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Volume 9, Number 13
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
June 22 July 6, 2000
Franklin Briefs.......... 2
CPAA Meeting .......... 2
Editorial & Commentary
Letter addressed to
Eugene Raffield Death 4
Linda Edwards Interview
Part II ..................... 4
FFWCC .................... 5
6 Months With A Broken
Leg ......................... 6
Alligator Point ........... 7
Carrabelle Postmaster 7
FCAN ....................... 8
Carrabelle Water ........ 8
Declaratory Judgment 9
Bookshop ............... 10
Specter of Vibrio
By Tom Campbell
A complicated issue is threatening
to shut down Franklin County's
oyster industry, according to
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan. Reporting to the Franklin
County Board of Commissioners
in their regular meeting June 20,
Mahan said,- "Since 1898, 131
deaths and 121 Vibrio Vulnificus
infections have been reported to
the Federal Food and Drug
Mahan continued, "The Interstate
Shellfish Sanitation Conference
(ISSC) meeting in New Orleans
was an educational experience."
In the Vibrio Vulnificus Illness
Profile reported at the conference,
"Most cases (of the ilness) are not
tourists. ...98 percent of cases
nationwide are linked to four
states: Florida, Louisiana, Texas
Most of the cases reported in the
Gulf States are linked "to a local
product: Louisiana 100 percent,
'Texas 68 percent, Florida 63
percent, and Alabama 31
As reported, "89 percent (of all
cases) consumed oysters. The
composite of patient is: 85 percent
male, 40-59 years old, most had
multiple health conditions (i.e., i
liver disease [81 percent], and iron
overload [6 percent])."
Local seafood expert Grady Levins
of Levins'Seafood who attended
the ISSC meeting in Louisiana
said, "Seven years from now, the
Apalachicola Bay could be closed
down at least 10 months out of
The theory is that the Vibrio
Vulnificus bacteria thrives in
warm water, so one of the
alternatives is to shut down
harvesting when the water
temperature gets over 55 degrees.
That would leave only one or two
months out of the year that
oysters could be harvested in
Levins said that concerned
citizens should contact their
"representatives in Congress" to
get involved in these discussions.
Commissioner Mosconis said that
the "at-risk group of people
should be educated about the
danger of eating raw oysters,"
since most of the population does
not need to worry about the
threat. If the at-risk people are
educated about the danger to
their health, then they will know
to avoid eating raw oysters, and
to eat only cooked or steamed
Levins said, "Public awareness
about this issue should be
increased." He said the oyster
industry needs "Congressman
Boyd to help, and also Bob
Graham." He said that the "FDA
would not accept education of the
at-risk people as a "choice."
Levins said there is a meeting in
the Lieutenant Governor's office
"Thursday, June 22" to
investigate what can be done to
help the oyster industry.
"All we (the oystermen) want to do
is make a living," Levins said. But
he asserted that the FDA "seems
intent on shutting down the
oyster harvesting in Apalachicola
Coastal Patrol Vessel To Be Homeported In Carrabelle
Wakulla Fishermen Celebrate Federal Petitic
Intervention Through Disabilities Act Increa
On Florida's Net Limitation Controversy Rates
A Report and Comment By Tom W. Hoffer
Informally "advertised" as a confrontation between the Florida Ma-
rine Patrol and the Wakulla Fishermen, the meeting staged Monday
noon in Panacea's Park became a succulent round of eating and con-
versation about net limitation issues, and the newly configured net
was used to bring in over 100 lbs. of mullet, complemented with cheese
grits and bread.
In formal terms, Ron Crum expressed his association's position on
the net limitation and disability issues on May 29th, when this ex-
cerpt was circulated to the area press:
"...The WFA (Wakulla Fisherman's Association) is appeal-
ing to the Courts, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Gover-
nor Bush, Attorney General Butterworth, and the United
States Justice Department to speak out for the Environ-
Continued on Page 3
By Tom Campbell
Water Management Services, Inc.
(WMSI) filed June 6, 2000, for a
"limited proceeding to increase its
water rates to cover the cost of
building a new water transmis-
sion main to connect its wells on
the mainland to its service terri-
tory on St. George Island."
The Florida Public Service Com-
mission (FPSC) has jurisdiction
over this matter because the reso-
lution of the matter "requires a
utility to adjust its rates."
Continued on Page 10
Patrol Craft To
The series of new patrol craft
being built for the U.S. Coast
Guard will have multiple missions
including (1) Search and Rescue
(SAR), (2) Law Enforcement (LE)
and fisheries patrols, as well as
(3) Drug Interdiction, and (4) Ille-
gal alien interdiction duties up to
200 miles off shore.
The design of the craft has been
developed to meet operational
requirements established by the
U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Com-
mandant for Operations. These
requirements include but are not
Sa. Maximum continuous
Speeds of 25 knots;
b. Patrol speeds ofnot less than
c. Manuvering speeds not
greater than 4 knots with one
engine continuously engaged;
d. Berthing for any mix of
male/female crew members of
10 plus a spare berth;
e. Based on a proven hull
design with at least two years
service similar to the duties
performed by the existing 82-
foot Point class Cutters;
f. Maximum crew comfort con-
sistent with the operational re-
g. Provisions for stores for a
crew of 10 for a 5-day mission.
The ship must be capable of tow-
ing vessels weighing up to 200
tons. The new craft will be capable
of providing a rigid hull inflatable
boat with a launching system that
would provide for the launch and
recovery of the RIB in seas up to
8 feet, or 2.5 meters.
The:SEAHAWK has: cutting edge
technology to assist in the varied
missions efficiently and safely.
*An electronic chart display and
information system (ECDIS) that
interfaces with Differential Global
Positioning System (DGPS) to con-
tinuously plot the cutter's posi-
tion to within 10 meters. The sys-
tem also interfaces with the
Fathometer, anemometer, radar
and autopilot to automatically pi-
lot the cutter along a trackline
with no action required by the
*An automated machinery moni-
toring system that continuously
monitors all machinery operation
parameters from a single location
and displays the data on two com-
puter generated status screens
located in the engineroom and
pilothouse. Included in the sys-
tem are automated alarm systems
to detect and prevent equipment
*An automated fire, smoke and
flooding detection system
throughout the cutter. These
safety systems provide early
warning of possible problems to
*The Raytheon AN/SPS-73 RA-
DAR system is capable of track-
ing over two hundred targets si-
multaneously and automatically
warns the crew of the potential
*SEAHAWK has an extensive
communications suite that allows
'the cutter to communicate with
the public and other Coast Guard
*The SEAHAWK is able to make
fresh water at a rate of 200 gal-
lons a day.
The SEAHAWK will have a
ten-person crew. The crew will be
qualified in all aspects of ship-
board operations including navi-
gation, seamanship, ship han-
dling, communications, engineer-
ing, first aid and environmental
protection. The crew also will be
qualified in search and rescue
procedures, towing, helicopter op-
erations and firefighting.
This new fleet of United States
Coast Guard vessels will be re-
ferred to as the Marine Protector
Class and has been designed as
a replacement for the aging 82-
foot Point Class of cutters.
The CPB is designed to accommo-
date a crew of 10 for a five-day
mission. The internal arrange-
ments include four 2-man state-
rooms and one 3-man stateroom,
an office, separate galley and
mess, two heads, two showers,
and a bridge with 200 square feet
of usable area and 360 degree vis-
ibility. The CPB is capable of
achieving a maximum continuous
speed of 25 knots and has a pa-
trolling speed of 10 knots.
Continued on Page 10
Petition In CPAA
Bold type sections are
verbatim extracts from the
Carrabelle City Attorney Douglas
Gaidry, having about 10 days to
file, drafted and filed a petition
June 16th for rehearing or clari-
fication in the recent decision is-
sued by Judge Steinmeyer involv-
ing the City of Carrabelle and
Tommy Bevis and Associates and
the CPAA (Carrabelle Port and
The City of Carrabelle (CITY)
raised seven issues in support of
its motion to request the judge to
either hold a rehearing or issue a
clarification on the identified is-
sues. The full text of the City's
The court has found that the City
accepted rent from BEVIS AND
ASSOCIATES (BEVIS), thereby
waiving its right to assert a for-
feiture for a breach of a covenant
or condition in the lease to Bevis.
'The evidence showed that the
CITY accepted no rent. All rent
was paid to the CARRABELLE
(CPAA). A portion of the payment
made by BEVIS to the CPAA was
for repayment of the Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG)
and has been deposited to a sepa-
rate account that is subject to the
terms and conditions of the
CDBG. In addition (the CITY mo-
tion continued), the waiver for
non-payment of rent was not
raised as an affirmative defense,
and should not, therefore, be con-
sidered by the Court."
2. Creosote Pilings
This Court found that BEVIS has
made reasonable, good faith ef-
forts to cure its failure to utilize
concrete pilings, citing its Notice
Of Proposed Change seeking an
amendment to the DRI Develop-
ment Order (DO) to allow the use
of creosote pilings. The evidence
showed that BEVIS deliberately
placed the forbidden creosote
pilings in the Carrabelle River
because they were less expen-
sive than concrete pilings,
knowing that the Amended De-
velopment Order (ADO) forbade
them. BEVIS' after-the-fact at-
tempt to amend the DO, having
been denied a building permit
because of the violation, and while
engaged in litigation with the CITY
concerning, among other things,
the creosote pilings issue, cannot
be characterized as a "good faith"
effort. The CITY's position was
clearly set forth in this lawsuit,
was ratified by the City Commis-
sion more than once. Therefore,
a separate hearing on the DO
amendment by the City Commis-
sion before resolution of the mat-
ter by this Court was an unnec-
essary and useless act.
"The Court noted that the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs (DCA),
after consulting with the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP) determined that the instal-
lation of the creosoted pilings was
not likely to have a significant
adverse impact on water re-
sources. The testimony of
LANDON T. ROSS, who wrote the
letter upon which the determina-
tion was made, revealed that his
opinion was based upon informa-
tion give him by TOMMY BEVIS
regarding the age of the pilings,
and upon assumptions not sup-
ported in fact. He testified that his
opinion would be different if the
age of the pilings were, in fact,
different, or if the pilings were
placed in the water so that por-
tions previously above the water's
surface (in the old Ochlockonee
Bridge) were now under water. He
testified that he had not examined
the pilings or even'seen them, that
no one had viewed or examined
them for him, that he had not ex-
amined cures or cross-sections of
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A [rA I O nEDWrI NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
Franklin County Board of
June 20, 2000
By Tom Campbell
Much of the regular meeting of the
Franklin County Board of
Commissioners on June 20 was
consumed with discussions about
the possibility of the Interstate
Shellfish Sanitation Conference
(ISSC) and FDA "shutting down
oyster harvesting in Apalachicola
Bay" because of concern about
Vibrio Vulnificus infected is
"usually an acute illness in
healthy persons and those who
recover should not expect long-
term consequences. Infection in
'high-risk' individuals who recover
often develop necrosis that
frequently requires skin grafting
or limb amputation," according to
a Fact Sheet provided for health
Individuals at "high risk" should
abstain from eating raw oysters
or clams. If a person is not sure
whether he is at 'high risk," he
should consult his physician. V.
