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The Published Every Other Friday






Franklin Chronicle


Volume 7,


Number 11


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


May 29 June 11, 1998


Judge Russell 1997 Decision on

"Netban" Argued Before First District


Court of Appeals
Defendants Bobby B. Kirvin, Au-
burn Jones, James Taylor, Jr.,
Bob Nichols, Bob N. Nichols,
Daniel Carter, James Taylor, Jr.,
and Bob Nichols were arrested by
the Florida Marine Patrol in 1997,
charged with unlawful use of a net
with a mesh area in excess of 500
square feet, the use of a gill or
entangling net for the purpose of
catching or taking saltwater fin-
fish, shellfish or other marine
animals, and possessing an kl-
leged fishing seine or net consist-
ing of over 500 square feet of mesh
area, in violation of the Article
X, Section 16 of the Florida
Constitution.
Two appeared in County Court
before Judge Russell. He con-
cluded that the laws under which
they were arrested and their gear
confiscated were unconstitu-
tional. The State of Florida ap-
pealed to the First District Court
of Appeals. Last week, on Thurs-
day, May 14, oral arguments were
heard from attorneys Doug
Gaidry (representing Kirvin and
Jones) and Ron Mowrey (repre-
senting the rest).
In December 1997, the appeal
briefs had been filed with the
Court, including answers to ear-
lier briefs submitted to the Court
by the State. The State's lawyers"
have been Jonathan A. Glogau,
Assistant Attorney General to
Robert A. Butterworth.
The State, as Appellant, asserted
in briefs and argument that the
Definition of gill and entangling
nets is one which gives fair warn-
ing to those potentially subject to
the rule and therefore not vague.
defendants, or Appellees at this
level of appeal, strongly disagreed.
Their conclusion is: "...The
Amendment, section 16(b)(1),
does not apprise a reasonable
person of whAt nets are allowed
or prohibited in Florida waters..."
Their briefs argued that the
Amendment did not provide any
specific restriction on mesh sizes
for non-entangling nets. The State
had charged that the defendants
nets were improperly constructed
of "entanglement netting," with
only a small portion of each net
being comprised of legal-size
mesh, and that they were using
their nets as gill or entangling
nets. "...The nets were still legal
despite the possibility of entangle-
ment due to the fact that there is
no size restriction for the meshes
of a wing..."


Gaidry and Mowrey pointed out
that the State's arresting officers
did not agree with the State's le-
gal position, stating in the arrest
report that the 'nets, were being
operated in a manner such as a
seine might be..." Judge Russell's
opinion concluded, "...Simply put,
there is nothing in the Amend-
ment that mandates or describes
the manner in which any net is
to be deployed, handled, retrieved,
maneuvered or otherwise
worked."
The second issue had to do with
where the prohibited activity was
to take place in order to sustain a
violation of Section 16(b)(2), in
nearshoree and inshore waters."
Gaidry and Mowrey argued that
the definition of"coastline" found
in the Amendment renders the
Amendment's restriction on net
size unconstitutionally vague be-
cause reasonable persons of com-
mon intelligence are not on no-
tice of where a fishing net larger
than 500 square feet is prohib-
ited. The State's argument was
that "The line con-tituting the
boundary of the restricted zone...
three miles from the coastline, is
not vague. Fishermen are on ad-
equate notice where the bound-
ary is and therefore there is no
due process violation. They are
required to know where such
boundaries are, even if they are
difficult to determine, and a fish-
erman approaches the line at his
peril."
So, whether Judge Russell's opin-
ion is to be affirmed or reversed
shall await the deliberation of the
First Court of Appeals, and an
indefinite time for the moment.


Pay Up Or Get
Foreclosed On!
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
Commissioners made it quite
clear at their regular meeting on
May 19 that they intend to collect
all of the monies owed to the dis-
trict by people who just don't pay.
To this small handful of people,
Jeanette Pedder issued a serious
warning. "We will take these
people all the way if they do not
pay and that includes foreclo-
sure."
Letters have gone out to all these
people outlining the ways in
which they can avoid more
trouble. One at least has come in
to the office and arranged pay-
ments. So, if you are one of those
who has received a letter to that
effect, it might be the wisest
course to start paying up.


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Gaidry Hired As Interim

Attorney for Carrabelle

By Rene Topping
Douglas W. Gaidry of the law firm of Watkins, Hevier and Gaidry was
hired as interim part-time iattoL'r for d-e City of Carrabelle at an
emergency special meeting calld lor 6 p rn. Memorial Day, May 25.
The action was taken over the protest of the former city attorney Ann
Cowles. The action was taken by a vote of 3 to 1, with Mayor Charles
Millender, Commissioners Jim Phillips and Buz Putnal voting to hire
Gaidry while the lone nay vote was made by Commissioner Pam Lycett.
Commissioner Jenni Sanborn was out of town.
The agenda stated the action as "Approve/disapprove Douglas W.
Gaidry of the law firm of Watkins, Hevier and Gaidry as interim part-
time city attorney until and after applicants for a part time attorney
can be interviewed and possibly hired." Item 1 on the unfinished busi-
ness of the upcoming June 1 meeting is, again, the hiring of a part-
time city attorney. Including Gaidry, there are four applicants for the
job.

The reason given by the Mayor for calling an emergency special meet-
ing on a national holiday was that there could be an urgent need to
have "an attorney to handle matters concerning the water and sewer
extension grant and the city cannot be without an attorney for the
four days left between. Cowles said she has a contract, not as city
attorney, but in her own name, to handle the attorney work on that
contract and she stood ready and willing to do so. There was no dif-
ference of opinion as to whether Bill McCartney, of the Engineering
and Design Company of Baskerville and Donovan said that there could
be an emergency necessity for an attorney during the time between
now and June 1. The mayor asserted that he had said so and Cowles
told an opposite version in which McCartney said he could see no
emergency need. Cowles asked City Clerk Charles Lee Daniels if he
could see an emergency and he said, "No. I do not see any emer-
gency."
Pam Lycett made a statement saying, "I think that before this is voted
on, I personally don't want to see us make one mistake after another.
I truly believe that we are a laughing stock, the town is divided on all
that's gone on. This has turned into a freak show. I think it needs to
be over. We need to get back to the business of serving the people of
Carrabelle."












Mayor Millender Commissioner Pam Lycett
Audrey Messer responded, "I think it should have been over when
they voted to dismiss her (Cowles), on a 3-2. She should have been
gone then." Lycett said, "Well, that's not what I am talking about
right now. I think that before this vote is passed, think; before we
make one mistake after another." Phillips responded, "Well, my feel-
in is we don'thave an attorney to consult with." Lycett started to say
"... I said that there are four days left." Phillips said, "Mr. Mayor, I call
for the question."
The mayor asked the audience, "Anybody out there got any ques-
tions?" Tommy Beavis said, "I would like for the city commission to
be sure of what they are doing. If they are breaking'the law, and this
goes on and the city ends up in a law su i it may not cost the indi-
vidual city commissioners but it's going to cost the people of the city
of Carrabelle. Those are the people who are going to have to pick up
the bill."
Freda White said, "Mr. Mayor, it is my understanding that Mr. Phillips.
motion is for an interim attorney. It's not for an attorney who is going
be ae partieme attrneey. It is my understanding that will be de-
cided at the meeting of June 1."
Pam Lycett said. "This was a predetermined vote, Freda. These three

ballot) and that's why they went to court."
The mayor reread the agenda for the night's meeting.
Lycett said that she was not called for a meeting when the injunction

then. She added, "I wasn't aware of it. Now I will tell you something,
I have about had about enough of this." From the audience, "Well,
step down." Lycett responded, "Why should I?"

Continued on Page 10


DEP Denies Coastal Petroleum
Permit Application
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Virginia
Wetherell announced on May 26th that Coastal Petroleum Company's
application to drill an exploratory well nine miles south of St. George
Island has been denied. In an agency final order, DEP determined
that the interests of the public outweighed the interests of the appli-
cant and therefore, permit application 1281 was denied.
"Apalachicola Bay holds, in the public trust, environmentally trea-
sured lands all along the Florida panhandle coast," said DEP Secre-
tary Virginia Wetherell. "The public interest regarding environmental
impacts of this land is paramount and must come before the inter-
ests of the applicant."
Coastal Petroleum Company has filed an appeal of the decision today
with the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.

Vietnam Veterans Honored

A small group of residents gathered at the Armory in Apalachicola for
a dedication ceremony on May 25 to honor both those who served in
Vietnam and those who died in the war.
The ceremony, which was coordinated by Charles Wilson and Frank
Page with the Franklin County Vietnam Veterans organization,
featured the unveiling of a new plaque purchased by the Franklin
County Commission and dedicated to Vietnam Veterans.
The following words have been inscribed on the plaque: In
Remembrance.of the Men and Women from Franklin County who
Answered their County's Call and Faithfully Served in the Vietnam
War. And in Memory of the Five Men who Never Came Home from the
War.
Those residents listed on the plaque include: Clifford G. Rhodes (May
17, 1966), Herbert Eugene Smith (July 29, 1966), James Henry Clay
(January 3, 1968), Robert O'Neal Cato (August 25, 1968) and Robert
Clifford Millender (February 14, 1970).


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Cnarles Wilson -.
Mr. Wilson stated at the ceremony, "we're here to recognize the people
who gave the ultimate sacrifice. They went simply because they were
asked by their country. 1 thank God that there are still people here
who will answer their country's call, whether it is right or wrong."
Franklin County Commissioners Bevin Putnal and Jimmy Mosconis
were present at the ceremony.


Gulf of Mexico

Shrimpers Sue

Federal Agencies

Over New

Excluder Devices

The Gulf of Mexico shrimpers led
by the Texas Shrimp Association,
the Asian-American Shrimp As-
sociation, the Brownsville-Port
Isabel Shrimp Producers, the
Southeastern Fisheries Associa-
tion, the National Fisheries Insti-
tute, the American Shrimp.Pro-
cessors Association, the United
Commercial Fisherman's Associa-
tion, the Alabama Seafood Asso-
ciation and the Louisiana Shrimp
Association, announced the filing
of a lawsuit in Federal District
Court in Brownsville, Texas, chal-
lenging Federal regulations that
require that all shrimp vessels
install and use fish excluder de-
vices, in addition to turtle ex-
cluder devices, as of May 14,
1998.
The purpose of the fish excluder
device is to attempt to reduce the
inadvertent bycatch of juvenile
red snapper mostly two inches to
four inches in size .


