Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: April 2, 1999
Copyright Date: 1999
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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Franklin Chronicle


Volume 8, Number 7



April 2 15, 1999

Ten-year-old Joe Rickards stands with his father, Robert
Rickards, in front of Joe's national prize-winning painting.

By Tom Campbell
Joseph Rickards is a big winner
at age 10. He has a watercolor on
exhibit at The Helen Keller Na-
tional Art Show, which exhibits
the work of children with visual
impairments and is open to the
community March 22 through
April 2. The show is at the Claude
Pepper Changing Art Gallery, 636
West Call Street, Florida State
Joseph Rickards is the son of
Robert and Sandra Rickards of
Carrabelle. He is one of 26 win-
ners of this year's Helen Keller
National Art Show. There were
111 entries for the show this year
from 18 states and two foreign
countries. The show was judged
by a panel of nine judges, includ-
ing the Director and the Vice
President of the East End Memo-
rial Foundation, Shirley Seay and
Leroy Tilt respectively.
Joseph is one of two Florida win-
ners. The other is Dominique
Renee Ghirardi, who attends
Julington Creek Elementary
School in Jacksonville. There were
10 entries from the state of
Florida State University is the first
stop of a national tour of artwork

created by visually-impaired,
blind and deaf/blind children
throughout the United States.
The Helen Keller National Art
Show will be open to the public
at the Claude Pepper Changing
Art Gallery on the FSU campus
through April 2. The gallery is
open from 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m.
FSU's Program in Visual Disabili-
ties is one of the largest such
training programs in the United
States. The program is part of the
Department of Special Education
in the university's College of Edu-
"The artwork that is displayed has
a unique emphasis on creativity,
color and tactile media." said L.
Penny Rosenblaum, a professor in
the FSU program. "Works from
children of all ages who have
visual impairments and.are
educated in public and residential
schools are included in the
competition. Each child who
submits a work is considered to
be a winner, and receives a
certificate of participation."
Joseph attends Gretchen
Everhart School on Mission Road
in Tallahassee. His another,
Sandra Rickards of Carrabelle,
Continued on Page 10

Jurisdiction In

Two Net-

Limitation Cases

The James Leon Conner litigation
concerning the territorial seabase
line, determining how one deter-
mines where the inshore and
nearshore waters are located, to
reach compliance with the
net-limitation requirements in the
Florida Constitution, was declined
by the Florida Supreme Court last
week, in a brief opinion released
on March 18.
Attorney Ron Mowrey spoke of the
Judge Walker decision at a rec en t
meeting" ..of the Florida'
Fisherman's Federation, in which
the Wakulla Judge concluded that
there was no way to determine the
location of inshore and near-shore
The District Court of Appeals re-
versed the Walker decision, but
the fishermen asked the Florida
Supreme Court to exercise discre-
tionary jurisdiction. The Supreme
Court has declined to exercise this
discretion, so the matter is re-
turned to the court of original ju-
The territorial seabase line was
the considered appropriate mea-
sure except very few charts iden-
tify this line. Ron Mowrey said,
"Along the coast of Florida, the
line meanders so badly, that its
anywhere from a mile and a quar-
ter to over four miles from the
place where dirt hits the water at
the beach to that nautical line of
the charts..."
The second litigation involved a
Franklin County case decided by
Judge Russell, when he found the
Amendment limiting nets to be
vague and ambiguous and there-
fore unconstitutional. Moreover,
the State argued that a "use test"
was implied in the Amendment,
although undefined. The "use" of
a net determined whether the
fisherman was killing fish. This
Franklin County decision was
later reversed by the First District
Court of Appeals before a review
of the Florida Supreme Count was
According to Ron Mowrey, defense
attorney for the fishermen, both
cases will be reheard since the
"fast track" attempts at Supreme
Court review were on jurisdic-
tional grounds and not to the
merit of the cases.

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Faces Facts

At Workshop

By Rene Topping
Carrabelle Port and Airport Au-
thority met on March 30, in a sec-
ond workshop meeting given by
Robert T. Means bf City Strategies.
Means. in a presentation aimed
a t t r, acts, advised the members
of Lhu CPAA that several facts had
to be faced before any more con-
sideration could be given to de-
velopment of the airport and Tim-
ber Island.
Regarding the airport, known as
Thompson Field, he said he had
an opportunity to get a copy of the
master plan of the airport that
had been done in January of
He also said that before the Au-
thority could do anything about
the airport they would have to get
a lease from the city and then they
would be able to send out a stan-
dard lease form in order to de-
velop potential clients. He said,
"The airport at this point is con-
trolled by the City and the Port
Authority controls Timber Island."
Hence the need for a lease on the
airport. He said there is no way
the Authority could market it to a
potential tenant without that ten-
ant knowing what was in the
lease. He felt that was why the

Continued on Page 2

9th Annual



Saturday, April 17, is the date for
Carrabelle's 9th Annual Water-
front Festival. To quote the Cham-
ber of Commerce'press release:
Friday, April 16th, the Carnival
will be a great way to start off the
three days of festivities.
Saturday, April 17th will be jam-
packed full of activities that will
The ever-popular Seafood Gumbo
Cookoff, all day bingo, art show
& market, fun auction, boat auc-
tion, educational exhibits, mari-
time crafts & exhibits, sailboat
rides, train rides, and the
Other activities include: bubble
gum blowing contest, cheerleader
competition, yo yo contest, Oreo
stacking contest, balloon toss,
mullet toss, men's pretty legs con-
test, pet beauty contest, children's
beauty. pageant ... a $500 cash
drawing and food, food, food.
Sunday, April 18th, the Carnival
will wrap up the three days of fam-
ily fun and entertainment.
All of this is happening on
Carrabelle's picturesque water-
front! Call Carrabelle Chamber of
Commerce at 850-697-2585 for
applications and vendor informa-
tion. Space is limited, so first
come, first serve.

Erban Pipe Organ STORY ON PAGE 5

Golf Course Developers Seek Rehearing Before Appeals Court
District Court Of Appeals Affirms Franklin
County Rejection Of Golf Course
On March 19th, the First District Court of Appeals denied a petition
from Eastpoint Golf Course developers, St. George Island Limited (a
limited Florida Partnership involving Phipps Ventures and Morris
Palmer) seeking to overturn Franklin County's rejection of a golf course
to be constructed in Eastpoint of artificial turf. A golf driving range
and clubhouse were approved by the County.
St. George Island Limited (SGIL) petitioned the District Court of Ap-
peals for a writ of certiorari, which was granted by the appeal court.
In well over a year, the oral arguments were heard in January 1999,
and.a decision was reached last week. SGIL has now filed a motion
for rehearing before the same judges on a four point brief filed March
1. SGIL appealed the County's rejection of the golf course to Judge
Steinmeyer in Franklin County Circuit Court, and the Judge over-
turned the County's decision saying that the County Commission did
not receive any substantial and competent evidence that the pro-
posed golf course would harm Apalachicola Bay or that the proposed
development would pose any greater threat to the Apalachicola Bay
than any other lawful use of the property.
The District Court of Appeals (DCA), in their recent rejection opinion,
said that there was competent and substantial evidence of a threat to
Apalachicola Bay. SGIL has argued in their recent motion, in part,
"Notwithstanding these fears and concerns and notwithstanding the
referral of the issues to, and consultation with, the Apalachicola Es-
tuarine Research Reserve, ... no one was able to present any evidence
of any adverse impact on the Bay. Citing Judge Steinmeyer, SGIL's
brief for rehearing stated:
The only reason stated for the denial was the County Commission's
alleged concern over the possibility that the proposed development
could somehow harm the Apalachicola Bay. The County Commission
received no competent substantial evidence that the proposed devel-
opment would, in fact, have any adverse impact on the Apalachicola
Bay or that the proposed development would pose any greater threat
to the Apalachicola Bay than any other lawful use of the property....
"Based on the undisputed evidence that the respondent satisfied all
applicable development regulations (ordinances which implement the
objectives and policies in the comprehensive plan) and the Circuit
Court's conclusion that the general objectives and policies in the com-
prehensive plan lacked any objective standards, the Circuit Court
went on to state:
...Even if unfounded fears constituted evidence which could be relied
upon to deny the proposed development, such evidence would be
irrelevant, since no lawfully adopted ordinance gives the County Com-
mission the right or discretion to deny any application for site plan
approval based on such evidence or concerns....
... However, SGIL has complied with all applicable, duly enacted ordi-
nances, and Franklin County does not have the discretion to deny
the application for site plan approval based upon general objectives
and policies set forth in the comprehensive plan."
"Given the Circuit Court's finding and holding that there was no evi-
dence that the proposed development would, in fact, have-any ad-
verse impact on the Apalachicola Bay, the remaining statements
quoted above were not essential to the Circuit Court's opinion and
final order and therefore constituted dictum. The Circuit Court's ac-
tual holding does not constitute a departure. "Circuit Court simply
and correctly held that there was from the essential requirements of
law no evidence to support a finding that the proposed development
would have any adverse impact on tne bay.
"This Court failed to apply the proper standard of review. Haines City
Community Development v. Heggs, 658 So. 2d 523 (Fla. 1995); Edu-
cation Development Center, Inc. v. City of West Palm Beach Zoning
Board of Appeals, 541 So. 2d 106 (Fla. 1989). Throughout these pro-
ceedings, no one has been able to point to any competent substantial
evidence that the proposed development would, in fact, have any ad-
verse impact on the Apalachicola Bay or any oyster in the Bay. No
such evidence was presented, the Circuit Court found and held that
no such evidence was presented, and this Court violated the estab-
lished standard of review when it rejected this finding and holding
and quashed the Circuit Court's decision."
However, it should be noted that the First District Court of Appeals
(FDCA) rejected Judge Steinmeyer's statement that "...any evidence
of any prospect of damage to the water quality in Apalachicola Bay
would be 'irrelevant since no lawfully adopted ordinance gives (the
county) the right or discretion to deny any application for site plan
approval based on such evidence or concerns." The FDCA opinion
continued, "...Based on this assumption, the circuit court does not
have discretion to deny the application for (S.G.I's ) plan based upon
general objectives and policies set forth in the comprehensive plan."
The FDCA concluded, "We find that these determinations constituted
a departure from the essential requirements of law..." (citing Haines
City Community Development v. Heggs, 658 So. 2d, 528 (Fla, 1995).
"We therefore grant the petition (from Franklin County) and quash
the decision of the Circuit Court,.." the FDCA concluded. In sum, the
FDCA seems to underscore the need for the County Commission to
investigate and ponder any concern about damage to the Bay, follow-
ing the goals of the local comprehensive plan, before considering any
evidence or concern about the Bay.
Continued on Page 2

Page 2 2 April 1999


The Franklin Chronicle

District Court of Appeals from Page 1
The FDCA opinion continued, "...the Circuit Court's statement (Judge
Steinmeyer) that the County Commission could not deny SGIL's site
plan approval based on 'general objectives and policies' in the com-
prehensive plan is in direct opposition to the language and require-
ments of the Comprehensive Planning Act, and is not supported by
relevant law applying the act ... Yet, SGIL has argued that there was
no competent and substantial evidence presented in the County Com-
mission hearing. (In hindsight, it would appear that the FDCA was
incensed that the Circuit Court said it had apriori rejected any con-
sideration of danger to the Bay prior to the final conclusion to grant
the site plan approval, and that such consideration, so stated, was
required to be consistent with the act governing comprehensive plans
and the objectives'.. Judge Steinmeyer stated there was no substan-
tial and competent evidence to demonstrate any danger, thus he over-
turned the County's rejection of the site plan).
In the SGIL brief on this point, attorney Russell D. Gautier concluded,
"The Circuit Court simply and correctly held that there was evidence
to support a finding that the proposed development would have any
adverse impact on the Bay. "In the FDCA opinion, the panel of judges
said there was competent and substantial evidence.

