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Volume 6, Number 9
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May 2 15, 1997
Cities Meet with County to
Discuss Proposed Gas Tax
Apalachicola and Carrabelle city officials met with members of the
Franklin County Commission for a pair of workshop meetings on April
22 and 24 at the county courthouse to discuss issues surrounding
the county's proposed gas tax.
The initial meeting allowed city representatives to voice their general
concerns about the gas tax as well as the current conditions of their
roads; county commissioners also fielded some complaints from city
representatives during the initial meeting concerning previous levels
of communication with the cities as it related to paving projects. Dur-
ing the April 24 meeting, the three parties discussed the proposed
allocation of funds that would be generated by the local option gas
tax; they also reviewed a proposed interlocal agreement which was
prepared by the county.
THE APRIL 22 WORKSHOP
Franklin County Commission Chairperson Raymond Williams opened
the April 22 meeting by announcing that the county's road paving
funds were nearly drained. "We don't have a plan for any future pav-
ing," he noted, "because there's basically no money for it." Chairper-
son Williams then requested input from those city officials in atten-
Apalachicola Mayor Bobby Howell complained that the county's level
of communication with the City of Apalachicola was quite poor. Dur-
ing the past eight years, Howell alleged that the county had not once
informed city officials of proposed paving projects in the city.
"Not one time has the county ever consulted with the city about what
roads we wanted built," Howell stated. He continued, "y'all have just
taken upon yourself to build what the hell you've wanted to.... I don't
know whether you have a ouiji board or what you do."
Franklin County Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis stated that, in the
past, the county frequently consulted with the City of Apalachicola
about such matters. "While our illustrious mayor was off in the army,"
Mosconis said, "the city had a consultant by the name of John Meyers
who worked real close with us. I consulted with him many times."
Mosconis said that the county had only initiated a couple of road
paving projects recently.
Howell pointed out that the city was not consulted when Eighth Street
was paved. "And that, by far, was not the worst street in the City of
Apalachicola," said Howell. He continued, "If anybody contacted any-
one, I'm not aware of it. And I assure you that I was mayor then."
Mayor Howell informed members in attendance that the most fre-
quently used roads in the city, with the exception of Highway 98,
included Avenue M and Market Street.
Carrabelle City Commissioner Buz Putnal said that the City of
Apalachicola was "blessed" to have recent road construction projects
initiated. He said that two roads have been constructed in the City of
Carrabelle in the past 12 years. "If you think your roads are bad,"
Putnal commented, "you may want to pay us a visit and I'll go with
you one day." He stressed, "we've got to have some new roads." Putnal
concluded, "if it takes a tax to get them, we're not opposed to a tax...
Franklin County is getting so far behind other counties as far as roads
Mayor Howell stated that the City of Apalachicola was not primarily
concerned at the moment with the construction of new roads. He
stated that the city was presently anticipating the installation of an
eight million dollar sewer system and a four million dollar water sys-
tem. "I don't want a damn street built in Apalachicola until I get
through with the sewer system," said Howell, "let's everybody under-
stand that." He continued, "If you had money on the table, you'd be
the biggest damn fool in the world to build a road in Apalachicola in
the next year. All you would be doing is donating to the welfare sys-
tem of the road contractor."
Mayor Howell then stated that the City of Apalachicola had more.
roads than any other area in the county. '"Tat is a consideration that
should be considered," he said. Howell also informed members in
attendance that the City of Apalachicola exceeded all other cities in
concern to levied taxes. "I understand that's not in the formula," he
continued, "but it can be considered in the inter-governmental agree-
ment." Howell concluded, "I'm not saying that Apalachicola should
be a dictator, I'm saying that we should be able to take part in the
Commissioner Mosconis praised the gas tax as "the purest form of a
user fee." He continued, "if you have an automobile and you use the
road, you're gonna pay for it." Mosconis informed those in attendance
that he, however, was no advocate of new taxes. "I like taxes like the
devil likes holy water," said Mosconis, "I'm like Dempsey Baron about
Commissioner Mosconis stated that he had more population in his
district than any of the other commissioners. Commissioner Eddie
Creamer stated that the primary issue was the amount of roads, and
not the population, in a commissioner's district.
TWO DAYS LATER
Mayor Bobby Howell began the April 24 meeting by requesting that
the City of Apalachicola receive 23 percent of the gas tax revenue,
while allowing the City of Carrabelle 17 percent of those proceeds.
Mayor Howell said that the budget for the City of Apalachicola, ex-
cluding reserves, was $1,735, 354. Mayor Howell said that the bud-
get for the City of Carrabelle, excluding reserves, was $740,940.
"Carrabelle's budget is less than 45 percent of ours excluding re-
serves," said Howell. "I'm just pointing this out," he continued, "to
point out why there should be a difference."
'The City of Apalachicola is the only governmental entity or any out-
side area, other than the plantation owner's, that has built any roads,"
said Howell, "the city has built over two miles of road in the City of
Chairperson Raymond Williams stated that the simplest way to start
the process was to allocate 20 percent of the gas tax funding to each
of the cities. The county, he noted, would receive 60 percent of those
proceeds. Of that 60 percent, it was discussed later that each county
commissioner would receive 20 percent (12 percent of the total amount)
of those proceeds to spend in his district.
Commissioner Buz Putnal said that he had no problem with each city
receiving 20 percent of the gas tax proceeds. He voiced concern that
Continued on page 2
By Rene Topping
Florida State Department of En-
vironmental Protection, (DEP)
employees have just finished an
exhaustive study of all shellfish
water areas surrounding the
state. On Tuesday, April 29 at 6
p.m. at the Courthouse in
Apalachicola, Robert Thompson,
(DEP) and Joe Shields,-Environ-
mental Specialist II (DEP,) based
at the Apalachicola Office, un-
veiled the new management plan
for Apalachicola Bay. Although a
disappointingly few oystermen
showed up for the meeting and
the first showing of a new map
designating the planned new ar-'
eas and boundaries, it soon be-
came apparent that the
oystermen were very satisfied with
Leroy Hall, who heads up the Sea-
food Workers Association said,
"We have all been meeting for a
long time on this plan and all of
the people at the last meeting of
the Seafood Workers approved it.
It will give us more. days that we
The current classification had
only five areas: approved, winter
conditionally approved, summer
HuManatee, Inc. is sponsoring a
"Welcome Back" to the migrating
West Indian manatees on Satur-
day, May 17, 1997 beginning at 9
a.m. The celebration will include
a 5K walk or race, live music and
entertainment, free access to his-
toric Fort San Marcos along with
interpretative tours, arts and
crafts, door prizes, activities for
the children, and educational ex-
hibits. The events, which last un-
til 5 p.m. will be staged at Fort
(conditionally approved, restricted
and prohibited. The new manage-
'ment plan is more finely tuned
and the oystering areas have been
more closely defined and will al-
low more days for oystering (see
-maps.) In addition, East Hole will
-be open for summer oystering this
\cear. The handout contained.
maps of the old andl nrew- areas. A
larIe map was dlspla',ed and Joe
-Shields. who said that he. hadi
been working oi t-he .-plaJ ni1l -iadl t
visited most of the.monitoring ar-
eas explained the differences.
In a letter to David Heil, Tallahas-
see DEP, the Seafood Workers
Association made a couple more
requests for consideration. The
letter read in part: "We would like
to extend the days for summer
oysters from four to at least five
(a week). Our workers would like
the summer season open seven
days (a week) to account for bad
weather, lack of orders etc."
Thompson said that this would
fall under a rule of Marine Fish-
eries and he would take it up with
them. Secondly, the letter stated,
"We would like East Hole oyster
bar to revert to a winter only bar
after this year. You have allowed
Continued on Page 5
San Marcos de Apalache Historic
Site in St. Marks, Florida. St.
Marks is 16 miles south of Talla-
hassee on Route 363. For infor-
mation, call Fort San Marcos
(925-6216) or HuManatee, Inc.
.. l -Is there still a future for oyster aquaculture in
..- Franklin County?
-- --- County Authority to
...-:... ... ... Veto Aquaculture Leases
-- Altered By New Law
In the last hours of the 1997 Legislative session, a house bill was
voted and amended to curtail the authority given to coastal counties
to veto aquaculture lease applications. The proposed law amending
253.68 Florida Statutes, sent to the Governor's office for review and
signature, permits the counties to comment on lease applica-
tions but completely removes any local authority to stop those
The language, as amended in an earlier bill, is as follows:
253.68 Authority to lease submerged land and water column.
(1) To the extent that it is not contrary to the public interest, .and
subject to limitations contained in ss. 253.67-253.75, the board of
trustees may lease submerged lands to which it has title for the con-
duct of aquaculture activities and grant exclusive use of the bottom
and the water column'to the extent required by such activities. Such
leases may authorize use of the submerged land and water column
for either commercial or experimental purposes. However a resolu-
tion of objection adopted by a majority of the county commission of a
county within whose boundaries the proposed leased area would lie.
if the boundaries were extended to the extent of the interest of the
state, may be filed with the board of trustees within 30 days of the
date of the first publication of notice as required by s. 253.70. Prior
to the granting of any such leases, the board shall establish and
Fpubli- a list oiS i l. i.l'iel ., h i.,:, be rollowei d v.hen considering applica-
'o.ri- tofor IP i- 'i. 5rh'gildellne-sha3JI be designed to protect the
public's interest in submerged lands and the publicly owned water
When applications were filed for leasing submerged sovereign bay
bottom in Apalachicola Bay three years ago, the Franklin County
Commission denied those applications by one vote, thereby halting
the aquaculture demonstration project conducted by Harbor Branch
Oceanographic Institute of Fort Pierce. A lawsuit was started by ag-
grieved, oyster growers who wanted leases, challenging the Florida
statutes which conferred power upon the coastal counties to stop the
leasing of ocean bottom in their respective areas. The lawsuit chal-
lenge eventually failed after a long trail of litigation and considerable
expense to the county government, and the law has remained in place
until this session of the Legislature. Earlier drafts of the 1997 statute
completely rescinded any role of county government, but an amend-
merit has permitted county government to file a negative resolution
with the application.
