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Franklin Chronicle


Volume 9, Number


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


January 7 20, 2000


Grand Jury Indicts County Residents On
9 Counts Of Conspiracy To Defraud The

United States Government

Publisher's Note: The following story is extensively based on the
indictment from the Pensacola Grand Jury returned on Decem-
ber 14, 1999, and the press release from U. S. Attorney P. Michael
Patterson, Northern District of Florida. The reader is advised that
an indictment is a charging document only and all defendants
are innocent until proven guilty. Allegations are accusations; these
charges are NOT evidence.
On December 15, 1999, U. S. Attorney P. Michael Patterson, North-
ern District of Florida, announced that a Federal Grand Jury returned
a nine count indictment against Brenda M. Molsbee, Maxie G. Carroll
and Thomas V. Novak for conspiracy to defraud the United States
Government by making false cost reports to the Dept. of Health and
Human Services and Aetna Life Insurance Company.
Molsbee, age 49, is from Carrabelle, Maxie G. Carroll, age 63, lives in
Eastpoint, and Thomas V. Novak, age 66, lives in Tallahassee. The
indictment charges that the trio, through Wellsprings Home Health
Care, Inc., a home health care agency that operated out of Carrabelle
with several branch offices in northern Florida, filed fraudulent re-
ports to obtain reimbursements from Medicare for improper charges.
These alleged improper charges included fraudulent account expenses,
travel reimbursement expenses, rental expenses, and maintenance
expenses.


- Wellsprings Home Health Care (Wellsprings) was headquartered in
Carrabelle, Florida, and at the height of the operation maintained
offices in Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, Gadsden, Bay, Madison and Leon
counties. Wellsprings filed for voluntary bankruptcy in late 1995 due
to other matters.


(File Photo) Wellsprings former headquarters, Carrabelle.
Brenda M. Molsbee was. the president and co-owner of Wellsprings
Home Health Care, Inc. Thomas V. Novak assisted in the preparation
of the Wellsprings cost reports as the accountant and bookkeeper for
Wellsprings and prepared tax returns for Wellsprings and other cor-
porations operated by Molsbee and Maxie G. Carroll, vice-president
and co-owner of Wellsprings.
Additionally, Carroll and Molsbee were charged with three counts
each of filing false individual tax returns for 1993, 1994 and 1995 by
under-reporting income. Molsbee was indicted for filing a false cor-
porate income tax return in the name of Island View Enterprises for
1994. She was also charged in count nine of the indictment with
committing perjury in a bankruptcy proceeding in Tallahassee, Florida,
after Wellsprings filed for bankruptcy.
Medicare is a program administered under the auspices of the U. S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ,-the purpose of
which is to provide health care for entitled beneficiaries, primarily
the elderly and disabled. Medicare and HHS contracted with an in-
termediary, Aetna Life Insurance Company (Aetna) to administer the
Medicare program as it related to business conducted with home
health care agencies in Florida.
The defendants Molsbee and Carroll purchased Wellsprings on or
about January 1, 1993. Before this purchase, the defendants Molsbee
and Carroll owned and operated Panhandle Nursing, Inc., a home
health care agency with headquarters in Carrabelle, Florida. On or
about March 25, 1994, Wellsprings and Panhandle merged into a
single business entity using the Wellsprings name. From about Janu-
ary 1993 through March 25, 1994, defendants Molsbee and Carroll
operated Wellsprings and Panhandle from the same office location.
The purpose of Wellsprings was to provide in-home nursing care for
eligible persons with illnesses or disabilities that required them to be
home-bound. Medicare reimbursed Wellsprings for costs incurred for
direct patient care and for reasonable overhead expenses incurred
for direct patient care of home-bound patients. Wellsprings submit-
ted to Medicare, through the intermediary Aetna, annual and interim
cost reports for home and branch offices that identified costs that
S Wellsprings claimed as reimbursable under the Medicare program.
The expenses from the cost reports submitted by Wellsprings to Aetna
Continued on Page 6


Inside

This Issue

12 Pages

Franklin Briefs.......... 2
Editorial & Commentary
.................................. 3
Second Circuit Court. 4
Personalities in the News
.................. 5, 6, 10, 11
COPS Grant .............. 7
FCAN ....................... 8
Lanark ...................... 9
Bookshop................ 12



Ramirez Medical
Closing January
21, 2000
Ramirez Medical will close its
doors on January 21, 2000. Dr.
Ramirez thanks the residents of
Franklin County for their support
and trust these past three years.
Arrangements for medical record
maintenance and referral of pa-
tients is underway and will be
announced no later than Friday,
January 7, 2000 and will be car-
ried on Oyster Radio, Oyster
Country and WXGJ Country. Let-
ters are also being sent to each
patient individually. Dr. Ramirez
is relocating to his hometown of
Kissimmee, Florida, January 28,
2000.

New Year's Party
Was One Topic At
Apalachicola City

Meeting

By Rene Topping
Mayor Alan Pierce began the regu-
lar business of the January 4
meeting of the Apalachicola City
Commission, by opening two bids
that had been made on three new
pieces of equipment for the City
of Apalachicola .
Flint Equipment had a total bid
of $176,750, with $83,000 on a
Front Loader, and two back hoes,
one at $57,000 and the second at
$60,250. They offered a 5 year
Continued on Page 2


Will Kendrick

Schedules Fund-

Raiser For

District 10 Race

Florida House of Representatives
candidate Will S. Kendrick an-
nounced today that he has sched-
uled his first Campaign Fund-
raiser. The event will be a down-
home, old fashioned Ice Cream
Social. The event is scheduled at
Chillas Hall on January 15, 2000,
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
It has been estimated by the
Florida Democratic Party that a
normal House of Representative
race would need approximately
$200,000. Kendrick stated, "I
plan to work real hard over the
coming months to raise campaign
funds." He further stated that he
is "hopeful that the people in Dis-
trict 10 will support these func-
tions early on. It is important that
people realize that in a race of this
nature you can not wait until you
see the finish line, you've got to
raise as many contributions as
possible, before you ever leave the
state. Those $10 and $25 contri-
butions are as important to me
as the larger ones. I'll need them
all to get across the line in
November."


Kendrick announced his inten-
tions to seek the House Seat in
December and filed his intent as
required by Florida Statutes. The
original filing is with the Secre-
tary of State, Division of Elections,
with a copy on file with Franklin
County Supervisor of Elections
Doris Shiver Gibbs. Representa-
tive Janegale Boyd, who currently
holds this seat, has filed her in-
tent to seek the Senate District 3
Seat.
Over the past weeks, Kendrick
has been busy planning his cam-
paign and meeting with people in
the local area. Kendrick said,

Continued on Page 8


Tri-States Agree To Extend

Deadline For Dividing River Waters

On 29 December 1999, representatives of Alabama, Georgia and
Florida agreed to extend the deadline for five months to arrive at an
equitable division of the surface waters of the
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.
The Compact, involving the three states and the Federal Government,
was to dissolve on December 31, 1999, if agreement was not reached
on how to allocate water resources among the three states.
Up to the date of the extension, December 29th, the signatory states
had not been able to agree upon an equitable apportionment for-
mula. The extension is for five months, to May 1, 2000. The extension
was signed in the Commonwealth Building, Tallahassee, at 10:15
a.m.
Mr. Lindsay Thomas is one of the Federal Commissioners involved in
the Compact of the three states, His letter to Governors of Alabama,
Florida and Georgia of December 6th, urged an extension of the dead-
line. He wrote, in part,
Long deliberations from the U.S. Congress and the State
Legislatures brought about the unusual opportunity for
the states to make determinations about the future of
regional water resources in the form of the
Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River (ACT), and the
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River (ACF) Basin
Compacts. As a former member of Congress, it is my sin-
cere feeling that this rare chance for self-determination
will most likely never come our way again. In the South-
east region of the United States, our economy, our cul-
Continued on Page 12


(File Photo) Gene Brown


New Wrinkles In Litigatinn

Involving Water Cumipany And

St. George Island Bridge
In July 1999, the Water Management Services (WMS, .operator of the
St. George Island Utility, and island residents Peter V.- Amato and
Pamela Amato filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to prevent the
Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) from tearing down the
Bryant Pattan Bridge after the new bridge is completed, sometime in
2003.
Moreover, WMS argued that moving the existing water line from
Eastpoint to the WMS facilities on St. George ought to be paid for by
the DOT. WMS also argues that they have an easement and the
planned destruction of the old bridge (Bryant Pattan) is equivalent to
an unlawful taking of the WMS property without just compensation.
Now, the attorneys for the DOT have filed six motions for a partial
summary judgment of this case to be heard in argument in mid-
February in Apalachicola.
DOT, in motion #1, asserts that WMS holds a license, not an ease-
ment, and the license expressly stipulated that the permit was for
permissive use only, and the placing of water lines upon the Patton
bridge shall not operate to create or vest any property right in WMS.
The present utility permit held by WMS will still permit a relocation
of the waterline to the new bridge and will NOT violate the franchise
held by WMS.
In a second motion seeking a partial summary judgment, DOT ar-
gues against WMS's attempts to use the courts to obtain a utility
easement over public-right-of-way and claims that these attempts
violate the legislature's delegation of this responsibility to the FDOT.
In a third motion for partial summary judgment; the DOT attorneys
cite the license language which states that whenever necessary for
purposes of construction, repair or maintenance, any appurtenances
authorized in the license, such as poles, wires, pipes, cables or other
facilities shall be removed from the highway or relocated as required
by the State Highway Engineer, and at the expense of the permitted
unless reimbursement is authorized. The permit held by WMS also
states that the placing of facilities on public property inder the li-
cense shall NOT operate to create or vest any property right in the
holder of the license. Moreover, the DOT attorneys argue that WMS is
not entitled to a statutory way of necessity for water utility service on
'and over Bryant Patton bridge as access is not completely cut off and
that WMS does not quality for this change in legal status because
WMS already has access across the existing bridge and would have
the same access on the new bridge In a fourth motion, DOT argues
that WMS cannot show that there is no practicable route of egress or
ingress available for a water line.
Motion #5 argues that WMS has no existing property right to form
the basis of an allegation that tearing down the Patton bridge would
amount to an unlawful taking without compensation. The final mo-
tion, #6, deals with the WMS request for Declaratory Judgment and
Mandatory Injunction. Specifically, the Florida Constitution provides
for a distinct separation of powers, argues DOT. The Court would be
requiring the existing Patton bridge to remain intact indefinitely, and
by and such action would be substituting its judgment for the judg-
ment of FDOT, a separate administrative agency, and therefore in-
volving itself in judgmental, planning-level decisions.
As a part of the discovery process in this litigation, Mr. Gene D. Brown
was videotaped in a sworn deposition on Thursday, December 16,
1999, beginning about 1:40 p.m.
Excerpts of the Brown testimony are as follows:
The Issues Defined By The Water Management Services

Arthur L. Berger, Assistant General Counsel, DOT (Depart-
ment of Transportation) Question (Q): Did Leisure Proper-
ties, Ltd., have to submit the plans referred to in paragraph 14
of the utility permit to any other governmental agency?
Mr. Brown Answer (A): We probably had to submit them to the
Department of Environmental Control or DEP or whatever it
was called back then, as well as DOT.
Q: Would that have been part of getting the certificate issued by
the Public Service Commission at that time?
A: I think before we got a certificate issued by the PSC, we had
to show that we had the permit or the right to transport the
water across the bridge.
Q: Is Water Management Services, Inc.. legally bound by the
obligations set forth within the utility permit marked as Exhibit
1 to this deposition?

Continued on Page 7








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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

December 21, 1999
By Barbara Revell
Attending: Clarence Williams,
Chairman; Bevin Putnal, Jimmy
Mosconis, Cheryl Sanders, Com-
missioners; Kendall Wade, Clerk;
Amelia Varnes, Deputy Clerk;
Alfred Shuler, County Attorney.
The meeting was called to order
by Chairman Williams at 9:00 am.
The minutes of the previous meet-
ing were approved as was pay-
ment of current bills.

Franklin County/
University of Florida
Extension
Mr. Bill Mahan stated he has re-
ceived information from the De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection regarding the Clean Ma-
rina Program. He said the Coor-
dinator of the program told him
that they would do a program
in Franklin County if the County
could get a group together, Mahan
also stated he also has received
some new information on the
Florida Clean Vessel Act Grant
Program. He said that program
makes grants available for up to
75% of the cost of installing
pump-out facilities at a marina.

Superintendent of
Public Works
Mr. Prentice Crum did not have a
report but thanked Commission-
ers Kendall Wade and Amelia
Varnes for all of their years of as-
sistance and kind words in a reso-
lution written for him. He also
said his official retirement date is
January 31, 2000.

Public Works Director/
Job Applications
Mr. Alan Pierce said four applica-
tions were submitted but that Van
Johnson withdrew his applica-
tion. The other applicants were.
Granville Crooms, Don Wilson
and Hubert Chipman. Pierce
stated that Chipman was the only
qualified applicant. Mr. Chipman
was hired at a starting salary of
$33,900.

McIntyre Road
Ms. Elizabeth Tucker who resides
on McIntyre Road in the eastern
section of the County complained
about the terrible condition of the
road. Mr. Crumii tatd Hliat' he
would attempt to resolve the prob-
lem that day.

