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Volume 9, Number 2


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


Gulf Coast Lighthouses Shown At Meeting Of CLA


Crooked River Lighthouse (Carrabelle)


Carrabelle Lighthouse Assn. Growing


By Tom Campbell
President Barbara Revell of the
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
said in a recent release, "We or-
ganized in July of 1999 with five
people and today we have more
than 40 members. We are excited
about the progress."
The major accomplishment to
date is helping to keep Crooked
River Light Station off the "auc-
tion block," according to President
Revell.
The U.S. Coast Guard has desig-
nated many lighthouses to be sur-
plus property, and Crooked River
was one of them. When Ms. Revell
talked to the Government Surplus
Administration (GSA) in July of
1999, she was told that it would
be "auctioned off in a 'matter of
months and probably there was
nothing that could be done."
"It is," said Ms. Revell, "at least
for now, off the auction block. We
are waiting to see what GSA is
going to do. There is pending leg-


isolation that, if passed, would al-
low GSA to transfer Crooked River
to" the Carrabelle Lighthouse As-
sociation, if no government entity
wants it. "We need to show con-
tinued enthusiasm," said Ms.
Revell. "Commitment and support
are needed now for the Crooked
River Light Station."
President of the Florida Light-
house Association, Tom Taylor
from Daytona Beach, and
Vice-President from Ft. Lauder-
dale, Hib Casselberry, paid a visit
to Carrabelle Lighthouse Associa-
tion. They assured the local group
that they have "100 percent sup-
port" from the State Association.
"We will continue to offer support
and advice," said the President of
Florida Lighthouse Association.
Bill and Freida Trotter have been
lighthouse buffs and collectors for
over 25 years, according to Ms.
Revell. She said, "both of them are
extremely knowledgeable in every
aspect of lighthouses and
lightships. Bill has illustrated
many books that have been pub-
lished and is working on another
one. He is also currently an artist
for the U.S. Coast Guard and has
visited many lighthouses. "


Harassment Charged By
Carrabelle City Residents


By Rene Topping
Two city residents, Linda Davis
and Classie Benjamin, who live in
an area on the south side of U.S.
98 on the East side of town, came
to the city meeting held on Janu-
ary 6 to complain about some
problems they were having with
one or more officers of the
Carrabelle Police Department.
They said they wanted to have


FDLE investigate. Police Commis-
sioner Pam Lycett affirmed on
Sunday, January 16, that she has
been in contact with FDLE on
their complaints.
Linda Davis Burns came.to the
microphone and said, "I have a
complaint against the city police-
about police officers on their de-
Continued on Page 5


By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce meeting room was
filled by local lighthouse enthusi-
asts on January 10 for the
monthly meeting of the Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association (CLA). The
speakers for the evening were
William (Bill) and Frieda Trotter
who operate the Lighthouse and
Marine Studio in Apalachicola.
The Trotters presented a slide
show of the lighthouses on the
Gulf Coast of Florida, Alabama,
Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
The Trotters have spent a lifetime
in visiting, photographing and
painting lighthouses (painting
done by artist William Trotter),
and also in researching historical
data on the structures and the
lighthouse keepers. At their stu-
dio they have many of the paint-
ings and other lighthouse memo-
rabilia.
When a view of the Crooked River
Lighthouse was shown the audi-
ence clapped their hands as their
mission is to save this lighthouse
for posterity and if at all possible
light the light once again.
Crooked River Lighthouse was a
replacement for one that had been
at the end of Dog Island and had
been blown away in a devastat-
ing hurricane.
Frieda Trotter gave the audience
fascinating tidbits about the light-
houses and their keepers. She
also said that it was a most dan-
gerous job sometimes. The hurri-
canes striking the Gulf Coast
through the years have taken the
lives of many keepers, but they
have also been prey to law break-
ers, many in the form of pirates
who preyed upon shipping.
There was a plenitude, of tales
about bravery and dedication to
duty. In one Instance Frieda cited
the story of one woman lighthouse
keeper who spent 24 hours ring-
ing the bell with the use of a ham-
mer when the clapper was gone.
She also told a harrowing story of
a lighthouse keeper who worked
on a lighthouse on one of .the
reefs. In one violent storm, the-
wind and the waves destroyed the
structure along with the light-
house keeper and family. No re-
mains of either the structure or
the people were ever found.
Frieda Trotter said "The enthusi-
asm for lighthouses seems to be
increasing all across the world,
and people seem to be fascinated
by them." She added she and her
husband have had a wonderful
life that found them traveling not
only all over the United States,
but also other places in the world.
She said they had done duty as
guides at some of the lighthouses
and have been used as a source
for writers and the government.
Now they hope to become perma-
nent residents of Apalachicola
and Franklin County and have
taken membership in the CLA
with a pledge to help all they can
in that group's mission to "Save
Crooked River Lighthouse" for
posterity.


Trio Arraigned

Brenda M. Molsbee, Maxie G.
Carroll and Thomas V. Novak ap-
peared before U. S. Magistrate
Judge William C. Sherrill in the
U. S. District Court for the North-
ern District of Florida (Tallahas-
see Division) on Thursday,
January 12, 2000, to plead Not
Guilty to an assortment of Counts
alleging conspiracy to defraud the
government by making false cost
reports to the Department of.
Health and Human Services and
Aetna Life Insurance Co.
Additionally, Molsbee and Carroll
were charged with three counts
of filing false individual income
tax returns for 1993, 1994 and
1995 by underreporting income.
Molsbee is also charged with
perjury.
Judge Sherrill set the trial date
for March 6, 2000, at 9:00 a.m.
before U.S. Judge Robert Hinkle.
The defendants were released on
unsecured $50,000 bond each.
Each was represented by their
own attorney. A number of rou-
tine conditions were imposed on
each of the defendants, including
to report to a probation officer,
surrender any passports, refrain
from possessing a firearm or other
dangerous weapons, avoid all
contact with any individuals who
are considered either alleged vic-
tims or potential witnesses, and
to remain within the northern dis-
trict of Florida unless authorized
by his or her probation officer.


Inside

This Issue

10 Pages

Franklin Briefs.......... 2
Alligator Point ....... 2, 7
Editorial & Commentary
.................................. 3
Tom Campbell ............ 4
Kid's Korner .............. 5
Building Permits........ 6
Fowler Book............... 6
Corner Classifieds...... 6
Seafood News......... 8,9
Sea Oats Club ......... 10
Bookshop ............. 10





Carrabelle City

Commissioners

Vote For City

Election

By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City Commissioners
yielded to the wishes of the ma-
jority of the residents present at
a regular meeting held on Janu-
ary 6, at the Franklin County Se-
nior Center. After much discus-
sion. Finally, for the first time in
about ten years, they voted unani-
mously to have a city election to
choose a new commissioner, in-
stead of one chosen by the com-
missioners.
According to the City Charter,
when there is a vacancy in any
Commissioner seat, the remaining
four commissioners advertise and
then choose from the qualified ap-
plicants. They had been following
that procedure at the meeting, in
an effort to replace seat
5 Finance vacated, by the resig-
nation of Fred Massey, who re-
signed In December 1999 after
serving only two months.
There was a total of three appli-
cants for the position; Jimmy
Trawick, who contested Massey
for the seat, and lost by a total of
72 votes; Rita Preston, who had
come in third in the contest for
the mayor's seat, and Dr. Edward
(Doc) Saunders, who had not run
for office in the last election.
The names were read out and City
Clerk Becky Jackson said that it
was time for the vote. The mayor
said, "Can I get a motion on one
of them?" Commissioner Frank
Mathes said, "I make a motion to
appoint Rita Preston."
There was a stunned silence and
then Jimmy Sheridan said, "Can
we all discuss this before you
make a motion?" Mayor Wilburn
Curley Messer said, "It isn't on the
agenda." City Attorney Doug
Gaidry said, "There should be
some discussion on this. Messer
said, "All right. I'll give you two
minutes."
A man in the audience said, "Rita
Preston was voted out on the first
round on a seat. She run against
you (meaning the Mayor). Jimmy
Trawick come within 72 votes. Dr.
Saunders didn't even run. My
'suggestion is the seat should go
to the man who run against it.
You're talking about letting a per-
son in who was voted out
completely."
Gary Reakes said, "I've known
Jimmy Trawick for the ten years
I've lived here. I am representing
a group of folks in my neighbor-
hood. Certainly, I'm putting in my
word and the word of the group
of people who live in my neigh-
borhood who would like to see
Jimmy Trawick get that position."
Jean Reakes questioned Dr.
Saunders qualifications as a city
resident, how long he has lived
here and what he does for a liv-
ing. She was told that he was a
city resident and a chiropractor.
Saunders himself said, "Ten
years. That's how long I have lived
in the city."
Tommy Bevis said, "The fact that
Jimmy Trawick paid his money to
sign up and run. The fact that he
got out and campaigned, he went
door to door and asked people to
vote for him. The fact that he came
as close as he did to winning the
seat, I feel like the commission
only has one choice to make and
that's the person who was
runner-up for that position."


Continued on Page 10


January 21 February 3, 2000


Research Underway On

Disease-Free Oysters

Since the 1970's, when oysters containing VIBRIO VULNIFICUS were
recognized as a threat to a narrowly defined group of consumers, the
Gulf Coast oyster industry has experienced severe economic hard-
ship from media reports impugning oyster quality and safety. In late
fall 1999, a research program was begun to produce a disease-free
and frozen oyster to increase quality, get rid of VIBRIO VULNIFICUS,
and carry out oyster market research and promotion.
The principal actors in the research phase are the Bureau of Seafood
and Aquaculture, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services and scientists at the University of Florida. Dr. Gary
Roderick will carry out testing of freezing techniques using carbon
dioxide, liquid nitrogen, or "blast-freezing" to yield a Vibrio-free oys-
ter. Dr. Steven Otwell will develop and verify appropriate Hazard Analy-
sis Critical Control Point (HAACCP) and standard sanitation operat-
ing procedures appropriate for the commercial setting. The second
phase of the project will quantify the potential market, identify and
characterize potential consumers and project market value and ac-
ceptability.
The project will evolve from October 1999 through September 2000,
and has a budget of $154,018, including $99,284 of Federal funds.
In the past, numerous processing aids such as time and temperature
schemes, radiation, depuration, pasteurization, high pressure, and
heat and cold shock have been investigated for their potential to yield
a safe and wholesome product that is equivalent in flavor, appear-
ance and texture to a fresh oyster. The oyster products subjected to
these alternative processing methods have not been readily accepted
by the consumer.
In 1999, oyster processors enjoyed limited market success with a
new freezing technique. University of Florida investigators tested a
method to store summer-harvested Florida oysters at -10 degrees F
for 21 days. After the frozen storage period, VIBRIO VULNIFICUS could
NOT be detected using established Food and Drug Administration
BAM methods. Unfortunately, potential and former oyster consum-
ers are unaware of this technological advance and oyster shippers
and marketers do not know how to effectively freeze the product and
reach and influence the public to purchase this new product.
There are a number of scientific and technical objectives. First, re-
searchers need to determine if CO2, liquid nitrogen or blast freezing
would best maintain good quality features while lowering the V.
Vulnificus content in the meat; second, optimize the storage time at
-10 degrees Fahrenheit in order to achieve the largest V. YULNIFICUS
reduction consistent with quality; third, develop an appropriate haz-
ard analysis and critical control point plan (HACCP) and standard
sanitation operating procedures for commercial application. A fourth
objective is to quantify the potential market for frozen oyster prod-
ucts in the national seafood market chain, secondary wholesalers,
food service, grocery and independent retailers. A fifth objective in-
cludes the identification of the oyster consumer throughout the 48
states by demographic and socioeconomic variables, and lastly, pro-
jection of the market value and acceptability by oyster consumers
and former consumers of oysters treated for VUBRIO VULNIFICUS
that retain many of the attributes of raw oysters.
Locally, Donny Wilson of Wilson Seafresh Seafood, Inc., is cooperat-
ing with the research project. Any oyster company interested in par-
ticipating should contact Joanne McNeely at the Bureau of Seafood
and Aquaculture, Florida Department of Agricultureand Consumer
Services 850-488-0163.


