is coming up." Holy Com-
munion will be led by Rev. Mike
Kelly, First Methodist Church,
Pastor Andrew Rutherford
(Carrabelle Christian Center), his
wife, Kathy, and Brian and
Tammy Hardy will sing "Rise
Again," a song written by Dallas
Holme. And if it's raining when
you wake up in the early hours of
Easter Morning, don't turn over
and go back to sleep, because the
special sunrise service will be
moved into The Moorings recep-
tion room.
Carrabelle First Assembly of
God Church, 303 W. Third, will
have a special service on Thurs-
day,' March 27th as well as the
Lord's Supper on Good Friday, 7
p.m. The church will host an Eas-
ter Egg Hunt Saturday, March
29th at 1 p.m. and regular wor-
ship services will be held Easter
Sunday at 10:45 a.m.
Carrabelle United Methodist
Church on Tallahassee Street will
have a Seder Meal (the Meal of the
Upper Room) Wednesday evening,
March 26th at 7 p.m. to com-
memorate the Last Supper. Regu-
lar worship services on East Sun-
day start at 10:45 a.m., Sunday
school at 9:45.
Carrabelle Episcopal Church of
the Ascension, First Street and
Avenue A North, will celebrate
Holy Eucharist on Good Friday,
March 28th at 5 p.m. Regular
Sunday worship services begin at
10 a.m. followed by fellowship and
refreshments in the parish hall.
Carrabelle Christian Center on
River Road invites children ages
4 11 to join the church's Cherub
Choir. For more information, call
Carrabelle First Baptist Church,
206 SE Avenue A, will have their
regular worship services on Eas-
ter Sunday at 11 a.m. Sunday
School is at 9:45 a.m. The


Individuals and businesses
contribute a wide assort-
ment of merchandise and
services to the FUN AUC-
TION. Bidders get great
deals and EVERYONE has a
lot of FUN. Wade and Paula
Clark and of Wade Clark
Auctions are the profession-
als who run the FUN AUC-
TION and THE BOAT (and
CAR) AUCTION, at Castoldi's
Office Complex. CALL 904-
229-9282 for further infor-
mation. (License numbers
AB1239/ AU1737)

Carrabelle's entire history
centers around the seas.
Countless skills were neces-
sary in order to live and
work in the seafood and
fishing industries. Many of
these skills are changing or
dying out but we plan to
have some of them on dis-
play to entertain and edu-
cate our visitors. If YOU
have one of these
skills or have
access to tools or
"props that may
be shown or dis-

please let :
us know..",i
Call the Chamber at

A full day of continuous entertainment is in the works as we
write this ad. But the feature guest is already lined up and
will perform during our evening Street Dance: TWILIGHT !
"TWILIGHT" is one of the premier show-bands anywhere, and we're
considered by many to be the best, most entertaining band in the
South. Each bandmember has a vast amount of experience in the
business and is a World-class musician and vocalist. We believe the
audience deserves our very best each time they hear us. That's why
we put everything we've got into every performance. When we hit
the stage... we're hot... from the first number... to the last... all the
way through the encores. And our famous "BLUES BROTHERS'
REVUE is one of the most dynamic, exciting shows you'll ever see!"
TWILIGHT performs a wide array of material covering the spectrum
of Rock and R&B, with a little Jazz and Swing music thrown in the
mix as well.
The Festival Stage is located at the heart of the festival on
Marine Street. All of the arts, crafts, foods, exhibits, displays and
other exciting events are all within an easy stroll. So come and
treat ALL of your senses to the sights, sounds, smells and feelings
that will provide you with plenty of memories of The Seventh
Annual Carrabelle Waterfront Festival... and keep you coming back
again year after year. THIS IS THE YEAR Y'ALL GOING TO REALLY

