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Easter Sunrise 2000 On St. George Island
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Franklin Briefs.......... 2
Editorial & Commentary
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Tax Watch ................. 3
Festival ................. 5, 6
Franklin Bulletin Board
FCAN ......................... 8
Obituaries .................. 8
Wefings ..................... 9
Bay St. James ......... 10
Bookshop ................. 10
Carrabelle Police Strickland New Postmaster In Apalachicola
Officer Alan By Tom Campbell
An Easter Surprise For George Chapel This resignation leaves Carrabelle
with only three police officers. A
Father Joe Knight called the Vestry to the front of the sanctuary on Easter Sunday for a special presentation
honoring Apalachicola resident George Chapel. In the photo above (left), Ina Margaret Meyer read the
Proclamation. "Be it Known, that Easter Week, 2000, will be George L. Chapel week at Trinity Church,
Apalachicola, Florida. In appreciation for distinguished and untiring service, as chairman of the Clergy Search
Committee and Senior Warden. Signed, Charles F. Duvall, Bishop of the Central Gulf Coast." Father Knight is
pictured on the right. George also received a special plaque made by Phyllis Blake, saying "We now honor our
own Saint George," as Mr. Chapel raised the work to show the congregation. The plaque was made in burnished
copper with gold trim.
In the sunrise photograph, services were co-hosted at 7 a.m. by the United Methodist Church and the First
Baptist Church of St. George Island, Florida. Pastors Ted Schiller, Michael Whaley assisted by Brian Fowler,
First Methodist Church, Apalachicola, Walter Armistead, music leader.
Franklin as a "Rural Area of
Critical Economic Concern" is
Manifested into "Opportunity
Eight county coalition is Organized Since
November 1999 Announcement
Governor Jeb Bush and Lieutenant Governor Frank Brogan an-
nounced about six months ago a coalition of eight northern Florida
counties into a "rural area of critical economic concern" amid flash
and hype. Then, there followed a six month period without much
flurry in the county until representatives appeared before the 18 April
meeting of the Franklin Board of county commissioners, announcing
"Opportunity Florida." The eight counties involved, or invited to par-
ticipate, still remain Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jack-
son, Liberty and Washington.
Gary Clark explained. The Rural Area of Economic Concern was a
legislative effort that came out last legislative session that basically
said there are eight counties in the Florida Panhandle that have some
specific needs and problems and we want to as a state body offer
some special incentives and waivers to these 8 counties to do eco-
nomic development... My company is a rural electric cooperative lo-
cated in Graceville, Florida... We ... began putting together a group of
business people to try to incorporate an organization that could do
economic development in this eight county area. The concept we came
up with is "Opportunity Florida." ...
Our role in this is to facilitate and put together the organization. Once
it is put together, we completely back out of it and turn it over to its
own board of directors ...
The mission of the Opportunity Florida is to market, promote and
provide economic development assistance to local communities
throughout the region. "We're asking that each county make a contri-
bution to this organization in the amount of 10 cents per capital ...
Franklin County's contribution would be about $1.100 to be a mem-
ber of this organization. We have raised about 100 to S150.000 in
private sector money to be able to leverage a S100,000 grant from the
State of Florida to put this organization in place and be able to hire a
small staff of two or three people to do this economic development
work in these communities ....
Continued on Page 8
request irom Messer to the
Sheriffs Department has resulted
in one deputy who will take a day
shift in the community to fill in.
City Clerk Beckey Jackson told
this reporter that in an earlier
commission meeting a resolution
had been passed that will permit
her to begin advertising right
away without a special meeting of
the commission being necessary.
She said she would begin adver-
tisements on April 27 for applica-
tions from persons interested in
the vacancy. She said that the
resignation will be on the May 4
Lawlor Questions Audit Language
By Rene Topping
Jim Lawlor, Chairman of the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District Commission, announced
at the regular meeting of April 21
that he had questioned the
commission's auditors, Williams,
Cox, Weidner and Cox on a state-
ment in their latest 1998-1999
audit. The statement in question
was that the District is in a "State
of Financial Emergency. it as de-
fined in the Florida Statutes
Chapter 218.503 (1) due to a Bud-
get Deficit for two successive
Lawlor said in the letter "After re-
view of F.S.216-Planning and
Budgeting, I find no mention of
Depreciation as a required Oper-
ating expense, therefore I feel it
should be removed as an item on
page 15 for 1998 and 1999
He went on to say that the Dis-
trict must operate within an "Ap-
proved Operating Budget"-which
it has. He added that in those two
years the District had operated
within the budgets published in
the local paper and at meetings,
and had done so for the six years
he has been a commissioner.
He added, "No budgets, presented
as an operating budget for the
forthcoming year, has ever had an
item known as Reserve Depreca-
tion" until Ms. Pedder incorpo-
rated this Account two years ago,
and the District has set up an
account where the moneys are
He ended his letter "For your com-
pany to penalize the District on
your interpretation of Govern-
ment Auditing Standards is a
gross injustice and I request you
revise page 15/of your report and
any referencelto A STATE OF FI-
NANCIAL EMERGENCY due to
depreciation expense and reflect
on how the District performed
within the" Approved Operating
Lawlor said that the reason he felt
so strongly about this is because
he and the other two commission-
ers, Greg Yancey and Jeanette
Pedder have spent many hours
working to upgrade the financial
affairs of the district. The commis-
sioners do not receive any finan-
cial reward for their service to the
Field Manager Greg Yancey said
that the Driftwood Project was
going on line as the meeting was
being held. He said there would
be a slight shutdown for several
people who live in that area but it
did not call for a "Boil water" an-
nouncement. Yancey assured
resident Phil Shiver that the time
without water would be fairly
The metering of the village is com-
plete and residents are receiving
letters with instructions as to how
to get their water service on the
meters. There are three separate
entities who are doing the work
and residents may get those
names and telephone numbers
from the district office. They will
Shave until July 1 to make' sure
they are connected to the system.
Yancey also reported that there
had to be a repair to aerator cost-
ing $400. He added that a new
one would cost around $12,000.
He said that they had been able
to bypass the system while it was
being repaired, and added it
should be ready by the next
Yancey also reported a discharge
of 30,000 gallons of raw sewer-
age into the bay. He said that all
agencies were notified and the
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) had come down
and monitored. He said he was
told that there would be no fur-
ther action from the agencies and
there would not be any problem.
However the cost on the spill was
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"I lived in Wakulla Couinty all my
life." he said. "in Crawforddlle."
He lived on Live Oak Island, south
of Crawfordville. He plans to sell
his home in Crawfordville and will
be "relocating in the Apalachicola
area." He is commuting at this
time, and the drive one way is
"about 61 miles."
He said he looks forward to "liv-
ing in the area. I love Apalachicola
and the people here. Everybody I
have met so far is very nice."
He is enjoying his co-workers in
the post office and said, "I have
known Judi (the former Post-
master in' Apalachicola, Judi
Stokowski) for 15 years, and call
her when I need something. She
loved it here and so do I. She is
also very happy where she is
now." She is presently working as
a "trouble-shooter for the post of-
fice in south central Florida."
Strickland is a personable man
with a friendly smile. He said he
has been married for "27 years to
wife Callie. We have a daughter,
Courtney, who is a recent gradu-
ate of FSU. She will attend law
school this fall."
Strickland said he is looking for-
ward to "relocating in this area.
Any career postal employee who
lives within commuting distance
is eligible to apply for the job of
Postmaster. The employee must
have at least one year of continu-
ous service with the postal ser-
vice, and must be at least at level
Bill Matsinger, former Postmaster
in Carrabelle, had been the "Of-
ficer in charge" in Apalachicola,
prior to Strickland arriving as
Postmaster. Matsinger is now the
new Postmaster in Bristol. He has
already moved there from
Mike Harless is the "Officer in
charge" in the Carrabelle Post
Office. He was Address Informa-
tion Management System Clerk
(AIMS) in Crawfordville, before
coming to Carrabelle as Officer in
charge. Harless is applying for the
Postmaster job in Carrabelle.
Ricky Strickland said the post of-
fice is a great system to work for,
like a big family. "I am very happy
with my career move here to the
Apalachicola area," he said.
A Dream Becomes Reality-First
Steps To Branch Library
More than 30 months have
passed since Jackie Gay an-
nounced that she had won a first
prize of $50,000 in the Newman's
Own/Good Housekeeping Recipe
Contest held in New York City
each year by Paul Newman and
his wife Joann Woodward. When
the call came from New York that
Jackie's "Franklin County,
Florida's Own Frankly Fantastic
Seafood Gumbo" had won the
$50,000 and it was going to be
deposited to build a Branch Li-
brary in Carrabelle, cars passing
by the old building on U.S. 98
cheerfully hooted their horns in
The next news came from Eileen
Annie Ball when she told the
Franklin County Advisory Board
that a grant application she had
written had been approved and
the State of Florida would match
dollar for dollar money raised in
a community. A group of dedi-
cated people began to work on this
project: Members of the Franklin
County Public Library Board,
members of the Friends of the
Public Library, members of a
newly formed Carrabelle Branch
Library Building Committee and
just people who gave in one way
or another for the effort.
Dollar by dollar the amounts col-
lected were inscribed on a ther-
mometer outside of the library.
Meeting upon meeting was held
as every possible idea to raise
money was tried. The members
sold bricks, held car washes, were
at every event no matter how
small, sold t-shirts, and each year
sold gumbo at the Carrabelle Wa-
terfront Festival. Then there were
those who talked to others and
produced larger donations.
In the end the contributions went
just over the $250,000 needed for
match and members knew they
were well on the way. The effort
was supported by the Franklin
County Commission who have
continued to support the library
and its programs over the years.
So on April 18, at the regular
meeting of the Franklin County
Commission, Cliff Butler, Presi-
dent of the Friends of the Public
Library, the group who has the
financial responsibility, went be-
fore the Franklin County Com-
mission to report that the time
had come to begin the long road
to completion of a 5,000 square
foot library to be placed on the old
gym site, right in the heart of
Carrabelle. Butler asked the com-
mission if they wanted to take the
lead or have the Franklin County
Public Library Advisory Board
take on the task. After discussion
in which Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis said that the commis-
sion did not have the staff to take
it on, the following motion was
made by Commissioner Eddie
Creamer seconded by Bevin
Putnal, "That the Franklin County
Public Library Advisory Board be
authorized to advertise for RFP's,"
and received unanimous consent
for the Advisory Board to be given
All of the workers came together
at a joint meeting held at the
Carrabelle Branch, on April 27,
uniting the three groups together
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The Franklin Chronicle
April 18, 2000 Meeting
Federal Funds f or Single-
James R. Dean, a Rural Develop-
ment Specialist, of the U. S. Dept.
of Agriculture, spoke briefly to the
Commission about their program
designed to help rural populations
buy, build or rent housing. The
agency also funds the growth and
creation of rural businesses and
cooperatives. USDA housing pro-
grams have helped over 2 million
low-or-moderate income rural
.Americans buy homes. The
agency also finances construction
of apartments and other multiple
family housing in rural commu-
nities that lack sufficient, afford-
able rental housing. The Self-Help
housing program enables low-in-
come families to become
homeowners by helping to build
their own homes. Their "sweat
equity" becomes their down pay-
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James R. Dean
For More Information: USDA Ru-
ral Development offices are listed
under "United States Govern-
ment, Agriculture Department" in
the blue pages of most phone di-
rectories. Or call the USDA Rural
Development national office num-
ber below for your USDA Rural
Development state office. Tele-
phone: USDA Rural Development
National Office (202) 720-4323;
Website: http: / /
USDA Rural Development Office
of Public Affairs, Stop 1705, 1400
Independence Ave., SW Washing-
ton D.C. 20250-1705. Locally,
contact: James R. Dean, Rural
Development Specialist, 2741
Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 5,
Marianna, FL 32448-4014; Tele-
phone: (850) 526-2610.'
