Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: October 17, 1997
Copyright Date: 1997
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Volume 6, Number 21 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER October 17 30, 1997

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"Let Oystermen Be,

They'll Farm the Bay!"

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
The waterman learns the wind and waves, the contour of the bay
bottom, and reaches down with his tongs to dig oysters from the
bars, or rows,.He winnows.,out the oysters, which are too small, and.
the empty shells, pitching them back into the water so that the small
ones may grow bigger, and the shells can serve as ballast for the baby
oyster spat when it reaches out tiny foot-like suctions to attach and
grow, completing the cycle.
Anything that messes up the cycle of growth spells disaster, accord-
ing to Ken Folsom, an oysterman who has been working the bars in
Apalachicola Bay for 20 years by choice. "I have respect for the re-
sources, it's my livelihood.
'The bureaucrats in Tallahassee work nine to five Monday through
Friday, and they think the rest of us live like that," said Folsom. "But
God doesn't run the bay nine to five. We had the best oystering this
afternoon. When the tide and wind are running together you can get
more oysters. We continually turn the bottom every day, they con-
tinue to grow. It's really like we're farming the bay.
"When there were 1,500 oyster people in the county, we had political
clout," said Folsom. "It used to be we'd have big meetings, and you
could go state your side and they'd listen. But now with oystermen
down to about 200, they don't listen to us like they used to. There
ought to be at least one commercial fisherman and one dealer on the
Marine Fisheries Commission.
"Don't get me wrong about oystering, it's a great life," said Folsom.
"I'm my own boss. I can go to work when I like, and work as long as I
like, when the bars are open." Folsom does have one driving force, a
contract to deliver 100 sacks of oysters a week. That counts up to 20
bags a day on a five-day week. "Most of my friends usually bring in
about 20 bags a day," he said.
"When we have a four-day, or three-day work week, I have to get
more each day," said Folsom. Right now he goes out about nine in the
morning and comes in about seven m the evening, even when the
water is rough. "It doesn't have to be that way," he said. "If the bars
were open all the time in the fall and winter, we could clean'them off.
Taking away the large oysters and stirring up the smaller ones and
shells would make room for more growth."
Right now Folsom and John Marshall are going out every day on
Folsom's boat Frog Level. They are oystering on Dry Bar, off the north-
east corner of St. Vincent Island where, he says, the exact right mix-
ture of Gulf salt water and bay fresh water come together. "When the
tide goes out part of the bar is above the waterline, that's why it's
called Dry Bar," said Folsom.
"It's the only bar that's been worked real hard since hurricane Alberto
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34th Seafood Festival in

Apalachicola October 31st

November 2nd

The 34th Annual Seafood Festival begins on Friday, October 31st
shortly before the arrival of King: Retsyo and Miss Florida Seafood
aboard the historic Governor Stone at 5:30 p.m. The gates will be
open at noon, with free admission on Friday and Sunday (November
2nd). Admission to the Apalachicola Battery Park area will be $5.00
on Saturday.
This year, there will be a special Halloween Party and Costume Con-
test beginning at the Battery Park stage in Apalachicola, site of the
State's oldest maritime and seafood spectacle. The two hour program
will be staged on Halloween night, October 31st, and also feature the
Wakulla Band. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite cos-
tume and join in the fun.
The Wakulla Band is one of several musical groups featured during
the three day festivities. They have worked with Tom T. Hall on his
latest album, "Songs From Sopchoppy". Their music is great for danc-
ing or listening. Wakulla has been playing together for the last 25
The members are: Sammy Tedder (saxophone), Jerry Evans (key board
and vocals); Joe Jutto (electric guitar and vocals); Wellie Meffert (vo-
calist), Susan Solburg (vocalist), Walter (Snorrii) Solburg (guitar and
vocals) and William Solburg (bass guitar and vocals). Wakulla will
play twice during the festival.
For the early risers on Saturday, November 1st, the Redfish Run be-
gins when the gates open at 8:00 q.m.- go to the Gibson Inn for this
event. Arts and Crafts and food venders will ply their wares at 10
a.m. when the official Parade, led by the King and Queen, also be-
Two headline musical groups will share the spotlight at the Festival
this year. They are The Drifters and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. The
Drifters will appear on the Battery Park main stage at 3 p.m. Atlanta
Rhythm Section will appear on the main stage at 7 p.m. The Drifters
includes all of the group's original members, famous for such hit
songs at "Under the Boardwalk", On Broadway," "Up on the Roof'
and "There goes my Baby." Having literally toured the entire world,
The Drifters were chosen to represent the United States for the Bi-
centennial tour of Russia in 1977. They have appeared in every major
night club and concert hall in the U. S., from Las Vegas to ten sold
out appearances at New York's Madison Square Garden. They have
performed in over 100 TV appearances.
1997 is the 26th year of the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Although their
group experienced hard times trying to make their mark in early
1970's, they became "the toast of Atlanta" by the late 1970s with
their first platinum LP (A Rock & Roll Alternative) in 1978.The At-
lanta Rhythm Section is well known for their southern-styled pop
classics such as, "So In To You," "Champagne Jam," "Imaginary Lover"
and "I'm Not Gonna Let it Bother Me Tonight."
Twilight and Restless Waters have also been booked for the Festival.
Twilight will be on the Battery Park Main Stage just before noon, on
Saturday. Restless Waters, a four piece acoustic band, playing blue-
grass, traditional, contemporary country and other styles will play at
1:00 p.m. There will be a brief recess from music at 1:00 p.m. with
the Oyster Shucking and Eating Contest, but Restless Waters will
resume the show as the contests unfold.
At 4:00 p.m., the Blessing of the Fleet will be held on the Water Street
docks behind the maritime crafts area.
As the music continues from the Battery Park main stage, the King
Retsyo Ball will be getting underway at 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Coombs
Armory, Fourth Street, Apalachicola.
The Festival will continue into Sunday, with gates opening at 9:00
a.m. Restless Waters is scheduled to perform. There will be a gospel
music show in the afternoon, along with arts and crafts vendors, and
food sales. The Festival officially concludes at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday



Chair for



The Franklin County Commission
unanimously voted during their
October 7 regular meeting to re-
tain Raymond Williams as the
board's chairperson for an addi-
tional year. The board also agreed
to appoint Commissioner
Clarence Williams as the board's
vice-chairperson. He will replace
Commissioner Bevin Putnal in
that position.
Commissioner Putnal stated at
the meeting that the board had
previously agreed to make this
decision in October rather than
in the month of January when
such appointments have tradi-
tionally been made. He then made
the motion to retain Raymond
Williams as the board's chairper-
son and to appoint Clarence
Williams to the position of vice-
"I think our chairman has done a

good job," said Putnal.
Chairperson Williams said that
every board member should have
the opportunity to serve as chair-
person. "If it's the pleasure of the
total board for me to remain," he
said, "then I will... you've kind of
caught me off guard here."
"It's probably a good policy to ro-
tate the chairman," commented
Commissioner. Jimmy Mosconis.
"For many years," he continued,
"I was the chairman. We're all
elected and charged with the
same duties. And Raymond (Will-
iams) has done an excellent job."
Commissioner Mosconis then
asked that the matter be tabled
for the next meeting. "Let's think
about it for the next meeting," he
urged, "we may want to rotate this
Commissioner Clarence Williams
said that he was very interested
in serving as the board's vice-
chairperson. "Next year," he ex-
claimed, "I want to be chairman
on this board."
The board initially voted 4-1 to
accept the motion from Commis-
sioner Putnal. Commissioner
Mosconis, who first voted in op-
position to the motion, changed
his vote shortly thereafter. "Put
me down as a yes," Mosconis
stated, "if everyone else voted for
it, I'm gonna vote for it."

Bevy of beauties at crowning of Miss Florida Seafood Kelli
Carroll. Holding bouquets of roses are Renee Maloy, Amber
Blevins, Jessica Fulmer, Kara Brown, Heather Newell, Erica
Thomas, and Kim Leavins. Crowning the new seafood queen
was Allison Elliott, 1996 Miss Florida Seafood.

Seafood Royalty a Family

Tradition and Elliott were also in three tele-

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
When Kelli Carroll, a senior at
Carrabelle High, was crowned
Miss Florida Seafood on Oct. 11
by last year's reigning queen
Allison Elliott, she was not the
first in her family. Her mother was
Miss Florida Seafood-in 1972,
"I was a senior at Apalachicola
High," said Mrs. Lisa Carroll. "The
way I was selected the senior class
voted on three different girls, then
a committee picked one for Miss
Florida Seafood."
As Miss Florida Seafood, Carroll
will reign, with Seafood King
Retsyo, over festivities of the 34th
annual Florida Seafood Festival
Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Apalachicola,
beginning with a Friday parade,
Halloween dance, King Retsyo
ball, music and festival activities,
art, crafts, tributes to the seafood
industry in Battery Park, and the
blessing of the fleet.
Jessica Fulmer was chosen first
runner-up and Erica Thomas,
second runner-up. The top three
were chosen from a group of eight,
including Renee Maloy, Amber
Blevins, Kara Brown, Heather
Newell, and Kim Leavins. Judg-
ing was based on interview, poise
and appearance, and perfor-
mance in a commercial on sea-
food. The girls were filmed during
competition Friday night, and the
commercials were shown after
crowning ceremonies.
This year's reigning King Retsyo,
Charles Wilson, had a previous
commitment in Atlanta, but he
was in the Indian Summer parade
in Panama City, said Elliott. Ward




Fire at CHS

A Carrabelle High School junior
was arrested during the week of
September 22 following a fire that
occurred at Carrabelle High
School on September 15.
According to Major Steve Spradley
with the State Fire Marshall's Of-
fice, several witnesses allegedly
implicated the student in question
of setting multiple fires in a stor-
age room at the high school. Ma-
jor Spradley noted that the fire
was not accelerated by gasoline
or any other substance
Since the high school was occu-
pied when the fire was allegedly
set, Spradley said that the State
Fire Marshall's Office pushed for
the detention of the juvenile. 'This
was potentially a very dangerous
situation," said Spradley. The stu-
dent was detained at a Juvenile
Detention Center and later re-
leased into the custody of his
According to District Superinten-
dent Brenda Galloway, CHS Prin-
cipal Bob McDaris will conduct an
investigation in conjunction with
the State Fire Marshall's Office on
the matter; he will then make a
recommendation to the superin-
tendent in the next week. "Mr.

vision interviews during their
reign. "Get used to getting up
early to make it to all those ap-
pearances," said Elliott.
The Miss Florida Seafood commit-
tee included Betty Taylor-Webb,
Rachael Chesnut, Gary Barber,
and Dan Davis. "We had three
judges from out. of town," said


King Retsyo Charles Wilson
all decked out in his official
regalia, including crown,
cloak, and gold-painted
oyster boots. Wilson says he
is honored to serve as an
ambassador for the Florida
seafood industry. He, along
with Miss Florida Seafood
Kelli Carroll, will reign over
the 34th Annual Florida
Seafood Festival in
Apalachicola the weekend of
October 31st and November

McDaris will go to the ends of the
earth to make sure he's covered
every fact." Galloway commented.
Ms. Galloway said that she would
then make a recommendation to
the Franklin County School
Board. A disciplinary hearing, she
said, will be conducted approxi-
mately ten days after she receives
her recommendation from Mr.
McDaris. During the hearing, the
board will determine the appro-
priate punishment for the stu-
dent. According to the District
Code of Conduct, the charge of
Arson has been classified as a
Class Four MajorOffense punish-
able by expulsion.
"If anyone is arrested and charged
with arson," Galloway explained,
"certainly they are innocent be-
fore being proven guilty. If the
person is found guilty, it's a big-
ger issue than just education. It
becomes an education & rehabili-
tation issue. And we need to de-
termine what we can do to ad-
dress both issues of education
and rehabilitation."
Ms. Galloway noted that the
court's decision in the matter
would overrule the district's de-
termination. For instance, if the
school district determines that the
student was not guilty of the of-
fense, he can still be disciplined
by the district if the court rules
that he was guilty of the offense.
Conversely, if the school district
determines the student to be cul-
pable of arson, it cannot punish
him for that offense if the court
determines him to be innocent.