Commercial and Recreational
-Fishing Law Headed for Governor's
.Review and Signature
In the last hours of the 1997 Legislature amid nearly a dozen bills
from the House and Senatel, the so-called "Net Ban #2" bill authored
by Senator Jack Latvala is headed for Governor Chiles' review and
In Latvala's original bill, the Marine Fisheries Commission would have
.become an all-powerful administrative committee not accountable to
the Governor and Cabinet; but those provisions were removed during
the session. However, the penalties for violating the net-ban for re-
peat offenders were retained.
There are provisions from special activity licenses to permit the culti-
vation of oysters, clams, mussels and crabs when such aquaculture
activities relate to quality control, sanitation and public health regu-
lations. There are provisions for special activity licenses to permit the
importation, possession and aquaculture of anadromous sturgeon. A
major violation of the new law includes the possession of any species
of mullet in excess of the recreational daily bag limit and any gill or
other entangling nets as defined in s. 16(c), Article 10 of the State
*Constitution. This does not apply to anyone transporting mullet from
Alabama to Florida a quantity of mullet together with a gill net if
certain provisions are fulfilled. Violations of the Marine Fisheries Com-
mission rules regarding gear prohibitions and restrictions will be pun-
ished under a stepped up tier of fines and suspensions. The third
level would include, a civil penalty of $5000 lifetime revocation of the
saltwater products license and forfeiture of all gear and equipment
used in the violation. A court may suspend, defer or withhold adjudi-
cation of guilt or imposition of sentence ONLY for any first violation of
s. 16, Article 10 of the State Constitution, or any rule or statute imple-
menting its restrictions. In certain instances, violators may be sub-
jected to a charge of a third degree felony. Nets larger than 500 square
feet are ruled unlawful but the use of currently legal shrimp trawls
and purse seines outside nearshore and inshore Florida waters shall
continue to be legal uitil the Marine Fisheries Commission imple-
ments rules regulating those types of gear.
The use of gill or entangling nets of any size is prohibited, as such
nets are defined in s. 16, Article 10 of the State Constitution. Any net
constructed wholly or partially of monofilament or multifilament
material, other than a hand thrown cast net, or a hand-held landing
or dip net, shall be considered to be an entangling net. Multifilament
material shall not be defined to include nets constructed of braided
or twisted nylon. cotton, lines twine or polypropylene twine.
There are other rules regarding the importation of crawfish and re-
porting requirements by dealers.
Finally, a three-year program that allows for participation by Saltwa-
ter Products License holders with purse seine endorsements located
in Wakulla, Franklin, Gulf. Bay, Walton and Okaloosa Counties is
established. The licenses shall be issued only for the use of baitfish
purse seines not (exeeding 600 yards in length, to be used in nearshore
and inshore wa ers. The following baitfish species allowed are spanish
sardines, cigar minnows, thread herring, chub mackerel, anchovy,
little Itinny, menihaden, blue runner and ladyfish.
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Paee 2 2 May 1997 The Franklin Chronicle
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
Published every other Friday
Solid Waste Director Van Johnson stands before a sea of
white goods that were brought to the landfill during Am-
Tons of Trash Brought to
Local Landfill During
The total amount of waste that was brought to the county landfill
during the April 21-26 Amnesty Week nearly doubled from the previ-
ous amnesty event, which was held in September of 1996.
A total of 445.07 tons of yard trash, white goods and construction
and demolition debris were brought to the landfill during the recent
Amnesty Week event, which also coincided with the Great Florida
Clean-Up. The previous event, which coincided with the Coastal Clean-
Up, yielded 232.02 tons of such waste.
The amount of tires that were dropped off during the recent Amnesty
Week decreased slightly from the previous year's event. 708 tires were
dropped off at the landfill during the recent event. 928 tires were
brought to the landfill during the previous Amnesty Week. A total of
878 customers visited the landfill during the recent Amnesty Week,
While 639 residents visited the previous event.
'The county is definitely a cleaner place than it was a week ago,"
noted Solid Waste Director Van Johnson. Mr. Johnson acknowledged
that the amnesty events were becoming quite popular with residents
in the county. Judging from the amount of waste that was delivered
to the landfill, Mr. Johnson estimated that the event saved residents
approximately $20,000 in tipping fees.
.--. .. l ". ; -.. -
That's a lot of tires! A total of 708 tires were brought to
the landfill during Amnesty Week.
By Rene Topping
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District (LVWSD) Commissioners
were congratulated by Richard
Morgan of the Northwest Florida
Water Management District on
their recent efforts to conserve
water. Commissioner James
Lawlor read the letter at the regu-
lar monthly meeting of the
LVWSD on April 15. Lawlor said,
"In all the years we have on file
never has there before been a let-
ter in this vein praising the board
for what they did or did'not do."
He added congratulations were
also due the employees for a job
The letter said in part: "Thank you
for your letter of March 26, 1997
which described a number of wa-
ter conservation measures that
have recently been implemented
by the Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District. The letter also
identified an additional number of
proposed remedial actions that
are currently being evaluated in
your consultants feasibility study.
The progress made by the Lanark
Board is highly commendable.
Please convey our appreciation to
the other commissioners for the
Board's initiative and assistance
in helping us protect the limited
potable water resource of the
"In view of the significant decrease
in water use reported in the letter
it appears that a modification in
the referenced permit may not be
necessary until such time as the
permit is to be renewed. In order
or us to assess the effectiveness
of the remedial actions that have
been taken up to this point, we
request that the pumping reports
for the high water use months of
May, June and July be submit-
ted by August 1, 1997."
Lawlor went on to say that the
district water use in the past three
months had dropped to just over
7 million gallons from the previ-
ous period in which over 16 mil-
lion gallons had been used. Wa-
ter is now being metered in some
parts of the district and metering
is also planned for the apartments
in the near future.
Lawlor also reported that he had
attended a town hall meetingheld
in Carrabelle by State Represen-
tative Janegale Boyd and had a
chance for private talk with her
on the financial problems facing
the board. He shared the results
of a recent survey done on needs
of the district with Boyd. He said
he felt the talk was cordial and
He told villagers present that he
and the employees had conducted
a walking onsite survey of single
apartments that have been
"doubled," a term used when a
resident has joined two or more
apartments into a single use. He
said there are somewhere be-
tween 57 and 61 of these apart-
ments. 41 apartments have pres-
ently have the water turned off.
The board's attorney Scott Smiley
presented a resolution to set the
fees charged for customer re-
quested water turnoffs. The
amount suggested was $20.00.
Field Manager and Commissioner
Greg Yancey said that the $20
The following proposed agreement was reviewed by
representatives of the Apalachicola and Carrabelle City
Commissions with county officials during on April 24
This Interlocal Agreement is adopted by the cities of Apalachicola and
Carrabelle, and Franklin County, ,Florida, pursuant to Section
336.025. Florida Statutes to provide for distribution of the proceeds
of a local option six cents gas tax on motor fuel and special fuel sold
in Franklin County and taxed under the provisions of Part Ior Part II
of Chapter 206, FloridaStatutes. .
The parties hereby agree as follows:i
1. The entire proceeds of the tax shalLbe distributed to the County.
2. The County may issue bonds secured by a pledge of the revenues
of the local option gas tax for a period not to exceed 15 years.
3. The parties shall review and hold one or more public hearings to
'review this agreement every four years beginning in 2001, on the
second Tuesday of May at 9:00 A.M. in the Franklin County Court-
house, or as called by any two (2) of the parties.
4. The County shall consult with the Cities as to the transportation
expenditure to be funded from the local option gas tax in the cities.
5. No distribution shall be changed so as to materially or adversely
affect the rights of holders of outstanding bonds which are backed by
the local option gas tax. (Only applies to bonds from gas tax.)
would cover the cost in normal
working hours but stated there
were significant numbers of.re-
quests after hours, on weekends
and holidays. He felt that it would
not cover the overtime that would
have to be paid employees. He
said he felt that the charge should
be more when a non-emergency
customer request for an after
hours turn off was made. '"This
does not mean emergencies."
Commissioner Jeanette Pedder
said she felt that the $20 fee was
fair and equable. The attorney.
advised the board members that
the cost to the district could not
be less than they paid th'e employ-
ees for their time. Lawlor said that
there was a tendency on- the part
of some residents to call out the
department employees instead of
a plumber. The commissioners
decided to table the matter until
the next meeting.