The Corrobelle Ar' Chamber of Commerce
RO. Drawer D, Corrobelle, Florida 32322

church s monthly -dinner, nor-
mally held on the 5th Sunday, will
be held April 6th instead of Eas-
ter Sunday.
Carrabelle Church of God, 1478
Highway 67, will have regular
worship services on Easter Sun-
day at 11 a.m.; Sunday school
starts at 10 a.m. and Sunday
night services are at 6 p.m.
Hugh Lee Ott, age 72, who said
he's had a home in Carrabelle
since 1942 stopped in the office
to say hello and take a brief rest
from his daily, "doctor's-orders",
20-mile walk around town. He
walks, he said, "to live."
Janet Jenks, wife of Church of
God Pastor, Jimmy Jenks, is back
home in Carrabelle after suffer-
ing a stroke March 9th while vis-
iting her son in Texas. "I am so
fortunate," she said.
Attention kids (and parents).
First Baptist Church will have an
Egg Hunt Good Friday afternoon
at 2 p.m. Each child needs to
bring 3 hard-boiled eggs. For
more information, call 697-3461.
The children of Love Center
Outreach of Carrabelle, an affili-
ate of Apalachicola's Love Center,
will present a special skit during
the 11 a.m. Easter Sunday ser-
vice entitled, The Resurrection."
Sunday School is at 10 a.m. and
Bible Study is every Tuesday at 7
p.m. The Love Center is the little
white church on the hill on High-
way 98, just east of the Pear Tree
Mall. John Rankin is Pastor and
Charlotte Rosier is Associate
The Lanark Village Community
Church will present an Easter
Cantata, "He is Risen," on Good
Friday, March 28, at 6 p.m. Jim
Phillips will direct the choir. Regu-
lar worship services on Easter
Sunday begin at 10:30 a.m. David
McGraffe is Pastor.
Jim Phillips said his brother,
Tommy Phillips, ofCrawfordville,
is at home and "doing good" after
heart by-pass surgery on March
Sharon Putnal, daughter of
Bevin and Patsy Putnal, is home
from the hospital and "doing
great." In fact, you might catch
her sitting around The Shrimp
House as she recuperates, so stop
by and say "Hey!"


This will mark the first year
that we hope will begin
another exciting Waterfront
Festival tradition our first
foot race competition at
5:00PM. Plans are still in
progress as of this writing. If
you are interested in partici-
pating in the event and
would like to know more
information please call the
Chamber office
between 10:00AM
and 2:00 PM at

5ee where Carrabelle's
going, see where
Carrabelle's been... but
most of all, see where
Carrabelle is right now!
Enjoy the flavors and fun
of the Coast along the
picturesque Carrabelle
Harbor where the
Intracoastal Waterway
meets the Gulf of
Mexico. This festival is
for and by the communi-
ty, who invites all of you
readers of the Coast
Line to come Join us,
APRIL 19th, 1997.


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AHS student Van Johnson, Jr. (R) visits with Will Kendrick
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Published every other Friday

Second Annual Camp Gordon

Johnston Reunion Draws More

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Major Robert Dunbar leads the Second Annual Camp Gor-
don Johnston Reunion parade on Highway 98.

The Second Annual Camp Gordon
Johnston Reunion proved to be
even more popular with camp vet-
erans and family members in the
year of 1997 as 79 of the visitors
made their made to Franklin
County for a three day reunion
event from March 7-9. The first
annual reunion had attracted 61
registered visitors in 1996.
Camp veterans registered for the
three day event at the Senior Citi-
zens Center in Carrabelle on
March 7. At the registration, the
veterans were given meal tickets,
maps and name tags for the re-
union event. An opening luncheon
was also hosted at the Senior Citi-
zen Center for the visitors. Retired
U.S.M.C. LTG. Snowden provided
the keynote address at the lun-
cheon. Nelson and Claire Viles
also provided musical entertain-
ment for the opening event.
The following day, a breakfast
buffet was held at the Lanark Vil-
lage/ St. James Volunteer Fire
Department for the visitors. Later
that morning, Veterans, Shriners
and ROTC members joined in the
second annual event's parade on
Highway 98. Seating was ar-
ranged for the visiting veterans
across from the Carrabelle Cham-
ber of Commerce building.
Camp Gordon Johnston veteran
Major Robert Dunbar served as
the parade's Grand Marshall.
Major Dunbar led the parade and
was followed by a host of other
veterans. Following the veterans
were the wives of the 377 Harbour
Others who participated in the
parade included the Shadai
Shriners from Paiiama City, the

