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Franklin Chronicle


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Volume 8, Number 5


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


March 5 18, 1999


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procedures to ensure only legal age persons would be served.
-F-rnklliin County Lands

Among First on Sale


The St. Joe Company, Jackson-
ville, announced on March 1st
that the first 100,000 acres oftim-
berland, some in Franklin
County's northern sections, will
go into auction immediately. A
total of 800,000 acres of planted
pine will eventually be sold as the
company concentrates its real
estate development in other areas
of northwest Florida.
'The initial land offerings are lo-
,cated in Franklin, Liberty,
-Wakulla and Jefferson counties,
'areas that, according to Peter S.
:Rummell, chairman and Chief
-Executive Officer of the St. Joe
'Corporation, "...Under our devel-
.opment plans, none of the timber-
land to be offered for sale has sig-
-nificant real estate development
potential in the next 15 to 20
years.


Rummell continued, "We intend
to re-deploy the proceeds in ways
that most effectively deliver value
to our shareholders, including the
implementation of our core real
estate development and service
strategy."The meaning of that last
phrase is not entirely clear. Re-
cently, the corporation an-
nounced plans to pay dividends
once annually, instead of quar-
terly, and the company declared
a 2 cent dividend for the 4th quar-
ter. About 89,000 acres will be
sold by Morgan Stanley Dean
Witter. Another 13,000 acres is
being managed by Natural Re-
source Planning Services, Inc.
(Gainsville).
The map published with this story
shows St. Joe land holdings in
Franklin County with arrows des-
ignating tracts to be sold in the
800,000 acre auction.


Location A is the parcel of land up for "immediate" auction.
Location B is controlled by NW Water Management. Location
C is attractive coastal property owned by the St. Joe
Corporation NOT available in the 800,000 acre auction.


The County Commissioners were
not aware of who was dumping the
shells on the property. Brent
Mabrey, the Director of Environ-
mental Health for Franklin
County, pointed out that there are
no guidelines against dumping the
shells in a residential area.
County Commissioner Eddie
Creamer stated that, 'There has
to be a stop to it. It is not fair to
the home owners around the area.
It is residential property. There
has been several people that have
been sick to their stomach for two
weeks."
Mabry agreed with Commissioner
Creamer, stating that there needs
to be some sort of control or guide-
lines on the dumping of the shells,
which are not really the problem.
"The shell isn't the problem," said
Mabry. "It is the sand and the
grit."
Commissioner Creamer made a
motion, which stated that there is
an emergency as far as illegal
dumping of scallop shells in
Eastpoint on C.C. Land Road.
Commissioner Creamer then
made a motion for an emergency
ordinance for C.C. Land Road to
put a stop to the dumping of scal-
lops in that area. The motions
were unanimously passed by the
Board members.
The Board also voted to have
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan set up an emergency meet-
ing with the Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection, the Health
Department, and the county Com-
missioners. The object of the meet-
ing will be to set up guidelines for
this situation and future
situations.


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The commissioners accepted the
resignation with no comment and
went on to Item 2 which was the
task of either advertising for a
commissioner to fill Phillips now
vacant seat, or as another option,
leave the seat open until the city
elections will be held In Septem-
ber of this year.
William said, "I'm going to recom-
mend that we table this for one
month. After this last situation we
had, I would like to look onto a
special election, or if we would
decide not to do that go back to
appointment." It was seconded by
Commissioner Donald Wood.
There was discussion in which
Commissioner Pam Lycett men-
tioned that there was another
option to leave the seat vacant.
Mayor Jenni Sanborn called for
the vote to-table. At this point
Williams turned towards Pam
Lycett and said. "If I am reading
the board correctly here, you in-
dicated you would prefer to leave
it vacant." Lycett said "No, that's
not what I prefer. I'm asking you
that since the time frame would
only be three months or four
months left, would you just want
to leave it vacant. Because if we
let it go now for the next two
months, then all of sudden-I
don't want to run into any more
problems. Williams then said,
"Well then I will let my motion
stand. I was going to to amend my
motion to wait until City elections,
but I'll let motion stand." Lvcett
said "Let me ask you this ques-
tion, what do you all think would
be ... the prudent thing?" Williams
said, "I was going to wait a while
before I came up with anything.
But I think it is a board decision
not just mine." Lycett responded,
"Well now I said you all. I just
think what would be the prudent
thing to do." Sanborn once again
asked for the vote on the motion
to table. Williams then said, "Wait,
I am going to amend my motion
to wait until the city elections,"
Lycett seconded the motion and
it was carried unanimously.
In reference to the City elections,
Franklin County Voting Supervi-
sor Doris Shiver Gibbs was al-
ready on the agenda with a pro-
posal that the City Commission
adopt the state election rules with
some exceptions. Primary elec-
tions pertaining to election of City
Commissioners are presently held
on the first Thursday after the
first Monday of September of each
odd year. The regular election is
held on the third Thursday follow-
ing the third Monday of October.
Also, the City of Carrabelle has a
90 day qualifying period. The elec-
tion supervisor said "We have run
into problems in the past because
your qualifying period also ends
on the same day that voter regis-

Continued on Page 2


Ray Pringle (left) and Ron Crum perform ano er
demonstration in Panacea on February 20th. THE STORY
IS ON PAGE 6.

Gulf County Fisherman Not

Guilty of Net Charges

A Report and Commentary
by Tom Hoffer
Fisherman Lamar Moore of Port
SSt. Joe was found Not Guilty of
charges in using improperly
F -- marked nets in,the court of Judge
.^ Moore, Gulf County, last Thurs-
-. -' day, February 25th.


U-F
Helen Schn
Nominated
Governor's
Golden Cho
By Tom Campbell


The case was tried without a jury,
over the objection of defense at-
torney Ron Mowi ey of
V. Crawfordville and Tallahassee.
The 66-year- old fisherman Lamar
S had never been arrested for any
S infraction of fishing rules until the
Marine Patrol stopped him, and
ordered him to retreive his net. In
the process of retreiving the net,
Lamar was bitten by a stingray
gs caught in the net and was severely
iidt injured. He was permitted to seek
S medical aid hours after the bite
FWor by the arresting officer.


ice


The Board of Directors of Frank-
lin County Senior Center in
Carrabelle announced this week
that Ms. Helen Schmidt, Acting
Executive Director of Franklin
County Senior Citizens Council
since January 1 this year, has
been nominated for the
Governor's "Golden Choices in
Age" award for 1999.
Florida's Golden Choices in Age
exemplifies volunteers who serve
with dignity, purpose and high
standards of friendliness and in-
dependence in service to the
state's elderly.
Since 1989, Ms. Schmidt of
Carrabelle has been President of
the Board of Directors of the Fran-
klin County Senior Citizens Coun-
cil. These responsibilities involve
many hours of volunteer work.
Ms. Schmidt is also Chairman of
the Ways and Means Committee
over all Fund-Raising activities.
She is also currently heading the
committee, organizing the Parade
for Camp Gordon Johnston's 4th
Annual Reunion, scheduled for
March 12, 13 and 14. The parade
will be held Saturday, March
13, beginning at 10 a.m. in
Carrabelle.
In her "spare time,," Ms. Schmidt
delivers Meals on Wheels when a
driver doesn't show up for that
duty. With all the tasks involved
in her volunteer duties, she also
manages to offer a smile and help-
ing hand to anyone in the com-
munity who may need her assis-
tance.
She exemplifies Florida's Golden
Choices in Age, and deserves best
wishes for good health in her con-
tinuing efforts.


With the recent legal decision by
the Gulf County Judge, Lamar
plan to seek damages in a civil
lawsuit against the arresting of-
ficer. Seeking a civil remedy is a
new strategy espoused by Florida
Fishing Federation leaders Ron
Crum and Ray Pringle, to seek
accountability for the Marine Pa-
trol indiscriminate arrests that
result in Not Guilty decisions from
criminal prosecutions.
As reported in a speech by Attor-
ney Ron Mowrey, given at the
Fisherman's Federation annual
meeting several weeks ago, attor-
neys in some unidentified state
agencies have attempted to dis-
credit local Judges who find for
fishermen in net cases in coastal
counties by attempting to have
them disqualified as judges.
Mowrey encountered this ploy by
one state agency, in the case in-
volving the Constitutionality of
the so-called "net-ban" in Judge
Russell's court in Franklin
County. Representative Janegale
Boyd spoke at the same meeting,
also reported in the Chronicle (19
February 1999, p. 13) "They're try-
ing to make it so local judges can't
hear the cases. I have repeatedly
defended that, by saying, 'Look,
maybe its because they under-
stand the issue and that govern-
ment is supposed to work best
when it is closest to the people
they serve. They [the state] have
a hard time arguing-that point."
The same concept was also ad-
dressed by "Mickey" Watson who
is the executive responsible for or-
dering many of the net arrests,
despite the continued controversy
over the identification of a legal
net. He explained his concept of
"community involvement" in ob-
taining the people's cooperation
in police work, at the 1997 me-
diation sessions in Wakulla, but
the recent turmoil in coastal
counties has reflected a distinct
change in his orientation.


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


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Briefs

A Proclamation was passed at the
March 2 Franklin County Board
of Commissioners meeting, mak-
ing March 1.4-20 Juvenile Justice
Week. The week will be dedicated
to the prevention of juvenile
crime.
Commissioner Eddie Creamer in-
formed the Board that the
Eastpoint bike path, which is
made of limerock, gets washed
away when it rains. Older resi-
dents of the area have complained
because the path has become
uneven and there is a chance of
someone failing and injuring
themselves. The residents would
like to have the path paved. The
Board agreed to look into a cost
estimate for paving the path.
The Board agreed that they want
the illegal dock at 8th street on
St. George Island removed.
County Planner Alan Pierce told
the Board that he had informed
the resident, who had built the
illegal dock, that he had 30 days
to remove the dock. That dead-
line passed on February 15. The
Board voted' to file a law suit to
have the dock removed. For the
time being, the Board agreed to
have a no trespassing sign put on
the dock. The county does not
want to be liable for anyone us-
ing the dock.
Lydia Countryman brought the
4-H club students to the County
Commission meeting to have
them voice their concerns for the
litter that covers Cat Point. The
very young students stood up one
by one to read letters that they
had written about their efforts to
clean up Cat Point. The students
described the area as dirty,
messy, and smelly, The children
asked the Board if they would put
garbage cans and no dumping
signs in the area. The Board made
no decisions at the meeting be-
cause Cat Point is on state-owned
land.


Carrabelle from Page 1
tration ended. So you have can-
didates who waited until your last
day of qualifying and are going out
encouraging people to vote and
the books are already closed."
She added, "State, federal and
county elections have one week
of qualifying. They start at noon
on Monday and end at noon on
Friday," Gibbs stated that this is
what she would like to recom-
mend to the Commissioners that
they change to be in line with the
other elections.
The question was asked by
Tommy Loftin, "Why do we vote
on Thursday?" with the answer
being that is what is in the City
Charter. Williams said that.a can-
didate can declare himself a can-
didate on January 2, open a cam-
paign account and can begin a
campaign. Write-in candidates
can qualify, but they cannot be
listed on the ballot.
Williams then said that he did not
feel that the City should continue
having the Commissioners run for
a specific seat and assume the
duties or that seat i.e. Finance,
Water and Sewer. Parks and
Roads, or Commissioner of Police
and Fire Department. He went on
to say, "Every commissioner
should be fully qualified, and can
answer all the questions pertain-
ing to anything within the City."
Blanche Cox said, "But are they?"
Williams answered, "They should
be-I didn't say they were."
Lycett said 'This has been a sub-
ject of conversation between
Beckey (Jackson) and myself and
we asked Mary Lou (Mathes) also
today. She has been here 27 years
and this is the way it has always
been. I have to disagree with you,
Raymond. If you have a specific
person and they do need to be
qualified for everything, but, like
your supervisor Keith (Mock), in-
stead of having five people, he
needs to have a contact person."
She said she would like it the way
it is.
Williams answered saying," Per-
sonally I think it is an antiquated
situation." Lycett said by chang-
ing, "You might be asking for
something like chaos." Williams
said he thought the commission-
ers should make the change.
Police Chief Buddy Shiver said. "
I disagree with you Commissioner.
I would have five people coming
to me every time one of my men
wrote a ticket. I'd get complaints
from all five of you. You would
have so many chiefs and not
enough Indians."
Williams again said, "That was
Just a suggestion." Lycett' made
the motion to abide by the state
rules on election. Williams'then
said "I wanted to come back the
statement Mr. Loftin made. I do
think we ought to have our elec-
tions to coincide with the general
elections." He was asked, do you
mean moving the day to Tuesday?
and he responded in the affirma-
tive and added that he thought
this would bring out more voters.
Gibbs reiterated that the city elec-
tions are on an odd numbered
year while the state, federal and
county elections are held on even
numbered years.
Wood said, "With the constitu-


