Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: October 29, 1999
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Franklin Chromicle

Volume 8, Number 22


October 29 November 11, 1999

Beautiful, Migrating Monarch


St. George Resort

Village Sold To SGI

Limited For $6.5 Mil


The Monarch Butterfly is celebrated with other insects on
a special commerative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal

By Tom Campbell
The Monarch Butterfly Festival is
scheduled for Saturday and Sun-
day, October 30 and 31 at the
Refuge visitor center headquar-
ters at 1255 Lighthouse Road in
St. Marks. The air will be filled
with the beauty of Monarch but-
terflies, as they will be gathering
in the refuge on their way to South
America, Mexico or one of those
really warm places.
There will be plenty of talking,
walking and lecturing about but-
terflies, with the migrating Mon-
arch in the spotlight.
Most Monarch butterflies live only
two to six weeks, soaring in the
summer sunlight. Sipping nectar
from milkweed and other flowers,
they mate, lay eggs on milkweed
and die. From spring to fall, two
to four generations of Monarch
butterflies hatch, live, mate and
die throughout the United States
and parts of southern Canada.
The last generation ol Mornarch
butterflies, born in late summer,
are different, as these don't mate,
lay eggs and die in a few short
weeks. Instead, these
late-summer butterflies prepare
for an incredible journey south,
leaving the milkweed fields be-
hind. As brisk autumn winds
blow, the Monarchs take flight.
October through December,
late-summer Monarchs arrive at
wintering destinations. They over
winter in a semi-dormant state in
winter, resting and conserving
With the warmer weather, these
Monarchs wake up, feed and look
for a mate. Migrating Monarchs
mate, lay eggs and die. The new
spring generation begins the cycle
all over again.
Monarchs can't live where tem-
peratures are below freezing, so
they fly south to safe wintering
sites in warmer areas. This is the
Monarchs' incredible migratory
waltz. Each year, millions of these
creatures from all over North
America fly thousands of miles to
locations in California, Florida,
South America and central
Mexico, without a map.
They migrate as far as 2,500 miles
south over a period of six weeks,
to a spot they have never seen.
Most of the Monarchs east of the
Rocky Mountains spend the win-
ter resting in the ancient Oyamel
fir trees in the cool, moist forests
of central Mexico.
Although the Monarchs have
never seen the place where they
are going, somehow, they know
right where to go, arriving at the
same sites in a thin strip of Mexi-
can forest, or to the same resting

spots on the California coast,
where their ancestors have gone
before them.
Scientists don't know exactly how
the butterflies do this, but they
believe signals, such as the short-
ening daylight and colder tem-
peratures, as well as the
Monarch's own natural in-
stincts-much like an inner clock
and compass-tell them when to
go and where to fly.
The Eastern Migration takes the
Monarchs down to Florida, and
some even to the Yucatan Penin-
sula or Cuba.
The flashy Monarch has been
called "the Elvis of the insect
world." This wonder of nature is
now threatened in Mexico, be-
cause they migrate to one of "the
most endangered forests in
Mexico." Marketing wood keeps
the poor Mexicans from starving.
The Monarch migration has been
called a "threatened phenom-
The more money local people
make from tourism, the better off
the monarchs will be. Mexican
politics changes and the issues
couldn't be more complicated.
To prevent the sanctuaries from
becoming "ghost forests -perma-
nently local people and scien-
tists" now attend the same Mon-
arch conferences. Together, they
are moving toward a solution of
how the marvelous Monarch,can
be saved. Their stunning migra-
tory accomplishment needs to be
preserved. The Mexican wintering
sites, where eastern Monarchs are
found, number in the millions of
butterflies. But they need the for-
est to survive.
The male Monarch is bright or-
ange and has black scent patches
in the middle of the hind wing.
The female is dull orange or brown
with more thickly scaled black
veins. But when view thousands
of these butterflies, the vision is
breathtaking and mysterious.
The St. Marks Refuge visitor cen-
ter is located at 1255 Lighthouse
Road. Entrance fee is $4 per car,
according to a spokesperson
there. The talk and the tour is
scheduled to be presented by Mr.
Gil Daigneau of the Urban Farm
and Butterfly Garden, Tallahas-
see. The talk is scheduled at 11
a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, October 30 and 31. The
tour is scheduled from 12:30 to
2:30 p.m. T-shirts and gifts will
be available for purchase. For fur-
ther information, phone
Celebrate the Monarch Butterfly,
one of nature's miracles.

First Newell Concert Of The

Season At The
Dixieland Jazz will be the first of-
fering of the Newell Concert Se-
ries on Sunday, October 31 at the
Dixie Theatre beginning at 4 p.m.,
Conductor Jim Crozier will lead
five musicians in a toe-tapping
ensemble of Dixieland Jazz. The
group features Fred Freedburg on
clarinet, Tom Turner, trumpet;
Elliot Toole,' trombone; Dennis
Vail, piano; Mariano Rodreguez,
drums and Crozier, bass. There
will be some new tunes along with

Dixie Theatre
old favorites such as St. Louis
Blues; Struttin' with Some Bar-
B-Q; Do You Know What I Means;
Sweet Georgia Brown; Darktown
Strutters' Ball; I Got Rhythm, and
of course, The Saints. ..
Their group is "Jim's Dixie Jam-
mers". In the past, the Dixieland
Jazz concerts have played to large
crowds so it is advisable to arrive
early for a seat. A $2 donation will
be taken at the door for those not
members of the season's ticket
subscribers. The series is alse
supported by patrons.

Downtown Historic Apalachicola Annual Christmas
Celebration November 26, 5:00 9:00 p.m.

This year's Historic Apalachicola
Christmas Celebration will light
up Apalachicola on November
26th. From 5:00 9:00 p.m. the
streets of downtown Apalachicola
will be lined with luminaries and
filled with holiday spirit. Mer-
chants will be open late and there
will be plenty of activities for the
The highlight, of course, will be

the big guy himself. Santa will ar
rive on the Governor Stone, ar
1877 historic sailing schooner, a
6:00 p.m. at the City Dock or
Water Street, across from Cit!
Hall. Santa will hear children's
Christmas wishes and the Lovi
Center Band will perform. Join us
for an old-fashioned Christma:
celebration! For more information
contact the Chamber office a
(850) 653-9419

"Captain Put," a decorative boat that promotes Florida
Seafood, will be on display November 5 7 at the 36th Annual
Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola.
Captain Put is part of an exhibit produced by the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bureau
of Seafood and Aquaculture. Donated by the Southeastern
Fisheries Association and Raffield Fisheries, Inc., the 14-
foot boat is named in memory of B.J. Putnam, a world-
class charter boat fisherman.
The boat displays gear used by fishermen and provides an
informative look into Florida's important seafood industry.
Educational materials and recipes will be distributed by
Department representatives at the Captain Put exhibit.

Inside This Issue
12 Pages
Franklin Briefs ........................................ ............... 2
Alligator Point ............................................... ............ 2
Editorial & Commentary .................................................. 3
Turpentine Profits Feature .............................................. 4
Family Literacy ............................................ ......... 4
Hudson Case............................................. ............. 5
Lanark Revenue Bonds .................................................. 5
Second Circuit Court Report ..................................... 6, 7
Apalachicola River ................................... ............ 8, 9
Search for WW II Ordinance ........................................... 9
FCAN & Classifieds .................................... ............. 10
Boy Scouts ............................................ ............ .... 10
Bookshop .............................................. ............. ... 11
Of Mermaids and Men-An African Fable ....................... 12

Developing Florida's Marine-

Food Fish Industry

Fish farmers will be pleased to know that they now have a new re-
source available. Developing Florida's Marine Food Fish Industry was
recently published-a report based on two days of deliberations by
experts in the finfish industry.
Three separate panels of experts representing production, marketing
and regulation discussed the potential to successfully culture and
market 35 species of marine finfish.
During these sessions it was agreed that Florida offers fish farmers
several advantages including year-round warm temperatures; avail-
ability of high quality water; ready access to local, regional, national
and global markets; and excellent technical and business support
from public and private sources.
Fish identified by workshop participants as being the best candidates
should have:
minor knowledge gaps in production, marketing or regulation,
high market value,
wide salinity tolerance,
fast growth rate,
been a native species,
the capability of being grown intensively.

Fish species that most nearly satisfied these criteria are red drum,
flounder, mahi-mahi, grouper, pompano, mutton snapper, sturgeon
and common snook.
-The first four species (red drum, flounder, mahi-mahi and grouper)
were highly ranked throughout the prioritization process. The next
four (pompano, mutton snapper, sturgeon and common snook) are
considered extremely high-value products that meet many of the criti-
cal considerations, but fell short because of low scores in certain
Caution is advised when considering a new crop species; farmers are
strongly encouraged to study the entire report before taking any ac-
While fish farming advantages are numerous in the Sunshine State,
they are not always sufficient in guaranteeing success. Research and
development is crucial to the process. The industry has tripled farm
gate sales over the last ten years and much of this success can be
attributed to the adoption of new production techniques and the
successful culture of new species learned from research and de-
velopment projects.
The report stated that consistent state or federal funding for inte-
grated demonstration projects is needed. Collaboration is needed to
solve problems and improve or develop production systems, such as:
Stages and hybrid systems,
spawning and hatchery techniques,
micro-encapsulated feeds,
batch plank-ton culture procedures,
preventative aquatic animal health practices and product value.
The new report, Developing Florida's Marine Food Fish Industry is
available by contacting the:
n Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture, 2051 East Dirac Drive, Talla-
t hassee Florida 32310-3760, Phone: 850/488-0163 Fax: 850/
n 922-3671, E-mail: williab@doacs.state.fl.us
y Editor's Note: in addition to this resource, UF's Dept. of Fisheries
e and Aquatic Sciences can provide assistance to farmers who are con-
s sidering a finfish crop. For more information, contact the Design Team.
in Continued on Page 12

Dr. Ben Johnson is shown in a past community hearing
speaking on behalf of his Resort Village development.

SGI Limited Partnership, an affiliate of Phipps Ventures, Inc., head-
quartered in Tallahassee, Florida, has acquired from Dr. Ben Johnson
about 56 acres of land adjacent to the Inn at the Village on St. George
Island. The SGI Limited Partnership is the current owner of the Inn
at Resort Village, in the middle of the private development called the
David Wilder, Vice President, Phipps Ventures, Inc., has noted in a
press release that no definite plans have been finalized regarding the
property, before or after the contract signing last Thursday, October
21. Under Dr. Johnson's plans, the development in the center of a
privately owned reservation of about 800 lots (with 360 homes built
out) was in what was called Phase I, with a waste-water treatment
plant already approved, and the hotel.
Dennis Boyle, president of Phipps Ventures, Inc. told the Chronicle
that SGI plans to re-evaluate the entire master plan. The price for the
property includes only the property portion of the transaction. "There
is," he said, "...a strong possibility of another building..." sometime
soon but he did not speculate on whether this might be another hotel
or perhaps a clubhouse. Boyle is the managing director of the part-
nership, SGI, consisting of six or seven individuals, and that opera-
tion is an affiliate of Phipps Ventures, Inc.

- ,- .. .

Court room scenes at the Franklin County Courthouse, as
shown above, were typical of many of the hearings and
presentations about Ben Johnson's Resort Village as the
developer moved through the approval process.

"We have not 'purchased' any of the current liabilities of Ben
Johnson..." said Boyle, referring to the litigation involving Johnson
and the Homeowners Association. The sale brings to a close many
chapters of confrontation and acrimony, but not litigation, between
the Homeowners Association and the commercial development started
by Johnson, called the Resort Village. The continuing controversy
goes back for about ten years, ever since the proposals were made to
develop the property in the middle of the private development.
There is one major litigation still pending between Johnson and the
Plantation Owners, stemming from a judgment that a 1992 contract
signed by Johnson and the POA Board of Directors was a valid and
enforceable agreement. Part of the agreement called for the Planta-
tion Owners, through their Board of Directors, to support the Resort
Village and not fight the development.
New personalities came on the Board of Directors, and they ignored
the agreement, reinforced by some members who argued that the
contract was unlawfully agreed to, because of alleged irregularities in
the adoption of the agreement. That argument was later discredited
in a judicial decision. For a time, the Plantation conducted itself as if
the contract existed, and that aspect contributed to an ultimate deci-
sion by a judge that the contract had been recognized by the parties
and most provision had been adhered to. So, Dr. Johnson filed suit
when the deviations occurred, alleging a breach of the agreement.
The POA countersued on the basis of back dues not paid to the Asso-
ciation by Dr. Johnson. This litigation will remain unaffected by the
recent sale of land to SGI Limited. In an interview with the Chronicle.
Dr. Johnson indicated that he thought a solution could be negotiated
to end the litigation, but he would be out-of-town for an indefinite
time in the near future. During the past few months, negotiations
between Johnson and the POA seemed at an impasse with little re-
ported progress. The Board has been reluctant to inform the mem-
bers of any developments insisting that the burden of settlement was
on Dr. Johnson. Even current parties involved in "discussions" with
the POA have cited some instances when the Board of Directors in-
sisted on "cherry-picking" solutions when offered alternatives to settle
the dispute.
Memoranda have been sent back and forth between the Board and
SGI, Limited in recent weeks, indicating positions on various issues.
One major issue has been that of density, and another, controlled
access. Association member Thomas W. Hoffer has attempted to ob-
tain copies of these documents that have not been shared with the
membership but was rebuffed by President Rick Watson who cited
circumstances tantamount to "attorney-client" exceptions to the
open-records requirement in State law.

Dr. Tom Adams, one of the opponents of the Resort Village
development, speaks from the podium at the Franklin
County Courthouse during one of the early hearings. The
white structures were his version of what the proposed
condominiums would look like, complete with cars parked
atop each structure. Dr. Johnson later dropped the condo
proposal from his Resort Village plans.

Page 2 29 October 1999


The Franklin Chronicle



.October 19, 1999
By Barbara Revell
The Franklin County Commission
met on Tuesday, October 19,
1999. Attending were: Chairper-
son Clarence Williams, Cheryl
Sanders, Bevin Putnal, Jimmy
Mosconis, Eddie Creamer. County
Attorney Alfred O. Shuler, Clerk
of the Court Wendell Wade and
Director of Administrative Ser-
vices Alan Pierce. The meeting
was called to order by Chairper-
son Williams at 9:00 am. The min-
utes of the previous meeting were
approved as was payment of bills.

At 9:05 a.m. there was a public
hearing on two land-use and zon-
ing requests in Eastpoint. The
Board approved changing the
zoning of one and one-half acres
on Otter Slide Road from residen-
tial to industrial. John and Alice
Collins own this property. Mrs.
Collins said, "My husband in-
tends to move his business there
which is waste water treatment
and installation of septic tanks."
The other property is on Island
Drive and owned by St. George
Island, Ltd. The board approved
their request to change a 9.9 acre
parcel from R-2, single family resi-
dential-mobile home to C-2, com-
mercial business. It will be devel-
oped into one acre lots because
sewer is not available at this time.
There will be one unit per acre
with septic tank. The Board ap-
proved both requests.