Tuscon Roberts and Gary Clark
explained "Opportunity Florida"
to the Board, beginning with an
explanation of the project as part
of the eight county coalition un-
der the November 1999 an-
nouncements from the Governor's
Office, and the inclusion of
Franklin County into "...an area
of critical economic state con-
cern." The organization of the
eight counties, including
Franklin, into a coalition is just
beginning; with the mission to
market, promote and provide eco-
nomic development assistance to
local communities throughout the
8-county region. The Board voted
to join the coalition, paying fees
based upon 100 per capital. A
separate story explains the coali-
tion more fully.
Outpatient Therapy And
Bill Williams described for the
Board his organization's mission
in assisted living retirement com-
munities including a range of ser-
vices such as physical therapies,
occupational and speech thera-
pies and wellness centers. His
company specializes in the local
area such as Beacon Hill. "The
[Weems] Hospital and I have ba-
sically anchored with each other.
At this point, this is preliminary.
My objectives at this point are to
come in, with Susan [Ficklen],
and do a feasibility analysis of the
area to try to find out where we
should locate some land where we
could build both the retirement
community and the wellness cen-
ter. We would like to put up an
outpatient center in conjunction
with the Hospital. Our point to-
day was only to inform the Com-
mission..." When I say "assis-
tance" it is not an economic is-
sue. It is an "assistance" to de-
Stermine what the needs are.
Jimmy Mosconis reminded Mr.
Williams of the plans for the di-
agnostic center. Williams said, "73
percent of Gulf County adults
have to leave the county to seek
medical facilities and treatment."
Dr. Photis Nichols
Diagnostic Center Report
Dr. Photis Nichols gave a report
to the Board of County Commis-
sioners ai6but the proposed Diag-
nostic Center for the Weems Me-
morial Hospital, and the proposed
conversion of the old health de-
partment building for that pur-
pose. The building would house
a CT Scanner, Ultra Sound Equip-
ment, Mammography equipment,
Densitometer and Physical
Therapy gear. He especially em-
phasized the use of the facility and
equipment for stroke victims.
Phil Dunaway appeared before the
Commissioners requesting recon-
sideration of a zoning decision
involving his property. Alan Pierce
recommended that the Board
have the Planning Department
investigate, with Mr. Shuler,
County Attorney, review the mat-
ter; the Board approved.
Danny Gay complained that
Mediacomm cable system was not
delivering the cable channels they
had advertised. "They say that it's
a misprint ... In my opinion, its
false advertising... Channels 3
and 9 are not offered but were
advertised. Mr. Mosconis asked
that a representative of
Mediacomm cable attend the next
meeting of the county commis-
sioners, "...I have had a lot of com-
plaints," he said.
struction project. The Board ap-
proved the issuance of the RFP.
Kendall Wade, Clerk
The finance office is preparing let-
ters to send to all department
heads for preparing budgets, due,
County Attorney Shuler
The county plans to file a claim
against the county's previous.
workman's compensation insurer,
GRIT (a self-insurer). Currently,
the county has a regular
workman's comp. insurance
available through the Pat Thomas .
Insurance Agency since pulling/
away from GRIT prior to their
bankruptcy. The claim seeks to
make a settlement between what
the county has paid out in two
cases and the bankrupt insurer.
In the meantime, the for county
has been paying compensation
and for pharmacies to the two vic-
tims. The deadline for filing a
claim is in June. The Board au-
thorized Mr. Shuler to file a claim.
Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce asked the Board for
the best time to hold a public
workshop with the Dept. of Trans-
portation about current work ef-
fort in Franklin County. The
Board deferred to Mr. Pierce to
select a time on a Board meeting
day, in the afternoon, to be an-
A bill'from'St. George cable com-
pany was submitted to the County
for $6000 for damage the county
allegedly caused to the cable sys-
tem during construction of roads
for the county park on the island.
The bill will be turned over to the
county's insurance company.
Mr. Pierce gave the Board copies
of three grant applications for
hazard mitigation projects the
Board approved last August.
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission met in regular session on
April 9 and, recommends the fol-
a) On development in the Critical
Shoreline the Commission recom-
mends in favor on the following
two private residential dock
1. For Donald Sides to con-
struct a private dock and boat
lift on Lot 17, Bay Cove Vil-
lage, St. George Island. All
state and federal permits
have been issued.
2. For Ron Judson to con-
struct a private dock on Lot
2, Tract 45, East End, St.
George Island. All state and
federal permits have been is-
Both projects were approved by
The commission took no action on
two rezoning requests the appli-
cants did not appear. This is the
second time the applicants did not
appear so the commission will not
put these items on the agenda
until requested by the applicants.
The two requests had been made
by Jean McMillan for property
around Lanark Village and Jun-
ior Holland for property off of Twin
The commission also took no ac-
tion on a request for a pole barn
on commercial property because
a variance had been granted and
they did not want to be asked to
rubber stamp development that
had been approved by some other
entity. The pole barn is for Mr.
Frank Venable at the intersection
of South Bayshore Drive and US
98, where there is currently a fruit
stand. The pole barn will sit on
the back edge of the property to
Mr. Venable room to have people
have parking and the proper ac-
cess connection off of US'98. Mr.
Venable has received a DOT ac-
cess permit for the project. Board
action approved the pole barn.
Franklin County Library at
Cliff Butler, President, Friends of
the Library, appeared before the
Board to request permission to
advertise an RFP (Request for Pro-
posal) to advertise the library con-
In the interest of public safety and to
promote driver awareness, the
Franklin County Sheriffs Office will
be conducting drivers license, seat belt
and registration checks on the follow-
ing days in the months of May, June
and July: May 5, 11, 16. and 27; June
1, 5, 16, 23, and 28; July 3, 15. 21,
25 and 31.
Checks may be conducted on the fol-
lowing State and County roadways on
the above dates. U.S. Highways 98 &
319, County Roads 370, 65, 67, C-30
& S.R. 300.
Lawlor from Page 1
Lawlor said that he understood
the generator was now operating
the lift station. He added that the
district equipment was all aging
and that is one of the problems
the commissioners face. Yancey
remarked that the district can
only keep on repairing and
Lawlor also said that he had told
the developers of St. James Bay
that the district would not be able
to pay a penny to welcome them
in to the family. He said that the
district could not work with any-
thing that would cost anything.
He said; of course, they could tie
into the Lanark Village system if
they put in all the needed infra-
structure or should put in their
own system as he believed if they
did they would want to turn it over
to the Lanark Village District
rather than operate it themselves.
The Attorney Scott Smithson said
that there was no pending cases.
The next regular meeting of the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District will be at 3 P.m. at Chillas
Hall on May 16.
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On Sunday, April 30th, in Lafayette Park, Apalachicola. the ILSE
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HASSEE SWING BAND, "Big Band Sound of the 1930's. 40's and
50's." Open to the public, this concert is FREE.
The band will be playing a variety of big band music, and such swing-
era classics as Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" and Woody Herman's
The Ilse Newell Fund is sponsored by the Apalachicola Area Histori-
cal Society, a 501-(c)-3, Non-profit, educational corporation.
TALLAHASSEE SWING is a seventeen-piece dance band. dedicated
to preserving the big band sounds of the swing era. During the 1930's.
40's and early 50's, swing music dominated the popular music scene.
Center stage were the big band of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey.
Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie. and a host of others who
offered a rich rhythmic sound that had grown out of the smaller jazz
groups of the 1920's. The musicians of Tallahassee Swing recreate
those sounds for listening and dancing. The band's repertoire also
includes music from the Broadway Stage, Latin American rhythms.
waltzes, and big band rock 'n roll arrangements.
The music of Tallahassee Swing has been heard on local and national
radio. The musicians have performed on local television programs.
for the "Celebrate America" program on the 4th of July, and for nu-
merous benefits, parties, concerts and dances. For more than ten
years they have played every Tuesday night at the American Legion
Post at Lake Ella, in Tallahassee. These dances are open to the pub-
lic, and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.
In 1997, Tallahassee Swing released ''For Sentimental Reasons." their
second recording of Big Band Dance Music.
The band's Musical Director is Elliot Toole, and the Business Man-
ager is Pat Cook. .
Don't forget to bring a folding chair for the concert. For additional
information, contact person is George L. Chapel at 850-653-9524.
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28 April 2000 Page 3
EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
County Government Outraged With
The Tax Shift Proposal By The
From The Florida Association Of Counties
The Florida Legislature is proposing a tax shift that will be burdened
on the backs of local property taxpayers. This tax shift can result in
two major impacts: 1) increased property taxes for businesses and
home owners and/or 2) reduced or even eliminated county govern-
This proposed tax shift directly affects the 28-year County Revenue
Sharing Program, with a massive $96 million cut in funding annu-
ally. On the local level, these cuts can result in delayed county road
projects, less funding for county health departments, fewer sheriffs
deputies on duty and reduced libraiy services.
Unlike the state, counties cannot create new sources of revenue. Coun-
ties are constitutionally provided the property tax base. Beyond that.
counties only have available to them revenues shared by the state,
taxes authorized by the state and fees for direct services. "A tax re-
form policy that allows one government to reduce the revenues of
another government is not a tax cut policy, but a very real tax burden
shift," stated Carol Bracy, Legislative Director for the Florida Asso-
ciation of Counties. "In this case, the shift affects every business and
residential property owner in the state."
For 17 of the 67 counties, even this option does not exist. The consti-
tution limits the property tax that counties can levy to 10 mills or $10
on each $1000 of property value. Seventeen counties are at this con-
stitutional cap. For these Floridians, a reduction in shared revenues
can only mean a reduction in or elimination of local services.
Counties face these difficult choices due to the legislative desire to
eliminate the state tax on intangible property. Counties currently re-
ceive just under 40% of the intangibles tax in the County Revenue
Sharing Program. The intangibles tax is a tax on intangible evidence
of wealth such as stocks an bonds. Difficult to equitably administer
and seen as a disincentive for individuals to save, the intangible tax I
is facing the second phase of a four-year plan to eliminate the tax.
This factor does not justify county government bearing the burden.
"The state should not balance its tax reform or tax cut policy on the
backs of county budgets. Responsible fiscal policy requires that gov-
ernment actions be paid for by that governmental entity making the
decision," stated Mary Kay Cariseo, Executive Director for the Florida
Association of Counties. "It becomes impossible to manage the public
dollar and be accountable when one level of government controls the
fiscal policy of another level of government."
Governor Jeb Bush supports "holding counties harmless" from the
intangibles tax cut. He recognizes that such tax cuts at the state level
should not diminish local government's ability to meet local needs or
necessitate local tax increases. County leaders across the state hope
that the Florida Legislature follows the Governor's recommendation
so that these proposed state tax cuts do not result in a local tax
increase on the 9.4 million citizens who pay property taxes or result
in the reduction or elimination of services affecting 15 million Florid-
COUNTY REVENUE SHARING
SUPPORT maintaining the state's financial commitment to the County Rev-
enue Sharing Program without reducing the current revenues. SUPPORT re-
placing the current revenue sharing source with a specified revenue source
that meets the following criteria:
Preserves the standing of current bondholders
Pledgeable for future bonds
Recurring in nature
Provides for future growth.
Insulated, as best possible, from effects of economic cycles
County Revenue Sharing Program is composed of 37.7% of the receipts from
the intangibles tax (ad valorem tax on intangible property) and 2.9% of the
receipts from the cigarette tax. From 1931 to 1972, these taxes were levied
and collected locally.
Two constitutional changes made in the 1968 constitutional revision helped
form the legislative policy leading to the creation of the County Revenue
Sharing Program in 1972: (1) limiting county property tax levy to 10 mills:
and (2) eliminating the legislative power to authorize taxation by local bill
and restricting county taxing authority to only those taxes authorized by the
state with the exception of ad valorem taxes.
