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Publication Date: July 10, 1998
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The Published Every Other Friday

franklin Chronicle

Volume 7, Number 14 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER July 10 23, 1998

Carrabelle "Holiday Crackdown"

Drug Bust Nets 11 Suspects



Sheriff Bruce Varnes holds cash seized in the raids staged
in Carrabelle.

On July 3, 1998, under the lead-
ership of Franklin County Sheriff
Bruce Varnes, the Franklin
County Drug Task Force and 30
uniformed personnel arrested 11
suspects and searched their re-
spective residences for contra-
band, in Carrabelle.
The arrests brought to a close a
two-month investigation of sus-
pected drug-dealing, appropri-
ately titled "Holiday Crackdown."
Seven of the arrest warrants were
for Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance, to wit: Cannabis (mari-
juana). One warrant was for the
sale of Crack Cocaine. Another
warrant was for Principal in the
First Degree to Sale of a Con-
trolled Substance, to-wit: Can-
nabis (marijuana). Seven resi-
dences were searched during the
operation, beginning about 7:50
The searches and arrests were
coordinated by Varnes to occur at
the same time so as not to alert
the suspects. The operation be-
gan on Friday morning, July 3rd
and by 8:10 a.m. Varnes had de-
termined that all seven locations
were secure and suspects taken
into custody. After dividing into
teams and having team briefings
and an operational briefing, the
officers prayed for guidance, pro-
tection and safety for themselves
and for the people being
At the end of the operation, 11
persons had been arrested for
drug and weapons violations.
Items seized included: drug para-
phernalia, cannabis (marijuana),
cannabis plants, currency, three
vehicles, crack cocaine, two hand-
guns, a shotgun, a rifle, weight
scales an d a radio frequency (RF)
detector. $7,500 worth of mari-
juana, $2,000 worth of crack co-
caine and over $1,500 in U. S.
currency were also seized in the
Those arrested included the
#1) Everette Dallas Barrack, a
21-year-old W/M, was arrested
for Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance; to-wit Cannabis (mari-
juana), Possession of a Controlled
Substance with Intent to Sale/
Deliver, Possession of Cannabis
(marijuana) and Possession of
#2) Cynthia Darlene Gray, a
31-year-old W/F, was arrested for
Sale of a Controlled Substance;
to-wit Cannabis (marijuana), Pos-
session of a Controlled Substance
with Intent to Sale/Deliver, Cul-
tivation of Cannabis (marijuana)
and Possession of Paraphernalia.
#3) Christie Faye Sloan, a
23-year-old W/F, was arrested for
Principal in the First Degree to
Sale of a Controlled Substance;
to-wit Cannabis (marijuana) Pos-
session of Cannabis (marijuana)
and Possession of Paraphernalia.
#4) Thomas R. Wright (Sexton), a
19-year-old W/M, was arrested
for Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance; to-wit Cannabis (mari-
juana), Possession of Cannabis
(marijuana) and Possession of

#5) Andre N. Rosier, a 25-year-old
B/M, was arrested for Sale of a
Controlled Substance; to-wit
Crack Cocaine, Possession of
Crack Cocaine with Intent to
Sale/Deliver, Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance (Crack Co-
caine), Possession of Parapherna-
lia, Possession of a Firearm by a
Convicted Felon, Firearm in the
Commission of a Felony, Battery
on a Law Enforcement Officer and
Resisting without Violence.
#6) Richard D,. Sutcliffe, a
28-year-old W/M, was arrested
for Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance; to-wit Cannabis (mari-
juana) and Possession of Can-
nabis (marijuana).
#7) Brian K. Myers, a 34-year-old
B/M, was arrested for Sale of a
Controlled Substance; to-wit
Crack Cocaine, Sale of a Con-
trolled Substance; to-wit Crack
#8) John Matthew Burks, a
20-year-old W/M, was arrested
for Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance; to-wit Cannabis (mari-
juana). Cultivation of Cannabis
(marijuana), Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance with Intent to
Sale/Deliver and Possession of
#9) Travis Walker Hill, a
22-year-old W/M, was arrested
for Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance; to-wit Cannabis (mari-
juana), Cultivation of Cannabis
(marijuana), Possession Of a Con-
trolled Substance with Intent to
Sale/Deliver, Possession of a Fire-
arm During the Commission of a
Felony, Possession of Cannabis
(marijuana) and Possession, of
#10) Dewayne M. Braswell,, a
38-year-old W/M, was arrested
for Possession of Cocaine and
Possession of Paraphernalia.
#11) Michael John Hill, a
27-year-old W/M, was arrested
for Sale of a Controlled Sub-
stance; to-wit Cannabis (mari-
juana), Cultivation of Cannabis
(marijuana), Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance with Intent to
Sale/Deliver, Possession of a Fire-
arm During the Commission of a
Felony, Possession of Cannabis
(marijuana), Possession of Can-
nabis (marijuana) and Passing
Worthless Bank Checks.
All of the arrested persons were
given First Appearance on Satur-
day morning, July 4th. As of 3
p.m. on July 7th, all but Travis
W. Hill and Michael J. Hill had
been released by posting a Bond.
Teat vs. City of
Case Set for
The case of the Teat Family vs.
the City of Apalachicola has been
tentatively set for closing argu-
ments before Judge F.E. Stein-
meyer, on July 14 in Monticello,
FL. Judge Steinmeyer will allow
both parties to make their clos-
ing statements in a two hour time

St. George Fireworks
.......................... Page 2
School Board ..... Page 2
Drug Bust .......... Page 2
Editorial &
Commentary...... Page 3
Living Theatre ... Page 4
Eastpoint .......... Page 5
Bald Point.......... Page 6
Mr. Jolley ....... Page 6
Reclassification Page 7
FCAN ................ Page 8
Bookshop........... Page 9
Camp Gordon Johnston
........................ Page 10


Register for



Nine residents have registered so
far, to run as candidates in the
September 1 primary election for
both the Franklin County Com-
mission and the Franklin County
School Board.
Those candidates registered to
run for the District 2 seat on the
Franklin County Commission in-
clude: Incumbent Raymond Will-
iams (D), Cheryl Sanders (D) and
Johnnie Gray (D). Those candi-
dates registered.for the District 4
seat on the Franklin County Com-
mission include: Incumbent
Jimmy Mosconis (D), Arthur
Davis (D) and Bobby Varnes (D).
In the race for the District 2 seat
on the Franklin County School
Board, Incumbent Will Kendrick
(D) and David Hinton (D) have
registered to run in the primary
election. Incumbent Jimmy Gan-
der (D) has no opposition at this
date, in his re-election bid for the
District 4 seat on the Franklin
County Commission.
The second primary election in the
county will be held on October 1.
The general election will be held
on November 3. In order to vote
in upcoming elections, voters
must be registered at least 29
days prior to that election date.



Organization of

Recreation and

By Tom Campbell
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
urged Commissioners in their
July 7 meeting to create a
Recreational and Parks
Department. He said, "The time
for this is now."
Commissioner Mosconis sug-
gested that in order to create a
department for recreation and
parks, only one person would be
required to run such a depart-
ment. A central organization is
needed in order to "get commu-
nity involvement."
He suggested that funds could be
"earmarked" to create such a de-
partment, adding $75,000 per
year to the budget. The Board of
Commissioners decided to make
such a decision "contingent on the
Workshop meeting July 14." The
Commissioners have announced
a schedule of Budget Workshops
for FY 1998-99 for Tuesday July
14 at 9 AM and July 21 at 1:30

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Alligator Point Marina Changes Ownership

By Rene Topping
A change of ownership of the Alli-
gator Point Marina was an-
nounced at the Alligator Taxpay-
ers Association meeting, on June
13, when Rick and Lil Blake were
introduced to the members of the
that organization, by President
Tom Vanderplatts.
Blake said that he had lived in
Tallahassee as a small boy and
had played on the beaches and
had been around boats most of
his life. Little did he envision then
that he would become the owner
of a marina complex complete
with a restaurant, large dry stor-
age shed and a raft of berths in
the water behind the marina.
He also revealed the fact that he
had always wanted to involve
himself in operating a marina.
And if ever a marina needed
tender loving care from a
concerned owner, Alligator Point
marina was surely a definite
Blake asked the residents to be
patient with him as he goes about
remodeling, painting, fixing. One
priority plan is to fix or replace
all the floating docks. Another is