Continued on'Page 8


Trio Internazionale Performs 10th

Anniversary Concert At Trinity

This year marks the 10" anniversary of the annual concerts by Franklin
County's resident performing group, The Trio Internazionale, com-
posed of Martha and Luciano Gherardi of St. George Island and
Bedford Watkins of Magnolia Bluff, Eastpoint.
The trio will perform at Trinity Church, Sunday, January 23, 2000,
at 4:00 p.m.
Martha Gherardi has Bachelor and Masters Degrees in violin from
Florida State University, Luciano Gherardi has degrees in contrabass
from conservatories in Turin, Italy, and Caracas, Venezuela. The
Gherardis met while members of the Caracas Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Watkins received degrees from Rhodes College in Memphis, the
University of Michigan, and the University of Iowa. He moved to Mag-
nolia Bluff in 1988, after retiring as Chairman of the Keyboard De-
partment at Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music. On Janu-
ary 14, 1990, the three artists presented their first concert as "The
Trio Internazionale." On the upcoming concert, they will repeat sev-
eral compositions which they performed in the 1990 concert.
The Ilse Newell Concert Series is sponsored by the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society, a 501-C-3 educational incorporation in Florida.
For further information contact George Chapel at 850-653-9524.









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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

January 18, 2000
By Barbara Revell
Attending:'Chairman Clarence
Williams, Eddie Creamer, Cheryl
Sanders, Bevin Putnal and Jimmy
Mosconis. Also attending were:
County Administrator Alan
Pierce, Clerk of the Court Kendall
Wade, Assistant Clerk of the Court
Amelia Varnes and County Attor-
ney Alfred O. Shuler.
The meeting was called to order
by Chairman Williams. Minutes
were approved as mailed. Pay-
ment of bills was approved.

Franklin County/
University of Florida
Extension Agent
* Extension Director Bill Mahan
provided the Board a copy of the
Florida Aquaculture Newsletter.
The first issue outlines the new
Division of Aquaculture and some
of their responsibilities.
* Mahan provided the Board cop-
ies of a brochure since the net
limitation. Mahan stated that the
publication points out that it is
difficult to measure the actual im-
pact of the net limitation because
a number of factors were chang-
ing at the same time the net limi-
tation was beginning. However,
the following are some of the
changes that have been docu-
mented. Average annual landings
have declined from 52 million
pounds before the limitation to 18
million pounds after the limita-
tion. Average dockside value per
year has declined from $21 mil-
lion to $13 million, the number
of commercial fishermen has de-
clined from 20,000 to 17,000, rec-
reational landings decreased by
27 percent after the ban, saltwa-
ter fishing license sales increased
by three percent after the ban,
and statewide, spotted sea trout,
Spanish mackerel, striped mullet,
bluefish, pompano stocks are
stable or increasing, however,
they are still considered to be
overfished."

Superintendent of Public
Works
* Hubert Chipman reported that
all of the crew was re-certified by


Department of Corrections on
January 11, 2000.

Solid Waste Director

* Van Johnson reported that
Henry Rosier, Jr. has been se-
lected for right-of-way debris re-
moval and to maintain ball fields.

Director of Administrative
Services
SAlan Pierce, at the request of
Michael Shuler, asked for Board
action to remove Hayes Place from
county road inventory because
the road provides access only for
Shuler. Pierce said he consulted
with Mr. Prentice Crum who
agreed that Hayes Place does not
need to be a county maintained
road. Board agreed.
* Pierce reported that the County
has received the County's war-
ranty deed to the School Board for
the 26 acres being given to the
School Board and it is being held
until the School Board deed is
received. The land swap was to
enable the Carrabelle Library to
build on the old gym site in
Carrabelle.
* Pierce then gave the board a
synopsis of the Building Report
for 1999. A total of 707 permits
were issued and $157,000 col-
lected in revenues. (Please see
related story on page 6).
* Pierce reminded the Board of a
public workshop being held by the
Department of Environmental
protection on February 8, at 7:00
p.m. to receive public comment
regarding management and land
uses for Bald Point Properties.
The' hearing will be held at the
Alligator Point Fire Station.
* Pierce requested Board action
to approve application for Pay-
ment in Lieu of Taxes that Mark
Curenton has completed. Pierce
said, "Because of the purchase of
Bald Point, and some other mi-
nor purchases, the state is in-
creasing amount being paid to the
County by $42,000 to a total of
$162,477.16. The payment in lieu
of taxes program runs for 10 years
on state purchases and the
County is in the sixth year of
making this request and receiv-
ing payment. In 2005, the amount
we receive will decrease as land
purchased in 1994 will no longer
be part of the payment." Board
approved.
* Pierce announced that about 50
more Census workers are needed
in Franklin County. The hourly
rate as increased to $9.25 and


Parent Workshop

The F.R.O.G. Family Literacy Program of the Franklin County Public
Library will be .holding-itsnfirst Parent Workshop on Thursday, Janu-
ary 20. 2000, at.6.30 p.m.. at the Eastpoint Branch of the Library in
the Point Mall on.lsland,)ripye. All Franklin Co.unty parents and
caregivers are invited. The topic of this workshop is "School Success
Takes Teamwork," the first in a two-part series. These monthly work-
shops are designed especially for parents and caregivers on a variety
of topics related to parenting and family success. They will rotate
locations around the county. All F.R.O.G. events and programs are
free of charge. For more information, to share ideas, or to volunteer,
please call Amanda Loos, Family Literacy Coordinator, at 670-4423.


Card of Thanks

Refuge House of Franklin County gratefully thanks the Businesses
and Citizens of Franklin County who provided Christmas for its cli-
ents. We especially thank the Merchants of Carrabelle and The La-
dies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 82, The Staff of Weems
Hospital and Members of the St. George Island Civic Club. You truly
made Christmas a "Glorious" occasion for many Moms and children
in Franklin County. Again, thank you all for your generosity. Refuge
House Staff and Board Members.


Gulf State Community Bank

Leads Donations To United Way


This year's largest contributor to
the United Way fund drive in
Franklin County is Gulf State
Community Bank, whose $2,626
donation includes pledges made
by the bank's employees through
the payroll deduction plan. A
check presentation was made
recently by Cliff Butler, President
of Gulf State Community Bank,
to Natalie Lamb, Neighboring
Counties Chairrman for United
Way of the Big Bend, and Shirley


Hartley, Franklin County's United
Way Chairperson. David Butler,
Vice President of Gulf State
Community Bank and campaign
chairman for the bank, was also
on hand for the presentation.
United Way is very grateful to Gulf
State Community Bank and its
employees for providing strong
community leadership supporting
the United Way campaign, which
helps fund agencies providing vi-
tal human services in Franklin
County.


Winn-Dixie Donates To Carrabelle Library

On Tuesday, December 7, 1999, Winn-Dixie donated an additional
$1,000.00 to the Carrabelle Library Branch Building Fund. Mary Ann
Shields, Building Committee Chairperson, attended the awards lun-
cheon held in Jacksonville to accept the check.
Each year, local awards committees in each of Winn-Dixie's 11 divi-
sions review grant requests and develop a list of recipients for that
year. The Good Citizenship grants are funded by the respective foun-
dations of the Davis Family and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
The Good Citizenship Awards Program was established in 1983 by
the Davis Family, Winn-Dixie's Founders, to recognize the contribu-
tions of non-profit organizations in local communities. The Carrabelle
Library Branch Building Fund is most grateful to the Davis Family
and the Winn-Dixie organization for their continuing support.


mileage increased to 32.5 cents
per mile. Pierce said, "It, is criti-
cal that we get a good count of
our population."
* Pierce requested Board action
to approve final monetary alloca-
tion for Timber Island Boat Ramp.
The total cost was $58,987.50. He
said the state grant, paid $45,000.
Pierced stated the County needs
to approve the spending of
$13,987.50 of the Boating Im-
provement Trust Fund. Pierce
said, "The ramp is being well used
and is an example of a properly
designed ramp by Preble-Rish,
being properly built by the Harris
Brothers." Board authorized
payment.
* Pierce informed the Board that
he, "Went to a meeting at the
Crooked River Lighthouse with.
people who are interested in sav-
ing the lighthouse." Pierce said he
"climbed the 102 feet to the top
and got a beautiful view of the
coastline for miles. There were 23
people in attendance at the meet-
ing. I told the group that the
county had too many projects and
too little time to develop them all.
I told the group that the County
is more interested in playing a
supporting role in saying the
lighthouse, than the lead role, but
that the group needs to develop a
plan and present it to the. Board-
for Consideration." The President'
of the Carrabelle Lighthouse As-
sociation stated that what they
wanted was a supporting role
from the County.
* Pierce then informed the Board
of a response from Amerigas on
the acquisition of Lanark Village
property. He said that Amerigas
is not interested in selling for
$4,000 but they might be inter-
ested in leasing the property.
Pierce said, "Since the Board's
interest in the property is to get
rid of the unsightly tanks, and to
make a better recycling area., I
recommend the Board ask the
Road Department to look at the
Amerigas tanks to see whether
they can use the tanks for water-
ing tanks and also whether they
can move the tanks. The tanks
have a 6000 gallon capacity. If the
Road Department can move and
use the tanks, then it might be
that the Board can Make a rea,
sonable lease offer. Mr. Ronnie
Bass is checking to see whether
Amerigas has depreciated the
tanks so that they have little
value." Mosconis said, "Why don't
we buy it for four grand and dis-
pose of the tanks." Pierce said,
"They won't sell for four grand."
Mosconis said, "Offer them the
four grand, we need that prop-
erty." Sanders made a, motion
that the Road Department be
asked to look at removal of the
tanks. Putnal seconded the mo-


Timber Island
Yacht Club

Members of Timber Island Yacht
Club met on January 7, 2000, to
welcome the New Year and to con-
duct the business of its Annual
Meeting.
Elected to serve on the Board of
Directors were James Bryan, Flo-
rence Coody, Paul Gilday, Henry
Hall, Beverly Kelley, Jack
Pilkinton, and Jenny Swearingen.
Paul Gilday was elected to serve
as Commodore with Henry Hall as
Vice Commodore and Florence
Coody as Scribe/Purser.
Timber Island Yacht Club is a
not-for-profit community organi-
zation in Carrabelle dedicated to
the youth of Franklin County.

Membership. in Timber Island
Yacht Club is open to everyone.
Call 850-697-8149 for informa-
tion.


Complaint

Amended In Civil

Litigation Against

Apalachee

Publishing Co.

The three former employees who
filed litigation against the
Apalachee Publishing Co. have,
amended their complaint and in-
cluded a missing exhibit in their
pleadings. The amendment was to
correct paragraph numbers, and
also to transmit an exhibit origi-
nally filed with the Florida Com-
mission on Human Relations (Tal-
lahassee). The exhibit A, as it is,
called, consists of individual com-
plaints from Jessica Paterson,
Debra Elliott and Cynthia Na-
tions. Those were originally filed
with the Commission in 1998.
Attorneys for Apalachee Publish,
ing moved to dismiss the com-
plaint on the basis that the case
did not involve a business employ-
ing 15 or more employees. The
complaint files listed six employ-
ees and was therefore outside the
jurisdiction of the Florida Com-
mission on Human Relations. Of-
ficially, the formal action of dis-
missal was not taken as of Decem-
ber 1999, but the plaintiff employ-
ees took their case to Federal
court where matters are now
pending. As of mid-January 2000,
the federal case file still does not
contain any evidence that the
pleadings have been officially
served on the owner of the
Apalachee Publishing Co., Bob
Lindsey, Sarasota. According to
the Clerk of the Court, the plain-
tiffs have until mid-February to
accomplish service before any
other formal actions could occur,
such as dismissal of the case.


tion and motion carried.
SB'oard approved request from
City of Carrabelle in maintaining
Baywood Estate Road.
* Pierce informed the Board of
receipt of letter from Mr. Russell
Nelson, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission on pro-
posed changes to spotted seatrout
fishing rules. (Please see the.story
on page 9, "FWC Announces Pub-
lic Workshops On Spotted
Seatrout...")
* Pierce asked for Board action on
a, request from Jeanni McMillan
for permission to use the end of
3rd Street East on St. George Is-
land, which is a dead end as a
parking area for her business.
-Board agreed.
* Pierce advised the Board that
Cary Cloud, a landscape busi-
nessman on St. George Island,
wrote a letter complaining that
Pierce issued a peddling permit to
a competitor who is selling palm
trees out of the back of his track
on St. George Island on County
property. Pierce told the Board he
would consult with County Attor-
ney Shuler, discuss it and get
back to the Board. Pierce said he
told Cloud, "When the County
begins building the County Park
probably nobody will be allowed
to peddle out there because we are
going to take over the whole area."