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Notes from the October 7
Franklin County
Commission Meeting
*The board awarded a bid request
of $321,253 to C.W. Roberts to
perform road improvements and
a water and sewer extension. The
improvements were made pos-
sible by a Community Develop-
ment Block Grant (CDBG).
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that
the Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council approved
Amendment 9 to the Fishery Man-
agement Plan on July 30. The
amendment, he explained, was
designed to reduce the unwanted
by-catch ofjuvenile red snappers
in the Gulf shrimp trawl fishery;
Mahan further noted that the
council's main goal was to acheive
a 44 percent reduction in the ju-
venile red snapper by-catch mor-
tality in comparison to those lev-
els monitored from 1984-89.
The amendment will require the
use of certified By-Catch Reduc-
tion Devices (BRD's) in shrimp
trawls in Federal waters in the
Gulf shoreward of the 100-fathom
depth contour west of Cape San
Bias. The approved BRD's cur-
rently include: the extended fun-
nel BRD (standard & inshore), the
expanded mesh BRD and a
fisheye with a minimum of a six
by six inch opening.


Hill Thanks

Board at Final


Departing Apalachicola City Com-
mission Wallace Hill extended his
appreciation to fellow board mem-
bers, office staff workers and city
employees at the Year End Spe-
cial Meeting on .October 6.
"Even though I spent four years
(as city commissioner)," said Hill,
"it's been a good learning experi-
ence. We have done some good
things during the four years.
They're coming down the pike.
And I want to thank all of you for
your cooperation during that pe-
riod of time." He concluded, "this
will be my last official meeting and
I'll try not to bug y'all anymore."
The board also extended their
appreciation to Commissioner
Hill. "If it wasn't for your work,"
concluded Commissioner Jack
Frye, "we wouldn't be where we
are today."
In other board business:
*Mayor Bobby Howell announced
that the City of Apalachicola had
won its lawsuit against resident
Jerry Hall on October 6.
*The board agreed that the side-
walk in front of the partially con-
structed Dixie Theatre should be
cleared of all material. Board
members directed City Building
Inspector Sandy Howze to meet
with the owner Rex Partington
about the matter.
"We're the only town in the coun-
try that allows a mess to stay on
the sidewalk for two or three
years,' exclaimed Commissioner
Hill, "they can move their stuff
inside...they can clean it up. I
think they should not be allowed
to block the street any more.

*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that
an administrative challenge had
been filed by the Southeastern
Fisheries Association in conjunc-
tion with four shrimpers to a BRD
requirement proposed by the Ma-
rine Fisheries Commission (MFC).
Mr. Mahan explained that the
MFC had conducted a public
hearing on September 3-5 to dis-
cuss a proposal that would re-
quire shrimpers to have a legal &
functioning BRD installed for use
in all otter trawls rigged for food
and live bait shrimping in state
waters. Those BRD's that would
meet the legal specifications
would include: the FL Finfish Ex-
cluder and the large mesh Ex-
tended Funnel BRD. The pro-
posal, Mahan explained, was sup-
posed to be presented to the Gov-
ernor and Cabinet for approval on
November 18. The challenge, he
said, has changed those plans.
*County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the board that
the University of Florida was pro-
moting a new program entitled the
Florida Homestead Assessment
System (Home-A-Syst). The pro-
gram, he said, was a voluntary
self-assessment program for non-
farm and rural residents who
have private drinking water wells
and/or septic tanks. Mahan ex-
plained that the program helped
residents identify environmental
risks and concerns both inside
and outside of their homes that
could contaminate their drinking
wells or other nearby surface wa-
*The board directed Superinten-
dent of Public Works Prentice
Crum and Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson to meet with Major
John Whitfield of the Franklin
Work Camp to discuss policies

They're interfering with peoples'
walking and it's creating a heck
of a liability on the city."
"I don't want to do anything to
hamper him (Mr. Partington),"
said Mayor Howell, "but I don't
want to do anything to harm the
City of Apalachicola."
Mr. Howze commented that no
work was being done on the out-
side of the building. "So I feel like
the streets should cleaned up,"
said Howze, "and the barriers
should be put up back to the steel
verticals that he's got up
there...I've made every effort that
I could short of putting a stop
work order on it (the construction)
to get him to do it another way. If
it's necessary, I do that. The prob-
lem Is that we've got a liability
there and .someone could get
*The board noted that no bids had
been submitted to purchase the
Sixth Street Lotl'ge 'Commis-
sioner Hill recommended that the
board contact the Department of
Community Affairs (DCA) to see
if the city could either put the
building back on the market or
deed it back to the DCA.
"It is draining the taxpayers of the
City of Apalachicola and it does
need to be disposed of," com-
mented Hill.
Commissioner Jack Frye ques-
tioned whether the city would be
harmed in future grant seeking
opportunities if they abandoned
the building. Mayor Howell re-
sponded, "if we sell it, they'll get
all of the money back."
Mayor Howell noted that the
building was appraised at
$95,000. "And that's a joke," he
commented. Howell said that the
city would not receive any money
for the facility unless someone
-paid in excess of the appraised
amount. He said, however, that
the city would save money by
merely closing the facility. Board
members noted that maintenance
costs to operate the lodge were
*Mayor Bobby Howell announced
that City Police Chief Warren
Faircloth had submitted his re-
tirement papers. Chief Faircloth
later informed the Franklin
Chronicle that he would consider
retiring in January of 1998. At
that time, he said, he will have
served the City ofApalachicola for
25 years as a law enforcement
*The board passed a resolution
declaring the month of Novermber
to be National Epilepsy Awareness

*The board directed Superinten-
dent of Public Works Prentice
Crum and Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson to meet with Major
John Whitfield of the Franklin
Work Camp to discuss policies
regarding certification and termi-
nation procedures in respect to
inmate supervision. The board
voiced concern that a county em-
ployee could lose his certification
due to allegations from an Inmate.
Major Whitfield assured, "Nobody
would ever lose their certification
because someone said (they did
something)...I can assure you of
that. It would have to be a proven,
documented fact." He continued,
"any decision that I make is a
recommendation...and then the
Assistant Superintendent of Op-
erations reviews everything. Then,
the Superintendent reviews it af-
ter him. So there are some bal-
ances and checks in place."
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion (DEP) had contacted the
county about illegal activity sea-
ward of the Coastal Control Line
on Bald Point. The DEP, he said;
had complained of material left
from the Old Bald Point Road
which was torn up when the road
was relocated.
Pierce said that he had directed
the road department to place the
old road base in an area adjacent
to the road in a location selected
by Gene Langston. "Unbeknownst
to me," he said, "it is illegal to
leave asphalt seaward of the
Coastal Control Line." Pierce said
that Langston would either use
the road base as driveway mate-
rial or provide the county with
access to move it.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that the county

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Annual Fire


Tony Millender with the Division
of Forestry presented members of
theFranklin County Commission
with the annual fire report
during the board's, October 7,.
"Actually, during this last year,"
Millender explained, "we've had
one fire less than the year preced-
ing, though we actually burned
double the acreage." Mr. Millender
reasoned that the excessive burn-
ing was 'due 'to the season's dry

had received $18,000 due to the
increase in contractors' licensing
fees. He expected that the county
would collect approximately
$20,000 for the year in such fees.
"Last year," he stated, "we col-
lected about $12,000 in contrac-
tor licenses."
*County Engineer Joe Hamilton
informed the board that the De-
partment of Transportation had
agreed to increase the amount of
t-hangars at the Apalachicola
Municipal Airport from 7 to 14 as
a part of its joint participation
project with the county.
*The board appointed Commis-
sioner Jimmy Mosonis and Chair-
person Raymond Williams to the
Small County Coalition. County
Planner Alan Pierce will serve as
the board's liason to that group.
The coalition will meet on Octo-
ber 17 at 1:30 p.m.
*The board agreed to raise the
salary of County Building Inspec-
tor Roscoe Carroll from $26,265
to $30,000 annually. "I need a
raise that I can live on," said
Carroll, "without having to have
a supplemental income." Carroll
said that he planned to retire on
October 31 of 1998.
Mr. Carroll said that his salary
was quite smaller than those of
County Planner Alan Pierce and
County Engineer Joe Hamilton. "If
you look at their wages against
mine, you'll see a great, great dif-
ference," said Carroll, "I feel like
my job is just as important as
theirs is." Commissioner
Mosconis pointed but that both
Hamilton and Pierce held Masters
.Degrees. "I've got 45 years of
hands-on experience," Carroll ar-
gued, "I'm not begging for this.
This is the first time I've been here
in nine years to ask for a raise."
After the board approved the
raise, Mr. Carroll greeted each of
the board members with a hand-

ments on. We've reduced that fig-
ure drastically, folks." The figure,
he said, was reduced to $1,378.
The fire control agreement be-
tween the county and the Division
of Forestry, said Millender, was
carried out by five Forest Rang-
ers, one Senior Forest Ranger and
Sone Fire Tower Lookout located at
East Bay, St. James and the
Carrabelle tower sites. The Divi-
sion of Forestry's prorated fire
control expenditure in the past
fiscal year, he continued, was
$332,326. Millender noted that
most of those expenditures
(($325,625) were paid by state
and federal funds.
The following table indicates the
various causes of wildfires in the
,past year and the amount of acres
burned as a result of those fires:

csau se.
The' DIlVi'Tion of-Forestry tre'-" Lig i "nin '"
sponded to 32 calls in the past Campfires
year. Among those calls; 23 were Smoking
in response to wildfires. Those Debris Burning
wildfires burned 842.7 acres. Incendiary
Mr. Millender informed board Equipment
members that the county paid Railroad
approximately $6,700 in assess- Children
ments between July 1 of 1996 to Unknown
June 30 of 1997 for the protec- Miscellaneous
tion of 223,338 acres of land.
"Just in the last six months," -
Millender informed the board,
"with the purchase of all the prop-
erty from the State of Florida, I
got together with the property ap-
praiser and we tried to re-assess
the number of acres on which you
were paying fire patrol assess-



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2nd Annual Fingerprinting Event

