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Volume 9, Number 23
Vendors A Hit At
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
SAn Evening Of Salutes To Willie
As the second da\ of the Flonda Seafood Festi\al was windii' :Lit.
Apalachicola community member-s and guests \were assembline iI
the high school caletena lor vet another reunion Nearly 175 pe:rs:n--
met there to recognize the \ears o service by the well known Frainklir
County Educator. \illie Burehart Spee r Sd Mr d was retiriri; .iler
50 years of service. and his inends., former stUdents. iamil\. cotnty
and cit i ct oiials \,.ere oflennil testimonials in his behalf
The tnbutes took their form in music. bl-essinis and prayer. .: icd,:'te
and letters, proclamations and sturmin- dramatic inierpretatsTri'
This was more than a love feast The 2-1 2 hour program \.as ls: I
celebration of Mr. Speed's lifework in education. anid others lof his-
varlous roles throughout his lle recalled by those. called to thie
Lieutenant Colonel Wesley lMcMillan. a 1959 graduate of Qulinil HiCh
School, Apalachicola. was the master of ceremonies calling a lonjr
line of testimonials and presenters to the po.diunm. Carlton Lattitmnre.
from the Tampa Bay area, serenaded Mr. and Mrs. Speed and gue-sts
with a musical tribute in jazz.
Alan Pierce. Mayor of Apalachicola. read a resolution Iron ther
Apalachicola City Commission and presented Mr. Speed vith the keys
to the City. Clarence Williams. Chairperson of the Franklin Counti ri
Commission. presented a Resolution from the County Comminsio:'i
(reprinted on page 31
In part, the letters were read from Wayne Blanton and Jane Gallucci
(Florida School Boards Association. Inc., Tallahassee).
"On behalf ol the Flornda Schoo.l Boards Associalntin and
all of the school board members state\wide. \..e wouldd lik-
to congratulate and thank you for your many vears lo
dedicated service to the children of Franklin County and
throughout the state of Florida. Your long and distin-
guished career as a teacher and elected public servant
gives special meaning to the word 'public senie.
Continued on Page 6
November 10 23, 2000
Inside This Issue
Franklin Briefs ........................................ 2
St. Jam es DRI ........................................... 2
Editorial & Commentary........................ 3, 4
Carrabelle Gym Demolished....................... 5
FCA N ......................................................... 8
Bookshop ......................................... 10
DCA Clears Carrabelle Commission
On Alleged Misuse Of State Funds
By Rene Topping
Charles Anderson, CPA Inspector
General has concluded his review
of a complaint lodged by Tommy
SBevis of Bevis and Association
against the City of Carrabelle and
the Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority. In a letter received by
the City Clerk Beckey Jackson,
Anderson concluded that "We
could not substantiate any of the
The complaint was received Janu-
ary 28, at the Department of Com-
Smunity Affairs (DCA) that a re-
quest to review allegations of mis-
use of funds from a Florida citi-
zen who had called the Governor's
Whistle-Blower Hotline on Janu-
Bevis alleged that DCA gave the
City and the CPAA approximately
$2 million In a Community De-
velopment Block Grant, (CDBG)
and the City had not built or pur-
chased items in accordance with
Anderson said that he interviewed
Rick Stauts, Community Develop-
ment, DCA; Barbara Lenczewski,
Division of Community Develop-
ment, DCA; Tommy Bevis, Bevis
and Associates, Inc.; Donald
Wood, City Commissioner; Bill
Baskerville and Donovan, (BDI)
and Raymond Williams, City
Commissioner, as part of his in-
In viewing the contract, his con-
clusion was that the total project
cost was $1,600,400 and DCA
provided only $500,000,
Canaveral Seafoods would have
available $550,000 and the City
of Carrabelle would have available
Anderson stated "The complain-
ant's allegation that DCA gave the
City and the CPAA approximately
$2 million in a CDBG would not
In reviewing the allegation of mis-
use of funds Anderson stated that
DCA's contract stated that funds
from the DCA were to be used for
specific activities not to exceed a
certain amount. The contract did
not list specific purchases. The
contract did state the funds
should be used as "partial pay-
ment" and a loan. At the end of
his review he said no questionable
purchases were found.
His conclusion was "The
complainant's allegations the City
had not built or purchased items
in accordance with state guide-
lines could not be substantiated."
PSC Grants WMS Phase 1
Photo identifications: (top) King Tiny Carroll (right) and
granddaughter Queen Kayla Martina. (center) Mullet frying.
(bottom left) Serving seafood gumbo at Trinity. (bottom
right) Blessing the fleet.
Sewer Proposal For Timber Island
By Rene Topping
A proposal to provide a new de-
velopment on Timber Island with
a sewer system was made by Jerry
L. Wallace and Dell Schneider on
behalf of Carrabelle Development
LLC. (a Limited Liability Com-
pany) at the City of Carrabelle
Regular meeting on November 2.
Their proposal was to construct
a sewer line across the Carrabelle'
River on the Tillie Miller Bridge to
a point westward to where Tim-
ber Island Road intersects with
US 98. They proposed that
Baskerville and Donovan. Inc
(BDI) should be directed by the
Carrabelle City Commission to
obtain permits and do an engi-
neering plan to be paid for by
Carrabelle Development. The de-
velopment would also pay for any
lift stations and installation.
They proposed that the City of
Carrabelle would pay BDI up front
and the City they would be reim-
bursed by the Carrabelle Devel-
opment. Their intention being
that they felt this would be using
engineers who already know the
city and have worked for them for
several years. The method they of
payment would according to
Wallace keep the BDI from any
conflict of interest.
In consideration for the develop-
ment assuming the costs they re-
quested 178 sewer and water taps
for the proposed development and
in addition get an eighteen
months first refusal on an addi-
tional 120 sewer and water taps
in the event that the would be
doing more development of the
Also included in the proposal that
any sewer costs exceeding
$150,000 should be recoverable
from future hook ups on the west
side of the Bridge.
The proposal brought forth a lot
of questions from both the com-
missioners and interested citi-
zens, particularly on the state-
ment Wallace made if and when
he leased the other property on
Timber Island. Pat Maier asked,
"May I ask what properties the
city is talking about leasing?"
Commissioner Raymond Williams
said The city are not talking about
Continued on Page 10
37th Annual Florida Seafood Festival
The 37th Florida Seafood Festi-
val at Apalachicola on Friday
through Sunday, November
3-5th, hosted over 10,000 visitors
hiking through the boat basin,
maritime and educational exhib-
its, arts and crafts, and staged
entertainment before taking the
traditional break by eating at the
food booths, or area churches that
supplied mounds of food indig-
enous to the area. There were 63
arts and crafts booths registered,
23 commercial vendors and 15
non-profit booths, this year.
For the "food midway", visitors
merely purchased tickets at $1
each, and spent their paper "cer-
tificates" at various traditional
dishes locally prepared from $8
down. Those offering cuisine tra-
ditional to the area included: the
Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Dept,
the Eastpoint Fire Dept, the La-
nark Village Volunteer Fire Dept,
Capital City Youth Services,
Riverkeepers, Philaco Club, Bay
Community School, New Life Min-
istries, Chamber of Commerce,
Cub and Boy Scouts, Carrabelle
and Apalachicola Masons, the St.
George Island Civic Club and the
Carrabelle Christian Center. Ev-
ery organization is scheduled to
share in the "fund/food raising"
when the accounting is com-
The Son of Neptune, Guardian of
Continued on Page 6
Local Winners Are Thompson, Hinton and
McKnight In School Board Races; Varnes
Tops Carlson In Sheriffs Race
ballots to 1731.
Will Kendrick Goes To The
In The National Arena,
Franklin Votes Republican
In the District 1 School Board
race, George Thompson defeated
incumbent Connie Roehr. with a
final tally of 729 ballots to Roehr's
454. David Hinton won District 2
over David Jackson, 500 to 355.
Katie McKnight squeaked by in
the winning column against
Marshall, 483 to 575.
In the local Sheriff race, between
incumbent Bruce Varnes and Carl
Carlson, Sheriff Varnes won, 3200
In the following statewide and re-
gional races, Franklin county
went for the Bush-Cheney ticket
(2448 to 2042). Candidate Nelson
won over McCollum in Franklin,
2498 versus 2018. Alan Boyd won
over his Republican challenger,
1170 to 3500. These totals are
Franklin County only.
Overall, Alan Boyd won reelection
to the U. S. House of Representa-
tives, his third term. The chal-
lenger was Republican Doug
Dodd who garnered only 28% of
the vote. Boyd was swept back
Continued on Page 6
St. George Island Civic Club Gets "Some Concessions"
By Tom Campbell
At the Public Service Commission (PSC) meeting for Proposed Agency
Action on Tuesday, November 7, 2000, Chairman J. Terry Deason
called the meeting to order at 9:35 a.m. and very soon thereafter.
President Bob Harper of the St. George Island Civic Club made his
report to the commissioners.
A group of about ten citizens from St. George Island (SGI) attended
the Agenda Conference. President Bob Harper addressed the com-
missioners regarding Water Management Services Inc. (WMS).
Part of President Harper's remarks to the PSC stated: "Current fund-
ing requirements by WMS are $332,000 for 10" line from well #4 to
well #1; 4,500 new aerator; 16,500 pump and controls. Question:
Where are the bids for materials and labor? Why is this rot part of
WMS normal operating expenses? If they are needed now, they should
be paid by today's financial requirements. If required for future us-
age, they should not be part of Phase 1. Remember the "100 percent
used and useful" rule. Why should the rate payers pay now for items
not needed for 10 to 20 years hence? We recommend that funding for
Issue 5 be stricken from the docket and be reintroduced when the
equipment is required 10 to 20 years from now."