Public Hearing On
Eastpoint Rezoning Request

* Pierce's report was interrupted
at this point to allow for a public
hearing on a rezoning request.

Eastpoint Parcel Rezoning
Because of the size of the crowd
the public hearings were moved
from the Commission meeting
room to the Courtroom.
After a lively debate Commis-
sioner Creamer made a motion to
approve Ben'Watkins' rezoning
request with the density changed
from three units per acre to two
units per acre. Mosconis sec-
onded the motion. The first vote
was two to two. Williams cast the
deciding vote. Sanders and Putnal
said they voted against the re-zon-
ing because proper protocol was
not used, i.e., the Commission in
effect skipped the Planning and
Zoning Commission by schedul-
ing the re-zoning for hearing prior
to an official recommendation
from P&Z.


Continued on Page 6


SUNCOAST REALTY


Players
Curt & Beth Blair
Shore Shoppers
David and Rose Walker
In Memory of
Kristen Rose Clark
Lee & Mary Noel
Beth & Ernest Cox II
Flip & Kathy Frolich
'Wunetrs
John Speiser
Harry & Katrena Plum blee
Dr. & Mrs. William T. Reid
Jean E. Crozier
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St. George Island Cable
The Inn at Resort Village
Tamara's Cate Floridita
Madinger Jewelers
The Cut
Crow's Nest
Carol O'Steen
Coomb's House
The Sunflower
Richard Bickel Photography
Illusions
Seahorse Florist


Alligator Point T

Resources
By Rene Topping
In an effort to enhance tle qual-
ity and quantity of water needed
on Alligator Point, the three mem-
ber Water Resource Board met on
January 15 to initiate some new
wells. They approved a proposal
from their engineer Mike Murphy,
to drill a test well on some of The
St Joe Development or ARVIDA
land on the north side of U.S.98
Just slightly northwest of the
junction of C370. ARVIDA has
given the District employees per-
mission to go on to their land to
drill the well. According to the
Board's attorney Taylor Moore, it
will cost $50,000.
The board now has a new face,
Randy Miller, was Governor Jeb
Bush's choice for the seat vacated
by Chip Cordell, Millerwas at one
time the Director of the Florida
Department of Revenue. He lives
in Tallahassee but has a vacation
home at the Point. Cynthia
Tunnicliff, who is also the board's
chairperson Introduced him to the
members present,
Miller said that the attorney had
sent him quite a few packets of
material for him to digest before
the meeting. The test wells are a
part of a 'large scale expansion of
the entire water system. There will
be changeover on some of the pipe
lines, and a new ten inch trans-
mittal line will be in place all the
way to U.S.90'. In addition the
district will putting in new wells
and possible water tower or un-
derground storage.
Mike Murphy presented the board
was with 6 options to consider.
Option 3 called for installation of
36,500 linear feet of 10" transmis-
sion line and no booster station.
Number three was recommended
by Murphy and chosen by the
board. Murphy also recom-
mended that they choose option
6 which called for the new wells
on the northwest side of US 98
and make that Phase 2. The mem-
bers followed their engineer's ad-
vice.
The financial plan is based on the
ad valorem tax of 2.5 mils on resi-
dents inside the district and $20
surcharge charge on those cus-
tomers outside of the district. To
finance Phase I will require yearly
payment of $95,514 and the ad
valorem plus the surcharge brings
in $140,000 per year.
To cover the cost of Phase 2 will
require an additional $62,000
for a total of $157,814 yearly pay-
ment. Assuming an increase of 5


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neighboring districts. Alligator
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and 10,000 gals $21 .50. The low-
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At the board meeting following the
public hearing the board ap-
proved a policy regarding
reconnection fees. The reconnect
fee will be a minimum of 25 per
cent of the existing tap fee, Cur-
rently this would make it $250 in
district and $500 out of district.
Maximum would be calculated on
how long the account had been
off the service. For example, if an
account had been dormant for 40
moths it would cost $320 in dis-
trict and $1,120 out of district.
If the maximum is more than the
tap fee the charge would be the
existing tap on fee.
The existing policy will be remain
for accounts locked out for non
payment will have to pay all back
charges and a reconnection fee of
$42.00
There is a new policy on notice of
water alerts. Several departments
will be notified including the
Franklin County Sheriffs Office,
The Alligator Point Volunteer Fire
Department, and a recorded mes-
sage will be put on the Water of-
fice telephone,. Another policy
based on the severity of the prob-
lem, after consultation with the
State DEP and the system certi-
fied," engineer, employees of the
district will go door to door with a
printed handout. If the District
computer is internet capable an
E. mail message will be sent to all
customers who have furnished an
E-mail address to the office. A
sign will be constructed on
County Road 370, 1000 feet from
US 98 notifying all passing ve-
hicles along with an ALERT
message.
Board, members approved Bill
Marshall to get schooling to get
his Certified Class "C" Operator
license.
Presently the district is under or-
ders to have a certified Class "C"
operator make on site visits every
day except Sundays. and Ap-
proved a chlorination Monitoring
System.


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21 January 2000 Page 3


EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


Rsimembering Admiral Elmo R.

Zumwalt, Jr., USN (Ret.)

By Captain Howard J. Kerr, USN (Ret.)
Last week at the U.S. Naval Academy I joined with thousands of oth-
ers to pay final tribute and bid farewell to an old friend and former
comrade-in-arms.
Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.), commanded U.S.
Naval Forces in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 and then became the
youngest chief of naval operations in history.
On a gray rainy day in Annapolis the commander-in-chief, recalling
Admiral Zumwalt's efforts to ensure racial and gender equality, called
him the "conscience" of the navy. As the funeral cortege made its way
to Hospital Point for burial, I reflected on what knowing this remark-
able man had meant to me.
I knew and served with the Admiral during three different periods of
his life: in Vietnam, in Washington as head of the navy and member
of the joint chiefs of staff, and as a private citizen. While his legacy'
will be that of "reformer" of the U.S. Navy social structure and cul-
ture, there are many "points of light" that describe this man. I re-
membered three that I believe illuminate his character and are mea-
sures of his many contributions to his country.
SVietnam
In early September of 1968, Admiral Zumwalt and I left the Philip-
pines on the final leg of our journey from the U.S. to Saigon. The
Admiral was reviewing briefing books and preparing for his arrival
meeting with his new boss, General Creighton Abrams. We began to
discuss the schedule for his assuming command of U.S. Naval Forces
in-country when he shared with me his thoughts about the Vietnam
War. He believed that the war had already been lost politically and
this made it impossible to prevail militarily. "How will the United States
disengage from Vietnam without damaging its interests in the region
and upsetting the strategic balance with the Soviet Union," he asked.
With the 1968 presidential election only two months away, he opined
that if Senator Humphrey won we might have as little as six months
to leave Vietnam, and if Nixon won as many as eighteen. The primary
mission of his commandebecame turning over;the naval in-country
war to the Vietnamese. In the Spring of 1969 President Nixpn made.
Vietnamization the cornerst1ge_ of his policy for beginning the U.S.
withdrawal from that wdr. I aTfo remembered how Admiral Zumwalt's
leadership raised the morale of the forces under his command and
how, after the war ended, he brought Vietnamese refugees into his
home in an uncommon effort to meet this country's commitment to
these battered people.
Washington
In June of 1974 President Nixon traveled to Moscow for strategic arms
limitation talks with Soviet leaders. Some Washington watchers saw
this as an effort to shore up his tattered image and teetering presi-
dency. Others took it more seriously. Admiral Zumwalt had been ar-
guing for some time that the direction these talks were taking could
jeopardize United States security. Members of the joint chiefs seldom
communicated directly with the president and rarely expressed their
opposition in writing. In mid-June the Admiral sent a strong letter to
the president expressing his concerns and challenging the strategic
framework for the Moscow discussions.
I was then the naval aide to Vice-President Ford, who had accepted
an invitation to speak at Admiral Zumwalt's change of command later
in the month. The Admiral had been invited by a national TV network
to express his views on Salt the day after he left the Navy while the
president was still in Moscow. Communiques were filling the airways


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witn orders and threats, including court-martial for the Admiral if he
spoke out. Despite his position during that late June, the Vice-Presi-
dent went to Annapolis for the change of command, Admiral Zumwalt
did not speak against the president and there was no court-martial.
The Admiral did make his case to the country on strategic arms is-
sues and warned of the advancing strength of the Soviet Navy. U.S.
military strength continued to decline throughout the decade. When
President Reagan reversed that decline in the 80s and the Berlin Wall
came down in 1989, many thoughtful observers believed then, and
still do, that Admiral Zumwalt's positions and advocacy were central
to forging a new policy that led to the fall of the Soviet Union and the
end of the cold war.
Private Citizen
In 1988, Admiral Zumwalt's oldest son died of Lymphoma, which the
Admiral believed was caused by a defoliant, Agent Orange, which he
had order to be used along .the waterways in Vietnam when his son
was assigned there. Admiral Zumwalt stood by his decision on the
basis that the use of Agent Orange saved many other lives. Following
his son's death the Admiral became a tireless advocate for medical
research to determine the effects of Agent Orange as well as for medi-i
cal assistance and compensation for others who developed this and
related diseases from similar exposure. He founded the Marrow Foun-
dation-to raise money for registering potential bone marrow trans-
plant donors and assisting others in related transplant problems.
This effort deserves to be underscored because of the thousands of
lives that have been and will be affected because of his leadership
and commitment. In.addition, he helped minority organizations and
not-for-profit agencies grow and realize their objectives. He wrote two
books, a bi-weekly newspaper column and numerous articles for
magazines and journals. His love of the U.S. Navy and his country
was manifested in countless ways.
From the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944 until his death on January 2,
2000, Admiral Zumwalt spent a lifetime leading, inspiring and help-
ing thousands of people in hundreds of ways. He was an honorable
man who never stopped serving and doing his duty. At a time when
our country is reaching out for leaders who have the courage to say
and do what is right and the character to serve unselfishly with com-
mitment and honor, I can think of no finer role model than this sailor
who went in harm's way.


Three generations of Zumwalts. Admiral Elmo Zumwalt,
Jr.; his grandson Russell (Elmo IV); and his late son Elmo
III at their vacation home in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Correction
In an article written on the January 3 Apalachicola City meeting, the
police officer Fred Babb was mis-named. This gallant officer who died
in the line,of dutyin a shoot-out will be honored at the next Apalachicola
City meeting when his wife will be presented a plaque in his honor.
In the December 17, 1999 issue of the Chronicle, and the
article entitled "Going, Going, Gone," mis-named Pigott
Construction and Trucking as the mover of the house. Pigott Construc-
tion and Trucking was NOT the mover of the home, nor have they ever
been involved in any harm to the house in any manner whatsoever.


Call For Entries

Apalachicola is staging its annual
Antique & Classic Boat Show
April 29, 2000. If you have an
antique boat built prior to 1969
or a classic example of a tradi-
tional vessel and are interested in
showing it, please contact the
Apalachicola Bay Chamber at
(850) 653-9419 or by email at
chamberl@digitalexp.com.
Entries must be either a classic
example of a traditional craft or
built prior to 1969, sail or power.
Entry fee is $15.00. All entries will
receive a plaque for participating.
Information needed to register
your boat: Type (12' catboat), Year
Built (1948), Builder/Designer
(Stanton/Bolger), Sail or Power.
Awards will be given to the best
boats in each category. For more
information please call (850)
653-9419.


Lhthouse

january, 2000
International Lighthouse Magazine A lge st
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Cape St. George iUghthouse
The international lighthouse magazine "Lighthouse Digest" for Janu-
ary 2000 published a one-page photo essay about the Cape St. George
Lighthouse. Lighthouse historians Bob and Sandra Shanklin and Bill
and Frieda Trotter inspected the St. George site on December 7, 1999,
and framed their pictures and article under the title "Cape St. George
back on the Doomsday List." The lighthouse experts asserted that
the lighthouse is "...again beginning to tilt as water again begins to
wash away the sandybase that the lighthouse rests upon..."
Restoration construction had been suspended because of weather
problems according to the contractor. Photos depicted the unfinished
work. Lighthouse Digest, Post Office Box 1690, Wells, Maine 04090.
$3.00 (January 2000).

