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Volume 8, Number 24
Environmental Impact Of New Jet
Fighters At Tyndall
The first of three public hearings
on the proposed introduction ofa
new jet fighter, the F-22, at
Tyndall Air Force Base, was held
in Apalachicola, on Monday
evening, November 15th. The
hearings were Congressionally
mandated under the National
Environmental Policy Act. The
hearings are an important phase
that allows the public to comment
on the conversion of aircraft from
the F-15 and F-16 to the new
fighter in regard to environmen-
tal impact the plane may have on
the northwest Florida area. The
aircraft are projected to be intro-
duced with first units arriving at
Tyndall in February 2003.
The attendance at the
Apalachicola meeting was light, as
Brig. Gen. Walter E. Buchanan II,
Commander of the 325th Fighter
Wing, conducted the public brief-
ing on the F-22 at the Battery
Park .Civic Center. The proposal
is to convert two of the existing
three F-15 Fighter Squadrons to
F-22 Fighter Squadrons at
Tyndall AFB over a five-year pe-
riod. About 600 additional per-
sonnel would be required for the
conversion and some new con-
struction at the AFB. The issues
and concerns addressed in the
draft Environmental Statement
include noise, personal quality of
'lle. environmental agpects,~the
tourist industry, the seafood in-
dustry, flight restrictions over
specific land areas, chaff and
flares, safety concerns involving
new hazardous materials and
crashes in remote areas, and his-
toric preservation. The report of
the Statement indicated impacts
in the aforementioned categories
to be minimal or non-existent in
the Gulf-Franklin and Wakulla
areas. One question was raised
about low level flights and the
General indicated that these were
defined at 35,000 feet and sub-
sonic. The final decision about
adoption would be made by an
assistant Secretary of the Air
Force, a civilian.
After the comment and public
hearing phase has been com-
pleted on December 13, 1999, a
final Environmental Impact State-
ment (EIS) will be completed.
Written comments regarding the
conversion of F-15 squadrons to
F-22 may be sent in writing to:
Mr. Herman Bell, F-22 Conversion
EIS, 325th Wing/Public Affairs,
445 Suwannee Road, Suite 129,
Tyndall AFB, FL 32403. Com-
ments must be received by De-
cember 13th to receive full con-
sideration in the Final EIS.
Related Story On Page 7
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
Inside This Issue
Franklin Briefs....... 2, 3
Editorial & Commentary
Bears to School Lunch 5
County P and Z ........ 6
Alligator Point ........... 6
Dixie Theatre .......... 6
Obituaries ................ 6
Franklin Bulletin Board
F-22 .............. ......... 7
FCAN ....................... 8
SWAT................. 10, 11
Willie Speed New Chair Of
Franklin School Board
In the annual re-organization
meeting of the Franklin County
School Board, November 16, Mr.
Willie Speed was nominated by
Jimmy Gander and Will S.
Kendrick was nominated by Ms.
Katie McKnight. According to Mr.
Kendrick, in an interview Tues-
day, November 23, that "vote
ended up in a tie, so the meeting
was continued for November 18."
Upon calling the meeting (on No-
vember 18), Superintendent
Brenda Galloway "called for each
member's vote for the nomina-
tions from the previous meeting.
The vote was as follows: Gander
for Speed, Speed for Speed,
McKnight for Kendrick, Roher for
Kendrick. At this point Kendrick
addressed the Superintendent
and Board, prior to casting his
vote. A portion of his statement
November 26 December 16, 1999
Holiday Sunset in Franklin County
Chronicle writer Rene Topping photographs a couple of holiday sunsets, showing one of
the reasons so many people enjoy spending their holidays in Franklin County.
Large Crowd At
Camp Gordon -
Johnston Meeting ..
By Rene Topping
There was an overflow audience
at Chillas Hall, in Lanark village
on November 18, to hear first =
hand how the Army Corps of En-
gineers plans for the restoration i -
of the World War camp site and : ,
how it would involve them and I I I i -
their property. :
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Brig. General Walter Buchanan
Statewide High School
Education Commissioner Tom Gallagher released the results of the
October 1999 eleventh grade High School Competency Test (HSCT)
which show a consistent state passing rate when high performing
student FCAT scores are combined with the HSCT results.
Table 1 presents the results of the statewide assessment, High School
Competency Test (HSCT) results from October 1999. In Franklin
County, 75 per cent of the students passed the Communications sec-
tion, 59 per cent passed the Mathematics section and the combined
scores were 48 per cent passing. The Statewide averages, combined,
were 43 per cent passing, with Communications at 71 per cent and
Mathematics averages at 54 per cent. The worst performance among
11th graders was in Mathematics in Liberty County with only 35 per
cent passing the exam. The combined score fell to 26 per cent. Wakulla
District appears to have led the selected Panhandle counties in 11th
grade scores, well above the statewide averages.
Florida Statewide Assessment Program
High School Competency Test (HSCT)-October 1999
State Report of District Percent Passing
Standard Curriculum Students
Percent Passing Percent Passing
"Although the HSCT results alone show a decline," said Gallagher,
"when we combine the students who exempted the HSCT due to their
FCAT scores, we see consistent overall results."
Florida students are required to demonstrate skills in math and read-
ing to receive a high school diploma. Since 1983, students have taken
the HSCT to meet this requirement. In 1999 the FCAT was used as
an additional method to meet the same requirement.
The math part of the HSCT was taken by 59,611 students, and the
reading test was taken by 76,527 students.
Approximately 50% of eligible students earned an exemption from
the math HSCT when tested last February and about 32% earned
exemptions from the HSCT reading test. These students did not take
the October 1999 HSCT.
When the numbers of students earning exemptions from the HSCT
Continued on Page 9
"At this time, I must advise the'
Board that I am seriously consid-
ering filing my intent for House of
Representatives Seat #10. By me
considering this, I do not feel that
it would be in this Board's or this
District's best interest for me to
i remain as Chairman of the
Franklin County School Board.
STherefore, at this time I cast my
vote for Willie Speed."
Ms. Katie McKnight was nomi-
nated by Kendrick as Vice Chair-
man. No other nominations were
made. This left Ms. McKnight as
After taking the gavel, Mr. Speed
commended Mr.. Kendrick on an
"outstanding job as Chairman"
and looked forward to continuing
to serve the teachers and children
of this county as Chairman.
Speed also pledged his support of
Kendrick, should he choose to run
for the House of Representatives
The Board voted to continue the
two high school scholarships at
each high school and also voted
to retain Barbara Sanders as
Mr. Kendrick emphasized that
"this is not intended to be a for-
mal statement (announcing his
running for House of Represen-
tatives Seat #10) at this time, but
you may expect one forthcoming
soon on my decision."
Kendrick has been on the school
board for the past 13 years and
served as Chairman the last seven
consecutive years. He worked
closely with three superinten-
dents, Galloway, Ponder and
Kim Gillespie, Public Affairs Spe-
Scialist, from the Huntsville Cen-
ter of the Corps. introduced the
people who were there to speak
and answer any questions people
Robert C. Bridgers is the Civil
Engineer, Corps of Engineers in
charge of the entire project. Karl
Blankenship is from the Hunts-
ville Center, Corps of Engineers,
and he will give technical infor-
mation. Don Silkenbaken is with
Parsons Engineering, of Atlanta,
who have the knowledge and ex-
pertise to do the job at the Camp
Gordon Johnston site.
The job ahead will be to find any
unexploded ordnance (UXO) and
establish what type of a problem
it might be, and if necessary per-
form a depth investigation. If any
UXO is found it will be taken care
by a response team.
The audience was told that Camp
Gordon Johnston was not an iso-
lated site being looked at for pos-
sible problems at this time. The
sites are cataloged as Hazardous
Waste; Ordnance and Building
demolishment. There are 50,000
Hazardous waste sites 11000 ord-
nance sites and 500 Building De-
molishment sites in the United
States. In the State of Florida
there are 200 in hazardous waste
Category, 100 in ordnance and 10
The program to cleanse the sites
was started in 1991 and although
$300 million is set aside for fund-
ing, with so many sites, funding
for each one is limited.
The responsibility for cleansing
sites was given to the Corps in
1986. The Huntsville Center was
charged with the responsibility In
1991. Funding was made avail-
able in 1994.
The Camp Gordon Johnston site
is listed under "ordnance" for this
More than half century 1-,as gone
by since the last piece of the
160,000 plus acres that had been
used for the Camp Gordon
Johnston was returned to civilian
use. The burning question that
had been on the lips of most of
the crowd from Carrabelle,
Lanark Village St. Teresa and Al-
ligator Point was "Why? Why,
The question was answered by
Karl Blankenship who said, "In
1994 the Department of Defense
said we need go back and look at
all these installations that were
used in World War.II and see if
Continued on Page 9
Representative Susan Skelton
Janegale Boydusan Skelton
Legislative Delegation Meeting
Boyd and Susan Skelton,
Representing Senator Pat
Skelton said that Senator Thomas
wanted to attend the meeting, but
was unable to. She said they are
always available to the public and
can be reached at 487-5004.
Boyd introduced members of her
staff and encouraged citizens to
call her if they have concerns.
Boyd reported that she serves on
the water committee, general ap-
propriations Health Care Services
Procedural Council and joint Leg-
islative Auditing. She announced
that the next legislative session
will be from March 7 through May
6, 2000. She also announced that
she will not be seeking re-election
for the House of Representatives,
but will run for Senator since
Senator Thomas is retiring.
Mr. John James addressed the
group and said there are a couple
of bad bills that will come before
the legislature this year. One is
House Bill 263 by Stark. He said
that "It will provide a sales tax
exemption for any organization
that can get a 501C3 from the
Internal Revenue Service and this
is bad because I can get one of
those right now. So, I could prob-
ably eventually get one, if I had a
business, an exemption for taxa-
tion under that. It is very easy to
get." He also said that under new
legislation there is going to be
another attack on property reas-
'sessments that will be impossible
to administer. He said, "It looks
like working with the legislature
is getting more difficult. The
people we got in the legislature are
changing. When you talk to people
like Pat (Thomas) and you (Boyd)
when they tell you something they
will do it, but unfortunately, this
is not true of all the legislators,
especially from the southern part
of the State."
Harry Bitner, President of the Al-
ligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion, stated, "We would like the
State to be aware of the erosion
problem at Alligator Point". Boyd
said she was well aware of the
problem. County Administrator
Alan Pierce stated that the County
is taking steps to try to solve the
problem. Pierce said,' "We are on
the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) funding this'
year and so I hope you all will
support the funding program." He
said DEP is doing a beach
renourishment study and the
Corps of Engineers is studying the
problems with the roads and try-
ing to come up with a solution to
stabilize the roads. Pierce pointed
out the County has to match
these funds and that the County
was not asking the State to do it
Charles Stark, retired school
teacher, asked if there are funds
available, Federal or State, to set
up Centers for Excellence for a
tutorial program away from the
schools. Boyd said she did not
know of any funds at this time but
would follow up on the question.
Skelton said she is not aware of
any funds either but commended
Franklin County for the orogres-
Continued on Page 9
"Millennium Bridge" Profiled
On Wednesday evening, Novem-
ber 17th, representatives of
Sverdrup corporation, the civil
engineering firm in charge of the
engineering of the new bridge to
St. George Island held an infor-
mative meeting in the county
courthouse explaining the
progress of the project and an-
swering questions from the pub-
lic. Jeff Tousannt of Sverdrup
Civil, Inc, (Tampa) introduced sev-
eral members of the design team,
and turned the meeting over to
Hugh Ronald who explained the
progress in the design phase thus
far, and a narrative on the pro-
posed structure itself.
The reason the old bridge is be-
ing replaced, Ronald said, is be-
cause the pilings are deteriorat-
ing, and present roadway is ob-
solete in that it has no shoulders,
and if barges were to hit the old
structure at the high point, the
collision could bring down the
bridge. A design-build approach
or method was chosen by the
Florida Dept. of Transportation
for the new bridge as it brings to-
gether the contractor or builder
and the engineers from the very
beginning of the project. The de-
Continued on Page 5
Pa2e 2 26 November 1999
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
November 16, 1999
By Barbara Revell
The Franklin County Commission
met on November 16. 1999. in
Apalachicola. Attending: Chair-
person Clarence Williams. Eddie
Creamer. Cheryl Sanders. Bevin
Putnal. Jimmy Mosconis. County
Attorney Alfred O. Shuler. Clerk
of the Court Kendall Wade,
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan. Superintendent of Public
Works Prentice Crum, Solid Waste
Director Van Johnson and Direc-
tor of Administrative Services
The minutes of the November 2.