"We have calculated that, because
of these ill-conceived regulations,
the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fleet will
incur a new regulatory burden of
$100 million in the first year of
this regulation," said Wilma
Anderson, Executive Director of
the Texas Shrimp Association and
a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
"The National Marine Fisheries
Service and the Gulf of Mexico
Fishery Managemen't Council
have overestimated the impact of
shrimp bycatch, which has de-
clined in recent years, on juvenile
red snapper," Ms. Anderson con-
tinued, underestimated the eco-
nomic impact of these impracti-
cal devices." The lawsuit claims
that the new regulations violate
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
Conservation and Management
Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act,
and the Administrative Procedure
Act.
"The fish excluder devices de-
signed by the government simply
won't work and the regulatory
agencies have failed to look at
other alternatives for reducing
unintended bycatch," she said.
Ms. Anderson added, "A group of
independent scientists empaneled
by the National Marine Fisheries
Service reviewed the regulation
and said they were very skeptical
that the devices will work as in-
tended." Ms. Anderson called the
government's regulation "an ex-
ercise in futility that will bring
unnecessary financial injury to
most shrimpers."
The new regulation, published in
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Page 2 29 May 1998 The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday


Franklin

Briefs

Notes from the May 19
Franklin County
Commission meeting
*The board unanimously voted to
amend Section 301.04 of the
Franklin County Zoning Code; the
code previously required that ap-
plications for development be sub-
mitted for approval 30 days prior
to a meeting of the Planning and
Zoning Commission. The code
was amended to require applica-
tions to be submitted 14 days
prior to the said meetings.
*The board voted 4-1 to seek a
declaratory judgment to deter-
mine ownership of a ditch located
on Gibson Road. Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis was the lone
vote of dissent in the matter.
Apalachicola resident Ricky Flow-
ers informed the board that the
ditch in question, located in front
of his home, had not been main-
tained by the county and had be-
come a hazard. Mr. Flowers fur-
ther claimed that the ditch did not
belong to the county.
"The road was paved 15 feet too
far to one side," said Flowers. He
informed commissioners that
Gibson Road was off-center and
that the road was actually where
the county's easement ought to be
located.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
asked that the board install a
storm drain in the ditch. Mr. Flow-
ers said that he would not object
to a drain being installed. How-
ever, he said that he would not
pay for the installed drain.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal noted
that a Carrabelle resident had
previously been required to pay
half of the sum needed to install
a such a drain. "I don't mind
helping anybody," he said. How-
ever, Putnal stated that the board
should remain consistent in its
decisions.
Chairperson Raymond Williams
stated that the county needed to
obtain a legal decision to deter-
mine who owned the ditch. He
further noted, "I'm hesitant to
take public moneys and put in
$2000 worth of work...and use
that public money to do that on
private property."
Resident Freda White commented
that all residents would want a
culvert installed by the county if
one was installed for another resi-


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Harry Arnold

Harry Arnold was presented
award for his work as President
of the St. George Island Charity
Chili Cookoff at the last monthly
meeting of the island's civic club.
He was "trapped" into coming to
the meeting under the guise of
presenting a check of Cookoff pro-
ceeds to Fire Chief Jay Abbott, but
the surprise became apparent to
him when the plaque was flashed
around. Frank Latham, Civic
Club President; Jay Abbott, Ma-
son Bean and Jane Bamburg en-
gineered the surprise.


Carrabelle
Stabbing Results
in Death

23 year-old Thomas Howard
Causey of Wewaahitchka was
fatally stabbed in front of
Millender's Seafood house in
Carrabelle on May 16 at
approximately 12:10 a.m. by a 17
year-old resident of Carrabelle.
Mr. Causey had allegedly engaged
in a fight with the suspect in the
case during the previous evening.
The initial fight allegedly began
when Causey intervened in a
dispute between Jacqueline
Faircloth and the suspect.
Both Causey and the suspect re-
portedly met in front of Millender's
Seafood house just because mid-
night and began fighting on the
roadside. The suspect then alleg-
edly pulled out a pocket knife and
stabbed several times. The sus-
pect fled from the scene but was
apprehended shortly thereafter.
Causey was lifeflighted to Talla-
hassee Memorial Hospital, but
died on his way to the facility.


dent for free. "Does that mean if I
have a ditch on my private prop-
erty that's creating a problem,"
she asked, "you're going to come
and fix it on my private property
and I'm not going to have to give
you an easement and that prop-
erty is still going to be mine?"
Attorney Al Shuler advised the
board, "It's safer to legally to go
to court and act to carry out a
court judgment."
*Apalachicola Resident Deborah
Moses, who had spoken previ-
ously to the board about devel-
oping a skating rink, stated that
the proposed land swap that she
had discussed with the county
would not be possible. "I've been
told that all of the land (in the
swap) has been dedicated to the
Corps of Engineer for the dredg-
ing project," she noted.
The board discussed swapping
property located on Highway 98,
though concluded that the prop-
erty would be too valuable to trade
with Ms. Moses. "My property is
located near the airport," said
Moses, "and the county has been
wanting my property for several
years now. The airport fence
comes right behind my property."
Ms. Moses discussed the possi-
bility of trying to rezone her prop-
erty in order to develop the skat-
ing rink. She noted that the rea-
son why she attempted to make a
land swap with the county was
because her neighbors were op-
posed to having a skating rink
located in the area.
Resident Freda White voiced her
opposition to the county trading
commercial property on Highway
98 for residential property. "If the
airport wants to buy this lady's
property and she wants to pur-
chase a piece of commercial prop-
erty somewhere else to build
something," she noted, "...now if


she was wanting to do something
to give it to the county to provide
recreation or whatever to the
youth, that's fine...we'd all love to
do that. But, every one of us that
has residential property, they're
not going to start swapping (High-
way) 98 property with all of us."
'Commissioner Eddie Creamer.
noted, "we've got to have some-
thing for the children to do. I'm
not stand in the way and let this
fall through."
Ms. Moses asked whether the
county would be willing to spend
an estimated one million dollars
to develop such a recreational fa-
cility for the youth. "The county's
not going to spend the money that '
I'm willing to do it," she said.
Moses asked, "what's there to do.
for the kids in this county?" Ms.
White responded, "I'm as active as
anyone with the children in this
community. I agree that the youth
needs something."
Ms. Moses said that she did plan
to meet with the Apalachicola Air-
port Advisory Committee to fur-
ther discuss the matter. The.
board also agreed to contact the
Army Corps of Engineers to de-
termine whether they would agree
to give up a couple acres of land.
*Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson informed the board that
he had been contacted by a com-
pany known as All Around Recy-
cling from Tampa Bay, which re-
cycles textiles. He said that the
company was also a corporate
sponsor of the Missing Children
HELP Center. Johnson stated that
the All Around Recycling company
offers recycling programs with
drop boxes for the collection of
used clothing.
"By doing this," said Johnson, "it
will allow Franklin County to ex-
pand its recycling program and
allow the Missing Children HELP
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Mr. Johnson said that the boxes
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isting recycling containers and
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stamped with the telephone num-
bers to the missing children's help
center. Johnson said that the
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pickup for the textiles and would
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for the materials. The company,
he noted, would also provide the
recycling program with a quar-
terly tonnage report. Johnson
said that the program was sched-
uled to begin in mid-July.
*County Planner Alan Pierce
noted that Ambulance Director
Susan Ficklen with Weems Memo-
rial Hospital had indicated that
the jaws of life device was in the
possession of Shadetree Towing,
Since the company responds to all
accidents.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that Pal Rivers,
who served as chairperson for the
Airport Advisory Committee, had
submitted his resignation. "He
(Mr. Rivers) recommends that the
board appoint Mr. Warren
Rabbinowitz to replace him on the
committee," said Pierce. He noted
that Rabbinowitz was the Marine
Patrol helicopter pilot stationed at
the airport. Pierce further stated
that Mr. Rivers recommended that
Ted Mosteller be appointed as
chairperson and that Art Little be
appointed as vice-chairperson.
The board accepted Mr. Rivers'
recommendations.
*At the recommendation of
County Planner Alan Pierce, the
board unanimously voted to re-
appointed Jack Prophater to an
additional term on the Franklin
County Planning and Zoning
Committee. Mr. Prophater, who
works in real estate, occupies a
seat on the committee designated
for science. County Planner Alan
Pierce also noted that Travis
Stanley's term on the committee
had expired; however, he said that
Stanley had not attended enough
meetings to warrant a re-appoint-
ment, to the committee. Mr.
Stanley, who works in real estate,
had filled a slot on the committee
designated for seafood workers.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal sug-
gested that Vance Millender be
appointed to that position. The
board agreed to review the mat-
ter at its next meeting.
*County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the board that he had


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been contacted by Lee Edmiston
with the Research Reserve con-
cerning the St. George Island
Bridge. "He (Edmiston) would like
the county to request of DOT that
the debris be made into an artifi-
cial reef," noted Pierce. Mr. Pierce
said that he had contacted the
DOT consulting firm handling the
bridge contact and was informed
that the DOT could not make the
creation of an artificial reef a re-
quirement. Pierce added, "but
they give points for disposing of
the bridge in an environmental
safe manner." The board agreed
to contact the DOT to note the
county's interest in creating an
artificial reef; they also agreed to
contact the DEP to seek a suit-
able location for the proposed reef.
*The board allocated $4000 from
its recreation fund to the
Eastpoint Little League for im-
provement to Vrooman Park.

Cai-,-blle

Area Chuinbai"

Votes to Hold

"Socials"

By Tom Campbell
At its regular meeting Thursday,
May 21, the Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce Board of
Directors voted to hold a regular
social meeting of all Chamber
members once a month at a time
and place to be announced in its
newsletter. It also approved regu-
lar Board meetings to take place
at the Chamber office on the third
Thursday of each month at 7
p.m., with the option of announc-
ing special meeting places, large
enough to accommodate special
events and groups. Such special
meeting places and events will be
determined by the Executive
Board and announced in advance
in the Chamber newsletter.
The next meeting was announced
for the third Thursday in June at
7 p.m., at the Franklin County Se-
nior Center in Carrabelle, with
special guest Mr. Bill McCartney,
Vice President of Baskerville
Donovan.
All members of the Chamber and
those interested in participating
are invited and urged to attend all
social meetings and all Board
meetings. It was emphasized that
all meetings are always open to
all members and guests for their
enlightenment and their input.
'These meetings are always open,"


St. Vincent

Free Fishing

Days
In observance of National Fishing
Week May 30-June 7, St. Vincent
National Wildlife Refuge will offer
free freshwater fishing daysjan-
nounced Refuge Manager Donald
J. Kosin. These days will coincide
with the State of Florida free
freshwater fishing days which will
be June 6 and 7, 1998. All fish-
ermen are encouraged to take
advantage of this special oppor-
tunity without having to buy a
fishing license. The purpose of the
Free Fishing Day is to provide
people an opportunity to experi-
ence the pleasures of fishing or
to remind those who have not
been in awhile what they are
missing.
Low water levels may make access
difficult to all lakes during the
month of June. This is due to St.
Vincent wetland management
program incorporating periodic
drawdowns.
A fishing regulations leaflet with
map can be obtained from the ref-
uge office and visitor center (P.O.
Box 447, Apalachicola, Florida
32329). Leaflets will also be
mailed upon request by phone
(850) 653-8808.


said Ms. Bonnie Stephenson, Ex-
ecutive Director of the Chamber.
"We want all the members and
their guests to always feel wel-
come to attend and voice their
opinions. Our policy is to be open
and inclusive, seeking input from
all members and guests at all
times. We are not exclusive, but
seeking progressive ways to pre-
serve and market all the unique
qualities of the Carrabelle Area.
All are welcome."
The Chamber also presented its
Business of the Month Award to
C-Quarters Investments, Jimmie
and Sandi Crowder owners, in
recognition of outstanding service
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The Franklin Chronicle 29 May 1998 Page 3


EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


City Attorney Issues

Publisher's note: Jacquelynn Ann Cowles, Attorney and
Counselor at Law wrote a memorandum to the Chronicle
dated May 25, 1998 explaining her position in the current
controversy surrounding the termination of her services as
City Attorney. Since the last issue of the Chronicle report-
ing on various facets of this controversy, the letter from
Mayor Millender putting City Commissioner Jim Phillips
on notice has been removed from the agenda of the routine
meeting scheduled for June 1st.
Monday, May 25, 1998
Circumstances regarding the attempted termination of my employ-
ment as City Attorney for the City of Carrabelle have reached a state
which approaches the bizarre and for that reason I feel compelled to
make a public statement concerning the things which have occurred
since that time. The City Commission voted to terminate me by a 3 to
2 margin on May 4, 1998. On May 8. 1998, I exercised my right un-
der Florida law, the Charter laws of the City of Carrabelle and the
City's Resolution of May 5, 1980, to file an appeal of my proposed
termination. This is commonly known in State matters as a prede-
termination conference.' Section 18 of the City Charter laws provides
that, for discharging employees, 'the person charged shall be given a
full hearing on the charge after 10 days written notice to him stating
the time and place of the hearing and a brief statement of the charges.'
I have never been given notice of the charges against me, nor a hear-
ing at which I am allowed to answer those charges. At the hearing,
Mr. Watkins argued that I am not an 'employee.' However, I am named
on the City's $250,000.00 liability insurance policy as a covered em-
ployee, and the State says I am an employee and has required me to
fill out an employees' Statement of Financial Interest, reporting the
sources of my income.
I can think of no other reason but the deliberate circumvention of
these laws, for the events which happened next.
On or about Wednesday May 13, 1998, a "ballot" was circulated among
the Commissioners, asking them to "vote" on whether or not to hire
Doug Gaidry, of the firm of Watkins Hevier and Gaidry as 'interim'
part time Attorney UNTIL AND AFTER OTHER CANDIDATES WHO
HAVE ANSWERED THE CITY'S ADVERTISEMENT FOR MY POSITION
HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED. IN OTHER WORDS, IN THE LANGUAGE
OF THE "BALLOT" the entire competitive hiring process can be cir-
cumvented if the Commission so desires. In an attempt to stop this I
had a hearing before Judge Steinmeyer on Friday May 22, at which
the Judge ruled that this form of voting on matters which affect the
public without a public meeting and out of the public eye was im-
proper.
Quite incredibly, the Commission's response to this was to call an
S emergency special meeting for 6 P.M. Memorial Day afternoon at City
Hall. The City Clerk, Charles L. Daniels, in a statement to Commis-
sioner Pam Lycett, who was the only Commissioner not present at
the Hearing, said that there was no emergency. Contrary to what
Attorney Ben Watkins told the Judge in open court, there was no
urgent need to have an attorney handle any matter concerning the
City or its water and sewer grant which would justify an emergency
meeting. I have spoken with Bill McCartney of the City's engineering
firm Baskerville Donovan and he also assures me that this is not the
case. Even if it were the case, I have a contract with the City, ap-
proved by Farmers Home to administer that grant, and I stand ready
and able to do so. The public needs to ask itself what can be the
possible urgent need to 'de fact' terminate me without a lawfully
required hearing and put Doug Gaidry in my place for an indefinite
period of time without at least going through the motions of inter-
viewing the other applicants (Gaidry is one of 4 applicants) in a fair,
competitive, statutorily required hiring process. There are many as-
pects of these events which need to be carefully considered by the
public, including why Commissioner James B. Phillips was given notice
by the Mayor of charges against him which would support his dis-
missal from the Commission and the legally mandated 10 days no-
tice of a,hearing on that matter, and the item was subsequently re-
moved from the agenda of the June 1st regular meeting of the Com-
mission. This item needs to be put before the public as iwll, and it
x uldlappear that. contrary. to the Mayor's letter giving Mr. Phillips a
choice: of resigning or answrenng the charges against him at a public
hearing on June 1st, that issue now will not be discussed at all.


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Publisher ....................... ................... Tom W Hoffer
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............ Bonnie Segree
............ Rene Topping

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Citizen's Advisory Group
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The May-June 1998 issue of Tallahassee Magazine features about 20
pages on the "Forgotten Coast", including anecdotal pieces on
Carrabelle, Eastpoint, St. George Island and Apalachicola. While the
"economic perspective" announced in headlines and summary state
ments is thin and cosmetic, the real value of the section is the com-
mentary provided by several residents and developers who are sel-
dom interviewed. These represent a "snapshot" o expectations for
one historical moment, with a few errors in old and recent history as
recited in the pieces, and the usual boosterism. Still, your purchase
of the issue is strongly recommended for the color photography alone,
along with the content.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher


There Is Something To Do In
Franklin County-Build A Boat!
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Ron Anderson and Jerry Weber lauch boat.


On Sunday May, 17, 1998 the
APALACHICOLA MARITIME MU-
SEUM, in cooperation with the
FRANKLIN COUNTY LIBRARY's
"BOAT WINGS PROGRAM", held
an open house at Museum Head-
quarters at 268 Water Street in
Apalachicola to celebrate the suc-
cessful completion of the first skiff
built by the YOUTH BOAT BUILD-
ING PROGRAM.
Boat builder and teacher Ron
Anderson, GOVERNOR STONE
Captain Jerry Weber, and 8 youth
boat building participants
launched the first boat from the
dock at the Apalachicola City
Marina. Donning life jackets, the
young boat builders then took
turns rowing the 8 foot skiff
around the Marina.
This skiff is the first of four un-
der construction by AMM's
YOUTH BOAT BUILDING PRO-
GRAM, which started in 1997,
then taught by Jerry Weber, and
attended by Apalachicola High
School Students.
These skiffs are designed for both
rowing and sailing. Captain Jerry
was the first to try the skiffs sail-
ing abilities, which proved to be
exciting. Many young people all
over the world have started sail-
ing in skiffs similar to these thev


are quick, responsive, and fun.
The purpose of the YOUTH BOAT
BUILDING PROGRAM is to pro-
vide youngsters with experience
building small boats and to have
rowing and sailing activities.
These are excellent ways to learn
practical wood working skills,
team work, responsibility, self
confidence, and safety on the
water.
Funds for the YOUTH BOAT
BUILDING PROGRAM came from
the Private Industry Council,
Franklin County Library "Boat
Wings Program", and the
Apalachicola Maritime Museum,
Inc. Donations of material and
work space came from Dan
Reeves in Eastpoint, Ivan Delmain
in Carrabelle and many others.
Soon, the second skiff will be com-
pleted and rowing/sailing pro-
grams can begin. There are two
more skiffs under construction at
AMM Headquarters. All four skiffs
and the chase boat can fit on a
25 foot flatbed trailer and Frank-
lin County will have a portable
rowing/sailing program. AMM is
currently seeking the donation of
such a trailer.
For information, call the Apalachi-
cola Maritime Museum at 850/
653-8700, write to P.O. Box 625,
Apalachicola, FL 32329, or visit
268 Water Street.


SHORN!

With the motto "Secure Homeowners Rights Now!" an organization
designed to provide relief to beleaguered homeowners in homeowner
associations, and to lobby the Florida Legislature on various topics
connected to condo and homeowner associations, is known as SHORN.
President Michael A. Van Dyk wrote in his soliciting letter,
"We've been active for 4 years now, slowly win-
ning political recognition. We are the only
homeowners rights group in Florida that has suc-
ceeded in obtaining positive changes in the HOA
(Homeowner Association) law. Some of our mem-
bers have even won big lawsuits against their in-
corrigible associations. But we are suffering some
setbacks. Increased fines, secret meetings of cer-
tain board committees, restrictions on the right
to vote-all are parts of a bad law that was qui-
etly passed a year ago."
Van Dyk was recently appointed to the Advisory Council on Condo-
miniums, by Speaker of the House Dan Webster for a 15 year term.
The Board holds hearings and advised on changes in condo law to
the Bureau of Condominiums and the Legislature.
For further information on SHORN!, a public lobby group, write:
Michael Van Dyk, President, 20565 NE 6th Ct., Miami, FL 33179.
(305-653-1679). There is a web site: http://www.florida-
homeowners.com/shornfla.


Carrabelle Agenda Changed


City of Carrabelle
May 21, 1998
Charles Daniels, City Clerk
City of Carrabelle
P.O. Drawer 569
Carrabelle, Florida 32322
Dear Charles Lee:
Previously there has been placed on the agenda for the June 1 regu-
lar meeting and advertised in the local.newspaper an item concern-
ing certain charges and allegations against Commissioner James B.
Phillips. All these charges and allegations have been dropped and the
matter should be removed from the agenda.
It is unfortunate this occurred and I would like to express to Com-
missioner Phillips my regrets over what happened.
It is now time the City Commission came together and once again
begins working for the good of Carrabelle. We have many important
projects in progress and I look forward lo working with all the com-
missioners for the good of the people of Carrabelle.
Yours truly,
Charles A. Millender, Mayor


Around and About Eastpoint


By Bonnie Segree
Well, it is time again for a little
news about Eastpoint and it's
people. I have had several people
turn in news items to be printed.
If you have any news, please con-
tact me at 670-4481 or 670-8206.
Mary Schwer of Eastpoint recently
attended The Golden Carousel
Session in Tampa, along with
other participants from our neigh-
boring towns of Carrabelle and
Lanark Village. They were: Jim
Phillips, Merle Brannan, Lorene
Jackson, Nancy Mack, Ruth
Millender, and Janet Dorrier.
Ralph and Jane Carpenter of
Goshen, Ohio vacationed at the
homes of their Eastpoint friends,
Mary and Fred Bickel and Ida
Rose and Harry Bickel. The Car-
penters return twice a year to
beautiful Franklin County.
Congratulations to all the gradu-
ates of Apalachicola and
Carrabelle High Schools. May
each of you go far in life and suc-
ceed in whatever your goal is.
The Franklin County Literacy Vol-
unteers of America (LVA) recently
elected officers for this year. They
are: President-Dolly Sweet of
Carrabelle, Vice-President-Kitty
Whitehead of Apalachicola, Sec-
retary-George Malone of Apal-
achicola, Treasurer-Liz Sisung of
Eastpoint. Other board members
are: Betty and Allan Roberts of
Lanark, Jean Nichols of Apalachi-
cola, Maxine Creamer of East-
point, Kenia Anzaidi of Apalachi-
cola, Mary Schwer of Eastpoint
and Brian Goercke of Lanark.
Pam Rush, Donna Thompson,
Maxine Creamer, Becky Melton
and Bonnie Segree recently at-
tended the Florida Literacy Con-


