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Franklin Chronicle 50

Volume 9, Number 26

Preliminary Workshop On Clam

Aquaculture At Alligator Point Stirs


Conducted by Bureau Chief Mark Berrigan of the Department of Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services, the "workshop" on clam aquacul-
ture at Alligator Point drew about 34 fishermen to the Research Re-
serve Monday, December 11th. Mr. Berrigan began by outlining the
requirements for an aquaculture site, distinguishing sites for oyster
aquaculture from clam aquaculture.
He said, "One of the types of aquaculture that has been successful in
Florida's coastal communities has been the aquaculture of hard clams.
There are about 400 farmers in Florida at present engaged in this."
Where can one perform such farming? He answered his own ques-
tion with, "...Most likely on state submerged lands held in the public
trust..." although there are some lands held in private hands. Con-
tin.uing, Berrigan said, "...The state lands are owned by the State of
Florida, overseen by the Governor and Cabinet, a seven member body
that functions as the Board of Trustees. They are responsible for over-
seeing as to what is done on state submerged lands..." Mark emrpha-
sized that the Florida Legislature and Board of Trustees have strongly
encouraged the development of aquaculture in Florida. "They have
even said that our agency should go out and identify state submerged
lands that would be suitable for aquaculture, and that is our man-
What are the criteria? Berrigan added, "The fact of the matter is that
there are very, very few places that meet all of our criteria for aquac-
ulture.There has to be enough nourishment, enough food available
in the vater. There has to be the right concentration of salt in fresh
water here has to be the right substrate, and there have to be the
rig-t od organisms. All are important to the biological success of
th, ram..." Continuing, he added, "...and there has to be a place
wh shellfish can be harvested. The farms have to be placed in
area ere the water quality is suitable."
For example, he said, all of south Florida would be ruled out as aquac-
ulture sites because of the demographics, the construction and water
;-- quality-problems in the Panhandle area. because of rth- nie-r -\V
teams supplying too much fresh water, these areas might be suitable
for growing oysters, but unsuitable for growing clams. Sea grasses
present another problem for aquaculture in the Big Bend. Some parts
of the Big Bend area removed from the influence of the Swanee and
Apalachicola rivers provide good sites for culturing clams. At Alliga-
tor Point, there is a good site, potentially.
Berrigan then reviewed their experience at Cedar Key. "... Back in
1992 or 1993, as it turned out, producing oysters was not difficult
but it was not profitable (at that time). Producing clams became very
Berrigan added that Alligator Harbor does not have a fresh water
input into the harbor. Clams required a higher salinity than oysters.
Oysters thrive in areas'where there are dramatic changes in salin-
The Alligator Point site is now conditionally approved for shellfish
harvesting. However, a formal request must be made before the Board
of Trustees to use site specific areas for aquaculture. He thought that
this would occur in February at the earliest. When the Board ap-
proves formally Alligator Harbor as a clam aquaculture site, the Agri-
culture Department may seek applicants for leases at that site. There.
are conditions in the lease that require a completed business plan or
to make reasonable efforts to meet a business plan. A survey of the

Continued on Page 14

Inside This Issue
16 Pages

Franklin Briefs.......... 2
Historic Projects........ 2
Editorial & Commentary
.............................. 3,4
Christmas & Hanukkah
.................................. 5
Cooking Along The
Forgotten Coast ......... 5
Second Circuit Court
Report .................. 6, 7
Bay Area Choral Society
.................................. 8
Quilters ................... 9
Carrabelle Panthers .....
......................... 10, 11
Lady Sharks............. 12
Parade of Lights ....... 12
Bookshop................. 13
Public Workshops on
Vibrio Vulnificus...... 14
Chili Cookoff ....... 16

Latest News In
The Water-Sharing

By Tom Campbell
An Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-
Flint (ACF) River Basin Commis-
sion meeting was held December
18, 2000, at the Georgia Depart-
ment of Natural Resources in At-
lanta, Georgia. Discussed were
plans related to an allocation for-
mila, which would allow Florida.
Grgia and Alabama to cooper-
at in the water management of
iACF River Basin.
F es of a final settlement in the
bfiter water war amone the three
states appeared to be :fding.
Florida refused to extend a cru-
cial deadline t-. keeiggoo i tin-
alive, according to an arucl Ile i the
Atlanta Constitution December
19, which quoted Doug Barr,
Florida's deputy chief negotiator
in the talks.
"We've been negotiating for nearly
three years, and we still have the
same basic differences and prob-
lems we started out with," the
Constitution quotes Barr as say-
According to the article, Barr
made his announcement during
a negotiating session in Atlanta,
the last scheduled session before
a December 30 deadline set by the
states to come up with an agree-
ment for allocating the waters of
the Apalachicola- Chatta-
hoochee-Flint river basin (ACF).
Without a deadline extension for
the ACF, the states can't hold
another bargaining session un-
less they agree to an emergency

By Tom Campbell
In the federal case involving Well-
springs, Nita Molsbee, Maxie
Carroll, and Thomas Novak,
Judge Robert Hinkle heard from
%new Attorneys Ben Watkins and
Robert A. Harper for Carroll and
Molsbee respectively, in the U.S.
Court for the Northern District of
Florida on December 15. Thomas
Novak and his attorney were also
The pending counts for Molsbee
included Conspiracy to Defraud
the U.S., Fraud and Fauaalse State-
ments and Concealing Assets,
False Oath and Claims Bribery.
Pending counts for Carroll in-
cluded Conspiracy to Defraud and
Fraud and False Statements.
Thomas Novak was sentenced in
September to 30 months impris-
onment and supervised release for
36 months. His attorney said that
he (Novak) was "not able to pay
any restitution." Judge Hinkle
said that the total amount of res-
titution was $15,000, and that
was to be paid as he could pay it.
"Monthly payments toward that,"
said the Judge. Any appeal must
S be filed "within the next ten days
(as of December 15)."
Federal Prosecutor Randall Jo-
seph Hensel, U.S. Attorney for the
Northern District of Florida, gave
witness Mark Leon considerable
time to discuss what he called
"the amount of fraud," which in-
cluded mileage, cost reports and
overpayment. He said the total
was $1,079,569.
Attorney Ben Watkins followed,
emphasizing the point that a very
small amount of checks (he said
5 to 7 percent) were actually
signed by Maxie Carroll.

Witness Dorothy Kendrick, Spe-
cial Agent with the Criminal In-
vestigation Bureau of Internal
Revenue Service, gave evidence as
to tax fraud. She said that in
1993, unreported income of Maxie
Carroll involved funds used on
her home, check for husband's
mileage, furniture for Carroll's
home and others, totaling more*
than $106,000. In 1994, total
unreported was more than
$223,000. In 1995, total was more
than $39,000.
Witness Kendrick said, regarding
Molsbee, that unreported income
in 1993 was total $182,486. In
;1994, total was $177,927. In
S1995, totalwas $51,142. Several
government exhibits were entered
into evidence.
Defense Witness Roger A. Eitner,
a Financial Consultant and Au-
ditor, gave witness in defense of
Molsbee. He was questioned ex-
tensively by the federal prosecu-
tor and by Judge Hinkle.
In the end of the long day in court,
Judge Hinkle announced his find-
ing that the amount of loss ex-
ceeded $1.5 million. He said the
husbands of Molsbee and Carroll
did a "very little amount of work,"
and there was no proof of claim
for $25,000 a year in salary for
each. The judge said, "It was more
like $200 a year."
In the cost report, Judge Hinkle
said that the claim of a "posting
error of $225,000 just doesn't
wash."' He said it was part of the
intentional fraud.in the cost re-
port. He said that Island View was
created for fictitious costs to de-
fraud Medicare.
To support his findings, Judge
Hinkle referenced U.S. v. Bold,
Continued on Page 13

The two federal interstate com-
pacts under which the states ne-
gotiate require a 14-day public
notice before holding negotiating

Continued on Page 13

Tract 34, Kinja
Bay Subdivision,
Approved by Board
of County

Despite the extended discussion
on the controversial Kinja Bay
Subdivision, involving 7 houses,
the Board of County Commission-
ers on Tuesday, December 19th
approved the Tract 34 develop-
ment on St. George Island. The
organized opposition to this de-
velopment, led by Chuck Lardent,
characterized the plan on a series
of petitions circulated around the
island as "...severely constrained
by wetlands, features tightly clus-
tered, high-density, row-type
housing, which will be used prin-
cipally for commercial purposes,
although located in a low-density,
residential area. Such a develop-
ment is clearly incongruous with
the surrounding community, in-
consistent with mandated
low-density development goals,
and in apparent violation of zon-
ing ordinances." The petitions
garnered 89 names as being
against the current plan.
Dr. Tom Adams began with, "...
the Cluster concept is starting to
eat us alive." ... "It is destroying
any sense of zoning..." His objec-
tions are articulated below in a
paper distributed to the Commis-

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fore the County is to de-
termine what standards
apply to cluster develop-
ment in an R-1 Single
Family Residential Zone.
The applicant for the
Kinja Bay proposal has
asserted that Item # 3 of
the S-1 Cluster Code
which requires 15,000
sq.ft., overrides any other
requirements in the Zon-
ing Code. However, 'this
interpretation does not
agree with standards set
forth in the R-1 Zoning
Code, the provisions of
Section 460 of the Zon-
ing Ordinance, or in the
Cluster S-1 provisions,
itself (found in Section
600) which states in
paragraph #2, that '"The
total number of dwelling
units developed within
the parcel proposed for
development does 'not
exceed the total number
of units allocated to such
parcel under the relevant
residential district regu-
lations, Section 500."The
designation of Section
500 which sets forth,R- 1
and R-l A development
standards is highly sig-
nificant for two reasons:

The central question be- 1. R-1 zoning requires

one acre with minimum
100 ft. width and depth,
along with required set
backs from other prop-
erty lines, and in this
particular case, setbacks
from wetlands imposed
by the Critical Shoreline
2. These standards are
prescribed prior to the
additional requirement of
15,000 sq. ft. required for
Cluster Development.
Therefore, any assertion
that Cluster Develop-
ment overrides standards
in R-1 or R-1 A districts
is invalid.
In addition, the R-l Zon-
ing Code requires that
development within a R-
district meet all require-
ments of Section 460 of
the Zoning Code. Section
460 mandates the lot
width of 100 ft. as one of
its requirements and also
imposes a maximum im-
pervious surface limita-
tion of 20% as defined by
Section 220.33 which in-
cludes crushed limestone
roads, rooftops and other
man-made surfaces
within the definition of

impervious surface. Sec-
tion 460 of the Zoning
Code also requires the
consolidation of smaller
lots when there are more
than five (5) contiguous
lots owned by the same
entity. The current pro-
posal to create lots fifty
(50) foot wide and smaller
would create the very cir-
cumstances that Section
460 seeks to eliminate.
The most significant
point is that the 100 ft.
width requirement along
with additional re-
straints is set forth in nu-
merous documents, in-
cluding R-1 require-
ments, Section 460 of the
Zoning Ordinance, and
no fewer than twenty (20)
citations within the Com-
prehensive Plan.
In addition ... the Com-
prehensive Plan also
specifies in # 13.2 of the
Coastal /Conservation
Element that in the
Coastal High Hazard
Area (which includes all
of St. George Island) the
maximum density for
Continued on Page 15


December 22, 2000 January 11, 2001

Santa Season Intei

Nita Molsbee And Maxie Carroll


P 7 22 Dneemhber 200)0


The Franklin Chronicle



December 19, 2000
Present: Jimmy Mosconis, Bevin
Putnal, Cheryl Sanders, E d d i e
Creamer, Clarence Williams.
After the call to order, John
James, Property Appraiser
brought in the current tax roll and
last year's tax roll to make a dra-
matic point about the need for
adding a field worker to his staff
in the Property Appraiser's office.
James is retiring from that post
at year's end. His associate, and
new Appraiser, Doris Pendleton,
accompanied him to reaffirm the
need to request additional money
to fund the new position, and for
some additional expense money.
The Commission approved the
transfer of funds for the position
and authorized the new position.
James explained to the Commis-
sioners about the need for the
additional position by showing
how the tax rolls have expanded
to nearly twice the size over the
previous year. In a letter from the
Program Director, Property Tax
Administration, Dept. of Revenue,
John R. Everton wrote: "..(T)aking
into account the unprecedented
growth Franklin County has ex-
perienced and continue to expe-
rience today along with the in-
creased burden on your office,
additional staffing is required for
you to continue to meet current,
standards. Our analysis of simi-
lar property appraiser offices in-
dicates that you need additional
staffing for field inspections and
in updating and keeping current
your mapping system."
Bill Mahan, Extension
About ten persons were present
for.the Coast Guard Vessel Safety
courses conducted in Apalachi-
cola on December 1 and 2.
The Alligator Harbor Clam Aquac-.
ulture Workshop was held at the
Research Reserve on December
11 with about 30 persons in at-
tendance. This is the subject of a
separate article elsewhere in the
The Vibrio vulnificus Illness
Reduction Plan has been re-
leased and at least four work-
shops are scheduled around the
state to received comments from
the public. This is the subject of
a separate article elsewhere in the
Hubert Chipman, Superin-
tendent of Public Works
Two bids were received for a
lowboy tractor or equivalent but
one was disqualified, and the
other was accepted.
Alan Pierce, Director of
Administrative Services
The Board approved the expendi-
ture up to $20,000 of Emergency
Management Grant funds to up-
grade the EOC's communication
equipment for compability with
the new system in Weems Hospi-
tal. This will enable county emer-
gency director Tim Turner to com-
municate directly with Emergency
Medical Service personnel.
The preparation of a funding ap-
plication for Lanark Village
stormwater improvements was
discussed, to determine how
much money would be needed to
rebuild the Lanark Village system.
Loan money is available from the
Dept. of Environmental Protection
at 3.3 per cent if the Commission-
ers were to apply.
The Board deferred action on a
letter proposal for paving CR 67.
The county's share would be
$215,625. The Dept. of Transpor-
tation would submit a Joint Par-
ticipation Agreement to the
county next spring and at that
time the county would direct their
engineer to design and supervise
,construction of the CR 67, and
any other road the county would
like to re-surface,
A letter from Gwendolyn J.
Nelson, project engineer, to Alan
Pierce, in regard to the Alligator
Point Water Main replacement
was distributed to commission-
ers. The letter pointed out that
several areas of roadway would
need to be cut in order to install
the new water main on Alligator
Point The area of 370 that will be
cut is a 100-foot section, about
2,800 feet west of Sea Shell Av-
enue. The side roads to be cut are
Chip Morrison, Gulf Shore Bou-
levard, Mariner Circle, Surf Drive,
Dune Boulevard and Trout Street.
The Florida Dept. of Transporta-
tion contracted with the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council to determine the existing
levels of service on all state roads

within eight counties including
Franklin. The report is based on
average annual daily traffic.
Traffic in 1999 was very high on
the St. George Island Bridge and
south of Carrabelle, and moder-
ate to high in most of the rest of
Franklin County. One year growth
of traffic on the St. George Island
bridge (1999) was up 38.46. In
previous years, the average rate
was about 10. In terms of the
numbers of units, in 1998 it was
2600 autos daily. In 1999, that
figure increased to 3600 per day,
on average.
George Mahr informed Mr. Pierce
that Casa Del Mar Phase II will
be submitted to the Board of

County Commissioners lor ap-
proval as agreed in (he Ninth
Amendment to the St, r ,;i'' Is-
land Development Order. Phlase 11
allows for 26 lots. The Dfevelop-
ment Order directs that lthe sb-
division plats will come directly lo
the Board.
Shirley Walker sent a letter to the
Board of County Commissioners
in response to an article pub-
lished in the Apalachicola Times.
She said, "...To my knowledge, I
have not been rude, nor have I
ever told anyone not to call the
office. During my tenure with this
job I feel I have been professional
at all times with the homeowners.
I feel I've gone beyond the call of
duty for them and will continue
to do so. There is a great need for
these services in Franklin County,
and they are very much appreci-
ated by the recipients."
Tract 34
The Kinja Bay Subdivision was
approved unanimously by the
Board of County Commissioners.

