Volume 7, Number 12'
Gaidry Was Commissioner's
Choice: 3 2
By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City Commissioners assembled at 6 p.m.-one hour ear-
lier than usual, for their regular monthly meeting on June 1. The
reason being, there were ten attorneys vying for a chance to be part-
time Attorney for the City of Carrabelle. The applicants came from
places as varied as Key West, Tallahassee, Wakulla County and Bay
County. There were some with city law experience, planning, person-
nel management, fees and contracts. In the end, the commissioners
voted 3 2 to hire Douglas Gaidry, who had been voted the city's
interim city attorney at a special emergency meeting held on Memo-
rial Day, May 25.
Gaidry offered his services for $300 for the first six hours, $75 an
Charles Daniels, Carrabelle City Clerk (left) and newly
appointed Carrabelle City Attorney, Doug Gaidry.
hour tor regular work and. 90 an hour tor litigation. He said he had
no specific city experience.
In addition to the three votes for Gaidry, there was one vote for Julle
Meadows, presently moving to Wakulla County, who offered her ser-
vices for $300 for the first six hours and $75 an hour for regular
work, $100 an hour for court time. The other vote was given to the
Thompson, Crawford and.Smiley firm, with Hilly Crawford as repre-
sentative. This firm has represented the Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District for five years. Their fee schedule called for $300 for
first six hours, $100 thereafter.
After the vote was announced and the attorneys were filing back up-
stairs to be given the result, Ken Bowman, asked the question, "If you
all hired Mr. Gaidry and he has to represent the city, what if that
comes in conflict with his partner at any time: What's going to hap-
pen then? Because he is a partner and I'm only saying as a citizen
and land owner if there is a conflict of interest there, how would we
handle it as the city because be would also be Ben's partner?" The
question went unanswered and the mayor announced the vote and
thanked all the other attorneys for their interest. Gaidry took his seat
at the table.
The mayor then announced a 15 minute break.
As the commission reconvened, the mayor went immediately to item
2 on the agenda to approve or disapprove action to establish a Tax
Increment Trust Account using services, interest rate, and local sup-
port for consideration in choosing a bank. Bids were received from
Apalachicola State Bank and Gulf State Bank. Gulf State Bank was
approved as the best bid on interest. Jim Lycett said, "Before we get
too far away from the first order of business is there going to be any
discussion allowed from the floor at all from the citizens on the choice
of an attorney?" The mayor asked, "I thought that was what we was
voted in for, to make the choice of who we got for an attorney." "I
think that's why you were voted in but that doesn't exclude com-
ments from the floor." said Lycett. "I think with all this on the line it's
important to get some input from the citizens so that we don't have a
replay of the last few months for the rest of the year." The mayor
asked, "Is anybody here dissatisfied with the attorney?"
Ken Bowman said, "I have questions to ask. I am not dissatisfied with
the man at all, except on the subject which I already voiced." The
mayor said, "All right. Go ahead and get them off your chest. "I have
asked earlier, and I have nothing against Ben Watkins whatsoever."
Bowman stated, "It's just I know that he (Gaidry) is a partner of Ben
Watkins. Ben Watkins owns a lot of Carrabelle. He owns a lot of things
and I have no problem with that. Money makes money. My problem is
if the city comes into a direct contact with Ben, in any way or with a
business venture or this or that, how is his partner going to handle
this? And how is he going to separate himself from this? Is it going to
put the city in a fact where they might-have to get someone else to
represent them? Because he is Ben Watkins' partner? And I'm not
saying there's going to be a conflict, it's just a question in my mind
that we are in a problem area here. I could foresee a problem in the
"We all know what's going around here and there's a lot going on and
this town is growing. And there's going to be a lot of things come
before this board, before this city, and it maybe even start to snow-
ball. The thing is we need an attorney who is not going to be in con-
flict with what is going on. We are talking about Ben's partner or
whatever and I don't know who else this guy represents, because he
does practice other law. The fact is he has got to represent the city
first, and how can he separate himself from his partner when it comes
to litigation, setbacks, there are all kinds of things in real estate. And
we all know that the largest land owner in Carrabelle is Ben Watkins.
When it comes to setbacks, restrictions in zoning, getting things
changed, he's going to take a viable part in these things."
The Mayor said, "He's not going to be voting on none of that." Ken
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Attorney Ann Cowles (left) in a verbal confrontation with
Freda White at the Carrabelle City Commission meeting
on June 1, 1998.
City Meeting Ended By
By Rene Topping
Although most of the issues at the June 1 city meeting were not con-
troversial, the meeting ended in what amounted to a free-for-all. It
had certainly been a long, nearly four hour meeting, but the way it
ended was certainly a surprise. All items had been handled and then
Mayor Millender made a call to the audience.
Mary Lou Bowman said, "I thought there was going to be a public
hearing tonight on charges brought against Commissioner Phillips."
The mayor said, "No, that was a mistake. Those have been dropped
and I have already apologized to Mr. Phillips." At this point former
city attorney Ann Cowles rose and walked to the front of the room,
holding a sheaf of papers. She turned and faced the audience saying,
"I want to read this into the city minutes."
Before she could start there were shouts from the audience to have
Cowles silenced by yelling "Sit down."
The mayor banged the gavel and said. "Let her speak." Cowles tried
once more and was all but drowned out by the shouting from the
audience. Freda White advanced to the front of the room and angrily
confronted Cowles saying that the papers contained only allegations.
The room erupted and Police Chief Buddy Shiver sprang into action.
He hastily conferred with the Mayor and then turned to the audience
and said, "This meeting is adjourned."
He then ordered everyone to leave the room, and warned then not to
loiter around the building, but to get in their cars.
The crowd dissipated quickly and the Chief escorted Cowles to her
Ken Bowman next to his
wife, Mary (right).
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for Rails to Trails
By Brian Goercke
Resident Ralph Dietz hosted an
informational workshop on June
6, at the American Legion, to
speak about a new proposal for
the Gopher, Frog & Alligator Rail
Trail in the county.
Mr. Dietz stated that the proposed
trail would be six miles in length.
The project, he said, would begin
on Putnal Drive in Lanark Village
and continue to Franklin Street,
Oak Drive, Highway 98 and end
on Marine Street, by the Pavilion
in downtown Carrabelle.
'The big thing," said Dietz, "is get-
ting everyone adjoining the trail
to eel good about this." He said
that the next step in securing the
trail world be determine those
residents adjoining the trail and
gain their support for the effort.
Those wishing to volunteer in the
Rails to Trails project may con-
tact Ralph Dietz at 697-2852.
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June 12 25, 1998
Center May Be Moved
By Brian Goercke benefits for the students will be
greatly enhanced," continued Gal-
The Franklin County School loway, "some students need the
District's Alternative Opportunity extra individualization or even a
Center, which was established in different type of program to grab
October of 1997 at the old theirattention and motivatethem.
Chapman Elementary School This will allow the teachers in the
band room in Apalachicola, may regular classrooms to focus on
be located at both Carrabelle and their energies on those students
Apalachicola High Schools at the that can handle a regular class-
beginning of the next school term. room selling."
Superintendent Brenda Galloway Superintendent Galloway pointed
noted that it was economically out that students enrolled in the
beneficial for the district to have alternative program will not nec-
both centers located at the high essarily be in the program for the
schools. She pointed out that stu- entire year. "It may be a tempo-
dents from Carrabelle had to be rary thing for him to get re-moti-
transported 22 miles each day of vated or get realigned," she said.
the week in order to attend the
center The Alternative Opportunity Cen-
ter in Apalachicola, said Galloway,
Galloway also pointed out that had been quite successful. She
having a site at each school may hopes that there will be support
help to build the morale of the from the community in the
students. "Having a site in district's plan to expand and move
Carrabelle will allow those stu- each site to the high schools. "The
dents who need to need an alter- students were motivated,' she
native education," she continued, noted, "and, of course, it was a
"will benefit from an alternative .pilot project. We did have some
program and it will allow them to kinks to work out. As far as indi-
be in their own home, in their own vidual success, we experienced
school, dealing with their own ad- this."
administrators and educators."
administrators and educators. In the upcoming school year, Su-
The center's current instructor, perintendent Galloway noted that
Norm Carrin, will work at the pro- a new grant program would be
posed site at Apalachicola High implemented at the alternative
School. Ms. Galloway said that centers. The Adapt Program, she
Principal Bob McDaris at explained, would incorporate aca-
Carrabelle High School will be re- demic instruction as well as edu-
sponsible for recruiting an in- national activities from the Mari-
structor for the alternative cen- time Museum and the estuary.
ter at his school. "Your principals "This will help the students to
at the schools will assign person- apply what they learn in their aca-
nel to the center," she explained, demics," said Galloway.
"and they (personnel) then imple-
ment that program." Galloway extended her apprecia-
tion to Mr. Kirk Blair, a local lob-
Galloway noted that additional byist for the state legislature, who
instructors could be assigned to helped obtain the $100,000 grant
each center if needed. "One (in- for the Adapt Program that will be
structor) to 15 (students) is a good split between the Maritime Mu-
ratio," she said, "I think you have seum and the Franklin County
to look at the make-up of that School District.
class and, if more personnel is "He (Blair) is very much a propo-
needed, we'll address it at that nent of the Franklin County
time. School System," said Galloway,
The proposed alternative centers "and he is very concerned and
at each school, said Galloway, will wants to help. It was a wonderful
be prepared to accept 15 stu- gift for us and we thank him many
dents. This will essentially double times over." The Adapt Program,
the number of students that can she said, will be modeled after a
be enrolled in the alternative program in Key West.
center's program in the district. Superintendent Galloway said
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Apalachicola had been able to school project, which will be pre-
house 16 students at a time. pared by Nan Collins and she, will
"This will definitely add more pro- be ready by first of July. She said
gram slots for the program," said that site selection at each school
Galloway. "Surely the educational would probably be done in the
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Pane 2 12 June 1998 The Franklin Chronicle
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
Published every other Friday
EMS Director Explains Jaws
In his report to the Franklin
County Commissioners, meeting
June 2, Bill Mahan, County Ex-
tension Director of the University
of Florida Extension Service, at-
tached a copy of the newest edi-
tion of WaterWorks, UF's newslet-
ter that highlights current aquac-
ulture and pond management
programs being done in Florida.
The feature story in this issue is
the new federal regulation that
allows for the legal "taking" of
double-crested cormorants by
aquaculturists in 13 states, in-
cluding Florida. The rule went into
effect on March 4.
He also pointed out that the
Florida Sea Grant Program has
published an updated version of
the flier "Hurricane and Severe
Weather Checklist for Boaters."
This describes how to properly
secure your boat during hurri-
cane weather or storms.
Mahan reported on the Franklin
County Pre-K Health Fair, ex-
plaining Ms. Cherry Rankin,
EFNEP Program Assistant, set up
'a booth at the fair held May 20.
The booth had nutrition informa-
tion for both adults and children.
More than 200 children attended
the half-day event.
In the last week of May, during
the Awards Day programs at
Brown Elementary, Chapman El-
ementary and Carrabelle .High
School, Cherry Rankin and
'Mahan "presented more than 400
4-H certificates and awards to
students in grades K- 11. The pro-
'grams. the students participated
in were: Food, Fun and Fitness
Seat Belt Safety; and Public
'Speaking," according to Mahan.
