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Volume 8, Number 25 & 26


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


December 17, 1999 January 6, 2000


.Inside This Issue

24 Pages
Franklin Briefs ..............2
Editorial & Commentary 3
Tourist Tax.................... 4
Carrabelle ................... 6
Lanark Village ............6
Alligator Point ......... 7, 11
Wakulla ........................ 7
Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Commiss. .8
Leroy Van Dyke ............9
Kids Korner................13
Obituaries .................14
Second Circuit Court
Report ............... 16, 17
Mini-Monsters ............. 17
Seafood ................. 18-21
Christmas Symbols &
Meanings ...................21
Zimbabwe ........... 22, 23
Recipes .................... 24
Bookshop ................. 24


Photos by Todd Wilkinson, Northeast Photo Network (Maryland), and Tom Hofer. More
holiday pictures on pages 11 and 12.


Approve Was The

Watchword For

City Meeting

By Rene Topping
Approve, approve, approve
seemed to be the word most spo-
ken by Carrabelle City Commis-
sioners Phillip Rankin and Frank
Mathes as they backed up Mayor
Wilburn (Curley) Messer at the
City's regular monthly meeting
held on December 2. at the
Franklin County Senior Center.
Commissioners Fred Massey and
Pam Lycett were absent. Commis-
sioner Lycett had been called out
of town and was not able to get
back in time for the meeting.
The audience were soon given the
reason for Massey's absence as
City Clerk Beckey Jackson read
the following short letter from the
commissioner. "To the Mayor and
the City Commissioners of
Carrabelle. Please accept this let-
ter as my resignation as the City
Commissioner of Seat Number 5.
as of December 2, 1999. I'm sorry.
but for health problems. I feel that


I cannot serve in a capacity that I
would really like to serve. Thank
you, Fred C. Massey." The com-
missioners accepted his resigna-
tion.
His position will be filled by the
commissioners at the January 6,
2000 meeting. Jackson was given
approval to advertise in the local
paper for persons willing to be
considered to fill out the term.
Under Commissioners' Reports.
Carrabelle Police Chief Buddy
Shiver reported that Officer Fred
Jetton had asked for a leave of
absence for the time his mother
is in the hospital. The Chief said
he had worked out a deal where
the officer could work Friday. Sat-
urday and Sunday and only need
to take 4 hours annual leave.
Three items were canceled out
from the written agenda. Items 2.
3, 4 under old business and item
1 under new business. The
agenda was amended to add an
item to accept the bid of the
Streetscape Project lor $30,240
from Ben Withers.
Commissioners approved pay-
ment of two bills from Baskerville
and Donovan. One for $8.250 was


for Downtown Streetscape and
the other in the amount of
$12,000. was for Water System
Improvements.
Buz Putnal rose to address the
commissioners on item number
two to complain ot the irregular-
ity with which the bills from Waste
Management are received by cus-
tomers. He said his bills are so
erratic that a person cannot keep
track of where they stand. Putnal
said his daughter had been told
that she was in arrears when she
was actually paid ahead. Rory
Cassidy answered Putnal saying
they had computer problems they
had just solved. He said this
month and from here on the bills
should arrive regularly.
On Item 6. Michael Allen. a mem-
ber of the Franklin County Rec-
reation Board, suggested that if
the city wanted to repair the bath-
rooms at the Athletic Field, it
might be possible instead to move
the bathrooms and the conces-
sion stand and revamp the entire
field. He said that the County Rec-
reation Board believe that they

Continued on Page 14


Will Kendrick
Announces For
District 10

House Seat

Local banker and school board
member \ill S. Kendrick an-
nounced today that he will seek
to represent the rural communi-
ties of the State House of Repre-
sentatives District 10 The seat is
currently occupied by Rep.
Janegale Boid., who has an-
nounced her intention to run for
the District 3 seat being vacated
by Senator Pat Thomas.
Kendrick said, I want to repre-
sent the people's i-ss1es and not
my own. \e all have issues, but
the people of District 10 need to
be heard. The important thing in
this election is that the people in
rural communities continue to be
represented. I feel Representative
Janegale Boyd has made it a pn-
onty to sta\ in toul.ich \with. these
local, rural commumniies. I want
to cornttnue that kind of represen-
tation."
Kendnck is 39 years old and has
been married ior 16 years to
Constance lesser Kendrick. The\
have three children- Sterling. 14:
Jonathan, I1, and Collins. 14
months. His wile Constance i-
from Wood\ille. where she lived
for 16 years. Many of her relatives
are still there.
Son of the late Ralph and Letha 1
Kendnck, he is a lifelong resident
of Carrabelle, and was educated
in the public school there He has
been in banking for 21 year-,, all
of which involved small commu-
nity banks.
His sisters are Lucretia
Bloodworth and Franklin CountyA
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders
Elected to the Franklin C'Oiinty
School Board in 1986, he is cur-
rently still serving 13 years later.
He was elected Chairnan of the
School Board in 1992 and served
as Chairman seven consecutive
years until November, 1999, when
he gave up that position in order
to run for the House seat.
Kendrick currently serves on the
Board of Directors as Secretary of
the Franklin County Senior Citi-
zens Council, Inc. He is a mem-
ber of the Carrabelle Lions Club,
Masonic Curfew Lodge #73, and
a member of the Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce, of which
he is a Past President. He is a Past
Member of the Board of Directors
of the Florida School Board Asso-
ciation.
He graduated from Carrabelle
Continued on Page 2


Former Employees File Federal
Civil Suit Against the
Apalachicola Times and
Apalachee Publishing Co.

Plaintiffs seek declaratoryl, iruncriuiL1 and eqiluCabil rl_:l irand
costs and artorneq's fees for the alleged sctial iharasns-.mer'


Publisher's Note: The Iollowine allegatins are ltakenr dirr, II', Ir. ,.
the pleadings unproven char1 es ide iprnedi to id '- l.i, iss. le I1- r
Lnal. AllegatonIs are not proof. norr do they amount1:.l r- i. r-Il i'n
Jiessica Paterson. Debra Elliott and C-\inthia Nationr hae- Ild j ,1 ii
lawsuit against the Apalachicola Timen and .Apalicl .:':r PF.I:li) hilnll
Company for II iI invasion of pnlvac.y. 121 LJ flj il terminis..r ..I ,rn-
ployment in violationn :of Tidle \II I f the C iil Rj ihi. Arl .'. i':1-;4 i._;
unlaw\.ful terminatio-n of employment in l\vilation :1 the Flrl.:d Ciil
Rights Act of 19i92. (41 Negligent hinrn r in the perrs:ron :If I.hhn L'--
Icurrent manager of the Apala(_hicola Timesi in lllliri to iii tl.lii.i'
methods. ,oidelines- and'or policies to a-c:-rtiin the liiLe-s- o' per-
sons such as .John Lee 'as an employee oI Del'frndalnls Ap:la':'II:,:l.a
Times and Apalachee PublishingL Companivl. a du' owed &lr:.e plaii-
tifflls
Specifically, the pleadings state. the newspap, er failed I.: --lIper.i-
the actions and.. or co:nduc(t ol John Lee, lailed to screnr-, and :Or pr:op-
erl\' screen John- l Lee's background d reliardinrL Ii-. plropelnsi.ie t:.\ .. ir'd
sexual hras-sment. failed to institute mrethod-. -LuIdelrine_ or police -
to a,-scertain the fliness of .John Lee as an empl-o.ee of the .\pila .tilw.':lA
Times and Apalachee F'ublshing Ciomp:anny' i-npluics .Ind failed I.-,
Intervene andor properly intervene \then J-.hrn Lee s propernities
became knownr or should ha\e Lbeen knj:\.-nwl to the .Apala(i hi'cla Timn,-
and Apalachee Publhshin- Company
The plaintiffs Paerrson. Elliott and Nations jlsio alle- thial. lh,
Apalachicola Tirrcs and Apalachee FPubli-shin C mpani filed in t hir
durty toward the plaintiffs in properly instituting adequat-e nmleth:ods-
to ensure the safety a.'o persons the\ employed and failed to propl,-rl\
intervene when dangerous propensities of emplh-yees became kIrl:.nown
or should have been known to the inew-spaper employer
Specifically, a. alleged. the owners of the newspaper failed Ito suLiprr-
v-se the acuons and,'or conduct of John Lee, failed to screen John
Lee's background regarding his prc.pensties I.toward sexual hara--.
ment': failed to inisttute adequate methods to ensure the salet', 0I
defendants: and failed to intervene when the propensiiies became
known or should have been known to the Defendants ITrri,- jarnd
Apalachee Publishing Co ).
Thus. plaintiffs Paterson. Elliott and Nations demand riall b\ Ai jnir
and all damages. Including lost wa es. compensat,:or, d.amar:e
attorney's fees~and costs from the Apalachicolo Timres and Apalah:hee
Publishing Co
The plaintiffs attorneysI include Charle-s G Burr ITanmp.-. FLI [)D -'
J. Linesch IPalm Harbor. FL) and Scott H McLemonre IHouisr L-.n. Tejs-l.
The pleadings reviewed the background of Lhe incident that I:i t1 :I
this litigation The common allegations include the lollob.ine
...9. On or about Februan' 26. 1!99d. It \was discoiereld th.t a
pin hole lens videoo camera was in the ceillin of tlhc Lirie:..
bathroom at Apalachicola Times. The camera w\as feeding di
rectl\ into a \ideo monitor located in Lhe office f. 'John Lee. the
Manager of the Apalachicola Times. An employee infol:rmed LI
Michael Moore of the Franklin County Shenilff Oflice of the-
existence of a camera and on March 2. 1995 a search \\arrant
was executed and. among other thin-s. tIhe camera and ,ii']:
monitor \were seized
10 For an unknown period of time plaintiffs were %irtirrs -o
sexual harassment, and after the canrera was discovered. the,
were forced to tolerate a hostile work environment The hosthlr
work environment included statements b\ John Lee that rape
was 'unplanned' sex"' and other such remarks
S1. Apalachee Publishing Company is the oi.ner of Apalan:chicO'l
Times and allowed the hostile work environment to, exist ',
refusing to terminate John Lee alter the disc ,ver oIl the cam-
era and video monitor.
12. On or about March 2.199S. Plaintill-. JESSICA PATER-
SON, DEBRA ELLIOTT and CYNTHIA NATIONS were cnsrtrue-
tively terminated "
With regard to the charge of invasion Iof pn\ macL. the plaintilfl ail.-ied
that
'...John Lee. Manager of the Apalachicola.i Timrrs. installed a
pin hole lens video camera in the ceiling of. the uinise biah-
room and the camera was feeding directly\ into a video ionI mnir
located in his office.
"...The acts of the Defendants, APALACHICOLA TIMES and
APALACHICOLA PUBLISHING COMPANY, constituted public
disclosure of a clearly private act and of a matter which would
be offensive to a reasonable man or woman of ordinary sensi-
bilities."
With regard to the allegations involving the civil rights of the plain-
tiffs, the brief alleged that John Lee's actions in creating.
"a hostile and sexually offensive work environment were inten-
tional and without consent, privilege or provocation and were
otherwise wrongful, unseasonable, wanton and willful.
20. Plaintiffs JESSICA PATERSON, DEBRA ELLIOTT and
CYNTHIA!NATIONS further allege that their termination is in
violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and was in
retaliation for their refusal to submit to the continued sexual
advances of John Lee."
The federal lawsuit was filed in Tallahassee on November 15, 1999.
As of press time the complaint had not been served on the owner. Bob
Lindsey (Sarasota), nor had an answer been filed. Under federal rules,
the period of service could last up to 90 days, or February 13, 2000.


City Engineers On The Hot Seat In

Carrabelle


By Rene Topping
Phil Dover was on the hot seat in
Carrabelle at 3 p.m. on Decem-
ber 13, as he endeavored to ex-
plain problems surrounding the
Water and Sewer project that is
soon to be completed. The four
commissioners, Mayor Wilburn
Curley Messer, Commissioner
Pam Lycett, Frank Mathes and
Phillip Rankin listened in silence
as Dover talked.
One of the items was in reference
to a change order number 3 on
Contract 1, to have the city pro-
vide funds for a well pump. Do-
ver explained that a couple or so


months ago he received the ship
drawings of what was to be in-
stalled on the project and he no-
ticed he had not received a sub-
mittal for the well pump.
He consulted with Phillip Gaskin,
the project manager for KMT. who
said that it was not on the line
items even though everything
down to small items were so des-
ignated. So he felt that according
to the wording on the contract for
bid, written by Baskerville and
Donovan, he was only to install.
the pump and controls and he
was not about to pay the $35.000,
Dover felt it should have been
clear that the pump was to have


been included in the bid.
Since that time there have been
several meetings but none ended
in resolution. Bill McCartney,
Baskerville and Donovan engineer
suggested that the commission-
ers table it as a letter sent to Ru-
ral Development had not so far
received an answer. He proposed
that another meeting in which
representatives from Rural Devel-
opment, Baskerville and
Donovan, KMT and the City at
which the parties concerned
could get together and work out
a solution.
Ann Cowles who is the attorney
on the water bonds said she
agreed with McCartney. She
added she was only notified of the
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The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

December 7, 1999
By Tom Campbell

The Franklin County Board of
Commissioners met in regular
session December 7, with all
Commissioners present and a full
house. The Board room was
packed.
New Proposal Regarding
Speckled Trout Limits
One of the matters brought be-
fore the Board was presented by
Mr. Charles Wilson, charter fish-
erman, who spoke "on behalf of
charter fishermen of Franklin
County," regarding speckled
trout. The new proposal would
change limits during November
and December, impacting the
fishermen's catch and economy.
Mr. Wilson said, "We don't need
something else to put us out of
business. We've rolled with the
punches enough." Fishermen
have suffered the net ban already
and need representation at the
state level. The consensus seemed
to be that nobody in state govern-
ment cared about what happened
to the Franklin County fishermen.
Representative Janegale Boyd
and other representatives have
been contacted, in an effort to get
their help in support of the fish-
ermen. Some of those contacted
have responded in positive ways,
as has Representative Boyd. Mr.
Wilson said the fishermen need
all the help they can get, and he
was representing them today in
seeking support from the Franklin
County Board of Commissioners.
It was pointed out that northwest
Florida can't operate like south
Florida. "They've got thousands of
fishermen, daily, and we've got
hundreds." A limitation such as
the one proposed regarding
speckled trout limits would be
devastating to the Franklin
County charter fishermen.
A Resolution was put before the
Board, seeking special consider-
ation of Franklin County, under
the Governor's "Rural Area of
Critical Economic Concern." Bay,
Gulf, Wakulla and other coastal
counties in the Panhandle will be
urged to join Franklin County, in
order to fight this "crippling limi-
tation" regarding speckled trout.
"We need support to beat this
thing," said Mr. Wilson. Commis-
sioner Mosconis voiced his agree-
ment and said that the "other
counties need to get tfir'-d up"
about this.
Mr. Wilson said that he--'athe
charter fishermen were not in-
formed of this new limitation on
speckled trout. "They didn't let us
know anything about this until
last Thursday," he said. "We need
to have our input." The fact was
pointed out that the Chairman of
Marine Fisheries Commission
said there would be no action
taken before March of 2000, but
that still leaves very little time for
the charter fishermen and others
to act to have their input.
"Lack of compassion for people,
especially small counties like
Franklin County," said Mr.
Mosconis, has become the govern-
mental approach in matters such
as the speckled trout limits. Regu-
lations are being imposed by
people who don't know what they
are doing, according to the con-
sensus of the speakers. They need
to involve the fishermen and use
their expertise."
Commissioner Putnal said, 'They
don't understand our situation
here." Others voiced their opinion
that the government did not care
to understand.
The Resolution passed by the
Board of Commissioners states:


RESOLUTION
BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY
WHEREAS, by Executive Order
Number 99-275 the Governor of
Florida. in order to improve eco-
nomic opportunities and prosper-
ity, has designated Franklin
County and seven other counties
as a Rural Area of Critical Eco-
nomic Concern, and
WHEREAS, the fishing industry.
both commercial and recreational.
is a major support of the economy
of Franklin County. and
WHEREAS, many recreational an-
glers come to Franklin County
specifically to fish for spotted
seatrout, and
WHEREAS, in 1996 the Florida
4 Marine Fisheries Commission en-
) acted conservation measure for


Spotted seatrout that managed
Different regions of the state indi-
vidually. and
WHEREAS, the staff of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, the successors to the
Florida Marine Fisheries Commis-
sion. have proposed changing the '
regulations in the Northwest re-
gion to bring them into conform-
ance with the regulations now in
effect in the rest of the state, and
WHEREAS. this would result in a
decrease in the bag limit from 7
fish to 5 fish. change the size limit
from 15-24" to 15-20". and enact
a closed season in November and
December, and
WHEREAS, this reduction would
devastate the sport fishing indus-


try in Franklin County at the same
time the state is trying to encour-
age economic growth in the area.
NOW. THEREFORE. BE IT RE-
SOLVED BY THE FRANKLIN
COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS that the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission is requested
not to change the existing regula-
tions relating to spotted seatrout
for the Northwest region of Florida.
This resolution adopted in open
session of the Franklin County
Board of County
Commissioners on December 7.
1999.
Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners
By: Clarence Williams Chairman
Attest: Kendall Wade. Clerk
Resort Tax Options
Mr. Curt Blair, Chairman, Eco-
nomic Study Committee, pre-
sented the report on "Resort Tax
Options." .Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis said, "Once you do a tax
like this, it never goes away." He
wanted the commissioners to take
more time to consider all the fac-
ets, pointing out that if it "turned
into something good, everybody
will be happy..." But the possibil-
ity might be something else. In the
long run, what is needed in the
area in the way of tourists is
"people who won't trash the
town..."
The point was made that the Com-
mittee spent many long hours
working on the report, looking at
it very carefully from every angle,
and finally received unanimous
consent. "We are prepared to
move forward in a positive man-
ner."
One of the points made repeatedly
was that "non-peak seasons in the
county need to be made more like
the 'peak seasons,' in order to help
the county economically." Direc-
tor Anita Gregory of the
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce said that there were
many possibilities that "could be
worked out in detail" as work pro-
ceeded. "Regarding administra-
tion," she said, "all that can be
written into the rules and regula-
tions of the TDC. We can say ex-
actly how much will be spent on
administration," and other facets
of the plan.
The point was made that action
on the-TDC needs to be taken
quickly, in order to accommodate
the referendum. Work needs to be
done on determining various
spending factors. Ultimately, the
county makes the decision of
whether it goes to referendum, for
the citizens to decide."
Commissioner Creamer said, So
there are two steps that need to
be done today appoint a com-
missioner to a committee, and
then set a date for a Public Hear-
ing. Is that correct?"
Chairman of the Economic Study
Committee, Mr. Curt Blair, ex-
plained that on the committee,
one Commissioner is needed from
the Board of County Commission-
ers. Two commissioners are
needed from the cities. And then,
the remaining members of the
committee are non- Commission-
ers. "And the law says up to four
of them can be accommodation
(hotel, etc.). people.
There are a total of nine members
of the TDC. The remaining' two
would be non- accommodation
people."
He explained that "you could post-
pone appointment of these mem-
bers until the next board meet-
ing," and instruct the board's at-
torney to draft an ordinance and
set up a Public Hearing.
It was agreed to get Mr. Shuler,
the Board's Attorney, to draft the
ordinance, and to begin the pro-
cedure of scheduling Public Hear-
ings, etc. Ultimately, the plan will
be taken to referendum wherein
the people will decide.
The Board did not want to pro-
ceed with appointing the mem-
bers of the TDC until later. Mr.
Mosconis said, "Can't we do this
next meeting?" He wanted the at-
torney to get started, but to wait
until the next commissioner's
meeting to appoint members.
There were five actions needed,
according to Mr. Blair. 1. Appoint
a nongovernmental TDC. 2. Ap-
point a County Commissioner to
sit on that. 3. Request the cities
to appoint somebody. 4. Ask the
County Attorney to.draft the or-
dinance. And fifth, "you need to
notify the supervisor of elections,
asking for a referendum."
The motion then on the floor was
only to ask the attorney to start



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drafting the ordinance. Mr.
Mosconis said, Why don't we do
it one step at a time, Curt?" He
explained that the "attorney could
get rolling," the cities could be
notified to come up with an ap-
pointee out of each governing
body, "and I will volunteer to sit
on it from our Board." The mo-
tion on the floor was only to in-
struct the board's attorney to be-
gin the process.-
Two Commissioners, Mosconis
and Cheryl Sanders, were both
willing to serve on the committee,
but Ms. Sanders said, If Jimmy
wants to, that's fine with me." Mr.
Mosconis was appointed.
Ms. Sanders insisted on represen-
tation from her area of the county.
It was agreed that "county-wide
representation is needed."
Commissioner Mosconis moved
that both cities (Carrabelle and
Apalachicola) be requested to sub-
mit a name of a person to be
placed on the TDC by the time of
the next Board of County Com-
missioners Meeting. The motion
carried.
Mr. Curt Blair requested the
Board to go ahead and form a
TDC. "You've appointed a com-
missioner to the TDC, but you
have not formed the TDC yet."
Commissioner Mosconis said, We
will do that at our next meeting,
because Commissioner Sanders
is concerned that nobody from her
end of the county is on it. We will
do that at the next meeting."
County Planner Alan Pierce
Among items that County Plan-
ner Alan Pierce addressed were:
Inform Board of the letter from
U.S. Forest Service regarding
identifying which roads and trails
in National Forests will be Open
to vehicles and bicycles and which
will not.
Inform Board that a Job Descrip-
tion for Public Works Director was
prepared by Leonard Carson,
which Mr. Pierce modified based
upon Mr. Crum's comments, and
then it was sent back to Leonard
Carson for approval. Lucy Turner
approved the modified Job De-
scription as well as the ad that
was put in "last week's paper.
Applications are to be turned into
Ms. Amelia Varnes by December
17. The applications will be pre-
sented to the Board" at the De-
cember 21 board meeting.
Inform Board that the St. George
Island County Park site plan is
being finalized by Preble-Rish. It
will not have a central large open
pavilion. Instead, it will have two
smaller picnic areas nearer the
beach. The bathroom will also be
moved closer to the picnic areas
than is shown on this current site
plan.
Bill Mahan, .Cooperative
Extension Service
Florida's Clean Marina Program
promotes proactive partnership
opportunity to keep coastal and
waterway environments clean for
future generations through the
active use of pollution prevention
measures. A local program will be
developed, including pump- out
stations. There will be no pump-
ing over-board.
The new issue of Shellfish Aquac-
ulture Newsletter was handed
out, featuring stories on expan-
sion of aquaculture, seed clam
hatcheries.
Eastpoint Wildlife Savers are. do-
ing a program called "Don't Kill
Pelicans With Kindness." Back-
bones of large fish thrown back
into water can get stuck in
pelican's throat and strangle the
pelican to death. Ms. Lydia Coun-
tryman is the adult leader for
Eastpoint Wildlife Savers 4-H
Club and her class at Brown El-
ementary School are currently
planning the community service
project to help pelicans. The class
will be putting up signs "Don't Kill
Pelicans With Kindness."
Bill Mahan then displayed a "Y2K
Bug" he said his mother gave him
and pointed out that there are few
days left until the Y2K bug hits.
Clerk of Court
Clerk of Court Kendall Wade read
a list of 20 items that are to be
junked and taken off inventory.
Motion carried. Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis suggested the
junk be gathered and auctioned
off. Mr. Wade said he would com-
ply with the request.
It was pointed out that on the
Apalachicola River, the 80-foot
channel does not accommodate
turn-around of 96-foot boats. Af-
ter some discussion, it was agreed
that the Corps of Engineers out
of Mobile will be requested to do

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a study for a "turn-around basin
there." Up to $100,000 is to be
paid by the federal government.
Concern was expressed that the
expenses not go over that amount.
Motion carried to pursue the ef-
fort.
County Attorney
Fire Safety Inspector is the re-
sponsibility of each county, it was
pointed out. Mr. Alan Pierce,
County Planner, suggested that
Mr. Tim Turner, Emergency Man-
agement Director for Franklin
County, "has the qualifications for
Fire Marshall." Fire Safety Inspec-
tor is the main certification
needed to be county inspector, as
Mr. Pierce pointed out and, with
permission of the Board, Mr.
Pierce said he will ask Mr. Turner
to serve. The motion carried.
Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders
In another matter, Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders requested County
Planner Alan Pierce to look into
the situation of "the gas tanks in
Lanark Village," and to determine
what action is to be taken.
Ms. Sanders also reported that
she had sought help from the
state Department of Transporta-
tion, in regard to the Alligator
Point (State Road 370) road. She
said she was told that "Franklin
County needed to help itself." She
said she regretted that the State
DOT was not willing to help a
"small county like ours."
It was pointed out that State Road
370 "apparently belongs to
Franklin County and the State of
Florida does not want it."
Congratulations
to Chairman
Clarence Williams!
The Board of Commissioners con-
gratulated Chairman Clarence
Williams, who successfully com-
pleted the County Commissioners
Voluntary Certification Program,
graduating in November, 1999.
The group applauded loud and
long in congratulating Chairman
Williams.
There being no further business,
the meeting was adjourned.

Kendrick from Page 1
High School with honors in 1978,
and attended the Florida Bank-
ers Association Supervisor Acacd-
emy, graduating in June, 1981.
He graduated from the Florida
School of Banking at the Univer-
sity of Florida in Gainesville in
1990.
He said that District 10 is unique
and special because it is com-
prised of coastal, rural commu-
nities-and portions of counties
that are essentially, college-
oriented. :
As for the concerns that affect the
people, Kendrick said, "We all
know that education and health
care are given needs today. But
also important are the issues of
water quality, transportation, job
opportunities and training. Other
important issues that concern the
farmers are restrictions on pesti-
cides. The timber people can't cut
trees because of a particular habi-
tat. I believe in preserving our
natural resources, but I believe in
continuing to allow a man to make
a living for his family. We need to
protect the people in our commu-
nities and the way of life of the
farmers, fishermen and shrimp-
ers."
He concluded, "State agencies
.need to work more closely and
communicate better with these
rural communities. Regulatory
agencies need to use the
grassroots expertise of the farm-
ers, fishermen, shrimpers,
oystermen and woodsmen. Incen-
tives and tax-breaks should be
given to new businesses or exist-
ing businesses, with economic
enterprise zones. We need to use
the wheel that has already been
invented and is already there. I
will be listening to the people and
hearing what they say, which is
what state agencies all over
Florida should be doing now."
Kendrick is accessible at office
phone (850) 697-4500 and FAX
(850) 697-3722. He said he plans
to begin arranging speaking en-
gagements immediately and will
be meeting with and listening to
folks in the communities through-
out District 10.