Among other items, recommendations were also made to increase
revenues to the utility and "reduce the proposed rate increases now
The PSC Staff went into special meeting and later returned with spe-
cial considerations and changes to-some of the 12 Issues. Issue # 1
and 2 remained the same. Issue #3 had some of its language changed.
"...The prudent costs to be incurred by WMS in this project should be
recovered through a rate or charge mechanism to be determined in
Phase 3. ...Staff, therefore, recommends that the new water trans-
mission main is justified and that the prudent costs to be incurred by
WMSI in this project should be recovered through a rate or charge
mechanism to be determined in Phase 3."
The issues passed without objection. President Harper said, "We got
some concessions today," He indicated other considerations would
come later. The meeting ended about 3 p.m.
The 12 Issues
There were 12 issues listed in the limited proceeding heard by the
Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday, November 7.
2000. The first dealt with an older proceeding and the question about
maintaining an escrow account in a 1994,proceeding. The staff of the
PSC recommended that the Commission release the funds to the util-
ity and that the escrow account be closed. A second raised the ques-
tion about compliance by the Water Management Services, Inc. (WMSI).
The PSC staff agreed that WMSI had submitted all requested infor-
mation and documentation required in the 1994 docket "have been
complied with and are complete." The third issue is directly relevant
to the bridge construction and the installation of a new water trans-
mission line on the new bridge. The discussion of issue 3 and others
have been edited.
ISSUE 3: Is the new water transmission main connecting
WMSI's wells on the mainland to its water treatment plant
on St. George Island justified?
RECOMMENDATION: Yes, the new water transmission main is justi-
fied and the prudent costs to be incurred by WMSI in this project
should be recovered through rates.
STAFF ANALYSIS: WMSI's service territory and water treatment plant
are located on St. George Island, in Franklin County. Its three
water supply wells are located on the mainland. Raw water
from the wells is currently transmitted to the island via an 8-inch
ductile iron pipe (DIP) attached to and beneath the Bryant Patton
bridge. This pipe was constructed in the mid-1970s. In
mid-1998, WMSI was formally notified of DOT plans to replace
and relocate the existing Patton bridge. Upon completion of the
new bridge, DOT intends to abandon the existing Patton bridge
and to demolish portions of the existing structure. This will
require WMSI to abandon its existing water main and to con-
struct a new main attached to the new bridge... Staff, there-
Continued on Page 9
Paue 2 10 November 2000
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Franklin Chronicle
All Commissioners Present:
Creamer, Putnal, Sanders.
County Extension Director
Mr. Mahan provided the Commis-
sioners with a fact sheet of infor-
mation about clam crop insur-
ance a Federal program. Mahan
mentioned his attendance at the
Seafood Science and Technology
Society of the Americas meeting,
and a session on "Processing Con-
trols for Vibrios in Raw Oysters."
'There were two groups of
post-harvested oysters, one using
hydrostatic pressure and another
using low temperature pasteur-
ization with oyster samples in a
side-by-side comparison. Mahan
also announced that he was ap-
pointed to the ISSC Vibrio
Vulnificus Education Subcommit-
tee by the ISSC executive direc-
tor Ken Moore.
The U. S. Coast Guard Marine
Inspection Office will be offering
a Commercial Fishing Vessel Drill
Instructor Course in Apalachicola
December 1st and 2nd. Since
1994, all fishing vessels that op-
erate beyond the 12-mile bound-
ary are required to conduct
monthly emergency drills. This
course will provide guidelines for
conducting the drills and assist
in developing survival plans. The
cost of the course is $135. To reg-
ister for the course, contact
Dewayne Hollin at (409) 845-3857
or John McMillan at (800)
Superintendent of Public
The Board approved the recruit-
ment of a new employee, Opera-
tor 1. Gene Langston offered the
Road Dept. limerock, at $5 per ton
if the county would buy "x
amount" of it. Commissioner
Mosconis cautioned Chipman to
be careful accepting offers if the
deal did not involve the formal
bidding process. The county could
buy the materials if the price were
under $5000. Approved by the
Van Johnson, Solid Waste
The recycling program is still in
need of acquiring some property
near or in Carrabelle. As a tem-
porary measure, the.'city has al-
lowed the county tob se- the Tillie
Miller.P.ark,, ....,., ,
Mark Thomas, District
Engineer, Florida Department
Mr. Thomas reported an update
on the status of asset manage-
ment contracts for roadway main-
tenance. He reported that "...the
department is faced with
downsizing effort right now in the
District 3 plans which cover
Pensacola to Tallahassee... The
new contract aIlfeti-ne Franklin
Count t1 for state road mainte-
nance would also Involve four
other counties, but the new con-
tract would not include mainte-
nance on county roads, unless
Bevin Putnal asked the question,
In the event of roads being torn
up by a hurricane, does the
county have to have a delay until
the state hires a contractor to re-
pair state roads? Thomas replied,
"..,Yes, we have the authority to
bring in any resources in that we
In routine cnwrLfen I'r. Ihe con-
tractor has to ,j- on le within
an hour of the Initial report to ren-
der assistance, Penalties in the
contract "kick in" affecting the
contractor's monthly payment.
Commissioner Mosconis said he
has complained for years about a
major drainage ditch system
that's about at the city limits, go-
ing west... "I just cannot get any
service out of your people." He
cited a huge rainfall several weeks
ago, and the filling up of the drain-
age ditch, for lack of maintenance.
A similar problem exists in East-
point. Thomas said he would con-
sult with others in his dept. to see
what the problem has been with
regard to the ditches.
Bruce McCormack, Program
Director, Technautics, EER
Mr. McCormack addressed the
Commissioners about a proposed
long term lease of a portion of the
Apalachicola airport to construct
Office: (850) 697-2181
Home: (850) 697-2616
FAX: (850) 697-3870
tional scenarios." This page shows
a picture of an assault patrol boat
carrying .50 caliber machine
guns, in riverine operations simi-
lar to those conducted in Vietnam.
at "Gulf Maritime Assistance Cen-
ter" slated for operational status
about April 2002.' The project
would bring about 30 jobs to the
local economy and involve the
construction of A 10,000 square
foot building for the Center. The
EER System has purchased
Technautics, a private firm that
plans to package a training pro-
gram involving Special Forces of
the U. S. military, involving pri.
marily U. S. Navy SEALS. Their
purpose at the County Commis-
sion was to seek assurances from
the Commissioners that they
would "cooperate' with
Technautics by intending to en-
ter into a lease with them at some
future time. The approving au-
thority for this project would ulti-
mately be "Special Operations
Support Group" located in
When the package of leases and
permissions is put together by Mr.
McCormack, a 20+ year veteran
of the U. S. Navy SEALS organi-
zation, they would contract with
the Operations Support Group in
Tampa, and seek to finalize the
lease with the Franklin County
Commission. The group of the
privately held corporation
(Technautics) would only be con-
ducting training activities in the
Apalachicola area, but somewhat
similar to special operations train-
ing at Camp Gordon Johnston
decades ago, but updated consid-
erably with much newer technol-
ogy and doctrine.
In a separate conversation with
Mr. McCormack, the Chronicle
learned that McCormack's com-
pany has performed a wide range
of activities with the Department
of Defense, and all of the U. S.
military services, including Naval
Special Warfare, Special Opera-
tions Forces Support Activity,
technical and specialty engineer-
.ing support services for Naval
Special Warfare development (at
Coastal Systems Station, Panama
City, Fla.). In the Apalachicola
area, including parts of the Gulf
of Mexico, the training would also
involve assaults.n submersibles
carrying SEALS, petihaps up the
Apalachicola Ri.vr, ,e rc.bFriutine
dining and patrolling. NlMCormack
emphasized no live ammunition
fire is contemplated in this train-
ing in the public areas such as
those embraced in the Research
Reserve, but some arrangement
may be made using private prop-
erty upstream for more realistic
training. The literature distrib-
uted to the County Commission-
ers uses the language, "Train to
realisltir and integrated ooera-
St. James DRI
He also mentioned that ARPC
Technautics is also interested in-
building boats, perhaps.as many
as 100 aluminum boats per year. The Apalachee Regional Planning
Their brochure distributed to Council Board voted to approve
County Commissioners states, the Report and Recommendations
"...EER Systems, Inc, intends to for the St. James Bay Develop-
build Hammerhead Corporation ment of Regional Impact at their
designed boats in the Southeast- last meeting on Thursday, Octo-
ern United States," and to "...be- ber 26th, in Tallahassee.
