Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: June 25, 1999
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Volume 8, Number 13


June 25 -July 8, 1999

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11th Annual Saltwater Classic

Sets New Record

Mail Staion 20p


APTA Hears

Plans For

Aquaculture In

Alligator Harbor

By Tom Campbell
The regular meeting of Alligator
Point Taxpayers Association
(APTA) was held Saturday, June
12, with President Randy
Edelstein presiding. About 30
people attended.
President Edelstein introduced
special guest, John Gunter, a
Marine Biologist specializing in
Shellfish with Marine Resources
Bureau, a Division of the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP). He is also associated with
the Shellfish Lab in Apalachicola.
Gunter provided a slide show and
gave an informative talk on the
development of Aquaculture, es-

Mine Productive

Under Chris



By Tom Campbell
North of Carrabelle, thirteen miles
from Highway 98, located to the
east of County Road 67, is a min-
ing location of Langwood Indus-
tries. It is one mile past the
Franklin County line in Liberty
County. The actual range of the
mine area is about 165 acres. The
pit itself is about 37 acres. The
size of the area dwarfs the giant
Caterpillar earth-moving ma-
chines, which stand out yellow
against the gray-brownish earth
ofthe mine.
Tlirty ton trucks are loaded down
in the pit, come up and dump the
loads of micrite beside the
crusher, the beginning of the pro-
cess of turning out the material
for constructing roads.
Eventually, the micrite is loaded
onto trucks, average load weight
20 to 24 tons, depending on the
size of the truck. The material is
damp 99 per cent of the time, and
covered by tarpolin required by
Department of Transportation
(DOT). Every load is "tarped," ac-
cording to Chris Langston, who
supervises the work at the mine.
"This prevents any material from
blowing off the truck," Chris said.
Before each truck leaves the min-
ing area, it is driven across a gi-
gantic weight-measuring device
and, in her office nearby, Nikki
Barrack of Carrabelle carefully
records the weight.
"There is an average of 12 per cent
moisture," said Chris, "which is a
lot of moisture and makes a damp
material, not likely to create any
blowing dust. There has to be a
Continued on Page 7

pecially relating to the farming of
clams. He pointed out that there
needs to be "the right amount of
salt water and fresh water mix for
clams (which produces the best
-The clam Aquaculture industry
has hatcheries around the state.
"Spawn seeds" are planted and
grow to one inch in about 12
A possible area for development
is in "Alligator Harbor," as Gunter
stated, "on the side next to High-
way 98. Test clams have been
there for some time, about two
and a half years, and there is an
excellent mix of salt and fresh
A Franklin County Aquaculture
Task Force will be established,
according to Mr. Gunter. "The
Task Force will deal with issues
around the leased area."
He said, "Growing clams is farm-
ing and aquaculture is agricul-
ture." He pointed out that the
market depends on "consistent
supply." About 90 acres in Alli-
gator Harbor are targeted.
"It stabilizes the bottom," he said,
and fishing gets better in the
area." However, shrimpers would
not be able to shrimp over the
area. The Task Force will address
such issues.
There would be a 10-year lease on
the area and anybody is offered
the opportunity to lease. First
chance would be open to Franklin
County people. It is state land and
nobody is excluded. "DOT owns
most of the land adjacent to the
state land," he said. An area of
about 90 acres in Alligator Har-
bor is involved and a "depth study
has been done in the general
The Franklin County employee
who may be contacted for more
information is Bill Mahan,
Franklin County Extension Agent.
The program was first initiated
some months ago. For about six
months, research has been con-
tinuing. The area is not classified
yet with regard to shellfish har-
vesting. It is now in the "investi-
gative status, beginning process."
The aquaculture industry will be
under the Agriculture Depart-
ment, as it is farming.
After Mr. Gunter's talk, the con-
tinuing issue of the Alligator Point
Road was discussed. Alan Pierce,
Franklin County Director of Ad-
ministrative Services, submitted
a letter to the Franklin County
Board of Commissioners, dated
June 2, 1999.
In the letter were these
"DEP agrees the Alligator Point
area is in great need of the study.
(This study would determine what
the problem is, and what the so-
lution should be.) ... According to
David Kennedy, DEP really wants
to do this study."
The letter continued: "You have
Continued on Page 12

Dramatic Rescue At Sea Marks
Second Day of the Big Bend
Saltwater Classic

The rescue of 20 year old Robert
E. Bass, Jr. (Tallahassee),.about
12 miles offshore from Carrabelle
and Dog Island, literally out of the
jaws of attacking sharks, marked
the second day of the Big Bend
Saltwater Fishing Tournament.
When Robert was brought to Tal-
lahassee Regional Medical Center
"and reunited with his father,
Robert Bass, Sr (Tallahassee) the
near-tragedy was turned into a
much happier Father's Day for all
Robert and his partner, Eric R.
Keyser (Tallahassee) took their
25- foot Sea Hawk boat from
Bayside Marina (Panacea) the
night before (17 June) and tied up
near the 0 tower southwest of Dog
Island. They were planning to
participate in the Saltwater Clas-
sic competition. The next morn-
ing, both men attempted to push
away from the tower, and the'an-
chor chain became fouled with the
boat's propeller. Robert, taking a
life jacket with him, jumped into
the water to disengage the line
from the propeller when the high
winds and current pushed the
boat away from him, leaving him
stranded in the water. He tried
frantically to catch up with the
craft but to no avail.
Keyser saw what was happening
from aboard the boat and radioed
for help. Buddy Shiver, police
chief of Carrabelle, received the
call about the same time as did
the Marine Patrol. Bill Eaton, Lib-
erty Communications, learned of
the call from Shiver, and with
Jack Ridner and Dave Young
(Eagle Aircraft), hastily made
plans to fly to the 0 tower and
search for Bass. At 8:14 a.m., the
Florida Marine Patrol launched
their 85-foot rescue craft, the J.
J. Brown, to the scene.
Ridner and Davis had been plan-
ning to broadcast fishing reports
for Tallahassee radio station Gulf
104, but for the moment, they
decided to look for the, disabled
boat and her crew. Bill Eaton said,
"Captain Whaley (aboard the J. J.
Brown) gave us tide, wind and
other data. Dave then started fly-
ing a search pattern around the
0 tower, and a couple of minutes
later, we found the boat. It was
about seven miles off the tower."
Then, began looking for the "guy
in the water."
Jack Ridner spotted him about
1000 feet below, at about 10:30
"My first reaction was that he was
a marker in the water--a red
marker. I don't know why I
thought it was red because they
told me (later) he was wearing a
yellow jacket. It was hard to spot
anything in the water because the
waves were probably five to ten
feet apart, and they were has high
as 6 or 7 feet." The sun was not
shining, and it was still misty.

The disabled boat was without
steerage with the anchor line still"

Iouled- ath the propeller. It con-
trinued drifting rapidly. Bass lust
ri ii.a aged to keep his head above
the waves.
Eaton continued, "...We were the
first aircraft on the scene. We got
out of Carrabelle about 9:15 a.m.,
and got out to 0 tower in 15 or 20
minutes. The Marine Patrol craft
arrived at the scene after that.

By Tom Campbell
The 11th Annual Big Bend Salt-
water Classic June 18 20 set up
headquarters at The Moorings in
Carrabelle and set a new official
registration total of 792. The pre-
vious record was set in 1998 with
691 registered. The organizers
happily pronounced it a success-
ful event.
The Title Sponsor of the event was
Yamaha Marine and the Grand
Sponsor was Cobia, a Yamaha
Boat Company. About 3,000 at-
. tended the final day festivities on
Sunday, when the winners were
A check for $50,000 was pre-
sented by Florida Gas to Mr. Chris
Merritt for the corporate reef fund,
which will build an artificial reef
on the inside of Dog Island toward
the mainland. The Big Bend Clas-
sic benefits The Organization for
Artificial Reefs, which started the
Yamaha Reef Program in 1996.
The job of Organization for Artifi-
cial Reefs (OAR) is to deploy per-
manent artificial reefs. The Dog
Island reef will be the closest in
toward land that they have built.
According to sponsors, an eco-
nomic impact study was done and
showed that an artificial reef in
the Big Bend area could bring
millions of dollars a year into the
Panhandle, as well as many new
Related photos on Page 7

Hugh Davis, Executive Director,
and Promotions Director, Frank
Stephenson, were ecstatic about
the amount of money given away
to winners (over $35,000) and sev-
eral dozen trophies.
In the Junior Division in the
Grouper Category, Joe Carter II
took First Place with a 7.18 lbs.
The Sheepshead category were
First: 6.47 lbs. Triston Hook
Shiver, Second, 6.22 lbs. T.J.
Miller and Third, 5.03 lbs. Lauren
In the Recreational Division,
Grand Champion was Scott
Shalley 180 pts. Amrberjack -
40.85 lbs., First, Jennifer Beaty.
Dolphin 22.81 lbs., First Scott
Shaney. Grouper 17.0-2 Ibs.,
First Frank McKenzie.
Masters Division Winner, $5,000
purse, Spindrift Charters, 300
Team Challenge (only teams/fish
reporting) Winner: Marquardt's
Marina 320 pts.
Commercial Division Winner:
Tropical Trader II; Runner-up:
Sea Quarters Marina. Jackpot
Results Amberjack: $402.50,
Jenniler Bea ty. Grouper:
$857.50, Justin Gowan. King
Mackerel: $857.50, Stuart
.Masters Calcutta Winner: Spin-
drift Charters: $3,570.00.


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"On-site spotters," from left, Jack Ridner,
Dave Young and Bill Eaton. On the far right,
Hugh Davis, Executive Director of the 1999
Classic, debriefed the "spotters" at Harry's
Georgian Restaurant, on Saturday, June

After Ridner spotted Bass, the
new coordinates were radioed to
the U. S. Coast Guard, who
dispatched a chopper from
Panama City.
Ridner said, "...When Bass spot-
ted the plane, he leaped out of the
water, waving both hands. He
must have kicked that lame leg
that was evidently bitten by a

Captain Whaley (far right) and Rod Gasche
(left) near the rescue vessel, the J.J. Brown
tied up at the Moorings, Carrabelle.

Aboard the Marine Patrol boat,
Captain Whaley was joined by of-
ficers Rod Gasche, Frank
McKamey and Carman Brownell.
The boat arrived at the rescue
scene about 940 am, recovering
the Sea Hawk and Eric R. Keyser
and a dog.
Bass was plucked out of the wa-
ter by the Coast Guard helo and
taken directly to Tallahassee Re-

gional Medical Center. He had a
2 inch slash that required nine
stitches to close and some
bruises. He was released after a
few hours.

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The Franklin Chronicle



June 14 County
Commission Meeting
* The Board denied the rezoning
of 6.5 acres of land at Timber Is-
land, which has been used for the
loading and unloading of
limerock.. The land is currently
zoned C-1 (Commercial Seafood)
and the Department of Commu-
nity Affairs believes, according to
county Planner Alan Pierce's re-
port, that the C-l zoning is not
appropriate for this type of
The attempt to have the land re-
zoned to I-1 (Industrial) was shot
down because of the fear that that
the I-1 zoning would eliminate the
commercial seafood use for the
land. There are, however, seven
uses for the industrial zoning.
One of those uses is food process-
ing, which would include seafood
processing. Another use for in-
dustrial zoning is a salvage
junkyard, which makes some of
the residents of the area nervous.
Ben Watkins, who owns the land,
is in favor of the I-1 zoning be-
cause the limerock business cre-
ates jobs and it does not cause a
dust problem, as it has been ac-
cused of. he also explained to the
Board and audience that he
wanted a seafood business on the
land, but no local seafood deal-
ers showed interest and far as a
junkyard was concerned, "you
don't put a junkyard on water-
front property," said Watkins.
The vote to leave the land C-l
passed 3-2 with Commissioners
Jimmy Mosconis and Clarence
Williams opposing. Mosconis was
in favor of the rezoning to indus-
trial because of the possibility of
creating more jobs in the county.
* Dan Garlick of Garlick Environ-
mental went before the Board on
behalf of Whaley Hughes (Multiple
Owner's Inc.) requesting approval
for a commercial site plan for
Hughes waterfront property in
Eastpoint (on Highway 98). The
request had been before the Plan-
ning and Zoning Board earlier,
but they failed to come to a
The land is zoned C-1 for com-
mercial seafood use and Garlick
was requesting a special excep-
tion. He explained that his client
is proposing a 2,400 square foot,
three story building that would
include a oyster bar, which is why
they need the special exception.
His client wants to also possibly
construct a wharf for commercial
boats. Some oystermen at the
meeting questioned the intent of
the project, claiming that there
are also plans to have apartments
on the site.
The Commission decided to send
this request back to the Planning
and Zoning board.
The Health Department received
S$500,000 from the Legislature for
the new Health Department build-
ing. The money will be used for
various things including furni-
ture. Construction of the build-
ing should begin in a few months.
The rezoning of Phil Dunaway's
6.59 acres in Apalachicola from
home industry (R-4) to multi-fam-
ily (R-5) was tabled until the next
County Commission meeting.
The Dunaway's say that their
property was zoned multi-family
when they bought the property in
the 1980's and it was rezoned
without their knowledge. They
claimed that they do not have any
immediate plans to develop the
land, but when they do, they will
have the rezoning done.
Ted Mosteller of the Airport Ad-
visory Committee told the Board
that the Committee has chosen
engineering firm Dames and
Moore to construct the new air-
port road entrance. It is possible,
however, that Dames and Moore
and the other county engineering
firm Preble Rish will work out

65%-35% deal that would include
Preble Rish in the construction of
the road.
Dames and Moore will be the pri-
mary designers of the access road.
The Airport Committee made the
choice because they have worked
closely with Dames and Moore on
the airport layout plan and busi-
ness plan. The Board approved
the Committee's choice of Dames
and Moore. Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis requested that the two
engineering firms work together
on this project.
* Alan Pierce suggested to the
Board that sidewalks should be
constructed in Commissioner
Clarence William's district instead
of the proposed walk path at the'
Sylvester Williams Park on 10th
Street in Apalachicola. Pierce be-
lieves that the district would be
better served by sidewalks. The
Board agreed to the construction
of sidewalks.
* Pierce informed the Board that
the United States Army Corps of
Engineers (USACOE) will be
evaluating Alligator Point Road
near the end of June. The
USACOE will begin a beach ero-
sion study once the county has
the necessary funds.
Pierce also was informed by the
Department of Community Affairs
(DCA) that $162,000 could be
available to the county for Alliga-
tor Point. That would, however,
still leave the county well short of
the $300,000 needed to build a
revetment for the road.
* The Board took no action on the
approval of the final plat for the
proposed 27 lot Driftwood Subdi-
vision in Lanark Village. The
Board took no action on the St.
Joe/Arvida project due to the re-
quest of Pierce. Pierce explained
that all the driveways and culverts
are not in.