Ron Bloodworth went before the
Board to discuss the zoning codes
for mobile home parks. The cur-
rent standard in Franklin county
is 4 trailers per acre. Bloodworth
suggested to the Board that the
standard be changed to 7 trailers
per acre with a minimum of 10
acres for the mobile home park.
The Board agreed to have the situ-
ation handled by the PlAnning
and Zoning Board.
Clarice Gross went before the
Board to request approval to ap-
ply for a grant for the Victim Ad-
vocate Program. The program
would be done through the Fran-
klin County Sheriffs Office. The
program would help counsel vic-
tims from the time the crime has
occurred to them until the case
goes to court. The Board approved
the request.
Extended calling service for
.Apalachicola, Eastpoint, and the
Island cannot be granted by the
Board. The service, which would
allow residents of those areas to
call Panama City for free, has to
be approved by the local tele-
phone company.
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the Board that
the annual seat belt and public
speaking contests will begin this
week in the schools. This will be
the sixth year for the seat belt
program and the fifth year for the
public speaking program.
County Planner Alan Pierce told
the Board that he had spoken to
Joe Tharpe regarding the road,
Massachusetts, he blocked in'
Lanark Village. He told Pierce that
he blocked the road for two rea-
sons. The current orientation of
Massachusetts does not require
traffic to stop when it merges with
Alabama, which creates dust.
Secondly, Tharpe and his neigh-
bor would like Alabama opened
up all the way to US 98 so there
would be a direct route to the fire
hydrants on 98. Pierce said that
if the County would agree to open
up Alabama, then the Tharpe's
would possibly agree to allowing
Massachusetts to stay on their
property. Pierce said that he
would have Prentice Crum and
David Kennedy look into it.
The Board approved a resolution
that supports the application for
the beach renourishment project
for the Alligator Point area.


tional amendments we are getting
now the general election ballots
are becoming just overwhelming
to a lot of the people and they
don't participate because they
don't know how to vote on those
things." He added that if you move
the city elections and the consti-
tutional amendments it would be
too much. Lycett then amended
her motion to follow Ms. Gibbs
recommendations and to change
the day from a Thursday to a
Tuesday. Gibbs said this would
also change the qualifying period
to go from the 50th before the
election to end on the 46th day.
Williams said that maybe the at-
torney should be asked to work
with Gibbs on these changes. Wil-
liams seconded Lycett's motion
and it was passed unanimously..
After several other items (reported
under Carrabelle City Briefs) Stan
Arnold brought in the last item
on the published agenda, Arnold
said in view of the fact that
Phillips had resigned he was omit-
ting the first item which had to
do with Phillips.
In regard to Donald Wood, Arnold
ask for clarification on Woods'
association in Langwood Indus-
tries, a limerock mining operation
owned by Gene Langston. Arnold
asked Wood, "I believe you said
you have no interests nor received
any renumeration of any kind di-
rectly or indirectly off the
limerock, other than the sale of
your partnership which I under-
stood you said you sold. You own
no land there or transferred any
land to relatives or associates. Is
that true?" Wood responded, "It
is true."
Arnold then said he would go to
Williams response at the last
meeting. He said, "Mr Williams,
at the last meeting you made a
motion regarding the amend-
ments to the charter?" Williams
responded that he had ordered six


Pierce read a letter to the Board
regarding the county's funding
requests to Representative Allen
Boyd. The requests were listed in
the order of priority. The Board
agreed that the number one pri-
ority for the county is the reloca-
tion of Alligator Point Road. The
county will request $2 million for
the project. The dredging of the
Eastpoint channel and
Creekmore Channel were second
on the list. The county will request
$1 million for each channel. Third
on the list is water, and sewer
improvements for the county. The
county will request $250,000 for
improvements in Eastpoint and
$350,000 for improvements in
Apalachicola. The final request is
$250,000 for the construction of
a softball complex.
The Public Officials Conference
was rescheduled to April 6. The
conference will be at 1 p.m. at the
airport.
Pierce informed the Board that
phase II of the St. George Island
bike path has created a flooding'
problem on West Gulf Drive be-
tween 9th and 11th Streets. Ac-'
cording to Pierce, DOT says that
they are finished with the project
and there were previous flooding
problems before the project. The
problem is now the County's.
Pierce said that he had spoken to
Derrick Jenkins, District Mainte-
nance Engineer, and he will in-
vestigate the situation.,
The Board gave its approval to
have a culvert pipe installed to
provide drainage for Gibson Road.
The cost is calculated at $5,182.
Pierce informed the Board that he
had attended the St. George Is-
land Civic Club meeting after last
week's DOT bridge meeting. Pierce
said that .based upon what he
heard, it was decided that both
ends of the old bridge will be kept
for fishing piers. The Board also
wants the new bridge to swing as
far west as possible to give the
county room for a possible boat
ramp. Pierce also spoke to Civic
Club President Mason Bean, and
he was told by Bean that .6 mile
was too much to leave. He rec-
ommended that only .3 of a mile
be left at the end of the old bridge.
That would roughly be about
1,500 feet.


copies of the Charter. He added,
"When I gave my report I ordered
six copies of the charter. One will
be made available to all the com-
missioners to look at the codifi-
cation and see where we want to
go with that. And at the same
time, in the budget process that
is coming up very shortly, I sug-
gested that we look at funding,
puttiig"ii' the budget enough
money to do the codification of the
ordinances."
Arnold queried. "is that what ev-
erybody voted on? Was it ap-
proved?" Williams answered,
"Nothing was in a motion, noth-
ing was, approved. That was my
recommendation." Arnold said
"Can we have a motion on it now?"
Wood interjected, "I don't think it
would be appropriate to have a
motion right now until we find out
if we have enough money for the
codification. We have heard fig-
ures from $15,000 to $35,000."
Arnold asked if they could not add
the 8 items he had handed to the
commissioners at the last meet-
ing, like "Conflict of interest." Wil-
liams said he was still thinking
about this list." Lycett asked,
"How about if we bring this up at
the next meeting. We can all look
at thesethe ings very closely, and
we can bring them up next
month? Would that be satisfac-
tory?' Arnold. answered "That
would be fine." She asked Will-
iams, "Would that be all right with
you?" Williams answered. "You're
the one that's doing It." Lycett
said, "I'm doing what?" Williams
answered, "Well, if you went
something done like that then you
have to make a suggestion."
Lycett responded "We could at
least talk about it at the next
meeting, and see how everybody
feels. Is that O.K."

Continued on Page 6


CALLING ALL COOKS!!!
Now accepting applications for the Ninth Annual
Carrabelle Waterfront Festival's SEAFOOD GUMBO
COOKOFF CONTEST. Cash prizes, fun and food. For an
application, call David Butler at 850/697-3395 or
Carrabelle Library at 850/697-2366. Proceeds ben-
efit the Wings Program and The Friends of the Franklin
County Public Library.


Meeting
Mr. Ben Watkins reported for Mike
Watkins that the February 4
deadline was met and the water
bonds have been sent for ap-
proval. It was also reported that
the City has $1.2 million as a line
of credit at the Gulf State Bank.
Phil Dover reported there had
been a fax received granting the
following awards from Rural De-
velopment: $1.625.476 and an-
other award of $627,426 for the
expanded water system. Commis-
sioner Raymond Williams was
chosen to sign the awards on be-
half of the city.
Barbara Bonowicz or Mediacom
reported that after a survey of 334
persons in the Carrabelle/Lanark
area in which they have a total of
803 subscribers, those contacted
voted in order for 1. The History
Channel, 2. MTV, 3. Science Fic-
tion Channel. The company In-
tends to spend about $280,000
updating the system.
The commissioners voted for a
workshop to be held on March 28
at 6 p.m. on the downtown revi-
talization. Dave Hamphill, Chief
Landscape Architect for Bask-
erville and Donavan, will present
the plan. Letters of notification
will go out to all owners or prop-
erty in the area, in addition to ads
in the newspapers to get public
opinion.
Bill McCartney suggested that the
city should approve annexation of
the site of the well site and the
prison site. He added that the
prison wants the City to serve
them with water and sewer and
are willing to foot a bill for
$1,000,000 for getting the service
in. Commissioners approved the
well site to be annexed.

Dixie Theatre
Announces
Summer

Repertory May
19th to Labor

Day


The Dixie Theatre Summer
Repertory, which will open May
19th and run to Labor Day, has
listed the following plays for
Production this season:
"Oh Coward!"
"Greater Tuna"
"Everybody Loves Opal"
"Same Time Next Year"
"The Dining Room"
"Night Must Fall"
"Quilters"
Final play to be announced
Schedule is subject to change.
Each play will run for two weeks.
Matinee performances are
Wednesday and Sunday after-
.noons at 2:30 PM. Evening
performances are Thursday,
Friday and Saturday at 8 PM.
Discount Season Subscriptions,
which enable subscribers to see
eight plays for the price of seven,
are now on sale.
Season Subscriptions may be ob-
tained by contacting the Dixie
Theatre box office at 21 Avenue E
Apalachicola, FL 32320 or tele-
phoning 850-653-3200.


On an item on what to do with
the "Old Gym", Pam Lycett finally
succeeded in her attempt to have
a workshop, when she persuaded
the commissioners to write a let-
ter to the school board and ask
for a workshop.
Raymond Williams stated that he
would go to the County meeting
and see what can be done to keep
the $55,000 set aside for a Wa-
terways Grant Boat ramp on Tim-
ber Island. Bill McCartney said it
was not a FERDAP grant and can
possibly be modified to an
amended agreement.
Alva Bragdon sought a trade with
the city of some Georgia, Florida
and Alabama Railroad property
for an alley that goes into
Bragdon's property. There was a
recommendation that Bragdon
quit claim his property with the
city doing likewise. It was ap-
proved on 2-1 vote. Lycett ex-
plained that she was in favor of
the land swap, but could not
agree to Bragdon fencing off an
alley. She said the commission
had turned down similar
requests.
On the one month leave of ab-
sence that was approved by now
retired Commissioner Jim Phillips
and Keith Mock, supervisor of the
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up for work on March 12 he will
be considered to have vacated his
position and Jackson was told to
start advertising for a new em-
ployee. The city has paid his in-
surance for the leave of absence,
but the clerk was also told to end
his insurance if he does not
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The commissioners had a long
discussion as to how to advertise
for a city worker in case another
employee, Dallas Barrack, who
was hired with the condition that
be take and pass the GED. Al-
though his time was up in the fall;
and he had only passed one part,
of the GED. At the last meeting it
had been voted to wave the GEDP
requirement. Meanwhile Barrack1
has taken the balance of the GED
in February and Mock was told
to get the results.
The commissioners decided that,
this time they would advertise for
High School or GED or five years
experience. Mock said Franklin.
Daniels, a man who worked for,
the department for 17-18 years,?
knows every meter, pipe and con-
nection in the system, but did notT
get a diploma, had contacted himv
for a job. Lycett said, "I hate to"
eliminate people who may not be'
able to get a GED." She added that,
she supports education.
John McKnight, who had been a
commissioner himself for eight
years asked, "How come the-
County Road Department don't-
say you have to have high school.
I got rejected from another depart-
ment." It seems that all other de-
partments in the county have a
requirement for high school.
Angie Sheridan asked if the city
ha a drug free policy and Lycett
told her that they have had that
since 1992. As problems seemed
to be mounting, it was decided
that the commissioners would
have a short workshop at the
meeting already called for
March 9.
Bill McCartney said he would
work with the City Clerk and Wil-
liams in order to make a list of
needs
Commissioners voted to change
their schedule of permit fees to be
the same as the county permit
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


Plantation Politics
St. George Association Bars Member
From Attending "Workshop" With
Phipps Ventures, Inc.
In a possible violation of Florida Statutes 617.303, the "member-
friendly" Plantation Board of Directors barred Association member
Thomas W. Hoffer from attending a "workshop" meeting of the panel
on Saturday afternoon, February 20, 1999 at 2 p.m.
Hoffer objected to his exclusion after President Rick Watson announced
that the meeting "was closed", meaning that anyone not on the Board,
was not permitted to attend. The Board was to be in "Executive
Session."
Two days earlier, Plantation members were advised that this meeting
.would be an open meeting, following a two-hour strategy session on
"legal matters" as announced by the flyer printed below, in the mode
as given below. There was no mention that the 2 p.m. meeting was to
involve a Board discussion of "pending legal matters," which is the
only statutory exception under Florida law for excluding members
from open Board meetings.
The published notice contained this language exactly in the form pre-
sented to those coming into the Plantation, a private, gated commu-
nity on St. George Island.

NOTICE
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE MEETING IN A
WORKSHOP SESSION WITH THE ARCHITECTURAL
CONTROL COMMITTEE AT 11:00 a.m., SATURDAY,
FEBRUARY 20,1999 AT THE CLUBHOUSE.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE MEETING IN A
CLOSED SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSION
OF PERSONNEL AND LEGAL ISSUES AT 12:00 NOON,
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20,1999 AT THE CLUBHOUSE.
THE PLANTATION'S LEGAL COUNSEL WILL BE
IN ATTENDANCE.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE MEETING IN A
WORKSHOP SESSION WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ST. I
GEORGE ISLAND LIMITED (PHIPPS VENTURE), AT 2:00 p.
m., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1999 AT THE CLUBHOUSE.