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At the regular meeting December
9 of the Franklin County School
Board, Chairman Willie Speed
presided, after announcing that
the start of the meeting would be
delayed 15 minutes because of a
flat tire which had been suffered
by one of the school board mem-
bers on the highway en route to
the meeting. Ms. Roehr and Mr.
Gander arrived at 6:15 and the
meeting began.
In the report of the Principals, Mr.
Bob McDaris said that a fact- find-
ing by Rep. Allen Boyd had been
held at Carrabelle School, relat-
ing to the drug problem. Mr.
McDaris said the meeting went
well and he was proud of the stu-
dent participation. Ms. Morgan
Sanford is to attend various meet-
ings as advocate.
Superintendent Brenda Galloway
presided over a ceremony honor-
ing two teachers on their retire-
ment. Plaques were presented to
Ms. Helen Brown on her retire-
ment after 30 years. Ms. Brown
started teaching in Carrabelle,
went elsewhere, and returned to
Carrabelle where she is now re-
tiring.
Ms. Susan Galloway also received
a plaque, honoring her retirement
after 36 years. She started teach-
ing in 1963 and has been teach-
ing in Franklin County the whole
time.
School Board Attorney Barbara
.Sanders reported on the status of
the case and said "there is no
change. We will have a report in
January 2000."
Ms. McKnight said she was very
proud of the Franklin County
Schools for being "in the top 12
of high graduation rates." The


gooa graduation rate for Franklin
County Schools shows a continu-
ing improvement.
Mr. Kendrick made a motion that
the Superintendent. Assistant
Superintendent, and all Board
Members be allowed to attend the
National School Board Associa-
tion Meeting in Orlando in 2000.
The motion was unanimously ap-
proved.
There was lengthy discussion
about the loss of Yearbook mate-
rials of the Carrabelle School. The
materials disappeared en route
and no trace has been found. Ex-
tensive effort is being made to find
the materials. School Board At-
torney Barbara Sanders was re-
quested to pursue "what hap-
pened to the materials," and to
take whatever legal action is nec-
essary to recover damages.
Chairman Willie Speed said that
he believes "in the rotation of the
School Board Chairman among
all the members of the Board.
"This will be my only service as
Chairman, this year," he said.
Others will have the opportunity
to serve, if a new chairman is
elected each year, in November,
the time for reorganization.
Mr. Speed asked the Superinten-
dent to "come up with a plan to
meet requirements of the rotation
process."
The Board decided "it is not fair
to have" such a plan, but the de-
cision as to the Chairman should
be a majority vote of the Board,
so that the Board elects the Chair-
man.
Mr. Speed said, "I will serve only
one'term. I will not serve a 2nd
term consecutively." He said if he
were nominated, for a second
term, .he would decline or reject
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17 December 1999 Page 3


EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


Franklin Community's "Unsung

Heroes"

By Tom Campbell

Publisher's Note: Diane Dodd's suggestion about reporting on
the "unsung heroes" of the panhandle and Franklin County in
particular, seemed a routine assignment, at first. But, as Tom
Campbell dug into the "spirit of voluntarism" that exists in this
region, the frustration grew. As the camera pans the county land-
scape, there are hundreds of stories about sacrifice, public ser-
vice, good deeds and "unsung heroes" who really form the bonds
that contribute to the county's sense of community. By identify-
ing those outlined in this issue's volunteers, we run a continuing
risk of omitting the hundreds of acts of kindness, consideration,
service and deeds that can be recognized, but are seldom in the
public's knowledge. At once, we recognize that some persons do
not want any publicity about their public service. We have tried
to respect their privacy in that regard. But, the sheer numbers of
voluntary acts is strong testimony to an established pattern of
service that can be contagious, perhaps stimulating others tojoin
this chorus of "good deeds". In that spirit, the Chronicle has
preferred this article by Tom Campbell. Apparently, the idea has
prompted Brenda Galloway, Superintendent of Schools, to sug-
gest a regular column describing this service, a kind of glue that
holds Franklin County together. We agree. The holiday season
fast approaching us seemed an appropriate time to publish these
new viewpoints, that also clearly demonstrate that "news" of a
positive sort can have a large readership and interest.

The information gathered here is from people who know some "un-
sung heroes" in Franklin County, referred to as "our community."
These heroes do not seek publicity. They are not trying to get their
names in the newspapers or on the radio. Had they been asked, they
probably would have said, "No, don't put my name in the article. I
don't want notoriety."
These heroes do not seek to be celebrated.
The information here is necessarily incomplete, because the people
who do these extraordinarily good services for the community don't
want to talk about it. Some of their friends and relatives don't want to
talk about it. In order to gather the facts, a number of people were
asked for their opinions. They named the following people and listed
some of their services to the Franklin community. They saw a need
and tried to serve it.
Mr. George Chapel of Apalachicola doesn't seek publicity, but many
people are grateful for what he does. He has chaired the Chamber of
Commerce, is President of the American Cancer Society, chairs the
Tobacco Prevention Coalition which sponsors Students Working
Against Tobacco (SWAT). He is President of the Apalachicola Histori-
cal Society and has chaired positions in state and local government.
He chaired the Aquaculture Project in Franklin County and was in-
strumental in starting the Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts.
He enjoys doing what he can to help others.
If there were an annual recognition of beneficent leaders in the county,
he would be a yearly candidate.
Ms. Bunky Atkinson of Alligator Point is a Registered Nurse who served
18 years as Director of Emergency Services in Leon County. She has
been retired 10 years and has served on the Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association for 10 years, three of which she served as President. She
first came to Alligator Point in 1946, when her high school picnic was
held on "the Point." She has loved and served the area for a long time.
She was a Charter Member of the Franklin County Library Board,
serving three years, donating books and materials for the library. She
petitioned for the "welcome garden" on Alligator Point and is now
helping with the replanting and clean-up. She requested money for
the helo pad, which is now a concrete pad with the help of the county.
She also helped secure the first voting precinct in Alligator Point and
is registrar for the voting precinct.
Another,.4ady., mentioned ofta-as-an "unsung hero" of her commu
nity, is Ms. Ann Pille of Lanark Village. Ms. Pille is a Practical Nurse
who had experience in World War II as a "war nurse". She conducts
blood pressure checks on the first Wednesday of every month at Chillas
Hall in Lanark Village, and keeps the records on file in case they are
ever needed. She also runs a "kind of shuttle" to Tallahassee, helping
people who need to get up there to the city. She's a little lady with a
big heart.
Dr. Charles Watson Clark of Apalachicola is often mentioned as an
unsung hero of his community. He taught in the Franklin County
School System and has been instrumental in helping many students
earn their education at FAMU and other universities. He was for years,
a leader in the NAACP organization. He is now retired.
Mr. Thomas Lee Brannon is another hero who seeks no praise. He
was born and raised in the Franklin County area. The famous Julia
Mae is his aunt. Mr. Brannon is the immediate past President of the
Timber Island Yacht Club, which sponsors the annual Kids Fishing
Tournament. He and his wife Suzanne regularly go to the malls and
buy clothing, etc., for needy families in the community. They work
through local churches to help when they can. Any time, all year
long, whenever there is a need and a worthy cause, Mr. Brannon
never says no. He is already offering a helping hand.


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Vol. 8, No. 25 & 26


December 17, 1999


Publisher ..................... ..................... Tom W Hoffer
Contributors ........................................... Tom Campbell
............ Barbara Revell
............ Rene Topping
........... Jean Collins

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........... Jean Collins
.......... Tom W. Hoffer
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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 .......................................... C arrabelle
Pam Lycett ................. ..... .................... Carrabelle
D avid Butler .................... ................. Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ............ Eastpoint
Pat Morrison .................................. .. St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
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In Eastpoint, Ms. Eileen Annie Hall is the Director of the Franklin
County Public Library. She also takes her vacations to write grants to
get more help for the library. She is tireless in her service to the
people of Franklin County.
Ms. Brenda Coulter of Eastpoint has been in the seafood industry all
her life, along with her husband Franklin and two sons. She also had
a florist business. She has made a routine of helping to take care of
patients in nursing homes, and helps to wait on the sick in homes in
the community. She is always ready to help at funerals and whenever
there is a need. She has helped with the American Cancer Society
and gives, "TLC" where needed. It has been said that her giving is
heroic.
Mr. George Mahr of St. George Island is very generous and has given
a great deal of money to Boy Scouts in the community. He has also
been very generous with donations for Toys for Tots. Mr. Mahr do-
nated $10,000 for new computers for the Business Lab in Apalachicola
High School. He has also donated money for trips for students, and
has made many donations to the nursing home in Eastpoint.
Laura and Alex Moody of Apalachicola are responsible for helping to
bring Santa Claus and his wife to the community every year. This is
only the beginning of their service, which includes efforts on behalf of
historic preservation in Apalachicola.
Gary and Michael Cates have been very generous in helping in many
untold ways to bring cheer and good will during the holidays. Nobody
was ready to supply details, but joined in the chorus of "how gener-
ous the Cateses are." Most people know only about Harry A's on St.
George Island. But Gary and Michael'Cates bring warmth and happi-
ness to a great many families in the Franklin County community.
Mary Lou Short recently spoke on the Operation Christmas Child
Shoebox Ministry. Sixty-eight shoeboxes were filled with gifts for chil-
dren all over the world, and delivered to Tallahassee, Sunday, No-
vember 21st. The shoeboxes were planned to leave the U. S. around
December 10th.
An Eastpoint Craft Group has been making gifts for the local nursing
homes. An Outreach team from the Island and Eastpoint Methodist
Church prepared food baskets for Thanksgiving. Gifts are being pre-
pared for an annual nursing home party of December 24th, designed
for residents who have no family or will otherwise not be remem-
bered. Mary Stout has made lap robes and blankets for the residents.
Babs Ruhl donated yarn. Sheila Isaacs and Bettye Marsh will be send-
ing greeting cards to the residents on their birthdays.
There are many other unsung heroes not named here. Perhaps there
should be an annual recognition of such generous people.
With any number of people around who might qualify to be called
"Scrooge," there are also a great many who could be called "Tiny Tim,"
or the "Cratchit Family." The 20th Century has seen remarkable ad-
vances in medicine, transportation and communication, but the hu-
man spirit has also made real progress toward peace, compassion
and unity, through the efforts of these "unsung heroes" and others
like them.


Florida Lighthouse Association
President Visits Carrabelle


By Rene Topping
Tom Taylor, President of the
Florida Lighthouse Association
(FLA) came to visit the members
of the Carrabelle Lighthouse As-
sociation on Tuesday, December
7. He was accompanied by his
Vice-President, Hib Castleberry of
Fort Lauderdale. Not surprisingly,
they: visited the Crooked River
Lighthouse first: Both men are
passionate about their love of
lighthouses and their enthusiasm
gave new heart to the small band
of people who have assumed the
job of saving Crooked River Light-
house.
Both men are deeply involved in
the FLA. The Association is devel-
oping the Florida Lighthouse
Trail. Pineapple Press has offered
to publish a book about their ef-
forts entitled. "The Florida Light-
house Trail," guide book which
will be sold nationally. Castleberry
is busy on this project.
On the front of the FLA brochure
"Help Save Florida's Endangered
Lighthouses "is a picture of the
Cape St George Lighthouse along
with the keeper's house.
The Carrabelle group heard a
great deal, by way of words of wis-
dom. Taylor is very involved with
the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light-
house Museum. He said he knows
how hard it is to get started. He
added that Ponce de Leon Inlet is
a very small town and yet, with


the help of the business people in
the town, they were able to save
it. It is now a place that has thou-
sands of visitors each year.
The next time Taylor comes to
Carrabelle he said he would lead
a party of members up to the top
of the lighthouse. He said that
"Once you have made that trip
you will be like the rest of us -
you will fall in love with the light-
house." He says that even though
so many lighthouses are being
declared inactive there is nothing
so comforting as seeing that bea-
con on the horizon and you know
you are near to home. He added,
"I would like to see them all ac-
tive again."
Barbara Revlon said, '"The
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
(CLA) started out in July with 4
people getting together and from
that humble beginning we now
have 36 paid up members."
She said the goal of the organiza-
tion is to secure the fate of the
lighthouse and make sure it will
be saved.. All of the members are
pledged to make it an active light.
She said, "When the lighthouse
went inactive the lens were taken
somewhere and stored. We are
now trying to track them down,"
The local group meets every sec-
ond Monday at 6 p.m. at the
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Com-
merce office in the Mini-Mall, If
you want to join or want further
information, you can reach Bar-
bara Revell at 850-697-2054.


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Health Day


Dr. Shezad Sanaullah is shown next to a new device to
help in the diagnosis of heart problems during an open
house in Apalachicola where he and Dr. Helen Nitsios held
a free community health day for residents and guests of
Franklin County. The services were provided for cholesterol
screening, diabetes screening, blood pressure, sight and
hearing screening, Orthopedic screening and cardiovascular
risk assessment and many other diagnostic tests. The
community health day was held on Saturday, December
4th, starting at 9 a.m. The offices were packed.




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Dr. Helen Nitsios (right) consults with a community resident
during the free community health day at the offices in
Apalachicola.


Franklin.
Bulletin
Board


December 18 December 31, 1999


By Tom Campbell


Saturday, December 18-A Carrabelle Christmas, sponsored by Carrabelle
Area Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. with Santa Claus
arriving by fire truck on Highway 98 in front of The Garden Gallery. Island
Cottons and Riverview Medical. Food and fun for the entire family. Toys and
candy for the kids. Timber Island Yacht Club's "Parade of Lights" begins on
Carrabelle River at 7 p.m. Cash Prizes for three divisions-Recreational. Com-
mercial, and Stationary Boat or Dock. Phone Flo at 850-697-8149 for more
information or to enter. No cost to enter, open to the public.
Saturday, December 18-Annual Christmas Party at Chillas Hall in Lanark
Village, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring a Magic Show by Mr. O'Conner. Ice Cream
and Cookies will be served. Music and Christmas Carols will be featured. This
event is tree to Association Members and Guests.
Tuesday, December 21-The Franklin County Public Library Carrabelle
Branch is conducting Basic Computer Skills and Introduction to the Internet
workshops for adults on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 7:00
p.m. Terry Hatfield and Mary Ann Shields will provide instruction. There is no
charge, but registration is limited as these are hands-on sessions. Please sign
up at the Carrabelle Branch. For further information, contact Terry Hatfield
at 697-2366.
Tuesday, December 28-Carrabelle Lions Club meeting at 7 p.m. For more
information, phone Flo at 697-8149.
Wednesday, December 29-Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin
Commission has scheduled a meeting of the Commission for 10 a.m. (EST) at
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, conference Room A. 3900
Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee. For further information, please contact:
Georgann Penson, Public information Officer, Northwest Florida Water Man-
agement District. Route 1. Box 3100. Havana. FL 32333 or phone
850-539-5999. Or contact Douglas E. Barr. Secretary of the ACF Commis-
sion. 850-539-5999.
Friday, December 31-Last Party of the Century scheduled at Chillas Hall in
Lanark Village. 9 p.m. until ??? Bring your own refreshments and snacks.
Music will be provided, also noisemakers and hats. Sponsored by Area Orga-
nizations.
Please send events with complete information to: Tom Campbell,
P.O. Box 451, Carrabelle, FL 32322, or phone 850-697-8358.


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The Franklin Chronicle


Area Chamber Releases Economic
Study Report Advocating Tourist
Development Tax for Franklin County

Also known as a "bed tax," the levy on transient rentals
would "guide and accommodate growth" of tourism.
The Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Study
Committee has released recommendations and a study supporting
the establishment of a "resort tax" for Franklin County..The commit-
tee cites two functions that would "stabilize the economic base in
Franklin County and provide for additional services and resources
for tourists and residents alike." The money raised by assessment on
.transient rentals would be used for (1) specifically targeted tourist
promotion, and (2) development of "local infrastructure." This could
include acquiring or constructing publically owned convention cen-
ters, stadiums, coliseums, auditoriums or museums, or the financ-
ing of beach park facilities or beach improvement. The other uses of
the tax money could be to promote and advertise tourism.
The Economic Study Committee recommends that 60 per cent of the
tax money be used for infrastructure purposes such as capital im-
provement and maintenance for beaches, parks, fishing piers, boat
ramps and museums. The balance of the tax money (about 40 per
cent) would be used tor promotion to target specific populations for
times in the off-peak season for low-impact activities and events. Area
Chambers of Commerce should be utilized as the promotional ve-
hicles.
The statutory language controlling such tax funds is Chapter 125.0104
Florida Statutes. Initially, the Franklin County Commission would
establish a tourist development council that would prepare a plan for
presentation to the voters, perhaps as early as the presidential pri-
mary in March 2000, a few months away.
The makeup of the tourist development committee is prescribed by
Florida state law. Three elected officials, one from the County Board
of County Commissioners, [and one from Apalachicola and at-large
would be Carrabelle respectively,] plus six members at-large would
be appointed to the committee by the county. The members would be
affiliated with the tourism industry at large, but not more than four
of them would be owners or operators of motels, hotels, recreational
vehicle parks or other accommodations in the county subject to the
tax.
.The TDC board would oversee the distribution of tourist tax money,
using a granting process.
The study committee considered options in defining boundaries and
decided to recommend "going county-wide on the vote."
The study committee began in 1998 when Chamber President Jerry
Thompson considered the merits of levying a user-based fee. Mem-
bers were appointed to the study committee from the Apalachicola
Bay Area Chamber and the Carrabelle Chamber with staff work pro-
vided by Arnold and Blair of Tallahassee.
Study Committee Process
At its first meeting, the Committee adopted a study proposal designed
to utilize a goal-oriented planning process as the vehicle for deter-
mining how best to both address the resort tax issue and help the
community plan for sound economic growth. As a guide toward con-
ducting their analysis, the Committee approved some precepts that
would guide data collection and the development of recommenda-
tions. These precepts included the following:
The rural, small-town nature of Apalachicola and Carrabelle
should be maintained.
The fishing industry needs to be an integral part of any
discussion about economic development because of the dol-
lars it contributes to the local economy and the people it em-
ploys, and because the characterization of the county as a
series of small fishing villages is what in fact attracts tour-
ists.
The community would benefit not necessarily from an
across-the-board increase in tourism, but rather from target
tourist groups that are "high end" tourists who travel during
non-peak times of the year.
Following the approval of the study proposal and precepts,
the Committee set about several months of data collection.
This data collection focused on several areas, including:
Demographic data to help understand the nature of the
local community;
Economic data sets that show a picture of the local economy;
Information regarding the resort tax in several areas:
Legal requirements,
Experiences in other communities, and
Interpretations from state and local officials.
Several representatives from the Department of Revenue, local plan-
ning offices, and the TDC from Mexico Beach were interviewed by
Committee members.
The Committee then set about developing a sound description of the
characteristics of the community (county) based upon the data ob-
tained. Data was checked with other known data sources some pri-
mary data collection was performed. In conducting the analysis of
economic indicators and when making projections, a number of dif-
ferent analytical models were used. Since concrete data for a variety
of economic indicators for Franklin County are difficult to obtain, the
Committee chose to develop multiple analyses using different meth-
ods. If the results of these different analyses fall within similar ranges,
this will increase the Committee's assurance that the data are reli-
able and that the basis for it's conclusions is sound.
Descriptive economic and demographic data for Franklin County were
gathered for the county to provide the context for any kind of "bed
tax."
Population
The last actual count of Franklin's population was the 1990 Census,
but population counts have been projected or estimated every year
since 1990. Based on these projections, population growth can be
reasonably estimated over time.
Franklin County is comprised of the incorporated towns of
Apalachicola and Carrabelle and other non-incorporated areas. Based
on the 1996 population estimates, 6,219 residents live in the unin-
corporated areas of the county, while 2,798 live in Apalachicola and
1,361 residents live in Carrabelle
Population Growth
From the years 1980 to 2000, the estimated population in Franklin
County has increased 31%. Although this is a substantial increase,
it is below average for the rapidly growing state of Florida. Franklin
County remains one of the least populated counties in Florida.
Race-The race make-up of Franklin County is primarily white ac-
counting for 88% of the total population. Non-white residents
(African-American, Asian, Indian, other) make up the remaining 12%.
Sex-Population by sex breaks down almost half and half. Men com-
prise 49% of the total population while women make up 51%


Age-There is a relatively even age distribution in Franklin County.
Residents aged 30-49 years of age slightly outnumber other repre-
sented age groups. People in this group would be considered "baby
boomers." This would be consistent with population numbers across
Florida. The median age in Franklin County is 43.5, while the median
age in Florida is 38.1 years of age (See Figure 4).
Economic Factors for Franklin County
The following section will present an economic picture of Franklin
County focusing on the service sector, rental properties, notels and
motels, camps and recreational sites, and rooming and boarding
houses. Total saics, gross revenues, and number of persons employed
by selected service industries will be compared to another.
Transient Rental Units
Transient rental units can be broken down into the following catego-
ries: hotel and motels, rooming and boarding houses, camps and
recreation sites, and condominiums. According to the Department of
Revenue, Franklin County contained 382 housing units and 429 ho-
tel/motel units for a total of 821 rooms for rent within a total of 280
licensed lodging establishments in FY 1996-1997.
In an informal survey of rental units in Franklin County conducted
by the Committee, we found 634 single family units or rental homes
on St. George Island. These units generated an estimated $22,500 to
$25,000 yearly gross rental income for each dwelling. There are also
111 hotel rooms on the island,which generate an additional $8000 to
$10,000 in yearly gross rental income. Carrabelle reported 20 single
family units, 120 hotel rooms, and 291 recreational vehicle parking
spaces. Additionally, Apalachicola has 211 hotel rooms, 2 single fam-
ily rental units, and 5 RV spaces. These estimates would indicate a
total of 1,394 rental units as compared to the Department of Revenue
estimate of 821 rental units.
Gross income generated by hotel and rental services has steadily in-.
creased in Franklin County from $13,623,454 in 1995 to a reported
$17,863,019 in 1998. Out of these gross sales, $17,463,770 were
taxable sales and $1,059,493 in state sales tax was collected, accord-
ing to the Department of Revenue.
Analyzing gross sales, taxable sales, and sales tax collected for rental
properties by zip codes, it is possible to see revenue generated in
different areas in Franklin County. Data was collected for the towns
ofApalachicola, Carrabelle, and the unincorporated areas of St. George
Island/Eastpoint and Alligator Point during years 1994-1998. Refer-
ring to Figure 8, the St. George Island area by far generates the high-
est taxable sales for rental properties in Franklin County, which have
increased yearly since 1994.
In 1998 St. George Island reported almost $13.5 million in taxable
sales for the category of lodging/rental units. Apalachicola was next
with $3 million, followed by Carrabelle with $714 thousand and Alli-
gator Point with $433 thousand.
Employment by Industry
The largest sectors by number of workers are as follows: Commercial
Fishing-858, Services-675, Government-660, Retail Trade-554,
Health Services-416, Construction-315, Real Estate/Insurance/
Financial-227, and Wholesale Trade-210, based on 1996 data from
the U.S. Census and Department of Labor.
The commercial fishing employee numbers are derived from the num-
ber of licenses issued by the state of Florida for 1996. It is safe to
assume that another 200 people who work in the related categories of
wholesale trade (Fishing and Seafood) and transportation (Trucking
and Warehouse) could be included in the commercial fishing
industry.
The government employment category in Franklin County breakdown
as follows: Federal-26, State-222, and Local-412.
Gross Revenues by Industry
Total reported revenue for all industries in Franklin County f6r 1998
as reported by the Department of Revenue was approximately $127
million. Out of this total, the Hotels, Rental Houses, Lodging" cat-
egory accounted for about $16 million in gross sales or 13% of total
industry revenue in 1998. The only sector with higher gross sales
was Retail Grocery Stores with $21 million. Hotels and lodging facili-
ties had the highest taxable sales of any industry sector with $16.5
million in revenue reported to the Department of Revenue for'1998.
The Restaurant industry sector has seen a steady growth in Taxable
Sales over the last eight years to a high of $10 million in 1998. This
sector has climbed to the second highest taxable sales numbers in
Franklin County for 1998, second only to the Hotels/Rental Units
sector.
Impact of Tourism
Tourism has an indirect effect on practically every industry in Franklin
County. From wholesale to retail trades and service, to personal ser-
vices and agricultural sectors, Franklin County is affected by the in-
flux of visitors each year. Tourists come to enjoy the beaches, fishing,
arts and crafts shows, and seasonal festivals. Direct impacts on busi-
nesses can especially be seen in retail trade and service-oriented en-
deavors.
To show this statistically, we can look at taxable sales data reported
to the Department of Revenue by Franklin County businesses. This
data is collected on a monthly basis where we can compare trends in
taxable sales for a given month. Knowing the peak tourist months are
June through August, we can show an indication of the impact of
tourism on Franklin County's economy.
Referring to Figure 1 below, it is clear to see that taxable sales doubled
and even quadrupled between off-season winter months and peak



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of the economy showed the most dramatic difference, Hotel/lodging
taxable sales for January 1998 were reported at $474,124 and de-
creased to $3,195,602 in August 1998.
Grocery stores enjoyed a nearly 100% increase in taxable sales be-
tween tourist and off season periods, with January 1998 figures at
$627,209 and August 1998 at $1,23 5,727 in taxable sales.
Restaurants also showed more than a 100% increase in taxable sales
between off seasons and tourist seasons. Taxable sales for January
1999 were $594,447 compared to $1,239,764 in June 1999.
Figure 2
Anticipated Revenue for Franklin County
(Based Upon Local Realty Company Projections)
Projected Resort Tax Income for St. George Island
Number of Units
Hotels 111
Single Family Rentals 634
Annual Rental Income Estimate Per Unit


Hotels
Single Family Rentals
Total Annual Gross Income
2% Resort Tax Levy
1% Resort Tax Levy


$10,000
$22,500
$15,375,000
$307,500
$153,750


Figure 3
Projected Resort Tax for Franklin County
(Based on Dept. of Revenue Taxable Sales Data from 1998)
Taxable Sales Resort Tax
2% 1%


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Carrabelle
St. George Is:
Alligator Poir


$3,013,496
$714,990


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$14,300


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$176,148


Based on Department of Revenue figures, the potential revenues gen-
erated by a resort tax would indicate that Franklin County could
expect to generate yearly $352,295 in revenue from a 2% Resort Tax
levy and $176,148 with a 1% levy.
Based on local realty gross income numbers from rental units on St.
George Island, the projected yearly Resort Tax collected would be
$307,500 for a 2% levy and $153,750 for a 1% levy. These numbers
confirm our projections for Franklin County based on the Depart-
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The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


17 December 1999 Paee 5


Two Retiring
Carrabelle City
Employees
Honored

By Rene Topping
On the evening of December 4,
150 people filled the Carrabelle-
High School Cafeteria to the limit,
in appreciation for the many years
of service to the community given
by Mary Lou Mathes and Herbert
Mock. Ms. Mathes will be retiring
after 27 years of service in the
position of Assistant City Clerk on
December 31, 1999 and Herbert
Mock has recently retired as Su-
pervisor of the Streets and Parks
Department.
Both were seated at the head table
on the stage, with some of each
family on either side. Mathes had
her daughter and her grandchil-
dren and Mock had his son-in-
law, Jesse Gordon Smith, and his
wife who is Mock's daughter.


