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Volume 8, Number 19
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
September 17 30, 1999
Pierce Wins In Mayor's Race Signals
lNew Millennium InApalachicola
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Restless brown pelicans gathered on the discarded
pilings of an old pier between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle on a lazy Sunday morning, as the surf
and wind churned up. The pier was a landmark of
past hurricane damage, perhaps only a preview
of new seasonal storms to come.
(Foreground) Alan Pierce returns to his home to
greet well-wishers celebrating his election as
Mavor of Aalachicola.
(From left) Phillip Rankin and Cherry;
Frank Mathis and Dionne.
Record Voter Turnout In Carrabelle
By Rene Topping
Four hundred and thirty five vot-
ers voted in person and with the
sixty-six absentee voters added
made the total of 501 voters,
which made this city election day,
a day to be written in the history
books. The total registered voters
When all the votes were counted,
there was two clear winners.
Frank Mathes had pulled the larg-
est number of votes- with his
count of 348, over Pat Howell to
win Seat 2. Fred Massey was the
winner on Seat 5 with 282 votes
to Jimmy Trawick's 210 votes for
In the Mayor's race Wilburn
Curley Messer garnered 230 votes
and will be in a runoff with new-
comer Stan Arnold who received
140 votes. Rita Preston received
There will be a runoff between
Philip "Peewee" Ranier with 203
votes and Walt Worthington who
garnered 156 votes. Raymond
Williams received 128 votes.
The winners were announced by
City Clerk Rebecca (Beckey) Jack-
son at 9:20 p.m. to a small crowd
of candidates, friends and inter-
ested spectators. Commissioners
Donald Wood and Pan Lycett
along with the City Clerk counted
the absentee votes. There was a
total of 68 absentee votes, but two
had to be voided.
The Poll workers were Clerk
Cheryl Glass, Inspectors: Ruby
Elder, Thomasena Lattimore,
Nancy Massey, Rita Millender.
The Deputy was Jesse Gordon
The run-off elections will take
place on, September 21.
Ground-Breaking Ceremonies for
New Health Department Facility
By Tom Campbell
Ground-breaking ceremonies for
the new health department build-
ing were held Monday. Septem-
ber 13, on the location on 12th
Street in Apalachicola. between
the current health department
facility and the Apalachee Mental
Health facility. Officials present
Janegayle Boyd. Dr. Shakra
Junejo, Administrator of the
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment, Vice President Harry W.
Smith of Royal American Con-
struction Company of Panama
City. Environmental Health Direc-
tor Brent Mabrey, Business Man-
ager Janice Hicks and Director of
Nursing Joanne Thomason of
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment.; Members of the Franklin
County Board of Commissioners
were also present.
Dr. Shakra Junejo said the new
building would "help us serve our
clients better." She thanked Rep-
resentative Janegayle Boyd for
her legislative efforts in getting the
Regarding the funding,. the
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment was awarded S1.5 million
dollars for "planning and con-
struction of a new health depart-
ment facility in Apalachicola."
Funding was appropriated by the
Florida Legislature. $500.000
was for the planning stage and $1
million for construction of the fa-
cility as well as furniture and
The facility will be a two-story
building with approximately
10.000 square feet of space. The
bottom level will house all of the
medical programs, including
Family Planning/Maternity, Pedl-
atrics and Adult Health:
The top level will house adminis-
trative offices, computer lab and
The contractor firm for the project
is Royal American Construction
out of Panama City. The architect
firm is Elliott, Marshall, Innes,
P.A. of Tallahassee. According to
a spokesperson, "Both firms have
vast experience in the area of con-
structing medical facilities."
The building is scheduled to be
completed "in about ten months."
The construction of the new
facility came because of the need
to expand delivery of public health
services in Franklin County. Staff
has been expanded in several
areas, including Primary Care.
Healthy Families. Tobacco
Program, Dental and Chronic Dis-
Dr. Junejo said, "We are very
thankful for the support we
have received from the County
Commissioners. Legislative repre-
sentatives and other profession-
als from the community, and the
Department of Health staff who
have worked diligently with us on
About forty people attended
the ceremonies and heard
various speakers. Representative
Janegayle Boyd said. "I was a Reg-
istered Nurse when I met Joanne
(Thomason. Director of Nursing)
and got to know her, and a lot of
good folks here in Franklin
County. We are grateful we are
able to help in the Rural Health
By Toni Campbell
City of Apalachicola voters took a
step into the new millennium on
Election Day, September 7, indi-
cating a change in the old poli-
tics. According to Supervisor of
Elections,.Doris Shiver Gibbs, the
total number voting in
Apalachicola was 994. Of that
number, Alan Pierce, currently
County Planner, received 511
votes, or 52.08 percent of the vote.
That was sufficient to win the of-
fice of Mayor without a run-off.
County Planner Pierce represents
a mark of departure for
Apalachicola politics, because for
a long time, the voters have
elected candidates who wanted to
"preserve Apalachicola just like it"
has always been.
In a recent forum (August 19),
candidates addressed various
subjects before approximately 60
citizens. (See Franklin Chronicle
article, 3 September 1999, on
page 7.) On that occasion, candi-
date Jimmie Nichols told the
group that he was the only can-
didate born in Apalachicola.
"Most of you people who are here
today are newcomers," he said. "I
can only say we pray and hope
that nobody else hears about
Apalachicola. We want to preserve
our Apalachicola just like it is
Mr. Nichols' orientation was vastly
different from that of Alan Pierce,
who argued that "the future is
now." He said, "The future of
Apalachicola is not over some far
horizon. It is here today. Our fu-
ture neighbors are already here.
Our future economy is already
here. And, our future problems
are already here. The road base
is collapsing. The water continues
to be undrinkable. Recreational
facilities are limited... I want
Apalachicola to maintain its rich-
ness and local color and diver-
Once considered "an outsider,"
Alan Pierce today is the next
Mayor of the City of Apalachicola.
Just after the vote was announced
by the Supervisor of Elections
Doris Shiver Gibbs, the
newly-elected Mayor said softly,
"Thank God." He said he was
happy and grateful to all his sup-
porters. He also said he was
happy that there would -not be a
run-off and that he had won the
There are about 1884 registered
city voters in Apalachicola. of
whom 994 voted, or about 53 per-
cent of the total. Of those voting,
Alan Pierce received 511 votes, or
52.08 percent of the vote.
The breakdown of the voting as
released by The Elections Office
is as follows:
Name: # of Votes: Percentage:
Jack Frye 336
Jimmie Nichols 134
Alan Pierce 511
CITY COMMISSIONER SEAT 1
Mitchell Bartley 356 36.62
Grady Lowe 243 25.00
William Wilson 373 38.37
CITY COMMISSIONER SEAT 2
James L. Elliott 680 71.35
Lee McKnight 273 28.64
In the candidates' forum on Au-
gust 19, Alan Pierce discussed
-urbat he believed is needed for the
City ofApalachicola. He said, "We
need to keep. the waterfront open
and working. The city must pro-
tect its waterfront from too much
building. We need to fix the side-
.walks and overhanging branches
so that people will be more likely
to walk around town instead of
driving. And, this one is contro-
versial We need to contact DOT
(Department of Transportation)
about a traffic light at 12th Street
and U.S.'98, and another down-
town." For that, Pierce received a
round of applause in mid-speech.
As to life quality, Alan Pierce con-
cluded the round of mayoral can-
didates in the forum by saying:
"...The city should be open to
changes away from the waterfront
that will increase employment
opportunities in town. If the city
doesn't respond to the need for
jobs, the working class citizens
will have no choice but to move
away. Or, equally worse for the
city, the economic growth will take
place west of town, drawing busi-
nesses and taxes out of town. So,
the future is here now, and we
need to address these problems
Now that Mr. Pierce has been
elected the new Mayor, he will
have the opportunity to help the
city "address these problems
now." He and the Commissioners
will lead Apalachicola into the new
Eddie J. Nesmith,'83, died Thurs-
day, September 9, 1999.
He was a longtime resident of
Apalachicola and an Air Force
Veteran of World War II. He was
the first resident Ranger at the
Fort Gadsden State Park where he
served 18 years before his retire-
Sment. Mr. Nesmith was a serious
student of Lt. James Gadsden as
well as Florida's Pocohontas,
Millie Frances. By 1975. Mr.
Nesmith was nationally recog-
nized as an authority on the life
of Lt. James Gadsden for whom
the Fort and Park are named.
He was a member of the Ameri-
can Legion and a Baptist. In 1980,
Mr. Nesmith was made an Hon-
orary Life Member of the
Apalachicola Historical Society.
Mr. Nesmith is survived by his
son, Wayne Nesmith of Flufield,
West Virginia, a daughter,
Layvonne Rigister ofApalachicola;
a brother, Bobby Nesmith of
Biloxi, Miss., three sisters, Mar-
garet Allen and Jeffie Mae
Campbell, both of Apalachicola,
and Ruth Larson of Carrabelle; six
grandchildren; three gieat- grand-
children; and two great-great
The service was at 3 p.m. Sunday
at Fellowship Baptist Church
in Apalachicola, with burial at
Magnolia Cemetery. Family
received friends at Kelley Funeral
Home in Apalachicola (850-653-
STAN ARNOLD 140
WILBURN CURLEY MESSER 230
RITA PRESTON 128
PAT HOWELL 141
FRANK MATCHES 348
PHILLIP PEEWEE RANKIN 203
RAYMOND WILLIAMS 128
WALT WORTHINGTON 156
FRED C. MASSEY 282
JIMMY TRAWICK 210
Election Day Is September 21, 1999
Franklin County Senior Center
Inga Jensen Passes
Long-time St. George Island resi-
dent Inga Jensen, 88, died on
Monday, September 6. 1999 at a
Panama City hospital. She came
with her husband, Hans, to the
United States in 1938, and later
worked at the Blue Store, St.
George Island, for many years af-
ter it opened in 1971.
A memorial service at the St.
George United Methodist Church
is planned for September 25,
1999 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m.
Ms. Jensen was preceded in death
by her husband. A niece and a
nephew in Denmark survive her.
By Rene Topping
A flood of letters and phone calls
from lovers of lighthouses have
Extended the deadline set by the
Government Surplus Agency
when several local lighthouses
were slated to be auctioned off to
the highest bidder. Two of these
are located in Franklin Co'unty.
One on Little St. George. known
as the Cape St. George. and one
just west of Carrabelle on U.S. 98
called Crooked River. Also on the
Government Surplus list are other
famous lighthouses. The St.
Marks lighthouse in Wakulla
which is a favorite of artists and
photographers and Amelia Island
and Cape Canaveral are also on
the surplus property list.
Barbara Revell, president of the
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
said, "The Carrabelle Lighthouse
Association members, along with
the other members of the Florida
Lighthouse Association, and
many interested people every-
where who love lighthouses, have
helped to persuade the GSA to
She said there will be a quarterly
meeting of the Florida Lighthouse
Association at Key West in Octo-
ber. Ms. Revell said. "It is our
understanding that Congressman
Allen Boyd will attend, along with
Laura Yeager of the Government
Surplus Agency, in Atlanta. The
agenda for this meeting has an
item to determine just what will
happen to the lighthouses."
Congressman Boyd has already
said that he will do whatever he
can to help save the lighthouse.
Cape St. George Lighthouse has
been the object of a huge project
to obtain donations of $220,000
Sand work is in progress to
straighten the structure.
