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Published Every Other Friday

Franklin Chronicle

Volume 6, Number 15


"We're Here to Listen..."

DOT Consultant Conducts

Hearing on St. George


A Report and Commentary by Tom Hoffer
The Engineering consultant to the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) on
the St. George Island bridge is Kirk A. Stull, of HDR Engineering
(Pensacola). Mr. Stull conducted the public hearing regarding the St.
George Island Bridge at the Courthouse in Franklin County, Apalachi-
cola, last Thursday evening, July 17, 1997.
In a style certainly unusual for such meetings in Franklin County,
the first hour consisted of various technical representatives of HDR
engineering and the DOT engaging in one-on-one conversations with
members of the Franklin County public as they arrived. Various charts
showing the bridge profile and proposed locations were set up around
the courtroom. The start of the meeting was somewhat erratic be-
cause attendees were told that the meeting began, first at 6 p.m.,
then at 6:30 p.m., and upon arrival, they were informed it all started
in 7 i.m. None of the one-on-one conversations conducted around
the consultant's charts were a part of the public record being made of
the hearing. Off to the right of the auditorium, the court reporter,
Jennifer Millender, was enthroned with a large banner that made it
appear as if she were the focus of the program.


Jennifer Millender

About 60 attendees were registered and only seven persons actually
spoke in front of the group, indicating their views about the project.
Earlier, the HDR Engineering consultant, with the approval of the
DOT, had deposited a thick spiral-bound notebook at the Apalachi-
cola Municipal Library for public review. The Chronicle has excerpted
that report and has presented the first half in this issue. Upon read-
ing the written report, one gains the distinct idea that the entire list
of decisions has already been reached. The language "preferred alter-
native" points to the conclusion as to the ultimate.location of the new
The meeting opened up a number of questions that remained unan-
swered. Will the new bridge have a toll? Where will the bridge be
located? (But, see the excerpted report with a discussion on the "pre-
ferred alternative").. Is there an inter-agency friction (snit) between
DOT and the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP)? Mr. Stull merely
answered: "We're here to listen. We want you to tell us what you think
about the project."
His initial remarks indicated "We're here to present the findings of
a study that is being conducted under federal guidelines..." (The
findings were not presented at this meeting in any systematic man-
ner.) Lawyer Barbara Sanders gave him some advice later on. (See
her comments below).

Continued on page 10


Historic Apalachicola

Buildings Sold

Sponge Exchange,
Key House Bring
By Sue Riddle Cronkite'
The historic Sponge Exchange
building in downtown Apalachi- ,
cola, and the Margaret Key house,
left to the Apalachicola Library,
are in the process of being sold to
Martha Bryson of Tallahassee.
"Papers have been signed," said
Clark Holmes, owner of the his-
toric Sponge Exchange building.
"Offers have been made and ac-
cepted. A closing date on the Key
house has been set for August 15,
but no date is set yet on the
Sponge Exchange."

Selling price was $400,000 on the
Margaret Key house, left to ben-
efit the Apalachicola Library. The
Sponge Exchange building, lo-
cated just east of the Apalachicola
State Bank, is selling for
Realtor Shaun Donahoe is han-
-dling the sale of the Sponge Ex-
change building. "The Apalachi-
cola Bank had owned the build-
ing before us," said Holmes. 'They
wanted to tear it down. It was in
bad shape, the roof \as sagging.
We did a lot of work on it. I did
the brick work, and Danny Blake
and I did the woodwork."
Holmes said the library money will
likely go iito a future building
fund. "It was a wonderful thing
for Margaret Key to do," he said.

The Sponge Exchange

New Health Department Facility

to Open Soon in Carrabelle
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July 25 August 7, 1997

Suspect Arrested After Hit &

Run Incident

Suspect Benjamin Whitaker was
arrested on July 21 after allegedly
striking 12 year old Courtney
Shiver and 4 year old Natalie
Shiver with his vehicle at approxi-
mately 7:00 p.m. on Ridge Road
in Eastpoint, and then leaving the
scene of the accident:
According to the probable cause
report, Whitaker and his passen-
ger (Diane Brown) exited the ve-
icle after the accident and briefly
examined the two girls; however,
Whitaker then got back into his
vehicle and left both'his passen-
ger and the injured girls on Ridge
The passenger and several wit-
nesses supplied Trooper William
Harrell with a description of
Whitaker and his vehicle. Ms.
Brown informed Trooper Harrell
that Whitaker had been drinking
that .day. Mr. Whitaker was later
apprehended by members of the
Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment. Trooper Harrell later met
with Whitaker at the jail that
evening; Harrell reported that

Whitaker's eyes were watery and
bloodshot and that he smelled
moderately of alcohol.
Mr. Whitaker refused to submit
to a breath test. He was charged
with Driving Under the Influence
(DUI), Leaving the Scene of an
Accident.Involving Injuries and
Driving with a Suspended Driver's
License. In addition to these new
charges, Mr. Whitaker also has
the following pending charges
which stem from a May 24 arrest:
Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding,
Willful and Wanton Reckless Driv-
ing, Resisting Arrest Without Vio-
lence and Driving with a Sus-
pended License. Whitaker was
arrested on May 24, 1997 after
leading officers on a chase which
reached speeds up to ,100 MPH
in the City of Apalachicola.
As a result of the July 21 acci-
dent, the two girls each received
concussions. In addition,
Courtney Shiver received 50
stitches to her forehead as a re-
sult of the accident.

School District to Lose 14

Teaching Positions

The Franklin County School Dis-
trict will lose 14 teaching posi-
tions in the upcoming year due
to a tighter than usual budget
squeeze. In the 1997-98 school
year, the district will employ 97
instructors overall. That amount
was down from 111 instructors in
the previous year.
At Apalachicola High School,
twenty-two and one-half instruc-
tors will be employed. That figure
was down from twenty-six and
one-half instructors in the previ-
ous year. At Carrabelle High
School, thirty-five and one-half
instructors will be employed. That
'figure was down from thirty-nine
instructors employed the previous
year. The figure of one-half indi-
cates a shared teaching position
between more than one school.
For instance, the district's Span-
ish instructor will be teaching part
time at both Apalachicola and
Carrabelle High School.
At Chapman Elementary School,
twenty instructors will be em-
ployed. That figure was down from
twenty-five and, one-half in the
previous year. At Brown Elemen-
tary School, only one instructor .
will be lost; the school reduced
its teaching staff from twenty to
Superintendent Brenda Galloway
informed the Franklin Chronicle
on July 23 that the quality of edu-
cation would not diminish even
though tough teacher cuts were
being made. "We will continue to
offer quality educational pro-
grams to our students," said Gal-
loway. She added, "this will be an
exciting year." Ms. Galloway
complimented all of the district's
schools for their careful and fru-

gal planning in anticipation of the
budget. Such planning, she said,
helped the district enormously
during the "untold hours" in
which the budget was considered.
While several of the instructors
will be leaving the school district,
most of the programs will remain
intact. The following programs will
be affected in some manner- due
to the budget cuts:
Pre-K Early Intervention Pro-
gram: Previously staffed by in-
structors, the program will now
be staffed by paraprofessionals.
Alternative Education: This pro-
gram, which includes such
courses as Building Trades, will
need to be re-established. Stu-
dents may take some Alternative
Education courses through voca-
tional education schools such as
Haney and Lively Vo-Tec.
Dropout Prevention Program:
This program will continue to be
staffed, though.not to the extent
that it was previously.
Several steps will be taken by the
school district to enable students
to take such educational pro-
grams during this tight budget
period. Such steps will include:
The Dual Enrollment Program:
This program will enable students
to take such courses as Building
Trades at such schools as Gulf
Coast Community College, Lively
and/or Haney Vo-Tec.
Long Distance Offerings: This
program will provide students
with long distance access to pro-
grams offered by such schools as
Mosely High School out of Bay
County. This program will soon
be offered to the local students.

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The Franklin County Public Health Department expects to opera its
new facility located on 5th Street in Carrabelle in the early part of
September. By either October or November, a ribbon-cutting ceremony
will be conducted at the new facility
"Construction of the new Franklin County Health Department Clinic
at. Carrabelle," said Dr. Shakra Junejo with the local health depart-
ment, "is the first step toward improving public health services to the
community." She continued, "this facility will allow the broad range
of services to be provided. This effort has been supported by the com-
munity of Carrabelle, the Franklin County Commission, the Franklin
County School Board and the medical providers throughout the com-
On July 23, members of the Franklin County Health Department con-
ducted a preliminary walk-through inspection of the new facility with
the building's architect; the inspection was conducted in order to
make final determinations on the construction project.
The initial groundbreaking for the construction of the Carrabelle fa-
cility began in the latter part of January of 1997.

By Rene Topping
Only three people were present at
the first budget workshop held by
the Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District Commission on
Wednesday, July 23, at 1 p.m. at
the Water and Sewer office. Com-
missioner Jeanette Pedder made
note of the fact that although the
board had booked the Chillas Hall
in anticipation of a good turnout,
those people present were Com-
missioner Chairman Jim Lawlor,
herself and Franklin Chronicle re-
porter Rene Topping.
Ms. Pedder, in her role as trea-
surer, explained that there would
be three more meetings, one in
July and two in August. She said
after the four meetings have been
held, a special meeting will be
called and she will present a bal-
anced budget for fiscal year 1998.

She said at this meeting the com-
mission would address the fixed
accounts over which the commis-
sion has no control. These ac-
counts included all debt service.
Pedder said that in addition to the
debt service, other fixed expenses
included audit, trash collection,
mortgage on the building and
rental on copier, commercial in-
surance, and bad debts. Pedder
was most emphatic in saying that
although they allow $500 for bad
debts, she added, "very seldom do
we write off a bad debt. We go af-
ter bad debts vigorously." Pedder
said that the things discussed at
this meeting make up about half
of the full budget.
She said she intended to address
the salaries and cost of employ-
ees at the next meeting. Profes-
sional services will be discussed
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Notes from the July 15
Franklin County
Commission meeting.
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that a
special oyster and shrimp Hazard-
ous Analysis Critical Control Point
(HACCP) Program would be held
in Franklin County on August 8.
The program, said Mahan, would
focus on oyster & shrimp process-
ing. He said that the time and lo-
cation for the program had yet to
be determined.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the Depart-
ment of Transportation was inter-
ested in helping the county ob-
tain $42,909 from the Federal
Highway Administration for those
costs associated with Hurricane
Opal. Pierce said that seven coun-
ties were eligible for such funds.
"Most of our costs were associated
with us putting down more
limerock on the C.C. Land Road,"
Pierce stated.
*The board directed County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce to write a letter of
correspondence to the Depart-
ment of Transportation to deter-
mine whether'the State would
accept County Road 67 & 370.
Pierce reminded the board that
the local option gas tax was now
adopted and that its receipt had
been verified by the Department
of Revenue.
The board also agreed to each
provide County Engineer Joe
Hamilton with a prioritized "wish
list" of roads that they wanted
paved in each of the five districts.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the second
request to have the Alligator Point
revetment extended had been de-
nied by the Federal Emergency
Management Administration
Pierce said that he was informed
by FEMA that the original revet-
ment was funded by the U.S. Soil
Conservation Service. He contin-
ued with FEMA's explanation,
"because this project is eligible to
receive other federal funds, Haz-
ard Mitigation moneys may not be
used as a substitute or replace-
ment to fund projects under other.
federal authorities, whether or not
sufficient funds are available."
"If this doesn't meet the criteria
for hazard mitigation," exclaimed
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis,
"I don't know what does."

