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August 22 September 4, 1997
Business Owner Charles Osborne (L) reviews an ordinance
prohibiting unlicensed shows as Carrabelle City Police Chief
Jessie Gordon Smith (R) looks on.
Carrabelle Residents Say
No to Dancel
By Rene Topping
On Monday, August 18th over one
hundred Carrabelle residents
crowded Into the upstairs com-
mission room, they overflowed
into the hallways and up and
down the stairs..
They were there to vent their an-
ger at the idea three male, exotic
dancers from Orlando would be
permitted to put on a show at one
of the local bars, the Riverwalk on
Marine Street, owned by Cindy
and Charles Osborne.
As the Christian soldiers of that
fine old hymn, "Onward Christian
Soldiers," these folks were,
"marching as to war." They
wanted to inform the five city com-
missioners and the Osbornes that
no male dancers, no strippers of
any kind would be welcome in
Carrabelle. Charles and Cindy
Osborne were present on invita-
tion by Mayor Charles Millender.
Osborne said he had researched
the books and there was no ordi-
nance that forbade that type of
entertainment and he had a legal
right to do it. He added that the
three dancers. who were on their
way from Orlando, were not strip-
pers but exotic dancers and would
be clothed as he put it, "...in more
than you daily see folks dressed
in at Carrabelle Beach."
Commission attorney Jacqueline
Ann Cowles made a plea for an
orderly meeting, and an explana-
tion she had been unable so far,
to find any ordinance that forbade
the event, in the short time she
had to prepare for the meeting.
Like runners waiting for the
starter's gun the audience began
to speak their minds. Donna
Messer said that this community
was one where she did not have
to lock her doors at night, "It :
sounds like Mayberry. It sounds
like the backwoods. That's how we
like it" She added, "Don't get us
wrong, We love you." Speaking.
directly to the Osbornes. "But all
it is good for is for perverts and
rapists. We are here to protect the
Several members of the audience
and commission wondered out
loud why the event had been ad-
vertised in the Western half of the
county but not in Carrabelle.
Commissioner Buz Putnal said he
learned about it when someone
showed him a handbill, Osborne
said "I did put one on the tele-
phone pole but it was ripped off..
The leaflet being distributed on
the streets of Apalachicola pic-
tured five male, exo4c dancers,
bare chested but otherwise
clothed and proclaimed their per-
formance was a "world class act"
and went on with two other
"blurbs," "Hottest male revue in
Florida" and "Winner of the
Florida man hunt." Putnal said
that offended him.
It also mentioned the "Show time."
This statement was eventually the
inspiration for the attorney to
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Florida Supreme Court Upholds
The Constitutional Amendment limiting the use of nets for fish-
ing Florida waters was declared Constitutional Thursday, Au-
gust 21, 1997. This case had been brought to the Court by the
Southeastern Fisheries Association and Organized Fishermen of
Florida. The issues involved allegations that the Amendment de-
prived fishermen of the right to engage in a lawful occupation,
and (2) the seizure of their nets was done without just compensa-
tion. The Court rejected those arguments, and affirmed that pro-
tecting the State's natural resources by limiting net fishing was a
valid objective and does not constltuLt an unlawful taking.
This case does not end the coristituluonal challenges to the so-
called "net-ban" Amendment, now m-,rr c 'rrectly referred to as
Limiting Marine Net Fishing Cons:.itruonal Amendment.
In a lower court decision rendered by Franklin County Judge
Russell, he determined the Amendment was Unconstitutional on
the basis that the law was vague, in that the language did not
specifically spell out what kind of conduct was to be prohibited.
This case has recently been appealed to the First District Court
of Appeals by the State of Florida.
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
A new electric substation should
be humming along on St. George
Island by the end of May of next
year, Mike McDonald told mem-
bers of the island civic club Thurs-
day night. That's a year earlier
than had been thought. "We're
working on the permitting now,"
said McDonald, area manager for
Florida Power Co.
Several locations are being con-
sidered but no final decision has
been made as to where to place
the substation, said McDonald.
"An open house is to be held
around October 7, 8, or 9, with
charts and brochures," said
McDonald. "We'll announce the
exact date. By that time we'll have
the site secured."
The power outages of July 4
couldn't have been prevented,
said McDonald. "We have two
feeds that come to the island, one
underground and one overhead.
The underground feed was hit by
lightning and it melted the cable.
We did the best we could, but the
overhead feed will not carry the
island. I understand what you are
going through. I've asked the
county if they have any problems
with permitting and they gave us
McDonald said the permitting
process also includes dealing with
the Corps of Engineers, Game and
Fish Commission, and Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion, "We're talking to them and
asking questions now to try to get
a feel for what to expect," "aid
McDonald. "They're concerned
with the bay bottom. We'll have
to remove some poles and put in
larger ones, We've got a commit-
ted team working on it."
McDonald said electricity usage to
St. George Island is growing by a
megawatt a year. That's a million
watts," he said. "You're using 10
megawatts a year now. The island
is no longer a vacation place,
people live here year 'round. I
don't see any letup in usage of
Sanders pledged the civic club's
support. Other officers include
Frank Latham, vice president,
Sue Latham, secretary, and Gerri
Apalachicola Rotary Club
Inducts Three Women
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From left, Chuck Marks, president, welcomes Judi
Stokowski, Despina George, and Sue Cronkite into the civic
service club. Stokowski is postmaster, George is a Certified
Public Accountant, and Cronkite is a writer for the Franklin
Chronicle. The Rotary Club meets at noon on Tuesdays
above the Spoonbill in downtown Apalachicola.
The Wakulla Forum
over "Net Ban" Issues
A Report and Commentary by Tom W. Hoffer
Those who participated in the three days of meetings about so-called
"net ban" issues had a wide range of expectations Ray Pringle, Ex-
ecutive Director or the Flonda Fishermen'. Federation, wrote that he
and Ron Crum had a lot 'of reservations ari dloubts..." and they
were prepared to walk out t': show their contempt if things did not
go Itheirl wa\." Pnngle and Crurm were tx'.o :of about 40 participants
represented in a large range of attitudes. ,opinion and tricky percep-
tions about the bnstliQn issues caught up in the mis-named "net
ban" Constituuonal Amendment. and the aftermath of its implemen-
tation since July 1. 1 995
In Pringle's letter to the Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium from
Florida State University, he wrote about the first meeting, on July 18,
1997, held at a schoolhouse in the middle of the Wakulla woods,
about six miles east of Crawfordville. The location was so remote, a
few invited representatives were still arriving late.
The first thing that morning everyone was tense and quiet; kind
of like two dogs coming up to each other walking stiff-legged
around and around with their teeth showing and the hair on
their necks sticking up. I thought to myself, this is going to be a
very short meeting.
I have to admit that I sure ate a lot of Rolaids before it got
relaxed in there...My impression of several people in the room
was hostile, but I held my cool...
Pringle, and Ron Crum, Wakulla Commercial Fishing Association,
looked around the room to observe the other participants. They had
just filed a lawsuit against their old nemesis, the state bureaucracy
including the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Dept. of Envi-
ronmental Protection, concerning a new net they sought to have ap-
proved for legal use in Florida waters.
Tihe other faces could have easily reminded them of past antagonisms.
Charles L. Selfer was attorney for the Marine Fisheries Commission,
the agency perceived to be out to destroy the commercial fishing in-
dustry. M.B. Adelson was legal aide to Colonel H. "Mickey" Watson,
Director of Law Enforcement, both gentlemen representing the regu-
latory interests in the enforcement of the so-called "net ban" by pre-
siding over a staff of officer-patrolmen who monitored fishing in Pan-
handle waters, ticketing fishermen for violating the Constitutional
Amendment. After all, another perception in the public mind per-
sisted, "all nets are illegal." This, the conference later made very clear,
is just not true.
Tempers have also flared in past interactions with the Florida Marine
Patrolmen and Watson's agency because tickets and arrests had to
be defended in the face of serious penalties if the fisherman were
found guilty. One could build up to a $2,500 fine, have his gear
seized, and if additional violations were committed, eventually lose
all privileges to earn one's living as a commercial fisherman. For a
family making this a way of life, such possible outcomes were simply
terroristic. Mixing with the negative perceptions the parties had of
each other were the persistent rumors adding anxiety to the relation-
ship between the regulators, the rulemakers and the regulated.
Mr. Pringle added to his letter,
But I held my cool and to my surprise most of them were just as
confused as I. Not all people will ever get along with each other,
but we learn to leave well enough alone if at all possible. If not,
we call in some good folks like the consortium to settle the
Dr. Tom Taylor explains a point during the second session
of The Forum on August 13th. The three sessions were
held on July 18, August 13 and August 18, 1997.
The Purpose of the Meetings
In early July, the Bureau of Marine Patrol of the Division of Law En-
forcement within the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection de-
cided to bring all the conflicting parties together. A forum would be
held providing all the affected private and public agencies, and the
fishermen, opportunities to interact face-to-face. The initial subject
focus would be the legislation from the 1997 Florida Legislature which
attempted to clarify the enforcement of the 1994 Constitutional
Amendment, properly called the Limiting Marine Net Fishing Consti-
The expectations here were high For example, both "sides" (the fish-
ermen and rule-makers and rule enforcers) might obtain mutual un-
derstanding of the parameters of a legal net. Perhaps a strategy might
be developed to help fishermen develop and use legal nets. Guide-
lines might be articulated to enhance respectful enforcement by the
Florida Marine Patrol. Commercial fishermen would have additional
opportunities to discuss related concerns. This was to be, in the words
of one participant, a "historic" coming-together of the fishing commu-
nity with the regulators to enhance their relationship in a more har-
monious way. Continued on Page 5
Continued on Page 5
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Notes from the August 19
*The board unanimously agreed
to adopt a new contractors' licens-
ing fee ordinance. The ordinance
will raise in-county contractors'
fees from $25 to $50 annually; all
out-of-county contractors will
have to pay $150 annually for
their local permits.
County Planner Alan Pierce said
that the additional revenue could
be used to hire an assistant to the
county's building inspector. He
also suggested that the added rev-
enue be used to enhance the
county building inspector's sal-
ary. Pierce informed board mem-
bers that the county would have
to hire a certified building official
when the current inspector re-
tired. "That may cost a little
more," Pierce noted.
Pierce concluded, "contractors are
generally aware of this (fee in-
crease) They'll be more aware of
it when they come to get their new
licenses on October 1."
*The board agreed to close sev-
eral roads located in Unit 4 on St.
George Island to vehicular traffic.
"As y'all know," said Lee Edmiston
with the Department of Environ-
mental Protection, "we have a
dumping problem over there."
Edmiston said that the State was
in the process of accepting those
closed roads. "For some reason,"
he added, "it takes the State
longer to accept donations than
it does to buy property."
Mr Edmiston informed board
members that the roads that
would be closed were located
mainly in marsh area unsuitable
for development projects.
*The board agreed to continue
operating the Emergency Manage-
ment program through the
County Planner Alan Pierce ex-
pressed frustration over the
amount of work required to oper-
ate the program and the county's
seeming reluctance to expand the
program with the available funds.
"I feel I'm working hard enough
foryou all," said Pierce, "and I feel
Starting September 11, Ms. Pam
Lycett will begin her first official
day of service as the new Police
Commissioner for the Carrabelle
City Commission. Ms. Lycett was
the only resident of Carrabelle to
qualify for the city seat; she will
replace Mr. George Jackson, who
decided against seeking an addi-
tional term for the position. -
The decision to seek a position
with the city commission, said
Lycett, stemmed from her long-
time interest in the community.
"I think that everybody should be
involved in their community," she
stated, "and I want to try to make
a difference...I want to provide
new ideas and new suggestions. I
plan to work hard at this to help
make Carrabelle a better place in
Lycett complimented the work of
Mr. George Jackson as a city com-
missioner. She stated that she
planned to meet with Jackson in
the near future in order to obtain
more information about the new
position. "He really did a tremen-
dous job," said Lycett, "I have the
utmost respect for Mr. Jackson."
Issues such as planned develop-
ment, equality in the enforcement
of ordinances and laws, recreation
for the youth population and
board unity seem to be just a few
of the items of particular concern
to Ms. Lycett.
"I think that if you have rules,"
said Lycett, "they should be fol-
lowed by everyone. And that's the
way that I will look at it. I'm defi-
nitely for equal treatment for ev-
eryone. If it's right for this one,
then it's right for the other one."
In regard to recreational ameni-
ties, Lycett noted that there were
few recreational activities in
which members of the youth
population could participate. "I
realize that, in the past seven
years, there's been a lot of things
tried," she said. Lycett continued.
"the kids don't have anywhere to
go or anything to do. People com-
plain that the kids are on the
streets...We need to figure some-
thing out; this will all take a lot of
this is just another burden I don't
want to take." He pointed out that
the county currently received
$92,000 annually to operate the
Sheriff Bruce Varnes had offered
to operate the program at the
board's meeting. Only 6 of the
entire 67 counties in the State of
Florida operate their Emergency
Management programs through
their local sheriffs department.
Sheriff Varnes still assured the
board that his department would
work closely with the county on
the program. "We'll work to-
gether," he concluded, "we'll be a
*The board allocated $5,000 from
contingency funds to the Solid
Waste Department to complete
the Septic Waste Disposal project.
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
informed the board of drainage
problems between Pine Avenue
and Oyster Road on the west end
ofApalachicola. The board agreed
to accept drainage easements
in the area to help resolve the
*The board authorized the chair-
person to sign a contract between
the county and the senior citizens
center for the Sadowsky Housing
Initiative Plan (SHIP) Program.
*The board agreed to appoint resi-
dents Graham Armistead, Lee
McClemore and Vance Millender
to serve on the private sector of
the Gulf Coast Workforce Devel-
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that Morris
Palmer had provided the county
with a draft developer's agreement
in regard to the proposed nine
hole golf course in Eastpoint.
*The board granted a request from
the Southern Concrete Construc-
tion Company to construct a
batch plant on a 13 acre parcel of
land zoned Industrial in
*The board granted a request from
Coy Shiver to construct mini-ware
houses on Second Street, in
*The board granted a request to
Walter Armistead to construct an
addition to the Buccaneer Inn on
St. George Island in the form':of
executive suites. Accordcing.ito
County Planner Alan Pierde;,the
suites will be in the style, of the
shotgun cottages already loc ted
on the Island ,, ,. '
Edward Prescott with the Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) informed the Franklin
County Commission on August
19 that the State would be unable
to take responsibility of County
Roads 67 and 370.
Mr. Prescott said that the State
did not have the resources to
place either of the two county
roads on the State Highway
System. "We have looked at that
several times," explained Prescott,
"and we have not been able to
justify it at this point in time."
The county's use of the two noted
roads as evacuation routes, said
Prescott, was not a sufficient
enough justification for having the
State adopt the roads. "I know
that it's extremely important to
y'all here in Franklin County,"
Prescott sympathized, "because
those are evacuation routes for
moving people off the coa-tline
Co-engineer Joe Hamilton argued
that sufficient enough reasons
'thought." She complimented both
the public library and the youth
league for their extensive work
with the youth population.
