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Franklin Chronicle 50

Volume 9, Number 15


July 21 August 3, 2000

Exterior of the Federal District Court, Northern District of Florida, in Tallahassee.

The Trial: U.S. Versus Brenda

Molsbee and Maxie Carroll

Report And Commentary By Tom W. Hoffer
The first jury trial in the new Federal Courthouse, Tallahassee, and
the Northern District of Florida, began in Judge Robert Hinkle's Court
on Tuesday, July 5th. After organizational remarks were made by
Judge Hinkle, the first order of business was to select a jury of 12
plus two alternates. The Judge welcomed about 44 prospective ju-
rors into the huge courtroom. Within a day, that number was re-
duced to 12 and two alternates.
The two accused, Brenda M. Molsbee (Carrabelle) and Maxie G. Carroll
(Eastpoint) were represented by attorneys Clyde M. Taylor, Jr, (Talla-
hassee) and George Washington Blow, III (Tallahassee) respectively.
A third accused, Thomas V. Novak was not present. His court-
appointed public defender, William Rourk Clark, Jr. had accompa-
nied him as he changed his earlier plea of Not Guilty to Guilty on
Count 1 of the Indictment on May 16, 2000. Novak agreed to "cooper-
ate" with the prosecution and his sentencing was then scheduled for
August 17, 2000. Count 1 was Conspiracy to defraud the United
States, charged also against defendants Molsbee and Carroll. Novak,
of course, was not present in Court on the first day, and appeared
later as a witness for the Government.
The Prosecution (Government) was represented by Randall Joseph
Hensel (U. S. Attorney from Pensacola), assisted by Paul Sprowls.

The Charges
The.accused were charged._.ti h.various couLnts of a cv.in'piral : to-
defraud the United States Government, Fraud and False Statements
and the Concealing of Assets, and Making False Oaths. A Count is
also a separate charge. There were nine in the aggregated list involv-
ing the three defendants.
Defendant Molsbee was charged with one count of Conspiracy to de-
fraud the United States, four counts of fraud and false statements,
and one count of perjury. Maxie Carroll was charged with one count
of Conspiracy to defraud the United States and three counts of fraud
and false statements. In both cases the "fraud and false statements"
dealt with their income tax submissions for 1993, 1994 and 1995.
Given the charges, the trial began with the Prosecution Case In Chief,
following an opening statement. The Defense chose to postpone their
opening statement until they presented their Case in Reply, which
occurred on Friday, 14 July.
The trial involved hundreds of documents consisting of internal office
memoranda, contracts, letters, and above all, cancelled checks, most
of which had originated with Wellsprings Home Health Care, Inc.,
and certain other support organizations such as magic Maintenance
and Island View Enterprises.

Ms. Maxie Carroll (left) with her attorney George Blow
(Tallahassee) as they were leaving court.
Electronic Imaging
A computerized system, interconnected with several computers
throughout the room, transmitted images of these documents to the
prosecution and defense teams and the Judge, who controlled distri-
bution to several monitors in the jury box. As each piece of documen-
tary evidence was identified and supported with evidence as to com-
petency and relevancy to the issue at hand, either the prosecution or
defense would ask the Judge to "publish" the document to the Jury.
If there were an objection, it would be made at that time, and the
Judge would hold up the document until the matter was resolved.
This happened very rarely during this long, sometimes tedious trial,
consisting as it did of hundreds of documents. If the "old fashioned"
methods were used, the process would have taken much longer, as
the document would have to be passed around among counsel, then
to the Judge, then, when qualified, to each jury member by transmit-
ting documents electronically in a "TV style" motif, everyone, includ-
ing a large monitor for the public, could see the images at once when
"published." Most of the documents were in a database, called up
individually through a complex system of identifications.

Preliminary Explanations
The essential task for the prosecution was to build a case starting
with clear identifications of persons and relationships, moving to the'
documents, with supporting evidence, finally connecting to the charges
of conspiracy and fraud. As these building blocks were structured
into a coherent whole, focused on the indictments, the history of
Wellsprings Home Health Care, Inc. slowly unfolded.
The trial centered on the administrative side of the organization and
did not delve into a closely parallel series of events that led to the
bankruptcy proceedings of the organization, precipitated by the de-
nial of licensure by Medicare, occurring about the time Wellsprings
closed down, late August 1995. Some aspects of the bankruptcy as
these related to documents were introduced toward the conclusion of
Continued on Page 7


Publisher's Note:
The following story is about
the trial of Nita Molsbee and
Maxie Carroll. The, trial also
extends far beyond the walls
of the Federal Courthouse in
Tallahassee. Many of the par-
ties involved in the case were
family members and others
related by marriage, and
there are also dozens of per-
sons in Franklin County who
benefited from.the fast growth
of the Wellsprings Home
Healthcare operations. Well-
springs brought new busi-
ness to the Franklin County
In reporting on the trial
events, I did not have the ben-
efit of a transcript, so there
are few direct quotations
mentioned. The "trial events,"
however, are based on evi-
dence admitted to the record
of trial. At the same time, I
attempted to describe a thin
narrative, including some ex-
planation of certain events at
trial, and the implications for
the final verdict. Of necessity,
some selection had to be
A lot of rumor has circulated
in the county community
about this case, so I decided
to focus on the trial events,
with a comment or two to help
the continuity of the descrip-
tions. Along with my selec-
tions, the resulting writing
may disturb some readers
who insist on following their
own perceptions, influenced
by the rumors instead of fol-
lowing what evidence there
was admitted into the record
of trial.
I Would also add that this ver-
sion of the trial is not com-
plete, nor was it intended to
be a complete version. The
"complete version" is con-
tained in what will probably
become a very lengthy tran-
script, if any is produced.
At this point, that's likely to
depend upon the Defense and
whether any appeal is pos-
sible or contemplated.
The amount of testimony
from dozens of local wit-
nesses, and over 400 docu-
ments entered by the pros-
ecution, would make this
record very long. In reciting
some of the evidence, I have
attempted to gauge-the strat-
egies of the prosecution and
defense based on the closing
arguments, along with a sim-
plified version of the indict-
ments. The indictments also
define the agenda for pros-
ecution and defense includ-
ing the elements contained in
each offense. There were
many possible jury findings.
in the nine counts or charges
presented. There are also
some omissions in evidence
which might better clarify the
Wellsprings story and case
but cannot be referenced here
because they were not a part
of the trial. Yet, in some ways,
the missing element of the
Medicare licensure problems
is at the heart of the Well-
springs demise, along with
the offenses involved at trial.
I hope some of these expla-
nations will shed more light
on the experience so as to di-
minish the rumor, innuendo
and vicious back-fence talk
that often enlivens Franklin
County issues.
There is a Biblical reference
that might be appropriate
here, and in some ways is
likely to be very relevant. It is
"...the truth shall make you
free." There is another
thought that could easily be
added to that ideal, and that
is that these truths may po-
tentially help us all to render
greater compassion, and
eventually forgiveness.
Tom W. Hoffer

Brenda M. Molsbee

and Maxie G. Carroll

Guilty on all Counts

A few minutes short of five hours, a jury of 12 men and women in the
case against Brenda (Nita) M. Molsbee and Maxie G. Garroli, returned
their verdicts. The jury went out at 3:46 p.m. after hearing closing
arguments from counsel, and returned at 8:34 p.m Monday night.
July 17th unanimously returning GUILTY verdicts on all nine counts
alleged by the Government.
Specifically, Defendants Molsbee and Carroll were found GUILTY in
Count One of the indictment, conspiracy to make false statements or
representations or to make or use false writings or documents, in
connection with the administration of the Medicare program.
As to the second offense in Count One, the jury found both defen-
dants GUILTY conspiracy to commit mail fraud. As to the third of-
fense charged in Count One, both defendants were GUILTY of wire
fraud, and as to the fourth offense in Count One, both defendants
were found GUILTY of a conspiracy to defraud the United States by
impeding, impairing, obstructing, or defeating the lawful functions of
the Internal Revenue Service in the ascertainment, computation, as-
sessment or collection of income taxes.
As to Counts three, four and five of the indictment, both defendants
were found GUILTY of the indictment, knowingly and willfully filing a
false individual income tax return for herself and her husband jointly
for the calendar years 1993, 1994 and 1995.
Brenda Molsbee was also found GUILTY of filing a false corporate
income tax return for Island View Enterprises for calendar 1994 and
(Count Nine) for knowingly and fraudulently making a false state-
ment under oath on November 6, 1995 in relation to the bankruptcy
proceeding of Wellsprings Home Health Care, Inc.
The sentencing is scheduled for September 28, 2000 at 1:00'P.M.

Elliott Meets Governor Bush

Alexis Celeste Elliott, a rising se-
nior at Apalachicola High School'
was an honored guest recently at
the Governor's Mansion in Talla-
Governor Jeb Bush began a new
program this year to recognize
high school juniors throughout
Florida who "do all the right
things." They are well-rounded
students who form the nucleus of
excellence in today's public
schools. to become an All-Star
students had to demonstrate aca-
demic success, good deportment,
leadership and involvement in
their community.
A panel that included both school
and community members se-
lected Elliott as the Apalachicola
High School representative. She
then competed with Carrabelle
High School's winner and was
chosen as the Franklin County
representative for Governor's All-
Stars. This honor was given to
only one student in each of
Florida's counties.
Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan and Com-
missioner of Education Tom
Gallagher welcomed the students
when they visited the Capitol. The
students visited the Senate while
it was in session and observed'
bills being presented on the floor.
Students participated in a mock
session of the House of Represen-
tatives including presenting a bill
and voting on its passage. After-
ward the honored students and
their guests were treated to a lun-
cheon on the grounds of the
Governor's Mansion where they
had their pictures taken with Gov-
ernor Bush.

After the luncheon parents were
given a tour of the mansion while
Governor Bush met and con-
ducted a roundtable discussion
on several topics with the
At the end of the school term
Celeste was also chosen to par-
ticipate as a member of the First
Capital Bank Academic Classic
for Apalachicola High School.
Elliott, along with two other jun-
ior classmates, was also chosen
to attend the 2000 Youth Leader-
ship Conference held at Florida
State University this past May.
She also competed in the Florida
High School Athletic Association
Class A District Tennis Tourna-
ment in Pensacola, where she
placed second in the girls singles
Earlier this year she was also cho-
sen to attend the 37th Annual
Junior Science and Humanities
Symposium at the University of
Florida in Gainesville and was
also a United States National Art
Awards winner.
Celeste also was honored at
Apalachicola High School as be-
ing chosen the high school's
Disney Dreamers and Doers stu-
dent for the 1999-2000 school
term. She also lettered this past
school year in varsity tennis, vol-
leyball and softball. She has
maintained a 4.0 GPA at
Apalachicola High School while
also taking additional Gulf Coast
Community College dual enroll-
ment classes, where she also has
a 4.0 GPA. She is the daughter of
James and Debra Elliott of

KMT Charged Liquidated Damages
For Delays

By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City Commissioners
stood behind their Engineering
firm of Baskerville and Donovan
(BDI) at their meeting of June 6,
and would not relent on charging
that the prime contractor liqui-
dated damages in the delays on
the Water Expansion Project. De-
spite charges from Phillip Gaskin,
K.M.T. Inc., that it was unfair that
he is the only one charged with
delaying the finishing of the
project that is months overdue,
the commissioners sided with
Gaskin alleged that the water
project was poorly designed, and
e added that he believed Dan
Keck of BDI had inherited a poor
project. He said, We don't feel it
was all our fault." He added there
was a delay when the wrong pipe
was ordered. He said that he had

32 men originally working on the
project but had to send them to
other projects when there were
delays. He added that another
delay occurred because of the well
pump not being included in the
contract and so not being timely
He stated he felt that the commis-
sion was going tofind out that the
fence and gravel that was to have
been installed around the now
plant had been taken out of the
Dan Keck answered all of his com-
plaints saying that Gaskin had
not lived up to the terms of the
contract. On March 15, he said
he met with Gaskin because of
concerns and the contractor said
it would take 11 weeks. KMT con-

Continued on Page 6


This Issue
12 Pages

Franklin Briefs......... 2
Editorial & Commentary
............................3 & 4
St. George Plantation. 4
FDLE Probe................ 4
Timber Island Yacht Club
.................................. 5
Alligator Point ........... 5
St. James Bay............ 6
FCAN ....................... 9
Archeology Day......... 9
Franklin Bulletin Board
................................ 11
Woods Fire............. 12
Bookshop............... 12

Massey and Wood
Not Seated on
Port Authority

William Massey and Donald Wood
attended the Carrabelle Port and
Airport Authority special meeting
held on July 14, with the intention
of being sworn in as city members
of the board. They were turned
down flat by Attorney Ann Cowles
and the acting chairman of the
board, Paul Jones.
The two had been appointed on a
motion by City Commissioner
Raymond Williams, at the city
meeting of June 9, along with two
others, Richard Molsbee and Sid
Winchester, who later declined.
The swearing-in was not on the
agenda of the meeting.
Jones opened thp meeting and
called on Ann Cowles to bring the
members up to date on what was
happening in the litigation the
CPAA was having against the city
on the matter of the four proposed
Cowles said that, "The new
developments this week are that
Mr. Gaidry came to my office on
Tuesday, July 11 with a notice of
an emergency hearing and a
petition to have the injunction
dissolved. The hearing was in
Monticello the next day so I kind
of scurried around and got my act
together and went' to Monticello
.the next day.
"At the hearing Judge Steinmeyer
had a writ of Quo warrant. It's a
writ that none of the attorneys I
talked to ever knew and that Mr.
Gaidry admitted he never knew.
But the writ of Quo warrant
would be the appropriate method
of challenging the seating of the
four new board members.
"That order was issued today. I
got a copy from Mr. Gaidry this
afternoon. I have filed a petition
for reconsideration for a new
hearing or at the very least
clarification. We hope we will have
a hearing so that we can go into
further details. -I went up to the
FSU law library where I had to go
look up this very obscure writ and
I found some case law that
suggests that this writ works to
prevent a continuing authority
where the authority is wrongly
seated. So this was the basis of
my petition for a new hearing and
this is where we are now."
Gaidry asked if he could reply,
saying, "At the hearing the judge
dissolved the injunction and said
that the appropriate one would be
a writ of quo warrant which is a
writ which asks by which
authority someone serves it."
He went on to say, "We have, the
city has sworn, 4 people that we
think should fill the open slots for
the city starting tonight. We have
two of them here to take the
positions. I see there are three
people here tonight that are
occupying seats that are assigned
to others by the city. So what we
ask is that William Massey and
Donald Wood be seated and that
the chair recognize that Freda
White occupies one of the
positions and Dr. Ivan
Backleman, who could not be
here tonight, the other. And we
ask that be done."
He went on to say, "There has
been a question about Mr. Maler's
seat. We find that Barry Woods
was never sworn in to the '98 term
so this seat is also open. We are
here to do business."

Jones replied, "In respect to
seating of the members appointed
by the city this is a special
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The Franklin Chronicle



July 5, 2000
By Barbara Revell
Attending: Chairman Clarence
Williams, Cheryl Sanders, Bevin
Putnal, Eddie Creamer and
Jimmy Mosconis, Clerk Kendall
Wade; Deputy Clerk Amelia
Varnes, County Attorney Alfred
Chairman Williams called the
meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. The
Commissioners approved the
minutes of the last meeting. They
also approved payment of bills.

Apalachicola Bay & River
Keepers (ABARK)
Lloyd Sumner requested permis-
sion from the Board for ABARK
to have an oyster roast at the bas-
ketball court on the Island. The
Commissioners approved and the
event was held on July 8, 2000.

Public Hearing/Land Use
and Rezoning Request/
George Allen
The Commissioners approved a
request from George Allen to re-
zone two acres in Eastpoint,
South Bayshore Drive, from R-1,
single family residential district to
C-2, commercial business dis-
trict, and change the land use
from residential to commercial.
Mr. Alien stated that he plans to
pursue building a full-line grocery
store on the property.

Public Hearing/Request
For Ordinance Restricting
Water Use On St. George
Hank Garrett, Operations Man-
ager/SGI Water Management Ser-
vices, Inc. was before the board
to request an ordinance to restrict
water usage because of concern
that SGI could exceed their water
capacity. The ordinance would
have restricted water use for wa-
tering lawns or landscaping on
SGI at certain times. There was
considerable discussion about the
issue. Frank Latham expressed
concern. "Why is the County get-
ting into private enterprise?" Bar-
bara Sanders was opposed to the
ordinance, and wanted to know if
the SGI Water Management Ser-
vices could request people to vol-
untarily restrict water use.
Tommy Day and Moll Reed also
were opposed to the ordinance.
Bill Hess, General Manager, SGI
Plantation Homeowners Associa-
tion, said he would be willing to
work with the water company to
try to implement some type of lim-
iting water use and was opposed
to the ordinance as well. The gen-
eral consensus was to request
residents and renters to voluntar-
ily limit their use of water. Com-
missioner Putnal asked Garrett,
"Do you think there is a possibil-
ity of running out of water. Garrett
replied, "I wouldn't be here, if I
didn't." The ordinance was not

Weems Memorial Hospital
Susan Ficklen, Administrator,
was before the Board requesting
information from Centennial.
Healthcare Investment Corpora-
tion, the company renting the
hospital. Ficklen provided the
Clerk a copy of the financial state-
ments and Wade distributed them
to the Commissioners. Ficklen
stated there is a great need for a
new air conditioning system.
Ficklen advised the Board that
she would attend the Budget
Workshop in August to discuss
the needs of the Hospital. She said
she would be asking for $300,000
for the project. She also advised
the Board that she did not know
if the company applied for a USDA
loan but she had a copy of the
application which she planned to
complete that day. Ficklen said
that Centennial would not pay for
the air conditioning and that it
may be necessary for the Hospi-
tal to purchase air conditioning
rather than the expected CAT
scan equipment.
Commissioner Putnal expressed
his concern for the need of a heli-
pad in or around Carrabelle for
Life Flight. Putnal related a recent
accident where a child was in-
jured and it took 30 minutes for
an ambulance to arrive on the
scene and then the ambulance
had to transport the child to
Lanark Village where Life Flight
can pick up injured people.

Dental Insurance for
County Employees
Gary Barber, Marks Insurance
Co., presented a dental proposal
for the county employees. Barber

said the Board was the only pub-
licly funded entity that did not
furnish its employees dental in-
surance. He explained the insur-
ance is with Blue Cross/Blue
Shield, which is the same com-
pany the county uses for medical
insurance. The Commissioners
were provided a copy of the pro-
posal and Marks stated he would
like it to be considered at the bud-
get workshop in August.

