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Volume 9, Number 4
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
February 18 March 2, 2000
2000 Chefs Sampler In Apalachicola A Sell-Out
Hundreds of eaters strode by dozens of area restaurants represented at the Fourth Annual Chefs Sampler, taking
sizeable samples at the historic Fort Coombs Armory. The fantastic selection of food from the area's most talented
chefs was complimented with a silent auction featuring weekend accommodation packages and gift certificates.
By Rene Topping
The regular meeting of the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning meeting was postponed
from Tuesday, February 8, until
February 9, because there was no
quorum. At the second meeting
there was almost a full board and
they quickly got to work on sev-
eral issues. One of them was con-
tinued pressure to build groins,
docks and fishing piers into the
waters of Sikes Cut.
The first item taken up was a dock
on Jane Pond, in Sun and Sand,
on Alligator Point, which did not
appear to be any problem.
Several local fishermen, including
the representative of the Seafood
Workers, Leroy Hall, were there
wanting to have their say on the
rest of the list. Their first oppor-
tunity was on a boat ramp and
groin on lot 18, Schooner Land-
ing Subdivision belonging to
George Mahr. County Planner
Alan Pierce said 'This has state
permits and will be the second
groin we have talked about." The
first one had received approval.
He added it would extend 16 feet.
He also reported that it had all its
Roxie Allen asked, "This is not the
same one we had some time back,
and he said that there would be
no more." Dan Garlick, who was
representing Mahr, said, "That is
Pierce skipped over item (c) say-
ing that it did not have the state
and federal permits in place. He
went on to item (d), saying it did
/have the state and federal permits
approval. This was Lot 14 in
Continued on Page 11
A CONCEPTUAL EXAMPLE OF AN UNAPPROVED SCENIC BYWAY ,
Scenic Byway Proposed For
By Rene Topping
If two very determined ladies have
their way some of the most sce-
nic highways of Franklin,
Wakulla, Leon and Liberty Coun-
ties will be linked as a proposed
Big Bend Scenic Byway. Laura
Haddock, Scenic Highways Coor-
dinator from Chipley Florida De-
partment of Transportation, Dis-
trict 3, and Shannon D. H.
Harvey, USDA Forest Service and
Landscape Architect of
Crawfordville, enthusiastically ex-
plained the program to the mem-
bers of the Carrabelle Lighthouse
Association at their meeting on
Monday, February 14.
Continued on Page 6
Work On Water
Another meeting of the principal
parties to the Tri-River Compact
Alabama, Georgia and Florida)
was held on Monday, February
14th at the Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection (DEP), Com-
monwealth Building, Tallahassee,
about 10 a.m. Secretary David
Struhs, DEP and his associate
negotiator strode into the Confer-
ence Room A ten minutes late of-
fering Valentine's greetings and a
surprise revision to a planned
basis for dividing the waters of the
Apalachicola and Flint rivers, of
importance to Georgia and
He stated in brief prefacing re-
marks that Florida wanted to re-
vise the basis for developing an
allocation formula to include rain-
fall data gathered at points where
the NOAA weather stations were
located, but that such data were
not available at the meeting. This
factor, in theory, would impact on
Continued on Page 11
Florida negotiators (from left) David Struhs, head of the
Department of Environmental Protection and Doug Barr,
NW Water Management District.
Area High School Seniors Hear Virtues
Of Education At Gulf Coast Community
Campus In Port St. Joe
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High school seniors assembled at the Gulf Coast Community College
center at Port St. Joe on Monday, February 7th, to hear motivational
talks from a variety of speakers at a special meeting designed to in-
troduce students to the new center and promote the virtues of taking
classes at the center.
They began arriving shortly after 10 a.m., listened to the speakers,
toured the facility, ate lunch and received packets of information about
the center's curriculum for the next year. The event was coordinated
by Michael LaShea.
Roland Gaines, Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs at Florida
A&M (Tallahassee), told the students,
"...We want you to live up to your fullest potential. To be
the best that you are capable of becoming. We want for
you the fullest and richest and most productive life that
you are capable of having. You must be better and achieve
more than the generation ahead of you. Our problem is
and always has been how to ensure that you will receive
the training, the education that will help you to fulfill
your dreams. That will help you to become all that you
are capable of becoming. Education is very important."
'Today, if you have low skills, you will earn little money.
If you can, find a job outside of the fast food chains. You
must develop expertise in order to gain respect. That high
school diploma no longer demands respect. America is
becoming more technological. Cars today are being fixed
by hooking them up to computers that tell the mechan-
ics what the problem is. The corner service stations are
fast becoming gas and food marts. Booker T. Washington
once said "Success is to be measured not so much by the
position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles
one has overcome while trying to succeed..."
Continued on Page 10
Po bLmaLa- Judi Stokowski To Leave
IBy Tom Campbell
February 25, 2000, marks the last
official day at Apalachicola as U.S.
Postmaster for Ms. Judi
Stokowski. She has been with the
Postal Service since 1973 and will
be transferring to the Orlando
Ms. Stokowski said her new job
will begin about March 6, 2000.
She will be in a position of"trouble
shooter" for the Postal Service,
working to solve problems.
Mr. Bill Matsinger, Postmaster at
Carrabelle Post Office, will be Of-
ficer in Charge at Apalachicola
upon the departure of Ms.
Stokowski. He will be there for
about six weeks, depending on
how long it takes to hire a new
Postmaster, according to a
spokesperson at the Carrabelle
Post Office. According to the
spokesperson, Mr. Mike Harless,
Jr., from Crawfordville, will be the
Officer in Charge at Carrabelle, in
the absence of Mr. Matsinger.
In an interview Friday, February
11, Postmaster Stokowski said, "I
have felt more at home living here
in Apalachicola than anywhere
else in my life." She said she had
made many friends in
Apalachicola and would regret
leaving. She explained that her
departure was "a career move."
Raised in Peoria, Illinois, she left
there in 1976 and went to West
Palm Beach, then came to
Apalachicola in 1984. She became
Postmaster when she came to
Apalachicola. Her postal service
career began in Peoria in 1973.
She will go to the mid-Florida dis-
trict in Lake Mary in the Orlando
area. She has accepted a promo-
tion as a Labor Relations Special-
ist for the postal service.
world," she said. She said it is a
career move, and the job she will
be taking will be trying to solve
problems for the postal service.
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"For all practical purposes," she
said, "my last day here as Post-
master in Apalachicola will be
February 18." She then goes to
Washington, D.C., for a week for
a Postmaster's Leadership Con-
ference, which she had already
"Working and living in Apalach-
icola has been ajoy," she said. "So
many customers became friends.
One of the nicest things they do,
is they pray for me. They tell me,
'You are in my prayers.' And the
children are very special. I have
watched many of them grow up
and become happy, successful
She said after fifteen years,
Apalachicola has become home.
"I have been fortunate as Post-
master to have wonderful employ-
ees. They are dedicated, both cur-
rent and retired. Gloria Mahon,
who worked here, dedicated her
entire adult life to the Postal Ser-
vice. When I arrived in Apalach-
icola ... Gloria was like a breath
of fresh air, a really wonderful
employee. Wonderful work habits.
That made my transition here so
"Being Postmaster in Apalachicola "I will miss Apalachicola a lot," she
is one of the best jobs in the said.
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February 15, 2000
By Barbara Revell
Attending: Chairman Clarence
Williams, Cheryl Sanders, Eddie
'Creamer, Bevin Putnal, Jimmy
Mosconis, Clerk of the Court
Kendall Wade, Deputy Clerk
Amelia Varnes, County Attorney
Alfred O. Shuler.
Minutes were approved as mailed
and payment of bills was ap-
* A representative was present
from Healthy Kids who an-
nounced that the State of Florida
is insuring children the money
that comes from the tobacco
settlement. This insurance is
high-quality, low-cost health in-
surance for children ages five
through 18 who do not have
health insurance and are not eli-
gible for Medicaid. "The cost for
most families is $15 per month
per family. The insurance pro-
vides for doctor visits, check-ups,
prescriptions, emergency room
visits, hospital stays, vision and
hearing care. Applications will be
taken until March 15, 2000. To
sign up, call toll-free 1-888-540-
KIDS (5437). Medicaid can cover
children up to one year and chil-
dren one through four are covered
* Mr. J. Becker Boatenreiter, Chief
of Dog Island Fire Department
came before the Board in refer-
ence to the fire department's co-
operation with the Franklin
County Commissioners. He said
he was there to explain their situ-
ation and suggest what might be
done. Boatenreiter stated, "When
the fire department was first
formed it did not have a board
When MSBU money came along
a few years later The Conserva-
tion District was used to distrib-
ute the funds. Some of them are
some what automatic in that
there is no linkage back to the Fire
Department or Fire Chief. This
system has proven to be ineffi-
cient and unsatisfactory in the
management of fire department
business. It seems the Commis-
sion experienced this last meet-
ing. It is for this reason the fire
department has established a
board with five members. It is
patterned after other departments
in the area. The members are
Mike Hamon, Ed Robinson, Doug
Maddox, Dic Vose and Becker
Boatenreiter. The first meeting
was held on February 6, 2000.
What we would suggest as a cure
to the situation is to send the
funds 'dfiretly t6'th b Dgd frl lid
Volunteer Fire Department as is
done with other departments in
the area. We would manage the
funds with a personal computer
with one of the small business
systems software, allowing
records to be in the County on the
Island. A print out would always
be available showing receipts, and
Sanders asked for guidance from
Shuler. Shuler stated, "I don't
know if tile fire department is in-
corporated as a non-profit orga-
nization. We will have to contract
with a legal entity if they are in-
corporated as a non-profit orga-
nization then it would be the
Board's decision as to who they
wanted to contract with." Putnal
suggested the matter be tabled
until Shuler has an opportunity
to check into the matter. The other
FRANKLIN COUNTY AT
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Mr. Bill Mahan, Extension Di-
rector, announced that, as he had
previously informed the Board
that through a Florida First pro-
gram they are getting funding for
a Distance Diagnostic Identi ica-
tion system. He said he was in
Marianna last week for training
and received the first part of the
system, which is a digital camera.
The next piece of equipment will
be a compatible microscope,
which he expects to receive in a
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couple of weeks. With this new
system, for example, if a person
brings in a diseased leaf that
Mahan cannot identify he can
take a picture and send it imme-
diately to the University of Florida
for identification and recom-
mended treatment. Another ex-
ample would be for identification
of an insect.
Mahan said he also received train-
ing in building a web site and that
the University of Florida's goal is
for every county to have a web site
to provide information to the pub-
* Mahan announced that they are
"gearing up" for the annual seat
belt and public speaking program.
* Mahan advised the Board that
he had been invited to Florida
State University Oceanography
Department on February 18 to
present a seminar on what Exten-
sion is all about.
* Pierce interjected and said that
Van Johnson has a web page and
is "sort of' a local webmaster. He
said some county web sites even
have music and the music that
accompanies the Animal Control
web page is Mission Impossible!
* Clerk Wade said that for public
general information when he at-
tended the recent Clerk's confer-
ence he learned that the Gover-
nor wants all official records of all
counties accessible through the
Internet by the year 2002. By the
end of 2001 Franklin County
must have indexes to all official
records on the Internet. The
records will go back to 1990.
* Mr. Hubert Chipman informed
the Board that roads that the
Commissioners want upgraded,
i.e., Lighthouse Road and Woodil
Roads have been upgraded.