Dixie Theatre to

Open July 31
With Comedy

By Tom Campbell
The Dixie Theatre located at 21
Avenue E in Apalachicola, has
scheduled its Gala Opening Night
for Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m. The
first play of the inaugural season,
is the recent New York comedy hit,
"Sylvia" by A.R. Gurney.
Preview performances of "Sylvia"
are July 29 and 30. The play will
rur for three weeks through Sun-
day, August 10.
Performances at the Dixie Theatre
this season are on Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at
8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Dixie Theatre box office will

to repair the seawall ana in gen-
eral, bring regular maintenance to
the sea wall.
He wants to make all the dry stor-
age racks usable and in general,
do a good clean-up of the entire
marina area. He is hoping to im-
prove the engine repair and ser-
vice capabilities. He will be busy
repainting the exterior, as well as,
cleaning and repainting the inte-
rior. He said. "I want to have a
marina you can all be proud of."
Blake then introduced his marina
manager Randy Buckel, who hails
from Ohio, but seems to be adapt-
ing well to sea coast living. Buckel
will be in charge of the day to day
activities at the marina. He has
been on the Point for six months
and he has already improved the
appearance of the property. He
will be in charge of what Blake re-
ferred to as a "face-lift" that will
take place in the following
There were questions as to what
he had planned for the restau-
rant. Blake said that he had been
lucky enough to find a man with
years of experience, Leary Short,
who will be in charge of the res-
taurant. He asked that residents
have patience with that part of the

officially open on July 15. Box of-
fice hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday, and
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday,
closed on Monday. The box office
telephone number is (850)
Mr. Fred Chappell of the Drama
Department at Florida State Uni-
versity, will direct "Sylvia." Prior
to directing at FSU, Mr. Chappell
directed "Lost Colony" in North
Carolina, and before that was Ar-
tistic Director at Alliance Theatre
in Atlanta, Georgia, for a number
of years. He will arrive in
Apalachicola to begin rehearsals
with the actors, on July 14.
The cast of "Sylvia" is Dixie
Partington, Maureen McCarthy,
Charles Leader, and Tim
Sheridan, all professional actors.

enterprise, as it will take some
time to get up to full speed. He
also said that residents should
not expect a full menu in the be-
ginning, but look for good eating
Meanwhile, in the latest edition
of the A.P.T.A. Newsletter, there
was a menu included. For those
who like to eat, it was filled with
some tantalizing items. The res-
taurant opened on June 29 and
will have a full bar with happy
hours and nightly specials. Mu-
sic will be provided Friday
through Sunday by Live Music
from Tony B., who is billed as the
area's most enjoyable "one man
Restaurant hours are to be Sun-
day through Thursday 11 a.m. till
midnight. Friday and Saturday 11
a.m. till ??? They will have cook-
outs and for those too lazy to come
to the restaurant, free delivery of
meal on the Point.
Vanderplatts said that he is con-
fident that this will be a great ad-
dition to the Point and encour-
aged residents to come see for

Actress Dixie Partington will star
in "Sylvia," promising to bring
charm and style to the comedy.
The New York Times said of the
play, "Dramatic literature is
stuffed with memorable love
scenes, but none is as immedi-
ately delicious and dizzy as
The New York Daily News re-
ported, "I can only call it one of
the most involving, beautiful,
funny, touching and profound
plays I have ever seen."
In addition to a regular summer
season, the Dixie Theatre will
present a yearly calendar of
events including a Guest Artist
Series, a Readers Theatre, two full
scale community productions
and an extensive Youth Theatre

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Handled By


By Tom Campbell
Chief Jay Abbott of the St. George
Island Volunteer Fire Department,
answered questions about the
cancellation of the fireworks dis-
play on St. George Island July 4.
The event had been scheduled for
dark (about 9:30 p.m.).
According to Chief Abbott, "some
folks" were not very understand-
ing about the cancellation.
"It was a very difficult decision,"
he said, "because the event had
been advertised in Tallahassee,
which was unfortunate. Over
20,000 people gathered and that's
a lot of disappointed folks. But we
had 20-mile-an-hour winds and
some gusts above that".
He continued, "At about 10:00
Saturday night, the decision was
made (to cancel). The winds were
blowing toward the island and it
was just too critical."
He explained they had hoped for
a "wind change", or that the wind
would die down, but that did not
There had been an accident on the
causeway leading to the bridge
that connects to St. George Island.
Three vehicles were involved.
Seven people were injured and
were taken to Weems Memorial
Hospital in Apalachicola. Three
were later moved to Tallahassee.
Mr. Charles Strickland was driv-
ing one of the vehicles and report-
edly was seeking to park to watch
the fireworks. Mr. Joel Raypack
was driving another vehicle, and
a third vehicle was parked beside
the road.
The traffic was at a standstill on
the bridge, while emergency ve-
hicles were helping the injured.
The decision was announced
"about 10:30" Saturday night,
according to Chief Abbott. 'The
winds were unsafe and the whole
situation was just too critical."
There was an incident of a fight
near the intersection on the is-
land, but it was handled by local
Considering the number of disap-
pointed people, the Chief pointed
out the positive side of the story.
The situation was resolved. By
one o'clock Sunday morning, the
huge traffic jam was finally
cleared, cars were able to move
again freely along the bridge and
the multitude dispersed, disap-
pointed but safe.


Cutting For



By Tom Campbell
Ribbon Cutting for the Grand
Opening of Carrabelle Cafe in
downtown Carrabelle was Tues-
day, July 7, sponsored by the
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Com-
merce. Owners Steve and Lana
Waligora were on hand to welcome
guests, including Executive Direc-
tor Bonnie Stephenson of the
Chamber and members of the
Ribbon Cutting Committee.
Steve Waligora. is the chef and
proudly announced, "We will of-
fer about 200 types of pizza, in-
cluding a build-your-own pizza.
Prices will be $5.95 and up."
Other specialties are subs, hot
Philly cheese steak and Bloomin'
Onion at $3.95 and up.
Hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday
through Saturday. Sunday 5 p.m.
to 10 p.m.
Steve's wife Lana said, "We may
be small on space, but we're big
on taste." Some local residents
who were present and had
sampled the food agreed that "the
food is excellent."
Steve and Lana Waligora. moved
to Carrabelle eight years ago and
bought property "up Highway 67,"
according to Mr. Waligora. They
came from Athens, Georgia, where
the University of Georgia is lo-
cated. They had been residents
there for twenty-two years. "We
wanted to retire to a place we
could enjoy," the Waligoras said.
They had operated a cafe in north
Georgia "for four years," accord-
ing to Mr. Waligora.

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Amendment To

Franklin County

Zoning Code

By Tom Campbell
At their regular meeting July 7,
the Franklin County Commission-
ers held a public hearing regard-
ing Special Use Permits. Involved
were amendments to the zoning
code, Regarding golf courses and
future water and sewer plants
"that are not public." The word-
ing "is not clear" and the zoning
code "needs to be tightened up"
for "special uses."
It was recommended that "special
uses" be limited to golf courses
and future water and sewer plants
that are not public facilities, de-
fining "small water and sewer
plants" to be "100,000 gallons per
day or less," allowed in any zone.
This requires a public hearing of
the Board of Commissioners in
which developers "could be told
what they have to do." The devel-
opers could demonstratethat the
development "performs as to
There was no discussion from
realtors. The commissioners ap-
proved the amendment without
Attorney Shuler drafted this in
response to the developers in
Eastpoint, where the golf course
developers said it was "not clear"
as to how to proceed. Mr. Shuler
decided that perhaps the zoning
code should be tightened up and
put in a special use category. This
ordinance was created to amend
the zoning code to allow for spe-
.cial uses. At last Planning and
Zoning Commission meeting, the
Commission recommended that
special use be restricted "right
now" to two uses: golf courses and
small water and sewer plants..
These would "be allowed in any
zone." The developers would be
told in public hearing what they
have to do.
The developers would have to
demonstrate that the project "con-
forms to the Comprehensive Plan
requirements," according to Mr.
Shuler. "This gives a formalized
procedure for considering those
types of uses."
The Commissioners agreed to ac-
cept the recommendation of the
Planning and Zoning Commis-
sion, which was approved with-
out objection.

Franklin County

School Board

Approves Final


By Tom Campbell
In a special meeting Monday,
June 29, at Brown Elementary,
the Franklin County School Board
approved the final budget
amendments for the current year,
as prepared and presented by
Louis Highsmith, Director of
Financial Services.
In one area of the budget, Chair-
man Will Kendrick pointed out,
"On Transportation, this revenue
is not what we expected. It's a
$25,000 drop in revenue. Why
was this? So we don't do it again."
Mr. Highsmith said he would "look
into it" and get back to the Board.
He added, "Survey data will be
reviewed and a report will be
Mr. Willie Speed said, "We are in
a critical state regarding the bud-
get for Franklin County Schools.
We've gotten worse each year for
the past five years. We need to
make long-range plans to remedy
Mr. Highsmith stated, "We cannot
exceed the budget we have, so we
must amend it to stay within the
Mr. Kendrick said, "We are sol-
vent, but some areas of expendi-
tures were short. F.T.E., or Florida
Education Finance Program was
down, because we lost students.
Local tax revenue was up, so that
helped us out. The local tax rev-
enue was up because of increase
in property value."
The Board approved the amend-
In other business, the Board:
Approved the next School Board
meeting at the regularly sched-
uled time, July 9.
Agreed to "blanket advertisement
for positions for all vacancies."