Apalachicola State Bank (ASB), in
cooperation with the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department and
Franklin County School System,
will host the 2nd Annual Keep
Kids Safe Photo ID event at all
Franklin County elementary
schools during the week of Octo-
ber 20-24.
This year's event, hosted for all
pre-kindergarten through fourth
grade students, will feature the
addition of student fingerprinting
to be administered by the Frank-
lin County Sheriffs Department
along with a safety lecture and
giveaways. During the event, pic-
tures and fingerprints will be
taken of all students who partici-
pate (parental permission is re-
quired.) The students will receive
a "passport" in which parents may
store the photo and record impor-
tant personal data about their
Last year, more than 500 Frank-
lin County students participated
countywide in the event which
was hosted by Apalachicola State
Bank as a way to increase aware-

ness about child safety. The
events are scheduled for both
public and private schools in the
"We're more than happy to spon-
sor this type of community pro-
gram because it promotes keep-
ing our kids safe," says ASB presi-
dent Barry Brynjolfsson.
The schedule for this year's week-
long Keep Kids Safe events is as
follows: October 20: First Baptist
Christian School; October 21:
Carrabelle High School; October
22: Chapman Elementary; Octo-
ber 23: Brown Elementary; Octo-
ber 24: Love Center Christian
Academy and Living Waters
Christian Academy.
For those who miss the photo ses-
sions, Apalachicola State Bank is
offering the service free in their
main Apalachicola office during
the week of October 20-24.
For further information, please
contact the participating schools
or contact Kimberly Zingarelli at
Apalachicola State Bank (850)

By Major John Whitfield
Sergeant Kimberly Beard -was
chosen by her peers as "Officer of
the Month" at the Franklin Work
Camp for the month of October.
Sergeant Beard began her career
with the Department of Correc-
tions at the Gulf Correctional In-
stitution on October 9, 1992. She
was promoted to the rank of Cor-
rectional Officer Sergeant on Sep-
tember 29, 1995 and transferred
to the Franklin Work Camp on
March 21, 1997.
Sergeant Beard is an efficient,
capable officer who exhibits a
positive attitude toward her work
and sets a good example for oth-
ers to follow. She is proficient in
the performance of her assigned
duties in spite of some very ad-
verse situations in which she
must respond. In these situa-
tions, she always handles them
with a calm, efficient manner. Sgt.
Beard is an important member of
the quality team that operates the
Franklin Work Camp.
Sgt. Beard responded to her spe-
cial recognition. "It feels great,"
she said, "they really surprised

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A Half-Baked Idea Whose

Time Has Come and Gone

Last week, a couple of FSU faculty from the Dept. of Urban and Re-
gional Planning, working on a $125,000 grant from the National Oce-
anic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant Program were cred-
ited with the creation of a "new tax model" that would "spread the
costs of hurricane planning, response and recovery efforts more eq-
uitably by requiring those "at greatest risk to pay the biggest share."
This means, after I telephoned the good professor, that those who
were ravaged by Hurricane Andrew, or any other, would be assessed
a larger share of the tax burden to help pay for the cleanup, and
perhaps preparations for the next devastating blow.
Why? Why, because they took the risk for building near the coast,
midway between the coast, and/or near the other coast. Let's not
complicate the problem by bringing up the element of chance here, or
the complicating problem of not having much choice where they lived
when the hurricane happened by. Then, there are the folks who have
no choice in the panhandle but to live near the coast because that is
where the highways, water, power and other modern necessities are
located. Those living on barrier islands, the professors say, are the
greatest risk takers, and therefore ought to pay more in taxes for
servicing these hurricane-prone areas. He didn't flinch one bit when
confronted with the fact that many on barrier islands already pay
much more in local taxes contrasted with the "return" in local ser-
vices. We won't mention any particular counties at this point but
those living on St. George Island may nod their head momentarily.
This startling exercise in planning was released by the FSU Media
Office, perhaps prematurely. Certainly, the professor advised, well
before the study was even done, and it is not scheduled for comple-
tion until 1998. Was this released merely to get another FSU tainted
"A sliding tax scale would be more equitable" concluded the FSU re-
searchers and perhaps future policy-makers. I only hope the local
governments take this warning about higher taxes for their coastal
counties to heart, and reject such nonsense. I still hold out that there
will be more useful conclusions for the government money that funded
this project rather than more taxes. The burden on "inland"
homeowners is not any less, nor any more than the burden of risk for'
all Floridians. All of us are subject to the risks of severe storms, as
Karen demonstrated with devastation along the coast in late 1985,
and devastation in the City of Tallahassee.
Seems to me more money ought to go into the science of hurricanes
so we may better understand just exactly how these storms perform
their damage, and how to build against this.
If this is some liberal-inspired plan to discourage home-building in
coastal areas, our professor friends ought to get in step with the hu-
manity that has a romance with the water. Over 70% of the popula-
tion is within 100 miles of a coastal area throughout the United States.
Like the former flood policies, originally administered to discourage
such home-building in coastal areas, the policy of taxing more to
discourage less has been an utter failure.
Tom W. Hoffer

Your Involvement is Key to Success
Here's how you can get involved in the EIS process.
Your comments are invited any time throughout the EIS preparation pro-
cess. However, some formal comment opportunities include:
Completing and returning the questionnaire
Attending public workshops during the EIS process (to be announced
Sending written comments to the Corps at the addresses listed or through
our Web site at http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/sam/pd/act&acfeis
Faxing comments to the Corps at 334/694-3815
Sending comments on the draft EISs scheduled to be released in October
ACT and ACF Allocation Formulas EISs
Inland Environmental Section
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mobile District
P.O. Box 2288
Mobile, AL 36652-9914

904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
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Vol. 6, No. 21

October 17, 1997

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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Rene Topping Carrabelle
Pat Morrison St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
Wayne Childers Port St. Joe
Anne Estes Wakulla

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Chronicle in writing.
All contents Copyright 1997
Franklin County Chronicle, Inc.


3. How did you learn about the ACT and ACF river basin Comprehensive
Study and the water resource issues associated with these basins? (Please
check all that apply.)

SPublic meeting Newspaper articles
SMail Radio Disc
_ Other ways
I'm not familiar with the ACT or ACF river basins.

:ussed with others

4. If you wanted more information on the environmental impact state-
ments associated with the ACT and ACF river basins, where would you
prefer to get this information?

Direct Mail The Internet

_ Newsletters Workshop

5. Would you be interested in receiving a draft copy of the environmental
impact statements for the ACT and ACF river basins, which are sched-
uled for release in October 1998?
ACT Yes No_ ACF Yes_ No
If yes. in what form would you like to receive the documentss?
_ Printed Report Internet CD ROM (_ IBM or Macintosh)
6. If you would like to continue receiving information on the EISs, please
complete the following:
Name Street

State_ Zip Code

One Key to Survival

of Franklin's Oyster


Sharing of Water from the Apalachicola
William S. Vogel, Colonel, District Engineer of the U. S; Army Corps
of Engineers (Mobile District) hfas been sending out flyers asking for
public input into the complex process of sharing the waters of the
Alabama, Coosa and Tallapoosa (ACT) and the Chattahoochee,
Apalachicola and Flint river systems (ACF). The river basins are pic-
tured below.
In cooperation with other agencies in a labyrinth of bureaucratic
decision-making in 1997 and 1998, the Army Corps. of Engineers
will prepare two environmental impact statements (EIS) designed to
address environmental and socioeconomic effects of the plan to di-
vide the waters of these rivers. YOUR PUBLIC INPUT IS CRITICAL TO
THE PREPARATION OF THESE EIS. Thus far, the participation of
representatives from Franklin County and surrounding counties af-
fected by the fresh water flows into the Gulf, has been minimal. This
is a big deal, and these EIS documents will profoundly influence,
eventually, the flow of fresh water into Apalachicola Bay. Citizens of
Franklin and other counties need to get into the Corps. of Engineers'
data base with their comments arid concerns in this "public input"
phase. The mechanisms for decision-making have already been ap-
proved by the three participating states of Alabama, Georgia and
Florida. While the "sky is not falling" in these issues, citizens need to
make it their business to get involved in these decisions because the
flow of fresh water into the Apalachicola Bay nursery will be Pro-
foundly and decidedly affected. Accordingly, the Chronicle has repro-
duced the Engineer's questionnaire and provided addresses and phone
numbers to facilitate public response to the Army's appeal: Now is
the time to become better informed about these issues because these
mechanisms are going to influence the way livings are being made on
the Bay. Move on it, Franklin Countyll Send 'Em Your Messages!
It is very apparent that this is the beginning stage of seeking formal
public involvement. Flyers are being sent around to early responders
who, years ago it seems, asked for info about the Tri-River system
These studies are nearing completion! The questionnaire is designed
to get information on interest areas, your perception of the major
issues involved, your information channels about these issues, and
how you would like to remain informed about these issues. This is an
unprecedented opportunity to get involved directly in the process that
will eventually impact on every Franklin county family earning a liv-
ing in the seafood industries, and ancillary businesses.
Tom W. Hoffer
-- Clip, Complete and Send .

Although your comments are welcomed throughout the EIS process, please
return this questionnaire by October 31, 1997, so that they receive full con-
siderition for the EISs.
1. Which basins and rivers (with their associated reservoirs) are you in-
terested in? (Please check all that apply. Use the lines below each river to
write in the names of reservoirs or streams along that particular river that you
are also interested in.)

SAlabama River
Coosa River
Tallapoosa River

_ Apalachicola River
SChattahoochee River
SFlint River

2. What do you feel are the major issues related to water resource man-
agement in the ACT and ACF river basins? (Please check all that apply.)

SFlood control
_ Agricultural water needs
SPublic drinking water supply
_. Fish and wildlife habitat

Industrial water supply
Electric power generation

Water quality of lakes, rivers, and streams Recreational uses such as boating,
fishing, swimming, skiing Adequate water depth for navigating barges Ground-
water resources such as wells and aquifers Other Issues: (Please explain)

Law Offices of


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upon advertisements. Before you decide ask us to send you free written
information about our qualifications & experience."

In the space below or on a separate page, please provide any questions
you have or other issues you think should be included in the EISs:

How do I submit this questionnaire?
After completing this questionnaire, send to the address below.
This questionnaire and accompanying brochure are also accessible on the
Internet at http://www.sarmusace.army.mil/sam/pd/actacfeis. If you wish,
you can submit an electronic version of this questionnaire from the Web site.