Public Works Superintendent
Prentice Crum reported the Trout
Creek Bridge is under construc-
tion and is closed. This work
should be completed in two or
three weeks. County Engineer
David Kennedy is still waiting for
the permits to begin the work on
Syrup Branch Creek Bridge.

Solid Waste Director Van Johnson
stated that all he had for the
board is the annual service agree-
ment between the County and
Keep Franklin County Beautiful,
Inc. This was approved and

School Board 'member Will'
Kendrick went before the board
in regards to the land ,swap 'be-
tween the County and the School
Board. Kendrick requested that
the old school gym be swapped for
23 acres on Highway 65 near
Franklin County Sheriffs Office.
Kendrick stated the site on High-
way 65 is needed for an alterna-
tive school. Commissioner
Mosconis stated that the old gym
property was too valuable to use
for the library and that the County
should consider selling that prop-
erty and give another piece of land
to the library. Mosconis also said,
"That property probably could
maybe be used for a more valu-
able purpose in the private sector
than for a public library." Com-
missioner Putnal made the mo-
tion to proceed with land swap.
Commissioner Sanders seconded
the motion. The land swap was
approved unanimously. County
Attorney Shuler and School Board
Attorney Barbara Sanders are to
work out the details of the deed
swap. Library advisory board
member, Rene Topping told the
, Commissioners, "Thank you,
thank you; thank you!"
The discussion of the swap was
interrupted at 9:30 a.m. so that
bids could be opened for the tree
removal project at the
Apalachicola Airport. There were
three parts up for bid and the first
one was for the sale of trees and
the Commissioners awarded the
contract to Clarksville Timber.
Decision on the other two parts
was delayed because the commis-
sioners want to use the money
from the sale of the timber to pay
for removal of the second two.

Jim Anders representing the
American Tower Corporation was
before the board about the pro-
posed tower on county property.
Anders said he thought the
County would be interested in his
proposal because the County
could make money. Mosconis
said, "The County is not in the
business of making money."
Putnal said that other people in-
terested in installing a tower had
to negotiate with private landown-

ers and he did not think it would
be fair for the County to go along
with Anders request. The request
was not approved.
Franklin County Sheriff Bruce
Varnes came before the Board to
return $45,565 to the Board.
Varnes stated this is money left
over from last year's budget.
Varnes also requested approval
for a new medical contract be-
tween the Franklin County Jail
and a local physician and hospi-
tal for the treatment of inmates.
Board granted the request.

Varnes reported also that their
grant application for a resource
officer was denied. Varnes as-
sured the commissioners that
there will be a resource officer
anyway. FCSO financial director,
Ray Clary, requested the Board to
sign off on the closing of the cur-
rent Narcotics Task Force grant.
He also had an application for a
new grant for approximately
$5800 for purchasing new equip-
ment for the safety of the depu-
ties. Clary said he was before the
Board for the last time because
he and his wife are moving to Vir-
ginia to be near family members.
Clary stated, "It has been a real
pleasure working for the Board."
At 10:00 a.m. bids were opened
for the purchase of Road Depart-
ment Equipment. The bids were
not read because of the length,
however Wade announced that
bids were received from Tractor
and Equipment Company,
Panama City; Flint Equipment,
Tallahassee and Ring Power,
Jacksonville, Florida.

Director of Administrative Ser-
vices Alan Pierce reported that in
regards to the tree removal at the
airport, he had received telephone
calls from Joe Smith, Florida De-
partment of Transportation/Avia-
tion Division and Bernice
Constantine from Gainesville.
They called regarding whether the
:County ever sought approval from
the Federal Airport Administra-
tion (FAA) for the spoil disposal
areas at the airport. "The issue is
whether birds are going to become
a problem for aviators when the
spoil pumping starts, and if the
birds are a problem the County
will have to follow FAA guidelines
in order to keep its airport certi-
fied. The Board instructed Pierce,
to contact the FAA. Pierce then
discussed with the Board, a very
large map that he suggested be
mounted in the Board Room.
Pierce requested authorization to
spend $750 to have it mounted.
The Board approved his request.
Pierce said that Ms. Freda White
would like to give the Board a brief
update on the development of the
old Annawakee site. Ms White
said the name of the development
will be St. James Bay. She fur-
ther said that in addition to the
golf course there will be 500 units
of single and multi-family dwell-
ings. White said they are being
very careful not to do anything
that would be6'harmful to the Bay,
"Environment is our number one
concern." She said it will take nine
to ten months for the Develop-
ment Regional Impact (DRI) study
to be completed. She further said
that a golf course architect has
been hired but she is not at lib-
erty to say who it is at this time.
Commissioner Sanders, sug-
gested meetings with adjacent
landowners be held and White
responded that they plan to do
Pierce then reported that Mr. Leon
Bloodworth is trying to build a
breakwater around his property
in the Plantation. Pierce said that
breakwaters are below mean high
tide and the county traditionally
does not issue permits because
break-waters are entirely in state
controlled areas. Because break-
waters are below mean high tide
the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) does issue a
state permit. Pierce further said
that DEP routinely asks the De-
partment of Community Affairs
(DCA) to review permits because
DCA runs the Coastal Zone Man-
agement Program which reviews
coastal development to make sure
it is consistent with certain state
guidelines. When DCA reviewed
the permit it was decided that
since the Plantation is under a
Development of Regional Impact
order it could not issue a permit.
Pierce recommended the Board to
direct Shuler to provide an opin-
ion whether the Plantation Devel-
opment Order covers development
below mean high water. Pierce

said, "The point would be for Mr.
Bloodworth to carry Shuler's.
opinion back to DCA and ask'
them to reconsider in light of the
county's opinion. The Commis-
sioners authorized Shuler to look
into the matter. Pierce announced
there will be an information meet-
ing on November 17, 1999, at 6:00,
p.m. in the courtroom concern-
ing the new St. George Island
Bridge. There will be a presenta-
tion and a slide show so people
can learn how the bridge contrac-
tors chose the particular route
and design of the bridge. The
irt'rltinii will be led by Mr. Jeff
T'Ii^ .itII. Sverdrup engineer.
Pierce then stated that he plans
to hire Mr. Tim Turner as Emer-
gency Management Director to re-
place Mr, Butch Baker. He stated
he interviewed 15 people for the
position, Pierce said that Turner
will be begin on November 1,

Clerk of the Court Kendall Wade
reported that a roofing company
in Atlanta, Williamson and Asso-
ciates, has been contacted and an
engineer is scheduled to go over
the entire courthouse on October
20, 1999. The courthouse has se-
vere leaks in the roof. The engi-
neer will provide a layout plan to
fix the roof and it can be repaired
in stages as funds become avail-
Wade further reported that the
street behind the courthouse is
now a one-way street and stripes
will be painted for parking. Once
that is done the one-way street
signs will be posted.
Wade also reported that in order
to be in compliance with the
American Disabilities Act the
County will be purchasing as-
sisted listening devices for the
hearing impaired and services will
be provided for the visually im-
paired. Wade stated that he and
Assistant Clerk Amelia Varnes
visited the Jefferson County
courthouse to observe their sys-
tem and found out it cost
$34,000, "So we came on home."
Wade indicated Franklin County
would meet the needs of the hear-
ing and visually impaired without
spending that amount of money.
Wade requested additional equip-
ment for inmates from the work
camp. He said the County is obli-
gated to keep the inmates work-
ing and at the present time there
is not enough equipment to keep
the crews busy. Board approved
purchase of additional equip-
ment; It was emphasized that this
equipment can be used only for
County projects.

County Attorney Shuler reported
that he had a meeting with Keep
Franklin County Beautiful about
the Lanark Village Officers Club.
However, they concluded because
it is private property there is noth-
ing they can do. He also discussed
the Eastpoint boat ramp with
Franklin County Beautiful and
the abandoned trailers problem.
Shuler reported he also talked
with labor attorney Leonard
Carson and explained the Board's
decision concerning the hiring of
Public Works Superintendent.
Shuler said he some research for
the Clerk's office about recordable
instruments because an attorney
in Tallahassee was trying to
record something that did not
appear to be recordable. Shuler
said, "I called the attorney and he
changed the document." Shuler
said he "revised the airport's spoil
disposal casement and faxed a
copy to Mr. Jangula (United States
Corp of Engineers). He said, "I had
to revise the description because
on the last map that you saw was
not the regular metes and bounds
description that we could use so I
had to create a description. Also,
the matter of the birds, had been
discussed so I added to the lease
that it should be constructed in
such a manner that it would drain
and wouldn't leave permanent
standing water there to attract
birds." Mr. Jangula said that was
acceptable and the lease has been
signed and recorded." Shuler then
said, "I did some further research

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about the matter of the Lanark
Village Officers Club... this is in
the area of the special zone for
Lanark Village which has lan-
guage in it prohibiting nuisances
as defined by Florida law. We got
a letter from the owner about the
Lanark Village Officer's Club... In
my opinion they do not intend to"
do anything about it. The Board
will have to decide if we want to
do something about it." At the
Board's request, Shuler said he
had checked into the matter of
making an old school bus avail-
able to transport little league
teams. Shuler said, "Basically
there is a rider that has been ob-
tained by the Clerk's Office to your
county insurance which would
cover that, however, the amount
of insurance is not a lot of cover-
age. Legally, you can transport
them but I don't advise that be-
cause of the liability problem."
Pierce stated that his, "concern is
that the school bus is 20 years
old. We don't have any source of
money to maintain the school
bus." Mosconis suggested that the
Board ask the school people to
participate. They are insured for
this and they have the buses to
do it." Putnal said, "Put the rec-
reation committee in charge of it,
that should be part of their job."
The Board then discussed the rec-
reation committee that has some
vacancies. The Board appointed
Dan Rosier, Carrabelle, to the
committee. The Board noted that
they would like to get more people
from Carrabelle to participate.
They further said they would like
to do more for Carrabelle. Shuler
then discussed the County's
Workman's Compensation pro-
gram. He said, "Some years ago
the County had its Workman's
Compensation coverage under a
program called by the acronym of
'GRIT'. The 'GRIT' program sup-
posedly had a provision in the
contract that if they ran out of
money, then the County would
have to pay the worker's compen-
sation expenses of the people on
the County program that wasn't
paid when they went broke, basi-
cally. They have attempted to re-
quire the County to pay, I think,
for one month was about
$16,000. I have talked to Craig
McMillan with our current insur-
ance company and the current
plan is not set up that way. He
thinks we need to call on the
Florida Association of Counties to
come up with some sort of solu-
tion since they are the group that
recommended this plan to the
County." Shuler requested ap-
proval to write a letter to the
Florida Association of Counties
asking them to solve the problem
that they created when they rec-
ommended the County take the
worker's compensation insurance
with the 'GRIT' program. The
Board approved. The final item

Shuler had was the need for more
land on Hwy 65 and that St. Joe
was selling some of this land.
Shuler suggested that the Board
authorize Pierce and Shuler to see
if they are interested in selling the
land across Highway 65 from the
County's present land and if so.
so the Board can consider if they
want to buy some more land.
Commissioners approved.

The Board then decided to keep
0.6 mile at either end of the St.
George Island Bridge to use for
fishing when the new bridge is


Point Water


By Rene Topping
Residents of Alligator Point were
alarmed when they began to no-
tice on October 19, that the wa-
ter flowing from their faucets was
discolored. Also they noticed that
the pressure was at an all time
low. They were really troubled
when they heard that a warning
had been reported on Channel 6
on their early news that residents
on the Point should begin boiling
their water. Those who heard the
broadcast quickly notified others
by telephone. According to DEP
rules on any problem such as
this, residents must be notified as
quickly as possible.
Alligator Point Water Resource
District had been conducting a 72
hour pump test on one of the five
wells that are in the well field on
Alligator Point, starting on Octo-
ber 18. They had pumped about
24 hours whenth e problem
started. The service was on and
off, the pressure was very low but
the most alarming part of the re-
ports was the discoloration in the
According to a report in the Tal-
lahassee Democrat, Cliff
McKeown said that the district
was doing a multi-well test. The
purpose of such a test is to see
how much water can be safely
taken from the aquifer without
causing salt water intrusion.
He is also reported as saying that
power was cut off on the day of
the eighteenth. By the time it got
fixed an undetermined volume of
untreated water had already been
pumped into the system.
An informed source on the Point
said that the test was stopped at

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48 hours because the conductiv-
ity level, a field measurement of-
ten used to monitor for salt water.
intrusion was reading near 1.000.
He said that he believed that if the
Water District would pump at a
slower rate, that the existing wells
that are in use in the well field
could be made to last, but only if
they were carefully managed. He
added that it was possible that the'
problem with the pressure and
discoloration was not related to
the pump test and could have
been just coincidental.
Apparently, the notice that the
problem was over after three days
of discolored water coming from
their faucets, reached the resi-
dents by way of the article in the
Democrat and the good news was
passed around by phone.
Guy Gowens, Bureau Chief, North
West Florida Water Management
District said that he had not
heard about problems on the
pump test. He speculated, "When
you pump water from a water
tank and the water in the tank
gets lower than normal, some-
times the water in the tank can
stir up sediments accumulated In
the bottom of the tank."
He added that the Alligator Point
had proposed a significant in-
crease in the, withdrawal of wa-
in addition to adding more well
fields. He added one means to do
an evaluation is a pump test.
There was no report of any ill-
nesses due to the water. One per-
son who somehow did not get the
warning continued to drink the
water for two full days.
The next meeting of the Water
Resource District has been set for
Saturday, October 30 at 10 a.m.
at the Alligator Point Volunteer
Fire Department upstairs room.



Notice is hereby given that the certified Tax Roll for the year 1999 has been
delivered to the Tax Collector by the Property Appraiser for collection. The tax
rolls will be open for payment November 1st, for the 1999 Ad Valorem, Per-
sonal Property and Centrally Assessed properties for:

Franklin County Franklin County School Board *

City of Apalachicola City of Carrabelle Eastpoint Water & Sewer District *

Dog Island Conservation District Alligator Point Water Resource District *

*Northwest Florida Water Management District *

Payments may be made at the Franklin County Court House Highway 98,
Apalachicola, Florida, Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and
4:30 p.m. or the Carrabelle Branch Office 203 5th Street W. Carrabelle,
Florida on Tuesdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or payments
may be mailed to the Franklin County Tax Collectors Office P.O. Drawer 188
Apalachicola, Florida 32329.







