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Franklin Chronicle


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Volume 8, Number 8


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


April 16 29, 1999


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Fishermen Protest Appeal

Court Decision

In an unusual demonstration, Wakulla fishermen gathered on the
steps of the First District Court of Appeal to protest and draw media
attention to a recent FDCA decision that reversed an earlier case
originally heard before Second Circuit Judge McClure.
Ronald Crum, leader of the group, said:
"We're basically here to announce that we've just begun to
fight. If that's what it takes, we're gonna get to the Supreme
Court, we hope nonviolently... How simple can it be... Three
years, over $200,000, thousands of hours of their time, and
we're nowhere... The difference between the Florida Su-
preme Court and the other judicial decisions is the refer-
ence to the law. The law is MARINE NET LIMITATION (his
emphasis), not NET BAN..."
Crum continued,
I. I'm very upset very upset with the First DCA, that they're
very prejudiced, and I think the ruling very clearly shows
that they were blinded by this prejudice."
He explained in a very early litigation involving the manner a trawl
net was to be measured,
"(The) Florida Supreme Court never one time said "net ban".
And, in their ruling, they (FDCA) never said one time "Ma-
rine net limitation." Is it not pretty clear? We're just fisher-
men; we're not stupid."
Crum was referring to a Florida Supreme Court case (DEP v. Millender
et al) (66 Southern Reporter 2d 882, Florida, 1996) that determined
how to measure a trawl net in conformance to the so- called "net-ban"
Amendment to the Florida Constitution, and, for the first time, de-
clared that the "net-ban" was actually a limitation on net fishing, not
a total ban. Crum continued,
"...The Supreme Court said the people voted TO LIMIT rather
than PROHIBIT net fishing in Florida ... A larger mesh net
allows escapement of the juvenile (fish) and protects (the
resource). ...The Supreme Court also said that commercial
viability was a factor in this equation..."
S The Pringle-Crum net, approved as a legal net in McClure's Court,
was disapproved in an'administrative hearing as a gill net. This con-
tained a larger mesh allowing the juvenile fish to escape and, Crum
argued, was completely consistent with the goals of the net limitation
Amendment in the first place, because the net did not gill, and kill,
juvenile fish.
As Ron Crum was adjusting his two-inch mesh net, filled with juve-
nile mullet, Marvin Thomas, another fisherman, said: "This Court
forces me to kill these fish... I have caught thousands of them, but
only four mullet big enough to eat..." Another chimed in, "We're kill-
ing just as many red fish, baby trout and juvenile mullet." The State
of Florida has consistently argued in Court that a larger mesh size
will only gill the adult fish, not conserve them. They have said little
about the hundreds of juvenile fish that escape a larger mesh, to
continue to replenish the resource. The mesh size has been the sub-
ject of considerable litigation, yet it is not mentioned in the Constitu-
tional Amendment limiting commercial fishing using nets. Rules about
mesh size were added later to link the net size with the constitution-
ally declared prohibition on gill nets. No more than two nets, limited
to 500 square feet, may be used under the Amendment.
Crum had argued in Court that the two inch stretched mesh was also
not commercially viable, and he gathered some support for that view
in an administrative hearing, but larger mesh sizes gilled fish, and
were therefore prohibited by the Amendment. The Pringle- Crum net
Used two inch stretched mesh in the center panel and three-inch
stretched mesh in the wings. The State argued that the two combina-
tion turned the net into a gill net.
Crum's second point was his clear demonstration showing how the
two-inch stretched mesh killed juvenile mullet and many other fish.
Other fishermen affirmed the waste this net has caused among vari-
ous fishing species. By repeating the words NET BAN, Crum seemed
to be emphasizing the "mind set" of the FDCA, being "blinded" in
their reasoning about the "net ban" as opposed to "net limitation". He
kept repeating,
"...These are illegal juvenile fish....What fits that hole? A
juvenile fish. Yes, it gills. These fish are gilled. They're juve-
nile fish. The goal of the people was to stop this...".,
Ronald Crum also complained that the FDCA decision reversing
Judge McClure was evidence of discrimination against fishermen
as a class. He argued that the FDCA decision made only references to
the term "net ban" which was inconsistent with one of the leading
cases in the entire controversy decided in 1996, that the Florida Su-
Continued on Page 2


Coastal Petroleum Drilling

Permits Denied


Despite the euphoria generated by
published reports of oil reserves
in the Gulf of Mexico, the
Apalachicola-based Coastal Petro-
leum lost another round of per-
mit decision-rhaking, this time
before an Administrative Law
Judge. In a recommended order
handed down by Administrative
Law Judge Larry Sartin, Coastal
Petroleum was to be denied drill-
ing permits for 12 applications
issued by the Department of En-
vironmental Protection (DEP), be-
cause their applications were in-
complete.
The Recommended Order of de-
nial has been forwarded to the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP). All parties to the
proceeding have 10 days to review
the transcript (7 volumes) and list
exceptions.
Background
Coastal Petroleum filed their ap-
plications on or about February
25, 1997, seeking permits to drill
exploratory oil and gas wells at 12
sites off the west coast of Florida
in the Gulf of Mexico. In late
March, the DEP requested addi-
tional information, and by Sep-
'ember 1997. Coastal Petroleum


responded with part of the infor-
mation requested. Coastal also
.asked the DEP to cite the author-
ity for requesting additional infor-
mation, and hereafter one of the
issues in the case was joined.
Coastal irisisted it had provided
the information and that DEP had
not responded to their applica-
tions within a 90 day period, and
therefore Coastal was entitled to
the permits by default. In Janu-
ary 1998, the DEP entered an or-
der dismissing the Coastal appli-
cations. By March 1998, DEP en-
tered a Final Order denying all 12
applications for failure to provide
sufficient information for DEP to
determine if adequate assurances
were being provided by Coastal
Petroleum to conclude whether
the permits would be in compli-
ance with Florida Law and Admin-
istrative Code. Coastal then filed
their complaint with the Depart-
ment of Administrative Hearings.
By December 1998, the environ-
mental groups Sierra Club,
Florida Wildlife Federation and-
Florida Audubon filed to intervene
and eventually were permitted to
participate in the administrative

Continued on Page 10


Carrabelle Files For

Declaratory Judgment In

Circuit Court

The City of Carrabelle has filed a lawsuit seeking a Declaratory Judg-
ment involving the Timber Island complex. Specifically, the litigation
seeks, on behalf of the City of Carrabelle, to determine the rights and
obligations Carrabelle has as a governmental entity and lessor of lands
to Bevis and Associates, Inc. and with respect to the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority. The second purpose of the sought-after De-
claratory Judgment is to determine whether the City of Carrabelle
has the right to cancel a sublease to Bevis Associates because of
violations of a sublease agreement entered into on September 4, 1991
between Bevis and Associates, the City of Carrabelle and the Carrabelle
Port and Airport Authority.
The violations alleged include a list of 12 items, noticed to Bevis and
Associates, Inc., on November 3, 1995. "The City believes that such
violations have occurred and that violations by Bevis et al continue..."
a. Failing to create and maintain twelve full-timejobs for the term
of the sublease, seven jobs for low-to-medium income employees;
b. Failing to provide information and certification of employment
as required under the sublease;
c. Failing to allow access to employment/employee records;
d. Failing to obtain required approvals for subleases. A letter di-
rected to Bevis and Associates dated November 3, 1995, charged that
Bevis and Associates entered into sub-leases with the Dept. of Natu-
ral Resources, Federal Fish and Wildlife Division and others without
permission from the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority (CPAA),
the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Com-
munity Affairs (DCA);
e. Using or permitting use of more than the nine boat slips au-
thorized by the Development Order;
f. Using or permitting use of boat slips for activities not associ-
ated with the boat manufacturing activities authorized by the sub-
lease. Specifically, the charges are that Bevis used more than nine
boat slips for charter boat operations; dead-boat storage, rental and
other activities not authorized by the sublease, jeopardizing future
development of the recreational slips shown in Phase 4 of the Devel-
opment Order;
g. Failing to provide, when requested, certificates of good stand-
ing showing the required insurance to be in force and effect;
h. Allowing sub-lessees to operate on the sub-leased premises
without carrying worker's compensation insurance;,

Continued on Page 8


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Oyster Harvesters Get
Reclassification Of
Apalachicola Bay
By Aaron Shea
Joseph Shields, an Environmental
Specialist for the Department of En-
vironmental Protection (DEP), in-
formed a small group of six oyster
harvesters that more shellfish har-
vesting areas would be available for
the upcoming July 1 summer harvest-
ing season. 'The point of this meeting
was to make sure everyone wanted
this." said Shields. "We were just mak-
ing sure there were no hostile radi-
cals in the crowd that didn't want
this."
The reclassification of Apalachicola
Bay was initiated by DEP because the
Franklin County Seafood Workers
Association requested that specific
conditionally approved winter areas be
available for harvesting during the
summer season. A conditionally ap-
proved area means that all water qual-
ity standards for fecal coliform bacte-
ria, which is bacteria excreted in fe-
ces by warm blooded animals, have
been met. This provides for the har-
vest of wholesome shellfish.


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

At theApril 7 County Commission
meeting, Verdell Haddock of Ridge
Road in Eastpoint,' told the Board
that trash was being dumped by
truckloads into the lot next to her
home. The lot, however, is private
property and Haddock pointed
out that it appears that the prop-
erty owner is allowing the garbage
to be dumped there. The Board
turned the situation over to Solid
Waste Director Van Johnson and
they told him to contact DEP
about the problem.
Sheriff Bruce Varnes received per-
mission from the Board to have a
sub-station for the Sheriffs Office
put on St. George Island: Sheriff
Varnes explained that the
sub-station is needed because of
spring break and summer
traffic.
Research Reserve Manager Woody
Miley and Reserve Management
Coordinator who went before the
Board to discuss the abandon-
ment of roads in unit-4 on St.
George Island. Miley and Ogles
explained that the point behind
the road abandonment is to keep
the roads clean and put a stop to
illegal dumping. The concern of
the Board, however, was the pub-
lic access to the water being cut
off. The request was tabled to the
next meeting to allow Miley.
present the plans the state would
have for the area.


Franklin County EMS Director.
Susan Ficklen, informed the
Board that she was stepping down
as EMS Director.
Larry Parker of Dames and Moore
gave the board the 100% Busi-
ness Plan and 100% Airport Lay-
out Plan for the Apalachicola Air-
port. The B6ard approved both
and told them to go forward with
the plans.
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan informed the Board that
a $2,000 grant has been received
allowing travel support and sup-
plies for the FDA/oyster breaker
machine study.
The Tri-State Aquaculture Com-
mittee will be holding an introduc-
tory aquaculture workshop on
May 15 in Blountstown. Topics
will include: fish species overview.
production systems, marketing,
economics, water quality, fish
health, regulations and. informa-
tion sources. The program costs
$30 and the registration deadline
is April 23.
County Planner Alan Pierce told
the Board that he had spoke to'
Congressman Allen Boyd's office
about road funding. It was
pointed out to him that all fed-
eral road money goes to the state
and the state determines the pri-
ority for roads. This means the
county's priority of Alligator Point
Road will not be recognized by the
Appropriations Committee. Pierce
told the Board that he was as-
sured by Boyd's office that they
will continue to pursue funding
for Alligator Point through FEMA
and they will continue to pursue
funding for dredging of the vari-
ous channels through the Army
Corps of Engineers.


It was estimated by County Engi-
neer David Kennedy that it would
cost $20,139 to pave 2500 feet of
Alligator Point Road. It was esti-
mated that a walking path at
Vrooman Park would cost $7,283.
The County Recreation Commit-
tee has agreed to pay for insur-
ance to cover six girl's softball
teams in the county. The girl's
teams will now operate as part of
the Dixie Youth League. There are
two teams in Eastpoint.
Carrabelle,' and Apalachicola.

"Pedro"

Juhnson Found

Not Guilty

By Aaron Shea
After deliberating for only min-
utes, ajury found William "Pedro"
Johnson not guilty of second de-
gree murder. The charge was
brought against Johnson after he
fatally stabbed Thomas Causey,
a resident of Wewahitchka, more
than eight times near the Swifty
Mart in Carrabelle on May 16,
1998.
According to the probable cause
report, Causey and Johnson got
into a fight. The initial fight was
broken up, but it progressed and
Johnson pulled a knife and
stabbed Causey several times.
Johnson's attorney, Lynn Thomp-
son, successfully contended that
it was self-defense.
Prosecutor Neil Wade argued that
Johnson didn't need to kill Cau-
sey. "It was done in anger rather
than fear," Wade told the
Chronicle. "He was angry as a re-
sult of being embarrassed in front
of his friends after getting beaten
up the first time."