Director of
Ariministrative Services
Mr. Alan Pierce presented pic-
tures he took on December 9,
1999, of a dilapidated house on
Alligator Point being removed.
Pierce presented the Board with
a copy of a letter from DEP con-
gratulating the County on the re-
duction in turtle hatchling
disorientation.
Pierce gave the Board a copy of
a news release he received from
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission revising its
approach to the Spotted Sea Trout
rules and discussing closing the
season in November/December
and February. Pierce said he
thinks the Commission will
schedule a public hearing in
Franklin County to make the fi-
nal division.
Pierce then gave the Board a let-
ter from Devin Creamer request-
ing the County build a skateboard
park.
Pierce said he needed the Board
to act on a request from the Envi-
ronmental Corporation of America
to place a monitoring well below
grade within the County right-of- \
way on David Street in Eastpoint.
The monitoring well is a require-
ment of DEP for a permit for an
EZ serve store. The Board ap-
proved contingent on a "hold
harmless" agreement.
Pierce reported that the United
States Census has asked ,the
SCounty if they would spend $150
for brochures about the Census
count. He said the brochure
would be distributed through the
schools. Commissioners ap-
proved.
Pierce presented the annual con-
Stract between the County and
ARPC to conduct the Hazard
Waste Assessment. The contract
is $2000, which is paid from a'
Grant. Pierce advised the Board
[ that ARPC provides the service to
; the County on a regular basis.
Mosconis wanted to know if any-


body in the County could do the
assessment. Pierce said he had
checked into this once before and
could not find anyone but said he
would check again.
* Pierce said that Mr. Ben Watkins
that several roads be opened on
North Bayshore Drive so that he
could access his property. The
roads are Pine Street, Palm Street,
Cedar Street and Live Oak Street.
The Commissioners authorized
the opening of these streets.
* Watkins also requested the
Board consider rezoning approxi-
mately 382 acres owned by Rob-
ert G. Holt, Trustee Eastpoint
Timber Company and 144 acres
owned by Apalachicola Manage-
ment, Inc. and J. Ben WVatkins in


Eastpoint. Watkins said that with
the rezoning they would work with
Eastpoint Water and Sewer to
obtain property needed for expran-
sion. It was agreed that a public
hearing would be advertised to
consider the rezoning.
* Pierce reported that he met with
Mr. Tim Edmond, President, St.
Joe/Arvida to discuss two items
the Board had directed him to dis-
cuss. Pierce said that the re-
sponses were as follows: 1. St.
Joe/Arvida is willing to consider
working with the county in creat-
ing a public right-of-way from
Lanark Village to Lake Morality
Road or CR 67 if it is in the right
place. Pierce said that Edmonds
requested the Board designate on
a map the preferred route and
send it to him. Commissioner
Sanders stated she would like to
look at the sites with Mr. Pierce
before a final decision is made.
Pierce agreed to meet her and
then send a letter to St. Joe/
Arvida. 2. Arvida is willing to con-
sider selling 100 acres of land on
State Road 65 for public use.
Pierce said he suggested buying
only 45 acres. Pierce asked the
Commissioners to think about it
and discuss further at a future
meeting.
3. As partial payment for work on
the Eastpoint Boat Ramp, the
County had given a deed to the
Harris Brothers for two acres of
land that Mr. Curt Allen says he
owns. The Harris Brothers de-
cided they would like to give the
two acres back to the County and
obtain equal amount of land from
St. Joe, who has land adjacent to
the Harris Brothers to the south
and west. Pierce recommended to
the Board that they consider pur-
chasing an eight-acre parcel that.
would square a St. Joe's property
boundary. The Board authorized
Pierce and the County Attorney
to begin the process of resolving
-the matter and pursue the eight
acres from St. Joe/Arvida. 4.
Edmonds wants a right of way
map for the new industrial road
at the airport because the new
road will access a 120-acre par-
cel 'of land that St. Joe/Arvida
owns. Pierce said he told
Edmonds it is possible the County
would consider some zoning
changes if it would create jobs.
* The Board authorized payment
of $1500 to the Harris Brothers
for money they spent having the
contested two-acre parcel sur-
veyed.
* Pierce reported that the Planning
and Zoning (P&Z) Commission
recommended the following ac-
tion: Approval for construction of
a private dock for Paul Hawker on
Highway 98 in Lanark Village;
approval for a site plan for two
industrial sites on Otter Slide
Road: Tim Termarsch to con-
struct two 5,000-square-foot
buildings on a five-acre parcel and
John Collins to construct a 5,000
square-foot -buildingoni another
five-acre parcel. The Board ap-
proved these matters and agreed
to schedule a public hearing on
the rezoning of lots 24-30, Block
6 west, Unit 1, SGI, for Tom and
Mary Baird from C-2, general
business, to C-4, commercial
mixed-use.
*' Pierce presented the County
with a map provided by the Wa-
ter Management District to reflect
ownership of property in Franklin
County.
* Pierce reported that Ms. Nita
Molsbee brought in an appraisal
on the Amerigas property in
Lanark Village. Pierce said the
appraisal reflects a value, of
$4,000. Pierce requested direction
from the Board as to what to do
next. The Board directed Pierce to
work with the County Attorney
and offer Amerigas $4,000 for the
property.
* Commissioner Sanders asked
Pierce about the status of the
signs for the Girls Softball League
Championship. Pierce replied that
he was still waiting for the coach's
decision on the wording of the
sign Sanders requested Pierce
contact the coaches and tell them
that the County was going to erect
the signs. Pierce said he would
contact the coaches.
*Commissioner Sanders noted
with pride that the site prepara-
tion has begun at the Department
of Corrections prison site in
Carrabelle.
* Sanders also wanted to know if
the Couny was ready for any pos-
sible Y2K problems. Pierce re-
sponded by saying the Emergency
Management Office and crew will
be open for business New Year's
Eve and that extra law enforce-
ment will be on duty. Sanders
suggested the public be informed
of this through public service an-
nouncements.

Clerk of the Court
Clerk Kendall Wade said if the
Board wants him to continue as


County representative to the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council he needed to be re-ap-
pointed. The Board did re-appoint
Wade. Putnal noted that since Mr.
Fred Massey, who was appointed
in November, has resigned from
the Carrabelle City Commission
someone else needs to be recom-
mended by the City of Carrabelle.
Wade stated he would contact the
City of Carrabelle.

County Attorney
* County Attorney Alfred Shuler
said he sent a letter to the office
of the American Disability Act
(ADA) informing them that the
Courthouse is now ADA compli-
ant with the exception of hearing
assisted devices.


Works
Prentice Crum requested approval
from the Board to hire an entry
level person. Board approved.

Solid Waste Director
Mr. Van Johnson just returned
from vacation and he. had no
report.

Director of Administrative
Services
* Mr. Alan Pierce gave the Board
a copy of the legal description and
survey for the 25.93 acres the
Board has given to the school
board. County Attorney Shuler
reported that School Board Attor-
ney Barbara Sanders will prepare
the deed and Shuler will check it.


* Shuler also said he had a tele-
phone conference with Sheriff
Varnes concerning the four-
wheeler problem. Shuler stated
that Varnes recognizes it is a
problem and is willing to work
with the Board in an attempt to
alleviate the problem. Shuler re-
ported that Sheriff Varnes thinks
an Ordinance would probably be
helpful. Shuler requested direc-
tion from the Board to work on
an ordinance. Board so directed.
Commissioner Putnal suggested
that Shuler check with other
counties to see what they are do-
ing about the problem of four-
wheelers. Commissioner Mos-
conis noted he had observed
four-wheelers on the newly con-
structed United States Corp of
Engineers (USCOE) spoil site on
Highway 98. Mosconis asked
Wade if he had talked to USCOE
about it. Wade said he had. Wade
said that USCOE thinks that not
much would be done and that if
the County erected signs the four-
wheelers would simply run over
them. Mosconis requested that.
the ordinance include something
to address this.
* Shuler read a letter he had pre-
pared for the board regarding the
Tourist Development Tax for
Franklin County. Commissioner
Sanders asked what if one district
in the County did not want the
tax. Shuler said the Board decid-
ing how the County would be di-
vided into districts could do it. Mr.
Jack DuPriest, owner of two mo-
tels in the Carrabelle area, said
he was against the tax since it
would not benefit him. Commis-'
sioner Mosconis and Clerk Wade
said they felt the tax could have a
negative impact on their fishing
lodge businesses. The Board de-
cided to table the discussion un-
til January 4, 2000.
* Shuler reported he received 'a
letter from an inmate at the
Franklin County Jail about how'
gain time was calculated. Shuler
said he wrote a letter to the in-
mate informing him that the'
Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment was the only authority to
calculate gain time.
Shuler explained a letter the Com-
missioners received from the
School Board about their allo-
cated share of Racetrack Funds.
Shuler said he had researched
this and prepared a letter to the
Commissioners explaining that
the summary of a 1976 Special.
Act of the Legislature dividing the
revenue between the School
Board and the Franklin County
Commission does not refer to the
bond issue. Shuler further said
that if this is the act which con-
trols these funds, the School
Board would continue to receive
the same share of the funds
without any action by the
Commissioners.
Commissioner. Mosconis said he.
has lear ed that the covpty can
use some of the Landfill Escrow
Funds and that the State has fi- "
nally agreed to let the County use
several hundred thousand dol-
lars. Mosconis said he will follow
up on this with the Finance Of-
ficer, Ms. Williams.






Franklin

Briefs

January 4, 2000
By Barbara Revell
Attending: Commissioners
Clarence Williams, Chairman,:
Eddie. Creamer, Cheryl Sanders,
Bevin Putnal, Jimmy Mosconis,
Clerk of the Court, Kendall Wade,
Deputy Clerk Amelia Varnes and
County Attorney Alfred O. Shuler.
The meeting was called to order
by Chairman Williams at 9: 00
a.m. The minutes from the previ-
ous meeting were approved as
was payment of the bills.

Rezoning Request
A public hearing was held regard-
ing the rezoning request submit-
ted by Mr. Sammy Thompson. The
Board approved Thompson's re-
quest to rezone 3.95 acres on
Bluff Road in Apalachicola from
R-2 (single family mobile homes
to R-4 (mobile home industry).
Thompson wants to build
mini-warehouses. There was no
objection from the public and the
Board approved.

Franklin County/
University of Florida
Extension Office

Mr. Bill Mahan is on vacation.

Superintendent of Public


I


* The Department of Environmen-
tal Protection asked Pierce to an-
nounce that there will be a meet-
ing held by the Division of Recre-
ation and Parks to receive public
comment regarding the manage-
ment and land uses for Bald Point
prior to the development of a man-
agement plan. The meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, February
4, 2000, 7:00 p.m. at the Alliga-
tor Point Fire House, Alligator
Point.
* Pierce informed the Board that
the County is eligible for a flood
mitigation program whereby the
County will get up to 75% of the
cost of buying out waterfront
properties that have been repeti-
tively damaged by flood waters.
Pierce stated, "If the County par-
ticipates it would be buying prop-
erty that is usually waterfront and
permanently taking it off the tax
roles. Traditionally the County
Shas not participated in buy-out
programs." No action was taken.
* Pierce requested Board action
on signing required agreements
with the Gulf Coast Workforce
Development Board. The Board
tabled this matter until Pierce
could present more information to
the Board.
* Chairman Williams interrupted
the meeting to inform people at-
tending the public hearing con-
cerning the Tourist Development
Council had been cancelled.
Mosconis said, "Mr. Chairman, I
see we have a number of inter-
,ested parties here... I don't think
the Board has heard their side
arid maybe while they're here... I
.think it would be fair to them, to
get a little input from them while
they are here." Williams decided
to come back to it.
Pierce continued reminding the
Board that the contract with
'ARPC needed, to be renewed be-
"cause there was no one else in-
terested in doing the study.
ARPC charge is $2000. The Board
approved.
* Pierce then reminded the Board
that interested members need to
get with the Planning Office to
look at what the County is going
to seek from St. Joe Develop-
ment/Arvida in the Carrabelle/
Lanark area.
* Mosconis requested more infor-
mation from Clerk Wade regard-
ing a meeting in Blountstown on
January 11, 2000. Wade informed
the Board that there will he P
statewide meeting of all the area
regional planning councils for
open discussion o problems. The
Department of Community Affairs
will also have representatives at
the meeting. Wade encouraged
everyone to attend. The Board
appointed Alan Pierce to represent
the Board at the meeting.

Clerk of the Court,
Mr: Kefiddall Wade had nothing
else to bring up before the Board.
County Attorney
* Mr. Alfred Shuler reported that
.he is working on the four-wheeler
ordinance
* Shuler also reported that a land-
owner attempted to sell a lot in
Apalachicola and discovered that
it had been foreclosed for taxes
in 1945. The landowners re-
quested assistance in obtaining a
clear title to the property. Shuler
suggested the Board accept $50
for back taxes from the landowner
to remove the foreclosure.

Tourist Development
Council Discussion
A lengthy discussion ensued be-
tween some innkeepers, Chamber
of Commerce Director Anita Gre-
gory and some of the Commis-
sioners regarding the proposed
2% tourist tax.
The innkeepers protested not be-
ing consulted from the beginning.
Ms. Gregory requested the Com-
missioners appoint a board to
explore the situation further and
to include innkeepers on the
Board to broaden the discussion.
Gregory explained that the study
the Chamber has been involved
in was a preliminary study so they
could decide whether to ask the
Commissioners to explore the
matter further. The committee
does feel that further exploration
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wa-rran-ty Icr 07,500 and a cr:-diil
for used equipment of $31,000.
Coastline Equipment offered a
total bid of $174,889 with a front
loader for $87,331, one backhoe
at a bid of $54,887 and the sec-
ond at $61,671. There was no
separate amount for warranty and
they bid $29,000 for the used
equipment. The commissioners
decided to have Prentice Crum
and Commissioner Van Johnson
look over the two bids and bring
a recommendation to a special
meeting.
The commissioners turned down
an offer from Cora Russ for two
lots at 8th Street and Avenue F.
Pierce said, "I don't want to sell
any city property at this time"
Commissioners told Ms. Russ
that If the occasion arose the city
would probably have to advertise
for bids and a public hearing.
Shaun Donahoe, acting as agent
for Ms. Christine Rhodes, asked
for discussion on a piece of prop-
erty owned by Ms. Rhodes which
had been used In the past as a
funeral parlor, with a designation
of non-conforming, but had not
lately been used in that way.
Donahoe told commissioners that
Isaac Miller and his wife were will-
ing to reopen it on a lease from
Ms. Rhodes.
After discussion the commission-
ers voted to have it put on the
agenda for the special meeting
and Betty Taylor-Webb send out
notices to the adjoining neigh-
bors.
Ella Mosconis of Baskerville and
Donovan brought commissioners
up to date on several projects and
also asked for a special meeting
to discuss water rates. She said
that the city had already received
a grant of $2.5 million for a waste
water project and $2 million for a
water project. She said that
Baskerville and Donovan had also
completed the grant application
for another grant of $2.5 from the
Department of Environmental
Protection.
Pierce then brought up the sub-
ject of a Cemetery Sexton, He said
that at present David Kelley had
filled in after the previous person
had retired but he might have
conflict of interest due to his fu-
neral parlor business. Pierce ex-
pressed the idea that he would
like to have Earl Creamer take
over that duty, He said that due
to change of circumstances, two
of Creamer's previous duties were
no longer needed, such as clean-
ing the library and the Oddfellows
Hall. He suggested no change in
pay scale.