Arrested in


Drug Bust

Search Warrant
Executed by the
Franklin County Drug
Task Force
On June 29, 1998, the Franklin
County Drug Task Force executed
a search warrant in Franklin
County, Florida. A telephone call
was made to the Sheriffs Office
about information of illegal drugs
at a location in Franklin County.
The Drug Task Force was called
in to investigate the information
provided by te caller, who wished
to remain unnamed, at this time.
After the information was inves-
tigated, a search warrant was
applied for and issued by a judge
in Franklin County.
The Drug Task Force immediately
started surveillance on the loca-
tion, waiting for the suspected
drug dealers to arrive. Franklin
County Sheriffs Office, Search
Warrant Team #1 was called in to
execute the search warrant with
the Drug Task Force and to as-
sist in the investigation. All the
information gathered by the Drug,
Task Force was provided to
Search Warrant Team #1 to en-
sure that everyone knew who and
where the investigation was fo-
cused on, to prevent any mistakes
and to ensure the safety of the
Sheriffs Deputies involved. After
three hours of investigation, the
search warrant was obtained and
the Sheriffs Deputies awaited the
order to execute the search
SheriffVarnes had received infor-
mation from the Drug Task Force,
that the suspects were dealing in
Cannabis (marijuana) and Co-
caine, in Franklin County from
the location and that is when the
investigation into the allegations
was ordered to be conducted.
Sheriff Varnes was notified that
the search warrant was applied
for and obtained from a local
A briefing was conducted by the
Task Force to insure that all the
officers involved were knowledge-
able of who the suspects were and
the location that the search war-
rant would be executed. Each law
enforcement officer present, had
been fully briefed on the opera-
tional plan, execution of the
search warrant and the safety
aspects of the operation.
At approximately 9:30 p.m., a
suspect in the investigation ar-
rived at the scene and entered the
location. Search Warrant Team #1
immediately executed the search
warrant and took the suspect into
custody. After securing the scene,
the search warrant and Miranda
Warnings were read to the sus-
pect, who was identified from a
Florida Driver License as being
Michael Anthony Richardson, of
4616 East 63rd Street in Jackson-
ville, Florida.
The search was conducted and
evidence was seized. Approxi-
mately forty-two (42) pieces of
crack cocaine, nine (9) individu-
ally wrapped small amounts of
Cannabis (marijuana) and two
larger plastic bags of Cannabis
(marijuana) were found behind
the night stand. A shoe box was
also found on the lower shelf of
the night stand that contained
$6,500.00 in U.S. Currency. The
currency was in $100.00 folds of
bills ranging from ones "to
one-hundred dollars. There were
six (6) bundles that had
$1,000.00 wrapped with a rubber
band and one (1) bundle of
$500.00 wrapped with a rubber
band. There was evidence of plas-
tic bags being used in preparing
the drugs for distribution into the
Michael Anthony Richardson, 25
years of age, was arrested and
transported to the Franklin
County Jail for booking.
Richardson was charged with two
counts of Possession of a Con-
trolled Substance with Intent to
Sell/Deliver, Possession of more
than 20 grams of Cannabis (mari-
juana), Possession of a Controlled
Substance (Crack Cocaine) and
Possession of Paraphernalia (plas-
tic bags used to store and prepare
for distribution). No smoking
paraphernalia or evidence of use
of the illegal drugs were found at
the location. From the evidence
found at the scene, the investigat-
ing sheriffs deputies believe that
this was a place being used for
distribution only and not use.
The street value of the Crack Co-
caine seized, is estimated at
$2,500.00 in value and the esti-
mated street value of the Can-
nabis (marijuana), seized is
$200.00 in value. A forfeiture of

the currency seized at the scene
will be requested by the Drug
Task Force through the Florida

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Forfeiture Contraband Act.
Richardson was given First Ap-
pearance on the morning of June
30, 1998 and was given a
$50,000.00 bond by the judge.



Against Fire-

Related Price


Attorney General Bob
Butterworth today urged consum-
ers to be alert to possible price
gouging thatmight stem from the
ires currently ravaging parts of
Florida. He added that anyone
aware of such activity should re-
port it to the attorney general's
toll-free hotline at
"Firefighters, law enforcement of-
ficers and countless others are
waging a courageous battle
against the fires," Butterworth
said. "Unfortunately, while disas-
Sters bring out the best in most
people, they also bring out the
worst in those who would cash in
on the misery of others. While we
are not aware of such practices
at this time, we have to be
Butterworth noted that Florida's
anti-price gouging statute is cur-
rently in effect under Gov. Lawton
Chiles' declaration of a state of
emergency. The law prohibits ex-
treme increases in the price of
such commodities as food, shel-
ter, water, ice, gasoline, lumber
and equipment necessary for use
as a direct result of an officially
declared emergency.
The law deems a commodity's
price unconscionable if it repre-
sents a "gross disparity" between
the average price of that commod-
ity during the 30 days immedi-
ately prior to the emergency and
the increase is not attributable to
additional costs incurred by the
seller or to national or interna-
tional market trends.
Violators of the price gouging stat-
ute are subject to civil penalties
of $1,000 per violation up to a
total of $25,000 for multiple vio-
lations committed in a single
24-hour period.

Youth Fishing


in Carrabelle

July 18.

By Tom Campbell
The Annual Youth Fishing Tour-
nament in Carrabelle, Saturday,
July 18, will be at Pirate's Land-
ing Marina (Saunders Seafood
House). The event is sponsored by
the Timber Island Yacht Club.
Time for the Tournament is 7:00
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The Franklin Chronicle 10 July 1998 Page 3


The Inn at Resort Village Opens with

Grand Reception


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Publisher .................................................. Tom W Hoffer
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On Saturday, June 27th, the Inn
at Resort Village, St. George Is-
land, a brand new hotel on the
Gulf of Mexico, opened its doors
for a preview. Located at 1488
Leisure Lane, in the Plantation on
the island, about 160 persons at-
tended the reception touring the
facility, which included the
county's first commercial elevator.
Rising three floors above grade,
the hotel was completed in record
time, by Morris Palmer and his
Eagle Constructors, in under five
months time, for St. George Island
Limited, the corporate owners.
Visitors were greeted by represen-
tatives from Anchor Realty, the
manager of the new facility, and
a table of food and drinks includ-
ing a "Joyce Estes special" featur-
ing crab, artichoke, sweet and
sour meatballs, smoked mullet
dip, Monterey fruit and her fa-
mous cheese pyramid, shrimp
mold, watermelon and vegetable
The double treat included tours
of the first floor of the new facil-
ity, featuring luxurious rooms
with rental combinations created
through adjoining rooms and very
spectacular views of the Gulf of
Mexico. The building was com-
pleted just days before, by Morris
Palmer and his subcontractors.
Many suites are equipped with
Distinctly absent from the recep-
tion, were most of the Board of
Directors of the Plantation, a pri-
vate homeowners association that
surrounds the Resort Village and
the one hotel. Dr. Ben Johnson is
the developer of the Resort Village.
St. George Limited is the owner
of the new hotel, having pur-
chased at least two sites from Dr.
Johnson as he was slowly devel-
oping the Village. St. George Lim-
ited is owned by representatives
of the Phipps Corporation, own-
ers of the Radisson Hotel in Tal-
lahassee and other real estate
There have been claims among
the litigating parties, made back
and forth, since the early 1990s,
now involving Dr. Johnson, the
Homeowner's Association Board
of Directors and the St. George
Island Cable Company. The Plan-
tation Board claims to be negoti-
ating with Dr. Johnson to settle
differences of various types, but
reports printed in the Home-
owner's Association Newsletter
(Soundings) are sketchy and even
the President of the 'Association,
Ms. Pam Amato admitted to the
Chronicle she was not privy to the
specifics of the legal matters with
the Board's own hired attorneys.
The reports written by Tom
Watson in Soundings, are shallow,
lacking detail and often raise more
questions, than are answered, in
his reports.
The Board, by contract, is bound
to "support" the Resort Village,
and the contract specifying the
Association's obligations has been
disputed for years. Dr. Johnson
claims that the Association has
breached their agreement with
him and in his counter-suit, he
seeks damages that will likely
climb over $1 million dollars.
There is no dispute that the
Homeowner's Association has
spent over $250,000 in dues
money arid insurance payouts,
litigating various aspects of the
Resort Village since the early
Only in recent years, has the
Board of Directors been willing to
enter formal mediation to settle.
matters, but there has been little
progress reported to the member-
ship and the public.
Given the opening of the new ho-
tel, owned by St. George Limited,
another private corporation, it is
very obvious that the Plantation
Homeowner's Association policy
of using litigation to stop the
progress of Resort Village has
been an utter and expensive
Tom W. Hoffer
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Magic Of "Living Theatre"
Demonstrated By Bits 'N Pieces

