Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: May 1, 1998
Copyright Date: 1998
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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The Published Every Other Friday

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Franklin hronicle

Volume 7, Number 9


May 1 14, 1998

Greg Preble (R) and Ralph Rish (L) with Preble-Rish, Inc.
present Franklin County Commissioners with an
engineering proposal.

County RaPnks Preble-

Rish #1 in Bid Process

Franklin County Commissioners
spent approximately one hour in-
terviewing representatives from
four engineering firms as-well-as-
two engineer assistants during an
April 28 special meeting, in the
attempt to hire either an indi-
vidual or firm to provide engineer-
ing services to the county.
The board first listened to propos-
als from Mark Householder and
Larry Witt, who applied as engi-
neer assistants. Commissioners
then listened to presentations
from the firms of Preble-Rish, Inc.
from Port St. Joe, CRA, Inc. from
Tallahassee, Hartman & Associ-
ates from Orlando and GBG, Inc.
The board then voted 3-2 to hire

'one oI the engineers firms. Com-
missioners Bevin Putnal and
Clarence Williams voted against
The commissioners.then agreed to
rank the top three firms. Commis-
sioner Jimmy Mosconis made a
motion to rank Preble-Rish first,
CRA second and Hartman & As-
sociates third. The board unani-
mously approved the motion.
Mr. Preble informed the board
that his firm worked primarily
with rural counties such as Lib-
erty, Gulf, Wakulla and Calhoun
Counties. "We have local experi-
Continued on Page 2

Skating Rink Possible in


By Rene Topping
What started out on April 14 as a
division between the older genera-
tion and the teenagers turned into
a coalition of youth and elders
agreeing to take the problem to
the County Commission meeting
for solution. Debra Moses pro-
posed the idea of a skating rink
on some property she had inher-
ited on the west side of Apalachi-
cola, on Bluff Road. Nearby resi-
dents were basically against it's
location near their homes. The
youngsters made emotional ap-
peals for the rink. And, in the end,
the group coalesced around the
idea of asking the county commis-

sion to make a swap of county
land for the property presently
owned by Ms. Moses.
Debra Moses said the land, which
is located in an R4 zoning, which
allows residential and home in-
dustry, was at one time a skating
rink and also had been bar and
restaurant. The property had
been owned by her father. The
structure had been destroyed in
a fire. She proposed a scheme to
put in a skating rink with no al-
coholic drinks being served and
security in the way of outside
lighting and security guards.
A group of nearby residents spoke
against the skating rink proposal.
Continued on Page 5


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Scenario THROWN OUT by

Administrative Law Judge

Part II of the Administrative Recommendations
Issued April 8, 1998
The worst case scenario, thought to be tantamount to a potential oil spill by a,
proposed Coastal Petroleum oil drilling permit, was discarded by Administra-
tive Law Judge Mary Clark in the administrative appeal taken to her by the
Apalachicola-based oil company.
This opinion, rendered by Administrative law judge Mary Clark, was reported
in the Chronicle of April 17th, and continued in this issue. Judge Clark heard
three weeks of testimony and expert evidence, accumulated in over 3,000
pages of transcript on the questions referred to her Court by the Governor
and Cabinet, sitting as the Administration Commission.
The case involved two issues (1) Should Coastal Petroleum be issued a permit
to drill an exploratory well about 9.5 miles off of St. George Island at site
#1281, and (2) if so, under what conditions and surety would the permit be
granted? On the last issue, the Governor and Cabinet, last year, concluded
that the bond be established at $4.3 billion. The Administrative Law Judge
Mary Clark has recommended a much lower figure.
In Part I of this distillation of Judge Clark's recommendations to the Adminis-
tration Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
drill operations were described, based oi the evidence presented by Coastal
Petroleum. The so-called "Greenmail" theory was discussed but discarded by
Judge Clark. The idea, advanced by the opposing environmental groups, ar-
gued that Coastal Petroleum was into the fight for the permit simply to stimu-
late the State of Florida to buyout their leases, based upon market conditions.
and speculated condiuoron for discovering oil at site 1281.
The Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Administration Commission, were
given the authority to establish the amount of surety (bond) for damages to
the environment and cleanup of any oil spill. They relied on a "worst case
scenario" called the Ixtoc I oil spill occurring in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979.
The State Geologist, Dr. Walter Schmidt, argued for this example in the ad-
ministrative hearings, relying upon a formula found in Section 376.121, Florida
Statutes. Judge Clark pointed out that the formula did not calculate projected
cleanup costs, but is used to assess damage after an actual oil spill or other
"pollution event." She concluded that DEP's reliance and use for the calcula-
tion was "... neither reasonable nor reliable..." This calculation was ac-
cepted by the Governor and Cabinet without question, and led to the present
litigation at the administrative level.
The balance of Judge Clark's excerpted opinion follows, first examining the
Ixtoc I spill, then moving to the DEP estimate of natural resource damages
projected cleanup costs (estimated) and what the Judge considers as a "rea-
sonable" surety.
Ixtoc I
Such an event occurred in 1979, in the Gulf of Mexico in Mexico's Campeche
Bay, an area called the "Golden Lane" because of its extraordinary oil produc-
tion. The well, Ixtoc I, was a single exploratory well, in Mexican waters and
governed by Mexican regulations. Its blowout resulted in the most disastrous
accidental oil spill in history.
The Ixtoc I well was drilled by the Mexican National Oil Company (Petroleos
Mexicanos or "PEMEX"). The semisubmersible drilling rig was provided by
SEDCO, Inc., of Dallas, Texas. Under a separate agreement, SEDCO also pro-
vided maintenance personnel, a rig superintendent and an assistant to advise
PEMEX in the operation of the drilling rig.
The SEDCO 135 drilling rig was equipped with the standard BOP devices.
including (1) pipe rams hydraulic shutters that snap shut around the drill
pipe and prevent oil from flowing up in the space between the drill pipe and
the casing (known as the annulus); (2) sheer rams hydraulic shutters that
sheer through the drill pipe and block oil flowing up through the drill pipe;
and (3) annular BOP which hydraulically inflates to further close off the
annulus and seal off the space around the drill pipe.
On June 3, 1979, the Ixtoc I well experienced a kick while removing the drill
pipe from the hole. The sudden pressure increase, in conjunction with a chain
of human errors and miscalculations, quickly led to a blowout condition. The
BOPs were activated, but were unable to contain the upward surge of forma-
tion fluids and the well blew out.
Oil and gas "gushed" from the drill pipe under extreme pressure (approxi-
mately 30 meters/100 feet into the air). and the associated petroleum fumes
quickly led to a fire. All personnel were forced to abandon the drilling rig. Most
of the equipment and machinery on the rig was destroyed, and the drilling
tower collapsed into the sea. When the drilling rig collapsed and sank to the
sea floor it buckled the marine riser and damaged the BOP stack at the well
head location on the bottom.
Initially, the Ixtoc I well discharged oil into the sea at an estimated rate of
30,000 barrels per day, although as much as half was consumed by the fire.
This flow rate was gradually reduced during the course of the capping efforts
after PEMEX contracted with several American and international firms trained
in oil spill response. A massive cleanup effort was begun using firms from
several counties, including the United States. However, the flow of oil from the
Ixtoc well continued for nearly 295 days (almost 10 months), during which
time repeated efforts were made to reduce and ultimately halt the flow. The I
total amount of oil discharged in the Ixtoc spill is estimated in a range be-
tween 120 and 170 million gallons. Oil reached and damaged the distant coast
of Texas.
The extensive damage to the SEDCO 135 semisubmersible rig rendered it
useless in capping the well, and ultimately two relief wells (Ixtoc 1A and Ixtoc
1B) were drilled to 'kill" the well. A relief well consists of drilling a new hole
down near the depth of the formation, and then intersecting the original (brown-
out) well from the side. Weighted drilling mud is then pumped down the relief
well and into the original well in order to regain a balance between the drilling
mud and the pressure of the formation, thereby halting the flow of oil up the
original well.
A relief well can take as little as 30 days to drill, assuming no difficulties arise
to slow the drilling operation. Under normal to adverse circumstances, a relief
well may also take as long as three to four months to drill down to depth,
locate the original well, and to intersect that well. Additionally, it will take
time to locate another drilling platform, transport said platform to the site of
the blowout, and to set up that platform and prepare it for drilling operations.
During the time needed to locate, transport and set up the rig, to drill the new
well, to intersect the original well, and to pump weighted mud into the original
well, oil may continue to flow out of the blownout well.
Spills from offshore drilling operations in U.S. waters are exceedingly small.
Equipment has been improved, personnel are better-trained and the activity
is highly regulated and monitored by state and federal authorities.
The Department's Estimate of Natural
Resource Damage
In calculating the projected natural resource damage portion of its recom-
Continued on Page 9

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Relay for Life Raises $13,000

Eight teams participating in the Relay for Life event at Apalachicola High School
raised an estimated $13,000 for the American Cancer Society. The top fund
raiser team (The Happy Hoofers) led by Loraine Browne raised an estimated
$3500 at the event.
Those other teams and captains participating in the event included:
1. Captain Elizabeth with the team, Love You.
2. Captain Kathy Halford with the team, Dream Catchers.
3. Beth Blair and the Philaco Club with the team, Who Dats?
4. Mary Whittington and members of Weems Memorial Hospital with the team,
Weems Life Savers.
5. Sheriff Bruce Varnes and the Franklin County Sheriffs Department with
'the team, Brown-Bradley.
6. Valentina Webb and..members of the Franklin Work Camp with the team,
USA Dream Team.
7. Beth Mosely and members of Gulf State Bank with the team, Gulf Port.
The event was chaired by Don Banta.


7th Annual Tour of

Homes in Apalachicola

The Seventh Annual Tour of Homes, a fund-raiser for historic Trinity
Church, Apalachicola, will be held Saturday, May 2, 1998. Tour pro-
ceeds benefit the Trinity Episcopal Church Restoration and Preser-
vation Fund,
The tour from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. includes: private homes, churches
and commercial structures including the newly restored Dixie The-
ater. The tickets ($10), guides, maps and information brochures are
available at the place of registration beginning at 11:00 a.m. The
church is located on Gorrie Square, 79 Sixth Street. For an addi-
tional purchase of $7.00, the women of Trinity will prepare a lun-
cheon, 11:30 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. to be served in Benedict Hall,
adjacent to Trinity.

