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Volume 7, Number 21
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
October 16 29, 1998
Frank Williams in his Tallahassee office. The alligator near
him was bagged on a recent hunt.
FormerL ocal Prosecutor Williams
Appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney
Frank Williams, former Assistant
State Attorney in Franklin County His wife, Teresa and two children
has been appointed Assistant U. live with him in Tallahassee. The
S. Attorney for the Northern Dis- family expects to move to
trict of Florida. Gainesville in the near future
Mr. Williams served as assistant where Frank will be based
to State Attorney Willie Meggs for indefinitely.
a period of four years in Franklin Much of his legal practice has in-
County, living on St. George Is- volved drug issues. armed rob-
land. He is a 1991 graduate of the bery and now, any Federal crimes
Florida State University School of across the 50 titles represented
Law. in the U. S. Code. His first
conviction in Federal Court in-
roI98, ceFrnk gneradated as an volved a drug dealer in cocaine.
the U. S. Marine Corps as an avia- While the scope of his new assign-
tion cadet soon thereafter, even- ment has continued to grow, of-
tually serving in intelligence ser- fearing greater challenges and sat-
vices. Following his tour in Fran- isfactions, he reminded this re-
klin County, Mr. Williams became porter that he and Teresa still
affiliated with the Office of State- miss many friends and working
wide Prosecutor from January associates in Franklin County.
1997 to August 1998, when he The Williams' are expecting their
accepted his new assignment with third child in March.
the Federal government.
Chapel On Committee To Name "Great
George Chapel, Apalachicola, is
among seven others who will for-
mally recognize individuals who
have made important contribu-
tions to Florida history and cul-
ture. The committee will receive
nominations from Florida munici-
pal governments as recently an-
nounced by Secretary of State
Nominations eventually selected
by the eight-member committee
will be individuals who have made
significant contributions to the
history and culture of Florida
within their lifetime, within a lo-
cal, regional, statewide or national
context. The nominees must be
deceased and have been a resi-
dent of Florida when the contri-
butions were made. They must
also be associated with an exist-
ing historic building or other
structure which can be marked
with a plaque.
Other committee members in-
clude Buddy Eubanks, Mayor Pro
Tem of Pensacola; Nancy Graham,
Mayor of West Palm Beach; Len
Weeks, Mayor of St. Augustine;
Dr. Kathleen Monahan, Commu-
nity Affairs Administrator of Tar-
pon Springs; Sharon Berrian, As-
sociate Director of Public Affairs,
Florida League of Cities; and Vir-
ginia Culpepper, Tallahassee.
By Rene Topping
The Coastal Alliance, a group
composed of private citizens and
state employees, met at the Com-
munity House at Battery Park in
Apalachicola on October 6 at 6:30
p.m. The main subject was devel-
oping a Volunteer Monitoring Ini-
tiative for the Franklin Coast.
Attendance was small but those
present were most attentive to the
fine speakers who had come to
talk to the group. The main idea
is to form a group of volunteers
who will help sample water in
One of the speakers was Sandyc-
Fisher, a member of Lakewatch,
a group of volunteers who moni-
tor the lakes of Central Florida for
pollutants. She said Lakewatch
has some small state funding but
the work of sampling is mainly
done by volunteers. She had
driven nonstop to attend the
meeting and her demonstration of
how the actual sampling is done
was most interesting.
Ms. Fisher said the volunteer
monitors go out one day a month
to monitor prescribed sites. They
take samples of the water and
then freeze it and hold it until a
pick-up is made. The water is then
sent to a central laboratory to be
She said that as the data is col-
lected from these sites and oth-
ers across the state, they are pro-
viding a really great database. The
environmental experts can take
this data and can graph it out to
show changes in the water
Mary Paulic, DEP Division of Wa-
ter Facilities, gave a talk on the
monitoring in Franklin County. It
is here that local volunteers could
o out into the river and into the
ay and sample water for testing.
A talk on storm water impacts on
Franklin County was given by Lee
Marcham of Northwest Florida
Water Management District. He
said one of the monitoring devices
to measure the storm water in
Apalachicola is near the Commu-
The group also heard from Mike
Flynt, who heads up a volunteer
group who call themselves
Okaloosa County Environmental
Council Volunteer Water Quality
Continued on Page 8
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Franklin Briefs ......Page 2
Allen & Betty Roberts
Editorial & Commentary
................. Pages 3, 7 & 8
Beams Festival ......Page 4
Alligator Point .......Page 4
SHIP .................... Page 5
Features ................Page 5
Carrabelle News .....Page 6
POA & Resort Village
.................... Pages 7 & 8
Sports ................. Page 9
FCAN ................... Page 10
Features .............. Page 11
Bookshop ............Page 12
Cheryl Sanders Ousts
By Bobby Varnes
By Aaron Shea
In the Second Primary election on
October 1, Cheryl Sanders col-
lected 287 (58.45%) votes in the
District 2 Franklin County Com-
missioner race and claimed vic-
tory over incumbent Raymond
Williams, who received 204
"I did it. I did it." said Mrs. Sand-
ers excitedly. "I am so proud. The
people did it. The people spoke
out. They want a different outlook
on the issues because a woman
looks at things differently than a
Very few of the people spoke out
actually. Only 35% of the regis-
tered voters turned out to vote in
district two. They did, however,
make Mrs. Sanders the third
woman County Commissioner in
the history of Franklin County.
The two previous'women Com-
missioners were Mrs. Mercia
Montgomery,,who served on the
Commission from 1925-1939,
and Mrs. Nina Bloodworth, who
was on the Commission from
In the District 4 race, incumbent
Jimmy Mosconis received 552
(51.44%) of the votes to claim a
close victory over challenger
Bobby Varnes, who received 521
Mr. Mosconis, who will now be
going into his fifth term as Com-
missioner, said this about his lon-
gevity, "I've done a good job. I've
been real consistent in my
Mr. Mosconis also explained why
he was trailing after the first pri-
mary, "I had been preoccupied
with some county business and
other things and I wasn't paying
as much attention to the election
as I should have. I got out and
dug my heels in and let the people
know I was serious about running
again and let them know I wanted
to serve them another term."
District 4 had a much stronger
voter turnout with 59% of the reg-
istered voters voting.
Cheryl Sanders: "The First
Lady Of Franklin County"
By Aaron Shea
On November 16, 1998 Cheryl
Sanders will become the first
woman in 55 years to sit on the
Franklin County Board of Com-
missioners. Though she is not the
first woman to be on the board,
she is still truly one-of-a-kind.
Mrs. Sanders, a Carrabelle native,
has no problem expressing her
feelings for the area. "I love Fran-
klin County. I love Carrabelle,"
Sanders said with sincerity. "Look
at what we have got. I just love
the people and-the town. I love
everything-I just love everybody."
Her family roots in Franklin
County trace all the way back to
her Great, Great, Great, you get
the picture Uncle Oliver Hudson
Kelley, whojust happens to be the
founder of Carrabelle. Just like
her Uncle, Mrs. Sanders has
proven to be somewhat of a pio-
In 1978, Mrs. Sanders and her
husband Oscar decided to move
back on to the land that her par-
ents had owned since 1935. "1
love the woods," said Mrs. Sand-
ers. "I am an outdoors person. We
had a trailer and I wanted to make
it a hunting shack and then I sug-
gested that we just move there. I
love it. I wouldn't live anywhere
else. This is what Franklin County
is to me."
What Mrs. Sanders didn't know
was that it would take 8 years
before they would get electricity
at their home because they were
told it would cost a hefty $140,000
to get electricity out to where they
lived. "We had a water tank, kero-
sene lamps and a gasoline pump,"
said Mrs. Sanders. "In the winter
time we had the wood stove going
and we would wrap ourselves in
quilts. In the summer we would
go outside to the little shower we
had to cool off. I chose to do this
because I knew one day that elec-
tricity would be available to us if
I kept on it long enough." It even-
tually did come in 1986 at the
wholesale price of $2,000."I thank
God everyday for what I have,"
said Mrs. Sanders. "I've been re-
Mrs. Sanders strong persona and
kindness is something that she
learned from her father Ralph
Kendrick who served on the Fran-
klin County Commission from
1980 to 1984. "My Dad had a say-
ing," declared Sanders, "Ifa man
cannot stand up for himself how
do you expect-him to stand up for
you. That is basically what I live
my life on. If I feel something is
right, I am going to work for it."
Another one of her father's say-
ings that she lives by is, "if you
can't help someone don't hurt
him. That is the way I am," said
A few days after her triumph, Ms.
Commish sat down for a one-on-
one chat with the Chronicle.
Chronicle (C): When did you first
decide that you wanted to be on
Cherl Sanders (CS): I came into
this because I saw people being
pushed to the side at all the Com-
mission meetings I was attending.
It upset me. I was going to run
four years ago, but certain things
happened and I wasn't able to. I
want the people to feel that they
can come to the Commission if
they have a problem.
C: Are you nervous?
CS: I'm nervous. I'm scared. I'm
excited. All of them put together.
Now I have the hard part ahead
C: Is this your first time in poli-
CS: This is my first time in poli-
tics, but my family has a back-
ground in politics. I think it is
important how you treat the
people. You have to give them
something. I give them me. I'm
just plain old Cheryl. Don't call
me Mrs. Commissioner, just
Cheryl. This is not going to change
C: What about the woman issue?
CS: It's not a woman thing. It's a
people thing. The people wanted
C: You bring up change a lot.
What kind of change are you, talk-
CS: A woman has a different out-
look on things than a man does. I
am going to listen to issues and a
woman really listens to issues. I
look at a person when they talk. I
watch their actions because you
can really tell if a person is being
sincere in their actions. I am not
saying the Commission hasn't
heard the people, but have they
really listened to the people. If you
are not there for the people then
you do not need to be in politics.
If you have a personal agenda you
do not need to be in politics.
C: What issues are most impor-
tant to you?
CS: Children. Children and their
futures was a large part of my
platform. You have to have some-
thing for the younger people. I
would like to see the younger
people get involved in the pro-
grams tat the county has to of-
fer. We need more people to get
involved with this. Most impor-
tantly, we need the kids sugges-
tions. Who else is better to say.
They need to know that somebody
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Page 2 16 October 1998
Meeting Of 6 October 1998
In its meeting on October 6, the
Franklin County Board of Com-
missioners reached into their own
pockets on behalf of Carrabelle
High School cheerleader Star
Joyner. Joyner was chosen to be
on the National Cheerleading
Squad and she needs $3,000 for
a trip to London. Each Commis-
sioner gave $100 of their own
money because public funds can-
not be given to a single individual.
In other matters:
Ken Tucker, the attorney for
Grammercv Plantation, pointed
out that Eastpoint denied the
right to furnish water for the
housing project. Grammercy de-
cided that they will supply the
necessary funds and put in their
own water system. There was op-
position to this plan. A public
hearing was set for October 20 to
consider this matter.
Jeannie Taylor of Reluge House
went before the Commission to
,make them aware that there are
many women and children in the
county that are being abused in
their own homes. She pointed out
that there is a very high rate of
sexual assault and incest in Fran-
klin County. There is no shelter
for these victims. Mrs. Taylor said
that she currently uses hotels
around the county as safe houses.
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan announced that there will
be a oyster workshop on October
19 to receive input on the man-
agement of the oyster fishery in
In his report to the Commission,
County Planner Alan Pierce
pointed out that Franklin County
has not been declared a disaster
area. Damages from Hurricane
Earl carries the price tag of
The Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) is appealing the
county's land use changes. The
four main complaints are:
a) The current definition of
rural residential will encour-
age urban sprawl. DCA offers
a solution where the county
would limit the application to
areas adjacent already resi-
dential. This would be okay
for the Twin Lakes project,.
but would not be for Alice
Collins. The DCA alo wants
to define wetlands as all DEP
wetlands, which the county
has not been willing to do.
b) The current allowance of
septic tanks in areas that
have poor soils for septic
tanks. DCA offers as a solu-
tion to require aerobic sys-
tems or central sewer in ru-
ral residential land.
c) Increasing densities in the
Coastal High Hazard Area.
