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The PERMIT #8
Volume 8, Number 10
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
May 14 27, 1999
I Remember Franklin County
By George Pierre Bradford
As Told To Bill Greer and Tom W. Hoffer
In this last year of the century, American media have produced a prodi-
gious amount of material commemorating the previous 100 years. On
April 25, 1999, Franklin County lost one of its dynamic residents who
lived most of this century in the county, and made his living inside and
outside of Franklin. He was George Pierre Bradford. Given his power of
observation, recollection and perspective, it seems most appropriate to
republish an early interview that outlines his life story yet contains nu-
merous observations about the changes in Franklin in the last 75 years.
George Pierre Bradford, 98, of Apalachicola and Carrabelle, died on Sun-
day, April 25, 1999 at Harbor Breeze Retirement Center, Carrabelle. Alert
essentially to the end, he died on the site of the old school from which he
was graduated 81 years before.
He was a native of Carrabelle, and a life-long resident of Franklin County.
He was an accountant and had worked many years for the Federal Gov-
ernment. He served two terms as Clerk of the Circuit Court for Franklin
County. He helped begin the marketing of St. George Island as it is to-
day, working for Leisure Properties from 1957 until retiring in 1981. He
was a member of the B.P.O.E. of Tallahassee, a life-time Mason of
Carrabelle, member of the Lion's Club and Rotary Club. He was the oldest
member of the First United Methodist Church in Apalachicola, Florida.
Mr. Bradford was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Wakefield Bradford
in 1991. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Francis Rakel of Albany,
Georgia, two step-sons, Wesley W. Chesnut of Apalachicola, and William
T. Chesnut of Gainesville, Florida; one step-daughter Muriel Bryan of St.
George Island, one brother Ralph Bradford of Hialeah, Florida; two sis-
ters, Thelma Bloomquist of Carrabelle, Florida and Helen Kilbburn of
Port St. Joe, Florida; three grandchildren J. Paul Rakel, G. Pierre Rakel
and Amanda Oliver; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at the First United
Methodist Church in Apalachicola, with interment following in Magnolia
Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United
Methodist Church, Apalachicola, Florida 32320 or the First United Meth-
odist Church, Carrabelle, Florida 32322. All arrangements were made
under the direction of Kelley Funeral Home, Apalachicola.
George Bradford was born in November 1900. His parents were Ruben
Pierre and Hannah Watkins Bradford. He grew up in Carrabelle, gradu-
ated from Carrabelle High School in 1918. The next year he attended
Meridian College in Meridian, Mississippi. Two years later, in 1920, he
taught at the Carrabelle High School for two semesters before taking a
job at the Fuller's Earth Company in Midway, Florida. By 1923, he was a
bookkeeper for Pennington-Evans Company in Tallahassee. He returned
to the area in 1925, taking the job of office manager and bookkeeper at
the West Florida Lumber Company at Harbeson City, a town which has
since disappeared. In 1932, he was bookkeeper and office manager for
the Carrabelle Fish and Oyster Company in Carrabelle, followed by a
position as County Administrator, Emergency Relief Administration in
Franklin County, precursor to W.P.A.
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Mr. Bill Greer of the Apalachicola Area Historical Society and Tom W.
Hoffer, publisher of the Franklin Chronicle, interviewed Mr. Bradford
in March 1993. Portions of interview are excerpted below:
The Chronicle acknowledges, with many thanks, the review of
this re-edited interview by the step-children of George Bradford,
Mr. Wesley Chesnut and Mrs. Muriel Bryan. An earlier version
was published in the Chronicle in June and July 1993.
George Bradford (B): I've lived in Franklin County all of my life. I
have resided other places... But always retained Carrabelle as my
legal residence. Never voted any place else. ...So I vote here
[Apalachicola] now. Have for the past four or five years...well since
that redistricting... ...until recently you voted for all the county school
board members. Now then you only vote for the one in your district.
Which is the worse thing that ever happened to us. I attended school
in Carrabelle... I was in all twelve grades out there in that school. The
high school, four grades, nine through twelve, was in one room ...
and one teacher, who was the principal... and the first graduates ... of
that high school... were twin sisters, Nata and Edna Nays. They gradu-
ated in 1916.... There were no numbers of the twelfth grade in 1917...
In 1918 I was the sole senior and of course the sole graduate ... All I
had was one teacher, the principal.... And of course I had math, and
English, and Latin, and algebra, and geometry, trig... I specialized in
math.... I mean all forms of math.
Chronicle (C): Was the railroad in Carrabelle connecting to parts
north at that time?
B: Oh yes, that was the old G.F.&A. It ran every day, seven days a
week.... The Georgia, Florida, and Alabama Railway. The terminal
was just above Bainbridge, Georgia. At the Carrabelle end, the Old
Crescent City picked up the mail and the freight ... a steamboat ...
about where the ferry did run ... right around there ... on the water-
front. The far end more recently they had that flour mill. ... The Old
Crescent City came to the dock in Apalachicola. ... Between
Apalachicola and Carrabelle was its route ... It stopped in Eastpoint...
C: So there was no bridge between Eastpoint and Apalachicola?
B: And no ferry in the old days... The Crescent City was running
when I was a child. And it ran until the G.F. & A. railroad was discon-
tinued. ... At least 1925 or longer. I left here in 1920-21, I came back
here in 1925 and was out at Harbeson City, that new mill out there...
and Harbeson City was about the same size as Carrabelle and the
G.F.&A. was running then ... I was out there until 1933...
My father was Rueben P. Bradford ... and my mother was Hannah
Watkins... Dad was from Tennessee .... he came down here ... worked
his way to Florida ... in the late 1890s. He walked ox wagons to Tampa
to enlist in the Spanish-American War. Of course after the war he
came back here and he was a police officer ... He was a chief of police
and city clerk in Carrabelle, that was an elected job... and it was one
job... He was also deputy sheriff...
C: Let me ask you to name all the other of your brothers and sisters
in your family.
B: I'm the eldest ... Then there's Rueben Geofrey, who is the only one
that's dead ... Then there's Helen B. Kilbourn ... she lives in Port St.
Joe. then there's my brother in Miami, that's Ralph, Ralph De Vere,
Continued on Page 8
While Franklin eighth graders
were anmng sti~ ~ its who "most
improved" in the 1999 Florida
Comprehensive Achievement Test
(FCAT), over their scores from
1998, the overall test results for
Franklin students in 1999 place
them below state averages. The
eighth grade exception is in read-
ing with an average of 306 on the
statewide test, compared with the
statewide average of 302. The
Franklin eighth graders not only
exceeded the state averages in
1999, they also were among the
"most improved", picking up 23
points over 1998 scores.
The Franklin results for grades 4,
5, 8 and 10 are presented in Table
I below. The two sections in the
exam are Reading and Mathemat-
ics. Grade 8 students have been
discussed in the paragraph above,
as they exceeded statewide aver-
ages. Students in Grade 4 and 10
averaged slightly below statewide
averages in reading (291) and
mathematics (301) respectively. In
Continued on Page 5 l 'l
FCAT 1999 Franklin County Scores GT Corn Upgrading
READING MATHEMATICS Telephone Syctluml
Grade 5 46 43 43 47 48 293
STATE 54 53 50 57 55 310
Grade 10 297 54 61 52 30 34 44 52 301
STATE 306 59 65 59 40 42 51 58 312
Grade 8 306 60 63 41 36 36 45 42 296
STATE 302 59 62 47 43 41 51 46 304
Grade 4 291 50 57
STATE 296 52 59
By Rene Topping
The commission meeting room at
the Franklin County Courthouse
was crammed with a crowd of
people at the May 11 regular
meeting. Most of them were there
for specific items on the agenda.
The meeting started off with
County Planner Alan Pierce
handing out the list of the
monthly permits. He remarked
that active building permits in the
Carrabelle area were down. He
said he had no notion why, but
stated that this month only 18
permits had been denied as
opposed to 78 last year.
The first item of attention was pre-
sented by Dan Garlick, for Mul-
Continued on Page 5
By Aaron Shea
GT Com will be up-grading all of
the telephone systems in Franklin
County on May 22, The up-grade
of the systems will make caller ID,
star 69 (return call), and high
speed data lines available to all
county residents. "This up-grade
will raise the phone system to the
state-of-the-art in telecommuni-
cations," said GT Com represen-
tative Bill Thomas. It will also
make the phone systems in
Franklin County Y2K proof
pointed out Thomas.
To make these improvements to
the phone systems, it is possible
that residents could lose their
phone service for a few minutes
some time between 1 a.m. and 3
a.m. on Saturday, May 22. The
Sheriffs Department along with
Fire Rescue, county Fire Depart-
ments, city police departments,
emergency management, and the
first responders unit have pre-
pared themselves for any possible
emergencies that could happen
during the period that the phones
Continued on Page 5
For Chapter 11
Sea Fresh, Inc., owned by Donnie
Wilson, filed a petition for relief
under Chapter 11 of the U. S.
Bankruptcy Code, in bankruptcy
court for the Northern District of
Florida, Tallahassee, on April 28,
The Honorable Lewis M. Killian,
Jr., Bankruptcy Judge, has
signed an order on April 29th
authorizing Wilson Sea Fresh, Inc.
to continue conducting business.
The order also provides injunctive
relief against any creditors and
As of March 31, 1999, the com-
pany filed a statement of condi-
tion including the following: To-
tal assets = $3,979,517.32 includ-
ing $1,957,977.80 in net property
and equipment, $278,385.73 in
investments and $1,734,738.29
in current assets. Liabilities in-
clude $9,379,682.42. Among the
top 20 unsecured claims are:
Johnny's Oyster and Shrimp (San
Leon, Texas), Saunders Seafood,
(Panama City, FL), Buddy Ward
and Sons Seafood, (Apalachicola,
FL), Miller and Sons (Eastpoint),
Apalachicola State Bank
(Apalachicola) and Norther
Attorneys for Wilson Seafood are
C. Edwin Rude, Jr. of the law firm
of Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson,
Bell and Dunbar, P. A (Tallahas-
see) and J. Patrick Floyd
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
May 4 County Commission
County Clerk Kendall Wade pre-
sented a resolution to the Board
on behalf of the Army Corps of
Engineers in Franklin County.
The resolution states that the
Board, 'appreciates and supports
the work of the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers in Franklin County,
and opposes any move to stay the
activities of the Corps on the
Apalachicola River, remove the 9
foot channel requirements or re-
move funding for the continuation
of these activities.'
This resolution was drafted be-
cause some environmental groups
are lobbying to stop the dredging
contracts the Corps has with the
Apalachicola River. The resolution
points out that the 'Corps of En-
gineers has become increasingly
conscious of the need to preserve
the ecosystem of the Apalachicola,
Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers...'
It also states that the Corps has,
'constructed channels and break-
waters in Franklin County which
have not disrupted the ecosys-
tems here...' Board Chairman
Clarence Williams signed the
Wade also informed the Board
that the county would be receiv-
ing $375,000 to improve the
courthouse facilities. The money,
which is' from the state, is com-
ing from a general revenue fund
and a county article V trust fund
totaling over 4 million dollars. The
money has been divided among
16 small counties for courthouse
Larry Parker of Dames and Moore,
who are the engineering consult-
ants for the Apalachicola Airport,
and Ted Mosteller of the airport
advisory board were present at
the meeting to discuss a Joint
Participation Agreement between
the county and the Florida De-
partment of Transportation
FDOT) to build a new airport en-
trance road. The road would cost
$937,000. A large sum of the
money, $750,000, would come
from a grant. The remainder of the
money, $187,500, would come
from the counties in-kind ser-
vices, from the road department.
The road could also be a possible
entrance to the airports proposed
There was some controversy,
however, on who will work on the
project. Mosteller pointed out 1o
the Board that the Airport.Advi-
sory Committee voted to have
Dames and Moore complete the
project with FDOT. There is, how-
ever, two engineering firms work-
ing for the county, Danies and
Moore and Preble Rish. Larry
Parker pointed out, 'We would
project manage it, design the
plans, and Preble Rish would do
the resident inspections, which is
a considerable amount of this
project.' Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis proposed a motion to
have County Attorney Al Shuler
look at both engineering compa-
nies contracts and see if they are
allowed to enter this project with-
out a new contract.
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan told the Board that he has
spoken with Dr. Steve Otwell, a
Sea Grant Seafood Safety Special-
ist, about the 'oyster breaker'
machine study, which they re-
ceived a $2,000 grant to conduct.
Mahan told the Board that Dr.
Otwell had consulted with Micro-
biologist Gary Roderick and they
came up with the idea of steam
cleaning the machines.
Mahan said that they are in the
process of purchasing a portable
steam cleaner that will be used
during the study. Field testing of
the steam cleaning procedure
could begin in a few weeks. The
study is being conducted because
of sanitation concerns.
Mahan also announced the
county division winners of the
4-H/FDOT Seat Belt Safety Con-
test. The winners of the contest
designed posters and bumper
stickers promoting seat belt
safety. The winners were:
K 2nd grade
1. Cecillia Jones, Chapman
2. Daniel McDowell, Carrabelle
3. Joey Putnal, Brown
1. Darren Hoffman, Brown
2. Brandon Vasselo, CHS
3. Hilary Stanton, Chapman
1. Natasha Pace, Brown
2. Elizabeth Eller, CHS
3. Alex Taylor, Chapman
1. Rob Davis, CHS
County Planner Alan Pierce
brought land use and zoning re-
quests before the Board. The
Board passed 39 acres in Nick's
Hole to be changed from residen-
tial to conservation, which means
that this state owned land will not
The Board agreed to have the
140,000 acres of state owned land
in the Tate's Hell area to be re-
zoned from A-2 to A-1. The A-1,
which the A stands for Agricul-
tural, distinction means that the
land cannot be developed.
The 348 acres which has been
distinguished as the site for the
new prison was changed from
agriculture to public facilities.
Land behind the IGA Supermar-
ket in Apalachicola totaling 0.34
acres was changed from residen-
tial to commercial and 9.8 acres
near River Road in Carrabelle was
changed from agriculture to resi-
The Board agreed to sign a Haz-
ard Mitigation Grant for $20,000.
The grant, which goes all the way
back to Hurricane Opal, is for a
new roof on the Eastpoint Fire
The Board agreed to reduce the
paving program so that only the
walking paths that need to be
paved around the county get
paved at this time. They are hold-
ing off on the other paving
projects until the county finishes
paying off the existing paving
Larry Witt went before the Board
to request the use of an unopened
county road to access his prop-
erty on the south side of Highway
98 near Herndon Road. Witt
pointed out that he needed this
driveway so he can deliver trucks
of dirt to fill in his eroded land.
Pierce was dead set against for the
fact that the land is not buildable
and he believed that there was no
reason to spend money on a lot
that cannot be built on. The land
has been damaged by hurricanes
that washed the land away. The
Board tabled the situation.
