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The 37th

Florida Seafood Festival

Traditional Locally Prepared Seafood, A Saturday Parade, and

Run, Live Music and Crafts

We are turning back the clock to a time when this popular event was comprised of non-profit '
groups preparing regional seafood dishes in honor of the seafood industries. '

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franklin Chronicl

Volume 9, Number 22


October 27 November 9, 2000

Apalachicola Turns Back Clock for
"The Old Festival"
By Tom Campbell
Florida's Oldest Maritime Event, the Florida Seafood Festival, is now
"circled" on the calendars of many families throughout the South and
even the nation, as November 3 5, 2000, approaches. This will be
the 37th Annual Florida Seafood Festival in historic Apalachicola.
According to Rachel Chesnut, Seafood Festival President, this year
the festival is "turning back the clock. We're bringing back the old
festival. We want the festival to mean something to the local people
we're supposed to be honoring -- the seafood workers."
According to Chesnut, proceeds from the sale of the food concessions
will be distributed among the nonprofit groups that are participating.
'This is a local fall event that we just happen to invite about 20,000 of
our closest friends to attend."
Annually, the Florida Seafood Festival draws more than 20,000 to
this coastal town. Hotel rooms fill fast and for nearly two weeks prior
to the event, the town and surrounding communities are bustling
with visitors "from across the country," who have a real case of festi-
val fever.
The festival will feature the nationally recognized group Exile, as well
as Brian Howe, who is the former lead singer for the 70's band Bad
Brian Howe started his big time career as Ted Nugent's vocalist in
1983 and recorded one album (Penetrator) and completed the very
successful "Penetrator" World Tour.
Briany.-aA then invited to resurrect "Bad .Company" along with.Mick
Ralphs and Simon Kirke. More success was soon to follow with Brian
writing and singing all of the Bad Company hits on Gold and Plati-
num albums such as Fame and Fortune, Dangerous Age, Holy Water,
Here Comes Trouble, and of course, the Live Greatest Hits Album
What You Hear is What You Get. In 1997 Brian recorded a critically
acclaimed solo album Tangled in Blue featuring the heavily played
AC radio ballad Touch and several other songs with that Brian Howe
attitude in them, including Where'd She Come From and Don't Ask
Me Why.
Millions of sold records later he is back to perform all the hit songs
including Holy Water, Bad Company, Can't Get Enough, Ready For
Love, No Smoke Without A Fire. If You Needed Somebody, Rock "N"
Roll Fantasy, Walk Through Fire, and many other big bad ones that
provides goose bumps all the way as Brian Howe takes you on a
musical journey that allows you to soar with him and his one of kind
voice through all the hits.
"The Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars' hit the road in 1965 and picked up
THE EXILES to perform on several dates in and around Kentucky.
The band opened the shows and provided backup for headlining su-
perstars like Freddie Cannon, B.J. Thomas and others. Clark bought
the band again, for the 1966 tour and gave them, as an added bonus,
a piece of advice:
"Don't ever forget your audience," Clark preached. The boys adopted
Dick Clark's advice as their creed.
The band changed musical styles throughout the mid-sixties and, in i
1968, changed their base of operations to Lexington, KY. They short-
ened the name to EXILE. Regional hit records such as Devil's Bite
and Church Street Soul Revival came easily as the band became a
Kentucky tradition. Finally, in fall of 1978, EXILE hit pay dirt with
the # 1 pop smash, Kiss You All Over, and hit the road touring with
Aerosmith, Heart, Dave Mason, Boston, Seals & Crofts and other hot
pop acts of the late seventies. The backdrop changed, but the band
never lost sight of its commitment to its audience.
Devoting themselves to a killer combination of great music and show-
manship, EXILE set standards for other Kentucky acts. A young singer,
Les Taylor, watched the progress of the group while building his own
fan base in central Kentucky. EXILE watched Les, too. And, when
original singer, Jimmy Stokley. left EXILE in 1980, Les Taylor ac-
cepted an invitation to join the group and share lead vocal duties
with J.P. In the years following, Les and J.P. delivered lead vocal per-
formances on ten #1 hit records, all of them written or co-written by
J.P Pennington.
In 1980 and 1981, Alabama and Janie Fricke scored hits with EXILE
songs: Take Me Down and The Closer You Get-Alabama, It Ain't Easy
Bein' Easy--Janie Fricke. Kenny Rogers followed the trend and re-
corded Take This Heart, EXILE switched musical styles again, and
exploded in 1983 with their second #1 hit, Woke Up In Love, playing
on country radio. Their string of country hits to follow won them an
appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and eleven'
nominations for Vocal and/or Instrumental Group Of The Year from
the Academy Of Country Music and the Music Association. The group
was on a roll, but the stresses and strains of success were taking
their toll.
The festival officially opens Friday, November 3 at noon and admis-
sion is free that day. Friday's activities include the annual blessing of
the fleet, the arrival of Miss Florida Seafood and King Retsyo.
Saturday, November 4, the festival kicks off at 8 a.m. with the annual
Redfish Run. At 10 a.m. there will be a parade down US Highway 98.
More than 100 arts and crafts vendors are expected to set up in Ihe
Activities are planned throughout the day, including oyster eating
and shucking contests, headline entertainment, and later the King
Retsyo Ball. Admission to the park on Saturday is $5 with children
under 12 free.
On Sunday, admission is free and musical entertainment continues
throughout the day until the Festival officially closes at 4 p.m. All
times are Eastern Standard Time.

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Inside This Issue
12 Pages
Franklin Briefs........... 2 Trio Internationale .... 6
Editorial & Commentary Sharks .................... 6
................................ 3 Sea Turtle Lady ......... 7
St. James Bay........ 3, 4 FCAN ....................... 8
Franklin Bulletin ...... 5 Holiday Bookshop.... 10
"Butch" Taylor Lawsuit Florida Aquaculture 11
.................................. 6 Carrabelle ................ 12

Withers Construction Awarded
Carrabelle Library Bid

The Ben Withers Construction
Company was awarded first and
alternate bid on the proposed
Carrabelle Library of the Franklin
County Library System at the last
meeting of the Board of County
Commissioners, on Tuesday, 17
October 2000.
The Total base bid from Withers
was for $397,960.91. The remain-
ing bids were as follows:
Arc/Master Builders
Bass Construction

Carrabelle Engineering and
Pro-Steel Buildings, Inc.
Tupelo Construction
,The alternate bid involved the
Addition of the "Lighthouse Room"
for an additional $23,110, a fa-
vored design by many on the li-
brary board. The other alternate
#1 bids ranged from $44,000 to

Saturday evening, October 28, on
the spacious front lawn of the his-
toric Sopchoppy High School
people from all over the Big Bend
will g9ihli'r to enjoy, a barbecue
feast. Afterwards, they will settle
into the bend wood seats of the
school's limestone walled audito-
rium for a country music concert
that will feature some of the area's
best musicians.
The event is the Sopchoppy Opry,
an activity co-sponsored by the
Wakulla County School Board
and the Sopchoppy High School
Alumni Association. The October
28th show will be the fourth in as
many months and its popularity
among country music fans con-
tinues to grow.
It all came about when the school
board and alumni decided to re-
store the school with a historic
preservation grant that required
a cash match. Funds had to be
raised and a group of musicians
wanted a place to perform. The
Sopchoppy Opry was born. Every
show bas played to a capacity
audience and musicians are now
petitioning to join.

The October 28th barbecue and
show promises to be the biggest
yet. The Messer Brothers-Mor-
ris, Charles, Paul and Baddy will
be the featured guests. South
Bound, the Opry's popular house
band with Herman McWaters.
Joel and Judy Harrison, Bobby
and Becky Oaks and Rody
Strickland along with comedian
Don Pace will round out an
evening of entertainment well
worth the mdney.
The barbecue, sponsored by the
Ashmore Masonic Lodge will be-
gin at 4 p.m. For a mere $5. one
can enjoy a plate full of Bill
Stephens' secret recipe barbecue,
renowned for its flavor and ten-
derness. The curtain goes up for
the show at 7:30 p.m. and the
mellow sounds of the 50's. 60's
and later will once again grace the
confines of this acoustically per-
fect, historic auditorium!
Don't miss this one! For more in-
formation contact Alumni
Chairman Callie ,i I;:-L, 926-7373
or call the S',. I"..r-. Opry ticket
office. 962-2151.

A fragment of the Franklin Seafood history

Willard Vinuent Started Oystering
in 1946

By Tom Campbell
Willard Vincent was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1936 and his
dad, Robert Vincent, moved his family to Eastpoint in 1946. Willard's
granddad was Eli Morris, and he oystered for a living. Willard Vincent
said he has been oystering "since I was ten years old." You might say
that the Vincents have done some oystering in their lifetime.
"It's a hard life but a great life," said Willard Vincent. There was a
faraway look in his eyes that said in silence what would have taken a
book to explain. Obviously, he loved thetoughness and the grand-
ness, the hardships and the freedom.

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Willard and Annette Vincent

Describing a typical day of oystering, he said, "You get up and out
early -- maybe five or six o'clock - because you have to catch the tide
low. You get more oysters that way. You get your gas, pack your lunch,
gloves, equipment. There's a sense of freedom. You're your own man.
It's beautiful and peaceful out there on the water. Like a man goin'
fishin'. You oyster till the boat is full. A good season you get 16 to 18
bags, maybe. On a good day. You come in about 3 or 4 o'clock, unload
your oysters, tag 'em, and at the oyster house they tag 'em again."
Vincent Seafood was started on a pick-up truck back in 1958. Willard
delivered a route through Tallahassee to Jacksonville. He worked at
that until 1977.
He started his processing plant in 1977. Bay Seafood was the name,
and it lasted until 1992. About fifteen years -- and they were good
years -- the Vincent family was busy with Bay Seafood.
Willard and Annette married in 1956. They have three children:
Ronald, Rhonda and Raymond. They worked together and made a
good life. Raymond, now a carpenter in the Tallahassee area, said
that oysteringg is still in his blood." He still loves the Franklin County
area and the people, and plans to retire there.
Willard Vincent appears to be still very much in love with "his bride,
Annette." The looks and the conversation shared between them re-
veal a depth of love and trust. "Annette helped get the business in-
corporated in about 1986," Willard said. They have a beautiful home
they are proud of, and their love still glows strong and bright after 44
years. They share as they continue the conversation easily, sharing
their lives and the talk.
Willard Vincent was a Franklin County Commissioner from 1984 until
1988. He described a time "around 1987." when Gene Browne wanted
to develop Sike's Cut. "He wanted to develop around the Cut. The
environmentalists said it would be devastating to the bay (Apalachi-
cola Bay). The Commissioners managed to keep that under control."
Willard said he was proud also of helping to get "the break water done
in Eastpoint in the 1980's. There was a lot of red tape. Cost $50,000
to get the engineers to survey the channel. But we managed."
There was a deep inner satisfaction as he described the challenges
and accomplishments.
"We have the most monitored bay in the country," he said. "And it's a
productive bay. We wouldn't allow the kind of density the developers
wanted. That's a good thing. It has protected the bay. The state is
trying to help, by all the requirements they've put on to protect the
It is obvious that the bay is part of Willard Vincent -- as integral as
breathing, fishini.. and athi:i'.
When did he get out of the business of oystering? "Back in 1992." he
said. Whal h.tpp.ncdP "Well. Hurricane Elaina came along in 1985.
And delstrc\ di .ie :,.i\ bottom." His wife added. "And Hurricane Kate
in November of '85 got the buildings. Both hurricanes in the same
year, 1985. It was a "one-two punch: Hurricane Elaina and then Hur-
ricane Kate."
Willard Vincent said, "It took seven years for the bay to recover from
Elaina." He and Annette said that they had no insurance. In 1992.
they "went bankrupt." The husband and wife team are both knowl-
edgeable and share the conversation. They described the bay closure
and the fact that the bay was "so monitored," it was difficult to do
All the requirements they explained were "because the stale is trying
to help preserve the bay."
"Add to all of that." Willard continued. "that there was the oyster
scare -- people afraid to eat the oysters because they might get sick --
and the lack of sales. The last frontier of seafood..." He seems wistful
and appears to be remembering some good times. "Cat Point is the
county's most productive area of the bay."
He talks about ..qu.:.'ilhu!iit. -"We tried that in the mid-'80's. It was
cost prohibitive." He said that fishermen didn t like the idea of giving
up parts of the bay.
"Back in '77"' he e\rlrirf d "we reached our peak. You could walk
across the bay. just -IC.p Ir .'iLL boat to boat in the bay. stepping from
one boat to the next and 2. all the way across
Continued on Page 6

The Opry Is A Hit In Sopchoppy
.... ar^-%^ ^r

The Messer Brothers Band and comedian Don Pace will be
featured in the fourth edition of the popular country music
show, the Sopchoppy Opry, Saturday, October 28, 2000 at
7:30 p.m. in the historic Sopchoppy High School
Auditorium. From left, Buddy, Charles, Morris, Paul with
(kneeling) Don Pace.
By Jesse Quigg