The Coastal High Hazard
Area is essentially all the
county's residentially zoned
property. DCA offers no solu-
tion to this problem.
d) The DCA wants the county
to provide better planning be-
fore land is converted from
agriculture. They want better
planning on storm water
management and the protec-
tion of threatened and endan-
gered species. This can prob-
ably be worked out, but at a
cost to the developer.
St. George Island Park received a
$198,000 FRDAP grant that will
allow the park to build shelters,
picnic area, playground and
At the October 8 Franklin County
School Board meeting, Mikel
Clark, the Director of Schools,
was recognized for getting
$199,000 in grants for Franklin
County schools. Portions of the
money will be used to repair the
roofs at Chapman Elementary
and Carrabelle High School.
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Legislators Receive Warm Greeting Double Rainbow
FromFrankin CountyA Good Omen
From Franklin County By Tom Campbell
Senator Pat Thomas (left) State Representative Janegale
Boyd and Franklin County Commissioner Bevin Putnal.
By Aaron Shea
County officials, city officials and
Franklin county citizens went to
Apalachicola Courthouse on Oc-
tober 6, to let their requests and
opinions be heard by State Rep-
resentative Janegale Boyd and
Senator Pat Thomas at a public
Representative Boyd opened the
meeting by thanking Franklin
County for all the support that
both Legislators have received.
"We enjoy working for all of you
in Franklin County," said Boyd.
"It has been very educational."
County Commissioner Bevin
Putnal was the first to stand up
and speak to the Legislators. "It
is a pleasure for you to be here to
listen to our complaints," began
Putnal. "We appreciate very much
the work that you do for us.
Speaking up for us. We do appre-
ciate you all." After all his kind
words, Putnal got right into the
matter at hand. Putnal told the
Legislators about the gas tax that
has helped the county, but he also
pointed out that the county needs
something to supplement it, be-
cause it is not enough to pay for
the miles of dirt roads that need
to be paved. He explained that
Carrabelle and Apalachicola have
major water and sewer projects in
progress. Putnal also asked if they
could help with emergency funds.
"I think I have some good news
for you," said Boyd. She told
Putnal and all the others attend-
ing that the Florida Department
of Transportation would supply
funds for rural counties that
would help for repairs on the
counties two highest priority
roads. It will be up to the Com-
missioners to choose those roads.
County Planner Alan Pierce re-
ported that there is $441,000 in
damage to public infrastructure
from Hurricanes Earl and
Georges. He pointed out that the
county had not heard about pub-
lic assistance. He asked if they
could check on that.
Superintendent of Schools
Brenda Galloway came up to the
podium with a narrowed list often
requests. "I want to impress upon
you, the importance that we in-
crease the funding for safe
schools," stated Galloway. "This
year we were unable to fulfill a
goal of hiring resource officers. We
are one of four counties that does
not have resource officers." She
also pointed out that they received
$145,000 for Pre-K schools, which
has'been cut to $139,000. She
also asked for Summer school
Bill McCartney of Baskerville
Donovan Engineering continued
the-requests for funds, by re-
questing $300,000 to complete
Carrabelle's water and sewer
Dr. Janezio of the Health Depart-
ment stepped up to the plate and
stated, "I would like to thank you
on behalf of my staff, for all the
help you have given us'over the
last 12 months. We have been
able to obtain funds because of
you all and have increased our
services tremendously." She an-
nounced the completion of the
Carrabelle clinic. She then re-
quested $800,000 for the resto-
ration of the Apalachicola clinic.
David Butler of the Gulf Coast
Work Force Development Board
pointed out that it was a mistake
to close the Department of Labor
office in Franklin County. People
seeking unemployment services
will now have to travel to Panama
City or Tallahassee. "How is this
fair to the citizens in the sparse
areas," said Butler.
Gary Reakes, the former Port and
Airport Authority chairman, made
a plea to the legislators not to dis-
band the Port Authority. 'The Port
Authority is necessary in
Carrabelle," said Reakes.
"I just want to thank you very
much," said Senator Thomas, in
conclusion of the meeting. "It has
been good seeing all of you. Thank
you for being patient with us.
Florida State Parks Entrance
State Celebrates One
Preserved Under P2000
On Saturday, October 24, 1998,
the Department of Environmental
Protection's Division of Recreation
and Parks will grant visitors free
admission to Florida's state parks
as part of the statewide
celebration of the acquisition of
one million acres under the
Preservation 2000 program. This
one day "free passage" includes
parking on St. George Island and
Cape San Bias.
The success of P2000 has
distinguished Florida as one of the
nation's land 'conservation
leaders. The program continues to
protect more than 43 natural
habitats and supports at least 120
endangered and threatened
species. P2000 has also helped to
limit environmental alteration
and destruction of Florida's
natural resources; reduce needs
and taxpayer costs for public
roads, utilities, etc.; and provide
safe recreational opportunities
throughout state parks with free
admission for this special
All parks on Florida's 151-unit
state park system, with the excep-
tion of two specialty parks-
Homosassa Springs State Wildlife
Park and Skyway State Fishing
Pier in St. Petersburg, are in-
cluded in the one-day admission
fee waiver. The waiver applies to
entrance and admission fee
only-other park fees still apply.
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Allan and Betty Roberts have their
25th Wedding Anniversary com-
ing up December 29 this year. He
still lovingly calls her "My Bride."
Their marriage is a genuine part-
nership, in which they value each
other's company but allow each
They were married in 1973. "1
was employed in the Illinois Job
Service," she smiled. "and he was
Living in Chicago at that time,
Betty handled "handicapped and
I handled ex-offenders," Allan
said. "Not murderers, mostly
They are still busy today, helping
people who need and want help.
Tutoring at the Public Library, the
WINGS Program, and the Frank-
lin County Work Camp, they help
prepare people interested in get-
ting their GED. Public service has
been their life and still is today.
"I always wanted to be an artist,"
Betty said. "I started painting
when I was about nine years
old. A set of paints was given to
me by my Dad, who made me an
She hasbeen painting her whole
life, since that time. But there was
a great need for teachers, so back
in the 1960's and '70's, she
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the boss." She smiled, "But I don't
try to boss Allan."
They have a productive relation-
ship, very much in support of
each other's efforts, serving
"Meals on Wheels" and Lanark
Village Association, among others.
Betty recently completed a quilt
for the Literacy Western
Round-up. The quilt she named
"Pecos Bill," an intricate and col-
orful piece of work. (See photo-
The Literacy Western Round-up
had to be cancelled because of
Hurricane Georges, but has been
re-scheduled for November 14.
The quilt is to help with the
Betty also recently completed an-
other quilt she called "Alice in
Wonderland." She plans to con-
taught. "I taught the first four
grades together, back in Fletcher,
Allan laughed, "My Mother told
me to stay out of taverns, so I've
been in public service all my life."
He has in recent years tutored at
the Franklin County Jail.
Betty was the oldest of six chil-
dren and the only girl. "I was
about five feet tall, and I had five
,' brothers six feet tall or more, all
" of them. They allowed me to be
tribute it to the. Library as a
fund-raiser. Pink is the dominant
color in this intricate quilt, dis-
playing the artist's skills.
For her painting called "Dinosaur
Daze," which shows a boy dream-
ing of dinosaurs, Betty won First
Place in Tallahassee at the North
Florida State Fair. She plans to
enter one of her paintings she
calls "Angels" in this year's com-
petition, at the state fair.
Continually bringing.the talk back
to her husband, proudly, said
Betty, "Allan also helps on the
third Wednesday of each month
at the Franklin County Engineer-
ing Licensure Board.
Both hope to help with the Cen-
sus in the year 2000. They have
already applied. "I was a Case
Worker," Betty said, "and I enjoy
going house to house.
I was about 4t years old when I
got married," Betty said. "It was
the first marriage for both of us."
They went to Key West on their
honeymoon. 'There was a double
rainbow from both Oceans (Atlan-
tic and the Gulf) as we were com-
ing back from Key West," said
Betty. "It was a good omen, the
She said she hasn't painted that
double rainbow yet, but it seems
like a good idea.
City Of Apalachicola
By Aaron Shea
Apalachicola City Commissioners
discussed the possible termina-
tion of Apalachicola Police Officer
Jim Wilburn at their October 6
meeting. Officer Wilburn is cur-
rently on suspension for break-
ing several police department
In other matters:
* The board passed a resolution
that will make November, Epi-
lepsy Awareness Month.
* The board agreed to look at can-
didates for the Recreation Board,
which has one opening. Possible
candidates and candidate sugges-
tions will be talked about at the
* The Commission will talk to
Steve Bryant Roofing to fix the city
office roof. Their bid of $9,875 was
the lowest bid.
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
SHORN! State Convention, Sunday,
The annual meeting of SHORN
(Secure Homeowners Rights Now)
will be held at the Days Inn. Or-
lando airport, on Sunday. Octo-
ber 18th, beginning at 12 noon.
This will be SHORN's first state-
wide meeting and incorporation
celebration followed by discus-
sions on legislative platforms and
agendas and other activities. The
organization, founded in the con-
text of Homeowner Associations
across Florida and the United
States, is a lobby group designed
to bring changes in Florida law
governing the operation of home-
owner associations. Author Spen-
cer MacCallum cast one orienta-
tion about these groups with an
essential question: Are
homeowners' associations protec-
tors of liberty, or are they invad-
ers from the State? He wrote:
If these experiments in collec-
tivism were voluntary, it
would be one thing. But a
series of court decisions go-
ing iacK many years nave
granted to homeowner asso-
ciations many of the powers
of municipal governments
without the constitutional
restraints that municipal gov-
ernments have to answer to.
have gone far beyond their
original mandate of enforcing
the restrictive covenants in
the deeds. They are now able
to make and enforce rules of
their own making, without
regard for due process.
In the view of MacCallum, "Col-
lectivism has been put over on the
American public by a combination
of large corporate developers in
strong alliance with the United
States government." He published
his essays in Liberty, a libertar-
ian and classical liberal review of
thought, culture and politics pub-
lished bimonthly by the Liberty
Foundation, 1018 Water Street,
Suite 201, Port Townsend, Wash-
ington, 98368. Homeowner asso-
ciations now govern nearly 40%
of American communities.
For additional information on the
SHORN meeting in Orlando, call
305-653-1679. A copy of the cur-
rent platform, legislative agenda
and bylaws will be sent in advance
of the meeting to anyone who calls
ahead to request it.
St. George TIland And Area
Featured In New York Times
The New York Times in its Sunday, October 11, 1998, Travel section,
featured St. George Island and surrounding area. Scott Norvell states
in an article on page 15 of the Travel section, "The lure of St. George
Island is in what it lacks: people, mainly. Hisarticle surveys only
what he encountered on his brief trip, leaving much of the area
Mr. Norvell reports a rather incomplete list of good places to eat in the
area, perhaps because he had no help in finding the locations.
The photographs by Len Kaufman for The New York Times were ex-
cellent in clarity and good color.
Letter To The Editor
At a recent meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners, the sub-
ject of changing the district voting lines was brought up again.
It was tabled and Chairman Raymond Williams asked the County
Attorney Sunny Schuler to look into the matter. I am sure that when
Sunny goes back through the records and rereads the decision, he
will find that this lifting cannot be done. We cannot go back to
county-wide voting, as it once was.
When we won our case, as intervenors for Mr. Clarence Williams, the
preset lines were drawn and remain the same today, However, they
might be shifted with the census in two thousand, one way or the
other, except in Apalachicola, as the river is a natural boundary.
But don't take our word for it. Call the federal court house in Talla-
hassee and ask to speak to the Honorable Judge William Stafford,
who made the ruling.
Hope this will clear the matter once and for all, so we won't take up
board meeting-time to discuss a dead issue.
Jim Welsh, President
Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc.
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Vol. 7, No. 21
October 16, 1998
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Elizabeth Detrick shows Cindy Sullivan and Fran Reeves
some of the basics of flower arranging at the September
meeting of the Sea Oats Garden Club.