1999, meeting were approved as
mailed. The Commission also ap-
proved payment of the bills.
PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT
Shakra Junejo. M.D.
Dr. Junejo was requested by Com-
mission Sanders to appear before
the Commission. Sanders stated
that it had come to her attention
that when the budget was ap-
proved, it included the purchase
of a four-wheeler, boat. motor and
trailer because of environmental
services needed (on Dog Island).
Sanders said she. "Had talked to
the doctor week before last and
she said she was not going to buy
the boat, motor, trailer and
four-wheeler and that instead
gave the personnel raises with the
money and I just want her to be
here to explain why she did this
because to me the money that was
appropriated was for a
four-wheeler, boat, motor and
trailer." Dr. Junejo said. "I do ap-
preciate you bringing this to my
attention ... I haven't come before
the Board to request that change
because I am still in the process
of getting more, information. Here
is my explanation for it: At the
time we presented our budget
back in March this sounded like
a good project It is a good project
to collaborate with other County
agencies and to buy this motor
.and boat that would take all agen-
cies to Dog Island. Our needs, at
this point, is for Brent Mabry to
go twice a month at the most and
the other agencies if they used it
would be. cost effective. Since
then we have come across some
unanticipated expenditures and
in my professional judgement.
they are very essential projects
that we must look at... We will do
what the Commission wants but
it is also my responsibility to up-
date you on what the needs are
in the conununity. Other needs
have surfaced since I put this
budget in." Junejo went on to ex-
lain, "The number one is a
3,000 a month expense for a
computer line. This was not an-
ticipated when we put the budget
in and that became a requirement
because the State wanted us to
put these computer lines in to al-
low Environmental Health to
transmit their data directly to the
State Health Office." We tried to
negotiate with the State but it was
not a negotiable item. She said
another need in the community
which has been presented to her
by the local physicians is for a di-
alysis unit because some Franklin
County residents have to go to
Tallahassee or Panama City as
much as three times per week.
She said that is a mobile unit will-
ing to come into the County but
will need a special parking place.
She also thinks the County can
use a cardiocab mobile unit. She
went on to say that she had ap-
proved raises for the staff. If
people work then they need to be
rewarded." She further said that
the raises had nothing to do with
with unexpected expenses.
Junejo also said that since she
was before the Board she wanted
to have the opportunity to update
them on things that are happen-
ing at the Health Department. She
said they have gotten many grants
and a lot of programs have been
put into place, but this has cre-
ated additional problems in ad-
ministrative needs. She said the
Health Department has only one
business manager who was run-
ning a budget of $750,000 and the
budget is now one and a half mil-
lion dollars. She also said there
is a two million-dollar project go-
ing on which creates a lot of work,
Junejo said the staff "is fully
Junejo said she did not have the
administrative support needed to I
purchase the motor boat, etc..
and secondly, she was concerned
Sanders interrupted her saying.
"When you appropriate money in
a budget for a certain item then it
needs to be appropriated for that
item and nothing else." Sanders
said that Junejo told her that if
other County Departments need
the four wheeler, boat, motor and
trailer then they need to help the
Health Department in making the
purchase. Sanders said if the
money was not going to be used
as appropriated it should be re-
turned to the County. Junejo
again said she was waiting for
more information before coming
to the Board with her suggestions.
She emphasized that the Health
Department will do as the Com-
missioners wish but she is re-
questing a little time from the
Commissioner Mosconis inter-
jected "We don't micro-manage
agencies that we fund and an
agency should not be singled out."
He said. "If we are going to take
all the agencies and pick them
apart, that is one thing ... I can
tell you from my experience that
(Junejo) has done a fantastic job
in Franklin County and I will say
That she has done the best job
with the Health Department since
I have been here." Junejo reiter-
ated that she had every intention
of informing the Board but
wanted, to get all of her facts to-
gether first. She said the need of
services in the County continues
to increase and that there have
been four or five deliveries (of ba-
bies) in the Emergency Room in
the last several months. She re-
lated a recent incident where she
drove a young lady who was in
labor to Tallahassee which turned
out to be false labor and they
drove back to Apalachicola only
to immediately have to return to
Tallahassee when the lady went
into "real" labor.
JAMES VOLUNTEER FIRE
Don McLean Assistant
Mr. McLean stated he was before
the Board to explain a problem.
"Last year in order to meet the
demands placed on the St.James/
Lanark Village Volunteer Fire De-
partment, we purchased a rescue
truck which needed some re-
pairs." He said the Volunteers
were able to put a new motor in
the truck for $6.000. He also said
they have an 85 foot ladder that
when it has been used has been
out of their area. McLean said.
"Our problem is that we don't
have a real basis for raising funds.
We are a retirement community
with no basic industry... our fund
raising is limited..." He further
said that the entire MSBU money
goes for the mortgage on the
building and for insurance.
McLean said the reason the res-
cue truck was purchased was
because, on the east side of the
County many times, there is not
ambulance service for about a half
an hour and that the first hour
after an accident is critical. He
said the equipment that is needed
cannot be carried in an automo-
bile. He said the rescue truck has
back-boards, stretchers. Jaws of
Life. Oxygen tanks and
defibrillators. McLean stated that
two-thirds of their calls are out of
their protected area so, "it'is re-
ally a County problem notjust'our
immediate problem in the area."
He said the rescue truck needs a
front-end adjustment. "Being that
this rescue truck services a
County service we would like to
ask the County to take over the
responsibility of the cost of it." He
said that what money they do
have has to go for fire equipment
and that at this time the rescue
truck cannot be used until it has
a front-end adjustment. The Com-
missioners. while empathetic.
indicated the money just is not in
the budget. Several ideas were
brainstormed. The County
Firefighters Association is to look
into possibly a shifting of money
from other areas so that this ser-
vice can continue. Mosconis also
suggested a letter be written to the
hospital to relay this problem that
is being experienced on the east
end of the County.
CLERK OF THE COURT
*Wade stated that the commis-
sioners needed to approve the
Keep Franklin County Beautiful
Contract. He said Shuler had re-
viewed it. Creamer made the mo-
tion which was seconded by
Sanders. The motion carried.
Continued on Page 3
IT CAUSES CANCER
Studies have shown that snuff dipping, for example, greatly
increases the risk of some mouth cancers. Both snuff and
chewing tobacco are believed to cause other types of
The nicotine in tobacco is an
addictive drug. Snuff and
chewing tobacco may be even
.more addictive than cigarettes.
Nicotine levels in the blood of
spit-tobacco users are higher
than those found in the blood
of heavy smokers.
SPIT TOBACCO'S FIRST PUNCH LANDS RIGHT IN THEMOUTH
on the teeth can spoil the user's appearance.
If a woman finds a
probably in spite of
his habit, not
because of his:
* bulging cheek
* stained teeth
* bad breath
* constant spitting
It's true that spit
pollute the air, but:
* tobacco juice
spread germs and
is a form of
IT CAN HARM
Some people think spit
tobacco helps give
them a little boost.
But, it also:
* raises blood pressure
* increases heart rate-
and may cause it to be
narrows blood vessels
slows reaction time
Many coaches don't
want their players to use
inside the mouth, such as from cold sores,
cuts, or oral surgery, can take longer to h
may not be offensive-
or even noticeable-to
the user. But it can be
unpleasant to others,
especially in romantic
TOOTH DECAY (CAVITIES)
may also be caused by chewing tobacco,
possibly because of the sugar that's added
Spit tobacco may seem inexpensive. But
users can spend hundreds of dollars to
support their habit.
Franklin County Tobacco Free Partnership
Students Working Against Tobacco
WEAR AND TEAR
on tooth enamel can be caused
by the grit and sand that remain in
spit tobacco after pro(
are a problem if g
recede far enough
results can be:
teeth to heat, co
certain foods an
early loss of tee'
Id, air, and
-leathery white patches inside the
cheeks or on the gums-may appear
in the area where the tobacco is
* Oral cancer can develop from
The tissues of young people are
thought to be more vulnerable to
cancer than those of older people.
may result when tobacco juice
irritates gum tissues.
* The gum loss occurs in the area
where the tobacco is held. This
loss is permanent.
A dentist can spot this damage 3
months after a patient begins
using spit tobacco.
I I I
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26 November 1999 Page 3
Continued From Page 2
*Wade said that the lease agree-
ment with Richard Plessinger for
the storage for the library at East
Point Mall is due this year. He said
Shuler had looked at it and it is
the same as it has been.:treamer
made a motion that was seconded
by Putnal: The motion carried.
*Wade said a request has been
received from the City of
Carrabelle for appointment of
Commissioner Fred C. Massey to
the Apalachee Regional Planning
Council and Mavor Wilbur C.
Messer be the alternate. Commis-
*Wade reported that the doors
that the Florida Fire Marshal re-
quired be installed a fewyews ago
should be removed because Mr.
Howell of the American Disabili-
ties Act (ADA) Office said they are
difficult for someone in a wheel-
chair to maneuver: The State Fire
Marshall now has no control over
courthouses and inspection is
now done by local fire marshal,
Wade, stated that there.is.no lo-
cal fire nriaish'all but he had .the
local Fire Chief l6k at' the doors
and he did not think the doors
were necessary. Wade noted that
one .State agency was telling the
County one thini "'and another
State. agency was saying some-
thing else. Mosconis requested
this' before the doors are removed
that the County receive written
approval to remove the doors.
Wade reported that the ADA of-
fice'.'ha's agreed'" to' release
$375,000 that ADA had at-
tempted to hold up because the
: County did.,npt nmeetthe.ADA re-.-
quirements in 30 days. ADA is
now satisfied with the corrections
the County has made.
*Wade stated that on November
12. 1999, a roofer from
Williamson Associates in Atlanta
' *. ..-_ -^t-3 Tlt .... I, -4-U J f l the '
homeowners can take to help con-
trol the spread of iiivasive plants
which is a growing problem in
*Mahan reported that he attended
the Critical Jobs Initiative Task
Force meeting for Bay. Franklin
and Gulf Counties on November
12.1999, at Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College in Panama City. The
information gathered during the
meeting will be compiled nd l'sent
toi members for additional com-
*Mahan also attended the-Stur-
geon Harvest and Tour at the.UF
Sam Mitchell Aquaculture Farm
in Blountstown on November 3,
1999. UF is working on the com-
mercial production of sturgeon.
*Crum reported that Labor Attor-
ney Leonard Carson sent'the
Board.information on the job de-
scription for Superintendent of
Public Works. Crum, turned the
floor over to Director of Adminis-
trative Services Alan Pierce. Pierce
stated that he. Creamer and
Crum met to review the job de-
scription. He further said Carson
recommended that the job de-
scription be.revised for the job to
be a management position rather
than a supervisors. .position so
that the County will be'protected
in the, event a.labpr union. ever
comes to the C6unty,. Pierce
stated he r,ecived,Caspn's rewrite
of the position just prior to the
start of the meeting s o or pe has
had a chance to.review it.:ierce
said he would pirovid'e' the com-
missiconers with a cupy and it can
'be're\iev.ed aT the next meeting
Pierce also requested from the
commissioners some guidelines
on how to advertise the position
and to set the starting salary. It
was decided that the salary
should be $33,900 which Crum
.is earning at this time.: '
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serious leaking in the courthouse *Mosconis recommended thatthe
He said the roofer looked over the ,County purchase an extended
entire building and took pictures', 'warrrant3 for the excavator at the
The roofer said that the court- i cost of -3500 or $700 per year.
house is a good building but there Crum agreed. The excavator is to
are problems with the'roof The be delivered on November 17,
roof is to be repaired in stages be- 1999. Mosconis said they could
cause the County cannot afford include it in next year's budget.
to complete the work all at one
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Schools already have recycling ADMIMSTRATIVE
cardboard containers. He said. SERVICES
"Proceeds from the sale of the Director
materials collected'at these sites
will be given back to tPe school *Pierce reminded the Chairman to
"districts to use at their discre- sign the tree-cutting contract for
tion." This is a concerted:eflort by the airport. He said Shuler has
the school district, Keep Franklin approved it. Commissioners ap-
County Beautiful and a recycling proved.
program to get the next genera-
tion more involved in the conser- *Pierce said he was informed by
vation of our environment' someone either with Florida De-
through recycling. The cost to apartment of Transportation or
purchase the containers is ap- Sverdrup that Franklin County
proximately $30,000 that will will have to get a separate permit
come from the State Recycling from the Corps of Engineers to
Education grant. Johnson re- change the use of the old St.
quested approval from the Board GeorgeIsland bridge from a trans-
to let bids for the four recycling ,. portation function to a recreation
container trailers and two open function. It was announced that
top containers for recycling card-, there will be a public meeting on
board. Mosconis made the mo- the bridge on November 16, 1999,
tion and Sanders seconded it' The, ,and this can be further reviewed
Board approved for the bids to be at that meeting. (Report on the
let. Bates stated that the purpose 'meeting is elsewhere in this
of the states involvement; "Basi- paper.)
cally it is to start educating kids
at an early age about the benefits *Pierce reported that the 9 1 co-
of recycling and also to get them ordinator. Pat McWhinnie. "is pre-
Sinvolved with their parents in re- ,paring for extensive street sign
cycling'and bringing things'from. ;-.making in Carrabelle. and
'home to be recycle. One of 'the:. Apalachicola. While the Board
areas we did not want' the kids,, doesn't budget for street signs,
involved with recycling is glass. every year the Board, reserves
Mosconis noted that there is still ,some, Road and Bridge mainte-
a problem in the County with il- ,; nance funds for the purchase of
'legal dumping, "The iore we can ., street sign material." McWhinnie
_educate to stop it than I am all ,is .requesting $5,000, to.get
for'it." Creamer said., Keep through the rest of the year.