Pierce told the Board that the
Planning office had been con-
tacted by Dames and Moore, en-
gineers, about the possibility of
the state and federal government
paying for the rest of County Road
67 to be paved. Dames and Moore
is collecting information to be sent
to DOT, the Department of Trans-
portation. The proposal also in-
cludes the paving of CR 67 in Lib-
By Aaron Shea
The Apalachicola City Commis-
sioners unanimously voted in fa-
vor of renaming Avenue J to Mar-
tin Luther King Boulevard. Origi-
nally, City Commissioner Van
Johnson had suggested 6th Street
at the April 6 meeting, but that
faced strong opposition from some
One resident had, pointed out at
that earlier meeting that it would
be too costly to the businesses on
6th Street to change the address.
Another resident claimed that Dr.
King's wasn't significant enough
to the area. A committee made up
of nine volunteers was formed at
the April meeting to decide on
what street should have the honor
of being named after the late Dr.
The committee returned to the
May 4 meeting having decided to
name Avenue M after Dr. King,
but one resident pointed out that
Avenue J would be more of a
proper street to name after Dr.
King. 'Avenue J had a lot of his-
tory as far as the black commu-
nity was concerned, even though
it doesn't have the black history,
or black business it once had...
The committee agreed to the re-
naming of Avenue J.
Karen Dennis gave an update to
the Commission on the Battery
Park Playground project. She in-
formed the Commission that
$1,000 had been donated by the
Brooks family from Panacea and
Mary Burke, an architect, do-
nated plans for the children
'Wave Wall.' The 16x16 wall will
have a wheel chair access ramp
and for 15 dollars, a sand-colored
tile can be purchased featuring a
child's hand or foot print. The tile
then will be placed on the wall.
Chapman Elementary students
will be making shell and stone
mosaics that will also be placed
on the wall. The wall, which will
be in the corner of the park, will
be erected in a few weeks. Den-
nis also said that the new play-
ground equipment would be in-
stalled by July 4.
Mayor Bobby Howell brought for-
ward a recent problem that oc-
curred over boat rental space at
the Scipio Creek and Battery Park
Basins. At this time, there are
people that have been on a rental
space waiting list for over one
year. An un-named person alleg-
edly received a rental space un-
der 'false pretenses' as Mayor
Howell put it. The person suppos-
edly told an employee at City Hall
that he had already seen the
Harbormaster and been approved
for the application.
Mayor Howell believed that the
space should be given to the next
person on the waiting list, Charles
Cooper. Commissioner Johnson
retaliated by pointing out that the
city employee took an application
and accepted money from this
Johnson said that the city 'ought
to eat this one and accept the
man's application and his money.'
Commissioner Johnson also sug-
gested that the city employee who
accepted the application should
be punished. No decision on the
situation was made at the
Corn misi on
By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle City Commission
Meeting was held May 3 at City
Hall, and following the prayer,
pledge of allegiance to the flag and
the commissioner's monthly re-
ports, the commissioners turned
their attention to a lengthy agenda
containing 21 Items.
First to be heard was Barbara
Bonowicz who addressed the
commission with news of new
plans from Meadiacom, the city's
franchised cable T.V. service.
Bonowicz was seeking renewal or
extension of the franchise con-
tract. She introduced Shayne
Routh, who is working on a re-
newal of the company cable sys-
tem throughout the city at a cost
of over $300,000.
He told the commissioners that
the company was doing a total
renewal of all the lines. Also he
warned residents there would be
temporary interruptions to their
service when their street was be-
ing worked on. He also stated that
the company was going to join
Eastpoint service with Carrabelle,
which he claimed would enhance
the amount of channels.
Bonowicz asked that a workshop
be held sometime in the near fu-
ture, so that the public and the
commissioners could work out
the details with the company.
Commissioners settled on Thurs-
day, May 13, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Julian Webb reported on the con-
sideration of the final conceptual
plan for the Downtown Revitaliza-
tion Project and said that he had
settled a problem in front of Ron
Crawford's property. There will be
no parking in front of it. He said
that otherwise there were no prob-
lems. A Motion was made by
Raymond Williams seconded by
Donald Wood to approve the final
concept and give the go ahead TO
Police Chief Warren Faircloth in-
formed the Board that he would
be going on vacation May 13 and
his retirement is also approach-
ing. He requested that Captain
Andy Williams be made interim
Police Chief during his absence.
The Commission agreed with
Commissioner Johnson adding
that Williams should get paid the
Police Chiefs salary during the
interim period. The Commission
agreed to discuss the issue at a
the plans. The motion was ap-
The commissioners approved two
bills in the amount, of $12,000
and $13,000 for engineering fees
on the Downtown Redevelopment
Project submitted by Baskerville
and Donovan. They also approved
Bills in the amount of $3,975 for
administrative services by Julian
Webb and Associates.
Julian Webb then submitted a
Section 504 Transition Plan that
had been adopted by the city in
1992, with provisions still unful-
filled, such as the restrooms and
the access to the upstairs meet-
ing room. Regarding programs
and policies, the plan calls for en-
couraging the hiring of handi-
capped and disabled persons and
notification of this policy. The land
development programs will hence-
forth address the handicap facili-
ties owned in full or in part by the
At City Hall the interior doors will
pe replaced with ones having a
32" opening. The existing
restrooms will be retrofitted to
include the Uniform Federal
Accessibility Standards for new
construction. All warning signals
installed will give both audible
and visible signals. All exit signs
will be of the flashing type, At the
community center the same ret-
rofitting will be done as at the city
hall, including the alarms and exit
signs. Two handicapped parking
places will be provided by the east
door public telephones and drink-
ing fountains will be to USAF re-
The City Commission passed Or-
dinance 245 on October 2, 1995,
which was an ordinance of the
City of Carrabelle amending zon-
ing Ordinance 230 to require
handicap restrooms. and access
ways, drinking fountains, and-
public telephones that are acces-
sible to those who have handicaps
on all new public buildings, new
professional service offices, new
restaurants, new hotels and mo-
tels, and all new commercial
After Webb made comment on
this, Commissioner Pam Lycett
spoke again on the Everett House
which was once used by Wells
Springs and is already handicap
accessible including the 3 bath-
rooms and said she felt that her
fellow commissioners should take
a look at it. This property is in
foreclosure and Lycett "This could
solve the problem for now and
later." She mentioned the fact that
it was going up for auction on
She received no support from any
of the other three commissioners
who were totally disinclined to
By Rene Topping
Blanche Cox, the owner of the
British Petroleum (B.P.) Gas sta-
tion on the southeast corner of
Marine Street and U.S. 98 said
that this will be the end of a gas
station there, unless some other
company wants to put in new
tanks. She said she has decided
to retire and her son Frank will
reopen the location as Frank's
Bait, Tackle and Tire Shop.
All week long there has been truck
loads of sand and shell being
hauled to fill the holes that had
been occupied by the gas tanks.
These tanks, although put in by
a state certified company at the
expense of Ms. Cox, failed and she
said that she made the decision
not to replace them, as it would
take about fifteen years to pay for
Ms. Cox will be missed by a lot of
drivers who preferred a slight ex-
tra cost for the luxury of having
the service of an attendant to fill
up the tank, check the oil, bat-
tery, and tire pressures on their
vehicles. This extended service
was given cheerfully and at no
extra cost by Ms. Cox, her son
Frank and Tex Spradlin.
even look at as an option Wood
again brought up the fact that the
Post Office does not, intend to re-
new their lease and he added, "It
has parking space."
In the end Wood volunteered to
work on getting the requirements
for 504 transition done.
There were seven applications for
sewer and water employee, two of
whom withdrew their applica-
tions. Lycett suggested that the
city hire Franklin Daniels, an
employee who was with the city
for 17 years and has applied to
be rehired. The other commission-
ers decided that they wanted to
have the Water and Sewer Super-
visor, Keith Mock and Williams
check over and interview the ap-
plicants and then make recom-
mendation at a special meeting in
conjunction with the workshop
already slated for May 13.
Ordinance 269, changing the
dates on which city elections will
be held and the qualifying of can-
didates and the adoption of the
Florida Election Code Chapters 97
- 106 was given a first reading and
will be placed on the agenda for
June to approve or disapprove
On the matter of a new ramp
which has graced the agenda for
several meetings, there was still
more discussion of where it
should be. Consideration was
given to a proposal to build the
ramp next to the Riverside Con-
dos by Jimmy Crowder, in ex-
change for a land swap, and then
have Crowder build another ramp
on Timber Island "at an unnamed
There was even one suggestion of
a ramp at the end of the
Riverwalk. Lycett said that it was
time to end the "shell game" which
had gone on for six months, She
said "We need to get off square one
and do it." In the end the motion
was made to use the money, to
enhance and refurbish the exist-
ing ramp on Timber Island. The
motion was approved 3-1 with
Wood casting the nay vote.
Guy Hogan of Keep Franklin
County Beautiful asked and re-
ceived permission to use the city
equipment in the "Clean Up Day
for Carrabelle." The motion was
made by Wood and seconded by
Lycett to use the equipment and
city personnel with the workers
being given comp time for their
hours received unanimous ap-
Lycett said that the Carrabelle
Police will put tow away stickers
on cars that have been abandoned
on city streets. Shadetree Towing
will tow away the vehicles at no
cost (to the city).
Ms. Cox said that as she is going
about her errands in town, she
has been receiving support from
the residents. She said she con-
siders many of her customers to
be a part of her "extended family
and appreciates most deeply their
To Cost More
By Rene Topping
James Waddell, project manager
for Baskerville and Donovan, re-
ported on the progress of the ex-
tension of water and sewer ser-
vice to the Franklin Correctional
Institute, (FCI) to be located on
He said that the Department of
Corrections was unable at this
time, to commit when the project
will start or how many jobs will
be created by the facility. He
added that the prison systems re-
quirements have changed. The
.water demand has increased. He
said when the facility starts to be
built, it will be in 3 phases. First
a facility for 1,500 inmates, then
an addition for 250 more inmates
and finally, an annex to house an-
After much discussion for a vari-
ance requested by Ivan Delmain
on a new home he is building at
Avenue D and First Street, be-
cause his address could be on ei-
ther the avenue or the street and
the front door is the basis for the
address, 'it was concluded that
Delmain did not require a
Lycett asked that the hiring of the
policeman be place as an item on
the special meeting/workshop to
be held on May 13.
The commissioners decided to
donate $100 to grad night 1999.
The establishment of a Grant
Loan Administration Board pur-
suant to Ordinance 228 received
heavy discussion as to whether a
board is already appointed. Wood
had read out a list of seven people
to choose from. Named were
David Butler, Anne Deloney, Nita
Molsbee. Karin Rabinowitz, Tom
Griffith. Cherry Rankin, Helen
Schmidt and Ron Crawford. The
board needs five members.
There is about $55,000 that is
allotted for Timber Island. Gary
Reakes who was at one time
chairman of the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority asked, "I
thought a board has already been
appointed for that." Wood said he
did not know of any board. He too
was a chairman of the CPAA. The
money is being held in the name
of the City of Carrabelle. Williams
movd to table for more informa-
tion, and was seconded by Wood.
A petition brought to the table by
Nita Molsbee to de-annex
Baywood Estates from the City of
Carrabelle. Williams excused him-
self from voting on the matter be-
cause he to an agent for Franklin
Realty. Williams said "If we accept
this, accept them roads going in
there and accept a different
zoning...I didn't want to see all
these tax dollars going out the
window." City Attorney Doug.
Gaidry said that he thought that
de-annexation would bring up
another problem and they might
run into the matter of the city well
site no longer being in or contigu-
ous to the city. Gaidry went on,
"We would have difficulty justify-
ing the de-annexation of Baywood
Estates. If there could be another
solution I would sure pursue it."
Williams also asked if the attor-
ney had found any other property
in Baywood Estates and Gaidry
said he had not looked into that.
Louis Turner a resident of
Baywood said to his belief all of
the property is sold. Gaidry has-
tened to assure Turner that the
city was looking for property still
owned by Tim Mitchell to put liens
against, not any residents
Continued on Page 6
The need for the extra water will
be because the DOC would like
to use a geothermal process. The
water wil be reused and returned
to the ground. This system would
double their water usage. There
will have to be two additional wells
and a recharge well between
them. The reuse of the waste wa-
ter to flush toilets and other uses
is a new concept.
The cost has also changed. De-
von reported that the basic cost
of the water and sewer system is
$2,084,042.00. With the added
geothermal system it would cost
$3,254,742.00. With the basic,
plus geothermal, plus reuse the
cost would be $3,502,804.00.
Phases 1 and 2 of FCI include a
correctional institution and a
work camp which will house
1,750 inmates at capacity. The
DOC will pay 60 % of the waste
water system and 100 % of the
cost of the water system. With the
large use of water, the institution
wilT be given an industrial rate
when they start using the system.
A draft contract will be considered
by the city commissioners at the
meeting on May 13. The language
of the contract between the city
and DOC will be worked out by
the DOC staff, Carrabelle City
Attorney Doug Gaidry and
Baskerville and Donovan. Bill
McCartney told commissioners
that the city will benefit in many
ways from this project.
New Apalachicola Interim
Police Chief Andy Williams.
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Whenever there's a project that will make our community a better
place to live, you're right there doing what you can to help. You're
not looking for "thank yous" or recognition.
You volunteer because it's your basic nature to be helpful.
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14 May 1999 Page 3
EDITORIAL AND COMMENT
1999 Session Ends With Tax Breaks,
Increased Education Funding And
Tougher Standards For Schools
Floridians will enjoy more than $1 billion in tax breaks thanks to the
work of the Florida Legislature. Lawmakers were able to "give back"
to citizens because the healthy economy and the state's tobacco settle-
ment generated $4 billion more in revenue for the state than last
year. Much of the new money went to Florida's classrooms and edu-
cation improvement programs. Lawmakers also set aside $2 billion
to build state budget reserves.
"We were very fortunate to have sd much new revenue," explained
Rep. Janegale Boyd (D-Monticello), "Before I could support tax breaks
I had to see that we were putting more money into our children's
education. We've done that. Our increased funding for schools, along
with the tougher standards we passed, will result in improved learn-
ing and more successful students."
Florida's schools will receive $1.4 billion more next year. Most of the
increased education funding targets class-size reduction and limited
experiments with year-round schools. Per student spending is boosted
by an average $207 statewide. With the extra money going to educa-
tion, 55.4% of general revenue will now go to Florida schools. That is
the largest amount of general revenue secured for classrooms in the
past nine years.
Schools will see more than increased spending as a result of the 1999
Legislative Session. Lawmakers expanded statewide testing of stu-
dents to grades three through ten. Other education reforms include
tougher teacher standards, a ban on social promotions and a crack-
down on truancy.
