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The Published Every Other Friday





Franklin Chronicle


Volume 6, Number 8


A LOCALLY OWNER NEWSPAPER


April 18 May 1, 1997


Nix Finally

Sentenced

After more than two years of court
proceedings and over $100,000
spent in legal, medical and inves-
tigative costs, defendant Jay
Cleveland Nix was finally sen-
tenced on April 10 in Leon County
by Judge William Gary.
Initially charged with First Degree
Murder and Armed Robbery with
a Deadly Weapon, Nix agreed to a
plea bargain of Second Degree
Murder with the armed robbery
charge. Judge Gary sentenced Nix
to 40 years in the Department of
Corrections with credit for 748
days of time served. No probation
will follow the prison term. Judge
Gary reduced all restitution, court
and public defender-expenses to
a civil judgment.
According to Assistant State At-
torney Ron Flury, the defendant
will serve 85 percent of his time
(32 years with time served). Mr.
Flury stated that Nix was sen-
tenced above the regular guide-
lines with the plea bargain agree-
ment. "I was not willing to risk a
lesser verdict by a jury," said
Flury, "and he didn't want to risk
getting the death penalty or a life
sentence." He concluded, "I think
it was a very good disposition."
Mr. Nix was implicated in the
death of Howard Allen Rabinor on
March 15, 1995. The body of Mr.
Rabinor was discovered at his
home located bn River Road in
Carrabelle. The body was discov-
ered bound tightly in a sheet with
a pool of blood surrounding the
victim's head. A portable gas
cooker was placed above the vic-
tim in an apparent attempt to
destroy the evidence by burning
Rabinor and his apartment. In
addition, a sandy substance was
discovered by the body.


Jay Nix in custody.
According to the probable cause
report, witness Gene Love, Jr. re-
ported that he had turned down
a request from the defendant to
assist him in robbing and killing
Rabinor on March 11. According
to Love, the defendant planned to
steal a large amount of money and
food stamps from Rabinor. He fur-
ther reported that the defendant
frequently.carried a "sandbaeCer"
with hini. TheI ,.-aporn c.n slsts of
layers of socks containing a sandy
substance wrapped with duct
tape. Love also reported that he
turned down a request from the
defendant to become an alibi for
him in the matter.


Gaidry-Ormond House Wins

Major Preservation Award


... .... .







Magnolia Hall has won a prestigious award from the Florida
Trust for Historic Preservation. The top pictures shows
the exterior of the building, circa 1994. The bottom photo
depicts renamed Magnolia Hall after rehabilitation, in 1995.
The remarkable restoration, while extensive in the interior,
will be on the Historical Tour of Apalachicola buildings
May 3, 1997.


County to Advertise

for Proposed Gas Tax


Ordinance

The Franklin County Commission ter from the City of Carrabelle
unanimously agreed at their regu- : expressing an interest in reach-
lar April 14 to advertise for an ing an interlocal agreement. He
ordinance in order to adopt a lo- said that Attorney Patrick Floyd
cal option gas tax. The board also with the City of Apalachicola re-
agreed to hold a workshop on quested more information on the
April 22 at 9 a.m. at the county -matter.
courthouse in order to discuss
various issues with the munici- Attorney Shuler stated that dis-
palities concerning the proposed tnbution of the funds was based
gas tax. on the transportation budgets of
the county and the two cities for
County Planner Alan Pierce in- the past five years. "You add all
formed the board thal a resolu- of that together." Shuler ex-
tion for the local option tax needed plained. "and you come up \ith
to be passed by June 10 in order [a figure oil say maybe the
to be able to distnbute funding count \ has 60 percent ard maybe
from the tax in accordance o-ith each of the two cities has 20 per-
the schedule descnbed in Flonda cent olf the total transportation
Statutes. Pierce said that the budget He said that the revenue
board could pass the resolution would be divided in accordance to
or secure an interlocal airee- the existing amounts of each
ments with the municipalities. transportation budget. I'm sure
The interlocal agreements would that the counr's budget is at least
need to be obtained by June 1. 60 percent of the budget and pos-
"By July 1," Pierce noted. 'a or- blv more. said Shuler.
finance to the same lflect must ,-
be approved?-" The specific amount for the pro-
posed tax will be determined at a
Attorney Al Shuler informed the later date. The tax may range from
board that he had received a let- one to six cents.


Alan Pierce: "It's true there's a hole in
the doughnut..."

Resort Village Hearing to be

Reconvened May 6th


An hour and one half went by.
during the Resort Village Hearing
on Tuesday afternoon, April 15,
1997, considering the following
advertised language:
Resort Village Mixed Use: This cat-
egory of land use is designed for end
limited to certain property within the
St. George Island Plantation DRI. The
location of this property is depicted
on the Future Land Use Map Series.
This category of land use shall be lim-
ited to development that is authorized
by the 1971 development Order, as
amended by the Revised Tenth
Amendment adopted on March 4,
1997 and by any future. amendments
to the 1977 Development Order. This
category may include land uses oth-
erwise described in this plan, such as
Conservation, Recreation, Public Fa-
cilities. Commercial, and Residential.
Commercial land uses that may be
allowed in this category Include high
quality resort hotels or motels, to-
gether with such affiliated uses as
may be appropriate or desirable, such
as tourist shops, restaurants, recre-
ational amenities and similar activi-
ties. Single family residential struc-
tures are allowed, but condominiums
and multifamily residential structures
shall not be allowed without prior con-
sent of the Board of County Commis-
sioners. by advertised ordinance.
Toward the end, Dr. Tom Adams,
complained that what the County
Commissioners were hearing did
not relate to the issues that were
advertised. Alan Pierce, County
Planner, admitted that "...It's true,


there's a hole in the doughnut,
but rather than confuse the issue
by covering it over and saying
we're going to create more...mixed
use property...I chose to leave (it)
blank because it is not part of
Phase I. We are considering a
land-use change exactly with
ivhat is consistent with the 10th
Amendment (to the Development
Order). Mr. Richard Moore, rep-
resenting the Plantation Owner's
Association (POA) argued thp
land-use Amendment has to be
consistent with the Development
Order and the Comprehensive
Plan.
Harry Buzzett stood up and in a
loud voice asked "It's a public
hearing. Why didn't you inform
the public?" Alan Pierce re-
sponded, "Well, I apologize..."
somewhat shaken. The language
cited by Dr. Adams had been
changed, most admitted, but the.
county attorney said it was not a
substantive difference. Dr. Adams
said otherwise. Richard Moore
also said that the notice given the
meeting was not clear if the
County Commission were also sit-
ting as the local planning agency.
Moore also argued that the land-
use Amendment ought to be re-
Continued on page 3


Hubert Steeley

"No Truth" to

Grand Theft

Charge,

Steeley Claims

Provident Medical Corporation
President Hubert Steeley was ar-
rested'ohf April 16 and charged'
with Third Degree Grand Theft-for
allegedly removing x-ray equip-
ment from then Emerald Coast
Hospital which belonged to former
provident employee, Dr. Maurice
Ramirez. Steeley was arrested on
a warrant in St. Joe Beach'by
Deputy Richie Burkett and trans-
ferred to Franklin County. He was
later released on his own recog-
nizance.
In an April 17 written statement,
Steeley responded to the charges:
It is my understanding that
Dr. Maurice Ramirez has al-
leged that I have somehow
been involved with the illegal
transfer of equipment belong-
ing to him. There is absolutely
no truth to the charges. I am
confident that the absurdity
of these allegations will be
clearly demonstrated, and I
have directed my attorneys,
Mowrey & Newman, P.A. to
pursue civil actions to redress
my damages.


According to the probable cause
report, Dr. Maurice Ramirez
claimed that Mr. Steeley removed
his x-ray equipment from then
Emerald Coast Hospital "on or
about" March 14. Ramirez
claimed that Mr. Steeley was
aware that the equipment be-
longed to him. He alleged that,
when the county evicted Provident
Medical Corporation from Emer-
ald Coast Hospital, Mr. Steeley
directed some of his employees to
remove the items,
The Franklin Chronicle contacted
Dr, Ramirez on April 17 for a com-
ment. Ramirez stated that he paid
$10,000 for the x-ray equipment.
The equipment, he said, was val-
ued at approximately $7,500.
Ramirez said that he noticed his
equipment missing on March 15
when the county began an inven-
tory of items at the hospital.
From April 11 to April 15, Dr.
Ramirez and Provident Medical
Corporation Representative Paul
Sandhu exchanged letters of cor-
respondence in regard to the x-
ray equipment.
According to an April 11 letter of
correspondence, Mr. Sandhu
noted that the x-ray equipment
was being stored at the Sea Oates
Clinic in Mexico Beach. "As I had
told you earlier." Sarndhu contin-
ued. "this equipment had to be
picked up by 04-1-97." He in-
formed Ramirez that he would
extend the pick-up date to April
15. "After this date," Sandhu ad-
vised, "there will be a storage fee
of $100.00 per month."
On April 14, Dr. Ramirez re-
sponded angrily to Sandhu's ini-
tial letter of correspondence. "As
you are aware," alleged Ramirez,
upon my arrival at the facility
formerly known as Emerald Coast
Hospital, equipment belonging to
me was transferred by work crews
provided under an arrangement
with your corporation."
"During your company's hasty
departure from Franklin County,"
continued Ramirez, "this equip-
ment, WITHOUT MY PERMIS-
SION, was removed from Frank-
lin County to your Sea Oates fa-
cility in St. Joe Beach, FL."
Ramirez warned that, if the prop-
erty in question was not returned
Continued on page 6


Prudential "Helping Hearts

Program" Assisted St.

Georqe Fire Volunteers


(800) 367-1680 (904) 927-2596
45 First St. East St. George Island, FL 32328


The Gaidry-Ormond house known also as Magnolia Hall, has won
the Outstanding Achievement Residential Rehabilitation Award from
the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Gaidry have been invited to Miami in mid-May
to receive the award at the Lincoln Theater. Magnolia Hall is one of
three units to receive the Outstanding Achievement in Rehabilita-
tion. The other two are the Edgewater Building (Tampa) and Shelburne
House (Miami Beach).
Magnolia Hall overlooks the Apalachicola River and has been an inte-
gral part of Apalachicola's history, The structure is owned by Anna
and Douglas Gaidry and will be included on the list of homes to be
open for the Sixth Annual Spring Tour of Historic Homes, May 3,
1997.