Franklin County Beautiful has o;,,Mbsconis made a motion to ap-
done a yery good job but it seems prove, which was seconded by
like Franklin'County itself may be Creamer. The motion carried.
Sa part ofa,lot of litter on the side
Softhe road. I guess th.t'uck 'hat.' : *Pierce advised the Board that the
pick up the papers from. tdheIlahd- Dixie Yotth Ponytail State Cham-
'fill Ive seen newspaper stroked pion sign is being held up because
: (lc)'valng the side of t reo..l the coaches cannot agree if it
,: iks'like' the trailers' don't have, should l Ponytail or Pynytails.
canvas over them when they are *pierrce told 4he Board that. 2.1
carrying them and It looks like letters have been sent o-,.I regard-
Franklin County has done a lot...n "
F klin County hs done a lt ing the disposal sites in Eastpoint
of littering itself. Johnson said, and that 12 people support the
"I would love to help implement a project, three letters were re-
program where it would require turned by the post office and six
,every truck that enters the land- pebpl did not respond This dis-
fill be tarped or you can charge' psa area ll be usd for the Two"
them an extra tipping fee Th'at ,pe hal a to help build up the
fwu g p u Mile Channel to help build up the
tipping fee would go to pick up shoreline there which will help
the paper that you can assume protect U.S. Highway 98. The U.S.
they are littering by the fact thatorps of Engineers had re-
their load is not tapedd" Army Corps of Engineers had re-
their load is not tarped. quested use of this property for
Teresa Kline stated that there are the disposal. Pierce also said that
not enough trash receptacles in it would be awhile before any
the County and would be very dredging is done because the
helpful if there were more. County does not have a funding
*Sanders asked Johnson.,for. an.
*Pierce then gave the Board a copy
of a letter from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation concern-
ing the St. George Island Bike
Path drainage problem. The per-
manent solution offered is to have
the contractors of the bridge re-
pair the drainage problem along
with others on the Island as part
of their required compensatory
stormwater drainage permit that
the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection is requiring.
*Pierce provided the Board a copy
of a letter from President ol the
St George Island Civic Club. Ma-
son Beam, in which they are re-
questing that the excess money
returned by the Sheriffs Office be
earmarked for the Public Park.
Beam said. "The recent grant from
the State of Florida is not enough
money to adequately fund this
Anita Gregory. Director of the
Apalachicola Chamber of Com-
merce, informed the Board that
the $1,000 grant from the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council to complete a list of tour-
ists attractions and items of his-
torical significance had been com-
pleted by the Chamber and did
not need to be done again. Gre-
gory requested the Chamber be
reimbursed for their efforts with
the $1000 grant.
Gregory'also stated that she in-
formed the Apalachee Regional
Planning Council Office that the
inventory had been completed but
apparently the Planning Council
did' not hear what Gregory was
saying. The Board concurred with
Pierce requested that a grant with
Game and Freshwater Fish Com-
mission for a Boater's Guide for
Apalahicola Bay be signed. Pierce
said.this had been discussed pre-
viously with the Board. The Board
*Pierce informed the Board that
the Timber Island Boat Ramp is
open and that no complaints have
*Pierce requested direction from
the Board regarding the two acres
of land the Co(lity ,traded to the
Harris Brothers. Pierce said that
the Curtis All'en family believed;
that land belongs to them and. was
not the County's to trade. Pierce
further said that the land is on
the property appraisers map as
belonging to the County. This is
to be checked out further.
*Pierce gave the commissioners a
Local Mitigation Strategy thdt was
prepared by the Apalachee Re-
gional Planning Council. He ad-
vised the Board that after public
comment they will be asked to
adopt the Strategy by Resolution.
Pierce gave the Board a copy of
the Resolution and a copy of pub-
lic notice. The public hearing is
scheduled for December 1. 1999.
*Pierce reported that the Planning
and Zoning Commission (P&Z)
met in regular session on Novem-
ber 9. 1999 and had recom-
mended the following action
which the Board did approve: pri-
vates docks for John Bone.
Apalachicola; Jim and Danielle
Tully. St. George Island: and Jane
Doerfer, Alligator Point. P&Z also
recommended and the Board ap-
proved in commercial develop-
ment, the site plan for Romeo's
Beach Cafe to construct a two
story building on St. George Is-
land. Lots 5-8. Block 7. Unit I
West. A public hearing will be nec-
essary. There was a request to
rezone 3.95 acres from R-2. Single
Family Mobile Home to R4. Single
Family Home Industry at the
comer of Bluff and Squire Road.
north of Apalachicola. The Board
agreed to set the matter for a pub-
*Pierce reported that P&Z tabled
a request to consider creating a
new land use category, named by
the developer as "Traditional
Town Use" until.the-December
meeting. The P&Z has requested
the developer attend the Decem-
ber meeting. The developer is,in-
terested in building a community
That would be a stand alone copn-
munity with a mix of residential
and commercial, encouraging pe-
destrian traffic patterns and uiti-
lizing alternative types of sewage
treatment. Mosconnis asked. "Is
this like Seaside?" and Pierce re-
plied, ."Yes".. The project is pro-
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attend the next meeting to present Van Johnson, Director update on the truck that will be
his report to the Commissioners. used to pick up debns and yard
Johnson reported he attended a trash.through 'out the County,:..,i
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA sustaining re-cycling meeting at Johnson .st.ated. the truck was..
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION Apalachicola High School on No- built last weekarid 'it is'being drop
SERVICE member 9, 1999. Also attending shipped to Peterson to put on the.
Bill Mahan, Director the meeting were: Superintendent body. Johnson said, "Hopefullywg.
S Brenda Galloway, Keep Franklin can get it the latter part of De-
*Mahan provided the Commis- County Beautiful Coordinator cemberor.th'e.middle of January'-,
sioners with a copy of an infor- Michael Bates and the principals Once the truck is put in place wp
national handout on the UF/ from each of the local schools. The will put out a schedule to have it
IFAS Florida FIRST (focusing IFAS program calls for the placement in each Commissioner's District
Resources on Solutions for To- of a recycling collection trailer and for about a week."
morrow) program. The publication two cardboard collection trailers
helps explain the three-part mis- to be placed at Chapman and *Johnson reported he also at-
sion, teaciBg.fese.and ex- Apalachicola High Sc ho~.-,I en the Cntcal Jobs I'.11 Y
tension ,ci lhe kr,'i t'fi r $t :, '6riM -.sL t-. e-. -, t ." :t It e anam .
and how(' tev Nv.'.rk"t'o,!eTl0mr-Schbol $ad,,iyo\ rn e 'ry .
address critical issues for the
state of Florida.
*Mahan gave the commissions a'
copy of the UF/IFAS publication,
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Thanksgiving Ceremony For Veterans
By Tom Campbell
Commander Kenneth Arbuckle of Camp Gordon Johnston American
Legion Post 82 in Lanark led the ceremony honoring veterans on No-
vember 11. The Post 82 officers proudly accepted the gift of a World
War II flag.
The flag was presented by Lt. Edward Zuberbuehler, who also gave a
brief speech, in honor of all veterans.
In his speech during the ceremony. Commander Kenneth Arbuckle
said. "President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11, 1919. Vet-
erans Day to mark the one year anniversary of the ending of W.W. I."
Arbuckle then quoted Wilson: "This day should be filled with Thanks-
giving and prayer and ceremonies designed to continue peace through
good will and mutual understanding between nations ...
He closed with the thought-provoking words: "Next year, I pray we
won't be looking over a small crowd, asking. 'Where are all the people?'
because they will be here with us."
The crowd was small, but very appreciative.
Meets On St.
By Jean Collins
The St. George Island Civic Club
held its monthly meeting at 7:00
p.m. on November 18. The cov-
ered dish dinner was followed by
a speaker from Refuge House, Inc.
of Tallahassee. Refuge House is a
United Way supported organiza-
tion for victims of abuse, battery
or sexual assault. The agency
serves eight counties surround-
ing Tallahassee. Among other re-
sponsibilities, Ms. Vicky Whitaker
travels to inform residents in
these areas about their services
while dispelling through statisti-
cal data many myths regarding
the type of people who perpetrate
this violence or are victims of it.
When questioned concerning the
ratio of need for their assistance
between urban Tallahassee and
rural areas, Ms. Whitaker sur-
praised some by saying that often
the need is greater in these less
populated towns than in the city
itself. She further illustrated that
point by expressing the immedi-
ate need for household goods.
clothes etc. for a woman who was
being released from the hospital
the next morning.
Another of Ms. Whitaker's duties
is to educate children regarding
the identification of inappropriate
behavior and their right to speak
out for themselves. All informa-
tion presented is age appropriate
and designed to help them pro-
tect themselves. She noted some
hesitation from Franklin County
school officials in gaining access
to our middle schools. Refuge
House also offers emergency aid
to victims as well as individual
and group counseling. The Talla-
hassee phone number is (850)
922-6062 or (800)500-1119.
Franklin County has a local coun-
selor, Jeanie Taylor, who can be
reached at 653-3313.
The business portion of the meet-
ing began with discussion of the
Most Anything Grows In Franklin
new island park. pavilion, rest
rooms and parking facilities. The
design has been changed and
funding secured. Construction
should begin within the next
thirty days. Teresa Kline then
spoke about the Let The Children
Play Foundation and their efforts
to raise money for the adjoining
With the creation of this founda-
tion, donations are now tax de-
ductible. One of the fund raising
events being planned is a Casino
SNight at the Dixie Theatre on De-
cember 28. For more information
on the foundation, call 927-3333.
Mason Bean continued the good
news with an announcement of a
newly purchased foam truck for
the island fire department. The
truck provides a ten to one expan-
sion of current water capabilities.
and can be inexpensively retrofit.
Bob Guyon continued to clarify
the mission of the tax watch
groups. Their goal is to assess all
of the monies received and spent
by the county, including grants.
revenue sharing etc, not just ad
Lastly, the issue of the new boat
ramp reared its head in more con-
fusion through newly implied re-
sistance from the county. Misin-
formation continues regarding its
placement. No one, yet, seems to
be able to got one definitive an-
swer on where the new bridge will
land on the island. As always,
Civic Club members are doggedly
trying to sort through the maze
The meeting was concluded with
the installation of new officers of
the club. Bob Hopper will serve
as president. Bob Guyon will act
as vice-president. Bob Gardner is
the new treasurer. Mason Bean
will continue his involvement as
secretary, Frank Latham and Tom
Lewis will serve on the board.
To Be Offered At
Gulf Coast Community College
was recently granted approval by
the Florida Board of Nursing to
begin a Practical Nursing Program
at The Gulf/Franklin Center be-
ginning in January 2000.