Ms. Revell said she is optimistic
about the results of the October
meeting, adding, "Interest in all
lighthouses throughout the
world has greatly increased in the
recent years. Indeed, many light-
Shouse enthusiasts plan their va-
cation around seeing and photo-
graphing the structures, Franklin
County can benefit from this type
Apalachicola City Has Serious
Problems With Payroll Reporting And
A Review Of The Auditor's Re-
By Barbara Revell
In the last edition, The Franklin
Chronicle began reviewing the pre-
liminary draft of the Independent
Auditor's report completed by T.
Michael Tucker, CPA. Problems
reviewed included: City does not
have a complete listing of its gen-
eral fixed assets, noncompliance
with Apalachicola Narcotics En-
forcement Team grant, the revolv-
ing loan are many critical con-
cerns in the fund and internal
control over financial reporting.
There are many critical concerns
in the report but auditor Michael
Tucker, CPA, stated that the City
is not in a financial crisis.
PAYROLL REPORTING: "There
appears to be a serious circum-
vention of internal controls and
total disregard for rules govern-
ing the personnel and payroll
function." Employees were rou-
tinely paid in advance without
proper authorization and employ-
ees continued to receive addi-
tional compensation without any
documentation supporting the
overpayments. This was noted in
audits of previous years and no
improvements were made. Em-
ployees were paid for compensa-
tory time without sufficient sup-
porting documentation or super-
visor approval. Supervisors were
not reviewing and initialing time
cards. Annual and sick leave
records were not accurately up-
dated and cannot be relied upon.
Frequently, annual and sick leave
taken was not posted. One em-
ployee was paid six hours over-
time weekly without documenta-
tion authorizing payment. Other
payroll problems include: bank
statements not being reconciled
monthly; personnel policy was not
always followed in that employ-
ees were carrying over more than
30 annual leave days from one
year to the next without written
permission; and Internal Revenue
Service regulations were not al-
ways followed. There were two
incidents in which Form 1099
(miscellaneous income) was not
Other problems noted in the
ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE: "Ex-
tensive past due accounts are not
being followed up upon and col-
lection pursued." These include:
utility billings for water and sewer,
boat slip rentals and sales of cem-
etery, lots, The report recom-
mended more intensive efforts in
Collecting past due accounts. The
report also noted that the billing
accounts receivable listing is not
being reconciled monthly.
CASH MANAGEMENT: Several
times the City was overdrawn at
the bank. The auditors also noted
the City is not closely monitoring
monthly revenues in that only ten
of the 12 months excise tax pay-
ments were received, which
amounted to $4200 outstanding.
The interest earned in some sav-
ings accounts were not posted in
the general ledger. The City is not
monitoring its engineering billings
adequately to determine if the City
is receiving appropriate credit for
payments and payments are not
being applied to the proper
projects. Interfund receivables
and.payables as well as tempo-
rary loans are not paid back
within a reasonable period of
time. Some have not been repaid
in several years.
PURCHASING POLICY: The City
does not have a written purchas-
FLORIDA RECREATION DEVEL-
OPMENT ASSISTANCE PRO-
GRAM (FRDAP) GRANT: Battery
Park. The City did not maintain a
summary schedule of grant ex-
penditures as incurred. This must
be done to ensure the City does
not spend in excess of the grant
award. The FRDAP financial re-
port did not include any of the
City's match funds and this
resulted in only 75%
HUD REVOLVING FUND LOANS:
The auditors recommended that
the ending cash balance of
$172,032 be invested with the
State Board of Administration
where it can earn a better inter-
est rate than the current 2.6%.
The auditors also noted that a
mortgage receivable was four pay-
ments in arrears at the year's end
and is now 13 months in arrears.
Continued on Page 2
Carrabelle Election Results
Paue 2 17 Seotember 1999
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
September 7 Meeting of l','wd-i;:
All Commissioners and about 50
visitors were present at the regu-
lar meeting of the Franklin
County Commissioners on Sep-
During rezoning and land use re-
quests, the Department of Correc-
tions requested permission to be-
gin construction on "site work" on
the land where the prison will be
located. The amount to "spend
now is approximately 6 to 8 mil-
lion dollars. As soon as possible,"
work will be started on site. The
actual work on the prison itself is
"still approximately 3 or 4 years
off." Department of Corrections
expects to begin "site work" very
soon. Regarding the water system,
Department of Corrections "may
build its own," according to a
spokesman, "or tie in with the
On a plot of land located off High-
way 65, installation of a tower by
American Tower on 'Franklin
County property, was proposed by
Mi. Jim Anders with American
Tower. This would be for use by
the Sheriffs Department and for
a "marine system." The area
would be 75,feet by 75 feet, leased
for 5 years for $548,000, paid to
the county. The marine commu-
nication system, including cellu-
lar phones, would be nationwide
and extend 100 miles out into the
Gulf of Mexico. The tower would
be 350 feet high.
The Board directed a meeting,,
which would be attended by
"Sheriff Bruce Varnes, Van
Johnson, Alan Pierce and Mr. Jim
Anders of American Tower, to
meet, discuss, work out problems
and report back to the Board of
Commissioners." The motion car-
Carrabelle was featured in the
"Home Port" section of the Sep-
tember 1999 issue of National
Fisherman's magazine, according
to Bill Mahan, County Extension
Director of Cooperative Extension
Service. The article reports that
the city of Carrabelle has approxi-
mately 2,000 population with a
Fleet size of "40 to 50,, mostly
shrimpers." Landings "$5 million
to $10 million, 90 percent
Unique Features reported in the
magazine are: "Carrabelle has the
'deepest water of any port between
Panama City and Tarpon Springs.
chee-Flint Basin is oneof, the
cleanest, best functioning coastal
ecosystems on the Gulf.
Franklin County is famous for
Tupelo honey and has the world's
largest tupelo swamp. The movie,
"Ulee's Gold," was filmed in
The article also reports: 'There is
only one traffic light in Franklin
County, in which Carrabelle is
located. The county is 75 to 80
percent forest. 'This is the last
frontier on the coast,' says Vance
Millender, third-generation owner
of Millender and Son's Seafood."
Bill Mahan also reported that the
University of Florida's "Florida
Leadership Program spent a day
(17 August) visiting Franklin
County'... to discuss a wide vari-
ety of issues. They began their day
in Carrabelle, visiting the City
Hall, Millender and Sons Seafood,
and the Senior Center. Then the
group traveled to Apalachicola to
have lunch at, the Gibson
Inn...Then they spent the after-
noon at the County EOC visiting
with'Butch Baker and represen-
tatives from the Health Depart-
ment and Early Childhood Ser-
Mr. Mahan reported. "The group
was impressed with the Pan-
Mr. Mahan reported that the De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection (DEP) met with scallop
processors and other people in-
volved with scallop processing to
discuss concerns that they have
related to the management ol
solid waste, shell, mixed shell.
and "wash water." In Franklin
County, DEP's biggest concern is
with the disposal of the process-
ing wash water into nearshore
When DEP was asked how they
would respond if scallop ptocess-
ing operations opened up again
in Franklin County, according to
Mr. Mahan, "they (DEP) refused
to tell. the industry if they would
shut them down. work with them
to study the "wash water" to see
if it was a problem, or ignore
them: DEP plans to have a
follow-up meeting with the indus-
According to County Extensior
Director Bill Mahan. he attendee
the Apalachicola Bay Oyste
Dealer's Association Meeting Sep
tember 1 to hear Dr. Steve Orwel
is report on the "oyster grinder
cleaning study done at the Uni
versity of Florida. Dr. Orwell is a
Florida Sea Grant Seafood Spe
cialist. In summary, the stud'
found that not all of the grinders
currently in use can be cleaned
to meet food contact surface
guidelines. Mahan pointed ou
that "no contamination has beer
linked to machines in active use
in Franklin County for at least 35
Reporting on the Petition to Va-
cate Plat by the Trust for Public
Land, Attorney Barbara Sanders,
requested that certain roads in
the Bald Point area be "abaR-
doned." "Abandon ;-\v.c\ I lii 11 ex-
cept roads where people live," she
said, "The state wants the slate
wiped clean, when the state takes
the title," She stressed that any
individual owner "will have access
to property." This will be on the
agenda for September 21. At 9:05 1
a.m. there will be a Public Hear-
ing on the Adoption of Abandon-
ment, The motion carried.
Regarding MediaCom, Ms, Bar-
bara Bonnowitz and Mr. Shayne
Routh, Technical Operations
Manager for MediaCom, appeared
to answer questions, explaining
that they were not at the last
Franklin County Commissioners
meeting, because of"miscommu-
nication." They "received notice of
the meeting after the fact."
Commissioner Putnal asked why
"the family channel had been
changed to immorality." It ap-
pears that Cinnemax is now on
what "used to be the Family
Channel." Mr. Routh said that "fil-
ters can be put on TV" to correct
the problem. "We will come out
and fix that," he said.
Ms. Bonnowitz pointed out that
"broadcast basics is 34 cents per
day, only $10 a month." She said
this was not expensive. Commis-
sioner Cheryl Sanders pointed out
that was expensive for some of the
people she represents. Ms.
Bonnowitz maintained that a cost
of 34 cents a day was not
County Clerk Kendall Wade dis-
cussed the fact that Franklin
County has $170,000 in contin-
gency funds. Resolution was
adopted that the Commissioners
"appropriate these unanticipated
revenues in the amount of
$27,029.20 for use in the
Franklin County Public Library
Fund in order to comply with FS
Unanticipated revenues "in the
amount of $77,325.00 for use in
the General Fund in order to com-
ply with FS 129.06(2)(d).
Another resolution states,,
"Whereas Franklin County has
received unanticipated revenues
in the amount of $453,750.00 for
the Bald Point Properties/LGR
Investment Fund, Ltd. Agree-
ment,"' and concludes: "Franklin
County Board of Commissioners
appropriates these unanticipated
revenues in the amount of
$453,750.00 for use in the Bald
Point Trust Fund in order to com-
ply with FS 129.06(2)(d)."
Additionally, $118,000 in unan-
ticipated revenues for use in the
General Fund were designated in
order to comply with the same
County Planner Alan Pierce re-,
ported that Butch Baker, al-
though preparing to move to a
newjob in the Orlando area, "will
be available to help Franklin
County when needed." It was rec-
ommended by the Commissioners
that a Resolution of Appreciation
be adopted to express the grati-
tude of Franklin County.
Regarding access to the beach in
Alligator Point, some public ac-
.cess roads have been closed. It
was pointed out that "some roads
have not been abandoned." Clari-
fication on this issue was re-
County Planner Alan Pierce in-
formed the Board that the state
has taken possession of Bald
Point and the county has received
$453,750, in keeping with "the
agreements signed with Mader
Corp." Mr. Pierce recommended
the Board "send a check for $3750
out of the Mader Corp. money to
the Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation, which is the amount of
money Mader Corp. gave the
county for the building of a heli-
pad on Alligator Point. By giving
APTA the money, they can then
proceed with the helipad at their
schedule. The motion carried.
The Board was giveri a copy of a
letter from Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission,
regarding the request to allow
daytime shrimping. The letter ex-
plains. "One of the criterion of the
plan (this being the Apalachicola-
Bay management plan) incorpo-
rated into Chapter 81-377, L.F.,:'.
prohibits the harvesting of shrimp'
between sunrise and sunset from':
July 15 until September 15. This
regulation was originally promul-.
gated to relieve harvesting pres-
sure on white shrimp, which be-
cause of their diurnal behavior
can be harvested day and night.
