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Volume 10, Number 1


Centennial Director Advises
Commissioners Two ALS
Ambulances Will Continue To
Serve The County


Centennial Director, David Paris (left), Marilyn Walker, and
Brent Mabrey (right).


Despite the announcement made by Emergency Service Director
Marilyn Walker at Tuesday's Board of County Commissioner meet-
ing, on Tuesday, January 2nd, about the curtailing of ambulance
services in Franklin County, Centennial Regional Director David Paris
told County Commissioners on Friday, January 5th that the lease of
Weems Hospital has every intention to live up to the terms of the
contract between Centennial and Franklin County.
Ms. Walker had little choice but to reduce the number of Advanced
Life Support ambulances serving the county in the face of one Para-
medic resignation and difficulty in recruiting additional personnel to
the rural service. This was planned for January 12th, but the state-
ment by David Paris appears to diminish the necessity of such a move,
although no new Paramedic personnel have been identified nor hired.
Ms. Walker asked and received passage of a new Emergency Medical
Services Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, allowing for
ALS transport and Basic Life Support (BLS) transport in Franklin
County. The contract between Centennial and Franklin County still
provides for two ALS ambulance services-in the county.
Following Tuesday's meeting, a letter to Centennial Health Care, head-
quartered in Quincy, Florida stated, in part:
The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners was
advised Tuesday January 2, 2001, that Centennial plans to
downgrade the ambulance service provided in the contract
between Franklin County and Centennial dated March 14,
1997.
Franklin County has enjoyed a satisfying and productive re-
lationship with Centennial under the contract, and we hope
to continue to do so. The emergency medical service provided
has been outstanding.
Nevertheless, the Franklin County Board of County Commis-
sioners does not consent to any reduction in service under
the contract, and demands that Centennial continue to pro-
vide not less than two advanced life support ambulances as
specified in the contract.
The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners want
to discuss this at a workshop meeting here as soon as pos-
sible.
Sincerely,
Alfred O. Shuler
Attorney for Franklin County

Last-Minute Extension Allows Water

Talks To Continue Until May of 2001


By Tom Campbell
Florida agreed with Georgia and
Alabama on December 28, 2000,
to extend water allocation nego-
tiations for the Apalachicola River
system. The extension until May
1, 2001, which was approved by
the states' representatives during
a meeting at Tallahassee Regional
Airport, reversed Florida's refusal
ten days ago to extend the dead-
line for talks beyond December
31, 2000.
Florida's refusal at that time was
because of "a lack of progress in
the talks."
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection (DEP) Secretary
David Struhs said, "Some late
progress has been made between
the states."
Georgia chief negotiator Bob Kerr
said that he was pleased there is
now more time to resolve the dif-
ferences between the states. If the
states want to do it, he said, then
an agreement is something "that
.can be done."
Alabama and Georgia want more
water for future growth. Metro-
politan Atlanta continues to grow
and needs more water all the time.
Florida wants to be sure that wa-
ter for river fish and wildlife and
oysters in Apalachicola Bay will
always be available.
Georgia and Alabama are willing
to share water from the Alabama-
Coosa-Tallapoosa river system.
But their agreement requires a
deal for allocating water from the
Apalachicola river system, which
feeds into Florida.


The December 28 meeting was
requested by Kerr and lasted only
a few minutes.
The negotiators from the three
states have been meeting to dis-
cuss water issues since 1997, but
talks recently stalled. Florida of-
ficials had said that they might
ask the U.S. Supreme Court for a
decision.
Florida wildlife biologists have
said that the decision to extend
the talks is "an opportunity." It is
an opportunity to emphasize to
Georgia and Alabama negotiators
that water flow in the Apalachi-
cola River system "can simulate
natural conditions."
Wildlife biologist Ted Hoehn said,
"This is more than just the oyster
industry. We need the water for
the ecology of the river and the
bay."
Florida's ecological needs can be
met by releasing water from up-
stream reservoirs for other pur-
poses, such as hydropower gen-
eration and during droughts, to
protect the environment.
Northwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District Executive Director
Doug Barr, who attended the
meeting on December 28, referred
questions to DEP spokeswoman
Lucia Ross. But in a phone inter-
view on January 2, 2001, Barr
said, "There is some agreement
among the three states as to how
we define different levels of
drought. And there is the possi-
bility of progress on how federal

Continued on Page 2


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER



Inside This Issue
12 Pages
First County Commission Meeting of 2001 ...................... 2
Sylvester Williams Scholarship ...................................... 2
Editorial & Commentary ...................................... 3
Carrabelle ..................................................... 4, 5
Franklin Bulletin Board ......................................... 5
Seafood Industries..................................................... .... 6
Eastpoint Fire ....................................... ................. 6
Reflections on the Year 2000 and Futures ...............7, 9-12
FCAN .................................................. .................... 8
Sharks ....................................... ............................. 8


Trinity To Host Trio Internazionale


The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts will present The Trio
Internazionale, composed of
Martha Gherardi, violin, Bedford
Watkins, piano, and Luciano
Gherardi, contrabass, in their
annual concert on Sunday, Janu-
ary 21, 2001, at 4:00 p.m. in his-
toric Trinity Church in Apalachi-
cola. These artists, who have been
playing together for twelve years,
will present a program of"roman-
tic music" from the classical con-
cert repertoire to film scores. In-
cluded on the program will be the
Overture to the Johann Strauss


light opera "Die Fledermaus",
"Slavonic Dance" by Dvorak,
"Holiday for Strings" by David
:Rose and "Intermezzo" from the
inovie of the same name.
The Ilse Newell Concert Series,
sponsored by the Apalachicola
Area Historical Society, is a
501-C-3 educational corporation
in Florida. A $2.00 donation is
requested for each concert. For
further information, call Eugenia
Watkins, Chairman, at 850-670-
8088.


Molsbee And Carroll Appeal


Defendants Maxie G. Carroll
(Eastpoint) and Brenda M.
Molsbee (Carrabelle) have filed
their intention to appeal their
Court Order rendered on Decem-
ber 15, 2000 in the U. S. District
Court (Northern District of
Florida, Tallahassee).
On December 15th, Carroll v. ,
sentenced to 51 months incar-
ceration to begin on February 15,
2001. Molsbee was sentenced to
62 months incarceration, with
both ladies paying restitution of
$60,000 each. Both were ordered
to "self-report" to the Bureau of
Prisons representative agency in
February.


