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A portion of the Tallahassee Swing Band is shown performing in Lafayette Park on Sunday,
April 30th to an estimated crowd of about 160 toe-tappers basking in music of the big
band era. April and May have been called "showcase months" for coastal communities,
and in the Apalachicola area, the Newell Concert series and the Tour of Historic Homes
have been highlight events.
Ms. Laura Moody, in period dress, beckons the estimated
thousands of visitors on May 6th, as they toured a number
of homes and public buildings for the Trinity Episcopal
Church fund-raiser. She is standing near the Coombs House
Inn, corner of 6th Street and Avenue E (Highway 98). In
this issue of the Chronicle, on page 9 the interior of the
recently refurbished Spohrer home will be shown
exclusively. At the close of the Historic Tour, Bill and Lynn
Spohrer hosted another fund-raising cocktail reception at
their home, Lynnhaven (formerly the Emily Porter House)
at 127 Avenue B, Apalachicola with proceeds going to the
Raney House Restoration Fund of the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society. See page 9 for more photos of this
Gulf State Community Bank Boosts
By Tom Campbell
Gulf State Community Bank di-
rectors continued their program
of service to Franklin County by
voting to make the bank one of
the Founding Members of the
Community Foundation of North
Florida. Formed in 1997, the
foundation is an all-purpose or-
ganization serving charitable con-
tributors in nine north-central
Florida counties, including
The Community Foundation of
North Florida recently opened its
first office in Tallahassee, with Joy
Watkiiis as executive director. The :
foundation has already approxi-
mately $1.2 million under man-
agement, and already has contrib-
uted more than $210,000 to
non-profit organizations in the
nine counties, including several
agencies serving Franklin County.
J. Ben Watkins of Carrabelle, vice
chairman of Gulf State Commu-
nity Bank board of directors, is
Franklin County's representative
on the foundation's board of di-
Cliff Butler, president and CEO of
Gulf State Community Bank, said
employees, officers and directors
of the bank have always sup-
ported non-profit organizations'
that improve "the quality of life for
Butler said, 'This major contribu-
tion is just another example ofi
how we support community or-
ganizations that contribute so!
much to our community. Every-
one at Gulf State Community
Bank is proud to support an or-
ganization that already has con-
tributed to our community and
assures greater contributions in
He continued, "The Community
Foundation will benefit organiza-
tions and individuals in Franklin
County by enabling them to make
tax-deductible contributions to
create endowments that support
their aims and goals without the
extensive costs, in time and
resources, to set up a separate
Butler concluded, "The Commu-
nity Foundation of North Florida
is the best organization through
which to meet the increasing com-
munity needs and we are honored
to be a Founding Member."
Carol Dadisman of Tallahassee,
president of the foundation,
thanked Gulf State Community
Bank and said its contribution is
"extremely important to the
foundation's initial success."
Founding Members contribute
$25,000 to a combination of op-
erating expenses and operating
endowment, enabling the founda-
tion to function during its startup
years, and to build an operating
endowment for the future.
Twenty companies, families and
individuals in the nine counties
have agreed to be Founding Mem-
bers, and an additional 10 are
being sought. Ben Watkins and
other foundation directors also
are Founding Members of the
Three States "Agree
To Extend The ACF
By Tom Campbell
In an announcement from Execu-
tive Director Douglas Barr's office
at the Northwest Florida Water
Management District, "the three
states (Florida, Alabama and
Georgia) agreed to extend the ACF
(Apalachicola Chattahoochee -
Flint River Basin) Compact-agree-
ment by 90 days."
The Compact was set to expire on
May 1, but the agreement now
has extended until the end of July-
2000. According to the announce-
ment, "A number of ACF Water
Allocation Formula Committee
meetings are now scheduled ...
An ACF Committee meeting will
be hosted by the State of Florida
and is scheduled for Monday, May
22, 2000, 10:00 a.m. (EDT),
Northwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District, 81 Water Manage-
ment Drive (10 miles west of Tal-
lahassee on U.S. Highway 90).
A meeting of the Florida Stake-
holders group is scheduled for
Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 10:00
a.m. (EDT) at Northwest Florida
Water Management District Head-
Discussed at that meeting will be
the status of the negotiations, dis-
cussion of the upcoming May 22
committee meeting, and review of
other related meetings.
,The purpose of the May 22 meet-
ing is to discuss ACF "water de-
mands, allocation formula com-
ponents, the water allocation for-
mula and the schedule for upcom-
ing committee meetings and their
Questions being asked are: What
issue separates the three states
on agreement? How much money
has this cost thus far? What is
the majoi "hang-up" which pre-
vents the three states from find-
Speculation is that the Atlanta
area wants more than its fair
share of water. The state of Ala-
bama also has water needs which
prevent Atlanta from getting what
it wants. The state of Florida is
concerned about the Apalachicola
River basin and all that this area
At Least $1.8 Million Designated
For Franklin Projects
An additional $2.5 million to be allotted to the Apalachicola Water
and Sewer Project
Franklin County did rather well in the recent Legislative session ac-
cording to Representative Janegale Boyd when she notified the
Chronicle about approved'funding for the fiscal year 2000-2001 by
the Florida Legislature.
The Chronicle has learned that Representative Boyd was responsible
for writing an amendment to other legislation involving DCA, and the
identification of money designated for counties in the Area for Critical
Economic Concern that resulted in an additional $2.5 million being
made available to the Apalachicola water and sewer system. This was
approved by her counterparts in the Senate in the last hours of the
Legislature. She had performed critical liaison on that issue through-
out most of the session that paid off for Franklin County.
The approved project list is printed below, and includes designated
funds for the Tate's Hell State Forest Facility, the Carrabelle Riverwalk,
a Veterans Memorial Park, a Franklin Square Recreation Center, a
Bald Point Park, and improvements to the Carrabelle wastewater sys-
tem, and expansion and improvements to the Apalachicola wastewa-
ter system, along with two historic preservation projects (The Gover-
nor Stone and Raney House repairs).
The project list and approved funding is as follows:
Tate's Hell State Forest Facility
Carrabelle Riverwalk 5
Carrabelle Riverwalk 4
Veterans Memorial Park I
Veterans Memorial Park II
Franklin Square Recreation Center
Bald Point Park Development
Carrabelle Wastewater System
Governor Stone Schooner
FL Recreation Development
FL Recreation Development
FL Recreation Development
FL Recreation Development
Three Projects-Three Outcomes
By Rene Topping
At the May 4 regular meeting of
the Carrabelle City Commission
Dell Schneider again appeared
before the City Commission for
approval of a sewer system that
would run on Timber Island Road
and be hung under the Tillie
Miller Bridge and be attached at
the point of Ryan Road and U.S.
98 to the City of Carrabelle's sewer
Schneider said he had Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP) permission on the sewer
system and was asking for full
approval on the entire project. The
12 acres is sited on Timber Island
but is not in the Timber Island
Development of Regional Impact.
Franklin County Planner Alan
Pierce requested permission to
address the commissioners with
some concerns. He asked
Schneider if he was here for the
permit for the sewer or for the
Jackson said. "He had all his pa-
perwork in on time and I failed to
put the site approval on it, so I
amended the agenda to add that
Pierce said that although he had
to say that this was the largest
project that had come up in the
Carrabelle area actually the
project does not come under State
review. You all (the city commis-
sioners) are on your own and you
will have to review the impact and
make sure it is done properly."
One of the concerns was that on
the sewerage there are several
ways it canbe done. "He can put
the money in escrow and have his
engineers do it, or you all can
evaluate the cost and have your
engineers do it and he pays you
all. But it is going to be your sewer
line to his property." He said the
same would apply to the water
system. He said he was not ques-
tioning the ability of the princi-
pals to pay.
Pierce complimented Schneider
on the fact that he had sufficient
parking for the motel and condo-
minium uses. However he was
concerned about the stormwater
runoff because of the quantity of
paved area. He noted the two
ponds. Schneider said that they
Continued on Page 5
Franklin Briefs........... 2
Carrabelle ............... 2
Annual Audit Excerpts 2
Editorial & Commentary
.............................. 3, 6
Second Circuit Court
.............................. 4, 5
Obituaries .................. 5
FCAN ........................ 8
Lynnhaven Home....... 9
School Board ........... 10
Bookshop .............. 10
Gene Brown: "St.
Company Entitled To
Trial On Inverse
Injunction to stop dismantling
old St. George Bridge is denied.
The St. George Water Manage-
ment Company is entitled to go
to trial on the issues of inverse
condemnation in a claim against
the Florida Department of
Transportation (DOT) proposed
action to remove most of the old
bridge to St. George Island after
the new bridge is completed.
Water Management claims that
DOT is unlawfully taking the
water line of the St. George Water
Company without compensation,
leaving it without much money to
pay for a new line on the new
bridge to the barrier island.
As a part of the litigation, which
was filed during summer of 1999,
the Water Management Company
also asked the Court to grant an
injunction against dismantling
the old bridge, in order to preserve
the water line to St. George Island.
Judge Steinmeyer denied any in-
junction and thus the plans to
reconfigure the old bridge will re-
main. The old bridge will be pre-
served for recreational fishing in-
terests about a half mile from both
ends, and the causeway section
will be turned into a bird sanctu-
Gene Brown, owner of the water
company, told the Chronicle that
there are large differences be-
tween the old and new bridges,
especially differences that affect
the water flows, pressures and
regimen required to get water
across. The new bridge will be 25
feet higher, and be a continuous
bridge without a causeway, pre-
senting a completely different pic-
ture of the required hydrology.
"This amounts to much more
than a mere relocation," he said.
An earlier issue involved the
argument whether the water
management company actually
received a "statutory way of
necessity" and/or an easement by
virtue of obtaining a permit to
mount its original water line on
the old bridge in the early 1970s,
when the bridge was first opened
to the island. Judge Steinmeyer
partially answered that question
in his findings concerning the
DOT motion for partial summary
judgment, which argued against
any application of such a "way of
necessity" or easement since the
documentation of the permit did
not indicate that such a status
was conferred on the water
Judge Steinmeyer agreed and
granted the DOT motion against
any declaratory judgment for
such a "way of necessity" or ease-
ment over the bridge, and a man-
datory injunction, "...the finding
[of] no entitlement to either a
statutory way of necessity or an
easement and no entitlement to a
DOT's first motion for partial
summary judgment was granted
by Judge Steinmeyer, "...the court
finding no violation of the fran-
chise and no taking of the fran-
There is rising concern among
some island residents that costs
of water piped over from the main-
land would increase considerably
if the new water line has to be paid
for by Water Management Ser-
vices. Mr. Gene Brown, owner of
the primate water company, has
announced that he would have to
go to the Public Service Commis-
sion to request permission to in-
crease water rates to help pay for
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May 2, 2000
County Extension Director
Bill Mahan announced that the
Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery
Foundation is sponsoring a
Gulf-wide study to obtain a com-
prehensive database on the Gulf
shrimp fishery. The study will in-
volve shrimp bycatch issues,
catch sizes, locations and total
fishing effort. Mahan is to be con-
tacted sometime in the future by
LGL Ecological Associates, the
study operators, to organize a lo-
cal workshop on the study.
Mahan also reported that new re-
search has shown that the orien-
tation of the knots in the net mesh
can significantly change the fish-
ing performance of a net. Inter-
ested persons may inquire of Mr.
