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Volume 7, Number 13


Marvin Dykes
Dies in
Accidental

Drowning
On June 20, 1998 at 6:30 a.m.
Sheriff Bruce Varnes was notified
that at approximately 1:00 a.m.
that morning, a possible drown-
ing had occurred on the Apalachi-
cola River in an area called Pin
Hook. Two men, James Coulter
the operator of the boat and
Marvin Dykes passenger were
near Pin Hook fishing, when
Marvin Dykes age 54, fell into the
swift river. James Coulter jumped
into the water and attempted to
rescue Mr. Dykes but was unable
to maintain a secure hold and Mr.
Dykes went under the water. The
boat drifted downstream and
Coulter swam safely to a nearby
shore. Hours later, around 6:00
a.m., Mr. Coulter made contact
with'a passing boat and the boater
took him to the Breakaway Lodge
where :hev made contact with
Franklin County Sheriffs Office.
Mr. Coulter's boat was found drift-
ing. by Robbie Johnson. -at the
railroad trestle bridge.
Assistance from the Franklin
Gulf, Bay and Calhoun County
Search and Rescue Dive Teams
was requested. About 30 divers,
6 boats, 1 helicopter and a plane
assisted in the search.
While the Florida Marine Patrol
conducted the investigation into
the incident, SheriffVarnes coor-
dinated the rescue operation. Af-
ter a day long search, Sheriff
Varnes ordered the dive teams
from the water so that a cadaver
search dog from Bay County
could get a better scent.
At approximately 8:15 p.m.
Florida Marine Patrol Officer
Phillip Messer notified Sheriff
Varnes that he had located the
body one quarter mile down-
stream of the Pine Hook area. The
Sheriff responded, being able to
identify the body of Marvin Dykes,
having known him for many
years. The body was sent to the
Tallahassee Medical Examiner's
Office. Sheriff Varnes personally
notified the family of Mr. Dykes'
death.
Sheriff Varnes states that the
Medical Examiner's office re-
ported that there were no signs
of foul play or injuries and the
incident is being ruled as an ac-
cidental drowning.
Sheriff Bruce Varnes feels that
cooperation among the Franklin


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File Photo: Mayor Charles Millender


Carrabelle Mayor Resigns

Due to III Health


By Rene Topping
Carrabelle Mayor Charles
Millender who had served three
times as the Mayor of Carrabelle
offered his resignation from that
office on the morning of June
23rd. Millender who has had a
series of illnesses in the past
months made his intentions
known in the following letter:
I, Charles A, Millender,
Sr. request that the Citi-
zens of Carrabelle and
City Commissioners ac-
cept this letter of resigna-
tion due to medical prob-
.lems, effective June 22,
1998. I have enjoyed serv-
ing as Mayor for people
of Carrabelle.
I will always have the
people of Carrabelle in
my heart. Signed by the
Mayor.
His resignation was read aloud to
the audience by Mayor Tempore
Buz Putnal at the special meet-
ing that had been called prima-
rily with the intention of choos-
ing a city clerk from eight appli-
cants. The reading set off a chain
of events. First, the Mayor's res-
ignation was accepted with regret,
wishes for his return to good
health and praise for his time in
office.
City Attorney Douglas Gaidry
counseled the commissioners as


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to what they needed to do. He said
that they could choose a new
mayor among their members.
Putnal was asked if he would ac-
cept the job. He reluctantly ac-
cepted. Gaidry told the commis-
sioners that the correct way would
be to have Putnal resign as Road
and Parks Commissioner and
have the commissioners accept
that resignation. Next the com-
missioners could nominate him
as mayor and that be approved.
Putnal's term in office as Road
and Parks Commissioner would
be up in 1999. It is the same as
the term for the Mayor. Gaidry
advised the commissioners that
they could appoint someone to fill
out Putnal's unexpired term.
Commissioner Jim Phillips said
that it was customary to make it
known the office was open and
have any city resident who would
like to serve send in a letter of
application for the position.
Applications will be received at the
City Hall and the commissioners
decided that they would choose
between applicants at their regu-
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Commissioners
Approve

Ordinance
"Imposing Temporary Ban on
Sale and Use of Fireworks,
Outdoor Fires and Explosives
in Franklin County"
By Tom Campbell
In a special meeting at 11:30 a.m.
on June 23rd, Franklin County
Commissioners approved an or-
dinance "imposing a temporary
ban on the sale and use of fire-
works, outdoor fires and explo-
sives in Franklin County because
of drought conditions, imposing
a penalty and declaring an
emergency."
Emergency Management Director,
Butch Baker, according to the
Ordinance, "is hereby authorized
to declare" when "the drought
emergency has ceased to exist."
The Ordinance "shall not apply
to a public fireworks display spon-
sored or regulated by a fire de-
partment of a municipality or fire
district of Franklin County, or to
attended and monitored cooking
equipment."


Inside
Johnson Charged... Page 2
SEditorial & Commentary
............................ Page 3
Saltwater Classic ... Page 4
Second Circuit Court
............................. Page 5
Golf Course Case ... Page 8
FCAN.................... Page 9
Dixie Theatre ...... Page 10
Bookshop ........... Page 10
Carrabelle City Clerk
........................... Page 11
ZinTate .............. Page 11
CPAA Sends Letter
.......................... Page 12



Updates on

Prison, Trail

and City

Projects

By Rene Topping
An attentive audience listened to
authoritative updates on impor-
tant projects affecting the City of
Carrabelle at a special meeting of
the Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce held June 18 at the
Franklin County Senior Center.
Foremost among the speakers
was Nancy Wittenberg who will be
in charge of construction of a
Florida State prison that will
house 1,450 inmates by the year
2001. Also discussed was the
Rails to Trails project first pro-
posed about four years ago by
Mary Ann Koos. In addition, those
present were updated on seven
projects inside the City of
Carrabelle by Bill McCartney of
Baskerville and Donovan.
David Butler opened the meeting
by showing a video tape that had
been made several years ago by
students of Florida A&M Univer-
sity. They proposed a means in
which the developers, city officials
and the people could jointly agree
on resolutions to find a solution
for the changing economic picture
of the area.
In introducing the speakers he
said, 'The people who are coming
to talk to you are Bill McCartney,
Nancy Wittenberg and Mary Ann
Koos. They are here to provide in-
formation as a forum for discus-
sion. It's not a forum of discus-
sion or even beyond that. I just
wanted to alert the Chamber so
they will know the things that are
happening in our area and the
things that are going to happen
in the future."
The first speaker was Bill
McCartney who gave the audience
a run down on a shopping list of
improvements that have come to
the city by way of several grants
and low interest loans from the
government. He got a laugh when
he said he had agreed to come
here and speak. "I didn't realize it
was going to be an economic sum-
mit. But I think it is great and I
think you need to have more of
these."
He added, "My presentation here
tonight got started in 1994. I was
on the Ruby "B," on the way to
Dog Island. I was going over there
to spend a weekend at the Peli-
can Inn and I met the fellow that
runs that boat. Name is Williams,
I think. He and I had known each
other for ten years, and Raymond
asked me, "Do you think you
could get the city some grants?"
RaymondWilliams was the city
commissioner at that time.
The list McCartney presented
starts with a $129,000 grant to
purchase the old concrete plant
on the Carrabelle River. The
Riverwalk program that includes
Continued on Page 7


June 26 July 9,,1998


Florida Power: "No Low

Pressure Sodium Lights Now"

By Tom Campbell
In a Public Hearing discussion that revealed Florida Power Corpora-
tion has no rate plan for the most "turtle-friendly" (low-pressure so-
dium) lights, Attorney Barbara Sanders addressed the Franklin County
Board of Commissioners during regular session June 16. She asked
the Commissioners to approve the Ordinance intended to protect
hatchling marine turtles from the "adverse effects of artificial light-
ing, provide overall improvement in nesting habitat degraded by light
pollution, and increase successful nesting activity and production of
hatchlings on the beaches of Franklin County, Florida."


Barbara Sanders
The ordinance puts limits and modifications on existing lights on the
beaches within "the portion of the Coastal Construction Control Line
(CCCL) in Franklin County." These areas principally include St. George
Island, Dog Island and Alligator Point.
Ms. Sanders stated, "We drafted the Ordinance to really deal with the
future. As you know, there has been tremendous growth on St. George
Island with new construction."
She said that there were extensive discussions with "Florida Power
about the issue" of the low-pressure lighting versus high-pressure
lighting. Low-pressure sodium luminaire (LPS) means "an electric
discharge lamp containing sodium, neon, and argon, that when illu-
minated appears amber-yellow."
During "nesting season" (May 1 through October 31), marine turtle
nests may be found along these Franklin County beaches. Artificial
light emanating from any human-made device may confuse the turtles,
causing them to go toward that light, as if it is natural light coming
from the moon. This may cause the turtles and hatchlings to become
victims of predators, leading to unnatural dea to atal eth. Some sources quote
these "unnatural deaths to be at least thirty percent" of marine turtles.


Mike McDonald
Florida Power does not have a rate "in place" for the low-pressure
lighting and does riot plan to "go back to the Public Service Commis-
sion" until the year 2002, concerning the rate. Mike McDonald, rep-
resenting Florida Power Corporation, said, "We do not have any low-
pressure sodium lights available now." He added, "Our problem with
the ordinance really is the cost of replacing to low-pressure sodium.
We don't have a rate for it."
In the past, high-intensity lighting has been popular with residents
because it is relatively cheap and good for security.
Ms. Sanders said, "According to the DEP (Department of Environ-
mental Protection), the high-intensity lighting is "one of the most com-
mon causes of hatchlings' misorientation and mortality. Low-pres-
sure sodium (light), on the other hand, is minimally disruptive."
Mr. McDonald explained that a "cut-off fixture" on the high-intensity
lighting makes the "light come down (toward the ground). We shield
it," he said. "The best thing we (Florida Power) have now is the cut-off
fixture. And where lights need to be turned off, we'll turn those lights
off."
Ms. Sanders said, 'I think when people find out that the turtle light-
ing that they are putting up is not turtle-friendly, the customers are
going to say, 'We don't want it.' I think the market will take care of
itself. When word gets out that the only thing that Florida Power can
install is the (high-intensity) lighting, then nobody is going to want
it." She explained that she thought the "free market pressures will be
brought to bear on the Florida Power Corporation."
Any new construction requesting a "turtle-friendly" light in the CCCL
cannot be supplied with a low-pressure sodium light by the Florida
Power Corporation, as of now. They have options as to what they can
do.
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Franklin

Briefs

Alan Pierce, County Planner, in-
formed the Board of County Com-
missioners that the Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) was interested in helping
the county turn the St. George
Island bridge into an artificial reef.
The county's obligation would be
the same as it was in 1988 for the
John Gorrie bridge. The county
would obtain the permit and the
Department of Transportation
contractor would perform the
tasks. For those portions of the
bridge transported, the reef is ex-
pected to be established in fed-
eral waters.
Board action was taken to set an
adoption hearing on several land
use changes: One unit per five
acres, a new land use category
(residential estate), the adoption
of two large scale land use
changes using the new category;
adoption of language regarding
densities of development on small
scale land use changes; adoption
of a small scale land use change.
Alan Pierce sought guidance from
the Board on Corps of Army En-
gineer (COE) wetlands, Depart-
ment of Community Affairs (DCA)
wanting to prohibit increasing
density in flood plains (which they
are interpreting to mean flood
zones). The hearing for 4 August
1998 at 9:15 a.m. was approved.
In the interim, the Board of
County Commissioners decided to
ignore the recommendations from
the DCA.
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission recommended that the
Board of County Commissioners'
adopt the Special Use Permit Or-
dinance with the modification that
it be limited to golf courses, and
small water and sewer plants, at
this time. The matter will be taken
up at the first Board meeting in
July.
Franklin County Extension Direc-
tor Bill Mahan, in his report to the
County Commissioners, named
the award winners for the 1998
4-H/DOT Seatbelt Safety State
Program Leah Carroll from
Brown Elementary School was
awarded Honorable Mention in
the 3rd 5th Grade Division. Leah
is the second Franklin County
student in the past five years to
receive this recognition at the
statewide contest.
He also reported that seven Fran-
klin County youths attended this
year's County Camp at Camp
Timpoochee, whereas last year
there were only four. The young
people enjoyed a week of camp-
ing, crafts andactivities.


Skating Rink

Request To Re-

Zone To Go To

Planning And

Zoning


By Tom Campbell
Ms. Deborah Moses appeared be-
fore the Franklin County Board
of Commissioners -on June 16,
requesting that the Board "re-
zone my property so I can get on
with my project (skating rink)."
Ms. Moses was informed that the
matter must properly go to the
Planning and Zoning as a next
step, for a recommendation.


Franklin County planner Alan Pierce holds a plat showing
the 27-lot subdivision on U. S. 98 east of Lanark Village
for St. Joe Land Development. The Board of County
Commissioners had previously approved the plat, and at
the Tuesday meeting, June 16th, the Board approved
sketch and preliminary plat. Additional action is still
required when the wetland line is shown on the plat.