Holiday Pest Control of St. George
was the low bidder at $20 per
month to take care of the insect
control for the office and other
Apalachicola High School will host
its Junior Awards Ceremony on
May 16 at 9 a.m. The school will
also host its Senior Awards Cer-
emony on May 23 at 9 a.m.
Now is the time to
subscribe to the
The board also voted unani-
mously to donate the old pictures
of the Village to the Camp Gor-
don Johnston Reunion Associa-
tion. They will become part of a
permanent display at the Ameri-
'can Legion building.
The board approved Health Plan
South for employees health ser-
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Gas Tax, Continued from Page 1
state officials would not assume responsibility ot Highway 67 after
the county enacted a gas tax. Putnal said that the road would be
costly to maintain and would drain Carrabelle's portion of the gas tax
"Everybody knows that it's (Hwy 67) falling all to pieces," said Putnal.
He continued, "other than (Highway) 98, it's got the heaviest traffic.
I'm not talking about the most traffic, but the heaviest traffic."
County Clerk Kendall Wade said that Senator Pat Thomas had re-
cently assured him that the state would take responsibility for 67
and 370 when the county enacted a gas tax. 'They'll take it back,"
said Wade, "I guarantee you they'll take it back."
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis suggested that the board allocate
$150,000 from the road and bridge tind to the road paving project.
"The more roads we pave," said Mosconis, "the less maintenance will
be needed. That's a proven fact." He continued, "If we're gonna put an
extra tax burden on the people, then we need to tighten up our bud-
get." Chairperson Williams said that such decisions should be made
during the budget process.
The board then reviewed a proposed interlocal agreement, which was
prepared by the county (see below). The agreement will again be re-
viewed during a May 20 public hearing.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE LOCAL
OPTION GAS TAX
The county may enact a one to six cent gas tax. If enacted, the
state may impose an additional two-thirds State Comprehen-
sive Enhancement Transportation tax to the amount levied by
the county. The state imposed tax should be spent locally. Ac-
cording to information from the Department of Revenue, the
county should expect an estimated $60,000 per penny of tax
revenue that the county levies. If the county levies as much as
six cents, it should receive $350,000 annually.
Currently, the City of Carrabelle and Apalachicola do receive a
share of revenue from the state through a cigarette and motor
fuel tax. The amount received by each city varies annually. For
the 1995-96 fiscal year, the City of Apalachicola received
$77,384 from the state while the City of Carrabelle received
If an interlocal agreement between the county and the cities
cannot be reached, the county will have to utilize a formula in
accordance with Florida Statutes to divide the gas tax proceeds.
If no agreement has been reached by June 1, the county must
then pass a Resolution by June 10 to declare its intention to
utilize the formula set forth.by Florida Statutes. The county
must then pass an ordinance to enact the gas tax by July 1. If
such action has been taken by the county, the revenue from
the gas tax will be collected by October 1 and later distributing
beginning on January 1, 1998.
According to County Engineer Joe Hamilton, the county has
337.6 miles of roads. This does not include some of the un-
opened roads or right-of-ways in the county.
Approximately 10 members from the Franklin County Public Library-
based WINGS Program participated in local beautification efforts on
April 25 with a clean sweep of Catpoint. WINGS program members
collected 14 bags of garbage in their clean-up efforts. The event coin-
cided with the Great Florida Clean-Up.
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CARRABELLE COMMERCIAL Marine Street, overlooking river.
Location, location, location! $59,900.
APALACHICOLA Rental income producer near Lafayette Park. Two
lots, three apartments. $240,000.
DOG ISLAND Gulf front cottage 4BR/2BA 1,400 sq. ft. block
construction. 100' x 500' lot, ballast stone fireplace. $175,000.
CARRABELLE RIVER- Deep water, high ground, open Gulf access.
104'x530'. Lots of trees, privacy, great building site. River Road.
Motivated seller. $84,900.
INDIAN PASS 100' x 1300' Gulf beach to Indian Lagoon, one-of-a-
kind building site/view high on ridge, Camp Palms "old" Florida at
its best. $250,000.
HWY. 98 CARRABELLE BEACH 1.55 acre building site north of
highway, one mile west of lighthouse. Stunning view of East Pass and
offshore islands. $49,500.
GREATER APALACHICOLA Morris Cannon St. off 24th Avenue,
two lots priced to sell. $14,900.
ST. GEORGE COMMERCIAL 300 ft. highway frontage on Franklin
Boulevard, causeway to bridge. One-of-a-kind, highest visibility on St.
George Island. $559,000.
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6. The local option gas tax and any bond proceeds shall not be spent
for equipment or structures for housing and maintenance of equip-
ment, or for patching, mowing or other routine maintenance. (Just
for resurfacing and building new roads.)
7. The revenues of the tax, including the proceeds of any bonds se-
cured by such revenues, shall be allocated for road and bridge con-
struction and as provided in Section 336.025, Florida Statutes ex-
cept as limited by paragraph six (6) above.
8. The proceeds of such revenues and bonds shall be spent for the
transportation needs of the County and the Cities of Carrabelle and
Apalachicola as follows:
A. As a proportion of the transportation expenditures of Franklin
County, the City of Apalachicola and the City of Carrabelle for the five
fiscal years immediately preceding October 1, 1997; or
B. As a proportion of the miles of road maintained in unincorporated
Franklin County and the miles of road maintained in the City of
Apalachicola and the City of Carrabelle.
9. Should either the City of Apalachicola or the City of Carrabelle not
have its share of the proceeds spent or allocated in any fiscal year,
the County shall either invest such share or provide for spending or
allocating such share in the next fiscal year or as agreed by Franklin
County and such City.
10. Franklin County, the City ofApalachicola and the City of Carrabelle
shall each furnish the other any and all information in its possession
or control relating to road miles and transportation expenses of each.
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Mother Was Never Mama rm' h a a
* By Carol Ann Vandegrift
My mother has been on my mmd quite frequently over the past lew
weeks. an ex-penence that comes and goes without any recognizable
pattern or namable reason. Her lace just pops into my mind now and
then and I somehow visualize her face-her smile, her eyes. And now
and then for some unexplainable reason I feel compelled to whisper.
"Mother." Sometimes I feel like she's near and hears my whisper. Other
times I feel a little silly and hope no one heard me. But I can't help
but wonder what causes me to have the urge now and then to whis-
per her name. or her name as I know it--Mother
I've been told that when my mother brought me home from the hospi
tal after I was born. my brother looked at me and said. "Babydoll." I
guess he didn't think I was real. The name stuck, and I still have
relauves who call me by that nickname. But growing up in a world
surrounded by roughneck boys who always wanted to play "Army or
cowboys and Indians. I was a natural tomboy more than I was a
babvdi'll. I still have a scar on my face from where my brother & I
fought over a pair of scissors'when we were very young and also a
scar over my eyebrow that I acquired trying to catch a football when
I was about 8 years old. I won't mention the stitches I had to have in
my tongue, the result of me riding a wooden "bronco" that got stuck
in the ground as I galloped with it. It stopped, then I did, too-after it
jammed inside my tongue. Not to speak of the kid who dropped a
huge rock on my head as I climbed a ladder along side the.sliding
board while he straddled the top of the sliding board. That accident
resulted in clamps in my upper forehead.
Now I said all that to say this: I didn't realize until I was in my late
forties that I was never the sweet, dainty, frilly little girl my mother
had hopedI'd be when she brought me home from the maternity
ward. Dolls bored me because they weren't real. I hated paper dolls
because I could never get the shoulder flaps to stay in place and the
paper clothes kept falling off. My grandmother bought me a complete
miniature play-kitchen set, a little stove, refrigerator and cabinets for
my fake canned goods. I remember staring at it and wondering what
I was supposed to do with it. I also failed a Home Economics course
in the 10th Grade, the sewing part; but I blame that on my mother
because I didn't want to take the course and she made me.
Mother was never "Mama" or "Mom". She was at all times "Mother."
Odd, because Daddy was never "father" He was always (and still is)
"Daddy." Daddy nicknamed my mother "Floogie" when they first
started dating, the title of a popular song then, "Flat-Foot Floogie."
She was about 16 years old. All the grandkids and friends of the
family still refer to her as "Floogie."
We learned in March 1987 that my mother had cancer, and I'm still
not sure if we kids or daddy were ready for what happened less than
four months later, July 1987, because mother did the most unex-
pected thing. She died. She was 64 years old. If someone had asked
her five months before her death if she was ready to go she would
have told them "Never!" But as those last few months of her life passed
by so swiftly and yet so slowly, so emotionally painful and both physi-
cally and emotionally draining for the family, we had no doubt that
she was ready when the time came. She had made her peace with the
world and with the Lord.
We all remember the cute little things our parents used to say out of
habit when we were growing up. One of my mother's sayings was,
"That beats all I've ever seen." In December 1987, five months after
her death, I went to New York for the first time in my life. As I sat in a
restaurant with friends in White Plains, I stared out the window in
amazement at the falling snow, the swift-paced action of working
people, Christmas shoppers and cars passing by the window. Christ-
mas in New York! Wow! I turned to my friends and began to describe
the wonderful feeling I was experiencing. I was laughing as I talked.