The Franklin County Commission
was greeted with a host of protest
in response to the construction of
a proposed nine hole golf course
and clubhouse in Eastpoint at the
board's regular July 15 meeting.
The board agreed to table consid-
eration of the project's site plan,
which was presented by Morris
.Palmer, until'their next meeting
which will held on August 5.
Developer Morris Palmer of Eagle
Constructors, Inc. stated that the
proposed project would cover 66
acres and be located at the inter-
section of Island Drive and South'
Bayshore Drive in Eastpoint. The
clubhouse, he said, would be lo-
cated on commercially zoned
property on Island Drive. Palmer
said that the golf course would be
located on property zoned resi-
dential (R-2).
Mr. Palmer, who now owns Las
Brisas Subdivision, said that he
had received many requests for a
recreational amenity to the devel-
opment. The golf course would
adjoih the subdivision.
In order to begin work on the pro-
posed project, Palmer said that he
needed to obtain perrpits from the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP)' and Corps of
Engineers (COE) in addition to
receiving approval from the
county. He said that he had hired
Dan Garlic and Dave Tuplin to,
help him through the process.
Palmer said that the proposed
project would benefit the county
because it would be a family ori-
ented project. "I'm not necessar-
ily trying to achieve the market of
a high class country club," he
said. Palmer said that the project
would initially employ 13 indi-
viduals full and part time. He said
that 28 individuals would even-

"Essentially," Pierce stated, "be-
cause the Soil Conservation Ser-
vice built the original revetment,
FEMA does not want to help ex-
tend it, even though the Soil Con-
servation Service is out of busi-
ness." He said that the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs (DCA)
had determined that the revetr
ment was inconsistent with the
Florida Coastal Management Pro-
gram. Pierce said that the county
had 60 days to appeal DCA's de-
cision. However, he told the board
that he didn't see any point in
appealing the decision by DCA.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that tle
county's deadline to receive ap-
plications for the grants admin-
istrator position with the SHIP
(Sadowsky Housing Initiative
Plan) Program's was July 25. He
said that the 10 percent of SHIP
Program's grant money would be
allocated to the administrator.
Pierce said that all of the.
program's administrative money
($25,000) was available; he said
that much of the program's work
was completed, also.
*The board agreed to adopt the
Plan of Resolution for the county's
Comprehensive Emergency Man-
agement Plan.
*The board approved a request
from Jim Sullivan to allow T.S.
Builder to begin work on a 44
room Days Inn Hotel; the request
was approved contingent on the
project's proposed swimming pool
being relocated or receiving a vari-
ance. The proposed site will be
adjacent to the Huddle House res-
taurant in Eastpoint. County
Planner Alan Pierce informed the
board that the site plan for the
project met all of the needed re-
quirements. He said, however,
that the swimming pool for the
facility would need a variance to
be built as proposed.
Ms. Sullivan said that he had a
permit for five septic tanks with a
capacity of 15,000 gallons for the
proposed project. "The septic-
tanks will be made dry,v said
Sullivan, "and lifted out of the
ground and hooked up with the
vacuum line which is on the south
side of (Highway) 98."
*The board agreed to create pe-
destrian avenues in the middle of
the blocks (Unit 2 & 3) in the cen-
ter of St. George Island. "These are
not easements," said Pierce, "but
are property dedicated to the
county on the St. George Island
plats." Each access, he said, was
12 feet wide.
*The board approved a request
from Dan Reeves to construct a
combination office, showroom
and warehouse for kitchen and
bathroom supplies on property
located next to Charlie's Lounge
in Eastpoint; the project was ap-
proved contingent on Mr. Reeves

tually be employed at the facility.
Palmer also said ,that he would
collaborate with the local high
schools to form a boys and girls
,golf team.
The project, Palmer said, would
be constructed in an environmen-
tally sound manner. He said that
the project would consist of a syn-
thetic green system. "It's a very
high tech product," said Palmer,
"and the reason you haven't seen
more of them is that it's very ex-
pensive. That helps us deal with
and resolve many environmental
issues." He said that stormwater
plan would be presented to the
EP. The plan, he said, would
entirely retain the 100 year storm.
'That's more than ten times what
your county requirements are,"
Palmer explained, "...I wanted to
eliminate any argument about
any runoff."
Mr. Palmer further noted that
monitoring systems would be

obtaining a stormrwater permit
from the Department of Enviion-
mental Protection.
*The board granted preliminary
plat approval to Olivier Monod for
the residential subdivisions in
Grammercy Plantation. The pre-
liminary plat, said County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce, conformed to the
layout that was approved by the
board of commissioners and the
Department of Comminity Affairs
during the Greenpoint Develop-
ment Order Abandonment. "But
since the platting of property is.a
separate process," Pierce ex-
plained, "it must receive separate
approval by the board."
*The board unanimously ap-
proved a county litter ordinance
sponsored by the Keep Franklin
County Beautiful Committee. The
ordinance prohibits the disposal
of solid wastes in the incorporated
and unincorporated areas of the
The Franklin County Commission
will determine the training and
qualifications needed for any
county, municipal park or recre-
ational department employee
to enforce provisions of the
Any individual who illegally
dumps litter in an amount not
exceeding 15 pounds in weight or
27 cubic feet in volume for pur-
poses not deemed commercial will'
be guilty of a civil penalty of up to
$50. Additionally, the court may
require that individual to pick up
litter or perform other labor.
Any individual who illegally
dumps non-commercial litter in
an amount more than 15 pounds
though less than 500 pounds in
weight and more than 27 cubic
feet though less than 100 cubic
feet in volume will be guilty of a
first degree misdemeanor punish-
able as provided by Florida Stat-
utes 775.082. Such a violation
will also result in the individual
being required to pick up litter or
perform other community ser-
vices; in addition, the offense may
result in an addition of three
points to the individuals driver's
license if a vehicle was involved
in the matter.
Finally, any individual who ille-
gally dumps litter in excess of 500
pounds in weight and in excess
of 100 cubic feet in volume will
be guilty of a third degree felony;
the same offense will apply to
those who dump any amount of
commercial waste or litter that
has been deemed hazardous as
defined by Florida Statutes,
403.703. Such offenses will be
punishable by measures provided
by Florida Statutes 775.082 or
775.083. Additionally, a court
may order the violator to remove
the litter that has been dumped,
restore any property damaged by
the litter or perform community

placed at the proposed site. "Just
like Green Point was gonna
do...we're gonna put test wells on
our site...and eliminate the ma-
jority of the 'chemicals," he said.
Palmer informed the board that'
many of the pesticides that would
have been used for Green Point's
proposed golf course will not be
used at the proposed site at Las
"What it boils down to," explained
Palmer, "is that I have 18 acres of
fairway grass that I have to main-
tain. The rest of that site is in cre-
ated wetlafids or natural areas."
He said that the maintenance of
the grass system would be under
the supervision of the State of
Florida. He also said that a maxi-
mum of. 88 pounds of pesticides
would be used annually only if the
system was attacked by ah insect
such as a mold cricket. Palmer
said that a maxitnum two gallons
of fungicide would be used annu-,
ally only if the system was at-

*Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum recommended that
the county not re-align the speed
bumps located in the Highland
park area. Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis had requested the road
department to re-align the speed
bumps at the previous meeting.
"In my opinion," Crum explained,
"it's rough enough...I think it's
adequate." County Engineer Joe
Hamilton suggested that those
who continued to speed may be
getting a "thrill" from driving over
the speed bumps.
*County Planner Alan Pierce an-
nounced that a public hearing
would be scheduled at the board's
August 5 regular meeting to con-
sider raising the county's annual
contractors' fees. Pierce said that
the proposed rate for resident
contractors would be raised from
$25 to $50. He said that the fee
for out-of-county contractors
would be raised from $25 to $150.
"The intention of this," said Pierce,
"is to provide enough revenue for
the county to hire a second build-
ing official without taking money
from the taxpayers." He contin-
ued, "people building new build-
ings are gonna take care of this
service, and not the residents."
Pierce said that the county's cur-
rent building inspector, Roscoe
Carroll, planned to,retire in 1998.
"Because of the changes in the
State law," Pierce explained, "It's
very possible that we may have to
get a certified building official into
the county, which may cost quite
a bit more money." He continued,
"this is also another reason to
consider the increase." The new
rates, said Pierce, will not go into
effect until October 1.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs had
completed their report on the Re-
sort Village Land Use change. The
board agreed to schedule a pub-
lic hearing on July 18 to review
the matter.
*Lanark Village resident Jack
Henderson voiced concern about
the Lanark Village Water & Sewer
Commission's intent to issue
bonds. -"My complaint is that the
law requires them to vote on is-
suing bonds," he said, "there's two
places in the law thatrequire it.
They're (Water & Sewer board)
under the impression that. they
can just go out and issue bonds
without any approval and to tax
people's property which is con-
trary to the law. I think this board
ought to advise them of the law if
they have an attorney that can't
read the law."
AttorneyAl Shuler responded, "we
did not establish that board and
we're not in a chair of command
situation with that board." Attor-

tacked by a fungus. He said that
a maximum of. 11 gallons of her-
bicide could also be used annu-
ally on the system.
"I am making a bold claim that
this will improve the protection of
the bay and I can back that up,"
said Palmer, "these three products
(pesticide, fungicide and herbi-
cide) are specifically allowed un-
der regulations on golf courses,
whereas there are several more
products that aren't even remotely
allowed on golf courses that can
be bought over the counter for
regular lawn grass."
County Planner Alan Pierce re-
minded the board that the
county's zoning code did not in-
clude the word, "golf course," in
any of the zoning districts. "It al-
lows for parks and playgrounds
in the single family residential
districts," said Pierce, "the R-6
zoning district allows 'land inten-
sive recreational uses' but that
term is not defined, either."
Pierce said that he had initially
intended R-6 zoned property to
'include horse riding facilities,
shooting ranges, driving ranges
and golf courses. "But that is not
to say that golf courses can not
be also considered as a park," he
added. Pierce said, however, that
the board had the authority to
disagree with the interpretation of
a golf course as a park. He said
that the board could require golf
courses to be classified in a sepa-
rate zoning category.
Apalachicola resident Bobby
Varnes spoke out against the pro-
posed golf course. "Once you put
chemicals on it (the golf course)
and it goes into the bay, it (the
bay) will shut down." Varnes
warned board members that they
would set a precedent by allow-
ing Palmer to build his golf course.
"If you ever let him build one,"
said Varnes, "the county can for-
get it. You won't have any more
Apalachicola resident Lee
McKnight said that the project

ney Shuler.said that the county
had no jurisdiction over thesaid
district's business. Henderson
said that the board was organized
under part two Florida Statutes
153. Shuler replied, "I looked into
it and my opinion is different from
yours." He said that the statute
was "not a model of clarity."
Attorney Shuler said that he
would confer with the State At-
torney General on the patter.
*Bob Cambric with the Apalachee
Regional Planning Council in,
formed the board that 12 of the
32 revolving loan accounts were
delinquent at the time of the au-
dit in September of 1996. As of
June of 1997, 22 of the 32 loans
were listed as delinquerit. Pres-
ently, 8 of the 32 accounts were
six payments delinquent. In ad-
dition, six of the accounts were
presented listed as five payments
delinquent. Mr. Cambric said that
one of those accounts has de-
faulted. "Since then," hi contin-
ued, "a few other companies also
are delinquent." Cambric said
that the accounts range from one
to six payments delinquent since
the audit. ,
Mr. Cambric said that the county
may need to consider legal action
for those accounts delinquent in
excess of 90 days. "In pursuing-
legal action," he explained, "more
than likely you will be challeng-
ing personal assets...because
that's what most of them secured
their loans with.. .Personal assets

may be homes, cars or checking
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
suggested that the county allow
a six month widow on those loans.
,"The way the bay operates," he
said, "a six month window would
be a lot more realistic. When you
have a bad spell with the bay, it's
not like you have a bad week or
Chairperson Raynmond Williams
pointed out that there were indi-
viduals who had yet to make a
payment on .their revolving loan
accounts. Mr. Cambric. noted,
"there are two people that are that
"I knew that was gonna happen,"
said Commissioner Bevin Putnal,
"because' when we went out and
got that money some of them said
they weren't gonna pay that
back." Mr. Cambric concurred,
"I've heard that there were indi-
viduals who have publicly made
those statements." Putnal con-
cluded, "you try to help people
and then they do you bad by not
paying it (the loans) back."
Cambric recommended that the
delinquent accounts be contacted
after 90 days and that an approxi-
mate three-six month period be
given before foreclosure proceed-

proposed in the Green Point de-
velopment was vastly different
than that proposed by Palmer.
"Green Point was not fought over
only 18 holes," said McKnight, "it
was fought only over the bottom
three holes." He continued, "all.
Continued on page 10


ings took place after that initial
contact. The board unanimously
agreed to accept Mr. Cambric's
Cambric explained that the 1.7
million dollar Community Devel-
opment Block Grant Revolving
Loan Program would be injeop-
ardy if the county did not adopt a
policy on delinquent accounts.
*St. George Island resident Mary
Lou Short voiced concern to the
board about several lengthy
blackouts on the Island. Ms.
Short recalled that Mike
McDonald with the Florida Power
Corporation had previously re-
quested space for a substation in
Eastpoint to help prevent such
blackouts. "I remember Mr.
McDonald's prediction that St.
George Island would begin to have
power-outages in June," she said,
"and sure enough, in the first part
of June, it has happened...We've
had some major problems be-
cause of the power-outages."
The board agreed to contact Mr.
SMcDonald and request that he
speak to the board about the
matter. County Clerk Kendall
Wade said that he was informed
by Mr. McDonald that the Florida
Power Corporation had plans to
construct one substation in St.
George Island and in Eastpoint.


Agrees to Push

for Incorporation

A small group of Eastpoint resi-
dents resolved on July 15 to adopt
a pro-active stance on the issue
of incorporation. Previously, the
group served mainly in a fact-find-
ing capacity. The group, now
known as the Committee for the
Incorporation of Eastpoint, also
elected officers at the meeting.
The group elected Bonnie Segree
to serve as chairperson,.Jim
Sisung was selected as the
group's vice-chairperson and
Michael Allen was appointed
to the position of recording
"We're getting a lot of positive com-
ments," noted Ms. Segree. She,
continued, "we've been' getting
more positive than negative com-
ments. It (incorporation) will hap-
pen sooner or latter. If it happens
now, we'll have control over our
own community."
The incorporation committee will
meet again on July 31 at 7:00
p.m. at the Eastpoint Firehouse.
The committee will then begin
work on drafting a charter and
ordinances for the group.