In other business before the Board
* Randy Cordray of St. Vincent's
National'Wildlife Refuge, pre-
.sented to-the County on behalf of
-the Fish and Wildlife Service of St.
Vincent's National Wildlife Refuge,
a revenue sharing payment in the
amount of $42,172.
* Don Wood, on retiring from the
Planning and Zoning Commis-
sion, was honored. He repre-
sented the Forestry Industry on
that Commission. After almost 13
years of service, Wood was hon-
ored as the County Commission-
ers "adopted this resolution as an
expression of thanks to Don Wood
for his years of service to the
people of Franklin County."
Jimmie J. Nichols, historian for
Sthe local American Legion,; ap-
peared before the Commissioners
on June 2nd, requesting on be-
half of Legion Post #106
(Apalachicola) that the County
government extend honors to
American soldiers from Franklin
County killed in World War II and
the Korean War Nichols noted
.that the Commission recently,
similarly honored veterans killed
in the Vietnam War by erecting a
plaque on the front wall of the Fort
Coombs National Guard Armory.
Ted Mosteller, new Chairperson of
'the Apalachicola Airport Advisory
Committee, was prepared to
present a proposal for the
Apalachicola Airport Layout Plan
JUpdate and Business Plan, but
after a few minutes of conversa-
tion with the Board, the proposal
was tabled to allow Commission-
ers time to review the document.
The projected $43,813 plan calls
for preparation of a layout plan
and business plan by Dames and
Moore, Chipley. More details will
be released when the Commission
deliberates the proposal.
By Tom Campbell
Susan Ficklen, Franklin County
EMS Director, discussed the Jaws
of Life situation at the regular
meeting of the Franklin County
Commissioners June 2. Clearly
depicting the value of the hydrau-
lic tools, spreader and cutter. She
explained that the generator to
power the tools is included in the
package and is located in
Eastpoint, as the most central lo-
cation for Franklin County.
She referred to an accident which
occurred in May of this year at the
"Y" intersection of Highways 98
and 319, not far from Sopchoppy,
involving a van and a logging
truck. According to Ms. Ficklen,
"There are a lot of accidents
The hydraulic tools were acquired
with County grant funds in 1989.
Paramedics arrived on the scene
of the accident in "a few minutes,"
according to Ficklen, "and called
for the Jaws." The First Respond-
ers from St. James-Lanark were
en route. According to Ficklen,
"They have a portable Jaws, and
so our Eastpoint Responders, who
were listening, who had the Jaws
at the Eastpoint Fire Department,
contacted the Dispatcher and
asked if their Jaws were needed.
They were told 'No,' because the
others were en route. When the
First Responders got there,
"within 5 or 6 minutes of the ac-
cident," said Ficklen, "the task
was too large for what they had
Ms. Ficklen continued, "They
used good judgment, and con-
Florida Farm Facts
March is Peanut Month. Florida
ranked fifth in the nation in pea-
nut production last year with 236
million pounds, resulting in over
$59 million in sales.
Refuge Deputy Project Leader,
Randy Cordray of St. Vincent Na-
tional Wildlife Refuge, presented
a refuge revenue sharing payment
in the amount of $42,172.00 to
the Franklin County Commission-
ers on June 2, 1998. This pay-
ment for fiscal year 1997 (Octo-
berl 1996 -September.30, 1997)
is authorized byjtheejRefuge Rev-
enue Sharing Act of 1978, Public
Law 95-469. Funds credited to the
National Wildlife Refuge Fund are
derived from income generated
nationally on Service lands, such
as oil and gas revenues, sale of
timber products, gravel, grazing
receipts, and other products and
is supplemented by appropriated
The Act authorizes payment to
counties/parishes in which Fish
and Wildlife Service-owned lands
are located, based upon the fol-
lowing methods of computation,
whichever is greater:
(1) Three-fourths of 1 percent
(0.75 percent) of the fair mar-
ket (appraised) value of fee
lands located within the
(2) Seventy-five cents per acre of
the fee lands located within the
(3) Twenty-five percent of net re-
ceipts collected by the Fish
and Wildlife Service for certain
activities permitted on fee
lands located within the
This year's fund did not contain
sufficient receipts to make full
payment to counties/parishes as
computed above. Although con-
gress, as authorized, did appro-
priate additional funds, the
amount appropriated was not
sufficient to provide for a full en-
titlement payment. The amount of
payment for fiscal year 1997 rep-
resented 66 percent of the total
tacted Wakulla Volunteer Fire
Department and they brought
their Jaws and used the Jaws to
get the gentleman out (of the
wrecked van)." He survived and
was ilown to Tallahassee by Life
Flight. One of the responders had
gained access to the van and
helped the injured man, doing
what was necessary to save his
Someone on the scene wanted to
know why the Jaws of Franklin
County were not used, but Ms.
Ficklen explained that the deci-
sion was made to facilitate sav-
ing the man's life. Therefore the
nearest available Jaws was called
for, which was Wakulla County.
"It was complicated to get him out
and retain his leg," said Ficklen.
"Everything worked perfectly."
Plans have been made with Shade
Tree Towing, according to Ficklen,
to provide a truck for the Jaws,
and a place where everybody
knows the location. "It won't cost
the County a dime," she said. The
key will be available for those who
need it and the vehicle will always
be ready to go on its life-saving
mission. "We went through the
Sheriffs Department on this," she
said. "We have designated Shade
Tree as the responder with the
Jaws until we can come up with
a County response system."
She concluded, "A mass casualty
training is coming up in July, and
that will be a good time for us to
The Board approved a resolution
of appreciation for the quick re-
sponse of Wakulla County.
Bits 'N Pieces
Bits 'N Pieces giant puppet com-
pany set for free performances
in late June, early July.
The Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre
will present Hans Christian
Andersen's Thimbelina at two area
locations. First, it will be at
Apalachicola Community Build-
ing in Apalachicola on Tuesday,
June 30, at 10:45 a.m. Then, it
will move to Wakulla County
Middle School in Crawfordville
on Thursday, July 2, at 10:45
a.m. Audience members will get
a chance to speak with members
of Bits 'N Pieces Theatre and view
the giant nine-foot-tall puppets up
close immediately following the
show. It is intended for children
up to age 10 and children of all
ages. The show is sponsored by
Wilderness Coast Public Librar-
ies, serving Franklin, Jefferson,
and Wakulla Counties; and the
Florida Department of State,
Florida Arts Council, Division of
Cultural Affairs. The perfor-
mances are free. Please call 926-
4571 for more information.
SHIP Plan Provides $350,000
Annually to Franklin County
By Tom Campbell
At the Franklin County Board of
Commissioners meeting June 2 at
Franklin County Courthouse, Ms.
Evelyn Pace, Executive Director of
Franklin County Senior Citizens
Council, presented the SHIP Plan.
The Commissioners contracted
with the Senior Citizens Council
to administer the SHIP Grant. The
Local Housing Assistance Plan for
fiscal years 1998-99, through
2000-2001 was submitted by the
Senior Citizens Council to the
Commissioners, for approval, at
the regular meeting.
The SHIP Program takes its name
from State Housing Initiatives
Partnership Program and serves
FY 1998/99 through FY 2000/
The Plan provides for affordable
housing rehabilitation, affordable
housing construction, emer-
and affordable housing purchase,
through direct subsidy and down
payment-closing cost assistance.
Franklin County will receive an
annual allocation of $350,000 to
implement the program. The re-
port explains that every effort will
be made to coordinate services
with all other local agencies and
programs to maximize usage of
Distribution of the annual SHIP
allocation $350,000 plus an esti-
mated $30,000 of earned program
income from interest and recap-
tured funds, will include 46 per-
cent for rehabilitation of owner-
occupied housing units, 21 per-
cent for construction of one
owner-occupied housing units for
a high risk low-income applicant,
and twelve and one-half percent
for emergency/weatherization re-
pairs to owner-occupied housing
units and the rest for other costs.
The plan provides for education
and counseling of applicants in
home buying, credit management,
budget management and assis-
tance in completing the applica-
tion process. Cost of this service
will be absorbed as part of the
administrative service provided by
the Franklin County Senior Citi-
The Local Housing Assistance
Plan will be implemented by the
Franklin County Senior Citizens
Council under the direction of
Evelyn H. Pace, Executive Direc-
tor. The Senior Citizens Board of
Directors will act as SHIP Program
Board of Directors. An Advisory
Committee consisting of commu-
nity leaders representing realtors,
banking or lending institutes, lo-
cal government, social service
agencies, the SHIP Program Man-
ager and a FCSCC Board Mem-
ber, will assist and make recom-
mendations to the Board of Direc-
tors on appropriate issues.
Ms. Pace will act as Grant Admin-
istrator. The SHIP will occupy an
office space at the Franklin
County Senior Citizens Center in
Carrabelle. The office will be
manned Monday through Friday
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"What's a Parent to Do?," is a bro-
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kids to eat right. It's packed with
tips for making snacks and meals
of fruits and vegetables fun, quick
and easy. For a free copy, call
(850) 487-4894, or write: Florida
Department of Agriculture and
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By Tom Campbell
In a breakfast meeting at Chillas
Hall in Lanark Village June 3,
Chairman of the Franklin County
Board of Commissioners
Raymond Williams talked about
some major concerns, including
He said, 'The county must com-
ply with essential statewide plan-
ning requirements. At the same
time, the county must have a
comprehensive plan that meets
the diverse planning needs of the
local communities, balancing the
current and future infrastructure
needs with environmental con-
cerns. As a county official, you
must have the flexibility to sat-
isfy the conflicting demands."
Williams also stated, "As a county
official, you have to recognize the
importance of providing for basic
human services. I have helped to
demonstrate this commitment by
providing medical, social and ag-
ing services." He added, "Also hav-
ing assistance through county,
state and federal partnerships, we
must formulate and implement
policies to protect the health,
safety and welfare of the citizens
of Franklin County."
He emphasized that one of his
concerns for the next term, if re-
elected, is to continue to lower the
Ad Valorem Tax Rate.
"Our Ad Valorem Tax is much too
high," he said, "On taxation, I en-
courage the creation of alterna-
tive public financing mechanisms
to meet the ever-increasing de-
mand on our county services. In
the last three years, through fis-
cal responsibility, I have helped
in lowering our Ad Valorem
Williams concluded, "It's time for
the leaders of Franklin County to
cooperate for the good of all the
citizens and notjust be concerned
for their own private agenda. We
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mation set forth below and must be filed (received) in the Office of General
Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee,
Florida 32399-3000, within 14 days of publication of this notice. Petitioner shall
mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above at the
time of filing. Failure to file a petition within this time period shall constitute a
waiver of any right such person may have to request an administrative determi-
nation (hearing) under Section 120.57, Florida Statutes.
The Petition shall contain the following information: (a) The name, address, and
telephone number of each petitioner, the applicant's name and address, the De-
partment Permit File Number and the county in which the project is proposed;
(b) A statement of how and when each petitioner received notice of the
Department's action or proposed action; (c) Astatement of how each petitioner's
substantial interests are affected by the Department's action or proposed action;
(d) A statement of the material facts disputed by Petitioner, if any; (e) A state-
ment of facts which petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the
Department's action or proposed action; (f) A statement of which rules or stat-
utes petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the Department's
action or proposed action; and (g) A statement of the relief sought by petitioner,
stating precisely the action petitioner wants the Department to take with respect
to the Department's action or proposed action.
