The Published Every Other Friday
Volume 6, Number 23
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
November 14 27, 1997
School District to Receive
State Funding for
Construction & Repair Work
The Franklin County School
District is expected to receive
approximately $1 million dollars
for new construction, repair and
maintenance work following a
decision by state lawmakers on
November 7 to allocate $2.7
billion to school districts
It is not yet known when the local
school district will be able to
obtain their portion of the
statewide funding. Education
Facilities Administrator Spessard
Boatwright with the Department
of Education stated that each
district would receive funding
incrementally over a five year
Each school district, said
Boatwright, will be required to
submit a five year distribution
plan. The format of that plan, he
said, willhave to be approved by
a clearinghouse committee.
that districts seeking funding for
new construction projects will be
required to have their money
bonded; she said that cash.will
be distributed to those districts
who seek funding for repair and
maintenance work. Each district,
Marshall stated, would have to
determine whether they preferred
to receive bonded money or cash.
Franklin County School
Superintendent Brenda Galloway
told the Franklin Chronicle on
November 12 that the local school
district's needs were more in the
area of repair and maintenance,
rather than new construction; she
expected that the matter would be
discussed at length at the school
board's next meeting in
Franklin County School Board
member Willie Speed previously
Janegayle Boyd and Senator Pat
Thomas at the October 28
State geologist, Dr. Walter Schmidt (far right), makes a point
to administrative law judge Mary Clark (far left, foreground)
as attorneys for the environmentalists and DEP listen.
Andrew Baumann (DEP) is holding the model used by Dr.
Hearing Phase of Coastal
Thursday, November 6, 1997, was the last day of the nearly three
weeks of administrative hearings involving Coastal Petroleum's ap-
plication' for drilling a test well aboi nine miles southeast of St. George
Island at site 1281. The formal administrative hearing was requested
by Coastal following the imposition of a condition requiring a $4 bil-
lion + surety before a drilling permit would be issued by the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The oil exploration firm asserted in their filing that the surety was
unreasonable, and moreover, the "new and revised" notice given
Coastal by DEP was illegal and improper. DEP had given the com-
pany earlier notice that they intended to issue a drilling permit with-
out such a high bond. One of the questions to be resolved in the
hearing would be whether DEP had authority to issue a "new and
revised" notice of intent to issue a drilling permit. Earlier, the Gover-
nor and Cabinet, meeting as the Administration Commission, taking
supervisory cognizance of such matters, approved the $4 billion'rec-
ommendation from the DEP in September.
The "reasonableness" of the bond amount was one of the important
issues in this complex case. Over the last three weeks, Coastal's Case
in Chief involved documentary and testimonial evidence on the bond
issue, as well as .the important derivations of the probabilities for
o- finding oil at site, #1281. Among many variables, the amount of oil
.e expected and the flow rate, complimented with recent historical evi-
dence about the geologic bases for oil exploration in the northern
Gulf areas, was presented by numerous experts. This evidence had
to direct impact on the amount of bond issue.
f- The chief opposition issuing the permit, and maintaining the $4 bil-
c- lion + bond were the Florida Wildlife Federation, Florida Audubon
Society and'the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club, referred to in the
f filed papers as "the environmental petitioners."
h The Chronicle expects to develop a longer, analytical feature on this
case, identifying the issues and the evidence, in the December 1997
holiday issue to be published December 19th.
Mr. Boatwright said that he is Legislative Delegation meeting
currently studying an 87 page that the district's needs w~re in
report on the $2.7 billion the area of repair and
distribution plan and has "nb maintenance. "We have aproblei
earthly idea" when. each district with maintenance," he stated,
will gain access to that funding. "our facilities are deteriorating
He expected that he will have and we need really some help."
more definite ideas about the
distribution process in two weeks. The Franklin County School
"The monkey's on our back to give District's Capital rect List
them. (schdol-distribts) some .District's Capital Project List
direction'. andid 'gtfdance,". is printed on Page 8.
Ms. Suzanie lMarshall wit th the
Department pr Education stated
CHS Head Coach Steps Down
Carrabelle High School Principal Bob McDaris announced on Oct
ber 23 that Kyle Lingerfelt would step down as head coach of th
Carrabelle High School Football Program effective immediately.
According to a October 23 memorandum from Principal McDaris 1
Superintendent Brenda Galloway, Coach Lingerfelt has accepted a
administrative position on the football staff of a major university e
fective February 4, 1997. Lingerfelt's resignation will become effect
tive as of January 31, 1998.
"Coach Lingerfelt aqd I have decided that it is in the best interest o
the Carrabelle High School Football Program and its future, for Coac
Lingerfelt to step down as the head football coach," McDaris noted
Superintendent Galloway concurred, "I support the recommendation
from Principal McDaris. I concur and support his decision." She cor
tinued, "It's awfully hard for a coach who's been in the college scer
to adapt to a small, rural school. It' requires a lot of adaptation; ofter
that is very difficult for a coach."
Wasps or Hornets Nest; They Still Sting
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Robert Angerer, Sr. and his son, Bob Angerer, Jr. represented
Coastal Petroleum during the three week hearings. Robert
Angerer is holding the seismic evidence here.
Juvenile Arrested for Grand Theft
Vietnam Veteran Shaun Donahoe spent Veterans' Day "up
river" where he encountered this large wasp nest. He did
not want to be photographed with the nest, but you can
get some sense of scale with the fuzzy focused figure in
the background and Shaun's arm holding up the nest. The
picture was taken in front of Donahoe's real estate office
in Apalachicola, next to the Dixie Theater, under
construction. Donahoe spent one year in-country, along
with thousands of other U.S. servicemen, and unlike most,
he learned to read and write Vietnamese during his Army
By Major Ron Crum
On November 11, 1997 the
Sheriffs Office received a report
for the Bay County Sheriffs Of-
fice that a 1992 model, 4wd
Mazda truck, teal green in color
was stolen in their county along
with a 12 gauge shotgun and.a
compound bow. They advised that
the suspect might be in the
Carrabelle area. Sheriffs Deputy
Jep Smith and Deputy Spence
Massey, along with Carrabelle
Police Officer Buddy Shiver, lo-
cated the suspect at a local resi-
dence and after questioning him
were able to recover the stolen
gun and bow. The suspect would
not tell where the truck was lo-
cated. Sheriffs Deputy Spence
Massey was able to talk to the
suspect and after buying him a
Coke and a candy bar found out
that the vehicle was at the bot-
tom of Crooked River at a place
called Sam Chasons Landing.
Deputy Massey, who is also a cer-
tified diver, located the vehicle af-
ter an extensive search of the river
bottom and the recovery was
made. The suspect was arrested
and charged with several county
of Grand Theft. The suspects
name is being withheld at this
time because he is a juvenile.
A Potential Menace Threatening Florida Fisheries
DEP and DOH Mobilize Harmful
Algal Blooms Task Force
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Florida
Department of Health (DOH) have convened a special task force of scien-
tists, marine resource experts, and regulators to develop a strategy against
a new algae bloom called Pflesteria Ptsccidia. This resembles the algae
bloom known as red tide but is far more harmful to fish, the environment
and humans. On November 6th, the task force met for additional house-
keeping tasks including the scheduling of the next meeting to be held at
the DEP, Commonwealth Building, the first Thursday in January, 1998.
At that time Dr. Karen Steidinger will report on the 30 toxic microalgae
species that do occur in Florida waters.
DEP Secretary Virginia Wetherell was quick to point out that the harmful
algae blooms have not been discovered in Florida waters, but Pflesteria
Piscicidia has plagued the waters of Maryland, Virginia and North Caro-
lina. The first meeting of the specially commissioned group was held in
early October where Karen Steidinger of the DEP Marine Research Insti-
tute presented a briefing about the harmful blooms.
Pflesteria Complex Organisms (PCOs) are extremely difficult to identify
using standard techniques. These are toxic dinoflagellates originally iso-
lated in North Carolina waters. Other dinoflagellates resembling Pfiesteria
Piscicidia have been found in Florida waters but these are not the same.
One new species was found in the St. Johns River, Florida, this summer
(1997) in an area known to have a history offish with lesions. This same
new species has been found in Maryland and North Carolina waters in
areas of active or historic fish kills and fish with ulcers.