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continued social and physical functional."
The members of the Council are made up of senior members age 60
or over, with associate members being 21 59 years of age. All mem-
bers have the right to attend all Council activities and be eligible for
nomination to the Board.
Helen Schmidt, President of the Board of Directors of the Senior Citi-
zens Council, and Executive Director Evelyn Pace would welcome any
and all Franklin County residents who have the time to come in and
talk to either of them about the Council and it's Board. Right now the
Board is in need of some new voices as their numbers have shrunk to
six. "These are good and faithful people." Ms. Pace said. "But we need
more of the same kind."
The Board of Directors can be as small As eight and as many as
sixteen. Both Ms. Pace and Ms. Schmidt agree that a good represen-
tation from all areas of the county would be ideal. If possible, but not
absolutely required, it would be a good distribution if there were four
members each from Carrabelle and Apalachicola; three from Lanark
Village; two from Eastpoint and one each from Alligator Point and St.
George Island.
The full Council meets in Spring, usually the last Tuesday in March,
and is combined with a Donor/Volunteer recognition. The Fall meet-
ing is usually held on the last Tuesday in September. The Board meets
regularly each month on the last Tuesday except for Decembei. In
between those meetings, the Executive Committee composed of the
President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and 6ne
member at large handle any business. The day to day activities are
under the direction of the Executive Director.
At present, these officers are President: Helen Schmidt; Vice-Presi-
dent: Shirley Walker; Treasurer: Jim Lawlor; Recording Secretary:
Bonnie Dietz. The member at large is Ken Mansuey and Council mem-
ber Hagar Price. If you have time on your hands and want to use it in
a most rewarding way, they all will assure you of a welcome. There is
no salary attached to this job, but you will get well paid in hugs. Your
most important talent will be to care about others.
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Candidates-for the September 2
Primary Election for the City of

Seat 3

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Lee McKnight
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The Environmental

Assessment Report on the

Replacement of the St.

George TIlsind Bridge

Publisher's Note: This report, completed under the auspices of
the U. S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Administra-
tion and the Florida Dept. of Transportation has been publicly
available in the Apalachicola Public Library since June 25th. HDR
Engineering, Inc., Pensacola, Fl, has been the environmental con-
sultant coordinating the review excerpted below. This review is a
collation of opinion and study identifying potential issues involved
the replacement of the St. George Island bridge, officially known
Sat the Bryant Patton Bridge, State Road 300. There are also some
indications as the direction of the final planning decisions with
regard to the proposed relocation of the bridge.

The proposed project is the replacement of two bridge structures with one
continuous structure on SR 300 at its crossing of Apalachicola Bay, connect-
ing the mainland with St. George Island (Figure 1). Total project length with
roadway approaches is 6100 m (3.79 miles). SR 300 is classified as a rural
The existing two-lane estuarine crossing, constructed in 1965, consists of a
1830m (6000 ft.) south span (Bridge No. 490003) and a 2135m (7000 ft.)
north bridge (Bridge No. 490004) with a middle causeway section between the
bridges, approximately 7000 ft. in length (Figure 2). The south span has an
Intracoastal waterway crossing. The clear width between curb faces is 22 feet.
This project proposes a new replacemeilt bridge which will completely span
the Bay without a middle causeway section. The proposed bridge will have a
clear width of 13.4m (44 ft.) providing two, 12-ft. travel lanes and 10 ft. shoul-
ders. The structure type will vary to accommodate various heights of struc-
ture and construction techniques intended, to minimize impacts to the bay
bottom. The new bridge will be slightly higher than the existing bridge to pre-
vent overtopping of the structure during storm surge conditions. The Intrac-
oastal waterway crossing vertical clearance will be increased to the current
standard of 65 ft. The roadway approaches will also be modified horizontally
and vertically to match the proposed structure. No additional right-of-way will
be required. Traffic will be maintained on the existing bridge and roadway
approaches during construction.


2.1 System Linkage
The SR 300 Bryant Patton Bridges, also known as the St. George Island Cause-
way, connects the community of Eastpoint, Florida with St. George Island in
Franklin County, Florida, a total of 3.8 miles. This bridge is the only connec-
tion between the mainland and the barrier island and is a Hurricane Evacua-
tion Route.
Eastpoint is a fishing-oriented community on US 98 near Apalachicola which
has commercial fishing operations, hotels and retail shopping along with resi-
dential development.
St. George Island is a barrier island consisting of residential development,
public beach access, a State Park and a small business district near the bridge
connection to the local street system.
The current permanent population of St. George Island is 500 people which
swells to 12.000 during the peak tourist season.
The bridge provides access to public beaches and the State Park for tourists,
visitors, and residents.

2.2 Traffic Demand and Capacity
Growth in traffic volumes show ah upward trend, increasing from 1333 ve-
hicles per day in 1988 to 3000 vehicles per day in 1995. There presently are
no traffic capacity deficiencies.
Projected traffic volumes for Design Year 2020 are 7500 vehicles per day...

2:4 Social Demands and Economic Development
Traffic volume increases on SR 300 are directly linked to the rate of change in
population, employment, and development in Franklin County, in addition to
tourist activity.
SR 300 serves numerous traffic generators, including tourist and fishing-re-
lated businesses, residential developments, the St. George Island State Park
and public beaches.

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In the immediate study area, a number of businesses and institutions have
direct or indirect access to SR 300. For economic and community develop-
ment to continue and be served properly by a functioning transportation sys-
tem, traffic on the SR 300 bridges must be maintained to ensure continuous
availability for private, commercial and emergency vehicles.

2.5 Modal Interrelationships
The predominant mode of transportation in the study area is the private
Bicycle and pedestrian traffic along SR 300 appears to be light at present.
There are no sidewalks along most of SR 300 and there are presently no spe-
cial provisions for bicyclists. The proposed project would more safely accom-
modate bicyclists by incorporating 5-foot designated bicycle lanes on roadway
sections and 10-foot shoulders on the bridge.

2.6 Safety
SR 300 is not listed as a High Crash Roadway Segment. However, the existing
structures do not meet current safety standards. The narrow (11 ft.) lanes,
lack of shoulders, and substandard barrier rails will increase the crash po-
tential as traffic volumes increase.

2.7 Navigation
The existing bridge structures were built in 1965. They have two 11 ft. travel
lanes, no shoulders and substandard barrier rail. The span lengths are gen-
erally 55 ft. The southern bridge structure has a high level crossing of the
Intracoastal Waterway providing 55 ft. of vertical clearance. Horizontal clear-
ance is 125. ft. based on navigational charts.
SThe aggressive saltwater environment has caused significant deterioration in
the substructure. A routine repair proj ect was let in July, 1993 intending to
add cathodic protection to the piles and add crutch bents at five locations.
During removal of pile jackets, severe deterioration in the piles was discov-
ered. In many cases, over one half of the pre-stressing strands had completely
In July of 1994, a declaration of emergency resulted in a 20 ton load limit
being imposed. This eliminated use of the bridge by fire trucks, sanitation
vehicles and commercial supply trucks... A second repair contract was let in
1995 to provide crutch bents at an additional 45 locations. Completion of
these repairs raised the sufficiency rating to 60.
The Intracoastal Waterway in the immediate vicinity of the existing bridge is
straight for 3 miles east and west of the crossing. East of the existing.crossing,
two 45-degree+/- bends in the channel occur to shift the channel laterally to
the north.
6.5 miles to the west of the existing crossing, there is a manmade pass (Sikes
Cut) to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Intracoastal Waterway in this area is used primarily by barges, commer-
cial fishing vessels, and large pleasure boats. Existing bridge plans indicate a
channel depth and width of 12 feet and 87 feet, respectively.

Alternatives considered for this project include Transportation Systems Man-
agement (TSM), multimodal alternatives, the No-Build Alternative, and the
Build Alternative, including Alternative Corridors.
Reasonable alternatives were selected for detailed study on their ability to
meet the identified Need for the project, which is to replace the existing bridge
structures. Only the Build Alternative meets the Project Need, and is consid-
ered both reasonable and feasible. Within the Build Alternative, parallel
corridors and alternative alignments were evaluated based on costs and
environmental impacts...

3.3 The No-Build Alternative
As with every highway project, a viable alternative is the "do nothing" or "No
Build" Alternative.
The No-Build Alternative was considered. This would consist of periodic reha-
bilitation projects similar to those recently completed. Eventually deteriora-
tion in the substructure would not be repairable and the bridge would be
closed or the replacement issue would be revisited. Safety features, such as
shoulders and modem barriers, would not be provided. Accident rates and
accident severity will increase as traffic volumes increase...
The No-Build Alternative will remain a viable alternative through the public
hearing phase of the project.

3.4 Alternative Corridors
While the purpose of the project is to replace a deficient bridge structure,
consideration was given to altemate locations for the crossing due to the sen-
sitivity of the existing crossing location from an environmental standpoint.
New corridors approximately two and four miles east of the existing crossing
would connect with the mainland between the Eastpoint breakwater and SR
65, crossing to the barrier island with a connection to Gulf Beach Drive be-
tween 12th Street and the St. George Island State Park entrance...
The corridor study area, which is only a portion of the total Apalachicola Bay
system, extends from west of the existing bridge crossing to east of a line from
SR 65 to the St. George Island State Park entrance and consists of 25 square
miles. Within this area, approximately 3,000 acres are planted or natural
oyster bars...
The benefits of this alternate corridor would be a crossing not directly affect-
ing existing oyster beds.
In assessing "impacts" to the oyster bars, this analysis assumed a worst case
scenario and considered all areas potentially affected by construction, tempo-
rary work bridges or bridge removal in need of mitigation even.though onl
portions of those areas actually under bridge piers (one half acre total), work
bridge feet or adjacent to the existing piles will truly experience impacts of
damage from construction.
The analysis identified 8 acres of oyster bar potentially affected by existing
bridge removal and 16 acres of oyster bar affected by new bridge construction
in the existing corridor. Only a portion of this acreage is actual direct
Existing bridge removal and the accompanying 8 acres of affected area
are common to all three corridors.
Other considerations in the corridor analysis include:
Secondary Land Use Impacts. Commercial land uses in Eastpoint and on St.
George Island depend on bridge traffic at its current location. A new bridge
crossing would create impacts to residential areas in the barrier island com-
munity and potentially spur new commercial areas near each bridge end as
traffic volumes and congestion render adjacent properties unsuitable for resi-
dential uses.
Traffic Service. The existing bridge connection on the barrier island is ap-
proximately midway between Sikes Cut and the State Park entrance, thus
providing a central access point to the island community. A relocation of the
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Bridge Report from Page 3
south bridge end would dramatically increase traffic volumes on that section
of roadway between the existing and proposed connection points.
The roadway network near the existing south bridge end is relatively devel-
oped with a grid system, parallel roadways, public parking, and a pedestrian/
bike path to segregate nonmotorized vehicles from cars and trucks. These
facilities create an effective distribution point for traffic entering the island.
Stability of Island. The, southern touchdown point in a new, eastern corridor
would be in an area where the barrier island is very narrow. This area would
be more likely to suffer damage in a storm event than the existing south
bridge end, which connects to the island at a relatively wide point and is
stabilized by mature vegetation, trees, and buildings.
Utilities. With all alternatives, the potable water main that supplies the
entire island will have to be replaced on the new bridge. With a new
bridge crossing location, a complete new connection to the treatment
plant on the mainland willbe required. On the barrier island, major modi-
fications to the distribution system will be required by the new connec-
tion point two miles east to the existing water main connection.
Impacts to Section 4(f Resources. The St. George Island State Park is heavily
used by visitors and wildlife. A new bridge crossing in the area of the Park

The "Preferred Alternative" for the new St. George Island
bridge is at the far left, drawn in bold, adjacent to the
current bridge. Corridors 2 and 3 are proposed alternate
routes but, according to the' HDR report, are of lower
would generate noise, visual, and aesthetic impacts to the Park and poten-
tially constitute a Section 4(f) impact. Given that there are reasonable alterna-
tives to a new corridor, a crossing that impacts this resource would not be
considered viable.
Navigation. The Intracoastal Waterway makes two 450 bends near the east
side of the corridor study area. A new eastern corridor would either bisect
these two bends or cross near one of the turns. In either case, a new bridge
crossing near a significant change in channel alignment could constitute a
hazard to both navigation and bridge traffic. A straight'channel alignment on
the approaches to a bridge crossing similar to the existing corridor would be
preferable from a navigational standpoint.
Right-of-Way. New corridors would be accompanied by Right-of-Way costs which
would be based on the acreage required, number of parcels and value of the
property.. These parcels would be extremely expensive waterfront property, in
some cases developed, including single family residential lots and structures.
A bridge in the existing corridor would not require additional right-of-way.

Cultural Resource/Archaeological Impacts. Archaeological sites are abundant
in the study area, most of which is considered high probability zone. Several
archaeological sites have been located on the barrier island in the vicinity of
the alternate corridor touchdown points and there are believed to be many
other sites in this area not yet identified by actual survey.
Natural Environment. Seagrass beds and saltmarsh may also be affected, de-
pending on the specific alternative alignment selected.
In general, a new crossing connecting to undisturbed shoreline will create
significant environmental impacts from a natural, cultural and social stand-
An analysis of the quantifiable costs and impacts does not support the.
relocation of the bridge crossing to a new corridor... An eastern corridor
would increase the total crossing length by approximately 4000 feet. The in-
creased construction cost of a bridge on a new location would be nearly $6
million when all factors are considered, such as reduced mitigation costs. A
review of other factors such as land use, effects on existing businesses
and residential areas, affects on navigation and the State Park further
supports the existing corridor as the best overall location,

3.5.1 Typical Section
Typical Section elements were based on the function of the roadway, which is
to transport vehicles from the mainland to the barrier island. Features will be
similar to long bridges of this type all over Northwest Florida.
Consideration was given to pedestrian and bicycle features. There is presently
no evidence of pedestrians using the bridge nor any demand for foot traffic
between the barrier island and the mainland. Given the bridge length, there is
no justification for the cost of a separate, protected pedestrian area or side-
walk so these features are not included. These features would add approxi-
mately $6 million to the cost of the bridge (based on the existing bridge length
of 20,000 ft.).
In order to accommodate bicyclists, the desirable 3m (10') shoulder width is
provided, and at-grade roadway section will have 1.5m (5') paved shoulders...