The greater share of intangibles tax revenues has gone to the state. The
counties' share has been reduced from 55% to 37.7%, while the state's share
has increased dramatically from 45% to 63.3%. During the 10-year period
ending FY 1997-98, intangibles tax revenues for counties increased from
$219.1 million to $392.7 million, an 80% increase. In comparison, growth
for the state's general revenue increased from $171.9 to $791.3 million, a
In the past 20 years, the intangibles tax has been modified at least five
times. Each time the state has increased the tax, the Legislature has di-
rected the new or increased revenues to the state's coffer and held the county
revenue sharing program "harmless." However, the 1999 intangibles tax cut
resulted in over a $100 million cut to the County Revenue Sharing Program.
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April 28, 2000
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Pat Morrison .......................... ........... St. George Island
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* The state must maintain its financial commitment to the County
Revenue Sharing Program by replacing the intangibles tax with an
alternative recurring revenue source that provides for future growth
such as the state sales tax.
* County revenue sharing funds provide valuable revenue flexibility
for counties to meet the growing demands and needs of the local
citizenry without relying solely on local property taxpayers.
* The consequences of not providing another revenue source are prop-
erty tax increases and/or drastic cuts in essential county services.
* Governor Jeb Bush, in his 2000-2001 budget proposal, is support-
ing a "hold harmless" for counties by recommending that the $330
million counties would receive in intangibles tax be replaced with
another state revenue source.
* A tax reform policy that allows one government to reduce the rev-
enues of another government is not a tax cut policy, but a very real
tax burden shift. In this case, the shift affects every residential and
business property owner in the state.
* The state should not balance its tax reform or tax cut policy on the
backs of county budgets. Responsible fiscal policy requires that gov-
ernment actions be paid for by that governmental entity making the
decision. It becomes impossible to manage the public dollar and be
accountable when one level of government controls the fiscal policy
of another level of government.
* Protecting the standing of current bondholders as well as the credit
worthiness of counties is critically important. One-third, or approxi-
mately $95 million, of county revenue sharing funds are bonded
through two guaranteed entitlements.
Bob McKee, Governmental Liaison
(850) 922-4300 or email@example.com
Preliminary Report from Island Tax
Watch Given at Civic Club
Bob Guyon's Report Makes
Attention Franklin County pub-
lics and politicians. Bob Guyon,
one of the tax watch members of
the St. George Island Group made
a preliminary report to the Civic
Club last week that reflects an
INFORMED journey through the
operations and expenditures of
county government. Here is a
quick read -of one observer, as-
sisted by Bob Gardner, Bob
Harper and Dale Hollenbeck, in a
research trek on county govern-
ment operations from the stand-
point of taxes, expenditures and
The Chronicle reports Mr. Guyon's
remarks in a verbatim format. He
may not be the final assessment
on operations and assessments',
but the tax-watch concept put
into action by some of the mem-
bers of the Civic Club certainly is
a far better base for informed
opinion because this group is do-
ing its homework for the benefit
of the entire county, not pushing
particular political agendas.
Also, we should not have any
trouble remembering that this is
a political season full of bald as-
sertions and rumor. For the first
time in a long time, the tax watch
concept is bringing to the elector-
ate a reasonably objective assess-
ment of'county government op-
erations and expenditures.
Bob Guyon addressing the Civic
"When I started this exercise last
September, I think I prefaced it
by saying that this was going to
be an enlightening process, that
we had to learn how things were
done in this county before we
could make any kind of meaning-
ful recommendation on how
things could be done differently.
And, that remains in place. That
hasn't changed at all. Believe me,
it's not that easy to learn what the
steps are on the front end so that
you understand how they connect
with the steps on the back end."
"If you think that by volunteering
for this, I was going to give you a
,real, definitive, positive answer in
6 months period of time, wrong
guy... We're still learning..."
"I've met with most of the
front-end agencies. That meaning,
the Clerk of Courts Office. Are you
familiar with how important that
position is in this town? If you're
not, I suggest you pick up this
brochure. It describes what the
Clerk of Court is all about...
They're the gatekeeper. They're
the ones that basically say Yes,
this can be done, or No it can't be
done... In this county, if you want
to buy something, the check is
ultimately signed by the Clerk of
(Then I visited) "...the Property
Appraiser's Office... If you're not
homesteaded here, or in the State
of Florida, you're property evalu-
,ation which is fed into the roll, in
January, is really what the mar-
ket bears. So, when it comes right
down to the bottom line... the
people that are going to be the
best protected are the ones that
live here. That is the way the State
of Florida has set it up in the Stat-
utes, so that if you're Home-
steaded, you're preferred. I'm sure
there are people in this room who
have been homesteaded now, for
ten years or more, and whose
AIRPORT FOR LEASE
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currently seeking a lessee to build and operate
a fixed base operation at Thompson Field,
Carrabelle, Florida. Parties interested should
contact the CPAA attorney, Ann Cowles, at
(850) 653-4641 for a bid package. The CPAA
reserves the right to accept or refuse any or all
AN APALACHICOLA HISTORIC
IVefings welcomes you to the
Apalachicola Classic and --
Antique Boat Show.
Hours: 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. 3 p.m. SATURDAY
You can demonstrate a Kayak here; call for a demonstration
properties are appraised and as-
sessed at way beyond what you're
paying taxes on. Appraised or as-
sessed in terms of market dollars.
And, you're lucky. You really are.
I think I'm lucky too. I think I got
locked in two years ago. What the
rules says is that property evalu-
ation cannot go up more than
three percent a year. What that
doesn't say is that the millage
rate, which affects what your tax
bill is going to be, that can fluc-
tuate all the way up to ten mills...
So, when you look at your tax bill
... your property valuation is go-
ing to say one thing but your ac-
tual tax bill is going to be reflec-
tive of what your actual millage
rate was for that particular bud-
get cycle. There are some things
here that don't really dovetail in
the minds of the average person
until you get down,to page 2 or 3
as to how they are all defined."
"I've also visited on the expense
side, and keep in mind, there's no
revenue in government. I keep
hearing this. "Well, government
doesn't run like a business." No,
it doesn't but it should. That's my
contention anyway. Government
should run like a business be-
cause businesses are or held ac-
countable for what they spend.
Government takes money in. They
take our tax dollars in and that's
the revenue side that's what they
spend from. Now, how is that
money appropriated on the oppo-
site side? Is it spent to the last
penny or is it spent to a lesser or
greater degree? That's the part of
the equation that is very difficult
I've been to the Sheriffs Depart-
ment and I thought that would be
one to bite on to some things that
were being done, right (or) wrong,
frankly, it looked pretty good. It
really did. I think the way expen-
ditures were justified were rather
Publisher's note: In a sepa-
rate conversation with Sheriff
Varnes on Friday, 21 April, he
advised Mr. Guyon that he
could review the expenditures
if he took at least two hours
with him to go over everything
in the budget, not just a "quick
scan" of the paperwork. Guyon
"I really do. You can go back to
what we said right at the begin-
ning of this exercise, about chal-
lenging (expenditures) and per-
sonnel levels ... bottom line is
when you look at what has to be
done, and how it is being done, I
think that the people that are do-
ing it are doing a pretty decent
"I've been trying to hook up with
the road department, and that's
in a state of flux right now... The
previous Superintendent retired
at the beginning of this year. They
went through an exercise where
they were trying to find a replace-
ment, they finally found one, and
I feel sorry for the person, because
he's trying to do the best job that
he can do ... on the other hand, I
think budget is the furthest thing
from his mind and maybe that is
to our benefit, I don't know."
"We challenged the 2.7 million
dollar increase in last year's bud-
get and we asked what it was
predicated on. We challenged
what the expenditures for the
Sheriffs Department, for the Road
and Bridge Department, but most
importantly... and all of us have
to remember, the ability of the
county commissioners to under-
stand what this budgeting pro-
cess was all about, and to be able
to say "yea" or "nay" on whether
or not those dollars were appro-
"I'm at a point right now where I
think in the next month or so I
can conduct the workshop, I can
give you some more information
on how we can go into the bud-
get-forming workshops to ask why
things are going to be done for
next year. ...
The one number that is a soft
number everywhere I go, and to
me that should be a hard num-
ber, is the number that is called
census. What is the population of
Franklin County? I've got four dif-
ferent sources of information right
now that all kind of come together
to the point where I think we're
going to come up with truth. But,
if you have been reading the pa-
per, the census of Franklin
County is actually predicted to
have dropped 1.3 percent last
year, to 10,100 people. The num-
ber that has been used in the past
has been closer to 11,000
people... There are some other
numbers that collaborate or re-
inforce these numbers. What is
the number of voters? Another is
the number of licensed drivers...
So, there's different ways to come
around to come to what is the
actual number. They haven't done
their part, and I'm talking about
all of what we call government in
Franklin County... they haven't
done their part to assure that the
census numbers that are being
formulated as a result of this
year's census drive... if they
haven't done their part, then they
really can't use census as a
justification for increased
"Basically, that's were we are.
We're still in process. I hope that
by June, when the budgeting pro-
cess begins that a lot of you will
join me in those sessions and we
can challenge what these pro-
posed budgets are going to be."
Proposed St. George Plantation
Processing Fee For Rental Agre<
At the St. George Plantation Own- The preference for coll
ers Association Membership processing fee is to t
Workshop on March 18, 2000, a rental realty company
new proposal to impose Planta- the rental agreement
tion "processing fee". upon each realty company could
rental agreement written by a collected processing
rental realty company was dis- Plantation on a week
cussed. The proposal was met basis.
with acceptance by those mem-
bers in attendance as well as the As of this date, 173
Board of Directors and local Re- homes are under rent;
altors. The proposal will be placed with rental realty comr
on the agenda of the May 20, 2000 number is growing w
Board of Directors meeting for jority of new home sul
further discussion and possible ing built for the rental
adoption. ng built for the rental
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charges a "reservation/process-
ing" fee as part of the rental agree-
ment process. This is a
non-refundable fee imposed by
the rental realty company for the
administration of each rental. It
is this same rationale, for the pur-
pose of reimbursement of the cost
of servicing each rental that the
Plantation processing fee is being
The Plantation processing fee
would reimburse the Plantation
for such costs as administrative
supplies, printing of rental agree-
ments, hang tags, log books, util-
ity costs for telephone, fax, elec-
tricity, and payroll costs of secu-
rity staff hours associated with
our rental guests.
The proposed Plantation process-
ing fee is for a $25.00 charge per
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By Tom Campbell
Non-instructional personnel at
Carrabelle School were honored
at a breakfast there on April 18.
The "Appreciation Day Breakfast"
was prepared by members of the
Student Advisory Council (SAC).
About 25 non-instructional per-
sonnel attended the breakfast,
which was served by about seven
SAC members. The breakfast
menu offered scrambled eggs,
venison sausage, orange juice,
coffee, grits, quiche, biscuits, and
a beautiful, edible fresh fruit ar-
rangement for the centerpiece of
the table. The fresh fruit arrange-
ment was executed by Joann
Gander and Loreli Sutton.
SAC meets on the first Monday of
each month at 7 p.m. at
Carrabelle High School Library.
All are invited to attend the next
meeting, scheduled for May Day,
May 1, 2000. The meeting will be
in the Carrabelle School Library
at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
The Franklin Chronicle
1-800-ASK-USPS, If You Can
Get Through the Telephuni Tree
Recently, I had an occasion to call the main Tallahassee Post Office to
talk' with someone at the Philatelic counter. Seemed simple enough.
But, I discovered a subtle change in how receptive the U. S. Postal
'Service has become since many U. S. post offices may no longer be
telephoned directly without going through a labyrinth of telephone
trees, coordinated by regional operators in Colorado or "southern
I dialed what the local directory said was the local, main Tallahassee
post office but someone from "southern Arizona" answered. As usual.
the telephone tape said the call "...may be monitored for quality, etc."
The initial operator wanted to attempt to answer my question but I
told him that my question had to do with whether a certain com-
memorative stamp was still available in Tallahassee, and he would
hardly have that late information. He agreed.
So, he dialed some "secret" number that plugged me into a telephone
tree presumably in Tallahassee. This tree had four limbs, none of
which was relevant to my quest. In fact, no one answered the phone
locally because "...I am away from my desk," a standard response one
gets from most state government offices in Tallahassee.
