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Publication Date: February 6, 1998
Copyright Date: 1998
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Franklin Chronicle

Volume 7, Number 3


February 6 19, 1998

Police Chief Smith Well

and Truly "Roasted."
By Rene Topping
On Thursday, January 22, over 100 Franklin County and Carrabelle
residents gathered at the Franklin County Senior Center in Carrabelle
to give Carrabelle Police Chief Jesse Gordon Smith a "party" honoring
him for his 26 years of service to his community.
Longtime friends, former Franklin County SheriffWarren Roddenbury
and Tony Millender, joined together to start the proceedings. They
started the crowd laughing by telling how Smith has a habit of re-
peating himself. They said his nickname is "Repeat."
Tony Millender spoke of the early years when he was a volunteer with
the police force when Smith was just starting. Those days they would,
join up and patrol together. One memorable occasion the two were
using a rental car, while the police car was being repaired, the car
was a Ford Granada and they had a portable blue light.
Millender said, "We were sitting by the chinaberry tree when a car
exceeding the speed limit went whizzing by. Smith said 'let's get 'em'
and I slipped the flashing blue light on the roof of the car. So we
started chasing them. Well, we caught up to the car, and he still kept
running. We went over the bridge and were almost up to the beach
when Jesse wondered why the car wasn't even slowing down. He said,
Tony, look up and see if that blue light is flashing.' And when I reached
out to get the light it was gone. Jesse stopped the car and when we
got out, we were looking at each other over that Granada's vinyl roof
feeling kinda foolish. We looked around to see that nobody had no-
ticed that little chase scene, grabbed that light of the car where it had
slid down until the magnet grabbed onto the trunk and went on back
into town."
The laughter continued as one after another friends told tales on the
chief. Roddenberry told a tale about a car trip to go fishing with a
pastor from Quincy. Now Smith did not know this man was a preacher.
All the way Jesse was as usual sprinkling his conversation with col-
orful language, Roddenberry said. "A little later I asked Jesse if he did
not know that the man was a preacher from Quincy. He looked at me
and said. 'No, but now's a d-m good tine to tell me.'"
Smith was described by many of the guests as a good law man who
tried to enforce the law and play no favorites. He was also described
as a good friend.
In the end Smith was able to get up and answer. He said that "When
someone suggested to me all those years ago I should consider being
a policeman, I was oystering at that time. I would have done anything
to get of the boat, so I started school." He went on to tell of the rugged
hours in school and then standing duty at night. Now he felt it had all
been worth while.
^_ page 4

Chief Smith (left) at Retirement Party.

County Commission.................................. Page 2
Editorial & Commentary .................... Page 3, 4
Charity Chili Cookoff .............................. Page 4
Birds of Prey .............................. ............ Page 5
Apalachicola High ..................................... Page 6
Gulf Coast Community College .............. Page 6, 7
Marine Fisheries Commission ................. Page 8
FCAN Classifieds .............. ............... Page 9
Bookstore Ad ......................................... Page 10

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Dr. Maurice Ramirez (C) poses with assistants Susan
Goodrich (L) and Beverly Millender (R) at the facility's grand
opening on February 2.




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Tallahassee Swing Band

February 15th
The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts presents the Tallahas-
see Swing Band on Sunday, February 15, 1998, at 4:00 p.m. at his-
toric Trinity Church in Apalachicola.
The photo on the left depicts the saxaphone section only.
TALLAHASSEE SWING, a seventeen-piece dance band, features mu-
sic from the Big Band Era. During the 1930's, 40's, and early 50's,
swing music dominated the popular music scene. Center stage were
the big bands of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, Duke
Ellington, Count Basie, and a host of others who offered a rich rhyth-
mic sound that had grown out of the smallerjazz groups of the 1920's.
The musicians of Tallahassee Swing recreate those sounds and per-
form music for listening and dancing. In addition, the band's reper-
toire includes music from the Broadway Stage, Latin America rhythms,
waltzes, and big band rock 'n roll arrangements.
The musicians of Tallahassee Swing have performed on local radio
and television programs, for the Celebrate America program on the
4th of July, and for numerous benefits, parties, concerts, and dances.
For over eight years they have played every Tuesday night at the
American Legion at Lake Ella in Tallahassee. Tallahassee Swing has
just released FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS, its second recording. It
is available on CD and cassette. Adults: $2.00, Students: $1.00. All
children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
The Ilse Newell Fund, Community Concert Series is sponsored by the
Apalachicola Area Historical Society, a 501-C-3 Educational, Incor-

Apalachicola City Mayor

is Target of Lawsuit

File photo: Mayor Bobby Howell
Apalachicola residents Eric and Wanda Teat filed a Petition for a Writ
of Mandamus against Apalachicola Mayor Bobby Howell on January
20 in an attempt to gain access to public records from the City of
According to the filed petition, The Teats sent letters to Mayor Bobby
Howell on December 17, 1997 and on January 5, 1998 requesting
access to the following public records:
1. All water quality tests concerning the Teat's drinking-water well.
2. All water quality tests concerning Huckleberry Creek.
3. The operation and maintenance of the city's wastewater treatment
4. The agreement of payment concerning lawyers, consultants and
others in regard to the Teat's lawsuit with the city.
Mayor Howell informed The Teats in a January 12 letter of corre-
spondence that it would take at least 28 hours of clerical work and 8
hours of supervisory review to provide the requested information.
Howell noted that the Teats would be charged $14.49 per hour for
clerical work and $20.46 per hour for supervisory review in the mat-
ter. The Teats, he added, would also be charged 15 cents per copy.
"The time to locate and assemble these records for copying will re-
quire extensive clerical and supervisory assistance," Howell noted,
"and consequently a special service charge will be required."
Attorney Paul Lehrman, who represents The Teats, referred to the
proposed special service charge as an "extraordinary proposal" in his
January 13 letter of correspondence to Mayor Howell. He added, "I
cannot fully understand how you have interpreted the initial request
to require such a severe imposition upon the City's resources, but if
the City has not allowed inspection and copying of the requested docu-
ments by Friday January 16, 1998, we shall have no choice but to
ask the City to explain its reasoning to the Court."
Attorney Patrick Floyd, who represents the City of Apalachicola, re-
sponded on January 17 to Attorney Lehrman and noted that the pro-
posed special service charge was "exactly what is required by Florida
Statutes." He added, "your comments are inappropriate and the City
certainly has no hesitation to explain its reasoning to the Court."
Attorney Floyd did enclose in his letter to Attorney Lehrman a copy of
the operation and maintenance costs for the city's sewage treatment
plant. He informed Lehrman that the Teats would be charged 15 cents
for the document, pursuant to Florida Statutes
In the filed Petition for a Writ of Mandamus, Attorney Lehrman ar-
gued that Mayor Howell's proposed special service charge was unrea-
sonable and served as a pretext for unlawful refusal to allow inspec-
tion of public records. "The production of the requested records for
inspection by the citizens," Lehrman continued, "is a ministerial act,
and requires no discretion on the part of the Defendant."

Hotel Construction Begins
in St. Geo Plantation

In late January, Contractor Morris Palmer and his subcon-
tractors began work on the first hotel, a part of Phase One
in the Resort Village development. The hotel, owned by
St. George Island, Limited, is expected to have a July 1,
1998 occupancy date. This artistic rendering is a rear el-
evation and one of several drafts.