Then I related that I had an overwhelming sense of my mother being
there with us, looking at us and smiling and slowly shaking her head
from one side to the other. As I quoted what I could almost hear my
mother saying, tears suddenly welled in my eyes and began to flow,
streaming down my face even as I laughed and quoted my mother:
"Carol Ann, this beats anything I ever saw."
A few weeks before she died, I sat on the side of her bed and held her
hand. "I love you, Mother," I told per. "I know it, Carol Ann," she
replied. "You always have." She began to cry. We both cried, and I felt
a strange sense of release. It took me some time to really understand
the feeling and to smile, remembering all the times mother and I
"locked horns" over such trivial things as home economics, etc. What-
ever dreams my young mother had about what little girls were made
of during the nine months she carried me (sugar and spice and every-
thing nice), I guess I completely shattered every time I fought my
brother for his cap pistol, or jumped off his bike and let it slam into
the side of the house because my legs were too short to stop it other-
wise; or drug up dead cats and dogs from the side of the highway to
have funerals for them (my brother always preached at these animal
funerals, I always prayed).
I've had times since I've been in Carrabelle, while outside working in
the yard or walking down the beach or just sitting and enjoying the
quietness of a day that I somehow sense my mother's nearness and I
have imagined her saying, "Carol Ann, this beats anything I ever saw."
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Resident Cites Partisan Politics
for Recent Firing at Sheriffs
.,=rua Republican Executive Committee
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April 30. 1997
Dunng the 1996 campaign for Sheriff here in Franklin County live
candidates struggled lor the position through the pnmary and gen-
eral election. All of the candidates were qualified, actively employed
deputies or officers of the Sheriffs department. Four of the candi-
dates ran as Democrats; one as a Republican.
The election is over now, five months past. In that time one candidate
was elected sheriff, three were promoted or given a choice assign-.
ment and one was fired; the Republican.
Most will recall that the race between Mr. Varnes and Mr. Shiver was
in every way a clean, aggressive and straight forward campaign as all
Mr. Shiver was recently discharged, apparently without any stated
cause, following\ a long and honorable career as a law enforcement
officer. The inescapable conclusion is that the loser in the race was
fired by the winner for the singular reason that the loser lost. This
method of destroying one's Opponent following a properly run cam-
paign is archaic and below the standards of justice we as Americans
ave come to accept and expect.
The firing of deputy Shiver has cast a dark shadow over the many
Republicans in Franklin County who rightfully wonder about the
motives and methods of our new sheriff. Are all Republican candi-
dates who lose a political race to be so treated?
Joyce Estes, Chairman, Executive Committee
Republican Party of Franklin County
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'Lunch Lady' Freda Lane (C) with her biographers Ricardo
Rivera (L) and Zeke Gossett (R).
'Lunch Lady' Lane Retires
At Age 80
By Zeke Gossett and
Ricardo Rivera of Chapman
At age 55, Freda Lane should have
been retiring, but that was only
when her career began 25 years
ago in the Franklin County School
Now at 80 years of age, Lane says
she has set a retirement date of
May 28-the last day of school.
Lane is a lunchroom worker at
Chapman Elementary School.
She said she decided to retire be-
cause of her age. "I was thinking
about working another year, but
I changed my mind," she said.
Lane said that what she likes
most about being a "lunch lady"
is when the "kids are under
Lane has lived in Apalachicola all
of her life. She attended school at
Dunbar High School in Apalachi-
cola. Her favorite teacher was Mrs.
Louise Baker. Her favorite lunch
menu is fried chicken, greens and
Lane's retirement plans are to
work in her garden and in her
house. She has three children and
12 grandchildren, and is a de-
Her best advice for living a good
life is to "do the right thing and
Franklin County School Superin-
tendent Brenda Galloway said
that Lane has been an exceptonal.
employee. "She has dedicated her
life to serving the children of Fran-
klin County in the area of Food
Services. Hats off to Mrs. Lane."
School Food Service Supervisor
Fay Burton agreed that Lane has
spent many, many years serving
children at Chapman Elementary
"She has always been a dedicated
employee who performs her job
cheerfully each day," she said.
"She will be missed by all. We wish
her the best."
Lunchroom Manager Frances
Sasnett complimented the dedi-
cation of Mrs. Lane.
"Mrs. Lane has worked in school
food service for approximately 16
years," Mrs. Sasnett said, In that
time, she has been dependable.
Seldom is she absent. Consider-
ing her age, she is superior in ful-.
filling her job responsibilities. She
will be missed greatly at Chapman'
Ricardo Rivera and Zeke
Gossett are sixth grade stu-
dents at Chapman Elementary
Ricardo said that he would like
to write another article some
day. In fact, he said he wanted
to write about how the Gators
beat the Seminoles. However,
Ricardo noted that he did not
want to become a reporter. He
plans to enlist in the army when
he is older. Ricardo said that he
learned two things as a first
time reporter: "How to do inter-
views and that old people are
nice." For Ricardo, the tough
part about writing this article
was that he had to write so
much. The fun part was "run-
ning around the school inter-
Zeke also said that he would
like to write another article. In
. fact, he said that he plans to'
Write for National Geographic.
some day. Zeke said that' his
work as a first time reporter
taught him how to write an ar-
ticle and get information. He
said that getting information
was the hardest part of writing
the article. The most fun part
about being a writer? "Getting
out of math work," noted Zeke.
In an effort to encourage the lo-
cal youth to catch the spirit of
reading, Eastpoint WINGS Pro-
gram Coordinator Jennifer
Millender decided in early March
to initiate a book reading contest.
In order to gain credit for each
book, the contest rules required
each participant to read and also
provide either a written or oral
report to Ms. Millender on the
subject matter of each book.
On April 25, Ms. Millender an-
nounced the top three winners of
the contest. Jada Chason received
first place honors by reading 12
books. Andrew Mellow and Ashley
-Koch came in second place by
reading eight books apiece. And
Kayla Reeder finished in third
place by reading five books.
Some of the books that were read
included "Robin Hood," "James
and the Giant Peach," and 'The
Minstrel in the Tower." Ms.
Millender commented that the
contest seemed to really generate
a lot of interest in the library's lit-
erature. "I think the reading con-
test went really well," said
Millender, "the kids were enthu-
siastic about reading and they
were definitely excited about win-
First place winner Jada Chason
received a ticket to the Ocean
Opry Show on April 25 as well as
a certificate for her accomplish-
ment. All of the other contest win-
ners also received certificates. Ms.
Millender announced that all of
the contest winners would also be
treated to pizza party.
Approximately $60 were pledged
to those participating in the read-
ing program. The contest pro-
ceeds will be used to pay for fu-
ture WINGS program field trips.
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HOLINESS CHURCH of the ILT.' G GOD, IN
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Love Center Goes to the
Heart of the Community
By Kris Halstrom
Pastor Shirley and Bishop Daniel White have been ministering their
"mom and pop gospel" at the Love Center Holiness Church of the
Living God, in Apalachicola on 10th Street, since 1979. Members of
their congregation affectionately call them Mother and Father White,
which reflects their emphasis on whole family ministry.
The Whites present a balanced team approach to ministering. Shirley
White calls herself the "calendar person" and "the engine" that makes
the Love Center move. Daniel White calls himself the "overseer", the
man who makes sure the plans get done.
Together for 38 years, the Whites believe in the power of family. "We
have had a beautiful thing together," said Ms. White. "We try to en-
courage other couples to go the God way and enter into marriage."
Shirley and Daniel White met in Brooklyn, New York, and married
there in 1959. They were two young adventurers in the city, raised in
the rural south, who would eventually make their way back home.
They spent nine years in New York before moving to Bishop White's
hometown, Ashville, North Carolina. In 1970, Daniel White began to
minister the gospel, using the television as a medium.
"I have been singing gospel music for over 50 years," he said. "I felt
the call to go further than singing, but I didn't understand it at the
Bishop Daniel White's calling is toward a love-centered approach.
"Love is the most powerful force," he said. "The child who is not loved
will not listen to you or care about what you have to say." His mentor
was a pastor at his old church in North Carolina, who taught him not
to be too quick with an answer. "He taught me to be a long thinker."
Ms. White was born in Apalachicola and graduated from the old Quinn
High School in 1959, before the integration of schools. Her grandfa-
ther, John Q. Croom, was one of the founders of the Holiness Church
of God. The original building was built in 1946 and, though reno-
vated, still stands and is the site of the current sanctuary.
There were ten faithful followers in 1979 when the Whites came back
to Apalachicola after time spent in New York and North Carolina.
When the Whites became involved in the church, they simply added
"Love Certer" to the existing name, "out of respect," said Ms. White.
"Then the Lord blessed us with a following," she said." .
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The Whites see themselves as equal players on a team. "When we
started our team ministering, there were not really other churches
doing it that I knew of," said Bishop White. "now I know of several
churches who team minister."
Ms. White worked in the-communications industry for 28 years be-
fore she put her full-time energy into the Love Center. "I loved it. I'm
naturally quiet and it let me get outside myself," she said. Now, she
said, so much of her time is spent communicating in a different way,
but just as intensely. The title of Pastor came to her with some reluc-
tance. "I was happy at the telephone company. Then, from helping
my husband, the title was bestowed from the Lord and the congrega-
tion gave it to me. But, it's just a title."
