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(From the left) Jim Estes, Joyce Estes and their English-
speaking professional hunter (P.H.)


Tinga Tinga From Tanzania

By Tom Campbell
The wife shoots photographs, still and motion pictures, while the
husband shoots the wild animals. Right away, it is important to note,
he shoots only the animals that the government wants him to shoot,
usually because those animals are old and no longer productive.
Jim and Joyce Estes of Eastpoint are the husband-wife team and
enjoy sharing the tales and experiences of their journeys. The photo-
graphs and art objects gathered on the trips please Joyce more than
anything else. The skills and thrills of the safari and hunt excite Jim.
"I'm very pleased with the Tinga Tinga I found in Tanzania," Joyce
smiled. "It's whimsical, primitive art and very exciting." She explained
that the name of the art came from the last name of the artist, Tinga
Tinga, who died at the age of 32. His proteges have continued his art
form.
In Tanzania, the artists use whatever materials they can find, such
as cheap muslin and primer. Onto this, the artist places the playful
images in enamel paints, and. the works transcend the mundane.
Hippopotamuses may be bathing in a lake or river and having a joyful
time. The African animals are viewed in their environment in whimsi-
cal fashion, evoking a smile.
Jim and Joyce have been to Africa many times, but their most recent
trip was to Tanzania, a large country in the eastern part of the huge
continent. They were in Tanzania for a month and the only way in or
out was by airplane. "There aren't any roads," said Joyce. Their primi-
tive way of living is much different from "the American way we know
here."


Publisher's Note: Perhaps I am reading too much into this issue's
roster of color photographs, but with shots from Africa and St.
George Island, the temptation is difficult to resist, cross-culturally
speaking. So, I make the following modest observations.
In both cultures, northern Florida and Tanzania, animals are
paraded, photographed, interpreted through painting, and some-
times eaten.
As the reader will see in examining Tom Campbell's piece on the
Estes' visit to Africa, and their starch for big game and art, there
are some interesting aspects not generally known. "Managed hunt-
.ing" of big game benefits villagers in Africa both in the food that
may be furnished them, and the fees paid by visiting hunters.
This "campfire program" involving local tribesmen and an En-
glish-speaking "professional hunter" is not widely innovated yet
in Tanzania, but the model is found in Zimbabwe, Joyce discov-
ered some provocative artistic rendering of big game on canvass
and enamel. Half-a-world away, on St. George Island, there is an
eating celebration in the roasting of "local game". In this culture,
especially in the fall, organized kills are orchestrated in state and
federal forests for bear, deer, rabbit and other animals.


Resignation Letter From Highsmith,

Director Of Financial Services


By Tom Campbell
Letter of. resignation to Mrs.
Brenda Galloway, Superintendent
of Franklin County Schools, from
Louis D. Highsmith, CPA, Direc-
tor of Financial Services, was
dated September 12, 1999. Be-
cause of illness, Ms. Galloway was
unavailable for comment at press
time.
The letter stated: "Based on the
"Conditions of Operations," "Neg-
ligence (whether intentional or
not) with regard to the matters
relating to my "Personnel File,"
the 'Treatment I received on Con-
tract Renewal", and other "Finan-
cial Matters Mishandling" and
which I had nothing to do with,
but nevertheless reflect on my
"Character and Integrity", I
present this letter for your con-
sideration and presentation to
The Board" (sic).
"Please consider this as a "Letter
of resignation" from "The Position
of Director of Financial Services"
effective 5:00 p.m. Monday, Sep-
tember 13, 1999." (Note: A
spokesperson in the


Supenntendent's Office said Ms.
Galloway "accepted the letter on
September 14, Tuesday.")
The letter continued: "I will be
glad to act in a "Consultant Ca-
pacity" after that point in order
to reach "Closure and To Meet
Remaining Required Deadlines".
After that point, I will not want to
continue In The "Consultant Ca-
pacity." I will need to know yours
and the Board's desires so that I
can plan accordingly. Sincerely,
(signed) Louis D. Highsmith,
DCPA, Dir. Financial Services."
At the School Board Meeting, no
mention was made of the resig-
nation. Mr. Highsmith, who was
at the meeting, left without
comment.
No explanation has been offered
for the circumstances of the res-
ignation, other than those listed
above. Mr. Highsmith was not
available for comment. Ms.
Galloway's office would offer no
further comment. The circum-
stances of the Highsmith resigna-
tion remain unexplained.


Citizens Sue Will Kendrick And Brenda Galloway
For Alleged Violation Of Public Records Law


Margarite Hopps and Latasha
Buacham have initiated a lawsuit
against the Superintendent of
Franklin County Schools, Brenda
SGalloway, and Will Kendrick,
Chairman of the Franklin County
School Board for failure to pro-
vide them with documents that
are ostensibly related to a poten-
tial personal injury ease involv-
ing the School Board and the
School Superintendent.


Zebras photographed by Joyce Estes.
Jim said there were "some problems with the plane on our way back.
The 747 blew an engine on the runway and we were delayed. There
are no mechanics in Tanzania and no parts, so they had to be flown
in-the mechanics and the parts."
While they were in Tanzania, their base camp was two hours and
more from. Arusha in the north. They would hunt out of the base
camp, traveling by jeep, or Land Rover They would travel "a hun-
dred or 150 miles a day. They lived in tents and were roughing it. The
country was beautiful and the sunsets were magnificent," said Joyce.

Continued on Page 10


Plaintiffs Hopps and Buacham
assert they have sent their re-
quests to Kendrick and Galloway
on April 21, 1999 and have not
received any reply. Also, another
letter was sent to the defendants
Galloway and Kendrick on July 6,
1999 without a reply. The litiga-
tion was filed in the Circuit Court
of the Second Judicial Circuit,
Franklin County, on September
29, 1999.


Contract Signed To Restore Fry-

Conter House


Poloronis Construction, Inc.
Apalachicola has signed a con-
tract with the Historic
Apalachicola Foundation, Inc. to
start work on the restoration of
the Fry-Conter-Mabrey House in
Apalachicola. The agreement,
which is a "cost-of-the-work plus
a fee", contract was signed on 27
September 1999, just davs before


the grant financing the work was
to have lapsed. The grant is offi-
cially encumbered and the con-
tractor has until the end of De-
cember 1999 to make the work
"substantially complete." The ar-
chitect for the project has
been Willoughby Marshall,
Apalac licola.


October 15 28, 1999


Jerry Thompson is tending the winning roasted
pig.
Anita Gregory, Executive Director of the Apalachicola Area Chamber,
estimated visitors rose to about 2,500 during the day, with many
packing the St. George Island's "watering holes" and restaurants Fri-
day and Saturday nights. The Volunteer St. George Fire Department
earned some fees for providing safety services throughout the two-day
music fest, along with displaying fire-fighting equipment for
passers-by.
Jerry Thompson, of Prudential Resort Realty, won the "Best Whole
Roast Pig" competition. There were other competitions for ribs and
other pork. Jerry obtained his pig from Fullmer's Meat Market on the
island. He used a vinegar-based sauce for his roastedd-morsels; hav-
ing cooked over 150 such animals in his lifetime thus far.

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Fire Chief Jay Abbott uses the hydraulic cutter tool on a
donated wreck from Shadetree Towing.

Portable Hydraulic Rescue
Tools Demonstrated For Area
Firefighters And EMS Personnel
Slowly but carefully, the second hydraulic rescue tools are being in-
novated in Franklin County, beginning with a powerful demonstra-
tion by the AMHURST representative held at Shadtree Towing,
Eastpoint, on Saturday, October 9th.
"The Jaws of Life"TM is the phrase normally associated with both the
identity and function of the sophisticated and very strong technology
demonstrated at the Shadtree lot, with firemen and EMS (Emergency
Medical Service) personnel from Franklin County in attendance. The
county has one Volunteer unit located with the Lanark Village/Fire
Dept. The new, second unit demonstrated Saturday will be housed
and maintained at the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Dept. Fire
Chief Jay Abbott said, "We will respond in this part of Franklin county
with this equipment and our rescue truck, but each fire department
will have its own people to work with the equipment."


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On the left, the cutter tool, on the right, the spreader tool.
Continued on Page 9


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The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

October 5, 1999
The Franklin County Commission
met on October 5, 1999. Attend-
ing were: Chairperson Clarence
Williams, Cheryl Sanders, Bevin
Putnal, Jimmy Mosconis, Eddie
Creamer, County Attorney Alfred
O. Shuler, Clerk of the Court
Kendall Wade and Director of Ad-
ministrative Services Alan Pierce.
The meeting was called to order
by Chairperson Williams at 9:00
a.m. The minutes of the previous
meeting were approved as was
payment of bills.
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan provided commissioners
with copies of University of
Florida's Imapact Magazine, fall
edition that highlights the Insti-
tute of Food and Agriculture's
activities around the state. Mahan
also reported about Clam Crop
Insurance Workshops, which
were, held on October 6 and 7,
1999. He also announced a work-
shop on New Molluscs for Aquac-
ulture to be held on November 10,
1999, in Brooksville, FL.
Tony Millender, Division of For-
estry provided an annual fire re-
port for the Commissioners.
Attorney Barbara Sanders, Trust
for Public Lands, was present for
a continuation of public hearing
on request to abandon the plat,
"Summerwood Club on the Gulf'
Commissioners approved aban-
donment of the plat.
Superintendent of Public Works
Prentice Crum reported on the
purchase of two new Mack trucks.
Solid Waste Director Van Johnson
requested the board purchase in-
surance for the bus that trans-
ports children to athletic activi-
ties. Mosconis recommended the
County Attorney check into
whether there is existing cover-
age through the School's insur-
ance policy.
Director of Administrative Ser-
vices Alan Pierce provided the
board with copies of correspon-
dence from United States Corps
of Engineers (USCOE) regarding
the erosion problem on Alligator
Point. USCOE responded to a re-
quest by the County to the con-
tinual problems. Roger Burke,
Chief, Plan Formulation Branch,
said in the letter: During a site
visit it was "noted that exposure
to erosive forces from the east,
south, and west appears to be
causing continuous degradation
of the shoreline and roadway at
Alligator Point. Severe shoreline
erosion was observed at both ends
of the revetment along Franklin
county Road 370. The revetment
and cap have failed at the east-
ern end, the 800 foot shoreline
has eroded, and undermining of
the existing roadbed has begun.
Remnants of foundations from
homes lost to earlier erosive forces
were in evidence; those of the re-
maining homes are in imminent
danger of collapse. Burke is rec-
ommending that funds be secured
to initiate a feasibility study.
Pierce announced that the County
has received a grant in the
amount of $20,000 for the publi-
cation of Apalachicola Bay Area
Boater's Guide.
Pierce gave the Board copies of
various bridge inspection reports
for Crooked River Bridge over CR
67 and Trout Creek Bridge. Ac-
cording to the report Trout Creek
is not properly posted for weight.
Pierce said the County previously
had signs there and someone
must have taken them down. The
Board agreed that the signs be
replaced. Pierce requested board
action to approve the annual con-
tract between County and Depart-