Mahan to review the short video
he received that demonstrates the
Mahan also announced summer
4-H camps. In addition to our
regular 4-H County Camp (July
17-21), the State 4-H Program is
offering programs at Camp
Timpoochee and the State Marine
Institute. Contact Bill Mahan,
Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce announced that an
employee of the Road Depart-
ment, Mitch McAlpin, is currently
on sick leave. His retirement and
social security disability claims
cannot be processed until he gives
them a termination date. He can-
not give them a termination date
because upon termination he will
have to pay his own medical in-
surance premiums and he can-
not afford to do that. Current
Board policy allows for Mitch to
ask for three months leave of ab-
sence and under this existing
policy the Board pays medical in-
surance for three months: In or,
der to move Mitch along in his
plans for retirement and disabil-
ity, a leave of absence does not
help because he still can't get his
retirement and disability pro-
cessed because he does riot have
a termination date. Does the
Board want to amend its person-
nel rules to allow the Board to pay
medical insurance for up to three
months to employees who are
vested into the retirement system,
which means they worked at least
ten years, and are retiring with a
disability. This will allow Mitch to
keep medical insurance during
the transition fi'rom employee to
retirement with disability.
The Board decided to change the
personnel rules to allow for medi-
,cal insurance payments to em-
ployees who are vested and retir-
ing with a disability.
Alan Pierce announced that offi-
cials from the Dept. of Transpor-
tation would meet with the Board
of County Commissioners on
June 6, at 1:30 p.m. in the county
commission room. The meeting
will consist of 25 members of DOT
meeting with the Commissioners.
Sandy Howze, City ofApalachicola
building official is resigning May
5. Pierce recommended that
county employee Robin Brinkley
do the building inspections for the
city of Apalachicola. The city
would then issue its own build-
ing permits and the county would
do building inspections and get
50% of the permit fee. The city
would issue its own building per-
mits and keep half of the fees.
Contractor registration generates
almost $30,000 annually for the
city. In Carrabelle, we issue per-
mits for Carrabelle; "we do every-
Apalachicola, they have had their
own building inspection proce-
dures. Mr. Pierce was to take the
matter up with the Apalachicola
Mr. Kendall Wade, Clerk, sought
a letter of recommendation on
behalf of Mr. John Crooms to be
submitted to the Disability Trans-
portation Board. The Board
County Attorney Shuler described
a proposed new ordinance regu-
lating Title Loans based on the
Leon County Title Loan Ordi-
nance, dealing with rules for
maximum interest rates, required
disclosures, the record keeping
requirements, and penalties for
violations. The maximum interest
that could be charged is 2.5% for
a 30 day period, or 30% per year.
The Board unanimously voted for
adopting the ordinance.
Beach Erosion Study
FEMA has verbally agreed to al-
low Franklin county to use the
$90,000 for repairs on Alligator
Point to be redirected to paying
for an expanded beach erosion
study to include Bald Point. DEP
has agreed to expand the scope
of work of the study as soon as
Alan Pierce has received written
authorization from FEMA. Coastal
Technologies is doing the study.
Ned Porter Park Walking
The Board approved the Health
Dept. paying for the asphalt for a
walking path around Ned Porter
Park if the county will improve the
existing limerock base.
Mr. Pierce provided the Board an
amended bird control plan by the
Army Corps of Engineers which
is allowing for certain types of live
ammunition to be fired.
County Park in Carrabelle
The Board approved getting an
appraisal on 20 acres of property
owned by George Jackson and
Buford Flowers that could be the
site of a county park in Carrabelle.
The parcel is near the high school,
between the cemetery and the
housing project. Alan Pierce plans
to contact David Kennedy to the
site for his evaluation before he
acts to get an appraisal.
St. Joe Company and
Alan Pierce discussed his meet-
ing with 'Mr. Tim Edmond of
Arvida last Friday (April 28)
1. Edmond recommended'that
the Board of County Commission-
ers obtain an appraisal of the 45
acres along State Road 65, and if
the Board is interested, to make
St. Joe Co. an offer.
2. Edmond directed a member of
his staff to look for a sand pit for
Franklin county along CR 370
(Alligator Point Road) for possible
lease to the county.
3. Arvida will check into the own-
ership of LoeSo..:ird' ndg .for a
possible boat ramp.
4. The proposed purchase by the
county of 8 acres of land from the
proposed purchase by the county
of 8 acres of land from St. Joe that
the county would then, keep 6
acres and give the Harris Bros. 2
acres in exchange for the 2 acres
that we already gave them. They
could not use because of the
clouded title was lost in a bigger
discussion. The City of
Apalachicola is thinking about
buying the entire 220 acres from
St. Joe and use the parcel as a
water re-use area with recre-
ational facilities. If the city buys
the parcel, the city and the county
will then work something out. (At
some point soon, the county will
have to make its promise to the
Harris Bros. Our choices are to
find another area where the Har-
ris Bros. can dig dirt, or pay them
for the value of the land and be
done with the issue).
Kendall Wade, Clerk
Mr. Wade reported to the Board
that copies of the recent audit are
available to anyone in the county
Finance Office for $19.65. He
1 mile south of the
Tillie Miller Bridge ^)
Open 7 days
a week at 11 a.m.
said, "...There were no major
problems... (There were) some
little nit-picky things that audi-
tors love to find. but nothing
major. We came out, I think, in
really good shape this year. All
Indigent Health Care
Within The County
Mr. Wade explained that anybody
that is indigent and goes out of
the county, such as to Bay county
(Bay Memorial Hospital) and has
a bill, they can apply to the
Franklin Health Department and
if they are certified as Indigent,
the county pays the bill for them.
In the past, we could not pay
these bills within the county. The
Legislature changed that last
year. If you so desire, if you would
want to vote to do this, then we
have to write a letter to the State
and notify the Weems Hospital
(they have to write a letter, too)
and we sent it to the State, and
once the Health Department cer-
tifies the matter, then those avail-
able funds, may be spent within
the county. There is $43,000 in
the fund now. Half of that is avail-
able for within county care.
Jimmy Mosconis wanted to defer
action asking for additional infor-
mation before changing the pro-
cedures. Mr. Wade reiterated that
the county could not buy insur-
ance with these funds. Mr. Wade
suggested someone from the
county health department and
from the hospital come to the next
meeting of the Commissioners to
provide their viewpoints on the
Williams Chosen By
Commissioners 3 -1
By Rene Topping
As the first matter of business, at
the Carrabelle City Commission
Majr 4 meeting at the Franklin
County Senior Center, Raymond
Williams was chosen by three out
of four Commissioners for the va-
cat 'seat 4. Reverend Johi
Abernathy received one vote.
One interesting change in the vot-
Sing was that the voting on-paper
.was not secret. Each Commis-
sioner was requested to sign his
vote and the ballots would be
available for public scrutiny at
City Hall. Commissioners Frank
Mathes, Rita Preston and Mayor
Wilburn Curley Messer voted for
Williams and Commissioner
Phillip Rankin voted for Reverend
It did not seem to surpnse the
auldi :'I and Lhere was a ripple'
o0 laughter; asL th.e...Mote-a_~ jri-
nounced.'The Mayor pounded the
gavel and cautioned the au d ii'e e
not to laugh. There was also a
short protest by Denis Hight wer
as he attempted to walk around
the room displaying a sign \.hic h
read CAN YOU SAY... "SEIG H E I L"
or HOWDY, COMRADE BUBBA.
The mayor banged his gavel and
ordered, "Get out of here with that
sign. Stop it now."
This appointment will make it a
third time for Williams t'o ha\e
served on the City Commission
He was elected once to th-e cirt
commission and served on the
County Commission. He was ap-
pointed back to the City Commis-
sion, after he failed in a bid for
another term as County Commis-
sioner. He failed to get election to
his seat on the Carrabelle City
Commission, third in a three -\.a
race. Now once more he is ap-
pointed to the Carrabelle City
Williams was sworn in by Gaidry
and immediately seated. This
makes the commission comple-
ment 3 elected and 2 appointed.
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Trial For Wellsprings
for July 5th
At a status conference conducted
by telephone on April 19th, the
U.S. Government and Franklin
County defendants requested re-
scheduling the trial against Well-
springs Home Health Care defen-
dants for various reasons. The
hearings were to have begun on
May 15th, but have now been re-
scheduled to July 5, 2000.
In signing the order, Judge Rob-
ert L. Hinkle, U. S. District Judge,
wrote: "...All parties agreed to a
special setting of July 5, 2000. I
find that a reasonable delay of the
trial as to all defendants from May
15, 2000, until July 5, 2000 is
appropriate, in order to allow nec-
essary preparation. I find that the
ends of justice that will be served
by granting this continuance out-
weigh the interest of the public
and the defendants in a more
[asy Mail -
Excerpts Of The Annual Audit Of Franklin
County Governmental Agencies Ending
The Fiscal Year, September 30, 1999
Franklin County Clerk Kendall Wade announced the availability of
the annual audit of the Board of Franklin County Commissioners
and County Departments at the last meeting of the Board of County
Commissioners on Tuesday, May 2, 2000.
The entire report is over 100 pages in length. The Chronicle will en-
deavor to publish the analyses of the audits, of the various depart-
ments starting in this issue.
In following editions, the analyses and management letters of each
department or county officer beginning with the Clerk of Court will be
excerpted and will include the auditor's report and the management
letter by the officer so identified.
FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Franklin County, Florida (the County) is located in northwest Florida.
The County is governed by an elected five-member Board of County
Commissioners (the Board), which is governed by Florida Statutes
and regulations and is the oversight unit being reported upon. The
County serves approximately 11,000 residents by providing human
services, public health and safety, and economic development. The
elected offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Sheriff, Tax Collector.
Property Appraiser, and Supervisor of Elections are component units
of the County, and are operated as separate County agencies in ac-
cordance with applicable provisions of Florida Statutes. These con-
stitutional officers operate on a budget system whereby County-ap-
propriated funds are received from the Board with unexpended funds
returned to the Board. Separate accounting records and budgets are
maintained by each individual office.
The operations of the office of each of the Constitutional Officers have
been accounted for as separate general funds. Appropriated finds
received by the Constitutional Officers from the Board are recorded
as interfund transfers to these general funds. As a result, the dupli-
cation of reported revenues and expenditures, which would other-
wise occur as a direct combination, have been eliminated from the
accompanying financial statements.
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Mother's Day: The Beginning
By Carolyn Hatcher
Julia Ward Howe was the first to suggest having a day to celebrate
and honor Mothers. She did this in 1872 and the day was dedicated
to peace on earth. This celebration was held for several years in the
city of Boston, Massachusetts. Then in 1887, Mary Towles Sassen, a
Kentucky school teacher, began conducting Mother's Day Celebra-
tions, and in 1904, Frank E. Hering of South Bend, Indiana, started
a campaign for the observance of Mother's Day.
Anna Maria Reeves Jarvis was the founder of the Mother's Day Work
Clubs. These clubs were founded during the War between the States
and acted as neutral agents, serving the soldiers of the North as well
as the South. They were organized to improve sanitary conditions.
The clubs raised money for medicines, made bottled milk and had
food inspections. They also provided domestic help for mothers who
had tuberculosis. This was a time of personal tragedy for Anna, as
she watched eight of her twelve children die before reaching adult-
hood. Near the end of the war, Anna organized a Mother's Friendship
Day at the courthouse to bring the people of the North and South
together in peace. This event was highly successful and was repeated
for many years.