Wade also said that he was sur-
prised by the decision and the
quick deliberation of the jury. He
didn't feel, however, that Causey
not being a resident of Franklin
County had any affect on the
Jury's decision. "Each juror said
that wouldn't be a factor," said
Wade.

Supreme Court

Disciplines


W1
I..g-

Jack Rudloe 'disengages two mating horseshoe crabs in his
specimen lab in Panacea.

Rudloe Urges MFC To Stop Horseshoe

Crab Harvests


Jack Rudloe is urging the Florida
Marine Fisheries Commission
(MFC) to enact an emergency clo-
sure that would stop the harvest
of horseshoe crabs for commer-
cial purposes until they can write
a comprehensive management
plan. Until now, these ancient
animals were left in peace' on
Florida beaches, but now they're
being harvested in unprecedented
numbers for eel and conch bait
and he wants the MFC to bring it
before the Governor and Cabinet's
next meeting
"Horseshoe crabs are not in the
same league as other fisheries.
They are slow growers, taking five
to seven.years to reach maturity
and can be easily fished out."
They come to the edge of.the
beach and high tides to lay their
eggs on the full and new moons,
from April through November and
can be easily gathered by anyone
with a small boat.
"There is no protection in Florida
... none. The, only requirement is
that the catcher hold a salt water
products license." According to
the Marine Fisheries.Commission,
48,000 crabs have been landed in
St.- Joe this month by Raffield
who took 32,000 and Woods Fish-
eries that landed 16,000. Raffield
and Woods Fisheries are bringing
in crabs from all over the pan-
handle. It's become a'gold rush.
The fishermen are being,paid fifty
cents apiece. "It's the only thing
around that has any money in it,"
said one catcher, who landed
1,700 crabs in Panacea and
trucked them to Port St. Joe.
Dr. Anne Rudloe estimated in her
studies of breeding and trawled
crabs in Apalachee Bay in 1978,
where those crabs came from, the
total population on one.breeding
beach in Panacea to be around
30,000. Residents use to see the
shoreline covered with breeding
crabs, but now there are only a
few seen here and there. This new
fishing pressure comes on the
heals of a red tide three years ago
that drastically reduced their
populations and eliminated juve-
niles from most breeding beaches
in the Florida panhandle. Their
populations were just starting to
recover. In addition, the threat-
ened loggerhead sea turtle, whose
numbers are just beginning to
recover from past exploitation.
relies heavily on the horseshoe
crab for food.
The crabs are being harvested for
eel and conch bait and shipped
north. The new market has been
created as a result of emergency
legislation to limit harvest in Dela-
ware Bay. Harvests of approxi-
mately four million crabs a year
have resulted in serious declines
in horseshoe crab populations.


Many other states
have enacted emergency legisla-
tion already. South Carolina pro-
hibits the taking of horseshoe
crabs entirely, except for biomedi-
cal purposes.
Rudloe and his wife.Anne, who
operate the Gulf Specimen Marine
Laboratory in Panacea, have stud-
ied horseshoe crabs for thirty
years. Dr. Anne Rudloe has pub-
lished numerous research stud-
ies on horseshoe crabs and they
were authors of a National Geo-
graphic article on them in 1981.
They provide about five hundred
crabs a year to scientific and edu-
cational institutions for a multi-
tude of studies. The eye of the
horseshoe crab has been used to
study vision for nearly fifty years;
developing and understanding
and treatment for Retinitis
pigmentosis. The milky blue blood
of the horseshoe crab is used by
pharmaceutical firms to detect
endotoxin, and in the past twenty
years has become a valuable bio-
medical tool. The crabs are usu-
ally milked of their blood, then
released back into the wild. Tag-
ging studies by Anne Rudloe in
1980, sponsored by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration, demon-
strated in St. Joe Bay that there
was a ten percent higher mortal-
ity of bled crabs.
Aside from the loss of animals for
medical purposes, the Audobon
Society and a coalition of environ-
mental groups have urged re-
stricting the harvest there be-
cause migratory shore birds de-
pend. on horseshoe crabs when
they migrate up from South
America. The flocks of birds feed-
ing along the shore line have be-
come a valuable tourist attraction
in the northeast. Furthermore,
horseshoe crabs are one of the
main diets of the threatened log-
gerhead sea turtle. They are also
one of the oldest animals on earth,
going back nearly four hundred
million years, in the fossil record,
with almost no change.
The opposition to this now fish-
ery is a switch for Jack Rudloe,
who has worked closely with com-
mercial fishermen, opposing the
net ban, and working to develop
alternative fisheries such as jel-
lyfish, rack shrimp, bulldozer lob-
sters. "I feel for the people in St.
Joe who have been hit hard'by the
net ban and the closing of the
paper company, but this has to
stop," says Rudloe. "At this rate,
.the crabs will be gone in a year or
two and Florida will lose a valu-
able resource. We need to man-
age the fisheries in a responsible
way, close the beaches to com-
mercial harvest and perhaps take
only trawled specimens while we
determine how many can be har-
vested before they disappear
forever."


ALLurney

Mark Haller Zilberberg, Post Of-
fice Box 4358, Tallahassee, has
been suspended from practicing
law in Florida for one year, effec-
tive retroactive to September 20,
following a February 25, 1999
court order. Zilberberg failed to
comply with a 1997 suspension
order. He failed to furnish a copy
of the order to all his clients within
a specific time frame, failed to
provide a list of clients' names ani
addresses to Bar staff ar.d falled
to eliminate the appearance of
being a lawyer in good standing,
including the removal of office
signs. He later provided the re-
quired documents after having
been served with the Bar's peti-
tion for an order to show cause
why he hadn't complied with the
court order.


In a April 6th decision by the First
District Court of Appeal (FDCA)
that appears to cutoff any further
appeal to the Florida Supreme
Court on some aspects of the net
limitation issue, fishermen Ray
Pringle and Ron Crum lost a legal
contest that enjoined certain net
measurement methods.
The case was initially heard by
2nd Circuit County Judge
McClure. In this court, the
Pringle-Crum net, with 15 square
feet of two-inch mesh and 485
square of three-inch mesh was
presented but Judge McClure
concluded in his holding that a
seine net that does not exceed 500
square feet, with any size seine
panel, is a legal net as long as the
seine panel contains meshes no
larger than two inches stretched
mesh. The Florida Marine
Fisheries Commission (MFC) had
changed their administrative rule
to ban nets which incorporated
mesh sizes larger than two inches
stretched mesh in any portion of
the net, thus outlawing the


Pringle-Crum net. One year
earlier, Pringle and Crum had filed
litigation against the MFC alleging
that their administrative rule was
an invalid exercise of legislative
authority. The Administrative Law
Judge decided the issue against
Pringle and Crum. In Judge
McClure's Court, Pringle and
Crum had wona victory. But the
FDCA saw this as "...two bites at
the same apple..." indicating that
the parties failed to exercise their
administrative remedies first.
instead of filing litigation in both
forums, the administrative court
and Judge McClure's court. The
FDCA criticized the Circuit Court
for failing to honor Ihe '-.11 C's
motion to dclsrmss the iiil.--
Crum case so the administrative
matter could be decided. The
Judge McClure Court ",,erred in
exercising jurisdiction over
matters then under consideration
in an administrative forum." So.

the McClure, decision was
REVERSED.


First District Court Of Appeals Affirms

MFC Rulemaking In NetLimitation Issue

In an opinion filed in the First District Court of Appeal (FDCA) (Talla-
hassee), fishermen Ray Pringle, Ron Crum and Willy Arnold lost their
argument that the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) exceeded their
authority to make a rule regarding the limitation of nets used in fish-
ing. They appealed a decision made by Ella Jane Davis, Administra-
tive Law Judge. The FDCA affirmed her decision.
The rule that was challenged is found in the Florida Administrative
Code 46-4.0081(2) (d), stating in part, ... no person shall fish with,
set, or place in the water any seine net with a mesh size larger than 2
inches stretched m'esh" The amendment to the rule defines other en-
tangling nets to include any seine net with a mesh size larger than 2
inches stretched mesh.
Crum and Pringle presented evidence that a 500-square foot net con-
sisting only of two-inch mesh could not be used to take mullet in a
commercially viable way. They also demonstrated to the administra-
tive court that a net with only 15-square feet of two-inch mesh and
485 square feet of three-inch mesh (the Pringle-Crum net) was com-
mercially viable for catching mullet. However, the administrative law
Judge also found that the commercial viability of the Pringle-Crum
net was attributable solely to the fact that the Pringle-Crum net gilledd"
mullet. The administrative law judge wrote:
Three-inch mesh in the wings of seine nets would gill
larger, commercially viable mullet. There is no practical
way to construct a seine with wings and a workable pocket
since the entire seine net is limited to a total of 500 square
feet, but if the three-inch mesh continues to be permit-
ted for the wings, fishermen will be able to construct 500
square foot seine nets that are 90 percent wing and 10
percent panel, thus converting what is technically a seine
net intoone which actually gills or entangles fish over 90
percent of.the net's surface. Such a result would be con-
trary to any common historical understanding of what
constitutes a "seine net," and contrary to the intent of
the constitutional amendment and subsequent legisla-
tion.
The administrative law judge thus found that the Pringle-Crum net
constituted a gill or entangling net, and was therefore disallowed by
the "Net Ban.Amendment" to the Florida Constitution.


Fishermen Protest from Page 1
Supreme Court affirmed the way of measuring the cone shaped
Golden-Crum net, and moreover, judicially determined that a net-ban,
as such, did not exist. The Amendment to the Constitution was a "net
limitation," permitting fishermen to continue to use nets to fish com-
mercially. This phrase, "net ban" was repeated often in the FDCA
decision demonstrating to Crum and other fishermen, that the FDCA
court was discriminating against fishermen as a class. The reversal
of Judge McClure, and "failure" of the petitioners Crum and Pringle
to exhaust their administrative remedies, has effectively blocked any
further appeal to the Florida Supreme Court. In the meantime, the
MFC revised their administrative rules to define the net designed by
Ray Pringle and Ron Crum illegal to use because, as alleged, the net
gilled fish, even though it did not trap juvenile fish in a smaller net
size. Mr. Crum wore the juvenile fish gilled in the two-inch mesh to
make his point of the waste of the resource.