By Tom Campbell
The magic of "living theatre" was
well demonstrated by the per-
formers of Bits 'N Pieces Theatre
in a production sponsored by the
Wilderness Coast Public Librar-
ies June 30, at the Apalachicola
Community Building. Nearly 300
kids of all ages -- from about 3
years to about 73 years young --
attended the performance and
demonstrated their appreciation
with loud applause.
As explained by Mr. Jerry Bickel,
Executive Director and Writer, the
performers in the production of
Hans Christian Andersen's
"Thimbelina" were Holli Rubin,
playing the role of little
Thimbelina, Don Hartsfield, who
played several parts, and Mr.
Jerry Bickel himself, performing
the other roles. Nine different
characters were portrayed by
these three actors.
Giant costumes nine feet tall were
beautifully constructed, including
over-size heads, which helped in
the characterizations. After the
show, actress and artistic direc-
tor Holli Rubin explained how
these colorful costumes were con-
structed, worn and operated, by
the performers.
Through a grant, the Florida De-

apartment of State, Florida Arts
Council, Division of Cultural Af-
fairs, helped the Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries, serving Franklin,
Jefferson and Wakulla Counties
in the presentation of the puppet
Characters in the play were: Hans
Christian Andersen, Witch,
Thimbelira, Frog, Cupid (who
sang "I'm in Charge of Love"), A
Bird named Angus, the Snow
Queen, Mole, and a Giant Spider
(who ends up marrying Mole). At
the conclusion, Thimbelina is left
all alone and sings: "I Wonder
What the New Day Will Bring."
The show ran about 45 minutes,
which is a good length for con-
centration span for young kids.
Just when the audience thinks
Thimbelina will be left alone at the
end, Prince Rupert III is intro-
duced and sings "Everyone
Should Fall in Love." Therefore,
the audience is assured that "all's
well that ends well" and everybody
lives happily ever after.
Bits 'N Pieces will perform
"Thimbelina" in Tallahassee and
Crawfordville before returning to
their home base in Tampa. This
group of players is to be com-
mended for the wonderful lesson
they demonstrated in imagination
and good fun.

Drought, Heat Taking Toll
Lingering heat and drought are wreaking havoc in Florida, sparking
countless wildfires in the north and central parts of the state and
devastating crops in North Florida and the Panhandle.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford said, "Conditions
are extreme, and it's taking its toll on our forests, anchrops."
Damages attribute to the searing heat already have reached an esti-
mated $100 million and the figure will quickly go higher unless rain
and lower temperatures come soon.
What follows is an overview of the two problems:
Some 76,000 acres in 39 counties in North and Central Florida have
been damaged from wildfires, which began over the Memorial Day
weekend, six weeks ago.
More than 100 homes and structures have been damaged or destroyed,
hundreds of people have been evacuated and an estimated $10 mil-
lion in commercial timber has been lost.
Just as troubling, Crawford said, is the fact that many of the more
than 650 fires that have occurred, have been attributed to arson.
"We will aggressively pursue every lead in an effort to bring those
responsible for putting lives and property in'danger to justice,"
Crawford said.
In an effort to crack down on the problem, Crawford has established
a task force of law enforcement officers within his department, which
is conducting investigations and following leads in counties where
fires have occurred. To date, one person, a 12-year-old Putnam County
boy, has been arrested for deliberately setting a fire.
Crawford has commended counties, that have suspended Fourth of
July firework celebrations.
In the meantime, Crawford cautioned citizens to avoid using fire-
works of any kind around their homes, yards or in the woods.
The firefighting effort should be enhanced this week with the arrival
of additional aircraft, bulldozers and other equipment that will en-
able the Forestry Division to increase both its air and ground capa-
bility, in the ongoing battle.
With only about two inches of rain recorded in North Florida since
April and record breaking temperatures for more than a month, at
least $80 million in crops in the North Florida Panhandle region has
been lost. Hardest hit have been corn, peanuts and hay.
The three crops, along with cotton, soybeans, watermelons and to-
bacco, generate about $242 million in sales for the 12,000 farmers in
the region each year, and estimates are that at least a third of it is
lost. As each day passes without rain, more crop loss will occur.
The problem has been compounded by the fact that many, if not
most, growers in the area lack irrigation systems and have to rely on
rainfall to water their crops. Normally, the northern part of the state
receives about 10 inches of rain in May and June compared to the 2
inches it has received during those months this spring.
Crawford said he is grateful that President Clinton has declared the
state a disaster area, because it will give growers in the region an
opportunity to seek much-needed federal assistance.

Lanark Volunteer Fire Department

Scheduled to Get Another Door

By Tom Campbell
Chief Leonard "Bud" Evans of the
St. James/Lanark Volunteer Fire
Department, was happy to receive
a check for $1,450 Tuesday, June
30. He smiled, "I usually get prob-
lems and work to deal with. A nice
check is a pleasant surprise."
The check was presented to the
Chief to help pay for a door on the
front, of the west side of the fire
department building in Lanark.
Chairman Jim Welsh of the Bingo
Committee made the presentation
on "behalf of the bingo players."

Air Quality Implications

of Florida's Forest Fires

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Air Re-
sources Management issued a statement on June 24h, outlining po-
tential implications of smoke from forest fires on the State's air
Large amounts of smoke associated with forest fires across the cen-
tral and northern parts of Florida are blanketing much of these areas
and have led to quotations about general air quality and potential
health implications. Smoke is composed of fine particles and gases
associated with combustion. Among the pollutants generated by fire
are nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, hydrocarbons and carbon mon-
oxide. In areas affected by smoke from the fires, the sensitive popula-
tion, those with respiratory ailments and heart disease and the eld-
erly and children, are most likely to be adversely affected. In areas
with heavy smoke, it is advisable that all persons limit their expo-
sure. Anyone with questions about particular effects on his/her health
should seek advice from a qualified health professional.
Over the past several days, a number of monitoring stations in cen-
tral and northern Florida have recorded elevated levels of ozone. Me-
teorological conditions have generally been favorable for ozone for-
mation. Ozone is formed through a complex series of photochemical
reactions between volatile organic compounds (sometimes referred to
as hydrocarbons) and nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight,
Forest fires produce large quantities of both hydrocarbons and nitro-
gen oxides. Asa result, ozone levels in areas affected by these plumes
can be increased above levels which would normally occur, without
the effect of fires. Scientific literature indicates that nitrogen oxide
and hydrocarbon emissions from forest fires can increase ozone lev-
els on the order of 10 to 20 parts per billion (ppb). Thus, in areas
where weather conditions remain conducive to ozone formation and
which are influenced by fires, ozone levels may approach or exceed
air quality standards. Given these weather conditions, ozone levels
may also be elevated in areas not affected by smoke.
Forest fires create particulate matter. Particulate matter is defined as
all solid and/or liquid airborne particles in the ambient air. Very near
a fire, elevated particulate levels can decrease visibility, potentially
causing aviation and road traffic problems. Monitoring stations are
not generally recording levels in excess of the air quality standards,
although levels are likely to be near to or above the standard, near
the fires.
Obviously, the simple solution to this situation would be 'a lot of
rain'; however, until that occurs, the public should be alert to fires in,
their area and avoid activities which could create additional fires.

Some Things In Life Are Free

By Tom Campbell
The Franklin County Adult Literacy Program is proving that "some
things in life are free." There are three locations in Franklin County
where you can get this "free offer." There is a site in Carrabelle at the
Public Library, a site in Apalachicola at the Holy Family Center on
7th Street, and a site in the Point Mall in Eastpoint next to the Public
Some of the "free" items offered to the community are: Study for GED,
Math Study, Writing Skills, Study for CDL License, Improve Reading
Skills, Use of Office Equipment, Typing, Computer Skills, and Filing.
Ms. Bonnie Segree of Eastpoint stated, "As you know, Franklin County
is changing. Life as we once knew it is no longer here. We are fast
moving into another life style. Net-ban, regulations facing the sea-
food industry and technology are all changing the requirements of
getting a good job. If you want to make a good living, you will need a
GED or High School Diploma. You will probably need computer skills.
This certainly will add to your earning ability and quality of life."
Ms. Segree pointed out that the Adult Literacy Program has a staff of
trained tutors who will help you achieve the goal you set for yourself.
"Get self-esteem and get a good job that will pay you enough to enjoy
life," she said.
Interested persons should phone 850-670-4481. Just say, "I'd like to
learn and improve my chances of getting a good job." They will be
happy to serve you, and help you to help yourself.