Johnson suggested that Creamer
supply a list of his remaining du-
ties in order that they might be,
fair in paying him for the work
done, also saying the Item could
be reconsidered at the next regu-
lar meeting.
City Attorney Pat Floyd gave his
report on ongoing litigation on the
suit brought by the Tietz family
over pollution from the city's
waste water treatment plant. He
said it was still in litigation at Cir-
cuit Court. He said a number of
years have gone by and there was
a necessity to have an advanced
wastewater treatment plant in-
stalled to correct the deficiencies.
"We are moving on this," he said.
He notified the commissioners of
the letter giving the intent of the
Apalachicola Bay and River-
keepers to sue the city for viola-
tions. This statement brought
forth some angry remarks from
the Mayor. He said. "I am disap-
pointed that a local group would
take us to court. They didn't have
the courtesy to attend a meeting.
I find that very inappropriate."
Commissioner Elliott said, "They
are hurting the environment
rather than helping." He added
maybe the Riverkeepers can come
up with the millions needed."
Commissioner Davis said, "A law
suit is a burden on the citizens."
Elliott agreed, saying, "They
will hurt the people of the
community.':
Under Other Business:
The Mayor said that he and other
commissioners were receiving
complaints from residents about
Police Chief Andy Williams work-
ing a second job at the Piggly Wig-
gly, He said he needed the extra
money to keep up with his fam-
ily. After discussion the commis-
sioners approved him keeping the
after work Job saying as long as
the City got 40 hours they could
not govern his off duty time.
What was a fairly sedate city
meeting broke out into some not
so fond memories of a New Years
Party thrown by the owners of the
Rancho Motel in Apalachicola,
Mary Lou Rogers and her hus-
band mark. And more problems
for the Chief. Ms Rogers said she
felt "targeted" when the Chief
came by to tell them to lower the
decibels on the band they had
playing. Ms. Rogers said that she
had been planning the Millen-
nium Party for many months and
so was most unhappy when the
chief allegedly told her that if the
music was not quieted down
somebody was going to be
arrested.
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Andrew Jackson: Another View

A reply to the revisionists involved in "Springtime Tallahassee"
The clamor raised about the involvement of Andrew Jackson in the
annual "Springtime Tallahassee" has been a familiar story. Andrew
Jackson, former President of the United States, and Florida territo-
rial governor before that, has suffered the criticism of modern-day
revisionists for his actions in the American Indian removals to the
western U.S., and his military campaigns in northern Florida. In-
deed, the public criticism began almost as soon as word about Gen-
eral Jackson's command military campaigns reached Washington,
and other areas, and continued intermittently through the Presiden-
tial elections of 1828 and 1832, in which General Jackson was elected
twice as President of the United States.
Many historians, including Jackson scholar Robert Remini, whom
the New York Times called "the foremost Jacksonian scholar of our
time," called some of those deeds have, such as the Indian removal,
"regrettable".
However, the revisionists would rather rid the nation of any memory
of Old Hickory, if the intensity of their criticism is any index of a deep
seated revulsion at a reincarnation of the General even remembered
at "Springtime Tallahassee."
Without getting submerged in the many facets of historical interpre-
tation, lest we lose the point, the revisionists want to rid the land-
scape of Jackson's history. They have succeeded in reducing his role
in a traditional celebration of Northern Florida commemoration in a
very selective manner while ignoring a larger perspective of U.S. his-
tory.
Dr. Robert Remini, in his recent book "The Battle of New Orleans:
Andrew Jackson and America's First Military Victory," set the stage.
"The Battle of New Orleans was one of the great turning
points in American history. The country had gone to war
with England in a desperate effort to prove that its inde-
pendence won in the Revolution was no fluke, no acci-
dent, no grant by a reluctant mother country to her re-
bellious colonies. Over the past several decades, foreign
powers had treated the United States at times with out-
rageous contempt, the British in particular, starting with
the Jay Treaty and continuing with the seizure of Ameri-
can ships and the impressment of American sailors. As
Gleig said several times, 'We have long been habituated
to despise the Americans, as an enemy unworthy of seri-
ous regard.' Even France, the nation's former ally, had
acted with such disregard for American rights that a
so-called Quasi-War broke out between the two coun-
tries in 1797-98 and only the determination of President
John Adams prevented it from escalating into something
more serious.

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From The Publisher: We committed an "omission" in the last issue. The
article by Joyce Estes "Christmas Symbols and Meanings" was reprinted
from The Christian Mirror (St. George Island. United Methodist Church.
Ted Schiller, Pastor: December 1999). Thank you for permission to re-
print.
The citation of the Remini book is: Robert W. Remini. The Battle of New
Orleans: Andrew Jackson and America's First Military Victory. Viking. New
York, 1999.
Four pages are devoted to a review of some highlights from 1999. As the
deadline approached, we were required to be more selective in our choices
of pictures and distilled stories. We hope that no one is slighted by any
omissions.



But everything changed with New Orleans. In that one
glorious moment the nation had demonstrated that it had
the strength, will, and ability to defend its freedom and
prove to the world that it was here to stay, that its sover-
eignty and rights were to be respected by all..."
Remini, author of a three-volume biography of the General, described
the political climate in Washington as one of despair and apprehen-
sion. The nation had gone to war and suffered one military disaster
after another. The loosely organized states had been invaded, coast-
lines blockaded, and Washington itself had been burned by the Brit-
ish, who held the United States in supreme contempt. The concern
was for the security of the southern territories, specifically New Or-
leans, when word was received that an enormous British force had
left the West Indies and were headed for the Gulf Coast. If the British
should capture New Orleans, the seizure of the Mississippi was next,
and eventually other forces from Canada would help shred the new
republic.
Remini has told the story of Jackson's victory over the British at New
Orleans with the intensity of a cinematic chase. Indeed, his presenta-
tion over C-span highlighting the story was told with all the gusto of
the saloon fist- and gun-fights depicted in the movie Shane. But, he
reminds the modem reader and arm-chair historian, there was some-
thing in the victory that transcended a long battle.with great losses
suffered by the British. He wrote:
"As the city celebrated, its citizens suddenly realized that
out of their commonality of purpose a disparate ethnic
population of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Germans,
Italians, Anglos, Indians, and blacks of various social
classes had been brought together and welded into a force
that had brought about the nation's first military victory
of any significance. The past ethnic and social distinc-
tions that had kept them divided and rendered state unity
all but impossible had been blurred. Moreover, they had
united with outsiders, in a common cause: Creoles and
Tennesseans, Cajuns and Kentuckians, blacks and
whites, slaves and freemen. For the first time they came
to realize they were Americans, no matter their ethnic
background, social class, or residence. And as Ameri-
cans they had achieved an extraordinary feat. All of a
sudden the city was unified..."
And the unity of New Orleans infected the nation. Remini added:
"...In fact, Americans in the first half of the nineteenth
century did believe that January 8 would be remembered
like July 4-both dates representing the nation's first and
second declaration of independence from Great Britain.
Indeed, some called the War of 1812 the Second War for
Independence. Generally speaking, widespread obser-
vance of January 8 as a day of national celebration con-
tinued for the next fifty years, with parades and toasts in
most major cities. But, as with so many other traditions
of the antebellum period, the Civil War and its aftermath
more or less extinguished the commemoration of this
event. L
For nine glorious days in 1815 the nation celebrated its
newfound claim to military power and achievement. Then
in mid-February dispatches arrived from Europe an-
nouncing that the commissioners in Ghent had signed a
treaty of peace with their British counterparts and that
the War of 1812 had ended. There had been rumors of a
peace treaty as early as January 21, but they were only
rumors. Not until Saturday, February 11, when the Brit-
ish sloop-of-war Favorite arrived in New York with an of-
ficial copy of the treaty that had been ratified by the Prince
Regent, was it certain that the war had finally ended..."
The Battle of New Orleans was one of the great turning points in
American history, Remini concluded. In the Battle of New Orleans,
the new nation had demonstrated that it had the resolve and strength
to defend freedom and prove to the world it was here to stay, that its
sovereignty was to be respected by all. Jackson was in command.
Jackson was the leader. And, then he turned to seize Florida from the
Spanish in 1818, having been directed by President Monroe to pur-
sue marauding Seminole Indians who raided Georgia settlements and
then retired to the safety of villages inside Florida.
This was an era of western and southern expansion and General
Jackson was very much a part of that history. The history of his
military work has been selectively diced into a distortion by arm-
chair buffs who, for whatever reason, cannot assess the General's
role in this expansion perspective-not to forgive him, but to inter-
pret his deeds in a much larger political and military context. By so
selecting actions that are a part of a larger whole, the revisionists
contribute to a gross distortion of Jackson's contributions to the ex-
pansion of the United States upon a world stage.
The defense and victory of New Orleans stands tall in American his-
tory, overlooked to be sure, but critically important in defining the
United States as an emerging military power that could ensure its
own survival in the period 1810 1818.





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dation held its first annual "Ca-
sino Night" on-December 28th at
the Dixie Theatre and raised over
$11,000. Over 150 people at-
tended the black tie optional af-
fair. Attendees enjoyed the lively
music of the Island Jam Band
whose members include Steve
Maleveusto, Willie Irvine, & Joe
Hening. The gourmet buffet, si-
lent and live sections and gam-
bling Dustfor fun, of course) were
also a big hit. Glen Siler exhib-
ited her, talent at the tables by
winningover two hundred chips.
She received an engraved crystal
award declaring her Casino Night
Grand Champion 1999.
Total Photo's Tom Baird donated
photography services and many
patrons enjoyed having their pho-
tos taken as a souvenir of the gale
event, The decorations were de-
signed by Belinda Cash Designs
and included a hand painted joker
that measured over twelve feet
tall.
A not for profit foundation, the Let
The Children Play Foundation,
was established as a means to
provide funding for youth recre-
ation in Franklin County. The
foundation's board of directors
includes members from
Eastpoint, Carrabelle,
Apalachicola, Alligator Point and
St. George Island. Executive di-
rector Teresa S. Kline stated, "We
are trying very hard to let people
know that the playground to be
built on St. George Island is only
the beginning. Our board will de-
cide, based on need and commu-
nity support, where the next play-
ground will be built."
'The Battery Park playground,
which was funded and built by the
Apalachicola Parks Fund, under
the direction of Karen
Cox-Dennis, has provided a won-
derful place for community mem-
bers to gather. On any given day
you will find elderly members of
the community who come to
watch the children play, For some


of these folks it may be the only
social interaction that they have
that day. It's also a great place for
parents and grandparents to en-
joy each other's company.
While the little ones play. Some
people assert that St. George Is-
land doesn't need a playground
because the children can play an
the beach. What they don't real-
ize is that the children need more
than just the beach, The Play-
ground will provide year round
enjoyment for both children and
adults as well will'serve as a much
needed a% gathering place for the
entire community. My hope is that
the areas represented by our
board of directors will join to-
gether in support Of Playgrounds
and facilities for older children to
be built throughout Franklin
County. I would like to see all of
the communities embrace their
differences and realize that each
community has it's own unique
strengths. I propose that we be-
gin to work together for the good
of all the children of Franklin
County."
If you would like to show your
support for the foundation attend
their next fundraiser to be held
at the St. George Island Method-
ist Church on Saturday, Febru-
ary 12th. It is a Valentine Spa-
ghetti Dinner with a silent auc-
tion, which will include a two
night romantic getaway at The Inn
at Resort Village, jewelry and
many other enticing goodies.
There will also be valentines made
by children from area schools and
churches available for purchase
and guaranteed to enchant that
special someone. Engraved brick
pavers can be purchased and in-
scribed with your special valen-
tine message, family name etc.
The pavers will be installed near
the playground area as a perma-
nent addition to the park. For
more information call Teresa
Kline at 927-3485.