The "intention to appeal" is to be
followed with legal briefs outlin-
ing the actual appeal basis due
within 30 days after the intention
is filed. Ms. Molsbee's attorney is
now Robert A. Harper and Steven
B. Whittington (Tallahassee). Ms.
'r.rroll's attorney is now J. Ben
Aatikmns (Carrabelle).
A hearing is to be scheduled in
the near future to determine, in
part, whether the defendants
must start serving their sentences
while the appeals move forward.


County Emergency Medical

Services Face Downgrading

Marilyn Walker, Emergency Management Service Director, headquar-
tered at Weems Hospital, Apalachicola, announced to the Franklin
County Commission on Tuesday, January 2nd, that the ambulance
services will be downgraded after mid-January due to the "inability of
Centennial Healthcare Investment Corporation to compensate Para-
medics in line with surrounding rural counties..." One ambulance
station must be downgraded from Advanced Life Support to Basic
Life Support after January 12th.
In ambulances equipped with Advanced Life Support, paramedics
operate a "rolling ER (Emergency Room)", rendering numerous medi-
cal services such as administering medications, or inserting intrave-
nous needles, minor surgery, and the like. In a Basic Life Support
ambulance, emergency medical technicians do not have the training
for such ALS services.
The departure of one Paramedic precipitated this change in theam-
bulance services. There is a shortage of qualified personnel available
to Franklin County, and salaries are one important factor in the equa-
tion of maintaining two ALS services for the county.
Walker's letter directed to the Franklin Commissioners said, "...When
the Advanced Life Support ambulance is out of county transporting
patients to out of county hospitals, the Basic Life Support ambulance
will cover Franklin County in its entirety." She continued, "... Dr.
Stephen J. Miniat, M. D. Franklin County EMS Medical Director and
myself have had several in-depth discussions regarding this down-
grade. It is our considered recommendation that the West end of
Franklin County (Apalachicola, Eastpoint and St. George Island) be
serviced by the Basic Life Support ambulance due to the shorter pa-
tient transport times to Advanced Life Support at Weems Memorial
Hospital.
Dr. Miniat explained to the Commissioners that a large number of
emergency personnel and Paramedics do not live in the county, add-
ing some distance to their commuting. "People who come drive an
hour-an hour and a half-here, which means they have that time to'
drive back ... they add three hours to their work. Their pay is a little
bit less here. A lot of people have more than one job. We have good,
hard-working people here. It is a logistical problem ... but we do not
have enough personnel to have two ALS services full-time ..
To underscore the critical nature of this development, Ms. Walker
distributed the following table showing the number of ALS calls and
BLS calls for the past two years.

TABLE 1
Recap of Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support
Services in Franklin County for 1999 and 2000


ALS Calls


1999
2000


857
1086


BLS Calls

238
119


No
Transport
411
363


Total

1506
1586


The numerical recap indicates, first, that the most often calls involved
Advanced Life Support given the availability of two ambulances with
ALS capabilities. It is also clear, secondarily, that the number of ALS
calls in the most recent year represented a substantial increase over
1999, It would appear that the elimination of one ALS ambulance
would put the public at increased risk in Franklin County if this rep-
resented a trend.
A secondary issue emerged during the discussions on the ambulances
services. Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis said one or two of his con-
stituents complained to him that they were willing to pay for the
ambulance services but they did not receive a bill for the service.
David Paris emphasized on Friday, at the "emergency meeting" of the
County Commission that not everyone is able to pay for services when
they call 911, but billing is routinely done.


January 12 25, 2001


Speeding Auto s. -.

Overturns On

South Bayshore In rP (D
T.t .INDICATE NORTH
Eastpo t WITH ARROW
Eastpoint
A 34-year-old driver of a 2000

passenger were taken to area hos-
pitals shortly after their vehicle
overturned on South Bayshore
Drive, totaling the vehicle in a
35-mile-per-hour zone.
The driver was identified by the
Florida Highway Patrol as
Apalachicola resident James
Gilford Hicks, Jr. of 69 26th
Street. His passenger was identi-
fied as Robert Kevin Pitts of 26th
Avenue, Apalachicola.
The investigating officer's report
described the vehicle as traveling
south on South Bayshore Drive
exceeding the post speed limit of
35-miles-per-hour. The driver, Mr.
Hicks, left the west shoulder of
South Bayshore, traveling 235
feet and then entering the road-
way, losing control, and overturn-
ing the vehicle in the on-coming
lane. Both men were seriously
injured with Hicks, Jr. transferred
to Bay Medical (Panama City) and
Pitts to Tallahassee Memorial, ac-
cording to the highway patrol
report.
The diagram to the right of this
report is a depiction made by the
investigating officer as to the trav-
eled path of the vehicle.


Riverkeepers File Verified
Complaint Against Franklin County
Charging Inconsistency In The
Approval Of St. James DRI

The Riverkeepers have filed a verified complaint with Franklin County
seeking to reverse its approval of or vacate the St. James Bay Devel-
opment Order on December 5, 2000. Further, the complaint stated
that the County Commission order the development of the site be
consistent with the County's. Comprehensive Plan.
The Riverkeeper action, the first in a trail leading to judicial action, is
joined with three citizens owning property in the St. James area. They
are: Martha DuPont (2946 Highway 98 east, Carrabelle); JoAnn
Dittmer and Jean Parmelee (residents of Long Island, NY, owing a
home at 2828 Highway 98 East, Carrabelle). Riverkeepers and the
aforementioned citizens form what is called the Plaintiffs. The Defen-
dant in this action is Franklin County.
Franklin County approved the St. James Bay Development Order on
December 5, 2000. This comprised about 378 acres and featured an
18-hole golf course, the first golf course approved by the County. The
Plaintiffs challenge the validity of the County's approval of the Devel-
opment Order (referred below as the St. James DRI) in early Decem-
ber 2000 The Plaintiffs charge that the county approval was incon-
sistent with the Franklin County Comprehensive Plan. Their
brief-stated, "...Plaintiffs demand that the Board of County Commis-
sioners take remedial action to vacate the Development order and
require the St. James Bay DRI (Development of Regional Impact) to
be compatible with the Franklin County Comprehensive Plan.,."
Plaintiffs charge that the DO is inconsistent with the Comprehensive
Plan because the order allows development of environmentally sensi-
tive lands within fifty feet of wetlands and "...reduces the benefit of
these important natural resources..." Secondly, Plaintiffs charge that
the DO approved by the County allows alteration and clearing of ex-
isting natural vegetation without requiring the applicant to demon-
strate that no reasonable use could be made of the property without
the alteration or clearing. Third, the DO is inconsistent with the Comp.
Plan because it does not require the development to comply with the
Critical Shoreline District Ordinance in that the DO allows habitable
and impervious structures within the Critical Habitat Zone. Fourth,
the DO is inconsistent with the Comp. Plan for Franklin County be-
cause it allows more than 20% of lots to be covered by impervious
structures within 150 feet of wetlands.
This action of filing the verified complaint must be completed before
seeking judicial relief. Plaintiffs, as an adversely affected party, must
first file. the verified complaint with the local government within 30
days of the initial action. In this case, Franklin County has 30 days to
act upon the petition, or they may decide to take no action. In the
latter case, the Plaintiffs must then initiate court action within an-
other 30 day period.

