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Franklin Chronicle


Volume 6, Number 13 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER June 27 July 10, 1997


SIsland Residents and Visitors
to Face Mandatory Evacuation
in Face of Worsening Tropical
Storms


Certified Board Member
Distinction Earned by Willie Speed


Willie Speed, a Franklin County
School Board member, was rec-
ognized as a Certified Board Mem-
ber on June 12, 1997, in Tampa,
Florida, at the Annual Summer
Training Conference sponsored by
the Florida School Boards Asso-
ciation (FSBA) and the Florida
Association of District School Su-
perintendents (FADSS). Mr. Speed
earned -this distinction by com-
pleting a 96-hour training pro-
gram in eleven areas of education.
Some examples of the training
topics are: curriculum and in-
struction, school finance, leg-
islative and administrative pro-
cesses. school law. and commu-


Concerns

Expressed Over

Proposed

Placement of

SGI Bridge

Joe Shields and John Gunter with
the Shellfish Division of the De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection (DEP) expressed their con-
cerns to members of the Franklin
County Commission on June 17
about a variety of issues sur-
rounding the proposed St. George
Island Bridge.
Mr. Gunter informed the board
that several alternatives for the
corridor of the proposed bridge
had been determined. "When we
are looking at these corridors from
a resource standpoint and a wa-
ter quality standpoint," said
Gunter, "we're looking only at
what's good for Apalachicola Bay
and how it affects the seafood


nity involvement.
This is a voluntary training pro-
gram sponsored by FSBA in which
individual school board members
may participate.
Mr. Speed is one of only fifty-three
school board members in Florida
to receive this prestigious award.
The award is a culmination of in-
struction that is designed to al-
low local board members to be
better prepared for their impor-
tant role of improving public edu-
cation.


industry."
Gunter said that the DEP had of-
fered the HDR Consulting Firm
several alternatives in relation to
the corridor of the proposed
bridge. "So far they haven't been
real receptive to what we feel is
the best corridor," he noted.
Gunter said that the best location
for the corridor would begin just
outside of Eastpoint, continue in
the direction between Peanut
Ridge Bar and Platform Bar, and
end up on St. George Island. He
observed that such a placement
would cost "a few million more"
dollars and would also require a
more lengthy permitting process.
'There are some current concerns
that they (HDR Consulting Firm)
have about. the impact of busi-
nesses on either side," said
Gunter. "From a resource stand-
point," he continued, "the impact
of the proposed plan from HDR)
on the oyster bars, Cat Point and
East Hole as well as the summer

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Alan Pierce, County Planner and
head of Franklin County Emer-
gency Management, told the St.
George Island Civic Club last
Thursday, June 19, 1997, that in
the event of a worsening tropical
storm, he would order a manda-
tory evacuation. Citing area emer-
gency management plans, the
entire Franklin County would
likely face mandatory evacuation
in a category I hurricane or
higher, as the entire area is a flood
zone.
June 1st is the start of hurricane
season, he said, and the major
problem is that the storms begin
in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving little
time for adequate preparations
and warnings for the departure
of island residents and county
residents.
Later in the hurricane season, the
storms start off the coast of Af-
rica, allowing more time for prepa-
rations and warnings. During
tropical storm Beryl, Pierce con-
tinued, "I decided to leave St.
George Island populations at their
own mercy," and not order a man-
datory evacuation of the island.
"It wasn't really necessary" until
the storm got worse and the
causeway connecting the bridges
to the island went under water
and "you all were stuck out there
for twelve hours." "From now
on...it will probably be a standard
[response] to ANY storm event, to
order mandatory evacuation."
He continued to Civic Club mem-
bers, some of whom were begin-
ning to drop their jaws,"...Even
though its a tropical storm, it is
just safer to order a mandatory
evacuation. I'm sorry. It is just
safer that way..."
Someone asked, "What does that
mean?" Pierce responded again,
"It means mandatory evacuation.
We do not take guns out and force
you to leave island...We're telling
you that it is not safe to be out
here. You must leave the
island...We have no way of rescu-
ing you, so please leave the is-
land..." Pierce explained that
county resources are limited in
such emergencies, and authori-
ties did not have time, and storms
can intensify quickly. The call will
be made only when conditions
worsen, that is, a tropical storm
shows likely signs of moving into
a Category I hurricane.
Jay Abbott, Fire Chief of the Is-
land volunteer Fire Department,
said that when there is a manda-
tory evacuation ordered by the
emergency management staff, it
is also likely that Florida Power
would shut off power to the is-
land. The Chronicle confirmed
this policy in a conversation with
Gulf Power manager, Teddy
Nobles, a few days after the Civic
Club announcement.
Pierce punctuated that conclu-
sion, "So when the order goes out,


County

Adopts Gas

Tax Before

Handful of

Residents

Only a few residents were present
as the Franklin County Commis-
sion voted 3-1 to adopt a Five Cent
Local Option Gas Tax for a period
of 20 years during a July 17 pub-
lic hearing. Franklin County be-
came the fast county in the State
of Florida to adopt such a tax.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal was
the board's lone voice of opposi-
tion against the five cent
tax. Putnal informed the board
that he was not necessarily op-
posed to adopting a gas tax; how-
ever, he insisted that the county
should begin at a more modest
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the power goes out...I didn't know
that." Abbott responded again by
nodding his head up and down.
One member in the audience,
John Selby, voiced concern over
the "cry wolf syndrome. "I know
this is a dilemma," Pierce re-
sponded. Selby continued, "What
you are going to do is to encour-
age people to stay on the island
when they know all storms will
have an order for mandatory
evacuation and some storms are
not that severe. I think you are
setting a bad precedent." Pierce
acknowledged the predicament.
Jay Abbott pointed out that the
storm can exhibit entirely differ-
ent characteristics in Apalachi-
cola versus the island. He added,
"You can't call the shots on this
from Tallahassee."
There were other revelations.
Pierce continued, '"The Red Cross
will come to open shelters for a
tropical storm. But Franklin
County is a flood zone. They will
not open shelters for a category I
or higher hurricane. The Red
Cross calls the shots on that de-


jv .' .. .._ -
Alan Pierce
cision; they have a contract with
the State of Florida to man shel-
ters, and that's the way it is."
Alan did point out that there are
also designated "refuges of last re-
sort," facilities the public may go
to, at their own risk, but they
would not have provisions, food,
medical assistance, etc. "Other-
wise, you must leave the county
in the event of a hurricane. We
just don't have any shelters that
are more than one-quarter mile
off the coast. We cannot have a
shelter within 1,000 feet of the
water."
Jay Abbott advised that those of
his staff who would stay on the
island are all volunteers. If the
causeway is flooded, there is no
way to transport anyone to a hos-
pital. He recalled one individual
was sleeping in his home when a
storm blew the glass from his win-
dows over him and he was se-
verely cut by the flying debris.


figure than five cents. Putnal sug-
gested that the board adopt
a three cent tax for a ten year
period.
Chairperson Raymond Williams
said that three cents would only
generate $117,000 in annual tax
revenue. "Divide that by five," he
noted, "that's $30,000 for each
district... It won't go that far."
Williams said that a five cent tax
would generate $286,000 in an-
nual tax revenue.
Commissioner Williams also suc-
cessfully convinced the board to
extend the duration of the local
option gas tax from 10 to 20 years.
Williams argued that the initial
ten year period would give the
county enough time to generate
the revenue needed to repair the
many roads in disrepair. "If you
truly face the facts...we're always
gonna be behind," said Williams.
Commissioner Putnal argued that
the county could vote to extend
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I

y

Rep. Janegale Boyd

Legislative

Review

Draws Few

Residents

& No Public

Officials

Only three residents from the
community made their way to the
June 24 Legislative Review meet-
ing at the Franklin County Court-
house to speak with Representa-
tive Janegale Boyd. In addition,
not one elected official from Fran-
klin County attended the meeting.
Those residents attending the re-
view included Dr. Shakra Junejo
and Joanne Thomason from the
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment and Susan Ficklen from
Weems Memorial Hospital.
Representative Boyd informed the
small group of some recent ac-
complishments in the past legis-
lative session. Ms. Boyd noted
that a one-year suspension for the
collection of unemployment taxes
was adopted. The legislation, she
noted, would provide state em-
ployers with a $161 million tax
break.
Representative Boyd also said
that businesses could now receive
a $5,000 tax credit for each new
employee through Enterprise
Florida. The credit would apply to
each employee who has worked
with a company for at least one
year. Those interested in obtain-
ing more information about the
tax credit plan may contact John
Ray with Enterprise Florida of
Tallahassee: (850) 488-6300.
'This helps to create jobs...which
is great," said Boyd. She contin-
ued, 'This isn't a loan; they don't
have to pay it back like a small
business loan. This is literally
money that is given to them."
Rep. Boyd further noted that $2
million in funding for rural com-
munity development was allo-
cated from the recent session. An
additional $5 million, she said,
was obtained for Qualified Target
Industry Funds. Boyd noted that
these funds could be used to pro-
vide job recruitment and to add
jobs to existing businesses.
Dr. Junejo thanked Rep. Boyd for
her work in helping Franklin
County obtain $425,000 in the
past legislative session for Phase
II in development funds for
the Franklin County Health
Department.
In concern to education, Rep.
Boyd noted that the facility funds
were created through the previ-
ous legislative session. "It's re-
ceived a lot of controversy," said
Boyd, "because at the very last
moment the Senate added on the
counting of portables." Boyd ob-
served that portable building gen-
erally only lasted for approxi-
mately 10-15 years. "With a per-
manent building," she added,
"you have a safety factor that's
much better."
Rep. Boyd informed audience
members that a district could ac-
cess facility funds every three
years. Previously, she said that
districts could only access those


funds every five years.
The opportunity to obtain a char-
ter school, Boyd explained, would
be at the discretion of the school
board and the community. "If it
would mean that you could in-
crease students in the school and
increase in the curricula and what
the students have offered," she
observed, "that maybe something
they want to consider...because
you are able to do something with-
out some constraints...Charter
schools are less restrictive in fol-
lowing certain standards."
Rep. Boyd observed that the
district's chances of obtaining a
charter school would be excellent
if the school board and commu-
nity supported the notion. "In fact,
the comments I heard this year
was that they were surprised
more didn't do so," said Boyd. The
decision to start such a school,
Boyd noted, was somewhat fright-
ening to some districts. "It is go-
ing into the unknown," she ob-
served. "From the things that are.
coming back from the (charter)
schools that they've done," she
noted, "the outlook is good."
SWith respect to adult literacy and
library funding, Rep. Boyd said
that she would look into possible
state funding for the adult literacy
program. She noted that she has
always been a great supporter of
public libraries.
"One of the things that we're find-
ing," noted WOYS News Director
Michael Allen, "is that the net ban
put a lot of people out of work.
There was a substantial amount
of money given to training pro-
grams. But if a person can't read,
he can't go to training
programs...we find it very difficult
to find any money from the state
to help fund these programs and
they're not very expensive."
Rep. Boyd suggested that the li-
brary board compile a grant pack-
age in order to seek funding for
such a program. "If the board will
put down what they want to do,
how much it will cost and have
what their need is," Boyd ex-
plained, "basically, it's a set cri-
teria. I tell people that it doesn't
hurt to ask...I find that, if you
don't ask, you never receive."
"Here," said Mr. Allen, "the county
will spend tons of money on
things like ball parks. But when
it comes to libraries, they don't
seem to have the money."
Rep. Boyd noted that Franklin
County had received $500,000 for
a prison site-plan in the legisla-
tive session. Questioned by the
Franklin Chronicle as to whether
the proposed prison would help
address unemployment .in the
county due to the net ban and clo-
sure of the paper mill, Rep. Boyd
responded, "anything that brings
in jobs will be good for the
economy.
Mr. Allen questioned whether the
community really wanted a
prison. "I don't sure the popula-
tion is necessarily thrilled about
the prison as much as these five
men (county commissioners) up
here," said Allen. He continued,
"this is a quickjob creation, which
makes them look really, really
good. I'm not sure that people who
spent their lives on the bay want
to go lock themselves up in a dark
room and work in a prison. To be
honest, this question has never
been asked. In fact, this conver-
sation has never gone beyond this
point. It's never gone to a public
hearing."
In regard to the county's recent
adoption of the local option gas
tax, Rep. Boyd commented that
the state would now be more likely
to maintain such roads as 67 and
370. "I called DOT and I heard real
fast that, until the county was
willing to do their share, how
could they justify fixing your
roads with other counties levying
up to the max in gas taxes," said
Boyd. Mr. Allen responded that all
local residents already pay state
taxes. He questioned why a gas
tax was necessary for such ser-
vice from the DOT. "It sounds like
blackmail," he said, "they should
call it a mandatory gas tax instead
of a local option gas tax."
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The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday


Franklin

Briefs

Notes from the June 17
Franklin County
Commission meeting
*The board unanimously agreed
to authorize Chairperson Ray-
mond Williams to sign a grant
application which will seek fund-
ing for infrastructure at the pro-
posed Industrial Park at the
Apalachicola Municipal Airport.
Mr. Pal Rivers, who chairs the
advisory committee for the
Apalachicola Municipal Airport,
reminded commissioners that the
proposed park would need more
than just infrastructure. "We've
got to have an access road," noted
Rivers, "we've got to have the run-
way extended and taxi-ways...and
I think funding will be available
for that."
Mr. Rivers estimated that two of
the expected businesses at the
proposed Industrial Park could
generate 200 jobs within a period
of three years.
*The board unanimously agreed
to adopt Ordinance 97, An Ordi-
nance Prohibiting Nuisances in
Lanark Village and Repealing Or-
dinance 96-5

The board agreed to amend the
ordinance to allow residents to
park motor homes less 25 feet in
length in units 1, 2 & 3 of Lanark
Village. "The reason for that is
because it was brought to our at-
tention that some of these motor
homes are the only transportation
that these people have," said
Chairperson Raymond Williams,
"and, in cases of emergency, they
would not have any vehicle."
Chairperson Williams continued,
"we're trying to make sure that we
have plenty of room for everybody
to park when everybody comes in.
If they have these great, big mo-


bile homes, then they're blocking
all of that area. And then it be-
comes quite congested and a
health hazard when you're trying
to get ambulances in there."
*Resident Beverly Lewis com-
plained about a dune walkover
that was permitted on St. George
Island. Ms. Lewis complained that
trash was now being left by visi-
tors to the beach near the dune
walkover.
Ms. Lewis also complained that
children were using the walkover
unattended by adults. She ques-
tioned whether the county would
be liable if a child was harmed
while using the walkover. "I did
not think that we had a public
right-of-way there." said Lewis,
"but when that walkover was
made it definitely made it for the
public."
Ms. Lewis noted that the permit
was obtained by Walter
Armistead. She said that the
property, however, belonged to
Roy and Olga Plaut. Lewis ques-
tioned whether the permit was
obtained legally. "Where does a
homeowners rights come in when
you just let people build whatever
they want," asked Lewis.
Attorney Al Shuler informed the
board that the dune walkover was
a structure as defined by the
county's code. "The easement
says that people have a right to
use it," said Shuler, "but they're
not allowed to leave any personal
property or fixtures. A fixture is
not that capable of a real precise
definition, usually it's something
that's attached to a structure
so that it becomes part of the
structure."
Attorney Shuler said that the
complainants could take the mat-
ter to court for a decision if they
did not receive a satisfactory de-
cision from the county. "A struc-
ture is permitted by the terms of
easement or forbidden by the
terms of the easement," noted
Shuler, "it's not our function to
reach that decision. Itwe deny the
permit, then we can be in court
and the court might decide that
we should have granted it...and
then we have a problem."


Attorney Leigh Duggar, who spoke
on behalf of the Plaut's, said that
Walter Armistead misrepresented
himself when he petitioned the
county for a permit to build the
dune walkover. Attorney Duggar
displayed a copy of the walkover's
development application to each
board member.
"It states that Walter Armistead
is the property owner," Duggar
noted, "and that's the basis in
which y'all issued the building
permit. You thought that Walter
Armistead had owned the prop-
erty on which he built the dune
walkover. We now know very
clearly that that's not the case."
Attorney Duggar then requested
that the board revoke the permit
granted to Mr. Armistead.
Attorney Duggar also argued At-
torney Shuler's contention that
the definition for a structure or
fixture was not precise and spe-
cific. "The point of contention is
that the easement expressly
states that you can't put a fixture
there...obviously something that's
.put there and stays there, we be-
lieve that is a fixture. A fixture is
affixed."
Resident Willie Norred com-
plained also that the building per-
mit was obtained through misrep-
resentation. 'This permit was ob-
tained by false pretenses," argued
Norred, "Walter Armistead repre-
sented that he owned land. He
doesn't own land. You should re-
voke the permit."
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
asked that discussion on the mat-
ter be continued until Mr.
Armistead could be present to
defend himself. "Y'all are kind of
beating up on Walter (Armistead),"
complained Mosconis, and
Walter is a friend of mine." The
board agreed to continue discus-
sion on the matter at their July 1
meeting at 9:30 a.m.
*Shane Routh, Technical Manager
with Cablevision, informed board
members that the reception for
some of the channels would prob-
ably not improve. "We are doing
everything we can to improve the
service on those channels," said
Routh, "unfortunately, the loca-


tions of the towns...we're just so
far away from the transmitters
that the signal quality is gonna
be marginal at times." He con-
cluded, "the only solution to this
for them to move their transmit-
ter closer to us or move Apalachi-
cola closer to the transmitter. I
don't think either one of those will
happen in the real, near future."
*County Extension- Agent Bill
Mahan informed the board that,
according to a multi-agency re-
port, a new exotic shrimp virus
had been documented in foreign
shrimp aquaculture operations.
He said that the virus, while pos-
ing no threat to human health,
has brought catastrophic results
to U.S. shrimp farms, the appear-
ance of diseased shrimp in U.S.
commerce and new information of
the susceptibility of shrimp and
other crustaceans to such vi-
ruses. The virus, he noted,
has prompted a call for investiga-
tions into the risks to domestic
resources.
*County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan announced that the Fran-
klin County's 4-H/DOT Seat Belt
Safety division winners included:
Tad Beavers from Chapman El-
ementary School (K-2nd Grade),
Judy Walker from Brown Elemen-
tary .School (3rd-5th Grade) and
Chris Russell from Brown El-
ementary School (6th-8th Grade).
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson announced that the
Keep Franklin County Beautiful
Committee had drafted a local lit-
ter control ordinance. The ordi-
nance, he said, was intended to
provided law enforcement officers
and county officials with a means
to keep Franklin County a clean,
safe and beautiful place to live
and visit. The board agreed to
schedule a public hearing to con-
sider adopting the ordinance.
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson informed the board that
James Bellow had been selected
to replace the temporary Animal
Control Officer.
*County Planner Alan Pierce
noted that the current State
Housing Initiative Program (SHIP)
Committee was inactive and in


need of new members. In addition,
Pierce said that SHIP Administra-
tor David Hines had taken a job
with the State of Florida and
would no longer be able to serve
as the program's administrator as
of July 1. "I do not believe Julian
Webb will be able to adequately
serve the county as SHIP Admin-
istrator with David Hines," said
Pierce, "so I would ask that the
board consider getting a new ad-
ministrator." The board agreed to
advertise for a new administrator.


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County

Tables

Livestock

Ordinance


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Frances Hand
Members of the Franklin County
Commission agreed to table a pro-
posed livestock ordinance at their
regular June 16 meeting. Board
members agreed to hold their
judgment on the ordinance until
Commissioner Eddie Creamer
was present to vote on the mat-
ter. Commissioner Creamer had
previously brought complaints to
the board about individuals in his
district with pig farms, and he was
instrumental in bringing the or--
dinance to the forefront.
County Attorney Al Shuler in-
formed the board that there was
a Right to Farm Act in the State
of Florida. "This says basically
that, as of 1982, if the farm was
there before the houses... the
farm has the eightt to continue
unless it is actually a severe nui-
sance." A severe nuisance, said
Shuler, was defined in Florida
Statutes as "odors and fluids go-
ing on to the neighbors property."
With the state's nuisance laws,
Shuler said that the neighbor
would have to file a complaint
against a particular farmer. 'They
(the neighbor) are reluctant to do
this," said Shuler, "under this or-
dinance, this board or the sheriff
or the legal process could en-
force the ordinance without the
neighbor having actually make a
complaint."
Local farmer Francis Hand argued
that the methane gas that was
emitted from animals was neither
harmful to humans or animals.
"Methane gas is in ports and ev-
erything else," he said. He asked,
are we having an ordinance
against owing animals in Frank-
lin County or are we against own-
ing a...smell in Franklin County?"
Mr. Hand complained that the
ordinance had not been printed
in any newspaper in the past
three weeks. "I had to come over
here and get a copy of the ordi-
nance and read it...and go to the
trouble of finding out what R-4
was and find out what my rights
were," Hand noted. He informed
commissioners that he had been
a farmer for the past 25 years.


A resident, Hand argued, could
operate a seafood processing
plant in an area zoned R-4. He
noted, "the smells that come off
of that are also methane gas and
create an odor that can be
smelled." Hand questioned
whether the ordinance was aimed
at cattle and swine or at foul
odors. "No one can control atmo-
spheric conditions," he said.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal ques-
tioned whether too many ordi-
nances were already in existence.
He said that, whenhe was
younger, 75 percent of the local
residents raised pigs. "I can re-
member, everybody would gather
at one place and butcher a hog
and they all would share the
meat," said Putnal. He concluded,
"we've got enough laws to take
care of the problem.
The board then voted to recon-
sider the ordinance at a July 1
meeting at 9:15 in the Franklin
County Courthouse. Mr. Hand
questioned whether the ordinance
would be effective on July 1 as
originally planned. County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce said that the
board would consider the matter
at their next meeting.
Mr. Hand informed the board that
he planned to move his livestock
out of Franklin County to a 45
acre area that he had recently
purchased in Perry. "This is my
decision. This is not because of
an ordinance or neighbors or any-
thing else....I'm here to stand up
for people's rights. There are other
people here who are here because
of the cattle and swine ordinance,
and they feel that their rights are
being imposed on because of the
same reason that I think my
rights are being imposed on."