If a petition is filed, the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate
agency action. Accordingly, the Department's final action may be different from
the position taken by it in this Notice. Persons whose substantial interests will be
affected by any decision of the Department with regard to the application have
the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding. The petition must con-
form to the requirements specified above and be filed (received) within 14 days
of publication of this notice in the Office of General Counsel at the above ad-
dress of the Department. Failure to petition within the allowed time frame con-
stitutes a waiver of any right such person has to request a hearing under Section
120.57, Florida Statutes, and to participate as a party to this proceeding. Any
subsequent intervention will only be at the approval of the presiding officer upon
motion filed pursuant to Rule 28-5.207, Florida Administrative Code.
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Editorial and Commentary
Resolution Honoring Don Wood
! Adopted by Franklin County
pails and mops. Someone else has suggested enlisting the Work Camp
inmates, which I think is a dubious task for this labor. In a way, the
failure of the county and local governments to deal with this problem
of change, is typical of how Franklin County governments deal with
change. The first thing is to ignore what is going on. The second is to
enlist any group of volunteers, so as not to put a dent into the flow of
tax dollars going into the county treasury. I won't mention the fact
that a large share of county tax dollars flow from St. George Island
into the county treasury, lest someone also argue back that these
kinds of taxes do not make up even half of the county budget. But,
that is not the perception of county and island voters. Some Civic
Club members are incensed at the suggestion that they clean up the
toilets, as if it is their responsibility because they live on the island.
In point of fact, the visitors are numerous, often in larger numbers
from year to year and because they leave consumer dollars across
many county businesses, including mainland businesses, there is
some special responsibility for the County and the local community
governments to provide restroom facilities for visitors and yes, local
use, as well.
This county is building an economic future and it is high time the
local governments recognize this growing problem and turn it around.
Ms. Wilson's idea is a proposal, and given the fact that some commis-
sioners worship the ground walked over by private enterprise, maybe
they should pay attention to the idea and act on it, so the problem
can be turned into a positive response to the numbers of visitors.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
WHEREAS, Don Wood has served on the Franklin County Planning
and Zoning Commission since September, 1985, and
WHEREAS, Don Wood, has dedicated his career to forestry and the
preservation of this raw material for future generations, and in this
capacity has unselfishly volunteered his time to the Franklin County
Planning and Zoning Commission, and
WHEREAS, Don Wood has earned the respect of the residents of Fran-
klin County and his fellow Planning and Zoning Commissioners, and
WHEREAS, Don Wood has resigned his position from the Planning
and Zoning Commission after offering almost 13 years service to this
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE FRANKLIN COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS that this Board adopts this
Resolution as an expression of thanks to DON WOOD for his years of
service to the people of Franklin County.
The Resolution adopted by the Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners this 2nd day of June, 1998.
THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
St. George Island and
Otherwhere. A Solution?
The last meeting of the Board of County Commissioners brought for-
ward by Marc Currenton, Planning Department, a possible solution
to the continuing delimma posed by the presence of thousands of
area visitors to, not only St. George Island, but area parks in Apalachi-
cola and Carrabelle. For years, both city governments have resisted,
along with the Franklin County Commission, the idea that these visi-
tors require some public facilities for relief, lest they leave their
byproducts behind some smelly sand dune, or tree .
For years, Commissioners have resisted paying someone to maintain
restrooms in Battery Park, Lafayette park, or in the area along Fran-
klin Boulevard, St George Island, set aside for public restrooms.
Finally, an entrepreneur, Ms. June Wilson volunteered to maintain
restrooms on St. George for free, if the county will build a small con-
cession stand at the end of the building where she can sell sodas and
snacks. The county would have to build the building, of course. Well,
here is an interesting proposal that ought to capture the imagination
of even Jimmy Mosconis, who constantly refers this problem to the
St. George Civic Club, as if the members are standing ready with
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Virginia Wetherall Makes Bad Law
The Coastal Petroleum Administrative
Decision as Policy: Politics As Usual or
OnApril 8, 1998, an administrative lawjudge, Ms. Mary Clark, presidor
of over three weeks of hearings, and reader of over 3000 pages of
transcript, released her opinion concerning the advisability of issu-
ing Coastal Petroleum a permit to drill an exploratory well about 9
miles south of St. George Island. The second issue in that matter
referred to her, dealt with a recommendation of the amount of bond if
any, Coastal Petroleum should establish to pay for possible damages,
should an oil spill develop from the drilling of the exploratory well.
Ms. Clark recommended that a permit be issued by the Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) and that a bond of about $225
million be established to pay for any possible "worst case" scenario of
an oil spill from the exploratory well.
Administrative Law Judge Mary ClarK
The matter was heard by the Governor and Cabinet and returned to
judge Clark for additional "fact-finding". By the end of April 1998, the
environmentalists (Florida Wildlife Federation, Sierrra Club, Florida
Audubon Society, Inc., the St. George Island Civic Club and the At-
torney General of Florida) filed numerous exceptions to Judge Clark's
findings of fact and law. On May 4th, Coastal Petroleum filed their
exceptions to the earlier exceptions, and on the same day, the oppo-
sition lawyers filed their exceptions to the Coastal Petroleum excep-
tions. Now, comes the DEP that rendered a judgment on the entire
In a carefully worded rationale, Virginia Wetherall built her decision,
citing that petitioners (the environmentalists) had challenged only
the administrative law judge's (ALJ) interpretation of Florida Statute
section 377.241. Her rationale included the following:
ST. GEORGE ISLAND deep water canal front 4BR/2.5BA home,
wraparound porch with views of Gulf and Bay, dock, boat lift, launch.
ONE ACRE HOMESITES Hammock Shores and Indian Mound Shores
subdivisions, bay views, protective covenant. From $25,900.
APALACHICOLA- Historic district corner lot, 3BR/2BA, income producing,
1920s home with lots of character. $98,000.
MOTIVATED SELLER-MAGNOLIA BLUFF Tarpon Shores 1.65 acres.
North Bayshore Drive. Cleared, high and dry, well. Zoned R-1. $37,500.
CARRABELLE- Three city blocks across street from new health department.
Tremendous investment potential. Priced to sell.
APALACHICOLA DOWNTOWN Historic sponge exchange [c. 1836) on two
corner lots overlooking river. 1500 sq. ft. building, prime location. $420,000.
MARINE STREET-CARRABELLE Prime commercial corner overlooking
Riverwalk/Dog Island ferry Two parcels, motivated seller.
CARRABELLE COMMERCIAL Half city block [5 lots) with house on Hwy. 98
next to IGA. Prime location. $300,000.
APALACHICOLA HISTORIC DISTRICT- Best building site, 7th Street, high
ground overlooking city marina, bay. $79,900.
ST. GEORGE ISLAND 2BR/2-1/2BA, fully furnished, gulf front townhome,
Unit G-3, 300 Ocean Mile. $219,500.
RANEY GUEST COTTAGE Multiple commercial use possibilities. Historic
Apalachicola at its best. $179,500.
HISTORIC DISTRICT Building site near ANERR. $12,000.
CARRABELLE 2BR/1BA Tallahassee Street, home close to town. Fenced
P.O. Box 666 17 1/2 Avenue E Downtown Historic Apalachicola
This case turns on the meaning of the following statu-
tory criteria for issuance of a permit for oil and gas ex-
377.241. Criteria for Issuance of permits.-The division,
in the exercise of its authority to issue permits as here-
inafter provided, shall give consideration to and be guided
by the following criteria:
(1) The nature, character and location of the lands in-
volved; whether rural, such as farms, groves, or ranches,
or urban property vacant or presently developed for resi-
dential or business purposes or are in such a location or
of such a nature as to make such improvements and
developments a probability in the near future.
(2) The nature, type and extent of ownership of the appli-
cant, including such matters as the length of time the
applicant has owned the rights claimed without having
performed any of the exploratory operations so granted
(3) The proven or indicated likelihood of the presence of
oil, gas or related minerals in such quantities as to war-
rant the exploration and extraction of such products on
a commercially profitable basis.
377.241, Fla. Stat. (1997)."
In her text, Wetherall's attorney's claim that the section cited above
should be "construed in harmony with the rest of the chapter 377
and with other laws affecting submerged sovereignty lands." A foot-
note indicates that the provision relied upon in her argument had
been REPEALED BY THE LEGISLATURE, "but its original presence
corroborates the legislative intent that "in pari material" principles
apply to section 377.241.
This phrase, "in pari material" is defined, in part, in Black's Law Dic-
tionary as "This rule of statutory construction, that statutes which
relate to the same subject matter should be read, construed and ap-
plied together so that the legislature's intention can be gathered from
the whole of the enactments, applies only when the particular statute
is ambiguous." The petitioners claimed that the statute was ambigu-
ous, but upon a reading, it would appear to me as if the legislature
intended a checklist. Moreover, the provision relied upon by Wetherall
was repealed by the Legislature, which would appear to make the
matter moot. Additionally, taking this conceptual argument to its
extreme, the petitioners seem to be suggesting that even such re-
pealed laws dealing with slavery or witchcraft would be revisited or
"brought back" in some way. Would this not inject more ambiguity?
The "in pari material" concept enables the petitioners to embrace the
entire text of 377.241 in some way to enhance an argument that a
"balance" of criteria is what was intended by the Legislature Wstead
of a "pass-fail" checklist presumably followed by the ALJ. Remember,
dear reader, the opposition is insisting in their legal argument that a
mere listing of criteria is a "checklist"-their words, not that of the
Judge Mary Clark. Politically, the environmentalists did not like the
decision or recommendation and they were seizing upon some straw
to bend the case their way. At this level, they won, by convincing
Virginia Wetherall. But, the case is going into appeal to the First Dis-
trict Court of Appeals. Coastal Petroleum has nearly 70 days to pre-
pare their briefs.
Ms. Wetherall also reached out to the Florida Constitution to help her
argument with this language, "... Laws should be construed '...with
reference to the constitution and the purpose designed to be accom-
plished, and in connection with other laws in pari material, though
they contain no reference to each other.' ", citing a 1938 Florida case.
Based on a conclusion of law stated by Judge Clark, faintly suggest-
ing that she used the criteria as a "checklist", Wetherall seizes upon
the language concluding that the ALJ incorrectly interpreted the stat-
ute section 377.214 as a checklist to be passed or failed. The peti-
tioners argued in their exceptions that the ALJ erred in this interpre-
tation and the guidelines were there for "balancing interests." Keep in
mind that in the original recommendation, the ALJ found that Coastal
Petroleum had "satisfied" the criteria requirements as listed in the
statute. The entire argument now settles on just how the statute should
be interpreted. Ms. Wetherall decided was a policy matter, not a ques-
tion of fact to be resolved by a hearing officer. In fact, this is simply a
political question, period. In this case, Ms. Wetherall continued, "...the
balance tips against the issuance of a permit..." Sorry, Virginia-the
evidence in the trial record nor the claims in the petitioners argu-
ment do not sustain such a conclusion, except in political terms.
This decision now contributes to the naked, state of affairs this coun-
try has experienced in domestic oil production. The United States
produces less than half of its domestic needs of oil. This political
decision stifles entrepreneurship and private investment that might
meet or solve those problems, especially acute in an era of wildfire
wars and nations recently acquiring nuclear weapons.