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The St. George Island Volunteer
Fire Department was honored
during the Tenth Anniversary cel-
ebration of First Responders on
St. George Island on Saturday,
April 12, 1997 for acquiring a por-
table cardiac defibrillator through
the Prudential program. The fire
department received $2,041 from
Prudential to cover about one-half
the cost of the defibrillation unit.
The presentation took place dur-
ing the Fire Department's celebra-
tion of the Tenth Anniversary of
the First Responder and honor-
ing Jay Abbott as founder of the
First Responders on the island.
Prudential "Helping Hearts Pro-
gram" is a matching grants ini-
tiative to help speed the acquisi-
tion of portable cardiac defibril-
lation units by volunteer rescue
squads and fire departments.
Defibrillators, which administer
jolts of electricity to "reset" the
heart's natural rhythm, have been


called one ol the most important
lifesaving inventions of the 20th
century.
The presentation was made by
Boyd Lafitte, a Prudential repre-
sentative from Tallahassee. He
said, in part, "We applaud your
selfless volunteerism and are
pleased to be able to help you ac-
quire these life-saving machines."
Each year, about 250,000 Ameri-
cans suffer sudden cardiac fail-
ure and die before reaching a hos-
pital. Studies have shown that
onsite defibrillation more than
doubles a victim's chances of
survival.
The Prudential program has also
presented matching-grants to fire
departments on Dog Island, St.
James-Lanark Village and more
recently, St. George Island.
Started in 1994, the program has
provided defibrillator grants to
emergency service squads for
three years. This year the program
was expanded nationwide.


April 18 May 1, 1997


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Page 2 18 April 1997 The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday


Franklin

Briefs

Notes from the April 14
Franklin County
Commission meeting
The board approved a request
from Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson to allow J & J Trash
Service to operate within unin-
corporated areas of the county.
County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed the board that
the annual 4-H & Tropicana
Public Speaking Contest was
scheduled for May 8 at the dis-
trict auditorium. He also stated
that the Third Annual Franklin
County Youth Health Fair was
scheduled for May 3 at the
Apalachicola Community Cen-
ter. The event will be held from
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mahan
told board members that the ex-
tension office would have a in-
formation booth at the health
fair to teach children and par-
ents about proper nutrition.
The board agreed to prohibit
individuals from skateboarding
on county property. The board
further agreed to have signs
erected indicating that such ac-
tivity has been prohibited on
county property. County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce informed the
board that representatives from
the Florida Association of Coun-
ties (FAC) advised that the
county not allow such activities
on county owned property.
Pierce said that, according to
those FAC representatives, the
county's liability risk for allow-
ing such activity was substan-
tial. "If someone is injured," said
Pierce, "the county is going to
have a hard time saying it didn't
know that the county property
was being used as a skateboard
park."
Chairperson Raymond Williams
questioned whether posting
signs to indicate that such ac-
tivity was prohibited would
solve the problem. Attorney Al
Shuler said that the county
must also enforce such rules.
"If you put up a sign and let
them keep skating," said
Shuler, "then all that does is
prove that you knew it was dan-
gerous."
Resident Warren Cadwalder
questioned board members
Where the children would be
.able to skate. "I don't know
.' what the kids are supposed to


'Point Residents
Discuss Local Law
SEnforcement

By Rene Topping

County Planner Alan Pierce and
Enhanced 911 Coordinator Pat
McWhinnie attended the Alligator
Point Taxpayers Association
meeting on April 12 to address,
the 911 program.
'However, the two also! fielded
'questions from residents about
-the role of law enforcement in
Alligator Point.
'On the 911 Program, McWhinnie
pointed out that street names and
numbers were the physical
address utilized by the program.
The address, she noted, showed
up in the 911 system when an
individual called in an emergency
situation. Similar street names,
said McWhinnie, were a problem
for the 911 program.
McWhinnie urged residents to
display their numbers as soon as
possible. For those without
numbers, she informed audience
members that number plates
could be made by the 911
program for $5. Interested
persons may fax McWhinnie at
670-4116 or call-670-8300 for
more information.
The.discussion then turned from
the 911 program to complaints by
residents about n newly elected
Sheril lBruce \Varnes.
"I. -have ,called the she-iff
numerous times," said
Association President Tom
Vanderplaats, "'and he never
returns my calls." Several
audience members said that the
sheriff had promised to provide a


Larry O'Brien

do," said Cadwalder, "they love
this sport." He also questioned
whether he would have to re-
move those skateboard ramps
from the St. George Island bas-
ketball court that Mike Roboluk
and he created. Mr. Pierce said
that leaving the ramps at the
court would leave a mixed mes-
sage to the kids.
"This risk is just too high un-
less the county is willing to su-
pervise and maintain the
[skateboarding] facility," said
Pierce, "and even then the rep-
resenitatives could not guaran-
tee that the county could main-
tain its [insurance] coverage."
He suggested that the best so-
lution would be to lease a par-
cel of county land for the least
amount of money to an indi-
vidual who would agree to es-
tablish a skateboard park at the
property.
* Sonny O'Brien with the
Calhoun County Commission
requested that the board adopt
a resolution which he presented
to the board. The resolution ad-
dressed the overflow of flat head
catfish in the Apalachicola
River. Mr. O'Brien stated that
Liberty, Gulf and Jackson
Counties had already adopted
'the resolution. He said that
Gadsden County was expected
to adopt the resolution that
evening. "That would give us all
the six counties that border the
Apalachicola River," said
O'Brien.
Mr. O'Brien said that the flat
head. catfish was introduced
into the Flint River approxi-
mately 15 years ago. He said
that the fish had migrated to the
lower end of the Apalachicola


permanently stationed deputy to
the point. Others complained that
the sheriff never attended their
meetings.
"How much would it cost to hire
a deputy," questioned Deborah
Vanderplaats.
"Are we any closer to getting
anyone to live nearer to us," asked
one resident. She complained that
the response time by the sheriffs
department to the point was often
slow.

"We had an incident down here
on New Year's Eve," another
resident complained, "a lady and
her daughter were trapped in the
bedroom with a man with a knife
threatening them." She
continued, "if I had a gun, I would
have shot him. But she waited an
hour with no help."

Bill Rutledge added, "the sheriff
promised us before he was elected
that he would put a permanent
deputy here. If he's not going to,
why doesn't he say so?"
When questioned about the
complaints Sheriff Biuce Varnes
stated that he has not been able
to find a person willing to live on
the point. "If the residents can find
a person who is certified and
willing to live on Alligator Point,"
said Varnes, "I will certainly hire
him." He continued, "I apologize
for any mis-communication, but
I answer every message I receive.
Everytime my officers patrol
Alligator Point, we are logging the
time and date."
Mr. Vanderplaats suggested that
point residents put their
complaints in writing and send
them to Sheriff Varnes. "Better
yet," one resident added, "send
them to the governor."


Port Authority Seeks

New Board Members


River. At present, he said that
the amount of flat head catfish
was in epidemic numbers.
"We're just asking the game
commission to look at the situ-
ation, study the situation," said
O'Brien, "we're certainly not
advocating eradicating any type
of game fish. We're saying that
there's a problem and we're
asking the game commission to
look into the problem."
Mr. O'Brien estimated that
some of the catfish in question
had grown to such enormous
weights as 100 pounds. O'Brien
asked, "can you imagine a hun-
dred pound catfish...that eats
his weight in a few days? Can
you imagine how many game
fish he puts away?"
The board agreed to adopt the
resolution with the contingency
that minor changes be made in
the document's language. The
board will also request that the
Freshwater Game and Fish
Commission send more infor-
mation to the county on the
matter.
SAt the request of Sheriff Bruce
Varnes, the board agreed to
approve a medical contract with
Dr. Scott Smith for medical ser-
vices to the county inmates.
Sheriff Varnes informed board
members that Dr. Photis
Nichols had decided against
being the medical provider to
the county inmates. The board
previously approved a medical
contract with Dr. Nichols.
Varnes stated that Dr. Smith
would visit the jail once per
week at the rate of $75 per visit.
Dr. Smith will meet with two or
more inmates during each visit,
said Varnes.
The board agreed to allow the.
Franklin County Sheriffs De-
partment to seek grant funding.
Sheriff Bruce Varnes stated that
department's grant writer, Ray
Clary, had already obtained two
grants worth a combined total
of $55,428. "He [Mr. Clary]
knows how to search and seek
and get grants," said Varnes. "If
I can get the money...free
money...I'm gonna take every
dime of it," he said. Commis-
sioner Bevin Putnal urged, "go
get em', Bruce."
Sheriff Varnes stated that one
of the grants awarded to the de-
partment will go towards drug
enforcement; the other grant,
he said, will provide funding for
such items as bullet proof vests
for the officers. "We're looking
into the area of a juvenile jus-
tice grant," said Varnes, "we're
gonna try to get a good youth
program going, which I think we
need."
* County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed board members that the


City Hires

New

Policeman


Buddy Shiver


by Rene Topping
After all three candidates received
an opportunity to represent them-
selves before the Carrabelle City
Commission, Eastpoint resident
Buddy Shiver was selected for the
vacant city police officer's post by
the four commissioners present at
the board's regular April 7 meet-
ing.
Prior to being selected, Shiver in-
formed the board of his qualifica-
tions "I worked 14 years for the
Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment," Shiver said, "I was fired for
political reasons."


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The board unanimously approved
a request from George Jackson,
who serves as Commissioner of
Police, to terminate the one year
probation term for Carrabelle Po-
lice.Officer Jonnathon Riley; they
further agreed to begin Riley's one
year probation term as assistant
police chief.
Jackson informed commissioners
Sand those in attendance that, if
they were to discover a water line
.break after hours or on a week-
end, they should contact an of-
ficer who will then locate Keith
Mock to take care of it.
The following police activity report
for March was presented by Com-
missioner Jackson:
Carrabelle officers worked 13 gas
skips; 1 burglary; 22 distur-
bances; 1 domestic violence ar-
rest; 15 trespass agreements; 15
alarms; 9 unlocked vehicles; 5
warrants served; 7 assisted sher-
iff; 5 answered calls for the
county; 3 criminal mischief com-
plaints; 1 dog complaint; 2 traffic
accidents; 19 traffic tickets; 7 as-
sisted EMS; 1 assisted fire depart-
ment; 3 funerals worked; Arrested
2 DUIs; 1 assisted FHP; 2 arrested
on warrants, 1 assisted FMP; 2
arrested disorderly intoxicated; 1
petty theft.


