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Franklin Chronicle 50
36th Seafood Festival Brings Thousands
Franklin Briefs ..............2
Editorial & Commentary 3
Franklin Bulletin Board 4
Carrabelle News ..... 4, 5, 6
Apalachicola City ..........6
Singer John Smith ........6
Governor Stone ............7
Alligator Point ...............7
Kid's Korner ................7
Halloween Photos ..........8
FCAN ............................. 8
Replacement for Prentice
Crum ............................. 9
Bookshop .................. 10
Franklin Ir Top 12 For Gradu-
ation Rates And Well Below
State Average For Dropouts
Using the new law that changes
the way the state calculates
Florida's graduation and dropout
rates, Education Commissioner
Tom Gallagher last week (October
28th) released.the statewide and
district-by-district figures for
Franklin County was 12th in the
list of 67 counties with the high-
est graduation rates. Calhoun
County topped this list with
83.53%. Franklin's rate for
1998-99 is 71.17%. The 67th dis-
trict, at the bottom of the list, was
Gadsden County.with 46.02%.-
Dade County did not fare much
Better, with 53.Z3%. Selected
Panhandle counties are reported
in Table 1 along with dropout
rates. The statewide averages for
r gaduation are 60.23%.:
The statewide average for drop-
outs is 5.4. Franklin dropout rate
is 3.9 for the 1998-99 school year.
Other Panhandle counties are re-
ported in Table 1, below.
And Graduation Rates
(Selected Panhandle Districts)
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In the 3-picture color panel above, the Governor Stone brings King Retsyo (Ken
Folsom) and Miss Florida Seafood of 1999 (Kayla Rae Lee) to Apalachicola. Ken
Folsom demonstrated tonging in the Saturday parade, depicted in photo #2. The
crowds also brought unexpected traffic jams to the tiny seafood community but,
with driver patience and assistance from the Franklin County Sheriffs Department,
most reached their destination.
More photos on Page 9 Due to the Thanksgiving
Holiday, the Chronicle,
in some areas, will be one
"Perfect" Weather Compliments Long day late.
Seafood Parade And Festival I ar;la
By Tom Campbell
The 36th Annual Seafood Festival in Historic Apalachicola demon-
strated that this occasion is growing in popularity and attendance.
Nearly 20,000 people attended, according to some estimates, over the
three-day event. The weather was perfect and from all appearances
everybody was having a good time.
On Friday, November 5, King Retsyo and Miss Florida Seafood of 1999
arrived on the Governor Stone at a few minutes past four in the after-
noon. Their arrival was witnessed by a crowd, estimated to be be-
tween 1200 and 2000, at the dock. The Blessing of the Fleet accom-
plished, the crowd moved to the festival grounds and the festivities
were officially underway.
There were plenty of delicious Apalachicolq Bay oysters to be enjoyed,
along with various menus of seafood and other recipes. As usual the
food vendors did a brisk business.
John Anderson entertained, along with singer Jim Morris. Over a
hundred vendors of arts and crafts were also on hand to entertain
and offer choice products. A carnival with various rides offered more
entertainment, but seafood in all varieties remained the centerpiece.
Tyndall's Impact On Local Communities
Tyndall Air Force Base's newest
Economic Resource Impact State-
ment has recently been released;
the total estimated economic im-
act in the local area is
301,375,321. The surrounding
communities within a 50-mile ra-
dius of Tyndall comprise the lo-
cal economic impact area. More
than 4,190 military and 1,135
Department of Defense civilians
have an annual payroll of more
State Representative Janegale
Boyd and Senator Pat Thomas,
the Franklin County Legislative
Delegation, announced today that
the annual local public hearing
will be held on Thursday, Novem-
ber 18, 1999. The hearing will
begin at 10:00 a.m. in the
Commissioner's meeting room of
the Franklin County Courthouse
in Apalachicola, Florida.
*All residents and elected officials
are invited to attend. This meet-
ing allows citizens the opportunity
to meet with their legislators, dis-
cuss concerns, ask questions and
offer comments prior to the 2000
Legislative Session. The 60-day
session begins in Tallahassee on
March 7, 2000.
To ensure full participation and
accessibility for all meeting at-
tendees according to the Ameri-
can with Disabilities Act (ADA),
please let Rep. Boyd know of any
special accommodations you may
require by calling her Tallahassee
office, (8501 488-7870
"For years we have labored under
the misconception that Florida's
graduation rate hovered around
the 73% mark,"' Gallagher said.
"That figure was not only inaccu-
rate but terribly misleading due
Ato a flawed calculation method.
Today we have an accurate way
of determining who is graduating
and who is leaving out schools.
During the 1999 legislative ses-
sion, legislators directed
Gallagher to develop and present
to committee members a more
accurate method of calculating
the state's graduation and drop-
out rates. Using 1997-98 data
from school districts, the Depart-
ment of Education estimated the
statewide graduation rate at ap-
"We have good news and bad
news," Gallagher said. "Using cur-
rent year data and the new law,
we've seen our graduation rate
rise 10% from the estimated level.
But 60% is by no means an ac-
ceptable rate. We can and must
The old method of calculation was
based on the number of students
graduating regardless of students
entering or leaving a school; The
new method accounts for in-and-
out-migration, including dropout
students, during a four-year pe-
The Department of Education cal-
culates graduation and dropout
rates using data that is submit-
ted by the: 67 school districts.
Each district bas been given the
opportunity over the past year to
adjust the data, submitted to the
(From left) Josh, Chrysta
and Kayla posing for SWAT
at the last Carrabelle football
Volume 8, Number 23
By Rene Topping
The November 4 meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission
opened on a quiet tone but it did
not last long. An angry crowd
erupted when the termination of
Police Lieutenant Robert (Butch)
Taylor, that had been proposed at
the October 7 meeting by Frank
Mathes, was once again brought
up on the agenda for the third
time. Two police officers,
Carrabelle Chief Buddy Shiver
and Officer Fred Jetton were
present to keep the peace, but at
one point at least one man was
put out of the room and others
were told to leave quietly.
Before discussion by the commis-
sioners began, City Attorney Doug
Gaidry read to the commission-
ers from the city's own ordinance
and policy handbook on the pro-
cedure for dealing with an officer
for any incident on which there is
a serious complaint filed. Lycett
had said in the earlier meeting
that this was not a serious mat-
Taylor had been accused of being
"rude and unprofessional" and
that he had no business coming
to the home of Barbara and Mike
Robulock. He had responded that
he was only doing his duty as a
peace office and had accompanied
Stan Arnold in order to make sure
there was no breach of the peace.
Gaidry went on to say that when
a serious complaint is filed, a pro-
cedure as to h6v to handle it was
to call for an investigative board
to be established, comprised of
three lawmen from neighboring
state, county or city departments.
The board members are selected,
one by the Police Commissioner,
one by the aggrieved officer and
the third appointed by the two
already selected members. Their
duty is to fully investigate the in-
cident and consider all the facts.
This procedure is called "the
Policeman's Bill of Rights." After
investigation of all the facts on the
complaint, they will make their
recommendation to the commis-
Gaidry said, "That, I think would
be the normal procedure, but the
officer in question is not a
full-time officer so he does not
enjoy what a full-time officer will
enjoy under the situation. But 1
think if you wanted to eliminate
any question you could ask to
have appointment of that com-
mission and have them report
back to you on their findings."
Lycett spoke up saying, "These
rules have already been violated"
She added that 'This list of rules
on how to go about it should have
happened during the tenure of the
last commission because that's
when it happened. Y'all were not
up here then. It should have been
over. Now. I want to caution you
that, number one, like I said last
month, what has happened to
him (Taylor) is wrong. I am pre-
pared to.file an ethics complaint
on behalf of Mr. Taylor because
this is just ridiculous. Now...." At
this point she was interrupted by
Mayor Messer who said, "It's up
to the board. I don't care what you
want to file."
Lycett went on to say, "I believe,
that for every employee of this
city, we have a moral and ethical
obligation to see they have some
measure of Job security and In-
tegrity." She went on to reiterate
that Taylor had no complaints
filed against him in the six years
that he has served as an officer.
She said angrily, Now we can
continue this and drag a man
through the mud. For what! On
one man's complaint! And I must
remind you gentlemen that Mr.
Robulock started all this..."
Messer held up his hand saying,
"Hold it. Can I ask you a ques-
tion? How do you think a citizen
feels when a man goes, playing
politics, goes and runs up to a
man's house and drags a police-
man with him. How do you think
he feels when you come up there?"
Lycett replied, "We should know
that man has no political affilia-
tion." Messer said, "Then he
shouldn't have gone there."
Lycett said, We have to get rid of
this, because it is not right"
At this point Trish Messer asked
to be heard, She said, "Mr. Taylor
did a similar thing for me. I had
requested that Officer Taylor go
to a lady's house, whose son had
thrown an oyster shell through
the back window of a van I had
Continued on Page 4
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
November 12 November 25,1999
Franklin Among First 8 Counties
Designated As A "Rural Area Of
Critical Ecunolnic Cunwctrn"
Lt. Governor Frank Brogan announced on Monday, November 8th.
the first of three regions in Florida to be designated as a "Rural Area
of Critical Economic Concern."
Governor Jeb Bush selected Holmes, Washington. Jackson. Calhoun.
Gulf, Franklin, Liberty and Gadsden counties, located in the north-
west region of Florida as the first designees.
"Governor Bush and I are strongly committed to ensuring that all of
Florida benefits from the expanding standard of living well into the
21st century," Lt. Governor Brogan said. "The counties that have re-
ceived this designation have not fully benefited from the economic
boom occurring today 'in our state. The Bush/Brogan administra-
tion, working with member's of the Florida Legislature, is focused on
changing this situation so that there is one united Florida working
together to achieve economic opportunity."
An area designated as a "Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern"
will receive priority attention to ensure that the communities get the
technical resources and other necessary assistance for economic de-
velopment initiatives and local projects. The region will work closely
with numerous state agencies that combine to form the Rural Eco-
nomic Development Initiative (REDI). REDI is a multi-agency initia-
tive, led and coordinated by the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade
and Economic Development, that assists rural communities to solve
problems that affect their fiscal, economic or community viability.
These designated communities or regions have been affected by an
extraordinary economic event or natural disaster that presents a
unique economic development opportunity of regional impact, creat-
ing more than 1,000 jobs over a five-year period.
'The "Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern" initiative allows the
Governor, through REDI, the flexibility in apply criteria requirements
or similar provisions of any economic development incentive. Incen-
tives include, but are not limited to, the Qualified Target Industry
Tax Refund Program, the Quick Response Training Program. "Road
Fund" projects, Brownfield Redevelopment Bonuses and The Rural
Job Tax Credit Program.
In addition, the initiative provides communities receiving designation
with greater access and flexibility within the Rural Community De-
velopment revolving Loan and the Regional Development Grant Pro-
Education is a critical concern in this region and increasing the ca-
pacity of the region's school system to improve the educational out-
come is essential for the long-term economic development of the re-
gion. Therefore, each of the eight counties are now eligible to partici-
pate in the Small School District Stabilization Program that gives the
district priority for the best financial management practices review
and could qualify the district for a stabilization grant.