To maintain a strong security force and to protect U.S. interests world'
wide requires oil and its derivatives. Since the lawyers were so liber-'
ally construing the "pari material principles", can one inject into this
argument the concept that national defense and interests are alsdf
justified in "balancing" the criteria? Then, it would seem, a stronger
case to issue the permit would be made. This opinion does more to.
thrust our nation into the arms of the likes of Saddam Hussein than
anything else. That is an interest to be balanced as well, but thiq
matter is outside the jurisdiction of the state interest. pr is it?
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AHS Class of '98 Graduates
By Angelina Mirabella
The Apalachicola High School
Band escorted forty-two AHS se-
niors onto the field of Pop Wag-
oner Stadium on May 29, for the
Twenty-sixth annual Commence-
The ceremonies began with an
invocation by Reverend Tom
Weller, who asked the audience to
pray for the graduates, as well as
the parents who had to let their
children go off into the world.
Class member Sabrina Brinkley
sang the National Anthem and
Class President Latasha
" Baucham welcomed the audience
to the ceremonies. Community
member Kenny Turner performed
a moving rendition of the class
Song, "Lean on me."
After Beverly Kelley presented the
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
' Awards, Class Salutatorian
Allison Elliott spoke to the crowd
about the unity the class has
shared in reaching this milestone.
SLater, in his Valedictory address,
Levi Stanley acknowledged that
this was a turning point where
they would all have to make their
way separately and make their
Class sponsor Angeline Stanley
read messages the students has
written while the students re-
ceived their diplomas from Super-
intendent Brenda Galloway and
Franklin County School Board
Chairman Will Kendrick and pre-
sented white roses, their class
flower, to their parents. All of the
parents were seated on the field
close to the graduates except Mrs.
Stanley, who received her rose at
the podium from her graduate
son, John. In their messages, the
students thanked their friends
and family for their encourage-
ment and support and announced
their plans for after graduation.
The majority of the students ex-
pressed their intent to attend a
college or university in Florida,
while others planned to enter the
military or find jobs
At the end of the ceremonies, Su-
perintendent Galloway pro-
claimed all of the students gradu-
ates and instructed them to turn
their tassels. After AHS teacher
and Elder Eddie Joseph, III gave
the Benediction, the graduates
were ushered off the field to the
music of the AHS band.
Local, college, and national schol-
arships were presented to the
graduates by community mem-
bers. One of the top recipients was
Levi Stanley, who received schol-
arships from the Franklin County
Teachers' Association, Franklin
County School Board, and the
Yent Family Memorial, as well as
the Florida Academic Scholars
program and the Capital Gator
Club. Stanley was also the first
AHS student ever to receive a
scholarship Irom the National
Honor Society. Other top honor-
ees included Latasha Baucham,
recipient of the Apalachicola Min-
isterial Alliance scholarship, the
Lily White Chapter 194/Order of
the Eastern Star Scholarship, and
the Sylvester Williams Educa-
AHS Valedictorian Levi
tional Scholarship; Sabrina
Brinkley, who received the Corey
Henrickson Masonic Award, the
Loretta Taylor Scholarship, the
Sylvester Williams Educational
Scholarship, and a Gulf Coast
Community College honor schol-
arship; Allison Elliott, who was
recognized as the Willoughby
Marks Historical Society junior
member scholar and received a
scholarship from Seahorse Gift
and Florist as well as a Gulf Coast
Community College Honor schol-
arship; and John Mirabella, re-
cipient of a Franklin County
Teachers' Association scholar-
ship, a Rotary of Apalachicola
scholarship, a Franklin County
School Board Scholarship, and a
Gulf Coast Community College
By Pam Rush
Brown Elementary held its sixth
grade graduation on May 26,
1998. Presentation began with
Clint Halford as Master of Cer-
emonies. The honored guest were,
Mr. Jimmy Gander, Mr. Will
Kendrick, Ms. Katie Mcknight,
Ms. Connie Roehr, Mr. Willie
Speed and Ms. Brenda Galloway.
Serena Rhew read her award win-
ning speech on school violence.
Kenneth Collins read a speech
entitled Patriots for the Millen-
nium. The speech was about the
students trip to Andersonville,
A special award plaque with all
the graduates signatures was pre-
sented to Principal Janis Gordon.
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S x:rrabelle High School was the site of the May 25th adult school
Graduation ceremony. Those graduates attending the event included
Crystal Gordie, Spencer Lemmen and Jessica Hill. Five other adult
S:.chool graduates (Jessica Butler, Lake Beebe, Angela Garrette, An-
crew Kaboli and Wilburn Messer) were not present for the ceremony.
.- Ms. Nan Collins with the Franklin County School District, served as
-' ': ':' "' Master of Ceremonies for the event. She noted that this would be the
last graduation ceremony in the district. Next year, Collins said that
a dinner would be held in honor of adult school graduates.
The graduates performed a skit Also in attendance at the ceremony include: Will Kendrick, Connie
entitled Remember When, which Roehr, Jimmy Gander and Katie McKnight with the Franklin Count)
was a reenactment of some of the School Board and Superintendent Brenda Galloway.
things they had done in elemen-
Graduation Certificates were pre-
sented to: Clint Halford, Alishia
Hendels, John Johnson, Maegen
Jones, Stephen Pinkerton, Serena -
Rhew, Michael Rogers, Nick
Rotella, Holly Rush, Jessica
Shiver, Joshua Spurlock, Fred
Babb, Bryan Baird, Alex Barfield, Al
Alex Hoffman, Oscar Linares,
Michael Luberto, Erik Shiver,
Kerry Barwick, Chris Russell, Ken
Collins, Joey Crosby, Judy
Walker,Tonya Fowler, La Donna
Granger, Kevin Hayes, Brandon
Hewitt, Brandy Hicks, Katie
Marks, Corey Maxwell, Brett
Millender, Katie Moore, Marie
Golden, Charlie Moses, Miranda
Murry, Holly Odom, Mason (L-R): Superintendent Brenda Galloway, Crystal Gordie,
Putnal, Kaila Odom and Natasha Spencer Lemmen, Jessica Hill and Chairperson Will
Rickards. V ir i-
By Valerie Hampton
The threatened rain forced the
graduation exercises for the Class
of '98 from an outdoor ceremony
- to the commons. In no way did
the move dampen the spirits of
the graduates. June 4th was their
night and it was an exuberant
group of students who made no
attempt to hide their emotions.
Throughout the ceremony, they
gave each other hugs, blew kisses
to the audience from the stage
and held up their hands in ges-
tures of peace. This year, they also
departed from the usual all green
gowns. The ladies wore shimmer-
ing white, making a pretty picture
on the stage with the alternating
of the green and white.
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CHS Salutatorian Shannon
The crowd hushed as the seniors
marched to strains of "Pomp and
Circumstance" to their places on
the stage. David Millender gave
SSalutatorian, Shannon Stone,
spoke of the bonds that had been
forged by of this particular class,
saying, "As a class, we grew to-
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getner as individuals and as a
body. We learned how to set goals
and to accomplish them with each
other's help. We relied on the love
and faith of our parents and fami-
lies. Without them, we could not
have come so far."
CHS Valedictorian Amanaa
School Principal Robert McDalis
announced the awards. The Rob-
ert L. McKnight Award was pre-
sented by Mrs. Martha L.
McKnight to Shannon Stone. She
also received the Loretta Taylor
Scholarship. The Apalachicola
Bank awards were presented to
Diane Sanders and Rachel Will-
iams. The School Board Awards
also known as The Misty Sexton
Scholarships were awarded to
Kelli Carroll and David Millender.
The Gulf Coast Community Col-
lege Honored Scholarship, was
presented to Amanda Evans, in
the amount of $1,000 per year, for
two years. Tamallia Lowery and
Diana Sanders received the Gulf
Coast Community College Lead-
ership Award of $1,000. Amanda
Evans was awarded the Friends
of the Reserve Award. The Aca-
demic Achievement Awards went
to David Millender, Amanda
Evans, Kelli Carroll, Shannon
Stone and Diana Sanders. These
awards are given to seniors who
have a 3.5 GPA or above.
Well known WCTV Channel 6 re-
porter, Tony Whitehurst, was the
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guest speaker. He made a friendly
and casual appearance and soon
had the audience laughing. He
took the Senior class motto'
'Through adversity and diversity,
we will triumph," as the theme for
his remarks. He turned more se-
rious as he urged the seniors to
take life and do the most they can,
with it and never give up hope.
"There is going to be a lot of ad-
versity out there for these kids. I
mean, whether they are going to
college or out to jobs. Life is truly
about to start," he said, "and you
are going to have a great deal of
diversity, it's just a part of life and
the way you seniors deal with di-
versity will have a lot to do with
your make up, your character, the
way you have been raised. Be-
cause no matter what kind of situ-
ation you are in, your roots will
get you through."
As the lights went out, the seniors
retrieved their candles and lit
them one by one from each other's
candles. The Senior Class Presi-
dent, Tamallia Lowery, passed her
light to the president of the Jun-
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Dale Millender presented a lovely
hymnal outlining the graduation
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The Valedictorian, Amanda
Evans, spoke solemnly to the au-
dience and the seniors saying that
the members of the class owed a
real debt to their parents and
families that they can never re-
pay. She told them they now have
to take responsibly for how far
they can go in their lives.
At the end of her remarks the
class of '98 paid a floral tribute to
their parents. They mingled with
the audience presenting an iris to
each of their loved ones, while
"Wonderful Tonight," by Eric
Clapton, was played.
Robert Mcdaris then announced
the graduates one by one. School
Superintendent Brenda Galloway
presented each with their di-
ploma, which had a miniature
diploma on the cover. School
Board President Will Kendrick
stood as each graduate passed by.
After all the seniors had received
,their diplomas, Brenda Galloway
said, "You may turn your tassels.
You are graduates of Carrabelle
High School." Each senior turned
his or her own tassel, but did not
toss their cap.
The principal then presented the
valedictorian trophy to Amanda
Evans and the salutatorian tro-
phy to Shannon Stone. The bene-
diction was given by the princi-
pal. The graduates left the stage
to the music of the Grande March,
leaving behind their student days,
to begin the reality of life.
The Graduating Class of '98 are:
Kelli Shay Carroll; Hubert William
Chipman; Celeste Lachele
Dempsey; Amanda Jolene Evans;
Selene Carole Garret; Kristy Jean
Glass; Jason Mason Glass; April
Michele Hogan; James Richard
Keith; Christina Nicole Lee;
Tamallia Denise Lowery; Kristen
Ellen Millender; Jeremy Ernest
Millender; Farris David Millender:
Chrystal Ann Moore; Ronald Lee
O'Neal, Jr.; Amber Marie Perdue;
Sylvia Nicole Ordonia; Larry
Clinton Rester, Jr.; Diana Lynn
Sanders; Shannon Renee Stone;
James Leonard Shiver; Lisa Lynn
Shiver; Joshua Stanley Whitten;
and Rachel Kristine Williams.
The seniors in the National Honor
Society wore sashes of honor and
a pin. These seniors are: Kelli
Shay Carroll; Amanda Jolene
Evans; Farris David Millender;
Crystal Ann Moore; Diana Lynn
Sanders and Shannon Renee
On May 30, the Sunday before
graduation, the seniors took part
in a Baccalaureate at the com-
mons. The message was given by
Reverend Phillip Rankin. He said
there were parents who came up
asking him not to say what he
wanted to say in his speech. He
replied by saying, "I am giving this
speech to the seniors, not to the
parents." His message spoke of
their future, warning them it was
now in their hands and prayed
that they lead a good life.