Perhaps the most debated education issue during session was the
creation of vouchers which allow students from schools earning an
"F" to use tax dollars to go to private school. Schools will also be
graded from "A" to "F". Currently, just four schools in the state are
considered failing, but tougher standards now in place could increase
that number to 169 next year,
"More money alone won't improve our schools, but the combination
of better funding and tougher standards should bring results," said
Rep. Boyd. 'I'm particularly pleased with the passage of the school
readiness measure which will prepare low income children to begin
school. This gives more children a successful start in the classroom."
The school readiness legislation creates local coalitions to develop
school readiness programs for children from birth to kindergarten
age. It is expected that existing programs, such as Head Start, subsi-
dized child care, and pre-kindergarten early intervention programs
will form the basis of school readiness initiatives. Rep. Boyd success-
fully worked the bill so counties serving fewer than 400 children
through school readiness programs would have flexibility by joining
with another county to form a multi-county coalition, or entering into
an agreement with a fiscal agent to serve more than one coalition, or
demonstrating its ability to effectively and efficiently implement its
plan as a single-county coalition.
"Before the conference committee, counties serving fewer than 20,000
children would have to form multi-county coalitions which would af-
fect nearly every county in District 10,:" explained Rep. Bovd. I be-
lieve counties should have greater control over their programs. Join-
ing large coalitions would dilute that control. "
Taxpayers will have greater control over some of their money thanks
to more than $1 billion in tax breaks approved by the legislature.
Some of the tax relief measures taking effect later this year include:
* a reduction in residents school property taxes;
* cuts in the intangibles tax;
* a decrease in unemployment compensation taxes;
* $67 million in interest to businesses that overpay state taxes;
* a one-week holiday for consumers from paying sales tax on clothes;
various tax breaks for businesses.
Legislators also reserved $2 billion as savings and for future use in
required programs. More than $1 billion from tobacco settlement
money has been set aside for programs funded by the settlement. In
order to protect the state in times of economic downturn, lawmakers
put $150 million into the state's rainy day fund and $60 million into
budget stabilization. This brings the total in the budget "savings ac-
count" to $847 million.
"Whether we were working on the budget, education, economic devel-
opment or environmental issues I always worked to protect the inter-
ests of our rural counties," said Rep. Boyd. "I'm pleased we put more
into education and responsibly saved funds in this time of plenty."
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"My Old Home Town"
By Kathleen A. Heveran
"New York, New York..." What im-
age does that evoke? For most, a
large dirty city peopled by disin-
terested strangers dwelling only
on their own concerns would
probably enter your mind. The
New York I grew up in, during the
early forties, in the east Bronx,
was a different place entirely. The
city was merely a conglomeration
of many neighborhoods, each one
a small town in its own right.
The Irish section, with its large
families, overflowing with places
of good cheer, found men and
women socializing of an evening
over a toddy or two. Witticisms
would be bantered back and forth,
and songs expressing love of
mother and country were sung.
There were church gymnasiums
decorated with shamrocks, a
great place for their Irish Dances.
Your German area would boast
spotless butcher shops providing
all types of wurst, and bakeries
displaying luscious pastries and
strudels to complete your fine
meal of wiener schnitzel. Some
evenings friends might meet at the
local beer garden, to sing songs
and toss down a few brews.
If you wandered a little farther,
you might enter the Italian dis-
trict with its grand Catholic
church, at the heart of the reli-
gious festivals which occurred
periodically. There was a combi-
nation of devoutness andjocular-
ity. And of course, music, always
music, the strains of mandolins
and accordions tempting you to
join in singing sentimental love
songs. The streets would be lined
with rides for the lads and food
vendors prepared succulent
treats. The aromas of sizzling Ital-
ian sausage with peppers and
onions, pizza and calzones, and
other specialties, were tantalizing.
Markets with salamis and exotic
cheeses hanging from the rafters
beckoned you to partake of their
bounty. Fresh fruits, vegetables,
herbs and olive oil were abun-
The scents of pastrami, corned
beef, dill pickles, knishes and
pickled herring were equally as
overpowering in the Jewish area.
Here, the bakeries offered deli-
cious breads; caraway-studded
ryes and rich black pumpernickel.
Housewives, their heads modestly
covered, hurried to complete their.
shopping in order to prepare for
the Sabbath meal. Long bearded
gentlemen with prayer shawls and
yamikas were a common sight as
they made their way to the syna-
gogue. The area abounded with
merchants offering all types of
My own little neighborhood, hap-
pily, was a mixture of all these
cultures. In the immediate area
you'd find an Italian vegetable
market, Jewish deli and grocery
store, German butcher shop, and
a Chinese restaurant. The big guy
on the block was the A and P, right
next to the ice cream parlor with
its long marble counter facing the
floor to ceiling mirror.
Two of my best friends were
Catherine, whose family hailed
from Bari, Italy and Ingeborg (we
called her Ingy) who had German
speaking parents. Jacky,'a hand-
some blond, blue eyed Irish lad
lived up the block. Jimmy, directly
across the way from me (we could
call to each other from our top
floor windows) was Turkish. Be-
neath him were my Puerto Rican
friends. Willie, tall and athletic,
lived around the comer and was
of the Jewish persuasion.
These were just a few of the
"gang." All the parents were ac-
quainted and apartment doors
were never locked. If a parent
couldn't be home when school let
out, arrangements were made for
one of the neighbors to supply
after school snacks and hospital-
ity until Mom could return.
The best times were the long lei-
surely days of summer vacation
when we would all congregate on
the stoops of our various build-
ings. As a young teen just emerg-
ing from my shy cocoon, rather
like a young chick hatching, these
magic days were especially pre-
cious to me. Sometimes the girls
would play jacks as the boys ki-
bitzed. Jump rope was the choice
Letter To The Editor
Members of Timber Island Yacht Club are very unhappy about an
article appearing in the Carrabelle Times on May 6. The front page
report "Williams against'hiring policemen" by Laurel Newman gives
the impression that TIYC is taking an active part in the issue of dredg-
ing the Carrabelle River.
Timber Island Yacht Club is an apolitical group. We do not involve
ourselves in political issues. When members of TIYC sign petitions,
they do so as individuals and are not representing the Club.
Timber Island Yacht Club strives to be of service to the community
through its projects for the youth of the area. The Youth Fishing Class
and Youth Fishing Tournament in July and the Parade of Lights in
We are disappointed to have been brought into this issue.
Members of the Club voted at their meeting on May 7 to have the
Commodore write letters to the editors of the local papers stating our
position. Commodore Alvin Morris is out of town due to the death of
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The month of May marks three major holidays including Mother's
Day, Graduation and Memorial Day. These days of special recogni-
tion are much more than "days off," however welcome this might be-
come. After working for the government in order to pay income taxes,
some might think it's well worth a day off, but so far, there is not an
official holiday marking that May landmark. The official holidays al-
low us to pause and contemplate the "beginnings" that motherhood ''
and commencement denote, and the "endings" represented by me- A
morals, on behalf of those who died in our country's service. Cel-
ebration of the "endings" is actually a time for renewal and re-dedica-
tion to the values and ideals embraced in community life, whether in
uniform, or civilian clothes, such as those giving their time and en-
ergy in the Peace Corps or caregivers to elderly persons. We need to
remember them, with thanks.
Tom Campbell, Tom W. Hoffer, Aaron Shea
free of charge. Roller skating rinks
and bowling alleys were also avail-
We had permission to travel all
over the city. A dime in each of
our penny loafers was enough to
get us anywhere and everywhere,
what with the city's excellent
transportation system. Our par-
ents had no qualms about our
excursions. We traveled in a group
and never thought of being mo-
lested in those days. We also felt
secure about police protection. We
were raised to respect the police
and to turn to them for help in
Does it all sound ideal? Well, truly
it was. Boredom wasn't an option.
My little home town with its warm
friendships and lack of bias to-
wards others fulfilled every need
of our teen years. I would not have
chosen to grow up anywhere else.
"New York, New York What a
By Tom Campbell
Ms. Jeanne Yount of Carrabelle
said this week that sailors of the
Timber Island Yacht Club are in-
terested in getting more people to
participate in sailboat racing.
This Saturday, May 15, a race is
scheduled for Course Number 4
which is around the "Intercoastal
Red," approximately 10 miles.
Detailed maps are available for
those who might want to get
Interested people may phone Ron
Yount at 697-4680 or D.J. Hall at
Ms. Yount said, "There is a Mini
Boat Race June 6 at St. George
Island basin. Then there is the
regular June sailboat race on
Following is a schedule for the
Timber Island Yacht Club 1999
Boating and Sailing Events. Yount
emphasized that "non-members
May 15-Course # 4
June 6-Mini Boat Race SGI
June 12-Course 1
July 24-Course 2
August 14-Course # 4.
Pre-Race Captain's Meetings are
always the morning of the Race,
at the Bazebo sy Yhr Moorings in
Carrabelle, usually at 9 a.m. De-
pending on the race course and
weather conditions, the start of
the race will be determined at this
Course #1 is around Dog Island
18 miles. Course #1 Alternate is
around Dog Island Clockwise,
approximately 18 miles. Course
#2 inside to East End of Dog Is-
land, approximately 12.5 miles.
Course #3 around the Sea Buoy,
approximately 6 miles. Course #4
around Intercoastal Red #6, ap-
proximately 10 miles.
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another day, double Dutch being
the favorite. Other times we'd take
our lives in our hands as we
skated or biked down the steep
incline on the next block trying
to avoid the cars crossing at the
foot of the hill. I remember that
stick ball was a favorite. With a
sawed.off broom stick, a spaldeen,
and chalked Bases on the street,
boys and girls would play for
Our popular black superinten-
dent, who kept our building im-
maculate, placed lace curtains on
the doors, and polished the brass
letter boxes in the vestibule till
they glowed,. would pop up from
her basement apartment threat-
ening us with loss of life and limb
if we slammed a ball into a win-
dow of the apartments flanking
our narrow street. That wasn't an
unknown occurrence! There were
so many other games; hide and
seek, potsy, iron tag, what's in the
ice box, I declare war and Johnny
on the pony, to name a few.
As darkness fell, windows would
open and voices would inter-
mingle with their cries of,
"Johnny!" "Kathleen!" "Joey!"')
"Catherine!"" "Time to come up!"
And in reply you'd hear, "Oh Mom,
just another ten minutes or so;
please, please, please" or, "We're
almost done with this round. Be
up in a minute." Slowly the size
of the group would diminish and
before long the streets would be
silent but for the normal city
sounds. Lights shining from vari-
ous apartments shed a glow on
the pavement below. What a
As we matured, our interests ex-
panded. We were extremely for-
tunate. So many activities were
available. Manhattan was a won-
derland to visit. There were the
big movie houses on Times
Square, such as Radio City Mu-
sic Hall, where you could catch a
movie and see a live stage show.
The Rockettes with their precision
dancing were eye catching.
Or you might decide to visit the
planetarium, the aquarium, or the
Museum of Natural History. A trip
to Rockefeller Center for ice skat-
ing, or taking a Hansom cab ride
through Central Park might be
other choices. My favorites were
Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan
Opera and the theatre district dis-
playing brightly lit marquees, call-
ing out to you, "Come see me
first!" Poe Park in the Bronx had
big bands appearing in concert.
1 We could dance under the stars
St. George Island
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The Franklin Chronicle
Baateria Threat To Oysters And
By Aaron Shea
According to the Center for Sci-
ence in the Public Interest (CSPI)
you could be risking your health
next time you slurp down a raw
oyster. They are calling for the
pasteurization of raw oysters be-
cause of the bacteria known as
vibrio vulnificus, which is a natu-
rally occurring organism in the
water. 'There is nothing we can
really do about it.' said Joe
Shields, an Environmental Spe-
cialist for the Department of En-
vironmental Protection. 'it is natu-
rally occurring and oysters are fil-
ter feeders. They bring in thou-
sands of gallons of water a day
and everything in the water col-
umn goes into their systems.'
This crusade by CSPI could be
damaging to local oystermen who
make their living off of the shell-
fish. The pasteurization of the
oysters could possibly double the
price of each individual oyster, a
price raise of 6 to 8 cents an oys-
ter because of the high cost of the
equipment to pasteurize the oys-
ters. According to the Oyster In-
dustry Taskforce, the higher cost
will result in lower consumer de-
mand, which will drive prices
down and put many oyster har-
vesters out of business.
The Franklin County Board of
Commissioners agreed with these
claims by the Oyster Industry
Taskforce. The Board passed a
resolution on April 20 that stated,
'BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that
the Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners does
hereby encourage the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration to reject
these costly and unnecessary
rules and regulation...
According to Mark Collins, an
Environmental Administrator at
the shellfish processing plant,
there have been only five to ten
illnesses related to vibrio
vulnificus in the past year. The
illness, however, can result in the
amputation of appendages due to
blood poisoning. Collins did point
out that the people most suscep-
tible to illness from vibrio are
those that are immune compro-
mised or have a previous sick-
ness. That is why in 1992, the
Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) and the Interstate Shellfish
Sanitation Conference (ISSC)
adopted labeling for oysters. 'You
could read on any container of
oysters or sack of oysters a warn-
ing statement,' said Collins. 'It
said if you eat raw oysters you
should be aware if you are im-
mune compromised, have stom-
ach problems, diabetes, or can-
cer, you are at a higher risk of
getting sick or dying.'
In 1996, the FDA presented to the
ISSC the possibility of completely
banning the summer harvest of
oysters, which would have elimi-
nated the decade old issue of
vibrio vulnificus because it is the
most prevalent during the warm
summer months. Instead, the
summer harvest season was
Do not believe, however, that
vibrio vulnificus is the only bac-
teria that can taint oysters. At the
Shellfish Environmental Assess-
ment Section (SEAS) of the shell-
fish lab in Apalachicola, environ-
mental specialists, such as Joe
Shields, work hard to stop con-
trollable bacteria from tainting
oysters in the Apalachicola Bay.
The SEAS Specialists keep an es-
pecially close eye on fecal coliform
bacteria Fecal coliform is the bac-
teria excreted by warm blooded
animals, including humans, do-
mestic animals, and wildlife. The
fecal coliform can enter the water
from storm water runoff, septic
systems, wildlife, boats, or it could
be washed into the Bay by rain-
The lab has a method for measur-
ing dangerous levels of fecal
coliform in the Bay. They use
years and years of statistical data.
'We collected rainfall amounts,
river levels, and correlated them
with fecal coliform bacteria levels,'
explained Shields, who pointed
out that they collect the data ev-
ery 5 to 7 years. 'In so, we discov-
ered that there are relationships.
The more rainfall you have, the
higher the fecal coliform. level is
going to be in the system.'
Shields continued, 'For example,
when an animal defecates on the
ground and rain fall occurs, it
washes into the Bay. The same
thing with a rising river. When the
river flood plain increases, it
brings all of it into the system. We
have years and years of data to
tell us this. We have management
plans. These management plans
say if the rainfall amount gets to
a certain level or if the river level
reaches a certain level, we have
to shut down that area of the Bay
where the level is unacceptable.'