PaPe 2 27 October 2000


The Franklin Chronicle



County Commission
Meeting of 17 October, 2000
Present: Commissioner
Clarence Williams. Chairper-
son: Commissioner Eddie
Creamer: Commissioner
Bevin Putnal; Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders
Absent: Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis
Superintendent of Public
Works, Hubert Chipman
He requested permission to pur-
chase one 4+4 Fort Tractor and
ditch mower, and one 4+4 pick up
truck, approved. Mr. Chipman
also requested the Board for per-
mission to advertise for bids on a
Mack Lowboy tractor or equiva-
lent and one Caterpillar front end
loader with a four yard bucket, or
equivalent, approved. His last re-
quest was for permission to hire
a full-time operator starting at a
salary of $16,952.
In a written report, Mr. Chipman
reported that the Road depart-
ment graded roads in Apalachi-
cola, McIntyre road, River road,
Jeff Sanders road and all county
roads up Highway 65. Grass was
mowed in Apalachicola, and
ditches cleaned in Apalachicola,
Carrabelle, Lanark, and else-
where. Some road patching was
completed in Apalachicola, Car-
rabelle and Eastpoint. Culvert
pipes were installed on Highland
Park road and Squire Road, and
some trees cut down at the Car-
rabelle airport. The Eastpoint.
cemetery was cleaned up and
mowed, along with some painting
done at Weems Hospital.
Trash and Mosquitos
Commissioner Sanders told Mr.
Chipman, Superintendent of Pub-
lic Works, "We've still got a prob-
lem with mosquitos around
here:.." Spraying has been done
in the morning hours, was the
response. Clerk Kendall Wade re-
ported to the Commissioners that
he had received several calls com-
plaining about junked trailers and
other materials left at the East-
point boat ramp. Wade pointed
out that the county could have li-
ability if someone is injured from
this accumulation, and yet if
moved by the county, additional
liability might attach to the county
if the owner claims, damages.
"Something's.gotta be done about
the trash that.is being left at that
boat ramp." 'ade concluded.
Commissioner Creamer had dis-
cussed this matter with the Su-
perintendent the day before, he
said. The county attorney advised
the Commissioners that the
county did not have a specific or-
dinance on the matter, but there
was State law allowing for public
notice on the abandoned vehicles,
and then the material may be
towed away. Al Shuler will check
into the procedural aspects of the
Alan Pierce, County
Mr. Pierce gave the Commission-
ers a copy of the FEMA disaster
declaration for tropical storm
Helene, the county having been
declared eligible for reimburse-
ment for public costs. Pierce also
asked approval to pay county
employees who worked overtime
when the disaster was declared.
The general consensus on the
Board was to pay overtime but no
formal vote was taken. The
county's reimbursement was pro-
jected to be about $80,000, con-
sisting mainly of costs for placing
limerock on various county roads.
Mr. Pierce also reported on the
Two Mile channel situation indi-
cating that the Corps of Army
Engineers is finished dredging the
channel. He learned this through
representative Terry Jangula. The
Corps returned to the channel a
few weeks ago to do some "touch
.up" dredging and they plan to
re-inspect the channel in three to
six months, when a dredge is in
the area. If there were some prob-
lems, they would plan to do some
dredging then. If not, the dredg-
ing project will be deemed com-
plete. and no more dredging
would be anticipated until an-
other overall channel dredging is
budgeted, likely to be in 5-10
The spoil disposal site at the air-
port is now the county's respon-
sibility. Pierce recommended that
the county put a hog-wire fence
around the perimeter to keep
4-wheelers out. The cost would be
about S5000 using county labor.

The other problem involving us-
ing the spoil material. Both the
landfill and airport road reloca-
tion project need fill material.
Kendall Wade was to review the
budget to see if funds might be
,available; he would report at the
next meeting.
A long term schedule for road
dept. equipment to work on the
fill projects at the airport and
land ill would need to be estab-
lished '.iv It- Superintendent of
Public Wi.a k-,
Van Johnson, Solid Waste
Mr. Johnson asked for approval
of a service agreement between
the County and Keep Franklin
County Beautllul committee, Un-

der the agreement, the commit-
tee would be responsible for edu-
cating the public on recycling. The
committee also coordinates volun-
teers in cleanup efforts in the
spring of each year. Approved.
Amnesty Day at the landfill will
be held one Saturday per quarter
beginning January 20, 2001. Ap-
4 motion to write the Dept. of
Environmental Protection about
any future hunting restrictions
such as the limitation placed on
dove hunting on little St. George
Island was passed. Commissioner
Safiders expressed some displea-
sure with state agencies making
rules without involving the pub-
lic so affected by the rules. Ap-
Small County Technical
Assistance Program
Jim Parrish explained the Small
County Technical Assistance Pro-
gram and an analysis of revenue
options. "We're here to serve you.
Our funding is basically limited
to the 33 small counties..." he
John Andrews
Mr. Andrews appeared before the
Commissioners to complain about
his neighbor on St. George Island
running a charter boat business
in a residential area. Larry Troy
is the operator of a charter boat
business, with some of his boats
parked in his yard. Andrews cited
some examples of Mr. Troy's ad-
vertising, and then described his
operations as he had seen cus-
tomers come'and go.
Mr. Andrews urged the Commis-
sioners to "send him a letter", and
"send me a copy of it." Mrs. An-
drew, Violet, also spoke to the is-
sue as they departed the meet-
ing room. The resolution to the
issues appeared to be sending a
letter to Mr. Troy after Commis-
sioner Creamer consulted with
Alan Pierce, County Planner.
Florida Seafood Festival
Monica Lemieux appeared before
the Board to ask that the court-
house be closed on Friday, 3 No-
vember, the first day of the Florida
Seafood Festival, thus providing
additional parking for the festival.
Alan Pierce, Administrator
Mr. Pierce gave the Board a copy
of the DEP notice of removal of
asbestos from the old Carrabelle
Gym. Pierce reported that he had
a verbal confirmation from Cliff
Butler that Jimmy Crowder is
willing to knock the gym down for
$1500 and that Friends of the Li-
brary would cover the demolition
cost. Who would haul the debris
away was not resolved at the time
of the Commissioner's meeting.
The landfill can use the material.
Herbert Sewell was voted approval
for serving on the Lanark Village
Building Permit Review commit-
Mr. Pierce also provided the Board
with a copy of a letter from DEP
concerning the proposed county
park on St. George Island. The
Dept. needed additional informa-
tion, as follows:
Special Permit Condition
2. 1:
The siting for the pavilions
specified in Permit FR-660 is
to minimize adverse impacts
to the beach and dune system
per Chapter 62B-33.005,
Florida Administrative Code.
Siting the pavilions beyond
127 feet seaward of the con-
trol line would advance the
line of construction estab-
lished by major structures in
the immediate area, per Chap-
ter 62B-33.005(7), Florida Ad-
ministrative Code.
If excavation or removal of veg-
etation is proposed due to the
landward relocation and your
design, staff may authorize
some excavation/vegetation
removal in the affected dune
area for the west pavilion, af-
ter review of the proposed
amount and location of cut
and fill areas. There should be
no net excavation on the site
(the excavated material should
remain in the pavilion area),
and the cut and fill areas
should be depicted on your
site plan for staff review.
A total of two sealed copies of
the construction plans are re-
quired in order to send you
back one stamped approved.
Please send another sealed
copy for the Notice to Proceed.
Special Permit Condition
Please provide the elevations
of the pavilion decks and the
pile tip elevations, referenced
to NGVD.
Special Permit Condition

Per Chapter 62B-33-085,
Florida Administrative Code,
no fee waiver is available un-
less the permit is issued un-
der an emergency order, or
unless the project is
cost-shared with the State
government under Chapter 16
1. 10 1, Florida Statutes, In
that case, the local share must
be at least $2,000: the local
government can then request
a waiver of the portion of the
fee above the local share,
Mr. Pierce asked, and received
Board approval, to move an old
35-year-old fire truck from the
county's insurance policy, as well
as moving the old truck of of air-
port properly. Approved,

Mr. Doug McKinney, through Alan
Pierce, wanted to inform the
Board that he is interested in be-
ing the concessionaire for the fish-
ing pier when the county received
the old St. George Island bridge
from the Dept. of Transportation.
Pierce reported to the Board that
he informed Mr. McKinney that
the Board of County Commission-
ers has not made a decision on
who is going to be responsible for
the fishing pier, and that he was
probably two years early with his
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission met in regular session on
October 10 and recommends the
following action:
A) on.development within the
Critical Habitat Zone:
*recommend approval for Bruce
Krueger to construct a private
dock and boat lift on Lot 15, Block
89, Unit 5, St. George Island. All
state and federal permits have
been obtained.
S*recommend approval for William
Kroll to construct a private board-
walk/observation platform on Lot
19, Windjammer Village, St.
George Island. All state and fed-
eral permits have been obtained.
*recommend approval for James
Carrell to construct a dock on
property described as just east of
Yellow Hill on US 98, and further
described as 2525 Highway 98
West, in Section 3, Township 8
South, Range 5 West. The Com-
mission recommends approval of.
this dock even though it was re-
ceived after the agenda was set,
because they determined that
there was a hardship in this case
to expect the owner to wait 30
days until the next Commission
meeting. The hardship was that
the man was handicapped and
had received his state and federal
permits but has failed to get a
county building permit. The re-
quest was made by Planning
Commissioner Dan Rosier, as this
was his neighbor.
B) on development in industrial
zones, the Commission recom-
mends approval of a site plan for
John Collins to construct two
buildings on an industrial parcel
off Otter Slide Road in Eastpoint.
The site plan contains adequate
parking and meets the setbacks
established by the Board of Ad-
justment. All the above were ap-
proved by the Board.
On rezoning requests, the Com-
mission took the following action:
*tabled a request until November
for Mr. Bill Wells at his request to
consider a rezoning and large
scale land use change on some
agricultural land to R-6, one unit
per ten'acres. The land is north,
of Carrabelle.
* approved a request for Mr. Ben
Watkins for a rezoning and small
scale land use change for 9.9
acres of land just north of Ridge
Road from A-2 to R-2. Board ac-
tion to set public hearing at con-
venient schedule to be determined
by Planning Office and Board's
*tabled a request until November
for Ms. Freda White to consider a
rezoning and land use change on
7 acres of land north of Carra-
belle, for more information.
d. The commission recommends
approval of a final plat for Whis-
pering Pines subdivision in East-
point. It contains 21 lots, off C.C.
Land Road, and has paved roads
built to county standards. The
mylar copy of the plat is not here,
so if the Board wants to, it can
approve the final plat contingent
upon Mr. Shuler reviewing the
title certification letter and review-
ing the final plat.
The Board approved a land use
change for 6.38 acres in East-
point, zoned R-1 single family
residential to C-4 mixed use com-
mercial and residential. The prop-
erty is owned by Ricky Mosbley.
The land use change was also
approved by the Commissioners.
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission heard three requests for
special exceptions to construct
cellular telephone towers in the
county. The Zoning Code states
that for special exceptions the
Board of Adjustment will hold a
public hearing to consider the
special exception, and it will re-
ceive a recommendation from the
Planning and Zoning Commis-
sion. I am informing the County
Commission of the requests, but
it will be the Board of Adjustment
who actually grants the special
exception. The commission rec-
ommended in favor of all three by
a 5-1 vote, Commission member
John Murhpy voted against all
three. The three sites are:
*request for Big Bend Towers to
construct a 300 foot tower on the
northern edge of Oak St/Pin-
ewood Ave In Lanark Village. The
i property Is zoned R- I and is
owned by Mr, Jim Green. The
tower would be 570 north of Oak

St, and the only clearing would
be around the tower. The rest of
the 5 acres will remain vegetated.
The majorl(y of the Commission
fell the tower would not be notice-
able to the current residents in
that location,
" fitr -.1 t'or I;'ILt Bend Towers to
construcl t 300 loot tower on the
northern edge of a parcel of land
in St, Teresa, north of US 98. The
properly i. owned by the Wilson
r. liv\. i. I.i r The site is approxd-
mately 900 feel north of US 98
and again only Ihe tower site
would be cleared.,
*request-i for Am!erican Tower to
consalr(ct n100 foot tower on
property owned by Mr. Gil
Barfield, nflld also known as the

old Buckeye Mill site, at 444 Mill
Road. The tower will be in the
back corner of the property and
is shorter thansome existing tow-
ers in the Carrabelle area.
Kendall Wade, Clerk
Most of Mr. Wade's presentation
was taken up with a detailed re-
port on the new Blue Choice PPO
,Physician Co-payment Plan ben-
efits for county employees.
Mr. Wade also reported on the sta-
tus of the cemetery at Sumatra,
recently affected by the death of
Drew Branch, who had main-
tained the burial ground just
south of town, but within Franklin
County. Sumatra is in Liberty
county just over the county line.
A proposal was communicated to
Mr. Wade, who passed it on to the
Board of County Commissioners.
The proposal was to create an
oversight board for the cemetery,
with representatives from Liberty
and Franklin counties. No formal
action was taken.
Critical Access Hospital
Mr. Wade reported that a CAH
(Critical Access Hospital) designa-
tion has been studied in Calhoun
County, but no such designation
has been approved for that hos-

pital. Under this category, there
is no requirement that the hospi-
tal so designated has to remain
open 24-hours a day if there are
no patients in the hospital. A CAH
hospital may close provided it has
an effective system in place in
conformance with Federal rules.
A system includes having a quali-
fied, emergency care physician on
call 24-hours a day _
wade also checked with
Representative Boyd's staff, Jim
Norton, to inquire what is involved
in Federal rules about this desig-
nation. The Commissioners ex-
pressed some concern about this
system, as it could potentially re-
duce local hospital services to
maintenance of the emergency
room and the ambulances.
Centennial, the' leasee of the
George Weems Hospital, and the
Calhoun County Hospital has
been, studying the proposal for
some time. The Chronicle con-
tacted Ms. Susan Ficklen, Admin-
istrator at Weems, who empha-
sized that the continuing costs of
operating rural hospitals through-
out Florida stimulated the CAH
program, now chartered by the
Federal government as a way of

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Water Manrigemlent Rate Inudcacc.