Village Water
And Sewer

District News

By Tom Campbell
The regular meeting of the Lanark
Village Water and Sewer District
(LVWSD) Board members was
held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 15.
It was pointed out by Chairman
Jim Lawlor that the regular meet-
ings are always scheduled to be-
gin at 3 p.m.
The individual metering of each
apartment in the Lanark District
is moving slowly. Individual
meters outside each apartment
will have to be installed. The Ru-
ral Development wants an inde-
pendent contractor for the job.
Chairman Lawlor said he would
like the idea of "our doing the
work on some apartments. That
would lower the cost of the con-
tract." Attorney Crawford, Attor-
ney for LVWSD, said he would
look into that possibility.
In another matter, Chairman
Lawlor said that the delinquent
accounts of the LVWSD "are now
practically nil." He said he was
happy to be able to report that a
couple of accounts are still under
consideration with action pend-
ing, while the attorney looks at the
Announcement was made that a
Budget Meeting will be scheduled.
The notice will go out soon. This
meeting is for the purpose of pre-
paring the budget for the coming
In the Field Report, Board Mem-
ber Yancey said that the three
page Consumer Confidence Re-
port, concerning the 500 plus
customers of LVWSD, reported
that, due to the "excellent quality
of water, the LVWSD meets all
state and federal requirements."
In the entire service area, the pub-
lic must be notified of the three
page report and that it is avail-

A draft of the contract between the
Board and Sheriffs Department
passed by a 3-2 vote
By Aaron Shea
It appears that Carrabelle and
Apalachicola High Schools will
have Resource Officer Programs
beginning this August. On June
17, Superintendent Brenda Gal-
loway presented a school resource
officers contract, that was devel-
oped by her and Sheriff Bruce
Varnes, to the School Board.
After reviewing the one year con-
tract, several questions were
raised by Board members and
other school officials. How many
hours would the officers work?
Who would pay for overtime? How
would the students be handled or
taken care of if they were to do
something inappropriate?
The skepticism prompted two
Board members, Will Kendrick
and Katie McKnight, to vote
against the contract. The con-
tract, however, was passed by a
3-2 vote with the agreement that
it would be considered a draft and
it would be altered so it addressed
everyone's concerns.
The goals of the program and du-
'ties of the officers, who are also
sheriffs deputies, were among
some of the items outlined in the
contract. Some of the goals and
objectives of the program include
re-directing students who are
about to become involved in de-
linquent acts, presenting law en-
forcement and community related
programs, combating crime in-
volving students, reducing the
level of crime at the schools and
reducing the fear of crime experi-
enced by students, faculty and
The resource officers, who will be

armed and in full sheriffs attire,
will be expected to assist security
officers and teachers, conduct
criminal investigations and make
arrests, if necessary. Each officer
will have an office at the school
they are assigned to and they will
speak to classes on law enforce-
ment topics. Sheriff Varnes did
point out that "their purpose is
not to arrest the kids, but to help
There are three sheriffs at the
department that have been
trained to become resource offic-
ers. Lt. Leonard Martin, Corpo-
ral Carl Whaley, and Deputy
David Duncan. Two of the offic-
ers will be working at the high
schools and one of them will be a
back-up. The officers will be at
schools during all school hours.
Along with this new program, the


able at the District office.
Chairman Lawlor said this
"should be done by the Septem-
ber meeting.
The possibility was stated that the
LVWSD might advertise in the lo-
cal newspapers in order to notify
the public of the report.
The possibility of a restaurant on
Highway 98 in Lanark Village was
mentioned. It might be located
between Miller and the Fina Vil-
lage Station on the south side of
Highway 98. It was stated that
Spring Street goes to the water in
that area.
A statement was made that the
Driftwood project (27 homes) was
"going to happen." There have
been requests for water tie-in to
LVWSD. (See issue of Franklin
Chronicle dated June 10, 1999 for
related story on Driftwood.)
It was reported that "FSU is also
interested" in water (hook-up).
The motion was made and ap-
proved for up to $3,000 for
up-grading the present computer
system for Y2K.
A report was made that a "light-
ning strike destroyed one motor
starter and a station pump." They
will have to be replaced. Chair-
man Lawlor advised that "records
of all costs should be kept."

quac; ure School Board Tentatively Passes

Cedar Key
After crop and seed shortages as-
sociated with last year's adverse
weather conditions, the new year
has brought fresh prospects for
Florida clam farmers:
* A relatively mild winter resulted
in phenomenal growth rates-en-
couraging news to many farmers
on Florida's west coast where
clams were dormant after heavy
rains brought extended periods of
low salinities, in 1998.
* Seed production is expected to
rebound as several, new private
hatcheries come on line this year
and existing hatcheries around
the state expand their efforts.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic
Institution's new dam hatchery
will also be in operation this
year. Call me for a list of seed
* The U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture Farm Service Agency ap-
proved to Non-Insured Crop As-
sistance Program (NAP) area des-
ignation for Levy and Dade Coun-
ties-farmers with a qualifying
clam loss related to last year's
excessive rain fall will be eligible
for NAP payment. A workshop
conducted in January with the
USDA Risk Management Agency
initiated the development of a
crop insurance program for
clams. 'Presently the agency is
working on an insurance policy
with a pilot program planned for
several coastal counties in Florida
as early as this year.
* The development of Best Man-
agement Practices for bivalve fa-
cilities will move forward this year.
Feel free to contact me for dates
and program reports.

Leslie Sturmer
From Waterworks Newsletter,
University of Florida Coopera-
tive Service, Vol. 3, No. 1

"Local merchants have always been

our community strongest supporters.

Today as Franklin County businesses continue to grow,
most everything a person would need can now be
purchased from a local merchant. It helps our
community when you shop locally. Please support our
local merchants; they support our local community in
terms of jobs and economic growth.


Service, Commitment
& The Rest Is History
FDIC ...

Boardwalk Construction To Begin At

Research Reserve In July
By Aaron Shea

The construction of a 2,000-plus
foot boardwalk will begin July 12
at the Apalachicola National Es-
tuarine Research Reserve. The
boardwalk, which will be across
from the reserve's visitors (nature)
center, will allow observers to get
a first hand look at marshes, vari-
ous plant habitats, and wildlife
that are in the reserve.
"We have never had anything like
this before," said Educational
Coordinator for the reserve Erik
Lovestrand. "Now people will be
able to go out and actually see the
The entrance to the boardwalk
will be a ground level shell trail
that will lead to the elevated wood
boardwalk. It will then proceed
through a marsh, leading to an-
other ground level trail on a spoil
island. The elevated boardwalk
will then continue, finally ending
at a ten foot platform where on-
lookers will be able to see a wide
open marsh.
Throughout the trail, there will be
interpretive signs explaining the
various habitats, such as cabbage
palm hammocks, other natural
resources and the historical and
archaeological value of the area
around the boardwalk.

Board made another move to so-
lidify their stance against school
violence. They made a revision
to the Student Code of Conduct.
Any student who possesses a
common pocket knife, which
would be a knife with a blade less
than four inches and folds into a
handle, will receive a mandatory
ten day suspension from school.

The journey through the board-
walk will allow people to witness
bird life that is not normally seen,
such as Rails, who stay around
the marsh. Spectators will also
have the opportunity to see
hawks, herons, egrets, and song
birds. For those not interested in
birds, there are a variety of rep-
tiles and amphibians that will be
in the area.
Along with the boardwalk, the re-
serve will be expanding it's visi-
tors (nature) center. The front of
the building will be moved out
twelve feet, which will allow more
space for exhibits and storage.
The construction of these two
projects has been made possible
by grants, which total over
$300,000, from the National Oce-
anic and Atmospheric Adminis-
Lovestrand' believes that the ex-
pansion of the reserve will play an
important role in the education of
the public. "It will be a part of
our educational efforts to teach
the public the importance of our
resources in Franklin County."

We're Almost
To secure the $250,000
grant from the State of
Florida, we must match
that amount by July 1,
1999. At this time, we
have raised $209,000 and
need 'an additional
Please donate to:
FUND, P.O. Box 722,
Eastpoint, FL 32328.
With your help, we CAN build
a new Carrabelle Library.






On our first site
will be a beautiful clear-
water lake with hard,
woods planted to form a
natural parkland for use
by visitors of all kinds,
People, animals and
birds will find that we
will have done our job.
And kept our promise.
And proved that
although strip-mining
traditionally has an ugly
connotation, it doesn't
have to be that way.

We Call Our Surface
"The HighRoad'! It Wl Be Produced In
Perfect Harmony With Mother Nature And
The Future Of Americds Roads.

Not to'mention the future of
Franklin and Liberty counties and even
Tate's Hell swamp, where plans are under-
way to restore the water quality of over
2,800 acres of swampland.

contributions are being
felt in both Franklin
and Liberty counties
where a "soft spot" for
community projects and
churches often go
:n w. .unnoticed. Where
Langwood is prepared
to go the extra mile in
every project they
undertake. And have
the same philosophy in
everything they do.
Our product can
be transported by land
and by barge, where even the slightest
spillage is completely non-polluting,
because it is made of the same substance
as sea shells. Nothing more.
And it's quiet. Even the traffic
generated will hardly be noticed.
Langwood, in addition to being one of
the counties' largest employers, pledges its
support to all environmentally concerned
projects. Hey, that's two promises.

Resource Officers Program

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SThe Franklin Chronicle


25 June 1999 Page 3


Net Limitation As "Ethnic Cleansing"

Publisher's Note:
Perceptions sometimes can provide clues into social and political
events and intentions and certainly one of the most explosive in
recent periods has been the continuing legal, interpersonal and
political machinations involving the "net limitation" Amendment
to the Florida Constitution. Even the phrase "net limitation" ver-
sus "Net Ban" is controversial, suggesting ambiguous and equally
controversial language and political positions. Some have argued
that the State enforcement of the net limitation Amendment
amounts to a systematic program to completely eliminate the
Florida fishing'community, a sort of "ethnic cleansing" of the sea
lanes. I would hasten to point out that the Dept. of Agriculture
still sings praises of the Florida fishing industry, but we do not
anticipate quite the same music from the Marine Patrol, nor the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) nor the others
charged with enforcing the net limitation rules. The remarks re-
printed below originate with an seasoned attorney who has rep-
resented the commercial fishing interests in Wakulla County for
many, many years. I think his views deserve far wider distribu-
tion than the Florida press has yet afforded, being controlled or
otherwise influenced by the strong environmental lobby.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher

Governor Jeb Bush
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Re: Inconsistent, Discriminatory Enforcement of Marine Fisheries
Dear Governor Bush:
I am a practicing attorney in the State of Florida and have been for 29
years. I am a former FBI agent, am currently a county attorney, and
represent a number of statewide law enforcement agencies. I have
been involved in litigation concerning constitutional issues and the
Net Limitation Amendment.
During the first week of May, I defended several commercial fisher-
men in criminal jury trials. Those cases are styled as:
State of Florida v. James Leon Conner
County Court in and for Wakulla County, Florida
Case No. 96-328 MMA
State of Florida v. Robert Charles Buffkin
County Court in and for Wakulla County, Florida
Case No. 98-302-M14A
State of Florida v. Benjamin Brooks Lovel
County Court in and'for Wakulla County, Florida
Case No. 98-859-NMA
State of Florida v. Leo Vonley Lovel
County Court in and for Wakulla County, Florida
Case No. 98-860-NRAA
State of Florida v. Ronald Fred Crum
County Court in and for Wakulla County, Florida
Case No. 96-1234-MMA
At issue in the Buffkin and Conner cases was where you begin to
measure seaward to determine the 3 nautical mile "in-shore/near-
shore" waters. The constitution clearly provides you measure sea-
ward from the coastline. The coastline is defined as territorial sea
base line established by the United States of America. There is no
reference whatsoever to any established line known as the "3 nauti-
cal mile line." The only evidence presented to date is that the line was
established approximately 50 years ago and was formerly know as
the territorial sea line, which arose when dealing with matters of re-
lations among nations, states and the federal government.
STestimony clearly established by history and documents, reflected
there have been substantial, major hurricanes in and about the area
in the last 50 years which have eroded and changed the coastline.
SThus', this is obviously why the constitutional amendment states you
measure seaward from the territorial sea base line. There is no men-
tion whatsoever of it being a violation to be inside of any line on any
existing map known as the 3 nautical mile line.
Chart makers, marine biologists and surveyors have testified that
along the Gulf coast ofWakulla and Franklin Counties, especially the
3 mile nautical line on charts, the line is not consistently 3 miles off
the coastline. It varies anywhere from 2.8 miles to 4.5 miles.
The problem is that officers, including lieutenants and others of higher
rank, testified in the Conner and Buffkin cases that the coastline is
the "black dotted line" which appears on the Chart 11405. The dotted
lines include off-shore barrier islands, mud bogs, and reefs. At one
point, the actual measurement point seaward is approximately 2 miles
off the actual coast.
At the trial of Ronald Fred Crum, when it best suited the prosecution's
case, the testimony presented was the coastline was the solid black
line along the actual coast line, and was not the dotted line which
included barrier islands, bogs, and underwater reefs.