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The Franklin Chronicle 12 June 1998 Page 5
Franklin County Schools Stay
Active This Summer
By Angelina Mirabella
While many Franklin County stu-
dents will be spending their sum-
mer vacation playing little league
or lounging on St. George Island,
other students and teachers will
be hard at work preparing them-
selves for the upcoming school
One of the programs going on this
summer is a pilot program di-
rected by Kaplan Learning Ser-
vices and sponsored by the
Florida Department of Education
.(FDOE). The program targets
*schools in danger of becoming
Critically Low Schools. Franklin
County is one of three counties
selected by the FDOE for the pro-
gram. The Kaplan program will be
hosted at Apalachicola High
School and Middle School and at
Chapman Elementary School.
Eighty students from each school
will be chosen to participate in the
program, which will work on read-
ing, language arts and math skill
development. The program is de-
signed to improve scores on the
Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment Test (FCAT) and will include
instruction for teachers as well as
for students. After the summer
program is over, Kaplan will track
students scores the following
school year to see the effect the
pilot program has on student
Franklin County Schools has also
received federal funds from Title
One to implement skill develop-
ment programs this summer at
Carrabelle Elementary School and
.Brown Elementary School. The
program is currently scheduled
for one week this summer and will
emphasize reading and language
arts skills, as well as some math
On a less academic note, several
Franklin County Schools will be
receiving renovations in their
heating and air conditioning and
lighting systems to help cut en-
ergy costs. These changes will
occur in Apalachicola High School
and Middle School and Chapman
Elementary School during the
summer. The new systems should
be up and running by the begin-
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By Tom Campbell
At the regular meeting of the
Franklin County School Board
June 4th, at Chapman Elemen-
tary School, Teacher of the Year
Melanie Humble made a presen-
tation of nine points to "summa-
rize some of the ideas" she said
she has been formulating since
starting to work in Franklin
"One of the major changes in our
society," she said, "has been a
need to create a continuity of car-
ing relationships for children who
don't have this at home."
She continued, "I would like to see
every willing high school student
adopt and tutor young at-risk el-
ementary students and serve as
big brothers and sisters." She
said, "This community is already
close; we need to appreciate and
take advantage of this."
Her second point was, "to see
teachers encouraged and nudged
into working in teams in the class-
room and in the county." She con-
tinued, "We should pool our re-
sources instead of succumbing to
the competition between our
Her third point was "to use sum-
mer school money to pay teach-
ers to tutor during the year, be-
fore students get completely be-
hind in a subject."
She asked, "Why can't we at least
have rotating artists, musicians
and actors come and teach our
In another point, she urged: "We
need to actively and collectively
work to improve our students'
sensitivity towards race and cul-
ture." She added, "Our students
must function in a diverse and
increasingly global environment.
We need a task force or interested
group to come together and look
into the future so that we can
begin to cross the racial divides
at home and in the country. We
have to look forward instead of
reacting in emergencies."
Other points she made: "Keep
kids in a grade when they don't
have' the skills they will need in
the next one."
"Assign a foreign language teacher
to the primary grades...young
children are more facile
"I would like you to consider site-
based decision-making for our
schools so that we could adapt
our curriculum and services to fit
The Board and visitors gave Ms.
Humble thundering applause of
approval at the conclusion of her
presentation. The Board moved to
make her remarks a perma-
nent part of the Minutes of the
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At the Carrabelle High School
graduation on Thursday, May 28,
many awards were presented to
The Robert L. McKnight Family
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The Franklin County School
Board recognized with certifi-
cates, presented by Board Chair-
man Will Kendrick, to the follow-
ing students with 3.5 GPA and
David Millender, Shannon Stone,
Keli Carroll, and Amanda Evans.
Other awards presented were:
School Board Scholarship Award
to: David Millender and Keli
Apalachicola State Bank Scholar-
ship ($500) to: Dianna Sanders
and Rachel Williams.
Loretta Taylor Memorial Scholar-
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Chapman Elementary School stu-
dents competed in the school's
First Annual Art Exhibit held Fri-
day, May 22. The event was spear-
headed by teacher Mary Williams
and aide Lori Moore and included
work the students completed both
at school and at home.
Judges for the event were local
artist Phyllis Blake, Patricia
McLemore and Robin Voegrop.
"These children love to create!"
commented Voegrop. "I can see it
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their work. It's very exciting to see
Some of the artwork included
photographs taken by students in
the school's Photography Club,
supervised by teacher Pam Lester,
and paper-mache masks stu-
dents made after school with Wil-
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First place, second place, third
place and honorable mention
were awarded to four student art-
ists from each grade level. The
winners received medallions. In
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"Best of Show." Their art went on
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About twenty Friends of the Pub-
lic Library met at the Carrabelle
Branch of the Library to discuss
plans for fund raising to build a
new branch library for Carrabelle.
An application had been submit-
ted to the Florida State Legisla-
ture for matching funding for a
5,000 square foot building. The
Legislature will decide whether to
accept the application by June of
next year. The matching funds
needed are $250,000. So far the
thermometer outside of the library
stands at 0,000.00.
The project was started when
Jackie Gay entered and won the
grand prize of $50,000 from the
Paul Newman Cooking Contest,
held in New York City in the early
fall of each year. The prize must
be used for a worthwhile chari-
table purpose and Jackie Gay who
is the assistant librarian in charge
of the Carrabelle branch, had little
problem in naming her choice.
Ms. Gay is temporarily sidelined
with injuries she received in a fall.
The proposed site is next to the
Franklin County Senior Center.
That land has been donated to the
project by the Franklin County
The members present brain-
stormed, trying for events that
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Commissioner's Choice, Continued from Page 1
Bowman responded, "He's not voting on it but he's representing you,
and I say it represents a conflict of interest."
Jim Lycett said, "A case in point is what is on this agenda. Mr. Watkins
is the owner or manager of VC at the airport in Apalachicola and now
the board is being asked to make a decision on the airport here." He
went on to say that he thought it was irresponsible of the board to
hire an attorney with even the appearance of a conflict of interest at
He went on to say, "Mr. Gaidry's firm represented Jim Phillips here
recently. Mr. Gaidry's firm sent you (the mayor) a letter insinuating
that maybe you had done something wrong here. We have employees
and clients of the firm demanding the firing of the last lawyer. We
. have a huge pile of conflict of interest evidence here and it grows
bigger every day. We'll have a conflict of interest at every single
Ken Bowman then asked the board or the attorney to answer his
questions. The mayor began an explanation that the attorney would
be working for the city and he saw no conflict of interest. Nita Molsbee
spoke from the audience saying that "I have known Doug since he
came to Apalachicola. If he had to sue Ben, he would sue Ben. Fur-
thermore, I work for Ben and that does not mean I have to go and say
whatever Ben tells me to. We're separate people."
In response Gaidry said, "Mr. Mayor,.I will be happy to answer any
-one of the members of the board. I am employed by you folks. I am
Snot employed by the public here to answer their questions. It you
want to ask me that question I'll be glad to respond to it." Mayor
Millender said, "Answer the question."
' Gaidry said, "I think that most attorneys have a good idea when there
is a conflict of interest and I think they know how to behave when
there is a conflict." He went on to say "I don' t know what it is that is
a conflict here tonight, that deals with the Apalachicola Airport." Lycett
said he only used that as an instance.
Gaidry added, '"There are difficulties in small towns and sure, there
are conflicts of interest, more so than in a large city. What we have to
do is be cautious. Take tonight for instance. If it's of benefit for us
because we are local, we may know more about the local people and
the situation. That might be advantageous, so it's a trade-off. If you
want someone who couldn't possibly have a conflict and I'm not sure
you could find someone in the world, there are certainly those in
Tallahassee who might likely, have less of a conflict. And if you go
Further, to other remote areas, you might find people who don't have
any chance of a conflict."
Gaidry said if conflicts did arise he would take care of it. If necessary,
withdraw. He added that if he is representing the city,then that is
what he would do. He said it would depend upon the action. He said,
"It the city had a direct action against Ben Watkins, probably so."
Tony Millender said that the commission should move on to other
business. "We can go on and on and on." Ann Cowles said, "The Florida
Bar has rules that cover conflicts of interest."
Commissioner Pam Lycett said, "I believe we are skirting the issue.
Memorial Day, last Monday, these issues came up and I am just re-
ally disappointed, because I think all we did was go through the mo-
tions and it was a done deal. Commissioner Jennie Sanborn asked,
"What are you saying was a done deal?" Lycett answered, "I think
that Mr. Gaidry's appointment was already decided." In the end, Com-
missioner Jim Phillips said, "We voted for him because he was the
cheapest." Nita Molsbee said, "He was the only one who lived in Fran-
There were several attorneys who applied who already had city gov-
ernment law experience. Two who work together for Destin and Fort
Walton Beach were Susan Brownless and David Thieraux. They were
Skilled in public utilities; land use; permitting; personnel procedures
and impact fees. The two offered their dual services for $300 for the
first six hours and $100 an hour thereafter for regular work or litiga-
tion. Thieraux advised the commission that they already had the ex-
perience and in the end would be cheaper, as they already had the
Attorney Rosemary Palmer, of Tallahassee, withdrew her application
after hearing how meager the budget was. She said, "You.cannot af-
ford me." She drew a round of applause from the audience and com-
mission when she said she understood the small budget of little places
and would be happy to do pro bono work for the city.
Other attorneys who applied were: Ralph Brooks of Key West; Mary
SEllen Davis of Crawfordville; Rod Sniffen, Michael Thornberry, and
Jim Spalla of Tallahassee.
Old Flag Doing Very Well
By Tom Campbell
There's an old American flag
hanging with quiet dignity in the
main meeting room of the Frank-
lin County Senior Center on Av-
enue F in Carrabelle. The flag be-
longs to Ms Evelyn Pace, Execu-
tive Director of the Center.
Upon closer observation, the flag
becomes noteworthy because of
what is embroidered inconspicu-
ously on it: "To Nelson Salring,
From James MacNeal, August 19,
1915, age 5 years."
Of course the flag has- only 48
stars. It is in good condition, con-
sidering the number of wars since
then, including World War I. It has
been appreciated by such people
as Ms. Evelyn Pace.
"I love old stuff," laughed Ms.
Pace. "Don't get me started, be-
cause I love history."
She was working with Elder Care
Services in Tallahassee, "about
ten years ago," she said. "I was
with the Senior Companion Pro-
gram. A lady died and some of her
belongings were donated to the
Senior Companion Program. I've
been taking care of it. All my life
I've collected old things."
She pointed out a clock dated
1861. "My Great-great-grandfa-
ther glued the Warranty on the
back of the clock when he pur-
chased it," said Ms. Pace. "He was
one of three brothers at the time
of the Civil War. The oldest brother
fought for the North, the young-
est for the South, and the middle
brother chose not to fight in that
The clock was still working until
the moisture in the air did some-
thing unfortunate. It is still look-
The old American flag is in good
shape, too. If there isn't a note-
worthy fact in this, there ought
to be. The clock and flag certainly
are interesting to look at, if you
visit the Senior Center in
On the 22nd of May, 1998, the
Franklin and Gulf County Drug
Task Force executed two search
warrants in Franklin County,
Florida, and made four arrests.