City to Look Into Cost of

Insurance for Skateboarders


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The Carrabelle City Commission
conducted a workshop on June
19 with the purpose of address-
ing recreational and community
concerns in relation to the local
youth. Mayor Charles Millender
and Commissioner Buz Putnal
met with 12 youths and 5 adults
at the workshop and attempted
to find common ground between
the community and a growing
contingent of skateboard enthu-
siasts in the youth population.
Commissioner Putnal urged the
young skateboard enthusiasts to
improve their images in the com-
munity. "You need to start moni-
toring yourselves," said Putnal. He
asked the children to be more
courteous to residents of the com-
munity. Putnal also asked the
kids to refrain from skateboard-
-ing in front of stores and in
the parking lots of various
businesses.
Mayor Millender added, "if some-


body comes up to you and you're
in their parking lot skating, if they
ask you to leave...go ahead and
leave. And if they claimed that you
threw something out, even if you
didn't throw it out, pick it up."
Putnal suggested that the chil-
dren take part in a city project.
"If people see you out...trying to
put in a flower bed on the street,
they're gonna say, 'well, wait a
minute. Maybe they're not so bad.'
We've got to do something to
make them think differently about
you.
"We're certainly not against you,"
Putnal assured, "we're for you.
We're trying to come up with some
working solution to have a place
where you can do this (skate-
board)." Mayor Millender said that
he would check into the cost of
insurance in order for the children
to skateboard in the city. "I'm
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By Rene Topping

Views Differ on What
is Good for Franklin
There was a vast difference in the
views expressed by residents who
crowded the Apalachicola Com-
munity House on Thursday, June
12. The meeting had been called
by Jim Marx, Department of Com-
munity Affairs, as a follow-up on
a first meeting held in May. About
seventy-five people answered the
call. County Commissioners
Raymond Williams and Bevin
Putnal along with Carrabelle City
Clerk Charles Lee Daniels were
the elected local government offi-
cials present.
The meeting ended with the vari-
ous interests sorting themselves
into smaller teams. Times, dates
and places for meetings will be
advertised in local media. It was
stressed that everybody is wel-
come to attend the main group or
team meetings as all residents of
Franklin are stake holders.
Jim Marx did a brief overview on
what the so far "no-name group"
wanted to achieve. He stated,
"Various state agencies along with
DEP (Department of Environmen-
tal Protection), had begun to dis-
cuss what was happening state-
wide." He added "DEP, along with
other agencies and groups, deter-
mined that the agencies were go-
ing to have to change the way we
do business. The final results that
we are getting using traditional
methods are not good enough.
Despite the millions of dollars
spent and literally thousands of
hours of staff of various agencies
and other groups, we find that the
natural systems are declining.
How can that be? All that money
and all that staff and all that ef-
fort. We ask ourselves, what are
we doing wrong? How can we do
a better job?"


Port Authority

Re-advertises for

Development

Proposals for

Timber Island

The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority voted 5-2 to re-adver-
tise for new development propos-
als on Timber Island during the
board's regular June 12 meeting.
Board members James Lycett and
Carole Adams voted against the
majority; both agreed that the
board should begin negotiating a
contract with the lone bidder for
development services, Gene
Langston.
"If both do as required," asked Ms.
Adams, "how do you choose be-
tween the two?"
Mr. Lycett remarked that it was
both "high improper and unfair"
to summarily reject all bids and
start from scratch. He pointed out
that Mr. Langston had submitted
his proposal in a timely fashion.


He went on to say that what was
hoped would evolve from this
meeting would be agency people
working alongside of interested
people as a team, and then split-
ting into smaller groups to focus
on special problems in, as he put
it, "We would like to focus on spe-
cial places like Franklin County."
He said that the opinion brought
forth from the last meeting was
the issue of "How are we going to
mange growth and still have a
fishing industry?"
Woody Miley of the Apalachicola
River Basin and Estuarine Sanc-
tuary gave an opening statement
on his thoughts for the protection
of the River, sanctuary and bay.
He added that he was biased
when it came to protection of the
bay and its resources.
When the floor was opened for
discussion, the various topics of
interest began to emerge. Com-
mercial fisherman Jim Lycett said
that he would like to see taxes
reduced on the fishermen and a
piece of the Franklin Waterfront
be designated to their use. He
said, 'The farmers get subsidies
and we farm the waters."
Bevin Putnal voiced his concerns
over development near the water
saying "How close can we come
to the bay and still be safe? That
is the struggle."
St. George Island resident Tom
Adams spoke on the Resort Vil-
lage and the problems of that
project. There were several other
residents of St. George present
who also voiced their concerns.
He added that it was important
that the Comprehensive Plan be
used as a tool to protect the bay.
County Planner Alan Pierce said
that he would not be on the com-
mittees but would offer informa-
tion and advice. "St. Joe Devel-
opment Company has 70,000


"We need to be'fair to the people
that have submitted (proposals)
in the proper way and in the
proper time," expressed Lycett,
"we should be considerate of
them. We may be sending mes-
sages that you can do all of the
right things and we still don't ap-
prove of what you're doing or
something like that."
Lycett informed the board that he
was neither for or against the pro-
posal submitted by Langston. He
asked that the proposal contain
specific language as the timeline
for development and cost ofprod-
uct. "There's not enough flesh on
it." Licett noted, "it seems too
nebulous for consideration."
Attorney Ben Watkins noted that
the language used to request pro-
posals had to be broad. "We don't
know whether this (grant) money
from DCA is gonna be available,"
said Watkins, "so that's why our
request for proposals are this
broad." Watkins said that a con-
tract would be negotiated based
on how much public funding was
available and how much private
funding was required.
Board member David Jones
voiced concern that other propos-
als may be available for the Port


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acres to develop in Franklin
County. There is no contact with
the county and I'm almost sure
that they won't start with our lo-
cal government." He did say that
he felt that development would
not be fast in Franklin and pre-
dicted it would be "5-10-15 years
into the future."
Kristin Anderson said "Several
years ago the Three Rivers were
assessed for various uses. The
seafood industry was not named
as a user of this resource." She
wondered "Why?"
Miley said that the Apalachicola
Bay is a user of fresh water. He
went on to say that three states-
Georgia, Alabama, and Florida-
have ratified basin wide uses for
the water in a partnership.
Putnal said, "We are a pristine
area-we are unique. We produce
more redfish and trout than the
rest of the state. They have pol-
luted themselves down in the
south. What this area needs is a
different set of rules. There is a
tremendous waste right now of a
lot of resources."
Miley said, "we are headed for
enormous development. We don't
want to trade the economies (of
fishing and development)." He
added that there are literally thou-
sands of cases where development
has pushed out fishing. Then he
uttered the clarion call "Let's be
the first one ever to have the two
industries compatible."
Jim Lycett said that he had seen
differing points of view and inter-
ests for the various spokesper-
sons from all sides of the issue.
Lycett agreed that all interests
should work together for the com--
mon good saying, "I see lots of
energy, passion, complaints, con-
cern and tempers with the here
and now." He went on to propose
that the various groups get into


Authority to review if the board
agreed to re-advertise. "I can't
make a decision based on one
proposal when there might be
other proposals out there," said
Jones. He continued, "if that's the
only proposal that comes back, we
deal with that."
Board member Gary Reakes ex-
pressed concern that the proposal
presented by Mr. Langston was
commercial in nature. During a
public hearing over one year ago,
said Reakes, residents requested
that Timber Island be developed
as a recreational facility.
Mr. Langston received the board's
decision to re-advertise with an-
ger and frustration. "I did ever'-'
thing you asked me to do," he
said, "you advertised it all over the
world." He complained that the
board was bending over back-
wards for Apalachicola resident
Tom Beavers, who has expressed
an interest in submitting a pro-
posal though did not meet the
previous deadline. "He (Beavers)
didn't do it in a timely fashion and
I did," said Langston, "I don't see
anything different on what he was
going to do other than he's Tom
Beavers and I'm Gene Langston."
Mr. Langston reminded the board
that they were given an 18 month
period by the Department of En-
vironmental Protection to make


several teams and study one
problem at a time. He went on to
say "It is time to proceed."
Residents signed up to join vari-
ous groups such as one led by
Susan Andersen of the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs (DCA),
who said that she felt confident
that with the agencies all coming
to the table, "we can work this
thing out." She volunteered to
look into a group who would fo-
cus on the Comprehensive Plan.
Other groups will look into pro-
tection of the bay and estuarine
sanctuary, the fishing industry
and effects of building and devel-
opment.
Meanwhile, Gene Langston
wanted to talk about the problems
facing the small developer in try-
ing to do a good development. He
said in the past a lot of rules were
driven by the agency staff and
that did not work and was "a bad
thing."
But in the end it turned out that
really and truly, taking in all of
the differing points of view and
needs, the entire audience felt
that they would like to dream the
perhaps impossible dream that
development and the fishing in-
terests can live together and both
prosper in Franklin County.
Woody Miley said, 'This has not
so far been proven anywhere. We
would be a first."
With this in mind Jim Marx called
for the group to decide what is-
sues they wanted to get together
and hash out in smaller groups.
In the end, after almost three
hours of a meeting in which pas-
sions were raised on all sides, the
meeting may be the first of many
as Franklin residents try to make
the county into a place where de-
velopment, fishing and preserva-
tion of the bay may all be able to
flourish.


progress on Timber Island. "I
think we have a timeline and this
board has to adhere to that
timeline and that's from the state
government," he exclaimed.
Langston continued, "I think it's
grossly unfair what you're doing.
You can keep doing this and run-
ning into these dead-end streets
forever. It's not fair to have some-
body do exactly what you ask
them to do and have other people
out there laying in wait...hoping
these problems will get worked
out, corrected and identified so
that they can come in and take
advantage of the situation." He
concluded, "go ahead and do what
you want to do."
Resident Freida White urged the
board to consider Langston's pro-
posal. "If you reject this out of
hand," she stated, "I think you're
opening yourself to some real
trouble." She told board members
that no one could make a better
offer to them than Langston. "He's
offering you the whole ball of
wax," she concluded.
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A small group of Eastpoint resi-
dents met at the Seabreeze Res-
taurant on June 24 to continue
discussions on the possibility of
incorporating Eastpoint. Franklin
County Commissioner Eddie
Creamer was in attendance at the
meeting.
The small group first attempted
to identify a chairperson in order
to form a committee; however, no
one at the meeting agreed to ac-
cept the position. The group even-
tually resolved to collect com-
ments throughout the community
on the issue of incorporation and
to report back to the next meet-
ing with those comments.
'"he majority of people that I've
talked to are wanting this (incor-
poration)," stated Bonnie Segree,
"their main reason for wanting
this is that they want to have a
city government before the big
money comes in and takes over."
Resident Joyce Estes said that
one of the most crucial consider-
ation for incorporation dealt with
the Eastpoint Water & Sewer Dis-
trict. 'They can levy 10 mils and
so can the city levy 10 mils," said
Estes, "you're talking about 20
mils in just Eastpoint alone." She
noted that the Franklin County
Commission and the Franklin
County School Board could also
levy 10 mils. "We're taking 40
mils," she warned, "that's tough.
It's a lot."
Ms. Segree said that she wanted
to "get the ball rolling" in order to
see what the people of Eastpoint
wanted. "You've got to put it be-
fore the people and let them de-
cide if they want to pursue this
or not," said Segree. Resident Jim
Sisung suggested that a petition
be disseminated in order to dis-
cern the general feelings in the
community about incorporation.
Resident Michael Allen noted that
"self governance" was one of the
main advantages to having
Eastpoint incorporated. "You get
to make your own zoning codes,"
he said, "we would get to make
our own development plans. We
could come up with our own sign
ordinances."
Mr. Allen pointed out that
Eastpoint was basically at the


mercy of the county's planning
a d zoning board as.it related to
development. "One of the things
that kills me about the county's
planning and zoning board is
this," Allen stated, "at least 75
percent of them are all develop-
ers or realtors. So, automatically
their mind set is, 'whatever we can
do to put some commercial build-
ing on a piece of land, let's do it.'
I'm not sure that's necessarily
good or bad."
Resident Martha Arguetta advised
that Eastpoint was on its way to
becoming much like the City of
Apalachicola. "You're gonna get all
these outsiders that come in and
then they're gonna tell you what
you can and can't do." She con-
tinued, "you'll have no say so."
Ms. Segree concurred, "the big
money is gonna come into this
county."
Mr. Allen continued, "they're al-
ready here...and if we're not care-
ful we'll end up with all the busi-
nesses that Apalachicola and St.
George Island don't want...I'm not
even concerned about big money
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way I foresee Eastpoint in 20
years is...the entire 98 is gonna
be covered with commercial (prop-
erty) on both sides...every time I
see a big back-lit sign on High-
way 98, personally...If I was
mayor, the signs would be low and
at midnight...those signs would
turn off. All that light and stuff
takes away from the natural
beauty of Eastpoint."
Ms. Segree informed the group
that Eastpoint would not be re-
quired to provide a police depart-
ment if it chose to incorporate.
'There's a lot of things that you
don't have to do that we thought
you did have to do." Mr. Allen re-
sponded, "the only thing you have
to do is get a mayor and city com-
mission." Segree noted that these
individuals could and probably
would have to serve free of change
until Eastpoint could come up
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Second Circuit Felony