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16 April 1999 Page 3


EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


Florida Versus Lamar W. Moore

Publisher's Note:
State of Florida versus Lamar W. Moore, County Court, 14th Judicial
Circuit, Gulf County, Florida, Case No. 98-663-MM. In the words of
Judge Robert M. Moore, Gulf County Judge, the facts in this case, a
criminal trial of Lamar W. Moore, are bazaar. In the end, Judge Moore
commended the officers of the Florida Marine Patrol and fishermen
Moore, while seemingly excusing officer Thomas Lee's "mistaken
understanding of the law concerning buoys." The key section in this
judicial opinion seems to be: "Citizens should be able to rely on in-
formation received from the agency charged with the duty of enforc-
ing laws and which at times must interpret laws." That reason alone,
along with a myriad of others, warrant reprinting this opinion for
wider distribution and is most appropriate in today's political
climate involving tensions between the Florida fishing community
and the Florida Marine Patrol.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher


COUNTY COURT
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL COURT
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 98-663-MM
State Of Florida, Plaintiff vs. Lamar W. Moore, Defendant
On February 25. 1999. the parties appeared before the Court for their Bench
Trial. The State filed its State's Certificate of Non-Jury Trial on February 17.
1999. Both the State and the Defendant. Lamar W. Moore. hereinafter called
Moore. presented testimony. The State presented two Exhibits.
For a criminal trial the facts in this case are bazaar. The testimony of Moore
and of Moore's Witnesses was unchallenged, and undisputed. There was no
reason to disbelieve the clear, consistent testimony of Moore and of Moore's
Witnesses.
Late one afternoon in September. 1998. Florida Marine Patrol Major Kent
Thompson. hereinafter called Thompson, observed boys using nets in the shal-
low waters of St. Joseph Bay. Thompson made contact with one of the boys'
Father. Mark Moore, and indicated he wanted to check out the nets the boys
were using. However. since it was late. Thompson stated he would return the
next day when conditions for inspection would be more favorable.
Mark Moore asked Thompson if he wanted to take the nets with him. Thomp-
son stated he did not need to take the nets. He trusted Mark Moore not to
alter the nets prior to the inspection.
The next day. Thompson returned with Florida Marine Patrol Officer Mike
Nobles, hereinafter called Nobles, to inspect the nets. Several people were
present during the inspection process. It was an excellent opportunity for
representatives of the Florida Marine Patrol and local interested citizens to
discuss not only the nets, but also, other concerns of mutual interest. The
meeting was cordial and constructive.
Mark Moore had assisted with construction of four nets. All four nets were
constructed in exactly the same manner. All four nets contained the same
quantity of materials. All four nets had the same basic dimensions. All four
nets were constructed of the same materials.
All four nets were available for inspection. Thompson chose to measure one of
the nets. Mark Moore and Nobles measured the chosen net ten feet at a time.
while Thompson carefully observed.
Thompson pronounced the net to be legal. Further, he stated that the other
three nets were legal, if they were like the net measured. He was assured they
were.
Thompson and Nobles had also observed small boats or floats being used.
Initially, Thompson stated he didn't think the small crafts, would be consid-
ered to be boats. So, Nobles photographed the crafts in order to have them
reviewed by other personnel. Later, Nobles reported to Mark Moore the use of
the small boats "would be no problem".
At the gathering Mark Moore and others asked Thompson and Nobles to clarify
the Rule which required the saltwater products license number being legibly
marked at each end of each seine (net). Because a seine might be used by
different people at different times there was some question about whose salt-
water products license to use, the owner of the seine or the individual using
the seine. Further, since it was anticipated a new saltwater products license
number might be issued when a restricted species endorsement was issued,
there was a question as to whether the marking should be changed.
Historically, marking seines was required because they were left unattended
in the water. However, in this case the seines were attended at all times. There
was no issue as to whom the net belonged.
In any event, the Officers advised Mark Moore and the others that additional
information would be forthcoming concerning proper marking. However, the
Officers never provided any additional clarification.
Between the date of the gathering in September, 1998, and December 7, 1998,
the fishing nets were used by various fishermen. The nets were never enlarged
nor significantly changed. From time to time fishermanusing these nets, as
marked, were checked by Officers of the Florida Marine Patrol. No Citations
were issued, as were issued in this case.
On December 7,1998, Florida Marine Patrol Officer Thomas Lee, hereinafter
called Lee, saw several men fishing with nets in St. Joseph Bay near the tip of
Cape San Bias within yards of the shoreline. He noted the fishing party was
using two motorized boats and three small boats without motors. Several nets
were being used. C:)
Lee testified he approached the fishing party and made initial contact because
the nets did not have a 12 inch buoy on each end. Emphatically, in response
to cross-examination he testified a 12 inch buoy at each end of each net was
absolutely necessary. He was just as certain each buoy had to have a saltwa-
ter products license number written on it.
Because the nets did not have buoys, as required by Lee, he stopped the
fishing operation. He ordered the parties to pull in their nets and to proceed to
shore at his direction.


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Onshore Lee was met by Florida Marine Patrol Officer Bryant. hereinafter
called Bryant. Lee and Bryant measured Moore's two nets. According to the
property receipt attached to the Citation, their measurements indicated one
net contained approximately 576 square feet and the other net contained ap-
proximately 593 square feet.
Lee charged Moore with three offenses, as follows:
A. Violation of Article Y. Section 16 by using a net containing
more than 500 square feet of mesh area in nearshore and in-
shore Florida waters.
B. Violation of Florida Statute 370.06(2)(a) by not having a re-
stricted species endorsement on his saltwater products license.
C. Violation of Rule 46-4.008(2)(a) by not having the end of each
net properly marked.
Moore testified he had been a licensed, commercial fisherman for more than
30 years. Throughout that time he had complied with the Florida Constitu-
tion. Statutes and Rules. Over those years if at any time he was unclear about
a law or regulation, he would ask for guidance from the Florida Marine Patrol
and would follow instruction, as given.
Moore and his son. Mark Moore, constructed the four nets referred to earlier.
Two of those four nets were being used by Moore at the time of his arrest on
December 7.1998. Moore testified he ordered only sufficient net material to
construct four nets containing less than 500 square feet of mesh area. Each
net used a headrope of 147 feet and a depth of 40 meshes. Moore testified the
two nets confiscated by Lee each contained less than 500 square feet of mesh
area.
Additionally. Ronald Crum testified he measured the nets on February 5. 1999.
By his measurements each net was within one foot of containing 500 square
feet of mesh area.
Moore testified he was waiting for clarification of the requirements for mark-
ing the ends of his nets. Since the nets had been inspected by several Florida
Marine Patrol Officers prior to December 7, 1998, without even a warning.
Moore believed additional information would be forth coming and the contin-
ued use of the nets was acceptable.
Further. Moore testified there was a grace period for obtaining a restricted
species endorsement on his valid saltwater products license. That grace pe-
riod had not expired on December 7. 1998. Moore obtained the restricted
species endorsement within days of receiving the Citation in this case and
within the allowable grace period.
Cleaily, estoppel applies in this case. There were positive, affirmative acts by
Officers of the Florida Marine Patrol on which Moore had a right to rely and.
as it turned out, his reliance was to his detriment.
The Officers of the Florida Marine Patrol are commended for meeting with
Moore and other fishermen in September, 1999, at which time they discussed
issues of mutual interest. Such communication is extremely important to
members of the public trying to engage in legitimate commercial fishing.
Moore is commended for asking questions and encouraging a dialogue with
the Officers. As was demonstrated by Lee's mistaken understanding of the
law concerning buoys, it is extremely difficult for individuals to keep up with
the ever changing regulations. Citizens should be able to rely bo information
received from the agency charged with the duty of enforcing laws and which at
times must interpret laws.
This case should have been resolved without a Bench Trial. Had the parties
who participated in the gathering in September, 1998, reconvened after the
issuance of the Citation on December 7, 1998, respectfully, it is suggested
this case could have been settled.
Therefore, it is,
ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Defendant. Lamar W. Moore. is hereby
found to be Not Guilty on all Counts. The Defendant is hereby discharged
from any further liability herein.
DONE AND ORDERED this the 30th day of March. 1999, riuncpro tunc Feb-
ruary 25,1999.
ROBERT M. MOORE
County Court Judge
Gulf County


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Franklin Chronicle
P.O. Box 590
Eastpoint, FL 32328
Enclosed are photos (which I took) of a seagull trapped on a power
line at Alligator Point, and of a Florida Power lineman, Larry Smith
(Monticello office) who got him down. Florida Power even turned off
the electricity for Alligator Point in order to help the bird.
The gull is alive and might even fly again, thanks to Chris Beatty, a
wild life rehabilitator in Crawfordville who runs a non- profit organi-
zation almost single-handedly and on a shoe string budget, Florida
Wildlife Mammal Association.
The rescue and saving of the gull was truly a group effort, one I thought
you might want to know about.
Sincerely,
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Performance Report


The Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection's (DEP)
newly appointed Secretary David
Struhs released his first
Secretary's Quarterly Performance
Report announcing his commit-
ment to providing Floridians with
an open assessment of the
agency's performance in protect-
ing Florida's environmental qual-
ity.
The report cites that the percent-
age of manatee deaths caused by
or attributed to human activity
was 54.8%, or 17 of 31 total
manatee deaths, up 34.1 percent-
age points from the same period
in 1997. This represents the sec-
ond consecutive quarter in which
human-induced manatee mortal-
ity has exceeded death by natu-
ral causes. Of the 231 manatee
deaths statewide in 1999. 66 were
caused by watercraft-related in-
juries, the highest annual total
observed to date, the DEP has
designated manatee deaths as an
issue that needs immediate atten-
tion.
In response to any issue desig-
nated as a focus issue, agency
staff must develop action plans for
immediate implementation. Over
the course of the last year and a
half, the DEP has identified 28


focus areas statewide, six of which
remain asfocus areas at this time.
The latest report cited human-
related deaths among manatees.
air quality in Escambia County
and noncompliance among the
smallest drinking water providers.
such as convenience stores and
RV parks, in the Jacksonville and
Orlando districts as focus areas.
In response to afocus designa-
tion last quarter, the DEP has
targeted Florida's oyster, clam
and blue crab processing plants
to ensure compliance with state
and federal wholesome food
laws. Nearly 60% of the process-
ing facilities targeted for
stepped-up inspections last
quarter were found to be in vio-
lation and the Department has
begun exploration of several
options to improve conditions
including additional training for
processing facility staff and vig-
orous enforcement against
violators.
Over the past year, the report has
cited such issues as air quality in
the Jacksonville, Pensacola and
the Tampa Bay area and surface
water quality in the Orlando and
Tampa Bay areas as focus areas.
or items for immediate agency
attention.


Tons Of Garbage Removed From


Twin Lakes Area

By Aaron Shea
Approximately 234 tons of gar-
bage was removed from the Twin
Lakes area in Eastpoint, on April
10. Amazingly enough, following
eight hours of hard labor by 10
volunteers and numerous county
workers, there is still more work
to be done. Even after 69 truck-
loads of garbage was taken to the
county landfill, the county work-
ers and Keep Franklin County
Beautiful volunteers will have to
return to the area on Saturday to
complete the massive clean-up,
which is affiliated with Keep
Florida Beautiful and Keep
America Beautiful.


ix u ump trucKs, Luree udaclkhoes,
and one frontend loader were
used to remove couches, tires, bed
mattresses, kitchen appliances,
carpeting and a variety of house-
hold garbage. In addition to those
items, dead animals were found,
^ including a pile of 30 mullet. The
S largest item found was a 24-26
S foot boat.


Jim Sisung, President of Keep
Franklin County Beautiful, wrote
a letter expressing his disgust
over the situation. "I found many
tires still on their rims. They can
be taken to the land fill without
charge. Also found were stoves,


refrigerators and parts of other
metal goods for which the land fill
does not charge on amnesty days.
Amnesty days are on the Wednes-
day of each month's third full
week. I asked myself, why would
anyone go out of their way to ille-
gally dispose of materials that can
be disposed of legally."
Property owners, Jim and Carol
Vitek, had the area cleaned two
years ago and had a gate block-
ing off on of the main entrance.
"The gate was knocked down,"
said Carol Vitek. "We may have to
put in big ditches at entrance
ways. All we can do is try and ask
people not to pollute."
Florida Marine Patrol Lt. Eric
Johnston, who was in charge of
the clean-up, said that more vis-
ible patrols by the Sheriffs De-
partment and Marine Patrol could
be used to deter illegal dumping
in the area. "It is hard to catch
somebody dumping garbage at 3
a.m.," said Lt. Johnston. "We
found letters with names. We will
try and track those people."
Johnston pointed out that fines
for illegal dumping can be up to
$500 and commercial dumping is
a felony. 'The landfill is only 10
minutes down the road," said
Johnston with some frustration.