Twenty-four students will be ad-
mitted annually to the program.
All class and campus lab instruc-
tion will be. held at The Gulf/
Franklin Center while hands-on
clinical instruction will occur at
local nursing homes and hospi-
tals and Bay County hospitals.
Veteran's Day 1999
On this day, Veteran's Day, we are honoring the services of veterans
of all wars who fought for our country. We are remembering those
who made it home from America's wars and conflicts and must not
forget those who died or returned wounded to live out their lives in
veteran's hospitals across the nation.
At this time, I have a question. Where are all the people? The banks
are closed. Federal and state offices are shut down. There won't be
any mail delivered. So, I ask again-where are all the people?
We few faithful are here today because we have not forgotten. That
without the sacrifices of those we honor there might notbe any days
off-ever. We are here today because we share a common bond; forged
in the service of America.
The responsibility falls to us to remind our elected leaders, our busi-
ness owners, our educators, our friends and neighbors that Veteran's
Day has a proud history that is worthy of continuing for generations.
President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11, 1919, Veteran's
Day to mark the one year anniversary of the ending ofWWI. He stated.
"This day should be filled with thanksgiving and prayer and ceremo-
nies designed to continue peace through good will and,mutual un-
derstanding between nations. This day should be observed in schools
and churches and other suitable places."
What has happened to these ceremonies? What does Veteran's Day
mean now to most people? As we mark Veteran's Day 1999, we do so
with the painful memory of the hard learned lessons of the past i1OO
years. It has been called; the bloodiest century in American history.
Our armed forces have been sent to Panama, Libya, Bdsnia, Somalia.
Grenada, 'rid dozens of 6ther places to protect our children from
Millions of men and women have answered the call to keep the flame
of freedom burning brightly. Those of us who share this common
bond, which brings us together for Veteran's Day, need to encourage
all in our community to remember and honor our veterans on this
day for the supreme sacrifices they made for their country and each
of us today. This day should be observed in schools, churches, and
other suitable places with appropriate ceremonies.
Let us leave here with those words resounding in our heads and in
our hearts. Let us resolve that our common bond will compel us to go
the extra mile in the coming years in helping all Americans recapture
the celebration of Veteran's Day. Next year, and the next year, ana for
all the next years, I pray we won't be looking over a small crowd
asking "Where are all the people?" because they will be here withus.
We must never forget our veterans. They are America's true heroes.
Commander Kenneth Arbuckle
Camp Gordon Johnston
American Legion Post 82
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THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHRONICLE, INC.
Vol. 8, No. 24
November 26, 1999
+ American Red Cross
Help Can't Wait
During the past 24 months the Capital Area Chapter of the American
Red Cross has lived up to its motto of "Help Can't Wait" by respond-
ing to 286 home fires throughout our eight counties. Our response to
these home fires comes from a network of trained "Disaster Action
Team" members who volunteer their time to help those how have lost
everything in their hour of need. Help comes in the form of financial
assistance to purchase needed food and clothing.
Our "Disaster Action Teams" have responded to and provided assis-
tance to the following home fires:
# of Fires # of Victims Financial Assistance
Mrs. Gladys Alien, Carrabelle resident, models one of her
ripening pinapples. The seeds were planted over one year
ago, discovered by literally slicing off the top of a mature
pinapple and planting it in a pot.
Letter To The Editor
I thoroughly enjoyed the October 29-November 11, 1999 issue of The
Franklin Chronicle, especially the articles on the Monarch butterfly
migration, the sale of St. George Resort Village, the turpentine mar-
ket history. and Senator Graham's visit to Apalachicola in connec-
tion wi'th riwer 'diedgin'. As"usual, the chronicle tells me what's really
going 'o in Fra:inkhn rlir t.oi, and in detail.
Please'tellTomn Caripbell how much I appreciated his well researched,
well written article "Beautiful, Migrating Monarch Butterflies".
Thanks for the compliments, Bill. I appreciate the opportunity to
spotlight all of the Chronicle contributors who work long and hard
to produce issues twice monthly.
Tom W. Hoffer
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Contributors......... ...... Tom Campbell
............ Barbara Revell
............ Rene Topping
............ Jean Collins
Sales .. Jean Collins
............ Tom W. Hoffer
............ Jamie Cooper
and Production Artist............................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Technical Editor, Copy Editor
and Proofreader ....................................... Tom Garside
Director of Circulation .......................... Andy Dyal
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein......................................... Alligator Point
George Chapel ....................................... Apalachicola
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................ Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ............................................... C arrabelle
David Butler ........................................... Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
Pat M orrison ............................................ St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
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As cool weather begins to make itself known in North Florida once
again, we are in need of your financial support to continue to provide
help to those who have lost their home to a fire. Please make your
check payable to the American Red Cross-Single Family, Fire Fud,4
and mail it to the Capital Area Chapter, Sinigle Family Fire Fund, 187
Office Plaza Dr, Tallahassee Fl 3230,1 today.. ,,... .
Get Your Flu Shot Now
It's time to be vaccinated against this year's strains of influenza.
Public health officials recommend flu shots for those age 65 and over,
health workers; nursing- home residents; people with weakened im-
mune systems or with chronic heart or lung disease-and anyone else
who wants to avoid the miseries of flu. (Those allergic to chicken eggs
might have a reaction to the shot.)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also urges
pneumococcal, pneumonia immunization for people by age 65 and
for others with chronic illnesses.
Medicare covers the total cost of flu and pneumonia immunizations if
given by participating doctors.
To learn where vaccinations are given in your area, call the CDC at
(800) 232-2522 [in Spanish, (800) 232-0233] or the American Lung
Association at (800) 586-4872.
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St. George Island
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By Tom Campbell
Franklin County may end up get-
ting cheated out of some much
needed government funds in the
future, unless more census tak-
ers can be found in the county,
according to Ms. Helen Schmidt,
Director of the Franklin County
Senior Center in Carrabelle.
Ms. Schmidt said that about 60
workers are needed for the cen-
sus, and about 9 workers have
been enlisted at this point.
Those interested in the paying job
of census taker may sign up at
the Carrabelle Senior Center on
Thursday. December 2 at 10 a.m.
Or you may phone Ms. Jean
Tousignant in St. Joe at (850)
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sign of the bridge can be more ef-
ficiently laid out, tailoring to the
contractor's construction meth-
ods, perhaps moving through the
construction process more
quickly. Ronald explained that the
chief environmental concern were
the oyster beds in the Bay. Con-
sultants. such as Ed Cake of Gulf
Environmental Associates (Ocean
Springs. Mississippi) have been
contracted to survey the present
beds and conduct surveys over
the entire length of the bridge,
investigating mortality rates.
He explained that the design team
is about halfway through the per-
mitting process, involving several
For the first time. diagrams of the
proposed fishing piers were dis-
played. Ronald explained that
construction would start on the
south (island) end initially, and
materials used in the structure
and equipment would be.stock- Del
piled on the constructed portions the
as the bridge is built-out. Con-
struction would also follow on the ele
Jeff Tousannt and Hugh Ronald
also discussed some unique fea-
tures of the new structure. This
is the first bridge to be con-
structed with huge 54-inch pre-
cast (concrete) cylinder piles, with
special piling designed for ship
impact. The piling is expected to
last the life of the new bridge mh,
which is projected to 100 years.
The cylinders will be hollow in-
side, but about surrounded by an
8 1/2 inch think outer shell rein-
forced with steel rebar enclosed
in watertight casings and wired
into a metal web,,. The bridge to
St. George Island will also be the
first one warrantied by the con- -
tractor for a ten year period, with
complete inspections every two
years. This will be the longest
bridge in northern Florida, about
274 feet longer than the Skyway
bridge in the St. Petersburg area.
The timetable for design and con-
struction is depicted below.
Start Test Pile Program
- July 16,1999
- January 26, 2000
. August 18, 2000
S August 19, 2000
tail drawing of south end of the bridge connecting t
e island showing design of the fishing pier and bridge
Detail drawing of the north end of the bridge showing
Construction Mobilization g August 19, 2000
Construction of New
Bridge to Start
Demolition of Existing
Bridge to Begin
- October 18, 2000
- February 3, 2003
--m August 12. 2003
In response to audience qiues-
tions, JeffTousannt said that the
pilings of the old. bridge woTld bi-
cut off at the mudline or two Iee I
below the mud line. During con-
struction, there will be two lanies.
of traffic at both ends of the struck
ture without much delay to rou-
tine traffic. The causeway w-ill
have its asphalt road base re-
moved with some general land-
scaping, but private groups may
provide more beautification for
the bird sanctuary.
For the time being, the structure
was being called the "Millennium
Bridge" until formally named at
some future date.
Mother and baby bears search the dumpsters for lunch.
As Told to Rene Topping
By Robert McDaris
Carrabelle High School Principal
Robert McDaris was surprised
when, on the afternoon of Novem-
ber 10, he was told that two bears
were on the grounds of the school.
He looked out the back part of the
school and saw Momma Bear and
her teenage cub happily eating at
/ the dumpster. He said, "They
knew where to find some good
groceries-our school lunch."
They were making a great meal
out of the children's leftovers and
he added, 'They both were enjoy-
ing the milk that remained in the
McDaris said momma bear
Showed her cub the easy way to
get up to the dumpsters. Once she
reached the top of the ramp, she
pulled out a bag full of bits and
pieces and using one paw to hold
it down, easily opened it up and
to soon both bears were having a
e wholesome meal.
The bears showed no sign of mov-
ing on and so as a safety precau-
tion, McDaris said that he kept
the children inside until the buses
came to take them home. So few
if any of the children knew about
their unexpected guests.
The sheriffs office was called and
Carl Whaley answered the call. He
and McDaris decided to call the
Florida Game and Freshwater
Fish and the call was answered
by Christopher Newbold, of
Quincy, as no local personnel
McDaris said that this was his
first episode with bears and he
could not help but admire their
ingenuity. He went back into the
a building and took advantage of
the bears for a true picture op-
portunity. The bears paraded up
and down the short ramp, sat
down and ate to their hearts con-
tent and showed no propensity to
Leave such a wonderful self ser-
vice food bar.
While they were waiting for
Newbold, McDaris said he used
g up a roll of film. The bears posed
in upright positions and ambled
all, around. with McDaris snap-
ping off pictures.
Soon Newbold arrived from
Quincy along with a barrel shaped
trap. Together they smeared pea-
nut butter into the floor of the trap
and in the back end of the trap
some tantalizing tidbits from the
school lunch menu. McDaris said
they must have considered them
to be "great groceries."
The smell of the peanut butter
was irresistible to the cub who
walked right in and the door
slammed shut. The cub immedi-
Sately called mournfully to his
momma and she was very upset
and made a "false charge" at
McDaris. He said, "I jumped up
about 30 feet. She did not actu-
ally do more than threaten.."
McDaris pulled his lip down and
imitated the momma bear's snarl.
McDaris said that he had to feel
sorry for the momma bear. Like a
human mother she stayed close
to her cub. The momma bear was
taken later by darts loaded with
- a tranquilizer. It took several shots
before she had to lay down and
go to sleep. Then she was loaded
up with her cub and taken out to
S a deeper part of the woods.
McDaris said that a lot of the lo-
cal people told him that she would
. be back.
Each fall around about October,
the acorns are ready for the bears
to have a feast. This year was no
Different, She had ben seen in the
back yards of homes surround-
I ing the school and over on the
south end of U.S. 98. around Hal-
We will know for sure who she is
Sif she returns to us this year or
next, as courtesy of the Game and
Freshwater Fish folks, she left
Carrabelle sporting tags.
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posed for 132 acres of land near
Yent's Bayou that was previously
owned by Alice Collinri
P&Z also heard a request from Mr.