In lab experiments conducted in North Carolina, Pfiesteria Piscicidia have
been shown to kill fish rapidly. The scourge can cause lesions in fish
(sloughing or skin and hemorrhaging) due to toxin exposure. Ultimately,
a fish disease develops known as "ulcerative mycosis" or "ulcerative dis-
ease syndrome" (UDS). In this disease, the fish is first stressed by Pfliesteria
Piscicidia toxins and then opportunistic pathogenic fungi, called water
molds or pathogenic bacteria, invade breached external layers of the fish
skin. UDS is characterized by shallow to deep ulcers. In advanced stages
they can expose internal organs. UDS and its characteristic ulcers have
been documented from New York to Florida. Degrading water quality con-
ditions in certain estuarine waters are thought to be associated with dis-
ease outbreaks, but no definitive cause-effect relationship has been proven.
Pfiesteria Piscicidia can also cause neurological impairment in research-
ers working with it in the laboratory. In Maryland, a:medical team has
verified that people working on rivers where fish kills have occurred are
suffering from medical problems similar to those of the lab-exposed re-
searchers. Symptoms,in humans include memory loss, confusion or skin
burning (upon direct contact with water). Additionally, humans complain-
ing of ree or more of the following condition may be afflicted: head-
aches, skin rash, upper respiratory irritation, muscle cramps, nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and eye irritation.
DEP scientists have been searching for P. Piscicidia in Florida waters for
several years. In the summer of 1996, a fish kill in the Indian River Sys-
tem was investigated but no P. Piscicidia were found. Another known toxic
dinoflagellate was identified, however. During the manatee die-off that
same year in southwest Florida waters, P. Piscicidia were searched for
but not found. Another dinoflagellate whose toxins were identified in dead
manatee organs was discovered.
In a research article written by Dr. Karen A. Steidinger, senior research
scientist at DEP, she stated that more than 30 toxic microalgae species
occur in Florida waters, including Neuro-toxic Shellfish poisoning and a
tropical fish poisoning called Ciguatera. The most notorious toxic di-
noflagellate found in Florida waters is Gymnodinum breve, commonly
known as red tide. At concentrations greater than 1 million cells per quart
of seawater, it can discolor the sea surface and make it appear red or
rusty brown. At lesser concentrations, one may not even know that it is
there except that it can kill fish and invertebrates and cause respiratory
problems to beachgoers exposed to salt spray.
Florida has an aggressive management program for protecting the public
from consuming toxic shellfish during red tides. DEP closes shellfish grow-
ing areas when the red tide cell count reaches 5,000 per quart of seawa-
ter taken from passes or inlets.
Underlining the concern about the presence of PCOs in Maryland, Vir-
ginia and North Carolina is the history of Florida red tide being trans-
ported by the ocean currents to those areas as late as 1987.
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Notes from the November 4
*The board unanimously agreed
to transfer $17,010 from the
county's reserve for contingency
fund to its ambulance fund to
purchase new cardiac monitors.
Susan Ficklen with Weems Memo-
rial Hospital informed commis-
sioners, "these (monitors) are
more state of the art; the old ones
that we got from county funds al-
most eight years ago are worn out
*The board unanimously agreed
to accept a bid of $49,997 from
North Florida International from
Tallahassee to purchase a dump
truck for the road department.
*The board unanimously agreed
to accept a bid of $18,131 from
Cook-Whitehead from Panama
City to purchase a pick-up truck
for the county's Mosquito Control
*The board unanimously agreed
to accept a bid of $266,625 from
Polororis Construction to obtain
14 t-hangars for the Apalachicola
*Commissioner Bevin Putnal
questioned the county's unwrit-
ten policy to allow the local high
schools to charge $3 for parking
during the Florida Seafood Festi-
val. Commissioner Putnal in-
formed the board that he had re-
ceived several calls from con-
cerned residents about the mat-
ter. "I'm basically asking the ques-
tion," said Putnal, "so that the re-
porters can get the information
out to the public, because a lot of
people were upset."
"Historically," noted County Clerk
Kendall Wade, "we've done that
ever since Mr. (Pal) Rivers was
clerk (of court). They let high
schools take it for fund-raisers.
And I've done it every year."
Putnal concluded, "that was the
The Franklin County Commission
unanimously agreed at the
board's November 4 regular meet-
ing to extend the county's window
period to November 4 to allow out-
of-county contractors who hold
valid local licenses to continuing
working in Franklin County with-
out being required to successfully
pass the State Block Associates
County Planner Alan Pierce ex-
plained that the matter of contrac-
tor registration arose when the
State of Florida alerted counties
to some of the complaints that
were voiced in regard to unli-
censed contractors following Hur-
ricane Andrew. Pierce said that
most counties responded by set-
ting up a contractors registration
format during roughly the same
"We also all try to work with one
another," Pierce continued, "on
how out-of-county contractors
would work in their county; and
that's where we've sort of gone
astray or had differences of opin-
ions on how we're dealing with
Pierce said that those out-of-
county contractors who did not
operate locally during a desig-
nated grandfatheringg" window
period were recently informed
that they would be required to
successfully pass the Block As-
sociates exam. "We said that ev-
erybody who was not here in
main question...where did the
money go?" He explained that one
resident who paid for a parking
space could not leave from the lot
for approximately two hours, be-
cause someone had allowed an-
other vehicle to block her car. Mr.
Wade said that he would contact
the high school if there was a
problem with the arrangement.
*Commissioner Bevin Putnal ex-
pressed concern for the safety of
those employees of the county
who supervised inmates. "They're
taking a chance every time they
go out there with these inmates,"
said Putnal, "because they (in-
mates) do have weapons like
shovels and machetes and differ-
ent things. And these guys (su-
pervisors) are alone out there
armed only with a telephone."
Putnal suggested that the board
look into "high-risk retirement" for
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
questioned whether there had
been any problems in the past
nine years with the county's in-
mate supervisor arrangement.
Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum explained that he
was not aware of any major prob-
lems in the past. Chairperson
Raymond Williams questioned the
risk, status of those inmates be-
ing supervised. "They're not sup-
posed to be hardened criminals
going out there and working on
the roads, are they? I thought
these were work camp people ac-
tually looking forward to getting
back into society," noted Williams.
He acknowledged, "everybody will
run at some point."
Mr. Crum stated that the inmates
were generally all classified as
minimum security. He stated that
those inmates who caused prob-
lems for supervisors could lose
gain time and be "locked down."
He observed, "they're just like any
other group of people out
there...you can always say that
there's a possibility of a free-for-
all...one (inmate) could take a ma-
chete or a bush hook and whack
your head off. But, then again, it
hasn't happened yet."
Putnal concluded, "I think you are
taking more of a chance than you
are driving that dump truck."
*Larry Parker with Dames &
Moore informed commissioners
that verbal approval had been re-
1993," he noted, "would have to
take a block exam to prove their
Franklin County Building Inspec-
tor Robert "Roscoe" Carroll ex-
plained that he was contacted in
May of 1993 by the Florida De-
partment of Business and Regu-
lation and informed. that they
would not license anymore local
contractors unless the county
devised a competency plan. He ex-
plained that the window period in
which a contractor would be ex-
empt from taking the block test
was initially set at October 1,
Mr. Carroll further explained that
a Construction Licensing, Board
was later formed; the board, he
said, extended the window period
several times and finally settled
at the date of March 31, 1994.
Carroll said that a contractor had
to receive a score of at least 70%
on the Block Associates exam to
continue electrical, roofing, me-
chanical heating & air, carpentry,
plumbing or general building
work in the county. "The State
contractor is what we're mostly
concerned with here today," he
A couple of local contractors,
Carroll continued, were being re-
quired to successfully complete
the block exam in Wakulla
County. "Our reciprocation was,"
he noted, "as far as I was con-
cerned, for them to accept our
ceived on a grant application that
would fund the creation of an In-
dustrial Park at the Apalachicola
Municipal Airport. Mr. Parker said
that a tentative meeting had been
scheduled for November 24 in
Tallahassee to further discuss the
matter. He encouraged board
members to attend the meeting.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
agreed to attend the meeting.
Parker said that members of the
Apalachicola Municipal Airport
Advisory Committee and the
Florida Department of Trans-
portation would be present at the
Joe Smith with the Florida De-
partment of Transportation has
indicated that funds were cur-
rently limited, Parker stated. "He
(Mr. Smith) said that he would be
able to fund some of the projects,"
Parker announced, "...if we can't
get it all in this fiscal year, then
we'll place it in the next fiscal
year." He informed the board that,
in order for the projects to be
funded at the airport, they would
have to be listed in the county's
master plan. Parker stated that
the plan would have to be
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that, according
to the Florida Department of
Transportation, the county's had
traffic count in the current year
has decreased from the previous
year. "This means that DOT may
not do as much improvements in
our county based upon our traf-
fic count," he said.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that Don Esry
with the Department of Correc-
tions had reported that the DOC
would not move the site of pro-
posed prison on Highway 67.