... The shrimp management plan
is complex, and is designed to al-
low a certain amount of shrimp
escapement from the bay, and has
allowed for the count law to be
removed. The July 15 through
September 15 daytime closure to
shrimp harvest is an integral part.
of that plan. In 1999, the Marine ,
Fisheries Commission reviewed a
request to allow day time harve.t t
ing during this period and deter-.:.,!
mined that to do so would require::'i
a revision of the total nmarnaR,-
ment plan in order to coI-mpcrnI Iar
for the additional harvesting pres- '
sure. It was decided at that tire
that the plan should remain st. a
tus quo." ,
The Board was given a copy of the"'.
FEMA denial of additional funds'
for Alligator Point Road r ocr a t n
$90,000 in funds now remain
A beautiful map was done of
Franklin County for the Board
room. The map was done by the
Water Management Division, and
will be placed on the wall of the'
Commissioners' meeting room, to
their right as they face the visi-
tors' seating section.
The meeting was adjourned at'
Cora L. Kirkland
Cora L. Kirkland, 82, of Apalachicola.
died on Sunday, September 5, 1999
at her home in Apalachicola. A native
of Apalachicola, she was a homemaker
and member of the Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church in
Apalachicola. She is survived by three
sons, George Kirkland (Terri) of Grand'
Ridge, FL, Robert Kirkland (Shirley)
of Apple Valley; -CA, and Clifton
Kirkland (Alereatha) ofMarianna, FL:
three daughters, Helen Siples of
Panama City, FL, Hazel Starks of
Jackson, MI; and Clatie Kirkland of,
Apalachicola: a stepson, Isadore
Kirkland of Jackson, MI; a brother,
Melvin Gatlin ofValdosta, GA; a step-
brother, Lucious Peterson of
Apalachicola, FL: three sisters, Vernell
Lodkley (Noah) of Apalachicola,
Pauline Powell of Orlando. FL, and
Alberta Pickett of Orlando, FL; four.
sisters. Mary Williams of Port St. Joe.
Apalachicola Audit from
The auditors found that this mat-
ter had not been reported to the
City Commission nor referred to
the' City Attorney. Furthermore,
the.City did not monitor or requi,
insurance coverage r on the vyar
ous mortgage properties.
Call For Choice
Water Front Lots
84 Coastal Highway'
Panacea, FL 32346
FL. Minnie Clark of Apalachicola. Dor-
othy Williams of Pensacola, and Rosa
Custer of Cumberland. KY: a
daughter-in-law. Betty Davis of
Apalachicola: twenty grand-' children:
thirty-two great-grandchildren: and
two great-great-grandchildren: and a
host of step-grandchildren.
nephews, cousins, and friends. Visi-
tation will be held on Friday. Septem-
ber 10. 1999. 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.. at
Kelley Funeral Home. Funeral services
will be held at 1:00 p.m.. Saturday.
September 11, 1999 at the Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church in
Apalachicola. Interment will follow in
Snowhill Cemetery. also in
Apalachicola. Arrangements are being
handled by Kelley Funeral Home
SFrank Warren. 98. of Carrabelle. died
on Saturday, September 4. 1999 in
Tallahassee. FL. A native of
Carrabelle, Mr. Warren was a retired
commercial fisherman, and was a
'member of the Carrabelle United
Methodist Church in Carrabelle. He
is survived by his daughter-in-law.
Doris Chason of Sopchoppy, FL: eight
grandchildren; sixteen great-grand-
children: and 15 great-great-
Sgrandchildren. Funeral services were
.held on Monday, September 6. 1999
at the Evergreen Cemetery in
Carrabelle. Arrangements were
handled by Kelley-Riley Funeral
Home, Carrabelle, FL. Those desiring
may make contributions to the
Carrabelle United Methodist Church',
102 NE Avenue B, Carrabelle, FL
Mary Durham Birdsong
Mary Durham Birdsong, 83, died in
Eastpoint, on Sunday, September 5,
1999. She was born in Green County,
GA. and had lived in Eastpoint for
the past 20 years. She was a retired
member of the American Society of
Clinical Pathologists with long service
at Nashville's Vanderbilt Hospital and
as the laboratory supervisor of
Nashville's Metro Bordeau Hospital.
She is survived by her husband,
Leonard W. Birdsong of Eastpoint; a
Apaiachicola: two brothers. Henry and
Sonny Rochelle. both of Apalachicola:
one sister. Iristine Bouie (Henry) of
Apalachicola: five step-sisters: three
step-brothers: and a host of nieces.
nephews, cousins, other relatives and
friends. Funeral services were held on
Monday. September 13. 1999 at the
Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Interment
followed in Magnolia Cemetery in
Apalachicola. All arrangements were
handled by Kelley Funeral Home.
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daughter, Lynn B. Thomas of Alexan-
dria, VA: a son,. Col. Beonarcl W.
Birdsong. Jr. of Jonesboro. GA: a
brother. Mercer C. Durham of Union
Point. GA; a sister, Miriam B. Garner
of Tucker, GA: and five grandchildren.
In accordance with Mary's wishes.
there will be no services held at this
time. A private Memorial Service will
be held at a later (ate. In lieu of flow-
ers, the Birdsong family requests that
contributions be made to a local.
church or charity, of your choice, in
Mary's name. Kelley Funeral Ionome,
Apalachicola, in charge of
Ressie Rochelle, 75. of Apalacl i o!la
died .,II '.'. i,, '* i, ". ]l tetl l r r
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17 September 1999 Page 3
EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Coordinator Temolynne Wintons
Urges County Unity Against Tobacco
By Tom Campbell
In the Franklin County Tobacco-
Free Partnership Meeting at the
county courthouse in
Apalachicola on September 2,
Coordinator Temolynne Wintons
was eloquent and at times even
fired by a kind of evangelism. She
was. organized and armed with
facts, including a video that dem-
onstrated the hazards of smoking
and use of tobacco products.
About 60 members and guests
attended the meeting, including
Chairman George Chapel,
Franklin County Health
Department Nursing Director,
Joanne Thomason and Ms. Linda
Douglas, Community Partnership
Consultant. Also present was a
representative from the Sheriffs
Department, Deputy Dwayne
Coulter of Apalachicola.
Members were present from the
Chapters of the Partnership in
Carrabelle, Eastpoint, and
Apalachicola High School. The
Eastpoint Chapter of sixth grad-
ers could have as many as 52
A recurring theme was sounded
by Organizer Wintons when she
said, "State funds were cut, but
the fight is still on. We will get the
message out. Don't start smoking.
And if you started already, now is
the time to QUIT SMOKING."
Ms. Wintons continued, "We want
to develop,a program that can
bring all of Franklin County to-
gether. Rising above all dividing
lines, we exhort cooperation as a
generation united against to-
bacco." Her zealous attitude was
contagious as young people in the
organization of Students Working
Against Tobacco (S.W.A.T.) volun-
teered for jobs and responsibili-
Partnership Bylaws Review re-
vealed the mission of the
Tobacco-Free Partnership. The
mission "is to create a tobacco free
atmosphere... to improve the
health of Franklin County resi-
dents ... by significantly reducing
tobacco use ... and to educate the
public on all health issues related
to tobacco ..."
The goal is "to reduce tobacco
consumption in Franklin County
by the year 2000." including en-
couraging "youth involvement in
advocacy and policy making"
against tobacco use.
Elected to the position of Secre-
tary was Miss Dakaya Floyd. Co-
operation of the young people was
extraordinary throughout the
Red Ribbon Week in Franklin
County Schools was mentioned.
The Red Ribbon Week is being
planned for October. 19, with
emphasis on participation by
Ms. Tali Pati presented a state-
wide project report for
Tobacco-Free Activities. She dem-
onstrated the kind of effectiveness
that S.W.A.T. has on the young
people of Franklin County. Her
remarks were well organized and
Coordinator Temolynne Wintons
made a presentation of
1999-2000 "Letters of Intent."
Highlighted was the possibility of
writing to magazines that adver-
tise tobacco products, when these
magazines are being read by
young children, who might be in-
fluenced by the ads. These maga-
zines are requested to be more
responsive to "what is proper and
good" regarding the use of tobacco
One of the highlights of the pro-
gram was a portion of a video
showing in graphic detail the hor-
rors of cancer caused by smok-
ing. This portion of the program
was called 'Tobacco Horror Pic-
ture Show," and caused many of
the young people in the audience
to groan at the obvious pain
caused by habitual smoking of
tobacco. Several people com-
mented that if they were smok-
ers, they "certainly would quit
smoking after viewing that hor-
rible section" of the video. That
seemed to be the consensus.
The meeting ended after one hour.
Ms. Wintons, was congratulated
by several people attending; re-
garding her organization and ef-
September 18 October 15, 1999
Temolynne Wintons, Anti-Tobacco Coordinator, stands in
front of some of the posters and.clothing used to educate
the public on the health issue of smoking.
Attorney General Opines
Homeowner Assn Architectural
Review Committees Subject to
Other Conditions Govern
the Opinion's Applicability
In an Attorney General Letter
Opinion 99-53, dated September
1, 1999, Robert A. Butterworth
has formally issued an opinion
that private homeowner associa-
tions in Florida, at the level of an
architectural review committee,
are subject to the Florida Sun-
shine Law, and that their delib-
erations must be publically no-
ticed, and open to the public at
large, not merely to members of
the homeowner's association.
.This opinion applies only in those
situations where the county gov-
ernment, by .ordinance, has al-
lowed the architectural commit-
tees in private homeowner asso-
ciations to conduct formal reviews
and approvals for county build-
ing permits. If there is a formal
review pursuant to county ordi-
nance, then the meetings of the
architectural committee, a private
entity, is subject to all require-
ments of Florida's Sunshine Law,
and such applications must be
publically noticed and open to the
public at large.
In Franklin county, a few years
ago according to County Planner
Alan Pierce, there was an infor-
maLsetup of not approving build-
ing permits until the Plantation
;Homeowners Association archi-
tectural committee formally re-
viewed plans and specifications.
That policy of the county was
abandoned under the present'
day, he said. There is no county
ordinance in place imposing re-
quirements on private associa-
tions and their boards as they
review building plans, thus the
Attorney Geneal's opinion is not
relevant to Franklin County.
Bill Hess, Operations Manager of
the Plantation Owner's Associa-
tion on St. George Island, said
that their architectural commit-
tee does review applications for
building permits with county re-
quirements in mind, as well as the
Plantation convenants governing
construction. But, sometimes,
building permits are obtained first
from the county, and then taken
for review by the private associa-
tion. In sum, there is no consis-
tent, uniform pattern for review
and approval. The Attorney
General's opinion is relevant only
to a formal delegation of review
authority, by ordinance to a pri-
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Saturday, September 18-Alligator Point Taxpayers Association (AFTA) meet-
ing at Volunteer Fire house on Alligator Point. Rand Edelstein is Presidetl.
Meeting at 9 a.m. All members are urged to attend.
Tuesday, September 21-Franklin County Board of Commissioners meet al
9 a.m.. Courthouse in Apalachicola.
Tuesday, September 21-Lanark Village Water and Sewer meeting at 3 p.m.
in Chillas Hall in Lanark.