William Johnson Charged with

Second Degree Murder


By Brian Goercke
William "Pedro" Robert Johnson
of Carrabelle has been charged
with one count of Second Degree
Murder for his alleged role in the
death of Thomas Howard Causey
on May 16. Mr. Johnson, who was
17 years of age at the time of his
recent arrest, will be prosecuted
as an adult in the Second Circuit
Court of Franklin County.
According to the probable cause
report, the Franklin Couinty
Sheriffs Department received an
Emergency 911 call from Brian
Traylor on May 16. Lt. Michael
Eller with the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department and Officer
Fred Jetton with the Carrabelle
Police Department were dis-
patched to the incident, which
occurred across from the Swifty
Mart on Highway 98 in Carrabelle.
According o the report, "(Officer)
Jetton arrived on the scene and
discovered a white male subject,
later identified as Thomas Howard
Causey, lying on the ground suf-
fering from multiple stab wounds
to the mid torso area." Mr. Cau-
sey was transported to Tallahas-
see Memorial Hospital, but died
en route. The report concluded,
"it is believed the stab wounds are
the cause of his death."
Several witnesses on the scene
informed authorities that Causey
and Johnson had been fighting
earlier. "The initial fight was bro-
ken up," the report noted, "but as
the fight progressed, Johnson
pulled a knife and stabbed Cau-
sey several times." Witness Loreal
Daniels reported .that she ob-
served Johnson strike Causey
several times in the mid torso. "As
a result," it was noted, "Causey
slumped over." Ms. Daniels fur-
ther reported that she observed a
knife in Johnson's hand when he
backed away from the victim.
Witness Brian Traylor reported to
authorities that he observed a
"flash of a metallic object" in
Johnson's hand during the fight.
'Traylor said he believed it to be
a knife," the reportnoted, "wit-
nesses stated that Johnson was
armed with a knife. But no one
saw Causey with a weapon." It
was reported that several wit-
nesses on the scene did not see
either person in possession of a
weapon.
Mr. Johnson allegedly fled the
scene with James Keith, Brian
Bilbo and Travus O'Neal. The re-
port noted; "Keith, Bilbo and
O'Neal gave sworn recorded state-
ments that Johnson admitted he
stabbed Causey and would prob-
ably go to prison because he
stabbed him about 10 times."
Carrabelle Police Chief Buddy
Shiver and Officer Fred Jetton lo-
cated Johnson at his residence on
Baywood Drive in Carrabelle. "It
appeared he had washed up and
put on a clean change of clothes,"
the report concluded, "Johnson's
mother (Elizabeth Dean) re-
quested law enforcement not (to)
interview him, and instructed
Johnson not to give any more in-
formation other than his name


and address." Officers observed
that Mr. Johnson had a lacera-
tion to his finger, a' knot on his
head and a slightly swollen lip
when they took him into custody.
Assistant State Attorney Ron
Flury submitted an Order or Jail
Custody on June 3 requesting
that the staff of the Juvenile De-
tention Center and the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department co-
ordinate in the delivery of
Johnson to the Franklin County
Detention Facility. Flury also re-
quested that no bond be granted
in the case. Judge F.E.
Steinmeyer granted the requests.
Assistant State Attorney Ron
Flury argued three points in his
Motion for Order for Jail Custody.
Those points included:
1. According-to the probable
cause affidavit, Thomas Howard
Causey was stabbed multiple
times by the defendant, William
R. Johnson. Causey died while en
route to the hospital.
2. An Information is being filed
charging this 17 year old (at the
time of the offense) defendant with
Second Degree Murder causing
this case to be transferred to the
regular Criminal Division of Cir-
cuit Court as authorized by Sec-
tion 985.227, Florida Statues.
3. Section 985.215 (4) (a), Florida
Statutes, states the count shall
order the delivery of a child to a
jail or other facility intended or
used for, the detention of adults
when the child has been trans-
ferred for criminal prosecution as
an adult.
Mr. Johnson was arraigned at the
Second Circuit Court of Franklin
County on June 16. His case was
continued by Judge Van Russell
for pretrial on ,July 20.
Mr. Johnson was repre-
sented by Attorney Lynn Alan
Thompson.

Woods Fire

Destroys Acres

in Apalachicola

Four volunteer units and the
Florida Forestry firefighters finally
contained a blaze in northwest
Apalachicola Friday night, June
19th around midnight.
Units from Apalachicola,
Eastpoint, St. George Island, and
White City along with Forestry
personnel battled a blaze devour-
ing 40-50 acres of woodlands in
the vicinity of Gibson Street,
Apalachicola, during the night.
According to participants, three
houses faced immanent danger of
burning when the flames were
brought under control. There
were no injuries, nor homes de-
stroyed by the fire.
The brown haze lingered until
morning, presenting a picture
typical of the northern Florida
area in recent days, due to fires
across the northern tier of the
State, from Jacksonville to west-
ern Florida.


Commissioners Vote to Keep Road


Mr. Oliver Nash, Ms. Moses' fa-
ther, said he owns the property
and will give it to his daughter,
but wanted "to get on with it." He
said, "Zone it and let her (his
daughter) build a roller-rink
where these kids could have
somewhere to go, or say no."
Ms. Moses said she was willing to
go to Planning and Zoning. She
was informed that she will be put
on the Agenda for the second
Tuesday in July. She was asked
to bring with her a plan, includ-
ing a layout of buildings on the
property.
Two major concerns appeared to
be traffic and noise in the area.


Open to Public

By Tom Campbell
A Public Hearing on Road Aban-
donment of a 35-foot street be-
tween LOT 4, BLK D, and LOT 1,
BLK E, Perkins Beach, was held
June 16 before the Board of Com-
missioners of Franklin County.
Discussion was offered by some
property owners who wanted the
abandonment. Apparently, this
abandonment would result in the
land reverting back to the origi-
nal owner, in this case apparently
the Perkins Family.
Mr. George Cochran, a resident,
asked the Commissioners to keep
the road open to the public. He
said, "It is short-sighted to give
public land away. Keep it open to
the public."
The road is about 35 feet wide and
about 100 feet long, leading to the
beach.
"We've got a pretty beach," Mr.
Cochran said. "Let's keep the road
open to the public."


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Tommie Cochran
Ms. Tommie Cochran, who is with
a realty company in Tallahassee,
addressed "the future, where
property values are directly deter-
mined by the quality of life around
the property." She said, "St. Joe
is going to develop this coast. Plan
for the future and allow access to
the beach. Be fore-sighted, and
don't be cut off from the very
beach that you used to enjoy."
After discussion, the motion car-.
ried without objection to not
abandon the 35 foot street, but
to keep it as public land.


List of Low

Performing

Schools

Revised

All 158 public schools initially
identified in the fall of 1995 as
having critically low student per-
formance have improved perfor-
mance enough to be removed
from the list of the state's criti-
cally'low performers. Upon veri-
fying results of reading and math-
ematics assessments for all pub-
lic schools in the fall of 1998, the
state may identify additional
schools as low performing for the
first time.
The criteria for identifying the
original 158 low performing
schools, which has remained un-
changed over the past three years,
was adopted unanimously by the
State Board of Education in 1995.
The State Board rule governing
low performing schools also re-
quired schools receiving this des-
ignation for three consecutive
years to appear before the State
Board for possible required local
actions. The twenty schools that
potentially faced intervention will
not be required to report to the
State Board of Education this
summer due to their achievement
of required improvement levels.
,However, all local school districts
working with the Florida Depart-
ment of Education that had de-
veloped aggressive school im-
provement plans for low perform-
ing schools, have agreed to move
forward and implement these
plans, which focus on improving
students' performance in reading,
writing and mathematics.
In addition, there were nearly 300
schools identified in November,
1997, that were approaching criti-
cally low performing status. These
schools have also been targeted
for intensive improvement activi-
ties by the Florida Department of
Education's Office of School Im-
provement, to keep them off the
list, especially in view of the more
rigorous Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT). Cur-
rently, a school must have test


scores below designated levels in
reading writing, and mathemat-
ics for two consecutive years to
be identified as a critically low
performing school. For example,
an elementary school is identified
if fewer than 33 percent of stu-
dents score above the 50th per-
centile in Reading Comprehen-
sion, fewer than 33 percent score
above the 50th percentile in Math
Concepts/Applications, and fewer
than 33 percent score "3" or above
on Florida Writesl for two con-
secutive years.
Education Commissioner Brogan
emphasized that schools will face
bigger challenges in the near fu-
ture, as the state phases in the
new Florida Comprehensive As-
sessment Test (FCAT) anl. higher
achievement levels for utilization
in the state's system of school
improvement and accountability.
Utilizing FCAT to measure stu-
dent performance will "raise the
bar" for schools to stay off of the
low performing list.
Later this summer and fall, com-
mittees of parents, teachers, prin-
cipals and business leaders will
recommend achievement levels
that will be used in scoring next
year's FCAT, and identifying
schools with low performance.
Next year, the state will begin
utilizing FCAT results for
accountability purposes, such as
recognizing schools for academic
excellence or improvement, iden-
tifying low performing schools,
and earning a college ready
diploma. Eventually, the FCAT
will be used as a requirement for
high school graduation, replacing
the High School Competency Test.
The first phase of the state's
school accountability system has
been a catalyst for a host of posi-
tive changes, including: improve-
ments in curriculum, more focus
on reading, writing and math-
ematics, more mentoring and tu-
toring, increased parental involve-
ment, and more business part-
nerships. In addition to the sig-
nificant improvement seen in the
original 158 schools identified as
low performing in 1995, the state
has also documented improve-
ments in dozens of schools that
were performing at a level just
above the low performing criteria.


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Carrabelle Area

Chamber

Presents Award

to Florida Power

Corporation

By Tom Campbell
At its regular meeting June 18,
the Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce presented Business of
the Month Award to Florida Power
Corporation.
This award was given "to recog-
nize the outstanding support"
that Florida Power has given to
the Carrabelle Chamber, espe-
cially in connection with the an-
nual Waterfront Festival, the third
Saturday in April.
President Thomas W. Loftin pre-
sented the award to Mr. Bill
Naylor, Manager of Engineering
and Construction for Florida
Power. Mr. Naylor supervises line
crews.
Ms. Bonnie Stephenson; Execu-
tive Director of the Chamber, said,
"The help from Mike McDonald
and Larry Smith from Florida
Power contributed to the Water-
front Festival success. We greatly
appreciate their efforts. Without
the support of Florida Power, the
festival would have been difficult
and costly."
A Special Appreciation Award was
given to Ms. Shirley Vigneri. Ms.
Stephenson said, "Shirley and her
husband Frank have been resi-
dents of Carrabelle,for approxi-
mately two years. She is a rep for
Sun-America Securities, Inc.'Dur-
ing the last four months, she was
a terrific asset to the Chamber
and the Waterfront Festival."


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The Franklin Chronicle 26 June 1998 Page 3


EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


What Is Dignity and

Where Is It On July 4?

By Tom Campbell
What is dignity and who cares?
What does it have to do with Independence Day?
Americans enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July with parties, good
times, and fireworks. The bigger, the better, Americans like it.
So where is dignity?
You don't hear it talked about in conversations as you go about your
day's activities. Or do you?
"That woman is a saint," you may hear somebody say.
"I wish we had more men like him in the county," someone else may
say.
"I wouldn't put myself in that position. I don't know why anyone would."
"I wouldn't say that kind of remark to anybody."
"I wouldn't be that hard-hearted."
"No matter what color your skin may be, you are better than that."
"I feel a responsibility to something greater than just me."
"Don't step on my toes, and I won't kick you in the knee."
These remarks reveal dignity-or the lack of it. What is it?
The dictionary definition is: "The state of being esteemed or honored.
Poise or formal reserve in appearance and demeanor. Example: The
dignity of labor moves us forward."'
On Independence Day, we are reminded that "all men and women
and children are created equal." We are reminded that, "We hold these
truths to be self-evident."
We are taught to value "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Each of us makes mistakes and there is no perfect form of govern-
ment anywhere. But, here we have an opportunity to learn, grow,
and get better.
July Fourth is Independence Day and means more than fireworks
and parties. It is a celebration of human dignity. We may ask our-
selves on this day, "Is there dignity in my life?"

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-NOTICE OF MEETING
The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin Commission
established the Water Allocation Formula Committee to negoti-
ate allocation formulas(s) for the basin. The next meeting of the
Committee will be held at the following time and location:
Monday
June 29, 1998
1:00 p.m. (CDT)
at the
Alabama Judicial Building
300 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ACF'water
demands, allocation formula components, water allocation
formula and the schedule for upcoming committee meet-
ings and their agendas.
For further information, please contact:
Georgann Penson, Public Information Office
Northwest Florida Water Management District
(850) 539-5999


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A file photo taken in the Plantation, St. George Island, in
January 1995 may tickle the memory a bit and remind us
about cold weather and icicles. This is not likely to take
our minds off the terribly hot weather and fire dangers
much of northern Florida has experienced in recent weeks,
but this might remind us that what gets hot also gets cold.

Telecommunications E-Rate in Danger
A terrible thing is happening concerning the Federal Communica-
tions Commission E-Rate discounts for schools, libraries, and rural
health care providers. Some members of Congress, including House
Speaker, Newt Gingrich, and some members of the Appropriations
and Commerce Committees expect the E-Rate program to be blocked
in the next two weeks. Others such as Senator Olympia Snowe, and
Senator Bob Kerrey are trying to save it. If it goes, our public libraries
in the three counties of Franklin, Jefferson, and Wakulla will lose a
lotl The E-Rate is a discount telecommunications connections to set
up Internet access from the libraries for all people in the counties to
use.
All three counties library directors and the Wilderness Coast Public
Libraries central admiinistrator have been working since last Novem-
ber to apply for the discounts. The forms were difficult to fill out, very
exacting in nature, and a great relief to finish up in April and wait
until the bid process and checking process were completed before
receiving the discounts. The awards were projected to be sent to us in
late,June., early July-right about now. The impact on the budgets of
all three libraries was significant. Our discount on telephone rates,
T-l and 56 Kb lines rates, Internet connections, and computer serv-
ers for the central office Internet connection are about 77%. The Tele-
communications Act was supposed to help rural areas especially, to
get connected, since it costs far more in rural areas where telephone
companies don't have a financial incentive to lay wire for these con-
nections. That's us-we're rural and would stand to have our high
rates reduced to something more like an urban area like Miami. Many
schools and libraries in rural areas don't have enough in their bud-
gets without the E-Rate discounts to provide Internet connections for
the people in their areas who do not have computers at home and
would not have access except through their libraries and schools. So
it will be a great loss to us not to receive this most important new
rate.
For Wilderness Coast Public Libraries, it will mean that we will not be
able to automate the bookmobile to match the three libraries. It also
means we won't be able to use the savings to buy more books for the
bookmobile to refresh the collection. The budget is stretched to cover
new technology costs, and this E-Rate discount would have been a
welcome relief. I hope that Congress comes to its senses and does not
rescind a law they have already passed and thatoover 30,000 schools
and libraries across the nation have sweated to comply with. If they
feel as cheated and disappointed as I do if this happens there will be
much gnashing of teeth, and later hard feelings against these seem-
ingly thoughtless legislators.
It's also necessary to mention the great bonanza the telephone com-
panies received in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, of the $70
billion worth of the people's airwaves for high definition TV, for the
commitment that they subsidize the cost of connecting schools and
libraries to the Internet. Their profits now are huge; Tom Kalil of the
National Economic Council told The Washington Post that "long dis-
tance firms have saved $2.4 billion over the last 11 months, several
hundred million more than would have been spent under the highest
estimates of what the E-Rate could cost." So corporate greed and
pressure on members of Congress, who are supposed to be serving
the people, not the companies, are making an awful impact on schools
and libraries, and in turn, on our communities.
Cheryl Turner
Central Administrator
Wilderness Coast Public Libraries
Crawfordville, Florida
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FRANKLIN COUNTY ORDINANCE 98-12
AN ORDINANCE OF FRANKLIN COUNTY. FLORIDA
IMPOSING A TEMPORARY BAN ON THE SALE AND USE OF
FIREWORKS, OUTDOOR FIRES AND EXPLOSIVES IN
FRANKLIN COUNTY BECAUSE OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS:
IMPOSING A PENALTY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, a severe draught now exists in Franklin County, and
WHEREAS, wild fires have occurred here and throughout the state, and
WHEREAS, open fires, fireworks, and explosives pose a great danger of wild-
fire during the drought, and
WHEREAS, an emergency exists and the immediate enactment of this ordi-
nance is necessary, now
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF FRAN-
KLIN COUNTY:
1. A drought emergency exists now in Franklin County.
2. The sale and use of all fireworks, sparklers, flares, incendiary devices, ex-
plosives, is hereby prohibited.
3. Open fires and the use of outdoor burning devices (including barbecue
grills unless attended and monitored) are hereby prohibited.
4. This ordinance shall be deemed filed and shall take effect when a copy has
been accepted by the postal authorities of the Government of the United
States for special delivery by certified mail to the Department of State of
the State of Florida.
5. This ordinance shall not apply to a public fireworks display sponsored or
regulated by a fire department of a municipality or fire district of Franklin
County, or to attended and monitored cooking equipment.
6. The Emergency Management Director, Butch Baker, of Franklin County is
hereby authorized to declare that the drought emergency exists, and to
declare that the drought emergency has ceased to exist.
7. A violation of this ordinance shall be prosecuted as a misdemeanor, pun-
ishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00 or by imprisonment in the county
jail not to exceed 60 days. or by both such fine and imprisonment.