2. On point two, SGIL added, Franklin County did not make any
finding that the proposed development was inconsistent with any of
the objectives of the comprehensive plan. "...There was no evidence
presented as to any comprehensive plan provision and no mention
made of the comprehensive plan at any of the hearings held by the.
county commissioners. Instead, contrary to Florida law, this Court
(the FDCA) decided an issue that was neither presented to nor de-
cided by the county commission. (citing authority).
3. On point three, SGIL stated in their motion for rehearing, "As the
Circuit Court found and held, there was no evidence that the pro-
posed development would harm the bay. Instead, there were expres-
sions of fears and concerns which do not constitute evidence ... As
counsel for Franklin County acknowledged during the oral argument
before this Court, Franklin County had the burden to prove by com-
petent substantial evidence that the proposed development will dam-
age natural resources."
4. Point four summarizes SGIL's overall concern: "...The effect of this
Court's opinion is to grant Franklin County (and all other counties
and all cities) the right to deny development approval based upon an
alleged inconsistency with a generally stated objective'in a compre-
hensive plan which cari be applied at the whim and caprice of the
county officials.
Property owners will be required to spend the time, effort and ex-
pense to proceed through the entire development review process with-
out any idea whatsoever as to whether the county officials may find
the project inconsistent with the comprehensive plan. Even worse,
according to this court's ruling in this case, the county officials can
deny the development approval without reference to any particular
land development regulation or comprehensive plan provision. All that
will be required is for someone to appear at a hearing and express a
fear and concern that the proposed development "could" harm some
natural resource.. If the denial is later challenged, the county can
successfully assert inconsistency with its comprehensive plan regard-
less of whether the consistency with the comprehensive plan was
even considered during any hearing. The property owner will have no
remedy, or recourse because, under this court's opinion, a statement
of possible harm to a natural resource will constitute competent sub-
stantial evidence.
The parties to the litigation will now wait until the FDCA rules on the
SGIL's motion for rehearing.


On Sunday, April 11, at 4 p.m.,
the Bay Choral Society will
present an entertaining choral
revue of music from Movies of the
twentieth century entitled
"CINEMAGIC!" as part of the
1998-99 Ilse Newell Concert
It seems quite appropriate that
this program of favorite songs
from, the movies will, be per-
formed in the Dixie Theatre in-
stead of Trinity Church. The Dixie
Theatre, Apalachicola's beauti-
fully restored former movie house,
Possible featured some of the
motion pictures in which many of
these songs were first heard. The
program will include many nos-
talgic, romantic tunes such as
"Moon River", "The Way You Look
Tonight" and "Isn't It Romantic?"
as well as a wide range of exciting
themes and rhythms in tunes like
"Flashdance", '"The Heat is ON",
and "Footloose".
The Bay Choral Society will be
directed by Dr. Thomas Adams
with a combo accompaniment by
Dr. Bedford Watkins, piano,
Luciano Gherardi, bass and Joe
Lehning, drums. Featured solo-
ists include Wesley Chesnut,
David Wingate, Cynthia Rhew,
Royce Hodge, Virginia Harrison,
Dody Slaght, Alice Hall, Gayle
Dodds, Emily Herbst, Lois Clary,
Jimmy Miller, and Phil Jones.
The Bay Choral Society has per-
formed two concerts each year in
Apalachicola for more than ten
years. This talented local group
has presented an array of choral
music, ranging from the works of

Mozart, Handel and Bach to
lighter, popular music from nu-
merous Broadway shows. Mem-
bers of the chorus come from
Franklin and Gulf counties-from
Port St. Joe to Lanark Village.
Anyone interested in joining the
Choral Society for the December
1.999 program should contact
Mrs. Eugenia Watkins at (850)
The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts is sponsored by the
Apalachicola Area Historical. So-
ciety, a 501-(c)-3 educational in-
corporation in Florida.

Refuge House Pruner dit Awards

On March 19, Refuge House held
it's 1999 Freedom From Violence
Awards Dinner at the Civic Cen-
ter in Tallahassee. Keynote
Speaker, Carmen Cummings, of
WCTV addressed a full house as
she spoke of her crusade to edu-
cate the community regarding the
epidemic of domestic violence our
society is faced with. The terrible
effects that that violence has on
our children, and what can be
done if we work together for
healthy homes. The award recipi-
ents were representative of all the
counties served by Refuge House,
those counties being: Franklin,
Gadsden, Leon, Liberty,
Jefferson, Madison, Taylor and
Wakulla. The Leadership Award
was presented to Attorney Jenni-
fer Greenberg, for work on the
Governor's Clemency Project; The

Perry Woman's Club for being in-
strumental in a Safe House for
battered women and children for
Taylor and Madison Counties;
Tallahassee Memorial Health'
Care for a special program for
sexual assault victims; and to
June Shehan-Berlinger and
Kathy Haley survivors of domes-
tic violence who have significantly
raised the public's understanding
of the realities of domestic and
sexual violence for the survivors,
their families and our community.
The dinner was sponsored by
businesses from the counties
which are served by Refuge
House. Your help is needed in the
work for healthy homes for
Franklin County, please call if you
or your organization will take a
stand against violence in the
home. 697-3983.

American Red Cross To Conduct

Town Meeting In Apalachicola

The Capital Area Chapter of the
American Red Cross will host a
Town Meeting on "Preparing for
Disaster". The meeting will be held
at the City Hall, on Thursday,
April. 8th, starting at 6:00 p.m.
Residents of Apalachicola and
nearby areas are encouraged to
attend. Topics to be covered in-
clude Disaster Services volunteer
opportunities, disaster education,
disaster preparedness work-
shops, and Franklin County's di-
saster mitigation efforts.
Those in attendance will learn
how volunteers from the commu-
nity make a difference during
emergencies. Some of the many
roles that volunteers can perform
in response to disaster include
shelter operations and damage
assessment. Training opportuni-
ties will be explained and sign-up
sheets for Disaster Services train-
ing courses to be held in
Apalachicola will be circulated.
Meeting participants will hear
about disaster education pres-

ently taking place in the schools
and plans for expanding the
The Capital Area Chapter will
launch its "Disaster Resistant
Neighborhood" project for the City
of Apalachicola. This collaborative
effort will bring a home construc-
tion expert, the volunteer fire de-
partment, a safety specialist and
others together for a one day "Di-
saster Resistant Neighborhood"
workshop designed to share tech-
niques on how to make your home
and community safer.
A representative of the Franklin
County Local Mitigation Strategy
Workgroup will provide an update
on the work being done to reduce
property damage, injury and loss
of life due to disasters and the
goals of the mitigation workgroup.
For additional information on the
Town Meeting contact the Capi-
tal Area Chapter in Tallahassee
at 878-6080.

May Daze For Artists To Benefit Library
A benefit for the Franklin County mainly to benefit the library.
Public Library will be held at The She said she hoped the schools
Sea Oats Art Gallery on St. George would get involved, as well as the
Island Saturday, May 15, 1999. media. "Please submit contribu-
Announcement was made last media. Please submitcontrbu-
Announcement was made last tions by May 2," she said. "All con-
week by Ms. Jean Collins, who tributions will be on display until
said that WINGS of the Library the event on Saturday, May 15 at
association would also sponsor The Sea Oats Gallery on St.
the event. George Island."
"We would like to get as many art- The divisions are: Juvenile, ages
ists in the area involved as we 7 12; Young Adults, es 13 -
can," said Ms. Collins. "Work sub- 17. Amateur and profess nal art-
mitted by age 17 and younger will
be judged and prizes awarded ln ists are asked to participate in the
be judged and prizes awarded in adult division.
the form of art supplies." adult division.
She said that adult work will not lrmore irmation, phone Jean
Collins at 927-2303 or 697-8533.
be judged or prizes given. In the
adult area, emphasis will b' on
the attempt to sell or auction work MAKE PLANS
to benefit the library.

Ms. Collins said the proiecjti

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Port Authority Workshop from Page 1

Maiers were not aole to work with
the City. His suggestion was that
the members of the Authority im-
mediately request a lease from the
Authority Attorney Suzanne
Brownless said that a lease prop-
erly spelled out would reduce risk.
She added the Authority could
put out a bid package and poten-
tial bidders would have to pay a
bidding application fee.
Means stated that the one thing
that is most important in any de-
velopment, is water and sewer
and the small plant that is located
on land adjacent to the City is
woefully Inadequate and he even
went as far as to say that it was
not sufficient in the beginning.
Indeed the plant has never been
in actual use. He said, 'The off
site sewer plant and effluent sys-
tem is in an advanced condition
of decay." He added that any per-
mits for operating the system, if
indeed there ever were any, have
most likely lapsed several years
ago. He added that "The lift sta-
tion operation components,
grinder pumps and power panels
are worthless and must be re-
placed." He recommended that
the existing plant would have to
be replaced but felt that the pip-
ing system from the plant to Tim-
ber island could be used.
He went on to say that no new
business could locate on Timber
Island without available sewer.

He gave this as his plan of action
'for the CPAA. Determine the cost
of a new sewer plant capable of
processing industrial and seafood
Determine the cost of providing
treated water of sufficient quality
and pressure for use for indus-
trial use and in fire suppression.
Determine the time required to
permit and construct new or re-
habilitate existing utility lines.
Develop cost estimate for master
storm water plan.
Develop a financially feasible
funding mechanism to provide the
utility infrastructures. Look into
City Ordinance 228, where he be-
lieves it states there is an amount
of approximately $51,503 set
aside. He recommended that the
CPAA request that money to ac-
complish a water, sewer, storm-
water and planning analysis.
Brownless said, "Once you know
the facts you can develop a bid
package." she added, "You have
been working with very little spe-
cific information." She said the
study would give the members
hard data as to whether a plan is
or is not feasable.
Chairman Jim Lycett asked mem-
bers to be ready at the next regu-
lar meeting on April 5, to make
motions on the information they
had received at the two work-
shops and bring their own ideas
to the table at that time.
Member Ray Quist agreed with
much of what he had heard and
said that he felt that they should
ask for the lease and get all the
information they can. he said that
he felt the Authority had made a
good start.
Brownless left the members with
a clarion call "Follow the process.

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has grown Into a major part
of our festival. The cookoff Is
sponsored by The Gulf State
Bank who invites all of you
cooks ANO seafood lovers to
be part of the fun and prizes.
Last year's winner, Jackie
Say went on to win The
rlewman's Own latlonal
recipe Contut Enter YOUR
recipe orust bring your
taste buds.or entry forms or
more Information please
contact David Butler at

are a grand part of ANY fes-
tval and ours Is no excep-
tion. Besides the popular
Seafood Qumbo Cookoff we
have more local food ven.
doors 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 hinth Annual
Carrabelle Waterfront
Festival... and
spend plenty of
time in the Food
Court Area.

Special Highlights

Wet Wes ons g the band "Road se"
Senter AI day B go
Train Rides
Canval athe Bai Pa*k Friday, Sa&trday and Sunday
Yo-Yo Demonstraons by Lfty Pursuits

Individuals and businesses
contribute a wide assort.
ment of merchandise and
services to the PULI AUC.
TIOn. Bidders get great
deals and CVERYOMIE has a
lot of FUN. Wade and Paula
Clark and of Wade Clark
Auctions are the pros who
run the FUI AUCTION as well
your boat or buy one for a
'deal'. CALL 904-229-9282
for further Information.
(Uicense numbers AB1259/

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

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

Waterfront Festival April 17, 1999
AAt the R5ivtuta"tk 7Avldon
9.00 Welcome from theMayor
9:15 -Bubble Gum Blowlng.Contest (5 thru 13.years old)
9:45 -Hula Hoop Contest
10.00 *Beauty Pageant (thru 8 years old)
1030 *Yo Yo Contest sponsored by Lofty Pursuits
10:45 *Oreo Stacking Contest (thru 13 years old)
1100 'Horseshoe Tourney at Wet Wlllles(adults) $5.00 fee
11:00 Balloon Toss (5 thru 13 years old)
11:30 -Cheerleader Competition
12'00 -Crab Race
1230 -Starllght Twlrlers
.00 *Fun and Boat Auction
3.0 'Pretty Legs Contest (adult men)
3:30 -Pet Beauty Contest
4:00 'Mullet Toss (5 thru 13 years old)
5:00 -$500 Cash Drawing
5,05 'Uons 5050 Drawing
5:30 *8 ball pool Tornament at Sean's Shanghai (Adults) $5.00
rizes & Trophies for af'events :
No Prereglskatlon for activities-Registration will beat the Pavilion
Schedule tentative and subject to change

This year we are continuing
to include more entertain-
ment. games and other
things for the kids. This
includes fun rides on an
1890 steam train replica.

Learn mor about the won-
deful environment that Is
ranin County and the
Carrabell Area by way of
sone special exhibits that
are being planned right now.