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It is incredible law enforcement officers (the executive branch) so tes-
tified to fit the needs of one case and intentionally misconstrued the
law and testified to the contraryto convict citizens in another case.
Commercial fishermen have been schooled in how to measure the
law and knew the law was consistently enforced from the solid black
line seaward. Thus, they were unfairly treated and, in fact, discrimi-
nated against by the Marine Patrol to insure they are convicted and
driven from the waters.
I believe this matter should be publicly investigated, a grand jury
should be summoned, and appropriate action taken against those
responsible. We do believe the agents in the field are doing their best
to apply the law, but have intentionally been misdirected by higher
authorities in the Marine Patrol who intend to drive the small fisher-
men out of the water.
Very Truly Yours,
Ronald A. Mowrey

More Evidence Of "Cleansing"

Of The Sea Lanes

Publisher's Note:
The Paula Milam memorandum was transmitted to the Carrabelle
Marine Patrol on June 15, 1999, containing ambiguous statements,
while using the inaccurate phrase, "Net Ban", in upper case type.
(The correct, operative phrase is really "net limitation"). The same
phrase "net ban" was also contained in a recent First District Court
of Appeals decision, reflecting discriminatory predispositions of the
Justices, contrary to a Florida Supreme Court decision a year or two
earlier that put the entire matter in context, under the phrase "net
limitation." This illustrates that even the Florida judiciary demon-
strates inconsistencies and gives them force and effect of law, con-
fusing enforcement personnel. In the middle of this confusion, cre-
ated and abetted by overzealous regulator agencies (DEP, Marine Fish-
eries, etc.), the commercial fishers search for certainty in the defini-
tion of a legal net, and consequently some uniformity in the enforce-
ment of the law.
This memorandum, among other things, reflects the overzealous ef-
forts of those in the enforcement chain that continue to add to the
ambiguity and confusion. Rarely do we have such evidence of the
discrimination against the fishing community by-a regulating agency,
bordering on distortion of the law.

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To: Antonio Kilpatrick, Florida Marine Patrol
From: Paula Milam, Assistant State Attorney
Subject: Net Ban Cases
'Date: June 15, 1999
The Florida Marine Patrol and the State Attorney's Office recently allowed fisherman with
pending net violations to plea to lesser minor net violations which would prevent the loss of their
commercial fishing license. Fisherman had been complaining that law was confusing. Since these
defendant's were charged, the Supreme Court has upheld the Net Ban therefore, the law has been
clearly established. Any further net violations will bo prosecuted as charged. Therefore, any
major net violations will result.inthe loss of commercial fishing license and civil penalties will
be imposed upon conviction.

A Response From Attorney Ron Mowrey

June 1.76 1999

Williams N. Meggs, Esquire
State Attorney
Leon County Courthouse
301 South Monroe Street
4th Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Re: Memo from Paula Milan, Assistant State Attorney to Antonio
Kilpatrick, Florida Marine Patrol-Dated June 15, 1999.
Dear Mr. Meggs:
The Wakulla Fishermen's Association Florida Fishing Federation,
and others are very disappointed with this memo.
1) We believe the recent cases that were tried pointed out significant
problems with many of the cases and the charges that have been
filed, which also led to the disposition of these cases with pleas to
minor violations.
2) The fishermen as well as Marine Patrol have complained, and this
is documented in numerous depositions that the law was confus-
ing, and in some aspects continues to be confusing.
3) The amendment is a net limitation amendment, not a net ban
4) Since these charges were filed, there has rot been a single case in
any of the cases in which we are involved that went to the Su-
preme Court. In each and every case the Supreme Court refused
to accept and hear the cases.
We certainly hope that you and your office will prosecute all viola-
tions to the extent they are properly supported by facts and evidence.
Our last issue of concern is why the Memo addresses civil penalties
which will be imposed upon conviction. That does not appear to be
any matter of concern for the State Attorney to address and that is
strictly a matter for DEP. Thus, your office should not be discussing
the loss of commercial licenses and civil penalties.
I would be happy to discuss this with you but want the record to be
Very truly yours,
Mowrey & Minacci, P.A.
Ronald A. Mowrey
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By Tom Campbell
Cleo Holladay, Dixie Partington,
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"Everybody Loves Opal" plays Fri-
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The Florida Fisherman's Federa-
tion was founded in 1996. Pres-
ently, there are about 800 paid up
members consisting of 60 per cent
recreational and 40 per cent com-
mercial fishermen. There are ten
local chapters in Florida: Gulf/
Bay County; Wakulla County;
Taylor/Dixie County; Cedar Key/
Crystal River/Tampa Bay area;
Cortez/Pine Island/ Palm Beach;
N.E. Florida chapters. The Fed-
eration represents the fishing in-
terests of scallop, shrimp, crab,
oyster and finfish commercial in-
dustry persons, and considerable
recreational fishing interests.
Ray Pringle, Jr, President of the
Federation, has said, "Our main
goal is to protect our natural re-
sources and to insure a sustain-
able harvest'ofthose resources for
us and future generations. We do
not support a "catch and release"
only program, but for a program
that gives equal access to all the
people of the state, the consum-
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Mr. Pringle was born 57 years ago
in Bradenton and grew up on
Sarasota Bay in the fishing village
of Cortez. He has been in the fish-
ing industry for the last 42 years,
and his passion is big game hunt-
ing in Florida and around the

Cleo Holladay

Ray writes that his first
involvement with the study of ma-
rine resources was with the
Florida St. Petersburg Saltwater
Institute, teaching the state biolo-
gists how to use a seine net
"I spent many days with them on
my boat up the Manatee River
teaching them the right and the
wrong way to set and successfully
use a seine to catch fish. After-
wards, I worked with the biolo-
gists in catching and tagging mul-
let. I made the first seine net that
the Institute bought and used in
teaching their gear experts how
to properly use-these nets for
their studies."
Ray has had considerable time
training others to net porpoise in
aSarasota Bay for tagging, and us-
ing nets to catch sharks for re-
search and tagging studies. He
has also been involved in the
Governor's Ocean committee,
natural resource leadership com-
mittees and is a licensed Wyoming
big game guide. He has guided
hunts in Alaska, Montana, New
Mexico, Texas, Alberta, Quebec,
Cambridge Bay (Northwest Terri-
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North Pole.


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The Franklin Chronicle


Editorial: Maier Letter &
Chronicle Response
Dear Mr. Hoffer:
After reading the June 11, 1999 issue of the Franklin Chronicle, I
must strongly object to the tone and content of the comments about
the Carrabelle City Comission meeting. Since you were not present at
the meeting and were obviously misinformed as to the sequence of
events, the record needs to be corrected for the good of the citizens.
In short, if there was a ray of hope, it was not created by Commis-
sioner Williams changing his vote, rather, It was the fact that the
people, by their insistence, forced him to capitulate. The whole prob-
lem was initially created by Mr. Williams, refusal to listen to reason
and the wishes of the people. The applause after the vote was not for
him, but for the people themselves, for forcing him to vote as they
wished. In actual fact, he said, "1 will take care of this at budget," and
reiterated his Intent to eliminate two police positions. How can this
attitude be considered to be serving the citizens?
The record shows that it was only commissioners Wood and Williams
who steadfasly refused to yield to the demands of the people and
their reasonable requests. I would suggest that for future reporting of
meetings, you obtain an actual tape so that you may hear the ap-
plause (and laughter) in their proper context.
Sincerely yours,
George B. Maier

In response to the statement, "Since you were not present at the
meeting and were obviously misinformed as to the sequence of
events..." Tom Campbell and Aaron Shea were both present at the
meeting and tape-recorded the events. If there was a ray of hope, it
certainly came when Commissioner Raymond Williams changed his
vote because of the people's insistence. If he had not changed his
vote, there would have been no ray of hope. The compromise was a
move in the right direction.
What Commissioner Williams chooses to do in the future is certainly
Mr. Williams' choice.
In future reporting of meetings, our policy will continue to be to tape
record the actual events of the meetings so that the tape recorded
events can speak for themselves. Sounds of laughter and applause
may be the result of varied opinions, depending on the persons com-
menting and whether they are interpreted in positive or negative ways.
The point of the editorial was the lack of cooperation among the com-
missioners, not a perception of the events. You are certainly entitled
to your opinion, and we thank you for sharing that opinion with The
Chronicle readers.
The Chronicle is also entitled to its opinion, and we chose to frame
the controversy in a much broader context than an advocacy pro-
ceeding. The "us versus them" approach to the problem offers little
toward solving these problems.

Letter to the Editor

In an effort to be helpful and respond to the editorial in the June 11th
paper, allow me to make clear my position.
1. I agree with you that a course in conflict resolution would be help-
2. I am.dead set against appointed commissioners as it takes away
the rights of citizens to vote for their representatives.
3. In regards to the City versus the Port Authority, it is ludicrous,
senseless and detrimental to all to have the situation that exists now.
The city has been invited numerous times to work out a solution to
the problems, but it is conflict.as usual by some. Until this climate is
changed, we all lose.
4. Finally, I still believe that good government is "for the people and
by the people." I personally would like to see a coming together by all
parties for the enhancement and good for all of Carrabelle.
Pam Lycett
Commissioner Police

Raymond Williams Responds
to Editorial
By Tom Campbell
In an interview Friday, June 18, Commissioner Raymond Williams of
the City of Carrabelle Board of Commissioners spoke about his
thoughts on several issues. He was relaxed at home and, said as he
smiled, "in a good mood."
"It's not a matter of cooperation, as far as the Police Department is
concerned," he said. "I think the Commissioners can cooperate on
issues. In my opinion, the budget process that we go through and the
amount of money spent for the Police Department should be looked
at very carefully."
He continued, "The idea that I brought forth about not hiring the
extra policeman -- I took a look at our budget and saw that there was
approximately $180,000 on the budget of the police force -and on an
ad valorem tax base, we receive about $264,000 -- which is more
than 50 per cent -- closer to 60. Now, in view of that, I wanted to not
hire one policeman, and then, during the budget process, look at a
second policeman. This would'enable us to possibly save $90,000.
The question, of course, whether you're saving $90,000 or what other
benefits could be derived from the $90,000. Could we go to youth
programs? Could we save the gym and do other projects? That's what
I'm trying to take a look at, on the whole."
He also said he was wondering if we need "more of a managerial posi-
tion for the City of Carrabelle," rather than another position that is to
become vacant soon. Some sort of assistant to the board, maybe "part
time, that would coordinate all of the city's services, and all of the city
departments, and come forth with that information on a weekly ba-
sis, or on a monthly basis, whichever could be determined."
He added, "But getting back to the cooperation issue, it appears that
Mrs. Lycett, our Police Commissioner, is more afraid of losing a little
power structure than actually concerned with the good of Carrabelle,
on that issue."
As to why can't all the commissioners cooperate with the Carrabelle
Port and Airport Authority?
Mr. Williams said, "I've gone back and looked at the Carrabelle Air-
port and Port Authority, and the actual agreement that was drawn
and the promises that were made at the time. When it originally started
out, it was something like 45 jobs going to 90, with a really nice
industrial type development for jobs for the area. Now, that process
has fallen apart. I never have agreed with having an authority inside
the City Limits of Carrabelle, acting as almost another municipality
within itself. I don't think this is. good for the community, and the
setting up of this, of course, was about 15 years ago. If we are going
to continue along those lines, I think the City of Carrabelle should be

the leader in the development, and even if we had an advisory council
to the board -even if it were the Airport Authority -- I think it would
work much better that way -- I think the people would be more satis-
fied. You would have more job security, I believe, that way."
As to the Carrabelle Airport, Mr. Williams said, "The Carrabelle Air-
port is a very valuable asset, to the City of Carrabelle and to the
community. I think we should continue to try to develop it in a good,
productive manner. We do need an FBO (Fixed Base Operator) on site
and we do need security. Those are the two main things. With those
two things there, I think we can progress and go forward."
There was more in the half-hour discussion, but these quotes from
Commissioner Williams relate sufficiently to the police issue and the
airport issue. The rest of his comments (about ten minutes) will be
saved for a future article.