Vulnificus infections may also be
prevented in individuals by
avoiding contact of cuts, burns or
sores with marine waters. Also,
persons at "high risk" should be
educated about eating thoroughly
Bill Mahan, County Extension
Director, said the University of
Florida Natural Resource
Leadership Institute class of 2000
"will again be visiting Franklin'
County'this week (June 23) to
"study local Natural Resource
issues. A main focus' for the group
will be the Tri-State River 'Water
.War.'" Local media have been
invited to participate, since their
contribution to this group last
year was determined by the group
to have led to "oie of the most
successful such meetings" that
they have had.
County Planner Alan Pierce
Alan Pierce, County Planner,
reported that he has "asked David
Heil to go to the Meeting with Lt.
Gov. Frank Brogan June 22 at 10
a.m.. and he will be prepared to
do the briefing."
DOT material for the Board files,
was presented by Pierce,
"information tiat.MNI, J.inmyv
Rogers presntecri thc ,BniB d at
the public workshop..j uuLe 6.7
Board action lisr Jt1jO cH th
DOT program called'Small County
Outreach Program, which has a
deadline of submitting projects by
July 1. The Board can submit up
to two projects for DOT to rank. If
the projects rank high enough,
DOT will provide the county "75
percent of the cost and the county
will provide the other 25 percent.':
At this time, David Kennedy
"repaving of CR 67.from.. the
intersection of 98 (in CLarrabell-I
north to where the county started
repaving 67 last time. and which
was around Gully Branch. This
would be 6.8 miles of repaving,
and with the replacement of
several culverts, the estimated
cost is $744,950. The county
share would be approximately
$186,000." Motion carried.
Board action was needed "on the
request from Mr. Bernice
Constantin to continue the bird
harassment at the Two Mile
Disposal site for another 6 weeks
for $10,000. Mr. Terry Jangula
said the dredging should only last
another 3 weeks. The Board,
according to Alan Pierce, "has nol
paid Mr. Constantin's agency any
money, and I told Mr. Constantir
that because of all the down time
at the project, I would need time
sheets before I approved payment
of the first $10,000. .But the
question is, does the Board fee
that it should approve a payment
of up to $5,000 for 3 more weeks
of bird harassment?" Motior
carried. A citizen remarked, "Tha
is some glorified scarecrow."
Pierce said, "At a previous
meeting, I informed the Boarc
that the county is eligible t(
receive $245,000 (left over fron
Hurricane Earl) worth of Hazart
Mitigation funds for drainage
improvements. The Boare
approved a list of six projects
...The funds are being handled a;
a CDBG project...all of the count'
projects are ineligible for funding
because any CDBG projects mus
serve at least 50 percent low an<
moderate income persons and tht
county-wide level for low an<
moderate income persons is 48.(
percent. However, the city-wid
low and moderate income
percentage for Carrabelle is 54.1!
percent and for Apalachicola i
50.99 percent. So drainage
projects in the cities are eligible
The money, according to Pierce
will come to the county so Mar'
Currenton could still make th
application and the county could
receive the administration funds
There is a 12.5 percent loca
match required, so if each cit
received approximately $1000000
each city would have to come up
with approximately $12,50C
Since these projects are roai
related, the thinking was that th
cities could use their gas tax
funds as match funds.
The Planning and Zoning
approval of a sketch plat for Freda
White for a three-lot subdivision
just west of Ms. White's house.
The subdivision name is River
Pines, and all lots will be at least
one acre, zoned R-1. Motion
Action on a report by Mr. Wallace
Giddens about the signage on
Florida Street in Lanark Village
was tabled until further notice.
IInvestigation into the matter will
The meeting was adjourned
shortly before 11 a.m.
By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority met for a special meet-
ing at 6 p.m. on June 14 at the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County Public Library.
George Maiers, who had been cho-
sen by the members of the CPAA
to fill out the term, was sworn in
as a member to fill the seat that
has been vacant since Barry
Woods resigned. Maiers was
sworn in by Notary Bud Ammons
and was seated immediately.
IulN1II UMInlIffEI 7I
-Jim Lycett said, "I'd like to make
,this brief. The Port Authority has
tried, has held out so many olive
branches, in an effort to work with
them (City Commission), that
there are no more leaves on the
tree." He added, "A lot of us are
going to be short timers but I
would hope that all of us would
feel ah obligation' t6' pas o6n_ oiAr
positions'and the" orarilfzation it-
self in,thlebest iway.wepluow, how."
"I feel that this was not the proper
procedure of the city commission
and there should be serious res-
ervations, by anyone familiar with
the past history ol the Port Au-
thority, of some of the people se-
lected for the board."
He then went on to say that sev-
eral people had tried to track the
CPAA board from its inception
and "there is a lot of confusion
surrounding terms, etc."
He then asked the members of the
Authority to consider two things.
He said there would be discussion
later on. "One is the filing of some
complaints with the Ethics Com-
mission about some of the proce-
dures in the way this was brought'
about, as well as some of the other
factors I mentioned earlier. And
two, also voting to have our coun-
sel ask for an injunction, just to
give everyone a chance to
straighten out the record-keeping
in reference to the member terms;'
to review both the action of the
city council on the appointments
and other related topics."
He added he particularly wanted
the workings of the authority in
relation to the leasing of the air-
port to go smoothly for the gen-
eral health of the Port Authority
and for the welfare of the people
Ron Crawford asked the author-
ity attorney, Ann Cowles, about
both filing and her fees. She told
him that filing would cost about
$80 and she could use up unused
hours and would charge $75 an
hour for filing an injunction or
time spent in court.
Ron Crawford then made a mo-
tion to file a complaint with the
Ethics Commission and to file an;
injunction against the city.
David Jones seconded the motion,
saying, "I think what the city did
is wrong and that is why I am sec-
onding the. motion. I think it's
another ploy to gain control." The,
motion was passed unanimously.
The next Port Authority meeting
will be in July.
By Susan Gunn
The City of Apalachicola
Commission meeting was held
Tuesday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m.-
at City Hall. Following the
approval of minutes and bills,
Apalachicola residents Judith and
Michael Horber came before the
board concerning a problem with
their townhouse development,
Whispering Pines. The developers
of the townhomes have aban-
donded the project in mid-7
construction and have yet to clean
up the existing jobsite. The board
agreed to discuss remedies with
the C'ty 'Attoinriy. -Dealh Valt
informed ithe;Board,tla't July 4I L'
has been named Governor Stone
After the Board approved the
Planning'and Zoning report they
discussed the Summer Recreation
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the pilings, and knew of no exist-
ing tests for determining the qual-
ity of lechate from such pilings.
He testified that DEP's policy for-
bade the use of any creosote pil-
ings in State waters. The Court
should also note, therefore, in
clarification of its judgment, that
the conclusion of- the DCA that
There was no substantive justifi-
. cation to initiate enforcement ac-
tion regarding the ADO violation
was based not upon DEP policy
or decision, but upon the opinion
of LANDON T. ROSS, which, in
turn, was based upon question-
able information and data and
should not be considered factual.
-The CITY could not ignore the
deliberate violation of the ADO,
'and certainly neither SUSAN
ANDERSON, nor the DCA, had
the right to unilaterally amend the
3. City's Interest In 1991
This Court found that the only
interest that the CITY had in the
1991 Sublease Agreement per-
tained to grants it had received
from the development of Timber
Island, including a CDBG from
.the DCA, and that because the
grants had been satisfied and
closed out, the CITY is Without
any legal authority to seek to ter-
'minate the 1991 Sublease
The CITY, as a matter of law, is
a landlord under the 1991 Sub-
'lease. The evidence showed
that the CITY is still responsible
for the funds from the CDBG
payback which continue to ac-
crue and which must be used
by the CITY for other economic
development projects. As as-
signee ofWhiteline's interest, and
as landlord under the, 1991 Sub-
Slease, and because of the CITY's
Program. The program is for
school age children and is held at
Sthe City's recreation center. Lynn
Wintons is in charge of the
program and has hired assistants
that currently work with the
school system to help supervise
Other agenda items discussed by
,the Board are as follows.
Baskerville Donovan has filed a
Notice to Proceed with the water
system project. Ajoint-application
Grant for a Narcotic Task Force
has been approved, contributing
money to both the Sheriff and City
law enforcement to help fund the
fight to stop underage smoking.
After discussion the Board voted
3-2 to not seek a new city building
inspector. The board agreed to the
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interest in the continued payback
of the CDBG, the CITY has a con-
tinuing interest in the 1991 Sub-
lease and must be recognized as
an interested party to the 1991
Sublease in all matters concerned
therewith. No evidence was pre-
sented that modified the 1991
Sublease to remove the CITY as a
4. Written Notice
This Court found that the evi-
dence established that the CITY
failed to provide the written no-
tice required by Section 83.20(3),
Florida Statutes, and by para-
graph 17 of the 1991 Sublease.
It is clear from the evidence
that BEVIS was on actual no-
tice of all of the violations of
the 1991 Sublease. Written no-
tice was satisfied by the
Watkin's letter of November 3,
1995. Additional written notice is
unnecessary where it is clear that
BEVIS had actual notice:
5. Twelve Full-Time Jobs
This Court found that having rep-
resented to DCA that the twelve
full-time job requirement was
met, the CITY was precluded from
arguing in this suit that the re-
quirement was not met.
The evidence presented showed
that the information regarding
jobs that BEVIS submitted and
upon which the CITY based its
representation to DCA was
false. BEVIS listed full-time em-
ployees who were not employees
at all. The CITY is not stopped
from arguing now with the ben-
efit of discovery, that the require-
ment was not met, when it was
BEVIS' false information upon
which the CITY relied to make the
representation to DCA.
Regardless whether the employ-
ment requirement was required'
by DCA in the first instance, the
removal'of pilings and debris at
Scipio Creek. After discussion the
Commissioners agreed to write off
uncollectable accounts receivable
after several years of attempts to
collect. And the Board finalized
the Battery .Park Advisory
Committee members: Charles
McDearis, Stan Jankowski-,
Wilmer Earl Deason, Charlie
Williamson, Joe Witt, Jerry Weber,
The commission meeting date for
next month has been changed
from Tuesday, July 4th to Thurs-
day, July 6th.
,CITY had, and still has, a keen
interest in seeing that this re-
quirement is satisfied.
The 1991 Sublease requires that
twelve full-time jobs be main-
tained for the period of the sub-
lease. The CITY is a landlord and
has a legal right to enforce this
provision, regardless of the DCA
6. Building Permit
The Court has relied upon a re-
sponse in an Annual Status Re-
port for the period November 1,
1996 to November 1. 1997, that
states that the County Planner
had issued a permit for a travel
lift. The evidence showed that
no building permit had ever
been issued for construction of
the travel lift. RITA PRESTON
testified that she had signed the
statement for the County Planner,
iALAN PIERCE, in his absence and
that it was in error. ALAN PIERCE
confirmed the mistake. BEVIS
never submitted the required in-
formation to obtain a building
permit for the travel lift. Even had
he done so, the CITY could not be
expected to issue the permit when
BEVIS was in clear violation of the
ADO requiring concrete pilings.