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FWCC Charged With "No Integrity
or Honesty"
Recently the Legislature was reviewing the procedures for implement-
ing regulation by the new Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWCC). The issue, do all user groups have "due process of law" when
questioning the divisions of the FWCC?
The FWCC filed a lengthy report to the Water Resource Committee
indicating that the people had due process or protection of rights by
simply filing a declarative statement action. They indicated the sys-
tem was simple and quick, assuring the people recourse against pos-
sible discrimination and prejudice. The FWCC painted the picture
that equal access-equal opportunity to Florida Resources was as-
sured and the concern of the legislature was unfounded.
I say today that there is no integrity or honesty in the FWCC based on
our experience and evidence. We have attempted a declarative action
on a single issue of what constitutes a legal 500 sq. ft. rectangular
net under Article 10 Section 16 "Limiting Marine Net Fishing" in
Florida's Constitution. The Attorney General and the FWCC filed
motions with the 1st District Court of Appeals to stop the process.
Five years, several hundred thousand dollars and today we are still
blocked by the FWCC's motion to the 1st DCA, stating that the proper
venue to resolve the interpretation is with the FWCC.
The Attorney General and the FWCC will lie, cheat, and steal your
rights to get their political goals. Will the state deny the rights of
women, senior citizens, and the disabled by denying them due pro-
cess or protection from tyranny?
In December one of our members, a senior citizen of over 80 years
was cited with a net deemed legal under the Constitution, Statutes,
and our Representatives. The citation pyramided from a single issue
of mesh size to four major violations, clearly indicating the political
attack by the FWCC.
After weeks of investigating this member's citation, I am concerned
that it involved his race. This issue involved a disabled, African Ameri-
can senior citizen. This incident brought me to the conclusion that
denying due process or protection under the law by the Attorney Gen-
eral, FWCC and the 1st DCA is not acceptable.
The new position of the Wakulla Fishermen's Association is to pre-
pare a cause of action in Federal Court, to protect the civil rights of
its members. The state is lying; there is no way to question the FWCC
authority.
We were able to get to the Florida Supreme Court with questions
about shrimp nets, in 1996. The Supreme Court supported our posi-
tion and stated in their order, "the position of the state is absurd and
brings about an illegal conclusion." It is clear the position of the state
is prejudice and discrimination.
Ronald F. Crum
Wakulla Fishermen's Association

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Second Circuit

Court Report

December 13, 1999
By Barbara Revell

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


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

ARRAIGNMENTS
Stephanie Adkison: Charged with one count resisting arrest with violence.
one count of disorderly intoxication and one count of criminal mischief under
$200. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred.
On November 17, 1999, an officer responded to a call from the defendant and
accompanied her to her home which she shared with Ross Edwards. Wit-
nesses reported to the officer that the defendant went into the room where
Ross was sleeping and began breaking up household items. She then jumped
on Ross and he hit her. She then called law enforcement. With the officer
present she started an argument. The officer warned her to leave while he
completed the paperwork on Ross; when the officer left she returned and
kicked in the door. The officer chased her out of the door into a wooded area.
The defendant returned to the house: the officer reported that he had to wrestle
her to the floor. The officer then called for back-up. The defendant entered a
plea of not guilty and pre-trial conference [was] scheduled for January 7. 2000.
The defendant was represented by Attorney John Daniels.
William B. Adkison: Charged with one count of resisting officer with violence
and one count of disorderly intoxication. According to the probable cause
report the following allegedly occurred. On November 7, 1999. an officer re-
sponded to an officer in distress call at the Gibson. The officer observed the
defendant batter an officer and then the defendant threw an object that hit
the officer trying to assist the first officer. The defendant was arrested and
transported to the Franklin County Jail. The officer noted that the defendant
"reeked with the smell of alcoholic beverage and was visibly under the effect of
the same." The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pre-trial conference
was scheduled for February 21, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Diana Ayalla: Charged with one count of grand theft auto. According to the
probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On September 24, 1999,
Gerald Martin informed an officer that the defendant asked him to take her to
Georgia and he would not. The defendant then told Martin she was going to
the store to buy a pack of cigarettes. She left at approximately 11:15 p.m. and
had not returned by 4:00 a.m. When she did return later in the day she told
Martin she went to Georgia with his truck and then apologized. Then on Sep-
tember 26, 1999. she left with the vehicle and did not return.
Calvin Burns: Charged with one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding a
police officer. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly
occurred: On December 17, 1998, an officer noted a vehicle traveling at a high
rate of speed in downtown Carrabelle. The officer attempted to stop the ve-
hicle and had lights and siren on. The defendant turned out the lights on the
vehicle and turned down Marine St. At one point the defendant started fish-
tailing, nearly hitting the patrol vehicle. The defendant continued on to his
house and got out of his vehicle. When the officer yelled at him to stop, the
defendant looked at the officer and continued into his house. The vehicle was
towed and the defendant subsequently arrested. Steiger represented the de-
fendant.
Lashanda Elizabeth Collins: Charged with one count possession of cocaine
with intent to sell, one count of possession of cocaine, one count of possession
of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred. On
November 11, 1999, a search was executed at an apartment at Southern Vil-
las Apartment Complex in Apalachicola. The apartment was occupied by the
defendant and her children. Among the items officers found were: five small
plastic bags of cocaine and one large blue colored plastic bag of cocaine, an
electronic weighing scale, a pack of used rolling papers, and a used razor
blade with cocaine residue, a 2 oz. Bottle of Inosito (a cutting and/or a mixing
agent for the cocaine.) The defendant was arrested and transported to the
Franklin County Jail. The defendant pleaded not guilty and pre-trial confer-
ence [was] set for January 7, 2000. Defendant was represented by Steiger.
Charles A. Davis: Charged with one count of resisting officer with violence
and one count of disorderly intoxication. According to the probable cause
report the following allegedly occurred: On November 6, 1999, an officer re-
sponded to an officer needing assistance call in front of the Gibson Inn. When
the officer arrived on the scene he heard the defendant saying "'F*** that
officer" and "F*** this." When the officer attempted to detain the defendant for
being disorderly, the defendant attempted to push and pull away several times
before he was placed on the ground. While on the ground the struggle esca-
lated. The officers said they were unable to control the defendant without
causing injury and sprayed the defendant with pepper spray. The defendant
then quit resisting, was arrested and transported to the Franklin County Jail.
The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pre-trial conference [was] set
for January 7. 2000. Attorney John Daniel represented the defendant.
Timothy Lamar Eutsay: Charged with one count of driving while license sus-
pended/felony. According to the Florida Uniform Traffic Citation the defen-
dant was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked subse-
quent to being stopped for improper passing. The assistant public defender
was appointed to represent the defendant and the next hearing set for Janu-
ary 7. 2000.
Tyrone R. Evans: Charged with one count of burglary with assault therein
and one count of battery. According to the probable cause report the following
allegedly occurred: On November 21, 1999, an officer responded to a 911 call
on 6th St. in Apalachicola. When the officer knocked on the door of the resi-
dence the victim ran from the residence yelling 'Make him leave". The victim
advised the officer that she came home to find the defendant in her home
without permission and he refused to leave. The victim further stated that
defendant bit her in the head and choked her until the officer arrived and
knocked on the door. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and was
represented by Steiger. Next hearing set for January 7, 2000.
Billy Ray Glass: Charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly oc-
curred: On October 2, 1999, it was reported that the defendant pulled a gun
on the victims and threatened to shoot them if they did not bring him two
pounds of pot. The victims left the house and the father of one of the victims
called Apalachicola Police Department and two complaints were filed. The
defendant, who was represented by attorney William Webster, entered a plea
of not guilty and the next hearing [was] set for January 7, 2000.
Judy Patrice Gore: Charged with one count of resisting arrest with violence
and one count of trespassing an occupied structure or conveyance. According
to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On October 27,
1999, an officer was at a doctor's office when the defendant came in and
asked to see the doctor. She was advised to make an appointment and return.
The defendant stepped outside and asked a drug representative if he would
give her some drugs. The doctor asked the officer to have her leave and never
come back. The officer asked her to leave and advised her if she refused she
would be arrested, and if she returned after she left she would be arrested.
The defendant then grabbed a clipboard on the counter and the officer took it
away and repeated the trepass warning. According to the officer, the defen-
dant replied, "I don't understand." The officer repeated it and she again grabbed
the clipboard and this time started to rip the paper. The officer took the clip-
board and advised her to leave, "before you go to jail." The defendant said, You
don't know who I am or who my brother is." The defendant drew back her fist
and attempted to hit the officer. The defendant was forced to the floor and
handcuffed and transported to the Franklin County Jail.
Robert Hodgson: Charged with one count of forgery. According to the prob-
able cause report the following allegedly occurred: On November 8, 1999, the
defendant cashed a $200 check at the Piggly Wiggly in Apalachicola. He re-
turned the next day and cashed a $180 check. The defendant had cashed the
checks on his father's account and the account had been closed. The defen-
dant entered a plea of not guilty and the next hearing [was] scheduled for
January 7, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Carl L. Johns: Charged with one count of grand theft third degree/uttering.
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On
January 14, 1999, Fred's Central Seafood, Inc., reported she had two checks
which had been forged. Upon investigation the officer learned that the two
checks had been cashed by the defendant in Eastpoint. The defendant en-
tered a plea of not guilty and next hearing [was] set for January 7, 2000.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Johnny Lee Jones: Charged with one count of battery on a law enforcement
officer, one count of resisting arrest with violence and one count of assault on
a police officer. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly
occurred: On Novembre 19, 1999, while attempting to execute an arrest war-
rant the defendant resisted arrest and kicked the officer in the midsection
and chest areas. The defendant was handcuffed and transported to the Franklin
County Jail. While enroute to the jail the defendant said, "I know how to take
care of you". The defendant was represented by Steiger and entered a plea of
not guilty. Next hearing set for February 21, 2000.
Tamera Sue Osteen: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check.
According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On
December 3. 1999, the Sheriffs Department received a report of forged and
returned checks from Fred's Central Seafood, Inc.. in Eastpoint. The checks
had been stolen, forged and uttered at various businesses in Franklin County
on December 8, 1998. The checks forged and uttered totaled $13.101.83. Two
former employees were suspected by Susan Reeder. She said the checks were
stolen from the office and from her husband's truck. During the investigation
it was learned that the suspects rented a truck on December 4. 1998. and left
the area. The rented truck was to have been returned on December 5. 1998.
but as of December 10, 1998, it had not been returned. The defendant and
Carl Johns were identified by the businesses that cashed the checks. The
defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pre-trial conference [was] set for
January 7, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.


Stephanie Owens: Charged with one count of resisting officer with violence.
According to the probable cause report, on November 11. 1999. an officer
responded to an officer in distress [call] at the Gibson Inn. When the officer
arrived on the scene the defendant approached the patrol car and began to
cause a disturbance. The defendant was advised several times to leave but
she refused and became more agitated and violent. When the officer attempted
to place her under arrest she put up a physical fight. The defendant, repre-
sented by Steiger. entered a written plea of not guilty on December 9. 1999.
The next hearing is scheduled for January 7. 2000.


Robyn Pedrick: Charged with battery of a law enforcement officer and one
count of resisting arrest without violence. According to the probable cause
report the following allegedly occurred: On November 19. 1999. an officer was
executing an arrest warrant for Johnny Jones. When the officer knocked on
the door a male's voice said, "'Who is it" and the officer answered. "The police."
The defendant opened the door and the officer asked, "Where's Johnny?" and
the defendant replied "He's not here" and blocked the door and the line of
vision into the bedroom. The officer peered over the defendant and observed
Johnny Jones. The officer then advised Johnny he was under arrest for sexual.
battery with a child. The officer attempted to enter the trailer and the defen-
dant crossed her arms blocking the door and pushing into the office. The
officer moved the defendant aside and could see Jones attempting to get out
of bed "in an aggressive fashion." The defendant blocked the bedroom door-
way again pushing at the officer's chest with crossed arms. Jones attempted
to get away and pulled on the handcuffs. The officer placed Jones in a head-
lock and "took him down." The defendant then attempted to free Jones and
the officer pushed the defendant to the side of the room. Another officer ar-
rived and the defendant from the trailer. The defendant was then arrested.
The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pre-trial conference was set for
February 21, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Elex Pugh: Charged with one count of resisting officer with violence and one
count of disorderly intoxication. According to the probable cause report the
following allegedly occurred: On November 6, 1999. the officer observed two
males having a verbal confrontation. The officer separated them and advised
them they needed to stop arguing. When the officer returned to his car he saw
the defendant move to the other subject in an aggressive manner. The officer
got between them and could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The
officer advised the defendant he was under arrest. A bystander, Larry Joseph.
stepped in as the officer reached for the defendant and the defendant then
ran. The officer caught him and "tookhim to the ground" and attempted to
handcuff him. The defendant continued to resist and Joseph again interfered..
The officer was hit in the nose and mouth. The defendant entered a plea of not
guilty and pre-trial conference [was] set for January 7, 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.

PRETRAIL CONFERENCE
Jimmie Lee Anderson: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check.
Pretrial conference continued until February 21, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sand-
ers represented the defendant'.
Ricardo Baillie: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon. Pre-
trial scheduled for January 7, 2000 and trial set for February 23, 2000, Steiger
represented the defendant.
Michael Barfield: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check, Pretrial
conference continued until January 7, 2000. Attorney Ethan Way represented
the defendant.
Willie Fred Baucham: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling and
one count of dealing in stolen property. Pretrial continued until February 21,
2000. William Webster represented the defendant.
Prince Becton: Charged with one count of possession of crack cocaine with
intent to sell. Defendant was present with his attorney William Webster. The
defendant pleaded no contest to a lesser charge: possession of crack cocaine.
The defendant was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 111 days in jail with
credit for 111 days. He was sentenced to two years of probation to include no
drugs/alcohol, random urinalysis, 50 hours of community service, $275 fine
and $100 to be paid to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Tyrone Brown: Charged with one count of fleeing or attempting to elude, one
count of possession of cannabis and one count of driving while license sus-
pended or revoked.
Chris Buzbee: Charged with one count of felony fleeing or attempt to elude
and four counts of uttering a forged check. Pretrial continued until January 7,
2000.
Chris Buzbee: Charged with one count of kidnapping. Pretrial conference
continued until January 7, 2000, and trial set for January 19, 2000.
Derrick B. Croom: Charged with one count of sexual battery by treats rea-
sonably believed. Pretrial continued until February 21, 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Audre Daniels: Charged with one count of sale of crack cocaine. Pretrial con-
tinued until January 7, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the de-
fendant.-
Farrah Daniels: Charged with one count of aggravated battery on a pregnant
victim. Defendant was present with attorney William Webster and entered a
plea of no contest to a lesser charge of simple battery. Defendant was adjudi-
cated guilty and sentenced to 12 months probation to include no contact with
the victim or Tony Becton, $320 restitution to the victim, no drugs or alcohol,
random urinalysis, 50 hours of community service and a $275 fine.
Sabina Daniels: Charged with one count of aggravated battery on a pregnant
victim. Pretrial continued until January 7. 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders
represented the defendant.
Charles Donnely: Charged with one count of grand theft. Defendant was
present with his attorney Kevin Steiger and entered a plea of no contest. He
was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 30 days in jail to be followed by three
years of probation to include no drugs/alcohol, random urinalysis, substance
abuse evaluation if required, 30 days in jail with credit for seven days served.
$1400 in restitution to the victim, no contact with the victim, $275 fine and
50 hours of community service.
Adrian Farrell: Charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly
weapon, Defendant was present with assistant public defender Steiger and
entered a plea of no contest. Adjudication was withheld and he was sentenced
to four years of probation and 60 days in jail to be served in 15-day incre-
ments within first year of probation. Probation includes no drugs/alcohol,
random urinalysis, 75 hours of community service, $899.30 restitution and a
$275 fine.
Jerwaine Fedd: Charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a con-
victed felon, and one count of aggravated assault with deadly weapon. Pretrial
continued until January 7, 2000. W. Webster represented the defendant.
Johnny Charles Gray: Charged with one count of sale of a controlled sub-
stance. Pretrial continued until January 7, 2000, Attorney John C. Kenny
represented the defendant.
Glen Paul Hammonds, Jr.: Charged with one count of armed robbery with a
firearm. Pretrial continued until January 7, 2000 and trial set for January 19,
2000. Webster represented the defendant.
Lamar Bryan Hyde: Charged with one count of driving while intoxicated,
Pretrial continued until February 21, 2000, Attorney J. Gordon Shuler repre-
sented the defendant.
Jason Keith: Charged with one count of leaving.the scene of an accident with
injuries, one count of grand theft of motor vehicle, one count of driving while
license suspended or revoked. Pretrial continued until February 21, 2000.
Attorney Sanders represented the defendant.
Jason Keith: Charged with one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle. Pre-
trial continued until February 21, 2000. Attorney Sanders represented the
defendant.
Michael Lee: Charged with one count of criminal mischief/third degree felony.
Pretrial continued until January 7, 2000.
Ronald George Marshall: Charged with one count of driving while intoxi-
cated (DUI) manslaughter, three counts of DUI with serious injuries, four counts