The Bay is broken up into sections
because there is no possible way
that DEP could close the whole
Bay. There are four conditionally
.approved winter sections, which
are opened from October 1 to
June 30. There are two condition-
ally approved summer areas.
There are nine sections in total.
Each section has a different set
rainfall and river level because
there proximity to different pol-
lution sources vary.
For example, the West 1 section
of the Bay during the winter sea-
son would be shut down if a total
of 4.38 inches of rain fell during
a three day period. It would also
be shut down if the river level rose
over 11.22 feet. In the West 3 sec-
tion during the winter season, it
only takes more than 1.19 inches
of rainfall during a three day pe-
riod to have the area shut down.
Earlier this year, the West 1 area
was closed for 23 days.
'Oystermen can get frustrated.
Telling someone that they can't
work is not good,' said Shields.
'For the most part, I believe the
oystermen understand what we
are doing is necessary. If you sell
a product that is tainted, people
are not going to buy it anymore.
If people don't buy it anymore,
there is no business for it. In the
long term, I think they under-
stand. I think, though, at certain
times, it's frustrating as hell.'
Once the Bay has been closed,
.water quality samples are taken
to test the water. The water
samples are put into a four ounce
bag and experts at the shellfish
lab take a specific amount of wa-
ter from the bag. Following a 24
hour period, the bacteria level can
be determined. If the bacteria level
is within it's acceptable limits, the
section of the Bay can be re-
'A lot of the seafood industry
wants us to water sample all of
the time,' Shields said. They don't
want us to close the Bay based
on the numbers, but on water
samples. The test takes 24 hours.
If we found out the water was bad
24 hours after the test, that is too
late. That whole day, people work-
ing on the water would bring back
oysters that were possibly tainted.
That is why we use statistical
Shields wanted to also make clear
that closures are normal. 'I don't
want it appear that it is a bad
thing necessarily because in the
past, we have usually been por-
trayed as the bad guy. The clo-
sures are a necessary and impor-
STATE OF FLORIDA
Chairman Patrick E. Geraghty, Ft Meyers
Vice-Chairman Barbara C. Barsh, Jacksonville
Commissioner Robert Q. Marston, M.D., Alachua
Commissioner George R. McElvy, Crystal River
Commissioner Robert D. Woodward III, Tallahassee
Commissioner Donald R. Hansen, Sebring
Commissioner Tony Moss, Miami
Passing of Dr.
Rules Approved -
Final MFC Public
One of the Marine Fisheries
Commission's most dis-
tinguished, visionary, and beloved
members, Robert Q. Marston,
M.D., has died of cancer at the
age of 76. Dr. Marston passed
away on March 14, 1999 at a
hospice in Gainesville, not far
from his Alachua home. Dr.
Marston was world renowned as
a physician, educator, medical
researcher, civil rights champion,
and environmentalist, and served
most notably as past director of
the National Institutes of Health
and past president of the
University of Florida. An avid
angler dedicated to preserving
Florida's precious saltwater
fisheries resources, Dr. Marston
spent the past eight years as a
member and two-term chairman
of the Marine Fisheries
Commission. Perhaps his greatest
legacy in this regard is the
creation of the Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, which
he tirelessly supported and
encouraged over the past several
years. Dr. Marston was laid to rest
last month in his native Virginia.
The Governor and Cabinet
approved a series of saltwater
fishing rules proposed by the
Marine Fisheries Commission.
The State of Florida Department of Natural Resources
Shellfish Center in Apalachicola is home to the SEAS
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These rules, which are
summarized below, all take effect
on June 1, 1999. In other action,
the Commission has scheduled its
final public meeting, which will
take place May 26-27, 1999 at the
FDLE Building, 2331 Phillips
Road, Classrooms B & C, in
Tallahassee. The Commission will
consider various legislative,
federal, and legal issues, and then
meet jointly with the Game and
Fresh Water Fish Commission to
discuss plans for the July 1, 1999
reorganization of the two
commissions into the con-
stitutionally created Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commiss-
Marine Life Rule
These rules and amendments
regarding the management of
various tropical ornamental
marine life species:
*designate porkfish and blue-
legged or tri-color hermit crabs as
*rename star-shells (Astraea
americana or Astraea phoebia)
"starsnails" (Lithopoma ameri-
canumor Australiumphoebium) in
the marine life rule restricted
species list, due to changes in
nomenclature in the scientific
*rename Stenocionops furcate
"Stenocionops furcatus" in the
marine life rule restricted species
*establish minimum size limits of
3 inches in length for Cuban or
spotfin hogfish, and 1 1/2 inches
in length for porkfish
*establish daily 50-fish per
person/100-fish per vessel
(whichever is less) commercial
limits for Spanish hogfish and
Cuban or spotfin hogfish
Establish a daily 75-fish per
person/150-fish per vessel
(whichever is less) commercial
limit for porkfish
*establish daily commercial limits
of one gallon per person/two
gallons per vessel (whichever is
less) for starsnails, and one quart
per person or vessel (whichever is
less) for blue-legged or tricolor
*prohibit the possession for sale
of any native live rock harvested
in or from state waters
*deletes a requirement that
persons must possess a saltwater
products license, a marine life
endorsement, and a restricted
species endorsement to land or
sell aquacultured live rock from
state or federal waters adjacent to
state waters (persons harvesting
aquacultured live rock in federal
waters will be required to possess
a valid federal live rock
aquaculture permit and a valid
state aquaculture certificate-
(persons harvesting aquacultured
live rock from leases in state
waters will be required to possess
a valid state aquaculture
These rule amendments extend
the existing seasonal closure to
shrimp trawling that stretches
offshore from Boca Grande Pass
to Wiggins Pass an additional 1
1/2 miles to coincide with the
northern boundary of a similar
closure area from Naples to Key
West, and change the existing
January 1 through May 20
closure to shrimp trawling in state
waters from Naples to Key West
to instead occur from October 1
through May 31 each year.
This rule allows the use of no
more than two unconnected,
skimmer trawls (with no more
than 500 square feet of mesh area
per trawl and a perimeter around
the leading edge of the trawl no
greater than 56 feet) per vessel to
harvest shrimp in waters of
Apalachicola Bay in a specified
area south of the Gorrie Bridge
until July 1, 2001.
These rule amendments allow the
harvest of oysters in Apalachicola
Bay on Sundays through
Thursday from July 1 through
September 30 each year, and
eliminate the commercial vessel
bag limit for oysters in
Apalachicola Bay from October 1
through June 30 each year.
Conservation Commission upon
its creation on July 1, 1999,
and will serve until August 1,
2002. These appointments
succeed commissioners George
McElvy and Robert Woodard III,
whose terms have expired.
Spanish Mackerel Rule
This rule establishes the 12
inches minimum size limit for
Spiny Lobster Rule
These rule amendments eliminate
all references to recreational traps
in the spiney lobster rule.
This proposed rule amendment,
which changes the rule definition
of "cast net" to replace the
reference of a "cone-shaped" net
with a corrected reference to a
"circular" net in order to match
the specification for measuring
the maximum mesh area of a cast
net by means of its radius, was
deferred by the Governor and
Cabinet and will be reconsidered
during the May 25, 1999 Cabinet
The Florida Senate yesterday
approved the appointments by
Governor Jeb Bush of H.A.
"Herky" Huffman, president,
Century 21 Huffman Realty,
Inc., Deltona, and John D Rood,
chairman of Vestcor Equities,
Inc., Jacksonville to serve on the
Marine Fisheries Commission.
The new appointees will
automatically become members
of the Fish and Wildlife
By Tom Campbell
A group of mothers from
Apalachicola traveled to the Se-
nior Center in Carrabelle Tues-
day, May 4, for a luncheon cel-
ebrating mothers of Franklin
County. Staff person Marjorie
Creamer from Apalachicola intro-
duced and welcomed everybody.
About seventy-five attended.
Entertainment was provided by
some of those attending. Elder
Daniel White sang a song. Rita
Seely read a poem. Evelyn Will-
iams read poetry, some she had
written. Christell Ford read a
poem for mothers. Essie Wyles
sang, as did Katie Bell.
The oldest mothers present were
given corsages. They were Luvenia
Nails, 91 years young and Easter
Gatlin, age 90.
The mothers with the most chil-
dren were also given corsages.
Evelyn Williams and Essie Wyles
each had eight children.
The youngest mother present was
Christell Ford, who also received
Executive Director Helen Schmidt
said there would be a similar cel-
ebration for fathers as Fathers
Day approaches. "These are an-
nual events," she said, "which we
look forward to."
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
14 May 1999 Page 5
Franklin Florida Writes! Scores
Results from the Florida writing
assessment program, Florida
Writes! were released Monday by
Education Commissioner Tom
Gallagher in Tallahassee. Trends
in scores over the years, since the
test was first used in 1993, pro-
vide evidence of whether students
are making progress in acquiring
writing skills, such as focusing on
a topic, using a plan or organiza-
tional pattern for writing, provid-
ing support for ideas presented in
their writing and demonstrating
basic knowledge of punctuation,
capitalization, spelling and sen-
The test is scored on a scale of
zero to 6, and was administered
to students in grades 4, 8 and 10
on January 20, 1999. Two types
of writing were assessed at each
level; writing to explain and writ-
ing to tell a story in grade 4 and
writing to explain and writing to
convince in grades 8 and 10.
Table #1 contains scores for
Franklin students and those in
nearby counties, compared to
In reviewing results among
nearby counties, Franklin stu-
dents were slightly lower than
nearby counties for 8th graders
and 10th graders taking the test.
The worst performance was re-
corded for Grade 4 with average
scores at 2.9, far below statewide
averages as well (3.1).
Table 2 contains the distribution
of scores for highest, lowest, most
improved and least improved, in
comparing results of Florida
Writes! 1998 with Florida Writes!
1999. Liberty County students
reached an average of 3.9 among
statewide 10th grade students.
Their grade 4 students, however,
averaged the lowest scores among
grade 4 students. Franklin stu-
dents in grade 4 and grade 8 were
among those most improved.
In Franklin's grade 4 students,
their average was 2.9 compared
to the statewide average of 3. 1.
Grade 8 averages of 3.3 almost
equaled the statewide average of
3.4. Franklin's grade 10 averages
were 3.3 compared to statewide
averages of 3.6.
REPORT OF SCORES ON FLORIDA WRITES! 1999 AND
SCORE CHANGES FROM FLORIDA WRITES 1998 TO FLORIDA WRITES 1999
HIUGHEi1 I UUSCK
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1999 Florida Writing Assessment Program Results
Grade 4 Grade 8 Grade 10
Average Scores Average Scores Average Scores
STATEWIDE 2.9 3.2 3.1 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.6 3.5 3.6
Calhoun 3.1 3.6 3.3 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.9 3.7 3.8
Franklin 2.7 3.0 2.9 3.4 3.3 3.3 3.6 3.0 3.3
Gulf 2.8 3.4 3.1 3.4 3.1 3.3 3.4 3.2 3.3
Liberty 2.7 2.5 2.6 3.4 3.0 3.2 3.8 3.9 3.9
Wakulla 2.7 3.2 3.0 3.7 3.5 3.6 3.5 3.8 3.7
FSU Develop. 3.1 3.8 3.4 3.7 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.6
FAMU High 2.7. 2.9 2.8 3.5 3.1 3.3 3.4 3.9 3.6
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GRADE 4 Union 3.5 Glades 2.3 Union 3.5 0.6 Glades 2.3 -0.3
Charlotte 3.4 Holmes 2.6 Franklin 2.9 0.4 Liberty 2.6 -0.2
Pinellas 3.4 Liberty 2.6 Jefferson 2.9 0.4
Calhoun 3.3 Taylor 2.6 Sumter 3.0 0.4
Hillsborough 3.3 Gulf 3.1 0.4
Monroe 3.3 Hardee 3.2 0.4
GRADE 8 Charlotte 3.8 Glades 2.9 Franklin 3.3 0.6 Lafayette 3.1 -0.3
Washington 3.7 Gadsden 3.1 Taylor 3.2 0.5 Baker 3.2 -0.1
Flagler 3.7 Hamilton 3.1 Gulf 3.3 0.5 Walton 3.2 -0.1
Martin' 3.7 Lafayette 3.1 Monroe 3.6 0.5
Hillsborough 3.7 Sumter 3.6 0.5
St. Johns 3.7
GRADE 10 Liberty 3.9 Glades 3.1 Liberty 3.9 0.5 Glades 3.1 -0.5
Calhoun 3.8 Walton 3.1 Madison 3.3 0.3 Baker 3.3 -0.3
Nassau 3.8 Bradford 3.2 Putnam 3.5 0.3 Indian River 3.3 -0.3
Okaloosa 3.8 Dixie 3.2 Dixie 3.2 0.3 Bradford 3.2 -0.2
St. Johns 3.8 Hamilton 3.2 Flagler 3.7 0.3
APTA Members Take More Active Roles On Boards
By Rene Topping
At the May 8 regular meeting of
the Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation, President Rand
Edelstein requested that mem-
bers take a more active role on
boards and commissions that
regulate the Point. For one thing
he said that the there was no resi-
Sdent or taxpayer from Alligator
Point on the Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection Task Force
on the proposed aquaculture clam
farming that has been proposed
for Alligator Harbor. He also stated
that the Franklin County Com-
missioner on the task force was
Bevan Putnal and wondered why
it was not Commissioner Cheryl
In discussing the project Bunky
Atkinson, a longtime resident of
the Point, said that the "stobs" are
still in from a failed attempt some
years ago. She said they stick
above the surface of the water.
Edelstein said that after making
enquiries he was told by John
Gunter that studies had already
been completed on everything ex-
cept the submerged water plants.
Edelstein said that Gunter had
postponed a presentation on the
program from May to June.
Atkinson made a motion that
APTA contact whoever is respon-
sible for overseeing the project
and have it written in that any
leftover equipment such as the
"stobs" and the cages in which the
clams had been grown, will be re-
moved and also money should be
put in for cleanup of the area.
Vanderbilt seconded the motion
and it was passed. Atkinson was
chosen to be nominated to the
commission as a member of the
It was pointed out that the project
could bring in fishermen from all
over, as it could not be reserved
for local people only.
Edelstein announced the resigna-
tion of Bob Howard as treasurer
and said that Bob Burnett had
accepted the duty in his place.
Burnett read the treasurers report
and announced that they now
have 263 paid up members.
Edelstein announced that a sign
has been placed at the reclaim-
ing site saying that there was en-
forcement of laws concerning il-
legal dumping. After thanking
Franklin County Sheriff Bruce
Varnes for attending the April
meeting, he asked about the ser-
vice by the sheriffs office. Several
residents said that they had seen
the presence of deputies at the
trailer and also on patrol. Edel-
stein said he certainly wished that
something could be done on the
sDeeding on C370.