1999 Sea Turtle Nesting Data And

Recognition Of Public Interest

This season Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve staff
along with volunteer island residents and an intern from Switzerland
successfully marked 270 sea turtle nests on St. George Island. Twenty
of these nests were disoriented due to beachfront lighting. The 1998
hatch season documented 27 nest disorientations during a much
shorter hatch season and a smaller number of marked nests. Hurri-
cane Earl cut the 1998 season short in early September and many
nests were washed away before they hatched. Overall the Reserve
staff feels that the 1999 sea turtle nesting season has shown a de-
crease in the incidence of hatchling disorientation due to problem
lighting and hopes that the continued efforts of responsible
homeowners and businesses will result in even fewer losses of sea
turtle hatchlings due to problem beachfront lighting in future nest-
ing seasons.
The Reserve wishes to thank the many St. George Island homeowners,
businesses, and organizations that turned off or shielded their lights
to reduce sea turtle hatchling disorientation this summer. The "Thank
You" list and their accomplishments include:
* The island real estate rental agencies that made the extra effort to
educate their renters about sea turtles and lighting, and in some
cases replaced problem lighting on rental homes themselves.
* The SGI Plantation Homeowners Association and SGI Plantation
Security who cooperated with the Reserve in the notification of rent-
ers and owners about problem lighting.
* Florida Power's Apalachicola office turned off or shielded numerous
street and security lights along Gorrie Drive that would have illumi-
nated nests on the beach.
* The Franklin County Commissioners passed the lighting ordinance
for Franklin County that has made many of the improvements in
problem lighting possible. Franklin County is the first county in the
Panhandle to pass a lighting ordinance for the protection of sea
turtles.


January 21, 2000


Publisher ............................................. Tom W Hoffer
Contributors ............................................. Tom Cam pbell
............ Barbara Revell
............ Rene Topping
............ Jean Collins
............ Carolyn Hatcher

Sales .................................................... Jean C ollins
............ Tom W. Hoffer
Advertising Design
and Production Artist............... ........ Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Proofreader ................. ... .................... Lois Lane
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein ..................................... Alligator Point
George Chapel .................................... Apalachicola
Karen Cox-Dennis ......:.......................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ............................................ Carrabelle
David Butler ........................... ......... Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
Pat Morrison ................................. St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Bara'gona .............. St. George Island
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Council
Interested In

Hearing Your

Views

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council is always inter-
ested in hearing your views. Com-
ments can be made through pub-
lic hearings, letters, and e-mails.
When providing comments on
fisheries issues, the Council re-
quests that you include your
name, city and state, and your
relevant background and interest
(commercial fisherman, recre-
ational fisherman, conservation-
ist). If you are commenting on
behalf of an organization, please
include your organization's name
and number of members. For
groups that encourage their mem-
bers to send common comments
to the Council, the Council re-
quests that these groups use a
petition format with supporting
member names and addresses
attached. In the past, the Coun-
cil has received multiple com-
ments with the same wording
(>600) from different individuals
of the same organization. While
the Council does respect and en-
courage individuals and groups to
comment, this type of response
increases resource use (e.g. pa-
per) by staff. Therefore, to help
conserve resources, the Council
encourages the petition'format for
identical group comments. Ad-
dress: 3018 U.S. Highway 301
North, Suite 1000, Tampa, Florida
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By Tom Campbell
Publisher's Note: A number
of Chronicle readers have in-
quired about Tom Campbell,
contributing writer from the
Lanark Village area, in these
last few weeks as rumors cir-
culated about a recent hos-
pitalization. While the tests
are not conclusive, his report
should remove herumors
and provide a factual frame-
work on what is known at this
time.


Not accustomed to feeling ill, this
writer found it disconcerting to
become nauseated on December
23, 1999, accompanied by diar-
rhea. He immediately took a
couple of aspirins and expected
to get well immediately. After all,
he had had his flu shot, as usual,
and had not come down with flu
in seven years, since starting the
tradition.
The condition continued, making
it the most miserable holiday sea-
son of his sixty-four years. He
continued to take the aspirin and
to accompany his friend to all the
festivities, determined to ignore
the misery and force himself to
enjoy the season, his favorite time
of year (normally).
On Monday, January 3, 2000,. a
friend drove him to the Veterans
Administration Clinic in Tallahas-
see, where he was discovered to
be anemic with hemoglobin count
of four, according to the doctor. "I
don't know how you were still go-
ing," said the physician.
"Just barely."
"You've been bleeding internally
and we need to give you some
blood."
The writer was dispatched via
ambulance to the Intensive Care
Unit of Lake City Veterans Admin-
istration Hospital. This was a
pleasant place, insofar as a hos-
pital can be considered to be
pleasant. A home for healing, it
has a staff, nurses and doctors
who are dedicated people and
seem happy in their work. This
patient was.grateful for their ser-
vice.
Being sick is no fun, but here's
the place to go (or a similar place)
if life-threatening illness attacks.
The writer was impressed with the
superior technology and person-
nel. This is the greatest nation in
the world to be sick in-or be the
picture of health in, like Peter
Warrick. For those who might not
know who he is, ask a Florida
State football fan.
The writer found it disconcerting
also that he had been bleeding
internally and nobody knew the
cause.
A series of tests were begun to try
to locate the source of the bleed-
ing. A very uncomfortable tube
was inserted through the nose
and down the esophagus to the
stomach. No, that was not the
source of the bleeding. Next, the
patient was given a test wherein
he was directed to "swallow a
camera." Not exactly a Polaroid,,
but sizeable nevertheless. The test
is called Esophagus-Gastro-
Duodenoscopy (or something like
that).
The writer was given superb and
elaborate directions and aided by
anesthesiologists, nurses and
doctors. All were sympathetic and
skilled in the procedure.
Still there was no indication of the
source of bleeding internally.
At this point, the writer became
aware of a patient across the hall
in ICU, who was not doing well.
He was, in fact, in a coma. The
family had been called in and in-
formed of the gravity of the situa-
tion, that he was "brain-dead. "
This, of course, was very difficult
for the family. The writer thought,
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onstrated that.
A nurse came in and shut the
door. "How are you feeling?" she
asked.
"I think I would be all right, if I
could have some solid food."
"Sorry."
"Not even one tiny-ice cube?"
They want to keep you cleaned
out or the next test."
"Is that the colonoscopy?"
"Yes. Maybe they will move your
procedure up to morning and you
can have lunch after it's over."
"With my luck, they'll probably
move the procedure back to late.
afternoon, and I'll miss all the
meals today."
"Might as well think positive,"
smiled the nurse.
"Yeah," grumbled the writer.
"Might as well go back to sleep."
A few minutes later, a new patient
was brought in and placed in the
room next door to the right. He
had a terrible case of emphezema.
He coughed continually and
talked out loud to himself. "Yeah,
I know," he kept saying. "Yeah, I
know."
The nurse asked what he was
doing. 'Talking to myself," he said,
coughing.


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Ramirez Medical Closing

In compliance with state law regarding the closing of a medical prac-
tice, the patients of Ramirez Medical are referred for all follow care as
follows:
* Healthplan Southeast patients will be reassigned by their insur-
ance plan per policy rules.
* Medipass patients will be reassigned by Medicaid per program rules.
* Tricare/Humana Military patients will be reassigned by Tricare per
program rules. /
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"No. Quit in '84. Sixteen years
ago. Quit drinking, three years
later. No smoke, no drink, since
then." His coughing made it im-
possible to talk.
The writer was suddenly happier
than ever that he had quit smok-
ing and drinking. "I hope I don't
have to go through that," he
thought.
"Yeah, I know," the coughing pa-
tient said. Then he started pray-
ing, "Father, in heaven... Amen."
He coughed. "Amen. Amen. Thank
you for all you have given me."
He coughed.
The writer decided he was pretty
well off, even if they were having
trouble locating the source of his
internal bleeding.
Shortly after that, the doctor told
the writer they were going to let
him go home, since the
colonoscopy could not be sched-
uled until a week from Friday.
"You can come back as an out-
patient, for that procedure." That
suited the writer just fine.
He could eat some solid food, and
be grateful that he was already
doing much better. He had re-
ceived four pints of blood and the
doctors had a handle on what he
needed to gain strength.
The next day his friend drove him
home. He was warned not to
overdo it, but to take good care of
himself as he regained his,
strength.
He was happy to concentrate on
that.


Franklin County

P and Z Board

By Rene Topping
The members of the Franklin
County Planning and Zoning
Board asked questions, gave their
opinions and listened patiently to
comments from several members
of the audience at their January
12 meeting. The proposition that
had been brought before them by
Nita Molsbee, as agent, was for a
possible sale of 524 acres of land
near Eastpoint and owned by Ben
Watkins.
Jamie Crum, an agent represent-
ing the buyer, also spoke at the
meeting saying that the buyer
needed to know what he could do
before he invested so much
money. All of the discussion took
approximately an hour and board
member Mary Lou Short was
ready to make a favorable recom-
mendation to the Franklin County
Board of Commissioners. Board
Chairperson Gayle Dodd was re-
assuring the audience that any
action taken at the meeting was
only a recommendation to the
Commissioners and a public
hearing would have to be set by
the County Commission.
At this point County Planner
Mark Curenton interjected the
fact that the County Board of.
Commissioners already had a
public hearing advertised in the
Apalachicola and Carrabelle
Times.
There was a stunned silence as
members.realized that the motion
was unnecessary, as to all intents
and purposes the Commission
had already approved it to public
hearing. Gayle Dodd said she was
disgusted. Board members serve
voluntarily and each one was up-
set that they had "just gone thor-
ough the motions" 'and jumped
Curenton for not telling them be-
fore they had spent the time on
it.
However, there were some inter-
esting comments and thoughts
expressed by several residents
who had come to the meeting,
Bobby Varnes and Willard Vinson
were representing the seafood in-
terests, and spoke very earnestly
on behalf of their views.
The proposition that was under
discussion was to review a request
for rezoning 524 acres from R2,
which would permit one dwelling,
either a house or a mobile home,
.on one acre. The change re-
quested was to rezone it to R1A,
which will permit 3 houses per
acre. Molsbee said the homes
would be upscale, Old Florida-
style homes.
.In answer to questions, Molsbee
said that the developer was will-


ing to build his own package
sewer plant to get started and
then switch to the Eastpoint Wa-
ter District whenever they were
able to supply water and sewer.
In answer to Varnes, Molsbee said
"I'd like to remind the board that
I've been here as long as Bobby,
give or take a couple of years.
Franklin County has got about
12,000 people in it. It's time we
stopped letting a couple of hun-
dred control 12,000. The people
who rule Franklin County have
set back and let the State buy up
65 per cent of the county. Now,
the oystermen didn't want a golf
course, so they put that idea
down, and I'd like to say if\you
don't want anything done with
that land-buy it, and keep it
natural."
Travis Millender: "I done just as
she said. I bought right there. Now
do I want three homes right be-
side where my babies has got to
walk? No. This lady (speaking di-
rectly to Molsbee), needs to re-
member where she come from,
she was raised on seafood, her
family was raised on seafood.
She's my friend but she's forgot. I
did as the lady said. I bought two
acres. Do I want it but should they
get it, every body on the street
wants it-three per acre. If it's fair
for this lady's people, it's fair for
everybody who bought. So you all
take this into consideration be-
cause I'm coming back to you with
what I just told you.
"The whole crew out there will be
back. This lady is representing
somebody else. It's a job for her.
I'm a seafood worker. I do it every
day. That's my life. She is protect-
ing who she works for over her
money. I'm protecting my money.
I work with MY hands. But when
it comes to all this and her talk-
ing down about seafood, she
needs to remember where she
come from, remember who her
people are and don't sell us out."
Molsbee answered, "I remember
where I came from but I don't
want to go back."
At one point in the meeting Gayle
Dodd had to caution board mem-
ber Jack Prophater as the ex-
changes were getting too heated
and too loud. Prophater was ar-
guing loudly with Travis
Millender, who was trying to keep
his answers on a more quiet tone.
After several exchanges Prophater
left the meeting.
The board members were disap-
pointed in thinking they had
spent so much time when the
Franklin County Commission had
already made the decision for
them.
In other business: Board mem-
bers approved two docks that are
in the Critical Habitat. One was
for John Bissett, on, Lot #5 at
Heron Bay Village. St. George Is-
land: oin a private 'dok ''478 feet"


long with a platform 26" by 6.' The
dock would also have two boat
lifts at the end.
The other was for a 200' dock with
a 20' x 5' platform at the end, for
Jerry Ibsen, 2524 U.S. Highway
98 at Lanark Village.
Members also approved the
Monthly Building Permit and
Year-end Report.