SGI Bridge
Brian Estock, Parsons-Brinkeroff,
the construction and engineering
firm hired by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation (FDOT) to
oversee the SGI bridge project was
before the Board because FDOT

requested that he come to a Board
meeting once a month to update
the Commissioners on the project.
He informed the Board that they
expect the designer to submit the
plans around July 15, 2000. Bar-
ber said he expects the construc-
tion to begin in October 2000. The
bridge is scheduled to be complete
by October 2003. Estock said that
around mid-August people would
begin to see a lot of barges and
cranes at the site. Estock also said
that they would be moving their
office trailer this month to SR 300
next to the blue storage area lot.
Mosconis wanted to know how
many local people they expected
to be hired. Estock said he was'nt
sure but thinks the contractor will
be hiring a lot of carpenters, fram-
ers, etc., locally. Mosconis re-
quested that Estock check on the
employment possibilities and re-
port back at the next meeting.
Opening of Bids to Replace
Roof on Old Jail
Prior to the opening of the bids,
Alan Pierce advised the Board that
there was some confusion about
a late bid submitted that was re-
ceived that morning. Pierce said
that the advertised deadline was
4:30 p.m. on July 3, 2000 but.
Randy Brown, Big B Contractors,
Inc., called him and said he would
bring his bid in on July 5, 2000.
Pierce admitted he did not think
about the July 3 deadline when
he told Brown to bring the bid.
With advice from County Attorney
Shuler, the Board approved,
unanimously, a motion to declare
the time deadline a minor infor-
mality and waive the deadline.
The bids were as follows:
Southland Contracting, Inc.,
Tallahassee $ 7,969
Greg's Roofing of Bay County
Alternate bid $ 9,880
Harrell Roofing, Inc., Tallahas-
see $16,500
Big B Contractors, Inc., Talla-
hassee $ 6,800
The Board approved a motion
authorizing the County Engineer
to review and award the bid for
the project.
Franklin County Sheriffs
Major Ron Crum, FCSO, was be-
fore the Board to advise them of
excessive expense for the medi-
cal needs of an inmate. The in-
mate has to be taken for dialysis
three times a week to Panama
City. He said the cost to the
County is $2,600 a week which
does not include medication, food
and gas for the trip and the sal-
ary of the accompanying Correc-
tional Officer. FCSO is concerned
that the expense will result in a
serious deficit in their budget.
Crum advised the Commissioners
that he had attempted to have the
case expedited but was advised
that was not possible. Crum said
one of complicating factors is that
the case involves a domestic bat-
tery/aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon charge which is an
extremely serious crime. The
Commissioners approved a mo-
tion by Mosconis, directing the
County Attorney to write a letter
to the State Attorney, Willie
Meggs, encouraging him to do
whatever is necessary to expedite
the case.
University of Florida,
Franklin County Extension
*Bill Mahan Informed the Board
that the Extension Office has
moved to the Apalachicola Airport
in the Emergency Management
*Mahan said the Natural Re-
source Leadership Institute class
of 2000 visited Franklin county to
study the Tri-State A-C-F River
Water War issues. He said that 22
middle and upper management
natural resource professionals
from around the State spent three
days in the County learning more
about the area and the regional
water allocation issues.
*Mahan stated he sent a copy of
the position paper prepared by the
Florida Oyster Industry to each
Commissioner. Mahan said this
was the latest copy from a recent
meeting. Mahan further said that
everyone is in agreement with the
position paper and that Lt. Gov-
ernor Brogan encouraged the
Oyster Industry to present an al-
ternative proposal to the Inter-
state Shellfish Sanitation Confer-
ence. Putnal stated he has talked
with a lot of people in the Oyster
business who told him they were
willing to do whatever it takes to
keep the bay open for oystering.
Putnal asked Mahan if there was
anything the Board could do now
to assist in the matter. Mosconis
made a motion to adopt or con-
cur with the position paper and
Creamer seconded the motion.
The motion was approved.

Superintendent of Public
*Hubert Chipman stated he did
not have anything to report at this
time. Frank Gibson, Alligator
Point, thanked Chipman and the
Road Department Crew for the
good job they did in getting Gulf
Shore Blvd. closed on the West
End of Alligator Point. Gibson
noted the crew even worked on
the Fourth of July putting up
signs. Barbara Revell, Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association, said that
CLA wanted to thank Mr.
Chipman for his wonderful coop-
eration and assistance.
Solid Waste Director
*Van Johnson informed the Board

that the Florida Legislature has
appropriated 1.5 million dollars to
establish a grant program to im-
prove playground safety and pro-
mote recycling of old tires.
Johnson said the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP) will administer the grant
and the grant will cover only 50%
of the direct cost of the play-
ground surfacing material. Each
County awarded a grant will re-
ceive $4,000 to pass on to other
county agencies but the recipients
must match the funds. The Com-
missioners approved that
Johnson apply for the grant.
*Johnson advised the Commis-
sioners that he received a letter
from Jack McMulty, DEP, con-
cerning the deficiencies reported
in the semi-annual Landfill
Groundwater Sampling Report.
Johnson said the report states
that iron was detected above state
standards in both the Landfill's
groundwater and surface water.
DEP noted that the elevated lev-
els of iron in the groundwater
might indicate a metal plume,
poorly constructed wells and in-
adequate monitoring of the wells.
Johnson stated that the County
has 14 days to respond to DEP.
Johnson requested that the Com-
missioners ask DEP for a 30-day
extension so the County can con-
duct additional testing at the
Landfill. The Commissioners
agreed to authorize the Clerk to
write the letter.
*Johnson advised the Commis-
sioners that he reviewed the bids
for a new wheel load and trash
compactor and that the bid was
awarded to Tractor and Equip-
ment Company, Panama City.
Johnson said that they were the
lowest and best bidder.
*Johnson informed the Commis-
sioners that the Franklin County
Dixie Girls All-Sta_ Softball team
won another district title at the
State Competition in Pasco
*Johnson advised that the walk-
ing path at Ned Porter Park in
Apalachicola has been paved.
*Johnson also said that the fence
work at Sand's Field in Carrabelle
has been completed.
*Johnson requested the Board to
consider a policy that deals with
the expenditure of County funds
outside the current method of
paying on the first and third Tues-
day of every month. Johnson
stated that problems occur when
a vendor requests a COD payment
or completion of work payment.
Clerk Wade stated that he would
arrange a meeting between.
Johnson and Ruth Williams, Di-
rector of Administrative Services.
Director of Administrative
*Alan Pierce gave the Commission
a letter from Preble-Rish to FDOT
regarding the County's Small
County Outreach Program
*Pierce stated he regretted to in-
form the Board that Ms. Alice
Marie Pearson would be unable
to use the FEMA grant the Board
approved her for. Pierce said un-
less FEMA is willing to transfer
the grant to another type of
project, the grant will be can-
celled. Pierce said he would check
to see if the County could use the
money for something else.
*Pierce informed the Board that
he expects Tim Turner, Emer-
gency Management Director, to lift
the ban on outdoor burning.
*Pierce reported that the County
Engineer has calculated the costs
associated with repairing the
drainage in the Ridge/Wilderness
Road area for application for the
CDBG Hurricane Earl Funds.
Pierce said that since the Board
is running out of time he asked
Kennedy to look at the following
drainage problems: rebuilding the
headwall over a major drainage
ditch on Brownsville Road, which

the Board has previously agreed
to submit; rebuilding the French
drain for the courthouse parking
lot and side street; two intersec-
tions on Market Street in
Apalachicola which flood and pose
a danger to the seafood houses
and commercial fishing using
Scipio Creek Board Basin. The
Commissioners authorized Pierce
and Kennedy to submit the
projects on the CDBG Hurricane
Earl Funds application. Commis-
sioner Sanders expressed her
concern about drainage problems
in Lanark Village. Pierce stated he
was informed that Lanark Village
is not eligible to submit any
projects on this particular grant.
*Pierce reported that Preble-Rish
has completed a report on the use
of the Jackson-Flowers property
in Carrabelle for a baseball com-
plex and that because of wetlands
and the narrowness of the prop-
erty the land is not feasible for a
conventional layout of fields.
Commissioner Sanders and
Michael Allen said they would try
to find other land.
*Pierce informed the Board that
he and the Building Inspector,
Robin Brinkley, inspected the
Ordonia property in Carrabelle
last week. Pierce said the County
received a complaint about there
being two trailers and a house on
the property. Pierce said the prop-
erty is completely filled with dogs
and junk cars. Pierce said that
because of the extent of the re-
pairs needed and the limited fi-
nancial resources of the
Ordonia's, it could be months be-
fore the family is able to live in
the house. Pierce said there is
nothing else the County can do
at this time.
Clerk of Court
*Kendall Wade presented the cost
for Willard Vinson and Leroy Hall
to attend the ISSC meeting in Ari-
zona. The cost is $2,739. Wade
said he had to give a check to the
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce so they could give the
money to the Seafood Workers
Association. Creamer made a
motion to approve the expendi-
ture. The motion was seconded by
Putnal and unanimously ap-
*Wade then presented the annual
contract between Franklin
County and the Department of
Corrections for housing DOC in-
mates in the countyjail. The Com-
missioners authorized Chairman
Williams to sign the contract.
*Wade requested the Chairman's
signature on a resolution support-
ing the EMS grant application
that will be used to improve and
expand the County's pre-hospital
Emergency Medical Service sys-
tem. The Board approved.
*Wade presented a letter from the
Big Bend Health Council asking
the Board to reappoint JoAnne
Thomason. The Commissioners
approved the reappointment.
County Attorney
*Alfred Shuler reported that he
had received an amended con-
tract from Amerigas and approved
it for the Chairman's signature.
*Shuler informed the Board that
the County has paid the Harris
Brothers $20,000 compensation
for work on the Eastpoint boat
ramp. The County initially gave
the Harrises some land for
compensation but Shuler said
there was a problem with the title.
Shuler has obtained a deed,
which conveys the property back
to the County. Shuler stated the
County needs to resolve the title
issues with this property.
*Shuler reported that the Florida
Association of Counties Trust has
sent him a final letter declining
coverage of Ronald and. Dora
Walters' claim. Shuler said their
claim is the result of law enforce-
ment chasing a fleeing car that
landed in the Walters' living room.
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County, if necessary.
*Shuler announced that the
signed contracts for the Carra-
belle Branch Library were sent to
the architects, Rutherford-
Clemons. Shuler stated this is the
final agreement to be reached be-
fore work- begins on the library.
*Shuler reported that Mr. and
Mrs. Garland have been sent a
deed for the property they are giv-
ing the County near Carrabelle
Beach. The Garlands requested
some changes and Shuler is pre-
paring a new deed.
*Shuler presented the Board with
an invoice from Attorney Kathryn
Ronco Miller for work she pro-
vided the County in assisting the
settlement of the Workman's
Compensation lawsuit filed by
Jerry Lolley. Shuler recom-
mended payment of $997.25 for
her services and the Commission-
ers approved.



July 18, 2000
By Tom Campbell
Three Commissioners attended
the July 18 meeting: Chairman
Clarence Williams, Commissioner
Bevin Putal, and Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis.'
Hubert Chipman Seeks
Permission to Auction
Superintendent of Public Works
Hubert Chipman came before the
Board, seeking permission to auc-
tion two county trucks at $56,000
each and one off-track loader
(heavy equipment) at a minimum
of $65,000. Chipman said he was
"trying to save the county some
money" by auctioning these old
machines, rather than going an-
other route which would result in
less money for the county equip-
.ment. The minimum auction fig-
ure acceptable means that the
county does not have to sell un-
less the minimum is reached in
the auction. The motion carried.
Property Encroachment
Richard and Pamela Smith of
Apalachicola came before the
Board with a property encroach-
ment complaint, saying that a
neighbor's dog shelter extended
onto their property and they had
asked the neighbor to correct'the
situation, which he had not done.
Commissioner Mosconis sug-
gested the parties get together to
talk and try to "reach a settle-
ment." He suggested it be similar
to the talks going on up at Camp
David, "between the Arabs and
Jews." Mosconis added, "I'm not
implying any religious connection
here." County Attorney Al Shuler
was asked to look into the dis-
agreement, meeting with both
parties, and "come back with a
recommendation for action to the
Board of Commissioners."
Bix Durbin Presents Bus For
Elderly Problem
Lanark Village citizen Bix Durbin
presented the problem that the
bus used to transport the elderly
is "13 years old, the air condi-
tioner needs to be replaced, and
other repairs need to be done." He
said many of the elderly are com-
pletely dependent upon the bus
as their only source of transpor-
tation. He was requesting that

some kind of grant be sought that
would "procure a new bus, maybe
a state grant." Clerk of Court Ken-
dall Wade suggested that Mr.
Durbin might appear before the
Apalachicola Regional Planning
Council for aid. The suggestion
was also made that. the Council
on Aging might have some means
of solving this "elderly problem"
regarding the bus. The Franklin
County Senior Citizens Council
was suggested as another pos-
sible solution to the problem. Sug-
gestions were made to Mr. Durbin
concerning ways he might inves-
tigate solving the problem of the
aging bus.
Leon County Group Seeks
Use of SGI County Park
Ms. Arlene Lawrence appeared,
requesting the use of St. George
Island County Park for a Charity
Benefit. The athletic team has in-
surance that would cover an ath-
letic event. The Board granted
permission, contingent on the
group's showing the County At-
torney that they have insurance
that would cover the event.
Hank Garrett Seeks
Xeriscaping, Promoting
Native Vegetation
Hank Garrett, Operations Man-
ager for St. George Island Water
Services, appeared, seeking the
County's aid in "promoting native
vegetation on SGI, as a means for
conserving water." He maintained
that too many island homeowners
were planting grass lawns and
watering them and it was a drain
on the water supply. Xeriscape is
used for a water-conserving
method of landscaping in arid or
semiarid climates, where the
natural beauty of indigenous
plants is encouraged. Such
plants, having originated and oc-
curring naturally in a particular
region or environment, would re-
quire much less watering than a
cultivated, green lawn such as
city-dwellers are accustomed to.
There was no action by the Board
of Commissioners, who appeared
to agree that it was not proper to
try to dictate to homeowners what
they could plant in their private
"Around $10,000 Per Week
Spent on Inmate"
The story continues about the in-
mate in the Franklin County Jail
who is costing taxpayers "around
$10,000 per week," according to
reports. The inmate is a dialysis
patient who requires special care
'"about three times a week." He
has to be transported to a hospi-
tal in a nearby city for treatment,
so a correctional officer is involved
and has to be paid. Then there is
the cost of the treatment, and the
cost of fuel and food. The rough
.estimate is about $10,000 per
.week, or about $40,000 per
month. Some estimates go as high
as "around. $12,000 per week to-
tal costs." That would put the
monthly cost at about $48,000.
In ten months, that figure bal-
loons to $480,000. Obviously, a
solution needs to be found so that
Franklin County doesn't have to
continue this expense. What is the
solution? Nobody seems to know.
It appears this is not a state case,
so he has to remain in the county.
And the treatment does not re-
quire hospitalization, so he can-
not be transferred to a hospital.
Currently, the county continues
to pay. Commissioner Putnal said,
"We need a dialysis machine in
Franklin County." That would
certainly help.
County Planner Alan Pierce
In his report to the Board,. County
Planner Alan Pierce informed the

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Letter To The Editor
July 11, 2000
November 8, 1994 seventy-two percent of the people voted to "Limit
Marine Net Fishing" in Florida with Section 16, Article 10 of Florida's
Constitution. The people chose 500 sq. ft. shrimp nets, cast nets, dip
nets, seines, and other rectangular nets for citizens to carry out their
life's activity of sports and commercial fishing inshore Florida waters.
January 1995, fishermen opposed the Florida Marine Fisheries Com-
mission (FMFC) all the way to the Florida Supreme Court, prevailing
with a viable-for-harvest shrimp net.
1994 the FMFC took the position that the people voted to ban nets
with FMFC director Russell Nelson stating "it's over boys; get you a
job. We have a Net Ban." The goal of the FMFC was to allow only a
cast net 500-sq. ft. weighing 25 to 35 lbs.
Equal access or opportunity can only be possible with gear that can
be used by all user groups. From July 1995 until the present, the
majority of sports and commercial anglers have been denied their
normal life's activities of harvesting mullet [unless their strength is]
equal to those that can throw a 500-sq. ft. cast net.
The citizens have been arrested; property seized, fined, civil penalties
in thousands of dollars, removing individuals from their occupation
with probation, and harassed by planes, choppers, and task forces.
Hate, prejudice, and discrimination are present in our government.
The question is if we take a settlement and walk away or punish the
state making them aware of their crimes against citizens.
Let me share with you two provisions of the American with Disabili-
ties Act 1990 F.R. 28 CFR 35.106. "Section 35.106 requires a public
entity to disseminate sufficient information to applicants, participants,
beneficiaries, and other interested persons to inform them of the rights
and protections afforded by the ADA and this regulation." FR 28 CFR
35.178 State Immunity "Section 35.178 restates the provision of sec-
tion 502 of the Act that a state is not immune under the eleventh
amendment to the Constitution of the United States from an action
in Federal or State Court for violations of the Act and that the same
remedies are available for any such violation as are available in an
action against an entity other than a state.
Governor Jeb Bush, Attorney General Bob Butterworth, and most of
state government are in violation of principles set forth for civil rights
protection. Do we file an action for damages in court equal to the
tobacco settlement or take the nets, ignoring the civil rights abuses?
The state was ordered in 1990 to establish an ADA Committee to
review the possibility of violations. FFWCC Executive Director Allen
L. Egbert's letter to the Department of Interior states that the com-
mittee was formed on March 9, 2000, formally called FWC EEO/ADA
Committee. They were ten years late. I rest my case
Ronald F. Crum
Wakulla Fishermen's Association

It's Now Official:

U.S. Embassy SLdtement On Rprduiction
Of Peace Corps Prioui-di In Zimbabwe
American Embassy Press Release, Harare, Zimbabwe
The U.S. Embassy announces a reduction in Peace Corps operations
in Zimbabwe. The Peace Corps provides American Volunteers who
deliver assistance in the fields of education, business development
and the environment. The Volunteers assigned to rural sites are be-
ing withdrawn because of the current unsettled political and eco-
nomic situation in Zimbabwe that has led to some violence, particu-
larly in rural areas.
For the past three months, events in Zimbabwe have caused signifi-
cant disruption to the Peace Corps program. Political and economic
instability, killings in rural areas and tensions associated with the
up-coming elections pose a threat to the safety and security of the
105 Volunteers placed in rural areas.
While the rural areas are not currently appropriate for the Volun-
teers' presence, carefully selected sites in large cities will permit Peace
Corps Volunteers to continue contributing to the development of Zim-
babwe. A group of 30 to 40 Volunteers will be placed in the cities
where sites have already been identified. These Volunteers will focus
their efforts on education, application of information technology and
on capacity building among local non-governmental organizations.
Those Volunteers who return to the United States will have the op-
tion of requesting reenrollment in other Peace Corps programs, or
re-instatement in the Zimbabwe program when conditions permit.
SThe Peace Corps office in Zimbabwe will remain open and fully staffed,
working to support the remaining Volunteers preparing for the re-
turn to a full program.
The Peace Corps has a long-standing commitment to development in
Zimbabwe and has maintained an excellent relationship with the Zim-
babwean people. Therefore, the decision to reduce the number of
Volunteers in Zimbabwe was not easily reached and was made with
sincere regret. It is, however, our most sincere hope that the Peace
Corps will be able to resume a full program in Zimbabwe as soon as

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The Boyd Report

"Farming In The New Millennium"

By Congressman Allen Boyd
This past week, Congress took an
abeyance from legislative busi-
ness to offer members a chance
to return home to celebrate Inde-
pendence Day. I spent much of
the week working at my family
farm in Monticello. Throughout
the week, I visited many of my
neighbors and fellow farmers.
They reiterated what I have been
telling my colleagues in Washing-
ton since I arrived here, America
needs a new plan of attack to
strengthen our agriculture
In the wake of NAFTA and the
1996 Farm Bill, America's agricul-
i ture industry now, more than
ever, needs the proper tools to
ensure its survival in this new age
of economics. While many Ameri-
cans sip their Starbucks' mocha
lattes and watch as Wall Street
brokers are replaced by online
investors, we, the farmers of
North Florida, are cognizant of the
importance the agriculture indus-
try still plays in the economy of
our nation. Just because the
name of our farm is not followed
by the ever popular suffix "dot
com," our value to the national
economy has not depreciated.
Over the, past three years, the
United States' copious supply of
agriculture commodities and the
consistently low demand for them
From foreign markets has forced
the Congress to appropriate bil-
lions of dollars in "emergency
funding." The end result is that
in this booming economy the nec-
essary provisions to ensure the
economic stability and prosperity
of farmers are not in place and
bailing them out is costing tax-
payers billions of dollars. This
only strengthens my argument
that we need to implement a farm
policy that is rooted in the frame-
work of a fiscally responsible and
balanced budget.