Chipman feels these roads will
need to be upgraded again to get
them where they need to be. He
said Gene Langston has donated
10 loads of rock for the project.
Chipman also said his crew has
been working on improving the
cemetery in Apalachicola. Pierce
said that they have, done an ex-
cellent job on the cemetery and
Commissioner Sanders told Mr.
Chipman, "You are doing a good
* Commissioner Putnal inter-
jected, at this point and said he
was in contact with Tony
Millender, Forestry Division, and
that some heavy stuff will be car-
ried to their new building on Air-
port Road in Carrabelle. Putnal
stated, "There is a section where
the road joins Highway 98 that
the pavement splits where you go
east or west and in the middle it
is only dirt and these big trucks
going in and out are going to de-
stroy the whole intersection there
if we don't do something with the
dirt in the'ml'dtile:.l-Iesaid the
Forestry Division is requesting
assistance from the County to
help them. Putnal said the Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) is working with Millender
on the permitting but because it
is a County road the County is
responsible for taking care of it.
Chipman does not think the cost
will be that great. Doug Dedrick
of the Forestry Division was in
attendance and Putnal request an
update on what is happening.
Dedrick said that they are relo-
cating their office site to Airport
St. George Island
Gunn Heating and
* Routine Services
* New Systems
* Residential and Commercial
Licensed and Insured
Road because they have outgrown
their current location. He said the
project will be completed in two
stages with the administration
building being built first and a
couple of years from now the
maintenance facility and shop out
there. Dedrick said he expects
construction to start some time
SOLID WASTE DIRECTOR
* Mr. Van Johnson reported on a
problem with pit bull dogs in the
County. Johnson said, "Over the
past few weeks we have had a
rash of reported bites by these
dogs and in fact, this weekend the
animal control officers responded
to attacks by the dogs the prob-
lem is that this breed is aggres-
sive by nature and the owners are
training the dogs to fight so the
animal is prone to attack anybody
without provocation... and be-
cause of concern I have in-
structed, the animal control offic-
ers to start the process of declar-
ing this breed of dog dangerous
and ultimately be put to sleep."
Sanders asked Johnson if it was
one particular area in the County
and Johnson replied, "It is all over
the County." The second item
Johnson had was that Mr. Dodd
of Eastpoint has approached him
about selling the County some
dirt for the landfill. Dodd is plan-
ning on dredging a pond on Green
Point property next to the land-
fill. Johnson said that Dodd he
anticipates dredging approxi-
mately 10,000 to 20,000 cubic
yards of soil from the pond and
will sell it to the County for $2 to
$2.50 per yard. Johnson re-
quested the Commissioners to
consider purchasing some of this
soil. Mosconis said, 'That is a little
bit high," and suggested that
Johnson try to get the price down.
Mr. Alan Pierce informed the
Board that it may be necessary
in the near future to put a fence
around the airport disposal area
to keep people and vehicles out.
Pierce said he has discussed this
with Shuler. Pierce said the fence,
length is approximately 5400 feet.
He said, "That is a lot of fencing
but we may be forced to for our
own liability." Mosconis said, "In
the meantime we have got to get
the land posted and when the
signs are made to include that it
is a joint federal/county project."
Ted Mosteller, Airport Advisory
Committee, stated that the signs
that we posted that say it's a fed-
eral offense to discharge firearms
on airport property ... two of them
have been stolen."
Pierce reported that the County
will be hiring a paving contractor
to pave the relocated Franklin
Blvd. segment on St. George Is-
land. The, cost of ,the paving will
come out of the grant for thepark
Pierce wanted to know if the
County wants to consider other
paving while the contractors are
in the County. Mosconis noted
that some of the main roadways
in the County are in need of be-
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* Pierce said Mr. Jim Markwell, a
business man, wants to rent jet
ski type of boat on St. George Is-
land. Pierce said that, "Since the
boat is powered by an outboard
motor it may be considered a boat,
which means the County's jet ski
ordinance would not apply to its
operation. Mr. Markwell was not
present when Pierce presented
this but did come to the meeting
* Pierce then requested Board
action to support a resolution pro-
posed by the Florida Association
of Counties requesting the Legis-
lature dedicate at least $150 mil-
lion on funding for infrastructure
needs in rural areas. Board ap-
* Pierce reported that Mr. Lee
Edmiston would like permission
for a graduate student working
through the Reserve to place two
to three temporary wells on
county right-of- way on St. George
Island to study the surficial aqui-
fer. The Commissions approved
contingent on approval of the site
plan. The wells will in place for
about a year.
* Pierce gave the Board a copy of
letter he had written to Visit
Florida requesting' the $1,000
grant that the Apalachicola
Chamber of Commerce has done.
* Pierce presented a copy of a pe-
tition from Alligator Harbor/Alli-
gator Point Home and Property
Owners Association opposing any
proposed move of the Alligator
Point Road. The Commissioners
appeared surprised by the peti-
tion and Sanders and Putnal
noted they know nothing about it.
No action needed or taken.
Pierce requested Board action
to authorize the prison contrac-
tor to build a deceleration and an
acceleration lane off of County
Road 67 for access to the prison
site. Board approved.
Pierce said the next item was
just for information for the Com-
missioners. He said there was a
property owner on Alligator Point
who wants to change the lot lines
on two lots. The person owns both
lots and no one else's property
would be affected.
Pierce then gave a copy of a let-
ter he had written to Ms. Cherry
Rankin, chairperson of the Senior
Citizens Council, concerning the
SHIP program. Ms. Ruth Williams
and Pierce are concerned that the
funds to administer the SHIP pro-
gram are going to run out before
the program funds do. Pierce said,'
"They have a full time person
employed and the administration
money is being spent and we want
the program money to be spent
Pierce said Mr. Julian Webb
wants to know if the Board wants
him to apply for a CDBC grant
during this funding cycle which
closes May 31, 2000. Pierce said,
"We have one more year of our 50
point penalty, but Mr. Webb
thinks that the Governor's desig-
nation of Franklin County as an
area of economy critical concern
might get the penalty waived." The
matter was tabled until other in-
formation is available.
* Pierce then discussed the
County becoming owner of a road
segment that leads down to a
Corps of Engineers developed
sandbar. The purpose of the own-
ership would be to get sand off
the sand bar for use on County
He said, "Mr. William Poloronis
will give us ownership of this road
segment and free sand off the
sandbar in exchange for the
County being the applicant to get
the permit from the Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) to cross a wetland area to
get to the sandbar." Shuler stated,
"We would have to get a long-term
casement so that we would have
the right to use the private roads
when we needed to for a hundred
years or some indefinite period.
We need to get our documenta-
tion in order but it can certainly
be done!" Shuler requested the
Board to make a motion and he
would see about working out the
documentation with Mr.
Poloronis. The Board agreed.
* Pierce informed the Board that
he had submitted information to
St. George Island Utility regard-
ing water usage at the proposed
County park so the Board would
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costs. He said, "The bathroom ta-
cility itself will not be that much,
perhaps as much as $300 per
month for the summer months,
but the Island group, Let the Chil-
dren Play, are seeking permission
to build a water park within the
Children's play area, and the Util-
ity Co. is having a difficult time
calculating how much water the
park might use. Some of the wa-
ter toys the Island group wants
to install could use water at the
rate of 40 gallons per minute. At
such a rate the County could have
a water bill over $1000 a month
or higher. Pierce requested Board
direction on the water usage and
discussion on how the water bill
will be paid.
Theresa Kline, Let the Children
Play, was at the meeting and dis-
cussed the project. The Commis-
sioners mentioned many possible
problems. General comments af-
ter the meeting included, "Can the
County afford this?" and "What
about the children in Eastpoint,
Carrabelle and Apalachicola?"
* The Board agreed to set a pub-
lic hearing regarding an overlay
zoning for the airport.
PLANNING AND ZONING
* Pierce next discussed the Plan-
ning and Zoning (P&Z) Commis-
sion meeting of February 9, 2000.
He said P&Z recommended ap-
proval of a private dock which falls
within the category of the Critical
Shoreline. This is a request by
Michael Kennedy on Lake Jane on
Alligator Point, which is an inte-
rior lake. The Board tabled this
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Dixie Theatre Honors Contributor,
Letter to the Editor
15 February, 2000
Do senior citizens, women and the physically impaired have the same
right to have equal access opportunity as other citizens to harvest
Florida's marine resources with 500 sq. ft. commercially viable nets?
Does the unnecessary killing and waste of Florida's juvenile fish need
to be stopped?
With the passing of Florida's Marine Net Limitation, Fishermen be-
gan to encourage its implementation considering all user groups. The
first sentences of the Constitutional Limitation established that man-
agement should consider all citizens and user groups. Title II of the
Americans with Disabilities Act demands that all citizens be consid-
ered when implementing programs. The Florida Statutes demand that
no corporation or citizen get more than their share of Marine Re-
sources. The Equal Employment Opportunity Act demands that no
one attack individuals taking their jobs without just cause.
The Fishermen began in 1996 to protect juvenile fish and the rights
.of citizens unable to throw a cast net. We simply ask to take the
material of a cast net to make a rectangular net. A cast net can be
any size mesh and made of any material. A cast net can be a mesh
size large enough to allow the escapement of juvenile fish.
After being stopped by Florida's government for almost four years,
once again the Fishermen will be before the 1st District Court of
Appeals. Mr. Ronald A. Mowrey will give oral arguments before the
1st DCA, March 8, 2000 at 10:00 a.m., pleading for the Civil Rights of
all citizens and resource protection. The question is "Will Right Be
We need your prayers and attendance at the 1st DCA, March 8, 2000
at 10:00 a.m.
Ronald F. Crum
Wakulla Fishermen's Association, Inc.
Florida WWII Veterans
Dear Friend and Neighbor:
During the last legislative session, a bill was introduced in the House
of Representatives to design and construct -a memorial dedicated to
the men and women, from the State of Florida, who served our coun-
try in World War II. A companion to this bill, Senate Bill 714, was
passed and signed into law by the Governor. However, the Governor
vetoed other legislation that allocated funds needed to start the pro-
Several veterans groups pledged to raise the necessary funds to be-
gin this overdue and worthwhile project. Aware of this commitment,
the Florida Fisherman's Federation and the Wakulla Fisherman's As-
sociation approached the committee with the idea of a seafood gumbo
dinner to generate funds for the memorial.
Ed Kaminski, a Viet Nam veteran, assembled a special committee of
veterans, government officials, and representatives of civic organiza-
tions to plan the event. Ed was elected chairman of the committee in
September of 1999. Since that first meeting, the committee has de-
cided to hold the seafood gumbo dinner at the Tallahassee Fair
Grounds on April 22, 2000.
There is a great deal of preparation that must take place before that
date. We realize that the only way this'event can be a success is with
the support of organizations and individuals from the entire state.
Therefore, in addition to selling-tickets for the individual dinners, we
are seeking donations from the public and corporate sponsors. We
are also requesting that you solicit donations from your members,
their families and friends. All donations, whether they be in-kind ser-
vices, tangible goods, or money, are all tax-deductible.
Checks may be.made payable to the "Florida World War II Veterans
Memorial Fund." Donations may be mailed to 3057 Laredo Drive,
Tallahassee, FL 32303. If you have any other questions about mak-
ing a donation to this event, you may contact Ed Kaminski at (850)
It is long overdue that we recognize and honor the sacrifices made by
the brave men and women of Florida who served our nation in World
War II. This memorial will be a small token of appreciation and love to
those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It will remain for all time
as a constant reminder that the price of freedom is not paid without
God Bless the United States of America and may she forever remain
as a symbol of freedom.
