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County Planner

Faces Upset

Alligator Point


By Aaron Shea
It was standing room only for the
March 16 County Commission
Meeting and all eyes were on
County Planner Alan Pierce.
Pierce had to hold his head high
while distraught Alligator Point
residents accused him devaluing
their property and making it
The accusations stem from an
article that appeared in the last
issue of the \lWakulla News. in
which Pierce Twrote about the pos-
sibility that Alligator Point Road
"will cease to exist in front of the
,---.:- campground." Pierce also stated'
in the article that the county
wants to move the road inland

Sand "Alligator Point may soon be-
-,_ come Alligator island."
'---- -. In his own defense, Pierce ex-
-. plained to the upset mob that the
'i. I, ||article was not written for the
newspaper. The letter had, in fact,
been written for a newsletter for
Wakulla and Leon County
realtors. 'The column was writ-
ten for the newsletter," said
Pierce. "It was written for real es-
tate professionals. It was not writ-
ten for the public."

By Tom Campbell
Chairman Ralph Dietz of the
Committee in charge of the Ban-
quet and Dance at Chillas Hall
last Saturday, had only praise for
all his co-workers who prepared
and served the delicious meal. The
Tallahassee Swing Band enter-
tained the crowd of about 100
with music from the World War II
Consensus among the veterans
and their families who attended
the fourth annual Camp Gordon
Johnston Reunion this past week-
end in Carrabelle and Lanark Vil-
lage, was a joyful round of "the
best reunion yet." Added to the
kudos were praise from the Cap-

By Rene Topping
The opening luncheon of the
Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion
held at the Franklin County Se-
nior Center on March 12 was
made even more special by the
fact that the room was decorated
as a glittering dance hall in blue
and silver in readiness for the
Junior Prom.
It was not the only new thing at
" the luncheon, as young members
.of Carrabelle High Melanie
Humble's history class were inter-
mingled with the veterans, These
young students are writing a liv-
ing history of the Camp Gordon
Johnston and were getting first
hand information from those who
were among the thousands who
passed through this area in the
Another difference was that this
Year the audience was treated to
a spectacular show of pictures
from the State archives and an
excellent historical talk given by
noted area historian Mays Leroy
Gray. Gray is the author of sev-
eral books about this area and the
part it played in the amphibian
warfare of WWII, in both the Eu-
ropean theater and the Pacific

tain and crew of the U.S. Coast
Guard "Stingray," which docked
in Carrabelle just for the reunion.
Captain Katherine Niles said she
and the crew had a good time and
enjoyed their stay in Franklin
All events, including the Friday.
luncheon at the Senior Center, the
Saturday parade in Carrabelle,
the banquet at Chillas Hall in
Lanark and the Farewell at Ameri-
can Legion Post 82 in Lanark,
were well organized and went
Many of the guests were heard to
say they were already looking for-
ward to returning for the fifth
annual reunion next year in 2000.

In addition, a plea was made by
Dr Sellers of the Florida State
University for veterans to help the
school out with their memories of
those wartime days. She asked
them "To have a good time with
your buddies and then while some
of the memories have been re-
freshed to let the university inter-
view them by telephone when they
are back home."
She said she was flabbergasted at
the lack of any real knowledge of
that era and she and her staff
want to try to get all of it down
while they can.
Another announcement from
David Butler was that of the open-
ing of the "Smallest Army Mu-
seum in the World." It is one of
the orderly rooms that was a part
of Camp Gordon Johnston. But-
ler and the members of the CGJ
Association are hoping to be able
to fund a larger permanent mu-
seum in the future.
No one seemed to be in any hurry
to go after the luncheon and sev-
eral of the veterans gave inter-
views to the students.

Continued on Page 5

Continued on Page 9

Port Authority

Hear Options

By Rene Topping
Members of the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority (CPAA) lis-
tened intently at a workshop held
March 9, as Robert T. Meams, of
City Strategies, Inc. a self em-
ployed consultant based in
Destin, reviewed the position of
the board. Meams had at one time
been city manager for the Town
of Destin and is an authority on
financial affairs and large
projects. He is giving the Port
Authority members the benefit of
,many years of working with
projects and grants pro bono at
this point.
He began his review with a short
history of the Authority, which
was created by a special act of the
Florida Legislature on July 14,
1986 under House Bill 349 Chap-
ter 86-464 and involved a land
swap of Timber Island for land
down in Dade County between the
State and Luke McKissack owner
of McKissack Properties. The in-
'tent of the legislature at that time
was to help the economically de-
pressed area and the faculty was
slated to be a Seafood Industrial
The Act defines not only the com-
position of the CPAA but also it's
powers. Right now the CPAA is a
"dependent special district,"
Members of the Authority have
submitted a request to the legis-
lature to become an independent
special district.
As a dependent special district,
the CPAA budget, covering the
expenses of a small office, salary
for a part-time secretary, utilities
and some advertising, comes from
the City of Carrabelle, and must
be approved by the City Commis-
sion, exclusive of any bonds or
obligations of the CPAA. All the
powers listed in the law to imple-
ment the mission of the CPAA
specifically rest with the CPAA.
However, any debt or financial
obligations incurred by the CPAA

12 Pages This Issue

Franklin Briefs ...... Page 2
Bulletin Board ....... Page 3
Red Pepper Run..... Page 4
Carrabelle ............. Page 5
Marine Fisheries.... Page 6
Apalachicola River. Page 7
Sumatra Tract ....... Page 8
Carrabelle FBLA..... Page 9
Bookshop ........... Page 10
Ise Newell........... Page 11
More Cookoff & CGJ
photos................ Page 12




Approval At


By Rene Topping
Without exception all twenty five
or so people who attended the
Juvenile Curfew workshop held at
6 p.m. by the Carrabelle City
Commission gave resounding ap-
proval to working up an ordinance
to that effect.. After a show of
hands on approval was taken,
Mayor Jenni Sanborn asked if
there was anyone who was
against the proposal and no hand
was raised. Commissioners Pam
Lycett and Raymond Williams
agreed with the mayor to put the
matter on the agenda for the April
5. Commissioner Donald Wood
was absent due to Illness.
Williams read the proposal that
was submitted by Stan Arnold at
a previous meeting and had been
the reason for the workshop.
Arnold's proposal read:
"The curfew should prohibit any-
one under the age of seventeen
(17) years from being on the
streets between the hours of
11:00 p.m. Sunday through
Thursday, and beyond midnight
on Friday and Saturday. There are
some exceptions but generally the
law generally applies to all youths
under 17."
S"Parents, notjuveniles, must take
responsibility for compliance. An
officer who picks up a juvenile in
violation of the curfew has two
options (1) transport the minor
home or to school if found during
school hours) where he or she will
be released to an adult, or, (2)
.transport the minor to a facility
until a parent or guardian can be
"Officers must complete an abbre-
viated juvenile custody report and
a citation for the parent or guard-
ian. The parent or guardian re-
ceives the citation to appear in
court, A first offense carries a
$50.00 and subsequent convic-
tions can result in one or more of
the following penalties:
A fine not to exceed $300 and
court costs, imprisonment for not
more than 60 days, or work on
the public streets or do public
works for not more than 60 days.
Ken Bowman led off the remarks
asking if a facility meant the
Sheriffs office. Williams said more
probably they would be taken to
the local police office and the par-
ents located by phone. He also

Continued on Page 6 Continued on Page 2

17th Annual Chili Cookoff

Raises $104,735

For the 1 tLh Annual Chill Cookofl on Saturday. March 6. the %weather
cooperated with only a few brief showers. the c rowds cLame ':ut for the
food. fun and festivities, and the various events raised a total of
8104.735. all for the benefit of the St. George island Volunteer Fire
Department and First Responders.
The 1999 SGI Regional Chili Cookoff Winners were.
First Place: Dick Steinert. "Pop Pops P\Tertum"
Second Place: lindy Onderick. "M & M Chili."
Third Place: Bill Lundy. "Chili by TLL\edo Bill"
Fourth Place: John Floyd. "Knm oi Chills
Fifth Place David Foote. '\World Reno.wn Chili"
In the Crock Pot competition, the winners were
First Place: Mary Kirkham
Second Place- Richard and Peggy Harmm
Third Place: Front Porch Steak House of Cra\wlfrd\ille
An estimated 10.000 people joined in the fun. paruicipated in the
auction and generally spent some money for the chanty. Once the
dust settles and all monies are in, the figures stack up something like
Corporate Sponsors ..................... ... $ 27,250
Other Sponsors......................... ........ 8,052
5K Run Sponsors ................... .............. 2,200
5K Run Registration.....................................1,445
Food and Drinks .................................... 17,050
Competition Chili .................................. 3,650
Competition Chili Reg. ................................ 2,310
Crock Pot Chili................................... ........ 466
T-Shirts ........................ ... ................. 8,773
Auction ..................... .................... 31,420
Sneak Preview ............................ .......... 987
Country Stove ... ...................... ....... 591
Auction Registration Sat ........................... 540
TOTAL: ...................... ..................... $104,735
There were registered bidders, total 323.
Most Creative Booth winners were: First, Ken Burke, Dead Serious
Chili II; Second, Keith Young, Atlanta Parrothead Club; Third, Janet
Christinson, Holiday Firehouse.
Showmanship Winners (Activity at Booth) were: First, Trish Meyer,
T.J.'s Double Dog Chili; Second, Janet Christenson, Holiday Firehouse;
and Third, Jim Wright, Tropical Heat Chili.
Winners for the Best Booth were: First, Keith Young, Atlanta
Parrothead Club; Mark Friedman, Tallahassee Parrothead Club; and
Third, (Tie) Janet Chistenson, Holiday Firehouse, and Ken Burke,
Dead Serious Chili II.

Continued on Page 4

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The Franklin Chronicle



Karen Dennis of the Apalachicola
Parks Foundation went before the
Franklin County Board of Com-
missioners at the March 16
county meeting to request funds
for the proposed Battery Park
Playground. Dennis told the
Board that the foundation has
raised $17,000 for the project,
however, $60,000 is still needed
to complete it. "We hope to build
this spring before the children get
out of school and the only re-
source we are lacking is funding,"
said Dennis. Dennis went before
the Apalachicola City Commission
on February 2 and wad unsuc-
cessful in receiving funds. The
county commissioners suggested
that Dennis go before the Recre-
ation Committee. Dennis agreed
to do that, but she asked the
Commissioners to look into any
possible grants that the founda-
tion could receive. She also asked
the Board to allow the foundation
to hold a turkey shoot as a
fundraiser. The Board gave her
permission to go ahead with the
fundraiser and they suggested
that she should hold it somewhere
near the sheriffs office.
Ray Clary, the Financial Officer
for the Sheriffs Department, in-
formed the Board that the
Sheriffs Department has received
$62,540 in federal grant funds.
The funds will be put into the
Sheriffs Department budget.
Clary also got approval from the
Board for a $6,524 grant to pur-
chase three computers and two
printers for the Sheriffs Office.
The Commissioners approved a
land swap between the county
and Harris Brothers Contractors.
Harris Brothers will receive two
acres of land and $5,000 in ex-
change for repairing the Cat Point
boat ramp in Eastpoint. It was
estimated that the job would cost
$25,000 to complete.
The Board agreed to allow the
Solid Waste Department to assist
in the April 10 clean-up of the
Twin Lakes area in Eastpoint. The
clean-up is in conjunction with
Keep Franklin County Beautiful
and Keep Florida Beautiful.
Ray Pringle and Ronald Crum of
the Fishermen's Federation went
before the Board to request that
the county adopt a resolution that
points out alleged injustices of the
Marine Patrol against fishermen.
Crum and Pringle presented the
Board with a resolution that has

Juvenile from Page :1

stated that he felt it should be
wherever the public wanted the
ordinance to go. Bowman then
said he felt that 10 p.m. was late
enough on a school night.
David Cone said that he under-
stood that a law had been passed
that juveniles with driving li-
censes can only drive at certain
hours but apparently that has not
been adopted by the county or
city. In fact he stated. "The law
has been passed everywhere but
in Franklin County." Cindy
Sullivan was in favor of the 10
p.m. curfew saying "If we have a
curfew at 10 p.m., they won't be
On enforcement, Williams added
that any curfew would still be the
parent's responsibility, Bowman
responded, he would guarantee
once the word gets around
amongst the teenagers and they
hear that fines will be made, the
parents will take notice.
Mary Lou Bowman wanted to
know who would be responsible
to refer or report violations and
who would enforce the ordinance.
There seemed to be a general ap-
proval for the local police to
handle enforcement.
Lycett said that she had done
some research into if the city had
ever had an ordinance and appar-
ently there had been on enacted
in 1968, but it was repealed in
1972. Sanborn harked back to the
earlier ordinance. She said she
remembered that "When we tried
to do it there was as many against
it as for it. The teenagers came
and spoke." She said at a public
hearing which would have to be
held, she believed there that there
would be many more people com-
ing out.
Lycett made the suggestion to
make the ordinance read 10 p.m.
on week nights and 12 midnight
on Friday and Saturday nights.
On the first violation children
would be taken home.
The second violation would mean
the children would be taken to the

police station and parents called
to pick them up. She stated that
we have officers on duty 24 hours
a day.
Carol Adams spoke about the fact
that the juveniles carry no identi-
fication on them and asked, "How
are you going to know who you
are picking up?" Ken Bowman
said that was a problem and said
that some years before there had
been an instance when children
were expelled from school and did
not tell the parents they were.
They just.kept leaving the house
in the morning and returning at
the usual time. He felt that to be
sure an officer would need to see
the parents or a certified letter
should be sent out on

already been adopted in Wakulla
County. One passage of the reso-
lution states "Whereas, notwith-
standing said statute the Florida
Marine Patrol has continued to
arrest fishermen using those nets
made lawful by Section
The Board agreed to adopt the
resolution once it has been signed
by the proper officials.
Kim Shoemaker of the Gulf Coast
Workforce went before the Board
to discuss the possible use of a
building in Carrabelle, which is
owned by Gil Barfield. "We would
be interested in doing a variety of
things in that building," said
Shoemaker. "Including some of
the youth programs that we op-
erate. Some workforce develop-
ment programs, in terms of eco-
nomic development or job train-
ing." It is possible that. Mr.
Barfield would be interested in
renting the building out to the
program. The idea of this job
training center is just in the be-
ginning stages, which was pointed
out by Board members.
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the Board that
he and Dr. Steve Otwell have sub-
mitted a proposal to UF/IFAS for
Expanded Extension Program
Funds to look at the FDA, oyster
breaking machine situation. 'The
FDA thinks that they [machines]
are a problem and that they are a
food and safety hazard," said
Mahan. 'Trying to show that the
breaking machines are not intro-
ducing tons of bacteria into the
County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the Board that the county
has permission to install "NO
WAKE" signs in Two Mile Chan-
nel and the Ochlocknee River. The
permit to install the sign will ex-
pire in the summer.
Brdnze plaques in honor of World
War II and Korean War veterans
have been ordered at a price of
$1,295. The plaques will possibly
be unveiled on Memorial Day.
Julian Webb informed Pierce that
he would be sending a letter to
the legislature asking for support
for a line item appropriation of
$110,000 for Franklin County. It
would be used by Eastpoint to
make the sewer connections that
are needed.
The Recreation Committee will
pay $1,000 to the Eastpoint Little
League The money will pay for the
light bill at Vrooman Park.