, Ben Watkins, agent for Big Bend
Golf Company, to develop a golf
course and housing development
in Eastpoint, south of Twin Lakes
Before the development can be-
gin Pierce said. "Three things
must happen: A. 94 acres of.R-2
must be rezoned to R- 1 a, which
is the single family subdivision
zone, which allows for three units
per acre on central sewer and
water. B. 5.5 acres need to be
changed from Residential R-2 to
Commercial C-2 to allow for build-
ing a club house and associated
commercial activities. C. The golf
course itself will need to receive a
special use permit from the Board
of County Commissioners." Pierce
reminded the commissioners that
the "'Board specifically adopted a
procedure to allow for public in-
put on golf courses by allowing a
golf course in a zoning category
so long as the Board issued a spe-
cial use permit. A special use per-
mit can only be obtained after the
Board holds a public hearing P&Z
recommended that the three
items be approved." Pierce fur-
ther explained that 349 acres of
land, central to Eastpoint, is in-
volved. Pierce turned the floor
over to Watkins who, in turn,
yielded to Jim Sisung, Chairman
of the Board for Eastpoint Water
and Sewer. Sisung said:.they en-
dorse th cprcept and,edxplained
why, "'We .cu, rntly. like most
water and sewer departments in
the County, are under what is
euphemistically called, 'A Consent
Order' which means, we cannot
expand, we can't serve any more
customers for sewer needs than
we had several years ago. We are
about to get out from under that.
We have a current capacity of
wastewater treatment of 165,000
gallons a day. We consistently
exceed that and that gives us a
great problem getting rid of that
effluent. We now have funding
which will correct that problem to
a substantial degree and expand
our capacity by 110,000 that we
will then have 275,000 gallons of
effluent. However, we consistently
exceed the 165,000. What we do
after we have treated that water,
remove the. solids, etc., is put it
through a system where it is
sprayed out on about 35 or 40.
acres. That has- not been suffi-
cient to accommodate the growth
of the number of homes that we
treat. We need more land. We need
to double the 35 or 40 acres now
used just to take care of our cur-
rent set of needs and that which
we expect in the next few years.
We, the citizens of Eastpoint who
are served by the Eastpoint Wa-
ter and Sewer would benefit dra-
matically if this Board approved
that golf course, because there are
hundreds of acres and a big por-
tion of that we would be able to
spray effluent on in lieu of their
needing to use chemicals to fer-
tilize the fairways and the greens.
So with your approval of this
project there would be several
entities which would benefit. One
and first of all would be all of the
people who would use the golf
course. We need that sort of rec-
reational expansion in the county.
Two, would be the citizens who
are served by Eastpoint Water and
Sewer because we would not have
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McDaris, principal of
to go out and buy what is becom-
ing very expensive land. Three.
from an ecological point of view.
the waste water would be sprayed
on the fairways and the greens
and is in a tertiary condition at
the point at which it gets there
and then as it filters through it is
much cleaner than it would be if
the golf course used the old fash-
ioned chemical fertilizers. From
the three vantagepoints,we, the
Eastpoint Water and Sewer, rec-
ommend that you endorse the
proposal very much as it appears
there. Everybody would gain."
Mosconis expressed concern
about the stormwater runoff. Golf
course architect, Kevin Tucker,
said that they would go over the
stormwater problem extensively
at the Public Hearing. Tucker said
there will be stormwater retention
facilities within the golf course
which will handle the stormwater
drainage. Tucker further said that
they were working closely with the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) and, that there
will be monitoring wells on the
Mosconis said that the County
has more stringent requirements
than DEP. Mosconis further said
that stormwater will be the key
issue and everyone is will have to
"be satisfied" that the system is
safe. Sanders said this project re-
quires a lot of scrutiny, Pierce said
the County could require the De-
velopment of Regional Impact
(DRI) ,even thoughh the-plan does
not require!it. :-.- -. .-: ;.;.*.
Bobby Varnes, commercial fish-
erman, said he did not think the
sprayfields should be traded for
the seafood industry. Joe
Eckstine, Eastpoint, wanted to
know if there could be legal guar-
antees that the golf course would
use only effluent to fertilize the
Buford Flowers, a long time resi-
dent and involved in the seafood
industry for many years, spoke in
favor of the project. His concern
is that septic tanks are not treated
and, "Whatever goes into the
drainfield goes into the ground
and right into the Bay." Joyce
Timmons, president of the Mag-
nolia Bluff Homeowners Associa-
tion, noted that many of them
have not been provided services
by the Eastpoint Water and Sewer
and they would like to be. She was
concerned about their septic
tanks flowing into the Bay.
A public hearing has been sched-
uled for December 7, 1999, at
Alfred 0. Shuler
Shuler reported that he re-
searched the MSBU concerns of
Dog Island. The residents of Dog
Island have requested assistance
from the County. Shuler believes
that the County can raise the
MSBU rates in individual districts
as long as it is tied to a special
project. Once the special project
was paid for the rates could re-
turn to their former status. Shuler
further said a public hearing
would be required before rates
could be raised.
Prior to adjournment the Com-
missioners elected Clarence Will-
iams as Chairman for another
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By Tom Campbell
At the regular meeting of the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Commission on November
9, three private docks were easily
approved by the commissioners.
Under the section "Review of Criti-
cal Habitat Zone." applications
were approved for docks. John
Bone on Apalachicola River, Jane
Doerfer on Alligator Point and
Danielle and Jim Tully on St.
Under commercial applications.
Romeos Beach cafe was seeking
to build in the area of Fini's on
St. George Island. and that was
Review of a request to rezone a
3.95 acre parcel north of
Apalachicola on the corner of
Squire Road and Bluff Road, as
proposed by Sammy L. Thomp-
son, in order to place mini ware-
houses as home industry. It was
pointed out there would need to
be a Public Hearing. Reportedly,
"the neighbors don't object." The
request was approved with 2 Nays
and 5 Ayes.
Review of a request for a land use
change of 94.5 plus acres located
east of Bayshore Drive and south
of Twin Lakes Road, west of Otter
slide Road and north of US Hwy
Cliffford B. Shaw
Clifford B. Shaw. 51. of Tallahassee.
died on Monday. October 25. 1999 in
Tallahassee. A native of Gouverneurs
Island, NY, and former resident of
Carrabelle, Mr. Shaw had lived in Tal-
lahassee until his death. He was an
exterminator with Commercial Pest
Exterminator Co.. had served in the
United States Air Force, and was a
Protestant. He is survived by his son.
Brad Shaw of Rincon, GA: his com-
panion, Elizabeth Winter of Tallahas-
see: two sisters, Jackie Gay of
Carrabelle and June Bedle of Colum-
bus, GA: and 3 grandchildren. A Me-
morial Service was held on Saturday.
October 30. 1999. Following the Me-
morial Service, the remains were scat-
tered over Tyson Harbour. Kelley-Riley
Funeral Home, Carrabelle. in charge
Lora Lee James
Lora Lee James, 69, of St. George Is-
land, died on Friday, November 5,
1999 at her home. A native of Britton,
TX, and moving from Albany. GA. Mrs.
Lewis had been a resident of St.
George Island for 11 years. She was
the owner/property manager of Gulf
Coast Realty on St. George Island. She
is survived by her husband, Lewis S.
James. Jr 'of Si Gedure T.land one
son Sarmmrr,.jmei'- _i ,l I', ry Is-
land: two daughters'; Charlotte James
of St. George Island and Terri Mitchell
of Kennesaw, GA: one brother, James
Tipps of Big Sandy, TX: eight grand-
children: 1 great-grandchild.
Memorialization was by cremation. No
services are planned at this time.
Those desiring may make contribu-
tions to Big Bend Hospice/Franklin
County Unit, 1723 Mahan Center, Tal-
lahassee, FL 32308-5428 in memory
of Lora Lee James. Kelley Funeral
Home, Apalachicola, FL, in charge of
Joseph Francis "Joe"
Joseph Francis "JOE" Zingarelli, 81.
of Apalachicola, died on Friday. No-
vember 12, 1999 in Tallahassee, FL.
A native and life-long resident of
Apalachicola. Joe retired, after 34
years, from the City of Apalachicola
as the Superintendent of Public
Works. He was a volunteer fireman
with the City of Apalachicola for 60
years: he also served as the assistant
fire chief for 60 years. he was the sex-
ton of the city cemeteries for
Apalachicola, was the crossing guard
for Chapman Elementary School for
many years, and he was a bee keeper.
He was also a member of the St.
Patrick Catholic Church in
Apalachicola. He is survived by his two
sons. Jack Zingarelli and Richard
"TICH" Zingarelli, both of
Apalachicola: his daughters. Fran
Summerlin of Fort Walton Beach, and
Candy Zingarelli of Tallahassee: one
brother. Genaro "GIGGS" Zingarelli of
Apalachicola: one sister. Helen
Zingarelli of Fort Walton Beach &
Apalachicola: ten grandchildren and
2 great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass
was held on Monday, November 15.
1999 at the St. Patrick Catholic
Church and interment followed in
Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola.
All arrangements were under the di-
rection of Kelley Funeral Home.
Rosalie "Momma Coot"
Rosalie "MOMMA COOT" McCaskill.
93. of Apalachicola died on Friday,
November 12. 1999 in Apalachicola.
A native and life-long resident of
Apalachicola. Mrs. McCaskill was a
homemaker and member of St. Paul
A.M.E. Church in Apalachicola. She
is survived by her son. Louis
McCaskill. Jr. of Apalachicola: her
daughter.. Barbara Doles of Miami.
FL: one sister. Sadie Ford of
Apalachicola: a niece. Alveta Bowman
of Jacksonville. FL: seven grandchil-
dren: 4 great-grandchildren: 1
great-great-grandchild: other relatives
and sorrowing friends. Funeral ser-
vices were held on Monday. Novem-
ber 15. 1999 at the St. Paul A.M.E.
Church. Interment followed in Mag-
nolia Cemetery in Apalachicola. All ar-
rangements were under the direction
of Kelley Funeral Home. Apalachicola.
Gregory Louis Estes
Gregory Louis Estes. 32 of
Apalachicola. FL. died on Tuesday.
November 16. 1999 in Chipley. FL. A
native and lifelong resident of
Apalachicola..Greg was a commercial
fisherman and had also worked in the
construction industry. He was Holi-
ness by faith. He was preceded in
death by his maternal grandparents.
Altha Mae Riley Finch and James Tho-
mas Vickery, and also by his paternal
grandfather, Chelsea Lewis Estes.
98 in Eastpoint, lor building 198
home sites and 212-acre golf
course. Request submitted by
Kevin Tucker, Land Use Planner
and Golf Course Architect.
representing Big Bend Golf
It appeared this golf course com-
munity has the approval of the
Eastpoint Water and Sewer Divi-
sion, because it would solve a
problem they face. They would be
able by agreement to use the "ef-
fluent from the sewer plant" on
the golf course, thus eliminating
the problem currently of too much
effluent and no way to get rid of
it. It was pointed out that "every-
thing would be Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP)
Review of new Land Use Category
called 'Traditional Town Use" was
proposed by Richard Parvey of
Parvey Development Corporation.
There was a great deal of discus-
sion, in which Ms. Jeanne Bonds,
representing Mr. Parvey, said
"there is very little, it any, wet-
lands on this property." She
pointed out that it is a "high prop-
erty (elevated), and would not ef-
fect the Bay because it is north of
The Commissioners countered
with the issue' of "whether we
want this kind of land use in
Franklin County." They reiter-
ated. "Do we want this kind of
density in the county?" It was
Greg is survived by his parents. Rob-
ert and Gloria Estes of Apalachicola:
three brothers. Robbie Estes and
Kenny Estes. both of Apalachicola,
and Jimmy. Estes of Tallahassee: two
sisters. Marie Hendels of Apalachicola
and Charlotte Crosby of Sumatra FL:
his grandmother. Henrietta Eva
Polous Estes of Apalachicola: and his
step-grandfather. D.C. "Boise" Finch
of Wausau. FL. Funeral services were
held Saturday. November 20, 1999 at
the Living Waters Assembly of God
Church in Apalachicola. Interment
followed in Magnolia Cemetery in
Apalachicola. Kelley Funeral Home.
Apalachicola. FL. in charge of arrange-
Floyd Myers Elliott
Floyd Myers Elliott. 92, of
Apalachicola. died on Thursday, No-
vember 18. 1999 in Tallahassee. A
native of Savannah. GA, Mr. Elliott
had lived in Oakland, CA for many
years before moving to Pensacola.
where he lived for 25 years. He had
been a resident of Apalachicola for the
past 3 years. He was the president and
co-owner of Damasco Bakery in Oak-
land until his retirement. He was also
a member of the Scottish Rite. a mem-
ber of the York Rite, member of the
Shrine, and he was a Free & Accepted
Mason. He was also a member of the
Society of the Bethesda Home for Boys
in Savannah, and he had served in
the U.S. Coast Guard during World'
War II. He is survived by two nieces:
Frankie Elliott Hodges of Savannah,
GA and Marie Elliott Zeigler of Savan-
nah, GA: a brother-in-law, Spero
Buzier ofApalachicola; a sister-in-law,
Angelina Olson of Portland. OR: and
numerous nephews, nieces.
great-nephews and great-nieces. He
was preceded in death by his wife.