New Zoning from page 4
convert commercial property use
into residential use. "I don't like
that," said Prophater. He contin-
ued, "we've got it commercial and
it's commercial and that's what it
ought to be. You've got a whole
section of residential property out
Board member Mary Lou Short
said that the proposed zoning
code would help to bolster the
commercial district on St. George
Island. "What we're trying to do
is to protect or preserve what is
now a shrinking commercial dis-
trict on St. George Island," said
County Planner Alan Pierce stated
that the main barrier to commer-
cial development on St. George
Island was the lack of a central
sewer system. "Until you solve
that problem," said Pierce, "you
may never see the commercial
development that the Island
"Everything is in a state of flux,"
concluded Wood, "we should give
people the opportunity to use
their property to the highest po-
tential at the time."
The boar ad agreedto review the
following details that surround
the proposed C-5 district:
District Intent: To provide for
commercial development on St.
George Island and to allow resi-
dential uses in existing or future
commercial structures.
Permitted Principal Uses and
1. Financial, real estate, insur-
ance and other professional ser-
2. Retail sales including such re-
tail services as barber and beauty
shops, laundry d dry cleaning
3. Restaurants, lounges, food ser-
vices, public assembly halls and
entertainment centers.
4. Automotive and engine repair
5. Warehouse and storage facili-
6. Hotels and motels (low impact:
50 or fewer units)
7. Uses determined by the Plan-
ning and Zoning Commission to
be similar to the above.
Permitted Accessory Uses:
1." Uses of land customarily inci-
dental and subordinate to -one of
the permitted principal uses, un-
less otherwise excluded.
2. Fire Stations
Special Exceptions: After public
notice and hearing and appropri-
ate conditions and safeguards,
Continued on page 8

Marzuq Shriners from Tallahas-
see, The Wakulla High School
Navy Jr. ROTC, Seafood Queen
Allison Elliott driven by her father,
James Elliott, The Sea Oats Gar-
den Club, The Lanark Village/St.
James Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment, The Carrabelle Volunteer
Fire Department, WOYS, The
Marine Patrol, The Division of
Forestry with Smokey the Bear,
the Starlight Twirlers from Talla-
hassee and Pam Nobles' Dance

Parade Coordinator Kay Arbuckle
complimented all who partici-
pated in the parade. "I'm, very.
proud of all those entries who
participated in the parade to
honor the WWII Camp Gordon
Johnston veterans," said
Arbuckle. In addition to those
parade participants already men-
tioned, Ms. Arbuckle also ex-
tended her appreciation to Jimmy
Acres and Bill Miller for their help
in coordinating the parade.
Following the parade, the veter-
ans enjoyed a lunch break and
then participated in a variety of
suggested activities for the re-
mainder of the afternoon. Some
of the suggested activities in-
cluded a two hour bus trip to Dog
Island and a four hour river na-
ture tour.
The majority (60) of those visiting
the second annual event chose to
participate in a bus tour of Camp
Gordon Johnston. Carrabelle
High School bus driver Maxine
Taylor with the Franklin County
School District was called on by
event coordinators to drive the
veterans on the tour. Original
transportation plans for the bus


Recall War


By Carol Ann Vandegrift
The drudgery of doing the laun-
dry was made lighter Sunday af-
ternoon, March 9, when I ran into
John Lewis Lampman and his
wife Lena at the Lanark Village
Laundry Mat. The couple traveled
from Sacramento, California with
grandson Adam Russell to repre-
sent the 377th Harbor Craft Unit,
Camp Gordon Johnston. John
was stationed at the camp from
July 15, 1944 through March 2,
John said this area was great for
training, "especially the sand, ring
worms and heat rash." All the
men in the 377th were drafted,
he recalled, and he said that their
individual trade 'backgrounds
kept them from the infantry. All
were mariners, skippers of boats
or tow-barges, "able-bodied sea-
men", engine-room engineers, etc.

tour changed unexpectedly just
before the scheduled event and
Superintendent Brenda Galloway
agreed to allow the district bus to
be used on an emergency basis.
David Butler, who serves as Vice
President of Operations with the
Camp Gordon Johnston Associa-
tion, extended his gratitude to Ms.
Galloway for her assistance in the
Retired Major Glenn Camp from
Alabama made his way back to
Franklin County for the second
straight year. A collector of sorts,
Major Camp set up a small his-
toric area by Sands Field to dis-
play some of his WWII memora-
bilia. Some of those collectibles,
large and small, ranged from a gas
guzzling 1942 "hard cab" truck to
a small 1940 Stanley Thermos.
The vehicle, said Camp, only got
approximately 4-5 miles to the
gallon. He joked, "it will not pass
a gas station."
Some of the other collectibles on
display included a 1942 lyster bag
used to store water, a 1940
Merrick can food insulator and a
bunk bed covered with mosquito
net that was once used by Gen-
eral Harlan Hartness, Assistant
Division Commander for the 7th
Infantry. 'The hardest this with
collecting," said Camp, "is mainly
finding things with the right date,"