7. Property Boundaries
This Court has concluded that the
original intent of the parties was
to lease the property from the east
side of the Graham Drive
right-of-way to the Watkins' prop-
erty boundary, and from the
shoreline of the Carrabelle River
to a line that would cause the
parcel to contain five (5) acres.
Testimony indicated that Gra-
ham Drive was intended to run
to the Carrabelle River. Peti-
tioner seeks clarification from
this Court whether it concludes
that the Graham Drive right-of-
way boundary extends to the
The opposing attorneys, David A
STheriaque and Steve Pfeiffer (Tal-
lahassee) will'have about 15 days
to file their response to the City's
1999 Audit will
be continued in
of July 7, 2000.
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
The Silver Ghost Tree
By Kathleen A. Heveran
Fierce rivulets streaming down the windshield mirrored my discon-
tent at being caught in another of the Forgotten Coast's sudden down-
pours. On went the lights and down came the speed as the frenzied
onslaught escalated its violent attack on the surrounding greenery.
And down went my mood of well-being, recently garnered during a
morning's boutique shopping and enjoyment of historic Apalachicola's
Previous experience with these unexpected virulent storms readied
me for a tense drive back home. Gale force winds whooshed through
the brush, daring the foliage to retain its hold on the earth.
I became aware of trees swaying gracefully, twisting and undulating
in a youthfully exuberant ballet designed by that great choreogra-
pher, Mother Nature. Lush greens deepened in hue, responding to
the onslaught with the unquenchable arrogance of youth: "You can-
not take me down!"
The elements relented and shafts of sunlight shone through lighten-
ing clouds, each petal of light eventually blossoming into a flower of
golden sunshine. Reminders of the fierce battle so recently fought
were the lush, fresh scents and shimmering droplets adorning the
Contentedly, my Toyota pursued its homeward path. On rounding
one of the highway's snake-like curves, the starkness of a half-bald
hill caught my eye. Perched atop its desiccated mound stood one
silvery white tree, leafless, and obviously ravaged by fire and the ele-
ments. No longer animate, it had stoically faced all its earthly prob-
lems, and contrasted forcibly with the wild, rebellious beauty I had
There it stood,, its two remaining limbs thrust upward in a silent,
dignified prayer to God. A soft breeze whispered its prayer to me:
"Lord, I accept whatever befalls me. As I have benefited your children
in life, permit me to do so in death." Such sedate, patient beauty,
serenely accepting its fate.
The remainder of my trip was spent pondering the resigned and noble
elegance of this antique, silvery-white tree and its impact upon me as
I reflected on its infinite patience. It reminds me to accept my own
mortality. Father, I amr ready when You call.
Copyright by Kathleen A. Heveran 2000
Bachelor's House Publishing
All rights reserved
July 4th Independence Day
By Carolyn Hatcher
In the 1700s the original thirteen colonies were becoming more and
more discontented with the harsh rule of King George the Third. The
colonists tried to be loyal British subjects but the lure of freedom and
high taxes waged a war within them.
Two major events changed the destiny of the colonists and the world.
One was a "tea party and the other was a massacre." In 1767 En-
glan'd was trying to save a tea company in India, owned by the Crown.
The easiest solution was to levy a tax on tea sold to the colonies. This
event happened in 1773. Enraged Samuel Adams and other
Bostonians dressed as Indians and dumped a cargo of the India Com-
pany tea into the Massachusetts Bay. This did nothing to soften the
heart of King George the Third and he kept the tax on the tea. The
colonists, thinking the British soldiers were sent to watch them, started
jeering and throwing stones at the soldiers. Panicking, the British
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of Interior Fish and Wildlife service letter directed to Allen
Egbert of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
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this Page 3.
United States Department of the Interior
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
In Reply Refer To:
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
June 13, 2000
Dr. Allan Egbert
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
520 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600
Dear Dr. Egbert:
This letter is in reference to the disability and age discrimination com-
plaint filed by Mr. Ronald Crum, on behalf of himself and other com-
mercial anglers. In his complaint he alleges that restrictions on nets
for commercial fishing discriminate against senior and disabled com-
mercial anglers because of onerous physical requirements which deny
them an opportunity to earn a living in commercial fishing.
On May 31, 2000, Mr. Crum, accompanied by his colleagues Messrs.
Allan Rankin and Jonas Porter, visited our office and presented docu-
mentation to support their allegations. That documentation is en-
closed with this letter. The enclosures include a letter from Mr. Walter
Pine, also a disabled commercial angler, containing his most current
request for accommodations.
As an accommodation for mobility limitations due to disabilities and
advancing ages, Mr. Crum and his colleagues have requested that
they be allowed to use a rectangular seine net which permits a mesh
size greater than 2". They are willing to accept the 500 square feet of
mesh area limitation, as mandated by Article X, Section 16 of the
Mr. Crum has provided documentation that indicates that neither
the Florida Constitution nor State legislation limits the net size to 2".
He and his colleagues argue that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FFWCC) has the authority under law to issue
special use permit exemptions to the 2" limit for qualified persons
with disabilities, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The complainants argue that the only restriction on the mesh size is
a regulation formulated by the now-defunct Florida Marine Fisheries
In response to this documentation, we request that the FFWCC ei-
ther (1) provide documentation to refute the evidence provided by Mr.
Crum and/or (2) direct the FFWCC's ADA committee, which is cur-
rently examining policies affecting commercial fishing, to consider
the accommodation requested by Mr. Crum, or reasonable alterna-
Given that the FFWCC's ADA Committee is looking at policies and
possible accommodations affecting a large class of persons, it is im-
perative that persons with disabilities and interested groups repre-
senting disabilities be integrated into this review process. We thank
you for being sensitive to this requirement, which is stipulated in
Federal regulations at 43 CFR Part 17, Subpart B, Section 17 205.
If the FFWCC has additional documents to counter the evidence pro-
vided by Mr. Crum, then we request that you provide it to our office
within 15 days of your receipt of this letter. If there is no documenta-
tion to refute the records we currently have on file, then we will con-
sider that the accommodation requested by Mr. Crum will be seri-
ously considered by the ADA Committee within the 120 day time frame
established in response to Mr. Walter Pine's complaint.
Again, we thank you for your cooperation on these matters. If you
have any questions, please contact Mr. Doug Gentile on (703) 358-
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ment ana citizens with limitations, before June 19, 2000.
On that day, Fishermen at Wooley Park, Panacea, Florida,
will deploy 500 sq. ft. nylon rectangular nets, described
in the Florida Constitution and 370.093 Florida Statutes.
Fishermen will not surrender their legal gear. Protesting
fishermen will accompany the Florida Marine Patrol to
the local jail, if they wish. The FMP (Florida Marine Pa-
trol) will be treated with respect, but discrimination can
not be tolerated..."
"... The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title II
makes the position of the FWCC illegal..."
On June 13th, the U. S. Dept. of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service.
directed a letter to the Executive Director of the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, directing his attention to argu-
ments and evidence submitted by the Wakulla Fishermen's Associa-
tion. Ronald Crum, President of the Wakulla Association, and others
appeared before investigators in the Washington, D.C., area in late
May to argue that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FFWCC) has authority under the law to issue special use
ermit fishing exemptions to the 2-inch limit of mesh size for quali-
fied persons with disabilities, pursuant to the Americans with Dis-
abilities Act (ADA).
Up to now, the FFWCC has been unresponsive to the fishermen's
Thus, the Dept. of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service has now gone
on record to ask Florida's FFWCC either to provide evidence to refute
the Wakulla Fishermen's case or to direct 1he FFWCC's own ADA
committee to consider the accommodation requested by Ronald Fred
Crum, or reasonable alternatives.
The Executive Director, Dr. Allan Egbert, has 15 days to respond to
the Federal inquiry. The state agency was politely reminded that "...it
is imperative that persons with disabilities and interested groups rep-
resenting disabilities be integrated into this review process. We thank
you for being sensitive to this requirement, which is stipulated in
Federal regulations at 43 CFS Part 17, Subpart B, Section 17 205."
What might be jeopardized in this proceeding are the federal funds
designated to FFWCC activities for violating the civil rights of the
Up to now, the representations made by the fishermen's association
and the .Dept. of Interior point to the conclusion that the FFWCC's
actions on the issue involving disabled fishermen having reasonable
access to commercial fishing resources, given the net limitation amend-
ment in the Florida Constitution, have violated the disabled
fishermen's civil rights under the ADA. President Crum has indicated
on many occasions that his group seeks to operate within the frame-
work of the net limitation amendment, but the mesh size is too small
as it allows smaller fish to be trapped, and prematurely killed. A larger
mesh size, in a 500 square foot net, would allow greater conservation
by allowing the smaller fish to escape, and yet make it commercially
viable for disabled persons to make a living on the water.
"The Woman In Black" Opened
June 22 At Dixie Theatre
By Tom Campbell
The third season of Dixie
Theatre's Professional Repertory
Company is rolling happily along
with the opening of the second
show June 22.
"The Woman In Black" is a "ghost
play adapted by Stephen
Mallatratt from the book by Su-
Arthur Kipps (played by Randy
Thompson) is a tormented,
middle-aged solicitor, who hires a
theatre and the services of a pro-
fessional actor to help him
re-enact-and thereby hopefully
exorcise-a ghostly event.
A macabre sequence of events is
unleashed, which culminates in
a truly chilling twist in the final
moments of the play.
Joshua Stadelmyer, who holds a
Master of Arts in Theatre from the
University of Florida, plays the
role of the young actor.
The play was directed by Robert
Gretta, who was a member of the
1999 Dixie Theatre Company.
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The play, which opened June 22,
is part of the Dixie Theatre's Sum-
mer Repertory, which performs
every Thursday, Friday and Sat-
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day matinee at 2:30 p.m.
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Star With A
Frankly Speaking In Franklin County Sense Of Humor
Carl Eugene Raffield, Sr. Dies
Fishery industry leader Carl Eugene Raffield Sr., who battled the gov-
ernment over a net limitation, federal loans and redfish harvesting,
died of cancer at 62 on Wednesday, June 14th.
The sixth-generation fisherman twice rebuilt his family business,
Raffield Fisheries Inc., after fires. Depending on the season, the com-
pany employed more than 200 people.
"What he was goes to the very fabric of this community," said long-
time friend Walter Wilder, former Gulf County school superintendent.
Raffield served on the Gulf County School Board for 24 years, was a
former member of the old Florida Marine Fisheries Commission and
held fish fries across the Florida Panhandle to raise money for worthy
In August 1995, Raffield Fisheries donated 90,000 pounds of ice to
hurricane victims in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
In 1991, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld broad state regulatory power
over commercial fishing when it rejected an appeal by Raffield, who
had been charged with possessing illegally caught redfish.