The evening was opened by Mayor
Wilburn (Curley) Messer who was
there to present plaques and a
check to each of the honorees. He
asked Ms. Mathes if she would
like to say a few words. She came
forward to the microphone and
said, "I would like to thank all of
you for coming to share this
happy occasion with me and
Herbert. I would like to say I have
thoroughly enjoyed my job work-
ing for the city. It has been chal-
lenging and rewarding. One thing
you can say, it was never boring.
I would also like to thank all the
city employees and all the county
employees, for all of your help and
especially your friendship. I'll
miss you very much. I love you
all."
The mayor then gave a plaque and
an envelope with a check in it as
appreciation from the City of
Carrabelle.
At this point, one time Commis-
sioner Buz Putnal entertained the
audience which a monologue that
may become a tradition at the re-
tirement of City personnel. He


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started out by saying that he
wanted to put Mary Lou's 27 years
of service in perspective by going
back to the day Mary Lou began
her years with the city.
He said, "The year Mary Lou
started medical needs were taken
care of at Carrabelle Hospital.
There were three doctors-Dr.
Sands. Dr. Pearce, and Dr. Mor-
ris."
"If you wanted dine out, you could
go to some of the places we still
have, or you could go to the Tri-
angle Cafe or The Galley Snack
Bar run by the, Patterson's. I'm
sure everyone remembers Slick
Patterson with his cowboy hat.
The Georgian and the others are
still with us."
"Prescription drugs was Burda's
Pharmacy which also doubled as
the bus station. On clothing needs
you could buy your clothes at the
Dixie Shop, or Everitt's Trading
Company. If you needed a hair-
cut Frank Lewis had just retired
but you could get your hair cut at
Charlie Daniels Barber
Shop..Anyone who had never ex-
perienced a haircut at Charlie
Daniels, with all the conversation
going around there, you have
surely missed something."
"If you needed seafood you could
get it at Snow Cooks Oyster
House. Daniel Waltons Oyster
House, Bob Stiner's Oyster
House, Jack Smith's Oyster
House or if you wanted Fish you
could go to Millenders Seafood."
"For groceries, when Mary Lou


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started, there was M and K Gro-
cery, Davis Grogeryt Clark's Gro-
cery, Everitt's Grocery. Naylors
Grocery and the Suawanee Store
where you could also buy shoes
from Mr. Robert Lassiter."
"A good place to go just to pick
up some odds and ends was the
Harbor 5 and 10, run by Bonnie
and Kathy. Bonnie became our
fire chief. If you had a cow or you
needed chicken feed or horse feed,
you saw Mr. Justiss, who had just
turned over his store to Mr. Gen-
try, who ran it as Gentrys Feed
Store."
"Cooking or heating gas you
would go to Bray's Gas Company.
Service Stations! There was
Jackson's Standard Station run
by George Jackson, Happy
Chappies Friendly Gulf operated
by Chappie Gray, Potts Oil Well
Station run by Vernon Potts, Gulf
Oil Plant run by Mr. Lawhon."
"Major places of employment be-
sides the seafood industry was
Buckeye Cellulose, St. Joe Paper
Company and Flowers Company."
The High School would have been
located where the Gulf State Bank
is now. The principal would have
been Pierre Kilbourn. The coach
was Tex Young, the assistant
coach was Mike Clark. That year
the football team went 9-1 The
last game they played was in 25
degree weather. On the Wednes-
day before Thanksgiving, they
won against St Joe and that quali-
fied them to play in the playoffs".


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He said, "Just to put this in per-
spective one of the senior girls in
Class of'71 was Beckey Jackson,
who was selected to be our City
Clerk on the retirement of Charles
Lee Daniels."
Putnal ended with congratula-
tions to both workers and said
that Mary Lou had been most
friendly and cooperative when he
was a commissioner.She was al-
ways pleasant and most effective.
On Mock, he said "If I had to de-
scribe Herbert I would have to say
he was always pleasant always
cordial on anything you asked
him to do. He would not argue -
right or wrong, he did it. He was
ever friendly and he knew every
body. They will both be missed."
Herbert Mock said "First of all, I
want to thank the commissioners
who hired and the commissioner
who kept me. I've enjoyed it. I've
had a good time. I have enjoyed
Mary Lou and Beckey and Charles
Lee Daniels especially. He was a
big help. He carried me along. He
was always ready to help and so
was Larry Smith. I'm going to miss
you all." Herbert Mock was then
presented with a plaque and a
check.
Commissioner Phillip Rankin
came forward to add his remarks
to the ceremony. he said, "Miss
Mary Lou has been ajewel for me

since I took office. I will really miss
her. I told her please don't leave
town, stay close where we can get
in contact with her." he went on
to say he had not had much con-
tact with Herbert Mock but he had
talked with him a lot. He said, "He
is a very talkative young man. He
then gave the blessing.
That ended the official part of the
dinner but people stayed to chat
with one another. Commissioner
Pam Lycett said, ""Mary Lou has
been a very good friend and it has
been wonderful to deal with her
as a commissioner. She has never
failed to be helpful. She is a most
efficient person and she really
cares about the city. and it's
people."


Alligator Point

Water Board

Studies Future

Development
By Rene Topping
On October 30, the Alligator Point
Water Resources District Board
was addressed by their engineer
on a comprehensive look at their
present facilities and what they
should do to ensure water in the
future. They also got a first look
at a proposed Facilities Plan.
Mike Murphy began by telling the
three commissioners, Chairper-
son Cynthia Tenniciff, Commis-
sioners Chip Cordell and Fred
McCord that what he was trying
to do was to present and make
projections for future situations.
He said they need to evaluate the
alternatives and choose an option
for more study.
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200,000 gallon ground storage
tanks, one 50,000 gallon elevated
tank, one 600 gpm high service
pump station, 59,000 feet of 6
inch transmission lines and 7,075
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of the Classic "A
Christmas Carol"
The beloved Christmas stoiy. "A
Christmas Carol" by Charles
Dickens was presented in a "con-
cert reading" at the Dixie Theatre
over two weekends, starting on
December 3rd.
Scrooge was convincingly played
by Tom Campbell, with Stan
Dworak and Randy Thompson as
Marley; Bob Cratchit by Jim
Bloodworth and Stan Dworak.
The Ghost of Christmas Past by
Ginny Cole; the Ghost of Christ-
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Tiny Tim Cratchit by Clint
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Royce Rolstad III, Sandy Dworak.
Barbara Siprell, Sarah Grable.
Celeste Elliott and Judith
Henderson.
The reading was directed by Rex
Partington with Stage Managing
by Dixie Partington. The house
manager is Cleo Holladay.


Extra Tidbits On

The Retirement

Dinner

By Rene Topping
It might have seemed to many of
the guests at the retirement din-
ner for Mary Lou Mathes and
Herbert Mock that we had slipped
back in time celebrating Jesse
Gordon Smith's retirement.
Mayor Wilburn Curley Messer
started off by re-telling the story
of how he and Jesse Gordon cap-
tured the criminal near Lanark
when Jesse Gordon was a rookie
and the Mayor was already an old
hand.
The Mayor then said that he
wanted to make presentations to
two good workers who had earned
their retirement. He called Mary
Lou Mathes and presented her
with, a plaque and a check. Buz
Putnal did his monologue.
Then Jesse Gordon Smith was
called up by the Mayor to say a
few words. Smith said, "Every
time Curley gets to talking about
that trip where he broke me in, I
don't want you all to believe ev-
erything he says. But I worked for
the city for 26 years, and enjoyed
every minute of it, but I am tick-
led to death to get out."
Finally.the .Mav'or a.:t around to
pre-entling Herertl MilI.: k with a
plaque and a check. Although the
plaques and the checks got mixed
up in the ceremony, both Mary
Lou Mathes and Herbert went
home with the right ones.
And everyone had a good time.


t ThE STAFF ANd FAMily of ShEpARd

AccouNTiNq & TAX SERViCE wish A[l

OUR fRiENds ANd liENTS A VERY

joyous, holidAy SEASON.


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Carrabelle Port
and Airport
Authority
Meeting
November 29

CPAA Offer Suggestions On
Law Suit
By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA) met at the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County Public Library on Novem-
ber 29, with two main pieces of
business; to try to persuade the
City of Carrabelle to convey the
member's frustrations on the de-
claratory judgment suit brought
by the City against the CPAA's les-
see Bevis and Associates and the
CPAA. The second was the pur-
suit of advertising nationwide on
the World Wide Web and in Na-
tional publications for tenants for
the Timber Island project.
Chairman Jim Lycett moved
quickly through the first items of
the agenda. These included the
Insurance for the winch at
Dockside Marina. On this item
members felt that it was not
necessary and could be dropped.
They also considered a Coast
Guard request for a dockage on
Timber Island for a Coast Guard
Cutter. Members approved pay-
ment of the bills. A request from
Ray Quist to transfer a certain
amount of the money from the
checking account into the savings
account was approved.
Having dispatched those items
Lycett went first to a proposed
letter he had written on the situ-
ation that exists on the declara-
toryjudgment suit. He laid out the
position of the CPAA in the letter
saying "... the city is taking some
minor infractions by Mr. Bevis in
the construction of a large capi-
tal project (the travel lift,) and
raising them to a level of criminal
activity justifying a wholesale in-
vestigation of Mr. Bevis' activities
of last ten years.".
He went on to say," ...there is no
public outcry, but rather a be-
hind-the-scenes maneuvering of
a few personalities and the efforts
of lawyers to obfuscate what is a
rather straightforward situation."
He then outlined several problems
the suit has raised in the opinion
of the members of the CPAA:
"The CPAA believes that the City
of Carrabelle has already spent
close to $10,000 on lawyer's fees,
clerks time. etc.
Mr. Bevis and Mr. Parramore have
spent-over S30,000 on lawyers
fees trying to defend themselves.
Mr. Parramore went befor-e the
City Commission testifying to the
fact that he was being driven into
bankruptcy, not because of bad
business practices, but because
of the city's suit.
The travel lift has already been
purchased and is 75% finished
and boats are lined up to use it.
The CPAA has spent an inordinate
amount of it's funds in response
to the city's actions.
As long as the suit is in play, Mr
Bevis cannot get the survey of his
land straightened out, (a problem
not of Mr Bevis' making.)"
The CPAA has requested that the
city release funds from the pay-
ments made by Mr Bevis as rent
on the premises he occupies.
These funds,are being put on hold
by the City until after the March
trial date. These funds are needed
to provide a feasibility study for
the mandatory storm water man-
agement, sewer and water infra-
structure plan for Timber Island."
"The result of these actions is that
the people and businesses of
Carrabelle, between legal expen-
ditures, lost jobs, and lost busi-


ness have seen hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars taken from them
for one reason; the failure the City
Commission to deal with the prob-
lem in a honest and reasonable
manner. Every state agency has
signed off on this, And if Alan
Pierce issued the final permit to-
morrow the travel lift would be
operational in two months."
"The CPAA members do not un-
derstand the city's motivation in
their intransigence'about bring-
ing the Bevis situation to a quick
close. The City's callous disregard
for Mr. Parramore's situation dis-
mays them. We seriously question
what positive benefit the endless
attacks on Mr. Bevis have
brought. In fact we challenge the
commission to explain why the
people of Carrabelle are being
punished, and why taxpayer's
money is being used to actively
hurt the citizens of our town."
The letter will be sent to the city
commission. The CPAA are ask-
ing that they get together and try
to work out a solution without
going to trial.


Small Crowd

At Mediacom

Workshop

By Rene Topping
Just over a dozen people came to
talk to Mediacom representatives
at a special workshop meeting
held by the Carrabelle City Com-
mission at 6 p.m. December 2 at
the Franklin County Senior Citi-
zens building. Mayor Wilburn
'(Curley) Messer and Commis-
sioner Phillip Rankin were the
only commissioners in atten-
dance. Many of the persons who
had been vocal at past regular
meetings, testifying to complaints
on fees and services from the
cable company, were not present
at the workshop. However, the
same complaints were still very
evident from the remarks of those
present.
Mayor Messer invited Barbara
Bonewicz and Pat Holmes to came
forward to the microphone at the
front of the room. Although the
crowd was' small they were very
vocal in their complaints. City
Attorney Doug Gaidry stated that
this was a public hearing on an
extension of the contract and any-
one who had a complaint should
voice it right away.
One man said, "I have a comment.
I don't understand why Channel
6 and Channel 7, (which) are the
closest to Carrabelle, are the
worst. I've lived in many places
and the reception on the
Carrabelle cable system is the
worst I have ever seen." He added
that with the millennium coming
up he felt it should be better.
The interference on these chan-
nels had been a general complaint
at other meetings. Bonewicz said
that the company had spent
$300,000 to upgrade the system.
Holmes said the interference had
been checked out and the com-
pany was going to have their re-
pair men meet with personnel
from Florida Power to check out
their lines.
Tina Messer said that she was
never able to watch FOX and there
were two other channels that are
exactly the same way. She said "I
have called Mediacom numerous
times myself and I am tired of
calling." She said they come fix it
for a day or two Messer also com-
plained that when she first had
service her bill was around
$20.00. Last month it was over
$60 She said the company had
represented that they would have
5 or 6 more channels at no extra
cost. Bonewicz said they had
never said that. Messer retorted,
"I have things come in the mail
that said so."
Bonewicz said, "You went from
$47.95 to $51.95 and then you
have franchise and other taxes."


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Messer asked, "Are there any
chances our cable bills are going
down?" Bonewicz said that would
not happen but in the future they
would be upgrading again. She
said that the business of rates
would come up again in March
2000. Bonewicz said that
Mediacom had borrowed the
$300,000 to upgrade service and
that the main reason they were
looking for an extension of the
contract was to show the banks
That they had a commitment to a
long enough contract. She added,
"The contract we have is not ex-
clusive, Ma'am."
Bonewicz said that they have
about 680 customers and a copy
of the survey they made last year
is in the record at city hall. The
quality of service was questioned
by another member of the audi-
ence. Pat Holmes stated that the
problem was with Florida Power.
Gaidry asked, "Does the electro-
magnetic radiation affect the fi-
ber optics?" Holmes'said the prob-
lem was on the receiving end but
not necessarily anything to do
with where the equipment is. He
I said the interference is worst close
to the power transmission lines.
At this point Bonewicz said, "I will
give you my number for repairs if
you have problems. The number
to call if you don't get any local
response is 1-800-444-6534. Ask
for Barbara."
One gentleman asked "How can
they go up on the rates without
the city approving?" Gaidry said
"When they first came in there
was an agreement not to go up
on the rates." The gentleman said,
"I went up from $23 to $31."
Gaidry continued, "The then-city
attorney took an action up; it was
a federal matter. It no longer is
for that kind of an increase. Then
the city had an option to continue
that in court, but the city decided
to see what could be done since
Mediacom is seeking to lengthen
their contract even though this
one does not run out for two
years.
The city decided to see if they
could get the service they want
and work on the contract and use
that as the way to solve the prob-
lem of the rate increase from be-
fore." He added that the other al-
ternative would be to go to court
and that the question is whether
that would be economical.
The gentleman persisted, saying,
"But why don't we get another
company? Get the rates cut down
to $23 instead of $31. There's a
lot of people in Carrabelle that is
on a fixed income and it's taking
away from their medicine and the
food they put on the table."
Gaidry said that there was one
other way, Carrabelle could run
it.'s own system. -..
Bonnie Kerr asked cr behalf of
Keith Mock what the chance is'of
getting Channel 27 number 12 on
the cable?" Bonewicz answered
that it was looked into and it
would cost $10,300 for equipment
and with labor it would be
$15,000, She said she found it
hard to justify the expense.
Mayor Messer asked if there were
any more questions, and getting
no response he shut down the
hearing at this point.


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E. Marine
Carrabelle, FL 32322


The Franklin Chronicle


Lanark Village
Water and Sewer
Proposed Rates
increase
By Rene Topping
The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer Board held a public hear-
ing at a special meeting at 1 p.m.
on November 23 to approve a pro-
posed increase in their rates as
the first step in the metering of
all the apartments in the Village.
The amendment to the ordinance
was for meter charge $13.50 with
a charge for the first 4,000 gal-
lons of water $9.25 per month and
$2.00 per 1000 gallons over the
4,000. Present basic rates in the
Village on a non-metered basic fee
are $43.00 for water and sewer.
Besides two of the commission-
ers, Chairman Jim Lawlor and
Commissioner/Field Manager
Greg Yancet, the other people
present were Office Manager
Bobbie Winchester; Jerry Ausley,
Director of Rural Development;
and Engineers Richard Musgrove
and Justin Polk. Commissioner
Jeanette Pedder was excused.
Lawlor explained that the district
is under a court order to do me-
tering on a district-wide basis in
order that there is equality in their
fees, This brought about the me-
tering project for Lanaik Village
apartments.
On a question from the audience
as to what the minimum rate is
now, Lawlor said now the basic
rate is $43.00 and the rates would
rise by $1.75 per month to a ba-
sic rate of $44.75. Lawlor said the
budget revision is based on the
$44.75 rate and that, along with
impact fees, late charges or use
of more than 4,000 gallons will
add to the basic rate.
Lawlor said "By law we have to
hold this meeting. By law we
raised (the basic rate) to $44.75
by the (increase) of $1.75.
He went on to say that impact
fees, late charges and use of more
than 4,000 gallons per month
would be on the plus side. He
added. 'This is the first year that
we really came out with a balance,
but we have equipment which is
25 years old and we have to look
at that also. We have to look at
the big picture. We have to meter
the apartments and this is the
way we have to do it."
There were no more questions
from the audience and the meet-
ing was adjourned. The commis-
sioners met again at 3 p.m. for
their regular meeting.


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17 December 1999 Page 7


Last Meeting Of
APTA For 1999
By Rene Topping
The last meeting of the Alligator
Point Taxpayers Association
(APTA) for year 1999, was held on
Saturday, December 11, at 9 a.m.
at the Alligator Point Volunteer
SFire House.
The Association now has a total
of 319 paid up members 54 of
whom signed up this month. A
membership drive was well re-
ceived and 175 people responded.
Bob Burnett said that he had just
finished the planting of about 100
day lily bulbs at the Welcome Gar-
den. He added, "In the Spring a
very pretty flower show will ex-
press some of the beauty of Ed
Hurley's life."
It was good news on the Heliport,
as the final concrete has been
poured and the Wind sock and the
strobe light will be installed be-
fore the year's end. Steve Fling
reported that the Forestry Service
will trim any of the trees that
might hinder the helicopter on
landings and take off. This means
that a patient in a critical situa-
tion will be 18 minutes from help.
President Harry Bitner said he
reported the street signs that were
down or gone including the one
on US 98 and the ones on the
Point to Franklin County Com-
missioner Cheryl Sanders. He
said that not only had the miss-
ing signs been replaced, with the
exception of the Alligator Point
sign on 98, but several streets
that had not had signs now have
new ones. He said that the Com-
missioner wasted no time to get
the job done.
In reference to the activity of the
Army Corps of Engineers in the
Alligator Point area, Fling said he
was told that they had found one
live piece of ordinance. It is what
is known as a marker charge and
it was still active. It was found
near Lanark Village. Nothing has


been reported found, so lar, on the
Point. The residents have seen
men busy working with the finder
in several different places on the
Point. The unit that is being
pushed around is linked with a
satellite that marks the coordi-
nates and sends them back to a
computer on earth where they are
then marked on a map.
SBitner said that when he was first
on the Point as a child they found
Bangalor Torpedoes every day,
when they played in the surf. He
added that he had seen men at
work especially at low tide prob-
ably because the beach was fur-
ther out in earlier days.
Winifred Strider asked to be
Brought up to speed on the water
problems the Point had been hav-
ing. She was informed about the
petition to have Tom VanderPlaats
fill the seat now occupied by Joe
Cordell whose time was up in
mid-summer of 1999. The petition
had 65 names on it prior to the
meeting and members present
lined up to sign it.
Bitner said that he has found out
that the Governor looks at all of
his E-Mail every morning. He
added, "For those of you with
computers, here is his address,
BUSHJ@eog.state.FL.US
He also reported that Franklin
County Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders had told him that she
had made a point of seeing the
Secretary of Department of Trans-
portation in Tallahassee and
asked about help on the road in
front of the R.V. Park. She said
his answer was. "I will have noth-
ing to do with the road." He also
reported that Sanders was look-
ing for someone who will be on
the newly forming Tourism Devel-
opment Committee who will form
a resolution on the 2 per cent
tourist tax to be placed on the pri-
mary ballot in March.
Rand Edelstien said that the
newsletter is ready and will be out
next week. Elaine Burnett was
thanked for her diligent atten-
dance to the Hot Line by getting


First District Cou:
Administrative De
Drilling Permit Of

The Department of Environmen-
tal Protection denied Coastal
Petroleum's requested permit to
drill an exploratory well off of St.
George Island last spring. The
SApalachicola-based company filed
an appeal but the First District
Court of Appeal affirmed the ad-
ministrative order of denial on
October 6, 1999.
Then, the DEP, the Attorney Gen-
eral and environmental groups
involved, filed a motion for rehear-
ing, clarification and certification.
Coastal Petroleum also filed re-
plies November 8th. The motions
are still pending before the First
District Court of Appeals but
there is no deadline for a decision
on the motions.
The appeal taken by Coastal Pe-
troleum argued that the DEP de-
nial results in an unconstitutional
taking of its property. Initially,
DEP had announced that it in-
tended to approve a drilling per-
mit for site #1281, just a few miles
south of St. George Island. A
group of environmental groups
Challenged that decision, and DEP
changed their minds and agreed
with the environmental peti-
tioners. The issue centered on the
criteria to be used for issuing the
drilling permit.
The criteria are found in Florida
Statutes 377.241, which states in
the exercise of their authority to


new information on any events or
needed information.
Taylor Moore announced that at
the time of the Winter Solstice is
December 22 and there will be the
highest and lowest tide since
1866. At the time of the solstice
there will be a full moon and the
s.ln will be at its lowest and the
two bodies will be lined up on each
side of the earth.


rt of Appeal Affirms
decision to Deny Oil
f St. George


issue permits, the division (DEP)
shall "...give consideration to and
be guided by..." the following cri-
teria. The decision of October 6th
turned on the interpretation of
section 377.241. Coastal Petro-
leum asserted it had met each of
the three criteria and initially DEP
agreed and announced its inten-
tion to issue the permit for site
#1281 off of St. George Island. The
environmental groups entered the
case and asserted that DEP was
wrongly interpreting the statute,
arguing that the criteria had to be
"weighed" against the environ-
mental interests. Thus, when DEP
revised its interpretation of the
Three criteria, it agreed with the
environmental petitioners that
meeting each criterion was "...not
legally sufficient..." but a "balanc-
ing" of the criteria resulted in a
new interpretation determining
that issuance of a drilling permit
was too dangerous to the coastal
environment. Coastal Petroleum
argued that DEP cannot "change
its mind" about how to interpret
the law without notice and
rulemaking procedures, espe-
cially when the result is an un-
constitutional taking of its
property.
The appeal court said that Coastal
Petroleum had ample opportunity
to be heard on the interpretation
issue, and that DEP "...correctly
determined that its previous prac-
tice was not consistent with
proper interpretation of the per-
mitting statute and adequately
explained its determination...
The appeal court added, "...DEP's
action would be unconstitutional
only if just compensation is not
paid for what is taken. This is a
matter to be resolved in the cir-
cuit court."


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litigation at the DCA level with-
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Tuesday, that they wanted to take
their challenge against Florida
state authority into Federal Court,
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Florida Fish

and Wildlife

Conservation

Commission

Fwc Approves New
Red Snapper Rules

Contacts:
(marine issues)
Lee Schlesinger (850) 487-0554
(wildlife and aquatic issues)
Henry Cabbage (850) 488-8843
The Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) approved
a rule Thursday to establish an
April 15 Oct. 31 open season for
the recreational harvest of red
snapper in Gulf of Mexico state
waters. The Gulf recreational red
snapper fishery currently is
closed in state waters until April
15, 2000.
Commissioners also directed staff
to schedule final public hearings
in February on rules that would
limit the number of traps in the
stone crab fishery and suspend
the scheduled percent trap re-
duction in the spiny lobster fish-
ery for the 2000-01 license year.'
In addition, the Commission di-
rected staff to schedule public
workshops and further review
numerous issues regarding spiny
lobster management and to de-
velop recommendations for future
Commission consideration.
Regarding spotted seatrout, the
Commission directed staff to
schedule public workshops to re-
ceive comments on proposals for
statewide rules to set a 15-inch
minimum/20-inch maximum size
limit and either a five-fish recre-
ational daily bag limit with a Feb-
ruary closed season, or a four-fish
Emit with no closure. The FWC
also would like to receive com-
ments on proposals to change the
commercial harvest season to oc-
cur from May to July each year,
and to allow commercial harvest-
ers to retain one spotted seatrout
larger than 24 inches in length.
The Commission also directed
staff to schedule a final public
hearing at its February meeting
on a proposed rule to increase the


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vessel limit tor black mullet irom
50 fish to 100 fish daily if two or
more licensed persons are aboard
during the period Feb. I through
Aug. 31 each year.
The FWC directed staff to sched-
ule a final public hearing in Feb-
ruary on proposed rules for horse-
shoe crabs that would allow har-
vest by hand and gig only, pro-
hibit harvest from beaches and
establish a daily possession limit
of 25 animals. Staff will continue
to develop further recommenda-
tions to establish a horseshoe
crab permit program and require
mandatory reporting of landings.
In other marine fisheries action,
the Commission:
approved a recommendation to
proceed with rule-making to
amend the 1981 Special Activity
Permits Rule concerning exemp-
tions from fishery regulations and
commercial permits to collect spe-
cies for scientific, educational and
exhibition purposes, received a
report regarding high instances of
sea turtle strandings in northeast
Florida and agreed to continue to
monitor the situation,
received a report regarding the
proposed Tortugas ecological re-
serve, and
rejected a request from the City
of Oak Hill to allow the use of
500-square-foot nets within the
city limits.
Regarding wildlife issues, Com-
missioners heard staff reports
concerning the Draw-Lock ar-
chery device (which allows a bow
to be held mechanically in a
drawn position) and a draft cap-
tive wildlife zoning rule.
Other staff reports included a re-
port concerning wildlife in the
Florida Keys and a proposed rule
to restrict importation of certain
tortoises that may be linked to
diseases affecting wildlife and live-
stock. Because of a potentially
serious threat to public health,
safety and welfare, the FWC en-
acted an emergency rule to pro-
hibit importation of leopard tor-
toises and African spurred tor-
toises. Neither of these species
may be imported or transported
in Florida. The measure is to en-
sure no tortoises bearing ticks
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heartwater disease can enter
Florida. The disease is a threat to
certain livestock and wildlife but
not to humans.
The Commission and the agency's
executive director selected art-
work by Jeffrey Klinefelter for the
2000-01 waterfowl stamp and by
Bill Adair for the wild turkey
stamp.
Also, Commissioners approved a
petition to begin the process of
removing the common snook from
the list of species of special con-
cern and began the selection pro-
cess for a biological review panel
for assessment of the petition for
removal of the species from the
list.
The next FWC meeting is set for
Feb. 2 4 in the Jacksonville area.


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Living Nativity

And Cantata

The annual Living Nativity and
Cantata presented by the St.
George Island United Methodist
Church choir will be performed
twice this year, on Sunday, De-
cember 19 at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00
p.m. There has been such enthu-
siastic support and large atten-
dance in previous years that the
choir and its director, Merel
Young, have made the decision for
two performances in order to pro-
vide better seating as well as a
choice of time for those who at-
tend.
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scene with all of its usual compo-
nents, Mary, Joseph, the Christ
-Child, angel, shepherds and magi.
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scribes the story of the coming
and birth of Christ as the pageant
proceeds. Some music selections
are traditional with some being
composed by the director, Merel
Young.
Light refreshments will be served
after each performance. Admis-
sion is free and the Public most
welcome.