Their cooperative approach creates a welcoming atmosphere for all
members of the community, regardless of age, sex or color. 'We need
to have fellowship" among the races, said Daniel White, and be able
to "sit down and eat a meal and not have to look at each other through
eyes of fear." Daniel White speaks with pride of the Love Center being
the first integrated church in Apalachicola. "Love has no color," he
says. 'There's more of a blend today than ever before and there's still
a lot more that needs to be done in the human race."
Love Center Branches Out
Daniel White loves to travel. "That's just a known fact," he says. The
Love Center has branched itself to sibling congregations because of
this love of seeing new places, what Daniel White calls a "moving
"We have gone back and forth to North Carolina 15 times over the
years," taking the choir and other members of the congregation. The
Love Center has branches in Carrabelle, Panama City, and Wilmington,
North Carolina, in addition to several alliances that were built through
Daniel White's travels and Shirley White's women's group.
The Love Center is a busy place arid it is growing. From newborns to
senior citizens, there is something forall members of their ever-ex-
panding church family. In addition to regular services on Sundays
and Wednesdays, The Love Center holds bible study classes for all
ages, runs a nursery and K-3 grade school called the Love Center
Academy, a youth program, a 50-plus voice choir, and the Christian
Community Band for young people. There are men's and women's
groups, a strong senior's group, teen pastors and mentors, singles
and couples ministers, and a profitable video and audio tape,
The Whites offer counseling of all kinds, from family and couples to
drug counseling. Ms. White said she is seeking more training for drug
counseling in order to meet the needs of those she helps. "We refer
many people to a Christian program for men in Pensacola. The men
work in the community for three months and it's a wonderful
Youth Ministry Growing
"We hope to double the number of youth who come here by next fall,"
said Ms. White. Currently there are 58 young people signed up in the
Love Center's youth program. "Each child has a goal of bringing in
one other child."
The youth program serves children of all ages, under the supervision
of Timmolyn Wintons, one of the White's four children. On Monday
nights at 4:00 p.m., there are some sixty children who participate in
bible study and arts programs, including dance, mime and band re-
hearsals. On a recent weekend the Center took a group of kids roller
skating in Panama City. "But, you must show up for bible study to
participate," said Ms. White.
By August of this year, Ms. White said she hopes to make the Acad-
emy available to fourth, fifth and sixth graders as well. "We target the
problem child, the one who is sent.out into the hallway and who isn't
learning anything. There are no time outs here." The small class size
at the Academy allow each student to have individual attention they
need to succeed. "We want God to take the child and make them
whole again, given a foundation of basic education. I believe every-
body can learn." She said there ,are many children she sees who go
through school without even beingable to read. "One day we would
like to have students all the way up to the 12th grade."
As part of their philosophy of ministry that says you must be practi-
cal and do whatever works, the Whites are challenged to understand
the ways teenagers today express themselves in order for young people
to accept them. "The way they tallteheir mannerisms, their make up,
we've had to accept that it is a nevwday," said Ms. White: She said she
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surprises some of her young friends with her bluntness and her knowl-
edge of their words.
Focus on Women
The Whites see many single parents, mostly mothers, who are in their
20's, "and very weary," said Ms. White. "They need mothering."
As their church grows, the Whites would especially like to strengthen
those single parent families. A women's ministry has organized bible
study and support for women with something called, "Chit, Chat &
Chew." Ms. White explained that some people don't feel comfortable
coming to the Center, "so we go to them." Groups of women get to-
gether to talk and eat, hence the name. "This is for the woman who
works all day, come home to work more and is just tired. She needs
encouragement, someone to listen and strengthen here-to revive her,"
said Ms. White.
Ms. White has also organized an outreach ministry called "WWW",
which stands for Women Winning Women to Christ. The group meets
monthly in sites all over northwest Florida, to strengthen women,
and in turn, she says, strengthen the home. "Proverbs 31 describes
the 'perfect woman' that God wants," she said. Ms. White pointed out
some of the inspirational words for her group, such as Proverbs 31,
verses 26-27, which says: "She is strong and respected by the people,
she speaks wise words and teaches others to be kind. She watches
over her family and never wastes time." The gathering of religious
women, says Ms. White, is intended lo remind women of what their
role in family and community could be.
People Need Spirit
"Our children are grown now, they are all taken care of and they are
all saved," said Ms. White. "W e eel it's time for us to tak care of
other people in the community."
Ms. White said she believes there was something given to her when
she was a child that many people today are missing. For a long time,
she said, she couldn't figure it out. Her black teachers instilled here
with spirit. "Even the lowest achievers knew they were important."
Integration came and then black kids were competing with white. kids.
" But having the same advantages does not give them an identity to
carry them through," she said. "So many black men in prisons now, if
they were given love early on they may not have gone bad. Three
generations are missing that spirit."
The last Sunday of each month, the congregation turns the service
over to children, who preach, teach and perform skits for the adults.
At a recent service the focus was on building up the new generation.
A group of four- and five-year-old boys stood in front of the congrega-
tion and said: "Rise, black youth! Take control of your identity. Rise
black,youth! Take control of your minds!" At The Love Center, where
people believe that love can do more than anything, Shirley and Daniel
White are calling back the spirit that is missing for so many.
Alice (Valerie Hampton) and the Cheshire Cat (Therese
Fulsom) ponder the whereabouts of that elusive White Rab-
From left to right, the Duchess (Harmony Martin) with her
baby piglet and the Caterpillar (Lynn Hankins).
The March Hare (Melissa Jochim) and Mad Hatter (Diane
Sanders) celebrate their very, merry un-birthdays with Alice
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Alice and all the Wonderland crea-
tures were a great success as fam-
ily and friends gathered at
Carrabelle High School at 7 p.m.
on Friday, April 25 to see Alice in
Wonderland presented by the
Carrabelle High School Drama
Club and produced and directed
by Melanie Humble. The perfor-
mance also combined a spaghetti
dinner fr those members of the
audience who wished to make it
a dine-out evening. The program
was dedicated to Barbara Ward,
a popular teacher, who recently
In reviewing the play, it is diffi-
cult to choose the "best perfor-
mances," as all 25 or so members
of the cast acted superbly in each
of their roles. But special praise
must go to the leading lady,
Valerie Hampton, who turned in
a totally enchanting performance
as Alice. Other special perfor-
mances were those of Adrienne
Pay as the White Rabbit, Therese
Folsom as the Cheshire Cat,
Ashlyn Mitchell as the Queen of
Hearts, Lynn Hankins as the Cat-
erpillar, Ellen Keith, who energeti-
cally sprayed pepper on everyone
in her role as Cook. Then there
was Humpty Dumpty, who drew
laughs as he over-balanced him-
self as the Egg and turned in a
good performance also as the
Mock Turtle. The King of Hearts,
Lamar Mitchell, added his gusto
to the performance. Andrew But-
ler as the footman, The Mad Hat-
ter as played by Diane Sanders
and to Melissa Jochim playing the
March Hare. Andrew Butler was
a splendid Knave.
Brenda Mitchell did it up as the
sleepy dormouse. Harmony Mar-
tin and Jason Rudd did a good
job as Tweedledum and
Tweedledee. The soldiers marched
with vigor as played by Jennifer
Hankins and Casey Dempsey.
Miranda Riley gave a good perfor-
mance as First Lady. Lizzie But-
ler, so did the Executioner, Josh
Davis, who handled that big ax
so well, and doubled as a soldier,
among others appearing in more
than one role, but always steal-
ing the hearts of the audience,
were Shawnee Alger and Stormy
Strange. Cristol Booth was the
yellow flower, Melissa Mushek
was a gardener and Elizabeth
Eller was a heart child.
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Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000
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The term "shellfish" in this context is limited to oysters, clams and mussels.
Most shellfish thrive in estuaries with mixtures of fresh and saltwater. Shell-
fish are filter feeders, which means that they get food and oxygen by pumping
large quantities of water across their gills. During feeding, shellfish take in
bacteria, viruses and chemical contaminants, and can concentrate these im-
purities in their digestive systems and tissues over 100 times the levels in the
water. Because oysters, clams and mussels are often eaten raw and partially
cooked, shellfish harvested from polluted areas are a health hazard if con-
sumed. Diseases resulting from consumption of shellfish harvested from pol-
luted waters include typhoid, hepatitis and saimonellosis.
Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Program (ISSC) and the
National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP)
Because shellfish harvested from polluted water may cause human illness,
the sanitary control of the shellfish industry is necessary. Florida is a member
of the Interstate Shellfish SanitaUton Corderence liSSC) a voluntary, coopera-
tive association of states, U S Food and Drug Adrrnnistrtuon (FDA), Natioinal
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and
shellfish industry. State responsibilities include adopting laws and regula-
tions for the sanitary control of the shellfish industry, formulating compre-
hensive shellfish harvesting area surveys and adopting control measures to
ensure that shellfish are grown, harvested and processed in a safe and sani-
tary manner. FDA reviews methods for classification and management of shell-
fish areas proposed by the ISSC, and incorporates those methods consistent
with standard health practice into the National Shellfish Sanitation Program
(NSSP) Manuals of Operations. FDA is also responsible for the annual review
of each state shellfish control program to determine conformity with the NSSP
standards and guidelines. NMFS and EPA comment to the ISSC. Shellfish
industry responsibilities include commenting to the ISSC Conference, obtain-
ing shellfish from safe sources, maintaining sanitaryoperating conditions and
making records available that document location of harvest and sale of all
shellfish industry fulfill their responsibilities to a high degree, thus ensuring
shellfish harvested in Florida are safe and wholesome.