Ms. Lycett has served previously
as a city commission. In Boston,
Georgia, she completed a four
year as a city commissioner. Her
post at that time was as finance
chairperson and as a:merber of
the Police Committee.
In 1995, Ms. Lycett ran unsuc-
cessfully for a seat on the
Carrabelle City Commission as
Finance Commissioner. Shortly
after the election, her name was
suggested as a possible appoint-
ment to a city seat. However, Ms.
Lycett has always been consistent
in her opinion of appointed pub-
"I vehemently oppose appointed
positions," concluded Lycett, "it's
been a real problem here."
*SEAT 3 *
I have worked for the past four years on
making drinking water fit. I plan to see that
the water project is healthy and safe when it
I will continue to fight for the working
waterfront. I want to see the culture of the
I have worked to obtain grant funds for a
recreational facility for all the people of
Pd. Pol. Adv. from the Campaign Fund of Wallace Hill, Democrat
existed for the State to take
responsibility ofthe two roads. He
stated that, according to the
"functional classification system,"
the county had to provide "ample
justification" to the State on the
matter. He added, "I don't
understand what justification it
Mr. Prescott responded that the
"Cutter Report" in which Mr.
Hamilton referred to had yet to be
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
urged that the FDOT pave CR 67
in anticipation of the state prison;
he said that the facility would be
built in that location in the next
24 months by the State of Florida.
Prescott stated that Florida
statutes allowed the FDOT to
make improvements to a state
facility. "But the DOT currently
has a policy that we will not do
any improvements strictly
because of funding," he explained,
"we would love to do it if there was
enough state dollars."
Commissioner Mosconis pointed
out that there were only two state
roads in the county: Hwy 65 and
a small length of roadway located
on Island Drive across the bridge
from Hwy 98 to St. George Island.
"That's the only two state roads
in this whole county," explained
Mosconis. He continued, you've
got less than 30 miles of state
.road in this whole county...and
this is one of the larger counties
on the coast."
Mr. Prescott did offer a couple of
solutions to help alleviate the
County's road ,problems. He
'requested that the County
designate a representative to work
with him in identifying particular'
roads in the county that should
. e...placed on the state highway
system. Prescott: saidthat the
E "ulf ountie
state would attempt to maintain
those roads if funding was
available. He warned, however,
"we're not even keeping up with
our own resurfacing on the state
"I may not can do the whole thing
(road paving project) at one time,"
said Prescott, "it may be some
short piece of it."
In addition, Mr. Prescott explained
that the FDOT was in the process
of developing a five year work
program. He said that the county
may be able to add a portion or
whole roadway into the program.
"That's still five years away," he
In the five year work program,
Prescott explained that the
County and State would sign a
Joint Participation Agreement. In
the agreement, the County would
advance funding to the FDOT on
a paving project. The FDOT, he
explained, would later reimburse
Commissioner Mosconis voiced
concern about such an
agreement. 'We've had a bad track
record dealing with DOT as you
well know," Mosconis continued
"DOT through their bookkeeping
withheld millions of dollars in this
Mosconis questioned whether the
State would provide more road
paving assistance if the County
provided the engineering services.
The board directed County
Engineer Joe Hamilton and
County Planner Alan Pierce to
meet with FDOT representatives
in order to work on a short term
road paving plan.
Mr. Prescott explained that final
authority for accepting County
roads was with the Secretary of
"If we can't necessarily take to (the
road) on the (State highway) sys-
tem," he concluded, "maybe we,
could help it.doing some kind of
improvement to that roadway."
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle 22 August 1997 Page 3
by Carol Ann Vandergrift
The experience I'm about to
describe is not mine alone to
experience. Many friends here
in Carrabelle, both men and
women, have had and are
still having the same
experience of wading through
the very difficult and some-
times seemingly strange days
of adjusting to life after death.
I thank each and every one of
you for your kind thoughts
In 1992, I wrote a story that dealt
with feelings, and the feelings had
to do with experiencing the deaths
of a dear friend and- a favorite
uncle. I'd gone to a hospital to visit
the friend and was told he'd died
during the night. I went home and
called another hospital to check
on my uncle and discovered he'd
died during the time I'd gone to
see my friend. I wrote about the
void I felt inside, the emptiness,
and commented on various
memories I had of two people I
loved very much.
I worked at a newspaper then and
had become close friends with one
of the editors. By "close", I mean
we talked about God with ease,
how He had touched our indi-
vidual lives and how He still
touched our lives. I shared with
her the story I'd written about the
deaths of my friend and my uncle.
The following Saturday, she ran
my story in the section of the pa-
per that was her responsibility,
Several times during the past
month, sentences and phrases
from that story have drifted in and
out of my mind, such as words I
quoted from a once-popular song,
"-you know the nearer your des-
tination, the more you're
slip-sliding away,' And the expe-
rience of sitting inside the coach
of a motionless passenger, train
when a train on an opposite track
begins to move slowly past your
train; you have the somewhat dis-
oriented feeling that its your train
that's m9ying instead of the other
one. I ended the story with a quote
by a minister who said, "My heart
is filled with holes where friends
'On July 5, 1997;'my'husband.
David suffered a stioke.. Eleven
days later; on July" 16, God freed
David from tie.iho6nor; b6fbeing'::
trapped for. perhaps years..inside.
his physical oodv. a body that was .
ho longer able to speak, swallow
or function in any way on the en-
tire right side. Despite the fact
that I knew that God in His mercy
had intervened to relieve&David of
future misery, which doctors as-
sured me David would never be
able to overcome, I felt the inde-
scribable beginnings of another
"hole" forming within me. a type
of emotional pain that literally,
hurts physically. Some have de-
scribed the feeling as "the cold
wind blowing through your gut."
After David's memorial service at
the Episcopal Church of the As-
cension here in Carrabelle, I went
to Arkansas to attend my young-
est son's wedding and to spend
time with my four children, seven
grandchildren, my dad and sis-
ters. I drove home via Tennessee,
where I spent two nights with
another sister who, like me, grew
up in Arkansas
Mutual friends and co-workers at
the newspaper where David had
worked for 18 years as the edito-
rial page editor had kept tabs on
David's condition by telephone.
One of David's best friends and
former assistant spoke to David
only days before it was all over.
David couldn't talk, but his eyes
widened with non- verbal expres-
sions and brimmed with tears as
he listened to the voice of his
friend. This visible response oc-
curred several times when David
listened to the voices of friends
calling from Carrabelle.
As I neared Apalachicola that day,
I somehow sensed that the hole
within me was growing a little
wider, piercing a little deeper. I
was so glad to be home, yet I
ached inside because this was
David's home too, and he would
not be coming home with me, to
mow the lawn, rake leaves, re-
paint something he'd already re-
painted half a dozen times, work
crossword puzzles or argue about
something. Now, I find myself
wondering if the hole I felt within
me after David's death had
changed after all. Perhaps what I
felt that day when I neared home
was simply another fissure form-
ing, another little crack within my
heart, a place within my very soul
that had once been occupied by
Mrs. Taylor and was then empty,
but I didn't know it.
Past experience has taught me
that God will fill the holes. I only
have to ask Him. Between now
and then, while healing takes'
place, there will undoubtedly be
times when the holes will feel raw
and tender, times when even the
smallest memory will seem to rip
open the wounds anew. But, as
with most injuries or trauma to
the physical body, the gaping
emotional holes will be stead-
ily closing up and healing
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August 22, 1997
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Program Coordinator Reverend O.H. Walker.
Shine Puurcrm a Light in the County
A new program designed to assist seniors with insurance matters will
soon be available to local residents.
According to Rev. O.H. Walker, the Serving Health Insurance Needs
for Elders (SHINE) Program will help to provide seniors with valuable
information concerning Medicare and Medicaid.
"Throughout the Panhandle," said Walker, "we're finding that a lot of
seniors are unaware of the benefits they may receive."
Rev. Walker will serve as the program's coordinator. The SHINE Pro-
gram, said Walker, operates through the Elder Affairs Council. Office
hours as well as an office location will be published at a later date.
Walker said that volunteers for the program will be actively sought.
Volunteers will be required to complete a two day training program.
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$1.5 Million in Drugs Off
Sheriff Varnes addresses Rotary Club.
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Drugs worth $1,598,610 haye
been gotten'off the streets of Fral-
klin County in the past seven
months. ShenffBruce Varnes told
Apalachicola Rotanans at their
August 19th luncheon meeting.
'That's not counting this month,"
Statistics on his efforts to wipe out
drugs since he took office as sher-
iff at the beginning of this year
include 59 drug arrests during the
past seven months, with 35 of
those involving crack cocaine and
24 marijuana, Varnes said.
"There are several we're getting
ready to pick up," he said. '"The
numbers go up on crack cocaine."
During the drug arrests officers
have also confiscated $4,117 in
currency, several vehicles, seven
handguns, including six reflex,
two semi-automatic, and one
"The helicopter crew has spotted
31 locations of marijuana
plantings," said Sheriff Varnes.
"In a Lanark arrest on a search
warrant they found items in the
house. We always retrieve video
tapes, because a person who
grows marijuana will sometimes
video it, just showing off.
"Sure enough, right there on video
was the guy with his 14 ft. high
plants," said Varnes. "He also had
kept a ledger, showing how far
to go to get to his marijuana
SheriffVarnes doesn't tell anyone
about a planned raid. That's the
only way to be effective, he said.
"With search warrants ready the
officers are called and told to be
at my house in 15 minutes." The
sale of drugs has gone down, said
Varnes because dealers don't
know when their house might be
Most arrests so far have come
from Apalachicola, said Varnes,
but arrests have also been made
in Lanark, St. George Island,
Eastpoint, and Carrabelle.
"The sad things," said :Sheriff
Varnes, "is that out of 59 arrest,
49 of those have been arrested
before, over and over again, for the
same thing--drugs." A bill passed
by the Legislature has done away
with sentencing guidelines, and
beginning in January of '98, an
offender doesn't have to score a
certain number of points before
he's put in jail.
"I am planning to put more in
prison, even if we run out of room
and have to build a tent city," said
Varnes. "People don't realize how
large Franklin County is. My of-
ficers now have over 7,000 hours
of overtime. It's eating up my
"We now have our guys working
and saving up comp time, but
there's a new law coming in and
it says we have to have money on
hand to pay them if they ask for
their overtime pay," said Varnes.
"I think it comes into effect July,
1998, and I want to be prepared."
'The food bill now for prisoners is
between $1,200 and 1,300 a
month over budget," he said. "But
we're managing to hang in there.
We've got more than 100,prison-
ers in a jail set for 70-something.
Under the law we have to feed
them a certain amount. It's cost-
ing $3.15 a day to feed each pris-
Sheriff Varnes said he's charging
prisoners $1 a day, which runs
800 to $1,000 he gives back to
the county each month. "Under
the law we can charge up to $3 a
day, but I figured we'd start off
"I need your support," Varnes told
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Around and About
By Bonnie Segree
Well, here we are again with a little
news about our town and towns-
people. Hope you have time to
read it, enjoy it, and learn some-
Did you hear the wedding bells
ringing out on August 8th at the
Eastpoint Baptist Church?
Shirley Cumbie of Eastpoint and
Clifford Causey of Carrabelle said
their "I do's" in a lovely ceremony
with many friends and relatives
in attendance. Well, we wish them
many good years together with
loads and loads of happiness.
Jim and Jeanette Miller and
granddaughter C.J. have recently
returned home from a trip to
Cherokee, where they enjoyed a
few days of relaxation and fun. I'm
sure C. J kept them quite busy!
Former resident Kimberly
Pemberton Edwards and her
daughter Kaylee are home for a
visit with her mother Linda and
her grandparents Roger and
Agnes Keene. They will be here for
a few weeks before heading home.
Kimberly was telling me she
couldn't get over all the change
taking place. Hope you have a
good visit Kim.
Pem Rush's daughters, Holly and
Melissa, are home again after a
visit with relatives in Louisiana.
Good to have these girls home
again. They are part of our WINGS
family at the library.
1 really admire women who can
care for more than one grandchild
at a time. That is one of the things
in life that I have not yet mastered.
It seems that I have to keep one
at a time, so I try to keep one of
my three grandchildren on a ro-
tation basis each week-end. This
past weekend was my grandson
Logan's weekend and needless to
say, he kept me quite busy. One
of his hobbies is to go to garage
sales, which also happens to be
one of my favorite things to do, so
early Saturday morning we hit the
trail in search of some treasures.
We didn't find'much to'buy until
we hit the' BIG ONE Where they
had 'lots- and lots of baby stuff.
'Sirice Logan is expecting a. baby
brother in October, he went wild.
Hp bought 7 pair of shoes ,riumer-
.otis baby shirts' blankets, 'all
kinds' of ggoodiesf that the'new
Baby cannot ,possib ly Wear for at
.least a yeor 'r.morre, -but how can'
you explain:to' an eight year. old
That they won't fit a newborn
baby? You can't, so don't even try.
You just give in to him and hope
you have the energy to last until
you can get back home and rest
up from a very hectic morning. We
spent the rest of the afternoon
digging and replanting plants. So,
for all you grannies outt there who
'have nothing to dso,, pepnd more
time with your grandchildren. It
will certainly keep you busy. ..
Well, school has started again,
and the children are back in full
fdrce.I'm not sure the teachers
are completely ready for them, but
Rotarians. On a question from
Chuck Marks, Rotary president,
about the budget, Sheriff Varnes
said his budget is running "a little
over $300,000 increase. I'm also
asking for four additional officers
and two additional correction
We're supposed to have two dis-
patchers," he said. "We have one
dispatcher and one corrections
worker. -We're trying to get that
second dispatcher. I figure it's pay
now or pay later. I'd rather try to
correct problems now."
He said he' s looking toward hav-
ing a work program for prisoners,
to put them to work on the side of
the road. 'The state works their
inmates," said Varnes. "Under
that program, if they work they
get day-for-day off their sentence.
A person with one year gets out
in six months. I'd like for that to
take effect here this year."
He said the department now has
a certified drug dog, a black La-
brador, and plans to get another
drug-sniffing dog. On a question
about using motorcycles, Sheriff
Varnes said he sees a use for 4-
wheelers. "It's hard to get through
the woods to a marijuana patch,"
he said. 'The drug grower use 4-
wheelers." On the use of the heli-
copter which is owned by the Bay
County Sheriffs Department,
Varnes said sheriffs help each
other. 'The plane is scheduled for
a certain county a weekend at a
time," said Varnes. "Grant money
pays for the helicopter and crew."
On a question from Cliff Butler
about gang activity in the county,
SheriffVarnes said as far as the
Reds, Crips, and Bloods, he didn't
think so. "You have little groups
they will dig in and move forward
once more. We know that the
school system is having some
problems, so if we could all coop-
erate and support the school sys-
tem as much as we can, maybe
life will be easier for all of us. If
you have time on your hands,
maybe you would like to volun-
teer in one of the schools. I'm sure
if you would get in touch with the
principals at any of the schools,
they would gladly find something
that you could volunteer to do.