In responding to Brogan's announcement, State Senator Pat Thomas
(Democrat, Quincy) said:
I am so pleased that the Governor and Lt. Governor have
recognized again the difficulties faced by the smaller coun-
ties of North Florida in bringing economic development
to our communities ... We have struggled for years with
problems that are incoimprehensible'to larger counties
with larger tax bases and more readily available resources,
We have struggled with everything from infrastructure
needs to workforce availability. With all of the current
focus on workforce development, it is refreshing to know
that the Administration has recognized the need to as-
sist us with providing ready jobs for our newly trained
citizens, I look forward to working with the Governor, his
staff and local communities to put this designation to its
best possible use."
Part-time Police Position
Abolished In Carrabelle
DPne 2 o 12 Novemher 1999
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicie-
November 2, 1999
By Barbara Revell
The Franklin County Commission
met on Tuesday, November 2,
1999. Attending were, Chairper-
son Clarence Williams, Cheryl
Sanders, Jimmy Mosconis, Bevin
Putnal, Eddie Creamer, County
Attorney Alfred 0. Shuler, Clerk
of the Court Kendall Wade and
Director of Administrative Ser-
vices Alan Pierce.
Resolution Passed for
Eileen Annie Ball, Director of
Franklin County Public Libraries,
requested that the Commission-
ers sign a resolution regarding the
construction of the new library in
Carrabelle and the donation of
real property for the site. The
Commissioners resolved that the
donated "property will be used
exclusively for public library and
other approved" public purposes,
and the Board will submit any
proposed change in-use to the di-
vision for approval for a period of
twenty years from the date of
completion of the project. The
County will own the site and
building, and the Board assures
they will have unconditional use
of the site and building." The
Board adopted the resolution and
Chairperson Williams signed it.
Dog Island Volunteer Fire
Department Request An
Increase In MSBU From
$28 Per Home To $75
Becker Boatenreider, on behalf of
the Dog Island Volunteer Fire De-
partment (VFD), requested an in-
crease in the Fire assessment fee
county-wide. He said that Dog Is-
land has 129 homes for which the
VFD receives $2900 annually. He
said the amount had never been
increased, though the cost of
maintaining and purchasing
equipment increases every year.
Boatenreider stated, "Our fire de-
partment ... would like to pur-
chase a new fire truck. This new
truck would.be a diesel unit with
8 wheel pulling and a 1000-gal-
lon' aluminum tank and a slide-
on, compressed air foam, diesel
unit. This combined unit will last
the Island 20 years or more." The
Commissioners tabled the request
until the County Attorney can
check into the matter and report
back to the Board.
Director Bill Mahan reported that
the Franklin County Family Nu-
trition Program officially began on
October 1, 1999 and is "off to a
good start." Program Assistant
Cherry Rankin is offering nutri-
tion education classes to students.
at Carrabelle School, Chapman
Elementary, Brown Elementary
the-County Jail and the Healthy
Mahan reported that he was one
of 13 extension faculty members
appointed to the University of
Florida's statewide design team
FL 132. Mahan said, "This design
team will coordinate extension
programs and activities in fresh-
water and marine ornarriental
food, bait, sport/game fish and
Mahan also reported that he had
been invited to serve on a Critical
Jobs Initiative Task Force that
includes Franklin, Gulf and Bay
Counties. An organizational meet-
ing will be held on November 12,
1999, at Gulf Coast community
College/Panama City campus.
Mahan provided the Board cop-
ies of the new issue of Water-
works, which is a newsletter pub-
lished by the University of Florida,
highlighting aquaculture and
pond management programs. The
newsletter has stories including
"Developing Florida's Marine Food
Fish Industry", "New Aquaculture
Division. Established". and
"Aquaculture' Permitting News".
(Copies of this newsletter are
available to the public at the
Franklin County Extension Office
on the second floor of the court-
Superintendent of Public
Prentice Crum reported that the
installation of Bailey bridges at
Syrup Branch Bridge and Trout
Creek Bridge has been completed.
The roads were opened on Novem-
ber 1, 1999.
Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson stated he had noth-
ing to report to the Board.
* Pierce presented the Board with
a recorded deedfor five acres next
to Carrabelle Sewer Treatment
Plant from St. Joe Paper Com-
pany. Pierce said a Resolution of
Appreciation will be sent to St. Joe
* Pierce requested Board action
on an estimated cost of $2100 -
$2600 to survey the 23.88 acres
the Board is exchanging with the
School Board. This was approved.
* Pierce requested approval for
Dixie Youth Champions Girls
State signs. Pierce stated that the
Board approved the signs in the
last fiscal year and, "I failed to get
[them] made before the end of the
fiscal year." The Board re-
approved. Pierce gave the Board
and the County Attorney copies
of the proposed contract between
the Board and the Florida Wood-
lands for cutting airport timber,:,
*Pierce stated that Ms. Mary Tan-
ner of the Governor's Office
wanted to know if the Board is
interested in taking the lead in
preserving the Crooked River
lighthouse. Pierce said, "Taking
the lead means taking ownership
of the property and committing to
restoring thel lighthouse." Pierce
recommended the county not be-
come the lead agency, but offer
to assist either the City of
Carrabelle or a non-profit group.
President of the Carrabelle Light-
house Association, Barbara
Revell, stated the Association was
unaware that the matter was on
the agenda and requested the
Board table any action until the
Association had more informa-
tion. The Commissioners agreed
to table the issue.
* Pierce reported that Mr. Larry
Parker, Dames and Moore, "is pre-
paring a grant application for the
Board to take advantage of some
state money that became avail-
able for transportation projects'
when. the Governor vetoed the
high speed rail project. MR.
Parker's application contains"
some 15 million dollars worth of
improvements at the airport. All
the improvements are in the Air-
port Master Plan and therefore
have been approved by the Air-
port Advisory Committee. The
grant is being prepared so that the
state DOT might fund part of it, if
they won't fund all of it. The cen-
tral part of the grant is to provide
the infrastructure and site prep
of our industrial park, and to
build a multi-use building that
could then be finished off depend-
ing on who ended up leasing the
building from the County." Pierce
requested Board approval to write
a cover letter to the Secretary of
Department of Transportation.
supporting the grant.application.
The Board approved.
* Pierce requested the Board to
direct Mark Curenton to set up
the necessary public hearings to
complete the actions listed in the
Stipulated Settlement Agreement
on the Alice Collins tract. Pierce
said that, "While the Board signed
the agreement, and all parties are
aware of the details, the Board
still needs to. rescind the ordi-
nance zoning acreage north of
Eastpoint to one unit per five
acres and turn it back to the origi-
nal agriculture zoning, and the
Board needs to rescind the ordi-
nance creating a separate land
use category. for a density of one
unit per five acre land and put it
back in the residential land use
category where it was.
* Pierce informed the board that
the Department of Community
Affairs has approved the land use
change for the prison. Pierce said,
"I spoke to Mr. Don Esry and the
Department plans to issue a No-
tice to Proceed on site prep for the
prison on November 12, 1999. Mr.
Esry assured me that if the De-
partment spends $6 million on
site prep, as the contract calls for,
then a prison would soon follow.
According to Mr. Esry, despite a
television news report that stated
Suwannee County would be get-
ting the next prison, he believes
Franklin County will be next, be-
cause our site prep will be done
and Suwannee's won't be. He re-
minded me, though, that prison
funding is a legislative preroga-
tive, and that we should remind
our legislators to push for our
prison funding in this legislative
* Pierce provided the Board a copy
of the Florida Department of-En-
vironmental Protection permit to
the Army Corps of Engineers on
the maintenance dredging of the
* Pierce gave the Board a copy of
the $1000 grant awarded by the
Florida Commission on 'tourism
to carry out an effort to inventory
the Ecotourism/Heritage tourism
sites in the County. Pierce stated
that he gave Mark (Curenton) the
grant to review and process. Ac-
cording to Curenton once the in-
formation is gathered it will be
entered into a database as a re-
source for travel agents or indi-
viduals planning vacations and
will be available for publications 1
interested in writing stories about
* Pierce asked the Board to ap-
prove the 1997/98 and the 1998/
99 Annual Report from the SHIP
Program. Pierce said, '"The report
documents how the money was
The U.S. Air Force Announces The Availability Of A Draft
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) On The Conversion
Of Two F-15 Fighter Squadrons to F-22 Fighter Squadrons
Public Hearings And Informational Sessions To Invite Comments On
The DEIS Will Be Held As Follows:
Apalachicola Monday, November 15, 1999
Community Center 6:30 p.m. (Eastern) Informational Session
No. 1 Battery Park 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing*
Marianna Tuesday, November 16, 1999
Chipola Junior College 6:30 p.m. (Central) Informational Session
Public Service Building 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing*
4487 Long House Court
Panama City Wednesday, November 17, 1999
Gulf Coast Community College 6:30 p.m. (Central) Informational Session
Gardner Seminar Room 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing*
Copies of the DEIS are available at the following locations for public review prior to the public
Tyndall AFB Library
Apalachicola Public Library
Bay County Public Library
Marianna Public Library
These public hearings are required by the National Environmental Policy Act as part of the
process for Environmental Impact Statements. They are a means for the public and other agen-
cies to bring environmental issues to the Air Force's attention.
The public comment period will be open until December 13, 1999. Comments can be either
presented at the public hearings or submitted in writing to:
Tyndall Air Force Base
445 Suwannee Road, Suite 129
Tyndall AFB, Florida 32403
*An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be available during the public hearings, if requested in advance. Anyone
requiring an interpreter should inform Mr. Bell prior to the meeting.
spent. Ms. Shirley Walker, SHIP
Coordinator, filled out the reports
with assistance from the State
SHM people. I believe the reports
to be accurate. The reports are a
requirement of the SHIP Program
and the county must submit them
in order to keep the SHIP fund-
ing." The Board approved.
*'Pierce requested the Board ap-
prove a minor change to the con-
tract with Boyer Brothers for the
replacement of the Syrup Branch
Bridge. He said, '"The total price
for the contract was $7700 not
$7500, as I mentioned at the Spe-
cial Board meeting. The increase
in price reflects the need to buy
the additional bolts and fasten-
ers to attach the bridge to the pil-
* Pierce informed the Board that
at the last meeting he had re-
quested the Board to table action
on part of the tree project at the
airport, Pierce said, "Rather than
continue to hold bids, I recom-
mend Board action to reject bids
on Item #2 and #3 of the Tree
Harvesting Project, as estimated
funds to do project are well below
bid prices. Upon receipt of more
money from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, or a re-
duction in the project from Fed-
eral Aviation Association, the
project will be re-bid at a future
date." The Board approved.
* Pierce informed the Board that
Coastal Tech has notified Preble-
Rish that the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection has
favorably ranked the Alligator
Point Erosion Control Study. The
estimated cost of the study is
$150,000, of which DEP pays
$75,000 arid the county must pay
$75,000. The Board received ap-
proval from.FEMA (Federal Etier-
Sgency Management Assistance)
for reimbursement of up to
$90,000 to extend the Alligator
Point revetment. Pierce stated,
"'The Board never initiated Ithe
project because $90,000 was not
enough money to do the job prop-,
erly. I request the Board to direct
me to seek approval to use that
$90,000 allocation as out match
for the DEP erosion control
study", Board approved.
* Pierce announced that he, too,
as been invited by Gulf Coast
Community College to participate
in a "Critical Jobs Initiative Task
Force" and plans to attend the
meeting on November 12, 1,999,
at Gulf Coast Community College.