This week the House of Represen-
tatives passed the Agriculture
Appropriations bill. In addition to
funding the Department of
Agriculture's nutrition pro-
grams-Food Stamps and Women
Infant and Children (WIC)-this
bill included funding for several
programs that directly benefit
farmers and commerce in Florida.
The bill includes $5 million in re-
search funding for the detection
and eradication of citrus canker
and $5 million for a research pro-
gram at the University of Florida
and the University of Hawaii for
the purpose of developing strate-
gies and tactics to stem the in-
flux of exotic diseases, insects and
weeds in the United States. In
addition, the bill allocates
$400,000 for a research program
at the University of Florida to de-
velop a means of eradicating
Diaprepes Root Weevil and
$300,000 for North Florida Com-
munity College to establish the
Environmental Horticulture Edu-
cation Institute/Green Industry
Education Institute at the Univer-
sity of Florida facility in
Monticello. Moreover, the bill con-
tinues to fund research at the
Florida Aquaculture Farm, in
As a fiscal conservative, I believe
the federal government should
live within its means. The historic
Balanced Budget Agreement
reached in 1997 and the higher
than estimated growth in the
economy has helped us realize a
balanced budget sooner than pro-
jected. It is time we seize this op-
portunity and develop a policy
which supports our hard working
farmers and enables them to con-
tinue to supply our country, and
the world, with the highest qual-
ity, safest, and most affordable
food supply available.

The DradA-I Diagaii:utis: Ccncer

By Carolyn Hatcher
The diagnosis of cancer presents many challenges. Questions, ques-
tions, questions. Can I be cured? What are the best treatment op-
tions? Will the treatment hurt? How long will it take? Will I have to
stay in the hospital? How much will it cost? And so on.
The first thing is to find out all you can about the particular cancer
you have. There are many ways of doing this. First and foremost is
your doctor. He can give you many guidelines. However, the need to
know more is always present in each of us. The local office of your
American Cancer Society is on the web site at: www.cancer.org or by
calling 1-800-ACS-2345.
Just what is cancer? It is a group of many related diseases, involving
out-of-control growth and spread of abnorl celormal cells. Normal body cells
grow, divide, and die in an orderly fashion. Cancer cells on the other
hand continue to grow and divide and can spread to all parts of the
body, where they accumulate and form tumors (lumps) that may com-
press, invade and destroy normal tissue. When a cell breaks away
from such a tumor, it can hitch a ride in the blood stream or lymph
system to other parts of the body. There "colony" tumors can form,
this is called metastasis. Cancer is always named after the site of
discovery, for example, breast cancer when it spreads to the lungs is
always known as breast cancer.
Leukemia is a form of cancer that does not usually form a tumor.
This form of cancer involves cells of the blood and blood-forming or-
gans (bone marrow, lymphatic system, and spleen).
Good news! Not all tumors are cancerous. Benign tumors do not
metastasize and, with very rare exceptions, are not life-threatening.
Who gets cancer? Approximately one out of every two American men
and one out of every three American women will have cancer at some

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in people over the age of 65.
Almost 75% of all cancer cases in the United States are related to
tobacco and alcohol use and to diet. Less than 10% of all cancer is
related to environmental factors. About one-third of all cancer deaths
are related to dietary factors and lack of physical activity.
Risk of breast cancer relates to several factors that affect hormone
levels, such as age of first menstruation, number of pregnancies, obe-
sity, and physical activity.
Prostate cancer has several factors that can increase the chances of
its development, such as age, race, and diet. The chance of getting
prostate cancer goes up with age. It is more common among
African-American males. A high fat diet may play a part; also men
with close family members who have had prostate cancer are more
likely to get prostrate cancer themselves.
A friend of mine developed skin cancer, and I could feel the concern
he had about it. There are three types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Car-
cinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. Basal
Cell Carcinoma usually appears in Caucasians. Although this type of
cancer rarely metastasizes it can extend below the skin to the bone
and cause considerable local damage. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is
the second most common skin cancer found in Caucasians. It is usu-
ally found on the rim of the ear, the face, the lips and mouth. Unlike
basal cell, it can metastasize. There are approximately 2,300 deaths
from this type of skin cancer a year. The good news is, there is a cure
rate of 95% for the first two types of skin cancer if properly treated
Malignant Melanoma is the third type of skin cancer and it develops
on the skin of 32,000 people per year. And that each year it is esti-
mated 6,800 Americans will die from melanoma. The good news is, it
is almost always curable in its early stages.
Living in Florida it is essential that we all keep a close check on any
changes in the surface of a mole, scaliness, oozing, bleeding or the
appearance of a bump or nodule or any change in our skin. The hot
sun is not always the cause of skin cancer but light skined Cauca-
sians should always wear protective clothing when outside. This is
especially important for children.
Dark brown or black skin is not a guarantee against melanoma. Black
people can develop this cancer on the palms of the hands, soles of the
feet, under nails, or in the mouth.
More than half of all the people diagnosed with cancer will be cured
by today's treatments. Many people still believe that "cancer equals
death." The fact is that most cancer can be treated. There are ap-
proximately 8 million cancer survivors in America today. This num-
ber is growing because more people are living with cancer than are
dying from it.
Your relationship with your doctor is a critical part of your care. It is
your responsibility to ask questions and become educated about your
treatment and health. Make sure that all your concerns and ques-
tions, no matter how small, have been answered.
Make notes, bring a friend or family member, tape record the conver-
sations, and bring a prepared list of questions when you visit your
doctor. You have the right to a second opinion about your diagnosis
and recommended treatment. Above all get yourself educated by call-
ing the American Cancer Society; they are there to help you and send
you information to answer questions.
To obtain the current address, phone numbers, and/or Web sites of
Cancer Help lines please call The American Cancer Society (ACS) at
1-800-ACS-2345. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) 800-4-CANCER
or www.nce.nih.gov. OncoLink (oncolink.upenn.edu). University of
Penn. Cancer Center. ACS, John Knox Road, Suite 100, Tallahassee,
FL 32303. Phone: (850) 297-0588 and FAX: (850) 297-0592.

Tim Turner, Brenda Galloway Guest

Speakers At APTA Meeting

By Rene Topping
Tim Turner, Franklin County
Emergency Management Director,
and Brenda Galloway, Franklin
County School Superintendent,
were guest speakers at the July 8
meeting of the Alligator Point Tax-
payers Association (APTA).
Turner had attended in order to
share with the Point residents
new ideas to safeguard homes
they can adopt in being prepared
if any of the nine or so hurricanes
we can expect in the months
ahead decides to visit Franklin
He told' members that his job is
90% in preparation for emergen-
cies of every kind, from woods
fires, spills of hazardous material,
bomb threats, evacuation and
Turner added that in the case of
the people who live on Alligator
Point and other islands and
coastal areas of Franklin County
the word is that they evacuate.
However he said that those living
in interior areas can consider
making a safe room in their home.
If you are evacuating, you need
to leave before the wind gets too
high, and Turner said that it takes
8 to 12 hours to evacuate the
"You can help special needs
people who can't evacuate them-
selves by phoning in their names
and addresses to the EMS at 653-
8977", Turner said. So far he has
56 people in the county who
would need assistance. A lot of
these need medical supplies and
oxygen. He said that all of us
should have at least a week's sup-
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He said :that it takes 6 hours to
evacuate two people in the am-
bulance. Others are evacuated by
use of the school busses.
Another concern is pet animals.
The Red Cross shelters cannot
take them. Residents should
think carefully and have a plan
to take the animals with them.
SPeople are needed to volunteer to
work in the shelters. There are
training sessions for people to
open a shelter. There will be no
shelters open in Franklin County.
Placing warning sirens in strate-
gic places is being considered.
There is also an idea for a tele-
phone warning to all subscribers
to the phone service.
He said that there is a new glue
on the market that can be used
on trusses and it makes them sev-
eral times more able to resist the
storm winds.
Turner passed out some informa-
tion brochures along with hurri-
cane tracking maps.
Ms. Galloway spoke very briefly
on her bid for reelection saying
that she felt that during the past
four years she had been able in
several ways to help save money.
She said she was faced with de-
clining enrollment and no sink-
ing fund when she came into of-
fice. She was asked what the sal-
ary was for the position and she
replied $77,000 per year. She said
that she was running on her
progress for the past 4 years.
It was noted that Will Kendrick
will be resigning his seat on No-
vember 8. Kendrick is running for
State Representative for our Dis-
trict 9, for the seat to be vacated
by Janegale Boyd.
President Harry Bitner told mem-
bers that this would be his last
meeting as he is moving to the
Seattle, Washington area to be
closer to his family.
The next meeting of APTA will be
on August 12 at 9:00 a.m.

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St. George Plantation Board Of Directors

Ratifies Rental Fees And Increases Dues

The membership vote on the issue of a "renter processing fee" was
revealed at the recent Board of Directors meeting in the St. George
Plantation on Saturday, July 15th.
Some members expressed concern about the imposition of a fee to
handle administrative expenses connected with the in-flow of renters
to Plantation homes and the Board decided'to submit the issue to a
vote of the membership. The members approved the proposal, so a
$25 fee will be added to other charges handled through island real
estate firms who process rental contracts for homeowners.
At earlier meetings, when the issue was first discussed, a few Board
members expressed an expectation that the additional estimated
$100,000 per year generated by the rental fee might alleviate the
,escalated dues for homeowners imposed by the Board to operate the
Plantation. Only two Board members spoke up at Saturday's meet-
ing, indicating that the imposition of the rental fee, and a 2.5% in-
crease in dues, might be sending the wrong message to the member-
ship. The same argument was made last year that the percentage of
increase was so small, most homeowners could easily accommodate
to it. Still Charlie Manos persisted with his argument, but to no avail.
, A motion to delete the 2.5% dues increase was made but failed for
lack of a second. Only two Board members were in favor of eliminat-
ing the dues increase. Richard Plessinger, Amanda Read, Rick Watson
and Karen McFarland were in favor of increasing the dues.
Board President Rick Watson said the modest increase was due to
"inflation." Currently, homeowners pay $1,685 annually, and
lotowners $724 annually. The new dues will be $1,727 and $742

Boyd Blasts EPA


Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) sharply criti-
cized the issuance of a new Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency
(EPA) rule that would expand the
Clean Water Act regulations from
industrial discharges to include
agriculture and forestry runoff
among those considered major
contributors to water pollution.
The rule would implement serious
changes in the producers' man-
agement of irrigation and rainfall
water runoff.
The EPA rule was originally pro-
posed last August, but received
immediate opposition from the
National Governors Association,
small businesses, farmers and
other independent landowners.
Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida), a leading voice
in opposition to the rule, said,
'The EPA rule is based on an in-
accurate analysis of state infor-
mation and unscientific data.
Furthermore, the economic reper-
cussions this rule would have on
Florida are far too great for it to
be handled in such a hasty
For well over a year criticism has
mounted against EPA's inten-
tions. Reports from the General
Accounting 'OffuiCe question e
science and costs of EPA's rule.
In June, the National Association
of State Foresters (NASF) and the
Society of American Foresters
(SAF) released a report that de-
nounced the EPA rule, saying that
it is based on inadequate and sci-
entifically flawed research. Nearly
half of the members of the House
of Representatives have cospon-
sored legislation to block the EPA
rule change.
"Unfortunately, this heavy-
handed process is typical of how
EPA conducts its regulatory busi-
ness. Instead of finalizing the rule,
EPA should return to the draw-
'ing board and issue a new pro-
posal that is founded on scientific
data," stated Boyd.

Sea Turtle "Friendly
Lighting" Program
Announced For
St. George Island
A $10,000 grant has been
awarded from the U.S. Depart-
ment of the Interior, Fish and
Wildlife Service, to be used to
implement a sea turtle "friendly-
lighting" program on St. George
Island. Apalachicola resident Ms.x
Bruce Hall, vice president of
Apalachicola Bay and River Keep-
ers, will serve as Project Coordi-
nator. The program will include a
study of the types of existing light-
,ing fixtures at beachfront homes
and replacement of inappropriate
lights with those known not to
adversely affect the turtles. Also
included in the program will be
education and monitoring to en-
sure the long-term success of the
Lighting from the homes can
cause the female sea turtles to
abandon nesting and the newly
born turtles to become disori-
ented. Hatchlings are instinctively
drawn seaward by the reflection
of the moon on the water. When
there is bright lighting from the
homes, they will be attracted in-
land exposing them to predators,
dehydration and vehicles.
Volunteers are being sought to
assist with this project. Please call
Ms. Hall at 653-3820.

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Joshua Stadelmyer,

Gifted Young Actor

By Tom Campbell
From Bloomfield, New Mexico,
where he was enrolled in
Bloomfield High School, to the
Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola,
Joshua Stadelmyer has traveled
a long distance, but he has had
vision and excellent guidance
along the way. He gave credit to
teachers and directors in his the-
atre experience, and has his feet
planted firmly on the ground.
"The shared experience between
audience and actor," he said, "is
the height of the spiritual involve-
ment of living theatre. That's why
there is no substitute for live the-
atre. TV and movies will never
replace that shared experience
between the audience and the
actor on stage."
Those who might be skeptical
need only see his performance in
"The Woman In Black" or in "The
Dining Room" at the Dixie The-
atre in Apalachicola, in order to
experience what Stadelmyer is
talking about and see his demon-
His characters; come alive from
within him and use his mind, soul
and body to express the actions
of the play. The Joy and total com-
mitment that the actor brings to
the performance are infectious,
moving the audience to get in-
volved and "share the experience."
Stadelmyer is working on his
Masters Degree in Performing
Arts, currently writing his thesis
for the degree from the University
of Florida in Gainesville. "I've been
busy with rehearsals at the Dixie
Theatre," he smiled, "so it's tak-
ing me longer than I thought, but
I will have it finished by this fall."
He will receive his degree and then
move on. The actor explores, ex-
periences and shares. His track
record so far is excellent, indicat-
ing that he will probably get what
he is after.
"If I could have what I want," he
laughed, "I would go to.New York,
establish a stage career there,
Off-Broadway and on Broadway,
then go to L.A. and do film work.


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Would he consider coming back
to Dixie Theatre next summer?
"I'd love to," he smiled. He thinks
the experience in Franklin County
is exhilarating. "The people here
are so fortunate to have the
Partingtons. Any community is
better when it has a professional
repertory company. It's a wonder-
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As he said, "In today's world, we
don't often get the opportunity to
share much with other people."
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Joshua Stadelmeyer
But I would never abandon live
theatre, because that's where the
magic is. The shared experience
with the audience."
Stadelmyer comes from parents
who married young, "worked hard
for 26 years for security and to
provide for their children." He said
they are concerned for his
well-being and want to be sure
that he can "make a living in the-
atre." They are a little skeptical
and wonder if the life in theatre
isn't a little "unstable."
But if you enjoy the work and be-
lieve you have a gift, then it's
"something you have to do," ac-
cording to Stadelmyer. Once he
experienced live theatre on a
stage, and that feeling of "draw-
ing the audience in on the event
and affecting them," then he
couldn't go back to the life of
studying to be an engineer or ar-
chitect, no matter how much
money he might have made.
It's not a matter of how much
money you are making, accord-
ing to the young actor. "What
matters is the joy of the shared
He is the product of "organized
religion," but currently subscribes
to a more "universal, spiritual
experience. Treat everyone you
meet with respect, compassion
and love."
"In all honesty,' he smiled, "that's
what theatre is -- coming together
and sharing an experience. In
today's world, we don't often get
the opportunity to share much
with other people. It's so rare. But
in theatre -- it's incredible, hav-
ing the opportunity to share with
the audience. That's what makes
live theatre on stage so special."
He performed the role of Mozart
in .'Amadeus" and the role of Phil
in "Hurlyburly." He enjoys the
"all-consuming experience."