March 29, 1999


Franklin Chronicle
SP.O. Box 590
Eastpoint, FL 32328


A heartfelt thanks to the emergency room staff at Weems Memorial Hospital.
It was the critical care I received on March 8, 1999 at Weems that saved my
life.
My wife and I were visiting St. George and Apalachicola for the first time. We
were along way from our Ohio home and family when my heart problem be-
came acute. I had heart by-pass surgery one and one half years earlier.
Upon arriving at the emergency room at Weems, the staff immediately and
professionally started my life saving treatment. I am sure that without their
diligent and aggressive medical treatment I would not be writing this letter.
Thanks Apalachicola for your George Weems Hospital and the devoted staff of
doctors, nurses, volunteers, and all hospital personnel. They deserve your
support.
A special thanks to a dedicated director of nurses. Ginger Conrad. She was an
anchor on a heavy sea that day and until we left. Also, thanks to a fine young
cardiologist, Doctor Sanaullall.
Before we traveled home to Ohio, he spent an entire afternoon checking me
out and reassuring me it was safe to travel.
Sincerely,
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Carrabelle

Commissioners

Give Job Reports

By Rene Topping
Under the heading Commission-
ers Reports at the April 5 meet-
ing of the Carrabelle City ommis-
sion, Road and Parks Commis-
sioner Donald Wood said he had
tried to reach the engineer and
designer of the lane changes in
Carrabelle. He said the last time
he had talked to him was about a
month ago. The Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation mainte-
nance came in on Tuesday. March
6 and changed the lines to "No
Passing" in several areas of the
highway through Carrabelle, but
the problems are not solved.
.Police Commissioner Pam Lycett
thanked Stan Arnold of Computer
Solutions, for obtaining free
internet access on their newly In-
stalled computer. She also re-
ported that Carrabelle police of-
icers will begin a campaign of
tagging abandoned, or
non-functional vehicles left on the
city streets, in conjunction with
the Keep Franklin County Beau-
tiful clean-up.
Lycett reminded commissioners
and residents that there is a real
need to get house numbers in
place on each residence or busi-
ness. If you do not know your
number, you can look at your next
Florida Power bill and you will find
it under physical address. Offic-
ers and all other emergency per-
sonnel and equipment are now
sent out by address. She added
numbers need to be visible from
the street.
In another matter, in which
Rhonda Skipper had challenged
Lycett at a previous meeting, rais-
ing the issue that because Lycett's
husband Jim Lycett was chair-
man of the Carrabelle Port and
Airport Authority (CPAA), there
could be a conflict of interest.,
Lycett turned to City Attorney
Doug Gaidry and asked if he had
any answer. Gaidry said that the
Ethics Commission had re-
sponded that "In order for you to
have any kind of conflict, there
would have to be personal gain for
you or a family member. I don't
see any way in which you can be
getting any personal gain out of
that."
He added, "Interestingly enough,
the commission as a whole does
not have standing to ask the ques-
tion. If you were appointed by the
commission, that could be done.
Since you are an elected official,
it's your business, or an
individual's business, but not the
commissioner'!,." ,.
Lycett said, 'That's all right. Any-
body can ask. She turned over a
fat envelope with copies of the
statutes. She added, "I wrote too,
and here all the state statutes. If
you want to put them in the
record, that's no problem, and
that's my report."
Commissioner Raymond Williams
had a much more lengthy report
that started with a request for the
commissioners to approve an cost
analysis for the downtown rede-
velopment (Marine Street).
He then brought up the fact that
it would a necessary item to do
an update on the 504 Handicap
Transition, last renewed in 1995.
He said that Senator Pat Thomas
had added $300,000 for the short-
fall in the city water extension
plan. It will have to make It's way
through a number of state bud-
get cuts.
Then Williams brought up a con-
fusing issue which turned out to
be simply stated, Williams felt that
instead ,of using the Waterways
Grant money for a renovation of
the boat ramp at the end of Tim-
ber Island road, swap the money
allocated for that ramp to the one
next to the Riverside condos, i
promised the city by Jimmy
Crowder. Then at some future
date Crowder would put a boat
ramp in on Timber Island.
After a period of' heated discus-
sion the commissioners voted to
give the matter to the attorney to
research.
Williams then spoke on his sug-
gestion that each commissioner
run by seat number only and not
regarding the seat as the job a
commissioner would undertake.


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He said he felt it would put
everyone on an equal footing at
election time. Also every commis-
sioner would be able to deal with
any problem as they would have
to know about all of the jobs.
Mayor Jenni Sanborn was con-
cerned with the trucks along with
boat trailer parking on the Tillie
Miller Bridge. Lycett said that
signs were supposed to be posted
for no parking on the bridge.
Sanborn also reported that the
Carrabelle Postmaster had called
with a problem on the air condi-
tioning at the Post Office. He said
that they cannot leave the fan on
automatic and it is raising their
electric bill.

More

Carrabelle

City Meeting

By Rene Topping
The April 5 meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission was
long and tedious as the commis-
sioners plowed through eighteen
items with the meeting running
over the time allotted on the
agenda for each item and ending
close to 10 p.m.
Commissioners approved a bid of
$38,250 from Coastal Reef for the
'Two Dogs Artificial Reef." The two
other bids were from Ben With-
ers and Reef Innovators. Withers
bid was $86,636 and Reef Inno-
vators bid $36,850. Although the
Reef Innovators bid was the low
bid, on the advice of Chris Merritt
of the Organization for Artificial
Reefs, Inc. (OAR), commissioners
threw that bid out. Merritt said
the wording of the contract Indi-
cated that company would have
to subcontract part of the work.
The, term "Assist" appeared sev-
eral times in the various opera-
tions necessary to build the reef.
Merritt said that the Two Dogs
reef would be finished by some
time In May.
Rory Cassady of Waste Manage-
.ment, appeared before the com-
mission and apologized for the
problems in billing the company
had just experienced. The billing
system began to send out errone-
ous bills, sent some to clients no
longer on the company rolls and
made it appear many people were
in arrears. He said the company
believes they have the software
program errors solved now and if
anyone is still having problems,
the numbers to call are 1-800
874-1019 and if no satisfaction is
received by the customer, then
they should call him at 1-850-
301-2804.
It seems that the company was
having problems with their soft-
ware. He said that things should
be better. The entire system which
covers several counties was in-
volved and the entire calls went
into overload. He said that he
apologized for any inconvenience
that had come to residents.
On the request from the
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Com-
merce, to erect a board with cor-
porate sponsors signage on it near
the Riverwalk Pavilion, commis-
sioners said they would like to see
plans at their May meeting before
giving final approval.

The next item was qualifications
for an employee of the water and
sewer department. Lycett sug-


"Biddie Bash"

By Rene Topping
Spring is brought into Alligator
Point each year with a party spe-
cially for the ladies of the Point.
The party is known far and wide
as 'The Biddie Bash" This year it
was held at the home of Debbie
VanderPlatts. .
The party was co-hosted by Bar-
bara James. Doreen Bitner. Pat
Johnson. Mary Lee Jolly. Shirley
Altman, Carol Womble, Barbara
Jordan, Rooney Willers. Rudene
Moon. Betty Pitts. Weedy
Satterfield, Betty James, Betty
.Thompson and Debbie Vander-
Plaats.
Being so close to Easter there was
to be a parade of Easter bonnets
and although it was not Park Av-
enue, New York, the ladies pa-
raded smartly out on the deck
overlooking the Gulf of Mexico
wearing every imaginable kind of
bonnet.
The hats were many and varied.
One gal had a doll perched on the
top of her head which gave a comi-
cal appearance. In addition she
was wearing the world's largest
pink earrings. I rather liked the
beautiful roses worn by Ruth Ann
Howard. One fan of "Clean
Beaches" had her hat decorated
with the flotsam and jetsam of the
beach, sponges, aluminum cans
and you can guess the rest. She
had it all. In addition she adver-
tised the "Keep Franklin County
Beautiful" organization and re-
minded us all of the Beach
Cleanup Day coming April 17.
I fell in love with a hat decorated
in living Wisteria. There were hats
decorated with critters, hats with
flowers; In fact the biggest display
I have seen of hats, since I left New
York in 1952.
Decorations adorned the living
room, including a bigger than life
rabbit, down to the tiny
forget-me-nots that ringed the
napkins and a huge bouquet of
snapdragons and other spring
flowers. A spring colored quiche
with diced vegetables and sausage
was made in three lasagna pans
and was declared a five star recipe
by all present. Combined with a
tropical fruit salad and with a
healthy carrot cake for dessert,
"VanderPlaats Beach Cafe" was
undoubtedly the best place to eat
on the Point that day.
The following people won prizes
with the big top spot of Miss
Biddie Bash going to Beauvais
McCaddon, Most Beautiful-a
tie-Gladys Worth and Betty
James, Most Humorous-Shirley
Gwyn, Most Creative-Ruth Rob-
ins, Most Unusual-Roonie
Willers.
So once again, the Biddie Bash"
turned out to be a day of sun-
shine, good conversation, good
food and fellowship and a look at
some of the strangest headgear in
Franklin County.

gested that the commissioners
could add that 8 years of experi-
ence in lieu of a high school di-
ploma or a GED. She said she felt
it would give someone with expe-
rience but no diploma a chance
at the job.
Raymond Williams opposed the
eight years and the motion failed.
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Opposition

By Aaron Shea
A public hearing was held at the
April 6 Apalachicola City meeting
to discuss the renaming of Sixth
Street to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Street. A number of residents of
the area stated their case against
the proposed name change.
One long time Apalachicola resi-
dent pointed out, "You've got three
churches, the museum, the bed
and breakfast, and the Anchor
Realty on that street. Do you re-
alize what It is going to cost those
'people to change all their bro-
chures. I just can't see it. Look at
It from a historical stand point,"
continued the resident. "Sixth
Street goes right through Gorrie
Square. You've got the Gorrie
Museum and the Gorrie monu-
I ment. If it is going to be changed,
.,it ought to be Dr. John Gorrie
SBlvd. I just don't think it should
be changed."
Bob Horn, a resident of Sixth
Street, opposed the renaming of
the street and was very vocal with
his views throughout the hearing.
"I don't think there is a special
and necessary connection be-
tween Martin Luther King and
Apalachicola," said Horn. "I
strongly oppose this because
Martin Luther King, as great of a
man as he was, has no special
relationship with this town."
After a few more residents made
their stand against the renaming
of the street, Elinor Mount-
Simmons spoke out in defense of
the proposed name change. "He's
done a lot for human kind and all
towns. Not only this town, but the
whole world. He had an impor-
tance to human kind."
As tempers began to flare and it
became clear that a decision could
not be made, Commissioner Van
Johnson, who proposed the name
change, suggested that commit-
tee be formed to decide another
way to honor Dr. Martin Luther
King. Nine people at the meeting
volunteered to be on the commit-
tee. They will meet on April 22.


By Tom Campbell
Once again, the importance of
parents' positive involvement with
their children was brought to
light. When he was about 11 or
12 years old, Paul Polous said his
father taught him to play guitar.
Nicholas Blake said his mother
started teaching him to play vio-
lin when he was "about four."
Not surprising then, that both
young men are gifted musicians,
completely comfortable with their
instruments. They are both now
about eighteen and between
them, have about twenty years of
experience making music.
On a Friday evening, from 8 until
about 10 p.m., they can be found
playing music in the main dining
room of Chef Eddie's Magnolia
Grill, 133 Avenue E, in Historic
Apalachicola. Quiet guitar and
violin, as these two talented mu-
sicians perform, are a perfect
blend. The music was never too
loud, but just right for the space.
They played to the room full of
guests as easily as spring breezes
caress sea oats.
An anniversary party in the cor-
ner of the room seemed especially
appreciative of the music, includ-
ing "Moon River," "Tennessee
Waltz," "0, Danny Boy," "Un-
chained Melody," Ashokan's Fare-
well and "Yesterday" by the
Beatles.
'They play the room," smiled Chef
Eddie Cass, owner of the five star
restaurant. Indeed they do, and
as natural as breathing. Both
musicians explained later that


they "practice all the time." Nicho-
las Blake studied for "about six
years with Martha Gherardi."
Both Nicholas and Paul said they
are "now on my own, exploring
being a musician."
As for their plans for the future.
both are attending Gulf Coast
Community College in St. Joe,
aiming for a degree. Right now,
they are scheduled to play every
Friday night at Chef Eddie's Mag-
nolia Grill, through the season
into the fall. "It's a sort of gig," they
both smiled. "We're enjoying it."
They work for tips only, no sal-
ary, although Chef Eddie never
lets them go hungry.
Their style of music can best be
described as "a private blend of
traditional and popular tunes," as
they stated. They definitely speak
to the souls of their listeners, The
audience appeared to thoroughly
enjoy the sounds.
They like "all kinds of music," they
said. They practice about "three
or four hours a day." They hope
to play and pay their way through
college.
"We have Saturday nights open,"
Nicholas smiled. "If any restau-
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area is interested, we would be
happy to talk with them."
For those who may be interested,
Nicholas Blake can be reached by
phoning 850-653-9502. They are
"on their own," exploring being
musicians, and they are playing
a distinctive, private blend of
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Dixie Theatre Offers Chance