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Major Glenn Camp holds up
one of his 1940's WWII
collectibles: A copy of "Yank"
Later that evening, a raffle draw-
ing was held at the American Le-
gion Post. Mr. & Mrs. Ries from
Iowa won a bread maker. Robert
Carr from Maryland won a cast

John recalled the barracks in
,Carrabelle, "tar-paper shacks
with sand floors and double
bunks." But he was one of the
lucky ones, and was able to spend
every evening with his wife in
Apalachicola. Lena said she was
"torn" between being with John
or staying in Stockton with their
two smallchildren. With encour-
agement from her family, she fi-
nally made the difficult decision
to leave Diana, then age three
months, and Patricia, then age
one-and-a-half, in the care ofher
relatives. John and Lena rented
an upstairs room in the Apalachi-
cola home of "Mrs. Harris" for
$8.00 a week. This amount did
not include linen or covers, but.
friends provided them with what
they needed.
Both reminisced about going to.
the USO club at Apalachicola.and
they also recalled a boarding
house where they went for din-
ner every Sunday. They were un-
able to remember the owner's
name, whom they said prepared
delicious meals.
Before he shipped out, John went
on furlough and accompanied his
wife back to Stockton, California.

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Sea Oats Garden Club members enjoy a day at the parade: Member Rene Topping holds
up the giant headline, "War Ends," as President Jo Woods waives to the crowd.
net, and a coffee maker was also
awarded to a lucky winner in the
raffle. "

Following the raffle drawing, the
veterans gathered for a dedication
ceremony for the historical
marker at the post. The marker
had actually been dedicated pre-
viously. During the ceremony,
Legionnaire Jim Young gave the
prayer. Sid Winchester expressed
the importance of honoring those
veterans who have passed on,
while Bill Miller spoke of the great
sacrifices that had been made for
the love of country.
A banquet was hosted later that
evening in the American Legion
Hall. For the night owls, a 17 piece
Tallahassee Swing Band per-
formed at Chillas Hall in Lanark
Village. The band performed
songs by such well known mas-
ters as Glenn Miller until the mid-
night hour.
On the final day of the reunion
event, veterans began their day
with a breakfast prepared by the
Lanark Village Association at
Chillas Hall. Later in the after-
noon, the Camp Gordon Johnston
Association members met to cri-
tique the second annual event.
The association members also
made suggestions for the 1998
event. The final event of the re-
union was a bar-b-que prepared
at the American Legion Post by
Post 82 members.
"I think we had a great turnout,"
expressed Ms. Arbuckle, "and I'm
really thank those who helped to
make this a great success." Those

He returned to Florida alone.
John and Lena didn't see each
other again until 1946. On March
2, 1945, John and 300 other sol-
diers boarded a train at Camp
Gordon Johnston and railed their
way to Tallahassee, and from
there to San Francisco, then on
to New Guinea and later to the
Philippines. According to John,
about 21 men of the 377th were
here for the reunion this year.
Both were saddened by the ab-
sence of the Company Bugler,
Carl Stuckerd, who had planned
to attend the reunion but passed
away this January. "He was our
worst enemy," John laughed, re-
membering how the bugler got
everybody up in the early morn-
ing hours at Camp Gordon

Allison Elliott with driver&father, James Elliott during the
event's second annual parade on Highway 98.

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The wives of the 377 Harbor Craft
helping to coordinate the event Elmer Home, Tony Minichiello
included: ,Barbara Sabas, Sid and Bill Miller, III. "These people
Winchester, Kay Arbuckle, Jim put in an awful lot of effort,"
Fling, David Butler, Jim Beadnell, Arbuckle concluded.