The Franklin Chronicle


2 April 1999 Page 3


Frankly Speaking In Franklin


By Rene Topping
We, who are fighting to get together $250,000 as a match for a grant of
$250,000 to be provided by the State of Florida In order to build a branch
library in Carrabelle, desperately need your help. We have sold every-
thing from bricks to books, sno-cones to cakes and gumbo. We've washed
a lot or cars. And with financial gifts already given by a great many of
you, we have approximately $160,000 in the bank. So, as in the old phrase,
typed so diligently so many times by students, we are asking that "Now
is the time for all good men (and women), to come to the aid of the
The truth of the matter is, now there is even more urgency to build a
library branch because it looks as if every effort to save the old gym have
one down in failure. It now seems that the gym will have to be given
ack to the Franklin County School Board by the City of Carrabelle. due
to a clause in the original contract that if the building ceased to be main-
tained as a community center, it had to be returned to the School Board.
Repairing or totally renovating the building is totally cost prohibitive.
The small annex building that houses the library, cannot stand alone. It
too, is not in the best of condition, despite efforts to keep it maintained.
So now our goal of "$100K BY THE END OF MAY" has become even more
I am sure that there is hardly a citizen in this town that has not ben-
efited by the public library being on hand. Many folks have told us that
the library just "Ain't what it used to be-it's so much more" than the
dimly lit haven for a stern faced librarian who would say "Hush" if your
voice was raised even one small decibel.
Now in addition to books for pleasure or for study, we have audio books
for the ill or blind, or for easy listening on long journeys. Magazines on
all manner of subjects, the use of computers. Chances to study your
genealogy, education in the use of the Internet. Students can receive
help with homework. GED education for those who were not able to re-
main in school till graduation. Family literacy helping to cut the bonds
that hold some of our citizens back from all they could be. Our nationally
praised WINGS program that does so niuch for the younger set, Story
hour with animation. A library card good in Franklin, Wakulla and Jefferson
Counties. Inter-library borrowing Literacy programs to help inmates at
the correctional facilities. Did I miss anything? You tell me.
I only know that the library is a place that is the place to go and grow.
One child told me that the "library is a good place to just hang out,"
So please, listen to this earnest plea for help. Our project started with a
bowl full of gumbo made by Jackie Gay who won $50,000 in the Paul
Newman Cooking Contest. This is gave us all a jump start to a dream.
Why not a brand new library we can all feel proud of? A place that will be
serving generations of children yet unborn. So, if you would like to have
a piece of this dream here are some ways you can help us.
We are selling bricks for a "SPIRIT WALL" Each brick costs $66 and $50
of that goes to the building fund. You can memorialize a loved one, thank
a teacher, a librarian or other folks who have helped you along the way.
You can inscribe it with the name of your business, a pearl of wisdom you
would like to share with the world. Or just grab a piece of immortality for
yourself by leaving your name on our wall.
We are making a mass appeal to past students and graduates of Carrabelle
High School to ask they give a brick or make a donation of any kind to
the library before the end of May.
We are also soliciting gifts of old cars or boats and trailers no longer in
use to be auctioned off at the Waterfront Festival in April. Joyce Estes is
holding May Daze on St. George Island in early May and half of the money
raised will go to the new building for the Carrabelle Branch. We will ac-
cept usable things (no clothing) for a big yard sale.
Give us ideas, give us things and give us money.
In return we will promise you to provide a library open to serve the needs
of all of the people. But to be able to do this we need your help. Please
consider becoming a part of the building fund effort and help us make
Carrabelle an even better place to live in.
If you wish to get involved and want more information please call Mary
Ann Shields at 850-697-2640.

A Note Of Thanks

The Carrabelle Branch Library Building Committee would like to thank
everyone from the Carrabelle Gulf State Bank who helped make the
March 13 "BIG YARD SALE" a wonderful success. The employees
planned, organized, and manned the "BIG YARD SALE" that was held
in front of the bank on Saturday.
Carrabelle has few facilities for formal entertainment-no YMCA, movie
theater or skating rink-but we do have a library which provides pro-
grams to help both the youth and the adults in the community. How-
ever, the current library is attached to the old condemned high school
gym and a new one is desperately needed.
Local citizens have reached down deep in their pocketbooks to get us
to where we are now in our fund raising. And, thanks to the Carrabelle
Gulf State Bank employees, we are just that much closer to out goal.
With support of this kind, fund raising for the new library is continu-
ing to be a great success.
Thanks again Gulf State Bank of Carrabelle!
Mary Ann Shields
Building Committee Chairperson

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SWhere Is The Governor In This Matter?

Franklin Joins Other Coastal Counties
Condemning The Florida Marine Patrol,
As Frustrations Continue to Rise

At the March 16th meeting of the Board of Franklin County Commis-
sioners, a resolution was passed claiming that the Florida Marine
Patrol (FMP) has inconsistently, arbitrarily and unreasonably arrested
fishermen using lawful nets.
'Further, the resolution states, the Department of Environmental Pro-
tection (DEP) and FMP "failed and refused" to join in the action seek-
ing a declaratory judgment over lawful nets. The County now seeks
the Governor of Florida to issue an Executive Order prohibiting the
FMP from arresting any properly licensed commercial fishermen us-
ing lawful nets and that all coastal counties meet with the Governor
to jointly draft a bill for the Florida Legislature to resolve the issues.
Moreover, the Resolution concludes with the request that a Grand
Jury be convened to investigate the FMP conduct in arresting fisher-
men using nets that are lawful under Section 370.093, Florida
The Florida Fishermen's Federation has urged Florida coastal county
governments to pass the resolution, reprinted below. There have been
many issues bristling in a number of litigations, two of which have
been returned by the Florida Supreme Court last week. These cases
involved a request that the Supreme Court exercise discretionary ju-
risdiction in hearing arguments seeking to affirm Franklin County
Judge Russell's decision that the Amendment was unconstitutional,
and a Wakulla County case Involving the measurement of near and
in-shore waters. While the decisions of what to do next has not been
finalized by the petitioners, one option of returning to the court of
original jurisdiction to retry the cases remains. The jurisdictional ap-
peal, taken by attorney Ron Mowrey on behalf of his clients, was a
"fast track" appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.
But, the court exercised its discretion not to take discretionary juris-
diction. This decision does not speak to the merits and issues of the
cases, merely the court's decision on exercising discretionary juris-
Six counties have adopted the resolutions similar to the Franklin
Resolution reprinted below, clearly registering considerable dissatis-
faction with the leadership of the FMP and DEP regulators, quite
inconsistent with the words of enforcement head Mickey Watson who
spoke ,at the Wakulla mediation sessions last year between the law
enforcement agencies and Wakulla fishermen, emphasizing commu-
nity involvement in stimulating local compliance with fishing regula-
Relations between the two camps have been considerably strained
'given that some FMP officers have asserted, that F.S. 370.093 was
"bad law", and enforcing administrative rules instead. While the is-
sues heat up, Governor Jeb Bush appears to pay little attention to'
the tinder box brewing.
Tom W. Hoffer

Board Of County Commissioners

Franklin County

WHEREAS, Florida Constitutional Amendment Article X, Section 16, entitled
"Limiting Marine Net Fishing" became effective July 15, 1995,
WHEREAS, the amendment was enacted as a limitation on marine net fishing
in Florida, and
WHEREAS, the marine resources of the State of Florida belong to all the people,
WHEREAS, the amendment authorized the use of two 500 sq. foot non-gill or
non-entangling nets in in-shore and near-shore Florida waters, and
WHEREAS, since the adoption of the amendment, Florida Marine Patrol offic-
ers reportedly acting on "instructions from Florida Marine Patrol superiors"
have inconsistently, arbitrarily and unreasonably arrested fishermen using
lawful 500 sq. foot nets, and
WHEREAS, according to Marine Fisheries Commission's records the spawn-
ing potential ratio (measure of return of abundance of fish) is generally within
one year of reaching its goal, as opposed to nine years as originally projected,
WHEREAs, small coastal fishing counties in Florida are economically devas-
tated due to the continual actions of the Marine Patrol arresting fishermen
using lawful nets and seizing their nets and products, and
WHEREAS, the mullet fish is a traditional food fish for the people of Florida
which provides healthy low cost food, and
WHEREAS, Florida's commercial fishermen are actively concerned with re-
source conservation, and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislative in 1998 adopted Section 370.093, Florida
Statutes, which specifically provided among other things, that any net con-
structed of braided or twisted nylon, cotton, linen, twine or polypropylene
twine material is not an entangling net within the prohibition of Article X,
Section 16, Florida Constitution, and
WHEREAS, notwithstanding said statute the Florida Marine Patrol has con-
tinued to arrest fishermen using those nets made lawful by Section 370.093,
Florida Statutes, and
WHEREAS, there is no prohibition in the Florida Constitution nor in the Florida
Statutes of the use of two 500 sq. foot gill or non-entanglement rectangular
nets for fishing in in-shore and nearshore waters in Florida, and
WHEREAS, the late Governor Lawton Chiles previously directed all agencies
to meet with representative local fishermen for mediation in Wakulla County,
Florida, and
WHEREAS, said mediation took place in Wakulla County and concluded with
the understanding that a joint declaratoryjudgment would be sought and the
matter resolved once and for all, and
WHEREAS, the Florida marine Patrol, Department of Environmental Protec-
tion and Marine Fisheries Commission failed and refused to join in the action
for a declaratory judgment, and
WHEREAS, these continual actions by the Florida Marine Patrol officers are
driving fishermen out of business, and

Resolution Continued on Page 4

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April 1 May 15, 1999
Thursday & Friday, April 1 2-Franklin County Emergency Management
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 850-653-8977.
Good Friday, April 2-Easter Cantata at the Community Church. Spring
Street in Lanark Village. 6 p.m. Public invited. The Easter story presented in
scripture and song. Soloists include Alice Lang Hall. Kathleen Heveran. Bix
Durbin and Jim Phillips, accompanied by Martha Gherardi, director and or-
ganist of the Lanark Community Church and Luciano Gherardi. bassist. The
Rev. David McGrath, pastor and narrator.
Good Friday, April 2-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Hwy. 98 in Lanark
Village (Gulf Terrace), Celebration of The Lord's Passion Communion 4 p.m.
Fr. James Cregan, 697-3445.
Friday, April 2-Judy's Fashion Corner in Mini-Mall East in Carrabelle has
its Grand Re-opening and Ribbon Cutting, 10 a.m.
Friday, April 2-First Friday of each month, Monthly Meeting. Timber Island
Yacht Club, covered dish dinner, The Moorings. 7 p.m. 697-8149.
Saturday, April 3-Sheriffs Department sponsors Easter Egg Hunt on grounds
ofjail on Hwy. 65, starting time: 1 p.m., youngsters 14 and under. Prizes to be
awarded. For more information, phone 697-2113.
Sunday, April 4-Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. "Spring forward one
hour." Set watch and clock forward so you won't be an hour late.
Easter Sunday, April 4-New 700-seat sanctuary at Eastpoint Church of
God is scheduled to hold worship service at 11 a.m. Pastor H. Knapp.
Tuesday, April 6-Transition assistance workshop for those leaving the mili-
tary job search, etc. Military members make reservations, 283-4204.
Wednesday, April 7-Volunteer Recognition Day, 2 p.m. The Carrabelle Se-
nior Citizens Center will have a recognition ceremony to recognize donors and
honor all volunteers who have helped throughout the year. Open to Public.
For additional information, call 850-697-3760.
Wednesday, April 7-Franklin County Library Building Committee meeting.
Mary Ann Shields. Chairperson. 5:30 p.m. at Carrabelle Library. Phone
850-697-2640 for more information.
Thursday, April 8-Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will host
a Town Meeting on "Preparing for Disaster." Meeting at City Hall. 6 p.m. Resi-
dents of Apalachicola and nearby areas are encouraged to. attend.. Topics
include disaster services volunteer opportunities, disaster education, disaster
preparedness workshops, and Franklin County's disaster mitigation efforts.
Workshop designed to show how to make your home and community safer.
Update on Franklin County Mitigation Strategy, work being done' to reduce
property damage, injury and loss of life due to disasters and the goals of the
mitigation workgroup. For additional information, Capital Area Chapter in
Tallahassee, phone 878-6080 or visit web site at www.tallytown.com/redcross
for information on being prepared for disasters.
Thursday, April 8-Florida Department of Environmental Protection Public
Workshop on Reclassification of the Apalachicola Bay' System shellfish har-
vesting area for the Harvest of Oysters, Clams and Mussels. Information will
be distributed and public input on an amendment to the Comprehensive Shell-
fish Control Code, Chapter 62R-7.004(1) and 62R-7.010(3), Florida Adminis-
trative Code, affecting Apalachicola Bay System shellfish harvesting area.
Workshop held 6 p.m. at Franklin County courthouse. Phone Robert L. Th-
.ompson at Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth
Boulevard, Rm. 822, Tallahassee, 850-488-5471.
Friday, April 9-Shrimp Farming Opportunities in Florida 1999 Workshop
Lecture Series regarding farming marine shrimp in recirculating systems us-
ing freshwater. Workshops sponsored by Florida State Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services. Port Charlotte, FL. Registration limited. Contact
HBOI Aquaculture Division, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946, phone
561-465-2400 ext. 400. E-mail: aqua@hboi.edu.
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. Or Pam Venable 670-4489. 10 a.m. -.
8 p.m., featured artists include: Richard Bickell, Kristin Anderson, Roger Folk.
Phil Capen, Eleanor Blair, Peggy Venable, Alice Jean Gibbs, Ken Kenniston.
David Lacey. Maps showing galleries available.
Saturday, April 10-Timber island Yacht Club Sailboat Race. Phone Flo Coody
for more information, 850-697-8149. '
Sunday, April' 1I -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.
Monday, April 12-Domestic Violence Task Force And Volunteer Meetings 5
p.m. For information regarding location to become involved in the quest for
Healthy Homes, call 697-3983.
Monday, April 12-Any day of the week, Refuge House in Carrabelle works
for Healthy Homes for Franklin County. Take a stand against violence in the
home. For more information, phone 697-3983.
Wednesday, April 14-Tyndall Air Force Base will host Florida Department of
Insurance for an insurance workshop 2 4 p.m. in the Tyndall Family Sup-.
port Center. Expert. will be available to answer questions concerning insur-
ance. Topics will center on life, whole, term and universal insurance. For
more information and reservations, phone 283-4204.
SThursday, April 15-A TRICARE briefing for active duty and retired military
members and dependents will begin-1:30 p.m. at Tyndall Health and Wellness
Center. For more information, call 913-3427.
Saturday, April 17-9th Annual Waterfront Festival, 9 am -6 p.m. City Pavil-'
ion on Marine Street in Carrabelle. and along Riverfront. Family fun, games.
food and festivities.
Saturday, April 17-Camp Woe-Be-Gone 8 a.m. 5 p.m. One day grief sup-
port camp for children and teens ages 6 17 who have experienced death of a
loved one. Lunch and snacks provided. $10 per child. $15 per family. Schol-
arships 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. Com-
munity Service of Big Bend Hospice.
Monday, April 19-Franklin County Advisory Board Meeting, Franklin County
Library, Carrabelle, 5:30 p.m. Public welcome.
Wednesday, April 21-Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved.
monthly Amnesty Days without charge. Yard Trash Amnesty Days are every
Monday of each month. Full Amnesty Days when other items, including yard
trash, will be accepted FREE are on Wednesday of each month's third full
week: April 21, May 19.
Wednesday, April 28-Panhandle Poets and Writers meet, 7 p.m.. Episcopal
Church in Carrabelle Area writers welcome. 697-8358.
Thursday, April 29-Friends of Franklin County Public Library, Carrabelle
Library Branch, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 15-Mitchell Aquaculture Demonstration Farm. Blountstown.
All-day introductory workshop on Aquaculture, sponsored by the Tri-Staty '
Aquaculture Committee. This event will cover a variety of topics relevant to
aquaculture and aquaculturists, from the tri-state area including: fish spe-
cies overview, production systems and infrastructure, marketing, economics.
water quality, fish health, nutrition and feeding, information sources, and
regulations for Florida, Georgia,. and Alabama. Registration on first-come.
first-served basis. Payment must be received no later than April 23, and no
registrations will be taken at the door. Lunch and refreshments will be pro-
vided. Cost is $30 per person for the entire event. Call for more information or
a registration form, Debbie Britt at 850-674-3184.