Wednesday, September 22-Gulf Coast Community College will host repre-
sentatives from the ten state universities in Florida from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. They will be meeting with students in the lower level of the cafeteria in
the Student Union East. This will be anl opportunity for students and prospec-
tive students to ask questions about admission requirements. financial aid.
housing and available degree programs at various institutions. Parents of pro-
spective students are also encouraged to attend. Call 769-1551. ext. 4861 for
Thursday, September 23-Board of Directors and the Advisory Council of
the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida will be holding a meeting begin-
ning at 10:30 a.m. EDT at the Cedars Executive'Center located at 2639 North
Monroe Street, Room 220-B in Tallahassee. For more information, phone 850-
Thursday, September 23-Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce Social. 5 p.m.
at Senior Citizens Center in Carrabelle. All members are invited and urged to
Friday, September 24-Gulf Coast Community College's Lifelong Learning
Division is offering its Fall 1999 Education Encore program for Seniors age 50
and up. This program offers non-credit enrichment classes such as introduc-
tion to computers, drawing, photography. etc. Contact Sue Gordon. Institu-
tional Advancement at 850-872-3809. The program will meet for six Fridays
from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. beginning September 24. Fee is $60 for total
program. Participants must pay the $60 fee whether attending one class or
four. Register on the second floor of Student Union East. Registration is held
Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. and Friday 8 a.m. until
3:30 p.m. Registration deadline is September 23.
Monday, September 27-Emergency Management (Disaster) Planning Work-
shop for Business, Industry and Government. This day long workshop pro-
vides advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency plan.
Sponsored by American Red Cross. State of Florida Division of Emergency
Management. Time: 8:30 a.m. on Monday. September 27. at 187 Office Plaza
Drive. Tallahassee. Cost $125 (includes lunch). For additional information.
please phone American Red Cross at 850-878-6080.
Tuesday, September 28-Carrabelle Lions Club meeting at Masonic Lodge
at 7 p.m. in Carrabelle.
Friday, Saturday, October 1 and 2-Beam's Fourth Annual St. George Is-
land Music and Arts Festival. Music both days. Pat Ramsey Band. The Igua-
nas. Saturday. Fine Arts show starts at 10 a.m. 7 p.m. Backyard BBQ con-
test 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Phone 653-9419 for more information.
Friday, October 15-Tyndall Retiree Appreciation Day. A newsletter outlin-
ing events will be mailed to local military retirees in September. The retiree
newsletter will now be printed as an insert in Gulf Defender quarterly. Call the
Panama City New Herald for subscriptions, 747-5000 or (800) 945-8888.
Please send events with complete information to: Tom Campbell,
P.O. Box 451, Carrabelle, FL 32322, or phone 850-697-8358.
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The Franklin Chronicle
DEP Fine Becomes Matter
By Rene Topping
At the regular Carrabelle City
meeting a fine of $3,350 imposed
upon the city by the Department
of Environmental Protection.
(DEP) was a hot topic. Bill
McCartney of Baskerville
Donovan reported in relation to
the unsatisfactory condition of the
road that goes to the well site in
Baywood Estates. In reference to
the fine levied by the DEP he now
recommended that the city pay
Sthe fine. Commissioner Raymond
Williams said that Phil Dover who
is in charge of the entire water and
sewer project, had talked about
an alternative plan at the previ-
ous meeting. He said that the city
could perhaps restore the wet-
lands DEP had reported had been
McCartney said that.in reporting
to him on the fine. Dover had' now
come to the conclusion that "Re-
storing the wetlands would cost
a lot more than paying the fine."
He added that on the next item
on the agenda asking that the
commissioners note that there is
a reduction in the change order
from $23,000 to $7,000 because
we were able to negotiate with the
contractor and also cut down on
the scope of his involvement
At this point Commissioner Pam
Lycett spoke up. "This Commis-
sion sat up here and for a year
and we heard from (former sewer
and water commissioner) Jim
Phillips that, "So far the work had
been done." Maybe we should
'have said "correctly." I hate to say
This, but I think the city dropped
the ball on this and so did your,
firm, I think maybe we should be
! splitting the fine."
iMcCartney responded -to Lycett
'saying, We didn't have any in-
volvement as I understand. We did
the plans and the city executed
the plans." Lycett said that the
engineers certified the plans then
they must have inspected the
McCartney requested that the city
table the issue as Phil Dover was
on vacation and he needed to get
a full report. He said. "Let me get
all the details... because I don't
know enough to talk about It."
Lycett showed a letter that had
come in to the city saying that
there should have been a re-
sponse in 21 days. She added,
"We have been sitting on this since
May. I am not trying to upset you
but the design said "culverts" so
who is supposed to make sure
that that it is done." McCartney
replied, "My understanding was
that it was the city's responsibil-
Lycett responded, "So, if someone
certifies that the work has been
done, we assume it has been done
correctly." McCartney answered
her saying, "I don't know that
anyone certified it."
Commissioner Donald Wood said,
"Bill, I personally remember Phil
Devon said that culverts were not
necessary, because there was 'no
water flow and he came back later
and said that he had made a mis-
take by not getting the statement
in writing from DEP at the time.
The city did what their engineers
thought was right, We do need to
get to the bottom of this."
McCartney said he would get to-
gether with Dover and the matter
could be held to the meeting of
September 16. Lycett spoke again
on the 21 day deadline. They are
tired of fooling with it. "We need
to resolve it now," Lycett said.
Commissioner Raymond Williams
made a motion to pay it out of
contingency funds and argue with
Baskerville and Donovan about it
McCartney said, "If we have any
responsibility, I assure you we are
going to split it with you."
The issue of the reconstruction of
the well 'site was tabled after
Lycett expressed concern over the
scope and exact nature of the
work to be done. This issue will
be on the agenda for September
Commissioners Approve Riverwalk
Phase II Application
By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City Commission held
a 5 minutespecial.meeting at,;55
p.m., ahead of the regular
meeting. The only item was to
approve or disapprove application
for grant money to begin Phase II
of the Riverwalk grant program for
year 1999/2000. Bill McCartney
of Baskerville and Donovan, who
acts as engineer for the city took
only four minutes to gain
He advised the commissioners
that this was the fourth and final
hearing to be held, as required,
for grant approval. He added,
"There have been many changes
made in the grant procedure, you
may now have three outstanding
grants. At present you have one."
He said the city has several op-
tions on the grant money and ad-
vised that the city choose the
$115,000 matching grant, which
would require a match of 25% or
$37,500. The city can use land
value for the match on the 100
feet of waterfront valued at
$40,000 and -isalready a-part of
the Riverwalk Project. This phase
will do another 300 feet of the
He said that there were second-
ary benefits, such as landscaping
and parking that could be ar-
ranged in-kind to reduce the costs
to the city.
'The only question came from
Shirley Vigneri of the Carrabelle
Area Chamber of Commerce, who
is chairperson for the Waterfront
Festival to be held In April, next
year: She was concerned about
the project interfering with the
Festival. McCartney assured her
that the work should be com-
pleted before mid-April.
Commissioners gave McCartney
the go ahead for the grant appli-
The Governing Board of the South-
west Florida Water Management
District in July granted a water use
permit allowing Tampa Bay Water
to withdraw water from the Alafia
River for public supply purposes.
Under the permit. Tampa Bay Wa-
ter is authorized to withdraw water
only when the river's flow exceeds
80 million gallons per day. Permit-
ted withdrawals are limited to 10
percent of the river's total flow. The
maximum allowable withdrawal is
51.7 million gallons per day when
the river is flowing at a rate equal
to or greater than 517 million gal-
lons per day.
This permit is one of several alter-
native water sources intended to
reduce pumping oi ground water in
environmentally stressed well fields
Sin the northern Tampa Bay area.
The withdrawal schedule may also
be modified if necessary after the
i District adopts a minimum flow for
the river. A minimum-flow is the
limit aq which further withdrawals
will cause significant harm to
!the water resources and the
In Florida, the water belongs to
everyone. A water use permit is
required to take water from the
ground or from a take or river.
The permit allows a user to with-
draw a specified amount of water
for a limited period of time with
certain restrictions and con-
straints. The purpose of the per-
mitting process is to ensure that
reasonable needs are being met
while also protecting the re-
sources and existing legal users.
Carrabelle City Meeting
tingency setback. CPAA Treasurer
By Rene Topping Ray Quist said that the budget he
dipa' biihmflflhLCn. i h U 4 d d ilhP
Carrabelle City Commission Meet-
ing held on September 6, drew a
large crowd, despite the fact that
it was the Labor Day Holiday. All
of the commissioners were
present, and although the agenda
was filled with items, many of
them were tabled until the new
commissioners were seated.
In an almost unique situation;
four of the seats were up for elec-
tion and all four were to be con-
tested on September 7, City elec-
tion day. There will be at least
three new commissioners after
the residents have made their se-
lections. Jenni Sanborn and
Donald Wood have opted not to
run again, Jim Phillips had re,
signed his seat earlier in 1999,
Raymond Williams was .the only
incumbent commissioner whose
name was on the'ballot. The other
incumbent, Pam Lycett, is in the
middle of her term as Police
Bill McCartney of Baskerville and
Donovan, was first up on the un-
finished business. He told the
commissioners that two bids on
the downtown development had
been received. He added that one
bid had been disqualified because
It was incomplete, but the other
qualified. He added that left the
commissioners only one to con-
sider that evening. At this point
City Clerk Heckey Jackson said
that she had talked to Dave
Hemphill, who had submitted the
only qualified bid and he had
asked to have the item tabled until
the October 7 meeting, as he did
not have his final presentation
prepared. Jackson said she told
Hemphill that there was to be a
special meeting on September 20.
McCartney said he had not known
of the conversation between Jack-
son and Hemphill and requested
that the board table the bid until
September 20. The commission-
ers agreed to put the item on the
special meeting to be held on Sep-
The next item was a request from
McCartney for the approval of
$2,400 for the completion of the
task order to implement the
FRDAP YR 1999/2000 grant. He
assured the commissioners the
bill would not exceed that amount
and was already in the budget.
McCartney reported that on the
permit for consumptive water use
saying that he had asked for an
.extension" from the North West
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict. He said he had every confi-
dence that the District, would
grant the extension as they had
done before. The told the commis-
siohers 'that no action was
McCartney then certified that
work had been done on the sewer
and water project and he re-
quested payment of a bill for pro-
fessional services submitted by
Baskerville and Donovan in the
amount of $86,000. He broke
down the bill into $38,000 for
surveying and $50,000 for-design-
ing the system. His bill was ap-
proved for payment.
McCartney then presented the bill
from KHT Inc. on the sewer and
water construction work and said
the work had been done and the
city approved payment of
In other business:
The commissioners tabled the
item referring to plat on a parcel
of land owned by Lewis Turner,
in Baywood Estates. Commis-
sioner Lycett said that there were
issues from a meeting of April 5
and said that the commissioners
should have the ten pages of the
meeting referring to' It. Nita
Molsbee said that she would ask
that the matter be tabled as the
plat was not ready. The matter will
be on the, agenda for the meeting
on September 16.
Consideration of bids to provide
handicap access to the upstairs
meeting room by way of a lift was
tabled until the next meeting In
order for them to explore other bid
Approval of the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority CPAA bud-
get was tabled to September 20
final hearing on the budget, on
request by Raymond Williams
who said that like all the other
budgets It should have a 5 % con-
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SDel Schneider was told that he did
not need to come to the city in
order to make application for a
package sewer plant at his Tim-
ber Island Marina property.
Schneider said that County plan-
ner Alan Pierce had told him that
he had to go to the city first.
Schneider said that the property
is zoned C1 for a 15 boat slips,
Marina, a campground and a
hotel. Lycett told Schneider to
obtain a cost free preliminary site
,review and then come back to the
'board with a more comprehensive
plan. The request was tabled with
a suggestion to Scheinder to get
,in touch with DEP and bring a
':preliminary plan for the commis-
*sioners to study.