After the death of Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis, her daughter Anna M.
Jarvis led a small service to honor her mother on May 12, 1907. This
event took place two years after her mother's death. At this time, she
decided to work in making this a national holiday. She started a let-
ter-writing campaign to clergymen, politicians and businessmen, ask-
ing for their help establishing the holiday. Then in 1908, the first
official Mother's Day celebration took place in West Virginia and Phila-
delphia, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania was the first state to make
Mother's Day an official holiday in 1910. By 1911 most states had
declared a Mother's Day celebration.
President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother's Day a national holiday
in 1914. Unfortunately the holiday took on a commercial tone and in
1923, Anna filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's Day festival. She was
later arrested for disturbing the peace at a Mother's Day convention.
She was furious to find white carnations, which she had designated
as the official Mother's Day flower, being sold. "I wanted it to be a day
of sentiment, not profit." She further stated that she was sorry to
have started the holiday, and spent.all of her inheritance trying to
return the holiday to its loving intentions.
Anna Jarvis never married and never became a mother herself, al-
though she received Mother's Day cards for the rest of her life from all
around the globe.
Today Mother's Day is celebrated by giving gifts, visiting or taking
Mothers out for special celebrations. Grandmother's have a special
day, also. This is celebrated the second Sunday in September.
So don't forget May 14; this is a special day set aside to express love,
respect and thanks to Mothers.
OPEN LETTER FOR PUBLICATION
Sheriff Bruce Varnes
Franklin County Sheriffs Department
270 State Road 65
Eastpoint, Florida 32328
Dear Sheriff Varnes:
During the recent Spring Break my 17-year old grandson spent the day on
St. George Island. When he returned home, he discovered he had mis-
placed his wallet. Not only his wallet with his identification, but also $83.00,
all the money he had. It seemed to him that this was just another bad thing
happening to him. He's had some problems in the past, but he has over-
come them and is working hard to get his life back on track. He earned his
money as a farm laborer. He had been very despondent and stated several
times that he knew for a certainty that the cash in his wallet would be too
great a temptation for any one to pass up.
Imagine my pleasure to hear from Ms. Amy Hamm of your St. George field
office telling me that his wallet had been found. And imagine my surprise
to hear that not a single dollar was missing. We were not told who turned
the wallet in, but during these hard times with so many people down on
their luck, out of work and without health insurance, it would have been
understandable if they had kept the money.
My grandson got much more from this event than only his wallet and his
money returned. This incident has restored his faith in his fellow men and
women and has reemphasized the Golden Rule, "Do unto others," that my
late husband and I have always urged our children and grandchildren to
live by. His parents and I think this was a great lesson for him and I know
the Lord provided it at exactly the right time. He plans to attend college
within the year and continue his life here in Wakulla County. We're so
proud of him and we know he'll grow up strong in his faith in God and
I want to commend Ms. Hamm for her help in returning the wallet. I imag-
ine she called quite a few Pelts before she found me. (I'm fortunate myself
to have some of my family living right next door.) I very much enjoyed talk-
ing with Ms. Hamm and. I want to recommend her for any recognition or
awards your office may provide. She's a great asset to your office.
Thank you with my warmest regards and most heart-felt thanks.
Mrs. Carolyn Pelt
The people ofFranklin County shouldfeel very proud. We believe this to be a
true miracle. CKP
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May 12, 2000
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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The national effort to increase public awareness and
appreciation of the nation's rivers and their watersheds is
called "Rivers 2000." "Pass the Paddle" is one of the events
in the "Rivers 2000" project that has brought together
public officials and paddlers from across the United States,
and on April 21st, they converged in Apalachicola.
Florida received the paddle from Georgia on the Suwannee
River and, four days later, passed the paddle to Alabama
on the Choctawhatchee River. The ceremony of arrival was
held in Battery Park, attended by various dignitaries
including Apalachicola Mayor Allen Pierce and Research
Reserve Head Woody Miley. A number of exhibits were also
on public display in the park.
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Letter To The Editor
May 9, 2000
April 22, 2000, I was very proud of the citizens of Wakulla County
and other coastal counties supporting the efforts to establish a World
War II museum in Tallahassee. Fifty-five years late we attempted to
show the few living veterans that we really did care.
The citizens gave the money, the seafood dealers gave the seafood.
and the fishermen gave their time to make the fundraiser a success.
I consider it a great success for the reason that it caused public aware-
ness to a debt not paid. Today the path to a memorial has begun.
Know that we look forward and backward to see where we have come
from and where we are going, The fundraiser was a gesture by the
Wakulla Fishermen's Association to make up for the abuse that a
World War II veteran, a member of the WFA and a fisherman received
from the Florida Marine Patrol. One of our fishermen, Mr. Wilbur
Marks, used gear that we had deemed legal, after a year of studying
the law and taking the advice of judges.
To support our allegations I will cite from the Department of Admin-
istrative Hearings, Judge Ella Jane Davis' "Findings of Fact," 1997
"Existing rules of the MFC require that the main body of a seine net
be constructed of two-inch mesh or smaller. Wings with larger mesh
may be used." [Rule 46-4.0081(1)(g) FL Administrative Code].
Clearly, Mr. Marks is a citizen that fought for freedom and justice
against tyranny and oppression. The law supported Mr. Mark's. but
the political policy of the FMR (Florida Marine Patrol) denied him this
Recently, the Circuit Courts have ordered convictions by lower courts
overturned due to FMP officers altering testimony in order to gain
convictions. I have been in three cases recently and witnessed offic-
ers altering testimony in an attempt toget convictions but none are
in jail for perjury. Had fishermen lied on the stand surely we would
Over the next few weeks we will make public our experiences with the
FMP and the court system. We will attempt to describe the feelings we
have when a senior citizen, a fishermen, requests from his death bed
that he lives until the issue is resolved. We have attended his funeral
We have set a deadline for Justice of June 19, 2000. NO more fisher-
men will die without answers to the question. "Does his government
protect his civil rights?" Fishermen will support fishermen legally fish-
ing legal gear, under the constitution and statutes.
By exposing our experiences of the last five years, and explaining
how to merge the law with fishing gear, we feel that the public will
June 19, 2000, a day of FREEDOM under the law, not politics.
Ronald F. Crum
Wakulla Fishermen's Association
The Boyd Report
"Fighting For Fair Drug Prices For America's
Congressman Allen Boyd conducted a survey of pharmacies across
the Second Congressional District recently. His report investigated
the pricing of the five brand name prescription drugs with the highest
sales to seniors in our population. These medications treat serious
conditions including high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart prob-
lems and ulcers.
His study concluded that North Florida's seniors who pay for their
own drugs are required to spend more than TWICE as much as the
drug companies "most favored customers" such as HMOs and the
federal government. In order to guarantee enormous sales contracts
with national health plans that provide drugs to their customers,
drug companies are willing to negotiate much lower prices tha, they
would usually offer. These health plans in turn become the drug
manufacturer's "most favored customers." To regain their profit mar-
gins, drug manufacturers in turn charge independent and chain phar-
macists their highest prices, thus placing the heaviest price burden
on seniors who are least likely to have the option of buying their
drugs through "favored customers."
During the Easter congressional recess, Boyd will be hosting Pre-
scription Drug Pricing Forums in Panama City, Tallahassee and Lake
City to bring attention to the problem of price discrimination by drug
manufacturers. "Despite the efforts of Members of Congress on both
sides of the aisle, the manufacturers have been unwilling to sit down
with congressional leaders to solve the problem they created. I be-
lieve that the more people know about these unscrupulous pricing
practices, the easier it will be to force these companies to change for
the better," Boyd said.
In addition to bringing attention to this problem, Boyd has become a
co-sponsor of H.R. 664, the Prescription Drug Fairness for Senibrs
Act. This legislation will allow pharmacies to purchase prescription
drugs for Medicare beneficiaries at the same low prices available to
the drug companies' "favored customers." Boyd adds, "We must not
stop here. The problem of drug price discrimination is only one of
many Medicare issues that Congress must address. While election-
year politics may be a roadblock to progress this year, I will be fight-
ing to force Congress to develop legislation restoring the stability of
Medicare for current and future generations of retirees. I hope you
will join me in spreading the word."
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The Honorable J.F. Steinmeyer
Assistant State Attorney Ethan Way
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
By Barbara Revell
All persons identified below are innocent until proved otherwise
in a court of law.
Adamick, Charlene M.: Charged with tampering with physical evidence, re-
sisting officer with violence, possession of less than 20 grams marijuana and
D.U.I. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred:
On March 13, 2000. the defendant was stopped for erratic driving. The arrest-
ing officer detected a strong odor of alcohol. When the officer asked the defen-
dant to step to the back of the car the officer observed the defendant stum-
bling and having to use the car for a brace. The officer noted that her speech
was confused, slurred and slow. When the defendant was retrieving proof of
insurance, the officer also found what appeared to be marijuana. The officer
asked the defendant to step out of the car and said that she was under arrest.
A scuffle ensued and defendant resisted being handcuffed. Hearing continued
until June 19, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Bass, Christopher Shondell: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude
and driving while license suspended or revoked. The Assistant Public De-
fender was appointed to represent the defendant. Hearing continued until
May 15, 2000.
Clark, Jennifer: Charged with battery, resisting officer with violence and bat-
tery on law enforcement officer. According to the probable cause the following
allegedly occurred: On March 5, 2000. an officer was dispatched to an alter-
cation in Eastpoint. When the officer arrived he saw a group of people arguing
on the side of the road. The officer observed the defendant hitting William
Allen Marks. The officer separated the defendant from the group. The officer
said she was cussing and screaming and when the officer attempted to place
her in custody the defendant struck him in the chin. The defendant continued
to resist with violence. She was arrested and transferred to the county jail.
Hearing continued until May 15. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Creamer, Theresa R.: Charged with battery of a law enforcement officer. Ac-
cording to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On April
12, 2000, an officer responded to a domestic disturbance call in Eastpoint.
The defendant's father, Jessie Sone, was arrested for battery. When an officer
approached the patrol car with Stone, the defendant began to curse and
threaten Stone's wife. The defendant stepped forward in an aggressive man-
ner and the officer restrained her. The defendant tried to break free and at-
tempted to hit the officer. Hearing continued until May 15. 2000.'Steiger rep-
resented the defendant.
Dalton, Billy D.: Charged with possession of vessel with no hull number.
Pretrial conference set for May 15, 2000.
Daniels, Phyllechia B.: Charged with grand theft. According to the probable
cause report the following allegedly occurred: On October 16, 1999, two depu-
ties were dispatched to 9th St. in Apalachicola in reference to a theft ofjew-
elry. The victim stated that the defendant cleaned her home the day the jew-
ehy became missing. Several days later the victim saw two girls wearing the
jewelry and when she asked them where they got it they said they bought it
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Irom the defendant. The defendant enter a plea of no contest and was adjudi-
cated guilty. She was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail with credit for 53
days served. The defendant was ordered to pay $275 in court costs and to
have no contact with the victim. Restitution to be determined at a later hear-
ing. Steiger represented the defendant.
Douds, Tammy: Charged with burglary of structure while armed and petit
theft. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred:
On April 23, 1999, the victim awakened between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. and
observed the defendant going out the door with his pellet rifle in her hand.