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Rarely open for the tour of historic homes in Apalachicola,
the George Chapel home is undergoing renovation, and will
be on the Tour of Homes. Art by Tallahassee artist
Carolynne Whitefeather, a Creek Indian who grew up in
northern Florida, will be displayed inside the Chapel home.
She is currently working on a Master's Degree in
printmaking at the University of Oklahoma. Her history-
based works echo the indigenous peoples and colors of
Wakulla and Apalachee. Northern Florida woods and waters
are reflected in her printmaking. Ms. Whitefeather's work
will also be displayed in Tallahassee at the Accent Art
Gallery, operated by Joan Wadsworth West, 209 East
Brevard Street, Tallahassee, on Saturday, May 9, 1998. She
will also lecture at the Gallery at 6:00 p.m. that day. Her
work will be on sale at the Gallery in Tallahassee from May
9 30, 1998.

Page 2 1 May 1998 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday


Notes from the April 21
Franklin County
Commission meeting
*The board agreed to consider
trading land with resident Debra
Moses, who resides on Bluff Road.
Ms. Moses informed board mem-
bers that she was interested in
constructing a skating rink for the
county's youth. However, several
neighbors of Ms. Moses have
voiced opposition to the proposed
location of the skating rink.
The board then directed the
county's engineer and planner to
review the matter.
*Attorney Jan Hevier provided
board members with copies of the
Writ of Certiorari in the county's
case against developer Morris
Palmer and SGI, Ltd concerning
the proposed golf course in
Eastpoint. He stated that it was
filed on April 16.
Attorney Hevier explained to the
board that the Writ of Certiorari
would be reviewed by a panel of
judges to determine whether it
has any merit in opposing the pro-
posed golf course. He informed
board members that he had also
spoken with members from the
Department of Environmental
Protection and the Department of
Community Affairs. "They've of-
fered assistance," he noted, "but
it will be more in the way of tech-
nical assistance."
*The board voted to remove the
speed bumps from Gibson Road
and to post 20 M.P.H. speed limit
signs on that road. Several resi-
dents from Gibson Road had re-
quested that the speed bumps
remain on that road during the
previous county commission
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
recommended that the speed
bumps be removed. "Everybody
knows how I feel about speed
bumps," he announced, "they are
not recognized as traffic control
devices. They're not in the na-
tional manual of traffic control
devices." He said that the county
would be liable if a resident dam-
aged their vehicle on a speed
bump. "It's not a proper way to
handle the law enforcement prob-
lem," he concluded.
*Resident Graham Armistead re-
quested that public restrooms be
placed on county property on St.
George Island. "We have a beau-
tiful St. George Island," stated
Armistead, "'and we in the past
have ad.dresscthis problembe-
Armistead noted that the request
for public restrooms had been
turned down previously, because
there was no one to clean the fa-
cilities on the weekend. "We're
going into a tourist operation," he
added, "whether we like it or not.
We have something that I under-
stand is one of the ten best of the
country...and that is a beach."
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis'
suggested that the county con-
struct the restrooms and then
request that those management
companies on St. George Island
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County Planner Alan Pierce noted
.that there were eleven positions
on the zoning committee. "Only
four of those people even have real
estate licenses," he said, "and only
two of them were working as Re-
altors before they got on the com-
The board suggested appointed
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ment of Forestry to the commit-
*Resident John Spohrer re-
quested that the county consider
preserving the center span of the
St. George Island Bryant-Patton
Bridge. He explained, "myself and
most other people thought it was
a federal law that the center spans
had to be removed. Under those
conditions, everyone felt that sav-
ing the ends was the best we could
Mr. Spohrer noted that remarks
from the Superintendent of
Bridges in the New Orleans Dis-
trict for the United States Coast
Guard indicated that the center
spans could be preserved.
"The law does exist mandating the
height requirements," he said,
"but the same law provides for
exemptions. The procedure in this
case would be that the owner of
the bridge, the State or DOT,
would request a variance from the
height restriction. An administra-
tive hearing would be held in
which the owner would present
evidence of an alternate route and
certify that no heavy-draft vessels
pass here."
Spohrer said that such groups as
the Florida Disabled Outdoors
Association, the Florida Wildlife
Federation and the National Rails
to Trails Conservancy were in
support of preserving the center
spans of the bridge. He said that
he planned to work with such
groups in order to provide a com-
plete plan to the board in preserv-
ing the spans.

Preble-Rish, from Page 1
ence in Franklin County, also," he
noted. Mr. Rlsh concurred, "We
know the infrastructure here and
we know the geography. The
things that we've done for you in
the past have worked out real
In negotiating with Preble-Rish,
the board requested that the en-
gineering firm present a one-year
contract to the Franklin County
Commission at the next regular
meeting. Preble-Rish, Inc. agreed
to provide an engineer assistant
to the county for three days per
week. The firm proposed an an-
nual fee of $24,000 for this ser-
vice. The county may obtain other
services from Preble-Rish, such as
those from a certified engineer.
However, such services will be at
additional cost to the county.
Members from Preble-Rish in-
formed the board that they had a
particular local resident available
to serve in the county as an engi-
neer assistant for three days per
week. Mr. Rish stated that this
person may work as much as 4-5
days in the county. Rish further
noted that the individual in ques-
tion was "DOT certified". When
Commissioner Putnal asked for
the name of that individual, Rish
declined to provide the name pub-
licly. "I'm sure you'll be very happy
with him," he assured.
If hired, Preble-Rish will fill an up-
coming vacancy in the county's
engineering department. County
Engineer Joe Hamilton has in-
formed the board that his final
day of service will be on April 30.

"However," he noted, "things seem
to be moving very quickly on the
DOT end. It is our understanding
that they soon will let the bid for
demolition." He asked that the
board slow down this process in
order to thoroughly review the
possibility of saving the center
spans of the bridge. Spohrer esti-
mated that it would take less than
60 days to present the board with
a proposal in the matter.
Chairperson Raymond Williams
commented, "DOT is on a time
table...and they're not going to
want to stop their time table."
Commissioner Bevin Putnal of-
fered, "we need to consider all
options. If there's a chance we can
save it (the bridge) without cost-
ing the county, then we need to
look into it."
The board agreed to contact the
State Park System on the matter.

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Patton Bridge

to be

Franklin County Commissioners
decided during an April 28 spe-
cial meeting to have the center
spans of the Bryant-Patton Bridge
on St. George Island removed. The
decision was made after board
members were informed by Ed-
ward Prescott with the Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) that permits would be dif-
ficult to obtain to build a new
bridge on St. George Island if the
center spans were allowed to
Mr. Prescott said that the FDOT
was currently in the process of
obtaining permits from the De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection, US Army Corps of Engi-
neers and Coast Guard in order
to build a new bridge on St.
George Island.
Prescott informed board members
that the Coast Guard had indi-
cated that the center spans would
have to be removed in order to
receive a permit from them. "I'm
not sure that we can get a permit
and do. our new structure," he
added, "if we're going to leave
spans on the intercoastal water-
way section at a lower, substan-
dard, vertical clearance."
The FDOT has been working on a
design criteria for the new bridge
since November of 1997, said
Prescott. "We are under a short
time-frame," he said, "we're try-
ing to finish that criteria up this
month and we're in the process
of doing our review with the Fed-
eral Highway Administration."
Prescott said that the building
project would be advertised next
month if he received approval
from the Federal Highway Admin-
istration. "This is not written in
blood or stone," he said, "but this
is the schedule we'd like to see
move forward."
Board members requested
whether the FDOT would be in-
terested in helping the county to
maintain the center spans of the
Bryant-Patton Bridge. Mr.
Prescott responded that the FDOT
would not be interested in such
an arrangement. "I don't think the
department can justify building a
new bridge," he said, "if we're go-
ing to keep maintaining the old
one." Prescott said, however, that
Continued on Page 7

County Road Paving Projects
1. Bluff Road from City Limits to Railroad: $80,000
2. Highland Park Road from Bluff Road to Cypress St.: $11,000
3. Apalachee Street from Bayshore to Chapman Road: $7,800
4. Jackie Whitehurst Street from U.S. 98 to Brownsville Road: $7,800
5. Bayview Dr. from U.S. 98 to Brownsville Road: $8,200
6. Marks Street & Chapman Road from Bayshore Drive to Apalachee
Street: $14,000
7. Bayshore Drive from Brownsville Road to the curve: $6,100
8. 26th Street from 2nd Street to 4th Street: $3,100
9. Shannon Lane from Bluff Road to dead end: $4,500
10. Squire Road from end of existing pavement to Peachtree Road:
11. Peachtree Road from Squire Road to Long Road: $6,750
12. Hathcock Road from Peachtree Road to end: $3,600
13. Melanie Lane from Waddell Road to dead end: $15,000
14. Access Road and parking for Apalachicola Marina: $12,500
15. 60 feet of 30 inch pipe under Bluff Road (by county crew) $4,000
16. Old Ferry Dock Road from North Bayshore Drive to U.S. 98:
17. Avenue A from Old Ferry Dock Road to 4th Street: $30,000
18. Norvell Street from Old Ferry Dock Road to U.S. 98: $11,000
19. Franklin Street from Patton Drive to U.S. 98: $11,000
20. School Road from Avenue A to school: $11,000
21. Frank McKamey Way from U.S. 98 to Lighthouse Road: $10,000
22. Beacon Street from Lighthouse Road to U.S. 98: $8,300
23. Lighthouse Road from Frank McKamey Way to Beacon Street:
24. Arizona Street from U.S. 98 to Louisiana Avenue: $6,800
25. Louisiana Avenue from Arizona Street to Idaho Street: $25,000
26. Alligator Point Road from U.S. 98 to Bald Point Road: $110,000
Total Estimated Cost: $569,300