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Some Hope To Solve The Alligator Point Road Problem

. iMormons

Helping People

In Need

By Tom Campbell

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Ray Pringle (right) talks with a bystander about the net
Wakulla Fishermen Picket

Russell Nelson Speech at

Sierra Club.

A Report and Commentary by Tom W. Hoffer
Led by Ray Pringle and Ronald Crum, a handful of Wakulla fisher-
men picketed the Leon County Public Library last week, site of a Si-
erra Club meeting featuring an appearance by Dr. Russell Nelson,
Executive Director of the Marine Fisheries Commission on Monday
evening, March 22nd.
Pringle and Crum complained that the local chapter of the Sierra
Club misrepresented the "net limitation" amendment to the Florida
Constitution as a "net ban." Their view, and that of many judges who
have already heard some of the litigation was that the Constitutional
Amendment so heavily promoted throughout this area 1994 through
1996 amounted to a limitation on the use of nets in commercial fish-
ing, not a complete prohibition on the use of nets. The Club acknowl-
edged the complaint and offered Crum an opportunity to address the
Mr. Crum explained the impact of the limitation on the commercial
fishing industries but stated that the fishermen could live with that.
He did not get into a discussion of pending litigation regarding legal
challenges to the MFC rules, nor the questions concerning the seabase
line, nor the "use test" in a Franklin County case. Dr. Nelson followed
Crum's remarks with a detailed historical review of the State of Florida
regulation, and the management of the fisheries beginning at the turn
of the century to the present time.
Given the presentations by both gentlemen, it was obvious to this
listener that the Florida public lost significant perspective on the net
limitation issues without such forums provided by, in this instance,
the Sierra Club. Among many misunderstandings, rumors, false in-
formation and speculations that have been pumped into the media
marketplace since the 1994 vote was taken on the net limitation is-
sues, a few widely televised debates covering these matters more fully
would have provided a far better understanding of the issues prior to
the vote, and the subsequent litigations that have followed. The me-
dia are.largely responsible for much of the disinformation and public
confusion on these issues since little all-inclusive and systematic
coverage had been given to this subject and its constituent parts.
These have been complex, legal, issues largely ignored by local media
in particular, except occasional legal decisions accompanied
with uninformative 30-second sound bites.
The absehi~ bf'etensive-ld'ctlpublic TV and radio coverage on these
issues has been particularly notable, given the "backyard" location of
these problems facing the Florida seafood issues. Public rhedia ap-
parently aim their coverage of community problems using nationally
originated, satellite-fed programs that have little to do with
important issues facing the Florida seafood industries, major elements
in the Florida economy.
Nationally produced programs such as NOVA, or the AMERICAN
EXPERIENCE have their place. But the absence of locally responsive
programs addressing important subjects in our "backyard" is far too
obvious as these issues build to higher tensions and frustrations
among the affected parties. The conditions of maintaining licenses to
serve the public interest, convenience and necessity are still bedrock
requirements for broadcasters in any given area, yet the public me-
dia, like the commercial outlets, sound and look the same as one
goes from market to market. Cost considerations are a factor, but
certainly not an excuse for failing to serve the public in areas as
important as the Florida seafood industries.
In the earlier eras of public radio and TV, when portapack videos and
wireless recorders were going through an experimentation stage, there
were greater opportunities to exploit public interest programming
possibilities. Yet, as bureaucracies were built around this technol-
ogy, what dollars remained have now gone into servicing the needs of
the bureaucracy including highly paid administrators who press but-
tons, hold meetings, travel widely, but seldom produce, local public
interest programming. This reprioritizing to service the bureaucracy
has cost the public considerable currency in understanding public
The appearance of Crum and Nelson in the same forum was valuable
but the availability of those two view points was also, through no
fault of the participants, too little and too late. The nature of the
questions put to each party again reflected the low level of public
understanding of the net limitation issues, underscoring the failure
of the media to perform in these matters.
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Ronald Crum (left)

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Dr. Russell Nelson (right)

Resolution, Continued from Page 3

WHEREAS, there are numbers of cases pending in trial courts, appellate courts
and in the Florida Supreme Court, that upon final ruling may bring consis-
tency in the enforcement of the laws.
1. The State of Florida should use all of its powers to insure equal, fair en-
forcement of all laws and equal treatment of all its citizens.
2. The Board specifically requests the Governor to enter an Executive Order
prohibiting the Florida Marine Patrol from arresting any properly licensed
commercial fishermen using two'500 sq. foot nets or less constructed of braided
or twisted nylon, cotton, linen, twine or polypropylene twine material.
3. Further, that a meeting be scheduled between the Governor and local gov-
ernment officials of all coastal counties to jointly draft a bill for the Florida
legislature to resolve these issues favorably for all people in the State of Florida.
4. That a Special Grand Jury be summoned and empowered to investigate the
conduct of the Florida Marine Patrol in arresting fishermen, seizing their prop-
erty and catches while purportedly enforcing the laws of the State of Florida.
when the nets being used by the fishermen are lawful under the Florida Con-
stitution and Section 370.093, Florida Statutes.
ADOPTED this 16th day of March, 1999.

The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints at 270 Piado
Street in Apalachicola is demon-
strating a good example of people
helping people. Mr. Pat Jackson
of Carrabelle explained that his
church is cooperating with other
Mormons in gathering food to help
the workers in Port St. Joe who
have been laid off.
'The whole church," Mr. Jackson
said, "has made donations of hun-
dreds of thousands of pounds of
food and are always among the
first to help with donations of
food, whenever there is an
A total of over 40,000 pounds of
food, including canned meats and
other canned goods, has been
donated by the Mormons in
Apalachicola. The Branch presi-
dent of the church in Mexico
Beach has also been cooperating
by giving workers in Port St. Joe
a helping hand, since they were
laid off.
Mr. Jackson explained that
"20,000 pounds of food will be
given this month (March) and
20,000 pounds in April." These
will be distributed through the
church branches of Apalachicola
and Mexico Beach. The actual dis-
tribution will take place at the
Mexico Beach Branch, -according
to Mr. Jackson.
Mr. Pat Jackson is the Branch
President of the Apalachicola
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints. He explained that
workers will need to have a union
card to show, in order to prove
that they are laid off.
For more information, phone the
church at 653-8501, or phone Mr.
Jackson at 697-2397. The church
is happy to be able to offer this
assistance to people in need.

Boyd Lauds

Passage Of


The second week of the 1999 Leg-
islative Session was busy for Rep-
resentative Janegale Boyd of
Monticello. Florida House mem-
bers debated and passed the
"10-20-Life" bill which levies stiff
penalties against criminals who
use a gun during the commission
of a felony.
Criminals possessing a gun while
breaking the law will be sentenced
to a minimum of ten years in
prison. A gun-totting convict who
fires his gun during the commis-
sion of a crime will get 20 years
behind bars. An offender who se-
riously injures or fatally shoots
someone while committing a
crime will receive a minimum sen-
tence of 25 years to life.
"We must take a tough stance
with those offenders who have
little regard for the well-being of
others," Boyd said.

Eagles Get No
FEMA Funds

By Tom Campbell
Last week, Ms. Carolyn Hatcher
phoned to report that she and her
husband Bob had been watching
a pair of eagles who had returned
to the area between Carrabelle
and Lanark, only to find that Hur-
ricane Earl winds tore their house
"Eagles don't get money from the
government to rebuild," said Ms.
Hatcher, with humor. "Earl tore
down their house and they get no
funds from the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency. They
have to rebuild on their own."
Ms. Hatcher suggested that, in
her mind, the eagles might be
named Myrtle and Franklin.
Myrtle said to her husband Frank,
"I thought you told me the apart-
ment was right here. In this very
tree. Where is it?"
Frank flew around the area once
more, looking. Finally, he said to
his wife Myrtle, "Would I lie to
you? It was right here."
"Then where is it now?" asked
Frank sighed, "Gone with the
wind, I guess."
With great care and determina-
tion, Myrtle and Frank started to
rebuild their nest. And there were
no FEMA funds to help them.

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By Aaron Shea
A rock revetment on it's right side
has thus far saved Alligator Point
Road from becoming a part of the
Gulf of Mexico. Several Hurri-
canes from 1994 to 1996 has
damaged the road extensively
arid, with another hurricane sea-
son approaching, the prospect for
damage is still lurking.
A possible House Bill, co-
sponsored by Representative
Janegale Boyd, could be the so-
lution to the nagging Alligator
Point Road problem. The bill
would make $25 million from the
State Transportation Trust Fund
available to rural counties who
have minimum tax base, which
Franklin County falls short. The
county could raise taxes to qualify
for the money. The bill would help
rural counties pay for the resur-
facing or reconstruction of county
roads. The proposed bill would
begin in the fiscal year 1999-2000
and continue through fiscal year
Another possible option for Alli-
gator Point Road is to have it re-
turned to the state. The County
Planner's office and County Com-
mission sent a letter to Represen-
tatives Pat Thomas and 3anegale
Boyd requesting that this option
be seriously considered.
According to the March 18 letter,
this idea was originally brought
forward in 1993 after the Florida
Department of Transportation re-
surveyed all the roads in the state.
It was recommended that Alliga-
tor Point Road be returned to the

state for maintenance because it
is the only evacuation routs for a
hurricane prone area. That alone
meats the criteria for being a state
road. The letter, however, points
out that the report died in Legis-
lature due to political pressure
from other counties that were go-
ing to have state roads turned
over for maintenance.
According letter, the road has
been damaged by hurricanes or
tropical storms at least ton times
since 1985 and PENA has reim-
bursed the county for over
$313,000 for damage done to the
road from storms. That figure,
however, does not include the
money that the county has paid
for damage done to the road by
undeclared storms. The letter
points out that this has hurt the

county's ability to maintain all the
other roads in Franklin County.
It does not appear at this time that
FEMA would provide funds to re-
route and rebuild the road, as
they would not pay costs unless
the entire road were relocated
away from the water, a condition
imposed on the county the last
time a request was made to re-
pair the road.