Court Report

The Honorable Judge William Gary
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury
Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger
June 9, 1997

ARRAIGNMENTS


Harold Braswell: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with
a Deadly Weapon, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Willful and
Wanton Reckless Driving, the defendant failed to appear for his ar-
raignment. Judge Gary issued a tapias for the defendant's arrest for
failing to appear in court.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant entered the
Red Top Restaurant on May 22, 1997 and struck Mildred Darlene
Richards in the back of the head with his hand. As Ms. Richards and
her son attempted td leave the restaurant, the defendant allegedly
attempted to trap the two with his vehicle. According to the report,
the defendant struck Ms. Richards on the left leg; he allegedly chased
the two individuals with his vehicle up against the restaurant.
The defendant also allegedly stuck Ms. Richards' vehicle. According
to the report, the vehicle received minor damage. The defendant then
allegedly began to drive recklessly about the restaurant's parking area.
According to the report, four witnesses viewed the incident. The wit-
nesses allegedly gave recorded testimony to law enforcement officers.
The defendant had previously resided with Ms. Richards.
Shawn Brown: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Firearm, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management on July 7. Judge Gary also
agreed to reduce the defendant's bond to $25,000. As a condition of
his release on bond, the defendant will be prohibited from making
contact with the alleged victim. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Willie Clark: Charged with one count of Carrying a Concealed Fire-
arm, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary
continued the case for case management 9n July 7. The defendant
was appointed the services of the public defender.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was stopped
on May 15, 1997 by Trooper C.W. Johnson on SR 30 for driving 45
MPH in a 35 MPH zone. Trooper Johnson noted that the defendant
acted nervous and mumbled when he spoke. According to the report,
the defendant stated that the two passengers in his vehicle were his
friends; however, he was allegedly unable to tell Trooper Johnson the
Names of his friends. One of the noted passengers included Courry
Crawford. According to the report, a canine search was later con-
ducted; the search allegedly yielded one-half pound of marijuana.
Trooper Johnson also allegedly discovered a loaded 25 caliber weapon
on the defendant's person.
Courry Crawford: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance with Intent to Sell, Resisting Arrest without Vio-
lence and Possession of a Fraudulent Driver's License, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Gary continued the case for
case management on July 7. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was arrested
on a drug-related investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol Drug
Interdiction Team on May 15. He allegedly informed officers at the
Franklin County Jail that he was a juvenile. According to the report,
the Department of Youth Services was contacted in order to place the
defendant in a shelter. However, according to members from the De-
partment Youth Services, the defendant was allegedly determined to
e of legal age. According to the report, the defendant was born in
1977; the identification card that was allegedly shown to officers listed
the defendant's year of birth as 1979.
Barney Crutchfield: Charged with one count of Possession of Co-
caine, DUI and Resisting Arrest without Violence, the defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Gary continued the case for
case management on July 7. The defendant was represented by At-
torney J. Gordon Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, Sgt. Larry Litton observed.
the defendant cross the center line at the intersection of West-Gulf
Beach Drive on March 2, 1997. "This vehicle almost struck a vehicle
that was traveling east on W. Gulfbeach," the report noted. Sgt. Litton
allegedly followed the defendant and later observed the defendant
again cross the ceriter line on W. Gorrie Drive. Sgt. Litton then turned
on his warning lights and the defendant allegedly parked his vehicle
in a driveway off of W. Gorrie Drive.
According to the report, Sgt. Litton noted that the defendant stumbled
about and appeared to be intoxicated. Litton noted that the defen-
dant lost his balance while performing the heel-to-toe test; the defen-
dant allegedly performed poorly on the finger-to-nose test, also. "On
this test," Litton noted, "he would not keep his eyes closed and his
head back; even with his eyes open, Mr. Crutchfield missed his nose
completely with his right index finger and was hesitant with his left."
Sgt. Litton then allegedly proceeded to place the defendant under
arrest. He questioned the defendant about the contents within his
pants pocket. According to the report, the defendant pulled out a
pocket knife and a small baggie. The defendant then allegedly put the
baggie in his mouth. "I advised him to spit the bag out but he would
not do so," Litton noted. According to the report, Sgt. Litton, Lt. Chester
Creamer and Sheriff Bruce Varnes attempted to get the defendant
spit the baggie from his mouth. "I had Mr. Crutchfield around the
chest," Litton noted, "and also grabbed his jaw to try to pry his jaw
open, but was unable to do so."
The defendant was then allegedly placed against the patrol car and
handcuffed. During that time, the defendant allegedly pushed and
pulled away from officers. Eventually, the' officers allegedly discov-
ered the baggie by the defendant's left leg. According to the report,
the baggie was then sent to the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement's Crime Lab to be tested; the contents of the baggie was
later determined to be cocaine. The defendant allegedly refused an
Intoxilyzer Test while at the Franklin County Jail; he allegedly de-
manded that his attorney be present for the test.
Brian Miller: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant leaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on July 7. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, shrimp boat owner Robert
Fichtner reported on May 1 that equipment valued at over $5,200
was taken from his boat, "Grouper Grabber." Fichtner alleged that he
had received a ride from the.defendant to a grocery store earlier that
day. He alleged that he observed the defendant acting nervously later
that day.
According to the report, the Panama City Police Department contacted
Franklin County authorities the next day and advised that the defen-
dant had attempted to sell the equipment in question to Panama City
resident, Andrea Brown. Witness Charles Mullins alleged that an-
other individual had attempted to sell the equipment to Ms. Brown
on behalf of the defendant.
Sherry Quick: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer with
Violence, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge Gary
withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 18 months of
probation. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $250 for
court costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Tyrone Russ: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling and
Aggravated Battery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses.
Judge Gary continued the case for case management on July 7. The
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According to the report, the defendant has been accused of striking
Deputy Ronald Segree in the head with a bottle on January 12, 1997.
Deputy Segree and Officer Jim Wilburn were allegedly attempting to
arrest Tyrone Johnson on Sixth Street in Apalachicola when the de-
fendant allegedly struck Segree with the bottle. As a result of the
.incident, Deputy Segree received several stitches to his head at Em-
erald Coast Hospital. According to the report, a sworn recorded testi-
mony was taken from a witness alleging that the defendant threw a
bottle at Deputy Segree.
Harold Sanders: Charged with one count of Arson of a Structure, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge Gary adjudicated
the defendant guilty and sentenced him 18 months in the Depart-
ment of Corrections with credit for 24 days of time served. Judge
Gary also sentenced the defendant to one year of probation and or-
dered him to pay $250 for court costs. Jurisdiction was reserved as
to the amount of restitution to be paid by the defendant. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Stephen Shiver: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on July 7. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Willie Skipper: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Cannabis; the
defendant's case was continued until July 7 by,Judge Gary.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was stopped
by Sgt. Larry Litton and Sgt. Jim Watkins for driving without his
headlights on after the sun had set. The officers allegedly questioned
the defendant wtheher he had a weapon in his vehicle. According to
the report, the defendant then became nervous and asked why the
officers wanted to know such information. The officers explained that
they were concerned for their safety. Officers discovered a loaded 38
caliber weapon under the front seat on the passenger's side.
Donald Watkins: Charged with one count of Driving with a Suspended
License, the defendant failed to appear for his arraignment. Judge
Gary issued a capias of arrest for the defendant for failing to appear
at his court date.
Anthony Williams: The defendant was charged with one count of
Third Degree Grand Theft, Uttering a Forged Check, Possession of a
Short Barreled Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon,
Resisting Arrest with Violence and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly
Weapon and two counts of Battery. The case was continued until
August 11. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
James Copeland: The defendant was charged with one count of Grand
Theft; the case was continued for arraignment on August 11.
According to the probable cause report, Ms. Sarah Vinson alleged on
April 1, 1997 that her 1973 10 x 40 "American" Mobile Home had
been taken from Copeland's Trailer Park in Apalachicola. According
to the report, Vinson alleged that she had received correspondence
from the defendant, who owns the trailer park, stating that she owed
$440 in lot rent prior to the trailer's disappearance.
According to the report, witness Bonnie Whiddon allegedly observed
the defendant assist several of his employees remove the trailer in
question from the noted park. Ms. Whiddon resides in Copeland's
Trailer Park. In addition, the defendant allegedly spoke with an em-
ployee at the Clerk's Office in the Franklin County Courthouse about
obtaining paperwork on the noted trailer. According to the report,
Copeland denied having any knowledge of the removal of Ms. Vinson's
trailer to a law enforcement officer.

PRETRIAL
Joseph Beach: 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 two months of probation. Judge Gary
also ordered the defendant to pay $155 for court costs. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Delley Bryant: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault and
Aggravated Child Abuse, the defendant pleaded No Contest to one
count of Aggravated Assault. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant
guilty and sentenced him to six months in the Franklin County Jail
with credit for 50 days of time served. Judge Gary also ordered the
defendant to pay $255 for court costs. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Shawn Carpenter: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Convey-
ance, Dealing in Stolen Property, Third Degree Grand Theft and Pos-
session of Cannabis, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the of-
fenses. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 14 months in the
Department of Corrections. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to
serve one year of probation and pay $255 for court costs. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Eugene Carter: Charged with one count of a Lewd and Lascivious
Act with a Child, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense.
Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced him to
six years in the Department of Corrections with credit for 767 days of
time served. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for
court costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Champion: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Aggravated Battery. Judge Gary continued the case for case man-
agement on July 7. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Coman: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge Gary withheld
adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 90 days in the Franklin
County Jail. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to serve one year
of community control followed by two years of probation. The defen-
dant was also ordered to pay $250 for court costs. Jurisdiction was
reserved as to the amount of restitution to be paid by the defendant..
The defendant was represented by Attorney Alex Villalobos.
Donna Coward: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Check,
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge Gary adjudi-
cated the defendant guilty and sentenced her to two years of proba-
tion. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be prohibited
from writing checks; she must also submit to drug screening and
obtain treatment if necessary. Judge Gary also ordered the defen-
dant to pay $255 for court costs. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Lowery Croom, Jr.: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Cannabis;
the case was continued for case management on July 7. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Drake: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure,
the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge Gary with-
held adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 120 days in the
Franklin County Jail. Judge Gary also sentenced the defendant to
two years of probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant
will be required to stay away from Roberto's Cafe. In addition, the
defendant will be required to undergo alcohol screening and obtain
counseling if necessary. The defendant was fined $250 for court costs.
Jurisdiction was reserved as the amount of restitution to be paid by
the defendant. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Ross Edwards: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling,
Sale of a Controlled Substance and Violation of Probation, the defen-
dant pleaded No Contest to the offense of Sale of Cocaine and entered
an admission to Violation of Probation. Judge Gary adjudicated the
defendant guilty and sentenced him to 27 months in the Department
of Corrections with credit for 130 days of time served. Judge Gary
also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for court costs. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.