Pa e 2 6 February 1998 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Franklin Briefs

Notes from the February 3
Franklin County
Commission meeting
*The board unanimously agreed
to authorize Weems Memorial
Hospital to apply for a USDA
Grant in order to purchase a
mammogram machine.
"The hospital doesn't qualify for
getting the grant money,"
explained Administrator David
Paris, "because Centennial
(Health Care) is a private
corporation." The grant funding,
he said, would cover
approximately 45 percent of the
cost for the machine.
Paris said that Centennial Health
Care would pay the balance of the
cost. He said that the
mammogram machine would cost
approximately $80,000. The
machine, explained Paris, would
become the property of Franklin
County. "We would hope that it
just became part of the lease," he
*The board granted the request
from resident David Tuplin to
rezone 8 acres of property on
State Road 65 from R-l to C-2
under the stipulation that no
permits be issued until a sewer
hook-up was available from the
Eastpoint Water and Sewer
District. Commissioner Eddie
Creamer abstained from voting on
the matter due to a conflict of
*The board unanimously agreed
to authorize the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department to apply for
a $6000 Department of
Community Affairs grant. Ray
Clary with 'the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department informed the
board that the grant would be
used to purchase such equipment
as rain coats, bullet-proof vests,
shotguns and walkie talkies.
*Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum informed the board
that there has been a recent spree
of vandalism on approximately 10
road signs on Highway 67. He
stated that approximately $1000
to $1500 worth of damage had,
been committed. "In all of my
career with the road department,"
said Crum, "I've never seen
someone run over a sign... except
in a wreck." Commissioner Putnal
added, "they ran over every one
of them."
*Bob Cambric with the Apalachee
Regional Planning Council (ARPC)
informed the board that there
were several revolviiag .loan.
recipients who remained
delinquent in their payments:
"The people with smaller loans,"
he said, "are the ones that seem
to be exercising every effort to
pay...there are also some larger
loans. There's only a few bad
apples that seem to be thumbing
their nose and saying, 'I'm not
going to pay this (loan).'The worst
thing that could happen is if you
allow one person to grab that flag
and start walking and saying, 'I'm
not going to pay this,' then the
other people will start saying,
'Why should I have to pay it?' And
then no one will pay."
According to a January 6 letter of
correspondence from Mr. Cambric
to County Clerk Kendall Wade,
many delinquent loan recipients
resumed payment after being
warned of pending legal action
against them. "However," he
noted, "there are .ten (loan
recipients) that have chosen to
ignore our warnings. Of these ten,
two have contacted me with
proposals for their payments."
Commissioner Bevin Putnal
questioned whether the ARPC had
worked with the loan recipients
as conscientiously as possible. He
asked, "Have we done everything
possible?" Cambric responded
that the individuals were
contacted by phone and by letter
and were encouraged to
communicate with his office.
"We've had people who have even
refused to receive letters from us,"
he stated.
Commissioner Putnal warned
that many in the seafood industry
could be negatively affected if legal
action was taken against them.
"There's not very many
businesses left in the oyster
business," he said, "and we're in
the process now of shutting some
more of them down. What are we
gonna do when people out there
in the bay haven't got anywhere
to sell oysters?"
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
noted that everyone needed to
treat the same in concern to the
revolving loan program.
Mr. Cambric warned that the

county could be forced to pay
back those funds from the
revolving loan program if it does
not make every effort to
reasonably collect the delinquent
*The board appointed Ms. Roxie
Allen to the Franklin County
Planning and Zoning Committee.
*The board agreed to allocate
$1500 to the Apalachicola Dixie
Youth Baseball League Dixie pay
for Insurance costs. Each
commissioner agreed to allocate
a share of $300 from his
recreation budget. Solid Waste
Director Van Johnson pointed out
that children from Apalachicola to

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Carrabelle were involved in the
youth league.
*Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
questioned whether the board
could designate property to be
used for a county soccer field. "I
went and watched one of the
(soccer games)," he said, "and I
was impressed." Mosconis
complimented Eastpoint resident
Michael Allen for his work as a
soccer coach in the City of
Carrabelle. "He's doing an
outstanding job as a coach," he
added, "and he plays harder than
the kids do." Mr. Allen stated that
the children on his soccer team
did not have a good field for
practice sessions. "This season is
almost over so it's kind of a moot
point," he said, "but it's something
to bring up before next fall."
Chairperson Williams suggested
that the matter be brought to the
attention of the board at the
appropriate time.
*The board unanimously agreed
to purchase a plaque in
dedication to those veterans killed
in Vietnam. County Planner Alan
Pierce informed the board that the
laque would cost approximately
800 to $1000. The county has
currently determined the names
of four residents who fought and
died in the Vietnam War. These
names will appear on the plaque,
which will be placed at the
*County Clerk Kendal Wade in-
formed the board that it would
cost between $2500 and $3000 to
place flashing lights in front of
Brown Elementary School. The
board agreed to determine
whether the school district would
pay for the purchase of the lights.

Workshop to

Consider Old

Gym and Burn


By Rene Topping
Seven p.m. at City Hall on Febru-
ary 16, is the date, time and place
set for a workshop to first con-
sider the condition of the old gym
building and later an ordinance
on burning trash within city
Commissioner Buz Putnal said
that the old gymnasium is "get-
ting into worse shape." "Soon we
will have to do something about
the building." He was particularly
worried about the west wall say-
ing that "It could come down one
of these days."
The Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Public Library is
presently housed in an annex at-
tached to the old gym building.
Efforts have been made in the
past to shore up the old building
but it now seems that the prob-
lem will have to be addressed
much sooner than expected,
The burning ordinance was pro-
posed by Fire Chief Bonnie Kerr
and Tony Millender also of the
Carrabelle Fire Department and
the Florida State Forestry Service
in Carrabelle. Kerr said that there
had been an incident of burning
of old creosoted pilings that had
caused great discomfort to resi-
dents, particularly those, with
breathing difficulties, asthma or
patients on oxygen. She said there
is no ordinance that can be en-
forced at the present time.
No decisions can be made at a
workshop meeting and it is held
in order that informal discussion
can he held between the commis-
sioners and members of the pub-
lic mamake suggestions as to
what they would like to have done.

Rape in


At approximately 2:30 a.m. on the
morning of February 1st, 1998,
Apalachicola Police Department
officers Jack Osburn and Steve
James responded to a local
residence's house in Apalachicola
in reference to illegal entry and
aggravated rape upon a female
victim at the residence. Possible
suspect is a black male, medium
to thin build, between 5'8" and 6'
tall. Victim's name is being with-
held. Anyone having information
that may aid in the investigation,
please contact Apalachicola Police
Department at their new "Tips
Line" at (850) 653-3886. All
names and information will be
kept confidential.





By Rene Topping
Despite a stormy, windswept
morning eighteen hardy Alligator
Point residents traveled to
Apalachicola on Monday, Febru-
ary 2, to protest a cellular phone
tower in a residential area of the
Point. The group attended the
Board of Adjustment meeting to
register their problems with the
impending construction. In the
end the Board and the Alligator
Pointers reached an agreement
that the tower would be placed far
back on the site and it possible
under FAA rules not be equipped
with strobe lights. The group also
negotiated a promise that the 360
Cellular Company would only cut
enough growth for the tower,
building and driveway.
Jack Shoemaker who lives in a
home directly across from the pro-
posed tower spoke vehemently for
himself and near neighbors,
George and Betty Jensen. He
stated that he received a certified
letter in the mail but because of
Saturday and a Monday holiday
was unable to retrieve it until the
Tuesday meeting time of the Plan-
ning and Zoning. He said when
he did see what the letter was
about he called out the troops."
Shoemaker was informed that
under Franklin County policies
only adjacent property owners
were required to be informed of
special exceptions. Rachael Ward
of the Planning and Zoning staff
said she sent them notices as a
The main objections were lack of
information on happenings that
would affect the homeowners and
taxpayers of Alligator Point. Also
questions were asked as to other
sites. Charles Bodiford, the real
estate agent working for 360, said
that there was a restriction w'
getting to far south or north for
placement of the tower.
He added that he had been work-
ing on the project of finding a suit-
able site for fourteen months. His
first call went to St. Joe Paper
Company but they turned him
down saying that they were plan-
ning at some time to develop their
land holdings.
When asked about the 360 Com-
pany cooperating with an exist-
ing tower, Bodiford he said that
he wished he could use the exist-
ing United States Cellular Tower
but he said it was "loaded" and
could not carry another service.
Bodiford explained that.it would.
have been better f6r him it the 360.
company dutild have been able' to
work out co-existence on an ex-
isting tower.