Statements will be mailed to all property owners or their agents at the last
known address before November 1, 1999. If you do not receive, your tax
bill notice, please contact this office at (850) 653-9323 or (850) 653-8384
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday or write
to Franklin County Tax Collector, Post Office Drawer 188, Apalachicola,
Florida 32329. JAMES A HARRIS, Jr. CFC

Franklin County Tax Collector


The Franklin Chronicle


29 October 1999 Page 3


Letters To The Editor
Monday, October 25, 1999
At 11:30 a.m. the F.M.P. [Florida Marine Patrol] confiscated my
3-1/2 inch stretch mesh nylon nets. The rectangular nets were less
than 500 sq. ft. I understand from the Wakulla Fisherman's Associa-
tion and Representative Janegale Boyd that my nets were legal.
The F.M.P. charged me with: 1. Greater than 2" stretch mesh, 2. Pos-
session of illegal net or seine, 3. Hovering in state waters and 4. Gill
net on boat under 25 feet.
I ask why does law enforcement do this to people? These charges
carry a civil penalty of $2,500.00 and a 90 day suspension on each
I am 72 years old and was taught not to kill and waste your food.
Using a 2" mesh I was killing thousands of small fish each day. I had
to stop and I did by going to a 3.5 inch stretch mesh. After going to
larger mesh I did not kill one baby fish.
Representative Janegale Boyd told me that 370.093 made nylon nets,
non-entangling nets and that my net was legal.
My wife and my net are the two most dearest things to my heart. I
had one for sixty-two years and one for forty years. I have taken an
oath till death do we part.
Jonas Porter

It is time to stop the unnecessary killing of millions of baby fish. I
have personally participated in and experienced the unnecessary kill-
ing of thousands of small fish. It has got to stop. I will participate in
the demonstration on November 6, in an attempt to raise the aware-
ness to the public, of the real issue.
The "Net Limitation" can work for the consumer, commercial fisher-
men, sports fishermen, and the Marine Resource.
The limitation allows me a 500 sq. ft. net and 370.093 (b) F.S. makes
it clear: if it is nylon it is not a gill net.
I will strike a 500 sq. ft. nylon rectangular net November 6 and chain
it to my body, removing it only at the Wakulla Sheriffs Office.
If the F.M.P. [Florida Marine Patrol] does not attend and issue me a
citation, I will consider that they agree this net is legal.
Or fish that I was not targeting. The unnecessary killing has got to
stop. I will not kill any more baby fish. I had 42 mullet and I ask the
F.M.P. to let me have two mullet. One for me and one for my kitty.
They refused me and confiscated all my mullet.
I will be at Wooley Park and will chain my net to my body until the
public knows I don't have a gill net, but only a 500 sq. ft. nylon rect-
angular net. Please help me.
Marvin Thomas

Just a brief note to comment on the above article. First of all, I was
amazed at the headlines. You make it appear that Brenda Galloway
and myself have committed some huge crime. When actually, if you
had taken the time to do your research, you would find that I knew
nothing of the request until the day that the notices were served to
our Attorney Barbara Sanders and also you would have-discovered
that student records and reports are exempt from Chapter 119, of
the Florida Public Records Law.
I understand that you are in the business of selling newspapers and
I certainly hope that the headlines boosted your sales. However, I am
sure that your readers and advertisers would appreciate complete
Tom, as you well know, I never am at a loss for words. So, next time
call me for a comment.
Better yet, we have had a lot of good things happen at our schools,
why don't you try printing that sometime.
Will S. Kenirick

Publisher's Note: The above letter from the chairperson raises several issues, none
of which are addressed in the letter. First, the litigation sought by Franklin citizens
Hopps and Baucham was a last effort to receive a reply to their inquiries. The
plaintiffs pointed out in their pleadings that they sent certified mail requests to the
offices of Superintendent and Chair of the School Board in April 1999 without
reply. As the allegations continued, "...Neither Galloway nor Kendrick have responded
to these requests and have not responded to a follow-up letter which was sent July
6. 1999.,." Two inquiries from citizens went unanswered so the lawsuit followed.
Second, whether the allegations involved document exceptions to the Public records
law is irrelevant to the accusation, which the Chronicle accurately reported. We are
not in the business of rewriting filed pleadings, nor are we prepared to "try" the
case to its conclusion. The exceptions to the public records law could become a
part of the answer to the complaint, which I presume is forthcoming. Third, if the
litigation was news to the chairperson of the Board, one is pressed to ask, why did
the follow-up letters and calls remain unanswered? It would appear that the chair
would respond to Chronicle inquiries, but not to any from the citizens. It would
also appear that the responsibility for acknowledging any official communications
of this sort rests squarely on the shoulders of the chair and the superintendent in
the first Place. Thus, it would appear productive to find out why this snafu oc-
curred initially and rectify the administrative mechanisms so it does not happen
again. Fourth, I do agree there are many stories about the progress of the school
system, and we have made appropriate inquiries about them, but that is not rel-
evant to this matter at hand. Tom W. Hoffer

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October 29, 1999

Publisher ...................... ................... Tom W Hoffer
Contributors ........................................ ; Tom Campbell
.......... Barbara Revell
........... Rene Topping

Sales ................. ................................. Jean Collins
.......... Tom W. Hoffer
............ Denise Griffin

Advertising Design
and Production Artist............................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Technical Editor, Copy Editor
and Proofreader ....................................... Tom Garside
Director of Circulation ......................... Andy Dyal
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein ....................................... A lligator Point
George Chapel ....................................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ...................... .................. Carrabelle
David Butler ........................................ Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ................. Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ....... ........ Eastpoint
Pat Morrison .................................... ..... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island

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The following letter contains the City ofApalachicola's
response to the T. Michael Tucker audit excerpts of
which were published earlier in the Chronicle.

September 7, 1999
Mr. Charles L. Lester
Auditor General
P.O. Box 1735
Tallahassee. FL 32302-1735
Dear Mr. Lester:
The City of Apalachicola is in receipt of the findings identified, in the annual
Financial Statement for the fiscal year ended September 30. 1996. submitted
by T. Michael Tucker, CPA, dated August 13. 1999. On behalf of the City the
following responses have been developed and are hereby submitted:

(1) Need to Maintain Adequate and Timely Posted General Ledger:
As a result of a recent workshop that was held with the City Commission. City
Clerk and T. Michael Tucker along with his on-site staff, this comment has
been a wake-up call and we are giving this issue our highest priority. The use
of a part-time person as addressed in last year's audit response was a signifi-
cant help but did not fully satisfy the issue. As of this date, the current years
general ledger posting is up-to-date and with the ongoing assistance from the
auditing firm, training has begun to ensure the City maintains the system
adequately and on a timely basis. The Commission has agreed to assign all
general ledger functions to a designated staff person. The City Commissioner
of Finance will review the general ledger after each month closing and a copy
of financial reports will be submitted to the full City Commission each month.
(2) Need for Separation of Duties:
As stated in the audit report, this issue results from the limited number of
employees in the city office. The duties of existing city personnel are currently
being reviewed for reassignment in an effort to provide internal control and in
an effort to work toward a more effective overall operational structure.
(3) Accounts Receivable:
The City staff has been instructed by the Commission to do extensive collec-
tion efforts in the collection of past due accounts receivables and, as recom-
mended by the auditors, small claims will be submitted on a quarterly basis.
Also, with the reassignment of duties previously discussed, an auditing firm
representative has given instructions on setting up the miscellaneous accounts
receivable listings, so that they can be printed and reconciled on a monthly
basis in the future. Also, this monthly listing will be reviewed by the City
Commission for complete follow-up on current delinquent accounts as they
(4) Need to Improve Tangible Personal Property Records:
The City will make every effort to set up a program to maintain a complete
detailed listing of our general fixed assets with enough description to readily
identify the specific assets. Additionally, every effort will be made to ensure
that property is permanently tagged in a timely manner and that an annual
physical inventory is taken. Currently, all property is tagged and a manual/
and written inventory has been taken, the City will continue to complete this
listing to include the details as outlined. The City Commission has discussed
the option to have this function performed by each department head for their
specific department inventory with a central "supply sergeant" maintaining
the records.
(5) Failure to Follow Payroll Procedures:
As recommended, the City Commissioner of Finance will henceforth review
and monitor all payroll timesheets on 3 weekly basis to ensure the mainte-
nance of sufficient documentation authorizing hours worked by employees
and to approve advance authorization pay if requested for vacation leave earned.
Supervisors have been instructed to review and initial all time cards prior to
submission for payroll processing. Vacation and sick leave records are cur-
rently under review to assure accuracy. The Internal Revenue Service has
been contacted, so that corrected 1099 and 1096 forms for 1997, and 1998
.can be submitted to ensure that miscellaneous income is.properly reported in
San effort to follow the Internal Revenue Service regulations.
-,dJitc,.i.:div, tr-ie City CjiTirrmiion has agreed to perform a full review of the
_ej ti-.ig percsonnel pi.lic es adopted in 1979 for update. The Commission has
also approved the repayment by employees for any deemed payroll overpay-
(6) Maintenance of HUD Revolving Fund Loans:
The City will continue to take actions required to monitor the loan status of all
participants of this fund to ensure they comply with the terms and conditions
of the HUD Revolving Loan program.
With the implementation of the accounts receivable procedure previously dis-
cussed, the City Commission on a monthly basis will properly review the mort-
gage receivables and the City Attorney will be informed of any that fall in
As stated in past reports, the City will include an insurance requirement clause
in all future mortgages with the City as the loss payee in the event of a claim.
The City Attorney has been instructed to execute the new promissory note
setting forth the revised repayment terms on an existing revolving loan. As per
discussion with the City Attorney, this is matter will be immediately finalized.
(7) Apalachicola Narcotics Enforcement Team (ANET) Grant:
All functions of the ANET grant are now directly handled by the new Chief of
Police to ensure proper implementation of all aspects of the grant. This new
approach should satisfy all noted concerns.
(8) Need for Increased Cash Management Controls:
All items addressed with implementation as outlined in Item (1) should satisfy
the concerns noted.
Additionally, the City Attorney will address the implementation of various pro-
grams (safety and drug-free policies) for credit toward the City's workers' com-
pensation premium. Also, the City engineering firm representative has in-
formed the City that they will complete a full audit of their billings to the City
vs. monies received from the City to ensure all are credited to the proper
(9) Need to Adopt a Purchasing Policy:
The City will begin the creation and adoption of a purchasing policy to ensure
the responsibility to purchase goods and services at the most economical cost
to the City is adequate.
(10) Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) Grant:
The City Clerk and the City Engineer will join forces to ensure all aspects of
this grant are properly submitted and monitored.
(11) Need for Separate Accounting of Reserved or Designated Funds:
As recommended, the City Commission has instructed the local option fuel
tax revenue be recorded separately and that a separate bank account be set
up so this revenue can be better controlled. Also, the Raney House Building
Restoration and Preservation Endowment Trust Fund has been set ,up in a
separate general ledger.

W :Franklin October 30 December 10, 1999
Board By Tom Campbell

Wednesday, October 27-A Candlelight Ceremony to remember women who
have suffered from battering and to celebrate those who have survived and
made new lives for themselves will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at
Lake Ella. The event is being sponsored by Refuge House. a domestic violence
center for battered women and their children and will include formerly bat-
tered women speaking out about their experiences, a dance performance. and
music. The guest speaker for the ceremony is Lynn Rosenthal. Executive Di-
rector of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Friday, Saturday, October 29 and 30-Haunted House for Halloween. 6 p.m.
to 10 p.m. at 82 6th Street (corner of Hwy 98 and 6th Street in Apalachicola.
Sponsored by Anchor Vacation Properties and Anchor Realty and Mortgage
Company. All proceeds exceeding costs shall be donated to Franklin County
WINGS Program. For more information, phone Vickie McCalpin at Anchor
Realty, phone 850-653-3333. $2 donation per person.
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.
Sunday, October 31-Ilse Newell Jazz Concert at Dixie Theatre. Avenue E
downtown Apalachicola, 4 p.m. For more information, phone 653-3200.
Saturday, Sunday, October 30, 31-Butterfly festival, featuring Monarch
Butterflies, at St. Marks Refuge. St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. 1255 Lighthouse
Road in St. Marks. Phone 850-925-6121 for more information.
Monday, November 1-Family Relationships Group. Monday at 3:30 p.m.
Discussions on "How To's" for healthy family. Phone 653-3313.
Tuesday, November 2-Dixie Theatre. 21 Avenue E in downtown Historic
Apalachicola, meeting at 7:30 p.m. to discuss and plan which plays will be
read during 1999 and 2000. Decided at that meeting will be "what time and
which evening of the week" is most convenient for everyone to participate in
the readers' theatre productions. Invited are all who might be interested in
reading orjust listening. A Holiday Production for "the first three weekends in
December" is scheduled. Phone 850-653-3200 or 927-2708. if you plan to
join the group meeting at the Dixie Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Rex. Cleo and Dixie
would like to see you there.
Friday, November 5-Timber Island Yacht Club meeting. 7 p.m. at The Moor-
ings. Bring a covered dish.
Friday, November 5-Healty Kids insurance will have a booth at the Florida
Seafood Festival Friday, November 5th at 5:00 p.m. and beyond. The booth
will be near the main gate. Florida Kid Care is health insurance for children
from birth through 18 who do not have insurance. Getting coverage is based
on income and family size. Call 1-888-540-5437 for forms, help or informa-

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 5, 6 and 7-36th Annual Seafood
Festival in Historic Apalachicola. Battery Park. Food. fun, festivities, and music.
Ron Truetel of Alaska phoned to say he will attend the Seafood Festival in
Apalachicola and will present works of two artists at the festival. Ms. Laurie
Lynn, a Florida artist, will be there, along with William Trotter, an Apalachicola
artist, to show their work. Ron and his wife have art galleries in Apalachicola
and Carrabelle.
Monday, November 8-Meeting of Carrabelle Lighthouses Association, 6 p.m.
at Chamber of Commerce, Carrabelle.
Monday, November 8-Domestic/Sexual Violence Task Force meeting. Call
for time and location, also for additional information, 850-653-3313.

Tuesday, November 9-Lions Club meeting, Carrabelle Masonic Lodge. 7
'Saturday, November 13-Next meeting of Alligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion. 9 a.m. at the Firehouse on Alligator Point.
Tuesday, November 23-Lions Club meeting, Carrabelle Masonic Lodge. 7
Friday, November 26-Historic Apalachicola Merchants Association Christ-
mas Celebratidn, Apalachicola. Phone Chamber of Commerce. Anita Gregory
653-9419 for more information.
Friday, December 10-In order to ensure Christmas delivery, cards and pack-
ages to overseas military addresses must be mailed by the following date:
First class letters and cards and all.Priority Mail going to APO or FPO zip
codes should be sent by December 10, 1999. Mail from overseas to U.S. zip
codes should be sent by December 5, 1999. Parcel Airlift Mail going to APO or
FPO zip codes should be sent by December 3, 1999. Mail from overseas to
U.S. zip codes should be sent by November 21, 1999. Space-available mail
going to APO or FPO zip should be sent by November 27, 1999. Mail from
overseas to U.S. zip codes should be sent by December 1. 1999. Standard
mail going to APO or FPO zip codes should be sent by November 6. 1999.

Please send events with complete information to : Tom Campbell,
P.O. Box 451, Carrabelle, FL 32322, or phone 850-697-8358.

(12) Need to Address Year 2000 Problem:
The City's computers have been checked by a certified person to ensure the
hardware of each one is Y2K compatible. The City has purchased new utility
billing software that will be Y2K compatible and will be running it parallel
with the current software next month. To the best of our knowledge, all other
software used by the City is compatible.
There is no computerized equipment used for the City's water and sewer sys-
tems, backup for this operation is supplied by gasoline powered generators.
so no related Y2K problem is expected.