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Struhs Adds To

And Rearranges

DEP Bureaucracy

Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection Secretary David
B. Struhs announced in mid June
a Department-wide reorganiza-
tion. The changes will empower
managers to make decisions re-
lated to their areas of responsi-
bility and allow the Secretary to
focus on the major environmen-
tal issues that confront the ad-,
Highlights of the reorganization
* Reducing the number of direct
reports to the Secretary from 14
to 8.
:.* Establishing three positions of
Deputy Secretary.
* Regrouping some divisions, bu-
reaus, and offices into specific
groups responsible for specific
The new positions will be Deputy
Secretary for Land and Recreation
and Deputy Secretary for Plan-
ning and Management. Land and
Recreation will have the Division
of State.Lands, Division of Recre-
ation and Parks, Office of
Greenways and Trails and the
Office of Coastal and Aquatic
Managed Areas reporting to him.
Planning and Management will
have responsibility for the Divi-
sion of Resource Assessment and
Management (formerly Division of
Marine Resources), Division of
Administrative Services and the
Office of Strategic Projects and
Struhs announced the appoint-
ment of Bob Ballard as Deputy
Secretary for Land and Recre-
ation. Ballard joins DEP from the
Florida Department of Education,
where he has served as the Chief
Cabinet Aide for Commissioner
Tom Gallagher. He was Senior
Cabinet Aide for former Commis-
sioner Frank Brogan for two
years. Ballard is a former restau-
rant owner and executive in the
Marriott Corporation. He begins
his duties on June 30.

In Point of Fact...
An excerpt from Planning and Zoning minutes, November
10, 1998, page 3:
Under the County Planner's report. Mr. Curenton asked to ad-
dress an item that was on the October agenda. It was to discuss
accessory uses in the C- 'disfrict6ni Timber, Island: Member White
told' thdse present that Gene Lahgston wants to off load limerock
onto barges on a nine acre parcel next to Dockside Marine. There
was some discussion concerning the fact that this is done in many
places in the state, and also the fact that there is no hazardous
material being loaded or unloaded. On motion by Member
Prophater, seconded by Member Allen and by unanimous vote of
the Commission present, it was agreed that loading limerock in
the C-1 district is an acceptable accessory use. Member White
abstained from voting because she works with Timber Island Re-
alty a principal party in this request.

Current DEP Deputy Secretary
Kirby Green has been named
Deputy Secretary for Regulatory
Programs. Green's responsibilities
will include the Division of Water
Resources Management (formerly
Water Facilities), the Division of
Waste Management, and the Di-
vision of Air Resource Manage-
The six Directors of District Man-
agement and the Siting Coordina-
tion Office will also report to the
Deputy Secretary for Regulatory

An announcement on the Plan-
ning and Management position is
Also reporting to the Secretary is
the Office of Legislative and Gov-
ernmental Affairs, the Office of
External Affairs, Division of Law
Enforcement, Inspector General
and General Counsel. In addition,
a DEP coordinator for Everglades
and South Florida Restudy is-
sues, Ernie Barnett, will move
from the former Office of Ecosys-
tem Planning and Coordination to
the Office of the Secretary.

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By Mary Ann Shields, Chairman
Paul Newman's Award ........................ ..............October 1997
"Love Your Library Festival" & Auction..................... February 1998
Production and Sale of T-shirts ................................ March 1998
Waterfront Festival Gumbo Booth.................................. April 1998
Snow Cone Booth ....................................................... June 1998
Car Washes ...................... ........ During Summer 1998
Writing to 180 Florida Foundations .................... Fall/Winter 1998
Selling Inscribed Bricks .................. ... !........................ On-Going
Bake Sale at Chillas Hall in Lanark Village ..............February 1999
Gulf State Bank Sponsored "Giant Yard Sale" .............. March 1999
Waterfront Festival Gumbo Booth .................................. April 1999
Boat Auction .............................................................................. April 1999
Writing to 400 Carrabelle High School Graduates ........Spring 1999
Yaupon Garden Club Sponsored Card Party ....... ....... .. May 1999
May Daze Joyce Estes ........................................... May 1999
Gulf State Bank Sponsored Yard Sale/
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Silent Art Auction ....................... ........... ..... June 1999
Inserts in Apalachicola State and
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Donations Bottles at Locations around Carrabelle ...........On-Going

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Court Report

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




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

Andrew Amerson: Charged with one count of Resisting an Officer with Vio-
lence and Boating Under the Influence. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to
the charge. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on July 19. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on May 3, a sheriffs deputy observed
the defendant allegedly fall down into the bottom of his vessel at Harry' A's
boat ramp on St. George Island. The deputy allegedly could not talk the de-
fendant into getting out of his vessel. The defendant headed his vessel in the
direction of Eastpoint, at which time a Marine Patrol officer was called to the
Eastpoint Channel. The defendant was allegedly starting and stopping his
boat and also driving in circles. The defen ant was called to shore by an
officer. The defendant allegedly fell down several times while getting out of his
vessel. The officer could allegedly smell a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
The defendant had also urinated on himself. The defendant was allegedly
unable to perform a sobriety test, and also cursed at the officer.
On that same day, an officer transported the defendant for Florida Marine
Patrol. While entering the booking room, the defendant allegedly became very
belligerent towards the officer, who advised him to sit down and stay calm to
avoid any more problems. At that time, the defendant allegedly went to bite
the officer, at which time the defendant was allegedly restrained and pepper
spray was applied by Corrections officer, Gentry Helms. The officer received
two reports from Gentry Helms, and Gary Montgomery stating what they saw
in regards to the defendant attempting to bite this officer.
Wayne Ard: Charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily
Harm. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on July 19. The defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on April 17, an officer was dispatched
to Eastpoint. Warren Turner was allegedly laying on his back in the ditch on
side of the road when the officer got out of his car. Witnesses were allegedly
yelling that defendant had allegedly hit Tunner over the head with a wooden
stick or pole. Charlotte Turner was standing by her husband Warren and she
said that she had also been hit by Wayne Ard.
Travis Brock: Charged with one count' of Possession of a Controlled Sub-
stance, Possession of Cannabis More Than 20 Grams, and Illegal Possession
of Alcoholic Beverage by Minor. The defendant was represented by Attorney
William Corry.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was driving on Island
Drive pulling a small wave runner behind the vehicle. The trailer allegedly
had no tail lights. The defendant along with two other passengers in the
vehicle were pulled over. The defendant allegedly had beer in his possession
and two bags of green plant material, which the officer stated appeared to be
cannabis. The defendant also allegedly had a medicine bottle that contained
the controlled substance known as "ecstasy."
Bobby Brown: Charged with two counts of Possession of Controlled Sub-
stance, one count of Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing or Attempting to
Elude Police Officer, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, and Ex-
pired Tag. Defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge. Judge Steinmever
continued the case for pretrial on July 19. Defendant was represented by
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probably cause report, an officer attempted to execute a
traffic stop on a Camaro allegedly being driven by the defendant, for failing to
maintain a single lane of traffic. The defendant allegedly accelerated his car
to a high rate of speed and did not stop for several blocks, sliding around
corners, spinning tires and almost wrecking. The officer, upon searching the
defendant's car, allegedly found a white powdery substance that field tested
positive as Cocaine. The officer also allegedly found a green leafy substance
that field tested positive as Cannabis, several small bags and straws that
allegedly contained Cocaine residue and several blue pills which were alleg-
edly identified as ecstasy.
Chris Buzbee: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Dwelling and three
counts of Uttering a Forged Check. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
pretrial on August 16. The defendant was represented by Attorney William
According to the probable cause report, on April 27 an officer spoke with a Mr.
Ronnie Ray who reported that his residence in Apalachicola had been bur-
glarized. Ray, in a sworn statement, told the officer that he had returned from
a business trip the day before. He had discovered that a perpetrator had
entered his home through his kitchen window and stolen several items. Ray
stated that he was missing a VCR, a jar of coins that equaled $30, two six
packs of beer, a carton of cigarettes, and seven checks from his Apalachicola
State Bank check book. Mr. Ray claimed that he had received a phone call
from the Piggly Wiggly supermarket. The employee of the store allegedly told
Ray that the above defendant had cashed a $100 check on his account. Two
other checks were allegedly passed at Harry A's and EZ Serve in Apalachicola.
One check was allegedly for $100 and the other was for $450 according to
sworn statements.
Tracy Colson: Charged with one count of Grand Theft Auto and Petit Theft.
The state announced no information on this case. The defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the above defendant allegedly be-
friended a male subject, who allowed her to stay at his home. After the man
had gone to sleep, the defendant allegedly took $43 from him and took his


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Samuel Critton: Charged with one count of Uttering a Forged Instrument.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on July 19. The defendant
was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on April 21 an officer was informed
that the above defendant had allegedly passed a counterfeit $20 bill to a Ms.
Lashanda Collins in exchange for two $10 bills. After discovering the bill was
a counterfeit. Collins allegedly told the defendant she wanted her money back.
The defendant allegedly told he had already spent it. Collins took the money
to the police.
Tammy Douds: Charged with one count of Burglary of a Structure While
Armed and Petit Theft. No other information is available.
According to the probable cause report, on April 23 an officer was contacted
by Mr. Robert Williams. Williams allegedly told the officer that he had been
awakened between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. by noises in his home. Williams alleg-
edly told the officer that the he observed the above defendant in his home
going out the door with his pellet rifle in her hand. After checking his home.
he discovered that he was missing a carton of cigarettes and two checks from
his checkbook.
Eli Griffin: Charged with one count of a Sexual Act With a Child Under 16
Years of Age. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on August 16.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, on May 13 parents of a 13 year old girl
reported to the Sheriffs office that their daughter had allegedly engaged in
sexual intercourse with the 18 year old defendant. In a sworn statement, the
13 year old girl told Sheriffs officers that she was spending the night over her
friends house. After her friends parents went to sleep, the defendant and his
friend allegedly sneaked into the bedroom through the window. The girl stated
that her and the defendant were on the floor while her friend and the defendant's
friend sat on the bed. The girl then allegedly stated that her and defendant
engaged in sexual intercourse twice. On May 14. Dr. Elizabeth Curry con-
ducted a physical exam on the girl and the doctor's findings confirmed that
the girl had engaged in sexual intercourse.
Matt Hatfield: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly
Weapon. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for arraignment on July 19.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on March 8 Mr. and Mrs. Bobby
Creamer allegedly went to the home of the defendant. The defendant allegedly
swore at Bobby and went into his home and brought a pistol. The defendant
allegedly shot the gun at them as they were driving away.
Robert Johannsson: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled
Substance, Possession of Cannabis More Than 20 Grams. Illegal Possession
of an Alcoholic Beverage by a Minor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, the defendant was driving on Island
Drive pulling a small wave runner behind the vehicle. The trailer allegedly
had no tail lights. The vehicle with the defendant and two other passengers
was pulled over. Beer, two bags containing green plant material, and a medi-
cine bottle that contained the controlled substance "ecstasy" was allegedly
found in the vehicle.
Douglas Matthews: Charged with one count of Grand Theft Auto and Fleeing
or Attempting to Elude an Officer. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the
charge. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on July 19. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, an officer responded to a gas theft call
at the EZ Serve in Apalachicola. An employee at the store allegedly identified
a green dodge truck. The officer identified the vehicle and attempted to stop
the vehicle, the vehicle allegedly accelerated rapidly and did not stop until it
reached Shadow Lane. The above defendant then allegedly exited the vehicle
and fled into the woods. The officer discovered the truck had been stolen.
The defendant was allegedly found at his home hiding in a closet.
Jose Pimentel: Charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Con-
victed Felon. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for July 19. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, a .25 caliber pistol was allegedly
found at the home of the defendant following a search by police officers. The
officers were searching his home allegedly because he had been extorting money
from a elderly woman in Hernando County. The defendant allegedly had nude
photos of the victim and he was extorting thousands of dollars from her. He
allegedly threatened to show the photos around the woman's community and
church if she did not pay.
Devin Raffield: Charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly
Weapon and Battery. The state announced no information in this case.
According to the probable cause report, on May 5 an officer was dispatched to
Ridge Road in Eastpoint in reference to a domestic problem at Registers Su-
permarket. The officer spoke to Rodney Raffield, the defendant's ex-husband.
He allegedly told the officer that he was at the parking lot of the store talking
to some friends when the defendant pulled up. the defendant allegedly began
to cuss at him and threaten him. The defendant allegedly threw a beer bottle
at her ex-husband. Mr. Raffield allegedly tried to drive away when the defen-
dant allegedly grabbed him by the hair and pulled his head outside of the
window of the car.
Tracy Shiver: Charged with one count of a Sexual Act With a Child Under 16
Years of Age and Lewd and Lascivious Act in Presence of a Child Under 16.
The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for pretrial on August 16. The defendant was represented by Assis-
tant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on May 13 the parents of a 13 year old
girl reported to the Sheriffs office that their daughter had allegedly engaged in
sexual intercourse with the 26 year old defendant. The girl allegedly gave a
sworn statement that she was sleeping over her friend's house on the night of
May 7. After her friend's parents went to sleep, the defendant allegedly picked
up to the two girls outside the home. The defendant allegedly gave the two
girls an alcoholic beverage. They allegedly went to a friends house, the girl
claimed that her and the defendant had sexual intercourse on a couch. The.
girl's friend allegedly said that she saw the defendant have sex with the girl.
The defendant allegedly admitted having sex with the young girl.
John Walker: Charged with one count of Cultivation of Cannabis, Possession
of More Than 20 Grams of Cannabis, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on July 19. The defendant
was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
According to the probable cause report, on April 21 an officer received infor-
mation that the above defendant had allegedly 20 cannabis plants growing in
his yard in Eastpoint. officers went to the home of the defendant and alleg-
edtly observed 19, 2 foot cannabis plants growing at the walkway to the front
door of his home. the officers searched the home after getting a search war-
rant. Upon searching the home, the officers allegedly found cannabis. can-
nabis seeds, plant food, and a smoking pipe.
David Weiss: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Possession of Cannabis More Than 20 Grams. Illegal Possession of an Alco-
holic Beverage by a Minor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, same probable cause report as Travis
Brock and Robert Johannsson.
Christine Lawhon: Charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled
Substance: Crack Cocaine and Possession of Paraphernalia. Capias has been
ordered in this case. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
According to the probable cause report, on the 26th day of April. an officer
received a call from Franklin County's Sheriffs Office Dispatcher in reference
to a subject possibly selling drugs from a motel room at the Seabreeze Motel
in Eastpoint. The officer was advised by the dispatcher that the suspect was
a female going by the name of Brenda, who was allegedly selling drugs from
room # 105. Officers went to the motel and went to the door of room #105. A
man answered the door. An officer asked to speak with the person named
"Brenda." A white female came out of the bathroom wearing blue jean shorts
and a pullover shirt. Written consent to search the room was allegedly given
to the officers. In the bathroom, the officers allegedly found two small objects
in the toilet bowl that appeared to be crack cocaine. Upon field testing, the
smaller object allegedly tested positive for cocaine.