Other questions raised were in
relation to how much wind the
tower would withstand; problem
of birds flying into the towers;
problems in hurricanes if the
tower should fall and block the
highway the only escape route out
of Alligator Point in an emergency
and the fact that so few people
were notified of the project.
Fears of the tower falling were
answered by Bodiford that the
tower would fall inside it's own
footprint. Even so, few towers
have fallen according to his state-
ments. The tower will not
have guy wires but will be self
Alan Pierce said that actually only
adjacent property owners were
required to be noticed of any such
project. He added that the two
close neighbors across from the
site were sent notice as a cour-
tesy. Tom Vanderplaats, President
of the Alligator Taxpayers Asso-
ciation, pointed out that the resi-
dents felt that more notice should
be given. Pierce responded saying
that it was true that other coun-
ties did give notice in a circle
around any such project but
Franklin County did not have staff
or money enough to do that and
it is a policy that meets all legal
After the meeting, residents ex-
pressed their disappointment
with the policy and felt that the
county was now growing and was
no longer a "third world county."

Palm Tree


By Rene Topping
Nancy Varner, who was the vic-
tim of the palm tree thief, gave an
update to the Franklin Chronicle
this week. She had a palm tree
stolen out of the grounds of a
rental house she owns just north
of the Gulf State Bank a week
before Christmas. She said,
"Sometimes there is a silver lin-
ing to a bad deal. When Joe But-
ler, owner of the Gulf State Bank,
read about me losing the palm
tree, he called to offer me my
choice of the trees on the Gulf
State Bank grounds."
She continued, "I told David But-
ler, who made the offer for Joe, I
was not so much worried about
the tree but it was the principle
of the thing. You learn to keep
your purse tight under your arm
in crowds. You lock your house
door and your car. But surely you
should not have to try to protect
trees from being stolen. There's
something real wrong about that."
Ms. Varner went on to say that
she asked David Butler if the bank-
did- not want the trees that per--
hap ,tl~e Sea Oats Garden Club
would b e ibleto replant them in
some of the places around town
to beautify the city. Jo Woods,
President of the Sea Oats Club,

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The Apalachee Regional Planning
Council, the American Red Cross,
and The Franklin County emer-
gency management department
are sponsoring a Disaster Plan-
ning Workshopfor Business, In-
dustry and Government. The
workshop will be held on Febru-
ary 27, 1998, from 8:30 a.m. -
4:30 p.m. ET in the Franklin
County Emergency Operations
Center on Airport Road. The work-
shop will provide step-by-step
advice on how to create and main-
tain a comprehensive emergency
management plan to prepare your
workplace for whatever hazards
may arise.

Jury Brings in

Guilty Verdict

for Hutchinson

A six member jury deliberated for
only 30 minutes on January 22
before bringing in a guilty verdict
for Arthur Hutchinson on the
charge of sale of cocaine. The de-
fendant will be sentenced by
Judge F.E. Steinmeyer on Febru-
ary 16. He was represented by At-
torney Barbara Sanders.

said that she had received an of-
fer of the trees and that the club
will decide where they can be
Meanwhile, Ms. Varner is con-
tinuing the offer of a fifty dollar
reward to anyone who can bring
information leading to the arrest
and conviction of the person or
persons who stole her tree. She
said, "Still it is nice to know that
something good sometimes comes
out of something bad.".

Why is there a need for this work-
shop? The answer is simple. North
Florida is highly vulnerable to
natural disasters. In just the last
twelve years, the region has re-
ceived six federal disaster decla-
rations resulting from Hurricane
Kate in 1985, the floods of 1990,
the Winter storm of March 13,
1993, Tropical Storm Alberto in
1994, and Hurricanes Erin and
Opal in 1995. These disasters ,
have affected all parts of commu-
nities in North Florida including
businesses. In-fact, of all busi-
nesses impacted by a disaster,
over 94 percent of those without
an emergency plan will fail within
two years. Individuals attending
this one-day workshop will learn
how to reduce the potential for
damage and loss to businesses
from natural and man-made haz-
If you have any questions, please
call Chris Floyd at the Capital
Area Chapter of the American Red
Cross at (850) 878-6080 or Greg,,
Williamson of the Apalachee Re-:':
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The Franklin Chronicle 6 February 1998 Page 3


Fear and Loathing in the Gulf

By James A. Lycett
Charles Dickens said it best. "It was the best of times, it was the
worst of times."
The last three years of shrimping for me have been some of the best of
times. But even as I bask in the glow of good fortune I am seeing the
seeds of tragedy being sown by the very people who are entrusted to
manage our fisheries future. The problems are simply explained, the
solutions are simple, which makes the mediocrity and ineptitude of
our fisheries managers as contemptible as the hate mongering com-
mercial fishermen have had to endure for the last ten years.

For background: I am a shrimper of almost thirty years experience
who has shrimped all across the Gulf of Mexico, but who now fishes
mainly in the panhandle of Florida. I own and operate two seventy
foot wood shrimp boats, one I have owned for over twenty years. Both
boats are over twenty-five years old. My boats would occupy the middle
range of shrimp vessels, neither a small bay boat nor a giant super-
trawlers. I have been active in fisheries issues both here in Florida
and in the Gulf of Mexico. Unlike other non-fishermen who engage in
management discussions, I can justifiably claim to be an authority
on what I am talking about.
So what does this shrimper see as the problem in his industry? The
very same thing that has been a problem in every fishery: too much
power and effort. Basically, the Gulf of Mexico is seeing its first fac-
tory shrimp trawlers. These dinosaurs are six hundred thousand to
one million dollar.vessels whose appetites are insatiable. They must
fish all the time, through any kind of weather, and take their mam-
moth fishing capacity to wherever production is best, whether that
be Texas, Louisiana or Florida. Worst of all for this shrimper, these
leviathans have no respect for the bottom.
To explain what this means, let me create this analogy; Here in Florida
the ocean floor is seen by a shrimper as a patchwork of meadows and
forests. The sandy draggable "meadows" are the areas to be dragged
on, and the "forests" have to be avoided because you will hang up or
tear your nets to shreds on the rough and rocky forest areas. Unlike
the 350 horse power engine in my boat, these new vessels being built
with six hundred to twelve hundred horse power can act like a bull-
dozer. Such power allows these boats to drag heavy tackle over forest
areas with impunity, unnecessarily destroying nature's protective cover
for sea life.
These giants are a plague on the Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry.'
They totally change the culture of fishing. Owners stay at home with
calculators while crews increasingly under the gun to fish all the time
miss out on any family life and more and more often turn to drugs for
relief. The constant pressure of ten thousand to fifteen thousand dol-
lar a month boat payments leaves little time to reflect on the future of
the resource. Finally, as any experienced fishermen knew when these
boats, were being built, the vast majority of these vessels will end up
in moth balls because they are not economically viable. The operat-
ing costs are way too great to maintain in an industry that histori-;
pally goes through cycles of boom.and bust. Even more maddening-
for this shrimper, these dinosaurs will serve as poster-boys for cam-
paigns of over capacity in. the shrimp industry by anti-commercial ,
fisheries activists. This will then lead to more strangling regulations
for me even though my situation is very healthy and I had no part in
the creation of these vessels.
Who's to blame? Unequivocally the so-called "fisheries managers" while
incessant meetings about restricting and reducing bycatch were go-
ing on, the National Marine Fisheries Service .(NMFS) not only al-
lowed this gigantic new capacity and effort to enter the industry, but
actually financed it. NMFS guaranteed loans made by large engine
companies, insuring that much of new boat construction did not have
to follow any responsible economic guidelines because the tax payers
would pick up the tab for any failed ventures. Compounding the prob-
lem, an inordinate amount of loans for these super-trawlers went to -