Man Charged In

Crane Shooting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) has
charged an 18-yearold St. Augus-
tine man with the Nov. 19 shoot-
ing of two whooping cranes.
William Lonnie Bush, Jr., of 203
Cornell Rd., must appear in court
Dec. 19 to face charges of two
counts of taking a species of spe-
cial concern and two counts of
taking wildlife from the right of
way ofa public road. Both charges
are misdemeanors, punishable by
a maximum $500 fine and 60
days in jail for each of the four
FWC law enforcement officer
Doug Tyus investigated the case
with assistance from five other
officers. Tyus tracked down a tip
that Bush owned a two-tone blue
pickup which matched the de-
scription of a vehicle seen at the
site of the shootings. Bush had
attempted to have his pickup
painted a new color before inves-
tigators contacted him.
The individual who provided the
tip to investigators may qualify for
up to $14.500 in rewards offered
by the FWC, U.S. Fish and Wild-
life Service (USFWS), Audubon
Society, Safari Club International,
St. Johns County Commission
and Dr. William J. Broussard of
Forever Florida.
A 14-year-old juvenile, who was
with Bush at the time of the
shootings was not charged
The two male crane- .ercr part :of
a reintroduction pr'j c t-L-a j 1ri i
effort of the FWC, USFWS, U.S.
Geological survey, Patuxent Wild-
life Research Center, Canadian
Wildlife Service and International
Crane Foundation--to restore the
species to its former range in the
southeastern United States. Be-
fore the reintroduction project
began in 1993, no whooping
cranes had been in Florida since
the late 1920s.
Today, there are about 400
whooping cranes in the world,
including about 73 in Florida.



Ollie Gunn, Sr. displays charity Chili Cookoff bandana as Jayne Bamburg models the jacket and Harry Arnold holds
the Cookoff Tee-shirt. These items available to donors by contacting 927-2753.

Two Franklin Historic Projects On

Legislative List for Funding

The restoration of the Apalachi-
cola City Hall and continued pres-
ervation of the Fry-Conter House
(Apalachicola) have been ranked
30 and 40 respectively in the list
of special category projects sent
to the Legislature for fiscal year
2001-2002 funding. The entire
list of statewide preservation
projects, 76 in all, totaling over
17 million, was reviewed and
ranked by the Florida Trust for
Historic Preservation, a private
non-profit corporation that pro-
vides direct support to the Divi-
sion of Historical Resources,
Florida Dept. of State.
The special category projects are
routinely ranked by the Trust,
and then submitted to the Legis-
lature each year for a package fee
of the Legislature's choosing. If
the Legislature funds only a por-
tion on the list, that dollar amount
becomes the approved amount for
the package with the rank-
ordering undisturbed. The alloca-
tion comes from the General Fund
and not the Dept. of State.
The City Hall in Apalachicola is a
1837 two-story masonry building
built by the Apalachicola Land
Company as a factors building. of
the original 47 such buildings on
the once booming Apalachicola
waterfront, only two remain. A
third story was removed from the
City Hall and stucco added in
1960 when the building was con-u
verted to City Hall.
The proposed project will restore
the exterior and rehabilitate the
interior for continued use as a city
hall. The scope of the work would,
include survey of building condi-
tion, stucco removal and brick
repair; repair of structure and
granite details; reconstruction of
the third floor; restoration of win-
dows and doors,; installation of a
new roof, an elevator, electrical
plumbing, and HVAC systems;
interior painting and,related ar-
chitectural services. The amount
requested in this project ranked
at 30 on a list of 76 is $350,000.
The Fry-Conter house in
Apalachicola is a 1837 Greek Re-
vival styled frame house originally
the home of the Fry family who
were early settlers. Mr. Fry was a
riverboat captain.on the Flint and
Chattahoochee rivers.
A previous grant restored much
of the house exterior, last year.
This is a second grant seeking to
rehabilitate the interior for use as
an arts center. Work would in-
clude repair of shutters, fireplace
surrounds, floors, stair; installa-
tion of insulation, HVAC, electri-
cal and plumbing systems, struc-
tural beam in the gallery; paint-

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ing and related architectural ser-
vices for construction administra-
tion. The amount requested is
$187,600, ranked 40 on a list of
76 projects statewide.
In surrounding counties, there
are other projects in the list of 76
projects seeking special category
financial support from the
Legislature's General Fund for the
next Fiscal Year. The list includes:

Gulf County

1 Project
1 project
1 project
1 Project
2 Projects


Boyd Calls For

Military Ballot

Congressman Allen B (d
(D-North Florida)joined se erc .r
his House colleagues in calling ror
a review of the process by which
ballots cast in federal elections by
members of the United States
Armed Forces serving abroad are
In a letter sent to the General Ac-
counting Office (the nonpartisan,
investigative body of Congress)
Boyd called for a comprehensive
review of the process and proce-
dures implemented in counting
overseas military ballots in the
2000 election. "Voting is a funda-
mental freedom that we have
fought time and time again to pro-
tect," said Congressman Boyd. "I
will not stand idly by while our
nation's brave soldiers are denied
their most basic rights by the very
flag they fight to defend."
The events surrounding this elec-
tion have placed a new spotlight
on the issues surrounding voting
in America. "Individual confidence
in the electoral process is essen-
tial to the preservation of our form
of government. I believe it is the
job of our nation's leaders to pre-
serve and protect this most im-
portant tenet of our democracy,"
added Boyd. "I have asked the
General Accounting Office to re-
view the current process for
counting overseas military ballots,
because all Americans deserve to
have their voices heard are their
votes counted, especially the men
and women serving in our
nation's military."

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Epilogue For "St. George Island: The
Uicnummon Florida" And Prologue For "St.
George Island: The Crass, Cunirnun Florida"
Approaching St. George Island, one encounters a sign that reads:
"Welcome to St. George Island: The Uncommon Florida." Tragically,
the sign is fast becoming anachronistic and discredited. A more ap-
propriate sign should read: "Welcome to St. George Island: the crass,
common Florida; mecca for transients; haven for poorly planned, clut-
tered, rental houses; showcase for chaotic development devoid of vi-
sion." Upon entering the Island, the first conspicuous attraction is a
grotesque array of row-type, -shotgun houses. Less evident, but far
more insidious and threatening are various subdivision developments
consisting of high-density housing units (some approved-some pend-
ing) intended principally for rental purposes. These developments are
being approved by the County under the guise and misapplication of
a provision called "clustering," which, through a convenient loophole,
is interpreted to justify subdivisions with small lots and tightly clus-
tered houses. Although zoned R-1 residential, such houses will clearly
be commercial in nature. Gone is the one house-per-acre rubric pro-
vided for in the County's Comprehensive Plan and applicable ordi-
The glowing accolades earlier bestowed on St. George Island by vari-
ous media, even including the New York Times and international jour-
nals, have become jaded. An article in the 3 December "Style" section
of the Tallahassee Democrat best captures what is happening on our
Island. The article, touting the well-planned attributes of the Rose-
mary Beach development, is germane and incisive. It describes Rose-
mary Beach as "...everything that helter-skelter coastal developments
such as St. George Island will never be." Tragically, it did not have to
be this way, and hopefully it can be changed.
Most permanent residents chose St. George Island as their home for
its natural beauty, serenity, slow-paced quality of life, and assur-
ances that future development would retain these essential qualities.
Certainly, managed growth and a nominal amount of rental activity
were anticipated, but there was no expectation of the direction and
magnitude of the developmental fervor which has erupted. St. George
Island is being prostituted by developers, and others, who have no
inherent interest in the Island beyond that of economic incentives.
The developers can hardly be faulted, however; they are merely re-
sponding to opportunities thrown at their feet. The result is poorly
Planned development, driven by short-sighted and short-term eco-
nomic interests. How did this come about? There is sufficient blame
for all constituencies: unknowledgeable. lethargic, and/or unmoti-
vated permanent residents; some absentee property owners who sim-
ply don't care; certain real estate companies which unscrupulously
and deceptively promote questionable real estate activity; develop-
mental planning consultants motivated primarily, if not solely, by
pecuniary interests; and County authorities, interested principally in
increasing the tax base, who seemingly have little foresight as to the
detrimental consequences of their actions, and inactions.
St. George Island is unquestionably the "cash cow" for Franklin
County. County authorities apparently view it as immortal and per-
petually viable; but this is delusion. The "cash-cow" is already be-
Scoming "distressed;" it will soon give "sour milk" and inevitably di-
Sgress into an economic drain and social pariah, if the current trend
continues unabated. Evidence of community lethargy and fragmen-
tation has already appeared. As examples, Flotilla 15 of the Coast
Guard Auxiliary, which served all of Franklin County, had its cadre
centered on St. George Island; it has now disbanded due to lack of
personnel, interest, and cohesion. Three years ago there were over 25
First Responders on the Island; today, I am told, there are only seven
activesparticipants. The fire department has also undergone a similar
diminution in participants, overall social interaction is increasingly
based on personal friendships, to the exclusion of community cama-
raderie. Interestingly, several real estate magnates, at least partially
responsible for promoting helter-skelter development, have deserted
the Island as the seat of their residential homes. Obviously, they de-
cline to remain a part of the morass they have helped create. In es-
sence, the cultural "glue" of the Island is dissolving, and a radically
'different St. George Island is devolving. The scientific word for this is
If the trend continues, St. George Island will lose even more of its
residential character, to become dominated by high-density rental
housing serving a mostly transient population. The social climate will
Become increasingly volatile and fragile. The County government will
become shocked when confronted with logistic dilemmas and sky-
rocketing expenses associated with confounding arrays of safety, ser-
vice, maintenance, and general welfare problems that heretofore were
hardly imaginable. Anticipated net increases in tax revenue would
have been proven illusional, and the "cash cow" would have suffered
an ignoble mutation into a radically different "animal."
Might these dire forecasts be mere fantasy? Not likely. There is an
extensive body of research and literature dealing with organizational
dynamics: size, growth, complexity, planning, differentiation, inte-
gration, culture, volatility, etc. As a former industrial-organizational
psychologist, I have studied much of this literature and consulted
with many organizations. While I have had only limited experience
with governmental entities, the underlying organizational dynamics
are generalizable. The ultimate outcome is ominously foreseeable.
Hopefully, it is not too late for St. George Island; hopefully, the
self-destructive trend can be halted; for once a critical mass is reached,
no remedial steps will suffice. Like that of a terminally ill patient, the
outcome is irreversible.

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A most appropriate concluding comment is to cite once again the
Tallahassee Democrat article, but appending it with an important
caveat. "...Rosemary Beach is everything that helter-skelter coastal
developments such as St. George Island never will be:" unless and
until the relevant constituencies wake up to what is taking place and
collectively seek to halt and hopefully reverse the trend.
Charles L. Lardent
December 6, 2000

". .

A Foreign Policy For The Global Age

Publisher's Note:
The following remarks were made by President Clinton when he
addressed audiences at the Cushing Health and Sports Center,
the University of Nebraska, Kearney, Nebraska on December 8,
2000. I listened to the speech over C-Span 2 and consider it most
appropriate for all American audiences; especially since the re-
marks were given scant attention by the national news media.
Moreover, President Clinton's message is very appropriate at this
time, given the closing days of his administration, and the clo-
sure of America's first year of the new century. In my opinion, if
you do not read many editorials, this one is among the most
important for your thoughts. The title is "A foreign policy for
the Global Age." A bell-ringer for implications of America's role in
the new century. If you think this is irrelevant to the panhandle,
consider once again how some few of the local businesses have
already completed plans or deals with entities outside the do-
mestic confines of the United States. Pristine Oyster and Wefings
come to mind. Mr. Clinton's remarks were very informal and long,
yet I have had to edit them because of space limitations. The
transcript was obtained from the Internet.
Tom W. Hoffer,

...I still don't think I've persuaded the American people by big ma-
jorities that you really ought to care a lot about foreign policy, about
our relationship to the rest of the world, about what we're doing. And
the reason is, in an interdependent world, we are all directly affected
by what goes on beyond our borders-sure, in economics, but in other
ways, as well-and by what we decide to do or not do about it.
This is an immensely patriotic community. That's one thing Bob Kerrey
kept saying over and over again-look at all those people holding the
flag; these people love their'cotutry. (Applause.) But what we have to
do is be wise patriots. This country is still around after 224 years
because our founders not only loved our country, they were smart-
they were smart enough to figure out how to give us a system that, as
we have seen in the last few weeks, can survive just about anything.
"... And I want to ask you again today, just give me a few minutes to
make the case in the heartland about why there is no longer a clear,
bright line dividing America's domestic concerns and America's for-
eign policy concerns; and why every American who wants to be a
good citizen, who wants to vote in every election, should know more
about the rest of the world and have a clearer idea about what we're
supposed to be doing out there and how it affects how you live in
Kearney. Because I think it is profoundly important.
Let's start with a few basics. Never before have we enjoyed at the
same time so much prosperity and social progress with the absence
of domestic crisis or overwhelming foreign threats. We're in the midst
of the longest economic expansion in our history, with the lowest
unemployment rate in 30 years, the lowest welfare rolls in 32 years,
the lowest crime rates in 27 years; three years of surpluses in a row
and three years of paying down the national debt for the first time in
50 years; the highest homeownership and college-going rate in his-
Today, we learned that the November unemployment rate was 4 per-
cent, staying at that 30-year low.
Now, this is good news for America. But there is good news beyond
our borders for our values and our interests. In the last few years for
the first time in all human history, more than half the people on the
face of the earth live under governments that they voted for, that they
chose. (Applause.)
And more and more, even in nations that have not yet completely
embraced democracy, more and more people, especially young people,