Yours in Comradeship,
Chairman of the Florida World War II Memorial Committee
CoAt POST OFFICE BOX 590
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THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHRONICLE, INC.
Vol. 9, No. 4
February 18, 2000
Publisher ................................................. Tom W Hoffer
Contributors .......................................... Tom Campbell
............ Barbara Revell
............ Rene Topping
............ Jean Collins
............. Carolyn Hatcher
Sales Jean Collins
............ Tom W. Hoffer
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 M orrison ........................................... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
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By Tom Campbell
The First Annual "Contributors
Party" was held at the Dixie The-
atre February 4, 2000. Sponsored
by the Dixie Theatre Foundation,
Inc., a non-profit organization, the
event was attended by approxi-
mately one hundred special
Owners of the Dixie Theatre, the
Partington Family, including Rex,
wife Cleo, and daughter Dixie
Partington, were on hand to greet
the guests and offer delicious re-
Notes on the program included:
"Not for profit organizations, es-
pecially those in the Arts and par-
ticularly the Theatre, cannot sur-
vive on the revenue from ticket
sales alone. Generally speaking,
the revenue from ticket sales cov-
ers at best 60 percent of expenses.
The remaining 40 percent comes
from contributions, both public
and private. More often than not,
the split is close to 50/50. With-
out this assistance the regional
theatres, such as the Dixie, could
not exist, let alone produce the
quality theatre their audiences ex-
The comments continued: "You
contributors to the not for profit
theatre are real 'Angels'. Aside
from the tax deduction, your true
return is knowing you are help-
ing support and cultivate the Arts
in your community. You are en-
hancing the quality of life for your
family, friends and the visitors to
Plaques to commemorate the con-
tributors to seats for the theatre
were displayed .on. the backs of
. seats. Other plaques were dis-
played on bricks in the north
brick wall insidei thei ortestfra
section of the theatre. During spe-
cial ceremonies, large plaques in
the lobby of the theatre displayed
the names of donors who gave
undesignated contributions to
Dixie Theatre Foundation, Inc.
The Panhandle Players, a commu-
nity group located in Carrabelle
and Lanark Village, donated spot-
lights and a generous contribu-
tion to the Dixie Theatre. The Pan-
handle Players were made up of
various people from all over
Franklin County and performed
community theatre shows for sev-
eral years. The group has been
invited to perform community
theatre productions at the Dixie
The Dixie Theatre is a beautiful
re-creation located at 21 Avenue
E in Historic Downtown
Apalach-icola. Phone 850-653-
3200 or on the Internet at
those who may wish to visit the
Contributors honored for their
generous donations were:
Anchor Resort Realty and
John Helen Spohrer
Prudential Resort Realty
Jane & Larry Burke
Jette & Linda Campbell
Coombs House Inn
Dr. & Mrs. Photis Nichols
Rex & Cleo Partington
Tallahassee Community College
Apalachicola Seafood Grill
Ann & Wesley Chesnut
The Gibson Inn
Earl F. Simmons
Rita & Michael O'Connell
Rex & Cleo Partington
Jette & Linda Campbell
Cleo Miles Partington
Dr. & Mrs. Photis Nichols
Ada White Long
Tony, Marsha & Cara Partington
Bedford & Eugenia Watkins
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Ten Ways To Fight Hate Crimes
The Sheriffs Star listed ten ways to fight hate crimes, commenting
that "every hour someone commits a hate crime. Every day eight
blacks, three whites, three gays, three Jews and one Latino, become
hate crime victims. Every week a cross is burned."
This comes from the November/December 1999 issue of The Florida
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization that fights
hate, intolerance and discrimination, has created a community re-
sponse guide offering 10 ways that every day citizens can play a role
in reducing the incidence of hate crimes in their community.
"There is something on this list for each one of us."
1-ACT. Don't tolerate an action of hatred. Apathy is interpreted as
2-UNITE. If you note an increase in hate crimes in your community,
organize a group of allies from churches, schools and civic organiza-
tions to speak out against them.
3-SUPPORT THE VICTIMS. Hate-crime victims are especially vul-
nerable, fearful and alone. Let them know you care.
4-DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Determine if a hate group is involved in
a crime or series of crimes. Research its symbols and agenda. Seek
advice from anti-hate organizations and get the information out to
5-CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE. Do not attend a hate rally. Hold a
unity rally or parade, instead. Create a news hook such as a "hate-free
6-SPEAK UP. All of us have First Amendment rights. Use them to
expose hate through ads and news conferences. Help news organiza-
tions achieve balance and depth in their reporting.
7-LOBBY LEADERS. Persuade politicians, business and commu-
nity leaders to take a stand against hate. Early action creates a posi-
tive reputation for the community. Unanswered hate will eventually
8-LOOK LONG RANGE. Create a "bias response" team. Hold an-
nual events such as a parade or culture fair to celebrate your
community's diversity and harmony. Create a website.
9-TEACH TOLERANCE. Bias is learned early, and usually at home.
Children can still be influenced by school programs and curricula.
Hold contests that celebrate diversity and target youths who may be
tempted by skinheads or other hate groups.
10-DIG DEEPER. Look into issues that divide us: economic inequal-
ity, immigration, race. Work against discrimination in housing, em-
ployment, education. Look inside yourself for prejudices and stereo-
For more information on how to fight Hate Crimes in your commu-
nity, visit the Center's website: www.splceter.org.
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primary care services, including acute visits, routine physical,
cervical pap smears, and treatment of chronic adult medical ill-
nesses such as diabetes, lung disorders, high blood pressure,
heart problems, and stomach and intestinal disorders, just to
name a few. She is especially interested in preventive medical
services both for men and women, which include screenings for
osteoporosis, breast, colon and prostate cancers. For specialty
care, Dr. Nitsios coordinates referrals to specialists in Panama
City and Tallahassee as needed.
Dr. Nitsios went to medical school at New York Medical College
and the University of Maryland. She subsequently completed a
three-year adult medicine training program at the University of
Maryland and is on staff at Weem's Memorial Hospital in
Dr. Nitsios has three convenient locations to meet your needs in
Apalachicola, Carrabelle and Port St. Joe.
Please call us with any questions at the number listed below.
Drs. Sanaullah and Nitsios are located at 74 Sixteenth Street in
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Gulf State Bank
Cliff & Denise Butler
Thank you Chef Bob & Lily
Frank & Faith Whiteside
Earl F. Simmons-"Jelly Roll"
Robert & Martha Spivey
Ross & Dorothea Smith
Curt & Beth Blair
Richard & Susan Fallon
Virginia M. Herrmann
Harry & Katrena Plumblee
Jerry & Karen Thompson
In Honor of Kathleen R. Hays
In Honor of Kitty Angelman
Honoring Patsy Hays Philyaw by
Honoring Frances Toulon by
Alive Driving Class
Ms. Helen Schmidt, Executive
Director of Franklin County Se-
nior Citizens Center, announced
Friday that the center would be
used for holding the "55 Alive
Driving Class," sponsored by
Those interested in information
on the class can contact Mr. Mel
McCarthy in Tallahassee at phone
Ms. Schmidt said there will be two
4-hour sessions involved in the
classes. A workbook will be used.
Mr. Mel McCarthy at the phone
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The Franklin Chronicle
Chillas Hall In
By Tom Campbell
Ms. M. Kathryn Kemp was hon-
ored Friday, February 11, by the
group she served faithfully for
many years. The Lanark Village
Association sponsored a luncheon
in Chillas Hall, a pot luck lunch,
in honor of Ms. Kemp.
Nearly a hundred friends and
neighbors attended the event and,
of course, the home cooking was
One of her friends and neighbors,
Ms. Mary McSweeney, said Ms.
Kemp has "lived in the Village 18
years. She came St. Patrick's Day,
The plaque given to Ms. Kemp
stated: "In recognition of out-
standing dedication and service,
this is awarded to M. Kathryn
Kemp. For her column on the Vil-
lage in The Times for many years,
her many hours spent on getting
our new bus and serving as Presi-
dent of the Lanark Travelers Inc.
her Term as President of the
Lanark Village Association, and
for being a Good Friend and
Neighbor. Presented this day, Feb-
ruary 11, 2000, by the Board and
Members of the Lanark Village
Association, The Lanark Travel-
ers Inc. and the Residents of
Lanark Village, Florida."
Ms. Kemp, after almost twenty
years of living and serving in
Lanark Village, is preparing to
move to Ada, Oklahoma. She will
have her own apartment there,
and will be near her sister-in-law,
who lives in the same town.
The well-wishers numbered
nearly a hundred. The consensus
was that Ms. Kemp was a good
servant and friend, and she will
By Tom Campbell
The first order of business in the
City ofApalachicola Commission-
ers Meeting February 8 was to
honor the memory of Officer Fred
Babb. His widow, Ms. Evelyn C.
Babb, received the plaque honor-
ing his memory.
The plaque stated: "In memory of
Officer Fred Babb, killed in line
of duty December 1, 1967. Pre-
sented by City of Apalachicola."
It will be displayed in City Hall.
The Commissioners approved the
request by the Chamber of Com-
merce to hold the second annual
Boat Show later in 2000, in the
City of Apalachicola.
The Franklin County SWAT
team-Students Working Against
Tobacco-gave a presentation be-
fore the Commissioners. Ms.
Temolynne Wintons is Coordina-
tor of the Franklin County SWAT
team. Their program highlighted
the purposes of the students'
work, including understanding
the laws against tobacco use by
teenagers and the reasons why
tobacco is harmful to young
A question of work equipment
needed by the City was discussed.
Current bids were rejected, in or-
der to assess the needs as to spe-
cific equipment. The City will re-
advertise for bids later. Depart-
ment heads will be given oppor-
tunity for input as to special
needs for equipment. Motion car-
The Honorable Alan Pierce,
Mayor, pointed out that Mr.
Jimmy Nichols had a good idea,
suggesting the Commissioners
recognize Black History Month. A
Proclamation was passed by the
Commissioners, unanimously. In
part, the proclamation stated:
"Whereas, throughout the United
States of America, Black History
Month is observed during the
month of February, and
Whereas, a considerable part of
the City of Apalachicola's popu-
lation is of black descent, and
Whereas, the black population of
the City of Apalachicola, over the
years, has contributed immensely
to the economic base of the City,
Whereas, the black population of
the City of Apalachicola, has con-
tributed a percentage of elected
officials in municipal, county, and
school board offices, and
Whereas, because of this elected
representation, all have benefited,
and ... all have benefited from the
Now, therefore, let it be known
that the membership of the City
Government ... unanimously pro-
claims Black History Month dur-
ing the month of February..."
Mayor Alan Pierce recommended
an environmental committee,
seven members including the
mayor, to try to make a scientific,
broad view of fact-finding to find
some resolution to the problems
of wastewater treatment. The
committee should be created and
the motion carried unanimously.
First Tuesday after the first Mon-
day in March, March 7, will be the
next meeting of the Apalachicola
Gray, Calhoun and Associates,
was represented by Jay Calhoun,
principal engineer. Located in
Tampa, Florida, the company is
studying the intersection of Av-
enue E and Highway 98 in
Apalachicola, to explore the need.
They recommend a "Round-
About," rather than a stop light.