"They're now doing appraisals of
the (Highway) 67 property in or-
der to determine a fair market-
value," said Pierce, "so they are
in negotiations with St. Joe."
*The board approved a resolution
submitted by the Franklin County
School District which recognized
Dr. Frederick Humphries for his
commitment to academic excel-
lence at FAMU.
Focuses on Membership Drive
Members from the Keep Franklln Couity Beautiful Committee (KFCB)
discussed their plans to increase.lobal participation in beautification.
efforts at the committee's regular November 10 meeting at the
KFCB Secretary Liz Sisung presented new membership forms to the
committee members. The forms contain a brief questionnaire to de-
termine whether potential members may be interested in such volun-
teer activities as telephoning other members or participating in com-
mittee work. The membership fee, Sisung noted, will only be $5.
"Right now," Sisung said, "what we need are people. We don't need
Those who chose to become members of the Keep Franklin County
Beautiful Committee will have the opportunity to receive the
*A periodic newsletter designed to keep members informed of all Keep
Franklin County Beautiful Program activities.
*An opportunity to participate' in Franklin County's clean up
*An invitation to the committee's annual membership meeting in Janu-
ary. At this meeting, the committee's Board of Directors will be elected
for a two year term. However, no mandatory attendance at the meet-
ings will be required.
*An opportunity to provide input into the committee's programs. Mem-
bers will receive the names and phone numbers of all members from
the Board of Directors.
The Keep Franklin County Beautiful Committee will meet next on
January 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Eastpoint Firehouse. For more infor-
mation about the committee, please contact KFCB Coordinator Guy
Hogan at 653-3661 or President Jim Sisung at 670-8261.
competency card in return for us
to accept their competency card."
He informed commissioners that
he later discovered that Wakulla
County's window period was ex-
tended to July of 1997 compared
to Franklin County's period of
March of 1994.
Wakulla County Building Official
John Ross informed the board
that his county does not have a
reciprocity agreement with any
other county. "Our construction
board has no problem whatsoever
with your (Franklin County's) re-
quirements of taking the block
exam," he said. Ross requested,
however, that contractors from
Wakulla County be afforded the
same treatment in Franklin
County that his county has given
to Franklin County contractors.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal said
that he wouldn't mind extending
the window period in Franklin
County if other counties would
agree to reciprocate. Commis-
sioner Jimmy Mosconis said that
the board did not have any
control over the decisions of other
Putnal disagreed, "we've got some
control right now, because we're
gonna make a decision one way
or the other. You can get a com-
mitment." Mosconis returned,
"you're not an isolated country
here in Franklin County; it's part
of the United States of Florida."
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Island Bridge for recreational
In his letter, Prescott estimated
that the amount needed to remove
the entire SGI bridge was
$3,640,000. "The removal of the
center span (of the bridge)," he
noted, "is estimated at
approximately 30% of the total
removal cost and will be deducted
from the funds made available."
Prescott noted that the FDOT
would draft a Joint Project Agree-
ment which will state the exact
terms and the specific funding
amount that will be determined.
In the agreement, the county
would advance funding to the'
FDOT for a project. The county
would later be reimbursed by the
Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) District
Secretary Edward Prescott has
informed the county in an October
24 letter of correspondence that
he is prepared to offer FDOT
funds to be allocated locally if the
county accepts and maintains
responsibility of the old St. George
Mr. Prescott met previously with
the Franklin County Commission
on August 19 to address the
board's concerns about receiving
more state assistance for various
road projects. During that
meeting, the board asked whether
the county could secure FDOT
funds if it decided to maintain a
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The Franklin Chronicle 14 November 1997 Page 3
Carrabelle resident Howard Massey displays a self-portrait
of one of his boats.
A Boat and a Gift in
World War II
By Thomas Campbell
He always knew he wanted a boat. He never needed a map or com-
pass. In an interview recently, Howard Massey, now 83 years old,
said he can tell what the weather will be in 24 to 48 hours. He knows
the Gulf waters as thoroughly as any man alive. "It's a gift," he says.
He never learned to read and write, because he didn't need to. He was
on a boat by age eleven. "Fishing is my life," he says. "Of course, I
wish I could read and write now."
His father was a railroad man. "He couldn't read or write. He was
born before the Civil War and died in 1940. He could figure why a
train would jump the tracks at a certain point and fix the problem.
He knew the wooden ties."
Howard Massey was born March 30, 1914. He has lived in Carrabelle
since 1918.. When he was about thirty years old, somebody told him
he ought to have a shirt and some shoes. He liked going shirtless and
barefoot. That is still the way he prefers to dress.
Hlis life is peaceful, satisfying and full of gifts. He says, "The best gift
is my wife Madeline." They were married in 1962 and'have a daugh-
ter,, Delia.."Madeline needed a daughter for.companionship.-I go out
fishing all th .time. She has seen me maybe 80 days out of a year
since we ere mirried.",He still goes fishing five days a week when
the weathellcgs. A nephew helps him, since arthritis has crippled
his hands.'" '; ... .. : \
When (Wl came to Carrabelle in Juvl, .1942;, engi-
nreer4in-chd'rge.ofbuilding,the docks needed Howard Massey: He had
a boai ted 'knl i the ciannels. Plas' were inderwav,to build Camp
Cord n iJihnston. The :engineers were building'the1 Harbbr of Camp
fell, Dock Repair Facilities., ,,, ; .:.
'? .1 ;' ,'**" :< *'i t.y ', t '.''
e mission of Camp Go6don johhstoh was to train amphibiow sol-
ersrjo? W ere' heeded i parr belle, Laniark, ;Ti ke Cf nd
s. Tes. A6totl 6f teri'docks were to be located ii the four different
..tsiats'wgre.being brought in by train from Massachusetts to
Ca"labefUe, where a crane was used to unload the boats from train to
Sinc 'he'had a boat and. knew the channels, Howard was hired.to
pull barges with'his boat. Pilings were transported from Carrabeln6
Lnark on these barges. -- .
The problem was the railroad passed through Lanark about half a
mile from the Gulf water. The one highway was almost as far from the
water. The land between the water and the road was like a swamp or
marsh-soggy ground-full of palmettos, loblolly pines, undergrowth,
alligators, snakes and other pests. There was no road leading to the
Gulf water in Lanark. '.
How could the pilings safely be aeliv'ered to Lanark for the buildipg of
the dock in the next few weeks?
Alo eibeaeh-barea. the ground w.is soggy like a swamp. 'hgineers
werq itiig the building of the dock and pilingswere heeded imme-
dia tely "
The dock in Carrabelle was beginning to take shape with pilings that
were creosote. Engineers decided to use regular logs in Lanark and
"the Iugs ate them up." says Howard Massey. The creosote pilings in
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Carrabelle are still there today. Thelogs to be used in Lanark had to
arrive immediately. "It was a job to pull those barges loaded with
pilings," Howard smiles. "Four and a half hours trip to Lanark from
Howard had a 38 foot boat with-raised bow named Norma Mae. "A
straight 8 Buick powered it,". he says. He has been captain of six
boats over 51 years. "One boat I captained for 31 years. Since 1925 I
fooled with boats. Since I was a kid eleven years old."
Two generators provided light for the work and the pile drivers were
steam-driven. "In 1926," Howard says, "electricity came to Carrabelle
and in 1927 a tornado blew it away. Mr. Bragdon brought electricity
back to Carrabelle in 1929."
Four pile drivers came from Panama City. Howard also hauled the
wood that was burned to fuel the steam-driven pile drivers. "I worked
whenever I needed to work. And I didn't have time to fish. Only time
in my life when I couldn't take time to fish."
In order to meet the deadline for completion of the Lanark dock,
Howard worked day and night, whenever he was needed. "I was paid
a dollar and a quarter an hour, plus a hundred and five dollars a day
for the use of my boat," he says. "I,slept on the boat so I'd be there
when they needed me. Nobody else knew the channels, so I had to do
it." A storm was the only thing that stopped the work. They worked
through rain and wind. They had to meet the September deadline,
when 30,000 soldiers would arrive. Between mid-July and mid-Sep-
tember, the docks were completed.