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Vietnamese fishermen with dubious fishing histories. The combina-
tion of extreme work ethic, lack of environmental ethic and propen-
sity to fish close to shore, made these vessels even more lethal in the
hands of the Vietnamese.
To the ordinary fisherman the actions of the NMFS are despicable.
Keep yourjob by creating the problems you are suppose to solve. The
posture of our fisheries managers is to look busy by micro-managing
statistically insignificant or unverifiable issues like turtle shooters in
try nets or fish shooters and wait for a crisis arising from their mis-
management to justify their existence. Citizens would not allow kin-
dergarten teachers to have run the Gulf War or bricklayers to regu-
late doctors. But that is the situation we have with the Gulf Council
of NMFS. Until inept and ignorant fisheries managers are replaced
with experienced fishermen and qualified professionals, all marine
interests will suffer.
Environmentalists must also not only share blame but re-examine
their role. Environmental groups are having b hard time surviving
without a constant crisis to parade in front of the faithful. Fisheries
issues have become perfect fodder for their news releases because
ninety-nine percent of the population has no first hand knowledge of
what happens on the water. Conservationists can create any fiction
about some form of commercial fishing and then overlay that on
any other region of commercial fishing that they are guilty by
But in this second generation of environmentalism mundane and un-
newsworthy nuts and bolts management is needed. The proliferation
of the shrimping supertrawlers shows how bankrupt the environ-
mental agenda is. Had environmental money and energy been di-
rected at stopping the production of these giant steel hulls instead of
worrying about the insignificant problems of requiring turtle shoot-
ers in very small try nets much more progress would have been made
towards real conservation. For shrimpers, the facts show that envi-
ronmentalists are worried about headlines, not headway, self preser-
vation, not environmental preservation. Environmentalists in the Gulf
have earned a deserved reputation as carpetbaggers who have more
interests in perpetrating the problems than gaining the knowledge
about how an industry works so that the problems can be fixed.
What's the solution? It's Simple!
1. Restrict net size in the Gulf to four 45 foot nets or two 70 foot nets
immediately. Then at the end of five years further reduce net size to
four 40 foot nets or two 65 foot nets.
2. Allow no new trawler to be built for shrimping in the Gulf to have
more than a 400 horse power engine starting now.
3. Create a three mile from land buffer zone from Key West to Browsville
where only two twenty-five foot nets can be pulled.
There are two ways to restrict fishing effort: limit net size or limit
horse power. Large super-trawlers are, presently pulling four 60 foot
or larger nets. By reducing net size fishing efforts are reduced by
more than the percentage of net reduction. Every boat fishing can
adapt to these size regulations without undue hardship as the ma-
jority of boats are already pulling smaller rigs. Regulating net size will
address every problem in the fishery from turtle mortality to fuel con-
sumption, from bycatch to engine maintenance.
The second point about engine horsepower is a sure fire way to guar-
antee compliance on net size. If you don't have the power you can't
pull the rigs. Australia already has similar regulations in its shrimp
fishery and they seem to work extremely well.
Both net size and power regulations provide added benefits to the
industry. Boat builders, engine makers, net makers and owners will
know exactly what the limits of construction will be. All will be able to
direct their energies into making boats more efficient because the
application will be so specific. The standardization of rules will allow
research in improved fishing technologies to focus on particular con-
figurations. Banks will have standardized guidelines to go by in con-
sidering loans, removing the haphazard approach to boat ownership.
The smaller size requirement will allow more owner operators to par-
ticipate in re-establishing a culture of concern for the future of the.
resource. Finally: these new regulations will bolster the "less is more"
syndrome. As effort andexpenses are reduced the resource becomes
healthier and the profit at the end of the year, :the bottom line, ,be-
comes bigger.
The third point about a three mile buffer zone is a conservation issue.
To the uninitiated, net size should have a direct relationship to water
depth. In other words, the shallower the water the smaller the net.
Bottom features and organisms are both more fragile and smaller
close to shore and therefore trawling should have less of an impact.
The Florida experience with the three mile line and two twenty-five
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foot nets, as far as a concept for resource protection, has been suc-
cessful and supported by fishermen\'
Of course, there are other measures that would strengthen the in-
dustry and the resource. Cease any and all government financial as-
sistance from mortgage guarantees to boat buy outs. Let the hair go
with the hide and the market will reduce boat numbers on its own.
Getting all the Gulf states to standardize their shrimp rules under a
universal code would not seriously erode the sovereignty of the state.
Creating a Gulf wide count law on shrimp would go farther towards
enhancing the resource than any other single measure. Forget lim-
ited entry. It rewards inefficiency and closes the door to young people
trying to enter the industry.
If I sound angry, I am. And so are many of my fellow fishermen. The
virtual realities created by people who have never set foot on a shrimp
boat are running the show and they have created a mess. Shrimpers
are looking for three things from their fisheries managers: sanity,
true science and a future. My plan embodies all of these and if you go
down to the docks and talk to real fishermen you'll find a lot of sup-
port for these ideas. Here's a plan that's simple, easy to implement,
enjoys support among the industry, and promises conservation in-
stead of devastation. How serious are the rest of the players about
solving the problem?

Resort Village Development

Moves Ahead

A lot of good $250,000 of legal fees has done to stop the Resort Village
development. The Plantation Owners Association (POA) in the private
reservation on St. George Island have spent thousands of dollars for
legal fees attempting to that Resort Village (RV) at nearly every level
of permitting and land use.
Resort Village is a 50+ acre development rising out for the sands in
the middle of the POA lands. During the noise of caterpillars pushing
sand around, and hammers pounding away on pouring form,. St.
George Island, Limited, is building the first hotel (full steam ahead).
The Resort Village (RV) in owned by Dr. Ben Johnson. RV is still locked
into litigation with the POA.
For many months, the POA sought a declaratory judgment on a con-
tact between Johnson and the POA concerning he multiple-building
project directed by Dr. Johnson. In November 1997, Circuit Court
Judge Steinmeyer ruled that the contract was valid the POA declared
it's intention to appeal.
The First District Court of Appeals issued an order directing the POA
to fill their appeal risk dismissal by Friday, February 6, 1998.
If the litigation continues, Dr. Johnson counter-claim against the POA
will move forward. He seeks damages for the POA for breach of con-
tract, and if the prevails on those counter-claim issues, the POA may
face a multi-million dollar judgment.
A Chronicle interview with Dr. Johnson last week indicate that the
counter-claim litigation, the answered filed by Resort Village to the
POA's declarative judgment is litigation, could produce a money judg-
ment that would finance some of the Resort Village development.
After thousands of POA dollars in spent in litigation, against the Re-
sort Village, the POA could end up financing part of that develop-
Was this worth the risk of suing Ben Johnson in the fist place? Only
time will tell, and from the vantage point of the current legal develop-
ments. time is not on the side of the POA.
This week, the President of St. George Island, Limited, Denis Boyle, is
in the, process of reviewing various management firms to take-over
the operations in the hotel in mid-1998.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher

Chief Smith Roasted from Page 1
Among his memories several stand out most vividly. One was when
someone rushed up to him and told him that his wife was having a
baby. The chief related how he went round to the house and sure
enough the lady was in labor. There were two women there but they
disappeared and he was left to handle the situation.
He said he "caught the baby," a girl, and presented her to her mother.
She was named Jessica and he was made godfather, He said he had
just gone into another room when the woman screamed out she was
'having another.' Smith said he looked around and the women were
gone again. So he said, "I just had to dive under the sheets again."
Fortunately it was not twins but the afterbirth.
Smith said that another memorable time when he and his wife Debbie,
who is somewhat younger that Smith, were invited to be on the Johnny
Carson Show to talk about the "Smallest Police Station in the World."
He said that Johnny and he talked about young wives. He said that
was one of the great memories as they both had a wonderful time.
Smith had the last word at his own "Roast." He said, 'To those of you
who said good things about me, I thank you. To those of you who said
bad things-just remember-I still have three days to work."
The chief said on his last day that he was looking forward to doing a
little more fishing and golfing in his retirement years.