Notice Of

Intention To

File Suit On

City

By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City Commissioners
received a letter from the firm of
Barrett and Pelham in December
notifying them that it was a for-
mal notice of intent to litigate a
claim against the City on behalf
of Police Lieutenant Robert for
wrongful termination.
The suit has arisen from a posi-
tion taken by the commissioners
at a meeting held November 4,
1999, to abolish the part-time po-
sition that was held by Officer
Taylor. The motion was made by
Commissioner Frank Mathews
and seconded by the then-Com-
missioner Fred Massey. (Massey
submitted his resignation at the
December 2 meeting, citing ill
health) The two were joined by
Mayor Wilburn Curley Messer.
Those voting against the motion
were Commissioners Pam Lycett
and Phillip Rankin.
There is a 180-day waiting period
before the case can be filed dur-
ing which time the City could dis-
cuss the matter with Taylor and
his attorneys.
Since his termination the small
police force has been working
overtime. Police Commissioner
Lycett said that this was costly to
the city and the men were tiring
of the longer hours.


of driving with license suspended] or revoked involving death. Pretrial contin-
ued until February 21, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Bobby C. Martin: Charged with one count of principal first degree to sale of
crack cocaine and three counts of sale of a controlled substance. Defendant
was present with attorney Sanders and entered a plea of no contest. He was
adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 36 months with Department of Correc-
tions (DOC) with credit for 196 days served, five years probation to include no
use of illegal substance or alcohol, 50 hours of community service. $275 fine
and $100 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Theresa Maybell: Charged with one count of possession of a controlled sub-
stance with intent to deliver, one count of use of a firearm in the commission
of a felony and one count possession of cannabis. Pretrial continued until.
February 21,2000. Sanders represented the defendant.
Lorenzo O'Neal: Third pretrial conference. Charged with possession of a con-
trolled substance. Pretrial continued until February 21, 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Eric Pfeufer: Charged with one count of grand theft. Pretrial continued until
February 21, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Lionel Sanders; Charged with one count of principal first degree to sale of
crack cocaine, two counts of sale of a controlled substance. Fourth pretrial
conference continued until January 7, 2000, and trial set for January 19..
2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Tracey D. Shiver: Charged with one count of sexual act with child under 16
years of age and one count of lewd and lascivious act in presence of a child
under 16. Pretrial continued until February 21, and trial set for February 23.
2000. Defendant represented by Attorney Paul G. Komarek.
Glenn L. Suddeth, Jr.: Charged with one count of sale of crack cocaine. Fourth
pretrial conference. Pretrial conference continued until February 21 and trial
set for February 23, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Duanne A. Topham: Charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling. Pre-
trial continued until January 7, 2000. and trial set for January 19. 2000.
Defendant represented by Webster.
Lisa Walden: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check. Pretrial
continued until January 7, 2000. Sanders represented the defendant.
John Allen Walker: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis. De-
fendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was sen-
tenced to 45 days in jail to be followed by three years probation. Probation to
include no use of illegal substances or alcohol, random urinalysis, substance
use evaluation and screening if necessary, 50 hours of community service.
$275 fine, $100 to FDLE and forfeiture of property.
Hoyt Wayne Wehunt: Charged with two counts of aggravated battery with
deadly weapon. Pretrial conference continued until February 21 and trial set
for February 21, 2000. Steiger represented defendant,
Nathaniel White: Fourth pretrial conference. Pretrial continued until Janu-
ary 7 and trial set for January 19, 2000. Attorney Howard J. Schumacher
represented the defendant.
George C. Wilson: Charged with one count of sexual battery by some force
and violence. Pretrial continued until January 7, and trial set for January 19,
2000.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION/ARRAIGNMENT
Steven Wayne Beebe: Charged with one count of grand theft and one count
of possession of cannabis more than 20 grams. VOP hearing set for January
7, 2000, Steiger represented the defendant.
Calvin R. Burns: Charged with one count of sale of crack cocaine. VOP hear-
ing set for January 7, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Stephanie Glass: Charged with one count of uttering a forged check. VOP
hearing set for January 7, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
William Lee Johnson: Charged with one count of cultivation of cannabis,
The assistant public defender was appointed to represent the defendant and
the VOP hearing was set for January 7, 2000.
Alexander Martin, II: Charged with possession of cannabis more than 20
grams. VOP hearing set for January 7, 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
dant.
Henry Jerome Martin: Charged with one count of attempted burglary of a
dwelling and one count of battery on a law enforcement officer. The defendant
admitted to violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. He was sen-
tenced to 45 days injail with credit for 36 days. Probation was reinstated with
all previous conditions reimposed. Steiger represented the defendant.
Michelle Dawn Massey: Charged with five counts of uttering a forged instru-
ment. VOP hearing set for January 7, 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
dant.
Dermaine Odoms: Charged with one count of possession of cocaine. VOP
hearing set for January 7, 2000. Defendant represented by Steiger.
Jessica Massey Poole: Charged with one count of forgery. VOP hearing set
for January 7, 2000. Steiger represented defendant.
Mark Anthony Rhodes: Charged with one count of aggravated battery. VOP
hearing set for January 7, 2000. Assistant public defender was appointed to
represent the defendant.
Cynthia Ann Richeaux: Charged with two counts of uttering a forged check.
VOP hearing set for January 7, 2000. Steiger represented defendant.
Thomas Rudolph Wright: Charged with possession of less than 20 grams of
marijuana. VOP hearing set for January 7, 2000. Assistant public defender
appointed.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION HEARINGS
James Cross: Charged with one count of criminal mischief/third degree felony.
Defendant admittedviolation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. He was
sentenced to one year and 30 days in the county jail. Steiger represented the
defendant.
George Franklin Langley: Charged with lewd and lascivious assault or act.
Sentencing scheduled for January 7, 2000. Steiger represented defendant.
Wayne Brandon Messer: Charged with one count of grand theft. Defendant
admitted to VOP and was adjudicated guilty. Probation reinstated. He was
sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail which will be suspended if there
are no more VOP's. Steiger represented defendant.
Jeremy Nowling: Charged with one count of battery on law enforcement of-
ficer and one count of resisting arrest with violence. Defendant admitted VOP
and adjudicated guilty, Probation was reinstated to include 50 hours of com-
munity service.
Sherry Lee Quick: Charged with one count of resisting arrest with violence.
Defendant admitted VOP and was adjudicated guilty. She was sentenced to
11 months and 20 days in jail with credit for 124 days. Steiger represented
defendant.
George Virlon Vause: Charged with battery on law enforcement officer. De-
fendant was found not in violation of probation. Steiger represented defen-
dant.
Freddie Woullard, Jr.: Charge with one count of aggravated battery with great
bodily harm. Defendant admitted to VOP and was adjudicated guilty. He was
sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for 39 days to be followed by five years
of probation.


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Partnership Coordinator Wakulla County. of Jennifer Lynn Armistead and Christopher
Franklin County Health Robinson on January 30, 1999. The ceremony
Department. was conducted by Baptist Minister Chuck
SPinkerton in front of nearly 300 persons
Stan Arnold speaks his mind to squeezed into Trinity Church, Apalachicola.


the Carraoele City Commission
on February 1, 1999. Carrabelle
City meetings in 1999, to put
it mildly, were characterized
with overflow crowds on many
occasions, discussing and
occasionally "heated" with
polarizing subjects. Arnold was
a candidate for mayor in
September and lost. "Curley"
Messer was elected mayor.

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In 1999, President Sid Winchester of the Camp
Gordon Johnston Association, next to the
museum in Carrabelle, announced plans for the
fourth annual reunion during the second
weekend in March. By year's end, section of
Highway 98 had been designated as startling
development unfolded in November with the
announcement of the Army Corps of Engineers
plans to survey camp grounds for unexploded
ordinance.


New physicians in Franklin County: Dr.
Helen Nitsius, M.D. and Dr. Shezad
Sanaullah, M.D.


Franklin County Humane Society
The year 1999 has seen many animals, both dogs and cats, adopted
to loving families. All types and breeds are brought in to our shelter
so please call at any time and see what is available. Our hours are
11:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 12:00
noon. The telephone number is 670-8417.
We have three very dedicated employees to take care of our animals.
Leslie Taylor is our administrative assistant, Ruby Millender is our
kennel manager, and Sharon Shiver works part-time for weekend and
back-up coverage. We are very fortunate to have such good people.
Our two fund-raisers, the Bow-Wow Ball in February and the Seafood
Festival in November, were very successful. All proceeds go to our
spay & neuter program. I would like to thank Jeanine McMillan for
her commitment to the Humane Society. Our shelter can always use
food, linens and-most importantly-volunteers. Please come out and
walk a dog or hold a puppy or kitten. We welcome ideas and
suggestions.
Gayle Dodds


Chefs Sampler has turned into an annual affair
bringing out locals and visitors sampling area
restaurants.


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Chronicle And Contribute 40% To

The 2000 Charity Chili Cookoff

Mr. & Ms. Advertiser:
The Charity Chili Cookoff on St. George Island the first weekend every March is the
premier volunteer Fund Raiser serving a critically important public need: Enhanced
Fire Protection and First Responder Services.
March 4th will be the 18th fund raiser that will draw thousands to St. George Island.
Consequently, the Chronicle solicits your advertising participation in the February
11th or February 25th issues to provide "notice" of the event, or commemoration of the
Cookoff with your tie-in to the activities. The ads are priced at regular rates. However,
there is one very important exception, and that is 40% of your ad bill will be donated
to the Cookoff treasury, to help this year's goal of reaching over $100,000.

There is a minimum ad size of 2 columns by 5 inches, for $37.50.
Forty percent of that ($15) will be sent to the Cookoff in your name along with
an affidavit of such contribution sent to you.


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Apalachicola and Carrabelle fire fighters know well that the island vol-
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1999) for the 17th Annual Charity Chili Cookoff. Last year the Cookoff raised
a record $108,000 for the Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders.


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"1000 Friends of Florida"
attempted in 1999 to gain
greater public access to Sikes
Cut though the privately
owned development on St.
George Island, The Plantation.
The Homeowners Association
attorneys see this as a
continuing legal issue for the
year 2000.


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Carrabelle Waterfront Festival,
April, 1999.


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Port St. Joe
The stacks at the Florida Coast Paper Co. mill continue to stand idle since
August 1998. A report from a trade paper conveyed a rumor that the mill
closure was permanent, according to informal remarks made by Smurfit-Stone
Container Corporation's board chair Michael W. J. Smurfit. The company
spokespersons insisted that no official announcements had been made one
way or the other. Principals, cited company policy on not making statements
about the mill or future plans until the bankruptcy proceedings had been
concluded. About 400 union workers, of Paper Allied Industrial Chemical and
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Dixie Theatre 1999


This has been a busy year. Highlights were:
* Late February and early March-Love Center Ministries of
Apalachicola, FL presented an outstanding production of "Home."
* April-Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts presented
"Cinemagic," Hollywood's best movie music featuringthe Bay Area
Choral Society.
* On May 19th we opened our second Summer Repertory Season,
which included "Oh Coward," "Greater Tuna," "Everybody Loves
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Folk Revival."
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Jammers."
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mas Carol."
Ilse Newell presented The Bay Area Choral Society and the
Apalachicola High School Band in a program of secular and sacred
Christmas music.
And we closed the year with "Casino Night" presented by Let the
Children Play Foundation, Inc.

Dixie Theatre 2000
This,season promises to be even busier than 1999.
The Dixie Readers Theatre begins 2000 activity on January 13th.
S We continue our monthly ballroom dances commencing Saturday,
January 15th.
The Miss Franklin County Pageant takes place at the Dixie Theatre
Saturday, January 29th.
A possible surprise attraction in February.
March 1st we accelerate Season subscription sales with the an-
nouncement of the 2000 Summer Repertory Season.
Come April we may have live radio broadcasts emanating from the
stage of the Dixie Theatre.
In May we go into rehearsals for the Repertory.
June 1st (preview) and Friday June 2nd Gala opening of the 2000
Summer Repertory Season of 6 plays. The Season will go through
mid Spetember.
In October we should be hosting 1 or 2 guest artists, including "The
Folk Revival."
November will see the return of "The Yeats Company" from Sligo,
Ireland.
And, in December, we will be presenting a slightly more elaborate
production of "A Christmas Carol."