Howard laughs, "Those soldiers had to walk everywhere they went.
There were maybe fifteen cars in Carrabelle in 1942. Those kids walked
four miles from Lanark to Carrabelle. Taxis came later."
One of Howard's humorous tales regards one Blankenship, who needed
some whiskey-four fifths. Blankenship promised fishing permits for
Howard, if Howard would deliver the whiskey. Howard delivered. He
always delivered when necessary.
"Never had a map on my boat," he sdys. "Many times I came home by
the North Star,"
At the time of this interview, the weAther was very dry and the grass
was about dead, so this writer asked when we would get some rain.
Without hesitating, Howard said, "We'll get some rain Monday or Tues-
day." That was on Sunday. It rained' that Monday.'
Students Search For
Withl graoery list in hand, theseiyoung shbppersibokifor
the moatntnutritionally sound products 'at the" Caitabelle
By Rene Topping
By Rene Toppg saidthather-son,optedfqra pieee,
Thiloca l'id Store was crowded 'of fruit over a sweet cke. The-boy
with students from the fifth arid said, "We can't eat little Debbie
sixth grades of Carrabelle El- .Cakes." He got himself an apple
ementary School on November Instead.
6th. These students were on a
scavenger hunt as theywalked Ms. Rankin said that it is impor-
around the store searching for "nt for the children's future wel,.
labels with details of calories. fat, being that they maintain healthy
sugar, salt and carbohydrates. attitudes to the food they con-
The scavenger hunt was part of a sume. She feels that when the
program called Expanded Food children finish the course, they
Nutrition Education Program attain a level of knowledge that
(EFNEP), Cherry Rankin coordi- will pay dividends for the rest.of
nates the program. 'I' na eir lives '.... .'.. L .u,,
ENE EpaIim A tohichj dii Ti ei d cr es of'~T b of, na"ze~6'
,people early in life that a healthy fat," "See, this one is lowm- gari-
diet means more ner and ha ries" and "ha.,Read me the sugar.
pier living. The students in this. choed throughout the IGA. Ms.
prrm std the food pamid RaEkin expressed her thanks to
pir0 am stud te food p'n-amid
and learn to include more ve"g 'the management and stait of the
tables and fruits in their own local LGA "We appreciated them
e letting the students, come in and-
a" Pick up items to sttidy. 1i:6uld.
Ms. Ranki' said tat the program alTo like to compliment the siti-
is certainly making inroads into dents for their behavior."
the children's minds. One mother .
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Veterans Day Ceremony
at American Legion
Ken Arbuckle, Bill Miller, Martin Roller, Evelyn McAnally
and Sid Winchester provided brief addresses at the Ameri-
can Legion Post 82 in recognition of Veterans Day.
Approximately 70 individuals
made their way to the American
Legion Post 82 in Lanark Village
to attend a Veterans Day
ceremony on November 11. The
ceremony featured brief
addresses from several speakers,
a luncheon buffet as well as a
turkey shoot behind the legion
"We're gathered here today," said
Post Commander Ken Arbuckle,
"to pay honor to veterans of all
wars. We must never forget the
price that has already been paid
for our freedom. Some have paid
more than others. We realize that
service to our country does not
end with the term of our military
Gordon Johnston Association
pointed out that the legion
building was part of Camp
Gordon Johnston's property. "The
reason for Camp Gordon
Johnston's existence is to honor
these veterans," said Winchester,
"all of them who served here. We
must never forget what these men
did for us here and what millions
of others did all over the world."
Evelyn McAnally provided a brief
address as well as the ceremony's
closing prayer. 'Teach a child to
honor the flag," she stated, "and
he will rarely dishonor himself.
The flag is a patriot as a cross to
service. Let's translate the Following the ceremony, visitors
devotion of war into the devotion to the legion were treated to a
of peace. In peace, we .shall go buffet luncheon. Outside of the
forward together." legion, many individuals partici-
ResidentBill Miller a memberof pated in a turkey shoot coordi-
ResidentBill Miller, a memberof nated by Richard Newman and
Sthe Sons of the American Le ion, ick Laramore. EvelynMcAnally
read a poem to.those assembled.. was the sharpest shooter at the.
"I wish to give a tribute.. a four event and won the Contest. A tur-
Sstar salute today," he read, "for' key shoot will be conducted beo.
those who;foughtso bravely fo hn te en e Saturday
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SMiller concluded," 'o salute-this December 20. An American Le-
Veterans Day and many more toof t nt
come; through bloot, 6t^ d lf q "ip pte f;t -pe
glory, our freedom ha1-b~Y..-' 1'e coori.aete b'tBilfer
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This veteran takes aim at one of the many targets behind
the American Legion during the turkey shoot event. Evelyn
McAnally would eventually win the contest.
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Hearing Phase Ends for Wakulla
Challenge to MFC Rule
^SS^ ~ ~- -iii''
Dr. Russell Nelson, Executive Director of the Marine
Fisheries Commission (MFC), on the witness stand (far
right) as Administrative Law Judge Ella Jane P. Davis
A challenge by three petitioners
against a proposed rule from the
Marine Fisheries Commission
(MFC) came to a close on Novem-
ber 7 in Tallahassee.
Petitioners Raymond S. Pringle,
Jr., Ronald Fred Crum and Willy
Arnold began their case against
the proposed MFC rule in Decem-
ber of 1996.
The MFC rule that Pringle, Crum
and Arnold contested would have
required that "no person shall fish
with, set or place in the water any
seine with a mesh size larger than
2 inches stretched mesh." The
proposed rule would have gone
into effect as of January 1, 1998.
According to documentation filed
in October of 1997, the petition-
ers asserted that the proposed
rule exceeded the MFC's author-
ity; they further asserted that the
proposed rule would result in
unneccessary killing and over-
fishing of unintentional bycatch.
Also, the petitioners contended
that the proposed rule was not
based on the best biological, eco-
nomic or sociological information
available, because the two inch
restriction would render the pro-
posed seines not commercially
tor of Wakulla Commercial
Fishermen's Association. Ronald
Fred Crum of Panacea is a com-
mercial fisherman and President
of Wakulla Commercial
Fishermen's Association. Willy
Arnold, from Jacksonville,
Florida, is a mechanic by trade
and "files, on behalf of the con-
sumer" according to Pringle's ini-
tial pleading statement.
In December of 1996, Pringle saw
the problem using these words:
"...This rule, if adopted, would
force commercial fishermen
to violate Art. 10, Sec 16, by
the unnecessary killing, over-
fishing and waste of juvenile
stocks of fish, by limiting
mesh size to 2" stretch mesh
in entire seine and making
twine size to be #9 twisted
nylon or polypropylene. This
style of seine would gill juve-
nile fish and cause targeted
fish to jump the net. Histori-
cally, the wing portion of the
seine allowed the juvenile fish
to pass through thus allow-
ing commercial harvesters to
catch targeted species. This
proposed seine will not allow
that to happen."
He argued that the proposed MFC
rnlen would also restrict the seines
The respondent (MFC) and inter- from being economically feasible
venors (Florida Wildlife Federa- by not allowing the wing portion
tion, Florida League of Anglers to be of any size.
and Coastal Conservationi Asso-
ciation) argued that the proposed Jri early January of 1997,' the
rule was a valid ,exercise bf del- Florida Wildlife Federation and
egated legislative aiuthorit. They Floida League. of Anglers peti-
argued that the pro'pos-ed' -ule tonedd for intervention into a re-
both procedurally and 'slbstan- lated case which was eventually
tively complied with all applicable merged with the Pringle-Crum-
stanlards and was within the Arnold petition. The Coastal Con-
rulemaking authority of the MFC. servation Assocation intervened
The MFC and several environ- prior to January, 1997. The in-
mental agencies denied that the teryenors argued that, as a result
seine nets with two inch stretch of, the net-ban, fishermen using
mesh would cause the killing of nets had begun using tarpaulin
juvenile fish which were not com- skirts as a means of increasing
mercially useful. the effective size of their nets. The
tarpaulin nets were claimed to
The respondent concluded, "by damage the sea bottom as well.
proper use of the nets at therignt
time, place and in the proper
manner, the fishermen can mini-
mize or eliminate the entangling
of juvenile fish in the two inch or
Normally, when the transcript of
the hearing is filed, attorneys for
all sides will have about 30 days
to submit their briefs and recom-
mended opinions. Another 30 day
period may elapse until the ad-
ministrative law judge issues an
Pringle is a commercial fisherman
by trade and is Executive Direc-
Members from the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority presented
thei proposed plans for the
development of Timber Island to
nine state agency representatives
during a November 6 workshop.