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sonal freedom as the model for the success they want. Last morith. I
went to Vietnam where America'fought in a very difficult war for a
long time where Senatdr Kerrey earned the Medal of Honor and nearly
60,000 Americans died, and 3 million Vietnamese died on both sides
of the conflict.
But the really important question is what do we intend to make of
this moment? Will we be grateful, but basically complacent, being the
political equivalent of couch potatoes? Will we assume that in this
era of the Internet, freedom, peace and prosperity will just spread?
That all we have to do is kind of sit back, hook the world up to AOL
and wait for people to beat their swords into shares on the Nasdaq?
(Laughter.) Or will we understand that no change is inevitable-change
is inevitable, but the particular change is not. And we have to actu-
ally make some decisions if we're going to seize the opportunities and
meet the challenges before us.
To put it in another way, the train of globalization cannot be reversed.
But it has more than one possible destination. If we want America to
stay on the right track, if we want other people to be on that track
and have the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity, we have no choice
but to try to lead the train.
For example, you all applauded when I said more than half the people
in the world live under governments of their own choosing for the
first time in history. We'd like to keep that process going. But we
know democracy in some places is fragile and it could be reversed. ...
We want more nations to see ethnic and religious diversity as a source
of strength..."
"... For us, this is a big plus, even though we still have our problems
with hate crimes and racial or religious or other instances. But. basi-
cally, our diversity has come to be something that makes life more
interesting in America, because we realize that what unites us is more
important than what divides us, that our common humanity anchors
us in a way that allows us to feel secure about our differences, so we
can celebrate them. And this is importarit." (Applause.)
"... But all we have to do is read the paper everyday to know that old
hatreds die hard. And their persistence, from Bosnia and Kosovo to
the Middle East to Northern Ireland to the African tribal wars to places
like East Timor, have in our time led to hundreds of thousands of
deaths. And countries being impoverished, for 10 years or more, be-
cause people couldn't give up their old hatreds to build a new future
So how this comes out is not at all inevitable. We want global trade to
keep our economy growing. Nebraska farmers like it when people
open their markets and the most efficient farmers in the world can
sell their food to people who need to buy it. But it is possible that
financial crisis abroad could wreck that system, as farmers here found
out when the Asian financial crisis hit a couple years ago. Or that
alienation from global capitalism by people who aren't a part of it will
drive whole countries away. We want global trade to lift hundreds of
millions of people out of poverty, from India to China to Africa. We
know if it happens, it will create a big market for everything Ameri-
can, from corn to cars to computers. And it will give all of us new
ideas and new innovation and we'll all help each other in constructive
competition .
But the gap between rich and poor nations could continue to widen,
and bring more misery, more environmental destruction, more health
problems. More and more young people in poor countries just check-
ing out of wanting to be part ofa global system, because they think
there is nothing in it for them,.."
A long time ago one of your citizens, William Jennings Bryan. said,
"our destiny is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for: it

is a thing to be achieved." We have to continue to achieve America's
destiny. And the point I want to make is that it cannot be achieved in
the 21st century without American citizens who care about, know
about and understand what is going on beyond our borders and what
we're supposed to do about it. (Applause.)
Now, for the last eight years, I've had the honor of working with people
in Congress, principled people of both parties, like both your sena-
tors, Bob Kerrey and Chuck Hagel, to try to make a choice for Ameri-
can leadership in the post-Cold War, global information age. I think
it's been good for America and for people around the world. And as I
leave office, I think America should continue to build a foreign policy
for the global age based on five broad principles, which I would like to
briefly state and explain.
First, everything we want to achieve in the world, just about, depends
upon maintaining strong alliances with people who share our inter-
ests and our values; and adapting those alliances to meet today's and
tomorrow's challenges. For example, our most important alliance with
Europe is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO. It was orga-
nized to defend Europe against the Soviet Union in the Cold War.

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Global Age continued from Page 3
When I became President, the Cold War was over and the alliance
was in doubt. What's it for, anyway? Who's going to be in it? What's it
supposed to do?
But the values that we shared with Europe and the interest we shared
were very much threatened when I became President by a vicious,
genocidal war in Bosnia. Our European allies were aiding the victims
eroically, but unintentionally shielding the victimizers by not stop-
ping them. And for the first time since World War II, America was
refusing to help to defeat a serious threat to peace in Europe. But all
that's changed. America decided to lead. Our European allies decided
to work with us, We revitalized the NATO alliance. We gave it new
missions, new members from behind the old Iron Curtain; a new part-
nership with Russia.
We finally ended the war in Bosnia, we negotiated a peace that grows
stronger, steadily. When ethnic cleansing erupted in Kosovo, we acted
decisively to stop that and send almost a million people back home.
Today, the Serbian leader who began the Balkan wars, Slobodan
Milosevic, has been deposed by his own people. (Applause.) And in-
stead of fighting something bad, we're trying to finish something wor-
thy-a Europe that is united, democratic and peaceful, completely
for the first time in all human history.
America cannot lead if we walk away from our friends and our neigh-
The same thing is true in Asia. We fought three wars in Asia in the
20th century. Huge numbers of Americans died there, from World
War II through Korea, through Vietnam. What should we do now that
the Cold War is over, but the future is uncertain? What we have done
is to decide to keep our troops in the Pacific, to renew our alliance
with Japan; we sent ships to keep tensions from escalating between
China and Taiwan, we stood by South Korea and diminished the
nuclear threat from North Korea, and we supported the South Ko-
rean President's decision to seek to end 50 years of tension on the
Korean Peninsula, for which he justifiably won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Should we withdraw from Asia? I don't think so. I think we ought to
stay there, modernize our alliances, and keep the peace so we don't
have to fight any more wars in the 21st century. (Applause.)
The third thing I want to say about the alliances is that the 21st
century world is going to be about more than great power politics,
which means we can't just think ab6ut East Asia and Europe. We
need a systematic, committed, long-term relationship with our neigh-
bors in Latin America and the Caribbean, with South Asia-next to
China, the most populous place on earth-and with Africa, where
800 million people live.
".... in Silicon Valley today, there are 700 high-tech companies headed
by Indians-700, in one place. This is totally off the radar screen of
American policy during the Cold War. So I would encourage all of you
who, like Casey, are involved in some sort of international studies,
not to just think about America's traditional concerns, but to think
about what we're going to do with Latin America and the Caribbean,
with sub-Saharan Africa, and with South Asia, because a lot of our
future will be there.
So, beyond alliances, the second principle is that we have to build, if
we can, constructive relationships with our former adversaries, Rus-
sia and China. One of the big questions that will define the world for
the next 10 years is, how will Russia and China define their great-
ness in the 21st century? Will they define it as their ability to domi-
nate their neighbors, or to control their own people? Or will they de-
fine it in a more modern sense, in their ability to develop their people's
capacity to cooperate with their neighbors, to compete and win in a
global economy and a global society?
What decision they make will have a huge impact on how every young
person in this audience lives. It will define what kind of defense bud-
get we have to have, how many folks we have to enroll in the armed
services, where we have to send them, what we have to do. It's huge.
Now, we cannot make that decision for Russia or for China. They'll
make that decision for themselves. But we can control what we do,
and what we do will have some impact on what they decide..,."
The third thing we have to recognize is that local conflicts can be-
com6world-wiAde headaches if they're allowed to fester. Therefore,
whenever possible, we should stop them before they get out of hand.
That's why we've worked for peace in the Balkans between Greece
and Turkey, on Cyprus, between India and Pakistan, Ethiopia and
Eritrea. That's why I'm going back to Northern Ireland next week, the
land of my ancestors. (Applause.) And it's why we've worked so hard
to make America a force for peace in the Middle East, the home of the
world's three great monotheistic religions, where God is reminding
us every day that we are not in control..."
"... But the main point I want to make to you is, you should want
your President and your government involved in these things, and
you should support your Congress if they invest some of your money
in the cause of peace and development in these hot spots in the world.
And let me say again: this is not inconsistent with saying that people
ought to take the lead in their own backyard. I think most Americans
feel if the Europeans can take the lead in Europe, they ought to do it;
the same thing with the Asians in Asia and the Africans in Africa.
What I want you to understand is that we have unique capabilities
and unique confidence-building capacity in so many parts of the world
that if we're just involved a little bit, we can make a huge difference.
Our role was critical in the Balkans, but it was also critical in East
Timor. Do you remember when all those people were getting killed in
East Timor? You saw jt on television every night. And people that
couldn't find it on a map, all of a sudden were living with it every
single night,,
We provided about 500 troops to provide support for the interna-
tional operations the Australians led there. But, it made all the dif-
ference. We're training peacekeepers in Sierra Leone. They don't want
us to go there and fight, but they want us to train the peacekeepers

".. But the only point I want to make is, we should do things with
other people, and they ought to do their part in their own backyard.
But we're in a unique position in history now. There is no other mili-
tary superpower or economic superpower, and we can do some things
because we've maintained a strong military nobody else can do.
And I'll be gone in a few weeks, and America will have a new Presi-
dent and a new Congress, but you ought to support them when they
want to do these things, because it's very, very important to the sta-
bility and future of the world. ...
"... The fourth point I would like to make to you is that this growing
openness of borders and technology is changing our national secu-
rity priorities. People, information, ideas and goods move around more
freely and faster than ever before. That makes us more vulnerable
first to the organized forces of destruction, narco-traffickers, terror-
ists, organized criminals-they are going to work more and more to-
gether, with growing access to more and more sophisticated technol-
Part of the challenge is just to get rid of as many weapons of mass
destruction as possible. That's why we got the states of the former
Soviet Union outside Russia to give up their nuclear arsenals, and we
negotiated a world-wide treaty to ban chemical weapons. That's why
we forced Iraq to sell its oil for money that can go to food and medi-
cine, but not to rebuilding its weapons. And I think the other coun-
tries of the world that are willing to let them spend that money re-

building their weapons systems are wrong. And I hope that we can
,tI 'li r lIn the resolve of the world not to let Saddam Hussein rebuild
the eemical weapons network and other weapons systems that at r
bad, ,.."
",,. There are other new things you need to think about in national
,-, 11 il' terms. Climate change could become a national security is-
i i, "I hr last decade was the warmest in a thousand years. If the nexl
50 years are as warm as the last decade, you will see the beginning of
flooding of the sugar cane fields in Louisiana and the Florida Ever-
glades; you will see the patterns of agricultural production in America
begin to shift, It's still cold enough in Nebraska, you'll probably be all
right for another 50 years. (Laughter.) I mean, we laugh about this-
this is a serious thing.
Already, in A6i l( .i, we see malaria at higher and higher levels than
ever before, where It used to be too cool for the mosquitoes. This is a
serious problem. And the only way to fix it is to figure out a way for
people to get rich without putting more greenhouse gasses into the
atmosphere. In other words, we have to change the rules that gov-
erned the Industrial Revolution. And you can play a big role in that,

Why? Because scientists today are researching more efficient ways of
making ethanol and other biomass fuels. (Applause.)- I always sup-
ported that, but the real problem with ethanol, you should know is, is
that the conversion ratio is pretty low. It takes about seven gallons of
gasoline to make about eight gallons of ethanol. But scientific re-
search now is very close to the equivalent of what happened when we
Turned crude oil into refined gasoline, when we cracked the petro-
leum molecule...."
"... Some people made fun of us a few months ago when we said we
considered AIDS a national security issue. You know why? In some
Southern African countries, it is estimated that half of all the
15-year-olds will die of AIDS. There are four African countries which,
within a couple of-a few years, there will be more people over 60
than people under 30.
It is estimated that AIDS will keep South Africa's GDP income 17
percent lower than it otherwise would have been ten years from now.
That obviously makes it harder for them to preserve their democracy.
doesn't it, and to give jobs totheir children. So that's why we're in-
volved in this international AIDS effort, for a vaccine for more afford-
able medicines, for better care. It's an important foreign policy issue.
Our effort to relieve the debt of the world's poorest countries is a very
important foreign policy issue.
Our efforts to help people rebuild their public health systems, they
all collapsed, and a lot of the countries of the former Soviet Union.
they now have the highest AIDS growth rates in the world because
they don't have any public health systems anymore. And all these
things will affect whether these countries are breeding grounds for
terrorists, whether the narco-traffickers in the places where drugs
can be grown will get a foothold; whether we can build a different
future. So I hope you will think about that.
The last thing I want to say is that the final principle ought to be we
should be for more open trade, but we have to build a global economy
With a more human face. We win in the trade wars, or the trade-not
the wars, the trade competition. And I know that Nebraska is more-
I have not persuaded my fellow Americans of that either, entirely, but
Sin Nebraska, because of the agricultural presence here, has been gen-
erally more pro-free trade. .
... Anyway, that's-what I want to say. We've got to keep building
these alliances, we've got to try to have constructive relationships
with Russia and China. We've got to realize there are other places in
the world that we haven't fooled with enough. We have to understand
the new security challenges of the 21st century. We have to keep
building a global economy, because it's the engine of the global soci-
ety, but we have to do more to put a human face on it.
Fifty years ago Harry Truman said something that's more true today
than it was when he said it. Listen to this: "We are in the position now
of making the world safe for democracy if we don't crawl in the shell
and act selfish and foolish." We still haven't fully-you probably all
say you agree with that, but there are practical consequences. ..."
"... We must not squander the best moment in our history on
small-mindedness. (Applause.) We don't have to be fearful. We've got
the strongest military in the world, and in history, and we're going to
keep it that way. We don't have to be cheap. Our economy is the envy
of the world. We don't have to swim against the currents of the world.
The momentum of history is on our side, on the side of freedom and
openness and competition. And we don't have the excuse of igno-
rance, because we've got a 24-hour global news cycle. So we know
what's going on out there.
We can no longer separate America's fate from the world any more
than you could celebrate Nebraska's fate from America's, or Kearney's
fate from Nebraska's. So that's what I came here to say. I hope that in
the years ahead the heartland of America will say, America chooses
to be a part of the world, with a clear head and a strong heart; to
share the risks and the opportunities of the world; to work with oth-
ers until ultimately there is a global community of free nations, work-
ing with us, for peace and security, where everybody counts and ev-
erybody has got a chance.
If we will do that, America's best days, and the world's finest hours,
lie ahead.
Thank you very much. ..." (Applause.)