The next meeting of the water
board will be July 17
FCAT from Page 1
Grade 5 math, Grade 10 math
and Grade 8 math, the student
results for Franklin District are
not far behind the statewide av-
erages, but these scores are lower.
Grade 5 math students performed
4 points lower in 1999 than 1998
and earned the dubious distinc-
tion of being categorized in the
Dept. of Education's Report as
"least improved." This was also
reported for neighboring counties
of Liberty, Gulf and Caloun.
Hughes Marina from Page 1
tiple Owner Properties, owned by
Whaley Hughes, who wished to
build a marina with 15 slips. A
three story building that would
have a ground floor for unloading
seafood, a first habitated floor that
would be used for various water
oriented products, machinery,
and utilities and then, two floors
that would be devoted to as a res-
taurant. Each floor would be
9,600 square feet.
The property is in a C1 or Com-
mercial Fishing District 2zne and
does not permit a restaurant. It
is located on the water side of U.S.
98 in what is locally known as the
Old Bruce Millender property, a
property that was foreclosed on
by the Gulf State Bank several
years ago. Now, the new owner
has cleaned up the site and wants
to go ahead with his project.
Garlick said 30 cars could be
parked under the building and
130 across the road on two other
acres owned by Hughes.
There were several objections
from local commercial fishermen,
particularly to the restaurant and
the marina. John McKnight spoke
against the project, as did Bobby
Pierce said that he was "leery" of
a project that would need water
and sewer; ever since the prob-
lem of the Las Brisas, project that
had 37 lots and only 12 tap-ins.
"I want to see the water and sewer
there." (on site at the Hughes
project.) There is a moratorium on
water and sewer in Eastpoint.
Garlick insisted that the slips
would be for commercial fishing
vessels and would be leased out.
Garlick had also said it would
make a "safe harbor" for boats.
Mcknight said there is no safe
harbor, even with the sea wall he
had seen 3 foot seas top the sea
wall in an ordinary storm and had
seen 6 to 7 feet on a storm tide.
Bobby Varnes agreed with
Mcknight and said there had
never been a marina there.
As other local fishermen, board
members and people from the
audience opposed the project as
presented, Garlick decided to
withdraw the request, as it be-
came evident that the restaurant
could not be included in the plans
at this time because of the water
and sewer moratorium. Garlick
was told to try again with a scaled
GT Telephone from Page 1
There will be command centers
set-up in the fire stations in Alli-
gator Point, Carrabelle, Lanark
Village, and Eastpoint.
Apalachicola will have command
centers, one at the IGA parking
lot and one at City Hall. There will
also be sheriff deputies patrolling
the areas. These command cen-
ters will be accessible to the pub-
lic for any possible emergencies.
There will also be emergency offi-
cials at the nursing homes in the
county, in case of any complica-
The reason GT Com has to dis-
able the phone systems is so they
can change the switches in' the
digital central office. 'They [the
central office] take the calls and
switch them over to whoever
you're calling," said Thomas.
Apalachicola (850) 653-2126 Ext. 24
Carrabelle (850) 697-3395
Eastpoint (850) 670-8786
St. George Island (850) 927-2511
May 14-June 16, 1999
By Tom Campbell
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 14, 15, 16-Shriners Fishing Tour-
nament, Timber Island. Annual saltwater Fishing Tournament at
Pirate's Landing Marina on Timber Island, Carrabelle. Pre-registration
required. Public welcome. 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 Frankllin 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 Jevenile, ages 7-12: Young Adults, ages 13-17. Ama-
teur and professional artists are asked to participate in the Adult
division. For more information, phone Jean Collins at 927-2303 or
Saturday, May 15-Ninth Annual HuManatee/St. Marks Celebra-
tion. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5k Race. Live Entertainment. Arts, Crafts. Ac-
tivities for Children. San Marcos de Apalache Historic site in St. Marks.
For more information, phone Fort San Marcos 925-6412.
Saturday, May 15-Wakulla Springs Twilight Cruise and Dinner (6
p.m.) Dinner in historic lodge following a cruise on the river. $24.
Reservations required. 850-224-5050.
Saturday, May 15-Mitchell Aquaculture Demonstration Farm.
Blountstown. All-day introductory workshop on Aquaculture, spon-
sored by the Tri-State Aquaculture Committee. This event will cover
a variety of topics related to aquaculture and aquaculturists. from
the tri-state area including: fish species overview, production sys-
tems and infrastructure, marketing, economics, water quality, fish
health, nutrition and feeding, information sources and regulations
for Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Registration on first-come basis.
Payment must be received no later than April 23, and no registra-
tions will be taken at the door. Lunch and refreshments will be pro-
vided. Cost is $30 per person for the entire event. Call for more infor-
mation or a registration-form. Debbie Britt at 850-674-3184.
Saturday, May 15 Respond to Carrabelle High School Grad-Nite.
if you are willing to donate or assist with making GRAD NITE 1999
possible. Make checks payable to GRAD NITE 199-9. The Tax ID # is
59-3052249. This is an effort to keep enthusiastic young graduates
safe, by providing an all night celebration. Contact Rita Massey at
Saturday, May 15 -Timber Island Yacht Club sponsors sailing event.
Non-members welcome. Always the morning of the race, the pre-race
Captain's Meeting is held at the Gazebo at The Moorings in Carrabelle,
usually at 9 a.m. The start of the race will be determined at this
meeting. Course #1 Race is around Dog Island Counterclockwise.
approximately 18 miles. Course #1 Alternate is around Dog Island
Clockwise, approximately 18 miles. For more information, phone D.J.
Hall at 697-3324 or Jeanne or Ron Yount at 697-4688. Races also
scheduled for June 6, June 12, July 24, August 14, 1999.
Saturday, May 15 Benefit for Franklin County Public Library will
be held at Sea Oats Gallery on St. George Island. Also on May 23.
Exhibits will reflect each artist's view on "The Merry Month of May."
Professional .and amateur adult contributions will be on display
through May 23 for silent bids. Juvenile work (Age 7 12) and Young
Adult (Age 13 17) will be judged and prizes awarded in the form of
art supplies by Gift Certificates, This will take place on May 15. Please,
see, share and support art and education in Franklin County.
Saturday, May 15 Sunday, May 16 Margery Temple Wakulla
Bandits Fishing Tournament from Pirate's Landing Marina, and the
Moorings in Carrabelle.
Saturday, May 15 Timber Island Yacht Club sponsors cook-out
forShriners Tourney to benefit Shriner's Children's Hospital in Tampa.
Serving from 1 4 p.m. at Pirate's Landing Marina in Carrabelle on
Wednesday. May 19-Dixie Theatre Summer Repertory Season Be-
gins. Matinees Wednesday and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Evening perfor-
mances at 8 p.m. Thrusday, Friday, Saturday. Box office open 1 to 5
p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 653-3200.
Thursday, May 20 W.C.F.C. meets at Lanark Village Community
Church on Spring Street, 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 20 (And every Thursday) 12 noon to 4 p.m. Com-
munity Bridge at Carrabelle Senior Center, Hostess Faye King, phone
Senior Center at 697-3760 for more information.
Saturday, May 22 GT COM phone service to be interrupted be-
tween 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. for updating system in Franklin County.
Saturday, May 22 3:30 p.m. Advisory Council Meeting, Chronicle,
on St. George Island. For more information phone 850-385-4003.
Sunday, May 23-Apalachicola High Baccalaureate Service, 2 p.m.
at Apalachicola Commuity Center. Phone 653-8811 for more infor-
Sunday, May 23-Carrabelle Baccalaureate Service, 8 p.m. at the
Football Field. For more information phone 697-3815.
Thursday, May 27-Apalachicola High School Graduation. 7:30 p.m.
at Pop Wagner Football Field. For more information, phone 653-8811.
Friday, May 28-Carrabelle High School Graduation at 8 p.m. at the
Friday, May 28-Last day of school.
Saturday, May 29 The 7th Annual New Hope School Reunion will
be held in the New Hope MID= Masonic Hall, just south of the cross-
ing of Highway 2 and the Geneva-Westville Road in Holmes County,
FL. Students, teachers, relatives and friends gather each year on the
site where the school was located before closing in 1963. Reunion
activities begin at 10 a.m. with covered-dish luncheon at noon. Those
attending are to bring food, tea and cold drinks. Paper plates, cups,
napkins and forks are furnished. For more information, contact Sue
Riddle Cronkite, 108 9th Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320, or phone
850-653-9043. Or contact Roberta Capps (850)526-5635, 4484 Broad
St., Marianna, FL 32446.
Saturday, May 29 Quilting Workshop at Florida Folk Festival.
4-hour workshop. so on Snday, May 30 in White Springs. Fee $50
includes kit containingmaterials necessary to quilt a 20 inch x 20
inch breadfruit design.
Send registration fees and preferred date to Ginger Lavoiex, 1004
Deddington P1. Kissimmee, FL 34758. -For more information, call the
Museum of Florida History at 850-488-1484.
Monday, May 31-Memorial Day Teachers off.
Monday, May 31 Memorial Day The Tyndall Commissary will
be closed on Memorial Day, and also on June 1 for the regular clo-
sure. The store will reopen at 9 a.m. June 2. For more information,
phone (850) 283-4825.
Tuesday, June 1 (And First Tuesday of each month) Free Legal
Help for Seniors. Attorney Joyce Terrell Timmons, J.D., will help Se-
niors with legal problems at no cost. At Senior Center in Carrabelle, 2
p.m. For an appointment, phone Carrabelle Senior Center at 697-3760.
Or the Apalachicola Center at 653-8910.
Saturday, June 5 Timber Island Yacht Club will host cook-out to
benefit the Library Building Fund. The library must have raised all
its matching funds by the end of June. T.I.Y.C. will serve chicken or
ribs dinners on June 5 at Gulf State Bank, where a Yard Sale spon-
sored by Bank employees will also benefit the Library. Serving by
T.I.Y.C. will begin at 11 a.m. at Gulf State Bank in Carrabelle.
Monday, June 7- Every Monday, The Boy Scouts of America, Troop
388 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, meets 6:30 8:30 p.m. at the
Boy Scout hut. Building 3001 on Boy Scout Road. Tyndall Air Force
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Williams said that he did not want
to take roads that have not been
brought up to begin with but it is
the city's fault, they did not fol-
low through at the time this took
place, so the city does have some
responsibility in that respect.
Ronnie Jackson said that if the
people do de-annex the roads it
would probably not be accepted
by the county, who demand cer-
tain standards before they under-
take maintenance of roads, plus
they have to be 60 feet wide.
Jean Reakes asked how many
Individual tracts were in the sub-
division, saying "In our develop-
ment (Bayou Harbor) we have 45."
She noted that the city is collect-
ing a very comfortable sum on.
She went on to say that none of
these lots had any service from
the city. "We are getting nothing,
zero. We are getting nothing ex-
cept the police department." She
also noted that city residents all
pay ten percent on all utilities to
In the end the commission tabled
the matter to get more informa-
Jim Lycett addressed the con-,
mission on behalf of the CPAA.
He had several formal requests to
place before the city.
The first was in regard to the city
leasing the airport to the CPAA.
He cited the fact that as long as
the city owns the airport, the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation cannot deal with the CPAA
on grants and loans. Lycett said
when they had a proposal the
FDOT "flat out" said they would
not deal with the CPAA and only
with the city, which makes it dif-
ficult to get clients to lease the
There was no discussion on that
request and Lycett went on to the
second request. (This one dealt
with the city transferring the
small sewer plant near the airport
to the CPAA. Lycett said, "It's the
same old story. Nothing is going
to happen over there until the
storm water, sewer and water
plans are in place. Many things
have changed since the inception
of the CPAA. We have a board who
needs an analysis of what we can
do. We are asking for some of this
money to get this plan in place."
He added, this is a step we have
to take ..., or anybody would have
Wood said, "Jim, the sewer plant
is in place, the sewer distribution
is in place and the water contracts
have been let to get water to Tim-
The third request was to transfer
the sewer plant and the distribu-
tion system to the CPAA. He
added, "Basically what we are
asking here is 'to let us (OPAA)
work out a sewer plant for the
Timber Island facility."
Wood said that the DEP have re-
quested that the city terminate
their active status on the sewer
plant in order that they can stop
inspecting It. Wood said "I think
we would have difficulty after hav-
ing received these grants to go and
give something away."
Lycett said that study had found
that the piping and the spray field
are the only truly operational
things. Ronnie Jackson said that
he thought it would be wrong to
tear the existing sewer plant
down. Lycett said, "I think you got
the wrong impression." He said it
only meant that whatever they
had to do to get it (sewer plant)
operational. Pam Lycett said that
the letter said, If it would be
more cost effective."
Lycett said that he doubted that
anyone could object to a feasibil-
ity study being done. Wood asked
how Lycett would pay for it. Lycett
responded, "hopefully out of Eco-
nomic Development. We are the
Economic Development on Tim-
ber Island." he said "Economic
Development on Timber Island is
a first priority."
Williams then asked to table the
request for more information and
the motion was seconded by Wood
Gaidry asked for guidance on the
request from Audrey Messer to
annex into the city. The attorney
said that there would have to be
a title search and he felt the
Messers should pay costs.
She should get the documents in
order that the city could be as-
sured they were accepting the an-
nexation on property she owned.
Lycett said that she would be in
favor if the applicant paid all
costs. Sanborn said she would
look into it with the Messers.
The resident at 912 W. Avenue C
is requesting to be permitted to
put in a septic tank and the sewer
line is too deep at that point to be
usable. The request was approved
with the notation that they would
hook up to the city if a sewer line
becomes available. The motion
was made by Williams and sec-
onded by Lycett.
By Rene Topping
The May 3 meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission
started out fairly quietly with the
regular monthly report from each
Donald Wood reported more work
will be done by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, (FDOT)
on U.S. 98 at C67. The exit from
the Post Office parking lot to U.S.
98 was made dangerous when the
FDOT re-paved and re-striped
U.S. 98. Instead of the two traffic
lanes all the way through
Carrabelle, the state opted to
made two lanes going west, with
no parking on any part of the
north side of the road, and one
lane going in the easterly direc-
Wood said he had talked to the
FDOT designer, Jerome Perkins,
and he had agreed that this area
was made dangerous by the ex-
tra lane for traffic. In particular,
recreational vehicles dropping
into the extra lane in front of the
Carrabelle General Store and
Carrabelle Realty. He said that
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He also reported that the front
door of the post office will have to
be replaced by Franklin Glass
Company at a cost of over $800.
The other commissioners agreed
to the work.