A conceptual "Round-About" dia-
gram was presented and ex-.
plained. It would require land-
scaping. Space was provided for
the larger vehicles in making the
By Rene Topping
There was an outcry from the
overflow crowd of Carrabelle resi-
dents at the February 3rd City
Commission meeting, as the com-
missioners overturned their
unanimous January meeting vote
to hold a special election to fill the
seat of Parks and Roads vacated
when Fred Massey resigned at the
December 1999 meeting. The
commissioners first rescinded
their January vote 3-1 for a spe-
cial election. The lone hold-out for
the special election was Commis-
sioner Pam Lycett.
Then despite a clamor of objec-
tions from the audience that
lasted for an hour, the commis-
sioners voted 3 1 to fill the seat
by appointment with Rita Preston
who was seated immediately fol-
lowing the vote. She then took
part in the rest of the meeting.
The Franklin County Senior Cen-
ter exceeded the seating capacity
and many residents stood along
one side and the back of the room
as the meeting began. The city
clerk Beckey Jackson read the
first item. "Item Number One in
unfinished business. Filling a va-
cancy on the City Commission by
appointment or Special Election
on date to be determined."
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Commissioner Frank Mathes
said, "I make a motion we rescind
the motion that was made last
month on the special election."
His was seconded by Commis-
sioner Phillip Rankin on a 3-1 vote
with Commissioner Pam Lycett
Messer said, "All right. We need
to vote." Cries of "What are you
doing?" "We, can't hear you."
"What did you vote on?"
The mayor said, "Last month we
voted that we were supposed to
have an election. Tonight we are
going to have another vote on ap-
pointing a commissioner." There
were cries of "Why can't we have
it?" (an election) and the mayor
said, "Hold it. Hold it. I went
though all this last month and I
am not going though it no more.
So you can stop that right here.
Stop it. Everybody knows about
One member of the audience
asked, "You had a unanimous
vote to have an election." The
crowd shouted out "You sure did."
City Clerk asked for order. Gary,
Reakes spoke up saying "We are
all saying the same thing, Becky."
He then spoke directly to the com-
missioners. "You voted unani-
mously last month and all of a
sudden now you are changing
your mind." Tim Sullivan said
"Why can't we have a special elec-
As shouts went up "No appoint-
ments," "You voted for a special
election," Messer said "It's over
with," as he banged the gavel very
vigorously. Many of the crowd
were now on their feet as they
sought to be heard. There were
angry cries of "No, It's not over."
The mayor instructed the Police
Chief Buddy Shiver, "Clean them.
out. Clean them all out."
Shiver got the attention of the
crowd and said, "Okay They are
going to do what they want to do,
so you may as well just be quiet."
No one was either advancing to-
wards the podium or using any
bad language or making threats
of any kind, so the Chief, after
asking for order, stood watching
the crowd from the side of the
When there was no response to
their requests for the election, one
erson in the crowd said, "Let's
ave an explanation." Phillip
Rankin said, "I'm ready to give you
one. Y'all sit down for just a
minute." He was asked to stand
right up, and speak loudly, which
he did. "Let's get this over with. I,
for one rescind my vote of last
month. I abstained one time and
I voted another. But I went back
and according to the ordinance
and the charter we have elected
officials, and a duty. And our duty
is to.appoint and keep us out of
the expense of a special election."
There was a smattering of ap-
plause from a small group sitting
together on one side of the room.
Rankin continued, "I want to say
something else. In the election you
voted this board in. You said you
gave us the authority to be the
voice for the people. You cannot
now take it back now when we are
trying to make a decision and my
decision is for the people."
Jean Reakes interrupted, "How
many years are we going to have
to put up with this? (appointment
instead of election.)."
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Rankin responded. "Excuse me,
ma'am. This is not the same set
of people. Give us the benefit of
the doubt. Give us the opportu-
nity to prove ourselves. Don't
think that because somebody
thinks of the 'good old boy game,'
this may not be the good old boy
He added, Me, for one, I stand
up for the people of Carrabelle and
tonight when I vote I'm voting for
the people of Carrabelle, because
I was elected by the people of
Carrabelle. You gave me that
right. Rankin went on, "We don't
have to have a special election if
we think it is in the best interests
of the city."
Rankin bristled when asked by
Jean Reakes how long he had
talked to Gaidry. Rankin said that
he did not have to talk to anybody
and that he was educated enough
to make his own decision.
Pat Maier said, "Nobody is ques-
tioning your education." Phillip
Rankin responded, "No, she's
questioning my integrity."
Cheryl Sanders, county commis-
sioner whose district is part of
Carrabelle asked why a special
election could not be held at the
same time as the primary in early
.March. City Attorney Gaidry said
he had spoken to Supervisor of
Elections Doris Shiver Gibbs and
she could not do that because she
had to use the same ballot all over
the county. To do a separate elec-
tion would cost around $2,000.
He added. "The charter and the
ordinance provide for this board
to fill that vacancy, just as Com-
missioner Rankin said."
He said that Commissioner
Rankin is taking a lot of flak for
doing his duty. There was no re-
sponse to a suggestion that
Jimmy Trawick who was runner
up in the last election for the seat
be chosen to fill the seat vacated
by Fred Massey, who served only
two months and then abruptly
resigned, quoting health reasons.
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Pat Maier was recognized and she
said, "The city charter does not
specifically preclude a special
election. Once again, we cannot
pick and choose from the city
charter what we want or don't
want. As to the cost there are
plenty of citizens here who would
pay for the expense and it would
not cost the city anything."
Angela Sheridan questioned the
residency of the Mayor within the
city limits. Audrey Messer. wife of
the Mayor, said that she had "...
put in on the first day of March to
get into the city." According to the
city minutes Audrey Messer had
petitioned to be taken into the city
limits at the May 8, 1999 meet-
ing. At that time Gaidry had said
that Ms. Messer would need to
document the ownership of the
property. Virginia Sanborn was
Mayor at that time, and being in
real estate, said she would help
Ms. Messer with the paperwork.
Commissioner Pam Lycett said
that she had no objection as long
as it did not have any cost to the
city. Gaidry in answer to a ques-
tion later from the Chronicle said
that as there was no objection
that was the time her residence
was counted as in the city.
After a few more exchanges and
remarks from the audience,
Messer again banged the gavel
saying that he "... was not going
to put up with it no more." He or-
dered Shiver, "Buddy, I want you
to put them out. If you can't do it
the sheriffs department said
they'd be here in a heartbeat."
Shiver offered the mayor his cell
phone to make the call.. Messer
responded that, "They are on the
way. You can't do your job, come
see me in the morning." He then
asked for a vote.
However, he paused to recognize
a past mayor, Charles Millender,
who asked the question, "I want
to know why Frank (Mathes) has
to write out who you want to vote
for?" Messer said, "He ain't got to
write it out for me." Millender said,
"He did last time." Messer angrily
responded, I can write as good as
you and read as good as you. And
I've got a lot more guts than you
Millender said "You may have."
Messer declared that he was not
going to quit.
The police chief called for order.
"All right. Y'all sit down and be
quiet and let them go ahead and
get to the vote." Joe Roche stood
up and said, "This is a
double-cross. You all voted for a
special election." Messer said,
"You asked for it. I called the law.
You sit down now. I am going to
call for the vote." Roche said "I'd
rather be thrown out than sit
down." There was a further ex-
change and when Roche said,
- "You broke your word to us."
Messer banged the gavel and said
"Hey, start moving them out when
I point to them, Buddy" (Chief
Shiver). But the Chief stood
against the side wall and kept on
watching. Messer said, "Let's get
this over with."
Trish Messick commented, "Every
single one of you are elected offi-
cials. I would like to see some of
you act like elected officials in-
stead of fool bosses. I would like
to be talked to as a citizen and
not a dog."
The clerk then read the three
people the commissioners were to
choose from. She said, 'The ones
they are choosing from are Jimmy
Trawick, Dr. Ed Saunders and
Rita Preston." This time there was
pink slips for the commissioners
while the Mayor used a blue one.
The clerk called the results of the
vote and there was three votes for
Preston and one for Trawick.
Rita Preston took her seat at the
table. At this point about half of
the audience filed noisily out of
(For information: In a query from
the Chronicle to the State Super-
visor of Elections there seems to
be no legal reason why a public
donation could not be used; how-
ever the Chronicle was advised
that it is a local matter 'and the
question should be referred to the
city attorney. On being asked, the
City Attorney said that he, too,
could not find anything that spoke
to citizens donating their money.)
By Tom Campbell
About sixteen students and some
faculty from FAMU in Tallahas-
see were in Carrabelle Friday,
February 11, to look at the site of
the new Franklin County Library.
Some were third year Architecture
Design students from FAMU.
Professor Valerie A. Goodwin and
Professor Andrew Click were in
charge of the group. Professor
Goodwin said that the students
would be offering their design
possibilities for the new library.
"We're very excited about the
project," she said.
In the photo are FAMU students
Kelly Browning, Darius White and
While they were here in town, the
group visited some of the high-
lights of the area, including
Professor Valerie A. Goodwin said
the students would finish their
design project in "about six
Attorney Rachel Chesnut
States Facts For Record
By Tom Campbell
Some Confusion Because Of Varying Accounts
Due to varying news accounts of the resignation of State Attorney
Rachel Chesnut of Apalachicola, some confusion was expressed by
several readers of the Apalachicola Times. One account had stated
that Chesnut "abruptly resigned Friday amid rumors of misconduct.
When asked in an interview February 5, if she would care to com-
ment on that, Chesnut said, "Not true."
She continued, "On Monday, 24th of January (2000), 1 received a
phone call from Mr. Meggs (State Attorney Willie Meggs), who told me
that I was going to be transferred to the Wakulla office to be the
Felony Prosecutor there. I indicated that I was not interested in leav-
ing Apalachicola, and I felt it was in my best interest to resign. The
transfer was to take effect that week, so he had someone else coming
in to take over the Apalachicola office that week, so I made my resig-
nation effective on that Friday."
She said she.handled her resignation by letter, dated Friday, the 28th
of January, 2000. She said she discussed it with Mr. Meggs and told
him she was willing to do whatever she could in order to help with the
transition, and agreed to work through the end of the week, "because
he did already have someone down here."
She said the reason for the resignation was, "I didn't want to be moved
to the Wakulla County office. I grew up in Apalachicola, and when I
finished law school I returned to Apalachicola and was in private
practice for about a year and a half. And then became the Misde-
meanor Prosecutor here, in February of 1997." She was in the misde-
meanor position until November of 1998, and then became the Felony
Prosecutor. She decided she would go ahead and resign, and open a
private practice in Apalachicola, rather than move to Wakulla.
State Attorney Willie Meggs reportedly said that his office "had never
had a problem with Chesnut's legal reasoning or decisions." Asked if
that was her understanding, Chesnut said, "Yes."
She said she was taking a long view of her career and her life.plan,
and just decided that she wanted to stay in Apalachicola, "and it was
good timing, rather than going to Wakulla." ,. .
When she first became the misdemeanor attorney, "I was only work-
ing part-time, and my agreement with Mr. Meggs was that I could
continue to do private practice at that time, as long as I wasn't taking
criminal cases that would be affected by my job. When I became
full-time in July of '97, 1 didn't do any more private practice, and I
never ran a private practice out of the State Attorney's office."
"Move for Political Purposes?"