Keep Franklin County Beautiful 1999

No worthwhile effort happens here in Franklin County or in any other
area without the cooperation of many individuals. Our most signifi-
cant accomplishment in 1999 is the fact that over the past year, our
organization has been responsible for over 521 TONS (approximately
100 lbs. for each man, woman and child living in Franklin County) of
trash removal from illegal dumping sites through Keep-Franklin-
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accomplishment, KFCB won the state award and was given a check
for $2,500 from Keep Florida Beautiful at the October awards ban-
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the dedication of 257 volunteers plus the support from the Franklin
County Landfill, the Florida Marine Patrol, the DEP and Department
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County Board of Commissioners.
Other notable achievement include the replanting of wild flowers on
St. George Island and at Turkey Point, the purchase and installation
of "no littering* signs now placed at each of the road entrances into
Franklin County, funding of trash containers and paint for projects
for the WINGS kids, funding and signage for 4 county boat ramps
citing the fitter ordinance, classroom educational programs, tours of
the landfill, displays in area festivals, participation in the Adopt-A-
Shore and Adopt-A-Highway programs, Chamber of Commerce and
civic club presentations, and recycling program implementation.
The year 2000 presents new challenges which we are approaching
with enthusiasm, We look forward to the implementation of the school-
wide recycling efforts and an increased emphasis on county beautifi-
cation efforts. For more information about our programs and plans
for the future, please call Michael Bates, Coordinator, at 653-3661.
KFCB is a non-profit grant-funded organization, made possible
through the efforts of Jim Sisung. President; Cora Russ, Vice Presi-
dent; Liz Sisung, Secretary; Beth Mosely, Treasurer; Van Johnson,
Director, Franklin County Landfill; and Directors Guy Hogan, Donnie
Gay, Ralph Dietz, Pam Vest, Princess Jones, Helen Howe, Ticia
Lipscomb, Cindy Hogan, Marilyn Hogan, Pam Rush, Jane Jasper and
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"The Auctioneer"


By Tom Hoffer
Leroy Van Dyke is a professional musician and singer. He is also a
licensed, bonded and professional auctioneer. His first hit record was
"The Auctioneer," and he followed that with more than 500 recorded
songs and 36 long play recordings. He was also inducted into the
National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame, and is in demand now
as a motivational and seminar speaker.
His entertainment career, spanning more than four decades, is also
marked with many "firsts", including all facets of show business such
as festivals, supper clubs, conventions, agricultural shows, radio, tele-
vision, recordings and fairs. He has performed at more than 2,500
fairs throughout the United States and Canada.
Leroy recorded a multi-million seller titled "Walk on By", a record that
stayed on the charts for 42 weeks, ard was named by Billboard Maga-
zine as the biggest country music record in history.
Leroy was also the first to take a staged, produced, choreographed,
self-contained country music show to Las Vegas. He was the first to
take country music to New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street in the
French Quarter.
Leroy Van Dyke is considered by his peers to be the entertainer who
put professionalism in country music.
He has been in show business for 43 years and still going strong. He
travels over 100,000 miles each year performing around the world.
Leroy Van Dyke probably plays more fairs and other agricultural events
than any other name entertainer, and he has not missed a perfor-
mance in his entire entertainment career. He is a graduate of Reppert's
School of Auctioneering, is licensed and bonded and has sold at auc-
tions throughout the United States and Canada. He was the first en-
tertainer to received the Country Music Association Founding Presi-
dents Award for contributing to the advancement and improved im-
age of country music. He is a graduate of the, University of Missouri
with majors in agriculture and journalism.
He and his wife Gladys have an 18 year-old son, Ben. Leroy also has
three children by a previous marriage: Lee (34), Carla (33), and Adam
(29). Carla has presented him with two grandsons.
Through a mutual friend, Chuck Olson, at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
TV station, I met Leroy briefly 39 years ago. Last month, in early No-
vember, at the North Florida Fairgrounds, we renewed a friendship.
Chronicle (C): How did you get into singing?
Leroy Van Dyke (L): I got in on a fluke. If you want to know the truth
about it, my major in college was animal science and journalism.... I
went to the Army after I got out of college, and while I was there I got
some sort of an inspiration to write a song about a cousin of mine who
was a very successful auctioneer. I, to this day, believe him to be the
best livestock auctioneer that ever walked.


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I finished the song about him, came back and I utilized the training I
had in farm and ranch background as well as university training (at
the) University of Missouri, and got a job with a livestock newspaper.
At the same time, I was playing my guitar and just having fun with it,
and entered a talent contest in Chicago. I didn't win came in third
- but it didn't seem to matter, because the phone rang and within
two weeks I had a record out on the song that I had written about Ray
Sims, auctioneer... Within three months, I sold a million records. That's
how it happened, just kind of a fluke. (It) happened very, very quickly
... That was 1956.
C: How did it grow after that?
L: The background that any entertainer has is not necessarily going
have any great impact on the course he takes after he gets into show
business. John Connolly is a friend of mine in the music business
who has had pretty good success. His first big record was "Rose Col-
ored Glasses." He was an undertaker!
C: Did you have an agent, a manager?
L: I've been in business 43 years, and time to time I've had various
agents. I've never really had a "professional" manager. That probably
goes back to the first thing that happened. I got cheated when a disc
jockey in Chicago fast-talked me into a contract; he had me sign some
papers at the first recording session which eventually, probably cost
me a half-million dollars. So, I had a natural distrust of management.
It's just one of those things that got me off to a bad start.
... It happens to a lot of people in show business, and it happened to
me. So, I had a mistrust in.signing up any long term agreement with
any so-called manager.
My wife, Gladys, and I, decided that we can do it better than they can.
...I know the product, the service, the market and my wife is a perfect
partner because she's very meticulous, very intelligent ... and she is a
wonderful office manager...
C: Any role for mentors?
L: That was not a factor because I have always run my own career, for
better, for worse. There might have been some things I would change
if I had it to do over... The minute my first record hit, I probably should
have moved to Nashville and gotten a "Colonel Tom Parker" or some-
body like that as a manager.
But, there's no way of knowing that in advance... You mentioned the
term "mentor". Because of the fact that we do handle all of our own
business, we have a steady stream of phone calls and correspondence
to our office wanting input into careers of various performers. Matter
of fact we have two different entertainers or entertainment groups,
that call us with some regularity wanting to know how to market their
services, and both of those groups have degrees in marketing!... We
do pride ourselves in being generous with our time and advice to up
and coming and evolving artists. We give freely of advice, even in some
cases where it might develop an act into a competitor. We don't mind.
If they're good people, they're doing a professional job, they're honest
... we don't mind helping them.
C: Your career spans four decades. You must have noticed changes in
the music business.
L: When I started you could go in, at your own expense, if you wanted
to cut a record and release a single. A 45 (r.p.m) could become a hit...
If the record "creates a stir", if it becomes hit, then somebody like RCA
or Columbia would come to you and lease that master; then put it out
through their distributors and on their label. That was a very com-
mon thing to have happen back then.
My first record was on an independent label, but they had good distri-
bution and sold a lot of records; but those things don't happen any
more. You can cut a record-and maybe get some interest, but then
that record just becomes a demonstration record to present to a ma-
jor label who may or may not get interested...
And, it takes today, believe it or not, about a million and a quarter to
launch a career. ... Everything that goes with it takes a lot of money.
The vast majority of successful acts today, and some unsuccessful
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C: How important is television?
L: It's very important. When I started, there was no such thing as a
video. There was very little television, as a matter of fact. A lot of
homes didn't even have a television...
IToday's acts all have videos played on country-music television... so it
is important in today's market.
"Auctioneer" was on Dot Records. Most people in my category, that
have had million seller records, have been in the business this long,
have re-recorded their hits in various configurations: LPs or CDs...
I've probably recorded "Auctioneer" ten times.
"Walk on By" was written by Kendall Hayes from Kentucky... He was
an aspiring songwriter and had not been successful.. He was in Nash-
ville trying to become a songwriter and was having no success. He
and his wife were at a laundromat doing their laundry and running
out of money, had just about decided to go back to Kentucky, and
while he was waiting for his wife to finish the laundry, the melody of
that song started coming to him. It was almost a year later before he
started coming up with words for that song.
He eventually wrote a verse and a chorus, got it to a publisher. The
publisher happened to have it in his files when I came to him looking
for songs to record. We had to revamp the song. I changed some of the
words in the verse and rearranged the chorus. The publisher took it
home that night and wrote the second verse to it, then the next morn-
ing I recorded it in the final form that you know today.


Leroy Van Dyke meets with fans.
C: Can country music be defined?
L: The origin of country music in the U. S. came from the old Elizabe-
than ballads. They came over here from England, Ireland and Scot-
land. That was the origin of country music. As time went on, it was
injected with influences from black music, from folk music, blues... a
lot of different influences, until today it is really a potpourri of several
different types of music...
Tex Ritter and I were good friends. He was the star of the show on the
first tour of county fairs that I ever did... Later on, he became Presi-
dent of the Country Music Association at the same time I was on the
Board of the CMA.'As such we were together on a lot of interviews
with radio and newspaper people.
One day, a disc jockey said, 'Mr. Ritter, what's your definition of coun-
try music. In his own inimitable way, he said, 'I've given at least 75
different definitions, and they're all correct!" There are so many dif-
ferent types of country music that you cannot give a pat definition of
it. It's a mixture of a lot of different influences...
C: How does one break into the music business?
L: No two people get into it in the same way. There is no formula for it.
It does take money to launch a career, but at the same time you can't
buy a career. No matter how much money you have. If you don't have
the talent and the people don't like your presentation, you can't stay
in it for a long period of time. You simply have to keep trying.
The only thing I tell young people that ask me is to get an education
and then try to get a degree in music business. There is a good course
in Murphsville, Tennessee, another one-in-Belmont-College. Nash-
ville. They.need. the music business degree behind them so that they
understand what makes the business tick At the same time they
need to keep honing skills as a performer until they get so good that
they can't be ignored.
C: You are asked back often. What's your idea of why that happens?
L: Well, the first thing that any successful entertainer has to do is to
develop a professional show. Secondly, all entertainers need to stay
off of drugs, stay off of alcohol, and if you're a singer, you'd better stay
off of cigarettes, so that you don't injure your health or injure your
appearance...
... The next thing is when you do a show, always show up, be on time
... and when you leave don't leave anybody mad. Then, they'll ask you
back.
C: Do you stay with certain kinds of country music?
L: No. We've always had a variety of songs. There was a time when we
were taking country music into the Strip in Las Vegas or Al Hirt's Club
in New Orleans, we had quite a variety of material we did. It wasn't all
country. We had themes from movies. We had Broadway show tunes.
We had pop songs. I never did any rock and roll. Some folk music and
a lot of traditional country. ... At this point, after 43 years, I'm not
looking' for anything different or new.
C: You were considered by many as the artist who put professional-
ism into country music.
L: Ray Price would come out with a song on Columbia Records and he
might sell 75 or 100,000 copies. Guy Mitchell would cover that song
and he'd sell a million and a half or 2 million records. That went on
and on in country music and when these people would have the big
hits in the pop field on these songs, it was the pop artist whose name
you saw in lights in Las Vegas, on the theaters and the big marquees,
around the country. I just thought that if our music was good enough
to go there, then we, the performers who initiated these hit records,
should be good enough to go to these places. So I got somebody to put
together a show for me that was staged, produced, choreographed
self-contained- really professional.
There had been other country artists who had played Las Vegas like
Eddie Arnold, but he would go in with a conductor and an
orchestra....
C : What are the worst difficulties?
L: It is a strenuous life, because our main focus on any given tour is
getting from here to the next job. Time limitations. If it gets foggy and
you can only drive 20 mph, then you're in trouble.
There are so many places for people to spend their dollars today. It's
difficult today to advertise a show and fill a venue because there are
too many other things going on. You have to find other ways to market
what you do or get sponsorship...
Leroy Van Dyke has found those other ways to market his talent. He
continues to book about 200 appearances a year and shows no sign of
"retirement". The shows at the North Florida Fair were "punchy" and
dramatic, wholesome with much emphasis on family values and fun.
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By Tom Campbell
Not many people haie a $70,000
Allen Organ in their home. But
Mr. Fred Boska of Carrabelle does.
Boska is a member of the Ameri-
can Guild of Organists. Currently,
there is no chapter in Tallahas-
see or the area, but he said that
there is a movement to try to es-
tablish a chapter there.
He was educated at Florida State
University, receiving his Bachelor
of Music Education in 1958. He
1967 he received his Masters, and
in 1970 received his Doctorate in
Education Administration. He
taught for 23 years at Georgia
Southwestern State University in
Americus, Georgia.
Mr. Boska said he started play-
ing the piano "at the age of 5." He
picked up the organ in the 1960's
and did "dance jobbing with Jeff
Bradford and others."
He demonstrated the wonderful
variety of music which can be pro-
duced by the organ in his living
room. He said, "Allen organ is a
marvelous instrument. Allen is
proud of their accomplishments."
In the photo is shown the nearest
theatre organ to Franklin County.
It is in the big theatre in down-
town Pensacola and "has four


manuals (keyboards). There are
40-some-odd ranks of pipes." A
rank simulates the sound of a
particular orchestral instrument.
Theatre organs were developed in
the early 1900's by Englishman
Robert Hope-Jones with Mark
Twain as financial backer. The
Alhambra Theatre Pipe organ was
built in 1927 by the Robert
Morton Organ Company.
These complex instruments be-
came popular as the accompani-
ment for silent movies, and pro-
vided entertainment before, after
and during movie intermission.
Known as a "Unit Orchestra," the
instrument simulates the sounds
of an entire orchestra, allowing
one person to create the sound of
10 to 25 musicians or more.
With the advent of "talkies,"
sound became part of motion pic-
tures and theatre organs were
used less frequently.
The Robert Morton Theatre Organ
in Pensacola has been copied.
(See photo) This new console is a
reproduction of an original "Won-
der Morton."
In his demonstration of the organ
in his home, Mr. Boska showed
that he is a gifted musician who
delights in "playing with his won-
derful toy."


F.R.O.G Family
Literacy Day
Extravaganza
Staged in Eastpoint
A "family fair" was held outside of
the Eastpoint Branch of the Li-
brary in the Point Mall, Island
Drive on Saturday, December 4lh.
The theme was Parent and Child
Together (PACT), featuring a va-
riety of enriching activities for
children and their caregivers,
from gardening to story time. In
the pictures featured here, Marian
Morris presented "story time."
Barbara Revell demonstrated her
interest in gardening. Children
also flew kites and romped in
soap bubbles on a grand scale.


Marian Morris in the
Story Hour.


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Trip To FSU Reaps Good Advice "
By Rene Topping cery list of questions that sparked
By Rene Topping discussion as more members


Seven Franklin County Public Li-
brary Advisory Board Members,
(FCPLAB) and Friends of the
Franklin County Public Library,
(FFCPL) drove up to visit FSU in
Tallahassee, on November 23.
They met with Doctor Tom Hart,
noted professor in the Architec-
tural College and were given a
guided tour of the 10,000 square
oot Media Center building on the
Campus.
Mary Ann Shields, Head of the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County Library Building Commit-
tee said. "We had a great oppor-
tunity to pick up a lot of most
helpful information. The Media
Center is just twice the size of the
building, but gave us ideas for
what we can do. Everyone said
they were glad we had this
opportunity."
Over lunch at the University, Doc-
tor Hart held forth on some of the
pitfalls that can happen in build-
ing a public library. He gave valu-
able suggestions on working with
the architect. He also gave the
group some valuable hints to
make the money available, go fur-
ther. He noted that the Media
Center cost just twice as much as
the $500,000 available to the
Franklin County group. He said
that he has found that there are
lots of ways to get more out of the
available funds, especially in the
rural counties.
Sarah Marxsen, who is an alumni
of the FSU and a friend and stu-
dent of Doctor Hart posed a gro-


joined in the talK.


As the group walked around the
inside of the Media Center each
of the members could be seen
looking carefully at each area and
it's function. Eileen Annie Ball
was surveying the computer area
and the place set aside for the
smaller children. It was obvious
that she could see in her mind's
eye many of the ideas translated
to the library building that will
grace the center of Carrabelle
sometime in 2000. She said later
that a similar layout to that of the
media center was really what she
felt would be good for our com-
munity.
One of the group said "There are
so many things we need to know
and this trip was surely a very
good start." Doctor Hart said he
will not be able to physically help,
as he is slated for a long overseas
trip, but promised that he would
make himself available to the
Building Committee as plans be-
gin to be made.
Those taking part in the research
were: Eileen Annie Ball, Director
of.the Franklin County Public Li-
brary (FCPL,) Cliff Butler, Presi-
dent of FFCPL, other members of
FFCPL were Sarah Marxsen,
Marian Morris, Christine Hinton,
also a member of the FCPLAB,
Peggy Higgins, a member of the
building committee, Mary Ann
Shields and Rene Topping, both
members of the FCPLAB and
building, committee.


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In Carrabelle... The 1999 Story
of the Dream Library
"In the beginning" the small library in Carrabelle was housed In the
Yaupon Garden Club and volunteers served the public from 3 to 5
p.m. every Friday. In October 1992 Friends of the Franklin County.
Public Library joined forces with Wakulla and Jefferson County Pub-
lic Libraries to form the Wilderness Coast Public Libraries, opening
the first branch of the Franklin County Public Library in Eastpoint.
In June 1993 the Yaupon Garden Club merged with the FCPL and
the Carrabelle Branch was opened in the old band building in the
heart of town behind the condemned high school gym.
Despite leaky roofs and musty odors, the Library became a haven for
the residents of Carrabelle, both children and adults. A very strong
Adult Literacy Program operates from this location. Extensive adult
GED programs are conducted by many volunteers. A wonderful Sum-
mer Reading Program challenges children 4 through 12 to enjoy and
appreciate books, and Story Hours are held throughout the year.
From the Carrabelle Library a Juvenile Justice Grant Program called
WINGS is also operated. In this program, staff and volunteers work
with many youths from 10 through 17. One of the many projects of
WINGS is cleaning up our community, and they are always part of
the "Keep Florida Beautiful" campaign, walking miles of beach to col-
lect litter and debris.
In 1996 the Franklin County Public Library received the "'Excellence
in Small and/or Rural County Public Library Service" national award
for service in the community; the "Friends of the Franklin County
Public Library" received the national FOLUSA award for exceptional
support of a rural library. Quite an accomplishment!
In October 1997, Lady Luck smiled on the Carrabelle Branch Library.
Jackie Gay, who was then the resident librarian, won the Paul
Newman's Good Housekeeping Cooking Contest and was awarded
$50,000 with the Library as her designated charity. That was the
seed money for a wonderful dream of a new library in Carrabelle which
will be 5,000 sq. ft. and cost approximately $500,000.
In 1998 Franklin County Public Library was approved for a State of
Florida matching dollar-for-dollar Construction Grant and an ambi-
tious fund drive was started to raise the Library's share of $250,000.
The first event was the "Love Your Library Festival," followed by a
summer of car washes, gumbo and snowcone booths, T-shirt sales.
card parties, auctions and raffles. More than 200 letters were written
to Florida foundations asking for financial support. Many founda-
tions responded, and the Building Fund's Saving Account started to
grow.
SThe "May Daze" art exhibit was held at Sea Oats Gallery on St. George
Island in May 1999. Juvenile art work (age 7-12) and young adult art
Work (age 13-17) was judged, and prizes of art supplies by gift certifi-
cates were awarded. Professional and amateur adult contributions
were sold to benefit the Library Building Fund.
A Special Preview and Silent Auction of art works donated by many
local artists was held June 3, 1999. The Sea Oats Garden Club hosted
a wine and cheese tasting that evening to benefit the Building Fund.
The same art objects were available for bidding during the "Medieval
Days Festival," which followed on June 5. A Giant Yard Sale and
SCook-Out was sponsored by the employees of the Carrabelle Gulf
State Bank and the Timber Island Yacht Club and held at the same
time.
"Build Your Library, Brick by Brick" is another phase of the ongoing
Sfund-raising effort. Inscribed bricks are still being sold and will be
placed in the new Library's "Wall of Spirit" that will be located near
Sthe main entrance, where it can be enjoyed by all who enter the build-
Sing. For a tax-deductible $66.00 contribution, you can have your name
or the name of a friend or family member inscribed on one of these
bricks. Forms are available at the Library.
In time, thanks to many Library supporters, the original $50,000
doubled and then tripled and the money rolled in. As an example, a
group of eight couples who are residents of Dog Island, during the
July 4th weekend get-together there, talked about and decided to
support the Building Fund. Thanks to them the Building Fund's Sav-
ings Account grew again.
With the help of a number of VERY generous local residents the match-
ing $250,000 was finally raised, and plans to build the first perma-
nent public branch library were finalized. Thanks to the Franklin
County School Board and the Franklin County Commissioners, a land
swap has been arranged that will allow the new building to be con-
structed on the old gym property. Library construction on this site
will enhance the downtown area and be the center of activity in
Carrabelle.
"And so the story of a dream library in Carrabelle continues."
"I hope that the same spirit which made the raising of the
dollar-for-dollar grant money possible will infect others in the com-
munity and that they will become part of the ongoing efforts to pro-
vide Carrabelle with the library it will need to enter into and keep
pace in the new millennium."
Mary Ann Shields
Building Committee Chairperson

Pristine Oyster Leaving Carrabelle

By Tom Campbell
Mr. Fred W. (Bill) Thomas, President and CEO of Pristine Oyster, said
December 7 that the company "is leaving Carrabelle." Pristine Oyster
opened its operation in Carrabelle about a year ago. The Chronicle
featured the company in an article at that time.
Pristine Oyster is planning a 14,000-square-foot factory in Port St.
Joe. "'There will be at least 60 jobs initially," Mr. Thomas said. He
explained that there could be a total of up to 100 jobs as the company
progresses. There are currently 30 employees at the Carrabelle site.
"The faithful employees will be" offered the option to move to Port St.
Joe, according to Mr. Thomas. He said they "could be bussed from
Franklin County to Port St. Joe" for the work there.
Mr. Thomas said there are several reasons for leaving Carrabelle. He
named them: 1. Additional grants may be available by going to Port
St. Joe. 2. There is a "higher need for employment" there. And 3. "we
won't have the problems there of getting permits and available prop-
erty," said Mr. Thomas.
He explained that five acres were acquired from the St. Joe Corpora-
tion "on Industrial Boulevard in Port St. Joe and the legal work is
being done. The building should be built by March or April (of the
year 2000)."


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17 December 1999 Page 11


Photo sequence by Pat Johnson (Alligator Point)


GOING! GOING!
GONE!

By Rene Topping
"It was the most exciting thing
that has happened on Alligator
Point this whole year" was a quote
from one resident who had wit-
nessed the removal of the Old
Marshall House on Monday De-
cember 6. About sixty residents,
complete with video and still cam-


eras, were on hand to see and
record for history, the demise of
the house that several hurricanes
could not bring down.
What they viewed in the next two
hours was a case of "Going, go-
ing, gone," as the big crane of
Pigott Construction and Trucking
began the work to remove the poor
old house. There it had sat for over
14 years with it's feet, (pilings) in
the Gulf of Mexico. Each storm
failed to actually bring it down,


but over the years it had become
only a shell of it's former self.
The house was once a happy place
for the Marshalls and their friends
and relatives who came to the
Coast to enjoy the long, lazy days
of summer and the gentle, lap-
ping sound of the surf on the
beach in front of the home.
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hastily evacuated the Point leav-
ing their homes boarded up and
bereft of people. Hurricane Elana
was offshore from the Point and
as nightfall came the winds be.-
gan to tear at the house, scream-
ing between the pilings and lash-
ing the salt water high up on the
home. Elena vented her fury on
the Marshall home, along with
others at the same area.
The home began to lean on that
day so long ago. The Marshalls
made repairs, but they could not
help when Kate came bustling off
the Gulf on November, 22 in 1985,
shouldering homes and trees out
of her way as she blew her way
up to Tallahassee. Leaving the
Point, Kate's winds did not dimin-
ish and after tearing again at the
old house, the storm traveled on
through Wakulla, to topple even
ancient oaks, and leave Florida's
Capital City floundering with no
electircity for inre than a week
and damage reports coming in
from all points. But the house still
stood, leaning a little more.
The Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce put out T-Shirts car-
rying the slogan "I survived Elena,
and then came Kate." Another
popular cliche was, "We had two
unwelcome guests in 1985, Elena
for Labor Day and Kate for
Thanksgiving."
As the years went by, there was
no longer any beach in front of
the house and the dream of own-
ing a house on the water, was not
quite as happy a reality, lor the
owners who n- had the water
right under their home.
The house leaned a little further,
but it still could be used. Like
"Death and Taxes," it was self evi-
dent that sometime in the future
there was another hurricane or so
waiting in the wings, to have a
fling at the Panhandle. In 1986
Hurricane Charley made a dash
at the area with light winds that
quickened when Charley moved
on. The house still stood.
1994 brought the tropical winds
of Beryl and the house still stood.
It looked as if we were in for a rest-
ful time until, on June 5, Hurri-
cane Allison opened the hurricane
season of 1995 with what was al-
most an alert for us all as we
watched the eye move over St
George Island and Carrabelle, for-
tunately doing little in the way of
damage. The house leaned over a
little more.
Erin tossed a few things around
on the second day of August and
gave us a dark, windy night, yet
the house still stood. Despite the
fact that it was just under hurri-
cane strength at 70 mph, it still
sent a howling message. At day
break it seemed the old house
seemed to have taken another
small tilt. But it was still there.
Tropical Jerry was hardly noticed
as it came in as a tropical storm

with winds up to 35. The house
merely shrugged and to some it
seemed that It would never fall.
Jerry was the last storm in Au-
gust of 1995. The house deterio-
rated and even back then, the
house looked, really bad. It just
went on looking forlorn, an
abandoned beach house with no
smiles and laughter of happy visi-
tors. As the years went by and the
tilt seemed to ever worsen, resi-
dents were afraid that the house
would just fall and the wreckage
would be, a problem.
But the years of storms, the ero-
sion of the sand, the house be-
came unconnected by earth to the
road in front of it. It had con-
demned notices posted on it. The
end was very near.
Now that the happy beach goers
no longer came, the house stood
as a sentinel, along with two oth-
ers who had also taken strong hits
from the storms. It was an ever
present reminder to residents and
visitors of just how fierce the fury
of hurricanes can be.
Still on that sixth day in Decem-
ber when it was cut off from it's
pilings and suspended high up in
the air, it seemed to want to play
one more trick on the movers. The
whole bottom of the house split
open and wreckage was cast into
the ground below.
In the end, the movers won the
unequal battle and the old
Marshall house was put on a
truck. The last time I saw it, it was
waiting on the side of the road just
beyond the Welcome Garden, to
be taken off the place where old,
run down houses go, when there
is no where else. It was a sad
sight.
I stopped to take a picture and
said to the house. "You stuck in
there a lot longer than I would
have thought you could. You were
gallant to the end. Goodbye, old
house, I shall miss you."