Move Ahead

A Report And Commentary By Tom W. Hoffer
On June 6, the St. George utility, Water Management Services. Inc.
(WMSI), filed'an application with the Florida Public Service Commis-
sion for a limited proceeding involving an increase in water rates. The
increase was to allow the company (WMSI) to cover the cost of build-
ing a new water line to connect its wells on the mainland (in East-
:point) with its service territory on St. George Island.
;The utility stated that the Dept of Transportation had notified WMSI
that the existing bridge to St. Gedrge Island, now carrying the WMSI
water transmission line to the island, would be demolished when the
new bridge was finished, sometime near March 2003. WMSI, in its
petition to the Public Service Commission, needed to increase rates
.in order to pay for the proposed new construction.
The rate increase as proposed would be in three phases. (1) Phase
XOne would become effective on November 1, 2000 and would recover
the engineering estimate of $803,803, and the projected costs of fi-
(pancing. (2) The second phase would become effective two months
,and one year later, and would become effective on January 1, 2002.
and is designed to recover capital expenditures through the comple-
;tion of the project in March 2003. (3) The third phase would become
:effective six months after the actual in service date of the project in
2003, and would reflect the actual capital costs incurred, as well as
,the effect of any refinancing and the actual cost of debt.
,Under the "limited proceeding" the case will not be set for a formal
hearing unless a timely protest to the Public Service Comnmssion's
(PSC) proposed action is filed. The PSC" saff is scheduled to lile a:
recommendation to the Commission on October 26, 2000, and the
'Commission vote on the matter is scheduled for November 7, 2000.
In the meantime ,a "customer meeting" in the WMSIS sermicarea, v.wa
held to hearand respond to customer testimony on quality 6 f service,
rate structure and other comments on the proposed rate increase.
| That was held on September 12th at the Franklin County Courthouse.
During the customer meeting, the issue of fire protection was raised.
As explained at the meeting, Franklin County does not currently re-
quire WMSI to provide fire protection (pressures and flow). William D.
Talbott, Executive Director of the Public Service Commission, in a
letter dated October 10, 2000 to County Attorney Al Shuler, said "it
may be difficult for the utility to justify fire protection rates at this
time. However, if Franklin County did require the utility to provide
fire protection, the utility may have a basis for requesting a fire pro-
tection rate that could be considered by the Public Service Commis-
sion. Of course, whether such a rate would be approved rests solely
with the Commissioners and any decision allowing or disallowing such
a rate would provide substantially affected persons with the opportu-
nity to protest the Public Service Commission's decision."
The Executive Director of the PSC added the following:
In regard to sources of funding to upgrade the water sys-
tem of St. George Island to achieve fire protection stan-
dards, my staff contacted Mr. Al Bishop of the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection. According to
Mr. Bishop, the State Revolving Loan Program, imple-
mented through the Safe Drinking Water Act, provides
loan money for projects that include upgrading fire pro-
tection standards. However, the sole purpose of the project
cannot be to upgrade the water system for fire protec-
tion. I believe the utility has already applied for a loan
through this program in relation to the bridge project;
however, an application to upgrade the water system to
achieve fire protection standards would have to be an
addition to the utility's current loan application.
In recent weeks, various complaints from the St. George community,
as reflected in recent Civic Club meetings, were raised including the
charge-that the present generation of 1460 water customers should
not be burdened with the entire cost of paying for thenewV water line.
Mr. Gene Brown, owner of WMSI addressed the Civic Club in recent
months indicating that he was attempting to qualify for a low cost
.loan to. finance tl. relocation of the water line.,'Mr;Brown has also
Ssti tred litigation against the Dept. of Transportation asking that the
SState of Florida pay for the cost of the new water line, but progress in
That case has been slowed, with no action indicated in the past sev-
eral weeks. The bridge contractor has advised WMSI to install an
entry approach to the new bridge, to be in place on a deadline, pre-
sumably holding up any further action until the approach pipes have
been positioned. Others have.advocated that the E,;sipuini aler- and
Sewer expand (heir ervfce to the island community, but W15SI Iholds
an exclusive franchise to provide service there.
Complicating the issue has been a recent concern about fire-fighting
I pressures need to put out fires above ground level in many three
storied homes located in the private development called the St. George
Island Plantation.
About five years ago, this same issue was raised at the county com-
mission level, and a committee was appointed to "study the issue",
;,but nothing was ever completed.

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Mr. Brown has indicated that WMSI would incorporate "fire flow" pres-
sures in a new line, and the visible presence of 12 inch pipe as pic-
tured above, is some indicatiorfthat those plans may be in the works.
When he addressed the Civic Club in recent weeks, Gene Brown added
one additional concern that few have paid any attention to, and that
is the matter of sewer services. The island is nearly at 50% buildout.
all homes and businesses serviced by septic tanks. Already. there
have been some problems of drain-field shortages in the commercial
district with some businesses ;leasing lots for distribution of waste
water. The supply for fresh wafer on the island is limited, and many
lots have their septic drain fields located in some proximity to some
wells. Given the uncertainties-of limited fresh water from wells, the
climbing number of septic systems installed, and the general rise in
island population, permanent and temporary, a few have described
the invisible, but growing problem of water issues as a time-bomb
nearly ready to explode.

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People Over Politics: Reappuitionment

The late French President Charles De Gaulle once said, "politics is
too serious a matter to be left to the politicians." That statement is
especially true when it comes to reapportionment.
Common Cause Florida, the League of Women Voters and other pub-
lie interest groups are working to place two constitutional amend-
ments on the ballot in 2002. The effort is known as People Over Poli-
tics. If approved by voters these amendments would end the existing
system where legislative and congressional districts are drawn solely
to favor incumbent lawmakers and the political party in power.
Every ten years, following the census, the Florida Legislature is
required to draw new legislative and congressional district bound-
aries. The process is called reapportionment and there is no other
aspect of government where self interest and greed are more promi-
nently on display. Under the current system, redistricting plans are
drawn in the back rooms of the Capitol with lawmakers looking on to
make sure the districts guarantee their own re-election.
There's a word for the political gamesmanship that accompanies a
reapportionment session. It's called gerrymandering and it results in
misshapen, meandering districts that split cities and counties for no
apparent reason other than political self preservation. Typically, the
reapportionment plans drawn by the Legislature face numerous legal
challenges, Taxpayers end up spending millions of dollars in legal
fees to defend these. gem.anldr.ed districts.

The constitutional amendment we are seeking to place on the ballot
will take the responsibility fo reapportionment out of the hands of
the Florida Legislature. One amendment creates an independent re-
apportionment commission composed of citizens, not politicians. Six-
teen members of the Coriilinis.siiil would be appointed by party lead-
ers. n this legislature. Of those 16 members, 11 would have to agree
iri a '17lti rnernb,'r who must be an independent or a member of some
s3rd part- Approval ol' a redistricting plan by the Commission would
Sreqrere a Lper majority vote,;' insuring that the final product has
bipartisan support. Similar commissions have worked well in other
states and the resulting redistricting plans have been more balanced
and less subject to legal challenge.
The other constitutional amendment establishes fair redistricting stan-
dards. These standards would serve as a guide for the Commission
as It draws the district lines. The standards require that the districts
respect city and county boundaries whenever possible, protect the
voting strength of minorities and religious groups, and not favor or
disfavor any incumbent lawmaker or political party. While these stan-
dards may seen like common sense, the Florida Legislature does ex-
actly the opposite when it conies to reapportionment.
PEOPLE OVER POLITICS will have volunteers gathering petition sig-
natures at the polls on November 7. By signing the petitions, Florid-
ians have an opportunity to enactl iw'cdidl eoi\ernment reforms. These
reforms will eliminate the abilittv l inct il-i nts to draw districts based
on their own political self preservation and give challengers a fair
chance to make their case to Ili voters. The end result will be a
better working democracy.
Ben Wilcox
Executive Director .
Common Cause Florida ,i
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Coastal Conservation Association
Issues News Release On Another
South Atlantic Council Regulatory


From the Southeastern Fisheries Association, Inc.
In a September 26, 2000 press release, the CCA (Coastal Conserva-
tion Association) lobbyist raves about the South Atlantic dolphin
(mahi-mahi) and wahoo federal fishery management plan.
The release says dolphin has always been a predominately recreational
fishery and should stay that way. Funny. CCA didn't feel that way
about Spanish mackerel.
They thought this historical commercial fishery should be redistrib-
uted on a 50/50 basis and that has been done. The release said all
the CCA clubs were in agreement but that isn't unusual when the
goal is to savage any commercial fishing and allocate 10% to the
non-boating consumers and the 90% for fun. The Florida Marine Pa-
trol (FMP) also punishes Florida and Georgia dolphin fij !:- -' r by
setting a 1,000-trip limit while at the same time giving South and
North Carolina a 3,000-pound limit. This is definitely not fair and
equitable and should be shot down by National Marine Fisheries Ser-
vice (NMFS) at the Washington level. Dolphin fishermen in North
Florida make 6- and 7-day trips and a 1,000-limit would make it
impossible to stay in business. In South Florida the trips don't have
to be that long so the 1.000-pound trip limit may be okay when you
can make day trips.
Another bogus issue is the so-called allocation. The plan limits the
commercial fishermen to 1.5 million pounds or 13% of the total land-
ings; whichever is greater with no recreational quota. In other words
if 10,000 new fishermen wish to buy boats and start catching dol-
phin they can do so and at 60 fish per boat per day that adds up to a
lot of fish.
The CCA will not be satisfied until all federal fish are used for fun and
the only two species of fish commercial fishermen can catch will be
mullet and menhaden and even those are under attack. NMFS should
send this fishery management plan back immediately to the South
Atlantic Fishery Management Council telling them to read the Seven
National Standards again and also prohibit sale by recreational an-
glers of a fish that can cause histamine illnesses.

St. James Bay Advances With

Expected Approval of Apalachee

Regional Planning Council

By Tom Campbell
The Apalachee Regional Planning
Council (ARPC) met Thursday,
October 26, 2000, and one of its
Agenda Items was St. James Bay.
Action was needed to approve the
Report and Recommendations for
the St. James Bay Development
of Regional Impact.
The ARPC, in fulfillment of its re-
sponsibilities, reviewed a report to
the Franklin County Commission-
Sers, the proposed Development
The Application requested ap-
provalfor' 575 residential dwell-
ing units, 210,000 square feet of
commercial space, an 18-hole golf
course and a homeowners' bay
recreational facility, on a total of
378 acres. The project is located
on Crooked River Road, north of
U.S. Highway 98, about two miles
east of Lanark Village, in the un-
incorporated area of Franklin
The ARPC staff recommended
approval of the project.
An Amendment to the Compre-
hensive Plan of Franklin County
changed the land area from In-
stitutional to Mixed Use. Proposed
is a 25-foot setback from wetlands
as currently defined by the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP).
The project will enhance many of
the environmentally sensitive ar-
eas on the site, including rehy-
drating some of the wetland ar-
eas which were drained as a re-
sult of silviculture and past de-
velopment practices, restoring
more natural hydrolic cycles of
the wetlands, and developing a
wetlands plan that protects the
environmentally sensitive por-
tions of the site in a manner con-
sistent with the goals and policies
of the Franklin County Compre-
hensive Plan.




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The accompanying location map
shows exactly where the St.
James Bay site is, in relation to
Lanark Village and Alligator Point.
Impact Assessment included the
Vegetation and Wildlife
The majority of the site (about 248
acres) is either flatwoods or
planted pine. About 25 acres are
previously developed as institu-
tional. In a survey for plant and
animal species listed as Endan-
gered, Threatened or of Special
Concern, observed on the site
were: The American Alligator,
Gopher tortoise, Little blue heron,
and Florida black bear. No listed
plants were observed on site.
It is estimated that about 9 go-
pher tortoises and several alliga-
tors exist on the site.
Approximately 97 acres of wet-
lands are on the site, and about
94.5 acres of wetlands (97 per-
cent) will be preserved. Some wet-
lands will be trimmed to allow golf
course flyover areas. These wet-
lands will not be dredged or filled.
Water Quality
All stormwater will be treated
prior to leaving the site. The
stormwater treatment areas are
generally shown on the Master
Plan. The amount of stormwater
discharge before and after devel-
opment will be identical.
Based on the Flood Insurance
Rate Map (FIRM), the site pro-
posed for the Homeowner's Bay
Recreation Facility is located in a
V-zone (V 13). All structures will
be elevated.
Water Supply
The project will create an average
demand for potable water of ap-
proximately 180,000 gallons per
day with an expected peak de-
mand of approximately 360,000
a!ll!ons per day. Non-potable wa-
i.er wil be used for golf course ir-
rigation. Some of the irrigation
needs will be met by using treated
Potable water is expected to be
supplied by the Lanark Village
-.r. r & Sewer District. If an
agreement cannot be reached be-
tween the project and the District.
water will be supplied by an on-
site wel..