Carrabelle High School, even
though the school had a music
instructor. "My question is this,"
Speed asked, "what does the mu-
sic teacher teach?"
Superintendent Galloway sug-
gested that the district conduct a
survey on the matter. Chairper-
son Will Kendrick responded, "my
personal feelings are that you can
do all the surveys that you want,
but until you get an administra-
tor who's concerned and cares
about that school, these are the
kinds of programs that are gonna
continued to down-slope. I think
we're gonna make some headway
there."
*The board approved transporta-
tion arrangements with Croom's
Transportation, Inc. for the
transportation of handicapped
students.
*The board voted to approve
.School Choice. ::
*The board agreed to hire Barbara
Raffield as the district's bus aide.
The board also agreed to hire Rita
Theis as a counselor/instructor
for the Summer Youth Employ-
ment Training Program.
The following individuals were
hired to provide professional ser-
vices: Denise Roux at Apalachi-
cola High School, Pauline
Edmiston at Apalachicola High
School, Jo Ellen Whaley at Brown
Elementary School and Lynn
Clark, Virginia Millender and
Frances Folsom at Carrabelle
High School.
*Board member Connie Roehr
noted that she had been busy
scouting a building for an alter-
native school for the district. She
noted that resident Al Mirabella
had offered help in the matter. "So
far," she commented, "it's been
difficult."
*The board scheduled a budget
Workshop on July 8 at 6:00 p.m.
at Brown Elementary School.


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Sylvia Geter: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Deac.:y Weapon, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the lesser of-
iense of Battery. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant guilty and
sentenced her to one year of county probation. As a condition of pro-
bation, the defendant will be prohibited from making any contact
with Yolanda Reynolds. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to
pay $155 for court costs. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Donna Glass: Charged with four counts of Uttering a Worthless Check
Over $149, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Gary continued the case for case management on July 7. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bill Miller IV: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Burglary of a Structure and Third Degree Grand Theft. Judge Gary
continued the case for a trial on July 9. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Melissa Nowling: Charged with one count of Cultivation of Cannabis,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Gary contin-
ued the case for case management on July 7. The defendant was
represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Patrick Pearson: The defendant has been charged with one count of
First Degree Arson and Cruelty to Animals. Judge Gary continued
the case for case management on July 7. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Robert Peterson: Charged with one count of Dealing in Stolen Prop-
erty, Uttering a Forged Check and Violation of Probation, the defen-
dant pleaded No Contest to Uttering a Forged Check and entered an
admission to Violation of Probation. Judge Gary adjudicated the de-
fendant guilty and sentenced him to 30 months in the Department of
Corrections with credit for 46 days of time served. Judge Gary or-
dered the defendant to pay $250 for court costs and $350to t he
Apalachicola State Bank for restitution. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Fred Rhine: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault and Vio-
lation of Probation, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense
and admitted violating his probation. Judge Gary sentenced the de-
fendant to 22 months in the Department of Corrections with credit
for 68 days of time served. Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to
serve five years of probation. As a condition of probation, the defen-
dant will be prohibited from making any contact with Margaret Nabors.
Judge Gary waived all court costs. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Antonio Sanders: Charged with six counts of Sale of Cocaine, the
defendant pleaded No Contest to the offenses. Judge Gary adjudi-
cated the defendant guilty and sentenced him to 25 months in the
Department of Corrections with credit for 120 days of time served.
Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for court costs.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger. Continued on Page 6


School District
to Retain
Services of
Current

Finance Officer

Superintendent Brenda Galloway
announced at a June 24 special
meeting that John Rieman had
agreed to serve as the District's
Finance Officer until the end of
the 1997-98 school year. Mr.
Rieman had been scheduled to
retire prior to the next school year.
Board members extended their
appreciation to Mr. Rieman for
his continued dedication to the
district.
The board also agreed to hire Bill
Thomas as the newest athletic
director for Apalachicola High
School. Kyle Lingerfelt was hired
as the new athletic director for
Carrabelle High School.
In other business:
*The board approved the
Chapman Accelerated Reading
Program. The, program will work
with students during the summer.
The board also agreed to hire
Diane Dodd as the Summer Read-
ing Program Coordinator.
*Board member Willie Speed
questioned the board about com-
ments that were made in a stu-
dent transfer request. "It says in
the first paragraph that the son
was assigned to participate in
Brown's (Elementary School)
weekly two hour class," Speed
.noted, "only two of four classes
that he was scheduled (for)
met...due to unknown circum-
stances." Mr. Speed questioned
Superintendent Galloway why the
two classes were canceled. The
board may not be concerned," he
noted, "but I am...They discon-
tinue classes and don't tell the
parents anything. I can't under-
stand that."
Mr. Speed further noted that the
parent complained about a lack
of a band or chorus program at





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Court Report, Continued From Page 4

Lonnie Sanders: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Petit Theft (3rd Offense). The case was continued for case manage-
ment on July 7. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Dell Schneider: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Sexual Battery. The case was continued for a trial on July 9. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Jan Hevier.
Randall Sounders: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Third Degree Grand Theft. The case has been continued for case
management on July 7. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Barbara Sanders.
Hugh Steely: The defendant has been charged with one count of
Third Degree Grand Theft. Information has yet to be filed on the case;
the case was continued until July 7. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Ronald Mowrey.
Robert Thompson: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Para-
phernalia. The case was continued for case management on July 7.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Danny Wallace: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery and
Third Degree Criminal Mischief, the defendant pleaded No Contest to
the offenses on May 12. Judge Gary adjudicated the defendant guilty
and sentenced him to 11 months in the Franklin County Jail. Judge
Gary also ordered the defendant to serve two years of probation and
pay $255 for court costs. As a condition of probation, the defendant
will be prohibited from making any contact with Bernard Dillon. Ju-
risdiction vwas reserved as to the amount of restitution to be paid b3
the defendant. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Tracy Wilson: The defendant has been charged with one count ol
Cultivation of Cannabis. The case was continued for case manage-
ment on July 7. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.

VIOLATIONS OF PROBATION (VOP)
Jonathan Donaldson: The defendant was determined to be in viola-
tion of his probation by Judge Gary following a June 9 hearing. Judge
Gary sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of
Corrections with credit for 31 months of time served. Judge Gary
reduced all court costs to a civil judgment. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Thomas Hart: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis-
sion to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to 14 months
in the Department of Corrections with credit for 72 days of time served.
Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to serve one year of proba-
tion. The defendant was represented by Attorney Douglas Gaidry.
Rodney Houston: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to three
years in the Department of Corrections with credit for 83 days of time
served. Judge Gary also reduced all court costs to a civil judgment.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Marcus Kelley: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis-
sion to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to two years
of probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be re-
quired to seek counseling & treatment at the New Hope Treatment
and Aftercare Program. Judge Gary waived all court costs. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Eddie Nelson: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis-
sion to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to eight
months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 1-11 days for time
served. Judge Gary reduced all court costs to a civil judgment. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Terry Robinson: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an ad-
mission to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to six
months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 68 days of time
served. Judge Gary reduced all court costs to a civil judgment. The
defendantwas represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Otis Russell: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admis-
sion to the offense. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to one year
in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 34 days of time served.
Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for court costs.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Carl Smith: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the
offense. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on July 7. The
defendant was appointed the services of the public defender.
Craig Stephens: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial
to the offense. Judge Gary continued the case for a hearing on July 7.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Jeff Savage: The defendant was charged with VOP; during a June 9
hearing, the defendant was determined to be in violation of proba-
tion. Judge Gary sentenced the defendant to seven years in the De-
partment of Corrections with credit for six months of time served.
Judge Gary also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for court costs.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.


Port Authority from Page 3
with Garliick Environmental Con-
sultants spoke on behalf of the
developers.
Mr. Palmer informed the board
that King & Ward wanted to ex-
tend their submerged land lease
by ten additional feet. With the ten
feet of additional encroachmerlt
space, Palmer noted, the develop-
ment plans would be re-config-
ured along the seawall in order tb
dock more boats. The upland
area, he noted, would be reno-
vated for condominiums.
Board members James Lycett and
Carole Adams voted against the
majority.
Mr. Lycett informed the board
that he had recently spoken to
Susan Anderson with the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs about
the amount of boatslips in the
area. "Susan (Anderson) has told
me there are between 500-600
boatslips already permitted in the
Carrabelle River," Lycett advised,
"she said there's beginning to be
a concern for the environmental
factors."
Lycett requested that the board
place a moratorium on all new
boatslips. He asked that the board
first assess the impact of the


boatslips on the CarrabelleRiver.
'The speed of development, the
rate of development...does not
take into account what affects on
the bay...on the economics...on
the river and the environment,"
said Lycett. He continued, "every
disruption...every boat that goes
by...every motor in the
water...every activity has'some
effect ecologically and environ-
mentally."
Lycett noted that many in the
community received the condo-
minium development with revul-
sion. "I think what's going on
across from Johnnie's (Restau-
rant) is unfortunate," said Lycett,
"I don't know anyone in Carrabelle
that likes what they see there. I
don't know one single person that
things that was a good thing...our
responsibility is to look at the
water aspect and the development
on the water."
Lycett continued, "Alan Pierce
dropped the ball on both of these
places down here in their devel-
opment. According to their build-
ing codes, their illegal."
Mr. Palmer noted that the devel-
opers' request was based on mar-
ket conditions and on the will of


'p Meet the Senior Center Director

S Ms. Evelyn Pace began her first
day of service on April 15 as the
V newest director of the Franklin
County Senior Citizens Center.


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(Standing) Deputy Clerk Nedra Jefferson, Assistant State
Attorney Rachel Chesnut and Assistant State Attorney Ron
Flury with Judge William Gary (Seated).

A Farewell to the Second

Circuit Court Judge

Law enforcement officers, public officials, community leaders and
courthouse employees gathered at the commissioner's room in the
Franklin County Courthouse to say farewell to Second Circuit Court
Judge William Gary on June 10. Judge Gary will be transferred in the
month of July and preside over the Juvenile and Criminal Division in
Gadsden and Liberty Counties.
Deputy Clerk Nedra Jefferson, who coordinated the farewell party,
said that Judge Gary seemed to really enjoy the event. "I think he was
really surprised about all the food we had," said Jefferson, "he seemed
really touched by it all."


POA Briefs

The Board of Directors held their
monthly meeting at the St. George
Plantation Clubhouse on Satur-
day, June 21, 1997, beginning at
Noon. About fifteen persons at-
tended, along with six board
members. Rick Watson, board
member, was listening in and re-
sponding to the meeting over the
telephone.
The agenda included the follow-
ing items.
- Treasurer Richard Plessinger
announced that the 1998 bud-
get was ready in draft form, to-
taling about $861,899.30, rep-
resenting about a 4 % increase
over the current budget
, ($826,638.02.)
- The 1996 audit was not avail-
able, and Mr. Plessinger an-
nounced, "If I am to blame, I am
to blame." Florida Statutes re-
quire that the audited figures be
available by January of the fol-
lowing year, which makes the
audited report nearly 6 months o
overdue. Plessinger announced
that George Mahr would be pay-
ing $32,000 dues on the 1996
budget, but the fees due the
POA for 1997 would undergo
"adjustments". He did not elabo-
rate.
- Guy Marsh announced his "re-
tirement" from the Architectural
Control Committee. There were
three candidates for this board.









the community. Lycett questioned
Palmer's assertion. "I think you're
over-stepping your bounds here.
I'm in the community and it's not
what I want." He continued, "I'm
not against development, but I'm
against over-development. What
we need and what's proper for the
river may be two different things
here."
Mr. Palmer noted that the project
had to meet the approval of the
Department of Environmental
Protection and the Department of
Community Affairs. "It gets a lot
of scrutiny before it can get built,"
he noted. Palmer agreed to meet
again with the Port Authority if his
project received approval from the
state agencies.
"I think that's something you need
to do," responded Carole Adams,
"I think that's something you
should do and something you will
do."
Mr. Lycett urged the board to ex-
ercise more control when it in-
volved unchecked development in
relation to the environment. "I
don't want to be a rubber stamp,"
he concluded.