come the premier aluminum boat
builder in the Southeast." The A representative of the Franklin
range of aluminum boats includes County Riverkeepers organization
patrol boats for the U.S. Navy and asked that the Council defer their
U.S. Coast Guard, ferry boats, vote for an unspecified time, cit-
fishing boats, oil spill and con- ing some statements about the
tainment vessels, high perfor- flow of Apalachicola Bay waters,
mance boats for patrol, diving and and a vague suggestion that any
specialized towing, and oil spill runoff might.endanger the oyster
containment barges. McCormack beds further away from the devel-
re-emphasized to the Chronicle. opment. Four of the council mem-
that the boat building project is bers voted "No" when the ques-
only a possible ancillary project, tion of approval was before the
not the primary reason for con- Board. A council member asked
sidering the Apalachicola area as the lawyer representative of
a training area. The number one Riverkeepers if the organization
priority for this area is to locate a represented the views of the local
rugged training area for seafood industry and the re-
SEAL-type training. The Board of. sponse was, "some are members
County Commissioners moved of the organization." The flow from
and approved a statement to "co-' the east has been known for
operate" with Technautics in en- 'years, but the Riverkeeper
tering into a possible lease at spokesperson neglected to men-
some later date. McCormack also tion that the man-made causeway
emphasized to the Chronicle, the at mid-Bay has been a partial
Apalachicola is only one of sev- barrier to that flow.
eral sites being considered for this
work. "ITl will Sanriprs' "Nnnw vnl nrnm-
Dog Island Conservation
District Versus the Dog Island
Volunteer Fire Department
The Dog Island Volunteer Fire
Department approached the
Commissioners to request that -
the MSBU money be distributed
directly to the fire department and
not through the Dog Island Con-
servation District. There were
complaints about late payments
through that chain-of-command
by the fire department. Renresen-
"" '- "
Mr. Boatwright, Fire Chief,
tatives of the Conservation Dis-
trict defended their position cit->
ing "fiscal responsibility" as the.
reason for a professional book-
keeping. and, accounting. system,
brought into play for the govern-
ment money, despite some delays.
As each side explained its posi-i
tion on the matter, Commissioner:
Cheryl Sanders shouted, "This is
what it's all about. It's not about
the money being it's a control
thing ... If we give the money to
you all, would you promise to do
the very best you can, and work
with these people ?" Boatwright:
CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 10/11/00 voicee No, 7112
Description of Vehicle: Make Triump MC Model Trophy 3 Color Green
Tag No A-897556 Year 1995 stateFL vin No. SMT360DH9SJ023447
To Owner: Patrick Irwin To Licn Holder:
2518 NW 51 Plaza
Gainesville, FL 32605
You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
09/21/00, at the request of FHP that said vehicle is in its
possession at the .,,lih c. noted below, They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens, Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 247,00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 15.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 71378,
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
To subsection (5) of Florida l.iiil, 713,78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 11/26/00 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 461 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court,
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle, In order to obtain a release of the.
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title. registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
f . .. w n.". "."
N ;wI.E LSTmED MOIIILIE HOME on two city lots. 311R/1-1/211A, Florida room plus
spare enclosure at the rear of the M/II. This home would make a good spot for
fishermen wanting a reasonable buy for weekends as it is fenced all around.
Want to know more? Ask Rene to show or to send you more details. Priced right
Further, in the areas directly ad-
jacent to the St. James develop-
ment, there have not been any
productive oyster beds.
Legal counsel representing St.
James Bay development re-
sponded to the criticism, and
briefed the council prior to the
The ARPC staff has approved the
DRI, and suggested changes
which are to be incorporated into
the plan. The next review will be
by the Franklin County Commis-
sion on Tuesday, December 5th.
The developers have estimated
that more than $1.3 million of
recurring annual ad valorem tax
revenue for Franklin County, and
more than $600,000 in other tax
revenues will be generated to the
County government upon
buildout of the project. About 60
fulltime, non-construction related
jobs are also estimated to be a
byproduct of the golf course de-
velopment, occupying 378 total
The golf course has beenen rol led
as an Audubon International Sig-
nature Program course, working
with the Audubon on the devel-
opment and implementation of an
integrated pest management, fer-
tilizer reduction, and herbicide
reduction program. The storm-
water management system, fully
articulated in, the DRI, is designed
to keep water on the project side
for use in golf course irrigation.
through a series of ponds. The
project also incorporates central
water and sewer service, eliminat-
ing wells and septic tanks.
,ised me, Mr. Boatwright..." Dr. Ed
'Robinson, former chairman of the
Board (Dog Island), said "...I re-
signed because of part of these
problems ... It's a power struggle.
That is as simple as that." Dr.
Robinson explained that the fire
department has responsibilities
for the entire Dog Island. The Dis-
trict is an entirely different entity
that should not have anything to
do with this (struggle). A separate
issue involved "getting to the west
end." There are a lot of problems
about a road going through to the
west end. In his opinion, the Dog
Island Fire Dept. should have the
authority to go where ever the
problem is... Franklin County law
County Comprehensive Emer-
gency Plan. The update mandated
by the State, calls for a complete
rewrite of the plan according to
new state requirements. The
Council received a federal grant
to help cost share in the writing
of plans for several rural counties,
and Pierce asked that Franklin
County be included. Tim Turner
and Pierce both strongly recom-
mended approval of the agree-
Continued on Page 5
NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS
2000 TAX ROLLS OPEN FOR COLLECTION
Notice is hereby given that the certified Tax Roll for the year 2000 has
been delivered to the Tax Collector by the Property Appraiser for col-
lection. The tax rolls will be open for payment Noveriber 1st, for the
2000 Ad Valorem, Personal Property and Centrally Assessed properties
Franklin County Franklin County School Board City of Apalachicola
SCity of Carrabelle Eastpoint Water & Sewer District Dog Island
Conservation District Alligator Point Water Resource District *
Northwest Florida Water Management District *
Payments may be made at the Franklin County Court House. 33
Market Street. Suite #202, Apalachicola. Florida or at the Carrabelle
Branch Office, 203 5th Street W. Carrabelle. Florida londay thru
Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or pa\ mentes may
be mailed to the Franklin County Tax Collectors Office. Post Office
Drawer 188, Apalachicola. Florida 3232 :
SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS IS AS FOLLOWS:
4% Discount-No\ ember 01 thru N~ \ember 30, 2(1ll0
3'. Discount -December 01 thru December 31. 2.t)0 I
2 Discount-January 01 thru JaulIar\ 31, 2001
1%- Discount-February 01 thru February 28, 200
Statements were mailed to :ill property ~I\ nerIs or their agents at the last
known address before No\ ember 01, 2000. If \ ou do not receix e your
tax bill notice, please contact this office at (850) 653-9323 or (850)
653-8384 or the Carrabelle Branch Office at (850) 697-3263 between
the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. .ltonday thru Friday or write to
Franklin County Tax Collector. Post Office Drawer 1SS, Ap:iladchicola.
Florida 33 29
James A. Harris, Jr., CFC
Franklin County Tax Collector
EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Too Many TV Stations Are
Profiteering On Democracy
Whether it's Bush or Gore this November, there's already one big
winner in the 2000 election: America's broadcast industry.
Television stations are expected to rake in up to $1 billion from the
campaign. They'll sell more political ads than fast food ads.
While they profit from big-money politics, most of these broadcasters
are cutting back on viewers' chances to hear candidates discuss the
issues. Take a look at the numbers:
* ABC, NBC and CBS network newscasts and news magazines aired
a nightly average of just 36 seconds of candidate discourse in the
month before the March 7 Super Tuesday primary, according to the
Annenberg Public Policy Center.
The typical local television station aired 39 seconds of candidates
discussing issues each night before key presidential primaries in
their states, according to the Norman Lear Center at the University
of Southern California.
Coverage of issues in this year's presidential race on the three nightly
network newscasts is down 27 percent from the coverage in 1996,
the last open-seat presidential campaign, according to the Center
for Media and Public Affairs.
"We've simply forfeited the field [to cable]," said veteran ABC news-
caster Sam Donaldson earlier this year about presidential campaign
coverage. But nearly one-third of Americans cannot or will not pay
the subscription fee for cable. Even for those who have cable, the
CNNs of the world don't cover state and local campaigns.
Civic groups and activists around the nation were hopeful that this
would be different-that big money and attack ads wouldn't be the
only way politics would play out on television.
The optimism was based on a recommendation made by a blue-ribbon
panel of broadcast industry leaders and public interest advocates,
which called on the national networks and every local television sta-
tion to voluntarily offer five minutes a night of "candidate-centered
discourse." The panel suggested it as one way for broadcasters to
meet their public interest obligations, in exchange for the industry's
free use of billions of dollars worth of the public's airwaves.
For viewers, that would mean five minutes of substance-the candi-
dates talking about issues in stump speeches. issue forums, inter-
views or mini-debates-and five minutes of relief from the nightly
barrage of attack ads. More than 200 organizations and prominent
leaders endorsed the proposal as a way to take campaigns beyond
money and ads-and to begin to re-engage citizens to their democ-
But after more than a year of polite letters and requests for meetings
with station executives around the country, just 83 stations out of
more than 1,200-and none of the networks-have signed onto this
promising proposal. In Florida, only eight stations out of 38 have
pledged to meet the 5/30 standard.
It seems television stations are content with the status quo of
big-money, big-ad politics. And why shouldn't they be? While democ-
racy goes on the auction block, they make out like bandits. During
just the, 2000 campaign pre-season-January through July-stations
.made $211 million from political ads, while squeezing substantive
,issue discussion by the candidates out of their newscasts. And the ad
wars hadn't even begun.
While they air warm and fuzzy promos claiming to work for the com-
munity, stations pay millions of dollars to high-priced Washington
-lobbyists to protect their bottom lines by defeating campaign finance
reform. In the past three years, the National Association of Broad-
casters and five media companies spent $11 million to kill a dozen
campaign finance reform measures.