December 12, 2000
The fishermen are preparing to ask the Honorable Sander N. Sauls to
define the will of the people when they voted November 8, 1994 on
Amendment 3 to the Florida Constitution. The question is, was it a
"Net Ban" or a "Marine Net Limitation"? Was it to protect the marine
resources by stopping the unnecessary killing and waste? Judge Sauls
will ponder what statements depict the will of the people and what
are inconsistent with their goals.
The fishermen met December 13, 2000 with Attorney Ronald A.
Mowrey to begin preparing for a Declarative Statement from the Hon-
orable Judge Sauls to settle the six year dispute. The Attorney Gen-
eral Bob Butterworth and FWC have been victorious in denying us
protection by the- Circuit Courts and Florida Supreme Court for six
years with appeals. Time has come for a final solution!
This request parallels a request that began in 1995 in the Honorable
Judge Kevin Davey's Circuit Court in January 1996 with our inter-
pretation of the "Net Limitation" prevailing. A viable cast net and trawl
nets were required to be consistent to achieve the single subject of
the "Net Limitation". We are requesting the Honorable Judge Sauls
for a rectangular net, with the meshes open, 500 sq. ft., mesh size to.
fit the targeted species and allow the under size fish to escape alive--
unharmed. Is this request consistent or inconsistent with the will of
the people when they voted?
Our request will allow a viable cast net and rectangular net for all
citizens, to have equal access to our marine resources. Our request
will stop our courts from the needless burden of trying citizens when
legally fishing legal nets. The position of the Florida Marine Patrol is
to "arrest them all, let the courts settle it out."
A citizen legally fishing legal gear has his property seized, catches
confiscated and is issued multiple charges stemming from one issue.
The citizen is told that if he opposes the charge in court more will be
filed! The citizen is punished by thousands of dollars in attorney fees
to defend himself or pay thousand of dollars by pleading guilty, either
way punished.
Recently in an effort 'to prove that fishermen were receiving physical
abuse by the FWC law enforcement task force, I deployed about 50 ft.
of 3-1/2" stretch mesh nylon net off the pier at Rocklanding, Pana-
cea. With a local television camera positioned on the dock and their
vehicle hidden, we were able to attract the helicopter within a few
hundred yards before they saw the camera. My goal was to record a
pounding of chopper rotor blades at approximately 15 to 20 feet over
me. I failed to demonstrate the abuse by the chopper but instead
received six citations with possible $9,000.00 in fines, over a year in
prison, and property confiscated, if convicted.
I would like to extend an invitation for you to the Wakulla County
Court on January 16, 2001 before the Honorable Judge Jill Walker to
consider my innocence or guilt of.violating the laws ofthis state.,If
Judge Walker allows me to put on a full defense, you will earn. thpe
extent to why I deployed the net or you ill"find that I violated the i
law. I trust'that Judge Walker is a good finderof fact and law with
"Arrest them all and let the courts settle this out", is not acceptable
so help us resolve this issue. We need your financial help to get to the'
Florida Supreme Court.
The Wakulla Fishermen's Association defends sports and commer-
cial anglers in civil liberties issues. Join us at Posey's Restaurant the
second Tuesday of each mouth for discussions and a complete finan-
cial report of,all income and expenditures.
Ronald F. Crum
President Wakulla Fishermen's Association

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Dr. Sanaullah is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiol-
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evaluate circulation, Holter monitoring and EKG to evaluate any electri-
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Dr. Sanaullah completed his internal medicine residency at the State Uni-
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22 December 2000 Page 5

Christmas And.Hanukkah-

Season's Greetings

By Carolyn Hatcher
On December 25th in the United States, Christmas will celebrate the
birth of Jesus Christ. No one knows the exact date of Christ's birth.
The word Christmas comes from "Christes Maesse", an early English
phrase that means Mass of Christ.
The first mention of December 25th as the birth date of Jesus oc-
curred in A.D. 336 in an early Roman calendar. The choice of this day
for celebration was probably influenced by pagan (unchristian) festi-
vals held at that time. The ancient Roman harvest god, Saturn, and
their god of light, Mithras, were honored at year's end.'Various peoples
in northern Europe also held festivals in mid-December to celebrate
the end of the harvest season. They prepared special foods, decorated
their homes with greenery, gave and received gifts as part of their
celebrations. These customs have been incorporated into Christmas
celebrations over the years.
Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the
fourth century. By 1100 A.D., Christmas had become the most im-
portant religious festival in Europe and Saint Nicholas was its sym-
In the 1500s the Reformation, a religious movement, gave birth to
Protestantism. The Protestants considered Christmas a pagan cel-
ebration because it included nonreligious customs. Christmas was
outlawed during the 1600s, because of these feelings in England and
in parts of the English colonies in America. However, the old customs
of feasting and decorating soon reappeared and blended with the Chris-
tian aspects of the celebration, as we practice it today.
In the 1800s decorating Christmas trees and sending Christmas cards
to friends and relatives became popular. It was during this period
that many well known Christmas carols were composed, including
"Silent Night" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." The name Santa
Claus also replaced Saint Nicholas during this period in the United
States. The name, Santa Claus, came from Dutch settlers in America.
Their word for Saint Nicholas is Sinterklaas and in English this is
pronounced Santa Claus. The word Xmas 'as a substitute for Christ-
mas began in the early Christian church. In Greek "X" is the first
letter of Christ's name and was frequently used as a holy symbol.

The story of Christmas comes chiefly from the Gospels of Saint Luke
and Saint Matthew in the New Testament. St. Luke tells of an angel
appearing to shepherds and telling them about the birth of Jesus and
St. Matthew relates the story of how three Magi were directed to fol-
low a bright star to the stable where Christ was born.
There are many customs and stories about Christmas from different
countries around the world.
In Turkey many years ago a bishop named Nicholas helped needy
children. After his death he was made a saint. Today. the date of his
death, December 6th is an important date in some countries in Eu-
rope. On the night before, children put out their shoes and hang up
their stockings. During the night while they slept, Saint Nicholas
dressed as a bishop, wearing a white or red robe and a tall pointed
hat, leaves them gifts.
In the Netherlands St. Nicholas has a helper called Black Peter. In
Germany he is Knecht Ruprecht. In parts of'France he is Pere
Foduettard. And in Luxembourg he is known as.Hoesecker.

Although children love St. Nicholas they are afraid of his helper, for it
is the helper who keeps track of who was good and who was naughty.
Naughty children get only switches and may even be carried away in
the helper's bag until they learn to be good.
For most Christians, the Christmas season begins on the Sunday
nearest November 30th. This date is the feast of Saint Andrew, one of
the 12 apostles of Christ. This nearest Sunday is the first day of Ad-
vent. The word advent means a coming and refers to the coming of
Jesus on Christmas Day. The Advent wreath is made of evergreen or
holly branches and may lie on a table or be hung on a door. The
Christmas season ends on Epiphany, January.

Hanukkah is the Jewish Feast of Lights or Feast of Dedication. This
holiday begins on the eve of the 25".day of the Hebrew month of
Kislev (approximately December) and lasts eight days. During Ha-
nukkah, gifts are exchanged and contributions made to the poor. On
the first evening, one candle is lighted in a special eight branched
candelabrum called a menorah or Hanukkah. Beginning on the sec-
ond night, one candle is added each night until the total reaches
eight on the last night. The candles are lighted by a separate candle
called a shamash.
This celebration is from a story in the two books of Maccabes, in the
SApocrypha. In 165 B.C., after a three year struggle led by Juda
Maccabee, the Jews in Judea defeated the Syrian tyrant Antiochus
IV. Many centuries after the event, when the Jews cleaned the Temple
of Syrian idols, they found only one small cruse of oil with which to
light their holy lamps. This cruse provided them with oil for eight
May you be blessed this Christmas season and during the New Year
to follow.

Cooking Along The Forgotten

I : Chocolate Balls
S 1 box confectioners sugar
.-.". 2 sticks margarine
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By Pam Rush
Christmas is a time of sharing
family traditions. One of the fond-
est childhood memories I remem-
ber, is making delicious holiday
recipes with my mother, during
the Christmas season. This is a
tradition that I have carried on
with my children. Listed below are
some wonderful holiday treats
that I hope you enjoy making with
your loved ones.
Donna Thompson makes these
delicious Chocolate Balls every
year. They are so tasty and make
a nice gift to give.

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.cups gra a 1 111A1 aICLra.l..l I tl
11/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
12 oz. package Chocolate chips
1/2 Stick paraffin (cooking wax)
Beat confectioners sugar and
margarine with mixer until well
blended Add peanut butter and
graham cracker crumbs, mix well.
Roll into walnut size balls. Melt
chocolate chips and paraffin wax
in a double boiler. Mix well. Dip
balls in chocolate and set on wax
paper lined pan to dry.
Wendy Smith contributed this
luscious Caramel Pie Recipe. The
recipe makes two pies, and I can
grantee that they both will disap-
pear very quickly.
Caramel Pie
1 large (7oz.) can coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup melted butter
I jar caramel topping
I (8oz.) whipped topping
I (8oz.) cream cheese
1-1/2 cup confectioners sugar
S2 graham cracker crust
Mix coconut, and almonds with
the melted butter. Place oh a
cookie sheet and broil until coco-
nut is toasted (watch closely). Let
cool. Mix cream cheese and sugar
, until smooth. Fold ih, whipped
topping. Divide equally into 2 pie
crusts. Put coconut mixture on
top of pies. Drizzle caramel top-
ping on top of pie and chill.
Liz Sisung makes so many great
Christmas goodies it was hard to
chose just one. These Butter-
scotch Squares are wonderful.
They require no baking and will
melt in your mouth.

Butterscotch Squares
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs beaten
3 cup finely crushed vanilla wa-
(measure after crushing)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 (11 oz.) package butterscotch
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Melt butter with sugar and eggs.
Cook over medium heat for 5 min-

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers
Gives Okay To Water Release For
Critical Shipment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers, Mobile District, announced
December 12 a minimum water
release from the two lower
Chattahoochee River reservoirs to
.raise the Apalachicola River suf-
ficiently for the passage of a barge
carrying replacement steam gen-
erators bound for the Farley
Nuclear Power Plant on the
Chattahooch'ee River near
Dothan, Alabama.
Patrick Robbins, chief of legisla-
tive and public affairs, Mobile Dis-
trict, said, "This decision comes
after careful consideration of the
diverse interests of the waterway
system stakeholders."
A public information meeting was
held December 9 in Eufaula, Ala-
bama, to allow the corps an op-
portunity to explain the need for
the controlled water release.
"All input was carefully consid-
ered by the corps in its
decision-making process,
Robbins said. "Since the water is
available, impacts are minimal to
Walter F. George and Lake Semi-
nole, we are not in a fish-
spawning season and, most im-
portantly, at the beginning of
the winter rainy season, it was
determined that it was best to
accomplish the release now rather
than later."
Southern Nuclear has pointed out
that the replacement steam gen-
erators must be delivered not later
than early February in order to
be on line by next summer, or the
region could face significant ad-
verse impacts, including possible
interrupted service, higher prices
and transmission problems.
The controlled water release is
expected to reduce Lake Walter F.
George by about 1.8 feet and Lake
Seminole by about 1.2 feet. Walter
F. George is currently at 187.3 feet
msl. Lake Seminole is currently
at 76.5 feet msl.
Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta, will
not be used to support this water
release. West Point Lake will not

Carrabelle Branch

Library To Open

December 19th

Eileen Annie. Director of the
Franklin County Public Library,
is pleased to announce that the
Carrabelle Branch of the library
will be re-opening in its tempo-
rary location at 208 Marine Street
on Tuesday, December 19, 2000
at 12:00 noon. -o'urs will resume
as follows: Tuesdays 11-7;
Wednesday through Fridays 9-
5, and Saturdays 10-2. Carolyn
Sparks, the new Library Assis-
tant, will be happy to introduce
the community to our new library
The monthly meeting of the
Franklin County Public Library
Advisory Board has been post-
poned for the holidays. The next
meeting will be on January 15,
2000 at 5:30 p.m. at the Eastpoint
Branch. The public is welcome to
utes. Cool slightly. In a large bowl,
combine crushed vanilla wafers,
coconut and pecans. Add butter
mixture and stir until completely
moistened, press into an 8 x 12
inch baking dish. In the same pan
you used to melt the first ingredi-.
ents, melt butterscotch chips with
peanut butter. Spread on top of
cookie mixture. Cool then cut into
bite-size squares.

be used to support navigation.
However, water from West Point
Lake will continue to be used to
generate electricity.
-The controlled water release will
provide only a minimum draft
clearance, 1 to 1-1/2 feet. be-
neath the vessel and only allow
for a one-way trip. The barge will
have to wait for improved river
conditions for its return trip.
There will be close coordination
through the shoal area on the
Apalachicola River. Just enough
water will be released to float the
barge over the shoal area.
The corps coordinated the pro-
posed water release with various
federal and state agencies and
interested groups, including the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service., the
Georgia Department of Natural
Resources, and the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
The release will avoid a rapid fluc-
tuation of the water to avoid im-
pacts to the Apalachicola fishery.
The release will not threaten the
5,000 cfs flow on the Apalachicola
River. The water release will not
affect the oyster harvesting in
Apalachicola Bay.
The limited nature of the con-
trolled water release and short
duration will not allow other ship-
Spers to take. advantage of it be-
cause of the critical depths and
The water level in Lake Walter F.
George will fall from its present
level at 187.3 feet to about 185.5
feet over the next week.
Lake Seminole would fall from its
present level of near 76.5 feet to
around 75.3 feet.
Apalachicola River stages would
rise to approximately 7 feet at the
Blountstown gage, but could then
return to an approximately 2.0
foot stage.

May The Spirit Of Christmas

Continue Throughout The Year

Eastpoint Community Action Committee

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Foundation Of

Florida Helps

Fund FWC Bear

The Board of Directors of the Wild-
life Foundation of Florida met on
November 17 in Tallahassee.
One topic of discussion was how
designated proceeds from the sale
of the "Conserve "Wildlife" license
plate could best be used to sup-
port FWC projects. Requests were
made by the Division of Wildlife
for funds to support the black
bear program, and by Florida
Wildlife magazine for updating
computer hardware. FWC mar-
keting director Dennis MacKee
assured the board that revenue
from tag sales has been increas-
ing monthly beyond original esti-
mates. Since the tag went on sale
in May 1999, revenue has gone
up every month to a current av-
erage of $26,000 per month.
The "Conserve Wildlife" license
plate is the product of a partner-
ship between the Wildlife Foun-
dation of Florida, The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Defenders of Wildlife.
Laurie Macdonald, Florida direc-
tor for Defenders of Wildlife, ad-
dressed the board giving some
background on the club's involve-
ment with the project, including
the gathering of 16,000 petition
signatures-6,000 minimum nec-
essary-from Florida citizens.
"We had an amazing variety of
comments from hunters, from
animal rights groups and many
others, and when people learned
what the benefits to Florida wild-
life would be from sales of this tag,
it was something that everyone
could get behind and support."
Board member Dr. Allan Egbert.
who is also executive director of
the Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission, praised
Macdonald as the catalyst for the
project, and the person most re-
sponsible for it's successful


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The Franklin Chronicle

Second Circuit

Court Report

By Barbara Revell
November 20, 2000
The Honorable F.E. Steinmeyer
Adam Ruiz, Prosecuting Attorney
Kevin Steiger, Assistant Public Defender

Bell, Frank: Charged with violating the litter law of Florida. According to the
affidavit the following allegedly occurred: A complaint was filed about the dump-
ing of asphalt and the dumping of asbestos at a site located approximately 1/
4 mile down Avenue H N.E. A special agent investigated the complaint and
observed several piles of asphalt which had been dumped along side of the
road on the city right of way. Subsequent to the beginning of the investigation
site is being cleaned up by Southeastern Mechanical. The defendant entered a
plea of not guilty and will hire private attorney. Pretrial conference scheduled
or December 18, 2000.
Boone, Daniel Ray: Charged with tampering with evidence. According to the
probable cause report filed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission the following
allegedly occurred: On September 18, 2000, two officers were on water patrol
in Apalachicola Bay. While patrolling near the mouth of the. East River cutoff
they observed a commercial mullet boat stopped in the water. One of the offic-
ers observed that one of the individuals on the boat was pulling something out
of the water into the boat. The officer, with a pair of binoculars, observed two
men pulling what appeared to be a monofilament gill net onto the boat. The
men were picking fish from the net and throwing them into a black fish box.
The officers attempted to apprehend them because the net was illegal and the
net was stretched across the whole East River cutoff blocked with their net. so
there was'no escape for the fish swimming through. When the officers ap-
proached the vessel one of the men threw the net into the river and the other
operated the motor. The vessel left the scene at a high rate of speed. The
officers pursued and stopped the defendant. When the net was located it con-
tained several species of fish, i.e., red drum, speckle trout, mullet, black drum.
sheephead, shark and others. There were several hundred pounds of fish left
entangled and gilled in the net. The net was about 600 800 yards in length
and about seven feet deep which made it over 500 feet. The defendant was
arrested. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and a public defender was
appointed. Pretrial set for December 18, 2000.
Castor, Scott: Charged with lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a child
under 16 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the
probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On September 20. 2000. an
officer was dispatched to 3rd St and Avenue H in regards to a 'disturbance.
When the officer arrived he was advised by a witness that the defendant ex-
posed himself to a 15 year old female. The victim provided a written statement
which said that the defendant exposed himself and asked the victim to per-
form oral sex. The defendant was arrested. Pretrial conference set for January
5, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Clark, Jennifer: Charged with uttering a forged check. According to the prob-
able cause the following allegedly occurred: On August 1, 2000, an officer
spoke with Ms. Sarah Russell who stated that the defendant cashedoe nof
her checks at Register's Supermarket in Eastpoint. The victim did not find out
about it until she received a letter from the bank that the check did not clear
because of insufficient funds. A cashier at the bank remembered the defen-
dant coming into the store and writing the check. Arraignment continued
until December 18, 2000. Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defen-
Estes, Robert: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Ac-
cording to the probable cause report the following allegedly happened:- On
September 19, 2000, an officer received a complaint filed by inmate Jared
Millender. The officer obtained a sworn recorded statement from the victim in
which he stated that he was incarcerated in the same dayroom as the defen-
dant and other inmates. The victim said he got into an exchange of words withI
Estes and Estes told the victim he would whip him. During the verbal alterca-
tion the defendant said he would cut the victim's throat during the night as he
slept. The defendant then displayed a razor blade from underneath his tongue
as he made the threat. After the complaint was filed a correctional officerI
discovered and retrieved a razor blade from the defendant. Pretrial conference
set for December 18, 2000. Attorney Sanders represented the defendant.
Kilgore, John H.: Charged with possession of a vessel with no hull number.
According to the report filed the following allegedly occurred: On October 9.