Raffield was a longtime resident of Port St. Joe and was the owner
and operator of Raffield Fisheries. He was a member of the First Bap-
tist Church of Port St. Joe.
He is survived by his.wife, Emogene Wood Raffield of Port St. Joe; two
sons, Carl Eugene Raffield of Port St. Joe; a daughter, Connie Raffield
Worrill of Crawfordville; his parents, Carl Jackson and Evelyn Raffield
of Port St. Joe; three brothers,. Harold Raffield of St. Joe Beach, Ronnie
Raffield and Danny Raffield of Port St. Joe; and six grandchildren.
Eulogy For Carl Eugene Raffield, Sr.
By Robert P. Jones,
It is an honor being here today to
help celebrate the life of Gene
Raffield. When the family told me
Gene wanted me to say a few
words, tears covered my eyes.
My brief remarks are in two-parts.
First I will tell you how we in the
seafood industry feel about Gene,
who was such a positive force all
his life. These will be my words.
They will be easier to say than the
second part, whil' issh.ir oim '
Gene would want -me. to read.
Please help me be strongeti1Lah
to do it.
Gene was expert at giving assign-
ments. He gave me plenty of hard
ones over the past three decades.
But none of those assignments
can compare to the difficult task
of speaking here today from my
heart, about someone you love, in
the presence of so many others
who also loved him. I see and feel
the power of your love. And it is:
I bring the prayerful thoughts
from thousands of, people-who
make up the family of Southeast-
ern Fisheries Association. Gene
was one of our outstandingPresi-
dents and served on the Board of
Directors for the past 25 years.
At this year's annual meeting, we
established the GENE RAFFIELD
HUMANITARIAN AWARD, which
will be presented each year to the
person or company who does the
most "for the least of God's chil-
We knew Gene as a wonderful
son, husband, father, brother,
uncle, nephew, cousin and in re-
cent times grandfather, or grand
dear as he was often called. He
was a generous friend, Good Sa-
maritan, employer and dreamer.
He was a giver not a taker.
Gene was 'proud of who he was,
where he came from and what he
did. Someone once asked what is
the difference between knowledge
and wisdom. The difference is
this: Knowledge teaches us how
to make a living ---- Wisdom
teaches us how to make a life.
Gene had both.
Gene will be remembered for
many things. We all knew his
smile, his sense of humor and his
honor. He was an innovator and
if anyone had an idea to improve
fishing or fish processing he was
willing to try it
Suffice it to say there was noth-
ing he wouldn't attempt to keep
his business going and his people
working. His legacy will be that
his father, brothers and children
will continue to carry on the
very proud tradition of Raffield
Carrying on that tradition is not
only important to the Raffield
family, but to all the families who
work with the Raffields in any
See You In Court
By Rene Topping
The words "See you in court,"
come easily to the lips of some
people rather than "Let's try me-
diation first." Going to court is an
expensive affair. Take this latest
case the City of Carrabelle has
just had versus Bevis and Asso-
ciates and the Carrabelle Port and
The cost to the city for its attor-
ney fees was $19,826.50 and that,
along with the $3,585.87 in inci-
dentals such as fees for serving
people, travel money for people
coming in as witnesses, etc. added
up to $23,412.37.
That is chicken feed if you are an
O.J. Simpson or New York City,
but certainly a fair piece of change
if you are talking about
Now I am not criticizing Mr.
Gaidry. He is charging the city
bargain basement prices when,
you look at other attorney fees.
Where else could you get a good:.
attorney who will go to court for
$95 an hour?
The city has rejected the findings
of Judge Steinmeyer and is now
filing to have the case retried or
li I I
How many other lives did Gene
and this generous Raffield family
touch over the years? How many
tons of fish were donated for
fundraisers, throughout this re-
gion? How many kids were able
to make trips to places that would
have been out of their reach with-
out having mullet or mackerel as
a way to help their school club.
How many church groups and
civic clubs did wonderful commu-
nity projects because of mullet
donated by the Raffields?
There is so much more ... more
than mere words can say.
I will close now with a poem that
appeared out of the blue this
week. It came upon my desk as I
was trying to organize my
thoughts for today. It is short and
full of love.
It is for all of us but it is espe-
cially for dear, sweet, Emogene.
TO THOSE I LOVE
If I should ever leave you, whom I-
love, to go along the Silent Wiiy,!F
grieve not, nor speak of me&with"
tears, but laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you there.
(I'd come; I'd come, could I but
find a way! But would not tears
and grief be barriers?)
And when you hear a song or see
a bird I loved, please do not let
the thought of me be sad... For I
am loving, you just as I always
have ... You were all so good to
There are so many things I could
say to you.
Just remember that I did not fear
... It was just leaving you that was
hard to ace ...
We cannot see Beyond ... but this
I know: I loved you so-'twas
heaven here with you.
From Gene through Bob
June 17, 2000
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at least the answers clarified by
the Judge. We might assume that
all of the commissioners have
agreed that the city did not get its
day in court and wants another
The city in making its 1999-2000
budget has set the amount allot-
ted to the attorney at $15,000.
The total fees from October to the
end of May, adding in all the other
work Mr. Gaidry has done, total
up to $28,380.27. We still have
four more months to go.
The city is also facing a lawsuit
being brought by Robert (Butch)
Taylor. The City of Apalachicola
has just lost a large judgment to
the Tietz Family. The Apalachicola
city fathers were shocked at the
amount of zeros following the
numbers in that judgment. It
leaves the city scraping for
Surely during the long months
that have stretched out over the
Bevis case there must hayv been
several times when the.parties
could have resolved their
It seems only right that the ordi-
nary citizen'of Carrabelle should
be asking more questions as to
the seeming willingness of the
SMayor and the Commissioners to
say "We'll See You In Court."
Think about it-can this little city
really afford it?
Franklin Bulletin Board
from Page 10
July 8-Timber Island Yacht Club
Youth Fishing Class. TIYC gives les-
sons on Timber Island. Free:
July 15-Timber Island Youth Fish-
ing Tournament. Prizes are donated
by merchants and individuals in the
Carrabelle area. For more information
call: 850-697-2585. There is a $2 en-
try fee. The fishing begins at 7:00 a.m.
and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Attention: If your organization
would like to have notices of
meetings, fund raising or events
placed in the Franklin Bulletin
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By Tom Campbell
Exclusive to the Chronicle
She is a star, a diva, a goddess,
but she laughs at the thought,
because she has a wonderful
sense of humor. Linda Edwards
is the kind of actress a whole book
could be written about, and still
the whole story would not be told.
This has already been said, as well
as the fact that she's the sort of
actress for whom the term "star
quality" was invented.
Of her job playing Patsy Cline,
Linda Edwards said, "Our job as
actors usually is to- create some-
thing. We are not creating any-
thing in the musical "Always ...
Patsy Cline." We have to re-create,
and we have to listen to the songs
that she sang ... to try your hard-
est to be as close to that person
as possible. My job is to look as
much like, sound as much like,
be as much like Patsy Cline as I
can be. And we have such a won-
derful legacy of her recordings ...
we try to re-create that. So I've
had the.musicians listen in re-
hearsals to her original record-
ings, over and over. And every
audience member is going to
know "Crazy," "Walkin' After Mid-
night," "Faded Love."
She believes the audience should
think that she looks and sounds
like Cline, the band should sound
like Patsy Cline's band. "She was
quite ahead of her time with coun-
try music, I think. She was very
much like Frank Sinatra in that
she was so well thought out with
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every phrase, every word she
sang; she really- thought about
how she wanted to sing that." She
explained that "Kitty Wells was
who she was listening to."
Linda Edwards laughed, "She was
sort of the Cadillac of country
music. She didn't dress like a
country singer. She had the jew-
els. She came through when
Jackie Kennedy was the First
Lady, and everybody in the coun-
try, including Patsy Cline, wanted
to look like Jackie Kennedy.
...When her mother was making
all her costumes ... her trademark
was rhinestones. She had the
fringe and the cowgirl look, but
there were sequins. She wanted
to have class, but she had just
enough of a country tacky to
make her unique."
She continued, "All my training
has been opera, but when I
started doing 'Pump Boys And
Dinettes,' my brother (who is a
musical director and actor and
musician) said, "You need to sit
and listen to Patsy Cline, and lis-
ten to Loretta Lynn, and all the
other country music singers." So
Linda Edwards also served as the
Music Director for the show, in
addition to playing Patsy Cline.
"Cleo Holladay so ably stage di-
rected us, and Dixie and Cleo and
I just had the best time-this trio
of females-putting up this female
show. And it is so providential
that Cleo directed, because there
has been this female input that
would have been missing if we
had not had a female director."
Linda Edwards worked with the
Partingtons at Barter Theatre be-
ginning in 1989. Then she did
"Steel Magnolias" with the
Partingtons at Barter. She is
scheduled to do that show at the
Dixie Theatre this summer, but
that is the only other show she
can do this summer. "I have a
three-year-old son, a little miracle
baby... My doctor said, The Lord
changed his mind on you.' So, I
have an absolute angel of a little
boy, named Coleman. Coleman
Campbell. He will be three years
old the day we close (June 18)."
"My parents have been keeping
him (Coleman). I live in Valdosta,
Georgia, andthey have been keep-
ing him for me. They keep him
during rehearsals for me, and
then my husband brings him, and
then I have him during the run,
because I'm free all day, and get
a baby sitter at night."
Her husband's name is Jette-it's
a family name. Jette Campbell.
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Linda Edwards from Page 4
Butler.) She loves her family life
and it is very special. She has
been in over fifty musicals. "I've
done all the Rodgers and
Hammerstein. All the Lerner and
Lowe. My training was in opera,
but I've done musical theatre.
Patsy Cline could have been an
opera singer. "She goes across all
-kinds of boundaries. Even people
who don't like country music, or
don't think they do, they all love
"I've always loved 'Camelot.' I did
Gwenevere in 'Camelot.' I've al-
ways loved that story. I love do-
ing 'Steel Magnolias.' I do the
Dolly Parton role-the one that
Dolly Parton did in the movie.
Truby. I've done 'Man of
LaMancha'... over six hundred
performances of that show.
Toured all over the country with
that show. It's a really challeng-
Leonard Bernstein took a tour to
Israel and picked Linda Edwards
to be the leading lady in
"Candide." She said of working
with Bernstein, "Absolutely fabu-
lous. He was just a genius. He was
remarkable. He was a composer,
conductor and a pianist, and a
coach. He did so many things, and
wore so many hats, and brought
music to a whole generation of
Americans, who would not have...
He and Beverly Sills, more than
anybody, brought classical music
to people. Made it likable. If
Bernstein had concentrated on
one thing, he tvould have been
absolutely the giant. If he had just
concentrated on composition,...
Lots of people criticized him be-
cause he spread himself so thin...