Eastpoint Post Office Celebrates 100

By Tom Campbell


The Eastpoint Post Office, located
on highway 98 in Eastpoint, is
celebrating its 100th Anniversary
this Sunday, June 28th from 1
p.m. to 4 p.m.
The facility was chartered on July
2, 1898.
An open house is planned on Sun-
day, with former postmasters in


attendance, including Mr. George
Creamer. The current postmis-
tress, Cathy Halford, and clerks
Cindy Hogan and Beverly Sapp
will be on hand to welcome
guests, with a tour of the facility
to be presented. Prizes will be
awarded and special 'guests will
be recognized.


Tobacco Free Youth Expo


An exciting twelve hour confer-
ence was held at the Tallahassee
Civic Center on Friday, June 12,
1998. Sponsored by the Florida
Tobacco Free Pilot Program and
Edward Waters College of Jack-
sonville, Florida, the purpose of
the Youth Expo was to counter the
targeting of youth and minority
groups by tobacco product manu-
facturers, by presenting the facts.
Ms. Latonya Townsend, Juli
Jones, Albert Floyd, Jr. and
Anastasia Townsend of Apalachi-
cola participated in the Youth
Expo. Governor Lawton Chiles,

Dr. Jimmy R. Jerkins, Sr., three
of the world famous Harlem Globe
Trotters, Prince D host of the
BET's Teen Summit and the Tal-


lahassee Boys Choir also at-
tended. Many gifts and prizes
such as T-shirts, back packs,
pencils, pens and notepads were
given to the youth under the
TRUTH brand label of non-to-
bacco products. Working through
such organizations as Kids
Against Tobacco (KAT) and Stu-
dents Working Against Tobacco
(SWAT) in many schools and
neighborhoods throughout
Florida, and supported locally by
the Franklin County Tobacco Free
Partnership, the youth are to
spread the word to families,
friends, and communities. Certifi-
cates of completion were awarded
to the students and chaperones
for.participating in the Youth
Expo.


Amanda Loos to Boston on Internship


Amanda Loos, 1995 Carrabelle
High School Valedictorian, now a
senior at New College of the Uni-
versity of South Florida, will be
leaving for Boston this summer
for a 5 week internship with the
Center for Millennial Studies at
Boston University. Amanda was
awarded grant funding for the
Boston trip through the New Col-
lege Foundation and Alumnae
Association.
The Center for Millennial Studies
is an independent non-profit re-
search center committed to ana-
lyzing and assembling an archive
of materials and documents con-
cerning the growing phenomena
of apocalypticism and millen-
nialism as the year 2000 ap-
proaches.
While at the Center, Amanda will
work closely with highly-esteemed
scholars in the field, assisting


with current projects, seminars,
and cinema studies activities,
while gathering research material
and background for her senior
thesis on visions of the apocalypse
in American film. Amanda, the
daughter of Eileen Annie and Tom
Ball of Eastpoint, will graduate
from New College- next spring
with a Bachelor's Degree in
Humanities.


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the next three months, nests will hatch at
night and baby turtles will scramble to the
sea, guided by light reflecting from Gulf
waters.
Any light on land can confuse the baby
turtles causing them to turn away from the
sea.
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Big Bend Saltwater Classic Celebrates ---

10th Anniversary in Carrabelle


Hundreds of fishermen and oth
ers gathered at the Moorings in
Carrabelle to participate in the
10th Annual Big Bend Saltwater
Classic tournament June 19-
21st.
Yamaha Marine Corporation,
makers of outboard engines, has
been a major sponsor of the tour-
ney for at least four years, joined
by a subsidiary. Cobia Boats, last
year.
The Saltwater Classic is put on
by the Big Bend Saltwater Clas-
sic Foundation, Inc., benefiting
the Organization for Artificial
Reefs (OAR), Florida Wildlife Fed-
eration and the Dick Howser Cen-
ter for Childhood Services. Mem-
bers of OAR actually
brainstormed and planned the
beginning of the Classic in 1989
when a few members gathered at
a Tallahassee restaurant and
started the blueprint for what has
become "the largest saltwater fish-
ing tournament in the Big Bend
Gulf," according to the program.
In 1997, 657 anglers registered to
compete for cash prizes and tro-
phies. This year the count was
put, informally, at 687 fisher-per-
sons, from young children to vet-
eran anglers. The divisions for the
competition included Amberjack,
Cobia, Dolphin, Flounder, Grou-
per, Gafftop Sailcat, King Mack-
erel Spanish Mackerel, Speckled
Trout and Wahoo.







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Special guest master of ceremo-
nies this year was Jack Ridner.
Tournament judge was Dr. Russ
Nelson, Executive Director of the
Florida Marine Fisheries Commis-
sion. Alan Richardson was the
Chairman of this year's spectacle
and Hugh Davis was 1998 Direc-
tor. A Board of Directors consist-
ing of representatives from OAR,
the Florida Wildlife Federation
(FWF) and the Dick Howser Cen-
ter numbered 17 persons.
Events began on Wednesday,
June 17th in Tallahassee with
Calico Jack's popular "Team
Thing", a competition for the best
T-shirts among recreational
teams. Then, the action shifted to
Carrabelle at the Moorings Marina
for the Carrabelle Captain's Meet-
ing on June 18th. Friday brought
"first lines in the water, and by
noon, the midway opened consist-
ing of food, arts and crafts, boat
showcases and educational ex-
hibits. By 3 p.m. the Moorihgs
weigh-in- station opened, along
with a semi-trailer used to tem-
porary store captured fish as the
judging cranked up. Saturday at
10 a.m., the midway opened
again, and weigh-ins were taken
at 3 p.m. along with the Classic
auction conducted by Jack Ridner
and associates. By late afternoon,
Sunday, June 21st, the awards
had been made in all categories,
and the Dreani Boat Rig (valued
at $35,000) had been auctioned
off and the Classic closed for an-
other year.
The program issued at the event
probably contained the most fit-
ting conclusion to the fishing
spectacle. It read:
"Still young, still growing
and still eager to make
itself the very best it can
be, the Classic is still be-
ing brought to you largely
the same way it was a
decade ago-on the
strength of unpaid volun-
teers".


The midway of the Classic, held at the Moorings, Carrabelle,
June 19-21st.


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Frank Stephenson, one the Classic's Directors, received
an appropriate Father's Day gift at the Classic ended on
Sunday, June 21st.


Marine
Fisheries
Commission
STATE OF FLORIDA

MFC Acts on

Snook, Reef

Fish and Other

Saltwater

Fishing Issues

The Marine Fisheries Commission
held a public meeting June 1-3,
1998 in Destin and took the fol-
lowing action:

SNOOK
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment and di-
rected staff to schedule a final
public hearing in September, in
Fort Myers, on proposed amend-
ments to the snook management
rule that would establish a state-
wide minimum/maximum size
limit of 26-34 inches for snook,
eliminate the allowance of 1 fish
over the maximum size limit and
prohibit the captain and crew on
for-hire vessels from retaining the
snook bag limit. The current 2 fish
snook daily bag limit and snook
seasonal closures would remain
unchanged.

REEF FISH
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment regard-
ing proposed changes to the man-
agement of numerous reef fishes.
The Commission directed staff to
"fast track"'. the implementation
of provisions that would:
- reduce the minimum size limit
for red snapper harvested from
Gulf waters from 16 to 15 inches
total length (contingent upon
resolution of state/federal
litigation)
- reduce the daily recreational bag
limit for red snapper from 5 fish
to 4 (including captain and crew
on for-hire vessels)
- modify the federal commercial
license measurement in the reef
fish rule, to correctly reference
new South Atlantic snapper-grou-
per limited entry and Gulf red
snapper permits; the


Commission's amberjack rule li-
cense requirement would also be
similarly amended
The Commission intends to take
these federal consistency provi-
sions to the Governor and Cabi-
net for approval in time to imple-
ment the provisions by mid to late
July. The Commission also di-
rected staff to schedule a final
public hearing in Ft. Myers, in
September, on proposed reef fish
rule amendments that would:
-provide an automatic closure of
state waters to Gulf recreational
red snapper harvest when federal
waters close to such harvest (af-
ter 6 weeks prior notification of
the projected closure)
- modify black and gag grouper
management in Atlantic state wa-
ters only, by establishing a 2 fish
daily recreational bag limit (within
the 5 fish daily aggregate limit for
all groupers), increasing the mini-
mum size limit from 20 to 24
inches total length and prohibit-
ing the harvest, possession, pur-
chase and sale of black and gag
grouper during March and April
- increase the minimum size limit
on black sea bass from 8 to 10
inches total length statewide, es-
tablish a 20 fish daily recreational
aggregate bag limit on black sea
bass in Atlantic state waters only,
and require escape vents on sea
bass pots statewide
- establish a 10 inches total length
minimum size limit for white
grunts statewide
- establish a 14 inches total length
minimum size limit and a 5 fish
daily recreational bag limit for red
porgies and prohibit the harvest
and sale in excess of the bag limit
and all sale of red porgies in
March and April (these provisions
would apply in Atlantic state wa-
ters only)
- require that all reef fish species
(including all snappers, groupers,
sea basses, wrasses, grunts, por-
gies, triggerfishes and amber-
jacks) be landed in a whole con-
dition and designate all these spe-
cies as "restricted species"
- standardize commercial closure
language in Commission reef fish
rules
- prohibit all possession of Nassau
grouper
- specify that the 1 fish daily rec-
reational bag limits for speckled
hind and Warsaw grouper are
within the 5 fish aggregate daily
grouper bag limit


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Father-son combinations are typical in the Classic
competitions. Paul Osterbye, owner of Paul's Plumbing
(Tallahassee) poses with his sons, Butch and Danny (lower).
Danny was in 3rd Place for Trigger fish. Paul had caught a
King Mackeral weighing 19.1 lbs.


The Commission also deferred
action on Gulf gag and black
grouper and red porgy manage-
ment, Gulf sea bass and grunts
bag limits, and hogfish, until up-
dated stock assessments of these
fisheries are received.

CALICO SCALLOP
RULE-Final Public
Hearing
The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on a proposed rule to
manage Florida's calico scallop
fishery. This rule would:
- prohibit the harvest of calico
scallops between the
Hillsborough/Manatee counties
line and the Big Bend/Northwest
regions line
- prohibit the use of scallop trawls
in all state waters closed to otter
trawls, and within 1 mile from the
COLREGS line;, (except in Frank-
lin, Gulf, and Wakulla counties -
within 3 miles from the COLREGS
line)
- prohibit the harvest, possession,
or landing of calico scallops less
than 1 1/4 inch in shell height (a
5 % tolerance for the harvest of
undersize scallops would, be
allowed)
- allow the use of specified trawls
for the directed harvest of calico
scallops only, and allow the use
of a try net
- establish a minimum webbing
size of 3 inches stretched mesh
throughout the body and bag of
the net, a minimum net twine size
as #84 nylon, a maximum
headrope length of 40 feet, and a
maximum net mesh area of 500
square feet
- establish a maximum net tow
time of 25 minutes, and allow
turtle excluder device exemptions
for specified calico scallop trawls,
if federally approved
This proposed rule will go to the
Governor and Cabinet for ap-
proval in the near future.
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The Franklin Chronicle 26 June 1998 Page 5