3.5.2 Alternative Alignments
Two alignments in the existing corridor were given detailed consideration.
A "Minimum Length" Alternative, providing a direct connection between
the existing touchdown points on the barrier island and the mainland, would
require a bridge estimated to be 19,200 ft. long.
This alignment however would generate direct, unavoidable impacts to the
natural oyster bed system previously described.
A West-Shifted Alignment Alternative was developed that bypasses the oys-
ter beds, both natural and planted; to the maximum extent possible while
satisfying design criteria. This alignment requires a bridge approximately
23,000 ft. long.
An alignment that closely follows the existing alignment would impact oyster
beds without the reduced bridge cost savings.

3.5.3 Preferred Alternative
The Preferred Alternative is the west-shifted alignment shown in the con-
ceptual design plans. Alignment Alternatives... Construction techniques will
be specified to minimize any potential temporary impacts'to oyster beds dur-
ing construction of the proposed bridge and removal of the existing bridge...
These will provide the maximum protection to oyster beds from barges and
pollution from all sources.
3.5.6 Mitigation
Measurable impacts to oyster beds during construction of the new bridge 'or
removal of the existing bridge will be mitigated by construction of manmade
oyster bars. Preliminary "worst case" estimates from available mapping have
identified 24 acres of potential temporary impacts to oyster beds'that will be
mitigated using one or both techniques currently in use. Mitigation plans will
be reviewed by FDEP prior to implementation.
The middle causeway section between the existing bridges has documented
habitat value for listed species of birds. This roadway pavement will be re-
moved, the causeway abandoned by FDOT and turned over to FDEP for main-
tenance as a bird sanctuary.

4.1.1 Community Services
The study area contains numerous cultural resources and community ser-
vices including schools, churches, police, fire, medical facilities and parks. SR
300 is a designated evacuation route for hurricanes. It is also the primary

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The new bridge will rise to 65 feet, 10 feet above the current
elevation over the navigation channel.
route for emergency and service vehicles within the study area.

4.1.2 Community Cohesion
This project has been developed in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of
1964, as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1968... Based on.the Preferred
Alternative, potentially divisive effects on the community have been minimized
as a result of the proposed alignment closely following the existing alignment,
with only minor shifts in the proposed centerline. No divisive effects on any
neighborhoods are expected due to. the proposed project. Property values are
not expected to decline as a result of the proposed action.

4.1.3 Land Use
Existing land uses adjacent to the project include undeveloped and conserva-
tion, commercial, residential, and public/recreational... Based on the Pre-
ferred Alternative, land use is not expected to change.

4.1.4 Utilities and Railroads
The only utility directly affected by the proposed project is the water.main
attached to the existing bridge. Provisions for a replacement water main will
be designed into the proposed bridge although costs of water main relocation
will be borne by the owner.

4.2.1 Archaeological and Historical
A Cultural Resource Assessment, including background research and field
survey coordinated with the State Historic Preservation Officer.(SHPO), will be
Conducted for the project.

4.2.2 Recreation/Parkland Resources
There are no designated public parks or recreation areas affected by the Pre-
ferred Alternative. Lands adjacent to the R/W on the north approach are owned
by the State of Florida,' purchased with Preservation 2000 funds; however,
there will be no R/W acquisition required from these sites. The St. George
Island State Park occupies the eastern 8 miles of the barrier island with its
entrance located four miles east of the south bridge end. Construction of the
proposed bridge in the existing corridor on a west-shifted alignment has pre-
cluded any impacts to the State Park,


4.3.1 Pedestrian/Bicycle Facilities
Existing provisions for pedestrians and bicyclists are very limited or nonexist-
ent. Presently, there are no special provisions for bicyclists within the study
area... The proposed typical section includes continuous 10-foot shoulders on
each side of the bridge for bicyclists and 5-foot shoulders adjacent to the
roadway segments to facilitate safer bicycle travel... There is no evidence of an
existing or future demand for pedestrian provisions.

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The Franklin Chronicle 25 July 1997 Page 5

Second Circuit

Felony Court
The Honorable Judge F.E. Steinmeyer, I
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
July 7, 1997


Michelle Blackwell: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery
with a Deadly Weapon, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the of-
fense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on
August 4. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant stabbed Quinton
O'Neal in the right shoulder blade in a home located on 11th Street in
Apalachicola on May 31. According to the report, the defendant al-
leged that she stabbed the O'Neal because he would not allow her to
leave the home. The defendant alleged that she has previously con-
tacted the authorities about the victim.
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, a written plea of Not Guilty to the offenses
was filed on behalf of the defendant..Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for, case management on.August 4. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Douglas Gaidry.
RiCky Busby: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled
Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on August 4.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
According to the probable cause report, the defendant.was stopped
on Water Street by Apalachicola Police Department officers on May
24. According to the report, a pipe containing crack cocaine and a
small bag of cannabis was discovered in the defendant's car. In addi-
tion, a small bottle of crack was allegedly discovered in the defendant's

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George Chapel (right) attended a
county leadership workshop on
July 10, 1997, hosted by Anna
Johnson of WCTV and United Way
of the Big Bend at the Tallahas-
see-Leon County Civic Center.
This was part of a new focus on
United Way campaigns, empha-
sizing United Way as a commu-
nity builder, not just a fund raiser.
United Way is a resource. There
were 26 community leaders at-
tending from Franklin, Gadsden,
Jefferson, Madison, Taylor and
Wakulla counties.

Jeremy Collins: Charged with two counts of Uttering a Forged In-
strument, Third Degree Grand Theft, a written plea of Not Guilty to
the offenses was filed on behalf of the defendant. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case -for case management August 4. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Ronald Mowery.
According to the probable cause report, Carrabelle resident Ruby Litton
contacted authorities about an alleged theft of $600 on May 31. Ms.
Litton advised officers that she was contacted by the Apalachicola
State Bank on May 31 concerning some potentially forged checks.
According to the report, two checks had been cashed at the IGA Gro-
cery store on May 23 and 24. Each of the checks was made out to
Ann Crum for a sum of $300. The defendant signed his name to both
checks. The IGA employees who cashed the two checks alleged that
they could identify the defendant.
George Davis: Charged with two counts of Second Degree Robbery
without a Weapon and one count of Possession of Cocaine with Intent
to Sell and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to.Sell,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer
agreed to reduce the defendant's bond to $10,000. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for case management on August 4. The.defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender.Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Gene Dasher reported to
authorities that Michael Brandon were approached on May 22 by
three African Americans males at Water Street Sea Food. According
to the report, the three males attempted to pull Brandon arid Dasher
from their truck. Dasher alleged that the defendant beat him and
stole his wallet. The wallet, he alleged, contained $300. Of'the three
assailants, the defendant was the only individual identified. Mr. Dasher
Was later taken to Weems Memorial Hospital as a result of the
O.C. "Red" Davis: Charged with two counts of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance with Intent to Sell, Resisting Arrest without Vio-
lence and Sale of a Controlled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not
Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case
management on August 4. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant sold $40 worth
of crack cocaine to a confidential informant on May 8 near the Two
Spot Lounge in Apalachicola.
According to another probable cause report, members from the Fran-
klin County Sheriffs Department, Leon County Sheriffs Department
and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms served a search warrant to the
defendant at his 11th Street residence on June 6. The defendant al-
legedly attempted to flee his residence when the warrant was served.
Over 22 grams of crack cocaine and unprescribed medication were
discovered at the residence. Officer arrested four individuals who re-
sided at the home.
Robert Dillon: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling, the
defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for case management on August 4. The defendant
,was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant entered a struc-
ture located on East Pine Street on St. George Island on August 6,
1996; the structure was owned by William F. Burns.
Johnny "Roscoe" Gray: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to, the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for case management on August 4. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant sold sixty dol-
lars.of crack cocaine to a confidential informant on June 2 near the
.-Two Spot Lounge in Apalachicola.
James Jackson: Charged with two counts of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance and one count of Sale of a Controlled Substance,
the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for case management on August 4. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to a probable cause report, the defendant sold $30 worth
of crack cocaine to a confidential informant in front of his Seventh
Street residence on May 28.
According to another probable cause report, members of local, state
and federal agencies formed a multi-jurisdictional task force and
served a search warrant to the defendant at his Seventh Street resi-
dence in Apalachicola on Jun&68, Officers allegedly witnessed the
defendant with a bag of crack cocaine as they entered the Seventh
Street residence.
David Johnson: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft,
a written plea of Not Guilty to the offenses was filed on behalf of the
defendant. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case manage-
ment'on August 4. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant stole $582 worth
of cash and $66 worth of lottery tickets from E-Z Serve Store #4385.
According to the report, the store's videotape revealed defendant tak-
ing money from its safe. An employee, Jason Noth, allegedly took no
action as the defendant stole from the store. He allegedly did not
report the theft, either. The defendant was arrested on May 26.
Robert Jordon: Charged with two counts of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance, a written plea of Not Guilty to the offenses was
filed on behalf of the defendant. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for case management on September 15. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Sean Madison: Charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine,
Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Narcotics and Driving with a
Suspended Driver's License, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case management on Au-
gust 4. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, officers stopped the defen-
dant on June 12 when they observed that the vehicle'he was driving
had no tag displayed. Trooper H.S. Campbell reported that, when he
approached the vehicle, he allegedly observed the defendant toss a

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white object to the floor board. Trooper Campbell reported that he
asked the defendant as what he tossed to the floor. The defendant
allegedly claimed that he threw money to the floor.
Trooper Campbell reported that a passenger, who claimed to be Kenny
Sharpe, was cited for not wearing his safety belt. Mr. Sharpe allegedly
claimed that the defendant did not throw anything to the floor board.
Trooper Bill Harrell was later called in for assistance. Trooper Harrell
allegedly noticed marijuana seeds on the floor board. The officers
then searched the vehicle. Two bottled of crack cocaine were alleg-
edly discovered in a can of Pringle's potato chips. Upon discovery of
the cocaine,'Mr. Sharpe allegedly fled the scene and was not appre-
Timmie Richardson: Charged with one count, of Sale of a Controlled
Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on August 4.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
According to the probable cause report, the defendant sold $50 worth
of crack cocaine to a confidential informant on June 5 on Ninth Street
in Apalachicola.
Stephanie Scofield: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery
with a Deadly Weapon, a written plea of Not Guilty to the offense was
filed on behalf of the defendant. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for case management on August 4. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant went to the
Eastpoint residence of Stephanie Hatfield on June 4 and initiated a
fight. According to the report, the victim claimed that the defendant
ushed her to the floor and punched her in the arm, shoulder and
ack. She said that the defendant also assaulted her with a chair.
Additionally, Hatfield said that the defendant pulled the telephone
cord from the wall when she attempted to contact the authorities.
The defendant admitted that she did slap Stephanie Hatfield; how-
ever, she alleged that Hatfield first threw a picture frame at her. The
report noted that the defendant was 18 years old and weighed ap-
proximately 175 pounds while the victim was 14 years old and weighed
approximately 100 pounds. The report further noted that the two.
individuals have experienced previous difficulties.
Shermaine Suddeth: Charged with two counts of Possession of a
Controlled Substance, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the of-
fenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management
on August 4. The defendant was represented by AttorneyJ. Gordon
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was arrested
at a residence on 11th Street in Apalachicola while a search warrant
procedure was conducted on June 6 by members of the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department, Leon County Sheriffs Department and
Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. Accordingto the report, over 22 grams
of crack cocaine were seized at the residence. The report noted, "all
persons at the residence had access to and could take possession of
crack cocaine that was found insidethe house."
Keturah Washington: Charged with one count of Possession of a
Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance with
Intent to Sell, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on August 4.
The defendant was represented by Attorney William.Webster.
According to the report, the defendant was arrested a residence on
11th Street in Apalachicola while a search warrant procedure was
being conducted by members of the Franklin County Sheriffs De-
partment, Leon County Sheriffs Department and Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms. Over 22 grams of crack cocaine were'discovered at the
home. The reported concluded that all individuals had access to the
controlled substance.
Benjamin Whitaker: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Driving with a Revoked License,
Resisting Arresting Without Violence and Willful and Wanton. Reck-
less Driving. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case inanage-
ment on August 4. The defendant was appointed the services of the
public defender.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant engaged offic-
ers in a high speed chase in the City of Apalachicola on May 24. The
defendant allegedly led officers on a chase at speeds which reached
up to 100 MPH.
Freddie Woullard: The defendant has been charged with one count
of Aggravated Battery..Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case
management on August 4. The defendant was appointed the services
of the public defender
According to the probable cause report, the defendant attacked Mildred
Woullard at her residence on April 30, 1997. According to the report,
the defendant threatened to cut the victim's throat when he was ar-
rested. He also attempted to choke the victim before he was arrested.
Ronnie Crum: Charged with one county of Attempted Sexual Bat-
tery, the defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for case management on August 4. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant sexually at-
tacked a Carrabelle resident on May 3 behind the recycling bins lo-
cated near the IGA Grocery Store. According to the report, the victim
claimed that she was trying to get some books out of the recycling bin
when she was approached by the defendant. She said that the defen-
dant pulled her from her bike and then proceeded to fondle and kiss
The victim claimed that she was eventually able to get away from the
defendant. The defendant claimed that he-kissed, but did not attempt
to rape the victim. According to the report, the defendant has previ-
ously been charged with sexual battery offenses.
Shawn Brown: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a
Firearm, the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for case management on August 4.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Michael Champion: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery,
the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
continued-the case for case management on September 15. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Willie Clark: Charged with one count of Carrying a Concealed Fire-
arm, the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on September 17. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Curry Crawford: Charged with one count of Possession of More than
20 Grams of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Sub-
stance with Intent to Sell, Resisting Arrest Without Violence and Pos-
session of a Fraudulent Driver's License, the defendant failed to ap-
pear for his court date. Judge Steinmeyer issued a capias for the
defendant's arrest for failure to appear for court:
Lowery Croom: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled
Substance with Intent to Sell and Possession of Cannabis, mhe defen-
dant has pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for a trial on August 8. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.