Vendor Issue

Surfaces at

Apalachicola

City Meeting


Department of Community Af-
fairs had objected to the
county's "after-the-fact" wet-
land alteration permit with the
Corps of Engineers for the fill
next to the county jail.
County Planner Alan Pierce said
that he was informed that De-
veloper Jim Sullivan planned to
sell his interest in the proposed
golf course project north of
Eastpoint. "I spoke to a consult-
ant with an engineering firm,"
informed Pierce, "and he said
that his firm has been hired by
the remaining partners to solve
the problems with the project."
The board directed Attorney Al
Shuler to meet with Assistant
State Attorney Ron Flury to ad-
dress the problem of residents
who keep hog pens at their
homes. "Without a county or-
dinance addressing nuisances
or animals," said Pierce, "the
county has to rely upon Florida
law for legal guidance to solve
these problems."
The board agreed to allocate
$5000 from the Apalachicola
Airport Committee's budget to
pay an administrative fee to
Dames and Moore, the consult-
ant to the committee, in order
to seek grant funding. The grant
funding would be used for in-
frastructure improvements in
the area with the purpose of
developing an industrial park.
'Larry Parker with Dames and
Moore said that he had spoken
to a representative from an air
cargo facility who had ex-
pressed interest in the area.
"That would not only encom-
pass cold storage facility for
the seafood industry, but also
non-perishable goods for [stores
such as] Winn Dixie and Piggly
Wiggly." Parker said that no
such storage area existed within
300 miles of Apalachicola.
Dames and Moore, said Parker,
planned to seek grant funding
for such items as sewer and
road improvements for the pro-
posed park. "We would pursue
those [grants] for you and work
with you at your discretion and
as you're advised by the Airport
Advisory Committee," Parker
stated.
*The board agreed to send a land
use change request from Bill
Minton back to the county.
planning and zoning committee.

St. George Island resident Jeff
Vonier, who previously served as
Lieutenant for the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office, also ap-
plied for the position. Vonier was
released from the department at
the start of Sheriff Varnes' term
of office.
SThe final applicant was Carrabelle
resident Lorne Whaley. Whaley
' informed the board that he had
:served 6 years in the Marines. He
recently completed the certifica-
tion course required for police of-
ficers. Whaley told board mem-
bers that, because he was young,
he would be better able than an
older officer to deal with teenag-
ers in the community, He also
pointed out,that he was the only
Carrabelle resident applying for
the position.
In other related business:


"One of the things that we need
to do is review all of the occupa-
tional licenses," said Hill, "we
need to clarify and specify those
licenses." He continued, "there is
no consistency in it. We need to
define exactly what each license.
covers.
Hill pointed out that the prices for
each type of license varied. He felt
that the license prices needed to
become aligned. "There's not a
whole lot of fairness in it," said
Hill. "In other words," he contin-
ued, "one fella might have to pay
$500 and another that I know of
pays $200 while another person
doing the same thing pays $50.
I'm not trying to go up on the
licenses, but I'm trying to get
them uniform so you'll have
consistency."
Commissioner Jack Frye said that
one way to discourage out-of-town
vending operations would be to
increase the price of the vendors'
license. "If they can't pay for the
peddlers' license," said Frye,
"they're not gonna come here."
Hill then requested that a work-
shop be held in order to discuss
vending guidelines in the city. "We
have to go by the letter of the law,"
he said. Hill continued, "we do
have an out for them to come in
and buy a license. And we cer-
tainly want to protect our local
people and our local merchants
who pay the taxes."
In Port St. Joe, Nichols said that
vendors had to first obtain per-
mission from the local merchants
in order to conduct their busi-
nesses. Commissioner Grady
Lowe noted, "I think that's the way.
it should be here." Nichols replied,
"I wish they weren't here." Lowe
added, "I realize that and I don't
particularly want them here,
either."
Ms. Nichols told commissioners
that those who conducted their
vending operations locally were
not permitted to do so in other
counties. "In Panama City," said
Nichols, "I couldn't go downtown
and spread out my clothing arid
things that I sell. They would not
allow it. They only allow it in un-
incorporated areas."
The board finally agreed to hold a
workshop to discuss future vend-
ing operations in the City of
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Residents throughout Franklin
County as well as those living in
adjoining counties are encour-
aged to apply for a seat on the
Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority (CPPA). Currently, two
seats on the board are vacant. The
position offers no compensation.
*However, would-be board mem-
,bers will have the opportunity to
participate in the development of
,Timber Island.
hose interested in joining the
:CPAA may submit their resumes
;to Mary Jane Kitamura at the
:Carrabelle City Hall. Those cho-
*sen for the two seats will serve
:until the year 2000, which is
when the terms of the seats
:expire.
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'The Port Authority consists of four.
'locally appointed members and


three members selected by the
Governor. The two positions
presently vacant are local
appointments.
When questioned about the quali-
fications needed to serve on the
Port Authority, CPAA member
James Lycett stated during the
board's April 10 meeting,
"patience...a whole lot of pa-
tience." Fellow board member
Barry Woods joked, "there's no
salary, so you get what you pay
for."
Mr. Lycett voiced confidence that
the board would be able to ap-
point two members at the next
meeting in May. "I feel confident
that we will have a quorum (next
month)," Lycett said, "short of a
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Local business owner Isabelle
Nichols brought the matter of city
vending operations to the atten-
tion of the Apalachicola City Com-
mission during a regular April 8
meeting.
Ms. Nichols informed board mem-
bers that she, as well as several
other merchants in the area, felt
that vendors had an unfair advan-
tage over the business owners.
She pointed out that vendors were
able to conduct their operations
on prime real estate throughout
the city without paying taxes.
"We would like to ask you to
please change the laws in the
city," said Nichols, "so that we
don't have people come in
and unfairly bring their vans or
whatever they come in and sell
merchandise."
Ms. Nichols informed commis-
sioners that one vendor from
Panama City sold his goods locally
and "drained" the businesses of
the local merchants. "I think it's
very unfair," she noted.
Commissioner Wallace Hill stated
that the vending issue was not
new to him. 'This isn't the first
time this has come up," said Hill,
"I've been questioned about this
by others in the public." Hill said
that the matter came under the
category of occupational licenses.








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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


Citizens Commended

Dear Sir,
A miraculous thing happened on our way to Tate's Hell recently. My
friend and I were carrying two kayaks atop our pickup truck as we
drove down Highway 65 to meet a group of others planning to paddle
20 miles through Tate's Hell to Carrabelle. Rain loosened straps on
the kayaks and one flew off our truck without us knowing it.
Discovering our loss at Sumatra we back-tracked at high speed, cer-
tain that the boat was gone forever. The first kind motorist to flag us
down told us that two truck drivers for Luberto's Company at Eastpoint
had seen our loss and recovered the kayak. Though headed north,
they would return the next day and leave the kayak in Sumatra.
We sped north hoping to catch the trucks said to be about five miles
ahead of us. Abruptly, however, a couple towing a boat trailer hailed
us. Lashed on the trailer with their canoe was our wayward kayak.
Apparently guessing that we were all boating together, the truckers
flagged them down so they could return our miraculously undam-
aged kayak.
If those Luberto Company truckers should read this or if anyone can
pass it on for us, please thank those two considerate East Point dump
truck drivers and everyone else involved in rescuing and returning.
our boat. Our miraculous good luck that they saw the accident and
responded as they did, enabled us and all our fellow boaters to go
through Hell together smiling, knowing that there are indeed honest
people everywhere who still do care about their fellow Man. Happy
kayakers Bob Burgess and Doug Bogart of Chattahoochee salute ev-
ery one of you with our deepest heartfelt appreciation.
Bob Burgess
Chattahoochee
Note: Luberto's of Eastpoint is the business involved. The drivers were
Mike Meredith (Eastpoint) and Duane Rathe (Apalachicola).