By the way, we have another new
business open in Eastpoint, and
it is a much needed type of busi-
ness. It is called Kreative Kids Day
Care Center, located on Shuler
Street, and owned by Joan
Dasher. Good luck. Joan, on your
Local radio pet venality and ac-
tive community person Michael
Allen is back home after a much
deserved vacation. Hope you had
a good time Michael.
Bruce, Angeline, Jennifer and
Chase Millender, Tim Saunders,
Gary, Renee, Corey and Ethan
Griffin, David, Stephanie and
Little David Barber have just re-
turned from a 10 day trip to Big
Pine Key in the Florida Keys where
they go every year for the lobster
season. Jennifer said there were
more lobsters this year than ever
before in the six years they have
been going there, Their limit was
six lobsters per person per day,
and they filled their quota each
day. They would scuba dive in
deeper water and free dive in shal-
low water. According to Jennifer,
they pigged out on lobster every
day. I did notice that Jennifer was
walking sorta funny, until I real-
ized she was doing the LOBSTER
CRAWL. I feel so sorry for' them,
having to eat all those luscious
lobsters. They were joined for a
couple of days by Chester, Sonja,
Casey, Garrett, and Eddie
Creamer. Big Pine Key is also fa-
mous for Key deer..Jennifer said
the deer were so tame and friendly
they would eat out of your hand.
Glad. to hea-,that'all these .folks
.had a wondcerfuLvacation.'.,
Armanda -oos :has rettirnedi'to
Sarasota.for another, year of.cel-
lege, but she. left p.ehind'some of
., bherbegtfUi .a.c.twQor., k Zu. Lp .
view some of it on Shadetree's big
truck. Underdog i's Lbiv as can
be going around tha e countyfp'ilk-
ing up cars,and trucks:and what-
ever. Bevin and Jimmy seem to
keep Underd6oggoing all-hours of
the day and night.
Our prayers and condolences gq
out to the "Dobber" Bra'itun fam-
ily and the Betsy Logan family lor
their great loss this-past week
May God Bl-ess and be vifth you
Well. that s about all Ifor this week.
Remember. if v\,i, wv.ant to add
anything to this i column. please
call me at 670-6 15 1 .r 670-8206
that like to think they're little
gangs, but I don't see any connec-
tion with the big national gangs."
Butler said there are some signs
in Franklin County. "Graffiti
around the schools and vandal-
ism might be the beginning for
kids who want to be gang
"You are going to have tagging,"
said Sheriff Varnes, "but I haven't
been seeing signals." Butler
pointed to media reports that
gang members are run out of big
cities, they're coming to smaller
areas. The Crips have moved into
Madison County," said Varnes,
"and a lot of the sheriffs volun-
teers have been asked to go in
and help them with their gang
Al Maribella told Rotarians that
the Booster's Club is raising
money for sports for Apalachicola
High School. He has gold coins for
varsity game seats. "The coins are
$50 and are good for a whole foot-
ball season," he said, "and they
can be passed around. If you can't
go, you can offer it to somebody
else. We've got a good football
team, a good coach," said
Maribella. "He's working 22-24
boys very hard. We need all the
support we can get."
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Commissioners confer with their attorney to identify an
appropriate ordinance to stop the dance.
Carrabelle Dancers, From Page
As the meeting continued and
people one by one made their
statements, "If we permit this, in
two weeks it will be topless girls
at another bar." "I pride myself
that I am honest and upstanding
and have high morals. Everybody
here is like a family. We don't need
this here. My family are worried
that it can only bring bad things
to come.": "It's just money against
One young man said, "I hope we
get the same turn out when we
start addressing the drug prob-
lem," Jackie Gay said. "We enjoy
an unbelievably good life style
here. Once you open the door to
this kind of thing, we are wide
open if this gets by without a law
to stop it. (addressing the com-
missioners,) Do whatever you
have to do to stop this before it
gets too late."
Another, "If there isn't an ordi-
nance there should be one. The
community is changing. We have
to protect ourselves from this."
One woman asked the Osbornes
"How long have you been here?"
Osborne answered "Two years."
"How long do you want to stay?"
When Osborne answered that
they had children and had settled
in Carrabelle, he was told, "Get
down on your. knees and think
Rev. Andrew Rutherford, pastor
of the Christian Center said,
"These things can be very com-
plicated. Huge clubs have a whole
stack of lawyers. I am a preacher
here and we get passionate about
it. Our town is changing and it is
changing fast. But these [the
Osbornes] are good folks. They
just don't know our culture.
Get a law and support it. Be
Rev. Don Glenn said, "I am a Bap-
tist preacher and I have been here
eight years. When I came here I
saw 'that this community was
about 25 years behind the times
and I thank God for that." The
preachers were all applauded
One person said. "A lot of them
[people] may be for it, but this
handful will be back if nothing is
done." Putnal said, "If you believe
there is not more like these
people, I could get up a lynch mob
in a heartbeat."
Mary Lou Bowman who operates
the Family Christian Store wor-
ried that the teenagers see the
poster and think it an O.K, type
of entertainment. "If we do this we
have opened the door."
The audience turned their
thoughts to what could be done if
the show was to go on. "Can we
picket? We could get out lots of
people to picket the place. Myron
Fish addressed the commission
saying, "If you are in favor of this
not happening in Carrabelle I
would hope you would say no."
Pastor Ron Barks of the Assem-
bly of God Church and the head
of the Ministerial Alliance said,
said "I can assure the community
that we [the alliance] are not in
favor. Number one, from a moral
aspect, Two, from a practical
sense. We have seen what has
happened in other communities.
We are going to do it right. These
folks had a good intent and I think
they have heard us clearly."
The audience was mainly of a
mind that it was really important
to stop the show going on before
it even started. The Osbornes
were asked how much the danc-
ers were being paid. Osborne re-
fused to answer but asked why
the person wanted to know. "Be-
cause we will go out into the com-
munity and collect up enough
money to pay them not to dance,"
was the answer. "We just don't
want even one performance in our
town." Cindy Osborne said, "I
don't know what to say about
The meeting was recessed to give
the attorney a little more time to
research an old ordinance she
had found. It was twenty-five
years old and was passed in 1972
and had never been rescinded. It
specifically mentioned the word
"show." After the attorney read the
ordinance a letter was drafted In-
forming the Osbornes "It is a vio-
lation of City Ordinance 72-113,
to produce a show in the course
of a business, profession, or oc-
cupation, for profit, within city
limits of Carrabelle, without a li-
cense, other than a circus or in a
licensed theater. The cost of the
license is $25.00 per day. The li-
cense may be obtained at City Hall
during normal working hours.
"Pursuant to Fla. Statutes Section
162.22 violation of a city ordi-
nance may be enforced by, but not
limited to, the following: issuance
of a citation, a summons, a no-
tice to appear in county court or
arrest, as provided in Chapter
901, Fla. Statutes."
"A person convicted of violating a
municipal ordinance may be sen-
tenced to pay a fine, not to exceed
$500.00. and may be sentenced
to a definite term of imprison-
ment. not to exceed 60 days."
"It is the position of the Commis-
sioners that the ordinance be en-
forced. Govern yourselves accord-
ingly." The letter was signed by
Mayor Charles A. Millender.
Carrabelle Police Chief Jesse Gor-
don Smith, along with Franklin
County Sheriff Bruce Varnes, and
several other officers were dis-
patched to deliver the message
about a half an hour before the
scheduled show time.
She commission instructed their
attorney to devise an ordinance
that would be specific and a model
ordinance from Seminole County
was handed out to the commis-
sioners to study. It has nineteen
pages and carries very descriptive
verbiage as to what is not allowed.
Commissioners will consider this
ordinance at their next regular
By Rene Topping
The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer Board held their regular
monthly meeting at Chillas Hall
on Tuesday, August 19 at 3 p.m.
About 25 residents were present.
Commissioner Jeanette Pedder
informed those present that the
board had held four meetings to
resolve their budget. The public
hearing will be held at Chillas Hall
on September 2 at 3 p.m. She
added that although many people
at the last regular meeting had
expressed interest in attending;
and she had booked the Chillas
Hall and the sound system, only
one other person had attended
and she was the reporter from the
The budget will be advertised in
the weekly paper next week and
she invited all to come to the
meeting. On her regular monthly
report for the month of July, in-
come had been S22,891.24 and
expenses had been S18,980.22
and S3,911.02 had been trans-
ferred to reserve accounts.
Commission Attorney announced
that on the suit brought by resi-
dents Burwell C. Harrison and
Jack Henderson, Circuit Court
Judge Steinmeyer, III, had ruled
in favor of the Commission and
had dismissed the case.
In making the decision the judge
made the following statement. "1.
Plaintiffs' motion for Summary
Judgment is DENIED. I find that
although the designation of cus-
tomer classes as 'metered' and
residential non-metered is arbi-
trary and capricious on its face.
Such designation as an interim
measure is justified and reason-
able under the circumstances and
within a reasonable time."
Ms. Pedder said unfortunately the
attorney fees which the District
had to pay amounted to
$5,470.30. Chairman Lawlor said
that the commission is proceed-
ing with the task of installing
meters at the apartments as
quickly as possible. He added that
there would be a public hearing
for those village residents con-
cerned as they proceed.
Field Manager and Commissioner
Greg Yancey said that he had
made arrangements with Donnie
Wilson to deposit sludge from
small sewer plants such as St.
George Island and Alligator Point
at a spare Lanark Village drying
field. He added that the district
would benefit from this as Wilson
will be charged $50 each time he
deposits, regardless if it is only a
gallon or a full load. Yancey as-
sured residents that it will in no
way be harmful and absolutely no
septic waste can be deposited.
He added that the district had a
large amount in their beds and
now that he can deposit at the
county landfill he was gradually
having it picked up and taken by
the county to their waste disposal
site. The attorney will draw up a
contract and present it at the next
Katherine Kemp asked about the
quality of the water, saying that
although her water tasted all right
some folks had told her they were
buying bottled water. Yancey said
that sometimes it has been found
that the problem is on the cus-
tomers side of the line. Yancey
added that if anyone had bad
taste or odor please report it to
the office and he will check it out.
Lawlor announced the district is
getting ready to do a mailout to
the Lanark Beach area to find out
if the residents there want the
expansion of water and sewer. He
said that fn the interest of
witn te gamit oi autnonty.oi economy in mailing any land
the district board. owner who has more than one lot
2. Defendant's motion for Sum- will receive only one packet.
mary Judgment is hereby When asked if the "Rumor" was
GRANTED, and this case is dis- true that the rates would possi-
missed, without prejudice ifthe by be goingup. Lawlor said. "That
defendant shall not fail to make is no rumor. It was reported in the
significant progress in the instal Chronicle." He urged all interested
lation of meters at the residential residents to attend the Septem-.
non-metered apartment units ber 2nd meeting and ask any
within the district, including spe- questions on the budget.
cial assessments for installation, 'e budg.. .
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fair and excessive taxation. PLF is committed to the notion that pro-
tecting the environment, fostering freemarket enterprise, and pre-
serving private property rights are inextricably connected concepts
that work together to enhance environmental quality.
Robert K. Best, PLF's president, has announced that the foundation
will open its Atlantic Center in Stuart, Florida, by the end of the year.
To initiate it, two philanthropic foundations, the Kantner Foundation
and Dunn's Foundation, have made major financial commitments.
PLF is inviting other foundations and individuals concerned about
property rights in Florida to help. The organization is supported by
contributions from interested individuals and organizations; it ac-
cepts no government funds. To contact the Atlantic Center, call (407)
]. Stanley Marshall
Chairman and CEO
James Madison Institute
Few have questioned the road in
which the Carrabelle City
Commission traveled on August
19 to stop an exotic dancing at
the Riverwalk Lounge. Questions
do remain as to the possible
violation of Mr. Osborne's right to
due process. Also, it seems that
selective enforcement of an
ordinance that has probably
never been enforced seems
equally unjust. The argument
that, "this is Carrabelle," should
not dismiss a city from adhering
to laws of due process under the
law. The Riverwalk, I understand,
has hosted several musical shows
at their establishment in the past.
Under the "law" that was enforced
on August 19, Mr. Osborne would
have been. arrested for hosting
such a musical performance
without a city license.
State Public Defender Nancy
Daniels acknowledged that some
ordinances do not get enforced for
quite some time. She noted,
"selective enforcement arguments
are always very tough arguments.
The courts don't receive them very
State Attorney Willie Meggs had
no opinion on the matter but
stated simply, "if somebody gets
arrested, we'll try to prosecute
Such cases bring to mind an old
adage from Benjamin Franklin:
"They that can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor
It would be fine with this writer if
the city adopted an ordinance to
prohibit such performances.
However, the city should adhere
to the legal process of adopting
ordinances rather than taking
such legal shortcuts which can
only lead the city into a vast
reservoir of lawsuits.
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By Sue Riddle Cronkite
When the theme music sounds for
Jeopardy on Wednesday, Oct. 1,
Helen Spohrer of Franklin County
will be one of the contestants.
Spohrer returned this week from
taping of the show at Sony Pic-
ture Studios. "It's something I had
wanted to do since I was a kid,"
said Spohrer. "I watch Jeopardy
all the time. If I miss the 5:30
show on the Panama City Station,
I catch it at 7:30 on Tallahassee."
The process by which Spohrer
was chosen to be a contestant
began back in April when a con-
testant search was announced.
They chose 1,000 names at ran-
dom and Spohrer was picked. "In
Atlanta the names were narrowed
down to 600-700 and we took a
written test," said Spohrer. "I was
one of the 60 people who passed.
Then we played mock rounds
while being taped. They put me
in a file."
Spohrer was called July 1, and
went to Los Angeles for taping of
the show. There were 12 other
contestants in the show with
Spohrer. "They put us under lock
and key all day long, and no, they
don't give you anything to study
for the answers. They figure that
if you pass the test, you can play
Jeopardy. We had rehearsals and
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VOTE FOR AND ELECT
Van W. Johnson, Sr.
GROUP 3 CITY COMMISSIONER
/ OCCUPATION: Director of Franklin County Solid
Waste, Recycling, and Landfill.Operations. Recently ap-
pointed head of Animal Control. A total of 15 years serving
the public. I .
/ PERSONAL: 37-year-old
life long resident, and a 1978
graduate of Apalachicola
High School. Married six-.
teen years to my wife, Gail, pi
who is employed as a sales [
clerk at a local retail store '"
and attending Correc-
tion Officers certification
courses at night. Raising
three sons and two daugh-
ters, three of which are ', -
Van W. Johnson, Sr.
/ POLITICAL BACKGROUND: Ran unsuccessfully for
this seat in 1993, lost by a narrow margin of fourteen votes.
/ POSITION: I want to assure that the youth in our com-
munity have alternatives to drugs and hanging on street
corners. I want everyone in Apalachicola who desires to
be employed to have the promise of gainful employment.
/ BOARD MEMBERSHIP: Served as a technical advisor
to the Apalachee Regional Planning Council Solid Waste
Task Force. The Task Force evaluated factors affecting the
location of landfills and the present and potential manage-
ment alternatives for local governments in the region.