After Hurricane Earl, Franklin
County resident Dan Withers
helped do work on Alligator Point
Road. The county thought that
the work was done free of charge-
and they awarded Withers with a
resolution of appreciation. With-

Libby Richards6n"said that we
have been lucky so far that we
have not had problems with chil-
dren being picked up and harmed
or killed. She felt that the ordi-
nance will cut down on the preva-
lence of children on the streets at
all hours.
There were suggestions as to
keeping records, in order that the
officer would know when it was a
repeated violation. There was gen-
eral discussion on the fact that
some of the children worked after
school and most felt that would
not be any problem. It was stated

ers has now sent a bill for $9,355.
The Board agreed that Withers
and the county never had a con-
tract or agreement. They decided
that the best thing to do is to give
Withers credit for a donation to
the county.

The Board approved three land
use changes on property pur-
chased by the state. On St. George
Island, 21 acres on Nick's Cole
Phase II, land in Sailfish Acres
and Pelican Point land has been
changed from Residential to Con-
servation. Over 1,500 acres in
Carrabelle and Eastpoint has
been changed from Rural Resi-
dential to Agriculture. Over 300
acres at the intersection of High-
way 67 and Lake Morality Road
was changed from Agriculture to
Public Facilities. This is the prison
The Board also approved the re-
zoning of 140,000 acres of land
that was purchased as part of the
Tate's Hell State Forest. The land
was changed from Private Agricul-
ture to Public Agriculture. This
means that no residential devel-
opment will be allowed there.
The owner of the KOA Camp-
ground in Alligator Point blocked
off access to a dock that had al-
ways been opened to the public.
The new owner, Elliot Smith,
made improvements to the dam-
aged area and then put up a pri-
vate property sign. Smith was
under the impression that the
area was his. Smith fixed the
decking and railing of the dock.
Unfortunately for Mr. Smith that
is county property and it will have
to be re-opened to the public. The
Board agreed to send Mr. Smith
a resolution of appreciation.
Dames and Moore representative
Larry Parker informed the Airport
Advisory Committee at their
March 15 meeting that the 90%
business plan for the airport was
complete. It is possible that the
100% business plan could be pre-
sented to the Board of County
Commissioners at the next
The new entrance to the airport
may possibly be located off of 98,
cross Brownsville Road and go up
the east side of the airport. The
decision is not final, however.
Two new interested parties in in-
vesting in the cold storage facility
were brought forward at the air-
port meeting. Steine Cold Storage
and Preston Haskell Corporation
out of Jacksonville could be in-
terested in building the facility.


that if there was a football game
or a dance, the police would be
well aware of this. It was made
clear in statements that the in-
tent of the curfew is not to pun-
ish the good kids but to try to stop
the late hours loitering of groups
at the wall of tie old Mattair
house, the IGA and other park-
ing lots.
After the members of the audience
,had finished with the discussion,
the curfew ordinance was sched-
uled to be heard again at the next
regular meeting on April 5.

Tyndall Air Force Base Begins Process Of

Conversion To F-22 Aircrafts

By Aaron Shea
Representatives from the Air
Force and Tyndall Air Force Bass
came to Franklin County on
March 9 to discuss the proposed
F-15 to F-22 aircraft conversion
at Tyndall Air Force Base. The
29,000 acre base is located in
southeast Bay County.
The meeting was the first phase
of a four step Environmental Im-
pact Statement (EIS) process. The
March 9 meeting was the scoping
phase, which allowed the Air
Force representatives to get input
from citizens of'the county. The
second step of the process will
take place in October when an EIS
draft describing the impacts and
alternatives of the conversion is
drawn up. The third stop of the
process will take place in Novem-
ber with public hearings. The last
step will be the final decision on
whether to go ahead with the con-
version or not. That could take
place between April and July of
The EIS will consider the impacts
the conversion from F-15's to
F-22's can have on the natural
and human environment.. Infor-
mation will be collected on the
possible impact the conversion
could have on air quality, biologi-
cal resources, physical resources,
cultural resources, and socioeco-
nomics. Other issues are noise,
safety, airspace, hazardous ma-
terials, and contamination.
Major Rick Vollmer explained to
the audience that the conversion
to the F-22 fighter is needed be-
cause the F-l is 27 years old and
a more advanced fighter is
needed. "The F-22 is more
stealthier," explained Major
Vollmer. "It has greater maneuver-
ability, speed, acceleration, and it
can do supersonic speed without
"afterburners. The advanced avi-
onics allows the pilots to track
and identify enemy threats."
The proposed conversion would
begin in 2003 and take place over

a lve year period. During this
time, the number of aircraft at
Tyndall would increase from 78
to 105. From 2008 to 2012, the
number of F-15's at the base
would decrease to 28 and the
number of F-22's would increase
to 60.
This conversion would also re-
quire the construction of opera-
tional and training facilities. There
would also be a need for more
housing, maintenance facilities,
supply facilities, and transporta-
tion. The maximum use of air-
space would also be an important
part of this conversion. This
would mean that the waters near
St. George Island, known as
W-470, would be used to its maxi-
mum for supersonic training.
This concerned one Lanark Vil-
lage resident, who questioned if
the F-22's would be breaking the
sound barrier often? "Yes" an-
swered Colonel Slinkard, who was
the moderator of the meeting. "We
are planning on going supersonic.
It does it's best work supersonic.
It was designed to go supersonic.
We will do all the supersonic ex-
ercises over the water. We have
restrictions on how close we can
approach the land while we're
going supersonic." The Colonel
explained that the aircraft have
to stay at least 15 miles from land
and 10,000 feet in the air. "We
abide by those restrictions most
of the time," said Colonel
Slinkard. "Although, there are
folks here that could tell you that
we break the rules once in a while.
I'll be the first to admit that."

Pierce Letter

Receives Mixed


By Rene Topping
A letter written by Alan Pierce and
published in the Wakulla News
received mixed reactions from the
members of the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association (APTA) at
their March 13 meeting.
The members were asked for re-
actions and Bunky Atkinson led
off saying that she had heard from
several people among them a very
irate Commissioner Cheryl Sand-
ers. She also got a call from Pierce
who told her that he had not in-
tended to have it printed in the
paper. Atkinson said that she be-
ieved Pierce when he said he
thought it would move some

Rand Edelstein said that it was
hard for him to believe that this
"letter was written for our benefit."
He also said he was concerned
about what effect it might have
.on realtors selling property, and
asked Moore what real estate
agents would have to do with re-
gard to disclosures. Moore ;an-
swered, "If I was a realtor I would
be careful to disclose what I
Several People took offense at the
phrase "go jump in a lake." Bob
Howard said, "Why don't we in-
vite him to our next meeting and
tell him to bring his water wings
and we can throw him in the wa-
ter." Several of the Point residents
said they were shocked when they
read the letter, they did not like
the references to "bags full of
money" and the fact-that Pierce
said that those who were not in
favor of moving the road "Could
jump in a lake."

Pierce went on to say that he had
hoped to get the realtors In Leon
and Wakulla County to do some-
thing to help to get funds. He
added, "It is out there now and it
caused quite a bit of grief to some
people in Alligator Point and quite
a bit of grief to Cheryl Sanders. I
did not intend it to do that. I in-
tended it, to make the realtors
who sell property there they need
to help the county do something
because If we don't do something
the road's going to wash away,
and their ability to make a living
there would be diminished."


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TIO,. Bidders get great
deals and EVERYONE has a
lot of FUN. Wade and Paula
Clark and of Wade Clark
Auctions are the pros who
run the FUN AUCTION as well
your boat or buy one for a
"deal'. CALL 904-229-9282
for further Information.
(License numbers AB1259/

Waterfront Festival April 17, 1999
9:00 Welcome from the Mayor
9:15 Bubble Gum Blowing Contest ( through 10 year olds)
9:45 Top Spinning Contest (through 11 year olds)
10:00 Cheerleader Competition
10:30 Yo Yo Contest
10:45 Oreo tacking Contest (through 11 year olds)
11:00 Horseshoe Contest at Wet Willie's (adults -$5.00fee)


Balloon Toss
Mullet Toss (through 7 year olds)
Hermit Crab Race (5 12 year olds)
Starlight Twirlers
Fun and Boat Auctions
Prettiest Legs Contest (adult men $5.00 fee)
Pet Beauty Contest ($5.00 fee)
Beauty Pageant (through 7 year olds)
$500.00 Cash Drawing
(Tentative and subject to change)

P.O. 01=00 WC-.1. 31,32

All day Bln00 featuring your
favorite games. This First-
time event will prove to be
a favorite for all our family
members of 18 years or older.

See where
Carrabelle's going.
see where
Carrabelle's been
... but most of all,
see where
Carrabelle is right
now! Enjoy the
flavors and fun of
the Coast along
the picturesque
Carrabelle Harbor
where the
Waterway meets
the Gulf of
Mexico. This
festival is for and
by the community,
who invites all of
you readers of the
Franklin Chronicle
to come join us,
April 17th. 1999.



has grown into a major part
of our festival. The cookoff is
sponsored by The Gulf State
Bank who invites all of you
cooks AnD seafood lovers to
be part of the fun and prizes.
Last year's winner, Jacke
Gay went on to win The
newman's Own National

Home, Auto, Life, Business, Marine, Bonds
and Other Lines of Insurance
See us for your insurance needs at:
61 Avenue E
Apalachicola, Florida 32320
850-653-2161 800-586-1415




Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic
187 Highway 98 W,
Eastpoint, Florida
Phone: (850) 670-8306
Emergency: (850) 927-2510

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Hours: Monday Friday 8:00 5:30
Saturday 8:00 12:00

Carrabelle's entire history
centers around the seas.
Countless skills were neces-
sary In order to live and
work In the seafood and
fishing Industries, Many of
these skills are changing or
dying out but we plan to
have some of them on dis-
play to entertain and edu-
cate our visitors. If YOU
have one of these skills or
have access to tools or
"props that may be shown or
displayed, please let us
know. Call the Chamber at

are a grand part of AMY fes-
tival and ours Is no excep-
tion. Besides the popular
Seafood Qumbo Cookoff we
have more local food ven-
dors than ever to show off
and sell their own specialty
foods and recipes. And we'll
have all those other tradi-
tional food favorites that
festival-goers expect.
Eating Is as good a reason
as any to come on down
and enjoy The Minth Annual
Carrabelle Waterfront
festival... and
spend plenty of
time In the Food
Court Area.