Special

Meeting On

Timber Island

Development

By Rene Topping
Dell Schneider came before the
Carrabelle City Commission to
request approval for his proposed
development on Timber Island
and once more was not able to get
a go-ahead from the three com-
missioners present, Mayor
Wilburn Curley Messer, Commis-
sioners Phillip Rankin and Pam
Lycett.
Schneider will need to get sewer
service to his proposed develop-
ment and one of the solutions that
had been suggested had been to
use an auger and bury the pipe
under the Carrabelle River. The
sewer could then go into the ex-
isting Carrabelle Sewer plant out
east of town.
Alternatively he could bring the
pipe across on the Tillie Miller
Bridge and again send the sewer
to the main sewer line running
into the sewer plant.
Another solution would be to re-
pair and perhaps enlarge the
small unused sewer plant near
the Thompson Field that was
originally built for the proposed
Timber Island Seafood and Indus-
trial Park using the sewer lines
that were put in at the time the
small plant was built.
Schneider said what he wanted
from the city was approval of his
project subject to him obtaining
some sort of regulatory sewer us-
ing one of the methods he had
talked about. He said since the
last meeting he had talked to
Candace Berger, of the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP) Sharon Kitchens, Depart-
ment of Community Affairs (DCA),
who told him he would need a
dredge-and-fill permit and she
suggested to go over the Tillie
Miller bridge. He said he had

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Obituaries

Stella Meloche Lindvall
Stella Meloche Lindvall, 87, of Lanark
Village. FL. died on Tuesday, Janu-
ary 4, 2000, in Tallahassee. Born the
daughter of Irish immigrants in
Regina, Saskatchewan on August 29.
1912, she was reared on a remote
homestead near Moose Jaw,
Saskatchewan. Later, upon emigrat-
ing to Detroit. MI. she married Henry
Meloche'of Caughnawaga. Quebec. In
1976 she married Lawrence Lindvall.
of Plymouth. IN, after the death of her
first husband. She was an active
member of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church In Lanark Village, a member
of the Lanark Village Association., the
Boat Club. and Golf Club. She is sur-
vived by her son, Ronald Meloche and
his wife. Mary of Lanark Village and
by seven grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren. Memorialization
by cremation. A Memorial Service will
be held at a later date at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church in Lanark Village.
Mrs. Lindvall's cremains will be in-
terred next to her first husband in the
Michigan Memorial Park near Detroit.
MI. Kelley-Riley Funeral Home,
Carrabelle. FL, in charge of arrange-
ments.
William Roy "Billy" Stanford
William Roy "Billy" Stanford, 75, of
Eastpoint, FL. died on December 20.
1999, at his home. A native of India-
napolis. IN, Mr. Stanford was a
long-time resident of Eastpoint. He
was a Protestant. He is survived by
his sister. Martha Wright of Lake
Wales, FL, and by a sister-in-law, Eva
Stanford of Indiana. Private graveside
services were held on Wednesday,
January 5. 2000, in Magnolia Cem-
etery in Apalachicola FL. Kelley. Fu-
neral Home,. Apalachicola. FL. in
charge of arrangements.
Betty Jean Thompson
Betty Jean Thompson, 61, of
Apalachicola, died on Tuesday. De-
cember 21, 1999, at her home. Born
at Thirteen Mile, Mrs. Thompson had
lived her life in Apalachicola. She was
a homemaker and attended the Liv-
ing Waters Assembly of God Church
in Apalachicola. She is survived by her
husband, Donald Thompson of
Apalachicola; her children: Donald
"Junior" Thompson, Jr., Charles
Everitt "Porky" Thompson, Kimberly


Zingarelli, and Nancy Shattuck, all of
Apalachicola; two brothers: Monroe
Marshall of Apalachicola and Max
Marshall of Panama City: two sisters:
Ernestine Spencer of Jena. LA, and
Pastelle Gavins of Panama City: seven
grandchildren and two great-
grandchildren. Visitation was held
5:00 until 8:00 p.m. (EST),'Thursday,
December 23. at Kelley Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at 1:00
p.m. (EST) Friday. December 24.
1999, at the Living Waters Assembly
of God Church. Interment followed in
Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola.
Kelley Funeral Home. 16th Street &
Avenue "H". Apalachicola. FL was in
charge of arrangements.
Violet Charlotte Vycital
Harris
Violet Charlotte Vycital Harris, 91, of
Lanark Village, FL, died on Friday,
December 24, 1999. at her home. A
native of McHenry. IL, and moving
from Miami, she had lived in Lanark
Village since 1968. She was a retired
cosmetic consultant and attended the
Lanark Village Community Church.
She was also a member of the Lanark
Village Hobby Club. and a member of
the Royal Neighbors Lodge. She was
preceded in death by her husband.
Mr. Claude N. Harris: three sisters:
Frances Vycital, Elsie Hoppe, and
Helen Fowler: four brothers: John
Vycital, Charles Vycital, Dr. Richard
Vycital, and Harold Vycital. She is
survived by her brother, Mr. Stanley




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Vycital of McHenry. IL, and many
friends throughout the Lanark Village
community. Funeral services were
held on Tuesday. December 28. 1999.
at the Lanark Village Community
Church. Interment followed in Ever-
green Cemetery in Carrabelle. FL.
Those desiring may make contribu-
tions to your local American Heart
Association Fund or to your local
chapter of the American Cancer Soci-
ety in memory of Mrs. Harris. Kelley-
Riley Funeral Home. Carrabelle, FL.
was in charge of arrangements.
Grethel Lenora Sweet
Grethel Lenora Sweet, 73. of Ozark,
AL, died on Friday, December 24.
1999, at her home in Ozark. A native
and former' resident of Apalachicola.
and moving from Tallahassee, Mrs.
Sweet had lived in Ozark for the past
12 years. She was a homemaker and
Catholic by faith. She is survived by
three sons: Fred Sweet, Jr., of Talla-
hassee, Alfred Joseph Sweet of
Tampa, and Chuck Millner of Mobile,
AL: eight daughters: Winfred Theresa
Spivey of Pittsburgh, PA, Joan Lamar
Crowder of Killeen, TX, Mildred Sweet
Edwards of Eight Mile, AL, Stephanie
Lane Griffin, Venita Ann Pickett. and
Comet Michelle Sweet, all of Ozark,
AL. Tammi Renea Garland of Talla-


hassee, and Kimberely Leshun
Pearson of St. Petersburg. FL; one
brother: James Earl Livingston of Lake
Charles. LA; three sisters: Keturah
Robinson ofApalachicola, Joan Lamar
Robinson and Leola Cook. both of
Pittsburgh. PA; thirty-four grandchil-
dren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on
Wednesday, December 29. 1999, in
the chapel of Kelley Funeral Home. In-
terment followed in Magnolia Cem-
etery in Apalachicola. Kelley Funeral
Home, Apalachicola. FL, was in charge
of arrangements.
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apartment. We have been ha-
rassed, and as taxpayers we pay
them to serve and protect us.
They are harassing and abusing
us and I don't think that is right."
She added, "For one thing the
kids-they can't sit around like
they used to, without the officer
harassing them. They don't show
professionalism. If you want to
talk to the chief of police, he's not
there half of the time. He has an
attitude when you talk to him."
Mayor Wilburn Curley Messer
said that he would call in the
FDLE the very next day. Police


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After my sister and I saw the announcement on
television, we decided that we wanted to get a
family cat. The Animal Shelter regularly shows
small animals that may be adopted. The kittens
are always cute, cuddly and playful.

At first, Mama listened and told us that we
would have to take this subject up with father.
She ended by asking, "And who is going to 'take
care' of this animal?" You could tell she was
thinking about getting just one kitty?

We thought about it and decided that, yes, Dad
would be the best one to work this out. Then we
talked about which of those shown on TV would
be the right family pet. Again, one?

"We need to get right on thisSandra," I said.
"Nice kittens like those shown on TV may be
adopted." Thinking two?

She agreed and suggested that since this was
Friday, that we discuss this with Dad, but to do it
after supper. Sandra helped Mama clear the table
and get dishes into the dishwasher, while I took
up the subject, "We want a kitty!," with father.
Thinking one?


Sandra joined in as soon as she could and we got
an understanding with father that we three could
at least go to look. Mama had some meeting that
day. We went to bed early and without fussing
about anything.

It was necessary to prompt father a few times
until, finally, we loaded up to go to the Animal
Shelter. There a nice lady let us stroll around
then she suggested that she might have just the
best choice for us. She brought out three little
kittens and put them on the floor between our
outstretched legs.

"These three are from the same family. They
have all had their shots, are very healthy. Today,
you can have all three for the price of two! How
about that for a bargain?" "Three for the price of
two? Dad, did you hear that?" I asked?

"I am not listening to that kind of talk," Dad
replied. "We agreed to consider a cat. That's
singular!" A definite father. One!


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Officer Shiver said, "The com-
plaints should come to me." He
said they should put the com-
plaints in writing and have it no-
tarized and swear that what they
were saying was the truth, be-
cause once it is Investigated and
they are found out they have
made a false report they would be
in trouble. He said that if they
bring them in he would send them
on.
Davis said, "O.K., then the com-
plaint should go to him. How can
you make a complaint if the com-
plaint is on him?" Shiver said, "I
would like to tell y'all about what
she is talking about. But there are
criminal charges against her hus-
band and it is not to be discussed
in public until after the trial."
Davis said, "It has nothing to do
with my husband." She said it was
between her and the chief. Shiver
said, "FDLE has been notified and
they will investigate along with
our department." Messer told
Davis to file a complaint with the
city clerk.
She went on to say that her chil-
dren have been riding their mo-
tor scooters but this officer gave


her son two tickets. She saidcshe
called the Sheriffs Office..to ask
what her kids need to do to be able
to ride the scooters. She said she
was told by the Franklin County
Sheriffs Office that they "needed
to have helmets and obey all the
laws." She added that when she
told the officer, he said, "They
don't run the City of Carrabelle."
Messer asked if she had filed a
complaint. She said she had not.
Shiver invited her to come and
make a formal complaint com-
plete with names of witnesses and
he would submit it,
As Benjamin left the microphone
she turned around to face Messer
and said "I got your message." She
repeated a racial slur made by the
mayor about her neighborhood.
She said she had heard about it
from what she called a "reliable
source." Messer said, "He wasn't
much reliable." Then the meeting
was adjourned.


Sis and I both selected the one that we
wanted. The third one was napping on the
floor.

"I have made my pick. This one!" we each
said about the one we held. Each of us looked
expectantly at father. He frowned.

"Nope he said. "You know what your
mother will say, don't you?" Only one.

Neither of us could accept the choice of the
other. None of this talk seemed to concern the
sleeping kitty. Sis and I conferred and de-
cided to pick a name for our choice.

Sis decided on her cat's name. "Twinkie" it
should be. And I decided to go along with
her, part of the way. "And mine can be
Blinkie! They just seem to go along together,
don't they?" I added. Try for double!

We picked up the three kittens and went to
find the supervisor. We had told father that we
were paying the fee from our own penny
savings bank. The papers got filled out and
somehow we got the bargain price for three
kittens. Father assumed we were just getting
one apiece and didn't bother to check paper-
work or that we were leaving with three
kittens. Devious effort?

Quite an upset occurred when we got home,
Mama having thought we would bring home
one animal. Father admitted that he had re-
lented to let us each pick one. Good Dad!

"That sounded reasonable to me, since there
will be no fussing over who takes care of
which, right?" Keep on, good old Dad!

We agreed. Quick! And everybody thought
that we would only have Twinkie and Blinkie.
But it was too late to return the sleepy kitty to
the shelter, so we were stuck with keeping it
the weekend. We found out while playing and
caring for three that, like the attendant had
said, "These three got along just fine to-
gether." So, we began to call the third one
Sleepy, since that is what it did most of the
time.

Monday or Tuesday were both too busy for
the return trip to the shelter and by then we
were calling the kittens by their own, separate
names of Twinkie, Blinkie and Nod! Nod,
since she slept so much, was mostly unno-
ticed.

It was so obvious that, as we said to our
parents, "The shelter made the mistake. Fa-
ther did agree that we could take advantage of
the Shelter Special." And that's how we
became a three-kitty family.