Served on the Franklin County Public Library Advisory
Board. Served on the local Drug Free Schools and Health
Advisory Council. Current President of Apalachicola Bay
Dixie Youth Baseball. Current Commissioner of Apalachi-
cola Bay Youth Flag Football.
/ PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP: Member in good
standing with the Solid Waste Association of North
America (SWANA); Recycle Florida Today, Inc. (RFT); Keep
Florida Beautiful (KFB); and the Florida Animal Control
/ HOW TO REACH: Telephone: 653-9239; Address: P.O. Box
Pd. Pol. Adv. by campaign fund of Van W. Johnson, Sr.
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'From the minute you show up
there is someone with you all the
time," said Spohrer. "Sony is a
working studio and there are no
tours, and they didn't allow any
cameras except theirs in the stu-
dio." Spohrer said she is stron-
gest in English, history, geogra-
phy, and current events. An esti-
mated 15 million people watch
Jeopardy, and contestants are
picked from over the United
"It was fun," said Spohrer. "I want
everybody to watch." Her hus-
band John didn't go along to the
taping. He stayed with the dogs,
Gypsie and Nandi, Rhodesian
Ridgebacks. "Gail Gordon, my
friend and developer associate
flew out there with me and an old
friend from college, Brian Russell.
lives in Los Angeles and he came
to the studio." Spohrer is owner
of Prudential/Resort Realty of St.
The contract Spohrer signed won't
allow her to tell whether or what
she won. "All the contestants got
tee shirts and hats and Jeopardy
games." she said. "You'll have to
watch the show to find out how I
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The Franklin Chronicle 22 August 1997 Page 5
Ray Pringle, Jr.
Major Kent Thompson,
District 5 FL Marine Patrol
* Citizens for Better
John E. Probert
Florida Marine Patrol Ronnie Day,
Donald R. Smith, Captain St. Marks
The Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium
The Consortion was asked by the Florida Marine Patrol to determine
if it would be helpful to bring fishermen in Wakulla and surrounding
counties, the Marine Patrol and other interested parties together to
resolve common issues related to the enforcement of the Limiting
Marine Net Fishing Constitutional Amendment. The Amendment be-
came effective July 1, 1995.
Leading this effort were Dr. Patricia Bidol-Padva, with over 25 years
of experience in providing Mediation, Facilitation and Negotiated Rule-
Making at the state, regional and local levels. She has received sev-
eral awards for her work. Dr. Tom Taylor, Assistant Director of the
Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium, at Florida State University,
is a former professor in urban planning and 14 years in professional
The mission of the Consortium center at FSU is to bring Floridians
together to shape consensus solutions for growth management prob-
lems by using mediation, facilitation and other collaborative conflict
resolution approaches. The chief advantages of collaborative ap-
proaches is the reduction of legal costs and problem-solving without
the ugly residue left by an advocacy proceeding. However, hourly fees
can still range as high as $175 per hour for Center expertise.
Mickey Watson, Head of Law Enforcement, DEP, credits Governor
Lawton Chiles for suggesting the use of the Consortium to resolve the
on-going conflict between the Florida Marine Patrol and the fishing
"It is evident that many of the issues that Mr. Crum and other
fishers want to discuss in the Forum involve the same issues
(seine mesh size, "harvest" definition) currently in litigation in
the case of Pringle, et al v. M.F.C. et al..."
"...While the Commission is totally willing to be a full partici-
pant in the Forum, I cannot advise my client to engage in any
discussion of the proposed rules under challenge with you cli-
ent or others participating in the lawsuit or in any sense 'nego-
tiate' or explain the proposed rules outside of the pending legal
Shelfer offered to participate if Ron Pringle and Ron Crum would with-
draw their litigation, which they said they would not withdraw.
On the first morning of the first day, Mr. Shelfer gave the same ex-
cuse to the assembled fishermen as they submitted questions follow-
ing his presentation. He insisted that the matters, understandably,
were getting into the litigation, and he was uncomfortable with that.
Some fishermen persisted until conversations were going on simulta-
neously before Pat Bidol- Padva had to interrupt, declaring those le-
gal matters "off limits".
There were alternatives, but Mr. Shelfer avoided them. Consultation
with lawyer-mediators in another county revealed a routine process
for participating in mediated "discussions" involving pending litiga-
'tion, provided for in Florida Statutes 44.102 and related administra-
tive (Procedure) rules.
Essentially, in court-mandated mediation, what was said in medi-
The process of bringing together widely disparate groups who have ated discussions could not be used against the MFC or other parties.
opposing views on the same issues requires more than tact and pa- In non-court mandated situations, all parties could merely sign a
tience. Ground rules were imposed, some of which were rigorously consent order to participate in mediation agreeing that F. S. 44.102
enforced. The list of rules is imposing but many reflected genuine would apply, except for, of course, the provisions dealing with confi-
courtesies and etiquette of a trial court, or diplomatic .forum. For dentially. This method of opening up the discussion, and involving a
example, participants may not engage in personal attacks and avoid critically important rulemaking agency in the entire conflict seemed
impunrig motives or intentions of the other parties. The facilitators, da partial solution, but the MFC General Counsel preferred to simply
Drs. Taylbr and Bidol-Padva; must remain impartial and will not ad- close the entire door to participation. Their. role in the discussions,
vocate any options. They will prepare the final report -of the forum particularly in the'concluding hours when proposals were made about
outcomes and processes. The official' record of the forum becomes rules, would have enhanced the forum.. On the other hand, when the,
the easel papers prepared as the fonrui munfoldst Withbhe'.of the facili- 'MFC lawyer and speaker Lee Schlesinger left the Monday session.
tators writing and summarizing majlr poi.itsdpuring:various.speeches (July 13). they'left a distinctly negative perception with the remaining,
and presentations. Time out pe.ods may,'b'dclied by aiyparty The,, participants who had shown up for the forum. This reinforced per,
fish bowl,'a-Goocentric circle of:chains forcing participants to eyeball *-' ception heard during the sessions that the MFC was "entrenched".
their respondents directly, as thev, talk and negotiate, helps bnng
matters to a. focus, sometimes ve r; sharply. 'Ray Pringle was moved to speak about their absence:
! ,, Although invited into the participation of the issues, absent were two
agencies, one private and the other public; whose absence was noted
by the participants more than once. The Coastal Conservation Asso-
ciation, an active promoter of the "Ban the Net" campaign, involving
Ted Foregren, Executive Director, was invited but did not attend.
The legal staff of the,,rulemaker in the entire process, the Florida
Manne Commission, ;participated minimally by presenting two ses-
sions. before they marchedout, citing pending litigafioi as the ex-'
cuse for not answering questions about legal definitions of nets and
V: k related matter. In fact, in a letter by General Counsel Charles L. Shelfer
(MFC) to Mark Zilbergurg (fishermen attorney) sent shortly after the
July 18th meeting, he wrote:
In 1996 The Inside Story Interiors,
based in Panama City Beach,
Opened a most unique store in the
Lakewood Towne Center which is
located just two miles east of
Seaside. The owners of The Inside
Story Interiors, Amy Armstrong and
Verna Burke, believe that when
building a new home or office, it is
best to start with a solid foundation'
and a quality builder.
Amy Armstrong (pictured above
with builder Rick Koehnemann),
agree an interior decorators
involvement from conceptual design
and blueprints prevents the client
from making unforeseen interior
design mistakes! Amy puts it
well..."Our clients are thrilled and
amazed when they realize the time
and energy they save by utilizing our
store, and our staff of savvy
decorators. They don't have to run
all over town selecting floor
covering, light fixtures, wall
treatments or window
treatments...everything can be done
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free consultation call the Panama
City Beach store (904) 234-7868, or
Seagrove (904) 231-0363.
"...I'd like to know why...one of the major agencies that govern .
the commercial fishing industry, why they haven't gotten one
commissioner, or some representatives sitting here in this
consortion? ...I'm talking about somebody who can talk... They
ought to be here, out of respect to everybody else."
Then, Pringle took a jab at the other absentee.
"To be able to sit here, and sometimes, it is not very pleasant,
but it is a part of what we are as Americans.... And, the Coastal
Conservation Association hasn't got the nerve to sit down and
i ,talk with us?'" .
.Jerry Sansom,. representing the Organization of E'ishermen of Florida,
,fook strong exception t6 the proposal for the MFC to serid an "Office
Manager/PR person," He faxed the Consortion offices on August 11th:
"This is an insult to the program as well as those of us who are
trying to accomplish something by attending these forums. It
might do for Estus to talk to Russ [Nelson] or Dr. Marston re-
garding their not so subtle attempt to scuttle the Governor's
efforts to resolve these issues. If Mickey Watson, M. B. [Adelson]
S and other policy makers can attend so can someone else from
the MFC. I can't believe that both MFC attorneys are tied up
Moving from Shin-Kicking to Deliberation
Mickey Watson, Head of Law Enforcement, the Florida Marine Patrol,
provided a hesitant, yet hopeful introductory remark at the begin-
ning of the second session on August 13th.
"We all recognize that's said and done here today is not going to
revolve all of the concerns of the fishermen.., not going to an-
swer all of the questions. I'm not sure that collectively we all
know what all of the questions are."
Charles Shelfer, General Counsel of the Marine'Fisheries Commis-
sion provided some guidance into the crucial issue of legal nets.
"...It is evident to us that many of these issues raised in these
meetings involve the same issues that are currently in litiga-
tion... over proposed rules at the Marine Fisheries Commission.
Continued on Page 11
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across from beach 3/4 mile west of bridge. $140,000.
APALACHICOLA COMMERCIAL 7.25+ acres zoned C-4
behind IGA. Enterprise zone, convenient location, city water.
CARRABELLE COMMERCIAL Half city block (5 lots) with
house on Hwy. 98 next to IGA. Prime location. $279,500.
APALACHICOLA HISTORIC DISTRICT Best building
site, 7th Street, high ground overlooking city marina, bay.
APALACHICOLA Five acres in the woods north of town off
Bluff Road. Priced to sell $31,900.
APALACHICOLA Turn of century charmer, 3BR/1BA, three
lots, zoned office/residential. $139,900.
CARRABELLE COMMERCIAL Marine Street, overlooking
river. Location, location, location! $59,900.
APALACHICOLA Rental income producer near Lafayette
Park. Two lots, two apartments. $240,000.
CARRABELLE RIVER Deep water, high ground, open Gulf
access. 104' x 530'. Lots of trees, privacy, great building site.
River Road. Motivated seller. $79,900.
ST. GEORGE COMMERCIAL 300 ft. highway frontage on
Franklin Boulevard, cause way to bridge. One of a kind,
highest visibility on St. George Island. $559,000.
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Dr. Patricia Bidol-Padva,:
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Published every other Friday
C i t y
Seats 3 & 4
1. What are
Commissioner Wallace Hill,
1. A retired school teacher, re-
tired building contractor, an
active business person, served
on recreation board, planning
and zoning three time com-
mander of American Legion
Post 106, chairman of Little
League baseball, a family man,
over 40 years experience work-
ing with budgets. I have spent
most of my life serving and pro-
- --(r fBW-- '--E-'^---
Candidate Jerry Hall, Seat 3
1. I'm not sure I AM qualified. I
do, however, head 2 moderately
successful businesses. Over the
13 years I have been in
Apalachicola I have started (and
sometimes finished) the renova-
tion of various buildings in
Historic Austin Building. I have
been Director of the Seafood
Festival, President of the
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce and involved in the
Downtown Improvement Asso-
ciation. All of these groups have
allowed me to see close up the
problems that our growth over
the years has caused and some-
times even to see the solutions.
Most importantly these groups
have allowed me to know and
associate with some of the
brightest and most energetic
people in our area. I hope to
borrow some of this know-how
to help me as a City Commis-
sioner. I hope involve a lot of you
in the running of YOUR city.
Candidate Van Johnson,
1. My qualifications are in the
area of public administration. I
possess essential knowledge
and experience in the working
affairs of government. As a
county department head I ex-
ercise control and direct super-
vision over staff and inmates. I
also have extensive experience
in planning, grant writing and
budget preparation. I have con-
siderable knowledge when it
comes to dealing with state
agencies. I am accountable for
the proper fiscal management
of approximately $590,000.00
in public resources. I operate
and maintain a fiscal conserva-
tive department, because I
am mindful of the taxpayers'
Candidate Lee McKnight, l7 /;,._
Seat 3 Candidate George Patrenos,
1. My 22 years in the Navy as a
master chief petty officer taught
me that obstacles are things to
be gone over, around, or
through, but never to be used
as an excuse for non-achieve-
I have a Master's Degree in Pub-
lic Administration (UWF 1982)
and have served as the environ-
mental planner on the staff of
the Secretary of the DEP.
But, probably my best qualifi-
cation to do the job of city com-
mission properly. Toward that
end I've walked the city to find
out what needs to be done.
1. I grew up in Apalachicola and
have a deep appreciation for its
rich history. I hold a business
degree and spent 9-1/2 years
in state, national and interna-
tional marketing as an em-
ployee of the State of Florida.
That, paired with 13 years as a
seafood business owner, has
provided an excellent under-
standing of economic develop-
2. What do you consider to
be the three most
important issues for the
City of Apalachicola?
3. If elected or re-elected,
what are some of your
goals and plans for the
2. a. A first quality water sys-
tem for Apalachicola. b. Pro-
mote good sound economic
growth, creatingjobs while pro-
tecting our seafood industry
and promoting our historic re-
sources. c. Sound physical
3. a. If re-elected continue to
work and complete a quality
drinking water system. bCon-
tinue the sewer project. c. Con-
tinue the waterfront park. d.
Work with city, county and state
for funds for a recreational
2. Growth Management. a. Wa-
ter & Sewer. b. Strict adherence ,
to our zoning regulations to pro-
tect our neighborhoods. c. Set- .
ting in place professional sys-
tems to insure that all of our
citizens obtain equal access to
resources and equal treatment
under the law.
3. My primary plan, if elected,
will be to try to moderate what
I see a a "bunker mentality" on
the part of the present commis-
sion. Citizens with problems
shouldn't be treated as the en-
emy and problems should be
viewed as opportunities to be-
gin dialogs that could lead to
solutions. By reaching out for
help in our community we can
solve problems that none of us
individually could begin to face
or even recognize. We need to
keep open minds so we can
learn the other guy's point of
view and maybe moderate that
gap between "old timers" and
those "newcomers". I think we
all want basically the same
things-a safe and pleasant city
in which to live our-lives and
raise our families and I think
that we all want some control
over that process.
2. The first most important is-
sue facing Apalachicola is lim-
ited youth activities. Some
youth in this community have
falling victim to drugs, crime
and illicit sex because there are
not enough positive activities.
The second issue is with the
10% unemployment rate. The
passage of the net band amend-
ment, opening and closing
of the Port St. Joe paper mill,
welfare-to-work recipients, and
laid-off school teachers, all have
contributed to an already high
unemployment rate. The third
most important issue is the lack
of appreciation given to the men
and women who actually run
the day-today affairs of this city.
The cities work force is cur-
rently understaffed and under-
paid. Those who put in an hon-
est day work should receive and
honest days pay.