Florida Lighthouse Association To Meet

In Carrabelle He said that response from


By Tom Campbell
President of the Florida Light-
house Association (FLA) Tom Tay-
lor released information last week
on a proposed fund-raising com-
mittee meeting at The Moorings
in Carrabelle on January 19. He
said the purpose of the meeting
was "to discuss ideas for the
up-coming Annual Appeal Cam-
paign for the Crooked River Light-
house."
Taylor said he hoped to meet with
Bill Trushell "at that time to con-
sider ways in which we can make
the campaign more effective."
He said that "last year's campaign
was successful because of... some
nice donations, particularly from
Harbour Lights and the Smoky
Mountain Flame Keepers."


marine-related businesses was
"extremely poor." He encouraged
anyone with ideas or interest in
the process to attend the meeting
at 3:oo p.m. on Friday, January
19,2001, at The Moorings in Car-
rabelle.
He said he would "check with
Barbara Revell" (who is President
of the Carrabelle Lighthouse As-
j sociation). He was planning to ask
Revell to see if she could arrange
with The Moorings, "to see if they
have a small room where we can
meet."
Taylor said that most of the mem-
bers of FLA come primarily for the
programs. About 100 members
are expected for the meeting in
Carrabelle.
Revell's group has arranged for a
i tour of the Crooked River Light-
house for the members who are
attending the state meeting.


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TheFrakln Croicl


Tim Turner


Grief And Anger Mark First

Commission Meeting Of 2001

Franklin County Emergency Management Director Tim Turner opened
the Commissioner's 2 January 2001 meeting with a letter that set a
critical tone aimed at various rescue agencies involved in the recent
drowning of two fishermen.
Turner wrote:
The role of Emergency Management in Franklin County is to
coordinate and assist responding agencies when an emer-
gency threatens the life or property of any of our citizens.
This role is clearly defined in Florida Statute 252.311. I am
finding it very difficult to get cooperation from the respond-
ing agencies, in and around the county in spite of a number
of attempts to explain Emergency Management's role to them.
It is not my intention to try to take authority over any agency,
it is my intention to try and help coordinate efforts to make
the best use of our resources when they are needed. I am
only trying to establish a support role and offer available re-
sources. I have made this very clear to every agency I have
been involved with.
Turner continued:
During the recent incident on December 28, 2000, when two
fishermen were lost, Emergency Management was not even
notified that a search and rescue attempt was going on. The
Franklin County Sheriffs department was involved along with
the Florida Fish And Wildlife commission, and the Coast
guard. According to Florida statutes this entire operation
should have been coordinated from the Franklin County
E.O.C. The reason for this is to establish communication be-
tween the agencies, and prevent wasting of available re-
sources. As a result of this lack of coordination and coopera-
tion, it was several hours before necessary rescue efforts were
under way to rescue these fishermen. Because of these types
of response across the U.S., Emergency Management was
formed. To prevent future problems, I would like to request
two things from the Board of Commissioners. The first is to
request a letter from you asking for cooperation from the three
agencies mentioned above. The second is to ask the board to
authorize the use of Emergency Management funds to create
a search and rescue team as a part of our C.E.M.P. The form-
ing of this team will give us the ability to respond within
minutes of a distress call, not hours. The granting of these
two simple requests will save lives in Franklin County, and
greatly enhance our abilities to respond.
,A number of persons from the families of the two fishermen attended
the meeting and several voiced angry complaints about the delay of
rescue units attending to the emergency. One stated that the Marine
Patrol had acknowledged that they did not have a boat available in
Franklin County,. Another, voiced concern about the inconsistencies
in reporting weather conditions. A Coast Guard helicopter was pre-
vented from performing an aerial search due to fog until daylight;
others reported that there was no fog. Mr. Turner concluded "...The
response should have been better." A few minutes later, after a ques-
tion from Commissioner Mosconis, Turner stated: "...I've found it's
very difficult to get cooperation from the agencies ... If we've got four
or five hours to respond to emergencies, it is no problem. When you've
got somebody who is lost out there and you don't know the situation,
you don't have four or five hours ... Emergency Management as an
Agency should not be involved in actually rescuing people. We're sup-
posed to supply the resources and set up the teams in the county,
and under Florida Statutes ... we're supposed to coordinate efforts
between the other agencies. This is where we're having problems..."
As of January 4th, the second oysterman, Bruce Keith (Carrabelle),
had not been found.
The Coast Guard Station in Panama City, Florida, received a tele-
phone call at 8:00 p.m. Thursday night (December 28th) reporting
that two men were overdue from an oystering trip. The men were
experienced boaters who departed Allen Seafood on a 25-foot oyster
boat on the morning of 28 December. When they did not return by
dark as planned, the mother of one of the men (Milton Ray Hatfield,
age 31) called the Coast Guard.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) be-
gan searching St. Vincent Sount at 8:09 p.m. wile a crew from Coast
Guard Station Pensacola trailered their boat to Apalachicola Bay. The
Coast Guard and FWCC worked throughout the night with negative
results.
At about 6:55 a.m. Friday, December 29th, a FWCC helicopter lo-
cated the boat and one person just off of Green Point in about two to
four feet of water, The deceased boatman, Ray Hatfield, was under
the shallow water, clinging to a life jacket,
Continued on Page 12

Local Real a

Estate Merger H

By January 1st, 2001, Anchor "
Realty and Mortgage Co, Anchor
Vacation Properties, Inc. and Fan- Ex
tasy Properties, Inc. will have
merged their assets and person-
nel.
The combined management team
will include Olivier Monod, who r
will remain as ChiefExecutive.of-
ficer of the real estate company.
John Delorme, chief executive of-
ficer of the Fantasy Properties,
Inc. founded his company in
1992, and was located in Mexico
Beach and St. Joe Bay, Florida.