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Treated wastewater will be sup-
plied by the Lanark Village Water
& Sewer District, which will both
improve the District's wastewater
system and reduce the amount of
water needed by the project. Ad-
ditional water conservation meth-
ods will include the use of low flow
showerheads, commodes, and
faucets, xeriscape requirements,
and the preservation of native veg-
Wastewater Management
All of the project will be connected
to a central treatment facility. ex-
cept for the Homeowner's Bay
Recreation Site, which will have
an advanced septic system.
Stormwater Management
The stormwater facilities will be
designed for the 25-year critical
duration storm event, except for
those directly connecting to the
U.S. 98 drainage ditch, which will
be designed for the 100-year
event. Treatment facilities include
retention ponds, detention ponds,
swales and natural vegetative
buffers. The system will assure
that all runoff of fertilizers and
pesticides will be treated through
the drainage facilities.
The project is expected to gener-
ate a total of 819 external project
trips during the PM peak hour at
completion of Phase 2. There are
several regional roadways which
will be used by project traffic, in-
cluding roads in Franklin County
and the City of Carrabelle. The
regionally significant roadways in
,the project, area are US 98, US
319 and State Road G.1 A, which
is the bridge to St. George Island.
There is a bicycle trail planned

Franklin Briefs from 2
relieving financial problems of
rural medicine yet still maintain-
ing continuing and emergency
care at those remote locations.
Ms. Ficklen said to the Chronicle,
In brief, the idea of Critical
Access Hospitals was de-
signed to assist small rural
hospitals both in the reim-
bursement of charge and in
the staffing requirements.
The fears that a hospital like
ours would be closed because
of no patients are completely
unfounded. This could apply
to some hospitals like those
in outlying regions of the
country, i.e., Wyoming, Mon-
tana, etc. We are one of 28 ru-
ral hospitals in Florida. We
are all looking into the viabil-
ity of Critical Access status
because we are all -1i i udlinl
financially because of the
Balanced Budget Act of 1997,
and this could increase our
Let me add that several weeks
ago, I approached several
members of the Board, as well
as community leaders, to
come to the hospital to par-
ticipate in a community needs
assessment study as a
fact-finding tool in the study
for Critical Access Status.
Very few responded.
Ms. Ficklen has been invited to
the 7 November 2000 meeting of
the Board of County Commission-
ers to discuss Critical Access Hos-

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between the Project and the City
of Carrabelle. A large percentage
of the population in this area is
either retired, under eighteen, or
visiting. Such a trail will be likely
to reduce vehicle trips on US 98.
However, it is not currently
funded. The Applicant has com-
mitted to build a portion of the
trail within this project.
Hurricane Evacuation
All of the project site is within the
hurricane vulnerability zone, and
will need to be evacuated in the
event of a major hurricane.
With 575 residential dwelling
units, it is estimated there will be
1,218 residents. To be overly cau-
tious, the Applicant estimated
that 15 percent or up to 183 resi-
dents will seek public shelter
upon evacuation of the project. It
should be noted that many of the
dwelling units are expected to be
second homes and many resi-
dents will simply return to their
primary residence.
According to the Capital Area
Chapter of the American Red
Cross, the vast majority of people
evacuating from Franklin County
will go to shelters in Leon County.
The Red Cross' Disaster Services
Director has stated that provision
of one Hurricane Shelter Supply
Trailer, to be stationed at the Oak
Ridge Elementary School, would
mitigate the increased need for
shelter space from the St. James
Bay development.
Approval moved the project a step
closer to reality. Next, approval
needs to come from the Franklin
County Board of Commissioners.

pitals designation. She also in-
vited Mike Walsh from the Dept.
of Health, Rural Health Division,
to explain the CAff designation

County Attorney
On the legal case Gay versus
Franklin County, a workman's
comp claim, Mr. Shuler has re-
ceived approval on a proposed
settlement. A stipulation will be
presented to the Board of County
Commissioners for a final settle-
ment of the claim. The county's
consultant recommends the
" 'tllrit-ni I Mr. Shuler reported
to the Board, as it "..,is a good deal
for us,"
Mr. Shuler signed an agreement
for Attorney Pat Floyd to repre-
sent Franklin C 1.n i1 \ 's interest in
the current bankruptcy proceed-
ings of GRIT, the former insurer
for the county.
Mr. Shuler also reported that the
County Sheriff may remove boat
trailers and other materials from
the boat ramp in Eastpoint as
long as procedures outlined in a
State Statute are followed.


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SWakullo County

New Development
Proposed For
Alligator Point

By Rene Topping
Barry Poole of Alligator Point,
made a proposal to his fellow
members of the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association (APTA) at
their October 15 meeting. He said
he had an option to purchase the
Alligator Point Marina, and pro-
poses to reopen it as "The Pelican
Bay Marina and Yacht Club,"
Poole estimates it cost $2Million
for his entire project.
His proposal was that he would
spend in excess of $800,000 to
bring the marina up to standard.
He will start by rebuilding the
'present run down docks, tear
down the "big barn"and do a gen-
eral clean up on the grounds. He
would hope to have charter boats
and rentals of smaller boats.
Then he would start to build 5
separate residence buildings no
higher than 2 stories, each hav-
ing 5 separate living units; He
would remodel the restaurant
taking out the bar and making it
into a family style eating place.He
added he would make a wall of
windows looking out on the ma-
rina. There would a new building
for storage of boats. There would
be a swimming pool and he would
the renew the existing beach for
the use of the residents.
He would do a great deal of work
on the marina itself cleaning and
renovating the docks. He said he
would like to put in a state of the
art system that would flush out
the waters of the marina and
make the water clear and pretty
at a cost of $160,000.
He said that he was hoping that
the residents of Alligator Point
would join him in this venture and
take shares. He stated that he felt
the entire project could be done
in phases.
When asked if he has his permits
Poole responded that right now he
only had the contract. He said he
had talked to Alan Pierce and the
Health Department. Both were in
favor and felt that there would not
be any problems.
Poole said his other reason for
showing his proposal to the resi-
dents first was that if there was a
great deal of. objection he would
not try to do it and asked for any
one to speak out if they had prob-
lems with it.
One lady who lives across from
the marina on the beach side
spoke out. She said it would worry
her if the residents and others
using the marina facilities would
trespass on her property while
trying to find access to the Gulf.
Poole answered her saying that he
felt the residents would use the
beach on the Bay side and do their
swimming in the pool. However,
he said that it would be a part of
policy that the residents would be
notified that there was no lawful
entrance to the Gulf across the
He asked for a show of hands of
those present who liked the idea
and he received a majority ap-
proval from those present.
The residents then heard short
appeals for votes from David
Jackson and David Hinton who
are both running for School Board
member in the Alligator Point Dis-
Water Resource District manager
Taylor Moore said that there
would be a meeting on the reno-
vation of the water system to be
held on October 21 at 10 a.m. He
announced that a new tower for
cell phones will be proposed to be
built at St. Teresa at the site of
the old Wilson Cottages. This will
come up for approval on the
Board ol Adllii-l mnt along with
one at Carrabelle and another at
Lanark Village.

Alligator Point

Gets Needed

Renovation To

Water System

By Rene Topping
At the regular meeting of the Alli-
gator Point Water Resource Dis-
trict, (APWRD), held on October
21 all three members of the board,
Chairman Randy Miller, Fred
McCord and Pat Johnson, were
present. The three members
unanimously passed a resolution
on the loan agreement with
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, (DEP), in the
amount of $1,941,553 for much
needed renovation of the thirty
year old system.
Miller said that District Manager
Taylor Moore would be able to
immediately advertise for bids
from contractors, The DEP loan
will be at an interest of 3.33 with
the first semi annual payment due
on 3/15/2002 in the amount of
$68,191. Total annual payment
will be $136,382 and Moore said
that he had actually budgeted for
the year 2000/2001 for a pay-
ment of $160,000. The term of the
loan is 20 years.
Miller asked who would be doing
the audit on the account and
Moore said that he would contact
their regular auditors, Holley and
Co. for an estimate of the extra
cost for auditing the loan. Miller
asked about the requirements of
the bank that will hold the money
and McCord said that Capital City
Bank in Tallahassee had offered
no fees and they will pay market
interest. The board approved the
Miller also said that one of the fi-
nancial requirements for the fi-
nancing is that the district can-
not waive any fees on late pay-
ment for water and that if the cus-
tomer is over two months the wa-
ter has to be shut off and a lien
can be placed on the property,
He added that there will have to
be a special meeting called for
early December to open the bids.
The date will be announced.
The district engineer Murphy said
that he wl\l commence to attack

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Bill Wargo who has been investi-
gating the problems of erosion at
the Point and in particular in the
neighborhood of the KOA R.V.
Park gave a report. He said that
the Army Corps of Engineers have
been doing a study on the erosion
and at the same time the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection were conducting one of
their own. Wargo said that the two
parties met with Alan Pierce and
have joined in one study. There
will be a final report at a public
hearing to be held before the end
of the year.
Wargo has his own theory on the
erosion saying that the rock re-
vetment is not curing but is harm-
ing the rest of the property.
He said that he recommends that
those people who are wanting to
study on this erosion could get
copies of two books. One is "The
Corps and The Shore" by Sam
Smith and the other is "Against
the Tide" by Cornelia Dean.
The APTA Hot Line, the telephone
line that carried the news and
coming events of interest to resi-
dents, was canceled as not being
worth the price.
A problem with the back stairway
was reported and a member of the
fire department said they were
going to get it fixed.
There was some interest in form-
ing a Public Safety Committee
that would bring problems such
as speeding vehicles to the sher-
The next meeting of the APTA will
be November 11 at 9 a.m.

Lanark Village
Meets on Water
and Sewer

By Rene Topping

Jim Lawlor was faced with a legal
problem at the regular meeting of
the Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District Board, (LVWSD)
held Friday October 20 when he
was the lone Commissionerto
show up for the'-meeting.:- Lawlor
turned to the board attorney Scott
Thompson for advice as to how he
could proceed,
Thompson told him that he could
hold the meeting but in the
absence of at least one more
member on the panel of three, no
issue could be voted upon. Lawlor
said Greg Yancey had called to say
he was held up in Panama City
and said he would be there by four
o'clock. The other commissioner
Jeanette Pedder is in ill health
and was excused.

Freda White and Raymond
Williams were present among the
small audience. They had come
as representatives of the St.
James Bay Golf course and
Development basically as
monitors and also to see what was
happening on their request for
services from the district.
The district cniin-e r. Richard
1Mui'aroe, reported that he had
been in touch with White and
suggested that the St. James Bay
developers make a proposal to the
district in which the development
would supply the district with all
the infrastructure needed to link
up with the LVWSD at no cost to
the district. He said when that
was complete the developers
could turn the system over for the
LVWASD to run it and maintain it.
White said that they would
come up with some proposal in
the near future. The development
is to be a "state of the art" golf

FWC To Honor All
Disability Licenses
A change in the disability license
law earlier this year has caused
problems for some disabled indi-
viduals trying to obtain hunting
permits, but the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) has found a way to fix
things. The FWC will honor both
new and recently expired disabil-
ity licenses this hunting:season.
"Some individuals who qualified
for free disability licenses under
the old law learned their licenses
were no longer valid under the
new law, and they didn't have
ample time to renew their licenses
in time to apply for wildlife man-
agement areas quota permits."
said Eddie White, the FWC's
quota hunt coordinator. "We rec-
ognize the timing of the new law
placed these people in an impos-
sible situation. This decision will
enable everyone with disability li-
censes to hunt this season as in
years past."
The revised law, which took effect
July 1, changed the criteria for
individuals to obtain a disability
hunting and fishing license. Un-
der the new law, individuals must
be cerf'ied as totally and perma-
nently disabled by the United
States Veterans Administration,
United States Armed Forces,
Florida Department of Veterans
Affairs, or be certified as disabled
by the United States Social Secu-
rity Administration. The law also
invalidated all disability licenses
issued before July 1,1997.
"By June 1, 2001, all disability
license holders will need to be in
compliance," White said.


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the rust and brown water prob-
lems that affect so many custom-
ers. Starting about the 26th of
October the district will be using
a chemical known as Aqua Mag-
Drinking water additive. A very
comprehensive six page brochure
was available to all who were
present and can be obtained at
the water office. The chemical is
made by Kjell Corporation and the
brochure contained a comment
that it has been safely used for
over 75 years with no harmful
According to the brochure the
addition of Aqua Mag will hold
scale-causing minerals in solu-
tion, inhibit corrosion on the in-
side of pipes and metal parts and
by using the chemical prior to
adding chlorine allows the chlo-
rine to eliminate any sulphur
odor. It also suggests that it can
reduce staining and chlorine ad-
dition can be lessened. Another
interesting thing about it is that
it has been deemed toxicologically
safe by both the National Sanita-
tion Foundation and the Under-
writers Laboratory and is certified
Alligator Point resident Phil
Worley said that there might be
money available from the DEP if
it is found that lightning strikes
on the Point during some recent
storms had damaged any of the
equipment. The maintenance
people will check into this.
Fred McCord stated that he has
been on the board eight years. He
added that "little or nothing had
been done to the system until that
time." He added the system is 30
years old. He suggested '"That the
people complaining should get on
the other aide of the table and
work with us." He also said that
when his term is up he will no
longer serve.
Moore said he is putting a new
billing system. It can use E-Mail
Addresses. Next meeting regular
meeting will be January 20, 2001.

course, with a country club and
restaurant, a strip mall on U.S.
98 and 650 residences at build
out. White said that she felt the
parties could come to a decision
and "it was just a matter of the
numbers." Lawlor said that he felt
that "We can work out impact fees
but not the connection fees."
Thompson said that he
understood that the paved road
off U.S. 98 was now officially
named Crooked River Road.
Lawlor said that he understood
that there was some dissention in
the village as the Resolution 103
that called for raising the rates for_
water. He said posters had been
placed in the Village blaming him.
He reminded the audience
Resolution 103 had been
approved, the raise of $1.75 and
had been advertised and that it
had been passed at a public
meeting held on February 15. This
raise would not go into effect until
all meters were in place. He also
stressed the fact that the effective
date on the resolution was
September 15. Today they were
passing a resolution to confirm
the raises.
At that point Greg Yancey arrived
and the Resolution 104 to confirm
was passed.
Lawlor said the small raise from
$42.00 to $43.75 per month for
both water and sewer had to be
made. He said if villagers would
do some simple arithmetic they
would understand the raise. He
said, "We have 495 paying cus-
tomers and that brings in
$268,000 which falls short of the
amount needed to run the sys-
tem." He also said that by law he
had to have sufficient amount to
cover the expenses to qualify for
the loans needed to meter the vil-
lage. Lawlor gained support and
"a good job" from the audience
present. Next regular meeting will
be 3 p.m. November 17.