He was so gregarious and so giv-
ing.-And he always had a group
of young people that he was
grooming and really working
with... He would never stop. He
just drove himself. ...When I first
saw him, I thought, this is the
man whose songs I've been sing-
ing in the shower since I was a
child). He was so wonderful. He
took my face in his hands, after
our huge performance in Jerusa-
lem, and he said, 'My dear, don't
ever let anybody tell you you're
not a star.' And I thought, 'I don't
have to sing another note for the
rest of my life, you knowl" She
She did her undergraduate work
as a singer at Stetson University
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Her agent is in New York, and she
lived there briefly. But "after
graduate school, I went to Europe,
and got an agent in Munich, and
was going to sing opera. Came
back to the states to learn some
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son... moved to Dallas, Texas. And
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"If I could sing Mozart for the rest
of my life, and nothing else, I
would do that. I concentrated on
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going to do-I was leaving-weI
were doing a huge production of
'Elijah,' a new World Premiere pro-
duction of 'Elijah,' Mendelsohn,
. and the next day I was leaving to
start rehearsals to do 'Pump Boys
and Dinettes,' which is country
music, and I remember telling one
of the older ladies in the choir that
I was going to be doing country
Inusic all summer, and she goes
(using prissy lips and a prissy old
lady voice): "Oh really-what
country?" (Laughter.) "Hungary?
Russia? Germany? And I said,
'Well-country music.' So-you
Sknow-I have two totally different
venues. I say I lead a double life,
because my husband is a corpo-
rate executive, and so I play that
role, and mother and everything
... and then I have this itinerant
, artist life that I have too."
She can switch with ease, back
and forth, into classical music, do
country music, do straight the-
atre. "I love church music, all the
Bach, and Beethoven, and
Mozart, and Brahms." She did a
concert of such music at Stetson,
when she was actually pregnant
and did not know it. "And one of
the sets of songs I did was a set of
Brahms songs which included the
'Brahms Lullaby,' and I was so
Upset that I I didn't think I would
ever be singing that lullaby to my
own baby, and I was so upset that
I could hardly get through it, and
three weeks after that concert, I
found out I was pregnant, and he
S(her baby boy Coleman) he had
heard it. He could hear it. He is
already singing. He loves to hear
music. Classical music has al-
ways soothed him. He'll say,
'Mommy, Bach, Bach, Bach,
Bach.' We have these little tapes
That have Mozart and Bach..."
,She said, "My grandmother says
.1 was singing lullabies back to her
in the cradle before I could talk.
.My first leading role was a musi-
aversion of 'Goldie Locks and
S:the Three Bears,' that we did in
kindergarten, and I played Goldie
Locks and it was a musical. ...My
father was in a barber shop quar-
tet when I was little, and my
grandfather was a big church
tenor. My brother and sister and
I are all performers. My sister is
an opera singer in Chicago."
"I knew I wanted to perform. In
college, my voice teacher said,
'You have to be a voice major.' Bob
and Molly Rich, who are still at
Stetson, and they were really en-
couraging. I came from a small
community in North Carolina, but
we did big musicals in my high
school. Weaverville, North Caro-
lina, which is just outside of
Asheville. Near Asheville. I've
worked at Flat Rock Playhouse,
for ten years. Since 1988. ...Last
summer we did 'Sanders Family
Christmas,' which is a sequel to
:Smoke on the Mountain.'...This
is .the first summer I haven't been
a.t Flat Rock, unless I was tour-
ingirn Europe, or something, since
The Flat Rock Playhouse is really
growing, according to Linda
i Edwards. "They are adding... It's
getting to be huge. Robin is really
good at what he is doing. He has
taken that theatre and he just
got married. Well, it's been al-
most-a year and a half ago. The
old confirmed bachelor. Every-
body was shocked that Robin had
finally gotten married. He is a
great guy. She is lovely. I think it
will work. He and my brother are
very good friends..My brother did
David Walker and
In a hearing held in Judge
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Circuit Court onMonday, June
5th, David Walker and R. G.
Melvin Fisheries, Inc., obtained a
temporary injunction against the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FFWCC) for-
bidding the Commission".. from
interfering with the operations of
the Plaintiffs and those similarly
situated pursuant to the pilot pro-
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Legislature. The program autho-
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Of her youth, she said, "I was a
priss-pot." She was never a
She would say to young would-be
actors: "Get as much training as
possible. Study dance, acting,
voice, and to never think that you
can't learn something from every
other kind of performing art. And
the biggest thing for me has
been-to listen to the old folks.
Because everybody has a story to
tell. And everybody has had a ca-
reer. And you can learn something
from everybody you work with.
Cleo Holladay has an incredible
history. She is an amazing
woman. And Rex is great too. Both
of them are so unassuming, and
so low-key. But they were on
Broadway. And now they are here
in Apalachicola, Florida. They are
just fabulous people. And I told
them when I knew they were
starting this theatre, I said, 'I'll
come down and do anything you
need for me to do."
"I come from good people. We say
that my father is the Will Rogers
of the mountains. He'll watch a
situation going on, and he'll have
one comment that just sort of
puts it all together."
So to young would-be performers,
she said, "Get your training, and
listen, listen, listen, and retain a
sense of humor."
Edwards said, "I've lived in Eu-
rope, I've lived in New York, I lived
for years in Texas, and I've lived
in Valdosta about four years. I
lived a while in Florida. One of the
greatest jobs I had was down at
Burt.Reynolds' Theatre. He was
another person who was great to
work for. He was Executive Pro-
ducer, and you wanted to give 150
percent to that guy. He's a great
She laughed, "I have my other life
I have to go attend to after this
show (Patsy Cline)." She laughed
again. "As the mother of a three-
year-old, I have a whole new sense
of-challenges ahead of me.
'The Partingtons are legends in
regional theatre. At the Barter
Theatre, everybody knew Rex. If
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business social, July 27. This will
be held at the Tikki Bar Thurs-
day, July 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7
p.m. The Tikki Bar is host.
New Treasurer appointed for the
Chamber is Linda Madden.
A Festival Committee was ap-
pointed to investigate and recom-
mend to the Board as to the fu-
ture of the Waterfront Festival
(chairman Tom Campbell; com-
mittee members: Helen Schmidt,
Barbara Revell, Ron Treutel, Don
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chrnnicle
Six Months With
A Broken Leg
Larry Kienzle ofSt. George Laid
Up; Peggy, the Caregiver is Ex-
Says She, "Living in Paradise
Isn't All Sunshine and Balmy
By Larry Kienzle as told to
At 73 years old, Larry Kienzle of
St. George Island and his
caregiver Peggy prepared for the
1999 Christmas Holiday as any
other couple looking forward to
the yuletide. By December 18th,
Larry had mounted the five foot
Christmas star atop the roof of
their piling home, and he had in-
stalled the holiday lighting up and
down the 15 outside steps. He
prepared to position a step lad-
der to climb into their loft to re-
trieve more decorations.
aide, and Larry
Peggy was watching him place the
ladder on a semi-slick floor, and
he started his clime to the loft.
The ladder suddenly slipped.
"Down I came, instantly..." he ex-
claimed, wincing some from the
memory of the surprise and then
Here we go to a "freeze-frame" as
a Rod Serling-like voice is heard
off-screen in this six month
re-enactment of a broken leg.
The omniscient voice continues:
"Larry Kienzle has not left the is-
land very much in these last few
months. He has been experienc-
ing what very few islanders ever
have-nursing a broken leg while
living in a piling home, a most
unexpected, frustrating predica-
ment despite all the marvels of
"I thought all of the new technol-
ogy mending some broken bones
was interesting, but let me tell
you, there are two things in com-
mon to broken bones in 1900 as
in 2000. It takes the same time to
mend and the pain is just as un-
bearable." Few realize what an
almost total immobilization of a
person can bring as the mending
process sucks up long hours, and
some of those hours are boring
because of the inactivity, or TV
We have left Larry on the floor as
Peggy is running to the phone to
dial 911. "When this happened,
there was no pain immediately,
but Peggy and I exchanged
glances, and I knew right away my
leg was broken. In a half an hour,
there was a lot of pain."
Within 2-3 minutes, however, the
St. George Island First Respond-
ers were in their house. 'They in-
cluded Susan Ficklen, Jay Abbott,
Judy Little and others. I lit up a
cigarette only to have Ms. Little
loudly exclaim "Put out that ciga-
rette. We're going to give you oxy-
Larry and Peggy live in a piling
home on Pine Street, 15 steps up
to the first living level. He learned
later that the fall from. the sliding
ladder had broken his tibia and
fibula bones--in fact had shat-
tered them. "They came in and
brought a board and they wanted
me to lay on that board. I did.
They did a beautiful job of getting
a pillow around my leg and strap-
ping me in. My forehead was
taped to the board so I couldn't
move. Then, I started feeling the
Larry was placed in a waiting
ambulance after being carried
down the 15 steps from the living
level. He was taken directly to
Panama City Bay Medical. Three
hours later, he was wheeled into
the hospital. He had developed a
thirst that was not satisfied but
young aide, Chris. He tried to
make me comfortable. Chris got
me some soup. I had an IV at-
tached but someone kept moving
the needle in and out over my
arm. It wasn't until Sunday night
when I was wheeled into surgery.
I felt like many black clouds had
hovered over me since the fall with
all the delays." A brace and pins
were placed during surgery, and
the bones were set.
"I had shots for the pain after I
got to the hospital."
The surgeon set the bones and
locked them into position with an
external fixator, that holds the
bones in a straight line." He was
wheeled back into his room Sun-
day night after surgery, and Chris
supplied some water and soup.
The next morning, he had plenty
of water, but his breakfast was fed
to a roommate. A physical thera-
pist joined him in the morning
saying "You're going to have to
learn how to use this walker with-
out putting weight on your foot.
Then maybe we can send you
home this afternoon. With Larry
in tow, they rehearsed the new
walking style without weight on
the broken limb. Larry thought,
"I would like to get out of this
place." Another day passed.
There are 15 steps at the Kienzle
piling home on St. George. Larry's
additional day at the hospital was
spent in practicing getting up and
down the hospital stairs. "I was
bound and determined to get
home," he said to himself as he
was negotiating the walker up the
8 steps in the hospital. But, the
"black cloud" reappeared again to
add to the delay.
The day of departure was raining,
and Larry thought about the wet
steps going into his piling home.
Peggy called one of the First Re-
sponders to assist re-entry and
two persons put Larry into a chair
and carried him in the rain, up
Meanwhile, Peggy developed the
flu. "There were days she waited
on me hand and foot but there
were other days she had to rest,"
he said as he recalled the bleak,
cold days of January and Febru-
ary. The Panama City doctor ar-
ranged a home health care aide
to come in every other day, and
also a physical therapist. Nancy
Truini and Norma Crum from
Marquis Home Health (Eastpoint)
cleaned his wound, took tempera-
tures, blood pressures and per-
formed other routine checks. This
started on December 22nd and
continued for several weeks.
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Larry's bandages had to be changed often, with antiseptic
applied to prevent infection. The fixator is to keep the
mending bones in position. ,
"At first, I didn't have a cast-just
the fixator. We had to check for
infection frequently. But, there's
no feeling in the leg with these
pins sticking out.
"I had some problems trying to fig-
ure out where you put the leg at
night with those pins sticking out.