Two search warrant teams ex-
ecuted the search warrants at the
same time to prevent any evi-
dence, at both locations, being
destroyed by the suspects in the
investigation. A search warrant
and arrest warrant was served at
the Starfish Apartments located
at #151 East Gorrie Drive on St.
George Island, in Apartment #2.
The arrest warrant was served at
another location about three
blocks away from the apartment,
which was being rented by Kim
Jackson Miller aka/"Big Kim". A
controlled purchase of cannabis
(marijuana) was made by the Task
Force. Another arrest warrant for
Sale of a Controlled Substance
was executed at a residence in
Eastpoint, on James Keith Golden
III. A search warrant was also ex-
ecuted at a residence in
Eastpoint, where investigating
officers found cannabis (mari-
juana) along with drug parapher-
nalia for the use of cannabis
(marijuana) by the residents of the
house. A $10,000.00 Bond was
placed on Miller and Golden at the
time of their arrest. Both are out
of jail as of the 23rd day of May,
1998, and.will appear in Frank-
lin County Court to face charges.
SheriffVarnes had received infor-
mation from the Drug Task Force
that the subjects were dealing in
cannabis (marijuana) in Franklin
County from their homes, and
that is when the investigation into
the allegations were ordered. The
Drug Task Force conducted their
investigation and made controlled
buys from the suspects. Sheriff
Varnes was notified and the
search warrants were obtained
from a local judge. A briefing was
conducted by the Task Force to
insure that all the officers involved
were knowledgeable of who the
suspects were and the location
that the search warrants would
At approximately 8:00 p.m. both
of the search warrants were ex-
ecuted by the two teams. This
operation was a success due to
the careful planning and effort put
forth in the investigation to en-
sure the safety of the suspects
and the officers involved, said
Sheriff Varnes. "We are and will
always continue to fight against
drugs and drug dealers in our
communities, and through the
efforts of reports made by our citi-
zens and the Drug Task Force we
will keep Franklin County as dnuii
free as we can."
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 will be six weeks in length.
The program, he said, will attempt to improve student acheivement
and strengthen teaching expertise in order to meet Sunshine
Standards. "We try to get a lot into six weeks," said Miller, "so we can
In looking beyond traditional approaches to improve student
performance, Miller said that it was important for Kaplan Services to
focus on the following issues:
1. Identifying low performing schools
2. The new Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
3. The mandated student proficiency provisions.
Miller explained that the pilot program will include several
components: a professional development component, an academic
intervention component, a family-learning component and an on-line
assistance and resource component.
The professional development component will bring teachers together
with students to apply newly acquired instructional strategies in a
"practice environment." The component will include six sessions. Each
of the sessions will be four hours in length.
City Commission meeting on June 1, 1998 was nearly filled to room capacity.
The academic intervention component will include a personal training
& tutorial program for areas of academic deficits; it will also include
study skills to introduce strategy-based learning directly to the student
and technology to accelerate acquisition of basic skills.
The family learning component will include two family seminars for
students, parents and the school community at large. The sessions
will explore various issues relevant to school improvement, Sunshine
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The Franklin Chronicle 12 June 1998 Page 7
By Tom Campbell
Seeking to do what is necessary
may not always be popular, but it
can get the job done. It's commit-
ment to service.
The Order of Daedalians is The
National Fraternity of Commis-
sioned Military Pilots and honors
those who have given extraordi-
nary service to their nation.
Lanark Village is home to one of
those honored pilots.
A member of the Order of
Daedalians and the last living
"Plank Owner" of Helicopter Ex-
perimental Development Squad-
ron (VX-3), U.S. Navy helicopter
pilot #14, is happy to claim
Lanark Village as home. Edward
Kubicki and wife Margaret (Marge)
have resided in this peaceful little
village for fourteen years.
Commander Kubicki, U.S.N., re-
tired in 1962, after more than
twenty-one years of service. In a
letter of appreciation, dated 27
July 1962, Paul D. Stroop, Chief,
Bureau of Naval Weapons, wrote:
"It is my privilege to express ap-
preciation for your faithful and
devoted service to this (Naval
Weapons) Bureau, the Naval ser-
vice, and to our country."
To this day, Commander Kubicki
has a self-deprecating sense of
humor. When asked about his
acts of heroism, he smiled, "I just
did what was necessary." He is
easily admirable with a quick wit.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1941,
the beginning of World War II
(WWII), as a Hospital Corpsman.
Then, to be "politically correct," he
was "discharged as a Hospital
Corpsman and re-enlisted as an
Aviation Cadet in the Navy Avia-
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He was designated as a Naval
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July of 1946.
His colorful and varied career in-
cluded: duties as a naval aviator
at the South Pole in 1946, Atomic
Weapons Test in 1948, and North
Pole in 1951.
In the first Helicopter Search and
Rescue Unit, he personally piloted
42 rescue flights. In 1949, it was
Kubicki's firm insistence and di-
rection that saved a man's life.
Kubicki flew an injured sailor:
back to the Naval Hospital in Cor-
pus Christi, Texas, and Kubicki
"firmly insisted and directed" that
blood, plasma be "first adminis-
tered to a patient while in flight
during helicopter transit." This
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was an extraordinary tirst, which
later was accepted as an almost
routine procedure during Korean
helicopter rescue operations.
Now, almost fifty years later, Com-
mander Kubicki has this to say
about that helicopter flight when
blood plasma was first adminis-
tered to a patient while in flight:
"It was my decision that this was
necessary to save the man's life."
Kubicki was "Plank Owner" and
assisted in establishing many of
the Navy's first helicopter squad-
rons such as VX-3, Helicopter
Utility Squadron One, Helicopter
Anti-Submarine Squadron 1,
Helicopter Anti-Sub Squadron
Eleven, and Helicopter Squadron
MU-2. He served as Helicopter
ASW Training Officer on Staff,
Commander Fleet Air Wing
(CFAW-14), Quonset Point, Rhode
Promoted to the rank of Com-
mander in July, 1958, he holds
the Navy Commendation Medal,
American Defense Medal, Victory
Medal, National Defense Medal
and the Antarctica Medal.
He is religious, in a practical way,
in daily routine. "God," he said,
"adds a dimension to our lives
that would be otherwise void."
His citations are many and in-
clude a personal letter from the
Governor of Jamaica, B.W.W., for
his piloting of a rescue plane and
saving the life of a British
He holds the winged "S" from the
Sikorsky Helicopter Company for
his water rescue of a night fighter
pilot in the North Pacific, under
extremely adverse weather condi-
tions. He had to "utilize a ship's
radar bearings to the area."
Commander Kubicki was instru-
mental in the development of the
Navy's Drone Anti-Submarine
Helicopter (DASH), for Navy De-
stroyer operations against the
submarine threat. Again quoting
Paul D. Stroop, Chief, Bureau of
Naval Weapons, in his Letter of
Appreciation dated 27 July 1962:
"Your service record discloses
outstanding performance in WW
II and a long and productive tour
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Cadet Kubicki, at the
University of Iowa pre-
flight school, 1942.
in the development of the helicop-
ter following the war and its in-
troduction into general and spe-
cialized Fleet use. It is particularly
noteworthy that you were the
fourteenth Naval Aviator to be-
come qualified to fly helicopters
and served as a "Plank Owner" in
the Navy's first helicopter squad-
ron, Helicopter Development
Squadron THREE (VX-3)."
Stroop continued: "Your fame and
recognition as a helicopter pilot
have become legend in the service
and the number of successful res-
cue flights you have made over
these twenty years of flying will
always challenge those who fol-
Commander Kubicki spoke of the
1947 "Flying Banana" with "skin
on." He said, "The first ones had
no skin." That is, they were just
bare structure. This was the first
tandem rotor to be manufactured
and fly. It was used for rescue
work, and evolved into the Chi-
nook, used in Korea and Vietnam.
It could lift an operating room and
tank. It was a heavy duty flying
machine." He flew such an aircraft
Weapons Test ENEWETOK 1948-
49, Program Officer-Bureau Na-
val Weapons. He is one of this
nation's heroes. In the line of
duty, his own life was in danger
many times, but he continued his
practice of doing "what was
Kubicki served as Franklin
County Commissioner, District 2,
from November, 1986 to Novem-
ber, 1990. When asked if he had
any observations on the current
picture in Franklin County, he
said, "Aquaculture is an excellent
project which will boost the
economy and reward those par-
ticipating with much needed
money. I'm definitely in favor of
drilling for oil off shore. There are
many modern ways of protecting
the environment. If we have oil
reserves, we can bargain with
anybody and our nation will be
better off. The economy will be
better off also."
He also stated, "I think I would
like to see the Commissioners
properly enforce the comprehen-
sive plan, and for permits to be
issued by a state-certified build-
ing inspector. That way, he could
stand up in Court confidently,
and upon the departure of the
present engineer, to replace him
with a state-certified degree engi-
He concluded, "Service should be
for all of the people of Franklin
County, not any individual or
A capsule simplification of the
mythological story behind The
Order of Daedalians might be
stated: "You have to know your
weakness, in order to make the
most of your strength." In a su-
per-structure like the U.S.A.,
there are inevitably multitudinous
weaknesses, and some enemies.
Freedom carries with it the re-
sponsibilities to be alert to foibles
and challenges, in order to offer
methods of instruction and
strengthening, or to carefully su-
The ultimate, of course, is for each
individual to develop maximum
potential. The Order of Daedalians
honors pilots who have achieved
such success in serving their
Retired in 1962, Kubicki then
taught secondary education for 22
years (1962 to 1984), teaching
physics, physical science, reli-
gion, and math; and also the
NJROTC, for 15 years in New Or-
Sleans, at Brother Martin High
School, one of the top 37 schools
in the nation. Kubicki's contribu-
S tion resulted in the Navy
-BRAVOZULU Award to the
SNJROTC unit with which he
S worked, the unit winning that
S award seven consecutive years.
Marge and Ed Kubicki regularly
attend The Sacred Heart Catho-
lic Church in Lanark Village. They
have five living children, eight
grandchildren, and six great-
Stein Runs for
9 U.S. Congress,
Timothy W. Stein, a registered
Democrat and a resident of rural
Overstreet, Florida, qualified on
May 5, 1998, to run for office of
United States Congress, House of
Representatives, District 2, as a
Write-In Candidate with the Divi-
sion of Elections in Tallahassee.
Stein tried to get 11,580 signa-
tures to get on the ballot as an
Independent, but was unsuccess-
ful due to limited access to the
people. He did receive about 5,500
signatures, far short from the
The 53-year-old candidate is a
disabled veteran who was severely
wounded while serving with the
United States Army in Vietnam.