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FDLE Probe Into Allegations

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) executive
director Allan L. Egbert has asked the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement (FDLE) to examine a copy of his personal computer hard
drive, in response to allegations that someone may have deleted in-
formation from it illegally.
The allegations arose in an affidavit filed by a Port St. Joe attorney.
Other allegations in the affidavit claim FWC employees have misused
state-owned computers, but the charge that files were deleted ille-
gally is particularly troubling to Egbert.
"I'm, confident that FDLE's examination of the issue will establish
that no FWC employee has tampered with any of the public records
entrusted to me," Egbert said.
FDLE copied the hard drives of Egbert's computer and several others
March 23 as part of an ongoing investigation into a Feb. 22 incident
in which someone breached the agency's e-mail security and sent
pornographic pictures to hundreds of FWC employees.
During the investigation, computer experts found evidence that some
FWC employees had visited sexually-graphic Internet sites using state-
owned computers, prompting an internal investigation by the FWC's
inspector general, Jim Knight.
"Improper use of the agency's computers is a violation of policy, which
we will deal with in-house," Egbert said, "but the allegations that
someone may have deleted files from my computer is an accusation
that someone has committed a crime. I've asked FDLE's Office of
Executive Investigations to establish whether there is any truth to
the allegation."
The affidavit filed in the court case charged that FWC employees had
"wiped" sections of their hard drives. Actually, a couple of the hard
drives were wiped by FDLE technicians to remove the pornographic
pictures sent on February 22. FDLE believed it would have been ille-
gal to return the hard drives to the FWC without removing the offen-
sive pictures. Others were wiped by FWC technicians to prevent re-
creation of certain legally deleted files which are exempt from public
records requests.
Other allegations in the affidavit claim that employees have deleted
numerous e-mails and accessed their personal e-mail accounts from
state computers. Deletion of e-mails after dealing with them is rou-
tine among all computer users since e-mail memories become full
and will shut down if overloaded. Also, accessing personal e-mail ac-
counts is not restricted by FWC policies. In fact, it's necessary for
some employees to receive work-related e-mails and transmit work-
related information to their home computers.
Egbert said the one-year-old FWC is facing many challenges in its
efforts to manage and protect the state's fish and wildlife resources-
a task that formerly required three agencies.
"The Internet has proved to be a powerful tool for assembling infor-
mation and fostering communication," Egbert said. "Unfortunately,
it also offers easy access to Web sites that are inappropriate for state
employees on state time."

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Massey and Wood
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meeting. I would prefer to wait
until the next regular meeting to
conduct that business, if it's all
Gaidry said that he did not think
it would make any difference
about it being a special meeting.
He went on to say, "They are ready
to serve and those who are sitting
as city appointments are sitting
Jones responded that "I would
ask that our attorney address that
in a private meeting."
Cowles said, "Under the enabling
legislation the Authority qualifies
anybody who has been properly
appointed. There is no provision
for any one else swearing them in.
Secondly what you are doing is
making arguments about a matter
that is under litigation and you
are welcome to make those
arguments to the court but we are
not going to engage in litigation
here and now. I believe that the
Port and Airport Authority are
quite confident in their facts as
to what seats are vacant and what
are not and this is a matter that
will be decided at the end of the
Gaidry asked, "Would you kindly
tell me what the qualifications
are?" Cowles refused, saying, once
again, that she would not discuss
the matter that was in litigation.
Gaidry asked "Is it the position of
this board tonight that you are
refusing to seat Donald Wood and
William Massey and Freda White
and Dr. Ivan Backleman?"
Cowles answered, "Yes, it's a
matter under litigation. We
naturally are not going to take a
step that is an ultimate fact on
which we are litigating."
Gaidry said, "You have taken a
position that you recognize there
are two seats and they are open."
Cowles said, "That was a matter
that was in the injunction and
which is now dissolved."
Once more Gaidry persisted,
"There is one of those seats that
is open as of today. There can
certainly not be any question
about that, can there?"
Cowles went on to say that the
business of the meeting was over.
Jones said that he had a letter
from Ron Walters because he
could not come to the meeting.
The letter basically stated that
Walters was properly nominated
and seated and he did not intend
to give up his seat.

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200 Register For 6th

Fishing Tournameni

By Tom Campbell
Timber Island Yacht Club contin-
ued its tradition of success with
the Youth Fishing Tournament
Saturday, July 15, when 200
youth. up to 15 years old regis-
tered and enjoyed a beautiful day
of fishing. Tee-shirts and trophies
were given totall entrants. The age
limit is placed "through age 15"
because at age 16 an individual
is required to have a fishing li-
cense and that presents "a com-
plication' that the organizers did
not want to get entangled with.
The youngest youth registered in
the 6th Annual Youth Fishing
Tournament was three weeks old.
Her name is Kristin St. Moritz.
"And she caught a fish," smiled
her mother, 'Ms. Bridget St.
Moritz. "I held her fingers while
she baited the hook, and then
while she reeled in the fish." Ms.
St. Moritz laughed, "I suppose
we'd have to say that she and I
did it together." Kristin weighs 7
pounds, 2 ounces, according to
her mother, and "she caught a
Toad fish that weighed in at .182."
Kristin won her division.
The official Weigh-In Committee
was Jim Lawlor, Marty Lawlor and
Millard Collins. They appeared to
be having as much fun as the
youth, who were proudly show-
ing off their "catch of the day."
On the Safurday before the Tour-
nameL t, Timber; il slandc'Yacht
Club sp.onsoed its4 manual Youth
Fishing Class, for which 20 reg-

search on the historic lens cur-
SAnnual Timber Island Yacht Club Youth gently n display at thewCo
Guard District Office in New Or-
leans. He believes it may be the
t original lens from the Crooked
River Lighthouse but is doing
more research to determine if it
is the i ri l ln

istered. The class included in-
structions on safety with fishing
hooks, how to bait, and good fish-
ing techniques. Florida Marine
Patrol assisted in teaching the
young people about fishing safety.
Eli Dean was a prize winner. He
is eight years old and caught a 4.5
pound sailcat.
Registration committee for the
Youth Fishing Tournament was
Linda Ratcliff, Deanna Collins,
Jackie Coarsey and Flo Coody.
Timber Island Yacht Club success
with the 6th Annual Youth Fish-
ing Tournament was best demon-
strated by the "little folks with big
smiles," according to organizer Flo
Coody. Some of those little folks
also. had some big fish to show.
But the others whose catch was
smaller were just as proud and
their smiles were just as big. "All
things, considered," smiled Ms.
Coody, "it was a very successful
event, which Timber Island Yacht
Club is very proud to sponsor."

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Josuah Richards, 3. Eli Dean;
Croaker: 1. Dakota Massey, 2.
Shawn Chisholm, 3. Stacey
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Crooked River



By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle Lighthouse Asso-
ciation (CLA) met on July 11, at
the Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce Office. John Canetta
gave a very interesting update on
historical matters affecting the
lighthouse. He said that a refer-
ence book titled "Historic Light-
house Preservation Handbook"
will be a first book on CLA's shelf
of books on lighthouses. He said
two days after he sent out an or-
der for the book it came with no
invoice courtesy of a National
Parks employee, who also loves
He reported that at the Light-
house Appreciation Day gather-
ing he had met William Roberts,
whose father was the assistant
keeper of the Crooked River Light-
houses From 1921 to 1925. Rob-
erts donated a book he has pre-
pared called "Our Lighthouse
Years 1894 1952."
Canetta reported that Tom Tay-
lor had assisted the CLA with re-

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More interesting news to the
members was his correspondence
with Wayne Wheeler, who is the
Head Keeper and President of the
U.S. Lighthouse Association. He
sent Canetta a drawing of the
keeper's house, the dock, the
lighthouse itself and one of the
lenses dated 1894, which identi-
fied the maker of the lens.
Canetta also reported a trip he
made to the Coastguard office in
Panama City where he talked with
Chief Hensler, who is in charge of
the area that includes Crooked
River Lighthouse. He was told that
apparently it had been painted in
1986 and was scheduled for an-
other paint job in 1993, but that
was canceled when it became
known that the lighthouse would
be decommissioned. One of the
things that the Chief felt would
improve the lighthouse would be
to raise the railing around the-
narrow gallery walkway and to
remove the small ladder that leads
to the walkway to the outside
President Barbara Revell reported
that the CLA made $177.73 on
Lighthouse Appreciation Day. She
said that there would not be any
meeting in August and the next
one will be in September. Frieda
Trotter will present a program on
Lighthouse Gardens. If you are
interested in Lighthouses and
want to join the CLA you can call
Barbara Revell at 697-2941.

Alligator Point


Updated On

Water Expansion

By Rene Topping
The Alligator Point Water Re-
source Board (APWRB) met on
July 15, at 10 a.m. for its regular
meeting. The meeting was chaired
by Randy Miller. The first item on
the agenda was to confirm Man-
ager Taylor Moore's salary and to
obtain a retainer agreement.
Moore agreed to a salary of $1,500
a month plus legal fees and to
keep office hours from 3 to 6 for
three days per week and full-time
for the other two.

As part of the manager's report
Moore said that he had a com-
plaint from Elaine Morton, who
brought over a basketful of laun-
dry she had just done and which
was badly discolored with iron
residue. Moore said he satisfied
Ms. Morton's complaint by re-
washing her laundry and revealed
that he had added a jug full of
white vinegar to the load. Some
women in the audience made note
of the "Hint from Taylor."
The board then heard the APWRB
on the water main upgrade. Moore
said that a letter had been re-
ceived from Don W. Berryhill, PE,
Chief, Bureau of Water Funding,
Department of Environment Pro-
tection. The letter was read to the
audience by the Board's Engineer,
Mike Murphy, PE. The letter
stated that on action taken by a


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List Management Hearing held on
June 30. the project is now eli-
gible for construction funding in
the amount of $1,158,368.
Murphy then read the resolution
the board would sign in order to
get the loan. The resolution said
in part that the "...APWRB in-
tends to enter into an agreement
with the Department of Environ-
mental Protection (DEP) under the
State Revolving Fund for project
financing." A motion was made to
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Miller ("Put your legal hat on, Tay-
lor, We're not pledging our ad va-
lorem taxes are we?") Taylor re-
sponded that the document read
"...Repayment of the loan will be
from the net water system rev-
enues. The motion was passed
unanimously. Board member
Fred McCord requested that he be
delegated to negotiate the amount
of interest with the bank and was
given that responsibility.
Murphy said he would like Moore
to get the application in as soon
as possible and that he would rec-
ommend waiting for the final
agreement to be before advertis-
ing for bids.
The next item was the test well
and Murphy reported that the re-
sults had already been sent to
Water Management. They had
pumped at various rates
100-150-200 and 259 gallons per
minute and it did well. They have
decided to settle on 150 gpm. He
said the quality of water was good.
There was a little more sodium
and chlorides in the water but no
Murphy added that when the
wells were driven and working
they can abandon wells 2, 3 and
4 and keep 1 and 5 will be used
less. He was questioned as to the
fact that this was on St. Joe Land
Development (also now known as
ARVIDA) land and would there be
problems if ARVIDA wanted to
drill wells. Murphy responded
saying that the land covers over
2 miles.
Murphy said there will be another
hearing on money for the well
project somewhere in late Sep-
tember. He cautioned that the
board would have to have all its
permits and easements granted
by Arvida and Florida Power a
month ahead so they will all need
to be ready by the middle of Au-
gust. Miller said that he thought
e could help out on that and talk
to people at ARVIDA.
The next item was to set the ten-
tative millage rate for the ad valo'
rem taxes. Moore suggested that
it be set at 2.4, a little lower than
the rollback of 2.416. Moore told
residents that the $121,000
needed to take care of the loan.
There will be budget hearings on
September 16 and a final public
hearing on September 30, both at
10 a.m.
Moore spoke on the MediaCom
contracts that are mounted on the
water tanks. He said that he can
get more fees from Utilities Ser-
vices who do the maintenance of
the district tanks, and they would
take over full management and,
operations. MediaCom have a
contract now and they believe

they can get $18,000 but cannot
guarantee. The board agreed to go
to Utilities Services when they
change the contract.
Murphy said that in the future the
residents need to conserve water
no matter what. There should be
less irrigation of lawns. Moore
said the residents had responded
to the call to use less water mak-
ing water usage decrease 28 per-
cent decrease from May 2000 and
ten percent from June 1999. The
board agreed that it was not ready
to lift the conservation.
The Chairman then called for
questions from the audience. The
questions came fast on iron in the
water. Mary Lee Jolly said she had
a whole house filter and displayed
a new white sheet washed for the
first time turned yellow with ugly
stains, and a blanket belonging
to her mother that was stained
orange. He said when the ice in
glassed dissolved it left particles.
The Chairman said he too had
problems with orange water. One
man showed his filter and the
board asked to take it in order
that they could have it analyzed.
Bunky Atkinson said that there
was a black rubber pipe on the
district side of the metor that was
*bringing black stuff into her wa-
ter. The board suggested that a
complete survey should be sent
to every water customer in order
that they can pinpoint problems.
Joann Diebel said that when she
uses her hot tub the water ap-
pears to have something that re-
sembles red clay in it. Harry
Workman said last year his hot
tub was O.K. This year it seems
to have sand in it. After listening
to the complaints Miller said, "We
will do something about it.'
Rand Edelstein asked several
technical questions of Murphy. He
has previously brought to the
Board's attention some problem
that he sees in the district sys-
tem. McCord was sharply critical
in this response to Edelstein.
However, Miller asked Edelstein
what he thought should be done.
Edelstein replied that they needed
to have a complete analysis. Miller
asked for the appropriate tests
that Edelstein would think should
be done and they would do them.
Edelstein said he was concerned
because this was a significant in-
William (Bill) Rollins, PG, of Jim
Stidham and Associates, special-
izing in Hydrology, Geology, Civil
and Environmental Engineering,
said that the test well is good and
had constant readings on the
pumping. He said that it is a de-
veloping field, adding that the well
will be right in the center and
should produce plenty of good
water. Miller said that there is no
well field inside the district
boundaries. However, he said he
feels confident that if the district
accommodates Arvida the com-
pany will respond favorably. The
next regular meeting will be held
on October 28.

FDLE Probe from Page 4

He said the problem of employees sometimes visiting offensive Web
sites or conducting private business on state computers is a reality
that he intends to deal with strictly and promptly.
"We have the resources and the will to discipline any employee who
violates the rules, and they get a reminder of that every time they
switch on their personal computers and a message appears on the
screen telling them their computer use is monitored," Egbert said.
Meanwhile, Egbert said, he is eager to put the computer misuse alle-
gations behind him and return his focus to the task of managing the
living resources of Florida's complex ecosystem.
"The people of Florida have entrusted the FWC with enormous re-
sponsibilities, and I think that reflects the confidence they have in
the job we're doing," Egbert said. "We can't afford many more distrac-
tions if we are to maintain the quality of the work this state has every
right to expect from us."

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The Franklin Chronicle

St. Junirie Bay Progress

By Tom Campbell
The proposed St. James Bay de-
velopment is a 378-acre multi-use
golf course community which will
include approximately 575 resi-
dential dwelling units, an eighteen
hole, par-72 golf course, 210,000
square feet of commercial space,
and the Homeowners Bay Recre-
ational Facility.
The developer's plan details how
it will preserve and protect the
"unique environmental features of
this site as an amenity for pro-
spective homeowners and visi-
tors." Of the 378 acres included
in the parcel, approximately 100
acres are wetlands. According to
the plan, "numerous alterations
and redesigns have resulted in
less than 3 acres of wetland fill
for the entire project."
Golf course flyways will necessi-
tate hand-trimming of an addi-
tional 12 to 17 acres of wetlands,
according to the report. The
project biologist has determined
that this trimming "will actually
result in healthier wetland areas
by removing some of the exotic
species (such as planted pine) and
by mimicking the effects of fire.
Throughout the entire community
the developer has provided for
setbacks from the wetland areas
to protect and preserve their natu-
ral beauty and function."
The developer's proposal provides
additional protection for the natu-
ral resources of the area, such as
"using reclaimed water for irriga-
tion, requiring the use of low-flow
plumbing fixtures, and minimiz-
ing the use of fertilizer and pesti-
cides through implementation of
a best management practices pro-
gram for the golf course. The pro-
posed stormwater management
system will provide similar qual-
ity, volume and timing of runoff
from the site compared to the
pre-development conditions. The
project site is located in an area
where the waters of the St. George
Sound/Gulf of Mexico are unclas-
sified and closed to shellfish har-
vesting, and the project will not
adversely affect shellfishing."
The St. James Bay project will
"provide a significant economic
benefit to Franklin County, pro-
viding more than 140 construc-
tion related jobs, more than 60
permanent non-construction re-
lated jobs, an estimated annual
increase in Franklin County tax
revenue at build out of approxi-
mately $1.9 million."
The project is "consistent with the
Franklin County Comprehensive

According to Dave Hemphill,
ASLA, Project Manager and Agent
for St. James Bay, 'The entire St.
James Bay team is very proud of
this proposed project ... this
project provides for both the pro-
tection and enjoyment of the
abundant natural resources of
the project site and the entire
Mr. Eddie Clark is President of the
General Partner of Carrabelle
Properties, Ltd., the sole owner of
St. James Bay. "Eddie Clark, as
President of Woodhill Carrabelle,
Inc., a Texas Corporation which
is the General Partner of
Carrabelle Properties, Ltd.," con-
curred with the development plan
as described. Carrabelle Proper-
ties, Ltd., lists a Dallas, Texas
address, with Mr. Eddie Clark as
President of the-General Partner.
"Owner is authorized to do busi-
ness in the State of Florida."
Authorized Agent for DRI, and
Consultants: Civil Engineering,
Surveying and Landscape Archi-
tect-Baskerville-Donovan, Inc.,
Attention Mr. Dave Hemphill. Ar-
chaeologist is Mr. Dan Penton of
Post, Buckley, Shuh and Jernigan
of Tallahassee, Florida.
The 378-acre tract of land in
southeastern Franklin County is
located east of Lanark Village.
Access to the project is provided
via U.S. Highway 98 and by
Crooked River Road, also locally
known as McIntyre Road.
The area has a history over 400
years old. The name, St. James
Bay, was derived from the name
given to the adjacent body of wa-
ter by the early Spanish explor-
ers. During the Second World War,
the site was a portion of Camp
Gordon Johnston, a U.S. Army
Amphibian Base. Subsequently,
the site was owned by St. Joe Pa-
per Company. More recently, in
the 1970's to 1990's, the site was
the former Anneewakee School, a
"wilderness treatment facility for
troubled children."
Development is planned in two
phases. Phase I, which is planned
to begin in 2001 and be completed
in 2004, will consist of 169 resi-
dential dwelling units, the 18-hole
golf course and clubhouse and
Phase II is planned to begin in
2004 and be completed in 2008.
It will consist of 406 residential
dwelling units, 210,000 square
feet of commercial building, plus
the Homeowners Bay Recreation
The Master Plan of the project
proposes a total of 575 residen-

Numbers 1 through 18 indicated fairways/holes of the golf course. Black area in the upper left indicate multi-family
homes. Blank margins top and to the right edge indicate possible home sites. Small black areas indicate wetlands to
be created. Number 19 indicates driving range and number 98 indicates Highway 98.

nai dwelling units. A total of 306
single-family homes are proposed
on lots ranging in size from 1/4
acre to 1/5 acre. Another 159
residential dwelling units will be
higher density Garden Homes.
The final 110 dwellings, to be lo-
cated in the core area of the
project, will be higher density
units in a three-story-over-
parking configuration. It is antici-
pated that the owners through-
out the project will be a combina-
tion of permanent and secondary
residents, most likely retired or
nearing retirement.
Lower density residential sites will
be wrapped around the golf
course fairways and overlooking
the wetlands and lakes. Except for
a few units in Phase, II which will
necessitate 0.4 acres of fill, no
housing lots will encroach into the
wetlands. The high density units
will be located on an island in the
middle of a lake. Residential road-
ways and drives will minimize
impacts to wetlands.