The other leg gets bruised from
the pins, but I eventually learned
how to sleep with them."
Into the spring, there were times
Larry was depressed. His doctor
prescribed pain pills to help him
"When you got 24 hours of it, it is
too much" for Peggy, Larry con-
cluded. At one time, Peggy had an
interest in being a nurse, but this
experience changed her mind.
In later weeks, Larry was driven
back and forth for frequent doc-
tor checks and X-rays, until he
was able to place some weight on
the mended leg. He also got the
technique for going up and down
stairs by sitting down and lifting
himself one tread at a time, going
up and down, backwards. This
was the system President
Roosevelt used when 'at
Campbello as he was coping with
polio and his paralysis.
Another milestone occurred and
that was the removal of the
fixator, and the pins. Because the
mended bone was still fragile, his
doctor placed his broken leg into
a cast in the traditional mode.
This was about the sixth week
after the accident or late Febru-
ary. This remained on his leg and
foot until the 11th week when the
cast was removed and a boot
given to him.
The boot weighed about 4 lbs. but
it could be removed and put on
like a lead shoe, and was rather
bulky. He was still advised not to
put his full weight on the broken
leg. When wearing the boot, he
could place about half the normal
weight on the healing leg. With the
boot, he was able to move about
far more freely, and took a few
errands outside the piling home
into March and April. The x-rays
showed the bones healing nicely,
and gradually more weight could
be shifted to the healing leg.
Friends who stopped in for quick
visits would remind him that the
Christmas decorations were still
up, and he would reply, "I'm just
getting a good start on the next
So, with healed leg in stride, May
arrived with much more dexter-
ity in walking and the "rear-end"
stair climbing had given way to a
more conventional "one foot in
front of another" walk up the
"I want to thank the First Re-
sponders and the many people
who have helped me, too numer-
ous to mention, but especially
Peggy, Bill Rite, Woody and
Marian Miley and Don Ham-
"What happened to that problem
He responded, "I fixed it so my
caregiver can use it for the next
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The spike-like pegs extend from the area of mending bone,
to keep the shattered bones in perfect alignment. The
fixator omitted the use of a traditional cast for a time.
Larry climbing his stairs with the "boot" on his left foot.
This device allowed greater mobility but allowed him to
gradually increase weight to the injured leg.
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To Conserve Water
By Rene Topping
At the June 10th regular meeting
of the Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association, Harry Bitter re-
minded residents present that the
'Alligator Point Water Resources
Board (APWRB) had been con-
tacted to request that the resi-
dents make a concerted effort to
Taylor Moore, manager of the
Point's water company, said it was
among several small water com-
panies in the area that are being
asked to keep water usage down
while the area is in this drought
Moore said that residents had two
options. One is that residents who
live in odd-numbered and even-
numbered residences alternate
daily during the week and not
water at all on Saturdays and
Sunday. Option two was to wa-
ter only during the hours of mid-
night till 5 a.m. He suggested they
use option two. He was asked if
people declined to follow the regu-
lation voluntarily, what could be
used as enforcement. Taylor re-
sponded "They would find their
water shut off." However, he
quickly said that he had not had
any real problems. He said sprin-
kling a little water on flowers is
OK, but please don't wash the
Moore stated that the marina will
still be washing boats right now
w as they are a commercial user and
there is no way to shut them
Moore reported the good news
that the test well that had been
driven on the other side of US 98
returned good results and the
Board will be contracting for a
lease with St. Joe Development
(ARVIDA) to place wells in the
near future. He said "A lease is in
the making right now."
Moore also announced a meeting
of the APWRB on "funding of the
water expansion" to be held on
July 15 at 10 a.m. Randy Miller,
Chairman of the Board, said,"I
want to invite you all to come to
that and we will answer all ques-
tions. It will be in the interest of
all as water is the lifeblood of the
All those political speakers who
request an invitation to speak at
meetings will be able to address
the APTA members either at the
end or at the beginning of meet-
ings, due to a decision made by
the Association directors, and
Passed on a 6 to 3 vote. They will
S;be:held strictly to afiteen minute
Bitner spoke on the upcoming
Army Corps' study of the break-
water for the area in front of the
KOA Campground. He said all he
knows is that the study is to be
done. One woman asked, who had
started the study. County Com-
missioner Cheryl Sanders said, "I
did. It is just a study to see if it
would be feasible. It is not a done
deal." She assured the residents
that they would have input into
as to whether they did or did not
want a breakwater. She thought
they would he hearing something
in about 3-6 months on a road
that has been made over a sand
dune. Bitner said it appears that
the dune is on private property,
and as far as he can see it is made
to bring fill to go under a house
to be built. He said he had not
been able to get up with the owner
but will continue trying to get
On the boat ramp at Sun and
Sand, Bitner said that it is tem-
porarily stopped. A request has
been made for Woody Miley of the
Apalachicola River and Bay Es-
tuarine Sanctuary to do a study
on the sea grass.
Notice was made of the death of
Chris Kalvas who was described
as a long-term resident of the
Sanders said that the "Knuckle
Truck" which can pick up white
goods and other big refuse from
the Point will be on Alligator Point
the coming Monday and Tuesday
and then will come once a month
on the Monday and Tuesday of the
second full week of each month.
Steve Fling announced that there
will be no fireworks on July 1 in
honor of the Fourth of July, due
to the dry conditions in the woods,
but there will be the traditional
parade and this year there will be
a beauty content.
Ken Osborne said he spoke to a
person driving on the beach to
warn him off. He added that the
offender just laughed at him and
said, "What are you going to do?
Call the Sheriff?" Another resident
said that when a call was made
to the sheriff from the KOA Camp-
ground the nearest deputy was
between Eastpoint and Carra-
belle, which is a good half-hour
or more away.
Bitner suggested that calls should
still be made to the sheriff and if
he got four or five in a row he be-
lieved that something would hap-
pen. Another resident said that
the answer given for slow answers
was, the Carrabelle Police Depart-
ment is down one officer, and the
Sheriffs Department had to take
up the slack there.
A question came up as to who is
in charge of public safety at the
Point. Complaints were made on,
the very uneven pavement, also
on people who swim in the Gulf.
Commissioner Sanders said, "The
County is in charge." She said she
had brought these issues up sev-
eral times at meetings. It was said
that Bruce Varnes needs to have
more enforcement of speed-lnmi ts
on the Point. Itvwas reported that
the county only has one car
equipped with radar.
A lady who is working with the
turtle patrol said that manatees
had been sighted in the Alligator
Harbor. This provoked a lively dis-
.cussion. One man said that there
had been loggerhead turtles
sighted at the entrance to the bay.
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9 confirmed turtle nests, 2 of
which were inside the new Bald
Point Park grounds. He also an-
nounced a meeting on the new
Bald Point State Park on July 28
at 7 p.m.
The next meting of the APTA will
be July 8 at 9 a.m.
Sand Goes To
By Rene Topping
Carrabelle Beach stirred many
emotions in the heart of Chester
Cowan, Jr., ofTallahassee and Sid
Winchester, president of Camp
Gordon Johnston Camp Reunion
Association when on June 6,
D-Day, they dug sand to go to a
memorial in Virginia to honor the
4th Infantry Division and its three
regiments, the 8th, 12th and
The sand from Florida will be de-
livered to the National 4th Army
Infantry Division Association.
There it will be mingled with sand
from Utah Beach and soil and
sand from every place the 4th In-
fantry have trained or have been
engaged in battle. Cowan's father,
Chester Cowan was one of the
men who trained on Carrabelle
Beach and Dog Island to take part
in the landing on Utah Beach in
Normandy on June 6, 1944.
On that day, the elder Cowan was
a member of Company M, 3rd.
Battalion, 22nd Regiment of the
4th Infantry Division. Chester
Cowan said his father spoke very
little about his war experiences
during the time he was growing
up. But one day in 1969, when
the younger Cowan had joined the
military and was graduating from
basic combat training at a place
called South Harmony Church, at
Fort Benning, Georgia, he did tell
his son about one happening
while he too was at Fort Benning.
His dad opened up his memories
as the family drove over a bridge
between Sand Hill and Harmony
Church. He began to reminisce
about December 7, 1941, saying
that he was pulling guard duty on
the bridge. It was when another
man came to join him and double
the guard. It was then that the
elder Cowan learned Pearl Har-
bor had been bombed and the
United States was into the war.
His dad chuckled as he quipped
to his son, "Just imagine The
Japs bomb Pearl Harbor) five
thousand miles away, and the
army doubles the guard on a
bridge over a six-inch creek in
The elder Cowan went on to get
more vigorous training and
wound up at Camp Gordon
Johnston in 1943 for amphibious
training to be ready for the assault
on the beaches of Europe. Cowan
said his dad would talk about
seemingly necessary things that
happenedduring both men's mili-
tary stints. Never anything about
the really serious side of being in
the Army. That is until 1989. This
was when Chester Cowan Jr.,
told his dad he was going to be
taking a position in Tallahassee.
It was then that his dad quite ca-
sually mentioned that he had
trained in Camp Gordon Johnson
and it was close to Tallahassee.
It was then when his dad talked
for hours about the war and his
experiences in Camp Gordon
Johnston. From then on Chester
said that he started to take an
interest and he began looking for
evidence of the old camp. He and
his dad tramped around the area
and his dad would describe what
had taken place in areas such as
St. Teresa, Alligator Point and of
course all around Lanark Village.
The more they found, the more
the two men talked.
Chester was amazed at the memo-
ries dredged up from over 40 or
so years. He marveled at his dad
remembering in such detail so
much about a place he was only
at for eight weeks: Most likely, his
son believes, it was because this
was his last military training. He
left there to become a battle-
hardened combat veteran in the
Cowan said that his dad never
spoke a word about the
Normandy landing, the breakout
from the beach or the battle of the
bulge in Belgium, all places his
dad had been in action. He
learned a lot, however, when his
dad died in 1993 and he recov-
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By Tom Campbell
Carrabelle is home to the new U.S.
Postmaster S. Michael Harless.
Born and raised in Carrabelle, he
said his grandmother Mamie
Robison was clerk in the
Carrabelle Post Office and retired
at 76, serving in that position
from about 1940 to 1976.
Harless said his "great-uncle J. L.
Mayton-my grandfather's sister's
husband-also worked in the
Carrabelle Post Office." Harless
said his family still owns property
Harless said he has "23 years to-
tal service in the U.S. Postal Ser-
vice." He started in Tallahassee in
the Main Post Office on South
Adams Street. He started as a
substitute rural carrier and did
that job for two years. Then he
went to "mail-carrier position for
five years." He was promoted to
City Carrier and did that for five
years, and then "went to the
Centerville Station in Tallahas-
see." He was Growth Management
and then was moved to
Crawfordville Post Office, where
he was an Address Management'
Systems technician. He started in
Crawfordville Post Office in March
1998, as "Windows and Distribu-
Harless said that he and his fam-
ily live in Woodlake, south of
Sopchoppy, on the Ochlockonee
River. He built the house in 1996.
Before that, they lived in the
"north part of Wakulla County."