The Franklin Chronicle


19 March 1999 Page 3


Franklin Planner

Issues Warning on

Alligator Point Road

Publisher's Note:
According to Alan Pierce, the "editorial" reprinted below was origi-
nally intended to be published as a short article in a Wakulla
County real estate newsletter, but it was sent to the Wakulla Ne vs,
and the words "Dear Editor", and Alan's printed name were in-
serted on the piece. The Chronicle contacted Mr. Pierce and he
said the original writing was intended to alert the real estate com-
munity concerning the importance of rebuilding the road on Alli-
gator Point, using this danger of losing the road as a stimulus to
obtain assistance from the real estate interests to apply pressure
upon FEMA to reconsider the decision not to rebuild the road
in a new location. Even his title, "Alligator Point Road Faces Ex-.
tinction" was designed to obtain public support to lobby. FEMA
for changing its decision. But, a few folks got bent out of shape
with Mr. Pierce's writing, especially about the "jumping in the
lake" bit. We don't think these spoken or written matters are so
terrible, yet even an appointed official has a right to air an opin-
ion. Too bad more politicians resist giving their opinions in pub-
lic; this might improve our government if they did.
Tom W. Hoffer

Attention Alligator Point residents, real estate sales people, and prop-
erty owners! A large blue light may soon appear over the Point, and
just like at K-Mart, a voice will be heard shouting out, "Attention,
buyers, a blue light special on real estate on Alligator Point!"
The Reason: Franklin County is losing the fight to keep the Alligator
Point Road open in front of the Alligator Point Campground. Without
the road, there is no access beyond the campground. Without access,
no prospective buyers will be able to wander around Alligator Point
pulling large wads of money out of their pockets and throwing them
at property owners who are trying to sell their lots. Without prospec-
tive buyer, the real estate market goes flat, and then it goes down hill.
If Franklin County does not receive some state or Federal assistance
soon, the Alligator Point Road will cease to exist in front of the camp-
ground. And I mean cease to exist like completely gone, like extinct..
The road was severely damaged by several past storms (Alberto, Beryl
and Opal), and then damaged some more by Hurricanes Earl and
Georges. It has only been partially rebuilt.
One more good storm and there will be no land left on which to re-
build the road. Probably a five foot storm surge would do enough
damage to the road so that the county could not rebuild it. A five foot
storm surge could be created by a tropical storm, or perhaps even a
severe cold front, like the March storm of 1993.
The county does not want to rebuild the road. The county wants to
move the road inland. In 1994, after Tropical Storm Alberto, the county
was given the chance to move the road inland, but the county chose
to build a revetment to protect the road. On hindsight, it was a bad
Much to the county's dismay, the federal government, through FEMA,
is refusing to make another offer to move the road. The county is
appealing the FEMA decision, but it needs all the help it can get.
Anybody with an interest in moving the road, feel free to contact me
at 850-653-9783. Anybody with an interest in keeping the road where
it is, go jump in the lake.
The county has several ideas for the location of a new road, all con-
troversial, all expensive. Initial estimates place the road relocation
between $2 million and $2.5 million. Anybody with any ideas on how
the county can get its hands on the money, please contact me. But
without some action, Alligator Point may soon become Alligator Is-

.Alan C. Pierce
Franklin County Planner



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By Tom Campbell
In a recent letter from Zimbabwe, of the volunteers boarded a train
Brian Goercke, former editor of to Victoria Falls for a glimpse of
the Franklin Chronicle, reported one of the seven natural wonders,
that he has "been working lik of the world. Many also went white
crazy to get books for the library ter rafting on the Zambezi
and working on a grant to fund River; and one brave soul crossed
construction of a new library fa- River; and one brave soul crossed
cility." He requested "books, the border to bungi jump from a
magazines or newspapers to help bridge in Zambia."
in the effort," in his work as a He concluded, "This writer came
Peace Corps Volunteer. to the conclusion, much as
He pointed out that school is "not Shakespeare's Falstaff did in
a right in Zimbabwe, but a privi- ry IV, that'discretion is the
lege." That should open the eyes better of valor.'And he opted
of some American youngsters who neither for the river nor the bungi;
don't want to go to school and ut ecid to sdavey-is n U ol
don't care to be educated. The lars for a rainy day--knowing all
young people in Zimbabwe are too well that, in Zimbabwe, there
young people in Zimbabwe are
hungry for knowledge and the are many of those in stock (pre-
opportunity to improve their sumably rainy days?).
situation. Brian took the remarkable photo
Brian reported that the Zimbabwe of Victoria Falls, as well as the
"kids enjoy paging through: the photographs of U.S. Ambassador
copies" of the Chronicle that var- Tom McDonald and the Returned
ous people have mailed him He Peace Corps Volunteers.
said, "Imagine, you now have Brian said that film and develop-
readers in Africa!" ment fees "are super expensive
He also reported that "39 U.S. here (in Zimbabwe)-approxi-
Peace Corps Volunteers were mately $225 for a roll of film and
sworn in on December 19 (1998) $150 to develop 24 exposures of

U.S. Ambassador Tom McDonald congratulated the
volunteers for successfully completing their training

at the home of Country Director
Sally Collier. Ambassador Tom
McDonald attended the event and
congratulated the volunteers for
successfully completing their
training period. A small group of
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
(RPCV) from various parts of the
world also attended the ceremony
and spoke briefly about their ex-
Brian continued, "During the
Christmas (1998) vacation, many

film. It would be that much in U.S.
dollars, but right now all I have
are Zim bucks."
It appears inflation in that coun-
try should make Americans proud
of their own economy at this time.
For those interested, his current
mailing address is: Brian
Goercke, Matsine Secondary
School, Private Bag 2107,
Hwedza, Zimbabwe, Africa.

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Vol. 8, No. 6

March 19, 1999

Publisher......... ............... Tom W Hoffer
Contributors ........................................... Tom Campbell
............ Aaron Shea
............ Rene Topping

Sales ............................ ................ Jean Collins
............ Jonathan Capps
............ Tom W. Hoffer
Advertising Design
and Production.................................. ...... Diane Beauvais Dyal
............ Jacob Coble
Production Assistant ............................... Jason Sanford
Copy Editor and Proofreader................... Tom Garside
C circulation ............................................... Larry K ienzle
........... Tom Campbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel ................................. Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson .................................. Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ............................................... C arrabelle
D avid Butler ............................................ Carrabelle
Pat M orrison ............................................ St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ................... Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins .............. Eastpoint
Anne Estes ....................................... W akulla

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A small group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from
various parts of the world attended the ceremony.



March 19 April 17, 1999
By Tom Campbell

To list an event, please phone Tom Campbell at 850-697-8358 with
complete information.
Friday, March 19-Two hour briefing on VA Services available to
women veterans, 9 11 a.m., Tyndall Family Support Center. Phone
850-283-4205 for more information.
Saturday & Sunday, March 20-21-Tyndall Air Force Base hosts
1999 Gulf Coast Salute/Open House, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Open and free
to public. Headlining The Thunderbirds, USAF Demonstration Team.
Ten other flying displays are planned, including F-15 Demonstration
Team from Eglin Air Force Base. 5K Race starts at 8 am. For more
information call 850-283-2631. Or phone Office of Public Affairs
Sunday, March 21-Willing Workers of AME Church in Apalachicola
present Fashion Show and Tea at 4:30 p.m.; fashion, fun, food.
Sunday, March 21-Dixie Theatre Readings, 3 5 p.m.; 21 Avenue
E, Apalachicola. Phone 850-653-3200 for more information.
Monday, March 22-Helen Keller National Art Show in Claude Pep-
per Changing Art Gallery, 636 West Call Street, Florida State Univer-
sity, 4 to 6 p.m.; exhibiting work of children with visual impairments,
March 22 through April 2. Joseph Rickards, Age 10, son of Sandra
and Robert Rickards of Carrabelle, will have a watercolor on exhibit.
For more information contact Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, Department
of Special Education, FSU, 850-644-8408.
Wednesday, March 24-Full Amnesty Days when other items, in-
cluding yard trash, will be accepted FREE are on Wednesday of each
month's third full week; also April 21. 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Franklin
County Board of County Commissioners approved these Amnesty
Days. Telephone 850-670-8167 for further information. Keep Frank-
lin County Beautiful.
Thursday, March 25-Artists Spring Forth! May Day Exhibit and
Auction at Sea Oats Gallery, St. George Island to benefit Franklin
County Public Library. Juvenile, young adult divisions-as well as
amateur and professional artists. Date in May to be announced. Phone
now for information. Call Jean at 850-927-2303.
Thursday, March 25-Author and historian Ed Muller will talk on
Steamboats in Florida, at the Rainey Museum Carriage House in
Apalachicola, 7 pm. Local sponsor is Apalachicola Historical Society.
For more information call Jo Heslin at 850-227-7234; or visit web
site at www.flahum.org.
Friday & Saturday, March 26 27-"My Fair Lady," Musical, at
Wakulla Community Theatre, Historic Sopchoppy School Auditorium,
7 p.m. For tickets phone 850-962-2151.
Friday, March 26-10 a.m., Band T Sales, Groceries, Official Grand
Opening, Ribbon Cutting, Corner of Highway 98 and Tallahassee
Street, Carrabelle.
Monday, March 29-Emergency Maaigeinent (Disaster) Planning
Workshop for Business, Industry and Government. 8:30 a.m.; loca-
tion: 187 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee; cost $125 (includes lunch).
Day-long workshop shows how to create a disaster plan. Sponsored
by Disaster Services Office, Capital Area Chapter, American Red Cross.
For additional information phone 850-878-6080.
Tuesday, March 30-Volunteer Recognition Day, 2 p.m., the
Carrabelle Senior Citizens Center will have a recognition ceremony to
recognize donors and honor all volunteers who have helped through-
out the year. OPEN TO PUBLIC. For additional information, call 850-
Thursday & Friday, April 1 2-Franklin County Emergency Man-
agement hosts a 2-day series at the Florida National Guard Armory,
corner of Avenue D and 4th Street in Apalachicola. Pre-registration is
necessary. Phone Butch Baker, Director, for more information at 850-
Saturday, April 10-Antique Car Club Race-Panama City to Gibson
Inn, Apalachicola. Phone 850-653-9419.
Saturday, April 10-Gallery Walk-10 Shops and Galleries. Phone
Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce, 850-653-9419.
Sunday, April 11-The Bay Area Choral Society and soloists under
direction of Dr. Thomas Adams; a program of music from favorite
Broadway and movie musicals. Ilse Newell fund for the Performing
Arts, at the Dixie Theatre, Apalachicola, 4 p.m. Phone 850-653-3200.
Saturday, April 17-Camp Woe-Be-Gone-8 a.m. 5 p.m. One day
grief support camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experi-
enced death of a loved one. Lunch and snacks provided. $10.00 per
child. $15.00 per family. Scholarships available, Held at Girl Scout
Camp For All Seasons. Register early. For more information, call Kevin
Carter at 850-878-5310 or 800-772-5862. Community service of Big
Bend Hospice.
Saturday, April 17-9th Annual Waterfront Festival, 9 a.m. 7 p.m.
City Pavilion on Marine Street in Carrabelle, and along Riverfront.
Family fun, games, food and festivities.

School Playground Plan

Begins To Evolve

Selling the Pearl of the Panhandle
My Specialty area is Carrabelle Lanark -
Carrabelle Beach St. Teresa St. James Eastpoint
Let me be your guide to finding your
"perfect pearl" of a property.
Please call Rene for all your real estate needs, buying or selling.

(the name says it all)

Office: (850) 697-2181
Home: (850) 697-2616
FAX: (850) 697-3870


Old Beach area. Sugar white sand beach. with deep water at the dock. The house
Beautiful view of the Sound and Dog Is- has two bedroom and 11/2 baths upstairs.
land. 2 BR, large living room. Central Downstairs almost ready to be mother-in-
heat and air, sleeping porch and large law apartment. Elevator to second floor.
deck ................ Now priced at $149,000 CHA, and a two story building that was
RANCHSTYLEHoUSEwith2bedrooms,great used as an art gallery can be used for
room,30x60storageandworkshop, green- many types of business. Priced right at
house, party house, deepwater at dock, $215,000
beautiful landscaping on 3 lots. A must see A SMALL INVESTMENT PROPERTY with a two
at $299,000 bedroom house. CHA and a two bedroom
75 FEET OF HIGH BANK on the Carrabelle mobile home on three lots. Room for an-
River, all cleared and ready for you to otherresi On Louisiana Street.
build your dream house .......... $75,000 Owner says bring me offers.
ONE FULL ACRE out in high area of Light- unfurnished ...... $250 per month
house Estates. Water view. Cleared and nfrnshed .... $250 per month
ready for you to plan where your house or FOR RENT 2 bedroom house with one bath,
mobile home will go quickly. A good buy central heat and air ... $300 per month
at $17,500
If you are looking for an agent to list with how about giving me a try?
Small or large-I give it my best.
Call and ask for a list of our land lots and acreages. Also a brochure
containing other offerings in the area. Don't forget we can show you any
listing, our own or other agencies.

You may not recognize the play-
ground area of the Carrabelle
School after School Teacher
Marian Morris and the Carrabelle
High School Playground Commit-
tee moved the long awaited reno-
vation into high gear at a meeting
held Thursday, March 4.
The committee is composed of the
following parents and teachers;
Vice-Chairperson Pam Marshall,
Helen Brown, Missy Cumbie,
Jane Wade, Tonya Brownell,
Coach Finley, Sharon Dobson and
School Principal Bob McDaris.
The plan includes the addition of
soccer and kickball fields,
tetherball, hopscotch and 2
square areas. Also included is re-
surfacing the basketball courts,.
with breakaway goals to be in-
stalled. There will be different size
goals to accommodate all ages.
Work is already underway with a
playgrourkd cleanup being done
by inmates from the Franklin
Work Camp. Safety issues were
discussed and Carrabelle City
Commissioner Donald Wood has
inspected the driveway for stop
sign placement,
A "Parent Volunteer Day" was pro-
posed to assist in the clean-up
and restoration effort and volun-
teers are needed, If you are inter-
ested in this vital project please
contact either Marian Morris or
Pam Marshall at 397-3915.

Page 4 19 March 1999


The Franklin Chronicle

17th Annual from Page 1
For Money Raised at Booth, First Place went to Franklin County Fur-
nace; Second, Hogs Breath Chili; and Third, Atlanta Parrot Head Club.
Miss Chili Pepper was Ann Gottheif, Atlanta Parrot Head Club. Mr.
Hot Sauce was Wayne Myers, Atlanta Parrot Head Club.
The Chili Cookoff Board of Directors wishes to thank the workers of
the Franklin County Work Camp for setting up and striking the tents
and booths. Successful organization and cooperation of all the volun-
teers were also winners, as the festivities went smoothly. The 17th
Annual Chili Cookoff set a standard for the future that will be hard to



Results, Red Pepper Run 5K

St. George Island, 3/6/99

K-bobs booth manned by Frank Latham.

Chili dogs under the food tent,
this year's Cookoff.

A beer mouthwash at the "Dead Serious" Chili booth.