The Florida Statutes governing open Board meetings is 617.303 (2).
The relevant section states:
' All meetings of the board must be open to all members
except for meetings between the board and its attorney
S with respect to proposed or pending litigation where the
contents of the discussion would otherwise be governed
by the attorney-client privilege...
With respect to the attorney-client relationship, Black's Law Dictio-
rary states:
S ...Such privilege protects communications between at-
torney and client made for the purpose of furnishing or
obtaining professional legal advise or assistance.
Moreover, the Dictionary continues...
..though it (the attorney-client privilege) belongs to cli-
ent, not to attorney, and hence client may waive it...
The meeting was to receive comments from Dennis Boyle, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Phipps Ventures, Inc. the owner of the
new hotel (Inn) in the Resort Village, a commercial development in
the middle of the privately owned Plantation on St. George Island.
Following the exclusion of Hoffer at the meeting, others stated that
the purpose of the meeting was to review "legal matters" involving Dr.
Ben Johnson interests in the Resort Village. Johnson has been in
litigation against the Plantation Owner's Association for several years
prior to the construction of the Inn (hotel) by the Phipps organization.
now open for business.
The Phipps counsel is not the attorney of record for the POA Board in
any of the litigations involving Dr. Ben Johnson, nor any other litiga-
tion involving the POA. Thus, there was no legal basis for excluding
any members of the Association from the Board "workshop" on the
basis of "attorney-client" privilege. Even if there were, Mr. Boyle pre-
viously stated he had no objection' to a member's presence in the
meeting.
Moreover, Dennis Boyle also stated that he did not speak for Ben
Johnson at all, which would seem to indicate that any further
discussions about the "pending lawsuits" were not relevant to
the Phipps Ventures interests-within preview of Florida Stat-
utes allowing for exclusion only in the case of specifically de-
fined litigation. Otherwise, a Board could exclude members on
the basis of discussing ANY lawsuit-such as the U.S. versus Bill
Clinton or Franklin County versus the POA, etc.
In the course of the meeting between Dennis Boyle, his counsel and
the Board of Directors, the Phipps counsel advised the Board that


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because they were in a partnership with Dr. Johnson, any discus-
sions about the Johnson-POA lawsuits would also apply to them.
The report, made public after the meeting, indicated that Dr. Johnson
held 51% control of the new arrangement and that the Phipps inter-
est amounted to 49% thus, allegedly involving Phipps Ventures, Inc.
as parties to the Johnson litigation scenarios. These gratuitous re-
marks were made a few minutes after the exclusion, and sometime
around a 15-minute exchange of discussion about access of hotel
customers to the gated community.
Interestingly, at the outset of the meeting, before Hoffer was ejected,
Dennis Boyle stated to the Board that he had no objection if Hoffer
were present to hear the discussions.
Yet this rationale was later presented as the reason for excluding a
member of the Association, in violation of Florida Statutes.
Indeed, the meeting was defined in public notices as a "workshop",
which implies, if one looks to other public meetings, that discussions
of various issues would be held without formal or deliberative action
leading to any changes, etc.
It is obvious that what was given public notice and later decided upon
by the Board were two entirely different things, clearly indicating that
the Board wanted to exclude POA members from hearing what was
being discussed-in violation of Florida law.
An interview with parties connected with this incident days earlier
indicated that the Phipps Ventures, Inc. had requested the audience
with the POA Board of Directors on a variety of issues, one involving
access to the Plantation so hotel guests would have easier access to
the Inn at the Resort Village, and not anything connected with pend-
ing litigation involving Dr. Ben Johnson.
Indeed, this "chapter" of denying access to Board meetings in sub-
jects of vital interest to the membership, is typical of the control of
information the Board has been continuing for several months, de-
spite an election last fall, in which other candidates who espoused
more litigation against Dr. Johnson were not re-elected to the Board
by the entire membership that voted by secret ballot.
The Board-directed newsletter, "Soundings" has been the medium to
communicate with the membership, but in recent months, only par-
tially reported, the outcomes of various legal matters of vital interest
to an apathetic membership. The publication has exhibited the usual
shortfalls of information when the "company line" or "spin" is placed
on various issues involving the Board of Directors. In that sense, the
exclusion of a member of the POA is entirely consistent with those
information policies.
The legal question as to whether the Board acted within the law is a
matter for legal authorities to settle, not the Board of Directors of the
POA nor the "advice" of counsel.
The reason for the meeting was to receive comments from Dennis
Boyle, President of Phipps Ventures, Inc., the owner of the new hotel
in Ben Johnson's Resort Village. Phipps Ventures, Inc. is not involved
in any pending litigation with the Plantation Owner's Association
though the stated excuse for barring a member to the meeting was
that the Board was planning to discuss settlement issues related pend-
ing litigation. The other party involved in "pendinglitigation" is Ben
Johnson, who was not at the meeting.
Anyone trying to enter the 2 p.m. meeting was barred, and presented
with this notice posted at the door to the stairway leading to the top
deck of the clubhouse.
EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN PROCESS
The Board members who acquiesed to President Watson's decision to
exclude Hoffer were: Amalia (Molly) Read, Richard Plessinger, Charles
G. Manos. Karen MacFarland and Rick Watson, President. Two Board
members were absent from the "workshop," Daniel Sumner and Phillip
"Flip" Froelich.
After the meeting was closed to Hoffer, the group proceeded to dis-
cuss access policies and procedures to the Resort Village, an issue
clearly of considerable interest to Dennis Boyle, Phipps Ventures Presi-
dent. That issue was clearly not an exception to the open meeting
requirement allows all members attending a publicly noticed meeting
of the Association.
Hoffer raised the question why there was no indication that the meet-
ing at 2 p.m. was to be closed, Watson had no response to that
question.
One of the Board members, Charles Manos told Hoffer that the Board
would reopen the meeting in "15 minutes or so." From 2:10 p.m. to
about 2:55 p.m. the meeting remained closed when Hoffer left the
waiting area, but not without obtaining information as to the discus-
sion points being made in the time he was excluded. For example,
prolonged laughter was heard from time to time on the lower levels,
seemingly inconsistent with any discussion of "legal issues."
'The role of Phipps Ventures, Inc. has been largely unknown among
the membership of the Association, except to note that this organiza-
tion owns the new hotel, and, according to Dennis Boyle, has finan-
cial interests in the new meeting building and the swimming pool, an
amenity for the hotel.

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Following is a list of important events March 5 19 for locals and
visitors who may be planning schedules. Please help with future list-
ing by phoning Tom Campbell at 850-697-8358 or mail information
to P.O. Box 451, Carrabelle, FL 32322-0451. Include: Name of event,
date, time, sponsor, contact person, address and phone number;
please note admission fee or donation/charity benefit, if any.
Friday, March 5 Auction Preview for the Charity Chili Cookoff at
the Oyster Cove, St George Island, beginning at 5 p.m. Admission:
$5, which includes light refreshment, wine and chance to participate
in a "silent auction" over selected items. Two hour showing.
Saturday, March 6 St. George Island 17th Annual Charity Chili
Cookoff- 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Some of the best chili anywhere, auc-
tion benefits St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department and First
Responders. For more information, phone 850-927-2753.
Saturday, March 6 Yaupon Garden Club Fashion Show, 12 Noon,
Senior Center in Carrabelle.
Saturday, March 6 Raney House Museum Historic Tour, 1 4 p.m.;
one block North of traffic light in Apalachicola.
Monday, March 8 Domestic Violence Volunteer and Task Force
Meeting. Volunteer Meeting 4:15 p.m., Task Force Meeting 5:15. p.m.
For information regarding location or to become involved, please call
850-697-3983.
Saturday, March 13 Gulf State Community Bank is sponsoring a
Yard Sale to benefit the Library Building Fund for the new building in
Carrabelle. The event will be held at the bank's Carrabelle office on
Saturday, March 13, 9:00 a.m. until ???. Come rent a space for $5.00
and sell your "treasures". Don't have time to participate in the Yard
Sale but want to donate items? GSC Bank will be happy to accept
them. Call 850-697-3395 and 850-653-9593 for information on where
to bring your items or rent a space. All money for spaces and donated
items will go to the Friends of the Franklin County Library-Carrabelle
Branch Building Fund. The library will graciously accept any portion
of sales from vendors.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 12, 13, 14 Camp Gordon
Johnston 4th Annual Reunion, honoring World War II veterans-
Carrabelle, Lanark Village. Phone President Sid Winchester at
850-697-3395 for more information. Parade Saturday at 10 a.m. in
Carrabelle.
Sunday, March 14 Ilse Newell Concert, 4 PM Featuring well known
concert violinist Vartan Manoogian, Bedford Watkins, piano; Trinity
Church in Apalachicola. Phone 850-670-8088 for more information.
Tuesday, March 16 Franklin County Board of Commissioners-
Meeting. Room, Apalachicola, Courthouse, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, March 17 St. Patrick's Day Corn Beef and Cabbage
Dinner, 6 p.m. at Chillas Hall, Lanark Village, $6 per person.
Thursday, March 18 Carrabelle Waterfront Festival meeting, 6 p.m.;
Board meeting 7 p.m. at Chamber office.
March 5 19 Jubilee Paddlewheel Riverboat Tours on Apalachicola
River, by reservation only. Phone 850-653-9502.
March 6 15 1999 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
sign-up March 6 15. Cost-Share dollars are available for the imple-
mentation of Crop, Pasture and Animal Waste (ex: dairy waste man-
agement system) practices to improve water quality on agricultural
land. Contact the Blountstown Natural Resources Conservation Ser-
vice or Farm Service Agency offices for more information at 850-674-
8388 or 850-674-8271.
Sunday, March 21 DixieTheatre Readings, 3 5 PM; 21 Avenue E,
Apalachicola. Phone 850-653-3200 for more information.

Tri-State River Compact
Program On March 8
On Monday, March 8, 1999 Leitman, environmental scientist
Apalachicola Bay/River Watch, and consultant to NWFWMD. A
will hold a membership meeting brief membership meeting will
and program featuring two rep- precede the program.
resentatives from the Northwest
Florida Water Management Dis- Apalachicola Bay/River Watch
trict, who will provide an update has been formed for the purpose
on the highly controversial situa- of advocating and securing the
tion with regard to allocation and protection of the Apalachicola Bay
usage of the waterways among the and River, its tributaries and wa-
states of Florida, Georgia and Ala- tershed, in order to improve and
bama. The Tri-State River Com- maintain its environmental integ-
pact issue will be addressed, an rity and preserve the natural, sce-
update of current negotiations nic, recreational and commercial
provided and questions answered. fishing character of River corridor


The meeting will be held at 7:00
p.m. on Monday, March 8, at the
Franklin County Courthouse in
Apalachicola. The speakers are
Doug Barr, Executive Director of
the North West Florida Water
Management District, and Steve


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for affiliation with the National
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EDITORIAL

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COMMENTARY


Homeowner Association Regulation

Needs To Be Strengthened With

Greater Accountability

Others may not make such a "big deal" over any Board excluding
members of the association. However, these privately created "lo-
cal governments" have increasingly across Florida, wherever de-
velopers create private communities, kept their association busi-
ness dealings under wraps until past abuses of this power stimu-
lated the Florida legislature to provide some protection for the
members who are assessed dues, but may not be informed about
how their executive councils account for the money. The Planta-
tion POA amasses a treasury of about $950,000 annually and
contracts with attorneys to litigate their unsolved problems with
a minimum of consultation with the membership of the Associa-
tion.
Holding "executive sessions" is one way to close the meetings
without much involvement of the members at large. No minutes
were recorded at the last "workshop"; only notes taken by the
Secretary, Karen MacFarland.
Across the nation, nearly 40 per cent of homeowner associations
"govern" local developments without the" safeguards normally
found in state law outlining responsibilities and legal liabilities
for local governments for cities and municipalities. In Florida, as
other states, developers regularly lobby the Legislature to
water-down proposals to regulate homeowner associations and
condominiums, although the Chapter 718 seems to provide for
stronger regulation of condos, under the wing of a state agency.
Yet, the regulatory emphasis for Florida condominiums is on "co-
operation" as opposed to providing for sharp penalties for abus-
ing power in the condo association. SHORN, another lobby group
formed to provide for stricter accountability of homeowner asso-
ciation Board of Directors, has been formed to lobby the Legisla-
ture for harsher penalties for misfeasance and malfeasance. Some
members would like to see jail terms included in the Florida law
for serious offenses committed by such Boards of Directors, such
as denying members their civil rights or unlawful exclusion from
'Board meetings.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher


Bow Wow Ball

Raises Over
$4,600 For
Humane
Society


By Betty Roberts and
Tom Campbell
Under a near-full moon with palm
trees swaying and flowers bloom-
ing around a bubbling fountain
in the patio-garden, the Humane
Society hosted its Annual Bow
Wow Ball at Harry A's on St.
George Island, Saturday, Febru-
ary 27. The event has been called
"the kick-off of the season" in the
area.
About 200 guests enjoyed deli-
cious food, prepared by area
chefs, restaurants and establish-
ments, which was donated for the
occasion.
The King Cotton Blues Band, led
by vocalist Tony Young, from Tal-
lahassee, entertained the group
with rhythm and blues tunes.
The program started with a me-
morial toast to Dr. Stephen Gross,
a former president of the Humane
Society. The group raised a cup
with Dr. Gross' picture and a brief
resume of his life, as the toast-
master (Chuck Spicer) said, "We
raise this cup to celebrate a man
who never saved anything for the
sail back."
On cups supplied by the Humane
Society, D. Gross was remem-
bered with an inscription which
included the following:
"Celebrating Life from 1944 to
1998. Having previously practiced
in St. Petersburg and Tallahassee,
Steve came to the Forgotten Coast
and decided 'It doesn't get any bet-
ter than this". He was active in
civic, fraternal, charitable and fun
organizations, ranging from the
Chamber to the Humane Society.
As president of the Humane So-
ciety, he was one of the founders
of the Bow Wow Ball."
President Gayle Dodd and Jean
McMillian (ofJeannie's Journeys)
did a wonderful job of coordinat-
ing the event.
A Slave Auction was a new
money-maker this year. Sixteen
people donated a service to the
highest bidder. Some of the ser-
vices donated were yard land-
scaping, dog sitting, cooking a
dinner, taking a kayak ride,
dumping two yards of dirt in your
yard, and arlything within reason.
Three restaurants donated free
meals: Julia Mae's, Harry's Geor-
gian, and The Magnolia Grill.
The auction netted $1900. The
entire affair brought over $4,600.
Gayle Dodd, President of the Hu-
mane Society, has earmarked the
money for the Spay and Neuter
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New Thrift Shop

Opens At Eastpoint

Methodist Church

Through the combined efforts of
the United Methodist Churches
on St. George Island and in
Eastpoint, a new thrift shop open
soon for the purpose of expand-
ing the Methodist Ministries Out-
reach programs in Eastpoint. The
thrift shop will be located behind
the United Methodist Church in
Eastpoint, at 14 David Street.
This j oint working venture of both
churches has chosen the name
'"Twice Blessed" for the new thrift
shop,
Official ribbon-cutting ceremonies
will take place at 10O00 a.m. on
Monday, March 8, with the Rev-
erend Theodore, Schiller, Pastor of
both churches, officiating. The
new shop will be open from 10:00
a.m. until 2:00 p.m. every Mon-
day and Friday. The shop will fea-
ture clothing and small household
items such as linens, curtains,
dishware, books, etc. Donations
may be during on Mondays and
Friday during shop hours, or on
other days at either church
(please call 670-8875 in Eastpoint
or 927-2088 on St. George Island
to ensure someone is at the
churches to accept your dona-
tions.) For more information or
pick up of donations, please call
Thrift Shop Coordinator Sheila
Isaacs at 927-3807.