Carrabelle City

By Rene Topping
Two motions made February 2 at
the Carrabelle City Commission
regular meeting by Carrabelle City
Commissioner Pam Lycett, sec-
onded by Jenni Sanborn paved
the way for Dockside Marina to
complete a boat ramp and to con-
struct a 60 ton travel lift on their
Timber Island site. The two
women commissioners were
joined by Mayor Charles Millender
in approving the project. Commis-
sioners Buz Putnal and Jim
Phillips were the nay votes.
In a surprise move Ms. Lycett
moved to un-table a motion made
by herself at the January 5 meet-
ing of the Carrabelle City Commis-
sion to table any discussion of a
Boat Ramp and Travel Lift on
Timber Island until the city had
heard from the Attorney General
as to who has authority on Tim-
ber Island.
She went on to make the motion
to approve the project Immedi-
ately thereafter and received the
same second and vote. The vote
seemed to put an end to the pro-
tracted discussion that had be-
come a part of the city and
Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority meetings for many

months, Ms. Lycett stated after
the meeting that she felt, "It was
time enough to do something."
The motions followed a heated
discussion of the project itself.
Several local fishermen and boat
owners expressed concerns that
the 60 ton travel lift was not big
enough to handle the larger
shrimp boats. There was discus-
sion that there were many boats
that could be handled by that size.
Also the larger travel lift could be
a part of Phase Two of the devel-
opment of Timber Island.
Buz Putnal remarked "As some-
body who has lived here all my
life I'm going to represent the
people of Carrabelle." He said he
was not against the ramp or the.
lift but he had some questions.
He asked amidst several ques-
tions one about the rent paid by
Bevis responded that he was pay-
ing $2090 rent now, adding he
was willing to pay a percentage
on other facilities in the future.
Commissioner Jim Phillips was
strongly against the motion and
added that so far the city commis-
sioners had not had an answer
from the Attorney General on
their request for a decision as to
which of the two bodies, the City
of Carrabelle or the CPAA have
final authority. He said that he

16th Charity Chili

Cookoff Set for

March 7th

Thousands of county and St. George Island visitors are expected on
March 7th for the 16th Annual St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff
and Auction. This has become the largest International Chili Society
(ICS) sanctioned regional cookoff in the United States. But the real
significance of this annual fun-and-fund- raising event is the fact
that hundreds of VOLUNTEERS have coordinated their efforts to raise
money which will provide for fire protection and First Responder needs
in this remote area, without the intervention of government, or
government-mandated agendas connected with such funds.
The all-volunteer fire departments in the area, including St. George
Island, have'benefited from the highly trained units of fire fighters
and First Responders on the island, equipped with state of the art
equipment and fire engines. Plural.
According to Cookoff President Harry Arnold, over 60 competing Chefs
from 20 states will battle for the privilege of advancing to the national
championships as they collect their winning trophies in the St. George
competition. Visitors will have ample opportunities to sample their
entries and contribute to a worthwhile cause. However, visitors are
advised, to arrive ea-ly on the island, hungry..
That is because there is a large range of food offerings including
shrimp home-made bake goods, gumbo, hot dogs, shrimp and of
course numerous styles of chili. In the professional competition, each
team creates a colorful theme for its booth and they both dress and
act out that theme. Awards are presented in various categories. Then,
the real scramble begins when the judges have declared a winner and
contestants are allowed to sell their competition concoctions. All pro-
ceeds go to the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department and First
Responder Unit. Food is available morning and afternoon. Harry
Arnold has said,
It's hard to believe that we can entertain so many people,
have so much fun, and still be contributing to such a worth-
while cause. But that's just what the annual St. George
Island Charity Chili Cookoff and Auction is all about' As
always, all proceeds are used to continue to properly equip
and upgrade the SGI Volunteer Fire Department and First
Responder Units."
"Your efforts during the past 15 years have resulted in SGI
fire fighting and response teams that are second to none,
professionally handling hundreds of situations on the is-
land and assisting when needed on the mainland--teams
in which we all take tremendous pride--made up of volun-
teers who have contributed much to enhancing the quality
of life on the island."
Many attend to pick up a bargainat the Auction that begins at 11
a.m. Hundreds of items go on the block in the five-hour affair. This
year, large items include a 35+ foot power boat and a school bus!
Items range from the frivolous to the fantastic. Usually the auction
begins with the "authentic" relic of a Budweiser labeled bottle
upside-down, often opened with Auctioneer Buddy Crawford, who
was at the First auction. One year a goat brought in $1000. An' or-
nately carved cane also brought a similar amount another year. There
will be hundreds of other items more in keeping with "great buys." In
1996, a completely motorized invalid/hospital bed went off the block
for a mere $100. Other items include popular vacation packages do-
nated by island management real estate companies and individual
resort home owners. Many island and mainland businesses have al-
ready made significant contributions ($1000) by serving as Cookoff
There is also a "Country Store" consisting of hundreds of smaller
items offered at bargain prices. These cover a large range of books,
appliances, small furniture items, curios, records and videos, cam-
eras and the like.
The Cookoff and Auction day begins at 8 a.m. with the traditional 5-K
Red Pepper Run. Last year's run had over 100 entries.
For those who have not been able to purchase the colorful Chili Head
jackets and hats, a special booth will be setup for those, along with a
new item for this year's festivities--a deluxe simulated leather carry
on or travel bag, depicted in an advertisement printed in this issue.
For additional information on the St. George Island Charity Chili
Cookoff and Auction, contact the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Com-
merce at 850-653-9419.

was not against the ramp or the
travel lift.
Nita Molsbee requested that an
item in favor of dissolving the
Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority be put on the agenda at
the next meeting to be held on
March 2.
Real estate agent, Leon
Bloodworth, who worked out the
real estate deal with Ferris
Millender and the Yaupon Garden
Club and other waterfront busi-
nesses on behalf of,developer
Jimmy Crowder, asked to speak
to the commission on the boat
ramp at 4th street and U.S. 38.
Fourth Street is open to the
waterfront and the boat ramp
there is used principally by local
Bloodworth asked the city to con-
sider a land swap of the land ad-
jacent to the Riverside Condo-
miniums east of the boat ramp.
He also made an offer from
Crowder to build a good boat
ramp there. He said that the ex-
isting ramp was in bad condition,
adding that vehicles have been
damaged in attempts to launch
There was strong opposition
voiced by the local commercial
fishermen present. They pointed
out that this ramp was the only
one left that had not been "taken
over" by tourist and the recre-
ational fishermen.
Dino Millender said "Local fish-
ermen know that ramp, we have
been using it for years and we
know how to use it." It was
pointed out that the ramp on Tim-
ber Island is crowded every week-
end and tow vehicles do not have
room enough to park. He pointed
out that a new, good ramp would
attract the sport fishermen and
the locals would be crowded out.
It was also stated by several other
fishermen that the ramp now was
very convenient because a user
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Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary Presents,

"Birds of Prey" l r

Betsy Knight introduces a five year old American Bald Eagle named, "Oliaha."