1. Mike Sims
2. Andrew Maurey
3. Clay Landwisch
4. Dana Stetson
5. Dwayne Maddren
6. Jerry McDaniel
7. Hobson Fulmer
8. Craig Hasty
9. Pat Weidenbenner
10. Summer Calder
11. Logan Wolcott
12. Paul Peavy
13. Bob Shaw
14. Casey Perldns
15. George Palmer
16. Pam Shaw
17. Tim Stockwell
18. Xrina Conn
19. John Eaton
20. Lonny Weakland
21. John Stacklyn
22. Steve Baczewski
23. Jim St. John
24. Bill Kimmons
25. Rick Barrett
- 26. Stephen Taul
27. Ray Hanlon
28. Bill Lango
29. Bob Keller
30. Merle Taul
31. Matt Fortini
32. Stuart Wolcott
33. Doug Rickler
34. Peter Bono
35. Shum Donahoe
36. Ryan Larson
37. Tammy Owns
39. Donna Gunter
39. Don Robbins
40. David Baczewski
41. Ben Lawson
42. Melody Nelson
43. Roy Bateman
44. Susan Fortini
45. John Culbertson
46. John Shelby
47. Kayla Lee
at 48. Jonathan Lowman
49. Richard Addison
50. Nelson Martin
51. Dan Walker
52. Ray Sholar
53. Lammle
54. Terry Temples
55. Mike Carpenter
56, Joe Whitesell
57. John Stockwell
58. Alan Pierce
S9. Kari Crowder
60. Eric Jones
61. Jessica Brauer
S62. Juliet Stacklyn
63. Tracy Connors
64. Jan Auger
65. Jackie McDaniel
66. Kathy Kowals
67. Mark Ward
, 68. William Brock.
69. Enver Bardhi
70. Kay Holland
71. Sue Skinner
72. Dixie Davis
73. Nada Stafier
I 74. Tom Scott
75. Sherrie Peavy


26-36' .
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ard Winner
st Male Overall
, 30-39, males
, 40-49, males
1, 40-49, males
1, 30-39, males
40-49, males
st Male SGI Resident

1st, 50-59, males
First Female Overall
1st, 10-14, males
3rd, 30-39 males
1st, 60-69, males
2nd, 10-140 males
2nd, 50-59, males
First Female SGI Resident

3rd, 50-59, males
3rd,10-14, males

2nd, 60-69, males

1st, 20-29, males
1st, 30-39, females
1st, 40-49, females

1st, 9 & under, males

2nd, 40-49, females
3rd, 60-69, males
2nd, 30-39. females







15-19, females

i, 20-29, males

, 30-39, females

76. Sharon Lowman
77. Chris Chason
78. Jennifer Weakland
79. Rita Culbertson
80. Sue Shaw
81. Larry Shaw
82. Arden Sherman
93. John Osgathorpe
84. Pete Skinner
85. Charles Temples,
96. Chase Brown
87. Homer Ooten
88. Lee Bateman
89. Michael Frimet
90. Robert Dees
91. Molly McKinstry
92. Amy Conso
93. Perry Erwin
94. Wanda Gangausch
95. Stephanie Frimet
96. Carla Bardhi
97. Elizabeth Beasley
98. Debra Bachman
99. Barbara Lee
100. Buzz Bono
101. Gary Willand
102. Khara Bardhi
103. Lauren Leinonen
104. Haley Pitts
105. Lanny Sellers
106. Tim Whitney
107. Michelle Lastinger
108. Yvonne Miels
109. Mary Lawson

125 registrants, 109 finishers


2nd, 50-59, females

2nd, 15-19, females
3rd, 20-29, males

2nd, 9 & under, males

2nd, 15-19, males

3rd, 20-29. females

1st, 10-14, females
1st, 60-69, females

2nd, 10-14, females
1st, 9 & under, females
2nd, 9 & under, females

3rd tie, 50-59, females
3rd tie, 50-59, females



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i, 20-29, females
I, 40-49, females

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, 50-59, females

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Volunteers, like Barbara Sanders (right) shared in the
laughter and frivolity.



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19 March 1999 Page 5

CGJ Vets from Page 1
On Sunday at 8 a.m. at Chillas
Hall, Ralph Dietz, along with
Kendall Wade and other volun-
teers, were hard at it again as they
cooked up a buffet breakfast of
biscuits with sausage gravy,
scrambled eggs, sausage patties,
pancakes, orange juice and
The room buzzed with conversa-
tions as old friends got together
and army buddies reminisced
about their army days. When
asked if they were having a good
time by members of the CGJ As-
sociation, their answer was "This
one is your best yet." They said
they enjoyedethe history, some
spoke about the junior interview-
ers and felt that was great. They
said the Tallahassee Swing Band
was super good and all the food
had been good.
Sid Winchester called the fourth
annual meeting of the Camp Gor-
don Johnston to order at 10:30
a.m. These long distance mem-
bers were alive with suggestions
and promises of sending things
for the museum. It seemed they
all thought the "Smallest Museum
in the World" was a good start.
There was talk of some of the
other units who were planning
their annual reunion to coincide
with the next one held by Camp
Gordon Johnston in the year
As friends and buddies embraced
one more time in farewell to mem-
bers of the CGJ Association, tired
but happy workers knew that they
had given the veterans a great
fourth union.




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Guard Members Invade Museum

By Rene Topping
How many G.I.'s can be fitted into the "Smallest Museum in the World?"
Members of the local National Guard coming back through Carrabelle
on Sunday afternoon March 7, after a weekend of duty, decided to
stop by and see just how many. Once crammed inside they were also
interested in the relics that are on display in this tiny building at 4th
street and U.S. 98 in Carrabelle.
The men found that in the army, despite the latest techniques and
weapons, there is still place for the average man, and some aspects of
service have not changed since WWII. The items in the museum have
been gathered from local people, veterans of World War II who came
through Camp Gordon Johnston, and families of some who have
passed on.
The mementos range from pillows embroidered with the name of the
camp sent home to mother or sweetheart, Life Magazines, Pictures of
the troops and aerial pictures of the entire base.
The guardsmen remarked on the old pictures. Some knew little about
the Camp Gordon Johnston but appreciated the efforts of the Camp.
Gordon Johnston Association and the men who served there in try-
ing to preserve the history of the Camp and of WWII.
Those pictured are: in the doorway, Ronald Carter, holding the door,
Tommy Register, Jack Taylor, Chris Gardner, Arthur McCarthy, John
Aikens, Bill Talcott, Robert Ramsey and Jimmy Elliott.


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By Aaron Shea
At the Franklin County School
Board meeting on March 4, Board
members applauded the accom-
plishments of the young men and
women of Carrabelle High for their
success at the Regional Science
Fair and District III competitive
Five eighth graders under the
leadership of Mr. Spencer Tolbert
had an excellent showing at the
Regional Science Fair. Lauren
Cook placed first in Engineering
and Sterling Kendrick placed first
in the Earth and Space Science
category. Not only did young
Kendrick receive the glory of fin-
ishing first he also received a cash
prize of $50 from the American
Civil Engineers. Elizabeth Beaty
placed second in Medicine and
Health. Danielle Crum and Adam
Barfield honorable mention at the
On March 2, Carrabelle High's
Future Business Leaders of
America, under the tutelage of
Linda Massey, went to Godby
High School in Tallahassee to par-
ticipate in the District III Competi-
tive Events. The students came
home with five first place trophies,
two second place trophies, and
one third place trophy. The first
place winners were as follows:
Business Calculations: Andrea
Business Math: Tona White
Information Processing: Mark
FBLA Principles and Procedures:
Felicia Harrell
Introduction to Parliamentary
Procedure: Levi Millender
The Entrepreneurship team of
Keisha Smith, Tasha Massey, and
Jessie Walden finished in second
place. Tim Murray and Allison
Schaffer finished second in Desk-
top Publishing. Jessica Padowitz
finished third in Business Com-
In other matters:
The Board decided to not to make
a decision on whether or not to
re-name the softball field at
Apalachicola High Martina Field.
The Board tabled the idea with the
possibility of this coming up at
another time. The Board decided
that they need to come up with a
policy that would help them with
these decisions.
The fees for the Florida School
Board Association increased. The
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Carrabelle Workers Care
For Beach Park

By Tom Campbell
Ms. Kathleene Mock, a worker
with the Florida Department of
Transportation in Carrabelle, has
been on the job for nine years,
taking good care of the Carrabelle
Beach park. Her co-worker, Ms.
Letha Brannon, has been on the
job "twelve years in April," she
Some changes are being talked
about, which may replace these
dedicated workers with other
people. "I don't think we will lose
our jobs," said Ms. Mock, "but
they will probably put us on other
crews, maybe flagging."
The idea is to, perhaps, put handi-
capped people in the jobs taking
care of the Carrabelle Beach park.
Ms. Mock and Ms. Brannon said
they are all for people working in
jobs that help the community. A
concern, however, is that these
ladies are committed to providing
a community service and, in that
capacity, they often go beyond the
call of duty.
For example, in addition to cut-
ting grass, emptying trash cans,
cleaning the restrooms at the
park, and cleaning and washing
the tables, they also pick up trash
and debris on the beach. "At one
time, the beach used to look like
a swamp," said Ms. Mock. "But
we picked up and cleaned every-
thing." Today, the beach looks
clean, white sand shining in the
sun. Ms. Mock said, "Our concern
is, if they take the park from us,
will they keep it looking good?"
There was hometown pride show-
ing, and the ladies wanted the
Carrabelle Beach park to continue
to be the attraction for tourists
that it has become. "A few years
ago," said Ms. Mock, "they wanted
to do away with the park." Fortu-
nately, they changed their minds.
People from Lanark Village and
other local areas have been com-
ing to the park for picnics and
walks in the sun on the beach.
Recently, on a sunny day, fifteen
cars were counted parked, with
nine out-of- state licence plates.
Obviously a tourist attraction and
stopping place, the park offers

picnic tables, trash cans,
restrooms and a beautiful beach
for walking and picture-taking.
The ladies said their supervisor
is W.C. White, and requested that
he be contacted before the article
was printed.
Reached for comment last week,
Supervisor of Maintenance in
Carrabelle Area for Department of
Transportation, W.C. White said
that he could not comment. He
said, "There is a proposed change.
The current workers at the Beach
Park will probably be placed in the
maintenance yard. The Carrabelle
Beach Park jobs will probably be
contracted out. I am just a cog in
the wheel of DOT. There is noth-
ing I can do."
Mr. Derrick Jenkins, Maintenance
Engineer with DOT, said his area
of supervision was for Leon,
Gadsden, Franklin, Jefferson,
Liberty and Wakulla Counties.
When asked about the proposed
change in personnel at the
Cafrabelle Beach Park, Mr.
Jenkins said, "We are in a Prelimi-
nary Study Phase, regarding that.
We have downsized in the last four
years, and have lost some posi-
tions, and need to maximize use
of employees. We are doing man-
power studies and may contract
out some jobs, such as the Beach
Park. We have such contracts in
place on I-10. Those contractors
are doing a good job of mainte-
nance and the areas are in good
condition. We will do anything we
can do to be sure the Beach Park
will be cared for."
The ladies pointed out that they
clean the office at the DOT main-
tenance 'headquarters in
Carrabelle, and they enjoy their
work, doing whatever they are
asked to do.
"Lots of people are related to us
here in the area," said the ladies,
"and the vandalism here at the
park is not nearly as bad as it
used to be." The vandalism has
been cut down and they hope it's
because they care, and the locals
know them. This is hometown
pride, and the ladies hope it's con-

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The Franklin Chronicle

A Review
By Tom Campbell

The USS St. Augustine
(PG-54) Disaster And
Ausley Lee
After 54.5 Years
A Quest For The Truth
By Mays Leroy Gray
Published by Springhill Publish-
ing Company
52 Manatee Way
Crawfordville, Florida 32327,
100 pages, plus Bibliography
More than three years of hard re-
search went into the writing of
this book, The USS St. Augustine
(PG-54) Disaster and Ausley Lee
Scarborough. Thoroughly accu-
rate and well documented, Mays
Leroy Gray's book weaves a spell
that took in this reader and led
him through the search for an-
swers, in this tragedy at sea.
The boy, Ausley Lee Scarborough,
who grew up to be the sailor on
board the doomed ship, becomes
a really likeable young man. The
reader cares what happened. That
is the remarkable magic of the
The author is a second cousin and
was eight years younger than.
"Uncle Ausley" or "Uncle Doc," as
Ausley was called (because he
wanted to be a doctor). Survival
during the Depression years of
1930's, reveals a hard but good
life for the farm folks. They always
had food, as the author points
out, that grew in their gardens
and orchards, and they had a
strong faith in God, family and
America. (Pages 1 and 2).
"In all probability," the author

states, "we in America will never
see such men again."
From riding his Harley Davidson
motorcycle to deliver prescrip-
tions for the drug storejob he had,
to traveling to races, we get to
know a bit about the young man,
his sense of duty, fun, and love of
country, America.
On January 10, 1944, the mother
and father were going about their
household chores, when a young
Naval officer knocked on their
door and presented them with the
news that their son was aboard
the USS St. Augustine (PG-54).
which went down off the coast of
New Jersey, and that their son
was listed as "missing."
The parents were consumed with
grief and remained with unan-
swered questions that would
haunt them for the rest of their
lives. (Page 13.)
In his quest for the truth about
the disaster, the author was frus-
trated on many occasions by
questions that went unanswered.
Some vivid details are reported.
On page 38, the author concludes
"Posthumous decorations should
be awarded to the 115 officers and
crewmen who lost their lives in
the St. Augustine disaster..." (Page
The tragedy, as the author envi-
sions it, suggests an interesting
possibility for a movie with grand
heroic themes.
Some of the newspaper coverage
is repetitive, but offers details and
bravery. (Pages 47-58.)
The author's treatment is inter-
esting and transcends the family
tragedy to reveal the universal
loss of countless mothers, fathers,
relatives and friends during World
War II.