GALLERY. D

For all of
Last Minute Extension, your office
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reservoirs can be operated, in or-
der to allow the Corps of Engi- supplies.
neers to develop a plan of water L
control and allocation."
Barr said that he was "hopeful
that we still can reach an agree- FREE DI
ment on water allocation." To that F
end, the talks will continue.
He said the main obstacle among EXECUTIVE OFF
the three states is "how the fed- South Monroe
eraflreservoirs can be operated" 1401 South Monroe
in order to allocate enough water OPEN MON-I
Sfor the satisfaction of all three
states.


Hymn MaubLt
Quartet Peifuntib
At SGI MUiudist
Church
The southern gospel singing
group "Hymn Masters" will offer
two performances at the St.
George Island United Methodist
Church at a fellowship supper on
Saturday, January 27 at 6:30
p.m., and again at Sunday morn-
ing worship services at 9:30 a.m.
The Saturday night session will
be hosted by the Church's adult
Sunday school class, who ask
persons attending the supper to
bring a dish to share. The church
is located at 201 East Gulf Beach
Dr., east of the St. George Island
causeway. The public is welcome
at either or both performances at
no charge.
The Hymn Masters Quartet has
been singing Gospel Music for 25
years in North Florida, Alabama,
Georgia and Tennessee. The min-
istry of the quartet is to uplift and
glorify the name of Jesus Christ
through their inspirational gospel
music. Our community is de-
lighted to welcome this dedicated
and delightful group, all of whom
live in Georgia.


5th Annual

Sylvester
Williams

'Scholarship

Banquet

Guest Speaker To Be
Representative Will Kendrick
By Tom Campbell
The 5th Annual Sylvester Will-
iams Scholarship Banquet will be
held Sunday, January 14. 2001,
at the Fort Coombs National
Guard Armory beginning at 4:00
p.m. The banquet has been given
the theme "The New Millennium:
A New Beginning, A Renewed
Commitment."
The public is invited to attend the
celebration.
Commissioner Clarence Williams,
of the Franklin County Board of
Commissioners, sponsors the
banquet each year to highlight the
importance of education for young
people.
Williams said, "The education of
our children has always been a
major focus for me and. this ban-
quet allows me the opportunity to
follow through in my commitment
to provide scholarships for the
children of Franklin County..."


Computer Lab


This year's guest speaker is State
Representative Will Kendrick. Wil-
liams said that Kendrick also "has
a strong commitment in the edu-
cation of our youth." Kendrick
was a former member of the
Franklin County School Board for
many years. He is now the newly
elected member of the State
House of Representatives for the
10th District of Florida.
Williams said, "We will also honor
some of the unsung heroes of our
community, as well as recognize
recipients of previous scholar-
ships."
Tickets for the banquet are $15
per couple, or $ 10 per individual
and $3 per child. They are being


"MS. RUTH" SCHOELLES


sold by members of the commit-
tee, or may be purchased at the
banquet.
Souvenir booklets will also be
available this year at the banquet.
Purchase price is $1. The banquet
and booklet support the cause of
the continued education of the
children of Franklin County.
Questions may be directed to
Committee president, Elinor
Mount-Simmons at 653-9093, or
ticket chairperson Sherry O'Neal
at 653-8674, or by calling
Clarence Williams at 653-8202.
The public is invited to attend and
Sto support the future education
of Franklin County's children.


JACK PROPHATER



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Another FFWCC Staff Available To Public


Member Resigns
Over Computer Use
To Access Porno Web
Sites
Fisheries biologist Jorge Laguna
submitted a letter of resignation
to the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FFWCC) last November. A
spokesperson said the resignation.
was due to a violation of agency
policy for misuse of state owned
equipment.
Previously, Dr. Russell Nelson,
former Director of the FFWCC's
marine bureau resigned from his
position in July for using his state
owned computer accessing por-
nographic web sites. Charles
Shelfer, staff attorney, was sus-
pended for ten days in August and
September for improper use of his
computer.
These resigriatoris "were .tsrri u-
lated by an investigation into
documentation on FFW.CC...com-.,
puters when Port St. Joe attor-
ney Patrick Floyd made a public
information request to review
agency records connected with
the FFWCC's denial to renew the
tarp seine program. Seine nets
using plastic sheeting to catch
baitfish were allowed under an
experimental program approved
by the Legislature. With one year
to go on the program, the FFWCC
announced that the program
would end saying that.the pro-
gram violated the Constitutional
Amendment limiting net fishing.
Floyd wanted to see what commu-
nications had taken place be-
tween FFWCC staff and lobbyists.
Because the agency (FFWCC) was
so slow in making the records
available Floyd was successful in
obtaining a Court Order to force
the FFWCC to turn over the com-
puter records and to allow the
computers to be mirrored. Anton
Hadjuck, a computer programmer
hired by Floyd, reviewed the con-
puter hard drives and announced
that some FFWCC staff had used
the machines to visit inappropri-
ate web sites. He claimed there
was evidence that indicated nu-
merous e-mails had been wiped
from computer memory.




ppy New Year

9m the staff of

ecutive Office

Furniture '


The computer lab at Apalachicola
High School (Room A-23) will be
open for public use beginning
Monday, January 8 through
March 13, 2001, from 5 p.m. to 8
p.m. Both students and adults
may come to the lab to use or
learn to use the many programs
available. Students may come to
the lab to do make up or type up
Science Fair projects, etc. The lab
times coincide with the time that
FCAT tutoring is available for 8th
and 10th grade students. Soft-
ware available in the lab are ca-
reer programs such as Choices
2000, Career Aptitude Survey,
and Career Futures; assessment
programs including, STAR read-
ing and STAR math (middle
school); word processing pro-
grams including Microsoft Works
and Corel Word Perfect; testing
prep programs including HSCT,
and ACT; and access to the
Internet. A teacher and student
assistant are available to assist
you. For more information call
SRita Thifs at 653-8811 after 12:30
h'noon.