Pierce requested the Board to al-
low Van Johnson to replace him
if he cannot go. Johnson plans to:
* Pierce then reported that the
County Recreation Committee
met on October 28, 1999 and ap-
proved an expenditure of $4500
to pay for additional equipment
for football season, The Commit-
tee also agreed to make equal
improvements in facilities used by
County sponsored athletic activi-
ties this year, Pierce said, "Since
Vrooman Park got a $5000 paved
walk path out of County funds
last year that other county-used
facilities did not get, the break-
down was as follows-, an addi-
tional $5000 for Vrooman Park
this year, for which the funds may
go toward a sprinkler system, or
whatever other use Eastpoint
.would like; $10,000 for
Carrabelle, for projects associated
with their little league activities.
$10,000 for Ned Porter Park to fin-
ish it in time for this year's base-
ball season. Pierce said that
would leave approximately
$20,000 to operate the County's
recreational activities for the year.
Pierce said the Recreation Com-
mittee also, "discussed that part
of that operation might be to en-
gage either private enterprises or
outfit another inmate squad with
specific duties, to maintain all ten
baseball fields used by county
sponsored events; three in
Carrabelle, three in Eastpoint and
the three little league and one
pony league field in Apalachicola.
The Committee wants the Board
to request a specific commitment
from the Franklin Work Camp re-
arding maintenance of these
baseball fields. Currently mainte-
nance of the fields either falls on
volunteers or existing County la-
bor, and the job is getting too
large." The Board agreed for Pierce
to get the work camp to give a
price on what it Is going to take
to maintain the ball fields.
Commission Sanders nominated
Kenny Griswold to be on the Rec-
reation Committee. Putnal sec-
onded the nomination and the
* Williams suggested that Eddie
Fields be appointed to the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Commission to replace a
delinquent member. Sanders
made the motionto appoint him
ea (9: at
Sht e Sa*fe&
Gowunet & Qifts,
Open Tues. Sat. 11:00 until
128 East Pine Street
St. George Island
and Mosconis seconded the Ino-
tion. The Board appointed Mr.
Fields to the Planning and Zon-
Shuler reported that he had re-
turned several calls to Mr.
Carson's office regarding legal is-
sues in hiring a new Superinten-
dent of Public Works. Shuler said
he reviewed the St. George Islahd
Development of Regional hilpact
(DRI) Order and found that the
Order did not consider breakwa-
ters. Shuler said in a letter to'the
Board that, "The Franklin County
Board of County CommissiOijrs, -
as the body responsible for imiple-
menting the St. George Island DRI
Order may wish to adopt a policy
that the DRI Order does not pro-
hibit breakwaters approved bythe
Statee" Shuler wrote a letter to the
Department of Community Affai-s
(DCA) which he read to the Com-
missioners. Shuler consulted with -
Dan Garlick of Garlick Environ- ..
mentalist Associates, Incte' ,-who
was present at the meeting.
Garlick stated he was in support'
of a letter that Shuler had Writ-
ten to the DCA. The Board ap-
proved the letter be sent. .Mr.
Shuler reported that he reviewed
several items, including the Reso-
lution for the Library, and wrote
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Butterfly Festival at St. Marks
By Tom Campbell
The Monarch butterfly festival at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge October 4
30 and 31 was held as scheduled. Interesting was the fact that some-
body forgot to confirm with the Monarch butterflies that they were
scheduled to attend during the festival.
One of the spokespersons at the center said, "Many of the Monarch
butterflies came the weekend before the festival." Sunday, October
31, when this writer was at the refuge center, only three Monarch
butterflies were visible.
"Sometimes," said the spokesperson at the center, "the butterflies are
so thick on a tree that you can hardly see the branches." On Sunday,
October 31 there was no difficulty at all in seeing all the branches
on all the trees.
Letter To The Editor
November 1, 1999
After receiving additional information, the Wakulla Fishermen's A,
sociation held an emergency meeting to discuss postponing the pre
test scheduled for Saturday, November 6th at Wooley Park. One
the issues discussed was, have we given the newly established Floric
Wildlife Conservation Commission enough time to understand th;
millions of fish were unnecessarily killed and wasted?
We have to help the F.W.C.C. to understand that a commercial n
that has been unrefutted by all evidence not to be commercially v
able is impossible to enforce. With a 500 sq. ft. commercially viab
net the Fishermen and Florida Marine Patrol can work hand in har
for good enforcement. The real winner will be the environment ar
November 8, 1994 the voters took the large net from fishermen, gi
ing them the right to use small 500 sq. ft. shrimp nets, cast nets, ar
seine or rectangular nets. If there is not a resource emergency, v
consider this a right and not a privilege and no one can take it witl
out just cause. The newly established F.W.C.C. can regulate 500 s
ft. gear if required to protect the marine resource from over fishing
The Florida constitution demands that the marine resource be ma
aged for all people, the healthy and the physically impaired with gee
that does not unnecessarily kill and waste.
The Wakulla Fishermen's Association voted to postpone the prote
on Saturday, November 6, 1999 at Wooley Park. With a rule th;
protects the consumers, marine resources and gives equal opportL
nity access to Florida Citizens, the Fishermen will work with the Floric
Marine Patrol for good law enforcement.
Call the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission and tell them it
time to "Stop the Killing". Phone (850) 487-3796 or E-mail them
Ronald F. Crum
Letter To The Editor
New Perspective On The Apalachicola
River By Environmentalists
Marilyn Blackwell Says The River Has Not Been Saved, Only
First Step Taken.
I would like this opportunity to clarify an issue which:ifeel ma\'.lha
inadvertently been misrepresented to the public.
I refer to the news conference called by Senator Bob Graham on O
tober 16 in Apalachicola. Members of our group (The Help Save tl
Apalachicola River Group), have in the last few days been congrati
lated by the public quiet a few times. I believe that a large percent
the public believes that the struggle has been won to save tl
Apalachicola River from the destructive practices of the Corp of Eng
neers in their effort to maintain a navigational channel on this rive
The point of real. celebration in Apalachicola on that day was the fa
that it was publicly acknowledged by Senator Graham, Allen Boy(
Corps of Engineers, Tri River Association, and the Department of EI
vironmental Protection that there is a problem. The Apalachicola Riv,
still has 156 sand deposits on its 106 mile length. A good number
these sand deposits have been placed in positions where they cor
strict the water and direct the flow to the neck of a bend or sligl
curve in the river thus straightening the river. Dredging and deposit
ing the dredged material on these deposits will continue. During hig
water the sand will continue to be carried into the swamp and thi
smothering out wildlife habitat. The water will still be raised and lo-
Sered frequently drowning turtle egg and leaving fish eggs to dry ar
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Vol. 8, No. 23 November 12, 1999
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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Pam Lycett ............................................ Carrabelle
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Bidi Candy Cigarettes Marketed
-d Dixieland at the Dixie Theatre Sunday afternoon, October
d 31st. brought forward nearly a full-house of toe-tappers
and six "Jammers" furnishing syncopating rhythms
v- reverberating throughout the auditorium. Featured were
id Fred Freedburz (clarinet), Tom Turner (trumpet) Elliot Toole
Ie (trombone), Dennis Vail (Rx piano), Mariano Rodreguez
h- (drums) and Jim Crozier (Bass and conductor). The concert
. was part of the Ilse Newell series, embarking on its 14th
S season (1999-2000) in the Apalachicola area. The next
n- concert features violinist Vartan Manoogian on November
ar 14th, at Trinity Church, beginning at 4 p.m.
st Franklin County Elections Office
la The Franklin County Elections office is in the process of prepar-
ing and mailing out new voter identification cards to those voters
who are registered to vote in precincts four and eight. These cards
is are being mailed due to the change in precinct locations. If you
at have had an address change or a name change, please contact
the Franklin County Elections Office at 653-9520 or pickup a
voter registration application at the various locations located
throughout the county. Help us to ensure that we have current
and correct information regarding, your voter registration. For
further information or to have a registration application mailed
to you call 653-9520.
A statement mailed to our group (Help Save the Apalachicola River
Group) from the Corps of Engineers on total cost of maintaining the
Chattahoochee,'Flint, Apalachicola River from 1998 was right at 19.5
million dollars. This included dredging, snagging, dam operation and
A The new permit the Corps of Engineers has just accepted specifically
calls for minor dredging at the mouth of sloughs that are to be re-
stored. Some of these sloughs once traveled several miles through
the swamp but now many are filled in for most of these miles.
ve The bottom line is-the river hits not been saved, only a first step
Help Save The Apalachicola
The Chronicle Holiday
issue on 17 December
will be a double issue,
about 24 pages.
ALL MEDIUMS INVITED
10% to Artists Association
Friday Eve, December 3, 1999
6 p.m. 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 4, 1999
10 a.m.;-5 p.m.
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State Representatives Lois
Frankel, of West Palm Beach and.
Bob Henriquez, of Tampa, on Sep-
tember 17, 1999, urged Governor
Bush and the Florida Department
of Business and Professional
Regulation to step up the state's
effort to enforce laws designed to
keep tobacco away from children.
The call to ensure all efforts are
being made to protect children
from tobacco came in light of the
popularity of bidi cigarettes
among young people. Bidis are
small brown hand-rolled ciga-
rettes that come in a wide array
of flavors including chocolate, va-
nilla, strawberry and cherry. Bidi
cigarettes are produced in India
and some southeast Asian coun-
tries and imported into the U.S.
"With more than three times the
level of nicotine and carbon mon-
oxide, bidis are the-candy ciga-
rette from hell. These cigarettes
are being marketed like bubble
gum to our children and we must
take steps to ensure they never
end up in kids' hands," Rep..
Frankel said. "The popularity of
these cigarettes among our young
people demonstrates why Florida
needs an aggressive and fully
funded effort like the 'TRUTH'
campaign to help young people
understand that smoking kills.
Every young person we reach with
this message is one that we can
keep from tobacco's cycle of
Frankel and Henriquez noted that
the Morbidity and Mortality Re-
port (MMWR) on "Bidi Use. Among
March April 1999," released to-
day by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, 'found
that of the 642 Massachusetts
urban youth surveyed for the
study, 40 percent said they
smoked bidis in their lifetime, 16
percent reported smoking bidis at
least once in the past 30 days and
eight percent smoked 100 ormnore
bidis in their lifetime. ,
Other findings cited in the MMWR
study on youth bidi use include:
* Nearly one-fifth of male students
surveyed and 12 percent of female
students reported using bidis at
least once in the past month.
* Current past month use of bidis
was 21 percent for Hispanic stu-
dents compared to 14 percent for
African American and 11 percent
for white students.
* When asked why they used bidis
instead of cigarettes, 23 percent
smoked bidis because of their
"taste," 18 percent reported that
bidis are "cheaper." 13 percent of
students felt that bidis are "safer"
than cigarettes, and 12 percent
felt that they are "easier to buy"
compared to cigarettes.
"Governor Bush can take an im-
portant step in the effort to keep
our kids from smoking by'taking
added steps to ensure these dan-
gerous products don't end up in
our children's hands," said Rep.
Henriquez, who is a high school
football coach in Tampa. "These
cigarettes do nothing but entice
our children to smoke and send
them down a dangerous path to-
ward tobacco sickness and
A previous study by the Centers
for Disease Control and Preven-
tion indicate young people who
smoke are more likely to use other
drugs (e.g., alcohol, marijuana,
cocaine and other illicit sub-
stances). In a statewide random
survey of 601 registered voters by
Market Strategies, Inc., con-
duc(ed in March 1999, 87 percent
of those surveyed said they are
concerned about smoking among
kids inFlorida and 63 percent of
those surveyed feel more needs to
be done to reduce youth smoking
Rep. Frankel is the Democratic
Speaker Designate for 2000-2002
and serves House District 85 lo-
cated in Palti Beach County. Rep.