Golf Course
A par-72 golf course is the main
amenity ofthe project. The course



PHASE I 169 2.42 409 0.044 7 0.54 91
PHASE 1I 406 2.42 983 0.044 18 0.54 219
T'OTAL 575 1392 25 310

1. 2.42 Presons per household for Franklin County obtained from the 1998 Florida Statistical Abstract
2. Elderly persons (65 years and older) per household obtained from U.S. Census data for zip code 32322 (Carrabelle).
3. Total school age children based on estimate provided by Franklin County School Superintendent.

KMT from Page 1

sequently did not meet tnat time.
Keck said he repeatedly asked for
a schedule and never got one from
KMT. He said in his opinion KMT
was the cause of delays. In the
end voted in favor of RDI and
Gaskin was told that he had to
pay the damages. KMT was then
approved for payment with the liq-
uidated damages taken out of
their pay request.
On Commissioner's Reports:
Commissioner Frank Mathes,
Parks and Roads, asked that his
crew work have a 5-day work
week instead of the 4-day one
currently. The change approved
Water and Sewer Commissioner
Philip Rankin said that he had
another memo from the North
West Florida Water Management
District (NWFWM) on conserving
water. He asked residents that
they continue to conserve water
or it may become mandatory.
Item 1. The request for payment
from KMT was reduced to
$90,760.64 and was approved.
Item 2. BDI was approved on
their pay requests of Invoice
#63957 for $1,729.00 for Water
System Improvements and
Invoice #63957 for $1,006.00
Water Consumption Permit.
Item 3. Commissioners approved
Ben Withers Inc., request for pay-
ment of $75,001.86 on the
Downtown Streetscape.
Item 4. David Hemphill requested
a change order to be at no cost to
the city for a 60-day extension on
the Downtown Streetscape and
the request was approved.
Ann Cowles appeared on behalf
of Blanche Cox and her son Frank
Johnson, saying that the addition
of a planter on the side of their
business, at US98 and Marine
Street, would cause them prob-
lems of entry to their business.
She read a passage from previous
minutes in which the commission
had voted to omit it and use deco-
rative paving in its place.
She pointed out that large vehicles
enter this business, such as
trucks towing a boat. She said

that there could be problems for
the city if an accident occurred
and a truck or trailer mounted the
curbing around the planter and
overturned. Also Cox was in the
process of talking to the Petro
Corp. on putting a service station
back on that corner, and large fuel
carriers would have difficulty ne-
gotiating their way in. Cowles said
that it could deny Cox the oppor-
tunity to once again have a ser-
vice station.
Cowles said, "I recognize that city
beautification is a legitimate pub-
lic service but you have to balance
this between traffic and safety
measures and also not do some-
thing that would hurt a person's
Rankin asked about the previous
changes. There was a quiet dis-
cussion among the commission-
ers and Cowles, not available to
the public. Jackson said that the
court reporter could not hear
what they were saying. Rankin
suggested they take the planter
out. Pat Maiers asked, "Why
would the city risk a lawsuit over
a 6" high planter?"
Commissioner Phillip Rankin said
that he was worried that the city
could get into legal difficulties.
Hemphill said they could do the
paving instead of the planter and
a tree. Preston made the motion
to staywith the latest sketch,
which was the one currently
showing the planter in place. It
was seconded by Williams and
passed. Cowles said that Cox and
Johnson will proceed with filing
an injunction against the city.
Other business:
Guidelines for office and employ-
ees was tabled to next meeting.

Fireworks for Christmas
Boat Parade
Commissioners decided the
amount they had budgeted was
not sufficient for an effective dis-
play and turned it down.

Sea Oats Garden Club
Members of the Sea Oats Garden
Club were approved on a proposal
that the club donate three con-
crete park benches to be used at
the Veterans Memorial Park with

4 For Port Authority,


Salaries, New Officer
By Rene Topping
When Item 9 was announced at
the July 6 meeting of the Carra-
belle City Commission, Police
Commissioner Raymond Williams
quickly said "I'll take that one."
He went on to say, "I was informed
a while back that there were four
city appointments that needed to
be made. We have Mary Jane
looking into it, our staff looking
into it. Being as there was an in-
junction filed that we cannot
make four appointments until the
injunction is over with or we can
prove one way the actual appoint-
ments we have."
"In the discussion of those four
appointments, two of those ap-
pointees have declined to serve,
after a lot of the controversy I
guess. I am going to go ahead and
make two additional to that until

paths of concrete bricks made
with representation footprints of
children from the Carrabelle El-
ementary School. They were ap-

New Sewer Lines
Dan Keck said that the city has
to have approval in writing to be
part of the request for money from
the State revolving Fund. Citizens
had been concerned about sign-
ing for the city to be able to go on
their property and have pipes and
other equipment on their prop-
They also were concerned about
the wording on the letters that
were sent out with the easements
for the sewer line. Some people
were disturbed that the letter
asked them to give permission to
place some lines and on others
gravity pits. The letter stated the
ines would be in effect for the
term of the loan. Keck said that
most of the work would be in the
right of way. He also said the city
needs to update the sewer lines
and they would not be able to
without the agreements.

is to be built primarily on up-
lands, with an estimated impact
to wetlands from fill of less than
three acres. Most wetland cross-
ings by golf carts will be by el-
evated boardwalks. Flyways,
which will be minimally cleared
wetlands suitable for use as an
unimproved hazard, will total ap-
proximately 12 to 17 acres. Fly-
ways. will not allow pedestrian
passage, will not be mowed, irri-
gated, or have turf. Where flyways
crossings are necessary, the
crossings will be elevated board-

Commercial Area
The Preliminary Master Plan re-
serves approximately 21 acres in
the southwest comer of the project
site as a commercial area. This
site is adjacent to U.S. Highway
98. It is planned that commercial
uses such as banking, grocery
store, convenience store and com-
mon local services such as a res-
taurant or real estate office will
be located here. A 50-foot vegeta-
tion buffer will be provided be-
tween the highway and the com-
mercial area for aesthetic pur-
poses. The total area of commer-
; cial building is estimated at
210,000 square feet.

we find out exactly what the in-
tent is, or exactly how many we
do have. I would like to point out
that these appointments to the
Port Authority were never sworn
in. These are appointments to it,
subject to the facts. It may turn
out we don't have four appoint-
ments. We'll deal with that one
when it is decided."
On item 14 (in the injunction) it
was stated that two of the people
were "questionable to hold public
office" and that would be shown
on the merits. Personally, I think
that 'all of the people there were
of high standards."
"I am going to so ahead and ask
for the appointment of Dr. Freda
White and Dr. Ivan Backleman to
be added to the appointments. I
understand that the Governor's
office had asked these people to
be appointed." Motion was made
by Williams to appoint the two.

Sidewalks and Bike Paths
The project will promote pedes-
trian and bike activities by pro-
viding a pedestrian/bike connec-
tion between the Golf Club Site
and the Commercial Facility along
Crooked River Road. Sidewalks
will be built on a phased basis as
construction progresses adjacent
to all single-family homes.
A bike path connection has been
proposed between Lanark Village
and St. James Bay. The Developer
also will provide a bike path from
U.S. Highway 98 to the west line
of St. James Bay portion along
Crooked River Road that may,
along with the connection to
Lanark Village, become part of the
proposed Gopher, Frog and Alli-
gator Bike Trail at some point in
the future.

How Demand For Project
Was Determined
The north Florida area has expe-
rienced a large influx of new resi-
dents in recent years, who are at
or nearing retirement age. Devel-
opment is to accommodate the
active lifestyle of modern matu-
rity. Currently, people are discov
ering the "pleasant pace, rolling
green hills and moderate climate
of the Florida panhandle."

seconded by Commissioner Frank
Mathes. Rita Preston wanted to
discuss the motion and wait un-
til they were sure what seats were
open. She said she would like to
table until they know what terms
the people would serve. Williams
was asked which two had declined
and he stated Sid Winchester and
Richard Molsbee.
Suddenly there was an outburst
from Mayor Wilburn Curley
Messer. He banged the gavel and
said, "I am going to make a state-
ment. I am sick and tired of what
is going on. I would like to know
what is going on. I was elected by
74 per cent of the town. I tell you,
when I get to the Governor's of-
fice it ain't going to be very nice. I
can tell you that and I am going
to the Governor's office."
The motion was restated includ-
ing the names and it passed 3-2
with Preston and Rankin nay.

While the St. James Bay project
is east of the current high growth
area (near Destin), "more and
more people are looking to the
area (near Lanark Village) be-
cause of the abundant recre-
ational opportunities in the re-
gion, and the proximity to both
the Gulf of Mexico and the state
The economic prosperity of recent
years has resulted in a substan-
tial increase in the number of se-
nior executives who are looking
for a second home to vacation in
now, that will serve as an early
.retirement home in a few short
years. Golf and tennis are prime
recreational pursuits of this de-
mographic group, but the
developer's survey revealed very
few facilities in the legion.
For example, the closest golf
courses are 35 miles to the east
or 50 miles to the west. The natu-
ral beauty and relaxed pace of the
area, combined with the proxim-
ity to the resources of a major city,
make this (the area near Lanark
Village) the ideal location for a golf
course community for semi-
retired and retired residents.

Terrell (Terry) Saunders and
Albert Fincher were the only two
Applicants for the vacant position
Sof Carrabelle policeman.
Saunders was the only one who
appeared for the interview. He was
called to the front of the room and
Messer asked him, Now, bubba,
will you do a good job for me? 1
believe you will. You know how I
feel." Williams asked if he would
go through a probationary period
and the answer was "Yes." Messer
told Fincher he should come to
him. Then he was approved as a
policeman and will go to work
right away.
On the agenda item that called for
a large increase in the commis-
sioners salaries, the proposal was
that the commissioners and the
mayor each get $300 per month
for a total of $18,000 annually,
that retirement be paid
$3,240.00, that Social Security to-
tal $1,380.00 and Health Insur-
ance $9,660.00, for a grand total
of $32,280.00 per year.

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Trial from Page 1
S the prosecution's Case in Chief.

S The Wellsprings Operations
As the trial days elapsed during the Prosecution's Case in Chief, the
overall operation of the nursing organization became clear. The cen-
tral office was in Carrabelle, with the two principal executive officers
being Brenda (or Nita) Molsbee and Maxine Carroll. Their financial
officer, as he was later identified in documents, was Tom Novak. There
was a Head of Nursing, administrative assistants, two regional direc-
tors and others. The regional directors were identified as Maxie
Carroll's husband, Willie Fred Carroll, and Brenda Molsbee's hus-
band, Richard Molsbee.
Over the three-year period 1992-1995, branch offices were eventu-
ally opened in Panama City, Perry, Quincy, Medart, Tallahassee and
S Each of the branch offices was staffed with nurses, nursing assis-
tants, office managers, and other administrators. Mileage was paid to
nurses conducting home health care visits and for travel to and from,
the branches to the central office. Each of the branch offices had to
be stocked with medical supplies. Magic Maintenance (MM) was a
supplier of some materials and upkeep services. Another corporate
organization, Island View Enterprises (IVE), supplied offices rented
to the main corporate body, Wellsprings.
Magic Maintenance and IVE billed Wellsprings for services and mate-
rials as did each Branch that regularly reported payroll and mileage
expenses to the main office. These figures were eventually drawn to-
gether into a Cost Report compiled in an interim and a final year
Report. The U. S. Government had established private insurance car-
riers to review nursing agencies delivering supplies and health ser-
vices in the rural areas, and Aetna Insurance Company would regu-
larly perform audits on Wellsprings reports of costs before authoriz-
ing payments to Wellsprings.
On other occasions, the auditors at Aetna could also deny payment of
costs incurred by Wellsprings for such items as salaries, mileage or
supplies. Great emphasis was placed upon support documentation
to avoid any disallowancee" of the costs incurred by the home health
provider. At times these "disallowances" would involve thousands of
dollars, requiring some hours of negotiations between Wellsprings
and the auditors at Aetna. The basis for controlling all decisions on
authorizations or disallowances was the annual or interim cost re-
ports, prepared by Thomas Novak in the years 1993-1995, and by
Doug Patterson shortly before the closing of Wellsprings in late sum-
mer 1995 into the period of filed bankruptcy.
Indeed, support documentation was the watchword on any expenses
incurred by the home health agency. For example, if an employee
was to be paid mileage to and from a branch office, or into the field to
conduct a home health visit, each employee would normally record
mileage data on a sheet for that purpose, and these would be accu-
mulated at the central office before payment was made locally. This
data would eventually be reported on the cost reports as well, to be
reviewed by Aetna Insurance Co. auditors. The mileage sheets would
become the support documentation for issuance of mileage checks to
the appropriate employees, along with any documentation defining
their job, etc.

Trial Operations
After jury selection, during which each side (prosecution, often re-
ferred to as "the government's case, etc., and the defense) had a num-
ber of challenges. The process of selection occurred fairly quickly,
followed with opening statements. The defense for Molsbee elected to
waive their opening statement until their own case would be pre-
Maxie Carroll's Attorney Made Her Opening Statement
After the prosecution's opening statement, which amounts to their
outline of the case, including evidence they hope to use to support
the indictment, the witnesses are called "for the Government." The
prosecution leads off with the first questions, but the defense may
raise objections to the statements on the basis of relevance, or com-
petency, or other reason. Judge Hinkle would either sustain the ob-
jection or overrule it, and without mentioning it at the time, which
met for the jury to reject the matter objected to, or receive it along
with other evidence. Documentary evidence-and this trial contained

an abundance of documents-is subject to the same challenges.
Interestingly, very few of the documents garnered objections prob-
ably due to the process of discovery enabling both sides to examine
what the other may have and want to present to the jury.
Thus, there is not much room for "Perry Mason type surprises" in
Court unless such evidence is indeed found and presented at the
very last minute during trial. The defense has opportunities to chal-
lenge prosecution witnesses during their cross-examination follow-
ing the prosecution's first exam, called Direct Examination. Then, a
Cross-Examination is permitted, followed with another round of Re-
direct and Re-Cross by the prosecution and defense, respectively, in
this example.
When the Defense presents their case, they lead off with a Direct
Exam, followed by the prosecution's Cross-exam. One tactic used by
the other side is to attempt to discredit the observations made by the
witness initially as in the example of a Government's witness, an FBI
"Special Agent," who insisted that the Postmaster in Apalachicola was
male in 1997-1998. Such an observation might be tempered with a
challenge that he was mistaken and perhaps reflect on his other ob-
servations testified to. The Defense asked him whether the Post-
master, Judi Stowski was indeed a "he" or a" Postmistress" and the
"special agent" paused, then embarrassingly admitted he was wrong.
The postmaster indeed wore skirts.
Judge Robert Hinkle called each daily session of the trial to order
about 9 a.m. with one 10-minute break in the morning, an hour for
lunch, usually taken about 12:30 to 1 p.m., and another short break
in the afternoon. The trial day would typically end about 5:30 p.m.
Each daily session involved a large number of charts, inventory lists,
tabular data, various checks mostly signed by Brenda Molsbee, and
summary tables made up of data based on Wellsprings records.

Gary Taylor, legal counsel
to Brenda Molsbee

Brenda Molsbee (file photo)

The Government seized the records of Wellsprings in the fall of 1995,
and kept them for analysis over a period of two and one-half years
before indictments against Molsbee, Novak and Carroll were brought.
A grand jury in Pensacola went over the evidence about a year prior
to the trial and decided that there was enough evidence on the ele-
ments of fraud and conspiracy to bring formal charges against the
three accused. The amount of material investigators poured through
in order to present their case in a coherent whole began with thou-
sands of pages and checks negotiated at local banks. Check dates,
amounts, payee identifications and endorsement signatures were
flashed on the electronic screens quickly with any particular image
held no longer than 10 or 15 seconds at a time.
During the first two or three days of the prosecution's case, efforts
were made to establish payment patterns and payments made to family
members of the accused. Thus, payee names such as Mike Rucker,
Renee Millender, Renee Brannan, Richard Molsbee, Willie Carroll and
the accused themselves, as they too collected mileage, appeared. Jamie
Crum appeared as a government witness with the function of de-
scribing some operations, but mainly to identify persons and proce-
dures as more checks were entered into evidence.

Tom Novak, Government Witness
Tom Novak then testified as to his role in the enterprise as a govern-
ment witness. The Defense lawyers, of course, had an opportunity to
cross-examine Novak on the stand. At this time, he testified that he
prepared tax returns for the accused, as well as for Magic Mainte-
nance and Island View Enterprises, and the cost reports that later
figured to be very important in contributing to the financial confu-
sion (some said "mess") that Wellsprings experienced. The cost re-
ports brought forward the Aetna auditors which led to several disal-
lowances, that led to financial problems for the organizations. The
cost reports contained serious flaws, incorrect data, and other prob-
lems leading the government to bring charges of fraud and tax eva-
sion. In later days of the trial, accountant Douglas Patterson testified
that Novak told him that cost reports that contained higher costs
would make more money for the corporation. Patterson disagreed.
telling the Court on Friday, 14 July, that inflated cost reports only
invited more disallowances and might impact on future disallowances.
making matters worse for Wellsprings. By this time, a great number
of negative comments about Novak's competencies had been made,
including his own revelation that he had never made cost reports
when Wellsprings first hired him. Brenda Molsbee and Maxie Carroll
made many of the employment decisions at the Novak level.
Patterson's memoranda to Aetna auditors, evaluating Novak's com-
petencies, in late 1995 were presented to the jury more than once.
Crum denied that Tom Novak ever gave him instructions on prepar-
ing ledgers. Mr. Novak had determined the amount of rent to be paid
to the branch offices. Crum described Wellsprings as employing 150
to 200 persons during its years of operation (1993-1995), drawing
revenue from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. Later evidence
established that Wellsprings revenue's were based on Medicare to the
level of about 90 per cent. Carroll's attorney brought out that the
business was divided functionally, with Brenda Molsbee taking charge
of the administration and financing and Ms. Carroll taking charge of
the medical side.