Wilderness

Coast Libraries

The Wilderness Coast Public Li-
braries Governing Board will hold
a full-day orientation for Board
members on Monday, March 8,
1999 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at the Wakulla County Public Li-
brary in Crawfordville. The main
topic will be long range planning
for Wilderness Coast Public Li-
braries. For more information,
please call (850) 926-4571.


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Health Related

Courses
Gulf Coast Community College
will offer the following courses
during the month of March to
update health professionals. Reg-
ister for these courses in advance
at the Lifelong Learning Center on
the second floor of the Student
Union East. Fees listed are for
Florida residents. Registration is
held Monday through Thursday
from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Fri-
day, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. If aux-
iliary aids and services are
needed, or for more information,
call 872-3823.
"Introduction to Critical Care
Nursing" will provide registered
nurses with an introduction to the
critical care concepts and skills
that would be expected at an
entry-level of practice. Course
content will be presented through
didactic discussion sessions and
skills workshops, Emphasis will,
be placed on assessment data
analysis and promotion of clini-
cal judgment/critical thinking.
The course does not include a
clinical component. The class
will be held Fridays and Satur-
days, March 5-20; Fridays from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is
$108 plus the cost of the textbook
and is approved for graduate
nurses only.
"Therapeutic Massage" can be
used by health professionals to
bring pain relief and relaxation of
the muscles to promote circula-
tion of the blood and lymph and
for benefits both physical and
mental. Students will learn the
basic techniques of hand, shoul-
der and foot massage to promote
healing. Indications along with
contraindications will be covered
and demonstrations will be pre-
sented. Participation is encour-
aged but not required. Supplies
and handouts will be provided.
The class will be held on Thurs-
day,.March 11, from 6:30 to 8:30
p.m. The cost is $6 and is ap-
proved for MA, NU, PS and PT.
"Meningitis" will present an over-
view of the incidence and causes
of meningitis, diagnostic criteria,
complications and therapy. The
class will be held on Monday,
March 15, from 6-8 p.m. The cost
is $6,and is approved for CAP, DA,
DH, EMS, MA, NU, PS, RAD and
RC.
"HIV to AIDS" will examine modes
of transmission, exposure catego-
ries, infection control procedures,
terminology and statistical data
for HIV/AIDS. This course meets
State of Florida licensure require-
ments for all health professions.
The class will meet on Friday,
March 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
The cost is $12 and is approved
f for all health professions.


Sea Oats Gallery Features

Big Bend and Local Artists


By Tom Campbell
With the ardent eyes of an artist
and the astute knowledge of a
salesperson, Ms. Jean Collins
guided the customer around The
Sea Oats Gallery at 128 East Pine
on St. George Island and, with-
out even trying, ended up mak-
ing a sale. Her affability naturally
figured in the process.
The Sea Oats Gallery is special,
in that it features a variety of art-
ists' works, owner Joyce Estes
said, "We're trying to make the Sea
Oats Gallery one of a kind. We
show fine arts of multiple artists,
over 25 Big Bend artists, many
living permanently in the imme-
diate area. And we are searching
for more."
Ms. Estes said that she plans to
have "special events and promo-
tions." She said, "An art show for
St. George Island will be an-
nounced" some time in the future.
"We want to earn a reputation for
fine art." The art show will prob-
ably be in May, 1999.
Ms. Estes herself is a fine artist,
as demonstrated by a collection
of colorful silks which she did.
Some of her work. has been do-
nated to favorite charities, on ex-
hibit she has original paintings
and prints, as well as the silk
work.
She also owns Bayside Gallery on
Highway 98 in Eastpoint, featur-
ing art, cards, gifts and flowers.
Varied items are in The Sea Oats
Gallery on St. George too, but the
emphasis there is on artists,
craftspeople and their fine arts.
The first room the customer en-
ters at The Sea Oats Gallery con-
tains many beautiful items and
some exquisite works of art. In the
next large room, windows letting
in plenty of sunshine show off the
gallery, which features Big Bend
artists and local artists.
Neal Smith-Willow is one artist
whose works are on display. He
has a home on St. George Island,
and his artistry includes water-
colors, acryllics and oils.
Apalachicola Waterfront prints
are available at the Sea Oats.
Other artists include:
* Mary Donahue (work shown
under the name of Shiva D.)-
Low-fired smoked pottery with
fine detail, invoking ancient cul-
tures and ceremonial rites.
* Steve Brawner (previously sold
privately only)-Whimsical, ce-


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* Pamelot Arts (Pam Logston is the
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One striking example is "Hardly
A Sea Plane." Another is "Planning
Experts," which this customer
bought because he decided he
just couldn't live without it.
Mr. Kotzman's watercolors are
originals only. No prints. Some of
them are more realistic but nev-
ertheless striking. "Big Lady in
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"Safe Mooring" is a scene up the


Ms. Jean Collins at Sea Oats Gallery on St. George Island


a delightful person. She said, "I
think everyone is an artist. I've
been at it about 29 years, hand
built pottery, air brush work,
murals on walls, works in the
Plantation. I do commission work
in their house, their space.
* Cass Allen from Apalachicola
("high fired Raku pottery" is on
display).
Photographers Madeleine Poole
and Bob Muller, partners, who
have a wonderful selection of in-
dividual cards and small matted
prints; there are also larger,
framed prints.
Thomas Maddi (black and white
photography)-He is from
Panacea.
* Bob Fincher has a display of
beautiful turned wooden bowls.
* And many other artists, includ-
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Joseffa Benavides. Mr. Kotzman
is currently the President of the
Artists Association in Carrabelle.
His medium is watercolor, and his
colors and control are extraordi-
nary. The striking fantasies fairly
leap off the wall. Ms. Collins ex-
plained, "He says his mother told
him folk tales and, as he grew in
his art form, the result comes out
in vivid colors."


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* Joe Hutchinson (hand-carved
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* Wonderful Santas, hand-carved
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* All are fine arts and upscale
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Second Circuit

Court Report

The Honorable Judge F.E. Steinmeyer
Assistant State Attorney Rachel Chesnut
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger


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All defendants,are innocent of the charges listed below until
S proven otherwise in a court of law.

S ARRAIGNMENTS

Leroy Yarell: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Substance. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on March 15. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on August 18, 1998 the Franklin
County Sheriffs office Narcotics Division met with a confidential informant
(CI) in Apalachicola. The CI was given $21. to make a controlled buy of crack
cocaine. The CI allegedly made a buy. The alleged crack was field tested by
officers. It allegedly tested positive for crack cocaine. The suspect was alleg-
edly identified by a photograph seen by officers.
Connie Richards: Charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Substance.
The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for pretrial on March 15. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on October 16, 1998 law enforcement
officers met with a CI in Apalachicola. The CI was given $20 to try and pur-
chase crack cocaine from suspected drug dealers. The CI's vehicle was equipped
with audio and video surveillance equipment to record the transaction. The CI
allegedly made a purchase from a female suspect. The CI allegedly purchased
$20 of crack cocaine from the female suspect. The substance allegedly tested
positive for cocaine. The suspect was allegedly identified by an officer from the
video recording of the transaction.
Derrick Kennedy: Charged with two counts of Dealing Stolen Property. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for arraignment on March 15. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
According to the probable cause reports, on November 30, 1998 a Franklin
County Sheriff took a complaint of the theft of an outboard motor from Jer-
emy Owens of Carrabelle. Mr. Owens stated that motor was attached to his
boat in his front yard. He described the motor as 15 horsepower Johnson
motor with some unique characteristics. A Mr. Ivan Walker of Carrabelle in a
alleged sworn statement said that the above suspect (Kennedy) allegedly sold
him 15 horsepower Johnson outboard motor. Owens and Walkers descrip-
tions of the motor matched. Owens allegedly signed a complaint against the
suspect. On November 27, the suspect allegedly went to the home of Ivan
Walker and allegedly sold him one VHF radio. The VHG radio had allegedly
been reported stolen to the Carrabelle police on November 28. The radio was
allegedly reported stolen by the owner, Danny Holton.
Robert Thompson: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer with Vio-
lence, Battery, and Resisting Arrest without Violence. The defendant Pleaded
Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for Pretrial on
March 15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on December 12, 1998 a officer on a
routine patrol in Eastpoint observed three people standing outside their ve-
hicle in the roadway. The officer was told by one of the people, a woman, that
the defendant had allegedly hit her two to three times in the face prior to
exiting from the vehicle. The officer allegedly observed red marks on the
woman's face. The officer informed the suspect that he was under arrest for
domestic battery. The suspect allegedly said that he would not go to iail. When
S the officer went to handcuff the suspect, the suspect allegedly began to walk
away. According to the report, a struggle between the suspect and the officer
ensued. The suspect was eventually taken to the ground by officers and hand-
cuffed. After being transported to the jail, the suspect allegedly was pushing
and kicking officers. The officers allegedly had to pepper spray the victim and
put him in a restraining chair.
Brandis Paul: Charged with one count of Battery on a Law Enforcement Of-
ficer, Resisting an Officer with Violence, Battery, and Criminal Mischief. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on March 15. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on December 19, 1998 an officer on
routine patrol allegedly observed the defendant and Melissa Hatcher fighting
physically in the parking lot of Taco Bell. The officer allegedly had to physi-
cally break up the fight. The defendant allegedly could not be restrained by
S the officer and kept battering Hatchet. The defendant was placed in the patrol
car and allegedly kept kicking the window of the car. Another officer arrived
on the scene to assist in the arrest. That officer was allegedly kicked and spit
or several times by the defendant.
Wardell Gordon: Charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine with Intent
to Sell, Resisting an Officer without Violence, and Possession of Parapherna-
1n. rra Steinm~~er onntinlprl thp rcap for nretrial on march 15. The defen-


dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger. According to the probable cause reports, on January 4, 1999 an officer was
dispatched to the Franklin County.Jail in reference to a fight between too
According to the probable cause report, on December 22 members of the inmates. A video of the fight was shown to the officer. According to the video