After making a check of his home the defendant discovered his pellet pistol, a
carton of cigarettes and two checks from his checkbook were missing. Pretrial
conference set for May 15, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Evans, Carl E.: Charged with D.U.I. and driving while license suspended/
felony. Pretrial conference set for May 15, 2000. Steiger represented the de-
Gloner, Michael: Charged with battery by inmate. According to the probable
cause report the following allegedly occurred: On March 1, 2000. an officer
was advised that a fight had occurred outside one of the dayrooms in the
Franklin County Jail. According to other inmates the defendant struck his
stepfather, who was also incarcerated. The stepfather received medical treat-
ment at Weems Memorial Hospital and received three stitches. The defendant
admitted he hit his stepfather but said his stepfather hit him first. Pretrial
conference set for May 15, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the
McMahon, Glenn C.: Charged with driving with license suspended or re-
voked and attached tag not assigned. Pretrial conference set for May 15, 2000.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Thompson, Jay L.: Charged with resisting officer with violence, disorderly
intoxication and battery. According to the probable cause report the following
allegedly occurred: On February 22, 2000. an officer was dispatched to the
Shanghai Saloon in Carrabelle because of an altercation. The defendant re-
sisted arrest with violence saying, "You ain't gonna arrest me. I'll will kick
your ... first." The defendant was subdued and transported to the county jail.
Arroya, Thomas: Charged with four counts of burglary of conveyance and
one count of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Pretrial confer-
ence continued until May 15, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Barfield, Michael W.: Charged with uttering. The defendant entered a plea of
no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to two years proba-
tion to include substance abuse evaluation and random urinalysis, $201 res-
titution and $275 court costs. Attorney John C. Kenny represented the defen-
Brown, Tyrone: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude, posses-
sion of cannabis and driving while license suspended or revoked/first offense.
Pretrial conference contfiued until May 15, 2000. Steiger represented the
Campbell, Michael: Charged with sexual battery with deadly weapon, bur-
glary with assault therein, aggravated battery with deadly weapon and aggra-
vated assault with deadly weapon. Pretrial conference continued until June
19, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Cargill, William: Charged with kidnapping to facilitate felony and armed rob-
bery with firearm. Hearing continued until June 19. 2000. Steiger represented
Charlton, Anders Devon: Charged with possession of cocaine with intent to
sell and possession of cannabis. Hearing continued until May 15, 2000. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Croom, Derrick B.: Charged with sexual battery by threats reasonably be-
lieved. Continued until June 19, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Dillon, Daniel A.: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, grand theft, cultiva-
tion of cannabis, possession of less than 20 grams marijuana and possession
of drug paraphernalia. Continued until June 19, 2000. Attorney John C. Kenny
represented the defendant.
Evans, Tyrone R.: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and battery. Contin-
ued until June 19, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defen-
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date ofthisNotice 04/28/00 Invoice No. 5414
Description of Vehicle: Make Mazda Model B2200 Truck color Grey
TagNo 48AM727 Year 1988 State vinNo. JM2UF1130J0315862
To Owner: Michael Dewayne James To Lien Holder:
502 E. Jackson
Demopoles, AL 36732
You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/18/00 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the.date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 191.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 15.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 05/27/00 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 461 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
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Special To The Chronicle
By Tom Campbell
The Camp Gordon Johnston As-
sociation (CGJA) started in 2000
what it hopes will become an an-
nual tradition, a scholarship com-
petition for interested high school
seniors in Franklin County, in
which students submit essays on
three areas of historical signifi-
cance regarding World War II.
In a letter to Franklin County
School Superintendent Brenda
Galloway, CGJA board member
Tony Minichiello outlined the re-
quirements for entering the schol-
arship competition. Ms. Galloway
forwarded these requirements to
both Apalachicola and Carrabelle
High Schools. Ms. Galloway urged
interested seniors considering
furthering their education to
The participants were asked to
submit essays on three areas of
historical significance of WWII,
and were asked to summarize
how people today are impacted by
events, which took place during
A total of five participants, all
Franklin County high school se-
niors, participated in the schol-
arship contest. The entries were
reviewed and assessed by a panel
of three members from the CGJA.
They were Jerry Butterfield, past
editor of The Florida Bar Journal,
Tony Minichiello, editor of The
Amphibian, and Tom Campbell,
staff writer for The Franklin
Ms. Lee Ann Lemieux is the win-
ner of the first annual CGJA
Scholarship. She will receive a
$500.00 check made out to the
school of higher learning she
plans to attend after graduation
rom high school.
Ms. Lemieux said, "I am currently
dual enrolled at AHS and Gulf
Coast Community College. Upon
graduating from high school in
May, I will have also completed
eight college courses and be well
on my way to my associate degree
in Pre-Elementary Education. I
will then transfer to Florida State
University to seek my master's
degree in Elementary Education."
Ms. Teresa Jones is Ms. Lemieux's
Hyde, Lamar Bryan: Charged with D.U.I. The defendant entered a plea of not
guilty and was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail with
credit for one day served, two years probation to include substance abuse
evaluation, counseling and random urinalysis, no driving while on probation.
50 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine. Attorney Gordon Shuler
represented the defendant.
Johns, Royce Lee: Charged with cultivation of cannabis, possession of can-
nabis more than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial
continued until May 15. 2000. and trial scheduled for June 2000. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Jones, Johnny: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer, resisting
arrest with violence and sexual act with child under 16 years of age. Contin-
ued until June 19. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Lee, Michael L.: Charged with sexual act with child under 16 years of age
and child abuse. Pretrial conference continued until May 15. 2000. Attorney
Cheryl Gentry represented the defendant.
Marshall, Ronald George: Charged with D.U.I manslaughter, three counts of
D.U.I. with serious injuries and four counts of driving with license suspended
or revoked involving death. Steiger represented the defendant.
Maybell, Theresa: Charged with possession of controlled substance with in-
tent to deliver, use of firearm in commission of felony and possession of can-
nabis. On count one the defendant entered a no contest plea to the lesser
charge of possession of a controlled substance. The second charged was
dropped. On count three she entered a plea of no contest. The defendant was
adjudicated guilty and sentenced for 60 months to the Department of Correc-
tions to be followed by 36 months of probation to include $275 court costs.
$100 to Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 180 hours of community
service, substance abuse evaluation/counseling, random urinalysis. Defen-
dant is to surrender firearms and other items signed to be returned.
McKenzie, Daniel Lee: Charged with two counts of burglary of a conveyance.
possession of cannabis more than 20 grams, possession of contraband at
county detention facility and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial con-
ference continued until May 15, 2000. Attorney Gordon Shuler represented
Messer, Wayne B.: Charged with dealing in stolen property. Pretrial confer-
ence continued until May 15, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Millender, Travis DeWayne: Charged with lewd and lascivious act in pres-
ence of child under 16. Pretrial conference continued until. May 15. 2000.
Steiger represented the defendant.
McEwan, Donald Ray: Charged with possession of a controlled, substance.
Pretrial conference continued until June 19, 2000. Steiger represented defen-
Pedrick, Robyn: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer. Pretrial con-
ference continued until June 19, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Pumphrey, James J., Jr.: Charged with sexual battery. Pretrial conference
continued until June 19, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Salter, Albert, Jr.: Charged with four counts of sexual act with child under 16
years of age. Pretrial conference continued until June 19. 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Shiver, Tammy: Charged with grand theft, cultivation of cannabis, posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Pretrial conference continued until June 19, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders
represented the defendant.
Sponsler, Alien: Charged with escape. Pretrial continued until June 19. 2000.
Pretrial continued until June 19, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Stanley, Tammy K.: Charged with grand theft auto and grand theft of a fire-
arm. Pretrial conference continued until June 19, 2000. Steiger represented
Topham, Douglas I.: Charged with cultivation of cannabis, possession of can-
nabis more than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial
conference continued until May 15, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Topham, Marlene: Charged with cultivation of cannabis, possession of can-
nabis more than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial
conference continued until May 15, 2000.
Wehunt, Hoyt Wayne: Charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon. The defendant entered a plea of no contest to the first count
and entered a plea of no contest to a lesser charge of battery on the second
count. The defendant was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 29 months
with the Department of Corrections to be followed by 24 months of probation
to include: substance abuse evaluation/counseling, no use of illegal sub-
stances, random urinalysis $295 court costs, 240 hours of community ser-
vice. Steiger represented the defendant. Continued on Page 5
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12 May 2000 Page 5
Second Circuit Court from Page 4
Wilson, Elijah: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude, grand theft
of motor vehicle, violation of driver license law, aggravated assault on law
enforcement officer, grand theft. fleeing attempting to elude police officer, vio-
lation of driver license law, two counts of grand theft of motor vehicle. Pretrial
continued until June 19, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Baxley, Paul C.: Charged with possession of a controlled substance and driv-
ing while license suspended or revoked. Pretrial conference continued until
June 19, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION ARRAIGNMENTS
Anderson, Michael James: Charged with burglary of structure. The Assis-
tant Public Defender was appointed and hearing set for May 15, 2000.
Becton, Prince: Charged with possession of crack cocaine. Hearing contin-
ued until May 15, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Douds, Tammy Dearin: Charged with possession of controlled substance.
Hearing continued until May 15, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Key, William Lee: Charged with sale of crack cocaine. Hearing continued
until May 15, 2000. Steiger represented defendant.
Vann, Julian Michael: Charged with possession of a controlled substance,
possession of drug paraphernalia and sale of controlled substance. Hearing
continued until May 15. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION HEARINGS
Ash, Craig: Charged with possession of firearm on school property. The de-
fendant admitted violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. He was
sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in the county jail with credit for 177
days served. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Blake, John Edmond: Charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The defendant admitted violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty.. He
was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail with credit for 113 days served.
Upon his release from jail probation was continued for one year with previous
conditions re-imposed. Steiger represented the defendant.
Brackins, Samuel M.: Charged with sale of crack cocaine. The defendant
admitted violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced
to nine months in jail with credit for 211 days served. Probation was rein-
stated with all previous conditions re-imposed.. Probation to be terminated
when all conditions are met. Steiger represented the defendant.
Braswell, Frederick Bryan: Charged with burglary of a conveyance. The de-
fendant admitted to violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. He was
sentenced to 74 months with the Department of Corrections with credit. for
1,619 days served. Steiger represented the defendant.
Brock, Kenneth: Charged with grand theft auto. Hearing continued until
May 15, 2000. Attorney Frank E. Sheffield represented the defendant.
Burks, John Matthew: Charged with sale of controlled substance cannabis.
Defendant admitted to violation of probation and was adjudicated guilty. He
was sentenced to 60 days in jail with credit for 56 days served. Probation
continued for two years and includes all previous conditions re-imposed. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Burns, Calvin B.: Charged with sale of crack cocaine. Defendant admitted to
violation of probation and sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in the county
jail with credit for 336 days served. Steiger represented the defendant.
Coward, Donna: Charged with uttering a forged check. She was found in
violation of probation, adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 11 months and 29
days with credit for 169 days served. Steiger represented the defendant.
Duncan, Richard Joseph: Charged with possession of cannabis inore than
20 grams. The defendant admitted to violation of.probation and was adjudi-
cated guilty. Steiger represented the defendant.
Johnson, William Robert: Charged with resisting .officer'tith violence and
grand theft of motor vehicle. Defendant admitted to.violation of probation and
was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to 18 minbths iri jail with credit for
123 days served. Steiger represented the defendant. .