ference in Fort Lauderdale, where
they attended several workshops
on Adult Literacy. The area down
there is beautiful, but I was very
glad when we arrived back in
Eastpoint and I have no desire to
ever return to that area of the
state again. Places like that are
nice to visit, but Thank God, we
can always return to our little
paradise called Franklin County.
If the flow of traffic continues as
it was over the Memorial Day
weekend, we will have to have a
traffic light installed so that local
people can get on Highway 98
without being in danger of being
run over. According to Channel 6
news, over 4,000 people fre-
quented the State Park on St.
George Island over the weekend.
Mary Creamer recently returned
from a visit with her children
Mona, Greg and Barbara in St. Pe-
tersburg. Greg's daughter, Julie,
will be getting married in Septem-
ber. Congratulations!!
Brown Elementary held gradua-
tion ceremonies Tuesday night at
6:30. Thirty-eight students gradu-
ated. Many proud parents and
friends attended the graduation.
The Eastpoint Church of God
Youth Group will be traveling to
Miracle Strip on Panama City
Beach this coming Saturday. I am
a member of the Eastpoint
Church of God and am very proud
of the Youth Leaders who continu-
ously try to uplift and encourage
the youth of the community. We
have a very large number of young
people in our church, but there
is always room for many more. So
if you don't attend church any-
place else, come on over to our
church and join in with us. TRY
IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT!!!!!!!!
Several people from Eastpoint
participated in the Philaco Ladies
Club Arts and Crafts Festival on
Saturday, May 23rd. It was a very
nice festival and was attended by
quite a few people. I hope it will
continue year after year.
Nicole Frye and Randy Millender
were recently joined in marriage
at the Eastpoint Church of God.
Congratulations and best wishes
for the future.
Eileen Annie Ball, Library Direc-
tor, recently received her MLS
degree from Florida State Univer-
sity. Eileen, we are very proud of
you. Good luck in the future. Get
some rest.
Christol Howard and Mark Sand-
ers will be getting married on
June 6. All friends and relatives
are invited to attend this blessed
event.
Also, Nicole Bryan and Jason
Carroll will be exchanging vows
on the same day. Congratulations
to both couples and may God
richly bless you.
Well, I will close my article this
week by wishing a very happy,
special birthday to TOM HOFFER
owner of the Chronicle, and hope
you have many, many more!!!!!
Will be back in a couple weeks
with more news. If you have any-
thing you would like to have in
the paper, please contact me at
670-4481 or 670-8206. Have a
good week!!!


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Citizen Report on Head

Lice and Safety Concerns

Received by School Board

By Tom Campbell
Sarah and Greg Parmarter demonstrated interest and involvement in
their children's education and well-being by addressing the Franklin
County School Board at its May 7 meeting. The Parmarters expressed
concerns regarding head lice and environmental safety at Carrabelle
School, which houses Pre-K "rlii ,iigh twelfth grade.
In her written statement titled "Head Lice at Carrabelle High School,"
dated May 7, 1998, Ms. Parmarter stated:
"Suggestions for dealing with the persistent problem of head lice in
the (Carrabelle) school:
"Recognize that there is an on-going head lice prob-
lem at the school.
"Organize a plan that involves school administrators,
teachers, parents, school nurses, health department per-
sonnel, pest control experts, community members and
any others who have knowledge and experience to exam-
ine the problem and the current practices to solve it, re-
think and find a way to eliminate the problem.
"Recognize that the school, as well as parents, must take
exhaustive measures to address the problem. Pest con-
trol experts say that thorough ard persistent treatment
(on-going, notjust when outbreaks occur) is the only way
to control head lice.
"Listen to parents when they say all measures have been
taken at home. Do not assume that the problem is with
the parents and the home. Consider the possibility that
if a child gets lice again after being treated at home, the
lice may well be coming from the school, not the home."
Principal of the Carrabelle School, Robert McDaris, has discussed
the issue with Mr. and Mrs. Parmarter. He said, "There's no conflict
with these parents and the school administration in regard to what
needs to be done."
Mr. McDaris continued, '"The last week in March, we had an unprec-
edented number of students with head lice. But I can tell you that no
pest survived the spring break. All carpets were saturated with pesti-
cides and high heat steam cleaning was used." These thorough ef-
forts got rid of all the pests, according to Mr. McDaris.
In "School Health Service Policies and Procedures," prepared jointly
by the Health Department and the School District of Franklin County,
head lice is considered one of the "most common skin diseases seen
in the school age child. Medical care should be encouraged to insure
proper treatment. Some skin disorders are highly contagious and oth-
ers are not."
The report continues, "Contagious Skin Disorders (include) Lice: Char-
acterized by itching of the scalp or hairy parts of the body. Close
examination will reveal either the adult lice or the eggs (nits.) Inspect
by separating the hairs with a wooden applicator stick. Check espe-
cially at the nap of the neck and above the ears. Look for red bite
marks on the neck and scalp. Although dandruff may resemble eggs,
Dandruff can easily be removed from the hair. The louse egg is at-
tached to the hair with cement secreted by the louse and cannot
easily be removed by pulling on it."
Procedures include: isolating the child who shows symptoms, cleans-
ing the area with soap and water and contacting parents to arrange
for treatment. "The child may return to school once treatment has
begun. Make sure the school nurse is aware of suspected communi-
cable disorders of the skin so that she can do the necessary follow-
up.
Special instructions for Lice include:
"Check all children in infected student's classroom. If
student changes classes during the day students in each
of the infested child's classes should be checked. If a
substantial number of children appear to be infested all
students in the school should be examined.
"Proof of treatment will be required upon return to school.
"Upon returning to school following treatment, the stu-
dent must be checked by the designated personnel in
the school office before he/she may return to the class-
room. The student must be free of both crawling forms
(adults) and nits (eggs) before he/she can be readmitted
to school.
"If a student is sent home for a third time in eight weeks.
the parent must present written clearance to the school
from the Franklin County Health Department before the
student can be readmitted to school."
Ms. Parmarter and Principal McDaris agree 'that there is an "on-going
problem of head lice in the Carrabelle School." Mr. McDaris says that
parents must be vigilant in helping their children remain free from
lice. The school can only follow policies and procedures as set forth in
the document jointly prepared by the Health Department and the
School District.
Ms. Parmarter said, "Since the problem with head lice came up, only
my young daughter in Pre-K has had a problem, none of my other
children." She said she has been diligent in correcting the problem
with her youngest child. After months of hearing about the head lice
problem, I've come to know that it is pervasive. Every parent I talk
to," said Ms. Parmarter, "says they have encountered this problem
personally. "
Ms. Parmarter concluded, '"Too muchtime is being spent'nit-picking'
and not enough time on solving the problem."
Mr. Parmarter prepared a report on "Maintenance and Safety Con-
cerns" at the Carrabelle School, submitted by Greg Parmarter May 7,
1998, at the school board meeting. He listed over 80 items as hazards
to safety at Carrabelle School. He stated, "We have noted on previous
visits to the school that the teachers are doing an excellent job in
decorating their classrooms and the hallways outside their classrooms.
This is the kind of effort and pride that we appreciate as parents and
members of the community."
Principal McDaris explained that all maintenance at the Carrabelle
School is under the supervision of Mr. Wayne Williams, but the work
load is far greater than one person could handle. Funding and man-
power (or the lack of it) appear to be the problem.
There is concern for the well-being of the children, but more hands
are needed to do the necessary work.


School Board
Receives
Presentation
on Pilot
Program

Gerry Miller with Kaplan Learning
Services out of Tallahassee
delivered a presentation to
members of the Franklin County
School Board on May 21
concerning a pilot program that
will be implemented locally.
Mr. Miller explained that the pilot
program would be six weeks in
length. He added, "we try to put a
lot into the six weeks, so we can
see results." He said that the
program would be implemented in
Dade, Leon and Franklin
Counties. "We were looking for a
rural community," he explained,
"we were looking for a mid-level
community and we were looking
for an urban community."
Three particular issues have
compelled school communities to
look beyond traditional


approaches to improve student
performance, said Miller. Those
issues included:
1. Identifying low performing
schools
2. The new Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test
(FCAT)
3. The mandated student
proficiency provisions.
The pilot program offered by
Kaplan Learning Services would
attempt to improve student
acheivement and strengthen
teaching expertise needed to meet
Sunshine State Standards.
Miller noted that the pilot
program would include a
professional development
component, an academic
intervention component, a family-
learning component and an on-
line assistance and resource
component.
The professional development
component would bring student
and teachers together to apply
newly acquired instructional
strategies in a "practice
environment." The component
would include six sessions. Each


Head

Lice

Description and Biology
The head louse (Pediculus
humanus capitis) is gray in color
but tends to take on the hair color
of the host. This insect pest is
usually found on the lower back
of the head and behind the ears.
The female is about 1/16" to
1/8" long and flattened in shape;
the male is a bit smaller. Hook-
like claws are at the end of each
of six legs to help anchor the louse
to the hair shaft. Head lice do not
jump or fly.


Students

on Senior

Trip Prove

Worthy of

Trust


By Tom Campbell
The following report was sub-
mitted by Ms. Cheryl Creek,
of Carrabelle High School.
Ms. Creek is Senior Class
Sponsor and Family Con-
sumer Science Technician.
She explained that the stu-
dents had a good time on
their trip and "showed all of
us that the school board and
the superintendent were jus-
tified" in placing trust in the
students and allowing them
to continue with senior trips.
Her report follows.


By Cheryl Creek
On May 9th at around 3:30 p.m.,
a tired and contented group of
Carrabelle High School Seniors
stepped off the bus after enjoying
a wonderful trip to Gatlinburg, TN
and Atlanta, GA.
The class boarded a tour bus at
5:00 Tuesday morning and rode
to Pigeon Forge, where they were
treated to an evening of fun and
food at the Dixie Stampede. After
the show, everyone had a chance
to explore the town of Pigeon
Forge, shopping for souvenirs and
experiencing bumper cars and
arcade games.
On Wednesday, the group had an
exciting day white-water rafting


on the Pigeon River. Everyone was
instructed on the techniques and
safety tips of whitewater rafting,
then it was time to put on the
safety equipment and board the
bus to shuttle them to the point
in the river where they would get
on the rafts. After an initial case
of jitters by some of the class
members, everyone entered their
rafts and started down the river.
There were only five people that
fell out of their rafts. These were
retrieved quickly and returned to
their rafts without any injuries,
except a sprained ankle. The
group reached the docking area
totally exhilarated and drenched.
After a quick change out of their
wet clothes and a quick trip to the
motel, the group enjoyed an
evening of fun and games in
Gatlinburg.
Thursday, after riding to Atlanta,
the class stopped at Dave and
Buster's for a couple of hours to
have lunch and play arcade
games. From there they went to
the motel, spending a couple
hours relaxing and freshening up
for the big event of the day-the
Atlanta Braves vs the San Diego
Padres. 'Even amidst thunder-
storm and tornado watches all
around Atlanta, the weather was
wonderful for the game-cool and
breezy. In addition to a great game
(the Braves won), the group was
treated to a beautiful lightning
show in the distance.
On Friday the group slept in late
and then boarded the bus for a
morning of shopping in Under-
ground Atlanta. After leaving,
there was a tour of the area of
Atlanta where Dr. Martin Luther
King was raised, followed by a visit
to the Cyclorama. There the group
was informed about the Battle of
Atlanta and viewed the 40' by 360'
diarama portraying the battle. The
group then returned to the motel
and prepared for the finale of their
trip-six hours at Six Flags Over
Georgia. At midnight, exhausted,
but exhilarated, the group re-
turned to their motel rooms for a
well needed rest.
On Saturday, the group of seniors
and their exhausted chaperones,
boarded the bus and returned
home to Franklin County and the
families they missed.
It has to be said, the behavior of
these young men and young
women was exemplary. There was
at no time any misconduct on
their part and the chaperones at
no time felt that this group was
untrustworthy. Even the tour bus
driver made the comment to this
class that they were the best
group he had ever taken on a trip.
This group of students showed all
of us that the school board and
the superintendent were justified
in trusting them to continue with
senior trips.