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27 Octnher 2000 Paop 5

October 27- November 26,
By Tom Campbell
October 27-ARC Hurricane
Shelter Information Hotline Acti-
vated. The American Red Cross
Hurricane Shelter Information
Hotline can now be called by resi-
dents of North Florida. Call *ARC
on cell phone or call 894-6741 on
a regular phone. All American Red
Cross Hurricane Shelters and
Hurricane Evacuation Routes are
also posted on web site at
www. tallytown.com/redcross.
October 28-Family Literacy Pro-
gram-Library's TREE-FROG Pro-
gram. The Fall schedule is under-
way with group events for
caregivers in Apalachicola, East-
point and Carrabelle. All events
will be held in all three locations
throughout Qctober and Novem-
ber. Workshops include: Careers
for You; Understanding Learning
Problems; and Parents' Workshop
(varied topics). TREE-FROG also
provides one-on-one goal- setting
with parents and specialized help
with parent and child together
time -including homework.
TREE-FROG can help you and
your family achieve your goals
and climb "to new heights!" ALL
TREE-FROG workshops, classes,
and parties are FREE and easy to
sign up for. Every parent or
caregiver is welcome to attend
events in any of the three com-
munities. Please call Jan or
Amanda at the library at
670-4423 or leave a message for
more information or to register for
workshops. Childcare will be
available for some activities and
transportation for the Parents'
October 28-National Make A
Difference Day-10 a.m. in
McKenzie Park, Downtown
Panama City for the 4th Annual
Walk to Remember. Coalition's
annual meeting also. Committed
professionals and bereaved par-
ents to remember the Babies who
have died during pregnancy or
shortly kfter birth. Sponsored by
Gulf Coast Medical Center and
Bay Medical Center. For more in-
formation call 872-4130.- Bay,
Franklin, Gulf Healthy Start Coa-
lition, inc.
October 28-Crooked River
Lighthouse Clean-up sponsored
by Carrabelle Lighthouse Associa-
tion. On the grounds of the Light-
house. 10 a.m. Phone -Barbara
'Revell,, President, for fiuther in-
Sformation: 697- 9243.
November 3,- 5-Apalachicola -
37th Annual Florida Seafood Fes-
tival. Friday noon, Friday free
admission. Saturday admission
$5 -.children under 12 admitted
free Name entertainment Exile
and', Bad Company former lead
singer. Oyster eating and oyster
shucking contests. Local seafood
extravaganza. Sunday admission
free festival officially closes at 4
p.m. Sunday.
November 4-"An Evening of Sa-
lutes for Willie Burghart Speed"
is planned as a special night of
tribute to this long-time educator
who has been involved with the
Franklin County Public School
system for almost fifty years. The
"salute" will be held Saturday
night; November 4, 2000, at the
Apalachicola High School Audito-
rium beginning at 6 p.m. Friends
and family are especially invited
to attend.

November. 7-Election Day. Be
November 8-Franklin County
School Readiness Coalition-
Meeting: 11 a.m. at Franklin
County Emergency Management
Office. Agenda: Plan update, fi-
nancial report, partnership board
update. For more information re-
garding the meeting or agenda,
contact Renee Black at Early
Childhood Services, Inx.
872-7550, ext. 2305.
November 9-Comprehensive
Planning Workshop-Citizens
Participation in Comprehensive
Planning, Local and State Roles
in Franklin County Growth Man-
agement. Co-sponsored by
Apalachicola Bay and River Keep-
ers, Inc. Thursday, November 9,
7 9 p.m. Apalachicola Commu-
nity Center, Battery Park. Pre-
ceded by General Membership
Meeting and Election of Directors,
6:30 p.m.

November 13-Next meeting of
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
at 6 p.m. at Branett's Roadside
Grill (formerly Harry's Restaurant)
in Carrabelle. Phone 697-9243 for
more details.
November 20 26-St. Marks
National Wildlife Refuge. National
Wildlife Refuge Week Festivities.
November 24-Apalachicola-
Start of Christmas Season Cel-
ebration. Sponsored by Historic
Apalachicola Merchants Associa-
tion. Full day of activities-arrival
of Santa, tree lighting, caroling,
etc. Free. For more information,
phone 850-653-9419.

If your organization would
like to have notices of
meetings, fund raising or
events placed in the Franklin
Bulletin Board, please
provide name or organi-
zation's name and phone
number of a contact person
and send it to: The Franklin
Chronicle, Inc., P.O. Box 590,
Eastpoint, FL 32328. Phone:
(850) 385-4003 or (850) 927-

Reports Continuing
By Tom Campbell
Executive Director Douglas E.
Barr of the Northwest Florida
Water Management District
(NWFWMD) in Havana, Florida,
stated Monday, October 23, that
"regarding the Apalachicola,
Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers
(ACF), "mediation is still under
The deadline for talks has been
extended to December 31, 2000.
After that, if negotiators,are un-
able to compromise, the likely sce-
nario to follow is that the whole
situation will end up in court. This
seems likely as the,three' states
involved have not been able to
agree on how to proceed with the
water management of ACF.

-E G I N'



Celtic New Year

By Carolyn Hatcher
Each year on October 31st,
Americans dress up like charac-
ters from favorite movies, famous
people or as is most popular, de-
mons and monsters. Where did
this custom begin? What started
this celebration with hobgoblins,
witches and things that go bump
in the night?
The name "Halloween," has its
origins in the Catholic Church, as
a contracted corruption of All
Hallows Eve. "All Hollows Day" (or
"All Saints Day") is celebrated on
November 1st, in honor of saints.
However, in the 5th century BC,
in Celtic Ireland, summer officially
ended with a celebration on Oc-
tober 31. This holiday was called
Samhain (Sow-en), the Celtic New
Some ancient stories tell us that
on October 31st, the disembod-
ied spirits of all those who died
throughout the preceding year
would come back in search of liv-
ing bodies, for them to possess for
the next year. It was believed to
be their only hope for the after-
life. The Celts believed all laws of
space and time were suspended
during this time, allowing the
spirit world to intermingle with
the living.
In order to discourage the spirits
of the new dead the Celtic villag-
ers on the night of Samhain,
would extinguish the fires in their
homes, to make them cold and
undesirable, They would then
dress tip in all manner of fright-
ful costumes and parade noisily
around the neighborhood, being
as destructive as possible to
frighten away spirits looking for
bodies to possess.
Religion was another explanation
for the Celts extinguishing their
fires. This was so that all the
Celtic tribes could relight their
fires from a common source, the


The jack-o-lantern probably
comes from Irish folklore also. As
the tale is told, a hard drinking
Irishman named Jack tricked Sa-
tan into climbing a tree. Jack then
carved an image of a cross in the
tree's trunk, trapping the devil in
the tree. Jack then made a deal
with the devil that, if he would
never tempt him again, he would
promise to let him down from the
tree. Because he had made a deal
with the devil, Saint Peter denied
him entrance to heaven when he
died, but the devil also denied
Jack entrance to hell because he
had tricked him. Instead, to pun-
ish him the devil gave him a single
ember to light his way while he
wandered through the frigid dark-
ness of eternity. It was placed in
a hollowed-out turnip to keep it
glowing longer.

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The Irish used turnips as their
"Jack's Lanterns" until they came
to America, where they found that
pumpkins were much better for
carving "Jack's Lantern." So when
you see "Jack's Lantern," remem-
ber, beware of making deals with
the devil.
Trick-or-treating began with a 9th
century European custom called
souling. On November 2nd, All
Souls Day, early Christians would
walk from village to village beg-
ging for "soul cakes," made out of
square pieces of bread with cur-
rants. The more soul cakes the
,beggars received the more prayers
they would say on behalf of the
dead relatives of the donors. At
this time 'it was believed that the
dead remained in limbo for a time
after death, and that prayer could
expedite a soul's passage to
Halloween as we know it today,
grew out of Celts celebrating a
new year and early Christians
praying for souls in limbo, not evil
practices as some might think.
Have a safe and nondestructive
Halloween as you enjoy this an-
cient custom. The facts used in
this article came from the internet
and Jerry Wilson.


Research Reserve "Junior Volunteer
Of The Year"

By Tom Campbell
SThe Apalachicola National Estua-
rine Research Reserve announced
the "Junior Volunteer of the Year"
for 2000. The award goes to
"Scooter" Irving, shown in the
photograph with a worker from
the Reserve.
The Apalachicola High School stu-
dent has completed over 70 vol-
unteer hours since starting in
March, 2000.

"Scooter" Irving has proven him-
self to be a dependable and con-
scientious volunteer. His primary
Responsibility at the Reserve has
been the care and feeding of the
live animals in the Estuarine Walk
A worker who is dependable and
conscientious is a valuable asset.
Congratulations to "Scooter" Irv-
ing, and best wishes for the

"Butch" Taylor Sues

Carrabelle City and

Commissioners Individually

By Rene Topping and Tom
W. Hoffer
Plaintiff Robert F. Taylor has filed
a lawsuit in the United States Dis-
trict Court, Northern District of
Florida (Tallahassee Division)
against the City of Carrabelle and
some city commissioners indi-
Taylor alleges that the City of Car-
rabelle violated his civil rights
when he was dismissed as a
part-time police officer, without
hearing, nor investigation, nor
providing Taylor an opportunity
to address any complaint that led
to his dismissal.
Taylor's lawsuit comes near the
end of a train of city meetings
about an incident in which a com-
plaint alleged that he (Taylor), in
a confrontation, was "rude,"
which Taylor denied. On Decem-
ber 4, 1999, Frank Mathes and
Fred Massey moved to dismiss
Taylor from his post. Then, the
commission voted to abolish the
part-time job Taylor held.


Druidic fire, that was kept burn-
ing in the Middle of Ireland at
As a warning to the wandering
disembodied spirits, the Celts
would at times burn some people
at the stake who were thought to
be already possessed. The Ro-
mans adopted the local practices
as their own after they occupied
the Celtic lands. In the first cen-
tury AD, however, the Romans
abandoned the practice of sacri-
ficing humans in favor of burn-
ing effigies. As the belief in spirit
possession waned, the practice of
dressing up like hobgoblins,
ghosts, and witches took on a
more ceremonial and festive role.

interest, and compensatory dam-
ages, plus an injunction against
future harassment and attorney's t
In Count II, Taylor sues Wilburn
C. Messer, individually and as
Mayor and Commissioner for fail-
ing to observe the sunshine law
requirement, and making public
statements causing damage to
Taylor's "standing and association
in the community." The allega-
tions continued, "by violating
Florida Statute 286.011 et. seq.
and by making public statements
in his capacity as a City Commis-
sioner and Mayor of the City of
Carrabelle, Defendant Wilburn C.
Messer, under color of state law,
has violated the constitutional
rights of the Plaintiff... (who has)
... suffered lost wages, mental
distress, harm to his professional
reputation, both in the past and
can be expected to continue to
suffer such damages in the fu-
The lawsuit also makes similar
charges against Frank Mathes
and Fred C. Massey.
The City of Carrabelle and indi-
viduals, under Federal Rules, will
have 20 days to respond to the
Taylor litigation in Federal Court.

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Talking about the good times, he said, "November and the days are
cooler. The tradition of Thanksgiving is on people's minds. The hunt-
ing season was in. The harvest was in. And oystering was in," he
"Out at camp," he explained, "it was a wonderful time. Take a piece of
tin, place it over hot coals, put some Apalchicola Bay oysters on it
and roast 'em. Eat some raw on the half shell while you're waiting.
There might be two or three bags. Enough for a couple of families. We
consumed a lot of oysters. It was a good time."
He said at that time of year, in the fall, he might drop off 60 to 80 bags
in a small town. It was a good time for oyster-eating -- in any small
It certainly sounded good. Truly, those were the good old days.