S3. If elected, I will offer a mo-
Stion that the next Florida Rec-
Sreation Development Assistance
'', Program Grant goes toward
South recreational activities.
SThis type of grant can only be
Used to help local governments
. develop recreational facilities. If
Selected, I- will support busi-
r' nesseswantingto operate here.
, i Businesses, which provide de-
Scent paying jobs, increase our
tax revenue, while protecting
Sour complex ecosystem. Our
economic future depends on us
being more user-friendly to-
ward business. With a high
unemployment rate, we can
longer afford to practice the
politics of obstructionism. If
elected, I will carefully scruti-
nize the city's budget and vote
to eliminate all outdated pro-
grams and services that do not
benefit the community at large.
I will then offer a motion that
any funds found go toward tax
relief, additional staff end sal-
ary adjustments for those who
work the hardest. If elected,
during the next four years you
will see positive and innovative
solutions to the challenges fac-
ing Apalachicola. I will bring the
necessary experience with me
to make a difference and actu-
ally get something done.
2. While there are considerably
more than three important
issues that confront city gov-
ernment, I will restrict my an-
swers to those things that are
do-able in one term of a city
a. The city water system needs
to be improved to the point
where we can drink the water
and wash our clothes in it.. b.
Trash. There's too much of it
piled on too many vacant lots.'
c. Street lighting needs im--
provement, street and 'stop'
signs that have been missing for
years need to be replaced. Old ,"
abandoned buildings that pro-'
vide haven for drug dealers:'
need to be knocked down. We
have an ordinance to'do that. '
It's time to start.d. Example, the
Botanical Gardens, downtown,
and nearby neighborhoods have
been stenched out by a nearby
sewage plant. That needs to be
corrected. e. Finally, the
Apalachicola Recreational Cen-
ter was built without air condi-
tioning or bathrooms.
3. I believe the most important
goal is to make Apalachicolaie,,,
kind of community where our,,
children settle after their school:' ,,
years. Toward that end we need,
jobs, notjustjobs, but good jobs
that provide a decent year
round wage rather than the
minimum wage seasonal jobs
offered by developers. We also
need to protect Apalachicola
Bay from unwise development
and pollution as a way to pro-
tect the jobs of our, fishermen
and seafood workers. One of the
biggest sources of pollution is
stormwater runoff. We need to
use Apalachicola status as a
state area of critical concern to
find funding for a regional
stormwater treatment facility to
treat our stormwater before it's
discharged into the bay.
2. a. Managing growth without
sacrificing the community val-
ues and historic and environ-
mental resources that are pre-
cious to residents of Apalachi-
cola. b. Protection of the water-
front-maintaining the integrity
of the waterfront as it currently
exists. c. Improving the quality
of the city's drinking water.
3. a.:I'hope to improve-and ex-
pand the recreational facilities'
available to children and young
adults 'b. I plan to work toward
implementing improvements in'
the current Apalachicola water
system. c. Apalachicola is un-
dergoing tremendous growth. It
is critical that elected officials
and public employees develop
management policies that will
prevent unbridled growth that
would eventually deteriorate the
very quality and characteristics
that attracted new residents
and businesses to our city in
the first place.
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project at the University of
Florida's Mitchell Aquaculture
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on fancy goldfish varieties as a
possible alternative aquaculture
species for Florida farmers. Fancy
goldfish have great potential as an
They are hardy, breed readily and
command a high price. The vast
majority of these fancy varieties
arc imported from Asian coun-
tri's. Of all the tropical fish im-
pocied into Florida, goldfish are
onr of the top species based on
volume and declared value.
put simply, there is a market for
fancy goldfish that are produced
Th :re are many varieties of gold-
fish !Carassius auratus) with
so; 'a estimates at over three hun-
d;.- varieties. Fancy goldfish
riK:-, up the majority of varieties
av.nril.le. In some cases, they dif-
fe, d;-r matically from the common
guds-sh. Some of the major at-
tributes of fancy goldfish are
d,-.hbiot or single caudal fin, pres-
ence or absence of a dorsal fin,
hrd ;.-. cap growth, eye morphol-
ogy, olgmentation and scale
There is a large amount of infor-
mation available on goldfish but
the majority is anecdotal and
geared toward the hobbyist. Most
of the project's efforts to date have
been on the natural and artificial
spawning of Oranda goldfish and
their larvil! rearing. The project
has worked on methods to stage
female egg maturity and artificial
strip spawning of selected brood-
ers in order to increase the per-
centage of marketable fish. Fe-
male brooders have been condi-
tioned and spawned in as little as
Viable spawns have also been
obtained in as little as eight
months offspring from some of the
project's first spawns. Eggs and
young fry have proven to be hardy
and easy to rear, with very high
fertilization and hatching rates.
Future work in the goldfish
project includes a pigment study
to be conducted by Geoff Wallat,
a UF graduate student. In his
study, commercial diets will be
analyzed for carotenoid (pigment)
content and their effect on colora-
content and their effect on colora-
tion of red Oranda fry.
Another study involves grow out
of goldfish in a temperature con-
trolled environment exposing fish
to multiple cold cycles to enhance
frequency of spawns. A prelimi-
nary study of the pond produc-
tion of fry will soon be underway.
The use of gynogenesis, the ma-
nipulation of sperm to eliminate
the male genetic input and allow-
ing only the maternal input to be
expressed in an embryo, will also
soon be tried. The aim is to dra-
matically-increase the percentage
of marketable fish by reducing the
variability of a spawn.
May June 1997
Restaurant & Lounge St. George Island
Monday Thursday: 11:30 a.m. 10:00 p.m.
Friday Sunday: 7:30 a.m. 11:00 p.m.
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P i e o F A
Commissioner Grady Lowe,
1. I have served on the
Apalachicola Board of City
Commissioners for two terms,
1981-85 and 1993-97. am also'
a long time businessman and
obtain the knowledge required
to be a leader in guiding the City
through this time of growth and
Candidate Robert Davis,
1. I have been a resident of
Apalachicola most of my life. I
was raised here, graduated
from Apalachicola High School
in 1973. I received a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Account-
ing from Florida A&M Univer-
sity and have completed some
graduate studies in Administra-
tion and Management. Em-
ployed as Comprehensive Em-
ployment Training Act (CETA)
Director for Franklin County.
trator for Emerald Coast. Ac-
countant with Gulf County
Guidance Clinic. Part-time
teacher for Franklin County
Adult Education Program. Cur-
rently employed at Look Insur-
ance Accounting CSR. The most
important qualification for the
City Commission is that you are
a resident of the city with a de-
sire to make it the best that it
can be through serving the
Candidate Ramona Conley,
1. A registered voter born in the
city of Apalachicola and lived
here all but six years of my life.
I earned a B.S. degree in El-
ementary education with certi-
fication in exceptional Edu. at
Florida A&M University. I am a
member of St. Paul ME Church.
C i t y
1. What are your qualifi-
2. What do you consider to
be the three most
important issues for the
City of Carrabelle?
Virginia Candidate Louise Cone
1. I have been on the Commis-
sion for the past 2 years and
currently involved with the
Riverwalk project, water and
sewer projects, and feel that
since we are experiencing a
rapid growth you need someone
that is familiar with these
projects plus ones that are in
the planning stages.
2. a. To increase our tax base
for the city without increases in
taxes, which I feel is a possibil-
ity with the current changes in
our community, b. Recreation
for our children. c. Grants to
1. I've been a resident of
Carrabelle for the past eight years.
I have two teenage children. I'm
very active with the school.
2. I consider our children/people,
development and taxes to be Im-
portant issues at this time. a. Our
children must have any and all
support that the City of Carrabelle
can provide for them (recreation,
jobs, etc.). b. Carrabelle is grow-
ing rapidly, I feel at this time spe-
cial effort should be put in to con-
trol this growth so it conforms to
our area. c. Taxes are going up
every year, we must find a way to
maintain our taxes.
2. a. The renovation and up-
grade of the existing City sewer
treatment plant and extension
of the sewer service area within
the City is a top priority, b. The
City is in need of renovation and
upgrade of the existing water
system also. I consider it to be
an important issue to build a
complete water treatment plant.
c. Preservation of the seafood
industry by monitoring and lim-
iting coastline and riverfront
development is a continuing
important issue for me.
3. During my present term I
have been involved in seeking
the funding for the sewer sys-
tem and water system renova-
tions and expansions. Also I
have focused my attention and
support in saving the water-
front by not supporting detri-
mental development that will
possibly destroy our seafood
and recreational resources. If
re-elected I will use my position
on your City Commission Board
to continue these fights.
University of Florida's sturgeon
project at the aquatic sciences
research facility is in the midst of
several ongoing studies, includ-
2. In my opinion there are nu-
merous issues facing the city,
but three of the most important
issues that I see facing the city
are: a. the water system, b. the
local building codes and their
enforcement, and c. cleaning up
a. There are certain sections of
the city where water quality is
so bad that you can't even drink
it and there are a number of
situations where clothes have
been ruined. Also, the water
pressure is so low in some sec-
tions that a water sprinkler
barely operates. I believe that.
the quality of water needs.to be.
b. Secondly, the local building
codes should be enforced equi-
tably and, without favoritism or
friendship. If an exception is
granted let it be know, publicly
why it was granted.. I believe
that the person who is hired to
enforce codes needs to be quali-
fied to do the job
3. When I am elected some'of .
my goals and plans are: a. Look
into the water quality issue,
what has been done, what is
currently being done and what
can be done that's not being
done. Look to see what alter-
natives exist. b. It is my plan to
listen to the concerns of the
people and bring their concerns
before the City Commission.
Organize a Citizen Task Force
to get-feedback. c. Explore to
see what grants are available to
the city that could be used to
offer a diversified recreation
program for the entire city. As
well as looking into grants that
are available for revitalization.
d. I plan on being fair and equi-
table to all people and doing the
best job as a City Commissioner
that I can. e. I would like to see
a special day of prayer for the
city. We are divided on so many
issues, but I do believe that
there is a place of reasoning.
ing the feasibility of spawning At-
lantic shortnose sturgeon as well
as the nearly extinct Gulf of
The 40 shortnose sturgeon
broodstock collected from hatch-
eries in South Carolina this past
winter are currently being held in
tanks and studied prior to spawn-
ing activities. Researchers were
hoping to be able to spawn these
fish this Spring. However, after
assessing the broodstock, it was
determined that the fish had ab-
sorbed their eggs and that there
will be no Spring spawning.
Dr. Frank Chapman, who super-
vises the sturgeon project, says
attempts will be made again in the
fall or early winter of this year.
The Gulf of Mexico Sturgeon
Hatchery Technology Project has
experienced a minor, but not un-
usual, setback in its stated objec-
2. The three most important is-
sues are: a. Increased finances.
b. Jobs for city residents, c.
Recreational and entertainment
facilities for youth and young
3. My goals, if ;elected, are a.;
City owned arid operated busi- i
ness establishments for the,
purpose of employing city and :;
local residents with the end re-,
sultof financial income for the
city. b. City operated and main-
tained recreational and enter-
tainment facilities where youth
and young people can go for an
afternoon or evening of good
clean fun and enjoyment.
tive of collecting and spawning
wild broodstock from the Gulf
coast of Florida.
"We achieved our first goal of
evaluating the feasibility of col-
lecting wlldstock brood fish, as we
were able to collect 146 of these
fish. However, out of those fish,
we found only two ripe males and
nine females that were potentially
sexually mature for spawning. As
it turned out, none of the nine
females were ripe. Therefore, we
had no spawn.
Dr. Frank Chapman
352-392-9617 ext. 247
May June 1997
3. If elected or re-elected,
what are some of your
goals and plans for the
A-1 Vinyl Siding
ALM Security Specialists, Inc.
Beverly C. Kelley
Bobby Sapp Logging
Butch and Sally Baker
Captain John Ramsey
Cindy's of Carrabelle
Custom Dry Wall
C. Saunders Seafood
Dean Pay Home Elevators
Franklin County Glass
Gulf State Bank
Harry's Georgian Restaurant
3. a. As stated above, to in-
crease our tax base without
taxes increases to the people of
Carrabelle. b. To continue
working on improving our util-
ity systems. c. To try to acquire
funding for a walking path
around Ryan Drive, 3 Rivers
Road to join existing sidewalks.
d. To improve parking. e. Beau-
tification of city. f. Grant money
to restore our historic buildings.
g. Recreation for the children.
3. If elected I would like to main-
tain and keep taxes as low as pos-
sible and still provide necessary
services to the people of
Carrabelle. If elected I will work
very hard on these issues and any
and all other issues.
I m i
to all of the Following Sponsors for Making the
Timber Island Yacht Club "Youth Fishing
Tournament" a Success and a Worthwhile
Function for our Community!
H and H Leasing, L.L.C.
IGA of Carrabelle
Julia Mae's Restaurant
Luberto's Sand and Stone
Marshall Marine Ways
Pirates Landing Marina
Robin and DJ Hall
(American General Ins.)
Sanford's Bridge Marina
Sean's Shanghai Saloon
Seminole Self Storage
Sharp Irrigation Systems
Spears Small Engine and Tire
T.L. Brannan and Sons
T.L. Shields, Realtor
"Transition" Charter Boat
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Dishing Up Ice Cream and Adventure
Tales at Hobo's
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Carol and Richard Noble are liv-
ing the American Dream. Not the
one about the split-level with a
two-car garage, but the dream of
chucking it all and taking a close-
up look at the great country called
They took off on a hobo trip across
the United States, traveled from
one end of the country to the other
gathering fruits and vegetables,
seeing the sights, then settled
down in Franklin County. They
live in Eastpoint and operate an
ice cream parlor and sandwich
shop called Hobo's just west of the
bridge in Carrabelle on Highway
At Hobo's customers may pur-
chase treats including dozens of
flavors of ice cream, in regular or
homemade waffle cones. The item
most ordered is called the Ulti-
mate Brownie, a homemade
brownie topped with vanilla ice
cream, hot fudge, whipped cream,
nuts, and a cherry on top, all for
Another favorite of customers is
the Italian Combo Hobo Sub, with
provolone cheese, salami, smoked
ham, pepperoni, banana peppers,
kosher pickles, lettuce, tomato,
onions, olive oil, and wine vinegar,
for $3.95. "Our chicken deluxe
sandwich is steamed white meat
chicken, French baguette sub roll,
lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise,
for $2.50," said Noble.
Other items on the menu include
a 1/2 lb. foot-long hotdog, chili
cheese nachos for $2 or cheese
nachos for $1.50 and the largest
banana split on the coast for
Hobo's customers may also spend
hours looking at pictures from the
Noble's travels, reading poetry
written by Richard, and search-
ing through a big selection of used
books. Catch the Nobles in a lull
and they'll tell you about their
adventures and how they did
what everybody threatens to do at
one time or another in their lives.
"It was during the 1975-76 Cen-
ternial," said Carol. "We lived in
Fort Lauderdale. Richard was a
restaurant manager with a sea-
food chain and I was a respira-
tory therapist at North Miami
Hospital. We had talked about it
for some time. Then we decided
to quitour jobs to go hoboing. We
wanted to tour, the U.. S.' for a
What was life on the road like?