Local American Red Cross Heroes

The Capital Area Chapter of the
American Red Cross is proud of
its Disaster Services Volunteers.
These LOCAL HEROES are al-
ways the first to step forward
when a disaster strikes anywhere
in the United States. During Hur-
ricanes Floyd and Irene our LO-
CAL HEROES were the first to
make themselves available to
travel to disaster areas along the
East Coast of Florida, and
throughout the states of North
Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania
and New Jersey, to assist storm
victims in recovering from the
devastating effects of these hur-
ricanes. It takes a very special
volunteer that is willing to take


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Imported from Africa by Sea Oats and Bayside Galleries,
Edward Tinga Tinga was the first artist in Tanzania to introduce this type of work.
The whimsical images of an abundant land are being carried on by his friends.

Sea Oats Gallery Bayside Gallery
128 East Pine Street 260 Highway 98
St. George Island, FL Eastpoint, FL

the required American Red Cross
Disaster Services training and
then be willing to travel for up to
three weeks, to an area devas-
tated by a hurricane to help oth-
ers in their hour of need. These
LOCAL HEROES exemplify the
American Red Cross motto: HELP
From Apalachicola: Grace Page-
Mass Care Technician-Hurricane
Floyd; Ronald Page-Mass Care
Technician-Hurricane Floyd.
From Blountstown: Ken
Speights-Damage Assessment
Technician-Hurricane Irene.
From Bristol: Rosetta Daughtrey-
Mass Care Technician-Hurri-
canes Floyd & Irene.
From Carrabelle: Don MacLean-
Family Services Technician-Hur-
ricane Irene.
From Crawfordville: John
McKenzie-Family Services Tech-
nician-Hurricane Floyd, Woody
Morgan-Logistics Technician-
Hurricane Floyd, Gwyn Hammell-
Logistics Coordinator-Hurricane
Floyd, Marlene Wimberly-Family
Services Technician-Hurricanes
Floyd & Irene.
From Sopchoppy: Audrey Evans-
Mass Care Specialist-Hurricane
From St. Marks: Kent Murphy-
Mass Care Specialist-Hurricanes
Floyd & Irene.

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The Franklin Chronicle

Profit, the workers labored fr6m the crack ol daylight to su
, every day. If there was enough light to see, they worked. Th
men who could stand it were the geechees. The work that w
posed on them was unbearable to most men."
He explained that the only time sap was produced from pine
Swas the Spring of the year and the Summer. "When the sap
rising and has risen throughout the summer. When the sap
down, then it becomes unworkable until the next Spring."
He continued, "in colder weather, the chilled sap creeps towa
cup and turns into a white,, solid material hardened sap
white. During the winter, workers go out and carry a speci
called a scraper, in order to remove the white material on the
the tree. This is streaking the tree, even in winter months. It
just as good resin, but not as profitable (because you don't
quantity of spring and summer). The workers endured freezir
weather. Those men not geechees could hardly withstand the
ing cold water and rain."
He then pointed out, "Those who did not go back to work, th
woods riders would take a pistol.and pistol-whip that man an
him back to work. If he refused to work, the woods riders would
him down and nobody ever knew about it.
All the trouble-makers were shot like that and buried on the
Just as bad as the old wild west."

Big Profits In Turpentine


By Tom Campbell
When the plantation owners discovered early in the 19th Century
that turpentine would be a huge market, these wealthy people quickly
saw a way to turn big profits. In North Carolina, according to Mr.
Willie Edgar Pope, Jr., where the turpentine industry started, the
people that owned large plantations, realized that "pine trees pro-
duced sap, later called turpentine sap. They discovered the sap could
be used for pitching inward and outward the seams of boats and
ships. Cotton was used along with sap, to stuff the cracks in the
Pope continued, "As technology improved, these wealthy plantation
owners discovered they could use that same turpentine sap to make
paint thinner, bow resin for fiddles, spirits of turpentine and more.
This large market became very profitable."
Consequently, large acreage of pine trees was used for the turpentine
market. "Not all plantation owners did this," Pope explained. "But
many did. Large turpentine operations were started in South Caro-
lina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and then Texas.
Because the plantation owners had slave labor, naturally they could
produce sap from trees in large quantities, so it was very profitable
for plantation owners." The turpentine industry thrived.
Pope explained how the problem started, which made the turpentine
industry "as bad as the old wild west."
He said, "in the beginning, there were no automobiles. They traveled
by train, horse, buggy or water. Resin and spirits of turpentine were
shipped. Mule and wagon brought the sap from the woods, three
barrels to a wagon." The problems started there with crooked people
wanting to steal what was not theirs.
In the area around Charleston, South Carolina, and Edisto Beach in
that area, "Geechee became the language they spoke. The language
from Africa was Gullah, still spoken today in the southern-most part
of South Carolina."
Some of those slaves were very good workers. "The blacks in the area
of Charleston and Edisto Beach came from an isolated tribe in Africa.
Their skin was jet black. They would glitter in the sunlight. Their
constitution was so strong that they could withstand very hard labor.
They had more endurance than any other humans on the face of the
Pope explained that this made them very valuable workers. "Because
the number of boxes that had to be cut into trees, in order to make a

Photographs used with permission of Mr. Carroll B. B
author of "Treasures of the Longleaf Pines Naval Sti
copyright 1998. Published by Tarkel Publishing, P.O
45, Shalimar, FL 32579; printed by Rose Printing Corn
Tallahassee, Florida.
He explained that the turpentine place owners had "the finest h
surreys, bridles -just like any rich person. The carriages were
by a loyal black person. When they came to town, the people
town didn't like them and some of the white men in town wo
drinking and carrying pistols. They would go out and attack th
pentine owners, families and employees. In these gun battles,
body would get killed." Some times there would be lynchings, t
care of the trouble-makers.
There were three classes of Crackers, according to Mr. Pope.
the bush-gush man, who was most dangerous; two, the s
Cracker those who got drunk and caused trouble; and there
educated Cracker, who had learned to read and write "a little b
knew enough to "put hell into the swamp Cracker or bush-gush
He would put them up to something and stand back and watcl
one with a little education would put the uneducated into acti
Pope explained that the "educated Cracker wanted to make r
without working. He would put the less educated up to stealing
they would split the money. Or, one turpentine place might hi
bush- gush man and the swamp Cracker to go to another turpe
place and steal workers." They might go to a "jook," down in the
ters, in one of the houses where they were drinking. A few d
workers were easy targets and might end up being stolen for ar
turpentine place.
It became clear that the night riders were expected to protectc
property of the turpentine owners." The night riders were the la
the turpentine place and in some cases were just "as bad as tl
wild west."

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Desserts, Tea & Coffee

Saturday, November 6

11:00 a.m. till...


Lawrence Hollis

Lawrence Hollis, 90, .
on Thursday, Octol
Apalachicola. A nati
ME, Mr. Hollis was a
ist and member of th
is survived by his wii
Eastpoint; his son.
Atlanta, GA & Tusc
daughter, Judy King
6 grandchildren and
children. Memorial
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Since the beginning of the pro-
gram, Ms. Sandra Lee Johnson
e spot. served as fulltime Project Coordi-
nator. At the end of the 6-month
halfway point, Ms. Johnson had
worked with 23 families in
Eastpoint, Carrabelle, and
Apalachicola with personalized
tutoring, parenting workshops,
and self-esteem development
projects. She reached another 897
children and parents with com-
puter research assistance, home-
work help for the WINGS youth
program, and special events to
'bring families together to cel-
ebrate the joy of reading and aca-
:... demic success. This included sto-
ryteller Jim Weiss who came to
each Franklin County school as
S well as to a parent workshop. Ms.
l,- Johnson passed away in her
home in Apalachicola on August
28, 1999.
ores," Since that time Family Literacy
. Box has worked with an additional 15
families and has expanded ifs co-
pany, operation with the WINGS pro-
gram by beginning individualized
horses, self esteem development with
driven more than 30 kids. Workshops
of the such as "Using the Telephone Di-
uld be rectory as a Resource," "Develop-
le tur- ing Effective Interpersonal Rela-
some- tionships," and "Values to Live By"
to take have been held with great suc-
cess. This Spring, approximately
"One, 200 "gift bags" were distributed
wamp to Franklin County families in
e, the cooperation with the Health De-
it." He i apartment, Healthy Start, and
man. Early Head Start Programs. Each
h. The bag contained bookmarks, key
on." chains, a children's book, special
parent magnets, a brochure on
noney positive parent/child communica-
g, and tions, among other goodies..
re the
entine Ms. Amanda Loosjoined the Fam-
quar ily Literacy Program as Assistant
drunk Coordinator in July. She worked
other closely with Ms. Johnson to ex-
pand Family Literacy Services and
to facilitate back-to-school out-

Family Literacy Program In Franklin

By Amanda Loos and Tom
i ,
The Franklin County Public Li-
brary Family Literacy Program
began in October, 1998 as part of
a tri-county Library Services and
Technology Act grant project. Fo-
cusing on a combination of adult
education, early childhood devel-
opment, parenting education, and
parent-child interaction, the Fam-
ily Literacy Program directly ad-
dresses the great need in Franklin
County for comprehensive and
individualized literacy tutoring for
the success of.the whole family.

ct the
aw for
he old

companion, Nedra Jefferson of
Apalachicola; 6 brothers, Henry Taft
Stallworth of Orlando, and Theotis,
Ci s Richard, and, Otis Jr., all of Tallahas-
see. Henry King Stallworth of Port St.
Joe, and Calvin Stallworth of
Titusville: 2 sisters, Annie Lois Byrd
S and Deborah Crosby, both of Port St.
Joe, FL: three grandchildren, Jalyn.
of Eastpoint, died Sydney and Dexter Stallworth, II; and
ber 14, 1999 in a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, neph-
ive of Waldboro, ews, other relatives and many friends.
retiredmachin- Family received friends 5:30 until 7:30
he Elks Club. He p.m. EST, Tuesday, October 19, 1999
fe, Julia Hollis of at Kelley Funeral Home in
David Hollis of Apalachicola, FL. Funeral services
caloosa, AL; his were held on Wednesday. October20,
f Lanark Village; 1999 at the New Bethel A.M.E.
4 great- grand- Church, Avenue "C", Port St. Joe, FL.
lization was by Interment followed in the Forest Hill
es are planned at Cemetery in Port St. Joe, FL. Kelley
SFuneral Home. Funeral Home, Apalachicola was in
laroe of arrange- charge of arrangements.

Samuel Louis Stallworth
Sammie Stallworth, 55, of
Apalachicola, died unexpectedly
Sunday, October 17. 1999 at his
home. A native of Port St. Joe, Mr.
Stallworth had lived in Apalachicola
for the past 20 years. He was a com-
munity leader and friend to many. He
was the owner of the Two Spot Lounge
in Apalachicola, and sponsored the
annual Christmas Parade/Santa
Claus for the Hillside in Apalachicola.
He was a member of the Knights of
Phythians, and was a Protestant. He
is survived by his father, Otis
Stallworth of Port St. Joe; his devoted

Raymond Herron
Raymond Herron. 68. of Lanark Vil-
lage. died on Saturday. October 16,
1999 at his home. A native of Old
Forge, PA, Mr. Herron had lived in.
Lanark since 1991. He had worked in
building maintenance for Proctor &
Gamble until his retirement in 1996.
He had served in the U.S. Army dur-
ing the Korean War, and was Method-
ist by faith. He is survived by his wife.
Joyce Herron of Lanark Village. FL: 5
sons. Raymond Herron of Easton, PA,
James Herron of Lambertville. NJ.
Ernest Herron of Virginia, William
Herron of Pattenling, NJ, and Tim
Herron ofTunkhannock, PA, 1 daugh-
ter. Anita Crane of Mehoopany, PA: 3

reach projects to gain a closer
partnership with Franklin County
Schools. Ms. Loos is also continu-
ing the self-esteem development
project with WINGS kids through-
out the county. Ms. Eileen Annie
Ball, Library Director, has re-
ceived word that this Wilderness
Coast Public Libraries grant pro-
gram, which serves Franklin,
Wakulla. and Jefferson counties
has been approved for its second
year of funding beginning Octo-
ber 1st.
Parents and children often meet
with the tutor simultaneously and
cooperate on projects designed to
foster a bond "based on excellence
in literacy. Through workshops as
well as individual meetings, Fam-
ily Literacy is also available to
provide parents with a wealth of
resources to encourage their
child's total success."
Ms. Eileen Annie Ball, Director of
the Franklin County Library, said
that the services of the Family Lit-
eracy Program cost nothing "but
the desire to move ahead."
Sessions are offered at both
Eastpoint and Carrabelle
Branches of the Franklin County
The mission of the program is to
"lead parents to an understand-
ing that higher education is im-
portant and necessary for them
and their children." Different
techniques and methods are ex-
plored to help parents to train
their children. Parents also learn
how to help their children with
their homework. Appointments
can be scheduled to help in the
homework process.
Director Eileen Annie Ball empha-
sized that parents should phone
and "make an appointment to-
day." In Eastpoint, phone
850-670-4423 or 670-8151.
The Family Literacy workers em-
phasized: "Help yourself and your
children to get a better life. Fam-
ily Literacy is a good way."
Through a continuation of this
past year's activities and future
projects such as parent-child in-
teractive workshops, ACT/SAT
preparation, and life skills devel-
opment for parents and children,
the Family Literacy Program will
continue to assist Franklin
County families to achieve greater
success in literacy. All Family Lit-
eracy services are offered at no
cost to participants.

brothers. 3 sisters, 17 grandchildren
and 2 great-grandchildren.
Memorialization was by cremation. A
Memorial Service will be held at a later
datein' Pennsylvania. Kelley-Riley
Funeral Home, Carrabelle, FL was in
charge of local arrangements.









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The Franklin Chronicle

SThe Franklin Chronicle


29 October 1999 Page 5

Hudson Founc
Guilty of
Sby Barbara Revell
After, at times dramatic and p
- gnant testimony, the jury fou
- Thomas Randall Hudson guilty
the first degree murder of Bob
Joe Duncan. Hudson also v
found guilty of use of a firearm
in the commission of a felo:
armed robbery of a dwelling, bi
glary of a dwelling and theft c
Motor vehicle. He was sentence
to life in prison without parole
Friday, October 15th.
li Hudson appeared to be. rela
r and casual about the trial and I
quently was seen laughing di
ing breaks. Members of the ji
were somber and very attentive
the testimony. The spectat
were captivated by the drama tI
Unfolded over a four day peri
Much empathy was expressed
the family and friends of Dune;
The Assistant State Prosecul
Neal Wade, presented the te:
Smony in a careful, deliberate a
') methodical manner with ma
'v witnesses. He intersperse
Florida Department of Law I
forcement agents testime
amongst testimony from fam
friends and acquaintances
,Duncan and Hudson.