Are You Ready For A Disaster?
Is your neighborhood ready for a
disaster? That is the question
asked by the Capital Area Chap-
ter of the American Red Cross as
it starts the "Disaster Resistant
Neighborhood" campaign in Lake
Tallavana, on October 5th.
According to Chris Floyd, Disas-
ter Services Director for the Capi-
tal Area Chapter, the Disaster
Resistant Neighborhood focuses
on reducing the impact of future
disasters on the home and com-
munity, "Prevention can't stop
disasters but residents, working
together in their neighborhoods,
can take steps to reduce property
damage, injury and loss of life."
Residents of Lake Tallavana will
be asked to complete a
self-assessment of their disaster
preparation by completing an
all-hazards checklist, The check-
list will include a review of both
inside and outside the home to
reduce the threat of fire, damage
from high winds and flooding.
Members of the community will
also be asked to check often over-
looked areas in the neighborhood
such as drainage ditches and
street signs. Drainage ditches
blocked by debris, reduces storm
water runoff and increases the
possibility of flooding. Highly vis-
ible street signs are important for
emergency workers responding to
a 911 call.
As part of the Disaster Resistant
Neighborhood program, area resi-
dents will be invited to attend a
workshop where they will learn
more about protecting their
homes and neighborhoods from a
residential building construction
specialist and staff of the Capital
Area Chapter. Workshop partici-
pants will learn about different
methods of protecting the weak
points of their home during high
winds, reducing fire potential in
the neighborhood, tips when re-
building and other subjects.
The Disaster Resistant Neigh-
borhood program will be held in
all eight counties served by the
Capital Area Chapter. To learn
more about the this program
gall the Capital Area Chapter in
Tallahassee at 878-6080 or
Perry at 584-6663 or visit our
web site at www.talytown.com/
Help Control Animal
By Dr. Laura Rider
Overpopulation is the largest threat to pets' lives in the United States
today. In Franklin County alone over 900 unwanted pets were
euthanized last year. Since adopting out all of these animals is simply
not possible, we all need to work together to prevent new unwanted
puppies and kittens from being born. Having the pets you are respon-
sible for spayed or neutered is the best way to help curb this growing
Male dogs and cats benefit immensely from being neutered, both be-
haviorally and medically. Neutered pets are much less likely to de-
velop prostate cancer or enlargement, both of which can cause life
threatening problems. They are less likely to roam, fight with other
animals, be aggressive towards people, or mark their territory. Best of
all, they make wonderful pets because they can concentrate on their
owner completely without being worried about the female dog next
The benefits to spayed female dogs and cats are also tremendous.
These pets are much less likely to have mammary tumors if spayed
before the age of two and a half. They will also not develop life threat-
ening infections of their uterus when they are older such as pyometry.
Most importantly, they will not have puppies and kittens that contrib-
ute to the problem of over population and will be able to concentrate
on being wonderful companions to their owners.
Having pets spayed or neutered will be a positive experience for both
the pet and the owner. Not only will these pets live longer lives and be
better companions, they will no longer contribute to the sad problem
of pet overpopulation here in the United States. Call your local veteri-
nary hospital for more information about your pet's surgery. If you
would like to have your pet spayed or neutered but are concerned
about the cost, both the veterinary hospital and humane society here
in Franklin County have programs that can assist you.
Frankly Speaking In
By Rene Topping
The week of November 1 7 has been designated National Animal
Shelter Appreciation Week in order to honor those stout hearted people
who work at the animal shelters and as animal control officers all
across the nation. Working at the local Franklin County Humane
Society Shelter are Kathleen O'Neil. Ruby Millender, Sharon Shiver
and an unpaid volunteer, Mary Staff. These people are the ones who
receive and care for Franklin County strays, unwanted animals and
all the vast outflow of kittens and puppies. Working at the Animal
Control is Van Johnson, Margaret Barber and Albert Floyd.
These people would really appreciate a card. a call, a hug or just a
thank you when you meet them in the grocery store, at church, a
football game or make a trip to the shelter in person. In the main, this
is a thankless job with many emotional downers for both those who
go out to bring the animals in and to those who must care for them.
No one who has not been there, can know the burden they bear as
they tend and care and come to love the animals under their care.
When the shelter reaches capacity, some of the animals must die.
The heartbreak comes on a regular basis. No one can believe that any
person can say goodbye time and again to animals that have en-
deared themselves, without taking an emotional toll.
They do their best for the animals, hoping for adoptive parents to
come through the door. But all the time knowing, that unless they
can encourage someone to adopt the kitten, puppy, dog or cat the
day will come when "time is up."
So please take this special week to let them know how very much you
appreciate them for doing something that few could endure. They are
taking on their shoulders, one of the most difficult of jobs in the
Maybe you too, might want to say this beautiful plea and prayer for
the animals and for those who have to deal with them. It was written
by Albert Schweitzer, a himself an animal lover; "Hear our humble
prayer, 0 God, for our friends, the animals. Especially for animals
who are suffering, for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or hun-
gry, for all that must be put to death. We entreat for them all thy
mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them, we ask a heart of
compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves.
to be true friends and so to share the blessing of the merciful."
The most hopeful thing that can be done is, if you care, please make
a donation in the name of our gallant ladies and men, to show your
appreciation for their work. Donations may be sent to the Franklin
County Humane Society, P.O. Box 417, Eastpoint, Florida. 32327,
earmarked for the Spay and Neuter Fund. Too many animals are
conceived and are only born to die a few short weeks later. Out of a
litter of five kittens only one or none are adopted. Shame is on us all
when we continue to allow this to happen. I call upon all true friends
of the animals of Franklin County to help the Humane Society reduce
the number of our four footed friends who must die so needlessly.
Presidents' Council Schedules Special
By Tom Canmpbell
Four local organizations were rep-
resented at the Presidents' Coun-
cil in its October meeting at the
Yaupon Garden Club in
Carrabelle. The purpose was to
schedule upcoming events in the
area, in order to avoid conflicts.
Among the scheduled events are:
* October 22 Franklin County
Senior Center, Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce sponsor-
ing Open to Public Forum in
which Attorney Nicolas Yonclas
will explain Constitutional
Amendments to be voted on No-
vember 3, including Homestead
* Flu Shots available at Franklin
County Health Department and
other locations. October is Flu
* October 31 Halloween Mem-
bers Only Boat Club in Lanark
Village Roast Beef Dinner at 5
* October 31 Camp Gordon
Johnston Breakfast at Chillas
Hall in Lanark Village at 9 a.m.
* November 6-8 Annual Seafood
November 14 Saturday Lunch
Boat Club Arts and Crafts show
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
* November 18 Franklin County
Senior Center, Carrabelle,
Thanksgiving Lunch at 12 Noon.
* November 28 Women's Chris-
tian Fellowship Circle of Lanark
Community Church Luncheon,
Church Bizarre. 12 Noon.
* December 5 Yaupon Garden
Club Bizarre, Saturday Noon.
* December 18-19 Second An-
nual "Carrabelle Christmas" Fri-
day and Saturday, Timber Island
Yacht Club "Festival of Lights,"
spectacular show of lighted boats
on Carrabelle River at dark.
White Shrimp Are In Abundant Supply
White Florida shrimp are abundant and at the height of their season
in Northeast Florida. According to the Florida Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services, Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture,
Northeast Florida white shrimp harvesters and suppliers will be in
their peak season for just a few more weeks.
In 1997, Florida waters produced more than 3.2 million pounds of
white shrimp. Currently, harvesters are pulling in about 1,200 pounds
per day. This shrimp species (Penaeus setiferus) is commonly referred
to as "white," but they are actually a grayish-white, with a green, red
or blue tinge on the tail and legs. Cooked white shrimp are very simi-
lar in color, taste and texture to the other varieties of shrimp.
Shrimp provide an excellent source of high-quality protein and are
adaptable to many methods of preparation. For more shrimp infor-
mation and recipes, check out the Bureau of Seafood and
Aquaculture's website at .
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3rd Annual Bea
By Tom Cambell
Directors of the Apalachicola Bay
Area Chamber of Commerce were
pleased with the 3rd Annual
Beams Music Festival on St.
George Island recently. For the
first time, the Festival featured
arts and crafts, in addition to the
good food and music.
Executive Director of the Cham-
ber Anita Gregory, along with Di-
rectors Larry Lane and Jerry Th-
ompson, reported that there were
about twenty regional artists rep-
resented. The crafts people said
they were pleased with what they
did, considering it was the first
time arts and crafts were featured.
Director Larry Lane said, "Deli-
cious barbecue was provided and
all the food was sold." Five people
supplied wagons filled with bar-
becue. The barbecue was pro-
vided by Mike Cates, Jimmie
Crowder, Thomas Lee Brannan,
Jerry Thompson and Billy
Lane said he hopes the event will
become bigger in the future, with
a barbecue cook-off sanctioned
This year's festival, according to
Lane, drew during the day and
evening, over 800 people. Includ-
ing corporate funding, the total
raised was "over $15,000." The
fund-raiser benefits the St.
George Island Volunteer Fire De-
partment and the Apalachicola
Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.
ms Music Festival Raised Over Brigitte's
By Tom Campbell
From the moment the visitor is
greeted on the porch of Brigitte's
Romantic Retreat and ushered
through the front door, the real-
ization is immediate. This is a rare
and elegantly Victorian experi-
Brigitte and Ken Schroeder greet
the visitor with warm smiles and
a Blue and Gold Macaw named
"Einstein," who says, "Hello."
The parrot will be "six years old
in October, 1998,"they explain.
Ken smiles, "Einstein could live
to be a hundred years old."
The house at 101 Sixth Street in
Apalachicola has lived almost that
long already. "Built by a Mr.
Bryant in 1907," Ken said, "who
also built ships."
"Please call us by our first names,
Brigitte and Ken," said Brigitte
Schroeder, laughing. "Mr. and
Mrs. Schroeder is too formal." She
explained, "People should feel
welcome, perfectly peaceful and
Ken and Brigitte met and married
in Germany in 1986, while Ken
was stationed there in the U.S. Air
Force. They came back to the
States in 1988 and lived in Talla-
hassee eight years. They first
came to Apalachicola in 1995,
saw the house at 101 Sixth Street,
made an offer in October, 1995,
buying the house, and opened
Brigitte's Romantic Retreat for
business on September 1, 1996.
The house is comfortable and fur-
nished with antiques. Some of the
furniture dates back to 1780. The
visitor is transported to an era of
cultured gentility. Every item In
the house is an antique, beauti-
fully preserved. "We've
hand-picked each one from all
over the world," Ken says proudly.
The visitor feels special, because
they are happy to share. "Make
yourself at home," Brigitte said.
"Use the kitchen if you wish."
She explained that visitors may
visit with her and Ken, or be by
themselves, if they wish. "On the
porch, or the TV room (the
Florida Room), or the sitting room
for reading or TV or conversation,
whatever you like to do," she
There are three bedrooms for rent.
The Blue Room, the Red Rose
Room, and the Room (also
called the Angel Room, because
there are 74 angels in the room,
"counted by a guest.")
Brigitte plans "the ultimate Ameri-
can Thanksgiving holiday pack-
age, and a real German Christ-
mas holiday package," she said.
The traditional foods and trim-
mings are planned. This is the
perfect gift for Mom and Dad. or
a special couple.
Any weekend package at Brigitte's
Romantic Retreat is a perfect gift
idea for a special occasion, orjust
to pamper the weary soul.
Recommended for peace and re-
laxation, this package also offers
a full breakfast, German style,
consisting of a plate of choice
meats, fresh-squeezed orange
juice, basket of fresh-baked bread
hot from the oven, including the
best croissant in the world.
There's also an egg, some Tupelo
honey, and homemade jams and
The dining room glows with mir-
rored candle light, white linen
cloth, napkins, silver and fresh
flowers. Soft music in the back-
ground sings of special memories.
For reservations' or information,
phone (850) 653-3270.