He has also been a computer en-
gineer, a published freelance
writer, and a business owner. He
is an amateur radio operator,
(N9FTC), and is concerned about
the sale of amateur frequencies by
Stein has been married 29 years
to his wife, Suzanne. who works
in thejc\\ ji 'h dp 'rlurient ofWal-
Mart in Panamna City. A son,
Tmiothylv who graduated from
Port St Joe High School in 1995,
is urrcnitih serving in the Army
as a paratrooper,
In making his announcement to
seek office, Stein says it is time
to end the ";.,'lciims our country
is having with campaign financ-
: .. It is wrong for big money, lob-
byists, and vast amounts of soft
money to buy elections. Stein
states that one only has to look
at the election records to see that
the candidate who raises and
spends the most money is the one
elected. This campaign is no dif-
ferent, However, if the people of
this district want to make a dif-
ference by voting for me as a
write-in, we can send a message
to Washington that won't be for-
gotten for a long time. Stein says
he has a foolproof plan for ending
this big money influence on our
elections. Simply limit the money
going to the candidates and par-
ties. Make all candidates work for
your vote. No more lip service by
the candidates, who then do what
they want or are directed to do,
by big money when they reach
Washington. Stein says "I need
the help of the people, I need them
to do something different, and
that is to remember the name
STEIN until election day, Novem-
As a matter of record, he flew
many different types of aircraft,
"thirty-one different types." He
said, "I have over 4,147 pilot
hours in my log books." Some of
the various ones he named in-
clude "the HOS, HOS-1, R5, HSS-
1, HSS-1N (night-equipped), Ram
Jet Blade Tips, UF1 Amphibian,
JD (an attack bomber)."
He added, "I also flew the C118,
Number 46505, President Harry
Truman's 'Sacred Cow,' out of Key
Kubicki was attached to HELO
SQUADRONS VX-3, HU1, HU2,
HS1, HS11, HELO DETS, and
As already mentioned, Com-
mander Kubicki is a Member of
The Order of Daedalians, honored
for: All Weather Flight Instructor,
USN Drone Anti-Sub Helo Project
ENEWETOK ATOMIC WEAPONS
HELO "HOT SAMPLES" RECOV
ERY PILOT (Tested 3 "De-
vices"),and others too numerous
"None of this would have been
possible," Commander Kubickt
smiled, "without the support of
my wife Marge." He named a list
of her steadfast efforts and inge-
nuity, including, "Melting snow in
order to flush toilets, when the
plumbing was frozen in Rhode
Island, and things like that. She
and our children were living in
East Greenwich, Rhode Island,
while I was up in the Arctic flying
off an Icebreaker. And Marge and
the children were melting snow."
he chuckled. "She paid her dues."
The wife obviously shares the
"spirit of patriotism and devotion"
with the Commander.
Many "key military assignments"
will go unnamed here because of
space, but these are striking for
their implications: Operation
Nanook in the Artic Operating
from Deck of Icebreaker, USS
ATKA AGB-3, Helo Pilot Nuclear
CDR Kubicki with the Sikorsky helicopter.
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By Pam Rush
As you come into Apalachicola,
there's a forest of concrete stat-
ues and a shell shop on the left
off Highway 98. Pearl
Westmoreland is probably sitting
on her porch. Lucky customers
arrive to buy shells and statuary,
but they also receive an ear full
of local folklore.
Westmoreland and her husband
Bill (now deceased) moved to
Apalachicola in 1969 from Reno,
Nevada. They were originally from
Florida and wanted to get back to
this state. They bought Bayview
Trailer Park, 515 Highway 98, in
Pearl said she thought they had
put their "eggs in the wrong bas-
ket to start with." She said when
they bought the trailer park, a
space rented for $15 a month. It
took seven years before a profit
was shown. Today that same
space rents for $150 per month.
There was a shotgun house on the
pi-operty.,,that rented for $Qa a
month when they first bought the
lark, and in 1997 it rented for
450 a month. The old house was
torn down last year in order to
make more space for rental
Pearl has three sons, Norm Free-
man, Cole Freeman and Mark
Westmoreland. She said her son
Cole is the maintenance man and
helps around the place since her
husband, Bill, passed away.
"Running the park for all those
years," she said, "has left me with
many interesting stories to tell."
The late Sarge Stone, "who passed
away four years ago in December,"
was a very good friend of the fam-
ily, according to Pearl. He lived at
On the 29th day of May, 1998, the
.Franklin and Gulf County Drug.
'Task Force executed two search
'warrants in Eastpoint, and made
four arrests. Two teams executed
the search warrants at the same
time to prevent any evidence, be-
ing destroyed and the suspects
from being tipped off as to the in-
vestigation. Sheriff Bruce Varnes
gathered his two teams, which
consist of uniformed and plain
clothed officers, at a predeter-
mined meeting place in Franklin
County to conduct their briefing
ci the two search warrants and
the suspects in each residence. A
reconnaissance patrol was sent
ahead of each initial team to make
sure that the teams could safely
enter and execute the search war-
rents. Once everyone was in po-
sition, SheriffVarnes executed the
Order to proceed with the search
Warrants. According to Sheriff
Varnes, "Team #1 and Team #2
were able to quickly make entry
acd secure the scene, along with
the occupants of each residence,
without any result of injury to
sepspects and officers."
Search Warrant Team #1 ex-
ecuted a search warrant at the
residence of Alvin Wade and Alma
Irene Marks at #318 U.S. High-
way 98 in Eastpoint. The search
Warrant was read and the search
warrant team searched the resi-
the park for many years and took
notes of every event that went on
at the trailer park "You could ask
Sarge about certain things that
had happened and he would have
all the details written down," she
Westmoreland said that they had
planned to write a book from
these memories, but they "never
got around to it," because of his
death. "He was like a brother to
me and my late husband and he
is greatly missed," she said.
In the front yard Pearl has a large
assortment of concrete statues.
Ranging from Florida Gator stat-
ues to bird baths. "I've always
liked them," she said. People be-
gan asking about them so she
started selling them.
A shell shop is also located on the
property. Pearl said that she and
Bill used to get up early in the
morning and pick up shells to sell
in the shop. One of the most in-
teresting is The Legend of the Cru-
cifix. This is a fish bone from the
lowly sailcat fish. It has an out-
line that looks like Jesus hang-
ing on the cross. She picks,them
up from her dock.
Richard and Wendy Kozak
stopped by to browse through the
shop. They are from Orlando and
were passing through town on
vacation. After making their pur-
chase they sat and talked with
Pearl for awhile. Pearl said she
has had customers stop by from
You can see Pearl sitting out on
her porch most any morning
drinking coffee and enjoying the
weather. When asked if she thinks
now that she had put her eggs in
the wrong basket, she said "No, I
would do it all over again."
dence. Officers found cannabis
(marijuana) being dried out for
distribution, cannabis (mari-
juana) seeds for future plants to
be grown, a set of electronic
weight scales to weigh the can-
nabis (marijuana) being distrib-
uted, one cannabis (marijuana)
smoking pipe (bong) for use of
cannabis (marijuana) and ninety-
five (95) cannabis (marijuana)
plants being grown in the back
yard Each plant was considered
a seedling, which is considered as
being the second crop of Cannabis
marijuanaa) plants. Each plant at
its mature size can produce up to
1 pound of cannabis (marijuana)
with a street value between
$1,000.00 and $1,400.00. Search
Warrant Team #2 executed .a
search warrant at the residence
of Noah H. Goodson, Sr. and Wil-
liam John Goodson (B.J.) at #377
Barber Drive in Eastpoint. Once
inside the residence the search
warrant and Miranda warnings
were read to the occupants at the
residence. During the search of
the residence and property, inves-
tigating officers located a large
amount of cannabis (marijuana)
being dried out and processed,
carefully separated and labeled
cannabis (marijuana) seeds for
future plants to be grown, a num-
ber of hand-made cannabis (mari-
juana) smoking pipes (bongs)
made from the large bamboo
plants in the back yard and sixty-
ive (65) cannabis (marijuana)
plants being grown.
After each search warrant team
had completed their assignments,
Sheriff Varnes made sure that
each home was secured and had
been completely searched for evi-
dence. Alvin Wade Marks, 27,
Alma Irene Marks (Amerson), 28,
Noah H. Goodson, Sr., 60, and
William John (B.J.) Goodson, 26,
were arrested and transported to
the Franklin County jail for book-
ing. The charges made against all
four defendants were Possession
of More Than 20 Grams of Can-
nabis (marijuana), Possession of
a Controlled Substance with In-
Lent to Sell, Cultivation of Can-
nabis (marijuana) and Possession
of Paraphernalia. First appear-
Shrimp fishermen are using sev-
eral non-certified variations of the
authorized Gulf fisheye bycatch
reduction device (BRD). The Na-
tional Marine Fisheries Service, in
cooperation with the Gulf and
South Atlantic Fisheries Develop-
ment Council, the National Sea
Grant Marine Extension Service
and the U. S. Coast Guard, has
been engaged in an intensive ef-
fort to aid shrimp fishermen re-
garding how to properly install
and use BRDs. Thus far, only two
designs have been authorized for
use in the Gulf of Mexico shrimp
fisheries: the Gulf fisheye BRD
and the Jones-Davis BRD.
Specifically, NMFS is concerned
about an unauthorized version of
a BRD that entails the insertion
of a mesh water accelerator fun-
nel in the cod end of shrimp trawls
behind the fisheye BRD. "While
water accelerator funnels are an
integral part of the Jones-Davis
BRD and are positioned in front
of the Turtle Excluder Device
(TED), they are not authorized for
use in any form behind a TED in
conjunction with a Gulf fisheye
BRD,. said Andrew Kemmerer,
Director of NMFS, Southeast Re-
gion. "NMFS worked hand in hand
with the shrimping industry
throughout the process of devel-
oping BRDs. In fact, the designs
that are now certified were devel-
oped and used by shrimpers be-
fore federal regulations required
their use in the Gulf of Mexico
shrimp fisheries. However, all new
designs or variations to certified
BRDs must be thoroughly tested
and certified by NMFS that they
are effective at excluding fish, es-
pecially juvenile red snapper,
while retaining shrimp."
"I want to emphasize that the vast
majority of shrimpers are using
certified BRDs. And while we al-
ways welcome proposals for inno-
vations that may improve the ef-
ficiency of any type of regulated
fishing gear, I must caution fish-
ermen not to use gear that has
not been certified," concluded
ance was given on the morning of
the 30th day of May, 1998, at the
Franklin County Jail Facility in
the booking room. All four defen-
dants were out on a bond by the
First Appearance Magistrate.
Sheriff Varnes considered the in-
vestigation to be a success from
the amount of illegal drugs taken
from the two homes that could
have entered the streets of Fran-
klin County and from the careful
planning and execution of each
search warrant to ensure the
safety of his men and the suspects
involved. "I have and always will
encourage the citizens of Frank-
lin County to take an 'Active Role'
in the eradication of all types of
illegal drugs and improper use of
controlled substances within our
Our narcotics unit has an "Infor-
mation Hotline" that will take in-
valuable information that the
public sees every day of their lives.
Sometimes even small amounts of
information from someone that
witnesses what they believe to be
"drug activity", and it could lead
-to a major drug operation or drug
dealer being arrested and stop the
flow of drugs to our families and
streets. You can all make a dif-
ference in this "War Against
Drugs" in our county. A total
street value of $160,000.00 in
drugs were seized as a result of
the investigation conducted by the
Franklin/Gulf County Drug Task
Force. "We will continue our ef-
forts to stop the flow of drugs in
Franklin County, and those from
other counties bringing in these
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by Bonnie Segree
Well, it's time again to catch up
on some local news. I have had
quite a few people call me with
some news which I appreciate
very much. Keep calling Ill
I would like to wish Nicole Bryan
and Jason Carroll many happy
years together. They were married
Saturday, June 6th at Living Wa-
ters Church in Apalachicola in a
beautiful ceremony. Nicole is the
daughter of Georgette and Joe
Colson of Apalachicola and Hugh
Bryan of Carrabelle.