On the afternoon of the second trial day, one juror was excused due
to a slightly ambiguous interaction he had with an unidentified per-
son while both were near a coffee machine in the lower lounge.
Tom Novak continued his testimony, admitting that he did not know
that "related parties" were to be listed on the 1994 cost report, a
seemingly random development in the evidence that would have im-
plications later. Novak also mentioned that he had not read IRS regu-
lations on filling out cost reports until 1995. In his testimony, it ap-
peared at first as if Novak was resisting the questions from the de-
fense attorney and the prosecutor. His guilty plea and cooperation
agreement were entered into the record. The Molsbee and Carroll at-
torneys reiterated that Novak was to receive a "get-out-of-jail-free-
ticket" for this testimony, but no deal of that sort was ever struck.
Novak will not be sentenced until mid-August 2000. Novak's claim-
ing forgetfulness was more apparent when he said that it had been
seven years since he had seen some documents or thought about
conversations with the other accused.
The Novak testimony did establish for the defense that he did not
agree with the other accused to make false statements, nor to lie to
the IRS, nor to commit fraud. He did agree with the defense attorney's
characterization of his testimony, in words to the effect, "If the gov-
ernment likes your testimony, they will give you the ticket to stay out
of jail." Novak agreed with that characterization, under oath.
Upon further questioning by defense attorneys, Mr. Novak stated he
was a "licensed public accountant" but he could not recall in what
state. A number of other questions were answered with failing memory.
Novak explained he had had five surgeries and was taking medica-
tions that might affect his recollection.
Attention shifted to the preparation of tax returns for the companies,
with Novak admitting that he left out an important deduction for
$292,000, for the Delta computer system.
Attorney George Blow. through Novak's testimony, established that
Wellsprings was a company that had gone through what was termed
"explosive growth" in a few short years. When Al Shuler, Apalachi-
cola, owned Wellsprings, it had 20 patients. In 1995, in a 9-month
period, Wellsprings had conducted 96,906 patient visits.
Novak told the Court that he has a bone disease; that his joints were
eroding. His surgeries consisted of knee replacements, work on his
right and left shoulders (he was wearing a sling during his testimony)
and he was taking several medications.

Advocate Now
In Sheriff's
By Tom Campbell
Ms. Clarice Gross, who has been
living in Apalachicola two years,
is now employed as Victim's Ad-
vocate in the Franklin County
Sheriffs Department. She said
she also owns a gift shop, called
Chez Funk, on Market Street in
Gross had been working in Talla-
hassee in the Child Abuse Service,
Guardian ad Litem, a state group.
She said her job involves, among
other things, assessment of the
situation whenever a victim
comes in. She may be assigned
to assess children and assist in
their situation. She said she wrote
the application for the grant and
it was awardedto the department.
She is a First Responder in a do-
mestic crisis situation.
Gross said she works in close co-
operation with Jeanne Taylor of
Refuge House, although they
work in separate departments.
"We cooperate in every way we
can," said Gross. "The victims
now have some people who have
their best interest in mind and will
do what needs to be done, in or-
der to help them."
For more information, those in-
terested may contact her at the
Sheriffs Department.


James Bennett testified later in the second trial day about the bank-
ruptcy of Wellsprings Home Health Care, Inc. As a U.S. Trustee, he is
the official "overseer" for the bankruptcy proceedings. Wellsprings
filed for voluntary bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy
Code on October 4, 1995.
The task was to reorganize the company and settle debts among se-
cured and unsecured creditors. The initial meeting of creditors and
corporate officers is called a "341 Hearing". After lunch, the prosecu-
tion played a tape of the meeting and distributed transcripts of the
tape for the jury to follow along. During the inquiry, a number of
additional statements were entered into the trial record. Island View
Enterprises, a business set-up by Wellsprings owners to rent facili-
ties to the health care agency, had Larry Millender listed as owner.
Later evidence contradicted this. Statements were made that "25 -
30" persons in the Carrabelle area were on the Wellsprings payroll
who, were related to Brenda Molsbee. A statement was made into the
record, purported to be made by Ms. Molsbee at some time in the
past that, "Everybody in Carrabelle is related to me...". Two names
appeared in the records, such as Marie Karpensky, mother to Maxie
Carroll, and Renee Brannan, daughter of Brenda Molsbee.
Jamie Crum was identified in the bankruptcy proceedings as the Di-
rector of Financial Operations, and was responsible for filing employee
tax deposits (941 documents). At the time of the bankruptcy filing,
Brian Neuman represented Wellspring. He said that a company con-
nected with Wellsprings called Panhandle Medical was in the process
of "downsizing." This was stated within the context of trying to ascer-
tain profit or loss of Panhandle Medical for the creditors. Accountant
Douglas Patterson expressed his opinion that he expected a loss with
the company. Wellsprings, and affiliated businesses, was going down,
from 220 employees to about 45 persons at the time the bankruptcy
protection was being sought, in October 1995. Evidence from the
tape and transcripts demonstrated clearly that most of the income
accruing to Wellsprings came from Medicare, not private sources nor
Following Mr. Bennett's testimony and the playing of the 341 bank-
ruptcy tape, William H. Massey, Jr., age 40, was called by the pros-
ecution. It was not known at the time that Massey led a long list of
witnesses who described their role and functions with Wellsprings,
but moreover, were also the identified in dozens of checks written to
their names (without their knowledge) for various money amounts,
and signed by Ms. Molsbee. Mr. Massey testified that he was related
to Ms. Molsbee; she was his aunt on his mother's side. He had no
ownership in. Magic Maintenance, his direct employer, and nothing
was ever discussed with Ms. Molsbee about the use of his name with
Magic Maintenance nor the existence of a contract purporting his
signature, and identifying him as a party for contractual services. He
stated that the writing on the agreement was not his signature. His
salary was to be $20,000 per quarter but he had not received this
money, he said. As the witnesses took the stand it was obvious that
the Government was trying to establish that many key personnel were
all related to the owners of Wellsprings, along with building the case
for fraud. The Defense attorneys later tore into that orientation by
challenging later government witnesses about whether a crime had
been committed solely on the basis of hiring and paying relatives in
the small community of Carrabelle. This challenge was especially pro-
nounced in the cross-examination of an IRS special agent who cre-
ated summary tables of money paid to the owners and relatives. The
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answer to the challenge was that it was not any sign of criminal activ-
ity to hire one's relatives for anything provided they actually worked
for the employment, and paid their taxes on the earnings, the special
agent testified.
The defense also challenged the summary tables of employment and
pay by asking why some relatives were on the chart and others were
left off. The IRS special agent's answer to that question remained
Mrs. William H. Matthews (Denise) testified after her husband, indi-
cating she had worked for Wellsprings for about two years in the
position of posting and data entry. She testified that Richard Molsbee,
husband of Brenda Molsbee, one of the accused, was" always in and
out..." On the other hand, Willie Carroll, husband of Maxie Carroll,
the other accused, was not seen as often. The prosecution was at-
tempting to show that neither husband had worked at Wellsprings,
yet had benefitted from mileage and employment payments. This these
continued with each witness in the list that was also listed as having
received special payments. Later, additional evidence was provided
by the defense that demonstrated that Richard Molsbee and Willie
Carroll were under contract as "regional directors" who had respon-
sibilities reporting directly to management. Witnesses Reed Hicks and
his wife Michelle separately testified that the husbands were seen
working for Wellsprings.
Denise Matthews also testified that Tom Novak brought some docu-
ments to her on one occasion asking her to sign her husband's name
to them, saying it was on "...orders from the front...," presumably
meaning the chief executive officers. In the documents, her husband
was to be listed as owner of Panhandle Medical Equipment. She said
Mr. Novak told her "not to worry about this..."
Mrs. Lauri Cobb was a registered nurse, handling scheduling and.
posting of doctor's orders. Others were mentioned as working at the
Apalachicola office, or in Carrabelle, including Renee Brannan, Reed
Hicks, Mike Rucker, Richard Molsbee and Willie Carroll.
Mitchell Smith testified about his work as a nurse (LPN) at the
Greenville Office in early September 1993. Greenville is in Madison
County, about 105 miles from Carrabelle. On cross-examination, de-
fense attorneys brought out the view that this particular branch of-
fice had above-average costs due to the distances involved.
Monday, July 10th
On Monday morning, July 10, Jamie Crum (Eastpoint) and
Ruth Wade (Eastpoint) testified, followed by Patricia Painter, one of
the Directors of Nursing. Ms. Painter had worked for Panhandle Nurs-
ing in 1991 before it merged with Wellsprings. The Prosecution called
former employees to ascertain the extent to which Richard Molsbee
and Willie Carroll had worked for Wellsprings. Richard and Willie .
were husbands to Brenda and Maxie, respectively, and data were
eventually entered into the trial record indicating what they were paid.
Painter had not seen the two husbands very often at Medart, one of
the branch offices. Answers "...weeks at a time..." or "don't remem-
ber, it has been seven years..." were typically heard. To develop a list
of witnesses, the FBI seized the records of Wellsprings in the fall of
1995 and held them for nearly three years in order to develop this
case before a Grand Jury and eventual prosecution. The time lag
was substantial when witnesses were asked to identify particular docu-
ments, or specific events. "...I don't remember exactly who it was. ..
Witnesses were asked how often the two principal accused visited
their branch offices.
Darron Hatfield, administrator of the Panama City branch office be-
gan his testimony about 11:30 am on Monday, July 10th. His em-
ployment went back to the days of Panhandle Nursing, then owned
by Brenda Molsbee and Maxie Carroll. He described the opening of
the Panama City branch, and said that Willie Carroll sometimes would
deliver pay checks to the Panama City staff. Mike Rucker, son of Maxie
Carroll, was infrequently seen in the Panama City office.
About this time, the prosecution flashed calendars on the electronic
screens which were daily logs for specific individuals. The Witnesses
were asked to verify whether the plans for certain office visits were
actually carried out, and if mileage was eventually paid. In the case of
Mike Rucker, son of Maxie Carroll, Darron Hatfield testified that Mr.
Rucker was not at the Panama City office when the calendar stated
he was scheduled to drive there.
By the end of his testimony, Hatfield testified that he was paid for
mileage not driven. This was part of a scheme to boost his salary as
Hatfield had talked with Ms. Molsbee about a raise in pay, but this
was not forthcoming. Brenda Molsbee is a cousin to Darron Hatfield.
He was a former employee of the home health care operation owned
by attorney Al Schuler. By the time of redirect examination by the
government prosecutor, Hatfield claimed problems of recalling spe-
cifics about Wellsprings operations.
Gary Millender, age 45, brother to Nita (Brenda) Molsbee had a main-
tenance and construction business in Carrabelle. His partner was
Richard Molsbee. He was shown two'checks made out to him, but the
endorseee name on the back of the checks was not his endorsement,
he said. One check was for $6000. He was shown other checks by the
Government attorney. "Did you endorse all of these checks?" The
answer was "No." The checks were for work done for Wellsprings.
Because many years had elapsed between the dates on the checks
and the time of testimony, many witnesses had problems recalling
specific times when payments were made.
In the afternoon of July 10th, Lori Dion, an auditor for Aetna Insur-
ance Company, the intermediary between Wellsprings and Govern-
ment money (Medicare), testified about the routine audits made on
the Wellsprings accounts. The cost reports, prepared by Tom Novak,
were critically important in the billings the health care agency made
to the Government. The Aetna Company had the authority to allow or
deny the costs incurred by Wellsprings. If costs were disallowed, and
already paid to Wellsprings, the agency would have to pay back the
For the period ending September 30, 1993, Aetna questioned checks
from Wellsprings on mileage paid to certain employees. Wellsprings,
through their auditors, would have to verify the accuracy of the mile-
age reports by furnishing logs, calendars, and other evidence to sup-
port the mileage claims. Usually, if the backup documentation was
not available, the claims would be disallowed. The Government lo-
cated some backup documentation and proceeded to demonstrate
that the reports did not correlate with the work calendars in the case
of one person for whom a mileage check had been.paid,'but who was
not old enough to drive.
The leases for renting physical space to Wellsprings were examined
by the auditor. Island View Enterprises (IVE) had been paid $110,200
for the previous year's rentals. Some had been signed by Maxie Carroll.
No relationships to Wellsprings had been revealed in these contracts.
If the agreements for renting space had revealed "related parties," the
rates would have been adjusted downward in conformance to Aetna
and Medicare rules; certain categories of expenses would not have
been billed nor paid. Thus, there was an advantage to concealing the
true ownership of IVE and substituting another name in the corpo-
rate papers. Corporate paperwork was shown to the jury demonstrat-
ing that in 1994 the owners of IVE were Larry Millender and Pamella
Moore. The name of Brenda Molsbee was reinstated in the corporate
paperwork on October 10, 1995.

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The name of the other "support" corporation, Magic Maintenance,
was also mentioned, with a contract shown to the jury between the
maintenance company and Wellsprings calling for quarterly payments
of $15,000 per quarter, payable in advance. The original incorpora-
tors were listed as Maxie Carroll and Brenda Molsbee but in 1994
new chief executive officers were listed-Pamela Moore and Rocky
In later testimony, evidence concerning Tom Taylor's role in prepar-
ing the cost reports, the basis for payments and audited review, was
presented, indicating that Mr. Taylor either did not know about the
intricacies of writing the reports, or deliberately escalated the costs
so the Wellsprings corporation could make more money. The testi-
mony of Douglas Patterson was crucial in establishing the latter view.
Patterson was especially critical on Taylor's competencies as an ac-
During Dion's testimony, it was established that Panhandle Medical
Supply, another small support -corp.ration supporting Wellsprings
had been dissolved by July 1994. The 1C'93 Cost Report was finalized
in September 1995. On cross-examinatiol by the defense attorneys,
the jury learned that Tom Novak was the primary Financial Officer
for the 1993 Cost Report. The review of the Cost Reports was an
exceedingly slow process, sometimes taking 1 to 2 years for review
and acceptance. Financial matters could become confused since the
Cost Reports for each fiscal year would take different terms for re-
view, perhaps disallowances and collections, and then finalization of
approval. The Molsbee and Carroll defense raised the question of au-
thenticity of signatures on correspondence between Wellsprings and
During the testimony of the Aetna auditor, Dion, the history of Well-
springs and predecessor organizations became known in part to the
jury. The defense's view of this history was more fully described on
the final day of trial, Monday, July 17th, during the defense's final
oral argument.
Panhandle Nursing
In 1990-1992, Maxie Carroll and Brenda Molsbee owned Panhandle
Nursing, which also provided health care services. This entity was
not connected with a later corporate entity called Panhandle Medical
Services, which supplied the Wellsprings organization and its
branches, and it was dissolved in July 1994. Molsbee and Carroll did
not have-to file Cost Reports when using Panhandle Nursing as a
provider; that work was done by an outside firm.
Panhandle did not need a "certificate of need," as did Wellsprings. At
that time, Wellsprings was owned by County Attorney Al Shuler and
was headquartered in Apalachicola, and losing money, but they had
a "Certificate of Need," so the two purchased the company from Mr.
Shuler in January 1993, unaware that additional debt would be in-
curred due to a future Cost Report. The deal was for about $200,000
including a note. Tom Novak had prepared the Cost Reports for
Shuler's organization, and moved with the Company under the new
owners. Defense attorney George Washington Blow likened this to a
"Nightmare on 5th Street" during his summary, final argument be-
fore the Jury. Wellsprings headquarters were located on 5th street in
Carrabelle. Ultimately, the new owners had to. pay an additional
$400,000 disallowance from the Aetna auditors, assuming additional
debt. Blow argued, "Al Shuler and Tom Novak walked away without
having to pay..."
In later trial days, the Defense team made every effort to impeach the
testimony of Tom Novak, the accountant who wrote the Cost Reports
for Wellsprings. This strategy allowed them to develop a defense of
"good faith" indicating that Molsbee and Carroll relied on Novak's
experience, expertise, and work, accepting his advice and practice.
In February 1994, in addressing the Aetna audit, Maxie Carroll was
listed as Wellspring's Personnel Director, Brenda Molsbee as Director
and Assistant Administrator, Tom Novak as Financial Director, Dana
Holton as Administrator, Steve LeClence as Comptroller and Leslie C.
Daugherty as Auditor.
Tuesday, July 1lth
Brenda Okuski, another Aetna auditor, testified that, in her opinion,
the mileage logs for the Lincoln town cars did not appear to be "con-
temporaneous records," i.e., made at the time the mileage was re-
corded. Several logs and mileage'checks for Maxie Carroll, Brenda
Molsbee, Richard Molsbee, Pam Moore, Mike Rucker, Larry Millender
and Katie Moore, and Willie Carroll were entered into the trial record.
The prosecution entered a list of family members employed by Well-
springs during calendar 1993, including Jason Rucker (Grandson) ,
Rocky Moore (son-in-law) Michelle Hicks (daughter-in-law) Larry
Millender (brother), signed November 15, 1995 by Brenda Molsbee.
On Tuesday, during the testimony of Lee Jones, evidence was en-
tered of computer lease payments of $286,405 which Aetna auditors
disallowed. A somewhat mysterious organization called "I-H" (In House
Bookeeping) was costing Wellsprings $47,935 for fiscal 94. The orga-
nization provided "in-house" bookkeeping services such as bank state-
ment reconciliations and other monthly accounting services, report-
ing directly to Brenda Molsbee and Maxie Carroll. No documentation
was available to support the claims for these services. On
cross-examination. Lee Jones could not recall asking Tom Novak about
"I- H" services, but she told the Court she did not feel she could get
"quick answers" from Mr. Novak, and felt more comfortable talking
with Brenda Molsbee. The I-H services and leasing of the computer
were eventually disallowed by Aetna auditors. IVE was placed in a
"related parties" status by Aetna auditors, thereby limiting certain
charges that could be made to Medicare. On May 3, 1996, $1,600,000
was disallowed on rentals from IVE. In the case of Magic Mainte-
nance, Jones testified, $165,000 was disallowed because of the lack
of support documentation. When this audit was conducted, Doug
Patterson had become employed at Wellsprings and was slowly dis-
covering the financial problems building with the Cost Reports. The
defense attorneys attempted to show that Wellsprings agreed to re-
ductions in the Cost Reports, and pointedly suggested that Mr. Novak
was at fault in preparing the Cost Reports that created the disallow-
Patterson memoranda were shown in Court, indicating his role in
seeking agreement among all parties to disallow IH bookkeeping fees
and licensing and other fees by $41,000. Eventually the disallow-
ances over the 1994 report resulted in $1,600,000.