JEFF GALLOWAY


PATTY DURHAM (LEFT) &
HELEN SPOHRER


CANDACE VARNES


JERRY THOMPSON


Prudential Resort Realty Agents Recognized

The Realtor Association of Franklin and Southern Gulf Counties an-
nounced its award winners at their annual award banquet held at
the Gibson Inn on December 13th. Prudential Resort Realty congratu-
lates Candace Varnes, General Manager, St. Joseph Bay office, who
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Letter To The Editor
January 8, 2001
"Arrest them all, let the courts settle it out," is the policy of the Florida
Fish Wildlife Commission, when dealing with Fishermen using rect-
angular nets.
In a recent letter to the editor, Mr. Jonas Porter described his son
receiving a citation for fishing with him and having a commercial
harvest of mullet. Mr. Porter purchased his son a saltwater license
before beginning fishing as he has done for over 15 years, Mr. Porter
possesses a saltwater product license with a restricted species en-
dorsement. Upon meeting with the F.W.C. officers the Wakulla
Fishermen's Association began a search of why we were advising our
members to fish in this manner.
Our search of the law found F.A.C. 6813-39.005 Commercial Har-
vest, Statewide Regulation (1) Any person harvesting mullet in excess
of the bag limit established by Rule 6813-39.004 shall be governed
by the statewide regulations contained in is rule and by the specific
regional requirements contained in Rule 68B-39,008. Such persons
shall either possess a valid saltwater product license with a restricted
species endorsement or be aboard a vessel with another person quali-
fied.
The Florida Administrative Code has not changed and Mr. Porter's
son was legal by the letter of the law. Porter's son has now been
arraigned by the Courts, a public defender appointed, and a trial will
be forth coming. Mr. Porter at all times has contended his innocence.
Another issue will be before the Wakulla County Judge Jill Walker,
January 16, 2001. I was issued six citations on October 17, 2000 for
possessing two rectangular nets on a boat. I contend that my nets
were strictly constructed within Article 10 Section 16 of the Florida
Constitution and 370.093(2) Florida Statutes. The nets I had were
strictly constructed to achieve the goals that people sought and perils
sought too be prevented, November 8, 1994 with the Marine Net Limi-
tation.
The position of the FWC is to create premeditated entrapment and
arrest of fishermen by enforcing FAC 68B-39.0047 as the only allow-
able gear.
At the time the Net Limitation was passed by the voters, I developed a
shrimp net and a formula to measure nets. The Florida Marine Fish-
eries Commission opposed these nets all the way to the Florida Su-
preme Court. The high court upheld that my net and method of mea-
surement was permitted by the Net Limitation.
I invite you to be at Wakulla County Court, January 16, 2001. At trial
that day will be our democracy. In the 1997 Legislature we worked
hard to protect the environment and citizens, The question is can the
politically motivated FWC deny me that protection. My defense will
be that law allows my nets.
Ronald F. Crum
Wakulla Fisherman's Association

Letter To The Editor
I, Jonas Porter, was told by the Florida Marine Patrol that everyone
would be arrested and let the courts settle it out, if there was any
questions.
I want to tell you what happed to my son when I asked him to go
fishing with me. This will show that they are following their
statement.
I have a Saltwater Products License (SPL) with a Restricted Species
(RS) endorsement which allow me to catch and sell mullet. I had two
seine nets with my SPL numbers on the nets, indicating that they
were my nets. I had 60 mullet in my boat before the Florida Wildlife
Commission (FWC) helicopter arrived. Upon the helicopter running
up and down the creek the mullet were all driven away.
My son and I were attempting to leave the creek when we were ap-
proached by two patrol boats. The FWC officers requested to count
the mullet, measure my nets, inspect my nets, check for safety equip-
ment and requested our license.
Before taking my son fishing I purchased a resident Saltwater Fish-
ing License for him. This is the same way we have done since the
beginning of SPL requirements. If you take a friend or family member
you always get them a regular Saltwater License because they cannot
qualify for a SPL-RS License. They cannot commercial fish. I was the
only commercial fisherman on the boat!
The officer checked by SPL-RS License and said, OK, but when he
looked at my son's license he began writing him a citation for not
having a SPL with a commercial harvest of mullet. For fifteen years
this has been OK but today with "Arrest them all" it is not. My son
cannot qualify for a SPL-RS and there is a moratorium on issuing
anymore.
Let me now tell you what happened earlier in the week. I was in the
same area in another creek, the same.nets, boat, license, son and
over 75 mullet. We observed black objects crawling in the marsh look-
ing to be buzzards eating something. In checking on the possible
dead animal we found three FWC officers dressed in black with black




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ski masks. The officers commented that they had observed me fish-
hii, and everything seemed OK. '
Upon leaving the creek I met another fisherman and we stopped to
have a cup of coffee. The FWC helicopter landed within eleven steps
from our boats. The officer got out of the helicopter and requested to
board our boats. He checked nets, fish, license, safety equipment
and said OK, My son showed his Saltwater Fishing License and the
officer said it was OK as long as there is a SPL-RS on board.
We had been taking pictures of the helicopter so they requested our
camera, but we would not give it up. The officer's statement was "give
me that camera."
On trying to find what changed I asked Wakulla Fisherman President
Ronald Crum to set a meeting with FWC to ask what's changed. At
the meeting we were told it was up to the discretion of the officer.
I was doing the same as we have done for 15 years but what has
changed is "Arrest them all let the court settle it out." Please help us!
Jonas Porter


From The Statewide Grand Jury

An Analysis Of Florida's Drug Control

Efforts

Excerpts from the Third Interim Report of the 15th Statewide
Grand Jury
Publisher's Note: The 15th Statewide Grand Jury was impan-
eled on September 22, 1999, seated in the 9th Judicial Circuit.
The Grand Jury met on 12 occasions to investigate allegations of
organized criminal activity. The report excerpted below, accord-
ing to the "Final Report of the Fifteenth Statewide Grand Jury in
the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, July Term 1999 ..." is
to "... record for posterity the work of this Grand Jury with the
.hope that its collective voice will be heard and that the citizens of
the State will benefit from its efforts." The report was signed late
November 16, 2000, and released to the public in late December
2000. I think the reader will discover what the State is doing to
interrupt the flow of illegal drugs and come to some tentative
judgment on how the job is going, and what more needs to be
done. Various recommendations are attached to the report and I
have chosen to keep them within the text of the discussion to
save valuable space, and the reader's time. For the complete re-
port and the 25 recommendations, contact http://legal.firn.edu/
swp. Also, for further information contact: Chief Assistant State-
wide Prosecutor Jodie Breece at 305-513-3230..
A great deal of Chronicle news throughout many of these past few
years has been contained in the numerous reports of drug ar-
rests and judicial determinations in our published section en-
titled "Second Circuit Court Report" by Barbara Revell. The ex-
cerpted report from the Grand Jury now provides some accurate
perspective on the sources of the reported -criminal activity con-
tinuing to challenge Florida law enforcement.