Restrictions on Commercial
Fishermen
The bill proposed by Sen. Latvala and Rep. Sally, which is SB412 and
HB693, is just more government to slow down the economy in coastal
communities that are already hard hit.
Jobs are what creates family values, quality of life, education for chil-
dren, nutrition, health to senior citizens, a good tax base for local
governments. Joblessness creates poverty, welfare programs, crime
and the deterioration of communities.,
Coastal and interior counties and local towns are struggling to stay
solvent in NW Florida and some in south Florida. We, in NW Florida,
can ill afford to lose any more jobs.
To further restrict the commercial fishing industry with more govern-
ment red tape, to please some affluent special interest groups, I think
would be using genocide on these communities.
Going beyond what Art. 10, Sec. 16 of the Florida Constitution has
already imposed, by allowing these bills to pass, would further re-
strict commercial fishermen's ability to make a living. To enact this
government "red tape" legislation would create more welfare programs,
more poverty, more crime and a heck of a lot less jobs.
What are these counties going to do? Port St. Joe paper mill shutting
down, annihilating the commercial fishing industry, imposing fines
of $2,500.00 and $5,000.00 on commercial fishers that are not going
to be able to pay these fines. Will our state goVernment release more
violent criminals into our neighborhoods to have jail space for one of
these hard working fishers to take his place? Just because he vio-
lated a rule imposed on him from a biased Marine Fisheries Commis-
sion!
Ron Crum and I have tried to sit down with state agencies to work out
these not very difficult problems to no avail. Why? This question is
not that difficult to answer, if we had a chance to be part of the deci-
sion making process on the Marine Fisheries Commission.
To allow special interest groups to come in and steal fresh Florida
fish from consumers of this state is a travesty. Enough is enough,
family budgets are shrinking in our area because of too much gov-
ernment interference!
Ray Pringle, Jr.
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April.8, 1997
The Honorable Jack Latvala
Chair, Senate Natural Resources Committee
302 Senate Office Building
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Dear Senator Latvala:
The purpose of this letter is to express the Apalachee Regional Plan-
ning Council's opposition to Senate Bill CS/SBs 412, 140, and 804,
on the grounds that: The powers granted to the Marine Fisheries
Commission (MFC) in the combined bills exceeds the authority granted
by the Florida Constitution; The combined bills establish the MFC as
an autonomous body without fair representation of all user groups
and with no accountability to the people of Florida; and The failure to
consider the impact of these combined bills on the economy of the
net ban counties in the Apalachee Region. The Apalachee Region en-
compasses Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson,
Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla Counties and their respective municipali-
ties.
The combined bills substantially increase the penalties for violating
marine fisheries laws and rules related to the net ban established by
Article X Section 16, of the Florida Constitution. The combined bills
also further define the terms "net" or "netting", definitions which are
already established in Article X, Section 16.
Paragraph (f) of Article X, Section 16, states:
It is the intent of this section that implementing legislation is
not required for enforcing any violations hereof but nothing
in this section prohibits the establishment by law or pursu-
ant to law of more restrictions on the use of nets for the pur-
pose of catching or taking any saltwater finfish, shellfish, or
other marine animals, (Emphasis Added).
While this paragraph authorizes the MFC to establish additional re-
strictions on net use, it, does not authorize the MFC to further con-
strue the definitions already set out in the constitution, nor to adopt
rules implementing the constitutional net ban. In fact, the above state-
ment.would seem to prohibit the lAtter. Litigation is ongoing to deter-
mine, what type. of nets would be deemed'consistent with Article 10,
Section,16. Granting the MFC the power to make that determination
is premature and would result in an inappropriate delegation of judi-
cial power to the MFC in violation of Article V of the Florida Constitu-
tion.
The combined bills also transfer the MFC from the Governor and
Cabinet to the Department of Environmental Protection, and autho-
rize the MFC to adopt its own rules without approval by the Governor
and Cabinet or the Department. Article X, Section 16, of the Florida
Constitution opens by stating:
The marine resources of the State of Florida belong to all of
the people of the state and should be conserved and man-
aged for the benefit of the state, its people, and future
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Since the MFC is responsible for developing rules to govern the state's
marine resources, its assignment to the Governor and Cabinet, and
the Governor and Cabinet's authority to approve MFC rules assures
the MFC's accountability to "the state, its people, and future genera-
tions. Furthermore, in creating the MFC under the Department of
Environmental Protection, the combined bills fail to ensure adequate
representation of affected users on the MFC.
Removing the MFC from the Governor and Cabinet's oversight, and
granting it powers related to the net ban greater than those already
granted by the Florida Constitution could devastate the commercial
fishing industry in a region of the state that relies heavily on this
industry for its livelihood. The constitutional limitation on the use of
nets, which became effective in 1995, has had a profound effect on
the state's commercial fishing industry. The greatest impact has been
to the mullet fishery. In fact, since the onset of the net ban, the price
of mullet has risen from 79 cents per pound to as high as $3.50 per
pound. Mullet has typically been an economically priced seafood avail-
able to those of a lower income bracket. In fact, eighty percent of this
seafood is purchased with food stamps.
The Apalachee Region has a low per capital income relative to the
state average, the percentage of households with incomes below the
poverty level are higher in each of the Region's counties than the
state average, and transfer payments including food stamps to the
Region's counties with the exception of Leon, also exceed the state
average. Going beyond the requirements already imposed by Article
X, Section 16, of the Florida Constitution, will further compromise
the Region's already fragile economy, particularly in the coastal com-
munities. Further restricting the commercial fishing industry could
potentially create more welfare, more joblessness, and more poverty
to areas and counties in the Region that can not handle these costs.
Based on the information provided above, the members of the
Apalachee Regional Planning Council urge you to reconsider the over-
extension of powers granted to the MFC in CS/SBs 412, 140, and
804, and encourage the MFC to work with the commercial fishing
industry to resolve their mutual concerns. For instance, the com-
mercial fishing industry recognizes the importance of minimizing
unnecessary killing, overfishing, and waste of marine resources. They
are working diligently to develop nets with a mesh size of the targeted
species which would satisfy the MFC's rules without killing juvenile
stocks of finfish. Cooperative solutions such as this should be pur-
sued to resolve issues and concerns related to Article X, Section 16.
Sincerely,
Manny Joanos
Chairman
MJ/sc
"cc: Governor Lawton Chiles
The Honorable Pat Thomas
The Honorable Charles Williams
The .Honorable Janegale Boyd
The Honorable Alfred Lawson, Jr.
The Honorable Majorie Turnbull
The Honorable James Westbrook
Members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee
Members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee
Members of the House Water and Resource Management
Committee
Members of the House Crime and Punishment Committee
Ronald Fred Crum
Raymond Pringle

Resort Village, continued from page 1
turned to the Planning Otfice and to his question.
reconsidered as a 58 acre project,
not 14.6 acres. "This ought to go At the close of the hearing,
back, get corrected before you Mosconis moved to adjourn the
send it up to the Dept. of Com- hearing and reconvene it on May
munity Affairs (DCA)" he con- 6th, after having advertised the
cluded. Finally Guy Marsh, from "correct language", and certifying
the Plantation on St. George Is- that the County Commissioners
land, shouted, "I think you owe it would also be sitting as the Local
to the citizens(to) tell us what's Planning Agency. With an amend-
going to happen with .60 acres ment to start the May 6th meet-
that sits next door to me. I think ing at 5:05 p.m., the motion was
you also need to explain what in unanimously approved and
the hell Resort Village mixed use the meeting adjourned about
means." There was no response 3:15 p.m.


Third Annual Teen

Health Fair

Several Franklin County agencies are currently planning the Third
Annual Teen Health Fair at the Apalachicola Community Center on
May 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free food will be donated by local'
businesses, and door prizes include a brand new bicycle. All types of
health information will be available for local youth. Many booths and
presentations are scheduled throughout the day. WOYS will be doing
a live feed from the Community Center, and music and entertain-
ment are also scheduled for the lunch time and afternoon intermis-
sion. Franklin County Schools has made a bus available, which will
transport Carrabelle and Eastpoint youth to and from the Commu-
nity Center. Any parents or teenagers with questions can call Cathy
Mane at the Health Department at 653-2111; Carrabelle WINGS Co-
ordinator Donna Messer at 697-2366; Apalachicola WINGS Coordi-
nator Nikita Williams at 653-2784; or Eastpoint WINGS Coordinator
Jennifer Millender at 670-8151.

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Second Circuit

Felony Court

The Honorable Judge William Gary
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury
Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger
April 14, 1997

ARRAIGNMENTS
Charles Brown: Charged with one county of Aggravated Battery Ag-
gravated Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting Arrest Without Violence, Driv-
ing with a Suspended License, Willful and Wanton Reckless Driving
and Resisting Arrest With Violence, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty
to the offenses. Judge Gary continued the case for case management
on May 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Apalachicola Police Officer
-James Wilburn reported that he was dispatched to the residence of
Natasha Stallworth on February 21 with information that the defen-
dant had alleged threatened the life of Ms. Stallworth and was stalk-
ing her.
Wilburn reported that he observed the defendant driving a brown
Buick on 12th Street. He further stated that he followed the defen-
dant for approximately 1.3 miles through dirt roads between 12th
Street and 23rd Avenue. While in pursuit; Wilburn noted that the
'defendant nearly collided with another vehicle when he failed to stop
at intersections on 19th Street and Avenue L as well as 12th Street
and Avenue L.
According to the report, the defendant left his car in an alley between
11th and 12th Street and began to flee. Office Wilburn noted that he
commanded, "Stop, Charles Brown, you are under arrest. Stop, stdp,
stop!" Wilburn alleged that the defendarit fled towards his mother's
home on 12th Street and Avenue K. He noted that he eventually lost
sight of the defendant.
According to another probable cause report, Apalachicola Police Of-
ficers Wilburn and James along with Sgt. Shiver received informa-
tion that the defendant was at the residence on Natasha Stallworth
on March 4. The officers allegedly visited the noted residence and
discovered the defendant at the home. As the officers informed the
defendant that he was under arrest, he allegedly attempted to kick
and hit the officers. According to the report, Officer James finally
subdued the defendant with pepper spray.
William Coatney: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with
a Deadly Weapon, the. defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser
offense of Assault. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
sentenced him to six months of probation. As a condition of proba-
tion, the defendant will be required to forfeit the firearm and knife
that was seized from him by the Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment. He will also be prohibited from entering either bars or lounges.
Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $155 for court costs.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant approached a
law enforcement officer on March 21 at the Two Spot Lounge in
Apalachicola with a complaint that a black male had stolen his gun.
Witness David Cummings then allegedly approached the officer and
informed him that the defendant had threatened him with the weapon.
He informed the officer that.he took the gun from the defendant and
hid it under a log. According the to report, the defendant then ap-
proached the defendant, threatened him with a knife and said, "I'11
cut your mother-fu**ing throat, you nig*er mother-fu**er." The de-
fendant was allegedly then placed under arrest. The two weapons
were confiscated.
Michael Coman: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on May 12. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly
stabbed Justin Wilson with a broken beer bottle on March 1 behind
Finni's Lounge on St. George Island. According to the report, the de-
fendant came from behind and stabbed Wilson while he was fighting
with someone. Wilson was allegedly stabbed in the face and leg.
Donna Coward: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Check,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on May 12. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant forged a $50
check at the L & J Flea Market in Carrabelle. The defendant allegedly
stole a checkbook belonging to her father, Earl H. Evans. According
to the report, Mr. Evans informed officers that he had checks "com-
ing in from everywhere." However, he refused to file charges against
the defendant.
Sylvia Geter: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon, the defendant was transported to the local jail prior
to her court date. Judge Gary continued the case for an arraignment
on May 12.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant attacked
Shanina Reynolds on February 26 in the parking lot of the Cove Apart-
ments in Carrabelle. Ms. Reynolds was allegedly arguing with the
defendant while she sat in her car. When Reynolds reportedly stuck
her hand in the car, the defendant allegedly grabbed her hand, accel-
erated her vehicle and dragged Reynolds across the parking lot until
she hit a curb in the apartment complex. The defendant then alleg-
edly left the scene.
Donna Glass: Charged with four counts of Uttering a Check Over
$149, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on May 12. The defendant
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Correction

The Franklin Chronicle incor-
rectly reported that Michael
Forrest Shuler was charged with
the offense of Attempted Sexual
Battery in the previous issue. Mr.
Shuler was charged with Aggra-
vated Assault and pleaded to
Battery.