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Flotilla 15, U. S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary, will offer the Auxiliary's
Boating Safely, 4 lesson course to
the boating public starting Octo-
ber 19, 1998. The course covers
a range of boating subjects and
is designed to meet the 8 hour
education requirement estab-
lished by the National Association
of State Boating Law Administra-
tors, NASBLA and Florida's re-
quirement for operators under 17
years of age. Classes will be held
By Rene Topping
The Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation (APTA) meeting of Octo-
ber 10 at 9 a.m., was chaired by
it's new president Rand Edelstein.
About twenty-five people were in
attendance to hear Edelstein out-
line plans for the year.
He stated that he felt that one of
the big goals should be to encour-
age more of'the Alligator Point
residents and taxpayers tojoin up
with the organization. The mem-
bership stands at 257 and
Edelstein compared that to the
number in 1996, when the orga-
nization had 376 members.
In comparing the numbers he said
that at that time the members
were active in trying to get the
revetment needed to save the road
in front of the KOA campground.
He added, "There has been some
controversy about the revetment.
I think the revetment has been
beneficial." He added that this
was notjust an idle guess but was
done through calculating what
the revetment has saved in the
numbers of dollars.
"I did a matchbook assessment,"
he said. He admitted that the road
did still lose it's asphalt, but lost
less of the sand and other mate-
rial, He calculated that this time,
- an aftermath of Hurricane
Earl, Franklin County workers
were able to get the road open in
just over a week and only used
about 7,000 yards of material. He
calculated that, if the revetment
had not been in place, the county
would have had to use about
32,000 yards of material and it
would have been a much longer
time before the road could have
been opened. He added "That is a
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Keep Franklin Co'untv Beautiful .
participated in the Flonda C'roatl
Cleanup. Six boat ramps were'
cleaned in the area-s ,f Eastpoint.
Alligator Point and St Geor're
Island A total of 12.351 p)ouinds
of trash were picked up in'
Franklin Count\. There were
many volunteers v whr: pa-rticipated
in this event.
pretty significant amount of
money and time saved."
He said there has been talk about
moving the road back. However,
he said that the water is trying to
make the point into several bar-
rier islands and that the weakest
point, in his opinion, is at the road
area near the campground. A ca-
nal and basins almost connect the
Gulf to the Bay and he said he
felt it would be better to try to keep
the revetment maintained than to
change the location of the road.
Edelstien asked for suggestions
on getting new members and
there were several good sugges-
tions. For example, Bob Howard
said he would like to get out a
bulletin outlining the projects,
such as the revetment that had
been supported or done by APTA.
SAnother project is the Helio-Pad
to make a landing place for the
Life Flight Helicopter. The Asso-
ciation is also replanting the "Wel-
come Garden' at the intersection
of Bald Point Road and C370.
These and other benefits could be
outlined on a mailer sent to pro-
spective members and would per-
haps aid in giving them an incen-
tive to join. The members already
receive a full color news letter with
information and interesting tid-
bits about the Point, as part of
their $20 membership fee. In re-
lation to the newsletter, Edelstein
asked for volunteers to fill the
places of Deborah VanderPlaats,
Barbara Jordan and Patricia
Johnson, who had served faith-
fully for several years, doing all
the work involved in getting
"Down at the Point" published
each quarter. A meeting will be
announced some time this month
to discuss a new staff and volun-
teers are welcome.
SEdelstein has bush-whacked
down the old dead plants at the
:ome Garden" and Master
ener Bob Burnett has agreed
air a committee to replant
area. Anyone who wants may
n that effort and will be very
In relation to the Bald Point pur-
chase of land by the State,
Edelstien said that the rumor
some St. Joe Land was involved
was not true. In fact, he said St
Joe representatives never came to
the table. He said according to in-
formation he had received the
land that is going to be purchased
is all of the Mader properties and
other privately owned lands. He
added that the property was be-
ing bought with CARL and Fran-
klin County money in the total
amount 8 million dollars. The sale
will be finalized within 8 months.
Jim McCachren said that Paul
Laskowski had asked him to men-
tion to the association members
that he intended to go before the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Board to request a permit
to install several mini-warehouses
on his commercial property near
Barfield's Bar. Members will be
able to get information from Ruth
The president said he would
record the first message to be
placed on the APTA Information
Telephone line. Such things as,
time and place.of meetings and
information of events and hap-
penings will be included in the re-
The group also made plans to in-
vite Cheryl Sanders who will, be
seated as the Franklin County
Commissioner serving the Alliga-
tor Point/ St. Teresa/ Lanark Vil-
lage and Carrabelle, east of
County Road 67 for the upcom-
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SHIP Provides Homes For
Needy gram, created by the U.S. Con-
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By Tom Campbell agencies in the "development of a
comprehensive and coordinated
State Housing Initiative Program service system that provides sup-
(SHIP) provides homes for those portive services to the elderly
who may never have had one. population as their needs in-
Executive Director of SHIP is Ms. crease."
Evelyn Pace, also Executive Direc-
tor of the Senior Center's Elderly The Department of Elder Affairs,
Affairs in Franklin County. Direc- located in Tallahassee, is the des-
tor Pace happily announced last ignated state agency on aging that
week that SHIP is currently build- serves Florida. Title III funded
ing a home for the 85 year-old Mr. programs target low-income and
Roscoe Dally on Arizona Street, in minority older individuals.
The State of Florida currently has
"I believe he has never had a home eleven Area Agency on Aging en-
before," Ms. Pace said. "SHIP is' titles.
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tracing, within the appropriate
guidelines, for local agencies to be
service providers to the elderly.
Franklin County Senior Citizens
Council, Inc., is the contracting
agency for Franklin County.
These agencies are known as the
designated lead agencies.
The Florida Legislature autho-
rized funding and implementation
of projects providing cost effective
services to keep elderly in their
homes and thereby prevent, post-
pone, or reduce unnecessary in-
stitutional placements. Today,
funding is available from state
revenue for all 67 counties.
Franklin County Senior Citizens
Council has received control of
SHIP, which provides funds for
repair of an existing house, or a
new house, for qualifying clients.
Funds that will be paid to the
contractors) for actual work, will
come directly from the County
Contractor Dan Reeves, Certified
General Contractor of Eastpoint,
said he is building the house on
Arizona Street in Lanark Village
for Mr. Dally "from scratch." He
said he has built another SHIP
house 'in Eastpoint on Tallahas-
see Street. Remodelled houses
cost about $25,000.and this new
house for Mr. Dally will cost about
Contractor Reeves said he didn't
know if all of that money comes
from SHIP. Executive Director
Pace said, "Yes, it's all SHIP
money." Ms. Pace said. "We're
happy that the house for Mr. Dally
will be completed October 1."
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Roscoe Dally sits in front of his new home in Lanark Village.
The house was built by SHIP under Executive Director
Tamara's Cafe Floridita In
Apalachicola Born Of Love
By Tom Campbell
Originally from Caracas, Venezu-
ela, Ms. Tamara Suarez has
settled in Apalachicola and re-
cently opened a wonderful restau-
rant called Tamara's Cafe
Floridita, located next to the Dixie
Theatre at 17 Avenue E and the
corner of Commerce Street. She
said her "roots are in Spain," and
the music and recipes she loves
are Caribbean. Latin American
food is the distinct flavor of the
menu, along with her creative
touch and the use of mango and
nuts. "I love to be in the kitchen,"
After coming to this country,
Tamara spent three and a half
years in Los Angeles, where she
catered private parties in Holly-
wood and Malibu. Some of the
celebrities she served were Anto-
nio Banderas and George
After Los Angeles, she came to
Atlanta, where she was guest cook
and did some writing on cooking
and Spanish literature. She was
a journalist in Venezuela and
came to this country because of
the politics. She still writes about
cooking occasionally for theIls-
She began visiting St. George Is-
land in 1992 and moved here in
1995, "three days before Opal,"
she smiled. She grew up with
earthquakes, so felt prepared to
deal with hurricanes.
Prior to opening her own place,
Tamara cooked for Harry A's on
St. George Island. Michael Cates
offered her the kitchen, and
Tamara said, "I cooked my own
recipes and brought customers
from many places, including Tal-
In 1996, Tamara was also chef at
The Grille in Apalachicola, where
she worked with owners Jerry
Hall and Ms. Beverly Hewitt.
Tamara, opened her place in
Apalachicola in August of 1998.
Tamara's Cafe Floridita is open
Tuesday through Saturday, 5
p.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. "We'll stay
as long as we have customers,"
she smiled. Normally, the place is
closed on Sunday and Monday,
although Tamara opened Sunday
after the last performance of
E Chevron JR. FOOD MART
SmSmarter. TACO BELL
Located in the center of town.
Open 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight 7 days a week. Breakfast served daily. Chevron
gasoline, ATM machine, fish bait, free bag of ice with 12 pack beer purchase.
J St. George Island United First United Methodist
Methodist Church Church of Eastpoint
201 E. Gulf Beach Dr.
Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m.
Adult Sunday School: 8:30 a.m.
Children's Sunday School During Service
317 Patton Street at David
Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m.
Adult Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 p.m.
Ted Schiller, Pastor
Area Cub Scouts Meet At Eastpoint Church Thursdays At 7:00 p.m.
Everyone is Welcome: Come as you are...God loves you that way!
"Driving Miss Daisy" at the Dbie
Theatre, "and customers kept us
here until eleven o'clock. We were
busy all evening. It's nice they
have somewhere to go after the
Tamara's menu is a list of deli-
cious meals, including Shrimp
and Scallops al Ajillo mucho gar-
lic) in a garlic-lemon sauce. There
is also Grouper "The Caracas
Way." She has an herbal garden,
from which she selects fresh
There is Floridita Pasta, Pork
Chop with Shrimp a la Espanola,
and Crab Quesadilla. They are all
delicious and reasonably priced.
The Scallop Quesadilla is espe-
The Cheesecake is some of the
best in the world. So is the Co-
lombian Coffee, ground daily.
Highway 98 & 6th Street
There is also Mango Ice Tea,
Perrier, Bottled Water (Not Spar-
kling), and Fruit Juice Punch.
There's also a Blackened Grilled
Tuna Sandwich and Blackened
Hamburger with seven spices.
Every dish will please the taste
buds and the eyes.
Tamara explained that she is
training assistants Jenny Bortel
and George Summer. Valerie Kid-
ney, Janet Brady, and Sandy
Norrad serve with charm, adding
to the friendly ambiance and
The name "Tamara's Cafe
Floridita" literally means
'Tamara's Little Florida Cafe" in
Spanish. Tamara's professional
interest in food began in Caracas,
where she produced national tele-
vision shows, some of which fea-
tured world famous chefs.' Here
in Apalachicola, her menu boasts
Fresh Florida Flavors with a
South American Flair. Her style
is light, elegant and modern.
Tamara said, "I love to live and
cook in our beautiful Floridita.
Remember, love and magic are in
Jimmie Crowder discussed
the boat slips he is building
at the waterfront along
Highway 98 in Carrabelle. He
explained they should be
completed in 1999.
Hwy. 98 Eastpoint FL 32328
* Live Shrimp
By Tom Campbell
Eighty-five-year-old Mr. Roscoe
Dally says he is a very fortunate
man. He lives in Lanark Village
and is going to move into his new
home on Arizona Street the first
week in October this year.
He drives his pick-up truck wher-
ever he wants to go and was at
the Coffee Hour at Chillas Hall in
Lanark Village, which is his regu-
lar routine. 'This is my sociallife,"
he smiled. He has a quick wit and
likes to laugh.
State Housing Initiative Program
(SHIP) is building him a new
home, and the house is "very
good," he said. "They've been
working on it about three months.
It's built solid and will ride out any
Born in 1913 in Winnetka, Illi-
nois, his family "broke up when
Mother died, about 1935. Dad
died about a year later, and we
left that house. The family was
gone." He said he hasn't lived a
house since, except for boarding
Mr. Dally was in the U.S. Army in
World War II (WWII). "I was in
Europe Italy, France, Germany."
He said he has cancer, which the
Veterans Administration Clinic
treated, and has been in remis-
sion since about 1975.