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Raymond Vincent

Raymond Vincent Left Oystering To

Make His Life

By Tom Campbell
Raymond Vincent's red hair makes him look a little fierce, but his
easy smile soon allays any fears. The young man runs his own car-
pentry business in Tallahassee.
Born in Eastpoint in 1963, he was brought up in the oystering busi-
ness by his dad, Willard Vincent, who owned his oyster processing i
plant, Bay Seafood.
Raymond Vincent said, "I love the Franklin County area and the people.
To me, it's still home, and I plan to retire there one day." But he said
he had to leave back in 1990, when he was 27 years old.
"Oystering is a seven-days-a-week job," he said. The owner of the
plant has to check on everything, like the temperature, the ice, the
product and so on. Fishermen may come in at any time. My dad had
a good market. But it's a hard life. You're worn out when'you get
home. It takes its toll."
He emphasized that there is a great freedom in oystering and in "work-
ing for yourself It's a beautiful life," he smiled. "It gets in your blood."
But then the state began to "impose new regulations," he said. He
said if you employed workers, you had to "match" the social security
payments, and then there was "workman's comp." The business got
to the point where it was "not as profitable any more."
Raymond Vincent said he got married in 1983. He was living in Rich-
mond, Virginia at the time. His wife's name is Teresa and they have
five children. His wife is a school teacher. He named the children and
their ages: Alicia is 15; Lindsey, 13; Michaela, 12; Andrew, 9; Hanna,
3; and Maria, 1. "Andrew and I live in a girl's dormitory," he smiled.
WHY are so many Franklin County fishermen getting out of the busi-
ness? "Government regulations," he said. "Plus, weather. causes in-
come to vacillate. It's a good way of life, but it's a hard way of life. The
government has taken so much of the freedom away from the fisher-
man. And then, the threat of Vibrio vulnificus. Also, noi.. yiu have to
be off the bay by 4 p.m. We used to oyster till dark, when I was a kid.
And you've got to work the tides. It's just hard to make the kind of
money we used to make."
He said that fishing is an art, and the government has taken a lot of
the art out of it, because of all the regulations. He repeated that the
government has taken away the freedom that the fishermen used to
"Out of a hundred oysters, if you get five that are less than three
inches, you are a criminal. You feel like a criminal. I got tired of feel-
ing like a criminal. You had to stop and get checked every day. It just
wasn't as much joy, so I wanted to get out of it."
And so, he did. He is enjoying his carpentry business.
But he still loves the Franklin County area and the people. "It's still
home," he smiled, "and I plan to retire there."

Trio Internationale Plays For Hillary

By Tom Campbell
Franklin County's famous Trio
International, composed of
Martha and Luciano Gherardi
and Bedford Watkins, got a bit
more famous on Tuesday, Octo-
ber 12, 2000. They played their
usual music during the evening,
and Hillary Rodham Clinton had
her photograph made with the
group. Clinton was also very com-
The Trio Internationale performed
at a private residence, for a pri-
vate dinner at Seaside, the pic-
turesque resort in Walton County,
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the
Democratic candidate for the U.S.
Senate in New York, was the guest
of Baton Rouge, La., lawyer Carl
Fayard at his beach home. Fayard
declined to say if the event was a
"It is a close personal situation,"
he said. "I invited a friend to my
home for dinner."
Clinton arrived about 8 p.m. CDT
in a'caravan of Secret Service

agents, while onlookers gathered
along Seaside's main road to
catch a glimpse. That's all they got
as she was hurried inside amid
applause and cheers.
.The Trio Internationale played
"New York, New York" as she ar-
rived. "Then we played a wide va-
riety of, our music," said Martha
Gherardi, spokeswoman of the
group. "We play this type of mu-
sic often. This is what we do."
Gherardi said the "First Lady"
seemed relaxed and gracious and
cordial. "She is exactly as you
i would expect her to look from see-
ing her on TV -about 5'6" or 5'7"-
a little taller than I was."
Bedford Watkins said, "Hillary
Clinton was very gracious. She
complimented us. We enjoyed the
As guests went through the gate
of the Fayard home, they were
greeted by rows of elaborately
carved jack-o-lanterns. The
guests ranged from elegantly
dressed senior citizens to twenty-
somethings In casual clothing.
Clinton wore a black pantsuit
with a teal sweater tied casually
around her shoulders.

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By Jim Elliott

KiCKed on irom helr ownI o. lile
kick was a good one that was
picked up at the one-yard line and
returned to the Rattler 22 yard
line. Two plays later tile first quar-
ter ended after a net gain of only
four yards. On third down and six
the quarterback ran an option
play to his left and pitched the ball
as he was hit. The halfback made
what appeared to be a Rattler first
down but a clipping penalty
moved the ball back 15 yards. The
FAMU team was able to pick up a
first down but in tile next series
of plays, the quarterback was
under pressure from Timmy
Poloronis and Kit Mashburn and
the Rattlers punted on fourth and
McNair received the punt at the
50, but was able to advance the
ball only five yards to the Rattler
45 before being tackled. Behind
the running of fullback Leon
O'Neal and Chase Millender, the
offense picked up a first down at
the FAMU 33 yard line, McNair
carried around the left side for
good yardage and a facemask
penalty moved the ball inside the
20-yard line, giving the Sharks
another first down. The next
handoff went to O'Neal, who
gained 15 yards before fumbling
the ball where an alert Herndon
.Rochelle picked it up off the.
ground and went in for the score.
Youngblood's kick was good and
the Sharks enjoyed a 21 to 6 lead
with 8:56 remaining before the
The following kickoff carried into
the end zone and the Rattlers be-
gan the drive from their own
20-yard line. The Rattlers were
able to pick up a couple of first
downs before punting the ball
away. McNair took the punt near
the Shark 35 yard line but Rat-
tler pursuit was there and McNair
was unable to give any additional
yardage. The Sharks picked up a
first down to the Shark 47 yard
line and from there on first and
ten McNair took a handoff and
raced 53 yards for another Shark
touchdown behind good blocking
from his fellow team mates. After
the missed P.A.T., the score in-
creased to 27 to 6 with six min-
utes left before the half.
The following kick-off was taken
at the 10-yard line and was nearly
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On October 12, the Apalachicola
High School football team traveled
to Tallahassee, to face the Baby
Rattlers of FAMU. It was rare in
that it was a game played on
Thursday instead of Friday night.
The Sharks were coming off a big
loss to Wewahitchka in their last
game the week before. There were
only a handful of fans at the game,
which was being played on the
college field. They were mostly the
parents and close friends of the
players: No one gave the Sharks
much of a chance against the
Rattlers, who have always had
very fast and quick teams and
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discipline, dedication and desire
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that are sure to occur once the
game is started. Our team has not
been successful in winning every
game, but it's not because they
aren't giving it everything they've
got. They try hard and play hard
the whole game, They've had in-
juries and some have quit be-
cause the game and the practices
are just too much for them to
The FAMU game was played in
ideal conditions, no rain and the
air was cool with a full moon on
the horizon. In the first quarter
the Sharks moved the ball down
field and scored when quarter-
back Chase Millender hit running
back Willie McNair, on a long
pass. The point after by kicker
Adam Youngblood made it a 7-0
The Rattlers received the kick-off
and moved the ball into Shark
territory and from the Shark 20
yard line, out of the shotgun for-
mation, the FAMU quarterback
found a receiver in the end zone
and connected for a touchdown.
The point after touchdown failed
and the Sharks kept the lead 7-6.
FAMU kicked off and Timmy
Poloronis returned the kick to the
Shark 40 yard line where the
Sharks took over first and ten.
Three plays later Willie McNair,
took a hand off on a counter and
raced 65 yards to pay dirt. The
blocking was near perfection and
Willie was virtually untouched,
Youngblood added the point after
and the Sharks widened the lead
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Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy Model PK Color Grey
Tag NoD72KNR Year 1995 stateFLn vNo, IGCD14H4FF392436
To owner: KennyRucker To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 614
Eastpoint, FL 32328

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09/11/00 at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
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$ 191.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 15.00 from
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Description of Vehicle: Make Lexus Model ES3000 Color White
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Sea Turtle Lady
of Alligator Point

By Tom Campbell
"The Sea Turtle Lady of Alligator
Point" has a wonderful time do-
ing her job. She is a bundle of
energy and has an infectious
smile. Her name is Ms. Vicki
She laughed, "When I went to a
presentation on sea turtles by
Tammy Summers of the Apalachi-
cola National Estuarine Research
Reserve out on Alligator Point last
April (200), 1 had no idea my
volunteer beach walking to moni-
tor for turtle tracks would turn
into a full time volunteer job and
passion. It wasn't long before I
became known as 'The Alligator
Point Turtle Lady.' I was told by
numerous people that there
weren't many turtle crawls or
nests on Alligator Point, so not to
get my hopes up. I quickly learned
that there had never been anyone
to monitor the majority of the
Point in the past, so we felt we
probably had turtle crawls, but
they just hadn't had anyone to
document them."
Barnett explained that her boss
at the Apalachicola National Es-
tuarine Research Reserve is
Tammy Summers, who is a ma-
rine biologist with the Department
of Environmental Preservation
(DEP). Summers is the Aquatic
Preserve Manager for Franklin
and Gulf Counties. For those who
might be interested, her phone
number in Eastpoint is
Barnett also explained that there
is a new Environmental Watch
Group at Alligator Point. Satur-
day, September 23, 2000, marked
the creation of the Alligator Point
Environmental Conservation Or-
ganization (APECO).
Founder and wildlife conserva-

Stionist Roy DuVerger said, "Resi-
dents appreciate the unique natu-
ral environment at the Point and
want to maintain its beauty in
trust for future generations." He
said that last year (1999) there
were "three sea turtle nests re-
ported. This year with improved
monitoring efforts we've docu-
mented 14 confirmed hatches
with 1,236 Loggerhead sea turtle
hatchlings entering our waters."
A not-for-profit organization.
APECO's members will work as
volunteers with the new Bald
Point State Park staff, collect wild-
life data for government and other
environmental organizations, pro-
duce and offer educational pro-
grams for adults and children.
Roy DuVerger said, "The best way
to preserve the remaining wild
areas of Florida is to get children
of all ages involved and interested
in the natural world. Everyone
should have the opportunity to
see our native plants, animals and
marine life in their original habi-
tats." Those interested may con-
tact DuVerger at 850-349-2007.
A fellow resident and friend of
"The Turtle Lady on the Point" is
Ms. Helen Diaz; She said, "I sup-
pose if I had to pick out one word
to describe Vicki Barnett, it would
be 'caring.' The caring isn't lim-
ited to the psychiatric patients
and research she invested so
many years into, but to all people,
all animals-all species."
Diaz explained that she had no
idea what got Vicki hooked on
turtles, "but hooked she is. From
May until late August, when the
sun rose each morning, seven
days a week, you would find Vicki
walking the five mile trek from the
marina to the property where an
old lounge burned down many
years ago on Alligator Point. On
her back was a black canvas
backpack stuffed with metal wires
topped with red flags. While five
miles may not seem like a great

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distance-remember she had to
walk back to the starting point
Barnett is doing a three-year ap-
prenticeship, reporting to Tammy
Summers, Marine Biologist, un-
der the auspices of the Apalachi-
cola National Estuarine Research
Reserve (the Research Reserve).
Barnett is currently working un-
der Tammy Summer's state per-
mit, but in three years will be able
to obtain her own permit. Accord-
ing to Diaz, "This is not a
short-term commitment on her
(Barnett's) part, nor is the morn-
ing walk the end of her quest."
Whenever a turtle crawl and pos-
sible nest is discovered (and this
must be done in the early morn-
ing hours, before foot traffic and
the winds, tides and weather in
general distort the evidence), Vicki
Barnett "gently digs into the sugar
sand," according to her friend
Helen Diaz, "to determine if the
crawl resulted in a nest or if it is
a false crawl."
Once Barnett discovers the eggs,
she softly covers them again with
sand, places a wire screen over
the nest and into the ground to
prevent predators from digging up
the eggs "for a delicious meal."
Then she marks the four outer
edges of the nest with flags and a
single pole which contains a no-
tice to the public that the site is a
"sea turtle nest" and indicates the
date the nest was laid, the num-
ber of the nest (if there is more
than one found that day), and her
initials, as well as "AP" for Alliga-
tor Point.
Still, she is not finished with the
day's work. Detailed documents
must be kept on each and every
crawl-even false ones--and a
tentative hatch date is determined
and notated.
Every day thereafter, according to
Helen Diaz, "Vicki visits each and
every nest to ensure predators
have not been digging at the nest
or high tides have not done some
erosion damage. Between 55 and
65 days later, the real fun begins.
Turtles do not hatch during the,
day, as a general rile. The tem-
peratures, the amount of rain,
light reflections, etc., have an im-
pact on the timing of the hatch-
Vicki Barnett and her husband
Line retired to Alligator Point with
their two Rottweiler dogs, Baxter
and Molly. Friend Helen Diaz said,
"The word 'retired' is used very
loosely. I have never known a
busier or happier person than
Barnett emphasized, "Last year
there were only 6 crawls reported
and 3 confirmed nests on Alliga-
Stor Point. This year we had 38

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From Southeastern Fisheries, Assn., Inc.

President Calls For A National Task Force
On Marine Protected Areas
President Clinton has created an Advisory Task Force concerning
Marine Protected Areas (MPA). The scientific community has not yet
reached a definite conclusion on the real benefits of MPA's in the
ocean, however much publicity is being heard regarding the need for
more of them. similar to National Parks. The Presidential task force
will be selected by the US Secretary of Commerce in December. It is
supposed to be balanced and composed of persons knowledgeable in
marine matters. There is no regulatory authority associated with this
Task force.
The Final Report will carry weight when the MPA issue goes before
Congress and the Councils.
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be vast MPA's in areas that are not normally heavily fished. This idea
has not gained much momentum within the more millitant MPA
crowd. This is a hot issue, particularly with the CCA and RFA groups.
Their philosophy is that recreational fishing should be allowed every-
where, anytime, without limitation on the number of boats or partici-
pants. Their turn to reduce fishing pressure will come sooner or later
as there will be limitations placed on recreational fishing growth. The
ever-expanding massive pressure being placed on finfish in coastal
waters by recreational fishing boats must be reduced to the same
degree that nonboating consumers access to the resource is reduced.
From a commercial point of view, there are already 73,000 square
miles of the Gulf closed to trawling which doesn't even count the
number of miles outside 30 fathoms that are not trawled. Net bans
and "limitations" and other regulations have also closed thousands
of square miles to commercial fishing which means the recreational
boats are the ones to feel the brunt of Marine Protected Areas.