Hint: Don't call between noon and 2 p.m. since most are "away from
their desks." Yeah, I recognize lunch hour, but two of them?
So, I ended up calling back to "southern Arizona," this time with
more questions about the circuitous routing of phone messages, while
noting on my watch that 12 minutes had already elapsed. Then, I
was plugged into another local telephone tree, and with the same
response, that is to say-no live person picked up. During this frus-
trating time, there was another taped message, "Your call is impor-
tant to us," a cruel joke on the public.
After 25 minutes of this back-and-forth telephone tree exercise, a live
person came on the line, assuring me that yes, indeed, they had one
commemorative packet left in the stamp store. I complained about
the phone system involved in this exercise but was assured that most
postal employees also hate the system installed November 1999. Turns
out that many U. S. post offices located in cities the size of Tallahas-
see, at least, no longer have direct phone line capability. One must
call the regional number, which is automatically switched into the
local line. This is an example of keeping potential customers away
from the U. S. postal service, not really serving their public interests.
In fact,' telephone tree abuses are now.rampant in America, with the
function of keeping the caller away from the bureaucracy, not to fa-
cilitate the public interest.
The rank-and-file of the postal service, especially those in smaller
postal offices such as those in Franklin County, are not responsible
- for the state of affairs involving "southern Arizona," 800 numbers, or
administrative policies. The program to convert more 800 numbers
for telephone responses at distant locations, instead of local outlets,
is a policy put into place by the postal service leadership in Washing-
ton, D. C. In cities the size of Tallahassee, the loyal counter workers,
and many others work long hours coping with the hoards of custom-
ers who form long lines many times during the day, standing long
hours as they work down the numbers.'
This change is a management policy on a narrow sliver of postal policy,
but an irritating one; even admitted by the counter workers them-
Internal postal memoranda advise' postal administrators what new
local phone numbers will be converted to 800 numbers, with the stern
warning that anyone within the hierarchy releasing that information
to the public will be summarily "warned" with a letter in their record,
a mild form of terrorism to this loyal cadre. I would think such prac-
tices fall far short of good management practices.
The postal service leadership is at fault here, with yet another ex-
ample of poor management, a criticism that is rising from the private
sector, adding fuel to the argument that the postal service should be
o converted to a private service with the claim that efficiency would
So, I am adding to my list of what is needed to destroy bureaucracy
wherever one finds it, recognizing there are some-benefits to-the ag-
gregation of people and tasks in any organization. The first item is to
seize control of one half of the xerox machines in the bureaucracy,
forcing the bureaucracy to personally communicate with the public.
The second, is to get rid of the telephone trees.
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Seat Belts Save Lives
By Julie S. Bettinger
Editor, The Sheriffs Star
If I had a choice, I would never be writing this column. But there's a
message that hit home with me recently, and I find myself unable to
You see, my 18-year-old nephew and godson was involved in an auto-
mobile accident recently in Franklin, County. He was not wearing a
seat belt, an4-neither were his three friends. Three of the four boys
were thrown from the vehicle that Florida Highway Patrol officers say
flipped five times. MY nephew, Robby Redding, was one of the lucky
ones. Though he received a broken neck and is now paralyzed from
the chest down-he's alive. His friend, 17-year-old Dale Pullen, lost
his life. Two other boys were relatively unharmed physically. Emo-
tionally, we are still not sure.
This was a totally preventable tragedy. Had the foursome been wear-
ing seat belts, they more than likely would have remained in the ve-
hicle and survived the accident-traumatized, perhaps-but without
serious injury. But what can you tell teenagers? They feel invincible,
unrestrained-and the idea of a tragedy like this happening to them
is unfathomable. So, of course, they don't bother to buckle up.
Yes, Florida has seat belt laws. But they have no teeth. Very few people
realize that a law-enforcement officer cannot stop a vehicle for this
offense alone. The driver must be breaking another law of the road
before they can issue a citation for not buckling up.
In the 2000 Legislature, this could change. And the parents of both
my nephew and Dale Pullen are praying that lawmakers will recog-
nize the insanity of having a law you can't enforce. We hope lawmak-
ers will make it a primary offense, so patrol officers can help get the
message out: Seat Belts Save Lives.
Traffic crashes are the No. 1 cause'of death among children and young
adults. More then 6,300 youngpeople ages 15 20 are killed every
year in traffic crashes; more than 600,000 are injured. Safety belts
are the best form of protection against injury or death. They lower
risk by 45 percent. You are four times more likely to be seriously
injured or killed if ejected from a vehicle-a common occurrence when
a person is unrestrained.
Gary and Debbie Pullen, the parents of Dale, are doing what they can
to make a difference. They have joined forces to educate teenagers
about the dangers of not wearing a seat belt. They produced 8,000
bumper stickers with the simple message: Buckle Up for Dale. They
arranged to have a billboard erected with pictures of their son and
the dates 1983 2000, with the same message the week before Spring
If you would like to help in a more formal way, contact Terry Henry,
Buckle up Florida, 850-473-7071 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, more than 3 million children in the United States are re-
ported abused or neglected, according to statistics released by Pre-
vent child Abuse America, the nation's leading child abuse preven-
tion organization. Approximately one million of these cases are con-
Here in Florida, approximately 127,859 children are reported abused
or neglected in 1998/1999. These statistics are particularly alarming
in light of the fact that overall crime statistics have gone downward
since 1993 (by 21 percent) while the number of children reported
abused and neglected increased 9 percent form 1993 to 1997.
While it is important to take note of these statistics and to learn from
them, it is just as important-maybe ever more so-to prevent abuse
and neglect from happening in the first place. That's what April's
observance of child Abuse Prevention Month is all about.
April's observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month is an appropri-
ate opportunity to remind ourselves of our collective responsibility to
prevent the abuse and neglect that robs so many of our society's
children of their childhood, their sense of security and wellbeing, and
their future. Together, we really can make a difference.
For more information about how to prevent child abuse and neglect.
call Prevent Child Abuse America at 1-800-CHILDREN.
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was near, with not one violation.
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and Herb Napora of Carrabelle,
Peggy Higgins of Tallahassee,
Judy Sands of Carrabelle, Vivian
Hitt of Eastpoint, Jerry Coombs
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see. Each of those in the winner's
circle won a $10 prize from the
Gulf State Community Bank, and
a Gift certificate from Hobo's Ice
Cream Parlor for a Banana Split.
Judges for the event were Chuck
Spicer of Coastline, Tom
Campbell of Franklin Chronicle,
Palmer .Hasty of Apalachicola/
Carrabelle Times, Paige St. John
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Howard Wesson of WOYS Radio.
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which includes prize money, rib-
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Hobo's Ice Cream Parlor and
Sandwich Shop provided the gift
certificates for those contestants
in the winner's circle.
David Butler said that all but two
gumbos sold out during the day's
Events, which was announced a
The Judges were given scoring
sheets and asked to score each
gumbo entry by a number only,
not knowing who had prepared it.
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scoresheet asked the judges to
score each entry for appearance,
texture, flavor, tradition and style.
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winning entries all had liberal
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FSU Marine Lab "Open House" Success
By Tom Campbell
The Florida State University Ed-
ward Ball Marine Laboratory at
Turkey Point in Franklin County
held its "Open House" April 15.
According to Associate Director
Dr. John Hitron it was "a success"
and about 560 people attended.
On-site facilities at Turkey Point
include a research building with
sixteen laboratories, an adjoining
teaching and library building, a
maintenance shop and dive
locker, a 60m-long concrete dock
Sand fueling station, four efficiency
dormitory buildings, a three-
bedroom residence house, a
house trailer, an accessory ad-
ministration building, two green-
house research buildings, a semi-
enclosed seawater wet table area
and a large recirculating seawa-
ter raceway, several controlled
environmental rooms with seawa-
ter capabilities, and several stor-
age areas. Personnel are available
to assist in the planning and stag-
ing of laboratory- and/or field-
based research and education
programs. Many of these were
available and assisting during the
A variety of research vessels are
maintained at the Marine Labo-
ratory, and some of these were in
use, providing trips out into the
harbor for the visitors. Three pon-
Stoon boats were in use. One of
these 28-ft. pontoon boats was
captained by Mr. Lee Winzler, who
said he lives "on Ocklochonee
Bay, about 10 miles from the lab.
I'm just a neighborhood boy help-
P ing out today."
Ms. Barbara Shoplock, Director of
the Saturday Sea Program at the
Sj lab, was on the pontoon boat and
providing interesting information
about the items caught in the net
while trawling in the harbor. Pig
fish, pin fish, .sea squirt and sea
cucumber ,were,just. a few of the
items she displayed and talked
Posey's Bus was on hand to pro-
vide delicious food for the visitors.
Sandwiches included oyster,
hamburger and shrimp, among
Dr. Hitron said he was "happy to
see so many local residents and
so many visitors. We want to
thank them for attending and we
welcome them back when they are
in the area." He said the open
house is an event that takes place
"every other year."
The Academic Diving Program
maintains an inventory of diving
equipment valued at nearly a mil-
lion dollars. The locker maintains
more than 100 sets of basic scuba
gear and a wide variety of ad-
vanced equipment. The locker
also maintains a variety of under-
water photography and video-
graphy systems. All of the gear is
maintained by a dive technician.
Courses in basic diving and the
application of diving to research
are offered along with specialized
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Outside users from other agencies
include the National Park Ser-
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Dr. Nancy H. Marcus is Scientific
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Her campus office is Room 034
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By Tom Campbell
The Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce held its regular meet-
ing at the Chamber office Thurs-
day, April 20, hearing reports of
the successful Waterfront Festi-
val 2000, Reports included the
facts that there were 112 vendors,
of which 35 were local and 77
were from out of town.
Treasurer Flo Coody reported that
the total income from the festival
was $12,978.67. Total expenses
were $7,242.35. Total profit was
$5,736.32. Ms. Shirley Vignieri,
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The Franklin Chronicle
Crowd Of 6,000
By Tom Campbell
The Tenth Annual Waterfront Fes-
tival in Carrabelle attracted a
crowd of over 6,000, according to
some estimates. The festival this
year was held at Sands Field. be-
cause of the construction ongo-
ing at Marine Street along the
Arts and crafts, food vendors.
educational exhibits and political
booths numbered over 200 and
covered four ball fields in the area.
The Chamber of Commerce tent
featured a display of the Art Con-
test winner at Carrabelle School
grades 1 through 9. The display
was set up by Ms. Sheila Hauser,
who coordinated the contest.
There was a winner from each
The winner of the Golf Cart was
Ms. Barbara Sabas. She said she
plans to donate the golf cart to the
American Legion Auxiliary in
Lanark Village to enable them to
raffle off the cart in a fund-rais-
Ms. Mary Fordham was the 50/
50 Winner. The share she won
Executive Director Bonnie
Stephenson of the Chamber said
there were some T-shirts left, in-
cluding all sizes, Small, Medium,
Large, Extra Large and Double
Ms. Flo Coody said that the auc-
tion was a big success. "More than
$4,000.00 was made on over sixty
items that were auctioned."
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Wayne Clark, Auctioneer Bonnie Stephenson holding
the official waterfront logo.
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A Political Jamboree was held on Friday, April 14th, at the
Eastpoint fire station, involving many candidates running
for public office, Republican and Democrat.
The affair was organized by the Executive Committee of
the Franklin County Republican Party, chaired by Master
of Ceremonies (and chair of the executive committee) Willie
Norred. All candidates were invited to participate in the
Jamboree, and 12-15 did show up, allowing about 200 voters
to see and hear them speak. A dinner was catered consisting
of barbecued chicken and chicken and dumplings for an
admission of $20. The audience was very politely receptive
to the candidates for local and state offices.
Commerce from Page 5
who was Coordinator for the
Tenth Annual Waterfront Festival,
received an enthusiastic round of
applause for her good efforts and
the total profit earned. She
thanked those who had cooper-
ated in all the work and said that
the success was made possible by
the Chamber members who
worked hard in the team effort.