Henriquez was first elected in
1998 and serves House District
'58 located iri Hillsborough
Local Artists Dominate Mexico
By Jean Collins
On Saturday, October 23, the
Driftwood Inn hosted the first
Mexico Beach Festival of the Arts.
Organized bythe Mexico Beach
Community D't.,-l, 'pmEnt Coun-
cil, this event v.as a juned sho\.'
and silentauctioif accompanied
by a wine tasting. The Inn's lovely
courtyard was a perfect backdrop
for this sunset collage of treats.
Add the rich singing voice of
Carole Kelly with her absolutely
on target assortment of tunes and
the stage is set for one of the fin-
est assemblages of artists seen in
Particularly impressive were the
works from the following artists:
Roger Leonard of Dog Island
whose oil on canvas depictions of
this extraordinary place evoke
surprise in their ability to trans-
port the viewer into the image. Joe
Kotzman of Carrabelle wowed the
judges with fanciful watercolors
and masterful control of a diffi-
cult medium. Sam Kates of
Dothan, Alabama and St. Joe
Beach. exhibited his amazing
acrylic images of light dancing on
boats of the area. Keith Newby,
Concrete o Renta
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7 ovember special
also of Dothan, brought to us, ru-
ral scenes of the American South,
translated beautifully in water-
color. Pat Carruth of Carrabelle
Beach showed mixed works high-
lighted by a wonderful pen and
ink drawing called 'The Captain."
' B a l O swalf ':of Phoenix City,
Alabkfna -and:. Apalachicola
rounded out the flat work group
with his gentle watercolors of the
beaches and surrounding sights.
The best of whimsy was shown by
Pamela Logston in earth inspired
pottery and Daphne Evanoff in
stained glass and copper, both of
St. George Island.
Joe Kotzman of Carrabelle won
Best of Show along with a hand-
Tim Nelson of St. Joe Beach took
First Place in Photography and
Computer Enhanced Art.
Jerry Sullivan of Atlanta won in
Two Dimensional with his work
Doug Odom from Headland, Ala-
bama placed First in Three Di-
mensional with a large metal Folk
I Art redo.
Each winning artist received a
cash prize, but truly the crowd
was the real winner to have seen
these artists and more on a near
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Bulletin By Tom Campbell
Thursday, November 11 -Dixie Theatre. Downtown Historic Apalachi'cola.
Play reading, public invited, no fee. 7:30 p.m., Phone 850-653-3200 for more
Saturday, November 13-Dixie Theatre. Downtown Apalachicola. Tea Dance.
4 p.m. Ballroom Dance. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Lessons for beginners and experienced
dancers by Jim and Edrie Hurst. professionals from Arthur Murray Dance
Studio in Tallahassee. Phone 850-653-3200 for more information.
Saturday, November 13-Next meeting of Alligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion. 9 a.m. at the Firehouse on Alligator Point.
Sunday, November 14-Newell Concert featuring Vartan Manoogian. distin-
guished violinist. Trinity Church. Apalachicola. 4 p.m.
Monday, November 15- Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Domestic/Sexual Violence
Task Force Meeting Family Relationships Group. Discussions on the
"How-To's" for a Healthy Family. Phone 653-3313 for meeting location and
Monday, November 15-U.S. Air Force Availability of a Draft Environmen-
tal Impact Statement (DEIS) on the Conversion of Two F-15 Fighter Squad-
rons to F-22 Fighter Squadrons. Public Hearings and informational sessions
to be held. Apalachicola Community Center. Number 1 Battery Park. 6:30
p.m. Eastern. informational session. 7 p.m. Public Hearing.
Tuesday, November 16-Gulf County School Readiness Coalition Meeting.
10 a.m. Gulf/Franklin Center. Gulf Coast Community College. Hwy. 98. Port
St. Joe. FL
Tuesday, November 16-Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council meeting. 1
p.m.. Building B. Room 220 at Cedars Executive Center. 2639 North Monroe
Street in Tallahassee. Phone 850-488-0055.
Wednesday, November 17-Thanksgiving Dinner. Noon. at Franklin County
Senior Center in Carrabelle. Senior Center provides turkey and dressing, drinks
and table service. Everybody bring a dish to serve. All welcome.
Wednesday, November 17-St. George Island Public Information meeting on
proposed design of the new St. George Island Bryant Patton Bridge. Franklin
County Courthouse. 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, November 18-Dixie Theatre. Downtown Apalachicola. Play read-
ing,.public invited, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 18-Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce. regular meet-
ing third Thursday of each month: 7 p.m. at Mini-mall East in Carrabelle.
Thursday, November 18-Annual Franklin County Legislative Delegation
hearing, 10 a.m. in the Commissioners' Meeting Room in the Franklin County
Courthouse in Apalachicola. Janegayle Boyd. State Representative and Sena-
tor Pat Thomas would appreciate your being there.
Thursday, November 18-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a pub-
lic meeting. Thursday, November 18, 1999 to discuss an upcoming study and
potential work at the former Camp Gordon Johnston Army training installa-
tion in Franklin County, FL. The meeting will take place at Chillas Hall in
Lanark Village, FL. Chillas Hall is located at the intersection of Pine Street
and Heffernon Street, off U.S. Highway 98 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, November 20 21-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at
2:30 p.m., at the Dixie Theatre, Apalachicola The Yeats Theatre Company of
Sligo Ireland presents Two Plays in One Great Show. W.B. Yeats' Play "Purga-
tory" plus his classic "The Cat and The Moon," featuring music from the heart
of Ireland by Seamus Tansey, Ireland's top flutist and Padraig Meehan. inter-
nationally acclaimed guitarist. An intimate evening of Irish Theatre. Poetry
and Music, Tickets $10 available at the theatre box office or by phoning (850)
Tuesday, November 23-Lions Club. meeting, Carrabelle- Masonic Lodge. 7
Friday, November 26-Historic Apalachicola Merchants Association Christ-
mas Celebration, Apalachicola. ARRIVAL OF SANTA CLAUS BY GOVERNOR
STONE! Phone Chamber of Commerce for more information Apalachicola 850-
Saturday, November 27-Miss Franklin County Pageant 7 p.m.. at the Dixie
Theatre, downtown Apalachicola. Ms. Bonnie Segree of Eastpoint is sponsor
of the event, assisted by Ms. Pam Rush. For more information, phone 850-
670-4481 or 670-8206.
Friday, Saturday, December 3 4-Dixie Theatre Christmas Program, 8
p.m. For more information, phone 850-653-3200. Dixie Theatre, downtown
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.cafds and all Priority Mail going .to APO or FPO zip
codes shofild 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 codes should be sent by November 27, 1999. Mail
from overseas to U.S. zip codes should be sent by December 1, 1999. Stan-
dard 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.
Abolish Position continued from Page 1
two days. I thought that was the
appropriate thing to do was to
take a policeman with me to ap-
proach this woman. He was noth-
ing but professional."
Frank Mathes then said "I make
a motion that we do away with the
part-time position." Messer said,
"And I second ... got a second."
The motion had been seconded by
Fred Massey. There was no call
for discussion either by the com-
mission or the people present as
the Mayor called for the vote.
There was a loud yell from the
back of the room as George Maier
shouted, "Hold that."
Messer banged the gavel and
shouted back, "Don't you holler
or I'll have you took out." Maier
angrily responded "I'll take you
outside." Messer loudly ordered,
"Have him took out! Now! Now! All
the way out!" Police Chief Buddy
Shiver began ushering Maier out
and Maier had one last comment.
Starting with an expletive he said
" ... You are a disgrace to the
community." Messer responded,
"Go on, just go, like I told you!"
As the room quieted down, Libby
Richardson asked to be heard,
She said, "I'm not sure what hap-
pened, as far as the motioning
went. Did you just make a mo-
tion, first and seconded, to do
away with the part time position?"
Messer said that was what hap-
Richardson went on to say, "I have
had to call on the police as a single
mother and I had a problem with
someone. I would certainly want
to know that I could go to my po-
lice officer and say, 'Would you
please go with me to avoid any
problem, this is a problem and it
affects my life and my family.' If I
can't go to the office that.is pro-
vided for me as a citizen and ask
for help... I can't understand why
we are doing this to this man. I
really can't. He did his job. I can't
believe that you can all feel this
way about him. I am totally
Lycett told the commissioners
that if they do away with the
part-time position it will create a
multiple of problems, such as
men having to work overtime.
Doctor Ed Saunders spoke up
saying that he did not personally
know either Taylor or Robulock.
He said, "I am concerned that Mr.
Robulock at the last meeting said
that a deputy sheriff told him if
he had done what Officer Taylor
did he would have been sus-
pended, That's totally untrue. I
don't think Sheriff Barnes would
suspend anybody for doing his
Pat Maier said, "I'm coming nt this
from an entirely different angle.
Mr. Messer I believe, that your son
had civil rights and due process,
and I believe Mr. Taylor has those
civil rights and due process."
Messer said "If he (his son) has
done anything wrong he has to
face the consequences." Maier
continued, "Exactly! If he has
done anything wrong. That's the
whole point here. Nobody except
you here seems to think that Mr.
Taylor has done anything wrong."
Florida Marine Patrol Officer Rod
Gasche .said "First of all a sworn
law enforcement officer is a sworn
law enforcement officer twenty
four hours a day, He is required
by Constitution to uphold what he
is sworn to do. When that gentle-
man has been requested by a citi-
zen to assist, if he does not assist
then he is in dereliction of his
duty, which in turn, can cause
this body, which represents our
city to be in violation and to cause
us very severe financial distress."
There was a loud round of ap-
plause from the audience.
One resident asked, "I just want
to ask our Police Chief over here.
Do we need a part-time deputy?"
Shiver answered, "Yes." The man
went on, "Well, that's the whole
thing right here. The city needs a
part time deputy and y'all are cut-
ting him off. And you haven't even
asked the Police Chief and he's the
one man who knows. You all just
went ahead and'fired the man."
Messer said, "He ain't fired yetl"
Paul Madden addressed the com-
mission saying, "Mr. Mayor, I own
Carrabelle Palms. I went over
Wednesday to Frank. He cursed
me, swore at me and everything.
Accused this man, 'I'm going to
get this man's ... in plain En-
glish.'" The mayor cautioned him
against using profane language.
He apologized, Frank Mathes
By Rene Topping
Nita Molsbee handed over the
deed to the roads in Baywood
Estates to City Clerk Beckey Jack-
son, at the November 4 meeting
of the Carrabelle City Commis-
When the Baywood Estates sub-
division was annexed to the city,
it was on the basis of one house
to a five acre tract. According buy-
ers were so informed. As the years
have gone by since this subdivid-
ing, some of the owners now wish
to put it into a one acre per house
Molsbee presented the commis-
sion with a plat showing those
who supported the change drawn
out, in yellow. She produced cop-
ies of earlier minutes when the
Baywood issue bad come up. Of
a meeting where Donald Woods,
a commissioner of the previous
commission, had made the mo-
tiorf that a plat be submitted and,
that passed on August second.
The previous commission passed
a motion to approve the plat for
advertisement and that passed.
And also at the August meeting a
map of the roads was approved.