Linda Goggins: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser of-
fense of Battery. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
sentenced her to 50 days in the Franklin County Jail with credit for
39 days for time served. In addition, Gary sentenced the defendant to
one year of county probation. As a condition of probation, the defen-
dant will be required to complete 25 hours of community service; she
must also complete the Providing Alternatives to Violence through
Education (PAVE) Program. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant
to pay $155 for court costs. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly struck
Ms. Mary Ruth Hayes in the head with a stick on April 24, 1996.
Witness Dolly Smith reported that, while at a gathering in Millender's
Trailer Park in Eastpoint, the defendant became angry when Hayes
refused to leave the area. The defendant allegedly then attacked Hayes
with a three foot long wooden stick. Ms. Hayes was later transported
to Emerald Coast Hospital and received stitches across her forehead.
Francisco Harley: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance, Petit Theft and two counts of Trafficking in a Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser
offense Possession of Less Than 20 Grams of Controlled Substance.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him time
served. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $155 for court
costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was stopped
after allegedly failing to pay for ten dollars worth of gasoline at the
Suwannee Swifty store in Eastpoint. Major Mike Mock, Lt. Leonard
Martin and Deputy Kit Mashburn stopped the vehicle just east of
Highway 65 on Highway 98. They arrested the defendant and pas-
senger, George Livingston Queeley, for Petit Theft. According to the
report, the two defendants claimed that the store's clerk didn't say
anything when they obtained the fuel, so they felt that-they didn't
need to pay. The officers also allegedly detected the smell of cannabis
in the vehicle. Two burnt marijuana cigarettes were later discovered
inside of the door on the passenger's side. .
John Hickey: Charged with one count of Battery of a Law Enforce-
ment Officer, Driving while Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving
without a Valid Driver's License, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the offenses. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
May 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Apalachicola Police Officers
Jack'Osburn and Jim Wilburn stopped the defendant after receiving
complaints that he had run several individuals off the road. Accord-
ing to the report, the defendant smelled of alcohol. When the officers
attempted to arrest the defendant, he allegedly turned to Osburn and
stated, "don't pull on my hand, you pussy boy." The defendant then
allegedly spat in the face of Officer Osburn. In response, Osburn re-
ported that he "side-stepped" the defendant.
Rodney Houston: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with
a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery and Third Degree Criminal
Mischief, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on May 12. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly
smashed the front passenger side window of a vehicle driven Bobby
and Zondra Thompson with a board while they were on 8th Street
and Avenue K in Apalachicola on August 25, 1996. After contacting
the authorities, Apalachicola Police Officer 'Arnold Tolliver went to
the scene of the incident and found the defendant standing around.
The defendant allegedly ran into the woods when he observed Officer
Tolliver. Mr. Thompson received cuts from the incident and was later
taken to Emerald Coast Hospital for treatment..
According to another probable cause report, the defendant allegedly
hit Apalachicola resident Connie Richards over the head with an ash
tray on July 4, 1996. Ms. Richards received burns to her head due to
the incident.. The defendant allegedly admitted to hitting Richards;
however, he claimed the action was in self-defense. He said that
Richards had attempted to shoot and stab him.
Tyrone Johnson: Charged with one count of Battery, two counts of
Criminal Mischief & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and three
counts of Resisting Arrest With Violence, the defendant pleaded Not
Guilty to the offenses. Judge Gary continued the case for case man-
agement 'on May 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly struck
a juvenile 10-12 times in the face on January 12 while in front of the
6th Street Recreation Center in Apalachicola. Officer Jim Wilburn
then allegedly informed the mother of the juvenile, O'Shelia Harris.
Wilburn noted that the mother became irate about the incident when
informed and went to "kill Tyrone's ass." While detained, Officer Earl
Whitfield and Deputy Segree reported that Ms. Harris punched the
defendant in the face.
According to the report, the defendant resisted arrest by kicking,
punching and throwing his body at the officers. The defendant alleg-
edly fell to the ground and refused to be placed in the patrol car.
As officers attempted to arrest the defendant, a crowd of approxi-
mately 75 individuals gathered about the officers. Officer Wilburn
was struck inrthe head with a full 40 ounce beer bottle. Officer Whitfield
was struck on the head and back with an unknown object. The ser-
vice pistol of Deputy Segree was taken by one of the members in the
crowd. Segree was also hit in the head with a whiskey bottle. Nearby,
somebody was allegedly firing a gun. Segree eventually obtained a
shotgun and warned the crowd to move back.
While in the vehicle, the defendant allegedly kicked and shattered
both of the, rear windows. Both doors were allegedly also bent as a
result of the defendant kicking them. The damage was estimated at
$1000. Officer Wilburn and Deputy Segree were later treated at Em-
erald Coast Hospital for their injuries.
George Queeley: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance and two counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Sub-
stance, the defendant pleaded No Contest the lesser offense of Pos-
session of More Than 20 Grams of a Controlled Substance. Judge
Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to time
served. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $155 for court
costs. The defendant was represented by Attorney Douglass Gaidry.
Ottis Russell: Charged with orie count of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon and Battery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
offense. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on May
12. The defendant was represented Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.

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According to the probable cause report, Deputies Larry Litton & Spence
Massey and Sgt Michael Eller were dispatched to the residence of
Sonja Murray in response to a domestic dispute. According to the
report, Ms. Murray had reportedly been struck in the face and was
bitten on the arm by the defendant. However, the defendant was not
present at the Murray residence when officers arrived. Ms. Murray
alleged that, when the defendant swung a knife at her, he also struck
her water bed.
Antonio Sanders: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled
Substance and five counts of Sale-of Cocaine, the defendant pleaded
Not Guilty. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
June 9. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly sold
$20 worth of crack cocaine to a confidential informant on November
20, 1996. The controlled buy was allegedly video taped on Avenue K
and 9th Street in Apalachicola.
Jimmy Lee Short: Charged with one count of Possession of Can-
nabis with Intent to Sell, Possession of More Than Twenty Grams of a
Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the de-
fendant pleaded No Contest to the offenses. Judge Gary adjudicated
the defendant Guilty on all counts and sentenced him to five months
in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 38 days of-time serves.
Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to five years of probation.
As a condition of probation, the defendant will be required to forfeit
all firearms and refrain from consuming alcohol or any controlled
substance. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, members of the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department allegedly served a search warrant to the
defendant on March 7 at his residence located on "School House Road"
in Eastpoint. Officers discovered six pounds of cannibis, parapher-
nalia (rolling papers and a weight scale), a 25 caliber semi-automatic
handgun and a 12 gauge shotgun during the search.