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Court Report, Continued From Page 5
Barney Crutchfleld: Charged with one count of Possession of Co-
caine, DUI and Resisting Arrest Without Violence, the defendant has
pleaded Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for case management on September 15. The defendant was rep-
resented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Ruben Gallegos, Jr.: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery, the
defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for case management on September 15. The de-
fendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Donna Glass: Charged with four count of Uttering a Worthless Check
Over $149, the defendant pleaded No Contest to the offenses. Judge
Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to five years of probation. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bill Miller, IV: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure
and Third Degree Grand Theft, the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty
to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial.
Brian Miller: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft
and Burglary of a Conveyance, the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty
to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case man-
agement on August 4. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Melissa Nowling: Charged with one count of Cultivation of Cannabis,
the defendant was pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for case management on September 15. The de-
fendant was represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Dell Schneider: Charged with one count of Sexual Battery, the de-
fendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for a trial on September 17. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Jan Hevier.
Willie Skipper: Charged with one count of Possession of Crack Co-
caine and Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell and two counts of
Possession of Cannabis, a written plea of Not Guilty to the offenses
was filed on behalf of the defendant. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for case management on August 4. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Anthony Bajoczky.
Randall Sounders: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand
Theft, the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the offense: Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for a trial on September 17. The de-
fendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Robert Thompson: Charged with one count of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance, the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the of-
Tracy Wilson: Charged with one count of Cultivation of Cannabis,
the defendant has pleaded Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for case management on September 15. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

Marvin Campbell: Charged with one count of VOP, the defendant
entered a denial to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for a hearing on August 4. The defendant was appointed the services
of the public defender.
Valerie Croom: Charged with two counts of VOP, the defendant en-
tered a denial to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for a hearing on August 4. The defendant was appointed the services
Sof the public defender.
Clinton Davis: Charged with one count of VOP, the defendant en-
tered a denial to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for a hearing on August 4. The defendant was appointed the services
of the public defender.
Etta Griggs: Charged with three counts of VOP, the defendant en-
tered an admission to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated
the defendant guilty and sentenced her to 16 months in the Depart-
ment of Corrections with credit for six months of time served. Judge
Steinmeyer also reduced all court costs to a civil judgment. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Doritha Jones: Charged with one count of VOP, the defendant en-
tered.an admission to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the
defendant guilty and sentenced her to four months in jail. Judge
Steinmeyer also reduced all court costs to a civil judgment. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Phyllechia Daniel: Charged with one count of VOP, the defendant
entered a denial to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for a hearing on August 4. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Carl Smith: The defendant has been charged with one count-ofVOP.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing onAugust 4. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Craig Stephens: The defendant has been charged with one count of
VOP. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on August
8. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Melissa Payne: Charged with two counts of VOP, the defendant en-
tered a denial to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer-continued the case
for a hearing on August 4. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

Bridge Repor

4.3.4 Wetlands
Wetlands in the project area are associated with t
This wide shallow estuary covers 210 square m
source of fresh water from the Apalachicola Rive
tem associated with the study area of this proje
proximately one mile west of the existing bridge
Sound. Wetland types include estuarine tidal salt
aquatic vegetation (seagrass beds), and mollusk
substrate. The tidal saltmarsh wetlands are floor
nated in high salinity areas by expanses of
roemerianus), cordgrass (Spartina spp.), and s
spicata). Saltmarshes often transition from coast
Saltmarshes occur in the existing corridor at bri
quadrant (East Point/Cat Point) and'in the sou
Island). To the east of the existing bridge, saltman
Sound coast of St. George Island.

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the Apalachicola Bay system,
miles and receives its primary
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ct are Apalachicola Bay, ap-
Sand eastward to St. George
marsh, estunarine submerged


Volusia County

Flounder Rule


The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a public meeting
September 3- 5, 1997 at the
Burnt Store Marina, 5000 Burnt
Store Road, in Punta Gorda
(please see attached meeting
agenda). In other action, the Gov-
ernor and Cabinet, on June 26,
1997, approved a Commission
proposed rule that will continue
indefinitely the allowance for fish-
ermen in Volusia County to har-
vest flounder with a barbed spear
with not more than 3 prongs. This
rule takes effect July 30, 1997.
The following is a summary of the
Commission's September meeting

RULES Final Public
The Commission will reopen its
recessed final public hearing on
proposed amberjack rules that
- 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 jack, 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 com-
- 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 rudderflsh
and lesser amberjack
A final public hearing will also be
held, if requested, on a proposed
rule amendment that would es-
tablish a 10 inches minimum size
limit for vermilion snapper har-
vested in all state waters (to con-
form with federal rules)

Final Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on proposed
spearing rule amendments that
- establish that spearing shall in-
clude all forms of spearfishing,
bow hunting, and gigging
- allow the spearing of all saltwa-
ter finfish species, except: snook,
red drum, spotted seatrout, weak-
fish, bonefish, tarpon, permit,
pompano, African pompano, trip-
letail, sharks, billfish, marine
aquarium species, and all other
species for which harvest is pro-
hibited (i.e., jewflsh, Nassau grou-
per, spotted eagle rays, manta
rays, and sturgeon)
- repeal certain obsolete special
acts regarding spearfishing

Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on proposed
shrimping rules that would ex-
tend a requirement that a legal,

This is the profile of the 47 foot wide new bridge with two
12-foot driving lanes and two 10-foot shoulders.

The seagrass beds are floral based communities of vascular plants in shallow
subtidal zones of coastal waters where wave energy is moderate, salinity is
high; and water is fairly clear. Shoal grass (Halodule wright) is the dominant
species with some turtle-grass (Thallasia testudinum) and manatee-grass
(Cymodoceafiliformis) in deeper waters in the Sound. Within the project area
the seagrass beds occur primarily in the Sound along the coasts with density
increasing to the east.
The oyster reefs are fauna based estuarine communities dominated by the
American oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in shallow depths. These reef-building -
mollusks require a consolidated substrate and salinity levels between 15 and
30 parts per thousand (ppt.). Oyster bars cover approximately 10,600 acres of
submerged bottom within the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Re-
serve (ANERR). Within the project area the Cat Point and East Hole oyster
bars combine to form the largest and most productive oyster habitat in the
bay. Originally the St. George Island Bridge was cut through the Cat Point
and East Hole bars, perhaps for stability. The natural oyster bar extends north-
south across St. George Sound parallel to the bridge. Most of the oyster bar
running parallel with the bridge is to the east side of the existing bridge: the
bridge actually runs along the western boundary of the reef. Some enhance-
ment sites (oyster bed planting sites) have been created on the west side
(Barrigan, pers. comm.). To the east, the unconsolidated substrate, deeper
water, and higher salinities result in reduced oyster reef area.

:(oyster) reef on consolidated All wetlands were classified using the National Wetland Inventory (NWI) clas-
al based communities domi- sification system (Cowardin et. Al. 1979) and the Florida Land Use Cover and
black needlerush (Juncus Forms Classification System (FLUCFCS) as developed by the Florida Depart-
eashore saltgrass (Distichlis ment of Transportation. Wetlands were identified'and classified during sev-
stal strands and hammocks. eral field visits between March and May of 1997. The FDEP/Apalachicola Na-
dge termini in the northwest tional Estuarine Research Reserve provided oyster bar mapping. USGS topo-
theast quadrant (St. George graphic maps, US Department of the Interior, Florida Marine Research Lab
rshes frequently occur off the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation topographic maps, bathometric charts, and
color infra red mapping were consulted for collateral information.
The excerpted HDR Report will be concluded in
the next issue of the Chronicle, August 8, 1997.



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tended Funnel BRD. These pro-
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the rigging or altering of BRD's
installed in trawls in a manner
that would render the BRD
nonfunctioning or ineffective.

Final Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on proposed blue
crab and stone crab rule amend-
ments that would:
- prohibit the use of blue crab
traps in federal waters adjacent
to Florida
- specify a horizontal orientation
for the throat configurations in
blue crab and wire stone crab
- require that blue crab and stone
crab trap buoys be spherical in
- require persons who commer-
cially harvest blue crabs with
traps to possess a saltwater prod-
ucts license with both a blue crab
and restricted species endorse-

- Final Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on proposed red
drum (redfish) and spotted
seatrout rules that would:
- require a numbered, tamper-
proof tag to be attached to all red
drum and spotted seatrout har-
vested in aquaculture operation
(the specific tag design would be
developed by industry and ap-
proved by the Florida Marine Pa-
trol) tags would be required to
remain attached to each fish pro-
cess and sold as food through the
point of sale (except for fish trans-
ferred live to other facilities)
- require red drum and spotted
seatrout aquaculture producers
to possess a valid aquaculture
certificate and maintain appropri-
ate receipts, bills of sale, and
landings data indicating that such
fish are artificially spawned and
raised in commercial aquaculture

Final Public Hearing (if
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing; if requested, on
proposed king and Spanish
mackeral rule amendments (to
conform with federal rules) that
- establish a daily 50 fish perves-
sel trip limit for Gulf group com-
mercial king mackerel fishermen
in the Eastern Region-this limit
would apply from November 1
until the quota is reached or
March 31
- establish a daily 50 fish per ves-
sel trip limit for Atlantic group
commercial king mackerel fisher-
men in state water from Brevard
through Dade coufities

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- establish a daily 500 pound trip
limit for the commercial harvest
of Spanish mackerel after the an-
nual quota is reached through
March 31

RULE Final Public
Hearing (if requested)
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 Com-
mission will hold a final public
hearing, if requested, on a pro-
posed rule that would set the fol-
lowing total annual (July 1
through June 30) allowable har-
vest levels to apply during the pi-
lot program (hote corrected
Anchovy 85,000 Ibs.
* thread herring 308,000 Ibs.
* chub mackerel 72,000 lbs.
* Spanish sardines 943,000 Ibs.
Little tunny. 392,000 lbs.
* blue runner 508,000 lbs.
Sladyfish 2,088,000 lbs.
* menhaden 2,415,000 Ibs.
* round scad 999,000 Ibs.

- Final Public Hearing (if
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing, if requested, on
proposed rule amendments to
conform with federal rules that
- declare sand tiger, bigeye sand
tiger, and white sharks, and
manta rays, 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 ad-
jacent federal waters close to this
- prohibit filleting sharks at sea
(the evisceration and removal of
heads and tails of sharks on ves-
sels would be allowed)

Final Public Hearing (if
The Commission directed staff to
schedule a final public hearing, if
requested, on a proposed rule that
would set the total number to 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
The Commission will receive pub-
lic comment ahdtlreview the man-
agement of the SNOOK and MUL-
LET fisheries, receive updates on
proposals to establish a special
management zone in BROWARD
COUNTY and a limited entry plan
for the STONE CRAB fishery, and
consider various federal fisheries
management issues.
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Creating Beauty on a Scrap

of Silk
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A scrap of white cloth, wild colors, imagination, and silk
painters are ready for work. Under the tutelage of Joyce
Estes (left) Jeannine Cavender-Bares, center, and Lesley
Butrick, begin to fashion a lovely silk scarf.