AHS Drama Class: "Shakespeare

Unbound"
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Levi Stanley, Jessica Nabors, Aerin Corley, and Sarah Grable
By Pam Rush
The Drama class of Apalachicola High School presented a live drama
of Shakespeare Unbound on May 7, 1998. Featured performers were
Jessica Nabors, John Mirabella, Aerin Corley, Sarah Grable, Levi
Stanley, Rhein Furr, Ashley Turner, Layfette Martin, Natasha
Mashburn, and Michael Pierce. The story was set at a modern day
high school, with a mixture of Shakespeare characters appearing out
of a novel.


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Services Honor '98 Graduates


By Sue Riddle Cronkite
S It was a solemn, spiritual occa-
sion, with pomp and circum-
stance, with graduates, their
families, and friends gathered at
the Apalachicola Community
Center. The Rev. Omar Dean
pointed out some guideposts on
the way toward maturity and
Class President Latasha
Baucham led the Pledge of Alle-
giance to the Flag.
It was like taking a step back into
a gentler time. Those gathered,
stood during the processional and
recessional. It was an appropri-
ate way to mark an ending of high
school and a beginning of a more
adult way of life.
Principal Beverly Kelley welcomed
and introduced the speaker and
those who gave the invocation and
benediction. "You are graduating,"
said Kelley, "and you still have
much to learn."
Rev. Dean's address was a real
sermon, a pointing of the way to-
ward maturity and a continuation
of education. "Have this mind in
you," he said. "God knows you
and God loves you.
"You have successively reached a
milestone," said Rev. Dean. "You
have had struggles. But, you are
not finished with education. You
have just begun to study."
One illustration he gave was of a
nobel laureate being asked for
some words on his philosophy of
life and the kernel of truth he gave
was the words to a song sung by


little children in church school;
"Yes, Jesus loves me.
"Think on it," said Rev. Dean.
"You're free. The totality of you.
Your psyche is free. Psyche means
soul." Rev. Dean waved a Bible. "I
want to introduce you to the old-
est textbook known to man," he
said.
After the baccalaureate services
a reception was served to those
gathered by Apalachicola Philaco
Club members.
Members of the Apalachicola
High's 26th graduation class in-
clude: Latasha Baucham, presi
dent; Levi Stanley, vice president;
Tameka Lane, secretary and
Renee Maloy, treasurer; Courtney
Allen,
Ellis Ammons, Jessica Armistead,
Courtney Bell, Andrew Booker,
Bridget Bowden, Sabrina
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Shannah Brown, Lindsey
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John Mirabella, Michael O'Neal,
James Padgett, Savannah
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Rummell Says St. Joe Moving
Aggressively in Every Segment


St. Joe Company Chairman and
CEO Peter S. Rummell told share-
holders on May 12th, in Jackson-
ville, that the company was ag-
gressively implementing its busi-
ness plan.
"We have put a significant num-
ber of milestones behind us and
set new ones for the future,"
Rummell said..
In separate actions, the share-
holders approved the appoint-
ment of Michael L. Ainslie to the
St. Joe Board of Directors, and
voted to change the company's
name to The St. Joe Company
from St. Joe Corporation.
Ainslie was formerly president
and CEO of Sotheby's Holdings for
10 years, ending in 1994. He was
also CEO of the National Trust for
Historic Preservation.


Peter Rummell


Community Development
Projects Could Yield, When
Entitled, 19,000 Units
Rummell told shareholders the
pace of community, commercial
and industrial development was
quickening. "We are moving fast
to takerthe master-planned com-
munity concept to an entirely new
level with our developments at
Southwood in Tallahassee, and
Seagrove and Camp Creek in
Walton County. We're already do-
ing work in Panama City and
planning is underway for other
portions of out huge holdings in
Bay County. And, we have begun
the master planning and permit-
ting process for five additional;
community development projects.
We expect the total of all of these
efforts, when entitled, will pro-
duce over 19,000 housing units,"
he said.
Commercial/Industrial
Division Looking at 5
Million Square Feet in
Process
"We are ahead of schedule toward
our objective of placing a total of
1.5 million square feet of commer-
cial and industrial space under
development in 1998. But more
importantly, we are filling the
pipeline that will pump value to
our shareholders well into the
next century."
Working with Florida East Coast
Industries (FECI), Gran Central
Corporation, our commercial/in-
dustrial group has nine new de-
velopment projects underway,


seven new sites pending, and
eight new projects being planned,
for a total of approximately 5 mil-
lion square feet in process," he
added. St. Joe holds 54 percent
of FECI.
"In north and west Florida,"
Rummell continued, "we are look-
ing at a wide variety of commer-
cial and industrial opportunities
where St. Joe can be the cat-
alyst for broader economic
development."
He noted: '"Next month, St. Joe/
CNL Realty Group will break
ground on a new 380,000 square
foot office building in downtown
Orlando. And, we expect five more
groundbreaking within the next
two months."
Other Business Units Seek
New Opportunities
Rummell also outlined cost cut-
ting and revenue growth strate-
gies of Florida East Coast Railway.
He reported that new trackage
agreements could increase rev-
enues for Florida East Coast Rail-
way and that an agreement was
reached in the first quarter of
1998 to install an additional fiber
optic cable along the railroad's
right of way.
Rummell said the company's new
entertainment division would
work with other parts of St. Joe
to create additional opportunities.
"We believe we can extract an en-
tertainment premium from recre-
ational uses of our forestlancjs,
waterfront and scenic rivers. And,
there are.opportunities to produce
value from location-based enter-
tainment development by taking
advantage of the traffic generated
from other St. Joe urban and sub-
urban commercial development."
He said the forestry division had
implemented a new harvesting
strategy designed to improve re-
turn, and that the installation of
new chip mill equipment should
yield a premium for wood chip
sales. Rummell also reported that
a new barge facility would help
open new markets for wood chips.
June 6th is Target Date for
Executing Final Sugar
Agreement
Rummell said St. Joe's plan to
transfer ownership of the Talis-
man sugar lands to the govern-
ment is nearing completion. "Al-
though still in negotiation, we are
working hard toward our June
6th target date for executing the
final agreement. But, if the sale
does not close, as I have said be-
fore, we are perfectly comfortable
continuing to farm, harvest and
process sugar in the most efficient
and productive manner possible."
Balance Sheet Remains
Strong
Rummell said The St. Joe Com-
pany has ambitious but achiev-
able, goals. Following an active
year of acquisitions, he said that
"St. Joe remains' a company with
.liquid assets of approximately
$500 million-and absolutely zero
debt, so we have all the muscle
we need to bring our plans into
reality."


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New Coach
Hired at CHS
By Valerie Hampton
Carrabelle High School has hired
a new coach, Bobby Humphries.
He will coach the high school foot-
ball team. A native of Jacksonville,
Florida, he attended Orange Park
High School. He went to
Gardner-Webb University and
West Alabama University for a
Bachelor of Science in Physical
Education and Management In-
formation Systems as well as a
Master of Education. He has
coached at one college, three uni-
versities, and three high schools.
Pickens High School in Jasper,
Georgia was the last school he has
coached at. During the year he
was there, their football team
made it to the state playoffs for
the first time in twelve years. He
is thirty-six years of age.
The Georgia Bulldogs are
Humphries' favorite college foot-
ball team. He admirers Steve
Spurrier and Bobby Bowden, as
well as many more coaches.
Humphries says that he likes
Carrabelle, but it is hot. He is
looking for a house here. Football
practice began on May 17th. He
says, 'There is a lot of work to do."
He hopes to increase participation
in the athletic program and get
the program at least competitive.
The Panther team will need more
players than they have now (nine-
teen). He wants to have a mini-
mal of ten practices in for the
spring.
Panther players have made good
comments on the new coach.
Tony Shiver says, "He is an awe-
some coach. He's the best I have
ever seen here." Patrick Fleming
says, "He's cool."


TIPS ON ELIMINATING
MOSQUITO
BREEDING SITES
Clean out eaves, troughs
and gutters.
Remove old tires, or drill
holes in those used for play-
ground equipment to allow
them to drain.
Turn over or remove empty
plastic pots.
Pick up broken, unused or
discarded toys.
Pick up all beverage con-
tainers and cups.
Check tarps on boats or
other equipment that may
collect water in pockets or
indentations.
Pump out bilges on boats.
Replace water in birdbaths
and pet or other animal feed-
ing dishes at least once a
week.
Change water in bottom of
plant containers, including
hanging plants, at least once
a week.
Remove vegetation or ob-
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* It is spread by mosquitoes,
which transmit the disease
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* Transmission of the dis-
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from horse to humans is
highly unlikely.
* The mortality.rate for in-
fected horses is 50 percent
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* Vaccinating horses prop-
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* Disease prevention mea-
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By Sue Riddle Cronkite
There didn't seem to be the great,
crushing crowds of people such
as those who gather for the an-
nual Florida Seafood Festival in
the fall, but Apalachicola's first
annual Arts Festival received good
comments for quality.
"It was fun," said Edith Edwards,
president of the sponsoring
Apalachicola Women's Club. "The
idea is to hold an event to pro-
mote our local artists, to bring the
town together.
"It was great how people re-
sponded, said Edwards. "The
weather was very hot, but those
who did attend really seemed to
enjoy themselves." The event
seemed to have drawn as many
people from surrounding areas,
including Eastpoint, Carrabelle,
St. George Island, and Port St.
Joe, as from Apalachicola.
Local participants, in addition to
Philaco Club members, included
a lemonade stand manned by
members of Boy Scout Troop 22,
snacks and baked goods by Bap-
tist Church members, cold
drinks, crafts of every kind, from
finely finished woodwork to jew-
elry and paintings, including wa-
ter colors, acrylics, oils, and pho-
tography.
Anna Gaidry, in charge of vendors
and crafts, said there were 23 dif-
ferent crafts represented. In the
Grady Building were demonstra-
tions of woodworking, weaving,
and a constant quilting demon-
stration by Esther Mabrey. One
quilt hanging included squares
showing each of the United
States.