What about mail, for instance?
"There are no phone bills, or light
bills," said Carol. "We'd call rela-
tives, or write.them and tell them
where we'd be next. They'd ad-
dress our mail general delivery.
The Post Office will hold your mail
for 10 days. We'd pick it. up.
"At the end of the year, we were
in California and had enough
money to head back to Florida, to
get our old jobs back. We decided
we'd work along the way. It was
great. We picked onions in Cali-
fornia, apples in Michigan, or-
anges in Florida," she laughed.
"We picked cherries in Traverse
City, Michigan, on Old Mission
"We even worked in a chicken fac-
tory in Arkansas, on the third
shift, then we found Eastpoint. By
that time we had kinda gotten into
a routine on Florida oranges and
Michigan apples. The apples were
ready in the autumn, from mid-
September 'till the first frost, then
there's the salmon fishing. We did
some of that.
"There were several bad freezes,
starting in about '78 down in
South Florida," said Richard. "We
had worked there pruning trees
and worked at a juice plant one
season. We decided working in a
plant wasn't as adventuresome as
"You always talk to fellow work-
ers, about the best places to park
the van. They told us about St.
George Island and that you could
park there free, where the state
park is now. There was no state
park there back then.
"We stayed on St. George one
weekend and saw the oyster
boats. Then a couple of years
later, around 1981-82, in Decem-
ber, we stopped by again. We
thought oystering would be like
lobstering in Maine, a family tra-
dition, that we might not be able
to break into it. We asked the guys
on the boats and they said 'Sure,
you can do this.' We thought it
would be easy, because we were
used to picking fruit. On our first
try at topping onions we had made
$4 for the ,day.
"The oystering license cost $5, I
think. We rented a boat, it cost
us a bag a day for the boat and a
bag a day for the motor, and the
rest was ours. The first day we
had four bushels left after taking
out two for the boat and motor;
we had made $16 for our day's
work. The others sure laughed at
us. But we kept at it and got'bet-
ter. It wasn't long before we were
making a living. We bought our
own boat and motor, and bought
a house in Eastpoint, and stayed,"
'Apalachicola was like a ghost
town back then. The Gibson Inn
had been condemned. You
couldn't go upstairs," said Rich-
ard. "That was 15 years ago. The
growth of Apalachicola has been
tremendous since we came here.
"We decided that prosperity was
bound to strike this place even-
tually," he added. "At one time we
worked at The Grill on the corner
in Apalachicola. Carol worked as
a waitress and I was the chef.
Carol and Richard Noble traveled over the United States,
then stopped off in Eastpoint and tried oystering for a living.
They stayed. When they retired their oyster boat and tongs
after 13 years, they set up shop at Hobo's and started
dishing up ice cream.
"Also when we came here, we were
used to working from sunrise to
sunset," laughed Richard. "At oys-
tering, we could go to work when
we wanted to, or not at all. We
didn't have to call anybody if we
didn't work the oyster beds that
day. We stored our boat up on the
beach at Eastpoint. The breakwa-
ter wasn't there then.
"It's not easy, oystering isn't," said
Richard. "We'd been doing it for
13 years when we decided we'd
try something else. The Hobo's ice
cream parlor and sandwich shop
is what we chose to do. There are
some very interesting people who
come in here. When we're not
busy we like to talk to them, find
out where they are from, and
where they're going."
Lansing, Mich., was home for
Carol when she was a child. Ri-
chard is from Lawrence, Mass.
One corner of Hobo's has a pic-
ture of him with a group of his
friends, a story about how the
owner of a textile mill paid his
employees and rebuilt the mill
after it had been destroyed by fire,
and a poem called "Hanging Out,"
"It was a long, long time a
long, long time / that we were all
just one of the guys /just hangin'
out sitting' up on the wall / 'We're
just hangin' out Ma just
hangin' out.. ."'
"Lawrence is a textile mill town,"
said Richard. "It was built as a
model community by Lawrence
and Lowell, on the Merrimac
River, 26 miles from Boston."
He has original poetry on audio
tapes for sale, and framed poems
hang on the walls. One poem be-
gins "My hometown, as I remem-
ber, / was poor and broke. / The
streets were a patchwork of pot-
holes and tar / Three tenement
houses, and out in front, ... an
On the jukebox, among songs by
the Ink Spots, Ray Stevens,
Frankie Laine, and Kenny Rogers,
is one named "Dreamy," with
music by Errol Garner and words
by Richard E. Noble.
In a nook with tables and chairs
and books all around, there are
snapshots from over the country
- pictures showing Carol and
Richard in apple orchards and
orange groves, with scenery
in many places people visit on
In one picture is a woman sport-
ing a floppy hat-Richard's Aunt
Dorothy. In a frame beside it is a
story called "I'll Take Dumb Luck"
by Richard about his "Auntie Dot"
who worked for the telephone
company and never married.
".. .Her devotion to her work and
the money she saved doing it,
gained her a reputation for fru-
gality. .Her brothers and sisters
accused her of holding onto the
first penny that she ever made...
She worked for the phone com-
pany 30-40 years and then retired
and devoted herself ardently to
the stock market. ..She lectured
me about the thrill and excite-
ment within my grasp if I would
only cultivate an interest in the
stock market, as opposed to my
interests in music and poetry.
"Auntie Dot died in her late
70s...She had lived in a second
floor rented walkup apartment. .
.the lighting was 40-watt bulbs
with dangling pull strings. Her
only possessions were a 15-year-
old Valiant, and approximately
$1.5 million in stocks, bonds and
investments. Her surviving broth-
ers and sisters got most of the
"My deceased father, the black
sheep of the family, was left a
small amount.. .After that was
divided, my wife and I used our
share to put the down payment
on this old house, we have now
converted with time, sweat, and
love, into Hobo's Ice Cream
Richard's write-up about his
Auntie Dot concludes with ". All
I can say is, hard work, determi-
nation, drive, intelligence, ambi-
tion, know-how and Whatever else
aside, just give me ahe aping help-
ing of sheer duimb luck. time.
And from Carol and'I'Thanik you
Auntie Dot.' P:S. I really wish I
could have taken an interest in
the stock market, but maybe one
day with your continued help here
at Hobo's the opportunity may yet
be within my grasp. ... It could
happen. All that it takes is a little
hard work, drive, ambition, and
a whole lot of sheer dumb luck."
Carol and Richard lived in exotic
and mysterious places, making
their way as they went along,
working and sightseeuig. all at the
"We went across the' country, up .
the east coast, the west coast;
across the upper states and
Michigan, down to Gulfport, Mis-'
,sissippi, across to Texas. We saw
lots of places and ended up com-
ing right back here to Franklin
County," said Richard. "I don't
think many people who live here
realize it, or notice it, but this is
one of the prettiest places in this,
country. Pebble Beach, California
is no more beautiful than
"I wouldn't trade our adventures
for anything," said Carol. Would
they do it again? "Sure," answered
Richard. "You bet we would."
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Burton's "Things to Do" List
Fay Burton in the office of the Franklin County Supervisor
of Special Programs. She retired this week after more than
30 years with the school system.
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
On Fay Burton's last day before
retiring from the Franklin County
School System, she was sad to
leave friends and longtime career,
'but her eyes twinkled as she
talked about plans. First, she
said, she'll probably sleep late a
few days, but there are things to
"I want to develop web pages for
people who'd like to get on the
internet," she explained. "I want
to work for non-profit groups, vol-
unteer my time. There is a lot out
there and a whole lot being done."
She could advertise the cookbook
"Classic Creamer Cookery" on an
internet page. It stays sold out,
but occasionally a few copies are
put together. Then there's the old
farmhouse in the mountains near
Langston, Alabama, just waiting
to be restored.
"There are so many things I en-
joy," said Burton. "I feel like I'm
just starting out. There are so
much yet that I want to do." As
the School System designee to the
Franklin County Juvenile Justice
Council, Burton said she has
been able to do more in the way
of helping children. '"They have a
project underway now to provide
a skateboard facility for children.
The Juvenile Justice program
provides a community-like atmo-
sphere of people working together.
"I really got a lot of satisfaction
out of being in charge of Red Rib-
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lected over 1,000 signatures of
people who pledged not to have
anything to do with drugs. It
makes me feel good to see that
many people who want to make
young people aware of the dan-
ger of drugs in their lives."
Another program close to
Burton's heart is Franklin
County's adult school. While she
worked as librarian, she became
the adult education coordinator.
"I can't think of anything that
makes me happier than to see an
adult get their GED, and then be
able to get a job."
Burton started out with the school
system as a teacher's aide in
1965. "It was a program similar
to the WAGES plan to put people
to work," she said. "I worked with
that a year, then the next year was
promoted to secretary in
Apalachicola High School Princi-
pal Clinton Bankster's office.
"He was a wonderful person, a
true educator," said Burton. "He
stressed being part of the team.
He taught me early on in my ca-
reer the importance of the work
ethic. Never to ask 'Is this my job?'
but always be a part of the team
that works to get the job done.
"I worked with him, with teach-
ers Blanche Wagoner, Jean Gan-
der, and Gladys Meyer. Those are
some of the people who influenced
me, that made me want to go into
education. Working with those
educators, I didn't see any way I
could ever do that. Then Gulf
Coast Community College came
to Apalachicola and started to of-
"I took English and accounting,"
said Burton. "I took everything
that was offered through Gulf
Coast that I could get and gradu-
ated in 1969. I enrolled in Florida-
State and attended full time. I.
commuted. I graduated with my.
degree in Library Science in '72,
and went to work at Brown El-
ementary in what was then the-'
"I was able to implement their first
elementary library," said Burton,,
"It was a wonderful experience. 'I:
put every bookcase where I.
wanted it and set up every card
catalog. Then I was transferred to;
Apalachicola High School arid,
spent 18 years there as librarian."
During that time Burton returned
to Florida State and the Univer-
sity of West Florida and obtained
a master's degree in reading spe-
cialization and administration
"I returned in 1990 as supervisor
of special programs, which in-
cludes the school food service,",,
said Burton. Burton also wrote
grants for Adult Education, Safe
and Drug Free Schools, Dropout
Prevention, and any enhancement:
projects that were available. Some,:.
she'd like to see improvement in,
is dropout prevention. "Also pro-
grams for teen parents," she said.,
"Ideally there will be a program
in each high school."
Nan Collins of Carrabelle has
taken over the position Burton
retired from. "She'll do well," said
Burton. "It's an enjoyable job. I
loved doing it."
Phase One of
The Franklin County Commission
voted 3-1 during an August 19
public hearing to adopt an
ordinance to amend the county's
comprehensive plan. The
amendment will add a new land
use category known as "Resort"
to the county's plan.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal voted
against the majority on the
The adopted ordinance will allow
developer Ben Johnson to change
the zoning category of his 14.6
acre parcel of land on St. George
Island from Residential to Resort.
Under the new zoning category,
the developer will not be allowed
more than 20 percent of the land
area designated to contain
impervious surfaces. Also, ten
percent of semi-pervious paving
surfaces may be allowed. Total
semi-pervious and impervious
surface may not exceed 30
percent of the land designated.
Those activities allowed in the new
zoning category include: resort
commercial development such as
high quality hotels and motels,
together with such appropriate
affiliated uses as tourist shops,
restaurants, conference facilities
and similar activities. Other uses
many include the construction of
tennis courts and swimming
pools. Additionally, infrastructure
as wastewater and stormwater
treatment plants may be built.
Florida Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services is urging consum-
ers not to be taken in by display
rack business opportunities that
promise huge profits.
The warning comes on the heels
of Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) action against at least six
companies-including two in
Florida-that sold consumers
ownership of carousels for dis-
playing and selling stuffed toys,
T-shirts and trinkets bearing the
names of well-known manufac-
turers, including Disney, Warner
Brothers, Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
These companies have expressed
great concern about the apparent
misuse of their business logos,
products and product names.
FTC investigators alleged that
some marketers offered products
at wholesale prices and actually
charged retail prices for outdated
merchandise, making promised
profits virtually impossible.
The Florida-based companies,
Carousel of Toys USA, Inc., of
Lake Park, and Toys Unlimited
International, Inc., of West Palm
Beach, asked for a minimum ini-
tial investment of between
$10,000 and $15,000. They met
state business opportunity re-
quirements by filing with the
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services. But a
federal and multi-state investiga-
tion alleges display rack market-
ers told investors they could earn
$40 a day on each rack.
The average income was actually
about $1.70 a day. Investors were
also allegedly misled about which
stores would accept the display
racks. The FTC estimates that
consumers have lost more than
$50 million to these scams dur-
ing the past two years.
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(From Left to Right) Support Specialist William Lane,
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that closet. It's time to eliminate
all that great stuff that's your junk
but someone else's treasure.
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America (LVA) will be holding a
yard sale Friday, August 29th and
Saturday, August 30th from 9:00
a.m. until ?
Proceeds from the sale will be
used to purchase supplies, edu-
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unteers in Service to America
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Bonnie Segree at 670-8151. If you
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unteer will pick them up. Then
mark your calendar and come see
us at the sale. It will be held in
St. James (8 miles east of
Carrabelle) at the home of our
Carrabelle VISTA Volunteer. Look
for the signs.
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in storage," said Melton, "and
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Board members Jimmy Gander
and Willie Speed made separate
requests during the August 7
Franklin County School Board
meeting to have the master sched-
ules for the local schools created
in a timely manner.
A master schedule provides par-
ents and students with informa-
tion concerning the available
courses that will be offered in the
upcoming school year. In addi-
tion, the schedules also informs
the instructors of the specific
courses they will teach.
Mr. Gander acknowledged that
the schedules were generally ten-
tative and due to change quite fre-
quently. "But I get people all sum-
mer long that want schedules," he
explained, "they want to see
Speed requested that a projected
timeline be prepared in order for
teachers to gain a better under-
standing of the particular courses
they will be instructing and the
number of students that will be
in each class by the last day of
the post planning period. "This is
the way it's usually done," he said,
"you don't wait until July to make
Gander added, "and I want the
students to know what classes are
Speed requested that Superinten-
dent Brenda Galloway present a
timeline to the board at their De-
cember meeting; the timeline
would indicate when such projec-
tions for the district's budget and
student population would be due
from the State. Superintendent
Brenda Galloway stated that she
would prepare a projected
timeline as requested. "You can
make your projections in Janu-
ary," she said.
In other board business:
*Chairperson Will Kendrick voiced
concern that minutes from the
past meeting were not completed.
"I've not signed any minutes since
our November meeting as far as
the permanent record and I think
it's important that we get these
completed. They're a priority," he
Superintendent Galloway assured
the board that the minutes would
be completed by the following
week. She explained that her of-
fice had experienced complica-
tions with its printer. Ms. Gallo-
way was uncertain as to whether
there could be any Denaltv for not
are not available, there could be
*Principal Jarred Burns with
Chapman Elementary School in-
formed the board that several
educational workshops had been
conducted at the elementary
school recently. He said that ap-
proximately four instructors at-
tended a special education work
in Port St. Joe, also.