"They have been actively lobbying-against campaign finance reform
because they are so greedy, they don't want to sacrifice a single mo-
ment of time in the public interest to allow candidates to reveal them-
selves and their positions and their views and their vision to the
American people," says U.S. Senator John McCain. "It's wrong. It
needs to be fixed."
Broadcasters don't own the airwaves. The public does. We give the
broadcasters our airwaves free of charge, in return for their promise
to serve the public interest. Profiteering on democracy shouldn't be
part of the deal.
It's time for citizens who are sick of money and ads to speak up. Send
a message to your local television station by going to GreedyTV.org or
Television need not be part of the problem of money and politics. It
can be part of the solution, As former television anchorman Walter
Cronkite has noted, "it is within the broadcasters' power, and in the
public interest, to open the airwaves to campaigns based on ideas
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November 10, 2000
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RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION
Board of County Commissioners
WHEREAS, Willie B. Speed of Apalachicola. Florida. has an-
nounced his retirement, and
WHEREAS, Willie B. Speed, during over fifty years of service in
the field of education helped many generations of Franklin County
WHEREAS, Willie B. Speed served in Franklin County as Princi-
pal, Teacher, School Board staff, School Board member and School
Board Chairman, and
WHEREAS, Willie B. Speed brought intelligence, diligence, integ-
rity and courage to these positions and as a community leader.
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the people of Franklin County.
the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners expresses
the gratitude of the community and its thanks to Willie B. Speed
and wishes him well in his retirement.
This Resolution adopted October 3, 2000 by unanimous vote of
the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners.
Kendall Wade, Clerk
FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
BY: Clarence Williams, Chairman
instead of money, Instead, television broadcasters seem content with
politics as usual, which enriches them with hundreds of millions of
dollars in political advertising even while it cheapens our political
dialogue and drives up the cost of democracy."
And that's the way it is, and will be-until we demand better.
Common Cause Florida
Veterans Day 2000
By Representative Allen Boyd
On Veterans Day, America honors those men and women who have
served to keep this country free and bring the world peace by defend-
ing the helpless, promoting democracy throughout the world, and
defending the freedoms and liberties we enjoy as Americans. What
makes a veteran? Service in uniform, to be sure, but what has led so
many once-young Americans to put their lives, their fortunes, and
their sacred honor at risk through such a train of troubled times?
Who are these brave men and women?
We have a long, proud history of service and sacrifice given by those
men and women who left the safety of everyday life "to hazard all in
freedom's fight." Their ranks still include those who served in the
First World War, though their numbers are now few. They are proud
veterans of World War II, whose strength, in Tennyson's phrase, "once
moved earth and heaven," who still share with us the character that
led them to a crucial history. The once-forgotten veterans of the Ko-
rean War and the Vietnam War are also still among us, having sacri-
ficed so much and served so well. And those in the Persian Gulf,
Somalia, Kosovo and most recently aboard the USS COLE have shown
us how these dedicated individuals who have served this nation
through what people at home have known as "peacetime" have stood
ready at any moment to be called upon for valor and sacrifice. Today,
we have such men and women deployed around the world, and we
hold them and their families in our hearts and prayers.
Generations of veterans have served this Nation. They have destroyed
totalitarian threats from nations of great power, and waged the wars,
the battles and the peacekeeping missions of the Cold War and today.
As Illinois poet Carl Sandburg wrote, they have been the anvil-"the
people, yes"-on which many hammers were broken.
I.want to take this opportunity to recognize and to thank the. many
men and women who have served and who currently serve in the U.S.
military. From the American Revolution's Minutemen to today's mod-
ern soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, American men and women
have dedicated themselves to the preservation of liberty and democ-
racy. Those in uniform-past and present-are the defenders of the
American values that have made our nation strong and kept us free.
We are proud and grateful to have them in our midst as well as our
memory. With every passing year, Veterans Day may seem to be ob-
served more by sales than by parades. Perhaps that is a dividend of
peace, a long-term result of the victories our veterans have secured.
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However, we must neither forget nor ignore the debt we owe to those
who served the United States so nobly. In wartime, our very best
young people are asked to risk their lives in order to advance our
national interests and security. In peacetime, answering the call to
military service also requires a great deal of hard work and sacrifice.
Whether in war or in peace, those sacrifices are particularly difficult
for the service members' families.
As we observe Veterans Day, I ask each of you to take a moment to
remember the 17 sailors that made the ultimate sacrifice in early
October when the USS COLE was bombed in a cowardly act of terror-
ism at the Port of Aden in Yemen. Please also keep in mind the 36
sailors that were injured and their valiant shipmates who responded
quickly to this tragedy, minimizing casualties and damage to their
ship. My heart continues to go out to the families and friends of the
American sailors who were killed and injured. These brave young
Americans willingly went into harm's way. and, like others who have
paid the price for our freedom, they shall forever remain in our hearts.
But that is not enough. We must resolve to fight back against these
insane acts by committing the country's full resources in an aggres-
sive effort to determine who is responsible, to see that justice is done.
and to do everything possible to deter such acts in the future. As
Navy Secretary Richard Danzig pointed out, our memory is long and
our reach is longer.
Service of this country in uniform has been, since the beginning, one
of the greatest sources of unity and of equality in our national life.
This Veterans Day, I call upon every man, woman and child in America
to thank veterans, current service members, and their families for
their contributions to our country. Their sacrifices have made it pos-
sible for our American democracy to flourish not only today, but for
generations to come.
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Editorial and Commentary
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October 11, 2000
Dear St. George Island Property Owners,
OUR 18th ANNUAL HAT DRIVE IS UNDERWAY! This is one of our
major fund raisers, please participate! The proceeds will enable us to
-continue to provide excellent 24 hour emergency care and fire protec-
The St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department and First Responder
Emergency Medical Services have served St. George Island residents
and visitors for 26 and 14 years respectively. Many of the firemen
remember when we fought fires dressed in cut-off jeans and flip-flop
shoes using a garden hose. Now, our dedicated firemen and first re-
sponders are very well trained and are becoming well equipped. They
represent one of the largest volunteer fire departments in the State of
The excellent public support we enjoy has made it all possible. Our
efforts in the past have reduced insurance costs for everyone. The
MSBU funds we receive from the County covers only about 25% of
the necessary budget, therefore, we have outstanding balances on
equipment. We also need a new East End Firehouse!
Your donation of $100 to our hat drive is needed! Any additional do-
nation is always welcome and don't forget that we are a non-profit
organization making your donation tax deductible.
A special '"Thank you" to all who have donated in the past and con-
tinue to do so every year. We encourage all of you to send your dona-
tion by return mail. You will be glad you did!
Sincerely, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(/J0 Woody Miley. Chair. Alice D. Collins. V. Chair.
L -( Jayne Bamburg, Sec. Fred Bono. Treas
SOllie Gunn. Sr. Harry Arnold
Jay Abbott Bruce Drye Susan Ficklen
Fire Chief/Board of Directors
Lee Edmiston Deputy Chief/Training Officer
W.K. Sanders Deputy Chief. First Responders/Board of Directors
P.S. The rapidly growing ratio of visitors to permanent residents has
created a critical shortage in first responders. If you have any interest
in free training and serving as a first responder, please call
850-927-2753. We need you!
Boy, Did We Goof
Any writer or publisher on a country newspaper will have numerous
problems, most of which keep us humble. Last issue, we misspelled
Willard and Raymond Vinson's names incorrectly. This will not erase
the glare of our embarrassment but perhaps it will convey our great
regret and apology for the error. We shall strive to do better.
Tom W. Hoffer
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Special awards from the Boy Scouts of America were given
Jeremy Shiver and Alex Hoffman in recognition of their
efforts rescuing two men after they capsized their boat in
Apalachicola Bay in early July 2000. Pastor Mike Whaley
introduced the young men at the St. George Island Baptist
Church Sunday morning, October 29th. Scout advisors
Larry Hale (presenting the plaques) and Ollie Gunn were
also in attendance.
Organ Dedication And Recital
The llse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts and Trinity Episco-
pal Church will sponsor an organ
recital at the church on Sunday,
November. 19, at 4:00 p.m.
Earlier this year a Ruhland
tracker pipe organ was purchased
by Trinity Church from Bowling
Green University in Ohio. This
organ replaces a 1921 electro-
pneumatic Pilcher pipe organ
which had developed numerous
electric and mechanical problems
over the years. The installation
process took longer than antici-
pated, since the organ had to be
re-designed to fit into the avail-
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This work has been completed
and at the 10:00 a.m. service on
November 19, the Church will
celebrate a rite of dedication at
which time the organ will be con-
secrated for worship through sa-
cred music, followed by the dedi-
catory concert in the afternoon at
The guest organist for the concert
will be James Thrash, long-time
friend of Jan and Gordon Adkins
of the Orman Building who will
host his visit to Apalachicola.
Mr. Thrash holds a degree in pi-
ano and organ from the Univer-
silt of Southern MJSi-ssiippi and
a Master's Degree from the press
tigious Eastman School o Nlusic,
where he was organ soloist with
the Rochester, New York, Philhar-
monic Orchestra. He served as
director of Music and Fine Arts
at First United Methodist Church
of Des Moines, Iowa, on the fac-
ulty of Simpson College in
Indianola, Iowa, and is presently
Director of Music at Germantown
United Methodist Church in Ten-
nessee, where he maintains a full
teaching schedule of piano and
organ and plays concerts
throughout the country.