Alice Jean Gibbs, chairperson of
the adult art part of the festival,
said there were about 25 artists
who had work represented up-
stairs in the Montgomery Build-
ing. "Those in this show were ex-
cellent," said Gibbs.
Joyce Estes, overall children's art
festival chairperson, was under a
big tent on Water Street, where
hand-made papier-mache mon-
sters, dolls and fun fantasy be-
ings were displayed, along with
art work hanging around all sides
of the tent.
"We had hands-on art which kids
can walk up and do with no cost,"
said Estes, "including paper hats
and imaginative pictures, with all
the materials ready to use." The
children's art segment was fash-
ioned after the successful festival
held in Battery Park, when the
symphony boat came to Apalachi-
cola in 1996.
Robin Vroegop was chairperson of
the sidewalk art event held in
front of the Apalachicola City Hall,
with creative paintings spread on
the sidewalk down the north side
of the block.
A booth with colorful and cool
looking plants and flowers, and
white elephants items, was set up
at the intersection of Highway 98
and Market Street. Shirley
Hartley, chairperson, and a crew
greeted festival goers as they
walked into the roped-off area of
the festival.
The Apalachicola High School
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Hurricanes 101

By Chris Floyd
Hurricanes are nature's most se-
vere storms. High winds, clouds,
and rain move around the calm
center, the eye of the hurricane.
Next to the eye are the strongest
winds, which make. up the eye
wall. These winds swirl around
the eye in a counter-clockwise
motion at speeds anywhere from
74 to 200 mph. Hurricane Sea-
son runs from June 1 Novem-
ber 30, with August, September
and October as the busiest
months of the season. In the sum-
mer and late fall, the air over the
ocean warms up considerably,
picks up moisture and begins to
move in a circular motion, form-
ing a tropical depression. If the
-wind speed accelerates above 39
mph, it becomes a tropical storm,
and is given a name. When the
winds reach 74 mph, the storm
becomes a hurricane.
A striking hurricane creates four
major hazards: storm surge, high
winds, tornadoes, and heavy
rains...
* Storm surge is a iise in the sea
level caused by strong winds. It
effects both coastal and inland
areas.
* High winds from 74 to 200 mph,
take down trees, houses, and any-
thing else in the storm's path.
* Tornadoes are often spawned by
hurricanes. If this occurs, seek
shelter immediately in an interior
bathroom or small hall, preferably
below ground level.
* Flooding caused by the torren-
tial rains can occur in both
coastal and inland areas. Resi-
dents of storm-prone areas
should purchase flood insurance
(which is not provided for in a
homeowner's policy).


Shrimpers, Continued from
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the Federal Register on April 14,
1998 by the National Marine Fish-
eries Service, requires that fish
excluder devices be installed in all
shrimp trawl nets used in coastal
marine waters out to 100 fathoms
in the Gulf of Mexico, west of Cape
San Bias, Florida.
Continued Ms. Andersson, "What
is most distressing about these
regulations is that shrimp
bycatch is singled out as the ma-
jor problem with the recovery of
the red snapper stock while over-
fishing of age 3 to 5 red snapper
by the directed fishery is over-
looked."
The directed red snapper fisher-
ies are managed through an an-
nual quota and a size limit. The
annual quota limits were imposed
on the red snapper recreational
fishery only last year after Con-
gress enacted a law requiring the
Gulf Council and the National
Marine Fisheries Service to close


A hurricane watch is issued
when a hurricane or hurricane
conditions pose a threat to coastal
areas, generally within 36 hours.
Everyone in the area covered by
the watch should listen for fur-
ther advisories and be prepared
to act promptly if a hurricane
warning or evacuation is issued.
A hurricane warning is issued
when hurricane winds of 74 mph
or higher, or a combination of
dangerously high water and very
rough seas, are expected in a spe-
cific coastal area within 24 hours.
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both the red snapper commercial
and recreational fisheries when
the quota is reached, not just the
commercial fishery.
"We are the scapegoat for the mis-
management of the red snapper
fishery by the Gulf Council, which
is controlled by recreational inter-
ests," said Ms. Anderson. "In re-
cent years, the Federal govern-
ment did not enforce either the
size limit or the quota on the grow-
ing number of recreational fish-
ermen," she said. "Overfishing of
red snapper 15 to 20 inches in
size is the primary environmen-
tal problem, not shrimp bycatch,
because the small red snapper
caught in shrimp trawls have a
natural high rate of mortality in
any event, and are not exclud-
able from shrimp trawls" she
continued.
Contacted by the Chronicle on
Tuesday, May 26th, Mrs. Ander-
son announced that the Court


Second Annual


Garden Club Wins Deep South


Chefs Sampler Award


Even Bigger

Than the First

By Angelina Mirabella
Over two hundred hungry guests
showed up at St. Patrick's Catho-
lic Church on Saturday, May 16,
for the Second Annual Forgotten
Coast Chefs Sampler and silent
auction, presented by the
Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber
of Commerce.
Local restaurants showed off their
talents by preparing tasty dishes
for ticket buyers. Delicacies and
drinks were provided by return-
ing participants: the Apalachicola
Seafood Grill & Steakhouse,
Caroline's Dining on the River,
Chef Eddie's Magnolia Grill, The
Gibson Inn, The Hut, Oyster Cove,
Red Rabbit Food Lane & Deli, Red
Top Cafe and Spearman Distribu-
tors as well as newcomers Para-
dise Cafe, Tamara Cocina, That
Place in Apalach at the Owl Cafe,
and That Place on 98.
Guests also bid on merchandise
provided by Apalachicola Mari-
time Museum, Apalachicola State
Bank, ARTemis Gallery, Bayside
Gallery & Florist, Candy Kitchen'
Uniques & Antiques, Charlotte's
Web, Citizen's Federal Savings,
Collins Vacation Rentals, Dixie
Theatre, Gulf State Community
Bank, Long Dream Gallery/
Kristinworks, Island Emporium,
Marilyn Bean, Market Street Em-
porium, Prudential Resort Realty,
Riverlily, Robinson & Sons Out-
fitters, The Sunflower, Tiffin In-
teriors, The Tin Shed, That Place
On 98, and Two Gulls Too.
Continued on Page 7


had granted an "expedited hear-
ing," as requested by the shrimp-
ers. However, the federal agencies
still have 45 days to answer the
initial complaint. No date has
been established for the actual
hearing and Mrs. Anderson said
November or December seemed
like the earliest time for the "ex-
pedited hearing." The Federal
agencies are resisting discovery
requested by the shrimpers and
the shrimpers disagree on
whether to permit any other par-
ties to intervene in the litigation.


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Franklin County Second

Circuit Court


The Honorable Judge F.E. Steinmeyer
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
May 18, 1998

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Willie Baucham: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer with Vio-
lence and Petit Theft, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on June 16. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly took a bottle
of vodka from the Oasis Lounge on January 1, 1997 without paying for it. He
was latter allegedly confronted by Officer Steve James with the Apalachicola
Police Department and Kit Mashburn of the Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment that evening in front of the Starfire Lounge and asked to enter a patrol
vehicle. The defendant allegedly pushed and kicked the officers and fled the
scene on foot.
Mark Rhodes: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery causing Great
Bodily Harm, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on June 16.
Andre Harris: Charged with one count of Third Degree Criminal Mischief, the
defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on June 16. The defendant was appointed the services of the
public defender.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly slapped Diana
Monroy at their apartment in Apalachicola following an argument on March
26, 1998. Ms. Monroy allegedly left the apartment and returned the next morn-
ing. According to the report, various furniture in Monroy's apartment had
been smeared with furniture polish and her clothes had been slashed with a
knife.
Larry Stevens: Charged with one count of Attempted First Degree Murder
and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the
offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on August 19. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly shot Cliff
Massey in the back while he was driving on 7th Street in Carrabelle on March
27, 1998. Mr. Massey reported that he had observed the defendant pointing a
gun at him while he was driving. He allegedly sped up in vehicle and heard
then heard the sound of gunfire. Officers later found a .40 caliber Winchester
round in the vicinity of the shooting. Mr. Massey was later taken to Tallahas-
see Memorial Hospital and listed in critical condition.
Katina Joseph: Charged with one count of Sexual Act with a Child Under 16,
the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on June 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly had inter-
course with a 14 year old child in Apalachicola. The mother of the child filed a
complaint at the Franklin County Sheriffs Department on November 17. It
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Keith Sanborn: Charged with one count of Dealing in Stolen Property, the
defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on June 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly informed Of-
ficer Jonathan Riley with the Carrabelle Police Department on April 24, 1998
that he had stolen tools from Mack Sanborn and sold them to Ivan Walker.
Riley reported, "Keith (Sanborn) wanted to be arrested, so I went ahead and
took him to jail."
Shirl Evans: Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and
Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the
offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on June 16. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report. Ms. Dalsie Evans reported that her
car had been stolen from her home on April 28. 1998. She further reported
that the defendant, her grand daughter. had taken the car keys from her
home and had left with the vehicle.
The defendant allegedly drove the vehicle west on Highway 98. pulled off into.
the parking lot of the Health and Fitness Center and ran into the center's sign
while exiting the parking lot. The defendant also allegedly ran over the center's
sprinkler system causing damage while exiting the ot. The vehicle driven by
the defendant received front end damage and the front tire had allegedly been
blown off the rim.
Officers Fred Jetton and Carl Whaley later attempted to arrest the defendant.
According to the report, Officer Jetton noted that "she (the defendant) started
fighting with me...she tried biting me on the arm then started kicking me in
the right leg leaving marks on the leg."
Jimmy Shiver: Charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Con-
victed Felon and Discharging a Firearm in Public, the defendant pled Not
Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
June 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Sgt. Robert Hogan was dispatched to
Millender's Trailer Park in Eastpoint on May 2, 1998 concerning a distur-
bance report. Sgt. Hogan reported that he heard four gunshots being fired off
in the trailer park.
Sgt. Larry Litton, Deputy Kit Mashburn and Deputy Carl'Whaley later joined
Hogan to further investigate the situation. Hogan reported, "Frankie Dalton
approached me on Washington Street and stated that he saw Jimmy Shiver
fire what appeared to be a shotgun from inside his residence. Mr. Dalton
stated that he heard a gunshot go off in the neighborhood and walked outside
his trailer to find out who fired the firearm."
Mr. Dalton reportedly questioned a group of individuals in the area about the
matter and then allegedly observed the defendant discharge his weapon three
times through the backdoor of a trailer. According to the report. "when ap-
proached, Mr. Shiver spontaneously stated that he fired his shotgun at a stray
dog which had wandered onto his property." '
Residents Mary Anderson and Jessica Butler reported that they were outside
when the gun shots were allegedly fired in their direction. According to the
report, "the pellets landed on the next-door neighbor's trailer." Officers ar-
rested the defendant and confiscated a 12 gauge shotgun.
Jo Ann McCullough: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon and Leaving the Scene of an Accident, the defendant pled Not
Guilty to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
June 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Officer Jonathan Riley with the
Carrabelle Police Department was dispatched to the IGA in reference to a
Signal 4. "Upon my arrival to the IGA," reported Riley. "I spoke with Mrs.
Rabinowitz who stated that Ms. McCullough had just hit her car and almost
run her over, and then drove away."
Molly Hogan: Charged with one count of Driving Under the Influence and
Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License, the defendant pled Not Guilty
to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case management
on June 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was arrested on April
28, 1998 for allegedly driving under the influence. The defendant allegedly
had a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of
blood.
Charles Benton: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, the defendant pled
Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for case man-
agement on June 16. The defendant was appointed the services of the public
defender.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly stole property
belonging to Donnie Wilson on June 6, 1997 at the Seafresh Seafood Mainte-
nance Shop. Those items allegedly stolen included a vacuum cleaner, folding
knife, power saw and drill press valued at $300 or more.
PRE-TRIALS
Charles Alexander: The defendant has been charged with two counts of Third
Degree Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on June
17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gerald Brannen: The defendant has been charged with one count of Battery
on a Law Enforcement Officer and Battery. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for trial on June 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Harold Braswell: The defendant has been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on June 17.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Douglas Gaidry.
Elijah Brown: The defendant has been charged with one count of Leaving the
Scene of an Accident involving Injury. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for trial on August 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon
Shuler.
William Cargill: The defendant has been charged with one count of Attempted
Sexual Battery and False Imprisonment. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on June 16.
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 June 16. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Daniel Davis: The defendant has been charged with one count of Diverting or
Misappropriating Funds and Uttering a Forged Instrument. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Michael Shuler.
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 August 17. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Robert Dillon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Manslaughter by DUI and two counts of
DUI Involving Serious Injuries. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pre-
trial on August 17.
David Ellis: The defendant has been charged with one count of Delivery of a
Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
June 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
William Goodson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggra-
vated Battery involving Great Bodily Harm. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on June 16. The defendant was represented by Attorney Bar-
bara Sanders.
Loretta Harris: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggra-
vated Battery. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on June 16.
Ronald Henderson: Charged with one count of Aggravated Fleeing and Elud-
ing, Resisting Arrest without Violence and Reckless Driving, the defendant
pled No Contest to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to
three years of probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be
required to complete 50 hours of community service, attend the New Hope
Outpatient Treatment Program and write a letter of apology to the Apalachi-
cola Police Department. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Thomas "Poopie" Hudson: The defendant has been charged with one count
of First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery with a Firearm, Burglary with Assault
and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
case management on June 16. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Gregory Cummings.