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Indictments from Page 1
were used by tne insurance company to calculate the per-visit reim-
bursement rate paid to Wellsprings for home health care visits.
From January 1993 until the end of 1995, Wellsprings received about
$12 million in reimbursements. This figure accounted for more than
90 per cent ofWellsprings' annual revenue. Consequently, Wellsprings
was then informed that it would no longer receive Medicare funds
due to other matters. Wellsprings filed for voluntary bankruptcy.On
cost reports submitted to Medicare for reimbursement, Wellsprings
was required to declare whether or not it conducted business trans-
actions with companies to whom it was "related.
Under Medicare regulations, a party was "related" when the home
health care agency, or its principals, to a significant extent either
owned or operated the company furnishing the supplies or services.
Generally, according to the indictment, Medicare would reimburse
the home health care agency that did business with a "related" party
ONLY the reasonable costs, not to include profit, of the supplies or
services to the "related" company. Wellsprings submitted to HHS,
through Aetna, cost reports under the Medicare program, filing them
annually, These reports listed costs incurred for direct patient care
and overhead expenses that Wellsprings claimed were reimbursable
through the Medicare program. The indictment accuses the defen-
dants of submitting false, fictitious and fraudulent claims. Moreover,
the U. S. government alleges, the cost reports filed by Wellsprings
failed to disclose all of the "related" parties from which Wellsprings
obtained services and supplies.
Thomas V. Novak assisted in the preparation of the Wellsprings costs
reports, acted in the position of accountant or bookkeeper for Well-
springs, and prepared tax returns for Wellsprings, Island View En-
terprises, Inc. (Island View), MC Magic Maintenance, Inc. (MC Magic),
Brenda M. Molsbee, her husband Richard Molsbee, Maxie G. Carroll,
and her husband, Willie Fred Carroll, among others. Island View was
incorporated in the State of Florida in July 1990 by defendants Molsbee
and Carroll, who listed themselves as the sole members of the board
of directors. In November 1991, defendant Molsbee, using the name
Brenda M. Hicks, filed corporate reinstatement documents for Island
View with the Secretary of State for Florida listing Brenda M. Hicks
as president and the defendant Carroll as vice'president. In July 1992.
defendant Molsbee filed corporate annual report documents with the
Secretary of State for Florida listing Brenda M. Molsbee as president
and defendant Carroll as vice-president.
MC Magic was incorporated in Florida in July 1993 with the same
officers, defendants Molsbee as president and Carroll as vice-president.
During the time embraced by the indictment (January 1993 to De-
cember 1995) Willie Fred Carroll, husband of defendant Carroll, was
allegedly employed by and received payments from Wellsprings, MC
Magic and Island View. The same charge was made involving Richard
Molsbee, husband of defendant Molsbee;

The Conspiracy
The U. S. Government charged that the three defendants, aided and
abetted by each other and others, did knowingly and willfully com-
bine, conspire and agree together and with each other to (1) make
materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and represen-
tations, knowing that the false, fictitious and fraudulent statements
and representations were to be used by HHS (Health and Human
Services) in its operation supervision and administration of the Medi-
care program; (2) to make and use false writings and documents know-
ing that these contained false statements and entries to be used by
HHS; (3) to defraud the United States for the purpose of impeding,
impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful government functions
of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the ascertainment, computa-
tion, assessment and collection of income taxes; (4) to devise a scheme
to defraud and obtain money from the U.S. and HHS by false and
fraudulent pretense and representations, and for the purpose of ex-
ecuting such scheme and artifice, caused matters and things to be
delivered by the Postal Service in violation of federal law; and (5) to
devise a scheme to defraud and obtain money from the U. S. and
HHS and, for the purpose of executing such scheme, caused to be
transmitted in interstate commerce, by means of wire communica-
tion, certain writings, signs, signals' and pictures in violation of fed-
eral law.
Specifically,- the government charges the defendants, in conspiracy,
submitted fraudulent cost reports to obtain reimbursement from
Medicare by including alleged improper charges for fraudulent (a)


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accounting expenses, (b) travel reimbursement expenses, (c) salary
expenses, (d) inflated rental expenses, (e) inflated computer expenses
and (f) maintenance expenses. The government also alleged that the
defendants furthered the conspiracy failed to disclose to Aetna and
Medicare that Island View and MC Magic were "related" companies
owned and controlled by officers, owners and employees of Wellsprings.
The defendants also submitted false corporate tax returns for MC
Magic, income for services that were never rendered and deductions
for expenses that were never incurred. Monies were paid to MC Magic
by Wellsprings for work allegedly performed by MC Magic as reflected
in Wellsprings cost reports submitted by the defendants to Aetna.
These funds were then diverted from MC Magic to the defendants
through payments made in the names of their husbands. The gov-
ernment, finally, alleges that in furtherance of the conspiracy, the
defendants concealed their roles and participation in the conspiracy
in order to avoid detection of the fraudulent scheme.
A portion of the indictment alleges specific overt acts in carrying out
the conspiracy, as charged, listing the specific cost reports and time
periods covered by the reports. For example, defendants Molsbee and
Carroll purchased in the name of Wellsprings two 1994 Lincoln Town
Car automobiles, including principal and interest payments claimed
in the 1994 and 1995 cost reports. In the 1994 cost report mainte
nance expenses for MC Magic were $165,500. In 1995, these mainte-
nance expenses were billed as $96,000. From January 1994 through
December of that same year, checks from the Wellsprings bank ac-
count totaled about $210,000 made payable to Richard Molsbee and
Willie Fred Carroll, husbands of the defendants. Additional payments
were similarly made to the same parties from the bank accounts of
MC Magic and Island View. From May 1994 through September 1995,
the indictment alleged, the defendants caused Aetna to make inter-
state electronic funds transfers to the Wellsprings bank account to-
taling about $6,485,000.
In November 1995, using the name Anita Molsbee, at bankruptcy
proceedings for Wellsprings, the defendant was charged with "...know-
ingly and fraudulently [making] materially false statements under
oath which were made under penalty of perjury pertaining to the
ownership of Island View Enterprises." The defendant was asked the
following:
Question: What is Island View Enterprises?
Answer: That's the people we rent from.
Question: And who are the principals or owners of that
entity?
Answer: Larry Millender.
Question: He owns that property?
Answer: Yes sir.
Question: That's in Carrabelle?
Answer: Uh ... Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Wakulla and
Perry.
These statements made by the defendant, as she then well knew and
believed, were false in that the defendant had an ownership interest
in Island View Enterprises and was an officer of Island View Enter-
prises.
Federal attorney P. Michael Patterson of the Northern District of Florida
stated that defendant Molsbee, if convicted, faces a possible sentence
of up to 22 years' incarceration. Defendant Carroll face's a possible
14 years' incarceration, and Novak faces a possible five years sen-
tence if convicted.
Patterson acknowledged and commended the cooperative efforts of
the Special Agents of the FBI, IRS, Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement
and the State of Florida Office of Attorney General, and the Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit.


Boyd Announces COPS Grant For

Apalachicola

SCongressman Allen Boyd (D-
North Florida) annoiiiuced o6'De-
cember 15, 1999, that the Depart-
Sment of Justice has awarded a
Community Orierted Policing
Services (COPS) grant to the City
of Apalachicola.
The Department will receive an
estimated $122,557 under the
COPS Universal Hiring Program
(UHP), which allows law enforce-
ment agencies to help pay for the
salary and benefits of newly hired
AL sworn officers. Withthis funding,
PAL rApalachicola will be able to hire
one new full-time and one new
part-time officer. UHP grants are
J to providing made for up to 75 percent of the
total salary and benefits of each
J kindness, officer over three years-up to a
maximum of $75,000 per officer.
The COPS program was created
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active surgery, of the Union pledge to put
100,000 additional police officers
gy services, and sheriff's deputies on
America's neighborhood streets.
The program's goal is not only to
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)pen 24 hours, but also to promote community
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83 experts have credited community
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decrease in crime rates nation-
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Water Company & St. George Bridge from Page 1
A: I'm not sure. I guess that's what this lawsuit is about. We're
not-I would say this. as far as the difference between Leisure
and St. George Utility and Water Management. I am not taking
the position that because those are different entities, that it's
not binding.
In other words, if it was binding on Leisure in some final judicial
determination, then I think it would be binding on the water
management. We are not trying to say it's different or too far
removed to be binding.
Q: So Water Management Services. Inc.. is not going to take the
position that because the name of the owner is different today
than back in 1974. that Water Management Services. Inc.. is
somehow excused from the legal obligations-
A: No. that's-
Q: -set forth in the utility permit?
A: No. sir, that's not our position. It's just a question of whether
the statute trumps the permit. I guess, or the constitution as
the complaint spells out.
In my view. the permit is irrelevant and immaterial to the cen-
tral constitutional and legal question regarding the statute.
Ownership
Q: Could you please explain how Leisure. St. George Island Util-
ity and Water Management relate to one another?
A: Okay. The original waterline was constructed by Leisure Prop-
erties. Ltd.. and its contractors. And back then. this corporate
general partner of which I was president. and John Stocks were
the two general partners of Leisure.
Subsequent to that, in late '79. the water system was syndi-
cated into a partnership known as St. George Island Utility Com-
pany, Ltd.. a Florida limited partnership.
And under that new partnership. Leisure Properties as general
partner owned 10 percent of the stock and various and sundry
investors owned the remaining stock.
And that partnership has continued and did continue until 1997.
when there was a reorganization done under which the utility
company's assets were transferred to a new Florida corpora-
tion, Water Management Services. Inc., and all of the stock in
that corporation was issued to St. George Island Utility Com-
pany, Ltd., in return for a transfer of all the assets.
Q: And does Leisure Properties. Ltd., have a relationship to Water
Management Services, Inc.?
A: Leisure Properties is still the general partner of St. George
Island Utility Company, Ltd., which has an ownership relation-
ship. It's the controlling owner, the majority owner of the stock.
So it has ultimate control as the shareholder.
9: What is your relationship to each of those entities today?
A: I am president of the two corporate general partners of Lei-
sure Properties, Ltd., which is the general partners of St. George
Island Utility Company, Ltd., I don't have any ownership inter-
est in either Leisure or St. George Island Utility Company. Ltd.
I'm also president and director of Water Management Services.
Inc., which effectively manages the utility company.
9: Other than applying for and obtaining the utility permit, did
the FDOT require anything else of Leisure Properties. Ltd., as a
requirement to installing the waterline on the Bryant Patton
Bridge?
A: I feel sure there were other requirements, but I don't remem-
ber anything about it. I didn't really negotiate with DOT. I think
Clayton Anderson or somebody else did that. I might have talked
to, Mr. Roddenberry. I remember that name, but I just have no
recollection of that at this point.
Q: Does Water Management Services, Inc., currently own the
waterline installed on the Bryant Patton Bridge?
A: Yes.
9: And does Water Management Services. Inc., maintain the
waterline installed on the Bryant Patton Bridge?
A: Yes.


S"Way Of Necessity"
9: Is it true that the way of nece ts l 'the statutory way bf ne-
cessity being sought by Water Management Services. Inc., will
ultimately benefit commercial uses on St. George Island?
A: Assuming we are successful, it will benefit commercial uses
as well in the sense that if the state has to pay for the waterline,
then the cost will not be passed along to all the rate payers
which would include some commercial businesses.
Q: Is it correct that Water Management Services. Inc., is aware
that the FDOT intends to replace the Bryant Patton Bridge with
a new bridge?
A: Yes.
9: I would like to show you Exhibit 2 to this deposition and ask
whether or not Water Management Services, Inc.. has received a
copy of Exhibit 2?
A: Yes. We received this.
Julius Parker, Attorney For Gene Brown and WMS: Could
you identify that for the record?
A: It's a letter to me and Water Management Services from Hal
Gore, Jr., who is the District III DOT engineer dated November
12, 1999.
By Mr. Berger:
Q: I would like to show you Exhibit 3 to this deposition which is
a return receipt card. Who is Bob Mitchell?
A: He is an accountant in the office of Water Management Ser-
vices.
9: Is Exhibit 2 a, true copy of the letter DOT sent Water Manage-
ment Services, Inc., on November 12. 1999?
Continued on Page 9


CLAIM OF LIENNOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date ol this Notice 12/30/99 Invoice No. 5773
Description orVehicle: Make Oldsmobile Model Royale color White
Tag No Year 1984 State FL__ V No. 1G3AN69Y7E9749205
To Owner: Melissa Winfield To Lien Holder: MM Motors
67 Avenue J P.O. Box 938
Apalachicola, FL 32320 Carrabelle, FL 32322


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
10/28/99 at the request of APD/FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days for the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 186.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 15.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT


To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/27/00 at 12:00
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 461 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP. (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 12/30/99 Invoice No 4434
DesriponVehle: MakePontiac ModeleMans Color Gold
Descripulon 0f Vehlcle: Makc M,,del coli
Tag No Unknown Year __ tale FL_ vn No. KL2TN5468LB313822
To Owner: Rome Goodson To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 901
Eastpoint. FL 32328


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
07/09/99 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days for the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
S 186.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of S 15.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/27/00 at 12:001
o'clock. the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 461 HWY 98 EASTPOINT. FL From the proceeds will first paid all
towing-and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP. (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


Will Kendrick from Page 1
"there is not a lot a candidate can have v kin
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fundraisers for clubs, schools, of the people of District 10."
etc., but never have I raised;
monev in the name of Will. People


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 12/30/99 invoice No. 4865
Description of Vehicle: Make Toyota Model Color Silver
Tag No Unknown Year 1986 slate vin No JT2AE82E3G3338121
To Owner: Michelle Gill Ti Lien Holder:
470 Thomas Road
Bristol, TN 37620


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
05/10/99 at the request of FCSQ/CPD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days for the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 226.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 15.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.,78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/27/00 at 12:00
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 461 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
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charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


7 January 2000 Page 9


Water Company and St. George Bridge
9: Is it true that the FDOT has offered Water Management Ser-
vices. Inc., the opportunity to attach a new waterline on to the
new bridge to St. George Island subject to obtaining a new util-
ity permit from the FDOT?
A: Assuming that we attach it at the location they require, they
have indicated they will permit it there, but nowhere else. that
is true.
They told us that they will not consider a utility trough or ledge.
and they also told us they will not consider letting us install it
on the outside of the bridge similar to the location chat now
exists.
9: Isn't it true that the new bridge will provide a means for Wa-
ter Management Services, Inc.. to install a new waterline to St.
George Island?
A: I think it's physically possible to install this water line at that
location. I don't think it's practical, but from an engineering
standpoint, I think it could be done.
Q: Why would it not be practical?
A: Well, it's in a very unsafe location, and it's in a location that
would make it impossible to maintain it. And from our stand-
point, at least, it's impossible to raise the necessary funds to
pay the $2 million or more that it's going to cost to build it.
But even if we had the money, we would not ask for a permit to
put it in this location because there is no way for our people to
get to that without great personal danger. It just makes no sense
to put it there.
:Are you referring to the-that it's impossible to maintain it
othe full length of the bridge or just at the higher elevation of
the bridge?
A: The higher it gets, the more impossible it becomes. And when
I say impossible. I am sure that modern technology exists, if
you have got a stabilized barge that can move along there, maybe
you could get people to go up there on some sort of a device that
would put them up in that area.
But it's not as a practical matter, it's not really feasible to main-
tain it at that location at any elevation because it's just-I don't
know how you would get to it.
We have a way that we have been maintaining it on the outside
of the bridge, but my people all tell me they would not -they
wouldn't be the ones to go maintain it.
Q: How do you currently maintain the waterline?
A: We have a device that's-we have safety chains and we have
a device that runs along the bridge on rollers that has-it's kind
of like window washers use, but it has a ledge, that it's sup-
ported by the railing on the bridge and they just step down into
this device that moves along the railing of the bridge, and that
puts them right ly the waterline so they can paint it and main-
tain it and fix leaks and replace hangers and that type thing.
But my operations manager and my engineer and other people I
have talked to cannot figure out any way that we could main-
tain the line at that location.