ment of Community Affairs for
emergency management funds.
Pierce said this funding pays for
the Emergency Management Di-
rector and the operation of the
program. The grant amounts to
roughly $100,000. The Board ap-
proved the request unanimously.
Pierce requested the Board ap-
point a representative to the
Franklin County School Readi-
ness Coalition. Pierce suggested
Mrs. Marie Marshall and said,
"She is familiar with the Early
Childhood program and is cur-
rently head of the Gulf/Franklin
Healthy Start Coalition". Marshall
was approved unanimously.
Pierce reported receiving a notice
from the Community Develop-
ment Block Grant program that
there are proposed changes to the
program that may reduce the
amount of money Franklin
County could get. Pierce said,
"Mark Curenton recommends the
Board write the Secretary of DCA
urging that the funding calcula-
tions" remain as they are. The
Board agreed. Pierce made refer-
ence to the agreement between
the County and the School Board
to exchange county property.
Pierce requested guidance from
the Board on the negotiation.
Sanders stated that the School
Board does not meet until Octo-
ber 8, 1999. and until the County
Board knows what the School
Board wants, it would be prema-
ture to take further action.
Pierce reported that flooding on
Gulf Beach Drive between 7th St.
West and 11th St. on St. George
Island continues to be a problem.
Pierce said, "When the bike path
was built, the contractor raised
the shoulder of the road which
blocked drainage". Pierce said
that David Kennedy of the County
has looked at it but before the
County attempts to solve a prob-
lem that looks like it was created
by the design of the bike path,
that the Board contact the Florida
Department of Transportation
and request them to assist the
County in remedying the problem.
The Board approved.
Pierce gave the board copies of the
bid specifications for the cutting
of timber and grading of property
between the runways at the air-
port. Pierce stated he had assis-
tance from Tony Millender and
others in writing the specifica-
tions. Bids will be advertised and
opened in two weeks. Pierce fur-
ther said that Ted Mostellar has
talked with three companies who
are interested in the timber.
Alan Pierce and Tom Kline dis-
cussed the revised county park
plan as proposed by members of
the St. George Island Civic Club.
Pierce provided the Board copies
of the revision. The County re-
ceived a $ 100,000 grant from the
State to build the park, Kline
stated there are two. groups work-
ing on the park. One is the St.
George Island Civic Club and the
other is a private foundation
formed which is called, "Let the
Children Play". The foundation
wants to raise money to provide
better recreation throughout the
County. The proposed design calls
for smaller pavilions rather than
one large pavilion. Pierce said he
hopes the pavilions will be built
by next summer. Creamer 'asked
if there would be traffic problems
as a result of the park and Pierce
said there would be. There will be
more traffic on Gulf Beach Drive
because Gorrie Drive will have to
be closed. Kline stated the pro-
posal is that Gulf Beach Drive be
a through street without stop
signs. Pierce said there will be a
road from Gorrie Drive where it
will end that one can use to get to
Gulf Beach Drive.
Paula Luberto requested permis-
sion to recreate a driveway cross-
ing the St. George Island bike
path. The Board granted the re-
quest.
Pierce announced that Jeff
Toussant, St. George Island
bridge designer, who is working
on the design of the new St.
George Island bridge, planned to
attend this Board meeting but


was delayed leaving Tampa.
Pierce further stated that
Toussant would arrive about.
11:30 a.m. if anyone wanted to
attend the meeting. Pierce said
that part of the design of the new
bridge includes what to do with
the old bridge. Pierce said he has
received draft plans that shows
there will be 20 parking spaces
at one end of the bridge and 19
parking spaces at the other end I
of the bridge. Toussant wants
feedback from the Board and pub-
lic. A discussion followed about
the how much of the old bridge
should be left. Pierce said the
Board would have to decide how
much of the old bridge should be
left. Pierce said, "There is a con-
tract on my desk that the County
could sign that would leave .6 of
a mile on either end and we will
get 1.3 million dollars".
Pierce thought the board had de-
cided on .3 mile and Mosconis
said they agreed to the .6 mile.
Pierce said he wanted the com-
missioners to walk .6 mile be-
cause it is a long way. Mosconis
said, "fishing people would run if
they thought the fish were biting."
Mosconis further said, "We are
trying to serve the public need
here". The decision will be made
in the future whether to keep .3
or .6 mile. Kendall Wade noted
that maintaining the old bridge
can be expensive and that people
in Bay County have been upset
at how much it has cost them.
Pierce then discussed the Timber
Island boat ramp. He said that the
work continues and for the next
couple of weeks it will be an in-
convenience to the people of
Carrabelle because it will be
closed. Putnal stated, "They don't
mind that if there are some im-
provements made out there."
Clerk of the Court Kendall Wade
requested that seven items be re-
moved from the property inven-
tory list. The Board agreed. Wade
then discussed the problems with
the courthouse roof when it rains.
He said the last two weeks they
have really had some problems
and the problems are increasing.
Wade said, "Judge Russell's office
is now leaking inside the windows
and coming down and wetting the
carpet ... The State's Attorney's
Office is leaking inside the win-
dows and it is a real mess. When
the roof was redone several years
ago and they put a rubberized roof
on the building there was a cop-
per chapping that went all the way
around the building; and for some
reason they removed that chap-
ping and never put it back, and
that is, probably one of the prob-
lems". Wade wanted the board to
know that there are serious prob-
lems that he is looking into and
he will report back to the Board
at each meeting to keep them in-
formed. There are also problems
with the drains. Wade said if the
problems are not resolved, it will
create bigger problems in the fu-
ture .
Wade and James Harris then
talked about the county office in
Carrabelle which he said is about
8' x 10'. Harris said that the of-
fice is currently located in the
Health Department in Carrabelle
and that it is simply too small and
"We cannot operate out of that
office", Harris said he has two
computers which are tied in to the
Department of Motor Vehicles so
that people in Carrabelle, Lanark
Village, St. James, Gulf Terrace
and Alligator Point can get there
tags without them having to be
mailed. Harris said they are now
going to have a satellite system
for taxes so that people can pay
their taxes in Carrabelle. Harris
has found an office in the old Well
Springs building. The building is
owned by Ben Watkins who is in-
terested in leasing it for three
years at $600 a month for the first
year with a 10% increase for the
second and third year. Watkins
would keep up the grounds and
pay water and sewer. Harris said
he could not find another place
for rent in Carrabelle. Harris re-
quested the board to consider
paying rent on the building so we
can move in. Creamer noted that


it is handicapped accessible.
Wade noted that at the office at
the Health Department, County
employees cannot have access to
the building during hours the
Health Department is closed. An-
other problem Harris noted is that
the Health Department requires
privacy. Employees of the County
have to sign a statement saying
that they would not say anything
if they see someone at the Health
Department. Harris said his em-
ployees are uncomfortable with
this. The Board approved Harris'
request. Mosconis said that next
year the Board needs to start sav-
ing money to build at government
complex in Carrabelle.
County Attorney Shuler reported
his activities for the month. He
said he received a letter from Mr.
Leonard Carson, a labor attorney,
concerning recommended proce-
dures for hiring a Superintendent
of Public Works upon Prentice
Crum's retirement. Mr. Shuler
provided the Board with copies of
the letter. Mr. Carson recom-
mends that the position be adver-
tised in the local media. This will
allow existing employees as well
as other potential applicants to
apply for the position. Carson ex-
plained that, "As a general rule,
personnel rules will provide a'pro-
tected' selection process so that
existing employees may advance
from within, without competing
with applicants who are not cur-
rently employed by the County.
This serves the beneficial purpose
of encouraging employees to stay
in County employment because
they can advance from within".
However, Carson explained that,
"The general rule does not apply
when selecting executive level
appointees who serve at the plea-
sure of the County. Commission.
This is to management's interest
in that it can thereby select the
'best qualified candidate' without
regard to any limitations in its,
present workforce." Shuler be-
lieves that the Board could safely
promote from within or advertise.
Creamer said, "I do not see where
we need to change anything as far
as advertising publicly. This is
going to be a promotional position
and I think the notice to the em-
ployees has been put out."
Creamer then provided the board
copies of a petition signed by the
employees of the Public Works
Department endorsing Bill
Henderson for the position. The
petition included, "Bill has been
our supervisor for many years and
we .support his promotion from
Assistant Superintendent to Su-
perintendent. In our opinion he
is well able and very capable of
performing the duties required to
be Superintendent of Public
Works." Creamer stated that it
was signed by all of the employ-
ees and Sanders stated, "All of the
employees did not sign". Creamer
then said, "All but one has signed,
the majority has signed and. I
think we need to continue as a
notice has gone out to all employ-
ees and just go ahead and let that
be in by October 12 and then it
will be the 19" before our next
meeting." Sanders asked Shuler
what his recommendation is.
Shuler replied, "I made [a deci-
sion] based on what I know. It is
up to the board and its discretion
as decision makers to elect to ei-
ther selection process. I have to
point out that Mr. Carson is more
skilled in labor matters than I am,
so what we have is, I am your
friendly family physician and he
is the brain surgeon in this mat-
ter. My reading of the rules was
as I reported to you in a letter ... I
think it is a matter the Board will
have to decide on." Creamer
quoted from Carson's letter refer-
ring to the general rule where ex-
isting employees may advance
from within. Creamer stated that
is his position. Creamer noted
that this is not a new position and
that an entry level position will
become open when Henderson is
promoted. Creamer stated, 'This
is a promotional position as far
as I am concerned." Creamer was
insistent that this is a promo-
tional position and not an execu-
tive level appointment. Sanders
said she agreed with Mosconis in
that this is an executive level ap-


Principal Denise Butler of
Apalachicola High reported that
they have new computers in the
business lab, and improved safety
at the ball games.
School Board member McKnight
thanked the community for help-
ing to keep the grounds at
Carrabelle School clean and well
cared for.
It was reported that at the next
School Board meeting, a mainte-
nance person will be discussed.
In a sweeping move, Items 9
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pointment. Mosconis said he
would like for Carson, 'To give the
Board a seminar on dealing with
this kind of situation." Mosconis
noted that the authority of the
Board had been removed by the
court on two previous situations.
Mosconis stated, "What Mr.
Carson is trying to tell you ... if
you don't go by these procedures,
the way the law spells out what is
legal, this Board could be held li-
able for its actions and that is
what I am pushing for. Let's get
the procedure down right." Tom
Kline, member of the audience
said, "I think it would be an honor
him (Henderson) if the position
was advertised and it was dem-
onstrated that he is the best can-
didate and for him to actually go
through the process rather than
have a question hanging over the
appointment. If he is, in fact, the
best candidate then lets demon-
stration that fact and go ahead
and advertise the position to the
public. I don't see why we have to
avoid that process." County Attor-
ney Shuler stated he believes both
selection processes would be le-
gal and appropriate and, "I think
it is within the Board's discretion
to do iv either way. Mr. Carson is
concerned that the best way to do
it is the advertised way which
would involve running an ad in
the paper and having an interview
process ... Mr. Carson has set
forth some policy considerations
that you might want to consideI
in reaching your decision." The
Board decided not to advertise
publicly. The position has beer
posted for employees.

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the last five years. His occupa-
tional background has centered
around retail development, mar-
keting, merchandising and orga-
nizing related special events. He
discovered this area while on an
extended sailing trip, stopping five
years ago in Apalachicola for a
brief time to visit friends before
continuing on to Key West. But,
instead of sailing away, he sold
his boat and stayed on because,
he said, "I enjoy the natural
beauty of this area, the warm hos-
pitality of its people and the tran-
quil way of life." He believes that
as the KFCB's executive coordi-
nator,*he can help preserve the
natural beauty he fell in love with
by applying his organizational and
Computer skills to the job and
i "give something back to the com-
Smunity."
Bates is work-training with
former Coordinator Guy Hogan
who has agreed to stay on for a
couple of weeks to provide a
smooth transition and help Bates
"hit the ground running." Both
will attend the Keep Florida Beau-
tiful Conference in Clearwater, FL
next week. Hogan will be there to
accept a recognition award for
KFCB's successful past programs,
while Bates will be there to gar-
ner new ideas for successful fu-
ture programs to Keep Franklin
County Beautiful. Guy Hogan will
continue to participate with KFCB
as a volunteer member.
J. Michael Bates, executive coor-
dinator of Keep Franklin County
Beautiful, can be reached in the
KFCB courthouse basement office
at 653-3661.


The regular meeting of the
Franklin County School Board
was held October 7 at the
Apalachicola High School. Min-
utes of the previous meeting were
approved as corrected. Assistant
Superintendent Michael Clark sat
in for Superintendent Brenda
Galloway, as she was ill.
Principals from the various
schools reported that the year was
off to a good start. Brown Elemen-
tary reported receiving over
$28,000 in a school recognition
grant. For Chapman's Open
House, 70 percent of parents
showed, honoring the students.