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In closing statement Wade in-
structed the jury, "You have been
subjected to the evidence: before
you, and do what your oath and
the law requires. As the court,
said it is not an easy decision but
it is a simple decision. This man
in light of common sense.. reason
and judgement did what he is
ioi- charged with. He d td it. He killed
md a man and took his money, took
Sin his truck, went into his (victim's)
)by home and did those things. Do
vas what your oath requires of you.
rm, Tell Thomas Randall Hudson he
ny, is guilty, that he cannot walk
ur- away, cannot avoid the conse-
If a quence for what he his done."
ond The Defense Attorney Greg,
S Cummings attempted to present
reasonable doubt but the evi-
xed dence appeared to be overwhelm-
fre- ing. The jury did find Thomas
ur- Randall Hudson guilty of first de-
ury gree murder on October 14. 1999.
e to After being sequestered overnight
ors and hearing further testimony on
hat October 15, 1999, the jury rec-
od. ommended life without parole and
for the presiding Judge, J. Lewis Hall,
an. Jr. concurred with their recom-


St. George Island

Civic Club

By Jean Collins
The St. George Island Civic Club
met Thursday. October 21st ar
hour earlier then normal and or
the beach. Unusually cool temr
peratures and a refreshing soutl
wind allowed everyone to enjoy ar
evening outdoors and concentrate
on the issues being discussed.
Shirley Hartley, Chairperson for
the United Way Campaign ir
Franklin County, provided vita
information concerning the ser
vices offered in our area by Unitec
Way supported agencies. For in
stance, funds donated through
United Way in our area service
approximately twenty local agen
cies. Among those are, Big Ben(
Hospice. Elder Care Services
American Red Cross and Refuge
House. An appeal was made by
Ms. Hartley to individuals an(
businesses to better inform them
selves concerning the direct ben
efit to Franklin County in sup
porting all the organization:
through United Way. Several ex
amples are listed in published
materials that citizens can obtain
Among them are: 337 youths re
ceived services through Franklii
Friends of the Library, 408 victims
of domestic violence received cri
sis intervention, counseling/o
shelter and 122 terminally ill in
dividuals were assisted witl
counseling. According to Ms
Hartley, United Way records ii
Tallahassee reflect that only 21
Franklin County businesses and
individuals contributed to these
agencies through United Way las
year. Donations can be made to
United Way Campaign fo
Franklin County at P.O. Box 184
Eastpoint, FL 32328 or you ma:
reach Ms. Hartley at 927-3154.
Bob Guyon spoke briefly on th
importance of the Tax Watcl

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 10-14-99 Invoice No.
Description of Vehicle: Make Oldsmobile Model ___Color
Tag No Year85 State V No. IG3CW6934F4347604
To Owner: Earl H. Evans To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 552
Carrabelle, FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
10-01-99 at the request of CPD/IGA 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
$ 336.00 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.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 11-11-99 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
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
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*Minimum Opening Deposit $2.500: APY is accurate as of October 20. 1999 and subject to change:
A penally may be imposed for early withdrawal of funds.

Groups now in Apalachicola, Al-
ligator Point, St. George Island
and Magnolia Bluff. The intention
of these groups is to work with
Sthe Franklin County Commission
to produce more efficient means
of spending the thx dollars of all
3 citizens of Franklin County.
i. Rex Partington rounded out the
program with information on up-
1 coming events at the Dixie The-
a atre. The theatre's schedule is
e busy through the end of the year,
including a tea dance on Novem-
ber 13 and a casino night on De-
r member 28. For more information
n call (850) 653-3200.
-Civic Club members would like to
d thank Mason Bean for his efforts
- in making this meeting so pleas-
h ant, turtle safe bonfire, and all.

Issuance Of Revenue Bonds On
Lanark Village Project

By Rene Topping
The members of the Lanark
Village Water and Sewer District
Board, (LVWSD) made several
important decisions at their
regular meeting held on October
19, at Chillas Hall. There was a
small audience of four persons.
Board member Jeanette Pedder
was excused. Chairman Jim
Lawlor and Field Manager Greg
Yancey were advised by the
District's attorney Billy Crawford
the time was now for the issuance
of revenue bonds to finance the
metering of the apartments in
Lanark Village.
Crawford introduced attorney
Jolene Herring who will be re-
sponsible for the issuance of Rev-
enue Bonds and obtaining interim

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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 10-12-99 Invoice No.
Description of Vehicle: Make GMC Model Color
Tag No Year 76 state_ Vin No. TCD146A5035276
To Owner: Kyler Hamilton To Lien Holder:
101 Apolo Street
Port St.. Joe, FL 32456

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
9-24-99 at the request of FHP/FCSO 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
$ 552.00 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.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 11-05-99 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 alTangements 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
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

financing in the amount of
$181,000, the same as the
amount of the bonds.
Apalachicola and Gulf State
Banks will be contacted to bid on
the bonds. Crawford explained
that when the bid on the bonds is
accepted, the Chairman can be
designated to obtain an interim
loan from that bank.
This matter of business entailed
a change in the date of the No-
vember meeting from November
16 to November 23. as the bids
on the bonds would be due on the
22nd of November. Crawford said
made better sense to delay the
meeting for the one week and the
board members agreed. The time
of this meeting will be 3 p.m. and
the place will be Chillas Hall. The
board will make the decision on
the bonds at this meeting.
Once that is accomplished, the
attorney said the board could be-
gin advertising for bids from con-
tractors to do the actual work.
Crawford said it will be necessary
to have a pre-bid conference for
those firms who choose to bid.
They will meet with the board and
the engineer on the project. No
one will be permitted to bid who
does not show up at this pre-bid
The water district will be respon-
sible for installing the water line
to the outside wall of each apart-
ment. Residents will be respon-
sible for all work that has.to be
done from there to get hookup to
their unit. The board will try to
have names of contractors who
can do this part of the job avail-
able at the district office. The resi-
dents will choose and contract
with whatever firm they choose,
to do the work for them. The dis-
trict will have no responsibility for
that part of the work.
Chairman Jim Lawlor said, "They
will have three options. One, they
can talk with whatever firm gets
the contract to do the work for the
district. Two, they can do it them-
selves or three, they can hire a
private plumber."
There was discussioonon the time
frame for residents to be hooked
up into the system. Another resi-
dent at the meeting, Morton
Decker, was worried about the
lack of people in the area who can
do the kind of plumbing work that
the connections would entail.
Lawlor said that "We have to look
at both sides, and Yes, the ele-
ment of service around here is in
question." He stated again that
the board is on an order from the
judge and are mandated .by that
order (to get the apartments me-
After more discussion, Lawlor
proposed a motion, "I move that
time frame shall be three months
from the time the project has been
accepted by the board for man-
datory hookup." The motion was
seconded by Yancey and was
passed, Richard Vilasi asked,
"What if someone wanted to sabo-
tage the hookups?" Lawlor re-
sponded., "If you are living there
and you don't hook up you don't
have water,"

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The Franklin Chronicle

Second Circuit

Court Report

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

/ \

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

Michael W. Barfleld: Charged with one count of uttering. According to the
probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: A burglary was re-
ported at the Apalachicola Housing Authority on August 4th. It is believed
that the perpetrator picked the back door entrance lock. The safe containing
tenants rent payments was forced open and the contents taken. Payments
made in cash, checks and money orders were taken from inside the safe. An
estimated $4500 was taken during the commission of this burglary. On Au-
gust 10th, information was obtained that a suspicious money order was cashed
at the post office in Apalachicola. An investigation revealed Michael Barfield
cashed this money order. On August 9th postal employee Charlie Galloway
cashed the money order for Barfield. Galloway made Barfield produce photo-
graphic identification prior to cashing the money order for him. Galloway stated
the identification presented was issued to Michael Wade Barfield. The payee
information on the money order appeared to be altered. The purchaser infor-
mation on the money order identified Essie Wvles as the issuer of the money
order. Judi Stokowski contacted Mrs. Wyles about the money order to verify
Barfield as the recipient of the money order. Mrs. Wyles stated she had not
issued or given Barfield a money order, but pays her monthly house rent by
money order in the amount of $201. It was concluded that the address on the
money order below Barfield's name is the actual physical address of the
Apalachicola Housing Authorities office that was burglarized on. August 4th.
The money order cashed by Barfield was part of the proceeds stolen from
inside the safe during the commission of this burglary. Attorney Ethan Way
represented Barfield.
Robert Daniel Brown: Charged with two counts of battery on a law enforce-
ment officer and one count of criminal mischief. According to the probable
cause report, the following allegedly occurred: At approximately 1:07 a.m.,
September 19, 1999, two deputies were dispatched to Millender's Trailer Park
in reference to a fight. Upon arrival on the scene, both deputies observed a
white male standing in the middle of Washington Street waving a large pole
(approximately 8 feet long). As one of the deputies passed the individual, he
threw the pole at the deputy's vehicle causing damage to the rear of the ve-
hicle. The other deputy got out of his vehicle and confronted the subject, later
identified as Robert Daniel Brown, and asked him what he was doing. Mr.
Brown stated. "You've got three seconds before I knock you on your ass." The
deputy advised Brown that he was under arrest and for him to turn around.
Brown advanced toward the deputy swinging with his right hand. The depu-
ties wrestled Brown to the ground and attempted to apply hand irons. Brown
continued to be physically combative, striking one deputy in the face and the
other deputy in the stomach. The deputies were able to ,put Brown on his
stomach and apply hand irons. At that time two more deputies arrived on the
scene and assisted in applying leg irons on Brown who was still cursing and
physically resisting. Mrs. Debbie Causey then identified herself, stating that
Mr. Brown had beat her and that she did not know why because she does not
even know him. Initial observation of Mrs. Causey was extreme trauma to her
face. She was bleeding and looked to have been beaten very badly. EMS was
notified and advised ofthe situation. Another deputy then arrived on the scene
and was asked to take Mrs. Causey back to her home and attempt to obtain a
statement from her there because of here emotional state. Due to the nature
of the scene (raining and numerous onlookers) photographs were not taken.
Brown was transported to the county jail for further processing. Further in-
vestigation revealed that before the arrival of law enforcement. Brown had
broken five windows out of Steve-Ferrell's mobile home, which was called in to
dispatch just prior to the deputy's arrival. Mrs. Causey was later transported
by ambulance to Weems Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Brown
entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial set for November 15. 1999. Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger represented Brown.
Sabina Daniels: Charged with one count of aggravated baftery (pregnant vic-.
tim). According to the probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred:
On August 15. 1999, an officer received a call that there was a fight on going
at an apartment in Southern Villas. Upon arriving, the officer spoke with Ms.
Vanessa Green who stated that Farrah Daniels, Tony Becton and Sabina
Dainiels came to her front porch and an argument began. Vanessa stated that
Tony Becton then struck her on the right side of the head and then she was
attacked by Farrah Daniels and then by Sabina Daniels. Vanessa stated that
all three hit her during the attack. Vanessa was taken to Weems Hospital and
treated for injuries. Vanessa was approximately five months pregnant and it
is plainly ob-ious when looking at her person. Daniels entered a written plea
of noi guilty and pre-tin lwa aset for November 15, 1999. Brown was repre-
sented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Daniel A. Dillon, Jr.: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis, one
count of possession of not more than 20 grams of cannabis, possession of
paraphernalia..According to the probable cause report, the following allegedly
occurred On August 27, 1999. at approximately 5:10 p.m. an officer and an
investigator executed a search warrant at the residence of Tammy Shiver at
Bell's Trailer Park in Eastpoint, Florida. Present at the residence were Tammy
Shiver and Danny Dillon, Jr., both of Eastpoint, FL. The officer advised both
of the reason for their being at the residence. The search warrant was read by
the officer in the presence of Danny Dillon, Two other officers were present to
assist with the search of the residence which was conducted. One officer took
pictures of the evidence seized and taken into custody. A large black colored
planting pot with four cannabis plants inside was sitting in plain view on the
kitchen floor. A brown pill bottle with a label from Lanier's. Pharmacy for a
prescription of Vistaril on it with several assorted pills inside of it was on top
of the refrigerator. A red and orange capsule was also on top of the refrigera-
tor. A small plastic drink bottle made into a cannabis smoking bong with
cannabis residue inside was found inside of a kitchen cabinet. A red colored
ashtray with cannabis residue was found next to the cannabis bong. A white
colored pill bottle was also found on a table in the kitchen with three small
tablets. A pack of used rolling papers were found in the couch where Dillon
was laying, upon entry. A plastic cigarette box wrapper was found on a shelf
in the rear bedroom with cannabis inside. Neither Dillon nor Shiver claimed
responsibility of the items found inside the residence. All the items found
were found in a place that either would have access and/or control over them.
The items seized as evidence were also in a place that both Shiver and Dillon
would know of the items presence inside of the residence. The officer stated he
believed that both Dillon and Shiver knew of the items inside of the residence.
All items were bagged as evidence. Dillon entered a plea of not guilty and pre-
trial was set for November 15, 1999. Defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger
Daniel Albert Dillon, Jr.: Charged with one count of grand theft. According to
the probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred, On May 27, 1999.
the victim reported that someone had entered her home in Eastpoint, FL and
took several pieces of jewelry from inside a box located in the bedroom closet.
A deputy took a complaint and listed 11 pieces of jewelry missing. The jewelry
had an estimated value of $7900. The victim thinks the jewelry was stolen
while her husband was in the hospital. The victim suspected that Daniel Dillon,
Tammy Shiver and another individual might be the ones who took the items.
During the execution of a search warrant for narcotics on August 27. 1999. of
the Dtllon and Shiver home, several items were located and identified by the
victim. Defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jermaine Topaz Fred: Charged with one count of possession of firearm by
convicted felon and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred. On
June 30, 1999. an officer responded to a call from the victim who stated that
Jermaine T. Fred had pointed a handgun at her head while she was trying to
break up an argument between Fred and Kenny Wallace. The officer received
two sworn statements as to what took place. The victim described the weapon
as a white handled automatic gun. The victim said that she ran from 9th and
Ave K where this took place to call 911. Fred entered a written plea of not
guilty. Pretrial conference set for November 15. 1999. The defendant was rep-
resented by Attorney William Webster.
Connie Francis Massey; Charged with one count of uttering. According to
the probable cause the following allegedly occurred. On April 30. 1999. the
defendant walked into the I.G.A. grocery store in Carrabelle and presented a
stolen check from the Seminole Roofing Co.. Tallahassee FL. The check was in
the amount of $200. According to an employee of Seminole Roofing Co. the
defendant had been employed by them but walked off the job the same day
the check was cashed. The defendant entered a. plea of no contest. Adjudica-
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Edward Prince: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. Accord-
ing to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred. On August
26. 1999. a Gulf State Bank employee contacted an officer in reference to two
forged and uttered checks drawn on the Lighthouse Cafe account. The checks
were dated for June 15th and June 9th in the amounts of $750 and $675. The
owner of the restaurant signed affidavits of forgery for both checks and stated
that her proposed signature on the two checks was not her correct name. The
checks were made payable to Edward Prince and were endorsed by Prince and
deposited into his checking account with Gulf State Bank. According to an
employee of the bank. Prince deposited only a small portion and each check
and received the remainder in cash. The Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
was appointed to represent the defendant. The defendant entered a plea of not
guilty and pre-trial conference was set for November 15. 1999.
Tammy Hicks Shiver: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis. one
count of possession of not more than 20 grams of cannabis and one count of
possession of paraphernalia. Same probable cause as Daniel Albert Dillon. Jr.
Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty and represented by Attorney
Barbara Sanders.
Tammy Hicks Shiver: Charged with one count 'of burglary of a dwelling.
Probable cause same as Daniel Albert Dillon. Jr. Defendant entered a written
plea of not guilty and was represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Douglas J. Topham: Charged with one count of cultivation of*cannabis. one
count of possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis and one count of
paraphernalia. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly
occurred: On June 16, 1999. members of the Franklin County Sheriffs Office
Narcotics Unit were working with the Florida Air Nation Guard conducting
aerial cannabis eradication in Franklin Co. While making an aerial search for
cannabis they spotted a cannabis plant that was a very large size behind a
residence on Hickory Dip Road. A video was made of the cannabis. An officer
radioed officers on the ground who responded and retrieved two cannabis
plants from the backyard, The arresting officer stated that based on his train-
ing and experience he decided to obtain a search warrant for the residence.
The defendant and his wife came to the Sheriffs Office later the same day and
said they wanted to clear the matter and cooperate. They signed a Consent to
Search Form During a search of the residence/property a number of plastic
bags and prescription pill bottles were' found. All of the bags and pill bottles
contained an amount of cannabis seeds and residue. Also found was a rectan-
gular cooking sheet containing a broken branch of cannabis and some can-
nabis leaves drying under a bed. Inside of a closet they found a rectangular
plastic container with cannabis and cannabis seeds. A large amount of the
plastic bags found inside of the female purses seized from the residence con-
tained cannabis seeds and cannabis residue. All of the evidence was field-
tested positive as cannabis by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Laboratory. The defendant was represented by Assistant Ppblic Defender Kevin
Steiger and entered a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial set for November 15. 1999.
Lisa Walden: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. According
to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred. On June 30.
1999, an officer received a complaint from the victim who said she was out of
town from June 9,1999. until June 10. 1999. On June .16. 1999, she learned
that Lisa Walden, an employee at the Lighthouse Cafe, had taken some checks
out of the safe at the restaurant. The complainant further, stated that the
defendant knew that the safe did not operate properly and knew how to gain
access to it.
Ricardo Baillie: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with deadly
weapon. Pre-trial conference continued until December 13. 1999. Present with
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Michail Slade Beaty: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check and
violation of probation. Defendant admitted to violation of probation He was
adjudicated guilty, 60 days in jail with credit for time served, no illegal sub-
stance or alcohol, random urinalysis, 50 hours of community service, $275
fine and restitution of $100 to IGA in Carrabelle. Represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Prince Becton: Charged with one count of possession of crack cocaine with
intention to sell. Pre-trial continued until November 15, 1999. Represented by
Attorney William Webster.
Tyrone Brown: Charged with one count of felony fleeing or attempt to elude.
one count of possession of cannabis and one count of driving while license
suspended or revoked. Pre-trial continued until December 13, 1999. Repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Chris Buzbee: Charged with one count of kidnapping, four counts of uttering
a forged check and one count of felony fleeing or attempt to elude. Pre-trial
continued until November 15. 1999. Represented by Attorney William Webster.
Michael Campbell: charged with one count of sexual battery with deadly
weapon, one count of burglary with assault therein, aggravated battery with
deadly weapon and aggravated assault with deadly weapon. Currently incar-
cerated with Department of Corrections. Pre-trial conference scheduled for
January 7, 2000, and trial set for January 19. 2000. '
WllHam'-Cargill:rChiarged with" one count of sale of a controlled substance.
Pre-trial continued until December 13, 1999. Represented by Attorney Bar-
bara Sanders.
Andre Daniels: Charged with one count of sale of crack cocaine. Pre-trial
conferences continued until December 13, 1999, Attorney Barbara Sanders
represented the defendant.
Farrah Daniels: Charged with one count of aggravated battery on pregnant
victim. Pre-trial conference continued until November 15,1999. Attorney Wil-
liam Webster represented the defendant.
Johnny Charles Gray: Charged with one count sale of controlled substance.
Pre-trial continued until December 13, 1999. Attorney John C. Kenny repre-
sented the defendant.
Eli David Griffin: Charged with sexual act with child under 16 years of age.
Pre-trial continued until November 15, 1999. Attorney Gordon Shuler repre-
,sented the defendant.
Tanya V. Griggs: Charged with one count of sale of controlled substance. Pre-
trial continued until November 15, 1999. Assistant Public Defendant Kevin
Steiger represented the defendant.
Glen Paul Hammond, Jr.: Charged with one count of armed robbery with
firearm. Pre-trial conference continued until November 15, 1999. Attorney
William Webster represented the defendant.
Matt Hatfield: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon. Pre-
trial conference continued until November 15, 1999, and trial scheduled for
November 17, 1999. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Douglas E. Hicks: Charged with one count of driving while license suspended
or revoked and one count of possession of controlled substance with intent to
deliver. Pre-trial conference continued until December 13. 1999. Attorney
Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Lamar Bryan Hyde: Charged with one count of D.U.I. Pre-trial conference
continued until November 15. 1999. Attorney Gordon Shuler represented the
Jamal Reshaun Kirkland: Charged with one count of fraudulent driver's li-
cense, one count of robbery and violation of probation. Defendant admitted to
violation of probation and pled no contest to fraudulent driver's license. He
was sentenced to 18 months with Department of Corrections followed by one
year of probation to include: $275 fine, no use of alcohol or illegal substances.
random urinalysis and 50 -hours of community service. Defendant was repre-
sented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Clarence Lowery: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis, one
count of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation. Defendant admitted
violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. He pled to contest to culti-
vation of cannabis. He was adjudicated guilty of possession of drug parapher-
nalia. He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail with credit for 108'
days served, to be followed by five years probation to include: $275 fine. $100
to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, no use of alcohol or illegal
substances, random urinalysis, evaluation for substance abuse and 50 hours
of community service.. Defendant represented by Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger.