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The Franklin Chronicle 1 May 1998 Page 3


St. Joe Company Annual

Report: 1997

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Publisher's note: In Peter Rummell's second annual report to
shareholders of the renamed St. Joe Company, there are listed
priorities the company has marked for itself in the last year that
may be of interest to "St. Joe watchers." Certainly, those of us
living in this area are receptive to monitoring new developments
by that corporation, the largest private landowner in the State of
Florida. While Mr. Rummel's remarks published in March 1998
are intended for shareowners of the St. Joe Company, his plans
and strategies will directly affect the economic and likely, social
and political lives of thousands living in the panhandle of Florida
in the next decade. For the first time, this Chairman of the Com-
pany has spoken directly to the "strategic plan" and part of it
involves the panhandle, especially in the remarks about commu-
nity development and Gulf of Mexico beachfront property. Admit-
tedly, his commentary raises a lot of questions, but I suspect the
answers will be forthcoming before too long. Please note that these
are excerpts of the Chairman's annual report. Also, I have added
the subheads and bold face type to emphasize the points made
by Peter Rummell.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher

Message to Shareholders
...I was, at times, philosophical and over the last year have had to be very
pragmatic and tactical, and I was also, I think, a little optimistic about some
things, but over this last year I was struck by the reality of just how long it
takes to get things done. But in general, we are well along in fundamentally
reorganizing St. Joe and have the building blocks in place for the future I
described very broadly 12 months ago.
Among other things, we are changing the name from St. Joe Corporation to
The St. Joe Company. It may seem like a small thing, but we felt very strongly
that "company" is a friendlier, less industrial name that we hope reflects the
kinds of businesses we are evolving into as we move forward from our former
"paper company" status. We actually thought for some time of changing the
name completely for logical symbolic reasons, but decided that St. Joe has so
much history, particularly in Florida, that we would instead invigorate it with
new graphics and a new look, rather than walk away from its rich

...As I said last year, and have restated many times since, it all starts with
people. We were lucky enough to be given great assets and a terrific balance
sheet, but the management team did not have experience and depth in the'
various businesses we were getting into. and so, over the past year, we have
made changes and added many new people...
I could not be prouder of the people we have attracted... We have been able to
explain the opportunity to the candidates we wanted, and they have quickly
come to share our vision. Finding the highest caliber people has been our
highest priority and one that I think we have done very well.
The other way we have built management is with strategic joint ventures, with
proven sophisticated players in certain areas and by buying companies with
experience in special fields. This has proven far more efficient than building
an organization one person at a time It was the strategy we set out to execute,

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and I am thrilled with the results. So we'have a terrific new group of individu-
als at the corporate level and in some operating divisions, augmented by fan-
tastic relationships with new strategic partners who are now helping us move
forward rapidly on multiple fronts.

The Strategic Plan
One of my obligations to the Board last year was to develop and deliver a
strategic plan by the end of 1997. We were able to accomplish that and spent
time going over that direction with the Board in December. I'm pleased to
report they have accepted and embraced it, and it is now our road map for the
The plan lays out, by division, our expectations and strategies and shows
where we will start with our efforts, those that will get early attention,
where the capital'investment will go and other guideposts.

In a nutshell, it concludes that we will establish and execute real estate
development in four distinct areas: community development, commer-
cial/industrial, resort, and entertainment; that the railroad and timber
assets are terrifically valuable and interesting and we must decide the
best way to maximize the shareholder value for those assets; and the
sugar business is not strategic for us and we should exit it...

Acquisition Strategy

There is, however, one other piece of the strategy yet to unfold, and that by
this time next year will be much clearer-our acquisition strategy. We have
this terrific balance sheet that we need to put to work as part of our effort to
enhance shareholder value, and we are looking at several acquisitions that
are very much in our field of expertise and will play on the accumulated strength
and experience of new management, but I'm not ready at this point to
articulate that piece of the strategy. 1 can assure you that we are not going
to go out and buy a computer chip company or pharmaceutical company. We
are going to stay very focused on the real estate business in the way we have
defined it, but we think there are some enormous opportunities to acquire
other businesses that will complement what we are doing, both strategically
as well as financially.
We are not the St. Joe Paper Company anymore. Over the last year we
have embarked on an exciting new transformation.
That was perhaps punctuated in January and February when Chuck Ledsinger
and I went "on the road" to help the Alfred I. duPont Trust sell 12 million
shares of its St. Joe stock. The proceeds from the sale went to the Trust, not
St. Joe, but it was a great opportunity for us to reach out to key financial
advisers and investors, both in North America and in Europe, to tell the St.
Joe story and explain to potential investors our new strategy.
It was not a lot of fun. We had 63 appointments in 21 cities in 10 days, so it
was hard work. But I think the results speak for themselves. The offering was
done at a great price and was well received and, even more importantly, we got
tremendous feedback about our strategic direction. While not every person we
talked to was a buyer of the offering, there was a clear understanding of where
our strategy is taking us and a very strong recognition of the unique status of
St. Joe.
As I said, we are examining all of the assets we control with an eye toward
* maximizing value. Our goal is to unlock value, to build on our core real estate
strengths, and to muscle-build new strengths in those areas where we may
have unique, new corporate competence but not the assets to go along with
it-areas such as resorts and entertainment. We will be disciplined in the way
we examine assets, and if they do not meet our criteria for adding shareholder
value, we will sell them. This is the proper way to rationalize our company for
the assets that remain, there is a common underlying element of real estate
expertise which we think ties all of these businesses together. Whether it is
developing communities in west Florida, building commercial buildings in
Orlando, maximizing timber values, or understanding the unique values of
a railroad right of way, these are fundamentally real estate value creation
opportunities and that is where our new team has enormous expertise.
As the strategy unfolds, I am seeing an interesting paradox. I think speed is
very important and I hope those of you who have followed us over this first
year understand that we do work quickly and that time is valuable. At the
same time, we also have some fabulous assets that will take several years to
grow. I think it's important as we move forward that we combine these two
temperaments carefully; I want to move as quickly as is possible to make
decisions, rationalize ownership and move on. But at the same time, I want to
be patient with some very important unique assets that will simply take time
to bring to their maximum value. In our judgment, this will be time very well
spent. It's an interesting balance and one of the things that we need to watch
very carefully as we launch initiatives.
In 1997 we took significant steps in unlocking the value in each of our busi-
ness areas. Let me quickly take you through them.

Forestry and Transportation
In our forestry and transportation segments, we're shifting our focus'to long-
term profitability. In 1996, prior management sold our Port St. Joe paper mill.
That was a good decision. We are now making a transition from pulp to solid-
wood products, with a goal to increase value and improve our profits over a
relatively short time frame. In addition, Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.
(FECI) had a good year increasing efficiencies and reducing expenses in their
rail operations.

Real Estate
In our four real estate-related business segments, 1997 marked the begin-
ning of an aggressive acquisition phase. This is significant because I knew
when I came to St. Joe that if I could combine this company's assets with the
right talent, the opportunities would be endless. I am even more convinced of
this now than before.
In November 1997, through a joint venture, we acquired valuable assets in
Arvida. In doing so, St. Joe has staked its claim on becoming the nation's
leading planned community developer.
Arvida's established management ability will provide us the instant expertise
we need to develop our Florida acreage, as well as, the vehicle to expand
throughout the Southeast. For example, we have already begun work on the
Southwood development in Tallahassee.
On the commercial side we created a joint venture with the Orlando-based
CNL Group and St. Joe acquired a one-third interest in the Miami-liased Codina
Group. Each company is a leader in commercial, office and industrial devel-
opment in their particular geographical area, with access to capital and real
estate holdings in prime markets. We will be expanding this core team in the
months to come. In addition, we are proposing to take responsibility for man-
aging the real estate assets of Gran Central, the FEC1 real estate subsidiary,
of which we already own 54 percent. Our goal is to maximize the value of the
railroad's real estate holdings.

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Resort Development
On the resort development front, we have focused on the beauty of west
Florida's beachfront and rivers as promising sites for resorts, second-
home and retirement home communities. Key moves in 1997 included plan-
ning new resorts and communities on the breathtaking white sand
beachfront of Florida's Gulf Coast. To take advantage of the demographi-
cally driven popularity of golf, we acquired Riverside Golf Management

We launched our new Entertainment Division in 1997 with a major announce-
ment. We have agreed in principle to a joint venture with one of America's
strongest brands: the National Football League. Together. St. Joe and the NFL
will develop interactive entertainment centers for major U.S. cities that have
NFL franchises-there are 30 of them. We have also purchased a one-third
stake in ENTROS. a Seattle-based company that has developed some of the
most imaginative, creative concepts I've seen in interactive entertainment.
Our goal is to help ENTROS develop and grow its unique game-based enter-
tainment centers. Like the NFL entertainment centers, we think ENTROS can
be successful in many urban/suburban markets.