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the wood working ... all done in his factories in New York.
The 1855 Industrial Census in New York showed him
employing 45 employees."

Mr. Delvin lifts the cover of the organ to reveal the actual

Erban Pipe Organ At Trinity The
Subject Of Serious Historical Study
Among the many distinguishing characteristics and historically sig-
nificant aspects of Apalachicola's Trinity Episcopal Church, the Henry
Erban pipe organ in the church sanctuary is one of the remarkable
treasures. Music scholar and Fine Arts Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan
University (Bloomington, Illinois) Robert C. Delvin has declared that
the 1840 Henry Erban pipe organ at Trinity is "...probably the oldest
pipe organ in the state of Florida. And it is certainly the oldest organ
in Florida built in situ-built on site and now preserved on that site
in practically original condition."
Delvin has been a church organist for most of his adult life. He has
been fascinated with pipe organs as works of art and a piece of ma-
chinery that makes music. "Being in the cockpit of the organ is al-
most as much a thrill as making music," he exclaimed to the Chronicle
as he discussed his research on Trinity's Erban pipe organ installed
in the church in 1840.
Robert exclaimed, "...I think that is just remarkable ... that both the
building and the organ are in such good condition." He coAtinued,
"...The fact that the Trinity pipe organ is made out of solid mahogany
and black walnut-northern woods-and this organ stood in this
church without air conditioning and climate control for nearly 160
years, it is somewhat of a miracle that it is still standing."
The creator of the Trinity 1840 organ was Henry Erban, who spent
his entire professional life of manufacturing pipe organs in New York
City, "...although his instruments made it as far as Guatemala," Delvin
adds. "He was quite well known throughout the Midwest U. S .... I
suspect in mid-second half of the 19th Century... every church that
wanted to "be somebody" had a Henry Erban (pipe) organ." The Erban
product was know for fine craftsmanship, using only the finest mate-
rials. As many know, Trinity and the Erban organ were constructed
in New York area and shipped to Apalachicola on a schooner.
"He was born on March 10, 1800 and he died on May 7,
1884. He began his career about1816as as apprentice
to another organ builder, Thomas S. Hall. He stayed in
this apprenticeship until 1823. At that time Hall took
him on as a partner. Their relationship was long-standing
but it was not particularly cordial at all times. Both build-
ers continued to work on their own to bring in contracts
... apart from their partnership. By 1827, Erban became
the sole owner of the company, although Hail continued
to work for him for a number of years."
"Henry Erban's output of instruments is really quite re-
markable given the technology available. Ev eryhing was '
-1..: made by hand."- ,
"He made his own pipes. He made all the mechanism,'all

"These instruments were not mass-produced; not an
assembly-line production. I suspect every employee had
a hand in every instrument. This small instrument that
we have here was probably built on speculation. Henry
Erban was one of the first American organ builders to
really advertise his work. He produced a number of bro-
chures and small catalogues that had stock models that
a church could buy, of varying sizes ..
"Erban very likely never set foot in Apalachicola. But, he
may have sent somebody down from New York with the
organ to help install it, to tune it,' etc. There were prob-
ably not too many organ-tuners in Apalachicola in 1840,"
Delvin continued.
"... There are pipes. Wood and metal pipes. This is a small
organ. It only has six stops. One T-board; 20 pedals which
are permanently coupled to the keyboards so they don't
have any pipes of their own, but play the bottom 20 notes
of the keyboard."
"Up until 1976, the instrument was pumped by hand. ..
When the organ was up in the gallery, you wouldn't see
the pumper. They would be pumping away on the side.
An.electric blower was added when the organ was brought
back into service."
In 1921, the John Ruge family of Apalachicola, donated a new instru-
ment to the church built by the Henry Pilcher Organ Company of
Louisville. Henry Pilcher was another Englishman who worked for
Henry Erban at one point .... That organ; which is over on the other
side of the church, caused the Erban instrument to be left in the
gallery, left to deteriorate for about 50 years. Then, in the mid-1970s,
Trinity Church was able to acquire a grant from the State of Florida
... to have the Erban organ brought back. The man that did the resto-
ration work was Pennington'Pendarvis.
"He ... put the organ back together but did nothing that
-changed the instrument."
In his last years, Henry Erban was in partnership with his son Charles.
About 1884, when Henry died, the company was taken over by an-
other individual, and by the end of the Century, the company had
folded. His instruments followed tonal practices of the late 18th cen-
tury and early 19th century--an Anglo-American style of design. By
mid-century, tastes were changing to preferences for a much bigger
sound, higher wind pressure, louder instruments, more emphasis on
orchestral imitative stops-very different sounding instruments. Henry
was always known as a very conservative builder. By the early.20th
Century, when the Henry Pilcher organ was installed ... the tone sound
was entirely different. A much darker sound; heavier sound, less ar-
ticulation between sounds.
Henry Erban's most famous instrument ... most celebrated instru-
ment ... was built in 1846 for Trinity Episcopal Church on Wall Street.
He also built organs for Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City,
Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans ... Episcopal Cathedral in
Mobile... He built organs for both the Roman Catholic and Episcopal
Cathedrals in Chicago. His instruments were all up and down the
eastern seaboard. He had a large clientele in the South, until the
Civil War. That "dried up" after the War during Reconstruction.
How does the organ make music? Delvin explains.
"This is called mechanical action, or tractor action. The
mechanism between the performer's fingers (the keys)
and the pallets, which control the air entrance into the
pipes, is all done mechanically, through a system of le-
vers (called tractors) and small mechanisms. It is entirely
mechanical. There's nothing electric."
"Every stop has a rank of pipes ... a set of pipes. There
are six stops on this organ. Larger organs may have 40
or 50 stops. And, some of those stops had more than one
rank of pipes. You pull the stop on the console ... You are
allowing air into the pipes, and it plays."

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The choir of St. George Island
United Methodist Church will
present a special Easter Cantata
on Saturday, March 27, at 6:30
p.m. in the Church sanctuary,
located at 201 E. Gulf Beach Drive
on. St. George Island. There is no
charge and the public is invited
to attend this moving perfor-
mance of the death and resurrec-
tion of Jesus Christ.
Entitled "He Shall Arise," this
Easter documusicale for choir and
soloists-was written and arranged
by Tom Fettke, who used many
familiar works by other compos-
ers such'as Sibelius, Bradbury,

Vivaldi, Stainer, Handel and
Beethoven. The work is divided.
into eight parts: The Overture and
opening chorus, the Triumphal
Entry, The Last Supper,
Gethsemane, The Arrest and
Trial, The Crucifixion, The Resur-
rection and The Promise.
Director of the 18-voice choir is
Merel Young, a retired music di-
rector from Keokuk, Iowa who
volunteers his expertise at St.
George Island United Methodist
Church. Margaret Pfeiffer will pro-
vide organ accompaniment, and
Frank Latham, representing the
Christ, will be featured as tenor
soloist. A buffet supper in'the
.Church Fellowship Hall will fol-
low the performance.

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The Franklin Chronicle

Second Circuit

Court Report

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



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

Andrew Amerson: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery on a Preg-
nant Victim and Disorderly Intoxication. The case was transferred to County
Court. No other information is available.
In a sworn statement by the defendants wife, the defendant was allegedly
drinking and driving with her and their children in the car. The couple alleg-
edly began to argue and the defendant's wife allegedly slapped the defendant
after he called their 8 year old daughter a bitch. In return, the defendant
allegedly hit his wife in the face busting her nose. When they arrived at their
home, the daughter went to a neighbor's home and called 911. When the
officer arrived on the scene, the defendant was allegedly cursing his wife. Mrs.
Amerson told the officer the situation and explained that she was eight months
pregnant. The defendant was then placed under arrest. The defendant alleg-
edly refused to get in the police car and on the way to jail, the defendant
allegedly tried to bust out the patrol car windows with his head and feet.
Christopher Buzbee: Charged with one count of Felony Fleeing or Attempting
to Elude an Officer. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge
S Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was
.- represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on.November 26, 1998 two officers
observed a gray Mazda pick-up truck traveling at a high rate of speed in
Apalachicola. The officers allegedly used their lights and sirens to attempt to
pull over the defendant. The defendant allegedly increased his speed to 85 to
90 miles per hour. The.defendant allegedly lost control of his vehicle and the
officers stopped and allegedly shot six times at the tires of the defendants
vehicle to bring the pursuit to a halt. They failed, however. The pursuit contin-
ued on to a dirt road where the defendant's front right tire blew out. The
defendant then allegedly fled on foot into a wooded area. They could not find
the defendant, but the officer was allegedly able to identify him as Christo-
pher Buzbee.
S Keith Carmona: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for arraignment on April 19.
According to the probable cause report, on November 30,1998 an officer alleg-
edly took a complaint from a Howard Gibbs in reference to a fight that broke
- .4 out at a house party on St. George Island. Gibbs allegedly admitted that he
was intoxicated at the party and he couldn't remember what happened, but
he was allegedly told that someone had thrown a beer on him and jumped on
him from a staircase. The officer allegedly observed a laceration and bruise
under Gibb's left eye. Gibbs also claimed that it took over twenty stitches to
close the wound near his eye. After several sworn statements from eye wit-
nesses and with the help of the Wakulla Sheriffs Department, the defendant
was allegedly identified.
James Cross: Charged with one count of Criminal Mischief and Battery on a
Juvenile. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, an officer responded to a complaint
from a Ms. Gordie. Gordle allegedly stated that the defendant had allegedly hit
her son in the head and destroyed several items around her home. The defen-
dant had allegedly broke a window, satellite TV, stereo, and he knocked holes
in the walls of the home with a pipe. The defendant allegedly told the officer
that he did break the stereo, satellite, and he did put holes in the walls.
Lance Flowers: Charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault With a Deadly
Weapon, one count ofAssault, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, No Valid Driv-
ers License, and Reckless Driving. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
arraignment on April 19. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause reports, on December 30,1998 an officer was
dispatched to the home of a Ms. Barfield in Eastpoint in reference to the
defendant allegedly threatening her grandson and running him off the road
with his vehicle. On January 27, 1999 an officer spoke with Walter Ward.
Ward allegedly told the officer that he was driving down Gibson Road when
the defendant. allegedly pulled out a gun and shot at Ward's car. On January
30, 1999 an officer allegedly pursued the defendant reaching speeds of 100
miles per hour.
: Stephen Foy: Charged with one count of BUI Manslaughter Judge Steinmever
continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Clifford Dairs.
According to the probable cause report, on December 13, 1998 the defendant
Sand three other people went on a boat outing. A steering problem had alleg-
edly developed. An altercation allegedly broke out between the defendant and
one of the other passengers, Sean Tranor, about the repair of the broken
steering. The defendant allegedly pushed Tranor from the bridge of the vessel
to the lower deck. Tranor then allegedly claimed that the defendant had en-
Sgaged the vessels gear and throttled it up to fullpower with the anchor still
out. The three passengers allegedly jumped from the boat and while they were
in the water, the vessel allegedly came at them several times with the defen-
dant allegedly still at the helm. On the second or third pass, the vessel alleg-
edly struck and killed Mary Dickens. A drug test on the defendant allegedly
tested positive for cocaine and he also allegedly admitted that he was inca-
pacitated at the time of the incident.
Michael Gloner: Charged with six counts of Uttering a Forged Check and six
counts of Forgery. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on February 9, 1999 an officer took a
complaint from Cindy Smith. Smith allegedly told the officer that her nephew,
SMichael Gloner, had taken some checks from her and was writing $23 and
$12 checks to Westside Auto Parts and Red's B.P. in Apalachicola.
Kimberly Ham: Charged with count of Grand Theft. The defendant pleaded
SNot Guilty to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
April 19. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
SAccording to the probable cause report, the defendant allegedly wrote ten
checks for a total of $406.54 to the Pigglv Wiggly on a closed account.