Mrs. Cleo Buzier Elliott. Funeral ser-
vices were held on Saturday, Novem-
ber 20. 1999 at Kelley Funeral Home
Chapel in Apalachicola, Interment fol-
lowed in Magnolia Cemetery in
Apalachicola. Kelley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola. in charge of all arrange-
Jimmy Talley, Sr.
Jimmy Talley, Sr., 60. of Carrabelle,
died on Thursday. November 18. 1999
at his home in Carrabelle. A native and
life-long resident of Carrabelle, Mr.
Talley had worked for the Department
of Transportation Road Department.
He was a member of the American
Legion and was Holiness by faith. He
is survived by his wife, Linda Talley
of Carrabelle: one son. Jimmy Talley,
Jr. of Carrabelle: one daughter.
Tammy Talley of Sopchoppy; his par-
Petition for a New Face on
Point Water Board
By Rene Topping
After hearing a report from Rand
Edelstein on November 13 relat-
ing to the problems associated
with the water quality on Alliga-
tor Point. members of the Alliga-
tor Point Taxpayers Association
decided to take action. They will
begin immediately circulating a
petition to be sent to Governor Jeb
Bush asking that he appoint Tom
Vanderplaats to the Alligator Point
Water Resources Board.
The three members of the APWRB
are all appointed by the Gover-
nor and one of them. Fred
McCord, is serving his third four
year term on the board, Cynthia
pointed out that the idea was "to
create another town" between
Eastpoint and Carrabelle. Appar-
ently. many commissioners had
a problem with that kind of high
desnsity, which was envisioned to
be "up to 12 units" per. or high
'density, multi-family use.
It was recommended that the dis-
cussion of 'Traditional Town Use"
'be "Tabled" until the next meet-
ing. Chairperson Gayle Dodd
pointed out that it would be ap-
propriate for Mr. Parvey to attend
and discuss his plans for
ents, Edgar Talley of Carrabelle and
Thelma Talley of Carrabelle: two
brothers, Edgar Talley. Jr. of
Carrabelle and Joe Talley of
Talapoosa, GA; and 3 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Sun-
day, November 21. 1999 at the First
Assembly of God Church in
Carrabelle. Interment followed in Ev-
ergreen Cemetery in Carrabelle.
Kelley-Riley Funeral Home,
Carrabelle. in charge of all arrange-
Idell Simmons Bell
Idell Simmons Bell, 74, of
Apalachicola. died on Friday. Novem-
ber 19, 1999 at her home in
Apalachicola. A native of Crowder, MS.
and having lived in Apalachicola for
many years, Idell was a homemaker.
She is survived by her sons and
daughters-in-law: Willie "Buddy" &
Mary Helen Renfro of Port St. Joe and
Bert Davis & Vickie Simmons of
Apalachicola: her daughters and
sons-in-law: Diane & Milton Ward of
Apalachicola, Teresa & Rick Young-
blood of Indian Pass, and Ann Ballard
of Port St. Joe: one sister: Kay Pittman
of Batesville, MS: one brother; O.C.
Allen of Texas; 12 grandchildren and
17 great-grandchildren. Funeral ser-
vices were held on Monday, Novem-
ber 22, 1999 at Kelley Funeral Home
Chapel in Apalachicola. Interment fol-
lowed in Magnolia Cemetery in
Apalachicola. Kelley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola, in charge of all arrange-
Jimmy F. Kearse
Jimmy F. Kearse, 42, of Eastpoint, FL,
died on Tuesday, November 16. 1999
in Apalachicola, FL. A native of Talla-'
hassee, FL, and moving from
Bainbridge, GA. Mr. Kearse had lived
in Eastpoint for the past two months.
He was the manager of the
Apalachicola Bay Camp Ground in
Eastpoint. He was also a draftsman;
carpenter and electrician, and a mem-
ber of the Bainbridge, GA Volunteer
Fire Department. Survivors include
his wife, Jeannette Kearse of
Eastpoint. FL; one son. Fred Kearse
of Eastpoint. FL: one daughter. Kami
Kearse of Tallahassee, FL: and a
granddaughter, Rebecca Kearse of
Tallahassee, FL; two brothers. Dudley
Grambling Kearse ofWacissa, FL and
Henry Odis Kearse ofTallahassee, FL;
one sister, Sue Glover ofWoodville. FL.
A Memorial Service was held on Sun-
day, November 21, 1999, at the First
Baptist Church in Eastpoint, FL. In
lieu of flowers, contributions can be
made to your local Shriner's Unit for
Burned & Crippled Children. Kelley
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Tunnicliff is serving her second
term and Chip Cordell finished
his term in June. The members
expressed their wish to have an
elected board in order that they
have some say in who is ap-
Tom Vanderplaats said he was at
the meeting after the flow meters
were installed and Edelstein had
brought up the problems but
there was not a whole lot of con-
cern evidenced on the part of the
Vaderplaats added, "The problem
is what we are doing now is de-
stroying the wells." Bunky
Atkinson said, "At the last water
meeting they handed out a bud-
get to put in more wells. to get the
land and more wells so they are
moving ahead in the direction of
getting more wells." She added
that the board had a request in
for a grant at 3 per cent interest.
She said, "We can't change his-
tory but we can go forward."
Edelstein said that at the last
meeting it was the first time the
engineer had indicated that the
wells should be pumped at the 65
gpm. Edelstein observed." We see
increased construction sod lawns
that require more irrigation sys-
tems. We really don't have any
extra water to waste."
Vanderplaats pointed out that the
ad valorem tax is what is financ-
ing the water district and paying
loans. Atkinson said. "You know,
I told them at that last meting that
we own that water board."
Edelstein said that each time he
tried to say something at the last
meeting he was told it was not a
public meeting. He said, "I was
castigated and accused of trying
to bring embarrassment on the
engineers, but was not allowed
He said, 'This is from a board that
is taking $130,000 each year in
ad valorem taxes from you."
Bitner said, "I would like to point
out, the board is appointed it is
not elected. So you don't have any
say as to who is on the board.
They should be more receptive to
Bob Burnett said, "I am being
taxed by a board on which I do
not have a chosen representative."
Bitner said "we are not being rep-
resented by anyone we have
elected." Bitner said, "we have got
a water problem. We are not go-
ing to have new wells right away.
We need to get up a petition and
get it going. We need you to take
it and present it through your
neighborhood. in the end a peti-
tion naming Tom Vanderplaats as
a recommended replacement for
a board vacancy will be drawn up
and taken around to get as many
signatures as possible from resi-
dents who are in accord with the
idea and send it to the Governor.
Atkinson said, 'The governor al-
ready has had a telegram notify-
ing him of the water problems at
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Company At Dixie Theatre
By Tom Campbell
The City of Tallahassee is currently the Twin City of Sligo in Ireland.
The mayors of the two cities met .i:,'l j. November 20. to celebrate
and the company of nine actors had to phone and say they were
delayed a while. Arrangements were made and the talented Yeats
Theatre Company arrived and performed as scheduled, at the Dixie
Theatre in Apalachicola.
They are a high-energy group and their performances were thoroughly
professional. In a meeting backstage after the performance. they posed
for pictures and seemed to have a good time. "We love Apalachicola
and this whole area," they said and are already planning to come
back next year.
One highlight of the show was performer Jarleth McTierman. who
played an Irish musical instrument called the "Uillean" (pronounced
like the name Ellen). According to Mr. McTierman. it "is a tempera-
mental instrument because it has seven reeds which are sensitive to
and respond to humidity and temperature." His instrument was in
good form for the show at the Dixie Theatre and the audience re-
sponded with enthusiastic and prolonged applause.
W.B. Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland, is a Nobel prize.winner for
Literature, and is famous for his poetry and plays. Two of his plays
are well performed in the current production. "Purgatory" and "The
Cat and The Moon." Directed by Edmund Henry, the cast is made up
of a company of nine actors, a true ensemble.
The present tour is with the assistance of the Twin City/Sister City
programme of Tallahassee and Sligo and the County Sligo Enterprise
Board in Ireland.
Lanark Village Annual Craft Show And Bake
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26 November 1999 Page 7
Boyd Bill To Secure
November 26 December 11, 1999 School Funding
Franklin Passes House:
Bulletin By Tom Campbell Victory For Rural
Board \ Counties
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.
Wednesday, December 1-A Florida Stakeholders Meeting has been sched-
uled at the Northwest Florida Water Management District at 2 p.m. (EST). A
Water Allocation Formula Committee meeting also has been scheduled for
Friday. December 3 at 10 a.m. Contact (850) 539-5999 for further informna-
S Thursday, December 2-Census takers needed. Sign up at Carrabelle Senior
Center at 10 a.m. Or contact Ms. Jean Touaignant in St. Joe at (850) 229-
Friday, December 3 10 a.m. (EST) The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee Flint
River Basin Commission established the Water Allocation Formula Commit-
tee to negotiate, allocation formula(s) for the basin. The next meeting of the
Committee is scheduled to be held at the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection. Conference Room A. 3900 Commonwealth Blvd.. Tallahassee.
For further information, contact Georgann Penson. Public Information Office.
Northwest Florida Water Management District at (850) 539,5999.
Friday, Saturday, December 3 4-Dixie Theatre Christmas Program, 8
p.m. For more information, phone 850-653-3200. Dixie Theatre, downtown
Thursday, December 9-Chamber of Commerce (Carrabelle) will hold an-
nual meeting for December at the Carrabelle Senior Center at 7 p.m. Finger
food will be served.
Friday, December 10-In order to ensure Christmas delivery, cards and pack-
ages to overseas military addresses must be mailed, by the following date:
First class letters and cards and all Priority Mail going to APO or FPO zip
codes should be sent by December 10. 1999. Mail from overseas to U.S. zip
codes should be sent by December 5. 1999. Parcel Airlift Mail going to APO or
FPO zip codes should be sent by December 3. 1999. Mail from overseas to
U.S. zip codes should be sent by November 21. 1999. Space-available mail
going to APO or FPO zip codes should be sent by November 27. 1999. Mail
rom 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.
Friday, Saturday December 10, 11-Dixie Theatre in Historic Apalachicola
offers its presentation of "A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley." beginning
at 7:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted.
Saturday, December 11-The Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola will be the site of
a monthly Ballroom Dance, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Admission to the event is $5
per person and includes a Disc Jockey and lessons for beginners and experi-
enced dancers by Jom and Edrie Hurst, professional dance instructors from
Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Tallahassee. For more information, contact
Rex Partington at the Dixie Theatre. (850) 653-3200.
Saturday, December 11-Flea Market and Craft Show at Chillas Hall in Lanark
Village. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch vill be served. For more information, phone
Sunday, December 12- Ilse Newell Concert Series features Bay Area Choral
Society and Apalachicola High School Band. Dixie Theatre in downtown
Apalachicola. 4 p.m.
Monday, December 13-Franklin County Domestic & Sexual Violence Task
Force meeting. 5 p.m. Apalachicola, FL. For additional information call 653-
Please send events with complete information to: Tom Campbell,
P.O. Box 451, Carrabelle, FL 32322, or phone 850-697-8358.
A new effort is underway to pro-
vide recreation for the children of
Franklin County. The Let the Chil-
dren Play Foundation,.Inc,
(LTCP), a non-profit organization,
hasebeen.rfoqred-to provide fund-
Sig.Jfor, recreation facilities and
programs. LTCP has a diverse
group of directors from
Apalachicola, Carrabelle, East-
point and St. George Island, Ex-
ecutive Director Teresa S. Kline
stated that, "It's out intention to
make this a countywide effort.
There is a great need for play-
grounds and other types of recre-
ation for our youth throughout
LTCP's first project is to raise ap-
proximately $70,000 for a play-
ground. which will be located in
the new public park being built
at the center of St. George Island.
Currently, none of the state or
county funding appropriated for
the park is designated for a play-
ground. While LTCP will continue
to seek state and county funding
for the playground, the majority
of the funding will have to come
from private donations.