Among the people who are sup-
porting the one acre subdividing
are Tommy Jack Massey, Lew
Turner, Spencer, Bruce Keith,
Mrs. Hersey. There was no one
present at the meting objecting,
however, Will Kendrick, who owns
acreage that is adjacent'.to
Baywood Estates and along with
STom Mitchell was one of the two
original owners of the entire par-
cel. Kendrick did not wish to be
annexed into the city at that time,
however, he did agree to have 100
feet on the front of his property to
sallow the ,10 acres north of him
to be a part of the subdivision.
Quoting from the letter Kendrick
says," Mr. Mitchell and myself
appeared in front of the City Com-
mission at that time and all
agreed that this would remain five
acres, to allow the people to build
in a country setting and to have
chickens, dogs, etc if they so de-
sired without causing a neighbor-
He ended his letter saying, "As an
adjoining property owner to,
Baywood Estates, I would strongly
urge the Carrabelle City Commis-
sion to stay by its original intent
of the subdivision, and not allow
the change. I .was sure, that.the,
Commission last month made the
decision to deny this request. Why
has it come back to the Commis-
sion is somewhat puzzling to me
Molsbee said she would like to
answer his letter. Will is not a land
owner or a property owner in
Baywood Estates. Second if you
will look in that packet you will
find a deed where Will, sold 53
acres adjoining his property to
someone he knew was going to
put it into one acre tracts. It ad-
joins his property to the NE
Baywood joins his property to the
SE. So Will is not against one acre
tracts. He might be against them
in Baywood, but he's not against
them adjoining the other side of
Commissioner Phillip Rankin'
asked, "What about the ten acres:
for recreation?" Gaidry said he:
had talked to Ms. Hersey, who isi
one of the Mitchell heirs about the'
fact that the commission is insist-
ing they get the land they were
laughed and said "My driveway is i
not tore up yet.like you promised."
At this point the mayor stopped'
the interchange between the com-
missioner and Madden. Commis-,
sioner Phillip Rankin, in an effort
to be a peacemaker said. "I un-
derstand what everybody is try-
ing to convey to everybody. But
we won't get it done by shouting
at each other. We can't listen to
everybody, but we will listen to'
Lycett asked Madden, "Did you
just accuse Mr. Mathes?" "No. I;
said that he said these words I will
et..." Lycett said, "He said that
e was going to get Mr. Taylor?"'
Madden then said that he would
make an affidavit as to what
Mathes said, Right now, I am
saying he did say those words."i
Lycett turned to Mathes and
asked "Mr. Mathes, did you do:
this?" Mathes responded, "No,
Raymond Massey said, Hey, I was
over there and he, (Madden) made'
threats about getting a bulldozer,
and push his driveway about."
Massey's wife also stated that she,i
too, was there.
Mcsser then said, "We are going
to stop this right now." He asked
Mathes if he still wanted to make
the motion to abolish the part-:
time position and Massey if he still
wanted to second the motion. He;
called for the vote and the motion
passed 3 2 with Mathes, Messer
and Massey voting for and Rankin
and Lycett voting against.
As the crowd got up and left there
were catcalls from the audience
of "You just cost Carrabelle" and
"You sold Carrabelle."
entitled to. He said he felt that the
city would be able to get the ten
Molsbee also stated that the
Baywood owners would probably
never get to have city water as Bill
McCartney had said that it would
take 19 houses to a mile to make
it feasible for the city, and so some
of the owners had been turned
Rankin asked if it could wait un-
til next month. Molsbee pointed
out that the owners have waited
a long time. He said he would like
to close the issue on the park be-
fore making a decision. "He added
I'm not saying Yea and I'm saying
Nay but I will say that has been
going just as long as you have
been trying to got zoned for one
Molsbee said that this is not a fi-
nal vote. Lycett said they needed
time and seconded Rankin's mo-
tion to table. The motion failed.
Messer said, "This time I am go-
ing to bring it to a motion to dis-
pose of it because I am getting sick
and tired every time I come up
here that is there and we are go-
ing back to the old views and we
are not going forward with it for
the City of Carrabelle." Mathes
made the motion and Massey sec-
onded it. The motion carried 3-2.
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Attorney Addr*-% Commission
On Declaratory Judgment
By Rene Topping
David Theriaque, attorney for
Tommy Bevis, addressed the com-
mission with a view to entering
into negotiations instead of going
to court in March on the City's
Declaratory Judgment Suit
against Bevis. He said "I am here
tonight to ask the city to consider
what I heard in your campaigns
was the most important issue.
and that was jobs. The lawsuit is
threatening the abilities or Bevis
and Associates and David
Parramore to create jobs and
He said that the lawsuit has cost
the city $6,000 and he added that
what he was about to say was
contrary to most lawyers;
"I am asking you to settle so that
I don't make a lot of money. And I
am asking Mr. Bevis to settle and
take money out of my pocket. I
can assure you that the City will
spend a lot of money in the next
three months, money that could
be spent on other things. I am
asking that a motion be made that
the city will drop the lawsuit." He
added that in litigation such as
this, only the attorneys make
Gaidry told the commissioners
"This is a matter for the commis-
sioners to decide. I think the city
has good allegations. I don't think
the city has kept Mr. Bevis from
employing more people. I think
too, that it is a shame the city and
Mr. Bevis are spending this kind
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of money on these things. I feel
our position is strong, it the City
wishes to go forward. If the city
commission tells me to cease and
desist that won't bother me a bit
either. There are issues that need
to be settled one way or the other."
He went on to say, "The trial is
set for March. The next phase is
discovery and then we get set for
trial and there are certainly going
to be expenses between now and
then." He added, "I can probably
guarantee you that at $96 an hour
for litigation I am a little cheaper
than Mr. Bevis' attorney." He went
on to say that he felt the city had
a meritorious case and it was up
to the commissioners to tell him
what they wanted.
Lycett, "On Mr. Gaidry's last bill
there are 20 entries. 15 of them
are to do with this suit." She pro-
posed that the information from
a recent client-attorney confer-
ence during the tenure of the last
commission be made available to
the new commissioners. Gaidry
said he was willing to meet with
Theriaque to see what can be
Theriaque said, "I would like to
Essay that since last December, I
have asked the city and it's attor-
ney, simply tell me what they
want to settle this. Before you filed
the lawsuit, I called the city at-
torney to tell me how we could
make this go away." He said at
every time the attorney said "my
hands are tied and it is up to the
council," He suggested that an ex-
ecutive session might be useful.
Messer suggested that the attor-
neys meet and try to work it out
and come back with a recommen-
dation. Lycett said, "Putting it off,
this isn't ..."Messer said "This ain't
putting it off, ma'am. This is get-
- ting down to the facts, ma'am.
They might work out something
between the attorneys that will
help the city and Mr. Bevis. This
is what this is all about."
Fred Massey said that they had
come this far and he felt they
should go on with the trial and
settle it for once and for all. His
motion was seconded by Frank
Mathes and the motion carried
Some of the. employees of
Parramore and Bevis started to
shout all at once. Messer banged
the gavel. They seemed to be in
disbelief that the men who had
promised to help them, had now
turned away from them. There
were of cries of disbelief that the
three commissioners, Massey,
Messer and Mathes had just voted
to carry on the lawsuit. The men
accused the three of letting them
down. Messer kept on banging the
gavel for order. He said several
times "You can't all talk at once
or I'll have you took out".
David Parramore who has been
most affected financially, pleaded.
to the members of the commis-
sion saying, "Frank, you said you
would do anything not to hurt me.
Fred, you told me we need a travel
lift. You are trying to put me out
of business. You can stop it. You
told me you were an upstanding
man, Frank. You lied to me,
Frank. You, too. Fred and Curley.
You said you would do things to
A young man, Dusty Millender,
came and spoke in a soft voice
saying that Bevis had helped him.
His mother said, "He's done more
than give him a job. He has
worked with him. Took him un-
der his wing so to speak. He's a
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Lycett called for a five minute re-
cess. When they reconvened the
City Clerk announced that they
were going to have another meet-
ing in private session. It will not
be open to the public and the
transcribed notes will be put in
Sthe safe. Messer said, "Perhaps we
can come to some settlement
Gaidry can take to Bevis' attor-
ney." The commission decided on
having a closed session to be held
on November 22 at 7 p.m. at City
3 and 4
By Tom Campbell
The Carrabelle Artists' Associa-
tion is scheduled to present its
annual art exhibit at the old
Everitt Building on Marine Street
near Highway 98 in Carrabelle.
According to President Joe
Kotzman of the Artists' Associa-
tion, 'The public is cordially in-
vited to the reception, 6pm to
9pm. Refreshments will be
Mr. Kotzman is one of Carrabelle's
most renowned artists and has
been president of the association
for over a year. His works have
been widely exhibited and have
won special prizes.
In announcing the event, Mr.
Kotzman said,, "The association
is happy to present this annual
art exhibition for the viewing plea-
sure of the public."
The Carrabelle Artists' Associa-
tion is composed of "artists resid-
ing in Franklin, mostly from
Carrabelle and Lanark Village,"
according to Mr. Kotzman. He
said, "The members have won'
numerous awards during the 15
years of the association's exist-
ence, including many First Place
ribbons from the annual North
He continued, "Members pursue
many distinct forms of art, such
as oil painting, watercolor, pas-
tel, ceramics, and quilting. Mem-
bers usually sharpen their skills
during the year by attending
workshops. Each month their
works can be seen on the walls of
the Apalachicola State Bank in
The association meets on the last
Monday of every month. He ex-
plained that "a guest artist pro-
vides the entertainment and in-
structional portion of the meet-
ing." He also pointed out that "ev-
ery year the association distrib-
utes many hundreds of dollars to
worthy causes." For example, the
Wings programs of the Franklin
County Library and "various art
programs for Senior Citizens"
have been assisted by the Artists'
Association. He said "the funds
come from the Florida State li-
cence plates revenues."
The Annual Art Exhibition will be
presented by the Carrabelle Art-
ists' Association at the old Everitt
Building on Marine Street in
Carrabelle on Friday and Satur-
day, December 3 and 4. Featured
will be holiday sale of artworks,
handmade Christmas cards, and
many curiosity pieces. The recep-
tion on Friday will be 6 p.m. to 9
p.m. with refreshments. Saturday
the exhibit will be continued 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. The public, is in-
vited. Interested persons may
phone Mr. Kotzman at (850)
By Rene Topping
In other business at the
Carrabelle City meeting of Novem-
ber 4, held at the Franklin County
Senior Center, the following mat-
As a part of the commissioner's
report, Police Commissioner Pam
Lycett showed an evaluation
sheet she had prepared for evalu-
ation of the officers on the
Carrabelle Police department. The
commissioners gave their ap-
proval to start using it. She stated
that she also felt the other depart-
ment personnel should have such
evaluations from time to time.
She also stated there were two
other complaints (none of, them
relating to Lt. Robert'Butch" Tay-
lor) that she was still investigat-
She reported that after hours tres-
pass agreements had been signed
by owners of the following busi-
nesses The ICA, Jackson's Ace
Hardware and the B.P. Station.
The City Clerk reported that the
improvements to City Hall to bring
it into compliance with ADA regu-
lations were almost completed.
She said they had the new signs
with Braille on them. The handi-
capped bathroom has been com-
pleted except for the floor tile and
the city still has to construct the
outside ramp. The finished re-
pairs and remodeling will be in-
spected by the ADA on Friday,
November 5. She also reported
that the company doing the wa-
ter and sewer work will return to
fix any damaged driveway and put
it back to the way it was before
they started work.