Sugar Exit
Early last year, we made the decision to exit the sugar business altogether. We
considered several ways to divest our sugar holdings, but only one, squared
with our sense of corporate citizenship-a historic agreement in principle to
transfer ownership of the Talisman sugar plantation lands to the government,
a move designed to protect and preserve the fragile Everglades. It will take
several years to complete the sale and transfer of the property, although, if the
sale closes, we expect to receive the majority of the cash, $133.5 million, this
year. We were proud to demonstrate that there are ways to promote our share-
holders' interest and the public interest as well.
The best sign that our strategies are on track is the performance of St. Joe's
stock. From my arrival in January 1997 to March 27, 1998, our share price
increased more than 54 percent, boosting the market capitalization of our
company by more than a billion dollars. Even following an active year of ac-
uisitions, St. Joe remains a company with liquid assets of approximately
500 million-and absolutely zero debt...
The challenge for us today is to pick up the pace-to call on every one of our
people to make St. Joe a company that is visionary enough to see openings
where others see obstacles, and flexible enough to turn those openings to
Peter S. Rummell, Chairman
The St. Joe Company
March 27, 1998

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Second Circuit Court


The Honorable Judge F.E. Steinmeyer /
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
April 20, 1998

Daniel "Taco" Ordonia: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with
a Firearm, a written plea of Not Guilty has been filed on behalf of the defen-
dant by Attorney James C. Banks. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on May 18.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly fired his shot-
gun at Darrin Cox on November 24, 1997. Mr. Cox informed Major Ronald
Crum with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department that the defendant had
accused him of attempting to run over him with his vehicle. The defendant
then allegedly fired two shots at Cox. According to the report, the defendant
admitted to officers in a taped interview that he had fired his shotgun at Mr.
Michael Campbell: Charged with one count-of Sexual Battery with a Deadly
Weapon, Burglary with Assault, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon
and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The facts of this case are
Dorithia Jones: Charged with one count of Third Degree Grand Theft, a writ-
ten plea of Not Guilty has been filed on behalf of the defendant by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pre-
trial on June 15.
Loretta Harris: Charged with orie count of Aggravated Assault, the defendant
pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pre-
trial on May 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Rick Kilbourne: Charged with one count of Possession of Slot Machines and
Keeping Gambling Tables, a written plea of Not Guilty has been filed on behalf
of the defendant by Attorney John F. Daniel. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on May 18.
Wayne Hunt: Charged with Possession of Slot Machines and Keeping Gam-
bling Tables, a written plea of Not Guilty has been filed by Attorney John F.
Daniel. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 18.
Darrell Oldham: Charged with one count of Possession of Slot Machines and
Keeping Gambling Tables, a written plea of Not Guilty was filed on behalf of
the defendant by Attorney John F. Daniel. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on May 18.
According to the probable cause report, Agent Frederick Miller and members
of the Franklin County Sheriffs Department executed a search warrant to the
American Legion Post #82 in Lanark Village on February 17, 1998.
Officers seized two video slot machines which contained a total of nearly $550.
Officers also seized 14 bundles of redeemed tickets, 24 gift certificates from
such businesses as WalMart, Sam's Club, Target and the Carrabelle IGA. Of-
ficers also seized $1425.00 in US Currency and four invoices from New Tech-
nologies Innovations (NTI), Inc.
On February 18, Agent Miller discovered an agreement signed by Kenneth
Arbuckle and the defendant, which covered the operation of the machines in
the American Legion. The letterhead of the agreement was from (NTI), Inc.
Miller also discovered a business card in the legion, which listed the defen-
dant as the area manager of NTI, Inc. A prior conducted investigation also
revealed that Wayne Hunt and Rick Kilbourne were officers of record for NTI,
Shirl Evans: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Check, the defen-
dant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on May 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly attempted to
cash a $50 check at the IGA on March 1. Sgt. Ronald Segree questioned the
defendant about the matter and was allegedly told that Harold Fredericks had
given her a wallet and a check. Mr. Fredericks was then contacted; he in-
ormed Sgt Segree that he had neither given the defendant his wallet nor a
check. Fredericks alleged that he had $200 in his wallet. Sgt. Segree searched
the wallet in question and was unable to find any money in it.
Curtis Golding: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Sub-
stance, the defendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adju-
dicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to two years of probation. As
a condition of probation, the defendant will be evaluated, screened and coun-
seled for substance abuse. Judge Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to
pay $255 for court costs and $100 to the Florida Department of Law Enforce-
ment (FDLE) for lab fees. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Lt. Robert Shiver with the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department had received information that drugs and para-
phernalia may have been at the defendant's residence located on West U.S.
Lt. Michael Moore and officers with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department
visited the defendant's apartment on March 2. "Upon going to the residence,"
Lt. Moore reported, "this officer knocked on the door to investigate the infor-
mation received." He noted that no one had answered the door after he knocked.
Lt. Moore then reported that he looked through the defendant's window and
observed two aluminum cans, rolling papers and a homemade smoking de-
vice on a coffee table in the residence.
Lt. Moore continued, "The two aluminum cans were bent and shaped in such
a way as to hold a controlled substance on the can for ingestion into the
human body. There were burn marks on the can that is also consistent with
the use of drugs. The home made smoking device was a small metallic piece of
an antenna with duct tape on one end of the device. This is also consistent
with the use of such devices to ingest a controlled substance such as crack

The defendant allegedly returned to his residence while officers were continu-
ing their investigation. The defendant reportedly agreed to allow officers to
search his home and vehicle. According to the report, officers recovered three
aluminum cans, a smoking stem, two smoking pipes, a copper scrubbing
brush, razor blades, lighters, a plastic baggie and a $40 piece of crack co-
Jessica Poole: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft Auto. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on June 15. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was detained at Red's
BP Station in Apalachicola while attempting to cash two $50 checks. Station
owner Red Davis informed officers that the defendant had allegedly cashed
two checks at his store and was attempting to cash two additional checks.
Officer Dewayne Coulter reportedly observed that the defendant had driven to
the store in a jeep belonging to Harold Frederick. Deputy Gary Martina then
requested to see the defendant's driver's license. The defendant allegedly re-
sponded that she never had a license. Mr. Frederick later informed officers
that the defendant had taken his vehicle without permission.
Daniel Davis: Charged with two counts of Diverting or Misappropriating Funds
and one count of Forgery and Uttering a Forged Instrument, a written plea of
Not Guilty has been filed on behalf of the defendant by Attorney Michael Shuler.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 18.
Robert Dillon: Charged with one count of Manslaughter by DUI and two counts
of DUI Involving Serious Injuries, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the of-
fenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 18. The de-
fendant was appointed the services of.the public defender.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant collided with a vehicle
on February 23, 1997 which resulted in the death of Troy Phillip Kelly. The
defendant's 'blood-alcohol level was registered at .08. The collision also re-
sulted in serious bodily injury to Amy Sue Stiefel and Charles Rex Pennycuff.
Gerald Brannen: Charged with one count of Battery of a Law Enforcement
Officer and Battery, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 18. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Sgt. Robert Hogan and Deputies Timo-
thy Register and Gary Martina wfth the Franklin County Sheriffs Department
responded to a domestic violence call on March 14'. According to the report,
the defendant allegedly struck his wife, Cathy Brannan, in the ear with his fist
following an argument. Ms. Brannan informed officers that the assault upon
her caused her to fall to the ground.
Sgt. Hogan and Deputy Martina spoke with a family member of the Brannan's.
This individual informed officers that he observed the defendant strike Ms.
Brannan. Officers then informed the defendant that he was being placed un-
der arrest for battery. The defendant allegedly resisted officers and struck
Deputy Register in the head with his fist.
James Peterson: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Sub-
stance, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for case management on May 18. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Harold Braswell: Charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine, a written
plea of Not Guilty has been filed on behalf of the defendant by Attorney Dou-
glas Gaidry. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 18.
According to the probable cause report. Deputy Kit Mashburn with the Fran-
klin County Sheriffs Department stopped a vehicle driven by the defendant
on March 21 for running a stop sign located on Avenue J and 7th Street in
Deputy Mashburn reportedly requested to search the stopped vehicle; the
defendant allegedly agreed to allow the search procedure. Apalachicola Police
Officer Steve James and Deputy Dewayne Coulter arrived later to assist Deputy
Prior to searching the vehicle, officers requested to search the passenger (James
Peterson). "As I attempted to pat.search Petterson." Officer James reported, "I
felt what appeared to be small plastic bags inside of his jacket pocket." Mr.
Peterson then allegedly fled the scene before officers could complete the pat
search. Mr. Peterson was detained shortly thereafter. Three small packets of
cocaine were later discovered in the area in which Peterson had attempted to
Steven Johnson: The defendant had been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The charged of
Possession of Crack Cocaine has been dropped and this case has been trans-,
ferred to county court for pretrial on April 20. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Lt. Robert Shiver with the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department reportedly observed an individual give an un-
known object to someone in a vehicle while on Avenue H and 9th Street in
Apalachicola on March 21.
*Lt. Shiver reported,- "due to the fact that this a known drug area. and by this
officer's training and experience it appeared to this officer that this was a drug
buy." Lt. Shiver then followed the vehicle in question until he observed the
passenger (Robert Burch) throw a small blue object out of the window. Lt.
Shiver then stopped the vehicle.
The defendant, who had been driving the vehicle, advised Lt. Shiver that he
did not have a driver's license. Shiver reportedly requested permission to search
the vehicle; the defendant allegedly agreed to allow the search procedure.
Lt. Shiver reportedly discovered a gold colored scrub pad in the driver side
door pocket of the vehicle. He noted, "this metal scrub was of the type that
this officer knows to be used in pipes used for the ingestion of crack cocaine."
Also discovered in the vehicle was a "copper elbow made into a pipe." It was
also discovered that the tag on the vehicle was stolen from Okaloosa County.
Officer James Wilburn with the Apalachicola Police Department was then asked
to search the area where thepassenger had allegedly thrown an object from
the vehicle. Officer Wilburn reportedly discovered small container of crack
and marijuana pipes.
Robert Burch: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession
of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The charged of Pos-
session of Crack Cocaine has been dropped and the case has been transferred
to county court for pretrial on April 20. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