About the River Basins
The ACT and ACF basins originate in northern Georgia and terminate in
Alabama and Florida, respectively. During the past 160 years, these ba-
sins have been developed to meet various water demands, including drink-
ing water supply, flood control, hydropower, navigation, fish and wildlife
conservation, and recreation. Ten multipurpose reservoirs are operated
by the Corps in the basins, as are 21 non-federal reservoirs.
Increased Demands Raised Questions
Rapid growth in north Georgia has caused large increases in water de-
mands. As a result, in the 1980s, the Corps received requests from north
Georgia municipalities to reallocate the water stored in the federal reser-
voirs. Also, droughts during the 1980s heightened the public's concern
about water resource management in the ACT and ACF basins. Subse-
quently, Alabama filed litigation challenging the proposed reallocations.
The statesof Alabama, Florida, and Georgia and the Corps met to resolve
this conflict, leading to the Comprehensive Study of water resources in
the ACT and ACF basins, which began in .1992.
Comprehensive Water Resource Study Was
First Step
The goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Study are to:
* Determine the capabilities of and demands on the water resources of the
* Develop technical information, strategies, and plans.
* Provide basin-specific tools to evaluate water management alternatives.
Evaluate alternatives that affect the water resource uses.
Recommend a formal mechanism to coordinate long-term basin-wide man-
agement and use of water resources to meet the environmental, public
health, and economic needs of the basins.. .
Many of the -3omprehensive Study elemeihtiftave been completed: and
the balance are expected to be complete by December 1997 or shortly

Interstate Agreements Pave the Way
The states ofAlabama, Florida, and Georgia have approved interstate com-
pacts for the ACT and ACF basins to address management of water re-
sources. The purpose of these compacts is to promote interstate use, re-
duce controversy, equitably apportion the surface waters of the basins,
promote water planning, and develop and share common databases. The
compacts will establish a commission for each basin consisting of the
Governor from each state and a Federal Commissioner. The compacts are
currently awaiting U.S. Congressional approval.
Under the compacts, the states will develop water allocation formulas that
will be evaluated by the Federal Commissioner. The states will be request-
ing public input during their deliberations. The states must approve the
water allocation formulas for the two basins no later than December 1998,
and the Federal Commissioner must submit a letter to accept or reject the
water allocation formulas within 210 days of approval by the state com-
missions. An additional 45 days will be allowed to resolve differences if
determined necessary.
Understanding the EIS Process
All federal evaluations of the formulas for each basin, including environ-
mental evaluations, must be completed within a specific timeframe to as-
sist the Federal Commissioner in his or her decision. These EISs must
address the impacts, or range of impacts, that could result from imple-
menting the formulas.
The technical information and tools developed under the Comprehensive
Study will be used by the states to develop water allocation formulas
and in the upcoming EISs to evaluate the potential impacts of the formu-
las. A separate EIS will be prepared for both the ACT and ACF basins.
Because of the broad geographic areas associated with the two river ba-
sins and because the water allocation formulas may not be available from
the states until late 1998, a programmatic approach will be used to de-
velop each EIS. Using hydrologic models developed during the Compre-
hensive Study, the draft EIS will evaluate a potential range of stream flows
at established locations within each basin that would likely occur from
the various alternative allocation formulas. Potential environmental im-
pacts will then be identified for existing flows and projected ranges of flows;
taking into account future water demands within the basins. This infor-
mation will provide the framework to assess the impacts of the actual
water allocation formulas, once they are proposed by the states.
Public involvement is a key objective for any EIS. Public input can include
suggestions or comments on the range of alternatives to be evaluated in
the EIS, significant issues, and the scope of the EIS studies. We are asking
for your input now and throughout the process. Public comment will also
be received at public workshops to discuss the draft EIS, which should
occur in October 1998.

Ihe Ilse Newe[l Fund for the Performing Arts

ME 4d Dr. R. Bedford Watkins

performing on
T- Clavichord, Harpsichord,
Piano and Organ
Sunday, October 26th at 4:00 p.m.
at Trinity Episcopal Church, Apalachicola
Adults $2.00 Students $1.00 All children under 12 should be in the company of an adult.
Clavichord Watkins Ale (Fitwilliam Virginal Book, c. 1619) Anonymous
Harpsichord Chaconne in D Minor Louis Couperin (c. 1621-1661)
Sarabande (Panita in E Minor, Clavierubung, Vol. I) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata in G Major, R. 45 Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783)

Voluntary in C Major
Two Pieces for Flute Clock
I Thank Thee, Lord
Offenoire in G Major
Fr Elise
la plus que Lente
Prelude in G# Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
Prelude in Eb Major, Op. 23, No. 6
The Banshee (1925)
Dance in Bulgarian Rhythmn in E Major

Henry Erben
Organ (1840)
Henry Pilcher
Organ (1922)

John Stanley (1713-1786)
FranzJoseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Sigfrid Karg-Elen (1877-?)
Dom Paul Benoit (1893-?)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Henry Cowell (1897-1965)
Bela Banbk (1881-1945)



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Beam Charity Concert Met With

Warm and Lively Reception

Volunteers from the Share Program in Carrabelle have worked diligently to keep their
food distribution program active and healthy; the group took time to celebrate the fruits
of their labor at an October 10 potluck dinner.

* .- "-- t i '- The month of October is Domes-
St. George Island youngster begins early on his oysters, tic Violence Awareness Month.
made available by King Retsyo, Charles Wilson. During this time, the Refuge
House domestic and sexual vio-

The melodic beat from headliner
entertainer Marcia Ball and her
musical group brought forth lots
of dancing on Franklin Boulevard
late Saturday, October 11th, as
hundreds of families and music
lovers gathered to the stage for the
second'annual Beam's Charity
Music Festival.
The affair started on Friday night
with the appearances of five mu-
sical groups at St. George Island
clubs, with free admission, and
continued into Saturday with con-
tinuous entertainment offered to
gathering crowds who arrived at
the island all afternoon. The head-
liner, Marcia Ball, was delayed
due to a mix-up in time zone
changes, as she and her troop
arrived from the west. By dark,
with the professional sound sys-
tems broadcasting the highly
rhythmic beat of her band, the
crowd moved into a jovial mood
as they danced for hours on Fran-
klin Boulevard. This was more a
family affair, starting around noon
and without any alcoholic bever-
ages being served, but some food
and beverages were available
along with fund-raiser booths lin-
ing up in the beach area.
Jay Abbott, Fire-Chief of the St.
George Island Fire Department,
and in charge of security with his
20 associates, was pleased with
the progress of the event. There
were "no incidents" of any sort
involving disorders or
pranksterism that sometimes ac-
company this type of event. "The
businesses and clubs were pretty
full Friday night," he added. "I also
want to thank Aaron Beam of
HealthSouth for establishing this
event. We are very grateful for his

civic interest in the island, the fire
department and the First Re-
sponders." Firemen and First Re-
sponders made up the "security
team" for the concerts, and col-
lected donations at the five clubs
featuring the musical groups as
they performed. The proceeds
amounted to $1621. "We also ap-
preciated the donations, but the
Festival also demonstrated the
viability and safety of the plan for
these festivities," he added. '"This
appears to be a good model for
future concerts."
The two-day affair was sponsored
by HealthSouth, a healthcare pro-
vider with facilities in all 50 states.
Aaron Beam, Birmingham, Ala-
bama businessman, vice-presi-
dent of HealthSouth, and St.
George Island resident, provided
the stimulus for the concerts He
created the Birmingham based
Crawfish Boil ten years earlier,
raising thousands of dollars for
charity. He was largely respon-
sible for the entertainment lineup
for the weekend, including Rollin'
in the Hay and the Lost Dogs,
Kevin Derryberry, Terraplane,
Freek Freely and Deana Freeland.
The clubs hosting the entertain-
ers Friday and Saturday nights
were HarryA's, Island Oasis, Peli-
can, Finnis and Blue Parrot. The
formal sponsors for the Festival
included Apalachicola State
Bank, B J's Pizza, Buccaneer Inn,
Tom William Land Rover, Citizens
Federal Bank, Collins Vacation
Rentals, Prudential Resort Realty,
Anchor Realty, Seabreeze Motel,
Sportsman's Lodge, Lubertos,
Liberty Communications, and

Deputy Jep Smith enjoys a day at the charity concert.
Deputy Jep Smith enjoys a day at the charity concert.

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Rural Folklife

Days in White


1997 Rural Folklife Days at the
Stephen Foster State Folk Culture
Center in White Springs are
scheduled for November 3-7. "Ru-
ral Folklife Days are a wonderful
time for children to learn about
the history and traditions of ru-
ral Floridians in North Florida,"
Secretary of State Mortham said.
Admission is $4.00 per person,
and the event is open to the gen-
eral public as well as to students.
For more information, call the
Bureau of Historic Preservation at
(850) 487-2333 or (800) 847-

lence services would like to pro-
vide as much information as pos-
sible to alert the public to a con-
tinuing epidemic known as do-
mestic violence.
The Refuge House has provided
shelter and services for domestic
and sexual violence victims in
eight counties since 1979. One of
those counties served includes
Franklin County.
Ms. Jeannie Taylor, who coordi-
nates the program locally, pro-
vides counseling, community
education and court advocacy to
victims in the county. "One of our
roles will be education," said Tay-
lor, "we feel like we can educate
people to what is happening and
that they will be more concerned
and will not mind getting
Ms. Taylor said that one of the
most important steps for a victim
of domestic violence was to ac-
knowledge their situation. "If they
choose to address that problem,"
she said, "then they're gonna be
a lot better off than if they choose
to ignore that problem."
Locally, Taylor commended the
efforts of Sheriff Bruce Varnes and
Assistant State Attorney Ron
Flury in confronting domestic vio-
lence. "They're very concerned
with what's happening with do-
mestic violence and they're ad-
dressing it in a very positive way,"
said Taylor, "they're saying, 'this
has got to stop.' They recognize
that, if you have a child growing
up in a situation like that, the
likelihood of that child becoming
exactly that way is very, very
good...many people who are
batterers were battered and
abused as children. It's a cycle"
Ms. Taylor estimated that ap-
proximately 10-15 temporary re-
straining orders have been re-
quested per month in the county.
"That's just the tip of the iceburg,"
she pointed out, "when someone
goes after a restraining order, a
couple of things have happened;
they are generally in a situation
where it's escalating. They have
gotten to the point where they are
very afraid....if you've got that
many on a monthly basis in this
county, then you know that
there's a lot more (domestic vio-
lence) going on."
The time in which a victim seeks
help or tries to separate herself
from a batterer, said Taylor, has
generally proven to be the most
dangerous time in that person's
life. 'The most dangerous time in
a woman's life in that situation is
when she gets ready to leave," she
explained, "that is when most
woman, if they're going to be
killed, are killed."
When asked her opinion as to the
cause of domestic violence, Tay-
lor responded, "violence is a
choice....when you get angry with
the boss, you don't knock him
around. If you get angry with the
policeman who stops you for
speeding, you don't knock him
around. If you have words with
your best friend, you probably
don't start beating on him. So,
this individual has made this
Continued on page 8

A full crowd of volunteers made
their way to the Carrabelle United
Methodist Church on October 10
for a potluck dinner in celebra-
tion of the Self Help and Resource
Exchange (SHARE) Program's first
anniversary in Franklin County.
SHARE Program Field Represen-
tative Susie Dodson stated that
approximately 200 families in
Franklin County participated with
the food distribution program.
She pointed out that the county
also had host sites in Eastpoint
(Eastpoint First Baptist) and
Apalachicola (First Pentacostal
Holiness Church). Reverend Will-
iam Smith serves as the host site