McKee, Christopher Michael: Charged with sexual act with chilid'under 16
years of age. Defendant admitted violation of probation and was sentenced to
180 days in jail with credit for 69 days served. Steiger represented the defen-
Messer, Wayne Brandon: Charged with grand theft, Hearing continued until
May 15. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Parramore, Bernard Floyd: Charged with aggravated assault with intent to
commit a felony and battery. Hearing continued until May 15, 2000. Steiger
represented the defendant.
imith, Jesse G., Ji.;: ClaT gedwii; aggravated fleeing and, eluding a police
officer. Hearing continued until May 15, 2000. Steiger represented the defen-
Kinchen, Charles Augusta:' Charged' with burglary of a dwelling. Restitution
hearing set for May 15, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
McCallister, William E.: Charged with extradition of fugitive from justice.
Defendant was ordered held for 30 days for extradition: Steiger represented
Wilson, Mark Edward: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon.
Defendant will hire private attorney.
Langley, George Franklin: Found in violation of probation for lewd and las-
civious assault or act. Probation reinstated to extend.one year and to success-
fully complete VA program and aftercare. Steiger represented defendant.
White, Nathaniel II: Charged with sale of a controlled substance and found
guilty by ajury trial. Defendant is to remain in custody until a bed is available
in a treatment program in Ocala. After successful completion of the program
he is to serve a five-year probation to include: $100 fine to Florida Department
of Law Enforcement and $275 court costs. Attorney Howard,represented de-
At a recent meeting of Philaco
Woman's Club of Apalachicola.
announcement was made of the
winners of the third annual
Philaco environmental education
poster contest for third grade
school children in Franklin
County. Shirley Hlartley, Conser-
vation Committee Chairperson,
reported that Alex Garrity, a stu-
dent in Mrs. Stanley's class at
Chapman Elementary School,
had wonr first place for his poster
entitled "'Protect Our Waterways."
Second Place was awarded to
Stacia Sue Osteen in Mrs.
Register's class at Brown Elemen-
tary School, and Third Place to
Miranda Banks, in Mrs. Shirley's
class at Brown Elementary.
All children who participated in
the contest on the topic of "Keep-
ing Franklin County Beautiful"
were awarded certificates from
Philaco and posters by the top ten
finalists were exhibited during
April at Gulf State Community
Bank in Apalachicola. Awards for
the winners were presented in the
schools by Peggy Moore, Philaco
Poster Contest Chairperson.
The goal of the Conservation Com-
mittee is to beautify our commu-
nity, conserve resources and en-
sure the protection of our coast-
line and inland water system. Also
speaking at the Philaco Club's
meeting which highlighted the
Conservation Committee's pro-
gram was C.J. Boyce, Environ-
mental Specialist from
Apalachicola Natural Estuarine &
Research Reserve. Ms. Boyce's
presentation on "Native Habitats
and Vegetation" was very well re-
ceived as she described some of
the more common invasive exotic
plants that threaten our water-
ways and wildlife. A very large
specimen of "phragmites
australius," a particularly threat-
ening plant, was displayed by Ms..
Boyce to the great interest of the
Judith Henderson, chairperson
for the recent Philaco Plant Sale,
was thanked for her hard work on
this project. Proceeds from the
sale help to provide the awards
for the poster contest and sub-
scriptions to "KIND NEWS" a
monthly environmental newspa-
per which Philaco provided dur-
ing this school year in twelve
classrooms in Franklin County.
Shirley Hartley thanked the mem-
bers who regularly volunteer with
the Adopt-A-Highway beautifica-
tion project, and especially hon-
ored Marilyn Hogan and Lee
Gilmore for their frequent atten-
dance and participation. Speak-
er 'wevee presented wi'fh special
plants from the Club's Plant Sale.
FWC Sets May
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) will
meet in Pensacola's Holiday Inn
at I-10 and State Road 291 on
May 24 26. Marine fisheries is-
sues will be the focus of the sec-
ond half of the 3-day meeting. The
FWC will hold final public hear-
ings on proposed rules that ap-
ply Florida's snook management
provisions (i.e., prohibition of
spearing) to fish harvested from
adjacent federal waters, require
that all finfish (except sharks and
mullet) be landed with heads and
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May 12 June 6, 2000
By Carolyn Hatcher
May 12-The Gulf/Franklin Center of
Gulf Community Center will present
"Cross-Ties: Folktales from the Florida
Panhandle." on Friday, May 12 at 7
p.m. Admission is free to the public.
The play, taken from oral history in-
terviews with Panhandle residents,
celebrates the words and music of the
fishermen, turpentine gatherers,
farmers, moonshiners and others who
populated this area. Written and di-
rected by Rebecca Williams of
Asheville, North Carolina, this perfor-
mance is the first installment of what
promises to be an ongoing history on
stage of the Panhandle's history. Ms.
Williams has been gathering material
for six years and has worked through
the W.T. Neal, Civic Center in
Blountstown. For more information,
call (850) 227-9670.
May 13-The Annual Eastpoint Vol-
unteer Fire Department Spaghetti
Dinner will be held May 13. For more
information please call 850 670-4299.
May 14-Mothers Day-There will be
a Family Fun Day At Indian Pass. All
proceeds from the event will benefit
the Gulf County Association for Re-
tarded Citizens. There will be DJ mu-
sic, kite flying food, boat trips to St.
Vincent Island, kayaks and other en-
May 19 and 20-Relay for Life.
Vrooman Park, Eastpoint. Call 850-
653-2095 for-more information.
May 20-HuManatee/St Marks Cel-
ebration Saturday, May 201h at the
Fort San Marcos de Apalache historic
in St. Marks. A 5K Gulf Wind Grand
Prix Race and a raffle walk/run fol-
lowed by live music and entertain-
ment, arts and crafts, and a drawing
for a free kayak will be on tap for a
wonderful day. There will also be free
interpretative/historic tours of the
Fort de San Marcos and many educa-
tional exhibits. Food and drinks will
be so bring your blanket and prepare
for a day of fun on the shore of the St.
Marks and Wakulla Rivers. For more
'information contact: Fort San Marcos
at 850 925-6216 or HuManatee, Inc.
at 850 925-6412.
May 27-The Renaissance Festival
will be held in Carrabelle, Memorial
Day weekend. Yardsale/Flea Market
sponsored by the employees of the
Gulf State Bank featuring numerous
booths with wares of every descrip-
tion. Barbecued Chicken and Ribs
sponsored by the Timber Island Yacht
Club. Silent Art Auction 10: 00 a.m. -
3:00 p.m. sponsored by the Sea Oats
tails intact, and prohibit the har-
vest of live shells within the city
limits of Fort Myers Beach.
Final public hearings will take
place-only if requested--on rules
that increase the recreational bag
and possession limit for Spanish
mackerel from 10 to 15 fish daily
and delay the 10 percent reduc-
tion in spiny lobster trap certifi-
cates for one year.
In other action, the Commission
will discuss whether to-increase
the maximum size limit for red
drum (redfish) from 27 to 30
inches total length, and develop
its annual marine fisheries work
plan. The FWC is encouraging
public input on these topics.
Commissioners will also receive
reports and public comment on
Gulf grouper, gill netting of pom-
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pano, aquaculture of snook, the
status of bay scallops, Atlantic
weakfish and bluefish, marine life
limited entry, mercury in marine
fishes, and various federal fish-
eries management issues.
Also during the May 24 segment,
Commissioners will. sort through
a series of orders reestablishing
and adjusting acreage on fish
management areas (FMAs), wild-
life and environmental areas
(WEAs) and wildlife management
areas (WMAs). One order re-
establishes the Tenoroc FMA in
Polk County and adds two land
parcels to it. The new parcels are
341 and 967 acres respectively.
The Apalachicola River WEA
would gain 60 acres under the
re-establishment order to be con-
sidered by the Commissioners.
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In other action on new business:
HANGAR FOR AIRPORT
A request by James Urban to site
a hanger in a corner of Thomp-
son Field was tabled until the next
meeting. Urban was asked to go
before the Carrabelle Port and
Airport Authority (CPAA) as they
are presently advertising for pro-
ORDINANCE ON NEW FEES ON
ZONING ON P&Z MATTERS
Preston is asking for discussion
on fees, cut-off time for getting
P&Z matters on the Agenda and
one-year limitation on special ex-
Continued on Page 7
garden Club featuring the artwork of
local artists including watercolors,
acrylics, and sculptures. Karaoke Mu-
sic 10 a.m. 3 p.m. featuring DJ and
singer Ron Vice and Will Morris and
Audience Participants. Medieval Min-
strels, Dancers, 12:00 members of the
AEC visiting from Tallahassee. Sing-
ing and Dancing. Tumbling 12:30.
Martial Arts -11:00 a.m. of the Renais-
sance Era, Dunking Booth where lo-
cal characters including Chief Robin
of Shiver will dare to be dunked and
the Sheriff of Nottingham, The
Children's Tent sponsored by the
Friends of the Library. For more in-
formation please call Marion Morris
at 850 697-2519.
May 29-Memorial Day-legal holi-
day, observed annually on the last
Monday in May, in honor of the
nation's armed services personnel
killed in wartime. The holiday, origi-
nally called Decoration Day Is tradi-
tionally marked by parades, memorial
speeches and ceremonies, and Deco-
ration of graves with flowers and flags.
Memorial Day was first. observed on
May 30, 1868, on the order of Gen-
eral John Alexander Logan for the
purpose of decorating the graves of
The American Civil War dead. It was
observed on May 30 until 1971, when
most states changed to a newly es-
tablished federal schedule of holiday
May 31-Panhandle Poets and Writ-
ers meeting 7:00 p.m. Episcopal
Church in Carrabelle. Contact per-
son-Carolyn Hatcher (850)
June 6-Department of Transporta-
tion officials will meet with Franklin
county officials in the county commis-
sion meeting room, Courthouse, on
June 6, 2000 at 1:30 p.m. fo discuss
various matters involving DOT activi-
ties in Franklin County, including the
proposed bridge to St. George Island.
Attention: If your organization
would like to have notices of
meetings, fund raisers or events
placed in the Franklin Bulletin
Board, please provide name or
organization name and phone
number of a contact person and
send it to Carolyn Hatcher, P.O.
Box 345, Carrabelle, FL 32322,
or call (850) 697-2251.
Judy King Garrett
Judy King Garrett, 51. of Carrabelle,
died on Sunday. May 7, 2000 at her
home. A native of Donalsonville. GA
she had lived in Carrabelle for the past
9 years. She was a homemaker and
had been a waitress. She was Holi-
ness by faith. She is survived by her
fiance' Bill McDaniels of Carrabelle:
two daughters, Mary Labit and
Christie Sloan., both of Carrabelle: two
brothers. Jimmy King of Telogia and
J.D. King of Ohio: and fivegrandchil-
dren. Visitation will be held 5:00 un-
til 8:00 p.m.. Wednesday. May 10.
2000. at Kelley-Riley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00
a.m., Thursday. May 11. 2000 at
Kelley-Riley Funeral Home. Graveside
services will follow at the Spring Creek
Cemetery in Ashford. AL at 4:00.
Kelley-Riley Funeral Home.
Apalachicola. FL. in charge of arrange-
Linda Lou Talley
Linda Lou Talley, 52, of Carrabelle, FL.
died on Monday. May 8. 2000 at
Weems Memorial Hospital in
Apalachicola. A native of Sopchoppy.