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Sheriffs Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at #8 East 7th Street in
Carrabelle. The defendant was allegedly outside of the residence when the
officers arrived at the scene. The defendant allegedly ran into the house and
went out the rear door. The officers identified themselves to the defendant.
but the defendant, allegedly kept running and jumped over a fence. An officer
allegedly observed the defendant throw a small white colored object. An officer
caught the defendant on foot while another officer retrieved the object alleg-
edly thrown by the defendant. The object was allegedly a pill bottle with six
pieces of crack cocaine inside it. A field test tested the alleged crack cocaine.
The test was allegedly positive for cocaine.
Harold Fredericks: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled
Substance and Intro of Contraband into County Detention. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on March 15. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Russell Ramey.
According to the probable cause report, on December 24 an officer received a
telephone call from the Sheriffs Office dispatcher. The Officer was advised
that a county inmate, the suspect, had allegedly returned from an authorized
court furlough in possession of a number of white pills hidden in a dental
floss container. The officer used a drug identification book to identify the white
pills. The pills were allegedly identified as a generic brand of Lorazepam 1 mg.
The pills are allegedly used for anxiety or anxiety associated with depressive
orders. The suspect allegedly does not have a prescription for the pills.
Noah Lockley: Charged with one count of Battery on a Law Enforcement
Officer, and Disorderly Intoxication. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on March 15. The defendant, was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on December 29 an officer was dis-
patched to the Piggly Wiggly in Apalachicola in reference to someone calling
911 screaming and yelling at the dispatcher. When the officer arrived at the
supermarket, he allegedly saw the suspect walking away from a pay phone.
The officer questioned the suspect wanting to know if he was the one that had
called 911. The suspect allegedly responded with a yes and he allegedly said
he could call who ever the f**k he wanted. The officer allegedly told the sus-
pect to go home, but he refused. The officer stated in the probable cause
report that he could smell an alcoholic beverage about his person. The sus-
pect allegedly stated to the officer that he wanted to go to jail and he kept
shouting profanity. The officer arrested the suspect and took him to the county
jail. At the jail, the suspect allegedly refused to exit the officers vehicle for
several minutes. Once out of the vehicle, the suspect allegedly shoved the
officer against a wall and two officers had to take down the suspect. The
suspect had to be placed in a restraining chair.
Glenda Lawsons: Charged with 32 counts of Forgery. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for arraignment on March 15. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause reports, on October 23, 1998 Buddy Register,
manager of the U-Save Supermarket in Eastpoint, went to the county jail and
reported that he had 23 bad checks passed on Luther Class' checking ac-
count. Of those 23 checks, 21 of them were alleged forgeries with attached
affidavits signed by Luther Glass. The checks were allegedly cashed at the
U-Save by the defendant. The dates of the checks were from July 30, 1998 to
September 12, 1998. The alleged total for the forged checks totaled $830. On
December 21 an officer made contact with Daphne Kirvin at the Piggly Wiggly
in Apalachicola in reference to 11 forged checks passed at the supermarket.
on Luther Glass' checking account. Glass had allegedly signed an affidavit of
forgeries on the 11 checks which dates ranged from July 31, 1998 to Septem-
ber 12, 1998. The total amount of the checks allegedly totaled $395. On Octo-
ber 26, 1998 the suspect was allegedly contacted in her current residence of
Pascagoula, Mississippi and was advised of her miranda rights. The defen-
dant allegedly admitted that she had written numerous checks on Mr. Glass'
account at the U-Save and Piggly Wiggly.,
Gadson Segree: Charged with one count of D.U.I. Causing Serious Bodily
Injury. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on March 15. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Douglas Caidry.
According to a report, on August 11, 1998 the defendant allegedly drove a
vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages. During the operation
of his vehicle, the defendant allegedly caused serious bodily injury to Stephanie
Howard and/or Jacki Hefner.
Robert Mcanally: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Sub-
stance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for arraignment for March 15. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on January 3 an officer on routine
patrol in Eastpoint followed a gray Lincoln with a right tail light that was out.
The officer allegedly observed the vehicle run off the road several times. The
officer stopped the vehicle and searched the defendant and another occupant
of the vehicle. The officer then asked for consent to search the vehicle. The
defendant allegedly refused to allow the officers to search the vehicle. The
officer then had the K-9 unit brought in to sniff around the car. The K-9
allegedly kept going back to the passenger door. The officer opened the pas-
senger door and allegedly found a bong between the door and the seat. He also
allegedly found cannabis seeds, white residue on a mirror fragment, razor
blades, a two inch straw that had white residue in it, and two pieces of can-
nabis.
Jerome Russ: Charged with two counts of Battery on an Inmate. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for arraignment on March 15. The Defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.


and correctional otticers statements, the defendant allegedly bit another in-
mate, Kelly Dildy, as he, was exiting his cell. The two man allegedly went to
the ground in a brawl. On January 22 an officer answered a response to a
disturbance at the county jail. The officer allegedly saw the defendant and
another inmate. William Jones III engaged in a physical disturbance. The of-
ficer stated that at first the two were wrestling, then they began to box. The
defendant allegedly hit the other inmate in the face.
Keith Carmona: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery. No other
information is available.
Jesse Smith: Charged with one count of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding.
Resist or Obstruction Without Violence, Driving While License is Suspended.
and Expired Tag. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case forpretrial on April 19. The defendant, was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on January 18 on a routine patrol in
Eastpoint, a officer noticed a truck pass him Without any tail lights. The of-
ficer turned on his lights and sirens, but the truck would not allegedly stop.
The driver of the vehicle allegedly tried to jump out of the vehicle. The vehicle
then allegedly swerved off the road and struck a parked vehicle. The driver
then allegedly jumped out of his vehicle and ran. The officer allegedly caught
the suspect after chasing him forty yards.
William Jones: Charged with one count of Battery on an Inmate. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for arraignment on March 15. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable Cause report, on January 22 an.officer responded
to a disturbance at the county jail. The officer allegedly saw the defendant and
another inmate, Jerome Russ, engaged in a physical disturbance.

PRETRIAL

Richard Adkinson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft Auto, DUI, and Driving While License is Suspended. The defendant
pleaded No Contest to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defen-
dant Guilty The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Craig Ash: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession of a
Firearm on School Property. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to 1 day of jail with credit for 1
day time served. The defendant was also sentenced to 2 years of probation
and fined $275. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Willie Baucham: The defendant has been charged with one count of Resisting
an Officer with Violence, Petit Theft and Aggravated Assault. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on March 15. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Gregory Cummings.
Michael Campbell: The defendant has been charged with one count of Bat-
tery On a Law Enforcement Officer. Judge Steinmeyer has continued the case
for trial on March 17. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Cargill: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of
Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on March 15. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Sanders.
Anthony Croom: The defendant has been charged with one count of a Sexual
Act with a Child Under Sixteen. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial
on March 17. The defendant was represented by Attorney Paul.Komacek.
Billy Dalton. The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession
of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Cannabis, and Driving While License
Suspended. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on March 17. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Daniel Davis: The defendant has been charged with one count of Divert or
Misappropriate Funds, Uttering a Forged Instrument, Uttering, and four counts
of Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on March
15. The defendant was represented by Attorney Michael Shuler.
Robert Dillon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Manslaughter
by DUI, two counts of DUI with Serious Injuries, and one count of Aggravated
Battery on a Pregnant Victim. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pre-
trial on March 15. The defendant was represented by Attorney John Kenny.
Wade Dixon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Trespass
Occupied Structure, Burglary of a Dwelling, and Lewd Lascivious Act in Pres-
ence of a Child. Judge Steinmeyer continued the first charge for a VOP hear-
ing on March 15 and he continues the other two charges for trial on March 11.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Frederick Estes: The defendant has been charged with Dealing Stolen Prop-
erty. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on March 15. The de-
fendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Cindy Fasbenner; The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrialron March 15. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender evin Sic eer
Ruben Gallegos: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sexual
Battery. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for March 15. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.

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Second Circuit Court from Page 5
Curtis Gordie: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession
of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Armed Robbery with a Firearm. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on March 15. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Danielle Jordon.
Glen Hammonds: The defendant has been charged with one count of Armed
,Robbery with a Firearm. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
.Iarch 15. The defendant was represented by Attorney William Webster.
,avid Hutchinson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Re-
'Sisting an officer with Violence and Indecent Exposure. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for trial on March 17. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Johnson: The defendant has been charged with one count Murder in
the Second Degree. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on March
29. The defendant was represented by Attorney Lynn Thompson.
William Jones: The defendant has been charged with one count of Lewd and
Lascivious Assault on Child Under 16. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on March 13. The Defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Kevin Lee: The defendant has been charged with one count of Uttering. The '
defendant pleaded No Contest to the offence. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated
the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to one day of jail with credit for one
day time served. Judge Steinmeyer also sentenced the defendant to two years
of probation and fined him $275. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Joe Massey: The defendant has been charged with one count of possession
More Than 20 Grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Reckless Driv-
ing. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Claudette Mullins: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on March 15. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Elex Pugh: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of Imita-
tion Crack Cocaine and Sale of a Controlled Substance. The defendant pleaded
No Contest and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of jail and 2 years of
probation. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pubfic Defender Kevin
Iteiger.
Andre Rosier: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession
df Cocaine ard Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on March 15 and the Possession of Cocaine
charge has continued for VOP hearing on March 15. The defendant was repre-
sented by attorney Danielle Jorden.
David Russ: The defendant has been charged with three counts of Sale of a
Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
March 15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
Maurice Southall: The defendant has been charged with one count of Traf-
ficking in a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on March 15. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon
Shuler.
'Natasha Stallworth: The defendant has been charged with Aggravated Bat-
tery with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial
,on March 15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender
.Kevin Steiger.
.TJ Teleda: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
6Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforce-
ment Officer. Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving, and No Valid
vDrivers License. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on March
S15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
rDanny Wallace: The Defendant has been charged with three counts of Sale of
,a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
'March 15. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
;Steiger.
Darren Wallace: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of
Imitation Crack Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
March 15. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
!Alex Williams: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of
'Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on March 15. The
defendant was represented by Attorney William Webster.
:Allen Wood: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession of
Cannabis More Than 20 Grams. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Reck-
-less Driving. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19.
iThe defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
,Scott Focht: The defendant has been charged with one count of Criminal
'Mischief and Indecent Exposure. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the
,offenses. Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to 11 days in jail with
Credit for 11 days time served. Judge Steinmeyer also sentenced the defen-
dant to 18 months probation.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION (VOP)
,Shawn Carpenter: Charged with VOP. The defendant's release was revoked.
Judge Steinmeyer issued capiases. The defendant was not present.
Charles Clardy: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered an admission to
.the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and he was
,ordered to pay $214.83 in 60 days at which time probation would be termi-
-nated. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
"Donna Coward: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered an admission to
,the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
her to 21 days of jail with credit for 21 days time served. The defendant was
Also sentenced to 1 year of probation. The defendant was represented by As-
Ssistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
*Sherry Quick: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered an admission to the
offense. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.
-Allan Martin: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a denial to the of-
fense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a VOP hearing on March 15.
rThe defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Freddie Williams: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered an admission to'
the offense. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger.


Hoffer Speaks to
;Panhandle Poets
!and Writers
;By Carolyn Hatcher
iDr. Tom Hoffer, Publisher of the
Franklin Chronicle, was the guest
speaker at the Panhandle Poets
and Writers last week. He empha-
sized the importance of writers of
both fiction and non-fiction, to do
proper research of their subjects.
His grasp of the early history of
Florida and his ready answers to
questions were most appreciated.
Many of those attending com-
Smented, "We look forward to his
agreeing to a return visit."
The group has encouraged vintage
writers to share their knowledge
and experience. New writers are
challenged to venture into the
realm o all categories, including
poetry.
In the reading and critique period
of the meeting, the following mem-
bers shared some of their work:
Kathleen Heveran read "My Old
Home Town" and "Theater of the
mind;"
Ken Kenniston-"How Horace
Lechner Became a Hero;"
*Allen Roberts read 'The Story of
My Life;"
Nora Collins-"Vietnam War
Widow's Poem;"
Van B. Waulk-"The Typing Tri-
als of a Topical Typer of Tripical
Dripple."
The next meeting of Poets and
Writers will be March 24 at the
Episcopal Church in Carrabelle at
7 p.m. Those interested are in-
Svited to attend.


Ray Pringle (left) and Ron Crum performed another
demonstration in Panacea
They Waited And Waited And Waited...


Ron Crum And Ray Pringle Defend
Fishermen's Legal Rights In
Another Demonstration

By Tom Campbell
Ronald Crum and Ray Pringle of the Fisherman's Federation, sought
once again to put on another demonstration of legal nets in the Wooley
Park at Panacea, on Saturday, February 20th. They had announced
their intention to target themselves for arrest by using what they
have asserted are legal nets on that day, and also appearing to tweek
the cheeks of the Marine Patrol, the enforcement arm of the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection (DEP) ostensibly led by "Mickey"
Watson. The forces of fishermen and the enforcers appeared to be on
one track toward confrontation, perhaps with an element of violence
occurring. On the day prior to the net deployment by Crum and Pringle,
the DEP released a notice that the Marine Patrol would be present to
monitor the demonstration, announcing in their press release "Net
Deployment May Lead to Arrests", and fanning the flames of discon-
tent over what is a legal net, defined differently in a statute ard an
administrative rule passed by the Marine Fisheries Commission.
The issue of definition has perplexed even Willie Meggs, State Attor-
ney, quoted,by the Chronicle in a statement by Janegayle Boyd in the
issue of February 19th. She recalled Megg's frustration as she ad-
dressed the Fisherman's Federation at their annual meeting in early
February.
"I will tell you also that in meetings with Willie Meggs ...
he made the point in my office with several representa-
tives from the Marine Patrol, he said: 'You know, I'm sup-
posed to be defending you when you arrest some of these
fishermen. I'm having a hard time figuring out this ... If
you can't explain to me what a legal net is, how am I
supposed to explain it to defend you?'"
The Marine Patrol was expected to attend the Crum-Pringle demon-
stration but uniformed officers did not show up.
Crum did announce to the audience that representatives from the
Governor's office did attend but they preferred to remain unidenti-
fied. Crum said, 'This is what we wanted... Our case to be heard by
Governor Bush, so he knbws the bottom line and that we are willing
to cooperate with the laws. What we need is for them to stop making
arrests until the Supreme Court rules on the law." Crum was refer-
ring to a case that is pending before that court.
Crum also introduced a 79-year-old Wilburn T. Marks, who had been
recently fined $250 for using a net which Crum insisted was a "legal
net". Mr. Marks, a fisherman, said, "I am retired, and I was a ma-
chine gunner in World War II.
I'll be 80 yeais old in October of this year." Crum added, "We have a
moral and legal right to stand up for Mr. Marks arid'all the fishermen
of this state. The net he used was legal and it's a shame that he was
fined."
Ray Pringle reminded the authorities that "... we are drawing a line in
the sand today. If they at DEP want to arrest us, then come and do it.
We are standing up for the fishermen and the net they are using is
legal.
The net is question is less than 500 square feet, according to Crum,
"470 square feet."
Several times during the demonstration, Mr. Crum asked, "Is there
anybody here from DEP?" There was no response.
For comment, the office of DEP Division of Law Enforcement was
phoned last week. Director H.M. "Mickey" Watson was not available,
but a spokesman in that office said, "We monitor all such demonstra-
tions (as the one in Panacea on Saturday), and we know the gear
deployed there was prohibited gear." When questioned further, he
said, "It is not in the best interest of the state to comment."