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Vacations are for having fun, ly-
ing in the sand, jumping into the
surf, taking pictures of the sun
rising or setting on the horizon
over the Gulf of Mexico. Right?
Not always. Jeannine Cavender-
Bares and Lesley Butrick decided
a part of their vacation week on
St. George Island should be some-
thing they wanted to do for them-
selves, that they could take home
and appreciate.
They went into Joyce Estes' Sea
Oats Gallery on the island and
saw a notice that Estes would
teach people how to paint scarves
on French silk.
"We were looking for a gift for a
friend's brother," said Butrick.
"When we learned about the class
we signed up." Butrick and
Cavender-Bares were vacationing
on St. George Island with a group
of friends from school.
They had a real peanut gallery as
their friends came in and out,
ohhing and ahhing when the de-
signs and colors begin to make
magic on the plain white silk
Since the women could take only
one Wednesday morning class,
Estes didn't just stop with the in-
troduction to silk painting, then
graduate to use of design, resis-
tance, and line building with salt,
which she advertises at Sea Oats
Gallery and at Bayside Gallery in
Eastpoint. The several steps were
taken, from beginning to the fin-
ished product.
First the students picked out
three primary colors. Maybe be-
cause of the influence of the shim-
mering Gulf of Mexico. surround-
ing the island, or maybe because
they are calm beauty-loving spir-
its, the women used blue, with
different shades of red, green, and
The use of gutta, a mineral spirit
based product, was the first im-
portant application; the stuff
helps hold colors inside lines,
some wavy, some drawn carefully,
and some just sort of wandering
about the big squares of silk.
"You can't fail," Estes kept say-
ing, as the women gave her a bale-
ful eye and kept marking, like a
group of finger-painting kids at
daycare or summer school.
There's magic in colors. Even
when they run together and the
designs appear to take on a life of
their own. Butrick's big yellow
moon, bright glittery stars, and
"Cool-Hand Luke" curlicues
slowly began to take shape.
Cavender-Bares took more time
and precision. Her roses looked
like stylized renditions of gorgeous
blossoms, and her leaves had
veins and edgings, almost as if she

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had plastered real leaves to the
delicate fabric.
The other scarf, sort of schmered
together by another student, my-
self, kept taking on a mind of its
own to wander around the thin
lines of the gutta, and to run
blindly into other, less resistant
"Usually the design is traced with
a sharpie, an indelible magic
marker," said Estes. "You can find
designs everywhere try a col-
oring book and trace the clear,
sharp lines. onto the silk." Estes
warned that the silk sold in regu-
lar fabric shops has been treated,
and the scarf magic won't work
on those.
"You have to use untreated silk,"
said Estes. Also, instead of the big
square wooden frames she uses
for classes, Estes said an embroi-
dery hoop to hold the silk tight
works just as well for those who
want to purchase their own paints
and silk squares and work their
special magic at home.
Mixing the colors can produce dif-
ferent shades, and painting on top
of a color that has dried isn't ex-
actly a good idea because the dark
edges of the first color stays put.
The salt treatment made little
drops, like on-purpose sprinkles
of rain, on the silk.
Just painting and allowing the'
silk scarves to dry didn't finish the
job though. Before the students
could take their treasures away,
the paintings on silk had to be
"cooked" in a steamer. Estes has
a special steamer, but she said a
vegetable steamer could be used
by those making scarves at home.
."As long as the water does not hit
the scarf," she said. "Elevate the
scarf, then steam it anywhere
from an hour and a half, to two,
or sometimes three, hours.
"Then you open the steamer, wash
the scarf, dry it and iron it," said
Estes. "I guarantee you'll be
pleased with your work."
The guarantee sounded a little
nebulous, like how could she be
so sure? The vacationers looked
at their scarves, declared them a
mess, though nobody could argue
that the bright colors were re-
freshing to look at, and after all,
a moon of one's own, as bright as
the moon over St. George Island,
couldn't be all bad.
Butrick, vacationing with her
friends on St. George Island,
works ith the Jim Lehrer News
Hour in Washington, D.C. and
lives in Alexandria, VA. Cavender-
Bares, from Boston, is a doctoral
student in biology from Harvard
"I'm doing field work at the San
Felasco State Hammock Preserve
near Gainesville," said Cavender-
Bares. She was the one who sug-
gested St. George Island as a va-
cation spot.
Her work at the hammock pre-
serve includes studying oak, mag-
nolia, and hickory trees. Which
might explain why the roses and
leaves on her French silk painted
scarf looked so much like the real
But the proof was in the pudding,
which the silk-painting students
didn't get to see until the next day,
after Estes had steamed, washed,
dried, and ironed the creations.


It was like the fairy painters who
decorate the world with frostjew-
els, rainbows, and sunsets like
bursts of emotion, had been loose
in the gathering room at the Meth-
odist Church on the island.
"What did'you do?" a student
gasped. "Just what I told you,
steamed and ironed. You did the
rest. Of course the silk helped.
Another fabric would not have
done such a superb job of spread-
ing the colors."
The scarves can be work, or
draped somewhere in the house
where a spot of beauty is needed,
or if one so chose, they could be
framed. The little practice scrap
can go behind a picture, or in a
little frame all its own.
Estes teaches other classes, in
addition to silk painting, work in
oils, watercolors, sketching, and
a special creative thing called
petal porcelain, where the un-
trained can put decorations on an
ordinary basket so that the re-
sults look like porcelain.

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"Anybody can do this," said Estes,
whose number 670-8931 can be
called to sign up for classes. "It's
not hard, it just looks so great
because of the special techniques.
Even YOU could make a basket
look this special."
Oh, yeah, ME? Well, after the
class for painting on French silk,
I can do anything. Maybe not
ANYTHING, but probably a bas-
ket, a watercolor picture, or
maybe I could sketch a few ripe
sea oats, or sandpipers, or laugh-
ing gulls. Now that I've learned
about gutta and how to stay be-
tween the lines, I'm willing to try.
I'm convinced that however bad
the student messes up, Estes can
fix it.

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Artist of the Month

of July

Estes holds scarf painted by a first-time student. Jeannine
Cavender-Bares, center, and Lesley Butrick proudly display
their creations which are ready to be steamed, washed, j
dried, and ironed.

Artist of the Month
pieces and are well woh a visit.

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Artist Uses Fantasy
and Imagination
Joseph Kotzman was chosen Art-
ist of the Month of June by his
fellow members of the Carrabelle
Artists Association. His watercolor
paintings are on display in the
lobby of the Carrabelle Branch of
the Apalachicola Bank.
Kotzman's paintings are in a dif-
ferent style from many of the
members of the group and feature
vivid colors. The artist said that
he paints from imagination and'
fantasy. The results are dramatic

Franklin Coast
Working Group
By Jim Marx
We had a great turnout at the June
12 Town Meeting which focused on
the issue of managing growth and pre-
serving fisheries. Short presentations
were made by Tyler Macmillan (North-
west Florida Water Management Dis-
trict), Susan Anderson (Department of
Community Affairs), Alan Pierce
(Franklin County Planning), and
Woody Miley (Apalachicola Estuarine
Research Reserve). There was a lot of
discussion (and venting of frustration)
over many growth management is-
sues. Many of the thorny issues re-
late to land use planning, permitting,
and enforcement. A Land Use Com-
mittee, headed up by Susan Ander-
son, was created to dig into these is-

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Kotzman is married to another
artist, Josefa Benevides, and the
couple have retired to Carrabelle.
The couple met in Spain while
Kotzman was studying art.
The artist became a professional
artist in 1972 after working as a
cab driver, security guard, and
caseworker. His life has been split
between Seville, Spain and Chi-
cago, where he lived alternatively
between the years of 1967 to
He has exhibited his work in gal-
leries and mid-west art fairs. He
also taught high school, GED and
ESL courses from .1985- 1986.
Now that both he and his wife
have retired he says, "We relo-
cated to the Carrabelle area to
continue painting watercolors and
just simply enjoy the natural
beauty of this entire panhandle
In speaking of his work Kotzman
says, "My paintings are pure wa-
tercolors over a detailed pencil
sketch. Although I maintain a
sketchbook, I usually compose
my designs spontaneously on the
paper itself. I pull images from my
visual memory to create a fantas-
tic or surreal composition. I like
watercolors because of their
The paintings will be on display
for the entire month of June.

sues. The Land Use Committee will
be meeting at 6:30 p.m. on August 14
at the Apalachicola Community Cen-
ter. All interested persons are invited
to attend. If you can make it please
bring a prioritized list of issues that
you would like the committee to
I am currently putting together a Sus-
tainable Development Grant Applica-
tion that will be submitted to the En-
vironmental Protection Agency. At this
point it looks like the application will
focus on land use, economic develop-
ment, and improving the way our
planning, permitting, and enforce-
ment processes work. The application
deadline is August 15. If you would
like 'more information please give me
a buzz at 850-488-4892.
The next meeting of the full work
group will most likely be in October.
At the next meeting we can (a) get bet-
ter organized and decide on a name
for the work group, (b) plan for future
workshops that were suggested by
citizens that attended the June 12
town Meeting, and (c) hear from the
Land Use Committee. I know that
some of you are a bit frustrated and
want things to happen faster. Please
hang in there-it is going to take some
time to get things rolling. For now the
best avenue is to participate on the
Land Use Committee, so please make
a special effort to come to the August
14 meeting.
Thanks. Hope to see you soon.

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Josefa Kotzman of Carrabelle was
chosen by her fellow members to
be Artist of the Month for July.
Her work will be on display for the
entire month in the lobby of the
Carrabelle Branch of the
Apalachicola Bank.
Josefa is a new resident of
Carrabelle. She and her husband
Joseph, who is also an artist, ar-
rived here in early 1997 to make
this their permanent home. She
says, "After I arrived I started
painting again because of the per-
fect conditions for a painter-
light, space and beauty of

She-works in watercolor, oils and
pastel. She adds that recently her
main thrust is in oils in a style
known as realistic with a touch
of impressionism. She has already
shared some of her techniques
with fellow members of the
Carrabellc Artists Association.
Josefa hails from Spain and says
she studied at Santa Isabel Fine
Arts School to become a needle-
point and embroidery designer.
After she married and came to the
United States, she taught water-
color, oils and pastel art in the
Chicago Park District to both chil-
dren and adults for eleven years.
She said that now she has time
to enjoy the area she has adopted
as her permanent home. She is
also an avid gardener and nature
lover, and feels that shewill have
the time and leisure to indulge
herself in both of these areas.
She has a keen eye for the natu-
ral beauty of the beach with the
many moods of the seas that wash
the shores of Franklin County. "I
try to translate the landscape and
wildlife around me to paper and
canvas," she said. Not only does
the beach attract her, but the
marsh and swamp land that are
the other side of the coin of Fran-
klin County do as well. She feels
that there are hidden nooks and
crannies teeming with wildlife and
natural beautyjust waiting for her
to capture them with her brush
and paints-this talented artist.

AAHS Elects Officers;

Discusses Future Projects

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The Apalachicola Area Historical
Society met at Benedict Hall, Trin-
ity Church, Apalachicola, after the
hurricane watch for Danny closed
the State Park on St. George Is-
land. A picnic was scheduled in
the most eastern pavilion on the
The following officers were re-
President: George L. Chapel
Vice-President: Richard Macy
Secretary: Helen Greer
Treasurer: Bill Greer
Board Members: Laura Macy,
Laura Moody, Eugenia
Watkins, Bedford Watkins.
President Chapel reviewed vari-
ous committee reports following
lunch, and discussed some pro-
posed programs for the AAHS
group. A program on historic-

preservation would Dee timely, and
probably somewhat controversial,
given the current climate in
Apalachicola for buying and sell-
ing historic properties"of various
types. State experts could be in-
vited to reinstitute their survey of
Apalachicola, also briefing mem-
bers on the specific criteria in-
volved in declaring a property of
valid historical value, thus justi-
fying asked-for market prices. The
need for a "reinvigorated" series
of programs designed to attract
new members and community
involvement was discussed at
length. One of the society's most
successful projects has been the
Ilse Newell Concert Series under
the direction of Eugenia Watkins
and others, and it was noted that
attendance for the concerts has
increased each year. The new sea-
son will be the Eleventh for 1997-
98, and the announcement for
season subscriptions will be forth-
coming in the fall.
The Society also operates the
Raney House in downtown
Apalachicola and is the support
group for the John Gorrie Mu-
seum in Apalachicola.
More members are encouraged.
Interested persons are urged to
contact Mr. William Greer,
850-670-8681. Dues are $10

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Pane 8 25 July 1997 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Bid Accepted for Repair

Services of City's Water Tank

The Apalachicola City Commission unanimously agreed during a July
18 special meeting to accept a bid from the Utility Service Corpora-
tion to perform work on the city's water tank. The Utility Service Cor-
poration submitted a base fee bid of $19,815 to complete rehabilita-
tive services on the city's elevated tank and to the exterior of the tank.
Three of the five city commissioners spent approximately one hour
reviewing bids from the Eagle Tank Technology & Renovation Corpo-
ration out of Jacksonville ($42,500), Professional Services Corpora-
tion from Andulusia, Alabama ($25,950) and the Utility Service Cor-
poration from Perry, Georgia. Commissioners Wallace Hill and Jimmy
Elliott were not present at the special meeting.
Commissioners seemed to be mostly swayed by the Utility Service
Corporation's proposal to weld pits in the city's tank for $5 per foot.
The second lowest bid, which was from Professional Services, pro-
posed to weld the tank's pits for $15 per foot. The board agreed that
the pits would be the most plentiful items to be welded in the city's
tank. The city's inspector will accompany the Utility Service Corpora-
tion to identify the pits. The Utility Service Corporation also proposed
to weld seams in the city's tank for $40 per foot.
Mayor Bobby Howell urged board members to primarily consider the
most economical bid when making a decision. "We're not taking friend-
ships here," he said, "we're talking about the lowest bid."
James Waddell with Baskerville-Donovan said that each of the com-
panies submitting bids were capable of providing the city with ad-
equate services. He recommended that the board accept the lowest
The board voiced concern that the cost of the overall repair project
could be much more expensive than the submitted bid prices. "How
can they give you an exact estimate of what it's gonna cost," asked
Commissioner Jack Frye, "unless they go on and look in there?" Mr.
Waddell responded, "it could end up costing $50,000 to completely
repair the interior of that tank. That's the harsh reality of it all." Mayor
Howell concluded, "Boys, I haven't got a ouiji board."