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#48 A great buy on this 2BR/
2BA home built on an acre lot in
Bayou Harbor. Wrap around deck,
large utility, workshop/storage.
Inside very nicely finished w/fire-
place, nice carpet, Pergo flooring,
pantry & sunroom. A must see at
this price $139,900.


Local Writer's New Book Selected

By Book-Of-The-Month Club
Connie May Fowler's latest book, Remembering Blue, released
this week.


Single-Family Permits Up Over
Past 3 Years
The Franklin County Planning Office issued a record number of
building permits for single-family residential units in 1999. Out of
102 permits issued county-wide, 53 of them for single-family resi-
dential (R-1) were for St. George Island. Table I presents the distri-
bution by location in the county.
Table I


Total R-1 Dwellings by Location


St. George Island
Apalachicola
Lanark Area
Dog Island
Eastpoint
Carrabelle Area
Alligator Point
City of Carrabelle
Total


53
7
6
2
8
7
14
5
102


After St. George Island, Alligator Point was the second site for R-l
building permits followed by a mixture of locations involving plans
for single-family residential construction. Overall, the numbers of
single-family plans are up considerably over 1998 and 1997. The
trend data for the past five years are shown in Table II, compared to
permits for mobile homes.
Table II
Building Permits for R-1 and Mobile Homes


Total Permits 1999 1998 1997 1996
R-1 Dwellings 102 86 68 97
Mobile Homes 73 98 91 80


1995
93


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Connie May Fowler of Alligator Point and Lloyd, Florida, is best re-
membered for her book, Before Women Had Wings, which was made
into a major motion picture film that captured the hearts of all who
read the book or saw the movie. Her latest book is a heart-catcher as
well and takes place in Franklin and Wakulla Counties. It is a fea-
tured selection of Doubleday's Book-of-the-Month Club.
Noted author Pat Conroy describes the book: "Remembering Blue is a
hymn of praise to the breathtaking beauty of the Gulf Coast of Florida
and the men and women who love the coast with every cell of their
bodies."
Ms. Fowler credits Jesse and Mayme Millender of Carrabelle "for guid-
ing me through the intricate mysteries of being a shrimper and a
shrimper's wife." Mrs. Millender said that working with the lovely and
gracious Ms. Fowler was a pleasure and delight.
Ms. Fowler also wrote Sugar Cage and River of Hidden Dreams. All of
her books are available through the Wilderness Coast Libraries. If
you have.not read them, you are in for a treat! Ms. Fowler has a
natural talent for making every word count. Her books are very read-
able and enjoyable.
In an interview this week, Ms. Fowler said that she has been writing
since she was a child and that writing was a survival skill during
some tough times during her childhood. Sugar Cage was written as
her master's thesis at the University of Kansas and launched her
writing career. Ms. Fowler said that she had been astounded by her
own success and admits that when she.is writing she does not always
know where "it" comes from.
Ms. Fowler embarked on an extensive book signing tour throughout
the United States on January 18, 2000. She will be at Barnes & Noble
in Tallahassee Mall on February 16, 2000, for a book signing.
Ms. Fowler donated a copy of Remembering Blue to the library in
Carrabelle. She has agreed to do a reading to benefit the building
fund of the Carrabelle Library after she completes the book tour. Look
for time and place in future editions!


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Franklin Briefs from Page 2
County Administrators
Report Continued
* Pierce requested Board action
on a proposed modified agree-
ment with Preble-Rish. Pierce said
that Preble-Rish Engineers had
informed him that they were go-
ing to have to modify their agree-
ment with the County. The engi-
neers want to reduce the amount
of time David Kennedy was work-
ing with the County because he
is such a good employee that they
need him elsewhere. The Board
agreed to reduce Kennedy's time
from one day a week and have him
availalbe as needed other times.
The County's payment to Preble-
Rish was reduced from $2000 per
month to $850 per month.
* Pierce stated he received notifi-
cation of a new grant program
called the Land and Water Con-
servation Fund. It has a cap of
$100,000 and a 50/50 match.
Pierce recommended the County


FOR SALE
Very attractive undeveloped 3.5
acres just off Old Bainbridge
Road in Tallahassee city limits.
only minutes from shopping
malls and I-10, highway 27 in-
terchange. Backs up to city
Sweet Bay swamp, a pictur-
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Louis XIV pattern by Towle;
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apply for the grant and.said if the
grant was awarded it, "Would save
the County from having to use the
already reserved $40,000 of left-
over Sheriffs Office rounds Pierce
continued by saying, "There is a
great deal of support on the Is-
land for the Park, but everyone
wants it to look nice... According
to the DEP contact, the Island
Park would be an excellent pro-
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Special Meeting from
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talked to Laura Joiner of Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) and she was sending him
a packet of information as to
method of application for a
permit.
Schneider had said he had also
engaged the services of Larry
Whitt who works for the Franklin
County Health Department but
also has his own private company.
Whitt made it clear that he had
full permission to work for a pri-
vate company as long as it did not
interfere with his duties.
Schneider also said he had dis-
cussed the matter with Phil Do-'
ver of Baskerville and Donovan,
Carrabelle City Engineers.
He said, on the package plant, he
would have to bring it up to speci-
fications. He is willing to expand
and repair it. He also said he
knows that he has to have a ter-
tiary plant.
Whitt said what he wanted to talk
about was what would be best for
Carrabelle, and for Franklin
County and in the end best for
Timber Island. He added that
whichever way this project goes
it will be under the auspices of
Candace Berger of DEP.
He said that in Franklin there are
780 aerobic stemless ard he
checked them all once a year. He
said that the water coming out
from them is pure enough to
drink. He added that in Franklin
County, the DEP and the Health
Department make sure that ev-
erything that happens in the
county meets the standards of the
National Standard For Wastewa-
ter Quality.
He said there was no danger in
moving this quality of treated
water over or under any bay, river
or estuary. Apparently he did not
know that the sewage would not
be treated on Timber Island. He
learned this before the meeting
ended.
The Mayor said that he was wor-
ried about attempting to go un-
der the river, saying, "I was
warned today that, what do you
call them, the Riverkeepers, they
advised me that they would put
me in court. Bill Hartley, Presi-
dent of the Apalachicola


Riverkeepers, said that he had not
heard about the project and at
this time has no intention of tak-
ing the City of Carrabelle to court.
Schneider said that he preferred
the other two alternatives, going
under the bridge or using the
package plant near the airport. He
stated that the pipe already goes
under the bridge over Postun
Bayou to Timber Island.
Commissioner Pam Lycett said, "I
also called some of the people you
did. Ms. Berger said that permit-
ting was actually straightforward.
However, she said that Ms. Kitch-
ens was the one who would ad-
dress this because of going un-
der the river. And she did say that
department strongly recom-
mended that you do go over the
bridge because of some of these
problems; turbidity, during con-
struction, but the biggest one was
if you had a leak under the river
we wouldn't know it until it be-
came an emergency; then it
causes water quality problems."
Lycett also asked questions as to
where the city would stand on its
commitment to the prison pro-
posed for C67. Dover said the
prison is looking at 300,000 gal-
lons all by themselves; however,
he said that the prison officials
are willing to put up capital in
order that they can be accommo-
dated.
Lycett went on to say that she was
concerned that everybody in
Carrabelle have the opportunity
to connect to sewer before expan-
sions go on. Schneider said, "I'm
in the city limits." Lycett said "But
this is a new development, Phil.
Make me understand how we can
justify this."
"All of this looks good but I feel
we should require more as a safe-
guard because we don't have the
money to pay for this." She told
Schneider, "We don't have ap-
proval on your plan. We need to
see the master plan. We have to
have safeguards for the city."
Schneider said he would put
money in escrow.
Schneider said he has a letter
from DEP and DCA saying that
he has clearance for 171 condo-'
miniums, a 4000-square foot res-
taurant, 42 wet slips and, 57 dry
storage.


Lycett said, "Get your site plan
approved first." Schneider said
that from the research he had
done in the past week he was not
going under the river and would
use the bridge or re-vamping and
expanding the plant near the
airport.
Lycett said that he should ge:a a
concrete plan and then they could
get on with it. City Water and
Sewer Supervisor Keith Mock
questioned the number Dover was
dealing with on water. Dover said,
"Because the county is basically
surrounded by water, the water
flow is influenced by rain and
tide."
Keith Mock also asked Schneider,
"When you get the sewer, over the
bridge, where are you going to put
it?" He added that the two man-
holes on the east side of the bridge
near the Moorings are shallow. He
worries about what kind of a flow
they will have. Lycett said, "The
question right now is telling us
what you are going to do." At this
point Whitt said that "When we
are talking about a package plant
on Timber Island treating the sew-
age there is no problem." Mock
said, "What he is talking about is
raw sewage being pumped either
over the bridge or to the existing
sewer plant." .
Cheryl Sanders said she was
promised city water for her city
lots on Avenue A and when Jim
Phillips asked if people in the city
could pay the $50 and get water
she said she thought she was go-
ing to get it. She was told that
when they got the money they
would get the water. She added,
"I contacted Mr. McCartney and
he said he was going on vacation
and would make another list
when he got back."
She said she never heard from
him again. McCartney said that
'The document said in the event,
service is not available you can
get your money back. The concept
was to provide as many people as
possible. We had to cut the project
back. There are a lot o other
people. Later we found that we.
needed 18 per mile."
Sanders said, "You have got to
within 50 feet of my property."
McCartney said, "Half of the
project was to replace city lines."


Commissioner Phillip Rankin said
that he was looking out for
Carrabelle in asking what per-
centage of money would
Schneider put into escrow.
Schneider said "All that was nec-
essary for the project."


Alligator Point

Taxpayers

Meeting

By Rene Topping
Alligator Point Taxpayers Associa-
tion (APTA) held their January 8,
2000, meeting at the Alligator
Point Volunteer Fire Department
meeting room. Treasurer Bob
Burnett gave the members
present some good news. He said.
"At the end of the year we had 336
members and during 1999 we had
187 new members. At the end of
1999 Mr. Lee Palmer gave us
$1,000 towards the cost of the
heliport." Burnett said Palmer
was one of the latest residents on
the Point.
Burnett also reported that the
day-lilies in the Welcome Garden
are sprouting up nicely.
The APTA president reported that
the volunteer fireman were going
to paint the "H" in the center of
the pad, trim out the surround-
ing trees, put up the windsock
and put up the strobe light.
Bitner also asked for volunteers
with shovels and wheelbarrows to
move some limerock. Franklin
County Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders spoke up and asked if
they needed more-she would get
it for them. She was also thanked
for getting the Alligator Point sign
on US 98 back up again.
Bitner also reported that Hubert
Chipman was promoted to
Franklin County Road Superin-
tendent. Sanders mentioned that
a lot of the time was taken up at
the last county meeting with a
proposition from Apalachicola
and Carrabelle Chambers of Com-
merce for a "Bed Tax." She said
she wanted to make sure that her
district was well represented on
a committee being formed to look
into it. She favors a larger com-
mittee.


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Bitner also talked about a pro-
posed ordinance to regulate four
wheelers on the beaches. He
added that Alligator Point, so far,
has not had any problems but he
certainly supported the measure.
In the APTA Newsletter Bitner
thanked Juanita and Terry
Gibson, Joe and Ruth Hambrose,
Beth Hayes, Rhonda and Bob
Burnett. He said they spent most
of Christmas Eve Day folding and
stamping and mailing the news-
letters out.
Bitner announced the resignation
of Rand Edelstein as editor due
to increased duties at his work
place. Bitner named Pat Johnson
as the new editor. She will be as-
sisted by Debbie VanderPlatts and
other people on the staff.
Bitner announced a meeting of
the Alligator Point Water Resource
Board on Saturday, January 15.
at 9 a.m. They will be discussing
the proposed facilities plan and
its effect upon the residents.
There will also be a meeting of the
Department of Environmental
Protection Parks and Recreation
on February 8 at 7 p.m. The pur-
pose of the workshop will be to
give information on their plans for
Bald Point Park and to receive
input from the public. Bob
Burnett said that he recom-
mended that everyone who can
should go. He said he felt that the
Park Rangers are trying to make
it into an excellent park.
Phillip Guzetta said that he felt
that a committee should be
formed to look into changing the
legislation that allows the Gover-
nor to appoint members to the
board. He favors a measure that
would permit the residents and
taxpayers of the district to elect
water commissioners. He felt it
was taxation without representa-
tion. Guzetta will head up a com-
mittee. Several residents includ-
ing Beth Hayes and Joann Diebel
volunteered.
Taylor Moore announced that the
vacant seat had been filled by the
governor's appointed of Randy
Miller. The petition to appoint Tom
VanderPlatts arrived after Miller
was appointed. There will be an-
other vacancy coming up In the
near future.
Rand Edelstein announced there
had been a house fire on the Point
on Sunday, January 2, 2000. He
said one of the problems was that
the propane tank was close to the
house and they used three tank-
ers of water to keep it cooled down
arid eliminate the fear of an ex-
plosion. On discussion it seems
there is little regulation as to how
far away from a structure the tank
can be placed.
The next meeting of the APTA will
be at 9 a.m. on February 12.