"At this point in time," he ex-
claimed, "I think we're really do-
ing a great job at Chapman (El-
*Principal Beverly Kelley with
Apalachicola High School in-
formed the board that excellent
progress had been made on cre-
ating a middle school section at
the high school. "We've been mov-
ing teacher's classrooms," she
explained, "and thank God for
J.T.P.A and the students that we
had to help us." Ms. Kelley stated
that members of the high school
were even interviewed by Chan-
nel 6. "We're very thankful for the
positive PR," she added.
Ms. Kelley noted that middle
school staff development sessions
were recently conducted by a
team of teachers to work on a va-
riety of activities and schedules
for middle school students.
*Principal Janice Gordon with
Brown Elementary School in-
formed the board that five in-ser-
vice workshops were conducted
for the instructors at the elemen-
tary school during the summer.
Some of the workshops focused
on after-school activities, parent
involvement, technology and dis-
cipline. "The after-school pro-
gram," she explained, "is the pro-
gram we're gonna pilot this year."
She continued, "we were able to
supply the teachers with an abun-
dance of information and hope-
fully this will reflect in a rich cur-
riculum and as well as improved
student achievement." Gordon
informed the board that every in-
structor participated in one or
more of the in-service workshops.
*Principal Bob McDaris with
Carrabelle High School informed
the board that he had just com-
pleted his fourteenth day as the
new principal. "When I think
about good news," he explained,
"I normally think about kids." He
informed the board that the sum-
mer weight training program was
progressing "full speed ahead."
McDaris said that the local stu-
dents participated with students
from Eagle's Landing Christian
Academy from Georgia at
Carrabelle High School recently.
'They stayed with us and prac-
ticed with our boys," he said, "and
it was really a wonderful experi-
ence for both schools."
McDaris also told the board that
the local students had just com-
pleted a "Superstar Competition"
activity. The students, he said,
were divided up into four groups.
Those groups included Young-Big,
Young-Small, Old-Big and Old-
Small. He said that an awards
ceremony was conducted for the
students afterwards. "It really
made it exciting for all of the hard
work that they've been doing all
summer," he said. McDaris said
that approximately 30 students
*Board member Jimmy Gander
requested that a policy be set con-
cerning student transcripts.
*Board member Katie McKnight
requested that the district write
a letter of appreciation to the in-
mates of the Franklin Work Camp
for their work at the local schools.
*The board approved a resolution
of participation in the Panhandle
Management Development Net-
work for the 1997-98 school term.
*The board approved a letter of
agreement for Instructional Tech-
nology between the Franklin
County School Board and the
Washington County School
Board/Panhandle Area Education
Consortium (PAEC); the agree-
ment was based upon a funding
proration approved by the PAEC
Board of Directors.
Trades Class to
announced that the Franklin,
County School District would re-
ceive $94,000 from Hurrican.
Alberto Funds.,Ms. Galloway was
informed by Assistant County;
Planner Mark Currenton on Au-
gust 12,that the noted funds
would be made available
is. Galloway noted that the funds
would help to keep a Carpentry
Building Trades class operational
at Apalachicola High School. The
course wiil be taught by Mr. Ke ih
Bowman, who was a prevnous'in-'
structor at Carrabelle Higl-"
School. The'-building trades
course was previously taught by.
Mr. Wallace Hill, who recently re-
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
What Devin Creamer learned in
DARE instructions from Franklin
County Sheriff Bruce Varnes
likely saved Kenny Siprell's life.
On Wednesday, Aug. 20, Devin
was awarded a certificate of ex-
cellence by Sheriff Varnes for his
speed in getting help for Siprell
who had suffered diabetic shock.
Devin became a hero by "display-
ing quick and decisive action in
assisting a citizen in need," the
framed certificate states. The
main thing Devin remembered
from DARE classes was that in an
emergency, "you dial 911."
"I was coming from grandma's
and heard a band playing in Bat-
tery Park," said Devin. "I stopped
to watch the band. It was just
before dark. I saw a car come from
under the bridge and I saw it hit
a pole." Devin ran to the car and
the person in the car was Kenny
"I called out 'Mr. Kennedy, are you
all right?' said Devin. He looked
up at me and said 'Hey, Devin'
and I could see he was real sick."
Devin ran to the Gibson and di-
aled 911 on the telephone outside.
"I knew I didn't have to have a
quarter to dial 911," added Devin.
"Sheriff Varnes taught me that."
He ran back to the park and
flagged the ambulance and
showed them where to find
"I called him at the hospital." said
Devin, "The next day they said he
had gone home." Devin had
known Kenny Siprell as long as
he could remember he said, and
had always called him "Mr.
Devin just turned 13 and is in the
7th grade. His parents are Jes-
sica and Clifford Dykes and Mark
Creamer. His grandparents are
John and Frances James, Walter
B. Creamer, the late Polly
Creamer, and Eunice and Josh
Siprell plays Santa Claus at
Christmas and Devin took him a
list "a mile long," said Devin's
mother. "Also Mr. Kenny used to
be the one who decorated his
house the best on Halloween. He
told Devin he had saved his life
and brought him cookies."
Calling 911 for his friend and re-
ceiving recognition from Sheriff
Varnes isn't Devin's only brush
with notoriety. He won the juve-
nile division of the St. George Is-
land Mullet Toss in June by fling-
ing a mullet 81 ft. For his skill
with a strong arm, Devin won a
rod and reel and tackle box.
As we now enter the active
months of the 1997 Hurricane
Season, the Capital Area Chap-
ter of the American Red Cross rec-
ognizes the need for all sectors of
the community to be prepared in
the case of an emergency or di-
saster. It is crucial that busi-
nesses, industry and government
agencies develop a strategy for
coping with emergencies so they
can continue to fulfill their roles
in the community by providing
services and economic support.
Back by popular demand, the Di-
saster Services Office is offering
a day-long Emergency Manage-
ment (Disaster) Planning Work-
shop which will provide step-by-
step advise on how to prepare for,
respond to and recover from
emergencies. This workshop will
help business, industry and gov-
ernment develop a plan that will
prepare you to deal with injuries
and damages caused by an emer-
gency situation and therefore al-
low you to return more quickly to
normal operations. This course
can be used by manufacturers,
corporate offices, retailers, utili-
ties, government agencies and
any organization where people
work or gather.
The Emergency Management
Planning Workshop for Business,
Industry and Government will
take place on Monday, Septem-
ber 22nd at 8:30 a.m. at the Tal-
lahassee office of the American
Red Cross. For additional infor-
mation, please contact the Disas-
ter Services Office in Tallahassee
at 878-6080 or visit our web site
Wallace Hill honored by Franklin County School Board.
Superintendent Brenda Galloway presents retirement
plaque to longtime vocational training teacher Wallace Hill
at recent school board meeting. Hill saidhe will miss school,
but intends to stay busy. He is currently campaigning to
retain his seat on the Apalachicola City Commission.
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Much of the uncertainty that exists today regarding what gear is
allowed to be used under the State Constitutional provisions,
we feel, would be greatly cleared up if these proposed rules were
to go into effect. The Commission is totally willing to be a full
participant in these discussions...[but] cannot do so prior to the
conclusion of the litigations. We are of course interested in what
is said here and we will continue to be studious observers..."
Commentary on Some of the Issues
A continuing problem among the fishermen has been the question
about legal nets. Ray Pringle and Alan Rankin began a dialogue with
MFC attorney Charles Shelfer:
"...The Constitutional Amendment was what created the prob-
lem... the Constitutional Amendment prohibited a METHOD of
fishing, not a construction of gear. Constitutional Amendment
says you cannot entangle, and then it says how to measure cer-
tain types of gear, which aren't necessarily the same... For bet-
ter or worse, the Commission has been attempting to adopt rules
to comply with both of those things, and because the Amend-
ment prohibits a WAY OF FISHING .... We in the industry are try
ing to do, is there a piece of gear that we can go fishing with
that somebody can say, Yeah, that gear is legal, and there fore if
you fish with that you don't have to worry about getting ar-
rested. The Constitutional Amendment creates the problem in
that.... (in essence, it says)... it really doesn't matter how the
Marine Fisheries Commission designs gear if it fishes in a cer-
tain way, it is in violation of the Constitutional Amendment...
Is that...what the conflict is, Charlie?"
Shelfer: That's a long question...(restrained laughter).
"...I don't want to get too far into this... I'll say this. You know
that there were nets that were designed prior to 1995...They
were designed in such a way, using materials...just in their de-
sign, to entangle fish.
Also...you take a net like that and you fish it in a certain way,
you're damn well certain to entangle fish. ...The Constitution
says you can't use a net to entangle...
Yeah, there is two elements, how you use it and what it's made
of... There's also...how its configured... Mesh sizes and things
like that... We believe all those things enter into it...
...In terms of how a net is constructed...(we set some kind of
threshold... We're not going to consider these nets down here to
be, per se, entanglement nets. These up here, on the other side
of this line, we are going to consider them entangling nets....
For those down here, if you use 'em as a seine, and they're con-
figured this way, they're not going to run afoul of the Constitu-
tional Amendment. That's the very practical common sense way
we've tried to look at if. I don't want to say any more about our
reasons for that but that's... It's a very practical way of looking
at it, dealing in common sense terms that people can under-
...How a net is constructed is not the only thing that will deter-
mine when a net will entangle when its used. Yes, you use a net
in a certain way, you can probably entangle something. It's ev-
erything, together that determines it. We believe the Constitu-
tional Amendment intended to end the process of using net gear
to entangle fish...
We're just trying to say, here is the absolute minimum, for a
piece of gear that is not, per se, entangling gear..."
Question: "Does the Commission [MFC] have a clear definition
of when a net is a non-entangling net?"
"...We have put down what the Commission... clearest definition
of what they'll consider an entangling net in. a rule that is cur-
rently in litigation... There's confusion because nobody knows
what they can use but a rule that will tell them what they can
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Pyramid schemes are illegal
scams that require a large num-
ber of investors to pay money to a
f'%iv people at the top. As new par-
tfcipants recruit additional mem-
lers. they advance up the pyra-
mid. The idea is to eventually
'each the top and profit from pay'-
/enits made by new participants
at the bottom level.
Pyramid schemes differ from
multi-level marketing in that prof-
its are made from signing up new
recruits, rather than on commis-
sions from the sale of goods or
services. The pyramid schemes
are illegal because plans that pay
commissions for recruiting new
investors eventually collapse
when no new investors can be
Recently, two men were arrested
in Jacksonville and charged with
operating an illegal pyramid
scheme involving as many as a
thousand local members.
New investors would give $2,000
to the person at the top of their
pyramid group and move up to
the middle of the pyramid. Au-
thorities say the arrests will save
many people from being cheated.
Consumers may report possible
illegal pyramid schemes to 1-800
HELP FLA (1-800-435-7352).
use is in litigation. And, we can't put it into place until that
litigation is over with."
M. B. Adelson, a DEP lawyer serving as counsel to Mickey Watson,
also attempted to respond to the rising crescendo of questions and
volume addressed to attorney Shelfer. M. B. said:
"Charlie has to start where we all have to start, which is being
reasonable about understanding what it is we're trying to do.
Charlie says, and its very clear to all of us in the room, I hope,
that there's a Constitutional Amendment out there that sets
those boundaries... that I talked about last week... If you got a
piece of gear that's designed to do something, it was made that
way on purpose and your 're trying to use it that way on pur-
pose, and the Constitution says that you cannot fish that way
anymore, that's a problem that is already solved... You read the
law and you're not supposed to do that any more.
...If we can get to the next step of the issue, what can you do? ...
There are some things you can do, as long as you are still color-
ing inside the lines, as long as you're inside what that law re-
quires, there is still a way to go out there and fish. You can still
try to be creative...
But they're [MFC] trying to participate in the industry, not kill
the industry. They're trying to find out what it is we still can do
so we can all enjoy the resource.
We have that responsibility, and instead of being so hostile to
Charlie, try and listen to what the man is telling you this morn-
ing. He's saying he's got a difficult job. He's trying as hard as he
can to make it clear what you still can do..."
A Fisherman retorted:
"...Let the fishermen decide what he wants to use because he
the one protecting the resources, not the environmentalists or
anybody else. They're only making studies. We're out there ev-
eryday. We know how to protect our resources...
Despite the overtures by Mr. Adelson about bringing proposals and
other ideas for new nets to the MFC, Ronald Crum told him of one of
his experiences. He had brought his net to Tallahassee.
"I was treated very bad by those people. They did not even look
at my nets [The Marine Commission].
(quoting from newsclip)...72% of the people of this state voted
to ban nets that gill the length of six football fields. I agree with
it. Voters did vote to ban gill nets 600 yards [long]... They did
not vote to kill juvenile fish."
Ray Pringle: "I respectfully disagree with M. B. ..I know there's
loopholes you see in the legal field, how a lot of people challenge
the law. How do they do it? Because they leave out portions,
they don't clarify it, there's vagueness in laws. And, this is what
we feel like is in this case in (current litigation)...
We'll sit down [with the Florida Marine Patrol] and we won't get
in the shin kicking process...
That is where it should be. It shouldn't be out on the water with
the officers and the fishermen having clashes... I think these
clashes can be controlled in a room like this. It will make things
a lot better. They can speak their piece."
Later in the second session, Mickey Watson described a new philoso-
phy put into action by the Division of Law Enforcement, "community-
oriented policing." This appeared to be genuine ground-breaking ori-
entation by a regulatory agency, and at this forum, seemed to be
embraced positively by both the Marine Patrol and the fishermen who
S"That means exactly what it says. That means sitting down with
the community, people at all levels in the community, just as
we're doing here. ...We focus on our problems. ...The first step in
Problem solving is recognizing that there is a problem. The next .
Continued on page 12
RON CRUM: God did not give us the power to look at a ripple on the water
and see if there were one inch, five inch or six inch (size mullet). My God
did not give me'that power.
You have to drag out the net. Whatever fits that mesh, (it's going to gillet
full...Larger fish and smaller fish all run together.
MICKEY WATSON: If a fisherman is fishing a legal net in a legal manner,
he will not be charged. I will not promise you that we will not hide in the
The residents of Apalachicola
1They want a proven manager to serve them on the Apalachi-
cola City Commission. They say they want someone who under-
stands government and can hit the ground running as soon as the
election is won. They say they want their commissioner to be his
own man. One who is not easily discouraged, nor afraid to take a
stand or the necessary action to attain a goal. They also say they
want someone who cares and knows how to manage public re-
sources. The residents of Apalachicola are saying...
they want Van W. Johnson, Sr. as their next
group 3 city commissioner./
On September 2, 1997
Vote and Elect
Van W. Johnson, Sr.
FOR GROUP 3 CITY COMMISSIONER
RAY PRINGLE: I don't have any problem with discretion when you have
clear law...We have never had an Amendment in the Florida Constitution
that is so controversial...Never in the history of the state has there ever
been anything more controversial.
Understanding that, and having discretion on something
that...controversial is not fair to us [the fishermen] and it's not fair to
the officers that have much discretion...