"I may have a house-warming in
my new home," he smiled. "Or
maybe an Open House. I've got to
find some furniture now. The Se-
nior Center has been good to me.
They've done enough for me. I'll
find some furniture myself."
By Tom Campbell
Mr. Jimmy Crowder said this
week, in Carrabelle, that work is
proceeding with the boat slips at
the waterfront along Highway 98.
"I'm hoping," he said, "that we will
have all the slips done in the
Spring of 1999. We have permits
for 75 to 78 boat slips. We'll com-
plete the docks first. These will be
for rent to anybody that wants to
rent them, charter boats, what-
ever. We will follow the rules all
the way, including the kind of
posts we have to use to build the
docks." He doesn't want anybody
to cater to him. "A rule is a rule
and everybody should play by the
After the boat slips are finished,
Mr. Crowder said he will then start
construction on the restaurant,
ship store, bait and tackle shop,
and the rest. "We'll sell ice, die-
sel, gas, whatever you need to go
fishing. We'll put some local
people to work. We already have."
His piercing blue eyes are bright
with a twinkle. He is easy to talk
with and likes to laugh.
"I own the heavy equipment we're
using in the construction," he
smiled. "So I don't have to put up
with somebody-who doesn't want
to work when they need to work."
He continued, "I've met a lot of
nice people here in this area.
People who work hard. Fishing,
working on the water is hard
He believes this area is special
and he is happy to be living here.
He has a home on St. George Is-
land. He wants to see the area
developed with control, so that it
becomes the kind of special area
that it can be.
"I give everybody a fair shake," Mr.
Crowder said. "When I meet them,
that's the way it is. It's that way
till they prove to me they're liars.
It would be nice if we could trust
everybody. I trust until they show
me I can't trust them."
His plans are to do the best he
can to bring good services to the
area. He belongs to the Carrabelle
Area Chamber of Commerce and
wants development to be good for
The accompanying photographs
show the beginning of work on the
boat slips along Highway 98 in
FISH KMAN'S CHOICE
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The Franklin Chronicle
By Rene Topping
At the September 21st meeting of
the Carrabelle City Commission,
the commissioners had called for
a survey to be made of the prop-
erty leased by Tommy Bevis and
David Parramore out on Timber
Island. The survey was made a
requirement in order to issue a
permit to Bevis. At this most re-
cent meeting, held at 6 p.m. on
October 5, it seemed there were
just too many surveys. All differ-
ing in just what were the bound-
ary lines of the property. In fact,
Bevis began his request with the
statement, "The surveyor has re-
vised the survey three times in the
Mayor Buz Putnal introduced
Bruce Staskiews as a Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) employee, saying he had in-
vited him to the meeting and had
also asked for someone from the
Department of Community Affairs
(DCA). Staskiews who is with the
Bureau of Land Management
(BLM), said that DCA had said
that they did not intend to send
The latest survey indicates there
is also a piece of "overlap prop-
erty on the side next to property
owned by Ben Watkins," Bevis
said it seems possible that the
survey indicates that his leased
property is 11 feet on to property
owned by Ben Watkins.
He said at one point that Wood
had met him on the Island when
-he first leased the property. Bevis
stated "You showed me where the
marker was." Wood replied, "I
never showed you that marker,"
apparently referring to the marker
between the Bevis lease and the
Florida Marine Patrol Station.
Bevis responded "Are you saying
you never came over with your
tractor to clear the line and show
me the property?" There was a
burst of laughter from members
of the audience.
Bevis alsostated, "one other thing
they found in the survey. Nor-
mally, you have a point of begin-
ning. Start at the point of begin-
ning and go a certain distance,
you normally end up back at the
point of beginning. You'll notice
on there the surveyor has marked
these do not come back to the
point of beginning. They lack al-
most five feet."
Bevis stated that in talking"'d-
Donald Siith of the FMPr'this.'.
piece is known as "No Man'-s
Land," and apparently has never
been included in surveys done
heretofore. Bevis proposed that
being true, he would be willing to
talk with the state agencies to
have it included in his lease. At
the present time it appears that
the boundaries of the submerged
land lease are impossible define,
in the face of the difficulties In
outlining the upland boundaries.
After stating that he had all the
required permits from all the state
and federal agencies involved and
he had done what the .city had
asked and had a survey done,
Bevis asked if there were anything
else needed in order for the city
permit to be issued. Commis-
sioner Donald Wood said that he
would like to make a motion an-
other survey be made by the origi-
nal surveyor, Edmund Brown, to
be paid for 1/3 by the City, 1/3
by the Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA), and 1/3 by
Bevis and Associates;
Bevis said, "No. not just no, but
hell, no, I just spent $1,000 to
have that survey done and I won't
do it again." He was admonished
by Mayor Putnal to refrain from
using such language, as there
were ladies present. Wood re-
ceived no second from the other
two commissioners present and
the motion died for lack of a
Bevis then made a proposal say-
ing, "If I can get the State of
Florida to assure the city that they
would hold me responsible if the
pier is outside the lease and you
[the city] will be held harmless,
will you give your approval?"
Putnal appealed to Staskiews who
said he could not speak for the
state, but though that it might be
possible to gather all the surveys
done:by in the past by the state,
city, county and by Bevis and As-
sociates and come to some con-
clusion as to boundary lines,
Wood said that the so called "No
Mans Land" was actually a pub-
lic street. Staskiews added that
the resolution of the survey issue
was most crucial and that DEP
could possibly offer a resolution
by getting all the surveys together.
Commissioner Jenni Sanborn
asked how long the review of all
the records would take. Staskiews
responded that it would probably
take 30 days. Adding "I can't in-
fluence their schedule."
A worker on the travel lift project
Lee Jones said angrily. "We'll all
be out of jobs by the time you rec-
oncile this thing. We are going to
have to leave the area to find work
while you fight over a few feet".
Gene Langston remarked, "When
I have a project, I have to get all
the permits before beginning con-
struction, then we go to work, and
not go about it backwards as
some people have done."He then
brought up the issue of the old
development order, which stated
that all construction under the
Water had to be concrete. Bevis
has a letter from the DEP approv-
ing the use of the old bridge creo-
There was a remark from the au-
dience that Millenders. Crowder,
Saunders and on the City's own
Riverwalk Pavilion had some pil-
ings that were suspected of pol-
luting, although they were not
creosote, but were copper treated
Wood asked Bevis to go back to
the contract saying, "The question
has arisen, why is the City of
Carrabelle involved in this, when-
ever the lease is supposedly be-
tween you and the Port Author-
ity? The lease is between the City
of Carrabelle, a municipality ex-
isting and the Carrabelle Port and
Airport Authority, as land-
lords and Bevis and associates as
Bevis responded, "According to
Lease 3407a of the State of
Florida, they did not lease any
property to the City of Carrabelle,
He added they leased only to the
CPAA. Bevis went on to say, "We
feel like, and our attorneys feel
like, as well of some of the attor-
neys with the state, that the city
possibly misrepresented the situ-
ation when they leased the prop-
erty, because of the fact that they
did not have a lease with the
state." The response was "We'll let
the courts settle that."
Bevis said that among his latest
contacts with the state, he had re-
quested a letter giving him per-
mission to build on the sub-
merged land lease.
When Bevis turned to Commis-
sioner Jim Phillips and said "Jim,
can you tell me where it's sup-
posed to be?" Phillips answered,
"No sir, I can't. You've got several
surveyors and engineers who
can't tell you where its supposed
to, I certainly can't."
Wood also brought up the subject
of the creosote pilings used by
Bevis, with his stated permission
from DCA. He said It was a viola-
tion of the City Development of
Regional Impact (DRI). Phillips
added that the permission
granted was in violation of the
Department of Environmental
Protection's (DEP's) own develop-
ment order and went on to say
that DEP had not notified the city
of any change on their part in
policy. He added, "I am only con-
cerned with the permitting pro-
cess. I don't give a hoot in, Hades
about the rest of it."
The commissioners turned to the
city attorney, Doug Gaidrey. He
said that the city could not issue
a permit for work that was in vio-
lation of the Development order.
This brought Richard Sands, a
worker on the Travel Lift project
to his feet to say angrily, "I can't
stand to listen to this any longer,
I'm not going to cuss at you, the
issue here is taking jobs from lo-
cal people." He stomped down the
stairs with one parting shot. "I'm
glad my daddy's dead. He would
have been so ashamed of you
people." Sands is the son of a de-
ceased local doctor. George S.
Sands MD, who was locally ad-
mired and much respected.
Although the meeting, which had
lasted 50 minutes, now appeared
to be coming to an end with no
decision, Putnal repeatedly asked
for a decision from the commis-
sion. Bevis repeated his proposal
on a hold harmless from the state
for the city and asked Gaidrey if
such a document from the state
would allow the city to lift their
stop work order. Gaidrey said that
he felt there was little hope that
the state would agree. The com-
missioners voted to have Gaidrey
look into the matter and urged
him to get them ar answer right
away. Gaidrey said he would do
Fishery Council To
Convene Socioeconomic Manatee And Sea Turtle Strandings
Panel Discussed At Coastal Management
The Gulf of Mexico
Fishery Council will convene its
Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) to re-
view available social and eco-
nomic data on red snapper and
to determine the social and eco-
nomic implications of the levels
of acceptable biological catches
(ABC), recommended by the
Council's Reef Fish Stock Assess-
ment Panel (RFSAP). The SEP may
recommend to the Council a total
allowable catch (TAC) for the 1999
fishing year. The SEP will also dis-
cuss issues raised by the Sustain-
able Fisheries Act.
The meeting will be held on Octo-
ber 22-23, 1998 at the Hilton
Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225
Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida. The
full SEP will be meeting for the
two-day schedule. The meeting
will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thurs-
day, October 22 and conclude at
4:00 p.m. on Friday October 23,
Day To Be Held
University of South Florida ar-
chaeologist Nancy White, Ph.D.,
her students and local avocational
archaeologists, will conduct an
educational program on archae-
ology during Apalachicola Valley
Archaeology Day. Archaeology
Day will be held in conjunction
with "Goat Day" on Saturday,
October 17, 1998, 10:00 a.m. -
4:00 p.m. Central Time in old his-
toric Frink Gym, Panhandle Pio-
neer Settlement Sam Atkins Park,
Blountstown on Highway 20 West.
Dr. White's study surrounds the
prehistoric Indians from the
Apalachicola River Valley during
the past 10,000 20,000 years,
Scheduled events include;
* Spear throwing
* Flintknapping-chipping stone
* Artifact displays
* Native craft production
By Aaron Shea
Scott Calleson and Karen Moody
of the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) Bureau of
Protected Species spoke at the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Reserve on October 2. Mr.
Calleson, who has a Masters de-
f ee in Environmental Planning
rom Florida State spoke about
the status of manatees in Florida.
Calleson explained that 20-25%
of manatee deaths and injuries
are caused by boat related inci-
dents. Another 20-30% of deaths
occur when a manatee is in its
perinatal (dependent) stage. Other
causes for death and injury are:
ingestion of foreign objects, get-
ting caught in navigation locks,
SSlide lecture on "Apalachicola
Valley Prehistory" in the old
Staff from the Apalachicola Na-
tional Estuarine Research Re-
serve assisted Dr. White in her
study in locating potential sites
.for artifacts and other material
remains from prehistoric Indians
of the area.
Sam Atkins Park,
Take Highway 20 West to
Blountstown. As you are driv-
ing west, you will pass a metal
building (HRS). Turn right be-
tween "The Breakfast Nook"
and "Janet's Florist". The
road leads you into the park-
watch for signs. Questions?
Call Sue Ellen McMillan, Goat
Day Director, 850-674-4500.
...no matter where you are-
ours is a service you can trust.
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natural causes and red tide.
Of the estimated 3.000 manatees
in the state, 100 are in the Pan-
handle. In the Apalachicola Bay
there are an estimated 10 to 50
manatees throughout the sum-
mer months. There have been
very few to no rescues of mana-
tees in this immediate area.