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Andre Harris: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling. The defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, an officer was dispatched to the resi-
dence of a women, The women allegedly told the officer that she had let the
defendant into her home earlier that night, but he came back a few hours
later and he came In uninvited. She also claimed that the defendant allegedly
hit her in the stomach.
William Jones: Charged with one count of Battery by Inmate. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was represented by
Attorney William Webster.
According to the probable cause report, on January 22, 1999 an officer re-
sponded to a disturbance at the Franklin County jail. Upon entering the
dayroom, the officer allegedly saw the defendant and Jerome Russ fighting.
Derrick Kennedy: Charged with two counts of Dealing Stolen Property. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on May 17. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
According to the probable cause report, on November 27, 1998 the defendant
allegedly went to the home of Ivan Walker and allegedly sold him a VHF radio
for $25 and a 15 HP outboard motor for $50. On November 28, the radio was
allegedly reported stolen by Danny Holton. On November 30 the outboard
motor was reported stolen by Jeremy Owens.
Glenda Lawson: Charged with five counts of Uttering. The defendant pleaded
No Contest to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to two
years of probation. Judge Steinmeyer also ordered the defendant to pay $830
in restitution to Registers United and $395 in restitution to Piggly Wiggly. The
defendant was also fined $275. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Barbara Sanders.
Ronald Marshall: Charged with three counts of Driving While License is Sus-
pended or Revoked Involving Serious Bodily Injury, one count of DUI Man-
slaughter, three counts of DUI with Serious Injuries, and one count of Driving
While License is Suspended or Revoked Involving Death. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on May 17. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was driving his vehicle
eastbound on highway 98 and while he was allegedly trying to negotiate a
curve, the vehicle strayed off the road onto the south shoulder. The defendant
allegedly turned the car left in an attempt to get back on the road. The defen-
dant allegedly ended up driving eastbound in the westbound lane. Four pas-
sengers in a van were traveling in the westbound and were allegedly struck
head on by the defendant's vehicle. Upon arriving at the crash scene, the
officer allegedly claimed that the defendant was visibly intoxicated. A blood
test of the defendant was taken at the scene of the accident. On February 1,
1999 the results of the test came in. The defendant allegedly had a blood
alcohol level of .307. The defendant allegedly admitted to the officers that he
was drinking and driving and was at fault for the crash. The accident killed
one passenger of the van and injured the other three passengers seriously.
Robert Mcanally: Charged with one count of Possession of Cannabis and
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The case was transferred to County Court.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on January 3, 1999 while on a rou-
tine patrol in Eastpoint an officer began to follow a vehicle with a right tail
light that was out. The officer allegedly observed the vehicle run off the road
several times. The officer pulled over the vehicle. The defendant allegedly got
out of his car and stood at the rear of it. The officer asked the defendant to
empty his pockets. The officer allegedly found, a two inch straw in his pocket.
The defendant allegedly refused to let the officer search the car, so the K-9
unit was brought in. The K-9 walked around the car a few times and it alleg-
edly kept going to the passengers side of the car. The officers allegedly found
a bong, cannabis seeds, two pieces of cannabis, and white residue on a few
Cathy Ramsey: Charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly
Weapon. No other information has been filed in this case. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Steven Shiver: Charged with one count of Battery on a Law Enforcement
Officer and Driving While License is Suspended or Revoked. The defendant
pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on April 19. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on February 10, 1999 an officer was
on patrol in Eastpoint when he saw the defendant driving. The officer alleg-
edly knew that the defendant's license was suspended and he went to pull
him over. The vehicle allegedly began to accelerate away from the officer. The
officer then allegedly saw the defendant switch seats with the passenger. The
officer pulled over the vehicle and he asked the defendant to get out of the car.
The defendant allegedly got verballyabusive with the officer. The officer went
to handcuff the defendant when the defendant allegedly hit the officer in the
head. Two officers had. to.take down the defendant and physically restrain
him. .
Brook Voiner: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly
Weapon. The case was transferred to the County Court. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, in a sworn statement by Shane But-
ler, the defendant allegedly approached him and began a confrontation. But-
ler claimed that the defendant swung on him and missed and they both began
to wrestle. The defendant then allegedly went to his vehicle and Mr. Butler
thought the confrontation was over. Butler then allegedly saw the defendant
come at him with a 12 gauge shotgun. Butler hid behind a truck and as the
defendant walked between the two trucks. Butler allegedly grabbed the gun
and threw it into the bed of a truck. The two then allegedly began to wrestle
again. An alleged sworn statement by a witness confirmed the defendants
Walter Ward: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly
Weapon and Trespass of a Structure or Conveyance. Judge Steinmeyer con-
tinued the case for arraignment on April 19. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, on January 27, 1999 a officer re-
sponded to.a complaint on Gibson Road. Martha Flowers allegedly stated that
the defendant pulled out a handgun on her and was cursing and screaming.
The officer got sworn statements on this.
Anthony Weaver: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling. The
defendant pleaded Not guilty to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to, the probable cause report, on February 4, 1999 the defendant
allegedly broke through the rear window of his wife's house. His wife had
allegedly signed a trespass agreement against him before the incident.



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License is Suspended or Revoked. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
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According to the probable cause report, on November 7, 1998 an officer was
dispatched to the C-30 and highway 98 intersection in reference to a pursuit
of a stolen vehicle, which was traveling east from Port St. Joe on Highway 98.
A road block was set up by the police. The vehicle allegedly went through the
road block and the pursuit continued with Bay County Sheriffs Department
leading the pursuit at speeds of 65 to 75 miles per hour. The defendant alleg-
edly made it to Water St. and got stuck between the stock exchange building
and an officers car. The defendant allegedly exited his vehicle and ran. He was
eventually caught by an officer.
Willie Baucham: The defendant has been charged with one count of Resisting
an Officer with Violence, Petit Theft, and Aggravated Assault. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for trial on April 21. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Gregory Cummings.
Michael Campbell: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sexual
Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Burglary with Assault Therein. Aggravated
Battery with a Deadly Weapon. and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on April 21. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Cargill: The defendant has been charged with one count of the Sale
of Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Daniel Davis: The defendant has been charged with one count of Divert or
Misappropriate Funds, Uttering a Forged Instrument. Uttering, and four counts
of Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Thomas Shuler.
Robert Dillon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Manslaughter
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Second Circuit Court from Page 6
by DUI. two counts of DUI with Serious Injuries, and one count ot Aggravated
Battery on a Pregnant Victim. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial
on April 21. The defendant was represented by Attorney John Kenny.
Wade Dixon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Trespass of
Occupied Structure, Burglary of a Dwelling, and Lewd Lascivious Act in Pres-
ence of a Child. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Frederick Estes: The defendant has been charged with one count of Dealing
Stolen Property. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the offenses. Judge
Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to two years of probation and fined him
$275. The defendant was representedby Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Cindy Fasbenner: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft. The state announced no information in this case. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Harold Frederick: The defendant has been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of a Controlled Substance and Introduction of Cohtraband into County
Detention. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge Steinmeyer
adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 68 days of jail with
credit for 68 days time served. Judge Steinmeyer also sentenced the defen-
dant to two years of probation and fined him $275. The defendant was repre-
sented by Attorney Russell Ramey.
Curtis Gordie: The defendant has been charge with one count of Possession
of a Controlled Substance, Armed Robbery with a Firearm, and Possession of
a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
April 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney Danielle Jorden.
Wardell Gordon: The defendant has been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of a Controlled Substance With Intent.to Sell or Deliver, Resisting Arrest
Without Violence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for trial on April 21. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Glen Hammonds: The defendant has been charged with one count of Armed
Robbery With a Firearm. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
April 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney William Webster.
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in the First Degree, Armed Robbery with a Firearm, Burglary With Assault
Therein, Possession of a Firearm During Commission, and Grand Theft of a
Motor Vehicle. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gregory Cummings.
David Hutchinson: The defendant has been charged with Resisting an Of-
ficer with Violence and Indecent Exposure. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for trial on April 21. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger.
Cornelius James: The defendant has been charged with one count of Traf-
ficking in a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on April 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barabara
William Johnson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Murder
in the Second Degree. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on March
29. The defendant was represented by Attorney Lynn Thompson.
William Jones: The defendant has been charged with one count of Lewd and
Lascivious Assault on a Child Under Sixteen. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney
William Webster.
Noah Lockley: The defendant has been charged with one count of Battery on
a Law Enforcement Officer. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial
on April 19. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Claudette Mullins: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft. The state announced no information on this case. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Brandis Paul: The defendant has been charged with one count of Battery on a
Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting an Officer with Violence. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Connie Richards: The defendant'has been charged with one count of Sale of
a Controlled Substance. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to
seven months of jail with credit for 56 days time served. The defendant was
also sentenced to three years of probation and he was fined $375. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Andre Rosier: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession
of Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for trial on April 21. The defendant was represented by
Attorney Danielle Jorden.
Jerome Russ: The defendant has been charged with three counts of Sale of a
Controlled Substance and two counts of Battery by an Inmate. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was
represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Gadson Segree: The defendant has been charged with one count of Driving
Under the Influence with Serious Bodily Injury. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for trial on April 21. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Douglas Gaidry.
Maurice Southall: The defendant has been charged with one count of Traf-
ficking in a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on April 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Natasha Stallworth: The defendant has been charged with one count of Ag-
gravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. The defendant pleaded No Contest to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer sentenced the defendant to three years of pro-
bation and fined her $275. The defendant was representedby Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
T.J. Tejeda: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforce-
ment Officer, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding. Reckless Driving, and No Valid
Driver License. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on April 21. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Barr Thompson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of More Than Twenty Grams of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Para-
phernalia. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The
defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Robert Thompson: The defendant has been charged with one count of Re-
sisting an Officer with Violence and Resisting Arrest Without Violence. The
defendant pleaded No Contest to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated
the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 11 months and 29 days of jail with
credit for 90 days time served. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Danny Wallace: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggra-
vated Battery and three counts of Sale of a Controlled Substance. Judge
Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Darren Wallace: The defendant has been charged with one countof Sale of
Imitation Crack Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
April 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Alex Williams: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of
Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19. The
defendant was represented by Attorney William Webster.
Allen Wood: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession of

Cannabis More Than 20 Grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Reck-
less Driving. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on April 19.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Leroy Yarell: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of a
Controlled Substance. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the offense. Judge
Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to five months
of jail with credit for 174 time served. Judge Steinmeyer also sentenced the
defendant to three years of probation and fined him $375. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Duane Banks: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a denial to the charge.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on April 19.
Fred Dean: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered an admission to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced
him to 11 months and 29 days with credit for 139 days time served. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Allan Martin: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a denial to the charge.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on April 19. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Rosalie Ward: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a denial to the charge.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a hearing on April 19. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.

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of the Chamber. The ribbon cutting took place last Friday,
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preserving law and order during the upcoming "spring
break" after April 4th, and the expected waves of visitors
to the island community. He made his remarks during the
last Civic Club meeting on the island during the evening
of March 18th. Three Sheriff's Deputies will be stationed
on the island throughout any given day, operating out of a
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coordinated search and rescue unit for anyone in need of
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Franklin Adult Literacy Builds Fundamentals Apalachicola

And Futures High Grad Sees
By Aaron Shea The World In
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'There is more to it than meets
the eye" is an old, but sometimes
fitting cliche. Case in point, the '
Franklin County Adult Literac',
Program. "There is a misconcep-
tion about adult literacy," saiJ
VISTA (Volunteers in Service t:,
America) worker Linda CrosbN
"Basically, we are here to improve
people' on their computer skills.
typing skills, their education. It's
not that they are illiterate."
The program, which began in the
late 1980's through a LVA (Lit-
eracy Volunteers of Americal
grant, provides a variety of free
services to Citizens of the county.
who are 16 and older. The prc.
gram offers computer classes
typing classes, math classes, es-
say writing classes, reading
classes, TABE (Test for Adult Ba-
sic Education) testing, and GED
preparation courses. According t -:
Bonnie Segree, coordinator of the
Adult Literacy program for the
past two and a half years, the
GED preparation is the main pur-
pose of the program.
"We also teach office skills," Linda
Crosby pointed out. "We can tech
people how to use a fax machine
if it is necessary."
For those who are unable to read,
the program provides tutoring at
people's homes. "It is completely
private and confidential. No one
will know," said Crosby.
The Adult Literacy program cur-
rently has over 25 active volun-
teers and more than 100 stu-
dents, which is a big contrast
compared to the earlier years of
the program. "We had trouble get-
ting students," said Erma Barber,
who was the first coordinator of
the program. "They were embar-
rassed. We had some students
that would come off and on. We
probably had less than 20 stu-
dents." Barber even recalled how
difficult it was keeping volunteers,
14 at that time, working hard.
"They all didn't keep up with their
The program did keep on going,
however, thanks to VISTA worker
Jocelyn Tracy, who trained volun-
teers, and volunteers, such as,
Guy and Helen Marsh, who would
go to the high schools to tutor stu-
dents. "We tried to do anything to
keep them interested in reading,"
said Barber.