The proposed plans were
previously discussed and decided
upon by Port Authority members
at a November 3 workshop
meeting. In the proposed plan,
Tom & Ellen Beavers of Emerald
Point Investments Inc. and
Tommy Bevis of Dockside Marina
would be allotted a certain
amount of development items
each. Some of those requested
development items would require
an amendment to the
At the Carrabelle High School
Reunion on October 25, 1997
Rass Bradford told Basil
McKnight that the two hap-
piest days of his life were the
day he got married and the
day of the reunion. The
Chronicle mistakenly reported
that the remark was made by
Eva Papadopoulas. Ms.
Papadopoulas has informed
us that the happiest day of
her life was the day she got
In the issue of October 31,
1997, the Coastal Petroleum
hearings began on October
20th, not October 29th. Also,
Judge Clark is spelled cor-
rectly without the "e".
Dewey Destin, who joined his case
with Pringle, argued that the MFC
proposed rule was an invalid ex-
ercise of delegated legislative au-
thority: he father argued that the
M FC had to have specific legisla-
tive authority to make the pro-
Eventually, the Florida legisla-
ture, by identifying and legislat-
ing specific rules and authority,
made this portion of the consti-
tutional challenge moot. But, the
question of the proposed rule in-
volving the two inch stretched
mesh remained the major issue..
For Tommy Bevis, the following
items were approved by the Port
Authority and proposed to the
1. A total of 15 wet slips in which
9 slips already exist.
2. An existing boat manufacturing
building with a handicapped
accessible restroom and shower.
3. One travel lift for boat haul-out,
repair and dry storage.
4. An enhanced railway haul-out
for larger boats.
5. A boat paint building
approximately 50 ft. x 100 ft. x
50 ft. in height.
6. Boat washdown facilities.
7. Dry stack storage facilities for
8. Fuel services and sewer & bilge
9. A boat launch ramp.
10. Radio & Communications
For Tom & Ellen Beavers, the
following development items were
approved by the Port Authority
and proposed to the State:
1. 130 wet slips with a minimum
of 300 ft. of commercial dock for
larger boats; also included would
be a harbormaster office,
showers, restrooms and security
STATE OF FLORIDA
The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a public meeting
December 2-5, 1997 at the
Clarion Hotel, Hollywood Beach,
4000 S. Ocean Drive, in Holly-
wood. The public is encouraged
to participate at the meeting,
which will include the following:
vidually tagged to identify the
state of origin and the name of the
business entity shipping the fish
(tags must remain attached to the
fish until final retail sale.)
- require that hon-native red
drum transported in Florida for
sale as food be individually tagged
to identify the state of origin and
the name of the business entity
shipping the fish (tags must re-
main attached to the fish until fi-
nal retail sale)
Punta Gorda Mullet
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on a proposed rule
that would-with the City of
Punta Gorda from November 1
until March 1 each year-estab-
lish a daily limit of 5 mullet per
person or vessel and prohibit the
harvest of mullet from 6:00 p.m.
to 6:00 a.m.
Broward County Lines Rule-Final
Special Management Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on a proposed rule
that would restrict all harvesters
to recreational bag limits for fin-
fish and prohibit the harvest or
attempted harvest of finfish with
any hook and line gear other than
hand held and manually operated
within the Deerfield Beach, Pom-
pano Rodeo, and Broward, Nova,
and Tenneco Artificial Reef Sites
in Broward County state waters.
The use of powered hook and line
gear by persons who possess a
valid Florida disabled parking
permit would be allowed in this
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on proposed rules
- require the undersize spotted
seatrout from other states that
enter Florida in interstate com-
merce be documented and indi-
vidually tagged to identify the
state of origin and the name of the
business entity shipping the fish
(tags must remain attached to the
fish until final retail sale.)
- require that spotted seatrout
from other states that enter
Florida in interstate commerce
out-of-season and are transported
in Florida for sale as food be indi-
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on proposed rule
amendments that would change
the Citrus-Hernando shrimp/
stone crab zone coordinates to be
compatible with the latest tech-
nological equipment and charts,
amend the H-I line in the area to
lie on a latitude, and revise the
area's Zone II coordinates to cor-
respond with designated shrimp
The Commission will receive sci-
entific and public comment and
review the management and sta-
tus of the following Florida salt-
water fisheries, and consider
whether to include these issues
as part of its 1998 workplan: spot-
ted seatrout, reef fish, spiny lob-
ster, bay scallops, the calico scal-
lop state waters trawl fishery,
squid, sponge, spot, croaker,
sheepshead, Spanish sardines,
mullet, fishing gear, and the
Florida Keys National Marine
Sanctuary (possible Tortugas
marine reserve). The Commission
will also consider public request
to review or take action on other
saltwater fishing issues, and re-
view the proposed Commission/
Florida Marine Research Institute
(FMRI) 1998 research workplan.
Other Meeting Action
The Commission will receive sci-
House Passes River Basin Compact
On November 4,1997 the U.S.
House of Representatives passed Flint River Basin Compact, which
House Joint Resolution 91, the each state has already passed into
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee- law. The compact establishes a
Flint (ACF) River Basin Compact, commission, with representatives
a bill which grants congressional of the three states and the Fed-
approval to, the tri-state compact eral Government, to develop wa-
addressing water usage along the ter allocation formulas. Commis-
ACF Basin. Congressman Allen sioners are charged with agreeing
Boyd (D-North Florida) and his on a formula by the end of 1998
Alabama and Georgia colleagues& with the goal of apportioning the
have been negotiating with federal waters equitably between the
entities over the resolution since three states while protecting wa-
May. ter quality, ecology and
;biodiversity in the basin-I.J. Res.
Water allocation in the basin be-" 91 grants congressional approval
came a hot topic during the to the compact, which is required
droughts of the 1980's when the ; under the Constitution for the
Basin area experienced water implementation of any interstate
shortages which increased the agreement.
demand for clean drinking water
and agricultural and industrial "I am pleased that I could facili-
use water. Since the tate the effort to gain the neces-
Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers sary federal approval for the Tri-
serve as the Apalachicola River's State River Basin Compact," said
main water sources, North Florida Boyd. "Alabama, Georgia and
was the hardest hit by the short- Florida should all be commended
ages. The Apalachicola Bay has for theirjoint efforts to resolve this
also suffered as the reduced matter through cooperation, not
amount of fresh water flowing in litigation. This legislation provides
from the river raised the Bay's a constructive framework for the
salinity levels, threatening the states to work together to find an
area's oyster beds and other answer to our shared water us-
aquatic life, age problem. The water shortages
that North Florida has experi-
These water shortages soon led to enced in the last several years has
disputes and litigation between made us painfully aware of how
North Florida, Alabama, Georgia, precious our water resources are.
and the federally owned and op- In our effort to protect our natu-
erated flood control projects in the ral resources, we should continue
area over upstream water alloca- to work with, not against, our
tion. In response to these dis- neighbors to develop positive
putes, the three states developed solutions like the Tri-State
the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee- Compact."
2. Fuel services and sewer & bilge
3. 400 dry storage racks.
4. A travel and fork lift facility with
a boat wash down area.
5. A double boat launch ramp
available to the public.
6. A boat yard repair and storage
7. Up to 50,000 square feet of
commercial, light industrial and
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9. 40 transient guest units; a
convention meeting room and full
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State agency representatives
agreed at the close of the work-
shop to present detailed reports
of the proposed plan to Susan
Anderson with the Department of
Community Affairs. After the in-
formation has been compiled; an
amendment to the Development
Order will be considered. Both
Beavers and Bevis acknowledged
that the November 6 workshop
was a positive step forward in
their plans to develop Timber Is-
Published every other Friday
entific and public comment and:
- review issues covered during its
recent snook forum, and consider
additional management options
for the snook fishery
- consider option regarding the
management of the weakfish
- review a stock assessment of the
stone crab fishery, and consider
whether to recommend legislation
regarding limiting the number of
licenses and traps in the fishery
- consider whether to allow com-
mercial fishermen to use cast nets
to harvest shrimp
In addition, the Commission will
receive public comment and re-
ports on FMRI stock enhance-
ment efforts, including the
Biscayne Bay Red Drum Stock
Enhancement Program; artificial
reef experimental work; gag grou-
per spawning, recruitment, and
nursery links; and electronic ves-
sel monitoring. The Commission
will also review legislative and fed-
eral issues, and receive an update
from staff on recent Commission
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the hot line.