Carrabelle

City Meeting

By Rene Topping
* At the January 6 meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission, un-
der Commissioner's reports said
that she was reporting that she
had a whole file of complaints
from residents on one of the
Carrabelle officers. She said she
was going to have Chief Shiver ad-
dress that. Shiver said, "There are
criminal charges on some of these
people who have made tli1e com-
plaints. We cannot discuss it in
an open meeting because of its af-
fect on the outcome of the crimi-
nal (case). He went on to say that
he understood that the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) has been contacted and
they will come down and investi-
gate.
* The commissioners assigned
Phillip Rankin to cosign checks to
replace Fred Massey, who re-
signed at the December meeting.
* Police Officer Renfroe was given
termination on his extended-pro-
bationary period and will remain
an officer in the department.
* The City got a "Clean Bill" of fi-
nancial health from Mark Payne
of the James Moore Company, on
their Annual Audit. He said, "The
city is doing a great job in hold-


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Raymond and Linda Finn, new
owners of the Georgian Motel, re-
quested and received permission
to leave the mobile home in place
on the motel property until they
can get their home built. They
were given a deadline of 4 months.
* Phil Dover of Baskerville and
Donovan recommended that the
city approve his company to re-
quest an additional amount of
$3,125,000 under the Fiscal Year
2000 funding. This request would
give the city $500,000 for disposal
of sludge; improvement to the
waste water treatment plant ex-
pansion, $1,575,000; line exten-
sion, $300,000; land acquisition,
$450,000; and $300,000 for
vacuum sewer system. Frank
Mathes made the motion to ap-
prove, seconded by Phillip
Rankin; the motion passed.
* Phil Dover said that Baskerville
and Donovan had paid the De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection (DEP) fine because the
drains were not installed. Accord-
ing to the consent order OGC No.
1560-19DF, the three culverts
were needed. Dover said permits
were not required because of the
consent order and the work would
be done as soon as construction
is completed. Gaidry said, "I don't
think there will be problem," when
asked it DEP would permit the
delay. Motion was made by Lycett,
seconded Rankin, to approve the
consent order with the acceptance
by the state of the agreement to
give the city time to do the work.
Commissioner Pam Lycett had
requested that the city be notified
when change orders were.made
on any of the contracts. She make
a motion that change orders come
before the commission for ap-
proval. It was seconded by Mathes
and approved:
The commission approved three
invoices from Baskerville and
Donovan in the amount of $2,250
Downtown Improvements;
$15,000 SRF Sewer Improve-
ments; and $12,000 Water Sys-
tem improvements on motion by
Rankin, seconded by Lycett.
Payment to KMT. Inc. of
$33,919.20 was approved.
Payment to KMT Inc. of
$10,414.00 out of the Water and
Sewer contingency fund was
approved.
A special meeting was set to dis-
cuss a request from Dell
Schneider, to put in a lift station
at his own expense on Timber Is-
land, to auger under the river, and
Schneider would recoup his ex-
penses by hook-ups. Schneider is
planning a large scale develop-
ment on Timber Island. Meeting
was set for January 13 at 6 p.m.
at the Senior Center.
Freda White, as real estate agent
for a client, was granted a request
she had made for a change in zon-
ing ordinance 249 to add a Bed &
Breakfast, run by the family who
live in the rest of the home, which
can be listed as a Cottage
Industry.
Frank Mathes was appointed to
be the city representative with
Mayor Wilburn Curley Messer as
alternate to the Apalachee Re-
gional Planning meetings.
Proposed ordinance 274, chang-
ing the land use on a parcel of
land in Baywood Estates to be
changed from Al Agriculture/Con-
servation to R1 was approved on
final reading.
Police Commissioner Pam Lycett
told the commissioners that with
the absence of a part-time police-
man, the cost in overtime to the
remaining officers has been
$1,379 to date.
Under New Business: Resolution
01-2000 was approved by the
commissioners on a request from
the Sea Oats Garden Club, who
proposed the resolution to rein-
state Arbor Day to be celebrated
on the third Friday in January.
Members of the Garden Club will
hang bird feeders for the enjoy-
ment of the residents of Harbor
Breeze at 10 a.m. on Friday 21,
and will give away trees at the IGA
starting at 1:30 p.m.
Commissioners approved the
withdrawal of Mary L. Mathes
from the State Board of Adminis-
tration and replaced her with
Vicki Summerhill.

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Fishery Management Council
(Council) reviewed a new red
snapper stock assessment pre-
pared by the National Marine
Fisheries Service (NMFS) and lis-
tened to recommendations from
Council panels and from the pub-
lic. Based on this input, the Coun-
cil decided to maintain the exist-
ing red snapper total allowable
catch (TAC) of 9.12 million
pounds each year for the years
2000 and 2001, pending an an-
nual review of the assessment.
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recreational and commercial fish-
eries based on the historical lev-
els of catch during 1979-1987,
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pounds) allocated to the recre-
ational fishery and 51 percent
(4.65 million pounds) to the com-
mercial fishery. The commercial
quota is further subdivided into
a Spring sub-quota with two
thirds of the allocation (3.1 mil-
lion pounds) and a Fall sub-quota
(1.55 million pounds) that is ad-
justed for any over or under har-
vest during the Spring.
The Council also proposed setting
the recreational red snapper mini-
mum size limit at 16 inches total
length. This size limit will help to
slow the harvest rate and extend
the recreational season further
than the previous 15-inch mini-
mum size limit did. In addition,
the 16-inch minimum size will re-
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mortality that the Council was
told occurred in some parts of the
Gulf during the'temporary imple-
mentation of an 18-inch mini-
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per bag limit will be retained for
2000, and the bag limit allowance
for captain and crew of for-hire
(charter and headboat) vessels
has been reinstated. NMFS re-
cently approved a previous Coun-
cil proposal to set a 0-fish red
snapper bag limit for captain and
crew of for-hire vessels beginning
in 2000 to help extend the recre-
ational season.
The fixed recreational red snap-
per season for the year 2000 was
set from April 21 through Octo-
ber 31 in order to alleviate uncer-
tainties associated with a quota
closure at an unknown future


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months, the Council had re-
quested that the above measures
be approved through an interim
rule that must be in place by
January 1, 2000, in order to be
effective for the 2000 fishing year.
NMFS has complied with this re-
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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
hold public workshops to receive
comments on the need for addi-
tional bycatch reduction require-
ments for the shrimp fishery in
the exclusive economic zone
(EEZ).
Amendment 9 to the shrimp fish-
ery management plan (FMP), ap-
proved in May 1998, required the
use of National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS) certified bycatch
reduction devices (BRDs) in
shrimp trawls used in the EEZ
from Cape San Bias, Florida (850
30' W. Longitude), to the Texas/
Mexico border and provided for
the certification of the Fisheye
BRD in the 30 mesh position. The
purpose of this action was to re-
duce the bycatch mortality of ju-
venile red snapper by 44% from
the average mortality for the years
1984-89. This amendment ex-
empted shrimp trawls fishing for


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royal red shrimp outside of 100
fathoms, as well as groundfish
and butterfish trawls. It also ex-
cluded small try nets and no more
than two ridged frame roller
trawls that do not exceed 16 feet.
Amendment 9 did not require
BRDs south and east of 85 30'
West Longitude because few ju-
venile red snapper were found in
the bycatch in this area. Because
of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
Conservation and Management
Act's requirement to reduce
bycatch to the extent practicable,
the Council is considering the
need for additional measures to
reduce bycatch.
Public workshops will be held
from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at
the following locations:
Thursday, February 10, 2000
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Frozen Oyster Products
The ability to freeze perishable food products, especially seafood, has
been known since the days of Clarence Birdseye when he froze fresh
codfish. It is also well known that the freezing of food products can
extend shelf life without compromising quality. Freezing is well known
to lower the number of both spoilage and other bacteria to kill spores
and parasites and to inactivate certain toxins.
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use of liquid nitrogen and CO2 is commonplace in certain sectors of
the food industry. This has allowed the food industry to freeze at
extremely low temperatures preserving the organoleptic attributes of
the food while at the same time lowering the bacterial content of the
food. The use of freezing methods such as liquid nitrogen and C02 for
freezing oysters on the half-shell has attracted considerable interest
in the oyster industry during the past year. This resurgence of inter-
est in frozen oysters by seafood retailers is still occurring. Reports by
various researchers have shown that freezing dramatically reduces
the Vibrio content in oyster meats including Vibrio vulnificus and V.
parahaemolyticus.
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cally reduces the summer Vibrio content in Florida oysters. Holding
the frozen half-shell oyster at -100F further reduced the Vibrio con-
tent over 21 days. These experiments should be repeated numerous
times to determine whether these results can be repeated in com-
mercial settings. In addition, oysters harvested from Texas and Loui-
siana should be tested to determine if the observed reductions in
Vibrio content can be obtained because of their different shell-to-meat
ratios. Moreover, conventional blast freezing (-200F) and liquid nitro-
geh freezing should also be tested to determine if the Vibrio content is
reduced in the same fashion.

Oyster Production
Over the last 27 years oyster landings from Gulf states have varied
considerably due to weather and market-related events. The general
harvest trend has been upward since 1990 landings of 12.3 million
pounds to a 1996 peak of 22.6 million pounds. The 1997 landings
were down slightly to 20.2 million pounds. Most of the landed prod-
uct is sold as shellstock or shucked for fresh consumption. While
considerable information exists concerning the processing and han-
dling of shellstock and fresh oysters, little is known concerning trade
or consumer market attitude, demand or value for frozen oyster prod-
ucts in the United States. Work is needed to complete a market analy-
sis, evaluate product acceptance and analyze the success of potential
product introductions. A thorough market study of trade and con-
sumer characteristics and value and demand perceptions will yield
qualitative and quantitative market data to guide product introduc-
tion and promotion efforts to increase domestic consumption.