Franklin County Second

Circuit Court Report

The Honorable Judge Van Russell
Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury / \
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
June 16, 1998
All defendants are innocent of charges against them until proven otherwise in
a court of law.
ARRAIGNMENTS
Fred Brown: Charged with one count of Sale of Crack Cocaine, the defendant
pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on
July 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
According to the probable cause report,. the defendant allegedly sold $20 worth
of crack cocaine to a confidential informant in Apalachicola on November 15,
1996. The confidential informant, working in conjunction with Michael Eller
and J.C. Turner of the Franklin County Sheriffs Department, was equipped
with a video camera and recorder in his vehicle. The video tape of the con-
trolled buy allegedly showed the defendant selling crack cocaine to the confi-
dential informant.
Michael Beaty: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, the defendant pled
Not Guilty to the offense. Judge/Russell continued the case for pretrial on
July 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly used an A.T.M.
card belonging to Mary Romano, his mother in law, from the dates of October
4-17, 1997, without her permission. The defendant allegedly withdrew a total
of $1140 from Romano's account. A surveillance video recorder located at
Gulf State Bank, allegedly identified the defendant as the person who made
the withdrawals from Romano's account.
Troy Wood, Jr.: Charged with one count of Grand Theft Auto and Petit Theft,
the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Russell continued the
case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly stole $160
and a vehicle belonging to his roommate, Edward Summers, at the Sea Breeze
Motel in Eastpoint on April 1, 1998. According to the report, Mr. Summers
had previously discovered that the defendant had allegedly spent time in prison
in Alabama for auto theft; he allegedly advised the defendant on April 1 that
he would file charges against him if he "bothered any of his property." Later
that evening, the defendant allegedly stole Summer's money and vehicle.
O.C. Davis: Charged with one count of Grand Theft and Violation of Proba-
tion, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Russell continued
the case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Ricky Anderson: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling and Bur-
glary of a Structure, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge
Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly entered the
residence of Dennis and Susan Jones in Eastpoint on May 10, 1998. Leroy
Jones, who is the brother of Dennis Jones, reported that the defendant, Kiel
Guillo and he visited his brother's home in the morning of May 10.
Leroy Jones reported that Mr. Guillo had allegedly asked to borrow his knife
in order to break into the home. He further reported that both Guillo and the
defendant entered the residence to get something to eat. Dennis and Susan
Jones allegedly confronted Mr. Guillo and the defendant about the incident.
"Ricky (Anderson) told them that he lifted Kiel (Guillo) up through the window
on the west side of the trailer," the report noted. Mr. Dennis Jones advised the
Franklin County Sheriffs Department that the window and front door of his
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According to another probable cause report, Kiev, Guilld and the defendant
allegedly entered Fred's Central Seafooa on May 9 and took a bag of oysters
from the business. Witness Leroy Jones advised the Franklin County Sheriffs
Department that he observed the defendant pry a lock off a cooler at the
business; he further stated that Mr. Guillo removed the lock and opened the
cooler door. Mr. Jones stated that he observed Guillo carrying a sack from the
oyster house and place it in the trunk of his vehicle.
Robert Dean: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling and Burglary
of a Structure, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offenses. Judge Russell
continued the case for pretrial on July 20. A conflict public defender was
appointed to represent the defendant.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly entered the
home of Dennis & Susan Jones on May 10 without permission and had taken
some food from the residence; according to the report, Ricky Anderson & Kiev
Guillo, who had been arrested for breaking into the same residence, informed
members from the Franklin County Sheriffs Department that the defendant
had entered the noted residence and taken two hot dogs.
Mitchell Yander: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly
Weapon, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Russell contin-
ued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Officer Jonathan Riley with the
Carrabelle Police Department and Michael Eller with the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department were dispatched to Pirate's Landing on May 12, 1998
concerning a disturbance. Officer Riley reported that the defendant had alleg-
edly pulled a knife on his brother, Neil Yander; Officer then questioned the
defendant about the incident. "He stated that he did pull the knife," reported
Riley, "but he didn't know if his brother was going to shoot him or what."
Patricia Nowling: Charged with one count of Battery on a Person 65 Years of
Age or Older, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Russell
continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Deputy Gary Martina was dispatched
to a residence on Dunlap road on March 9, 1998 concerning a disturbance.
Deputy Martina reported that he was informed by Ms. Lola Nowling that the
defendant had been throwing her groceries on the floor. When Lola Nowling
asked her to stop doing the this, the defendant allegedly slapped, her in the
face.
Timothy Stewart: Charged with one count of Driving with a Suspended Li-
cense and Violation of Probation, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the of-
fenses. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was arrested on July
14, 1997 for driving with a revoked driver's license. The defendant had been
convicted of driving with either a suspended, canceled or revoked license on
two or more previous occasions.
Jason Harrell: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery involving Great
Bodily Harm and Resisting Arrest without Violence, the defendant pled Not
Guilty to the offense. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly attacked Melody
Harrell at the Eastpoint Apartments on May 19. Deputy Dwayne Coulter with
the Franklin County Sheriffs Department reported that he observed Ms. Harrell
"favoring her abdominal area and complaining of her right leg."
Coulter continued, "Mr. Harrell advised us that his sister, Melody Harrell, was.
staying at their apartment and that she had gotten in late from staying out all
night and that he was real upset...Mr. Harrell admitted to nudging Melody in
the stomach."
Melody Harrell was later taken to Weems Memorial Hospital and reportedly
suffered injuries and bruises to her right leg and left arm; she also suffered a
.fractured nose and a knot on the back of her head. According to the report,
Mrs. Deneana Harrell allegedly advised Melody at Weems Memorial Hospital
that "she should just ignore it." Melody allegedly responded, "so I should let.
him beat me and ignore it?" Deneana allegedly responded, "all the rest of us
do."
Matthew Hatfield: The defendant had been arrested on charges of one count
of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of Drug Parapherna-
lia and' Possession of less than 20 Grams of Marijuana. No Information has
been filed in this case. Judge Russell transferred the case to county court and
it has been continued, for arraignment on July 2. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause, Sgt. Ronald Segree with the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department was dispatched to the EZ Store in Eastpoint on May 20,
1998 concerning a disturbance.
EZ Store Clerk Melinda Lewis reported that the defendant had become angry
and began cursing her when she refused to sell him beer. The defendant alleg-
edly went to his car, retrieved a baseball bat and began swinging it "as though
he was going to hit the store windows." The defendant allegedly informed Ms.
Lewis that he knew where she lived and would kill her if she called law en-
forcement officers about the incident.
Sgt. Segree later stopped the vehicle driven by the defendant. He then alleg-
edly observed a baseball bat located on the passenger's side of the vehicle.
Sgt. Segree then allegedly asked and received permission to search the ve-
hicle; he allegedly discovered a tin canister containing a small amount of
marijuana, which the defendant allegedly claimed to belong to him.
John Rickards: The defendant has been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of a Controlled Substance. Judge Russell continued the case for arraign-
ment on July 20. A conflict public defender will be appointed to the defendant.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant had been a passenger
in a vehicle driven by Matthew Hatfield that was stopped and searched by Sgt.
Ronald Segree with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department on May 20,
1998.
Sgt. Segree reported that the defendant showed him a pocket knife on his
person and stated "that's all I got." Sgt. Segree reported that he observed the
defendant attempting to conceal something in the palm of his hand. He alleg-
edly asked the defendant to give him whatever was in his hand. The defendant
allegedly handed him a plastic bag containing eight "Zanac" pills. The defen-
dant alleged that he bought the pills from someone in Wakulla County.
George Fletcher, Sr.: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer with
Violence and Disorderly Intoxication and three counts of Battery on a Law
Enforcement Officer, a written plea of Not Guilty has been filed on behalf of
the defendant by Attorney Lee Meadows. Judge Russell continued the case for
pretrial on July 20.
According to the probable cause report, Deputy Gary Martina reported that
he had confronted the defendant on May 22, 1998 in his vehicle and sus-
pected that he may have been driving under the influence. According to the
report, when the defendant was asked to step from his vehicle, he allegedly
began yelling at the officers around him.
Martina reported that the defendant kicked him and pushed Deputy Crum in
the chest during the arrest procedure. Martina further reported that the de-
fendant repeatedly struck his head against the right side door window while
in the patrol vehicle. "At no time did any of the officers strike George (Fletcher,


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Sr.)," Martina reported, "or use any other force than what was necessary to
restrain him."
James Golden: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Substance,
the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Russell continued the
case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly sold $40 worth
of cannabis to a confidential informant on May 12, 1998 in Eastpoint. The
confidential informant, working in conjunction with Lt. Michael Moore and Lt.
Robert Shiver of the Franklin County Sheriffs Department, was provided with
audio surveillance equipment to record any conversation during the controlled
buy.
The confidential informant visited the defendant at his trailer located in the
Gulfview Campground in Eastpoint on May 12 and asked if he had any can-
nabis. The defendant informed the informant that he did not have cannabis,
but alleged that he knew somebody who might have some. The defendant
allegedly directed the informant to a residence and was given $40 for the can-
nabis. The defendant later allegedly returned with a small plastic bag con-
taining cannabis.
Kim Miller: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Substance, Pos-
session with Intent to Sell Cannabis and Possession of more than 20 Grams of
Cannabis, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Russell contin-
ued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly sold $40 dol-
lars worth of cannabis to a confidential informant on May 12, 1998 in Eastpoint.
The confidential, informant, working in conjunction with Lt. Michael Moore
and Lt. Robert Shiver, was provided audio surveillance equipment to record
any conversation during the controlled buy.
Billy Dalton: Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, the
defendant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Russell continued the case for
pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, Deputy Tony Sapp with the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department was dispatched to the scene of a wreck on May
16 in Eastpoint. Arriving at the scene, Deputy Sapp observed that a 1996
GMC Sonama Truck had crashed into an Oak Tree. Deputy Sapp further
noted that the defendant, who was in the vehicle, was "injured but conscious."
Sapp reported that he soon determined that the vehicle has registered to Tho-
mas and Lynda Glass. Ms. Glass advised Deputy Sapp that the defendant did
not have permission to use the vehicle. Deputy Sapp also discovered that the
defendant did not have a valid driver's license.
Stewart Amison: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, the defen-
dant pled Not Guilty to the offense. Judge Russell continued the case for
pretrial on July 20. The defendant will hire his own attorney in this case.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly attacked Ricky
Harper outside of BJ's Restaurant on St. George Island on May 24, 1998. The
defendant allegedly pushed Mr. Harper earlier, while in the restaurant. He
was then asked to leave the business. The defendant allegedly approached
Harper outside the restaurant and bit him on the face. Mr. Harper was later
taken to Weems Memorial Hospital and received stitches for his facial inju-
ries.
John Nowling: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer with Violence,
Corruption by Threat Against a Public Servant. Battery Domestic Violence
and Violation of anInjunction for Protection, a plea of Not Guilty was entered
on behalf of the defendant by the public defender. Judge Russell continued
the case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly visited the
residence of his wife, Leanna Nowling, on May 28, 1998 and had taken their
child from her home. The defendant had previously been served an Injunction
for Protection Against Domestic Violence on May 20, 1998. Ms. Nowling re-
ported that the defendant allegedly shoved her when she tried to get her son
from his vehicle.
Deputy Carlton Whaley with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department and
Officer Fred Jetton with the Carrabelle Police Department were later dispatched
to the Island View Trailer Park to arrest the defendant for violating the Injunc-
tion for Protection Against Domestic Violence.
Deputy Whaley reported that the defendant allegedly refused to cooperate
during the arrest procedure. He noted that the defendant shoved at him and
smashed his fingers by twisting his hands while they were in the handcuffs.
Whaley continued, "I got Mr. Nowling to my patrol vehicle where he flexed his
arms in attempt to break my arm between his arms and his body." Whalev
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Water and

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Picnic

By Rene Topping
On Sunday afternoon, June 14,
the Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District (LVWSD) Commis-
sioners entertained the employ-
ees, attorneys, vendors and their
families at a pot luck picnic.
Commission Chairman Jim
Lawlor, presided over the barbe-
cue, cooking up hamburgers and
hot dogs. There was a cooler full
of chicken. Commissioner
Jeanette Pedder demonstrated
her culinary skills by bringing a
huge bowl of potato salad. Greg
Yancey brought some fresh veg-
etables on a tray.
Everyone brought something and
the result was a happy time for
all. Lawlor left the cooking job to
challenge all and sundry to a
game of Boccie. Most people just
sat in the deep shade of the large
trees behind the LVWSD office
building and chatted.
Ms. Pedder said they have two of
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and also, to allow the people who
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Second Circuit Court Continued from Page 5
reported that the defendant allegedly threatened to fight and kill him during-
the arrest procedure.
'Alvih Marks: Charged with one count of Possession of more than 20 Grams of
Cannabis. Possession with Intent to Sell Cannabis, Cultivation of Cannabis
and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the
offenses. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defen-
dant was appointed the services of the public defender in this case.
Alma Marks: Charged with one count of Possession of more than 20 Grams of
Cannabis, Possession with Intent to Sell Cannabis, Cultivation of Cannabis
and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pled Not Guilty to the
offenses. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defen-
dant was appointed the services of the public defender in this case.
Noah Goodson, Sr.: Charged with one count of Possession of more than 20
Grams of Cannabis, Possession with Intent to Sell Cannabis, Cultivation of
Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pled Not Guilty
to the offenses. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The
defendant was appointed the services of the public defender'in this case.
William Goodson: Charged with one count of Possession of more than 20
Grams of Cannabis, Possession with Intent to Sell Cannabis, Cultivation of
Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, the defendant pled IPt Guilty
to the offenses. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The
defendant was appointed the services of a conflict public defender in this
case.

PRE-TRIALS
Charles Alexander: Charged with two counts of Grand Theft and one count of
Uttering a Forged Check, the defendant pled No Contest to the offenses. Judge
Russell adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 42 months in
the Department of Corrections with credit for 111 days of time served. All
court costs were reduced to a civil judgment. The defendant was ordered to
pay $275 in restitution to William Barnes. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Willie Baucham: The defendant has been charged with two counts of Resist-
ing an Officer with Violence and one count of Petit Theft. Judge Russell con-
tinued the case for pretrial on July 20.'The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Charles Benton: Charged with one count of Grand Theft, the defendant pled
No Contest to the offense. Judge Russell adjudicated the defendant Guilty
and sentenced him to 36 months in the Department of Corrections with credit
for 30 days of time served. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gerald Brannen: The defendant has been charged with one count of Battery
on a Law Enforcement Officer and Battery. Judge Russell continued the case
for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by Attorney Alfred
Shuler.
Harold Braswell: The defendant had been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of Cocaine. The state has filed a report of No Information in this case.
Elijah Brown: The defendant has been charged with one count of Leaving the
Scene of an Accident with Personal Injury, the defendant pled No Contest to
the offense. Judge Russell withheld adjudication and sentenced the defen-
dant to 60 days in the Franklin County Jail with credit for three days of time
served. Judge Russell also sentenced the defendant to two years of probation
and ordered him to pay $250 for court costs. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Michael Campbell:.The defendant has been charged with one count of Sexual
Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Burglary with Assault Therein, Aggravated
Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on August 17. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Cargill: The defendant has been charged with one count of Attempted
Sexual Battery and False Imprisonment. Judge Russell continued the case for
pretrial on July 20.
Michael Champion: The defendant has been charged with one count of Bat-
tery and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Russell continued
the case for pretrial on August 17. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Danny Dillon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial
on August 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Robert Dillon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial
on August 17. The defendant was represented by Attorney John Kenny.
Richard Edgecomb: The defendant has been charged with one count of Lewd
and Lascivious Assault on a Child Under 16 Years of Age. Judge Russell con-
tinued the case for pretrial on August 17. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
David Ellis: The defendant has been charged with one count of Delivery of a
Controlled Substance. Judge Russell continued the case for trial on June 18.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Shirl Evans: Charged with one count of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and
Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, the defendant pled No Contest to the
offenses. Judge Russell adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced her
to one year in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 50 days of time served.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Goodson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggra-
vated Batter with Great Bodily Harm. Judge Russell continued the case for
pretrial on August-17. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Sanders.
Christopher Granger: The defendant had been charged with one count of
Grand Theft. This case has been dismissed. Assistant State Attorney Ron
Flury noted in his June 15 report of Nolle Prosequi that there was "probable
cause to arrest, however, facts insufficient to prove case beyond a reasonable
doubt." He added that the victim in the case did not wish to have the defen-
dant prosecuted. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Sanders.
Joey Granger: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial
on July 2. The defendant was represented by Attorney William Webster.
Andre Harris: The defendant has been charged with one count of Criminal
Mischief. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Loretta Harris: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggra-
vated Battery. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on August 17.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Molly Hogan: Charged with one count of DUI and Driving with a Suspended
or Revoked License, the defendant pled No Contest to the offenses. Judge
Russell adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced her to 30 months in
the Department of Corrections with credit for 60 days of time served. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Thomas "Poopie" Hudson: The defendant has been charged with one count
of First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery with a Firearm, Burglary with Assault
Therein and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Judge Russell continued the case
for pretrial on August 17. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gregory
Cummings.
Doritha Jones: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Katina Joseph: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sexual
Act with a Child Under 16 Years of Age. Judge Russell continued the case for
pretrial on July 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Curtis Lake: Charged with one count of Sale of Crack Cocaine, the defendant
pled No Contest to the lesser offense of Possession of Crack Cocaine. Judge
Russell adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to two years of
probation. Judge Russell-also ordered the defendant to pay $255 for court
costs. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Cliff Massey: The defendant has been charged with one count of Dealing in
Stolen Property. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Michele Massey: The defendant had been charged with one count of Uttering
a Forged Instrument, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Providing a False
Report to a Law Enforcement Officer. The State has indicated that it will dis-
miss this case. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.