It started to get much more con-
troversial when Police Commis-
sioner Pam Lycett reported that
Officer Marty Scutt had resigned
as of April 29 and that she rec-
ommended that they advertise for
a replacement, saying she had
several applicants and offered a
tentative date of May 10 for a
workshop meeting to hire a new
officer. It was then that Finance
Commissioner Raymond Williams
said that he would like to open
the discussion. "I'm on the con-
servative side, and with budget
coming up I'd like to take a look
at not hiring another police officer,
and ask the sheriffs department
to take over the one position in
Carrabelle. I'd like to approach the
sheriff with that idea."
Mayor Jenni Sanborn said
sharply, "I don't like that idea at
all. We have to have our own po-
lice department." Lycett agreed
with that remark and went on to
say that, "Last year we incorpo-
rated that fourth policeman in the
budget. We ran into problems with
overtime, so we prepared for that.
If we don't hire another policeman
we are going to be in trouble with
Williams said, "You can go ahead
with your meeting but my feeling
is that the sheriff could help us
out here and I would like to ex-
plore the possibility." He also re-
marked that the sheriff did have
a deputy in Apalachicola.
Gary Reakes who lives in Bayou
Harbor said "I would certainly not
be in favor of reducing the size of
the police department." He con-
tinued, "Speaking for the
homeowners in Bayou Harbor, the
only thing we get for our tax dol-
lars, which are considerable, is
police protection. To diminish that
would be counterproductive." Wil-
liams answered, "This is not an
attempt to diminish the police.
Hopefully, the sheriff will supply
that person." He did say that he
had not so far spoken to the
Then, without asking if Lycett had
finished her report, he continued
on "One thing that I have ... and
was interrupted by the mayor who
said that Lycett had not officially
completed her report." Lycett
said, "That's pretty much my re-
Williams then picked up a sheaf
papers and said, "I have a peti-
tion here that was brought to me,
that was circulated, for the main-
tenance dredging of the Carrabelle
River. They are asking the city to
support this with a letter to get
support from the state and the
federal level." (This petition had
been circulated since March at
events like the Timber Island
Yacht Club and the Carrabelle
Waterfront Festival in April by
The petition preface read, "As
property owners and business
operators in the Carrabelle area,
we feel that maintenance dredg-
ing of the Carrabelle River outside
the established channel will ma-
terially increase boat traffic in the
area and improve the economic
conditions here. This is in refer-
ence to permitting, we will provide
the cost of dredging if the work
can be permitted. It is important
to the economic good of Carrabelle
that the work be permitted."
Lycett said, "I have seen it, and
who is the "we who are going to
pay for it?" Wiljiams replied,
"We're trying to get the support
from the state and federal govern-
ment. Hopefully they will pay for
it." Lycett still persisted in want-
ing to know who the "we" meant.
she continued, "But what does
this mean "we the people who
signed it." She added that just
recently the city had a mainte-
nance dredging of the river. Will-
iams said "But it didn't go from
the top of Timber Island to the
mouth the river only from the
bridge up (river.)
Gary Reakes, spoke from the au-
dience, "I don't think that is true.
They started approximately from
the old Millender place and went
up. That spoil went onto Timber
Island," Williams said, "That was
a little misleading. The original
dredging was in the channel.
What they are asking for now is,
the other side of the river. My un-
derstanding is to take the
bump (a sand bar that used to
have an old boat on it,) out of the
center of the river and deepen the
water all the way across the river
Reakes asked, "For whose ben-
efit?" Williams responded "For the
City of Carrabelle. Future busi-
ness." Lycett returned to the
question of who the "we was who
seem to be saying, "we will pay
the costs." Finally Williams said
"Who's we? The people who signed
Stan Arnold said that he too,
would like to know who the "we"
are. He added that he had seen
several names on the petition that
are not even citizens of Carrabelle
and added that he did not feel it
was a true picture of what
Carrabelle wants. He went on to
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say "The boaters are not com-
plaining, it seems more like its for
At this point Nita Molsbee said,
"I'm one of the people who got the
petition circulated." She went on
to say that a lot of the people at
the Timber Island Yacht Club
event had signed. Molsbee added
"The people who signed the peti-
tion want it dredged and will take
up donations to pay for it. It won't
cost the City of Carrabelle or the
County anything. They want the
boats to be able to come in and
out, because a lot of people have
trouble getting in and out. There's
a sand bar in the middle of the
river." Arnold said that if the sand
bar was a problem then the Corps
of Engineers, (COE) should say if
it should come out.
Jean Reakes said that she and her
husband had a big boat and had
never had a problem. Barry
Woods said, "The COE have said
that the spoil in the middle of the
river is valuable because it helps
to channel the water on both sides
to help keep both those channels
Molsbee said that big boats had a
problem turning around and they
just wanted to get the dredging
permitted. Lycett asked "What
kind of big boats?" Reakes said
"We've had boats of over 100 feet
in here without problems." Will-
iams ended the discussion by
making a motion to send a letter
to the COE and ask then to give
an opinion on widening the chan-
nel. He also said that it was usual
for the COE to work only within
the channel. The motion was
passed on a vote of 3-1 with Lycett
The next action was when Lycett
handed a letter to Williams say-
ing, "I noticed that this wasn't on
the agenda and I wanted to know.
why?" Williams looked at the let-
ter and said, "This is a letter from
the DEP (Department of Environ-
mental Protection) that says we
are in violation on the road be-
tween Will's Way and Kendrick
Road, which is the site for the
water tower." He added' that it had
been picked up by the DEP on a
"He added, "Evidently it had not
been permitted ... and they said
that we had violations for con-
struction in wetlands."
This brought Phil Dover of Bask-
erville and Donovan, who is work-
ing on the water project, to his feet
saying that he had been in touch
with the DEP on behalf of the city
and there were several issues that
needed to be resolved. He sug-
gested that the city meet with DEP
and have the city attorney, Doug
Gaidry try to work out solutions.
Motion was made, seconded and
approved to have a meeting.
The Mayor then made her report
on appropriations that have been
granted in the State of Florida to
the City of Carrabelle, including
$250,000 on a matching grant for
a branch library in Carrabelle,
$150,000 for a completion of the
Riverwalk, and $150,000 for the
To Be Extended
The Council, through amend-
ments to FMPs, proposes to ex-
tend the duration of the morato-
rium on the issuance of commer-
cial vessel permits for reef fish and
for king mackerel. Alternatives for
consideration by the public in-
clude letting the moratoriums
lapse in 2000 or extending the
moratoriums for 3 or 5 years so
that other types of permanent lim-
ited entry systems can be devel-
oped. Public hearings on the 2
amendments will be held in June
from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in
Madeira Beach, FL; Panama City,
FL; Gulf Shores, AL; and Port
Aransas, TX. The Council will take
final action after hearing testi-
mony at its July 12-15, 1999
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used some form of tobacco in 1999, compared
to 24.4% in 1998.
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some form of tobacco on one or more of the past 30 days. This
rate is a 21% decline from 1998 when 24.4% of middle school
students used some form of tobacco on one or more of the past
* Occasional tobacco use (using some form of tobacco on 1 to 19
of the past 30 days) among middle school students dropped from
18% in 1998 to 14.1% in 1999.
* The percent of middle school students who used tobacco fre-
quently (used some form of tobacco on 20 or more of the past 30
days) in 1999 was not significantly different from 1998.
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dents who did not use any form of tobacco in the past 30 days
increased from 75.6% to 80.8%.
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Tobacco Use Declines
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32.3% of Florida public high school students
used some form of tobacco in 1999, compared
tntudents to 35.3% in 1998.
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* In 1999, 32.3% of Florida public high school students used some
form of tobacco on one or more of the past 30 days. This is an
8.5% decline from 1998 when 35.3% of high school students
were tobacco users in the past 30 days. This decline is statisti-
* Occasional tobacco use among high school students significantly
declined from 19.5% in 1998 to 17% in 1999.
* Frequent tobacco use among high school students was not sig-
nificantly different from 1998 (15.9%) to 1999 (15.3%).
* In 1999, 67.7% of high school students did not use any form of
tobacco in the past 30 days, compared to 64.7% of high school
students in 1998. This change was not statistically significant.
SCurrent Tobacco Use By Region-High School
Percent of Flambd high et schlt who sttden a t d tobacco on at east one of he past 30 days
50. (cument use) by product type and region Florda Youth Tobacco Survey, 1S99
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tobacco products. Use of cigars was lowest in the Dade/Monroe, North Central and Northeast
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Beach/Broward regions. Current cigar use among high school students was highest in the
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he was the one that would get the papers ... and my younger sister is
Thelma Bloomquist, she lives in Carrabelle.
C: How did you get around ... in your growing up years? 1910...you
would have been 10 years of age...
B: You walked ... We didn't have horses... no automobiles, no horses.
When I was a teenager for a short time my dad bought a horse and
buggy for my mother... But there were not many horse and buggies
around.... You had two ways to go ... in the early days you had to go
cross the river, a new river at Pinelog, and on up the Wakulla County
line.... you would cross another river there ... (Ochlockonee)..and then
on into Tallahassee ... Well, for instance as a teenager, it took
eight good hours to drive from Carrabelle when you had a Model
T Ford... from Carrabelle to Tallahassee ... and if it were dry, you
would get stuck in the sand and if was wet you'd get bogged
down and you'd have to have a horse or mule, and wagon come
pull you out ...
C: Baseball then was probably a favorite past time among you and
B: There wasn't anything else. No movies, no automobiles, no basket-
ball, no football ... baseball was it.
C: If you had much free time, what did people do for recreation, how
did they entertain and amuse themselves?
B: You went swimming, you got on a boat and went to Dog Island,
and the'bay, fishing, always fishing.
C: Your resume says you taught school, part of two semesters in
Carrabelle. Do you remember what subjects you were involved with
B: Yes, I taught the fourth and fifth grades I believe it was.
C: And you left in 1921 for your first break and that lasted four years.
B:.There was work in Carrabelle if you wanted to go fishing ... We had
two saw mills and then in the summer time I worked a little bit in the
saw mills.... The Coombs Lumber Company, that's where the Gulf
State Bank is now... The new Gulf State Bank ... And the other [lum-
ber company] was up on the river called Campville. Camp Lumber
Company, where the bridge is now, where you cross... That's when
you had the ferry there...
C: You mentioned Harbeson City. That's a town that has disappeared.
B: Yes, sir .... I'll tell you the story of Harbeson City.. The Gray broth-
ers... had a mill in St. Andrews, which is near Panama City.. And
they built that mill in 1923... Harbeson bought it in 1924, a year
later.. they only operated it for a short time... It cut a 100,000 feet of
lumber a day.. Worked 10 hours a day 6 days a week.... We shipped
three rail car loads of lumber every day ... The owners, the Harbesons,
came to my place of business, where I was working in Tallahassee,
and offered me a job for a considerable amount of money compared
to what I was getting ... so I went to work there in July 1925, until
they closed down about 1932 or 1933... And Harbeson City was only
for its employees and nobody else lived out there... a company town
... It was little bigger than Carrabelle at the time...
C: I take it that when the lumber era ended and then the mills closed
down, the city just disappeared. Was that a pretty rapid transition?
B: Well ... several years, I guess.
C: Now you were an office manager at the West Florida Lumber Com-
pany, Harbeson City. Did you live there for long periods of time?
B: No. that was my home. It wa, just four miles from where I was
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born... I married in 1929 to Erma Pournelle. Her father was a con-
ductor on that G.F.&A. railroad... She died in 1954 in Apalachicola.
C: And had you any children during that marriage?
B: One, her name was Mary Francis Bradford, She lives in Albany,
Georgia. My second wife was Grace Wakefield... she was one of the
five beautiful Wakefield sisters of Apalachicola... She died November
9, 1991 ... I have three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
And my wife, Grace, she had three children and eight or nine great-
grandchildren. They are all mine now ... Grace and I had no children.
C: What did you do about the heat and the humidity in the summers,
how did you cope?
B: You lived with it.
C: You decided that you were going to be an accountant.
B: I gradually started with a clerk. I was with fiscal accounting in the
federal government.... I couldn't make a living as a fisherman. I'd
loved to fish... The annual income of a fisherman in those days was
three hundred dollars... a year. And my lifestyle required more than
that... I left Carrabelle in order to make a living.
C: Now do we find a parallel today? Seems like a lot of young people
are leaving the county in search of a livelihood.
B: Sure, no question about it. You got your choice... You go fishing,
you go crabbing, you go shrimping or you find something else to do....
Common labor jobs ... But I couldn't make a living at common labor
... And I'm not an engineer, so what is there. left to do? I was a book-
worm ... I liked figures for instance... and by the time you needed to
be a CPA you had serve an apprenticeship for three years in a CPA's
office. I had a family to support so I couldn't do that. And they wouldn't
let me take the exam. I even got a bill introduced in the House by Rep.
Claude Pepper and the Senate of Florida to permit me to substitute
some fiscal accounting experience in grade 12 and above... for the
experience you had to have an office... I think every past president of
the Florida Accounting Association appeared before the committee
and some of them were friends of mine. (Family members have pointed
out that Mr. Bradford devised the first CPA qualifying examinations
for the State of Florida).
C: In Tallahassee you were employed by the Pentington Evans Com-
pany and then you came to Harbeson City. And then in 1932 you
changed again and became office manager of the Carrabelle Fish and
B: That was because I was out of a job. When the mill closed I was
looking for something to do and that was the height of the Depres-
sion. You know what they paid me? 12 dollars a week. But, that's
what they paid themselves. That' s all they paid.
C: Then in 1934 you went to work for the government. Emergency
Relief Administration Franklin County. Can you tell us about that?
B: Well, the first relief operation was F.E.R.A. (Florida Emergency
Relief Administration). It was federal money, but it was administered
through the state and they wrote the state checks ... the president of
the bank in Apalachicola was Sam Teague. He came to Carrabelle,
the state appointed him, (the governor), as the overseer of the pro-
gram ... They had all the workers over there and they weren't getting
the job done so he wanted me to go over there and run it. I said I can
do that but I already have a job, I make twelve dollars a week. And at
that time, it was an annual probation and I was at the end, of it ... I
came over here in Apalachicola in the early part of the year (1934), I
agreed to come over here to spend a day a week over here, and the
other six days I'd be [in Carrabelle] ... Pretty soon I'd be spending two
days here, four days at the other place, and then it got to be three,
and that lasted till November of'34, I guess.
C: Did the Depression have a very big impact in this area? Did you
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really notice the difference?
B: Yes, unless you were a fisherman. To a certain extent they were
too because they got a cent and a half for mullet, three cents a pound
... I went from Madison to Jacksonville where I became a state head
to the finance department. We liquidated the W.P.A. (Work Progress
Administration) in 1942, I guess. They sent all of our records to the
regional office in Atlanta and I went to Atlanta for three months and
helped them close the regional office and transfer them to Washing-
ton. While there, I was looking for a job. I got a job in Atlanta with the
Army Exchange with Camp Gordon Johnston, and that's when I went
to Camp Gordon Johnston ... Well you know we had thirty thousand
troops there to train them to hit the beaches in France and Africa. It
killed my brother. He was a postmaster in Carrabelle. It was a little
town of a thousand people, and he had the responsibility of the post
office at Camp Gordon Johnston ... He had an obligation to all that
additional responsibility. He was the husband of Evelyn Bradford,
his name was Rueben Geofrey Bradford, named by my dad.