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Wayne Hunt: The defendant has been charged with one count of Keeping a
Gambling House and Possession of Slot Machines. This case has been trans-
ferred to county court and has been set for arraignment on June 4. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney John Daniel.
Doritha Jones: The defendant has been charged with one count of Third
Degree Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on June
16. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Rick Kilborne: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession
of Slot Machines and Keeping a Gambling House. This case has been trans-
ferred to county court and has been set for arraignment on June 4. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney John Daniel.
Curtis Lake: The defendant has been charged with two counts of Sale of
Cocaine and Violation of Probation. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on June 16. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Sanders.
Cliff Massey: The defendant has been charged with one count of Dealing in
Stolen Property. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on June 16.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Darrell Oldham: The defendant has been charged with one count of Keeping
a Gambling House and Possession of Slot Machines. This case has been trans-
ferred to county court and has been set for arraignment on June 4. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney John Daniel.
Daniel "Taco" Ordonia: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a
Firearm, the defendant agreed to enter into pretrial intervention and serve
two years of State Attorney Probation. The defendant was represented by Attor-
ney James Banks.
Jesse Page: The defendant was been charged with one count of Felony Bat-
tery involving Great Bodily Harm. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on June 16. The defendant was represented by Attorney Alfred Shuler.
Raymond Pelt: The defendant had been arrested and charged with Aggra-
vated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury has
filed a report of No Information in this case. According to his report, Flury
noted that there was "probable cause to arrest: however, facts are insufficient
to prove (the) case beyond a reasonable doubt." The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
James Peterson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of a C6ntrolled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pre-
trial on June 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Kenneth Rucker: The defendant has been charged with one count of Retali-
ating Against a Witness, Third Degree Criminal Mischief and Violation of an
Injunction for Protection. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
June 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Gary Taunton: The defendant has been charged with one count of DUI with
Serious Injuries and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injury. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on June 16. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
George Vause: Charged with one count of Battery of a Law Enforcement Of-
ficer and Disorderly Intoxication, the defendant pled No Contest to the of-
fenses. Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to two years of probation.
As condition of probation, the defendant will receive testing for substance
abuse and counseling after screening and evaluation if necessary. Judge
Steinmeyer waived all court costs. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Richard Edgecomb: The defendant has been charged with one count of Lewd
and Lascivious Assault. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
June 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Christopher Granger: The defendant has been charged with Third Degree
Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on June 16.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Cecil Strickland: Charged with one count of Lewd and Lascivious Assault.
the defendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated
the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 36 months in the Department of
Corrections with credit for 136 days of time served. The defendant was also
sentenced to two years of probation. As a condition of probation, the defen-
dant will be required to receive sexual offender's counseling. He will also be
prohibited from making contact with children under the age of 18. Judge
Steinmeyer also fined the defendant $255. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Wordsworth Irving: Charged with one count of Lewd and Lascivious Assault.
the defendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated
the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to five years of probation. As a condi-
tion of probation, the defendant will be required to receive sexual offender's
counseling. He will also be prohibited from making contact with children un-
der the age of 18. Judge Steinmeyer also fined the defendant $255.

VIOLATIONS OF PROBATION (VOP)
Larry Joseph: The defendant was charged with VOP and found to be in viola-
tion of his probation. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and
sentenced him to 16 months in the Department of Corrections with credit for
time served. Judge Steinmeyer ordered the defendant to pay $50 in restitu-
tion to both Risa's Pizza and Lula Belle Colliris and $150 in court costs. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gregory Farmer: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered a denial to the
violation. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on June 16. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
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Gary Reakes


Ray Quist


Two Resign from Port Authority,

One Appointed

Two members from the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority (CPAA)
submitted their resignations at the board's May 14 monthly meeting.
Board member Paul Marxsen, who did not attend the meeting, sub-
mitted his resignation to the board. Chairperson Gary Reakes in-
formed board members that Mr. Marxsen had indicated that he had
experienced time constraints in working with the Port Authority.
"I think it goes without saying that Paul has done just an excellent
job for the Port Authority," said Reakes, "and we will certainly miss
him. He feels that, with the, controversies that have come up, it
is very difficult to maintain his continuance of service the Port
Authority."
Board member David Jones extended his appreciation to Mr. Marxsen
for his work with the board's budgetary matters. Board member Jim
Lycett concurred, "I think that Paul was a large asset to us. I'm just
wondering that, if some of the things I'm hearing are true, it's going to
be hard for someone to devote what amounts to volunteer time in a
conscientious way if their decisions aren't in agreement with just a
few people that it could possibly affect their business: and that's a
shame."
Following the Port Authority's acceptance of Mr. Marxsen's letter of
resignation, Chairperson Gary Reakes announced that several appli-
cants had applied for a seat on the CPAA when Paul Marxsen was
appointed. "One of those members that submitted an application at
that time was Mr. (Ray) Quist," he said. Mr. Quist informed the board
that he was still interested in becoming a member of the CPAA. The
board then unanimously appointed Quist to the Port Authority; he
was sworn into his position at the meeting by Attorney Ben Watkins.
Mr. Quist has been a resident of Carrabelle for the past four years.
Prior to the meeting's conclusion, Chairperson Gary Reakes also in-
formed Port Authority members of his decision to resign his seat. He
complimented CPAA members for working conscientiously and with-
out special interests. "I think I have served my good or bad on this
committee," he concluded, "and I want to thank you for putting up
with me."


Local Writer Promotes New

Novel at ARTemis Gallery


By Angelina Mirabella
Author Jim Fergus app'e~ed at
the ARTemis Gallery in Apalachi-
cola, on May 15, to sign copies of
his new novel, "One Thousand
White Women: The Journals of
May Dodd." Amid a strolling vio-
linist and glorious banquet, flocks
of locals were eager to scoop up
their own autographed copies of
the book and meet the author.
"I was so pleased at the turnout,"
said Fergus afterwards. "The sup-
port from the community was
amazing."
The author regrets that he has not
been able to meet as many of his
Franklin County neighbors as he
would like. He has spent much of
his time in Apalachicola cooped
up in his office working furiously
on "One Thousand White
Women," his first novel.
"When I'm writing, I work seven
days a week," he stated. "A friend
of mine once equated it to build-
ing a fire. You put down the logs,
then the kindling, and keep lay-
ering. Once you get the fire
started, you have to keep work-
ing. in order to keep it going. You
just can't stop."
Fergus and his wife, Dillon, spend
their winters in a small house in
the historic district of Apalachi-
cola. His friend, Guy de la
Valdene. helped him find the
house three years ago.
"I fell in love with the community
immediately," said Fergus. "The
town is quiet and the people are
friendly. It's a great place to hunt'
and fish and write."
He even shipped Apalachicola
shrimp and oysters up to New
York for his book launching party.
"Everyone loved it," he laughed.


"I got thank VOLI cards and phone
calls.for .wek! s,..,..
Fergus has recently moved back
to Colorado, where he spends his
summers. From there, he will
likely begin a regional book tour
to promote his novel, which is re-
ceiving critical acclaim and has
been optioned by CBS for a pos-
sible television movie or
miniseries. The tour will wind
through western states like Mon-
tana and Wyoming, where the
book is set, and may even hit his
hometown of Chicago.
On top of promoting the novel,
Fergus does freelance writing and
writes a monthly column for the
Internet sight AllOutdoors.com,
but novel writing is his true love.
"My dream is to write novels full
time," Fergus said. "That would
be heaven."
In fact, he has been doing re-
search that might lead to another
historical novel, this time set in
this area.
Fergus is also the author of "A
Hunter's Road," a journal of his
experiences traveling around the
country bird hunting. However, it
is not, he stresses, a book about
hunting.
"A lot of people are misled by the
hunter on the cover," he stated.
"Hunting is just a back drop. The
book is really about the people I
meet along the way."
The author will be back in Apa-
lachicola around November, when
the Colorado winter becomes un-
bearable. Until then, local read-
ers can pick up "A Hunter's Road"
at Robinson and Sons Outfitters
and "One thousand White
Women," at the ARTemis Gallery,
both in downtown Apalachicola.