School Board

to Advertise


Budget &

Millage Rate

The Franklin County School
Board unanimously agreed dur-
ing the board's July 18 special
meeting to advertise the district's
intent to adopt a tentative budget
of $10,283,481 and a village rate
of 7.654.
District Finance Officer John
Rieman informed the board that
the local tax base had increased
over the past year by $92.8 mil-
lion. The proposed millage rate for
the 1997-98 school year will be
identical to the rate proposed in
the previous school year. Since
the tax base has increased, the
school district will still receive
more local revenue than it did
previously, even though the mill-
age rate will remain identical.
Mr. Rieman provided each of the
board members with a list of
"Budget Comments." In the 1996-
97 school year, Rieman noted that
the local school district had 92
fewer students than in the previ-
ous year. He said that the district
will have approximately 50 stu-
dents fewer in the upcoming year.
The district, he estimated, will
lose approximately $180,000 in
Florida Education Finance Pro-
gram funds due to the student
loss. An overall amount of stu-
dents attending local schools was
estimated at 1,480.
Rieman further informed board
members that the Legislature had
increased student funding from
last year's level; the increase, he
noted, had the effect of increas-
ing each unweighted student from
approximately $2,792 in 1996-97
to $2,927 in the upcoming year.
The funding, he continued, came
from state and local taxes. The
State's portion of the Florida Edu-

noted that the local portion, re-
ferred to as the Local Required
Effort, was $4,188,534. In order
for the district to receive funds
from the Florida Education Fi-
nance Program, it must levy the
Local Required Effort.
The board set a public hearing
date of July 29 to review the ten-
tative budget. The meeting will be
conducted at Brown Elementary
School at 6:00 p.m. During that
hearing, the board will consider
a measure to increase its prop-
erty taxes by 14.04 percent. The
district will be required to levy a
portion of that tax in order to re-
ceive $1,986,611 in state education
grants. The required portion has
increased by 19.94 percent; this
represents eight-tenths of the pro-
posed taxes. The board will have
until September 4 to make
changes to their tentative budget.
In other business:
*The board voted 4-1 to accept a
recommendation from Superin-
tendent Brenda Galloway to de-
cline a board approved supple-
ment to her salary. The supple-
ment amounts to an annual six
percent increase above the yearly
raise provided to district employ-
Board member Willie Speed voted
against the recomiriendatioi. Mr.
Speed stated that the superinten-
dent was entitled to her annual
salary increase just as teachers
and school board members were
entitled to their increases. "No
employee should refuse their step
increases because of a tight bud-
get," he said.
"If the teachers aren't going to get
a raise," Galloway responded,
"then I shouldn't (get a raise) ei-
ther." The declined supplement
amounted to $4,328,00.
*The board voted 3-2 to table the
Retiree's Insurance Allocation.
Chairperson Will Kendrick and
board member Jimmy Gander
voted against the majority in the
decision to table the matter.

Bay Chamber Names New


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Anita Andrews Gregory is the new executive director of
the Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

By Sue Riddle Chronkite
Anita Gregory is making a move
from Tallahassee to Apalachicola,
as the new executive director of
the Bay Area Chamber of Com-
merce and coordinator of the an-
nual Florida Seafood Festival.
Gregory expects to move on July
25, and begin work at the Cham-
ber of Commerce office on Mar-
ket Street on Monday, July 28.
"I'm looking forward to working
with the community," said Gre-
ory. "I attended a Florida Sea-
food Festival board meeting and
met some enthusiastic people. It
seems like a wonderful place to
Gregory said she's expecting to
enjoy "selling" the public on the
worth of the Apalachicola Bay
area. She is leaving a post as ex-
ecutive director of Springtime Tal-
lahassee, which is one of the
area's largest festivals, and usu-
ally draws a quarter of a million
people from far and wide to the
state's capitol city.

Gregory has lived in Tallahassee
for the past ten years, where she
had been employed by the Florida
Department of State, Museum of
Florida History. During that time
she worked on numerous special
events, including the 44th annual
Florida Folk Festival. She also
worked on the Cultural Arts Day
at the Capitol, a statewide cel-
ebration of the cultural arts, and
Art in the Park, a weekly art show
in downtown Tallahassee.
J. Patrick Howard, outgoing
Chamber of Commerce executive
director, will be introducing Gre-
gory to her new job for a week,
then he will center most of his
activities in Port St. Joe where he
plans to pursue a real estate ca-
reer. "I'm still on the Seafood Fes-
tival board, so I'll be around
some," said Howard. The Florida
Seafood Festival held in Apalachi-
cola the first weekend in Novem-
ber each year is a large undertak-
ing and attracts visitors from over
the United States, especially the

Rep. Bo
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R e v i e
Well Attend
Cham b

Representative Janegale Bc
turned to Franklin County
second straight month on J
to deliver a brief present
the Carrabelle Chamber of
merce about the recent legi
session. Following the pre
tion, Boyd fielded question
those in attendance. Over 3
dents made their way to the
ing, which was conducted
Village Cafe in Lanark Vill
Rep. Boyd's return to the
came after a poorly attended
islative Review at the c
courthouse on June 23 in
only'three individuals, exc
the press, attended the me
Representative Boyd said tl
first legislative session hac
a valuable learning expel
she informed audience me
that she was the only Fres
Democrat to be appointed
"I still have a lot to learn
Rep. Boyd, "some things
frustrating and other thin
be really intriguing; but let
you, nothing is boring."
Rep. Boyd said that she wa
to get seven bills passed
recent legislative session. SI
that an additional bill was

"pipeline" for next year. "And that
turned out to be statistically very
good when I looked at other
people," she exclaimed. The three
U, most requested issues by her con-
stituents for the legislative ses-
sion, Boyd explained, included
education, economic development
Sand water resources; she said that
accomplishments were made in
Small three of those areas in the re-
cent session.
The importance of merely making
a request for various projects, said
Boyd, was crucial in her line of
work. She asked for those in at-
tendance to voice their concerns.
"One thing I learned a long time
ago," she said, "is that you might
as well ask. You have a possibil-
ity of getting a yes or a no." She
added, "if you don't ask, you don't
get anything."
Franklin County School Board
r Chairperson Will Kendrick
thanked Rep. Boyd for her work
y in obtaining funds for the local
Iyd school system. "It's still not
enough," Boyd asked, "is it?" Mr.
r S Kendrick responded, "you've gone
S above and beyond...and I appre-
V e ciate the effort."
W An upcoming legislative issue that
will Impact the school districts,
i at Boyd explained, will be to deter-
mine the local and state respon-
ed sibilities for funding school build-
ing projects. "Is it a local issue or
e r is it a state issue," she asked, "and
how much should the state con-
Gene Langston requested that
yd re- funds be allocated for a dredging
for the project. He informed Rep. Boyd
July 17 that he has been seeking such
tion to funding for several years. Rep.
f Com- Boyd requested that Langston
slative send a letter to her with the en-
:senta- dorsement of the Carrabelle City
.s from Commission or the Chamber of
30 resi- Commerce. Langston said that he
Smeet- would be able to send a personal
at the request; however, he did not ex-
age. press an interest in obtaining
such a request through the city.
county "You'll have to do that," he ex-
ed Leg- plained, "because I'm like a light-
:ounty ning rod."
;luding Carrabelle City Commissioner
meeting. Jim Phillips questioned why there
was no movement on construc-
hat her tion of a new local prison. He
d been asked, "since they have already
rience; designated money for a prison site
embers in Franklin County, what's the
shman hold up?"
to four
Rep. Boyd explained that funds
for site preparation needed to be
," said spent before the next fiscal year.
can be She said that the Franklin County
gs can Commission and the Department
me tell of Corrections needed to agree on
a prison site.
as able "I think we're as close as we've
in the ever been (on obtaining a site),"
he said said Boyd, "but I haven't seen
in the where it's been signed offon. And

Comparison FY 97-98 Requests
to Current Funding FY 96-97

Department/ Funded Request Increase
Organization FY 96-97 FY 97-98 (Decrease) %
Tax Collector $ 286,316 291,473 5,157 + 1.80
Supervisor of Elections 146,898 151,648 4,750 + 3.23
Property Appraiser 272,248 304,575 32,327 +11.87
Clerk of Courts 457,653 491,447 33,794 + 7.38
Sheriff 2,136,831 2,534,035 397,204 +18.59
Jail 203,710 208,710 5,000 + 2.45
Veteran's Service Officer 15,989 15,989 0 0
County Judge 3,600 3,600 0 0
Circuit Judge 27,260 34,333 7,073 +25.95
State Attorney 20,000 20,000 0 0
Solid Waste Department 246,687 269,604 22,917 + 9.29
Planning & Zoning 110,870 113,822 2,952 + 2.66
Building Dept. 43,875 44,314 439 + 1.00
Road & Bridge 1,135,162 1,424,340 289,178 +25.47
Mosquito Control 71,196 65,658 (5,538) 7.78
County Extension Agent 37,803 35,932 (1,871) 4.95
Courthouse Maintenance 143,608 143,608 0 0
NRCS-Soil & Water
Conservation Secy. 4,745 4,611 (134) 2.82
Lanark Village Association 3,500 3,580 80 + 2.29
Senior Citizens 17,758 21,600 3,842 +21.64
Humane Society 15,540 38,375 22,835 +146.94
Health Dept. 107,653 153,936 46,283 +42.99
Library 88,414 91,066 2,652 + 3.00
Crooms Transportation 9,000 9,270 270 + 3.00
Chamber of Commerce 10,000 15,000 5,000 +50.00
Chamber of Commerce 10,000 10,300 300 + 3.00
County Auditor. 33,650 34,500 850 .+ 2.53
Camp Gordon Johnston 0 4,000 4,000 +100.00

The County Clerk's Office prepared the above styled chart showing the
current department requests for Fiscal Year 97-98 now being considered
by the Franklin County Commission. The hearings involving each
department's fiscal requests will reveal the rationale for the requested
increases or decreases as the budget process goes forward. The table lists
the past and present budget requests from various organizations and
departments within the county. The first column illustrates the amount
that the particular organization or department received in the 1996-97
fiscal year (FY). The second column lists the budget requests for the
upcoming fiscal year. The third column shows the monetary increase or
decrease between the two budget years. Finally, the fourth column illus-
trates the percentage of increase or decrease for those departments/
organizations between the 1996-97 and 1997-98 budget years.

Gregory is bringing her two dogs,
Allie and Lucy, with her to
Apalachicola. "We won't be living
right on the water, but I have a
feeling they'll find it," said Gre-
gory. She said she has long ad-
mired Apalachicola.
"I'm looking forward to meeting
new people and making new
friendships," she said. Gregory
was born in Birmingham, Ala-
bama, and was raised in Wash-
ington, D.C. "I moved to Florida
in 1980, and have been in Talla-
hassee since 1985," she said.
Gregory said she doesn't remem-
ber much about Birmingham ex-
cept Bob's Big Boy and J's Popout
ice cream, and that her family

moved to Irondale. Her mother is
from York, Alabama, in the west-
ern part of Alabama, near the
Mississippi line. "I spent lots of
time there in the summer and on
holidays while growing up," she
said. Her mother Jamie and fa-
ther Andy Andrews both worked
for Seaboard Coastline Railroad
for many years.
Gregory has a B.S. degree in ge-
ography, with a minor in Ameri-
can history from Florida State
University. She has done gradu-
ate coursework in museum stud-
ies at the Cooperstown graduate
program in Cooperstown, N.Y.,
and graduate coursework in art
administration at Florida State

I learned a long time ago that,
until I see it in writing, I don't
commit that it's a done deal."
Commissioner Phillips said that
he wanted to see the site bought
and prepared. He explained that
negotiations have been taking
place on the matter between the
county, the Department of Cor-
rections and environmental agen-
cies for approximately two years.
Tony Millender with the Depart-
ment of Forestry commended Rep.
Boyd for her dedicated service on
behalf of Franklin County. "We
owe you a great debt of gratitude
for all that you've done for Frank-
lin County," said Millender.
Rep. Boyd explained that one of
the issues at hand dealt with con-
cerns of building on environmen-
tally sensitive land. "I agree with
that," said Phillips, "but we are
also an endangered species in the
county and they need to start con-
sidering us a little bit."
Rep. Boyd explained that her
background in nursing had pro-
vided essential character at-
tributes for her current govern-
ment service work. She said that
she learned to deal with multiple
personalities as a nurse. "Let me
tell you," she explained, "up at the
Capitol, there are certainly mul-

tiple personalities."
Rep. Boyd said that her work in
triage had also served her well as
a representative. "That means
that you take the sickest people
first and take care of them first,"
she explained. "Up at the Capi-
tol," she continued, "triage is a
good skill to have because every-
one that comes to see you has a
problem they want resolved...so
you have to keep very focused
and try to put everything into a
Finally, Rep. Boyd said her abil-
ity to smile through thick and thin
has been an important character-
istic at the Capitol. "At the end of
session," she explained, "people
get a little grumpy because either
their money requests haven't gone
through or the bill they've worked
on hasn't gone through." Boyd
recalled her explanation to those
at the Capitol who her questioned
her ability to smile through
lengthy session. "One thing I
learned as a nurse," she said, "is
that the only true stress is when
the patient stops breathing and
all the people up here are still

First Budget from Page 1
at the third meeting, and then
when she has the full budget, the
commission will address rates
and fees.
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Reform Bill

U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd (D-North
Florida) today joined a bipartisan
group of members of the fresh-
man class in cosponsoring the
Bipartisan Campaign Integrity Act
of 1997. The legislation has been
nationally recognized as a realis-
tic and promising effort to funda-
mentally reform the federal cam-
paign finance system during this
session of Congress.
'"The citizens of North Florida join
millions of Americans in their
support for cleaning up the fed-
eral campaign finance system,"
said Boyd. "I want to change the
system. I want to make the
system more responsive to fami-
lies and less reliant on special
The Bipartisan Campaign Integ-
rity Act is the product of several
months of work by the twelve
members of the freshman Task
Force. This legislation is an at-
tempt to introduce incremental
reforms that promise real im-
provement for our federal cam-
paign finance system.
"We all know that our federal cam-
paign system is broken. We also
recognize that previous attempts
at reform have failed. We have
learned from those experiences
and crafted a bill that can win
broad support from both Demo-
crats and Republicans," said
The three major components of
the Bipartisan Campaign Integrity
Act of 1997 would ban soft money
contributions, provide for greater
disclosure on issue advocacy, and
mandate more stringent contribu-
tion disclosure requirements on

been looked at and the budget is
complete, the commissioners will
call a special meeting. On July 31,
the commissioners will have a
meeting with the Florida State
Auditors at the State Capitol. The
attorneys and the accountants
will go with the commissioners to
the meeting.
The next workshop meeting will
be held on Wednesday, July 30
at 1 p.m. at the Water and Sewer
office. However, if there is an over-
flow crowd, the meeting will go
over the Chillas Hall.