The Chamber members heard
Guest Speaker Doug Haymans,
from Tallahassee, of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, Division of Marine
Fisheries. He is with the Outreach
and Education Program and said
he travels "all over the state talk-
ing to clubs." He.has been in all
67 counties and is now working
with Mr. Hugh Davis on the Big
Bend Saltwater Classic, which will
be held in Carrabelle in June,
On Saturday, June 17, a Young
People's Fishing Clinic will be held
in connection with the Big Bend
Saltwater Classic, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. The Outreach and Educa-
tion Program will be sponsoring
the event, with emphasis on
teaching young people the proper
rules to follow and generally edu-
cating them about Florida fish.
Some of the topics will include:
Habitat-where do fish live? Eth-
ics-Fish by the rules. Catch and
release what you can't eat. Pro-
tect the fish for the future. And
many other such items.
Mr. Haymans said he needs "vol-
unteers to help with the clinic."
For those interested, phone Ex-
ecutive Director Bonnie
Stephenson at the Carrabelle
Chamber (850)-697-2585, and
she can put you in touch with MT.
The Florida Foundation for Re-
sponsible Angling is a 501.c.3.
corporation, non-profit. Its mis-
sion is "to promote public aware-
ness of and encourage the protec-
tion of marine fisheries and
Mr. Haymans will be in the
Carrabelle area again, in prepa-
ration for the Young People's Fish-
ing Clinic, in connection with the
Big Bend Saltwater Classic.
In another matter, it was reported
that the Chamber will soon have
a new website on the Internet. It
was announced that
carrabellechamber.com will be the
For those who might wish to
phone Mr. Doug Haymans di-
rectly, he can be reached in Tal-
lahassee at (850)488-6058. He
will need about thirty volunteers
for the fishing clinic.
Library from Page 1
for the challenge that faced them.
The members of the Franklin
County Public Library Advisory
Board (FCPLAB) voted unani-
mously to begin advertising "Re-
quests for Proposals, (RFP's)
The proposals will be opened at'
the Franklin County Commission
meeting held on May 16, and then :
passed to the Advisory Board.
Denise Butler, Chairperson of
FCPLAB called on all members of
the Board to make every effort to
attend at all future meetings pos-
sible as the task will be heavy. She
also welcomed all members of the
Friends and Carrabelle Library
Branch Building Committee to
keep on attending, saying that "we
will need all the ideas and help in
making the new building a
In other business at the meeting.
the FCPLAB voted to send letter
to Ms. Valerie Goodwin, professor
at the Architecture School at
FAMU, who had assigned the real
life experience of planning a pub-
lic library. Eight of her class com-
pleted a site visit, they drew up
plans, made models and summa-
rized their reasons for making the
Mary Ann Shields, of the
Carrabelle Branch Library Build-
ing Committee, reported that "we
have sold 248 bricks."
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The professional world inside the
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
(and HealthCare organization) is
uniquely special for many
reasons, not the least of which is
the fact that about 99 percent of
the people working there seem to
realize the job they are doing is
essential and they are dedicated
to the achievement of their goals.
This includes the little lady who
was sweeping and mopping the
fifth floor rooms and hallways on
Easter Sunday morning. The man
who wheeled the meals and
delivered carefully to the
"designated diners" was also
The dynamic staff in ER
(Emergency Room department on
the first floor) on the night before
Easter were handling a busy
"Saturday night crowd," which
included varieties from a man who
had been cut in a neighborhood
fight and was wearing bloody
clothes and handcuffs,
accompanied by two police
officers, to a well-dressed lady
from south of Tallahassee who
was having a heart attack and had
been "Life Flighted" in from down
on the coast.
Each of the scores of individuals
was given the attention he/she
deserved, and the hard-working
staff maintained a positive,
cheerful attitude, managing to
find quiet time to share a joke or
an astutely funny observation,
while catching a. breath and
snatching a well-earned "time-
Nobody was lost in the shuffle and
by 2:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, the
busy halls of ER were quieter, and
"Happy Easter" greetings were
being occasionally smiled around.
The over-all effect realistically was
more entertaining than a TV
show, according to this observer.
One man (the observer/writer)
who had been admitted for chest
pains, fearing he was having a
heart attack, was given oxygen,
,proper attention, several tests, x-
rays and an aspirin. Later he
game to know the real problem,
which was his badly congested
lungs, sore from two days and
sleepless nights of coughing,
hacking, spitting and wheezing,
lung spasms and just plain
painful panic. He had quit
smoking after 30 years "just in
time," according to the doctor.
"Otherwise, you would probably
be dead now."
The writer missed the "Vigil
Service" he had planned to attend
at the Chapel of the Resurrection
on the FSU Campus Saturday
night. The "sunrise service" of the
morning become the lab work he
got about 7 a.m. Easter Sunday.
The heavy stone being rolled away
was the congestion in his lungs
being cleared by the medications
and oxygen, miraculously
transforming the pain to easy
breathing, pain-free joy. An
echocardiogram showed no
damage to his heart.
By Easter Sunday afternoon, he
felt like a new person, regenerated
Busy, dedicated doctors, nurses
and staff members were doing all
they could do, in order to properly
handle each patient. The observer
could see and hear it as it
He became aware that it takes a
real team effort to transform the
pains of a dark Saturday night to
the peace and wholesomeness of
a bright Easter Sunday afternoon.
The burden of the congested
lungs, like a heavy stone, had
been rolled away, and all the
ecstasy of a miraculous Easter
Sunday was apparent all around
him: power to heal.
Inside the Tallahassee Memorial
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Bulletin By Carolyn Hatcher
April 28-In conjunction with the Apalachicola Antiques & Classic Boat
Show, maritime historian James H. Higgins will lecture on the advances in
speed on the water during the 20th century. In the first 20 years of our cen-
tury powerboat speeds increased from 20 to more than 70 miles per hour.
This largely unheralded chapter in our technological history will be explored
in detail through words and pictures. James Higgins is a respected powerboat
historian, member of the Mystic Seaport Museum's Yachting Committee, and
former President of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.
The lecture will be held on April 28. 2000 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday
evening, April 28th, at Camilla Hall on 5th Street and U.S. Highway 98 at 6:30
p.m. For more information please call (850) 653-9419 or
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April 28-Official Rivers 2000 Paddle. At 4:00 p.m. on April 28. a ceremony at
the Ochlocknee River State Park is planned to show support for clean, healthy
river systems. Pass the Paddle is an event where public officials, along with
boaters from across the nation, will use Florida's rivers to carry the official
Rivers 2000 paddle from state to state, climaxing in presentation of the paddle
to the President of the United States. The paddle will dop into some of America's
well-known rivers, including the Suwannee. Ohio. Mississippi. Colorado and
Connecticut. as well as others only known locally.
Rivers 2000 is a nationwide effort to increase public awareness of and appre-
ciation for our nation's 3.2 million river miles and their watersheds. As shared
resources, our waterways depend on collaborative and inclusive strategies to
keep them healthy. Rivers 2000 encourages river-related activities and spe-
cial events across the nation to call attention to the critical role clean river
systems play in recreation, transportation, and species survival.
Florida will receive the paddle from Georgia on the Suwannee River on April
25 and pass the paddle to Alabama on April 29 on the Choctawhatchee River.
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28 April 2000 Pane 7
Impacts of Florida's Clam
The University of Florida is plan-
ning to conduct an assessment of
the contribution the hard clam
industry is making to the state's
Dockside sales have increased
from $40,000 in 1987 to $12.7
million in 1997, according to the
Florida Agricultural Statistics
Service. However, these dollar
amounts shortchange the actual
contribution the industry makes
to local and regional economies in
Florida. For example, the indus-
try also provides local employ-
ment to clam farmers, seafood
wholesalers, distributors and re-
lated bus naesses.
Suppliers of clam bags, harvest
and processing equipment, and
related materials benefit Florida's
Retail seafood and restaurant es-
tablishments also are supported
through sales of clams to custom-
ers. Given that most of the cul-
tured clams are shipped out of the
harvest area, a lot of new dollars
are brought into the local
economy. Thus, the economic
footprint that cultured hard clams
make on the Florida economy is
likely to be much bigger than
often-quoted dockside sales
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to gather information on the 1999
season. Information such as clam
sales, percentage of harvest
shipped out of the region and
state, and wholesale markup, will
be requested from participating
The economic impact of the clam
culture industry will be deter-
mined by using the IMPLAN
model, a tried-and-true method
for assessing how the sales of sea-
food, such as cultured clams, is
multiplied throughout various
Results from this study will be
useful in providing a more accu-
rate meastirement of the contri-
bution that clam aquaculture is
making to Florida's economy. This
will allow state resource manag-
ers and local decision-makers to
make more informed regulatory
and economic development deci-
They will also be able to under-
stand the tradeoffs associated
with future changes in water qual-
ity conditions in areas where clam
farming exists or has the poten-
tial to become established.
New Fishing And
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC).ap-
proved new rules for anglers and
hunters during its three-day
meeting in Tallahassee.
Recreational spotted seatrout
management will be divided into
two regions, instead of the three
regions now in place. The North
Region includes state waters on
the Gulf coast north and west of
a line near the Pinellas/Pasco
counties border (near Fred
Howard County Park in Pinellas
County), and on Florida's east
coast north of the Volusia/Flagler
counties border. The South Re-
gion includes all other state
The FWC, after a final public
hearing on proposed rules for
spotted seatrout, established
15-inch minimum/20-inch maxi-
mum size limits statewide, with a
five fish daily bag limit in the
North Region and a four fish limit
in the South Region. The rule al-
lows for anglers to harvest one
spotted seatrout larger than the
maximum size limit. The rules
also establish a February closed
season for the harvest of spotted
seatrout in the North Region, and
a November/December closed
season in the South Region. These
rules will take effect on July 1.
In other action, the FWC agreed
to hold public hearings, only if
requested, on proposed rules to
increase the recreational daily bag
and possession limit for Spanish
mackerel from 10 to 15 fish
(which conforms with a proposed
federal rule change), and delays
the 10 percent reduction in spiny
lobster trap certificates for one
In addition, the FWC received
updates on Gulf red snapper liti-
gation, the management of grou-
per in the Gulf, the pilot-baitfish
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species for possible future listing
as an endangered, threatened or
species of special concern.
Commissioners also adopted a
new agency mission statement
and approved a staff recommen-
dation to make all new hunting
and rules effective the subsequent
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The Red Drum Management Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. to hear the
Red Drum SAP report and AP and SSC recommendations regarding stock
status. The Reef Fish Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. to review a draft li-
cense limitation options paper for the longline sector, hear a National Marine
Fisheries Service (NMFS) enforcement report on longline vessels, review the
revised options paper for Amendment 18. discuss the legal ramifications of
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program, federal longline legisla-
tion and various federal issues.
I The FWC also established five new
fish management areas (FMAs)
including Pellicer Pond in Flagler
County and Bear Creek Park,
Cane-Marsha Park, Kirkman
Pond and Starke Lake, all in Or-
ange County. Also, the Commis-
sion deleted Lake Beauty, Lake
Cherokee, Lake Estelle and
Lowbush Bay FMAs from the
Other establishment orders ap-
proved by the Commission in-
cluded re-establishing the Florida
Keys Wildlife and Environmental
Area (WEA) and adding 38.9 acres
to it and reestablishing the Lake
Wales Ridge WEA with a 118.31-
acre addition. In addition, Com-
missioners re-established the
Aucilla. Wildlife Management Area
(WMA) with 38,445 acres deleted,
the Babcock Webb WMA, adding
319.7 acres and the Richloam
WMA with 481.13 acres added. In
addition, Commissioners estab-
lished the 590-acre Blackwater
Carr Unit WMA and the 38,445-
acre Flint Rock WMA, which for-
merly was part of the Aucilla
The FWC established harvest
units for this year's public waters
alligator harvest and deleted wild
hogs from the list of game animals
on the Blackwater WMA. The
measure legalizes hog hunting
during small game season, as well
as during general gun, archery,
muzzleloader and archery/
muzzleloader seasons on the area.