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At mid-morning, Tuesday, 11 July, Dorothy Kendrick, an IRS Special
Investigator, identified several exhibits presented by the Prosecution.
Computer-generated and personally written checks, signature cards
of bank records, and a personnel file for Nita Hicks were among the
papers presented to the jury. William Reid Hicks was then called to
the stand, a resident of Carrabelle, married to Michelle Hicks. His
mother is Brenda Hicks Molsbee. He was employed by Wellsprings
performing different jobs. He held a full-time job with Langwood In-
dustries and worked for his mother's business. Exhibits showing his
paychecks for a one-year period were admitted into evidence by Judge
Hinkle. Then the prosecution produced a hand-written check from
Wellsprings in the amount of $1,203.35. Hicks said that the endorse-
ment signature was not his signature. Another signature, purport-
edly that of Brenda Molsbee, was also on the reverse side of the check,
signed by Brenda Molsbee on the front. He had not received the money.
Other witnesses were called to verify checks and endorsee signatures,
and those testifying denied that the endorsement was theirs. Reid
Hicks could not recall receiving one for $1,882.05. The Government
was intending to show that the money was transferred to the per-
sonal account of Brenda Molsbee at the Gulf State Bank. Attorney
Clyde Taylor (defense) questioned Hicks on cross-examination, and
the jury learned that Ms. Molsbee had Reid Hick's power of attorney
to make the transaction.
Later in the day, Ms. Molsbee's brother, Larry Millender, did not rec-
ognize his check for $2,484.55 for mileage, for which he said he never
received the money. He did not endorse the check, he said. The other
endorser was Brenda Molsbee. A corporation document for Island
View Estates (IVE) was admitted. The document listed Larry Millender
as the owner. He had never seen the document and said that his
sister never discussed the matter with him until she told him later
that his name had been removed.
Wednesday, July 12th
On Wednesday, July 12, testimony from Rocky Moore continued. He
denied knowledge of a check, signed by Maxie Carroll and endorsed
by Carroll, to Moore for $2650 for furniture. A check to a grandchild
was also admitted into evidence for "mileage" but the child did not
have a driver's license. More witnesses were called this day and the
next who pitted themselves against the defendants, eliciting a heavy
emotional reaction from the two accused.
Indeed, the trial was unusual in that it brought relatives against each
other as testimony was drawn out of each person, sometimes with
veiled anger.
The prosecution called many witnesses to verify checks that were
addressed to them but never received in order to prove a portion of its
case of fraud against the U. S. Government and Medicare. The indi-
vidual verifications had to establish, that money was directed to indi-
viduals but ended up in the private accounts of the accused.
The mileage checks also brought forward the necessity of ascertain-
ing how that part of the Wellsprings operation functioned, thus add-
ing greatly to the time required for such -explanations. This tedious
step-by-step review comprised the balance of the prosecution activ-
ity, including its approach to showing how the accused enriched them-
selves through the operations of Wellsprings and the support organi-
zations, at least in the Government's view.
On Wednesday, July 12, Brenda Molsbee experienced a severe medi-
cal problem unknown in cause and nature, and she had to remove
herself from the Court room, thus bringing the trial to a temporary
pause. Just a day earlier, the Judge saw that her attorney, Clyde
Taylor, was looking very sickly himself, somewhat like one looks with
a case of the flu. The Judge made a few remarks. "If she's ill, she's ill.
We will extend the break." Then, he paused to reflect. "I think any son
testifying against a co-defendant's mother would be very uncomfort-
able anyway. I understand the problem." Two paramedics were sum-
moned to measure Molsbee's blood pressure and other vital signs.
She appeared to have recovered within a day.
Later on Wednesday, the prosecution presented calendars of the prin-
cipal officers, comparing those with mileage reports in an attempt to
demonstrate that the two did not coincide, and a -few did not match,
and suggesting that the documentation did not support the mileage
In other examples, when presented with checks and asked to com-
ment on receipt of monies, many witnesses complained that so much
time had elapsed they could not remember specific details of given
events. The FBI seized the Wellsprings records in the fall of 1995 and
retained them for nearly three years, eventually reorganizing them
into a presentment for the Grand Jury, and then the trial. Other
delays, illustrated in the chronology, added further delay. One rea-
son for frequent postponements was that the few special agents con-
cerned were involved in several other cases and could not appear in
the Wellsprings Court because of commitments to other trials.
Husbands of the Accused
The balance of the afternoon dealt with more documentary evidence
including checks and time sheets for principals connected with Well-
springs and the support corporations, attempting to show from the
prosecution's point of view that Willie Carroll and Richard Molsbee,
husbands of the accused, did little to earn the monies paid them,
both in salaries and mileage. In 1994, Magic Maintenance paid out
$46,307.52 and $46,304.70 to Willie F. Carroll and Richard Molsbee
respectively, for example. Contracts for both were entered into evi-
dence along with time sheet evidence showing, for example, that Willie
Carroll worked 5-day weeks consistently, eight hours daily. Checks
from Wellsprings paid to Mr. Carroll amounted to $105,188.46 ac-
cording to Government Exhibit 602/604. In 1994, for Richard Molsbee,
the total amounted to $105,184.15. The Government's case took these
matters one additional step. That was to compare these wages and

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Thursday, July 13th
The next day, Thursday, 13 July, Ms. Dorothy Kenderick, Special
Agent for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) testified. In the case of
Reid Hicks, attorney Clyde Taylor established on cross-examination
a view that if a tax return showed less than the deposits made into an
account, this does not necessarily make the tax return fraudulent
The Government's auditor-witness agreed with that.
Taylor hammered away at another concept, and that was the pros-
pect that the Government failed to use a handwriting expert to review
signatures on the checks, since many of those documents contained
great variations in the signatures. One obvious difference was the
fact that some checks showed money amounts written without capi-
tal letters, and others by Brenda Molsbee, for example, used capital
letters. The defense was likely attempting suggest that there could be
a reasonable doubt as to the legitimacy of the Government's use of
the cancelled checks.
Taylor inquired further into the selection process of the check evi-
dence, including a question concerning access to the evidence by
Others such as Mr. Novak. The Government's witness could not an-
swer those questions. Special Agent Mark Leon then testified that he
interviewed the Postmaster of Apalachicola, and that he provided the
Agent with some information.
An attempt by the Defense to impeach this witness and challenge his
credibility was made by finally identifying the Postmaster as a woman
(Judi Stowkowski). The Agent admitted on the stand that he was wrong
about her identification.
In later evidence, the prosecution reviewed the resume of the accused-
in order to show that the women Were astute business persons of
long experience and were acutely aware of what they were doing in
the operation of Wellsprings.

Ms. Kenderick presented summary reports of financial data connected
to the accused based on her analysis of the cancelled check evidence,
S reviews of time sheets and other data. For example, summarizing
S._ data from the support corporations and Wellsprings, the husbands of
the accused generated $22,000 in mileage (paid on the basis of .26
Super mile) for fiscal 1994.
-'r Tax Evasion

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With a collection of arrow-
heads in the foreground,
participants in Archeology
Day discuss their artifact
"finds" in the wild.

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Dr. Nancy White.

Then, in the afternoon, Prosecution Attorney Paul Sprowls conducted
the presentation of the Government's case on tax evasion. Mrs. Linda
Hewett was the first Government witness in this portion of their case,
describing new construction her husband performed for the accused.
Ivan Arthur Delmain also testified on the construction work he per-
formed for the accused on their private residences. The Government
would eventually show that the corporate money used for the home
improvements should have been reported as income on the Molsbee
and Carroll tax returns. Other witnesses testified as to personal ex-
penditures made by the-accused using corporate funds that were not
reported as income on their tax returns including Sonja Taylor (Port
St. Joe furniture), Betty L. Merian (Pensacola antique dealer), and
Gene Osburn (building contractor, Apalachicola).
Late in the day on July 13, Thursday, Dorothy Kenderick was re-
turned to the witness stand to testify about her analysis of the tax
returns for Maxie Carroll and Brenda Molsbee. The returns were
prepared by Tom Novak.
The following is a summary of corporate funds used in the defen-
dants' personal residences that the Government argued should have
been treated as taxable income:
Maxie Carroll $228,654.90
Brenda Molsbee $225,697.43
Friday, July 13th
The testimony of the IRS special agent continued into Friday, July
13th. Ms. Kenderick calculated the taxes owed the Government based
on the checks paid to various venders and contractors from the Well-
springs and IVE corporation. These were as follows:
Taxes due for 1993, 1994 and 1995 in addition to taxes already paid:
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Brenda Molsbee $159,601.36
The Special Agent also prepared summary tables of money paid the
accused and their families, including their husbands, over the three
tax years, 1993-1995. Only so-called "direct family names" were in-
cluded on the list; others were omitted from this summary calcula-
tion. The defense attorneys protested the tabular data, arguing that
there was nothing illegal in employing your own relatives. It would
appear to this writer that the table was designed to inflame the jury
against the accused. The total amount paid out to "relatives" was
$1,315,851.45 to the Molsbee "family" and $1,260.394.25) to the
Carroll "family."
The prosecution had already demonstrated fraud with the cancelled
checks that were denied by various witnesses who testified that they
did not receive the money. The defense argued that those who did
receive additional money were not charged with income tax evasion.
One "lesson" applicable to anyone is the requirement that when bor-
rowing from a corporate entity, a memorandum must be recorded
with the corporation records that the money is a loan, otherwise the
payment is considered as taxable income to the receiver.
James Bennett, U. S. Trustee, testified again on the 341 bankruptcy
hearing for Wellsprings conducted in October 1995 when Brenda
Molsbee testified under oath that she was not an owner of the sup-
port corporation, Island View Enterprises. That involved Count #9.
perjury. The prosecution rested its case.
Defense Case In Reply
Finally, the Defense began their Case in Reply, calling witnesses and
recovering documentation. Clyde Taylor and George W. Blow gave
their opening statements. In the last year of Wellsprings, Blow said,
"...there were over 95,000 home visits. Somebody had to be working."
He pointed out that there was not one witness testifying that the
home visits were fraudulent or nonexistent. Lee Jones and Sue Reeves
testified, but Douglas Patterson, accountant, figured to be the most
important of the three witnesses.
: The history of the acquisition of Wellsprings from now County Attor-
ney Al Shuler was retold. Other witnesses testified that the husbands
of Ms. Molsbee and Ms. Carroll had been frequently seen at various
branch offices of the Wellsprings operations. Douglas Patterson was
hired by Wellsprings in late June 1995 and was charged with the
responsibility of developing an accounting system and an interim rate
review. He gradually discovered the crucial problems with the Cost
Reports previously completed by Tom Novak. Mr. Novak's orientation
was to elevate the Cost Report figures to maximize the amount of
money due the Wellsprings corporation. Patterson disagreed with this
orientation and said so in Court. He made changes and accepted
more disallowances pronounced by the Aetna auditors.
Patterson testified that he could not find documentation for many of
the items on previous Cost Reports submitted to Aetna. In one memo
to Aetna auditors, he wrote: "...Further, I find it amazing a person
who represents himself as a professional failed to provide invoices
regarding his services. I suppose this is par for the course." He re-
ferred to Tom Novak's work as "creative accounting." It was obvious
that the defense was out to discredit the Government's chief witness.
In Patterson's testimony, he opined that the Cost Reports did not
appear to have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted
accounting principals. The Patterson testimony was continued over
the weekend until Monday morning, July 17th.
Monday, July 17th
Judge Hinkle sent out by fax a set of instructions to be presented to
the jury, but needed a review by the opposing attorneys first. This
review was continued early Monday morning before trial resumed.
The Defense favored an instruction to the jury about "good faith" in
the accused relying upon the advice of Tom Novak, their "nightmare
on 5th street" as characterized by the Defense in open Court. This
Defense argument was later rejected by the Jury, given their verdict
of Guilty on all Counts released Tuesday night about 9 p.m.
In their final argument, the Defense also emphasized that Ms. Molsbee
had questioned Mr. Novak on the legality of certain elements in the
audits and tax returns, attempting to subtract from the appearance
of Conspiracy.
Novak's sudden departure during an Aetna audit in late 1995 was
also cast into a suspicious mode, as was his absence from the 341
bankruptcy hearing of creditors and principals. Jamie Crum was
brought back to testify about overhearing these challenges to Mr.
Novak's competencies. While the verdict makes it clear that the signer
of a tax return is fully accountable, the accountability does not nec-
essarily shift to the tax preparer despite the increasing complexity of
Government rules and policies.
After lunch, on Monday, July 17th, the prosecution began its closing
arguments after Judge Hinkle admonished the Jury that lawyer's
arguments do not constitute evidence. The burden of proof was on
the Government and the jurors were not to make any inferences from
the lack of testimony by the accused.
The Defense arguments emphasized that mere presence at an event
or associations with others did not establish proof of a conspiracy.
The Jury had to decide unanimously that there was a plan with overt
action. Ms. Carroll's attorney attempted to separate her from the fraud
charges by pointing out that she signed very few of the checks.
Then, Judge Hinkle read his instructions to the Jury, consisting of
the state of the law with regard to the charges. The Jury was to de-
cide the factual matters and apply these to the law in order to deter-
mine their verdict.
After the defense's closing argument, the Government made its re-
buttal argument. The Judge gave his instructions on the law; the
Jury went out for their deliberations at 3:46 p.m, Monday. At 8:32
p.m. the Jury returned, and the verdicts were read for the two ac--
cused, Molsbee and Carroll. Both were found Guilty on all counts.
The jury was polled, and by 8:47 the Judge announced that sentenc-
ingwas set for September 28th at 1:00 p.m. Sentencing for Tom Novak
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Volunteer Kimberly Greway leads children at Lovemore Home through Tae Kwon Do

New Temporary
Assignment in
the City

By Brian Goercke
Political violence has swept
through rural Zimbabwe in the
past few months, making most of
the sites occupied by U.S. Peace
Corps Volunteers unsafe. Because
of this situation, volunteers have
been removed from their rural
sites and given the option to work
temporarily in some of the larger
. cities in the country.
SAbout one-third of those volun-
teers previously located
in-country have agreed to work in
such cities as Bulawayo, Mutare,
Masvingo and Harare. Some of the
volunteers that previously taught
in the rural areas are now teach-
ing in the low-density urban ar-
eas. Other volunteers are work-
ing with such organizations ind
agencies as The United States In-
formation Service (USIS), Citizens
Network (an agro-business devel-
opment service), Hospice, Catho-
lic Relief Services and Zimbabwe
AIDS Network.
I am currently working at a home-
less shelter in Harare. The shel-
ter, which is called Lovemore
Home, is owned by the Uniting
Presbyterian Church of Southern
Africa (UPCSA); it is operated un-
der a partnership relationship
with UPCSA and the Presbyterian
Church (USA).
Lovemore Home provides food,
shelter and a nurturing environ-
ment for twelve boys; all of these
boys, who are between the ages
of 10- 16, have previously lived
on the sLreets for varying periods
of time,, Lovemore Home also pays
for the children's school tuition
and uniforms.
One of the shelter's main goals is
to identify and reunite those in-
dividuals living at Lovemore Home
with their family members. This
can be an extremely challenging
task; the shelter's staff realizes
that its children have endured


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Peter enjoys his Sadza (corn
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Shingi (left) and Samson "Chopper" (right) with Tinashe
(son of Lovemore Home's house parents). Shingi and
Samson are the youngest residents at the shelter.

such hardships on the streets.
They want to ensure that the
child's next living environment
will be healthy and nurturing.
They also want to ensure that the
child receives a continued educa-
tion after he has departed.
Gilbert and Senzeni Chikuni serve
as house parents at Lovemore.
Home. Mr. Chikuni also serves as
the shelter's program director.
Both Gilbert and Senzeni are role
models for the children; and they
take care of the shelter's daily
operation. Mr. and Mrs. Chikuni
have worked at the shelter since
its establishment on April 20,
1998. The shelter also has two
additional staff members, Lina
"Go Go" Chimtengo and Dudzai
Katongomara. Ms. Chimtengo

prepares the children's daily
meals and Dudzai provides gen-
eral assistance at the home.
Managing a homeless shelter is
filled with challenges and re-
wards. One of the greatest chal-
lenges, said Mr. Chikuni, is work-
ing with new children at the
Home. "They are reluctant to lis-
ten to advice," he said, "They just
don't believe that their lives are
going to change." Both Gilbert and
Senzeni noted that the most re-
warding experiences were to see
the children mature and meet the
challenges life.
Children who have lived on the
streets for an extended period of
time develop a lifestyle that en-
ables them to survive such a
harsh environment on a daily ba-
sis. This acquired behavior, how-
ever, does not blend well with the
ways of mainstream society. Staff
members at Lovemore Home pro-
vide individual attention to each
child in order to help him adjust
to their new environment.
Each child at Lovemore Home
must follow a structured daily
schedule. All of the children wake
up at 5:30 AM and retire at 8:00
PM. They all have daily chores
such as gardening, feeding the
chickens, serving meals, cleaning
dishes and washing their laundry
by hand. The boys get points for
completing each task on their
daily schedule. If they receive
enough points by the end of the
week, they are entitled to special
privileges on the weekends such
as watching television and visit-
ing with friends in the neighbor-
I began working at Lovemore
Home on May 29, 2000. Initially,
I focused on developing the
shelter's library and providing
daily tutoring services to the chil-
dren. I have received books, sta-
tionary & clothing donations from
many of my fellow volunteers. I

Continued on Page 11

Peace Corps language instructor Sinaiba Koreka speaks to
the children of Lovemore Home.