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4

SPOTTED SEATROUT/
RED DRUM
AQUACULTURE AND
OUT-OF-STATE
PRODUCT MARKING
RULES-Final Public
Hearing
The Commission reopened a final
public hearing on proposed rules
regarding the marking and han-
dling of aquacultured and out-of-
state spotted seatrout and red
drum. These rules would:
require a numbered, tamper-
proof tag to be attached to all red
drum and spotted seatrout har-
vested in aquaculture operations
(the specific tae design would be
developed by industry and ap-
proved by the Florida Marine Pa-
trol)-tags would be required to
remain attached to each fish pro-
cessed and sold as food through
the point of sale (except.for fish
transferred live to other facilities)
require red drum and spotted
seatrout aquaculture producers
to possess a valid aquaculture
certificate and maintain appropri-
ate receipts, bills of sale, and
landings data indicating that such
fish are artificially spawned and
raised in commercial aquaculture
facilities
require that undersize spotted
seatrout from other states that
enter Florida in interstate com-
merce be documented and indi-
vidually tagged to identify the
state of origin and the name of the
business entity shipping the fish
(tags would be required to remain
attached to the fish until final re-
tail sale)
require that spotted seatrout
from other states that enter
Florida in interstate commerce
out-of-season and are transported
in Florida for sale as food be indi-
vidually tagged to identify the
state of origin and the name of the
business entity shipping the fish
(tags would be required to remain
attached to the fish until final re-
tail sale)
require that non-native red
drum transported in Florida for
sale as food be individually tagged
to identify the state of origin and
the name of the business entity
shipping the fish (tags would be
required to remain attached to the
fish until final retail sale)
These proposed rules will go to the
Governor and Cabinet for ap-
proval in the near future.

NET GEAR
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment regard-
ing the use of net gear, and di-
rected staff to schedule a final
public hearing, if requested, on
proposed rules that would desig-
nate mullet as a restricted spe-
cies statewide and prohibit the
possession and sale of bullet
taken in illegal gill or entangling
nets. The Commission will also
schedule public workshops this
summer to gather input on other
net gear and mullet issues, in-
cluding cast net/entangling net
possession, trip limits, seine
bunching, and vessel lengths.

MARINE LIFE
The Commission received scien-
tific and'public comment regard-
ing the management of certain
species and directed staff to hold
public workshops and gather ad-
ditional information regarding
"turbo" snails, blue legged hermit
crabs, Cuban and Spanish hog-
fish, small coastal sharks,
Condylactus anemones, and
grunts.

TARPON
The Commission directed staff to
hold a final public hearing, if re-
quested, on a proposed rule that
would set the total number of tar-
pon tags allowed to be sold dur-
ing the July 1 June 30 license
year at 2,500 (with 1,250 tags re-
served for fishing guides).

OTHER MEETING
ACTION
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment and:
- unanimously expressed its sup-
port for passage of the proposed
constitutional amendment to cre-
ate a unified fish and wildlife con-
servation commission
- directed staff to hold public
workshops and schedule a final
public hearing on a proposed rule
amendment to adjust the shrimp/
stone crab boundary line in the
Southwest Florida Seasonal Trawl
Closure zone
- directed staff to develop options
that would prohibit the use of
"bridge" gaffs to harvest saltwa-
ter fish statewide


Bits 'N Pieces Giant Puppet Company 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 Building 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. The puppet theatre is intended for
children up to age 10 and children of all ages. The show is sponsored by Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries, serving Franklin, Jefferson, and Wakulla Counties; and the Florida
Department of State, Florida Arts Council, Division of Cultural Affairs. The performances,
are free. Please call 926-4571 for more information.


Public Hearings

Scheduled on

Essential Fish

Habitat

The Gulf Council has scheduled
public hearings on a draft generic
amendment addressing essential
fish habitat (EFH) in the Gulf of
Mexico. This document is man-
dated by the Magnuson-Stevens
Fishery Conservation and Man-
agement Act and addresses EFH
in all seven of the Council's Fish-
ery Management Plans (FMP).
The 21 species represent about a
third of the species under man-
agement by the Council; however,
these species commonly occur
throughout all of the marine and
estuarine waters of the Gulf of
Mexico. Consequently, EFH for
the remaining managed sTecies


would be included with thatfof the
species discussed.
EFH is defined as everywhere that
the above managed species com-
monly occur. Because these spe-
cies collectively occur in all estua-
rine and marine habitats of the
Gulf of Mexico, EFH is separ-
ated into estuarine and marine
components.
No management measures and,
therefore, no regulations are pro-
posed at this time. Fishing-related
management measures to mini-
mize any identified impacts are
deferred to future amendments,
when the Council has the infor-
mation necessary to decide if the
measures are practicable.
Public hearings will be held from
7:00 p.m. to '10:00 p.m. at all of
the following locations:

Tuesday, June 30, 1998
Hobby Airport Hilton
8181 Airport Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77061


Wednesday, July 1, 1998
Ellis Memorial Library
700 West Avenue A
Port Aransas, Texas 78373
Copies of the amendment can be
obtained by calling 813-228-2815
(toll-free 888-833-1844). Or by
sending e-mail to gulf.council@
noaa.gov.








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Jo Ann McCullough: The defendant had been charged with one count of
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Leaving the Scene of an Acci-
dent. This case has been dismissed. Assistant State Attorney Ron Flury noted
in his June 15 report of No Information that the charge of Leaving the Scene of
an Accident had been transferred to Traffic Court. The assault charge, he
noted, could not be "established beyond a reasonable doubt." The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jesse Page: Charged with one count of Felony Battery with Great Bodily Harm,
the defendant pled No Contest to the lesser offense of Battery. Judge Russell
adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to one year of county
probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant will be prohibited from
making contact with James Page. The defendant will also be required to com-
plete 50 hours of community service. Judge Russell ordered the defendant to
pay $155 for court costs and $1980 for restitution to Carol Rose. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney Alfred Shuler.
James Peterson: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Sub-
stance, the defendant pled No Contest to the offense. Judge Russell adjudi-
cated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to one year and one day in the
Department of Corrections with credit for 86 days of time served. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Continued on Page 7


- considered cobia and squid
management issues
- received a research report from
the Florida Marine Research In-
stitute regarding bycatch reduc-
tion devices
- rejected a request to change the
size of blue crab trap rings from
2 3/8 inches to 2 3/16 inches in
four Big Bend counties
- considered a request to increase
the number of oyster harvest days
during the summer in Apalachi-
cola Bay from 4 days per week to
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Sailor Sees Unique Qualities

of Carrabelle Area

By Tom Campbell
"Captain Ron" Yount of Lanark Village is Captain of Wendy Kay II,
sailboat. He offers a sailor's view of the Carrabelle area and states
that sailing is a growing attraction in this part of Florida.
"Sailors," Mr. Yount stated, "share the docks in the Carrabelle River
with shrimp boats, sport fishing and other recreational boats.
Carrabelle is a temporary port for shrimp boats from all over the Gulf
coast. Sport fishing is very popular and productive in the nearby
waters."
"Sailing in the area is growing," he said, "partly because of the easy
access to deep enough waters for even deep draft sailing vessels. A
short motor from the dock to the mouth of the river is all that is
necessary to start enjoying the beautiful waters of St. George Sound.
East Pass, between the islands of Dog and St. George, is approxi-
mately three miles across the Sound and provides access to the Gulf."
Mr. Yount said he began making notes because David Butler of Gulf
State Bank asked him if he would do this. Mr. Butler wanted to hear
a sailor's report of the area.
"Sailors around Carrabelle," Mr. Yount said, "may be greeted by dol-
phins, who are attracted to vibrations produced from the wind on the
boat. Dolphins become very playful. Often in the Carrabelle River,
dolphins will be seen as far up as The Moorings. I have seen them
jumping in the river, as if they were-trained, having a really good
time."
"Captain Ron" stated, "The barrier islands help to make the sailing in
the Sound safe and interesting. The normal tidal changes are around
one to two feet, making it easier to anchor and enjoy the island beaches
and surrounding waters. Dr. Julian G. Bruce State Park on St. George
Island, has been named one of the top ten in the world,' including
Hawaii, for sugar white sand beaches and sky blue water. It is only
three miles from the mouth of the Carrabelle.River to East end of the
state park."
Mr. Yount credits Timber Island Yacht Club with fellowship, orga-
nized boating activities, and informal sail boat races, as well as spon-
soring many community projects and activities throughout the year.
Among these are the popular "Parade of Lights" on the Carrabelle
River at Christmas. This is a spectacular show which draws thou-
sands of spectators. Also popular is the TIYC Youth Fishing Tourna-
ment in July.
"Shipping Cove," said Mr. Yount, 'located on the Sound side of Dog
Island, is a good overnight anchorage. From the anchorage, it is only
a short walk to the beach on the Gulf side. Shelling, bird watching,
sun bathing, and swimming on uncrowded beaches are among the
enjoyable activities that this area provides."
He points out the Intracoastal Waterway is clearly marked and fol-
lows the Gulf coast to Brownsville, Texas.


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"Approaching Carrabelle from the west on Highway 98," said Mr. Yount,
"while crossing the Tillie Miller Bridge, travelers will get" a beautiful
view of Carrabelle's waterfront. "At night the view is even more spec-
tacular with the lights shining across the water."
He points out the city is improving the waterfront with a pavilion and
boat dock, and soon to be added, is a boardwalk along the river. The
increasing activity is making Carrabelle a showplace of the area.
The Timber Island Yacht Club is scheduling its First Annual Youth
Fishing Class for Saturday, July 11, 1998, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Club
says, "If you ever wanted to learn how to fish, now is the time to
learn. Learn how to tie knots, what equipment is needed, how to cast,
where to fish, etc. The class will emphasize "hands on" experience.
Expert fishermen and women will be on hand to provide one-on-one
instruction. Interested persons may phone 850-562-3794 for further
details.
For fishing, sailing, or just plain beach fun, "Captain Ron" said,
"Carrabelle is a beautiful place to discover."


New Size and Bag Limits Proposed

for Several Reef Fish Species


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council, at its May meet-
ing in Destin, Florida, took final
action on Reef Fish Amendment
16B, containing size and bag limit
alternatives for several reef fish
species. These issues were origi-
nally included in draft Amend-
ment 16 and were to have been
acted on in the previous Council
meeting, but were deferred due to
time.constraints. The actions pro-
posed by the Council in Amend-
ment 1 6B are as follows:
Banded Rudderfish and Lesser
Amberjack: Set a,slot limit of 14
inches to 22 inches fork length for
both the commercial and recre-
ational fishery, and establish a
recreational 5-fish aggregate bag
limit for these two species (this
removes these species from inclu-
sion in the 20-fish bag limit for
reef fish species that do not oth-
erwise have a bag limit).
Queen Triggerfish: Remove this
species from management under
the Reef Fish FMP. This action will
remove this species from inclu-
sion in the 20-fish bag limit for
reef fish species that do not oth-
erwise have a bag. However, it al-
lows Florida's tropical marine life
rule to apply to queen triggerfish
whether caught in federal or state
waters. Floiida's rule includes a
marine life aggregate bag limit and
a live landing requirement.
Species Listed as Not in the
Management Unit: The Council
voted to eliminate from the Reef
Fish FMP the often confusing dis-
tinction between categories of
"Species in the fishery" and "Spe-
cies in the fishery but not in the
management unit", with the clari-
fication that sand perch and
dwarf sand perch are to continue
to be excluded from the aggregate
reef fish bag limit.


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Mutton Snapper: Increase the
size limit from 12 inches to 16
inches total length.
Hogfish: Establish a 5-fish bag
limit in addition to the size limit
(this removes hogfish from inclu-
sion in the 20-fish bag limit for
reef fish species that do not oth-
erwise have a bag limit).
The Council considered setting
size limits for blackfin snapper,


silk snapper, queen snapper and
yellowmouth grouper, but be-
cause these species are usually
caught from deep depths in fed-
eral waters and have high release
mortality rates, the Council voted
to leave them with no size limit in
federal waters.
Speckled Hind and Warsaw
Grouper: Set a recreational bag
limit of 1 speckled hind and 1
Warsaw grouper per vessel, and
prohibit sale of these species by
the recreational sector (note: Sale
'of any recreationally caught reef
fish species is already prohibited.)
Note: If the amberjack and hog-
fish bag limits are approved by the
National Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS) and queen triggerfish are
removed from the FMP, then the
only species remaining subject to
the 20-fish aggregate reef fish bag
limit will be vermilion snapper,
lane snapper, almaco jack, and
tilefishes.
These proposed actions will be
submitted to NMFS for review and
'implementation. Due to a lengthy
review process .that NMFS must
go through, a final decision and
implementation will likely not oc-
cur-until sometime in 1999.



Additional Shrimp

Trawl Bycatch

Reduction Devices

Certified by NMFS

The National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS) has certified two
additional bycatch reduction de-
vices (BRDs) for use in the Gulf of
Mexico shrimp fishery; the Jones-
Davis and Gulf fisheye BRD.
Along with the original fisheye
BRD that was previously ap-
proved by NMFS, this gives Gulf
shrimp trawlers a choice of three
BRDs and provides flexibility for
complying with the requirement
to use a BRD. This will allow
shrimp trawlers to select a BRD
based on how it matches the op-
erating conditions their vessel
encounters. According to NMFS,
this should enhance compliance,
help minimize shrimp loss, and
further increase bycatch reduc-
tion and, thus, further reduce
overfishing of red snapper.
Amendment 9 to the Shrimp Fish-
ery Management Plan, which was
implemented on May 14, 1998,
requires the use of NMFS-certi-
fled BRDs in shrimp trawls towed
in the Gulf of Mexico exclusive
economic zone, shoreward of the
100-fathom depth contour west of
85030' west longitude, the ap-
proximate longitude of Cape San
Bias, Florida. Royal red shrimp
trawlers, try-nets with a 16 foot
or shorter headrope, and rigid-
frame roller trawls are exempt
from the BRD requirement.