Chesnut was asked if she would care to comment on the fact that she
was quoted as saying, "There was a decision made, I believe, to move
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She said, "I am friends with one of the candidates who is running for
sheriff, and when I talked with Mr. Meggs, he told me that he had
received a phone call expressing concern about the appearance that
the sheriffs department race would be run out of his office, and that
any appearance of favoritism had to be avoided. Now, I have never
done anything as far as endorsing anyone in that race. I'm sure that
some of the deputies and other law enforcement officers know, of
course, who I would be favoring-who, in my personal opinion, should
be the next sheriff, but I had never done anything to express that in
the office. So that was what I was told was one of the reasons for me
being moved to Wakulla, was to remove that appearance, that the
state attorney's office would be involved in a sheriff s race."
Same Article, But Differences in First and Last Paragraphs in
Carrabelle Times and Apalachicola Times
In reporting Chesnut's resignation, the article that appeared in the
February 3, 2000, Apalachicola Times varied in two places-the first
paragraph and the last paragraph-from the same article that ap-
peared in the February 2, 2000, Carrabelle Times. In both newspa-
pers, the same article was under the headline: "State Attorney Chesnut
resigns." In both newspapers, the article was credited to "Times Staff
Report, Palmer Hasty."
It is interesting to note the difference in the two paragraphs.
In the Carrabelle Times of February 2, the first sentence of the first
paragraph stated: "State Attorney Rachel Chesnut officially resigned
In the Apalachicola Times of February 3, the first sentence of the first
paragraph stated: "State Attorney Rachel Chesnut abruptly resigned
Friday amid rumors of misconduct."
There were also changes in the last paragraph of the article. The
Carrabelle paper stated: "Chesnut said that she already has a loca-
tion for her private practice, which will be in the Hayes House on the
corner of Avenue C and 4th Street."
The Apalachicola paper dated February 3, changed that last para-
graph and stated: "While at the State Attorney's Office Meggs had
allowed Chesnut to maintain her private practice at the courthouse.
Chesnut did not say what if this latest incident would effect her ru-
mored intention to run for county judge."
In addition to poor grammar and/or typographical errors, the quote
also displays incomplete details in reporting. When questioned,.
Chesnut said, "The first that I heard that I was running for county
judge was when I read it in the newspaper. No, I have no intent to run
for county judge. I have never expressed that intent to anyone, and
Shave no reason to know why anyone would think that."
Rachel Chesnut received her Law Degree from Florida State Univer-
sity. She graduated from Apalachicola High School in 1985. She re-
ceived her undergraduate degree from FSU in 1989. She worked sev-
Seral years, then went back to FSU and graduated from Law School in
December of 1994.
She said her law office was scheduled to open February 15, 2000, in
the Hayes House, Dan Garlick's office building, at 48 Avenue D, Suite
S3, in Apalachicola.
SShe said she will be doing civil and criminal practice.
Proposed Scenic Byways from Page 1
It is a bold program that will pre-
serve not only the roads but also
the special areas that the roads
travel through. The ladies showed
the route that visitors would take
which encompasses some of the
best scenery in the area. From
seashore to forest, the byway
would take the traveler on some
of the roads less traveled and are
a part of the secret allure of this
part of the Panhandle.
Ms. Haddock explained that there
is funding for the project and in-
deed part of Franklin County on
C. 65 is already designated as a
scenic .byway because of the
woodllnds -a id tihe mas of wild-
flowers In spring and fall.
Ms. Harvey said if a person is in-
terested in preserving, maintain-
ing, protecting and enhancing this
natural beauty they should form
a Community Advocacy Group
(CAG), as the program is built on
Harvey said that organizations
such as the CLA are the ones who
have done it in other parts of the
state. She said members of gar-
den clubs, civic clubs, environ-
mental groups, and community-
based associations can join to-
gether in a concerted effort.
She went on, "We need the help
of determined people such as
yourselves, and that is why you
were just given our first showing
of this Big Bend Scenic Byway
The proposal can become a real-
ity if the county and city commis-
sions will lend their support to
groups working on the program.
It will, not, ost the community.
governments anything except an.
expression of the fact that they
want to see their community rec-
If this proposal is something you
would like to work with, you can
call Shannon Harvey, 850-926-
3561, and Laura Haddock, 850-
638-0250, for more information.
Sponsored by the United Method-
ist Women of St. George Island
United Methodist Church, the
Rev. Patricia D. Brown will
present another in her inspira-
tional seminars for women at a
retreat on Saturday, March 11,
from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
A noted leader of congregational
spiritual formation workshops
and retreats throughout the
country, Rev. Brown entities her
presentation "Heart-to-Heart: A
Spiritual Journey for Women."
This "Florida-grown" program
gathers women into an intimate,
relaxed setting to share their sto-
ries, sort out their lives, and re-
assess God's will. The easy-to-
follow lessons use shared leader-
ship and are perfect for today's
busy women. The "SpiritWorks"
program is designed to introduce
materials for continued Bible
study sessions. These materials
will be available for purchased at
The retreat will be held at St.
George Island United Methodist
Church, located on beautiful St.
George Island at 201 E. Gulf
Beach Drive. Beginning with reg-
istration at 9:00 a.m., the pro-
gram includes a luncheon with
special spiritual music, keynote
presentation by Patricia Brown,
and workshop sessions conclud-
'injgat 4:00 p.m. The cost for the
"-.ts events, including the lur-
cheon, is $10.00.
She is the author of six books,
including "Learning to Lead From
Your Spiritual Center,"
"SpiritGifts," "One Spirit," "Many
Gifts" and "365 Affirmations for
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Pastor Charles Pinkerton Jr., of
First Baptist Church St. George
Island, will be leaving the church
February 24th. He will be missed
greatly by the church family.
Pinkerton became the pastor Au-
gust 18, 1996. In his 3 1/2 years
as pastor, membership more than
doubled and 37 people were bap-
tized. While here as pastor, he
completed his BA in Theology
from Florida Baptist Theological
College and his Masters in Theol-
ogy from Andersonville Baptist
Seminary. A farewell dinner was
hosted by the church on Febru-
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Sponsored by the Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Grand
Opening of J and D Outlet was held February 4. Located in the
Mini-Mall East at Number 3 in Carrabelle, the outlet is owned by
Joyce and Dennis Delmaine of Carrabelle.
According to Joyce Delmaine, "We sell just about everything in the
way of general merchandise." The store has been called by some lo-
cals "a mini-Wal-Mart."
The store has actually been in service since November 13, 1999. The
Delmaines said, "We want to thank everyone in the community for
being so nice to us during the holidays. We had a fantastic season."
J and D Outlet also sells shoes-ladies, mens and kids. The owners
said, "If you don't see something that you need, just ask for it. We can
probably help you find it."
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By Rene Topping
Margo Armistead attended the
Alligator Point Taxpayers meeting
held February 12 at the Volunteer
Fire House to give the residents
the latest news on happenings at,
the Alligator Point Marina. This
marina has had a series of own-
ers and at the present time Ms.
Armistead is managing the ma-
rina and also maintains her real
estate office on the premises.
She said that at the present time
the Marina is in default foreclo-
sure, which she said means that
the second mortgage holder, Jack
Clark, has filed a motion against
the last owner, Rick Blake, and
when he did not respond she said
a default for foreclosure was
granted in December. She said
Larry Short is the receiver.
She started off saying, "I am man-
aging it in default because I had
a real estate office there," and she
added that in the past she had
managed hotels. She said that
they are working with a group of
,investors. Meanwhile she is the
person accepting all bids on sev-.
eral repairs necessary to keep the
They are paying particular notice
to each of the slips. She said she
is working on making each slip
an individual entity and they are
taking out the floating docks. Her
job is to work on faults and try to
cure them. She said the main
fault on the docks was on handi-
cap access. This was made a pri-
ority and they are solving this
problem by making them all have
They are taking bids now for work
on all the docks. She said they
had a contract but the company
could not get the work done in the
time frame needed. She said they
are placing high priority on get-
ting a new one in place.
They are also taking bids on
re-skinning part of the barn and
repainting it. There will also be an
additional roofed-in area and
more storage for larger boats.
She said she is looking for people
who may have boats or trailers in
the yard as they have lost the ac-
Board MeVets. .
By Tom Campbell
The District School Board of
Franklin County held its regular
School Board meeting February
10. The Expulsion Hearing, which
was to be closed to the public, and
was to be held fifteen minutes af-
ter the board adjourned, was
Approximately 30 people attended
the meeting, in addition to the
complete board and staff.
Ms. Temolynne Wintons, coordi-
nator of the Franklin County Stu-
dents Working Against Tobacco
Use, presented some of her stu-
dents. The group is sometimes
called the Coalition for Prevention
of Tobacco Use. Mr. George
Chapel of Apalachicola is the Ad-
viser for the group. Another label
given to the group is SWAT.
There were'about 15 SWAT mem-
bers from all over the county.
They presented an informative
program, which highlighted the
fact that the "Florida Clean Indoor
Act" (FCIAA) states that "any per-
son under 18 years of age is not
allowed to smoke tobacco in, on,
or within 1,000 feet of the real
property boundary of a public or
private school between the hours
of 6:00 a.m. and midnight. If the
prohibition is violated, the viola-
tor will be issued a citation charg-
ing him/her with a civil infraction
that may include a fine of up to
$25 and 50 hours of community
service, along with the success-
ful completion of a school-based
"alternative to suspension" pro-
The students also requested that
all teachers and adult role mod-
els refrain from smoking on
school property. It was pointed
out that the students know who
is smoking and that the adults
"don't fool anybody." A student
pointed out that "you can smell
tobacco on their breath and cloth-
"A Teen Perspective" by Jared
Perez pointed out, "in Florida,
truth has come to symbolize not
only the first teen-created
and teen-driven statewide
anti-tobacco program, but also a
movement that has united a gen-
eration against an industry that
has lied to and manipulated the
American people for decades."
The group of SWAT members were
loudly applauded by the school
board and visitors. Handouts ex-
plained the dangers of smoking
.and the board members seemed
very appreciative of the students'
Following the SWAT presentation,
the principals of the Franklin
schools gave their reports. Black
History Month, the Science Fairs
and preparation for FCAT writing
skills dominated the reports. In
counts and she is piecing things
together. She asked anyone who
knew any of these people to have
them to get in touch with her.
She was asked about the boat
ramp which needs to have some
maintenance and, due to the
buildup of sand, residents say it
is impossible to launch from
there. Armistead said they have
had to abandon the boat ramp.
However, she said that they have
equipment to put in any size of
The Coast Guard Auxiliary has
lost their Radio Room where they
communicated with boats in dis-
tress. Armistead said that they
were sorry to have to do that and
said they will seek to accommo-
date them somewhere else as
soon as possible.
She said much of the property has
been fenced, sand will be put un-
der lock and key for security. Any
person needing .entrance should
call her and she will open it up.
She also said she is on duty seven
days a week and is there at the
marina from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
weekdays. On weekends she
opens at 7 a.m. and stays until 6
p.m. She said will always stay
until all boats are in and will also
come in earlier for an early
She said that she hopes to have
some people take over the restau-
rant and some of the other prop-
erty might be used by a dive shop
or a ship's store. She added that
in every way she would try to have
a good relationship with. the resi-
dents and visitors to the Point.
She cautioned the residents that
some of these things might have
to be changed and asked for their
County Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders said that the land the
boat ramp is on is owned by the
state. She told the Pointers that
she has scoured the entire pen-
insula for a place the county could
use to put in a boat ramp. She
suggested that some of the resi-
dents come to a county meeting
and get on the agenda with a re-
quest for help from the county.