Regarding other wildlife issues,
Commissioners passed a new rule
to clarify the definition of a bow
to prohibit the use of devices,
during archery season, which
mechanically hold the bowstring
in the drawn and ready-to-release
position The new rule does not
prohibit mechanical release de-
Svices which require the hunter to
Surely on his own strength to draw
and hold the bowstring.
Another new rule provides for new
caging requirements, buffer zone
requirements and space require-
ments for facilities which obtain
permits to keep certain danger-
ous in captivity after July 1.
The FWC passed a rule to estab-
lish a recreational use permit fee
of $140 per year and establish a
quota of 325 permits for Cham-
pion International WMA and es-
tablished a $98 permit fee and
quota of 600 permits for the new
Flint Rock WMA.
Also, Commissioners revised rules
for special-opportunity hunts and
general regulations and quotas for
wildlife management areas.
Another new rule authorizes fish-
ermen to take catfish at night with
gigs and bows and arrows, and
during the daytime by spears,
gigsi s-fatch hooks, crossbows or
bows and arrows from boats or
from shore, except at spillways of
the Eureka, Rodman or Jim Woo-
druff dams, or in certain Dade
New rules also increased the mini-
mum length for black bass from
Lake Talquin from 14 to 18
inches. Black bass from Lake
Weohykapka (Walk-in-Water) now
have to be less than 15 inches
long or at least 24 inches long to
be legal keepers, and the FWC
decreased the daily bag limit for
Lake Weohykapka from five per
day to three per day, with no more
than one black bass 24 inches or
New rules also prohibit the use of
peacock bass for bait and prohibit
removal of the heads or tails or,
filleting of panfish until anglers
have finished for the day, but the
rule applies only in lakes that
have minimum length regulations
Commissioners adopted new gen-
eral provisions for taking, posses-
sion, transportation and sale of
reptiles. The new rules streamline
procedures in several alligator.
harvest programs by eliminating
hide validation requirements in
favor of the issuance of CITES
tags directly to program partici-
pants, other program changes are
aimed at increasing participation
and harvest tag opportunities.
New rules also reduce the
hatchling fee for alligator
hatchlings taken on lands not in-
cluded in alligator management
programs and set aside some of
the revenue from anticipated in-
creased alligator trapping license
sales to maintain funding for mar-
keting promotions and public
education activities regarding
Another significant change estab-
lishes four one-week harvest pe-
riods in September and a "bonus"
week in October for this year's
statewide alligator harvest season
rather than two two-week harvest
periods in September as in the
The FWC approved a recommen-
dation to add the flatwoods sala-
Tuesday. April 25
Wednesday. April 26
Thursday. April 27
Friday. April 28
Saturday. April 29
Suwannee River. Stephen Foster State Folk
Culture Center 3:00 p.m.
Ocklawaha River. Ray Wayside Park 9:00 a.m.
Indian River Festival. Titusville 5:30 p.m.
Steinhatchee River. Steinhatchee 10:00 a.m.
Apalachicola River. Apalachicola 4:00 p.m. at
the Battery Park.
Ochlockonee River. Ochlockonee River State Park.
Sopchoppy 4:00 p.m.
Choctawatchee River. Clayhatchee. AL 9:00 a.m.
For more information on Rivers 2000 in Florida. call the Office of Greenways
& Trails at 850-488-3701. or visit www.floridadep.org/gwt.
April 29-30-Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra FSU Ruby Diamond Audito-
rium: Saturday 8 p.m. -Sunday 2:30 p.m. There is a fee. for more information
April 29-Historic Apalachicola Classic & Antique Boat Show. Join us for the
second annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show April 29. 2000.
This festival will emphasize the maritime history of our picturesque coastal
town. Special highlights will include the Governor Stone. an authentic, fully
restored Gulf Coast schooner that embodies the rich fishing history of
Apalachicola Bay. Plus authentic oyster boats, workboats and a wide array of
small classic and antique boats.
Enjoy a display of antique outboard engines and a model boat exhibit, nauti-
cal arts and crafts and nautical antiques. For more information please call
(850) 653-9419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 29-Fun day at Dog Island. 10 a.m. until-. All day free. fun. food. games.
April 29 & 30-Annual Stephen C. Smith Memorial Sailing Regatta-features
hundreds of sail boards/boats. Shell Point Resort. Shell Point. FL. All day.
free. For more information call (850) 894-2454.
April 30-Meet at the Sheriffs substation. St. George Island, for island cleanup.
April 30-The Tallahassee Swing Band's "Concert in the Park" will be per-
formed at Lafayette Park, Apalachicola, on Sunday. April 30th. at 4:00 p.m.
This concert, presented by the Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts. and
featuring big band sounds of the swing era, is open to the public. While dona-
tions are acceptable, there will be no charges mede. or contributions solicited.
Those attending should bring their own chairs.
May 3-Reminder: Boyd staff office hours in Carrabelle and Apalachicola. A
member of U.S. Rep. Alan Boyd (D-North Florida) staff will be visiting Carrabelle
and Apalachicola on the 1st Wednesday of every month so that the people of
Franklin County wqill have the opportunity to discuss in person issues which
A representative of Rep. Boyd's staff will be upstairs in the Carrabelle City
Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST and in the board room of the Franklin
County Court House in Apalachicola from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST on
Wednesday, May 3.
May 5-Timber Island Yacht Club Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m. at the Moorings in
Carrabelle. There will be a covered dish dinner preceding the business meet-
ing. Contact person: Flo Coody 697-8149.
May 6-First Annual Youth Regatta.
10 a.m. Captain's Meeting at Bob Sike's Cut
11 a.m. Race starts
3 p.m. Open race starts
6 p.m. Awards presented during Luau at Bob Sike's Cut
Contact: Larry Hale, Coordinator (850) 927-2395 (Home) or (850) 927-2282
Ext. 13 or email at email@example.com.
May 6, 7-Blue Crab Festival 2000. May 6 & 7, 2000 Wooley Park, Panacea.
Giving away $2000 in 2000! $1000 cash drawing Saturday 5 p.m. $1000 cash
drawing Sunday 4 p.m. You must be present to win! No entry fee!
5 K Run and Fun Run! Blue Crab Festival Parade! Fireworks Extravaganza!
Live Entertainment and Demonstrations on Stage! Arts & Crafts!! Great Sea-
food!! Kid's Carnival and activities!!
May 6-The 9th Annual Spring Tour of Historic Homes will take place on
Saturday, May 6th in the captivating coastal town of Apalachicola. Florida.
The tour offers entry into 11 private homes, four churches and several com-
mercial structures. Homes that have never been open will be on this tour. as
well as favorites from previous tours. The Campbell-Sharit House at 84 Av-
enue D, c. 1888, has just been restored in the Classic Revival Cottage style
and cannow be seen. Vintage cars v.ill be featured at the homes to enhance
the turn of the century ambiance ou vil feel rl hlule snrllline the neighbor-
hood streets that are lined with ancient oaks The stores in to\\n mill be open
until 7.00 p.m., so plan to stay, shop and eat some seafood af one of
Apalachicola's award-winning restaurants. The tour is from 1:00 5:00 p.m.
eastern daylight time, and the cost is $10. Registration begins at 11:00 at
Trinity Episcopal Church, located on the corner of US Highway 98 and 6th
Street. A box lunch is available at the Church for an additional cost. Spon-
sored by Trinity Episcopal Church, the event raises funds for the preservation
and restoration of the 162-year-old church building, which is also open for
the tour. In the Florida Panhandle, Apalachicola is 80 miles southwest of Tal-
lahassee and 60 miles east of Panama City on US 98. This jewel of the Forgot-
ten Coast still boasts the only traffic signal in all of Franklin County. For
additional information call Ruth Young. Tour Chairman at 850-653-8675. or
the Chamber of Commerce at 850-653-9419. Visit the Apalachicola website at
www.haynavigator.com for driving directions and accommodations, or email
May 8-Lighthouse Association meeting 6:30 p.m., Episcopal Church in
Carrabelle. Contact person: Barbara Revell at (850) 697-2054. Celebrate
Crooked River Lighthouse day May 27th.
May 8-COBS Classes Offered at GCCC. The Criminal Justice Training Acad-
emy at Gulf Coast Community College will conduct a full-time Correctional
Officer Basic Standards course at the academy facility in Southport, begin-
ning May 8, 2000. This course will meet five days a week. eight hours a day,
for approximately four months.
Correctional Officer Basic Standards is required in order to be eligible for the
Florida Certification Examination for Correctional Officers.
Advance application is required. For more information call Lorne Brooks or
Jackie Vaughn at 9850) 747-3233, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to
May 11-Sea Oats Garden Club meeting 7:00 p.m., Episcopal Church in
Carrabelle. Contact person: Cindy Sullivan. Ph. (850) 697-4280.
May 11- Migratory Bird Day Open House Tours. St. Vincent National Wild-
life Refuge will conduct staff-guided refuge tours May 11, 12, and 13 to cel-
ebrate Migratory Bird Day. Many neotropical migratory birds are declining
due to fragmentation of breeding habitat in North America and loss of winter
habitat in the Caribbean, Central America. and South America. Participants
will have the opportunity to become better acquainted with their refuge and its
varied wildlife and wildlife habitats.
One tour will be conducted daily May 11, 12, and 13 (Thursday, Friday. and
Saturday). The tours are scheduled to leave the refuge's Indian Pass boat
dock at 8:00 a.m., E.S.T. and will return at approximately 1:00 p.m.. E.S.T.
Transportation across Indian Pass will be provided for participants of the staff-
Those wishing to participate must make reservations by phone at 850/653/
8808 beginning on April 24. Reservations will be limited to four individuals
May 13-The Eastpoint Vol Fire Department will be sponsoring their annual
Spaghetti Supper Sat. May 13, 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets $5.00.
Delicious home made deserts will be available. The Fire Station is Located at
6th and C C Land Rd in Eastpoint. follow the Fire Truck signs on Hwy. 98 just
east of Eastpoint.
May 15-19-The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will
hold its May 15-19. 2000 meeting at the Radisson Hotel New Orleans. 1500
Canal, Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. At this meeting, the Council will hear
public testimony on the Gulf group king mackerel total allowable catch (TAQ
and other framework management measures beginning at 2:15 p.m. on Wednes-
day, May 17.
The Administrative Policy Committee will meet on Monday beginning at 8:00
a.m. to discuss an internal policy issue related to, conflict of interest. The
Habitat Protection Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. to hear a research pro-
posal by the Gulf Aquaculture Consortium and a report on proposed gas pipe-
line. routes across the Gulf of Mexico. The Stone Crab Management Commit-
tee will meet at 10:30 a.m. to review and approve for public hearings the
DraftAmendment 7/Regulatory Amendment and make recommendations for
the full Council to review on Tkursday morning. At 1:00 p.m.. the Mackerel
Management Committee will meet to hear the Macker-el Stock. Assessment
Panel (SAP) report, the Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) report, and recommenda-
tions of the Mackerel Advisory Panel (AP) and the Standing and Special Mack-
erel and Dolphin/Wahoo Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSQ regard-
ing the Gulf group king mackerel TAC and proposed management options
under thejoint dolphin/wahoo fishery management plan (FMP). The Commit-
tee will develop recommendations for the full Council to review on Thursday
There will be a meeting of the Joint Reef Fish/Mackerel Management Commit-
tees on Tuesday beginning at 8:00 a.m. to review the revised Options Paper/
Amendment for a Charter Vessel Permit Moratorium.
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Kathlene I. Watz
Kathlene I. Watz, 97, of Lanark Vil-
lage, died on Saturday, March 25,
2000 at Gulf Coast Hospital in
Panama City. A native of Hansport,
Nova Scotia, Mrs. Watz had lived in
Lanark Village since 1995. She wasa
homemaker, a member of the World
War I Ladies Auxiliary, and attended
the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She is survived by her two daughters
and sons-in-law: Joan and E. Gregory
Woods of Lanark Village and Patricia
and Hubert C. White ofAnn Arbor, MI.
three grandchildren: and three
by cremation. A memorial service will
be heldat a later date. Kelley-Riley
Funeral Home, Carrabelle, FL, in
charge of arrangements.