Second Circuit Court Continued from Page 6
Jessica Poole: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft Auto. The State has indicated that it intents to dismiss this case. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Mark Rhodes: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial
on July 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Kenneth Rucker: The defendant has been charged with one count of Retali-
ating Against a Witness; Third Degree criminal Mischief and Violation on an
Injunction for Protection. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on
July 20. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Keith Sanborn: Charged with one count of Dealing in Stolen Property. the
defendant pled No Contest to the lesser offense of Petit Theft. Judge Russell
adjudicated the defendant'Guilty and sentenced him to one year of county
court probation. Judge Russell also ordered the defendant to pay $155 for
court costs. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Jimmy Shiver: The defendant has been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Discharging a Firearm in Public.
Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on July 20. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gary Taunton: The defendant has been charged with one count of DUI with
Serious Injuries, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injury and Driving
with a Suspended License. Judge Russell continued the case for pretrial on
August 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.

VIOLATIONS OF PROBATION (VOP)
Carl Ard: The defendant has been charged with VOP. Judge Russell rein-
stated the defendant to Community Service. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gregory Farmer: The defendant was determined to be in violation of his term
of probation. Judge Russell sentenced the defendant to six months in the
Franklin County Jail with credit for time served. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bobby Martin: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission to the
offense. Judge Russell sentenced the defendant to one year in the Franklin
County Jail with credit for time served. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Tyronza Swain: Charged with VOP, the defendant entered an admission to
the offense. Judge Russell adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to one year in the Franklin County Jail with credit for 46 days of time
served. All outstanding court costs were reduced to a civil judgment. The de-
fendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.


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Updates Continued from
Page 1
the pavilion, is proposed to have
more finances available to provide
a walk right on the river. Eventu-
ally it is planned to have 700 feet
of access to the river for residents
and visitors. Grants thus far to-
tal $200,000. Community Devel-
opment Block Grant (CDBG) for
downtown redevelopment will in-
clude; sidewalks, tree plantings
and special lighting,
In addition the city has been
granted $1,167,500 and a low in-
terest loan of the same amount
to improve and extend the city
water system inside and outside
the city. Work on this is sched-
uled to being in the next few
months.
The city has also received a grant
of $1,700,000 with a small inter-
est loan of $300,000 from the
Sewer Revolving-Fund (SRF).
The total grants are $5,183,500
and low interest loans are
$1,167,500. McCartney also said
that there were two or more po-
tential projects. One would be to
obtain a CDBG Economic Devel-
opment grant in conjunction with
serving the. prison. He also said
that it seems possible that if the
city can match a fund grand of
$175k, the money could be used
to repair the old gym and make it
a useful facility for residents.
In addition, he said his firm is
working in conjunction with the
Franklin County Public Library
Board, in a matching grant, to
build a new branch library build-
ing. The library has established a
fund for public donation to obtain
the matching funds needed for the
total amount of $500,000. The
application has been ranked as
fourth in the state and has a great
possibility of being awarded if the
matching funds can to found.
McCartney also mentioned that,
he is eyeing a grant to purchase
the only remaining example of a-
lighthouse keepers home and
even the possibility of moving the
Crooked River Lighthouse to a
position near the mouth of the
river. He said that the "Enterprise"
designation makes Timber Island
a great economic asset to the city
and could possibly be eligible for
other grants.
He ended his report by saying,
"When I put the several grants
together in the Enterprise Zone
application I was shocked to re-
alize that Carrabelle, Florida was
the only community, the only wa-
terfront community in the State
of Florida,that lost population in
the 1980's and 1990's But
Carrabelle has had a history of
economic decline: loss of popula-
tion through the timber industry,
through the military, through the
flour mills, through the hospitals.
But you all have turned it around,
and the community has done it,
It's set now for what is coming.
He went on to add, "This commu-
nity is going to grow. I'll be glad
to go with you and make sure it
grows, but maintains the charac-
ter that everybody in Carrabelle
wants to maintain."
Ms. Wittenberg of the Department
of Corrections also used a movie
to give those present an overview
of the State's prison system. She
said, "I want to start, if I can, with
a film which will introduce you to
Florida Department of. Correc-
tions, and how we view our neigh-
bors, and how we work in a com-
munity." The movie dealt with
construction. The building itself
is composed of prefabricated
prison cells. The "T building," as
it is called, is comprised of 36 pre-
Scast cell modules. Each module
consists of 4 cells with 2 beds
each, a total of 144 cells per hous-
ing unit. It will safely accodn-no-
date 258 inmates. Each rnmdule
is precast and shipped to the con-
struction site.
"Like giant building blocks, they
are stacked two stories high,
forming each of the buildings
three wings. Precasting allows the
shell of the entire T building to be


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erected in a couple of weeks, in-
stead of months. Once in place,
the 40-ton modules require noth-
ing more than gravity to hold
them in position. The narrator
went on to say, "the force of a hur-
ricane or tornado has no-effect on
the project."
He also stated that the precast
modules are erected by private
contractors but a significant part
of the rest is done by inmate la-
bor, saying. "It has been estimated
that inmate workforce offset more
than 90% of the labor costs. "Sim-
plicity with durability is the
watchword for the buildings,
making them simple to build and
simple to maintain.
Once this first unit is completed,
the first of the medium security
inmates will take up residence
and continue to work on the
project. Several of the inmates in
the film said the work helps them
to restore their self esteem and
believed the training and work will
help them get a job and turn
themselves around.
The film gave the audience a real
look at the prison system and the
use made:`of the-inmates in
such emergencies as Hurricane
Andrew.
She also stated that the land has
been acquired and the state will
be closing on the property in a few
days. Following that closing, she
said the residents will begin to see
the first activity at the site, which
is -south of Lake Morality Road
adjacent to County Road 67.
Ms. Wittenberg went on to give a
factual account of the progress on
the prison, passing out some pro-
posals for a full prison building
with living quarters for the prison
superintendent, a duplex to house
two assistant superintendents
and ten or more mobile home
pads for other staff required to live
on the grounds.
The site will also have firing
ranges for all correction officers,
training buildings and it's own
sewer facility. There will also be a
farm for growing some of the food
consumed by the inmates.
The prison will employ over 300
people as correction officers, ajob
that will have a beginning salary
of $20,000 year plus all the ben-
efits of state retirement and health
care. In addition, there will be a
need for clerical, health care, den-
tal care, educational, librarians
and all the other trades that are
needed in.a small city.
She felt that the prison will be-
come a good neighbor to
Carrabelle. She said, "We will be
very visible in the community and
many times the person sitting
next to you at a Lions meeting or
a function of the Chamber of
Commerce may very well be one
of our people."
Bevan Putnal asked a number of
questions concerning the impact
the prison would have. In particu-
lar, he asked if the prison buy
what it could from local vendors.
Ms. Wittenberg said that, in most
of the areas, merchants find out
a need they can supply. She
added, "I did made the commit-
ment to Senator Pat Thomas that
we would boost the community in
any way we can.
"We're hoping that we will be a
gateway to other business. You'll
see, you'll get to know us and
you'll get to know the kind of
things we do need." She added
that the day might come when
some business man or woman in
the area would be a statewide
supplier of soap or mattresses or
some other thing. These are done
on state contracts.
David Butler asked if they were
going to pave the Lake Morality
Road, but got a negative response
as they did not have the money,
at this time.
Mary Ann Koos was next up on
the lengthy program to give the
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Rails to Trails enthusiasts a glim-
mer of hope that we can at least
get a shorter version starting at
the pavilion and going into
Lanark. Ms. Koos said that the
people should get together and see
what they would like. She said she
will work with David Butler in an
effort to make it work.
She talked about the first pro-
posal which had been to follow the
Georgia, Florida and Alabama
(GFA) corridor, nicknamed the
Gator, Frog and Alligator Trail,
that went across St. Joe Paper
Company lands. This one was
given up when the major land-
holder did not wish to have it
cross their lands. The old depot
in Sopchoppy is in process of be-
ing saved.
"We think that Lanark to
Carrabelle will work because you
have two good end points. You
have places where you want to
attract people into. Plus, the
people who live there would like
to have a park like this at least
most people will. This is just a
concept of a route, and it's really
just a beginning."
She said that at CR 30A they will
not be able to follow the old rail-
road line because it is so frag-
mented and so much in people's
back yards. She would like to try
to bring it along the south side of
County Road 30A, even though it
will not be a full blown trail, a
sidewalk could be built. David
Butler has contacted St. Joe and
Florida Power to see if they are
willing to somehow share this
amount of right of way."
She said she had recently pre-
pared a grant application for the
property called Bald Point (on Al-
ligator Point). The property owner
has funded me and I was once
with the Genesis Group and I am
now working on my own, prepar-
ing this grant application for
about $4.5 million. It is about
1,700 acres." She added that she
will not know the result of that
until August." "We could then
have a trail going over that way,"
she said.
"This is our goal. We have got Tal-
lahassee resolved. We've got the
* National Forest resolved. If we can
get this Lanark to Carrabelle con-
nection resolved, we can just keep
on going."
David Butler said that he felt, with
a few dedicated individuals, it will
not be impossible. Mary Ann Koos
said she will work with Butler to
make it happen.


Errata and Update

Pamphlets

Available for

Fishing Regulation

Pamphlets

An "Errata and Update" pamphlet
is available which supplements
the Commercial Fishing Regula-
tions pamphlet and Recreational
Fishing Regulations pamphlet
that were published in October,
1997. The Errata and Update
pamphlet contains corrections
and changes to the recreational
and' commercial fishing regula-
tions for Gulf of Mexico federal
waters, since the regulation pam-
phlets were published.
The current Errata and Update
sheet is dated April 1998. It will
be periodically revised, to reflect
changes in the fishing regula-
tions, until the next full revision
of the fishing regulation pam-
phlets. All three pamphlets are
available from the Council office
(toll free 888-833-1844). Persons
or organizations who would like
copies.of the pamphlets in quan-
tity, are encouraged to contact the
Council office with their requests.


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Looking toward the St. George Island bridge (on left).
This photo also shows a portion of the land cleared and prepared for
Commission..
Looking toward the St. George Island bridge (on left).

Commission. .


A Report and Commentary
by Tom W. Hoffer
By June 10th, the last of three
clusters of briefing materials were
filed in the Clerk's office of the
District Court of Appeal of Florida,
First District, Tallahassee.
The petitioner is Franklin County
represented by Jan J. Hevier and
Alfred O. Shuler (County Attor-
ney). The Respondent is St.
George Island, Limited, repre-
sented by Russell D. Gautier. A
third brief was filed by the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs (DCA)
as Amicus Curiae ("Friend of the
Court"), represented by state at-
torneys for DCA, Alfred O: Bragg,
III and Stephanie G. Kruer.
These filings are the appeal being
taken from a Circuit Court (2nd
Circuit) decision overturning the
County's rejection of the golf
course proposal at Eastpoint.
Earlier, the Franklin County Com-
mission had disapproved the plan
for a nine-hole golf course, but a
golf driving range and clubhouse
had been approved.
The site for the proposed golf
course is on the edge of Apalachi-
cola Bay, near Cat Point, one of
the most productive oyster beds
in the Bay.
A writ of Certiorari was obtained
by SGI to get the case taken by
Judge Steinmeyer at the Circuit
Court (2nd Circuit) level, which
means simply that the Circuit
Court approved hearing an ap-
peal, "to inspect the proceedings
and determine whether there
have been any irregularities," (ac-
cording to definition in Black's
Law Dictionary).
The appeal taken to the next
higher level was more a matter of
right of the property owner, SGI
in this case. The judge overturned
the County's rejection of the golf
course proposal at Eastpoint, and
commanded the County to ap-
prove the proposal. Franklin
County also obtained a Writ of
Certiorari to "inspect the proceed-
ings" at the Circuit Court level and
"...determine whether there have
been any irregularities." But at
this level of appeal the review is
more limited, largely confined to
determine whether due process
has been fulfilled.
The County appeal alleges, in
part, that the Circuit Court Judge
made an inappropriate applica-
tion of the law in his conclusion
to reverse the County Commis-
sion. According to some legal ex-
perts, the First District Court of
Appeals, where the case has been
filed, must find fundamental er-
ror in the case involving a legal


Excavated land and a portion of a pond on the golf driving
range.


question. There is no "retrial" at
this level, and normally, the Court
is restricted to reviewing evidence
presented at the lower levels.
One of the last-minute motions
recently made involves the
County's insistence of appending
a copy of portions of the Compre-
hensive Plan. SGI has argued
against this motion stating that.
this material was not considered
at the first hearings nor the Cir-
cuit Court, and is therefore inap-
propriate to be seen by the First
District Court of Appeal. Once
that motion is decided by the
higher court, the First District
Court of Appeal will review the
briefs and render a decision.
SGI has already requested an op-
portunity to argue orally before
the Court, but a decision on that
will be made later.
During the hearings on the plan
last summer, most of the com-
ments were about the compatibil-
ity of the project with land uses
in the R-2 zone and a debate on
the probable effect of the devel-
opment on water, quality and in
the Bay itself. In the Amicus Cu-
riae brief, the DCA pointed out to
the appeal court that the Compre-
hensive Plan was not discussed
at the hearings, but sections of
the Plan state that the County will
prohibit development which can
be proven to damage natural re-
sources.
In the view of the DCA, the three
issues on appeal are (1) Are golf
courses allowed in an R-2 zone?
(2) Would herbicide 2-4-D have a
detrimental effect on water qual-
ity in Apalachicola Bay? (3)
Whether the action by the County
Commission was consistent with
its Comprehensive Plan.
In the trial court (2nd Circuit), the.
judge, dismissed the argument
that golf courses were not allowed
in the R-2 zone because the
County approved a golf driving
range and, by so doing, the
County "...conceded that a golf
course is a permitted use" in that
zone.
Judge Steinmeyer at the trial level
also dismissed the prospect of
damage to the water quality in the
Bay as "unfounded." Even if there
were reliable evidence "...such evi-
dence would be irrelevant since
no lawfully adopted ordinance
gives [the county] the right or dis-
cretion to deny any application for
site plan approval based on such
evidence or concerns." Both the
DCA and Petitioner County pro-
tested this aspect of the case
claiming that the judge did not
apply the law correctly to the situ-'
ation at hand, ignoring the sec-


the golf driving range and clubhouse approved by the Franklin County


tions in the Comprehensive Plan
that laid out specific elements to
be guarded against, such as de-
velopment that can be proven to
damage natural resources. There
was considerable discussion on
the toxicity of the chemical 2-4-
D, including the manufacturer's
label of their product.
DCA argued that the trial court
opinion misconceivess the legal
role of the Comprehensive
Plan...because under the Act no
local government may approve
any development which is incon-
sistent with its comprehensive
plan...The fact that the objectives
and policies in the Comprehen-
sive Plan are general in content
does not matter. The issue is not
the wording in the Plan but
whether the proposed develop-
ment is consistent with it." DCA
argued again that the evidence of
the 2-4-D damaging water qual-
ity was the equivalent to a show-
ing that the project was inconsis-
tent with the Comprehensive
Plan. Thus, DCA concluded, the
trial court judge "reweighed" the
evidence and found for SGI.
The DCA brief argued, that the
trial court judge is not allowed to
reweigh the evidence. "If the Cir-
cuit Court determines that the
quasi-judicial action was sup-
ported by sufficient evidence, its
inquiries are at an end. "However,
the DCA, in a footnote, added,
"...whether the information the
Board received from the speakers
who appeared before it may be
classified as 'evidence' is open to
some debate."
On the other hand, SGI argued
that they have complied with con-
ditions and standards set forth in
the zoning code and the County
Commission received an item by
item report showing compliance
with the zoning code. Moreover,
the objectives relied upon by DCA
and the County do not have ob-
jective criteria and could be ap-
plied at the whim and caprice of
the County Commission.
Then, SGI attacked the argument
advanced by DCA and the County
that the denial of the SGI appli-
cation for site plan approval was
based upon inconsistencies with
the County's comprehensive plan.
During the hearings, there were
no references to the comprehen-
sive plan, nor did the county raise
any arguments concerning incon-
sistencies with the plan. SGI ar-
gued that "If there was not even a
discussion of the comprehensive
plan, there can be no basis for the
argument (on appeal) that Fran-
klin County denied SGI's Site Plan
based on an inconsistency..." The
failure of the County to present