The audience is invited to attend
a reception in Benedict Hall fol-
lowing the concert.
Common Cause Survey Finds Support
For Campaign Finance Reform
A survey of legislative candidates by Common Cause Florida has found
new support for campaign finance reforms. At a time when Florida's
political parties are taking in record-breaking amounts of money. the
survey demonstrates that many candidates understand the need to
place reasonable limits on these "soft money" contributions. The sur-
vey also found strong support for new contribution limits and disclo-
sure requirements for political action committees that purchase ad-
vertising or make contributions to candidates.
Common Cause mailed surveys to 220 candidates who face opposi-
tion in the November 7 election. Seventy-nine candidates returned
the survey, responding to five questions on government reform is-
sues. One question focused on the issue of "soft money" contribu-
tions. Currently in Florida, there are no limits on the amount of money
a person or corporation can contribute to the political parties. The
"soft money" loophole allows special interests to evade the $500 limit
on direct contributions to candidates. They are able to give hundreds
of thousands of dollars to the political parties, which then funnel the
money to the candidates. An overwhelming majority of the candi-
dates who returned the survey indicated support for restrictions on
these "soft money" contributions.
The willingness to address the "soft money" issue may be due to the
fact that the problem has gotten so out-of-hand. Research by Com-
Smon Cause shows the parties are on a pace to raise millions more in
"soft money" contributions in the 2000 election cycle than they did in
1998. As of September 24, the Republican Party of Florida had taken
in just under $26.5 million, almost $5 million more than it raised at
the same point in 1998. The Florida Democratic Party has raised
almost $16.5 million, more than $7 million more than in 1998. In the
weeks leading up to the election, those figures will increase even more.
In addition, the failure of the Florida legislature to reenact a defini-
tion of "political committee" has opened another loophole in the elec-
tion law. With no definition on the books, committees are no longer
subject to disclosure and reporting requirements. In this election cycle.
these "shadow PACS" have been responsible for big budget, negative
ad campaigns targeting certain candidates. The Common Cause sur-
vey found strong support among legislative candidates for contribu-
tion limits and disclosure requirements for political action commit-
,The Common Cause survey also addressed the closure of the "3-pack"
loophole that allows the political parties to spend unlimited amounts
on advertising for candidates, as long as the ads mention three cap-
didates. Typically these ads focus on one candidate while the other
two receive only a brief mention. The survey found 87% of the re-
spondents support eliminating the "3-pack" loophole.
The survey found a majority of the candidates support the open pri-
mary provision in the constitution. They favor legislation that would
keep the primary open to all voters even if there is a write-in candi-
date in the race. The survey also found strong support for,the cre-
ation of an independent reapportionment commission to draw legis-
lative and congressional district boundaries.
The Division of Aquaculture is pleased to announce the schedule for
the BMP outreach seminars. The purpose is to help familiarize you
with the BMPs, let you know what is expected, and how those expec-
tations are to be incorporated into the administration and implemen-
tation of this new program.
The program is based on the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs)
that provide assurances that normal farm activities do not have a
negative impact on Florida's environment. The intent of the BMP pro-
Sgram is to streamline the permitting process and enhance the growth
of aquaculture in the state.
The Division will be providing training seminarS-at the following loca-
tions. For more information you may contact Division staff at 850-
Outreach Seminar Schedule:
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Dr. Nitsios is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. She offers full
primary care services, including acute visits, routine physical,
cervical pap smears, and treatment of chronic adult medical ill-
nesses such as diabetes, lung disorders, high blood pressure,
heart problems, and stomach and intestinal disorders, just to
name a few. She is especially interested in preventive medical
services both for men and women, which include screenings for
osteoporosis, breast, colon and prostate cancers. For specialty
care, Dr. Nitsios coordinates referrals to specialists in Panama
City and Tallahassee as needed.
Dr. Nitsios went to medical school at New York Medical College
and the University of Maryland. She subsequently completed a
three-year adult medicine training program at the University of
Maryland and is on staff at Weem's Memorial Hospital in
Dr. Nitsios has three convenient locations to meet your needs in
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Please call us with any questions at the number listed below.
Drs. Sanaullah and Nitsios are located at 74 Sixteenth Street in
Apalachicola and are available by appointment. Why leave
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Franklin Briefs from Page 2
Kendall Wade invited the Weems
Hospital and others to talk with
the Board concerning the pro-
Sposed Critical Access Hospital
CAH) status. Michael W. Walsh
of the Florida Department of
Health explained the CAH status.
The purpose of the CAH status for
rural hospitals is to assure the
availability of primary care ser-
vices, emergency services and lim-
ited acute inpatient services in
rural areas where it is no longer
feasible to maintain a full service
hospital. The program allows ru-
ral hospitals to receive a higher
reimbursement rate. and have
greater flexibility from federal
rules and regulations. To receive
,h,tese benefits, a rural hospital
can convert to a Critical Access
Hospital. CAHs must provide the
basic services necessary to their
community, maintain a low aver-
age length of stay, and network
with other healthcare providers to
. ensure that the healthcare needs
of the community are met. They
are required to have inpatient
care, emergency care, laboratory
and radiology, and emergency
services available 24 hours. The
primary benefit of a CAH is that
it moves hospitals from the Pro-
spective Payment System to a
Cost-Based Reimbursement sys-
tem for inpatient and outpatient
services. Since physicians do not
have to take calls on site, CAH
conversion can aid in recruitment
and retention. This can lead to
more opportunities for increased
market share and help commu-
nities by identifying issues, set
priorities, address problems and
define appropriate services. On
balance, the benefits of CAH con-
version can integrate services, co-
ordinate health care planning and
develop an integrated healthcare
system in the rural areas. Weems
Administrator Susan Ficklen and
Walsh emphasized that no one at
the Weems Hospital would be laid
off as a result of the CAH system.
No one would lose their jobs.
Moreover, the CAH system is still
under consideration at the Cen-
tennial hospitals, leasee of Weems
in Apalachicola. The CAH system
has NOT been adopted at this
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Opti-Mystics Swing At The Dixie Theatre
The sounds of swing reverberated
throughout the Dixie Theatre to
over 150 persons Sunday, Octo-
ber 29th, for the opener of the
Newell Fifteenth Season,
2000-2001. The Opti-Mystics is a
jazz orchestra formed in Bay
county to help develop the tech-
nical skills and self-esteem of
band and vocal students that only
live performance and experience
And, the rapport between them
and the audience was quickly
formed with traditional swing
tunes made famous during the
of the band on the Newell sched-
ule, the first occurring in the
Fund's Concert In The Park in
1998. A foundation was incorpo-
ration as a non-profit organization
in the fall of 1994 to provide fi-
nancial and physical support to
keep this unique program contrib-
uting to the Bay county commu-
nity and the youth of Bay county.
The band consists of 18-21 in-
strumental and vocal students
with the main focus of the group
being music education. One of the
many goals of the Opti-Mystics is
to encourage talented and dedi-
cated music students.
The Music Director is David
Baesel who taught at Tennessee
Temple University, Chattanooga
before coming to Panama City
Christian School. He holds a
Master's Degree in Music Educa-
The Opti-Mystics Jazz Orchestra
is comprised of students audi-
tioned each year from the Bay
County Area High Schools. For
ten months a year, these young'
musicians dedicate their spare
time promoting the need for mu-
sic and fine arts in the public
school system. They pay a $200
tuition fee which covers uniforms,
music and membership and help
meet expenses by playing at con-
certs such as Sunday's event,
conventions, and private parties.
silent art auction, yard sales,
hundreds of letters to foundations
asking for grants.
"Then, hundreds of letters to Car '
rabelle graduates.' Shields con-
tinued. So many people contnb-
uted sC much i was a \vonderlul
The old gvNmnasium was~ built in-,
the early 1950's. according to
Carrabelle's current mayor.
While many in the community felt
a sadness about the old gym com-
SA/ ing down., it was thrilling to real-
ize that a beautiful, modern II-
brarv will soon stand in the midst
of Carrabelle. proclaiming to all
who pass by that 'this commu-
nity achieved a masterpiece
.; Lthrough cooperation and unity "
Comes Down For
Construction To Begin Soon
By Tom Campbell
Jimmie Crow.'der stepped up to the
plate ready to hit a homerun as a
community leader on Monday.
November 6. 2000 At his direc-
tion. heavy equipment appeared
on the site of the old 'gmnasium
in Carrabelle to start demolition "
of the building which was about
ready to collapse on its own.
He said that his actions were es-
sentially civic pride and commu-
nity service, as he did not expect
to make much money on the deal.
The big Excavator (Komatsu
brand) looked like some kind of
giant mastodon opening its wide
mouth and chomping off huge
pieces of the old building as it
Ms. Mary Ann Shields was one of
the crowd of onlookers. "Isn't it
exciting?" she grinned. She was
thrilled that the next step would
be the beginning of construction
on the new Carrabelle Branch Li-
brary, a branch of the Franklin
County Public Library system,
whose Executive Director is Eileen
Shields was in charge of the fund
drive to raise the money for the
new Carrabelle Branch. "We had
to raise a quarter of a million dol-
lars,"she smiled, "in order to
match the state's quarter million.
It seemed like an impossible task,
at first. But then, the whole com-
munity got into the movement."
The impossible task turned into
a modern-day miracle, and now
Carrabelle will have a building for
its new library that will be worth
half a million dollars-or more. By
the time it is complete, it could
be worth nearly a million dollars.