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Weems History from page 3

On January 2, 1990 a third amendment was generated in response
to Provident's continuing financial loss from EMS operation. The need
for ambulance service was again recognized and the County agreed
to provide Provident with $7,000 per month for twelve months. The
funds again were to be credited for indigent care for matching fund
payments by the State of Florida and to reimburse the county's obli-
gation to Provident for indigent and jail/prison care. Once again the
Hospital Trustees were directed to oversee the financial and medical
management provided by Provident.
The Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Feb-
ruary 14, 1990 at which time Provident described continuing finan-
cial problems related to insufficient inpatient utilization and suggested
the in-patient services be discontinued while maintaining the out-
patient and emergency services. Mr. Steeley indicated that Provident
could not continue the money losing hospital operation and was pre-
pared to let the County assume control of the facility. He also stated
that HCMC was no longer an operational company. The Hospital Ad-
visory Committee was established at this time.
Another special session was held two days later. The problem of hos-
pital licensure and certification loss in the event of in-patient closure
was again discussed. The consensus of the meeting was that the
Hospital must not be allowed to close. Provident stated that $40,000
was needed immediately to meet the payroll or the facility would have
to be returned to the County for'operation. The County agreed to
allow the $40,000 advance for payroll use from the total $84,000
allocated for EMS support during the current calendar year.
Weems Hospital was certified for 29 beds. In 1990, there were 55
personnel on the Hospital payroll. Payroll and cash flow summaries
were reviewed by the Committee. No external audit was available,
In 1990, the terms of all members of the Hospital Board of Trustees
had expired and no new members were designated. The Trustees have
not played an active role in Hospital affairs since County control of
the Hospital ended in 1986. Committee members have stated that
the group never really had administrative or legal support.
Weems is an old hospital with old equipment. Despite renovations in
1977 the physical plant is in disrepair and in major need of a facelift
both inside and out. The requirement for HCMC to spend $200,000
to upgrade the physical plant and equipment was reported to have
been fulfilled by the Franklin County auditor in January 1989. No
list was available of the actual expenditures to meet this require-
ment. No list of the fixed assets of the Hospital in 1986 could be
found and no annual inventory is done.
Several individuals commented that Gulf Pines had undergone sig-
nificant improvement in the appearance of the physical plant under
the ownership of Provident. This was in sharp contrast to lack of
improvements to the leased situation at Weems
The major concerns of the professional staff include: the non-accredi-
tation of the Hospital; lack of a Hospital utilization review; lack of
competitive salaries, benefits and merited raises; and no funds for
continuing education or audiovisual aids for educational instruction,
especially since the State requires 24 continuing education units per
year for each of the nursing personnel.
There exists obvious problems with other support services in the
Hospital. The Laboratory does not always have the reagents neces-
sary to complete blood profiles and cardiac enzymes. These tests must
then be sent to Gulf Pines in Port St. Joe for testing and results. The
Lab Technician is on call on a 24 basis from the Mexico Beach area.
Radiology has, at the present time, one fixed X-ray unit, one portable,
and fluoroscopy capability. HCMC did replace one X-ray unit at an
estimated $80.000 expenditure. This was counted as Dart of the

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$200,000 commitment for HCMC and Provident has inherited the
installment payments.
It should also be noted that Weems Hospital does not benefit from
any active women's auxiliary, or volunteer department; has no train-
ing programs, or active RN/LPN programs.
Under the present direction of Robert Poe, and formerly George Pot-
ter, the EMS has upgraded from basic to advanced life support status
'with fully equipped ambulances based at the Hospital in Apalachi-
cola and at the fire station in Carrabelle. The directors have been
active In teaching first aid, giving first responder courses, cardiopul-
monary resuscitation training and EMT training. The EMS budget
has Increased with the ALS designation because this requires an EMT
lus a paramedic on each ambulance call. The personnel work 48
our shifts with 5 days off and all hold other jobs.
Provident considers the EMS to represent a loss of $15,000 each
month. The County provides $5,000 each month in exchange for hos-
pital rent plus the $7,000 monthly subsidy in the current year. Both
ambulances are owned by the County. Potter has submitted a pro-
posal for a not-for-profit ambulance service having an annual budget
of $380,000 of which $300,000 would be subsidized by the County or
covered through grants donations, etc. Poe feels that budget could be
significantly reduced.
The Hospital is frequently not involved with providing care for the
users of this service since patients or families will insist on immedi-
ate transport to regional medical,centers. This is especially true in
the Eastern portion of the County where the distance to Tallahassee
is often less than to Apalachicola;
Helicopter medical transport is available for rapid transport from the
Hospital emergency facility to Tallahassee. Landing pads are under
construction on St. George Island and scheduled for the Green Point
project. The decision to use this service can be made by EMS, by first
responders or instituted by individual citizens.