First-Class Letter ME
Rate To:0liease^ MERRy C

January 7, 2001 ANd HAppy

The price of mailing a First-Class ShERiFF BRU4
Mail letter will increase a penny
on January 7, 2001, from 33 to .. ANr Fr
34 cents-about 15 cents a month A
for the average household. "And
while we're talking cents," says
Apalachicola Postmaster Ricky
Strickland, "it makes good sense
for customers to purchase 34-
cent stamps or 1-cent stamps
before the new rate takes effect."
"When you're dropping off those
holiday cards and packages at the
post office, pick up some new rate
stamps," advises Postmaster
Strickland. One-cent stamps are
always available. New rate
34-cent stamps will be available
nationwide December 15 in three
stamp designs: Statue of Liberty,
and Flowers stamps (both sold in
books of 20 and coils of 100) and
the Farm Flag stamp (sold in a
pane of 20 self-adhesives). Vend-
ing machines will also stock the
new 34-cent stamps.
For customers who prefer the con-
venience of letting their fingers do
the shopping, the 34-cent stamps -
as well as the one-cent Kestrel
stamp can be ordered on the
internet through the Postal
Store at Www.usps.com,
,through Stamps By Phone at
1-800-STAMP24, or by calling a
local post office for a Stamps By.
Mail order form.

Sea Oats

Garden Club

By Tom Campbell
The Sea Oats Garden Club held
its Holiday Dinner at the Episco-
pal Church in Carrabelle Decem-
ber 7 with approximately twenty
of its 35 members attending. The
decorations were lovely and the
food was delicious.
The members presented a "hang-
ing pot holder" for hanging clay
flower pots to President Cindy
Barbara Revell gave a talk about
"Plans for the Veterans Sun Dial
Memorial Park" on Highway 98 in
Carrabelle. It was decided there
would be three benches in the
park, with red, white and blue
flowers planted in the flower gar-
den. Flowers will include salvia,
petunias, pansies, roses and hy-
drangeas, among others.
In the photo, members discuss
the flower garden. From left in the
photo are Lorraine Whatley, Jo
Woods, and two Master Garden-
ers Barbara Revell and Valerie

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2000, several officers were working a marine resource detail regulating the
Article X, section 16 violations. One of the officers received a telephone call
from a pilot who had detected a vessel in Lake Wilmoco while on flight patrol.
The officers on the ground apprehended the defendant and James Shiver. Jr.
When the officers searched the vessel they found approximately 500 yards of
net and two fish boxes containing approximately 800 pounds of mullet. The
officers found that there was no hull identification number displayed and the
registration numbers were not properly displayed. The defendant and Shiver
were arrested and transported to the Franklin County Jail. The defendant
entered a plea of not guilty and arraignment was continued until December
18, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Millender, Jared J.: Charged with uttering a forged check. According to the
probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On September 12. 2000. a
forged check complaint was filed with the Sheriffs Office. It was learned that
a check had been drawn on Odell Rickards' account in the amount of $1300.
The check was made out to the defendant and endorsed by same. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was sen-
tenced to Two years of probation to include $1300 restitution, $40 supervi-
sion fee, $30 to the State Attorney's Office, $295 court costs, random urinaly-
sis and 62 days in jail with credit for 62 days served. Steiger represented the
Nichols, Donnie Gordon: Charged with discharge of a firearm from a vehicle.
According to the probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On Septem-
ber 18, 2000, an officer was dispatched to the boat ramp at the end of Old
Ferry Dock Road in reference to gun shots. When the officer arrived he spoke
to a Florida Marine Patrol officer who said they were working a case involving
illegal net fishing when the defendant got into an argument with the Marine
Patrol officers. After several minutes the officers heard several gun shots com-
ing from the boat ramp. When the officers talked to the defendant's father he
said that the defendant was only firing it in the air. Pretrial conference set for
January 5, 2001. Attorney J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Thompson, Barry: Charged with aggravated stalking. According to the prob-
able cause report the following allegedly occurred: According to the probable
cause the defendant was arrested for the following reasons: In violation of the
Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence the
defendant did: 1) On July 28, 2000 contacted the victim by phone and threat-
ened to kill her. 2)On September 9, 2000, the defendant drove by the victim's
home three times in view of a deputy. 3)On September 30, 2000, drove by a
house four to five times where the victim was visiting. 4) On October 3. 2000.
called his daughter and told her she could tell her mother he loved her.
5) On October 3, 2000, drove by the victim at a gas station in Apalachicola
and shined his light on her. 6) On October 7. 2000, was sighted by law en-
forcement in the yard of the victim at approximately 4:14 A.M. after they
responded to a call about an unknown intruder beating on the victim's win-
dow. Pretrial conference set for December 18, 2000. Attorney Douglas W. Gaidry
represented the defendant.
White, Damien: Charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling. According to
the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On September 18.
2000, an officer was by Mr. Seabring James in reference to someone breaking
into his home. The victim advised the officer that on or about September 1.
2000, the defendant and a juvenile broke into his home and was observed by
Ben Jefferson. Over a period of several months handgun, bullets, switchblade
and approximately $200 in change was removed from his residence. The vic-
tims filed a written statement. Pretrial conference set for December 18. 2000.
Attorney Sanders represented the defendant.
Wilson, Cathy: Charged with grand theft and grand theft auto. According to
the probable cause report the following allegedly occurred: On October 14.
2000 an officer was dispatched to 293 24th Avenue in reference to a stolen
vehicle. When the officer arrived he spoke with three people and all stated
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Winchester, Robert: Charged with possession of a controlled substance, prin-
cipal to cultivation of cannabis, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis
and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the probable cause the
following allegedly occurred: On May 23. 2000, officers executed a search
warrant at 307 W. 7th Street, Carrabelle. Florida. The officers found three
cannabis plants growing in a cultivated compost mound, hand-held weights
scales, $1,950 cash, two plastic bags of cannabis residue, a large plastic bag
with cannabis residue, a man-made tattooing machine, a store bought tattoo-
ing machine, two bottles of a controlled substances (Lidocaine and Xylocaine).
At least four people share the home including the defendant. Arraignment
continued until December 18, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.

Barber, Dallis Brent: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude and
reckless driving. The State dropped charges on November 20. 2000.
Barfield, Michael W. : Charged with burglary of conveyance and possession
of burglary tools. The defendant entered a plea of no contest to a lesser charge
of trespassing and the second charge was dropped. The defendant was adju-
dicated guilty and sentenced to 60 days in jail. Steiger represented the defen-
Barfield, Michael W.: Charged with driving while license suspended or re-
voked. The defendant entered a plea of no contest. He was adjudicated guilty
and sentenced to 60 days in jail with credit for 87 days served. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Benjamin, Marvin Ray, Jr.: Charged with possession of controlled substance.
possession of cannabis and willful and wanton reckless driving. Pretrial con-
tinued until January 5. 2001.Steiger represented the defendant.
Brown, Elijah: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and resisting arrest with-
out violence. Pretrial continued until January 5. 2001. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Chester, Joseph Leonard: Charged with driving while license suspended/
felony. Pretrial continued until December 18. 2000. Attorney Samuel H. Lewis
represented the defendant.
Clark, Jennifer: Charged with battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting
officer with violence and battery. Pretrial continued until December 18. 2000.
B. Sanders represented the defendant.
Davis, Kenneth Butler: Charged with possession of burglary tools and mo-
Slesting a vending machine. The defendant entered a plea of no contest to
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possession of burglary tools and the second count was dismissed. The defen-
dant was sentenced to 180 days in jail to be followed by three years of proba-
tion to include $295 in court costs and $200 restitution to Rancho Inn. Gaidry
represented the defendant.
Estes, Robert C.: Charged with kidnapping, aggravated battery with a deadly
weapon and sexual battery by threats reasonably believed. Pretrial continued
until December 18, 2000. B. Sanders represented the defendant.
Glass, John Leon: Charged with grand theft. Pretrial continued until Janu-
ary 5. 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Glass, Luther: Charged with grand theft. Pretrial continued until January 5.
2001. B. Sanders represented the defendant.
Gloner, David Alien: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude and
grand theft of a motor vehicle. Pretrial continued until December 18. 2000. B.
Sanders represented the defendant.
Harris, Lataska: Charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell.
Pretrial continued until January 5, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Harris, Omarsharek: Charged with three counts of felony fleeing or attempt-
ing to elude. resisting officer with violence, disorderly conduct and reckless
driving. Pretrial continued until December 18, 2000. Steiger represented the
Hill, Travis Walker: Charged with leaving the'scene of accident with injuries
and driving while license suspended or revoked. Case transferred to County
Court. Steiger represented the defendant.
Hobbs, Cindy K.: Charged with interference with custody. Charge dismissed
by the State on November 17, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Jones, Laura: Charged with forgery and uttering a forged check. The defen-
dant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. She was sen-
tenced to 24 months with the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) and
three months of administrative probation to include $295 in court costs and
$300 in restitution. Steiger represented the defendant.



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Lee, Carmia: Charged with burglary of a structure while armed. Pretrial con-
tinued until December 18. 2000. William Webster represented the defendant.
Martin, Chiquetta: Charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Pretrial
continued until December 18, 2000. B. Sanders represented the defendant.
McMahon, Glen: Charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
Pretrial continued until December 18, 2000. B. Sanders represented the de-
O'Neal, Michael: Charged with two counts of arson first degree and retalia-
tion against a witness. Pretrial continued until January 5. 2000. B. Sanders
represented the defendant.
Orr, Keith G.: Charged with burglary of conveyance and possession of bur-
glary tools. Pretrial continued until December 18. 2000. B. Sanders repre-
sented the defendant.
Parramore, Bernard Floyd: Charged with burglary of a dwelling. Pretrial con-
tinued until December 18. and trial set for December 20. 2000. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Peden, Arther L.: Charged with two counts sexual activity with a minor and
one count of lewd and lascivious assault or act. Pretrial continued until Janu-
ary 5, 2001, and trial set for March 21. 2001. Steiger represented the defen-
Pennington, Dustin Wayne: Charged with possession of a controlled sub-
stance. Pretrial continued until December 18, 2000. Clifford Davis represented
the defendant.
Redding, Charles Robert: Charged with DUI with serious injury and driving
under influence/personal injury. Pretrial continued until January 5. 2001.
Stephen S. Dobson. II represented the defendant.
Salter, Albert, Jr.: Charged with four counts of sexual act with a child under
16 years of age. Pretrial continued until December 18, 2000. B. Sanders rep-
resented the defendant.
Shiver, Henry Allen Eugene: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and petit
theft. Pretrial continued until December 18. 2000. B. Sanders represented
the defendant.
Smith, Keisha Nicole: Charged with forgery/altering a public record certifi-
cate, etc. and driving while license suspended or revoked/first offense. Pre-
trial continued until December 18, 2000.
Smith, Wendy Michelle: Charged with six counts of obtaining or attempting
to obtain controlled substance by fraud. The defendant entered a plea of no
contest and adjudication was withheld. She was sentenced to 18 months pro-
bation to include standard drug conditions and $295 in court costs. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Tipton, Miriam Sally: Charged with possession of more than 20 grams of
cannabis. Case transferred to County Court. Steiger represented the defen-
Townsend, Rufus Eugene: Charged with sale of controlled substance. The
defendant entered a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was
sentenced to 30 days in jail, one year of Community Control followed by two
years of probation to include standard drug conditions, $295 in court costs
and $100 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Defendant
was given credit for 30 days served.
Wallace, Kenneth L.: Charged with criminal mischief/third degree felony.
Case was transferred to County Court. Steiger represented the defendant.
White, Damien: Charged with possession cannabis with intent to sell. Pre-
trial continued until December 18, 2000. B. Sanders represented the defen-
Williams, Cathy Jean: Charged with workers' compensation fraud. Pretrial
continued until January 5. 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Wilson, Mark Edward: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Case was dismissed.by the State. Gaidry represented the defendant.
Brackins, Samuel M.: Charged with sale of crack cocaine. VOP hearing set
for December 18. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Glass, Donna: Charged with four counts of worthless checks over $150. Pub-
lic Defender appointed and VOP hearing set for December 18. 2000.
Sanders, Mark Paul: Charged with resisting officer with violence. VOP hear-
ing set for December 18. 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Tarrantino, Thomas C.: Charged with grand theft. Arraignment continued
until December 18, 2000. J.G. Shuler represented the defendant.
Ayalla, Diana: Charged with grand theft of motor vehicle. Defendant failed to
appear. Capias issued and bond entreated. Steiger represented the defen-

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Barfield, Michael W.: Charged with uttering a forged check. The defendant
admitted to VOP and was found in violation. Prior conditions of probation re-
instated. Defendant was given credit for 318 days served. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Branch, Wesley W.: Charged with burglary of a structure. The defendant ad-
mitted to VOP and was found in violation. He was adjudicated guilty and
ordered to remain in jail until April 18, 2001. Defendant was given credit for
92 days served. Steiger represented the defendant.
Brown, Elijah: Charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
VOP hearing continued until December 18. 2000. Steiger represented the de-
Holt, Terry: Charged with battery of a law enforcement officer. The defendant
admitted VOP and was found in violation. He was sentenced to 11 months
and 29 days in jail with credit for 197 days served. He is to remain in the
County jail until a bed in inpatient treatment and aftercare available. Jail
sentence to be suspended when bed is available. Steiger represented the de-
fendant. Steiger represented the defendant.
Sanders. Anthony: Charged with possession of a controlled substance. The
defendant admitted VOP and was found in violation. Probation continued with
same conditions as before. Defendant was given credit for 273 days served.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Suddeth, Glenn L., Jr.: Charged with sale of crack cocaine. VOP hearing
continued until December 18. 2000. B. Sanders represented the defendant.
Ward, Jeff Alien: Charged with grand theft of motor vehicle. VOP hearing
continued until December 18, 2000. B. Sanders represented the defendant.
Whitaker, Benjamin M.: Charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding a po-
lice officer and leaving scene of accident with injuries. The defendant admit-
ted VOP on both counts. He was sentenced to DOC for 33.3 months on each
count but to run concurrently. Defendant was given credit for 21.2 months
served. Steiger represented the defendant.
Williams, Norman B.: Charged with two counts of burglary of a dwelling.
with counts of grand theft, aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony
and burglary of a structure. VOP hearing continued until January 5. 2000.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Wood, Allen D.: Charged with possession of cannabis more than 20 grams.
The defendant admitted to VOP and was found in violation. He was sentenced
to 11 months and 29 days in jail to be suspended when bed available in
inpatient facility. He was also sentenced to two years probation with all prior
conditions re-imposed.
Buzbee, Christopher: A motion for pretrial release or reasonable bond de-
nied. Steiger represented the defendant.
Estes, Robert C.: A motion was filed to reduce bond. Hearing continued until
December 18, 2000. B. Sanders represented the defendant.
Shiver, Tracy Dewayne: Resentencing continued until December 18. 2000.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Zablelski, Michael: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon and
stalking. Hearing on motion for pretrial detention continued until December
18, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.