LTCP will have a variety of
.fundraising events for this and
future projects. The foundation
has been established as a public
charity in accordance with Inter-
nal Revenue Code Section
501(c)(3), so donations are
tax-deductible.. If you would like
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to help, please call Teresa Kline
Candace Mott, General Manager,
Prudential Resort Realty, St. Jo-
seph Bay Office, has announced
the addition of Prudential's new-
est advantage, Libia Taylor. Libia,
who is fluent in Spanish, earned
her BS degree in hotel manage-
ment. She and her husband, Rick,
came to Gulf County in 1995 at
which time she began her career
in real estate. She has, since that
time, distinguished herself as a
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Libia's philosophy has been: "All
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The House of Representatives
passed H. R. 2389, on November
13, 1999, Congressman Allen
Boyd's (D-North Florida) County
Schools Funding Revitalization
Act. The bill offers a solution to
education funding shortages in
communities dependent upon
timber revenues. Boyd's bill has
the strong support of over 800 na-
tional, state, regional and local
groups from 37 states including
the National Education Associa-
tion, the National Association of
Counties, the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce and several labor or-
Since 1908, counties with
federally-owned forests in their
boundaries have received 25 per-
cent of timber revenues from
these federal lands to compensate
them for a diminished local prop-
erty tax base. These counties
across the nation depend on the
25 percent payments to maintain
their school systems and infra-
structure. "Forest Service pay-
ments are critical for the Second
Congressional District which en-
compasses both the Apalachicola
and the Osceola National For7
ests," said Congressman Boyd.
"Liberty, Wakulla, Franklin, Co-
lumbia, and Lebn Counties are all
impacted by Forest Service man-
Unfortunately, since the
mid-1980's, changes in U.S. For-
est Service management practices
have caused the 25 percent pay-
ments to dwindle, severely com-
promising the ability of counties
with federally-owned lands to pro-
vide quality education to local
school children. Payments to
many counties have dropped to
less than 10 percent of their his-
toric levels under the compact.
For example, 47 percent of Lib-
erty County, Florida is owned by
the Forest Service. Between 1987
and 1993, the 25 percent pay-
ments for Liberty County), and the
three other counties which con-
tain lands in the Apalachicola
National Forest, dropped from
$1,905,000 to $220,000 (in 1998
dollars), an 89 percent decrease.
Liberty County has been forced to
lay off eleven teachers, increase
the average class size from 23 to
28 students and discontinue a
host of extracurricular and devel-
In an effort to right this wrong,
Congressman Boyd introduced
H.R. 2389, the County Schools
Funding Revitalization,Act .of
1999 and v.:-rked LhroI.uch:.u-i the
year to ensure today's safe .p4-:
sage on the House floor. This leg-
islation addresses the emergency
situation in rural public schools
by providing an immediate and
adequate safety net for impacted
First the bill would ensure a pre-
dictable payment level to federal
forest communities for an interim
7 year period. This program would
be based on the average of the
three highest payments received
by a state between fiscal years
1984 and the year of the bill's"en-
actment. Secondly, the. bill re-
quires the federal government to
collaborate with local community
and school representatives as part
of the Forest Counties Payment
Committee to develop a perma-
nent solution that will fix the 1908
compact for the long term.
"I am pleased I could help fix this
broken compact and ensure the
federal government lives up to its
commitment to counties with fed-
erally owned lands," said Boyd.
"After their long-fought battle for
equity, this is a true victory for
our suffering rural schools."
H.R. 2389 passed by a vote of 274
to 153. The bill has been for-
warded to the Senate for consid-
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sive steps they have taken. i.e..
the ADAPT program, which works
with children who are not com-
fortable in the regular school set-
Bonnie Dietz. a correctional of-
ficer, emphasized the need for the
prison in Franklin County. She
stated she is driving 55 miles one
way every day just to get to work.
Dietz pointed out that the money
has been allocated for phase one
but not phase two and wanted to
know if and when phase two
would begin. Boyd stated she does
not know the answer and pointed
out that Corrections and Juvenile
Justice are currently being reor-
ganized. Boyd also noted that
there is not a need in the State
for extra prison beds.
Gene Lang-ston. wanted more in-
formation on the Governor's Ini-
tiativeon this area being declared
a critical area of concern. He also
wanted to know if the agencies
that will be working with this will
also "Attack the economic prob-
lem with the same fervor that DCA
and DEP attacked the area of criti-
cal State concern on the environ-
mental issues." Boyd stated "One
of the bills we passed last year
there were several areas that
could be designated to receive
extra economic help" and will be
focusing on this area. Boyd stated
she would send Langston. as well
as Anita Gregory, some of the de-
tails of the program. Skelton
pointed out that this is called The
Rural Critical of State Concern
and that Senator Thomas and
Representative Boyd were instru-
mental in the passage of the bill.
Skelton explained that the legis-
lation says. "Governor, when we
have an economic emergency'we
want to be treated the same as if
it were a hurricane or natural di-
saster. We want to be able to lift
some of the red tape out of the
way and be able to take action
without having to do all the dif-
ferent kinds of matches and those
kind of things that are required
in a normal process in the busi-
ness of state government and this
legislation does give the Governor
the authority to waive some of
those things in a situation where
you are facing a crisis in your
community through an economic
problem as opposed to a natural
disaster." Langston said. "Is he
going to address. I understand the
grants and low interest loans and
all that, but that is not the prob-
lem. The problem is if you want
to attract industry to this area.
you are going to have to relax
some of the regulatory processes.
I go through this every day and
there seems to.be a mind set in
the State and Federal agencies on
the regulatory side. If you are do-
ing something, somehow what
you are doing may have a benefi-
cial side but it also has a nega-
tive side to the environment.
therefore, it takes four years to go
through the process of getting
permits. Now why would anyone
want to come to Florida and spend
four years trying to.get a permit
when they can go Georgia and get
one in two weeks or two months."
Skelton agreed it is a problem and
said they have been successful in
trying to make the Governor
aware of these kind of problems.
"I think if you could see the legis-
lation in its entirety and the pro-
gram in its entirety that will an-
swer a lot of your questions."
Pierce spoke on behalf of the
Franklin County Commissioners
who were not able to attend the
meeting for various reasons.
Pierce said, "Essentially the
County Commission and I will
quote Commissioner Sanders di-
rectly, 'Prison, prison, prison'.
This is what the County wants
you to focus on this year."
Langston said, "'Just to put an-
other nail in that regulatory thing.
What's held the prison up is per-
mits. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service decided that's Flatwoods
Salamander habitat. They could
not find any but it is habitat. So
they had to mitigate 40 acres of
uplands into Flatwoods Sala-
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mander habitat in order to get a
permit from the Corp of
Pierce then spoke as the mayor .'
ofApalachicola. He gave Boyd ahd
Skelton letters concerning the
sewer problems and said he
hoped that Thomas and Boyd's
office could help get money into
the Department of Community
Affairs budget. Pierce said. "The
City of Apalachicola is still an area
of Critical State Concern and so
we would like a two million dollar
appropriation put in there to help
correct our effluent disposal area.
That is a source of litigation that
has cost the City quite a bit of
money and we are trying to solve
that." Boyd stated that one has
not been presented to them. She
further said that she is willing to '
support it and. "had filed a bill
trying to create a small county
wastewater program so that we
can get a $100 million a year in
grant money for small counties to
be able to apply."
Boyd explained the process of the
new legislative funding request
process and how communities
can access money for projects.
Boyd reviewed the criteria that is
necessary when applying. She
said, "The project must have an
overall public benefit ann you
have to give facts supporting the
evidence that there is a
public-at-large benefit and not to
just a narrow special interest and
it must have an overall statewide
benefit." She emphasized the im-
portance of a statewide beriefit
and said that the Governor vetoed
projects last year because they did
not have statewide benefit. She
said there must also be an over-
all fiscal benefit where there is
potential savings to the State. She
also said there must be objective
evaluation. She said, "They are
looking for where we have part-
nerships, public-private partner-
ships and match money. What
has the local community come up
with to be able to match It ... they
Swill look at performance and con-
sistent treatment of beneficiaries.
She also stated that there must
have been a public meeting and
review of the project.
Skelton explained that the pro-
cess for the Senate is the same as
for the House. If your local agency
determines that there is a need
that is not being met elsewhere,
then it can apply. The funding
request must be submitted to
both the House and Senate.
Skelton recommended if any
agency or group has a request
they must turn it in as soon as
Raymond Williams discussed the
ferry dock on Dog Island. He said
the dock is in very bad shape and
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requested consideration of pub-
lie funding for repair of the dock.
Richard Pleisinger supported Wil-
'Doris Gibbs. Supervisor of Elec-
tions. requested that Thomas and
Boyd's office monitor to ensure
that the legislature does not
change the procedure for voting
after the County has already or-
dered supplies. Gibbs noted this
has cost not only Franklin County
mbney but other counties as well.
because printing needs to be done
Sin advance of the legislative
SBrenda Galloway, Superintendent
of Schools, said. "I have a real
concern about the SPARSITY is-
sue. (SPARSITY supplement was
created to equalize the econom-
ics between the small rural coun-
ties and the larger urban areas.)
Right now Franklin County
Schools receives $519.000 from
SPARSITY and I can tell you with
the legislature wanting to delete
that money from the budget that
will be a real detriment to our pro-
gram. Galloway requested that
Boyd and Thomas work hard to
keep the SPARSITY money in the
budget. Galloway also noted the
economic impact of the schools in
that they are the largest employer
in the County and the lack of the
SPARSITY money could be seri-
ous. School Board member, Will
Kendrick emphasized the impor-
tance of the SPARSITY money
also. Boyd suggested that
Franklin County have groups go-
ing to Tallahassee on a regular
basis and working on every mem-
ber of the Senate and House re-
garding financing. Boyd stated. "It
will be a very challenging session
on school'funding this year espe-
cially for the small counties."
Boyd commended Franklin
County for getting off the State
Critical Concern List. She further
recognized the financial difficul-
ties of schools in small rural
Mayor William Messer, Carrabelle,
made a plea for the prison also.
He said he would like to see the
Boyd closed the session by say-
ing, "Thank you for letting us
work for you."
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are added to those who earned passing scores on the HSCT, the re-
sults show 81 % met the reading graduation requirement and 77%
met the math graduation requirement. These results are identical
with those reported a year ago when all students took the HSCT.
The reading section of the HSCT measures comprehension and skills
in obtaining information, identifying facts and opinions, and drawing
conclusions from a variety of reading selections. Students read and
answer questions about the kinds of material they typically encoun-
ter in textbooks, non-fictional literature. magazines, newspapers, and
other forms of popular literature.
The math section of the HSCT demands that students read and solve
real-world problems dealing with consumer applications and percent.
measurements, concepts of simple probability, use of ratios mid pro-
portions, applying geometric relationships, and solving one-step equa-
The FCAT reports a student's skill with scores that range from 100 to
500. If a tenth grade student earns a score in math at the 315 or
higher level, the student does not have to take the math part of the
HSCT. Students who score at 327 or higher on the reading test do not
have to take the communications part of the HSCT.
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Camp Gordon Johnston Meeting Continued From Page 1
there is anything that needs to be
cleaned up and they assigned the
Corps of Engineers to the job."
Since then they have been hard
at it all over the United States.
It seems that the reason is that
now is when Camp Gordon
Johnston worked it's way up
through the list..It was also indi-
cated that in the fifty years much
of the land that was once vacant
is now residential and the area is
growing faster at the present time.
The Camp Gordon Johnston site
had a preliminary scrutiny in
1994 and as a result of that In-
vestigation was one of the areas
considered to be most likely to
have ordnance left on the land.
The areas believed to be more
prone to have something needing
removal are Dog Island, the Gre-
nade Course, Alligator Point, the
site, of the old ghost of town
Harbeson City, the Impact area,
and the area known during train-
ing sessions as the Red, Green
and White Beaches.