C: You left in 1943 and went to Washington. That must have been a
very large change. Living and working in Carrabelle and then finding
yourself in a wartime capital.
B: Well, when I was in Jacksonville, at least once a month I was in
Washington, that was headquarters ... See the FE.R.A. was a na-
tional organization ... in fact my boss in the F.E.R.A. was the national
director of finance, he was the one that hired me in this ... He was
associated with the War Effort Administration I was a field auditor
... The federal accounting authority was the reason I went to Wash-
ington. I was a field auditor and then chief accountant for the Federal
Public Housing Authority in Washington.
C: And then you were connected with the War Assets Administration.
B: Well, when I was offered the job as regional finance director for the
War Assets Administration it was a new agency. I took that job and
came to Florida... Got back to Florida where I wanted to be....
...The war was over ... they had all of that property, they had to get
rid of it.
C: Then you got yourself into the Philippines. What happened there?
B: I was in Washington with the Federal Accounting Authority and
when the War Assets Administration was organized, a friend of mine
on the field staff, I recommended him for the job as the chief fiscal
officer for the War Assets Administration. And he got the job. They all
flew out therein 1946 and I was, later in 1948, I was in public ac-
counting in Tallahassee. I was between assignments, civil service as-
signments. And I was on an audit in Panama City, Florida. When I
got a cablegram from this friend of mine in the Philippines offering
me the job as finance officer and I answered, sent the cable back, and
said I'm interested. Give us some more information and the next day
or two I got another cablegram said my travel orders have been cut I
was supposed to report to Washington and it said to do so today.
That got me out to the Philippines. And I hardly gotten out there
before his wife, who'd come back to the states, got settled, and he left
over night to come home and he never came back, I took over when
he left and then I was appointed as the chief fiscal officer at that time.
Of course the main reason [for the operation in the Philippines] was
that Roosevelt had promised the Philippine government if they would
assist our government that he would see they were taken care of.
That appropriation, which was 520 million dollars, was for that pur-
pose. (Family members have pointed out that Mr. Bradford had a
GSA rating equivalent to that of a Major-General in the U.S. Army).
C: Then you are in public accounting in the early 50s in Tallahassee
and in 1952, for five years you were the clerk of the circuit court in
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u -......- Ir Tour Of Homes Successful-Sets Record
^?^'j"-'. ^B minders ol the lves, o01 those \who
.' .: ~" have given Apalachicola its spe-
cial character and left, for our
By Tom Campbell children, a true sense of place."
The 8th Annual Apalachicola Tour
of Historic Homes on Saturday,
May 1, was a big success. Denise
Butler, Chairman of the 1999
Tour Committee, said, the tour
was "well received." She also
stated that "it probably set a
record, as 774 attended, and
that's about 75 more than at-
tended last year."
The Tour Day Ticket Donation
was $10 per person and all pro-
ceeds go to the upkeep of Trinity
Episcopal Church. The 1999 Tour
Sponsors were Pat and Bob Horn,
Linda and Harry Arnold and Jim
Chairman Butler commented,
"Our church building is worth
preserving, as are our town's
other architectural treasures.
These buildings stand as vivid re-
A special donation was made by
Cody (age 7) and Conner (age 6)
Clark. They set up a lemonade
stand in front of Bay Media Ser-
vices and did a brisk business
during the tour. Cody and Conner
"donated half of the proceeds they
made from the lemonade stand to
Trinity Church," according to
Butler. There were other dona-
tions, one for $500.
According to Butler, the Friday
night reception "was also a big
She commented that the tour
went smoothly, in spite of the
large number attending, and she
said she hopes it won't grow much
bigger because she would not like
to see long lines develop. "So far,"
she smiled, "we haven't had any
long lines to deal with."
(n1 Fnda,, riiulil April 30th, be-
Iore thle lour 'I imrnes, Lynn
'poihrer. -wrier :'I the Coombs
H,_iu-1e Inn. -poke at the Annex
about the restoration work on the
1905 home of James N. Coombs,
once considered the most elegant
residence in Apalachicola. Many
would argue that it still is the
most elegant. The talk was illus-
trated with slides and was well
received by visitors and
A few highlights of the Home Tour
include the following homes,
shown in exterior views and inte-
The Montgomery House,
Corner of Avenue G and
The Montgomery House was built
in 1884 by lumberman-merchant
Sam Montgomery. Now owned by
Realtor Olivier Monod, it is one of
the few houses in Apalachicola
that occupies nearly one city
block. The grounds contain fruit
trees and a private fish pond.
The staircase in the Mohr-Key home now owned by Dr. Leach and Mrs. Grey.
George Chapel and Denise
The Mohr/Key House,
15 13th Street
This house is a fine example of
late Victorian architecture in the
Queen Anne style with a flair, in-
cluding the tower on the south-
east side. The house was con-
structed of heart pine and black
cypress in 1894 by August Mohr,
and featured an all cypress inte-
rior with a dramatic circular stair-
case and tower.
In the 1920's, the property was
purchased by Anna Riscilli-who
named the house Villa Rosa. A
small cigar factory was operated
in an out-building during those
In the late 1930's, Villa Rosa be-
came the home of Alexander and
Margaret Key. Alexander Key was
a well-known author and illustra-
tor. Margaret Key, an author, sup-
ported herself for more than half
a century by serving as a reporter
for several newspapers, and writ-
ing historical articles for numer-
ous magazines. She is lovingly
remembered as a very well edu-
cated, intelligent, independent,
and outspoken woman. .
During her later years, Mrs. Key's
sister, Bess Lee, a successful com-
mercial artist from Denver, joined
Margaret. Bess contributed de-
signs and illustrations to many
well-known magazines-such as
Popular Mechanics. Both Marga-
ret and Bess lived, in the house,
until they were well into their 90's.
The late Margaret Key directed in
her will that upon the sale of her
estate the proceeds be given to the
Apalachicola Municipal Library
board, of which she was a long
time member. In the past year, the
house has been rewired, the roof
replaced, and for the first time,
air conditioning has been in-
stalled. The fresh coat of paint on
the exterior, is the original color.
The interior remains essentially
the way it has been for over one
Villa Rosa has a magnificent wrap
around porch on three sides-fea-
turing a curved roof and balus-
trade. It consists of three stories
and has ten rooms. On the ground
floor, there is a living room, din-
ing room and library (each with
its own ornate fireplace and origi-
nal light fixtures), a butlers pan-
try and kitchen. Upstairs there
are four bedrooms (two of which
also have fireplaces) and one
bathroom. And on the third floor,
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a huge dusty attic-flooded with
light from a turret window-re-
minds one of childhood mystery
Dr. Greg Leach and his wife Sally
purchased the home in May 1998,
with the proceeds of the sale given
to the Apalachicola Municipal Li-
brary, as directed in Mrs. Key's
will. The Leach's responded to
dozens of questions about their
restoration, called as "work lov-
ingly in progress."
For a time, about 30 years ago,
there were reports of sightings of
strangers roaming around the Key
property. Some asserted the I
house was haunted. The tempo-
rary renters, a family named H.
M. Roberts moved out the night
after they moved in, as described
by Sue Cronkite in an article pub-
lished locally few years ago. Mrs.
Key had been out-of-state work-
ing on her writing career and re-
turned home, to resume occu-
pancy of the 19th century house.
She disputed the rumors of ghosts
but claimed to know who "he was
and is. I also know if he-or any-
one else, for that matter-comes
around again playing ghost, the
first thing he's going to do is wind
up a real one," she concluded.
Mrs. Key claimed the intruder was
a burglar, "ransacking her valu-
The Emily Porter House,
127 Avenue B
Miss Emily Porter's home, pur-
chased by Lynn and Bill Spohrer
was built around 1900 for Mr.
Richard Gibbs Porter. His sister,
Elizabether Porter Ruge lived next
door. Mr. Richard's wife, Miss
Steppie raised three children in
the home. Miss Steppie was the
first principal of the Chapman
High School. Her daughter Emily
continued the educator legacy
and taught for over 30 years.
At the Orman Home, also known
as Magnolia Hall, 177 5th Street,
owner Doug Gaidry is shown with
his 7 year old Great Dane, Win-
ston. Or is it Winston who is tak-
ing Doug for a walk? The giant dog
is pictured in the rear of a pickup
truck, admired by Ian Sancho,
(Tallahassee) and his daughter.
Willis and Harriett
Kennedy at Trinity
Mary Robison Mayton
Mary Robison Mayton, 75, of
Carrabelle, Florida, died on Sun-
day, May 2, 1999 at Tallahassee
Memorial Regional Medical Cen-
ter in Tallahassee, Florida.
A native and life-long resident of
Carrabelle, Mrs. Mayton was a
homemaker, a member of the Or-
der of Eastern Star Dorcas Chap-
ter #36, the American Legion Aux-
iliary, the Methodist Women's
Club, and the Carrabelle United
Methodist Church in Carrabelle.
Survivors include her son, James
L. Mayton, Jr. of Trussville, Ala-
bama; one brother, Rodney
Robison of Scottsdale, Arizona;
one sister Christine McLean of St.
George Island, Florida; and two
Funeral services were held on
Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at the
Carrabelle United Methodist
Church, with interment in Ever-
green Cemetery, Carrabelle,
Arrangements were under the di-
rection of Kelley-Riley Funeral
Home, Carrabelle, Florida.
Pae 10 14 Mav 1999
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The Montgomery House, corner of Avenue
G and Sixth Street -
Cody (age 7) and Conner (6) Clark were busy
in their Lemonade Stand at 65 Avenue E
during the Apalachicola Tour of Historic
Homes. Their proceeds totaled $22, and
they decided to donate $11.50 to Trinity
Episcopal Church. Chris and Cindy Clark
of Bay Media Services are the proud
parents of daughter Cody and son Conner.
Registration started at the
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Bradford from Page 8
George Bradford as administrator, circa the 1940's.
Franklin County. That's another significant change in your way of
making a living, so I take it you returned to Franklin County.
B: Yes, I was the clerk of the court. I also married in 1955. There's
quite a story of clerk of court ... I was on an audit again in Panama
City when the telephone rang it was Fuller Warren, who was Gover-
nor. I knew Fuller. He said George, you know that old Colonel Dodd
wants to retire at the court in Franklin. I said yes, I recommended
someone else for the job. He said I know you have, but some other
friend has recommended somebody else and I can't appoint either
one of them. I want you to take it.
I said Governor, I don't want it. I said in the first place there's an
election coming up, the old Colonel has only one year to go and then
he's going to run for four more years. I've not only been out of Franklin
County, I've been out of the United States. I couldn't be elected. I
don't want to get involved in politics anyway. He said "How about
coming over there tomorrow and talking to me." Tomorrow was Sat-
urday. I said, Governor my wife is in the hospital, that's my first wife,
in Atlanta, I said, I'm going to Atlanta in the morning. He knew my
wife and we talked about that for awhile and he said "Can you come
in Monday morning and talk to me?" I said, "Ok." Well I came up
there at about 10 o'clock Monday morning and Fuller Warren was
known as somebody who could talk for an hour and not say any-
thing, he could make an extemporaneous speech on anything and
talk and talk and talk. Anyway I said No to his face, I talked for an
hour. First place, at that time, the job paid $125 a month. I can't live
on $125 a month. He said, "We can take care of that." I said you find
somebody else. I'll take it for thirty days. He said, "the old Colonel is
threatening to walk out" and the office at that time consisted of the
Clerk and his daughter. That was it.
.. W.P. Dodd [the Colonel]. He was the Clerk for years and years. His
'colonel' was just honorary, I don't think he had been in the service of
any kind. Winnie Dodd was Jay Shuler's wife, she wasn't married to
Jay Shuler at the time. But that was Dodd's daughter. Anyway, I
came down and the County Commissioner asked me to stay, and
they all said they'd all support me in the election, which they did. I
got elected. Of course, I made arrangements about the salary and
income, so that was satisfactory. And that's why I came back, when I
was there I was elected then four years later I was beaten. Bobby
Howell. Bob made a good Clerk, anyway he was a young man in
Apalachicola, well known. His grandfather was the ex-sheriff here
and as I said I wasn't a politician. Bobby was and is.
C: What do you remember during your tenure as Clerk that might
have been the most difficult problem, in those years, 1952 to 1957?
B: The first thing was that all recording was typewritten. There were
no machines. And that was one thing, another is that you had a book
for days, a book for mortgages, a book for satisfactions, a book for
your legal stuff, anything we had a book that dealt with everything.
The Clerk of the Court in Palm Beach, I guess it was, he got the
Clerk's Association to sponsor a bill to put everything.-n one book.
Plus the fact that I had put the first photocopy machine in the court-
house ... I had one clerk. That's all I ever had.
C: What's the secret of your longevity?
B: I've always been active. I try to take care of myself. My granddad
died, on mother's side, the day before his ninetieth birthday. Back in
the days when forty was old. My mother died when she was ninety
six. So I inherited it. I have no trouble, I can eat everything in this
house if I want it ... and I won't gain a pound. I can not eat for a week
and never lose a pound...
I like a highball, bourbon and branch water, I'd been taking one since,
well lets see, I took my first drink when I was twenty five, and that
was many years ago, that doesn't make any difference, anyway for
the last fifty years.
C: What did Apalachicolans think about St. George Island at the time?
Was that just a place to have a couple of outings during the holidays
and maybe possibly have a cottage of there?
B: The St. George Island people used it for a place to go swimming
and go goose hunting. W. Lee Popham, he was the first one to file a
plat on St. George Island.
C: Did you know Popham?
B: Briefly, yes. I was just a kid. Even I was a kid at one time. I rode on
a train with him from Carrabelle to Tallahassee. They put him into
the penitentiary .. Of course what he was doing is what the state does
now, planting those shells out there, but he came here and was pay-
ing laborers a dollar and a half.... The fishing industry, the oystering
industry of course, was giving them fifty cents and they oysteringg
industry] didn't like it. They got after him and he wound up in jail and
lost whatever he had down here. He was doing a good job here in
Apalachicola. But anyway he was fifty years ahead of time, that's all
that was wrong with him.
... The seafood industry didn't want St. George Island cause they
didn't want the boats over there. And they fought it all the way through.
They didn't want the development.
C: How did you start working for the Gulf Beaches Incorporated in
B: I was with them nearly 30 years... I went to work for them in April
1957 and I retired on December 31 of 1981.