DEP Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section (SEAS)
The Departnient of Environmental Protection (DEP) Shellfish Environmental
Assessment Section (SEAS) is responsible for classifying and managing Florida
shellfish harvesting areas. The goal of shellfish harvesting area classification
and management is to provide maximum utilization of shellfish resources and
to reduce the risk of shellfish-borne illness. SEAS headquarters is located in
Tallahassee; its shellfish laboratory is located in Apalachicola. Twelve Envi-
ronmental Specialists and two Environmental Health Aides in five district of-
ices monitor over 1,200 bacteriological sampling stations in 57 shellfish har-
vesting areas, and are responsible for shellfish classification of coastal
Fecal Coliform as an Indicator for Human Pathogens
Many pathogens associated with fecal material are discharged into coastal
waters. Because monitoring for all human pathogens is not feasible, an indi-
cator group of bacteria is used to assess the likelihood that human pathogens
Fecal coliform live in the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals, and each
person excretes approximately two billion of these bacteria per day. Few fecal
coliform are pathogenic: however, the presence of fecal coliform bacteria in
coastal waters indicates feces from warm-blooded animals is present and
human pathogens are likely to also be present.
DEP routinely monitors tecal coliform and water quality parameters at estab-
lished stations in each of Florida's shellfish harvesting areas. Sub-surface
water samples are collected, placed in ice-filled coolers and shipped overnight
to a certified laboratory. The analysis for fecal coliform takes 24 hours, and
numbers of bacteria are expressed in the' units of Most Probable Number
(MPN) per 100 milliliters (ml).
The NSSP has established bacteriological standards for shellfish harvesting
area classification. For areas to be classified Approved or Conditionally Ap-
proved, the level of fecal coliform in sub-surface water samples must meet the
NSSP 14/43 standard. For areas to be classified Restricted or Conditionally
Restricted, the level of fecal coliform in sub-surface water samples must meet
the NSSP 88/260 standard.
Adverse Pollution Conditions
Tide, rainfall, river stage and river discharge are evaluated on computer to
identify environmental conditions that may have an association with fecal
coliform levels in the water. Equations are developed for each station and
used to predict rainfall and river levels when fecal coliform levels equal the
NSSP 14 and 88 values. Rainfall or river exceeding these levels are defined as
adverse pollution conditions. Conditionally Approved and Conditionally Re-
stricted management plans call for temporary closure of areas for shellfishing
during rainfall and/or river adverse pollution conditions. Fecal coliform data
at each station is compared to the NSSP fecal coliform standards with respect
to adverse pollution conditions to investigate the classification of each portion
of shellfish areas as Approved, Conditionally Approved, Restricted, Condition-
ally Restricted or Prohibited.
Wastewater Treatment Plants and Marinas
It is not appropriate to base shellfish harvesting classification on fecal coliform
monitoring in the vicinity of wastewater treatment plants and marinas. Chlo-
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rination of wastewater treatment plant effluent under normal plant operation
provides a high degree of disinfection, yet unpredictable overflows, incom-
plete treatment of waste and interruption of chlorination may occur. Discharges
from marine sanitation devices are of short duration; hence, collection of
samples in the pollution slug is unlikely. Therefore, Prohibited buffer zones
are established by calculation or hydrographic study for these types of point
A buffer zone of considerable size is required to reduce to an acceptable level
the two billion fecal coliform bacteria excreted by a single person in one day.
Two billion fecal coliform bacteria mixed uniformly into 54 million gallons of
clean water results in a fecal coliform density equal to the NSSP standard
value of 14 MPN/100 ml. For a hypothetical body of water with a water depth
of 5.5 feet, a 300 foot by 300 foot closure is required to dilute feces of a single
person to 14 MPN/100 ml.
Coastal waters are classified by DEP based on sanitary, hydrographic, meteo-
rologic and bacteriological surveys. Sanitary surveys identify waters where
contaminants may be present in amounts that present a health hazard; hence,
should not be open to harvest.. The bacteriological survey identifies waters
meeting NSSP fecal coliform standards. A.comprehensive shellfish harvesting
area survey is written for each shellfish harvesting area to document the meth-
ods and findings of these surveys, as well as proposed changes in classifica-
tion and management. NSSP guidelines require that these reports be main-
tained annually, reevaluated every threeyears and resurveyed every 12 years.
Areas that do not comply with sanitary requirements are to be immediately
reclassified or closed. The comprehensive shellfish harvesting area survey is
the basis for a draft amendment to the Comprehensive Shellfish Control Code,
Chapter 62R-7, Florida Administrative Code for reclassification of an area.
The following summarizes routine administrative procedures applied to amend-
ing a rule. A draft rule amendment is distributed to all DEP Divisions and
legal counsel for review. Pertinent information is supplied to a DEP econo-
mist. A notice containing the date, time, location, and purpose of a public
workshop is advertised and mailed to interested parties. A workshop is con-
ducted on the proposed reclassification to distribute information and receive
comment from the shellfish industry and local' and state officials; economic
impact questionnaires are distributed. Recommendations consistent with the
NSSP are incorporated into a final draft survey and amendment. The final
draft amendment is reviewed by DEP. The final draft amendment and the
date, time, location, and purpose of a public hearing are advertised and mailed
to interested parties. A public hearing is conducted if requested within 21
days of the advertisement. Recommendations received during the 21-day ad-
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this to be a part of the summer
harvesting area which has been
helpful. Our membership, how-
ever, feels that this should be a
winter area only with Cat Point
as it is west of the bridge."
Thompson said that these re-
quests will be taken under con-
The Seafood Association is also
concerned about the new pro-
posed St. George Island Bridge.
There is to be a local meeting to
be held in May for local input and
the association requested that the
department staff attend that
One local oysterman John Max-
well said, 'This is the best plan
we have ever had." He added that
he had been working on the bay
for 25 30 years. He said, "Today
there are only about 80 90 boats
working where there used to be
thousands." Maxwell said that he
felt that the summer area was like
a field on a farm that had been
planted and all the seeds had
grown and needed to be thinned
out. He said, "The summer side
is too thick-it needs harvesting."
He also said that the men could
not survive on a four day week.
"It's hard to get a license and it
costs. It would be better if the li-
cense could go down a bit." He
went on to praise the work of the
local staff and those in Tallahas-
see. "I thank you all from the bot-
tom of my heart."
CFS OR ARF5(=2.69 IN
CFS OR ARF5<=4,99 IN
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vertisement period that are consistent with the NSSP are incorporated into
the survey and amendment. An economic impact statement prepared by the
economist is incorporated into a final draft amendment. The amendment is
submitted for Department certification. Unless challenged within 21 days af-
ter filing, the proposed reclassification becomes effective a minimum of 21
days after the amendment is filed with the Secretary of State.
Waters are classified for harvest of shellfish as Approved, Conditionally Ap-
proved, Restricted, Conditionally Restricted, Prohibited and Unclassified (=
Approved Area: Normally open to shellfish harvesting; may be tem-
porarily closed under extraordinary circumstances such as red tides,
hurricanes and sewage spills. The 14/43 standard must be met for
all combinations of defined adverse pollution conditions (tide, rain-
fall, river, tide/rainfall, tide/river and tide/rainfall/river).
Conditionally ApprovedArea: Periodically closed to shellfish harvest-
ing based on pollutional events, such as rainfall or increased river
flow. The 14/43 standard must be met when the management plan
parameter (rainfall, river stage, and/or river discharge) is less than
the adverse pollution condition during all other adverse pollution
Restricted Area: Normally open to relaying or controlled purification,
allowed only by special permit and supervision; may be temporarily
closed under extraordinary circumstances such as red tides, hurri-
canes and sewage spills. The 88/260 standard must be met for all
combinations of defined adverse pollution conditions (tide, rainfall,
river, tide/rainfall, tide/river and tide/rainfall/river).
Conditionally Restricted Area: Periodically, relay and controlled puri-
fication activity is temporarily suspended based on pollutional events,
such as rainfall or increased river flow. The 88/260 standard must
be met when the management plan parameter (rainfall, river stage,
and/or river discharge) is less than the adverse pollution condition
during all other adverse pollution conditions.
Prohibited: Shellfish harvesting is not permitted due to actual or po-
tential pollution. This classification is least desitable, and is used
only when standards are exceeded for Approved, Conditionally Ap-
proved, Restricted and Conditionally Restricted classification man-
Unclassified: Shellfish harvesting is not permitted pending bacterio-
logical and sanitary surveys.