William Goodson: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly
Weapon, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for pretrial on May 18. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly assaulted
Jesse Woodall on March 13. Major Ronald Crum with the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department reported, "he (Woodall) had a swollen and bleeding head.
He could not stand without help and appeared disoriented." Mr. Woodall was
later taken to Weems Memorial Hospital for treatment.
William Cargill: Charged with one count of Attempted Sexual Battery and
False Imprisonment, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 18. The defendant was
represented by Attorney John Daniel. The facts of this case are confidential.
Mark Rhodes: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery with Great Bodily Injury. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
arraignment on May 18. The defendant was directed to hire an attorney by his
next court appointment.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly struck Jerri
Rhodes in the face two times on March 29. Ms. Rhodes and the defendant
were reportedly engaged in an argument while traveling on Highway C-30.
Ms. Rhodes allegedly stopped the vehicle and asked the defendant to get out.
The defendant allegedly refused to do so. According to the report, the defen-.
dant then struck Ms. Rhodes in the face with his fist; Ms. Rhodes suffered a
broken nose and severe lacerations over her left eye, which required 20 stitches.
Kenneth Rucker: Charged with one count of Retaliating Against a Witness
Causing Property Damage, Third Degree Criminal Mischiefand Violating a
Domestic Violence Injunction, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offenses.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 18. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Elton & Pam Moore of Eastpoint filed
a complaint to Investigator Jep Smith with the Franklin County Sheriffs De-
partment about an incident which resulted in damage to their pickup truck
on April 1.
Ms. Moore informed Investigator Smith that she heard a crashing sound out-
side of her home at approximately 12:30 a.m. on April 1. The Moore's later
discovered that someone had thrown a concrete block through the windshield
of their vehicle. Ms. Moorereportedly observed the defendant leaving the scene
shortly after the incident. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at over $1000.
An Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence was granted to Ms.
Moore on December 16, 1997; this injunction prohibited the defendant, the
brother of Ms. Moore, from being at her residence. According to the probable
cause report, "the defendant issued a letter which stated it was going to cost
Pam (Moore) a lot of money, and World War II could happen if she did not drop
previous criminal charges she filed against him."
The domestic case between the defendant and Ms. Moore had been brought.to
court on February 27, 1998. In the case, Mr. Moore served as a state witness
and offered testimony in the matter. Investigator Jep Smith concluded in'his
report, "this investigator feels the defendant damaged Rocky's truck because
he (Rocky) testified as a hostile witness at the defendant's trial."
Jesse Page: The defendant has been charged with one count of Feloiiy
Battery with Great Bodily Harm, a written plea of Not Guilty has been filed on
behalf of the defendant by Attorney Alfred Shuler. Judge Steinmeyer contin-
ued the case for pretrial on May 18.
According to the probable cause report, James Russell Page reported to Lt.
J.C. Turner with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department the defendant had
hit him in the mouth with his fist on March 30. The defendant allegedly ad-
mitted to Deputy Tony Sapp during an unrelated investigation that he had
stuck James Page. "(He) showed Deputy Tony Sapp two cuts on his knuckles
from hitting James' teeth," reported Turner. James Page was later taken to
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and treated for a broken jaw.
George Vause: Charged with one count of Battery on a Law Enforcement
Officer and Disorderly Intoxication, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the pf-
fenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 18. The'de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, local law enforcement officers alleg-
edly attempted to speak with the defendant while he was walking down Kv-
enue G and 4th Street in Apalachicola. The defendant allegedly cursed at oie
of the officers and attempted to head butt him. Officers noted that the defen-
dant had been intoxicated during this event.

Charles Alexander: The defendant has been charged with two counts of Third
Degree Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May
18. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steig6r.
Elijah Brown: The defendant has been charged with one count of Leaving-the
Scene of an Accident Involving Injuries. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on May 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Chris Buzbee: The defendant had been charged with one Aggravated Battery
Involving Great Bodily Harm. The charge has been reduced to Battery and the
case has been transferred to county court. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michael Champion: The defendant has been charged with one count of Ag-
gravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Battery. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for pretrial on May 18. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Davidson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggra-
vated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for trial on May 20. The defendant was represented by Attorney Douglas Gaidry.
Thomas Davy: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession
of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Cannabis and DUI. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on May 18. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Daniel Dillon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possessior

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of Cannabis with Intent to Sell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Aggra-
vated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on May 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.

Robert Dillon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pre-
trial on May 18. The defendant will be appointed the services of a conflict
Christopher Granger: The defendant has been charged with one count of
'Third Degree Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on
May 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Joey Granger: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Sell and
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on May 18. The defendant was represented by Attorney William Webster.
John D. James: The defendant had been charged with one count of Aggra-
.vauted Battery. This charged has been changed to Battery and the case will be
-transferred to county court. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gor-
,don Shuler.
Jackie Jones: Charged with one count of Possession of Contraband at a De-
tention Facility, the defendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to 18 months of proba-
,tion. Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $28 for restitution to E-Z
,Serve Convenience Store # 4020 and $255 for court cbsts. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Douglas Gaidry.
Larry Joseph: The defendant has been charged with one count of Uttering a
Forged Check. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on May 20. The
,,defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Curtis Lake: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of Crack
Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on June 17. The de-
fendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Teresa Martinez: Charged with one count of Possession of Cannabis with
"intent to Sell and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tiriued the case for pretrial on May 18. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Cliff Massey: Charged with one count of Dealing in Stolen Property, a written
ijlea of Not Guilty was filed on behalf of the defendant by Attorney Gordon
Shuler. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 18.
Michele Massey: The defendant has been charged with one count of Uttering
.a Forged Instrument; Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Providing a False
.Report to a Law Enforcement Officer. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on May 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Preston "Buck" Smith: Charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm
.,or School Property, the defendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer withheld adjudication and sentenced the defendant to two years
of probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be required to
complete 50 hours of community service and forfeit any firearm in his posses-
sion. The defendant will also be prohibited from being at Carrabelle High School.
Judge Steinmeyer ordered the defendant to pay $25 for court costs. The de-
ffendant was represented by Attorney William Webster.
STammy Stanley: The defendant had been charged with one count of Posses-
Sion of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. This case has
been transferred to the county court where the defendant will face the charge
of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The defendant was represented by As-
sistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gary Taunton: The defendant has been charged with one count of DUI In-
volving Serious Bodily Injury and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving
Injury. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 18. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
George Ward: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession
of Cannabis with Intent to Sell and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Judge
SSfeinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on May 18. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Charles Dean: Charged with two counts of Battery, the defendant pled No
Contest to one count of Battery. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant
Guilty and sentenced him to one year of county probation. Judge Steinmeyer
also ordered the defendant to pay $155 for court costs and $500 for restitu-
tigr to William Murray. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
SRonald Henderson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Ag-
gravated Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting Arrest Without Violence and Reckless
Driving. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for disposition on May 18. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Tony Sadler: Charged with one count of Possession of Cannabis with Intent
to Sell, Possession of More than 20 Grams of Cannabis and Possession of
.Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pled Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 120 days
in the county jail with credit for one day of time served. Judge Steinmeyer also
sentenced the defendant to three years of probation. As a condition of proba-
Stion, the defendant will be evaluated, screened and counseled for substance
Abuse. The defendant was ordered to pay $255 for court costs and $100 to the
FDLE for lab costs. The defendant was represented by Attorney John Eagen.

SCarl Ard: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on May 18. The defendant
Swas represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Alphonso Coney: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
.him to nine months in the Franklin County Jail with credit for time served.
SJuidge Steinmeyer reduced all outstanding court costs to a civil judgment. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

Alvin Cummings: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on May 18. The
defendant was appointed the services of the public defender.
Kevin Harless: The defendant has been charged with VOP. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for arraignment on May 18. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Christopher Knowles: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on May 18.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
George Langley: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on May 18. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Clarence Lowery: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on May 18. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Martin: The defendant has been charged with VOP. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for a hearing on May 18. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jeremy Nowling; Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to 30 days in the Fran-
klin County Jail and extended his probation for an additional year. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Sinclair Rivers, III: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission
to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to two years of
community control and two years of probation. As a condition of probation,
the defendant will be required to complete an inpatient drug treatment pro-
gram. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Stephanie Scofleld: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission
to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sen-
tenced her to 57 months in the Department of Corrections with credit for four
months & seven days of time served. Judge Steinmeyer reduced all court
costs to a civil judgment. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Timothy Stewart: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him 100 days in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 74 days of time
served. He also sentenced the defendant to a new two year probation term.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Brian Miller: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the of-
fense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on May 18. The
defendant was appointed the services of the public defender.
Vickle Carnes: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
her to 20 months in the Department of Corrections with credit for 306 day of
time served. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
William Danford: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to a new three year probation term. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Brenton Freeman: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to one year of community control and one year of probation. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

Skating Rink, from Page 1

prefaced many of their remarks
with phrases saying that they did
not wish to stop a healthy activ-
ity, but did not want it in their
close neighborhood.
May Howze said that in her
younger days she had partici-
pated in skating and she sup-
ported the skating rink as being
a healthy sport. It will help get
them off the streets. she said.
J.Y. Gander was concerned about
parking around his home. Jean
Gander said, "C6mmercial
nrniects don't.belong in a residen-
tial neighborhoods," Jimmy Th-
ompson, the Youth Pastor at the
First Baptist Church said. He
agreed the skating rink would be
a good activity. He added, "I sup-
port the plan, but not the loca-
tion." He suggested that the
county might be able to do a swap
with land that already has sports
activity on it.
One of the most emotional pleas
came from Amazon Kelly who sat
quietly through the meeting
clutching a picture of her brother
Troy Kelly, who was killed in an
accident on the Gorrie Bridge.
"They have nothing to do. They
just rode around. Some of them
got into drinking and there's ac-
cidents like the one that took him
from us."