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Plan For Eastpoint
The Board of Franklin County
Commissioners, at a special meet-
ing on December 7th, voted not
to approve an application for a
special use permit thereby reject-
ing the proposed Big Bend Golf
and Residential Development in
Eastpoint.
Ben Watkins introduced the pro-
posal at the meeting that began
about 5 p.m. Kevin Tucker out-
lined the general plan of the pro-
posed 349 acre golf course and
development. This particular plan
offered possibilities of relieving the
overload situation of the
Eastpoint Sewer Plant by offering
the golf course as a spray field for
effluent as there is no room for
expansion except to create a
20-acre spray field elsewhere. The
Eastpoint Water and Sewer Dis-
trict is currently under a Consent
Order that places a moratorium
on expansion. Currently, the wa-
ter and sewer company is operat-
ing over-capacity. Also, the inef-
ficiencies of the water and sewer
system and runoff flows into In-
dian creek that feeds into East
Bay. The residents living in 77
homes along North Bay Shore
Drive could have hooked into the
new system thereby ending use
of septic tanks near East Bay. Mr.
Tucker is the President of Kevin
Tucker Design Group, Golf
Course Architects and Land Use
Planner, from Nashville, Tennes-
see.
In a letter dated November 29th,
to Alan Pierce, Franklin County
Planner, Mr. Tucker wrote: "We
understand that no matter what
we say or do that there will be
those persons who oppose this
project. We respect their opin-
ion..." Earlier, he wrote: ...Our
development will provide the best


solutions to the community which
will create an improved condition
with safeguards for protection and
monitoring, which present do not
exist. Also, we pledge a steward-
ship which will exceed regulation
and attain the highest level of
environmentally sensitive opera-
tion and maintenance..."
However, following Mr. Tucker's


Planner but these items were not
well distributed to the publics rep-
resented at the meeting. Slowly,
as one citizen followed another,
and the negative speakers out-
numbered advocates for the
project increased, the outcome
was predictable.
Mr. Creamer wanted to be the first
commissioner to speak. He said:


Commissioner Creamer (left) and Commissioner Sanders.


presentation, a long list of citizens
presented their views on the
project, mostly negative. Many ex-
ceeded the three minute time limit
as the meeting went on for two
more hours. For a few moments,
Environmentalist Lee McKnight
appeared to moderate his stance
as he recounted his interviews
about the project with the devel-
opers, indicating that they were
willing to comply with most of the


Eddie Creamer: Since it is in my
district, I wanted to be the first to
speak. I cannot, even as a citizen
of Franklin County, jeopardize
our Bay in any way. And, I will
not jeopardize our Bay and our
workers, I've got an injury of my
hand due to working in seafood
about three weeks ago. I love it. I
love seafood, and my best friends
are seafood workers, and I'm just
afraid that if there is damage to


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IMa.:' L. demands to remain sensitive to
the needs of the Bay. Sharon
Anderson, Executive Director of
the recently formed River Group
'- talked well over her time limit
challenging the project in differ-
ent aspects. There was little sci-
S entific evidence presented and
some of that about soil composi-
Stion was incomplete and contra-
dictory, putting the arguments
into one expert against another.
The developer Tucker had pre-
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our Bay it will be irreversible ...
There will be no way to reverse it.
Anyway, that is going to be my
speech right now...
Bevin Putnal: What are you look-
ing at me for? (laughter).... I base
my decisions mainly on the pub-
lic and the concerns that my con-
stituents have and the advice that
I've been given the last two weeks.
They don't want to take a chance
of hurting' our Bay. I don't want to
take a chance on hurtin' our Bay.
I'm not against golf courses. I'm
not against development... There's
a right way to do something and
a wrong way. There is a right lo-
cation and there's a wrong loca-
tion. I feel like that this is the
wrong location to put this golf
course. ...I feel like we're gonna
have more golf courses than we
know what to do with, if we're not
careful, anyway... I've already
committed myself to the man from
Texas who brought the property
out at Anawakee, and if you build
one, and complete a D.R.I. I would
have no problem with it, and I
would support you. And, I told Mr.
Ben at my house the other day, I
said, I have a lot of opposition
because of where it is at ...
Cheryl Sanders: I was born and
raised in Franklin County. I'm like
Mr. Creamer and Mr. Putnal...It's
too critical an area of Franklin
County to take a chance ... I'm not
so sure that this would eliminate
Eastpoint's water and sewer prob-
lems. I think there's other things
that can be done. So, I will just
stay true to my county, and to my
people in the county.
Clearance Williams: What is the
pleasure of the Board?
Mr. Creamer wanted to put in a
motion that the Board deny the
application. County Attorney
Schuler interrupted and recom-
mended a proposal to deny the
application. It passed unani-
mously. Clearance Williams and
Jimmy Mosconis did not speak for
or against the proposed motion.


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Don't Be A Victir
Florida Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Commissioner
Bob Crawford today urged con-
sumers to avoid being defrauded
by con artists who may be step-
ping up efforts to exploit citizens'
Y2K concerns as the Year 2000
approaches.
Nevertheless, con artists are con-
tinuing to exploit consumers
fears and concerns about poten-
tial Y2K problems and are ex-
pected to heighten their efforts in
the five weeks remaining before
the new millennium begins.
Among scams reported in Florida
or elsewhere in the country:
* Bank Account Scheme-A
caller, claiming to be a represen-
tative of a bank, falsely states that
he or she needs your bank ac-
count number to move your funds
into a "safe fund" while auditors
check the bank to make sure that
it is Y2K ready. Of course, once a
consumer discloses his account
number, the caller can fraudu-
lently obtain the victim's funds.
* Credit Card Scheme-A caller,
identifying himself as a represen-
tative of your credit card com-
pany, falsely states that the mag-
netic strip on the back of the card
will not work after December 31
unless the company sends a re-


SOf A Y2K Scam
placement strip. He asks for the
consumer's credit card number
for "verification purposes"-and if
he obtains it, the con artist then
can use the victim's credit card.


* Securities Scheme-Con art-
ists offer prospective investors the
opportunity to invest in a com-
pany that the caller claims has
developed the solution to the Y2K
problem and is expected to reap
major profits sometime after the
beginning of the Year 2000. In
fact, different computers and soft-
ware require different solutions,
and no single company has all the
answers to the Y2K problem.
If you receive such a call, don't
believe the story the caller is tell-
ing you, Crawford said.
If the call involves the safety of
your bank account or credit card,
consumers should call those in-
stitutions themselves to deter-
mine what, if anything; they
should do. In most cases, the an-
swer is likely to be "do nothing"
because the bank and credit card
company will already have taken
steps to make sure their custom-
ers experience no interruption in
service.
Consumers can also call
Crawford's office's toll-free
hotline-1-800 HELP FLA
(1-800-435-7352)-to file a com-
plaint.


In rehearsal on Saturday, December llth, Dr. Tom Adams directs the Bay Area Choral Society at the Dixie Theatre.
This view is from the stage area, the bottom picture is similar to the audience's view from the balcony.
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There's A Mouse In Our
Christmas Tree!
By O'Billy
Illustrated By Betty Roberts
Sponsored By The Guys From The Lanark Coffee Hour

"CHRISTMAS" comes only once a year. Not
often enough for our House Mouse we call
"Tickled" Mouse. Tickled has been with us for
two seasons of visits by Santa Claus. Tickled
and Santa are seldom seen; mostly, their activi-
ties occur late, after midnight.

His first season with us, House Mouse, as we
called him then, did not expect a big celebra-
tion or Santa's visit. But that was when he got
his unusual name !,VWait a minute! Did I hear
someone say that thi name is veryu:niiiely?
Now, have I ever told or read to you an unbe-
lievable story? No, I don't think I have, do
you? Fiction, yes. Belief makes a make-believe
story exciting and fun. More so than just funny,
don't you agree?

So, on his first Christmas Night Celebration
with us, our House Mouse was very pleased to
find goodies on his mantle. Goodies that we
had left for Santa. House Mouse, was so "tick-
led" to have a snack left out so conveniently for
him!

His tummy got over-stuffed and the little fellow
could not get down off the mantle. What a
predicament! He heard bells tinkling outside
and a loud call of "HEL-LO-O! MERRY
CHRISTMAS!"

Greatly surprised, our mouse felt trapped. He
wanted to run and hide. But he couldn't
squeeze behind the mantle clock, where he kept
his pallet for naps. He was afraid to jump down
even though he had done this easily so many


Ilse Newell Concert


times before.

He heard a big, Big Rustle. Then a Big, BIG
red-suited man climbed down the chimney vent
and placed a red-tinseled sack on the hearth and
proceeded to place gifts under the tree. It was
Santa Claus! You recognized him from his
greeting, his entry and his action, didn't you?

Santa finished his work, straightened up, then
looked about for his traditional snack. He could
not find anything, except a few crumbs on the
mantle. He saw mouse toes sticking out from
under the clock, grabbed the scrabbling feet of
our little mouse, then held him up by his tail.

"AHEM! I see that I have found the culprit who
ate my snack! I never heard of a Christmas
Mouse in any house that I ever visited!"

Santa laid House Mouse on his back and tick-
led the belly button of the guilty mouse until he
started laughing and giggling.

"Oh'! Please Sir! Please don't tickle me any
more. I didn't understand the custom. I'll never
do this again, I promise!"

Santa laughed and laughed. Then he wrote a
note and left it on the mantle; leaped up the
chimney, climbed in his sleigh and shouted
very merrily. But, let's let "YOU"'call out the
names of his reindeer and the other sounds as
they continued their merry journey.

His note read: "Your House Mouse ate my
snack. But, after I tickled him a bit, he prom-
ised never to do it again. I will see you next
season. Merry Christmas. St. Nick. PS: I sug-
gest that you name-him "Tickled!"

Of course, that's what we just had to do! Now,
you know how our House Mouse got his funny
name of "Tickled!"

A Happy Christmas Day in Christ to ALL!
With Love! O'Billy and Miss Betty Roberts.


The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts presented its annual
Christmas Concert at the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola on Sunday.
December 12, at 4:00 p.m., featuring the Bay Area Choral Society.
composed of 35 voices from Apalachicola, Port St. Joe, Eastpoint and
St. George Island, and also the 21-member Apalachicola Band.
Dr. Tom Adams directed the Chorus in Christmas favorites "T'was
the Night Before Christmas," "Silver Bells," and "White Christmas,"
and Eugenia Watkins conducted "Angels' Carol," "Candlelight Carol,"
and "What Sweeter Music" by popular British composer-conductor.
John Rutter. Dr. Bedford Watkins, pianist, accompanied the chorus.
The Band, under its conductor, Karl Lester, played "The Coventry
Carol," "We Three Kings of Orient Are," "In the Bleak Midwinter," and
other Christmas favorites. There was also a chorus/audience carol-
sing-along.
TheIlse Newell Concert Series is sponsored by the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society, a 501-c-3 educational incorporation in Florida. For
further information, contact George Chapel at 850-653-9524.


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Obituaries

Gloria Lynn Mauldin
Gloria Lynn Mauldin. 30. of
Carrabelle, died on Wednesday. No-
vember 24, 1999 in Charleston. SC.
due to injuries sustained in an auto-
mobile accident. A native of
Gainesville, FL. she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her three children.
D.W. Cruson. II, Whitney Cheyenne
Crdson. and Tera Lynn Cruson, all of
Carrabelle: her parents. Bill & Gloria
Miller of Lanark Beach. FL: two broth-
ers, Derrick Kennedy of Carrabelle
and Eddie Kennedy of Cross City. FL:
three sisters. Donna Kennedy. Jenny
Kennedy, and Kim Crum. all of
Carrabelle: her grandmother. Arcella
Taylor of Ocala. FL: and her fiance.
Luther Glass, of Eastpoint. Graveside
services were held on Monday. Novem-
ber 29. 1999 at the Panacea Commu-
nity Cemetery in Panacea. FL. Funeral
arrangements under the direction of
Kelley-Riley Funeral Home.
Carrabelle. FL.

Monna B. Marotte
Monna B. Marotte. 86. of Lanark Vil-
lage. FL. died on Wednesday. Novem-
ber 24. 1999 in Apalachicola. FL. A
native of Orleans. VT, Mrs. Marotte
had lived in Lanark Village for 15
years. She was a homemaker and was
Baptist by faith. She is survived by
her son and daughter-in-law. Clyde
& Nancy Marotte of Lanark Village:
one brother. Jack Houston of Orleans.
VT: one sister. Jeanie Robird of Or-
leans. VT: and 2 grandchildren.
Memorialization was by cremation. A
Memorial Service will be held at a later
date in Vermont. Arrangements were
under the direction of Kelley-Riley
Funeral Home. Carrabelle. FL. A me-
morial service was held Sunday. De-
cember 5, 1999. 9:00 a.m., at the
Lanark Village Community Church.

Dent Elwood Snider
Dent Elwood Snider, 81, of Carrabelle,
FL, died on Monday. November 29,
1999 at his home. A native of Custer
City. OK. Mr. Snider had lived in
Carrabelle for the past seven years.
He was an attorney, in California for
45 years until his retirement. He was
also a retired Navy Commander, hav-
ing served during World War II and
he also served two terms as a Navy
pilot on the aircraft carrier "Saratoga".
He was a member of the American Le-
gion. He is survived by his wife, Vera
Marie Snider of Carrabelle: two sons.
Dent E. Snider, Jr., of Santa Cruz, CA.
and Grant M. Snider of Carrabelle; two
daughters. Vera Marie Snider and
Cheryl D. Garry, both of Carrabelle:
five grandchildren and one
great-grandchild. Memorialization will
be by cremation. Arrangements un-
der the direction of Kelley-Riley Fu-
neral Home. Carrabelle, FL. A memo-
rial service will be held at a later date.
Susan Elizabeth Daniels
Susan Elizabeth Daniels, 61. of
Carrabelle, FL, died on Wednesday.
November 24, 1999 at her home. A
native of Marion, OH. Mrs. Daniels
had lived in Carrabelle since 1981.
She was a salesperson at Victorian
Way in Apalachicola and a member of
the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Wit-
nesses, also in Apalachicola., She, is
survived by her husband, Ivan Daniels
of Carrabelle; two sons. Eddie Daniels


3 p.m. meeting u minutes before
the hour. "As I am the attorney
for the bonds T would like to say
there is a law" That there Is a Rea-
sonable and Customary Practices
in the trade." She said she could
undertake to find out what other
water and sewer contracts had
said. She said as she sees It, there
are three entities that could be
responsible, namely the City of
Carrabelle, KMT or Baskerville
and Donovan." The commission-
ers voted to table until more In-
formation could be obtained.
Change order number 2 on con-
tract 1 left Dover trying to explain
why the change order that had
been approved previously by the
city many months ago when the
other commission was sitting and
was for the amount of #1.19 had
risen to #31,647.80
He said it was differences in the
bid schedule quantities versus
what it measured to on the plan.
When the Rural Development re-
ceived that change order they
wanted a site trip to Carrabelle.
Dover said "They indicated they
were not going to give any ap-
proval or disapproval until they
came to the city and actually saw
what pipe had been put in."
He asked the commissioners to
bear in mind that some time had
passed since he had made the
1.19 change order and the con-
tractor had continued to work. He
said the Rural Development went
all around on the project and at
the end of the time were satisfied
and understood, the change
order.
Rural Development requested
that Dover get In connection with
KHT and, make sure that in rela-
tion to quantities of pipe with the
contract was correct and make
sure that the change order was
as accurate as it could After con-
sultation between then contrac-
tor and Baskerville and Donovan.
He said this change order num-
ber 2 reflected the fact that 99.9
per cent of the pipe is In the
ground.
Dover said "There were quite, a
few fire hydrants installed, that
were requested by the city, that
were not on the bid scheduled
budget of 45 hydrants. They were
instructed to get with the fire chief
and those hydrants Indicated and
we did so, There was a list of more
hydrants presented than the 45.
"The city representatives would
say, gosh, we have got to have
more fire hydrants."
Dover said although they were not
in the budget it was recommended


of Crawfordville and Travis Daniels of
Tallahassee: two daughters, Robin
Diane Daniels of Tallahassee and
Lorleal Talley of Carrabelle; her father.
Thomas G. Miller of Ohio: one brother,
Mike Miller of Texas; one sister.
Rebecca Haddashell of Ohio: and
three grandchildren. A Memorial Ser-
vice was held on Saturday. November
27. 1999 at the Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah's Witnesses in Apalachicola.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Arrangements under the direction of
Kelley Funeral Home. Apalachicola,
FL.

Ruby B. Avery
Ruby B. Avery. 85. of Eastpoint. FL.
died on Wednesday. November 24.
1999 in Apalachicola. A native of
Madrid. AL, and having lived in
Pensacola, before recently moving to
Eastpoint. Mrs. Avery had also lived
in Port St. Joe and Apalactiicola for
many years. She was a homemaker
and was Baptist by faith. She is sur-
vived by her daughters. Nancy Nelson
of Eastpoint and Sybil Crane of
Pensacola: one brother. Lawrence
McNeil of Andalusia, AL; one sister.
Radie Welch of Fairhope. AL: six
grandchildren and nine great-
grandchildren. Graveside services
were held on Saturday, November 27,
1999 at the Magnolia Cemetery in
Apalachicola. All arrangements were
under the direction of Kelley Funeral
Home, Apalachicola, FL.

Charles A. Montgomery
Charles A. Montgomery. 85, of
Panama City. died on Thursday, De-
cember 9. 1999 in Panama City. A
native and former resident of
Apalachicola. Mr. Montgomery had
Lived in Panama City for the past 50
years. He was retired from the United
States Air Force. He served his coun-
try during World War II and the Ko-
rean War, and was also awarded sev-
eral citations for outstanding service
during his military career. He was a
member of the Crash Boat Crews for
the U.S.A.V, and was Catholic by faith.
He is survived by two sons: Mark Alan
Montgomery of Panama City, and
Charles A. Montgomery. Jr. of Arling-
ton, TX; two daughters: Dena Burch
of Panama City, and Charlene
Thibodau of Southport; seven grand-
children and 6 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Sun-
day, December 12, 1999 at Kelley Fu-
neral Home. Interment followed in
Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola.
Kelley Funeral Home, Apalachicola,
FL. in charge of arrangements.


additional, hydrants could be
added at the time if money was
left over. Actually 71 hydrants are
installed. There were some new,
some that were existing were in
bad shape so attempting to move
the City had opted that the fire
hydrants.
Dover said "Maybe I did make a
mistake I put more pipe in the bid
that I should have and probably
did not add the valves correctly,
The city would still ended up with'
a $7000 credit."
He added "The change order
changes areas where valves were
left off and a credit for a lot of
items that were discrepancies. All
of the under and overages when
you add the 25 hydrants, you end
up with this change order. It was
easier to put the hydrants in when
the other work was being done.
You can't hold up the contractor
while a special city meeting is
held."
Dover said that the full amount
of the contract was $1,627,000
and the contingencies that was
set aside amounted to 5 per cent
of the contract or approximately
$81,000, to cover any discrepan-
cies. Pam Lycett said she was
ready to make a motion but y
wanted -to state, "Going from 1.19
is quite a shock. There is three of
us commissioners at least around
and I am sure we would be at your
disposal, That's a lot of money."
She added that the commission-
ers who are the ones who repre-
sent the city.
Lycett moved to approve seconded
by Rankin.
After get reassurance from the
Baskerville and Donovan, repre-
sentatives that the work had been
done a request for payment by
KMT of $194,224.04 was ap-
proved.
Item number four was approval
or disapproval of a request from
KMT for payment of $10,414.00.
outside of the Rural Development
money. Phil Dover started out by
saying that this request, he be-
lieved, covered three hydrants the
city had requested one to replace
a hydrant damaged in a car acci-
dent, and two others that had
been requested by citizens who
had donated $3.900 and the other
would be covered by the drivers
insurance. There were other ex-
penses due to the size of some
lines having to enlarged and some
work at the school. The commis-
sioners approved with the pay-
ment.
There will be a another meeting
held on the well pump problem.


Approve Watchword from
Page 1
can get three baseball fields and
a football field there. Mayor
Messer said he would meet with
Allen December 7.
Allen said that it might cost a little
more to tear the bathrooms down
and rebuild but in the end they
would have more facilities. He
said that the recreation volun-
teers were going to the County
Commission on December 7 to see
if there was any funding available
and if the commissioners would
be willing to spend it on the
Carrabelle Athletic Field. He said
the field is used by the entire
county;-The matter was tabled to
the January meeting when Allen
will know if funding is available.
Item 7 was to approve or disap-
prove termination of probation on
Police Officer Renfroe. His one-
year probation had been extended
by three months. The Police Chief
was asked his opinion. He said the
effective date of termination or
otherwise was December 8.
The Chief said that he had talked
to the officer several months ago
and it had not done any good. He
added "I am a good person and I
try to give a person the benefit of
the doubt. He went against what
I have told him. He went to all the
commissioners about it and
raised a lot of Cain. And finally
we agreed to pull that record and
extend his probation until Decem-
ber 8." In as much as the Police
Commissioner was absent from
the meeting he asked that the
matter be tabled until the Janu-
ary meeting. Commissioners
agreed and tabled.
The Mandatory House Numbers
Ordinance 273 received it's sec-
ond reading and final reading and
received unanimous approval
from commissioners.
The first reading on proposed Or-
dinance 274 affecting rezoning
and changing of land use on a 7
1/2 from Al Agricultural to R1
single family residence on one
acre was read and approved for
public hearing at the January
regular meeting. This ordinance
will also change the rest of the
zoning on the land in Baywood
Estates and permit residences on
one-acre lots. The public hearing
will be set for January 6, 2000.
The commissioners approved a
resolution expressing the concern
of the city commissioners on
changes being made in the financ-
ing for the Community Develop-
ment Block Grant (CDBG) pro-
gram. The resolution will be sent
to the Clinton Administration and
to the secretary of the Department
of Housing and Urban Develop-
ment (HUD) and The Florida Ru-
ral Caucus. The commissioners
are worried that the lack of fund-
ing will impact upon the poorest
rural residents.
Commissioners approved closing
of Highway 98 for the Camp Gor-
don Johnston Parade on March
11, 2000.
Freda White, a real estate agent
with Franklin Realty requested to
be heard on a request to approve
or disapprove a change in zoning
from R1 to Cottage Industry, in
order that the family members
can operate a bed and breakfast
in two downstairs rooms of a resi-
dence at Block (B4) 74, Lots I and
10 Picketts Addition.
White stated the home is almost
100 years old and is locally known
as the Kelley House. It is adjacent
to the Episcopal Church and near
the Masonic Hall. She stated that
she was not asking for their ap-
proval but wanted to get a feel for
how they felt about the change.
Mayor Messer said "No problem."
White asked Mathes and Rankin
if they had any problem and they

Wildfire Threat

Is Growing In

North Florida

North Florida residents are
warned of the increasing wildfire
threat caused by growing drought
index levels and recent freezing
temperatures.
Rainfall amounts already are sig-
nificantly below normal, and we
are entering what is traditionally
Florida's driest season. This
week's low humidity and freezing
temperatures will increase the
amount of dead vegetation which
can fuel wildfires according to Bob
Crawford, Secretary of Agriculture
and Consumer Services.
According to state forestry offi-
cials, drought indices are at 500
or above in several North Florida
counties stretching from Panama
City to Perry to Jacksonville. The
Keetch-Byran Drought Index
ranges from 0 to 800, with 800
being "desert-like" conditions.


* Create a firebreak or "defensible
space" of at least 30 feet around
your home whenever practical.
* Remove branches from the bot-
tom of trees near your home to
keep ground fires from spreading
to the top of trees.
* Keep roofs and gutters clear of
debris, such as leaves and pine
needles.
* Keep a sufficiently long garden
hose on hand to reach al parts of
your house.
* Remove dead and dying plants
from around your home.
* Locate all combustibles, includ-
ing firewood, picnic tables and gas
grills, away from structures.


both said "No problem."
Commissioners approved a re-
quest from Mikel Clark for an
easement to correct a storm wa-
ter runoff during heavy rains.
Commissioners approved a re-
quest from Tom Griffith to be per-
mitted to construct a hotel. He
said that it would be a series of
small cottages with one or more
rooms and will be located at the
corner of Clara Street and Marine
Street. Gaidry said he did not see
any problem with Griffith build-
ing it in phases.
SCommissioners approved a re-
quest from Jimmy Crowder for a
C-2 Special Exception #3 Permit
for the C-Quarters Restaurant lo-
cated at 501 St. James Avenue.
Highway 98, Block 1, Lots 15 -18,
Coombs Addition, (old Millender
Property).
Gaidry addressed Item 7 which
called for a proposed change in
the Development of Regional Im-
pact (DRI) on Timber island. He
said he had expected David
Theriaque, the attorney for Bevis


and Associates on the Declaratory
Judgment Case, to present the
proposed change. (This is the suit
brought by the city against Bevis
and Associates and the CPAA.) He
said basically what Theriaque is
seeking is to extend the build-out
date on Phase One of the boat
ramp and travel lift (on which
work is now stopped) to Decem-
ber 31, 1999; also to modify Con-
dition 4.5 of the 1998 amended
development order to allow the
use of salvage creosote pilings
dated from approximately 1935.
"The modification of Condition
4.5. on use of the creosote pilings
is based on new information ob-
tained after the 1998 amendment
development order was approved.
And that was results of, and opin-
ions from a scientist that the old
creosote pilings would not create
a problem. There would be very
little of the creosote to leak out
and that which did would be bio-
degradable in the effects of the
sun. There is some argument as
to whether this is true or not, he
added, but basically these are is-
Ssues of the lawsuit that Carrabelle
progress right now."


He said, "If the commissioners
wish to take this up tonight you
can. If you wish to set the public
hearing for after the resolution of
the law suit you can."
Commissioners chose to wait and
hold the public hearing until af-
ter the March trial.
Commissioners approved Water
and Sewer Supervisor Ronnie Jo-
seph to sit on the Evergreen Cem-
etery Committee to replace re-
cently retired Herbert Mock.
Commissioners approved buying
a new computer and printer for
the Assistant Clerk to use in bill-
ing on Water and Sewer Custom-
ers for a cost of approximately
$2,200.
Commissioners approved a
change in the deadline for items
for any upcoming agenda from 4
p.m. to 12 noon on the seventh
day ahead of any future meeting.
Commissioners approved City
Clerk to attend the Florida Asso-
ciation of City Clerks in Tampa on
May 14, 2000.


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we are thankful for this season as
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bounty of the season, Hospice
gives thanks for the privilege of
caring for people in their final
weeks. One of our many blessings
are the letters we receive from
family members and friends
whose loved ones have been cared
for by the staff of Big Bend Hos-
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Hospice, we experienced such
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which were exactly what we
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Each day of the year, Hospice is
there to care for patients in their
final weeks... to relieve pain and
suffering, to hold a patient's hand,
to comfort a grieving caregiver, to
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Hospice needs your financial sup-
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other insurance companies, these
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quality hospice care. Cutbacks in
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make it more difficult to provide
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Hospice cares for patients and
families regardless of their ability
to pay. This would not be pos-
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The Wakulla Fishermen's Association and the Florida Fishermen's
Federation would like to invite citizens from around the state in rais-
ing money for a World War II Memorial at the Capital in Tallahassee.
Interested citizens or organizations wanting to work with or donate
money can contact The World War II Memorial Committee Chairman.
Ed Kaminiski, at (850) 487-1769. fax (850) 922-0694 or e-mail at
EdKaminski@jb.fdles.state.fl.us.
Fundraising will continue until April 22, 2000 with a day of speaking
and good food, honoring veterans at the Leon County Fairgrounds.
Donations are already pouring in, so join in and show our veterans
we care.
The issue that sparked and united the fishermen behind the memo-
rial began in 1996 with one of our members being arrested by the
state while attempting one of his life's activities. The final straw was
in 1999 when Governor Jeb Bush vetoed funds to build the WWII
Memorial from the budget. The association then voted unanimously
to support the veterans. We contacted Wakulla County VFW Post 4538
Commander James Taylor and from there the committee was formed.
Support by the fishermen is in the name of Mr. Wilbur Marks, a vet-
eran who landed in France on D-Day. Mr. Marks left the landing craft
with an M-1 rifle, but crossed the beach as a machine gunner, due to
his company being almost wiped out. Our investigation found that he
went from France through the Battle of the Bulge and all the way to
Germany. Mr. Marks returned to the United States serving his coun-
try as a good citizen.
Mr. Marks earned a living as a fisherman as well as having other
jobs. After the Net Limitation Mr. Marks asked me to help him with
gear legal under the law. Considering the Constitution, Statutes, and
Administrative Code we helped Mr. Marks with a net described by 46-
4.0081(1)(1)(g)F.A.C. and less than 500 sq. ft., complying with Article
10, Section 16 of the Florida Constitution. By the letter of the law Mr.
Marks was legal.
Upon deploying this gear Mr. Marks was arrested by the Florida Ma-
rine Patrol Task Force. He was abused at the time the citations were
issued and given several major violations.
Seventy-two percent of Florida voters established that the resource
would be managed for all the people with Article 10, Section 16, Florida
Constitution. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects citizens
from being denied life's activities with equal access and opportunity,
and the Florida Statutes prohibits Mr. Marks from being denied an
activity of fishing a commercially viable 500 sq. ft. net, equal to other
user groups.
Senior Citizens, women or any citizen with physical handicaps can-
not use cast nets or 2" stretch mesh seine nets. The simple request is
to allow a net the same size, same construction, and a rectangular
shape to allow equal access and opportunity.
Our veterans fought for our Republic and a memorial will help us
remember our freedoms are fragile. Help us show Mr. Marks and
other veterans we appreciate their sacrifice.
Ronald F. Crum
Wakulla Fishermen's Association


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Franklin County SWAT Active

At the regular meeting of the Franklin County Tobacco Prevention
Partnership meeting December 2, a gathering of about fifty students
heard Coordinator Temolynne Wintons give illustrations of the activi-
ties of SWAT, and the success of the program.
One of the handouts listed celebrities who MMMIM have been smok-
ing on-screen, and illustrated how unattractive it is.
The list follows:

Celebrities and Smoking
Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!