Ships in History
The Apalachicola Maritime Mu-
seum has announced the open-
ing of their "Ships in History
Model Show."
The exhibits include ship models
from world famous artists John
Ficklin and Fred Hell, including
the unveiling of Apalachicola's
own Sea Dream.
Other exhibits will include an
1858 chart of Apalachicola Bay,
a gift of Bill Spoher and the Steve
Write Collection of Antique Out-
board Motors.
The museum is located at 268
Water Street on the historic
Apalachicola waterfront. The mu-
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Around and About Eastpoint
By Bonnie Segree Eastpoint
I hope all you people out there are trying to keep cool in this heat Postmr
wave we are having. I think many, many people are praying for rain. POStmaster Leads
However, we are so much better off than other areas of the state.
I was talking to Ms. Edna Murray from Carrabelle a few days ago, and Celebration of a
she said she liked reading this column and wished someone in
Carrabelle would write one, so that she could keep up with what is Century Of OS
happening in her town. Someone needs to talk to Mr. Hoffer and start
a local Carrabelle column. Service
Winfred and Estelle Register have gone on a much needed vacation to
the mountains. I hope they have a wonderful time and Estelle contin- By Tom Campbell
ues to recuperate.
The wedding of Donna Dasher and Dwayne Coulter will take place The current Postmaster of the
Friday night at the Eastpoint Church of God. All friends and relatives Eastpoint Post Office, Ms. Cathy
are invited to attend. Congratulations to these two young adults. Halford, welcomed friends, rela-
Donna is a home town girl who has come back from college and is tions, fellow postal service em-
now teaching at Carrabelle High. Dwayne works for the Sheriffs ployees and well-wishers at an
Department. Open House Sunday, June 28,
from I to 4 p.m. Clerks, Beverly
There was approximately 30 people from the Eastpoint Church of Sapp and Cindy Hogan assisted
God who went to the Tampa area to attend the yearly Church Camp her.
meeting last week, I was among the- ones who went and I thoroughly
enjoyed it, but I still think we have the best preaching and the best Almost a hundred guests at-
choir at our church, While in Tampa, most of us went to Busch Gar- tended the gala event during the
dens and had a great time, afternoon. Prizes were awarded,
cold drinks were served and
Sorry to hear that Mary Creamer hurt her leg and I wish her a very beautifully decorated cake was
speedy recovery eventually cut and sampled, all to
Edna Mae Henderson recently underwent knee replacement and is celebrate the charter of the
on the road to recovery. I hope she mends quickly and completely. Eastpoint Post Office in July of
1898, a century ago.
The second annual Youth Explosion was held at the ballpark in Former Clerk, Mrs. Marjorie Hall,
Eastpoint, a few nights ago. Southern Faith, as well as local singers who retired in 1986, was given
entertained. In addition, a skit was performed to music, by the who redn986wasi
Eastpoint Church of God youth. A nice evening was had by all ho.. special recognition. She said her
attended. lease call if you have any news items, 670-4481 or 670-8206. Grown, dmart PostmasRebecca
Brown, the first Postmaster."
Wakulla Also recognized was Mr. George
W ulla W. Creamer Jr., who was the Post-
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Soon a school was started and a
For Sale church established."
Large rock for erosion control, breakwaters Ms. Halford stated, "Rebecca re-
and rock sea walls. Rock delivered and placed. mained Postmaster until May,
Call Larry Craft, 403 Woodville Hwy. 1938 when her husband, David
Cat, H. Brown, was appointed Post-
Crawfordville, FL 32327 master July 13, 1938. He held
Mobile (850) 545-7863 Home (850) 421-6907 that position until December 31,
1952, when his sister Elizabeth,
then 60 years old, was appointed
Acting Postmaster. Eastpoint was
Growing and Miss Elizabeth
needed help, so she hired her
niece Marjorie Tucker (now Hall)
LUBERTO'S to help her. Elizabeth served un-
SAND & STONE INC. til November 14, 1956, when her
,e.. nephew and Marinrie's brother
S... Donald H. Tucker' was named

Ms. Halford continued, "After
more than 60 years of keeping it
in the family, George W. Creamer,
Jr., became Acting Postmaster on
September 30, 1960. George was
appointed permanently on Sep-
tember 4, 1962. Marjorie Hall con-
tinued to work for George until
1986, when she retired. Mike
Harless, a clerk from Tallahassee,
was to replace her. After 30 years
of dedicated service to a growing
community,, George retired on
October 1, 1991."
Ms. Halford continued, "Delivery
in Eastpoint and St. George Island
grew from one route to two and
now we have three carriers-
Louise Hobbs and Fran Fenske
deliver on St. George Island, and
Clipper Segree delivers in
Eastpoint. Maxie Creamer,
George's daughter, fills in for Clip-
per on her days off."
Because of continuing growth in
the area of St. George Island and
Eastpoint, Ms. Halford said, "We
hope to get a new building in the
next two to four years." She said,
they love their jobs "and our cus-
tomers, and are happy to serve
The old home, in which the first
Eastpoint Post Office was located,
is still standing, but is in need of

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Page 6 10 July 1998 The Franklin Chronicle

.Public testimony was received by
the staff for the Land Acquisition
and Management Advisory Coun-
cil (LAMAC), in conjunction with
the proposal to purchase sections
df Bald Point in eastern Franklin
County. About ten Franklin
County residents appeared before
the Council, in the Department of
Environmental Protection Confer-
ence Room A of the Marjory
Stoneman Douglas Building in
Tallahassee, speaking favorably
for the eventual state acquisition
of 6,000 acres in eastern Franklin
County where the land fronts on
three coastal water bodies,
Ochlockonee Bay, Alligator Har-
bor and the Gulf of Mexico. All
who appeared spoke of the acqui-
sition in strongly favorable terms.
This meeting was one of several
steps the proposal to purchase
the land through the Conserva-
tion and Recreation Lands (CARL)
program. On July 23rd, the
LAMAC council will hear the pro-
The chief appeal for the state to
acquire the Bald Point acreage
appears to be the close distance
the property has to Tallahassee
that "...would provide a variety of
outdoor recreational opportuni-
ties in close proximity to an ur-
ban center," according to the
Project Assessment Report dated
June 1998.
. "The size of the proposal and

its mix ol wetland and upland
habitat, allows it to support
a variety of wildlife, including
a rich avifauna well known to
avid birders. Bald Point is
known as an important stag-
ing area for migratory song-
birds and their avian preda-
tors, such as hawks and
according to the report..
The site was originally listed un-
der the state's Save Our Coast
(SOC) program, in 1986. The
project was later added to the
CARL list in 1988, when SOC was
subsumed under CARL. It re-
mained on the CARL list until
1992, when the project was re-
moved due to low priority rank-
ing. In 1997, the project was
re-submitted as a proposed addi-
tion to the CARL list.
The property consists of 6,360
acres at the broad eastern tip of
an east-west running peninsula,
known as St. James Island, that
forms the southern border of
Ochlockonee Bay. The project is
bounded on the west by U.S. 98,
on the south by Alligator Harbor,
on the east by the Gulf of Mexico
and on the north by Ochlockonee
Bay. Access is by C.R. 370, which
run southeast from US.98 to the
Gulf and then splits into two
arms: one running north to Bald
Point proper and the other to pen-
insula Point.

Biologists visited the site in April
1998. The natural communities
listed in their report as a part of
the proposal include: Depression
Marsh, Marine tidal marsh, mesic
flatwoods, scrub, Xeric-Maritime
Hammock, Scrubby flatwoods
and beach dunes.
About 47% of the land proposal,
is in pine plantation. Much of the
land is at an elevation of less than
ten feet with some high dunes
along the Gulf, on either side of
C.R. 370 north. There are about
25 lakes on the land area with
Tucker Lake, greater than 100
acres. Out of the 6,360 acres in
the acquisition proposals, 318
acres are open water. The beaches
facing the Gulf of Mexico in the
proposal, are eroding at the
southern end and building out at
the northern end.
The Bald Point project contains
four examples of what the assess-
ment report described as "forest
communities." Represented in the
property are mesic flatwoods,
sand pine scrub, xeric hammock
and slash pine or sand pine plan-
tations or clear-cut areas. The
pine stands visited during the
field inspection varied, depending
on their location and ownership.
The LGR Ltd. property consisted
primarily of vary scattered stock-
ing of 10 to 20 trees per acre, to
some pockets of good stocking 60
to 80 square feet of basal area per
acre. The St. Joe Company own-

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Bald Point is not a ubic prk,
It isprivately owned land being
developed into an exclusive,
upscale residential
development. The owner has
offered to sell the property to
the state or county for public
land. Currently no agreement
has been reached. If you
support a State acquisition of
this property, you may show
your support by contacing:

Dept. of Environmental Protection
Dr. Greg Brock
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ership contains primarily slash
pine plantations with good stock-
ing or recently harvested pine
plantations. Several areas of this
property have trees which indi-
cate the presence of old turpen-
tine activities.
Two rare species of vascular
plants have been recorded in the
acquisition proposal, including
Godfrey's blazing star and Gulf
lupine. Blazing star is a
fall-flowering perennial common
to coastal portions ofWakulla and
Franklin counties from Yent
Bayou on the west to US 319 be-
tween Sopchoppy and Medart on
the north. Hundreds of Gulf lu-
pine plants had been seen west
of C.R. 370, in 1982, the eastern
range limit for the species, but it
has not been seen since that time,
according to the assessment
On the Gulf frontage, and in a
combination of habitats, such as
scrubby flatwoods, estuarine tidal
marshes, mud flats, sandy
beaches and maritime oak ham-
mocks, large numbers of birds are
found at Bald Point during the
spring migration. The egg laying
season of horseshoe crabs provide
an ample food supply for shore-
birds. The area is also important
for raptors that feed on fish in the
bay. The marshes and tidal creeks
are important feeding areas sup-
porting large numbers and vari-
eties of wading birds. Shorebirds

at Bald Point visit in the peak pe-
riods, in March, April and May.
At least 19 species have been re-
corded. The beaches at the point
provide feeding and roosting ar-
eas for a variety of gulls and terns.
Raptors that have been observed
using Bald Point and adjacent
waters include: the bald eagle,
osprey, merlin, American kestrel,
sharp-skinned hawk and per-
egrine falcon.
The assessment report summa-
rized Bald Point has "medium"
importance to the conservation of
listed species (numbering 24 spe-
cies), "medium" importance for
the protection of known wading
bird rookery sites and "medium"
importance for the conservation
of fish and wildlife diversity in
Although none of the water bod-
ies surrounding Bald Point are
regularly assessed for water qual-
ity, there have been no past indi-
cations of water quality problems.
Intensive residential development
of the adjacent uplands would
pose a threat to maintenance of
the existing high water quality
standard, according to biologists
writing the assessment report on
the project. The major problems
include leakage from septic tanks,
exacerbated by a high water table,
and development with associated