Winter Lee Bryant
Winter Lee Bryant, 53., of
Apalachicola, died on Saturday,
March 18, 2000 at Flowers Hospital
in Dothan. AL. Born in Sopchoppy. FL.
-Mr. Bryant had lived most of his life
in Apalachicola. He had worked at
various jobs over the years, and-had
also been employed by the City of
Apalachicola. He is survived by his six
sons: Dell Bryant, Winter Lee Bryant,
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Jr., Dwellie Bryant, Andrew Bryant
and Rufus Bryant, all of Tallahassee,
and Stephen Bryant of Apalachicola
his three daughters: Ethyl Banks of
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ters: Mary Lemons & Connie Richards
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day, March 25, 2000 at The First Born
Church of The Living God in
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Kelley Funeral Home, Apalachicola,
FL, in charge of arrangements.
Ethel G. Brash
Mrs. Ethel G. Brash. 93, of
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ern Star Gorrie cnapter where she
had also served as Past Worthy Ma-
tron. She was a fifty year member of
the Philaco Club and a life-long mem-
ber of The First Baptist Church in
Apalachicola. She is survived by two
nieces, Jacquelyn Glass Heyser Bar-
bara Joan Glass Porch of
Marriottsville, MD: five 9 nieces; and
numerous great-great-nephews &
nieces. Funeral services were held
Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at Kelley
Funeral Home in Apalachicola. Inter-
ment followed in Magnolia Cemetery,
also in Apalachicola. In lieu of flow-
ers, contributions my be made to the
First Baptist Church Building Fund,
46 9th Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320.
Kelley Funeral Home, Apalachicola,
FL, in charge of arrangements.
Walter B. Creamer
Mr. Walter B, Creamer, 85, of
Apalachicola, died on Sunday April 2,
2000 at his home in Apalachicola. A
native of Jackson Co., he had lived in
Apalachicola for the past 63 years. He
was a retired commercial fisherman,
a member of the Apalachicola Lodge
#76 F&AM, the Scottish Lodge and the
Shaddi Temple. He was a member of
the First Assembly of God Church in
Apalachicola. He is survived by his six
sons: Junior Creamer, Charles
5,815 sq. ft. commercial build-
ing with 7 storage units located
on 215'x250' lot in the Lanark
Village Retirement Community.
$238,000. Call 850-697-3395
Estate sterling silverware in
Louis XIV pattern by Towle;
place setting for eight. Miscel-
laneous pieces. Please call 850-
Creamer, Quention Creamer, Tommy
Creamer and Mark Creamer, all of
Apalachicola and Donnie B. Creamer
of Panama City: his three daughters:
Cathy Bentley, Merle Odom. and
Maida Gilbert, all ofEastpoint, FL: two
brothers: Willie Creamer of Eastpoint.
and Burdett Creamer of Southport;
three sisters: Pansy Alday, Eloise
Johns and Nona Scott, all of
Southport; thirty-six grandchildren
and sixty great-grandchildren. Fu-
neral services were held on Tuesday,
April 4, 2000, at 3:00 p.m. (EST) at
the First Assembly of God Church in
Apalachicola, Interment followed in
Magnolia Cemetery. Masonic Rites
were observed graveside. Kelley Fu-
neral Home, Apalachicola, FL in
charge of arrangements.
Joseph Vere "Buddy" Duggar
Joseph Vere "Buddy" Duggar, 70, of
Jacksonville, FL, died on Tuesday,
March 28, 2000 at his home in Jack-
sonville. A native of Apalachicola,
Buddy had lived in Jacksonville for
many years. He was retired from the
United States Air Force and from the
Florida Army National Guard after
serving for over 29 years. He formerly,
attended the Eastpoint Baptist
SChurch in Eastpoint, FL, and he was
a Mason. He is survived by his wife,
Marina Duggar of Jacksonville; one
son, Michael Duggar ofTitusville, FL;
one daughter: Karan Duggar of Or-
lando; one sister: Erin Landry of Cali-
fornia; and one grandchild. Graveside
services were held on Thursday,
March 30, 2000 at Magnolia Cem-
etery. Masonic Rites were conducted
graveside by Apalachicola Lodge #76
F&AM. Kelley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola, FL, in charge of arrange-
The Family of the Late Buddy Duggar
would like to express their heart felt
appreciation to all who attended the
graveside services at Magnolia Cem-
etery on March 30, 2000. Also, a spe-
cial thanks to the Masons of
Apalachicola Lodge #76 F&AM who
participated in the graveside Masonic
-Nicky, Karan, & Michael Duggar
Charles Collins, 67, of Carrabelle, died
on Friday, April 7; 2000 in Port St.
Joe, FL. A native of Flat Lick, KY, he
had lived in Carrabelle since 1979. He
retired from the United States Air
Force after serving 20 years. He was
a veteran of Korea & Vietnam, was a
member of the Disabled American
Veterans and the Retired Enlisted
Men's Association. He is survived by
two brothers, William Andrew Collins
of Alaben, IL and John T. Collins, of
Carrabelle, FL; six sisters, Nan Collins
of Carrabelle, Juanita B'. Lockwood
& Barbara E. Collins, both of
Crawfordville, Dorothy M. Stacy of
Alexander. KY, Ealon Turner of Xenia,
OH, and Gracie Ann Kuntz of Goshew,
OH. Graveside services were held on
Monday, April 10, 2000 at Evergreen
Cemetery in Carrabelle, Full Military
Honors were observed. Kelley-Riley
Funeral Home, Carrabelle, FLV in
charge of arrangements.
John Wesley Davis
John Wesley Davis, 57,, of Lakeland,
FL, died on Tuesday, April 4. 2000 in
Lakeland. A native of Geneva, AL, Mr.
Davis was a former resident of
Apalachicola & Tallahassee before
moving to Lakeland. He was a retired
artist and was Pentecostal by faith.
He is survived by one son, Johnny Ray
Davis of Eastpoint; one daughter,
Rhonda Garrett of Eastpoint; his fa-
ther, W.D. Davis of Valdosta, GA: two
brothers, Bill Davis & Ken Davis, both
ofValdosta. GA; one sister, Melba Grey
of Jefferson County, NC; two grand-
daughters, Selena Garrett & Brionna
Garrett. both of Eastpoint. He was
preceded in death by one son. Vince
Davis. Funeral services were held on
Friday, April 7, 2000 at The Highland
Park Community Church in
Apalachicola, Interment followed in
The Eastpoint Cemetery in Eastpoint.
Kelley Funeral Home. Apalachicola.
FL, in charge of arrangements.
Frances Wiggins, 82. of Apalachicola.
died on Tuesday. April 4. 2000 in
Plaquemine, LA. A native of
Apalachicola, Mrs. Wiggins had lived
in. Seattle, WA, for many years before
moving back to Apalachicola five years
ago. She was a retired nurse, dedi-
cating many years to Group Health of
Washington. While living in Washing-
ton, she was a very active member of
the First A.M.E. Church and was also
a member of the Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority. She frequently visited her
daughter in Plaquemine. LA. and par-
ticipated in the Bethel A.M.E. Church
and made many friends. When Mrs.
Wiggins returned to Apalachicola, she
spent her leather last years in the love and
comfort of her church, St. Paul A.M.E..
her family and friends. She is survived
by her daughter. Frances R. Wiggins
of Plaquemine, LA; two aunts. Mrs.
Fannie Weatherspoon and Mrs. Lillie
Curry of Apalachicola; her cousins,
John & Wilhelmina Spires of Winter
Haven, Darrell Spires of Temple Hills.
MD, Rebecca Riser of Tampa. Olivia
Culver Keatton of Spring Hill, Marion
Curry, Elizabeth Culver Rogers, Clara
Bryant Edwards, and Willie Williams,
Refuge House clients are in
need of the following in good
working condition: washer.
dryer, bunk beds and mat-
tresses, chest of drawers. If you
can provide any of the above.
please contact our office at 653-
all of Apalachicola: a Goddaughter,
Barbara Doles of Miami; and numer-
ous other relatives and friends. Fu-
neral services were held on Saturday.
April 8, 2000 at St. Paul A.M.E.
Church. Interment followed in Mag-
nolia Cemetery in Apalachicola. Kelley
Funeral Home, Apalachicola. FL, in
charge of arrangements.
Charles Dennis Register
Charles Dennis Register, 60. of Talla-
hassee, died on April 23, 2000 in St.
Teresa. A native and resident of Tal-
lahassee, he had served his country
in the U.S. Marines. He is survived by
one son, Charles A. Register of Talla-
hassee; one daughter, Michele Cook
of Tallahassee; one brother, Hughes
Register, also of Tallahassee.
Memorialization by cremation.
Kelley-Riley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola, FL, in charge of arrange-
James Alford Puckett
James Alford Puckett. 61, of Lanark
Village, died on Saturday, April 15.
2000. A native of Winchester, TN, he
had lived in Lanark Village for the past
10 years. He had operated a produce
stand in Carrabelle, had been a sea-
food salesman in Tallahassee and was
a house painter in Lanark Village. Mr.
Pucketthad served as a Ranger in the
U.S. Army, serving during Vietnam,
and was a member of the American
Legion. He is survived by a devoted
friend, Violet Chidester of Lanark Vil-
lage. Memorialization was by crema-
tion. Cremains were interred in the
'family plot in the Winchester Memo-
rial Park in Winchester, TN. Arrange-
ments under the direction of
Kelley-Riley Funeral Home,
It took the filing of a Writ of Man-
damus and a Hearing before a
Circuit Judge to begin the mir-
roring of computer hard drives
process at the Fish & Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWCC).
Attorney Pat Floyd of Port St. Joe,
Florida, filed a Freedom of Infor-
mation request on March 2, 2000,
but the first access to information
was not allowed by FWCC until
April 4, 2000 and then only un-
der a court order. Over a month
lapsed, giving ample opportunity
to erase public information if any-
one had such a desire. The Free-
dom of Information request was
filed because of the method used
by staff in handling the Tarp Net
issue. The vote against the Tarp
Nets in Jacksonville in February
seemed predetermined. The vote
outcome seemed known by every-
one except the tarp net propo-
nents, who drove to Jacksonville
to answer questions and hear
Russell Nelson's report on the sta-
tus of tarps. This was the only ref-
erence to tarp nets printed on the
agenda on the FWCC web site.
There was no action agenda item
published anywhere. Hence, the
information obtained under Gov-
ernment in the Sunshine statutes
might shine some bright lights on
what is going on behind the
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28 April 2000 Page 9
Marc Grove Enjoys Wefing's In
By Tom Campbell
Marc Grove was very busy in his
office, but was friendly and
stopped what he was doing in or-
der to answer some questions.
With blond-red hair and an easy
smile, he appeared to be a kid
enjoying his work immensely, as
the new owner of Wefing's Marine
Supplies at Avenue G and Water
Street in Apalachicola.
Mr. Grove bought Wefing's De-
cember 1, 1999. He comes from
Santa Cruz, California, and is
happy to be in Apalachicola. "I
love it here."
His plans for the store are to con-
tinue with commercial marine
supplies. Wefing's is famous for
"Marine Supplies Since 1909." He
said, "We will continue commer-
cial supplies, and add to these,
so the fishermen don't have to go
to Panama City."
He will also have a sailboat deal-
ership, and will offer Logic Power
Boats, Hobie Kayaks, Ultimate
Sailboats, Pleasure Cruises, Fish-
ing Charters, Fishing Tackle and
more. "We've organized the ware-
house and will be adding more
hardware," he smiled. He plans to
have whatever the fisherman may
need, and "Wefing's Marine is af-
filiated with the best local char-
ter companies and can help you
arrange a charter to fit your
The website for Wefing's
can be found at http://
html and the store is located on
the waterfront at the comer of
Avenue G and Water Street in
Apalachicola. There are nine
pages of information on the
website. For example, "Wefing's is
your direct connection to the In-
tracoastal Waterway. Our friendly
staff is ready to meet your needs.