Pipes And Ducts
Q: Is it correct that at this time, there is no fire protection re-
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A: I don't know if that's totally correct. That's been a big issue,
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pressure that's adequate in most instances. But I don't know ol
any statute or county ordinance that lays out standards for that.
There are some standards we have tried to meet.
9: Are you aware of any change that's anticipated in whatever
requirement that presently exists?
A: No.
9: As I understand your testimony, the portion of the waterline
located on the causeway is composed of PVC pipe?
A: Yes, sir.
Q: What is the diameter of that pipe?
A: Eight inches.
Q: And is it correct that most of the pipe that is attached to the
Bryant Patton Bridge is composed of ductile iron pipe?
A: Yes, sir.
Q: And is it correct that there are small segments of the water-
line attached to the Bryant Patton Bridge which are made of
some other metal other than ductile iron pipe?
A: There might be some other types of fittings, other types of
material. I am not familiar with that. I know we went in there
recently and the Board of Regents had some holes for some al-
ternate routes in case the waterline broke where the rocks were
shifting and there might be some other types of material there.
But I am not familiar with that. It's primarily ductile iron and
PVC ...
9: Has Water Management Services. Inc., looked into the possi-
bility of or the need. rather, for installing a parallel line to the
existing waterline on the Bryant Patton Bridge?
A: We have discussed that as an option and alternative, and
had decided that should be done at some point in the near fu-
ture. We are requesting permits now to parallel or replace some
of the line between the wells on the mainland, and one option
we are looking at would be to parallel that PVC line on the cause-
way.
9: Why are you looking at paralleling the PVC line and not the
ductile iron pipe?
A: Expense, practicality. We can increase the flow and the pres-
sure by paralleling the lines and do what we need to do without
paralleling the ductile iron.
9: In other words, by paralleling the PVC portion of the line on
the causeway, you can get some additional, capacity out of that?
A: Yes, sir.
9: Without paralleling the ductile iron pipe portion?
A: That's correct ...


Past Maintenance
9: Other than repairing the waterline due to the hurricane, hur-
ricane damage in the past, what has Water Management Ser-
vices, Inc., done to maintain the waterline attached to the Bryant
Patton BAidge?
A: In the past year and 18 months we have replaced substan-
tially all of the bridge hangers that support the ductile iron be-
cause they were not ductile iron, they were not even stainless
steel. They were giving way, and so we didn't replace every one
but substantially every one.,
9: And who performed that work?
A: Our operations manager, Hank Garrett and our personnel,
Kenny Shiver, some of the other people.
9: Other than that, any other maintenance?
A: No big maintenance items. Just fixing leaks.
9: What was the damage that was experienced due to the hur-
ricane or hurricanes?
A: Part of the line washed out, primarily at the point that the
causeway meets the bridge. The bridge is elevated, the cause-
way is low between there.
There's an angle that has a lot of rocks and those rocks shifted,
washed away and tore out the line. So the damage was prima-
-- rily along thecauseway and especially at both ends of the cause-
way where the rocks shifted and broke the lines.
---. Is the damage there evidenced by the segment of PVC pipe
that has been inserted into the line?
A: Could you say that again?
Q: The hurricane damage that was caused and corrected, is
that the portion of the waterline which is now PVC attached to
the bridge?
A: I'm not familiar with much PVC attached to the bridge. I know
that we went in and cut some big round holes through the bridge
so that if it shifted again and that line underneath the rocks
should break, we would have an option of running around
through the bulkhead of the bridge. We have done that work.
And I think some of the line under the rocks is metal and some
is PVC.
But that's where most of the damage was back in 1985, is when
that happened.
9: Was that a costly damage?
A: Seems like it was in the $80,000 range ...
*

WMS Finances
Julius Parker, Attorney For Gene Brown and WMS
Q: Does Water Management have financial resources to spend
2 million to build a new pipeline?
A: No, we do not.
9: Third alternative which you discussed briefly today would be
to span the distance from what's left of the old bridge to the
causeway on each side?
A: Yes, sir.
Q: Underwater? ': .
A: Yes.
9: And underground. Do you have any idea as to how much
that would cost if that were to be done?
A: Substantially less than the cost of the new line across the
new bridge, but I am not sure how much. We are waiting for a
price, a firm price from a contractor. We are talking to some
people that do this.
There are lines like this all around the state and contractors
that do this type work. They typically put down ductile iron and
then enase it in concrete and it works. And when I started
focusing on the shorter distances and all and the practicalities.
I started looking at that option and an engineer seems to think
that would make more sense if we're required to deal with this.
MR. PARKER: Thank you. I have no further questions.
REDIRECT EXAMINATION
BY MR. BERGER:
Q: With regard to the financial resources to put in a new water-
line to St. George Island, is this something which you have in-
vestigated with the Public Service Commission?
A: Just generally, I have talked to them.


9: And is it possible that-isn't it true that the new waterline
would be added to your rate base for purposes of calculating the
rate?
A: That's theoretically true, that if we come up with money to
make the investment so that we place it and service it-that's
the key word, it has to be placed and serviced; it can't just be
anticipated or contracted or built, but the water has got to be
flowing, it's got to be in service.
At that point, we can ask for a rate increase based upon the
capital improvements.
9: Is financing the new waterline or the pipe the problem with
constructing a new waterline pipe?
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Lanark Village Holds Last Meeting

For 1999


By Rene Topping
The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District Board (LVWSD)
met December 21, 1999, for their
last meeting before the turn of the
century. Two commissioners,
Chairman James Lawlor and
Field Manager Greg Yancey, and
the Attorney for the district, Tom
Thompson, were present. The
other commissioner, Jeanette
Pedder, was excused.
Lawlor read the treasurer's report
in the absence of Ms. Pedder. He
went on to his chairman's report.
He stated that Mr. Albert Dively
and Ms. Sarah Marxsen had
questioned if they would get a re-
fund for sewer charges since they
were not connected to the main
sewer but to an abandoned line.
The matter had been given to the
attorney for advice. He said that
the district could hook them into
the main line but they would be
considered as new customers and
would have to pay impact fees of
approximately $5,000. He added
that the district could subtract
the $1,100 Mr. Dively thought was
coming to him, and then it would
cost him about $4,000. Appar-
ently the district is collecting their
sewerage. Lawlor said that both
parties had contacted the office
and this was the answer.
Thompson suggested that Lawlor
offer them two options. One would
be free hook-up and all the
charges would be washed out or
the district could give them the
money back and then they would
have to pay the lien that the dis-
trict would have to file against
them.
On the spray field, Yancey said an
inspection was made on October
7, and there had been a high level
of chlorides in the monitoring
wells. However the monitoring
wells were a problem isolated to
the wells and not in the system.
The Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) wants the dis-
trict to repair deficiencies in the
spray field which will include sow-
ing new grass seed. Yancey said
he had it ordered and would take
care of the problem. DEP asked
that the district try to resolve the
problem of the high chloride lev-
els, Yancey said he sent results
of the test but so far had not re-
ceived any answer.
The DEP wanted to have the
abandoned monitoring wells con-
creted in and this would cost
about $1,500 per well, however
they finally told him that as they
were shallow wells they could dig
them out and put in clean sand
to fill them up.
On the Driftwood Beach Project
near the Catholic Church, Yancey
said the project has been issued
a dry line permit for February. The
project is supplying the lines and
the District will serve them with
water.


Yancey said that the generator is
here but that Cummins Onan
sent the wrong measurements for
the concrete slab to set it on. The
slab was 27" short. Yancey stated
that it would probably be Febru-
ary before the generator was up
and running.
Yancey then said his worst prob-
lem was that the main lift station
went down. Fortunately he no-
ticed that the high level light was
on as he was driving home. He
called out the two workers. For
the benefit of the audience, Lawlor
explained that should they be
riding along on U.S.98 and see a
light on at the station across from
the Boat Club, that means that
the station is full and that there
is a problem. What is really
needed would be a control panel
which would also have an emer-
gency notification.
This time two pumps were burned
out and they would need two new
pumps. They have borrowed a
pump and no service was inter-
rupted. Lawlor asked the attorney
if they could talk to the Rural
Development who have approved
$50,000 for a generator and it
only cost $35,000. He would like
to be able to use the extra money
to help pay for two pumps and a
control panel estimated to cost
around $16,200. The attorney
saw no problem and Lawlor said
he would contact Ausley the next
day.
Yancey also brought the commis-
sioners up to date on' the meter-
ing project for the Village. Yancey
added that the contractor had
delivered his bonds to Big Bend
Technologies. They will meet with
Rural Water and they will go over
them and basically will sign off.
He said he felt they will have a
closing date of mid-January.
Chairman Lawlor stated that at
the last meeting all bids had to
be rejected. The board had given
Lawlor approval to deal with the
engineers. Two of the first bidders
did not choose to rebid. The low-
est bidder, Florida Gulf Construc-
tion, from the last bidding rebid
at $211,000 and the bid was ac-
cepted. Lawlor said they would be
starting work in about 30 days.
Under new business the commis-
sioners approved a contract for
audit with William Cox, of
Wiedner and Cox who had
dropped off the contract. The fee
this year will be $4.975, plus ex-
penses for the audit.
Lawlor read off the following bal-
ances: General Account-$4,300,
Security Deposit Account-
$22,152.42,- C.D. Fund-
$64,025:27, Debt' Services-
$45,075.71, Emergency Fund-
$357.18 and Reserve Deprecia-
tion-$8,041.09. Lawlor said,
"Our financial status is pretty
sound."


Ms. Rogers said, "There were
many policemen in my parking lot
you might have thought that a
major drug bust was in progress."
Her husband said that the city
needs to have a decibel meter. Ms.
Rogers said after the first conver-
sation with the Chief he sat off
near her place in his car for over
an hour. She said "It was: Hey.
I'm taking you to jail..I was ap-
palled." The chief asked to speak
saying that the department was
receiving calls on the noise from
the Rogers' party and the office
had called him to the scene. "I
tried to explain that the band was
too loud." He said that several
people made remarks and called
names that he disregarded, He
added "I asked if they could turn
the radio on (in place of the band).
I thought everything was fine and


dandy when I left." No one was
arrested.
Floyd said that the city did have
a noise ordinance and it probably
could be improved by adding what
decibels could be allowed and the
commissioners might take that
up.
Several of the audience said they
only needed two ears to know
when it was too loud. After some
fifteen minutes of the Rogers com-
plaining and the Chief explaining,
Mayor Alan Pierce said that there
was little that could be done by
the commissioners.
Commissioner Elliott showed a
plaque for Officer Fred Bartlett
who died in the line of duty in
1967. The plaque will be hung in
City Hall.


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Brian Goercke, (center, back row)
submitted several articles about his
Peace Corps work in Zimbabwe. He is
depicted here with his Creative Writing
Club.

Probably the most important
economic news was the
announcement that Franklin
County would join 7 other
counties in being designated as
a "Rural Area of Critical
Economic Concern." The other
counties eligible for undefined
aid are Holmes, Washington,
Jackson, Calhoun, Liberty,
Gadsden and Gulf.



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Tom Loughridge, a cancer survivor, gave the Sharon Shiver "performing" in a Literacy fundraiser,
keynote address at the 1999 "Relay For Life" Eastpoint. The spectrum of volunteers raising public
staged in Eastpoint. interest and funds for a variety of activities is deep
and intense in Franklin County. The Franklin unit of
0 .; the American Cancer Society honored volunteers and
survivors in September 1999. Ms. Elizabeth Shiver,
I: Eastpoint, was cited for the courage, determination
S* and positive attitude she had demonstrated as a
cancer survivor. Tom Loughridge, St. George Island,
:... i A spoke as a survivor at the fundraiser staged in
B.. -. Eastpoint in May.


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Ray Pringle, President of Florida Fishermen's Federation,
pickets a the Leon County Public Library. The campaign is to
change public perception on the so-called "Net Ban Amendment"
which is, in fact, (as articulated by the Florida Supreme Court)
a "Net Limitation."


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Volunteers such as the local firemen and First Responders
are the front line of defense in Franklin County public
service, depicted here in training gear, learning how to
operate portable hydraulic rescue tools acquired in 1999.