Jerry Mack Kent
Jerry Mack Kent, 67, ofApalachicola,
died on Saturday, October 14, 2000
at Gulf Coast Medical Center in
Panama City, FL. A native of Altoona.'
AL, Mr. Kent had lived in Apalachi-
cola since 1974. He was a Sergeant in
the United States Army, retiring after
20 years of service. While in the U.S.
Army, he had served in Vietnam and
received the Bronze Star. He was em-
ployed by the St. Joe Paper Company
in Port St. Joe. FL, and attended Liv-
ing Waters Assembly of God Church
in Apalachicola. He is survived by.his
wife, Margaret Allene Kent of Apalachi-
cola; two sons: David R. Kent of Beau-
fort, NC and Jerry N. Kent ofApalachi-
cola; one daughter, Rita A. Polous of
Apalachicola: one brothers A.W. Kent
of Fayetteville, NC: three sisters: Pearl

crawls and 13 nests on Alligator
Point and 25 crawls and 4 nests
on Bald Point, giving us a total of
63 crawls and 17 nests."
"The concern and enthusiasm
expressed by so many in the com-
munity has been such a joy and
inspiration for me," said Barnett.
She named Marti Edwards of
Greensboro, Georgia, as a special
friend, who took the photographs.
"There were homeowners and va-
cationing visitors .who eagerly
helped me patrol the beaches,
looking for tracks each day, and
with the nightly nest sitting. The
people of Alligator Point are as
unique and special as our wild-

Odom of Winter Haven. FL: Opal
Holcomb of Gadsden. AL. and Billie
Sinisi of Mentor, OH: and six grand-
children. Funeral services were held
on Wednesday. October 18. 2000 at
Living Waters Assembly of God
Church. Interment followed in Mag-
nolia Cemetery. Apalachicola. FL, with
Full Military Honors observed
graveside. Arrangements under the
direction of Kelley Funeral Home.
850-653-2208, Apalachicola. FL.

Willow Fay Crutchfield
Willow Fay Crutchfield, 67, of East-
point, FL, died on Wednesday, Octo-
ber 18, 2000 in Apalachicola. FL. A
native of Greensboro, Ms. Crutchfield
had lived in Eastpoint for 25 years.
She was a homemaker and had
worked in the seafood industry and
in a supermarket deli. She was Bap-
tist by faith. She is survived by her
son, Mike Crutchfield, Sr. of East-
point; two daughters: May C. Vela of
Port Sulphur, LA and Amy Beck of
Panama City; two brothers: Henry
Shiver and James L. Shiver, both of
Eastpoint; three sisters: Sara Granger
and Christine Russell, both of East-
point, and Mary Spivey of Tallahas-
see; eleven grandchildren and 5 great-
grand children. Funeral services were
held on Saturday. October 21, 2000
at Kelley Funeral Home in Apalachi-
cola. Interment followed in the Provi-
dence Cemetery in Greensboro, FL.
Arrangements under the direction of
Kelley Funeral Home, Apalachicola,
Susan Fraser
Susan Fraser, 95, formerly of Lanark
Village, FL, died on Monday, October
16, 2000 in New Jersey. A native of
Loeghelly, Scotland. Mrs. Fraser had
been a resident of Lanark Village for
32 years before moving to New Jersey
a few years ago. She was a homemaker

and attended the Lanark Village Com-
munity Church. She is survived by her
daughter. Phyllis Regan of Brooklyn.
NY: two sisters of Scotland: three
grandchildren and 2 great-grandchil-
dren. Graveside services were held on
Friday. October 20. 2000 in Evergreen
Cemetery in Carrabelle. FL. Arrange-
ments under the direction of Kelley-
Riley Funeral Home, Carrabelle. FL.

Pearl Lee Turrell
Pearl Lee Turrell. 71. of Apalachicola.
died on Friday. October 20. 2000 at
the Singing River Hospital in Missis-
sippi. A native of Sunflower. AL. Mrs.
Turrell had lived her life in Apalachi-
cola. She was a homemaker and mem-
ber of The First Born Church of The
Living God i Apalachicola. She is sur-
vived by two sons: Albert Turrell of
Apalachicola and Oscar Turrell of
Biloxi. MS: two daughters: Lillie
Turrell of Apalachicola and Ida M.
Thomas of Moss Point. MS: one sis-
ter. Mary Horlbeck of Apalachicola:
thirteen grandchildren. 24 great-
grandchildren. and 1 great-
greatgrandchild: 1 son-in-law and 2
daughters-in-law. Visitation will be
held 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.. Friday. Octo-
ber 27. 2000 at Kelley Funeral Home
in Apalachicola. Funeral services will
be held at 2:00 p.m.. Saturday. Octo-
ber 28. 2000 at Mt. Zion Baptist
Church in Apalachicola. Arrange-
ments under the direction of Kelley
Funeral Home, Apalachicola. FL.

Addie Mae W. Stephens
Addle Mae Wilson Stephens. 70. of
Apalachicola died Friday in Panama
City. The service will be at 1 p.m.
Thursday at The Love & Worship Cen-
ter in Apalachicola. with burial at
Magnolia Cemetery. Family will re-
ceive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at
Kelley Funeral Home in Apalachicola
(850-653-2208). A native of Telogia.
she was a longtime resident of
Apalachicola. She was a homemaker
and a member of The Love & Worship
Center. She is survived by four sons,
Melvin Stephens of Apalachicola. Ed-
ward Stephens of California. Reginald
Stephens of Aiken. S.C., John
Stephens of Prichard. Ala.: two daugh-
ters. Angeline Stanley and Alwetter
Caruthers of Apalachicola: a brother.
Robert Henry Wilson, Jr. of Apalachi-
cola: a sister. Annie Mae Scott of Jack-
sonville: 17 grandchildren: and 11
great-grandchildren. 4

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(140) History of the Second
Seminole War, 1835-1842,
Revised Edition, by John K.
Mahon. Paperback, Univer-
sity of Florida Press, 1985,
391 pp. Georgia Historical
Quarterly: "Mahon has
studied all of the available
documentary, manuscript,
and printed works on the
subject to produce a full ac-
count of the origin, progress
and conclusion of the war."
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lection. Sold nationally for
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(34) The Red Hills of
Florida, 1528-1865. By
Clifton Paisley. "A superior,
very superior, example of lo-
cal or regional history...The
research is especially
strong; it is exhaustive, solid
and first rate" (Gilbert C.
Fite, University of Georgia).
A history of Leon County,
Sand neighboring counties
Gadsden, Jackson,
Jefferson and Madison. Uni-
versity of Alabama Press.
290 pp. Sold regionally for
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(183) Florida Lighthouses
by Kevin McCarthy; Paint-
ings by William L. Trotter.
A concise history of
Florida's 30 lighthouses
and one light station. Also
contains maps and dire
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lighthouse along with info
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color illustrations. Sold na-
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A Biography of Dc John Gorrie

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(192) Vivian Sherlock's bi-
ography of John Gorrie,
The Fever Man, is available
once again after being
out-of-print for more than
a decade. This is the story
of John Gorrie, young phy-
sician who invented an "ice
machine" that many argue
was a forerunner to air con-
ditioning dozens of years
later. His cooling device was
developed to provide relief
to his suffering yellow fever
patients. A museum in
Apalachicola to this day
marks the work of John
Gorrie just across from his
last resting place in Gorrie
Square, down from Trinity
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(278) Claude Pepper and
Ed Ball: Politics, Purpose
and Power by Tracy E.
Danese. University of
Florida Press, 2000, 301
pp, Hardcover. The power
struggle between Claude
Pepper and Ed Ball in the
mid-twentieth Century in
large part determined the
future of Florida. Their per-
sonal quest for power,
money and purpose illumi-
nates their historical role,
and in the case of Ed Ball,
the history of northern
Florida. Ed Ball,
brother-in-law of Alfred I.
duPont and trustee of the
duPont empire, was at one
time the single most pow-
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(274) Here They Once
Stood: The Tragic End of
the Apalachee by Mark F.
Boyd, Hale G. Smith and
John W. Griffin. "An
case study of two Spanish
missions and of the area
now comprising Leon and
Jefferson counties. The au-
thors reaffirm the fact that
missions in the region were
destroyed in the early
1700s and that they were
not largely revived thereaf-
ter..."--Florida Historical
Quarterly. This classic is
available again through the
University of Florida Press
(Paperback), 190 pp+.
Originally published in
1950, the work is an impor-
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(275) Archeology of the
Florida Gulf Coast by Gor-
don R. Willey, with a new,
preface by the author; fore-
word by Jerald T. Milanich,
series editor. Published by
the University of Florida
Press, 1998, Paperback.
Originally published by the
Smithsonian Institution,
1949. This book is' as im-
portant today as it was
when first published. It
is-the first book-length,
single-authored synthesis
in Florida archeology. What
is particularly important is
that the study centers on
Gulf Coast archeology, in-
cluding research in
Franklin, Gulf and Wakulla
counties. Willey realized
that the Florida Gulf Coast
cultural and ceramic se-
quences were germane to
understanding the native
cultures of Florida but
those of adjacent states,
and this is one reason the
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(280) Early Hist
Creek Indians
Neighbors by
Swanton. Publis
University Press
1998, originally
in 1922 by the Si
Institution. Bac]
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(276) From Cotton to
Quail: An Agricultural
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Florida, 1860-1967 by
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(186) Perspectives on Gulf
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Florida Aquaculture-1999

Publisher's Note: The cover piece and following short articles
are from the Florida Agricultural Statistics Service in Orlando,
reporting the results of their 1999 survey of Florida Aquaculture.
There are 712 active producers of which 623 reported sales of
product in the last year. New producers have increased largely
due to the successes and training in clam production in Cedar
Key and Charlotte County. There have been setback s to be sure,
but the increasing sales and producers clearly demonstrate these
new industries are gaining a substantial foothold in the Florida
seafood business.
Aquaculture continues to be a major industry in Florida. Survey re-
sults indicate potential for slight increases in production of tilapia,
catfish, and clams. Tropical fish production is a mainstay in Florida,
and the decreased sales in 1999 is not expected to be repeated. The
aquaculture industry in Florida benefits from a mild climate and vast
waterways. Continued growth and development will depend on the
success of producers in obtaining finances, solving production prob-
lems, and developing new markets.
Florida producers of aquaculture products reported sales totaling $86
million dollars in a survey conducted by the Florida Department of
Agriculture. This survey has been conducted every other year since
1988, which showed sales of aquacultural products in 1987 of $35
million. Sales had increased steadily, reaching a high of $102 million
in 1997. Producers sold $79 million in aquacultural products during,
1995 and $73 million in 1993. The decrease in sales from the previ-
ous survey was primarily in sales of tropical fish, especially live bear-
ers. There were about 7,585. acres of land, including water surface
area, devoted to aquaculture production in 1999. Aquatic species
identified in the survey were tropical (ornamental) fish, catfish, alli-
gators, oysters, clams, sport and game fish, crawfish, eels, tilapia,
shrimp, aquatic plants and other minor aquatics. All sales figures in
this report represent farm gate sales of aquatics produced by Florida
growers and exclude harvest from open waters or the wild. The sales
reported here also exclude value of imports and purchases from other
Florida producers for immediate resale.
There were 712 active producers of which 623, reported sales in 1999.
Tropical fish continued to dominate Florida's aquaculture industry,,
although contributing a smaller percentage of total sales than in pre-
vious years. There were 178 active growers of tropical fish accounting
for $43.2 million, representing 50 percent of total sales compared to
67 percent in 1997. Sales of clams and clam seed continued to in-
crease, amounting to $15.9 million from 351 producers in 1999, com-
pared to 12.7 million from 318 producers in 1997. There were 43
producers of aquatic plants with sales of $L3.7 million in 1999, com-
pared to $13.2 million in 1997. Other shellfish (primarily shrimp)
amounted to $6.0 million in sales, compared to $9.3 million in 1997.
Alligator sales increased slightly to $3.4 million from 32 active grow-
ers. Sport and game fish sales totaled $62b thousand, compared to
$1.0 million in 1997. Sales of tilapia also decreased to $881 thou-
sand from $ 1.0 million in the previous survey. Catfish sales totaled
$1.2 million from 58 producers in 1999, up from $640 thousand In
the previous survey.
In addition to the active producers with sales in 1999, the survey
identified 47 potential new growers with intentions to produce aquac-
ultural products for sale in 2000 or later. In recent years, the number
of producers has been increasing due in part to training programs in
clam production in the Cedar Key and Charlotte County areas. That
increase has slowed somewhat, although potential new growers were
reported for clams, tilapia, tropical fish, and catfish.

Washing oyster bags using a tier system for aquaculture in

the 1989-1991 Franklin County demonstration project.