Celebrities Smoking On-Screen:


Brad Pitt
Mel Gibson
Cameron Diaz
Jack Nicholson
Goldie Hawn
Brad Pitt
John Travolta
Nicholas Cage
Julia Roberts
Matt Damon
Michael Richards
William B. Davis


Fight Club
Payback
There's Something About Mary
As Good As it Gets
First Wives Club
Legends of the Fall, Fight Club
Face/Off Michael
Snake Eyes. Face/Off
My Best Friend's Wedding
Good Will Hunting
Seinfeld
The X-Files, "The Smoking Man"


Celebrities Caught Smoking Off-Screen:


Drew Barrymore
Mel Gibson
Pierce Bronson
Drew Carey
Brad Pitt
Christina Ricci
Arnold Schwarzeneggar .


Sylvester Stallone
Mira Sorvino
Ashley Judd
Denzel Washington
Chuck Norris
John Travolta


Major Celebrities Appearing on Cover of Cigar
Aficionado or Smoke Magazine:


Arnold Schwarzenegger
Demi Moore
Michael Richards (Kramer)
Claudia Schiffer
Alec Baldwin
Kurt Russel


Denzel Washington
Sylvester Stallone
Whoopi Goldberg
Chuck Norris
John Travolta


Celebrities Who Have Made Anti-Tobacco Statements:
Boyz II Men, Musicians
Richard Marx, Musician
Leslie Nuchow, Musician, SLAM!
Tyra Banks, Model
Christy Turlington, Model
Alicia Silverstone, Actress
Garth Brooks, Musician
'NSYNC, Musicians
William B. Davis, Actor (X-Files, The Smoking Man)
Edward Norton, Actor
Jackie Chan, Actor
Pierce Bronson, Actor
Montall Jordan, Musician

Celebrities who have signed the Reel "truth" Pledge:
Nikki Brather, Tonia Tash, Kia Thornton, w/Divine, Pop Group
Jason Cornwell, Montana McGlynn, Actors (MTV Real World)
Tommy Ford, Be Still and Know, Inc.
Leeza Gibbons, Talk Show Host
S. Epatha Merkerson, Actor (Law and Order)
Lelie Nuchow, SLAM! Music
Larissa Oleynik
Melissa Joan Hart, Actress (Sabrina, You Drive Me Crazy)
Rider Strong, Actor (General Hospital, Melrose Place)
Antonia Sabato Jr., Actress (Melrose Place, General Hospital)
Christy Turlington, Model

Celebrities Who Have Quit or Tried to Quit Smoking:
David Letterman
James Bond
Jack Klugman
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Mel Gibson


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Second Circuit

Court Report

November 15, 1999
By Barbara Revell


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

All defendants are innocent of the charges listed below until
proven otherwise in a court of law.
ARRAIGNMENTS
Jimmie Lee Anderson: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check.
According to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On January
19. 1999. an officer received three checks from Barnett Bank of Tampa.. with
the account name of The Knowledge of Life Ministries. Inc. Two of the checks
were payable to Jimmie Lee Anderson. After extensive research the officer
found that the Tampa branch of Barnett Bank was closed in 1993 and The
Knowledge of Life Ministries. Inc.. closed in 1994. On January 9. 1999. Jimmie
Lee Anderson cashed the two checks at Piggly Wiggly in Apalachicola. Ander-
son allegedly defrauded Piggly Wiggly of $485.45. Steiger represented defen=
dant. Next hearing was scheduled for December 13. 1999.
Thomas A. Arroyo: Charged with four counts of burglary of a structure and
one count of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. According to the
probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On September 26. 1999.
several reports were received by the Franklin County Sheriffs Department by
victims in the Brownsville area that their vehicles were entered and items
stolen. Entry was made into unlocked vehicles and pocketbooks. loose change
and currency, a pocketknife and firearms were taken. The firearms and pock-
etbooks were recovered within a short distance from the burglarized vehicles.
The defendant was found sleeping in a parked vehicle near the EZ Serve in
Apalachicola. The officer found approximately $10 in change, currency, a pock-
etknife, lottery tickets, a lead pellet and cannabis and rolling papers in the
defendant's pocket, all of which were identified by various victims. Steiger was
appointed to represent the defendant. Next hearing is scheduled for January
7, 2000.
Willie Fred Baucham: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and dealing in
stolen property. According to the probable caue report the following allegedly
occurred: On August 18. 1999. a construction crew were installing a new
sewer system observed a red vehicle stop at the house across the street from
the work site and two men began loading furniture from the house. The men
were asked about whom owned the house and were told by one of the men
that it belonged to his aunt. The person making the inquiry knew the house
belonged to someone else and reported it to the owner who then reported it to
Apalachicola City Police Department. Steiger represented defendant. Next
hearing was scheduled for December 13. 1999.
Harvey Thomas Daughtry: Charged with one count of possession of a con-
trolled substance. According to the probable cause report the following alleg-
edly occurred: On July 30. 1999. an officer clocked a vehicle traveling 75
miles per hour in a 45-mile speed zone. The vehicle was stopped after a
high-speed chase through Carrabelle ending in Lanark. Daughtry was a pas-
senger in the vehicle and was observed trying to cover a pill bottle with dirt.
The bottle contained 30 pills, which Daughtry did not have a prescription for.
Attorney Ethan Way represented defendant. Next hearing was scheduled for
December 13, 1999.
Daniel A. Dillon: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling. According
to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On or about
May 2, 1999, a cottage located approximately five miles west of Carrabelle was
reported burglarized. Several pieces of furniture were taken. On the night of
May 2, 1999, Daniel Dillon, Sr. requested assistance in retrieving a truck that
his son borrowed and was overdue. The truck was located in Buchannan's
Trailer Park in Eastpoint and two unidentified suspects ran from the vehicle.
Dillon, Sr., took the truck and returned to his home with the furniture in the
truck. During a different investigation, the officer received information that
there was some furniture at a residence in Millender's Trailer Park which
belonged to the owner of the cottage west of Carrabelle. The furniture was
confirmed as being the furniture stolen. After Miranda warning Daniel Dillon
admitted to the officer that they had taken the furniture. Steiger represented
the defendant. Next hearing scheduled for January 7, 2000.
Ross Edwards: Charged with one count of sale of controlled substance "crack"
cocaine within 1000 feet of a church. According to the probable cause the
following occurred: On August 18, 1999, two officers met with a confidential
informant (CI) and later, observed the defendant sell to the CI a substance the
defendant identified as crack cocaine and which tested positive as crack co-
caine. The sale was made in view of the Friendship Baptist Church. Steiger
represented the defendant. The next hearing schedule for January 7, 2000.
Timothy Lamar Eustary: Charged with one count of driving while license
suspended, felb6iy. 'Adcording to the traffic citation the defendant allegedly
made an improper pass. When the defendant was stopped the officer deter-
mined that the defendant s license had been suspended. Next hearing was
scheduled for december 1.3, 1999.
William Johnson: Charged with one count of grand theft of motor vehicle.
one count of resisting officer with violence, one count of leaving the scene of
accident with injuries and one count of criminal mischief. According to the
probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On October 3, 1999, an of-
ficer drove up to an accident with injury. Two subjects got out of their vehicle
when the officer arrived. They started walking away and when the officer ad-
vised them to stop two times they started running down Ave B in Carrabelle.
Johnson was located and returned to the scene. While obtaining information
from the defendant he began kicking the back windows of the car on both
sides. The officers attempted to talk to the defendant and he started cussing
the officer and attempted to run. Defendant was restrained and taken to the
Franklin County Jail. Steiger represented the defendant and the next hearing
is scheduled for January 7, 2000.
Jason D. Keith: Charged with one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle and
one count of grand theft. According to the probable cause report the following
allegedly occurred: On October 3, 1999, an officer drove up to an accident
with injury. The defendant and William Johnson got out of their truck as
officers arrived on the scene. They started walking away and when the officer
advised them to stop two times they started running. Officers were unable to
located Keith. Two hours later the truck was reported stolen. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant and the next hearing was scheduled for December 13,
1999.
Michael L. Lee: Charged with criminal mischief According the probable cause
report the following allegedly occurred: On August 17, 1999. the defendant
ran over a sign frame. The estimate to replace the frame was $800. An officer
took a cast of the left front tire track. The officer had heard that the defendant
had run over the sign and when the officer checked the defendant's truck he
determined that the truck did hit the sign. Steiger, represented the defendant
and pre-trial conference was scheduled for December 13, 1999.
James J. Pumphrey, Jr.: Charged with one county of sexual battery. Accord-
ing to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On September 19.
1999. the Franklin County Sheriffs office received a sexualbattery report.
When the victim was interviewed she said that she had been sodomized by the
defendant in a wooded area near Eastpoint. The victim reported that she and
the defendant had been riding around in his" vehicle when he drove to a
wooded area and parked. The victim said that the defendant penetrated her
anally without her consent. When they returned to a friend's residence the
defendant fell asleep and the victim left walking. The victim was offered a ride
by an aunt and the victim told the aunt what happened. Medical examination
at Weem's Memorial Hospital revealed several superficial mucose skin tears
that are injuries consistent with anal penetration. According to the probable
cause report the victim and the defendant have known each other for many
years. The hearing was continued until December 13. 1999.
Duane Topham: Charged with burglary of a structure. Probable cause is the
same as Daniel Dillon. Jr. Attorney William Webster represented the defen-
dant and the next hearing was set for December 13, 1999.
Johnny Buck Tyson: Charged with two counts of possession of firearm by
convicted felon, one count of driving while license suspended of revoked, one
count possession of cannabis and one count of possession of drug parapher-
nalia. According to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On
October 17. 1999. the defendant's vehicle was observed traveling at a speed
calibrated to be 52 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. The vehicle was
stopped and defendant could not produce a valid driver's license. A check
with DSHMV found the defendants license was suspend indefinitely and he
was placed under arrest. When the glove box was searched the officer found a
"Camel Zippo Light Tin" which contained rolling papers and one and one-third
"joint" rolled with what appeared to be cannabis and three "roach" tips. Two
magazines with live rounds were found in the center console compartment.
The officer also found two rifles. When the officer completed a criminal history
check the defendant was found to have convictions of felony charges. The next
hearing was scheduled for December 13. 1999.
Hoyt Wayne Wehunt: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly
occurred: On September 27. 1999. an officer was dispatched to the Family
Center Motel located on Hwy 98 in St. James concerning a fight. The officer
interviewed Mr. Jack DePriest who informed him that he had received a tele-
phone call from a tenant regarding a disturbance which occurred in Ms Therese
Ostrowski's apartment the previous night. DePriest stated that the tenant
suggested he check the room to make sure everything was ok. DePriest ad-
vised that he went to the apartment and no one responded so he used a pass
key to gain entry into the room DePriest stated the he observed Ms Ostrowski
and the defendant asleep. DePriest advised that he informed defendant that


he would have to leave since the room was rented to Ms Ostrowski only. DePriest
stated that the defendant jumped out of the bed screaming at him telling him
to leave that it was Ms Ostrowski's room and she could have whoever (sic) she
wanted to be a guest at the motel. DePriest advised him that he would leave
but would return shortly to resolve the matter. DePriest stated that while he
was exiting the room the defendant kicked him in the back and followed him
out to his vehicle with a club in his hand. DePriest stated that the defendant
proceeded to use the bat against him as a weapon and DePriest grabbed a pair
of pliers from his vehicle to defend himself but said the defendant continued
to swing the club striking him in the head and forehead causing injury. DePriest
said he tackled the defendant causing him to fall onto the sidewalk. DePriest
that while he was holding the defendant on the ground Ostrowski picked up
the bat and threatened to hit him in the head if he did not let the defendant


represented the defendant.





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SFlorida Agriculture Commissioner
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publication of the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services.
Florida Trade Issues Weekly will
provide information on a wide
variety of issues relating to inter-
national trade and its impact on
Florida's economy. Readers will be
able to subscribe to the electronic
magazine and receive new issues
each week, or log on to
the site -anytime at
www.floridatradeissues.com.
Florida Trade Issues Weekly de-
votes a section specifically to the
development of trade with China.
Entitled, "Bridge To China," the
section will not only report on
developments between U.S.-
China trade relations, but will
document the Florida Department
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up. DePriest stated he let the defendant up and began walking toward his
vehicle and the defendant proceeded to approach him a second time to cause
harm. DePriest said he was able to get into his vehicle and leave the area
without any further altercation. Steiger represented the defendant and the
next hearing was set for December 13. 1999.
Hoyt W. Wehunt: Charged with (another) one count of aggravated battery.
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred. On
September 27. 1999. at approximately 6:00 a.m. an officer was sent to Weems,
Memorial Hospital in reference to an aggravated battery complaint. When the
officer arrived he interviewed the victim who had been severely beaten. The
victim stated he had just relocated from Michigan to Carrabelle and was sup-
posed to be staying with his girlfriend at the Family Center in St. James. The
victim stated that-while he was in the apartment his girlfriend had someone
over by the name of Hoyt W. Wehunt who apparently was staying in the room
with the girlfriend but according to the victim was not supposed to be there.
He said his girlfriend and the defendant were "doing drugs". The victim said
he decided to sleep and leave first thing the next morning but then the girl-
friend "started bugging" the victim to leave. The victim said he would leave the
next morning. Then the defendant, according to the victim, hit him in the
head with a white club and started beating him. During the struggle, the
girlfriend, allegedly, started helping the defendant beat the victim and started
choking him also. The victim said he was finally able to leave and called Emer-
gency Medical Services. Steiger represented the defendant and the next hear-
ing was scheduled for December 13. 1999.
Michael David West, Jr.: Charged with DUI with serious injuries. According
to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On August 28. 1999. a
Florida State Trooper was dispatched to an accident with injuries on St. George
Island on west Pine St. When the officer arrived he was advised by a Franklin
County Sheriffs deputy that the victims (three) had been transported to Weems
Memorial Hospital. The deputy further advised that the accident was alcohol
related and that the driver had been exceeding the posted speed limit and lost
control. The defendant admitted to being the driver of the vehicle that caused
the crash. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) determined
the alcohol level to be .130. Steiger represented the defendant and the next
hearing was scheduled for December 13. 1999.
Elijah Wilson: Charged with one count of aggravated assault on law enforce-
ment, two counts of grand theft of motor vehicle, one count of grand theft, one
count of fleeing and attempting to elude police officer and one count of no
valid driver's license. According to the probable cause report the following
allegedly occurred: On September 28, 1999. a Florida State Trooper observed
the defendant and another person sleeping in a truck. There was a 1999
Yamaha waverunner and trailer connected to the truck. There was another
truck parked next to it that had a waverunner connected to it, also. The sec-
ond vehicle was unoccupied. The officer observed that the rear window had
been broken and the steering column popped and hot-wired. The officer saw a
red bandana placed over, the steering column to hide the hotwire. The officer
called for backup and an officer from Carrabelle. two deputies from Wakulla
County and another trooper responded. When the driver of the first truck was
awakened he yelled to the passenger in the rear club cab seat and grabbed the
gearshift and put the vehicle into drive. One officer yelled, "Highway Patrol.
stop your vehicle". The other officers were yelling also and the defendant ac-,
celerated causing an officer to run to avoid being hit. The truck continued to
move and" collided with a tree while the driver was attempting to drive away.
One officer attempted to break the passenger window to spray and subdue
the driver but could not. The other officers stayed back to avoid being hit by
the truck. The driver then accelerated causing damage to the truck in order to
escape containment. The driver then fled to Wakulla where the two Wakulla
deputies pursued until the defendant's driving became too erratic and endan-
gering the officers and the public. The subjects later dropped the waverunner
and trailer, which was later recovered. The defendant is a juvenile but was
charged as an adult. Steiger represented the defendant and the next hearing
set for January 7, 2000.
Elijah Wilson: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude, one count of
grand theft of motor vehicle and no valid driver's license. According to the
probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On October 2, 1999 and of-
icer was at the foot of John Gorrie Bridge (east) running stationary radai
when a vehicle approached at a speed of 72 miles per hour. When the officer
pursued the vehicle it increased its speed in an attempt to lose the officer.
While in pursuit the defendant slammed on his brakes in an attempt to cause
the officer to run into the back of the vehicle. The vehicle wound its way
through Apalachicola eventually returning to Hwy 98. A high- speed chase,
ensued until the defendant's truck could no longer run because the high rate
of speed and lack of oil damaged the engine. The defendant was placed under
arrest and transported to the Franklin County Jail. Steiger represented the
defendant and the next hearing set for 9 January 7, 2000.
Roy Murrow Wilson: Charged with two counts of aggravated assault with
deadly weapon. On October 9, 1999, an officer was dispatched to Water Street
Seafood in reference to a disturbance call involving a handgun and the sus-
pect was chasing the complainant. When officers arrived at the scene the
complainant and his girlfriend pointed out the defendant as being the one and
said he was armed with a knife and possible a handgun. When officers frisked
the defendant they found a pocket knife in his pocket. While the defendant
was being handcuffed he stated he had thrown the handgun overboard. The
defendant was transported to the Franklin County Jail. The next hearing is
scheduled for January 7, 2000.
Wade O. Dixon, Jr.: Charged with lewd or lascivious act in the presence of a
child under sixteen years of age. According to the probable cause report the
following allegedly occurred: On August 19, 1999, the officer received a call
from a teacher'at Carrabelle High School who reported that he had a student
who was \nic'tm of sexual batten tihait hiad occurred-during the summer.-The--
defendant when questioned, d'niied the allegation to the officer and said the
act had been consensual. The officer noted that the victim was 15 years old at
the time. The defendant was arrested. Steiger represented the defendant and'-
the next hearing is scheduled for January 7, 2000.
PRETRIAL CONFERENCES
Michael W. Barfleld: Charged with one count uttering a forged check. Pretrial
conference continued until December 13, 1999. Attorney Ethan Way repre-
sented the defendant.
Prince Becton: Charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell.
Pretrial conference continued until December 13 and trial scheduled for De-
cember 16, 1999. Attorney William Webster represented the defendant.
Larry Brown: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon. Attorney
Douglas W. Gaidry represented the defendant.
Shawn V. Brown: Charged with one count of sale of controlled substance:
Pretrial conference continued until January 7, 2000. Defendant was repre-
sented by Steiger.
Chris Buzbee: Charged with one count of kidnapping. Jury trial was sched-
ule for December 13, 1999. Defendant was represented by Attorney William
Webster.
Chris Buzbee: Charged with four counts of uttering a forged check. Next hearing
scheduled for December 13, 1999. Attorney William Webster represented the
defendant.
Eric Leo Campbell: Charged with one count of dealing in stolen property.
Failed to appear. Capias issued. Estreat bond. Steiger represented the defen-
dant.
William Cargill: Charged with one count of sale of a controlled substance.
Nolle Prosequi filed. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Farrah Daniels: Charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant victim. Pre-
trial conference continued until December 13, 1999. Attorney William Webster


Sabina Daniels: Charged with one count of aggravated battery on a pregnant
victim. Pretrial conference continued until December 13. 1999. Attorney Bar-
bara Sanders represented the defendant.
Daniel A. Dillon, Jr.: Charged with one count of grant theft, one count of
cultivation of cannabis, one count of possession'of less than 20 grams of
marijuana and one count of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial I conference contin-
ued until December 13. 1999. Steiger represented the defendant.
Charles Donnely: Charged with one count of grand theft. Pretrial conference
continued until December 13. 1999 and trial scheduled for December 16.
1999. Steiger represented the defendant.
Adrian Farrell: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly
weapon. Pretrial conference continued until December 13. 1999 and trial sched-
uled for December 16. 1999. Steiger represented defendant.
Jermaine Fedd: Charged with one count of possession of firearm by con-
victed felon and one count of aggravated assault with deadly weapon. Bond
reduced to $5.000. Pretrial continued until December 13. 1999. Attorney Wil-
liam Webster represented the defendant.
Tanya Griggs: Charged with one count of sale of a controlled substance and
one count of sale of crack cocaine. Pretrial conference continued until Janu-
ary 7. 2000. and trial set. for January 19. 2000. Steiger represented the de-
fendant.
Glen Paul Hammonds, Jr.: Charged with one count of armed robbery with
firearm. Pretrial conference continued until December 13. 1999 and trial sched-
uled for December 16. 1999.
Matt Hatfleld: Charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon. On November 9. 1999. the defendant pleaded guilty to a lesser charge
of improper exchange of a dangerous weapon. Defendant adjudicated guilty
and sentenced to six months probation to include 50 hours of community
service, no alcohol or drugs, random urinalysis, a curfew of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00
a.m. and a fine of $250. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the
defendant.
Lamar Bryan Hyde: Charged with one count of DUI. Pretrial conference con-
tinued until December 13. 1999. Attorney J. Gordon Shuler represented the
defendant.
Royce Lee Johns: Charged with one count of possession of drug parapherna-
lia, one count of cultivation of cannabis and one count of possession of can-
nabis more than 20 grams. Pretrial conference continued until January 7.
2000, and trial set for January 19. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Donald I Lilley: Charged with one count of resisting officer with violence and
one:count of disorderly intoxication. Pretrial conference continued until January
7, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Bobby C. Martin: Charged with one count of principal first degree to sale of
crack cocaine. Pretrial continued until December.. 13. 1999. and trial set for
December 16. 1999. Defendant represented by Barbara Sanders.
Bobby C. Martin: Charged with three counts of sale of a controlled substance.
Pretrial continued until December 13. 1999. Defendant represented by Bar-
bara Sanders.
Douglas E. Matthews: Charged with one count of possession of a controlled
substance. Defendant pleaded no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was
sentenced to jail with credit for time served 119 days. Steiger represented the
defendant.
Douglas E. Matthews: Charged with one count of grand theft of motor ve-:
hide. The defendant pleaded no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was
sentenced to five years' probation upon release from jail. Probation to include
50 hours of community service, no contact with John or Missy Miller. no
alcohol or drugs, random urinalysis, evaluation for substance abuse. $275
fine and $100 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.


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David M. McCranie: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with deadly
weapon. Pretrial conference continued until January 7. 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
William T. Minton: Charged with one count of false imprisonment and one
count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Pretrial conference contin-
ued until December 13. 1999 and trial set for December 16. 1999. Attorney
John F. Daniel represented thedefendant.
Carlos Artiz Morris: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling. Defen-
dant pleaded no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to 42
months with the Department of Corrections to be followed by three years pro-
bation, include 50 hours of community service, no alcohol or drugs, random
urinalysis, no contact with Dawn Morris and a $275 fine. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Jose S. Pimentel: Charged with two counts of extortion and possession of a
firearm by a convicted felon. Pre-trial conference continued until December
13. 1999. Steiger represented the defendant.
Prince Edward: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. Pretrial
conference continued until January 7. 2000. Steiger represented defendant
Delanta Lionel Sanders: Charged with one count of possession of controlled
substance. Nolle Prosequie filed on November 11. 1999. Attorney Sanders
represented the defendant.
Jimmy Roger Shiver, Jr.: Charged with two counts of burglary of a dwelling.
Defendant pleaded no contest. He was adjudicated guilty on both counts and
was sentenced to 54 months to the Department of Corrections followed by
three years probation to include 50 hours of community service, substance
abuse evaluation, random urinalysis, restitution and no contact with D. Flow-
ers. Attorney Webster represented the defendant.
Tammy Shiver: Charged with one count of grand theft, one count of cultiva-
tion of cannabis. one count of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana
and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial conference con-
tinued until January 7. 1999. Attorney Sanders represented the defendant.
Thomas C. Tarantino: Charged with one count of grand theft. Defendant
pleaded no contest and was sentenced to ten days in jail with credit for one
day served, three year probation to include 40 hours of community service. no
alcohol or drug use. random urinalysis, substance abuse evaluation and screen-
ing. and a fine of $275. Attorney J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Douglas I. Topham: Charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, one count
of cultivation of cannabis and one count of possession of cannabis more than
20 grams. Pretrial conference continued until January 7. 2000 and trial set
for January 19. Steiger represented the defendant.
Marlene Topham: Charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, one count
of cultivation of cannabis and one count of possession of cannabis more than
20 grams. Attorney Sanders represented the defendant.
Talmadge Turner: Charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon. Nolle Prosequi filed on November 9. 1999. Attorney Sanders repre-
sented the defendant.
Lisa Walden: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. Pretrial
conference continued until December 13. 1999. Attorney Sanders represented
the defendant.
John Allen Walker: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis, one
count of possession of cannabis more than 20 grams and one count of drug
paraphernalia. There was a motion and order to suppress all evidence seized
inside of the residence. Pretrial conference continued until December 13, 1999.
Attorney J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Kenneth L. Wallace: Charged with two counts of sale, of crack cocaine. Nolle
Prosequi filed on both counts. Steiger represented the defendant.
Jimmy L. Wilburn: Charged with obtaining controlled substance by fraud.
Pretrial conference continued until December 13. 1999. Attorney Webster rep-
resented the defendant.
George C. Wilson: Charged with one count of sexual battery by some force
and violence. Pretrial conference continued until December 13, 1999 and trial
set for December 16. 1999. Attorney Sanders represented the defendant.
Robert Daniel Brown: Charged with two counts of battery on a law enforce-
ment officer and one count of criminal mischief. Pretrial conference continued
until January 7, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Douglas Hicks: Charged with one count of possession of a controlled sub-
stance and one count of driving with license suspended or revoked. Defen-
dant pleaded no contest and was adjudicated guilty on both counts. He was
sentenced to eleven months and 29 days with credit for 119 days served to be
followed by five years of probation to include evaluation, screening and coun-
seling for substance abuse, random testing, 50 hours of community service
and a fine of $275. Attorney Sanders represented the defendant.


VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENTS
James Cross: Charged with one count of criminal mischief third degree felony.
The public defender was appointed and the next hearing scheduled for De-
cember 13. 1999.
Wayne Brandon Messer: Charged with one count of grand theft. The public
defender was appointed and next hearing scheduled for December 12. 1999.
George Moss: Charged with one count of sale of a controlled substance. Steiger
represented the defendant. Next hearing scheduled for December 13. 1999.
Jeremy Nowling:.Charged with one count of battery on a law enforcement
officer and one count of resisting arrest with violence. The public defender
was appointed and the next hearing scheduled for December 13. 1999.
Sherry Lee Quick: Charged with resisting arrest with violence. Next hearing
set for December 13. 1999. Steiger represented the defendant.
George Virlon Vause: Charged with one count of battery on law enforcement
officer and one count of disorderly intoxication. Steiger represented the defen-
dant and the next hearing scheduled for December 13. 1999.
Freddy Woullard: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with great
bodily harm. Steiger represented the defendant and next hearing set for De-
cember 13. 1999.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION HEARINGS
Wesley Wayne Branch: Charged with one count of burglary of a structure.
Defendant was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit
for 66 days served. Probation to include substance abuse evaluation and pre-
vious conditions of probation reimposed. Steiger represented defendant.
Gerald L. Brannen: Charged with one count of battery on a law enforcement
officer. The defendant admitted violation of probation and was adjudicated
guilty. He was sentenced to four months in jail with credit for 34 days served
followed by two years of probation to include 75 hours of community service.
no drugs or alcohol and no contact with Kathleen Brannen. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Adolph Buzier, Jr.: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with great
bodily harm. Defendant admitted to violation of probation. He was sentenced
to 64 days injail with credit for 64 days. Probation was extended for six months
and previous conditions reimposed. Steiger represented the defendant.
William L. Danford: Charged with one count of trespass of structure or con-
veyance. Defendant admitted to violation of probation and was adjudicated
guilty. He was sentenced to 30 months with the Department of Corrections
with credit for 450 days. Steiger represented the defendant.
Linda J. Goggins: Charged with leaving the scene of accident with injuries.
Defendant admitted to violation and was adjudicated guilty. She was sen-
tenced to one year of community control followed by two years of probation to
include no alcohol or drug use, random urinalysis, attend AA. Previous condi-
tions of probation reimposed. Steiger represented the defendant.
George Franklin Langley: Hearing continued until December 13. 1999. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Douglas Matthews: Charged with one count of grand theft auto. Defendant
admitted to violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. Previous condi-
tions of probation reimposed. Steiger represented the defendant.
Delonta Lionel Sanders: Defendant admitted to violation of probation and
was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to 144 days in jail with credit for
144 days and two years probation. All previous conditions of probation were
reimposed. Attorney Sanders represented the defendant.
Glenn Alan Webber: Charged with one count of aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon. Defendant admitted violation of probation and previous con-
ditions of probation continued. Steiger represented the defendant.
MOTION TO REDUCE BOND
Hoyt Wayne Wehunt: Charged with two counts of aggravated battery with
deadly weapon. Motion to reduce bond was denied. Steiger represented the
defendant.
MOTION FOR PRETRIAL RELEASE OR REASONABLE BAIL
William Robert Johnson: Charged with one count of grand theft of motor
vehicle, one count of resisting officer with violence, one count of leaving the
scene of an accident with injuries and one count of criminal mischief. Motion
was granted and defendant was released into his grandmother, Linda Millender.
custody.


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Mini-Monsters: Basis Of All Sea Life

Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories. Inc. will receive a grant of$ 13.000
from the Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation to create an educa-
tional exhibit program to increase public awareness on the impor-
tance of plankton to our oceans and ourselves. Plankton are micro-
scopic plants and animals that drift about the oceans, providing 40%
of the oxygen to the atmosphere, modulating climate and forming the
basis of all the ocean's food chains.
Over the past three decades, GSML has been working to increase
public awareness of the highly productive marine environment. With
its unique "touch tanks" and display it has eased people into seeing
and touching the abundance and diversity of the creatures that re-
side in the sea. GSML's next goal is to bring the microscopic world of
plankton to the public. The staff, with internationally known con-
sultants, will develop an exhibit of magnified images of these micro-
scopic plants and animals. The plankton will be blown up photo-
graphically to thousands of times their actual size. A combination of
large outdoor graphics, multimedia units and projection methods.
combining text blocks and photographs, will show visitors the intri-
cate and beautiful creatures.
With their radial symmetry, giant bulging eyes, bristling spines and
long antennae, the strange and unfamiliar shapes of mini-monsters
will be revealed. Combined with text blocks the panels will explain
the critical role of plankton in ocean food. chains and why the larger
plankton-filtering species that people see and touch in our aquarium
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Along the shallow waters of Florida's northern Gulf of Mexico these
tiny unicellular plants that are so remarkably diverse and beautiful
are essential to our fisheries, recreation, coastal living and ecosystem
balance. People have a hard time thinking small. Fishermen, vaca-
tioners, tourists, and students usually encounter life in the sea in
their adult forms. Yet almost all life in the sea, be it shrimp or tuna,
begins as a floating egg, hatching out into larvae that develop into
tiny juveniles. They drift about in a planktonic soup, eating, being
consumed by other plankton, trying to survive in a fish-eat-fish world.
Sometimes this complex ecosystem becomes unbalanced and toxic
plankton, such as "red tides," become dominant. There is growing
evidence that blooms of toxic phytoplankton may be enhanced and
become more frequent as a result of man's development. Excessive
nutrients from sewage out-falls combine with heavy metals, petro-
chemicals, pesticides, soaps and detergents washing off a developed
shoreline to wreak periodic havoc. Because of the growing number of
red tides in the Florida panhandle, a spectacular exhibition of plank-
ton dynamics is timely and bound to increase awareness among the
growing number of residents, students and visitors who come to Gulf
Specimen.
The on-site exhibition will be augmented by off-site educational pro-
grams. However, in order to receive the funding from the Dunn Foun-
dation, GSML must raise an additional $13,464 to complete the bud-
get of $26,464. Donations welcome. For more information, contact
Jack Rudloe at 850-984-5297.


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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


Small Fishermen Economically

Strangled To Death

By Tom Campbell
Many fishermen, shrimpers and oystermcn in the Franklin County
and Wakulla County area are nowadays reluctant to talk to reporters
about the fishing industry, because they feel the facts have been dis-
torted by some reporters in the past. This misrepresentation was prob-
ably not deliberate, but the reporters came in from T.il I I. -- or
wherever, and did not really understand the complexities of the lish-
ing industry which they were trying to report.
These ideas were expressed by nearly every person interviewed lo-
cally in the seafood industry. A kind of paranoia has crept into the
fishermen's thinking, perhaps most clearly expressed by Mr. James
Lycett of Carrabelle, who said "The marine fisheries board is carrying
out a government-supported ethnic cleansing. This ethnic cleansing
is demonstrated in ways to economically strangle the fishermen to
death. The state is inflexible and not motivated past the-point of man-
agement of resources. They are applying static solutions to fluid situ-
ations."


Jim Lycett
He explained that "anything you catch in a legal net should be legal
to sell, but you are required to throw some out, because it's limited.
This is a waste and cuts down on what the fishermen can make."
He also pointed out that there is a continuing problem in the enforce-
ment of the regulations. "One of our problems is that some of the
fishermen from Port St. Joe are using very large nets outside the
three-mile limit, then they come inside the three-mile limit and use
those same nets, catching the good white shrimp daily, between Cape
San Bias and Cape St. George, between the capes." Of course, the
size of the nets is legally limited, and those large nets are over the
limit.
He explained that the little fishermen, trying to obey the regulations,
could not compete with the big boats and large, nets. That is one
method of "ethnic cleansing." The small fisherman is "economically
strangled to death, a form of ethnic cleansing."
The environmentalists and the commercial fishermen should be "on
the same page," those interviewed agreed, because the protection of
the future of the seafood industry "is in the best interests of every-
body."
The consensus of those interviewed was that "the problem of the fish-
ermen is not the thrust of the net ban. But rather, in the details. The
way the state says you have to build two 25-foot nets, for example.
It's not a good season that marks the time, but it's the regulations -
when you are allowed to fish legally."
It was pointed out by the fishermen that in Gulf and Franklin Coun-
ties, the nets may vary, but they are not supposed to. One of the
fishermen said, "Franklin County leaders are trying to design a com-
promise within the law. We want to work, but the government's cre-
ation of formulas don't work in real life."
The consensus was that, if the government could work-with the fish-
ermen to establish the regulations, instead of in spite of the fisher-
men, then some real progress could be made that would serve both
the environment and the seafood industry.


New

Aquanlture

Division

Established

Sherman Wilhelm was recently
appointed as director of the newly
created Division of Aquaculture in
the Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
(FDACS).
The new division was authorized
. this year by the State Legislature.
It brings together regulatory ac-
tivities from both marine and
freshwater aquaculture previ-
ously handled by DEP's Bureau
of Marine Resource Regulation
and Development, and FDACS
Bureau of Seafood and Aquacul-
ture, respectively. Florida now has
the largest state agency based
unit in the country, federal or oth-
erwise, dedicated solely to aquac-
ulture.
The new Division of Aquaculture
combines 41 employees from the
DEP bureau involved in marine
fisheries and nine FDACS employ-
ees who were primarily involved
in compliance monitoring of fresh-
water aquaculture.
Promotion and marketing duties
of all aquaculture products will
remain with the Bureau of Sea-
food and Aquaculture.

Compliance monitoring of fresh-
water aquaculture activities, in-
cluding production of tropical
fish, food fish (such as catfish),
and aquatic plants has also been
assumed by the new Division of
Aquaculture.
Meanwhile, Best Management
Practices (BMPs) are being devel-
oped by FDACS for all aquacul-
ture producers, who will be ex-
empted from obtaining environ-
ment permits when they follow
the recommended practices.
FDACS previously has been in-
volved in developing BMPs for for
estry and other agricultural activi-
ties.
For more information, contact:
Sherman Wilhelm 850/488-3022.
E-mail: wilhels@doacs.state.ll.us.
From Waterworks (Volume 3, Num-
ber 2, 1999.)


Sondra Allen
REALTOR
Home: (850) 984-5025
Mobile: (850) 933-5759
E-Mail: allensold@aol.com


The big companies and the big boats are the only ones that can make
any money today, all the fishermen interviewed agreed. They are able
to fish in all kinds of weather, they can go anywhere and fish any-
where, pulling big nets. The wood boat "is becoming a thing of the
past, for off-shore fishing. Steel hulls (slabs) are the boats to use
now." Today, electronics can tell the fishermen "where to go for the
most fish, within seven feet of the spot."
Comparing a good season some years ago, Mr. James Lycett said he
"might get 100 boxes of shrimp in one night." That is 100 pounds per
box. Can that compare with now? He laughed. "This season, a lot of
nights, we were looking to catch maybe a hundred pounds. This has
been a bad season."
Bill Sorensen of Eastpoint and Howard Massey of Carrabelle agreed
that, if.you really want to understand the fishing industry, you need
to go out on the boats.and experience the life. "It's a good way of life,"
they agreed. But you need to be tough and independent, and you
have to learn to adapt.


Mr. Sorensen and Mr. Massey have both been fishermen all their
lives and love it. Sorensen was born in January of 1942 and his "dad
and granddads were both fishermen," he smiled. "But there's too much
politics in it now."
Mr. Massey was born in March of 1915. "Dad moved to Carrabelle
when I was three years old," he said. "In 1934, Mattair and Kilburn
owned the fish company and they shipped about 4 million pounds a
year, most to Memphis. Mainly, grouper, snapper and mullet." Massey
said he fished for Mattair and Kilburn till 1939. There were about 20
fishing boats. Ralph Williams owned two of the boats.
Other fish companies about that time were Adams Fish Company,
Westburg, and A.B. Simmons Fish Company.
Massey got his own grouper boat in 1940. He was proud of that boat
and did well in the fishing business.


Sorensen said, "I oystered all my life, and I still oyster at times. Franklin
County has the best shuckers in the world." He explained that the
"oyster cracker or shucking machine hammers the oyster shell and
cracks it open, so it makes the oyster easier to shuck." Hammering
by hand to crack open the oyster shell is hard labor. The shuckers
earn every penny they get, according to Sorensen.
Among the many noted and notable shrimpers of the Franklin County
area are Mr. Tim Saunders of Pirate's Landing on Timber Island and
-Mr. Vance Millender of Millender and Sons in Carrabelle. Ms. Cat
Stiner of Stiner's Oyster House in Carrabelle is noted for good, fresh
oysters, as is Mr. Bobby Varnes of Eastpoint.
At one time, Ms. Stiner employed as many as 30 shuckers at Stiner's
Oyster House. Now there are only about 6 shuckers who are regu-
larly employed.
Noted for grouper and snapper are Major Bobby Lee (his boat is 'Three
Cats") and his son Russell Lee of Carrabelle. Also Water Street Sea-
food in Apalachicola. In Eastpoint. Flowers Seafood is among the
prominent seafood companies.
According to Mr. James Lycett, who is a shrimper with almost thirty
years' experience and who has shrimped all across the Gulf of Mexico.
there is a problem that affects all of the people involved in the seafood
industry. "The problem" he said, "is the very same thing that has
been a problem in every fishery: too much power and effort. Basi-
cally, the Gulf of Mexico is seeing its first factory shrimp trawlers.
These dinosaurs are six hundred thousand to one million dollar ves-
sels whose appetite is insatiable. They must fish all the time, through
any kind of weather, and take their mammoth fishing capacity to
wherever production is best, whether that be Texas. Louisiana or
Florida. Worst of all for this shrimper, these leviathans have no re-
spect for the bottom."
He continued, "To explain what this means, let me create this anal-
ogy. Here in Florida, the ocean floor is seen by a shrimper as a patch-
work of meadows and forests. The sandy, draggable 'meadows' are
the areas to be drug on, and the 'forests' have to be avoided because
you will hang up or tear your nets to shreds on the rough and rocky
forest areas. Unlike the 350-horse power engine in my boat, these
new vessels being built with six hundred to twelve hundred horse
power can act like a bulldozer. Such power allows these boats to drag
heavy tackle over forest areas with impunity, unnecessarily destroy-
ing nature's protective cover for sea life."
He explained that these giant boats are a plague on the Gulf of Mexico
shrimp industry, totally changing the culture of fishing.
"Owners stay at home with calculators," he said, "while crews in-
creasingly under the gun to fish all the time miss out on" family life
and many of the good things. Of course, they have little time to reflect
on the future of the resource.
Mr. Lycett speculates that operating these big boats will lead to more
strangling regulations for the small shrimper, even though his is a
very healthy situation and he had no part in creating those huge
vessels.
"Who's to blame?" he asked. "Unequivocally, the so-called 'fisheries
managers.' While incessant meetings about restricting and reducing
bycatch were going on, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
not only allowed this gigantic new capacity and effort to enter the
industry, but actually financed it. NMFS guaranteed loans made by
large engine companies, ensuring that much of the new boat con-
struction did not have to follow any responsible economic guidelines.
because the tax payers would pick up the tab for any failed ven-
tures."
Mr. Lycett concluded, "Citizens would not allow kindergarten teach-
ers to have run Desert Storm, or bricklayers to regulate doctors. But
that is the situation we have with the Gulf Council of NMFS. Until
inept and ignorant fisheries managers are replaced with experienced
fishermen and qualified professionals, all marine interests will suf-
fer."
He offered a solution which he said is simple. "1. Restrict net size in
the Gulf to four 45-foot nets or two 70-foot nets immediately. Then at
the end of five years, further reduce net size to four 40-foot nets, or
two 65-foot nets. 2. Allow no new trawler" to be built for shrimping in

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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


Hotline Established For

Shellfish Information


Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices is making it easier for the
state's fishermen to get important
information about the status of
shellfish harvesting areas. They
have established a hotline to pro-
vide information about whether
the state's 36 harvesting areas are
open or closed. That statewide
toll-free number is 1-877-
304-4024. Previously, shellfish
'harvesters had to call one or more
of the five field offices of the
Department's Division of Aquac-
ulture to find out the status of
shellfish areas.
Management plans based on rain-
fall and river levels enable officials
to predict when areas should be
closed to the harvest of oysters,
clams and mussels because el-
evated levels of bacteria make the


shellfish unsafe for human con-
sumption. Areas also may be
closed under emergency condi-
tions, such as a hurricane or red
tide outbreak. Shellfish areas are
reopened for harvest when sam-
pling demonstrates that stringent
quality criteria are met to ensure
that shellfish are wholesome.
Those who prefer to obtain the
status of shellfish areas by talk-
ing with personnel in the
division's Shellfish Section can
continue to call the Division of
Aquaculture field offices, Monday
through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. The phone numbers of field
offices are:
Panama City: (850) 747-5252
Apalachicola: (850) 653-8317
Cedar Key: (352) 543-5181
Murdock: (941) 255-7405
Palm Bay: (407) 984-4890.


Small Fishermen From Page 18
the Gulf to have more than a 400-horse power engine starting now.
And 3. Create a three-mile-from-land buffer zone from Key West to
Brownsville where only two twenty-five-foot nets can be pulled."
He said that large super-trawlers are presently pulling four 60 foot or
larger nets. "By reducing net size, fishing effort is reduced by Tiore
than the percentage of net reduction. As the majority of boats are
already pulling smaller rigs, every boat fishing can adapt to these size
regulations without undue hardship."
Finally, he said, "the virtual realities created by people who have never
set foot on a shrimp boat are running the show and they have created
a mess. Shrimpers are looking for three things from their fisheries
managers: sanity, true science and a future. My plan embodies all of
these and if you go down to the docks and talk to real fishermen, you
will find a lot of support for these ideas. Here is a plan that is simple,
easy to implement, enjoys support among the industry, and prom-
ises conservation instead of devastation. How serious are the rest of
the players about solving the problem?"
The small fishermen need a champion in government to defend their
rights, but many of the small fishermen are wondering where tbhat
champion can be found.
One of the commercial fishermen interviewed (who asked that he not
be identified) said, "We are using up our natural resources, like the
timber, for example. As well as the seafood. And we're using it faster
than it can be replaced. This needs to be regulated, but the commer-
cial fishermen want to be in on the regulation, because they know the
industry intimately and have the necessary expertise.",
The fishermen believe it is only fair that they be included ir the
"hierocracy" establishing regulations. Otherwise, the small fishermen
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Island, announcing the Oyster Farm Demonstration Project.

Here We Go Again
(A Long-Winded Version)
Is the Governor's "Economic Concern" Program Another
Empty Promise or a Bonafide Effort to Improve
Rural Economies Throughout Florida?
The 1990-1993 Aquaculture Program in Franklin County as a
"Case Study."
Amid highly promoted announcements that Franklin County had been
joined with seven other northwest counties on a new program of "criti-
cal economic concern," this writer has paused to ask a few questions:
What program or programs? Is this a duplicate of the social-political
game called the "area of critical state concern" in which county deci-
sions were held up to await Governor and Cabinet review and ap-
proval? What expertise and state agencies are to be involved with
what kind of authority and expertise? Many unanswered questions.
but plenty of press. Tallahassee is "reaching out" to the Panhandle,
but with what kind of "shadow" hand-in-glove routine?
There was another opportunity to improve the economic posture of
the seafood industry purloined to Franklin County under the Martinez
and Chiles Administrations called an aquaculture "demonstration"
project, involving over $2 million federal dollars, that eventually ended
in utter waste, leaving a legacy of acrimony and misunderstanding in
its aftermath. That's not all that it left.


The press conference announcing the Aquaculture Project
in Franklin County, held at Research Reserve.


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Double digit in number, state agencies marched into Franklin with a
"mandate" to introduce and "demonstrate" aquaculture through the
good offices of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. the contrac-
tor party. State agencies in charge never did clear up just what was
meant by the word "demonstrate." Did that mean shell fish farmers
would get leases to the sacred Apalachicola Bay. or would their handi-
work (largely unpaid if bAsed on an hourly basis) be "donated to the
cause" for the sake of learning how to grow oysters?
Few bothered to ask for an answer to that question until confronted
with the Franklin County Commission, who asked upon whose au-
thority was some $185,000 spent putting poles marking plots on Bay
bottom. No one answered that question.
Federal funding paid for the satellite navigation and checks for the
installation of poles marking plots totaling some 600 acres for poten-
tial leasing. The Bay is over 6000 acres in size. After that was done.
the Franklin County Commission was advised. They rebelled because
no one had told them, or rather, asked them. about doing that in the
first place. This issue became more confused as litigation was plot-
ted. "Demonstration" seemed to include the idea that project partici-
pants were to be given leases and allowed to grow oysters, as a comple-
tion of the demonstration. All the while, about $700.000 was spent
by the contractor (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute HBOI)
for project employees and supplies. Others donated their time for the
sake of the training per se.


The pier at Unit 4. Linda Durham is sieving her oysters;
husband Johnny and helper are in the boat to the rear,
tending to racks of oyster bags.
There were more questions that followed. If plots were marked out.
paid for by federal money, who should have mentioned this to the
status-concerned County Commission, which felt its prerogatives had
been taken over by the State. The leasing permission before the Board
of County Commission for those plots lost by one vote, and a $2 mil-
lion "demonstration project" went down the tubes, along with dozens
of old friendships while sides on this issue were being taken, as the
State facilitated the political polarization of the project.
The advisor to the Governor kept advising the local manager on the
scene "Don't worry about this..." Well, worry the local administra-
tors did, but the communication lines from Franklin to the Governor's
Office were, at best, tentative, and unreliable, as they had to rely
upon political appointees, some of whom were more interested in get-
ting ahead in government than in some rather basic concerns about
the well-being of the folks in Franklin County.
Simply and politely put, the State was totally unprepared to under-
take this kind of project introducing a new technology into a work
ethic and pattern totally unrelated to the way people make a living on
the Bay, and their culture, socially and politically, and their values.
The record is replete with local requests for further studies to prepare
for the innovations, but the State of Florida "experts" and Governor's
advisors ignored them completely.
Quarterly reports filed with the project explained the process and
problems. From the chairperson's perspective the project evolved a
"working group" in these terms:
"The Governor's Working Group was established to fa-
cilitate the sharing of knowledge and responsibility among
representatives of the community, state and local offi-
cials and their staffs, and the scientific community. The
purpose was not only to gain access to needed expertise
but also to develop effective systems for management of
information and resources available to the Project."


Continued on Page 20


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Here We Go Again From Page 19
"...Principal funding was from Federal Job Training Part-
nership Act (JTPA), Title III Factory Closure. Dislocated
Worker Funds, and later. Employment Dislocation and
Workers Adjustment Assistance (EDWAA) Program.
through the Florida Department of Labor and Employ-
ment Security (DLES). channeled at first through the Pan-
handle Private Industry Council (PIC), and later directly
to the technical demonstration sub-contract provider.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI)."
"...In the farmers' view, valuable time was taken from
income-producing activities to participate for 18 months
while incomes were marginally sufficient. The original
expectation was that participants would get their one acre
farm sites beginning in early 1990. The major concerns
of the farmers were in regard to the adaptibility of the
technology, the availability of leases, the desire to freely
experiment, and the apparent need to continue devoting
personal time to the Project without income. The farm-
ers wanted action not research. Production was sought.
Any generalized study was subject to distrust. Livelihoods
were seen as on the line."


Small Aquaculture Oysters

For example, .the aquaculture project embraced many other evolving
situations completely unforeseen at the beginning. Oystermen who
grew their own crops had to know marketing concepts, as they could
potentially bypass the traditional oyster houses and sell their prod-
uct to commercial interests elsewhere. This introduced a new set of
tensions between the seafood hunters and the seafood processors. It
was not easy to develop "entrepreneurs" in a culture akin to feudal-
ism, in some cases. One dealer asserted, annoyingly, "I can't control
the prices and I can't control the hunters, therefore I am against
aquaculture." The law was unclear as to the standards for stowing
farm-raised product at this time.

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Working group discussion led by George Chapel.
Indeed, there was an on-going argument among state agencies whether
aquaculture was agriculture, and thus subject to their rules, or some-
thing else, subject to the Department of Environmental Protection
(Natural Resources at the time) or something else. Many farmers did
not know how to keep books on their business of raising oysters.
Thus, a short course was introduced to show them how. The School
District got involved, but they wanted control over the money that
flowed to them to train the oystermen in academic subjects, and a
major "blowup" occurred between the school district and the state
agency involved on that point. Along the way, a course in boat con-
struction was launched; both boats sank unceremoniously!!
Now we are told there is yet another program designed to lift us out of
poverty, and yet I ask, will the same mistakes continue to be re-
peated?


The project evolved in three phases, starting with about 140 partici-
pants from the local seafood industry, who participated in planting
and nurturing oyster seed, sieving and tending those seeds over many
weeks and not moving the oysters from smaller to larger bags as
growout occurred. Then, the project encountered a number of set-
backs, some conditioned by the sites selected which turned out to be
not very productive in terms of freshwater flow, salinity problems,
predators, and bureaucratic difficulties. Adjustments were made, or
attempts to make.adjustments to make adjustments were made. Small
complaints were given about the time required by the participants in
undertaking the growing of oysters without payment or mileage, de-
spite the fact that training was provided in business planning, ac-
counting, financing, some attempts in boat-building, and day care,
free toll-passes, and "motivational training" (itself an interesting side-
light that appeared to be nearly irrelevant to the problems at hand).
Out of these experiences the Apalachicola Bay Oyster Farmers Asso-
ciation was formed (ABOFA), an organization intended to promote
aquaculture and facilities training, financing and leases in Franklin
County. All of these activities, taking about six months to get up to
speed, were stimulated by the then-Governor Bob Martinez simply to
attempt to alleviate a very severe and reoccurring problem in Franklin
County the cyclic interruption of oystering and other seafood ac-
tivity by natural forces (hurricanes).
The bottom line here was to HELP Franklin County by providing a
new mechanism to continue the continuity of the seafood business in
Franklin County; to help new entrepreneurs get a foothold in the
seafood business so a future in shellfish, at least, could be assured
for Franklin County, and any other counties who might be inter-
ested. Despite the flack, the criticisms, the name-calling, the false
accusations, the whole point of the aquaculture project was to HELP
Franklin County. The project did have constructive criticism and to
the credit of HBOI, alternatives and adaptations were made and in-
novated, such as the rack system. Many listened, and then no one
listened. At the same time, some administrative mechanisms govern-
S ing the flow of money into the project, in which over $700,000 was
fed into Franklin County by way of wages, services and product costs
backfired.


David Jones, cleaning bags of small oysters, later
abandoned near the end of the project.
Mistakes and omissions were made by several principal agents in the
project and some of the participants were losing patience fast. Very
few at the level of the Governor's Office really appreciated the long
term sacrifice many Franklin County participants made by tending
their oysters each week, when delays in the processing of leases be-
gan by administrative stonewalling in one state agency. For a time,
there was a fight between two agencies on the question of aquacul-
ture as agriculture, or aquaculture as something else. Some changes
in legislation were needed and eventually made. Some farmers were
trained and ready to plant oysters. More frustration followed.
Many of the Franklin County participants had abandoned the project
by September 1991, dissatisfied over the process and slow progress,
even though a large number of those dissatisfied participants had
been certified officially as having mastered all the problems: financ-
ing and leases. There were many mistakes, "committed and omitted"
for a first time project in Franklin County, and to blame any single
entity, including the Board of County Commissioners for vetoing a
small number of lease applications, misses the point entirely. Such
myopic reasoning belongs exclusively to the group called "uninformed."
Remember, the whole point was to HELP Franklin County seafood
activity.


lip service but as for matching commitments made by the previous
administration, they would rather stay away from controversial is-
sues such as aquaculture in the early months of the new administra-
tion.

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George Chapel discussing the move to Unit #4.

The chairperson's progress report of December 1990 contained this
observation:
"...As events proceeded, it became apparent that the
state's capability in this type of program is easy to over-
estimate, just as the disruptive influence and causes of
factionalism is easy to underestimate. The program's
machinery has worked as well as it has because of the
strong commitment of those people who were willing to
try to pursue the goal of getting something done. In the
case of state employees, this meant that they had to take
on special tasks in addition to their regular assignments.
Their approach, generally, was that of a willingness to
pitch in on a practical level. The most effective perform-
ers on the Working Group were those who authentically
functioned in a meaningful way in more than one cul-
tural world."
Charges of "failure" have been made by many, yet samples of grown
out oysters rivaling the best natural product taken from appropriate
parts of Apalachicola Bay are a fact. "Failure" is a very relative term
because of varying standards.