Armistead said that they are try-
ing to work out monthly and
yearly permits with better prices
for launching boats. She finished
up by saying that she would talk
to anyone about the marina in
terms of "after December 14" as
that was when she took over the
management. She also said she
will talk to anyone on the phone
until they shout at her. She can
be reached at 850-349-2511.
her written handout, Principal
Denise Butler of Apalachicola
High School pointed out that
"Eddie Joseph has been chosen
Teacher of the Year by the fac-.
She also pointed out that "Aca-
demic ribbons for faculty, volun-
teers, community members, Dis-
trict officials and School Board
members were" being handed out.
She stated that "The Prom will be
held on Saturday, April 15th at
the Armory." A copy of prom rules
In her report, Superintendent
Brenda Galloway pointed out that
"all schools will participate in the
Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion
Parade Saturday, March 12, at
10:30 a.m. in Carrabelle. Ms.
Helen Schmidt, Executive Direc-
tor of Franklin Senior Citizens
Center, has announced that this
will be the biggest parade ever in
the five years of Camp Gordon
Johnston Reunion parades.
Marching bands from all over the
area will participate. Over 35
units are scheduled to appear
in the March 12 parade in
The constructive meeting touched
on many items, including the "lost
yearbook" which has now, accord-
ing to school Attorney Barbara
Sanders, been promised a deliv-
ery date some time-this year.
Progress was also reported on the
Carrabelle Elementary Play-
ground, with promises of sched-
uled completion by April of 2000.
The meeting adjourned shortly
after 8 p.m.
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Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion
Schedule of Events
March 10, 11, 12, 2000
Friday, March 10th
0900-1200 hours: registration at Senior Citizen Center, Carrabelle.
1200-1300 hours: Opening Luncheon (Guest Speaker W.W.II veteran
1330-1800 hours: Free Time: (visit Apalachicola or St. George Island)
1800-2200 hours: Welcome Social Mixer at Post 82, CGJ American
Legion at Lanark Village.
Saturday, March 11th
0800-1000 hours: Breakfast at the Senior Center, Carrabelle.
1045-1130 hours: Parade in downtown Carrabelle (don't miss this
one! seating for CGJA visitors will be set up at U.S. 98 and Marine
1130-1200 (approx.) Dedication of CGJ Memorial Highway at Sands
Field. Army Band will play at this event.
1200-1330 hours: Lunch at any Carrabelle restaurant. (Use your Meal
1330-1600 hours: Bus tour of old CJA area. (Bus leaves from Harry's
1600-1830: Free time. (Why not visit the CGJ Museum on 4th Street?)
1830-2030 hours: Dinner dance at Chillas Hall, Lanark Village (Swing
Band will perform)
Sunday, March 12th
0730-0930 hours: Breakfast at Chillas Hall, Lanark Village.
1000- 1130 hours: Annual Meeting of Camp Gordon Johnston Asso-
ciation at Chillas Hall.
1200-1600: Free Time.
1600-1800 hours: Farewell Barbecue sponsored by Timber Island
Yacht Club at Pirates Landing Marina and McGee's Tiki Bar on Tim-
ber Island. (Folks, you'll not want to miss this event)
Have a safe trip home and come visit your CGJA anytime during the
Reunion Coming March 10, 11, 12
By Rene Topping
With less than four weeks away
from their annual reunion, the lo-
cal Camp Gordon Johnston Re-
union members are getting into
high gear on their plans for the
weekend of March 10, 11, and 12.
Reservations for the event are
coming in at a fast pace, and the
local members are hard at work
getting everything ready.
Reunion President Sid Winches-
ter announced that the Parade
Marshal will be Major Robert
Dunbar of Tallahassee, who
served at the Camp in WWII, who
along with some of the other
members will be wearing his WWII
Parade organizers say that this
will be the longest parade ever and
that there will be many more
WWII vehicles in the parade. .
This year the parade will end at
George Sands Memorial Athletic
Field where there will be the dedi-
cation of Highway 98 as Camp
Gordon Johnston Memorial High-
way. Florida State Representative
Janegale Boyd will officiate in
dedicating the brightly painted
The 13th Army Band from Miami
will play patriotic music and there
will be several other speakers.
Most honored of those in the pa-
rade will be a group of veterans
who are returning to their train-
ing grounds. They will march or
ride at the front of the parade.
There is still time to enter a float
or vehicle or just to walk the pa-
rade route. If you are interested
call Helen Schmidt at the Franklin
County Senior Center.
February 18 April 1, 2000
18 February-St. George Plantation Owner's Association. The next Board of
Directors meeting will be held on Saturday. March 18. 2000. 12:00 noon, at
the Clubhouse. Prior to the Directors meeting, at 10:00 a.m.. a workshop
membership meeting regarding the proposed Entrance/Impact Fee will be
held. The last workshop was held on November 20. 1999 and this will be a
follow-up to that meeting.
19 February-Ninth Annual Bow Wow Ball. In memory of Dr. Stephen Gross.
At Harry A's Porch Club, St. George Island. Saturday, 7 p.m. $15 per person
or $25 per couple. Donation includes buffet, music and auction. A donation of
dog food, cat food, kitty litter. Live music by Swing Shift at 9 p.m. This is a
benefit for the Franklin County Humane Society.
20 February-Boys Choir of Tallahassee Concert at the Dixie Theatre.
Apalachicola, 4 p.m., Sunday. $5 donations and love offerings will be accepted.
Sponsored by the Love Center, Bishop Daniel and Shirley White. Pastors.
23 February-State-Wide Tornado Drill for schools. School districts, private
schools, pre-schools and daycare centers a-c urged to participate in the drill.
The National Weather Service will issue a practice Tornado Watch for the state
at about 9 a.m.. EST. If severe weather is actually threatening the state, the
drill will be postponed until Friday. For the Panhandle counties within the
Central Time Zone, all drill activities will be repeated one hour later (9:00-10:00 -
a.m. Central Time).
26 February-Yaupon Garden Club Fashion Show.
27 February-Temolynne Wintons in Concert! Sponsored by the Love and
Worship Center, 151 10th Street, Apalachicola. 850-653-2203. Black History
Month Celebration 2000. This multitalented singing, dancing, acting, bonafide
Christian-ministering entertainer will bless you in this first-ever event! 6 p.m.
Sunday, at the Worship Center.
3 March-Preview, St. George Island Charity Chili CookoffAuction. 5 p.m. 8
p.m. Oyster Cove Restaurant, $5 per person. Preview consists of art, antiques
and other quality items to be featured in the Saturday, 4 March auction at the
Cookoff. Wine and hors d'oeuvres included in the admission.
4 March-St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff. For the 18th year. the Cookoff
benefits the island and area fire-fighters and First Responders. This is the
largest International Chili Society regional in the U. S. Events begin at 8 a.m.
with the 5K run followed by the auction 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Bring money for the
auction and eats. Call 850-653-9419 for info.
4 and 5 March-Civil War Re-Enactment at Woodville Natural Bridge. The
historic battle to "defend Tallahassee" from the northerners is restaged. En-
campments and sutlers available Saturday, 4 March. Re-enactment is staged
on Sunday, 5 March, beginning with ceremonies at 1: 30 p.m. Bring folding
chairs and warm clothing. No admission charge to the re-enactment but some
extra coin would be useful in dealing with the sutlers, who will be selling
souvenirs of the Civil War, and some refreshments available. Be aware that
there are likely to be featured real cannon and gun shots along with the smell
of gun powder to complement the reenactment.
11 and 12 March-Annual Celebration of Camp Gordon Johnston and Re-
union, Carrabelle, FL, amphibious training site in World War II. Parade Satur-
day a.m. Tours, reunion activities. For information, call 850-697-3246.
1 April-Tyndall Air Force Base will host its Gulf Coast Salute 2000, April 1
from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. This open house and air show is open to the public with
free admission and parking. Headlining this year's show is the United States
Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. In addition to the Golden Knights,
numerous other flying demonstrations are planned. Included in the lineup
are an F-15 Demonstration Team from Eglin AFB, the 12th Air Force A-10
Demonstration Team from Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, and fly-bys of a B-
24 Liberator and a B-17 Flying Fortress. Other events include the Red Eagle
Airshowwith their custom-built biplane; the North American Aerobatic Team,
with their T-6s; a mock battle by the Army Aviation Historical Society; and a
WWII Yak-3 fighter solo. By far the loudest and fastest of the ground events is
the Super Shockwave Jet Truck. Dubbed "the world's fastest 1957 Chevy pickup
truck," it boasts two Pratt and Whitney F-100 turbofan engines and will rocket
down the Tyndall runway at more than 300 miles per hour. Many static dis-
play aircraft will be on hand such as the QF-4 Phantom, a T-38 Talon, a T-37,
an EC-130 Hercules, a MIG-23 Flogger, a MU-2 and of course one of Tyndall's
own F-15 Eagles. For the kids an "Air Play Arcade" will be available with push
peddle planes, flight simulator rides and other attractions. For more inforna-
tion about the Tyndall Air Force Base Gulf Coast Salute 2000. call Tyndall's
Public Affairs Office at (850) 283-2983 or check out the Gulf Coast Salute
2000 web pages at http:www.tyndall.af.mil and click on the air show icon. In
addition to the aircraft and ground events, Tyndall will hold the Gulf Coast
Salute 2000, Fun .Run April 1 at 8 a.m. The 5K race starts at the historic
Maxwell Flag Park on base and loops around Tyndall's flight line to a finish
Near "air show center." For more information on the Fun Run, call the Tyndall
Sports and Fitness Center at (850) 283-2631.
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Let The Children Play Foundation held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser
at the St. George Island Methodist Church on Saturday, February
12th from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. The foundation is a tax-exempt non-
profit organization designed to raise money for playground equip-
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The Sea Takes And The Sea Returns
By Carolyn Hatcher
The Forgotten Coast has magical and magnetic draws to those of us
who hail from land locked areas. After thirty years of living within
hearing distance of ship's fog horns, my husband hung up his navy
uniform and we returned to the mountains from whence we came.
It took only a few years for us to realize the sea was calling us back.
Once you have walked the beach in an early morning mist or a late
evening as the sun paints the water with its wondrous colors as it
sinks behind the islands, you realize sidewalks, shopping malls and
neon signs can't compete,
We built our house on the old Coast Guard property, directly across
the highway from the Crooked River Lighthouse. On the advice of
friends, we added a sea wall to the beach side of the property to help
protect our investment. We added steps to the beach and adjacent to
the steps we placed a brass bell Bob's mother had given him when he
retired. This bell was a welcome sound as friends announced their
arrival from the beach or some just rang it to say hello.
On the late afternoon of September 2, 1998 we knew we were going to
have an unwelcome visitor by the name of Earl. We started our prepa-
rations by boarding up windows, tying down loose objects, stocking
up on water and various other things.
The soft slapping of waves against the shore soon turned into moun-
tainous walls of water slamming into the sea wall and splashing over
on to our deck. Being a bit uneducated in the ways of hurricanes, we
did all the things we read about except leave.
The howling of the wind and the sound of water hitting our deck was
awesome. Candlelight does little to lighten your apprehension. No
electricity, no friendly TV, no hot coffee-just the shudder of the win-
dows and a companion's voice.
The welcome light of day broke and we came out of our hibernation.