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Arnold said, "So you are asking
me to readdress for the agenda at
the next meeting?" Williams said,"
No. She said she would put it on
the agenda to be discussed at the
next meeting", Lycett said
sharply, "No. That's not what I
said, "Don't put words in my
mouth. It is not what I said."
Speaking directly to Arnold she
said, You put It on the agenda.
How about that?" Arnold said he
would. Williams added-"Anyone
can put anything on the agenda."
Rhonda Skipper said. "If you are
going to address conflicts of in-
terest next month, is there not a
conflict with Ms. Lycett being on
the commission and her husband
on the Port Authority? Maybe you
should answer that, too." Lycett
responded "Rhonda I can answer
that for you. Back, I believe last
February I think, a couple of
members of this board checked
into it. And no, there Isn't a con-
flict of interest because this is
elected and my husband is ...
Skipper Interrupted to say, 'You
make decisions that concern him.
,Mr. Gaidry, could you check into
it and see if this is a conflict of
interest?" Lycett said, "Excuse
me, I think one of our board mem-
bers should ask Mr. Gaidry." she
added that she did not mind be-
cause she herself had checked
and had been notified that she
had no conflict of interest before
she even ran for office. She added,
"I do believe, so that we don't set
a precedent, one of the newer
board members should make the
motion for Mr Gaidry to look into
any conflict of interest." Williams
made the motion and Wood sec-
onded. The motion was passed to
have Gaidry look into it.
Arnold then turned his attention
to Gaidry, asking him if he spe-
cialized in any other law than gen-
eral law. Gaidry said, "Before I
comment, I want to tell you I work
for this commission. If they want
me to respond to you, I shall."
Arnold then addressed the com-
mission with the same question.
Gaidry said that he answered that
the night he was appointed, say-
ing that-lie had no specialties but
practiced general law. Arnold then
asked if there had been other ap-
plications from other attorneys
who specialized in "municipal"
law? Williams then said angrily,
"I don't know where this is going
right now. I wasn't here when Mr.
Gaidry was appointed. I am happy
with him being my attorney and I
am going to make a motion to
adjourn. And the meeting closed
with Arnold in the middle of his
questions and with some busi-
ness still on the agenda. In par-
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Carrabelle City
Attorney and
Commissioners
Reports
Under reports from the Commis-
sioners, Commissioner Pam
Lycett asked for a short report
from City Attorney Doug Gaidry.
He said that he had received a
report that Commissioner Donald
Wood should excuse himself when
anything was being voted on that
was affecting Tommy Bevis.
There is nothing new to report on
the Bevis case.
Also, in reference to the suit be-
ing brought by former city attor-
ney Ann Cowles, the time for me-
diation has passed and Ms.
Cowles will now have to take her
case to court.
On the burned out Pickett house,
Gaidry said the owner is asking
for another month to get the
structure demolished and cleared
away.
Donald Wood reported that in
cleaning an alley, the inmates had
taken the brush into an empty lot.
In so doing, one fell into a septic
tank and the city had to have it
fixed at a cost of $750;
He said that he could not get any
one to replace the entire ceiling
in the back of the Post Office.
Wood said that David Cone will
replace the damaged and missing
tiles.
He also said he had met in Talla-
hassee with a Jerome Perkinb on
the matter of the dangerous situ-
ation on the extra lane. He will be
in Carrabelle to look at the Post
Office exit and also the situation
near the bridge.
Commissioner Pam Lycett said
that Officer Friendly program will
be given at the Carrabelle School
March 10 and 11. She said the
new car is in service and working
well:
Commissioner Raymond Williams
said he had obtained 6 copies of
the City Charter. The City is now
on the Internet. There is a possi-
bility of linking the Police Depart-
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A few citizens went before the
Apalachicola City Commission on
March 2 to express their concern
over the traffic that goes through
6th Street, They claimed that ve-
hicles drive 50 to 60 miles per
hour through the street and there
is not one stop sign for nine
blocks. "Turn our neighborhood
back into a neighborhood,"' said
one citizen, "It is not an express-
way." The Board agreed that they
would have stop signs put up on
6th Street and G and 6th Street
and I.
Later in the meeting, Commis-
sioner Van Johnson requested
that 6th Street be renamed to
Martin Luther King Street. The
Board agreed to begin the process
of renaming the street.
The Board voted to support the
Tyndall Air Force Base conversion
process. The Base, which is just
outside of Panama City, will be
converting two of its existing for-
mal training units and associated
maintenance from F-15 aircraft
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tional and training facilities, It will
also mean 'the construction of
more housing, maintenance facili-
ties, and the expansion of military
training airspace used to conduct
the required training.
The need for additional airspace
means that the Air Force will be
using existing airspace. The Base
currently has an airspace range
over waters near St. George Is-
land. The Air Force is planning to
use these waters near St. George
Island for supersonic training.
Other counties that could be af-
fected by the proposed airspace
action are: Bay, Jackson,
Calhoun, Liberty, Wakulla, Gulf,
and Washington. The Air Force
Base is in the process of prepar-
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forming Arts is privileged to
present the distinguished violin-
ist, Vartan Manoogian, in concert
on Sunday, March 14. 1999, at
4:00 p.m., EST, in historic Trin-
ity Church, Highway 98 at 6th
Street, Apalachicola.
Mr. Manoogian is the winner of
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vals in Italy, France, Switzerland,
Germany, Austria, Spain, and the
U.S. He has done extensive re-
cording and is the author of four
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He will perform a solo violin so-
nata by J.S. Bach and will be
joined at the piano by Professor
Emeritus Dr. R. Bedford Watkins,
retired from Illinois Wesleyan Uni-
versity, in works by Franz
Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and
Fritz Kreisler.
A donation of $2.00 for adults and
$1.00 for children is requested.
The Ilse Newell Fund is sponsored
by the Apalachicola Area Histori-
cal Society, a 501-(c)-3 educa-
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,amp uoruon
Johnston Reunion
Itinerary
Friday, March 12
9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon-Regis-
tration at Carrabelle Senior Center:
pick up name tags, reunion schedule,
meal tickets and maps.
12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m.-Open-
ing luncheon at Senior Center: Wel-
come by Association President Sidney
Winchester followed by Keynote
speaker.
Saturday, March 13
8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.-Break-
fast buffet at Chillas Hall, Lanark Vil-
lage Retirement Community.
10:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.-Parade
on Highway 98. Seating provided
across from Carrabelle Realty Office.
Sunday, March 14
8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.-Buffet
breakfast at Chillas Hall by Lanark
Village Association.
10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.-CGJ
Association meeting at Chillas Hall,
Lanark Village (near American Legion
Post).
"A Thousand
WWII Vets Die
Every Day"
By Tom Campbell
Elmer T. Horne Jr. is a former
World War II (WWII) veteran who
attended Camp Gordon Johnston.
He recently reported that "Of the
16.5 million men and women who
served in uniform during WWII
only a third are still alive, and a
thousand die every day."
He commended the Camp Gordon
Johnston Association for its
"scratching to make sure that our
footprints remain visible well into
the third millennium, which is
pretty close now."
The Camp Gordon Johnston As-
sociation was formed in 1995, and
March 12 14 will hold its Fourth
Annual Reunion, honoring those
veterans who trained at the Camp
during WWII.
For more information, write Camp
Gordon Johnston Association,
P.O. Box 1334, Carrabelle, FL
32322.
Correction
In an article titled "Jubilee In
Apalachicola A Work Of Love," it
was erroneously reported that
Captain Blake said, "We draw 15
feet of water," The statement
should correctly have quoted him
as saying, "We draw 15 inches of
water."
Good-naturedly, he laughed, "We
got a good laugh out of that." The
Jubilee is a shallow boat, so it can
go where many boats can't. "We
try to take care of the river, pro-
tecting it as we enjoy it," said his
wife Phyllis.
Captain Blake said, "We try to
make each tour special, keeping
in mind what our guests want to
enjoy."
Private chartered tours are com-
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Cost is only $15 per person. Res-
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Sports


Edited by Aaron Shea


High School

Sports

Highlights

:By Aaron Shea
:The high school basketball sea-
,son ended for Carrabelle and
*Apalachicola when they both lost
to the Aucilla Warriors in the dis-
trict playoffs. On February 17,
-the Panthers fell to the Warriors
53 to 45. Carrabelle took a 28 to
..27 lead into the half, but they
were unable to contain Dusty
Powell of Aucilla, who scored 20
,points and pulled down 10
boards. The Panthers were led by
Antoine Benjamin's 14 points and
Steven Millender's 12 points.
4Two days later, Aucilla defeated
"Apalachicola 61 to 46. The
'iSharks trailed by 10 points at the
half and were never able to catch
up. The Sharks were led by Mario
Lane, who had 18 points, and Tim
Poloronis, who had 13 points.

Baseball
.The Carrabelle Panthers opened
-their 1999 baseball season on
February 16 with a loss to
Wewahitchka, but they re-
bounded a week later with a nar-
'row 4 to 3 victory over their rival,
the Apalachicola Sharks.
Carrabelle's Jeremy Owens struck
out 11 batters in six innings.
Ronnie Custer got the win for
Carrabelle.
On February 25, the Sharks lost
to Liberty County 13 to 3, open-


ing their season 0-2. Shawn Ward
got the loss for the'Sharks.

Tennis
The Apalachicola Sharks Girls
Tennis team played its first ever
match on February 22 against
North Florida Christian. They lost
the match six to one. Lemieux
won the only match for
Apalachicola. She won 4-6, 7-6
(7-3), 6-1.


Track
The Apalachicola Sharks Girls
and Boys Track team, led by
coach Hobson Fulmer, partici-
pated in its first ever track meet
at the February 17 Maclay Relays.
In the long jump, Tyler Fulmer
jumped 16' 2", Luke Stanley
jumped 12' 9", and Meghann
Gunter jumped 11' 5". Tyler
Fulmer finished with a time of
48.1 in the 300 meter hurdles and
Meghann Gunter was timed at
60.5. In the 800 meters, Luke
Stanley had a time of 2:39. The
1600 meter race saw Meghann
Gunter finish with a time of 7:01
and Jenny Edmiston.was right
behind her with a time of 7:04.
Tyler Fulmer had a time of 5:31
in the 1600 meter race and Luke
Stanley finished with a time of
5:50.
On February 24, the Sharks com-
peted against 5 other schools at
the Maclay Middle School Meet.
Luke Stanley was the only boy
that competed for Apalachicola in
the competition.


Apalachicola High School
Girls Tennis Schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Time
Mar. 8 Florida High Away 3:30
Mar. 17 R.F. Monroe Away 3:30
Mar. 22 Aucilla Away 3:30
Mar. 30 Macley Away 3:00
Mar. 31 R.F. Monroe Home 3:30
Apr. 12 Wakulla High Away 3:30

DA.R; E.


Graduations Held

Throughout

Franklin County

By Aaron Shea
Sixth graders from Carrabelle,
Apalachicola, and Eastpoint were
honored on February 22, 23, and
24 for their successful completion
of the Drug Abuse Resistance
Education (D.A.R.E.) program.
family friends, and city officials
watched as the children of these
elementary schools put on anti-
(irug performances, read essays,
and most importantly, received
their certificates of completion for
the D.A.R.E. program. Possibly
the most proud city official at the
graduations was Sheriff Bruce
arnes, who has coordinated
Franklin County's D.A.R.E. pro-
gram for the past 11 years.
pne of the main goals (of the
D.A.R.E. program) is to keep a
good relationship with our youth,"
yarnes told the Chapman El-
ementary audience. "Let our
youth know that we are still there
ror them."
Sheriff Varnes put the sixth grad-
ers of each elementary school
through 17 weeks of training,
meeting with them once a week.
He would teach the children dif-
ferent lessons about self esteem,
stress, pressure, and so on. "I
believe that the self esteem les-
ion is the most important," said
sheriff Varnes. "It lets the kids
know that regardless of what kind
6f environment they live in or
what they look like or how rich or
poor they are, their still special.
One of the essay winners, Heather
Cavigan of Chapman Elementary,
apparently learned a thing or two
from the program. "Doing drugs
ie a bad idea. The consequences
ean be disastrous," said Gavigan,
ds she read from her essay. "Here
are some of the reasons I choose
to be drug free. First and fore-
ipost drugs can kill you... Drugs
oan make you really ugly...I don't
want my life controlled by some
stupid substance."
According to SheriffVarnes, cur-
ient graduates of the program are
rnot the only one's that have
learned a lesson. "I get a lot of
rhone calls from kids that are
grown now," said Sheriff Varnes.
"4 think it works. If you save one
person, it is successful."




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St. James-Lanark
Volunteer Fire
DeparLtmenat
Last week, the St. James-Lanark
Volunteer Fire Department cel-
ebrated its 25th Anniversary.
Chief Leonard "Bud" Evans and
Lieutenant Jim Bove were on
hand. The volunteer fire depart-
ment was started in 1974.
Chief Evans said, "When the vol-
unteer department first started
back in '74, Lanark didn't want a
fire station. They didn't think they
needed one. But St. James said
they did and started taking do-
nations."