Ms. Kelly was supported by a
dozen teenage girls, some of
whom also spoke up for the skat-
ing rink. They quoted the lack of
activities for the children of the
Leroy Hall, President of the Sea-
food Workers Association, was in
favor of the skating rink and said
he would go to the next County
Commission meeting and talk for
a swap of land. "We have the ball
park the county already has, so
it won't cost the county anything."
The members of the Planning and
Zoning Commission sat watching
and listening as the audience
worked out their possible solution
for a swap of land. Ms. Moses said
she,,would agree to a swap as her
only intention was to give the chil-
dren a place for recreation.
As the discussion wound down
Jack Prophater, who was chair-
ing the meeting, told the audi-
ence, "You have the power to
make this happen. You have the

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The Marine Fisheries Commission
will hold a public meeting June
1-3, 1998, at the Sun Destin
Beach Resort, 1040 Highway 98
East, in Destin. The public is en-
couraged to participate at this
meeting, which will include the

The Commission will receive pub-
lic comment and consider man-
agement options for the snook
fish, including proposals that

reduce the daily bag limit for
snook from 2 fish per person to 1
fish statewide
establish statewide minimum/
maximum size limits of 26-34
inches, 28-36 inches, or 30-38
inches total length for snook
add either the month of Febru-
ary or May to the snook statewide
closed season

The Commission will receive pub-
lic comment and consider man-
agement options for red snapper
and other reef fish, including pro-
posals that would:
reduce the minimum size limit
for red snapper harvested from
Gulf waters from 16 to 15 inches
total length
provide an automatic closure of
state waters to Gulf recreational
red snapper harvest when federal
waters are closed to such harvest
(after 6 weeks prior notification of
the projected closure)-a fixed clo-
sure period is also being consid-
prohibit retention of the recre-
ational bag limit of Gulf red snap-
per by captain/crew on for-hire
prohibit the sale of red snapper
harvested from state waters
require both "South Atlantic
snapper-grouper" and "Gulf red
snapper" commercial licenses in
Commission rules
- establish a 2 fish daily recre-
ational bag limit (within the 5 fish
daily aggregate limit for all grou-
pers) for black and gag grouper,
increase the minimum size limit
on black and gag grouper from 20
to 24 inches total length, and pro-
hibit the harvest, possession, pur-
chase and sale of black and gag
grouper during March and April
all of these provisions would ap-
ply statewide)
- increase the minimum size limit
on black sea bass from 8 to 10
inches total length statewide, and
establish a 20 fish dailv reere-

national aggregate bag limit on all
sea bass species statewide
- establish a statewide 12 inches
total length minimum size limit
for white grunts, and establish a
20 fish statewide aggregate daily'
bag limit and apply it to either all
grunts or to just white grunts
- establish a 14 inches total length
minimum size limit and a 5 fish
daily recreational bag limit for red
porgies in Atlantic state waters,
and prohibit the harvest and sale
in excess of the bag limit and all
sale of red porgies in March and
April in Atlantic state waters
(other possible management op-
tions for Gulf red porgy are also
being considered)
- require that all reef fish species
included in Commission rules be
landed in a whole condition, and
designate all reef fish species as
"restricted species"
- standardize commercial closure
language in Commission reef fish
- raise the minimum size limit for
- prohibit all possession of under-
size Nassau grouper
- specify that the 1 fish daily rec-
reational bag limits for speckled
hind and Warsaw grouper are
within the 5 fish aggregate daily
grouper bag limit
RULE-Final Public
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on a proposed rule
to manage Florida's calico scallop
fishery. This rule would:
- prohibit the harvest of calico
scallops between the
Hillsborough/Manatee counties
line and the Big Bend/Northwest
regions line
- prohibit the use of scallop trawls
in all state waters closed to otter
trawls, and within 1 mile from the
- establish a minimum size for
calico scallops of 1 inch shell
height, with no tolerance for the
harvest of undersize scallops
- allow the use of specified trawls
for the directed harvest of calico
scallops only, and allow the use
of a try net
- establish a minimum webbing
size of 3 inches stretched mesh
throughout the body and bag of
the net, a minimum net twine size
as #84 nylon, a maximum
headrope length of 40 feet, and a
maximum net mesh area of 500
square feet
- establish a maximum net tow
time of 25 minutes, and allow
turtle excluder device exemptions
for specified calico scallop trawls
if federally approved

RULES-Final Public
Hearing (reopened)
The Commission will reopen a fi-
nal public hearing on proposed
rules that would:
- require a numbered, tamper-
proof tag to be attached to all red
drum and spotted seatrout har-
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American Legion Auxiliary for
Eighth Annual Festival committee members, led Games included spin art, moon tables;
Eh A nuby Chamber President, Tommy walk, face painting, Capt. Putt, Kelly Funeral Home for exhibit
\hlnerfrr Loftin, numbered seventeen. Ms. Kelly Funeral Home for exhibit
Waterfront ftin numbed s eventeen. Ms. sailboat rides and the most popu- tent; all businesses along Marine
Stephenson said, "Without these lar, the train ride. Exhibits in- Street;
Festival Ds hard-working committee mem- cluded: oyster tonging, live
Festival Draws bers, other Chamber members snakes, live oysters, education in Candi Griffith for use of property;
helping, and all the people who fire safety, healthy food and many Cox BP for use of property; all our
Record Crowd gave their time and service, the more. entertainers & vendors;
festival would not have been

By Tom Campbell
By Tom Campbell Arts and Crafts, Educational Ex-
The Annual Waterfront Festival in hibits, Kids Activities and deli-
( n.l.aniau1imi food wer I qvqil hl in

CarraleUllCe, IIU tilt: UthirdU atLUr-
day in April, every year, was at-
tended by 4,000 persons in 1998.
According to some police and fes-
tival committee estimates, from
the 9 AM opening to 8 PM clos-.
ing, the attendance was steady
"all day long and attracted over
four thousand participants."
The weather turned out to be per-
fect, mostly sunny, with a light
breeze. "Perfect Chamber of Com-
merce weather," commented Ms.
Bonnie Stephenson, Executive
Director of the Carrabelle Cham-
ber of Commerce, who organized
the festival.


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booths along Marine Street, from
Highway 98, to the beginning of
Gulf Avenue. Florida seafood in-
cluding: boiled shrimp, oysters on
the half shell, various types of
Gumbo, grouper legs, clam and
shrimp soup were highlights. Ms.
Peggy Hankins won the'Seafood
Gumbo Cookoff.
'There were a lot more children
this year than ever before," said
Ms. Stephenson, "and everybody
raved about the good food."
Kids had a great many opportu-
nities for fun and education.

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for live coverage;
Wade & Paula Clark and Chuck
Spicer for help with auction;
Paul Gilday & Flo Coody for print-
ing of posters, signs and banners;
L & J Flea Market & Apalachicola
IGA for sodas for Chamber Booth;
Hawkins Printing for all posters
and flyers;


Bowman's Books & Gifts,
Carrabelle General Store & Gar-
den Gallery for selling T-shirts.
Donna Tterlikkis-posters for
Chamber Booth.

Apalachicola Art Festival

The Philaco Woman's Club of
Apalachicola will sponsor an art
festival Friday, May 22nd, (6:00
p.m. 9:00 p.m.), Saturday,. May
23rd, (10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.) and
Sunday, May 24th, (noon 4:00'
Area artists will display and sell
their creations in the Historic
Montgomery Building.
The newly renovated Grady Build-
ing will be the site of demonstra-
tions of weaving, woodcarving,
pottery and jewelry making.
Roving musicians will provide
nostalgic as well as popular tunes
to entertain. Festivities will in-
clude the sale of food, beverages,
arts and crafts, white elephants
and plants.

Children are invited to register
Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to partici-
pate in a sidewalk painting con-
test. There is no cost to the chil-
dren and all are invited to par-
ticipate in the "hands on art" ac-
tivities that will be held all day
The 3 day holiday celebration will
be staged at Avenue E, between
Market Street (flashing light) and
Water Street and South to the
Grady Building in Apalachicola.
For further information, please
call Alice Jean Gibbs (850-653-
3055) or Anna Gaidry (850-653-

Shipwright Ronnie Anderson had
a demonstration that was fasci-
nating to kids and adults. Spon-
sored by the Apalachicola Mari-
time Museum and Boat Wings of
Franklin County Public Library,
Anderson's exhibit of traditional
tools in boat building demonstrate
the "adz," used for over 2,000
years, as well as others.
Winner of the $500 cash prize was
William Massey.
Entertainment Director Mary Lou
Bowman was on stage at the
Riverwalk Pavilion practically all
day, either entertaining or an-
nouncing. The Blues Brothers of
Twilight were from Chicago and
Ms. Stephenson said, "There's a
long list of people making this fes-
tival a success. The Chamber ap-
preciates all of them, and I hope
you have space to list all of them."
The others, besides the commit-
tee members, making this festi-
val a success were: other cham-
ber members Vicky Summerhill,
Jane Robison, Jimmy'& Yvonne
Allen, Don Lively, Ron & Dora
Walters. Randy McQuaig, Jean
DePriest and Rene Topping.
Special thanks go to: L & J Flea
Market crew Julia & Lonny
Blankenship, John Mary Swaney
and Teresa Swaney. Also, Casey
Sullivan, Charlie McElhattan,
Frank Vigneri and Pam Meridith
who helped with parking, mark-
ing street, communications &
working booths.
Florida Power for the electricity;
Poloronis Construction for the use
of their power pole & electricity,
for our entertainment;
Franklin Realty use of electricity;
Summerhill Electric for use of
power pole;
360 Communications (Foster
Consulting) for cell phones;
Liberty Communications for
DOT for barricades and cones;
Steve Norris & Franklin County
School District for buses;
Sandy & Jimmie Crowder for use
of trucks, tents, & chairs;
Millender & Sons for parking;
City of Carrabelle for use of Pavil-
ion & dock and street;
Herbert Mock and city workers for
leveling sand;
Police Chief Buddy Shiver and of-
ficers-crowd control;
Franklin County Sheriff s Dept.
officers-traffic control;
Waste Management for dumpsters
& cans;
Ron Crawford from Cat V for wa-
Franklin'County Work Camp for
cleanup before & after;
Joe Butler & Gulf State Bank for
use of John Deer (gator) and the
prizes for the Gumbo Contest;
Camp Gordan Johnson name
Carrabelle IGA-plastic bags;

By Tom Campbell
Franklin County Schools are put-
ting "Children First" in a way that
goes beyond words to actions with
compassion and humor. Led by
Ms. Brenda Galloway, Superin-
tendent of Franklin County
Schools, innovative methods are
being explored to raise the aca-
demic levels of students, along
with the understanding levels of
their parents. "Parents Night Out"
on Thursday, April 23, from 6 to
8 p.m., at Apalachicola High
School cafeteria, was one of the
steps being taken.
This was the first in a series of
workshops with parents and
students to provide some help, a
kind of road map, for successfully
"getting through the mental, emo-
tional and physical changes," of
kids in a difficult age group,
according to Ms. Denise Butler,
Lead Teacher working with "Par-
ents Night Out."
Presentations from Panhandle
Area Education Consortium
(PAEC) were designed to increase
parent involvement and under-
standing of exactly what the
students are dealing with. "The
parents need to understand that
they haven't raised an alien,"
laughed Ms. Butler. "It's normal
for children to have mental, emo-
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dialog. Compassion and a sense
of humor also help.
Ms. Galloway stresses that "team
work is important." She stated,
"the School Board is part of a lead-
ership team. Fact-finding and not
fault-finding is very important,
including improving academics of
students. The school system is
progressive and we are ready to
go the extra mile, always think-
ing what is best for the,
She continued, "Our schools are
safe, no drugs, no weapons. Our
teachers insure a safe environ-
ment where learning can take
place. That's important. The
agenda is for the children to suc-
ceed and achieve as much as they
can. Community.support is what
we need."
She stated, "Every classroom has
computers in it. Computer lit-
eracy is important. The schools do
everything they can, addressing
the needs of the children. But the
schools can't do everything. The
values come from the homes and
the parents. We need the parents
and the community to get involved
and support our efforts."
Ms. Glena Delmar, Consultant
from PAEC, demonstrated "there
is hope" for parents of adolescents
and gave some points for consid-
eration. Twelve- to fourteen year-
olds seek independence and
should receive encouragement.
Emotionally they are vulnerable
and should be guided to remain
positive, which increases learning
capacity. They need close per-
sonal relationships and the par-
ents should be "good friends,"
providing a strong self-concept.
'There's power in a smile."
"Parents Night Out" is a positive
step toward better teamwork. This
series of workshops for parents of
adolescents will continue. It is
hope with a road map for parents.