For Community Pride


By Tom Campbell
Any community is fortunate to
have a quality, operating "live the-
atre" company. Franklin County's
is the Dixie Theatre, which is
about to start its second season.
As Director Rex Partington said
last week, "Regional theatre at its
best needs public and private
support in funding."
There are many costs involved in
presenting good theatre, but there
are tremendous benefits to the
community. It provides a wonder-
ful opportunity for the local people
to "go out and experience living
theatre."
The Dixie Theatre also provides
cultural opportunities for the
young people. It creates artistic
outlets for painters, carpenters.
musicians, costume designers,
people who like to sew or help
back stage. It offers a terrific op-
portunity for teamwork and pride.
In live theatre, the humanities are
brought home to us. It makes
memories that last a lifetime, pro-
viding social opportunities and
stirring the creative juices to wake
up the soul.
On a purely economic level, the
Dixie Theatre brings tourists to
the area, invites real estate pros-
pects that can afford the property.
helps to fill local restaurants and
contributes to the local economy
at every level.
Many of the real estate agents in
the area have become corporate
sponsors. There is much to be
gained. Many have already bought
seats, to have a name plaque put
on the seats in memory of some-,
one, or just to show they are sup-
porting the Dixie Theatre. The
cost to buy a seat with a name
plaque is only $500, but it will
help to sustain quality theatre
here in the community.
A brick with a name plaque on it,
inside the Dixie Theatre on the
original wall of the theatre, can
be purchased for only $100.
The Dixie Theatre is a 501 (c)(3)
non-profit corporation and dona-
tions are tax-deductible.
The new cushioned seats in the
mezzanine and balcony look
great. Harry Arnold and his crew
are responsible for doing an ex-
pert job with the refurbishing of
the seats.


and anyone interested is invited
to take part. Season subscribers
are offered a special rate: eight
shows for the price of seven. Sun-
day matinees at 2:30 p.m. for the
whole season, $70. You get to see
one play free.
The 1999 season as scheduled
now:
"Oh Coward"-May 19-30
"Greater Tuna"-June 2 13
"Everybody Loves Opal"-June 16
-27
"Same Time Next Year"-June 30
- July 11
"The Dining Room"-July 14
-25
A mystery, to be announced-
July 28 August 8
"Quilters" (A musical)-August 11
-22
"I Do! I Do!"-August 25 Sep-
tember 5.
The historic Dixie Theatre is lo-
cated at 21 Avenue E, Apalach-
icola. Box office phone is 850-
653-3200.


Concert In

The Park

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts will present its an-
nual "Concert in the Park" on
April 25, 4:00 p.m. EDT, in
Lafayette Park, 15th Street and
Avenue B, Apalachicola. The con-
cert will feature the "Sunshine
Revue", a quartet from the
Panama City Chapter of Sweet
Adelines.
This concert, which is underwrit-
ten by Patrick and Mary O'Neill,
Helen and Odin Anderson, Judge
and Mrs. Van Russell, Dr. and
Mrs. Photis Nichols, Lee and
Kathy Willis, Doris and Harry
Topliss, Mr. and Mrs. William
Greer, Jim and Jeannette Miller,
Don and Barbara Hartsfield and
Bill and Lynn Spohrer, is free and
open to the public. Children un-
der 12 years of age should be ac-
companied by an adult. Please
bring lawn chairs or blankets as
there is no seating in the park.


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Cinunagic A Ruccess At Dixie Theti,-e

By Tom Campbell
From the standing ovation the audience provided after David Wingate's
singing of "01' Man River" from Showboat." to the fun-filled
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Cinemagic was full of entertain-
ment at the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola last Sunday. The theatre
was filled to near-capacity and the audience had a good time.
Conducted by Dr. Thomas H. Adams. the Bay Choral Society per-
formed well, managing the sometimes intricate theatrics called for in
the music. Soloists included Alice Lang Hall, Cynthia Rhew. Lois Clary.
Gayle Dodds. Virginia Harrison. Emily Herbst. Dody Slaght. Phil Jones.
Susan Galloway. Wesley Chestnut. Dewitt Galloway. Royce Hodge.
Jimmy Miller and David Wingate.
Accompanists were Dr. Bedford Watkins, piano; Luciano Gherardi.
Bass; and Joe Lehning, Drums.
The entire production was smooth and engaging as the audience dem-
onstrated with applause throughout.
The next performance of The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts
will be Concert in the Park. April 25. in Lafayette Park. Apalachicola.
Free admission, at 4:00 p.m.


The Governor Stone
Winner of Grant


By Tom Campbell
Joe Terrell of The Apalachicola
Maritime Museum confirmed this
week that The Governor Stone has
won "a $20,000 matching grant"
from the State Department. "We
had in-kind help to match the
grant," he said.
He continued, "We won't receive
it until about July. Sherry Stokes
is the one who wrote the applica-
tion for the grant."
He said the plans were "mainly to
upgrade the schooner, redo the
mast and add more safety equip-
ment. He expressed his delight
that this work could now move
forward.
The Governor Stone currently
rests in dry-dock in Apalachicola,
where the schooner, built in 1877
is undergoing repairs. Named for
John Marshall Stone, the first
elected governor of Mississippi af-



Senior Center

Awards Day

By Tom Campbell
About seventy people attended the
Donor/Volunteer Appreciation
Program last week at the Franklin
County Senior Citizens Council in
Carrabelle. This annual event
seeks to honor those who have
served the elderly through .the
Senior Center.
The 1999 Distinguished Service
Award went to Cheryl Sanders,
Board of County Commissioners.
Cheryl was born and raised in
Carrabelle and graduated from
Carrabelle Hi, h School.
Other awards presented were:
1999 Community Service Award
- Gwendolyn Ingram, Crafts -
Ramona Conley, Senior Center -
Carrabelle Norman Newman,
Senior Center Apalachicola -
Easter Gatlin, Health Award -
Cheryl Kovack, Juanita Foster,
Board Member of the Year -
Cherry Rankin.
Special Awards to Special People
for Home-Delivered Meals: Anne
McGhee, Shaun Donahoe,
Kathleen Malone, Justin Mathis,
Lee and Ruth Guernsey,
Kasandra Edwards, Gene and
Glenda Hallstrom.
Executive Director Helen Schmidt
said, "Without these people and
others who are dedicated and
faithful, the job here at the Se-
nior Center just would not get
done."


ter the Civil War, this gaff-rigged,
63-foot schooner has seen service
as an oyster buy boat, "rum run-
ner," sponge freighter, U.S., Mer-
chant Marine training vessel,
yacht club committee boat and
pleasure craft. The Governor
Stone is a National Historic Land-
mark and is considered the old-
est operating sailing vessel of the
American South. Captain Daniel
Blake of Apalachicola is respon-
sible for repairs and said the ves-
sel will probably be out of the
water for about four more weeks,
while some rotted boards are re-
placed. Normally, The Governor
Stone sails out of Apalachicola for
two-hour cruises, group charters,
special occasion arrangements
such as weddings and reunions,
extended excursions, sunset and
moonlight cruises. For reserva-
tions or further information,
phone the Apalachicola Maritime
Museum, Inc. at 850-653-8700.
Those interested in making a con-
tribution for the preservation of
The Governor Stone are encour-
aged to do so. The activities of
Apalachicola Maritime Museum
Inc. include preserving and dem-
onstrating historical maritime ar-
tifacts, such as The Governor
Stone. The museum seeks major
sponsors as well as memberships
and donations from individuals
and corporations.
The AMM is a tax exempt 501
(C)(3) corporation and your dona-
tion is federally tax deductible.
Apalachicola Maritime Museum,
Inc. mailing address is P.O. Box
625, Apalachicola, FL 32329-
0625. FAX via request.


The Bay Choral Society in rehearsal at Dixie Theatre,
Apalachicola, Saturday, April 10th.

State Emergency Management Meets

With County Officials And Citizens
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Jy AJUaron oea
Franklin County officials and con-
cerned Alligator Point residents
met with Florida Emergency Man-
agement officials Joe Loomis and
Eric Poole on April 6. They dis-
cussed the basic roles and re-
sponsibilities of the local govern-
ment in emergency situations, but
the main focus of the meeting, at
least to Alligator Point residents,
was the shabby conditions of Al-
ligator Point Road.
Florida Department of Emergency
Management Chief Joe Myers first
addressed the county officials,
which included County Commis-
sioners Cheryl Sanders and
Clarence Williams, Clerk Kendall
Wade, County Planner and Emer-
gency Management Director
Butch Baker.
Myers pointed out to the officials
that being prepared is the num-
ber one concern of government
and when responding to a emer-


Historic Apalachicola Classic &

Antique Boat Show


Join us for the first annual
Apalachicola Classic & Antique
Boat Show April 24, 1999. Stroll
along the streets of historic down-
town Apalachicola where antique
boats and classic examples of tra-
ditional vessels will be on display.
This festival will emphasize the
maritime history of our pictur-
esque coastal town. Special high-
lights will include the Governor
Stone. A national landmark, this
authentic fully restored Gulf
Coast Schooner embodies the rich
fishing history of the Bay. Origi-
nally constructed in 1877, this
gaff-rigged 63-foot schooner has
seen many decades of service
along the gulf coast. The Gover-
nor Stone is considered the old-
est operating sailing vessel in the
American South. There will also
be examples of authentic oyster
boats, work boats, plus a wide


array of small classic and antique
boats.
Enjoy a display of antique out-
board engines and a model boat
exhibit. There will be nautical arts
and crafts, a marine flea market
and kids can build their own
model boat at the Apalachicola
Maritime Museum.
All boat entries must be
trailerable. Entries must be either
a classic example of a traditional
craft or built prior to 1969, sail or
power. Entry fee is $10.00. Infor-
mation needed to register your
boat: Type: (12' catboat), Year
Built: (1948), Builder/Designer:
(Stanton/Bolger), Sail or Power.
Plaques will be awarded to the
best boats in each category. For
more information please call
(850) 653-9419 or chamber
@digitalexp.com.


agency, the first three days are cru-
cial. An initial damage assess-
ment must be made immediately
following a storm.
Myers then spoke to the anxious
Alligator Point residents, who
made their opinions and concerns
clear to the Chief of the Division
of Emergency Management. "Mov-
ing the road would be okay, but
what happens in five years when
were in the same exact spot."
questioned one Alligator Point
resident. Once you move it, there
is no where to go after that." An-
other resident pointed out that a
strong, reasonable revetment
should be built first, then a new
road should be put in.
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders,
who represents the district that
Alligator Point is in, made it clear
to Myers that she wanted this
problem solved. "You can fix the
road. You can fix anything you
want to, just solve the problem.
Let's fix it and solve the problem
at the same time. Another thing
that concerns me is the welfare
of the people. They have one way
in and one way out."
Myers' suggested that county and
residents go after a HUD grant,
which everyone agreed with, but
once again, the residents of Alli-
gator Point will be facing another
hurricane season with a unsatis-
factory road. Alan Pierce ex-
plained that no major road work
could be done during hurricane
season.

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NOTICE OF

ANNUAL MEETING


The Board of Commissioners of the
Northwest Florida Regional Housing
Authority will hold an Annual Meet-
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Ramada Inn North, 2900 North
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The Franklin Chronicle


It's What Is In The Inside That

Counts To Dr. Helen Nitsios


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By Aaron Shea
In late January of this year, Dr.
Helen Nitsios opened Coastal Car-
diology Medicine, becoming the
first internist to ever practice in
Franklin County. Dr. Nitsios, who
previously practiced in
Clearwater. Florida, saw an op-
portunity to become a part of the
ever growing medical community
here in Franklin County.
"I am enthusiastic about this,"
said the University of Maryland
Medical School graduate. "This a
great environment for a doctor like
myself because there are no other
internists in the county. I want
to participate in the growth here.
The hospital is upgrading it's ser-
vices and getting new doctors. It's
pretty challenging and exciting
from a medical point of view."
Franklin County's newest M.D.
didn't always look at things from
a medical point-of-view, however.
After graduating from Vassar Col-
lege in New York with a degree in
Biology, Nitsios became a science
teacher at an all girls boarding
school in Connecticut. "I thought
about medicine during college,"
said Nitsios. "I had taken some
science classes to get prepared for
teaching. One class I had taken
was anatomy and it fascinated
me. I realized teaching was bor-
ing and there was so much to
learn, so I decided to go to medi-
cal school."
Dr. Nitsios took some time to
speak to the Chronicle about her
new practice and home.
Chronicle (C): What type of doc-
tor is an internist?
Helen Nitsios (HN): Basically, I
treat a v.ide variety of diseases int
adults. The diseases of the inter-
nal organs It's different from a
family practiceil d6 riot treat chil-
dren or pregnant women. I treat
adults for everything from colds
to diabetes to blood pressure and
lung disease. I also do preventive
care. I check people's cholesterol.
I do colon cancer screening,
mammograms, immunizations,
vaccinations, flu shots. I'm like a
general adult doctor. My training
is a little different from the family
practice doctors. I am trained
more in the hospital setting. The
patients I see tend to be a bit more
involved, more complex.
(C): What is your involvement in
the hospital?