Gorrie Museum
to Observe 40th
During Seafood

By Sandy Madsen
Descendants of Dr. John Gorrie
will be in Apalachicola to celebrate
the 40th Anniversary of the dedi-
cation of the museum com-
memorating the refrigeration pio-
neer and to attend the Seafood
A small coffee will be held at the
Museum at 9 a.m. Sunday morn-
ing, November 2, 1997, where
there will also be a special cer-
emony commemorating the anni-
versary. The reception is' spon-
sored by the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society, the citizen sup-
port group for the museum.
The descendants of Dr. Gorrie,
who is buried near the museum,
are great, great, great, great
grandchildren and another gen-
eration of grandchildren. The line
of descendancy is through Dr.
Gorrie's daughter, Sarah.
Dr. Gorrie (1803-1855) was an
early pioneer in the invention of'
the artificial manufacture of ice,
refrigeration and air conditioning,
having been granted the first U.S.
patent for mechanical refrigera-
tion in 1851. His basic principle
is the one most often used in re-
frigeration today; namely, cooling
caused by the rapid expansion of
gases. His apparatus was initially
designed to treat yellow fever
Other researchers, beginning with
William Cullen at the University
of Glasgow (1748), Oliver Evans
(1805), Jacob Perkins (1834), and
Alexander C. Twinning (1856)
conducted experiments and built
prototype cooling devices in some

coordinator in Eastpoint, while
Tim Turner serves as the coordi-
nator in Apalachicola.
"They're doing a great job here,"
exclaimed Ms. Dodson, "they've
worked really hard throughout
the county. SHARE doesn't work
without volunteers. If it all fell on
my back, you'd be in sorry shape."
Reverend Michael Kelly, who
serves at the host site coordina-
tor in the City of Carrabelle, com-
mended the volunteers for their
diligent efforts in the community.
"Because of you," he announced,
"people have been fed and they
can live a little better. He con-

instances over the years, but the
work of Ferdinand P. E. Carre
(France, 1860) laid the foundation
for widespread modern refrigera-
tion. Gorrie's apparatus was a
vapor-compression system which
used air. Carre used, rapidly ex-
panding ammonia that liquefies
at a much lower temperature than
water and is thus able to absorb
more heat. Carrie's refrigeration
became, and still is, the most
widely used method of cooling. In
the 1920s, there were developed
many synthetic refrigerants re-
moving the concern about toxic
danger and odor of ammonia
leaks. The remaining problems in
developing modern air condition-
ing involved controlling humidity,
finally resolved by Willis Haviland
Carrier's patent in 1906, an in-
vention with global implications..
Dr. John Gorrie has been honored
for his early work when his statue
was placed in Statuary Hall in the
U. S. Capitol. In 1899, a monu-
ment to him was erected by.the
Southern Ice Exchange in
Apalachicola, where he served as
mayor in 1837, and had devel-
oped his device.
Using double acting force pumps,
it first compresses then expands
the air. The high temperature of
the compressed air is cooled while
maintaining high pressure by in-
jecting a small amount of water
into it and surrounding the air-
filled coils with a circulating bath
of cooling water. The injected wa-
ter/condenses out in a holding
tank, and the compressed air is
rapidly expanded into a holding
tank of brine at atmospheric pres-
sure. This lowers the temperature
of the brine to 26 degrees F or
below. Immersing brick-sized
metal containers into the brine,

eluded, "helping one another is
what it's all about."
SHARE Program participants
have the opportunity to obtain
monthly food packages at an
increbibly economic rate. In or-
der to participate with the pro-
gram, members must volunteer at
least two hours in community to
receive a monthly package.
For more information about the
program, contact the Carrabelle
United Methodist Church at 697-
3672. In Eastpoint, contact the
Eastpoint First Baptist Church at
670-8465. In Apalachicola, con-
tact the First Pentacostal Holiness
Church at 653-9372.

and dripping fresh water into con-
tainers, ice bricks are formed. The
cold air is released into the atmo-
sphere, providing considerable
relief to his patients.
Gorrie was born in October, 1803
in Charleston, South Carolina,
and was raised in Columbia,
South Carolina. From 1825-1827,
he attended the College of Physi-
cians and Surgeons of the West-
ern District of New York. Gorrie
initially practiced in South Caro-
lina in 1828 and then came to
Apalachicola in 1833, which was
at that time a bustling cotton port.
He was also an assistant post-
master in 1834 and a Notary Pub-
lic in 1835. He became very ac-
tive in city public and religious
affairs, being among the found-
ing vestrymen of Trinity Episco-
pal Church in 1837. He married
Caroline Frances Myrick Beman
of Columbia, South Carolina, left
Apalachicola, and then returned
by 1840. The yellow fever scourge
struck the area in 1841. Gorrie
was convinced that yellow fever
could be "cured" with lower tem-
peratures and he started to work
on his cooling device. He never
realized any financial return from
his invention. Upon his death, he
was survived by his wife Caroline
(1838-1866), his son John Myrick
(1838-1866) and his daughter
Sarah (1844-1908). Dr. Gorrie is
buried in Apalachicola's Gorrie
Square. His wife and son are bur-
ied in St. Luke's Episcopal Cem-
etery, Marianna, Florida, and his
daughter Sarah in Milton, Florida.
A brochure describing his life and
work written by George Chapel is
available free of charge at the
Museum, Post Office Box 267,
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School Board


Issue of

Senior Class

Superintendent Brenda Galloway
recommended during the Frank-
lin County School Board's regu-
lar October 9 meeting that the
area principals meet with their
senior classes and sponsors to
determine an appropriate senior
class trip.
Superintendent Galloway further
recommended that the class trips
be 48 hours in length. She asked
that members from the senior
classes plan their annual trip with
the assistance of their principals.
The plans, she said, would then
Need to be approved by the prin-
cipals and finally the school
Galloway explained that her rec-
ommendation would allow the
graduating seniors to gain expe-
rience in the area of planning.
"You (seniors) are now in the time
of your life where you'll be begin-
ning to plan and beginning to
learn how to meet with those who
are in authority," said Galloway.
She concluded, "if you plan well,
we're not gonna have problems."
School board members applauded
the efforts of various high school
seniors who lobbied them for an
extended class trip. The class
trips were initially proposed to be
only 24 hours in length.
Resident Tony Millender com-
mended Superintendent Galloway
for collaborating with the
students and principals on the
Board member Jimmy Gander
cautioned the many seniors in
attendance about their pending
senior trip. "When you go off on
your senior trips," he said, "It's an
opportunity of a lifetime. But

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your school and the school sys-
tem. And the things that you do,
whether you like it or not, have
an impact on whether the class,
behind you goes (on a senior
Gander continued, "I probably
ought to be speaking to students
who aren't here, but everybody
ought to know that, when they get
out of line, that's a real selfish
thing to do because it's affecting
the people behind them."
In other school board business:
*Brown Elementary School (BES)
Principal Janice Gordon informed
the board that BES has initiated
numerous activities to promote
parental involvement. "One of the
main goals of the school district
is to promote parental involve-
ment," she said. Gordon said that
BES would conduct two work-
shops per month concerning top-
ics that she said may interest the
community's parents. The work-
shops, which she said were called
'Best Tips and Tricks for Parents,'
would be open to the public.
Ms. Gordon said that BES was
also promoting parent involve-
ment by expanding the school's
parent resource center. "The cen-
ter was initiated several years ago
through Title 1 funding," said
Gordon, "and we are trying to ob-
tain materials on topics our par-
ents want more information on."
*Carrabelle High School (CHS)
Principal Bob McDaris an-
nounced that the school recently
conducted its open house event.
"One of our goals at the beginning
of the year was to try to make the
parents feel connected to the
classroom," he said. McDaris es-
timated that approximately 300
individuals attended the event.
*The board agreed to pass a reso-
lution in recognition of the work
of FAMU President Dr. Frederick
"I think everyone in this room at
one time or another has heard of
Dr. Humphries," said board mem-
ber Willie Speed.
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of the students' Learning Stations.

The Franklin County School
District's Alternative Opportunity
Center opened its doors to fifteen
students throughout the county
on October 14 at the old Chap-
man bandroom in Apalachicola.
According to Norm Carrin, who
serves as the alternative center's
instructor, the first day of class
proved to be quite successful. "It
went good," said Carrin, "we made
progress. The students interacted
well. It was a pleasant enviroh-
ment and the students were ea-
ger to do their work."
The Alternative Opportunity Cen-
ter provides "disruptive" district
students between the grades of 7-
12 with a more controlled class-
room environment. The program
can serve as many as fifteen stu-
dents at a time. The program has
presently enrolled eight students
from Apalachicola High School
and seven students from
Carrabelle High School.
The program supplies each of the
students with his or her own
"Learning Station." These stations
consist of a computer with spe-
cialized software materials from
the Computer Curriculum Corpo-
ration to guide the students
through their daily coursework.
"It tutors them and shows how
much time they've spent on their
lessons," said Carrin, "and it also
shows what the student needed
help with."
The daily schedule at the Alter-
native Opportunity Center differs
slightly from the schedules of ei-
ther Apalachicola or Carrabelle
High Schools; while the alterna-
tive center requires each student
to participate in seven class peri-

ods, the high schools only have
six periods. However, each class
period at the alternative center is
only 20 minutes in length; the
normal high school periods are
significantly longer. Overall, the
entire school day at the alterna-
tive center is one hour shorter in
length compared to a full day of
classes at either of the local high
Students from the alternative cen-
ter begin their first class period
at 9:00 a.m. and continue with
that subject matter for twenty
minutes. Six of the seven class
periods require the students to
work on their individualized
coursework at one of the Learn-
ing Stations. The students may
chose the periods in which they
will work on each required sub-
ject. For instance, if a student
prefers to work on mathematics
during the morning and science
during the afternoon, he or she
may do so.
The seventh and final class period
is group oriented; it begins at
12:30 pm. and concludes at 12:50
pm. During this period, the stu-
dents may be required to watch a
video on such topics as the dan-
gers of alcohol or tobacco. The
period may also be used to con-
duct conflict resolution or behav-
ior modification workshops.
Mr. Carrin said that the students
will also have the opportunity to
view Career Exploration video
tapes during the day. The pro-
gram has a wide range of career
oriented tapes; some of those in-
clude information on such careers
as a home health aide, fire fighter,
patrol officer, legal secretary, pro-
duction scientist and account co-
The final half-hour of the stu-
dents' day at the alternative cen-
ter is spent cleaning up the facil-
ity. 'This helps them to develop a
good work ethic," stated Carrin.
The official class day at the alter-
native center ends at 1:30 p.m.
Although the alternative center is
located near Chapman Elemen-
tary School, students at the cen-
ter are prohibited from entering
the designated elementary school
grounds. The students are
dropped off and picked up from
the alternative center on the
south side of the School District's
office. The students may only use
those grounds south of the Dis-
trict office for recreation, also.


Although only three seniors from
the Franklin County School Dis-
trict took the Scholastic Aptituhe
Test.(SAT) for the 1996-97 school
year, those local students scored
higher than both the state and
national averages.
"I'm excited about this," exclaimed
Superintendent Brenda Galloway,
"they did really well on the test."
Ms. Galloway explained that most
local student take the ACT. "But
the district encourages students


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By Rene Topping
The newly founded Panhandle
Poets and Writers Club will wel-
come all writers, published or
unpublished, working in any
genre, any age to join with them
in friendship. The members
elected charter officers at their
last meeting. Tom Campbell was
elected President. Rene Topping
Vice-President. Carolyn Hatcher
Recording Secretary and Van
Waulk Treasurer,

Meetings will be kept to a two
hour time limit and are slated for
the second Wednesday of each

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The average SAT scores for na-
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month. The next meeting will be
held on Wednesday, September
10 at 7 p.m. at the Parish Hall of
Episcopal Church in Carrabelle.
The club will meet on a regular
basis on the, second Wednesday
of each month.
The Club welcomes all poets and
writers in Franklin and adjoining
counties to attend. Readings of
poems, short stories or parts of
work in progress will be read at
each meeting. Gentle critique will
be encouraged from members,
-The Club is based on the idea that
meeting together will be for en-
couragement and to help would-
be writers to begin to express their
creativity. Also writers will ex-
change ideas on where to sell
magazines and other books.
Anyone wishing for further infor-
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Long Day for Bitsy Love," as Kathleen Heveran(R) looks on.