I. INTRODUCTION
We, the members of the Fifteenth Statewide Grand Jury, having in-
vestigated a number of narcotics trafficking organizations, and being
concerned about the nature and scope of this criminal activity, its
impact on our State, and the resources being applied to control it,
have spent the past eight months of our term examining the importa-
tion, manufacture, transportation, distribution and sale of illegal drugs
in the State of Florida, as well as the methods of transporting, export-
ing, and "laundering" the vast amounts of money made from this
illegal activity. We have analyzed the efforts of Florida's public offi-
cials, State agencies, law enforcement, courts, and some communi-
ties, schools, and private organizations to reduce both the demand
and supply of illegal drugs. We issue this report with the hope that
Florida's officials and citizens will act on our observations and
recommendations.
At the outset, we wish to commend the vision and leadership of Gov-
ernor Jeb Bush; Florida's first Drug Policy Coordinator, James R.
McDonough; the 1999 and 2000 Florida Legislatures; the Florida
Cabinet; the judiciary; the heads of state, local, and federal law en-
forcement agencies; as well as the community based and treatment
oriented programs working together to solve the drug problem. Many
dedicated professionals appeared before us on this topic, and their
work gave us the understanding and motivation to pursue the cre-
ation of this document.
... Florida has taken the lead in many notable areas and has made
significant strides in coordinating its efforts and targeting its resources.
Through the witnesses we learned about the following recent ... ac-
complishments ...
The creation of Florida's first Office of Drug Control
The appointment of the first Director of Drug Control
The publication of Florida's first Drug Control Strategy
The formation of Florida's first Drug Policy Advisory Council
The first statewide drug importation volume assessment
The first Seaport Study to determine the security of Florida
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The passage of tighter money transmitter laws and anti-drug
trafficking laws ...
The conceptual creation of a "community coalition" team-building
training curriculum
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teams in the Department of Transportation's Division of Motor
Carrier Compliance
The passage of a law banning the possession of secret compart-
ments in vehicles for drug trafficking
Substantial increases in treatment funding ($420 million total)
The expansion of drug courts to each judicial circuit
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drug use
SThe enhancement of the anti-drug youth media campaign
We now have a clear sense that in just the past two years, Florida has
experienced a monumental and positive shift in its approach to the
drug problems it faces. There is clearly a re-invigorated "War on drugs"
in Florida at several levels and in many different areas. Of major
significance, it appears to us that the officials involved in enforce-
ment, education, prevention, and treatment have all agreed that the
best way to solve the problem of drug abuse is to attack both supply
and demand for drugs in this State and to apply equal resources to
this holistic approach ...
By the issuance of this report, we urge all Floridians to take the drug
problem seriously, to keep the spotlight on the work of government
officials in this area and support it, to foster the political will and
sense of social responsibility necessary to solve the problem, and to
endorse the appropriation of the necessary resources to achieve the
goals of the 1999 Drug Control Strategy ("the Strategy"). In other
words, we the members of the Fifteenth Statewide Grand Jury
believe that if this "war" is to be won, we all must support it.
Public lp service won't d6; action is essential and resources are
the key.


II. SCOPE OF THE INQUIRY
We began this undertaking after listening to testimony and evidence
in several drug trafficking cases.
During our term, we returned indictments on charges of Trafficking
in Heroin, Trafficking in Cocaine, Introduction of Contraband Into a
Prison Facility, and Conspiracy to commit those crimes. Since the
beginning of our term, our legal advisers have filed 80 narcotics traf-
ficking and money laundering cases against 231 defendants. An ad-
ditional 21 narcotics trafficking and seven money laundering investi-
gations were opened during our term. ...
We quickly became concerned that these illegal and dangerous ac-
tivities were taking place in our back yards, exposed to our children,
under the noses of authority. We, like any group of citizens who have
the time to consider the magnitude of such events, asked our legal
advisers this simple question: "What is Florida doing about this prob-
lem?', ,
In response, and over the course of several months, we were pre-
sented with testimony from a host oflocal, state, and federal law
enforcement agencies, including administrators, narcotics investiga-
tors, and undercover officers; a number of juvenile justice authori-
ties, including school resource and DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance
Education) officers; judges; cooperating criminal. defendants; and
members of the Governor's Office of Drug Control, Department of
Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Trans-
portation, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway
Patrol, Florida National Guard, U.S. Customs and the U.S. Drug En-
forcement Administration. We also heard from the Florida Alcohol
and Drug Abuse Association.
This is what we found:


There are 1,000,000 users of illegal narcotics in Florida ...
* While there are "hot spots" of abuse in cities such as Jacksonville,
Miami, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando,
Cocoa Beach, and Naples, there is an increasing incidence of use
and addiction in rural communities
There are an estimated 700,000 drug addicts in the State of
Florida
* It is estimated that as much as 80 percent of all crime reported in
Florida is attributable to illicit drug activity
The average age of use onset is 14 years
In 1999, the national use rate was 6.4%; Florida's was 8%
In 1999, the national teen use rate was 11.4%; Florida's was
15.7%
Between 1992 and 1998, the national heroin use by 8th graders
tripled

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* The strength of marijuana and purity content of heroin is three to
four times that of the 1970's
From 1994-1999, the Florida death rate from cocaine went up by
65%
In 1997 and 1998, cocaine related deaths outnumbered homi-
cides in Florida
In 1997 there were an estimated $250.8 million in hospital
charges in Florida for the treatment of drug-related illnesses
There is a serious shortage of residential treatment beds in
Florida; treatment experts estimate Florida is meeting 20% of the
treatment need,
Florida has experienced a startling increase in the number of
overdoses and deaths attributable to a documented increased
potency of heroin and the effects of "designer" or "club" drugs
(nitrous oxide, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid or GHB, ecstasy,
ketamine, LSD, and methamphetamine or "speed')
Florida is experiencing an increase in predatory sexual activity
("date rape") in connection with the use of these "club" drugs
An estimated 150 to 200 metric tons of cocaine and 3 metric tons
of heroin arrive in Florida every year; some for use in Florida, some
for distribution to other parts of the country
The price for a kilogram of cocaine is approximately $18,000 to
$21,000 in South Florida
Billions of dollars in illegal drug proceeds are "washed" through
bank accounts, money exchange houses, and exporting businesses
in South Florida each year
We believe these. facts and figures are unacceptable. We believe the
impact of these figures includes a financial cost associated with lost
productivity in the work place, increased physical injury and disease,
economic loss and'emotional hardship borne by victims of crime, the
operation of the criminal justice system and incarceration costs, and
treatment costs for drug addicts, not to mention the human costs of
failed aspirations, destroyed dreams, broken families, and broken
hearts. .


III. FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

A. Florida's Drug Control Strategy
The Director of Florida's Office of Drug Control is retired Army Colo-
nel James R. McDonough, the former chief strategist for the National
Office of Drug Control, and as such, has produced Florida's first com-
prehensive and specific action plan to reduce both the demand for
and supply of illegal drugs in Florida. The Strategy aims for a 50
percent reduction in drug abuse in five years.
1999 Florida Drug Control Strategy, Executive Summary
The Strategy was published at the end of 1999 after several months
of consultation with legislators and staff, governmental agency heads,
leaders of private organizations, federal authorities, and the news
media. The Strategy "takes a long-term, holistic view of the State's
drug problem" that "no single solution or entity can suffice to deal
with the multi-faceted challenge that drug abuse represents," and
that "it is only through a balanced array of demand .reduction and
supply reduction programs consistently executed over the long-term
that Florida will be able to achieve.a substantial reduction in drug
use and availability and a corresponding reduction in their adverse
consequences." 1999 Florida Drug Control Strategy, at 1-7.

Resources ,.,, ,,
H aviPg read the Strategy and thus embarking upon our own evalua-
tion .of ome of its kev points,,we found first and foremost that the
Office of Drug Control must be given greater resources if it is to con-
tinue this valiant and important work. The strategic document, the
subsequent drug importation volume study, the creation of the Florida
Seaport Study, legislative lobbying, media contacts, and many other
matters have been handled for more than a year by the Director and
a staff of two fulltime employees, with the assistance of a few employ-
ees loaned to the Office by other agencies. If the Office is to continue
its leadership role, it simply must have more full-time and perma-
nent resources.

Responsibility
It is also our understanding that the Office of Drug Control has no
direct input in the administration or budget processes of the entities
charged with attacking the drug problems of this State. In other words,
Sthe Office is articulating goals, directions, and action plans, yet it has
only the power of persuasion with which to achieve implementation
of the Strategy; the Office cannot compel compliance. It is one thing


to promise the people a Strategy and produce one, it is quite another
to implement it with the recommendations and expertise of the strat-
egists ...
We understand that the Legislature shares a co-equal role in shap-
ing, declaring, and implementing the policy directions of this State.
The "budget certification" responsibility envisioned here is not in-
tended to supersede the prerogative of the Legislature to apply re-
sources in a different direction or with a different emphasis, but merely
to give the Legislature the informed opinion of the resident expert in
the Executive branch as to the direction of the budget entities them-
selves. Budget certification responsibility in the hands of the Drug
Policy Director would give stakeholders a consistent point of contact
and standard of review;
It is our finding and recommendation that these matters need to be
addressed, and we urge the Governor and the Legislature to seriously
consider them.
As we moved forward in our deliberations from the starting point of
the Strategy, we found our attention drawn in the same directions as
those on whose expertise the report was based: Prevention, educa-
tion, and treatment are as important as enforcement, if not primary
in nature. However, reminded that the foundation of our authority is
in criminal matters, we start with supply reduction and move along
the continuum to the concepts of demand reduction.

Supply Reduction
As an investigating body examining evidence in criminal cases, our
inquiry naturally began with questions concerning the methods and
operations of drug traffickers in Florida. ..












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Florida's heroin, the majority of which originates in Colombia, is typi-
cally transported on or in the bodies of drug smugglers known as
"mules" who arrive on flights either directly from Colombia or indi-
rectly through other locations such as Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is
considered a "safe" departure point since traffickers traveling to the
U.S. mainland do not have to pass through a Customs inspection or
"border station" as that island is a U.S. territory. A payment to a
"mule" for one delivery of 500 to 800 grams of heroin can be from
$3,000 up to $10,000.
Cocaine arriving in Florida can come from Bolivia and Peru (and, less
frequently, from southeast Asia.via the northeastern U.S.), but the
vast majority arriving in Florida comes from Colombia, and it is typi-
cally brought in loads consisting of several hundred kilograms. The
loads may be flown from Colombia to islands in the Caribbean, where
they are off-loaded onto what are known as "go fast" boats and, in-
creasingly, "junk freighters" with complicated crew quarters, cargo
holds, and hulls. The go-fast boats penetrate Florida at one of the
numerous harbors in our thousands of coastline miles. The freight-
ers may travel up the Miami River to dock for several days or weeks
until their crew is sure that U.S. Customs agents are no longer watch-
ing. Or the loads may be placed in otherwise legitimate cargo in large
container ships, bound from any other country bordering the Atlan-
tic or in the Caribbean for one of the seaports of this State. For those
willing to risk it, the importation of cocaine can yield about $3,000
per kilogram moved.
Haitian-owned freighters, in particular, have beeh modified to include
hidden compartments for the movement of cocaine and currency.
Agents have found cocaine and currency in hollowed walls, false roofs,
cargo holds, voids between decks, ballast tanks, fuel tanks, oil tanks.
engine rooms, pipes, layers of metal, the keel, and hidden within the
cargo itself, for example, used mattresses and other noxious items
that are difficult to search. It is estimated that every Haitian-owned
freighter on the Miami River at any given time has either been seized.
forfeited, and re-sold at auction as a result of a cocaine seizure,'"tr
has been the subject of intelligence that cocaine and/or currency
shipments have moved on them. Twelve such vessels between No-
vember 1999 and June 2000 were found by Customs to be hauling a
total of 2,727 kilograms of cocaine. It is not unusual for these freight-
ers, once seized and forfeited by law enforcement authorities, to be
sold at auction to the operators of smuggling operations aware of the
intricately concealed compartments and willing to make the highest
bid. Customs engages in the re-sale of these vessels in large part so
that it may recoup the docking fees incurred during the forfeiture
proceedings, although we should note that the agency cannot know
to whom it sells the ships when third-party agents hide the owners'
true identities.
Once in Florida, the distribution processes required to move massive
amounts of illegal drugs must be highly organized and effective. Trucks I
are often used to regularly move large quantities of drugs between
points in the, State, and outside the State. The going rate for
over-the-road distribution out of South Florida is $1,000 per kilo-