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21 July 2000 Page 11

July 20 September 28, 2000

By Carolyn Hatcher
July 20 and 21-Scientists from five
Southeastern states will meet to try
to find better ways to predict the wide
variety of extreme weather conditions
that plague the Southeast and, in
turn, minimize their effects on resi-
dents. FSU will host the meeting July
20 at 9 a.m. in the conference room
of the National High Magnetic Field
Laboratory. Paul Dirac Way. in Inno-
vation Park. The meeting will continue
July 21. Southeastern Virtual Consor-
tium for Extreme Event Research
(SEVEER) will attempt to improve the
prediction of extreme events, broaden
understanding of these events and
develop preventive measures. Contact:
Dr. James O'Brien at 850-644-4581.
July 22, August 4, 13-"The Woman
in Black" playing at the Dixie Theater
in Apalachicola. This is the first of
three plays in Rotating Repertory.
August 5, 10-"The Dining Room" is
the second play.
July 27-30, August 3, 6, 11-12,
17-20-"1 Ought to be in Pictures"
completes the three plays. Please try
to see at least one of these delightful
plays. You will be hooked. We are in-
deed fortunate to have such talent for
our pleasure here in Apalachicola.
July 26-The Panhandle Poets and
Writers will meet at 7:00 in Apalachi-
cola at the home of Ken Kenniston,
95 5th Street.
July 27-Board of Directors of the
Area Agency on Aging will meet on
Thursday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. at
Cedar's Executive Center, 2639 North
Monroe Street, Building B, Room 220.
Tallahassee. Advisory Council will
meet after lunch is served to the Board
members. They will meet in the same
room. Council meeting to start about
12:30 p.m. Phone 850-488-0055 for
more info.
Voting reminder: Florida is a closed
primary state. This simply means if
you are a registered Democrat you can
only vote in the Democratic Primary.
This is true of Republicans, Indepen-
dents, etc. The only exception is when
there is not a candidate running in
your party, i.e. Republican, Democrat,
Independent or any other party, you
may vote in a primary of which you
are not registered. No other exceptions
are allowed.
September 5, 2000
is the 1st Primary.
October 3, 2000
is the runoff election.
November 7, 2000
is the General Election.
In the. General.election all registered
voters are allowed to vote for ANYONE,
IN ANY PARTY, should you not find

the person you want to vote for in your
party. The School Board and the
Judge are two elections that are not
voted on by primaries. This is
non-partisan. Keep these dates in
mind because this is the time to make
your wishes known. It is also one of
the most important decisions you will
August 1-Florida A&M University
Summer Commencement-Civic Cen-
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For more information please call
August 2-FSU Summer Commence-
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St., 9 a.m. Free, for more information
please call: 644-7128. (Fall classes
begin 8-25-2000.)
August 2-Sunrise Boat Tour and
Breakfast: Enjoy early morning wild-
life sights and sounds on river boat
cruise followed by breakfast at historic
lodge: Wakulla Springs State Park and
Lodge, SSR 267: 7 a.m. $14 per per-
son For more information call
July 27, August 24 and September
28-Hazardous Materials Awareness
Level Training is a three-hour video-
based program to introduce the par-
ticipant to concepts of hazardous
materials emergency response.
Pre-registration is required for this
free training course. For more infor-
mation, phone the Disaster Services
Office in Tallahassee at 878-6080. To
register call Disaster Services voice
mail in Tallahassee at 894-6741. Web
site at www.tallytown.com/redcross.
August 14-Refuge House Task Force
meeting on Domestic Violence and
Sexual Assault. For additional info,
please call 653-3313. Jeannie Taylor.
August 14-Refuge House of Franklin
County will begin a 30 hour volun-
teer training program for those indi-
viduals wishing to assist survivors of
domestic violence and sexual assault,
and to those wishing to learn more
about the effects of domestic violence
on women, children and the commu-
nity. For additional information re-
garding the program, time and loca-'
tion, call 653-3313.
September 5-The Criminal Justice
Training Academy of Gulf Coast Com-
munity College will be offering
full-time Correctional Officer Basic
Standards courses at the academy
facility in Southport, beginning Sep-
tember 5, 2000 and at the Gulf/
Franklin Center on September 6,
2000. Courses will meet five days a
week, eight hours a day for approxi-
mately four months. A part-time cor-
rectional COBS course will begin in
Sout4port on September 6, 2000. This
course will meet four nights a week,
four hours per night, for approxi-
mately ten months. Correctional Of-
ficer Basic Standards is required in
order to be, eligible for the Florida
Certification Examination for Correc-
tional Officers. Advance registration
is required. For additional informa-
tion, contact Lorne Brooks or Jackie
Vaughn on the main campus at (850)
747-3233, Monday through ,Friday
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST), or call
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seeks a part-time Program Coordinator to assist in the dcvelop-
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Franklin County's natural beauty and healthful environment. Among
other related duties, qualified Coordinator will manage the office
and operations, organize and conduct public awareness and educa-
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George Island, FL.


Francis Elizabeth Tew
Frances Elizabeth Tew, 66, of East-
point, FL, died on Tuesday, June 27,
2000 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospi-
tal in Tallahassee. FL.
She was a homemaker and owner of
The Bargain Box' in Eastpoint. She
was Holiness by faith.
She is survived by her husband, Jim
Tew of Eastpoint: one son, Ernest
Edward "Junior" Cox of Raiford. FL:
three daughters, Ann Tucker of Lake-
land. FL. Darlene Richards of
Apalachicola, and Lisa Custer of East-
point; three brothers, Harley Allen and
Johnny Allen, both of Apalachicola,
and Mack Allen of Tallahassee; two
sisters, Thelma Creamer and Allene
Kent, both of Apalachicola; six grand-
children and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held on Satur-
day, July 1, 2000 at Kelley Funeral
Home in Apalachicola, with interment
in the Eastpoint Cemetery.
Herman Eddie Hand
Herman Eddie Hand, 75, of Eastpoint.
died on Thursday, June 29, 2000 in
Eastpoint. He was a retired commer-
cial fisherman and a Protestant. Sur-
vivors include his two brothers:
Claude Hand of Homerville, GA, and
Herbert Hand of Nederland, TX. Fu-
neral services were held on Saturday,
July 1, 2000 at Kelley Funeral Home
in Apalachicola. Internment followed
in the Eastpoint Cemetery in East-
point. Kelley Funeral Home, Apalachi-
cola, in charge of arrangements.

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James Franklin Smith
James Franklin "RED" Smith, 68, of
Eastpoint, FL, died on Friday, June
30, 2000 in Eastpoint. Born in Wil-
son, NC, "Red" had lived in Eastpoint
since 1945. He was a retired truck
driver and had served in the United
States Army during the Korean War.
He was a Protestant. He is survived
by his son, Frankie Guy Wright of
Chiefland. FL; his mother. Mrs. Nettie
Smith of Eastpoint: two nieces, Carla
Burch and Sue Kuell Hooker of
Freeport, IL: and one grandchild.
Graveside services were held on Mon-
day, July 3, 2000 at the Eastpoint
Cemetery in Eastpoint. Interment fol-
lowed there also. Kelley Funeral
Home. Apalachicola. in charge of ar-
Frances Lenora Keith
Frances Lenora Keith, 63. of
Crawfordville. FL, died on Sunday,
June 25, 2000 at her home. A native
of Apalachicola, Ms. Keith had lived
in Tallahassee before moving to
Crawfordiville 2 years ago. She was a
retired Environmental Specialist with
the State of Florida Department of En-
vironment Protection. She was a mem-
ber of the Daughters of the American
Revolution Carolyn Brevard Chapter;
a life-time member of Georgia
Salsburger; a member of the North
Florida Geneology Society; and was of
the Episcopal faith. She is survived
by her son, George Keith Thompson
of Crawfordville; two daughters:
Margie Quillman and Patricia
Keith-Minasian, both of Tallahassee;
her mother, Mrs. Margie Marshall
Keith of Lynn Haven; her sister,
Annelle Keith Blanchett of Tallahas-
see; and seven grandchildren. Funeral
services, were held on Wednesday.
June 28, 2000 at Trinity Episcopal
Church in Apalachicola, with intern-
ment followhig in Magnolia Cemetery
in Apalacihicola.


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also received books, maps and
other educational materials from
When I arrived at the Home, the
children routinely asked for help
in their studies. .1 have created a
daily study schedule for them.
and try to provide either
one-to-one or small group tutor-
ing opportunities in areas as read-
ing, comprehension and compo-
Several Peace Corps volunteers
have recently joined me at
Lovemore Home. Rose Honey, a
volunteer from Montana, has pro-
vided the children with excellent
tutelage in mathematics. She also
works with them on reading and
comprehension exercises.
Suzanne Newsome, a volunteer
from North Carolina, works with
the children in such areas as pen-
manship, reading and compre-
hension. Ali Fields, a volunteer
from Massachusetts, is helping
the boys develop their mathemat-
ics and readina skills. Both Ali
and Rose also work with the chil-
dren on arts & crafts projects.
"All of the children are regular
kids. They don't seem like they've
lived on the street. They're good
and they listen to you. They're
bright and they want to learn.
They just need role models," said
Ms. Honey. She added, I like to
show them that they can do
things like mathematics, even if
they think a problem looks diffi-
cult. They are also very creative.
Theyjust need the tools to be cre-
ative. Just by showing them that
it's okay to make things... .they see
a grown up doing it (arts & crafts)
... they see that it's fun and they
want to do it, too "
Staff members at Lovemore Home
created a "wish list" for me when
arrived at the shelter. One of their
wishes was to identify guest
speakers who would visit
Lovemore Home and make pre-
sentations about their occupa-
tions or special hobbies. To date,
a guest speaker has visited
Lovemore Home each Saturday to
speak with the boys.
Kimberly Greway, a volunteer
from Pennsylvania, gave the first
presentation. She is a black belt
in Taekwondo. She spoke to the
children about her training in the
martial arts, and was received
enthusiastically. Ms. Greway led
the children through different
movements, known as katas, and
answered many, many questions.
One of the recurring questions
was whether she could sit in the
180 position. The follow-up ques-
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Sinaiba "Sly" Koreka, a Zimba-
bwean language instructor with
the U.S. Peace Corps, visited
Lovemore Home on the following
Saturday. Mr. Koreka spoke to the
children about his work, and
'stressed the importance of edu-
cation. He asked each of the chil-
dren about their occupational
dreams. Mr. Koreka then asked
them why they wanted to pursue
such careers. Towards the close
of his presentation, Koreka agreed
to visit the shelter on weekends
to tutor the children in their lan-
guage studies.
Viola Chopamba, a Zimbabwean
training secretary with the U.S.
Peace Corps, delivered the most
recent presentation at the shel-
ter. Mrs. Chopamba spoke to the
children about the training
needed to become a secretary. She
pointed out the importance of be-
coming knowledgeable about new
developments in technology in
order to obtain their desired ca-
ieers. Mrs. Chopamba then al-
lowed the children to work briefly
on a laptop computer that she
brought to the shelter.
I am satisfied with the work that.
I have been able to accomplish
since I've been at Lovemore Home.
However, I realize that there is so
much more that I could do if only
time permitted. I have no idea of
how long or short I will be able to
remain working at Lovemore
The current political climate
makes everything uncertain for all
Peace Corps Volunteers. A great
deal hinges on the upcoming par-
liamentary elections. If peace pre-
vails following the election, most
volunteers will be allowed to re-
turn to their sites. If violence
erupts to any measurable degree,
it is very difficult to predict
whether volunteers will be able to
continue working in-country.
At this time, I feel that I'm where
I should be, and am hopeful that
I will be'able to return to my
school in Matsine by August.
There is, however, no certainty
that I'll ever be able to visit
Matsine again. I find a lot of fa-
talism in this country. My host
family mother wrote recently
about the upcoming election: "It's
all in God's hands. We give every-
thing to Him." I can't think of a
better way to view the situation
at this time. I pray that peace will

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Woods Fire On

River Road

By Rene Topping
Residents at the far dead end of
River Road had a scare on July 7,
at about 4 p.m. in the afternoon,
when a fire broke out on a vacant
piece of property, owned by Gary
Sanford. The property was in the
midst of being cleared and the
owner had a permit for the con-
trolled burn. The fire jumped
River Road at the spot where it
turns to the right and follows the
New River toward the confluence
of the New, Crooked and
Carrabelle rivers.
With the flames erupting on both
sides of their road, several of the
residents realized there was a
possibility they would have
trouble getting out from the area
because of the dead end at the
Carrabelle River and several of
them put their boats into the
Carrabelle Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment responded and, along with
units from Florida Forestry Divi-
sion, Eastpoint, St. George Island,
Apalachicola, St. James/Lanark
Village Volunteer Fire Depart-
ments and a Florida Forestry Di-
vision helicopter, was able to
quench the fire with no structural
The fire burned from the corner
to the banks of the Carrabelle
River and although no houses
were involved several were se-
verely threatened. The fire took
almost the entire width of the
Robulock property, burning
fences, trees and bushes. Other
properties also lost fences.
I was first made aware of the fire
when Pat Howell called and told
me she was standing on the shore
at the Dockside Marina.
She asked me, "Where is the fire
on River Road? It looks as if is
down at the end of the road and
there are real big flames shooting
up high." I had to tell her I had
not heard anything and then I
heard the first siren of the many
local fire department and law en-
forcement vehicles go swiftly by
my house.
I went out to see if I could find
out where it was and was stopped
by a sheriff deputy who said that
he had been ordered to stop ev-
eryone except people who lived in
the area of the fire. I came back
home and checked on Rosalie and
Demetri Baltas and Pat Maiers
who live in the area. I was told
then that they would not be able
to get out by the road and that
both families were getting ready,
just in case. They said the flames
were still very much in evidence.
I went out to my sea wall and
watched the Forest Service heli-
copter swoop down low to the
water and refill its bucket and
then fly over the fire and drop it
on specially hot spots. The tank-
ers were driving back to town to
fill up.
At times the smoke was so intense
that the aircraft would disappealz
from sight, only to come back and
scoop up some more water, and
soon I saw their effort was work-
I saw Tim Turner, Franklin
County Emergency Management
Director, at the Alligator Point
Taxpayers meeting and he spoke
about the fire and said, "We are
fortunate to have so many people
who are willing to serve on our fire
departments and are so profi-
cient. They do this with no pay
and little praise. No homes were
lost and the fire was stopped in
its trucks. So, if you meet a fire-
man or woman sometime soon,
reach out to shake their hands
and thank him or her for being

A great deal of praise goes to all
the fire departments, and the For-
estry-Service including the heli-
copter and its crew, the police of-
ficers and the Emergency Man-
agement people, not just for their
work on this fire but for the many
times they have turned out un-
der all kinds of conditions.
According to Tony Millender his
best guess is that 15 acres were
'burned over. He said, 'Tell them
to be-careful when they are burn-
ing as even with the rain we have
had it is still dry and dangerous
out there." He added that the fact
that structure damage was so
minimal was because most of the
homes had a good clear area of
grass and had cleared out the"

The Extension

Office Has Moved

The Franklin County University of
Florida Extension Program would
like to announce that its office has
moved from the Franklin County
Courthouse to the County Airport.
Our new address is 28 Airport
Road, Apalachicola, FL 32320-
1204. Our phone number is the
same, 653-9337. However, our
FAX number has changed to
For additional information please
call Bill Mahan at 653-9337.


Franklin Briefs
from Page 2

Commissioners that "FEMA has
sent the county revised flood
maps" for the Board to review.
"FEMA has made the following
changes: Gulf-front property has
had flood elevation requirements
increased by one or two feet: there
are more gradations in elevation
requirements than before, in ter-
minology V and A zones are pro-
posed to be called VE and AE re-
"C zones are proposed to be called
X zones; and there have been
some alterations in flood zones
across the county. The maps are
available for review in the Plan-
ning Office."
SHIP Mortgages on
Pierce asked Board action to au-
thorize him to sign SHIP mort-
gages on refinancing to have the
SHIP mortgage subordinated to
whoever the first mortgage be-
comes. Pierce said he had been
doing this."for several years not
realizing I did not have the au-
thority. I have done it because the
SHIP mortgages are on a five-year
forgiven basis and intended not
to block somebody from getting
better financing." The Board ap-
proved a Resolution. The motion
carried. (A Copy of the Resolution
is attached.)
Beach Erosion Study for Al-
ligator Point
The Board was asked to approve
Preble-Rish scope of work for the
DEP approved beach erosion
study for Alligator Point. The Gen-
eral engineering contract
Preble-Rish has with the county
covers the study. The Board
needed to vote on the revised
scope of work. Motion carried.
The Board received its copy of the
rate increase filed with Public Ser-
vice Commission by Water Man-.
agement Services, the utility on
St. George Island. No action nec-
A copy of a letter from DOT was
presented to the Board, concern-
ing another program the county
is eligible for, called the County
Incentive Grant Program. Open to
all counties, not just rural coun-
ties, it would cover projects on US
98 and SR 65. Pierce said, "There
are not any particular projects
that the county needs to do on
those two roads at this time." He
believes Franklin Cdunty "is bet-
ter off staying with our existing
grant request to the small county
outreach program, where the
state pays more of the cost. I rec-
ommend no action on this pro-
gram this year. The Board can
revisit it every year." No action.
The courthouse drainage area
needs work and Pierce suggested
that project meets the guidelines
for CDBG Hurricane Earl funds
and the Board should direct Mark
Curenton and Preble-Rish to sub-
mit, rather than have the county
commission actually listing the
sites. Hurricane Earl funds are
available. Motion carried.

The Board approved Kenneth
Harrell to construct a private dock
at 125 North Bayshore Drive in
Eastpoint. Also approved "the
Lower Apalachicola Steamship,
Ltd. to construct a private dock
on Lot 5, Block 61, Unit 5, St.
George Island." Mason Bean is the
agent. Motion carried.
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission heard a number of re-
quests for zoning and land
.changes, and recommends the
Board of County Commissioners
hold a "public hearing on all of
them. The Board action should be
to authorize the public hearings
but direct myself to get with
Amelia and figure out the appro-
priate time and date for the hear-
ings." The individual requests are:
* request for Dale Herndon to re-
zone Lots 1 and 2, Block 5, Unit
One East, St. George Island from
C-2, General Business, to C-4
Mixed Use Commercial.
* request for Nick Saporito, agent
for Michael McLoad, to rezone and
change the land use on a 7-acre
parcel of land between Eastpoint
and Carrabelle from R-6, Rural
Residential at one unit per ten
acres, to R-l at one unit per acre.
This parcel is "one of four parcels
about one mile east of Emerald
Point that is surrounded by state
land. This change would be a
small scale land use change. The
Commission also recommends
approving a 4-lot subdivision on
this parcel for a subdivision
known as Sandy Shores Estates.
The lots will have one access
driveway to US 98."
Request for Tom Hoffer (one par-
cel owner) and Harold Stewart
(second parcel owner) to rezone
and change land use on two 2.39-
acre parcels of land behind the
nursing home in Eastpoint from
R-7, Multi-Family High Density,
to C-4, Mixed Use Commercial.
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission approved. This will be a
small scale land use change, ac-
cording to Pierce. The motion car-
* request for St. James Bay De-
velopment to transmit to the DCA
the intent of the county to change
the land use on 374 acres of land
currently with a land use and zon-
ing of Public Facilities to a land
use of Mixed Use Residential and
zoning for the St. James Bay
Planned Unit Development. This
"will be a large scale land use
change and will require two hear-
ings. The first hearing is called the
transmittal hearing, where the
county transmits its intent to DCA
and DCA reviews the intent. Af-
ter reviewing the proposed land
use, DCA sends a report back to
the county with recommenda-
tions, the county then holds an
adoption hearing where the DCA
recommendations are addressed.
Because this development is go-
ing through the DRI hearing, it
has been the Board's practice to
hold the DRI hearing and the land
use adoption hearing at the same
time. This has been done on all
the DRIs in the county. In order
to do this, the county must trans-
mit its intent to change the land
use early enough so that DCA can
make recommendations to the
county comprehensive plan while
they are reviewing the DRI docu-
ment. The. developers would like
for this hearing to be scheduled
for the second meeting in Septem-
ber." Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 10:42 a.m.

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