Chris Buzbee: The defendant has been charged with one count of Kidnap-
ping and Felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for pretrial on August 16. The defendant was represented by Attor-
ney William Webster.
Eric Campbell: The defendant has been charged with one count of Criminal
Mischief. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the charge. Judge Steinmeyer
adjudicated the defendant Guilty and sentenced him to 8 months of jail with
credit for 3 months time served. Following his jail time, the defendant will
serve two years probation, and he has been ordered to pay $1,670 in restitu-
tion to Boyd Houze. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.

William Cargill: The defendant has been charged with one count of Posses-
sion of Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial on July 21.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Russell Cooper: The defendant has been charged with two counts of Bur-
glary of a Conveyance, and one count of Grand Theft. Judge Steinmeyer
continued the case for pretrial on July 19. The defendant was represented
by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Adrian Daniels: The defendant has been charged with two counts of Sale of
Cocaine. No other information has been filed in this case. The defendant was
represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Glen Hammonds: The defendant has been charged with one count of Armed
Robbery with Firearm. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
August 16. Defendant was represented by Attorney William Webster.
Stephen Foy: The defendant has been charged with one count of Manslaugh-
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trial on October 20. The defendant was represented by Attorney Clifford
Andre Harris: The defendant has been charged with one count of Burglary of
a Dwelling. Judge Steinmeyer. continued the case for pretrial on July 19. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Thomas Hudson: The defendant has been charged with one count of First
Degree Murder. A trial date has not been set. The defendant was represented
by Attorney Gregory Cummings.
Jamal Kirkland: The defendant has been charged with one count of Fraudu-
lent Drivers License. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on
July 19. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Kevin Lee: The defendant has been charged with two counts of Uttering.
Capias was ordered in this case. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Clinton Davis: The defendant has been charged with one count of Battery on
a Law Enforcement Officer. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial, on
August 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Lance Flower: The defendant has been charged with one count of Felony
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude an Officer. Judge Steinmeyer continued the
case for pretrial on July 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney Bar-
bara Sanders.
Eric Pfeufer: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand Theft.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on July 19.
Rodney Richards: The defendant has been charged with one count of Driving
While License Suspended Felony. The defendant pleaded No Contest to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated him Guilty and sentenced him to nine
months of jail and three years and nine months of probation, the defendant
was represented by Attorney Gordon Shuler.
Gadson Segree: The defendant has been charged with one count of Driving
Under the Influence causing Personal Injury. Judge Steinmeyer continued
the case for trial on August 18. The defendant was represented by Attorney
Douglas Gaidry.
Jimmy Shiver: The defendant has been charged with two counts of Burglary
of a Dwelling. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on August 16.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Steven Shiver: The defendant has been charged with two counts of Burglary
of a Dwelling. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on August 16.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Maurice Southall: The defendant has been charged with one count of Traf-
ficking in a Controlled Substance. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a
motion hearing on July 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney Gor-
don Shuler.
Eric Tatum: The defendant has been charged. with two counts of Burglary of
a Dwelling. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on August 16.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
TJ Tejeda: The defendant has been charged with two counts of Aggravated
Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, one count of Aggravated Fleeing and
Eluding Police Officer, Reckless Driving, and No Valid Drivers License. The
defendant pleaded No Contest to the offenses. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated
the defendant Guilty. The defendant was sentenced to five years of probation
for the first three charges. The last two charges the defendant was sentenced
to 60 days of jail with credit for days time served. The defendant was also
ordered to pay $1,150.20 in restitution to the-Franklin County Sheriffs Of-
fice. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Wade Tucker: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession
of a Controlled Substance, Driving While License is Suspended or Revoked
and Possession of Cannabis. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for trial
on August 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant public Defender
Kevin Steiger.
Anthony Sanders: The defendant has been charged with one count of Pos-
session of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and
Resisting Arrest Without Violence. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
trial on August 18. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Anthony Weaver: The defendant has been charged with one count of Bur-
glary of a Dwelling. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on Au-
gust 16. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Alien Wood: The defendant has been charged with one count of Possession of
Cannabis More Than 20 Grams. Reckless Driving and Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on July 19.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Joseph Ward: The defendant has been charged with one count of Aggravated
Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
arraignment on July 19. The defendant was represented by Attorney Barbara
Alex Williams: The defendant has been charged with one count of Sale of
Cocaine. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a motion hearing on July
19. The defendant was represented by Attorney William Webster.
Rachel Burris: The defendant has been charged with one count of Grand
Theft. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for pretrial on July 19. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William English: Charged with VOP. The.defendant entered a Denial to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a VOP Hearing on July 19.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Carl Ard: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a Denial to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a VOP Hearing on August 16. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Gerald Brannen: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a Denial to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for a VOP Hearing on August
16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Billy Carter: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a Denial to the of-
fense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for VOP hearing on July 19. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Lucille Geter: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered an Admission to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant Guilty, and sen-
tenced the defendant to 6 months in Jail with credit for 32 days time served.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michelle Massey: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a Denial to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for VOP hearing on July 19.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Bill Miller: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a Denial to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for VOP hearing on July 19. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Brian Miller: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a Denial to the of-
fense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for VOP hearing on July 19. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Allen Paul: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a Denial to the offense.
Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for VOP hearing on July 19. The defen-
dant was represented by Attorney Douglas Gaidry.
Jessica Poole: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a Denial to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for VOP hearing on July 19.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
William Wood: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered a Denial to the
offense. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for VOP hearing on July 19.
The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Elijah Brown: Charged with VOP. The defendant's probation was extended
by 18 months and he was sentenced to 40 hours of community service. The
defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Lowery Croom: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered an Admission to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant guilty and sen-
tenced him to 11 months and 29 days of jail with credit for 4 months and 14
days time served. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Tonya Brown: Charged with VOP. The defendant's probation will be termi-
nated. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Alvin Chambers: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered an Admission to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant guilty and sen-
tenced him to five years at the department of corrections.

Duane Banks: Charged with VOP. Probation will be terminated. The defen-
dant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Linda Goggins: Charged with VOP. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
VOP hearing on August 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant Pub-
lic Defender Kevin Steiger.
Curtis Gordie: Charged with VOP. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case for
VOP hearing on July 19. the defendant was represented by Attorney Danielle
Timothy Rossi: Charged with VOP. The defendant entered an admission to
the offense. Judge Steinmeyer adjudicated the defendant guilty and sen-
tenced him to 11 months and 29 days of jail with credit for 7 months and 26
days time served. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Anthony Sanders: Charged with VOP. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for VOP hearing on August 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Anthony Weaver: Charged with VOP. Judge Steinmeyer continued the case
for VOP hearing on August 16. The defendant was represented by Assistant
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Director "Butch" Baker,
Emergency Management for
Franklin County.

Civic Club Hears
Dire Hurricane
The Director of Emergency Man-
agement for Franklin County,
Butch Baker addressed the St.
George Island Civic Club Thurs-
day night, June 17, leaving a few
folks among the light turnout a
little bit stunned. Having returned
from the Governor's Hurricane
Conference held at Tampa, Baker
told the assembled club members
that Floridians and others were
now in a period of intensive hur-
ricane activity.
"There seems to be a cycle that
the earth goes through where you
have 25 to 40 years of intensified
hurricane activity, then followed
by another period of considerably
subdued activity."
He emphasized, that the Confer-
ence conveyed the conclusion that
these cycles do in fact exist. The
list of variables is long, complex
and multiple. "For example. If it's
dry or wet on the African coast,
that will affect whether we have
hurricanes or not."
He told the audience, "In 1995,
according to the scientists and
meteorologists, we entered a pe-
riod of increased hurricane activ-
ity... In fact, he repeated, "...in the
last four years, we have had the
most active consecutive four year
period of intensive hurricane ac-
tivity." The Conference concluded
that matters were simply going to
get worse. "The predictions for
this year are 14 main storms, nine
hurricanes and four major hurri-
canes, category 3 or greater."
Reviewing the storm tracks for the
last 100 years produced some
hopeful perspective for Franklin
County residents, because few
severe storms had reached
Franklin shores. "However, in
1894, one storm relocated
He emphasized that "the world is
going to get pounded by hurri-
canes in the next 25 years."
Baker emphasized that the pan-
handle area has experienced
fewer storms than locations along
the Texas coast, or elsewhere. The
temptation to stay on an island
(St. George, for example) is strong.
His office uses a 12-hour clear-
ance time, and begins first with
"special needs persons" such as
those in nursing homes, oxygen
dependent personnel and others.
Some questions from the
audience involved building code
standards, but in the event of
tornados, "All bets are off.", indi-
cating that tornados are
extremely dangerous and the best
precaution is to have left the
island before the storm hits.
He concluded his remarks with
the statement, "If we get a cat-
egory 4 storm in here, this will be
the cleanest sandbar in the State."

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1999. At this time, we
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Langston Mine from Page 1
certain amount of moisture for
compaction regarding DOT speci-
Large rocks, or "rip-rap", as it is
called, are often used in coastline
erosion control. The coast along
Highway 98 between Carrabelle
and Apalachicola in Franklin
County is a place where these
large rocks may be seen.
All of the employees at the mine
are local. Of the current 12 em-
ployees, three are from Liberty
County and nine are from
Franklin County. "This is a good
crew we have, right now," Chris
said proudly. He pointed out that,
"about 12 million years ago, this
area was under what we now call
the Gulf of Mexico." The whole
idea makes a person feel rather
"The aggregate used for asphalt
that we are ready to produce,"
Chris stated, "is said to be one of
the finest asphalt aggregates in
the state. We have heard this from
various testing labs."
The layers being uncovered in the
mine are'roughly several differ-
ent strata: on top, earth, shell
base, dirt or "overburden," as it
is called, which extends down
three to five feet. The next layer 3
to 5 feet down is fossilized shell,-

1 th Annual Saltwater Classic Sets New Record

then 12 to 18 teet of micrite
(mudpack stone), then one and a
half to three feet of fossilized shell.
The layers under the "overburden"
make superior road base.
There are various other layers as
digging in the mine continues,
There is dolomite or "rip-rap:"
then, soft material (98 per cent
calcium carbonate; hard fossilized
shell and hard rock. "These fos-
silized shells," Chris pointed out,
"are millions of years old, millions
of years of compaction."
He picked up a very large oyster
shell, "about two to three inches,"
he smiled. "Can you imagine eat-
ing an oyster that size?"
He continued, "We are providing
base material, micrite, for various
roads for the Division of Forestry.
Prentice Crum (Franklin County
Superintendent of Roads) told me
recently that he's glad we're here
because it makes it convenient to
get a good quality material for
county roads."
Chris explained that a "natural
form of cement" comes from the
three materials, two layers of fos-
silized shell and micrite. "When
these are combined, they create
a superior form of road base. This
material actually goes through a
chemical, change. Unusual

strength is gained, to the point
that it can be considered a natu-
ral form of cement."
He pointed out that they have a
material-a local material-that
will make "one' of the finest as-
phalt aggregates in the state of
Florida." Chris said this process

is projected to start within "the
next 4 to 6 months."
He said that Langwood Industries
has a great deal to offer to the
community. "Langwood is well on
its way to being one of Franklin
County's largest employers," he
said. Langwood has other opera-

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Giant earth-moving machines are dwarfed by the micrite
mine supervised by Chris Langston.

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tions in the works -- the existing
mine, a second mine across the
street, barge site and aggregate
plant. Once these become opera-
tional, it will almost double our
work force. These people are get-
ting on the job training."
He continued, "Since Langwood
has started operations, Franklin
County has been able to stabilize
more miles of road, for less
money, and less maintenance.
This means they don't have to
drive about 70 miles for a mate-
rial that is readily available just
12 miles from Carrabelle. This
offers a savings of at least $4.00
per ton in just transportation
He concluded: "Our material sets
up harder and stays in place
longer than any other material
available.. This means less man
hours and equipment time for.
maintenance. Generally, you
could say that's a savings of
around $80.00 per hour."'
He pointed out that all of this "Just
scratches the surface," and is
helping Franklin County finah-
cially, and in many ways. He said,
"There's enough micrite to be
mined up here, so that it's not
going to run out in my lifetime,
probably not in the lifetime of my
children and grandchildren."
Franklin County can benefit from
Langwood Industries in many
ways, for a very long time.