In 1943

By Tom Campbell
In August, 1943, an organization
later to be known as American
Veterans of World War II, had its
beginning. Thousands of men
with battle wounds and medical
discharges found it natural to
seek each other's company.
They were united by their similar
experiences-in jungles, in the
Arctic, in deserts, mountains, at
sea and in the skies. Out of such
comradeship, AMVETS came to
When war broke out in Korea and
again in Vietnam, AMVETS re-
quested the Congress to amend
the charter so that those serving
in the Armed Services would be
eligible for membership. On Sep-
tember 14, 1966, President Lydon
Johnson signed the bill redefin-
ing the eligibility for AMVET mem-

Today, membership in AMVETS
is open to anyone who is currently
serving, or who has honorably
served, in the Armed Forces of the
United States.
AMVETS needs and solicits the
support and participation of ev-
ery qualified veteran, active duty
member, national guardsman and
reservist -- to help work for a bet-
ter America. The words of the
AMVETS motto is: "We fought to-
gether; now let's build together."
AMVETS Post 107 located in Car-
rabelle has scheduled monthly
meetings on the 3rd Thursday of
each month at the Franklin
County Senior Center at 6 p.m.
AMVETS is a Veterans Organiza-
tion with membership open to all
Honorably Discharged or Present
members of the Army, Navy, Ma-
rines, Air Force, National Guard
and Reserve, who have served
during and since World War II.
AMVETS Post 107 is the first and
only post of AMVETS in the Big
Bend area of Florida between
Panama City and Holiday. Any-
one wishing to join Post 107 may
come to a meeting or contact 1st
Vice Commander, Sid Winchester,
'Membership Chairman at
Post 107 received their Charter
and became a Veterans Post on
October 7, 2000. Any new mem-
ber between October 7 and when
the Post will hold their first instal-
lation Ceremony, which will prob-*
ably be in March 2001, will be
recorded as a Charter Member.

Doris, Rhonda, Brenda,

Casey, Hoss, gissy and Paul


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Carrabelle Office
St. George Island Office

Postal Employees in Franklin

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George F. Handel's MESSIAH Presented by Bay Area Choral Society and Soloists

On Sunday, December 10, 2000,
the Bay Area Choral Society and
other musicians presented George
F. Handel's MESSIAH at the his-
toric Trinity Church beginning at
4 p.m., Apalachicola. The concert
was part of the Ilse Newell Con-
cert series sponsored by the
Apalachicola Area Historical So-
ciety, Inc.
Merel Young was conductor. R.
Bedford Watkins, organist and
Luciano Gherardi, Contrabass
accompanied the group.
The Bay Area Choral Society con-
sisted of the following volunteers
sharing their talents with the
Shirley Adams
Margaret Boone
Virginia Harrison
Emily Herbst
Matilda "T" McLain
Olga Nichols
Frances Oakes
Maxene Renner
Cynthia Rhew
Mary Virginia Robinson
Barbara Siprell
Marsha Smith
Tom Adams
Gordon Adkins
Curt Blair

Yuell Chandler
Frank Latham
Randy Mims
Liz Sisung

Ruth Eckstine
Susan Galloway
Shirley Hartley
Barbara Hartsfield
Sue Latham
Judy Little
Ina Meyer
Lari Murry
Shirley Taylor
Wesley Chesnut
Dewitt Galloway
Phil Jones
David McLain
David Wingate
Soloists were: Yuell Chandler,
tenor; David Wingate, bass;
Chythia Rhew,. Mezzo soprano;
Wesley Chesnut, bass; Virginia
Harrison, soprano; Emily Herbst,
soprano and Cynthia Rhew, so-
The next concert in the Ilse Newell
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Quilters Present Money To St. George

Volunteer Fire Department and First


Jay Abbott, Fire Chief of the Volunteer St. George Fire
Department and First Responders, accepts a $5,500 check
from the Quilters.

The quilters from St. George Is-
land, who systematically worked
throughout last year to generate
a beautiful quilt of island history,
presented a record-setting check
to Jay Abbott, Fire Chief of the
Volunteer St. George Island Fire
Department and island First Re-
sponders on December 13th. The
check was for $5,500, generated
from the raffle of the quilt at the
2000 Seafood Festival.
The list of numerous persons who
worked on the quilt is as follows:
Shirley Adams
Evelyn Baerman
Robin Baker
Vilma Baragona
Carol Barus
Fran Beman
Caryl Collier
Nora Collins
April Cook
Jane Cook
Judy Crawford
Jeanne Crozier
Jane Davis
Martha Demeo

Therese Driscoll
Nancy Durban
Lou Ellis
Eileen Fleck
Ruth Guernsey
Eunice Hartmann
Louise Hejnosz
Gwen Henkel
Lorraine Knight
Audrey Krueger
Jean Lively
Helen Marsh
Jean Poggi
Babs Ruhl
Lola Seager
Lois Servon
Sue Shadel
Montez Sibley
Glenn Siler
Dody Slaght
Peg Strickland
Ellie Zimmerman
Melanie White
As the new year unfolds, the is-
land quilters will turn their expert
energies to another quilting
project to be raffled at next year's
Seafood Festival. The theme of
island wild flowers is one subject
under consideration.

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When the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) convenes for its Jan. 24-26
meeting in Miami, St. Petersburg
insurance executive David K.
Meehan will preside as chairman.
Meehan, 53, will replace Julie K.
Morris of Sarasota for a one-year
Commissioner John D. Rood, a
45-year-old business executive
from Jacksonville, will serve as
the new vice chairman. He will
replace retiring Commissioner
Jamie Adams of Bushnell.
Meehan was appointed by Gov.
Jeb Bush to the FWC in 1999. His
love for Florida's woods and wa-
ter bodies led him to assume an
active role in protecting and man-
aging the state's outdoor re-
sources and its fish and wildlife
Meehan said he plans to focus
more attention on the agency's
law enforcement components.
"I feel that law enforcement per-
sonnel are stretched very thin,
and I hope to add more law en-
forcement for the safety of our
growing population and protec-
tion and conservation of our re-
sources," he said.
The new chairman earned his
bachelor of science in business at
Florida State University in 1973.
He served active duty aboard a
submarine in the U.S. Navy from
1965 to 1968, including service
in the Vietnam War. Meehan
serves as chairman of Insurance
Management Solutions Group. He
also is vice chairman of Bankers
Insurance Group and its subsid-
iary boards, and sits on the hold-
ing company's board of directors.
In addition, Meehan is a director
of First Community Bank of
Meehan has been a resident of St.
Petersburg since 1950. He and his
wife, Lisa, have three children,
ages 19, 16 and 11. Leisure ac-
tivities for Meehan include golf,
hunting, fishing, boating, scuba
diving and family activities.
In October 1999, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency
and the Federal Insurance Ad-
ministration recognized Meehan

for 15-plus years of commitment
and dedication to the National
Flood Insurance Program by
awarding him an outstanding-
service plaque.
Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Rood to
the Marine Fisheries Commission
(MFC) in 1999, which included
automatic appointment to the
FWC when the WC ceased to ex-
ist. Rood serves as finance coor-
dinator for the Northeast Florida
Republican Party.
Rood earned his bachelor of sci-
ence in business administration
from the University of Montana in
1978. He has worked in Florida's
real estate industry since 1983,
and he is a visiting professor at
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To Meet In

New Orleans

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
convene a meeting of the Stand-
ing and Special Shrimp Scientific
and Statistical Committee (SSQ
on January 3, 200 1, and a meet-
ing of the Standing and Special
Reef Fish Scientific and Statisti-
cal Committee (SSC) on January
4, 2001 at the Chateau LeMoyne,
301 Dauphine Street, New Or-
leans, Louisiana. The Standing
and Special Shrimp SSC will meet
beginning at 2:00 p.m. to review
a revision to Draft Amendment 11
to the Shrimp Fishery Manage-
ment Plan which clarifies that
sanctions for fishing violations
can be exercised against both a
shrimp vessel registration and a
shrimp vessel permit.
The Standing and Special Reef
Fish SSC will meet beginning at
9:00 a.m. to review a report of the
Reef Fish Stock Assessment Panel
and to recommend total allowable
catches (TACs) for red grouper
and greater amberjack. The SSC
will also make recommendations
on a proposed red snapper recov-
ery plan that calls for converting
from a constant catch to a con-
stant fishing mortality rate strat-
egy beginning in 2004, and there-
after a review and adjustment of
TAC at five-year intervals. Dr. Bob
Shipp, University of South Ala-
bama, will make a presentation
to the SSC on historical perspec-
tives of the red snapper stock. In
addition, the SSC will review an

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early draft of options being con-
sidered for including in a new Reef
Fish plan amendment. These op-
tions deal with a longline limited
entry system, moving the longline
boundary line, phasing out the
use of longlines, the use of cut-up
reef fish for bait, an electronic
vessel monitoring system (VMS)
for longline and fish trap vessels,
the use of powerheads when
spearfishing, requiring operator
permits for commercial and char-
ter/headboat operators, a com-
mercial grouper fishery endorse-
ment, grouper closed seasons,
prohibiting the import of under-
sized red snapper, eliminating
dormant reef fish permits, and
changes to the species listed in
the reef fish management unit
and deep-water grouper aggrega-
tion. Additional options may be
added or deleted as this options
paper is developed into Reef Fish
Amendment 18.

Reef Fish

Advisory Panel

To Meet In New

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
convene a meeting of the Reef Fish
Advisory Panel (AP) on January 5,
2001, at the Chateau LeMoyne,
301 Dauphine Street, New Or-
leans, Louisiana. The AP will meet
beginning at 9:00 a.m. to review
a report of the Reef Fish Stock
Assessment Panel and to recom-
mend total allowable catches
(TACs) for red grouper and greater
amberjack. The AP will also make
recommendations on a proposed
red snapper recovery plan that
calls for converting from a con-
stant catch to a constant fishing
mortality rate strategy beginning
in 2004, and thereafter a review
and adjustment of TAC at
five-year intervals. In addition, the
AP will review an early draft of
options being considered for in-
cluding in a new Reef Fish plan
amendment. These options deal
with a longline limited entry sys-
tem, moving the longline bound-
ary line, phasing out the use of
longlines, the use of cut-up reef
fish for bait, an electronic vessel
monitoring system (VMS) for
longline and fish trap vessels, the
use of powerheads when
spearfishing, requiring operator
permits for commercial and char-
ter/headboat operators, a com-
mercial grouper fishery endorse-
ment, grouper closed seasons,
prohibiting the import of under-
sized red snapper, eliminating
dormant reef fish permits, and
changes to the species listed in
the reef fish management unit
and deep-water grouper aggrega-
tion. Additional options may be
added or deleted as this options
paper is developed into Reef Fish
Amendment 18.
Copies of the agenda can be ob-
tained by calling 813-228-2815
(or toll-free 888-833-1844). Al-
though other non-emergency is-





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sues not on the agenda may come
before the Reef Fish AP for dis-
cussion, in accordance with the
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Con-
servation and Management Act.
those issues may not be the sub-
ject of formal action during these
meetings. Actions of the AP will
be restricted to those issues spe-
cifically identified in the agenda
and any issues arising after pub-
lication of this notice that require
emergency action under Section
305(c) of the Magnuson- Stevens
Act, provided the public has been
notified of the Council's intent to
take action to address the


Festival of Fun

Teresa Ann Martin, new School
Board Member, with the help of
many others, orchestrated the
Holiday Festival of Fun at the New
Life Community Center on 8th
Street, Apalachicola. About 200
children received bag-fulls of holi-
day treats and a visit with Santa,
played by Joseph Maclntoch.
The helpers for this gigantic cel-
ebration of fun were the follow-
Mary Brown
Melody Meyers
Ed Nelson
Stephanie Turrel
Eula Rochelle
She'ha Martin
Henry Brown, Jr.
Nedra Jefferson
Sharon Jenkins
Eckerd Drugs
Piggly Wiggly
Betty Stephens
Val Webb
Keeva Gatlin
Evelyn Williams
Bobby Brown (Superman)
Brenda Benjamin
Betty Webb
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Carrabelle Panthers 2000

The Carrabelle Panthers finished the season with a 6-4 record. It was
the first winning season in many years, The Panthers were led by a
group of twelve seniors. Six of the seniors have been in the football
program for at least three yards, The 2000 seniors arc Levi Millender,
Ryan Holton, John Daniels, Chris Litton, Matt Lambert, Ron Morris,
Ryan Billingsley, Jesse Belcher, Vance Pedrick, Ken Franklin, Hunter
Bartley, and Aaron Lawrence.

Carrabelle 25-Providence 21: The Panthers traveled to Jackson-
ville and care back with a heart racing victory over Providence. Ryan
Holton had a field day by rushing for over 100 yards on just 9 carries.
Carrabelle's defense struggled with the Stallion's passing game but
made enough key plays to finally stop them.

#9-Ryan Holton, #44-Ron Morris
#50-Bobby Babbs, #42-Aaron Lawrence

Season in Review
Carrabelle 30-Chattahoochee 6: The Panthers started the season
with a bang. Carrabelle totally dominated the Yellow Jackets in its
opening game. Ryan Holton set the tone of the contest by scoring on
Carrabelle's first offensive play.
Carrabelle 12-Wewa 40: The Panthers ran into the 4th ranked team
in the state and came away with its first loss. After going into the half
trailing 21-0 the Panthers cut the Gator's lead to 21-12 but couldn't
overcome them.

#52-Johnny Johnson, #7-Thomas Melton
#74-Dusty Cook, #62-Vance Pedrick
Carrabelle 35-Robert F. Munroe 29: In a thrilling back and forth
game the Panthers defeated Munroe. Ken Franklin's 80 yard touch-
down run was a key to the Panther's victory and gutsy defensive play-
ing in the final moments of the game sealed the victory for the Pan-
Carrabelle 6-Port St. Joe 41: The Panthers faced another top 10
team in the state when they played the Port St. Joe Sharks,-The Pan-
thers put themselves in a hole early with 3 turnovers that led to Shark
touchdowns, The Panthers fought hard but it wasn't enough to over-
come the Sharks.