- $1365 was raised by Plantation
volunteers selling raffle tickets
and the proceeds were given by
the committee to the Franklin
County Wings program. Board
member Pam Amato announced
that the money was also fund-
ing a special trip for about 15
students to a ballet at Seaside,
and the publication of a poetry
monograph by Franklin County
students.
- Amato also requested volunteers
to assist in administrative work
in preparation for the POA An-
nual Meeting, scheduled to be
held at the Clubhouse on Sat-
urday, September 20, 1997. A
social would be held on Friday,
September 19th.
- Under Unfinished Business,
President Bill Hartley indicated
that one mediation session with
Dr. Ben Johnson had been held,
and two more were scheduled.
An agreement of "confidentially"
had been signed by all Board
members.
-Under New Business, Roy
H.offman proposed that the
Board make a feasibility study
of the POA owning and operat-
ing a real estate agency for sales
and rentals. He reasoned this'
business would raise money for
the POA, and perhaps make a
closer liaison between home-
owner-renters and their rental
guests. Some others thought
this might eventually result in
lower Homeowner and Lotowner
assessment if the real estate
business turned a profit. A com-
mittee was discussed.

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on the Gulf Coast. The Resolution
states that the 1877 vessel had a
long career as a near shore ship-
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its presence is an inspiration to
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decided to attend college later in
life. At the age of 48, she attended
Western Kentucky University in
Bowling Green. She won a schol-
arship through the National In-
c stitute of Mental Health which
Enabled her to complete her Mas-
ters Degree at the University of
r Louisville.
. From her home in Kentucky, Ms.
I Pace moved to Evansville, Indiana
after completing her graduate
work; she then taught at the In-
diana State University. Pace later
moved to Tallahassee with the
intention of entering the doctoral
program at the Florida State Uni-.
versity.
"When I got my higher education,"
Said Pace, "my intention from the
beginning was to become the di-
rector of my own agency before I
I retired." Previously, Ms. Pace has
worked with foster care, group
Homes and with mentally chal-
lenged individuals. "I finally got
into the aging field by working at
Elder Care Services in Tallahas-
see," said Pace.
After three years of work with El-
der Care Services, Ms. Pace be-
gan her service at the Area Agency
on Aging. While with the Area
Agency on Aging, she monitored
all 14 of the counties who partici-
pated with the program.
"From my experience of monitor-
ing," said Pace, "I have seen what
has been successful in the 14
counties and what has not
worked. I've been aware of Fran-
klin County for quite some time."
She stated that the local senior
center needed a day care center
for adults.
"Adults who have caregivers," ex-
plained Pace, "when they have to
go to Tallahassee to a doctor or
something, they could bring their
senior citizen and leave them for
the day. That's one of my goals
for Franklin County...to have a
day care center." She hoped that
the facility could be a separate
entity from the main senior cen-
ter building.
"Currently," continued Pace, "we
have what we call an institutional
respite care program where we
.have a couple of Alzheimer's cli-
ents who come to the center and
staff supervise them one day a
week. I'd like to expand that where
we can have more clients."
Ms. Pace extended her apprecia-
tion to the board and staff mem-
bers of the senior center. "I could
not have had better support than
I've had from the staff and the
board members," she stated. Pace
also thanked resident Helen
Schmidt, who previously served
as Acting Director of the facility.
She offered, "Helen (Schmidt) did
a fantastic job (as the acting se-
nior director)."
Ms. Pace complimented the senior
center's local Meals on Wheels
Program. "I'd like to expand our
congregate program and get more
people coming into the center for
the meals locally and for the ac-
tivities," she said.
Some of the more popular pro-
grams at the senior center, ob-
served Pace, included the craft,
exercise and musical sing-a-long
activities. "A few of the men and
a couple of the women are learn-
ing to play pool...just recently,"
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Pace noted that some of the other
nearby counties offered painting
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of the elder citizens become quite
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in and maybe in the future give
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Ms. Pace also noted that some of
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Life in Franklin County, said Pace,
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The Franklin Chronicle 27 June 1997 Page 7


gonna try my best to have insur-
ance when we meet on Thursday
night," said Millender.
Putnal advised youth members
about the consequences of van-
dalism. "Any town has so much
money to operate with," said
Putnal, "that's all they have...Any
.time that something is destroyed,
it has to be fixed. Every time
somebody does something like
that, it takes money away from
the city. Normally, we could do
something else with it...there's so
much money in the budget for
recreation, but we're constantly
having to use it to repair things."
"What we need every one of you
to do," Mayor Millender added, "is
when you see somebody doing
something (wrong)... tell them,
'don't do that.' It does put a bad
image on everyone in Carrabelle."
Sarah Dempsey informed the
commissioners that the kids, in-
stead of getting drunk by the wall
near the IGA, were now skate-
boarding in the parking lot of the
IGA. "Before they were skate-
boarding," she said, "they were on
the wall getting drunk and
stuff...If people ban skateboard-
ing, everybody is gonna go right
back to the wall and start getting
drunk and stuff."
Commissioner Putnal informed
the group that the city nearly
banned skateboarding altogether.
Gas Tax, From Page 1
the period of the gas tax at the
end of the first ten years. Com-
missioner Jimmy Mosconis re-
sponded, "I don't think the state
will recognize that." County Clerk
,Kendall Wade argued that most
bonding companies would be re-
luctant to get involved with the
county if the period of the tax was
for only ten years.


"All we're asking you to do," he
said, "is don't go to the wall and
get drunk and don't go to the IGA
store and skate in front of the
door."
Mayor Millender suggested that
the city allow the children to
skateboard on a section of road
from the cemetery to the high
school during a certain time of the
day. "If we can get enough grown
people to help supervise," said
Millender, "we can close the cem-
etery road from the top of the hill
to where you're going to the school
road...you're gonna have to have
supervision." Putnal said that, if
such an area was designated, the
kids would have to respect the
property of the cemetery.
Resident Donna Messer sug-
gested that the children be al-
lowed to skateboard at the old
trailer park. "It's a big circle,"
noted Messer, "and there's no
residents there at all." Resident
Penny Brock suggested that the
kids conduct car washes and
other activities to raise funds to
build a skateboard park. "I feel
that they should be there to build
it...I feel that if they were part of
it. If you have to build it yourself,
you take better care of it."
"The town is not against kids,"
Putnal concluded, "we're gonna go
just as far with you as you'll al-
low us to go."


board that he had yet to receive
correspondence from either the
City of Carrabelle or Apalachicola
concerning an interlocal agree-
ment. He noted that the state's
deadline for obtaining such an
agreement had already passed.
"Of course," Shuler speculated, "if
an agreement was reached, the
state may or may not recognize;
at least it would be in place for
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Lanark Commissioners to See Governor


By Rene Topping
Although the Lanark Village Water and Sewer Commissioners are
proposing to residents an expansion and metering program, there is
a possibility that the project may be moot at this point, according to
a letter from Governor Chiles.
Chairman Jim Lawlor read the letter out to the audience of the spe-
cial meeting held June 24, at which time it had been hoped by the
commissioners that they would have been given approval by resi-
dents of the district to continue their project, at least to the stage at
which they would know if it was feasible.
In commenting on the contents of the letter, Lawlor said that the
district did have a deficit, which was mainly due to actions of previ-
ous commissions. He cited the extension of water and sewer to resi-
dents on the gulf side of U.S. 98, to the east boundary of the LVWSD.
However, he stated, and it has been affirmed at other meeting by
Commissioner Jeanette Pedder, that the day to day operations of the
district are not in arrears. He added all bills are current.
It seems the commissioners will now have to document to the Gover-
nor the proposed loan money they are now trying to borrow, which
will be a wise move financially.
According to information received from State Representative Janegale
Boyd, the Lanark Village Water and Sewer District has a deficit of
$000,000 as of the present date.
Jim Thomas, of the Office of the Governor, said Friday that these
letters are sent out to government entities when they get a complaint.
They are sent in order that the governor can get and review all the
facts. "The governor will hear all the facts and will try to help," he
said. "Sometimes after hearing the complete problem the governor
has to step in, but often we do nothing."
Lawlor said that as of Friday, June 27 the commissioners had no
definite appointment at the governor's office. They have an appoint-
ment to meet with Congressman Allen Boyd in Tallahassee on July 1,
and they are awaiting an appointment date with State Senator Pat
Thomas.

Stone Crab Advisory Panel to Meet
The Stone Crab Advisory Panel (AP) to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council (Council) will meet on July 7 at the Monroe
County Regional Service Center: 2798 Overseas Highway in Mara-
thon, Florida. The purpose of the meeting, which will begin at 8:00
a.m., is to review additional information on the stone crab fishery
and to continue discussions on a license limitation system for the
fishery. The recommendations of the AP will be provided to the Council
and Florida legislature for consideration. A copy of the agenda can be
obtained by calling (813) 228-2815.


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Dear Ms: Pedder:
.Thinks for your letter dated June 5,1997. You indicate that the deficit is solely
related to depreciation. The financial statements seem to show that the deficit
gos to operation In addition to depreciation.
We are concerned that Uthre was no cash and there was a bank overdraft it year
end,
We have been advised that the district Is running at a monthly deficli and that
you may be In the process of obtaining a loan from the Department of .
Environmental Protectlon.
Florida Statutes 218.503(3)(c) allows the Governor to prohibit, "a local
governmental entity from iuling bonds, notes, certificate of Indebtednes, r
any other form of debt until it s no longer subject to this section. (emphasis
added)
Please be advised that you should not incur any form of debt without the specific
approval of the Governor's Office,
Please provide to us in detail your plans for financing operations and any
outside source of financing you maybe considering. We would need to know
the sources of the money, the anticipated uses of the money, and your plans for
repaybig any loans or other form of debt,
We will be happy. fo meet with you and your CPA If you prefer that prior to
preparing the documentation requested In thi letter, We look forward to
working withyou n this matter. Pleaso o(el free to call Gale Sittig (904) 4B8-.710
or Jim Thonas (904) 922-4637.
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Community Takes in Full Day of

Events at Art Festival


Community members enjoyed a
full day of events at the Art,
Poetry and Music Festival on
June 14 at Battery Park in
Apalachicola.
The event began with an hour-
long musical performance by
Hank Taylor. Mr. Taylor, with the
aide of his "Magic Fiddle," in-
trigued audience members with
his folksy storytelling and musi-
cal accompaniment. The perfor-
mance was sponsored by the Wil-
derness Coast Public Library.
Restaurant Owner Ed Cass con-
tinued the event with an Ice
Sculpting demonstration. With
the help of sculpting tools and a
buzz saw, Mr. Cass gradually
carved out an ice dolphin. The
demonstration spanned approxi-
mately one hour.
The Love Center's Marching Band
and Drill entertained audience
members with a dramatic musi-
cal performance at the noon hour.
The Love Center's band, which
recently completed a tour
throughout the south, performed
for nearly one hour. The band
performed at the request of the
Franklin County Public Library.
At 1:00 p.m., Anna & Woodrow
Griffith with the Society for Cre-
ative Anachronism participated
for more than one hour in a Me-
dieval Performance. Clothed in
medieval garb, the two partici-
pated with their children, Kevin
and Ruth, in dancing and fenc-


ing performances. The Grittith's
performed at the request of the
Franklin County Public Library.
Representative Janegale Boyd
briefly spoke at the event. She
commended the community for
their collaborate effort on the fes-
tival. Representative Boyd also
applauded the community for
providing such an enjoyable and
educational event for the local
youth.
Former Apalachicola High School
Science Instructor Tom
Loughridge continued the event
by reciting a string of Classic Po-
etry. Mr. Loughridge recited such
poems as "Song of the
Chattahoochee" by the classic
southern poet Sidney Lanier from
Macon, Georgia.
Following the poetry recital,
Nancy Redig's Troupe Arabesque
entertained audience members
with a mixture of Western, Asian
and N. African music and dance
performances. The troupe, which
featured several drummers and
dancers, performed for 45 min-
utes. The event was sponsored
by the Wilderness Coast Public
Library.
Vocalists Susanne Davis and
David Wingate entertained audi-
ence members for approximately
15 minutes with a string of beau-
tiful melodies. The vocal perfor-
mance led to the final perfor-
mance at the Art Festival, a po-
etry reading.