MFC from Page 5
vested in aquaculture operations
(the specific tag design would be
developed by industry and ap-
proved by the Florida Marine Pa-
- tags would be required to remain
attached to each fish processed
and sold as food through the point
of sale (except for fish transferred
live to other facilities)
- require red drum and spotted
seatrout aquaculture producers
to possess a valid aquaculture
certificate and maintain appropri-
ate receipts, bills of sale, and
landings data indicating that such
fish are artificially spawned and
raised in commercial aquaculture
-require that 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 would be required to remain
attached to the fish until final re-
tail 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-
vidually tagged to identify the
state of origin
and the name of the business en-
tity shipping the fish (tags would
be required to remain attached to
the fish until final retail sale)
- require that non-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 would be
required to remain attached to the
fish until final retail sale)

Final Public Hearing (if
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing, if requested, on a
proposed 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.

RULES-Final Public
Hearing (if requested)
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing, if requested, on
proposed rules that would pro-
hibit the sale of undersize cobia,
bluefish, flounder, sheepshead,
and tripletail.

Bridge from Page 2

funds would be provided to the
county to maintain sixth-tenths
of the end part of the bridge.
Mr. Jack Pheil appealed to the
board to preserve the center span
of the bridge. "I think that this
bridge could be saved in its en-
tirety," he said. Pheil warned of
the environmental impacts to the
bay from removing the center
spans. '"ren percent of the na-
tional oyster harvest is from this
bay and roughly 30 percent en-
circles that bridge," he said. Pheil
continued, "There's no way of re-
moving that center span or other
sections of that bridge being re-
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a letter had been sent to the St.
James/Lanark Fire Department
informing them that it was not
allowed to store boats and boat
trailers on land leased by the
LVWSD. He said the boat has
been removed but the boat trailer
has not. He said that the prop-
erty can only be used for training
personnel. The mobile home
trailer is beingused as a training
ground but storage of other things
is not permitted.
Chairman Lawlor went on to an-
nounce that this is an election
year and all three commissioners'
terms will expire. He said anyone
wishing to file for any of the posi-
tions would need to contact
County Voting Supervisor Doris
Gibbs. They will need to get 25
signatures on a petition to have
their names placed on the ballot.
He said "As for myself, I will not
run for reelection. I will not walk
away from the responsibilities and
I won't fight anybody for the job."
A question from the audience was,
why the board was only three
members instead of five. The com-
missioners responded that it was
difficult to even get three mem-
bers. Ms. Poetter said in response
to a question of the board not en-
tertaining questions during the
meeting. The commissioners ex-
plained that the final authority for
making decisions rests with the
board, "Even if the board had ten
members we would still not have

to talk to you." She added, "That
doesn't mean we don't
According to what Doris Gibbs
told Ms. Poetter, the names of the
present commissioners do not
need to be on the'ballot. If there
is no opposition, they are consid-
ered reelected.
Ms. Poetter also said that if some-
one opposes her, she will not run.
She said, "If someone runs
against me, I'm not running."
Lawlor said that for years there
had not been an election because
nobody wanted to run. There were
remarks from the audience say-
ing, "I think you have done a won-
Sderful job." "I feel the same way."
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present commission has worked,
she said, "We have brought down
the water consumption in this vil-
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Ms. Poetter responded, "We cured
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Map including water depths, and the digitized types and location of the habi-
tats in the area. Dr. French utilized the precise location of Permit no. 1281.
Dr. French used two flow rates for the well, a "maximum probable" flow rate of
1,654 barrels per day and in the event it were determined to be applicable, a
"worst case" flow rate of 5,948 barrels per day.
These flow rates are the average and highest initial flow rates of the 122 pro-
ducing wells in the Jay oil field from the Smackover geologic, formation, the
target of the Permit no. 1281 well .2 Although these flow rates are not blowout
rates (and none of these wells has blown), it is reasonable and reliable to use
them as a predicted rate because the Jay oil field is a large sample of the
target Smackover formation in Florida; the Jay Smackover flow rates are flow
rates after acid stimulation and not the two or three times smaller unstimulated
natural rates; and DEP's own expert, Ed Gambrell, admitted that he would
expect that if a blowout occurred it would be two or three times the flowing
rate. Thus, it is likely the stimulated figures represent a blowout condition
from the same well in the unstimulated natural condition it would be in, at
the time of drilling.
DEP's choice of the volume of Ixtoc as the basis for the agency's
calculation is neither reasonable nor reliable because of the unique
characteristics of that well: its extraordinary rate of flow; its ex-
traordinary duration of flow; the fact it was located in Mexican wa-
ters, governed by Mexican regulations and attitudes; and it was at a
time before the industry became more sophisticated and highly
Judge Mary Clark
The Ixtoc well was drilled into one of the most prolific areas in the world, that
is, "the Golden Lane" an area noted for unusually high flow rates. One well
there flowed 455,000 barrels per day, and the Ixtoc well itself was estimated
to flow 30,000 barrels per day. Initial production rates there are some of the
highest in the world. In contrast, the Smackover geologic formation in Florida
is far less productive, with wells averaging less than 2.000 barrels a day of
flow after stimulation to enhance their even lower unstimulated natural flow
rates. Dr. Schmidt, who selected the Ixtoc well volume, admitted he did not
expect another "Golden Lane" offApalachicola.
In addition to flow rate, duration is also important to the volume of a spill. The
Ixtoc well flowed for 295 days before it was brought under control. Other wells
have never flowed for such a duration before being brought under control. In
fact, even without being brought under control, most wells bridge off by them-
selves within a few days.
Dr. Deborah French, an expert in oil spill trajectory modeling and oil spill
events, used two durations of flow: a "maximum probable" duration of 5 days
and, in the event it were applicable, a "worst case" duration of 21 days. Her
model is conservative, as it assumes no cleanup, burning or other diminution
of the spill amount.
Within 24 hours, more than 50,000 barrels a day of oil spill recovery capacity
could be on site and the HOSS barge system, which can recover 18,000 bar-
rels a day by itself, could be deployed in a few hours. Conservatively, the well
would be brought under control in 3 weeks in the unlikely event it were to
blowout. There is a very large capability in and near Florida for cleanup and
capture'in 2 days; the use of 5 days allows for weather problems as well as
setup of the HOSS barge, the use of 21 days is an outside limit worst-case
The Department attempted to show a longer duration should be used based
on a possibility that a relief well would be required to kill the flow. There has
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fifteen years in thousands of wells. The only such case pointed to, in Louisi-
ana, involved a very complex multiple well production platform.
The maximum probable rate of 1,654 barrels per day multiplied by the maxi-
mum probable duration of 5 days, or 8,270 barrels, is a maximum probable.
It would be reasonable and reliable to use this as the maximum oil spill for
calculating the amount of the surety because this exceeds by more than eight
times the total spillage from all exploratory wells drilled in the United States
Gulf of Mexico federal waters in the last 25 years. If the worst case situation
were determined to be proper, the worst case rate of 5,948 barrels per day
multiplied by the worst case duration of 21 days, or 124,908 barrels, is the
volume of the worst case oil spill. No well in the history of the United States oil
production has ever spilled more oil than this volume.
Dr. French utilized the characteristics of a South Louisiana API gravity 35
crude oil, but the expected oil from the 45-50 API gravity oil from the Smackover
geologic formation is a much lighter oil. Dr. French's use of this medium crude
oil makes her conclusions very conservative because a greater percentage of
the lighter oil will quickly evaporate. Dr. French used the wind record gath-
eied by NOAA at a buoy near St. George Island, which is reasonable and
reliable because these are actual winds recorded in the area by the federal
government. Dr. French used water currents calculated from recorded winds,
because there is no recorded current information. Currents in this area of the
Gulf of Mexico are an insignificant factor. She used a hydrodynamic model
provided by Dr. Wilton Sturges at Florida State University (FSU) and from that
was able to obtain data on currents for the same area and time as the wind
data for the analysis.
By using the above factors, Dr. French used a maximum oil spill and the most
adversehydrographic and atmospheric conditions in her analyses which would
be most likely to damage habitats in the area.
Dr. French used depth data maintained and distributed by the U.S. Depart-
ment of Commerce, National Geophysical Data Center. Finally, Dr. French
used the digitized types and location of the habitats in the area she obtained
from Dr. Jacqueline Michel, which maps and data were prepared for and ac-
cepted by the State of Florida and used by DEP in calculating its own habitat
Projected Cleanup Costs
In addition to projected natural resource damage, Chapter 97-49, Laws of
Florida, requires the surety amount recommended by DEP and adopted by
the Administration Commission to include projected cleanup costs.
In developing projected cleanup costs for the "maximum oil spill"
DEP initially contacted several industry trade groups and corpora-
tions experienced in oil spill cleanup. The unanimous response was
that no two spills are alike. There are so many variables to take into
account that it is impossible to find an "average" cost for cleanup of
an oil spill.
Judge Mary Clark
The agency then looked to the recent experience of the 1993 Tampa Oil Spill,
resulting from a collision of barges and a tanker, spilling heavy, persistent,
no. 6 fuel oil. Specifically, DEP looked to what it had: an unaudited reim-
bursement claim for cleanup submitted by the responsible party in the amount
of $53,000,000. The actual amount spent on cleanup of the Tampa Bay Oil
Spill may be over $70,0000000. However, since the reimbursement claim had
not yet been audited to verify the amounts claimed, DEP conservatively used
the lower number.
In determining the extent of shoreline requiring cleanup, DEP utilized a linear
coastline measurement, rather than measuring the sinuosity of the shoreline.
This linear coastline measurement conservatively excluded additional miles
attributable to rivers, inlets, bays and streams. In contrast, Dr. French's tra-
jectory model predicts real shoreline effects.
The DEP cleanup estimate, like its damage estimate, is flawed and
unreliable. It is based on a unique event with little in common with
the circumstances surrounding any possible Coastal well blow out.
Cleanup costs are highly related to the type of oil spilled, the geogra-
phy of the area in which it is spilled, and the rate of the spill, among
other factors.
Judge Mary Clark
The Tampa Bay spill was a complex event involving a collision of three ships
and a fire. The oil released was very heavy, with an API gravity of 10.5, a sticky
viscous, coating substance which persists on the shoreline. Often, no shore-
line cleanup is attempted for lighter oils, as they tend to be washed off by the
tides and small storms and mechanical interference often exacerbates the
The DEP estimate of shoreline length is based, not on an actual trajectory
study, but on a misunderstanding of earlier Coastal submittals and a "thumb-
nail guess."
Jacqueline Michel was Coastal's expert regarding cleanup costs. She has a
Bachelor's degree in geology, a Masters in hydrogeology, and a Ph.D. in
geochemistry, and she has been involved in oil spill cleanup and response
and assessment since 1976, including Ixtoc's effect in South Texas, the Exxon
Valdez, and the Tampa Bay spill referenced above. She and her company are
part of a government response team under contract with the federal govern-
ment, and she is involved in about 50 oil spills a year, from various causes, all
over the world.
Dr. Michel's company has developed a digitized data base creating an atlas of
oil sensitive habitats, biological resources and human resources that might
be sensitive to an oil spill. Called Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps,
these data collections are obtained from existing agencies with whom the com-
pany works closely to assure that the collections are accurate and usable.
One such agency is the Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI), within DEP.
Michel determined cleanup costs of $137,968,507 (worst case) and $19.713.046
(maximum probable).