Folks come for marine products,
but they stay for the warmth of
good conversation. Wefing's is
your one stop source of quality
products, Ultimate 20 and Antrim
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The beginning of loading the trailer headed form Palmyra
27 sailboats and Logic power
boats, motors and service: Mon-
day through Friday 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1
There is a photo on the website of
Wefing's on the comer of Avenue
G and Water Street. (See photo.)
Mr. Grove said he has been
re-organizing the hardware and
the warehouse. He said they have
"'most items you might need, and
many historic items you've prob-
ably never seen." Wefing's stocks
most parts and has overnight ac-
cess to "'just about everything
else." He said they have "excellent
factory-trained Yamaha mechan-
ics," and that no matter who made
your engine, "you'll be in good
hands at Wefing's."
The cab of the tractor
pulling the loaded trailer,
on the first leg to Los
Illustrating a new role for
Wefing's, as an "export business,"
Marc described a new project un-
dertaken by the 90+ year-old ma-
rine supply firm. The Nature Con-
servancy recently purchased ma-
rine equipment for their Palmyra
Atoll, an island in the South Pa-
cific 980 miles south of Hawaii,
about 5 degrees above the
The Palmyra Atoll is a
Conservancy-owned island less
than 15 -square miles in size but
"...with some great fishing," Marc
exclaimed. Wefing's has shipped
boats, fly-fishing gear, scuba
diving, equipment and associated
hardware in a huge trailer that left
Apalachicola in late March. The
first stop of the giant shipment
was Los Angeles for transfer to a
Matson freighter arriving at
Ameriban Marine in Honolulu.
The trailer was scheduled to leave
there on April 20th by barge to
Palmyra Atoll. For the first year,
the tent camp environment will be
available to large donors to the
Conservancy, and later on,
bookings will be handled through
the corporate office of Orbis.
Eventually, there will also be a
fishing lodge constructed. "It's
6000 miles away from
Apalachicola," Marc Grove smiled,
"The perfect getaway for some
Interestingly, with this major
project, the historic marine sup-
ply business has also changed
with the times, practicing one
manifestation of current day busi-
ness orientations, that of
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requiring imported tisn to De consistent witn federal size limits, and hear a
report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) organic fish designa-
tion. The Committee's recommendations on these issues will be considered by
the Council on Thursday afternoon.
May 27-Celebrate Crooked River Lighthouse Day 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
May 31-Panhandle Poets and Writers meeting 7:00 p.m. Episcopal Church
in Carrabelle. Contact person: Carolyn Hatcher. Ph. (850) 697-2251.
June 6-10-Disaster services Training Blitz in Apalachicola. June 6th through
June 10th are the dates for a Training Blitz for volunteers who would like to
help their community when a disaster strikes. If you are interested please try
to attend one or several of the following Disaster Services courses. All Disaster
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your name, phone number and course selection to 878-3441 or e-mail us at
Tuesday June 6th 6:00PM Introduction to Disaster Services
Thursday June 8th 6:00PM Mass Care: An Overview
Friday June 9th 6:OOPM Shelter Operations
Saturday June 10th 9:OOAM Damage Assessment I
1:00 p.m. Logistics: An Overview
Location of Training Franklin County Emergency Operations Center, Airport
Road, Apalachicola Florida.
INTRODUCTION TO DISASTER SERVICES The purpose of this three hour
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community response and the role of American Red Cross Disaster Services.
SHELTER OPERATIONS The purpose of this three hour course is to prepare
volunteers to effectively and sensitively manage shelter operations as a team.
to meet the needs of people displaced as a result of a disaster.
MASS CARE: AN OVERVIEW The purpose of this three hour course is to
provide basic information about the activities of sheltering and mass feeding.
Participants will learn about the skills and abilities needed by Mass Care
LOGISTICS: AN OVERVIEW The purpose of this three hour course is to
provide basic information about the activities and processes of the Logistics
function on disaster operations.
DAMAGE ASSESSMENT I The purpose of this three hour course is to pre-
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port damage assessment information and provide operation support on disas-
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Dr. Hobson Fulmer Dr. Laura Rider
The loader used at the marina.
Nearly fully packed, ready for closure. A small quantity of
Tupelo honey was added "for taste."
"Opportunity Florida" from Page 1
Four of the eight counties have already adopted this measure; two of
the counties have agreed to adopt and will be doing so at their next
meeting. Franklin and my home county of Washington are the last
two to be adopting the program...
Each county commission will appoint one business person from their
community to serve on a Board of Directors... From that, the Board
is going to be made up of fifteen individuals, primarily business people
... Private businesses will have two member spots. At the first meet-
ing, the general membership will get together and they will elect two
representatives to serve on the Board of Directors. All of the utility
companies, gas, electric, telephone have an opportunity to join Op-
portunity Florida as well. Their fee for joining is $5000 per utility
What we're trying to do is build an identity for the eight counties and
try to sell the identity ... We want to develop a private entity that can
be developed and marketed on its own.
Jimmy Mosconis: ... "I think it's a great idea. Sounds like o u
are a group of good, old fashioned capitalists to me. You got
the right idea here. Capitalists generate jobs and that's what
we need ... I like the format here, having business people
running this program, and not your JTPA bureaucratic types
... They got their place here ... but it takes entrepreneurial
people to bring businesses in. And, Alabama, and the Caro-
linas, and Georgia has kicked Florida's butt for years."
... He referred to past instances where other states suc-
cessfully recruited outside investment into their state.
Clark. continued, "We needed some of this insight including a pro-
gram that can compete with Alabama ... I want to add another thing.
I think ... we do need to deal primarily with creating jobs and creating
value-added jobs. I want to emphasize, we want to do what the com-
munity wants to do .,.
The community has to drive what economic development is and what
economic development means for their community. It may mean that
you want tourism. It may mean that you need infrastructure develop-
ment. Or you want to work with 15 businesses- and expand seafood
exporting out into larger areas ... If that's an area this community
wants then that's what the organization is going to focus upon..."
Mosconis volunteered to sit on the new Board, when established. "One
other thing I would like to point out. We just went through this with
speckled trout. St. Joe just went through it with the tarp nets. This
part of Florida is constantly hammered by the ... I don't even know
what they call it any more... (The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission). They control the freshwater and saltwater fishing.
I was in the last meeting and they were dealing with speckled trout.
Their head biologist told them "There's nothing wrong with the trout.
That the rule that's three years old, their data showed there was an
increase in population of fish. There was no emergency. Everything's
improved ... By God, they still cut it. I told those people, You know
we've been designated an economic area of critical concern, and I
went on, and on about how the Apalachicola Bay is productive, and
how down in Franklin County you cannot build a building over 35
feet high ... Our approach is a slow, low density development ... They
said, "Mr. Mosconis, we're not concerned with that." That really ticked
me ... This is a committee ... a government by committee. The point
is maybe an organization like this could, maybe have some lobbying
power ... When they did this tarp thing over at Raffield's and he's got
about 100 people working there and they did a two-year experiment
on tarp nets and they slammed the door on them..." These people
have no compassion, the people and their jobs... It's hard for one
little community to fight state government."
"We've been hit by the mill being shut down. The net ban. There's
been a lot of bad economic things happen to the working class people
in the Big Bend ... That's not their concern." Mosconis continued,
"But, you know the government is supposed to be concerned with
those needs ... But some of these agencies have gotten so removed
The Program of Work in "Opportunity Florida" starts first with a re-
gional analysis that includes identification of available skills, existing
industries and demographic trends within the eight county area. Con-
ditions that affect economic growth, and needs of the surrounding
metro areas would be inventoried. The development of an existing
industry expansion strategy would follow, taking advantage of growth
in surrounding metro areas. Finally, a marketing plan would be de-
veloped including the target industries, vendors and subcontractors.
The Board voted unanimously to join the coalition.
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ter of an acres, you can obtain
MASTER PL, special permits even to-fill, if its
NOR a necessity or hardship... 14.62
( acres of wetlands will be cleared...
SThey will be cleared for
4.. .. fly-aways... These will not be
-cleared for traffic through those.
"" ..."' They must be hand cleared. It will
aco c..n -" only be cleared to the height nec-
L e..I essary for fly-aways, to see across.
IdicWti oWgdwS f In reality, the biologists ... tell us
.* to Abeb that coming in here and
G rGa sr I hand-clearing these areas are
nt* Fanmr Hor gonna' actually make them bet-
u*iWaor No*a ter than they are now..."
'This is not a natural habitat... We
do have an area set aside here for
commercial property. This area
will have a 50 foot buffer on the
road side, on the side toward the
golf courses and on the side to-
ward the entrance road..."
"Hopefully, we will have a bike
path all the way down highway
', (There will be) 18 holes of golf."
noff on site. It will NOT go into
We go from 43 feet of elevation, at
our highest point.... We don't have
properties that go to the Bay.
These are lots that have already
been platted. This is 8 feet in el-
evation (point to coast),..which as
most of you already know, is
pretty high for Franklin County....
There are some concerns. Mr.
Hartley attended some of our
meetings. About diminishing the
acquifer in this area. It is a re-
"As you go through the DRI pro-
cess, you are required to go
through all of the State agencies.
They look at everything you do.
We have biologists that mark our
wetlands. That mark our critters,
that mark our plants ... and then
the State agencies come behind
"Basically, we have a 372 acre
site. Out of that 372 acres, the
wetlands that we figure, at this
point, that have to be filled, is 2.44
acres..." That is total fill that we
will do at this point, 2.44 acres.
That could change up or down a
very little bit. It will not be above
three acres. We have agreed to-
tally that we will not fill over 3
acres of wetlands, period."
"Most of you know that... if you
have a lot, that up to one- quar-
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"We have talked with various
agencies to ascertain the pro-
posed growth in the area. We have
positive letters from the school
system... we are losing a lot of our
school children here because a lot
of people are sending their kids
to private school elsewhere... Our
community will be mostly retire-
ment homes and second homes...
so the increase in students is not
"As all of you know, so many
times, we have failed here in the
county on other golf course situ-
ations because they're right on the
Bay, we all know they drain into
East Bay, and yes, they're going
to affect oysters..."
"I believe in this Bay. We need to
protect the Bay- I'm as environ-
mentally sensitive as anybody
around. The group that is general
partner in this is the same group
that did the development at
Destin, some 20 years ago. These
are the Carp Brothers of Dallas,
"You can only cut a tree on the
footprint of your house. Anything
above 4 inches that does not fit
Dr. Freda White
within the footprint of that house,
you can't cut it without approval
of the committee that will be made
up of a board of people that own
properties here, of an architect, a
biologist, and others that make up
a board of seven persons."
"Many of the lots back up to the
wetland areas. We have to have
setbacks on those areas... We will
do a DRI and a PUD. That means
that everything that will ever be
here will be known before it comes
to the county for approval--before
it goes to the State for all the agen-
cies to look at..." All the streets
will be paved. Utilities will be
underground.She explained that
there will be monitoring wells for
the golf course and that the
project will add to the tax base in
Freda White admitted she is one
of the limited partners and she is
also an exclusive agent for the
The meeting was opened to
questions.Bill Hartley: "...Do we
have your personal guarantee
here tonight that Mr. Hoffer can
print in his paper that (the devel-
opment) will be 100 per cent in
compliance with Franklin County
F. White: ...Again, I am not the
attorney taking care of compli-
Mr. Hartley asserted that if the
plan is in compliance with the
Comp Plan, "We'll back you." Dr
White: "You can print that."
F. White: "In about 8 weeks, the
final plat will be done so we can
take reservations for lots off the
plat. And, we do split commis-
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The defendant was sentenced to
two years of probation to include
240 days of city service, $275 in
court costs. Restitution hearing is
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