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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


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Letter To The Editor


To the Editor:


Not much attention has been given to Commissioner Eddie Creamer's
surprise resolution at last week's County Commission meeting to
immediately promote Bill Henderson, the current Assistant Superin-
tendent of the Road and Bridge Department, to the position of Super-
intendent, (Prentice Crum, the current Superintendent, is retiring
next February). The resolution was a complete surprise to the public,
as well as to Commissioners Sanders and Mosconis, This matter was
not on the agenda for last week's meeting and no advance informa-
tion was provided to the commissioners.
I don't know Bill Henderson. He. may actually be the best person for
the job. Unfortunately, because of the way that this is being rail-
roaded, the taxpayers of Franklin County won't really know that a
good decision has been made. Mr. Crum is not retiring for several
months, so there is no urgency to fill his position. This job is one of
the most important in our county. The position should be advertised,
not only on the bulletin board at the County Road Camp as agreed to
by a 3-2 vote by the County Commissioners, it should be advertised
to the public. Qualified candidates should be interviewed and the
most qualified person should be appointed.
It's not against the law to try to help a personal friend to got an im-
portant job. However, when elected officials go out of their way to
avoid due process and to exclude the public from the process, it's not
only poor judgement-it's bad government.
Tom Kline
St. George Island



October 8, 1999
Mayor Messer and Commissioners
P. 0. Drawer 569
Carrabelle, Florida 32322
RE: City Commission Meeting of October 7, 1999
Dear Mayor Messer and Commissioners:
First of all, I would like to praise you for taking on the difficult, tasks
associated with running our Town. The complicated issues on the
agenda for your first city meeting were handled quite professionally.
However, I would like to make several suggestions (not criticism) to
help you expedite your meetings.
On issues such as Three Spoil Bank Island, the Commissioners
should refer to counsel or your paid professionals (in this case, Mr.
Pierce) to make the proper recommendations for land use and then
support that recommendation.
Do not let yourselves be forced into making decisions without the
full knowledge of the ramifications of that change. (example, Baywood
Estates) It is much better to table the issue to another meeting until
you are fully satisfied with an the answers to your questions.
It is unfortunate that Mr. Robulock sought to manipulate the Com-
' missioners into "taking sides" in an obviously personal matter. The
court system is the proper forum to handle their situation.
SThe only issue before the Commissioners should have been whether
an employee acted properly. The Police Commissioner responded that
: he had. Therefore, in an act of solidarity, the Commissioners should
.Wi have supported the Police Commissioner and then the entire matter
would have been dropped. Finished business!
Instead, the officer."was put-in the middle of this personal feud in the
Sguise of his alleged "improper action for responding to a call", which
should not have happened.
Each Commissioner is entrusted to handle "special" departments (i.e.,
roads, parks, police, etc.). If each department appointed commissioner
is challenged by the other commissioners on how they handle their
duties and certain situations such as the above, then this will lead to
utter chaos and is counter productive to the reasoning of appointing
Department commissioners.
In reference to "Public Comments"-This forum is for "public
comments"...not "public arguments!"
'No matter what the topic, there should be absolutely NO voting by
the Commissioners during this forum. If voting is required, it should
be put on the next agenda for. noticing the public that the issue will
e discussed by the Commissioners, it is far better to get all the facts
before hand than to commit the City to something that you may re-
gret later.
These are my personal views of the October 7th meeting and I hope
you take the above suggestions under advisement. Again, thank you
for hearing me out.
Sincerely,
Shirley Vigneri


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Ecological And Rui-stchnical

Engineering Studies Continue On

St. George Bridge Project

Sea grass and oyster surveys are scheduled for completion in Octo-
ber 1999, in preparation for construction on the new St. George Is-
land bridge. Sverdrup Civil,. Inc. Tampa, is the design contractor and
their work involves, at present, several facets including a re-survey of
sea grass, oyster harvestability or hardiness, and a number of as-
pects of Geotechnical engineering. The barges, one depicted above,
have been shuttled back and forth on the Apalachicola Bay, for the
ecological work, as well as soil subsurface investigations. For example,
about 50 deep borings will be made into the bay bottom and through
the underlying lime rock strata upon which the new bridge will be
supported, An additional 120 cone penetration tests will also be used
to locate the top of the rock bearing stratum, spaced between the
deep borings. The boring barge takes soil samples and tests at about
5 foot intervals. These samples are then tested-for composition and
various soil properties. At this time, Williams Earth Sciences, Inc.
has finished about half of the deep borings and 70 per cent of the
cone penetration tests.
Sverdrup Civil, Inc, Tampa, is the designer, and part of their prelimi-
nary work is to ensure that all precautions are to be taken in regard
to safety of the oyster beds nearby, and preservation of any sea grass
plots beneath the bridge. To this end, another sub-contractor has
been hired to conduct studies of the oysters. Their report is due to be
issued sometime in the next few weeks. About the second week in
November, following the Seafood Festival, Sverdrup plans a commu-
nity meeting in Apalachicola (perhaps) to report on the status of these.
studies. An earlier study conducted in the spring 1999 found, there
were no sea grass beds along the alignment of the proposed bridge,
but the Department of Environmental Protection has requested a
re-survey through a sight-inspection using divers as a check on the
original findings.
An indication of the administrative review the bridge designer must
contend with, is the number of federal, state and local agencies that
have some review authority over some aspects of the permitting pro-
cess for constructing the bridge, By the time construction begins,
scheduled for next spring 2000, these agencies must have concluded
their 6 month review. The more involved agencies include Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection, Office of Fisheries Management
and Assistance Services, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, U. S. Coast
Guard, Northwest Water Management District, U. S. Fish and Wild-
life Service and National Marine Fisheries Service among others.


School Board from Page 2
through 12 on the Agenda were
approved, without discussion.
This included Item 12 b., Resig-
nation of Director'of Finance, Mr.
Louis 'Highsmith.' He 'had pre-i-
ously given his resignation in writ-
ing and this was accepted with-
out comment.
There was general discussion of
the proposed land swap between
the County and the School Board.
It was reported that the Franklin
County Board of Commissioners
wanted the School Board to "say
what they want" in the swap for
the old gym property in
Carrabelle. Chairman Will
Kendrick said, 'There are 15 acres
next to the jail (on Highway 65)
which I would like." After some
discussion, it was agreed that the
School Board would ask for 23.8


acres of county land next to the
jail, in a swap for the gym prop-
erty. School Board Chairman
Kendrick and Superintendent
Galloway were appointed to ne-
gotiate, if necessary, with. the
County Commissioners, in order
to facilitate moving forward the
agreement on the land swap, so
that the 'Library project could
move forward without jeopardiz-
ing the grant from the state. Ap-
parently, according to a map
which Chairman Kendrick
showed, there are 23.8 acres
available, next to the jail on High-
way 65. The motion carried, in the
interest of trying to move the Li-
brary project forward.
The meeting was adjourned at
6:45 p.m." Mr. Louis Highsmith,
former Finance Officer, who was
at the meeting, left without com-
ment;


Frankly Speaking In Franklin
County

I can't help but believe we must have a lot of gamblers in Carrabelle.
I don't mean those of us who put five dollars on the Florida Lottery. in
the minuscule chance that we may become a millionaire overnight.
Indeed many of you who would never gamble in any other sense of
the word, are seemingly indifferent to the fact that you, right now are
gambling with your most precious possession-your life or that of
ones you hold dear.
In dire emergencies, time is of the essence to get help as quickly as
possible. A delay of just a few minutes can be the difference between
life or death. When I pass by the front of your house and see no
number plate in view I pray you never need emergency help at your
home.
And believe it or not, you can get that number made for you at the
minimal cost of $5.00. and the expenditure of a few moments of your
time as you place it in clear view of the road. If you are a person who
gambles on the Lottery-take the next five dollars plunked down for
five chances. Instead, make a safe bet and get a number plate and
then put it on display immediately. Emergencies don't give you weeks
of warning before they happen. It could be in the next hour days or
weeks. Nobody can predict when we might have need. So, please stop
gambling that it won't be you or yours.
What is your life and the life of your loved ones worth to you? I have
heard parents vowing to God that they would give up their own life for
the sake of their children. And they mean it it is not just idle words.
So why would they still be without that essential number.
What is your home worth to you? Small or large, it is for most families
their largest asset. It's worth everything.
Time is of the essence when a fire strikes, some one is injured, some-
one is having a heart attack. Sometimes only moments separate the
chance of living or dying.
Some folks shrug their shoulders and say, "'Why do I need a num-
ber? Everybody knows where I live." That may work until it just so
happens to be a new man or woman on the ambulance when you
need them, and they don't know you from Adam..
Just a little while ago the ambulance pulled into my driveway and
wanted to know where a person lived on River Road. I had thought I
Knew everyone on my road but this was a person newly moved in,
and sadly I could not give the crew quick directions to this home.
Folks, long gone should be the days when we gave people directions
to our house that sounded somewhat like this. "Do you know where
Mrs. So and So lives? O.K. turn left by her house and turn right by
the pink house, you know the one that always has a red truck parked
in the driveway. Then turn right and you will see the house that has
the big Doberman. My house is five doors east."
We are fortunate that Life Flight comes into Carrabelle and it is about
twenty minutes to help from Tallahassee. Don't waste those precious
moments for the ground crew, police and rescue as they are search-
ing for your home.
For the life of me, I cannot believe that here is one positive thing we
can do to influence the chances that we will be the one where the
child miraculously survives. The husband of fifty three years is com-
ing home, not to be buried but to live-on. The person who was in
danger of having a limb removed comes home intact. And all because
the gallant workers in the Fire Department and the Ambulance Ser-
vice don't have to waste a second in finding you.
For your own sake made sure that you and all of your family with
homes in the area get the number of their house. Give it to them as
an early Christmas present or a birthday gift. Buy one for your good
neighbors or good friends if they won't do it themselves. It is one way
to say, I really care.
Please. Stop gambling with'youi own or with the life of someone else.
If you can spend five dollars on the Florida Lottery, and you lose it's
only, money. NOT spending the five dollars'son a number plate is a
gamble none of us can afford to take.
Let us all be winners in this NUMBERS GAME. Five bucks on this
game could very well save a life Yours.
Rene Topping


Refuge House Gets Letters

By Tom Campbell
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, nationwide. Ms.
Jeannie Taylor, Counselor with Refuge House, sent The Franklin
Chronicle a letter expressing gratitude for emphasizing the impor-
tance of stopping the violence. She also sent along some letters she
has received, expressing thanks to the Refuge House serving Franklin
County.
Ms. Taylor wrote, "One (letter) is from a Task Force Member and the
other two are survivor letters. Thank you for helping on this cam-
paign to support the national movement."
The first letter stated in part: "As a member of the Domestic Violence
Task Force, I have encountered a great need for the services provided
by Refuge House... Like many others, I thought that only a small
percentage of people suffered at the hands of batterers. However, since
becoming involved with Refuge House, I have witnessed, firsthand,
the large number of Domestic Violence Victims in Franklin County. I
have also been able to see the heartbreaking.effects, on women and
children, of violence in the home. ...I would like to personally thank
the Staff of Refuge House, Franklin County, for their great contribu-
tions to our county." (Name withheld for security reasons, due to
sensitivity and confidentiality.)
Another letter is from a victim. She said, '"To any woman out there
who is in a domestically violent relationship, I want you to know that
I understand (what) you are living in. I've been there. Things will not
just change, no matter how much you hope they will. No matter how
many times you are promised it will never happen again. You know
who you are. Please, contact the folks at the Refuge House. I did, and
it probably saved my life."
Refuge House serves Franklin County. Address: P.O. Box 717,
Apalachicola, FL 32329-0717. Phone 850-653-3313. The 24-Hour
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City of Apalachicola Honors Mayors Land Use Issues
Tackled By
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By Tom Campbell
At the City of Apalachicola Com-
missioners meeting October 5 at
City Hall, Commissioner Jim
Elliott presented a plaque to
honor outgoing Mayor Bobby
Howell, saying it was a pleasure
to have worked with him. Judge
Van Russell then led a ceremony,
swearing in the new Commis-
sioner and the new Mayor.
As his first order of business, new
Mayor Alan Pierce suggested a
change in the Mayor Pro Tem,
suggesting that the office "rotate
from one commissioner to an-
other," beginning with Commis-
sioner Van Johnson for the year
1999-2000. After .that, in order,
would be Davis, then Elliott and
finally, Bartley.
Under Planning and Zoning Re-
port, a request for permit for the
new Health Department was pre-
sented. It was pointed out that
this was late, but the motion car-
ried.
Weem's Memorial Hospital has
two and a half million dollars for
expansion. A construction trailer
has been placed on City property,
and was approved.
Chief of Police Andy Williams
pointed out that an error had oc-
curred before he took over as
Chief of Police. Apparently, $2500
disappeared and there is no
record of what happened. Mayor
Alan Pierce said, 'The community
wants to know what the facts are
and what is going on here. The
Chief of Police and Betty (Taylor-
Webb) need to work together. The
grant people too. So we can get
this taken care of."
A recommendation was made to
help save some money for the city.
"Cut back on the checks issued -
to every two weeks for employees,
instead of weekly, which would
save money and cut back on the
work load for administration.". It
was agreed to ask City workers to
cooperate in this money-saving
procedure.