Williams brought up the sugges-
.tion that a drive up collection box
Sbe installed at the front of city hall
,.in, which people could pay their,
utility bills. The suggestion was
tabled until all expenses for mak-
ing the city hall handicap acces-
sible have been determined.
On a call to the audience Barbara
Robulock requested to read' a
complaint letter on Carrabelle
Police Officer Dutch Taylor. She
said that Taylor had accompanied
Stan Arnold to her home on the
late evening of August 15 as
Arnold wanted to confront her
husband Mike Robulock about
rumors he had allegedly spread
around town. She when she asked
Taylor if he was on official busi-
ness he said he was not and was
there to keep her from "jumping
up and down." She described
Taylor's conduct as "Unprofes-
sional." She said in the letter that
she requested that Taylor remove
himself from her property and
Taylor, who was in the audience,
complied with a request from Po-
lice Commissioner Pam Lycett
that he reply to the allegations in
the letter. He said that Arnold had
met him in the street and had re-
quested ,that he accompany him
in the visit to Roboluck's home
'and to act as a witness and keep
Taylor said when Arnold "...told
me that he wanted to talk to
Robulock about the awful allega-
tions he (Robulock) had made, I
told him I could not get involved,
but would go with him to make
sure that things did not get out of
hand. In the confrontation Mrs.
Robulock was threatening and
rude. As we were leaving Mr.
Robulock made an extremely in-
sulting remark. I shook his hand
There were several remarks made
by members of the audience and
Lycett moved to adjourn saying
"That is enough. This is not the
place for this kind of thing."
The meeting was then adjourned.
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17 September 1999 Page 5
Take Seats At
By Rene Topping
Harry Bittner, presided over the
September 11 meeting of the Alli-
gator Point Taxpayers Association
regular meeting for the first time
in the role of President.
The other newly elected officers
are First Vice President. Jim
McCachren; Second Vice Presi-
dent, Frank Gibson; Treasurer,
Beth Hays; Secretary.
Newly elected board members are:
Tom Vander Plaats, Ken Osborne,
Jo Ann Diebel, Rand Edelstein
and Lee Brown.
Shirley Hartley, chairperson was
present to give a talk on the on
the Franklin County United Way
Drive. She stressed the fact that
although the county had 17 of the
43 Agencies now under the United
Way for donations, only $17,759
was collected last year. There was
a lack of donors. All of the money
raised in the county is returned
to the county with a match. She
said there are three ways that
donations are mad. Some are big
enough businesses that payroll
deductions can be used. Then
there is a business gift or anyone
can make a personal donation.
Bill Hartley, President of the
Apalachicola Bay and River Keep-
qrs spoke briefly and asked if the
APTA would like.to have River
Keeper Susan Anderson speak
APTA members.. He also noted'
that the Organization now has an
office in the Eastpoint Mail.
The other speaker for the day was
Life Flight Helicopter Pilot Warren
Willis who was accompanied by
two other Life Flight personnel.
Willis landed the helicopter in the
center of the proposed pad area
just behind the Alligator Point
Volunteer Firehouse. After the
meeting the members were given
a tour of the facilities inside the
He said that the two engine heli-
copter he flew in has a gross
weight of 5500 pounds and can
carry two patients. It flies at a
speed of 140 mph. He added that
the flight from Tallahassee to Al-
ligator Point had taken eighteen
minutes. They pick up patients
mostly in a radius of 50 miles
from the hospital, but on occasion
go as far as 100 miles.
He said the helicopter has a num-
ber of lights to light up any place
and can land on the side of the
road when they are picking up
accident victims even the most
out of the way road. He
complimented the members for
their wish to have a safe pad for
the helicopter to land on and said
that although he can land on a
20 x 20 foot pad the one planned
for the Point is a generous 40 x
40 will allow for move room for
getting a patient intothe helicop-
He said that the only problem is
sometimes the weather is too bad
for them to fly and he praised the
efforts of the Ambulance Service
and the personnel who run it here
in Franklin County. He answered
a question of who can call in Life
Flight, saying, "We answeron 911
calls, law enforcement and
ground ambulance personnel and
other times when prearranged by
In Other Business:
Ruth Ann Howard said that the
Coastal cleanup in conjunction
with the Keep Franklin County
Beautiful will be next Saturday,
SSeptember 18, from 8 a.m. to 11
a.m. She said most residents take
the beach outside their home and
work to the next public access. A
Brita water pitcher will be given
to each person who cooperates in
Bob Burnett said that he is going
to get rid of the grass growing on
the Welcome garden with the use
of Roundup. He said once he has
that under control he will start
working on plantings. He added
that he is still waiting for Ben
Withers to plant the palm trees.
The treasurer, Bob Burnett
brought up the matter of new
members who join now would
have to pay $20 and then pay
another $20 when dues are due.
Bunky Atkinson said she thought
that was unfair and a motion was
made to the effect that any ner-
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period, starting in late August. You may be seeing Krista
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United Way Campaign For Franklin County
Kicks Off At Chamber Luncheon
The United Way of the Big Bend
officially opened its local cam-
paign in Franklin County, on Sep-
tember 1, at the monthly lun-
cheon meeting of Apalachicola
Bay Chamber of Commerce, held
at the Hut Restaurant. Chamber
Director Anita Gregory introduced
the United Way team from
Franklin County who described
campaign goals and the services
provided by the agencies receiv-
ing United Way funding in
Campaign Chairperson for
Franklin County is Shirley
Hartley, a local resident who has
served on the' local United Way
allocations committee and has a
son paying from now until Janu-
ary one would have that recog-
nized as payment of dues. The
motion was seconded and passed.
Bob Burnett said, "We goofed
when we stopped sending out re-
newal notices." He proposed an
application and renewal should be
accompanied by an envelope al-
. ready addressed. It was noted that
the membership had dropped
from a high of 400 or more to the
present 148 members.
Tom Vanderplats said that he felt
that they needed to let members
know that the lights, the proposed
helicopter pad, and the monitor-
ing of county meetings were just
a part of what the APTA does and
members should be given reasons
to join. It was reported that the
Department of Environmental
Protection had denied the moving
of the road around the camp-
Also residents of the Bald Point
area of the Point should be aware
that the State wants to abandon
roads that are on state land in
that area. The way they are no-
ticing it is that they are abandon-
ing all roads except certain ones
that are named. One resident said
that some of the roads have grown
over but there are some Improved
roads near Mullet Pond.
At the last meeting the Sheriff had
advised the residents that he
would get identity cards for them
to use in the case of an emergency
when they needed to get back to
their property. He stated that it
will take a little time to get them
for 600 people, and he does have
150 ready to go out.
Harry Bittner said that Al Gregory
of the Recreation and Parks divi-
sion of the State would like to
come to a meeting to talk about,
the state acquisition on Bald
Point. He wants to get preliminary
ideas from the members of the
association. He will bring a draft
plan for the residents look over.
The next meeting of APTA will be
on October 9 at 9 a.m.
background directing programs
for a human service agency in
Palm Beach County. She will be
assisted by these team captains
for Franklin County communities:
George Chapel, Apalachicola;
Doug Creamer, Eastpoint; Mason
Bean, St. George Island; David
Butler, Carrabelle and Lanark Vil-
lage; and Pam Householder, Dog
Special guest from the United Way
team was Mike Rucker, the United
Way Neighboring Counties Chair-
;man. Mike is also Chief Meteo-
rologist at WTWC-TV-Channel 40
News Team in Tallahassee, and
was formerly meteorologist at
WCTV Channel 6. Mike described
the benefits to the community of
the agencies funded by United
,Way, stressing the disaster relief
services provided through the
American Red Cross in our
Apalachicola resident George
Chapel was introduced, currently
a member of the Board of Direc-
tors of United Way of the Big
Bend, who has served for numer-
ous years as campaign chairper-
son in the area. Mr. Chapel noted
that United Way is a direct de-
scendant of the earlier "Commu-
nity Chest" organization and was
founded by two Protestant minis-
ters, a Catholic priest and a Jew-
ish rabbi to meet the needs of the
community. Giving through
United Way enables the agencies
supported to maintain a.bal-
anced, stable budget without hav-
ing to worry about sporadic gifts
or spend time needed for provid-
ing direct services-to raise funds.
Our community benefits from the
services of human service agen-
cies operating in Franklin County
and we must help them raise the
funds to provide these services.
In emergencies, agencies could
easily spend more than $ 100,000
in our area.
Human services agencies cur-
rently serving Franklin County
residents are: AMERICAN RED
CROSS; BIG BEND CARES; BIG
BEND HOSPICE; BOY SCOUTS
OF AMERICA; CENTER FOR IN-
DEPENDENT LIVING; CHILD-
REN'S HOME SOCIETY; CON-
SUMER CREDIT COUNSELING;
DICK HOWSER CENTER; DISC
VILLAGE; ELDER CARE SER-
VICES; FRIENDS OF THE
FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC LI-
BRARY; GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL;
LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTH
FLORIDA; LEON ARC; REFUGE
HOUSE; SECOND HARVEST
FOOD BANK; TELEPHONE
COUNSELING & REFERRAL.
Contributions can be
mailed to United Way Campaign
for Franklin County, P.O. Box
184, Eastpoint FL 32328. Volun-
teers who would like to' help with
the United Way campaign in
Franklin County, or persons
wishing more information, can
call Shirley Hartley at 927-3154.
Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing
Arts Announces 1999-2000 Concert
The concert lineup for the Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts
begins Sunday afternoon, October 31, 1999 and concludes in April
2000 with the traditional concert in the Park. But, music-lovers are
in for new treats as the series mixes the familiar with the new. from
Dixie Jammers, distinguished violinists, the Bay Area Choral Soci-
ety, Trio Internazionale, a special program on the Henry Erben tracker
organ at Trinity, and the Tallahassee Swing Band in separate pro-
grams on Sunday afternoons at historic Trinity Church. and for the
first time this season, the renovated Dixie Theatre in downtown
Here is the lineup:
October 31, 1999: Jim's Dixie Jammers.'a Dixieland jazz group at
the Dixie Theater, Apalachicola.
November 14, 1999: Vartan Manoogian, distinguished violinist who
postponed his concert last March because of illness.
December 12, 1999: The Bay Area Choral Society, under the direc-
tion of Tom Adams and Eugenia Watkins, will join forces with the
Apalachicola High School Band under direction of Karl Lester in a
program of secular and sacred Christmas music at the Dixie Theater.
Martha Gherardi and Bedford Watkins
January 23, 2000: Trio Internazionale. Martha and Luciano Gherardi
and Bedford Watkins will present their annual concert of classical
and semi-classical music for violin, piano and contrabass.
February 13, 2000: Valentine Eve Concert: An encore concert by
Eugenia Watkins conducting the Bay Choral Society.
March 12, 2000: Happy 200th Birthday, Henry Erben. One of
Apalachicola's treasures is the tracker organ installed by famed or-
gan builder Henry Erben in 1858, featured in a Chronicle article last
year. Robert Delvin of Illinois Wesleyan University will share some
interesting discoveries from his research along with other performers
demonstrating the versatility of his historic instrument.
March'26, 2000: The Bay Area Choral Society will perform Schubert's
Mass in G, conducted by Dr. David Nott, who will also sing a group of
patriotic poems set to music by Dr. R. Bedford Watkins.
April 30, 2000: Concert in Lafayette Park, Apalachicola, featuring
the Tallahassbe Swing Band!! Citizens and organizations are invited
to sponsor this concert which will be free to the public at the park.