Karen Moody, a graduate of the
University of South Florida, spoke
to the large audience of scientists
and the general public about the
stranding of sea turtles. She ex-
plained that injuries such as boat
strikes, shark bites, gear en-
tanglement and confusion are
some of the external problems.
Internally, they can get such dis-
eases as red tide, parasites and
Just like the manatee, boat
strikes are the number one prob-
lem for the sea turtle. In 1997,
24.8% of sea turtles that washed
up on Florida beaches were hit by
boats. That is up 6% from the pre-
vious five years. In the Panhandle,
boat incidents have gone up
150%. Cruelty by humans has
also been a problem. Moody gave
one explicit example of a turtle
that had all of its flippers cut off
and a chain wrapped around it.
The Apalachicola Bay and its sur-
rounding areas has the lowest
amount of sea turtle strandings
in Florida. In 1997. 73 sea turtles
were stranded in the Panhandle
and 945 across the state. If a
stranded turtle is found, the
Florida Marine Patrol should be
called at 1-800-DIAL-FMP. They
will call DEP and they will take it
to the closest rehabilitation facil-
ity. Around 300 sea turtles a year
are taken to rehab facilities.
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Is The Plantation Owner's Association Coming To An Agreement With
Dr. Johnson And The Resort Village? By Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher
Hurricane Earl postponed a planned "briefing" for the owners in the
St. George Plantation in early September, but last Saturday, October
3rd, the first membership "informational" meeting was held at the
island Clubhouse. President Pamela Amato gaveled the meeting to
order at 10 a.m. with most of the Board of Directors present.
Present for the briefing were: President Pamela Amato, Rick Watson,
Molly Read, Bob Guyon and Daniel Sumner. Those absent were: Ri-
chard Plessinger and Phillip Froelich. The seats occupied by Amato
and Guyon are up for election this fall. Both are retiring from the
Board. Karen MacFarland is the only new party running for one of
those Board seats. The others seeking Board seats have served previ-
ously on the Board, especially during the turbulent period involving
the litigations against Dr. Johnson.
.days of Gene Brown and John Stocks, the original partners selling
land parcels in the Plantation, going back to the 1970s, the St. George
Island development has been a source of confrontations, litigations
and general tensions. As pointed out at Saturday's meeting by new
Board member Dan Sumner. each "event" had layers of "history" one
had to understand before embarking on negotiating a way out of any
problem area. Brown and Stocks have been gone from the scene for a
long time, and a new set of issues have replaced the ancient argu-
ments over St. George Island Development.
The privately owned Plantation has been a reality for a long time. The
fight over whether POA members would accept a 53-acre commercial
development within their own private, residential development was
the context of the tensions. Some argued that the security afforded
the residents through a gated community would be destroyed if com-
mercial interests brought in visitors for temporary or long term stays;
others were disturbed what high rise buildings would do to the scenic
environment of trees, scrub oak, sand dunes and nearly blinding white,
sandy beaches. There did not seem to be any middle ground; one was
either "for" the commercial development because, among other things,
it could bring new restaurants and people into the private commu-
nity along with other amenities such as a new beach club, or one was
"against" the commercial development because it potentially could
Acreage Attributable to
Building Footprints 1.9 8.0%
Other Impervious and
Semi-Pervious Surahees 4.8 20,3%
Surfaces 9.6 40.6%
Other 7Z4 31.1%
Total 23.7 100.0%
'This is the revised plan for Resort Village, based on \
'comments received by Ben Johnson during the
negotiations, incorporating the density concerns into the
design. One new element in the design is the proposal for \
single-family residential units not present in the 1992
Rick Watson volunteered to "review" the draft agreement between the
Plantation Owner's Association (POA) and Dr. Ben Johnson, owner
of the Resort Village, the commercial development inside the
Since September 1992, and the presentation of the "Ben Johnson
Agreement" between the POA and Dr. Johnson, there have been con-
frontations, litigations and general tensions over the commercial de-
veloDment begun by Dr. Johnson. Moreover, since its inception in the
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* In accordance with the 1977
Development Order. food and
beverages may be provided in all
commercial areas as desirable and
* In accordance with the 1977
Development Order, condominiums
and multi-family residential
structures shall not be allowed
without the prior consent of the
Board of County Commissioners. To
the extent such consent is granted,
other uses will be reduced
* Distribution of hotel units in
Individual buildings may vary.
* Primary Structure sizes are
Maximum Heated and Cooled
Acreage Attributable to
Building Footprints 0.7 2.3%
Surfaces 28.5 89.4%
Other 2.6 8.2%
Total 31.9 100.0%
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ruin privacy and perhaps destroy the natural beauty of the area. Those
living on the edge of the commercial Resort Village, consisting of ho-
tels, swimming pools, restaurants' and a variety of other amenities
such as tennis courts, parking and small stores, were especially
alarmed because their unobstructed view of the Nick's Hole area and
environs would now be filled with concrete and mortar structures
and people-everywhere it seemed.
Litigations over the validity of the 1992 "Ben Johnson Agreement"
which obligated the POA to support the commercial development,
and cooperate with Dr. Johnson in the construction, continued over
the past five years, until the counter-claim lawsuit Dr. Johnson started
against the'POA for a breach of that agreement is now on appeal at
the First District Court of Appeal. At the lower court level, the validity
of the agreement was upheld, leading to the disagreeable conclusion
that the POA had breached the agreement, and consequently, the
specter of damages looms over the POA should Dr. Johnson continue
to prevail on that legal issue. The scenario could expand to making
every owner pay out a portion of the damages Dr. Johnson might
seek, and he can make a case of damage since the POA willingly
ignored the agreement when the cast of characters on the Board of
Directors changed, and they decided to ignore the contract under the
challenge taken by others that the agreement was not valid, nor prop-
erly agreed to by the membership. Judge Steinmeyer concluded oth-
Over the years, there had been talk of negotiating a settlement with
the Resort Village interests, especially when the cost of litigating mat-
ters with Resort Village was approaching the POA budgets of over
$300,000 for lawyers fees and associated costs. In the last year, with
new Board members filling some of the ranks of negotiators, some
progress has apparently been made in nearly reaching an agreement
with Dr. Johnson.
The central negotiating issue has been density. The table below Iden-
tifies several factors that condition density in the Resort Village. The
1992 column represents the level of development sanctioned in the
1992 agreement with Ben Johnson. The POA proposal was presented
Continued on Page 8
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held during the week ending Oc-
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Pre-kindergarten through fourth
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b the Board of Directors, and represents a substantial reduction in
a categories, starting with the maximum population to be capped at
Category 1992 Agreement POA Proposal Percent
"P" 1,433 638 -55%
Impervious and 19 acres 8.0 -58%
Wastewater 200,000 gal 64,000 -68%
Hotel/Time Share Units 955 249 -74%
Single Family Lots 0 31 NA
Parking Spaces 1,588 517 -67%
Retail Space 72,125 Sq Ft 9,000 -88%
F&B Seats 955 250 -74%
In a summary of the draft agreement, the Board of Directors circu-
lated a four page flyer describing the proposed agreement in general
terms. I am quoting from that draft summary, as follows:
The discussions with Ben Johnson (BJ) have progressed
to the point where there is now substantial agreement
between BJ and the Plantation Owners Association (POA)
Board of Directors that might permit a settlement agree-
ment to be reached on grounds that are suitable to the
POA. The following document summarizes the points of
discussion that could form the basis for such an agree-
ment. It is being provided to all POA members for their
review and comment to the Board prior to the Plantation
informational meetings on any proposed agreement.
BJ has not yet agreed to the points stipulated below, but
the Board believes that such an agreement is now pos-
sible. We encourage you to review this document and
provide the Board with written comments mailed to the
Plantation office, 1712 Magnolia Road, St. George Island,
FL. 32328, E-Mail to: email@example.com, or fax
PROJECT DENSITY AND INTENSITY
The overall density of the project has been reduced to
approximately one-half that of the initial RV master plan,
with more residential and less commercial development.
No less than 30 acres of the Resort Village (RV) will be
.rezoned single-family residential at one house per acre.
All except five of these houses will be north of Leisure
Lane. The remaining 27 acres will be developed in the
Resort category with a cumulative intensity limited to
20% impervious and 10% semi-pervious surfaces. The
maximum population of the RV will be capped at 638
persons, and the maximum output of the Advanced Waste
Water facility will be capped at 60,000 gallons per day.
Condominiums and multi-family residential units will not
be permitted within the single-family or commercial com-
ponents of the RV Property. The total amount of retail
space will not exceed 9000 square feet.
Both the POA and BJ will enter into Stipulations of Dis-
missal whereby they agree to dismiss with prejudice the
all outstanding legal actions. The POA and BJ will agree
to a Mutual Release from all claims arising from the Oc-
tober 29, 1992 Agreement and the Covenant Amend-
ments. The POA and BJ will request the Court to void
the contested Covenant Amendments pertaining to the
A cumulative total of no more than 6 hotel/inn buildings
plus one shared hotel-retail building, including the four
previously approved in Phase 1, will be permitted. A cu-
mulative total of no more than 250 hotel/inns bedrooms,
including the 114 approved in Phase I, will be permitted.
The maximum number of bedrooms per hotel/building
will not exceed 50. There will be no more than 250 food
and beverage seats, including the 220 seats approved in
The minimum set-back between any permanent RV struc-
ture and the Sea Palm Village boundary will be 100 feet,
with the exception of one hotel near the Gulf Front, where
the set-back will be 30 feet. The minimum set-back be-
tween any permanent structure and the wetlands north
of Leisure Lane will be 100 feet except along the north-
east edge of Leisure Lane, where this set-back will be no
less than 50 feet.
Appropriate deed restrictions will be placed upon the RV
Property to ensure compliance that will run with the land.
No variances or exceptions will be permitted unless prior
written approval is obtained from the POA before sub-
The RV will not be part of the POA and will have no vot-
ing rights. The RV will pay the POA assessments to help
maintain the common elements west of 12th St. These
assessments are based on the formulas in the "Andrew
Jackson" agreement and are substantially the same as
the assessments paid to the POA by the Bob Sikes Cut
Rick Watson announced that his briefing to the handful of 22 28
persons at the meeting was to be "how we reached this agreement."
But little was presented about the negotiations themselves, whatever
bottlenecks there were, or negotiation problems. This lack of candor
by the Board has remained unchanged since the beginning, most
likely due to a few dissidents who would rather close down the Resort
Village than to work out an agreement. The lack of candor in talking
about the negotiations is also conditioned by an agreed silence by
both sides for Unstated reasons. When one knows exactly what the
tough issues are, and on what points agreements can be reached, it
would seem a more workable plan could be devised to bring the nego-
tiations to an agreement. This, of course, requires a plan by the Board
and a consistent approach not disturbed by mind-changing, agenda
revision, and changing priorities.
Despite the secrecy of the negotiations, rumors have abounded con-
cerning the POA mind-changing, agenda revision, and changing pri-
orities at certain times. Here is one example that occurred at the
Saturday meeting. Despite the substantial reductions of density ele-
ments presented by the Board. Mr. Bill Hartley, former Board of Di-
rector, was not satisfied. He spoke to the Board about further reduc-
tions in "simple numbers," he said. The Board responded to his criti-
cism by pointing out that all the infrastructure elements operated
together to maintain a level of reduction in persons, rooms, etc. in an
orchestrated plan. This was much closer to the remarks made bv
Guy Marsh who cautioned the Board to look at the Plantation and
ask what was needed to maintain the Plantation lifestyle and infra-
structure, a comment that should have preceded the entire meeting.
Marsh's approach seemed to uncover a basis for a potential settle-
ment, containing some seeds for new procedure, not the steady stream
of density demands that could potentially destroy any agreement.
Some references were made to the Johnson counter-claim lawsuit
pending against the POA, that could result in damages to be paid by
the POA to Dr. Johnson for the contract breach-should the appeal
case turn out in his favor. In the opinion of one speaker, this problem
was of no consequence at all. In reality, this is a pressure point that
ought to sober the Board lest they become too inebriated with power,
authority and a small treasury that is no match against St. George
Limited, owners of the three hotel sites.