They were owned by a corporation, there were five stockholders on
it... Bill Wilson, Clyde Atkinson, Joe Mackery, and the other was a
doctor in Port St. Joe, I don't know his name now. (Those) were the
original owners. Then later when the bridge was built, the bond would
only come up with $2,800,000. And the lowest bid was 3.3 million
dollars. So we had to come up with an extra $500,000. The county
agreed to put up $250,000. Secondary'road funds, and the corpora-
tion agreed to put another $250,000 down. So there was five hun-
dred shares and we reorganized.... St. George Island Gulf Beaches
Incorporated ... The intent was that this bridge, they had to build
another one to Dog Island ... They planned this for the future... So it'd
be a complete circle ... Another down in Gulf County across to that
end down there...
... Wilson and Atkinson [pushed the plan] generally... the bridge to
St. George Island. Bryant Patten, who was (State) Representative, his
wife was one of the shareholders incidentally, I didn't mention her
name in there. I believe she came in when the Doctor went out. Not
she but he ... he had the idea of the circle. But we were only inter-
ested in the one, we, the St. George Island Gulf Beaches Inc., I was
with them at the time... and the sole representative of the Corpora-
tion. Of course the records that I maintained down here were trans-
ferred to Tallahassee in 1982. The owners of the properties at that
time Leisure Properties.... John Stocks and Gene Brown at that time...
C: In 1971, that's when the name changed?
B: See, when John Stocks bought it he bought St. George Island and
operated it as St. George Island Gulf Beaches for two or three years.
Then he formed Leisure Properties. ... I'm not too sure he, [Gene Brown]
came in at that particular time [formation of Leisure Properties] or
not. John Stocks bought me along with the rest of it. I mean I just
continued the same thing. In fact John, he was a promoter from way
back, he didn't spend much time down here, he went down to, around
Gainesville someplace. And had a development down there.
C: How would you characterize the relationship between the corpora-
tion, Gulf Beaches, and the rest of the county?
B: That was John Stocks principally and Gene Brown. I read it in the
papers. All that took place after 1982. ... There was a certain resent-
ment [before 1982], by the seafood people of the development be-
cause the Bay pollution came into the picture and St. George Island
always got blamed for it. And they didn't have any more to do with it
than you did. I mean there's more pollution every day going out of
Apalachicola in the Bay, as there is ... from St. George Island.
C: Well, looking back on your life in the county, from the time you left
high school through the war years, both wars, has there been any-
thing that's really changed a lot since that time? Since the time vou
left here as a young man in search of a career. Have you really no-
ticed much difference when you'd come home?
B: Yes, this was a large logging and lumbering area back in the 1900s
and on into 1940. You had the Cypress Lumbering Company here,
you had the Coombs Lumbering Company here ... You didn't have
the tourism back then.
The environmentalists are almost making it impossible to do any-
thing in the way of industry or development. Whatever you do, if
you cut a tree down, you've done something to the environment
and so on, and if you change this it changes the way the river
flows ... My thinking and my attitude is in favor of development.
Gene and John and Bill Wilson and Clyde Atkinson, I've always
felt that the salvation of this county would be the development
of St. George and Dog Island. And it's incompatible, apparently,
with the seafood industry.
In other words a sawmill does, too, it's like the trouble they're having
with the Snail Darter, up in the Tennessee River right now, they'll
shut down the whole world because of one little bird and you know
what the trouble they're having in the northwest.
C: What advice would you give a young person coming out of the
Apalachicola or Carrabelle High School who wants to make a living of
course, and I guess it means go to the big city and get your career
started and maybe you can come back.
B: Well the first place he can get a good education, believe it or
not in the Franklin County School System. But today you've got
to have a college education. Whatever it takes, I thought that
true in my family and everybody I'm coming in contact with.
Don't drop out of school. Go to college.
"I ain't got no money", that doesn't make any difference, you still can
go to college. I couldn't get back in or I would have. And I missed it, in
more ways than one. Train yourself, get an education, for a profes-
sion of some kind, and I did it for my daughter, I did it for my grand-
children, and I'm making plans to see that my great-grandchildren
all do it. Then if you want to come back to Franklin County it's a
wonderful place to live. I wouldn't want to live any place else. Then
you can go into business, find something to do, or you got that edu-
cational background to fall back on if you're an engineer or mechanic,
or whatever it is, you can spend half your time in Jacksonville and
spend half your time, or work in Atlanta, or even work in New York
and spend every weekend in Apalachicola, Carrabelle if you want to.
So that would be my advice to them. First they can get that complete
In November 1999, Mr. George P. Bradford would have been 99 years
Dedication Of Sylvester
in good health.
But far too many
people jump right
is one of the many
healthy ideas we
Before you jog a
single block, stop
-in and see your
Phone (850) 653-8853
Allen Pierce accepts the
County Resolution on
behalf of George Mahr.
Clerk of Court Kendall
Wade is on right.
Brown Elementary School And Chapn
School Earn High Marks In AccruJdita
From The Franklin County
0QAl-6n L tli 4t .r
Last week, a visiting team of edu-
cation professionals representing
the Southern Association of Col-
leges and Schools (SACS), con-
ducted site reviews of Brown El-
ementary School and Chapman
Elementary School. These reviews
are a part of the school districts
compliance with regional accredi-
tation requirements. All schools
(pre-K through twelfth grades) in
the Franklin District School Sys-
tem are accredited by Southern
Brown Elementary School and
Chapman Elementary School are
in School Renewal, an ongoing
process that helps the school fac-
ulty and staff follow an organized
approach to school improvement.
The visiting team was in the
school district May 3rd, 4th, and
5th. The members looked for evi-
dence that accreditation stan-
dards were being met They vis-
ited classrooms, interviewed par-
ents, students and school person-
nel. This close look by trained pro-
fessional reviewers is an impor-
tant part of the accreditation as-
Mikel Clark, Assistant Superin-
tendent/Director of Schools, is
the district liaison with the South-
ern Association of Colleges and
Schools. During the opening
meeting with school representa-
tives and the visiting team, Mr.
Clark told the team that many
good things are happening in our
school system and that he felt
they would see some outstanding
teachers at work in our district.
The visiting team was on site at
Brown Elementary School on May
4th and at Chapman Elementary
on May 5th. Following the comple-
tion of the school reviews, Mr.
James Gautier, visiting commit-
tee chairperson, said "Franklin
County can be proud of the ex-
cellent educational programs.at
Chapman and Brown Elementary
schools. The sense of pride and
enthusiasm of teachers, students
and parents made the Review
Teams work enjoyable and pro-
ductive.' Brown Elementary
School and Chapman Elementary
School were recommended for
continued accreditation and were
commended for the work they are
The dedication ceremony of the
Sylvester Williams ball field was
held at the park on Saturday, May
8, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. Sylvester
Williams is the fourth of eight chil-
dren born to Franklin County
Commissioner Clarence Williams
and Mrs. Evelyn Williams on No-
vember 3, 1954. Sylvester was a
quiet, yet determined young man,
active in his church, and a gifted
athlete. He had earned a four year
scholarship to Florida Agriculture
and Mechanical University. On
Labor Day, 1974, he was stricken
with a severe asthma attack and
died at age 19.
The commemorative program be-
gan with the National Anthem
sung by Kenny Turner, invocation
by Elder 0. H. Walker, and a wel-
come by Van Johnson,
Apalachicola City Commissioner.
Kendall Wade, Clerk of Court,
Franklin County, read a resolu-
tion commending George Mahr,
who had donated funds to finish
the Park. The Resolution, passed
by the Board of County Commis-
sioners. on April 6, 1999, read in
part..."Because of Mr. Mahr's con-
tribution, there is now a com-
pleted softball field available for
use by the city and every resi-
dent." Mr. Allen Pierce accepted
the Resolution for Mr. Mahr.
Elinor Mount-Simmons, Mistress
of Ceremonies, added these re-
"... a little history here. This spot
here was given to the city years
and years ago. I spoke to our lo-
cal historian, Mr. Willie Speed,
who gave me some very important
facts. He said that back in the
early thirties, behind where we
have the Red Rabbit and Piggly
Wiggly, there was a park called
Porter's Park. And, blacks and
whites played together there at
Porter's Park ... up to World War
II ... A few years later, the white
folks organized a city league, and
the league was organized that it
did not want the black to play
there. Therefore, the City gave this
spot for the blacks to play..."
The Sylvester Williams family was
introduced and the plaque un-
veiled by Mrs. Evelyn Williams.
She read the plaque aloud. She
added, "...I would like to say to
each of you, Thank You. Which is
not enough. But, it's sincere from
my heart. I want you to know that
I really appreciate this because
Sylvester was truly a Child of God,
and also he was ... a very athletic
person..." Mr. Anderson Williams,
brother of Sylvester, was also in-
troduced as the "soon-to-be" new
acting chief of police in
Commissioner Williams closed the
ceremony by thanking the Board
of County Commissioners, the
City of Apalachicola and others for
the "...honor to name this park for
our son... We thank you, and let's
Says principal Mrs. Janis Gordon,
"The process of accreditation is a
team effort and the staff at Brown
gives its BEST to its students."
According to Ms. Ina Meyer, Prin-
cipal of Chapman Elementary
School, "Chapman students, fac-
ulty, staff and parents have done
a superior job of working together
as a team in the school renewal
process. The Southern Affiliation
of Colleges and Schools found no
areas that were deficient They
praised the wide and varied learn-
ing experiences that are provided
for all students and said to con-
tinue the good job we are doing
at Chapman Elementary."
Mrs. Brenda Galloway, Superin-
tendent of Schools, said "Enthu-
siasm for learning is how I de-
scribe our administrators, faculty,
staff, students and parents. Our
schools strive to meet the chal-
lenges placed before us by the
Federal, State, and Community.
The SACS Visitation results reflect
the commitment we have in pro-
viding a quality education to all.
We salute the Brown and
Chapman Schools for an excellent
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Langston Seeks Industrial Zoning
For Limerock Barging
By Rene Topping person. As the representative for
By Rene Topping the home owners, he said they
Gene Langston. the owner of oppose it vigorously. He noted
Langwood Industries, appeared that Mr. Watkins is the land owner
before the Franklin County Plan- and he is defending the county in
ning and Zoning regular meeting their law suit."
on May 11. This time he was re- It was also revealed that there is
questing an industrial zoning for no mining element in the present
the property owned by Ben comprehensive plan. Langston is
Watkins, adjacent to the Dockside presently mining limerock in Lib-
Marina, on Timber Island. Once erty County just across the
more he faced a crowd of angry Franklin-Liberty line on C67. He
Bayou Harbor residents who have wishes to expand his operations
protested his project at a previ- into a 640 acre parcel in Franklin
ous meeting and presently have County. At present, the only is-
a law suit pending against the sue that Franklin County P&Z has
county with Langston as an to deal with is the 3 acres on Tim-
intervenor. ber Island.
At that previous meeting, Jean Reakes said she felt there is
Langston had been given a go a need to address the water qual-
ahead on his project when the ity. She felt that some of the lime
Franklin County Planning and rock falling into the water could
Zoning Board voted to make make it toxic. She thought it may
limerock barging an accessory use be some of the reasons the DCA
under the commercial fishing zon- and the DEP are looking carefully
ing of C 1. The Board's action was at what is happening on Timber
also approved by the Franklin Island.
County Commission. Cliff Willis answered her ques-
County Planner Alan Pierce tions on the water saying that the
opened the meeting by reading water in the river has a good
several pragraphsfrom a letter amount of tannic acid and he felt
he had received from the Depart- the addition of some calcium will
ment of Community Affairs (DCA). not hurt.
Nick Yonclas, attorney for the Langston said, "On Monday we
Bayou Harbor residents said that have people flying in to sign a con-
he believes the action to make the tract to put it in chicken feed.
limerock operation an accessory There is nothing toxic about it."
use in C 1 was what prompted the Chairperson Gayle Dodd said that
letter from DCA and finding it in- she was most concerned about
consistent with the comprehen- what the DCA is telling the P & Z
sive plan. He said they are con- board members- that we have to
sidering changing one small, iso- amend the comprehensive plan.
lated piece of property for one The rest of the P and Z meeting
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(52) My American Journey:
Colin Powell with Joseph E.
Persico. In time for the po-
litical season, Colin Powell
is also the embodiment of
the American Dream. Born
in Harlem to immigrant par-
ents from Jamaica, he knew
the rough life of the streets.
For the first time, he tells us
"how it happened" in a
memoir distinguished by a
love of country and family,
warm good humor and a
soldier's directness. He
writes of the anxieties and
missteps as well as the tri-
umphs that marked his rise
to four-star general, Na-
tional Security Advisor,
Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, mastermind
of Desert Storm, and some
argue, the man many would
like to draft as a candidate
for President of the United
States. Sold nationally for
$25.95. Bookshop price =
with Joseph E. Pe'rsico
(20) New. Carl Van
Doren'sPulitizer Prize Biog-
raphy Benjamin Franklin
Sold nationally For $14.0.
Available from the Chronicle
Bookshop for $13.00. Paper-
(218) The Apalachee Indi-
ans and Mission San Luis
by John H. Hann and
Bonnie G. McEwan. Paper-
back, 193 pp, University of
Florida Press, 1998. Now,
the story of Mission San
Luis is brought forward
through the new Florida
Heritage series of books for
the first time. During the
first two centuries of Florida
history, the European
colony was under Spanish
rule. The Spanish Crown
and the Catholic Church
brought European ways of
life to Florida through a sys-
tem of mission settlements.
San Luis was the principal
mission town of Apalachee
Province in the Florida pan-
handle serving as adminis-
trative and religious capital
of a chain of missions
stretching from St. Augus-
tine. Mission San Luis sites
were acquired by the State
of Florida in 1983, and un-
der the ground were the
archeological remains of
this important 17th Cen-
tury town so important to
Florida's history. The park
is now open to the public
in Tallahassee, and this
book, based on the archeo-
logical digs and documents
from Spanish archives, tells
the story of the town and
the native American and
Spanish peoples who lived
together for two centuries.
Sold regionally for $19.95.
Bookshop discount price =
$14.95. Lavishly illustrated
(214) Leading With My
Chin by Jay Leno. Hard-
cover, Harper-Collins, 278
pp. In his book, Jay Leno
recounts many of the steps
and missteps that have led
him on what may be the
unlikeliest of paths to the
Tonight Show. He comes
from a "wholesome An-
dover, Massachusetts up-
bringing." On the comedy
circuit, he encountered ev-
ery humiliation a performer
has ever known. Leading
With My Chin demonstrates
the silly things you have to
ao through to make people
augh. Sold nationally for
$22.00. Bookshop price =
(5) New. Monthly Interest
Amortization Tables. A
handy, extensive loan pay-
ment book containing the
essential tables to calculate
loan payments. Specially
typeset with clear, easy-to-
read figures for fast, accu-
rate use. Sold nationally for
$5.95. Bookshop price:
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