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FWC February 2-4

Meeting Set For

Jacksonville

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission will meet
at the Jacksonville Radisson
Riverwalk Hotel Feb. 2-4. Com-
missioners will address inland
and freshwater issues Wednesday
(Feb. 2) and marine issues Thurs-
day and Friday.
Agenda items include establish-
ment of the new 18,272-acre
Fisheating Creek Wildlife Manage-
ment Area (WMA) in Glades
County and establishment of
quota hunts, hunting seasons
and other regulations for the area.
Commissioners also will consider
a proposal to establish a migra-
tory flock of whooping cranes to
winter at the Chassahowitzka
National Wildlife Refuge.
The Commission will consider a
proposed series of tuition in-
creases for the Everglades Youth
Conservation Camp. Currently,
campers pay $150 tuition per
week. The proposal is to increase
weekly tuition by $50 this year
and by $25 each year for the next
two years, for a total tuition of
$250 in 2002.
In other business, the Commis-
sion will hear staff reports con-
cerning financial matters, legisla-
tive issues, proposed regulations
concerning wildlife, alligators,
freshwater fisheries, Lake
Okeechobee, Manatee zones in
Mullock Creek and North Estero
Bay, Duval County manatee
speed zones and the Wildlife
Foundation of Florida.
The FWC will consider adopting
a comprehensive series of rule
amendments to transfer stone
crab statutory provisions into
the Commission's stone crab
rules (including extending the
current moratorium on stone
crab endorsements until July 1,
2001), clarify various stone crab
rules, and passively reduce the
number of traps used. in
Florida's stone crab fishery.
Proposed new rules would pro-
vide a method for commercial
harvesters to arrange to have
another harvester pull his or
her traps during the regular sea-
son, establish the requirements
and process for reducing stone
crab traps,. strengthen provi-
sions prohibiting trap theft and
establish rules regarding the
misuse of trap tags.
The Commission will also con-
sider adopting proposed rules to:
* increase the vessel limit for
black mullet from 50 fish4o 100


fish daily if two or more licensed
persons are aboard during the
period Feb. 1 through Aug. 31
each year;
Establish a plan concerning
horseshoe crabs to allow harvest
only by hand and gig, and from
the water only (not from any ad-
jacent beach or shore), establish
a daily bag and possession limit
of 25 animals, and require that
persons who harvest, possess, or
sell horseshoe crabs possess a
saltwater products license; and
* prohibit the harvest of Atlantic
red porgy from state waters.
In addition, the FWC will review
proposed rule options for spot-
ted seatrout that would estab-
lish statewide recreational
15-inch minimum/20-inch
maximum size limits and either
a five-fish daily bag limit with
a February closed season, or a
four-fish limit with no closed
season (the allowance for one
fish larger than the maximum
size limit to be retained would
still apply). qther proposed rules
to be reviewed would change the
commercial harvest season to oc-
cur from May through July each
year (instead of the current June
through August open season),
and allow commercial harvesters
to retain one spotted seatrout
larger than 24 inches.
In other marine fisheries action,
the Commission will:
* review a draft rule concerning
exemptions from fishery regula-
tions and commercial permits to
collect species for scientific, edu-
cational and exhibitional pur-
poses;
* address proposed rule recom-
mendations to clarify that the pro-
hibition on the spearing of snook
includes fish taken in state and
federal waters, and to require that
all finfish be landed with heads
and tails intact;
* consider a request to prohibit
the harvest of live shellfish within
the City of Fort Myers Beach, and
* receive reports regarding: 1) the
feeding of sharks and other ma-
rine animals by divers; 2) legisla-
tion that allows certain persons
to use tarp seine gear to harvest
specified baitfish species in north-
west Florida until July 1, 2000;
3) the success of recent turtle ex-
cluder device modifications to re-
duce' leatherback turtle
strandings in northeast Florida,
4) statewide educational efforts
conducted by the Division'of Ma-
rine Fisheries; and 5) federal fish-
eries management issues.


Shellfish

AquaculIture
Cedar Key
Looking to the future of shellfish
aquaculture in Florida, there are
many risks the industry will con-
tinue to face, and new challenges
to be met.
A breakthrough program that can
have a significant economic im-
pact on the $13 million a year
clam culture industry is the up-
coming pilot crop insurance pro-
gram for growers in selected coun-
ties in Florida.
This program will help to mini-
mize environmental risks beyond
the control of aquatic growers by
providing the same type of finan-
cial protection that many terres-
trial farmers have. It will also en-
sure that clam growers are able
to secure credit needed to build
and expand their operations.

Species Diversity
New mollusc species and diversi-
fication in the clam industry were
discussed at the workshop held
near Brooksville last autumn.
Why add more species to the clam
industry? There are several rea-
sons:
* Florida's clam industry has
reached a level of maturation in a
relatively short time. Clam farm-
ers and their support businesses
have created an infrastructure
that needs to look at diversifica-
tion for sustainability. Over 450
producers are now certified
through the Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services.
* Florida presently has an excel-
lent regulatory framework related
to shellfish aquaculture. State
statutes, agency attitudes and
permitting policies are conducive
to developing the full potential of
this industry.
* Favorable climate and natural
resources are plentiful. An ex-
tended growing season and fer-
tile coastal waters have allowed
for phenomenal growth rates and
reduction of crop times to about
half of those required by produc-
ers in other regions.
* Technical support to expedite
industry growth and diversifica-
tion is also in place through
present extension programs, on-
going research efforts at state
universities and other institu-
tions, and marketing assistance
from both local and state agen-
cies, as well as private businesses.


Council Concurs

With Regional

AdminiA'duttor's

Dtei-mination

To Withdraw

BRD Protocol

At its November meeting, the
Council concurred with NMFS
Southeast Regional Administrator
William Hogarth that NMFS with-
draw the bycatch reduction device
(BRD) testing protocol and de-
velop an internal NMFS process
with guidelines that are more flex-
ible in getting BRDs certified. This
recommendation is in part due to
industry concerns that the cur-
rent testing protocols are too com-
plicated and rigid.
The BRD provides a small open-
ing in the top of the shrimp trawl
for red snapper and other finfish
to escape while retaining nearly
all of the shrimp catch. To be cer-
tified, a BRD must reduce the
bycatch mortality of juvenile red
snapper by 44 percent compared
to the average mortality level dur-
ing the years 1984-1989. Current
protocol to certify a BRD requires
30 trials using paired trawls, one
net containing the BRD and one
net without the BRD. A trial can-
not be counted if either net does
not fish correctly and consis-
tently.
Amendment 9, to the Gulf Shrimp
FMP required, with limited excep-
tions, that certified BRDs be used
in shrimp trawls towed in the Gulf
of Mexico exclusive economic zone
(EEZ) shoreward of the 100-fm
(183-m) depth contour west of 850
30' W. longitude, the approximate
longitude of Cape San Bias, FL.
However, the Council is consid-
ering bycatch reduction require-
ments for shrimp trawling south
and east of Cape San Bias.


Leslie Sturmer 352/543-5057
From Waterworks (Volume 4,
Number 1, 2000) University of
'Florida Cooperative Extension
Service. .


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FWC Announces

Public Workshops

On Spotted

Seatrout Rules

The Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) sched-
uled a series of public workshops
to receive comment on proposals
for statewide recreational rules for
spotted seatrout to establish a
15-inch/20-inch-size limit and
either a five-fish daily bag limit
with a February closed season, or
a four-fish limit with no closure
(the allowance for one fish the size
limit to be retained would still
apply).
The FWC is also seeking comment
on proposals to change the com-
mercial harvest season to occur
from May through July each year
(instead of the current June
through August open season) and
to allow commercial harvesters to
retain one spotted. seatrout larger
than 24 inches.
The Commission encourages the
public to provide input on these
proposals and other issues re-
garding the management of spot-
ted seatrout at the workshops,
which will all take place from 6 -
8 p.m. as follows:
Wednesday, January 26
Cedar Key Field Lab Auditorium
11350 S.W. 153rd Court
Cedar Key
Thursday, January 27
City of Perry
224 South Jefferson St.
City Council Meeting Rm.
Perry
Friday, January 28
Gulf Coast Community College
5230 W. Highway 98
Student Union Bldg., Rm. 243
Panama City

Sturgeon Harvest

At Sam Mitchell

Aquaculture

Demonstration

Farm

The first commercial scale
growout project for Gulf of Mexico
sturgeon was recently completed
at UF/IFAS' Department of Fish-
eries and Aquatic Sciences, Sam
Mitchell Aquaculture Demonstra-
tion Farm in Blountstown.
The harvest was conducted this
past autumn and was the culmi-
nation of 17 months of research.
Sturgeon growth was evaluated in
two different tank systems.
The first tank system involved
three 20-foot diameter fiberglass
tanks that received degassed,
flow-through well water. The com-
bined effluent (discharge) from
these tanks was tested monthly
by an independent laboratory, to
help evaluate possible impact to
the environment.


A second set of three tanks re-
ceived water from an adjacent,
baffled pond which was used as
a biofilter and allowed for zero
discharge to the environment.
Water was pumped from the inlet
area of the pond to the three cul-
ture tanks and then gravity dis-
charged back to the pond. Fish
feces and uneaten feed from the
tanks entered the pond to serve
as nutrients for aquatic plant
growth, which filtered the water
before it was pumped back into
the tanks.
All six tanks were stocked with
400 fish, hatched in April 1998,
and averaging six grams each.
Average weight, growth rate, feed
conversion, and average length
were calculated by taking monthly
samples. Adjustments to the sys-
tein were necessary throughout
the growout process. Cost-effec-
tiveness for farmers was always
used as a guideline of how the
changes would be made.
For example, poor solids removal
was observed while using
airstones which kept solids in
suspension. This led to certain
water quality problems in the
tanks, including elevated BOD
(biological oxygen demand) and
ammonia levels. The situation
was vastly improved by the addi-
tion of a fairly simple and inex-
pensive airlift system which
helped circulate the water, send-
ing solids toward the bottom, cen-
ter drain.
In addition, as feeding levels in-
creased, lower oxygen levels were
observed and increased water flow
rates and reduction of the fish
stocking rate were required to
improve-and provide adequate
water quality.
Though the pond recirculating
system worked well as a biofilter,
water temperature extremes dur-
ing parts of the year appear to
have been a major hindrance to
fish growth. Water ranged from
45" F in the winter to 93 F in the
summer, while the well water
treatment had a small tempera-
ture fluctuation and averaged
about 66 F.
Overall growth of the sturgeon,
when compared to species such
as catfish or hybrid striped bass,
was excellent. At harvest, fish in
the well water treatment averaged
6.25 pounds, while fish from the
pond water tanks averaged 3.92
pounds. During periods of tem-
perature extremes, the fish
showed little or no growth and,
at times, even lost weight.
Final data analysis and informa-
tion generated is expected to pro-
vide an initial glimpse as to the
feasibility of Gulf of Mexico stur-
geon aquaculture, and serve as a
basis for improvements in culture
systems, water quality manage-
ment, nutrition, and species
selection.
From Waterworks (Volume .4,
Number 1, 2000) University of
Florida Cooperative Extension
Service.


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On January 14 the Sea Oats Gar-
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the year 2000. President Cindy
Sullivan opened the meeting and
introduced our guest speaker,
Carrabelle's own Elizabeth
Dedrick, who is an American Ca-
mellia Society Judge. Ms. Dedrick
presented a program that was
enthusiastically received by all
present.
Several lucky ladies were recipi-
ents of door prizes, consisting of
ready-to-bloom camellia plants.
Ms. Sullivan then opened the
business portion of the meeting
by presenting the club with an
impressive outline of projects for
the year. Some included were:
Sundial for the Veterans Park,
Waterfront Festival, having a float
in' the Camp Gordon Johnson
parade, brick footpath around the
Freedom Fountain and others.
One project that is of particular
interest to Carrabelle is the rein-
statement of Arbor Day. The
Carrabelle City Commission
agreed to adopt a resolution pre-
sented by the Sea Oats Garden
Club to promote and observe Ar-
bor Day each year. This year it will
fall on Friday, January 21.
The resolution prompted a dis-
cussion and decision to observe
the day by establishing a bird
sanctuary at the Harbor Breeze
nursing home and by giving away
400 pine seedlings. The pine seed-
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21,2000, at 1:30 p.m. in the park-
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Tommy Bevis pointed out that in
talking with Mary Lou Mathes he
had learned, "The City of
Carrabelle, up until about 10
years ago, when there was a va-
cancy, the commission would go
to the person who was runner up
and ask that person that before
they advertised the seat, if that
person would like to be consid-
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pointed him to the job." He added,
"Bottom line is, the right thing to
do is to take the person who was
runner-up for that seat and move
him up."
The mayor called for the vote and
each commissioner's choice was
written on a slip of paper. Jack-
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vote and it was two for Preston
and two for Jimmy Trawick.
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sioners that Rita Preston had run
for Mayor and there was three
people running for that seat so the
votes were divided. He said in this
case it was to be up to the com-
missioners to choose the person
they desired.
Commissioner Pam Lycett said,
"Well, it seems to me these people
should be having something to
say about it." Gaidry said, "But
they don't vote on this. Our char-
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vote on it. You can listen to the
people if you want to, but it's your
decision and it's not a popular
vote."
Jean Reakes said, "For ten durn
years, everybody gets appointed
and nobody gets elected." Gaidry
answered her and told her that
he was just trying to keep the ac-
tions of the commission on a le-
gal basis. Reakes made another
retort to Gaidry and Messer
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another election? Let the people
vote. What's unfair about that?"
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Trawick supporter.called out, "We
outvote you." One of Preston's
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else voices theirs. You elected me
as a commissioner. I abstained
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not be any satisfaction to the com-
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over the room. Lycett made the
motion for a city election and it
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The Old South, The Civil
War and Its Consequences,
Hart Times, and the Turn-
ing, unfold a vivid record of
life below the Mason-Dixon
line. This collections pre-
sents the most telling fiction
and nonfiction produced in
the South from the late
18th Century to the
present. Sold nationally for
$30.00. Bookshop price'=
$22.00


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


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