The commissioners approved the
issuance of $1,163,800 of water
revenue bonds to finance the con-
struction and equipping of im-
provements to the existing water
system.. The motion was made to
approve and the matter received
Dan Garlick obtained approval for
Coastal Drystack to build dry boat
storage at the corner of Timber
Island Road and U.S.98.
Hans Baumgartener, owner of the
Georgian Motel, received special
temporary permission to move in
a mobile home to be used as his
office. The permit is only good
until he sells the motel.
Doug Gaidry said that the
MediaCom people wanted to be-
gin talks on a new contract for
cable. A workshop was set for Fri-
day, November 12, at 7 p.m. at
the Franklin County Senior Cen-
The dinner for Mary Lou Mathes
and Herbert Mock is set for De-
cember 9. There will be more de-
tails later on.
The commission has sent a letter
to the U.S. Postal Service in Jack-
sonville to suggest that the Postal
Service is looking for a larger place
when their lease is up, they in-
clude Carrabelle in any explor-
The commissioners approved a
first reading of ordinance No. 273,
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form naming and property num-
bering system and to make dis-
play of number mandatory.
Commissioners approved the pay-
ment of $3,671.01 for supplies
and chain link fence for the kiddie
park on seventh Street to be paid
out of recreational or general
Commissioners approved pay-
ment of Invoice 63018 in the
amount of $60,000.
Under New Business:
The Commissioners tabled for
more information the donation of
Lots 4,5 and 6 Block 55, Kellys
Plat by Mike Robulock, to be des-
ignated to be a place to build a
Youth Center. The zoning on the
area is RI and cannot be used for
a public use building,
A request from the Chamber of
Commerce to have repairs done
to the rest rooms and concession
stand at the Athletic Field was
tabled until an evaluation of the
repairs can be made.
Libby Richardson spoke for the
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Com-
merce, thanking the members of
the commission for their support
of $1,500. She then went on to
talk about the plans for The
Commissioners approved a reso-
lution 14-99 authorizing the
mayor to negotiate and execute a
joint participation agreement with
the Florida Department of Trans-
portation to provide 100 percent
grant funding for the rehab of the
runway S/23 at Carrabelle Th-
Fred Massey was appointed to the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council-for the Year 2000 with
Wilburn Curley Messer as alter-
Frank Mathes was appointed to
the Animal Adjudicatory Board for
a two year term.
Commissioners approved pay-
ment to Herbert Mock of 25 per
cent of his accumulated sick leave
(480 hours maximum) and total
annual leave hours accrued prior
to retirement date of November
Commissioners approved pay-
ment to Mary Lou Mathis of 25
percent of accumulated sick leave
hours (480 hours maximum) and
total annual leave accrued prior
to retirement date of December
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Carrabelle City Hires Three New
By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle City Commission
had a difficult task on Tuesday,
November 2, when they inter-
viewed and hired an Assistant
City Clerk, a Supervisor and a
general worker for the City Streets
and Roads Department, because
so many good people applied.
In the end Vickey Summerhill was
chosen trom among 8 applicants
who interviewed forthe Assistant
City clerk position. Ronnie Joseph
was chosen as supervisor and
Franklin Daniels got the nod for
the general worker position.
Ms. Summerhill has lived in
Carrabelle for 15 years and is
married to John Summerhill. The
couple have two grown children,
She is presently working at the
Carrabelle Branch of the Gulf
State Bank in their loan depart-
ment. She said she will give her
new job 110% at all times. She
added that she was a Carrabelle
resident and was looking forward
to working with the people of the
town and she would treat them
with the same courtesy she had
received from the present assis-
tant clerk Mary Lou Mathes.
Ronnie Joseph has been working
for the Streets and Parks Depart-
ment as a general worker. He said
that in those years he has got to
know every street in Carrabelle.
He said that he would be able to
get along good with the people of
the town. He will continue work-
ing in his present position until
the present Supervisor retires on
the 26th of November,
Franklin Daniels had previously
worked with the city for 18 years
when he resigned to take a job In
Bay County. He has returned to
Carrabelle and is presently work-
ing for the company that is laying
the pipe for the water expansion.
He said he was happy to be home.
When Mayor Curley Messer said,
"Will you stay this time?" Daniels
responded "I'll stay. I give you my
The interviews were done a little
differently than those of the last
commission. Each applicant
came in alphabetical order for the
job they were seeking. Commis-
sioner Philip Rankin asked a se-
ries of questions starting out with
By Tom Campbell
During the regular meeting of the
City ofApalachicola Commission-
ers November 2, a good, deal of
discussion centered around the
Baskerville Donovan Report, re-
garding the Sewer Project and'
other matters. Ms. Ella Mosconis,
Engineer with Baskerville
Donovan, expounded with finesse
the needs to move money to in-
After a lengthy discussion,
which included comments from
the City's Attorney J. Patrick
Floyd, a motion was finally
shaped for action. Keeping in
mind that the legal appropriations
must be "approved by the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion," it was agreed to "move
$73,000 to interim repairs."
Apparently, there will be
$130,000 for future engineering
analysis, regarding the Teat law
suit, which will include interim
repairs concerning the sewage.
treatment. It was repeatedly
pointed out that "any expendi-
tures have to be approved by the
Department of Environmental
It was agreed that legal ways
should be explored for the City of
Apalachicola to "repay" itself,
when possible. Methods are be-
In another matter, there was dis-
cussion on the ANET Grant Up-
date. This application was ap-
proved before the recent election,
as new Mayor Alan Pierce pointed
out. The application approved th.
purchase of a police dog for the
City of Apalachicola.
Mayor Pierce reiterated that the
application for the grant was ap-
proved before the recent election,
in which he was elected Mayor.
The questions he raised were,
does the City really need a police
dog? He pointed out that the
Sheriffs Department has a police
dog which is available to the city.
Mayor Pierce wanted to raise
some questions regarding the
purchase of a dog. Do we really
need it? Regarding training, and
maintenance, among other items,
there will be burdens placed on
the staff. A dog must be cared for,
trained properly, etc.
Mayor Pierce said, "I was con-
cerned about the dog. And I was
concerned about the cost and ef-
fectiveness. The grant is for one
year, but what about the clog af-
ter that one year?"
For those reasons, the Mayor was
opposed, but the four Commis-
,ioners voted in favor of purchas-
ing ee police dog.
In another matter, Citizen of
Apalachicola, Ms. Laura Moody,
came forward with photographs
to point out that the chimney ol
the Raney House needs repair. It
was struck by lightning "May 16,
1998," she said. She insisted that
repairs need to be accomplished
asking the person to tell a little
about themselves. He then went
on with other questions such as
job skills, how they managed
stress, and attitude towards
After it seemed all applicants had
been interviewed the commission-
ers declared a five minute break.
One last applicant for the posi-
tion of assistant clerk arrived and
was accepted for an interview. As
the commissioners re-assembled
round the table, Mayor Messer re-
marked, "Frank and me have al-
ready voted." The last applicant
was called in and sat for her in-
The voting was accomplished by
each commissioner writing his
choice on a piece of paper and
putting it into a styrofoam cup
passed around by the City Clerk
Beckey Jackson. He called in all
the candidates present, and an-
nounced the vote 4 votes for Ms.
Summerhill and 1 for Teresa J.
There was a total of 13 people
applying for the Assistant Clerk
position Carole E. Barber, Judith
D. Buffkin, Sandra A. Campbell.
Brooksayne H. Gillikin, Lorraine
G. Jackson. Anne E. May, Teresa
Segree, and Vickey Summerhill.
Those who applied but did not
show up for interviews were:
Alisha L. Curry, Sharon L.
Garrett, Jessica M. Hill, Angie J.
Miller and Wendy M. Smith.
Those applying for the Streets and
Roads Supervisor and /or general
worker position and showing up
for the interview were: Franklin
Daniels, Ronnie Joseph, and
Stuart McKnight. Joseph and
Mcknight applied for the supervi-
sor position and the commission-
ers voted 4-1 for Joseph.
McKnight had also entered his
name for the general worker po-
sition so he and. Daniels were in-
terviewed for that post. Daniels
was'selected for the post on a 4-1
Edmond H. Chipman and William
H. Lolley applied but did not show
for the interview. Commissioner
Pam Lycett said that she was
pleased with the caliber of the
applicants and only wished that
the city was in a position to hire
By Tom Campbell
In the regular meeting November
4, the Franklin County School
Board acted to approve the pur-
chase of two new school buses of
84 capacity each. The action is to
be taken in the current fiscal year.
The reason for the 84 capacity bus
is transporting students from
Brown Elementary (the transfer
point) to Chapman Elementary
and Apalachicola High. The 84 ca-
pacity bus would eliminate the
need for overflow bus runs, which
require two buses every morning
and two on some afternoon runs.
This would cut the cost and mile-
age on the older buses. The sec-
ond 84 capacity bus would re-
place an "older high mileage" bus,
according to Gene Boone, Coor-
dinator ol Maintenance/Trans- Area Country
portation. C u y
Mr. Boone pointed out that this
action was necessitated because'
of the "fact that we missed buy-
ing buses for the years of
1990-92-93-95." The action was
needed due to the age and miles
of the current schoolbuses.
Motion to approve the purchase
of the two new buses was ap-
proved. The total cost of the 84
capacity bus, each, is about
In her report, Ms. Denise Butler
said that "the strong presence at
our school of the School Resource
Officer is helpful and makes a real
difference. Sheriff Varnes, Lt.
Martin and Captain Creamer
working with us has been a very
In another matter, School Board
Attorney Barbara Sanders re-
ported that she wag asked to serve
as a Board Member on the state-
wide Florida Board of School At-
torneys. She said it was an honor
and she is pleased. She was nomi-
nated for the position by the
Florida Board of School Board
In a Technology Update, Mikel
Clark, Assistant Superintendent/
Director of Schools, reported that
the District Technology Commit-
tee presented an update on the.
status of the network installation
and the Florida Learning Alliance
initiative. The network "is up and
running in the district office with
Internet access and email ser-
vices. Chapman Elementary
School is connected to the district
office and has Internet access:
through the T1 connection. Class-
room computers and individual'
workstations care being set up."
The report continued,
"Apalachicola High School, Brown,
Elementary and Carrabelle High
School are retrofitted with new
network wiring. They will be
brought on the network as soon
as possible after the arrival of
upgraded routers that are neces-
sary to accommodate all the fea-
tures to be made available
through the Florida Learning Al-
Ten boxes of computer equipment
were received this week from the
Levi- Strauss donation. According
to the report, "these components
are being inventoried for distribu-
tion." More in-depth analysis
forthcoming, as it is completed "as
to the needs of the individual
schools and specific classrooms."
Mr. Clark said that the Franklin
County District School System is
moving ahead in technology. The
support of the Franklin County
School Board and the Superinten-
dent "has been and is critical to
the continued progress in this
area," according to Mr. Clark's'
Former Financial Officer Louis
Highsmith attended the meeting.
as a concerned citizen. He did not
comment during the meeting, but
afterwards said he was attending
"just as an interested citizen." He,
recently resigned from his posi-
tion with the school board, but
continues to reside in the area.
He said he was very interested in
seeing the progress of the
Franklin County School District,
especially in regard to the com-
puters that have been donated.