Management Plans and Estimated Closure Frequency (Days per Month) for
the Current and Proposed Classification of the Apalachicola Bay System
(Closure frequencies are based on rainfall and river from October 1, 1989 to June 30, 1995)
Season Classification Zones
# of days/month
Curent Winter Approved --- --- 0
Current Winter Cond. Approved RF7 STG5 10.7
Current Summer Cond. Approved RF2>2.00 --- 3.9
Proposed Winter Approved --- -.--- 0
Proposed Winter Cond. Approved East RF3>4.37 DIS2>34,446 9.0
Proposed Winter Cond. Approved West 1 RF3>4.37 DIS2>25,132 14.2
Proposed Winter Cond. Approved West 2 ---- DIS2>34,446 8.5
Proposed Winter Cond. Approved West 3 RF3>1.19' DIS2>34,446 12.2
Proposed Summer Approved / --- --- 0
Proposed Summer Cond. Approved North RF5>2.69 DIS2>29,838 5.5
Proposed Summer Cond. Approved South RF5>4.99 DIS2>29,838 2.6
According to the 1990 Survey
The above table was in materials distributed at the workshop held on April 29, 1997. In using the table
above, we cite the example for Winter Conditionally Approved, east area.,The decision to CLOSE this area
would be conditioned on the following: (1) When the three-day cumulative rainfall measured at the Apalachi-
cola airport Is greater than (exceeds) 4.37 inches or (2) the Apalachicola River stage measured two days
before (at Blountstown) exceeds 14.42 feet. The third factor (DIS2> 34,446 has to do with the flow of the
water and is not directly relevant to the management decision'about closure. Continuing with the ex-
ample, the estimated time of closure would be about 9 days under the conditions just identified (1) and/
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1997 Waterfront Festival:
"The Best One Ever"
By Carol Ann Vandegrift
Bonnie Stephens, secretary of the
Carrabelle Chamber of Com-
merce, said she's received a lot of
comments that the 1997 Water-
front Festival was "the best one
ever" According to Ms. Stephens,
the Chamber has no way to ac-
curately number crowd atten-
dance since no entrance fee was
charged, but Bonnie said Blanch
Cox, owner of Cox BP Station on
the corner of Highway 98 and
Marine Street, estimated that a
couple of thousand people entered
the festival walkway. Some of
these probably left for awhile and
returned. Ms. Stephens said
Tommy Lofton (Coastal Security)
told her that "there wasn't really
a break (let-up) in the crowd". No
incidences of drunkenness,
rowdiness, etc., occurred, Ms.
One big complaint the Chamber
will need to rectify for future fes-
tivals concerns the "porta potties"
being too inaccessible. Another
major complaint involved traffic
control and adequate parking
spaces. But when it was all over
with, a visitor summed up the
general feeling of the festival's
success with a comment to Dan
Ausley that the 1997 Waterfront
Festival was "one of the best, fam-
ily-oriented" festivals they'd ever
According to Ms. Stephens, the
Budweiser Booth run by the
Chamber of Commerce sold out
of beer by 11 p.m., but 'Twilight",
the Rock & Roll/Rhythm & Blues
band out of Tallahassee played
until midnight, cheered on by an
estimated 300 dancing, toe-tap-
ping, or just sitting' and watching'
people. "The whole street was
filled with people dancing and
having fun", said Ms. Stephens.
The Budweiser Booth and the Fun
Auction were the main fund-rais-
ers of the event. New attractions
this year included the train, the
donkey ride, and the pitching
booth. Ms. Stephens said out of
the 90 booths scheduled to oper-
ate at the festival, only four failed
to show up (two locals and two
out-of-towners). All local (Frank-
lin County) vendors were given
free booth space. Of 15 food ven-
dors, 12 were local; 13 of the 15
games booths for kids were local;
approximately 13 exhibits were by
The Chamber suffered "a real bad
[financial] loss" at last year's fes-
tival, but Ms. Stephens said,
roughly figuring, they will prob-
ably break even this year, with
"maybe a small loss." Any profits
from the Waterfront Festival
would go toward the next year's
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By Carol Ann Vandergrift
And speaking ot the Waterfront
The Carrabelle Christian Center
Food booth sold out by 2 or
2:30 p.m. Rev. Andrew Ruther-
ford, pastor of the independent
church, said funds raised at the
festival will be used for the
church's recently established lo-
cal and foreign mission programs.
:Mission trips have already been
made to the Bahamas, and mem-
bers are also exploring possible
involvement in a program similar
to former president Jimmy
Carter's Habitat for Humanity
outreach. Members are discuss-
ing ways to help locally through
Such efforts as minor repairs to
Carrabelle First Assembly of
God Royal Rangers operated a
boiled shrimp booth at the water-
front and had "a real good day,
wonderful fellowship, meeting
people...," said Mayme Millender.
Funds will help send 10-year-old
First Assembly Royal Rangers to
the National Camporama in Mis-
souri. Via the Chronicle, the
church would like to extend a
special "thanks" to all the people
whohelped. Lowell Chambers is
Commander of the Royal Rangers,
assisted by his wife Bernice.
Carrabelle United Methodist
Church's Audrey Kelly, wife of
Rev. Mike Kelly, said she thor-
oughly enjoyed her church's in-
volvement in the Waterfront Fes-
tival. Serving hamburgers, hot
dogs, chili dogs, slaw dogs, iced
tea and coffee, the booth was ba-
sically a fund raiser for the
church's general fund. It was the
first time for the church to be in-
volved in the festival and Audrey
and other members "hope to do it
again, it was an interesting first
time." The "plus" for Audrey was
"the fellowship' being with fellow
members, fellow Christians." The
church plan to have another
booth at the city's 4th of July Cel-
ebration and Fireworks Display.
And by the way...Happy Birth-
day, Audrey! (April 21)
Sea Oats Garden Club (Jo Woods,
President and Carrie Belleman,
Vice President) made $360
through their sales of baked items
and plants which were donated by
members and nonmembers
throughout the community. The
funds will be used for projects
that will ensure the continued
beautification of the City of
Carrabelle. The club works in
liasion with the Carrabelle City
"Beauty By The Sea" will be the
theme when the Sea Oats Gar-
den Club and the Yaupon Gar-
den Club, both of Carrabelle, host
the Florida Federation of Garden
Clubs, Inc. District III Spring
Meeting Wednesday, May 7 in
Carrabelle. Registration will be at
the Yaupon Garden Club Build-
ing located across the street from
the Senior Citizen's Building in
Carrabelle. The meeting and lun-
cheon will be in the Senior Citi-
zen s building.
The Franklin County Library
earned almost a thousand dollars
at the Waterfront through a com-
bination of selling used books and
gumbo and raffling a quilt de-
signed and made by Betty Rob-
erts. Jackie Gay was in charge of
the gumbo cookoff and Becky
Melton led the sale of the used
books. Johnnie's Restaurant do-
nated 'a lot of gumbo" to sell after
the cooking contest ended,
enough "to last as long as the fes-
tival lasted. 'Proceeds of the
Gumbo cookoff will go to the
Project 2000: Carrabelle High
School Cakewalk Nan Collins
tells us that students who will go
down in our local history as the
first high school graduating class
of the 21st Century did well with
their Waterfront cake walk. Mrs.
Cumbie's and Mrs. Davis's now-
ninth grade students made about
$90 with their cake-walk, which
will go toward financing their se-
nior trip. CHS PTO president An-
drew Rutherford said the CHS
donkey ride didn't do as well as
expected. Oh well. There's always
The 1997 "Elementary Seniors"
of CHS, Mrs. Kendrick's 6th
graders, operated the Riverfont
dunking booth and also received
donations for 8 items. These stu-
dents hauled in over a thousand
dollars that will go toward the
purchase of their caps and gowns
for graduation from Elementary
School to Middle School. The kids
and the teachers are "ready to go
at it again" with another booth
and hope they can do something
on the 4th of July.
June 6, 1947 Carrabelle High
School Graduates are hoping to
get together this year in some
fashion for their 50-Year Class
Reunion. Classmembers who still
live in Carrabelle include Anne
Lindsey, Joyce Allen-Thompson,
Eva Papadoupoulos, Camille
"Dattie" Tucker-Wright and
Carlton Wathen. Two other class-
members live in Tallahassee, Ray
Soloman and Edward Chason.
The movie Ulee's Gold, much of
which was filmed in Carrabelle
and Apalachicola, will open at a
Tallahassee theater in July, said
Anne Lindsey, who received the
information from Allene Hall-
Segar, formerly of Eastpoint, who
now resides in Blountstown. An
"approximately 1943" graduate of
Carrabelle High School; Allene,
known to her friends as "Pud",
attended the Honey Festival in
Wewahitchka. Film director, Vic-
tor Nunez, also attended the fes-
tival and said that the movie had
premiered Januay 22 in Park City,
Utah "to good responses." Ben
and Glynnis Lanier, second cous-
ins to "Pud", were technical advi-
'sors on the honey business dur-
ing the filming and they attended
the premier in Park City as guests
of Mr. Nunez. Another family
member, L. L. Lanier, has a role
in the film. Actor Peter Fonda,
who plays "an old honey taker" in
the film, modeled his role after
L. L., The Lanier's own Lanier &
Sons Tupelo Honey. Bill and Anne.