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trial, cannot now be permitted at
the appeal level on the inconsis-
tency issue, SGI argued.
SGI has attacked the evidence
presented in the form of testimony
as neither competent nor sub-
stantial, "...and proves nothing
whatsoever."
Citing the testimony of Mr. Lee
McKnight, the brief continued,
"So I can sit here and tell you this
stuff is exceedingly toxic and that
every oyster will turn purple, swell
up and die... And Mr. (Dan)
Garlick can tell you, on the other
hand that this stuff is totally
harmless, you can drink it by the
glass, including oysters, and nei-
ther one of us know that we're
right." The SGI brief concluded
with: "...This is the total 'evidence'
that DCA argues should be relied
upon to deny SGI the desired use
of its property."
Thus, SGI's brief concludes:
"If Franklin County desires
to restrict and limit the lo-
cation of golf course devel-
opments or restrict develop-
ment within the vicinity of
any oyster harvesting area
beyond the restrictions cur-
rently imposed in its land de-
velopment regulations, it can
amend its land development
regulations and zoning maps
in a lawful manner or it can
amend its comprehensive
plan in a lawful manner.
However, under Florida law,
Franklin County cannot
deny an applications for site
plan approval based upon
unsubstantiated fears and
concerns or the arbitrary de-
termination by the county


commissioners that the
property is "too close" to the
bay."
In appeals of this nature, the First
District Court of Appeals will con-
sider only those arguments pre-
sented in the briefs, and it does
not have to hear oral argument.
There is no timetable or deadline.
The appeal will be decided when
the Court is ready to decide on
the matter.
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The Ordinance provides a '"four-year window," from now until Florida
Power "decides to get a rate set for low-pressure sodium, until 2002,"
according to Ms. Sanders. By the year 2002, it appears that Florida
Power must provide turtle-friendly lighting, including low-pressure
sodium.

Sanders said, "The realtors have been extremely supportive of the
turtle lighting ordinance." She explained that most people wanted to
help protect the marine turtles, once they understood the situation.
The Lighting Ordinance for Marine Turtle Protection of Franklin
County, Florida, will go into effect as soon as the signed and dated
ordinance, approved by the Franklin County Board of Commission-
ers on June 16, is received by the,Department of State, probably
some time later this summer. In the ordinance, floodlights, uprights
or spotlights that are directly visible from the beach, or which indi-
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lighting shall be allowed on dune walkovers.
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line-of-sight of the beach." Tinted glass shall be installed "on all win-
dows and glass doors of single or multi-story structures within line-
of-sight of the beach."
The ordinance states, "Before granting any building permit, the Fran-
klin County Planning and Building Department shall determine that
all proposed development complies in all respects with the standards
imposed in this section." It further states, "For any coastal construc-
tion completed after the effective date of this ordinance, the lighting
shall not be changed without first obtaining a permit from the County.
Such permits shall only be issued when the proposed lighting plan
complies with this ordinance."
Several options are available in order to comply with the ordinance,
including:
* reposition fixtures so that the point source of light or any reflective
surface of the light fixture is no longer visible from the beach;
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fixtures having opaque shields covering an arc of at least 180 degrees
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season.
The following measures shall be taken as applicable to reduce or elimi-
nate negative effects of interior light emanating from doors and win-
dows within line-of-sight of the beach:

(a) Apply window tint or film that meets the standards for tinted glass;
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Under Section VI., "Enforcement and Penalties" are discussed. "Upon
notificationeby law enforcement authorities, the Franklin County Plan-
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violates this ordinance by a certified letter to the property address
listed by the Franklin County Tax Collector's Office. The letter shall
describe the violation and shall enclose a brochure provided by De-
partment of Environmental Protection and a copy of this ordinance.
Such persons shall immediately correct any noticed violation. Fail-
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Protection and the Florida Marine Patrol shall have authority to en-
force the ordinance. "
The Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance, which will
take effect later this summer. Ms. Sanders commented, "This is a
bright day for Franklin County."


NMFS Restates its Position Regarding

Red Snapper TAC and BRD Effectiveness


The National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS) decided to hold
3.12 million pounds of the 9.12
million pound red snapper 1998
total allowable catch (TAC) in re-
serve, pending the results of an
observer study to determine the
effectiveness of shrimp trawl
bycatch reduction devices (BRDs).
In their April 9 notice, NMFS
stated that the 3.12 million
pounds will be released for har-
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NMFS is able to validate a reduc-
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bycatch mortality in shrimp


trawls ot at least 60 percent. It the
research demonstrates that the
bycatch mortality reduction is
more than 50 percent, but less
than 60 percent, a portion of the
remaining 3.12 million pounds
will be. released proportional to the
efficiency of the BRDs, i.e., 10
percent of the TAC reserve for
each 1 percent of bycatch reduc-
tion over 50 percent. Release of
this reserve affects whether and
when there will be a recreational
red snapper quota closure in
1998, and whether there will be a
September commercial season.


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each post.

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Future

By Tom Campbell
The new Dixie Theatre in downtown Apalachicola was alive and well
Thursday evening, June 18. The Partingtons -- Rex, wife Cleo, and
daughter Dixie -greeted visitors as they arrived for the orientation
meeting. When the meeting started, there were over sixty guests.
Mr. Partington gave a brief and interesting history of the Dixie The-
atre, from the time in 1992 when he and his wife became interested
in the place, through the present as the Dixie Theatre gears up the
first season.
As explained by Mr. Partington, the theatre will have "300 plus seats:
150 plus in the orchestra, 70 fixed seats in the mezzanine, and 90 to
100 fixed seats in the balcony." The space is perfect for an intimate
theatre.
Partington has been a Producer in professional theatre for many years
and both his wife and daughter are professional actresses.
Mr. Partington said with humor that the current seats in the theatre
were "imported from Italy, folks," and got a good laugh from his ap-
preciative audience. -
He explained the inaugural season (1998), saying it involves two plays.
"We open on July 29th and run through August 16th with a play
called 'Sylvia' by A.. R. Gurney. It is a modern romantic comedy about.
a marriage and a dog."
The second play will open on August 19 and rur through September
6. 'Driving Miss Daisy' by Alfred Uhry, which won the Pulitzer Prize in
1988, "is a gently humorous tale about an unlikely friendship."
Performance days will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Satur-
day evenings at 8, and Sunday matinee at 3.
Ticket prices for this season will be $10 for the Wednesday and Thurs-
.day evening and Sunday matinees. For Friday and Saturday evening,
tickets are $12.50. All performances will be "reserved seats."
Box office hours, which begin July 15, will be "from 1 PM to 7 PM
Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday." Closed on
Monday.
Corporate season tickets will be at discount prices, and this policy
will begin at a date to be announced later.
The Dixie Theatre Association is "the volunteer arm of The Dixie Foun-
dation," Partington explained. "The mission is to add wonderful, en-
hancing" theatre to the quality of life in Franklin County. To do this,
he suggests "become steady Patrons of the theatre, attending all the
plays and productions, bringing family, friends and guests along,
making theatre an integral part of our lives."
He added that he hopes the community will assist "in the develop-
ment program, or fund-raising. And three, trying one or more of the
many positions on the volunteer staff."
A brick on the wall "with a nice plaque" can be purchased by a dona-
tion of about a hundred dollars. There are other possibilities for do-
nations from individuals and corporations. Interested persons may
contact Mr. Partington for further details.
An Honor Roll Panel in the lobby of the theatre will list those "who
give $500 or more." Donations are tax deductible.


Buy Bricks to Build Building


By Rene Topping
Don't be surprised if you are
asked by a neighbor to buy a brick
with your name on it, to help get
together the $250,000 needed to
match a State grant, Expectations
of getting the grant to buy a
branch library for the Franklin
County Public Library are now at
an all time high, in the wake of a
notification that the grant appli-
cation has been given a placement
of fourth on a list of twelve.
Although the number of members
of the fund raising committee is
small, they made up for it in en-
thusiasm as they met at the li-
brary on Tuesday, June 15th.
Cindy Sullivan who Is heading up
the fund raising committee,
showed those present a program
that has helped other communi-
ties to build memorials, hospitals,
churches and other community
buildings. So, members see it as
a way to build a 5,000 square foot
library branch building.
Each brick costs $11.00 when
bought in lots of 700. They will


be sold for $75.00 each and will
bear the donor's name. The bricks
will be placed in a prominent po-
sition at the library building, as a
lasting memorial to those folks
who feel a library is one place we
cannot do without. The idea will
have to be brought before the
Franklin County Public Library
Advisory Board. Mary Ann
Shields, overall Chairperson on
the Branch Building Committee,
said, "We have just passed the
$122,000 mark on our progress
thermometer, which is displayed
at the present building.
Meanwhile smaller events are
bringing in money. A car wash
held near the old gym bu"ding
brought in over $100. This event
was manned by the following
WINGS kids: Jessica Morris;
Laura Jackson; Becka Holton;
and Wayne Bailey acting as the
sign brigade to bring in the cars.
The washingjob was done by Jes-
sica and Honey Schulte, Nicho-
las Ordonia; and building fund
members Mary Ann Shields;
Shirley Schultze and Fund Rais-
ing Chairperson Cindy Sullivan.


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Carrabelle

City Clerk To

Be Chosen

July 8th

By Rene Topping
Eight applicants for the job of
Carrabelle City Clerk showed up
at the special meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission held
at 6 p.m. June 23. They will
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missioner Jim Phillips agreed with
the two women saying, "I don't
think it's fair to everybody. I don't
think it's fair to us because I have
not had time to look over the ap-
plications. I haven't had time to
think or even discuss the salary
or the requirements."
The commissioners decided that
they would not interview but
would discuss salary, job require-
ments, policies and other items
affecting the job. In the end they
decided to place the following ad
in the Times.
"Applications and resumes will be
received by the City of Carrabelle
at Carrabelle City Hall, 105 Ave.
B South, P.O. Drawer 569,
Carrabelle FL 32322 until 4:30
p.m. July 6, 1998.


Skills: Computer Skills; Account-
ing Skills; Clerical Skills; Organi-
zational Skills; Attend City meet-
ings; Bondable. Education High
School Diploma or G.E.D. Salary.
$500 per week or $26, 000 per
year plus benefit package.
Applicant interviewing and pos-
sible hiring will be at a special city
meeting beginning at 6 p.m. on
Wednesday, July 8, 1998. (Appli-
cants are responsible for attend-
ing this meeting.)
The City Commission reserves the
right to accept or reject any or all
applications. An Equal Opportu-
nity Employer."
Putnal said that those people who
have submitted applications do
not need to apply again. All ap-
plicants should come to the July
8 meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall
and all will be interviewed.


Zin Tate


Zin Tate, Florida Legend

Becomes Reality

As told to Rene Topping by Merle Gay, Grandson of
Zin Tate
Merle Gay, of Georgia, remembers a grandfather who would tell a
story of the horror he suffered when he was lost in a North Florida
Swamp for several days. He told them he thought, "he had been to
Hell and back." Yet it was only this past April that Gay found out just
where it was his grandfather spent several days in "Hell." Nor did he
know that his grandfather was immortalized in ballad and now with
his name on the newly opened Tate's.Hell State Forest.
Merle and his family were driving on U.S. 98 between Carrabelle and
Eastpoint to spend some time at a reunion on St. George Island, when
he espied the large stone marker with the name, "Tates Hell
State Forest" on it. He said, "I wonder if there could possibly be a
connection.'
Modern technology allowed him to surf the Internet, and in so doing,
he came upon the name of Mike Murphy, Director of Tourism and
Economic Development for Franklin County. Murphy told him that I
was a local writer who had a real interest in Tate and the Forest that
has been named for him.
This lead to a telephone call in which Merle gave me some details of
his famous grandfather's life. I urged him to send me more informa-
tion, in order that I might write about it and flesh out the figure of his
grandfather with some facts. He sent me several pages of informa-
tion, He also sent me a photo so that we all can put a face on the man
who for so many years has been somewhat of a mystery.
From this point on, all of the words are those of Merle Gay who talks
candidly about his grandpa who came into this world on April 29,
1864, and spent most of his youth going under the name of William
McLeod.
"Mary Marie Eubanks had to bear the humiliation of having a child
born that 29th of July, 1864, in Mitchell County, Georgia without.the
benefit of marriage. Her love had left her to fight for the Confederacy
in the Civil War and little William's father would never return. After
the war, Mary never heard from the man she and her child so desper-
ately needed and finally assumed that he had been killed.
Little William was given McLeod as a surname when his mother mar-
ried and he spent his early childhood thinking he was a McLeod. His
stepfather had been killed in a duel and no one told him that he and
his brother, James, had different fathers. The boy's fate took a turn
for the worse when his mother married again, this time to the deplor-
able John Poore, who was hateful and abusive to him.
When William was in his adolescence, he went to Camilla, the county
seat, and some uncaring person told him he really wasn't who he
thought he was. Upon arriving beck at home, he confronted his mother.
He wanted to hear her say that what he had been told was all a pack
of lies. No doubt his mother's countenance told him that she had
something very important and terribly painful to say. "Your father
was a man named John Henry Tate." With a broken heart he an-