Clam Sales Rise To $15.9 Million
Sales of clams produced by Florida growers totaled $15.9 million in
1999, up from $12.7 million in .1997. The 351 active growers sold
134 million clams in 1999 and averaged 11.4 cents per mature clam
sold. The Cedar Key area is the dominant clam producing area. Brevard
and Indian River counties continue to provide a good volume of clams.
Charlotte County is expected to provide additional production this
year, resulting in an increase-statewide.
Seeding in 2000 is expected to increase significantly to 422 million
clams if intentions materialize. Survival rate to harvest was reported
to average 53 percent in 1999, down from 67 percent in 1997. Ad-
verse weather conditions from storms continue to take its toll on clam
production. The survival rate will improve significantly in 2000 if there
are no storms.and predators can be controlled. A multi-county ex-
tension agent in the Big Bend area has provided producers with a
resource for training and assistance. Clam hatcheries are providing
good "seed" clams for growers.
The survey indicated 14 potential new growers expecting to produce
clams in 2000 or later. Production has centered along the east cen-
tral coastal counties, but in recent years, graduates of "PROJECT
OCEAN" and "PROJECT WAVE" at Cedar Key harvested a significant
volume of clams off the coast of Dixie and Levy Counties.

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Another view of the lowering of tiers of oysters in the 1989-
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Alligator Sales Rise To $3.35 Million

Combined sales of alligator hides and meat during 1999 increased to
$3.35 million compared with $3.19 million in 1997. Twenty-six grow-
ers sold 27,500 hides at an average price of $96 per hide, for a total
value of $2.64 million. The value per hide declined 21 percent from
the average of $122 in 1997. Producers also sold 131,591 pounds of
meat at an average of $5.40 per pound, for a total of $0.71 million.
The 32 active growers reported a total inventory of live gators at
112,288 as of February 1, 2000. This compares with 91,786 on hand
February 1, 1999. Some hides were harvested but not sold due to
relatively low hide prices.

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Close up of measured 3-inch aquaculture oysters at the
end of the 1989-1991 demonstration project. The county
commission rejected the plan to allow leases on 600 acres
of Apalachicola Bay bottom by one vote. Thereby, bringing
an end to the Franklin County project. Later, the project
managers started a clam aquaculture project in Dixie and
Levy Counties where it became economically successful.

Aquaculture Labor

Florida aquaculture operators reported working an average,of 30 hours
per week on their operations during 1999. This compares with 32
hours per week for 1997. Operators in Hillsborough County; the county
with the heaviest concentration of tropical fish, averaged 49 hours
per week, down from 54 hours in 1997. Levy County, with a heavy
concentration of clam producers, averaged 28 hours during 1999.
Dixie County, with the second largest clam concentration, averaged
15 hours per week compared with 13 hours in 1997.
Aquaculture producers employed 900 full-time workers and 372
part-time workers in 1999. This compares with 1,061 full-time and
442 part-time workers in 1997.
In addition; there were 443 unpaid workers, primarily family mem-
bers, reported in the survey. This compares with 446 unpaid workers
reported in the survey for 1997.

Catfish Sales Increase To $1.19 Million

During 1999 catfish sales totaled $1.19 million from 58 growers us-
ing 680 acres of water surface. These growers expect to use 705 acres
in 2000. By comparison, sales reported by 42 growers in 1997
amounted to $637 thousand. The survey indicated 3 potential new
producers with intentions to produce catfish in 2000. Catfish pro-
duction is concentrated in north Florida and the Panhandle.
Catfish sold for food in 1999 totaled 1,352,500 pounds, up sharply
from the 434,269 pounds sold for food in 1997. Value of sales for food
in 1999 was $998,000. The average price was $0.94 per pound, 15
cents per pound more than in 1997. Growers received $192,000 from
sales of fingerlings and stocker size fish in 1999.

Oyster Sales Total $329 Thousand

During 1999, Florida growers sold oysters valued at $329 thousand,
down from $366 thousand in 1997. Most growers do not seed oys-
ters. They spread shells in leased areas and wild oyster spat falls on
the prepared beds. In such a case growers cannot determine the sur-
vival rates. Storms continue to pose problems and lead to reduced

From Florida Aquaculture

Clam Growth Study Funded

A cooperative four year effort be-
tween the Division and the De-
partment of Fisheries and Aquatic
Science to analyze the impact of
water quality (temperature, salin-
ity and dissolved oxygen) on cul-
tured hard clam growth will be
funded by USDA. Specific project
objectives are to: 1) install remote
water-quality and weather sta-
tions in clam aquaculture areas
to provide growers with timely in-
formation important to their man-
agement decisions; 2) create a
water-quality database to be used
by the pilot Cultivated Clam Crop
Insurance program to document
events associated with crop loss;
3) develop new techniques (satel-

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By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle Lighthouse Asso-
ciation, (CLA) got a real boost. On
her arrival back from the Florida
Lighthouse Association (FLA), a
quarterly meeting held on Octo-
ber 14, CLA President Barbara
Revell reported that she had "Big
At a session of their meeting the
FLA has "adopted" the Crooked
River Lighthouse as their fund
raising project for the year 2001.
She said "Their goal is to raise
$10,000 for "our" lighthouse."
She had been accompanied by
Mary Ann Shields and John
Canetta. She reported "One of the
things Mary Ann and John did
was to climb to the top of the Ju-
piter Inlet Lighthouse. I had to
turn around when I got halfway."
The CLA is planning to have a
clean up day at the Crooked River
Lighthouse on the morning of
October 28th.
The next CLA meeting will be held
on November 13 at Brannett's
Roadhouse Grill (formerly Harry's


lite imaging) to monitor changes
in natural food abundance and
quality; 4) develop a clam produc-
tion model to examine optimum
management practices to increase
production and profitability; and
5) use the production model and
remote water-quality monitoring
for the selection of new aquacul-
ture lease areas.
The hard clam farming commu-
nity will be involved at all stages
and levels of the project. For ad-
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This group of talented young people
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Merel Young. conductor, on December
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lone Shark defender was able to
bring the runner down near
midfield, The first down play was
nearly-another T.D. when a Rat-
tler receiver got behind the Shark
defense but the ball was over-
thrown. Four plays later, The Rat-
tlers struck on another bomb. The
defense was there, it was just a
great catch. The Rattlers went for
the two-point, they were success-
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stood 27 to 14.
Following the FAMU kickoff that
went out to the Shark end zone,
the Shark offense began their
drive at their own 20-yard line
with just under three minutes left
before half time. Both teams ex-
changed punts following unsuc-
cessful offensive attempts to move
the ball and the first half ended
with the Sharks holding a 27 to
14 lead.
The Sharks kicked off to start the
second half and the kick was ad-
vanced out to the FAMU 30 yard
line. The Rattlers were able to pick
up three first downs in their drive
but a gamble on fourth down and
one was unsuccessful and the
Sharks took over at their own
40-yard line.
After three plays failed to gain first
down yardage the Sharks punted
and the ball was downed on the
FAMU 30 yard line. Three plays
later a draw play went wrong for
the Rattlers as the fullback
fumbled the hand-off and Shark
defensive lineman Jonathan
Brown recovered it at the Rattler
33. On third and eleven Millender
passed to Poloronis, who had
enough for a .first down but the
Rattler defenders were able to
strip the ball at their own 20. A
long pass nearly went all the way
but Shark defensive back Brian
Brown was able to catch the re-
ceiver at the Shark 37. The next
play from scrimmage had
Poloronis applying a heavy rush
on the FAMU quarterback and Kit
Mashburn, who returned the ball
all the way to the Rattler 33 yard
line, intercepted a hurried pass.
Behind the running of O'Neal and
Rochelle, the Sharks moved the
ball inside the 10 yard line before
the drive stalled and the Sharks
went for a field goal on fourth
down. The field goal was a fake
and Willie McNair scored a touch-
down but an illegal procedure
penalty against the Sharks nulli-
fied the T.D. After the penalty was
accessed against the Sharks the
field goal attempt was blocked and
FAMU recovered at the Rattler 30.
yard line with another flag down.
The call was against the Sharks
for 15 yards and the Rattlers be-
gan their drive at the 45-yard line.
A screen pass went all the way to
the Shark 10 yard line, but a hold-
ing penalty was charged against
theBaby Rattlers and the ball was
moved back to, the FAMU 33 as
the third quarter came to an end,
The ball was punted on fourth and
14 from the Rattler 37. There was
no return on the punt and the
Sharks began at their own 41.
After the first two running plays
failed to gain first down yardage
a third down pass was picked off
and returned to the Shark 27 yard
line with just over nine minutes
left in the game. The Rattlers went
right to work and hit a wide-open
receiver who made it to the Shark
two-yard line. A play later the
Rattlers were in the end zone. A
pass play for the two-point con-
version failed as Shark David Bar-
ber, batted the ball away from the
FAMU receiver. The score now was
shortened to 27-20.
Shark freshman Brian Brown
took the FAMU kick off and re-
turned it to the Shark 33. On first
down the call went to Willie
McNair and he ran off tackle -to
the left and after breaking several
tackles sprinted 67 yards for an-
other Shark touchdown. The
P.A.T. failed and the Sharks
moved the score up to 33 to 20.
The Rattlers returned the Shark
kick-off to the Rattler 34 and be-
gan their drive. Right away they
connected on a pass to wide open
receiver which advanced the ball
deep into Shark territory, but the
next play was disastrous as the
FAMU running back fumbled tile
ball and Leon O'Neal recovered for
the Sharks at the Shark 18 yard
line, The Shark offense was able
to move the ball for a first down
and punted on fourth and seven.
.There was no return on the punt
and FAMU began on their'own 37
yard line. Again 'the Rattlers at-
tacked through the air, this time
a halfback pass that went all the
way down to the Shark 18 yard
line with just over four minutes
left in the game. The first down
play was good for only a yard and
on second down Timmy Poloronis
batted down a lateral to the half-
back on the same play that gained
big yardage a couple of plays ear-
lier and although the Rattlers re-
covered the ball the loss of yard-
age was all the way back to the

30 yard line. On third and long
Brian Brown batted away a pass

New Carrabelle
House Bed and
By Tom Campbell
Leigh McArthur and Lorraine
Daniel are friends and business
partners who bought the house
at 202 North East 1st Street in
Carrabelle. The house was built
in 1900, and the ladies saw the
great potential.
They kept what was worthy of the
original house, including the am-
bience, and added their creativ-
ity and design ideas. The result
is stunning.
The interior is beautifully done
with antiques and exquisite taste.
From the entrance hall to the
stairs to the upstairs bedrooms
and the "split-level bath." the
house is full of decorating ideas
and delightful surprises.
McArthur and Daniel bought the
house from the children of a Cap-
tain Kelly in December of 1999.
Daniel smiled. "The house is a
hundred years old, so it needed
some work." They did what was
necessary and have ended up
with a lovely jewel.
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Com-
merce sponsored a "ribbon cut-
I ting" for The Carrabelle House on
Thursday, October 19. Chamber
Executive Director Bonnie
Stephenson said she was pleased
with a big turn-out to view the Bed
and Breakfast. "It's a wonderful
addition to Carrabelle," said
The Carrabelle House brochure
boasts that it "offers guests a re-
laxed yet gracious setting. Nearby
marinas, fishing, swimming,
beaches and boardwalks make
the area comfortable and quaint."
The Carrabelle House has Cable
TV, ceiling fans, central air and
heat, continental breakfast,
phones, picnic area, tropical birds
and charming hostesses. Lorraine
Daniel and Leigh McArthur are
ready to make their guests feel
"Please join us in The Carrabelle
House," they smile. "A quaint his-
toric home located two blocks
from the Carrabelle River. Wake
each morning to the sound of
birds and the sailing of the nearby
fishing fleet. Enjoy a walk along
the newly renovated Downtown
Carrabelle boardwalk. A place
where time stands still."
On U.S. 98 just south of Talla-
hassee and east of St. George Is-
land, Carrabelle offers coastal liv-
ing with "unlimited fishing, bird
watching, sunsets, beaches, ma-
rinas, river life and more."
Daniel and McArthur also note
that, "We are a smoke free envi-
ronment and the furnishings and
antiques make the house unsuit-
able for children under 12 or for
Rates start at $80 per night and
go up-from there. For more infor-
mation, phone 850-697-8066.

Lorraine Daniel

from a FAMU receiver inside the
five-yard line. On fourth and long
it was Willie McNair breaking up
a pass in the end zone and the
Sharks took over at the 33-yard
line with just over three minutes
Sharks were able to pickup one
first down and move the ball out
to the 45-yard line. The next three
plays failed to gain yardage and
the Sharks punter Kit Mashburn
punted on fourth and 11. The
punt was taken at the 27-yard
line and the Shark punt coverage
was there to make the tackle af-
ter a three-yard return.

On first and 10 the Rattlers got a
five-yard penalty for illegal proce-
dure. With just over one minute
left in the game the Rattler's
launched another aerial attack
against the Sharks and managed
to move the ball down inside the
Shark 30 yard line. With five sec-
onds left in the game a Rattler
receiver made a catch at the five
yard line' but a jarring tackle
shook the ball loose and the game
ended with a well-earned victory
for the Sharks.
Last Friday. October 20th, the
Sharks celebrated their Home-
coming game against the stron-
gest team in their district, the
Sharks of Port St. Joe. Most
Homecoming games are played
against weak opponents to insure
a victory, but for the Sharks of
Apalachicola, this was not the
Although the Apalachicola team
played to the best of their ability.
they couldn't make up the differ-
ence in the quickness, strength
and speed of the bigger school
from Port St. Joe. The valiant ef-
forts of the Apalachicola team
failed to be enough and they lost
the contest by a score of 39-0.

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