As the "briefing" unfolded, more issues were spoken, some of which
were negotiable and others irrelevant. Still, because of not being a
part of the negotiations nor being advised of the positions of the par--
ties on various issues, a member was expected to "decide whether
you want this agreement or not." This could be akin to watching a
movie starting at the middle instead of the beginning.
Could the Board continue to insist on secret negotiations lest the
membership find out something lacking in their plan of action, or
vacillation ending in impasse or rearranging priorities?
One member raised the question about kitchenettes in the new hotel,
perhaps as a prelude to condos, the "c" word engendering much fear
and loathing among some members.
In the discussion about lawsuits, references were made to "winning"
and "losing"-few mentions to the losing part.
Indeed, one or two Board members brought forward the old saw of
who was in a "stronger negotiating position" since the Board had the
membership on its side, presumably. This macho posturing has been
a part of the earlier negotiations, and it remains to this day a childish
and irrelevant point in any negotiation professionally conducted in
There was one mention of the threat of diminishing property values,
or the preservation of property values in these negotiations, another
schoolboy orientation that has little value in settling the dispute with
Dr. Johnson. Property values on St. George Island have maintained
themselves over many years, with dips in value, especially after se-
vere storms. Some persons look at these events as opportunities, as
has at least one Board member. The property value argument ignores
the reality of some plain, common sense conclusions of many factors
that affect value. Some may value a commercial district in the middle
of the POA for the convenience of walking to breakfast, taking some
exercise or a dip in the swimming pool, or perhaps a relaxing conver-
sation overlooking the Gulf of Mexico-all of which are incorporated
Into the revised plans for Resort Village. The property value is a fake
argument yet there are still a few, believing this, merely want to retire
to their trees and houses. Plantation property, or island property for
that matter, will be a good investment because there is so little of it.
Mike Doyle and Harry Topless appeared to project some reasonable
comments, seeming to say between their lines that maybe it is time to
get the best deal we can get. The issue of what is now called the
"skinny minis," single-family residential units on zero-lot lines, about
ten feet apart; a concern that tall, narrow buildings would dot the
landscape similar to the so-called "shotgun" houses near Franklin
Boulevard in the middle of the island. Someone remarked that three
brightly colored beach towels were draped over the railing on the new
hotel, and what could be done about that?
Thus far, the POA office has received 14 phone calls, faxes, e-mails
and letters on the agreement proposals with the following results:
For the Agreement: 8
Against the Agreement: 3
Requests for Additional Info about the Agreement: 3
The 1999 assessments for homeowners are $1600 per house and lot.
Lotowners will be assessed $727. The 1999 budget includes $50,000
for legal representation, and an additional $7,500 for mediation.
According to Bill Hess, new operations manager for the POA, the next
"informational" meeting on the POA and Ben Johnson proposals will
be held after the Annual Meeting, on Saturday, October 17th.
Daylight Savings Time Is This Month
It's that time of the year again. Time to set your clocks back one hour
on Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 a.m. This is a great time of year for
those people who need that extra hour of sleep in the morning.
Ad Hoc Marine
in the Gulf of
The Gulf of Mexico
Fishery Management Council
(Council) will convene a meeting
of the Ad Hoc Marine Reserves
Scientific and Stastical Commit-
tee (NMSSC) to prepare a scoping
document on the possible use of
marine reserves in the Gulf of
Mexico. The meeting is scheduled
for October 21-22, 1998 at the
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore,
2225 Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida
33607. The meeting will begin at
10:00 am. on Wednesday, Octo-
ber 21, 1998 and will conclude by
noon on Thursday, October 22,
The purpose of the MRSSC is to
work with Council staff in devel-
oping the scoping document in
order to help managers and the
public become better informed
about marine reserves and their
application. The target audience
for this document is the Council,:
resource user groups, and others
interested in the marine environ-
ment and its resources. Once the
scoping document is completed,
the Council will conduct a series
of public scoping workshops.
The MRSSC is composed of bi-
ologists, economists, sociologists,
a lawyer, and an enforcement of-
ficer who are knowledgeable
about marine reserves and their
potential for use in the Gulf of
A copy of the agenda for the
MRSSC meeting can be obtained
by calling 813-228-2815. Al-
though other issues not on the
agenda may come before the
MRSSC for discussion, in accor-
dance with the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act, those issues
may not be the subject of formal
action during this meeting. Ac-
tions of the MRSSC will be re-
stricted to those issues specifi-
cally identified in the agenda
listed as available by this notice.
EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
If you would like to know more
about this important undertaking
and have a few hours to spare
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Monitoring Project. Members
there collect samples from the
Choctawhatchee Bay area. He
said that what they look for in a
volunteer is commitment to the
one day a month sampling. This
group is funded in part by the
Okaloosa County Commission, to
whom they have demonstrated
that the work done is generating
valuable information for scientific
Both Flynt and Ms. Fisher are
enthusiastic about the work they
are doing. In fact, it has become
a life work for Ms. Fisher. Both
these people are dedicated to im-
proving the water in Florida.
Another interesting talk was given
by Vicki Whiting, a biologist with
the DEP Bureau of Laboratories
on Monitoring Critters as Indica-
tors of Water Quality showing
slides of what happens to the bugs
in the sediment.
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AAHS to Meet
The Apalachicola Area Historical
Society, Inc. will meet on
Thrusday, October 29th at 7:00
p.m., in the carriage house of the
Raney Museum. George Chapel
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their homecoming," said Martin.
"It was just a matter of who
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son, Martin and the Sharks
proved that they wanted it more
with the 27 to 26 victory.
The game would start off slow for
the Sharks, as the Gators jumped
out to a 14 to 0 first quarter lead
behind two short touchdown runs
that were set up by Shark turn-
overs. Following the Gator's sec-
ond touchdown, Mario Lane re-
turned the kickoff all the way to
midfield setting up the Shark of-
fense with excellent field position.
A pair of Kelvin Martin runs took
the Sharks down to the Gator's
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resulted in a touchdown, which
cut the Gator's lead to 14 to 6.
On the Sharks next possession,
it was Martin and the running
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fense. This time It was quarter-
back Roger Mathis doing the hon-
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for the score. Leon O'Neal con-
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the Sharks found themselves tied
with the Gators at 14 to 14.
Nearing the end of the first half,
the Shark's defense stepped up
and made a big play, as Kelvin
Martin intercepted a poorly
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yards for a touchdown. It was
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More importantly, it gave the
Sharks a 20 to 14 halftime lead.
Defense dominated the third
quarter with neither team able to
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fourth quarter, the Sharks found
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Gators momentum. Taking ad-
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three-yard touchdown run with
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to 20 and sent the game into
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their first lead since the second
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overtime, the Sharks did not
panic. On first down Mario Lane
carried the ball to the three-yard
line. On the next play, Martin ran
the ball in for a touchdown, his
third of the night. Adam
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their record at 3-3 on the season.
Apalachicola Game Statistics:
Kelvin Martin, 21 carries for 98
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Up and Fall
By Brock Johnson
As Shark football players and
coaches boarded their charter bus
to Jay High School on October 2,
they knew they had a long, te-
dious ride in front of them. What
they didn't know was that the
game that they had in front of
them would be long and tedious
as well. The speed and quickness
of the Sharks was hampered for
most of the night, as many of the
players were unable to keep their
footihg due to the wet and sloppy
field. The Sharks eventually
slipped and slided their way to a
28 to 20 loss.
The wet field did not seem to af-
fect the Sharks in the first half.
On their opening drive from their
own 23-yard line, the Sharks
moved the ball with great success
behind the running of Mario Lane.
On the drive, Lane carried the ball
6 times for 66 yards. He topped
the drive off with a spectacular
52-yard touchdown run. This
gave the Sharks an early 7 to 0
ead on the Jay Royals.
The Shark defense opened the
game with great play as well. They
shut down the Jay running game
on their first four possessions.
That is when Jay changed their
game plan and went to the air.
Their fearsome passing attack
picked apart the Shark's second-
ary for 109 yards in the second
quarter alone. It also got them
their first two touchdowns of the
Trailing 14 to 7, the Shark's de-
fense turned it up a notch. A blitz-
ing Phillip McElvarey put a vicious
hit on the Jay back, causing a
fumble that was picked up by
Mario Lane, who took it for a
touchdown. The touchdown tied
the game at 14 to 14 at the half.
The wet conditions showed their
affect on the Sharks in the sec-
By Aaron Shea
It appeared that it was going to
be another long night for the
Carrabelle Panthers football team
and their fans, when the Havana
Gladiators began the game with
a 35 yard touchdown run on their
first offensive possession. Then
something happened on the night
of October 2 .' The Panther defense
stiffened and the offense showed
the ability to move the ball. The
Panthers fell to the Gladiators 14
to 3, but it seemed that things
were finally beginning to come
together for Coach Robert
Humphries and his 14 over-
Trailing 6 to 0 in the second quar-
ter, running back Stephen
Millender took the Panther offense
all the way down to the Havana 7
yard line with a big 33 yard run.
On the next play, quarterback
Jarrod Billonsly fumbled the ball
and a Havana defender picked it
up arnd ran it in for a apparent
touchdown. The play was called
back, however, due to a illegal
motion penalty on Carrabelle be-
fore the play. The Panthers took
advantage of their second chance
with a 28 yard field goal by Tho-
mas Melton. Instead of being be-
hind by two touchdowns, the Pan-
thers found themselves trailing by
only a three point margin.
On the following kickoff, Havana
fumbled the ball and Carrabelle
came up with it. They were not
able to take advantage of the op-
portunity, however. On the next
play Jarrod Billonsly was inter-
cepted. "Turnovers hurt us bad,"
said Coach Humphries. "We shot
ourselves in the foot."
Neither offense was able to do
much for the remainder of the
half. This game had clearly gone
from an offensive showdown to a
defensive battle. The 6 to 3 half-
time score reflected that.
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the Sharks tried to go their pass-
ing game. Quarterback Roger
Mathis, however, couldn't seem to
get a grip on the ball. The Shark's
passing game floundered. Mathis
threw 6 completions out of 26 at-
tempts for 91 yards and 2 inter-
ceptions. The Royals took full ad-
vantage of the turnovers and re-
gained the lead 20 to 14. "We just
kept giving the ball right back to
them," said tight end Bernard
Once again, it was up to the
Shark's defense to come up with
a big play and they got one. Leigh
Shiver recovered a fumble in Jay
territory. The offense capitalized
on the turnover when Mario Lane
caught an under thrown pass
from Roger Mathis. Lane broke
three tackles on his way to his
third touchdown on the night. For
the third time in the game, the
Sharks and Royals were tied, this
time at 20 to 20.
With several key Apalachicola
players missing from the game,
most noticeably back Kelvin Mar-
tin, and the offense sputtering,
the Sharks had to turn to their
defense again to try and win the
game. Linebacker Leon O'Neal
and lineman Leigh Shiver proved
to be up to the challenge.' They
combined for 29 tackles and a
sack. That was not enough, how-
ever. The Shark's offense would
throw the game away. Quarter-
back Roger Mathis threw a cru-
cial interception that was re-
turned for the game winning
"I believe that we need more
people on the line that will be will-
ing to sacrifice for the team in-
stead of standing around," stated
a disappointed Leigh Shiver.
Apalachicola Game Statistics:
Roger Mathis, 6-26 for 91 yards.
Touchdown, 2 interceptions;
Mario Lane, 12 carries for 74
yards, 1 touchdown, 4 receptions
for 50 yards, 1 touchdown, 1
fumble return for a touchdown;
Leon O'Neal, 17 tackles; Leigh
Shiver, 12.tackles, 1 sack; Philip
McElravey 7 tackles, 1 sack.
Carrabelle moved the ball right
down the field to open the second
half, behind the running of back
Stephen Millender. With the ball
at their own 36 yard line,
Millender took the hand off and
burst 50 yards down the field to
the Havana 14 yard line. The Pan-
thers offense stalled, however,
and they were unable get any
points out of it.