Port Authority from Page 1

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are expressly those of the CPAA
and not a debt of the City, County
or State.
The Development of Regional Im-
pact (DRI) covering the Timber
Island project, was approved on
October 2, 1989. This DRI is still
in effect on the remaining 40+
acres left to be developed. How-
ever, it is about a decade behind
on completing Phase one of the
proposed projected date. At this
point, Tommie Bevis, owner of
Dockside Marina is requesting
that his portion, approximately 5
acres, be taken out of the DRI. A
request for support on that re-
quest was turned down by the
authority. The Dockside Marina
and a temporary headquarters for
the Florida Marine Patrol are at
present the only activity on the
Timber Island project. Another
factor is a request being made to
the Legislature to abolish the
CPAA and permit the City Com-
mission to take over any further
There is a small waste water treat-
ment plant and spray field located
on the mainland on a dirt road
off Airport Road. The infrastruc-
ture dates back to the late '80's
and has never been tested. There
being not sufficient activity on the
Island to put it in operation, it has
lain idle for about 10 years. This
plant and lift stations, were built
on a grant of $519,000. It has
been estimated that it would cost
at least another $100,000 to put
it into working condition.
Being a city with a population of
less that 50,000 means that the
city is not required to include the
Port and Airport into it's compre-
hensive plan. Carrabelle's Com-
prehensive plan was adopted in
November, 2 1992.
The DRI is under the jurisdiction
of a number of State and Federal
agencies. In October of 1995, on
a request from the CPAA,
Baskerville and Donovan drew up
a plan that had a recreational
marina capable of docking 102
boats, a dry boat storage with a
capacity of 100 boats, an RV park
with 42 sites. three outdoor swim-
ming pools, tennis courts, picnic
areas, and parking space for 3
cars. The plan has been
No storm water management
master plan has ever been done
and time and again this has been
a big stumbling block for the
CPAA who have no funds except
their meager budget from the city.
This far $1,331,400 in grants
have been appropriated for the
DRI. In a letterto DCA, the CPAA
states d -. *' '* of approxi-
t ....'.cl be nec-
essary to further development.
The DEP office of the Inspector
General commented on November
22, 1996 that they questioned the
Projected debt service payment of

$1800 per month could b
with payments from leases.
also questioned whether
Baskerville and Donovan
meets community needs ar
flects economic reality or is
possible from an engineering
spective. They also question
CPAA's being able to attra
necessary sub leases to s
the debt service even if no
payments are made to the
On October 17, 1990. Fra
County was notified by the F
Office of Tourism, Trade ani
nomic Development that T
Island and the Airport
among other areas design
an Enterprise Zone. The I
prise Zone Committee has
inactive and no planning
come from this designate
Designation of an Enterprisi
carries with it tax relief ar
The members asked what o
they had after hearing this f
report and Meams told theI
for one thing, nothing could
pen until the Stormwater I
in place. He recommended
the CPAA prepare a bid pa
and advertise nationally ou
the opportunity for develop
Also, provided the CPAA ca
Special Independent Distri
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New Coast Guard "Stingray"

Docks In Carrabelle

By Tom Campbell
The brand new USCGC Stingray
(WPB87305) docked at the
Carrabelle City Pavilion and
Boardwalk on the river, last week-
end, here just for the Camp Gor-
don Johnston Reunion. The ship's
Captain, Katherine M. Niles,
LTJG, U.S. Coast Guard, said she
and her crew were enjoying their
visit to Carrabelle.
The Stingray is an impressive
87-foot ship, completed in Janu-
ary, 1999, and officially commis-
sioned Friday, March 5, 1999. The
ship was built by Bollinger
Shipyard in Lockport, LA. The
Stingray has a price tag of
about $3.5 million.
The crew of the USCGC Stingray
(WPB87305) consists of:

LTJG, U.S. Coast Guard,
Katherine M. Niles, Captain
MKC Gary Churchman
BM1 Ashley Gordon
BM2 Nancylee Greiner
MK2 Gary Robertson
FS2 Frank Thomson
FN Eric Ely
FA Joshua Garcia
SA James Ferguson
Captain Kathy Niles said, "I have
been in the Coast Guard about
ten years. We're very happy with
the Stingray, and we are happy
to be here in Franklin County,
here just for the Camp Gordon
Johnston Reunion."
The Stingray is out of Mobile, AL,
and left Carrabelle on Sunday.
Tours of the Stingray were pro-
vided to the public while the ship
was in Carrabelle.

Work Progressing On Alabama

Street In Lanark

By Tom Campbell
The controversial intersection of
Massachusetts Avenue and Ala-
bama Street in Lanark Village has
seen a new development. Rapid
progress is now underway in con-
struction of the extension of those
two streets, now clearly avoiding
the privately owned land there.
Mr. Raymond A. Young, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Jim Young of Lanark,
had written a letter to the Frank-
lin County Board of Commission-

dence from the City, it will free
them to work as an independent
The only time anyone has made
an offer and a plan for develop-
ment was in 1998 when Tom Bea-
vers was granted, by the CPAA, a
__ development plan that included
much of the type of development
e met in the Baskerville and Donovan
They plan. At that time, Gene Langston
r the proposed a plan that would in-
plan volve wet slips and dry dock fa-
nd re- cilities, the only other bid was
even from a Mr. Grimes.
g per-
ed the Beavers withdrew his proposal
ct the after a stormy city meeting where
service local seafood people were not in
o rent favor of the plan. The airport also
state. received a bid from George and
Pat Maier who also, met with a
anklin stormy reception. After long pa-
'lorida per shuffling between the city at-
d Eco- torney and the Maier's attorney
'imber the offer was withdrawn by
were George and Pat Maier.
ted as
Enter- The CPAA plan another workshop .
3 been for March 30, at 6 p.m. where. all
g has options and strategies will be dis-
on A cussed.

nd tax

m that
d hap-
Plan is
d that
n gain
ct sta-

gulf State



ers, concerning a "dedication" of
the property. He suggested the
"doctrine of eminent domain" to
take the needed right of way.
From the rapid progress of street
construction now underway, it
appears the county decided sim-
ply to extend Massachusetts and
Alabama Street and avoid the
question of the private property.
Opening up the street to eventu-
ally intersect Highway 98 provides
a good view of the Gulf ofMexico
for the local residents. Apparently,
they are happy about the view.
County Planner Alan Pearce said
last week that a "temporary road"
has been cleared for Alabama
Street to come down the hill from
Massachusetts Street and will
eventually intersect Highway 98,
"some time in the future, as the
county grows," Pearce said. "A
culvert will have to be placed
where Alabama comes down that
hill." That part has been post-
poned for now. The County
hopes to provide access, in emer-
gencies, for fire fighters to use that
cleared road which intersects the
highway. "But further work on
that intersection with Highway 98
is delayed for now," Pearce said.
"Stabilization of that hill is part
of our concern," he stated.
For the present, Massachusetts
Avenue now stays off the private
property, which had been used for
some time, and intersects with
Alabama Street on county prop-
erty. The big Caterpillars were
busy with that work this past




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Vice-Chairman Barbara C. Barsh, Jacksonville
Commissioner Robert Q. Marston, M.D., Alachua
Commissioner George R. McElvy, Crystal River
Commissioner Robert D. Woodward III, Tallahassee
Commissioner Donald R. Hansen, Sebring
Commissioner Tony Moss, Miami

MFC Acts On Saltwater
Fishing Issues
The Marine Fisheries Commission
held a public meeting February
23-25, 1999 in Tampa and took
the following action:

The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on proposed rules and
rule amendments regarding the
management of certain tropical
ornamental marine life species.
These amendments would:
-designate porkfish and
blue-logged or tri-color hermit
crab as "restricted species"
- rename star-shells (Astraea
americana or Astraea phoebia)
"starsnails" (Lithopoma ameri-
canum or Australium phoebium)
in the marine life rule restricted
species list, due to changes in
nomenclature in the scientific lit-
erature rename Stenocionops
furcata "Stenocionops furcatus in
the marine life rule restricted spe-
cies list establish size limit of 3
inches in length for Cuban or
spotfin hogfish, and 11/2 inches
in length for porkfish.
- establish daily 75-fish per per-
son/100-fish per vessel (which-
ever is less) commercial limits for
Spanish hogfish
- establish daily 50-fish per per-
son/100-fish per vessel (which-
ever is less) commercial limits for
Spanish hogfish and Cuban or
spotfin hogfish
- establish a daily 75-fish per per-
son/150-fish per vessel (which-
ever is less) limit for porkfish
- establish daily commercial lim-
its of one gallon per person/two
gallons per vessel (whichever less)
for starsnails, and one quart per
person or vessel (whichever is
less) for blue-legged or tricolor
hermit crabs
- prohibit the possession for sale
of any native live rock harvested
in or from state waters
- deletes a requirement that per-
sons must possess a saltwater
products license, a marine life en-
dorsement and a restricted spe-
cies endorsement to land or sell
aquacultured live rock from state

or waters adjacent to state wa-
ters (persons harvesting
aquacultured live rock in federal
waters would be required to pos-
sess a valid federal live rock
aquaculture permit and a valid
state aquaculture certificate --
persons harvesting aquacultured
ive rock from leases in state wa-
ters would be required to possess
a certificate)
The Commission will take these
proposed rules and rule amend-
ments to the Governor and Cabi-
net for approval in the near fu-
Southwest Florida
Saesinal .R'rinnh

The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on proposed rule
amendments that would extend
the existing seasonal closure to
shrimp trawling that stretches
offshore from Boca Grande Pass
to Wiggins Pass an additional
1 1/2 miles to coincide with the
northern boundary of a similar
closure area from Naples to Key
West, and change the existing
January 1 through May 20 clo-
sure to shrimp trawling in state
waters from Naples to Key West
to instead occur from October 1
through May 31 each year. The
SCommission will take these pro-
posed rule amendments to the
i Governor and Cabinet for ap-
Sproval in the near future.
Apalachicola Bay
Shrimp Rule Final
Public Hearing
The Commission held a final pub-
Slic hearing on a proposed rule that
would allow the use of no more
than two unconnected skimmer
trawls (with no more than 500
square feet of mesh area per trawl
and a perimeter around the lead-
ing edge of the trawl no grater
than 56 feet) per vessel to har-
vest shrimp in waters of
Apalachicola Bay in a specified
area south of the Gorrie Bridge
until July 1, 2001. The Commis-
sion will take this proposed rule
to the Governor and Cabinet for
approval in the near future.
Apalachicola Bay
Oysters Rule Final
Public Hearing
The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on proposed rule
amendments that would allow the
harvest of oysters in Apalachicola
Bay on Sundays through Thurs-
days from July 1 through Septem-

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Marine from Page 6

ber 30 each year, and eliminate
the commercial vessel bag limit
for oysters in Apalachicola Bay
S from October 1 through June 30
each year. The Commission will
take these proposed rule amend-
ments to the Governor and Cabi-
net for approval in the near fu-
Gear Specifications
Rule -
Final Public Hearing
The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on a proposed rule
amendment that would change
the rule definition of "cast net to
replace the reference of a
"cone-shaped" net with a cor-
rected reference to a "circular" net
in order to match the specifica-
tion for measuring the maximum.
mesh area of a cast net by means
of its radius. The Commission will
take this proposed rule amend-
ment to die Governor and Cabi-
net for approval in the near fu-
Stone Crab Limited
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment regard-
ing proposed legislation to estab-
lish a limited entry program for
the stone crab fishery. The Com-
mission directed staff to work with
commercial stone crab industry
representatives to modify an in-
dustry proposed bill for presen-
tation to the Legislature during
the 1999 session.
Other Meeting Action
The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment regard-
ing the spiny lobster fishery, and
directed staff to conduct a com-
prehensive review of the manage-
ment of this fishery for consider-
ation by the new Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWCC). In addition, the Commis-
sion discussed various federal is-
sues, including the Commission's
concerns with National Marine
Fisheries Service shark manage-
ment plans. The Commission also
met jointly with the Game and
Fresh Water Fish Commission to
discuss various organizational
and procedural issues in regards
to the creation of the FWCC on
July 1, 1999, and considered leg-
.islative and other various issues.

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Apalachicola River Water

Allocation Discussed

St. Vincent
Fishing Opens
St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge's
1999 public fishing season has been
set. Acting Refuge Manager Randy
Cordray has announced that fishing
will open in Lakes 1, 2, and Oyster
Pond April 1 through September 30.
Fishing will open in Lakes 3, 4 and 5
from May 15 through September 30.
The fishing season has been designed
to minimize disturbances to nesting
bald eagles. The St. Vincent Creek and
Oyster Pond water control structures
will be open during April. May, June,
and September. Low water levels may
make access difficult during that time
eriod. Due to the drought in 1998
sh population levels are very low.
Sport fishing will be allowed in accor-
dance with all applicable State and
Federal regulations and subject to the
following specific regulations:
(1) Fishing is permitted from sunrise
to sunset:
(2) Boats with electric motors are
permitted (all other motors must be
removed from the boats and secured
to a refuge motor rack with a lock and
(3) Boats may not be left on the ref-
uge overnight, and camping is prohib-
(4) The use of live minnows as bait is
not permitted.
A fishing regulations leaflet with map
can be obtained from the refuge visi-
tor center (P.O. Box 447, Apalachicola,
FL 32329) and the Indian Pass kiosk.
Leaflets will also be mailed upon re-
quest by phone (850) 653-8808.