Franklin County Public Library
Director Eileen Annie congratu-
lated the many young poets who
submitted their work to the pub-
lic library. Ms. Annie also noted
that the many submitted poems
were published in a booklet en-
titled, "Tropic of Angels." The
booklet was named after a poem
written by 10th grade student,
Jonathan Williams. Those indi-
viduals who submitted poems re-
ceived Recognition Awards, cri-
tiques of their work and a copy of
the poetry booklet. Jonathan Wil-
liams received the Critic's Choice
Recognition Award.
Those who read their poetic work
at the festival included Toni
Turner, Tiffany Shiver, Tanicia
Pugh, Ashley Williams, Stephanie
Pravanzano, Lashonda Williams,
Melissa Rush and Antwanette
Harris. Ms. Annie also read the
poem, 'Tropic of Angels."
Prior to the poetry reading, Ms.
Annie conducted a poetry work-
shop. At the workshop, each of the
young poets read their work and
received feedback from their
peers. Ms. Annie noted that the
workshop seemed to prepare the
young students for the reading in
'Battery Park.
Those students who submitted
poems to the library included:
Megan Gunter, Ryan Buzier,
Genoa Belson, Hali Thompson,
Sylvia Ordonia, Claudette
Hamilton, Marcia Bishop, Tanicia


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Pugh, Christopher Massey, Randi
Nabors, Jarrett Elliott, Celeste
Elliott, Diana Sanders, Destiny
Ellerson, Rachel Williams,
Jonathon Williams, Ashley Will-
iams, Judy Walker, Charlie
Moses, Joi Cargill, Antwanette
Harris, Kaneidra Cummings, Ma-
son Putnal, Pereceda Pearson,
Kristen Millender, Alek Hoffman,
Jeremy Stanley, Chrystal Moore,
Mason Moore, Juan Jones, Casey"
Crosby, Stephanie Pravanzano,
Tarvis Bell, Ke'asha Martin,
Chandra Bonner, Tiffany James,
Antwoin Lewis, Ashley Hickman,
Lashonda Williams, Kayla Th-
ompson, john Hutchinson, Lacey
Campbell, Alzalia Adams, Jayme
Paul, Nicole Cooper, Corey
Mitchell, Amanda Smith, Whitney
Hayser, Melissa Rush, Tiffany
Shiver, Sheneidra Cummings and
Toni Turner.
Those receiving art awards at the
festival included:
Printmaking
K-3
First Place: Brandon Martina
Second Place: Shawn Langley
Third Place: Brett Holley
Grades 4-6
First Place: Ashley Shiver
Second Place: Jada Chason
Third Place: Chris Russell
Pottery
K-3
Emily Ivayo
Grades 4-6
First Place: D. Creamer
Second Place: Rosa Deskins
Third Place: Misty Moore
Honorable Mention: Jessica Montgomery
Grades 7-8
First Place: John Strayor
Second Place: Jonathon Carter
Third Place: Zack Thompson
Collages
K-3 First Place:
Leah Carroll
Second Place: Daren Hoffman Third
Place: Kristen Bloodworth
Grades 4-6
First Place: Judy Walker
Second Place: Mason Putnal
Grades 9-12
Staci Staats
Photography


Grades 4-6
First Place: Jarrett Elliott
Second Place: Ryan Beavers
Third Place: Denisha Allen
Multi-Media Drawing
K-3
First Place: Mary Nowling
Second Place: Annie Irving
Third Place: Falynn Mahaffey
Grades 4-6
First Place: Mason Moore & Mason Putnal
Second Place: Charlie Moses & Brian
Baird
Third Place: Nicole Shiver & Lanie
Hardman
Grades 7-8
Paul Parmarter
Grades 9-12
First Place: Bobby Carrol
Second Place: Josh Whitten Third
Place: Pamela Theis
Multi-media Sculpture
K-3
First Place: Chantelle Brown
Second Place: Isiah Laye
Third Place: Gabrielle Pine
Grades 4-6
First Place: Blake Sasnett
Second Place: Meghann Gunter
Third Place: Pam Johnson & Claire
Sanders
(Dual Team Project)
Painting
K-3
First Place: Sam Baird
Second Place: Kristen Bloodworth
Third Place: Jeremy Sullivan
Throughout the day, young com-
munity members were able to
participate in a variety of art ac-
tivities. The activities included
beadwork with Lydia Country-
man, pinch pots with Sally
Morton, collages with Nina Marks
and Leigh Duggar, finger-painting
with Vilma Baragona and Frank
Briardy, mosaics with Cathy
Halford, origami with Claire and
Barbara Sanders, paper hats with
Mary Beth Hamilton and Hazel
Robinson, paper masks with
Meghan Berberet, pastels with
Gail Herzich, puppets with Sue
Taylor, sponge art with Dawn
Corley, face painting with Jenni-
fer Millender, Jeff George, Donna
Messer and Amanda Loos and
straw painting with C.J. Welrich.
Some of the art exhibitions and
demonstrations that were sched-
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pottery by David Farrell, painting
by Lamar Mitchell, wooden toys
by George McCreery, photography
by Madeleine Poole, photography
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Shirley Baker Little, oils by Janice
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During the evening, community
members were treated to a two
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the American Wind Symphony
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visitors made their way to Battery
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Co-Organizer Joyce Estes said
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Ms. Estes praised the day-long art
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Moarine
Fisheries
Commission
STATE OF FLORIDA


MFC Acts on

Numerous

Saltwater

Fishing Issues

The Marine Fisheries Commission
held a public meeting June 24,
1997 in Fort Walton Beach and
took the following action:

Amberjack
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment and re-
viewed recent federal action re-
garding amberjack, and directed
staff to reopen its recessed final
public hearing during its Septem-
er meeting in Punta Gorda on
proposed rules that would:
lower the recreational daily bag
limit for greater amberjack to 1
fish per person statewide
prohibit the sale of any amber-
jack species (greater and lesser
amberjack, Almaco lack, and
banded rudderfish) in March,
April, and May
prohibit the sale of any amber-
jack species less than 36 inches
fork length at any time
require all amberjack to be
landed in a whole condition (in-
cluding such fish harvested
commercially)
establish 14 inches minimum/
20 inches maximum fork length
size limits and an aggregate rec-
reational daily bag limit of 5 fish
per person for banded
rudderfish and lesser amber-
jack

Reef Fish
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment and re-
viewed recent federal action re-
garding reef fish, and directed
staff to schedule a final public
hearing in September on a pro-
posed rule amendment that
would increase the minimum size
limit to 10 inches for vermilion
snapper in Gulf of Mexico state
waters (which would conform with
federal rules). The Commission
also announced that it intends to
develop a management plan for
black sea bass, pink porgy, and
white grunt in 1998.

Spearfishing/Gigging
.The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment regard-
ing spearfishing and gigging, and
directed staff to schedule a final
public hearing in September on
Proposed rule amendments that
'would:
. expand the definition of
spearfishing to include all gigs,
arrows, spears, and spearguns


Sallow the spearing of black
drum, mullet, flounder, sheep-
shead, bluefish, Spanish mack-
erel, king mackerel, cobia, am-
berjack, dolphin, and reef fish
(snappers, hogfish, groupers,
and grunts), and other unregu-
lated species
* prohibit the spearing of snook,
red drum, spotted seatrout,
weakfish, bonefish, tarpon, per-
mit, pompano, African pom-
ano, tripletail, sharks, and
billfish
The Commission also directed
staff to review any local laws that
contain provisions regarding
spearing, and to include any con-
forming revisions necessary in the
proposed rules.
King and Spanish
Mackerel
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment and re-
viewed recent federal action re-
garding the king and Spanish
mackerel fisheries, and directed
staff to schedule a final public
hearing in September on pro-
oosed rule amendments to con-


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torm with federal rules that
would:
* establish a daily 50 fish per ves-
sel trip limit for Gulf group com-
mercial king mackerel fisher-
men in the Eastern Region-
this limit would apply from No-
vember 1 until the quo.ta is
reached or March 31
establish a daily 50 fish per ves-
sel trip limit for Atlantic group
Commercial king mackerel fish-
ermen in state waters from
Brevard through Dade counties
establish a daily 500
pound trip limit for the com-
mercial harvest of Spanish
mackerel after the annual quota
is reached through March 31
The Commission also directed
staff to withdraw a proposed rule
that would have prohibited the
captain and crew on for-hire ves-
sels from retaining the recre-
ational Gulf group king mackerel
bag limit-this tracks recent fed-
eral action.
Shrimp
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment on
shrimping issues, and directed
staff to schedule a final public
hearing in September on pro-
posed rules that would extend a
requirement that a legal, func-
tioning bycatch reduction device
(BRD) be installed and be used in
all otter trawls rigged for fishing
and used by all food and live bait
shrimp producers in all state wa-
ters-BRDs that meet the legal
specifications of this proposed
rule include the Florida Finflsh
Excluder and the large mesh Ex-
tended Funnel BRD. These pro-
posed rules would also prohibit
the rigging or altering of BRDs
installed in trawls in a manner
that would render the BRD
nonfunctioning or ineffective. In
other action, the Commission
held a final public hearing on a
proposed rule that would reopen
live bait shrimp harvesting in
Pumpkin Hill Creek in northeast
* Florida from July through Decem-
ber each year the Commission
rejected this proposal, and di-
rected staff to withdraw this rule
from further consideration. The
Commission also received testi-
mony regarding reported conflicts
between shrimp and stone crab
fishermen.