A capacity crowd filled the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research
Reserve (ANERR) on January 26 to witness a presentation entitled,
"Birds of Prey," by Betsy Knight with the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctu-
ary. Ms. Knight brought several of her feathery friends to the forum
and provided brief profiles of each bird.
The presentation, which was approximately one hour in length, fea-
tured such birds as the Screech Owl, Barred Owl, Red Tailed Hawk,
Brown Pelican and American Eagle. Ms. Knight presented the birds
one-by-one, while the many young individuals in attendance re-
sponded vocally to the animals with sounds of excitement and
Ms. Knight first presented a female Red Tailed Hawk named "Mako."
The bird, said Knight, could be identified by its large size, white breast
and red tail. She informed members of the audience that "Mako" was
unable to fly because of a broken wing. She said that Red Tail Hawks
generally lived as long as 10-12 years in the wild.
The second bird presented was a small sized American Kestrel. The
bird, she explained, was a day-time hunter. In the wild, she said that
the bird could fly a couple hundred miles per hour. She explained
that the kestrel had been hit by a car on the Apalachicola Bridge and
was how enjoying life at the sanctuary.
S The next bird introduced was a Gray Horned Owl named, "Weepers."
Knight said that the bird received its name, because it looked "weepy"
when it was a baby. She stated that Gray Horned Owls were night-
time hunters and were the largest of their kind in the state of Florida.
Knight said that the Gray Horned Owl contained 500 pounds of pres-
sure in each talon. "They are stronger than the eagle," she said. Knight
also noted that the body of the Gray Horned Owl blended in with the
surroundings of its environment. 'This bird can back up against tree
S bark," she said, "and stand straight and tall...and they are camou-
flaged." The owl, she said, were such great hunters because of their
keen sense of hearing.
Ms. Knight pointed out that the owl could turn.its head 270 degrees.
She asked whether the audience knew why the owl could not turn its
head completely around. One of the young individual in attendance
ventured, "then his head would screw off." While those in attendance
laughed, Knight responded, "that's right!"

in." Knight stated that the Barred Owl was capable of making all
kinds of strange noises in the wild. "They scream like a banshee," she
said, "they have hysterical laughter...this guy is very raucous. They
look so innocent and they're not."
The fourth bird presented was a full-grown Screech Owl named
"Chatterbox." Ms. Knight explained that the Screech Owl general dined
on various insects and rodents. The screech owl's favorite type of
food, she noted, was a cockroach." Many of the children responded to
this information with the synchronized sound of "ewwww!"
The next bird introduced was a five year old American Bald Eagle
named "Ollaha." Ms. Knight explained that "Ollaha" had fallen 95
feet from its nest and had broken both of its ribs when it was 10
weeks old. While at the sanctuary, she said that the eagle had nursed
several baby eagles.
Ms. Barbara Eells with the wildlife sanctuary introduced the final
bird of the program. This was a Brown Pelican named "Brooks." She
explained that the bird was discovered in Indian Pass by Jim and
Barbara Fowler with a broken wing. The pelican, she said, was named
after the Fowler's granddaughter.
Eric Lovestrand with the ANERR explained that Ms. Knight had
founded the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary in 1988. "She has devoted a
lot of her life to wildlife rehabilitation," said Lovestrand, "she works
with wild animals to help them get back into the wild after they've
been injured or brought in sick and need some kind of help.
Lovestrand continued, "She has work 30 years in wildlife rehabilita-
tion." He explained that the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary had five
volunteers permitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help
with the rehabilitation efforts. 'Their goal is to use education to teach
people to understand and appreciate wild animals more. When you
understand and appreciate these things, you're much more to willing
to try to preserve and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat."

In case of a wildlife emergencies, responders may contact Paula Boone
(647-5031), Barbara Eells (647-8283), Marie & Joey Romanelli (229-
1065), Penny Hatcher in Wewahitchka (639-2307) or the Bid Bend
Wildlife Sanctuary (762-7650).

The third bird presented was a Barred Owl. She pointed out that one
of the Barred Owl's ears was located below its eyes and the other was For those who may have discovered such wounded seabirds as Gan-
located slightly above. "All owls have asymmetrical ears," she ex- nets, Loons, Anhingas,, Herring Gulls, Laughing Gulls and Cormo-
plained, "and they act like TV. satellite disks which draws the sound rants, these birds will respond positively when placed in a cardboard

Apalachicola High School Instructor Denise Butler (L) and
two of her students meet with Barbara Eells (C) and her
Brown Pelican named, "Brooks."
box. Pelicans will experience stress if placed in a box and if a covering
has been placed over their heads.
All of the above mentioned seabirds will be very aggressive to those
attempting to catch them. The Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary requests
that you allow their personnel capture these birds. Following rough
weather conditions, many shore birds will beach in order to rest.
However, Pelicans that sit alone in the dunes may be in trouble. Young
pelicans may become weak or Injured when malnourished.
A person should not place water in the mouth of a captured bird; this
will kill them. It is important that you not remove a baby bird from its
nest. If you do, its chances of survival are slim. In most case, the
parent bird will return to claim the baby bird. In those cases involv-
ing Chimney Swifts, the bird will die if removed from your chimney.
In addition, it is against the law to remove such a bird from its
Birds of prey should only be handled by those with experience in
handling such birds. If the bird seems to be in immediate danger, one
may place a long handled broom on the ground near the bird. The
bird may grasp the broom handle with its talons and may then be
moved to a safer location. However, exercise extreme caution in such
matters. These birds may attack without a warning. Again, experi-
enced birds handlers should be contacted in such cases to avoid any
danger. Do not handle or attempt to rescue raccoons. The animal you
attempt to help may be a carrier of rabies.

Fundraising Programs at the Local

Animal Shelter
The Franklin County Animal
Shelter began participating in two
fundraising programs during the
month of December, according to
a recent newsletter from the Fran- The Innopet Brands Corp. has
klin County Humane Society en- agreed to donate a portion of each
titled, "News Prints." bag of food purchased to the Pet
Savers Foundation. The founda-
The Pet Savers Foundation and tion, in turn, will distributed
Innopet Brands Corp., who have 100% of these donated funds to
sponsored the fund-raisers, pro- participating animal shelters.
vide participating animal shelters Innopet food products may be
with funds from the sale of their purchased at such supermarkets
pet food products. Those who as. Winn-Dixie, Publix and Food
adopted a dog at the local shelter Lion.
during the month of December
received a free sample of Innopet Additionally, both companies
Veterinarian Formula dog or have agreed to donate $2 to the
puppy food. These samples con- local shelter for the name of each
trained over $10 worth of coupons person adopting a pet.
for Innopet food products.

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Page 6 6 February 1998 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday


Apalachicola High Skills for

a Lifetime


Apalachicola High School Instructor Ken Bowman (L)
works with 11th Grade student Devin Barber on
a scroll saw.