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named Cebe Tate. In fact, in the
early 1980s when the research for
that tale was undertaken, local
persons such as Meyers Mattier,
Leo Hance and Inez Parish were
interviewed, telling a tale about
Cebe Tate who wandered off his
land near Sumatra and walked
through what was then called
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chasing his dog who led him into
the swamp deeper and deeper so
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nounced to all who could hear, "If Tate is who I am, then Tate is who
I'll be!" At some point in time, the young man who had been named
William McLeod renamed himself Dillard E. Zinerman Tate, Zin for
short.
Zin Tate hated to leave his mother and siblings, but knew it was time
to go. He left Mitchell County without a birthright or possessions and
with nothing to his advantage but youth and vigor. He wandered aim-
lessly from place to place, letting the availability of work determine
where he would go next.
Misfortune struck again one day when he went to collect his laundry
from a black woman he had hired. Her man came to the door and told
him he had no clothes there and to leave. Tate told him he wasn't
going to leave without his clothes. A fight ensued and Tate shot and
killed the man after he had drawn a knife on him. On the advice of his
boss, Zin decided to leave that area. No one knows for sure but it is a
good guess that it was during this time that Tate considered himself
avoiding the law that he got lost in Tate's Hell Swamp or Tate's Hell
State Forest as it is now known by an act of the Florida Legislature.
The account that Zin Tate gave about being lost in Tate's Hell Swamp
was that he walked around and around in circles. After a few days,
what supplies he had were gone and be had to eat and drink what-
ever the swamp provided. He had an encounter with a bear, climbed
a tree and was able to fend the bear off from that vantage point.
Famished and nearly crazy from searching for a way out, he finally
saw some sign where he had come in and was able to get out again.
Tate told about cutting wood for a man on an island. The man would
float the wood he had cut back to the mainland on a barge-like boat.
When he asked the man about going back to the mainland, the man
kept delaying and putting him off. Finally, one day when the man
came for another load, he told Tate he couldn't go again. Tate picked
up his ax and told him, "I'm going back; you can go with me or stay
here" This time both men went back.
The Spanish-American' War in 1898 found Zin Tate in Tampa and he
joined up with the American forces to go to Cuba. His job was to help
take care of the horses. Tate probably welcomed the change and op-
portunity for adventure. The story passed down is that he caught
malaria and was given an overdose of quinine causing him to go deaf.
When the war was over, he fell in love with a Cuban school teacher
and tried to get her to code to the States with him. She refused and
wanted him to stay in Cuba. Many years later, he would still cry when
he talked about this Cuban lady that he obviously loved very much.
Tate came back to the States and bought a few acres on Tampa Bay.
No one had ever said how he got the money to purchase the land. Not
realizing it would be worth millions a hundred years later, he traded
it all for a horse when he got ready to leave.
When his mother died December 14, 1903, no one knew where he
was and he wasn't able to attend his mother' s funeral It has been
said that he visited his mother's grave about a year later so we can
assume Tate had migrated back into Georgia sometime in 1903. With-
out a doubt, he had a lot of things he wished he could tell his mother
as he stood beside her grave-what had happened to him over the
years he had been gone and that. he loved her for loving him when no
one else wanted him.
Zin Tate met and later married Bessie Gertrude Edwards on Septem-
ber 3, 1905. She was twenty years younger, having been born Sep-
tember 7, 1884, So Zin and Bessie began their life together share-
cropping for their livelihood.
On January 6, 1909, Zin and Bessie had a little baby boy. Always
innovative with names, Zin named him Odson because it was so odd
to have a son. Our mother, Ocie Dell Tate, was born on March 29,
1911. She always hated her name and said her mother had named
her after a wash woman, Tragically, she was the only child to live
beyond young adulthood. Odson had been brain-damaged at birth
and lived to be only ten. Her other two brothers who had the biblical
sounding names, Easais and Jehu, lived to be twenty-three and
twenty-four years old respectively. Easais, the older of the two, died
from liver disease and Jehu from injuries caused by an accident.
Both had been strong, robust, good-looking men. All of the heart-
break Bessie and Zin,in particular had suffered before couldn't com-
pare with having to bury three sons. Bessie's hair turned from black
to white overnight when Easais died.
Zin and Bessie farmed for as long as Zin's age would allow. When he
couldn't make a crop anymore and their children were gone, Bessie
would work as a midwife and hire out by the day to working the fields.
She would make a garden with a hoe and can vegetables, to keep
them in food.
The day came when Zin and Bessie could no longer provide for them-
selves. They moved into a house on our farm three' miles north of
Doerun in Worth County and eventually moved into our house with
us when they needed someone to see about them. Our father, Walter
Earlier Gay, and our mother were very kind to Grandpap and Granny
as we called them and made sure they got everything they needed.
Our grandpap taught himself to read and loved to sit out in the yard
when the weather was pretty and read the paper and enjoy being
outside. Rarely did he say anything to anyone. Then occasionally he
could be seen laughing heartily about something and no one had a
clue as to why, really. My guess is that he was reminiscing about
some escapades he had when he was roaming all those years and
that he thought it best not to tell the joke to anyone but himself.
Grandpap died mainly from kidney failure on November 24, 1952 in
our front bedroom at the ripe old age of eighty-eight. He was buried in
the Funston Baptist Church Cemetery, Funston, Georgia right above
his sons, Easais and Jehu. Granny joined them thirteen years later
at the age of eighty-one.
Grandpap's view on life was, ."What is to be will be." When you think
about all of the hardships and sorrows that came his way, you can
understand how this predestination philosophy made sense for him.
So many terrible things happened to him that were beyond his con-
trol. Tate's Hell just as aptly portrays the life of the man who was lost
in the Franklin County swamp as it does, so accurately, describe the
nightmarish experience he barely survived.


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Published every other Friday


CPAA Sends

Letter to State;

Approves Lease

By Rene Topping
Only four of the six remaining
members of the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority (CPAA) were
present at the June 11 meeting
of the CPAA. Those attending were
Temporary Chairman Harry
Woods; Ron Crawford: Ray Quist
and Jim Lycett. The only other
member, David Jones, sent a mes-
sage that he was confined to the
hospital but would be able to take
up his duties and would remain
a member of the Authority.
Woods took up as the first order
of business, a letter that had been
drafted by the board's attorney
Ben Watkins to be sent to the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) Secretary Vir-
'ginia Wetherall as old business
from the last meeting, The letter
was in reference to Timber Island
Lease 1407-A.
The full text of the letter Was as
follows :
"Please refer to your com-
munication of February
4, 1997 addressed to
Donald Wood, Chairman
CPAA. In this communi-
cation you indicated un-
less significant progress
had been made in devel-
opment within 18
months, you would rec-
ominend that the Divi-
sion of State Lands ter-
minate this lease.
CPAA entered into a lease agree-
ment with private individuals to
invest initially one and one half
million dollars and ultimately four
to five million dollars in develop-
ment of the leased area during the
remaining terms of the lease. Sig-
nificant opposition to the devel-
opment from local governmental
sources and the various state
agencies charged with reviewing
development plans, resulted in
the private developer withdrawing
his proposal before the Division
of State Lands got around to pre-
senting it to the Cabinet for their
approval. The City of Carrabelle
have proposed the. CPAA be dis-
solved by the Florida Legislature.
CPAA at it's meeting of May 14,
determined there was no ad-
equate time to develop another
Development Proposal prior to
August 14, and therefore by vote
of five to one the Commission
voted to have you recommend
Lease 3407-A be terminated and
the subject property be utilized as
a park and recreational area for
the benefit of the people of
Carrabelle. The present lease
holder should "deal directly with
the Division of State Lands rather
than the City of Carrabelle or the
CPAA. We regret the proposed
development could not go for-
ward, but the delay incident to
opposition by local government
and state regulatory agencies
caused the developer to withdraw
his proposal."
Watkins said that the draft letter
was only a suggestion and could
be changed in any way by the
Members of the Authority. Mem-
ber Jim Lycett said he felt that
the CPAA should offer to help the
state in any way to accomplish
their goals and the board mem-
bers seemed to be in agreement
to adding a phrase to that effect.
Woods stated that the "the present
lease holder" referred to Tommy
Beavis. Beavis stated that he
would rather pay his lease to the
Division of State Lands.
Then it seemed there was a prob-
lem in that the City of Carrabelle
wished to abolish the Port Author-
ity and take on the task of man-


aging the Authority themselves.
The Authority is holding funds
from a Community Development
Block grant (CDBG) according ;
Watkins.
In explaining what might happen
after the letter is received,,
-Watkins said, "I took it that we
establish communications with
the Division of State Lands which
is the agency that Virginia
Wetherall would make her recom-
mendation to; they would come
back with the details. We are in a
binding lease with them. If they
want to hold us to it they canr"
They can rescind the lease if they
want. Then the details would have
to be worked out. We have CDBG
money on account with them and
those state agencies would have
to decide what they are doing with
it."
This prompted a remark from
Lycett, "I believe that some of the
city people have plans to use some
of the moneys that were generated
by the Port Authority. If we do this
(send the letter) will the funds go
back to the state?"
Watkins replied that the CDBC
fore they would be responsible for
accounting for the funds. He
added that, theoretically, funds
are to be used for the project it
was given for and the city would
have to deal with the CDBC
people.
Lycett renewed his addition to the
letter saying it was the CPAA's
desire to work with the state in
any way they can on whatever
plan resulted from the state's de-
cision. Lycett made the motion to
send the letter with the addition
and Ray Quist seconded the mo-
tion and it was unanimously
approved.
Woods then brought up the next
item on the agenda in reference
to the hurricane escape road pro-
posed by Franklin County Com-
mission and the Division of For-
estry. Woods was against the road
going across the airport to link up
with Dry Bridge Road. Woods said
that he had a conversation with
Joe Smith of Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT), in
which Smith had said that "...un-
der no circumstances should the
airport be infringed on for that
kind of traffic." Lycett asked if a
letter could be obtained from
FDOT and other interested par-
ties. The matter was tabled for
further communication from
those interested.
Woods brought up the fact that
he was only a temporary chair-
man. It was decided to table any
decision until the entire board
could meet.
A proposal to lease Thompson
Field (The Carrabelle Airstrip) that
has been made by Pat and George
Maier was once more brought up
for discussion. The Maiers had
objections to some of the changes,
such as a change from 40 to 25
years long; requirements such as
flight training and auto rental to
be provided at the CPAA discre-
tion. The financial statement pro-
vided by the Maiers and verified
locally by Will Kendrick, Manager
of the Carrabelle Branch of the
Apalachicola Bank, was not sat-
isfactory to Woods. After the Au-
thority members said they would
respect the Maiers privacy the
couple presented documents on
their personal finances. In the
end, the Authority members
agreed to accept the lease with the
understanding modifications will
be made that will satisfy the
CPAA, the Carrabelle City Com-
mission and the Maiers. The
couple agreed to it and the pro-
posed lease will go before the City
at their next regular meeting.

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Plan Now to

Care for Pets

and Livestock in

the Event of a

Hurricane

Pet and livestock owners should
make specific plans for taking
care of their animals in the event
of a hurricane.
State and local emergency man-
agement officials have made de-
tailed plans for coping with a hur-
ricane and all Floridians should
be aware of emergency proce-
dures. The Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices has been designated by the
Department of Emergency Man-
agement as the lead agency for
animal issues during a statewide
disaster.
Those with animals in their care
must take extra precautions to
ensure their health ,and safety
during a natural disaster. Most
emergency shelters do not accept
pets and livestock, making it es-
sential that care-taking arrange-
ments for animals be made well
before the storms.
The unpredictability of hurricanes
makes it difficult to quickly and
safely transport horses and live-
stock out of the path of a storm.
Owners of large animals should
not attempt an out-of-county
evacuation unless they leave at
least three days before the storm.
Consequently, plans should be
made to protect and maintain
animals during and after a storm
on the owner's or nearby property.
Rising waters and flying debris
from high winds can quickly kill
or maim an animal.
Ideal locations should have both
ample space and at least a seven-
day supply of clean feed and wa-
ter to protect and provide for the
animals. Now is also the time to
make sure fences are sturdy and
provisions are made to tie down
or secure equipment and other
items that could become projec-
tiles in high winds.
Owners of small pets may want
to keep their animals with them
in a secure house or other struc-
ture, or make arrangements well
in advance of a hurricane to have
them taken care of at a kennel or
other boarding facility. Adequate
plans should also be made for the
safety, and feeding of pets if own-
ers must suddenly evacuate and
leave animals behind. In any
event, owners: should have a
sturdy and secure carrier or cage
available for their pets. Owners
also are advised to work with their
pet before a storm-placing it in
the cage or carrier for short peri-
ods of time-to get the animal
accustomed to the confined
space.
For information about preparing
your pets and livestock for a hur-
ricane, call (850) 488-7079 or
write:
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Prudential Resort Realty opens its
third office, July 1st, in downtown
Apalachicola. Located at 71 Mar-
ket Street in the historic Cook
Building, it is the former location
of ERA Apalach Real Estate.
An Open House is planned for
Wednesday, July 15 from 4:30 to
7:30 p.m. at the new office. The
community is invited. Wine,
cheese and music will be
served.
,Owned by Helen Townsend
Spohrer, Prudential provides sim-
plified, cost-effective real estate
transactions, by focusing on cus-
tomers' needs through a commit-
ment to service and innovative
use of technology.
Spohrer and building owners Tom
and Ellen Beavers reached an
agreement last month. The Bea-
vers plan to go sailing and spend
more time with their sons, while
phasing out of the brokerage
business.
Continuing to serve the real es-
tate needs of the community are
sales associates Ruth Schoelles,
Eddie Creamer and Janie Wilson,
now with Prudential. Bonnie Ball
is also on Prudential's staff.
Schoelles, known affectionately as
"Ms. Ruth," was the Number One
sales agent in the REALTOR As-
sociation of Franklin and South-
ern Gulf Counties in 1997, win-
ning awards for sales volume and
number of transactions.
Heading the new operation is
company President Rose Drye, a
twenty year veteran in the real
estate industry and a Certified
Real Estate Brokerage Manager
(CRB). Spohrer is a Certified Com-
mercial Investment Member
(CCIM) who also develops beach
property along the Floiida coast
and in the Bahamas. She is cur-
rently working on the St. George
Island Marina project.
Spohrer and Drye are long-time
Franklin County residents, since
1980 and 1978, respectively. Both
,brokers actively manage the
company's business in all loca-
tions. The main office is on St.
George Island and the second is
on St. Joseph Bay in Gulf County.
Since its founding in 1985, Pru-
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