We cautiously opened the door to see if we were still in Carrabelle, We
were but the yard had changed. Where we had had a sea wall full of
sand, Earl had redistributed it back to the Gulf. He had also carried
our steps with him, along with our welcome bell. We looked for over a
year for our bell and decided the old sea had taken it for his own.
On the morning of January 21, 2000, Bob took our little dog, Misty,
for her morning walk. I sat with my morning coffee in hand, enjoying
the solitude when i heard, Hurrah! As I looked out the window, I
could see Bob holding up an object over his head. It was our long
If you believe that the full moon and the lunar eclipse are magical, I
suppose you could say something magical happened. However, I think
the old sea holds many secrets and treasures and sometimes just
gives them back to us.
Logo by Kay
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Dalmatian Bravely Fights
A Fire And Wins
Illustrated By Gary Mueller
Perhaps you remember little Lulu Dalmatian? He
has grown quite a bit now that he lives with his
mother and father but without any brothers and
sisters. His spotted coat is nice and shiny. You
would like to rub his ears and pat his sleek back.
He would reward you with a lick of your hand
and a snuffle or two. Should you try to ignore
Lulu, he will lower his head onto his paws, then
bark loudly just to make sure that you pay atten-
"AW-WOO! AW-WOO! "
Upon the "woo" sound his head ends up in the
air. Then he pauses to see if you are going to pay
attention. Next he will run close up to you and
stand against your legs. You may as well go ahead
and speak to Lulu. He is very persistent. Do you
know what I mean?
Father Sam Dalmatian took Lulu with him to the
fire station one day. Lulu sniffed every nook, cor-
ner and piece of equipment in the station. Soon
he was forgotten and overlooked by everyone.
Lulu decided to take a rest. He climbed into the
car of the chief and snuggled under a coat on the
seat. Suddenly a fire call sounded on the bell in-
side the station.
"RRR-RING! RRR-RING! RRR-RING!"
The firemen put on their fire-suits and heavy
Mary Lou Short wears her
Valentine greetings on her
SMarilyn Bean prepares to lift
Herself with the help of some
crutches. She suffered from
torn ligaments during a
recent ski trip out west.
Catching up on local gossip.
coats, grabbed their fire-tools and jumped on the
fire trucks. Each fireman had a place to sit or
stand on the truck,
Sam Dalmatian rode on top of the first fire truck
in his own special place. He wore his fire-helmet
and his heavy coat. Sam was ready to do his job
and search any building for people if asked to do
The fire trucks raced away to the loud shrill sound
of the fire sirens. Perhaps you will make that
sound for me. My voice seems a bit hoarse to-
The chief's car led the way through the streets to
a house on fire. The chief and the firemen rushed
about their jobs. Everyone had forgotten about
Lulu. He awakened and strolled about observ-
ing things. He noticed the pet crawl door was
cracked open. Lulu crawled in and took a look
and a sniff. The inside was very smoky.
Lulu could barely see his way about. Instinct led
him to the door of the bathroom. There is some-
body in this room, he thought. He scratched on
The door opened to show a very frightened fam-
ily inside. The shower was running and they had
wet towels over their heads. Lulu barked loudly.
He knew that they must go outside before the
roof fell in.
Lulu led all five of them to the front door and he
went through the crawl space, barking all the
way. The Chief opened the door and the family
escaped. The firemen were so amazed and proud
of Lulu. A picture and story were printed in the
newspaper which recognized both Sam and Lulu
for their bravery. Lulu was given a medal for his
bravery; he was happy just to be a fireman!
Editor's Note: We need our readers, kids, teachers and parents to
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P&Z from Page 1
Schooner Lanailn oLw c .edo b, Jan
WVaganaar. to con-trnl it a pri\ ate
dock. ,Jlack Prophater s~ud. I dn t
like It .Just as I said wh, r \,-u
set a precedent on the first .i'ne
we approved for George Mahr
Pierce said Waganaar is asking for
a fishing platform. Garlick
showed a plat of the area show-
Prophater said that these docks
are not into the original channel.
He added that they are putting
them on their own land. He said
that his only concern was con-
Bill Hartley, who is President of
the Apalachicola Riverkeepers,
said, "You get a shrimp boat with
both its wings extended, and both
booms down, you get a large boat
moored in the area, you are talk-
ing about one of those big shrimp
boats; they can bounce all over
Wayne Page, a local fisherman,
said, "We are the people who have
to make a living on the water. This
dude here (Garlick) is working for
Allen said, "in my opinion the cut
was made for the shrimp boats so
that they did not have to make
the long trip around. That was the
primary concern at the time the
cut was made. I know they have
the state permits. At some time
it's going to create a hazard. I
would prefer to vote on that too,
separate from the others."
One shrimper said, "You got a
south wind, you got 8 to 6 foot
seas coming in with, you got small
boats trying to come around you,
you got outriggers sometimes 8
feet from the rocks. You got high
sea and you got to ride that sea
sometimes close to the shoreline
but you got a couple of docks
sticking out there with a couple
of boats. He's going to have
trouble clearing those boats."
Prophater responded that "... you
have already got rocks and one
The board prepared to vote: on
item (a), the dock on the small
lake at Alligator Point was ap-
proved; (b) and (d) were the two
applications from Mahr and
Waganaar and a motion made by
Prophater to approve died for the
lack of a second. The board took
no action on these two:
The board then turned to item (c)
in which George Mahr wanted to
construct a boat basin on lots 9
and 10 Schooner Landing for four
boat slips. Pierce said it has been
termed a "marina" by some. He
added. 'No permits have so, lar
been issued and the board needs
to comment so that I can bnrii
their point of iewto to the Depart-
ment ol Communit. Aflairs ( DCAI
He said this %,was close to the Gilf
and the rocks., imni maxilmlmum
instability. Hanley asked what the
pilinrgs \ere made of.
Garlick responded. 'Plastic. He
went on to explain that it was
plastic sheet pilings retained by
"dead men." The corrugated sheet
piling is made from PVC and is
pile-driven into the bottom and
secured to a concrete piling in the
Garlick said that DEP saw no
problem with dredging the sand
out and putting it back. Pierce
explained that it is like a man-
made canal. Wayne Page said that
at 11 mile they have been want-
ing to dredge for years but could
never get approval.
Prophater said that the man was
dredging on his own land. He
added that he hated to see no ac-
tion and made the motion to ap-
prove and it was seconded by
Ruth Schoelles. In a show of
hands the board members all
voted not to approve with the ex-
ception of Prophater and Ruth
On item (e), Richard Grunau
wished to construct a house on
Lot 5, block 5 on the Carrabelle
River Subdivisibn that meets the
setback from the river but not
from a creek. The board said that
it was contrary to policy. It will go
to the Board of Adjustment which
will meet on Monday, February 14
at 9 a.m.
The next item was a request from
Gary Ulrich to build an office
building on lot 12, Block 2, Unit
24-30, Block 6 West. Unit 1 West
on St. George Island, and it was
approved as his plans met every
Tom and Mary Baird have an ap-
plication for permit for an office
building with living quarters
above. They meet all requirements
except enough parking spaces,
and here they were three spaces
shy of the requirement. It was
suggested that if they could make
an area for compact cars which
need less room they could meet
the requirement. The board then
approved the site plan.
The next item brought more op-
position. Whaley Hughes, who
owns the old Bruce Millender
Property on the south side of U.S.
98, is seeking a special exception
to build an oyster bar on the lower
floor and a restaurant on the top
floor of a two-story building 30'
by 72'. Flood zone requirements
are that the building be on pilings.
Hughes is already approved for a
wharf area on the water side.
-'here \V'. s opposltiInt, l.- I ihe build-
crs who fIelt that the buildinL '.'.'
rnut nI hairmn''n\ ..ith the Ltuler
btuildinL2 C-.n thI.e \ atierl'ron.ii. in
cludirna twc' other r>:sta r -n-its
They were also.' vrried aL''out their
wa-, r, life being, s..-cri'iced lor ne' .
buildirniL in the ar,
It \%.as pointed out that the Ltwiv
seafood restaurants that are al-
ready in existence grew out of
being two oyster houses that had
closed down, opened up almost
immediately as restaurants, and
had been allowed to keep going
for many years.
Hughes has been before the P and
Z board before with other concep-
tual ideas for the site. His
attorney, Nick Yonclas, stated
that the reason for the request for
a special exception is that the C 1
zoning does not call for restau-
rants. However, it does allow tour-
ist-oriented facilities. Yonclas said
other things his client had pro-
posed were turned down and he
is well within the 35-foot height
limitation set by the county, and
seeing two other restaurants on
the same area was the basis for
Bobby Varnes said, "We have been
meeting for years. A person
doesn't really have a lot of legiti-
mate reasons to say what you are
for or against. They call this place
the 'Forgotten Coast.' It's not for-
gotten. Everybody who was born
and raised here or anywhere in
this area, God knows, has been
blessed a whole lot, to have all
these natural resources." He
added that he "did not have prob-
lem with anybody who is fortu-
nate enough, and I don't look
down on anybody. Educate your-
selves or whatever they do to bet-
ter themselves as far as money is
concerned. All we want to do is to
work and survive."
Hartley said he opposed the res-
taurant. Prophater said, "Mr.
Hartley, what is your objection to
this?" Hartley answered that he
personally did not believe there
was a need for another restaurant
and certainly not one 35' high.
Prophater said, 'Then let me say
something. As far as I am person-
ally concerned you have no cred-
ibility with me. I can understand
these gentlemen. They have a
vested interest in it. You come out,
get involved in this no way except
or your opinions and you don't
have anything to do with it."
Hartley responded, "I was a clam
digger for many years and that is
why I am with them."
Allen pointed out that by giving
Hughes a special exception they
are losing the seafood designa-
"Let the people decide. What can
we do? Nothing." said one of the
,rker~-.. Hc a'ld-l l
sealood ,.',:,rkcrs. He u i,-ld-ldl lhl-i; i
he lell that the sealot'l J \'.i rkerr
'.ere be ll closed tol -iind ( 0'.1'uld !
have to leal.-
'orncla.s said. i ctri -.peak lor rlr
Hughes and certainly l :,r m\i\ -ll
inobodvc \wants i o .see \i'Lu i.rnrlr'-
meti put out .l busincS. 'i' Yoi are
spricial and part of this ar(ea ,''I.I
are what ttLracts a lot ilof people
Lo Ihiis area, And anylbndy \.l: is
putting in a restaurant wants you
to stay there. You are one of the
sights that they see over there,
one of the attractions being on the
water." He went on to say, "No one
wants to displace you all. So if you
think that is what we are trying
to do, you are mistaken. You are
part of the area that attracts
people here and you would con-
tinue to be even with a restaurant
Yonclas said that Hughes had a
much more grandiose plan but it
failed to be approved and so he is
coming back with a restaurant.
He said there are no seafood
houses clamoring to build there.
The property has sat idle for a long
time. Hughes now feels a restau-
rant is the best use.
Allen said that she thought this
might be a compromise and if any
time they would want to make it*
into a hotel or other sleeping
places it would need more per-
Pierce said that possibly the board
could limit the pilings to the mini-
mum height required; and he said
that on a special exception the
board can put conditions.
Bobby Varnes said that it seemed
as if a few who have the money
can do what they want. And those
who have to make a living are not;
considered. He said "Like this
dude over here (Yonclas) said.
They want us to stay."
A discussion took place on the
origins of the other two restau-
rants. "Sharon's" and "That Place
on 98" as they had been oyster
houses that closed and were re-
opened as restaurants. It was
stated that there was a precedent
set by those two businesses.