1994-1995 Audit for FY ending 31 May 1995



1. Licensed Beds at Year End: Acute Care
2. Staffed Beds at Year End: Acute Care
3. Physicians on Active Staff
4. Number of Employees (Full-time Equivalents)
5. Patient Statistics/Acute Care Days
a. Self Pay Patient Days
b. Medicare Patient Days
c. Medicaid Patient Days
d. Insurance/Charge Based Payers
Total Acute Care Inpatient Days. :
6. Acute Care Admissions
a. Percent Occupancy (Licensed Acute Beds)
b. Average Length of Stay (Acute Inpatients)
7. Total Inpatient Days (Acute and Subacute)
8. Total Admissions (Acute and Subacute)
a. Percent Occupancy (Total Licensed Beds)
9. Financial Statistics
a. Operating Margin
b. Total Margin
10. Revenue by Payer
a. Self Pay
b. Medicare
c. Medicaid
d. Other Government Fixed Price Payers
e. Insurance/Charge Based Payers
f. Commercial HMO/PPO
g. Other Commercial Discounted Payers
Total Revenues
11. Patient Service Revenues
a. Daily Hospital Service
b. Inpatient Ambulatory Service
c. Inpatient Surgery
d. Other Inpatient Ancillary Service
e. Outpatient & Ambulatory Surgery
f. Other Outpatient Ambulatory Service
g. Other Outpatient Ancillary Service
Total Patient Service Revenues
12. Deductions from Revenues
a. Provisions for Bad Debts
b. Contractual Allowance Medicare
c. Contractual Allowance Medicaid
d. Contractual Allowance Other
e. Charity/Uncompensated Other
f. Admin., Courtesy & Policy Adjustments
Total Deductions from Revenue
13. Net Patient Service Revenue
14. Other Operating Revenue
a. Net Operating Revenue
15. Operating Expenses
a. Daily Hospital Services
b. Ambulatory Services
c. Ancillary Services
d. Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
16. Excess (Deficit) of Operating Revenues over.
Operating Expenses
17. Excess (Deficit) of Revenues 6ver Expenses
Prior to Taxes or Extraordinary Items
18. Excess (Deficit) of Total Revenues over Expenses

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Audits for Provident Medical

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Apalachicola, Fiscal Year 1994-1995
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) requires all Florida
licensed hospitals to submit audits to them for review annually, with
the hospitals determining the dates for the fiscal years involved. The
Chronicle recently obtained the latest audit for both Emerald Coast
and Gulf Pines hospitals from AHCA with the advisory that the data
reported in the categories are furnished by the owners and are not
subject to independent verification. However, the data do reveal some
interesting financial aspects of hospital operation, especially an acute
care health facility in a rural area.
All hospitals are required to report their audits annually, and no later
than six months after the end of their fiscal year. Provident Medical,
owner of Emerald Coast operations and Gulf Pines hospital, Port St.
Joe, had not submitted their 1995-1996 data to AHCA yet, according
to officials at that agency.

134.8 Some highlights of both audits are fairly obvious, starting with item
#1 where the number of acute care beds is reported, 29 at Emerald
34 Coast and 45 at Gulf Pines. (3) Emerald Coast has four physicians on
1,758 staff; Gulf Pines 7. (4) There are more full-time employees (or equiva-
171 lent) at Gulf Pines than Emerald Coast. By looking at the number of
2,340 acute care patient days for both operations, it is obvious that the role
of Federal money is very important to continued maintenance of both
434 facilities. (See Items 5A through 5C and also 10A-G). The number of
5. acute care admissions to Emerald Coast (6) is much higher than Gulf
Pines perhaps underscoring the need for an acute care facility in a
2,340 more rural area. (See item 6).

144 Interestingly, in considering all acute care occupancy, Emerald Coast
and Gulf Pines are closer in their numbers for the per cent of occu-
pancy in the 1994-1995 fiscal year. Gulf Pines reported an acute care
(1.4) occupancy (item 6A) of 14.2 per cent and Emerald Coast was higher
.8 with 20 per cent occupancy. But these patients stayed longer at Gulf
Pines (Item 6B) with 5.4 days on the average contrasted with average
348,281 acute care days at Emerald Coast of 3.0. Item 7 shows the total acute
7,736,829 and subacute days which are much closer, and slightly higher at Gulf
938,102 Pines.
Under Financial statistics, it is very clear from these self reports that
1,368.779 Emerald Coast is losing money (Item 9A and 9B). Item 10A, B and C
10,391,991 again-demonstrate the importance the role of Federal money in the
operation of these rural hospitals, and how extremely critical the cer-
953,487 tiflcations to bill for Medicare and Medicaid are to the survival of any
84.202 rural hospital. There are more private pay patients being served by
59,930 Emerald Coast than Gulf Pines. The so-called 'Trammel funds" or
1,7943509 rural disproportional funds are categorized in D and/or 10E.
134,309 rural disproportional funds are categorized in 10D and/or 10E.