By Tom Campbell
Ken Bowman easily commands
respect, because he is dedicated
to the job he is doing. Instructor
of the Carpentry Program in the
Vocational Skills Department of
Apalachicola High School, Ken
Bowman says simply, "Everybody
needs skills to make a living.
Some young people are not going
to graduate, but those who do also
need hands-on skills, like driving
a nail and using a saw." Bowman
is doing his part in seeing that
young people at Apalachicola
High get the best training he can
Apalachicola High School has
about 330 students and of those
Bowman teaches about sixty.
Some of his students were present
during a recent interview. Luke
Horton, 12th grader now in the
National Guard, said, "Mr. Bow-
man is a good teacher and I've
learned a lot." De-Dontia Booker,
also a 12th grade student plan-
ning to go to FAMU, agreed.
Shanedra Richards' also a 12th
grader, is the "most improved stu-
dent," according to Bowman.
"She's gained confidence, skills,
and self esteem." Phillip Barfield
and Marcus King were also proud
of their accomplishments.
"The skills they learn here," says
Bowman, "will stay with them for
the rest of their lives and they'll
be using them often." Some of
these skills are design, blueprints,
measurements, handling tools,
and electrical equipment.
Franklin Glass of Carrabelle and
Coastal Glass and Screen of St.
George Island have generously
donated sdme mirror and plain
glass, which greatly aided
Bowman's effectiveness in teach-
ing his classes. The students have
learned to frame mirrors and pic-
tures, building their own prod-
ucts. They've even learned to cut
Since wood is essential to the
learning process, many commu-
nity-minded people have donated,
including Dan Reeves Construc-
tion Company, located in East
Point. Gary Millender of M and M
Construction has given scrap
wood, and Mike Creek Sanitation
Service donated plywood and
other necessary items. Jack
Porterfield of Quality Builders and
John Hewitt of John's Construc-
tion in Carrabelle have donated
wood. Full Time Equivalent dol-
lars come from the State to pay
for each child enrolled in techni-
cal classes. The schools need
these FTE dollars to continue
such classes. Without them, ev-
erybody loses, but most of all the
young people miss out on some
wonderful learning and growing
Bowman says he wants to im-
prove the program, realizing the
need to impress parents to be
aware of the lack of vocational
training in the county. Says Bow-
man, "We have only two vocational
training programs for the whole
of Franklin County, carpentry
here in Apalachicola and marine
mechanics in Carrabelle." The
nearest vocational technical

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Vocational Technical School in
,Panama City and Lively Vo-Tech
in Tallahassee. That's a long way
to go to learn how to hammer a
nail or sew a button.
Bevin Lynn Putnal, County Com-
missioner, wants to help keep vo-
cational education in Franklin
County. Ms. Katie McKnight is
also using her influence to con-
tinue vocational education in the
county. "We must try to keep what

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of their carpentry work from Mr. Bowman's class.

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we have," says Bowman. "Alberto
Flood Funds kept the vocational
shop open here or we'd be closed.
I was hired at the last minute, and
Clark and Putnal efforts kept the
shop open this year."
Parents and community leaders
need to perceive the importance
these programs have on the de-
veloping skills of Franklin
County's young people. These
young citizens are the future.
They need the guidance of dedi-
cated vocational skills instructors
like Ken Bowman. Community-
minded persons can help by of-
fering any tools around the house
or books of patterns to do with
wood-work; screws, nails, any
such hardware will be helpful.
Phone Ken Bowman at 653-9438
if you are willing to donate such
items to help educate these young
Ms. Brenda Galloway, Superin-
tendent of Schools of Franklin
County, and Mike Clark, her As-
sistant Superintendent, have both
been very supportive of Ken
Bowman's efforts. Bowman says,
"Without their help, we'd have no
shop class this year."
Ken Bowman adds that many oth-
ers have been helpful, including
Wallace Construction Company of
Apalachicola, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson
Viles of Carrabelle, Ms. Beverly
Kelly, Principal of Apalachicola
High, and her Assistant Principal,
Coach Lane, and Nan Collins at
the County office.
Bowman smiled, "I'm grateful for
everybody who has helped in this
vocational education effort, and
I'm afraid I've forgotten to men-
tion somebody's name. Bless your
heart, everyone who has helped."
Bowman concluded: "The Alberto
Hurricane Relief Fund runs out
in June, '98, and the carpentry
program will be shut down again.
Some people complain that kids
have nothing to do in the commu-
nity, but these vocational pro-
grams help students to have skills
to build, repair and fix, things.
These skills help provide the ba-
sics and sense of accomplish-
ment. Then they can build and
create their dreams."

munity College has shown its
commitment to higher education
in our area," said Chuck Marks,
Rotary president. "With the build-
ing of the Port St. Joe campus,
that commitment is being further
enhanced. We appreciate Gulf
Coast and wish to offer our sup-
port in your endeavors," Marks
told Dr. McSpadden.
The Gulf/Franklin campus is ex-
pected to open in July, with three
buildings completed. The fall se-
mester begins in August. "We're
already planning an expansion,
depending on state funding," said
Dr. McSpadden. "The project is
now running at about $3 million."
Dr. McSpadden said the effort
Began to try to raise $2 million,
and was set up to take three
years. "We're raising $3 million in
about one and one-half years," he
said. Earlier in the day, Dr.
McSpadden had received a check
for $6,000 from the Port St. Joe
Kiwanis Club.
"We've also received checks from
the Port St. Joe Rotary, Lions,
from the banks there, the DuPont
Foundation, and others," said Dr.
McSpadden. Those donating
$6,000 will receive recognition on
the Circle of Honor to be placed

in the Honors Plaza.
"We appreciate what you're doing
for the youth of Franklin County,"
Barry Brynjolfsson told Dr.
McSpadden at donation ceremo-
nies at Apalachicola State Bank.
Gulf Coast Community College
Foundation, Inc., with an $11
million base, is about 16 times
larger than that of the average
community college.
"We're at tle top," said Dr.
McSpadden. "Our girl's basketball
team, the Gulf Coast Commo-
dores ranked second in the state
and eighth in the nation. In their
second year in the program, they
finished 17-2."
Dr. McSpadden goes way back
with Franklin County. He was di-
rector of Community Services and
set up short courses in Apalachi-
cola and Carrabelle as far back
as 1972, commuting from the
main campus in Panama City.
Later regular credit-based
courses were established, with
classes held at Apalachicola and
Carrabelle high schools.
"For many years I have seen Dr.
McSpadden's and Gulf Coast
Community College's commit-
ment to serve Franklin County,"
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When Dr. Robert L. McSpadden,
president of Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College came to Apalachicola
Tuesday, Jan. 27, he left with
$18,000 donated toward expan-
sion and to provide stable support
for the college's instructional pro-
grams. A new campus for the
Gulf/Franklin area is being con-
structed 17 miles to the west of
Apalachicola on Highway 98.
Apalachicola Rotary Club gave-
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said Butler, president of Gulf
State Bank. "Long before he be-
came president of Gulf Coast
Community College, Dr.
McSpadden was coming to Fran-
klin County to help expand Gulf
Coast Community College ser-
vices here. My mother could get

her degree here without going into
Panama City to classes.
"On behalf of the employees, of-
ficers, and directors of Gulf State
Bank, I am proud to present this
check payable to the Gulf Coast
Community College Foundation
to Bob McSpadden for the Gulf /
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said Butler as he handed over the
check for $6,000.
"Our contribution will generate an
additional $4,000 in matching
funds for the Endowment Fund,"
said Butler. "This fund will help
assure the Gulf/Franklin Cam-
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technology and equipment to en-
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since only the income from the
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Butler said he encourages other
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"Seeing the new campus go up
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Franklin County Commission.
"Dr. McSpadden is the driving
force and leadership behind all
this. His actions reflect what has
been going on for years." Jimmy
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Foundation's board. Leon
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board of directors of the Gulf
Coast Community College.
Differing amounts of donations
allow for recognition on the Circle
of Honor beginning with the
$6,000 donation. Significant rec-
ognition is given for $12,000, be-
ing able to name a classroom for
$30,000, a conference room for
$50,000, naming an academic or
computer lab for $100,000 and
naming a building for $500,000.
The Honors Plaza Endowment
Campaign also allows partici-
pants to "pave the path to the fu-
ture," with donations of $100 for
Heritage Path bricks. Under the
program 4 in. by 8 in. bricks are
to be placed in the Heritage Path-
way around the Honors Plaza.
Those who wish may have a du-
plicate of the brick for home or
office for an additional $30.
The donor or person honored will
also receive a certificate. "This is
a great way to celebrate an event
or to honor a loved one," states
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Coordinator, at (850) 872-3812.