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(HN): I am probably going to be
involved in running the respira-
tory department. I am also getting
involved with committees at the
hospital.
(C): Is participating in the growth
of the medical community one of
the things that drew you to this
area?
(HN): Absolutely. You have a very
exciting process here with the
development of the hospital and
the upgrading of it's services. It's
very exciting. Everything is in
place in a metropolitan area. You
can't go in there and make a big
difference, but here you can.
Some of the patients I am seeing
here have diseases that are brew-
ing and have gone unrecognized.
I have seen things here in a month
that I didn't see in Clearwater for
a year.
(C): What have you specifically
seen?
(HN): I have already seen a pos-
sible case of lung cancer. The man
had unexplained weight loss, ane-
mia, shortness of breath. A lot of
stomach problems. We found a big
mass on his lung. There is a lot of
stuff I can do here. There is a lot
of diagnosis and prevention, It
seems like I can make a differ-
ence.
(C): What do you specifically think
you can bring to Franklin County
that they didn't have before?
(HN): I bring more intensive hos-
pital training. My training differs
from anyone else in this area. I
trained for three years in an in-
tensive university setting. People
do not have to go out of town now
to see an internist.
(C): What type of major medical
conditions do you expect to en-
counter here?
(HN): I expect to see a lot of heart
disease and lung disease because
there is a lot of smoking here.
(C): Where do you see the health
care system here in 10 to 15
years?
(HN); I see expanded and im-
proved services in the hospital. I
see more specialists in town. I see
overall improvement in the health
care system. We're all committed.


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April 16 May 29, 1999
By Tom Campbell
Friday, April 16-Nesting Bird Warning Posted-Tyndall Natural Resource
officials are reminding all boaters, swimmers, and beachcombers that pro-
tected species of birds are now nesting on the base's coastline and Shell Is-
land. No dogs. bikes, motorized vehicles, open fires, camping or glass contain-
ers are allowed on the beach.Beach is closed from 1 1/2 hours after sunset to
1 1/2 hours before sunrise, except when shoreline fishing. For more informa-
tion, call Jack Mobley. base wildlife biologist. 283-2641.
Friday and Saturday, April 16, 17-Labyrinth at United Methodist Church.
Apalachicola. Friday 6 p.m. 8 p.m. Saturday 8'a.m. to 8 p.m. A prayer tool.
unique spiritual experience.
Saturday, April 17-9th Annual Waterfront Festival. 9 a.m. 6 p.m. City
Pavilion on Marine Street in Carrabelle and along Riverfront. Family fun. games.
food, arts and crafts, and festivities.
Sunday, April 18 and Sunday 25-Church of God. Avenue A. Eastpoint.
Morning Worship 11 a.m. Sunday evening worship 6 p.m. Pastor Herman W.
Knapp. Phone 670-8704.
Monday, April 19-Discussion. Northwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict Water Allocation Formula ACP Technical Meeting. location and time TBA.
(Also. Friday, April 30, Water allocation Formula Committee Florida Date
confirmed: location and time TBA.) Phone for more information. 850-539-5999.
Monday, April 19-Franklin County Advisory Board Meeting. Franklin County
Library. Carrabelle. 5:30 p.m. Public welcome.
Friday, April 23-187 Office Plaza Dr., Tallahassee. (Also. Wed.. May 5 9
a.m. Pine Lake Nursing Home, Greenville: and Sat. May 15 -9 a.m.. 187 Office
Plaza Dr., Tallahassee.) Nurses and EMT's willing to volunteer to help com-
munity when disaster strikes. Disaster services courses. No charge. Disaster
Health Services I -To register, phone Disaster Services Office. Capital Area
Chapter, Tallahassee. 894-6741: Apalachicola. 653-3952. Or FAX your name.
phone number, and course selection. FAX 878-3441.
Friday, Saturday, April 23-24-White Springs. Suwannee Storytelling Festi-
val, call 904-397-2733.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 23, 24, 25-Live Oak.. E.A.R.T.H. Aware-
ness Festival. 407-784-0830.
Saturday, April 24-First annual Apalachicola Classic and Antique Boat Show.
Classic examples of traditional vessels will be on display as you stroll the
streets of Historic Apalachicola. (Downtown.) Kids can build their own model
boats at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum. All boat entries must be
trailerable. Entry fee $10. Plaques awarded to best boats in each category. For
more information, call 850-653-9419, or chamberl@digitalexp.com.
Saturday, April 24-Tallahassee Memorial's Women's Pavilion, Annual
Mother-Daughter breakfast, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For Mothers and daughters.
ages 10-16 years old. Program provides opportunities to share time together
and celebrate your special relationship. "What Is Happening to Me? Under-
standing the Physical and Emotional Changes of Adolescence" by Tricia Prince,
a nurse practitioner. Gift bags to each participant, Free event. To register call
by April 20 at 681-2255, ext. 2. Or contact Brooke Wilson 681-5875.
Saturday, Sunday, April 24 and 25-Spring MusicFest '99, stage and seat-
ing under cover. Featuring John Sebastion. T. Graham Brown and Dan Seals.
For additional information, call MusicFest '99 Hotline at 850-656-7110. Or
http://www.digitgt.com/springmusicfest.com/ Proceeds from this event to
benefit homeless families with children, and to prevent child abuse and ne-
glect. TicketMaster outlets $20, at gate $25. Children 10 and under admitted
ree with paid adult admission. Under huge tents on 150-acre tract of land off
Thornton Road at I-10 and Hwy. 90, Exit 31A.
Saturday, Sunday, April 24 and 25-Shell Point Stephen C. Smith Memorial
Regatta. Sailboats and sailboards compete in this annual two-day event with
proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
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.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 30 and May 1 and 2-Destin Mayfest,
850-837-2711.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 30, May 1 and 2-Pensacola Crawfish Cre-
ole Fiesta, 850-433-6512.
Friday, April 30; also, Saturday, May 22-Disaster Health Services II. Six
and 1/2 hour course to prepare volunteers for entry-level assignment to Di-
saster Health Services function at a disaster operation. If you are a State of
Florida or Leon County government employee, you can receive 15 days of paid
Disaster Leave to volunteer for Americani Red Cross in time of disaster.
Saturday, May 1-Eighth Annual Apalachicola Tour of Historic Homes. 1 5
p.m. Donation $10. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Trinity Episcopal Church.
79 6th Street, Apalachicola. A fund-raising event for preservation of Trinity
Episcopal Church of Apalachicola, established 1836. Luncheon available for
additional $8. Further information, phone Denise Butler, 850-670-8068.
Saturday, Sunday, May 1 and 2-Panacea Blue Crab Festival. Wakuila County
community welcomes visitors for two-day event. Parade, entertainment and
fun, arts and crafts and food. $1 admission. 850-926-1846.
Friday, Saturday, May 7 8-Big Bend Hospice is seeking volunteers who
will help provide support for Franklin County patients and their families. Hos-
pice provides compassionate care to individuals with a life-limiting Illness,
comfort to their families, and emotional support to anyone who has lost a
loved one. Hospice care Is provided by a team that includes the patient's doc-
tor, the Hospice Medical Director, a nurse, a home health aide, a family sup-
port counselor, a chaplain, and a volunteer. Patient/Family volunteers pro-
vide companionship and emotional support. They may stay with the patient
while the caregiver takes a break, provide transportation to appointments.
run errands, help with cooking or cleaning, or take the patient or family mem-






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1999 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in
Apalachicola. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact James
Brooks at 1-800-772-5862.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 14, 15, 16-Shriners Fishing Tournament.
Timber Island. Annual saltwater Fishing Tournament at Pirate's Landing
Marina on Timber Island. Carrabelle. Pre-registration required. Public wel-
come. Proceeds benefit Shriner's for crippled and burned children. Call Mr.
Hogg. 850-644-9578.
Saturday, May 15--The Sea Oats Gallery on St. George Island is holding May
Daze. a benefit for Franklin County library. WINGS of the library association
will also benefit. 100% of funds collected will go to benefit the library. Artists
should submit their work by May 2. Divisions are Juvenile, ages 7-12: Young
Adults. ages 13-17. Amateur and professional artists are asked to participate
in the Adult division. For more information, phone Jean Collins at 927-2303
or 697-8533.
Saturday, May 15-Ninth Annual HuManatee/St. Marks Celebration. 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. 5K Race. Live Entertainment. Arts. Crafts. Activities for Children.
San Marcos de Apalache Historic site in St. Marks. For more information.
phone Fort San Marcos 925-6216 or Humanatee Inc. 925-6412.
Saturday, May 15-Wakulla Springs Twilight Cruise and Dinner (6 p.m.) Din-
ner in historic lodge following a cruise on the river. $24. Reservations re-
quired. 850-224-5950.
Saturday, May 15-Mitchell Aquaculture Demonstration Farm. Blountstown.
All-day introductory workshop on Aquaculture. sponsored by the Tri-S(tate
Aquaculture Committee. This event will cover a variety of topics related 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-cone ba-
sis. Payment must be received no later than April 23. and no registrations will
be taken at the door. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Cost is S30
per person for the entire event. Call for more information or a registration
form, Debbie Britt at 850-674-3184.
Saturday, May 29-Quilting Workshop at Florida Folk Festival. 4-hour work-
shop, also on Sunday. May 30. In White Springs. Fee $50 includes kit con-
taining materials necessary to quilt a 20 inch x 20 inch breadfruit design.
Send registration fees and preferred date to Ginger Lavoiex. 1004 Deddington
PI., Kissimmee. FL 34758. For more information. call the Museum of Florida
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Varnes introduced Major Mike
Mock, who said there were now
two new Highway Patrol officers
in the area. A security patrol had
been mentioned once before but
the sheriff said nothing came of
it. VanderPlatts said "Apathy is
rampant. No-one wants to step
forward." Ruth Ann Howard said
she would be glad to ride around
the Point in a police car and
Bunky Atkinson offered her ser-
vices, provided she could carry
her trusty firearm. The sheriff
said that would not be possible.
Bob Burnett brought up the trash
that is illegally dumped in vari-
ous places at the Point and the
sheriff said that his deputies
would stay at any site when
found, but the working of the case
is either with the Marine Patrol
or with the Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection. He ended
his presentation saying, "Tell me
how I can make it better for the
residents. We are here to please
you."
Alan Pierce was next up and he
brought the residents three new
maps of the area. Questions were
fired at him on the road opposite
the campground, which is a para-
mount concern of all the resi-
dents. He said that the "letter" he
had written seemed to have, at
least, brought this up as a topic,


time. But each deputy has a key
and can be assigned from time to
time.
Varnes said that he now has 23
deputies and 24 corrections offic-
ers. He told the audience that they
should expect to see a deputy near
their home at least twice per day.
He added that it might not be the
same deputy, as he has more
people on at night.
Tom VanderPlatts commended
the sheriff for the work he has
done since he was elected. He,
asked if it might be possible to
have an occasional license check
at the entrance to the Point.
Varnes said the problem there
was that it took three men to man
a check point, but said-he would
see if it were possible.


cost at least $100,000 to main-
tain it each year.
Another possible option would be
a breakwater which would be of
concrete. The waves could wash
across it. when the water would
recede you could just sweep the
sand back and you would still
have a concrete road in place."
Pierce said he had been to an
Emergency Management meeting
in Tallahassee and the State EMS
Director Joe Myers had said that
there is about $350 million dol-
lars deposited by FEMA in Hous-
ing and Urban Development
(HUD), but it has to be shared and
it was noted they are still work-
ing on projects from Hurricane
Andrew.
In thinking about how money
could be raised, a possibility of
making C270 a toll road was
raised. This would involve a lot of
planning and Pierce said there is
always danger when cash money
is handled, Pierce said it was sug-
gested in 1994 and nothing came
of it. However, it would have to be
run by the county attorney Al
Shuler and he said he would be
glad to do that..
Rand Edelstien said he was play-
ing devil's advocate when he made
the suggestion that as a last re-
sort, there be a buy out of all the
houses on the point and then
there would be no need for a road.
There was no enthusiasm for that
idea.
It was pointed out that there was
$90,000 to repair the 800 feet of
road. Pierce said that money is in
limbo right now, as it can only be
used for the newly damaged 800
feet. Over 100 feet does not have
any money to repair it properly
There is no possibility that FEMA
would give money to extend the
revetment, Pierce said, as they
were against it. .
Cheryl Sanders said, "I know that
there has been talk about Bill
1021 that is in the legislature
right now for small counties un-
der 75,000 population. The crite-
ria to do this is so wrong, in my
book. One of the criteria is you
would have to extend beyond the
rip rap area. That would be in the
domain of the Corps of Engineers
and about 1 1/2 miles of beach
protection would cost around $12
million.