Anyone who desires to make a contribution, to the Fund, entitling
them to the concert series is invited to contact Mr. William Greer,
c/o the Ilse Newell Concert Series, Post Office Box 342, Eastpoint, FL
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
"Inside The Plantation Owner's
Association" On St. George Island
The annual meeting of the Plantation Owner's Association on St. George Is
land is meeting socially and politically on Friday and Saturday. September
17-18th. Packets of information have been sent to members, and what follow
here are excerpts from that "inside stuff'.
Homeowner associations throughout Florida are loosely regulated and mos
conduct their affairs in the open. This entirely private mechanism o
self-governance, however, has some problems, especially when meetings ar
conducted in closed sessions, or a few persons dominate the majority of ai
In Franklin County, the organization of the Plantation Owner's group on St
George is typical of many such private self-governing organizations. The county
has nearly a dozen of these groups clustered in and around various develop
ments. Indeed. nearly 40 percent of American communities are governed by
these private groups that tax or levy assessments on their members. maki
rules governing construction standards, and house operations, and sponso:
The POA is one of the largest of these groups in Franklin County. and ar
annual meeting presents an appropriate opportunity to publish such sum
mary events from one of the larger employers in the county.
General Manager Report
This truncated overview begins with an overview written by Bill Hess, the
General Manager's Report.
Dear Plantation Members.
For myself. 1998/99 has been a very significant year in my life.
I was hired by the Board of Directors as your Operations Man-
ager and began my duties on August 3, 1998. 1 was introduced
to island life by experiencing Hurricane Earl within the first few
,veeks of my new employment. Hurricane Georges then created
some very anxious moments shortly thereafter...
...1998 has been a rebuilding year of our infrastructure and
amenities. However, some of this rebuilding was not planned or
budgeted. As an example, our pool deck was budgeted, for "re-
pair", of those obviously rotted deck boards: however, it soon
became apparent that the entire deck had to be replaced. A ter-
mite inspection revealed an 80% infestation. Many years ago
when the deck was first built, non-treated wood was used...
...Our new deck is just beautiful. Completely built with treated
lumber and stainless hardware, it will last for many years to
...An extensive additional improvement was the construction of
a hard surface bike/walking path from the front gate to Casa
Del Mar along the existing T-roads: With a few exceptions (not
yet completed or to be by-passed), the new path provides over 3
miles of biking and walking off of Leisure Lane...
...Reconstruction and/or repaving of 8 T-roads was accomplished
during the past year. Palmetto Way, Plantation Pass. Suzie. Sea
Oat Drive, Denise Drive, Lilac Lane. Jasmine Way. and Acacia
were completed. The contracted roadwork also included new
reflective striping for those very dark and sometimes foggy nights
on the island. The Board of Directors has allowed for additional
T-road construction in the year 2000 budget.
...Our new third entrance lane gate is now operational. The new
additional lane provides members the ability to enter without,
delay when the front gate is backed uD with guests being cleared
Finally, as a new amenity and revenue-generating source, the
"Pool-Side" concession was introduced. The concession was con-
structed utilizing the existing gazebo next to the pool. A lun-
cheon menu is available to our pool patrons along with assorted
ice cream treats. The revenue received will go to offset the costs
for pool chemicals, electricity, and staff needed for the opera-
tion of the facility...
The Plantation Office is staffed by Mary Baird, Office Adminis-
trator and myself. The office is open Monday through Friday
during regular business hours. A 24-hour message center is
available for after hours and weekend calls (850) 927-2312. The
office has internet access with e-mail available
(email@example.com). Also, you may contact the office
via fax at (850) 927-3039. Within the annual report package will
be a Plantation Office report written by Mary Baird, whichwill
detail the office's functions.
Looking ahead to ne.-:t \ear, the Board of Directors has focused
thi 2000 budget [or debt reduction. A new budget line item was
created and funded within the expenditures titled "Debt Reduc-
tion". This will mark the first budget to specifically target our
debt. Capital improvements continue to be addressed within
the 2000 operations budget. Included for next year will be
projects such as additional T-road reconstruction, dune walk-
over replacement, drainage improvements to Leisure Lane. ex-
tension of the bike/walking path to link around the Resort Vil-
lage Inn and thereby eliminating, the need to bike/walk on the
hotel curves of Leisure Lane (which are very hazardous), and to
crack-fill and resurface the airport runway. By each and every
year continuing the capital improvement work required, our
community will never be faced with an overwhelming financial
expenditure to catch up with neglected infrastructure.
In an effort.to improve our efficiency and financially utilize our
budget dollars to the fullest extent. I have made some proce-
dural and personnel changes. As example, in the past we have
always purchased our maintenance and security vehicles out
right. The high cost-of out. right purchase of each vehicle re-
stricted the number of vehicles available to fulfill our needs.
Also, we found ourselves with old vehicles (some 10 years old)
with continual repairs needed to keep them on the road. To
correct this situation. I have shifted to leasing rather than di-
rect ownership. For 2000. the Plantation will be leasing 2 new
security patrol trucks and 1 new maintenance truck for far less
than the cost of 1 new direct purchase. Turn around of the leased
vehicles will be every 3 years. ensuring reliable transportation..
Think about it: why would we want to own any vehicles on a.
barrier island? The elements are very harsh: i.e. salt air, blow-
ing sand. severe storms, etc.
In regards to personnel. I have reduced our in-house mainte-
nance staff from as many as 6 down to 2. With the savings real-
ized. I have shifted to contract maintenance services. This change
has resulted in significant savings of personnel dollars, includ-
ing the very, high cost of employee benefits associated with.
in-house employees. This change has also resulted in'many more
projects being completed, far more than had been accomplished
in the same time frame by our in-house staff. Due to the exper-
tise of the contractors each in their own field, the quality of the
work has improved. With contracted services, if the work is not
performed to our satisfaction I have the ability to withhold pay-
ment until the work is completed properly...
...Our volunteer committees have been working throughout
1998/99 providing attention to their assigned responsibilities.
SThe Architectural Control Committee (ACC) meets the third Sat-
urday of every month to review and approve or disapprove new
house construction and renovations. The 5 member committee
has spent many hours in the development of a new "Building
Guide", which will be forwarded to the membership shortly. This
"Building Guide" is designed to assist our lot owners who are
planning to build their Plantation home. The guide will summa-
rize the Plantation regulations and take a step by step approach.
for planning and submittal, of house plans to the ACC. thereby
saving time and money.
The Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) has had a busy
year and has spent many hours of volunteer labor in completing
the tasks assigned to them by the Board of Directors. Signifi-
cant for 1998/99 was the LRPC's report to the Board on alter-
native revenue generating resources for the Plantation. Armed
with this report. the Board of Directors will begin to explore for
possible implementation of the new sources of revenue recom-
mended by the Long-Range Planning Committee. Their efforts
in the development of a prioritized amenity member survey has
allowed the Board to determine just what the membership de-
sires to be focused upon for new and/orupgraded amenities
within the Plantation...
...Our Cable Committee is pleased to report that the St. George.
Cable now has 51 channels available to our community. Of
course, additional premium channels such as HBO. TMC. etc..
are offered for an additional fee. Within the basic plan are such
channels as the Disney Channel, the Sunshine Channel. and
other channels that were at one time considered "premium".
now offered as part of the basic service...
f In city government, there is the "police blotter", a listing of arrests and other
e enforcement business, and in the homeowner association, there is also a po-
n lice force, but without the power of arrest. Bob Shiver's excerpted annual
security report provides an overview of 1998-99 activities with some startling
statistics on the numbers of visitors to the Plantation-22.102 rental guests.
Y Airport: Security has documented 39 landings so far this year:
-the airplanes were either observed or documented by the infor-
y nation left on the envelopes when landing fees were paid. As of
e August there has been $504.00 dollars collected. Violations per-
r training to the airport this year wVere as follows: unauthorized
vehicles, including bicycles on the runway. two after sunset
take-offs and two separate attempts to launch personal water
Construction: New construction has been on a steady increase
this year. We have fifteen homes under construction and five
lots have been cleared and prepped for the beginning of con-
struction. We have logged in approximately ninety
construction-related vehicles each working day as an average
and as many as one hundred and twenty-five on some.occa-
sions. We have three hundred and twenty-one houses built within
the Plantation, not including the ones under construction. Con-
struction violations primarily consisted of on-street parking and
leaving equipment such as trailers and heavy machinery on the
right-of-way: other violations were at a'minimum this year.
Rental homes: This year as of August we checked in an average
of approximately 90 homes per week. Our peak this year was
one hundred and forty-three homes checked in from the 3rd
through the 10th of July. Based on our rental log from January
1st through August 10th, we have had 22.102 rental guests
stay in the Plantation. Rental guest's violations consisted of a
variety of infractions, from speeding, trespassing, domestic dis-.
turbances to complaints of nuisances and operating watercraft
at a high rate of speed next to the beach. Rental guest com-
plaints were included with the numbers in the overall summary
Home owners/property owners and their guests: From Janu-
ary through August we have allowed Plantation access through
use of the guest authorization card to approximately 12.075
guests of owners. Infractions committed by our owners or their
guests consisted of speeding, right-of-way parking, jet ski viola-
tions (operating watercraft at a high rate of speed next to the
beach), trespassing and nuisances (such as loud music and
bright exterior lighting). These complaints are reflected in the
overall summary below.
Hotel guests: From January until August this year the Inn has
checked in 1,010 rooms through the guard gate. 1,500 guests
so far this year have entered the Plantation on "30-minute passes"
to view the Hotel facility. Violations have been primarily cars
travelling past Resort Village, or "out of destination". These are
listed in the overall summary below. Recorded complaints from
visitors to Resort Village center around not being allowed to travel
beyond 'the Inn to the west on Leisure Lane and general irrita-
tion with our guards when having to be informed of this rule.
Security In General: Just as last year. things were active and
interesting. To mention a few: we.have established observation
points with the assistance of some of our owners to monitor our
bay-front and gulf-beach areas, primarily points where unau-
thorized entries have taken place including thefts...
Larry Lane, CPA, regularly audits the POA accounts, and the membership
received his report by mail. However, his comments designed to accompany
the budget figures provide interesting perspective on the organization, as-
sessments, repairs and maintenance, and litigation.
St. George Plantation Owners' Association, Inc. (The Associa-
tion) is a homeowners association organized on August 22, 1977,
as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of Florida. The
purpose of the Association is to provide maintenance, preserva-
September 7, 1999
Attending: Mayor Robert Howell,
Robert Davis, James Elliot, Van
Johnson and Jack Frye, City Clerk
Betty Taylor Webb, City Attorney,
J. Patrick Floyd.
The Commissioners approved pay- M E
ment of all bills from August 1999.
Mayor Howell then welcomed visi-
tors and asked if anyone would like Your commur
to address the board. There was no Y r mm
questions from the audience. quality cal
The Commissioners then discussed
removal of a big Sycamore tree at
187 Avenue C. The tree is on City
property. Betty Taylor-Webb stated
there was a previous estimate of
$450 to remove the tree. The Conm- Laboratory, ra
missioners agreed to proceed with
the removal if the cost still does not acute card
exceed S450. This fee included re-
moval and disposal of the tree. A
discussion of other trees needing
removal ensued including two Sy- Physician staff
camore trees at the new lift station
on 9th Street. Mayor Howell stated
that there is plenty of room for those
trees to fall without hitting any-
thing. Mayor Howell said city work- We
ers could cut those down.