Bonnie Segree. Coordinator of the Adult Literacy Program.
Bonnie Segree, Coordinator of the Adult Literacy Program.


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By Aaron Shea
Brvce Hale. a former St Gecrge
island resident and 1992 aradu-
ate of Apalachicola High. joined
the Navy five years ago He s cur-
rently cruising the world on the
Navy vessel USS Blue Ridge.
which is considered the most ca-
pable command ship ever because
o1 its sophisticated command and
control s\ stem The iS.500 ton
ship is also the rIlaship for the
Limited States Seve'nth Fleet In a
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his recent adventures in fair away
SBali. indonesia was nice. and a
study in tourism in the third
world. There is poverty there just
as ramped as Thailand I took
tours to Monkey Forest and to
Hindu Temples. This guy I work
with and I stayed at the Bali Sum-
mer Hotel for $17 a day and it had
a nice swimming pool. It was a
great hotel. Some of the guys from,
the ship stayed in five star hotels
for about $70 a night. Pick pock-
ets were everywhere and some
guys lost large amounts of cash
on the streets. I saw this little nine
year old reach into my friends
pocket so fast it was amazing. You
have to bargain profusely with
these people or else they'll take
you for everything.

The tradition of those volunteers
has continued to the present day.
"I like to make a contribution to
the community," said volunteer
and retiree Nora Collins. "I enjoy
helping people to read better. I like
to see if older people in the county
would like literary services. This
gives me the opportunity to help
them read their medications or
read their bills."
Because of volunteers like Collins
and the staff at the Adult Literacy
office, which includes Pam Rush
and Maxine Creamer, there have'
been a lot of success stories that
have come out of the program.
Some of the students go on to col-
lege. "We had a girl come down
here for algebra classes," recalled
Crosby. "She took them for her
interim exam for college. She
passed with the highest score
Other students have gone on to
nursing school and others have
become volunteers for the pro-
gram. Segree recalled on student
in particular, who is in her 70's.
S"She is learning to read. She is
thrilled to death. All she wanted
to do was learn how to read."

Ball is the only place that we go
to that we have to anchor out be-
cause of the shallow harbor. We
have to sit out about one mile off
the coast and have these little
boats run us back and forth. Then
from "Fleet Landing" we take a
bus about an hour from the north
side of Bali Island to the south to
a tourist spot named Kuta, which
is where Hard Rock of Bali is lo-
cated. The navy worked out some
deal with the Hard Rock Resort,
but it was still tourist-like for me.
We paid this local guy with a jeep
to be our driver for one day and
he took us to the center of Balia
where the Monkey Forest is. It's
surrounded by rice patties, which
is their main agricultural product.
Getting away from all the tourists
gives you an idea of how the lo-
cals live and a glimpse of what few
will see.

I'll sum up the places I've been in
the past six months real quick:
Japan is nice and very expensive.
The Japanese keep their country
very clean and everything is well
kept. They have an awesome
mass transit system that is a
model for the world. But, you can't
help choking on the prices. You
can get products that come to the
market first before anywhere else
in the world, but you will pay
steep prices for that.
Hong Kong in one word is busy.
Six million crammed into a space
the, size of Central Park in New
York. It's very cosmopolitan and
everything is available. Good elec-
tronic shopping.

Thailand is a shady place like
Bali. There are drugs and prosti-
tution on every street corner at
night. I just don't think if I had
any kids, that I would want to take
them there. If you love water
sports and cheap shopping, Thai-
land is nice.
Malaysia is similar to Thailand,
but because of the religion of the
country, you don't see the shady
side of things so much. That's
where the world's tallest building
is, but you realize there are build-
ings around it crumbling and
people starving
Singapore was as clean as Japan
and the laws were very strict, not
because of religion but because
of the police and reputation of
caning and hanging violators of
the law. There wasn't much his-
tory or natural beauty.
Now we are on our way to Perth,
the first of our four visits. What
most of the sailors are discover-
ing is that seeing all these nice
places is taking a toll on our wal-
lets, so we have to be more con-
servative. Our naval brothers who
are serving in the Persian Gulf are
making tax free money and aren't
going anywhere for six months, so
they have a tremendous amount
of money. Personally, I would
rather see the eleven ports in
seven different countries that we
are going to see than the Gulf. The
last day in Bali I hung around this
Chief from the boat and he was
married.-What I gathered is that
all of this travel and adventure
can take a bad toll on your per-
sonal life, so for me I'm out and
going to college.

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Joe Rickards Continued
from Page 1
said "Michael Clark of Franklin
County Schools got the ball roll-
ing to get Joey in the school. Rose
McCoy also helped. We're very
His mother explained, "In Joey's
art class, some students have
partial vision. Teacher Debbie
Rios shows the students the pe-
rimeters of the paper. All the stu-
dents sit around a table and work
at their own paintings. The
teacher tells Joey the colors of the
paints, where they are, and if the
color is warm, as red, or cool, as
green. He will ask for more paint
when he needs it. He enjoys paint-
ing and wants to continue." His
love of music probably translates
into the emotions he displays in
his work.
His mother, Sandra, said, "Joey
has said that he wanted eyes. I
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They just don't function the way
our eyes work." She said he has
been blind from birth. He may
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"There is nothing that Joey can't
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self-concept is very good. He loves
music. She started very early
playing music for him. "Music
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loves music to this day."
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Joey has a vision of what he is
painting. She and Joey have a
good relationship and she talks
to him like a young adult. During
the interview, he requested to
hear some music, which she
promptly provided on the tape
Sandra explained that Joey "ar-
rived four months early (at birth),
and his vision deteriorated due to
prematurity." He may be sensitive
to some light, but has been blind
from birth.
"In 1994 we staffed him in at the
school," Sandra said. He initiated
the request to paint, then started
with the help of teachers. Paint-
ing for Joey is, explained Sandra,
"basically, a tactile experience, a
touching and feeling. In his mind,
he has a vision, which he ex-
Joseph's watercolor was on dis-
play last week and will be through
April 2. It is a remarkable piece
of work called "Marble Art." There
is movement and emotion in the
work, clearly revealing why it was
chosen as a winner.
All of the 26 national winners
have their work on display and the
exhibit is truly amazing. The cre-
ativity, use of color, textures and
tactile effects are wonderful. The
works of art will travel nationally.
After traveling, each piece of art
will be hung in the office of a
member of Congress from the
artist's state. After a year on Capi-
tol Hill, the art will be returned
to Alabama, where the show
Congratulations to Joseph and
his proud parents, Sandra and
Robert Rickards of Carrabelle,
whose dedication and consistent
involvement with his schooling,
add immeasurably to his

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Panther's Baseball Team Improves Two Environmentalists Speak Out

To 3-1 In The District ... -

By Aaron Shea
It took 11 innings, but the
Carrabelle Panthers defeated the
Aucilla Warriors 11 to 10 on
March 30. The Panther's were led
by Levi Millender's 4 for 6 hitting
performance. The victory was
Carrabelle's third in it's last four
games and it improved their
record to 8-5 on the season, 3-1
in the district.
Before losing to Wewahitchka on
March 29, the Panthers won con-
secutive games. They first de-
feated Apalachicola 8 to 6 on
March 22. Senior Ronnie Custer
got the victory in the game. On
March 25, the Panthers crushed
Chattahoochee 16 to 0. Jeremy
Owens led the barrage behind 4
for 4 hitting that included two
home runs. Not only was his per-
formance at the plate impressive,
but so was his performance on the
mound, pitching a shut out and
getting the win.
The Apalachicola Sharks have not
faired as well this season. They
were walloped by Aucilla 13 to 3
on March 26. The loss dropped
the Sharks to 3-6 on the season.
The Apalachicola High Track team
competed at the Liberty County
High Meet at Bristol on March 17.
Liberty High, Wewahitchka,

Blountstown, and Grand Ridge
competed in the meet. It was the
first time this season that the
Sharks had the opportunity to
compete against smaller schools.
Unfortunately for the Sharks, only
two boys were able to participate
in the competition. Luke Stanley
is out for the season after injur-
ing himself and none of the girls
were able to compete.
The Sharks that did compete,
Tyler Fulmer and Jeff Edmiston,
came up with impressive perfor-
mances. Fulmer became the first
Shark in school history tO win an
event. He finished with the top
time in the 1600 meters. His 5:22
finish not only won him the event,
but it was also a personal and
school record. Edmiston finished
in third place with a personal best
of 5:28. Fulmer also finished sec-
ond in the 800 meter race with a
time of 2:18, which was also an-
other school record.

By Rene Topping
At a public meeting held on March
8, hosted by the.Apalachicola Bay
and River Watch Association,
Marian Blackwell and Linda
Young, two local, environmental-
ists, spoke out about problems In
the area. Blackwell is the founder
ICOLA RIVER" and Young is the
founder of "CLEAN WATER NET-
Blackwell, a longtime resident of
Wewahitchka, is a seafood worker
and a beekeeper, and is a passion-
ate champion of the Apalachicola
River. Speaking on behalf of the
"Save Our River" organization
addressed the audience on the
problems surrounding work done
by the U.S. Corps of Engineers as

Linda Young

Marian Blackwell

they dredged and deposited the
spoil. She claims that, 'The Corps
of Engineers, with all their ma-
nipulations on the river, have
sealed off the river to the swamp,
literally made a ditch out of the
river. Well, when all that water
comes straight down the river in-
stead of filtering out into the
swamp and picking up nutrients
and replenishing the aquifer,
doesn't it has a lot to do with the
Douglas Barr, Executive Director
of the Northwest Florida Water
Management District, answered
her saying, "Well, yes and no. I
think when you are talking about
the disconnection, I mean cutting
off some of these backwaters and
tributaries, The problem is not so
much losing nutrients from the
flood plain washing into the river,
The river rises, tops off it's banks
and moves out into the flood plain
every winter no matter what if
these little tributaries are blocked
off, it doesn't matter, It's still go-
ing.to get into the flood plain. It is
still going to wash all those leaves,
detritus and nutrients down to
the Bay."

Blackwell sharply responded, "In
low water the water don't even get
to the swamp anymore." Barr said
"That's a different issue. Low wa-
ter is when you start to see the
problem, because at low water
when the water starts to drop
down below what the bank level
would be, as long as it's above
bank level whether you've got a
tributary blocked off it doesn't
matter because the water Is go-
ing to wash over the bank any-
way, but at times when the water
level in the river drops to what-
ever is the elevation of tributary
bottom, it cuts off that backwa-
ter in the tributary area. What
loses in a case like that is any of
the organisms that get trapped
back out in there." He added that
the blockage of the tributaries
would not block the flow of nutri-
ents from the flood plain.
Blackwell responded that fifteen
year ago the swamp would flood
regularly, maybe not much, but
a little bit. but now the swamp is
literally cut off from the river. She
said the run off from the big river

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would flow into the little river and
then back to the big river bring-
ing nutrients along.
Barr responded that the big nu-
trient flow comes with the winter
flood season. Blackwell said that
the flow has changed dramatically
in the last fifteen years. Barr said,
"Well, you obviously know more
than I do."
Barr said that because Florida
does not know just what is actu-
ally needed in flow of fresh water
they have asked that the alloca-
tions of water to each state be re-
visited in ten years. Susan Ander-
son questioned whether that time
should be shorter. Barr said "Be-
cause the system varies so much,
one years flow' is so different from
the next, and It is so tied in to
rainfall, all scattered throughout
this basin, we have not yet devel-
oped a good rainfall flow .model
that we can count on to say, yes
we have seen a five percent reduc-
tion in flow since 1975 to now"
He added that because of the
heavier demands in Georgia and
Alabama, "intuitively it must be
less but we can't quantify that,"
Blackwell is not alone in her love
and caring for the welfare of the
Apalachicola River. In a quote
from Dr. Robert L Livingston who
said in 1992, and who has akeen
knowledge of the Apalachicola
Bay and River since the 1970's,
"The Apalachicola River system
represents an anachronism In
today's world of physically altered
and often polluted major river sys-
tems. The high levels of biological
productivity of the Apalachicola
Basin provide a major source of
income for the entire area."
Woody Miley, who heads up the'
Apalachicola River and Bay Natu-
ral Estuarine Sanctuary, often
refers to the estuary area as
"God's Country," claims it to be
the least polluted of any in the
world, but could be endangered.
Linda Young spoke on the sub-
ject of isolated wetlands on behalf
of "Clean Water Network." She
stated that'the existing statutes
for the Northwest Florida Water
Management District to operate
the wetlands permitting, will ex-
pire as of July 1, 1999. Accord-
ing to Young, the present law does
not give wetlands in the Pan-
handle area the same protection
as those In the rest of Florida. She
added that presently there are no
requirements to regulate activities
in isolated wetlands, and wet-
lands delineations are conducted
using different criteria, and there
are no storm water quantity or
flood control requirements.
The only storm water require-

ments are to control the first flush
of storm water.
Her organization is proposing that
legislation be passed that would
bring the standards for wetlands
to the same criteria as the rest of
the state.
She stated that among the ben-
efits of this legislation will be to
protect isolated wetlands, protect
surface water by decreasing storm
water run off, avoid future clean-
ups of water bodies, reduction of
flood recovery cost, lower flood
insurance premiums, streamline
permitting by combining wetlands
and storm water runoff into one
permit and be enforceable, as cri-
teria have already been tested in
the courts. The legislation would
provide.grandfather provisions for
complete applications and activi-
ties under existing permits. Her
organization is requesting that
those agreeing with their stand
make their voices heard by con-
tacting their state legislators, ask-
ing them to support this piece of
Both these ladies are champions
of their respective causes and
raised several interesting issues.
Meetings of the Apalachicola,
Chattahoochee. Flint River Basin
are presently being regularly held
in an effort to achieve equitable
allocations of water for each of the
three states of Florida, Georgia
and Alabama. The states repre-
sentatives, along with a represen-
tative from the federal govern-
ment, are mandated to hammer
out a solution of this dilemma
before December 31, 1999.
Bill Hartley, president of the
Apalachicola Bay and River ,
Watch, said he was very pleased
with the turnout for the meeting
the organization had hosted. He
added that he felt there had been
good participation by members of
the audience and that several in- .
teresting issues had been raised.