#12-Walt Jochim, #32-T.J. Jackson, #82-Luke Van
Camp, #34-Preston Massey (team manager)

#2-PhiHip Rankin, #76-Steven Shiver
#21-Kevin Hayes, #18-Hunter Bartley

Carrabelle High Football Statistics


Team Offense
Games Played Rushing Yards Passing Yards Total Yards Avg.
10 2,030 837 2,867 286.7
Team Defense
Games Played Rushing Yards Passing Yards Total Yards Avg.
10 1,720 692 2,412 241.2

Name Completed- Yards TD Interceptions
Levi Millender 48-100 675 7 9
Name Number of Yards Avg. TD
Phil Rankin 17 158 9.2 1
Jesse Belcher 12 259 21.5 4
Ryan Holton 12 135 11.2
Hunter Bartley 7 191 27.2 3
Name Number of Yards Avg. TD
Ryan Holton 125 1,052 8.4 13
Ken Franklin 63 376 5.9 2
Thomas Melton 31 180 5.8
Hunter Bartley 16 65 4.1
Ronnie Morris 13 48 3.8 1
Phil Rankin 4 61 15.2 2
'Name Number of Return TD
Interceptions Yardage
Hunter Bartley 6 101 1
Phil Rankin 3 58
Ryan Holton 2 0
Ken Franklin 1 8 1
Levi Millender 1 0
Name Solo Assists Total
Ronnie Morris 33 32 65
Name Number of Sacks Yardage Lost
Johnny Johnson 5.5 45
Matt Lambert 3 40

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Big Bend Hospice is currently accepting
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# 14-Justin Higginbothem (team manager),
#28-Larry Hadsock (team manager)
Carrabelle 0-Liberty County 28: Once again the Panthers faced
another top ten ranked team in the state when they faced the Liberty
County Bulldogs. The Panthers could not consistently move the ball
on the tough Bulldog defense and had a hard time stopping their
powerful running game.
Carrabelle 21-Blountstown 6: After a week off the Panthers took
on the Blountstown Tigers and completely dominated them. The de-
fense had it's finest game in limiting the Tigers to less than 200 yard's
of total offense, The offensive line dominated the Blountstown de-
fense allowing Ryan Holton to rush for what is believed to be a school
record of 276 yards.
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Not Pictured: Assistant
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Head Coach-
Bobby Humphries

#88-Jesse Belcher, #64-Chris Litton
#22-Levi Millender, #3-Ken Franklin

Carrabelle 48-Aucilla Christian 0: The Panthers took on the
Warriors-of Aucilla Christian for Homecoming and for two consecu-
tive weeks the Panthers completely dominated their opponent. Six
different players for Carrabelle scored and once again the defense
shut down its opponent recording its first shut out of the year.
Carrabelle 13-Apalachicola 9: What a game!! In front of a packed
house at Pop Wagner Field the Panthers edged out the Sharks 13 9.
It was another thrilling down to the wire game. The Panthers trailed 9
- 6 with 2 minutes left in the game and had the ball on their own 20
yard line. Two passes later the Panthers went up 13 9. The winning
touchdown pass was a 25 yard strike from Levi Millender to Jesse
Belcher with 44 seconds left in the game. The defense played incred-
ibly by holding the Shark's speedy offense to one touchdown.
Carrabelle 36-Sneads 42: The final battle of the year was against
the Sneads Pirates. It was another thrilling game that went down to
the wire but the Panthers came up short, The Panthers could not
over-come 6 turnovers, a blocked punt, and a kickoff return for a
touchdown'. The Panthers rallied after trailing at halftime and took a
36-28 lead but were not able to stop the opportunistic Pirates and
eventually fell 42-36 eliminating the Panthers from a region playoff


#6-Matt Lambert, #55-Ryan Billingsley
#54-John Daniel

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Molsbee and Carroll from
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1998; U.S. v. Schlei in 1997: U.S.
v. Burridge in 1999, 'and others.
It was revealed that Thomas
Novak's income would be "about
$2000 a month; he was 67 years
old and "will be 70 years old when
released from custody. His income
will not improve." There is a lien
on his property on St. George Is-
land, and his attorney said: "He
will not be able to pay at all."
With respect to restitution, Judge
Hinkle said the total amount for
Novak would be $15,000, and
monthly payments toward that
would be expected. The judge said
that any appeal "must be filed
within the next 10 days."
Speaking for Ms. Carroll, Attor-
ney Ben Watkins said she was
supervisor over the "nursing care
and was exceptional. There were
no complaints of her work. Ms.
Carroll never furnished Mr. Novak
any information regarding tax re-
ports." She was responsible for
"superb nursing, and therefore,
her role should be considered as
nursing supervisor."
The prosecutor said that Ms.
Carroll was "a partner in the
fraud. She was aware of and ben-
efited from the fraud."
In his finding, Judge Hinkle said
that both Ms. Carroll and Ms.
Molsbee were "supervisors, and
probably organizers.... The crimi-
nal activity was not extensive,, but
the enterprise was, in that there
were 200 employees and a large
number of transactions."
The judge said the activity in-
volved a "significant number of
fraudulent activities." He said
both ladies "shared in the rev-
enues," and that Ms. Carroll was
not only involved in nursing care,
but "she was aware of the checks
to the husband, the mileage
checks," and so forth.
His finding referred to Ms.
Kendrick's testimony, and found
a defense level of 15, for both Ms.
Carroll and Ms. Molsbee. Under
federal guidelines for sentencing,
recommended were 57 to 71
months in custody for Ms.
Molsbee. For Ms. Carroll, the
guidelines were 51 to 63 months
in custody.
Witnesses spoke on behalf of both
ladies and their "extraordinary
services to their communities."
Their attorneys said that neither
defendant "has the ability to pay
the full amount owed."
The Judge later stated he had re-
ceived numerous testimonials in
mitigation by mail and that these
materials were also considered in
his final decision on the sentence
for each. Both Molsbee and
Carroll made statements in their
The Judge imposed a sentence of
62 months on Ms. Molsbee. On
Ms. Carroll, the judge imposed a
sentence of 51 months. The judge
mentioned that Congress has
"determined that defrauding
Medicare is a violation of federal
criminal law."
The judge said he noted the "lack
of criminal behavior on the part
of the defendants" as a pattern.
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depart from the set of guidelines.
The amount assessed does not
overstate the seriousness of the
offense. Ms. Carroll's sentence is
at the low end of the range."
He continued, "There was a re-
peated effort... (on the part of the
defendants) to receive more
money than the defendants were
He said, "This was not a criminal
enterprise. ... A lot of good ser-
vice was provided to a lot of
people. They were providing good
services.... I regret that this crime
was committed."
He said he took into account their
good services, which is why Ms.
Carroll was "at the low end of the
range," and Ms. Molsbee was at
the lower end, at 62 months.
Ms. Molsbee was sentenced to the
Bureau of Prisons for 62 months;
including 60 months on count
one, 2 months on count 9, and
36 months concurrently on the
other counts, for a total of 62
months. She was sentenced for
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appeal must be filed within 10
Ms. Carroll was sentenced to the
Bureau of Prisons for 51 months,
on count one. Other counts, "36
months to'run concurrently," to-
taling 51 months. Upon release
from prison, there will be 3 years
of supervised release.
Both ladies were ordered to pay
$60,000 restitution, payable
monthly, and were assessed $50
per count for court cost. Both la-
dies were ordered to "self-report"
on February 15, 2001, by 2:00
p.m. Any appeal must be filed
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Edward "Ned" Ferguson
Edward "Ned" Ferguson. 86. of Car-
rabelle, FL, died on Wednesday, De-
cember 6. 2000 at Tallahassee Memo-
rial Hospital in Tallahassee. A life-long
resident of Carrabelle, Mr. Ferguson
worked as an engineer on the Ferry
Boat "Spica" until he retired. He had
served in the U.S. Army-Air Corps
during World War II. was a member of
Curfew Lodge #73 F&AM. a life mem-
ber of the Disabled American Veter-
ans, and a life member of the Ameri- |
can Legion. He was also a member of
the First Baptist, Church in Carra-
belle. He is survived by his wife. Mrs. i
Johnnie Lee Ferguson of Carrabelle:
two daughters: Juanita Moore of Tal-
lahassee and Bonnie Surber of
Sopchoppy, FL: nine grandchildren:
twenty-seven grandchildren and one
great-great-grandchild. Funeral ser-
vices were held on Saturday, Decem-
ber 9, 2000 at the First Baptist
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Louie Forrest Johnson, Sr.
Louie Forrest Johnson, Sr.. 91. of
Carrabelle, FL, died on Thursday.
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rial Hospital in Apalachicola. Mr. I
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ago from Rome, GA. He was a retired
carpenter, had served in the U.S.
Army, and was a member of the First
Baptist Church in Carrabelle. Survi-
vors include his son, L.P. Johnson, Jr.
of Jonesboro. GA: his daughter, Joy
Dupries of Madison, FL: several broth-
ers & sisters: 11 grandchildren: and
nine great-grandchildren. Funeral
services were held on Saturday. De-
cember 9, 2000 at The First Baptist
Church in Carrabelle. Interment fol-
lowed in Evergreen Cemetery in Car-
rabelle. Kelley-Riley Funeral Home.
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PaPe 14 22 December 2000


Public Workshops for Voluntary

Vibrio Vulnificus Plan Announced

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has
announced a series of public workshops to discuss a voluntary plan
entitled "Draft Interim Florida Voluntary Vibrio vulnificus Risk Re-
duction Plan for Shellfish" starting in early January 2001.
A working group comprised of representatives from the shellfish in-
dustry, academia, seafood trade association, federal health agencies
and state health agencies has been meeting and arrived at a consen-
sus on the plan now being distributed to the public. The plan was
stimulated by an aggressive proposal advanced by the Interstate Shell-
fish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) last summer. The ISSC provides
national uniform human health guidelines for all states and the shell-
fish industries to follow. After the summer meeting of the ISSC, the
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, orches-
trated a Florida plan using the ISSC proposal as a guide. A number of
Franklin county fishery interests have been engaged in developing
the draft plan.
All shellfish industry parties and others are invited to attend and
participate in one or more of the workshops to be held in Florida
areas where commercial oyster harvesting is occurring.
The purpose of the draft plan is to assure a significant reduction in
Vibrio vulnificus septicemia illnesses from the consumption of shell-
fish. The methods embraced in the plan include consumer educa-
tion, processing incentives, and if necessary, mandatory harvesting
or processing controls.
Public workshops will be held on the times, dates and places identi-
fied below:
Time and Date:.3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2001
Place: Pensacola Junior College, Milton Campus, Building #4900,
Room #4902, 5988 Highway 90, Milton, Florida.
Time and Date: 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 16,
Place: Franklin County Court Room, Franklin County Courthouse,
33 Market Street, Apalachicola, Florida.
Time and Date: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January
17, 2001
Place: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Cedar
Key Field Laboratory, 113 50 Southwest 153rd Court, Cedar Key,
Time and Date: 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18,
Place: Marine Education Center, 233 Marine Center Drive, St. Au-
gustine (at Marineland), Florida

The completed draft plan is as follows:

Draft Interim Florida Voluntary Vibrio
vulnificus Risk Reduction Plan For Shellfish
The purpose of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program and the
Florida shellfish sanitation program are to promote and improve the
sanitation of shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels and scallops) moving
in interstate and intrastate commerce through federal/state coop-
eration and uniformity of State Shellfish Programs. This includes pro-
tection of the public health by reducing the prevalence of food borne
hazards. Complete elimination of illness is difficult to attain but pub-
lic health programs should be designed to provide the greatest level
of public health protection possible. The vision of public health offi-
cials must focus on maximizing protection with the most practical
public health measures available. This plan is designed to assure a
significant reduction in Vibrio vulnificus septicemia illnesses through
a combination of consumer education, processing incentives and, if
necessary, mandatory harvesting or processing controls.
Draft Interim Florida Voluntary Vibrio vuinificus Risk Manage-
ment Plan For Shellfish :
This Plan is an interim measure until the Interstate Shellfish Sanita-
tion Conference implements a national Plan. This Plan will initially
focus on raw oyster shellstock and later be expanded to include other
oyster product forms and other shellfish species if epidemiological
surveillance indicates the need.
(A) Florida shall develop and implement an interim voluntary
Vibrio vulnificus risk management plan.
(B) The plan shall define the administrative procedures and
resources necessary to accomplish (i.e. establish and main-
tain) involvement by the state in a collective illness reduction
program. The goal of the Florida Vibrio vulnificus Risk Man-
agement Plan will be to reduce the rate of etiologically con-
firmed shellfish-borne Vibrio vulnificus septicemia illnesses
reported from the consumption of commercially harvested
.raw or inadequately cooked oysters in 1) Florida and 2) from
Florida produced oysters or from oysters processed by Florida
certified processors as measured in the "core" states of Ala-
bama, California, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and
Texas. Core states are used for the purpose of calculating
reduction in illness. The rate of illness shall be calculated as
the number of illnesses adjusted for population, production,
reporting and time period or the most appropriate formula.
Etiologically confirmed means those cases in which labora-
tory evidence of a specific agent is obtained and specified
criteria are met. The Florida Department of Health illness
data will be used for illnesses reported in Florida. The U. S.
Food and Drug Administration illness data will be used for
illnesses reported in the identified core states. The baseline
rates of illness will include the years 1996 through 1999.
Illnesses will also be evaluated according to source state. The
illness reduction goal will be evaluated annually and adjusted
in the event that new science, data or information becomes
available. Appropriate goals may include illness reduction,
market acceptance of new technology, commercial adoption
of new technology, and benefits from education.
The Plan includes the following strategies to reduce the rate of etio-
logically confirmed shellfish-borne Vibrio vulnificus septicemia illnesses
in Florida:
Appoint an agency and industry group to develop and implement a
voluntary Best Management Practices (BMP) program for Vibrio
vulnificus in Florida. (DACS)
Work With the Florida oyster industry to craft a Vibrio vulnificus Man-
agement Plan incorporate BMPs for Vibrio to reduce illness and death
associated with consurhption of Florida oysters revision of the docu-
ment presented at the 2000 ISSC as a beginning draft. (DACS and
Craft and deliver specific educational programs on potential risks of
consumption of raw foods containing Vibrio vulnificus. Target educa-
tional efforts to include all'at-risk groups and their health care pro-
viders. (DACS, DOH, DBPR, FDA, IFAS and Industry) The Plan shall
include, at a minimum, the ISSC Consumer Education Program tar-
geted toward individuals who consume raw oysters and whose health
conditions) increase their risk for Vibrio vulnificus illnesses.