Back in October of 1997, Assis-
tant Librarian at the Carrabelle
Branch Jackie Gay won First Prize
in the National Paul Newman
Contest for Seafood Gumbo. It
was a very special seafood gumbo,
and Jackie Gay donated her First
Place prize of $50,000 to start a
fund to build a new library in
This required some organization,
and in February 1998, the First
Fund-Raiser was held, in order to
start collecting the money needed.
Ms. Mary Ann Shields said. 'There
were so many people Involved and
so many ways t,, .1 r IIr iIli,' "
It was a true mIlilIin l I 'll .11
and showed I. I I i.,I l.iiil
County can do when the whole
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Shields liHeld a few of the
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bricks enu graved. i ,l.,' oeb
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Speed from Page 1
The people of Franklin County are losing an individual
who has given thousands of hours to your school system
and to your community. Too often we forget to recognize
those who have given so much of themselves and receive.
only minimal 'Thanks!" At this time, we would like to
recognize your many years of service with a resounding
"Thank you!" from all of your peers throughout Florida.
We would also like to thank your family for sharing you
with us for all of these years. Thank you for a job well
done and we will miss your leadership and friendship."
Mayor Pierce presents plaque and key to Mr. Speed.
Denise Butler, Principal, Apalachicola High School wrote:
"You have been an inspiration and role model for three
generations of students in our district. I think it can be
accurately stated that you have become a 'legend' in
Franklin County education. It is obvious to all that worked
with you and to those who worked for you, that you have
dedicated your life to the advancement of education.
Teaching and Administration are difficult jobs. Because
you enjoyed and excelled in this arena, you made the
jobs look easy.
As a veteran educator and novice principal, I have per-
sonally benefited from your experience and your insight.
I will miss picking up the phone and hearing your voice,
'Mrs. Butler? Speed here.'
On behalf of the Faculty and Staff of Apalachicola High
School, we offer our thanks and wish you God's bless-
ings as You retire from the Franklin County school sys-
Maggie B. Lewis, Leon County School Board member, in the Leon
School District, Tallahassee, wrote:
"It is with mixed emotions that I offer words of congratu-
lations and best wishes upon your retirement as an edu-
cator, administrator, and public official with the Franklin
County School System. Your many years of dedicated
service to the children, locally-and throughout Florida,
will be a legacy to admire and, immolate. You, no doubt,
could have made many choices for a career, but you chose
to serve those most in need, our young people.
You have served amicably in other ways. As a former
educator (retired) and newcomer to the position of Leon
County school board member, I found your experience to
be extremely valuable. Your power of understanding',
power of communication, power of intellect, and power
of nurturing and caring have meant so much to me. Be-
cause of your examples, my vision is keener, my deci-
sions are wiser, and my-demeanor is more noble and
mature. I shall never forget the profits of your mentoring
and companionship as my colleague."
Political Candidate and former Chair of the Franklin County
School Board Will Kendrick was called to the podium. "...You know
tonight, we've heard about many things about Willie Speed already.
We've heard about Willie Speed's visions, Willie Speed's commitment.
Let's talk about Willie Speed (and) Respect. I'd take you back .. to the
early 1970s when you had that little Volkswagen. And. vou had it
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Willie Burghart Speed came to the Franklin County School District in
August 1952 when he accepted a position as classroom teacher in
Industrial Arts at the Quinn High School, Apalachicola. He had held
a two year assignment at Howard High School, Ocala initially follow-
ing his graduation from Florida A and M University. At Quinn, he
became Principal in August 1954, and remained in that position un-
til June 1968 when" Quinn was dissolved. Mr. Speed was then an
Administrator in the Franklin County Schoql District from 1968
Through 1992. During some of that time, he was also Assistant Su-
perintendent, and then became a Member of the Franklin' County
School Board from November 1992 through November 2000. He be-
Scame Chairperson of the Board in November 1999 and remains so
until his last meeting this month, bringing to a close a 50 year career
in Florida education.
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packed with books ... as you had come around to all the schools in
the district, bringing books to all of the schools. Willie Speed did that
on his own. And, we appreciate you for it." (Applause). "...Willie Speed
is known throughout this State ... as having been an excellent Voca-
tional Director in Franklin County..."
The daughter of Mrs. Ethel Mae Powell addressed the audience. She
cited an instance in which Mr. Speed, and her other teachers, "...ac-
cepted nothing but the best." Recalling an occasion in which she had
to write to the school for some information. Mr. Speed replied to her
inquiry. "Mr. Speed sent the information that I needed, and he re-
turned my letter grammatically corrected!"' (Laughter then applause).
Mrs. Ella Speed LTC Wesley McMillan
The daughter and sons of Mr. Speed had their turn to honor their
father. Each reflected on tender memories of their youth, and one
lasting thought dominated their collective tribute. A son recalled: "If
you want to get something done, get a busy person, because the oth-
ers have no time." The other piece of fatherly advice was, "Son, if you
want to avoid criticism in life, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing..."
A special dramatic interpretation was performed by Mrs. Margaret
Finally, Mr. Speed took to the rostrum, acknowledging with many
thanks to the organizers and everyone attending his tribute. He told
his story of how he happened to come to Franklin County in his teach-
ing and administrative profession. He then introduced his brothers
and sisters, while describing his early life in Apalachicola.
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Local Winners from Page 1
into office with a whopping 72%
of the vote.
Will Kendrick won Franklin with
3579 ballots to Phillips' 1197.
Overall, District 10 is sending.Will
Kendrick to the Statehouse. He
polled 61% of the vote (32,825);
Sonny Carol Phillips drew 39% of
the vote with 21,028 ballots.
Franklin voters rejected the pro-
posed high speed monorail, un-
der the first Constitutional
Amendment proposal, with 1810
voting "Yes" and a resounding
2425 registering "No." The second
Seafood Festival from
inland waters, bays and estuar-
ies and King Retsyo was Tiny
Carroll, a retired oyster dealer of
28 years, His granddaughter is
this year's Queen, Kayla Martina.
Each year, the Festival selects a
King who symbolizes Apalachicola
Bay and the food harvested by the
St. Patrick's Church and Trinity
Church were two additional sites
for seafood lunches starting about
11 a.m., following the traditional
The Festival officially begins with
the blessing of the fleet performed
by representatives of local
churches about 4 o'clock Friday
afternoon. The king and queen
arrived on the Governor Stone. an
1877 sailing ship preserved by the
Maritime Museum in Apalachi-
cola. Exile performed in Battery
Park that night.
On Saturday morning, the Red-
fish run was staged near the
Gibson Inn, with the parade fol-
Slowing two hours later at 10. This
year's parade was nearly 2.5
hours long. Arts and crafts and
the local food vendors opened for
business at 10 a.m. In the after-
noon, the oyster shucking contest
and oyster eating contests were
staged in Battery Park. First Place
in shucking went to Scottie
O'Leer, 2nd to Robert Beasley and
3rd to Cletus Anderson. Jung
Padgett won 1st place for oyster
eating followed by Patricia Pridgen
in the woman's category. In the
men's division, Robert Calloway
and Henry Smith took first and
- second places respectively. The
object of this contest is to see how
many oysters can be consumed
by contestants during a
15-minute span. The rule is that
the oysters eaten must stay down.
The headliner entertainment
event Saturday evening was Brian
Howe, former lead singer in Bad
Company. The King Retsyo Ball
was held at the local Armory at 9
p.m. Retsyo is oyster spelled back-
The history of Trinity Church (est.
1836) is blessed with memories
and third Amendments dealt with
the selection of Circuit and
County Judges, to be changed
from election by a vote of the
people to selection by a judicial
nominating commission and ap-
pointment by the Governor.
Franklin voters soundly defeated
this proposal, as did other voters
statewide, voting in favor of elect-
ing their judges. Referendum #2
(for Circuit Judge selection) re-
sulted in 1098 "Yes" votes, but
3193 "No." votes. Referendum #3
turned out nearly the same, with
1030 indicating "yes" and 3352
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of the fine food served there
through the years. Dot Porter is
especially remembered for her
scalloped oysters. Her daughter,
Dorothy Greene Hill, carries on
the tradition, serving this dish at
the Seafood Festival almost since
its beginning in 1964. Today she
graciously shares this recipe.
along with the crab casserole
recipe with you.
2 to 3 single packs Nabisco crack-
1 qt. Apalachicola oysters.
drained and liquid saved
2 sticks butter
2 to 3 cups milk
salt to taste
S1 lemon, sliced
Grease a 3-quart casserole. Cover
bottom of dish with crackers.
SPlace drained oysters on top, pat-
* ting flat to cover all crackers. Add'
salt if needed. Pour saved oyster
,liquid and 1 cup milk over oys-
ters. Add 1 more layer of crack-
ers. Slice 1-1/2 sticks of butter
and place on top. Add more milk
to casserole in order for crackers
to become soft. Add the remain-
ing butter, sliced, to top. Arrange
sliced lemon on top of casserole.
Let stand about 15 minutes. Bake
at 350 for 3/4 to 1 hour, or until
brown and firm.
5 lb. claw crab meat
1 dozen eggs, beaten
1 lb. real butter, melted
1/2 jar Durkee's Famous Sauce
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 oz. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire
5 tbsp. mustard
1 lb. saltines, crushed
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup lemon juice
S3/4 cup milk
SMix all ingredients except butter
Sand milk in a large bowl. Add but-
ter and mix. Add milk and mix.