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Second Circuit Court continued from Page 6

Ronald George Marshall: Charged with D.U.I. manslaughter. D.U.I. with se-
rious injuries and driving with license suspended or revoked involving death.
Pre-trial conference continued until December 13. 1999. Assistant Public
Defender Kevin Steiger represented defendant.
Bobby C. Martin: Charged with three counts of sale of controlled substance.
Pre-trial conference continued until November 15. 1999. Defendant repre-
sented by Attorney Barbara Sanders.
Douglas E Matthews: Charged with one count of possession of crack cocaine
and one count of grand theft of motor vehicle. Pre-trial conference continued
until November 15. 1999. Defendant represented by Assistant Public De-
fender Kevin Steiger.
Theresa Maybelle: Charged with one count of possession of controlled sub-
stance with intent to deliver, one count of use of firearm in commission of a
felony and one count of possession of cannabis. Pre-trial conference conlin-
ued until December 13. 1999.
Robert Thomas McAnally: Charged with one count of felony fleeing or at-
tempt to elude and one count of resisting or obstructing without violence.
Defendant pleaded no contest to both-counts. adjudication withheld on the
first count and adjudicated guilty on the second count. He was sentenced to
60 days in jail on each count to run concurrently to be followed by three years
probation to include: $275 restitution to the City of Carrabelle, no alcohol or
illegal drug use. random urinalysis, substance abuse evaluation, letter of
apology and 50 hours qf community service. The defendant is to turn himself
in on October 22. 1999, before 5:00 p.m. Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Steiger represented the defendant.


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David M. McCranie: Charged with one count of aggravated battery w
weapon. Pre-trial conference continued until November 15. 1999.
Public Defender Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
William T. Minton: Charged with one count of false imprisonment
firearm and one count of aggravated assault with deadly weapon
conference continued until November 15. 1999. Attorney John F. D
resented the defendant
Carlos Artiz Morris: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwe
trial conference continued until November 15. 1999. and trial schi
November 17. 1999. Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger repress
James i. Murray: Charged with one count of aggravated assault w
weapon, Pre-trial continued until December 13. 1999. Attorney Barb
ers represented the defendant.
Eric Pfeufer: ClI. c-l with one count of grand theft. Pre-trial c
continued until December 13. 1999. Defendant was represented by
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Jose S. Pimentel: Charged with one count of extortion and one
possession of a firearm by convicted felon. Pre-trial conference contil
November 15, 1999. Defendant was represented by Assistant Public
Kevin Steiger.
William T. Romeka: Pre-trial continued,until November 15. 1999
William E. Whitlock represented the defendant.
Delanta Lionell Sanders: Charged with one count of possession
trolled substance and violation of probation. Pre-trial conference
until November 15, 1999. and trial scheduled for November 17, 19
ney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Lionel Sanders: Charged with one count of principal of first degree
crack cocaine, two counts of sale of a controlled substance. Pre-tri
ued until December 13. 1999. Assistant Public Defender Kevin Stei
sented the defendant.
Gadson Segree: Charged with one count of driving under the influi
personal injury. Trial scheduled for October 22. 1999. Defendant re
by Attorney Hugh Gaidry.
Tracy D. Shiver: Charged with, one count of sexual act with child
years of age and one count of lewd and lascivious act in presence
under 16. Pre-trial continued until December 13, 1999. Attorney
Komarek represented the defendant.
Michael John Strops: Charged with one count of D.U.I. and one
driving while license suspended or revoked. Pre-trial continued un
ber 13, 1999, Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger represented
Glenn L. Suddeth, Jr.: Charged with one count of sale of crack c6b
trial continued until December 13. 1999. Assistant Public Defen
Steiger represented defendant.
Thomas C. Tarantino: Charged with one count of grand theft. Pre
ference continued until November 15. 1999. Defendant represented
ney Gordon Shuler.
Talmadge Turner: Charged with one count of aggravated assault w
weapon. Pre-trial continued until November 15, 1999 and trial set f
ber 17, 1999. Defendant represented by Attorney Barbara Sanders
John Allen Walker: Charged with one count of cultivation of canm
count of possession of cannabis more than 20 giams and one count
sion of drug paraphernalia. Pre-trial conference continued until
15, 1999, Defendant represented by Attorney J. Gordon Shuler.
Joseph M. Ward: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly we;
trial conference continued until I December 13, 1999 and trial set f
ber 15, 1999.
Bonnie Whiddon: Charged with one count of sale of controlled i
cannabis. Pre-trial continued until December 13, 1999, and trial I
cember 15, 1999. Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger repress
George C. Wilson: Charged with one count of sexual battery by s
and violence. Pre-trial conference continued until November 15,
trial set for November 17,1999. Attorney Barbara Sanders repress
Diane Yon: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with gr
harm. Pre-trial continued until December 13, 1999. Attorney Barb
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Zone Remapping

For Gulf County

On October 20th, President Clinton
signed the Fiscal Year 2000 Veterans
Administration Housing and Urban
Development and Independent Agen-
cies Appropriations Bill. The bill con- Y ur
tained language that directs the Fed- Your cc
eral Emergency Management Agency qu
(FEMA) to revisit the issue of Flood qua
Zone remapping in Gulf County.
Earlier this year, FEMA announced
their plans to change the flood zone
designation for the Cape San Bias and
Indian Pass peninsulas from "C" to Labora
"V". This rezoning would make it un-
likely that local banks would offer resi-
dents low cost, government- acute
backed flood insurance. More harm-
ful, the new designation would make
new development on the peninsulas P
cost prohibitive. Physics
Allen Boyd offered an amendment to
the bill that directed FEMA to report
to the House Appropriations Commit-
tee on the procedures used by the
agency to develop new flood zone
maps in regions that are also Coastal 135. A
Barrier Resources Act zones.
He said, "...The officials at FEMA need
to recognize the severe impact of their
decision on the families and busi-
nesses residing within the boundaries
they have drawn. FEMA's plan to re-
structure the flood zone map at Cape
S. an Bias and Indian Pass would stifle
any efforts toward new development
along the Gulf County coast-efforts
to revitalize the county's battered Nichols Walk
economy. Gulf County residents de- ic s k
serve to have this issue revisited..." 7 1

By Barbara Revell
There was much excitement in
Carrabelle following the Franklin
County Commission Meeting on
October 19, 1999. What appeared
to be an impossible dream of a
new library got one step closer,
after the County Commissioners
agreed to swap with the school
board, the old gym for 23 acres
on Highway 65 near the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office.
The Friends of the Library and
friends of the Friends held their
breath as Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis suggested selling the old
gym and giving the Library a dif-
ferent piece of land. People who
had devoted hours and hours to
raising funds, have visions of the
.wonderful impression tourists
and newcomers will have upon
entering Carrabelle and seeing the
library at the old gym site. Mo-
mentarily it appeared that the
dream might not come true.
Commissioner Bevin, Putnal
"saved the day" for the library by
saying that the people have
worked quite hard and are under
a time line. He then made the
motion to swap the land and Com-

was passed unanimously. Mary
Ann Shields, chairperson of the
building fund, stated, "This swap
will enable us to build the new li-
brary on the land now occupied
by the old condemned gymna-
sium. This central location for the
new library will be the best pos-
sible place for the $500,000 build-
ing that will enhance the down-
town area and be the center of
activity in Carrabelle."
"I hope that the same spirit which
made the raising of the dollar-for-
dollar grant money possible, will
infect others in the community
and that they will become part of
the ongoing efforts to provide
Carrabelle with the library it will
need to enter into and keep pace
in the new millennium."



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Craig Ash: Charged with one count of possession of firearm on school prop-
erty. Defendant pleaded guilty to violation of probation and was adjudicated
guilty. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for 78 days served.
Probation conditions are the same as his previous probation in addition to 50
hours community service. Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger represented
the defendant
Michael Beaty: Charged with violation of probation and one count of uttering
a forged check. Defendant pleaded guilty to violation of probation and was
adjudicated guilty. Defendant's probation continued for three years to include
no alcohol or illegal substance use. Defendant was represented by Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Wesley Wayne Branch: Charged with one count of burglary of a structure.
Arraignment continued until November 15. 1999. Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
Gerald L. Brannen: Charged with violation of probation and battery on law
enforcement officer. Hearing continued until November 15. 1999. Assistant
Public Defender Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
William L. Danford: Charged with burglary of a dwelling. Defendant sen-
tenced to 30 months with the Department of Corrections with credit for 422
days served. Defendant represented by Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger.
Linda J. Coggins: Charged with violation of probation and leaving the scene
of an accident with injury. The hearing was continued until November 15.
1999. Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger represented the defendant.
Vernon D. Gordon: Charged with violation of probation and one count sale of
crack cocaine. Defendant admitted to violation of probation. was adjudicated
guilty and sentenced to the Department of Corrections for 30 months with
credit for 194 days served.
William Howard Hammond, Jr.: Charged with violation of probation and one
count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Probation continued for
an additional year to include all previous conditions.