FL, Mrs. Talley had lived in Carrabelle
for the past 38 years. She was a home-
maker and was a member of The First
Assembly of God Church in
Carrabelle. She is survived by one son.
Jimmy Talley. Jr. of Carrabelle, FL:
one daughter, Tammy Talley of
Sopchoppy: her mother. Martha Lee
Daniels of Carrabelle: stepfather. John
Lee Daniels of Carrabelle: eight broth-
ers, Eugene Sanders. Paul Sanders.
& Jimmy Joe Sanders, all of
Eastpoint, Algae Sanders, John Henry
Sanders, Clarence Sanders, Prince
Albert Sanders, and Jack Sanders, all
of Sopchoppy; seven sisters, Lois
Hewett, Goldie Harris nd Martha Ann
Putnal, all of Eastpoint. Voncille
McAnally of Carrabelle. Mary Jane
Stewart of Louisiana, Opal Smith of
Crawfordville, and Ruby Clark of
Memphis, TN, three grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at at Mrs.
Talley's home, 203 West 13th Street.
Carrabelle, FL 32322 on Wednesday.
May 10, 2000, Funeral services will
be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May
11, 2000 at the First Assembly of God
Church in-Carrabelle. Interment will
follow in Evergreen Cemetery in
Carrabelle. Kelley-Riley Funeral
Home, Carrabelle, FL, in charge of
Three Outcomes from Page 1
had swales planned around the
property. Pierce also noted that
about 10 acres of the 12 would
Schneider said he would like the
project to be approved all at once.
Pierce said that he would like to
see him do it in phases.
Preston said that she would like
to make a motion that, "We wait
on this until after a pre-
application review can be done."
There was no second. She
said,"This the first meeting we
have seen a detailed plan."
Pierce said, "it is a big project for
the commission to absorb. In fact
it is hard for anyone to absorb. I
don't want you to get angry but
we need to be cautious." Gaidry
asked if there were any rules and
Pierce responded,. "only local
The mayor asked the board what
was their pleasure and Preston
- said, "I stand by my motion" (to
wait). The motion was seconded
and the commissioners were
In another project Dennis
Delmain, was granted abandon-
ment of the alley that runs in
Block 48, (16) of Kelley's Plat.
Barfield owns property in the
same block that is being consid-
-ered for abandonment and said
that he has a business that would
benefit Carrabelle looking for
room for an 8000-square foot
store. He said, "It would'take 4
adjacent lots on it with the alley
closed." He added, "We would not
have been able to have the IGA if
the alley there had not been
Delmain and Barfield agreed to
move some water pipes and allow
the city easement to their prop-
erty. Then Williams made the
motion seconded by Rankin "to
abandon the alley."
Patrick Haney requested permis-
sion to rezone a parcel of land lo-
cated in Section 19, Township 7
S, Range 4 W, from R-5 Limited
Residential District to C-l Mixed
The property is surrounded by
Pine Road, Sandy Road, River
Road and U.S. 98. The City Clerk
sent out certified letters to the
persons whose property is adja-
cent and said she did not receive
Paeo 6 12 Mav 2000
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
The St. Joe Company Annual Report: A
Synopsis Of A "Company In Action"
With plenty of hype, the company i marching to convince
shareholders and the market that St. Joe is attractive for
"For Sixty Years, the St. Joe Company bought land. For
the past three years, we planned how to increase its value.
That's all history."
NOW, we're a company on the move. Aggressively devel-
oping our valuable land to make great places, meet esca-
lating demand and deliver outstanding returns from ev-
ery square foot."
The above statements open the 2000 Annual Report of the St. Joe
Corporation apparently bringing to a close the three-year planning
period, and introducing an aggressive stance marching smartly in
the marketplace with high confidence. The messages are clear and
distinct. St. Joe is NOW a company "on the move," as they say. Peter
Rummell, the chief executive officer, is the leader in this stance to
convince Wall Street and Shareholders that the Company is indeed
unlocking the values in its chief assets as the largest private land-
owner in the State of Florida. And, the company's reports provide
credible evidence to demonstrate its prowess in making money.
Taking into account the various disclaimers found in financial and
other papers associated with companies registered with the Securi-
ties and Exchange Commission, the company's 2000 rhetoric is clearly
on an aggressive, upbeat crescendo, manifesting a new strategy and
purpose. Here are some examples:
THE FIRST WAVE OF BABY BOOMERS IS
'The next wave arrives tomorrow. More the day after.
Today, more people are moving to Florida than any other
state. And it's more than retirees. Florida is home to three
of the top 10 job growth markets in the country..."
"But every newcomer values the same things: a warm
sunny spot close to the water, a vibrant local economy
and a comfortable community with a real sense of place.
Exactly what St. Joe is ready to deliver."
WE OWN MILES AND MILES OF BEACH
"And many more miles of beautiful waterfront on the Gulf
of Mexico, bays, rivers and lakes. St. Joe started buying
land when $3 an acre was a fair price. This year, our
sales of select, strategic lots have reached as high as $3
million an acre. And while St. Joe owns a significant per-
centage of the developable beach in Florida, that's not
the whole story. Our plan is to meet and magnify de-
mand-and build value inland."
WE'RE CREATING PLACES PEOPLE
WANT TO CALL HOME
"In a world of homogenized sprawl, people value places
that feel authentic, organic and original. Creating that
value from the ground up requires a unique approach to
the entire business of real estate development. We call it
"place-making." We know when you build a place that
people genuinely feel a part of, its value-emotional and
WE'RE ENERGIZING AN ENTIRE REGION
"We're working hand-in-hand with local and state gov-
ernments, as well as civic leaders, to stimulate north-
west Florida's economic development and enhance the
quality of life with good jobs, schools, shopping and
healthcare. We're lending expertise and providing land
to upgrade the transportation infrastructure. And we're
doing it for two reasons: It's the right thing to do and it
makes good business sense."
WE'RE BUILDING SUPERIOR
"Action requires four things: valuable assets, a clear vi-
sion, a strong management team and an executable plan.
Today, we're a company in action, building to meet the
real estate demands of a growing Florida. St. Joe has
moved from plans on paper, to concrete and construc-
tion, to a growing stream of earnings."
As a sideline observer, I would add a couple of other items that would
appeal to shareholders-more dividends and larger market values for
shares of stock. The problem of low dividends and market values has
been the subject of executive suite discussions for some time. Peter
Rummell's annual report also includes these words:.
"Despite our performance-and promise-our stock did
not perform as we hoped. Clearly, we are fighting the
tide of a weak real estate sector. However, we believe St.
Joe represents a unique investment opportunity-the rare
convergence of the right assets, the right place, the right
time, the right vision, combined with superior execution.
It is incumbent upon us to communicate our unique,
compelling story to a much wider investor audience. We
William Lee "Pete"
William Lee "Pete" Johnson, 38, of
Carrabelle, FL, died on Tuesday, May
2. 2000 at Tallahassee Memorial
Healthcare due to injuries sustained
in an automobile accident. A native
of Dade City. FL. Pete had lived in
Carrabelle since 1976. He was a Gen-
eral Contractor and owned Johnson
Construction. He was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include his wife. Angle
Johnson of Carrabelle: one son. Will-
iam Robert "Pedro" Johnson of
Carrabelle: two daughters. Jessica
Nicole Johnson and Denim Michelle
Johnson. both of Carrabelle; his par-
ents. Jean and William Lolley of
Carrabelle; two brothers. Wesley
Johnson of Tifton, GA and Johnny
Johnson of Carrabelle: four sisters.
Nancy Venable. Ellen Johnson, and
Susan Green'. all of Carrabelle and
Megan Lolley of Tifton. GA: one grand-
daughter. Jade Johnson of Carrabelle.
Graveside services were held on Sat-
urday. May 6, 2000 at Evergreen Cem-
etery in Carrabelle. FL. Kelley-Riley
Funeral Home. Carrabelle. FL. in
charge of arrangements.
BUILDING ON NOW
"Investors have always grasped the incomparable value
of St. Joe's land assets-50,000 acres of prime develop-
able land in northwest Florida alone, including almost
39 miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico. It will take
many years to develop this much land. And because of
what we own, St. Joe is positioned to capture value in a
way few other real estate firms can match."
"Let me explain. The first new development in an area
enhances the potential value of other parcels nearby.
Because one firm generally does not own large tracts of
adjacent parcels, the value enhancement generated
by the first project tends to be captured by other
"But with St. Joe's concentration of properties in north-
west Florida, smart planning should allow us to capture
the ripple effect on value that our initial successes
"We believe the success of The Retreat has helped build
demand for WaterColor, which, in time, will help build
the demand for WaterSound and our other efforts in the
area. By layering success upon success in this region,
St. Joe intends to push value inland and reap significant
returns from both our beachfront property and our ex-
tensive assets off the beach."
"We call our integrated approach to real estate develop-
ment 'place-making.' It is based on the belief supported
by market research that people are drawn to places that
are authentic, organic, genuine and distinct. The suc-
cess of Napa Valley, Charleston, Santa Fe and Nantucket,
for example, illustrates the allure of real places in a world
of increasingly homogenous sprawl."
"Place-making also happens to make compelling busi-
ness sense. Arvida estimates that historically it has been
able to charge a significant premium for its communities
because of the quality of place. It is also how we intend
to move St. Joe real estate development and services from
a commodity to a premium branded product."
Tom W. Hoffer
The name of the Carrabelle police officer resigning was misspelled
in our story published in the issue of 28 April 2000. It should
have been ALLEN CYZON. We regret the error.
By Tom Campbell
A special meeting of the
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Com-
merce was called April 27 at the
Chamber office by request of sev-
eral members of the Board of Di-
rectors. All apparently agreed that
the recent 10th Annual Water-
front Festival was a success, earn-
ing a total of over $5,000. The
Coordinator of the Festival,
Shirley Vigniera, was congratu-
lated on the success.
Some of those requesting the spe-
cial meeting wanted to complain
that not enough help was avail-
able from Chamber members in
the cleanup after the festival con-
cluded. Questions were raised as
to why the chamber members and
the city council did not cooperate
more in the festival event.
Some of the members voiced the
opinion that perhaps, after 10
years of doing the Waterfront Fes-
tival, many people were tired of
doing it. The question was asked,
"Do you think we should look into
just discontinuing the Waterfront
Several members of the Board re-
signed. At the time of this writ-
ing, three had been reported:
Shirley Vignieri, Flo Coody and
Continued on Page 7
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The Current State Of Affairs In
Seeking Oil In The Gulf Of Mexico
An Excerpted Statement About Coastal Petroleum Directed To
From Benjamin W. Heath, President, Coastal Caribbean
Oils and Minerals, Ltd. (A Bermuda Corporation).
Coastal Petroleum, Apalachicola, is a subsidiary of
"Some 50 years ago our subsidiary, Coastal Petroleum Company, was
successful in acquiring from the State of Florida about 4.5 million
Acres of oil and gas leases, principally located offshore Florida's west
coast. I was one of the founders of Coastal and played a key role in the
acquisition of these leases."
"In 1946, when the leases were acquired by Coastal, State officials
were openly enthusiastic about the possibility of Florida becoming an
oil producing state, so much so that they offered $50,000 for the first
successful discovery. And shortly there was a discovery near the town
of Sunniland in South Florida, appropriately 'called the Sunniland
"Coastal then began an exploration program on its leases that in-
cluded agreements with The California Company, Mobil and others.