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County Planner Alan Pierce and
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Commission on November 4 to
discuss the issue of the city's
numbering system for local resi-
"It's not a major problem in the
City of Apalachicola," Mr. Pierce
explained, "but it is something
that, in a perfect world, we might
try to address." He informed com-
missioners that the city's post
master, Judy Stokowski, did not
want the numbering system to be
Pierce said, however, that the lo-
cal numbering system could be
made to be more logical for the
county's 911 emergency response
team. He stated that several
buildings in the business district
on Water Street as well as homes
'in the greater Apalachicola area
did not follow a logical pattern. "Of
course," he stated, "the major
problem is that you already have
mail delivered to those
numbers...it's been an existing
system for a number of years."
Ms.' McWhihhiiie stated that am-
bulances were having a difficult
time in finding certain homes due
to the lack of sequential order. "If.
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Commissioner Johnson ques-
tioned whether'the bo'a'rd as
suggesting that the city shliitit-
self down until the lawsuit was
completed. Howell responded,
"nobody has suggested that we
til they had a better idea how their
upcoming trial in January with
the Teat Family would turn out.
'" We better hold 'off on that until
S-we get enough money-to know
'where we're going," he stated.
shut anything down. We sug- Commissioner Johnson also re-
gested to do what we've got in the quested, on behalf of Waste Man-
budget .. .. agement, that the city designate
S. .. a-'stbrage facility for yard trash.
Frye noted that he hasise've 'is HHe said that, if the city designated
a commissioner fob-:the past '4 s7uch a site, Waste Management
years. '"For the last eight or' iix ". wold bring in a "claw truck." He
years," he said. 'it's'(the city bud- explained, "twice a year they'll
get) in better financial shape than (Waste Management) come in and
it's ever been and I personally 1 ~d this waste up and turn it
don't want to see it go back to into mulch. And we can give the
where we drain our, financial mulch away to the people." Mayor
funds." Frye asked, "why Howell suggested that the facility
shouldn't we stay above water in- be located on Cemetery Road at
stead of sink again?" Frye said the city's old garbage site. The
that the police chief had previ- board requested that city worker
ously worked without receiving a Marvih Croom identify a possible
pay check due to the city's finan- site.
cial troubles. "I don't want to get
like that no more," he explained. *Commissioner Van Johnson in-
Johnson questioned whether
there was any funding available
in the recreation budget. City
Clerk Betty Taylor-Webb stated
that the city allocated $13,000 to
the recreation board in the past
Commissioner Frye stated that
the city could not tell the recre-
ation board how to spend its allo-
formed the board that a business
known as Sam's Place may be on
the market. He suggested that the
board consider purchasing the fa-
cility to use as a recreational cen-
ter. "It's obvious that we need an-
other recreation center," he said.
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someone came here from Tampa,
Florida or Jacksonville," she said,
"there's no way that they would
find anything because there's no
sequence." McWhinnie also
pointed out that one of the main
problems was that many of the
homes in the area did not have
visible numbers posted.
Mayor Bobby Howell expressed
his apprehension of requiring
homeowners to post numbers on
their property. "I don't know of
anything in the world that we can
do about forcing somebody to put
something on a house that they.
didn't want to do," he claimed.'
Howell continued, "I'm not about
to tackle that one. If someone
wants to file a suit against some-
body-that's fine...but this city's
not gonna do it."
McWhinnie said that she did not
want to completely overhaul the
city's numbering system, but
merely amend a few numbers in
the area. "There are gonna be
some citizens that are not gonna
want to change," she pointed out.
SThe process of amending the
numbering system, she said,
would occur over a length of time.
Commissioner Jimmy Elliott
pointed out that many residents
have been receiving their mail at
the same address for quite some
time. McWhinnie questioned the
board on its priorities in the mat-
ter. "What's more important," she
asked, "mail or somebody who's
having a heart attack?" Elliott re-
sponded, "they don't see it that
way. I'll guarantee you...I've
talked to them about that kind of
Resident Alex Moody noted, "I
know there is a problem. I remem-
ber when Mrs. (Margaret) Key was
passing away and the ambulance
couldn't find her house."
Mayor Howell estimated that as
many as 20% of the local resi-
dents did not have numbers
posted on their homes. "If you
look real good," he said, "you can
see them. It's just that some of
them put them (house numbers)
in terrible places. That's the real
problem. They put them up over,
the door and the roof comes down
Ms. McWhinnie said that.'she
could not yet estimate how many
homes would need to have their
addresses amended. 'There's ho
telling," she said. Mr. Pierce sug-
gested that Ms. McWhinnie and
e survey the area and report
Back to the board with their find-
ings. Mayor Howell assured that
the city would be cooperative in
The Apalachicola City Commis-
sion voted 3-2 to disapprove a re-
quest to allocate an undisclosed
amount of money to the Apalachi-
cola Marchin' and Movin' Versa-
tile Band. Commissioners Jack
Frye and Jimmy Elliott along with
Mayor Bobby Howell voted against
allocating any funding to the band
until the city's financial future
was better understood.
Commissioner Robert Davis re-
quested that the city give "some
support" to the community band.
He pointed out that the county
had already allocated funds to the
band. 'This (band) represents the
city (more) than even the county,"
CommissioAer Davis stated that
the band was currently in the pro-
cess of obtaining uniforms and
instruments. He further noted
that the community band was an
activity open to all of the
'The budget was prepared," said
Howell, "and the budget was
cut...and there's no funds avail-
able." He continued, "y'all need to
think about what you're faced
with. And at this time...it's not a
good time to do it."
Commissioner Van Johnson re-
sponded, "we can't put our lives
Commissioner Jimmy Elliott ob-
served that the city had a poten-
tially expensive lawsuit scheduled
for January of 1998 that it first
needed to address before allocat-
ing such funding. He explained,
"I think after February we're
gonna know a lot more where we
stand financially." Elliott did com-
pliment the community band for
its work with the local youth. "I
think that's one of the best things
that have happened for these, kids
around here in a long time,"bhe
said, "andthey've gof.an instr-c-
tor that's real talented.. ",
'riFnpstyiF ays, wulcri wasc ncu uon
Commissioner Jack,Frye .stated ,.October 22. Johnson requested
that the upcoming lawsuit could that the city purchase anew truck
put the city in a 'Iin an rical to help further clean up the city's
crunch. He asked, 'why -hould .alleys. and roadsides during up-
we go digging into our budget. ,.coming amnesty events.
which has already been prepared
for this fiscal year? Why do it Mayor Howell requested that the
now?" board exercise fiscal caution un-
cated funds. Johnson explained,
"I've been to that board and they
sent me back to this commission
Johnson suggested that one of the
commissioners be appointed to
the recreation board. He ex-
plained, "I think we need to get
more involved with that particu-
lar board." Frye questioned
whether recreation board mem-
bers would be upset if a city com-
missioner was appointed to their
board. "They do us a heck of a
good job," he stated. Howell
added, "not only that, we can't get
them to serve on it (the recreation
At the request of Commissioner
Frye, Commissioner Robert Davis
agreed to meet with one of the
recreation board members to de-
termine whether one of the city
commissioners could serve as a
liaison to that board.
In other board business:
*The board agreed not to allow a
local girl scout troop to use the
community center for meetings.
"I think it would be better (to let
them use) that building down
there that belongs to girl scouts,"
said Howell, "that little (building)
down there. I helped build it in
1945." He continued, "why don't
they get the materials and let us
get the prisoners to fix the build-
ing up or them."
City Clerk Betty Taylor-Webb
noted that most non-profit groups
had been allowed to use the com-
munity center at no cost. "The
problem with this," she stated, "is
that they want it twice a month"
on a Saturday." Mayor Howell ex-
pressed concern that the pro-
posed meetings would tie up the
center for other uses during that
Commissioner Van Johnson sug-
gested that the girl scout troop be
allowed to use the community
center while their old facility lo-
cated in Battery Park was being
rebuilt. Ms. Taylor-Webb said that
the facility could be repaired in
two weeks. Mr. Johnson stated,
"I'd like to see that (community
center) facility used." Howell re-
turned, "well, it's used."