First Meeting
for Four
Commissioners

By Rene Topping
One of the first items on the
Carrabelle City Commission
agenda for October 7, was the
seating of four new commission-
ers. The meeting place was also
new, as the Franklin County Se-
nior Center was used as an alter-
nate city hall for the night, due to
the problems of the City Hall not
having handicap facilities.
Outgoing Mayor Virginia Ginny
Sanborn swore in Mayor Wilburn
Curley Messer and Commission-
ers Frank Mathes, Fred Massey
and Phillip Peewee Rankin. Mayor
Messer immediately appointed
the other three to have the follow-
ing seats and duties; Phillip
Rankin was appointed Water and
Sewer Commissioner, Frank
Mathes was appointed Finance
Commissioner and Fred Massey
was appointed Parks and Roads
Commissioner. The Police Com-
missioner Pam Lycett was the
only incumbent commissioner.
There was a slight mixup as the
Mayor began the agenda with a
call for New Business. After the
first item had been voted on City
Clerk Beckey Jackson asked the
Mayor, "Are we going to take the
new business first?" The mayor
passed the agenda over to Jack-
son and then the meeting got back
on track.
Item 2 was the appointment of the
Mayor Pro Tempore and Phillip
Rankin was suggested and was


Commissioner Robert Davis made
a recommendation. He suggested
that for every regular City Com-
missioners meeting, the commu-
nity pastors be invited to open the
meeting, starting in November,
with prayer. "It would be appro-
priate," he said, "to open the meet-
ing with prayer." The motion
passed.
Commissioner James Elliott sug-
gested a proper remembrance for
a city police officer, Fred Babb,
who gave his life in service to the
city 32 years ago. "we need to re-
member those who serve the city,"
Commissioner Elliott said.
A date for a Workshop for the City
Commissioners was set for Thurs-
day, October 14 at 5 p.m.
Suggestions were made in regard
to the Harbor Master situation.
Some included the idea of com-
piling a list of slip owners listed
with the Harboro Master. People
need to be notified if they are in
places where they are not sup-
posed to be. A Harbor Master
needs to be named. People who
have not paid for slips need to pay
and slips need to be numbered.
Hazardous places need to be
fixed. It was suggested that the
city should increase the fee for a
boat slip.
Various other problems were
pointed out during the meeting,
which was attended by about fifty
visitors. Some were there to see
new Mayor Alan Pierce take the
oath of office and take charge in
his new role. One such guest was
his Mother, Ms. Margaret Pierce.
Near the end of the long meeting,
Mayor Pierce said with humor,
"There are a lot of problems that
need to be dealt with. We wanted
to be elected in order to serve, and
here we are. We may be here all
night on the fourteenth." The Oc-
tober 14 workshop meeting starts
at 5 p.m.


selected as Mayor Tempore. Two
commissioners, Pam Lycett and
Fred Massey were chosen to sign
on city checks, in addition to the
Mayor and City Clerk.
Resolutions 9-99, 10-99 and
11-99 were awarded respectively
to Outgoing Mayor Virginia Ginny
Sanborn and Commissioners
Donald Wood and Raymond Will-
iams for their many years of good
and faithful service to the City of
Carrabelle and it's citizens.
The next order of business was
approval of payment to
Baskerville and Donovan on three
invoices: Invoice 62630 was in the
amount of $1,600 for work on the
Stretscape project, Invoice 62479
was for $19,200 for work on the
water project, and Invoice 62480
was for work on the sewer project.
Jackson asked if another bill for
$13,000 from August could be
included. The bills were approved.
Item 6: Phil Dover asked to ad-
dress the commission on this item
to approve an invoice in the
amount of $133,658.49 for KMT,
Inc. Dover said he really wanted
to address a change order for an
increase of $1.19. In a long com-
plicated explanation of why he
was submitting what might seem
to be small inconsequential
amount. He said "I made a mis-
take and ordered too much of one
size and not enough of the other.
The total amount of the contract
is $1,634,477.19, On a question
as to "What about all this pipe
that I see laying around on the
side of the road and in the ditches.
What's the deal on that?"
Dover responded that it is prob-
ably some of the excess pipe that


By Rene Topping
Nita Molsbee, as representative of
Lewis Turner of Baywood estates
brought plat maps of the approxi-
mately 7 acres her client wants
to divide into one acre lots. She
had the wetlands map asked for
by the last commission showing
where the wetlands are sited.
Some of the land is in Flood Zone
"A" and part is in "C" Zone.
Before Molsbee could go on with
her presentation, Rankin said he
had one question in reference to
Baywood Estates. He asked,
"Some minutes I was reading back
on April 7, 1997, there was a deed
drawn up on 10 acres of property
to the City of Carrabelle. It was
drew up by Bill Webster and it was
from Mr. Tom Mitchell and it was
never signed. I would like to know
where we are at."
Molsbee responded, "I don't know.
I represent one property owner in
Baywood Estates Lew Turner."
Sanborn said that she could say
that the city attorney was look-
ing into the deed and that since
then Mr Mitchell has passed away
and at present no oneseems to
know if there is any of the land
that was offered back then left.
Molsbee said that when she called
Atlanta she had talked to George
Mitchell and he was willing to
deed the roads to the City of
Carrabelle and he had told her he
was coming to Carrabelle in July
but she has not heard .from him
since that time.
Molsbee also stated that her cli-
ent did not know if he would put
it into one acres or two acres at
this time. Someone asked "Why
don't we get water at Baywood"
and the answer was that "You
don't have enough houses. It
would need 19 homes to a mile to
make it possible.
Lycett said, "Another thing. The
city does not own the roads. We
need to clean up one situation
before we try another." She felt
that the roads need to be brought
up to standard.
Molsbee said it had been going on
for over a year. "Lew keeps up the
roads now." Rankin felt that the
matter should have further study.
adding "I don't think you need a
definite answer tonight." Molsbee
disagreed, saying that "We have
been put off for 6 or 8 months for
them' to study it." Rankin said,
"But we (new commissioners)
were not part of that board."
Lycett made the motion to deny
this approval, and it was sec-
onded by Rankin and the request
was denied.


will be taken away. He said," This
change order gives the contrac-
tor the right to take it away.:" He
went on to say that most of the
. pipe needed for the water is in the
ground. He added that the change
order contained in addition to the
changes in pipe sizes, some
valves.
Justification for the change order
was written at the bottom as:
Water Tank and Booster station
building finish floor elevation is
in flood plain and has to be raised
to elevation 18-67" The figures on
the add and subtract columns
come out to the $1.10 increase.
On the sewer system, Dover said
plans are complete and are un-
der review. Second, a letter came
in for the city to renew its Water
Management District withdrawal
permit. That is a permit that you
have to have to withdraw water
out of the ground. He has re-
quested that the permit be de-
layed six months because the
amount is unknown until the one
well is mothballed and a new one
will come on line with an existing
well.
Item 7: Julian Webb and associ-
ates were requesting $3,975. This
was approved. Lycett told the
other commissioners that this is
a quarterly invoice.
SItems 8 and 9 were in reference
to bids by Florida Power for street
lights in the Downtown
Streetscape project and a bid from
Ben Withers for other work on the
Streetscape. On a motion from
Rankin and seconded by Mathes,
the two items will be rebid.


Jackson read the ordinance that
would change the land use from
agricultural to commercial on the
southernmost spoil island of three
islands at the mouth of the
Carrabelle River and owned by the
Holton family who have paid com-
mercial taxes on it for many years.
County Planner Alan Pierce said
that the islands had changed
shape over the years, particularly
the southernmost one." The is-
lands are not stable. Presently the
island is zoned agricultural which
wouldallow one house to be built
out there. I think you all want to
look at commercial property at the
mouth of the river. It is a policy
decision for you all."
He also said that he had no idea
what the owners want to put on
it. "It might be wise to find out of
the island can support that kind
of development. You might ask for
septic permits and availability of
water." Molsbee said that Brent
Mary, from the sanitation depart-
ment of the Health Department
had already been on the island
and says that it could take one
septic tank or eight septic tanks
or one package sewer plant.
Pierce said that John James does
not follow zoning or look at county
or city maps when assessing
taxes. He added, "He does not
have any in his possession."
Molsbee answered a question
from Rankin on what the owners
might want. Molsbee answered
him saying that "Dana (Holton)
had said it might have
fisherman's huts but what they
are going to do with t h he island I
do not know." The island is being
offered for sale at a price of
$960,000.
After more discussion in which
Molsbee said that all of the agen-
cies would have a hand in per-


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Performance

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p.m. The show, which is to ben-
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Judith Lovin and Ken Sizemore,
both stars in the Nashville area.
Throughout their musical lives,
both Judith and Ken have had a
folk music base. In recent years,
they presented folk music of the
'60's and '70's in a popular en-
semble called "The Folk Revival."
Judith and Ken first sang together
in a Nashville recording studio in
the 1970's. They have been a
popular vocal duo since 1980.
They present concerts on a regu-
lfr circuit throughout the south-
qast.
One reviewer wrote, 'The perfectly
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you a strong, charismatic perfor-
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said that if the owners come up
with a site plan he would make
comments. Mathes said, "I believe
you have been leading the lady on
and I make the motion to let them
go ahead." The motion carried
three to two.
Dell Schneider was next on the
agenda and he said that he
planned to develop 18 units, a
swimming pool, slips and dry
storage for boats. He would like
to hook into sewer lines on Tim-
ber Island and use the plant on
the road to the airport.
Lycett asked him if he has asked
for a study to see what can be
done. Schneider has not so far
done that. Lycett reminded him
that the process in this case is
free. not begun that process
which is free.


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After long discussion, including
the problems that would come
with trying to use the plant,
Donald Wood remarked that the
reason the plant is not being used
is that it would not be able to run
on the small amount of sewage.
Also the plant was for the use of
economic development.
Lycett suggested that Mr
Schneider go back to department
of Environmental and Depart-
ment of Community Affairs with
a plan to see if they can approve
it and then bring it back to the
commission. The Motion was car-
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He said that with the addition of