Singer A Star In
Publisher, Singer &
By Barbara Revell
John Smith. Jr. has been singing
and entertaining in this area for
the last ten years. He is well
known in Europe and -has had
four number one hits. He recently
received an award for recognition
of his successful CD's in Europe.
The award was for the four hits
in Europe and for his CD being in
the top ten across the Charts.
Just last week he received another
award, the Horizon, Smith started
playing guitar when he was eight
years old, When he was in the
third grade he began singing be-
fore his class and when in the
sixth grade he won second place
in a talent show. He said, "I was
raised around country music, my
mom loved listening to Kitty Wells
and Charlie Pride. Many nights
were spent with us around the
kitchen table playing guitar and
singing. As an adult he worked
with The Country Ramblers in
upstate New York. For awhile he
played with a band called KMA..
He returned to The Country Ram-
blers and sang as lead singer for
ten years. While he was with the
Country Ramblers they opened
for Dottie West and Charlie Pride.
Smith has performed in show-
cases in Tallahassee, FL;
Murfreesboro, TN; Valdosta, GA
and Nashville, TN. Some of the
showcases were at the Opryland
Hotel and at Mickey Gilley's Bar,
Wildhorse Saloon. He cut his first
record deal in Nashville in 1995
with producer Billy Joe Burnette.
The recording was I Miss Your
Blue Eyes which was a number
one hit in 40 countries. He later
released four more songs. He
completed his first CD in Novem-
ber 1998 for which he wrote all of
Smith has been singing in area
clubs, shows and bars for the past
ten years. He enjoys singing and
entertains regularly at area nurs-
ing homes including Bay St.
George and Wakulla Manor, He
recently played at Wakulla Manor
and one elderly lady said, "That
music will really turn you on!" He
was certainly a hit with her! Smith
currently is looking for a new
manager or partner.
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Mrs. Connie Phillips fell from the
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Anchor Realty Thanks Friendly
By Tom Campbell
The Haunted House sponsored by
Anchor Realty and Vacation Prop-
erties October 29 and 30 was
"very successful," according to
Ms. Vickie McCalpin. The event
raised about $776. After expenses
are paid, all money will be do-
nated to the Franklin County
Wings Program of the Franklin
Ms. McCalpin reported that un-
fortunately "Ms. Connie Phillips
fell while hanging decorations" for
Sthe event. Apparently, Ms. Phillips
Swas leaning over a rail to hang a
sheet for a scary effect "and the
rail gave loose," according to Ms,
McCalpin. Ms. Phillips reportedly
"broke her hip, pelvis and some
facial bones." She was reported as
being in Room 4432 of Tallahas-
Ssee Memorial Hospital.
A friend said that Anchor Realty
was doing a good service by do-
nating the house at 82 Sixth
Street for use as the haunted
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e second level of the Anchor Realty
balcony is pictured in the top portion
meaning against the building at ground
seems Hospital personnel are rendering
house, and Ms. Phillips was do-
ing a good service in helping to
decorate for the function, but the
accident was unfortunate.
About 450 people were enter;
tainted during the two days of cel-
A thank you was issued, accord-
ing to Ms. McCalpin. It stated,;
"Connie, we all hope that you get
well very soon. We would like to
thank all who helped to make this
a good time for the kids."
Names listed were: Connie Phillips'
and Family, Tina Carroll, Vickie
McCalpin, Bonnie Langley, Olivier
Monod, Kathleen Hendrickson,
Brenda Carroll, Charlie Moses,
Brandon Langley, Cory Carroll,
Daniel Shiver, Celia Granger, Brit-
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Lisa Reno, Terry Hatfield, Cathy
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Lewis, Lisa Kelly, Amanda Loos,
Pam Rush, Jody Smith, Bob
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Lashley, 100.5 WOYS, 1065'
WOCY, Rancho Inn, Franklin,
County Wings Program and All
Anchor Employees that helped.
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12 November 1999 Page 7
Governor Stone Sailing Again
1 .I A
The Governor Stone tied up to the Battery Park pier in
By Tom Campbell
The Governor Stone was sailing
again during the Seafood Festival,
1999. It brought the King and
Queen to the festival and the
event was as grand as ever.
The Governor Stone recently re-
ceived extensive repairs. Ship-
wright Daniel L. Blake "replaced
the transom, portions of the aft
deck and supports, and a num-
ber of ribs and planks in the stern
port quarter," according to a news
release from the Apalachicola
Maritime Museum, Inc.
According to the report, this kind
of"damage and rebuilding is com-
mon with old wooden boats." Mr.
Blake also rebuilt the steering
box, covered the cabin top with
new waterproofing and canvas,
and made other necessary re-
Captain Jerry Weber, with the
help of Mechanic Harry
Raulerson, oversaw extensive re-
pairs and maintenance to the
Stone's "beloved Perkins diesel
engine, including a new oil cooler,
new fuel valves, electric safety fuel
shutoff, and a thorough tuneup."
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The Coast Guard this year is "re-
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The Governor Stone first sailed in
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Ask For Better
By Rene Topping
The upstairs meeting room at the
Alligator Point Volunteer Fire De-
partment was filled with Alligator
Point residents who had come to
the October 30th meeting of the
Alligator Point Water Resources
Board (APWRB). They were there
to ask for a better way of warning
residents of any problems in the
water system that could affect
their health or safety.
There was a complete board, with
Commissioners Fred McCord,
Chip Cordell and Chairperson
Cynthia Tunnicliff all present. The
number one item on the agenda
was "Water Alert Discussion." If
needed, Tunnicliff said that first
they would have a presentation as
to the facts that brought the "boll
water warning" to be issued.
Mike Murphy, the APWRB certi-
fied engineer, began the scenario
saying, "Bill (Marshall) discovered
the well problem on Monday, Oc-
tober 18 and the reason the chlo-
rinator did not come on was be-
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EKIDS' Logo by Kay
The Duck Who Hated His Name
Illustrated By Betty Roberts
Sponsored By Lanark Village Association
The desperate voice of Cousin Duck was heard in the school
yard in the middle of the Recess Period at the Web Foot
School for Xceptional Ducks. Tears fell from his eyes, rolled
down his nose and fell to the hard ground.
"Oh my sadness!" Cousin Duck said. "Just look at me". I am
hurt at something said by my best friends. And, I am crying
about it, just like a baby duckling! I should just try to under-
stand that they are only teasing. They probably don't realize
how they are hurting my feelings."
Another hot tear followed the first. The more that Cousin
Duck thought about it, the more salty, hot tears rolled down
his nose until two puddles began to form.
"I am feeling very sorry for myself. What brought this upon
Cousin Duck tried to remember the exact words directed to
him by Dillard Duke Duck, a relative whom Cousin Duck had
considered to be his best friend.
"Yes, I do know what Dillard said that hurt me so much.
Dillard said, "Cousin, they gave you a bad name when your
parents named you "Goose" Duck after a very distant cousin
of your family. Finally, you got tired of everyone making fun
of you by calling you "Goosey" Duck and changed your name
to Cousin Duck. Did you really think that would help?"
"Yes, I did and most ducks have forgotten my birth name and
call me Cousin Duck."
"So, does a name make a Duck?" asked Dillard Duck. "I don't
think so. You may be just over reacting. Stop acting so silly.
Maybe we ought to call you "Silly" Duck. How would you
Which had been the moment that Cousin Duck had turned
away and ran to hide and cry.
"No," he thought. "I would certainly not like to be called
"Silly" Duck. That would be worse than being called
"Goosey" Duck, I am sure of that."
Just then, Professor Duck, the School Principal came along
cause the well pump was going
on and was being run off an emer-
gency generator, so no well pumps
were actually running.
According to Bill Marshall the
Field Manager, there was also a
problem with a solenoid valve not N
going on at the same time. After a v
question from the audience he
added, "There are two solenoids
and one was bad and it happened
that the one that was on demand
was the one, that "was bad."
Murphy went on to explain the
measures that were taken. Among
them flushing out the system on
Tuesday, October 19. He said "On
Wednesday morning there was a
loss of pressure for about an hour
and a half, and that is the reason
for the water condition, not the
loss of the chlorine but the low
pressure. Low pressure is more
of a risky situation than the lack
He said, "The greatest risk was
during that hour and a half pe--
riod at 4:30 to 6:00 on-Wednes-
day morning." He added that the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) was notified on
Wednesday. DEP put out a pub-
lic announcement of the emer-
gency and also the caution that
all residents should boil the wa-
ter. Tunnicliff said, "But you had
done testing?" Murphy said, Yes
and by Wednesday morning there
was chlorine back in the system."
McCord added, "and the pressure
was up," Marshall said he had
tested the water at 7 p.m. on
Wednesday night and pressure
Marshall said "So, we never ran
out of water." Cordell remarked.
"By the time we realized there was
a mistake, the mistake had been
rectified?" Marshall said "There
was a certain amount of water
that was pumped into the system,
but the water was being pumped
into the two storage tanks. The
unchlorinated water went into the
blue storage tank. It never got into
the system. Mike and I drained
Murphy said "Well, you don't
pump into the blue tank, you
pump into the elevated tank. But
by seven o'clock the chlorinator
had been repaired so we pumped
the chlorinator all Tuesday night
because we were still doing the
pump test." He added that he
opened the hydrants to flush outI
Continued on Page 8
and saw Cousin Duck standing in the puddle of tears.
"Why, look at you, Cousin Duck, crying so many tears.
Is there something bad that has happened to you? Go
ahead, tell me please. I will listen."
Cousin Duck looked up at the friendly face of Principal
Duck. He appeared to-be very concerned for his student.
so Cousin Duck told Professor Duck everything that had
occurred to make him feel so lonely, hurt and sad.
"Well, Cousin, let me tell you about my name before I
worked very hard and earned my title as Professor. Are
you interested to learn my real name?"
"Of course I am interested, Professor duck. I never
thought that you would let something like THAT bother
"My nickname was "Bird Brain." I think some thought it
should have been "PEA-BRAIN" but I outgrew it, I'm
glad to say! And so can you!"
"Do you really mean that you allowed a nickname to
bother you, Professor Duck?"
"Yes, I was certainly bothered. Until I proved myself by
hard work and study. You can too. I just know you can!"
"Thanks, Professor Duck. You have given me a good
goal: to become a better duck! Dillard and anybody that
wants to can call me Goosey or Loosey or Silly or
anything else that they want to. But I will earn myself a
good, wonderful nickname. I will make my own way in
life from now on."
Cousin Duck certainly did so. He became the main
subject of Research in a Scientific Experiment of a
Rocket Launch. Arid, he passed w'ih'fljing cloi:,',.
The Rocket Crew hung a fancy medal on his chest. From
then on Cousin Duck became known as "Space Duck
King." Which he certainly was! Cousin went on further
space missions and finally he was retired to raise his
own duck family. His first baby duckling was named
"Professor" Duck. Can you tellme why?
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Cordell said, "So we were never
at risk?" Murphy responded "You
are always at risk, I do not want
to say you were never at risk be-
cause you were in a low pressure
situation and chlorine is not go-
ing to take care of everything,"
Cordell said, "So we had a bad
situation there. We had two bad
situations happen at the same
time-the low pressure and the
loss of the chlorinator."
Tunnicliff asked about the legal
requirements to notify when there
was an emergency and was told
that Marshall tried to reach the
DEP Tuesday night but could not
get anyone until Wednesday
morning. The first public an-
nouncement Was on the evening
news on Channel 6 on Wednes-
The "Boil water order" was in ef-
fect for 48 hours and was lifted
on Friday, October 22.