On moving the road away from the
He laid out the options he sees Gulf, he added that even if any of
for a solution. Number one was these solutions could be approved
beach renourishmen t. is will by some agency, the county would
entail a large scale study of the have no option but to use what-
entire coastline of the Point from ever would be funded, He said,
Peninsular Point to Bald Point; He "Believe me. We are going to have
said, "But as you all know the to do what they tell us to do."
most critical place is the road op-
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that the study would take be- said, "If the road had been done
tween 6 8 months. He estimated back then there would still have
it would cost $4.million to rebuild been a problem." He was referring'
Alligator Point Beach. This is the to the fact that 800 more feet of
area that is eroding at an accel- roadway was lost this past year.
erased rate. He added that in ad-" The proposed .road at that time
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erts Road and the road beyond
that is now badly damaged. Pierce
stated that FEMA will provide
money to at least repair that sec-
tion. Edelstien also pointed out
the low spots that are on the road
as shown in proposed routes.
Pierce said that these were only
proposals he drew to send in the
request for money to FEMA. His
thought when he chose the road
through the campground was,
"Well, we have a road here. Sure
we would have to deal with the
campground and some property
owners but it is a road that the
county owns most of."
Edelstien also asked if the com-
pany that was working with the
county had a coastal engineer on
their staff. Pierce responded that
Pebble Ridge did not but they sub
contract out to Coastal Tech of
Panama City. who do.
Pierce added, "Another idea, and
it's not a very good idea, is to leave
the road where it is and build a
bridge." That would cost $10 mil-
lion.-Another thought would be to
build a road by raising your gas
tax from 5 cents to 6 cents and
your millage rate to 8 mils or an
overall rate of 10 mils. If you're
going to do that, you might just
as well leave the money in the
county." She added that she feels
that 1021 has a lot of drawbacks.
Pierce said "It puts the county in
a terrible dilemma with two
choices that are equally bad. The
county would have to say to the
people that we are going to have
to raise your taxes to give it to the
state. You already pay a lot of
taxes. DOT will have 25 million
dollars to spend on the small
county roads, and with the lan-
guage in the bill, C370 meets their
criteria." He said that they will
have to weigh the problem very
carefully before making a
decision.
Sanders went on to say, There is
another bill in the house that is
the intangible tax or the revenue
sharing bill. This goes by the mill-
age rate in your county so if you
raise your village rate up it will
raise what we have to give to the
state, too. It's a situation that you
can't hardly win on."
Bert Sanders said that the taxes
on the homes on the Point were
already very high and questioned
the fair property value." Bunky
Atkinson said "John. (James) is
not running next time." James is
the present Property Appraiser for
the county.
Pierce said that the county has
sent a letter to the DOT asking
them to take back C370 for main-
tenance. He added that the coun-
ties had no choice when the state
decided to give all the minor roads
back to each county to maintain.
One more question was that of
when the Marshall house will be
removed. Several. people ex-
pressed fear that any storm would
bring it down and then they won-
dered who would have to clean it
up.
One suggestion was to pull out all
the glass and then ask the fire
department to burn it down.
Pierce said he would check it out
to see whether the insurance com-
pany is on payment to the
owners.
Edelstien thanked all of the offi-
cials for their visit and the resi-
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Brownless advised the members
of action needed on their part say-
ing, "The language of Tommy's
(Bevis) lease is quite clear that the
land is leased to the CPAA by the
state, and subleased to Bevis, The
city has no rights or responsibili-
ties here. This same question was
answered by the Attorney
General's office regarding the
CPAA and the City." Her advice
was for the members was to re-
spond in conjunction with Be\vs' .
attorney and petition for sum-
mary judgment. The motion to do'
so was passed unanimously.


Barry Woods Says:

Keep Thompson

Field Lit

By Rene Topping
Barry Woods who at one time was
a member of the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority (CPAA)
came before that Authority at
their April 6 meeting, to plead with
members that at all costs keep
Thompson Airfield airport lit.
Woods had previously appeared
before the Carrabelle City Com-
mission on the previous night to
ask the same thing.
Members of the authority had
approved payment at their meet-
ing of March 2 to pay a bill
amounting to $1,412.54 for lights
to replace ones that had been shot
out. They then decided it would
not be. economical to replace the
lights until the airport had more
security, as in the past, as soon
as the lights were replaced, some
vandal with a rifle would shoot
them out. So the members de-
clared the Airport an Unlit Airfield
and have it so declared in the FAA
advice to pilots.
However none of the members of
the present authority had ordered
the lights, and Chairman Jim
Lycett had started to investigate
on what authority they had been
ordered. At the city meeting of
April 5 Lycett asked the city to
refund the money to the CPAA. He
asked Commissioner Donald
Wood, who at one time was chair-
man of the CPAA. if he was the
one who had told CPAA secretary
to place the order.
Woods told the authority mem-
bers that it would be a shame if
the airfield could not be lit as this
is the time of the year when it gets
most use. After some heavy dis-
cussion Woods was asked to ac-
company Authority Secretary Ray
Quist and have them make a sur-
vey of lights needed now, and
what might be in the future. They
also requested that Woods assist
Quist in installing lights.
The members then turned their
attention to the matters that had
been brought up at the two work-
shops. Regarding the airfield, the
members voted to ask the city of
Carrabelle to lease it or to make a
standardized lease for any future
applicants who wish to operate
out of the airfield. It seems that
either way it would make it easier
for the CPAA to seek a Fixed Base
Operator ( FBO ) or other lessee.
The airport presently is owned by
the city.
Attorney Suzanne Brownless told
the members that before they can
do anything on the Timber Island
property, they will have to have a
storm water management plan.
She suggested that under ordi-
nance 228 there is money being
held in escrow and could be used
for a study.
It was decided that the CPAA be-
gin to search for funding and pur-
sue lending sources in order to '
have a functioning sewer plant.
The members of the authority,
lacking much in the way of funds,
had asked their secretary Mary
Jane Kitamora to prepare a docu-
ment detailing the time she used
in various tasks. The members
studied this and the various pay-
roll sheets. It was a difficult deci-
sion as Kitamora has been an
employee almost since the Tim-
ber Island project was started, but
after much discussion the mem-
bers voted unanimously to termi-
nate Kitamora as of the end of
April and give her 2 weeks of the
regular pay she had received as a
severance package. Ron Crawford
made the motion and termination '
of her employment will begin
May 1.
Lycett said that he also wanted
to have Kitamora draw up a list
of those people who obtain infor-
mation of any kind pertaining to
the CPAA. He asked that the au-
thority require written request for
information on any and all re-
quests. Copies of documents will
be charged for, at the appropriate
rate.
The last item on the agenda was
a Declaratory Judgment filed by
the City of Carrabelle against
Tommy Bevis and Dockside Ma-
rine and as co-respondents, the
CPAA. The declaratory judgment
was initiated by Donald Wood,
claiming that Bevis is in violation
of his lease and the city has the
right to evict him.
"Wherefore, Petitioner asks this
court to declare the rights, duties
and obligations of the parties of
the Bevis sublease agreement
and to determine whether the City
has the right to cancel the Bevis
sublease by reason of such viola-
tions."
The document is accompanied by
a thick sheaf of papers and docu-
ments going back to the original
lessor Whiteside.


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For the third year in a row, the number of HIV-related deaths in Florida
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Brooks, M.D., announced.
HIV-related deaths peaked at 4.336 in 1995. then dropped 29 per-
cent in 1996, and an additional 39 percent in 1997. In 1998. there
were 1,530 HIV-related deaths, representing a further annual decline
of 19 percent and an overall decline of 65 percent since 1995.
'This pattern of decline is cause for guarded optimism, not compla-
cency," said Brooks, noting that approximately 82.500 Floridians are
living with HIV infection or AIDS. according to current Department of
Health estimates. "I am pleased to see that for many people with HIV
or AIDS, life is being extended through the use of antiretroviral drugs
and preventive therapy, but there are certain disparities that warrant
our special attention."
From 1997 to 1998. there were larger reductions of HIV-related deaths
among white men (34 percent) and Hispanic man (25 percent) than
black men (19 percent). Declines of 19 percent and 22 percent oc-
curred among white women and Hispanic women, respectively. How-
ever, the number of HIV-related deaths increased by 2 percent among
black women from 1997 to 1998.
In 1998, the greatest number of HIV-related deaths, 559. occurred
among black men, followed by 405 deaths in black women. Thus.
blacks account for a total of 964 or 63 percent of the 1,530 HIV-related
deaths in 1998, but comprise only 14 percent of the state's popula-
tion. Among white men, there were 338 HIV-related deaths in 1998.
and among Hispanic men, there were 135. The corresponding num-
bers for white women and Hispanic women were 60 and 29 HIV-related
deaths, respectively.

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COUNTY 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 19971998


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9 4 5


Franklin 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0
Gadsden 3 1 2 8 8 8 5 3 7 4


Gulf


0 0 0 0 0 0 1


Leon 10 25 26 21 25 25 36


Liberty 0



1 0 0
26 19 14


0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 "0


Chapman Elementary School

Principal Retires


By Aaron Shea
After over 33 years as an educa-
tor in Franklin County, Chapman
Elementary Principal, Jarred
Burns, Jr., retired from the school
system on March 31.
Burns began his teaching career
in August of 1965 in a segregated
Apalachicola. He taught math-
ematics at the all black Quinn
High School. Burns then went on
to teach at Chapman High School,
Quinn Middle School, where he
taught industrial arts and physi-
cal education along with math,
and Apalachicola High School. He
later became the Assistant Prin-
cipal at Apalachicola High.


In 1992, Burns became the Prin-
cipal of Chapman Elementary, a
place where he has left an indel-
ible mark. "We are going to miss
him very much," said Mary Will-
iams, a former student of Burns
and current first grade teacher at
Chapman. "The kids are going to
miss him."
A ceremony honoring the long
time educator, was held on his fi-
nal day of work and it was at-
tended by Chapman students and
faculty. They read poems and
sang songs that they dedicated to
their beloved principal. "I have
thoroughly enjoyed myself," said
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Former "Winston Man" Speaks To
County Kids About Dangers Of Tobacco


By Aaron Shea
From 1981 through 1988 David
Goerlitz could be seen in every
major magazine in Americajump-
ing out of a helicopter or climb-
ing the side of a mountain with a
Winston cigarette in his mouth.
Today. Goerlitz travels the world
speaking to young children about
the dangers of tobacco and the
part he played in glamorizing it
in the Winston advertisements.
"Tobacco can be seen every-
where." said Goerlitz. "I was a part
of it and I'm disgusted with that."
Goerlitz, a smoker for 24 years.
brought his anti-tobacco message
to Chapman Elementary on
March 31. The animated 49 year
old spoke to the group of fifth and
sixth graders in a less than typi-
cal fashion. He used humor and
a variety of slides to keep the chil-
dren laughing and interested. "I
want the kids to hear the
anti-tobacco message in a differ-
ent way that is not going to be
political, boring, or preachy," said
Goerlitz. "I give them information,
hold their attention, slip in the
data and leave. I hope at least
three or four of them learn from
this."
Goerlitz's quest against tobacco
began 10 years ago after he had
quit smoking due to pleas from
his children. "My brother was di-
agnosed with cancer," said
Goerlitz. "My son had tears in his
eyes and he was afraid I was go-
ing to die like his uncle had."
Goerlitz, however, does not hide
the fact that quitting cigarettes
was one of the most difficult chal-
lenges of his life. "It was the most
awful thing. You're body craves it.
It's there when you're stressed
out. It's there when you're happy,"
continued Goerlitz. "It's a combi-
nation of oral fixation and psycho-
logical need because it's a drug.
.It was the toughest thing I ever
gave up and I want these kids to
know that."
Goerlitz points out that he put
this program together strictly
based on his personal experi-
ences. "I don't point fingers," said
Goerlitz. "I don't want to offend
any smokers out there. I need
them on my side."
Goerlitz, who has spread his;mes-
sage through Europe, China and
other far away places, .said his
main goal is to make people more
aware of the tobacco issue. "I wish
we could get a better handle on
this tobacco issue, like we did on
Monica Lewinsky or O.J.
Simpson," said Goerlitz sarcasti-
cally. "We need to keep raising the
level of awareness."