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Alligator
Pointers Hear
News on Bald
Point Park
By Rene Topping
At their regular monthly meeting
on October 9, members of the Al-
ligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion (APTA) were pleased with
what they heard from their guest
speakers. Lewis Scruggs Planning
Manager, Office of Park Planning,
Division of Recreation and Parks,
and Bonnie Allen, assistant Park
Ranger at Ochlockonee River
State Park had come with an up-
date on what was happening in
the newly acquired Bald Point
Park.
The news they brought was that
work is already beginning on the
Park and it is already being used.
So far the only facilities are walk-
overs over the dunes, portalets, a
recycling bin, a trash bin,, a grill
and two picnic 'tables.
The most important news was
that the state has already started
to put together a management
plan for the area. Scruggs said
Bald Point was one of the most
beautiful pieces of State property
he had ever seen. He added that
State agencies are already mak-
ing an inventory of the resources,
such as endangered animal,
plant, bird, turtles and other ma-
rine life species. He said "I was
delighted when Bonnie pointed
out a Peregrine Falcon already at
home in the park." He added "This
piece of land is one to Preserve,
Protect and Interpret" which he
said was in the "Mission State-
ment" of his agency.
There was a question from the
audience as to how many eagles
are nesting in the park area. Allen
said that they know of 3 in the
park and one adjacent.
Questions were asked about the
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Rand Edelstien said," At one time
you could not get on the beach
without stepping on one. Now
there are only 5 or so." Scruggs
said such information is invalu-
able to the people who are work-
ing on setting up the park. He said
"We are newcomers. You will prob-
ably know more than we do right
now."
He praised the work and the
bountiful information supplied by
Bob Burnett, who is working
closely with Alien and Patrick
Richards, who is in park manager
of Ochlockonee River State Park
and has also the Bald Point Park
to take care of. Allen said that
Richards was away for his first
vacation in years and would prob-
ably be at the next meeting of
APTA.
Scruggs said there will have to be
a land use plan on roads, park-
ing areas, boardwalks, fishing,
boat ramps and picnic area. The
plan calls for two sheltered pic-
nic area and portalets. Allen said
that no water or electricity or
power is planned for the park
right now. Scruggs said that there
will be some structures built but,
"We will not overdo it. We are not
out to make a Disneyworld of it."
As work continues he said there
should be some shelters and'
restrooms in about 6 months. He
asked residents about a boat
ramp that had, as residents put
it, been put in as "an effort on the
part of the Mader Corporation to
say this is the ideal place to buy
a lot." However, the residents felt
that the concrete ramp had defi-
nitely been put in the wrong place.
However, residents told Scruggs
that they would like very much to
have a good launching spot.
He also said that work is being
done by the Bureau of Archaeo-
logical Sites make sure that the
work does not interesting with any
burial sites.or mounds.
Because power and water ends at
the gate, people would be advised
to take water with them. People
can bike, hike, picnic and use the
Beach right now. Access is from 8
a.m. to sunset. Allen said that
there were people employed on an
hourly basis to check restrooms,
recycling and waste bins twice a
day.
Eventually, there will be a full
time resident ranger and an as-
sistant ranger on site. Meanwhile
Scruggs asked that anyone see-
ing illegal parking, vehicles on the
beach or any other illegal use to
call 911 and alert.the sheriff.
Scruggs said that there are 151
pieces of land-some large and
some small, involved in the Park
System. He said, "It has been cal-
culated that the direct economi-
: cal benefit to local communities
From visitors to the various parks
is_$280 million per year. The pro-
gram is funded, not from any ad
valorem taxes, but from the rev-
enue realized from tax stamps on
deeds and some from the new
Florida Forever program that will
follow up on Preservation 2000.
He said that he hopes and believes
that when Bald Point is classified
it will be with a State Park Clas-


Mr. Jolly And Polly Have

A Lot Of Fun

By O'Billy and illustrated by Betty Roberts
"Come, come, Polly. Cheer up!" Mr. Jolly. said. He
has a big smile on his face. Polly Parrot is sitting on
his shoulder, a perch she especially likes.
Polly just does not feel too good this early morning.
She jumped with a flop of her wings across the porch
to land on her swing. Then she tucked her head
under her wing. Now she is hidden from the view of
the whole world. At least that is the way that she
feels when she hides her head.
Mr. Jolly frowned. But he has seen Polly do this be-
fore, so he is not too worried about her. Most of the
time Polly is bright and talky. She loves to have com-
pany stop by and visit Mr. jolly and her.
"So, Miss Polly. Not going to talk to me this morn-
ing? I suppose that I will just have to talk to myself.
But I much prefer to talk to you!"
Polly twisted her neck just enough so that she could
peek out with one eye and see Mr. jolly. He always
takes such good care of her. They are best friends.
Polly does not want to make Mr. Jolly unhappy be-
cause of how she acts. Maybe, she wonders, is she
being selfish by hiding her head?
Mr. Jolly is very wise. He knows how to get Polly out
of a bad mood. He reached in his shirt pocket and
pulled out a crackly package of cheesy crackers. He
twisted and rattled the paper loudly.
CR-RACK! RATTLE! CR-RACK!
These are one of Polly's favorite snacks. Mr. Jolly
knows that Polly is peeking with one eye, so he rattled
the bag loudly and put three crackers into his palm.
Polly pulled her head all the way out from under her
wing. She looked up, her eyes very bright. She opened
her beak very wide.
"Polly wants a cracker!" she said, brightly.
Mr. Jolly tossed all three crackers up into the air to
fly very high. Before they fell, Polly Parrot leaped
from her perch and snapped up the crackers in her
beak.
"SNAP!" "SNAP! "SNAP!" The three crackers disap-
peared into the mouth of Polly Parrot. She smacked
her beak.


sification. He added that State
Park classification is like making
it a "Flagship" of the system. Tom
VanDerplaats said that the resi-
dents will work any way they can
with the Park personal and added,
"We were thrilled when we got it."
Scruggs ended his presentation
by telling the residents that there
is a Volunteer Citizen Support
Group who work in and help
make added funding for the State
Parks. Last year the people who
are working as volunteers did the
work of 300 full time state wide
workers. He asked those residents
who were so inclined to consider
forming a group. He said for ev-
ery $60,000 of money these
groups get from projects to help
support the parks the state will
give a grant of $40,000. He added
that anyone who could offer indi-
vidual help were also welcome.
He promised that he would come
back and he told the group that
the Ochlockonee manager will be
at their next meeting. He said he
will keep residents advised of any
event happening to the Bald Point
Park.
The next APTA meeting is on No-
vember 12, at 9 a.m.


SHIP Program
Hires Home
Inspector

Virgil Wagner, owner of Wagner
Home Inspections, met with and
addressed members of the State
Housing Initiative Program, (SHIP)
Board on September 25 at 4 p.m.
at the Franklin County Senior
Center in Carrabelle. He informed
them of his home inspection pro-
gram saying that he would look
over each house thoroughly and
then would submit, a prioritized
list of repairs needed. He also said
that he would'make a re-
inspection of the homes after the
work was done.
After listening to him the mem-
bers present voted to hire him on
a trial basis with two homes,
whose homes have bee approved
to be repaired. Wagner said he
would be able to do the work both
before and after repairs for the
average small house at a price of
$225 $250 for the check and
would do the recheck for an.ad-
ditional $45.
After the review of the program the
chairman called for opinions from
the other two members of the
board present, Rene Topping and
Charles Watson Clark. Clark said
he felt that the inspection by a
professional would certainly help
the members and the Director of
the program, Shirley Walker.
Walker also gave the board a re-
view of the work done since July
1999. The next meting of the SHIP
Committee will be at 4 p.m. on
Tuesday, October 12th.


Projects Going
Ahead at
Alligator Point
By Rene Topping
President Harry.Bitner told mem-
bers at the October 9 meeting that
he had heard from County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce that an applica-
tion will be made for funds to do
a study on the road and on the
breakwater. He said that at least
there was now a study in the fu-
ture.
Bob Burnett said that the Wel-
come Garden is just being
planted. He asked if everyone had
seen the three palms that were
already planted. He also reported
a donation in memory of Ed
Hurley of a bed of day lillies. He
said that they would bloom off
and on all year.
On Project membership Burnett
said that the association has 141
members. He distributed copies
of a letter being sent out to those
who are not in the association,
outlining the benefits to be re-
ceived as APTA members. He said
a mailing will be done in the im-
mediate future.
Bitner reported on progress on the
Helio-pad. The county has
brought in several loads of lime
rock and members can now see
the outline of the pad itself. Tom
VanderPlaats said that the com-
mittee was studying the possibil-
ity that the pad should be build
up about two feet in order to be
above the water that comes in in
hurricanes or other storms.
VanderPlaats said that he would
bring the surveying equipment in
and re-shoot the site on October
23. They are also researching the
cost of rebar and other items to
put an edge around the the pad.
It was also decided that the wind
socks will have to be placed in a
wire frame in which to install
them. Edelstein said it will also
need a bracket extension.
Rudene Moon was elected to ful-
fill the term of one year that is left
on the resignation ofAnne Snapp.
Bitner said that he needed some-
one who would be willing to clean
the upstairs at the fire house once
a month for a fee of $30.00. Bitner
said he had the name of a lady
who does it for the Mission by the
Sea Church.
Sheriff Sergeant Larry Litton is
back on the Point. He apparently
would like to be a member of the
Alligator Point Fire Department as
a volunteer.
Rand Edelstein was asked if he
would continue to do the paper
with the help of volunteers.
Elaine Burnett volunteered to give
her time to update-the Hotline for
a trial period of two months.
The county commission have
abandoned most of the roads in
Sun and Sand after Alan Pierce
told them no homeowners would
be involved.
The next meeting of the APTA will
be November 13.