Continued on Page 7

Mr. Jolley And "The Happiest Music On Earth"

By Tom Campbell
Mr. Jack Jolley of the Benign Boat
Works, Inc., at 317 Water Street
in Apalachicola, is a living ex-
ample of the successful adult who
still has the young kid alive and
well within him.
Mr. Jolley worked with NASA in
the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasa-
dena, California, and worked a
number of years with Cal. Tech.
Currently, he assists the owner of
Benign Boat Works, Mr. Charles
Chapin, in "boat maintenance
and assembly."
In discussing his enjoyment of a
Wurlitzer music machine (circa
1912), Mr. Jolley explained, "As a
four-year-old, wide-eyed boy in an
amusement park in southern
California," he stood before a
Wurlitzer music machine (some-
,times called "calliope"), fascinated
by the "merry-go-round music-
the happiest music on Earth."
That was at the Crystal Pier
Amusement Park near Santa
Monica, California. Years later,
after a successful career as an
Aerospace Engineer with NASA,
Mr. Jolley was again living near
Santa Monica. He was looking for
a space to do some engineering
work on his own, so he went into
a warehouse in Gardena and
talked with the owner, who had
an old music machine which he
had restored.
Mr. Jolley said the mechanical
player mesmerized him "as the
machine I had stood in front of,
as a kid. I believe it may be the
same machine and it still has the
happiest music on Earth." The
joyful memories of early childhood
came flooding back in his mind.
Mr. Jolley purchased the "me-
chanical player number 125", for
about $10,000 in 1971. "It's my
prize possession." It was originally
made in 1912 and he "rebuilt it."
Band organs were "listed by num-
bers according to size, 125, 150,
165, etc."
The oldest band organs were
made in Germany and Belgium
"about 150 years ago," according
to Mr. Jolley, "and these were

When the band organs became
mechanical, "Sperry and Rand
made the mechanism that oper-
ated the automatic music ma-
chines". Mr. Jolley said that he
converted his machine to electri-
He explained that the same basic
technology used to give instruc-
tion to a player piano and his
Wurlitzer machine, "to make it
play, this is the earliest form of a
computer. Holes punched in pa-
per on a roller, and this is used to
give commands to the machine,
just the same as used to give com-
mands to space craft."
Mr. Jolley showed his "objet d'art"
at the art festival in Apalachicola,
earlier this year. It was also en-
tered in the 1996 Seafood Festi-
val Parade. He has demonstrated
it at the Retirement Home in
Apalachicola, where "the seniors
were fascinated, just as I am, and
thoroughly enjoyed the music."
He demonstrated his delightful
machine and said, "Watch what
happens when I open up the
back." The music grew louder. He
removed the sound-proof

plexiglass (silencer), opening up
the front, and a "real blast of
music" came forth. Finally, he
connected the "drum, snare drum
and cymbal," and the whole "en-
chilada" was revealed-remark-
ably overwhelming the listener. "It
definitely affects the listener," Mr.
Jolley laughed.
Made in 1912 in upstate New
York, his Wurlitzer was "restored
in the last 30 years." It is currently
maintained in excellent condition.
First discovering Apalachicola "in
about 1990," Mr. Jolley became
enthralled. "There is a wonderful
creative atmosphere here," he
said. "I love it."
His work as the Benign Boat
Works involves him in the details
of electric and outboard rentals,
where canopied electric boats
must be maintained and repaired.
They also offer Carolina skiffs,
Creek boats, and petal boats.
Mr. Jolley shares his mechanical
player when he can and still finds
it today, "the happiest music on

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Bald Point Acquisition Continues Up The

Decision Ladder

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Page 6
habitat destruction. The Bald
Point project borders Ochlock-
onee Bay, Alligator Point and the
Gulf of Mexico, defined as waters
that have the capability of sup-
porting recreational or commer-
cial shellfish propagation and
harvesting. Two tidal creeks, Big
Chaires and Little Chaires Creek,
drain the interior portions of the
peninsula providing freshwater
inflow into Ochlockonee Bay. Al-
ligator Harbor is designated as an
aquatic preserve and in contrast
to Ochlockonee Bay, there is little
freshwater inflow to Alligator Har-
bor. These protected waters and
numerous offshore reefs and
channels provide high quality salt
water fishing opportunities.
The Bald Point project upland
area drains into the Gulf 'of
Mexico directly or through
Ochlockonee Bay, into Apalachee
Bay., The estuarine bay system of
this portion of the Gulf is one of
the most biologically rich and pro-
ductive systems in this region of
Florida, asserted the assessment
Over 70% of the recreationally
important species and over 90%
of the commercially important
species are estuarine-dependent,
using a variety of estuarine habi-
tats as nursery areas. These criti-
cal nursery habitats are depen-
dent on high water quality
and can be degraded by coastal
The acquisition of this land would

also serve as a buffer to provide
direct protection to Apalachee
Bay. Moreover, the area is used
by the manatee primarily in the
winter months. Manatees com-
monly feed on seagrasses in
Apalachee Bay and they frequent
the St. Marks, Wakulla and East
Bay systems. Sandy beaches pro-
vide documented nesting habitat
for loggerhead turtles.
Bald Point also supports an ex-
ceptionally large year round popu-
lation of intertidal hermit crab.
While this species is widely dis-
tributed throughout the region, it
routinely occurs at Bald Point in
far-larger numbers than any-
where else in this region.
Ochlockonee Bay and Apalachee
Bay provide important marine
fisheries in terms of direct har-
vest and as a nursery. The shal-
low Spartina fringed estuary and
tidal creeks are highly productive
habitat for commercial and rec-
reational species including red
drum and spotted sea trout.
At least 10,199 saltwater recre-
ational anglers and 1,203 com-
mercial fishermen were licensed
in 1997, in Franklin and Wakulla
counties. Significant commer-
cially harvested species include
grouper, mullet, shrimp, blue
crab, stone crab and oysters.
Within 6 miles of the project,
recreationally important species
of Spanish -mackerel,. black
seabass, sheepshead, white
grunt, gray triggerfish, flounder
and gray snapper are taken on
artificial reefs, as well as, patchy
hard bottom reefs in nearby

Apalachee Bay. The Bay is an
important shell fishing area hav-
ing over 3,153 acres of condition-
ally approved harvesting waters.
The entire project lies within a
Category 1 hurricane surge zone
with most of the acreage actually
in a tropical storm surge zone.
The significant length of shoreline
frontage on the Gulf of Mexico and
Ochlockonee Bay provides a set-
ting for a variety of outdoor rec-
reation activities. The project has
about 3/4-mile long uninter-
rupted beach frontage. A paved
road runs the length of the
project's Gulf frontage and would
provide ready access to the beach
along its entire length.
The Bald Point proposal contains
12 prehistoric sites listed in the
Florida Master Site File ranging
in age from Late Archaic to Fort
Walton period. Most of these sites
are shell middens, but the Tucker
site consists of a burial mound
and midden and the Yent site is a
mound. 0
In the opinion of the project as-
sessment authors, the Bald Point
project is a prime location for de-
velopment. Parts of the project are
ineligible for federally-subsidized
flood insurance. A COBRA
(Coastal Barrier Resource Act)
designation also prevents expan-
sion of sewer and water service,
as these are funded by federal
Should the State acquire the Bald
Point property, the primary objec-
tive would be to conserve and re-

store the natural communities
along the shores of the Gulf of
Mexico and Ochlockonee Bay and
by so doing, improve the offshore
marine plant and animal commu-
nities, as well. Management ac-
tivities should be directed first to-
ward preservation and secondly
toward integrating consumptive
uses such as hunting. Access to
the project should be controlled,
limiting public vehicles to one or
a few main roads. The number
and size of recreational facilities
would be limited.
The meeting with the staff of the
LAMAC on Thursday, July 2,
1998, was the first stage ofa mul-
tiple review process. At this meet-
ing, public testimony on the pro-
posal was taken and the project
assessment papers were distrib-
uted to the Council and others.
All six members of LAMAC voted
to keep the Bald Point Project as
viable candidate for CARL acqui-
sition. On July 23, 1998, the full
council will formally vote ork the
proposed projects, including the
Bald Point matter. If four of six
votes are made in favor of the Bald
Point proposal, the project will
enter the Project Design phase. At
this point, various real estate
matters will be reviewed, to de-
termine if property owners would
be willing to sell their interests in
the Bald Point properties. There
appear to be three major owners
thus far.
The largest owner is LGR Ltd., an
arm of the Mader Corporation.
They purchased Bald Point in
1979 and allowed public access