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Father and daughter being interviewed.

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Attractive four bedroom, 3 bath home on one acre wooded lot. Features in-
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For the fourth year in a row, the
most popular specialty tag in the
state is the Manatee license plate,
selling 140,891 plates and rais-
ing $2.1 million. Collectively, 40
specialty tags in 1998 raised more
than $17.5 million.
The biggest dollar producer once
again was the panther plate,
which raised $3.4 million at $25
The 10 most popular specialty li-
cense plates in Florida based on
numbers sold were:


Florida Arts
Invest in Children
Indian River Lagoon
U.S. Olympic

Approximately 842,000 vehicles
have specialty tags assigned to
them, only eight percent of the
total vehicles eligible to purchase
special tags.
The Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles
(DHSMV) is responsible for the
production of these license plates
and works with the organizations
benefiting from the funds to de-
sign the license plate. DHSMV
distributes license plates to all
county tax collectors where citi-
zens can make their choice.

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A $50,000 check was presented by Florida Gas to Mr. Chris
Merritt for the corporate reef fund.

The specialty tags may be viewed
on the Department's home page
at: http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/
Six specialty tags were approved
by the 1998 Legislature and will
be available during 1999. They
are: Everglades River of Grass,
Protect Wild Dolphins, Barry Uni-
versity, Florida Sheriffs Youth
Ranches, Conserve Wildlife and
Keep Kids Drug Free.
The fees for specialty license
plates are set by the legislature
and range from $15 to $25. This
fee goes to the organizations) des-
ignated by the legislature to ben-
efit from the sale of the license
This special fee is assessed in
addition to the annual taxes and
fees, which are assessed by ve-
hicle weight:

Automobiles up to 2,499
pounds ..................... $26.60*
Automobiles from 2,500-3,499
Ibs ........................... $34.60*
Automobiles 3,500 Ibs. and up
................................. $44.60*
Currently, Florida has 45 license
plates which raise funds for vari-
ous purposes (not all were avail-
able for sale during 1998). Addi-
tional license plates frequently are
proposed to the Florida Legisla-
ture. To propose a new license
plate, organizations must submit
to DHSMV: '
15,000 names of individuals (col-
lected through a survey) who
would like to purchase the spe-
cialty license plate,
$60,000 application fee to defray
the department's expenses for re-
viewing the application and devel-
oping the license plate.


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Schedule of Services
Early Worship Sunday Mornings ................................... 8:00 a.m.
Sunday Bible School .................................. .................... 9:30 a.m .
M morning Worship Service ........................................... 11:00 a.m .
Mid-Week Services-Wednesday................................ 7:00 p.m.
"Love is what it is!"
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Everyone is welcome to come and worship with us.

Patton Dr. at David St.
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Phone: 670-5443


Helen L. Rittenour

Helen completed her journey into
God's loving embrace on Monday,
June 14, 1999. Her peaceful passing
came after a 4-1/2 year battle with
cancer, which she fought with
strength and quiet dignity. Through-
out this time, she drew on the sup-
port and comfort of her family, many
friends and neighbors, the First Bap-
tist Church, and Big Bend Hospice.
Helen is survived by her loving hus-
band, Jim; and three children, Jim
Rittenour of Panama City, FL, Linda
Closson of Salem, AL, and Lisa
Dewaele of Dexter, MI; ten grandchil-
dren, and one great-grandchild; also,
one sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Cooper of
Mansfield, OH. Services were held on
Wednesday, June 16, 1999 at the First
Baptist Church in Eastpoint, FL. Rev.
William Smith and Rev. Roy Bateman
both officiated. Burial will be in the
Mount Peace Cemetery, Akron, OH.
Those desiring to make contributions.
in lieu of flowers, can make them to:
Big Bend Hospice of Franklin County,
207 SE Avenue B, Carrabelle, FL

.David LeRoy Cone

David LeRoy Cone, 58, of Carrabelle,
FL, died on Sunday, June 13, 1999
at Shands Hospital in Gainesvillle, FL.
A native of Oxford; FL, Mr. Cone had
lived in Carrabelle for the past eleven
years. He was a retired forest ranger
with the State of Florida. He had been
a carpenter, was a member of the
American Legion, was President of the
Carrabelle Booster Club and was ac-
tively involved with the youth of
Carrabelle. He was Holiness by faith
and attended the Carrabelle Christian
Center. He had also served his coun-
try in the United States Army. Survi-
vors include his wife, Louise Cone of
Carrabelle; his two daughters, Terri
and Mandy Cone, both of Carrabelle:
two brothers. Randy Cone of
Carrabelle, and Bryant Cone of
Gainesville: two sisters, Betty Shaw
of Oxford, and Linda Stinson of
Monticello. Funeral services were held
on Wednesday, June 16. 1999 at the
First Assembly of God Church in
Carrabelle. Interment followed in Ev-
ergreen Cemetery, also in Carrabelle.
All arrangements were under the di-
rection of Kelley-Riley Funeral Home,
Carrabelle, FL.



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David McAnally
David McAnally. 58, of Carrabelle. FL.
died on Friday, June 11. 1999 at Bay
St. George Care Center in Eastpoint.
FL. A native and life-long resident of
Carrabelle, Mr. McAnally had been a
truck driver, and was of the Holiness
faith. He is survived by two brothers.
Earl McAnally and Tommy McAnally.
both of Carrabelle, and one sister .
Shirley Smith, also of Carrabelle.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Arrangements were handled by Kelley-
Riley Funeral Home, Carrabelle. FL.

Harlan G. Mathis

Harlan G. Mathis, 79, of Lanark Vil-
lage, FL, died on Monday, June 14,
1999 at George E. Weems Memorial
Hospital in Apalachicola, FL. A native
of Youngstown. FL, Mr. Mathis had
lived in Lanark Village since 1982. He
was a retired superintendent of a
manufacturing plant in Minnesota:
was a member of the American Legion,
had served during the Battle of the
Bulge during WWII; and was a Prot-
estant. Survivors include one son, Lee
Mathis of Minneapolis. MN: one
daughter, Gayle Wherry of Anomosa,
IA; one sister Cornelia M. Zabenko of
Decatur, GA; and two grandchildren.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
There will be a memorial service held
at Chillas Hall in Lanark Village at a
later date. Arrangements under the
direction of Kelley-Riley Funeral
Home, Carrabelle. FL.

Constance "Connie"
Constance "Connie" Stefanko, 41, of
Eastpoint, FL, died Monday, June 14,
1999 at her home. A native of Detroit.
MI, Mrs. Stefanko had lived in
Eastpoint for the past five years. She
was a computer acceptance techni-
cian and was a Catholic by faith. She
is survived by her son, James Ricardo
Serrato of Eastpoint: her parents, Jim
and Vern Stefanko of Eastpoint; one
brother, James Stefanko, Jr. of Flower
Branch; two sisters, Mary Margaret
Stefanko of Apalachicola, and Patricia
Pittman of Murrayville, GA; and a spe-
cial friend, Jack Jolly of Apalachicola.
Visitation was held on Thursday, June
17, 1999, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a
rosary being said at 7:00 p.m. Funeral
,mass was held on Friday, June 18.
1999 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Catho-
lic Church in Apalachicola.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Kelley Funeral Home, Apalachicola.
FL, in charge of arrangements.

James David "Sambo" King

James David "Sambo" King, 75. of
Apalachicola, died Saturday, June 19.
1999. in Panama City at Gulf Coast
Community Hospital. "Sambo" was a
native of Auburndale, Florida, living
in Apalachicola. Florida most of his
life. He was a retired commercial fish-
erman and of the Protestant faith. He
is survived by a daughter. Brenda King
of Houma, LA; and three brothers.
Edward King of Apalachicola, Hardy
King of Apalachicola. and Leroy King
of Apalachicola; and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held Tuesday.
June 22, 1999, at Kelley Funeral
Home Chapel in Apalachicola. with in-
terment in Magnolia Cemetery. all ar-
rangements under the direction of
Kelley Funeral Home. Apalachicola.
Florida. (850) 653-2208.


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revealed that there is wide spread
damage throughout the home.
According to the report, the inte-
rior and exterior of the home
needs to be painted. The east,
west and south sides of the home
have apparently settled causing
the floor beams to separate. The
floor support system and the cov-
ered porch are showing signs of
wood rot. There is also termite
damage and sagging of the roof
In support of the home, local offi-
cials and residents have sent let-
ters to the Florida Department of
State explaining the significance
of the home and the need for the
grant. Senator Pat Thomas and
Representative Janegale Boyd

have sent letters as well.
In one letter, Apalachicola resi-
dent Wesley Chesnut tells the
story of how his grandparents met
and fell in love at a ball in the
Raney house in 1891. In another
letter, a former resident of the
town explained that his grand-
mother was a Raney.
Beyond the family ties that exist,
the home, which is visited by an
estimated 6,000 people annually,
has become important for the
public. It is used as a meeting
place for the Philaco Women's
Club, the small business Devel-
opment Program of FAMU and
Gulf County Community College
holds local classes there.

Carrabelle Light-
house Association
Seeks Members
By Tom Campbell
At the Carrabelle Chamber of
Commerce meeting Thursday,
June 17, Executive Director
Bonnie Stephenson presented as
an idea to the members present,
that there were the beginnings of
a movement to "save the Crooked
River Lighthouse." Ms. Stevenson
made reference to a letter from the
Florida Lighthouse Association,
Inc. President Tom Taylor of that
association wrote a letter to Mrs.
Barbara Revell of Carrabelle.

Ms. Revell is a member of the
Florida Lighthouse Association,
Inc. President Taylor wrote to Ms.
Revell because of his concern
about "the future of the Crooked
River Lighthouse." He wants to
see the lighthouse "turned over to
an entity which will ensure its
~ preservation and eventual open-
-' ing to the public."

A $150,000 grant could be the
answer to the historic home's
By Aaron Shea
It has endured through time, hur-
ricanes, even a Civil War. It ap-
pears, nevertheless, that father
time has finally caught up with
the Raney House. The home,
which was built in 1838 by
Apalachicola Merchant David
Raney, is beginning to look all of
its 161 years.
The home, which is on the Na-
tional Register of Historical
Places, is in dire need of funds.
Without funding, there may be no

possible way to preserve the
building that has become a
centerpiece for downtown
The structure is owned by the city
of Apalachicola, who leases it to
the Apalachicola Historical Soci-
ety. The Historical Society is re-
sponsible for raising money for
the preservation of the home. The
damage, however, has become so
great, the society is no longer able
to pay for the maintenance.
In mid-July, a $150,000 grant
request will be submitted to the
Historic Counsel for Historical
Preservation. The counsel will
convene in September where they

will decide whether or not to rec-
ommend the grant. "It's a very
strong grant," said Apalachicola
Historical Society President
George Chapel. "I don't know if we
will get the funding. I can't guar-
antee anything. There is intense
competition for grants."
It appears that every penny of the
grant will be needed to preserve
the home. According to Chapel,
the house is coming off of its foun-
dation in the southwest corner
and the northern wall of the home
is bowing.
As severe as that is, the home has
many more problems to deal with.
A report by Baskerville Donovan

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Now that aquaculture permitting
and regulatory responsibilities
have been transferred to the Bu-
reau of Seafood and Aquaculture
(within the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices, or DACS), aquaculturists
should know that changes are
taking place in the permitting
Instead of permitting based on the
traditional multi-agency regula-
tory approach, a set of Best Man-
agement Practices (BMPs) will be
used as guidelines for farmers to
If an aquaculture farmer can
demonstrate that he/she is em-
ploying appropriate BMPs for
their specific aquaculture crop. or
commodity group, they will be
provided with an Aquaculture
Certificate. All aquaculturists in
Florida will be required to have an
Aquaculture Certificate.

How are the BMPs
being developed?
In an effort to develop BMPs that
are acceptable to both farmers
and regulators, a state-wide Tech-
nical Advisory Committee has
been formed. Six subcommittees
have been designated to represent
Florida's aquaculture commodity
groups: aquatic plants, bivalves,
food fish, shrimp, tropical fish,
and an "other species" committee.
A regulatory subcommittee has
also been formed that's comprised
of representatives form the vari-
ous regulatory agencies involved
in the process.

1998 Shelter.Activity
From January 1 to
December 31,we
received a total of 1217
animals at the shelter.
Here's where they came
Stray animals
impounded by Animal
Control or found and
brought to the shelter
by others: 880
Animal surrendered by
their owners: 337
Of these, 37 were
quarantined bite cases.