Students from the Alternative Opportunity Center will
follow a daily schedule as such.

1st Period (9:00 a.m.-9:20 a.m.)
2nd Period (9:30 a.m.-9:50 a.m.)
3rd Period (10:00 a.m.-10:20 a.m.)
4th Period (10:30 a.m.-10:50 a.m.)
5th Period (11:00 a.m.-11:20 a.m.)
Lunch (11:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m.)
delivered by Chapman Elementary cafeteria
6th Period (12:00 p.m.-12:20 p.m.)
7th Period (12:30 p.m.-12:50 p.m.)
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Zoning, Parking,

Walking, Hiring...

All Went On at

City Commission

By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City Commissioners
received notice of a "No Parking"
ban located on the north side of
U.S. Highway 98 at their regular
meeting on October 6.
A letter from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation (FDOT)
stated that some "No Parking"
signs are already in place on U.S.
98 between the east end of the
Tillie Miller Bridge to County Road
67 in the City of Carrabelle. More
signs will be added when the
FDOT completes its resurfacing
project which is planned for early
1998. FDOT has notified the
Carrabelle City Police City Police
Chief and the Florida State High-
way Major that enforcement may
City Commissioners discussed
the possibility of having one-way
angle parking on Avenue A from
C67 to First Street East. The
street that was formerly called
Curtis Avenue in front of City Hall
was also considered as a one way
street with parking on only one
side. Those two plans were tabled
for a later meeting.
A popular idea among many resi-
dents in Carrabelle is to have a
safe walking trail in town; that
may soon become a reality. City
Engineer Bill McCartney of
Baskervllle and Donovan said
that he had applied for a
$115,750 grant. $109,200 of
that grant funding would be used
to extend pavements from U.S. 98
north on Ryan Drive to Three Riv-
ers Road along Tallahassee Street
to Avenue C. This would give a
continuous surfaced access and
recreation pathway around some
105 blocks of residential
The commissioners, after several
attempts to hire a sewer and wa-
ter employee, finally hired Dallas
Barrack as their newest worker,
with the condition that he receive
a GED certificate within one year.
Barrack will have a one year pro-

Port Authority


Develupinent of

Timbr- Island

The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority agreed at their October
9 meeting to schedule a special
meeting on November 3 to make
final determinations regarding
their plans for the development of
Timber Island.
Board members noted that a
workshop was scheduled on
November 6 with various state
representatives from the
Department of Community Affairs
and the Department of
Environmental Protection. During
that workshop, the Port Authority
will present their compre-
hensive development plans
for Timber Island to these
"I would like us to put our best
face forward here," said board
member Jim Lycettt, "so the state
people come down and feel that
this was one of the most
productive meetings we've ever
"We need to not only have a plan
that we can talk about," added
board member Paul Marxen, "we
need to hand out to them a final
draft of what our proposal is."
Dockside Marina owner Tommy
Bevis offered to meet with Tom
Beavers of ERA Realty to discuss
their plans for the development of
,Timber Island. "We can also talk
to the state and ask them, 'are
these things that the state would
be acceptable to seeing?'"
Board Chairperson Gary Reakes
suggested that the state not be
involved in such matters until the
Port Authority makes their
presentation to them on
November 6. He voiced concern
that representatives from the
various agencies would have
different opinions about
particular development matters.

By Carol Ann Vandegrift
Approximately 450 people have
registered to attend the Octo-
ber 25 Carrabelle High School
Reunion for students and teach-
ers who attended or taught
classes at the school from 1917
to 19801 The oldest living CHS
graduate is George Bradford, in
his 90s, who lives in Apalachicola.
George was the first person to
turnin his registration but he
conceded to Carrabelle City Com-
missioner Wesley "Buz" Putnal
that he "may not make the dance."
The above number includes some
spouses but most are former stu-
dents or teachers.
'There'll be a lot of family reunions
within the reunion," Buz said.
Many of the out-of-town visitors
will be staying at the homes of
relatives or friends. Buz (1955)
and his wife, Genevieve (1957) are
excited about the reunion. Buz
said he --pecting to see a friend
he hasn't seen in 25 years.

bation. Water and Sewer Commis-
sioner Jim Phillips also obtained
permission to name Manuel
Sanchez Aguilar to the position of
Assistant Superintendent.
Commissioners set up two work-
shops to look the possibility of
having their own planning and
zoning board to look at building
permits and zoning matters. The
workshop will also consider
amendments to the comprehen-
sive plan for Carrabelle. This
workshop will be conducted at
7:00 p.m. at Carrabelle City Hall
on October 21.
The commissioners turned down
a request from the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority (CPAA) to
take over dock permitting within
the CPAAjurisdiction and also to
possibly take over supervision
and management of the Riverwalk
project. Jim Phillips said that the
city was ultimately responsible for
those matters. He said that, if the
city was responsibility, he wanted
the city to also retain the author-
ity. The city commissioners took
no action on approving the re-
The commissioners tabled a re-
quest from Sonny Bragdon who
claims ownership of lot 5 1/2. It
was reported that the city map
does not show a lot 5 1/2 and that
the said lot is apparently part of
a 25 foot city alley.
In the same vicinity, there is a
lot 7 1/2. Apparently, lot 5 1/2
was shown as a privately owned
lot although the owner has title
insurance. It seems that the lot
was first sold on May 1 of 1966.
Phillips asked, "How on earth
could they [the title searchers]
miss the fact that it was city prop-
erty?" Bragdon appeared in ref-
erence to a building that is partly
on that piece of ground. The
building is about 1/20 of its full
size on the lot. Now it appears that
it may be "smack dab" on a city
The city commissioners directed
their attorney to contact the title
company and return with a report
on the matter at the next meet-
The commissioners gave Vance
Millender permission to remove
an old wall at the Old Maples Con-
crete Company site on the condi-
tion that Keith Mock preserve the
site and Millender clean up all de-

Reakes said that he preferred
consulting with these various
representatives at one time.
City Engineer Bill McCartney with
Baskerville & Donovan informed
the board that he had met with
representatives from the
Department of Community Affairs
to discuss the possibility of
obtaining various marine services
through an economic
development grant.
"Carrabelle appears to be ripe for
a couple of these major economic
development programs," said
Mr. McCartney further noted that
he has also met with Tommy Bevis
and David Parramore to
determine their development
needs and desires. "This list (of
development items) is not in
concrete," said McCartney, "it can
certainly be changed." He
requested that the board focus on
those items already allowed
through the Development of
Regional Impact (DRI).
The following development items
requested included: a new travel
lift platform and finger pier to
accommodate a travel lift ranging
in capacity from 60-80 tons, a
replacement rail marine way with
a capacity of 130 tons, an
improved apron and driveway for
use by the travel lift in positioning
boats for repairs or service, an
enclosed painting facility which
would include a recirculation
wash down system and site
improvements with appropriate
stormwater control structures.
The board unanimously agreed to
recommend that McCartney
pursue such development items
through an economic
development grant with the
Department of Community

Sid and Bobbye Winchester
(1956) said they are looking for-
ward to seeing a lot of old'friends.
Sid's sister, Betty Lou Winches-
ter Wingate (1954), is coming in
from Orange Park for the event.
The reunion will be bitter-sweet
for Sid, who has lost two broth-
ers in the past two years.
Merideth Dabne Blake (1944), of
Delray Beach, daughter of
Annabelle Dabne, willbe here,
but her brother, Charles Dabne,
of New Roads, Louisiana, has job
obligations that will prevent his
coming. Charles was a CHS 10th
grader in 1944 when his family
moved to North Carolina, where
he graduated. Bill Kersey (1955)
and his wife Martha Kersey are
also looking forward to the re-
union. Martha, a graduate of
Monticello High School, taught at
CHS for 33 years. Billy said the
Senior Class of '55 consisted of
16 students, "10 girls and 6 boys."
Continued on page 8



Services on

Park Project

By Rene Topping
City Recreation Committee Chair-
person David Butler was pleased
at the show of support during a
recent committee meeting as
Belinda Hartsfield handed him a
petition containing the names of
about fifty local residents who
pledged to volunteer their services
to work on making all manner of
playground equipment for the
park. Ms. Hartsfleld said that the
group would like to see the park
transformed into a safe and happy
place for area children of all ages.
Butler said that County Commis-
sioner Bevin Putnal has pledged

$5000 to the Recreation Commit-
tee, which will be allocated from
county funds. Some of this money
will be used to repair and replace
equipment for the children. But-
ler has been working for several
years as chairperson of the City
Recreation Committee and so far
found little enthusiasm and low
attendance at the meetings. He
was visibly moved to see the be-
ginnings of an effort to really clean
up and fill
the park with swings and other
Butler announced, "We still need
volunteers to help make this into
a recreational area for all ages.
The park will become a true play-
ground for us all."
The next meeting of the Recre-
ational Committee will be on Oc-
tober 21, at 7 p.m. at the down-
stairs room of the Carrabelle City
Hall and Mr. Butler is hoping for
an overflow crowd.

Port Authority Gives Hudson

30 Day Extension

1 I

Edward Hudson successfully appeals for an extension of-
his proposed lease agreement before the Carrabelle Port &
Airport Authority.
The Carrabelle Port and Airport tain the fuel system without the
Authority unanimously agreed on help of grant funding. 'That elimi-
October 9 to provide Edward nates that hassle," he explained.
Hudson of Hudson Aviation, Inc.
with a 30 day extension on his If I don't get it in the next couple
proposed lease agreement with of weeks," Hudson noted, "then
the Port Authority to* provide a I'm out of the ballgame."
Fixed Base Operation at the Mr. Hudson said that he hoped
Carrabelle Thompson Airport. to develop the airport in two
Mr. Hudson informed the board phases. The first phase would
that he hoped to be operational provide fuel tanks and other per-
at the airport by January 1, 1998. sonnel at theairport. The second
'That's what I'm shooting for," he phase, he said, would incorporate
stated. 8 t-hangars at the site. The whole
process, he expected, would take
Board member Barry Woods approximately 120 days to com-
voiced his concern about the slow plete upon approval.
progress at the airport. 'This is
going on and on and on," he said. "I hope you take this thing and
run like gangbusters," com-
Mr. Hudson explained that he was mented Chairperson Gary
having difficulty receiving needed Reakes. Mr. Woods concurred,
funding through grants. The fuel "we've been waiting a long time
system, he continued, would cost for this. We want you to come
an estimated $60,000. Husdon through with it. It should have
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unanimously agreed to give con-
ceptual approval to resident
Charles Creamer for the develop-
ment of a proposed marina dur-
ing the board's October 6 monthly
meeting. The approval was made
contingent upon a satisfactory
review by the Department of Com-
munity Affairs, Department of
Environmental Protection and the
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Mr. Garlkk said that the proposed
; project would include a dry stack
storage facility to accommodate 144
boats; the facility, he said, would
be able to accommodate boats as
large as 40 feet. However, Garlick
said that most of the slips would
be for boats that were 30 feet in
length or smaller.
The proposed dry storage facil-
ity will be 38'feet in height and
constructed of metal, said
Garlick; he acknowledged that a
variance of three feet would be
required from the Board of Ad-
justments since the Land Devel-
opment Code limited structures
to heights of 35 feet.
Other proposed items at the
project site included: 43 wet slips,
uel tanks, a 20 ton boat lift and




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temporary mooring, a catwalk
over rip rap, a rip rap along Scipio
Creek to create better flushing
action for water and a boat
launching facility with five park-
ing slips to accommodate those
wishing to launch boats.
Mr. Garlick expected that 95 park-
ing spaces would be provided at
the site. The parking area, he said,
would be composed of limerock.
Garliek stated-that he had already
obtained a building permit to al-
low some demolition. He ex-
plained that existing boat ways
would be removed at the site.
"I think that if we're gonna really
compete with Carrabelle," said
Chairman George Wood, "we need
to look at something like this...I
think this could have a big impact
on the future of Apalachicola."
Mr. Wood questioned, however,
whether the the site would need
to be dredged. "I don't see how you
can have a new marina without
having to dredge," he said. Wood
pointed out that there were pro-
visions for new marinas regard-
ing dredging in the Land Devel-
opment Code. According to the
code, "dredging for new marinas
shall be restricted to limited chan-
nels for launching boats."