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*Port Authority member Barry Woods and Attorney Ben Watkins agreed
to meet with George and Pat Maier on May 15 to negotiate a lease for
the Carrabelle Airport. Carrabelle Mayor Charles Millender was also
invited to attend the meeting.
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Port Authority Requests State

to Take Over Timber Island

Members of the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority (CPAA) voted 4-
1, at their May 14 monthly meeting, to pass a resolution requesting
that the State of Florida take back the land located on Timber Island.
Port Authority member David Jones introduced to board members
the idea of returning Timber Island to the State. Jones stated that
the amount of controversy involved over Timber Island had been
making it difficult to develop the area in a reasonable manner.
Mr. Jones pointed out that the Port Authority had lost a valuable
investor to Timber Island in Tom Beavers. "I sincerely hope that we
never stop with our endeavor to find jobs and to promote this area in
a manner that would be compatible to what we already have," he
said.
Jones continued, "when you're continually fighting among yourselves
the way we are, it's maybe better to back off and have somebody from
the outside take back the possibility before it gets to the point to
where it does greater damage than is already there."
Chairperson Gary Reakes noted that the State had indicated previ-
ously that it would take Timber Island back from the Port Authority
by August 14 if no significant progress had occurred by that time.
Mr. Jones stated that the Port Authority had attempted for the past
11 years to make progress in developing Timber Island. "I don't see
us getting anywhere with that," he said, "I have concerns as to whether
or not we can continue and continue in a manner that would be
beneficial to Carrabelle and to the county."
Resident Nita Molsbee objected, "I think that you need to wait and let
the people of Carrabelle decide something like that. I don't think that's
fair of y'all to make that kind of decision."
Mr. Jones responded, "I've listened to your arguments before. YoU're
one of the ones that wanted to have this board dissolved, so I'm not
taking that into consideration."
Molsbee responded, "I don't think you have the right to tell the people
of Carrabelle what we need to do. You're looking out for what the Port
Authority wants and not what the people of Carrabelle need or want."
Chairperson Reakes noted that local business people had recently
informed members of the Port Authority that they did not want com-
petition from commercial businesses on Timber Island. "If that's what
the desires of the citizens were," he .said, "then we should go along
with that."
Resident Mike Robuluk stated, "why don't you think kind of positive
and see if you can't get somebody to do something over there really
fast...see if you can't get the center of the river dredged out. We had
the money in place last year, before someone went to the governor
and stopped." Mr. Reakes replied that the money was never in place
for such a project. "I think you're misinformed," he noted.
Mr. Tommy Bevis, who has held a lease on Timber Island for the past
seven years, stated that he was in favor of the Port Authority turning
the undeveloped land back to the State of Florida. "I think that it
would help my business grow," he said, "and give me an opportunity
to move ahead,' create some additional jobs and help me to do a little
bit more for the community."
Port Authority member Jim Lycett stated that he would like the reso-
lution to request that a park be created on Timber Island. He said
that residents at a previous workshop had requested that the Island
be developed for recreational purposes. "I can foresee that twenty
years down the road as being Carrabelle Central Park," he said.
"I think that would be an asset," continued Lycett, "and I think it
would be an asset that I don't think a lot of people could quibble with
or find that there's something wrong with it or that it's unfair compe-
tition. It would be nice to accomplish something and move in a posi-
tive direction. I would like to reduce the controversy in the commu-
nity as much as possible and restore a sense of decency in our ac-
tions in all of our governing bodies here... and some stability."
Newly appointed Port Authority member Ray Quist was the lone vote
of dissent in the matter.
In other business:
*Franklin County Commissioner Bevin Putnal made a request on
behalf of the Department of'Forestry and the Franklin County Com-
mission for access to an escape route near the Carrabelle Municipal
Airport.
"It's kind of important that we get on with this," explained Putnal,
"because summer is coming and we may have a hurricane; we want a
route in place that we can use instead of having to go all the way
Hosford." He added, "the only time that this road would be used is
during a disaster, other than maintenance."
Board member Barry Woods agreed to review the specifications re-
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*The Port Authority discussed the possibility of releasing its secre-
tary, Mary Jane Kitamura, for budgetary reasons. Member Jim Lycett
noted that the salary of the CPAA's secretary was costing approxi-
mately $600 monthly.
Lycett suggested that the Port Authority consider hiring Carole Adams
to provide minutes of the meetings, who would charge $2 per page
and $20 per meeting. "If that's all we have to do," he said, "that would
be a significant savings. It's our responsibility to manage the money
the best we can." Lycett noted that the Port Authority's agenda had
becoming quite diminished lately. He noted, "I don't know if having
even a part time secretary is justifiable."
Attorney Ben Watkins noted that someone would have to file the Com-
munity Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds on a regular basis.
'There would have to be some arrangements made for this," he ex-
plained.
Resident Nita Molsbee objected saying that the secretary provided
information to the public. "If you close the office," she said, "you close
the door on all the public to come in and find out anything."
Mayor Charles Millender noted that the city's clerk, Charles Lee Daniel,
would not take on any additional work from the Port Authority if it
dismissed its secretary. "He got just about as much as he can handle
right now," he said. Millender noted that Mr. Daniel would not an-
swer the phone for the CPAA. Lycett questioned how often the Port
Authority received calls. "You get calls from Tallahassee and you get
calls from Julian Webb in Chipley," he responded.
The Port Authority took no action on dismissing its secretary.









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Kevin Harless: The defendant has been charged with VOP. The case has been
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Volunteer of the Year Award

from the Friends of the Reserve


The Friends of the Reserve (F.O.R.) has awarded its 1996-
97 Volunteer of the Year award to Mrs. Gerri Guyon of St.
George Island, Florida. Gerri received the plaque during a
presentation at the Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve. The award was presented by Mrs. Cindy
Clark (left in photo), Representing the F.O.R. Board, and
Mrs. Lisa Bailey (right in photo), representing the Reserve's
Education Program. Gerri contributed countless hours to
organize the last two annual Coastal Cleanups over most
of Franklin County. She was instrumental in gathering
donations of food and drinks from local vendors for cleanup
participants, she filled out reports, contacted Site Captains,
made buttons, passed out supplies to groups, staffed the
Community Center on the day of the event, and many other
associated tasks. Her hard work and interest in Reserve
programs made her a superb choice for this award. It is
people like Gerri that make a positive difference in the
quality of life for all of us. As an added bonus, Gerri (who is
an avid shell collector) was presented with a large thorny
oyster shell to add to her collection.


Florida Power Corporation has Intercoastal Waterway Channel.
installed a new substation on St. To minimize the impact to the
George Island and has upgraded oyster beds, that submarine cable
the existing 13,000volt power line will be abandoned in place.
to 69,000 volts to power the sub- Florida Power also utilized the lo-
station. The new transmission cation of existing structures
line will double the amount of rather than installing new struc-
power that can be supplied to the tures to minimize the environ-
island. mental impact.


"The island's rapid growth and
seasonal demands have pre-
sented many challenges, In order
to improve our service, we ad-
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ahead of schedule," said Bill
Naylor, manager of engineering
and construction for Florida
Power's North Florida region.
Florida Power worked closely with
county, state and federal agencies
to complete the project and pro-
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service was previously provided to
the island by two separate, small
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which changed from a pole line
to a submarine cable to cross the
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Chapel
Represents Area
in Statewide
Meetings
George Chapel of Apalachicola
was one of 28 Trustees who at-
tended the 20th Anniversary of
the Florida Trust for Historic Pres-
ervation held in Tampa May 14 -
17. About 300 persons gathered
for a three-day annual meeting
involving special events, profes-
sional development workshops
and mobile laboratories.
Later, under George Chapel's
Chairmanship, the Florida His-
torical Marker Council met on
May 21st to review applications
and to advise the Florida Depart-
ment of State on the status and
historical significance of regional
and statewide projects.
This Council operates through the
Survey and Registration Section
of the Division of Historical Re-
sources, Florida Dept. of State.
Mr. Scott Brown is the State His-
torical Marker Coordinator. Dr.
Nancy White, another name well
known in this Franklin County
area for her archeological. re-
search, and Mr. Chapel, are mem-
bers of the Council along with Ms.
Judy Wiggins (Miami), Alton
Roane (Eustis) and Mr. Jose Perez
(Jacksonville).


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The Florida

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Festival, June

12-13, 1998


The beat of the drums is calling...
the rhythmic moves of
outstretched arms are
welcoming...the young and old,
the experienced as well as novice
dancers, during the Florida
African Dance Festival, June 12
and 13 in Tallahassee. This two-
day event, sponsored by the
African Caribbean Dance Theatre,
Inc. (ACDT) is bringing together
renowned state and national art-
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to rejuvenate the spirits, minds
and bodies of Floridians and those
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Ann Cowles
The mayor rapped the gavel. From the audience, "What did the city
attorney do?" Mayor Millender stated, "We are not talking about the
city attorney tonight. It will be Monday night when we talk about it.
We are going to go ahead and get through with this."
Cowles said that she had'not been properly or legally been dismissed.
Phillips argued that the attorney was not a city employee and they
could dismiss her at any time. The vote was called and the result was
3-1.
Cowles had been preemptively fired from the position in a last minute
item added to the May 5 regular meeting of the commission. The
agenda at that meeting ended with Item 8 and the Mayor had made
the call to the audience for any items from the floor when Phillips
Said he wished to address the attorney fees. He then made a surprise
motion to fire the city attorney. The only stated reason given was
from Phillips, who said he was not satisfied with her work. The mo-
tion was seconded by Buz Putnal and brought to a vote in which
Phillips, Putnal and Sanborn voted to fire, while Millender and Lycett
Voted against the motion.
The matter of the attorney fees had been one subject of a workshop
meeting, held on May, in which there had been much discussion of
the attorney fees which had exceeded the budget item total of $5,000.
Cowles had taken over unfinished items including several contracts
left over from the previous attorney, Bill Webster, of Wakulla County.
Since that time, Cowles has protested the act of firing her, saying
that she was not given any reason and has filed an appeal and asked
that she should have a hearing according to the city's own policy. She
laid out what she called the legal means the city had to discharge her
from the position of city attorney. She also stated that at the time of
Hiring, she had no idea of the amount budgeted. She also said that
when she asked the City Clerk, Charles Lee Daniels, about the low
budget, he told her not to worry as the city had contingency funding.
During the ensuing months since her employment, she had been called
to write several new ordinances, including one which forbids nude
entertainment in the city along with other forms of nudity.
At the May 5 meeting Cowles stated, that she had been very clear
about her fees and the commissioners had accepted them in a unani-
mous vote of the entire commission. She also filed an injunction to
prevent the commission from holding the May 25th meeting. The hear-
Sing on her injunction proceedings was held in circuit court, on Friday
morning, at 8:30 a.m., with Judge Steinmeyer presiding. The judge
I ruled against the injunction, but warned the commissioners against
using a process which included the circulation of a ballot, with places
for each Commissioner to sign, that Cowles alleged was circulated by
Putnal in violation of the Sunshine Law, to hire Gaidry without a
meeting. Putnal denied, under oath, at the injunction hearing that he
had circulated the ballot and said he had found the petition in his
mail box at city hall.
The judge also stated the City of Carrabelle did not have any rules
prohibiting them from hiring more than one attorney for two different
positions. He noted, "I do not believe the process used in that ballot is
correct." He also commented that he did not believe any irreparable
damage would begin hiring an interim attorney.
Putnal was represented at the hearing by Ben Watkins. Watkins also
represented the city, on request from Mayor Millender. Present at the
hearing were both Jan Hevier and Douglas Gaidry. Watkins said that
he represented the city at no charge.
According to the June 1 agenda, city commissioners will hear all the
applicants for the job of city attorney.


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