"Click!" "Click!" "Click!" She has swallowed all 'the
crackers. Completely! All gone.
"Polly wants a cracker," she said.
"I wondered who ate those three crackers," said Mr.
Jolly. "I thought you were sleeping, Polly." Mr. Jolly
often teases Polly in this manner.
"Please, Mr. Jolly. Give Polly a cracker. Please!"
"You are certainly being very polite, Polly Parrot! How
can I refuse a cracker to such a polite parrot?" He
tossed three more crackers into the air. Polly Parrot
leaped after them.
"SNAP!" "SNAP!" "SNAP!" Where did the crackers go?
Do you know?
"Click!" "Click!" "Clickl" Polly Parrot smiled happily
as she swallowed the cheesy crackers.
"AGAIN!" Polly squawked! "'Please!" she added softly.
Polly Parrot seems to have completely forgotten her
bad mood. Don't you agree?
COLOR THE PICTURES: Artist Betty has done black
and white line drawings for the reader to paint with
your choice of color. Experiment and have fun,
please. Remember, take your time, okay?
And, if you enjoyed this first story about Mr. Jolly
and Polly Parrot, please write a short letter to O'Billy,
c/o The Franklin Chronicle, P.O. Box 590, Eastpoint,
FL 32328. Tell us your name, age, grade and school,
and any comments and suggestions that you have.
Your encouragement will get more stories in the pa-
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Friday, October 15-Tyndall Retiree Appreciation Day. For More informa-
tion. phone 800-945-8888.
Friday, October 15-Between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. the
Franklin County Health Department in Apalachicola will be the site of a county
wide Health Awareness Fair. The fair is in recognition of October as Child and
Family Health Month. It is FREE and open to the public. There will be games.
prizes, information booths, food and fun. The Apalachicola branch of the
Franklin County Health Department is located at 137 12th Street and the fair
will be held outdoors under the oak trees south of the Health Department
building.
Thursday; Friday, October 14-15-The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
Council (Council) will convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) to review data
on red snapper and red grouper, and to determine the social and economic
implications of the levels of acceptable biological catches (ABC) that may be
recommended by the Council's Reef Fish Stock Assessment Panel (RFSAP).
The SEP may recommend to the Council a total allowable catch (TAC) for the
2000 fishing year. The meeting will be held on October 14-15 at the Hilton
Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 Lois Avenue. Tampa, Florida: The meeting
will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. October 14 and conclude at 4 p.m. on
Friday. October 15. 1999. A copy of the agenda can be obtained by calling
813-228-2815.
Wednesday, October 20-ACF Stakeholders Meeting. Because we are at a
crucial point in the negotiations, all interested stakeholders are encouraged
to attend the next Florida Stakeholders meeting which has been scheduled
for: October 20. 1999 at the Northwest Florida Water Management District
10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). In addition to the Stakeholders meetings, a num-
ber of ACF meetings have been. scheduled for the month of October as these
negotiations continue. Those attending the October 20 Stakeholders meetings
will be updated on allof these meetings and the continuing negotiations. De-
tails available at this time with respect to the various meetings that have been
scheduled follow. If you are interested in attending any of these meetings,
please call 850-539-5999.
October 15:'ACF Water Allocation Formula Committee Meeting
(Confirmed). In Alabama (location and time to be announced).
October 18 and 19: ACF Technical Meeting (Tentative). In Ala-
bama (location and time to be determined).
October 25: ACF Water Allocation Formula Committee Meeting
(Confirmed) In Florida (location and time to be announced).
The Stakeholders meetings agenda on October 20 will include
the following items":
1. Review of the ACF Water Allocation Formula Committee meet-
ing of October. 13, 1999, to be hosted by the State of Alabama.
2. Review of ACF Technical meetings.
3. Discussion of continuing negotiations.
4. Other items.
5. Next meeting.
Thursday, October 21-The State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, and Tallahassee Memorial
NeuroScience Center will be sponsoring a Caregiver's Forum Thursday, Octo-
ber 21. 1999 from 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
1700 North Meridian Road, in Tallahassee. The purpose of this forum is to
honor those caring for individuals who are no longer able to fully care for
themselves-those with memory impairments; chronic, long-term illnesses:
facing end-of-life: and frail elders. Partner organizations are: the Alzheimer's
Project of Tallahassee, Alzheimer Resource Center, American Home Patient.
Big Bend Cares, Big Bend Hospice, and your local senior citizens center.The
event is free to caregivers and scholarships to support the cost of respite care
and travel are available through the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida,
Inc. Interested individuals should contact Lisa Bretz at (850) 488-0055 or
your local senior citizens center for more information or to pre-register for this
event.
Friday, October 22-The Reef Fish Stock Assessment Panel (RFSAP) of the
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will be convened by
conference call on Friday, October 22, 1999, at 10:00 a.m. EDT/9:00 a.m.
CDT to evaluate new information on gag biology that was presented to the
Council during it development of the revised Regulatory Amendment to Set
1999 Gag/Black Grouper Management Measures. This new information in-
cludes reports prepared by Dr. Chris Koenig (Florida State University). Dr.
Robert Chapman (South Carolina Department of Natural Resources), and other
academic and state scientists: plus an evaluation and response to the analy-
ses prepared for Southeastern Fisheries Association by Dr. Trevor Kenchington
Monday, October 25-The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Minagement Council (Coun-
Scil) will convene Red Snapper Advisory Panel (AP) on October 25, 1999, a
meeting of the Reef Fish AP on October 26, 1999, and a meeting of the Stand-
ing and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) on Octo-
ber 27-28, 1999. All meetings will be at the Hilton Tampa Airport.Westshore,
2225 Lois Avenue Tampa, Florida.
The Red Snapper AP meeting on October 25,1999 will begin at 8:00 a.m. and
will conclude by 3:30 p.m. The Red Snapper AP, consisting of recreational and
commercial red snapper fishermen, seafood dealers, a Sea Grant extension
agent, a representative of the coastal fishing community tourist industry, and
a conservation group representative will review a red snapper stock assess-
ment that has been prepared by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
and reports from the Council's Reef Fish Stock Assessment Panel and Socio-
economic Panel that include biological, social, and economic information re-
lated to the range of acceptable biological catch (ABC). Based on these re-
ports, the AP may recommend levels of total allowable catch (TAC) for red
snapper in 2000 and other appropriate management measures.
The Reef Fish AP meeting on October 26, 1999 will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will
conclude by 3:30 p.m. The Reef Fish AP, consisting of recreational reef fish
fishermen, commercial reef fish fishermen!, and seafood dealers will review, a
red grouper stock assessment that has been prepared by the National Marine
Fisheries Service (NMFS) and reports from the Council's Reef Fish Stock As-
sessment Panel and Socioeconomic Panel that include biological: social, and
economic information related to the range of acceptable biological catch (ABC).
Based on these reports, the AP may recommend levels of total allowable catch
(TAC) for red grouper in 2000 and other appropriate management measures.
The Standing and Special Reef Fish SSC meeting on October 27-28, 1999 will
begin at 9:00 a.m. on October 27 and will conclude by 10:00 a.m. on October
28. The Standing SSC consists of economists, biologists, sociologists, and
natural resource attorneys; and the Special Reef Fish SSC consists of fishery
biologists who specialize in reef fish biology. The joint SSC will review several
reports containing scientific information about gag and gag fisheries that was
recently presented to the Council by Dr. Chris Koenig of Florida State Univer-
sity and by Dr. Trevor Kenchington on behalf of the Southeastern Fisheries
Association. Because some of the information in those reports conflicting, the
joint SSC is being asked to review and6omment on them. The joint SSC will
also review the red snapper and red grouper stock assessments and the So-
cioeconomic Panel report, comment on their scientific adequacy, and may
make recommendations regarding red snapper and red grouper TAC and other
management measures. Copies of the agenda can be obtained by calling 813-
228-2815.
Tuesday, October 26-Lions meet at Masonic Lodge in Carrabelle at 7 p.m.
For more information phone Ms. Flo Coody at Carrabelle Florist, 697-8149.
Thursday, October 28-The Gulf ofMexico Fishery Management Council has
scheduled the following meetings of its Standing & Special Red Drum Scien-
tific and Statistical Committees (SSCs) and Red Drum Advisory Panel (AP) at
the Hilton Tampa Airport, Westshore, 2225 Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida.
October 28. 1999: The Standing & Red Drum SSCs will meet
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to review the 1999 red drum stock
assessment. A Red Drum Stock Assessment Panel (SAP) mem-
ber will present the assessment to the SSC related to setting an
allowable, biological catch (ABC) range in the Gulf of Mexico.
The SSC may also review estimates of stock size (biomass at
maximum sustainable yield [Bmsy]), minimum stock size thresh-
olds (MSST). escapement rates of juveniles to offshore waters.
and adult red drum bycatch in shrimp trawls. Based on this
review, the SSC may recommend to the Council levels of total.
allowable catch (TAC)., bag limits, size limits, commercial quo-
tas, and other measures for the red drum fishery.
October 29, 1999: The Red Drum AP will meet from 8:00 a.m. to
3:00 p.m. to review the 1999 red drum stock assessment. A Red
Drum Stock Assessment Panel member will also present the
assessment to the AP. The AP will also provide recommenda-
tions to the Council.
Based on recommendations from the above meetings, the Council. at its No-
vember meeting in Orlando, Florida willdecide if changes are needed to cur-
rent red drum management measures. Currently, it is illegal to harvest or
possess red drum in federal waters.


Saturday, October 30-Camp Gordon Johnston Association Pancake Break-
fast Fund-raiser 8 a:m. till 11 a.m. at Chillas Hall in Lanark Village. $3.50 per
ticket. Also a Bake Sale At that same time, same place.
Friday, November 5 Sunday, November 7-36th Florida Seafood Festival.
Apalachicola. Florida.
Monday, November 8-Meeting of Carrabelle Lighthouses Association, 6 p.m.
at Chamber of Commerce, Carrabelle.
Saturday, November 13-Next meeting of Alligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion. 9 a.m. at the Firehouse on Alligator Point.
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that position if they never came
to my house about a rumor, and
got my family upset."
Rankin said that "Termination is
not justified." But he felt that the
officer owed Mr. and Mrs
Robulock an apology. The matter
was tabled until the next
meeting.

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Commission
Takes Up
Robulock
Complaint
Against Taylor

By Rene Topping
Barbara Robulock and her hus-
band Mike Robulock have made
a written complaint on Police
Lieutenant Butch Taylor for ac-
companying Stan Arnold, a can-
didate for Mayor of Carrabelle, to
her home in August. Taylor said
that he was stopped by Arnold
who requested that he accompany
him to the Robulock home as he
wished to confront Robulock on
allegations of criminal acts. The
officer stated that he went along
to "Keep the peace."
Mrs Barbara Robulock had writ-
ten a letter to the commission that
she was disturbed by the officer
accompanying Arnold and or-
dered them both off her grounds.
The letter was read in full at the
September 6 meeting and was
reported in the. last edition of the
Chronicle.
So when it was requested by Mr.
Robulock that it be reread, the Po-
lice Commissioner said she saw
no reason for it to read again, as
the officer had been at the last
meeting and had verbally an-
swered her complaint.
Mike Robulock wanted to have the
new commission take action to
punish the officer and, at one
point,.Mathes wanted to have the
officer's employment terminated,
Over the protest by Lycett, the
Robulock letter was read and it
was followed by a written state-
ment from the officer. Lycett told
the commissioners that she had
talked to the Police Benevolent
Association (PBA) (this is a police
"union" representing police offic-
ers) and they told her that had the
officer ignored the request Arnold
made, and anything had hap-
pened to either party, the city and
the officer would be liable.
Lycett read from the PBA policy:
"In the event any citizen complaint
is received by the Police Commis-
sioner which is of a serious na-
ture and could lead to personnel
action. (This is not of a serious
nature.") Pam added "Mr.
Robulock I have to say this to you,
I have had the time to think about
this and I am really perplexed. I
had thought she would have sent
a letter of appreciation instead of
complaint. In the light of what had
happened someone could have
punched you out."
Messer interrupted Lycett saying,
"This sounds like a run around,
I'm not going to allow it." and in-
sisted that the City Clerk reread
the Robulock letter.
This is Officer Taylor's report. On
8/14/99 at 9:25 p.m., this officer
was on routine patrol when a sub-
ject starting flashing the head-
lights for me to stop. On stopping
Stan Arnold said several business
people had told him that Mike
Robulock had stopped in their
place of business and telling ev-
eryone that Stan had been ar-
rested in the past for child mo-
lesting. Stan Arnold told this of-
ficer that enough was enough and
he was on his way to confront Mr.


Robulock. The officer asked "What
do you want me to do about it?"
He said he was going and there
could be trouble, and if I would
just stand by, to prevent any
trouble. He was advised this. of-
ficer could stand by only as an
observer and to keep the peace.
(Note; it was raining and the
weather was bad.) This officer
parked his vehicle on the road in
front of Mike Robulock's residence
and again said to Mr. Arnold that
the police could not get'involved
and if there was any trouble, he
could be arrested. Stan Arnold
knocked on the front door and a
male juvenile opened the door
saying to Mr. Robulock There are
two cops out here. One cop and
the man who wants a curfew on
me." Mr. Robulock answered the
door and said, "What do you want
Mr. Arnold." Mr. Arnold stated the
problem and Mr. Robulock said
"It's true I have only stated the
facts."
Mrs. Robulock then came out
started talking out load, asking
why I was there, "I said, "Only to
keep the peace." she stated "This
is a small town and everybody
talks about everybody.
It is even about town that my
youngest daughters' father is
Jack Taylor." Mike Robulock said,
"Yes, and I hear that you are a
queer." looking at this officer.
This officer is saying "have a good
Nightt" Stan Arnold walked away
and this officer left the area.
The clerk then read the letter from
Robert Butch Taylor, in response
to the letter from Mr. and Mrs.
Robuluck. "I was hired 1994 as a
part-time officer and this is, as far
as I know, the only complaint
against me. I have been in law
enforcement since 1959 and
through 30 years of experience
and training I know my responsi-
bilities as a professional police
officer. All police officers have to
make a decision in a split second,
however people who have no ex-
perience in police work criticize
the decision made after talking it
over for days or even weeks. I was
hired to protect and to serve all of
the citizens, not just certain ones.
I wanted to protect Mr. Robulock
as Stan Arnold stated that he was
going to confront Mr. Robulock
whether or not I went with him.
Mr. Arnold was extremely upset
about the accusations made
about him. I feel my presence was
necessary to protect Mr.
Robulock. If my presence was
anything but professional then I
deeply apologize. But as long as I
am employed by the City of
Carrabelle I will serve all the
people of Carrabelle.
Sincerely, Robert Butch Taylor."
'Robolock said that his child was
in fear because of the incident. He
said he told his son not to worry
that he would take care of him
and that he needed no one to pro-
itect him or his family.
:Lycett stated, Mr. Taylor has been
here for "six years "and he has
never had another complaint."
The commissioners began to talk
about terminating Taylor. John
Lindsey suggested that the de-
partment institute written ap-
praisals of the officers made at
regular intervals. Lycett made it
clear that Taylor was given the
rank of lieutenant for the work he
is doing but is not getting any
extra money.