Lindsey received a Ulee s Gold T-
Shirt, which were free at the fes-
tival with the purchase of ajar of
The Franklin County Humane
Society had a "red-letter day" at
the Waterfront, adopting out four
cute little puppies and four ador-
able 6-week-old kittens. Rene
Topping said volunteers at the
booth gave out a lot of information
about the Franklin County Ani-
The Eagle Has Landed...on Ma-
rine Street! Lucy Belliveau, a
Carrabelle resident since 1994,
will be well into the grand open-
ing of her new Marine Street deli
-by the time you read this. The
"Eagle's Nest" opened May 1 and
will serve bagels, muffins, corn
bread, biscuits, cream puffs,
cheese cakes, brownies, cookies
and other delicious yummies that
you can wash down with a cup of
coffee, or a glass of tea, milk or
juice. Lucy came to Eastpoint in
1990 from Pennsylvania, where
she operated restaurants, coffee
shops and a "hot-dog wagon."
Lucy lost her son a year ago and
"he loved eagles," she said. She
named her new business with this
in mind. The difference between
the Eagle's Nest and her other
eatery ventures, Lucy said, are the
variety of pastries she offers here.
She does the cooking herself and
plans to add sandwiches to the
menu later. The Eagle's Nest is
open Tuesday through Friday
from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Satur-
days from 7 a.m. to Noon.
Old-Timers' Softball Game will
be Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Admission is free. The
CHS Athletic Booster Club will be
selling hot dogs, popcorn & soft
drinks at the concession stand.
The CHS Girls' Varsity Softball
Team, (the "Lady Panthers"),
rated #1 in the district, won their
first playoff game Tuesday, April
29 at Paxton and are scheduled
to play again Wednesday, April 30
at 3 p.m. A win on the 30th would
lead them to a third and final
game on Thursday, May 1, and if
they win Thursday they will be
,Number One in the district and
head for the Regional Playoffs.
"The Garden Galley" on Highway
98 is getting a lot of compliments
on its inside and outside appear-
ance. Housed in the former
"Whistle Stop," the yard was de-
scribed by local artist and Sea
Oats Garden Club member Peggi
Lauver as "very pretty for a new
local business. She [Proprietor
Ann Deloney] has really helped
the beautification of Carrabelle."
Driving by the business you'll see
petunias, day lilies, wisteria and
a rose bush Ms. Deloney is
recultivating. Inside, you'll find
water color and oil paintings cre-
ated by local artists Peggi Lauver,
Clare Viles, Marian Millender and
Win Conger, to mention only a
few. Other items created by local
artists include hand-made dolls,
beautiful stained glass pieces,
etched glassware, wood carvings,
pottery, quilts and costume jew-
elry. "Ann Delonev is very conge-
nial, very friendly and very help-
ful to local artists throughout
Franklin County," Peggi said, "re-
ally an asset to Carrabelle, inside
and out." The Garden Gallery is
open Thursday through Monday
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 697-4464.
Carly Golden, one-month-old
daughter of Chris and Alicla
Massey-Golden of Eastpoint, died
Monday. She is survived by her
brothers, Casey and Chase
Golden of Eastpoint; her grand-
parents, Charles and Deedre
Golden and Catherine and Bucky
Creamer, all of Eastpoint; and,
,Sandy Massey of Canabelle; her
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Massey of Carrabelle; Buford and
Audrey Golden of Eastpoint;,and,
Donny Golden of Apalachicola.
The family received friends from
5 to 8 p.m. on April 30 and me-
morial services were held Thurs-
day, May 1 at the Eastpoint
Church of God. Burial was at
A new female red wolf and the old
male were set free on St. Vincent
National Wildlife Refuge. The fam-
ily that was on St. Vincent Island
for the last few years was cap
tured to make room for the new
female. The three wolves born in
1994 were sent to Alligator River
National Wildlife Refuge to aug-
ment the wild population in
northeastern North Carolina. The
adult pair were split up because
they had not bred for the last two
seasons. The male was penned up
and paired with the new female.
His former mate was sent to Horn
Hopefully, the pair on St. Vincent
Island will breed and raise a litter
of pups this spring. St. Vincent's
part in the recovery of the red wolf
remains the same; The refuge is
basically a training ground for red
wolves that will be used in main-
The world population of red
wolves is estimated to be from 244
- 296 animals. Hopefully, St.
Vincent wolves will help increase
that number during the upcom-
ing breeding season.
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Radar Family Performs
at AHS .
Above: Literacy Director Bonnie Segree steps up to the
microphone at the request of the Radar Family. Below:
The Radar Family entertains audience members with some
good, ol' country music.
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(From left to right) Helen Schmidt, Will Kenderick and
Frank Stevens at the workshop.
Affordable Housing Workshop
Attended by Franklin Co. Group
by George Chapel -
The Affordable Housing Workshop
presented by the Area Agency on
Aging for North Florida, Inc.
(AAANF) and USDA Rural Devel-
opment was held at the Ramada
Inn, Tallahassee, on April 30,
The group from Franklin County
included Clifford and Clarence
Williams (Franklin County Com-
missioner), Helen Schmidt (former
Director of the Franklin Senior
Citizens Center) Frank Stevens
(Board liaison to the AAANF), Will
Kendrick (ASB, Carrabelle),
Evelyn Pace (new director of the
Franklin Senior Citizens Center,
Carrabelle), Jackie Williams,
Nancy Mock, Nancy Powell, David
Jones and George Chapel.
Organized with the assistance of
the Florida Housing Finance
Agency, the Department of Com-
munity Affairs, the Apalachee
Regional Planning Council, the
Florida Association of Homes for
the Aging, Goodwell Industries,
the Tallahassee Urban League
and Unity First Mortgate for Re-
verse Mortgage Company, the
conference appraised the re-
sources available for housing pro-
grams serving the elderly in the
fourteen county North Flordia
area. Rental Housing and Assis-
tance Programs; Housing, Acqui-
sition, Renovation and Repair;
Energy Assistance Programs;
Housing Development or Con-
struction as well as other related
services were presented to those
attending. A major problem was
the problem of possible reduction
available in the future for most
housing programs, as against a
possible increase in need.
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The Radar Family brought musical entertainment to Franklin County
on April 25 with a two hour Ocean Opry Show at Apalachicola High
School. The show featured country & gospel music as well as humor-
ous, slap-stick skits.
Radar Family members entertained the audience with impersonations
by such artists as Hank Snow, Marty Robins, Earnest Tubb, Johnny
Cash and Willie Nelson. The performance was sponsored by the Fran-
klin County Chapter of Literacy Volunteers of America.
"It was a really good family show," said Franklin County Public Li-
brary Director Eileen Annie. She concluded, "a good time was had by
all who attended."
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Memory of Barbara Waird
On April 15, 1997 the senior class of 1996/7 planted a memorial live
oak in front of the Carrabelle High School as a living memorial for
Barbara Ward, a Carrabelle High School teacher who died recently.
In memorializing her the students said that she was "One of the best,"
and several students spoke emotionally about their friendship with
her and what a void was left in their lives by her passing.
Slide Show to
St. Vincent National Wildlife Ref-
uge will present a slide show on
neotropical migratory birds to cel-
ebrate International Migratory
Bird Day. The slide show will be
at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday May 8,
1997. It will be presented at the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve auditorium,
261 7th Street, Apalachicola, FL.
Many neotropical migratory birds
are declining due to fragmenta-
tion of breeding habitat in North
America and loss of winter habi-
tat .in the Caribbean, Central
America and South America. The
slide show will give the audience
an appreciation for the diversity
and beauty of these often small
but attractive birds. Spring migra-
tion is in progress and many of
the birds illustrated in the slide
show can be seen in the habitats
For more information about
neotropical migratory birds or the
slide presentation contact the
refuge headquarters at 904-
STATE OF FLORIDA
The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a series of public
workshops on shrimping to re-
ceive comment regarding propos-
als to extend the requirement for
the use of bycatch reduction de-
vices (BRD's) in otter trawls to the
Northwest and Southwest Re-
gions, and to allow commercial
fishermen to use cast nets to har-
vest shrimp. The public is encour-
aged to participate in the work-
shops, which will be held as fol-
lows (note only the commercial
cast net proposal will be dis-
cussed at the Jacksonville work-
shop as BRD requirements are
currently in place in the North-
Monday, May 5, 1997
7:00 9:00 p.m.
DEP Northeast District Office
7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite
2nd Floor Conf. Room A & B
Tuesday, May 6, 1997
7:00 9:00 p.m.
Florida Marine Research Insti-
100 8th Avenue, S.E.
1st Floor Auditorium
Monday, May 19, 1997
2:00 4:00 p.m.
Wakulla County Commission
29 Arran Road
Monday, May 19, 1997
7:00 9:00 p.m.
Franklin County Courthouse
33 Market Street
Tuesday, May 20, 1997
7:00 9:00 p.m. (CDT)
Gulf Coast Community College
5230 West Highway 98
Student Union Bldg., 2nd Floor
Gibson Lecture Hall
Thursday, May 22, 1997
6:00 8:00 p.m. (CDT)
Escambia County Courthouse
223 Palafox Place
Board of Commissioners Meet-
ing Room 3rd Floor
Annual Spaghgetti Dinner
The Eastpoint Volunteer Fire
Department is having their
Annual Spaghetti Dinner on
Saturday, May 10 from 5:00-7:30
p.m. at the Eastpoint Fire Station
, which is located on 6th Street
and the Escape Road (one block
off Hwy. 98). A donation of $5 to
the event is requested. The dinner
will include a drink and dessert.
Proceeds from the event will go
towards purchasing a new fire
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