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The Franklin Chronicle 25 July 1997 Page 9

Young Artist Gives Color

to, the Local Library
Carrabelle High School Student Josh Whitten is a newcomer 'to the
art of painting. Drawing, he says, is his art of choice. However, this
new found talent of Mr. Whitten's has been the source of much admi-
ration & pride at the Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin County Pub-
lic Library. For the past couple of weeks, Josh has been creating a.
mural in the children's section of the Carrabelle Library. Each of the
four walls in the children's room are now covered with a variety of
story book paintings. Josh said that he hopes to make a career of his
artistic talents. "I like art because it comes from me," he said. Josh
plans to study art in college after he graduates from high school. He
said that his next artistic venture will be to work on t-shirts for local
musician Chaz Mikell. Josh Whitten will be going into the 12th grade -
in the next school year.

Two Red Wolves to be Released

on Little St. George Island

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge's (NWR) red wolf program ex-
pands to Cape St. George Island (Little St. George Island). Because of
limited space available or red wolves in wild settings, Little St. George
Island has been evaluated and approved for inclusion in the red wolf
recovery program. Two red wolves will be released on the island to
determine if ,the island is suitable. Both wolves were raised in the
wild, but circumstances required that they be removed from where
they were born last spring. The female broke her leg at Cape Romain
National Wildlife Refuge, SC. The male was kicked out of his natal
territory at Alligator River NWR, NC when his father died and a new
male took over the territory. The wolves are in an acclimation pen on
St. Vincent Island and are scheduled to be released in late July. Hope-
fully, .the two wolves will form a pair bond. They will be captured
and released as a pair at one of the two mainland release sites next
St. Vincent NWR has been a part of the red wolf recovery program
since 1990. Their role in the recovery of the red wolf is to provide.red
wolves with "wild experience" in a somewhat controlled setting before
they are released at mainland release sites. NWR is not attempting to
establish a permanent population of free ranging red wolves on St.
Vincent or Little St. George Islands, FL.
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, which man-
ages the island is enthusiastic about returning a top level predator
to the system. The wolves will control raccoon numbers and reduce
depredation to sea turtle nests.
As of May 1997 there are 250-320 red wolves in existence, most of
which ate in various captive-breeding projects in the United States.
The species is one of the most critically endangered mammals in North
Questions and comments can be directed to St. Vincent NWR, P. O.
Box 447, Apalachicola, FL 32329, phone 850-653-8808.

Getting Crafty at the

Carrabelle Library

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in medicine.
The 11 day program is held each
summer in Boston, Chicago,
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cisco and Washington, D. C.
Sabrina and Paul were first nomi-
nated to the Forum by Marty
Brady at Apalachicola High
The comprehensive tuition for this
exciting week of briefings, semi-
nars and lectures, along with a
few social events, is over $1,500,
which covers the costs of hous-
ing, breakfasts, dinners, instruc-
tion,- program materials, and
charter bus transportation.
Apalachicola merchants and'pri-
vate donors paid the tuition for
Sabrina and Paul.
The agenda of events in Houston-
Galveston includes an overview of
the "Medical School Experience,"
and evening sessions on "Life as
a Resident". There will be role
playing involved in a seminar
about public health issues, and
small group discussions with
public health Officials. Evening
seminars will be conducted on
family medicine, and medical eth-
ics. Visits to area research facili-
ties are also included, along with
discussions on conventional and
alternative fields of medicine. Vis-
its to area hospitals are also in-
cluded, and evening seminars on
specialties in medicine. A special
session has been arranged on
AIDS. Brinkley and Marks will
also hear a presentation by NASA
astronaut Ellen S. Baker, M. D.
on "Making'a Difference."

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Cindy Sullivan (R) displays the newly crafted bird house as
Dot Worthington (L) and several students look on.
Over ten children participated in an arts & crafts project at the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin County Public Library on July 18.
The children made bird houses composed of plastic canvas, yarn and
communion cups; the houses were filled with bird seeds. The activ-
ity, which was a part of the Summer Reading Program, was led by
residents Dot Worthington and Cindy Sullivan.

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These cautionary signs were
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Island causeway by the Boy
Scout Troop 22 nearly one
month ago. Hopefully,
drivers will heed this
message and help spare the
lives of the many low flying
birds on the Island.

The Lanark Village & St. James
Fire Department has been work-
ing diligently to complete con-
struction on a new facility which
will be used to house the
department's new ladder truck.
"That's the main reason we're
building-this," said Fire Chief Bud
Evans, "it will not be used for a
bingo hall as people have said. It
will be used to house the new lad-
der truck." Mr. Evans said that
the new truck was approximately
eight feet too large to fit in the
existing facility. The new facility,
he said, would also be used to
house a pump truck with the ca-
pacity of 22;000 gallons per
The new facility, he said, could
also be used as a Post Red Cross
Disaster Shelter. Mr. Evans said
that the department became cer-
tified last June to serve in such a
Construction of the new facility

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With the recent rains and warm
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Get rid of standing water on prop-
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population and reduce health
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small amount of still water. Look
around your property and elimi-
nate sources of standing water,
such. as old tires, trash'can lids,
kiddie pools or birdbaths.
A breed of mosquito-named the
Asian Tiger Mosquito because of
its markings-was introduced
into the United States in imported
waste tires in 1985 and arrived
in Florida a year later. Because
standing water in improperly dis-
carded or stored tires is a major
breeding ground, the pest is
sometimes called "the tire mos-
quito." Unlike many other strains
found in Florida, this mosquito is
active during daylight hours, so
eliminating breeding grounds is
the best defense.
The Department of Agriculture is
also urging horse owners to vac-
cinate their animals against East-
ern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), an
often-fatal viral disease that at-
tacks the nervous system of
horses. The virus is transmitted
from infected wild birds to horses
by mosquitoes, or from infect-
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round problem, but the majority
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which oversees the state's mos-'
quito control efforts, recommends
that people avoid mosquito-
plagued areas," particularly at
night, reduce mosquito breeding
grounds, wear protective clothing
and use insect repellents.

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Published every other Friday

those chemicals that you've cal-
culated on should be divided by
six...The upper 15 holes (of the
proposed Green Point golf course)
was found to run into a watershed
that ran north and posed no prob-
lem to this area." He said that
potential runoff from the bottom
3 holes of the proposed Green
Point golf course would have run
into a southern groundwater shed
and into the bay.
Mr. McKnight stated that the pro-
posed Green Point project would
have been in excess of one mile
from Catpoint area. "This (Mr.
Palmer's) golf course sits right on
top of it (Catpoint)," said
McKnight. He continued, "you're
gonna be fertilizing. You're gonna
be putting pesticides and herbi-
cides on it, but you don't men-
tion nemacides. Once the nema-
todes show up on your golf
course, which they will, you're
gonna have to spray for them un-
less you take them out by hand."
McKnight questioned whether the
proposed golf course would be
monitored daily, weekly or
monthly. "You could have con-
taminated groundwater there,"
said McKnight, "and if you're only
monitoring every six
months...that's six months of con-
tamination that goes over the top
of the oysters. And that's totally

Those who made their livelihood
from the bay, said McKnight,
could not rely on the various State.
agencies to monitor the proposed
golf course adequately. "The D-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection is not called the Depart-
ment of Environmental Prostitu-
tion for nothing in Franklin
County," he stated, "they are a
state agency that has absolutely
no credibility."
Mr. Palmer said that there would
be no monitoring of the area if
commercial or residential struc-
.tures were built on the property
in question. "You will end up with
way more than 18 acres of grass,"
he said. Palmer continued, "you
will end up with no control what-
soever through DEP, the county
or any other agency on what is
put on there, what is put on (the
grass) and how it's applied."
Mr. McKnight referred to Palmer's
assertion as a "bogus projection."
He said that most homeowners
don't use pesticides and herbi-
cides on their lawn. "People are
that way," he said; "one guy may
be out there and fertilize every
day. His neighbors, on the other
hand, may never fertilize. They
may never spray for
pesticides...not many do."
Resident Williard Vincent urged
commissioners to request the
State of Florida to purchase the

DOT Consultant from Page 1

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Here are excerpts from the participants in their formal comments
delivered to the court reporter, 'Ms. Millender.
Hank Garrett, Water Management Services, St. Geo Island:
"...It would probably cost 1.5 to 2 million dollars to put a new water
line under the new bridge. Water Management... would like to see
(the old) bridge saved. The local economy would gain from it being
saved, through fishing and biking. We would like to see this bridge
annexed into the State park, as part of the Park and patrolled by the
Park, and maintained by DEP..."
John Shelby, Realtor and St. George Island resident:
"...I think the most important factor here (is that) the ends of the
'bridge stay right where they are... Most people on the island work,
and they work in the center of the island, because that's where the
bridge comes in... That is also where the commercial area is. If that
were ever to change and the entry to the island was at 11th Street,
east, the fabric of the community would just come apart..." "...Our
hopes and livelihoods are tied to that hricrio and T would like to see it
.remain where it is..."
LeRoy Hall, President of the Franklin County Seafood Workers
"(The oystermen) I have talked to are all concerned where they are
going to put the bridge... We would like to see the new bridge, but.in
a different location than what is being proposed here. My primary
concern is the resource in the Bay. I don't think you can compare
that with a little service station or a little grocery store... About the
old bridge, I can't see why you can't leave it there. Why tear it down?
(In tearing it down) you're going to do damage to the oyster bars."
Bill Hartley, 1464 Mayberry Lane, St. Geo Island:
"...I think we ought to do everything we possibly can to protect the
Bay. The causeway in between the two bridges is probably the great-
est natural recreational resource there is in north Florida... You'never
go across that bridge that there isn't some guy out there fishing. You
see families out there fishing. You see kids.... old folks with their lawn
chairs. It's a great place. I think we ought to everything we possibly
can to keep it."
Barbara Sanders, President of the Civic Club:
"We have heard that there is a dispute between... DEP and DOT. One
of our concerns is that there is some sort of inter-agency problem
that we can't quite get a handle on... Hank's suggestion is probably
the most popular with people on the island...

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Mr. LeRoy Hall talks about some-
Sthing that something that does not
Sound as radical as the rumors
ve're hearing, (about) coming off of
" highway 65 and going into the State
' Park and that sort of thing... You
:Stull) came to the Civic Club and
talked about those different is-
Ssues... What I think a lot of people
at this hearing want both agencies
to understand is, please don't get
ntro some sort of inter-agency bick-
ering and forget the interests of
both Mr. Hall's constituency and
the people on the island... If that
means you have to come back again
after you have duked it out at the
state level, and ask us again ... we
would like to invite you back... Al-
ways come back to us it there is an
alternative... if there is something
That is going to seriously impact
"The only other issue is the use of
the old bridge... we would also like
another shot at that issue. There
might be some grass roots organi-
" zation putting together something
where they could save the bridge."
Joe Butler, President of Gulf State
"...From the standpoint of the
economy of the area... I believe any
substantial relocation of the bridge
would prove extremely detrimental
to the economy and there is no way
that the State could mitigate those
losses. I think it would set
Eastpoint back considerably... and
I think (that) would have continu-
ing effect into Apalachicola. It would
look to me that the present loca-
tion of the bridge would be better
suited for evacuation of the is-
Norman Russell:
"I came here in the interest of some-
one else... who has a vested inter-
est. I don't feel too comfortable with
64 million dollars building 20 feet
for bicycles... I don't care whether
[you] build the bridge or tot... Is it
projected that this is to be a toll
bridge? (No answer)."

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property in question. He asked,
"why take a chance on destroy-
ing the natural resources that's
been there for ages?" Vincent con-
tinued, "it's just .for someone to
make a few quick bucks." He re-
minded the board that the
Catpoint area was quite sensitive.
Franklin County Seafood Workers
Association President Leroy Hall
also spoke against the proposed
golf course. "Once the chemicals
get into there, it's (the bay) gone
orever...Why take a chance on the
bay?" He pleaded, "please, don't
take that chance." Mr. Hall said
that there was no way to prevent
runoff in the event of a hurricane
or storm. "It's gonfna happen," he
Residents requested that the
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(162) Burt Reynolds, My
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(21) Outposts on the Gulf
by William Warren Rogers.
University of Florida Press,
Hardcover, 297 pp. In this
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of Apalachicola and the pris-
tine barrier island, Saint
George. From the earliest
times, both the island and
Apalachicola have become
intertwined. The account of
the machinations of contro-
versial developer Williani Lee
Popham is the first phase of
area development, later
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struggles of the 1970s when
environmentalists and sea-
food industries fought to
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