Anthony Weaver: Charged with violation of probation and escape. Defendant
admitted to violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. He was sen-
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New Library In Carrabelle Closer
To Reality missioner Cheryl Sanders quickly
seconded the motion. The motion

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(From left) Senator Graham, his aide, Allen Pierce (Mayor
of Apalachicola) and Jimmy Mosconis (Franklin County
Commissioner) talk at the luncheon held at Magnolia Hall
in Apalachicola before the press conference.
Politicians Converge On Apalachicola
To Celtbrdte Oral Ay i-ernent On
Apalachicola River Dredging
Agreement Expected to Be Signed In Mid-November
Senator Bob Graham led the entourage including U. S. Congressman
Allen Boyd, and a number of state, regional and local officials as the
announcement was made by the Senator that the dredging issue of
the Apalachicola River was resolved. Graham announced that the U.
S. Army Corps of Engineers policy of depositing piles of dredged sand
along the river banks would end. Additionally, the Corps would work
to repair some of the damage done by past dredging,
While the Graham announcement credited a September 7th tour of
the Apalachicola River by Graham, David Struhs (head of the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection, DEP) and Dr. Jos Westphas Assis-
tant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) along with 38 other persons
as a contributing factor in the resolution of the dispute, the work of
Marilyn Blackwell and her supporters in and near Wewahitchka was
the genesis of media attention to the growing problem of "sand moun-
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Traditionally, and by law, the Army Corps of Engineers domestic func-
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U.S. Congress.
"Prior to the press conference at Battery Park, Apalachicola, Senator
Graham, Congressmen Allen Boyd, State Representative Janegale
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.In his opening remarks, Senator Graham said:
.. I am pleased that people of goodwill who share the
desire to protect this great river for our and future gen-
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I think will give us some assurance that we will be able to
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one who has spent time on that river that we have gotten
those interests out of balance-in the past few years, and
we're taking a big step today toward bringing that back
into balance. I want tof'extend my thanks and gratitude
to the Florida Departnient:of Environmental Protection
under the leadership of Secretary David Struhs ... for
taking the very strong stand with the 23 points that they
demanded on the permitting process, and then I also want
to extend my gratitude to Colonel Norwood and the folks
at the Army Corps of Ehigineers for providing and show-
ing leadership on this issue to get us to take that big step
toward balancing the interests so we can recognize the
environmental, ecological and aesthetic value of that
river-whether that be the-health of the Bay. the health
of the spawning waters, whether it be the health of the
Tupelo trees ... this is a great big step..."
Senator Graham: ... Thank you Congressman... I have a letter I would
like to repd from a man who visited this river just six weeks ago. The
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works who is responsible for
the Corps of Engineers, Dr. Joseph Westphal... He wrote this letter:
"I am very pleased that the Army Corps of Engineers of
the State of Florida have come to an agreement on the
five year plan for dredging operations on the Apalachicola
River. Considering fully the competing environmental and
economic interests in seeking cooperative solutions is vital
to building a sustainable future for this river system. I
support the agreement reached between the State of
Florida and the Corps. Mobile District. My office is also
working together information studies which will allow us
to fully assess the future policy implications of decisions
needed to address the economic and environmental is-
sues of the Apalachicola River. For this reason, I look
forward to working with you on future effective solutions
to these and other complex environmental and naviga-
tion issues. Sincerely, Joseph W. Westphal..."
That letter indicates, from the highest levels of the Corps
of Engineers we have a commitment to national support
for this effort that is being led by the Mobile District and
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. I
would like to introduce the two individuals who will be
most directly involved, in seeing that this partnership
achieve its objectives, who have worked hard over the
last many months to reach the point we are at today,
and who will discuss what will be the implications for
this river, of State and Federal actions. The Corps, Colo-
nel David Norwood and the Secretary of the Florida De-
partment of Environmental Protection, Mr. David Struhs.
David Struhs, head of the Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection, then addressed the 75 or so persons gathered for the confer-
ence at Battery Park. He said,
"... Of all the issues I've been involved in the last 8 or 10
months, I'm no more proud of anything than this. This is
a remarkable step forward, reversing 45, almost 50 years
of unnecessary environmental degradation. But, my pride
is checkered with a healthy dose of gratitude and humil-
ity because there are many people who have been in-
volved in this issue a lot longer than I've been...
The Barge Trade Association, they have been at the table
with us every step of the way... This really is a victory for
the environment. It's a victory for common sense. When
I talk about common sense, I talk about things my chil-
dren can understand ... I also wanted to talk just a little
bit about the Corps of Engineers ...
Unfortunately, those of us who are in the environmental
roles, sometimes fall into the trap of demonizing the corps.
making them the villain in these things. Nothing could
be further from the truth. They do their job well, and
they do it thoroughly and they do it efficiently and effec-
tively... The Corps is simply following orders and doing it
in their forthright way... Now there are 23 of them and I
will not go into details with you..,"
Struhs reminded his listeners that the euphoria of the moment was
to be seriously considered in the context of the Tri-River compact
with the states of Alabama and Georgia, Allen Boyd also reiterated
this point in his remarks at the close. Struhs said, "...The fact that we.
achieved this resolution on the dredging permit has really fortified
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(From left) U.S. Congressman, Allen Boyd, Senator Bob
Graham, and DEP head, David Struhs.
my resolve (and) fortified Florida's resolve to make sure we get a good
deal ... and, that we get adequate water flows from our neighbors to
the north..."
Colonel David Norwood, District Engineer for the Army Corps of En-
gineers' Mobile District also addressed the gathering
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gressionally mandated role in this river basin. We have a
responsibility only in terms of maintaining the channel,
and the other aspects of our obligations in the Congres-
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come to this point today, where we have finally devel-
oped an agreement with the State of Florida on exactly
how the Corps of Engineers will be able to continue to
execute its responsibilities..."
The water allocation formula (In the ACF Pact) will determine how
much water is released from Georgia and Alabama to feed this eco-
system in a sustainable way. The fact that we achieved this resolu-
tion on the dredging permit has really fortified my resolve (and) forti-
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get adequate water flows from our neighbors to the north...
Struhs mentioned conferring with Alan Pierce on the water and sew-
age treatment situation in Apalachicola.
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Table 1 which outlines the significant aspects of the negotiated settle-
ment, as yet unsigned.
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29 October 1999 PaoP 0

Army To Search

For "Reminders"

Of World War II

In Franklin

By Rene Topping
Shades of World War II! And a
camp full to the brim with G.I's
practicing shooting off all manner
of ammunition-and sometimes
dropping some. Learning how to
fight an enemy that was far off
across the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans. Learning to fight if nec-
essary, to the death. Next stop for
*many of them when they left
Franklin County was Europe or
the islands of the South Pacific.
The land they fought over in
Franklin has long been peaceful
home sites for people from all over
the United States. And now some
owners of the same property in
the area that was Camp Gordon
Johnston., are receiving letters
from the Department of the Army
who are gearing up on a project
to search all of the 156, 359 acres

that formed the boundaries of the
Camp Gordon Johnston Military
Reserve. This time they will be
looking for any old army ammu-
nition or ordnance that way lie
hidden and could possibly be
The letters have been arriving.
primarily right now, to the Alliga-
tor Point area. The letter informs
the people that their property lies
within that boundary that is lo-
cated on the shores of the Gulf of
Mexico, encircling the town of
Carrabelle, and most of Franklin
County. It is also a means of get-
ting permission from owners for
the army personnel to be able to
enter and work on private
It seems current environmental
laws require that the Army make
a search over the entire area for
any dangerous ordinance and ex-
plosives (OE) that may contami-
nate the old Army site. They plan
to first make a sweep of the area
with a specially designed metal
detector. This procedure is tenta-
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Significant aspects of the negotiated settlement on Apalachicola River dredging.

Table 1
Apalachicola River Maintenance Dredging (DEP File No. 0129424-001-DF)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District (Corps)
Wetland Resource Permit Condition

be, a trained specialist will dig,
with a hand shovel, to a depth no6
greater than 4 feet, to determine
the nature of the find. The metal''
may be a nail, container, dog tags'
or it may be the shell of an old!i
ordinance, which is still danger-,
By this method and based on the
results of this part of the investi-
gation, areas of the former Camp
Gordon Johnston which are most'
likely to contain ordnance will be
identified and removal of ord-
nance found will be scheduled.
The Chief of Management and
Disposal, Department of the
Army, Sharon W. Conklin said:
that a meeting will be scheduled:
and will be held in Franklin
County area to answer any ques-
tions people may have. She prom-
ises that a notice will be sent out
to all local media, stating the time,
date and place of the meeting.
The camp is now well known all,
over the nation for the job it did
in training troops for amphibious
landings. The site included spe-
cial areas for the men to learn the,
use of grenade and bayonets, ar-
eas for judo, knife and bayonet
fighting, hand to hand fighting,
and demolition training sites.
Other training involved the use of
live ammunition, including the
street fighting course, the infiltra-
tion course, battle firing and fir-,
ing from simulated landing craft.
The amphibious training mission
was officially disbanded and
transferred to the Navy in June
of 1943. In September of 1943 the-,
camp was redesigned as an Army
Service Forces training center,
providing basic and unit training,
for small boat crews, amphibian
truck companies, and port con-
struction units. In 1944, a pris-
oner of war (POW) camp was es-
tablished for German and Italians
captured in Africa and Europe. In
late 1944 and early 1945, 50,000
acres were released and Camp
Gordon Johnston diminished.
After World War II, the majority of
the leased land was returned to
its original owners, and the War
Assets Administration, selling the
purchased land. In 1948, the last
property was transferred and the
Army's role ended.
Some of the "old timers" on Alli-
gator Point and all over the. area
the camp encompassed, say that
for some years after the camp was
closed there would be a "some-
thing" washed up on the beach:
or they would discover something
on their property, but said they,
have not seen anything lately.
The members of the Camp Gor-
don Johnston .have found several
name tags and have successfully
returned them to veterans all over
the country. They have found
small pieces of flotsam andjetsair
of an army camp and are placing
some small but interesting pieces
in the small museum in
The project is scheduled for a 24
month period. So once more we
will see soldiers all over the wide
swath of land that was Camp Gor-
don Johnston, as they meticu-
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area and assure us that there is
nothing that could be a dangerto
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Franklin County's
By Tom Campbell
Franklin County's Tobacco Free
Partnership held its regular meet-
ing October 7, 1999, in the caf-
eteria of Carrabelle High School.
The meeting was called to order
by Chairman George Chapel at
4:02 p.m., and he extended a cor-
dial welcome to all.
Ms. Temolynne Wintons, Franklin
County Tobacco Prevention Coor-
dinator, then conducted a recog-
nition of visitors. She explained
that the meeting was at Carrabelle
in order to accommodate m6re
participation from students at
Carrabelle School. Ms. Wintons
explained that ages eleven to 18
were included in the organization.
The minutes of the previous meet-
ing were approved as corrected.
First, the state-wide project was
emphasized, not county-wide.
Second, October 25-29 is Red Rib-
bon Week, where activities are
planned to emphasize friendship,
self-esteem and not using tobacco
products. A simple one-two-three
might be stated: one, tobacco is
poison, two, we need to take good
care of our bodies, and three, we
need our bodies to live. Moral:
Don't use any tobacco products
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finished school in 1936, went into
military service, served in the Pa-
cific in World War II and was pro-
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A Workshop and Special Meeting
were held at Apalachicola's City
Hall October 14 and new Mayor
Alan Pierce and the Commission-
ers plunged into the troubled wa-
ters. About 25 items were dealt
with during the long session.
Among these items was one con-
cerning Mr. Sonny Whitehurst,
who has been appointed Harbor
Master by the City Commission.
Letters are to be sent to renters
of boat slips, clarifying conditions
of slip rentals. Among the rental
agreements with boat owners, it
was stated that "sub-leasing a slip
is illegal." The slip renters are to
acknowledge that they have read
and signed the agreement. A copy
of the letter was to be sent with
the next bill.
Before the Seafood Festival, it was
pointed out, the "dangerous dock
needs a barricade and repair."
Also, payment of back-due slip
rent must be paid and bills are to
be sent out. Any back-due rent
must be paid.
In another matter, it was stated
that there is a "good chance that
the City of Apalachicola water
project will be funded." The City
should know by the end of Octo-
ber, 1999. The Water and Sewer
Project was reported to be "funded
well." Twelve million dollars worth
of capital improvements in water
and sewer program may be used.
Mayor Pierce said, 'The federal
budget is still in conference, and
it may be longer before the fed-
eral funds are available." That
could delay the funds for some
Concerning the item of "bi-weekly
payroll" as an effort to save money
for the city, employees of the city
were adamant about their desire
to be "paid on time, once a week."
Motion was made to "keep the pay
schedule as is." Motion passed 3
to 2, with Elliott and Davis voting
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is scheduled to begin construction
April 1, 2000. Construction
completion is scheduled for April,
2001, one year later. It was
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Significant Permit Conditions New or Revised Condition? Benefits of Implementation
#11 Prohibits the continuation of New Condition mechanical redistri- + The State will allow the Corps to
mechanical redistribution and re- bution was originally authorized as remove sand from Disposal Site 40
quires that the Corps develop and an experimental disposal practice. to rejuvenate and manage the site
implement environmentally accept- Dredged material is bulldozed back for future disposal use. + Alterna-
able, long-term disposal alternatives into the channel during high water tive long-term solutions could in-
for the problem reach. Corley Slough levels. Never fully supported by the elude upland disposal or beach dis-
(area of high shoaling bottleneck on state due to its inefficiency as a dis- posal options to remove sand from
the river), posal option, the system and provide beneficial
use of dredged material.
#8 Requires that the Corps limit dis- Revised Condition limitation placed + Will reduce potential for opposite
posal site height to that of the natu- on disposal site width (100 ft.) due bank erosion, which contributes to
ral riverbank and width to 100 ft. to observed opposite bank erosion shoaling.
#20 Requires that the Corps inven- New Condition Within-bank dis- + Inventory of riverine areas that
tory and monitor the effects of within- posal sites are intended to allow sand have been converted to sand habi-
bank disposal on riverine habitats to recapture by'the river: however, tat and sloughs that have become
improve dredged material manage- many disposal sites are not func- blocked will assist agencies in iden-
ment. tional. Conversion of natural river- tifying problem sites, areas to imuple-
ine shoreline habitat to sand habitat ment disposal alternatives, and ar-
and impacts to listed species ofmus' eas in need of restoration.
/ sels and fish.
#21 Requires that the Corps estab- New Condition Capacity shortfalls + Establishment of realistic site ca-
lish acceptable estimated within-bank occur in most disposal sites within pacities will improve dredged mate-
disposal site capacities. the Chipola Cutoff and Corley Slough rial management. reduce adjacent
reaches of the river. Dysfunctional riverine impacts. and identify areas
sites contribute to impacts. to implement disposal alternatives.