These agreements led to broad programs of seismic and geologic studies
and the drilling of a number of offshore test wells. Unfortunately, none
of this drilling resulted in a commercial discovery. At that time, seis-
mic work offshore Florida was in its infancy and relatively unreliable
for pinpointing drilling prospects compared to today's sophisticated
high tech equipment."
"Toward the end of the Mobil agreement, the State officials who had
entered into the agreements with Coastal were no longer in office and
the State's attitude with respect to drilling offshore Florida soon
changed. The new officials eventually passed legislation designed to
put an end to offshore drilling. This new attitude resulted in schem-
ing and subterfuge designed to get rid of Coastal and its huge lease
holdings, despite the leases having been validated over the years by
several Florida courts. This resulted in long and costly litigation on
the part of Coastal to preserve the leases."
"More recently, Coastal has used modern seismic processing technol-
ogy and other techniques which have identified several very large reef
structures on Lease 224-A about 12 miles offshore Apalachicola in
the Florida Panhandle. Several major companies generally have agreed
with the conclusions reached by Coastal's consultants that these huge
reefs indeed have the potential to contain many millions of barrels of
oil or the equivalent in natural gas. In essence they have said, "Come
see us when you receive drilling permits from the State." Coastal had
already applied for the necessary permits, so the State intensified its
efforts to prevent the drilling of these structures. Coastal was then
forced to seek the assistance of the courts."
The following is a brief review of this long-standing controversy.
"In 1990 the State adopted a written policy and enacted a law prohib-
iting offshore drilling. Coastal filed an inverse condemnation suit in
Continued on Page 9
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Excerpts of Annual Audit from Page 2
T. MICHAEL TUCKER
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT
218 SOUTH PEAR STREET
POST OFFICE BOX 555
BLOUNTSTOWN, FLORIDA 32424
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT ON COMPLIANCE AND ON
INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING BASED ON
AN AUDIT OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS PERFORMED IN
ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT AUDITING STANDARDS
Honorable Board of County Commissioners
Franklin County, Florida
We have audited the financial statements of the Franklin County Board
of County Commissioners as of and for the year ended September 30,
1999, and have issued our report thereon dated February 18, 2000.
We conducted our audit in accordance with generally accepted audit-
ing standards and the standards applicable to financial audits con-
tained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller
General of the United States.
As part of obtaining reasonable assurance about whether the Franklin
County Board of County Commissioners' financial statements are free
of material misstatement, we performed tests of its compliance with
certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grants, non-
compliance with which could have a direct and material effect on the
determination of financial statement amounts. However, providing
an opinion on compliance with those provisions was not an objective
of our audit and, accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.
The results of our tests disclosed no instances of noncompliance
that are required to be reported under Government Auditing
We noted certain immaterial instances of noncompliance that we have
reported to the management of the Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners in a separate letter dated February 18, 2000.
Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
In planning and performing our audit, we considered the Franklin
County Board of County Commissioners' internal control over finan-
cial reporting in order to determine our auditing procedures for the
purpose of expressing our opinion on the financial statements and
not to provide assurance on the internal control over financial re-
porting. However, we noted a certain matter involving the internal
control over financial reporting and its operation that we consider to
be a reportable condition. Reportable conditions involve matters com-
ing to our attention relating to significant deficiencies in the design or
operation of the internal control over financial reporting that, in our
judgement, could adversely affect the Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners' ability to record, process, summarize and report fi-
nancial data consistent with the assertions of management in the
A.ttl ues & Co lectib es
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170 Water Street
H storic Downtowkt
Ap alacklcola, FL -
A ut me b l Cend of
ite wms, fumiture,
books and mwani
mor e distinctive
accevnt p eces.
Look jr the big tin sked
on 170 Water Street
alon0 the historic
P.O. Box 9
Apalachlcola, FL 32329
Linca & Harry Arnold, Owners
Some criticism was aimed at Ex-
ecutive Director Bonnie Stephen-
son for not getting more involved
in the running of the festival.
Stephenson said, "I regret that
there were implications made
against the running of the Cham-
ber. I have lived here for 20 years
and have always had the
community's interest at heart. We
always regret when a member or
members choose to leave the
chamber. We would have hoped
that we could have been given an
opportunity to talk it over in a
Quiet manner and perhaps the
outcome would have not been as
All members of the chamber are
urged to attend the next regular
Meeting for input into several is-
sues that have been raised for dis-
icussio'ri and action. -
Phone the Carrabelle Chamber
office at 850-697-2585 for infor-
& Hitch 0
Sales & Service
Across from Medart Elementary
All Types Of Trailers
We also sell parts
Rolls & S.M. Trailers
* Our review of the financial management system disclosed there
was inadequate segregation of duties. Separation of certain ac-
counting and administrative duties among employees is recom-
mended as an effective internal control procedure.
A material weakness is a condition in which the design or operation
of one or more of the internal control components does not reduce to
a relatively l low level the risk that misstatements in amounts that
would be material in relation to the financial statements being au-
dited may occur and not be detected within a timely period by em-
ployees In the normal course of performing their assigned functions.
Our consideration of the internal control over financial reporting would
not necessarily disclose all matters in the internal control that might
be reportable conditions and, accordingly, would not necessarily dis-
close all reportable conditions that are also considered to be material
weaknesses. However, we do not:believe the reportable condition
described above is a material weakness. We also noted other mat-
ters involving the internal control over financial reporting that we
have reported to the management of the Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners in a separate letter dated February 18, 2000...
SSTATUS OF PRIOR YEAR
State Housing Initiative Partner-
The mortgage agreement be-
tween the County and partici-
pants in the SHIP program re-
quires hazard insurance be main-
tained by the owners on the prop-
erties.improved by the SHIP pro-
gram, with the County named as
loss payee. The County does not
have control procedures in place
to ascertain insurance is being
maintained, placing the County at
risk in the event of destruction or
damage to the SHIP property. We
recommend the County comply
with this requirement.
Approximately twenty-five SHIP
mortgages were filed without a
property description. A legal' de-
scription of the property is an es-
sential part of the mortgage itself.
The mortgages were refiled to in-
clude property descriptions; how-
ever, this correction was not made
until approximately one year af-
ter the problem was noted. In or-
der to protect the interest of the
County, we recommend all mort-
gages be reviewed for accuracy
before recording and all mort-
--gages -be recorded--immedi-ately
following the close of the loan.
* Need to Comply With the Revolv-
ing Loan Program
As noted in prior years, the
Franklin County Revolving Loan
Program, funded by a community
development block grant, contin-
ues to experience numerous de-
linquent accounts. In July 1997,
the Board adopted a policy re-
garding delinquent loans under
the program and instructed the
loan administrator to initiate col-
lection activities against those
borrowers who are in violation of
However, no collection activities
have been.initiated against any
borrower. The County could pos-
sibly be responsible for paying
back the delinquent accounts to
the state or federal government,
or jeopardize future community
development block grant funding
if collection efforts are not initi-
ated. We .recommend the Board
require the loan administrator to
enforce the collection policies ol
the grant program to bnng these
loans to a paid up status.
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Providing the best Customer Service with more personnel
than peer banks to serve all your banking needs.
Creating new accounts and adapting programs to ensure we
have one to meet your specific banking needs.
Meeting present and future needs with investments in
modern banking services like ATMs and phone banking.
We are Your Full Service Community Bank.
March 27, 2000
The Honorable Charles L. Lester
G-74 Pepper Building
P:O. Box 1735
Tallahassee, FL 32302
In response to the audit of Certi-
fied Public Accountant, T. Michael
Tucker, of the Financial State-
ments of Franklin County, Florida
dated February 18, 2000, for the
year ended September 30, 1999,
my explanation of rebuttal is as
FINDING: Need to improve con-
trol over State Housing Initiative
Partnership (SHIP) Program
RESPONSE: Franklin County is
continuing to work with the SHIP
Administrator, The Franklin
Count) Senior Citizens Council,
regarding issues of insurance and
mortgages. A change in person-
nel in the administrative position
created some:delays in imple-
menting audit recommendations.
Harry Arnold "Bubble Gun"
at the Antique Boat Show,
Apalachicola, April 29th.
FINDING: Need to comply with
the Revolving Loan Program ad-
ministered by the Apalachee Re-
gional Planning Council.
RESPONSE: Franklin County is
currently in the process of collect-
ing delinquent accounts through
Court filings and negotiating new
loan terms which should bring all
loans current within the year.
The Arnold "Bubble Gun"
showing the barrel.
State Housing Initiative Partner-
The Franklin County Local
Housing Assistance Plan requires
any emergency repair award over
$2,500 be in the form of a grant
requiring a secured deferred pay-
ment loan agreement for three
years. None of the emergency re-
pair awards over $2,500 for the
current fiscal year were secured
by a defined loan agreement. We
recommend the County follow its
plan and obtain secured deferred
loan agreements on all emergency
repair awards over $2,500.
The Franklin County SHIP pro-
gram is administered by the
Franklin County Senior Citizens
Council (the Council). The Coun-
cil receives an administrative fee
for each SHIP program year they
administer. The fee for the
1998-99 SHIP program year was
$31,000. As of September 30,
1999, the Council had already
received the entire $31,000 fee,
yet there was approximately
$125,000 of 1998-99 SHIP funds
yet to be administered and ex-
pended. We recommend the
County consider paying the Coun-
cil their administrative fee in pro-
portion to the actual SHIP funds
The annual reports filed by the
grant administrator 'with the
Florida Housing Finance Agency
do not agree with the County's fi-
nancial records. The 1998-99 pro-
gram year report filed on August
27, 1999, indicated SHIP funds
expended of $96,673 as of June
30, 1999. The County's detail gen-
eral ledger indicated more than
$200,000 in 1998-99 program
year expenditures for this same
period of time. We recommend the
grant administrator compare the
nancial data collected to prepare
the annual reports with the
County's financial records so that
the reports filed with the Florida
Housing Finance Agency include
the correct information.
Primary Care Challenge Grant
The County is the recipient of a
"Primary Care for Children and
Families Challenge Grant Pro-
gram" (PPC), 'which is passed
through to the Franklin County
Health,, Department as 'a
subrecipient. The County contin-
ues to be responsible to the
grantor for proper use of these
funds and matching require-
ments. The County's monitoring
of the subrecipient was limited
due to conflicting guidance be-
tween the grantor, grantee and
subrecipient. These matters ap-
pear to have now been resolved
'and the County or ,subrecipient
should file corrected financial re-
ports with the grantor.
The grant requires the County to
provide $1 in local matching
funds for each $2 grant payment.
This match can be either cash or
in-kind contributions. The match
requirement for the funding cycle
January 1998 through June 1999
was $187,500. The match docu-
mentation provided was incom-
plete. The documentation pro-
vided overstated the values of cer-
taiin services, documentation did
not include donor signatures, 'and
some "match" contributions were
not in the grant budget. We rec-
ommend the County coordinate
with the Franklin County Health
Department and grantor to ad-
equately document and value fu-
ture match contributions.
Florida Recreation Development
Assistance Program Grant
The County received a FRDAP
grant to construct outdoor recre-
ation facilities and improvements
at Ned Porter Park. The grant
Agreement provides for a 50%
cash/in-kind match from the
SCounty. The County provided
in-kind match in the form of la-
bor hours and equipment usage.