Shellfish Harvesting Area Reclassification

The attached shellfish harvesting
area map depicts reclassification
of the Apalachicola Bay System
shellfish harvesting area (#16) in
Franklin County, for oyster, clam
and mussel harvesting. The re-
vised date for this map is April 22,
1998 and will become effective
sunrise, July 1, 1998.
The proposed reclassification will
establish two new shellfish har-
vesting areas during the summer
months of July, August and Sep-
tember, the Apalachicola Bay Sys-
tem summer West Zone I ap-
proved area and the summer
Apalachicola Bay System East
Zone conditionally approved area.
The boundaries of the summer



Apalactncola Bay System West
Zone I approved area will be the
same as the current winter
Apalachicola Bay System West
Zone I conditionally approved
area. This area, to be managed
during the summer months as
approved, will be closed during
emergency conditions in accor-
dance with 62R-7.003(13) and
62R-7.004(9). No change is pro-
posed in boundaries or manage-
ment of this portion of the Bay
System during the winter months.
No change is proposed in classifi-
cation or management of shellfish
lease numbers 551, 551B, 580,
and 582 in this portion of the Bay
System during the summer or
winter months. These leases will
continue to be managed as ap-
proved, during the summer
The boundaries of the summer
Apalachicola Bay System East
Zone conditionally approved area
will be the same as the current
winter Apalachicola Bay System
East Zone conditionally approved
area. This area will be managed
during the summer months the
same as the Apalachicola Bay
System summer conditionally

approved south, which closes
when Apalachicola River dis-
charge measured the same day at
Blountstown exceeds 29,838 cu-
bic feet per second (currently
equivalent to the Apalachicola
River stage measured the same
day at Blountstown exceeding
12.93 feet) or five-day cumulative
rainfall measured at the
Apalachicola Airport exceeds 4.99
inches. No change is proposed in
boundaries or management of
this portion of the Bay System.
during the winter months.
Shellfish may be harvested for
direct consumption only from
waters classified, Approved or
Conditionally Approved. In order
to provide for the harvest of safe
and wholesome shellfish, it is es-
sential that shellfish be harvested
from waters with the appropriate
classification and only when these
waters are open, not when tem-
porarily closed by the rainfall
management plans. Area status
(open or temporarily closed) is
available 24-hours a day from the
Department of Environmental
Protection office in Apalachicola
at 850/653-8317, or from the
Florida Marine Patrol in Panama

City at 850/233-15i0.
If you have any questions regard-
ing this reclassification, please
call or write: Robert Thompson,
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, 3900 Com-
monwealth Boulevard, Mail Sta-
tion 205, Tallahassee, Florida
32399, Phone 850/488-5471.

lor about lb years, and then in
1994, closed the land and began
to build a gated community. Gene
Langston represents the Mader
Corporation, saying to a Tallahas-
see Democrat reporter in April
1998, that the sale of the Mader
property to the state will depend
on whether the state's appraised
value matches the company's
minimum selling price, about $8
to $9 million. The St. Joe Corpo-
ration also owns land in the area.
Greg Brock, the Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP)
representative in the CARL Pro-
gram, emphasized to the
Chronicle that designating the
Bald Point proposal as a "study
project" is not the same thing as
an acquisitionn process." Project
design is a part of the study
project in which a variety of real
estate and other matters are con-
sidered. The formal procedure to
actually acquire the properties
will not be considered formally,
until November when hearings
will be designated once again. But
this time with the decision to ac-
tually acquire the land under the
CARL program. In December, the
LAMAC council will determine the
ranking of the numerous candi-
dates for CARL acquisition and
when that ranking is established,
the funding will begin.
Dr. Brock also pointed out that
there might be a possibility that
the Bald Point Project could be
joined to another acquisition can-
didate, called Dickerson Bay
project. The latter proposal has
been reviewed and is ready for


Working On

Water, Sewer


By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Wheels are rolling on
Apalachicola's application for a
grant from the Farmers Home
Administration on its water pro-
gram, and it couldn't come at a
better time. Mayor Bobby Howell
said repairing the damaged wa-
ter system panel could go as high
as $40,000 to $50,000.
A revised permit on the construc-
tion contract on the wastewater
treatment plant has been received
in the mail, said Bill McCartney
of Baskerville-Donovan. 'This is
the last round. We will soon be
able to advertise for construction."
A consent order has to be signed
before the permit is authorized.
James Waddell, also of
Baskerville-Donovan said Debbie
Romallis told him that Apalach-

CARL funding, but a formal re-
view of the Bald Point proposal
would still have to take place, al-
though the process "time-line"
might be shortened.
icola's sewer application rarqk'
No. 2 in the state, behind
Freeport. He said among thI
funds for work to be included are
24th Ave. and 25th Ave. ahtn
pumping station No. 4 in vicinity
of the baseball diamond.
On a request that the city waive-
share of the County Sheriffs 6'-f
fice request for Anti-Drug Abus
funds, the commission decided'to
send in their own request thii
year. "We can go into their agre6-'
ment and they get $45,000, or dd
our own and get $16,000," said
Clerk Betty Taylor-Webb.
"We've got our own program now;
the Apalachicola Narcotics Ein-
forcement Agreement," said Webb.
"Policemen Jack Osburn and
Archie Holton are working 6o
drug enforcement. We could tus
that $16,000 ourselves."
In the discussion that followed
Commissioner Jimmy Elliott
asked if the money would be used.
to purchase equipment and if tii
city fails to apply for the money
would they lose out on it. May.
Bobby Howell said it would ,1
for any drug-related police.
"We've always signed a waiver f6
the county to use the money be-
fore," said Police Chief Warr-n"
Faircloth. "But this money could
help pay for overtime for existing
"I'd like to know if the city police
are aggressively pursuing drug-;"
said Commissioner Van Johnson,
to which Webb, Chief Fairclot
and other commissioners an-
swered "yes."

The commission voted to renege.
tiate with Poloronis Construction
on its bid for $341,554 on the
Harborwalk Project for Battery
Park. "That's more than we've
got," said Mayor Howell. "we only
have $200,000, less $28,000
planning funds." The project was
advertised two weeks and
Poloronis was the only bid re-
ceived. The commission decided
to talk with Poloronis about the
extension of the docks for boat
slips first.
The Commission voted to start
line work for sewage hookup for
the new ball park. Harrison
Jones, Jr. said a manhole is lo-
cated in the corner where corn-
crete will be poured. "We'll have
to check into the moratorium:on
sewer taps," said City Clerk Betty
Taylor-Webb. Commissioner Van

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workshop schedule:

The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduLled a public workshop
to receive comment on a proposal
to extend a federal seasonal
shrimp closure off southwest
Florida into adjacent state waters
in the region. The public is en-
couraged to participate in this
workshop, which will take place
on Monday, July 13, 1998 from
6:00 8:00 p.m. at the Fort Myers
Beach Town Hall, 2523 Estero
Boulevard, in FORT MYERS

The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a series of public
workshops to receive comment on
various net gear and mullet man-
agement issues, including cast
net/entangling net possession,
trip limits, seine bunching, and
gill net possession on vessels of
specified lengths. The public is
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workshops, which will take place
from 6:30 8:00 p.m. as follows:
Tuesday, July 21, 1998
Palm Beach County Government
301 North Olive Avenue
12th Floor Thomas McEaddy
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Wednesday, July 22, 1998
Government Center
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Thursday, August 6, 1998
Florida Marine Research Institute
100 8th Avenue, S.E.
Ist Floor Auditorium

The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a public workshop
to receive comment regarding the
management of certain tropical
ornamental marine life species,
including "turbo" snails, blue
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Spanish hogfish, small coastal
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Monday, July 20, 1998 from
1:00 3:00 p.m. at the Key Largo
Library, 101485 Overseas High-
way, in KEY LARGO.