And here's what
happened to them:

149 were
87 were returned to
4 were transferred to
other shelters in the
2 died of natural causes
910 were euthanized by
Animal Control for the
following reasons:

tated 309
Lack of space 283
Feral 176
problems 138
Owner request 4

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Taken from the newsletter
"NewsPrints" published by The
Franklin County Humane
Society, Spring 1999. Those
interested in joining the
Franklin County Humane
Society, please write: F.C.H.S.,
P.O. Box 417, Eastpoint, FL


'This should save us quite a bit
of time in the long run," said Mark
Jennings, Environmental Special-
ist.with the Office of Agricultural
Water Policy. "Representatives
serving on this committee will ul-
timately be the ones giving final
approval of the BMPs for the vari-
ous commodity groups. We
thought it made sense that they
be involved in the process from
the beginning."
All aquaculturists are encouraged
to participate by communicating
their ideas and concerns to their
commodity group chairperson.
You can also call these individu-
als for meeting dates, or to be in-
cluded on the subcommittee's
mail list.
Aquatic Plants
Brad McLane
Leslie Sturmer
Food Fish
Andy Lazur
Other Species
Alan Maxwell
Mike Ednoff
Tropical Fish
Craig Watson
Regulatory Subcommittee
Mark Luchte

Interim Measures to
be followed while
BMPs are being
The development of BMPs is a
lengthy process, and so until they
are complete, a series of interim
measures are being drafted. A fi-
nal draft is expected to be com-
plete in the next few weeks. If you
have any questions regarding cer-
tification, permits or progress of
BMP development, contact:
Office of Agricultural Water
Frank Leteux or Bill Bartnick
DACS/Bureau of Seafood and
SKal Knickerbocker
From Waterworks Newsletter,
University of Florida Coopera-
tive Service, Vol. 3, No. 1

President Taylor said,, "I do not
believe that the City of Carrabelle
knows that they have, in the
Crooked River Lighthouse, a
goose that can lay golden eggs for
them in the form of tourism dol-
lars, but I hope that we can im-
press them with the fact that an
open and properly interpreted
light station there could easily
generate a half million dollars or
more a year in gross income."
Built in 1895, the Crooked River
Lighthouse now belongs to the
U.S. government. Ms. Revell said
she was interested in doing what
she could to "save the lighthouse
for the. public to enjoy."
She added, "I'd like to find out
who is interested in becoming a
member of the Carrabelle Light-
house Association."
Ms. Revell said that there are sev-
eral people who can be contacted,
if there are those who are inter-
ested. Please contact Ms. Barbara
Revell at phone 850-697-2054; or
phone Ms. Ann DeLoney at
697-4464; or David Butler of Gulf
State Community Bank in
Carrabelle at 697-3395.
The first meeting of the Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association will be
announced in the near future.


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The Franklin Chronicle

Alligator Farming-
Conserving A
Natural Resource
When most people think of farm-
ing, they visualize fields of wav-
ing grain, fruit-laden orchards, or
rows of vegetable crops. The im-
age of a "farm" teeming with
toothy alligators certainly doesn't
come to mind.
But alligator farming has not only
developed as a viable commercial
enterprise, yielding a host of
high-value products, it also has
resulted in a conservation strat-
egy for a once-endangered natu-
ral resource.
During the first two-thirds of this
century, the American alligator
endured unrestrained wild har-
vest, primarily for the hides. Leg-
islation in the 1960s and early
1970s put a halt to rampant ex-
ploitation, and by the mid 1970s,
populations began showing pro-
gressive increases. Estimates in-
dicate that there are now more
than 1 million wild alligators in
Florida alone.
The increase in the alligator popu-
lation also generated an increase
in nuisance alligator complaints
from the public. In 1975, the
Florida Game and Fresh Water
Fish Commission received more
than 5,000 complaints and spent
approximately $250,000 per year
in relocating nuisance alligators.
Nuisance calls are now assigned
to licensed private trappers, who
are allowed to keep the proceeds
from the sale of the alligator for
their services. Revenue from the
trappers' licenses goes toward
conservation programs, which
ensure that ample numbers are
left in the wild to sustain current
population levels.
With increasing alligator popula-
tions and recognition of the posi-
tive economic impact that the sale
of alligator skins, meat and other
by-products could bring, methods
for systematic harvesting were
explored. Prior to researching the
feasibility of any harvesting pro-
gram, certain criteria were estab-
lished to achieve the desired re-
sult. The first emphasis was to be
placed on the conservation of the
species, its habitat and wetland
ecosystems. Secondly, the harvest
of alligators was to benefit the
economy and people in the indus-
try. Finally, conservation ex-
penses were to be covered by the
Research on the feasibility of
farming alligators as a means of
harvest and conservation in-
creased during the 1980s. Data
was collected on the habits and
life cycle of alligators from numer-
ous individuals, associations and
government agencies, including
the Florida Game ard Fresh Wa-
ter Fish Commission and Louisi-
ana Wildlife and Fisheries Com-
mission. The goal was to combine
the knowledge derived from past
exploitation of the species and
develop new information to deter-
mine the best way to accomplish
sustainable harvest objectives.

New data documented that the
high reproduction rate in the wild
accounted for the remarkable
population growth. It was found
that each productive female alli-
gator deposits more than 30 eggs
during nesting season. If all of
these hatchlings, survived, the
resulting population explosion
would be tremendous. However,
egg and hatchling mortality is
high due to natural events, such
as flooding, drought and preda-
tion by other wild species. Never-
theless, research indicated that a
substantial percentage of alliga-
tor eggs still survived. Therefore,
a portion of these eggs could be
harvested without harming popu-
lations. New rules based on these
findings were adopted to allow
harvesting of eggs from the wild
for alligator farming.
American alligator sustainable-
use programs require substantial
financial investments in person-
nel and equipment. But this ef-
fort stabilizes the population'
growth of alligators in their natu-
ral habitat. It also provides more
than 90 percent of the eggs for
American alligator farming. In re-
turn, the licenses and fees that
trappers, hunters and farmers
pay to participate in the alligator
industry provide one of the
sources of revenue for
sustainable-use programs.

The farming of alligators begins
with the development of con-
trolled environments that mirror
the best of their natural habitats.
Carefully monitored and regu-
lated removal of eggs from the wild
is the next step in establishing an
alligator farm capable of produc-
ing sufficient quantities to sup-
ply market demand.
It takes 12 to 18 months for alli-
gators to reach harvest size of 4
to 5. feet. Although all parts of the
alligator are used for various mar-
kets, the skins are considered the
most valuable due to the durabil-
ity and elegance of alligator
leather, which can be made into
a variety of products, from fash-
ion accessories to furniture up-
holstery. The skins can be tanned
and dyed into numerous colors
that are usually determined by
fashion trends. Alligator leather
products can be found in most of
the finer retail department stores
and boutiques. The market for
alligator meat also has found a
special niche due to its unique
character and nutritional value
from being low in fat and
Consequently, the farming of al-
ligators is helping sustain a
once-threatened species, while
providing an abundance of unique
and valuable products for domes-
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The Franklin Chronicle


25 June 1999 Page 11



Reporting From

The Open Road

By Rene Topping
We loaded up our 33 foot Allegro
with two humans, Bob and I, plus
four felines, in order of seniority,
Precious, Boots, Rusty and Foxy
and then we were ready to hit the
road. The Allegro is in tip top
shape and we are ready for any-
We left Tallahassee on May 20 and
headed out to make some point
in Alabama for our first stop. The
road was not too heavy with traf-
fic and we set off at a smart pace.
We arrived in a camp located near
Robertsdale, Alabama called Wil-
derness R.V. Campground. It was
well back off the road in a virtual
forest of pine trees.
As is usual on arriving at a camp
site, the neighbors come out to
greet you. The cats who had slept
most of the way, now decided to
climb upon the furniture to get a
look out of the windows. Precious
chose the small pane near my foot
close by the navigator's seat. This
cat-sized window was put there
so that we can ensure that the
alarm is set and working when we
leave the camper. Precious has
made it her own view port for the
Our neighbor had two cats and
we soon fell into conversation and
talked cat talk. These folks were
from Michigan and were just
about ready to leave their winter
home and go back up north.
I'd thought I'd done some daring
things on behalf of animals in my

day, but so far, I have never sto-
len one. These folks had stolen
more than one, it seems. Yet as
they related the problem they had
withtheir neighbor, who kept rab-
bits and fed them only infre-
quently, I found myself thinking
of them as saviors, not thieves in
the night. They said that the rab-
bits were not nice plump bunnies
but were really sick and had be-
come thin with starvation.
They took to supplementing the
rabbit's diet but were ordered off
by the owner. There was no chap-
ter of the ASPCA, no Humane
Society nearby and the local po-
lice didn't want to hear about a
"few mangy rabbits."
On'the philosophy that "desper-
ate needs, call for desperate
deeds," the husband devised a
plan to save those bunnies. He
worked at a place where a lot of
the employees came from a coun-
try background. This resourceful
man, who I will call Mr. Michigan,
sneaked over and took those rab-
bits one or two at a time and gave
them to good homes with caring
individuals. He said the neighbor
said to him one day, "I think my
rabbits are getting out of the pen
and I don't know where the hole
Mr. Michigan finally took the last
of the rabbits and made off with
the hutch. That stopped the prob-
lem for good, he said. I will never
reveal the identity of this man
even under torture.
We exchanged some crazy stories
of how smart our respective ani-
mals were. I have to wonder who
is smartest in our R.V., Bob and
me, or the animals. My bet is on
it being the animals. They have
three squares a day, sleep all day
and chase one another about all
night, using our prone bodies as
springboards, That antic can be
most disconcerting. Their indoor
toilet is cleaned regularly by their

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and long time jour-
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the area, travels
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ditioned comfort. How's that for
the lap of luxury.
You, who are mothers, might take
an idea from the following small
tale. Did you save the baby book
you so carefully kept? Have you
ever thought that when your first
born is fifty years old to make that
his or her birthday present?
Here in Robertsdale we stopped
by at the home of friends of ours,
Tommy and Linda Merritt. Linda
was displaying the baby book on
Tommy that his mother, 83 year
old Jeanette Merritt had given her
husband. What love there was
and laughter over some of the
He said it is some experience to
go back and there, in black and
white, was the wonderful thing he
had done one day when he was
three months old. The book re-
veals to one and all that "He
started sucking his thumb today
at the party in the officers mess."
(This was a military family.) This
startling revelation had our friend
in tears of laughter. The little note
so carefully recorded by his mom,
with such love, moved him
greatly. He said this was one of
the best gifts he had ever had.
Our next stop was in Lbuisiana
at the Jellystone R.V. Park, near
Robert, and was just overnight.
Then it was on the road the next
day with the front of the motor
home pointed towards Texas. We
arrived in a park called Turtle
Bayou R.V. Park, midway between
Beaumont and Houston. Here we
stayed for three days while we
went to Taylor Lake at Kemah to
find Bob's lifelong friend, and my
friend ever since I came to New
York, Chris Crane. She and her
husband Richard, had moved
there at the same time as the first
astronauts were chosen. Indeed
the seven lived in this same sub-
division. Richard working for
NASA in charge of NASA pur-
chases at the Texas facility. A lot
of the other residents of Taylor
Lake also worked at the Houston
Space Center. You must know
how high emotions were, there on
launch and recovery days.
This small place, as it was then,
is about half way to Galveston.
The area is now filled with large
homes which seem to get bigger
every time we come this way. Un-
fortunately, ou'r friend had moved
to California as she had had a
stroke and needed to be near her
two sons and daughter:
For the many years we have been
visiting them, there was a bridge
under construction, to span the
waters of Trinity Bay, between
Baytown, where we used to stay,
and La Porte on their side of the
Bay. We had watched the very
slow progress of this bridge, as we

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dered if they would ever get it
So this year we were delighted to
cross the Baytown to La Porte
bridge. And what a beautiful
structure it is. Golden cables glint
in the sun and are shaped almost
like a mainsail on a sailing vessel
moving gracefully with a favoring
wind. The four towers that sup-
port these cables climb high up
in the Texas sky, and together
with the cables give, the effect that
this is modern day sculpture.
We were told by locals that three
administrations had come and
gone while the bridge was being
built. There had been delay after
delay, but Bob and I both agreed
that this, finished bridge was the
most beautiful one we had ever
seen. I'm not sure that a bridge
could ever be considered a work
of modern art, but if it were pos-
sible, this one would' certainly be
in contention for the most beau-
tiful of these structures.
We wandered around the places
we used to go to with the Crane
family, remembering all the good
Times we had when we were all a
lot younger. We were surprised to
see how close together these many
new houses had been built. They
were most surely in the 6 digit
category with the price starting
with a 3, 4 or 5.
The entire area is a big part of the
mega metropolis that is Houston.
Still it was fun, to once again see
the Houston Space Facility and to
look up at the window Walter
Cronkite looked out from, as he
bid those early astronauts, God
Speed." This was a nostalgic time
for both of us and brought back a
lot of memories.
One of the other things we had
promised one another was that we
would go see things which one or
'another of us had wanted to see
in the many trips back and forth
on I-10 and somehow had to by-
pass for one reason or another. I
had a hankering to go offthe high-
way to a town called Nederland.
It was colonized by immigrants
from Holland and was reputed to
have a windmill such as those
that are seen all over European
Holland. My affinity for windmills
comes from my childhood, when
I lived in the flatlands of
Lincolnshire and where we, like
the Dutch, lived behind a barrier
of dikes that keep out the North
Sea. We too, had field upon field
of all manner of bulbs, Tulips,
daffodils, crocus, snowdrops, nar-
cissi, hyacinths and jonquils. You
name them, and those beautiful,
many colored 'fields of flowers
graced our entire area with their
beauty each April and May.
Nederland has an interesting his-
tory. Admission to the inside of
the windmill is free (this is an-
other one of those charming
places you can enjoy at no cost.).
Once inside the windmill, you can
see three stories of displays of all
sorts of artifacts of the area. Also
the windmill stands on the
grounds of a Park named for Tex
Ritter, who called Nederland
home, and much of his life is re-
vealed here. The community has
constructed a replica of an
Acadian cottage complete with
furnishings of the late 1800's.
They'did it to commemorate the

By Tom Campbell
Emergency Management Director
for Franklin County, Butch Baker
was at the Carrabelle Senior Cen-
ter Monday, June 21, to discuss
Hurricane Preparedness with se-
niors of the area. With him was
Franklin County Animal Re-
sponse Coordinator, Ms. Gail
Dodds,, along with a Red Cross
worker. They also addressed the
group of seniors.
Ms. Dodds said, "After the storm,
when you get back into the
county, find the animals that have
been left behind and take care of
She also pointed out some inter-
esting facts including: of the U.S.
population, 34 per cent have chil-
dren, 43 percent have animals.
The U.S. population also has this
interesting statistic: 41 million
have dogs and 37 million people
have cats.