Prophater said that he would not
be surprised if there was a suit
placed if Hughes was refused
what others had been doing for
The motion was made by Gayle
Dodds, seconded by Tony
Millender, for approval for the spe-
cial exception, but restricting
Hughes to the one building and
minimum height on the pilings.
The motion was carried. Hughes
will also have to provide parking
off the right of way either on the
north or south property he owns.
Hartley asked, "As a citizen of
Franklin County do I have the
right to say something without
being berated by a member of this
board?" Dodds said, "Everyone
has the right to speak."
18 February 2000 Page 11
Georgia Negotiators confer.
Water Allocation Formula continued from Page 1
issue last December and the
meeting on Monday was part of a
series of meetings designed to
bring closure to the allocation is-
sue by the end of February. The
the flows of water at state-line,
varying by time of year, and to-
gether with other factors, such as
the level of water flow calculated
on a historical basis. It would ap-
pear that the chief variables in the
equation to develop the allocation
formula would be: rainfall, water
demands, consumption of water,
and reservoir operations in Geor-
gia. Struhs argued that the rain-
fall factor would make the alloca-
tion more equitable for Florida,
given the downstream needs such
as fresh water for the oyster in-
dustry at the very end of the river
The parties involved in these ne-
gotiations agreed to extend the
deadline for settling the allocation
extension for wrapping up all of
the issues on the Tri-River Com-
pact expires on May 1. Represen-
tatives from Georgia indicated
that they would consider the new
variable if they could see data
showing the impact of rainfall
upon flows. Struh's chief aide,
Denver Stutler,.presented a con-
ceptual diagram showing ex-
pected results in a series of tables,
resulting in the depiction of prob-
ability curves but without actual
rainfall data being entered into
The meeting agenda was
re-arranged due to the new pro-
posal to include a water manage-
ment workshop organized by the
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers,
in order to review data of water
flows by month.
The previous Friday, February 11,
Florida planners met with repre-
sentatives of the Nature Conser-
vancy who presented their views
on the variables affecting the wa-
ter allocation formula, citing se-
vere problems with a reliance
placed only on historical data over
the last decades. Problems arose
in this conceptual Iramework, to
include, for example, a low level
average of flow for the state of
Georgia to maintain in the light
of other variables that could raise
the amount of water available at
state-line. Georgia could honor a
commitment to maintain a
low-level average of flow but ben-
efit its growing needs by storing a
rising level of flow due to higher
rainfall, for example, and other
factors that would enable that
state to use accumulated water
for its own consumptive and de-
mand needs without passing any
increase in flow to Florida, given
past proposals governing the al-
Apparently, the next step is to
demonstrate the impact of rain
fall data into the equation of a
proposed display of flows by
month, cleaning up the informa-
tion to remove extraneous matter.
An agreement would have to be
reached, in the view of some crit-
ics of the proposals, to account
for the operation of the reservoirs
in Georgia, lest the users of river
water downstream not be de-
prived of fresh water.
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Franklin Briefs from Page 2
* On other developments within
the Critical Shoreline, the P&Z
failed to have a vote for lack of a
second, or failed to get a majority
vote on the following proposals:
1. George Mahr to construct a
boat ramp and groin on Lot 18,
Schooner Landing Subdivision,
St. George Island and Jan
Wagenar to construct a private
pier on Lot 14, Schooner Landing
Subdivision. Both lots front on
Bob Sikes Cut. Members of the
audience spoke of their concern
for problems these structures
might cause to navigation. Pierce
then showed the Commissioners
a map showing Bob Sikes Cut and
pointed out the rock jetties and if
you extend the rock jetties out
into the bay that is a navigational
channel of the Bob Sikes Cut ...
there is a keyhole area where ero-
sion has washed away on the St.
George Island side so that area
has washed onto private property.
These lots which are platted are
a 100 feet wide by some 450 feet
deep or so. They were platted
when the area was uplands but
the water is beginning to wash it
away and it has washed back on
private property. These proposed
docks, which have their state and
federal permits, are within the
boundaries of those people's pri-
vate lots, they are not in the Bob
Sikes Cut. The navigational chan-
nel is not even out in, this 'no
mans land' ... that is where ero-
sion has taken place, The P&Z
were concerned, about incidental
problems out there, shrimp boats,
pleasure boats and all the traffic
that is already in Bob Sikes Cut
and they didn't want to approve
any more structures on the Cut.
We already have one dock ap-
proved toward the Bay side that
has been built ... there are some
rock jetties that have been put in
also but they were very concerned
about additional dockage facilities
in the Cut," Putnal asked Pierce
what he would recommend, "Wait
and see what Corps of Engineers
have to say." Pierce said, "The
problem is that the County does
not have any standards for docks
anywhere in the County. Basically
our policy has been that the ap-
plicant go get your state and fed-
eral permits and then we will is-
sue you a local building permit
based upon whatever permit the
state and federal government
gives you, so, in this case, they
got their permits for a dock and
in Wagenar's case it extends out
24 feet. There are no other stan-
dards to go by. You get your state
and federal permits then, at this
point, we will issue a building
permit for that structure. So. we
are sort of in a predicament that
while we may think it is not a good
idea we have no reason to turn it
down because we don't have lo-
cal standards." Putnal said, "We
might because if a shrimp boat
goes down through there and
runs into that dock, who is liable
if we approve it?"' Commissioner
Sanders said "'At the time Mr.
Mahr's first dock was approved, I
was on Planning and Zoning and
back then there were a lot of ques-
tions and a lot of controversy
about it and at that time certain
members of the Commission
asked Mr. Dan Garlick, I think
was one of them, if they issued a
permit for that dock would there
be more requests to come six
months to a year and they said,
'Oh no, if we get this dock in we
won't ask for another one' ... I re-
member that very clearly."
Mosconis asked, "How many lots
are there?" Pierce answered that
there are 12 lots. Mosconis
wanted to know, "What about the
armoring, is it holding? That the
Corps did 10 years ago? Pierce
said he didn't know. Garlick said,
"I was relying on past Board ac-
tion for what we are doing now.
What we are proposing this go
around is a boat ramp and a groin
and we are proposing a fishing
pier that won't have a boat on it..
the reason I am relying on Board
action in the past is because what
we are asking for has already been
done before. These groins are ex-
isting and this dock is existing.
You are absolutely correct about
the issue of permitting more
docks. George Mahr owns these
lots through here and the ques-
tion was, "If we are going to give
you a dock, we aren't going to put
any more docks out there are we?
And my response was, 'No,'...
what we are talking about here is
a ramp so its not that we are go-
ing to be adding anything more
waterward on the line so what we
are trying to do is to keep every-
thing back from there. As far as
the pier is concerned there won't
be any boats) ... he is not going
beyond the point of the rock,"
Putnal wanted to know why he
wants to build a dock. Garlick
indicated Mahr wants it for fish-
ing. Mosconis said, "'So it is go-
ing to be a boat ramp and a dock?"
and Garlick said, "Yes". Mosconis
then wanted to know if there was
any common ground out there
and there is. Mosconis suggested
that one solution may be is to al-
low one structure that is adjacent
to the property in public owner-
ship. Pierce said that Mahr's owns
two lots next to the common
ground. Mosconis said, "What you
have there is a unique piece of
property there. I wasn't at the
meeting and I haven't even talked
to anyone who was there but it
looks to me like it might be a case
of a few owners that have a unique
piece of property and maybe the
people who were opposed to it felt
they were being shut out of the
process. We haven't heard from
anyone but Dan and Alan about
this. It has been a long time since
we talked about these structures
in the Cut." Garlick said that the
Board of Adjustment did approve
it yesterday. After further discus-
sion Garlick said, "Again, I was
trying to rely on past Board ac-
tion. I thought these were fairly
innocuous and I am still at a loss
and I really never found out what
the real problem was because
even the people who navigate
these areas saw the map they re-
alized that the (proposed docks)
are not in Sikes Cut and not part
of the right of way, I still don't
know why I did not get even a
denial... it's just moot." Mosconis
said, "We haven't heard from any-
body about why they did not take
any action". Pierce said, "There
were a lot of people there who
spoke and the main issue was
navigation. Wayne Page was one
of the main speakers, and his son
(Jessie) was there as was Leroy
Hall and Bobby Varnes ... Page
was worried about another boat
coming through the Cut that he
would be in the south sea and
would be pushed around and
could end up close to the shore
with his outriggers down." Garlick
said, I would be surprised ifI ever
saw a shrimp boat get close to
those things and if he did he
would be in trouble ... he would
hit bottom before he got near the
rocks," Garlick also said the docks
would be marked with reflectors...
"I think we have bent over back-
wards to make these things as
safe as we can without creating a
Diane Chambers, a member of the
audience, said she shrimped with
her ex-husband for many years
and if you, have never come in
that pass with a 20-25 mile an
hour wind with the storm tide up
three or four foot and you can't
control your boat going in there
because it is going in sideways.
Another time we were coming
through the pass our steering
cable broke." Garlick rioted that
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bul as far as this exacerbating the
situation I Just don't know. This
reporter, who is a member of the
Planning and Zoning Commission
stated, "I was at the meeting. Sev
eral reasons I think it got a mo-
tion but did not get a second is
one is it was originally cut for the
shrimpers and the shrimpers ex-
pressed a lot of concern for the
safety of the shrimp boats going
through there. It was my under-
standing that the dock that is
there was supposed to be the only
one that was going to be there. I
can't ask for the rest of the Com-
mission but I think that is the way
the thinking was going," Garlick
said, "That people who have been
around boating and been around
the P&Z I think safety is one of
the things you have to contend
with." Mosconis said, "Look at the
possibility of putting the dock
behind the existing jetty ... and
have. Just one dock to serve the
homeowners, if they can get a
consensus... I am sort of like
Diane about putting the dock out
there. that close to the naviga-
tional part of the Cut. When you
got bad weather and you are try-,
ing to come through that Cut it is
real treacherous." Mosconis fur-
ther said that he did not think the
danger was for the shrimp boats
but for "small craft trying to get
in there with the tide running like
crazy and the wind blowing out
of the south and you get a sea in
there seven or eight feet in the Cut
you can get in trouble ... it's hap-
pened before ... and there have
been a lot of crafts sunk around
After more discussion the Com-
missioners decided they want to
take a look at the area.
The Board also approved a spe-
cial exception for Whaley Hughes
to construct a restaurant in the'
C-1 District in Eastpoint. The
building will be two stories on pil-
ings, with a building footprint of
30x72. Each floor will have ap-
proximately 2200 square feet for
a total of 4400 square feet.
CLERK OF THE COURT
* Mr. Kendall Wade reported that
Emergency Medical Services is
applying for a grantand requested
the Board pass a resolution sup-
porting the grant. Board ap-
Wade said money would have to
be moved around in order to pay
for the helipad at the Health De-
partment. Board approved.
Wade reported that he has talked
to MediaCom and was told that
Sunshine will be on the network
by late summer. He also said that
MediaCom is continuing to up-
grade the fiber optic lines and this
should be completed by the end
* Shuler reported that he con-
tacted Amerigas in Lanark Village
and needs approval from the
Board to waive the requirement
for getting an appraisal. Board
Shuler reported that a public
hearing is scheduled for the pro-
posed ordinance regarding four-
wheelers is on March 7, 2000.
Shuler reported that complaints
are being served on the owners of
the old Lanark Village Officer's
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