The total revenues of Emerald Coast and Gulf Pines are broken down
by types of services in items 11A-G) The differences in surgery, (item
11C) Is stark with Gulf Pines revenues way up in this category. Very
little surgery is reflected in the Emerald Coast revenues listed at a
low $4,040 and probably reflecting the limited services in this cat-
egory at the time. The ambulatory services call for further inquiry
based on what is reported in this category.
Item 12A reflects that Emerald Coast has over twice as much bad
debt than Gulf Pines, and more uncompensated "deductions from
revenues." Yet, the totals for Emerald Coast are not nearly as high as
the deductions from revenue for Gulf Pines (12F).
Item 16 reveals literally, "the bottom line". In this fiscal year, accord-
ing to Emerald Coast's own auditing, they lost $502,722. This figure
presumably includes the infusion of the so-called "Trammel" funds
for rural hospitals, in this fiscal year, of about $768,790.

.085,716 The Chronicle acknowledges, with thanks, the assistance of Philip N.
Detweller, a AHCA regulatory analyst, in assisting in the identifica-
(96.913) tion of the categories and other advice in the preparation of this re-
port. Detweller is a finance major from Florida State University.
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Zoning from page 6

the Board of Adjustments may
permit as special exceptions:
1. Hotels, motels and time-share
vacation units (high impact: over
50 units) subject to review as pro-
vided by Section 301.06 of zon-
ing ordinance.
2. Churches and community
3. Residential uses within a com-
mercial building. The area of the
building used for residential pur-
poses cannot exceed 50% of the
area of the building.
Prohibited Uses and Structures:
1. All uses not expressly or provi-
sionally permitted herein.
2. Major automotive and engine
repair within 1,000 feet of any
body of water 10 acres or larger.
Development Standards: i
Minimum Lot Standards: No
minimum lot size, lot area per
unit, lot width, depth, or frontage;
however, existing lots may not be
Building Setback: For all commer-
cial or accessory structures there
will be provided:
(a) A setback of 25 feet from the
boundary of the property line.bor-
dering any private, local, arterial
or collector road.
(b) Setback a minimum of 10 feet
from any other property line, ex-
cept for attached or commonwall
Maximum Building Height: 35
feet in height.
Maximum Impervious Lot Cover-
age: 80%.
Off-Street Parking and Loading
Requirements: Parking should be
on permeable surfaces or areas
with impervious surfaces must
include stormwater holding
Other Considerations for Proposed
C-5 District:
1. Franklin County Ordinance 89-
8 (critical shoreline ordinance)
and Franklin County Ordinance
87-5 (flood hazard ordinance) are
applicable to lands within this
2. All hotels, motels or time-share
vacation units of high impact as
defined in Section 220.64 shall
provide, on the same parcel up on
which such development is lo-
cated, an area of recreational open
space equal to or exceeding that
covered by all structures included
in the development; i.e. develop-
ment footprint. Such recreation
open space shall be set aside for
and available to the occupants of
the development in manner con-
sistent with the Franklin County
Comprehensive Plan.
3. All new construction shall
implement best management
practices for the reduction of ero-
sion, fugitive dust, and air emis-
sions related to the construction
of the development.
In other business:
*The board again reviewed a re-
quest from Mason Bean to con-
struct four sheds on property lo-
cated on St. George Island. The
property, Bean noted, was co-
owned by eight different individu-
als. The sheds, he said, would be
used to house only those boats of
the property's co-owners.
The board previously recom-
mended approval of the request
from Mr. Bean during their regu-
lar meeting in February. However,
board members Mary Lou Short
and Travis Stanley admitted that
they had serious concerns about
the matter after the February
meeting. County Planner Alan
Pierce also informed the board
that he had requested that the
matter be again reviewed by the
county, zoning board.
Mr. Pierce noted that, according
to the county's zoning code, ac-
cessory structures could not be
constructed on property without
a principal structure first being
constructed. Mr. Bean had previ-
ously informed the board that he
had no plans to construct a home
on the noted property. Pierce
warned, "I'm telling you that we're
opening up a can of worms and
we might not be able to enforce
all the other land uses, and we
'need to tighten this up." He con-
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Mr. Bean informed board mem-
bers that he was reluctant to have
to make the same request before
the zoning board. "Your decision
last month was unanimous and
it wasn't to be put off for further
discussion," said Bean. He con-
tinued, "I used to umpire and,
even if you made a bad call, you
never changed your mind."
Board member Donald Wood
questioned whether the area
would become much like a ma-
rina if more individuals became
co-owners of the property. "If you
get 32 people," said Wood, "and
then you buy a forklift and put
300 boats in here and stack them
up on top of one another, and then
you've got a huge metal building
in a residential area." He contin-
ued, "where do you draw the line?
3 boat storage? 6 boat storage?
32 boat storages"
"What you're asking (for) is some-
thing that is strictly denied in
black and white in the planning
and zoning book," said board
member Travis Stanley. He con-
tinued, "the only choice that I can
figure is that we can throw that
code out or we can go by it."
Board member Jack Prophater
questioned if the zoning board
should deny such a request if it
permitted other individuals to
continually violate the zoning
codes. Mr. Stanley responded that
the zoning board was not an en-
forcement agency. "We just make
recommendations," he said.
Prophater fumed, "he's asking for
something that we've allowed ev-
eryone in the dang county to do."
He continued, "if you want to rec-
ommend that they start enforcing
the code then recommend it."
Stanley responded, "I recommend
that the board start following th6
code. I don't see how you could
vote for anything other than fol-
lowing the code."