PRETRIAL
Chris Blanchard:.Charged with one count of Leaving the Scene of an
Accident Involving' Personal Injury, no information was filed on the
case. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant struck his ex-
wife with his vehicle on February 16 while she was crossing Avenue
D. The defendant then allegedly fled the scene of the accident. Ac-
cording to the report, the victim received injuries to her head and was
later taken to Panama City to receive medical care.
Vickie Ann Carnes: Charged with one count of Resisting Arrest With
Violence, First Degree Arson, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon
and two counts of Uttering a Forged Check, the defendant pleaded No
Contest to the Resisting Arrest With Violence and two counts of Ut-
tering a Forged Check. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and sentenced her to 11 months in the Franklin County Jail with
credit for 115 days of time served. Judge Gary also sentenced the
defendant to five years of probation and ordered her to pay $255 for
court costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Ross Edwards: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling and
Sale of a Controlled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
May 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Howard Enfinger: Charged with one count of Burglary of an Unoccu-
pied Structure and two counts of Burglary of a Dwelling, the defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Gary continued the
case or trial on May 15. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Barbara Sanders.
Norman Freeman: Charged with one count of Possession of Crack
Cocaine, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser offense of
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Judge Gary adjudicated the de-
fendant Guilty and sentenced him to one year of county probation.
Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $155 for court costs. The
defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Warren Hayward, In: Charged with one count of Battery, the defen-
dant failed to appear for his court appointment. Judge Gary issued a
capias for the defendant's arrest for failure to appear.
Crystal Keith: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, Resisting
Arrest Without Violence, Burglary of a Dwelling and five counts of
Dealing in Stolen Property, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
offenses. Judge Gary continued the case for case management on
May 12. The defendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant sold items be-
longing to Ralph Baker to business owner Mary Giles of Traders An-
tiques on three separate occasions. Ms. Giles allegedly informed
Carrabelle Police Officer Jonathan Riley and Deputy Carl Whaley that
she gave the defendant a total of $235 for the items. She later identi-
fled the defendant as the person who sold her the goods in a photo
line-up.
According to another probable cause report, resident Fred Lively in-
formed Deputy Mike Eller and Carrabelle Police Chief Jessie Gordon
Smith that the defendant stole his billfold containing $20 and an
additional $22 from his pants on February 11.
Mr. Lively reported that his son and daughter allegedly witnessed the
defendant enter his home without permission on February 11. Lively
reported that, when he awoke, he was missing his billfold. He further
reported that he was missing $12 from the left front pocket and $10
from the right front pocket of his pants. Both witnesses in the case
identified the defendant as the person who entered their home in a
photo line-up.
William Nowling: Charged with one count of Lewd, Lascivious or
Indecent Assault on a Child Under 16 Years of Age, the defendant
pleaded No Contest to the lesser offense of Attempted Lewd, Lascivi-
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months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 84 days of time
served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to 4 years of proba-
tion and ordered him to pay $255 for court costs. As a condition of
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sexual offenders. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Philip Page: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Gary continued the case for case management on May 12.
Patrick Pearson: Charged with one count of First Degree Arson and
Cruelty to Animals, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges.
Judge Gary continued the case for trial on May 15. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
David Pool: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser of-
fense of Battery. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
sentenced him to nine months in the Franklin County Jail with credit
for 62 days of time served. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant
to one year of community control followed by two years of probation.
Gary further ordered the defendant to pay $155 for court costs. The
defendant was represented by
Fred Reynolds: Charged with one count of Dealing in Stolen Prop-.
erty, the defendant failed to appear for his court appointment. Judge
Gary issued a capias for the defendant's arrest for failure to appear.
Jeff Savage: Charged with one count of Committing a Sexual Act
with a Child Under 16 Years of Age, the defendant pleaded No Con-
test to the offense. Judge Gary postponed sentencing on the offense
to May 12. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Randall Sounders: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on May 12. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
According to the probable cause report, bookkeepers at the Carrabelle
IGA detected $10,000 missing from the office on January 26. Senior
bookkeeper Sonja Buffkiin informed officers that the money in ques-
tion was left in the office on January 25. Ms. Buffkin reported that
the money that was taken was in large denominations. Bookkeeper
Michele Golden, who discovered the missing money, reported that
someone had tampered with the store's financial records.
Lt. J.C. Turner and Deputy Michael Eller initiated the investigation
of the case. The noted that those with access to the money in ques-
tion included: Manager John Hall, Assistant Manager Randall Souders,
Senior Bookkeeper Sonja Buffkin and Bookkeepers Michele Golden
and Cheree Walden. "Interviews were conducted and the investiga-
tion led to Souders becoming the prime suspect," the report noted.
Investigators reported that the defendant was the senior employee in
charge of closing the store on the night that the money was allegedly
stolen. The investigators further determined that the store's office
did not show signs of a forced entry; due to this observation, officers
felt that the theft was conducted by someone with access to the of-
fice. It was further found that two alleged thefts of large cash sums
occurred during the defendant's short tenure of nearly three months.
Officers learned that $5000 was taken from the store during the
defendant's closing shift in late December of 1996.
The defendant was administered a polygraph test on February 3 by
Special Agent Tim Robinson with the Florida Department of Law En-
forcement. Following the test, Mr. Robinson concluded that the de-
fendant was deceptive in his answers and failed the examination. I
The defendant informed Special Agent Robinson that he didn't have
any money and needed the help of his mother for financial support.
The defendant acknowledged that he closed the IGA on January 25.
He was not scheduled to work the next two days. On January 28, the
defendant allegedly requested to leave work in order to have his car
repaired. He allegedly did not return to work and latter informed the
store that he had quit. The defendant allegedly informed Robinson
that he quit because the store took his office keys and reduced his ,
authority.
Deputy Peggy Marsh from Leon County later contacted Lt. Turner to
question whether a recent theft from the IGA had been reported.
Deputy Marsh informed Turner that the defendant was seen at
/ Whataburger on Lake Bradford Road with a large amount of money.
According to Marsh, the defendant was a former employee of the fast
food restaurant. According to one employee at the restaurant, the
defendant requested that a $100 bill broken into a smaller denomi-
nation of money.
Sgt Eller also conducted an interview with the defendant's mother;
- she informed Eller that her son had not received any inheritance nor
had he cashed in an insurance policy. Further, she informed Eller
that she had not given her son a substantial amount of money re-
cently. She concluded that her son should not have a large amount of
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Tammy Kay Stanley: Charged with one count of Grand Theft and
Burglary of a Structure, the defendant pleaded to the offense of Grand
Theft. Judge Gary withheld adjudication and sentenced the defen-
dant to 18 months of probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defen-
dant to pay $1900 in restitution to the American Legion Hall. As a
condition of the plea bargain agreement, the defendant will testify
against Bill Miller, IV. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Barbara Sanders.
Bill Miller, IV: Charged with Burglary of a Structure and Third De-
gree Grand Theft, the defendant failed to receive notice of the court
date. Judge Gary continued the case for trial on May 15. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Robert Thompson, Jr.: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the de-
fendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Gary continued the
case for case management on May 12. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Walker: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling,
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser offense of Trespassing
on an Occupied .Structure. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant
Guilty and sentenced him to one year of county probation. Judge
Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $155 for court costs. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Wendall Weaver: Charged with one count of Possession of Crack Co-
caine, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge Gary
Sadjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to two years of
probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for
court costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.


M o o re

Resig ns

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thority (CPAA) member Bruce
Moore submitted his letter of res-
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31. Mr. Moore was appointed to
the CPAA in 1986. "After many
years with the Port Authority,"
noted Moore in his letter of resig-
nation, "I feel that we are not
making progress." Mr. Moore's
resignation followed that of Chair-
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board's monthly meeting in
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After many months of meetings
and workshops, meetings and the
City of Carrabelle and MultiVision
have a contract. Each side gave
something and each side received'
something. Susan Blair was
present to represent MultiVision.
The city granted the cable com-
pany a franchise with a provision
that some changes would be made
before the city would sign. The
commissioners wanted to insure
that the residents got good ser-
vice; they asked for and received
a proriise of 24 hour a day
manned telephone service; the
cable company would establish a
local place for residents to pay
more conveniently. The city will
also receive the proper amount of
franchise fee promised.
Blair told the commissioners that
she had had a survey made in-
volving 327 of the 599 customers
on the service. Of these, she said
that the majority were in favor of
ESPN2 and Nickelodeon. They
agreed to offer those new stations.
A small contingent of the audience
led by Keith Mock protested that
they wanted the Sunshine Net-
work.
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Resident Leon O'Neal presented
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Commission with a petition
signed by ten individuals in op-
position to a junkyard located at
the corner of 12th Street and Av-
enue L during a regular April 8
meeting.
Mr. O'Neal informed board mem-
bers that he resided near the
junkyard and needed relief from
all the congestion generated by
the noted site. "I've lived there 15
years," said O'Neal, "and I'm not
gonna let him come in with a
junkyard."
O'Neal told the board that every-
one in the neighborhood was
against the junkyard. However,
he said that many of his neigh-
bors did not want to sign the pe-,
tition. "So what I'm doing," said
O'Neal, "is that I'm speaking for
'everybody."
Commissioner Hill said that the
city had an ordinance to prohibit
such noted sites. However; he said
that the city did not have a code
enforcement officer. Commis-
sioner Jack Frye suggested that
the board act a code enforcer.
"We have the elements in place,"
said Hill, "we can start rolling on
those that are in violation. He
stated that junkyards were pro-
hibited in areas zoned R-1 and R-
4. "Some of these are in our his-
toric district," he continued, "and
we have a lot of pressure put on
us to maintain it. This is a main
tourist attraction...We are now to
the level where we can act on it
and do something about."
Attorney Patrick Floyd said that
the board needed to instruct the
police chief to present those resi-
dents with unauthorized
junkyards with citations. The
board then directed Chief Warren
Faircloth to hand such citations
for such violations.
Commissioner Hill said that, if
more details needed to be added
to the ordinance to provide it with
more "teeth," the board could do
so during a workshop.
Mr. O'Neal also requested that the
board confront the litter problem
in the city. He said that residents
were discarding appliances and
other waste on the streets and in
the alleys. "It's sad to say," he
stated, "but the hill is really go-
ing down."
"It's sad that Apalachicola is look-
ing like this," said Commissioner
Jack Frye, "and we try get this
some of this stuff up on Amnesty
Day, but people continuously
throw it out there like we're obli-
gated or the trash company is
obligated to get it. If you go over
to Gulf County, now they'll fine
your butt. Now that's a clean
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City Clerk Betty Taylor Webb in-
formed board members that the
next Amnesty L.r,, was on April
21-26,
In other city business:
*Resident Jimmie Nichols com-
plained that the sidewalk located
by the Candy Kitchen was still
overcrowded with t rhfbae. "That
mess is still down t err rsrnd the
man's (owner Chuck Spicer) tak-
ing up the sidewalk," said Nichols,
"I can't even walk around that
block."
Mayor Bobby Howell noted, "walk
straight down that street and
there's somebody else taking up
that sidewalk."
*Apalachicola Times Manager
John Lee requested that the board
address several issues concern-
ing the will of former resident
Margaret Key.
Mr. Lee alleged that Clark Holmes
had discouraged individuals from
making valid offers on the Key
estate. "Mr. Holmes is in control
of it and he won't even accept their
offer or talk to them about the
land," said Lee. He further alleged
that some of the estate's property
has dissipated or had been unac-
counted or due to errors in "load-
ing or transferring or moving
or...going from one auction house
to another."
Mr. Lee said that, when Ms. Key
signed her will, there was discus-
sion that she was no longer physi-
cally or mentally able to take care
of herself. "If that's true," Lee said,
"the City ofApalachicola gets none
of her estate. If you want to cross
that bridge, that's something you
might want to cross."
Mayor Bobby Howell said that the
will would be decided in court and
not at the city commission. "But
the will tells you what you're en-
titled to," shid Lee. Howell re-
sponded, "no, the court tells you
what you're entitled to. It's the
court's decision. We don't get in-
volved until after the court and
administrator gets involved in it.
The will plainly states that it will
be sold in a public auction. It does
not say you will accept bids. If
there are any problems in it, I
think you should address it at the
court...your argument is with the
court and not with us."
Howell said that, if Mr. Holmes
violated his trust, there were
ample laws in the State of Florida
to address the matter. Lee re-
turned, "that's only if someone
pursues it." Howell replied, "he
hasn't done anything. And that's
up to the court at this time."
Mr. Lee offered to meet with At-
torney Patrick Floyd and provide
details concerning issues sur-
rounding the handling of the Key
estate. "It's not being handled the
way the will was written," he al-
leged. Board members agreed that
they had no problem with having
their attorney meet with Mr. Lee.
Resident Alex Moody told board
members that Clark Holmes
should be given an opportunity to
defend himself against Mr. Lee's
allegations. "His reputation is be-
ing jeopardized," said Moody, "he
should be given an opportunity to
answer to the commissioners
about his side of the story. I think
you're only listening to one side
of one complaint."
Mr. Lee also urged board mem-
bers to take steps to protect the
estate of Ms. Key. He said that Ms.
Key's, car had been sitting in the
estate's lot for one year without
proper maintenance. Lee told
board members that they should
seek to maximize the return of
their inheritance.


Bridal Shower

A Bridal Shower will be held for
Ron Crum, Jr. and Allison Sand-
ers on April 27, 1997. Place: The
Eastpoint Church of God Fellow-
ship Hall at 3:00 p.m. A shower
will be held in Carrabelle on a
later date.