*Commissioner Van Johnson re-
ported that 14 tons of garbage
,were collected throughout the
,county with the help of Waste
. Management during the previous
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Pulihe eey thr rin
34th Florida Seafood Festival was 'Weekend to Remember"
By Sue Riddle Cronkite
The 34th Annual Florida Seafood
Festival roared in like a lion on a
spate of thundershowers on Hal-
loween Day, then left peaceful and
beautiful as a lamb on a great
"It may have been one of the best
we've ever had," said Dan Davis,
president of the Florida Seafood
Festival. "At least as long as I've
been on the board ... since 1992."
The latest estimate put the gate
count at around 20,000 and in-
come for tickets collected at the
gate on Saturday at $52,000.
"There were about 800 tickets
given to parade members, and
those 12 and under, got in free,
and there were the boat people,
vendors, and motor home people,
so it's hard to get to an actual
"Friday's always a weather day,"
said Davis. "Our start-out on Fri-
day was about as bad as we've
had, but then Saturday the sun
shone. Saturday night we had
more rain and some cold winds,
but Sunday was as pretty a day
as I've seen.
"We really tried to emphasize our
'maritime crafts this year," said
Davis, who admitted he didn't get
to see much of what was going on
because he was so busy. "I saw
lots of people around the crab
boat where they were talking
about the crab business, and
there was an oyster boat with
demonstrations on tonging.
"The smoked fish smelled really
good," he said. "They gave out
samples. The historic sailing ship
the Governor Stone was there,
and several government agencies,
including the Department of En-
vironmental Protection. The Coast
Guard Auxiliary had someone
there from the sea school for
captain's licensing. There was a
demonstration of how to throw a
cast net, and one on net making
Davis said he was proud of tle
local involvement. "We've got
something to expand on next
year," he said. "There were very
few glitches," he said. "I heard
good response from the vendors.
Getting them to stay until 4 p.m.
on Sunday worked out well." He
said about 2,500 people walked
around the festival grounds be-
tween one p.m. and the time the
vendors began to leave.
"The music worked out well, I
thought," said Davis. "There's al-
ways a problem in working within
the budget to find headliners we
can afford." The sound of differ-
ent kinds and styles of music
could be heard all through the
festival from the bandstand in
Battery Park and the bandstand
on the ball field.
Anita Gregory, general manager
of the Seafood Festival, and ex-
ecutive director of the Apalachi-
cola Bay Area Chamber of Com-
merce, got her first taste of run-
ning the state's oldest maritime
and seafood festival: "I've done a
lot of festivals," she said. "I
thought this one went wonderfully
Gregory. "We were really lucks
with beautiful weather and a
record crowd. Also we had,lots of
competition, with Florida State's
homecoming, the North Florida
Fair, and Mule Days."
Gregory said "so many worked so.
hard." Volunteers were, running
through the rain, directing ven-
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problems,, checking everything
from electrical plug-ins to -Wind-
S"We hope to get more people do-,
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Franklin County School Board
member Willie Speed voiced his
concern over the recent state
assessment scores for area
students at the board's regular
November 6 meeting.
The recent scores, said Speed,
"were not encouraging." He
explained, "we had three
elementary school results show
that all of them are below the state
average. I think that the schools
in Franklin County should be
above the state average." The state
assessment tests measure
student proficiency in the areas
of reading, writing and
Mr. Speed explained to board
members that it was not an
impossible feat to improve
student performance on the state
tests. He spoke of a principal from
a large, urban area who was
determined to improve his
students' test scores by improving
parental involvement at the
"That principal went to every
parent who had a child in that
school," he explained, "and went
to every house and knocked on
every door of those 800 students
and she begged those parents to
come to the PTA (Parent-Teacher
Speed said that the school's next
PTA meeting was "standing room
only." He continued, "as a result
of that effort, the parents really
got behind the school. And the
next year, that school was off that
(critically low) list."
Mr. Speed said that he was in
agreement with a theory
previously voiced by
Commissioner of Education
Frank Brogan. "I certainly agree
that when the tide comes in, all
the boats will rise," said Speed,
"not just the yachts, but the
shrimp boats and oyster boat will
also rise. When the principal leads
and the teacher teaches, all
children will learn. I'm looking
forward to our students coming
from below the state average to
(going) above the state average.
And it can only be done if teaching
Speed pointed out thatathletic
programs were good to have at the
schools. "But Dr. (Frederick)
Humphries didn't' get into Time
Magazine and the Princeton
Review because of the band or the
football team or the athletic
program," Speed explained, "he
was there because of the high
achievements of the student body
as it relates to getting the
information that will prepare
them to move out into the world
"And ladies and gentlemen of this
school board," Speed concluded,
"we're on this school board to
improve the educatiorialprogram
for boys and girls. That's what
we're here for. That's the only
reason they need us here...to
develop a good, strong
In other school board business:
*Principal Jared Burns with
Chapman Elementary School
reported that approximately six
employees had attended staff
development workshops during
the month of October.
Mr. Burns also reported that an
after-school program would be
offered four days per week
(Monday-Thursday) for those
students in the 4th & 5th grade.
The program, he said, will focus
on reading and mathematics and
will be approximately one hour in
length. Burns expected that the
program would be offered for
approximately five weeks.
Mr. Burns recognized the work of
Ms. Elinor Mount-Simmons in
coordinating many of the school's
activities during Red Ribbon
*Principal Janice Gordon with
Brown Elementary School
reported that their annual science
fair was scheduled for November
17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the
elementary school's gym. The
event, she said, would coincide
with the school's report card day.
"So parents can go pick up their
child's report card and see all the
projects in the gym," she
Ms. Gordon informed the board
that students in grades 4-6 would
have individual projects on
display at the event. Ms. Gordon
said that class and partnership
projects from students in the
lower grades would also be on
display. "We have a wonderful
slate of judges who are
volunteering their time to come to
the school to be with us," she
noted, "and we are very
appreciative of their time."
*Principal Bob McDaris with
Carrabelle High School reported
that Kelli Carroll was representing
the seafood industry as the
Florida Seafood Festival Queen.
"We're so proud of her," said
McDaris, "because she's such an
outstanding student academically
and she does a lot of service work
at the school...she's just an
Principal McDaris commented on
the school's participation during
Red Ribbon Week event. "It looked
like Red Square on May 1st,"
exclaimed McDaris. He extended
his appreciation to local
businesses and to Franklin
County School Board members
Connie Roehr and Katie McKnight
for participating in the week-long
*Principal Beverly Kelley with
Apalachicola High School
reported that identification cards
had been made for the students
in conjunction with the Keep Kids
Safe Program. Kelley also reported
that the "drug dog had recently
visited the school twice. "We're
very glad to share Lt. (Leonard)
Martin with Carrabelle High
School,"- she said, "and we're
looking forward to the day when
we can have a full (time) resource
officer at each of our schools."
Kelley also noted that a staff
development workshop had
recently been conducted involving
technology and windows 95.
Galloway complemented the
participation of area schools in
the Red Ribbon Week event. "It
was an excellent program," she
noted, "it's amazing to see what
all the students come up with and
the teachers who just go above
and beyond the call of duty."
*Board member Jimmy Gander
again requested a list of all
instructors teaching out of field.
*Board member Willie Speed
requested that Dr. Frederick
Humphries be invited to Franklin
County in order for the school
district to present him with a
recently adopted resolution which
recognizes Humphries' academic
achievements and national
recognition at FAMU.
*Mi. Speed pointed out that the
Franklin County School District
did not have a meeting room at
its office in Apalachicola to
accommodate school board
members. He acknowledged that
Superintendent Galloway had
recently decided to move the
district's secretary into to her own
office. Speed requested that the
secretary's office be designated for
the school board.
Mr. Speed stated that school
board members had to use the
receptionist's office if they wanted
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Scores "Not Encouraging,"
By Rene Topping
The City of Carrabelle Commis-
sion held their November 3 regu-
lar meeting with the usual mixed
bag of issues from new businesses
to condemning old structures as
Water and Sewer Commissioner
Jim Phillips started oft the meet-
ing on a happy note that the city's
attempt to increase it's water cus-
tomers with expansion to the west
side of the Tillie Miller Bridge was
going along well. He asked for a'
report from Philip Devon, of
Baskerville and Donovan, who
said that the city had Just been
delivered 3 copies of the maps of:
the project and the same had been
delivered to Farmers Home.
(FMHA,) He added that the city
would be right on course on the
;project and he hoped that by
mid-January to advertise for bids'
and by mid February be looking
at choosing a successful bidder.