Wellsprings from page 1

formed. The item of value is the
"certifiability" of billing Medicare.
Theodore Mack, representing the
U. S. Trustee in this matter, says
that the matter is sitting still" and
has been for some months. It is
difficult to end a sale when the
CON is no longer valid, and any
new agency could not bill Medi-
care because it lacks the CON.
Without a CON, a license cannot
be reviewed and granted.
One circumstance may change
this situation. Mack pointed out
that this year, the legislation af-
fecting home health care agencies
throughout Florida is scheduled
for sunset; the relevant sections
are in
Chapter 408, Florida Statutes.
"There is some proposed legisla-
tion de-regulating home health
care agencies that might change
this situation."
Speak to practically anyone at
AHCA involved in such matters
and they are likely to tell you that
the Certificate of Need is not
"property" or anything of value as
in the CON sale of the holder,
which incidentally is trying to liq-
uidate itself to pay something to
the creditors, most of whom are
Florida citizens.
The home health care business
also owes money to the IRS in-
cluding withholding tax pay-
ments, which directly affect many
employees. This particular legal
snag evolved when Wellsprings
was negotiating with Beach Bay
Health Star, Inc. for a sale.
While the CON is not "property",
the practices evolving out of this
process are indeed critical to the
liquidation of the home health
care unit, and, in practice, are
handled as "property."
Doublespeak is a common trait to
large bureaucracies, and AHCA
practices appear to follow that
form. Even the bureaucrat whose
duties involve the CON "office" did
not sign either letter, first approv-
ing and then iescinding.the con-
clusion that "...A change in the
ownership of a home health
agency is not subject to certificate
of need review."

Board member Mary Lou Short
said that she wanted clarification
on the matter to determine
whether Mr. Bean's request was
in violation of the zoning code. "I
wasn't aware that this board had
allowed this to pass until just
now," said Short. She continued,
"If we do allow this, where do we
draw the line? I don't think we
should stop Mason (Bean). We
made the motion. It was done last
time, but where do you draw the
line here?"
Mr. Stanley pointed out that, dur-
ing the last meeting, he asked
Assistant County Planner Mark
Currenton whether Mr. Bean's
request was in violation of the
zoning code. "Everybody said,
'No.' How would you all have voted
last month if you had known this
was in this book."
Prophater responded, "I would
have voted the same way, because
we've allowed it in every other
case." He continued, "the point
is...the county has never enforced
Pointing to the county zoning
book, Mr. Stanley said that he
could not vote for anything that
violated a zoning code. "It's black
and white," said Stanley.
Prophater responded, "nothing is
black and white." Mr. Stanley re-
turned, "I think it's pretty black
and white right here." Prophater
later concluded, "it's black and
white, but it's crazy."
Mr. Bean eventually agreed to
withdraw his request.

Ilse Newell



By George Chapel

The Bay Area Choral Society un-
der the direction of Tom Adams
will present the wonderful music
of South Pacific by Rodgers and
Hammerstein, along with selec-
tions from The Music Man by
Meredith Wilson, in a program
entitled, "Highlights from Broad-
way" for the Ilse Newell Fund for
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Richard Rodgers, one of the domi-
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tivity. Following the giving of new
life to musical comedy by Rodgers
and Hammerstein, Meredith
Wilson's Music Man added to its
breadth and development.

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