Work with DBPR and the Florida Restaurant Association on adoption
of the Model Food Code consumer message on oysters as well as more
prominent display of the current consumer information statement.
(DACS, DBPR, FRA and other retail associations).
Determine the local economic impacts on the oyster industry of spe-
cific post harvest treatments, limits of harvesting, and other potential
controls. (IFAS, DACS, FWCC and Industry).
Develop a "Florida White Paper" on existing and emerging post-harvest
treatment technologies. (DACS, WAS and GOIC).
Work with the federal government and Congress to further develop
post harvest treatment technology. (DACS, Industry, FDA, Congres-
sional Delegation).
Sponsor demonstration projects for postharvest treatment processes.
for example, offshore-cleansing and complete the demonstration
projects for heat shock and dockside icing. (DACS, FDA, IFAS, Sea
Grant, Industry Associations).
Compile analytical data concerning Vibrio uulnificus levels in Florida
waters and Florida oysters and conduct environmental Vibrio sam-
pling program to fill in various data gaps. (DACS. FDA. IFAS. Sea
Grant, and Industry).
Increase harvester education with current harvesting
requirements-shading, time to refrigeration, and other current con-
trol measures. (DACS and IFAS).
Increased retail and food service education in proper handling and
preparation of shellfish to control and reduce potential, illness. (DACS,
DBPR, DOH, FDA, IFAS, Sea Grant).
Work with industry and law enforcement personnel to increase com-
pliance with current harvesting requirements-shading, time to refrig-
eration. (DACS, Industry, FWCC).
Determine potential addition of value for products undergoing post
harvest treatment. (DACS, IFAS)
Identify and prepare for implementation one or more of the following
controls or equivalent controls to reduce illness and achieve other
established goals. The temperature, Vibrio vulnificus levels month-of-
the-year parameters, or other parameters identified in the following
controls may be adjusted as needed to achieve the established illness
reduction goals and other established goals. (Industry).
(1) Labeling all oysters, "For shucking by a certified dealer,"
or "For cooking only" when the Average Monthly Maximum
Water Temperature exceeds 750F;
(2) Subjecting all oysters intended for the raw, half-shell
market to an Authority-approved post-harvest treatment that
reduces the Vibrio vulnificus levels to 3MPN/g or less," when
the Average Monthly Maximum Water Temperature exceeds
(3) Closing shellfish growing area for the purpose of harvest
of oysters intended for the raw, half-shell market when the '
Average Monthly Maximum Water Temperature exceeds 75'F;
(4) Labeling all oysters, "For shucking by a certified dealer."
or "For cooking only" during the months of May through Sep-
tember, inclusive;
(5) Subjecting all oysters intended for the raw, half-shell
market to a post-harvest treatment that is both approved by
the Authority and reduces the Vibrio vulnificus levels to
3MPN/g or less during the months of May through Septem-
ber inclusive;
(6) Closing shellfish growing areas for the purpose of har-
vesting oysters intended for the raw, half-shell market dur-
ing the months of May through September, inclusive.
(7) Icing or refrigeration in harvest vessels during warm
(8) Harvesting during warm water temperatures from: 1) sun-
rise until a maximum of 1:00 p'm. or 2) from 6:00 p.m. until
a maximum of midnil-t
(9) Other identified or developed controls identified by the
industry or workgroup. *-'.
Develop an incentive program t teo nc'iuira:ie indu-it.V to con-sidcr thq
identified controls listed atove IDACS. ind u strYl
The work group will meet at least annually to review the Plan and
review progress. The work group \kll deli\ era written annual progress
report. The work group sugtige-st that the folll:owin be accomplished-
(1) Administration ol a sturve\ to determine the current Vibrio
vulnificus disease reporting and education in Flonda (previ-
ous surveys: 1988, 1995. 19991 Eflorts are currently under
way with the ISSC to develop a survey to be used by the Gulf
Coast States.
(2) Continuation of the ongoing Vibrio vulnificus investigation
team system which has been in.place since 1994. This Vibrio
vulnificus investigation systemriconsists of a Department of
Health statewide food and waterborne disease coordinator,.:
nine regional food and w.aterborne disease epidemiologists
and epidemiological teams from each ol 67 County Health
Departments. The Departmert of Healthi coordinates find-
ings and information flow with the Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture (Florida
Molluscan Shellfish Sanitation Program), Division of Food
Safety (Florida Retail Food Safety Program) and with the De-
partment of Business and Professional Regulation (Florida
Restaurant Inspection Program).
(3) Assessment of industry-implemented post-harvest con-
trols to reduce Vibrio vulnificus levels in oyster shellstock
which may include: time-temperature, post harvest treatment
(i.e. hydrostatic pressure, cool pasteurization, IQF, and irra-
diation-pending approval), rapid chilling and other emerging
(4) An annual review of the data on rates of illness will be
made. Individual cases will need to be studied to fully evalu-
ate the illness data and to confirm source of shellfish.
DACS-Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Industry-Florida Shellfish Industry
DOH-Florida Department of Health
DBPR-Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
FDA-United States Food and Drug Administration
IFAS-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
FRA-Florida Restaurant Association
FWCC-Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
GOIC-Gulf Oyster Industry Council
Sea Grant-Florida Sea Grant Program

The Staff and Management of
Coldwell Banker Suncoast Realty
,I Would like to Wish You and Your's
A Warm and Safe Holiday Season

Mark Berrigan John Gunter

Clam Aquaculture from Page 1
leased area is also required. The leases may be subleased, or trans-
ferred, quite in contrast to the very early leases offered to Franklin
County aquaculturists who were subject to a county veto if the local
government did not approve of the overall plan.
John Gunter, director of the shellfish laboratory near the Research
Reserve in Apalachicola, talked on identification of sites. He said boat-
ing over leased areas would not be permitted, nor no shrimping. The
leases would be marked with buoys and there would be access corri-
dors to get into and out of the leased areas. Normally, it takes 9-10
months to culture from seed to growout size of 7/8 of an inch clam.
Bevin Putnal, one of two county commissioners present at the work-
shop (Cheryl Sanders was the other) asked if there were anything
that the County Commission could do to speed up the process for the
13 18 persons who indicated they wanted to get leases. Berrigan
answered that nothing would be leased until the Alligator Point area
was formally approved as a site, and all comers could be assigned to
a plot. But, the survey of the lease would be likely the most
time-consuming part of the process.

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new residential develop-
ment shall not be greater
than the lowest residen-
tial development in the
Comprehensive Plan. For
R-1 this would require a
100 ft. lot width one acre
lot with all requirements
cited in the Zoning Code
and elsewhere in the
Comprehensive Plan, ...
The Comprehensive Plan
further cites that high
density development is
prohibited adjacent to
sensitive wetlands (12.3),
and restricted (13.2) and
that no new subdivision
will be approved for de-
velopment unless lots
contain uplands large
enough to contain the
activity and required
buffers and preservation
areas. The upland area in
the Kinja Bay project is
smaller than the adjacent
wetland area and it does
not even meet the stan-
dard for R-1 A, a zoning
district of greater density
than R-1.
The wetlands in the Kinja
Bay project have been
verified to be jurisdic-
tional wetlands and as
such, they open to the
bay. Therefore, develop-
ment in excess of estab-

lished standards repre-
sents a clear threat to the
waters of Apalachicola
It is noted that the Zon-
ing Code for R- 1 A (a less
restrictive zone than R-1)
requires only a 60 ft.
frontage for building lots.
However, this zoning is
prohibited in the Coastal
Construction Zone. (Note
#3 of R- 1 A Single Family
Residential Subdivision).
In view of the require-
ments cited, it is im-
proper for either Planning
& Zoning or the Board of
Adjustment to essentially
change zoning for this
property by plat approval
that fails to meet the
standards of either R-1 or
R-1 A. Furthermore, if
the County were to ap-
prove the platting of resi-
dential lots that do not
have the required width,
it would be in violation of
its own zoning code
which requires such lots
(when there are 5 or more
contiguous lots owned by
the same person) to be
consolidated in order to
meet this standard in
Section 460. Essentially,
the Kinja Bay proposal
with lots of fifty (50) foot
width and smaller would
create the very circum-
stances that Section 460
seeks to eliminate and

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it would completely dis-
regard over 20 citations
in County documents
which prohibit such in-
tense development in an
R-l zone ...
It is clear ... that the Sub-
division Ordinance con-
templated a subdivided
development that would
be in harmony with the
adjacent community, and
that reasonable stan-
dards for lot dimensions
would be observed. To
the extent these stan-


dards appear to be in
conflict with the provi-
sions of the cluster con-
cept Article VIII of the
Subdivision Ordinance
requires that the conflict
be resolved by adherence
to the most restrictive re-
quirement which in this
case is the one acre /100
ft. width requirement.
It can be demonstrated
that the flexibility pro-
vided for in cluster devel-
opment is still possible
when the 100 ft. require-
ment is enforced. For ex-
ample, if an owner of a
property has 2 contigu-

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ous acres, one of which
is unbuildable because of
wetlands, there is no im
pediment to the building
of two (2) houses pro-
vided there is a 100 ft,
frontage for each resi-
dence. In the case of R-1
A zoning, a developer
could provide for three
units with one buildable
acre and two acres of wet-
lands. This view is rea
sonable and allows the
owner whose property is
impacted by wetlands to
achieve the: appropriate
density cap, and there is
no discernible difference
to density within the R-1
district of St. George. It
must be obvious that the
provision of cluster house
ing cannot provide a
route to radically alter
standards for both R-l
and R-1 A districts to the
detriment of other prop-
erty owners in the R-1
There are instances on
the island where develop-
ers have blended R-1 and
R-1 A standards, but this
current proposal is a bla-
tant attempt to circum-
vent any set of reason-
able standards. I strongly
urge the Board to use its
discretion and authority
to reject this current pro-
posal. ...
Dan Garlick, in disagreement with
the Adam's argument, responded
later.He said:
"The idea of clustering. I
think is a very good idea
only because it gives you
some flexibility to do.
what I think, are some
beneficial things. Obvi-
ously we are not going to
keep everybody happy.
This is actually the first
time I have run into op-
position to a cluster.
Maybe it's just because
there are more houses
out there; there are more
people on the island. We
have seven units, where
are you going to put
them? Well, try to get
them as far away from
the water. We are trying
to be sensitive to the idea
of row houses. When I
think of row houses. I
think of those 25 foot
wide lots on the Bay.".
(Note: the revised plan
calls for lots wider than
50 feet)
Two Commissioners interrupted
to make their own comments.
Alan Pierce, when asked of his
opinion said the cluster plan had
"less impactt to 'the environment.
by having the septic
sewer up by the road, the
houses in the back
furtherst from the wet-
lands, I do think this is
the better plan (than in-
dividual one acre lots)."
Pierce also added a new orienta-
tion describing a far broader per-
spective on the problem of devel-
opment on St. George Island that
has yet to be fully appreciated. He
"I think the underlying
issue is that the island is
certainly becoming a
commercial enterprise.
There are real estate oo-
portunities out there.
People are building and
taking advantage of that.
There's about 1500
houses or residential
structures on the island.
About 800 of those are in
active rental markets.
Over half of the struc-
tures on the island are
actively rented..."
Bevin Putnal pointed out that
there is no law saying he could
not rent a house on St. George
Island, if he lived there, Lardner
pointed out to the Commissioner
that there was a difference be-
tween the house located in a com-
mercial zone and one located in a
residential area. "To rent my
home and keep it out of the com-
mercial domain, that's one thing.
But, to put seven houses there to
be exclusively for rental purposes,
that becomes commercial."
Commissioner Mosconis offered,
"...I can tell you from being here
all my life, I've watched Apalachi-
cola just about turn into a ghost
town in the late 60s and early 70s
... I'm watching now that all the
commerce that goes on in
Apalachicola, Carrabelle and
Eastpoint. These are people that
come down here--they don't have
any kids in school-- they basically
don't cost the taxpayers any
money (but) they are filling this




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Pam Vest said. "...What about the
people who try to live here? Is it
gonna be a'nice place to visit but
not a place that you would want
to live? Is that the way you see it?
... I am not an immediately adja-
cent property owner to this pro-
posed cluster and I see more of
them coming down the road.
There's a trend toward this. I live
in a residential area. I was told it
was a residential area.. R-1.... Of
the 14 homes surrounding me.
I'm the only year 'round resident
there ... Permanent neighbors
contribute to the community in
man-hours--woman hours. Vol-
unteer work. We also purchase in
the shops. We're devoted to the
community. We're vested in the
community... I'm concerned
about turning the entire island
into a tourist mecca. Every spring
break, you know that it is dan-
Serous to try to live in this. Tral-
Ic is dangerous; the noise is in-
tolerable. The residential R- 1 is
no longer the promise that was
made ... You may be following the
letter of the law, but with clus-
I'-rirn the spirit of the law and
R-I is l.irji broken."
Alan Pierce responded. "...Unfor-
tunately, the county has never
made a distinction between
single-family home ownership
and single- family rental owner-
ship..." "Apalachicola has always
prohibited short-term rentals: it's
nothing new. They've had that
from day one. You have to rent
more than 3 or 6 months: I've for-
gotten the requirement. Bed and
Breakfasts are commercial."
Later, Pierce said, ... Tom
(Adams) and. I disagree. I don't
believe that the comp plan says
every lot has to be 100 feet wide
... The zoning code says that you
may cluster. In the clustering. it
says 15,000 square feet. It doesn't
say 100 feet wide -- it doesn't give
any dimensions at all. It just says
each lot should have 15.000
square feet."
Al Shuler was called on to speak.
He said he reviewed cluster de-
velopment in the county's zoning
code. "In the R-1 and the R-I A
residential district, both permit
cluster development and the to-
tal density in the cluster develop-
ment ... they cannot exceed one
unit per acre of density. The same
requirement is that the lots must
contain 15,000 square feet. Sec-
tion 460 and the other sections
are not "hooked in" as require-
ments of the cluster development
area." The vote was taken unani-
mously to approve the develop-
ment plan.
Mrs. Charles Lardent added this
"postscript" to the assembly:

"I find it amazing how casually
and with clear conscience you can
affect, the:lives- and. investments
of so mariy'people:lI realize that
none of you live on the island or
you do not have a primary inter-
est. But this happy season of the
year, since you're going through
with this, I hope that all of you.
and Mr. Garlick, find nothing in
your stockings but bundles of
sticks and rocks of coal. Merry

To Review
The Shrimp Fishery

Management Plan
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Man-
agement Council (Council) will
hold additional public hearings to
review Draft Amendment 11 to the
Shrimp Fishery Management Plan
(FMP). Public hearings were pre-
viously held from Port Isabel,
Texas to Key West, Florida. This
amendment contains alternatives
for requiring shrimp vessel and
boat permits, shrimp vessel and
boat registration, operator per-
mits, and prohibiting trap gear in
the royal red shrimp fishery of the
exclusive economic zone (EEZ). A
major difference between vessel
permits and registrations as
noted in previous public hearings
was that permits could be sanc-
tioned by law enforcement, while
vessel registrations could not be.
In a recent review of the draft
amendment by National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) General Counsel, it was
determined that if a registration
was required as a condition for
participating in the shrimp fish-
ery, then a vessel registration
could be sanctioned similarly to
a permit. Therefore, this perceived
difference could have been mis-
leading, and some persons may
have supported registrations in
the belief that they could not be
sanctioned. To give these persons
a chance to change or retract their
comments, and for others to share
their comments on a revised
amendment, further public hear-
ings have been scheduled. A copy
of the revised draft amendment
can be obtained by calling 813
-228-2815, and a list of hearing
times and locations.

Public Workshop On
Proposed Oyster Size
Limit Change
The Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission has scheduled
a workshop to gather public tes-
timony regarding whether to re-
duce the statewide minimum size
limit for oysters from 3 inches to
2-1/2 inches.
The public is encouraged to par-
ticipate at the workshop, which
will take place Tuesday, January
9 from 4 6 p.m. at the Franklin
County Courthouse, Main Court-
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