This will bring water to River Road
and to the Carrabelle Beach area;
Police Commissioner Pam Lycett
reported that so far $7905.00 dol-
lars had been spent on remodel-
ing the old fire house to be an of-
fice for the police department. She
said that only $2,094.22 re-
mained to be spent, George Jack-
son, who started the project dur-
ing his term a' Police commis-
.sioner, said later in the meeting
that he had the doors to the build-
ing and added that he would get
together with Ms. Lycett and dis-
cuss what had been envisioned.
Fire Chief Bonnie Kerr asked for
and was granted authority to go
over the amount needed to repair
the older red pumper. She said
that the, 10-8 people who make
the trucks are trying to get a sort
of route of monthly visit to rural
stations to do repairs. She felt that
their visit might reveal other prob-
lems than the pecking she knows
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to make a call at the district office.
"We do not have a telephone
service where a school board
member can go talk," said Speed,
"you might want to call a school
board member from another
district and you might want to
talk confidentially with some
parents or maybe with the
Commissioner of Education or the
Director of the Florida School
Board Association. And we do not
have a place to do that."
Chairperson Will Kendrick stated
that he had spoken with
Superintendent Galloway about
the matter several weeks ago. "I
was told then that we were gonna
leave the desk where it was (in the
receptionist's office) so that board
members could use that," he said.
Superintendent Galloway stated
that district personnel would still
remain in the receptionist's office.
"We don't have another space for
personnel," she stated, "but the
room itself out in the reception
area will be made available to the
Chairperson Kendrick questioned
whether the noted room could be
divided to accommodate both the
district personnel and school
board members. Superintendent
Galloway said that she would look
into the matter.
is needed and she did-not want to
have to wait another month to
exceed the approved $560. Com-
missioners gave their approval.
On another matter Chief Kerr
asked if anything could be done
to Bet people to use the allowed
street numbers. She said if people
would call Pat McWhinnie at
670-8300 or Charles Lee Dantels
at City hall they can get their
number. It they wish it, the E911
will make up a blue reflective
number plate for around $5.00.
Ms. Kerr also announced that she
has been allotted 100 smoke de-
tectors and will get with senior
center and Charles lee Daniels to
try to donate them to the elderly
and needy who cannot afford to
Kathleen Shirley of Tallahassee
appeared before the commission
to request approval for a company
, to begin building a Convenience
.store, gas station. Subway shop
Sand a laundry on the lot next door
to the Flower Shop on U.S. 98..
'She was questioned as to storm
water runoff and was advised that
the city would expect that land-
Sscaping would be done around the
multi use building. She was given
a unanimous approval.
Bill McCartney. city engineer, of
Baskerville and Donovan, re-
ceived approval for the Poloronis
Company to continue building 75
feet of Riverwalk on each side of
the pavilion and to erect the
The Commission decided to ap-
prove a change in the meaning of
the subdivision ordinance. The
word subdivision will mean all
-division of three or more lots and
the owner will have to abide by
all the subdivision ordinance
,rules on providing streets..
'They also made a time limit on all
variances and special exceptions.
The time limit will be the same as
the building permit. It will be one
:year and will be not be transfer-
able as it will be made valid only
for the individual who requested
After discussion the commission
agreed to enter into a lease pur-
chase agreement for a new 1997
model police car. at a cost of
$19,500 with the city installing
their own siren, switch and
There was much discussion on
,the outline of a Job description
and a draft of an advertisement
Board member Connie Roehr
suggested that a district facility
be built centrally to reduce the
overcrowding situation at the
office in Apalachicola.
Board member Jimmy Gander
questioned, "I have to wonder
about the financial wisdom of
spending any money in that
district office when we're talking
about doing some renovation in
there. It's looks like that would be
the time we ought to do that."
Mr. Speed encouraged fellow
board members to visit other
school districts to gain a better
understanding of how those
districts provide office space for
their school board members. "I
would like to see some of these
school board members go and see
some of these school board
facilities," he said, "and see how
they look...and compare them
with one's we have here in
Apalachicola. It's a disgrace."
*Board member Connie Roehr
stated that she enjoyed participat-
ing in the .Red Ribbon Week
events. She informed the board
that she planned to visit Rep. Alan
Boyd in Washington D.C. and
would provide fellow board mem-
bers with a report of that meeting
when she returned.
for the Job of Chief of Police, pre-
sented by Police Commissioner
Pam Lycett, Phillips argued vehe-
mently against the majority deci-
sion that the Job should call for
5 years of law experience. The Job
will be advertised with the entry
level salary or $23,500.
Under new business. Brenda
Burk asked to have an alley sold
and divided between the adjacent
land owners. Phillips listened
through her request ard then told
her that the city did not sell or
give away their allies. City Attor-
ney Anne Cowles also informed
the requester that The city com-
missioners had in the past never
sold or given an alley.. The alley
belongs to the city and the com-
missioners wish It to remain so,
We will not give up any alley. We're
not selling it, and we are not giv-
ing it away. We will keep it for the
citizens who benefit from this
stand. The request was turned
down in a unanimous vote.
A request for a raise in the hono-
rarium offered to the mayor and
commissioners was next on the
agenda. Commissioners presently
receive S50 per month and the
Mayor gets $80 The.request was
for instituted by Mayor Charles
Millender that the mayor would
be to receive $130 per month and
each the commissioner $100.
Phillips made a motion that the
mayor and the commissioners all
be raised to $125 per month. The
Motion was seconded by,
Jenni Sanborn and passed
A request sponsored by, the Sea
Oats Garden Club that a wheel-
chair ramp be installed at the
Roadside Park Beach just west of
the city received unanimous ap-,
proval from the Mayor and com-
missioners. The Mayor said he will
talk to the Florida Department of
Transportation, (FPOT) and will
see it can be done.
First reading of change in subdi-
vision ordinance was approved.
The city attorney stated that she
had a meeting planned for this
week with Barbara Berkowitz of
the cable company Cablevision on
the long delayed contract. She
said she had made several
changes and was writing in the
three new cable requests from
residents to have the company
provide ESPN 2. Nickelodeon and
Sunshine. She said that ComCast
Cable. who supplies service to
.Wakulla County, were interested
in Franklin County, and that she
-felt this will help in getting a good
contract signed. She is also mak-
ing an effort to collect tees she
believes are owning to the city. In
addition she is asking for free
cable service to churches and to
The last item on the agenda
brought a heated exchange be-
tween the city attorney and resi-
dent Dent Snider, who also is an
attorney. Snider challenged the
city attorney on a letter she had
been requested to send to Merle
and Lisa Long who own 137 feet
of dock next to a dock owned by
Snider. The buildings on it had
been rated as dangerous by the
county building inspector who
said part of It needed to be torn
down and "keep out tapes" be put
around the structure. Long has
torn out the old ice machines and
part of the metal structure.
The old ice house part of the
building is brick. The Mayor said
he will meet with Roscoe Carroll
building Inspector and Dent
Snider to discuss further action.
There are tapes around the
'building to prevent people from
At one point in the back and forth
debating between Ms. Cowles and
Snider when he was questioning.
the city attorney about the letter,
Cowles asked, "Are you suggest-
ing that the council fire me?
"Phillips relieved the tense situa-
tion by smiling and saying, "don't
you Just love it when you get two
attorneys talking to one another..
On Saturday, November 8, the
mayor told this reporter that he
had met with Carroll and that a
letter was going to be mailed to
Snider stating that Long had done
all that the inspector had asked
On a question as to how the city
is coming on the side walks prom-
ised as a place for residents and
others to walk in safety around
the city. the mayor said the PDOT
are looking for money to finance
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the wildflower planting site
in Turkey Point.
Guy Hogan and Wade Rucker with
the Keep Franklin County
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teamed up with Ralph Carter and
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Franklin County- School
Capital Projects List
(*) Indicates current status of
1. Safety/ADA Compliance
*Specifications and quotes have
been requested and are being
reviewed for handicapped lift
*The engineer has done site
inspection of Chapman
Elementary Schoolts ESE building
beam; the proposal for requesting
bids is being developed.
2. Purchase School Bus
*A purchase order is in process.
3. School- Maintenance
*These are school projects.
4. Purchase, lease and install
Equipment and Technology.
*School food service computer
equipment has been purchased.
*A bid proposal for softball field
lights has been approved for
*Copiers have.been purchased for
all schools and for the district
5. Finish Carrabelle Fieldhouse
*A request for bids is being
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6. Chapman Elementary School
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*A request for qualifications and
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7. Playground Improvements
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