Once again, the defense came up
big with a punishing hit on the-
Havana quarterback that caused
a fumble, which the Panthers re-
covered on Havana's 18 yard line.
The offense was able to move the
ball to Lhr 4 yard Ine :but once
again-they stalled and' &-game ty-
ing 22 yard field goal was blocked
Havana found little success run-
ning the ball against the Panther's
defense throughout the rest of the
quarter or for that fact, the rest
of the game. They found even less
success throwing the ball. The few
times the Havana quarterback did
drop back to pass, he found Pan-
ther linemen Matt Register and
Joseph Ferrell in his face. "We
played really, really hard on de-
fense," said Coach Humphries.
The Carrabelle offense had one
last chance to tie or win the game.
They began the drive at their own
30 yard line with 5:19 remaining
in the game and trailing 6 to 3.
With Stephen Millender at quar-
terback they began to move the
ball. They got a first down on a
run by DJ Taylor. They then
moved the ball to the Havana 47
yard line on a run by Thomas
Melton. On 2nd down and 13,
Millender threw an interception
that was returned all the way for
a touchdown. The touchdown
dashed any hopes of a victory for
Carrabelle. "We played about as
hard as we could," said Coach
Carrabelle Game Statistics:
Jarrod Billonsly, 5-11, 75 yards
passing; Stephen Millender, 18
carries for 156 yards rushing, 42
yards receiving: Jeremy Owens, 4
tackles and 11 assisted tackles.
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The Apalachicola Chapter of the
largest humanitarian organiza-
tion in the world makes a differ-
ence in the lives of many, accord-
ing to Rotary International's Dis-
trict 4 Gov. Bob Stilman of
"Rotary members represent differ-
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cern is an important concept of.
dedication in the 200,000 mem-
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comes from the efforts of many."
Stilman was introduced by Presi-
dent James Harris when he spoke
recently to members of the
Apalachicola Rotary Club.
Despina George is first vice-presi-
dent and president-elect. Cliff
Butler is secretary and Barry
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By Tom Campbell
In a Board of Adjustment meet-
ing October 5, Mr. Whaley Hughes
requested a variance to construct
two single family houses on less
than two acres on property de-
scribed as Tract 18, Lots 4 and 5,
on the east end of St. George Is-
land, Franklin County. "Special
circumstances," Mr. Whaley said,
"within this, give you reason to
give special consideration, ...Fif-
teen years ago, I came down here
and bought five acres. I had five
houses that were possible on
these five acres, and even had
A lot got sold off that he was not
aware of and, he said, "I did not
profit in it. I don't think I ever got
He produced documents to show
what he bought fifteen years ago
and paid taxes on for fifteen years,
to Franklin County. His wife
Shirley and he went to North
Georgia mountains to build a sec-
ond home there, and his wife dis-
covered she had cancer. They
fought the cancer, and in his ab-
sence, the lot "you see on the
lefthand side (of the document)
was sold to a Tennessee person
and re-surveyed and run all the
way out to the state park road. It
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Stilman referred to projects which
include fighting polio in India and
furnishing baby incubators to
hospitals in third-world countries.
"You are familiar with the one-on-
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pus of the Gulf Coast Community
College, which is now operating.
"We are in a new era, when much
can be accomplished," said
Stilman. "We've been asked to give
special consideration to children.
The annual programs begin with
the Rotary Foundation. The per-
cent of participation is more im-
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to take new perspective on old
problems, much like the polio
plus program. Sometimes the rea-
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is because there are solutions that
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Apalachicola Airpurt Has "ASOS'
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By Tom Campbell
New Automated Surface Observ-
ing Systems (ASOS) has been in-
stalled at the Apalachicola Air-
port. The ASOS program is a joint
effort of the National Weather Ser-
vice (NWS), the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA), and the
Department of Defense (DOD).
The ASOS systems serve as the
nation's primary surface weather
observing network, whose value
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By Temolynne Wintons
Love Center Christian Academy,
an entity of Love Center Ministries
in Apalachicola, Florida, is on the
road this school term, 1998-99.
We're on an "Educational Road
Tour", one might say. The trips
are mostly geared to aid our cur-
riculum in the areas of history,
science, life management and ca-
reer exposure. It is our hope that
the first hand lessons will en-
hance the lives of the students as
well as the teachers.
Already this year, some of our stu-
dents have had the opportunity
to appear on Channel 13's Mid-
day and experience firsthand be-
hind the scenes explanations of
how the weather is done and the
stories are reported. Julie
Montenaro and Tanya Rivera were
the facilitators of our visit to
Lunches were always special,
whether the cuisine is Chinese,
Italian or American. It is during
this time we take the opportunity
to teach proper dining etiquette
and table manners. This time we
chose a formal setting at Red Lob-
ster Seafood Restaurant. The food
was the best and the children ex-
hibited good behavior and excel-
lent table manners, according to
our waitress;. Bobbie Jo.
Of course, we had to take time out
for some physical enrichment.
Under the Oaks Park on Tyndall
Y, Parkway, is always loads of fun.
n, For children from kindergarten
e, through 6th grade, need I say
SOur most recent travels took us
to Nickelodeon Studios and Uni-
versal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Four teachers and 13 students
loaded the "Blessed School Bus"
(actually it was Croom's Trans-
portation) en route to Orlando on
Tuesday, September 11 at exactly
12:00 noon. The trip was lovely.
We sung, played games and
viewed the sights as we made our
way southeastward to Central
Florida. We stopped every two
hours for rest stops.
Finally, we arrived at our desti-
nation, Orlando. We went directly
to our hotel, The Delta Court of
Flags Resort and checked into our
rooms, which were all adjacent to
each other. They were filled with
great things to do, but the most
favorite was the pay Nintendo
We didn't waste any time finding
something to eat. We followed the
aroma to one of the hotel's res-
taurants. We chose their gourmet
pizza, drinks and ice cream or
fruit for dessert. Of course we had
noticed two of the four hotel pools.
We stopped off at one of the
resort's playgrounds, played
around awhile and went back to
the rooms for lights out. We had
to get our rest for we were bound
for Nickelodeon early the next day.
On Wednesday by 8:00 a.m. we
were dressing for the day. First,
there was a buffet breakfast in the
hotel, then we had to find our way
to Universal Studios. It shouldn't
be hard-our excitement would
lead us straight there.
When we finally reached Univer-
sal Studios, they sent someone
(Sean) to the gate, to guide us in.
We paused often on the way, to
take photos. When we reached the
inside, we were asked to wait be-
cause someone special wanted to
meet us. We couldn't believe it,
when through the doors came Kel
Mitchell and Kennan Thompson,
stars of Nickelodeon show,
Kennan & Kel, Figure It Out and
ALL THAT! They visited with us
for about 20-25 minutes, back-
stage on the set of Figure It Out.
We'll leave it up to your imagina-
tion, as to what happened during
After that, it was time to go to the
set and tape the show, Figure It
Out. Jarell Campbell and Raevyn
Jefferson had already been cho-
sen to be the Apalachicola stars
of the show. Jarell was to choose
the secret slime action and
Raevyn would display her secret
talent. We were all excited about
that. The actual taping of the
show was interesting and funny.
Especially when Kennan and Kel
got slimed. We also met the show
host, Summer Sanders.
Of course, we were selected to sit
behind the panelists, in what is
called the "dog pound". That was
great because we will be on cam-
era almost anytime they show the
When the taping was over, we
were escorted outside, when all of
a sudden, we took a surprise de-
tour into the Hanna Barbara Ride.
That was an added treat. We then
gathered ourselves (because the
ride was extremely bumpy) and
departed Nickelodeon Studios.
Lunch was at the world's largest
and funniest McDonald's. We de-
parted Orlando with many unfor-
Temolynne Williams with two media stars on Nickelodeon.
Variance from Page 10
was signed by us. I'm not plead-
ing fraud." He continued, "My wife
was dying and I did not care about
the papers they put in front of us
to sign. ... My business was try-
ing to save my wife's life. We
signed the deed and it was sold.
My fault, but it was a mistake."
He explained that his wife died a
few months later and he is now
trying to "pick up the pieces." He
then referred to the two buildable
lots which he has remaining. 'The
County accepted my taxes for fif-
teen years," he said, "as buildable
lots." The fact that something was
done, "even over our signatures,"
he said, 'it removed enough of the
sand so that I don't have a full
acre in this place." He invested,
he said, so that he would have
something in his elder years. The
hardship, he said, comes in that
he is being deprived of building
on his lots.
He offered two times of what the
"gentleman paid for it, to buy back
the lot." which was sold in the
mistake. The gentleman declined
the offer. "But I tried to correct
the error that was made," Mr.
Hughes said. "I tried to pay an
additional $160,000, which is
what they paid for the lot."
He explained that he tried to not
"get into a lawsuit," because of the
alleged illegalities involved. But he
consulted with lawyers who said
he would probably win a lawsuit.
All these circumstances give rise
to the situation wherein Mr.
Whaley Hughes bought "five acres
to build five houses,
In a grandfather term, as he ex-
plained, this five acres of this "tax-
payer standing before you, should
not be deprived of the original use
of this five acres of land. It doesn't
offend the County's Ordinance on
five acres five houses."
He referred to the evidence in
black and white (the documents)
in the Court record, and said all
things considered, the Board had
enough reasons for special cir-
cumstances, In order to allow this
variance. "it harms nobody."' Mr.
He asked the Board of Ad-
justment to take a "common
sense" look at the situation, real-
izing the reasons for the variance,
considering the 15-year period
when he owned the five acres and
paid taxes on the five acres.
The Board was faced with a Mo-
tion by Mr. Vance Millender to
approve the variance The Board
split on the vote, in favor of the
motion, Mr. Millender and Mr.
Ollie Gunn, Opposed,
Vice-Chairman Billy Granger (Act-
ing Chairman in absence of
Chairman Palmer Philyaw), and
Mr. James Bunyan.
Since the vote was split 2-2 and
in absence of the Chairman, the
matter was tabled until the No-
vember meeting of the Board of
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P a e 1 6 O t b e 9 8A L C L Y O W E E S A E h F a k i h o i l
Sanders from Page 1
cares about them. Don't just sit
there and talk about it, do some-
thing about it. The improvement
of roads and the growth and de-
velopment of Franklin County are
also important issues. I am also
well aware if you don't keep con-
trol on development it can get way
out of hand. Franklin County has
been blessed by God. It has the
best of both worlds right here. We
have to have the growth and we
have to have the development. I
know that, but let's keep control
on it to where we can have what
keeps us so precious.
C: Was there anyone that encour-
aged you or helped you through
CS: A real backbone for me was
my husband and my family. There
had been many a day that I had
gotten aggravated with the cam-
paign. I had gotten concerned.
They told me to never give up.
Keep your head up. My idea was
if I didn't win, I was going to pick
myself right back up and brush
myself off and in four more years
try it again.
C: Do you think some people are
going to be more critical of you
because you are a woman?
CS: Yes. I look for them to scruti-
nize me very much so for awhile.
Once they see that I am here for
the welfare of the people they will
understand I am not in this for
myself. I love Franklin County and
I do not want to see anything hap-
pen to it. ,1 am not going to hurt
it. I may ,help it. They are going to
be watching me, but you know
\ h.,' 1 anm their friend and if they
need something they can come to
me and I'll try and help them.
C: Do you think you are going to
surprise people and do more than
CS: Yes. I hope so. I hope I can
surprise the people that have their
doubts about me. They will turn
around and say, "Hey, she isn't
going to be so bad after all."
C: If you are successful, do you
think this will open the door for
more women to run for the Com-
mission and be on the Commis-
CS: It will open the door for
women to get involved in every-
thing, not only the Commission.
There are a lot of offices that are
filled by women now. Then again
there are a lot of offices that are
not. It will help.
C: Do you think it is possible that
there could be an all woman
County Commission one day in
CS: Oh my goodness! We're ask-
ing for too much aren't we (laugh-
ing). Anything can happen. Who's
to say what may happen in the
future. We will all be gone (laugh-
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