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Carrabelle High School

Varsity Baseball Schedule

Date 'Opponent Home/Away Time
Fri. Mar. 5 Panama Christian Away 4:30
Wed. Mar. 10' Apalachicola* Away 5:00
Fri. Mar. 19 Aucilla* Away 4:00
Sat. Mar. 20 Dooley Co. (double header) Home 12:00
Mon. Mar. 22 Apalachicola* Home 5:00
Thur. Mar. 25 Chattahoochie Away 4:30
Mon. Mar. 29 Wewahitchka Away 7:00
Tues. Mar. 30 Aucilla* Home 4:00
Wed. Apr. 14 FAMU High Away 4:00
Tues. Apr. 20 FAMU High Home 4:00
Fri. Apr. 23 Apalachicola Away 6:30
Thur. /Fri. 29-30 District Tournament Aucilla
District Game*


Apalachicola High School

Girls Softball Schedule


Date
Thur. Mar. 4
Thur. Mar. 11
Fri. Mar. 12
Thur. Mar. 18
Fri. Mar. 19
Tue. Mar. 23
Fri. Mar. 26
Mon. Mar. 29
Mon. Apr. 5
Tue. Apr. 6
Wed. Apr. 7
Tue. Apr. 13
Fri. Apr. 16
Mon. Apr. 19
Tue. Apr. 20
Thur. Apr. 22


Opponent
Carrabelle
Bristol
Taylor County
Wakulla
Aucilla
Blountstown
Wakulla
Blountstown
Bristol
Port St. Joe
Green Co., Ky.
Carrabelle
Aucilla
Quincy Munroe
Wewa
Taylor County


Home/Away
Home
Home
Home
Away
Home
Away
Home
Home
Away
Away
Home
Away
Away
Away
Away
Away


Time
6:00 V
6:00 V
6:00 V
6:00 V
5:30 V
5:30 V
6:00 V
6:00 V
6:00 V
6:00 V
5:30 V DH
7:00 V
4:00 V
4:00 V
7:00 V
6:00 V


Apalachicola High School

Raseball Schedule


Date
Mar. 4
Mar. 5
Mar. 8
Mar. 10
Mar. 12
Mar. 13
Mar. 15
Mar. 16
Mar. 22
Mar. 23
Mar. 25
Mar. 26
Mar. 31
Apr. 1
Apr. 6
Apr. 15
Apr. 16
Apr. 17
Apr. 20
Apr. 22
Apr. 23


Opponent Home/Away
Altha Home
Wewa Away
Tallavanna Away
Carrabelle Home
Tallavanna Away
Tallavanna Away
Tallavanna Home
FAMU Away
Carrabelle Away
Carrabelle Home
Liberty Home
Aucilla Away
Wewa Home
FAMU Home
Greerl Co. Kent. Home
Aucilla Home
Wewa tourn. Away
Wewa tourn. Away
Altha Away
Tallavanna Home
Carrabelle Home


Chief Evans assumed his duties
about 1989, he said. "Jimmy
Putnal was the first Chief," said
Chief Evans. "I took over, on his
death, in about 1989."
The chief said that volunteers are
always needed. "People in the
county like to do things," said
Chief Evans. "But not many want
to work. And we do work. We go
out and fight fires and it's dan-
gerous work. First Responders are
on the scene when there is a
wreck. We have extraction tools
and all the equipment." He said
the department would be happy
to receive volunteers.


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WELCOMES YOU


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850-653-9550
Highway 98 & 6th Street
Apalachicola
EST. 1836
SUNDAY
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10:00 A.M.


LOVE CENTER
Holiness Church of the Living God
151 Tenth Street Apalachicola 653-2203
Schedule of Services
Early Worship Sunday Mornings .................................... 8:00 a.m.
Sunday Bible School ....................... ....................... 9:30 a.m .
M morning W orship Service ............................................... 11:00 a.m .
Mid-Week Services-Wednesday ............................... 7:00 p.m.
"Love is what it is!"
Dr. Daniel White, Overseer Dr. Shirley White, Pastor
Everyone is welcome to come and worship with us.


Time
5:30
5:00-7:00
5:30
3:30-5:00
TBA
TBA
5:00
4:00
3:30-5:00
4:00
4:00
4:00
5:00-7:00
6:00
6:00
4:30
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6:30
5:30
6:30


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Accident in
Lanark Sends
One to Hospital
By Tom Campbell
A two vehicle accident on High-
way 98 at the intersection of
Newman near the Golf Course in
Lanark Village, resulted in Ms.
Gayle Williams Benedict of
Carrabelle being transported to
the hospital in Apalachicola last
Wednesday, February 24.
The accident, according to Florida
Highway Patrol, occurred at 9:55
a.m., when the van driven by Ms.
Benedict headed east on Highway
98, entered the westbound lane.
A truck driven by Mr. Steven Lee
Perry of Gladwin, Michigan, was
headed west. Mr. Perry said,, "I
saw her and she was looking
straight ahead. She crossed into


my lane and I tried to avoid her
vehicle, which took me into the
eastbound lane; I thought she was
going to turn left (into Newman),
but she continued straight ahead
and struck my truck on the right
passenger side."
When the van struck the truck at
the wheels on the passenger side
of the truck, the fuel tank on the
truck was punctured and fuel
was dripping onto the highway.
Within minutes, the St.
James-Lanark Volunteer Fire De-
partment and First Responders
were on the scene. Ms. Benedict
was transported to the hospital
and the process was begun, clean-
ing and securing the fuel spill. Ms.
Benedict's injuries were not life
threatening.
Containment of the fuel was dealt
with and the highway was cleared
after about three hours.


Apalachicola High School

Track Schedule


Date
Tue. Mar. 9
Wed. Mar. 17
Wed. Mar. 17
Wed. Mar. 24
Tue. Mar. 30
Sat. Apr. 3
Wed. Apr. 7
Tue. Apr. 13
Wed. Apr. 14
Wed. Apr. 21
Thur. Apr. 19


Opponent
Maclay
Maclay Middle School
Liberty
Mosely
North Florida Christian
Port St. Joe
Liberty
NFC Middle School
Liberty
District Meet Port St. Joe
Regional Meet FSU


Time JV/V
3:30 JV/V
3:30
3:00
3:00 CST
3:30 JV/V
To Be Announced
3:00
3:30
3:00
3:30
3:30


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Franklin Public Library

Volunteer Recognition Tea


On Sunday, February 27, the
Friends of the Franklin County
Public Library held a tea at the
Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment, to recognize the efforts of
the people who are dedicated to
volunteer work to keep the library
running. The volunteers were
lauded for their work by both Cliff
Butler, Chairman of the Friends
and Eileen Annie Ball, Director of
the Library. Pamela Amanto who'
is coordinator of the WINGS pro-
gram at the Eastpoint Branch and
the WINGS "kids" worked to deco-
rate and coordinate the affair.
The theme for the day, "The Magic
of Volunteering," was very ably
interpreted by Telly the Magician
who captured the children with
his first trick, not to mention the
laughter he brought to the adults
present. Everyone was ready to
get into the act and when Telly
asked for volunteers, a forest of
small arms were thrust high in
the air at every request for an
assistant.
Telly kept up a patter orjokes and
magic words. He demonstrated
that the audience could get Into
the act when he held up a color-
ing book with blank pages. Telly
asked the audience to write and
draw in the air and sure enough
the blank pages changed, by
magic, into colorful pictures.
Telly won lots of applause as he
made every balloon animal re-
quested, from an elephant to a
serpent. He did card tricks,
juggled, made things disappear,
then reappear some place else
and was thanked with a thunder-
ing round of applause as the au-
dience reluctantly bade his
farewell.


Sandra Johnson used her voice
as a musical instrument when
she sang the inspirational '"Touch
Somebody's Life". It was a most
moving performance.
A short history of the library was
given by Pamela Amato and Eileen
Annie Ball, in the form of a fairy
tale story of the formation and the
continuing expansion. There was
even a Worry Fairy, Mary Ann
Shileds, who has the awesome job
of raising $100,000 before the end
of May, to provide the match for
the grant given by the good fair-
ies of the "Seven Hills" [the State].
Those recognized were: Shirley
Harley, Barbara Reed. Lola Seger,
Mary Ann Shileds, Ray Quist, Don
MacLean; Rosalie Baltas, Sandy
Madsen, Michael Bates. Denise
Butler, Christine Hinton, Rene
Topping, Pamela Amato, Jeanette
Miller. Bernadine Smith, Marie
Marshall, Sandra J. Johnson,
Mary Ann Shields, Corn Russ,
Valentina Woods, Cliff Butler.
Harlan Morris, Betty Roberts,
Dolly Sweet, George Malone,
Katherine Whitehead, Liz
Sissung, Martha Argenta, Kenia
Anzaldi, Sister Sheila Griffin.
Maxine Creamer, Jean Nichols,
Allan Roberts. Dr, Tom Adage,
Joseph Kotzman, Michael Allen,
Ken Mansuey, Barbara Revell,
Ann Cowles, Mark Stratton, Anne
Lindsay, Rick Vilasi, Ursula
Stratton, Beth Van Winkle. John
Lovett, Ada Scott, Bob Hudecek,
Pat Vallone Harrington, Joseph
Kotzman, Rebecca Melton, Chuck
Melton, Red Hilton, Betty Hilton,
Laura Brazil. Cathy Ramsey.
Alison Hartley, Cindy Sullivan,
Ollie Gunn, Caleb Melton, Robert
Curia, Ellie Tullis, George Chapel,
Jennifer Daugherty, Lt. Leonard
Martin, Mary Franes Willock, Sis-
ter Peter Clever, Jimmy Lashley,


The Eastpoint house in the
photo is owned by Ron
Walters, President of the
Carrabelle Chamber of
Commerce. The accident
happened on February 26,
just before 10:00 p.m.
Sheriffs Department was
chasing a 1997 Chevy
vehicle driven by Cody Allan
Neely on Highway 98
through the Eastpoint
business district. Mr. Walters
said that he and his wife,
Dora, were sitting on the
couch watching TV. He said
that the front bumper of the
car was about 3 feet away
from hitting him. He and his
wife were not hurt.


Environmental Imp

Apalachicola Set F
The Air Force published a Notice
of Intent to prepare an Environ-
mental Impact Statement on the
conversion of training operations
from the F-15 "Eagle" to the F-22
"Raptor" jet fighter. The Notice of
Intent appeared in the Federal
Register February 17, 1999.
An environmental impact state-
ment is an environmental analy-
sis process that results in a de-
tailed public document that leads
to a record of decision for a pro-
posed action. Public participation
is integral to this Environmental
Impact Statement process, which
may take about 18 months to
complete. The National Environ-
mental Policy Act requires federal
agencies to prepare a detailed
environmental analysis before
committing resources for signifi-
cant proposed actions.
The Notice of Intent marks the
first phase of the Environmental
Impact Statement process known
as scoping, The scoping process,
expected to take about six weeks,
requires public meetings for the
solicitation of issues and concerns
from the general public, local,


iact Meeting In

or F-22 Jet Fighter
state and federal agencies to de-
termine the key environmental
resource areas that will be ana-
lyzed in the Environmental Im-
pact Statement.
Scoping meeting dates, time and
locations are,
March 9, 1999
7:30 p.m. (Eastern), Community
Center, No. 1 Battery Park,
Apalachicola, FL
March 10, 1999
7:30 p.m. (Central), Chipola
Junior College, Public Service
Building, 4487 Long House
Court, Marianna, FL
March 11, 1999
7:00 p.m. (Eastern), Florida
State University, Moore Audito-
rium, Oglesby Student Union
Building, Tallahassee, FL
March 12,1999
7:30 p.m. (Central), Gulf Coast
Community College, Gardner
(Seminar Room. Panama Citv.
please contact Mr. Herman Bell,
Public Affairs, Tyndall Air Force
Base, 325 FW/PA, 445 Suwannee
Rd, Suite 129, Tyndall AFB, FL
32403, (850) 283-8572.


Meeting AnnounceentLr

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Commission has
scheduled a meeting of the Commission and the Commission's Water
Allocation Formula Committee which is to negotiate an allocation
formula for the basin. The meetings will be on:
Friday, March 12, 1999
The ACF River Basin Commission will meet at 10:00 a.m. (EST)
The Water Allocation Formula Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m.
following the Commission Meeting
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Floyd Room (West Tower).
Floyd Building, 205 Butler Street SE, Atlanta, Georgia.
The ACF Water Allocation Formula Committee will continue discus-
sions related to ACF water demands, allocation formula and sched-
ule for upcoming committee meetings and their agendas.
For further information, please contact: Georgann Penson, Public
Information Office, Northwest Florida Water Management District.
Route 1, Box 3100, Havana, Florida 32333. (850) 539-5999.


FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

DRINKING WATER PUBLIC NOTICE

ST. GEORGE ISLAND UTILITIES
FEBRUARY 11, 1999

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) records indicate
that the St. George Island Utilities violated the maximum contaminant
level for coliform bacteria during the January, 1999 compliance period.
Drinking water samples collected on January 25, 1999, were determined
to be present with coliform bacteria, however, none of the samples con-
tained fecal coliform. Numerous repeat samples collected on January
28, indicated that coliform bacteria was not present within the distribu-
tion system.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets drink-
ing water standards and has determined that the presence of total
coliform is a possible health concern. Total coliforms are common in the
environment and are generally not harmful themselves. The presence
of these bacteria, however, generally is a result of a problem with water
treatment or the pipes which distribute the water, and indicates that the
water may be contaminated with organisms that can cause disease. -
Disease symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and possi-
Sbly jaundice, and fatigue. These symptoms, however, are not just asso-
ciated with disease-causing organisms in drinking water, but also may
be caused by a number of factors other than your drinking water. EPA
has set an enforceable drinking water standard for total coliforms to
reduce the risk of these adverse health effects. Under this standard, no
more than 5.0 percent of the samples collected during a month can
contain bacteria, except that systems collecting fewer than 40 samples/
month that have one total coliforni-positive sample per month are not
violating this standard. Drinking water which meets this standard is usu-
ally not associated with a health risk from disease-causing bacteria and
should be considered safe. State and local authorities recommend that
consumers take the following precautions:
1. Contact your local County Health Unit if you feel you have any symp-
toms as stated above that you feel may have been caused by drinking
water from the water system.
2. Remain attentive to any further notice of public health advisories over
the next.ninety days.
3. Any questions or concerns about this notice should be directed to Mr.
Hank Garrett at the St. George Island Utilities at 850-9272648 or Ms.
Mary Lou Parker at the Department of Environmental Protection,
Pensacola, (850) 595-8300.
This notice is being distributed in accordance with Florida Administra-
tive Code Rule 62560. The notice was mailed to the water system on
February 11, 1999.