His wife's name is Teri, and they
have three children: Michelle, 26,
Samantha, 22, and Cory, 14. He
said he has "five grandchildren."
"I'm proud to be home here in
Carrabelle," smiled Harless.
"There's an old sorting machine
in the post office here." He ex-
plained that his grandmother ran
the old Post Office. "It was beside
where City Hall is now." He ex-
plained that he used to work on
the old "hand-canceler." He said,
"After school, I'd get to go over and
cancel letters. There would be
maybe 12 letters for the whole
day, going out of Carrabelle."
He explained that "Mr. Jeff
Bradford-his father was Post
Master then-bought that old
hand-canceling machine about
1940. He left it in the Post Office
and it's been here ever since."
Harless said that the machine
dated from "probably in the
1920's or 30's." Harless said, 'The
Post Office still owns that
He smiled, "I have progressed
from there (using the old
hand-canceler) to providing infor-
mation for our automated cancel-
ing and sorting equipment!" Of
course, there are many more than
12 letters going out of the City of
Carrabelle per day now.
Harless said, "When I retire, or my
wife retires, we plan to move here.
We're only 20 miles away, so it's
not a bad commute for now."
By Tom Campbell
Hatcher of Panhandle Poets and
Writers Group based in Carrabelle
reported that another Carrabelle
writer named Mack Mangham has
published a novel called "The Ac-
The book runs 318 pages and is
available at Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College bookstore, price
$13.95. For further information,
Author Mack Mangham said he
likes "to meet new people and visit
with them. I'm always bumping
into strangers, spending an hour
or two with them and going on to
Rec 'entlv released,; "The Acciden-
t4ateAent't isabotit-a college pro-
fesor6 who transports drugs for
easy cash, but gets caught up in
an FBI sting.
Mangham taught Western civili-
zation at Gulf Coast Community
College for. 14 years. Mangham
said he lived in Carrabelle and
often hung out at the Carrabelle
docks. He said he soon discovered
a drug trade.
He said, "I really enjoyed meeting
the fishermen on the boats. Some
were drifters. Some were very in-
telligent." He-said a lot of them
"are running from things. If they
weren't running from the law,
they were running from family or
obligations or just running from
This is Mack Mangham's first
published book. He reportedly
splits time between Sylvia, N.C.,
He was born in Macon, Georgia,
and earned a master's degree in
creative writing and psychology
from Goddard College in
Mangham said he has met many
interesting people during his life,
and this has provided him with a
great many characters for his nov-
els. "I've been told that I develop
really strong characters that
people can identify with," he said.
He is currently at work on another
novel. He said, "I sort of build it,
plan it and plot it. Suddenly, it
reaches a point where it has to be
written. I love writing."
An officer in Panhandle Poets and
Writers Group, Carolyn Hatcher
is currently at work on a novel
which deals with a sea ghost. The
story takes place in Carrabelle.
She said she hopes to be able to
get Author Mack Mangham to
speak to the group of writers,
which meets in Carrabelle at the
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ered his discharge papers with his
service record. He then learned
that his dad had been awarded
one bronze star, two distinguished
unit badges with silver stars and
one oak leaf cluster.
Chester said as he gathered the
sand at the beach he was think-
ing of it being mingled with so
much of the soil of a faraway con-
tinent. He added that it made him
feel closer than ever to a father
who served so honorably for his
country, in desperate times, and
acquitted himself well in the face
of the enemy.
Chester Cowan is now a hard-
working member of the Camp
Gordon Johnston Reunion and on
May 23 he was appointed to pur-
sue the erecuon of a historic
marker noting the D-Day train-
ing. All of the members of the As-
sociation are dedicated to mak-
ing sure that the World War II his-
tory of the Camp that trained the
men, many of whom died or were
wounded on distant battle fields,
The soil is to be placed by mem-
bers'of the 4th Infantry in a
planter of a monument in Arling-
ton, Virginia in late June, this
year, to honor the men who per-
formed so well. The Florida sign
will be erected at the beach, some-
where near the building, before
the next reunion, to be held in
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According to Helen Schmidt,' Ex-
ecutive Director of the Franklin
County Senior Center in
Carrabelle, "this [summer] is a
difficult time to get volunteers for
our Meals On Wheels Program,
because of vacations and those
who go north for the hot months."
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that is essential to life for many
of the local elderly, and the Se-
nior Center needs help "urgently."
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and the route in Lanark Village."
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Senior Center and delivering them
to clients who are homebound in
Lanark Village and Carrabelle." In
many cases, these people are
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Meals on Wheels Program and
need it for survival.
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a cold pack, which includes
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picked up by volunteers, who pro-
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Camp Gordon Johnston Museum Gets
WWII "Duck" And Personnel Carrier
By Tom Campbell
President Sid Winchester of Camp
Gordon Johnston Association
(CGJA) announced June 16 that
the CGJA Museum in Carrabelle
had acquired a WWII "Duck" (an
amphibious truck that can ma-
neuver on land and in water). The
official name DUKW for the ve-
hicle was quickly changed by the
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vehicles, get them back to their
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Special Meeting on Extra Water
By Rene Topping
There was some good news for the
Carrabelle City Commission at a
special meeting held on June 15
at the Franklin Senior Citizen
Center. Bill McCartney reported
that there was about $50,000 left
in the Contingency funds on the
money from Rural Development
for the Water Expansion Project.
Earlier there had beet several
residents inside the city who had
come to meetings to complain that
they had not been connected
while people residing just outside
the city were being offered the
Bill McCartney of Baskerville and
Donovan said, "Becky (City Clerk)
and the rest of her staff have put
together a list of people who
initially signed and have paid the
$50." He suggested that the
commissioners concentrate on
where they could serve the most
people with the shortest pipe.
He added that neither he nor Dan
Keck who is currently supervising
the project had enough knowledge
of the town and would like to defer
to Keith Mock, the City Supervisor
of the Water and Sewer
Beckey said that there were 3
applications from residents of
Bayou Harbor but there was no
one from the Bayou Harbor
Homeowners in attendance and
the city would have to have them
grant an easement so they cannot
e considered at this time.
In the end the commissioners
tried to prioritize the connections
with consideration to those who
live within the city limits first and
the ones residing in the county
A list was made up with the first
being Cheryl Sanders, who has
sixteen lots on Avery; she would
get 8 connections since the sewer
is not available there and it now
takes two 50' lots to accommodate
Second on the list will be 4th and
5th Streets East, using the dirt
road to bring the connection in
from U.S. 98. This is the area
where the Health Department is
located and most of the other lots
are owned by Apalachicola
Third will be Lee Dingier and Jim
Brown on C67.
Fourth will be Carlton Millender
Road, which has eight
City Clerk Beckey Jackson said
that the list would be given to BDJ
and they would work out what
can be done. She added that these
will fulfill any person who had put
up the $50 for a connection if they
can all be done.
McCartney said that the cost to
tap onto the water expansion for
those who had not signed up on
the $50 offer would be $750 for
those inside the city limits and
$1,125 for those outside of the
city limits. He suggested that
people who wish to do so should
leave their money in place as there
are good possibilities they might
be able to get on city water in the
Keith Mock asked to have an an-
nouncement to all residents
whether on city water or wells to
conserve water. He said his
pumps-had been going for 18
hours each day.
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Carrabelle City Denied Declaratory
Judgment Against CPAA And Bevis And
The failure of the City to take
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the most cited reason for denial
of the declaratory judgment.
The City of Carrabelle petition for
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lease agreement on Timber Is-
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been denied by Second Circuit
Judge Steinmeyer in an opinion
signed June 8, 2000.
Carrabelle City alleged that Bevis
and Associates, Inc. had violated
12 requirements associated with
its subleased property on Timber
The first three violations involved
allegations of violating the DRI
Development Order (1989), in-
volving the use or permitting the
use of more than nine boat slips
authorized by the development
order; driving creosote pilings for
a travel lift into the Carrabelle
River in violation of a development
order; and constructing a boat
ramp in an unauthorized location.
The court judged that none of the
above-mentioned violations con-
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stituted a "substantial violation of
the 1989 Development Order or
the 1998 DRI Amended Develop-
ment Order." Moreover, the Court
cited a "doctrine of waiver" pre-
cluding the attempt to terminate
the 1991 lease on the basis of an
alleged violation when the city
knew of the alleged breach, yet
continued to accept rental
Publisher's Note: However,
see the ,story on the motion
for rehearing, where the City
attorney asserts that the city
did not accept rental pay-
ments. The payments were
accepted by the CPAA.
The doctrine of waiver was
applied by the Judge in many
of the other alleged violations
of the lease agreement,
thereby denying the City's
attempt to terminate the
There were nine other bases for
Carrabelle City to seek a declara-
toryjudgment that it had author-
ity to terminate the 1991 sub-
lease. The Court.opined that the
"only interest that the City had in
the 1991 Sublease Agreement
pertained to certain grants it had
received for the development of
Timber Island. The Court con-
cluded that the city was without
any legal authority to seek to ter-
minate the 1991 Sublease Agree-
ment because its only interest was
extinguished when the grants
were "completed, satisfied and
closed out." The Court also opined
that the City failed to provide writ-
ten notice now disputed in the
recent motion for rehearing or
The interpretation of the twelve
full-time jobs requirement varies
from the City's recent motion and
the Judge's opinion. The City al-
leged that Bevis and Associates,
Inc. had failed to maintain 12
full-time jobs for the term of the
1991 Sublease Agreement. The
requirement was imposed by the
Dept. of Community Affairs, not
the City of Carrabelle. The Judge
concluded, "...Having represented
to the Department of Community
Affairs that the twelve (12)
full-time jobs requirement was
met, the City is precluded from
arguing in this proceeding that
the requirement was not met."
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ure to carry workmen's compen-
sation insurance, the only evi-
dence the City presented per-
tained to Michael Lee, who worked
in 1992 with David Parramore.
The evidence presented at trial did
not establish whether Mr. Lee was
an employee or an independent
An 8th allegation centered or an
alleged failure to obtain a build-
ing permit for a travel lift, but the
court finally concluded that this
was not sufficient to warrant can-
cellation of the lease.
A 9thi alle2atuonr dealt \ith con-
struction upon and utilizing lands
not included in the sublease
agreement. In one location, the
parties had not completed a for-
mal survey of the premises. In
regard to the last three allegations
involving lands not included in
the sublease agreements, the
Court opined that "A party's fail-
ure to perform some minor part
of his contractual duty cannot be
classified as a material or vital
breach. The two generally ac-
cepted material breaches are the
failure...to pay rent, or to repair
or remedy defects." The alleged
Moreover, the Judge wrote, by
"wrongfully delaying approval of
the travel lift, the City and the
CPAA prevented the creation of
additional jobs,'" citing testimony
of Tommy Bevis and David
Parramore. Thus, Judge Stein-
meyer further concluded,
"...These facts establish that if
Bevis and Associates, Inc. has
indeed failed to create the twelve
... full-time positions contem-
plated by the 1991 Sublease
Agreement, such failure is, at
least partially attributable to the
actions of the City and the CPAA.