Pour into a greased large dispos-
able rectangular baking pan (or 2
9"x12" baking pans). Bake at 3500
for 30-45 minutes or until brown
The Franklin Chronicle
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
10 November 2000 Page 7
By Rene Topping
At the November 2, 2000 regular
monthly meeting Carrabelle Com-
Approved a request from Dan
Rosier, Chairman of the Recre-
ation Committee on a request for
$15,000 to purchase playground
equipment made by a company
called Pipeline to be used at the
.Tillie Miller Kiddie Park and also
to remove equipment and replace
it with the new. He also requested
some small items at a cost of
Approved the artificial reef agree-
ment with the Organization for
Artificial Reefs (OAR), on building
"Yamaha Tournament Reef."
Eileen Annie Ball, Franklin
County Public Library Director
and Cliff Butler, Chairman
Friends of the Franklin County
Public Library, gave the commis-
sioners an update on progress on
the work on the new branch li-
brary building and thanked them
for their cooperation. Carrabelle
Library Branch Building Commit-
tee Chairman Mary Ann Shields
told the commissioners that the
biggest news was the demolition
of the "Old Gym" by Jimmy
Crowder, will begin on the morn-
ing of Monday, November 6.
Sid Winchester and Richard
(Dick) Whaley addressed the com-
mission on their Traffic Safety
Committee's proposal for a safe
pavement for the school children
Srom the intersection of Avenue C
and C67, going east of C67 on
Avenue C to Gray Avenue and to
the school, then south on 12th
Street to U.S. 98. The pavement
will be done at no cost to the city.
Whaley explained that Sue Dietz
from the Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT), had said
that if no pavement was presently
there that a sum of money some-
where between $73 and $85,000
would be available to build one.
The only condition being that the
city would up front the cost and
the.FDOT would reimburse them
within 45 days. The commission-
ers approved the project and the
City Clerk Beckey Jackson will
write the letter of intent to FDOT.
Resolution 280 was passed by the
commissioners; this ordinance
will increase the payment for com-
missioners to $1,000 a year, with
$1,500 a year for the mayor. In-
stead of the payment being an
honorarium it will now be re-
garded as a salary. The resolution
Irescinds resolutions 156 and 122.
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Sid Winchester was appointed to
be a member for the commission
on the grant/loan board.
Under New Business:
Jackson reported that there had
not been even one single applica-
tion for the position of police of-
ficer, although she had advertised
Commissioners approved pur-
chase of two mobile police radios
at a cost of $1,200.
The commissioners approved
Franklin Mathes. Jr. to be a mem-
ber of the Animal Judicatory
Board for a second two-year term.
Commissioner Frank Mathes and
Mayor Wilburn (Curley) Messer
were chosen to fill the member
and alternate as Representatives
to the Apalachee Regional Plan-
ning Council for the year 2001.
Plans 1lth Annual
By Tom Campbell
Chairman of the 11th Annual
SRiverfront Festival, Ron Treutel of
the Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce said recently that
there will be a number of
"first-rate artists" displaying their
works at the festival in April of
200 1. The plan is also to empha-
size the "wonderful local seafood"
and the maritime activities in
It was also announced that the
Carrabelle Chamber's Christmas
Business Social will be held Fri-
day, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. at
the Carrabelle Palms Activity
Room. The Carrabelle Palms RV
Park is across from the Carrabelle
Beach on U.S. Highway 98. The
food will be "Pot Luck" with mem-
.bers bringing whatever they wish
to bring. The Chamber will pro-
vide tableware and drinks.
Ballots will go out soon to the gen-
eral membership of the chamber
for voting on five new directors,
whose terms need to be filled.
Ballots should be returned by
Regarding the Chamber of Com-
merce new web page --
www.Carrabelle.org -- the new
web page "is up and running. The
new page is already getting about
75 hits. per week," according to
As requested by the chamber, the
domain name carrabelle.org has
listed as follows: Contact person:
Ray Finn, Registration owner:
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Com-
Chamber member Tony
Minichiello wrote in his report.
that Executive Director Bonnie
Stephenson "should provide a list
of current members, as well as
new members, and their types of
business, who wish to be listed
on the newweb page. She can give
the list to Ray (Finn) and he will
perform the 'linking'. There will be
no cost to the Chamber for this
service." Member Ray Finn is pro-.
viding a number of services to the
chamber, free of charge.
The Chamber Board agreed 'to go
with Ray Finn for a new web site.
Regarding maintaining the web
page, Ray Finn has volunteered
to maintain the web page for the
next six months to a year "to
Mr. Ball was claimed to be "A Pio-
-neer and Great Floridian." Those
speaking at the tribute were: W.
Jeff Wadsworth, President and
CEO ofThe Nemours Foundation:
W.L. Thornton Chairman of the
Alfred I. duPont Testamentary
Trust and W.T. Thompson II
Chairman of the Board, The
He was described as "easily the
state's most influential business-
man of the 20th Century." Mr.
Ball came to Florida in the 1920's.
He was asked by his brother-in-
law Alfred I. duPont to assist him
with his Florida business inter-
ests. Mr. Ball is attributed with
nearly tripling the duPont hold-
ings by the time of Alfred I
duPont's death in 1935.
Mr. Ball is well known in the area
as the man who once called him-
self "a duPont trustee" and dur-
ing the lifetime of Alfred I. duPont,
successfully lead the trustees ef-
forts to acquire over a million
acres of land in the Panhandle of
Additionally he was able to ac-
quire a major interest in the
Florida National Bank and devel-
oped the Florida National Group,
one of the most successful bank-
ing ventures in the state.
Additional projects attributed to
Mr. Ball are the major highways
in the state fostering commerce
and development: U.S. 19 which
connects Tallahassee, Tampa and
St. Petersburg: U.S. 98 which con-
nects the Gulf Coast Communi-
ties and U.S. 90, from Lake City
Continued on Page 8
monitor and help us (chamber)
Determine the most effective mar-
keting strategy for Carrabelle.
There will be no cost to the Cham-
Sber. We feel that during this time
period, the Chamber establish the
criteria and standards for accept-
ing proposals from webmasters.
The board also recommends that,
for the present, we let individual
members get their own web pages
built by whomever they choose
and that they be linked to our web
. page as part of their membership
benefit. This will be done by Ray
at no cost to the Chamber or the
member." This is quoted from the
report by Tony Minichiello, Ray
Finn, and Paul Marxsen, Commit-
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Information Director for the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation held a Tentative Work Pro-
gram H ig on November 2 at
the'Tallahassee City Hall, ifrithe
Commission Chamber Room.
About thirty persons attended.
Engineers discussed the Tentative
Work for fiscal years 2001 to
2006, for the counties of the Pan-
handle, Franklin, Gadsden,
Jefferson, Liberty, Leon and
Considered was the Department's
improved work program, with
consideration given to the neces-
sity of making any changes. This
five-year review covered fiscal year
2001-02 to 2005/06. Most of the
projects dealt with scheduled
work for Leon County.
Some of the Franklin County
projects for fiscal year 2002 in-
* U.S. 98 and 319 from CR 65
Bayshore Drive to SR 65 Resur-
facing; project length 4.479 miles;
* SR 30 U.S. 98 U.S. 319 From
SR 377 (U.S. 319) to Ochlockonee
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above would include the neces-
sary Left-turn lanes. The reply
from Director Speights was, 'The
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if.funds are available "
Other projects scheduled for 2003
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At present the C.H.S. Panthers
are 6-3, with oneregular season
game to go they hope to finish the
season 7-3. The football team has
not finished with a record that
good since 1977-78. Our commu-
nity should be proud! We have the
best following of Panther fans of
any ever to be seen! Some former
"Green Devils" (now Dad's) are
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By Rene Topping
Edward Ball was honored as "A
Great Floridian, 2000" at a lun-
cheon held at the Wakulla Springs
Lodge on October 24, 2000. Mr.
Ball established a perpetual trust
known as the Ed Ball Wildlife
Foundation with sanctuaries in
seven locations across Florida in
1966. Wakulla Springs was one
of these sites and is dedicated to
preserving endangered species
and providing for a variety of wild-
life. The Wakulla Springs is
among the largest in the world.
SThis beautiful spot is a most
: pleasing spot for visitors from the
entire United States and foreign
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With Heartfelt Thanks,
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WMS Rates from Page 1
fore, recommends that the new water transmission main is
justified and that the prudent costs to be incurred by WMSI
in this project should be recovered through rates.
ISSUE 4: Is the cost of installation of a 12-inch diameter pipe-
line across the causeway justified?
RECOMMENDATION: Yes. Staff recommends that cost of installa-
tion of a 12-inch line, approXliaately $4,517,535, is a prudent.
cost effective investment which will provide additional fire flow.
and meet expected growth, iIcluding the five year-growth (to
2008) required by statute. Further, staff recommends that 100%
of the prudently incurred costs of the 12-inch line be recovered
through a rate or charge mechanism to be determined in
STAFF ANALYSIS: Flow projections provided in the utility's filing
indicate that flows in the.ye,,2003, when the new bridge and
pipeline are to be operational, will be approximately 1.141 mil-
lion gallons per day (MGD): An 8-inch pipeline is only capable
Sof .964 MGD. Consequently, an 8-inch pipeline would not be
capable of meeting the demand the moment the new bridge
and pipeline become operational. When a five-year growth pe-
riod, authorized by Section 367.081(2)(a.)2.b., Florida Statutes.
is added the demand in the year 2008 is conservatively esti-
mated to be 1.324 MGD. A, 10-inch pipeline could be installed
but the maximum capacity of-a 10-inch pipe is only 1. 5 MGD.
slightly more than the expected demand in 2008.