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Carrabelle

Lighthouse

Association

Update

By Rene Topping
Since its inception in July 1999,
the Carrabelle Lighthouse Asso-
ciation, with its mission to "Save
the Crooked River Lighthouse" in
Carrabelle, has been hard at it in
efforts to keep the lighthouse
where it is and with a secondary
mission to light the light once
more.
The lighthouse was under the gun
by the Government Surplus Ad-
ministration (GSA) in July 1999.
It seemed for a while that it might
go "on the auction block."
That July, five people came to-
gether in their love of Lighthouses
and formed the nucleus of the
group. Barbara Revell told the
others that she had contacted the
Government Surplus Administra-
tion, and was told the lighthouse
might be auctioned off in a mat-
ter of months, along with several
others including the Cape St.
George Lighthouse on Little St.
George.
She said that at present there is
impending legislation at the fed-
eral level that, if passed, could
allow GSA to transfer the Crooked
River edifice to the Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association. To have
this happen there will have to be
an outporing of commitment and
support for the lighthouse. It will
be necessary to have those who
wish to keep the lighthouse gather
around the cause and join in with
the association. Barbara Revell
said, "It is absolutely necessary
that we show the depth of com-
mitment in our area for keeping
the Light." She said that we need
to show that we have sufficient
strength to carry out the mission.
The Association has been recog-
nized by the visit on December 7,
1999, of the Florida Lighthouse
Association President Tom Taylor
and his Vice President Hib
Castleberry, who brought infor-
mation and offered their advice as
to how to continue.
The local Carrabelle Lighthouse
Association now has over forty
members and meets every second
Monday at the Chamber of Com-
merce Office, starting on January
10 of 2000. If you would like more
information on this group call
Barbara Revell at 697-2054.


Venezelos Relocated


The vessel VENEZELOS had been sitting in the lot at the
corner of Market Street and Avenue D in Apalachicola for
three years. The vessel, owned by the Apalachicola Maritime
Museum, was relocated to Water Street.


In Sopchoppy, a scene reminiscent of a sleepy Fourth of July
afternoon from the old days in rural America.


The Alligator Point
celebration was the only
Franklin County location
staging a fireworks
demonstration in 1999. Mrs.
Denise Griffin was the
coordinator of a beauty
contest and a parade that
followed.
A vote of approval was given
for the manner in which
President Rand Edelstein
handled of the Alligator
Point Taxpayer Association
at mid-year. By mid-July,
the treasurer, Bob Burnett,
reported that the asso-
-ciation had assets of
$22,012.22 with 267 paid
members. About 540
households are on the water'
system. Nearby, the Bald
Point area was purchased by
the state of Florida for
preservation. Water
problems at the point
persisted into November.
Harry Bittner was elected
President of the association
and took office in Sep-
tember.


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Wills and Harriett Kennedy,
joined dozens of other volunteers in the
annual "Tour of Homes" (Apalachicola)
in May.


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The limerock that did not fly
anywhere except to a road bed.
Amid some hysteria about toxic
substances, and other imagined
dangers of a pile of limerock,
the one on St. George Island
ended up where it was intended
without the predicted storm of
dust. The small business in
Carrabelle has progressed
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From The

Superintendent

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Brenda M. Galloway
Superintendent of Schools
Was the Franklin County School
System Y2K ready? Yes, we were
even the time clock was on tar-
get.
Many thanks go to the leadership
of the Assistant Superintendent,
Mikel Clark, who monitors and
directs the Technology Program
for our district. Not enough
kudoss can go to the technology
people at each school. It is be-
cause of this team that our sys-
tem was A.O.K.
Technology is a basic program for
all our students. We begin in Pre-
K and continue. Skills include
basic keyboarding, word process-
ing, programming, research and
much more. Our educators con-
tinually upgrade their technology
skills so as to assist our students
to become "the best they can be".
Of course all educational pro-
grams are integrated and aligned
with the Sunshine State Stan-
dards.
With the implementation of the A+
Plan by Governor Bush and Com-
missioner Gallagher, the Franklin
County School System has the
mission of addressing school
grades. Several educational pro-
grams have been implemented to
target Readiness and Skill Devel-
opment. After-school programs,
individualized student programs,
phonics, mentoring and tutoring
are a few.
We welcome School Volunteers
from the community. If you have
a skill or talent and wish to com-
mit to helping our students be-
come the best, please contact any
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Carrabelle High School-grades
PK 12-Bob McDaris, Principal'
697-3815
Brown Elementary School-
grades PK 6-Janis Gordon,
Principal 670-8458
Chapman Elementary School-
grades PK 6-Ina Meyer, Princi-
pal, 653-8857
Apalachicola High School-
grades 7 12-Denise Butler,
Principal, 653-8811


In the crime category, unsubstantiated allegations by Fred
Baucham that the Sheriffs deputies were planting evidence to
arrest unsuspecting citizens of drug offenses were totally
discredited by a Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement investigation
into the charges. William "Pedro" Johnson was found Not Guilty
of second-degree murder of Thomas Causey (Wewahitchka). But
Thomas Hudson, pictured above, was found guilty of murder and
was sentenced to life without parole.


7th Annual

Parade Of Lights
By Tom Campbell
Carrabelle's 7th Annual Parade of
Lights was as usual a colorful
Christmas event, sponsored as
always by the Timber Island Yacht
Club. Ms. Flo Coody said, "the
community looks forward every
year to this festival of lights on
the river and kids of all ages en-
joy it."


Karen Leigh Cox-Dennis, and many local volunteers, worked to -'
fund the new playground equipment installed in Battery Park, ;. -.
Apalachicola, including the unique wave wall.

United Way, under the leadership of Shirley Hartley, was another ..
very active collection of volunteers and fundraisers.
,- -. .'- -
Tax watch groups were organized in response to the growing budgets
at the county and community levels, such as the one led by Robert : .: :-, i --
Guyon, Mason Bean and Jim Cobb. ..


Jim Bloodworth Earns Eagle

Scout Award


According to Ms. Coody, who as-
sists in the Parade of Lights, there
were nine entries in 1999. Sev-
eral people who could not enter
this year said that, if the event
-rere moved up to the fir.t Satur-'
day in December of 2000, they
thought there would be more par-
ticipants. In past years as many
as twenty-five boats have entered
the competition.
Winners in the Recreational Divi-
sion were: First Place-Cindy &
Tim Sullivan and Casey & Michael
in "Navillus." Second Place-Clara
& Richard Vilassi and Deanna &
Millard Collins in "Murphy's Law."
Third Place-A tie was declared
between Marian Morris in "Island
Song III, and Pat & Alvin Morris.
Young carolers aboard Ms.
Morris's sailing ketch, Island Song
III, were: Brian Cone, Michael
Hamilton, Bruce Vassello, Shane
Stratton, Starla Crum, Chelsea
Soderholm and Amber Adkison.


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State Representative Janegale
Boyd has been named Legislator
of the Year by the Florida Nurses
Association in recognition of Rep-
resentative Boyd's legislative ef-
forts to improve health care ser-
vices for Florida citizens.
Representative Boyd, D-
Monticello, is a registered nurse
herself. Her nursing career in-
cluded experience as a staff nu se
and head nurse in critical care
and acute care hospital settings.


In addition to maintaining her leg-
islative office, she also works with
Humana Corporation in north
Florida. As a legislator, she is a
member of the Health Care Ser-
vices Committee.
The Nurses Association said this
is the first time the Legislator of
the Year Award has been pre-
sented to one of its own members.
The award was presented to Rep.
Boyd during the association's
convention in Lake Buena Vista.


Grown-ups who added "gusto"
were Bob and Ethelle Nicholson.
Island Song III was decorated to
be a "Candyland Fantasy."
Winning in the Commercial Divi-
sion were Darlene & Jim Bryan
and all their little elves in "Sea
Dog."
Winning in the Stationary Boat or
Dock category were Shirley and
Andy Travis at McGee's Tiki Bar.
Ms. Coody pointed out that a
great deal of talent and time went
into every entry in the Parade of
Lights. "However," she pointed
out, "the joy shared by everybody
in the crowd was much greater
than the effort required to prepare
the show. "
Judges for the Parade of Lights in
1999 were Commissioner of
Franklin County Cheryl Sanders,
Donna Sanford and Tommy
Griffith.
As usual, according to spectators,
the community was the real win-
ner. One of them said, "Carrabelle
owes a debt of gratitude to all
those who put forth the special
effort to provide the Parade of
Lights."


From the left: Jim Bloodworth (Apalachicola), Jim
Bloodworth (Eagle Scout), Barbara Bloodworth (Mother) and
Leon Bloodworth (Father). The younger Bloodworth was
awarded the highest level of achievement in the Scouting
movement, that of Eagle Scout, in ceremonies before 86
guests at the Scout Center, St. George Island, operated by
the First Baptist Church.


Jim Bloodworth (left) presents a traditional gift to the
newest member of Troop 22, Carl Ard, Jr., following
ceremonies recognizing Jim Bloodworth's Eagle Scout
Award. Transfer of leadership of Troop 22 to Tyler Fulmer,
son of Dr. Hobson and Jan Fulmer, by Jim Bloodworth (left).
Scoutmaster Larry Hale is among those looking on, as he
stands next to Leon Bloodworth, father of Jim Bloodworth.
Photos by Tom Baird of Total Photo, St. George Island.

Boyd Named By Florida Nurses

Association








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River Compact Extended from Page 1
ture, and our society are structured around our water
resources. How we manage these water resources will
determine for us, and future generations the quality of
life we will have for years to come.
If negotiations fail, he wrote, "...It is a certainty that there will be a
long, expensive and very arbitrary period of disputes and litigation..."
The court system will supplant the authority the Com-
pacts granted to the Governors. Additionally, if we turn
to the court system for judgement, we lose the advantage
of the vast and valuable expertise that has come together
to work towards the success of the Compacts. The nego-
tiators along with state and federal experts in hydrology,
economics. biology, recreation, and all other experts per-
tinent to these negotiations, are gathered now. The sub-
.stantial progress they have all made in their work to-
gether over the past years will be brushed aside and the
decisions about our natural resource will be placed in
the hands of courts. Obviously, a settlement handed down
from a court will be revealed in light of the accuracy of
twenty-twenty hindsight. That hindsight will tell us that
we all would have been better off to have taken this op-
portunity to negotiate with the resources gathered now,
instead of receiving a court ultimatum that usurps all
initiative.
We now appear to be at the point where key positions
need to be re-inspected if we are to avoid failure. En-
closed with this letter are four points I encourage you to
consider, as appropriate for each basin, before the De-
cember 14 meeting of the ACF Commission Water Allo-
cation Committee and the December 16 meeting of the
ACT Commission. My hope is to suggest to you that there
is substantial argument on some vital points and ways
to avoid failure.
Thomas urged four points to the Governors to consider in arriving at
an interim agreement, and thus avoiding failure of the Compact.
(1) Review actual irrigated agricultural acreage in Geor-
gia. The Georgia County Guide 1999 reports total irri-
gated acres in the counties around the lower Flint to have
been 756,000 acres in 1998. The estimate in this report
is made by the county agricultural extension agents most
familiar with irrigation in place in each county.
(2) Examine the multipliers being used to approxi-
mate pumping rates in times of drought. Recently, the
NRCS re-evaluated their Comprehensive Study work and
concluded that a range of multipliers from 1.3 to 1.7,
depending on drought severity, is supported by actual
data (letter dated October 27, 1999). Using a greater mul-
tiplier would result in water application rates above what
crops can actually use.
(3) Analyze reservoir operations that do not reduce
flows to minimum levels when reservoirs are less than
full. A river's flow regime is the principal organizer and
definer of biological communities. Maintaining patterns
of releases from reservoirs that mimic natural conditions
is needed to sustain these communities. The Nature Con-
servancy described to each of the States a possible res-
ervoir operations alternative for the ACF that better ap-
proximates natural flow regimes, while providing for sub-
stantial M&I demands.
(4) Consider an interim agreement. The need for an
adaptive approach has been embraced to various degrees
by each of the parties. An adaptive approach would pro-
vide a mechanism to appropriately respond to the myriad
of uncertainties we are faced with in water need projec-
tions, groundwater/surface water relationships, climate
change, ecological responses to alterations of natural flow
regimes, and in many other areas related to water allo-
cation. An interim formula could be agreed upon that
would be a reasonable compromise between an agree-
ment too short to be useful for water managers and plan-
ners, and one too long to be responsive to changing con-
ditions and knowledge. In both basins there is work in
progress that will improve our understanding that could
be incorporated into future formula modifications. For
instance:
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' implementa-
tion process, involving detailed investigations and ad-
ditional Environmental Assessments, will further
identify significant environmental impacts and mea-
sures to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the unavoid-
able adverse impacts,
I understand that Georgia is in the process of col-
lecting needed additional data on the Flint River that
would improve some of the documentation regard-
ing agricultural demand information, but the stud-
ies will not be completed for five years, and
SA regional water management plan, being devel-
oped by the stakeholders in southwest Georgia, may
be completed within the next five years.
He closed his letter reminding the Governors that in his perception
that substantial progress that has been made in recent years, along
with the substantial progress still to come in the very near future, is
a compelling argument to keep the Compacts alive and address our
region's water concerns in this forum rather than the courts."

h T A Brief Overview Of
T Th The Tri-River Studies
The interstate agreements among
I Georgia, Alabama and Florida and the
Assistant Secretary of the Army for
Civil Works formally established a
Sd partnership to address interstate wa-
ter resource issues, and promote
Ssystem-wide management of water
issues. The partnership was stimu-
lated by a lawsuit involving the three
SA et states and the Army Corps of Engi-
S^.,neers, which has been "suspended"
S pending the outcome of the eight-year
studies of the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint and Alabama-
-.. 'Coosa-Tallapoosa River basins.
JB I' The Tri-River Studies ware initially
.- planned for $3-5 million dollars, but
AJntiqles & Collectii Lies this 1992 estimate was revised up-
wards to $13,500,000.
S4ea.CI L4. After eight years of research and ad-
I, NI l' I atcIcL ministrative work, a compact was es-
A tablished, water needs among the
A itW teS three states were generally assessed
and the start on a formula for deter-
mining allocation of water among the
1 70 W ater Street states was made. However, the par-
H is to rc Dow )1ltowVn A ties to the Compact were unable to
agree on a final allocation formula, so
A alac clico la, FL the time table was extended for one
year. In late December 1999, the sec-
(850) 653-3635 ond extension was agreed to, but this
will last only until May 1st, 2000.
Florida was chair of the Compact for
1998: the new chair is now Georgia.
A \AVcju\e \eIlb 0of The Chronicle first published a lead
story on the entire project, outlining
/ es, 1/n\ut Ic ilI the implications for the local seafood
industries, in April 1993.


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