Freda White suggested that the
commissioners take no action on
the subject of this incident until
they have the city attorney at the
meeting.
Virginia Sanborn stated "I would
hope if somebody started towards
my house about to confront me, I
would be tickled to death to see
an officer."
Lycett said, "This is nothing but
a witch hunt and I am not happy
about this." She also pointed out
what the procedure would be to
bring a charge against an officer.
There would be a three man board
assembled. The first member
would be chosen by the Police
Commissioner, the second by the
accused officer and the third by
the other two. They would all be
from some other law enforcement
agency. This board will instigate
an investigation.
Robulock made the following
statement; "I asked the Franklin
County Sheriff's Department
about it and the deputies told me


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Hudson Trial For Murder Of Bobby

Duncan Begins


Thomas R. Hudson is being tried
this week for the murder of Bobby
Joe Duncan. Duncan was found
by his son, Richard Duncan and
his girlfriend, Jennifer Perdue
with gunshot wounds in his back
around 11:00 p.m. on January 3,
1998. Records indicate that a call
to 911 was made at 11:15 p.m.
The jury was selected on October
11, 1999, after an arduous day
which ended about 10:30 p.m.
Judge J. Lewis Hall, Jr. is the pre-
siding judge. The trial began with
an opening statement by the pros-
ecuting attorney, Neal Wade, on
October 12, 1999. Assistant State
Attorney Rachel Chesnut assists


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 9-17-99 Invoice No. 5217
Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy Model Spectrum color Blue
TagN ,,XKV61Y Yr 88 state FL eVinNo. J81RG5178J7541815

To Owner: Peter H. Rigney To Lien Holder:
905 W 26th St. #78
Lynn Haven, FL 32444


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
9-11-99 at the request of FHP that said vehicles in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days for the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 257.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of$ 15.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor: that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
'VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10-18-99 at 12:00
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: Shadetree Towing. 461 Highway 98, Eastpoint, FL 32328.
From the proceeds will first paid all towing and storage charges plus all coast
including cost for this sale. Any excess will be deposited with the Clerk of the
Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP. (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADETREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


Wade. The defense attorney, Greg
Cummings, deferred opening
statements. The trial is expected
to end on Friday, October 15,
1999.
Richard Duncan, Jennifer Perdue
Duncan, Johnny Turner, Investi-
gator with the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department and several
agents from the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement were
among those testifying on the first
day. Court adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
with a warning from the judge to
the jury not to discuss the trial,
talk to media, read the paper or
watch television.


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OCTOBER 31ST


RESET YOUR


CLOCKS 1 HOUR


EARLIER.


IT'S THE END


OF DAYLIGHT

SAVINGS TIME.


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 9-17-99 Invoice No. 5769
Description of Vehicle: Make Jeep Model Cherokee color White
TagNo ZSI860 Year 89 State AR VinNo. 1J4FJ28LXLL159655

To owner: Billy or JackieTdridge To Lien Holder: Boatmen Natioral Bank
20 Grandview Apt. 4 P.O. Box 3490
Harrison, AR 72601 Little Rock, AR 31896


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
9-11-99 at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days for the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 116.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 15.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida.Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10-18-99 at 12:00
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: Shadetree Towing. 461 Highway 98, Eastpoint. FL 32328.
From the proceeds will first paid all towing and storage charges plus all coast
including cost for this sale. Any excess will be deposited with the Clerk of the
Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP. (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADETREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


The Chronicle is now accepting classified ads. up to 40 words each. for
$5.00 per ad. Please send your copy to: Franklin Chronicle. 2309 Old
Bainbridge Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303, by Monday on the week the
Chronicle is published. Type your ad, or print in block letters all the infor-
mation you desire in the ad. If the word and number count exceeds 40.
the cost will be an additional $5.00. Discount rates available. Please re-
member, the Chronicle is published twice monthly, with this issue carry-
ing the date of October 15, 1999. The next issue will be October 29. 1999.
Thus, ad copy, your check and your telephone number must be received
by Tuesday, October 26, 1999. Please indicate the category you want
your ad listed. Thanks.
FOR SALE


FOR SALE

Very attractive undeveloped 3.5
acres just off Old Bainbridge
Road in Tallahassee city limits,
only minutes from shopping
malls and 1-10, highway 27 in-
terchange. Backs up to city
Sweet Bay swamp, a pictur-
esque park-like wild area. 850-
385-4003.

FOR SALE

Estate sterling silverware in
Louis XIV pattern by Towle;
place setting for eight. Miscel-
laneous pieces. Please call 850-
385-4003.

FOR RENT
3 bedroom/1bath home at 200
Carl King Ave. in Lanark Vil-
lage. $300 per month. Deposit
& references. Phone 504-0062.


Lanark Village East next to
woods. One bedroom, one bath,
full dining room, eat-in kitchen.
spacious living room with 2
sleeper couches, screened in
porch. Custom built house fully
furnished. $35,900. Phone
697-3247 or 697-3517.

FOR SALE

Three bedroom home in Astoria
Park, Tallahassee; large family
area, laundry room, compact
kitchen, remodeled bathroom
adjacent to bedroom plus a
central bathroom. 850-385-
4003.
FOR SALE

By owner. 3BR/2BA home built
1997, Carrabelle area, 2 blocks
to state beach. 1 acre lot 1/2
landscaped. Well, septic sys-
tem. $78,000. (850) 697-8274.


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Franklin Countian Inducted Into UF
Grand Guard

Ben Revell, St. James, was inducted into the University of Florida
Grand Guard on October 1, 1999, in Gainesville. The Grand Guard is
sponsored by the UFAlumni Association and is comprised of graduates
of 50 years or more. Revell graduated in 1949 with a degree in Civil
Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer, He retired as
State Specifications Engineer with the Florida Department of
Transportation 10 years ago.
Ben and his wife, Barbara, attended a reception at the President's
mansion on September 30, 1999. The Grand Guard was recognized
during the Florida-Alabama football game.



CHILDREN'S COUNSELOR

FRANKLIN/WAKULLA COUNTIES

Children's counselor to provide support groups and preven-
tion based education to children, community and schools..
Knowledge of Early Childhood Development Education, coun-
seling or other related field and 2 years experience working
with children. Prefer Franklin/Wakulla resident. 20 hrs. weekly,
$9.62. This is a grant position. Position open until filled. Send
resume with cover letter stating what position you are apply-
ing for to Refuge House, P.O. Box 20910, Tallahassee, Florida
32316.
We prefer employees who are committed to ending domestic
violence and sexual assault and who have an ability to work
with diverse populations. Refuge House is committed to re-
specting and valuing diversity.








TIMBER ISLAND REALTY
PO BOX 1059, CARRABELLE, FL 3232, 850/697-3252
1557 Highway 98
right across the road from "Julia Mae's"
850-697-3252

"Doll House"-Spacious 2BR/2BA bayfront house
located west of Carrabelle Beach. Nestled on 314
feet of white sand beach, this house has some of the
most spectacular views of the bay. $199,000.

"Dog Island"-Location, location. We have several
nice Gulf front lots, a dock and even a 5 acre track
with house next to nature preserve. Ask for "Jan"
Stoutamire-The Island Lady.

"Beacon Ridge"-Just a short jog from Carrabelle
Beach. One acre and larger tracks zoned MH/Single
family. Most have thick trees with great potential.
$8,500 & up with owner financing.

Audie E. Langston Licensed Real Estate Broker
Sales Associates
Janet Stoutamire 697-8648
Mike Langston 962-1170 Cliff Willis 697-2816


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15 October 1999 Page 9


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Tine Franklin unronicie


Who is most likely to become
addicted?
Anyone who starts smoking is
at risk of becoming addicted to
nicotine. Studies show that
among addictive behaviors
such as the use of alcohol and
other drugs, cigarette smoking
is most likely to become an es-
tablished habit during adoles-
cence. Therefore, when young
people become cigarette smok-
ers they are more likely to be-
come addicted and more likely
to suffer from the variety of
health problems caused by
cigarette smoking.
What does nicotine do?
Nicotine is a poison and taken
in large doses could kill a per-
son by paralyzing breathing
muscles. Smokers usually take
it in small amounts that the
body can quickly break down
and get rid of, which is why the
nicotine does not kin instantly.
The first dose of nicotine causes
a person to feel awake and
alert, while later doses result
in a calm, relaxed feeling. Nico-
tine can make new smokers,.
and regular smokers who get
too much of it, feel dizzy or nau-
seous. The resting heart rate for
young smokers increases 2 to
3 beats per minute. It also low-
ers skin temperature and re-
duces blood flow in the legs and
feet. Evidence shows that nico-
tine plays an important role in
increasing smokers' risk of
heart disease and stroke.
Does smoking cause cancer?
Yes. Tobacco smoke contains
at. least 43 carcinogenic
(cancer-causirig) substances.
Smoking causes many kinds of
cancer, not just lung cancer.
Tobacco use accounts for 30%,
or one in three, of all cancer
deaths in the United States.
Smoking is responsible for al-
most 90% of lung cancers
among men and more than
70% among women-about
83% overall. Cancer of the
mouth, larynx, esophagus, kid-
ney, bladder, pancreas, and
uterine cervix also have in com-
mon cigarette smoking as a
major cause.
From The American Cancer
Society.


Private Sale of
Lighthouses Last
Resort

By Rene Topping
Members of the Carrabelle Light-
house Association, (CLA) and
friends were assured on October
5, that selling the Crooked River
and the Cape St George Light-
house to a private party would be
a last resort. Laura Yeager, Chief
of the Southern Branch of Gov-
ernment Surplus Administration,
(GSA) and LeRay C. McBay, Re-
alty Specialist, both of the Atlanta
office of the GSA, were at a
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
meeting held on October 5 at
Carrabelle City Hall.
The informal meeting had been
arranged by Jim Norton, aide to
Representative Alan Boyd and
was chaired by Yeager. It was at-
tended by County Commissioners
Cheryl Sanders and Bevin Putnal,
newly elected Carrabelle City
Commissioners Frank Mathes,
Fred Massey, and Mayor-Elect
Wilburn Curley Messer. In addi-
tion, there was Mary Tanner from
the Governors' office and Laura
Kammerer, State Historic Preser-
vation Office. Also present were
City Commissioner Pam Lycett,
Outgoing City Commissioner
Donald Wood and Real Estate
Broker Gene Langston. Barbara
Revell president of the CLA arid
John Lee, representing the "Save
the Light," an organization that Is
presently working on saving the
Cape St. George Lighthouse on
Little St. George Island were
spokespersons for their respective
organizations.
Yeager started by talking about
the reasons that the two light-
house were among 29 that are
presently on the list of lighthouses
that have had become "excess
property" and therefore had to be
disposed of in some manner. She
said that the best way would be if
a city or county government or a
group such as the CLA and the
Save the Light would be willing to
take over maintenance. She said
that selling the lighthouses at
auction to the highest private bid-
der would be considered to be a
last resort.
She said that the lighthouses
could be turned over to a willing
group at "no cost." When asked if
the lighthouse would be turned
over in good condition, she said
that it would be an "As is" sale
and the group would become re-


Hydraulic rescue tools, continued from Page 1


,/ -,-%I' BW '.B U
Steve Clymer demonstrates the spreader hydraulic tool as
it pushes the door from its hinges on the frame.

The AMHUST equipment has taken advantage of earlier technologies
by making the cutters and spreaders lighter, yet stronger, more por-
table for emergency field use. Automobiles donated by Bevin Miller o
Shadtree Towing were "carved up" to allow those firemen.present t(
practice using the new, very powerful tools.
Steve Clymer, from Team Equipment, New Port Richey in the Tampa
area, conducted the training session, explaining operations and main
tenance. "The auto industry has designed a car to keep the "patient'
(occupant) compartment safer. (In a crash), the car can crunch up
around you, and with all the safety bars and reinforced fire walls, thi
compartment is secure." The problem becomes how to get the crash
victim out of that secure compartment quickly, without further in
jury. Having hydraulic rescue tools available will enable firemen tc
do the job quickly and safely.


Clymer explained, "...The piston hydraulic pump generates 10,500
lbs per square inch of hydraulic fluid..." About 20 feet away, either
the cutter or the spreader device is attached and put to work. Steel
doors, posts, and portions of the frame were snipped or forced away
as'if cutting into hot butter.
Marilyn Walker, Head of Emergency Medical Services at Weems.Me-
morial Hospital, Apalachicola, reported that the hydraulic devices were
purchased from EMS designated funds, with 90 percent coming from
the State of Florida and about 10 per cent coming from Franklin
County funds. "We're really excited about having two one for each
end of the county, in the event they are needed..It's so important
since we have 546 square miles to cover in Franklin..."
For safety purposes, trainees were required to dress in complete fire
gear when using the powerful equipment.