David Goerlitz


participate. The ones that did
were well trained and better pre-
pared for the future."
Don Abbott, who held this train-


"Abbot ie" Franklin County personnel
Abbottville practice an emergency
JipiW-n rin nn 4h1* +hl1 ^


Scenarios Prepare
County Emergency
By Aaron Shea
Twelve years ago, Don and Bev
Abbott created a miniature table-
top city called "Abbottville", a
training tool used to create real-
istic emergency situations for po-
lice departments, fire depart-
ments and other emergency agen-
cies. "I tried to do some of this
training using videos, slides and
overheads," said Don Abbott.
"People were not grasping the in-
formation very well." The retired
fire chief from Indiana and his
wife, a one time volunteer fireman
and dispatcher, brought
"Abbottville" and their expertise to
Apalachicola on April 1 and 2.
Participating in the Command
Emergency Response Training
(CERT) was the Lanark/St. James
Volunteer Fire Department, the
American Red Cross, DEP,
Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment, Florida Highway Patrol,
Wakulla County Division of Emer-
gency Management, Carrabelle
.Volunteer Fire Department, and
Planning and Zoning.
.The participants were faced with
six different scenarios including,
an airplane crash into a building,
a 900 pound woman stuck in a
house, a fire at a post office and a
school shooting. "The reason we
do this is basically to try to teach
incident command and incident
management," said Don Abbott.
"Were trying to teach them how
to work through some of the is-
sues and how to think ahead in
some of the issues and how to use
various resources and delegate
some of these things out. Our fi-
nal goal is to make sure we do
things the best we can, without
getting anyone hurt or killed."
Over 90 percent of the scenarios
that the Abbotts use have oc-
curred at one time or other. "We
take case studies from groups,"
said Abbott. "In this case, we used
scenarios for a small town."
Butch Baker, Emergency Manage-
ment Director for Franklin
County, believed that this train-
ing was significant. "It gave us a
chance to practice responding to
a disaster that could happen in
our community. It gave us a
chance to think ahead. It gave us
a chance to learn." Bakers only
complaint was, "I would have
liked a larger crowd of people to


scenarlllo on LtI LUUI-tLUo
city, "Abbottville."

ing program in 29 states last year,
gave the Franklin County emer-
gency agencies high marks for
their performance. "This group
did very well in the role playing
part of it," said Abbott. "They
worked hard on the incidents that
we did. They did. a good job on
handling those incidents. The
group that was here today is bet-
ter prepared now than they were
prior to us coming here."


By Rene lopping
When it came to Item 9. the pro-
posal for a mandatory curfew, on
the old business agenda of the
Carrabelle City Commission for
April 5. Jarred J. Millender. aged-
nineteen, was'first to speak
against the proposal. Millender
said. "I have a lot of concern about
this issue. I have spoken to Juve-
nile Justice and the ACLU as to
whether it takes away the parents'
right to make a decision about
their children." I suggested that
the lights could be left on at the
recreation park, in order for the
children to have something to do.
He said that it was older people
who bought liquor for the teenag-
ers.
Chief Buddy Shiver said, "Some
of the parents don't care when
they are out after 3 a.m. That is
when the crimes are committed.
If the parents had to come out and
get them then they would know
where their children are." He said
he felt that the kids had no busi-
ness to be driving around that late
at night.
It was suggested that the police
try to document the need by the
juvenile problems that are re-
ported, David Jackson said that
would be hard as the police took
them home to keep them out of
trouble.
Millender said that he felt the city
should have juvenile committee
and went on to say that juveniles
have equal protection under the
law.


.. David Jackson said that a lot of
peopleare against the curfew but
the final decision will rest with the
City Commission.
S Another item that had a great deal
of discussion was the land use
change on the 97 acres of
Baywood Estates, from one house
... '; on five acreage to one house on
one acre. The request was made
-. by Nita Molsbee. Williams said he
7 would excuse himself from the
vote as he works with Molsbee as
Annual Gold Cup Antique Car Race


The 13th Annual Gold Cup Antique Car Race was held on
April 10. Over 40 antique cars from Bay, Gulf, and Franklin
Counties were on display at the Gibson Inn in Apalachicola.
The winner of this year's race, which went from Port St.
Joe to Apalachicola, was Dan Baxter of Havana. His 1920
Ford Speedster beat out the rest of the competition.


a real estate agent in the Franklin
realty office. Molsbee said the zon-
ing would be for houses only. no
mobile homes.
Several of the residents asked
about "deannexing" themselves
from the city, saying that they got
no special benefits. Gaidry said
the law would allow residents to
opt out from the city. He said that
the method is complex and long
but it can be done.
There was another request to be
annexed into the city made by
Curley and Audrey Messer. Will-
iams made a motion that the city
annex Thompson Field at the
same time. Both the request and
the suggestion from Williams was
passed with Lycett being the lone
nay vote on the request by Will-
iams on the airfield annexation.
She approved the other, but felt
that the Messers should under-
take the cost.
After a short break. Mayor
Sanborn reopened the meeting
saying she asked to go back to the
Bay Oaks subdivision matter. A
motion was made and seconded
and passed unanimously to have
the attorney look into obtaining a
another lot in Bay Oaks to replace
the one promised by Tom Mitchell
and subsequentially sold.
The next item caused another
controversy, as it pitted CPAA
Board Chairman Jim Lycett
against Commissioner Donald
Wood on the matter of who would
pay for lights at Thompson Field.
Lycett said that the authority was
planning to let the FAA know that
the Thompson Field is an unlit
airport. Williams said that he felt
the that airport should be lit.
Lycett said that the lights, if they
were put in, would be shot out. A
question was asked as to moving
the gates to make more security
for the field.


Mandatory Curfew Issue

Tabled
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Woods said he felt "This would be
a big step backward. You should Joyce Estes
replace those lights that are out.
I wouldn't take that step back-

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Church in Apalachicola

By Tom Campbell
Ms. Joyce Estes, owner of The Sea Oats Gallery on St. George Island ,
and The Bayside Gallery in Eastpoint, enjoyed talking about the laby-
rinth, which will be at the First United Methodist Church in
Apalachicola, on Friday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Satur-
day, April 17 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
"The labyrinth is a spiritual tool," Ms. Estes explained. "It allows you
to get in touch with your spiritual self."
Describing it exactly, she said it was a canvas 38 feet in diameter,
---with a path that winds in an intricate pattern, similar to a maze.
"But it is not a maze," she said. 'There is one way in, and one way
out., You can't get lost."
There is a cross in the center of the labyrinth and it is Christ- cen-
tered. There are three stages of the walk, and walkers are invited to
take off their shoes to "walk on holy ground."
Walkers are told there is no wrong way to walk the labyrinth. No way
to get lost or make a mistake. Each walker's way is the right way to
walk the labyrinth. Each should feel free to walk the prayer labyrinth
his or her own way.
The three stages of the walk are: entering the path, shedding cares;
second, in the center, illumination, finding clarity for one's life; and
three, returning, union. The walker finds "wholeness and healing."
"The Spirit," she said, "empowers us to be more authentic in our-
selves and in our service to the world."
The labyrinth predates Christian history. Christians claimed the cus-
tom and demonstrated that prayer is a universal experience. This
tool for prayer will be at the First United Methodist Church in
Apalachicola Friday and Saturday. Ms. Estes wanted to encourage,
people to "go and experience it," she said.


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ward." A motion was made by
Woods and seconded by Williams
Sto table for more research Into the
minutes.
Commissioner Lycett asked the
commissioners to look at the old
"Everitt House" on 5th street. She
said it is set up to be a nice city
hall and has all the regulations
on disability entrances. Williams
said that the city already owns a
building that would be ending
their lease 'in June of 2001. and
then the building could be in the
remodeled post office.
Lycett received no response from
Williams or Wood that they would
look at the building. Williams said
that the city owned the post of-
fice and it would make a good city
hall.
The Chronicle learned that post
offices are not built by the post
office but are built by a city or a
private individual. Then the post
office leases the building with the
city or individual being respon-
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Coastal Petroleum
from Page 1
review.
In their news release announcing
the denial, the "Earthjustice Le-
gal Defense Fund" claimed a "re-
sounding victory" in defeating
Coastal Petroleum's efforts to ob-
tain. 12 offshore drilling permits.
All of the proposed drilling sites
are located between 8 and 9 miles
offshore in water depths ranging
between 50 to 75 feet.
Two applications are offshore
from St. George Island and
Franklin. County. This is in addi-
tion to site #1281, currently on
appeal to the First District Court
of Appeals with oral arguments
scheduled in early May, 199.
Another application is offshore
from St. Marks and Wakulla
County. Another is located at the
mouth of the Steinhatchee River
in Taylor County. Others extend
south, to Naples. Florida.
The DEP listed eleven categories
of additional information they
wanted froni Coastal Petroleum,
including: location plats, environ-
mental and site assessments, in-
formation about zero discharge
rigs, accidental pollutant dis-
charges. drilling platforms, a hur-
ricane plan for each well. geologic
data for each well, information on
transportation requirements, a
test oil and gas plan, a drilling
plan. and other contingency
plans.
President Phillip Ware wrote the
DEP in September 1997. provid-
ing some of the requested infor-
mation but also indicated that it
did not believe the DEP had the
authority to request most of the
information. He added, "...If
Coastal is mistaken on any such
request please inform us of the
specific authority allowing the
department to require such infor-
mation and Coastal will respond
Eventually, Coastal filed with the
Department of Administrative
Hearings, challenging the basis of
the DEP request for additional in-
formation.
The additional information re
quested by DEP, in the words of
the Administrative Law Judge,
has become over time the "Off-
shore Drilling Policy", but the
"policy" itself has only evolved in
recent years due to the vast
changes in offshore drilling tech-
nology. The DEP denial of the per-
mits was based solely on its ap-
plication of the Offshore Drilling
Policy, which has not been
adopted as a rule, but DEP has
instituted rule-making proce-
dures. The Law Judge determined
"...Based upon the foregoing, it is
concluded that the Offshore Drill-
ing Policy constitutes a rule as
that term is defined in Section
120.52(15), Florida Statutes.
"The Act, and in particular, those
provisions of the Act cited in this
Recommended Order, provide the
Department with sufficient power
and authority to support the Off-
shore Drilling Policy..."


Carrabelle City
from Page 4


He said that he did not feel that a
ditchdigger needed a high school
education. He said he would like
to have the other workers have
high school, but did not feel it
necessary for the laborer position.
Donald Wood also disagreed with
the eight years experience.
David Jackson said "Who in the
world with eight years experience
would come to work for the- city
at minimum wages?" Williams
then suggested that there should
be different policy set for each of
the three workers in the water and
sewer department. The city
should require high school or
GED on the top two jobs, now held
by Keith Mock and Herbert Mock.
Pat Maier reminded the commis-
sion that the majority of the
people at the last meting had felt
that at least a GED be required.
She said, Please ask for at least
a GED, so that the standards are
not too low."
Wood made a motion to amend
the ad to read "High School or
GED or 5 years experience in wa-
ter and sewer." It was seconded
by Williams and was passed
unanimously, after Lycett said
she would accept that. Commis-
sioners then approved an adver-
tisement to be placed in the local
paper for one week.
Williams again brought up the
idea that the commissioners run
by seat number only. This time
he pressed for a motion that com-
missioners would run for a seat
number only and do away with
the police, roads and parks,
finance, and water and sewer
commissioners. Williams did not
say anything about the mayor,
but when called after the meeting
for clarification, he said that he
had not Included the mayor in his
motion and felt that probably it
would be better if someone ran for
that position. He said he has
hopes of increasing the amount
of citizens running for office.
When the vote was taken on the
motion, Willlams and Wood voted
aye, Lycett voted nay, and when
Lycett asked to the Mayor to ex-
ercise her responsibility to vote.
Jenni Sanborn also voted aye. The
new non-designated seats will go
into effect at the next city elec-
tion, ending a tradition that has
been in effect for many years.


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