Blue Crab
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment on sev-
eral issues regarding the blue
crab fishery, and directed staff to
schedule a final public hearing in
September on proposed rule
amendments that would:
* prohibit the use of blue crab
traps in federal waters adjacent
to Florida
specify a horizontal orientation
for the throat configuration in
blue crab traps
require that blue crab trap
buoys be spherical in construc-
tion
Red Drum/Spotted
Seatrout Aquaculture
The Commission received a report
and public comment regarding a
legislative requirement that the
Commission develop a plan to
manage the aquaculture of red
drum and spotted seatrout. The
Commission directed staff to
schedule a final public pouring in
September on proposed rules that
would:
require a numbered, tamper-
proof tag to be attached to all
red drum and spotted seatrout
harvested in aquaculture op-
erations (the specific tag design
would be developed by indus-
try and approved by the Florida
Marine Patrol) tags would be
required to remain attached to
each fish processed and sold as
food through the point of sale
(except for fish transferred live
to other facilities)
require red drum and spotted
seatrout aquaculture producers
to possess a valid aquaculture
certificate and maintain appro-
priate receipts, bills of sale, and
landings data indicating that
such fish are artificially
spawned and raised in commer-
cial aquaculture facilities


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Tarp-Seine Pilot
Program
The 1997 Florida Legislature es-
tablished a 3-year pilot program
that allows 7 tarp-purse seines to
be used to harvest baitfish under
certain conditions in Wakulla,
Franklin, Gulf, Bay, Okaloosa,
and Walton counties. The legisla-
tion requires the Commission to
develop harvest quotas for speci-
fied baitfish at no more than 50
percent of historical landings. The
Commission directed staff to
schedule a final public hearing, if
requested, on a proposed rule that
would set the following total an-
nual allowable harvest levels to
apply during the pilot program:
* anchovy 255,000 Ibs
* blue runner 1,500,000 Ibs.
* thread herring 900,000 Ibs.
* ladyfish 6,265,000 Ibs.
* chub mackerel 215,000 Ibs.
* menhaden 7,245,000 Ibs.
* Spanish sardines 2,825,000 Ibs.
* round scad 2,995,000 Ibs.


* little tunny


1,175,000 Ibs.


The fishing year for quota moni-
toring purposes would be July 1
through June 30 each year.

Shark
The Commission reviewed recent
federal action regarding the shark
fishery, and directed staff to
schedule a final public hearing, if
requested, on proposed rule
amendments to conform with fed-
eral rules that would:
* declare sand tiger, bigeye sand
tiger, and great white sharks as
protected species and prohibit
the harvest of these species,
and also remove sawsharks
from this designation
* close state waters to the com-
mercial harvest and sale of
small or large coastal sharks
when adjacent federal waters
close to this fishery
prohibit filleting sharks at sea
(the evisceration and removal of
heads and tails of sharks on
vessels would be allowed)

Tarpon
The Commission directed staff to
.schedule a final public hearing, if
requested, on a proposed rule that
would set the total number of tar-
pon tags allowed to be sold dur-
ing the first six months of 1998
at 1,250, and during the last six
months of 1998 at 1,250 (one half
the number of tags are reserved
for fishing guides during each
period).

Broward County SMZ
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment regard-
ing a proposed rule that would
restrict all harvesters to recre-
ational bag limits for finfish in
Broward County state waters, and
prohibit the harvest or attempted
arvest of finfish with any hook
and line gear other than hand
held and manually operated. The
Commission voted to table this
proposed rule, and will commu-
nicate with Broward County offi-
cials its concerns regarding law
enforcement before further con-
sidering implementation of a spe-
cial management zone in this
area.

Other Meeting Action
The Commission received public
comment and:
* received an update on limited
entry plans for the Stone Crab
fishery
received an update on Atlantic
States Marine Fisheries Com-
mission management of Weak-
fish staff was directed to request
de minimus status for weakfish
The Commission also considered
various legislative, administrative,
and research issues.



delegation Review
continued From Page 1

Ms. Susan Ficklen asked whether
an aquaculture operation would
help displaced fishermen affected
by the net ban. Rep. Boyd said
that she would need to check with
the Department of Agriculture
about such funding. "There is
money to help set that up," she
said. Boyd noted that the commu-
nity would have to be supportive
of such an operation. "But the
opportunities are there and
the resources are there," she
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sessment would be, and also on
the district finances. In the end
Martin Roller, who lives on Mary-
land Street, proposed that this
meeting be disregarded and the
commissioners do a more thor-
ough survey of the property own-
ers in the area to find out just
how the majority feel about the
expansion.
Lawlor said that the meeting had
given him a new aspect and he
and Greg Yancey, the other com-
missioner present, voted to table
the resolution until the commis-
sioners could directly contact all
of the lot owners in the Lanark
Beach area.


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holes, is gonna be very great."
Mr. Gunter said that the develop-
ment of the bridge, rather than
the bridge itself, would have a
major impact on the noted oyster
bars. "It the activity that sur-
rounds those bridge building
projects," said Gunter, "it's the
barges. It's the dredging. It's the
run-off."
Gunter said that he hoped the
HDR Consulting Firm and the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation would approach the devel-
opment project with the environ-
ment in mind. "We know that
these types of activities in bridge
building areas are very detrimen-
tal to a particular resource in a
particular area." Gunter said.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
requested that the board sched-
ule another workshop with the
DEP to further discuss the mat-
ter. "We don't have the authority
to move the bridge," he noted.
Gunter responded that the DEP
didn't have such authority, either.
County Planner Alan Pierce
added, "you will have the author-
ity to support the new bridge
location."
Mr. Gunter noted that the HDR
Consulting Firm was hired by the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation. "Unfortunately," he
warned, "the initial process in al-
most all bridge building type situ-
ations or any major projects is not
handled by DOT. We're looking at
a consulting firm that's going to
basically pave the way. And by the
time that they get done with
their work, there won't be any
discussion."

Lanark

Beach

Residents

Object to

Expansion

By Rene Topping
About forty residents of Lanark
Beach attended the June 24th
special meeting of the Lanark Vil-
lage Water and Sewer Board to
oppose the proposed expansion of
the water and sewer lines into the
western part of the district.
Lanark Beach is the area from
Spring Street to Arizona Street
and U.S. 98 to Louisiana Street.
The complaints from the audience
began immediately following the
reading of Resolution 90 which
would authorize the district to
- apply for a loan up to the amount
,of $271,000 from the Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) to finance the administra-
tion, planning and design of the
expansion project.
The revenues planned for the re-
payment of the loan are the net
special assessment revenues aris-
ing from the proposed expansion
of the sewer system as set forth
in the district's resolution 89.
The expansion into Lanark Beach
is only one of several proposals
which include the metering of all
apartments in Lanark Village.
Commissioner Jim Lawlor ex-
plained that each phase of the
work would be paid for by the ar-
eas benefited. Lanark Villagers
would pay for the metering and
the Lanark Beach expansion
would be paid for by residents of
that area.
Lanark Beach area is zoned half
for mobile homes and half for
houses. Presently, the residents
of the area provide for their own
water and sewer with private wells
and septic tanks.
Residents rose one after another
to complain saying, "We are not
interested, we have good septic
tanks and good wells." "We really
don't want the water." "Nobody on
Arizona Street wants it." "Nobody
is begging for water." One said,
"The vast majority of us don't
want it. We consider it a waste of
tax money."
Some complained that when they
had come to live in the area they
had applied for water and sewer
and had not been able to be sup-
plied by the district. They felt they
had spent their money on their
own systems and did not want to
be mandated to have to pay for
water and sewer from the LVWSD.
Chairman Lawlor explained that
it could be up to five years before
the residents would have to go on
the system as it would take at
least two or more years to get it
built, and then residents would
still have 36 months in which to
go on the system.
At this point one resident asked,
"What part of 'we don't want the
water' do you folks not under-
stand?" Residents asked ques-
tions as to fees, how much the as-


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New Red Snapper
License Limitation
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1998
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council took final action
at its May meeting and submit-
ted to National Marine Fishery
Service (NMFS), as the major part
of Reef Fish Amendment 15, a
proposed red snapper commercial
license limitation system. If ap-
proved by NMFS, this new system
will take effect in 1998, replacing
the temporary endorsement sys-
tem that began as an interim
measure in 1993 and expires at
the end of 1997. The biggest
change from the public hearing
preferred alternatives is the adop-
tion of a two-tier license system,
rather than a three tier system,
that includes all reef fish fisher-
men with historical landings of
red snapper. The major provisions
of the proposed red snapper li-
cense limitation system are as fol-
lows.
- Two classes of red snapper li-
censes will be created as fol-
lows. Vessels without a red
snapper license will not be al-
lowed to commercially harvest
red snapper.

Class Qualification Initial Trip Limit
Class 1 Holders of red snapper 2,000 pounds
endorsements on March 1,
1997
Class 2 Otherholders ofreeffish 200 pounds
permits on March i, 1997
who had any landings of
red snapper between
January 1, 1990 and
March 1,1997
Vessel operators meeting the
qualification for "historical op-
erator" will also be issued a red
snapper license of whichever
class their vessel qualifies for.
It is expected that there will be
between 4 to 6 historical opera-
tors who will qualify for a Class
1 license.
Red snapper licenses will be
transferable without restric-
tions.
No limit on the maximum num-
ber of licenses that can be
owned by one entity. However,
only one license can be used on
any vessel.


South Atlantic Fishery Manage-
ment Councils developed and ap-
proved Amendment 8 to the
Coastal Migratory Pelagic Fishery
Management Plan in August
1996, which proposes a morato-
rium for king mackerel commer-
cial permits.
If Amendment 8 is approved by
the Secretary of Commerce, a per-
mit moratorium would be imple-
mented for both Gulf and Atlan-
tic groups of king mackerel. The
control date of October 16, 1995
would be used to determine who
qualifies for commercial king
mackerel permits.
This means fishermen who did
not.have a federal coastal migra-
tory pelagic permit before Octo-
ber 16, 1995 would not be allowed
to fish commercially for king
mackerel.
Proposed King Mackerel Com-
mercial Permit Moratorium
* For a king mackerel to be pos-
sessed aboard a vessel in num-
bers exceeding the bag limit, a
commercial king mackerel per-
mit must be issued to the ves-
sel and must be on board.
A commercial king mackerel
permit may be issued for a ves-
sel if its owner was an owner of
a vessel that had a commercial
king and Spanish mackerel per-
mit prior to the published con-
trol date of October 16, 1995.
* In the event of the sale of a ves-
sel so qualifying, the right to the
commercial king mackerel per- :
mit will be retained by the owner
of the vessel when it qualifies
unless there is written agree-
ment that such right transfers
to the new owner with the sale
of the vessel.
Applications for commercial king
mackerel permits must be sub-
mitted no later than 90 days af-.
ter the final rule to implement
Amendment 8 is published in
the Federal Register.
No new commercial king mack-
erel permits are to be issued un-
der this moratorium, that is, a
commercial king mackerel per-
mit that is not renewed or that
is revoked will not be reissued.
This moratorium will terminate
not later than October 15, 2000.


- The applicable vessel landings For more information, call the
records will be transferred to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Manage-
new permit holder if the vessel ment Council.
permit was transferred through The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
sale of the vessel or due to death agement Council is one of eight
or disability, unless there is an i regional fishery management
agreement under which the councils that were established by
original permit holder retained the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
such landings. Conservation and Management
- An appeals board composed of Act in 1976. The Council is respon-
the state marine resource direc- sible for the development and
tors or their designees will be modification of fishery manage-
created to hear appeals of in- ment plans (FMPs) that are de-
complete or inaccurate landings signed to manage fishery re-
records. Other appeals, such sources in the exclusive economic
as hardship, will not be zone 'EE/t of the Gulf of Mexico
considered from state boundaries to the 200
mile limit.
Toll-Free Number Now Reminder-Cutting Up
AvailableFish at Sea is Illegal


There is now a toll-free number
available for contacting the Gulf
of Mexico Fishery Management
Council. The new number, which
can be dialed from anywhere in
the U.S., is: 1-888-833-1844.

King Mackerel
Moratorium Pending
Important Notice!
This notice is a reminder to fish-
ermen that the Gulf of Mexico and


Fishermen are reminded that it
is illegal to cut up most finfish at
sea. An exemption is made for
baitfish and fish that are cooked
and consumed at sea. In addition,
sharks, tunas and billfishes are
not subject to this rule because
they are managed directly by
NMFS under rules for highly mi-
gratory species. Otherwise, finfish
may be gutted, but must be
landed with head and tails
attached.


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