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By Rene Topping
When the Apalachicola River and'
Bay Watch Organization meet at
the Franklin County Courtroom
on March 8, over 60 people were
present. The first action of the.
Association was to fill out it's
board by electing two well known:
local fishermen, Scott Shiver and
Bobby Varnes.
Marian Blackwell, of the "HELP
RIVER" Group and Linda Young
with the "CLEAN WATER NET-
WORK" were in attendance and
were granted time on the agenda,.
Bill Hartley, President of the
ARBWO, said that the meeting
was to be an informational meet-'
ing in order to bring the members
and the residents present more
information on the latest happen-
ings in water allocation.
Susan Anderson introduced the
speakers for the evening by say-
ing that the program for the-
evening was "near and dear to my
heart," because she had worked
for the DCA in Franklin County
until her recent resignation and
also because she sits on
-Flint River Basin Committee
(ACF River Basin Committee), as
a Florida Stakeholder. She said
that Steve Leitman, Doug Barr of
the North West Florida Water
Management District negotiator
for the district and Greg Lewis,
scientist from the Northwest
Florida Water Management
District were all there with infor-
mation. These three are expert in
the problems facing Florida, now
and in years to come, and have
been with the ACF River Basin
Committee since it's inception.
Leitman prefaced his remarks by
saying, I want to stress that the
issue we are talking about is ex-
tremely important. What we will
be talking about and working on

is a complex issue and what it
deals with is looking to the future
and looking towards our children
and their children, and the qual-
ity of water we are going to have
coming down into Apalachicola
Bay. This is something I realized
a number of years ago. No matter
how hard the people try locally,
to protect this system and keep
the oysters coming, the one fac-
tor we really have to deal with is
the fresh water inflow, because it
is the driver of the system."
In the charts he presented, it was
evident that the Bay is at the bot-
' tom of a large system involving the
three rivers in the Tri Rivers Com-
mission, whose water shed area
is about 20,000 square miles. At
the head of the system is Lake
Lanier and Atlanta. Lake Lanier
is the reservoir that handles all
of the water for the metropolis of

.a .

Bill Hartley
Florida is only about 12 percent
of this basin and Florida has a
only 1/8th to the 7/8th against
what lies above in Alabama and
,. Georgia with the vast majority In
the State of Georgia. Most of the
flow is outside of Florida which
makes it important that Florida
work with Alabama and Georgia.
The ACF River Basin Committee
have been meeting for several
years and the object is to be able
to draft out a compact, or agree-
ment that will be endorsed by all
three states and then ratified by
the federal government, who has
a representative on the commit-
tee. However, he is a non-voting
participant. All of the three states
must agree and the agreement
must be made before December
31, 1999.
Leitman showed slides to illus-
trate the problem graphically to
the audience. Starting with Lake
Lanier, a reservoir that is always
kept full, Atlanta is next on the
river and it uses a lot of water for
drinking and in addition, dis-
charges its effluents into the river.
Leitman said, "I have heard it said
ever since the clean water act has
been passed, Atlanta is in viola-
tion of it.



Freddy Willis, General Manager
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54 Market Street, Suite D, Apalachicola, FL 32328
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Business Office: 850-653-3648 Fax: 850-653-8281

Susan Anderson
Further down the Chattahoochee
River, there are several other res-
ervoirs and the city of Columbus.
Coming down on the Alabama
side is the Flint River. The Flint is
fed by spring water. They also use
a lot of water for irrigation.
Leitman said the Flint is used for
navigation, irrigation and hydro-
At the lower part of the basin, we
have the Apalachicola River which
is about 100 miles long and runs
through pretty much all rural ar-
eas, until it reaches the Bay.
Leitman said that there were
things under thus compact that
people need to understand. He
stated that this is the first time
since the clean water act has been
passed, and since all the environ-
mental legislation was established
in the seventies, that they have
created a River Basin Commission
in the United States." Another
thing that he felt has been missed
along the way is that we are try-
ing to do this while we still have a
bay we can get oysters in and a
river that you can fish in. We have
a lot of places take the Ever-
glades, when they are starting to
address issues there as to how do
we protect it' and the patient is
almost dead."
He went on, "our patient has been
sick at times, but our patient is
fairly healthy, and I think that the
people who are involved in this
should be commended that they
are putting this effort forth while
we have still got a healthy sys-
He 'warned that if the compact
should fail we have no other av-


enue, no other way to deal with
protecting the River. The princi-
pal mission of the compact is the
development and implementation
of a formula for an allocation of
water. He said that the possibil-
ity that the commission would
have an allocation worked out was
sort of like the soap operas, tune
in and we will let you know."
He added that the oystermen
know that floods come in some
seasons and then in others, there
is drought. In the average year,
March is the high flow season and
September and October are the
low season. He said this is how
the Apalachicola Bay works. We
need understanding of demands
and flow regime. He felt that much
information was required to fig-
ure out how much water we need.
He said Florida would like to see
the commission set the alloca-
tions with a provision that the
states will return and'look at it in
ten years. Florida would like the
process to be adaptive. Georgia
wants an agreement for fifty years
that would provide a straight line
flow and they are saying "we will
provide this much minimum com-
ing across the state line." Geor-
gia would also like to keep the res-
ervoirs full all the time and there
is a lot of difference between
Florida and Georgia on that issue.
Alabama has not been as specific,
but they are concerned that they
can protect the navigation and
irrigation on the Flint River.

Steve Leitman

Leitman then asked for questions
and people began to show their
concern. One person was con-
cerned about water being taken
away from Florida by Georgia.
Another asked if the problems
Continued on Page 10

7 *

Josh Davis Winner
Josh Davis, left, 7th grade student at Carrabelle School,
won first place in the design contest for 9th Annual
Waterfront Festival. Sheila Hauser, Chairman of the T-Shirt
Committee for the Chamber of Commerce, holds the
T-shirt. The contest had about 50 entries from K 12 at
the Carrabelle School. Josh is the son of Carol and Ricky
Davis of Carrabelle. Josh did his original design in crayon.
He wanted the fish to be smiling. Flo Coody did the transfer
to T-shirts, which will be on sale at the Chamber and at
the 9th Annual Waterfront Festival, April 17.

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"Sumatra Tract" On Sale

From St. Joe, Inc.

The 13,275 acres for sale in northern Franklin and southern Liberty
County are offered by the St. Joe Company, through Natural Re-
source Planning Services, Inc. (Gainsville). Proposals are being ac-
cepted until March 31st. On April 2nd, the "top three proposals will
be invited to negotiate final offers."
Steven A. Smith, real estate broker with Natural Resource indicated
Friday, March 12th, that the final "winning offer will be determined
no later than April 7th, 1999."
The stand types in the tract consist of plantation, natural,
nonplantable and clearcut. Plantation stands have been mechani-
cally planted trees. Clear-cut stands consist of acerage where the
timber has already been cut and removed but no replanting has been
done. The following table shows the distribution of acerage by types.
Table 1

Land Type Summary

Premerchantable Planted Pine
(Timber too small to harvest at this time)
Merchantable Planted Pine


13,275 acres

The estimated timber volume by type includes 168,231 tons pine pulp
wood, 59,051 tons of chip and saw pine, 41,479 tons of saw timber,
and 73,499 tons of cypress. Table 2 shows the distribution of timber
by type, acres and estimated tons of yield by type.
Table 2

Timber Volume Summary

Timber Type

Acres Pine PW

Planted Slash Pine 3,900 140,567
Seeded Slash Pine 222 8,350


390 4,095
4.005 15.219

Pine CNS Pine St Cypress Pw
42,277 2,537
1,085 894
3.273 4,212
12,416 38,048 69.287

168,231 59,051 41,479 73,499

The taxes collected on the 13,275 acres in Franklin County amounted
to $8,445.29 and in Liberty County, $12,418.48. Should the acerage
be acquired by the State of Florida, both counties would lose tax
money. In both counties, the designated land use is agricultural.
By press time, formal designated tours of the land have been com-
pleted. Smith indicated there has been "considerable interest" among
prospective buyers for the tract. He can be reached at 352- 378-8966

Styles And Smiles Entertains Over 100 :-

ly Tom Campbell
he Yaupon Garden Club pre- The participating shops in the
ented its Fourteenth Annual area were: Island Cottons and
fashion Show, "Styles and More in Carrabelle, Grady Mar-
miles," March 6 in the Franklin ket in Apalachicola, Judy's Fash-

County Senior Center in
Carrabelle with over 100 attend-
ing. The program was dedicated
in memory of Donna Spacey, a
past president of the club.

Co-Chairmen for the show were
Mary McSweeney and Helen
Schmidt. Luncheon Chairman
was LaVerne Clawson; pianist
was Pat Carruth.
Entertaining commentary was
provided by Kathleen Heveran,
who shared information about the
models, their fashions and the
shops who provided clothing for
the event.

ion Corner in Carrabelle, Two
Gulls in Carrabelle, Eastpoint,
Apalachicola and St. George Is-
land; The General Store in
Carrabelle, Artemis Gallery in
Apalachicola, and River City Trad-
ing Company in Apalachicola.
Attractive table decorations were
provided by Deby Bachman, who
also designed the program cover.
About twenty models volunteered
their services for the event.
A delicious sit-down luncheon
was served, as prepared by
LaVerne Clawson.

Carrabelle Youth League

Pictured are Carrabelle Youth
League President Bobby Lolley,
Vice-President Kenny Griswold,
Secretary Joyce Mathis and
Treasurer Robin Hayman as the
League President presented a
plaque to School Principal Bob
McDaris, saying "In appre-
ciation for being allowed to use
the school luncheon for
meetings and banquets and the
use of the football field for
Youth League football games.
He helped to make the year a


No dstibte i
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anE uf onies'-

.- .

Announcer Kathleen
Heveran introduced the
models and entertained the
guests at Styles and Smiles.

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19 March 1999 Page 9


Editec by Aa ron Shea

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Panther Roscoe Rotella fouls off a pitch in the 4-3 loss to

Sharks Defeat Panthers In Extra Innings
first win of the season for the

By Aaron Shea
On March 10, the Apalachicola
Sharks defeated the Carrabelle
Panthers 4 to 3 in eight innings.
Wesley Lee got the victory for the
Sharks for his second win of the
season. Ronnie Custer took the
loss for the Panthers.
Five days earlier on March 5, the
Panthers beat Panama City Chris-
tian 6 to 2. The Panthers are 3-3
on the season.
On March 4, Wesley picked up his
first victory of the season when
the Sharks defeated Altha 10 to
0. The shutout victory was the


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The Apalachicola Sharks boys
tennis team had a good second
week of March. On March 9, they
defeated Maclay 4 matches to
three. Timmy Poloronis was the
star for the Sharks. He won all of
his matches. On March 11, the
Sharks defeated Florida High 4 to
3. Timmy Poloronis again starred
for the Sharks by winning all of
his matches.
The Sharks girls tennis team fell
to 0-4 on the season when they
lost to Florida High five matches
to two.

Undermanned AHS Track Team

Showing Improvements In First Season

By Aaron Shea
The five member Apalachicola
Shark Track Team traveled to
Tallahassee on March 9 to com-
pete in the Maclay Invitational.
They competed against the much
larger schools, such as Florida.
High, Shanks, North Florida
Christian, Maclay, and Florida
A&M High. Though they didn't
compile a team score because
they didn't have enough members
to compete in all the events, four
of the Sharks set personal records
at the meet.
Sophomore Tyler Fulmer set per-
sonal bests in the long jump,
16'3", and the 300 meter hurdles
with a time of 48:06. Senior Jeff
Edmiston set personal records in
the 300 meter hurdles 52:15, and
the 800 meters, finishing with a
time of 2:30.
Eighth grader Meghann Gunter
had a personal best of 6:55 in the
1600 meters. Eighth grader Jenny
Edmiston set a personal record of
6:33 in the 1600 meters and 3:06
in the 800 meters.
"They're coming along," said
coach Hobson Fulmer. "As lona as

Alan Pierce from Page 1

County Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders questioned that theory.
"You said it was not intended for
the people or property owners,"
said Commissioner Sanders, who
represents the district that Alli-
gator Point is in. "The first line in
your letter was 'Attention Alliga-.
tor Point residents, real estate
sales people, property owners.' If
it wasn't attended for them, who
was it intended for?"
Pierce insisted that he wanted to
get the attention of the realtors.
"I wanted them to know that
things were not happening on Al-
ligator Point Road, said Pierce.
'They have a livelihood which may
be diminished if we don't do some-
thing out there to protect the
property value and their roads.
So, I wrote it in a way to catch
their attention.
Pierce claimed that the editor of'
the newsletter he was writing the
article for had sent the story to
the Wakulla News. "I had no idea
that they would take an article!
from a realtor newsletter and turn
it into a letter to the editor," said
Some residents of Alligator Point,
however, did not believe that
Pierce's explanation could reverse
the damage that had already been
done. 'That letter has now indi-
cated that the county has no com-
mitment to a public right-of-way,"
said Fred Edelstein, President of

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they keep improving, I'll be
The team also traveled to Talla-
hassee on March 2 to compete in
the Lincoln High Invitational.
Once again, they had to compete
against much larger teams like
Rickards, Leon, Taylor, Lincoln,
and Florida High. Luke Stanley
finished with a team best 12:12 in
the 3200 meters. The eighth
grader also competed in the 1600
meters and finished with a time
of 5:51. Jeff Edmiston jumped
15'0" in the long jump and"
Meghann Gunter jumped 10'9".
Edmiston and Gunter also com-
peted in the 300 meter hurdles.
Edmiston had a time of 52:68 and
Gunter had a time of 63:27.
Coach Fulmer pointed out that
the team laid off the hurdles for a
little while. "We need to concen-
trate on speed," said Coach
Fulmer. "These kids are left over
from cross country. We have no
sprinters. The kids that played
football and basketball should be
on the team, but none of them
have come out."

the Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation. 'That in itself devalues
property values."
County Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis retaliated by telling
Edelstein that the county has
spent hundreds of thousands of
dollars on Alligator Point. "We are
committed to keeping a road out
there and anybody who gets up
.in a meeting and says were not, I
don't know where they have
One resident of Alligator Point
said that she had been receiving
phone calls from upset people.
"One person called me and said,
"Now that we have worthless
property, do we still have to pay
property taxes?"
This same resident also defended
Pierce by pointing out his
honesty. "It is going to become an
island," admitted the resident. "I
hold the governing body of this
county responsible for putting our
lives injeopardy. Forget about real
estate. These are living, breath-
ing human beings on the west
end. You have neglected to come
by the resources economically to
provide me, with safe access out
of that place in event of a major
hurricane. That is putting my life
in jeopardy. As far as I am con-

Joe Kotzman And Wife Josefa

Benavides Both Fine Artists

By Tom Campbell
Joe Kotzman and Josefa
Benavides are artists who obvi-
ously respect each other's work.
They met in Seville, Spain, in
1965, while they were studying in
art school. He left in 1966 and
they wrote to each other. In 1967
he went back and they married.
Today they reside in Carrabelle,
where they have lived since Feb-
ruary of 1997. They are currently
building a studio in their back-
Joe is President of the Carrabelle
Artists Association and has a
showing of his work at 621 Gal-
lery, 621 Industrial Drive, in Tal-
lahassee. His work is also exhib-
ited at The Sea Oats Gallery on
St. George Island. His wife Josefa
also has art work on display at
The Sea Oats Gallery.

cerned, that constitutes criminal,
willful neglect."
Pierce apologized to the people he
had offended, but once again told
everyone that his goal was to get
the attention of the real estate
community. "I intended to be eye
catching," said Pierce. "I stand by
my intentions, which was to bring
attention to the situation at Alli-
gator Point."