The next item concerned the plan 135 Avenue
from Baskerville-Donovan's at the
marina for 'straight parking. The Apa[
commissioners agreed that they had
approved angle parking and that
Baskerville-Donovan would have to
make the correction. Howell stated
that the slips are too narrow and VI
will need to be widened. Other ma-
rina concerns will need to be ad-
dressed at the next meeting which Nichols Walk-in Medi
will be October 5, 1999. Howell said.
Robert Davis said he did not think 78 11 th StreE
the matter could wait that long and
requested a special meeting and Apalachicola 850-
that Baskerville-Donovan be
present for the meeting. Davis
wanted the hearing before Septem- Board Certified Ph'
ber 21, .1999. Taylor-Webb agreed
to contact Baskerville-Donovan to Photis J. Nichols,
arrange a meeting. 1 Stephen J, Miniat
In another Baskerville-Donovan
matter. Taylor-Webb reported she
was in receipt of a letter from Will- Open Monday f
iam McCartney wanting to know if 8:00 a. m. 5:00
the City wanted Baskerville- -
Donovan to proceed with the FDRAP
grant application and does the City
want to pursue it. Van Johnson
said, "If I am not mistaken. I think
it was voiced that the next FDRAP
grant we apply for would be for some
sort of recreation." Commissioners
agreed to discuss grant, with
McCartney at the same meeting as
for the marina. Early Childhood
Services requested a variance for
parking- and was approved.
Sherman Thomas requested that
the City remove a manhole from his
yard. Even though Howell stated the
manhole is on City property the
Commissioners agree to remove it.
City Attorney J. Patrick Floyd had
tion and architectural control of the owners' lots and common
areas within certain real property known as St. George Planta-
tion. St. George Island. Florida. The Association's name was
changed to its present name. in accordance with a revision and
restatement of its protective covenants. The association con-
sists of 283 houses and 558 lots. In addition, the Association
assesses dues from Resort Village Association. Inc. for 57 acres.
for 21.96 acres from the Bob Sikes Cut Owners' Association.
Inc.. and 3.1 acres from Mahr Development of Florida.
Annual assessments to owners were $1.602 for single family
dwelling units and $728 for unimproved residential lots for 1998.
The 1997 annual assessments were $1.475 for single family
dwelling units and $670 for unimproved residential lots. The
Bob Sikes Cut Property Owners' Association Inc., and Resort
Village Association Inc. were assessed $38.476. $37.268 for 1998:
$49.826 and $30.864 for 1997 respectfully.
The annual budget and assessment of owners are determined
by the Board of Directors. The Association retains excess oper-
ating funds at the end of the operating year. if any. for use in
future operating periods. Interest on unpaid assessments is pro-
Continued on Page 7
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Plantation continued from Page 6
4. FUTURE MAJOR REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENT
The 1998 dues assessments to be reserved for capital improve-
ments are $63.783. No special assessments have been made for
the years 1998 or 1997.
In the spring of 1997. the Long Range Planning Committee was
established by the Association Board of Directors. The commit-
tee was asked to develop a long range plan for developing future
direction for the Plantation and for establishing and prioritizing
amenities and infrastructure improvements desired by the Plan-
tation membership. The Committee was also to develop a long
range planning budget that would guide the Board of Directors
in developing the annual budget.
A member survey was conducted in 1998 and the results of the
survey showed the following six (6) most wanted amenities to
recommend to the Board: (1) bike paths. (2) boat ramp. (3) walk-
ing and nature trails. (4) fishing/viewing pier. (5) landscaping.
(6) boat club. docking facilities. Early in 1999 it is planned to
complete a new third entrance lane. resurfacing seven (7) T-roads
and the associated bike/walking paths, resurfacing the two (2)
tennis courts including fencing and nets. repair and resurface
pool deck. purchase new pool furniture. re-roof the pool/club-
house gazebos. Beach boardwalk crossovers and new trash re-
ceptacles, improved landscaping, and renovations to the guard
house are also being targeted. The boat ramp site search will
5. FEDERAL AND STATE TAXES
The Association has elected to be taxed as a regular corpora-
tion. Under this election the Association is taxed only on non-
membership income. In 1998 and 1997 the Association's inter-
est income and other nonexempt income was subject to tax.
10. NOTES PAYABLE
Unsecured note payable to the Gulf State Bank (GSB) dated
August 23. 1994, in the amount of $125,000. Interest was fixed
at 8.25% until July 1, 1997 when it was converted to a variable
rate of 1% over prime rate. Principal and interest is payable
monthly in the amount of $1.280.99. Maturity is August 23.
2009. At December 1998-this rate was 9.25%.
Unsecured note payable to the Gulf State Bank dated August 7.
1996 in the amount of $160,000. Interest is variable calculated
at 1% over prime daily. Principal and interest was paid January
Note payable to the Gulf State Bank dated October 28. 1996 in
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The Plantation Board ofDirectors at the June 1999 meeting reviewing the record budget for 1999-2000.
the amount of $170.931. Interest is variable calculated at 1%
over prime daily. Interest was, payable on the 1st of each month
beginning December 1. 1996 with principal paid February
13.1997. The note was secured by all accounts receivable, con-
tract rights and fees due.
Secured loan/overdraft protection credit line to GSB dated May
19, 1997. in the amount of $,Q000,000. Interest is.payable on
May 14, 1998. at 5% on outstanding principle balance from May
19, 1997, at the rate of 5% pei year until May 19. 1998. at the
rate of 5.07% per year until May 19, 1999. During the term of
the loan, the applicable annual interest rate will not be more
than Prime or less than 5%. The rate may not change more than
1% each.year. Loan proceeds may be drawn at the convenience
of the Association and is tied tba zero balance checking ac-
count. Secured by accounts receivable. Loan proceeds advanced
$125,000 Fire station loan-based on fifteen year amortization
650,000 Road improvement arid paving-based on seven year
225,000 Operating capital-ddue May 19, 1998.
and equipment is computed using the straight-line method as
Logo by Kay
Sandy Seal Gets Wheels
Illustrated By Betty Roberts
Sandy Seal is a young, growing girl seal who lives in the
Seal Pavilion at the Metro Zoo. She is having to learn how
to get along with other young seals. Just like you had to
learn to do when you first went to school.
Do you remember your firs' day in school? Sure you do and
so you know how Sandy Seal felt. She really does love this
time away, on her own and being independent.
For a large part of the day, the young seals have free time.
Each can roam about and do anything they wish; butwithin
the rules that they are learning. Sandy really enjoys sitting
on a rock next to the fence where the public stand. Some
people share peanuts with Sandy.
One day, Sandy Seal saw alboy riding on a skate-board.
Sandy Seal had never seen a skate-board. Why, she thought,
"All the people I have seenjwalked about on their two legs
and feet. What is this attached to this boy's feet?"
This boy, called "JT," which is short for James Thomas, had
forgotten to check his skatei-board when he entered the zoo
gate. He may get into trouble for not checking his board.
But so far, no guard or attendant has noticed him.
As usual, JF came to a halt and stood next to the fence to
look at the small seals as they play.
"It is so hot today!" he said, "How I would like to take a
swim with those happy little seals!"
"You can come in and swimr with me," said Sandy Seal,
speaking to JT..At first, JT acted just like he hadn't heard
her speak. So, she reached her flipper through the fence
bars and flapped his knee.
"Hey, JT, I am talking to you. Pay attention! Come and take
a swim with me. We will see who can stay under the water
the longest, Okay?"
"That's funny, I heard someone talking to me. At first I
thought it was you, Sandy Seal. How silly of me! Isn't that
Sandy Seal leaned back and clapped her flippers. "Clap!
"That was me speaking, JT. Do you think I am just sorta
dumb? I can speak and say anything I please."
"Why don't you core in at the gate, which I will unlatch
for you. Be sure to bring your skateboard in with you. I
would like to try it."
Building and improvements 10- 30 years
Roadway 20 years
Boardwalks 10 years
Furniture and fixtures 5 years
Equipment 5 years
Vehicle 5 years
The Association has not valued all common property such as
boardwalks and internal roadways to which title or other evi-
dence of ownership is held. The value of these unrecorded as-
sets may be material.
In 1998. the Association completed the striping and reflector
installation on Leisure Lane. which completes the main road
resurfacing project. The Association resurfaced 19.492 feet of
Leisure Lane in 1997 and 2,335 feet of T-Roads and the club-
house parking lot were also resurfaced. Phase I. II. and III of
resurfacing roads 'were completed in 1997. The road resurfac-
ing project was placed on a repayment plan to Gulf State Bank
financed over seven years. The 1998 budget reserved $30.000
for the new bike paths and $3.400 for repairs on the old bike
On March 9. 1996. the Association entered into an agreement
Continued on Page 9
Sandy led JT along the fence to a gate which was in a
lonely corner. Sandy slipped the latch by standing as tall
as she could and reaching very high. They went to the
rock pool and both entered the water.
"You go ahead and swim and cool off while I figure out
how to ride your cart." "That's not a cart, Sandy. It is a
skateboard. Notice the small skate wheels on each
"Oh yeah, now I do. I think I will try to take a ride. You
swim and watch while I see what I can do."
Sandy sat the board on a walk and used her flipper to get
started. Before she knew it she was moving fast down
"This feels great," she said. "I can really fly fast! Just
look at me, everybody!"
And everybody did begin to notice Sandy.
Very soon, Sandy Seal became very good at handling the
skateboard. She could-stand on her head as she faced
forward then switched backward. She liked best to lie
down, raise her lower flippers and wave to people.
Then, the zoo director came to check on the extraordi-
nary activity in this area. Mr. Jack Hanna did not believe
what his eyes were telling him. As Sandy Seal passed
near Mr. Hanna, he stuck his foot under the rear wheels.
The board stopped suddenly and Sandy fell to the
"Whoops!" said Sandy Seal. "What did I do wrong?"
"Well, first, you obviously broke several rules. You
unlatched a gate and, let a person into a.restricted area. I
think the boy I can see swimming in our pool and
waving knows you, Sandy."
"Yes, that is ''JT", my new friend. He let me borrow his
skateboard. I was learning tricks until you got into my
act. Can you skateboard?"
"Well, no I can't. And, Sandy Seal, you must go into
"time out" until you remember how to obey all the
"Alright, Mr. Hanna. You win. But, please, could your
zoo budget handle a few skateboards? I would like to
give lessons to the other seals. What do you think. Mr.
"I think that you better get into time out immediately,
Sandy Seal waved and clapped for all the very interested
zoo visitors. They applauded for Sandy.
A news photographer had take some photos. The follow-
ing day, Sandy Seal and the zoo got some very good
publicity. And Sandy Seal became the star of the seal
pavilion in its new show.
JT was carried home by Mr. Jack Hanna, who promised
JT a summer job. JT donated his skateboard to Sandy
Seal. JT often visited together and had interesting
conversations at the zoo.
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Publisher's Note: Brian Goercke
has sent us another article (on
the right) about his life as a Peace
Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe. He
left the United States in October
1998, completed his training by
December, and began teaching
English as a second language at
Matsine Secondary School by
January 1999. In his latest
article, he describes one of his
primary responsibilities, that of
helping establish a library in
rural Zimbabwe. Brian lived in
Franklin County for about six
years, the first two were with
VISTA (Volunteers In Service to
America) and the last four with
the Franklin Chronicle as Editor.
Those who would like to write him
may use this address: Brian
Goercke, Matsine Secondary
School, Private Mail Bag 2107.