The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a series of public
workshops to receive comment on
northwest Florida shrimp fishing
issues, including allowable har-
vest areas and restricted species
designation for shrimp. The pub-
lic is encouraged to participate in
these workshops, which will take
place from 6:00 8:00 p.m. as fol-
Monday, August 10, 1998
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208 North Partin Drive
1st Floor
Tuesday, August 11, 1998
Pensacola Junior College
1000 College Boulevard
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Wednesday, August 12, 1998
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The Commission is proposing
to prohibit the harvest and
possession of black gag grou-
per in excess of the bag limit
during March and April in At-
lantic state waters only. The
underlined phrase in the sen-
tence above was inadvertently
omitted in the Commission's
June 5, 1998 news release. A
final public hearing on this
and other reef fish manage-
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Commission's September
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Boy Scouts of America, Troop #24, held a flag retirement
ceremony June 24th at the home of Scoutmaster Mike
Vroegop. The retired flag had flown over Fire Station #9 in
Tallahassee for more than eight years and was retired by
burning in a dignified ceremony attended by friends and
family of the troop members. Those in attendance were
instructed by the Scouts on the history of our nation's
symbol. As part of their endeavors toward earning their
Tenderfoot Badge, troop members must demonstrate the
proper way to raise, lower and display the American Flag.
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Florida's Agency for Health Care
Administration and the Depart-
ment of Health, today released
three new reports that will help
consumers looking for a podia-
trist, dentist or chiropractor in the
state of Florida.
The reports, covering the period
April 1, 1992 to March 31, 1997
list those practitioners who had
serious disciplinary action taken
against them by their state licens-
ing board or paid a certain num-
ber of malpractice claims. Less
than 3 percent of Florida's li-
censed podiatrists, dentists and
chiropractors met the criteria for
inclusion in the reports. One
chiroprator so listed, is practic-
ing in Franklin County.
"These reports provide consum-
ers with pertinent information,
empowering them to make better,
more informed health care deci-
sions," said Douglas M. Cook, di-
rector of the Agency for Health
Care Administration. "While
much of this information is al-
ready available to the public,
these reports will make the infor-
mation even more widely acces-
The Florida Report on Chiroprac-
tic Discipline, the Florida Report
on Dentist Discipline and Mal-
practice and the Florida Report on
Podiatrist Discipline and Malprac-
tice will be available for review in

public libraries and on the
Agency's web site at http://
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can be purchased for $10 each
and can be ordered by calling the
Agency's toll-free number at
A similar report on medical and
osteopathic physicians, the
Florida Report on Physician Dis-
cipline and Malpractice, was pub-
lished in April 1997. Scheduled
to be updated and re-released
later this summer, that report has
proved popular among consum-
ers, prompting 70,000 visits to the
Agency's web site.
The Department of Health took
over licensing and regulatory re-
sponsibility for Florida's 550,000
health care providers in July
1997. The Agency for Health Care
Administration, which previously
held that function between Octo-
ber 1995 and July 1997, contin-
ues to receive, investigate and
prosecute health care provider
complaints, under contract with
the Department.
Working to provide access to af-
fordable, quality health care for
all Floridians, the Agency for
Health Care Administration also
regulates nearly 17,000 health
care facilities, administers
Florida's $7 billion Medicaid pro-
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Camp Gordon Johnston Bright
Light in Book 'Down Ramp!'

By Tom Campbell
DOWN RAMP! (The Story of the
Army Amphibian Engineers) by
Brigadier General William F.
Heavey, is an interesting and
in-depth look at "landing an army
on a hostile shore," showing how
the Corps of Engineers made vi-
tal contributions "'to this am-
phibious part of World War II It
is the story of the six brigades and
the two separate battalions the
Corps of Engineers launched to
help win the Victory."
The book is dedicated "To the
Heroic Dead of the Army Amphib-
ians Wherever They Lie."
General Heavey traces the action
from "shortly after the Japs struck
at Pearl Habor," when the realiza-
tion dawned that "in January
1.942, the Japs were far ahead of
us, not only in amphibious equip-
ment, but also in the tactics of
amphibious warfare."
He demonstrates the U.S. Navy
"quickly pushed the development
of special craft for landings." It
was decided that the Army would
"train and man some of the land-
ing craft, to carry soldiers from
ship to shore."
He quotes a dispatch from Gen-
eral Douglas MacArthur, 19
March 1945, stating, "In the suc-
cession of amphibious operations
up the coast of New Guinea to
Morotai, thence to the Philippines,
the performance of the 2d, 3d,
and 4th Engineer Special Bri-
gades has been outstanding. The
soundness of the decision in 1942
to form organizations of this type
has been borne out in all action
in which they have participated.
...I recommend that careful con-
sideration be given to the perpetu-
ation and expansion of such units
in the future Army set-up."
There and throughout the book,
praise is given to the Army Am-
phibians, demonstrating again
and again how they contributed
to victory in World War II.
On page 11, General Heavey
stated, 'Tests on the DUKW at
Cape Cod and later with the 2d
Engineer Special Brigade at Fort
Ord, resulted in modifications
which perfected this outstanding
innovation in amphibious war-
During conferences of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff in London in June
and July of 1942, an "urgent need
had developed for amphibious
troops in England", for use in the

recently organized European the-
ater. "The newly constituted 1st
Brigade, at that time the only bri-
gade on an operational status,
was at once" readied for its move-
ment "on the August 6 convoy to
Great Britain." (p. 22).
"Split-second accuracy in timing
is of primary importance in am-
phibious operations, General
Heavey pointed out. "Shore engi-
neers also had to be efficient com-
bat soldiers and trained to fight.
More than once, the men of the
shore companies and the boat
companies too, later demon-
strated their ability to fight as in-
fantrymen to hold and establish
their newly won beachhead." (p.
In Chapter 5, training shifts to
Carrabelle. "In conjunction with
Headquarters, Army Ground
Forces, the search was on for a
new amphibian base. It was sur-
prising how few coastal areas had
suitable beaches and sufficient
ground area in sparsely populated
country. Finally the War Depart-
ment chose Carrabelle, Florida
(later to be known as Camp Gor-
don Johnston). The reservation
there is roughly triangular, ex-
tending twenty-one miles along
the Gulf of Mexico. Working un-
der veritable jungle conditions,
the 165,000 acres were surveyed
by the Army Engineers of the
Mobile District in twenty-one days
and construction work started."
General Heavey stated, 'The con-
tractors under the Corps of Engi-
neers set a record preparing the
reservation for soldier occupancy
and building piers and fuel facili-
ties for the many landing craft."
An inspiring story is related by
General Heavey on page 67, de-
scribing "the heroes of the occa-
sion were two shore engineers
manning a .50-caliber machine
gun at the other end of the beach
opposite the point which the Japs
selected for their landing." One, a
19-year-old high school boy, "Pri-
vate Junior N. Van Noy, was
awarded the Medal of Honor post-
humously." If that tale doesn't
move the reader, he should check
his pulse to make sure he's still
Many portions of the book de-
scribe critical situations (see p.
81), in which ordinary soldiers
achieved extraordinary results by
their heroic actions. Examples are
too numerous to list here because
of space.

One example of war strategy, tac- Apalachicola Working from
tics and description can be found Page 7
on page 138. That passage speaks Page 7
eloquently as to General Heavey's Johnson made a motion which
descriptive writing. Maps carried that the city run the line
throughout, further demonstrate and start construction while
details. This is not light reading, checking is being done. Jones is
but informative and detailed. to return with a revised list of
.what is needed from the city.
Future generations may want to
study this book as to the progress Karen Dennis of the Apalachicola
of American Victory in World Parks Fund invited Mayor Howell
War II. DOWN RAMP! is recom- and commission members to
mended not only for those inter- children's festival at Battery Park
ested in the part Carrabelle played on July 25. "We are expecting a
in the victory, but also for those -big crowd," said Dennis. "If we
who want to be informed as to raise $5,000 for playground
why General Heavey makes this equipment and improvements at
statement on page 188: "The men Battery Park, will you match it?"
with the famous blue-and-gold
Amphibian shoulder patch spread Commissioner Jack Frye said,
out in every direction, headed for "See what you can do, we start
home, their job over and mighty working on budget next month."
well done. Starting out in a new Dennis also asked for extra trash
field of warfare, they had shown pickup and help with renting toi-
lets for the children's festival.
versatility, courage, efficiency, Both Frye and McCartney offered
and heroism... $50 to help pay for toilet rental.
This is a report from a man who
was there for the planning, the Attorney Pat Floyd said verbal ar-
fighting and the victory in World guments are set for July 14 in
War II. *Hardcover.* 272 pp. The Monticello on the Eric and Wanda
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nessee 37219. Published 1988.Creek.
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The commission gave permission
to block off the street in front of
the Dixie Theatre for its opening
inaugural season beginning on
July 31.
Commissioner Robert Davis said
he is concerned about darkness
and asked that some street lights
be put up. "I understand there is
a moratorium on street lights," he
said. Mayor Howell said almost all
the money the city derives from
taxes goes back into street lights.
In the discussion that followed it
was agreed that Florida Power be
asked about security light charges
for citizens.
Commissioners excluded one por-
tion of the Planning and Zoning
report which concerned awnings
and signs. Beverly Hewitt told
commissioners that awnings are
allowed at 8 ft. and signs at 10 ft.
"Most buildings won't accommo-
date that," she said. Commission-
ers asked for more information.

that Attorney Floyd draft a
drug-free policy for city employ-
ees which "emphasizes treatment
instead of terminating employ-
ees." Commissioners aso agreed
with Johnson that the baseball
field at the end of 10th St. be
named the "Sylvester Williams
Memorial Baseball Park" and a
sign to that effect be put on the
new concession stand.

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