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The Franklin Chronicle

Chef Eddie's

Magnolia Grill

By Tom Campbell
Dining at Chef Eddie's Magnolia
Grill at the corner of 11th Street
and Avenue E in Apalachicola is
a special event, suitable for cel-
ebrating an anniversary, any re-
markable occasion, or just treat-
ing someone to a wonderful
evening. It can, in fact, be the
entertainment of the evening, as
it was on a recent Friday.
From the moment that Bettye
Cass greets you at the door with
her friendly smile, it's like being
welcomed into her home and you
are not to worry about anything.
You may dine casually on the
screened front porch, the main
dining room, or the smaller area
which was the hallway of the
home in an earlier time. The place
is a 120-year old renovated house
with black cypress interior, deco-
rated in New Orleans style.
Dress is casual and reservations
are suggested. Bettye said she
had, on occasion, accommodated
35 people in the main dining room
and 22 in the other dining areas.
"Because our space is small,"
Bettye smiled, "reservations are
suggested. We don't want to ap-
pear snobbish, but it is just nec-
essary, in order for us to accom-
modate people without their hav-
ing to wait."
Bettye and her husband, Chef
Eddie, have been in Apalachicola
since 1992, arriving from south
Florida. They opened the restau-
rant in 1994. Residents from
Apalachicola, Eastpoint, Carra-
belle and Lanark Village enjoy
dining with them. Others come
from much farther away.
An article in the Tallahassee
Democrat in June of 1997 re-
ported: "More and more visitors
are making the drive to
Apalachicola's highly rated Mag-
nolia Grill."
Chef Eddie laughed, "We're dedi-
cated to making every day a feast,
and the feast, a celebration. We
love it. But we remember that
you're only as good as the last
meal you served."
The menu is varied and splendid,
including Fresh Fillet of Gulf
Snapper Butter Pecan at $18.95,
to Beef Wellington, Filet of Beef
Tenderloin topped with Portabtlla
Mushroom Duxelle and Pate,
wrapped in Puff Pastry at $23.95.
Anything on the menu is special
and sure to make you happy.
Chef Eddie is "a third generation
restauranteur," explained Bettye.
."He is experienced since the age
of fourteen and trained under
masters." Praise for Eddie's cui-
sine is widespread and unani-
mous. According to Florida
Trends Magazine, "He distin-
guished himself at Fort
Lauderdale's Plum Room, the
Fisherman and Joseph's."'
For dessert, order anything that
strikes your fancy. As Robert W.
Tolf said, "All the desserts are
proof positive of the fun chef Cass
is having in his new home, where


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Garden Clubbers Visit Legislature

Four local members of the Sea
Oats Garden Club, Jo Woods,
Cindy Sullivan, Maiyann Shields
and Rene Topping, spent Tuesday
March 23, in Tallahassee attend-
ing Legislature Day and to see the
President of the Florida Federa-
tion of Garden Clubs, (FFGC), Jo
Williams, receive the presentation
of a resolution commending the
FFGC for the past work in the
environment, The resolution that
had been sponsored by Secretary
Katherine Harris was presented
by Florida Governor Jeb Bush at
the Cabinet Meeting. The fifty or
so garden club members from all
over Florida were honored by
having reserved seats for the
Ms. Williams thanked the Gover-
nor and Cabinet for the signal
honor that was being given to

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Chef Eddie often leaves the
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just to make sure everybody is
happy. He and wife Bettye, waiter
Phillip Page'and the whole staff
are amiable, attentive and dedi-
cated to pleasing their guests.
They will make you feel special,
and provide you with some of the
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On the Friday we were there, two
young local musicians played
from 8 until about 10 p.m. Nicho-
las Blake, violin, and Paul Polous,
guitar, played to the room full of
guests. The music was never too
loud, but just right for the space.
Quiet guitar and violin are a per-
fect blend, featuring music such
as "Moon- River." More on these
talented musicians will be dis-
cussed in another article.

FFGC and accepted it on behalf
of FFGC.
After the presentation the mem-
bers went up to the 22nd floor of
the Capitol to hear a variety of
speakers give short presentations
of various environmental
First to speak was Jeff Caster,
Landscape Architect for The
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation, Billboard Advertising. He
spoke to the proliferation of bill-
Sboard throughout Florida. Then
there was presentation on Nature
Conservancy and Preservation
2000 and what is going to follow
the P2000 program, by Amy
Zubaly, Community Outreach
Coordinator and Terry Sullivan
Government Relations Director..
Speaking for Greenways and
Trails was Jack Maynard. Admin-
istrator, Public Outreach and
Technical Service, Department of
Environmental Protection. Rene
Topping asked if the Gopher, Frog
and Alligator Rails to Trails once
proposed in Franklin County, was
a dead issue. Mr. Maynard re-
sponded that he was not in close
touch with that but would refer
her question to another person in
his office for an answer.
Dr. O. Greg Brock Division of
State Lands-DEP CARL Conser-
vation and Recreational Lands
gave a review of all the various
state holdings. Jeff Caster re-
turned to warn that the wildfires
of 1998 might very well be re-
peated if prevention was not done
in the way of prescribed burnings
of the undergrowth.
Gary Henry, Environmental Man-
agement Office, FDOT spoke on
the Wildflower/Coreopsis license
plate. The Coreopis has been
adopted as the state flower.
After a lunch served at the 22nd
Level by Zany Foods of Perry. the
members split up and went to visit
the offices of their legislators. The
Sea Oats group visited Represen-
tatives Janegale Boyd, Al Lawson
and Majorie Turnbull. Here they
could go one on one withtheir
representatives to thank them for
past support. The group ex-
pressed their thanks to Janegale
Boyd for her help with the handi-
cap ramp at the beach and also
voiced their opinion that the
mockingbird should be kept as a
state bird, financing the public
library and other problems in
which the representative could
give help.

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By Rene Topping
On Monday, March 22, the
Carrabelle City Commission held
a workshop with interested Ma-
rine Street property owners and
the general public, to discuss the
proposed plans for the downtown
redevelopment of that area. Three
commissioners, Mayor Jenni
Sanborn, Pam Lycett and
Raymond Williams, sat at the
table along with City Clerk Beckey
Jackson, while Roads and Parks
Commissioner Donald Woods sat
at the back of the room as an "ob-
server" and took no vocal part in
any discussions.
The plan was presented by Archi-
tect David Hemphill, of the con-
sulting firm of Baskerville and
Donovan. He explained that the
purpose of the meeting was to
gain input from the public and in
particular those people who
owner or leased property on Ma-
rine Street. He said, "The two
main issues that need to be ad-
dressed are storm water drainage
and parking."
The plan was displayed and cop-
ies were available to all present.
It includes public parking, mainly
parallel, on both sides of the
street. There will be planters at
several places to be used to plant
trees. The ornamental lighting will
have underground lines but the
overhead lines servicing the busi-
nesses will have to remain over-
head, due to financial restrictions.
Paul Gilday, owner of Gilmar
Printing, asked what was the to-
tal amount of the grant that will
make these improvements and
was told it was $550,000 with
$90,000 going for consulting fees,
plans, and administration by
Baskerville and Donovan. There
were questions as to the amount
reserved for these services and
Julian Webb, who is also a grant
writer, said that the fees were rea-
sonable and in line with others.
Ben Watkins, owner of Franklin
Realty on one side of Marine
Street and a vacant building on
the other side, questioned the ex-
tra expense of putting the street
lights under ground and was told
that it was a requirement of the
grant. He also queried Hemphill
as to the loss of parking spaces
due to parallel parking. Hemphill
said that three spaces would be
lost, on the side where the
Carrabelle Medical Pharmacy and
Watkins vacant store are located.
Watkins said that he had the op-
portunity to get a major company
tenant but the parking problem
kept them from coming to
Carrabelle. Hemphill said that
overall there would be ten more
spaces and suggested that the city
should be looking for vacant
ground they might acquire for
David Butler, of Gulf Sate Bank,
said that a property buyer or les-
sor would be more willing to put
up with a temporary shortage if
they knew that there was a long-
time solution.
Watkins made mention of the fact
that everyone with property in the
redevelopment area was in a "tax
increment district." This drew a
question from Blanche Cox,
owner of the B.P. Station on the
corner of Marine and U.S. 98 as
to "just what was meant by the
term tax increment district."
There was a lengthy discussion
and Webb and'Raymond Williams
explained that the program pro-
vided that part of the property tax
collected from the redevelopment
area taxpayers, would be returned
to the city to be used exclfisively
in that district for other improve-

Lycett tried to point out that the
proposed improvements would
inevitably raise the taxes in the
area, as would any improvements
made, paid for by the increment
fund. In other words, the money
held back from the property own-
ers would finance any further
improvements by use of the "tax
increment." This method has been
used successfully in other small
towns in Florida.
Watkins went back to the park-
ing.problem saying that any of the
larger regional or national stores
will look at sufficient parking as
a must, when looking at any lo-
cation. He noted that downtown
property values were not rising
and said speaking of the parking
situation, "It is a problem that
must be solved."
There was also a problem with the
drainage. Hemphill said that
much of the water was drained off
into Carrabelle Harbor and this
would need to be resolved. He
suggested that some of the un-
solved problems could be solved
at a later date.
The meeting broke up as mem-
bers of the audience were asked
to come to the table and look
closely at the larger plans and to
ask questions of items that af-
fected them such as, breaks in the
curb to allow access to their prop-
erties. Most of the audience
moved up to the table and ques-
tioned Hemphill for about fifteen
The results of this meeting will be
on the agenda of the Carrabelle
City Commission regular meeting
to be held on April 5.

2000 Program
The program launched by the
Florida Department of State last
July to recognize 2,000 individu-
als important to Florida's history
and culture is continuing to re-
ceive nominations. The 12" diam-
eter plaques awarded will be
placed on historic buildings in
Florida's downtown to provide
additional sites of interest to resi-
dents as well as visitors.
The Florida League of Cities is
serving as a partner on the
project. Nominations may be pre-
pared by any interested party as
long as the city in which the
plaque will be located approves
the application.
To be eligible for a nomination, the
person must have made signifi-
cant contributions to the history
and culture of the state during his
or her lifetime, within a local, re-
gional, or statewide context. The
nominee must be deceased, must
have been a resident of the state
at the time the contributions were
made, and must be associated
with an existing historic building
or structure which can be marked
with a plaque.
Selections will be made through-
out the year by members of the
Great Floridians 2000 Committee.
which includes representatives
selected by the Florida Depart-
ment of State and the Florida
League of Cities. The next dead-
line for submitting applications is
April 30, 1999.
For more information about Great
Floridians 2000, contact Kathleen
Slesnick, Florida Division of His-
torical Resources, (850) 487-
2333. The program's web site can
be found at www.flheritage.com.

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