During the customer meeting, numerous customers as well as
the St. George Island Fire Chief voiced their concerns over the
fact that the utility did not currently have sufficient water and
pressure available to provide fire protection to the entire is-
land. Everyone agreed that it would be prudent to increase the
size of the causeway pipeline in order to provide better fire pro-
tection for the residents. Although not required by Franklin
County ordinance, Water Management Services is striving to
provide adequate fire flow to the residents of St. George Island.
The demand of 120,000 gallons (1000 gallons per minute for 2
hours) is not being met with the existing 8-inch pipe and could
not be met with a 10-inch pipe. Based upon best engineering
judgement... staff recommends that the installation of a 12-inch
pipe is prudent and justified and should be considered 100%
used and useful... The ability to provide adequate fire protec-
tion throughout the island is still limited by the size and layout
of the distribution system.
ISSUE 5: Should the cost of the 10-inch line from Well #4 to
Well #1 ($332,000); the new aerator ($4, 500) ;and the new
High Service Pump & Cortrols ($16,500) be included in
this limited proceeding?
RECOMMENDTION:.Yes. While these prolec: ts and costs are not spe-
cifically related to the relocation of the causeway and the in-
stallation of a new pipeline staff recommends that these costs
are prudent and these installations could best be performed as
part of the overall causeway relocation project. Staff recom-
mends that 100% of the prudently incurred costs to be recov-
ered through a rate or charge mechanism to be determined in
... Staff recommends that the three projects, while not specifi-
cally part of the causeway pipeline relocation, are prudent, and
can more economically be.completed at the same time as the
relocation. Therefore, they should be approved as part of this
limited proceeding. The Northwest Florida Water Management
District has recognized that WMSI is exceeding, the consump-
tive use permitted drawdown for the existing three wells and
has directed that the utility;install well #4 and associated con-
trols in order to increase pumping capacity...
ISSUE 6: Should the utility's requested three-phase rate in-
crease be approved, to include the administrative approval
by staff of rates for phases-2 and 3? -
RECOMMENDATION: No. Staff recommends that a temporary rate
increase for Phase 1 is appropriate at this time as addressed
later in this recommendation. Staffs recommended time frame
for implementation is July 1, 2002 for Phase 2, and six months
after completion of the main replacement project for Phase 3.
S... The utility proposes that the Phase 1 rates be effective from
November 1, 2000 through Decemberi31, 2001. Staffs analy-
sis of WMSI's amended Exhibit G suggests that it would be
more logical to extend Phase 1 through June 30, 2002. Exhibit
G projects a substantial amount of construction activity from
November, 2000 through April, 2001, then0only minor mon thly
engineering costs until major construction resumes in July,
2002. For example, the utility estimates total costs through
December, 2001 of $880,803, but total cost through June, 2002
of.only $897,518. Staff does not believe that it is appropriate to
increase rates to Phase 2 levels until the commencement of the
major construction and associated financing draws,projected
lor the last six months of the project.
Further, while the costs and timing associated with Phase 1
are reasonably estimable at this time, there is considerably more
uncertainty regarding the Phase 2'time-frame. WMSI is expected
to obtain bids for the major construction. When this process is
completed it will be possible to estimate the actual cost with a
higher degree of precision than that of an engineering estimate
performed two years in advance. Additionally, the utility has
applied for a loan from the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection's revolving trust fund. If approved, funds from
this loan would be available in approximately July, 2002, arid
would allow funding of the major construction at a substan-
tially lower interest rate than conventional construction financ-
ing. Staff believes that if would be prudent for the Commission
.to, consider the appropriate level of additional revenue required
for. Phase 2 if any, at a later date, when the relevant data is
more precisely known or estimable. Staff also believes that the
Commission should expressly act upon any increase in rates
associated with Phases 2 and 3 and not provide staff the ad-
ministrative authority to approve those phases.
ISSUE 7: Are any adjustments necessary to the factors used in
the utility's calculation offiitsPhase 1 revenue requirement
factor should be 10.5%, and the utility's projection of revenue
at current rates during the Phase 1 period should be increased
ISSUE 8: What is the revenue requirement increase, if any, for
RECOMMENDATION: The appropriate revenue requirement increase
for Phase 1 is-$82,707 (11.3%).
STAFF ANALYSIS: In Exhibit K. Schedule 3 of the filing, the utility
calculated the metered service revenue to be collected from
existing customers at existing rates as $703, 091. consisting of
total operating revenue of $708,796. less miscellaneous rev-
enues of $5,705. The total operating revenue amount is the
same amount as that reported on WMSI's Annual Report for
1999. Using its requested revenue increase of $430.416, the
utility proposed an increase in rates of 61.2% for Phase 1...
ISSUE 9: What is the appropriate rate structure for this util-
RECOMMENDATION: The appropriate rate structure for the Phase 1
increase is the continuation of the current base facility charge
(BFC)/gallonage charge rate structure. In order to properly
evaluate whether a change in rate structure for the Phase 2
increase is appropriate, staff recommends that the utility be
ordered to prepare monthly reports detailing the number of
bills rendered, the consumption billed and the revenue billed.
These reports should be prepared, by customer class and meter
size, for the period beginning January 1999 and until such
time as a recommendation for Phase 3 rates is filed. The re-
ports for the period January 1999 through September 2000
should be provided to staff within 30 days of the date of the
Commission's vote on Phase 1 rates. The reports for the peri-
ods after September 2000 should be provided on a monthly
basis within 30 days of the end of the preceding month.
SSTAFF ANALYSIS: The utility's current rate structure is the tradi-
tional BFC/gallonage charge rate structure. This is the
Commission's preferred rate structure, because it is designed
to provide for the equitable sharing by the rate payers of both
the fixed and variable costs of providing service.
Although the current rate structure is considered usage sensi-
tive because customers are charged for all water consumed, in
its last rate case, St. George proposed a rate design more heavily
weighted towards the base facility charge in order to increase
cash flow to cover fixed expenses during the off-season. The
Commission agreed with the utility's proposed rate structure;
however, the resulting rate structure decreases the gallonage
charge, thereby decreasing the usage sensitivity of the rate
The utility has requested that the Phase 1 increase be treated
as an emergency rate increase, in order to secure financing of
the new pipeline. Because this initial increase is being treated
as an emergency increase, and because staff does not have
sufficient customer usage data at this time, we recommend
that the appropriate rate structure for the Phase 1 increase is
the continuation of the utility's current rate structure.
However, at the customer meetings held on September 12, 2000,
several customers mentioned their preference for a rate struc-
ture with a greater emphasis placed on usage in order to reflect
the different consumption habits of permanent residents ver-
sus renters. Staff agrees that it is appropriate to examine the
feasibility of a more usage-sensitive rate structure that sends
stronger pricing signals to customers with respect to conserva-
tion, while also considering the cash flow requirements of the
utility. Therefore, staff recommends that the utility be ordered
to prepare monthly reports detailing the number of bills ren-
dered, the consumption billed and the revenue billed. These
reports should be prepared, by customer class and meter size,
for the period beginning January 1999 and until such time as
a recommendation for Phase 2 rates is filed. The reports for the
period January 1999 through September 2000 should be pro-
vided to staff within 30 days of the date of the Commission's
vote on Phasel rates. The reports for the periods after Septem-
bder'2000 should be provided on a monthly basis within 30
days of the end of the preceding month.
ISSUE 10: What is the appropriate rate increase, if any, for
RECOMMENDATION: The appropriate rate increase for Phase 1 is
an 11.3% increase in both base facility and gallonage charges.
resulting in the rates depicted in Attachment A to this recom-
mendation. The approved Phase 1 rates should be effective for
service rendered on or after the stamped approval date on the
tariff sheet, pursuant to Rule 25-30.475(1), Florida Administra-
tive Code, and should be held subject to a true-up upon the
implementation of Phase 3 rates. The Phase 1 rates should not
be implemented until notice has been received by the custom-
ers. The utility should provide proof of the date notice was given
w~th n 10 days after the date of the notice. In addition, after the
increased rates are in effect, pursuant to Rule 25-30.360(6),
Florida Administrative Code, the utility should file reports with
the Commission no later than 20 days after each monthly bill-
ing. These reports should indicate the amount of revenue col-
lected under the increased rates.
ISSUES 11 AND 12: DROPPED
Existing Rates (Original)
Meter Size BFC oer-monch BFC er
5/8" x 3/4"
$20.90 $33.69 $25.26 $23.26
$52.25 $84.24 $63.14 $58.15
$104.51 $168.49 $126.29 $116.32
$167.20 $269.56 $202.05 $186.09
$334.40 $539.11 $404.10 $372.18
$365.77 $589.69 $442.01 $407.10
Phase 1 Races
BFC r n.oic
6" Turbine $1,306.30 $2,105.99 -$1,578.58 $1.453.90
RECOMMENDATION: Yes. The utility's calculation should be adjusted
to exclude property taxes, depreciation, and the expense of
pursuing this limited proceeding Furtherr. the calculation should
be based on average projected c-xpenditures, the interest rate
* BFC = Base Facility Charge
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