#22 Requires the restoration of Revised Condition The Corps has + Restoration of slough, spring run.
tributary connections on the river, opened only a couple spring runs on and tributary connections on the
the river. Within-bank disposal has river will improve fisheries floodplain
caused sand to block numerous habitat and reestablish access to the
slough, spring run, and tributary floodplain by recreational users.
connections on the river. Impacts
to natural floodplain habitat, fisher-
ies, and recreational use.
#23 Requires the restoration of Site New Condition The Corps utilized + Restoration to floodplain elevation
39 in the Corley Slough area flood- Disposal Site 39 without obtaining an for wetland mitigation purposes. +
plain. easement from the landowners, the Sand removed may have beneficial
Northwest FL Water Management use.


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This week UNITED WAY features
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Scouting in Franklin County this
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gram at Chapman Elementary
School where a large group of
boys and their parents turned out
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as well as camping and monthly
meetings. Contact Larry Hale at
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Mary Baird leads a 35-member
Cub Scout Troop of boys from
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which meet at the First United
Methodist Church on the Island.
Mary can be reached at 927-3098.
Brad Waldon reports that Scout-
ing programs are being organized
in Carrabelle with a "School Night
for Scouting" program scheduled
at Carrabelle School on October
12th. Location for meetings and
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Chamber Business

Social At Senior


By Tom Campbell
The Carrabelle Chamber of Com-
merce Business Social for Sep-
tember was held at the Senior
Center. About 25 members at-
Rose and Ron Treutel explained,
smiling, that they came all the
way "down from Alaska to attend
the Business Social here." Actu-
ally, they were in Franklin
County, making arrangements to
open the Carrabella Cove Gallery,
in Carrabelle. The Captain's Gal-
lery, 73 Market Street in
Apalachicola, has been operating
over a year. They say they love the
county and "this is the place we've
decided to live, after searching
from Mobile, Alabama, to Key

Very attractive undeveloped 3.5
acres just off Old Bainbridge
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Schedule of Services
Early Worship Sunday Mornings.................................... 8:00 a.m.
Sunday Bible School.... .................9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship Service .......................................... 11:00 a.m.
Mid-Week Services-Wednesday................................... 7:00 p.m.
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Party At Senior

Center For

By Tom Campbell
On Wednesday, October 27, the
Kindergarten classes from
Carrabelle Elementary School
entertained the seniors at the
Carrabelle Senior Center.
About 30 costumed kids were
brought in school buses to show
off for the seniors with songs,
boos, hugs and kisses. This oc-
curs every Halloween, according
to Executive Director Helen
Schmidt of the Senior Center. "It's
part of the intergenerational pro-
gram," she said, "and the seniors
enjoy it as much as the kids."
Ms. Schmidt said, 'This is some-
thing the seniors look forward to,
as many of our seniors do not
have any grandchildren or
great-grandchildren living in this
area. They love being able to in-
teract with children."
The kids enjoy "early trick or
treats," a bag of candy. The se-
niors get a meal. Seniors from
Apalachicola Center are brought
over for the occasion, and "every-
body has a good time," smiled Ms.

Bill and Bob, Musicians from
Lanark Village, entertained the
group. Bill Pearson and Bob
Wohlert said they had a good time.

St. George Volunteer Fire Department

Embarks On 1999 Hat Drive

The St. George Volunteer Fire De-
partment launched their 17th an-
nual hat drive recently. The pro-
ceeds enable the fire department
to continue to provide 24-hour
emergency care and fire protec-
The fire department is celebrat-
ing its 25th year, responding to
fire calls and emergency medical
services for the last 13 years. St.
George Volunteers are among the
largest volunteer fire departments
in the State of Florida. There are
currently 18 active volunteer fire
men and 12 active First Respond-

ers, all certified. Fifteen of the tire
men are also trained as First NR'
The Department purchased v
1999 Chevy Tahoe (4x4) First Re
sponder vehicle which replau'dc
the original First Responder
A donation of $100 enltilcs the
giver to a special 25th annliver
sary fire department hat. Send
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unteer Fire Dept. and First Rc-
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Highway 98 & 6th Street
EST. 1836
8:00 A.M.
10:00 A.M.

Lanark Boat

Club To Host



By Tom Campbell
The Lanark Village Boat Club on
Highway 98 across from Lanark
Village will host the first luncheon
of the Big Bend Christian
Women's Club on Tuesday, No-
vember 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
This Women's Club is "part of an
international organization with
headquarters in Kansas City,
Mo.," according to Ms. Janet
McGrath of Lanark Village. This
inter-church and non-sectarian
group has more than 2200 groups
meeting around the world.
Each month there is a meeting of
the group. Special Features are a
"delightful part of each program."
according to Ms. McGrath. The
program offers the best in music
and an out-of-town guest speaker.
There are no memberships or
According to Ms. McGrath. the
special feature in November will
be "Magic in (the Air" performed
by professional i.ttJi.iall. Erwin
O'Conner, There will be a musi-
S.l Ir. .r' (.itit.i, > by Mary Lou
lI.i:i:n.r t ;: -; speaker will be
Miss Mary Adams, former Atlanta,
GA, businesswomaan.
All who may be interested are in-
vited to attend by making reser-
vations at 850-697-3819, or
wt7 -4349, or you may phone
Janet at 850-697-3543. Men are
also invited.
For more information, contact
Janet McGrath. Her e-mail ad-
dress is portraitj@juno.com or
phone 697-3543.

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The Franklin Chronicle


29 October 1999 Page 11

Department Of Agriculture Delegation
Plans China Trip For Agricultural Trade
A delegation of three representatives U. S. Department of Agriculture
from the Florida Department of Agri- spokespersons. In the summary, a de-
culture and Consumer Services and scription of trade problems is given
Florida Department of Citrus will that makes any agreement an impor-
travel to the People's Republic of tant milestone. At present, the sum-
China on 4 November in an effort to mary states. American goods face not
"expedite agricultural trade between only high tariffs and at times, quotas.
Florida and that country. but a web of other barriers which, if
unaddressed (in future trade negotia-,
China is the world's largest untapped tions) could make tariff reductions
market for Florida agricultural prod- meaningless. These include applica-
ucts. said Bob Crawford. Florida Ag- tion of unscientific sanitary and
riculture Commissioner. He spoke phytosanitary standards in agricul-
about the agreement negotiated be- ture. non-tariff barriers to industrial
tween the United States and China goods, restrictions on distribution and
covering "a significant portion" of trading rights, and discrimination
Florida commodities. According to the against imports and foreign-invested
U. S. Department of Agriculture companies. The commitments nego-
spokespersons, the actual "agree- tiated with the Chinese include: lull
ment" has not vet been signed. The market access for U. S. firms to dis-
Chronicle was informed by the press tribute their products throughout
section at the Florida Agriculture De- China. tariff reductions and elimina-
partment that a copy of the agreement tion of quantitative restrictions. All
could not be located, tariff cuts will be implemented by
2004. Reductions are made on soy-
However. since April 8. 1999. the U. beans, meats, fruits, wine and dairy
S. trade representative did place on products. Bulk commodities included
the internet a "summary" of agree- in the proposed deal also includes
ments negotiated with the People's wheat, corn. rice, cotton and barley.
Republic. yet the unsigned "agree-
ment" is still "classified" according to In regard to seafood. China will reduce
tariffs from 20% to 10% on "products
of importance to the United States."

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Of Mermaids and Men

By Brian Goercke
My students refuse to talk about it anymore; fellow faculty members
are amused by my inquiries ... though take none of them seriously.
And members of the community seem surprised that I can ask these
types of questions within minutes of meeting them.
In Steinbeck's work., Of Mice and Men, his mentally challenged char-
acter (Lenny) wanted to know about the rabbit. Well, I know about
the rabbits. I want to know about the mermaids.
I like to listen to the fables, especially when others relate them with
conviction. This is a country steeped in lore, which is a good thing. I
have a lot of questions, and time enough to wait for the answers.
At this point in the investigation, I have developed one source who is
solid in the mermaid culture. Fortunately for me, this source just
happens to be my housemate, Nyasha Dzuna.
Miss Dzuna has come to the sensible conclusion that she cannot
escape my tedious questions; she is now taking the road less trav-
eled. For her, there is no off ramp from Mermaid Blvd.
Before we take this mer-maiden voyage (if you will) into Zimbabwean
subculture, one fact must be made sufficiently known to you, valued
reader. No two believers will agree on the central role of the mermaid
(e.g. its diet, mode of attack, treatment of prisoners or status in the
Do not ask me for the quintessential mermaid experience. I can make
no such provision. While Dzuna is the source, the following stories
and conceptions of the mermaid will vary from one believer to the
According to Dzuna, mermaids are much like zombies; in truth, they
are the undead. They collaborate with whirlwinds to sweep their "vic-
tims" into rivers for a period of time ranging from one year to eternity.
Once within the mermaid's residence, the visitor/prisoner will be of-
fered a variety of vittles including rice, dried fish and mud. If the
visitor partakes in this offering, the mermaid will be happy. It will
eventually release its visitor within a year or two, this person will
then become a n'anga (traditional healer).
According to Dzuna, families should not lament for the loss of a loved
one to a mermaid. In fact, the mermaid will kill its prisoner if it hears
so much as a whimper from a dismayed relative.
There is an accepted response for families to mermaid bondage. The
family must sing and dance near the mermaid's home; they must
also bring a black cow and African beer (made from corn meal) to this
While Dzuna has never seen a mermaid, she does not allow this fact
to weaken her faith; she concedes that few have observed the mer-
maid. ';Have you seen God?" she asks. I must admit that I have made
no such observation. "But," she adds, "you still believe."
Though Dzuna is a valued source when it comes to mermaids, she is
not the only authority on this subject. I have students who claim to
have seen the mermaid. Of course, one of then has since been ex-
pelled for bringing marijuana (mbanje) to school. Nonetheless, there
are other experts; and, in the name of science as well as the word
count of this article, their testimonies must not be ignored

Developing Florida's Marine Fishery continued from Page 1

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I have polled my creative writing group on this subject. About half of
then believe in mermaids.
From the believers to the Doubting Tapiwa's, you will be privy to a
myriad of mermaid myths/stories. In all candor, I simply ask that
you be the judge for I cannot do all your thinking for you (and woe to
ye if I could).
Mary Mapfumo is a form one student. She has this to say about the
I believe in them, because I once saw them at Manyimo River. It was
half person and half fish. It had long, beautiful hair. I was told by my
mother that if you are taken by the mermaid, it will make you eat
uncooked meat. If you refuse, it will be very angry and sometimes kill
you. When you accept, it will be very happy.
When a person goes near a river the mermaid attacks the person by
either wind or beautiful things such as cloth and beads. You will be
attracted by those things and you will try to go and get them. That's
when it will take you.
I think that it (the mermaid) is a white person because of the long
hair. I was 12 years old when I heard about mermaids. My father told
me that there are only women mermaids.
Franciscah Chidewu, a form two student, is non-believer of the mer-
maid; this is her testimony:
God the creator of all things will never change a person into a mer-
maid. Of course, they might be there but I don't believe. Some people
believe because they believe our ancestors. They say that you are not
allowed to go where they live while you have an unclean clay pot*.
because you will be taken by them (mermaids).
*According to Dzuna, you should ndt take an unclean clay pot where
the mermaid lives. Mermaids do not like clay pots that contain soot.
They will attack if you have such a pot.
Mermaids eat cockroaches, worms and other sea animals. It lives in
a cave ... it comes like heavy wind then takes you down in the water.
It lives with a snake called the black mamba. In Rusave River at
Boroma (waterfall), they know how to beat the drum. If you are taken
by a mermaid, you have to do what it wants you to do.4
Aleck Mugore, who is a form two student, said that he does not be-
lieve in mermaids. However, he has this brief essay to offer:
I think that water girls (mermaids) take a person either by wind or
when you are fishing. She splashes water in your face and then takes
you in the water. The water girl will offer you caterpillars, mud, fish
and meat. If you accept the rice and meat, you will be killed. If you
accept the caterpillars and mud, you will not be killed. My parents
told me that there is a mermaid, because they heard this from other
older people.
Edith Matemba is a form one student. This is her contribution to the
study of mermaids:
I heard that a water girl catches someone when a person or people
make a lot of noise. It will jump to you. When you are there, the water
girl cooks sadza, meat and caterpillars. If you say,'I want sadza and
meat,' it will kill you. If you say that you want caterpillars, you will
become a n'anga. My aunt and my grandmother told me about the
water girl when I was nine years old. I don't believe in water girls
because I've never seen them.
Obert Muzembe is a form one student; he had this to contribute about
the mermaid/water girl:
A mermaid catches a person by pulling them into the water. It will be
waiting for them on top of the water. When anyone comes to the river,
it may jump to them. When it catches them, it may stay with them. If
the outside people cry, it may kill them and float their body on top of
the water, dead. If you don't cry, it will teach you to be a traditional
healer (n'anga) and when they come out they may be a good tradi-
tional healer who knows many things.
When I heard about mermaids, I was ten years old, and I was told by
my mother. My mother says that she was told by her father. When I
heard that, I didn't believe but I was scared.
Nancy Chakadunga is a form one student. She has written this brief
essay about mermaids:
I believe that there are water girls. When people said a person has
sunk to the bottom of a river, he/she has then been taken by spirit
mediums. Some people said that a person will eat mud and uncooked
fish when they are in the river. Our ancestors said that they have
never seen it (mermaids) talking. I think a water girl talks because it
has got the head of a person and a body of a fish. Most of the old
people believe in water girls.
Munyaradzi "Felix" Dombaza, a form one student, concludes this in-
vestigation with the following mermaid testimony:

A water girl pulls someone into the water. Whilst in the water, he/she
continues breathing. The one who is pulled into the water is taken
down to a cave which is down in the water. That person is told to
choose between sadza and meat or sadza and caterpillars. If the per-
son chooses sadza and meat, he will be killed. If he chooses sadza
and caterpillars, the person will not be killed. If the person is not
killed and has good manners, lie will be sent to his home and become
a n'anga.
I was told about mermaids by a friend when I was 12. He said that he
was told by his grandmother, who was once caught by a water girl. I
don't believe in mermaids because some people may be lying (about
There are many more fables for the listening here in Zimbabwe. For
instance, Miss Dzuna told me that foreigners/caucasians were once
referred to as "the people with no knees' by her ancestor,;.
This "no knees" system of belief was created, says Dzuna, because
outsiders wore long trousers; this confused native residents, she af-
firms, because they could not see their knees. Through patience and
personal effort, I have helped to destroy this belief system. I have
worn shorts while strolling through the village. Dzuna can vouch for
me. I have knees.
However, there are other fables that continue to thrive within Zimba-
bwe. Many (who have access to television) believe that the World Wres-
tling Federation is real. When names such as Randy Savage or The
Undertaker are mentioned, you can see the acknowledgement & awe
arise within these wrestle-maniacs.
WWF believers cannot justify the lack of blood or bruises that would
normally result in having one's face repeatedly elbowed or smashed
into a floor. They have witnessed the half-nelson as well as the sleeper
hold, and they believe them to be good. They are the new (cable) gen-
eration of believers, though their faith has yet to endure the test of
time. This belief in mermaids (within a landlocked country), however,
is seasoned and here to stay.

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