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David Jones testifying in an injunction hearing before
Judge Reynolds.
The experience in Franklin County has benefited the relative success
at Cedar Key because the administrative mechanisms were changed
to directly involve the County Commissioners as contracting parties.
Two state representatives have been directly involved. Leases are cur-
rently being granted, many at two acres. Oysters and clams are being
farmed, sold locally, widely promoted (one Eastpoint dealer tried to
buy some but had to wait in line because of competition from other
counties), and participant morale is high. The failure of the aquacul-
ture project left fisherpersons unprepared for the next act, called the
"net-limitation" Amendment. This did not affect the oystermen as much

Continued on Page 21


The rack system, innovated in the Franklin County
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Classes in business and marketing methods were taught.


Some friends no longer speak to one another. Misinformation was fed
into the rumor mills, even to the extent that an official investigation
was launched to answer each and every complaint of alleged malfea-
sance and the wild accusations. Not one shred of evidence was ever
uncovered to support such accusations. One complainer bragged that
he reported to the FBI various concerns but not one indictment has
ever been issued based on that "information." or any other informa-
tion. Indeed, the same private corporation moved their operation to
Dixie and Levy Counties, and resumed training the local seafood popu-
lation with decidedly different and most positive results. They have
had their problems, yes. But, the outcomes in those distant counties
were not the same as the disaster in Franklin County.
The initial goal (to help Franklin County) was entirely forgotten in the
midst of name-calling, sometimes vicious, and false charges. One con-
clusion is abundantly clear now. State agencies, the Governor's Task
Group, the administrative leadership, the seafood industry, ABOFA
and HBOI all "shot themselves in the foot" at least once during the
project. All of this added fuel to the arguments, their rhetoric and the
omissions that ultimately resulted in the demise of the project, and
the complete sacrifice of many who put in so much time and expense
to prove, on faith, their commitment to the idea that they would grow
oysters commercially. We would include the transition team politics
when the staff of Governor Chiles was briefed on the project and they
chose to simply ignore those sacrifices by keeping a distance from the
problems of the project and add nothing to help the oyster farmers
when they needed help. The Governor's staff was very good at giving


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Aquaculture From Page 20
as the shrimping and crab industries, which brought in more regula-
tion. Few have examined the role that regulation has on productivity
in the seafood business but perhaps the omniscient State diviners
have already done so. There is not much evidence that the govern-
ment regulators have visited the local scene lately.
One Ph.D. dissertation dissected part of the problem, but that study
was completed at Temple University. It might be an interesting ques-
tion to ask why Temple and not FSU? Perhaps it is because the fac-
ulty at FSU have little interest in poverty projects that do not bring
millions of grant dollars with them to fund faculty and graduate stu-
dent researchers. Certainly, there has been extremely little interest
in examining aquaculture among FSU faculty at these locations, nor
has there been any interest, in covering the poverty story in seafood
by the FSU public broadcast media, and this is one of the major
stories of the last five years.
Before the State comes back to Franklin, or any other northern county,
with some undefined economic program, they must first outline those
programs clearly and learn from their lessons of the past.
State Agencies involved must provide real expertise in the living pat-
terns, culture and lifestyle of those whom they seek to help. Some
argue this is like trying to convince the Colombian mountain popula-
tions to boil water. There is a ton of research revealing the kinds of
questions to be asked, and how the "experts" intend to use what they
learn.


In the end, we may find it is far easier to convince the kids to stay off
cigarettes.
On thing is very certain. The Bush Administration will rise or fall on
what they learn, and how they act upon what they learn.
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Margaret Alen

One final report on the project lamented a central failure...expressed
in this way:
"...The demonstration of the economic viability of oyster
aquaculture through the establishment of a full scale
operating farm has still not been realized. This is one of
the contributing factors to the resistance of traditional
fishermen and local leaders. The adjustments needed to
make aquaculture work have still to get into place. On
its own, Harbor Branch has recently undertaken diversi-
fied experimentation on test sites in the Management Use
Agreement sites of the Bay. When aquaculture becomes
part of the real, usable world of the seafood industry,
then this project will have no further reason to exist."
It took nearly 30 years to encourage Midwest farmers to adopt hybrid
seed corn for planting in the Midwest. So, what do the Florida agen-
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In 1999, John Ray Nelson of Bon Secor Fisheries, Alabama, an-
nounced that having replicated the F.C. Aquaculture Project in 1992,
and invested a million dollars in research, they had successfully
marketed aquaculture oysters at a profit the entire time. A depressed
marketing price over a large area was forcing them to finally shut
down what had been a major asset. This meant that the program
worked! Value added and extended marketing, along with diversifica-
tion, might have meant that the project could have maintained a cost-
effective posture beyond 1999. The failure to deporate by some FDA
standard the product from the Gulf Coast depressed the Gulf Coast
price that could be demanded. Success with clams at Cedar Key and
the possibility of opening the Billings Gate Market to the Gulf Coast
all suggest that this project could have conceivably continued for some
time to come. The proposed strengthening of the project by over-
hauling the entire county education system from college to fine arts,
the inviting of a FAMU/Gulf Coast College north of Eastpoint, and
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Christmas Symbols And Meanings

By Joyce Estes
Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It seems that as I get older
I find more and more meaning to the symbols that I have grown up
with. As a child I remember the cooking, baking and house cleaning
in preparation for my older sister and brothers to come home with
their families. Mother, Dad, and I made Christmas boxes for the share-
croppers that lived on our farm and the needy that lived nearby. Dad
bought fruit by the case, dried raisins in a large wooden box, bags of
candy, some bags of rice, flour, sugar and other staples to fill the
boxes. We covered the boxes with Christmas paper and made them
very festive. Church was never part of Christmas Eve but it was a
major part of my life every week on Sundays.
As I grew older, the Christmas tree became my job to decorate. The
more lights I could put on the better and still today I blow fuses. I love
having a beautiful Christmas tree and beautiful decorations.
During my earlier childhood years, I would go to bed early Christmas
night so that Santa could come and decorate the tree or he would
send the Angels to decorate it for us. The tree was always there the
next morning and my special beautiful doll. Not much more, but maybe
some doll clothes and a new dress that my mother had made. I was
the only one at home. My sister and brothers were much older than I
and had left home.
I grew up when the Coca Cola Santa first appeared and I believed in
eveiy fiber ui him and his reindeers. I even heard him on the roof one
night and the bells on the reindeers jingling. Christmas was real. It
really was celebrating Christ's birthday and Santa Claus coming but,
most of all it was being sure that everyone else was cared for before
we celebrated our own Christmas.
As I moved into the adult world, married and had my own children,
my surroundings changed. I learned more about the origins of Christ-
mas symbols. Wreaths hung everywhere, the candies aglow, the star
the tree, holly, all took on a different meaning. I want to share what
has made Christmas more meaningful to me.















Advent is a special time for the preparation for the Christ child, the
long awaited Messiah. The Advent wreath with the four colored candles
are to remind us of the Joy, Peace, Love and Hope that Christ brought
to our dark world. The large white candle in the center signifies "the
Christ," the light of the world. Advent begins four Sundays before
Christmas to count down the time in anticipation of the birth event.
The manger scene is one of the most used symbols. It reportedly was
originated by St. Francis of Assisi, lover of the Lord and animals. He
called the townspeople together and they constructed the manger
scene from the account of Luke's gospel and filled the scene with
lowly animals surrounding the manger. Perhaps the innkeeper owned
such a stable, where, on a cold night, God chose a warm, place for his
son to be born and where Mary and Joseph could have the seclusion
that they needed for such a time.
The sheep in the manger scene can remind us that the Old Testa-
ment told of a Messiah that would come as a Shepherd to feed his
flocks and the Good Shepherd would lay down his life for his sheep.
The cattle, possibly oxen, cows or even goats, reflect the lowing, the
calling of the mothers for their calves to feed, as God's loving nature
is calling to all of us as a mother would call her young. Then there is
the donkey, a must even if it is a rather dumb and stubborn animal.


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Outside Of The Classroom: Extra-

Curricular Activities And Other Stuff

By Brian Goercke

Publisher's Note: Brian Goercke is a former editor of the Chronicle.
1994-1998. He has been a Peace Corps volunteer since October 1998.
serving in Zimbabwe since December 1998. He hag submitted sev-
eral pieces to the Chronicle about his experiences as a secondary
school teacher of English and other subjects. This latest story is about
extra-curricular activities of his students at the Matsine school in
Wedza, Zimbabwe, Brian's letters are laden with an impressive array
of postage stamps, adding up to seemingly high costs for mailing, as
depicted in the illustration below. The exchange rate is $40 Zimba-


term to spare students from the extreme heat and'frequent rain dur-
ing these months.

THE AIDS DRAMA CLUB


The AIDS Drama Club, which is coordinated by the school's science
instructor (Mr. Josphat Chadamoyo), seems to be the oldest of the
school's organizations. It combines the entertainment of theatre with
hard hitting educational programs to provide students with needed
information concerning AIDS awareness.
Each year, drama club members compose and perform a couple of
plays for the student population. They include music, dancing, dia-
logue and important themes for the young people. Some of these per-
formances focus on the consequences of careless or deviant behavior
concerning sexual practices and other questions of conscience.
"It's informative as well as an awareness campaign," commented
Chadamoyo, "and they enjoy the drama while getting a strong mes-
sage."
In addition to the wise counsel provided by Mr. Chadamoyo. the AIDS
Drama Club also receives educational support from a Non Govern-
mental Organization (NGO) known as The Silveira House.
Mr. Anselm Tapfumanyi, who works with Silveira House. has con-
ducted many of these AIDS education workshops at Matsine Second-
ary School.
"When we talk about how you get AIDS," explains Tapfumanyi. "you.
.get a good enough response (from the students): but when we start
using participatory methods, it is more effective."
Mr. Tapfumanyi said that the students really seem to listen when
guest speakers provide personal testimony about living with AIDS. "It
is powerful when the speaker is honest about his experiences." he
added.
How important is it bring the message of AIDS awareness to the at-
tention of secondary school students in Zimbabwe? Tapfumanyi com-
ments, "You're talking about life and death ... and you're talking about
the youth of this country ... the future leaders."


bwe dollars to one U. S. dollar so the routine airmail rate is about $24 Mr. Chadamoyo adds, "There has to be a behavior change. That is the
Zimbabwe dollars, or 80t U. S. main idea in line with this epidemic." He continued. "The impact of
o -- openness is also important. If someone has AIDS and talks about it.
others might get the message."
S'/' :- Mr. Chadamoyo pointed out that, while the AIDS awareness cam-
Spaign in Zimbabwe is crucial and must continue, there is also a great

.,'Zimbwe J' I ". f ,., munity members.
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S' '- I For instance, the nearest clinic offering such services to the commu-
II -l g- -- ---' nity members of Matsine is located approximately 100 kilometers away
. IJ3 i'r \ in the city of Marondera. Such a journey can prove difficult for many
young adults of the community.

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:,: : ;i:i'rnal love. It has no beginning.
.i. .-, ist(i t our Lord that he gave us
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!. : thi-. ; i One that we are celebrating.
S' -.ot d-lpencent on us making it suc-
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Mail Bag #2107, Wedza, Zimbabwe, Africa.


I don't know whether extra-curricular activities are meant to provide
teachers with a break from teaching or students a respite from learn-
ing. However, I can relate one certainty about these activities; they
play a dominant role in the secondary school system.
Extracurricular activities in Zimbabwe differ in one main way from
those in the American school system; they occur during school hours
rather than afterwards.
On Monday and Wednesdays, the students participate in these ac-
tivities after their lunch break at 1:45 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thurs-
days, students remain in the classroom for lessons until 4:15 p.m.
On Friday, the students are given general work assignments after
lunch.
In Zimbabwe's secondary school system, there are three terms. Spe-
cific activities are designated for each term. During the first term, the
students participate in track and field activities (long and short dis-
tance r-nirinidi. relay races, high and 1.nig jump competitions as well.
as shot-put and discus throwing).
During the second term, the male students play soccer while females I
participate in netball activities. Netball is much like basketball. The B
main difference is that players can only pass the ball to one another ipi
rather than dribbling it.
In the final term, students have the opportunity to participate in a
variety of club activities. These activities are designated for the final


Sscnools uness CluD, whicn is composed of approximately iu
mbers, was formed during the second term. Formation of the club
Made possible by a donation of four chess sets from the US Chess
eration. Although the club is rather new, members have already
ticipated in several regional tournaments.


Members of the Chess Club


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ESPANOL
The Spanish Club is being formed by the school's math and com-
puter science instructor, Senor Nathan Matemera (a.k.a. The Man
from Havana). Mr. Matemera became proficient in the language while
participating in a five year study program in Cuba.
The Spanish Club is being made possible by Dr. Betty Halliwell with
Pribiloff Press; she has donated several beginning and intermediate
level Spanish textbooks to Matsine Secondary School.


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It is important to make the letter writing process as participatory as
possible. Each amnesty appeal provides a list of three or four officials
to whom one may write (Attorney General, Minister of Justice. Presi-
dent, etc). I let the students choose the person they wish to write.
address the letter to him/her and then stuff the envelopes with their
letters.
I insist that each letter be as legible as possible. Since the students
hate to have their letters left out of the pack, I have a bit of welcomed
leverage over them to ensure that their penmanship and grammar is
presentable.
This work, I have found, has sharpened the writing skills of my stu-
dents and provided them with a greater knowledge of current events.
With a little luck, this experience will encourage club members to
become more active in their government later in life. Hopefully. they
will be more aware and outspoken about their rights and those of
their compatriots.


Essentially, the pupils are responsible for maintenance of the school.
There are no janitors ... only students. Believe it or not, the students
even bring equipment from home (e.g. axes, slashers) to do this work.
Most staff members agree that this is the way it should be every-
where. This, they point out, is the perfect lesson in self-reliance.


Creative Writing-Human Rights Club members practice
their play.
THE HUMAN RIGHTS CLUB
I decided to form a Human Rights and Creative Writing Club early in
the first term. This was viewed by some as a rather unusual develop-
ment since clubs normally meet during the third term only.
Nonetheless, I received permission from the school's headmaster to
begin these clubs. However, he advised me that I was not to tell my
club members that corporal punishment by teachers was an infringe-
ment of their human rights.
I had many reasons for beginning each of the two clubs. The study of
human rights, according to the Ministry of Education, is officially
part of the students' curriculum. Our school did not have a program
for human rights studies. I am interested in bringing human rights
awareness to anyone who has the time and will listen.
I recall watching the students participate in track and field activities
during the first week of the first term. I remember watching them run
around a dirt track without shoes on their feet. I watched them per-
form athletic feats that I could not improve upon in a million years. I
came to the conclusion that there was not much I could teach them
about running, throwing a discus or competing in a long jump event.
Club members have studied various aspects of human rights. They
have watched a video and read from a book provided by the Southern
Poverty Law Center about those affiliated with America's Civil Rights
Movement. Members have also studied from Universal Declaration of
Human Rights booklets provided by Human Rights USA.
In addition to these study exercises, club members have also partici-
pated in active human rights work. In fact, they have written letters
on behalf of political prisoners worldwide. Information about these
prisoners is provided by Amnesty International, an apolitical organi-
zation dedicated to monitoring abuses worldwide.
Initially, there were some difficulties in working with club members
to write these letters. The students relied far too heavily on me to the
point where I was writing their letters for them. Also, it was hard to
convey the seriousness of each case and the importance to write in a
neat and grammatically correct manner.
Currently, the students receive a great deal of assistance in writing
amnesty letters from a fellow instructor, Mr. Kazingizi. He explains
the content of each appeal to the students in their native language of
Shona. I then ask the students if they want to work on the case. I
then show the students the location of each appeal on a nearby map.


Creative Writing Club at work in the library.


THE CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
Members of the Creative Writing Club have produced some interest-
ing and often skillful work. There have been poems, essays, short
stories, jokes and even a play written by members of the group.
Some of their writing touches upon very somber issues. This may
include loss of a family members, the emotional and financial diffi-
culty of living without a mother or father, or the frustration of making
the grade in and out of school. Sometimes, it's just the normal teen-
age lamentations.
The students have also produced some very humorous and light-
hearted material. Some of them have written about imaginary places
and people. Others have produced satirical works about school life.
Sometimes I pose a hypothetical situation to the students and ask
them to respond in writing. For example, if you could become an
animal, which one would you choose? If you could create a land of
your own making, what wouldd it be like?
The writers have also composed essays on a wide range of issues
including the role of women in society as well as the importance of
being informed and cautious amid the AIDS epidemic. The students
have also written essays about whether education should be a right
or privilege for all Zimbabweans.
Most recently, we have combined functions of the two clubs and com-
posed a human rights play. The play deals with the issue of segrega-
tion. It was written after the students studied about the civil rights
movement in America.
The characters in the play are segregated by class as opposed to race;
they are divided into two groups ... those who have shoes and those
who do not.
The shoe wearing characters are the elite. And those without shoes
protest for equal rights, which includes the right to eat at a popular
restaurant.
"Are we men or mombe (cows)?" asks one of the shoeless characters.
The protesters struggle over the merits of civil disobedience in the


"Children should learn to economize while in school," explains Happy
Gahadzikwa, the school's Building teacher. "They should be taught
to manage with the little resources that they have in life. Even if
parents can afford to pay for janitors, I think we should expose chil-
dren to the world of work and economizing. The fees that they are
paying is not very much. Instead of burdening the parents to pay
more money, we would rather save this and use it for more important
things."
The students, of course, have different opinions on the matter. "Pu-
pils shouldn't do general work in the hot weather." says Edith
Matemba, "because some go to school without food. They don't have
anything to put in the stomach and they might faint."
Obert Muzembe points out that "pupils shouldn't do general work
because they did not come to school to work, and it will be a sort of
punishment to them. Also, some of the pupils may be sick."


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wake of violent oppression. In this performance, there is a happy
ending with the two groups uniting and singing the finale: We are all
together. We are just as one. We are all together. This is much more
fun.
GENERAL LABOUR
As mentioned, the students are assigned general work details on Fri-
day afternoons on the campus. The work varies from laying bricks
and cement to create flower beds, digging large holes for outhouses
and cutting overgrown grass with Crudely fashioned sickles known
as slashers.
In addition, the students are required to sweep out their classrooms
each day. When brooms are not available, students use bundles of
leafy tree limbs to sweep the rooms clean.
Those who fail to sweep classes are often rewarded with corporal pun-
ishment or additional laborious work (a poll of my human rights club
indicated that 7 of 8 would prefer corporal punishment. since it's
over quicker and they have a better idea of what it will entail).


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Fdrucation

By Thulani Deda
Nowadays, because of inflation, life is difficult for most people espe-
cially the peasants and lower class. As a result, people are finding it
difficult, to raise money for fees for their children.
Most of the children only go up to Ordinary Level (Form 4), which is
the equivalent to Grade 11 in other countries, they cannot go to Ad-
vanced Levels (Form 6) due to the high cost of living.
Imagine a person failing to raise $200 for Ordinary Level. Obviously.
the parent would not be able to pay $15.000 (approximately $405
U.S.) for Advanced Level (boarding school). So. it is very difficult for a
person to receive what may be termed full education.
For someone to be marketable in Zimbabwe, he or she has to attain
Advanced Levels, but the paradox is that the Advanced Levels are
beyond the reach for the ordinary citizens in Zimbabwe.
As for my parents, my father is mentally ill. My mother is a peasant
farmer who cannot afford to pay for my upper education. She sells
the little surplus from agriculture, so that we can pay for our Ordi-
nary Level education.
I have two younger sisters, one in Form 2 (Ninth Grade) at the school
that I attend, Manzimnyama Secondary School. My other sister is in
Grade 5 at Vulamatshena Primary School. If I attain better educa-
tion, I intend to get formal employment and help my family as well as
my community. My ambition is to become a teacher.
I am good in Commerce. Science. English, History. Shona and Geog-
raphy. I am now looking for sponsorship. as I have no other way to
receive a full education. Thank you for reading my article.
Thulani Deda is one of the many bright pupils in Zimbabwe
who will probably be overlooked by society in her attempt to
receive a decent education. It is a sad but common story in
Zimbabwe. If you would like to contact Thulani, please do so
at the following address: Manzimnyama Secondary School,
P.O. Box 5,89, Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, Africa.



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(249) Cash, The Autobiog-
raphy. Hardcover, pub-
lished by Harper, San Fran-
cisco, 310 pp., 1997. The
country music legend has
put his story to paper. He's
een to hell and lived to tell
the tale. Now, he recounts
the highs and lows of his
remarkable life. This fasci-
nating memoir reads like a
classic Cash song, filled
with candor, wit and the
wisdom of a man who has
truly "walked the line." Sold
nationally for $25.00
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(266) The Encyclopedia of
Country Music compiled
by the staff of the Country
Music Hall of Fame and
Museum, Nashville. Edited
by Paul Kingsbury. About
1,300 alphabetical entries
put eight decades of coun-
try music at readers' finger-
tips, from the earliest re-
cordings of the Carter Fam-
ily to the 90s chart-topping
albums of LeAnn Rimes and
Garth Brooks. Published by
Oxford University Press,
1998, 634 pp., oversize,
Hardcover. A distinguished
field of 137 contributors
provides a readable and re-
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(263) At The Water's Edge: A Pictorial and Narrative
History of Apalachicola and Franklin County. Authors:
William Warren Rogers and Lee Willis, III; Joan Morris
and Bawa Satinder Singh. Published by the Donning
Company, 1997. Here is the detailed history and visual
memory of Apalachicola from the beginnings in 1820 to
the modern era. Bookshop price = $39.95.


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The Guardian Ad Litem Program recently held a volunteer training at
the Franklin County Courthouse in an effort to train more volunteer
guardians for Franklin County. The Guardian Ad Litem Program rep-
resents abused and/or neglected children, or children that are vic-
tims or witnesses to crimes, through the court system. The volunteer
guardians are appointed by the judge to "act as an advocate for the
childrenn)" Providing the training was Mary Hopping, Case Coordina-
tor for Franklin County. Also assisting with the training was Barbara
Crosier, Program Attorney for Franklin County, Colleen Burlingame,
outstanding GAL volunteer in Franklin County, Stephanie Cash, EDpt.
of Children and Families Caseworker in Franklin County and'Rachael
Chestnut, Assistant State Attorney for Franklin County.
Successfully completing the training and subsequently receiving their
GAL certification, were:
MISSY and NICK MdCUEN, residents and business owners in Franklin
County.
JUDY EHRHARDT, part-time resident of Franklin County and per-
manent of Leon County, who will accept Franklin County cases.
If you are interested in becoming a guardian ad litem, or would like
more information about the program, please call the GAL office at
850/488-7612.


Cooking Along The Forgotten Coast

By Pam Rush
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, when families gather to-
gether to celebrate the holiday. Spreading Christmas cheer is a jolly
.job for some local residents who enjoy cooking for their families.
Linda Crosby's crab casserole is rich and creamy. She said her hus-
band Bing catches the crabs himself, and she prepares themfreshfor
the casserole.

Linda's Crab Casserole
3 cups cheddar cheese
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
Cavenders Greek Seasoning to taste
1 to 1-1/2 cup half and half or cream
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs.
1 T. Worcestershire
1 lb. crab meat
Hot sauce to taste
Reserve one cup of the cheese for topping. Mix all ingredients to-
gether. Sprinkle one cup of cheese orn top of casserole. Bake at 350
degrees for 30 minutes.
Warm yourfamily's hearts and stomachs with Maxine Creamer's Christ-
mas ginger cookies. She makes them from scratch and it is definitely
worth the effort.

Christmas Gingersnaps
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups self rising flour
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil; mix well. Add eggs, and
molasses and beat well. Stir in flour. Shape in one inch balls and roll
in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at
350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Martha Argueta. daughter of the late Willard Langley. submitted her
father's favorite oyster dressing. She said that when her father was
alive, he oystered on the bay, and believed in using local seafood in
various dishes. This moist dressing is even more delicious than its
aroma.

Oyster Dressing
1-9x13 inch pan of cornbread
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs of celery
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 pint Apalachicola oysters
4 boiled eggs. Chopped
2 T. sage
chicken broth to moisten
1 stick margarine
salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet, cook margarine, onions, bell pepper and celery.
Crumble cornbread, add broth and vegetable mixture. Stir well, add
oysters, eggs and seasonings. Mix well, salt and pepper to taste. Pour
in a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


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(186) Perspectives on Gulf
Coast Prehistory. Edited
by Dave D. Davis. Pub-
lished by the University of
Florida Press, 1984, Hard-
cover, 379 pp. Essays from
a 1981 archeological con-
ference that examined pre-
historic cultural events and
processes on the Gulf
Coast, different from those
of the interior river valleys
to warrant examination of
the coast as a region. In
terms of time, the essays
cover coastal prehistory
'from 1000 B.C. through the
early years of European
settlement, about 1750
A.D. There are overviews of
earlier research and a con-
siderable body of previously
unpublished material. Ex-
tensive bibliography. Sold
nationally for $49.95.
Bookshop price = $37.50.


(256) Florida's Sandy
Beaches: An Access
Guide. Paperback. Pub-
lished by University of
Florida Presses, 1985, 218
pp. This access guide will
help in finding the major
beach areas along Florida's
extensive coastline, show-
ing where the beaches are,
how to get there, and what
to expect upon arrival.
Comprehensive info on
parking, restrooms, show-
ers, picnicking, swimming,
fishing, boating facilities,
shelters, concessions, na-
ture trails, group facilities,
public transportation,
maps, handicapped facili-
ties and environment pro-
vided, as applicable. Sold
nationally for $26.95.
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(264) The Oxford Book of
The American South: Tes-
timony, Memory and Fic-
tion. Edited by Edward L.
Ayers and Bradley C.
Mittendorf. Published by
Oxford University Press,
1997, 597 pp. Hardcover.
The sections of this book-
The Old South, The Civil
War and Its Consequences,
Hart Times, and the Turn-
ing, unfold a vivid record of
life below the Mason-Dixon
line. This collections pre-
sents the most telling fiction
and nonfiction produced in
the South from the late
18th Century to the
resent. Sold nationally for
30.00. Bookshop price =
$22.00


(255) Pigskin: The Early
Years of Pro Football by
Robert W. Peterson. Hard-
cover, published by Oxford
University Press, 1997,
228pD. In time for football
season now a mammoth
billion-dollar enterprise.
Beginning in 1920, profes-
sional football was born in
an auto showroom. This
history begins earlier, how-
ever, and brings the reader
up to the television era.
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(250) Just As I Am: The
Autobiography of Billy
Graham. Hardcover,
760pp, published by
Harper San Francisco,
1997. For the first time, Dr.
Graham tells his story in a
momentous work of insight.
His calling as an evangelist
has taken him to every na-
tion, spanning 50 years.
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(265) Hollywood Cartoons:
American Animation in
its Golden Age by Michael
Barrier. Oxford University
Press, 1999, 649 pp., Hard-
cover. Michael Barrier
takes us on a glorious
guided tour of American
animation in the 1930s, 40s
and 50s to meet the legend-
ary artists and entrepre-
neurs who created Bugs
Bunny, Betty Boop, Mickey
Mouse, Wile E. Coyote,
Donald Duck, Tom and
Jerry and other favorites.
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scribes the story of the
Fleishers as they produced
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