Wedza, Zimbabwe. Africa. This
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Tales Of Library Development
In Rural Zimbabwe
By Brian Goercke
I remember looking over the library at Matsine Secondary School on
my first day of work. I did not know where to begin. I only knew that
I wanted to start doing something.
The main problem was organization; there was none ... just a bunch
of books, magazines and newspapers scattered about and chewed
upon by insects which, although I've pointed them out to others, do
not seem have a particular name, except insect.
I turned to one of the instructors stationed in the library and asked if
I could start doing something; he motioned for me to begin where I
pleased. Operation Sweep and Clean (literally) was then put in mo-
tion; it would continue for the next two weeks.
In the library with the Human Rights/Creative Writing Club.
Operation Sweep & Clean
Books were taken from shelves; shelves were dusted. Ancient ant
mounds were swept from behind wooden shelves. Small scorpions
with bad attitudes were squashed beneath worn but eager shoes.
Books were then placed in three different stacks. 1. Books to be bound
2. Books to be discarded (given or sold to pupils or traded with volun-
teers at other schools) and 3. Books good enough to go back on the
Quite early in the operation, it became apparent that those books in
the first category would occupy a significant amount of my time. Nearly
a third of all books were in need of some type of repair. The library
was destined to become an extension of my home.
Anyone who has participated in the tedious process of book binding
will come to this conclusion; it ain't fun. With that in mind, it can
also be said that book binding is time consuming and.requires a
variety of materials (not always available in rural African villages) to
do the job properly.
As far as the book binding materials were concerned, I was a lucky
volunteer. Everything I needed was waiting for me at Matsine Sec-
ondary School. Now it was time for me to learn how to bind.
Before setting foot on African soil, I had never bound a book. Now, be
it a copy of Twelfth Night with loose pages, or The Mayor ofCasterbridge
lacking both front and back covers, I fear no novel.
Continued on Page 9
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Plantation continued from Page 7
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year. On December 21. 1996 a contract was executed for the
construction of the firehouse. Construction was completed and
the firehouse was occupied May 8. 1997. The equipment and
trucks housed in the firehouse are owned by the fire depart-
ment. The firehouse project was placed on a repayment plan to
Gulf State Bank financed over fifteen years.
The.Association attorneys provided their report to the Board of Directors. ex-
The law firm of Amundsen & Moore has represented the St.
George Plantation Owners'Association.'Inc.. (POA) continuously
on various matters since December 1995. This memorandum
summarizes the legal matters that Amundsen & Moore has
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Under a retainer agreement, we have represented the POA on
various matters that have not been filed for litigation. These
matters have included:
1. Requirements for a food and beverage concession license.
2. Public Access to Bob Sikes' Cut.
3. Interpretation of various agreements to which the POA is
4. Research and advice on the application of POA covenants to
POA v. Herren
This is a lawsuit by the POA against Mr. Herren and his devel-
opment company. RSH. Inc.. concerning the trespass of Mr.
Herren's development into the right-of-way of Perwinkle Way
and Conch Drive. The POA on several occasions requested that
-' r- .- .. --
The road in the background leads to the Mathes Gate, the
entrance to the Plantation. The Inn at Resort Village has
been a bone of contention with the Plantation Board of
Directors for years. There may be a settlement of the
friction over density issue in the future.
the trespassing obstruction be removed, however Mr. Herren
refused to do anything. Finally, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of
the POA. The lawsuit has been delayed by Mr. Herren's attorney's
failure to respond to the POA discovery. We filed a motion to
compel Mr. Herren to answer the discovery and that motion was
set for hearing on August 17, 1999. Just prior to the hearing we
received discovery responses from Mr. Herren's attorney that
were sufficient. With discovery completed, a motion for sum-
mary judgment is being prepared. The motion for summary
judgement will be filed in August 1999 and we will schedule it
for hearing as soon as possible.
St. George Cable Inc. v. C.W. Roberts Contracting, Inc. v. St.
St. George Cable has sued C.W. Roberts for damages to its cables
associated with the resurfacing of Leisure Lane. In turn, C. W.
Roberts filed a complaint against the POA alleging that, if it is
liable to St. George Cable for any damages, the POA is liable for
those damages and should pay because C.W. Roberts relied on
representations made by the POA regarding the depths at which
the cable was buried. We succeeded in dismissing the original
complaint and third-party complaint in this action. However,
both St. George Cable and C.W. Roberts have filed amended
complaints. The POA has filed an answer and affirmative de-
fenses to both complaints. The POA also filed a counterclaim
against C.W. Roberts based on an indemnification provision in
the contract for resurfacing Leisure Lane. In December 1998,
C.W. Roberts filed a motion to dismiss the counterclaim, but
has not pursued a hearing on the motion. Counsel for C.W. Rob-
erts has suggested that the parties meet to discuss settlement
and agreed to arrange such a meeting, but no discussions have
Ben Johnson v. POA and St. George Cable, Inc.
Ben Johnson and his development company filed this lawsuit
initially against the cable television company providing service
to the POA. In that suit, Johnson claimed that he owned Lei-
sure Lane from 12th Street west through the Resort Village prop-
erty and that the cable television company was trespassing. Ben
Johnson made this claim although neither he nor his develop-
ment company has ever paid any tax on Leisure Land nor have
they contributed to the maintenance of Leisure Lane. The court
dismissed the initial lawsuit until the POA could be named as a
Once the POA was named as a party, it asserted its right to
Leisure Lane. This lawsuit by Ben Johnson is still pending. The
last activity on the case was in August 1999 when the POA filed
a motion to compel responses to its discovery requests.
POA v. Ben Johnson et al.
This is a declaratory judgment action filed by the POA to deter-
mine the validity of an alleged agreement with Ben Johnson. In
response to this action, Ben Johnson filed a breach of contract
claim against the POA. This law firm has handled the defense of
that breach of contract claim. An answer, affirmative defenses
and a breach of contract claim has been filed against Ben
Johnson and his development company. The trial court deter-
mined that the agreement with the POA and the adjoining cov-
enant amendments are valid. The First District Court of Ap-
peals has affirmed this ruling. The remaining claims in the law-
suit are mutual breach of contract claims by the POA and Ben
Johnson. The POA recently filed a motion for summary judge-
ment for its breach of contract claim. This motion should be
heard before the first of the year unless the parties agree to
settle this case.
Regional Investment Fund, Ltd. v. POA, et al.
This is a quiet title action filed on one of the lots allegedly owned
by Regional Investment Fund. The lot in question has tennis
courts on it and may have been dedicated for community use.
The POA was named as a party in this lawsuit as a possible
entity with an interest in the lot. This lawsuit is proceeding slowly.
The POA has sent, counsel for Regional Investment Fund an of-
fer to settle the case. I spoke with Regional's attorney on August
16, 1999, regarding the offer. He was going to try and obtain a
response before the end of August.
In addition to the pending litigation, the new issue that will likely
affect the POA in 1999 2000 is the public's access to Bob Sike's
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Zimbabwe continued from Page 8
The Library System
The system ain't fancy. Each student wishing to borrow a book must
first purchase a library (index) card. The student then writes his name
and grade level on the front of the card. On the back. the librarian or
prefect writes down the name of the borrowed book. The book's re-
turn date is written on a small slip of scrap paper.
Each student is allowed to borrow a book for seven days. After that
time period, members from the English Department remind the stu-
dents of the overdue book.
If the student continues to forget to bring their book to school, he/
she is eventually sent home to retrieve it; it's a long walk obr some
and the recidivism rate is low among those forgetful book borrowers.
Overdue book fines have also reduced continuous forgetful behavior.
Of all students using the library, there have only been three repeat
book fine offenders.
Our membership is growing steadily. Nearly half of the secondary
school population (239) have purchased library cards. Quite recently.
library membership has been offered to students from the adjacent
primary school. In that short time, 92 students have already joined.
We are hoping to increase patronage among faculty and community
members. Only 13 membership cards have been purchased between
the two groups.
The most requested books by both students and staff members are
Pacesetter novels. Pacesetter novels, in my estimation, have all the
style and content of the American soap opera. However, they are com-
posed by African writers. Library patrons love them, and they are
always in high demand.
Following the demand for Pacesetters, patrons enjoy short African
novels featuring a character named Tapiwa. There's Tapiwa and the
Computer Wizards. Tapiwa and the Black-Devil Gang and Tapiwa and
the Escaped Prisoners. These books combine adventure, intrigue and
imagination and could possibly be compared to a Nancy Drew or
Encyclopedia Brown book.
Novels written in Shona are quite popular among the younger stu-
dents. The older boys seem to enjoy fantasy and adventure books.
The girls enjoy books from the popular series, The Baby Sitters Club.
by Ann Martin.
I'm surprised at some. of the books which are popular among stu-
dents. Jaws by Peter Benchly has proven to be a favorite. Pinnochio
by Carlo Collodi, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and Dracula by Bram
Stroker have all been popular selections.
Both boys and girls enjoy reading material dealing with wildlife. They
enjoy learning about both indigenous and foreign animals. Many want
to know the difference between alligators and crocodiles; they want
to know where sharks live (especially after reading Jaws) and what
they eat. They also want to know what kind of snakes live in the U.S.
National Geographic magazines are quite popular among the students.
We've recently added many new books about animals such as leop-
ards, sharks and rhinos.
Mr. Chipa Kazingizi (right) with raffle winner Faith Chigede.
While I have flailed in my brief experience as a grant writer, I have.
triumphed in my attempts to identify and source donations from vari-
Veteran volunteers have been of great assistance to the newcomers.
They have compiled lists of possible donors and made them available.
to all volunteers. Immediately, I began writing to donors on the corn'
piled list. Later, I began looking through a current Almanac to idenr,
tify other organizations for possible donations.
To the amazement of all, the goods have flooded into Matsine. We've
received a variety of donations ranging from sporting goods to chess
sets. The donors are too numerous to name individually, though I
would like to thank some of the following organizations for their sup-
* Pribiloff Press informed us that they are mailing 32 boxes of math,
science, social science, computer science, literature, reference and
* Darien Press sent us several boxes of books.
* The British High Commission have donated 110 books.
Sporting Goods/Chess Sets
* Eurosport sent uniforms and equipment for the school's soccer team.
* The U.S. Chess Federation sent four chess sets.
U.S. Presidential Libraries
* All U.S. Presidential Libraries Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman,,
Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and"
Bush) have sent books, pamphlets, photos, activity books, stickers.
book marks, magazines, and photocopied documents about each re-.
* Unicef, Strategies for Hope, International Planned Parenthood Fed-,
eration and the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program have sent'
books, magazines and journals on issues ranging from AIDS to water'
Si Teaching Tolerance, Human Rights USA, World Peace Foundation:
S'. w and Minnesota Advocates for. Human Rights have donated books and
S magazines on issues ranging from the American Civil Rights Move-
S-' ment to Race Relations in South Africa.
I, -. The U.S. Department of the Interior, American Geological Institute,
a. Planetary Society, Greenpeace International, and Defenders of Wild-
life have sent such items as text books, maps and photos of the plan-
The Christian Science Monitor donated a one year free subscrip-
The Rotary Club of Patchogue donated $500 (the equivalent of
$185,000 in Zimbabwean currency) to be used for purchasing text'
books and sponsoring students.
Friends and family members have also contributed books, magazines,
library materials, books on audiocassette as well as educational vidl
eotapes to our library.
The donations are making an impact upon the students. They have
Robin Martin, a visitor from taken interest in their library, prompting the refrain from staff mem-
the United States, with bers, "Saka (therefore), we are making progress."
children from the village.
To be continued in the next issue of the
Chronicle, October 1, 1999.
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