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MFC Schedules
February Meeting,
Calico Scallops &
Snook Workshops
Punta Gorda
Mullet, Shrimp/
Stone Crab Lines

Rules Approved
The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a public meeting
February 24-25, 1998 at the De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection-Twin Towers Office
Building, 2600 Blair Stone Road,
Room 609, in Tallahassee. The
Commission has also scheduled
public workshops in Apalachicola
and Cocoa Beach to receive com-
ment on the development of a
management plan for calico scal-
lops, and in Cocoa and Orlando
to receive comment on proposals
to manage snook. In other action,
the Governor and Cabinet ap-
proved two proposed Commission
rules that, effective February 24,
1998, establish a seasonal night-
time closure to the harvest of
mullet in Punta Gorda, and imple-
ment technical changes relating
to Citrus-Hemando shrimp/stone
crab closed areas and seasons. A
summary of these actions, and a
February Commission meeting
agenda, follows:

February Commission
The Commission will receive sci-
entific and public comment and
- management options regarding
several federal reef fish issues,
including Gulf of Mexico red snap-
per entry limitation and size limit
proposals; proposals to manage
Gulf sea bass, porgy, and grunt;
size and bag limit proposals for
South Atlantic vermilion snapper,
red porgy, black sea bass, and gag
and black grouper; and South
Atlantic reef fish entry limitation
and gear specification proposals
- prohibiting the simultaneous
possession of certain finfish spe-
cies and entangling nets
- mullet weekend closure/gear
- management options for the
calico scallop fishery
- whether to develop a generic rule
that would specify the construc-
tion of all traps used to harvest
saltwater species
- a draft rule that would allow
shore fishermen who possess a
valid saltwater products license
with a restricted species endorse-
ment to harvest the commercial
limit for black drum
- draft rules that would prohibit
the sale of certain undersize fish
The Commission will also receive
reports regarding the status of the
bay scallop fishery, the use of
shrimp gear in Biscayne Bay, re-
search status and trends, the
Fenholloway River Project, .and
legislative and federal updates.
Punta Gorda Mullet
This rule prohibits the harvest of
mullet between the hours of 6:00
p.m. and 6:00 a.m. within the City
of Punta Gorda from November 1
until March 1 each year.

Shrimp/Stone Crab
Lines Rule
These rule amendments 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 Zore II coordinates to cor-
respond with designated shrimp
closed areas.

City to Look into

for Lafayette Park
Resident Karen Dennis addressed
members of the Apalachicola City
Commission at their February 3
regular meeting about making im-
provement to Lafayette Park. In
particular, she questioned why
the swings at Lafayette Park were
removed and taken to Battery
Ms. Dennis informed the board
that she was representing at least
22 residents of the community
who were concerned about the
recent removal of the swing set.
Mayor Bobby Howell stated that
the item was removed, because
children were running through
flower beds in the area to the
swing set. He commented that the
area was not designed for the
swing set. "The area may not have
been designed for it," responded
Dennis, "but the swings have
been there for a long time."
"That swing set was really well
loved," continued Dennis, "and it
did get quite a bit of use." She
pointed out that Battery Park now
had 10 swings, while Lafayette
Park only had 2 swings. "The
swings that were removed," she
said, "were strong enough to sup-
port a big kid who liked to kick
our heels up to the gulf and watch
the shrimp boats come in after
dinner." Dennis added, "I don't
think there's any place in the
world that you could put a swing
set that's more beautiful then to
sit out there when I take my son
to watch the shrimp boats come
and go and to watch the horizon."
Ms. Dennis also asked about
trash cans and benches for the

Fort Gadsden .
Historic Site .........

The Fort Gadsden Historic Site,
operated by the U. S. Dept. of Ag-
riculture Forest Service, is an im-
portant piece of our national heri-
tage dating back to the early
Often overlooked due to its remote
location, Fort Gadsden is another
landmark in our nation's history
located in Franklin County that
reflects the deep and rich histori-
cal roots still visible to the mod-
em traveler. This is right in our
"backyard" so to speak.
Fort Gadsden was one of the sites
of the bloody battles for power
during Spanish Florida's last
The British fort was constructed
as a base in Spanish Florida for
the recruitment of Native and Af-
rican Americans during the War
of 1812. By 1815, the fort had
been abandoned 'by the British.
Sometimes known as the "Negro
Fort", the post earned a reputa-
tion as a threat to supply vessels
that traveled the Apalachicola
River. The colorful view on the
banner shows the river as it might
have looked from the fort.
In July 1816, during hostilities,
the fort was destroyed.
Two years later, Andrew Jackson
led a military force down the


Apalachicola River to destroy
Seminole villages in what would
be called the First Seminole War.
Jackson ordered Lt. James
Gadsden to build a new fort at
Prospect Bluff and the fort was
maintained by American forces
until Spain ceded Florida to the
United States in 1821.
This historic site and an Interpre-
tation center are open in Frank-
lin County today, a short drive off
of State 65, south of Hosford (on
highway 20). Coming up from
Apalachicola or Carrabelle on the
east side of the Apalachicola River,
the compacted dirt road is a left
turn off of .65. Driving about 3
miles west, th6 turn into the his-
toric site is on the left, with a
prominent sign announcing the
left turn.

Fort Gadsden Historic Site

Gulf State


park. She offered to pay for trash
cans to be placed in the area.
Mayor Howell commented about
the trash cans. "We put them
there and every dog in town had
them all scattered over the park,"
he said.
Commissioner Van Johnson
questioned whether the swing
sets could be immediately moved
back to Lafayette Park. "I'd like to
solve this right now," he said.
Commissioner Jack Frye sug-
gested that he look into the mat-
ter further. He said that many
residents had contacted him
about the matter. The board then
voted to look into the matter of
returning the swing sets to the
park in question.
Ms. Dennis informed the board
that who would be willing to seek
funding for the park if the board
would be willing to match those
funds raised. "This is not a fleet-
ing newcomer concern," she said,
"this is a commitment on my part
to help where I can."
Mr. Joel Hammond with Big River
Industries, Inc. from Atlanta, GA
informed the board that his com-
pany had hosted a cookout at
Battery Park the previous year to
raise funds for the local parks.
"We want to do it again this year,"
he said. He informed board mem-
bers that he had a check for $500
to donate to the city for its parks.
Hammond said that he originally
planned to donate the check for
improvements at Battery Park,
but noted that he had no prob-
lem with the funds being desig-
nated for Lafayette Park.


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(147) New. Richard Greening Hewlett's biography, Jessie
Ball DuPont. University of Florida Press, 1992. Hard-
cover, 358 pp. Jessie Ball DuPont was the wife of Alfred
DuPont, the ecoriomic force which made possible the
development of the northern Florida regions, along with
the work of his aide, Ed Ball. Ed Ball was .the brother of
Jessie Ball DuPont. Jessie Ball DuPont, by 1970 (the year
of her death) had already given away $100 million and
had helped build a financial empire that dominated the
economy of Florida. Hers is a multi-faceted story of Florida
and her charity work in the modern era based on her
extensive personal papers and other primary sources.
This work, along with others becoming available through
the Chronicle Bookshop, builds an important list of his-
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Florida's history. Sold nationally for $42.00. Book-shop
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76 (162) Burt Reynolds, My
,r: Life. Hardcover, Hyperion,
1994, 330 pp. After years of
[L' declining to write his auto-
S biography, this beloved,
t. -1 emulated and lusted-after
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/' & passionate love affairs that
have kept gossip colum-
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his movies, the book deliv-
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(163) It Wasn't Always
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by Lewis Grizzard. This is
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20, 1994. It contains what
he thought represented the
best of the last decade of his
writing. Villard Books,
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(180) Atlas of Maritime
Florida. Paperback, 1997,
56 pp. Generously illus-
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13,000 years of Florida
maritime history and
geography in a style acces-
sible even for your students
of Florida history. Includes:
bathymetry and shoreline,
winds, currents; growth of
Florida's maritime indus-
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thousands of shipwreck
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(175) Well Done! The Com-
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