A "Reasonable" Surety
Returning to the Formula in Chapter 376.121, Florida Statutes, the most
significant difference between DEP's methodology and Coastal's is the assign-
ment of a value for volume.
In spite of its being a real life example of a oil spill, Ixtoc I is not a
reasonable source for deriving the volume of a maximum oil spill at the
proposed permit site. That "it happened" does not mean that it will happen
here. The geology and geography of the site, the level of regulatory scrutiny,
and the quality of staff and equipment proposed by the applicant and re-
ouired by the agency, must be considered to determine a "reasonable" surety
specific to this single well-drilling permit.
Volume, in Dr. French's application of the formula, was derived from the most
relevant data available: wells drilled in the target Smackover formation 140
miles to the northwest. While the "maximum probable" scenario she adopted
is plainly more likely, her "worst case" scenario better effectuates the
legislature's directive that the surety be based on a "maximum oil spill."
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damages resulting from a "maximum", abandoned its drilling rights under the
lease. Coastal's permit meets the second criterion.
The third criterion does not suggest that the prospect for finding oil must be a
sure thing. Every expert testifying on this issue in this proceeding agreed that
petroleum exploration is a risky business. Even in a proven productive field,
dry holes are drilled. Petroleum geologists rely on data obtained from a variety
of sources to select a drilling site, but only the drilling itself can determine
with certainty, what lies beneath that site. A wealth of credible evidence was
presented by the parties on this issue. No evidence could utterly foreclose the
possibility that Phillip Ware's prospect is all that he predicts. The greater weight
of evidence establishes that it is as least worth a look.
Nothing in the text of the three criteria require consideration of the
applicant's "motive." If the Environmental Petitioners are correct in
their apprehension of "Greenmail" by Coastal to induce the state to
buy its lease or to support a claim of inverse condemnation or "tak-
ing," the surest way to dissipate those motives is to permit the

Judge Mary Clark
The Attorney General and Environmental Petitioners argued at hearing that
the unlikelihood of oil was established at the non-jury trial in the Leon County
Circuit Court in Coastal's "taking" case related to its retained royalty interests
in the nearshore (coast to 4.36 miles offshore) portion of its lease 224-A, as
modified by settlement in 1976. That "taking" case, Coastal Petroleum Com-
pany v. Chiles, was decided first by Circuit Judge Philip J. Padovano on Au-
gust 5, 1996. and then was affirmed by the First District Court of Appeals on
November 5, 1997 (701 S. 2d 619).
Assuming that the parties, who did not pursue their res judicata or
collateral estoppel theory in their proposed recommended order, have
not abandoned their argument, there is no way to construe the court's
finding to defeat a drilling permit. Mere speculation that oil exists
or does not exist does not offend the third criterion in the grant of a
drilling permit.

Judge Mary Clark
While all parties to the administrative litigation may file exceptions to her
opinion, the Administration Commission and DEP have 90 days to review and
decide whether to accept Judge Clark's Recommendations. The clock started
on this 90-day time period when the opinion was received in the Governor's
At the hearings, Coastal Petroleum presented the following witnesses:
Phillip W. Ware, president of Coastal, a professional geologist
and an expert in petroleum exploration;
Ed Garrett, the DEP employee and professional geologist who
processes applications for drilling permits;
Anthony Randazzo, Ph.D., an expert in geology and educa-
tional geology;
Ed Shell, an expert in design and implementation of drilling,
casing and cementing programs;
Jim Rushing, an expert in offshore environmental consider-
ations of drilling fluids;
Tom Herbert, Ph.D., an expert in environmental planning, op-
eration and response, and a professional geologist;
Lawrence David Curry, the DEP oil and gas section adminis-
trator who reviews applications for drilling permits and is a pro-
fessional geologist;
William Sackett, Ph.D., an expert in marine geochemistry, with
emphasis in oil in the sea. inputs and fates;
Harry Roberts, Ph.D., an expert in oil and gas seeps and vents
in the sea;
Charles Wilson, Ph.D., an expert in fisheries and oil and gas
Nick Stratus, Ph.D., the DEP economist who calculated the
surety amount;
John Supan, Ph.D., an expert biologist with emphasis on oys-
Irving Mendelssohn, Ph.D., an expert in coastal plant ecology,
with extensive experience in coastal marshes related to oil spills
and cleanup of oil spills;
Shea Penland, Ph.D., an expert in coastal geomorphology, ma-
rine science, and the effects and cleanup methods of oil spills
on coastal habitats of the Gulf of Mexico;
Kenneth Shaw Thompson, an expert in cleanup of oil spills:
Dagmar Etkin, Ph.D., an expert in oil spill information, analy-
sis and statistics;
William H. Colona, a professional geologist and representative
of Woodward Clyde Consultants, an environmental consulting
Philip Sorensen, Ph.D., an expert in oil and gas economics.
viability of rates of return and economic consequences of oil
Theodore Bourgoyne, Jr., Ph.D., an expert petroleum engi-
neer with extensive experience in well control and historic well
control events;
Deborah French, Ph.D., an expert in oil spill trajectory model-
ing and oil spill events;
Jacqueline Michel, Ph.D., an expert in oil spill response, spe-
cifically determining the resources at risk, developing protec-
tion priorities, and shoreline cleanup decision-making;
Bruce D. Graham, an expert in preparation of
photodocumentation surveys, visual analysis and quality con-
trol of data collection and photodocumentation;
Janet Voorhees, an expert in the area of information on oil and
Mike NeSmith, a vice president of Noble Drilling, the contrac-
tor who plans to drill the well and an expert in offshore drilling;
Clay Dqrham, Ph.D., an expert in petroleum exploration edu-
cation and petroleum exploration;
Jamil Azad, an expert in petroleum exploration and
Charles Morrison, an expert in seismic interpretation, geophys-
ics and the Smackover formation;
Barry Faulkner, an expert in petroleum exploration geology.
generation and evaluation of oil and gas prospects, and in esti-
mating the geologic risks and reserves of a prospect;
Al Shannon, an expert in oil and gas field development plan-
ning and estimating the costs of such development;
George C. White, an expert petroleum engineer, with experience
in field development planning, cost and viability of prospects;
Samuel 0. Sugiyama, Ph.D., an expert in risk assessment; and
by deposition on rebuttal,
Doug Smith, Ph.D., an expert in geophysics and the basement
structure of Florida.
The Environmental Petitioners and Attorney General presented the following:
James Thompson, an expert geophysicist with expertise in in-
terpreting seismic lines and identifying petroleum and hydro-
carbon bearing structures;
Mike Cheeseman, an expert in evaluating oil prospects and an
oil exploration geologist; and
Murphy Ellen Chandler, a paralegal with experience in title
The DEP presented the following witnesses:
William Gambrell, a DEP employee who is an expert in the area
of flow rates from oil wells;
Ernie Barnett, a DEP employee who is an expert in natural
resource damage assessments;
George Henderson, a DEP employee who is an expert in ma-
rine biology, Florida marine habitats and resources, and im-
pacts of hydrocarbon releases on same; and
Walter Schmidt, Ph.D., the chief of the Florida Geological Sur-
vey, the State Geologist, and an expert in geology. Florida geol-
ogy. Florida stratigraphy and petroleum geology.

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