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Moved to

October 20th
The administrative hearing to
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St. George Island has been moved
to October 20, 1997. The hearing
will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. at
the DeSoto Building located on
1230 Apalachee Parkway in Tal-
lahassee. A local hearing will also
be scheduled, but the hearing of-
ficer has yet to schedule the meet-
ing. The St. George Island Civic
Club is the only official interve-
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Domestic Violence,
Continued from Page 4.
choice many times maybe in that
very same day not to be violent."
Taylor explained that society has
for sometime viewed domestic vio-
lence as the sole business of those
individuals living in that situa'
tion. "Basically what goes on in
your house is your business," she
noted, "unless you're committing
a crime. And beating on someone
is a crime. No one has a right to
beat on someone and to hurt
Domestic violence, said Taylor,
seems to transcend all socio-eco-
nomic boundaries. "It seems to be
pretty much across the board,"
she said, "abuse seems to be more
a power and control issue."
Taylor said that the Refuge House
may soon look into the possibility
of securing a "safe house" locally
for battered individuals to tempo-
rarily reside. One possibility, she
said, would be to identify a couple
of motel owners who would agree
to offer a safe haven for domestic
violence victims for a few days.
The Refuge House depends on the
dedication of many volunteers in
that community; some of those
volunteer positions include Out-
reach Team members, Court-
house Advocates, Children's Ser-
vices, Group Facilitators and Self
Esteem Activity Leaders. A com-
prehensive 30 houring training
program is offered three times
per year for those interested in
A Domestic Violence Community
Forum will be conducted on Oc-,
tober 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the
Apalachicola City Hall. Those in-
terested in receiving more infor-
mation from the Refuge House
may call 697-3983 or write to:
Refuge House, P.O. Box 813,
Carrabelle, FL 32322. Individuals
may also contact the Refuge
House 24 Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-

Facts About Domestic
*Battering is the single major
cause of injury to women.-
*According to FBI statistics, a
woman is beaten every 9 seconds
*50 to 70 percent of men who bat-
ter their partners also batter their
*Abusers use threats, intimida-
tion, isolation, denial, economics
and blaming the victim, as well
as physical' and sexual violence to
*Battered mothers indicate that
87 percent of their children wit-
ness the abuse.
*Domestic violence affects all
socio-economic, racial, class and
ethnic groups.

School Board, Continued
from Page 6.

*Board member Jimmy Gander
commended the manner in which
the middle school at Apalachicola
High School was being operated.
"So far so good," he stated, "I have
slipped in one door and out the
other a few times trying to find
people here and there and out of
place, but I have to be honest with
you...I can't find them. We're hav-
ing a good year at Apalachicola
High School."
*Board member Jimmy Gander
requested a list of those instruc-
tors teaching out of their fields of
expertise. He requested that each
principal include justification as
to why these instructors were
teaching out-of-field.
*Superintendent Galloway in-
formed the board that Full Time
Equivalency (FTE) Week was
nearing. During that week, the
attendance at the. schools are
counted. From that count, the
state determines how much fund-
ing the district will receive in FTE
"The students bring the money
into the county," said Mr. Speed,
"the district does not earn funds
to take care of the utilities. The
students earn the funds. If we
gave each school what they
earned like we're supposed to do,
then we would have very few
problems...but we wouldn't be
able to survive at the district of-
fice and school board members
would not be able to draw the sal-
ary that they're drawing."
Speed warned, "if we do not have
an increase or remain where we
are in our FTE count, I believe we
might be in for a lot of trouble."
*The board agreed to declare an
emergency in order to advertise
for a cusodian at CHS. Chairper-
son Will Kendrick said that the
conditions at CHS warranted an
emergency situation. "If you'd
been to Carrabelle (High School)
lately you'd see it," said Kendrick,
"we've got roaches still crawling
the wall."



Reviews List

of Projects

Members from the Keep Franklin
County Beautiful Committee re-
viewed a list of their main projects
during the group's October 13
monthly meeting. Some of the
members agreed to accept a lead
role on the various projects.
Board member Marilyn Hogan
updated the board on the Wild
Flower Planting project. She
stated that the seeds and compost
for the project have been secured
and that the two planting sites
have been selected. Hogan stated
that one of the sites was at the
"Y" located west of Lanark Village
in Turkey Point. The other site,
she said, was located on Frank-
lin Blvd. on St. George Island.
Board member Wade Rucker
agreed to work with Ms. Hogan on
the planing program.
Board member Michael Allen sug-
gested a list of potential advertis-
ing schemes to increase public
awareness for the committee and
the new trash laws. Mr. Allen
listed six possible methods to ad-
vertise the group. Those sug-
gested methods included:
1. Obtaining public service an-
nouncements (PSA's) for the
group from Tom T. Hall and
Jimmy Buffett. It was also sug-
gested that the group obtain a
PSA from the Atlanta Rhythm
Section while they're in the area
for the Seafood Festival.
2. Obtaining bumper stickers
with a good, snappy slogan.
Chairperson Jim Sisung re-
quested that the group refrain
from the slogan, "It's Pristine,
Keep it Clean." He explained, "on
two specific occassions...I was
asked, 'what does pristine mean?'
The point is that a lot of people
don't know the meaning of the
word pristine." Board member
Pam Vest suggested the slogan,
"littering's awful and unlawful."
She noted, "we've all seen bumper
stickers and we know what's
catchy and what sticks in our
3. Obtaining window stickers. It
was suggested that the group's t-
shirt logo be printed on the stick-
4. Awarding a "floating" trophy to
one business each year for its
beautification efforts. If a busi-
ness was recognized, Mr. Allen

explained, it would be allowed to
keep the trophy for one year. "We
felt that, instead of punishing
people for not doing it," he con-
tinued, "maybe we should reward
people for recycling...and we de-
cided that if they didn't give us
our trophy back, we would sim-
ply make another and never let
them win again."
5. Offering a prize to local stu-
dents or classes who come up
with the most creative way to re-
use disposable trash. It was sug-
gested that the children be treated
to a pizza lunch for their efforts.
6. Distributing trash bags with
the group's emblem on them.
Board member Marilyn Hogan
agreed to take a lead role in the
Florida Coastal Clean-Up activity.
The activity will occur in the
month of September. About every
two months, the Keep Franklin
County Beautiful Committee
cleans up four public boat ramps.
It was also suggested that the
group secure sponsors who will
agree to be responsible for large
trash decorated by students from
the WINGS Program. "Wherever
these trash containers cans are
placed," Sisung explained, "indi-
vidual citizens would be respon-
sible to keep them empy."
Mr. Allen suggested that the group
seek church groups for sponsors;
he further noted that the name of
the sponsor be painted on the
trash can to guard against pos-
sible vandals. "My feeling is that
it would limit vandalism and
stealing," said Allen, "because
there are a lot of people who go to
church around here and they
would tend to look out for their
stuff; and people have a tendency
to be less violent towards objects
that come from church."
Ms. Vest urged members not to
be discouraged from the random
acts of vandalism and theft. "If we
keep being discouraged," she said,
"we're just not gonna put any-
thing out...We can't let them rule
our lives. We have to think posi-
tively. The more waste cans that
are available, the more likely
people are going to use them."
Secretary Liz Sisung agreed to
accept a lead role in the group's
membership drive. The group's
goal in the membership drive will
be to enroll 200-300 "sustaining"
members, The group's member-
ship dues have been set at $5
The Keep Franklin County Beau-
tiful Committee will meet next on
November 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the
Eastpoint Firehouse.

Carabelle Library Branch Manauder

Prepares for the Big CotntL

Jackie Gay prepares her
"Faces of the Future"

Carrabelle Branch Manager
Jackie Gay with the Franklin
County Public Library is getting
ready for her big trip to New York
City on October 27 to participate
in the 7th Annual Newman's Own
& Good Housekeeping Recipe

Ms. Gay began working on a
photo album on October 8 that
she plans to send to Newman's
Own, Inc. The album contains
pictures of students from the
WINGS Program as well as volun-
teers and library staff members.
Ms. Gay has entitled the album,
"Franklin County Public Library:
Faces of the Future."
"This is to personalize the library
and what we do and who we
touch," explained Gay, "the li-
brary is only as good as the last
satisfied patron we served." She
continued, "the biggest thing we
do with the children here is to
teach them to get along...and to
do a little good and not some
Every finalist in the recipe con-
test is allowed to send relevant
information about their proposed
charity to Newman's Own, Inc. In
addition to the photo album, Ms.
Gay plans to send in various news
clippings and pamphlets about the
public library as well as a news
letter from the WINGS Program
entitled, "WING It."
Ms. Gay will be staying at the
Waldorf-Astoria on Fifth Avenue
during her visit to the Big Apple.
The landmarked hotel, according
to Newman's Own, Inc., "has been
the home away from home to
kings, presidents, famous person-
alities, artists and rock stars." The
hotel overlooks Central Park and
is located near such familiar sites

City Assigns Duties to

Board members



Commissioners Van Johnson (L) and Robert Davis (R) are
sworn into office by City Attorney J. Patrict Floyd.