The residents were given a chance
to express their concerns and it
was made clear that they wanted
earlier warning of a problem.
Marshall said that the alarm sys-
tem on pressure sounds at his
home and that was how he was
alerted. Bunky Atkinson asked
whether there was a system that
would shut down the water if the
chlorinator failed. The board
members said they were gong to
look at every possible way to take
care of such situations.
Barbara James said she felt that
lsidents should be notified when
a test was to take place as she
was only aware of a problem when
she had browy water. Murphy
said that the discoloration was
probably from sediments that had
entered the lines at the time of the
low pressure. She said she had
been given incorrect information
when Marshall told her that it was
because of DEP wanting the
Taylor Moore who acts as man-
ager, said that Marshall had
misspoke and said the wrong
name of the agency. The test had
been required by North Florida
Water Management and it was at
a time when Marshall was busy
with the emergency.
Rand Edelstein said "I think there
is one thing that should be clari-
fied, that is the non operation of
the chlorination pump initially
was the result of the pump test.
Because production wells were
turned off and the chlorinator is
linked to the production wells." He
was told that this was an over-
sight. The board tried to explain
the situation. Edelstein said. "It
was the execution of the pump
test and a misunderstanding of
how the system operates."
The question was then asked as
one resident said that he got no-
tification on Wednesday night
from a friend in Havana who had
heard the news on the air and
phoned him and he wanted to
McCord said, "The board will take
action so let's not make this a
public issue." As residents began
to speak, he said that it wouldbe
taken up right away.
McCord went on to say, that there
were several things they could do.
They could put a message on the
monthly statement when flushing
was going to be done. Marshall
said it is done regularly on the
29th and the 14th. Post it on the
sign at the fire department.
Bunky Atkinson said she had
"Coca Cola" whenever the hy-
drants are turned on to flush the
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Leonard Carson, attorney with
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in making decisions you are sub-
ject to various and sundry law-
suits." He informed the commis-
sioners that not only could the
County be sued, but that they as
individuals could be sued.
Carson said, "I know you are
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Carson 'then discussed the pro-
cess the commissioners had been
using. He said, 'There has been
some discussion that we are look-
ing at this as a promotional. Well,
your rules indicate that this is a
special appointment, It is not pro-
motional and there is a major dif-
ference."' He said he explained
this to Mr, Shuler and understood.
that Shuler gave the Board a copy
of the letter several weeks before,
"The difference is, if you have a
promotional position which is
only limited to people within the
County then you can safely pre-
clude anybody from the outside
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continued from Page 8
McCord felt it was not possible to
warn all the residents and he felt
the fire department could run the
sirens up and down and we ought
to call on the law, the sheriffs of-
fice to help.
Philip Guzzetta said he and his
wife Barbara got into their truck
and warned all the residents in a
two hour period. He had sent out
a letter to all taxpayers. In it he
had made up a list of how resi-
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missioners." Carson emphasized
again, "Your rules indicate that
the rules do not apply sper i icall
to a special appointment posi.
"When I say you have to open the
door to other applicants should
there be any, that is not to say
that that is anyway a detriment
or a limitation on the people who
have provided services within the
County Work Force, because you
still get to make the decision but
you have to make the decision
based upon what is it you are
looking for, what are the criteria,
what are the qualifications? So
you must follow your own rules.
Commissioner Putnal listened to
what Carson said butapparently
did not understand what Carson
was saying. Putnal became upset
and suggested the County hire a
different labor attorney. Putnal
stated, "It seems to me like all of
a sudden these rules and regula-
tions you people wrote up for us
are not going to work anymore."
Carson replied, "The rules iden-
tify a special appointment em-
ployee as someone appointed by
the Board to serve in an execu-
tive management or consulting
capacity and it also points out
that special appointment employ-
ees serves at the pleasure of the
Board of County Commissioners."
Carson further said, "Don't be
dents wanted to be notified. He
suggested that residents who had
not received one fill it out and re-
turn it,to the board.
It was suggested that when there
is an emergency Marshall. or
Moore could call 911 and the
members of the fire department
would in turn be notified as they
would for a fire: Any of the re-
quests for assistance would have
to be approved at a Fire Depart-
ment meeting. If an emergency
happened, Tunnicliff said, I think
we should shut off the water." The
board began to agree but there
was an objection from the fire
McCord said, "We will come up
with a policy and we will tell you
what it is." Cordell. said, "I would
'like to make a motion. I feel like if
Bill needs to declare an emer-
gency, most specifically, a 911 call
is made before you start moving
the system water should be shut
down-no water delivered until a
consensus of the board agrees the
crisis is past. Until then the sys-
tem would remain shut down."
There was an objection and a resi-
dent said, "Is there to be discus-
sion?" He was told "No". This is a
motion and this is not a public
Steve Fling, a member of the vol-
unteer fire department said. "Cut-
ting water off-I know lots of com-
munities have to get out water
alerts and that kind of thing, but
nobody ever shuts the water off.
You have got to consider what you
would do if you did have a fire."
He was told that the water could
be turned on. Fling made the
point that would pump sediment
into their equipment. McCord
From the long parade
Due to the Thanksgiving
Holiday, the. Chronicle,
in some areas, will be one
mistaken about where you are
going and not know where you are
when you get there." Carson in-
dicated the rules are the same as
they were when written in 1983.
County Attorney Shuler was sup-
portive of Carson and recom-
mended the Commissioners fol-
low his recommendation.
Commissioner Mosconis made a
motion to ask our attorney, plan-
ner and road superintendent get
together to "hammer out a job
description for this position."
Commissioner Eddie Creamer re-
quested to be on the committee.
Mosconis amended the motion to
include Creamer, Alan Pierce and
Prentice Crum. Putnal seconded
the motion and the motion car-
ried. The committee is to report
back at the next County
Commissioner's meeting on No-
vember 16, 1999.
said, "We are talking about pub-
lic health here." Fling answered
"I know, but nobody in the State
of Florida shuts the water down.
They just warn the customers to
boil the water. I don't think that
shutting the water down is an
On a point of order, one resident
said. "I would like to question this
gentleman that this is not a pub-
lic meeting." Tunnicliff said. "It is
not a public input meeting. The
public is always welcome, of
course, but this is a board meet-
ing not a public hearing."
Taylor Moore was instructed to
formulate a policy for the board
to consider bring it back at the
Further on in the meeting when
McCord restated his assertion
that this was not a public input
meeting Bunky Atkinson said. "
You say it's not a public meeting.
When do you have a public meet-
ing? And the other question is,
who owns this water board? Who
pays for it? Its a non-profit cor-
poration and we pay for it. Don't
say its not a public meeting. You
seem to forget, Mr. McCord, and
I have no problem with you as a
human being, but we own this
company and we drink this water
and so we have a vested interest.
*I have not been against you and I
have done more for this board
than anyone else In this room."
The chairperson said that every-
one in the room has the same goal
of good water.
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Proud of Banana
By Tom Campbell
Carrabelle resident John Gavlik
walked about his yards, proudly
showing his four palm trees, three
magnolia trees, bamboo and fig
trees, and a pine cone lily, among
other prized plants. But what he
is most proud of is his eight ba-
nana trees, one of which is about
15 feet tall and bearing a large
clump of bananas. "There are
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still.green, but will probably ripen
in about a month, in December.
You can say in your article that
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to do in helping the bananas to
Johnny Gavlik moved into his
home about four years ago. He
lives on Avenue C. He planted two
banana trees that were given to
him by a neighbor, David Rikard.
That was two years ago. Those two
trees have now turned into eight
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trees down to.the ground every
winter and they come back in the
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They grow taller every year when
they come back. New trees come
Sup from the roots of the trees I
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smiled, "and share the others with
the Senior Center." He goes to the
Franklin County senior Center
just about every day.
The baby bananas appeared on
the tree about June of 1999, and
have been growing about four
months. They were little babies in
the beginning. There is a flower
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he asks the question. "Is it a ba-
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open to suggestion."
He said he never waters the trees,
unless "it's a dry spell." He is 80
years old, born May 17, 1919. He
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thing in his yards, front and back.
Especially, he is proud of the ba-
He is also proud of his 53-year-old
Pearl Queen Concertina.
He loves to entertain people with
his playing. Right now, he is busy
trying to repair it. "There is no-
body around here who can repair
it," he said. "So I am trying to do
it myself. Can you help me?"
This writer tried to help, but with-
qut much success. Mr Gavlik
would probably appreciate a vol-
unteer who could give him some
assistance. It might even be worth
a banana or two.
In'the past, Mr. Gavlik has per-
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concertina locally at the Grace
Foundation in Carrabelle and the
He was a U.S. Marine during
World War II and was a member
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member of the Disabled American
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inspirational entertainment to
people. He has also played at
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Mr. Gavlik has five children and
nine grandchildren. He also ex-
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(262) Faith of my Fathers
by John McCain with Mark
Salter. Published by Ran-
dom House, New York,
1999, 349 pp. Hardcover.
"The most engrossing book
to appear in a long time
from a presidential candi-
date... McCain's memoir is
too good to be dismissed as
simply another campaign
book. It is a serious, utterly
gripping account of faith,
others, and the military,"
Publisher's Weekly. In the
words of Newsweek,
McCain tells a story that,
"...makes the other presi-
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pygmies." Selling nationally
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(250) Just As I Am: The
Autobiography of Billy
760pp, published by
Harper San Francisco,
1997. For the first time, Dr.
Graham tells his story in a
momentous work of insight.
His calling as an evangelist
has taken him to every na-
tion, spanning 50 years.
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(261) Living Faith by
Jimmy Carter. Published by
Random House (Times
Books), 1999, 373 pp. Pa-
perback. Mr. Carter wrote:
"This is a book about the
values and experiences that
have shaped my life, and
how the religious beliefs I
inherited have been trans-
formed into a living faith...
When I return to my begin-
nings, I see a number of
times when what I believed
I wanted most was chal-
lenged by a more difficult
path. When I had the cour-
age to choose that path,
even in the midst of despair
and uncertainty, I was
given a glimpse of deeper
truths that continue to sus-
tain me..." Sold nationally
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(245) Down Ramp! The
Story Of The Army Am-
phibian Engineers by
Brigadier General William
F. Heavy. Hardcover,
1988, 271 pp. The first five
chapters discuss the origins,
of amphibious training in-
cluding a short chapter on
Carrabelle, Florida, and
Camp Gordon Johnston.
The value of this book is
contained in the description
of a full sweep of the his-
tory of amphibious doctrine
and activity throughout the
world war efforts on a glo-
bal -scale. The work lacks
documentation from the
national or military ar-
chives; at least these are not
referenced, nor is there a
bibliography of publicly
verifiable sources. In a gen-
eral sense, this should not
detract from the work ex-
cept for those who might
want to do further research
into amphibious warfare.
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(244) Oil In The Deep
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a history of the oil business
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days in this region. The
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(231) Sharing the Jour-
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or community. Millions are
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abuse prevention to prayer
fellowships. Why and with
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cally changing our relation-
ship to the self, to commu-
nity and to the sacred. The
support group movement is
contradictory proof that
others say about our
so-called "alienated soci-
ety." Support groups have
also become one of the prin-
cipal ways in which spiri-
tuality is fostered in our
society, bringing a large
percentage of our popula-
tion back to the churches.
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