The problem is, M.B. will disagree with my attorney. This attorney, that
judge will disagree with that judge. This prosecuting attorney will even
disagreeing with another prosecuting attorney, as to what the law is
saying. Even the judges will say, "My God, what is this thing?" (General
disagreement over what the net-ban says.) Not one of them can come up
with a definition...
Discretion should be less when there is so much ambiguity.
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
A group of volunteers from Pru-
dential/Resort Realty are to help
with WFSU/WFSG-TV's fund-
raising drive by co-hosting and
answering phones on Tuesday,.
Aug. 26 from 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Helen Spohrer, owner of Pruden-
tial/Resort Realty, is a co-host
along with Beth Switzer and
Carole Hayes. Taking pledges in
the six phone positions will be
Rose Drye, Prudential/Resort Re-
alty president, Wayne Gleasman,
property manager, Tammie Ray,
comptroller, Doris Barrett, sales,
Shirley Redd, sales, and Kenneth
Programming during the Pruden-
tial/Resort "on-the-air" shift is
Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy
in "An African Love Story," "Glenn
Miller: America's Musical Hero,"
and "Willie Nelson in Concert."
"We hope your loyal support of
public television will inspire oth-
ers to become members," said
Audra Perry, development pro-
duction coordinator, in thanking
Spohrer and her crew of volun-
teers for their assistance. WFSU
is Channel 11 out of Tallahassee
and WFSG is Channel 56 out of
Panama City. Spohrer and the
other volunteers will be telecast
from the station in Tallahassee.
Alert to RV,
Consumers are warned to avoid
unlicensed recreational vehicle or
motor home propane appliance
This warning -- directed to resi-
dents who live in recreational ve-
hicles or motor homes and who
use propane for cooking and heat-
ing -- comes as a result of recent
complaints received by the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Investigations into these coni-.
plaints have revealed a prevalence
of unlicensed individuals and "fly-'
by-night" repair companies who.
travel from park to park solicit-'
ing business, many times failing
to provide the services for which
they have been contracted.
To confirm a company's license
status, receive a copy of the safety
bulletin issued by the Bureau of
'LP Gas Inspections, or for more
information on LP gas safety,
;please contact the Department's
Division of Standards, Bureau of
LP Gas Inspections, in Tallahas-
see at (904) 921-8001.
* Environmental Solutions
Paul G. Johnson
Dr. Tom Taylor,
FL Conflict Resolution
Van W. Johnson, Sr.
Pd. Pol. Adv. by campaign account of
Van W. Johnson, Sr.
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Pna 1i 77 Aioaist 1997 The Franklin Chronicle
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Published every other Friday
Defendant Bill Miller, IV (L) waits with counsel, Attorney
Gordon Shuler, just before the verdict.
After nearly two hours of delib-
eration, a six member jury
brought in a verdict of both Guilty
and Not Guilty for defendant Bill
Miller, IV during an August 14
trial. Miller was found Guilty of
the charge of Third Degree Grand
Theft and Not Guilty of the charge
of Burglary of a Structure.
Mr. Miller, IV was accused on
breaking into the American Legion
building in Lanark Village on Sep-
tember 27, 1996 and stealing over
$300 worth of alcohol, food and
While the State called four wit-
nesses to testify against Mr. Miller,
the defense did not use any wit-
ness testimony on behalf of the
defendant. Two of those witnesses
testifying for the State allegedly
participated to some extent in the
September 27 burglary. These in-
dividuals included Paul Hansen
and "Tattoo" Tammy Stanley.
Ms. Stanley informed the jury that
Bill Miller, IV, Duane Banks, Paul
Hansen and she were drinking
alcohol and playing cards at their
home in Lanark Village on the
night of September 27. She said
that Mr. Miller and Banks left the
house at 2:00 a.m. to allegedly get
more alcohol; when the two re-
turned, she said that she reluc-
tantly agreed to accompany Bill
Miller, IV and Duane Banks at the
American Legion building in
Ms. Stanley stated that she did
not enter and did not help to load
any of the stolen property into a
van owned by Mr. Hansen. "I told
them I didn't want no part of what
was going on," she said. She also
testified that Paul Hansen did not
load any of the stolen material
unto the vehicle. "He was just flip-
ping out," said Stanley. She al-
leged that the only Banks and
Miller actually loaded the items
into the vehicle.
Stanley said that she witnessed
the two individuals load trash
cans, many boxes of alcohol, ajar
of beef jerky and approximately
40 pounds of steak into the ve-
hicle. The items, she said, were
already stacked behind the Ameri-
can Legion building when she ar-
rived at the noted location. She
denied ever seeing either Banks
or Miller enter the building.
Following the alleged burglary,
Ms. Stanley claimed that Mr.
Miller asked to return to the
American Legion building to re-
trieve a flashlight. "Bill had left a
blue flashlight at the American
Legion and he wanted to go back
and get-it," she said. Mr. Miller,
she continued, was eventually
convinced to not return to the
building. Ms. Stanley identified a
photograph of a blue flashlight
that she said belonged to Mr.
Ms. Stanley said that she accom-
panied Mr. Miller on a trip to
Carrabelle and then to Sopchoppy
24 HOUR BANKING
to get rid of the stolen goods. She
identified a photograph of a
trashcan that was later recovered
in the woods in Sopchoppy.
Stanley alleged that she did not
keep any of the stolen items. She
acknowledged that she was sen-
tenced to 32 days in jail and 18
months of probation for partici-
pating in the incident. Stanley
also noted that she was ordered
to pay $900 in restitution.
Attorney Gordon Shuler, who rep-
resented the defendant, pointed
out that Ms. Stanley's testimony
during her deposition on October
8, 1996 was much different than
her testimony at the trial. Stanley
responded, "Bill (Miller, IV) made
up something and asked me to go
along with it." She continued, "I've
never been a liar. I can't remem-
ber things that well." Attorney
Shuler questioned why she would
implicate Mr. Miller during her
deposition if she was "under the
influence of Bill Miller."
Witness Paul Hansen admitted to
the jury that he was a "slow
learner." Hansen acknowledged
that he has never held a regular
job, had assistance with financial
matters and mowed lawns for a
living. He testified that he had
consumed quite a bit of liquor on
September 27, 1997 and was not
completely clear on all of the
events that transpired on that
Mr. Hansen said that he did re-
member stopping at home in
Sopchoppy on September 27 and
unloading some of the stolen
goods with a man known as "Papa
Joe." He alleged that he also re-
membered that a stolen garbage
can was left in a wooded area in
Attorney Gordon Shuler also
pointed out that Mr. Hansen's
sworn deposition statement in
October of 1996 significantly dif-
ferent from his testimony at the
trial. Attorney Shuler noted that
Mr. Hansen's testimony was also
markedly different from that given
by Ms. Stanley.
During much of the questioning,
Mr. Hansen provided the stock
response, "it's been so long ago."
Hansen acknowledged that he
knew the difference between tell-
ing a lie and telling the truth. He
stated, however, that he didn't
know that it was bad to tell a lie
until he spoke with Assistant
State Attorney Ron Flury on the
matter. Hansen also stated that
he did not know the meaning of
testifying under oath. Assistant
State Attorney Ron Flury later
addressed Mr. Hansen by raising
his right hand and asking, "what
does that mean?" Hansen re-
sponded, "tell the truth."
Attorney Shuler argued that the
State had no evidence that placed
Mr. Miller within the American
Legion Building. 'There is scant
if even circumstantial evidence to
support a burglary charge," said
Shuler. He noted that the flash-
light that was left at the facility
did not have any fingerprint be-
longing to Mr. Miller, IV to link
him to the burglary. Shuler noted
that no shoe or tire prints linked
Miller to the location, either. "The
State has the burden to show he
BA NK FIC
(Miller) entered," said Shuler.
Assistant State Attorney Ron
Flury defended the inconsisten-
cies in the testimonies of both
Hansen and Stanley. He said that,
if the two provided identical testi-
mony, he would have been ac-
cused of coaching the witnesses.
"It's a no-win situation," he said.
Flury indicated that the manner
in which the witnesses testified
proved that they were sincere.
"Mere inconsistencies over minor
details," he said, "do not rise to
the level of a reasonable doubt."
He continued, "I'd love to have a
priest, a nun and a rabbi come
testify. But, at 3 o'clock, they
weren't at the American Legion."
Attorney Shuler complained that
the witnesses against Mr. Miller,
IV continually changed their tes-
timony. "They can't keep chang-
ing their story," he said. Shuler
continued, "Mr. Miller has a pre-
sumption of innocence. The State
has to prove it's case beyond a
reasonable doubt and the State
has not done that...these wit-
nesses aren't just contradicting
each other. They're contradicting
Shuler questioned why the State
did not call Duane Banks and
"Papa Joe" to testify at the trial.
He also accused the State of mak-
ing deals with Hansen and
Stanley for their testimony
against Miller. Shuler pointed out
that adjudication was withheld for
Ms. Stanley and that Mr. Hansen
was never even charged.
Attorney Flury urged jury mem-
bers to determine whether the
State proved its case beyond a
reasonable doubt. "Don't make
me prove this beyond an unrea-
sonable doubt," he urged. Flury
toldjury members that, if the tes-
timony provided by Hansen and
Stanley was false, then the two
witnesses would have had to con-
spire to come up with similar tes-
timony. Flury doubted that
Hansen had the mental capacity
to come up with such a story. "If
you believe he (Miller, IV) wasn't
involved," he concluded, "cut him
The defendant will be sentenced
by Judge Van Russell on Septem-
ber 15. If he receives a guideline
sentence, Miller, IV will be ordered
to serve nearly a full year in
Foods Can Help
Reduce Risk of
Tomatoes may be man's best
Research conducted by scientists.
at Harvard Medical School reveals
that the consumption of tomatoes
and tomato-based products re-
duces the risk of prostate cancer.
The new research lends additional
support to long-standing recom-
mendations that the daily con-
sumption of fruits and vegetables
is essential for good health. But
the new findings focus specifically
on the role of tomatoes and to-
mato-based products in reducing
the risk of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most com-
mon malignancy found in men
between the ages of 50 and 80.
Prostate cancer occurs 37 percent
more often in black men than
white men. The five-year survival
rate is approximately 70 percent
for men diagnosed with early
The Harvard study found that
men who ate 10 or more servings
of tomato-based foods weekly
were 45 percent less likely to de-
velop prostate cancer. Those who
ate four to seven servings were 20
percent less likely to develop the
In the ongoing study, reported in
the Journal of the National Can-
cer Institute, researchers ana-
lyzed the health and dietary hab-
its of nearly 48,000 male health
Franklin County School Board
1997-98 School Calendar
August 11, 12, 13, 14......................... Teacher Planning Days
August 15 ........................... School Opens (1st Day-Students)
September 1 ................................... Labor Day (no school)
September 24.............................................. End 1st 6 Weeks
(Report Cards-October 2)
October 13 ...... ...................... .............. ......... No School
November 5 .................... ....... ............. End 2nd 6 Weeks
(Report Cards-November 14)
November 11 .......................... .... .. Veterans Day (no school)
November 27-28 ................ Thanksgiving Holidays (no school)
December 19 .............................................. End 3rd 6 Weeks
(Report Cards-January 13)
December 20-January 4 ..................... Christmas Break 1998
January 5 ........................................Teacher Planning Day
January 6 .................... School Resumes (Students return)
January 19 ............Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no school)
February 18 ..................... ....... .......... ... End 4th 6 Weeks
(Report Cards-March 2)
March 5-6 .............................. ...... Teacher Inservice Days
April 2 ............................... ........................ End 5th 6 W eeks
....................................... (Report Cards-April 20)
April 3-13 .................................................. Easter Break
April 14 .................. ... .......................... School Resum es
May 28 ............................. Carrabelle High School Graduation
Adult School Graduation (Carrabelle)
May 29....... End 6th 6 Weeks (Last Day of School for Students)
Apalachicola High School Graduation
Adult School Graduation (Apalachicola)
June 1, 2, & 3 .............................................Teacher Planning
June 15 .................... .....................Summer School Starts
July 16............................ ...................... Summer School Ends
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care professionals from 40 to 75
years old in 1986, when the study
began. Data was obtained
through a series of questionnaires
from 1986 to 1992, and from the
examination of medical records.
During the study period, 812
cases of prostate cancer were
The dietary questionnaire in-
cluded 131 food and beverage
items, of which 46 were fruits and
vegetables. Analyses revealed that
only four foods-tomato sauce,
pizza (with tomato sauce), fresh
tomatoes and strawberries-were
associated with a low risk of de-
veloping prostate cancer.
Researchers reported that to-
mato-based products were signifi-
cant in reducing the risk of pros-
tate cancer because they are rich
in lycopene, a compound that
gives tomatoes, watermelons and
red grapefruit their red color. The
reduced risk of prostate cancer
was strongest among those who
consumed cooked tomatoes, since
cooking apparently enhances the
intestinal absorption and
bioavailability of lycopene.
Just how lycopene provides pro-
tection against prostate cancer is
uncertain, but researchers noted
that the pigment is a strong anti-
oxidant, which is believed to in-
hibit the development of cancer
The authors of the study con-
cluded that "frequent consump-
tion of tomato-based foods, rich
in the potent antioxidant lyco-
pene, was associated with a lower
risk of prostate cancer. Our find-
ings are consistent with current
recommendations to increase
consumption of vegetables and
fruits to reduce mortality from
cancer, but suggest that con-
sumption of tomato-based foods
may be especially beneficial in
reducing risk of prostate cancer.
Florida's seafood and aquaculture
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of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
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order point-of-purchase materials
to foster their promotions and
seasonal species features. The
current edition of the bureau's
"Fresh from Florida Seafood
Source Directory" also is available
on the web. This directory lists
retailers and wholesalers of
Florida seafood, aquaculture and
marine life products.
The web site also includes links
to Florida seafood and aquacul-
ture businesses and industry
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Wakulla Mediation, From Page 11
step is to conduct some sort of analysis of what the problem is,
and then try to identify ways ...to come to some resolution.
Meetings like we're having here is a tremendous step in that
process. We done some similar kinds of things around the state.
We have changed our internal cultures. That's painful for old
timers in our depts. and divisions. We're closer to understand-
ing the benefit of the new culture.
The eventual goal is to continue raising the bar of expectation
and change the internal culture. This is an evolutionary pro-
cess. We will not have change overnight; we have come a long
In the concluding sessions of the Forum, the seven designated groups
met in smaller groups, reviewing and then articulating on their easel
boards various recommendations. The next step was to seek consen-
sus from the other designated groups.
The commercial fishermen planned to draft a letter request for an
Executive Order from Governor Chiles seeking relief from arrest until
the pending litigation was finished, and approving an alternate net.
Some attention was given to a plan to seek a professional fishing
license subject fishermen to at least 40 hours of specialized training
including law, food safety, public relations, first aid and boating safety.
The plan was similar to one put into place in Franklin County for
The Environmental Solutions International group, led by Paul
Johnson, recommended that all rule-making be subject to the new
state sanctioned "negotiated rule-making," also recommended by the
Citizens for Better Government group (headed.by this group also rec-
ognized the great need for consistency in rule enforcement, an issues
which arose in an earlier session, the subject of much grumbling by