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Speaker Gail Dodds at Hurr
Cajun people who were part of the
influx of settlers when the
Spindley top oil field was discov-
ered. Incidentally, Nederland was
named a town two years after
Carrabelle became a city..
It rained fairly hard that day but
we managed to be inside, once at
a restaurant peopled mainly by
the locals called the Nederland
Pharmacy Couriter Cafe. There,
we had an extraordinarily good
meal at an extremely low price.
We also got to listen in to what
the Nederlanders were up to that
day. This was a gem we will put it
on our must do again list. The
whole trip was well worth the de-
When we left Turtle Bayou, we still
had two days worth of travel to

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the beginning of the hurricane
season. She named some of the
items: four gallons of water,
canned food, full supply of medi-
cations and shutters for the win-
Director of the Carrabelle Senior
Center Helen Schmidt said, "What
we will be doing here is contact-
ing seniors to find out what their
plans are, if they have family to
help and so forth."
Emergency Management Director
Butch Baker said, "Forecasts
have increased the amount of
time for evacuations, and for spe-
cial needs. But predictions for this
hurricane season are that there
will be increased activity, similar
to what we had in the 1950's and
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The Franklin Chronicle

Cement Factory Could be in Eastpoint's Future

A site plan has already been
approvedfor the factory
By Aaron Shea
Couch Construction, a company
based in Dothan, Alabama, has
plans to build a cement factory
near the cemetery in Eastpoint.
Bill Holden, an employee for
Couch Construction, said that he
was not 100% sure that there
would be a cement plant built in
Eastpoint, but he is hoping that
they (Couch) will get one built.
Holden would not comment any
further on the potential plant, but
he did add that Couch
Construction is a large company
that owns numerous industrial
Though the site plan for the
cement factory has already been

Chairwoman Mary Ann Shields of
the Building Fund Committee for
the Carrabelle Library was excited
about the good news this week.
"We're not there yet, but we're
getting closer," she smiled.
The Library Fund is getting closer
to the goal of $250,000 which is
the amount needed to match the
state grant of $250,000. If a few
more people will buy bricks, as
Ms. Shields suggested, at the cost
of $67 per brick, that will help.
The bricks are to be inscribed with
whatever the donor wishes and
placed in a wall on the library
property when it is built.
"If a few more individuals can
make contributions, and if an-
other large corporation will step
forward with a generous donation,
then the goal will be reached. "It's
like a miracle," Ms. Shields
beamed happily.
On Friday, June 18, at the Library
in Carrabelle, Mr. Vance
Millender, a Director of
Apalachicola State Bank, pre-

Call For Entries

The St. George Island Music and
Arts Festival is looking for artists
who are interested in showing and
selling their work at the Festival
on October 2, 1999. The show will
be hold outdoors next to the
beach on a paved surface. The
booth fee is $100 and each space
is approximately 12 x 12. The
show is juried and will be limited
to 50 artists and fine craftsmen
whose work is of high quality.
There will be a patron's preview
reception on Friday evening at
7:30 p.m. Each artist is invited to
setup 2 works of art at this re-
ception, Details will be provided
upon acceptance.
Categories that will be accepted
include: Paintings-oil, acrylics &
watercolor, graphics, glass, fiber,-
printmaking & collage, jewelry,
metalwork, paper, clay, wood,
mixed media, sculpture, photog-
raphy. All works must be original
works of art by the artist. Prints
and reproductions must be la-
beled as such and be limited edi-
tions, numbered and signed by
the artist. All works should be
mounted or firmed or must be
displayed in a portfolio. Specifi-
cally excluded are imports, com-
mercial kits, manufactured or
mass-produced items, dried
flower arrangements, poured
molds. All entries must be re-
ceived by August 10, 1999. For
more information and an appli-
cation, please call (850)
653-9419 or E-mail us at
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approved by the Planning and
Zoning Board and County
Commission, Couch has yet to get
any permitting for the project.
Couch currently has over 23 acres
of land, which was zoned
industrial in 1989, near the
cemetery and Otter Slide Road.
The plant, which would be built
on this land, would have a 2,500
square foot office, a 35,889 square
parking lot/drive, and the plant
itself would be 19,374 square feet.
According to Mark Currenton of
the planning and zoning office,
the closest residential neighbor-
hood is 300 to 400 yards to the
south of the land and the only
concern up to this point has been
it's (proposed plant) proximity to
the cemetery. It was agreed that
a 25 foot wide vegetation buffer

sented a check for $3,000 to the
Library Fund.
Also, the Alfred DuPont Founda-
tion donated $5,000 to the fund.
This was the result of a number
of letters which had been sent
earlier to corporations, asking
them for help in building the
Carrabelle Library.
The old library is part of the old
gymnasium complex, and there is
some question as to its safety and
durability. The quest to build a
new library started back in 1997
when Ms. Jackie Gay, former Li-
brarian, won the national award
of $50,000 from Paul Newman's
Gumbo Recipe contest. Ms. Gay
decided to donate her $50,000 to
the building of a new library in
Elsewhere in this issue of the
Chronicle, there is an itemized
display of the steps toward the
goal of the $250,000 for the
matching grant.
At this point in time, the fund is
about $40,000 away from the
goal. Approximately $210,000 has
already been raised.
Those who have not yet partici-
pated are encouraged to give now
to the library fund. Any amount
will be appreciated and no
amount is too small.
Chairwoman Shields said she
would be happy to celebrate
"when we reach our goal." The
Chronicle has made a donation to
help reach the goal. Then we'll all
Join in the celebration.



APTA from Page 1

already received a copy of the let-
ter I have sent to the Corps of
Engineers requesting they initiate
an erosion study on Alligator
Point. Just like DEP, before any-
thing is built, the Corps has to
have a study to make sure of what
the problem is, and what the so-
lution should be. ...when they
receive the county's letter, which
was mailed today, he (Mr. Burke
from the Mobile Corps of Engi-
'neers office) would.begin the pro-
cess to fund the study."
He concluded: "As you know, the
county is eligible for $92,,000 in
reimbursement from FEMA to
build a revetment and repave the
road. David Kennedy has esti-
mated the cost of extending the
revetment another 800 feet will
range from $200,000 to
$320,000. Without additional
funds, the county can not extend
the revetment, and without ex-
tending the revetment there is no
reason to repave the road."
Some possibilities of road reloca-
tion were discussed, with the con-
clusion being: "It may be that this
hurricane season 1999 will be
over before any road relocation
funding becomes available."
If there are questions, Director
Alan Pierce invites those inter-
ested to call him.
A recurring theme in the APTA
meeting was, as President
Edelstein stated: "The divergent
segments of Alligator Point need
to come together, share informa-
tioia, and then work together as
one community, united in our

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Friday, June 25 Sunday, June 27-"Everybody Loves Opal" (comedy) at
Dixie Theatre. Friday, Saturday performances at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee at
2:30 p.m. Cleo Holladay is a charming Opal and makes the play work.
Monday, June 28-The Carrabelle Artists Association will meet Monday at
7:00 p.m. on June 28 at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Carrabelle
County Commissioner, Cheryl Sanders. will be on hand to present a Certifi-
cate of Appreciation to the Artists of Carrabelle for their enthusiastic support
of the recent Silent Art Auction to benefit the Carrabelle Library Building Fund.
Contact Marian Morris.
Wednesday, June 30-7 p.m. Panhandle Poets & Writers Group meets at
Episcopal Church in Carrabelle.
Wednesday, June 30 through July 11--"Same Time Next Year" at Dixie The-
atre. A chance love affair leads to a once a year reunion from 1951 through
1975. "Delicious and very moral kind of immoral play with wit, compassion ...
a sense of humor ..." NY Times.
Thursday, July 1-Every Thursday from noon until 4, the Carrabelle Senior
Citizens sponsors a bridge game for advanced and beginner players. For more
information, call Faye at 850-697-4018.
Monday, July 5-Carrabelle City Commission meeting, 7 p.m.. at City Hall.
Tuesday, July 6-Franklin County Board of Commissioners meeting at 9:00
a.m. at the Courthouse in Apalachicola.
Tuesday, July 6-Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority meeting, 7 p.m. at
City Hall.
Thursday, July --Franklin County School Board meeting at 6:00 p.m. at
Brown Elementary School in Eastpoint.
Thursday, July 8-ACF Workshop: The Apalachicola National Estuarine Re-
search Reserve continues its Coastal Management Workshop Series with a
workshop dn Thursday, July 8 titled: The Apaiachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint
(or ACF) River System: Tri-State Management Issues and Local Implications.
Scientists will present information about the history and status of the
multi-state lawsuit, as well as the potential impacts of water changes on the
Apalachicola River and Bay System. A free boat trip will be conducted on the
river following the morning session, with the first 28 participants who sign-in.
The morning session will be limited to 40 participants at the Battery Park
Community Center in Apalachicola. To register or get more information about
this free workshop, call the Reserve at 653-8063.
Thursday, July 8-The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
continues its Coastal Management Workshop Series with a workshop on Thurs-
day, July 8 titled: The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (or A-C-F) River Sys-
tem: Tri-State Management Issues and Local Implications. Scientists will
present information about the history and status of the multi-state'lawsuit,
as well as the potential impacts of water changes on the Apalachicola River
and Bay System. A free boat trip will be conducted in the river following the
morning session with the first 28 participants who sign in. The morning ses-
sion will be limited to 40 participants at the Battery Park Community Center
in Apalachicola. To register or get more information about this free workshop,
call the Reserve at 653-8063. Contact: Erik Lovestrand.
Saturday, July 10-Timber Island Yacht Club in Carrabelle is sponsoring a
Youth Fishing Class, "free" for children under 16. Classes include water &
boat safety, how to tie knots, casting, ethics, and hands-on fishing. Officer
Gager of the Florida Marine Patrol will be on hand to answer questions. Class
is limited to 20 youngsters, so first come first serve. For more information,
call: 697-8149 or 697-4523.
Tuesday, July 13-Franklin County Planning and Zoning meeting at 6:30
p.m. Apalachicola, Courthouse.
Wednesday, July 14 through July 25-"The Dining Room" is "hilarious and
touching ... a whole pattern of American life emerges." NY Post.
Thursday, July 15-A Franklin County Tobacco-Free Partnership Meeting
has been scheduled for July 15, 1999 to review the 1999-2000 Work Plan and
Proposals. We will also need to update the partnership list of members. The
meeting will be held at the conference room at the Carrabelle Health Depart-
ment on 5th Street in Carrabelle, and will begin at 3:30 p.m. The agenda is as
follows: Introduction 3:30; 1999-2000 Work Plan and Proposals 3:35: Dis-
cussion 4:00; Update Partnership List 4:15; Schedule Next Meeting Date -
4:30; Adjourn.
Saturday, July 17-Timber Island Yacht Club in Carrabelle is sponsoring its
5th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on July 17th. Registration fee is $2.00
and each participant will receive a T-shirt and participant's trophy. Lots of
awards and prizes: seven categories, three prizes each category: Pinfish, Cat-
fish, Whiting, Croaker, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Wild Card? A Fun Auction
will follow the tournament at approximately 4:00 p.m. For more information
and pre-registration, call 697-8149 or 697-4523.
Saturday, July 24-Hurricane Awareness Day. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at
Taylor's Building Supply, Highway 98 & Franklin Street, Eastpoint. Partici-
pants include: Franklin County Emergency Management Department,
Apalachee Regional Planning Council, Lanark Village Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment, Franklin County Emergency Medical Services, Capital Area Chapter of
the American Red Cross.
Please send events with complete information to: Tom Campbell;
P.O. Box 451, Carrabelle, FL 32322, or phone 850-697-8358.



Tuesday, September 07, 1999 General Election
Tuesday, September 21, 1999- Run-Off Election (if

Polling Place: Senior Citizens Center, Ave. F North/1st St., West
Polls will open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 p.m.
Vote For: City Commissioner/Mayor, Seat No. 1, (4 year term)
City Commissioner, Seat No. 2, (2 year term)
City Commissioner, Seat No. 3, (2 year term)
City Commissioner, Seat No. 5, (2 year term)
Candidates may qualify beginning 12:00 noon, July 19, 1999 until
12:00 noon, July 23, 1999, (Monday thru Friday during regular work-
ing hours). Qualifying fee for City Commissioner is $45.00 plus 1.5%
of annual $1,500.00 honorarium ($22.50) or $67.50 total.
Only persons registered to vote in precinct No. 5 of Franklin County
and who reside with the city limits of the City of Carrabelle will be
recognized as qualified electors and allowed to vote or qualify for can-
didacy for City Commissioner.
All persons not previously registered to vote may register to vote any
time from now up to 4:30 p.m., August 9, 1999.
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