The Apalachhicola City Commis-
sion voted 4-1 to assign new du-
ties to each commissioner at the
board's regular October 7 meet-
ing. Newly elected commissioner
Van Johnson voted against the
majority on the decision.
Commissioner Johnson re-
quested that each of the board
members be allowed to retain
their previous duties. Mayor
Bobby Howell recommended that
Commissioner Van Johnson be
assigned Public Works, Commis-
sioner Robert Davis be assigned
to Finance and Records, Commis-
sioner Jack Frye be assigned to
Parks and Streets and that Com-
missioner Jimmy Elliott be as-
signed the duty of Fire Protection.
Mayor Howell pointed out that
Commissioner Davis had a Busi-
ness Degree. "I think that he could
serve the taxpayers best if he be
over the
finance," said Howell. Commis-
sioner Davis said that he
agreed with the mayor's
Commissioner Johnson argued
that he was elected to serve as the
city's finance and records com-
missioner. "I feel that, when the
citizens elected us to office, they
knew that we were being elected
to either the finance seat or the..."
"You weren't elected to that posi-
tion," Howell injected, "you were
elected to the district seat."
Commissioner Jack Frye noted,

as the St. Patrick's Cathedral and
the Chysler Building.
On October 7, Ms. Gay will be
treated to a welcome dinner at the
Waldorf-Astoria. On October 28,
she will be taken on a tour of the
Good Houskeeping Institute lo-
cated on Eighth Avenue. Later
that day, Ms. Gay will attend the
Recipe Contest Award Luncheon
at the Rainbow Pegasus Suite in
the Rockefeller Center.
Ms. Gay has already received
some information about the other
finalists who will compete against
her recipe entitled, "Franklin
County Florida's Own Frankly
Fantastic Seafood Gumbo." Those
other finalists include:
Salad Dressing Recipe: The
Hustler's Catch by Toshiko Lyons
Pasta Sauce Recipe: Steamed
Clams with Pancetta in Diavolo
Sauce by Jaye Norris
Salsa Recipe: Finger Licken'
Hombre Country Ribs by Doreen
Popcorn Recipe: Chocolate-Kist
Peanut Caramel Bars by Elsie
Food Professional Recipe: Cres-
cent Dragonwagon by Zona Rosa
Youth Organization Recipe:
Paulenta Pizza Faces by Sheila
DeVore Costello and Camp Sha-
lom Day Camp
The Big Top Recipe: Towering In-
ferno Creole Posole by Alexandria

"we've all swapped the jobs
around. By charter, you can do it
every year."
Commissioner Johnson asked
why the board now chose to
switch duties.
Frye responded, "just to get ev-
eryone familiar with the opera-
tions of the city."
Resident Alex Moody commented,
"we just have to know who to yell
at...that's why they switch them
around, so we can only do it for
one year."
In other city business:
*The board voted 3-2 to table ap-
proval for a request from resident
Charles Creamer to begin work on
a dry storage facility for a pro-
posed marina located in the old
Shipbuilding yard. Commission-
ers Jimmy Elliott and Jack Frye
voted against the majority in the
decision. Newly elected commis-
sioners Van Johnson and Robert
Davis requested that they have an
opportunity to first review the
plan and make a decision at the
next meeting.
*The board directed Commis-
sioner Jack Frye and City Build-
ing Inspector Sandy Howze to
meet with the owners of the Dixie
Theatre in order to determine a
solution regarding the cluttered
sidewalk in front of the building.
The board suggested that the
sidewalk be cleared and that a
temporary boardwalk be installed.
Contractor Bill Barnes explained
that heavy equipment still needed
to be brought through the noted
area and that the boardwalk

would soon be destroyed as a re-
sult. Mayor Howell noted that the
city was experiencing parking
problems due to the development
in progress. Mr. Barnes stated
that the development would be
completed in three months. He
requested that the city allow the
theatre to maintain the sidewalk
in its current state for that period
of time.
"We've got a Seafood Festival in
three weeks and I'd love to see
that area cleaned up for these
tourists we're gonna have down,"
said Commissioner Fyre, "I'd like
to make it presentable for them."
*Resident Jimmy Nichols in-
formed board members of a pos-
sible funding source to help fi-
nance new developments in the
city. "Apalachicola needs a
museum...a nautical museum,"
said Nichols, "we can show people
who come here to visit us how
oyster are caught, fish and so
Mr. Nichols informed the board
that the Coca-Cola Corporation
had provided cities with as much
as $2.5 million for declaring their
soft drink to be the "official" drink
of those areas. Nichols provided
the board with a copy of an Au-
gust 30, 1997 issue of The News
Herald entitled, "Sweet Deal with
Coke brewing in South Florida
The August 30 article noted that
Mayor Harry Venis of Davie,
Florida was negotiating a deal
between Coke representative
Steve Decker that would bring the
area a certain amount of money
in exchange for declaring the soft
drink the town's official beverage.
Such a deal, the article noted,
may stipulate that coke be the
only beverage served at city spon-
sored events or the only beverage
available in city owned vending
*City Clerk Betty Taylor-Webb in-
formed the board that the city had
received a grant with'the
Governor's Drug Free Community
Program. The grant provides
$50,000 annually to the city. The
city, said Ms. Taylor-Webb, may
receive such funding for five
years; this will be the city's first
year of funding. She said that the
City of Apalachicola would have
to apply for these funds annually.
'These are funds that we can use
to help control the drug trafficking
in town," she explained.

Page 6

Locals From

Carrabelle City Commissioner
Jennie Sanborn (1955) will be
tending to business at her Lanark
Village restaurant on reunion
night, but she did say she felt that
the reunion, or at least the dance,
should not have been held at the
school. "If you have a dance, you
should be able to have a drink. I
like to party." Of course, no alco-
holic beverages are permitted on
A Or- A the school campus.
TREAT Nita Millender Molsbee (1967)
SI and her husband Richard will
also join the reunion. Nita recalls
that her senior class had 17

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Schedule of Events
Friday, October 31
12 Noon Gates Open (Free admission, all vendors open)
4-5 p.m. Musical Entertainment, Battery Park Stage
5:30 p.m. Arrival of King Retsyo & Miss Florida Seafood
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3-4 p.m. The Drifters, Main Stage
4-4:30 p.m. Blessing of the Fleet
5-6:30 p.m. Wakulla Band, Main Stage
6:30-7 p.m. $1,000 Bill drawing, Main Stage
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
7-8 p.m. Atlanta Rhythm Section, Main Stage
9 p.m. King Retsyo Ball, Armory
Sunday, November 2
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11 a.m. Restless Waters, Battery Park Stage
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Gospel Music, Main Stage
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wiped out te oysters in 1992," said Folsom. T'he sad thing is that
the state's still managing the bay as if it hasn't recovered Alberto. But
it has. The whole situation now is not logical. An oyster will die if it
gets too much salt water or too much fresh water. Oysters purify the
bay, they take in plankton, the vegetable of the sea, and algae."
"There's something spiritual about the Gulf around St. Vincent," said
Folsom. "You can feel it. I get renewed just working around that is-
land. It's refreshing to the soul. St. Vincent's is a unique place on the
planet." Folsom plays tapes of his favorite songs while he works. "It's
like the cadence of the drums in a band," he said. "You'll reach for the
oysters with the tongs and lift, up, down, up, down."
He uses the same cadence of the waves to wash his oysters. "I hang a
basket off a cleat on the side and dump in two five-gallon buckets of
oysters and as the waves lift up and down, you can look in the bas-
kets and see them cleaning themselves. It's a much gentler way to
clean oysters."


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'He leaves each batch in the baskets about 30 minutes, he said. When
an oysterman is out all day that helps his oysters stay cool and fresh.
"These are the best oysters in the world," he said. While the men are
tonging up oysters and piling them up on the culling board people
going by on boats will call out to them not to get all the oysters. "They
don't realize that if we tong up, say, 1,000 oysters, we push about
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The north spur is loaded with oysters, said Folsom, "but they are
burred up and low quality, lots of scissorbills." He pointed to the pile
of bagged and tagged oysters on his boat. "Every one of these are
legal. I'll almost guarantee they're salty. We'll get twice the normal
price." Dry Bar oysters are heavy, he said. Two five-gallon cans will
weigh about 85 pounds. Folsom is paid by the pound instead of by
the bag.
Bay oystermen have been trying to do something to stop the limits on
work days. "We can't even begin to fill the orders we have," said Folsom.
"The bay's got so many oysters, but the state won't let us get them.
It's like a garden out there, with oysters growing so thick."
The state still regulates the bay as if there were 1,500 oyster boats
working it, said Folsom. "Now at the most there's usually about 100
to 150 boats out there. If you round off 200 boats times 40 bags a
day, times $10 a bag. Then multiply how much the oyster bars charge
customers, then you're talking about an important industry. I counted
62 boats out on Dry Bar today.
"A state biologist said the Apalachicola River and bay are the cleanest
in the United States," said Folsom. "You've got to go all the way up to
Columbus, GA, before you see any real heavy development. If you
look at an oyster under a microscope, it's the colors of the rainbow."
Folsom and Marshall are concerned about the replacement of the
bridge across to St. George Island. With construction at Cat Point the
most damaging thing will be sound waves sweeping across the bot-
tom. "You walk in the water near an oyster, it'll close up," said Folsom.
S"The sounds of the pile drivers and construction will cause the oys-
ters to close. They'll stop feeding, and die. That will destroy the bars.
It has nothing to do with pollution. Cat Point is considered the third
largest oyster bar in the world."
The oyster harvesters are now working five days a week, but can
work seven beginning on Nov. 15. "It doesn't make sense," said Folsom.
"If we're limited to 4 days from July 1 to Oct. 1, then I can only work
Monday through Thursday. It doesn't matter if a storm comes up.
And that's the time for storms. After Oct. 1, we work Monday through
Friday. I barely can keep this order filled. If I had seven days to work
I wouldn't go out if the sky was dark, but I have to go out now'to get
the amount I've promised."
Folsom said he used to work three men a day on Frog Level, but
regulations now limit oystermen to two. He and Marshall help one
another out frequently, he said. "Franklin County is the only place I
know that if you work hard you can make a living oystering," said
Folsom. He said he is genetically suited for oystering. "I'm lucky," he
said. "There are two major hazards for an oysterman, skin cancer
and lightning.
"What they say about oystering might be true," said Folsom. "When
we married I worked at WJOE in Port St. Joe. The doctor told Frances
we couldn't have children. I never ate oysters back then, I was a radio
person. After we moved down here, I worked for Oyster radio as pro-
gram director for three years, we ate oysters and we had four kids."
Folsom started in radio at 15 in Ft. Walton. "It was a great job for a
teenager. I had worked over the state before I came here. I like all
kinds of music.
"Something that bothers me," said Folsom, "is that when I started
oystering 20 years ago I was in my low 20s. Now there's no young
people out there oystering. There's not another generation of
oystermen. People are trying to choose the way to go. But seafood is
an environmentally friendly industry. I oyster St. Vincent Wildlife
Refuge every day."
Folsom said he likes oystering in the winter. '"The first 500 tong licks
warm you up," he laughed. The oysters hardly grow in the summer.
"They use their energy for reproduction. It's hard for people to under-
stand, but when an oyster matures, it's going to die anyway. My solu-
tion for overgrown bars is to open them in the summer. It's better to
stir up and get out the mature ones and leave the shells for the ba-
bies to attach to.
"All beds are public here in Franklin County You can go where you
want to in the bay," said Folsom. He has oystered up along the Gulf
from Dixie County to Escambia County and loves Franklin County.
"We live in paradise, where would anyone want to move?"
Folsom said it's too bad the aquaculture project didn't work. "Farm-
ing the bay is better than having oil wells. It'll be a terrible thing for
them to start pumping oil off the coast. We're a bunch of small busi-
ness people making money. Oil is one big business. They won't care
about the water quality."
Marshall said his family has been here since the 1800s. He believes a
seafood gatherer should be able to switch from one species to an-
other, adding shrimp and soft-shell crab to his harvest. "More and
more occupations are being taken away by licensing. You have to
have a licenses, but I'm a waterman, making my living off the sea.
"It doesn't make sense to replace the bridge to St. George Island,"
said Marshall. "They just took off the $2 toll. The causeway is one of
the most damaging things there is to the estuary. It changes the cur-
rent flow of Apalachicola Bay.
"As far as the best oystering, this is it," said Folsom. "Can't the state
leave one place pure? I grew up in Ft. Walton. Now look at Destin."

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