Although the construction of pub-
lic outdoor recreation facilities
was clearly accomplished, the
County could not provide ad-
equate documentation to support
the project hours claimed on the
payment request. We recommend
the County keep detailed records
of all project hours provided for
grants that require an in-kind
FINDING: State Housing Initiative
RESPONSE: The SHIP Program
administrator has been notified,
and deferred payment loan agree
ments are nov.'I b,-iri! recorded for
emergency r'.:p.ir grants over
Franklin County has notified its
administrator, :. r.,iu:.;. County
Senior Citizens Council, that ex-
penditures of :r'orairnr funds
must be on track with disburse-
ments of administrative funds
before further payments will be
made for administration of the
Franklin County provides the
SHIP administrator with monthly
financial data in order to complete
appropriate reports. We will con-
tinue to coordinate efforts to as-
sure that State reports and
County financial match.
FINDING: Primary Care Chal-
RESPONSE: Corrected financial
reports have been filed with the
Stateregarding the status of un-
expended funds from the Primary
Care Challenge Grant. The Health
Department is working toward de-
veloping appropriate' watch docu-
mentation, which they will pro-
vide to Franklinp county and the
FINDING: Florida Recreation De-
velopment Assistance Program
RESPONSE: The County cur-
rently has two projects in progress
for which we are providing in-kind
match. Our grant coordinator is
working closely with the County
Road Department to assure that
detailed documentation is main-
tained for all work done on the
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Lynnhaven, Formerly The Emily Porter House, Opened For Fund-
Raising Reception Hosted By Lynn And Bill Spohrer, Apalachicola
George Chapel, President of
the Apalachicola Area
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Apalachicola residents, Bill
and Lynn Spohrer.
The Lynnhaven, formerly the Emily Porter Home, 127 Avenue B, Apalachicola.
After a couple of years of purchas-
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former Emily Porter Home in
Apalachicola was the site for a
fund-raising reception hosted by
Lynn and Bill Spohrer, in the
hours following the Tour of His-
toric Homes on Saturday after-
noon, May 6th.
The Spohrer home was not on the
Tour df homes, but was the site of
S a benefit reception for the Raney
House, another historic landmark
I in Apalachicola. This 100-year-
.! old Queen Anne Victorian resi-
S dence was renovated by Lynn
Wilson Spohrer. The proceeds
from the reception were to go to
the Raney House Restoration
Fund of the Apalachicola Area
[ Historical Society.
Ms. Laura Moody greeted guests at the reception and
collected their donations.
Some interior views of
the Lynnhaven house,
designed by Lynn-Wilson
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The current state of affairs in seeking oil in the Gulf of Mexico, continued from Page 6.
1990 seeking compensation for its lease and royalty interests. The
State refused to admit whether the policy to prohibit further drilling
applied to Coastal's leases. Coastal then filed an application for a per-,
mit to drill offshore St. George Island, Permit No. 1281. During this
process, the leases were upgraded and the potential of the leases be-
came apparent. This permit application began the long administra-
tive battle that has resulted in a;First District Court of Appeal ruling
that the "DEP's action would be unconstitutional only if just compen-
sation is not paid for what is taken".
"The State denied Permit No. 1281 the first time because Coastal re-
fused to post a $500 million surety. The Court of Appeal reversed this
denial and the State again denied Permit No. 1281 a second time, this
time because Coastal refused to post a $1.9 billion surety."
"The Court of Appeal reversed the second denial."
"The State then gave notice of its intention to grant Permit No. 1281
and several environmental groups and the Attorney General of Florida
demanded a full administrative hearing. The Administrative Law Judge
recommended that Permit No. 1281 be granted."
"Nevertheless, the State again denied the drilling application because,
we believe, the State in fact had a policy prohibiting drilling on Coastal's
"When the Court of Appeal reviewed this third denial, the Court fi-
nally held that the State could deny the permit based upon its policy,
"There is no dispute that [Coastal Petroleum] has a viable
contract with the State of Florida to explore for and extract
oil from submerged sovereignty lands. DEP's interpretation
and application of the permitting statute, based on its de-
termination that there is a compelling public purpose in not
allowing the appellant to drill offshore, effectively prevents
[Coastal Petroleum]from exercising its rights under the con-
tract. DEP's action would be unconstitutional only ifjust com-
pensation is not paid for what is taken. Fla. Const. Art. X,
6. This is a matter to be resolved in the circuit court."
"In October 1999, the State filed a motion for a rehearing asking the
full Court of Appeal to delete the above holding from its decision. That
motion is still pending. If we receive a favorable decision on that mo-
tion, we will then be able to proceed in the circuit court to seek com-
pensation for the taking of our leases."
"Obviously, we are very disappointed that the State may prevent drill-
ing on its leases. However, if the Court of Appeal's ruling is unchanged,
at least the litigation will have been successful in that the State will
then have to compensate Coastal for the loss of the value of the leases.
The leases are very valuable assets; therefore many millions of dollars
are at stake. Since the State would control the right to produce what'
may be enormous amounts of oil and gas, fundamental fairness would'
seem to require substantial compensation."
"The expected action in the circuit court would be lengthy and costly
inverse condemnation litigation. The action would involve the testi-.
mony of many experts in order to establish a fair-market value for the
leases. It would also involve retaining counsel highly experienced in
eminent domain procedure in Florida..."
"...The stakes are high in our effort to obtain just compensation'
for our leases, as we complete this final stage of a seemingly,
endless battle with determination and optimism."
Benjamin W. Heath
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The regular meeting of the
Franklin County School Board
was held on Thursday, May 4th
at Chapman Elementary School
in Apalachicola. The board ap-
proved the following items on the
agenda: retirement of Ms. Francis
Sasnett from the Food Service,
use of bus transportation for CHS
seniors to attend the Fun Station
in Tallahassee and APS seniors
trip to Grad Nite in Orlando. Su-
perintendent Brenda Galloway
proposed that the board approve
for the next school year use of
clear bookbags and backpacks for
high school students. While the
board felt this was a good idea,
they asked that more information
be given on the availability and
cost of these items. The
Governor's Office has planned a
trip to Brown Elementary School
on May 11th. It is not known
whether the Governor himself will
Ms. Wanda Cruson addressed the
board concerning the Healthy
Kids program. This program en-
ables all children in the State of
Florida to acquire health insur-
ance depending on income. Ms.
Cruson had asked that anyone
with ideas on how to reach par-
ents with information on the pro-
gram please contact her. She is
trying to get as much information
out as possible in order to pro-
mote healthier children through
preventative health care.
A special meeting of the board is
scheduled, most likely for May
18th, to approve the retiring of
second and third year teachers.
Please call the school board office
for exact date and time.
Under the Personnel agenda item,
the following items were ap-
"proved: A request to advertise a
bookkeeping position for AHS,
recommendation for a 10th
month secretary position for Ms.
Terry Hilton, approval of the sub-
stitute list, and an Advertisement
for School Psychiatrist. Also on
the list of aDDroval items was the
retirement of Ms. Janis Gordon
from Brown Elementary. Mr.
Speed jokingly refused to accept
the resignation and then gave a
heartwarming account of his
years of teaching. Everyone on the
board expressed regret at her
Regarding the budget, the board
approved a 4% increase across
the board from the old salary
scale. Also, a new system of track-
ing employment positions is be-
ing researched. This program
would assign a position number
to every board-approved position
now existing in the school system.
This would then be used to track
the position and help to identify
vacancies, particularly in non-
teacher positions. Finally, there
have been reports that the State
of Florida will be increasing the
amount of money received by the
schools, but at this time there is
no information on whether these
reports are true.
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A 3-year pilot program, which al-
lowed seven commercial fisher-
men to use ,large nets to harvest
baitfish, will expire June 30. Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) Chairman Julie
Morris and executive director Dr.
Allan L. Egbert announced today
that the issue of allowing the tarp
seine pilot project to continue will
not be on the FWC's May 24-26
Pensacola meeting agenda.
"The Commission decided in Feb-
ruary to take no action on a re-
quest to extend the program, and
that decision will stand," Egbert
Nets larger than 500 square feet
are prohibited by a 1994 amend-
ment to the Florida Constitution.
The legislature, however, autho-
rized the tarp seine experiment in
1997 in an effort to help mitigate
the impact of the new restrictions
on the commercial fishing
Tarp seines consist of the legal
500-square-foot net material with
up to 600 yards of tarpaulin ma-
terial sewed onto its sides, en-
abling fishermen to encircle more
than seven acres of water with
"The FWC has considered the
industry's request to extend the
pilot program; the Commission-
ers have heard staff input and
public input," Egbert said.
'They've discussed the issue at
two Commission meetings and
gathered all the information avail-
able and concluded the program
should not continue."
The prohibition on large nets and
certain other types of nets only
applies in inshore and near-shore
The experimental program autho-
rized certain license holders in
Wakulla, Franklin, Gulf, Bay,
Okaloosa and Walton counties to
use tarp seines, which can only
be deployed by larger vessels with
assistance from several smaller
vessels and sometimes divers.
Tarp seines cost $20,000 to
$35,000 each and require 2-6
hours to deploy and retrieve.
"The general consensus is that the
experimental tarp seine program
was inconsistent with the consti-
tutional amendment from the be-
ginning," Egbert said. "Nonethe-
less, the Commissioners allowed
tarp net supporters to raise ar-
guments that it was constitutional
or otherwise defendable."
Aside from the constitutional con-
cerns, FWC officials were con-
cerned about policy implications
and fairness of allowing the tarp
nets only in the six northwestern
Florida counties on a continuing.
"experimental" basis. Although
the 1994 constitutional amend-
ment did not define "nets," both
state law and Commission rule
prohibit the use of the big tarp
seines as standard fishing gear in
inshore and near-shore Florida
Outcomes continued from
ceptions and variances. Tabled to
FDOT AGREEMENT ON
The commissioners voted to ap-
prove a lump sum agreement with
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation (FDOT) to do adjustments
to manholes and meters on the
Ryan Drive/Three Rivers Road
ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICER
Commissioners gave their accep-
tance of Officer Cyzon's resigna-
tion with no comment.
SPECIAL MEETING TO HIRE
CHIEF AND OFFICER
A special meeting is planned for
Thursday, May 23rd at 6 p.m. to
hire a new Chief of Police and an
officer at City Hall.
SKATES DONATED TO WINGS
The skates that were left over af-
ter the Skating Rink at the old
Gym was closed dowr have been
donated to the WINGS program at
the Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Public Library.
continued from Page 1
the new line. The contractor for
the new bridge gave him an esti-
mate to install the new line at
about $5.6 million, thereby in-
creasing monthly water rates to
as high as four times the current
costs of $36. In a telephone con-
versation with Mr. Brown on
Wednesday, May 4th, the
Chronicle learned that Mr. Brown
is looking into other sources of
financing that would reduce fi-
nancing costs to a much lower
monthly rate. He is also sched-
uled to speak at the St. George
Island Civic Club on Thursday,
May 18th, after 7 p.m.
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ticing law in St. Augustine,
he developed an interest in
historical research. Early in
1856, he and his friends or-
ganized the Historical Soci-
ety of Florida. Fairbank's
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(256) Florida's Sandy
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(220) Landscaping for
Florida's Wildlife. Recreat-
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Your Yard. By Joe Schaefer
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that takes into account
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termine which species to
use on the property. It tells
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evaluate the new yard. Sold
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