Also, on June 6th, there was an-
other blessed event with the mar-
riage of Christol Howard and
Mark Sanders. They were united
in marriage at the Pentecostal
Church in Eastpoint, with the re-
ception being held at the Fire Sta-
tion. Many, many good wishes are
wished upon this couple. Christol,
I will miss seeing you at Register's
Supermarket everyday, with your
great big smile. Good Luckl!
Iva Gene and Emory Dearinger
was telling me how much they
appreciated the Men's Fellowship
from the Eastpoint Church of God
coming to visit them and doing
odd jobs around their home, not
only them, but other people in the
,community. When you are
shut-in, it's nice to have people
Happy Birthday to Mrs. Ola
Shiver. She celebrated her 94th
birthday with a big party held on
Sunday at Sharon's Place. A good
time and good food was enjoyed
by all. May you have many more.
Holly Rush will be celebrating her
12th birthday on Saturday with
an ice-cream party at Hobo's in
Carrabelle. Congratulations Holly,
and I hope you live to be a HUN-
A lot of people from the Eastpoint
Church of God Will be traveling
to Tampa- Wimauma to attend
their yearly Camp meeting Con-
vention next week. Hope everyone
has a safe trip and a very good
Well, all the children are glad that
school is finally out for the year,
but they will soon be bored, with
nothing to do, (it seems this is a
familiar phrase among children),
so maybe you need to sign up for
the Summer Reading Program
that will be held at the Eastpoint
and Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Public Library
and also at the Holy Family Cen-
ter in Apalachicola. For more info,
please call 670-8151.
Also, on Tuesday, June 30, at
10:45 at the Apalachicola Coim-
munity Building there will be a
musical production by the Bits 'N
Pieces Puppet Theatre entitled
"Thimbelina". There will be Giant
nine foot tall puppets to entertain
youth of all ages. The show lasts
for one hour and is FREE to the
public. Hope to see you there.
It was nice to see Kristi Crum over
the weekend, when she and her
fiance visited with her parents.
They will be getting married on
July 18, in Panama City Beach.
Donn'a Dasher and Dwayne
Coulter will be getting married on
July 10 at the Eastpoint Church
of God. May God richly bless both
these couples, and hope they will
have many, many years together.
All these girls getting married re-
minds me just how old I am get-
ting, (sometimes I try to forget),
because I remember when their
mothers were children. Oh! How
Well, I've about said all I have to
say this week, so I'll close out for
now, hoping to hear from you all
with more news. Have a good
week, and May God Bless You All.
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lion in 1997. This represents a 29
percent increase since a similar
survey was conducted in 1995,
and nearly three times estimated
sales of $35 million in 1987. The
biennial surveys are conducted by
the Florida Agricultural Statistics
As in previous surveys, tropical
(ornamental) fish continued to
dominate Florida's aquaculture
industry. There were 203 active
growers of tropical fish in 1997,
accounting for $57 million, or 56
percent of total sales. Tropical fish
accounted for 67 percent of total
sales in 1995. The aquatic plants
category, with 59 growers and
$13.2 million in net sales, was
second in value. This category
includes plants for aquariums
and farm-produced plants used
in wetlands restoration.
Clam production continues to
grow rapidly, with sales by 318
growers valued at $12.7 million
in 1997, more than doubling sales
of $5.4 million reported in 1995.
Alligators, with 26 active growers,
contributed $3.19 million from
combined hide and meat sales.
Sport and game fish sales totaled
$1.04 million, and sales from ti-
lapia were steady at $1.07 million.
Forty-two catfish growers contrib-
uted $0.64 million Other shell fish
totaled $9.34 million. All other
aquatic sales totaled $2.72 mil-
lion from 14 growers. About
11,627 acres of land, including
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August 28-30: International
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Approximately 22,000 qualified
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and services. Space is still avail-
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water surface area, was devoted
to aquaculture production in
Aquatic species identified in the
survey were tropical fish, catfish,
alligators, oysters, clams, sport
and game fish, crawfish, eels, ti-
lapia, shrimp, aquatic plants and
other minor aquatics. The value
is based on farm sales of aquat-
ics produced by Florida growers,
and excludes harvest from open
waters or the wild.
Growers also sold $3.5 million
worth of tropical fish that they
imported for immediate resale. All
statistics in this release are for net
Florida production and value, and
exclude imports and purchases
from other Florida producers for
There were 696 active producers,
of which 552 reported sales in
1997. The survey also identified
109 potential new growers with
intentions to produce aquacul-
tural products for sale in 1998 or
later. The largest increase is ex-
pected in clam production, with
64 new growers. Many of these
new growers will be in production
when they graduate from a train-
ing program in Charlotte County
in June of this year.
For information about the aquac-
ulture survey, call (407) 648-
6013, or write:
Florida Agricultural Statistics
1222 Woodward Street
Orlando, FL 32803
For information about the
Department's seafood and aquac-
ulture program, call (850) 488-
0163, or write:
Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer
Bureau of Seafood and
2051 East Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310
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With dry hot days, burning trash
is dangerous. So Carrabelle Vol-
unteer Fire Department Chief,
Bonnie Kerr, will institute a "No
Burn" policy until the high fire
danger is over. The Chief urged
all residents to "use common
sense. The weather has been un-
usually hot, dry and windy."
She said that this is a combina-
tion of conditions that can turn a
small trash fire into a wild tire very
easily. It can still get out of hand,
even if a person is standing close
by, holding a hose.
When driving, persons are asked
to keep all lighted cigarettes in-
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Lee R.P. "Pal" Rivers. (File photo taken in 1994)
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
WHEREAS, LEE R.P. "PAL" RIVERS has served Franklin County as
Clerk of the Circuit Court, and
WHEREAS, "PAL" served Franklin County as high school instructor,
WHEREAS, "PAL" served Franklin County and the nation as a naval
WHEREAS, among the many things "PAL" did for Franklin County
was to serve as a member and long-time Chair of the Franklin County
Apalachicola Airport Advisory Committee, and
WHEREAS, under the leadership of"PAL" Rivers, the Franklin County
airport at Apalachicola had its runways restored, new hangars built,'
fuel and fixed base operator services installed, runways lit, and radio
and weather report capability installed, and
WHEREAS, "PAL", having brought our airport ready for the 21st
century, is retiring from the advisory committee June 16, 1998,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE FRANKLIN COUNTY.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS that this Resolution of Ap-
preciation be presented to LEE R.P. "PAL" RIVERS as the thanks of
a grateful Franklin County.
This Resolution adopted by the Franklin County Board Of County
Commissioners at its regular meeting June 2, 1998.
THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
District Parking Lot Being Paved
By Brian Goercke
The condition of the dirt and of-
ten bumpy parking lot in front of
the Franklin County School
District's office facility on 10th
Street has long been an issue at
meetings of the Franklin County
During the regular May meeting
of the Franklin County School
Board, a majority of members fi-
nally agreed to have the lot paved.
The county began preparatory
work on the lot in the later part of
May. This work, noted Superin-
tendent Brenda Galloway, saved
the school district an estimated
$30,000. Without the donated la-
bor provided by the county, it was
estimated that the entire paving
project would have cost the dis-
Currently, workers from C.W.
Roberts, Inc. are completing the"
paving project. The project is ex-
pected to be completed by the
middle or later part of June. Su-
perintendent Galloway com-
mented that the newly paved
parking lot will enhance the dis-
trict facility. "The necessity of this
(paving) has been pretty evident,"
she stated, "we're looking forward
to having a nice parking lot that
will be open to the public."
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Published every other Friday
Todays and Yesterdays
Publisher's note: Joyce R. Matthews, columnist for the Peach
County newspaper in "middle Georgia" (The Leader Tribune) sent
us a copy of her column recently, following some "R and R" in the
panhandle of Florida. She wrote, "Beautiful area-restful and re-
freshing atmosphere, lovely people. My compliments and best
wishes to each and your newspaper as well. With fond memories.
Joyce R. Matthews." Excerpts from her column follow.
I ran away from home last week. I had. two companions, my daughter
and a sister, who both felt the need for a change, a retreat, some call
it a vacation or "just getting away from it all for a few days." I call it a
This fair skinned, sunburn prone, redhead has made a habit of avoid-
ing blazing sun and sand of the Florida beaches following several
painful cases of sunburn. Beach time consisted of arising early and
enjoying my early a.m. coffee there, followed by a brisk walk with
other early birds, including the Gulls, Pelicans, and Sandpipers. Later
in the p.m. when Old Sol was ready to retire, another long walk was
called for after a lazy afternoon spent with a good book..."
We decided to get ahead of the Summer heat, the crowded tourist
haunts, and look for the real Florida. We found it in the smaller towns
and villages, on the backroads away from the well traveled paths. I
like the older Florida, the real Florida, and the good-natured natives
who tolerate our invasion of their Paradise...
They live in places with exotic sounding names; names such as
Suwannee, Withacoochee, Apalachicola, and Sopchoppy. I sincerely
hope the real Florida, like much of its wildlife, is not on the endan-
gered species list also...
How wonderful to, for a brief period, have no schedules, no dead-
lines,-and no agenda other than, Having No Agenda! Miss a meal..big
deal! Feast on the beauty of a sunrise or the colorful blanket of wild-
flowers beside the roadway. There's the peace and quiet on a de-
serted beach as you nurse a mug of hot coffee, and fend off a flock of
greedy Gulls. They have designs on the bag of leftover bread and
hushpuppies, which they have learned to expect. There's sunshine
on the water, breakers on the beach and dolphins skimming and
jumping, just offshore. There are multitudes of many varieties of sea-
shells, washed up by the surf, and glistening on the early a.m. de-
serted beach, to be picked up by beachcombers. The many shrimp
boats, at least 50, we are told, work the coastline and dot the horizon
daily. Each night their lights resemble a diamond necklace trailing
across the horizon and the dark water, winking and glowing...
It will be another busy week as I return to the "Real World". I'm still
shaking white sand from my shoes and creaming down my slightly
red nose, a souvenir of the sun and salt breeze. I have my own souve-
nirs to distribute, a bag of sea shells, interesting bits of driftwood, a
Pelican's feather, and some beautiful memories of nice people you
encounter along the way...
Misleading Car Financing Tactics
The Department's Division of
Consumer Services has been re-
ceiving complaints from consum-
ers who say they responded to ads
for low interest rates on cars and
only after they signed a contract
for the car and had been driving
it for several weeks did they learn
they did not qualify for the low
interest rate. By the time consum-
ers are contacted by the
dealerships, the dealers have
traded in or sold the consumer's
trade-in car. As a result, consum-
ers are forced to pay a much
higher interest rate in order to
keep the new vehicle.
It's legal for dealerships and other
car sellers to advertise a particu-
lar interest rate, but consumers
should be aware that the low rate
hinges on their credit status. Most
dealerships have immediate ac-
cess to a person's credit history
and consumers should never sign
a contract or take the car off the
lot before a credit check has been
completed and is in writing. Con-
sumers should make sure the
agreed upon price and other con-
ditions are put in the contract iri
writing before it is signed. And, of
course, customers should always
get a copy of that contract.
Consumers should be aware that
Florida does not have a 3-day can-
cellation period on car sales. Un-
less a contract specifically gives a
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