Joe's watercolors are fantastic
designs in brilliant color and. dis-
play extraordinary control. He
said an idea is what usually gets
him started with a painting, "usu-
ally color interpretation, maybe
connected with an image," he
said. "All form, really."
Josefa has beautiful necklaces on
display at the Sea Oats. In addi-
tion, she does work in pottery,
pastels, oils, watercolors, stain
glass, crochet and knitting.
"We love it here in Carrabelle,"
said Josefa. "Much better than
Chicago," added Joe.
Their art work is reasonably
priced at the moment, but as sales
take off, probably so will the
prices. Take a look and buy now.
That's the best advice available.

The Board voted unanimously to
create a resolution to send to the
legislature requesting that the
state take Alligator Point Road

The Future Business Leaders of Winners From Carrabelle High
America went to Rickards High
School in Tallahassee to partici- Front row from left: Adrienne Pay, Jessica Padowitz,
pate in the District III Competi Melanie Housholder, Andrea Thompson, Felicia Harrell,
tive events on March 2, 1999, and
came home with five 1st place tro- Ronnie Hayes. Second row from left: Heather Shiver, Tami
phies, two 2nd place trophies, and Chambers, Sara Hall, Levi Millender, Brooke Staggs, Tasha
one 3rd place trophy. Massey, Courtney Cates, Mark Myrick. Third row: Manuel
Gass, Christie Polous, Crystal Glass, Chris Massey, Stephen

Millender, Ken Franklin, Tim Murray. Fourth Row: Starr
Joyner, Michelle Kaboli, Crystal Hall, Felicia Rankin,
Melissa Chapman, Keisha Smith, Allison Schaffer, Kelly

The first place winners were:
Business Calculation-Andrea
Business Math-Tana White
Information Processing-Mark
FBLA Principles and Proce-
dures-Felicia Harrell
Introduction to Parliamentary
Procedure-Levi Millender
The second place winners were:
Entrepreneurship Team-Keisha
Smith, Tasha Massey, Jessie
Desktop Publishing-Tim
Murray, Allison Schaffer
The third place winner was:
Business Communications-Jes-
sica Padowitz
The FBLA adviser is Ms. Linda
District III is composed of the fol-
lowing counties: Franklin,
Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Lib-
erty, Madison, Taylor, and
The Future Business Leaders of
America is an organization com-
posed of students in grades 10-12
who are enrolled in business
courses. This integral part of the
instructional program provides
opportunities to develop voca-
tional and career competencies

and promote civic and personal
responsibility. The are about 45
students in the group, of which
30 made the trip for the competi-

The students have now received
the honor of being able to com-
pete at the State Leadership Con-
ference which will be held in Or-
lando April 11-14.

Reserve Experiencing Growing

By Erik Lovestrand,
Education Coordinator for
the Apalachicola National
Estuarine Research
For the Education Program at the
Reserve, big strides are being
taken towards expanded and im-
proved facilities at the visitor cen-
ter in Apalachicola. Soon con-
struction will get underway to
enlarge the visitor center by ex-
tending the entire front of the
building by twelve feet. This will
create much needed space for an
expanded exhibit area and climate
controlled storage. Another sig-
nificant project underway is the
construction of a boardwalk/na-
ture- trail that will lead from the
visitor center into the marshes of
the Lower Apalachicola River.
Visitors will soon be able to walk
through beautiful natural habi-
tats to an incredible view of the
vast. open marsh. The trail will

have interpretive signs along the
route and a platform for an aerial
view of the marsh.
Both projects are primarily
funded by grants from the Na-
tional Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. This is one of the
very nice attributes of the
Reserve's Federal/State partner-
ship arrangement. Eventually,
additional interpretive materials
will be developed for both the trail
and the visitor center expansion.
We look forward to having these
exciting new opportunities for
visitors to the Reserve.
The down-side of all of these big
changes is the fact that the visi-
tor center will be closed to the
public during construction. We
anticipate a construction period
of three to four months. Look for
future notices about details of the

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Apalachicola River
from Page 7
that had existed on the Colorado
River were any example and
should the states see what has
worked there. The answer was
that they set minimum state line
flows which made the last state
get less and Mexico none. Atlanta
uses about 600.000 gallons a day
was the answer to another ques-
tion. The start up of negotiations
happened because Atlanta was
facing a Federal Law suit.
Hartley said "The organization
that really protested the water
quality in the Atlanta area was a
riverkeepers organization." It was
obvious that there are fundamen-
tal difference between the states.
Jeanni Macmillan asked "Are the
stake holders making priorities?"
She wanted to know if the envi-
ronmental concerns of Florida
were lower priority than Georgia
and Alabama concerns. She
asked how Barr felt right now
about the possibility of getting
agreement. Barr answered that he
was "Hopeful." He said that since
the studies he has seen and be-
ing in contact with the river for
five or more years, more people
are seeing the river as part of a
system. Headded, "People aren't
going to try to manage a system
they don't understand."
Bevin Putnal, who has spent a
lifetime around the Bay and is
now a Franklin County Commis-
sioner observed, "When they
opened up Bob Sikes Cut, it was
like opening up one of those dams
up there. And when they dredged
the canal into St. Joe, it was the
same way... the water comes
down and half of it goes the other
way now. It used to be that it all
went into the Bay. Has there been
any discussion or study done as
to how much of the water we are
losing after it gets here?" He went
on to say that in years past they
had very productive oyster bars
on either end of the bay. He said,
"One of the best bays was in the
east end, Porters Bar. It is dead
now and I think It is because of
the salinity." He said he wondered
if putting locks on the pass and
the canal would help.
He said he felt that "We got to do
our part too. We can't lay the
blame on everybody else. I know
all of this works together. They
have got their part, we have got
our part and everybody has got a
little part, but we can't just ne-
glect what we have done and lay
all the blame on those folks."
He was told that he might very
well have a point but this is a
matter that would be internal to
Florida. The concern of the com-
pact is only on the three rivers and
ends where the water goes into the
Bay. There have been no discus-
sion about Sikes Cut as part of
the interstate water issue. Putnal
said it seemed to him that, "Be-
cause when,,God made- i.t-He
made a perfect environment to
grow oysters in this Bay, no mat-
ter what we do to it, or someone
upstream does to it, we are mess-
ing with Mother Nature. Every
time we mess with it we think we
are improving it but we are not."
Some one asked if Georgia had
brought the Sikes Cut point up.
Barr said they had from time to
time in the past, and it has not
been brought up lately. Graham
said they had done several stud-
ies. Some studies as to how the
salinity regime operates.
Some data has been used in the
studies done from previous work,
done by Skip Livingston the 70's,
He added that the east bars are
prone to high salinity. In addition,
there is also a current that comes
from the east and passes through
the Bay.
Bringing the question back to the
water allocations, a question as
to whether Alabama and Florida
have some joint concerns and did
that state ally with Florida. They
were told that did seem to be so,
in some cases.
If the three states cannot reach
agreement before December 31,
1999, the states could agree to
extend the time limit. If one of the
states disagrees, negotiations will
stop. If, on the other hand, the
states agree on the allocations,
the federal member must agree
and in a few months it could be
ratified and action can then be
taken on the part of the federal
government to get it into legisla-
(In as much as this is a very im-
portant issue, there will be a Part
II of this concern in our next is-
sue, including statements made
by Ms. Marian Blackwell and Ms.
Linda Young.)

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19 March 1999 Page 11




Love Center's Production Hits A

"HOME" Run At Dixie Theatre

Over 250 people attended the pre-
mier performance of Love Center's
evangelistic play "HOME" on Sun-
day, February 28. "A splendid af-
ternoon" said Rex Partingtonone
of the Dixie Theatre's owners.
The presentation of the play was
to culminate the month's festivi-
ties celebrating Blacks in Ameri-
can history.
Temolynne Wintons, the writer
and director of the play, says she
is well pleased with the perfor-
mance and the turn out.
Droves of people started pulling
up to the beautiful Dixie Theatre
around 3:15. "It was all very ex-
citing" says Rex Partington. "It
was wonderful to have such an
enthusiastic crowd. I thought it
was all quite well done and the
play had a good story line.
"I was really pleased to have such
a diverse audience," said Love
Center's Pastor Shirley White.
"There were blacks, whites,
young, old, people from all differ-
ent walks of life, some in the faith,
some not. Regardless it was great
to have us all come together and
have such a great time," she said.
First in the spotlight was Mrs.
Wintons, who opened the play
with a brief history of how the
writing of the play came about.
Then it was lights! Music! Action!
As the play opened, its first scene
was the Church. This scene was
very colorful and full of spirit. This
is where we meet the principal
characters of Purity (Raevyn
Jefferson), a little girl just want-
ing to praise the Lord and her
Momma (Angeline Stanley), who
thinks her praise is nothing but
noise. The noise which comes
from her red star-shaped come-
to-life tambourine (Anastasia

Townsend) who energetically
dances and praises throughout
the entire play.
Other principal characters are the
Preacher (Michael Baucham), the
Deacon (Gabriel Lockley) and the
Usher (Lance Rochelle), the crack
user turned usher whose inspi-
rational performance of the song
"Changed" brought tears to the
eyes of many of the audience
Narrators Angel of Light (She'la W.
Martin) and Angel of Darkness
(Jacqulyn Davis) cause the crowd
much laughter as they keep us
informed play by play, in their
own comical kind of way.
'There was something in this play
for everybody, from the youngest
to the oldest person in the audi-
ence. I liked the children, they
were great! But my favorite was
the older lady who played the an-
gel, she was so anointed, we
could've had church up there,"
said Linda Gant, an audience
member from Port St. Joe, who
came along with a group of 18
other people.
The play climaxes with Eneny-
mean and her sidekick Emp T
(LaTonya Townsend) who think,
they have captured the principal
through various temptations, but
Purity remembers to plead the
Blood of Jesus, the only thing that
evil spirits are powerless against.
The Love Center "Acting Up"
Drama Troop would like to extend
a very special thanks to Dr. Keith
Tucker and Carey Robinson of
Florida A&M University's Theatre
Department for their technical
and lighting assistance.
An ENCORE performance of
"Home" was mandatory due to the
many phone calls and verbal re-
quests. It was given this past Sun-
day, March.6, 1999, with still over
200 present.

Ilse Newell Program Smash Hit

By Tom Campbell
The scheduled performance of
Violinist Vartan Manoogian had to
be canceled because of illness, but
the resilient group of The Ilse
Newell Fund for the Performing
Arts at Historic Trinity Church
came up with a wonderfully tal-
ented list of surprises.

Trio Internazionale, well known
throughout the area. They gave
their splendid performance, as
usual. The trio, of course, is
Martha and Luciano Gherardi
and Bedford Watkins.
Next was an Apalachicola High
student, Aarti Patel, French horn,
accompanied on the piano by Karl
Aarti Patel, French horn. Lester. The audience was most
appreciative of their work.
S'They were followed by Nicholas
Blake, violin; Paul Polous, guitar;
and Phyllis Blake, concertina.
They performed Ashokan's Fare-
"-- well and three Celtic Folksongs,
~ Jiv I which the audience Snjoyed thor-
Tony Partington, tenor, performed
next and was a hit with the audi-
ence, as he displayed a beautifully
trained voice. He is the son of Cleo
and Rex Partington, Directors of
the Dixie Theatre.
The next Ilse Newell performance
will be April 11, at 4 p.m., at the
Dixie Theatre, 21 Avenue E,
Apalachicola. The Bay Area Cho-
ral Society and soloists under the
direction of Dr. Thomas Adams,
will present a program of music
Tony Partington, tenor. from favorite Broadway and movie

$ 12,000



Franklin County Exceeds United

Wav Goal For The First Time

By Aaron Shea
The over sized United Way life-
saver sign that resides in
Carrabelle was topped off with red
on March 3, marking the first time
in the history of Franklin County
that the goal for money donations
has been reached in the area. This
year's goal was $12,000. The
county collected $12,930 thanks
to donations from the
Apalachicola State Bank, Florida
Power Corporation, Franklin
County Schools, and the Gulfside
"We got off to a slow start this
year, but next year we are going
to get started early and make
something happen in Franklin
County," said Mason Bean, the
campaign Chairman for Franklin
County.."We'll double it next year"
The biggest contributor to the
United Way campaign in the com-
munity was Gulf State Bank.
Employees of the bank donated

$1,170 and the bank matched
that, bringing the grand total of
the donation to $2,340. A portion
of the money also came from the
Big Bend Saltwater Classic fish-
ing tournament, which donated
The three previous years of this
campaign saw Franklin County
bring in less than $10,000 each
year. "It has been the increase in
contributions from individuals,"
explained Kimberly Hankerson,
the Franklin County Service Di-
rector, on why the county reached
its goal this year.
The Big Bend area as a whole sur-
passed its goal of $4.5 million by
raising $4,535,226. This placed
the United Way of the Big Bend
in the number one spot nation-
ally for United Ways raising $2
million to $10 million with a 51%
increase in funding raising in the
past three years.