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Island First Responders Gather to

Celebrate 10th Anniversary and to

Honor Founder Jay Abbott









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Judy Little (right) presents Jay Abbott a cash gift from St.
George Island citizens and businesses in recognition of his
founding the First Responder program within the volunteer
fire department. This program was among the first
throughout the county over the last ten years, with 20
volunteers trained to render emergency medical aid on the
island today.
Ten years ago this month (April
1997) emergency medical care in Six or seven years ago. a 911 sys-
Franklin County and St. George tem was installed in Franklin
Island was just beginning. In County, with -emergency calls go-
emergencies,. the realities of ru- ing to the Sheriffs office first, then
ral life become stark, especially if wireless pages are transmitted to
you found yourself experiencing First Responders directly, as well
you found yourself experiencing asthe respective fire depart-
the symptoms of a cardiac arrest, as the respective fire depart-the
or you were a victim in an auto Chili Cookoff, MSBU money (Mu-
accident nd happen to be miles Chili Cookoff, MSBU money (Mu-
from a doctor or hospital. nicipal Service Benefit Units) and
Apalachicola, Carrabelle and St. the fire department's own
George Island had organized vol- fundraising activities, modern
unteer fire departments but even radio and ancillary medical equip-
unteer fdid not have the important ment was purchased. The bottom
theyrvices of First have the important line was that rescue times were
services of First Responders. nnti hlv imnrnved.


First Responders were established
in the county and on St. George
Island 10 years ago by Jay Abbott,
a newcomer. Abbott urged the St.
George Island Volunteer Fire De-
partment to adopt a First Re-
sponder Program designed to use
trained volunteers who, as first on
the scene of a fire or accident,
gave medical aid to the victims
while the fire fighters would per-
form their job. His ideas were slow
to be accepted, even as he put
himself "on duty" 24 hours daily,
seven days a week. He had some
help in the beginning, but Charles
Dufrene left after three months.
For the next 18 months Jay an-
swered calls by telephone or spe-
cial messenger and responded to
them quickly despite sandy roads,
no house numbers or street signs
to locate the sites where emer-
gency medical care could be given.
Gradually, his fire fighting col-
leagues noticed that the rising
number of calls for emergency
medical problems were not always
connected with fires. W. K. Sand-
ers, longtime friend and fire
fighter on St. George Island, said
"We felt sorry for him, for all this
work without any help. So, he
convinced us to sign up for train-
ing." Over ten years and thou-
sands of calls, includingmany
lives saved, every fire department
in Franklin County established a
First Responder unit.
Jay recalled the early times. "Back
then, 10 years ago, I had a bud-
fet of $25 per month which paid
ormy fuel costs. Now, the bud-
get is about $130,000 yearly.
Then, I had my Harley-Davidson
cycle to get me around. Now, our
First Responder unit on St.
George has two specially equipped
vehicles. One cost about
$75,000." Throughout Franklin
County, there are now seven or-
ganized fire districts. All have
First Responder units.


Jay reminisced. "We're not per-
fect. We're a volunteer group that
is highly trained in its field. You're
nervous on every call. I've never
outgrown that...the butterflies.
Sometimes you don't know what
you're getting into until you ar-
rive on site. Gunshots, bottle cuts,
fights, domestic disturbances..."
Now, there are two First Respond-
ers on duty 24 hours daily, seven
days a week on St. George.Island.
No one gets paid.
There are some rewards, Jay re-
called. "It's just helping people.
You get that satisfaction out ofit."
W. K. Sanders, another veteran in
emergency medical work put it
this way. "(First Responders) give
us, the island community, some
self-sufficiency."
Jay added: "Even with all the new
hardware we have available, the
First Responder program would
not work without the very high
degree of cooperation among the
Sheriffs department, dispatchers,
Weems Hospital, and the EMS
unit."
How could a family be prepared
for emergency medical care? W.
K. said, "If you do have a medical
condition, have your medicine
available. Know your physician,
phone numbers, addresses." Even
if you do not volunteer for First
Responder community service,
having emergency medical train-
ing can be useful for you or your
family should emergencies occur
and you find yourself miles from
medical aid. A barrier island is
one such place where this train-
ing can be put to use, when
needed. W. K. reminded us, "Re-
member, that the bridge connect-
ing St. George to the mainland
can be very tenuous connection,
ambulances from the area hospi-
tal may be occupied. Traffic may
be too heavy for a high speed run.
In a remote area, you should be
as well trained as possible."


On St. George, "seasonal volun-
teers" provide more First Re-
sponders to spread around "the
duty" especially during the win-
ter months.
Marilyn Walker has taught First
Responders since the early 1990s.
She said, "The first course has
expanded now. There are new
technologies to learn such as the
semi-automatic external
defibrillators. There are now seven
of these in the county; two on St.
George Island." Throughout the
county, emergency medical ser-
vices amount to about 3,000 calls
from all of the units, per year.
Marilyn concluded, "Every call a
First Responder goes on is a life
saved." There is a hierarchy of
medical skill and authority, begin-
ning with the First Responder.
Then, the EMS (emergency medi-
cal services), include the EMTs
(Emergency Medical Technicians),
who are usually ambulance-
based. Finally, paramedics have
training and authority to admin-
ister IVs (intravenous transfu-
sions) and administer drugs, re-
ceiving their liaison and supervi-
sion by communication with a
physician or a hospital. All First
Responders and other personnel
must recertify themselves every
two years. The training includes
60 hours including work with the
defibrillator and follow-up certifi-
cation every two months on that
device. There are state written
exams, too. Marilyn concluded, "I.
feel all of the applause and recog-
nition should go to the people who
are out there, 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, getting' their
butts out of bed no matter what..."
Saturday's celebration involved
awards for service, recognition of
the First Responder group, and
Jay Abbott as Founder in particu-
lar. Harry Arnold and others took
their turns "at the mike", being
host and telling some "out-of-
school stories" about Jay. Some-
one raided his photo collection
and put into Harry's hands some
pictures of the "earlier cdys" go-
ing back to the time Jay had short
hair, no beard, and dressed in
suits. Bobby Watt described his
first meeting with Jay on the is-
land. "I finished the first set of
playing at Harry A's when I told
Mike Cates that I was having
some discomfort in my chest and
arms. Mike called the First Re-
sponders and in walked Jay. I said
"Oh my, Thank God, I got me a
hippie. Jay had a long beard down
to his belly-button and his hair
went down his back. He said to
me, "Don't thank God just yet. I'm
trained only in drownings and
shark bites." Abbott proceeded to
give Mr. Watts oxygen and medi-
cal, and got him on the life-flight
to Tallahassee Regional Medical
Center. Bobby said, "That trip.
saved my life. And, so did Jay."
Watt was present Saturday to tell


Stefanko Honored
at Retirement
Party

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W.K. Sanders, now a 20 year
veteran of the St. George
Island Volunteer Fire
Department.

his story. At the end of the pro-
gram, Judy Little presented Jay
with a cash gift gathered from St.
George Island citizens and busi-
ness persons, and a long list of
gifts including an erotic shampoo
and style from Connie's THE CUT.
There were a lot of laughs
throughout the evening, and some
tears as well-some from Jay.
These were small but important
signs of a grateful community for
long service by Jay, and all of the
volunteers serving in the Fire De-
partment and First Responder
program. Rachel Abbott, Jay's
mother, was also present to wit-
ness the love feast.
Also recognized during the
evening was the "chef', Dominic
Barogona, known widely for his
chili, barbecue chicken and ribs.
Others included Bobby James,
Mike Cates, Claire Sanders,
Jackie Abbott, and Rick Harlan.





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Bobby Watt, guitarist and
singer, who was among the
first to be treated by Jay
Abbott when the First
Responder program began
10 years ago.


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Senior Center Honors Evelyn Pope


Carrabelle resident Evelyn Pope center and community at large.
was honored on April 11 for her She assists with all of the
years of service to the Franklin fundraisers sponsored by the se-
County Senior Citizens Center in nior center. During the Yuletide
Carrabelle. Ms. Pope, who has season, Ms. Pope also participates
worked 20 years as a Green with the Yaupon Garden Club
Thumb worker, was awarded a sponsored Christmas Bizarre.
plaque from the Franklin County eoal
Senior Citizens Council. Asked about the most enjoyable


"I do a little bit of everything here,"
said Pope, who began filing pa-
perwork for the senior center 20
years ago. Since that time, Ms.
Pope has done a little bit of every-
thing. She works as a reception-
ist, organizes the time sheets for
all of the Green Thumb workers
and participates with the com-
modities section of the Commu-
nity Action Program.
Ms. Pope also puts in her share
of volunteer service to the senior


part of ner worK, rope responaeu,
"I just like working with the
people."
"She's a very valuable part of our
organization," noted Acting Senior
Director Helen Schmidt. She con-
tinued, "she's been here for a long
time and she knows everybody in
the area. She's been a real asset
to us."
Before her service to the senior
center, Ms. Pope worked at
Carrabelle High School for 16
years with the lunch program.


The Franklin County Chapter of Literacy Volunteers of America will
be sponsoring an Ocean Opry'Show featuring the Rader Family on
April 25 at the Apalachicola High School at 7 p.m. Tickets may be
purchased at the following locations: The Holy Family Center in
Apalachicola (653-2784), The Eastpoint Branch of the Franklin County
Public Library (670-8151) and the Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County Public Library (697-2366).


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Harry Arnold, who organized
the program celebrating the
First Responder Anniversary
and clandestinely obtained
the pictures from Jay
Abbott's "early years".


There are now 20 fully trained and
certified First Responder VOLUN-
TEERS on St. George Island, and
dozens more in the other fire dis-
tricts. Here's the list ot volunteers
who are fully trained and provide
life-saving service to their island
community.
Marilyn Walker
W.K. Sanders
Chris Crozier
Mason Bean
Jay Abbott
Dot Crozier
John Shelby
Susan Ficklen
Sharon O'Dell
Charlie O'Dell
Janie Burke
Judi Little
Sue Latham
Helen Marsh
Mary Lou Short
Herb Juppe
Marsha Smith
Chuck Lardent
Kim Norgren






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Ollie Gunn expressed his
heartfelt appreciation for
Jay Abbott's volunteer work
as a First Responder.