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DOT Presents

Impact Study

And Update On

St. George

Bridge Plans

By Aaron Shea and
Tom Hoffer
The Florida Department of Trans-
,portation (DOT) presented a brief-
-ing on the Environmental Impact
.Study of the new Bryant Patton
.and State Road 300 bridges to St.
,George Island, and allowed inter-
ested persons to comment on the
.plans on Thursday evening, Feb-
ruary 25th at the Franklin County
'Courthouse.
.The ,briefing book distributed at
*the meeting indicated that the "...
'environmental setting has been
.thoroughly inventoried to ensure
*that impacts are minimized or
'avoided." While the study labori-
ously rambles on about the alter-
natives, including NOT construct-
ing a new bridge, the handout
comes to a more conclusive end-
ing, with the language, "The con-
dition of the existing bridge-lack
of shoulders, substandard barri-
ers, and deteriorated substruc-
ture-indicates that the bridge
must be replaced."
The District Environmental Man-
agement Engineer, Ms. Regina
Battles, P.E. opened the public
hearing with these words:


Regina Battles: The existing
bridge was built in 1965. It has
some problems with the substruc-
ture due to the saltwater environ-
.ment. It was designed originally
to last 50 years. We haven't made
that threshold because of the de-
.terioration of the substructure.
What we are looking at is design-
ig a new bridge that will have a
life expectancy of 75 years. The
new bridge will have a different
type of substructure so we don't
run into the same problems with
.the saltwater environment. The


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existing bridge has just two travel
lanes it doesn't have any safety
shoulders. The new bridge would
have 10 foot safety shoulders on
each side. That would give a place
for a automobile if it breaks down
or has some kind of mechanical
problems a space to get safely out
of the travel lane. The existing
bridge has substandard barrier
rail. The new bridge will have the
standard rail that is similar to the
one on the John Gorrie Bridge.
That's a pretty good example of
what the new one would look like.
The design build process is sim-
ply put that we are going to let
one contract to a team of firms.
That will do both the design and
construction of the bridge. What
this does for us, it allows the de-
signer and the construction per-
son to work closely together so
you don't have a lot of conflicts
between, well it was designed one
way and we want to build it an-
other way. You have the same
people working on the same de-
sign build team. I know a lot of
you have questions on what is
going to happen to the existing
bridge.
'Alan Pierce: I appreciate being
able to speak here tonight being
to shed some light or shed some
rain on people. I don't know
which. One of the reasons many.
of you are here tonight is because
of some of the comments I made
at the county commission meet-
ing Tuesday. I asked the board of
county commissioners would they
like to take instead of the bridge
fishing pier on the St. George Is-
land side would they like to ex-
change that for a boat ramp. Af-
ter looking at the information, I
felt the county needed a boat
ramp on St. George Island and
had very little opportunity to build
one. There is just very limited
areas to put a boat ramp on the
island. One of the best, if not the
only place to get a boat ramp,
would be at the end where the
bridge makes land fall on the
Southern end of St. George Island
because you have deep enough
water there you would not have
to do any dredging. One of the
problems with other sites is that
no matter where you looked on St.
George Island you would have to
dredge an area to put a boat ramp
in. DEP because of the oyster in-
dustries and other water quality
issues was not going to allow ad-
ditional dredging for a public boat
ramp. When I realized this cause-
way where the bridge comes on
to the land had deep enough wa-
ter after talking to people I
thought, let me talk to the county
commissioners if they want to
change their minds on whether a
fishing pier or a boat ramp is in
the best interest of the public. On
behalf of the board where still in
the questioning mode. A decision
has not been made on whether a
fishing pier or boat ramp is best.
The county would prefer to have
both if that is' possible. If there is
room to align the new bridge to
come in so we can save the old
bridge and at the same time put
a boat ramp in that deeper water
that would be our preference. If
that is not possible and guess
we'll only know that as you all get
into the design phase. That is why
I will give a second alternative.
That will be based on the Civic
Club's input and the board of
county commissioners meeting.
The county needs a boat ramp on
the island. It serves the residents
as well as the tourists coming
there and I think this is a good
opportunity to get one.


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Pam Vest: It is my observation
that a lot of people use that cause-
way to go fishing. Once this new
bridge is built, the causeway will
be inaccessible. One more fish-
ing hole gone. There are boat
ramps all over this county... Right
now you can use the boat ramp
in the state park and I think there
might be a private boat ramp
eventually in that area. There are
boat ramps on the island already.
There are boat ramps around the
county, but there are no fishing
piers. Consider what the general
public would need as we'll as
people with boats.
Pierce: It is possible if the old
bridge is removed and a boat
ramp put in deep water that the
county could then apply through
FRDAP, Florida Recreation Devel-
opment Assistance Program, to
build a standardized fishing pier.
Much lower to the water and less
wide so you wouldn't be taking up
all that space that the old bridge
takes up.
Rod Davis: I am resident of St.
George Island going on 8 years. I
have tried and worked and looked
myself for boat ramps. I know lots
more people on St. George Island
have investigated a place for a
public boat ramp where the resi-
dents and the guests could
launch a boat. We run into basi-
cally three problems. One is when
you look for a place you are next
to private property and the prop-
erty owners object rightfully so.
Number 2 we run into Woody
Miley who says if you are going
over grass, forget it. That shoots
us down. Number three, they tell
us if you are going to dredge, you
won't be here that long to see it.
Those are the three things that
seem to kick us -out all the time
and listening to Allen's presenta-
tion, I am 110% for the direction
he is coming from. By going and
putting a boat ramp at the end of
that spicket of land, you won't
have any residents to bother. You
are out beyond grass and you are
out beyond the need of dredging.
I don't think we are going to see
another spot like that in a long
time. Don't get me wrong, I am
not against the fishing pier, but I
put the boat ramp ahead of the
fishing pier if there is going to be
a fishing pier at the other end. If
we could design both at the St.
George Island end that would be
great. But I think the need of
being able to launch a boat off the
island and Pam says we have boat
ramps and we have private boat
ramps. We have a boat ramp at
the park, but that costs money to
use that one. The public boat
ramps that we have all over the
county are pretty tough if you
launched a boatin them, because
boats get stuck in them. I feel like
where Alan is coming from really
makes sense.
S- -


Ken Folsum: I would like to
speak on the issue of the impact
to oystering of the new bridge. I
have worked in the industry for
20 years. I realize most of the
people here don't oyster for a liv-
ing so they probably don't under-
stand what kind of impact we
could be talking about. I was here
some 13 or 14 years ago oyster-
ing when they built the bridge
from Apalachicola to Eastpoint
and one of the issues that has not
been addressed because no one
really understands or realizes the
affect. An oyster feeds and if you
take a pile driver and a ten ton
hammer and knock it on top of
that piling, sound travels outward
into the bottom and the oyster
closes and won't feed and even-
tually dies. There is also another
affect, which I observed happen
when this other bridge was built.
That is turns the bottom into
more of a soft area and anything
on top of the bottom slowly works
its way down and if that happens
to be shells and live oysters they
die. Since the new bridge has
been built the one from
Apalachicola to Eastpoint you
never see anybody oystering out
there anymore. The reason for
that is when they built that bridge
it killed all the oysters. It sub-
merged the shells that the oysters
grew on to and then when the
oysters finally did come back they
were so wild they were
unharvestable. it has been 13
years since any harvest of oysters
has come from that area, which
use to be one of the most produc-
tive parts of the bay. When you
step next to an oyster, an oyster
closes because it feels the vibra-
tions coming up. It is a condi-
tioned response of the oyster. I
am still of the opinion that the
bridge shouldn't be built in its


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Hank Garrett: I am mostly con-
cerned about the bridge itself. I
would like to keep the whole
bridge, but if that is not possible.
I don't think we should give up .6
of a mile of a bridge for a boat
ramp. I don't think that is no
where near a fair trade. There is
a bunch of state land on the east
end that has canals coming up.
They maintain canals on the west
end, why not the east end? It
would be better to keep the whole
bridge intact. You could ride bi-
cycles across. Around here that
is the only place where a person
in a wheel chair can fish. We need
to at least keep .6 of a mile, but
we need to try and keep the whole
thing.


Anita Gregory: The chamber is
very concerned with the impact
'on the oyster industry. We're also
concerned that the firm that is
given the contract will do some
local hiring. I realize some of
these jobs are highly technical
and require some training, but we
do have a lot of unemployed
people in this area right now. The
design needs to be suitable for
this area.

The "preferred alternative", a eu-
phemism used to describe where
DOT has'decided to place the new
bridge, is a "west-shifted align-
ment that was developed to by-
pass the oyster beds, both natu-
ral and planted, to the maximum
extend possible while satisfying
design criteria." The estimated
construction cost is $71,416,000.
In order to mitigate the negative
impact on the oyster beds created
by the new construction and re-
moval of the old bridge, except for
about one mile on either end, the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) and DOT have
agreed to create new oyster habi-
tat. At present, the total acreage
in this project is limited to 75
acres, but this could be increased,
as construction impacts are moni-
tored on existing beds.
The next step in this process will
be the selection of a design and
build team for the bridge.


Carrabelle Port Authority To

Hold Workshop


current location. The original idea
of it being built from the highway
patrol station and coming down
on the other end of the island is
more feasible because you are
talking about an economic impact
at least the same impact as the
closing of the paper mill in Gulf
County because 90% of the oys-
ters come from Cat Point.. There
is an average of 200 to 300
oystermen out there a day. they
take those oysters they sell them
to oyster houses and they employ
people. They truckthose oysters,
that is an employee. The eco-
nomic impact would be a very se-
vere impact if that harvest was not
killed for just one year, but 13
years. I also believe that the cur
rent bridge should be left intact,
fenced off, no traffic allowed to
cross it. To be turned into a bike
path and nature walk. Areas on
the bridge could be leased to small
businesses. That there could be
an, admission charge that could
pay for the up keep of the bridge
and the liability and the bird sanc-
tuary could be fenced off....


By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority announced at their
regular meeting held on March 2
their intention to hold the first of
two workshops. The meeting,
which is open to the'public, will
be held on March 10 at 6 p.m. and
will be a planning session to de-
termine the status of the Author-
ity and also to plan future
strategy.
Chairperson Jim Lycett spoke on
the Waterways Grant for a boat
ramp to be built at the end of Tim-
ber Island Road. The cut-off date
for completion of the ramp is No-
vember 1, 1999 or the city could
lose the $55,000 grant for a much
needed facility. Jim Lycett said
that he had been in touch with
Michael Hogan and Tyler
McMilIan in hopes that one of
them could help in engineering
the storm water plan for the area.
They hope to be able to build a
parking area for the new ramp.
They were not in a position to
help. Lycett said he had been in
touch with Franklin County Com-
missioner Bevin Putnal for an as-
sist from the County Engineer,
and Putnal had brought the mat-
ter up at the County meeting and
it seems that help might be forth-
coming. The existing boat ramp
belongs to the County, but there
seems to be a possibility of it be-
ing given to the City of Carrabelle.
The members of the Authority
voted to pay the light bill for the
airport and try to find out who
ordered them. A letter will be sent
to the City Conmmission explain-
ing that Thompson Field will go
on the "Unlit Airport List" which
would make the possibility of leas-
ing it more unlikely. Also, they will
keep the lights in storage, as the
last ones when installed, were

St. George

Civic Club

In a straw vote taken by Alan
Pierce, Franklin County Planner,
at the February 18th meeting of
the St. George Island Civic Club,
the assembled members voted for
including a fishing pier using por-
tions of the old bridge, currently
planned to extend out into the bay
for .6 mile from either side, the
island or the mainland. A second
priority was to include the fish-
ing pier and a boat ramp on the
island side following construction
of the new bridge.


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cost of the lights Is $1,412.54.
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lihir >i from Tommy Bevis in
which Bevis made the following
request: "Bevis and Associates,
Inc. would like to request that we
be taken out from under the De-
velopment Order. The cost of
amending the one that was done
in 1997 was $2,500. The cost this
time for a mrrdjil'f, ;~i, is $2,500
and the cost for any additional
modifications will be a minimum
of $2,500 each. We feel these fees
are extremely unreasonable and
we would not have to pay them if
we were not under the Develop-
ment Order. The fees paid for each
modification of the Development
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and Airport Authority, the City of
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taken out from under the Order."
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his request on the advise of their
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Lycett advised the members of the
Authority that he had been ap-
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of Thomas Brown who has inter-
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that he asked Brown to hold off
for one more month as he felt the
members would be in a better
position to do something then.
The next regular meeting of the
CPAA will be held on April 6 at 6
p.m. at City Hall.,



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Guard Cutter Sting Ray will be
anchored at the Moorings of
Carrabelle as they make their first
visit to Carrabelle. The boat and
crew are coming to take part In
the Camp Gordon Johnson Re-
union festivities and the public
will be Invited to visit it during its
stay. Further announcements will
be made as to times the public can
visit but members of the Reunion
said that probably it will be be-
fore and after the parade on Sat-
urday, March 13.


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