Franklin County Emergency

Management Tabletop Exercises

Martha Gherardi, left, Bedford Watkins and Luciano

Paul Polous, left; Nicholas Blake, violin; and Phyllis Blake,

Fat Cats And Pudgy Pooches

I50th Wedding Anniversar

50th Wedding Anniversary

Thank you all for making our 50th Anniversary very special. To Trin-
ity Episcopal Church friends, the anniversary breakfast lovingly pre-
pared, delightfully served and deeply appreciated. The Audrey Roux
Memorial Tuesday Bible Study, originating in our own Eastpoint home,
St. Margaret's Guild, which Mary hosted in January, and Don's vol-
unteering at Pennysworth have been spiritually rewarding to us both.
Our neighbors, the Bickel families and the Norris's surprising'us with
a cake server artfully wrapped complete with a beautiful cake-and
ice cream party at "HoBo's" at Carrabelle Beach.
Our Anniversary dinner served by our dear little Greek friend, Aglio
Mosconis Dolan at Bay City Lodge completed the festivities.
Joyce's Golden Anniversary floral arrangement from our son, Prof.
Avery Don Schwer and family in Omaha, Nebraska, "accompanied"
us to church early Sunday morning. The calls and gifts from our
daughter, Andrea in Los Angeles and from our Son, Sam, and family
in Wisconsin brought many happy tears. Everett is youngest at five of
our five grandchildren and pictured above with his proud grand-
The many calls, cards, and gifts from friends and relatives from all
over with their thoughtful well wishes made our day as wonderful as
the big anniversary trips in the past! Sick days prevented traveling
and we were glad to be home.
During the ten years we've been here in Franklin County, including
the years "Mr. Don", was at the Bridge and working at the Bay St.
George Health Care Facility, we've enjoyed the neighborhood and
thoughtful kindness shown by the Shiver family United Baptist
Church. We've watched the growth of the Senior Citizens Facility in
Carrabelle, the Franklin County Library system with Eileen Annie
and Ada, the Literary Department, Bonnie, Pam and Linda and thank
the County board for realizing the far reaching effects this institution
would have on young and old alike. We are thankful for the Franklin
County Health Unit in both Carrabelle and Apalachicola for the health
classes and many services they extend to help us through every day.
in fact, give us a life!
The programs offered by the Historical Society ably led by George
Chapel and Bill and Helen Greer have been an education in History of
the early Florida years in the Panhandle.
In our early years Don sold his Cessna airplane and bought the fam-
ily farm and built herds of Registered Guernsey Dairy cows and Reg-
istered Polled Hereford cows for forty years. Mary owned and oper-
ated a fashion/fabric store.
Now we are thankful for every morning we look out our windows at
the beautiful water with the sun rising over the horizon. We Praise
the Lord and thank Him for His many, many blessings.
Donald and Mary Schwer, Eastpoint
February 14, 1949 1999, Valentine's Day

It's the picture of contentment ...
your favorite furry four-legged
companion, curled up on the floor
in a patch of warm sunlight,
snoozing with a belly full of the
steak scraps left -over from last
night's dinner. Oh yes, he's con-
tent. But is he healthy?
Not likely. Ensuring your pet's
health goes beyond resisting the
sad eyes and whimpers that.plead
for leftovers. Ignoring the content
bfyour pet's food and his need for
exercise can lead to dangerous
health habits that may haunt
both you and your pets in the

Counting Those
Improper diet for your pets can
lead to health problems serious
enough to endanger their lives.
Diarrhea can result from allergic
reactions to food, sudden changes
in diet, sickness, or dietary indis-
cretions (such as eating trash). If
not treated, these reactions can
lead to dehydration and weight
loss. Extra pounds on an over-
weight dog can be associated with
heart and respiratory ailments
and skeletal stress, and obese
dogs and cats are more prone to
As many as 89 percent of dog and
cat owners feed their animals
table scraps occasionally, accord-
ing to a study done by the Ameri-
can Animal Hospital Association.
But unfortunately, not only is
people food often too high in fat
for an animal to appropriately
metabolize, but your pet may be-
come a more finicky eater, refus-
ing healthier pet food when the
table scraps are gone.
But table scraps are not the only
pitfall when it comes to nourish-
ing those four-legged friends of
ours. Many pet foods also have a
high fat content, which, of course,
Fluffy and Fido love. The more
they eat it, the more they love it,
and may pets eventually refuse to
*eat anything else.
So what should concerned pet
owners look for in buying accept-
able food for their pets? High-fi-
ber foods, often made with finely

ground peanut hulls, are nutri-
tionally balanced and complete.
It usually takes a 10 to 20 per-
cent fiber diet to change the
weight of an obese pet. But a
lower-fat food will probably not
taste as good to your pet as his
regular, fatty canned food, and he
may refuse to eat it at first.
Gradually changing finicky Fido's
diet over a few weeks should solve
the problem.

Working Off That
Eating a healthy diet is only half
the battle for you and your pet.
As you pound pavement, pump
iron, and peel pounds through a
little daily sweat, don't neglect
your pets and their needs for daily
exercise. A checkup for you and

your four-legged workout partner
is in order before the sweating
begins. Dr. Anne Lazar, an AAHA
veterinarian, recommends that
young and middle-aged pets start
'an exercise regime by walking 10
to 15 minutes each day. Older
dogs should first be examined by
a veterinarian, who can recom-
mend a proper program. Runners
can take their pets on their daily
routines, but keep in mind that
concrete, cinders, and blacktop
can be hard on paws-especially
if those paws spend a lot of time
indoors. And don't expect Fido to
run five miles his first time out-
you weren't able to when you first
started, and neither will he. Talk-
ing to your dog as you run is a
good bonding exercise.
This advice is fine for dog own-
ers, but what about exercising
your overweight feline? Although
many people think cats won't
walk on a leash, cats can be
trained to use a harness leash,
which prevents injury to their
fragile neck areas. If Fluffy resists
a leash or walking, encourage her
to play with string or other favor-
ite toys.
Don't fall prey to the lazy owner's
syndrome: Your pet is not respon-
sible for his health-you are. Dogs
and cats will only exercise when
they have incentive to do so-they
don't automatically know they
should be running laps around
the yard while you are at work.

The Franklin County Emergency
Management Office is hosting a
two-day series of tabletop exer-
cises on April 1 2, 1999, at the
Florida National Guard Armory,
on the corner of Avenue D and 4th
St., in Apalachicola. A number of
different emergency situations
will be simulated, each of which
will require multi-agency and
multi-jurisdictional responses.
In order to provide the best train-
ing experience possible, the exer-
cises will involve the use of the
Abbottville tabletop-exercise
simulator. Abbottville is a model
city of approximately 230 square
feet consisting of over 400 build-
ings and natural features. It can
be adapted to the conditions in
any area (urban, rural, industrial)
and can be used to simulate any
type of emergency situation. This
simulation has been used by fire,
police and emergency manage-
ment departments nationwide to

practice response tactics and in-
cident command.
If you would like to actively par-
ticipate in, or simply attend and
observe the exercise, please reg-
ister by mailing or faxing the en-
closed registration form to Butch
Baker at the fax number 850-653-
3643 or by mail to 33 Commerce
Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320.







Florida Waterways Continue

To Be Nation's Deadliest

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary David B.
Struhs and Division of Law Enforcement Director Mickey Watson
announced on March 5, 1999 that 70 boater fatalities and a total of
1,282 accidents occurred on Florida waterways in 1998, a slight in-
crease from 1997. Thirty-five percent of the total accidents in 1998
were alcohol and/or drug related. This number is down from 1997
when 51 percent of all accidents were alcohol-related.
The statistics, complied from January 1 to December 31, 1998, by
the DEP Division of Law Enforcement show that Florida waterways
are still among the deadliest in the nation. Monroe, Broward and
Palm Beach counties reported the most accidents in 1998. Monroe
County reported 213 accidents, Broward County 120 and Dade County
reported 77 accidents in 1998. Statewide accident, injury and fatality
totals for the past three years are as follows:
Year Accidents Injuries Fatalities Recreational

1996 1260 804 59 731,991
1997 1251 754 67 744,278
1998 1282 650 70 809,160
According to the 1998 boating statistics, personal watercraft acci-
dents account for 34 percent of the total boating accidents and more
than half of all boating injuries. However, personal watercrafts make
up only nine percent of all registered recreational vessels in Florida.
Rental personal watercrafts account for less than one percent of reg-
istered recreational vessels but were involved in 22 percent of Florida's
boating accidents last year.
Florida faces the biggest safe boating challenge of any state due to its
year-round boating climate and 8,426 miles of coastline, 51,000 miles
of rivers and streams and over 7,000 lakes and ponds. Congestion of
waterways is a safety hazard with 809,160 recreational boats regis-
tered in Florida and an estimated 400,000 boats brought to Florida
by visitors each year.
County Total Reported Fatalities Injuries Damages Accident
Vessels Accidents Rank
Bay 17,265 47 0 37 $104.870.00 7
Franklin 2,620 12 4 2 $61,925.00 24
Gulf 2,558 6 0 4 $13,600.00 34
Wakulla 3,929 3 1 0 $9,000.00 43

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The Franklin Chronicle

More pictures from the Charity Chili Cookoff and Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion

"The Andrew Sisters" sponsored by the Carrabelle Sea Oats
Garden Club.

Panama City scooters line up for salute in parade.

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Tallahassee Swing Band always pleases CGJ vets.

Gulf State Bank employees raised over $1000 for the
Franklin Coutny Library last Saturday at Yard Sale for which
the community contributed items.

Keep Franklin County Beautiful

Begins Preparations For County


At the auction, someone usually donates their head gear
to the auction till, except this year the Sheriff appeared
without his hat.


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Over 1,000 ka-bobs were
created, and later sold, by
teams of volunteers working
several nights prior to the

This year's Cookoff featured
a large variety fo costumed
visitors and entertaining
operators of the professional
competing chill booths.

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Dick Steinert won first place
in the 1999 Regional Chili
Cookoff and will go to the
national competition. His
handle was "Pop Pops

By Aaron Shea
Members of the Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP),
Department of Transportation
(DOT), Franklin County Sheriffs,
Florida Marine Patrol, Keep
Florida Beautiful, and Solid Waste
Department attended the March
Keep Franklin County Beautiful
meeting to discuss their plans for
several clean-ups of illegal dump-
ing sights around the county.
The members of these local and
state agencies agreed that there,
are four specific areas in the
county that should be targeted for
clean-up. The number one prior-
ity is the Twin Lakes area in
Eastpoint. The area is currently
covered with garbage ranging
from tires to boat parts to old so-
fas. It was agreed by all at the
meeting that the clean-up of this
area would begin on Saturday,
April 10 at 8:30 a.m.
On April 17, the clean-up of the
Twin Lakes area will be contin-
ued because the area cannot
be cleaned in one day. The
clean-up will then be moved to the
water front of Eastpoint later in
the afternoon on the 17th.

The Keep Franklin County Beau-
tiful committee and the other
agencies participating in the
clean-up are relying on volunteers
to make the clean- up of these two
areas a success. It was estimated
that volunteers would have to put
in 8 hours each of these days to
accomplish the goals of the
cleanup. "We measure success in
several ways," said Bruce Ryan,
the Great Florida Clean-up Coor-
dinator. "One way is how many
people participate in the cleanup.
The more people that participate,
the more people you reach out to."
The other two prioritized areas are
the Apalachicola Airport and
Lanark Village. Both of these ar-
eas will be cleaned by county in-
These clean-ups are affiliated with
Keep Florida Beautiful and Keep
America Beautiful. For those in-
terested in volunteering there will
be another meeting before the
clean-ups begin on April 5 at
10:30 a.m. at the Eastpoint
Firehouse. or call Guy Hogan of
Keep Franklin County Beautiful
at 653-3361 or 670-4323.

Snowbird Appreciation Party

The second annual Snowbird Appreciation Party sponsored by Prudential Resort Realty of
St. George Island brought over 170 winter visitors to the Oyster Cove Restaurant on
February 25th. Chefs John Spohrer and Bruce Drye prepared hamburgers, and all the
fixin's while Chef Nathan Montgomery prepared the side dishes.
Area merchants and property owners contributed to the festivities by donating door prizes;
autographed books, discounts for dinners, gift certificates at local shops, and more. The
party is planned as an annual event to thank all those who choose to make St. George
Island their winter home, many of whom return year after year to enjoy the natural beauty
of the island and to contribute to the local economy.

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The St. George Island community effort, joined by dozens
of main landers, began Friday night at 7 p.m. with the
erection of two tents, measuring 40x100 and 40x120 feet.
These covered the "sit-down" food areas and the auction.

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