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to him by April 15, he would file
charges of grand theft against the
"appropriate parties." He noted
that, according to witnesses of the
alleged theft, the x-ray equipment
was severely mishandled during
the transfer. 'This equipment will
be tested," Ramirez advised, "and
if found non-operational appro-
priate charges will be filed." He
concluded, 'please conduct your-
self accordingly."
In his April 15 letter of correspon-
dence, Sandhu replied, "it's al-
ways interesting to read a good
piece of creative writing." He again
requested that Ramirez take pos-
session of his equipment. "Despite
our best efforts to have you take
possession of the X-Ray equip-
ment we have stored for you for
the last several months," Sandhu
noted, "you continue to fail to do
so." He advised Ramirez that the
matter would be referred to "ap-
propriate legal channels" if the x-
ray equipment was not removed.
by April 30.
Assistant State Attorney Ron
Flury stated that he must first
determine whether the case could
be proven beyond a reasonable
doubt before formal charges could
be filed against Mr. Steeley. Mr.
Flury could make no further com-
ment on the matter.


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Residents Turn Out for

Workshop on Charter

Schools


Approximately 40 residents throughout the county made their way to
the old convent building in Apalachicola to attend an April 8 work-
shop on charter schools. The workshop featured a presentation from
Tracey Bailey, who serves as the StateCharter School Program Di-
rector with the Department of Education.
Some of those individuals attending the workshop included school
board members Willie Speed and Jimmy Gander, Apalachicola High
School Principal Beverly Kelley, local high school and elementary in-
structors David Myers and Wanda Teat and Juvenile Justice Council
Chairperson Sandra Lee Johnson.
BACKGROUND
According to Mr. Bailey, the charter school program was signed into
'legislation in the spring of 1996. Bailey said that six charter schools
were presently in operation in the State of Florida. He said that, out
of 60 applications presented to the department requesting such
schools, approximately 40 would be selected and established by the
fall of 1997.
The format of each charter school, said Bailey, varied from each dis-
trict. As long as each school met the necessary state guidelines, those
schools could operate as the district desired. "But they're held ac-
countable every year for the results of the students at that school,"
said Bailey.
AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
While every school must be held accountable, Bailey informed audi-
encemembers that charters schools had a higher degree of account-
ability. The schools, he said, did not have quite the bureaucratic bur-,
den of a regular public school. "The trade-off is," explained Bailey,
"get the rules and red tape off my back, hold me accountable and
...judge me on the outcome." He said that charter schools were es-
sentially free from all of the Florida School Codes with the exception
of those pertaining to health, safety and civil rights.
According to Mr. Bailey, the three areas for accountability for a char-
ter school included:
1. Academics
2. Public Funds
3. Demographics
ACADEMICS
Some of the tests that a charter school will be required to administer,
Bailey informed, included the High School Competency and Florida
Writes Test. "Students in charter schools will, at a minimum, partici-
pate in the state assessment program," said Bailey. "So," he contin-


ued, "it's a public school. You've got to take all of the same tests that
a regular school does."
Most charter schools, said Bailey, have a year-by-year assessment of
student progress to determine the progress of the students. "They
can go beyond the standardized tests," he added. Bailey said that
charter schools can even require students to participate in an ap-
prentice program or complete some type of community service in or-
der to enhance or broaden their education. "Some schools felt
that...kids who are gonna succeed in the real world need to be able to
do something with their hands," explained Bailey, "they need to be
able to communicate. It's not just enough to be able to just bubble in
bubbles on a sheet."
In regard to teacher certification, Bailey informed audience members
that those requirements pertaining to teachers would be the same as
those imposed by the school board. 'They (teachers) have to be finger
print checked," said Bailey, "and they have to be background checked."
He concluded, "charter schools have to abide by the same Chapter
231 rules that all schools do."
PUBLIC FUNDS
Mr. Bailey informed audience members that all public funds would
be audited by the Auditor General. He pointed out that the Auditor
General also audits all of the school districts as well as the Depart-
ment of Education. "It is a battle ship audit for a little sail boat," said
Bailey.
Each charter school, explained Bailey, would have to acquire an in-
dependent Certified Public Accountant. "The school board will prob-
ably want to look at the books of the charter school each quarter," he
said. '
DEMOGRAPHICS
"Is this just about rich, white kids?" questioned Bailey. He contin-
ued, "the reality is, in our charter schools so far, over half of the
students in charter schools in Florida are on free or reduced lunch."
Bailey stated that 53% of those students in charter schools have some
type of economic disadvantage. "So it's not about rich kids," he con-
tinued, "the demographic accountability, though, is that the school
needs to have a racial balance reflective of the community being
served."
TRANSPORTATION
Mr. Bailey informed audience members that charter schools gener-
ally obtained a contract or agreement with the school district to se-
cure transportation for the students. Such services, he said, could
also be utilized through a private provider or by parents. "A charter
school shall ensure that transportation is not a barrier to equal ac-
cess," said Bailey, "within a reasonable distance of the school as de-
fined in itscharter." He asked, "what's a reasonable distance?" Bailey
said that any such distance between 3 and 5 miles could be consid-
ered reasonable. "A charter school has to pay for transportation within
that area," he continued.
EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION SERVICES
The provision of exceptional education services, said Bailey, was the
responsibility of the district, the school and the parent. He said that
the three noted parties were also responsible for developing the
student's Individual Education Plan (IEP). "They cannot reject any
child no matter how severely disabled or how exceptional that child
may be," said Bailey. The law, he continued, required-that the school
provide a "free, appropriate public education in a least restrictive
environment."
Bailey stated that approximately 80 percent of the needs of excep-
tional education students would be met "on sight" by "in-house per-
sonnel" at the charter school. Such needs would be provided, he said,
in the same manner that public schools provide those services; they
will be contracted out on a weekly or twice weekly basis, as required
by the student's IEP.
Bailey stressed that the placement of each student would be appro-
priate. "It is inappropriate, illegal and just unethical to have a child
in an inappropriate place," he said, "we don't allow that in a public
school and we will not allow it in a charter school." Bailey asked, "can
a charter school tell a child to 'get lost' because they're too challeng-
ing or too expensive?" He responded, "Never. But, who must? Only
the district."


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PURPOSE
According to Section 228.056 of Florida Statutes, the purposes of a
charter school include:
1. The improvement of student learning.
2. To increase learning opportunities for all students with special
emphasis on expanded learning experiences for students identified
as academically low achieving.
3. To encourage the use of different and innovative learning methods.
4. To increase choice of learning opportunities for students.
5. To establish a new form of accountability for schools.
6. To require the measurement of learning outcomes and create in-
novative measurement tools.
7. To make the school the unit for improvement.
8. To create new professional opportunities for teachers which in-
cludes the opportunity to own the learning program at the school
site.
ACCESS TO A CHARTER SCHOOL
Mr. Bailey stated that student access to a charter school was "first
come first serve." He assured audience members that he would be
personally involved in the oversight of each charter school-to ensure
that access was equitable and that favoritism was not permitted. "We
have big bankers, presidents of Barnett Bank, involved in partner-
ships with some charter schools," said Bailey, "and their kids are on
the waiting list like everyone else. It's not a decision of the district."
For those seeking more information about charter schools, please
contact Tracey Bailey at (904) 414-0780.


Residents

Speak Up for

AHS Athletic

Director






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Sabrina Hollenbeck
Members of the community made
their way to the April 14 regular
meeting of the Franklin County
School board to speak oi behalf
of Apalachicola High School Ath-
letic Director Bobby Glass, who
was not recommended to be re-
hired for the next school year..
Residents Sabrina Hollenbeck,
Kathy Martina, Janice Hicks and
sophomore student Rene Martina
were several of the concerned citi-
zens who attended the April 14
meetingg and spoke up on behalf
of Mr. Glass.
'There are a lot of children at that
school that like this man," said
Hollenbeck, "he cares about those
children." .
Student Rene Martina pointed out
that, during the opening prayer,
Chairperson Will Kendrick made
special mention in concern to "the
sake of the children and the
school." She stated that Coach
Glass was an encouraging force
to the kids at Apalachicola High
School.
'This coach has done so much
for us," said Martina, "but, yet,
you want to throw a good thing
away that these children look up
to." She continued, "I have two
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more than a year. He [Glass] has
done his best and there is no rea-
son to get rid of someone who does
Their best."
Martina concluded, "if. you're
gonna get rid of something, get rid
of something that's doing harm to
the school instead of something
that's trying to bring more spirit
and more kids involved in school."
Several members in attendance
applauded as Martina concluded
her address.
Board member Willie Speed in-
formed members in attendance
that, according to Florida Stat-
utes, the school board had to ap-
prove employment recommenda-
tions from the superintendent or
show "just cause" as to their op-
position of that recommendation.
Mr. Speed informed audience
members that the school's prin-
cipal was the person who made
hiring recommendations to the
superintendent. "No one makes a
recommendation to the school
board, but the superintendent,"
he said.
Board Attorney Barbara Sanders
validated Mr. Speed's statement.
"What do you do," asked Janice
Hicks, "when you have a purely
political situation that's costing
somebody their job?" She contin-
ued, "do you just stand by and
let that go as citizens of Franklin
County?"
Resident Kathy Martina ques-
tioned-whether a reason would be
given for not re-hiring a school
employee. Attorney Sanders
stated that it was not required by
law to give a reason as to a non-
recommendation for re-hiring.
"Well how come we the voters can-
ndt have a reason given to us for
a person that has not been rec-
ommended back," asked Kathy
Martina. Attorney Sanders stated
that a reason could be given as to
a non-recommendation; however,
she said it was not a requirement
by law.
"Then our kids have to suffer,"
asked Kathy Martina. "Well," re-
sponded Sanders, "there is always
the political process. But, there's
no direct entry route for a citizen
to change that statute...short of
lobbying."
In other business:
* The board accepted the resig-
nation of Chapman Elementary
School instructor Nancy
Totman.
* Superintendent Brenda Gallo-
way reported that the Instruc-
tional Materials Committee with
the district's ENABL (Education
Now and Babies Later) Program
AHS, Continued on Page 8


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