It would be highly inequitable to
allow the City to terminate the
1991 Sublease Agreement due to
the alleged failure of Bevis and
Associates, Inc.... when.the City
has obstructed or, at least, not
cooperated with the efforts of
Bevis and Associates, Inc. to cre-
Failing to provide information that
would verify employment was also
not actionable to terminate the
sublease because the City has
accepted rental payments from
Bevis and Associates, Inc. with
full knowledge of this alleged
breach for a considerable period
of time prior to filing its Petition
for Declaratory Judgment in
March 1999, concluded Judge
Steinmeyer. The "doctrine of
waiver" also applied to the allega-
tion that Bevis and Associates
failed to allow access to employ-
ment/employee records and the
allegation that Bevis and Associ-
ates failed to obtain required ap-
provals for subleases. The judge
added, "...Furthermore, it is
well-established that the subleas-
ing of property without permis-
sion of the lessor, where such was
required in lease contract, is in-
sufficient as a matter of law to
support a forfeiture of a lease
agreement," citing authorities.
In the fifth allegation, the Court
concluded that Bevis and Associ-
ates were entitled to rent boat
slipsand that the utilization of
such slips was not limited to boat
A sixth allegation dealt with an
alleged failure of Bevis and Asso-
ciates showing required insur-
ance to be in, force and effect. The
Court concluded that evidence
established that since September
1991, except for two brief lapses,
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soldiers fired shots into the unruly crowd and killed several citizens.
As the word of the British soldiers firing and killing some of the crowd
spread, the number of dead grew in each repeating and thus it soon
became a "massacre."
By voting to set up a committee to represent the colonies, Virginia
became the first of the colonies to take a step toward independence.
In September of 1774 the First Continental Congress met and drew
up a list of grievances against the Crown. This would become the first
draft of a document to formally separate the colonies from England.
George Washington, a Virginian, would take command of the Conti-
nental Army and start battling the British in Massachusetts. This
battle would last eight long years. Thus a Southerner would be our
first leader for independence.
On July 2, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Second Conti-
nental Congress met and debated a second draft of the list of griev-
ances against the Crown of England. This document, called the Dec-
laration of Independence was considered treasonous, and the fifty-six
men who signed it were in danger of losing their lives by execution.
John Hancock was president ofthe Second Continental Congress.
We celebrate Independence Day on July the 4th because this is the
day when the Continental Congress adopted the final draft of the
Declaration of Independence. This document was read publicly from
July 8, 1776, until the following month. The future Americans cheered
and celebrated wherever they heard it. The war dragged on until 1783
and in that year Independence Day was made an official holiday. It
wasn't until 1941 that Congress finally declared July the 4th a fed-
eral holiday. The U.S. Virgin Islands celebrate for one week prior to a
climax on the 4th of July.
John Adams, the first Vice President and Second President of the
United States, wrote to his wife, "I believe that it will be celebrated by
succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival...it ought to
be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns.
bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the
The Declaration of Independence was first read in Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania. Today, at the Freedom Festival at Independence Hall. cos-
tumed Americans re-enact historical scenes and read the Declara-
tion of Independence for the crowd. In Flagstaff, Arizona, Americans
hold a three-day pow-wow around the 4th of July, with a rodeo and
dancing. The ship U.S.S. John F. Kennedy comes in full sail to Bos-
ton Harbor in Massachusetts on the 4th of July, and the Boston Pops
Orchestra plays a musical concert of patriotic songs as people watch
fireworks burst over the water.
Whereever you are in the United States most likely you will be in-
volved in some way in the celebration of the independence of the
greatest nation in the world. Freedom allows all of us the use of our
talents and gives us freedom from fear of our government. This has
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thereof."-Words written on the Liberty Bell.
Bevis and Associates maintained breaches do not go to the essence
liability coverage mandated by the of the contract.
Sublease Agreement. Summer Reading
In a Ceventh issue involvincr fail-
The Franklin County Public
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run through July 28th. This
year's Florida State Library theme
is "Libraries-Your Passport to the
World." The reading program is
designed to promote a love of
reading and books. Special tutor-
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The schedule at the Eastpoint
Branch and the Carrabelle
Branch is as follows: Tuesday and
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Friday, 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
for grades 4-6. The program will
also be held in Apalachicola at the
Holy Family Center for grades K-6
from 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. on
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday. Registration is re-
quired at all locations.
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June 22 July 15, 2000
By Carolyn Hatcher
June 22 25, July 6 8, 16, 20, 22,
and August 4, 13.-"The Woman in
Black" playing at the Dixie Theatre in
Apalachicola. This is the first of three
pays in Rotating Repertory.
June 29, 30, July 1 2, 7, 9, 13,
15, 21, 23, August 5, 10--The Din-
ing Room" is the second play.
July 27 30, August 3, 6, 11, 12,
17 20-"I Ought To Be In Pictures"
completes the three plays. If you
haven't taken advantage of the won-
derful entertainment provided by the
Dixie Theatre I encourage you to do
June 23 24-The Wakulla High
School Class of 1990. 10 year reunion
is scheduled for the weekend of June
23 24. There will be a cocktail re-
ception Friday evenitig, a family pic-
nic on Saturday and a luau dinner
and dance Saturday evening. The cost
for the weekend of events is $50 per
person, $100 per couple. For more
information call 850-553-4025.
June 23 24-Indian Pass Raw Bar
Roundup Fishing Tournament held to
raise funds for South Gulf County
Volunteer Fire Department. Fun fish-
ing. but limited to 30 boats. Register
at the Indian Pass Raw Bar. There will
be a fish fry and other activities on
Saturday. The day will also include
live music and a block dance.
June 26 28-Florida Folk Festival-
Celebrate Florida's cultural heritage,
performances, crafts, folk life activi-
ties, food and more: White Springs,
FL: fee. For more information call 488-
June 28-Panhandle Poets and Writ-
ers meet 7:00 in Carrabelle. The meet-
ing is at the Episc6pal Church at 7:00
p.m. For more information call: 697-
June 28-The Area Agency on Aging
for North Florida, Inc. will hold a
Bidder's Conference on Wednesday.
June 28, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, to
discuss its Caterer Invitation to Bid
document. The meeting will be held
at the Cedar's Executive Center, 2639
North Monroe Street, Building B.
Room 220, Tallahassee.
July 1 2-Mexico Beach Indepen-
dence Day Celebration. Saturday July
1st will be the 5K run and children
fishing tournament. In the evening
there will be a beach party with live
music at Sunset Beach Park. There
will be a fireworks show Sunday
evening July 2nd. For more informa-
tion call: (888-723-2546).
July 1 2-Harry A's on St. George
Island will have the back Cricket
Shoes on the 1" and 2nd of July and
on the 3rd and 4"' of July Pat Ramsey
will play the night away. So come on
overfor a weekend and celebrate In-
dependence Day under the swaying
palms. Sorry, no fireworks this year.
July 4-Independence Day
July 4-Sopchoppy Independence
Day celebration. Parade, and all day
celebration: food, canoe race, enter-
tainment and music. For more infor-
mation call 962-4611.
Water Rate from Page 1
WMSI's service territory is located
on St. George Island in Franklin
County. WMSI'S A water supply
wells are located on the mainland.
In Eastpoint, water is currently
transmitted to the island via an
8" ductile iron pipe attached to
and beneath the.Bryant Patton
bridge to St. George Island.
That petition also states: "Upon
completion of the new bridge [to
St. George Island], DOT intends
to abandon the existing bridge
and to demolish portions of the
existing structure. This activity
will require WMSI to abandon its
existing water main and to con-
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through rates, the costs incurred)
in financing WMSI's investment in
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Representatives of WMSI have
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At a meeting in late April 2000,
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Construction on the new bridge
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March 2003. DOT has advised
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new water main causes a delay
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WMSI's consulting engineers have
prepared a "cost estimate for de-
sign and construction of the new
12" ductile iron water main from
the mainland to the island, and a
schedule of anticipated construc-
tion expenditures." Estimated to-
tal cost of the main replacement
project is $6,223,334, "with ex-
penditures for engineering begin-
ning June 2000, and for construc-
tion in June 2001."
The new bridge will be "higher
than the existing bridge, which
results in increased head loss in
the water transmission main. This
factor requires a main larger than
the existing 8" main, in order to
provide the same capacity now
being provided to the service
WMSI intends to finance the con-
struction of the new water main
entirely through debt. Compared
to 1999 metered sales revenues
of $703,091, the additional'"rev-
enue requirement associated with
Phase I of this main replacement
project" translates into a required
Phase I rate increase of 61.22 per-
cent." The projected total addi-
tional revenue requirement asso-
ciated with the project is
$1,010,395. This is "a 143.7 per-
cent increase over current
Phase I rates would become "ef-
fective November 1, 2000, and
would be designed to recover the
revenue requirement associated
with projected capital expendi-
tures through December 2001."
Mr. Gene D. Brown, President of
Water Management Services, Inc.,
3848 Killearn Court in Tallahas-
see, received a letter from Florida
Department of Transportation
(DOT) stating '"the utility owner
will be responsible for the total
relocation cost." The letter further
states that "the actual work relo-
cation may be performed by Boh
Brothers Construction Company
or the utility owner. This will re-
quire an agreement, between the
contractor and the utility com-
pany, defining the work and de-
termining costs to be reimbursed
by the utility owner."
In a class action lawsuit against
DOT in 1999, on behalf of him-
self and St. George Island
homeowners, Brown sought to
keep the existing bridge and
causeway in place. But Circuit
Court Judge F.E. Steinmeyer III
denied that in April 2000, in a
summary judgment requested by
DOT. Brown is now petitioning the
Florida Public Service Commis-
sion for a rate increase, in order
to cover the costs of building a
In the 1999 lawsuit, WMSI is still
litigating against DOT, asserting
that DOT should reimburse the
Water Company through an in-
verse condemnation action.
WMSI does own the waterline at-
tached to the old bridge, and
Brown is seeking to get DOT to
recompense him for the loss of the
water pipeline. It has yet to be
determined how much DOT might
have to pay for Brown's waterline.
Brown has said that whatever he
is able to get for the pipeline will
save the ratepayers something.
How much can be "saved" has yet
to be seen.
One potential benefit of construc-
tion of the new bridge to St.
George Island will be the making
of a bird sanctuary of the cause-
way. It is now used by the birds
as a nesting area, but when cars
are no longer speeding through,
it will be a far better nesting area,
with fewer birds killed.
For now, Gene Brown is working
hard to keep the rate increase for
St. George Island water users as
low as possible.
Coast Guard from Page 1
The most unique feature of the
design is the RIB launch and re-
covery system. This -system is
based on a design by David M.
Cannell, which was utilized on the
North Seas Fisheries Patrol Ves-
sel. This design includes a fixed.
ramp that is incorporated into the
stern of the CPB and allows the
"support vessel" to drive into the
"CPB vessel" while underway. This
feature significantly improves the
safety of the RIB launch/recovery
evolution by eliminating the need
for a deck-mounted davit.
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