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Rene
Topping
Associate
CARRABELLE REALTY
(the name says it all)



Office: (850) 697-2181
Home: (850) 697-2616
FAX: (850) 697-3870


Land Use continued from Page 4


more channels that the company
raised the fee considerably. He
said he had bought only the ba-
sic. "Inadvertently, I discovered
that one of these channels is
broadcasting pornography into
my home and many others in the
small hours of the morning. I got
up one morning and in turning
the dial to Channel 6 on which I
get my morning news, I crossed
channel 5 in the process and
here's blatant pornography being
broadcast. Now that increase in
my rates apparently was for this
and I refuse to purchase pornog-
raphy. I don't watch it, I don't
want it and I object to it. Now I
understand that the cable com-
pany is proposing a long term
contract with the city and before
any such contract is dealt with I
want to see this issue dealt with."
Mr. Shane fromnMediaCom said
that Channel 5 is not on the ba-
sic list of channels, but because
they are using the Eastpoint
tower, it comes in on some of the
homes. He stated that if the pas-
tor and anyone who is receiving
that channel will let them know
the company will install a filter on
their line that will take it off.
Channel 5 is a premium channel
and we don't want to give it away."
Shane told Pastor Glenn that he
would have someone take it off the
next day. Glenn said, "I will cer-
tainly appreciate it."
Keith Mock asked for Channel 12
and he got a round of applause.
from others who like the news on
s Channel 27 out of Tallahassee.
- This was again blamed on the
f antenna pointing towards the
o Eastpoint tower. Mock said "This
is Carrabelle. I'm not trying to be
smart, but I want 27 back." It
a seems that it is doubtful if this
Scan happen soon as the company
will have to continue with using
P the Eastpoint tower. Others com-
Splained on noise and interference
Son Channel 6. Also some chan-
nels going off at different times in
o the day. Barbara Bonoweicz said
she apologized to any who had
been receiving Channel 5 and did
not want it.


The next item on the agenda was
moving the maintenance yard to
the end of 6th Street where the
old white goods dump was lo-
cated: This has been cleaned up
and Messer said "I would be in
favor of moving it." The motion
was passed.
The City also approved the pur-
chase of a new caterpillar Back
Hoe.
Dan Rosier reported that the park
on Seventh Street and Avenue SE
C was $1,471 over budget. He
said the invoices for the $2,200
granted by the county were on the
way to the county finance officer.
He is looking to the city for the
balance. On a motion from Fred
Massey and seconded by Mathes
the item was tabled till the next
meeting.
Donald Wood said that the Post
Office building owned by the city
will come available in June 2001.
He said the building is no longer
suitable as there is no room for
more boxes. They need a larger
facility. He said that right now
there are no available boxes.
Therefore either the city or a pri-
vate party will have to build a new
building. He is proposing that the
Post Office building could be re-
modeled into a cityhall. said that
he had a draft of a letter to be sent
to the Post Office Department. He
was asked to present it at the next
meeting.


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Please call Rene for all your real estate needs, buying or selling.


sponsible for the maintenance.
In explaining the position of the
GSA on sales, Yeager said that the
GSA. lighthouses should be
classified as historic monuments
and would be under the supervi-
sion of the National Parks, and
treated as such under the govern-
ment rules. The Crooked River
Lighthouse Is already on the His-
toric register. Yeager emphasized
the fact that even if the Crooked
River Lighthouse was put up for
auction the buyer would have to
follow the rules and keep it as a
historic monument.
Yeager said, "Some years back,
you might remember (Department
of the Interior) actually gave part
of the coastal property over for a
park. I think the city gave it back."
At this point Messer stood up and
said, "I am Mayor Messer and was
in this back in 1969. I wanted it
for the people but wanted to make
sure no strings were attached."
Yeager thanking him for the in-
formation and said, "Well it's
available again now."
Yeager read from a rule book
called "The Lightkeepers Manual
1871": that set forth the stringent
rules for keeping the light lit. She
then went on to say, "You may
have heard the rumors that we
are going to sell the property to
the highest bidder. Forget it! If we
do that if we have to do that it
will be because there was no one
in the community with an inter-
est in acquiring the lighthouse. In
any case, it will not be conveyed
without Historic Preservation
Covenants and they are pretty
strong covenants."
Yeager explained that it was dur-
ing a period in the Nixon regime
that historical preservation was a
priority. She went on to say "Now
'that the agencies are up and run-
ning, Mr. Messer, I don't think you
will have to pull any strings on
this project."
Norton asked on behalf of anyone
wanting to take over the light-
house if the new owners would
have to take over all liability.
Yeager also suggested that a good
way could be if the city and the
county could in some way get to-
gether and take on the responsi-
bility for the two lighthouses.
Barbara Revell asked, "How do we
get those two bodies together?"


Yeager said that would have to
done locally Cheryl Sanders said
that she personally was in favor
of saving the lighthouses but
could not speak for the county
commission.
Norton said that the two light-
houses are eco-tourist attractions
and are an additional reason for
people to come and stay awhile.
Yeager said that when the news
that the lighthouse could be for
sale, she said, "It was pandemo-
nium." her office was flooded with
calls and letters from the people
in Representative Boyd's District.
Messer once again explained,
"When I got the property, the
Coast Guard property, and I had
trouble with a fellow, so I said I
wanted to speak to President
Nixon, and he did and he spoke.
But at that time the City and
Franklin County and the school
board all thought it was a good
thing for Washington to give us.
Yeager said, "That was the early
days of when it was called the
Federal Lands Department pro-
gram. That.was a Nixon program.
She also jokingly suggested that
we could wait till next year and
Mary Tanner might have some
influence with her brother's
brother."
Turning to more practical proce-
dures David Butler, Treasurer of
the CLA asked for some guidance
as to how much it would cost
yearly for maintenance. Yeager
suggested that governmental
specifications on the lighthouse
would perhaps give then CLA an
idea of how much the mainte-
nance would be.
Yeager said that the people who
took over the lighthouse would be
allowed to charge a fee and also
could run a small gift shop to help
make money for the maintenance.
McBay stated that the paperwork
is only just beginning on the
Crooked River and the Cape St
George lighthouses and so there
is time for CLA and the "Save the
Light" organizations to organize
and work with the county govern-
ments.
Clerk of the City Beckey Jackson
asked how she could get a value
on the property for the liability
insurance. She was told to talk to
local insurance agents as to land
values in the area as it is difficult
to put a value on the structure.


Yeager made one more assurance
and said "It Is heartwarming to
us to see so many of you here."
The next meeting of the CLA Is to
be October 11 at 6 p.m. at the
Chamber of Commerce.

Naval Heliuupter

Historical

Society Honors

Kubicki

The following tribute to CDR Ed-
ward Kubicki. USN, was printed
in the Naval Helicopter Historical
Society Newsletter in April, 1999.
Pioneer Aviator:
i Attending the 1999 NHA Sympo-
sium is CDR Edward Kubicki,
SUSN, (ret). On July 26, 1946 CDR
SKubicki became the 14th Naval
Aviator to receive a helicopter des-
ignation. He is the last surviving
Pilot Plank Owner of the Navy's
first helicopter squadron, VX-3.
CDR Kubicki's career spanned a
time in rotary wing history when
"FIRSTS" were the order of the
day. Events from his remarkable
career include:
* FIRST flight of a helicopter in
the Antarctic in a HO-3S on
January 10, 1947 during Op-
eration High Jump.
Participation in Operation Sand-
stone, the atomic tests at
Eniwetok Atoll, ferrying "hot"
samples in a HO-3S.
CDR Kubicki retired in 1962. His
contribution to Naval Rotary Wing
Aviation is best summarized by an
excerpt from his retirement letter,
signed by ADM P.D. Stroop, Chief,
Bureau of Naval Weapons: "Your
fame and recognition as a helicop-
ter pilot have become legend in
the service and the number of
successful rescue flights you have
made over these twenty years of
flying will always be a challenge
to thdse who follow you."

Obituaries

Martha F. Brooks
Martha F. Brooks, 68, ofApalachicola,
died on Wednesday, September 29,
1999 at her son's home on Panama
City Beach. A native and lifelong resi-
dent of Apalachicola, Ms. Brooks had
been a cook in local area restaurants
in Apalachicola. She attended St.
Patrick Catholic Church, also ir
Apalachicola. She is survived by hei
six sons, Joseph Lemon of Panama
City Beach. Emett Brooks and wift
Penny Sue of Empire, LA, James Jack-
son of Bonifay, Benjamin Gudger anc
wife Ora Lee of Port St. Joe, Johr
Gudger of Pascagoula, MS, and Chris-
topher Gudger of Indian Town, FL; hei
four daughters, Iva Mae Greene anc
husband Tom C.. and Delores McGee,
all of Tampa, and Mary Lemon anc
Connie R1ichardsonand her fiance
Curtis Robertson, all ofApalachicola
a sister-in-law, Justine Brooks o:
South Carolina; 32 grandchildren
and 44 great-grandchildren, She was
preceded in death by a daughter, Ells
Mae Richardson. Funeral Mass was
held on Saturday, October 2, 1999 ai
the St. Patrick Catholic Church. In
terment followed in'Magnolia Cem-
etery in Apalachicola. Kelle3
Funeral Home was in charge of the
arrangements.

'Adrian James
Adrian Jameg, 58, ofApalachicola, FL
died on Thursday, September 30
1999 at Bay Medical Center ir
Panama City.. A native of Crisp Co.
Georgia, Mr. James had worked in th(
'seafood industry. He was a member
of Woodmen of the World and was
Pentecostal Holiness by faith. He is
survived by his wife, Sue James o
Apalachicola; two sons. Steve Jame!
and Greg James, both of Apalachicola
his mother, Maxie James of Paname
City; one sister, Marlene Hanson o
Panama City; and 5 grandchildren
Funeral services were held on Sun
day, October 3, 1999 at the Churcl
of God in Eastpoint, FL. Intermen
followed in Magnolia Cemetery ir
Apalachicola. Kelley Funeral Hom(
was in charge of the arrangements.


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A village in Massai land, a huge tribal tract that extends
into Kenya. The game management program in Zimbabwe
serves as a model for a slowly evolving yet similar program
in Tanzania.
One of the animals Jim shot was an oryx, which was about three feet
long and weighed 300 pounds. The Professional Hunter who was with
the party had to okay the animal before it could be shot. "They have
to be old animal, said Jim. "I used a 375 which is good for 300 yards."
He said lions "have no fear of man. They probably never saw a man.
The government and private individuals own concessions, as large as
one million acres." Whether to shoot an animal is "determined by a
judgment call by the P.H. (Professional Hunter). It must be an animal
beyond breeding age, an old animal, no longer productive. Trophy
fees go to the government and to people out in the bush. The money
is put to good use. It is distributed back to the people." Jim explained
that 75 per cent of the money goes back to the villages for clinics,
schools, farm equipment and such. "The people want the meat to eat,
and they want the money," Jim said. "It cuts down on poaching, be-
cause the people get the benefit of the trophies, so that's just about
stopped the poaching."
Jim explained that the native Africans in the hunting party "can sense


Young men dressed in tribal costume in anticipation of
their ceremonial celebration into manhood posed for Joyce
Este's camera.

an animal in the bush. They don't see it, but they sense it. It's in-
stinctive, like a sixth sense."
While there, Jim said he collected about 35 trophies. His two favor-
ites were a full mane lion and a 250-pound leopard. Joyce took pho-
tographs of both of these, and also the other trophies.
The Professional Hunter took the photographs when both Joyce and
Jim were in the picture, using Joyce's camera. The P.H. became like
one of the family while they were out in the bush.
"Our summer here in Florida is their winter," said Jim. "June, July
and August there is cold. It's south of the Equator. Upper 30's at
night, 70's midday. Maybe up in the 80's. You had to layer your cloth-
ing, so you could take it off, layer by layer, as it got hotter."
The primitive whimsical art of Tinga Tinga reveals that the artists
find beauty and joy wherever they are. Joyce will be displaying the
Tinga Tinga while they last, at her shops. Stop by Bayside Gallery on
Highway 98 in Eastpoint, or Sea Oats Gallery on E. Pine on St. George
Island. Tinga Tinga from Tanzania will brighten your day.


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