Lettersthave been sent out to
people who will be mainly con-
cerned as their property is listed
as being in those areas. Much of
the area to be looked at is on land
Highway 98 & 6th Street
now owned by St, Joe Land De-
The personnel had laid out maps
for the residents to check. There
will be a repository of information
at the two branches of Franklin
County Public Library Branches
in Eastpoint and in Carrabelle,
also at the Apalachicola Munici-
pal Library. A web site will be es-
tablished at Projecthost.com/
As the work goes forward there
will be additional public meetings. #
The work will be done in two
phases. Phase 1, the first part of
the project, will be a preliminary
scouring of the areas by two man
teams, using an orange colored.
device will be managed by Greg
Hendrick. who is Parsons Engi-
neering Manager. This phase will
be a search for unexploded ord-
nance only and they will use their
own response teams.
Phase 2 will be known as Intru-
sion Investigation. and there will
be one, 2 man reacquisition team.
Their job will to defuse any
unexploded ordnance. The work
of, excavating to a level of four feet
will be done-with hand shovels.
An experienc-d team will take
care 0l any uLnexploded ammuni-
Residents were assured that the
work would be done with as little
intrusion on the daily lives of resi-
dents as possible. Also that any
damage done to property by any
work done would be taken care of
and the person's grounds put
back In the condition it was found
When the time came for questions
from the audience, the hands
went up all over the room. Among
the questions asked was from a
couple who had bought a home
and their home site was in the
area as one to be investigated.
They wondered what effect this
would have on the resale of their
property. Also they asked, if
should they have been notified at
the time of sale. They were told
that the question had come up
before at other places and there
had been no problems on resale.
If they felt that it was a problem
then they were referred to their
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THE TOBACCO-FREE PARTNERSHIP
OF FRANKLIN COUNTY
w STUDENTS WORKING AGAINST
TOBACCO (SWAT) TEAM
On August 25, 1997, Governor Lawton Chiles success-
fully negotiated for the state of Florida a landmark $11.3
billion settlement with the tobacco industry (later renegoti-
ated to $13 billion). This settlement includes the toughest
prohibitions ever imposed on advertising and marketing
tobacco products to children and teens. The tobacco in-
dustry was required to pay the first $1 billion within 12
months of the settlement, and the remainder over 25 years.
The agreement requires that all cigarette advertising bill-
boards in the state be eliminated. All tobacco advertising
within 1,000 feet of Florida schools is banned, as are to-
bacco ads in sports arenas, kiosks & mass transit sta-
tions, including trains.
SThe Tohnrco Pilot Program
.. The settlement money was earmarked for children's health
programs and an ambitious counter-marketing campaign.
The first effort funded was the Florida Pilot Program on
Tobacco Control, a $200 million program aimed at reduc-
ing use of tobacco products by persons under the age of
The first Teen Summit, held March 29 April 1, 1998, en-
listed 500 youth in developing an overall marketing strat-
egy for the campaign, developing the official program name
::;'.. & logo, reviewing and critiquing school tobacco curricula,
wll and providing creative input for the program's web site.
These teens then carried their message back to their coun-
-- lt I ties.
O Community Parrinerships and
S The teens themselves are the spokespersons for Florida's
C anti-tobacco efforts. With the settlement goal of reducing
youth tobacco use, Florida's Office of Tobacco Control
asked the young generation to make this fight their own,
P f A to take a leadership role in this cutting-edge campaign
Each of Florida's 67 counties formed a Tobacco-Free Part-
nership that includes a Students Working Against Tobacco
(SWAT) Team, teens charged with taking a leadership role,
plus adults from the community who support their efforts.
The Partnerships/SWAT Teams are where the grassroots;
work takes place to empower Florida's youth to live
Each county was allotted funds, apportioned according to
population and demographics, to accomplish a variety of
tobacco education and prevention activities within the
schools and the overall community. Activities include edu-
S eating youth and community members concerning tobacco,
tobacco sales and possession laws, educating
decision-makers about effective programs that prevent
tobacco use, and providing tobacco cessation programs
for youth. Initiatives include outreach to the minority youth
of the community.
The Franklin County SWAT Team and the Tobacco-Free
Partnership of Franklin County are full force in continuing
to keep BIG TOBACCO on the Run. So far this fiscal year,
the Partnership hired a new Tobacco Prevention Coordi-
nator (Continued on Page 11)
Philip Morris yesterday
launched a new campaign
designed to improve its
corporate image, high-
lighted by a new website
and a $100 million-a-year
TV advertising campaign.
The website includes
statements by the company
acknowledging the health
effects of smoking.
The site says: There is
overwhelming medical and
scientific consensus that
cigarette smoking causes
lung cancer, heart disease,
emphysema and other
serious diseases. Smokers
are far more likely to
develop serious diseases,
like lung cancer, than
The site also acknowledges
smoking is addictive, as
that term is most commonly
used today. It can be very
difficult to quit smoking,
but this should not deter
smokers who want to quit
from trying to do so.
The TV ads, designed by
the Leo Burnett ad agency,
will focus on the company's
charitable works, highlight-
ing the company's support
for programs that provide
relief for vyGtims of hunger,
domestic violence and
Steven Parrish, senior vice
president of Philip Morris,
said the website will not
force the company to
abandon its standard legal
defenses or drop its fight
against Food and Drug
of tobacco products.
He said Philip Morris would
still argue in court that
plaintiffs probably con-
tracted diseases from other
causes, were adequately
warned about the dangers
of smoking, and should
have tried harder to quit.
Matt Myers, of the Cam-
paign for Tobacco-Free
Kids, responded, "The
acknowledgments seem to
be an abandonment once
and for all of the campaign
of sowing doubts in the
minds of consumers. But it
falls a critical step short
because it doesn't say
whether Philip Morris
agrees with these conclu-
sions." Former Food and
Drug Administration Com-
missioner David Kessler
said, "They are saying
nicotine is an addictive
Health Ministers Meet To Consider Tobacco
Smoking has become the leading preventable cause of
death in the Americas, but some countries with eco-
nomic interests in tobacco are preventing aggressive
measures to reduce smoking, Dr. George A.0. Alleyne,
director-general of the Pan American Health Organiza-
tion, told a conference of health ministers in San Juan,
His report said that smoking is encouraged through the
low prices of cigarettes in Latin America and a lack of
education about the dangers of smoking.
S 86% of teens who buy their own cigarettes buy either Marlboro, Camel or Newport-the three most heavily advertised brands of cigarettes.
A GENERATION UNITED AGAINST TOBACCO
Of Smokers Among 11-20 Year-Olds
According to research at University of California at
San Diego, a minimum of 3,000 kids in the US
between the ages of 11 and 20 years old become
established smokers each day. Two-thirds of those
are under the age of 18. Established smokers are
defined by the study as having smoked at least 100
cigarettes in their lifetime. The study, which is
published in the October 1999 issue of the Journal
of Adolescent Health, also reported that each day
4,800 kids aged 11 to 17 try their first cigarette.
CI Ir I s III ~ m r -Ilow~
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
Paioe 10 26 November 1999
Downing commented: "We
have a special role as the
voice of the community that
requires us to exercise
judgment with what we put
Franklin County Tobacco Free Partnership t in the paper. And there is no
Val disputing the connection
Students Working Against Tobacco illnbetween smoking and
Sb illness and death."
850-653-21111 0e s
By the time a child turns 14 years old he or she has been exposed to about $20 billion of tobacco advertising.
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26 November 1999 Page 11
The Franklin Chronicle
Why do 80% of male lead characters smoke when only 27% of the males watching those movies smoke?
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n I FTC Tests Show
Increase In Cigarette
SWAT Team continued from page 10 Nicotine content
who, since August, has joined the already establish team The nicotine content of the
and energetically develop means of reaching the estab- average cigarette rose
wished goals. I slightly between 1995 and
l__gas 1997, according to the latest
One of the main objectives has been to unite the youth results from the Federal
from all across Franklin County in this great effort. The Trade Commission's annual
month of September recruitment efforts has Franklin ing.
County's SWAT Teams' membership numbers well over The average cigarette deliv-
150. The recruitment drive concluded with a Franklin ered 0.89 milligrams of
County hosted/sponsored SWAT SKATE at the Silver nicotine in 1997, up from
Cony0.87 milligrams in 1995 and.
Circle Skating Rink in Panama City. The night was a com- 0.88 milligrams in 1996.
plete success with over 500 tobacco-free youth participat- tar c
The average tar content was
ing. 100 Franklin County Youth traveled via 2 school buses unchanged at 12 milligrams
unchanged at 12 milligrams
from Carrabelle, Eastpoint, St. George Island and per cigarette.
h YoThe FTC warned that the
Franklin County SWAT Chapters are now in each of the 4 results may be misleading
public schools, 1 private schools and 2 community youth because a smoker can
compensate for low-nicotine
groups. Franklin County School Board and the Principals content by taking longer and
of each school have been extremely cooperative through- more frequent puffs.
out the developmental stages of this program. "The commission is con-
SWAT is becoming more and more visible in our commu- cerned that smokers may
nity, through the numerous youth wearing truth or SWAT incorrectly believe they will
get three times as much tar
tee shirts and through community service project such, from a m tar cigar
their participation in the Coastal Cleanup and the Franklin from a 5 mg tar cigarette,"
County health fair. the FTC report said. "It is
m-Sl possible for smokers to get
The Youth sponsored SWAT NITE OUT at the BALLGAME as much tar and nicotine
at both the Apalachicola and Carrabelle High School Foot- from relatively low-rated
ball games. Students working against tobacco could be cigarettes as from
seen everywhere as they wore their tee shirts by the hun- higher-rated ones."
The SWAT STOMPing out Tobacco Teams has performed ,b ,
in talent shows, pep rallies and even the Red Ribbon Week
Drug Free Rally. Carrabelle High School's SWAT spon- ---
sored the Red Ribbon Week Drug Free Rally in their
At the State level, SWAT representatives have attended
State board of director meetings and eighty-four youth
attended the Big Tobacco on the Run Tour '99 in Talla-
Franklin County SWAT got a kick out of marching, drum- t; e
ming, dancing and chanting in the Seafood Festival pa- Los Angeles Times To
rade letting all who saw them know that they are Stop Accepting
A GENERATION UNITED AGAINST TOBACCO. Tobacco Ads
Franklin County SWAT and Tobacco Prevention Partner- The Los Angeles Times
announced that, as of
ship welcome your participation in reaching our goal of October 1, 1999 it would no
October 1, 1999 it would no
smoke-free Florida youth. longer accept tobacco
Times publisher Kathryn
Downing made the decision
After tobacco advertising in
newspapers, as well as
complaints from readers,
'~L". i ; :increased after the national
BiLRirs= I tobaccoo settlement.
Si One reader said, "We have
I 1'l lost so many friends, neigh-
IL'j4I.. n Lo- bors and loved ones from
diseases caused by ciga-
rettes that it got us nau-
S:seous seeing that ad and
knowing that you are pimp-
ing for the tobacco compa-
nies to addict children. We
would never subscribe to
your paper as long as you
<& '- .promote death and illness."
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The Franklin Chronicle
Camp Gordon Johnston
Continued From Page 9
One person asked it something
was identified, how long it wvotld
take to gel back and take care ol
it. The answer was that it de-
pended upon what It was. A leam
would either remove or remediate
it. They reassured a Lanark
couple that they would not be In-
vestigating under their home as
the\ had no reason to believe that
any homes in the Village could
have something under them.
They also said that they would not
restrict access to the property ifl
anything was found but they
would tell the property owner
what it was and what they would
do about it.
Residents who find anything now
or in the process of the work were
asked to notify 911 and the sher-
iff would make sure that they were
contacted. They were also told
that if they did not know what it
was. to leave it where it was and
mark the area then notify the
Residents who are in the area
under scrutiny were asked to give
a written permission to have their
grounds searched. They were
thanked for their cooperation.
The equipment the residents will
see being used out in the I'ield.
was demonstrated and the use
was explained. Other public meet-
ings will be held and residents
should feel free to ask questions
by calling any of the people who
are in charge of the project. Also
people will be able to ask lues-
tions on the Internet.
They also were told that as fund-
ing becomes available there will
probably be another team brought
in to investigate the possibility of
any hazardous waste problems.
Those persons wanting to call for
further information can reach
Robert C. Bridgers at Jackson-
ville. Florida Tel No. (904) 232-
3085. or Kim Gillespie. Public Al-
fairs. Huntsville Center Tel no.
(256) 895-1692 or check the in-
lbrmation at the local library. Per-
sons without a computer can ac-
cess the Internet without cost at
the Franklin County Public Li-
brary branches at Carrabelle and
Eastpoint and also at the
Apalachicola City Library.
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