Hollenbeck Court Embroiled In Trailer

Place moritr

One issue linked both County Commission meetings on January 2nd
and January 5th. This involved the placement of a trailer home in the
vicinity of Arthur Hollenbeck's trailer court zoned for eight units. One
trailer was outside of the boundaries of the court, a source of some
controversy with a few of Mr. Hollenbeck's neighbors. To conform to
proper zoning, the trailer should be moved inside the boundaries of
the zoned court, according to a revised decision reached by the County
Commissioners on Friday, January 5th. Mr. Hollenbeck claimed it
would cost him tip to. $4500 to do this, and couldn't the Commission
just allow him a variance for a time to allow his mother to live in the
unit, undisturbed. Initially, the Commission granted a variance (on
January 2nd) but another complaint was received and the Commis-
sioners decided to revise the issue on Friday at a special meeting,
which also considered the problems with the ambulance services.
After much discussion, the Commissioners rescinded their earlier
action, and encouraged the Health Dept. to inquire into possible fund-
ing for moving the trailer to conform to the zoning.


Lighthouse Art In Carrabelle


By Tom Campbell
Artists are advancing the cause
of the Crooked River Lighthouse
in Carrabelle, as shown on two
fronts this month.
Donna Peters, renowned artist of
lighthouses and floral watercol-
ors, was spotted recently sketch-
ing the Crooked River Lighthouse
just west of Carrabelle Beach.
Donna lives in Crane Hill, Ala-
bama, and has a hide-away on
Alligator Point. Her art and other
lighthouse art will be on display
at the Florida Lighthouse Associa-
tion, the state meeting to be held
in Carrabelle on January 20,


2001.
President of the Carrabelle Light-
house Association Barbara Revell
also reported that there is a light-
house art contest in Carrabelle
High School this week. Revell
said, "Carrabelle High School has
really gotten into the lighthouse
thing!"
There is currently a lighthouse
display in the media center at the
high school.
According to Revell, the judges for
the art contest will be from the
Carrabelle Artist Association.


Carrabelle City
Commissioners
Meet January 4
By Tom Campbell
The City Commission of Carra-
belle met January 4, 200 1, at the
Senior Center, 201 North Avenue
F. Attending were Mayor Wilburn
C. Messer, Frank Mathes, Rita D.
Preston, Phillip Rankin, Raymond
L. Williams and City Attorney
Doug Gaidry. There were about
fifteen guests.
Dan Keck, Engineer with
Baskerville Donovan gave a com-
plete report to the commissioners
on the proposed Change Order #5
for KMT, Inc., involving the instal-
lation of a relief valve at the Old
Plant between the check valve and
pump, $900. Installation of 2" tap
and related line work at DOT lo-
cation, $500. Additional fencing,
$2,800, work already done. Add
electrical heat tracing to meter at
existing well site, $1,500, work
not done. As to repair of DOT con-
crete cap, culvert under Highway
98, he recommended that the city
could have it done with prison
workers to save money. Motion
carried.
New President of the Carrabelle
Area Chamber of Commerce, Ron
Treutel, appeared before the com-
missioners, seeking their approval
and cooperation with the
*Riverfront Festival the fourth
weekend of April. The date is Sat-
urday, April 28, 2001. He re-
quested use of the Pavilion, Ma-
rine Street and a portion of Av-
enue B South. He showed a map
of the area. Jimmie Crowder's
C-Quarters and docks will also be
used. Motion was approved.
David Butler said that non-profit
food vendors are needed for the
Riverfront Festival. Anyone inter-
ested should contact David But-
ler at 697-3395, or call the Cham-
ber office at 697-2585.
The meeting was adjourned at 8
p.m.


Congratulations!


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gram of cocaine. These same traffickers will then return with the
cash generated from the distribution of the drugs. Distributors rou-
tinely use secret compartments in automobiles and trucks for the
transportation of contraband drugs and cuirreficy, and use a system
involving pre-determined drop off sites, beepers, cell phones, and
escorts traveling in separate vehicles.
Marijuana, which is generally imported from Mexico, is hauled
by trucks and automobiles on the highways and back roads
through the state of Texas and into the western panhandle of
Florida. However, Florida also has a burgeoning cash crop in
marijuana-second only to its citrus industry. Outdoor cultiva-
tion appears in forested and rural areas, while indoor "grow
houses" are increasingly found throughout the State.
Methamphetamine is also imported from Mexico, California, and other
western states and produced in home based laboratories that have
been found throughout Florida, but with a high concentration in the
west central areas of the State. Ketamine, a "club drug", is manufac-
tured for use as a veterinary anesthesia. This and similar compounds
are commercially available under regulated circumstances, but are
the target of burglaries, thefts, and corruption.
The movement and laundering of the cash proceeds generated from
the sales of illegal drugs is thought to be a bigger logistical problem
than transporting the drugs, as the cash is significantly more bulky
than its equivalent value in cocaine or heroin. Often the cash is sold
at a deep discount to individuals in other countries who receive the
equivalent value of their purchase price in credit from a black-market
money exchange broker. This satisfies the debt owed to the manufac-
turer or high-level exporter of the drugs and stimulates the purchase
in the U.S. of goods which are then exported to the country where
credit was given. A massive "dollar-peso black market exchange" ex-
ists in Colombia which operates in this manner. Once cash is trans-
ported to the place of conversion, typically in the Miami-Dade and
Broward areas, it is converted to money orders or checks, which are
then deposited into domestic accounts and wired overseas or used to
purchase the U.S. goods to be shipped overseas as described above.
Bulk exportation of currency "as is"-in the five- and ten-dollar bills
that were used to make the street purchases is achieved by smug-
gling it in secret compartments in road vehicles, ship containers or
cargo holds.
The Office of Drug Control estimates that 150-200 metric tons of
cocaine and three metric tons of heroin arrive in Florida every year.
To date, there is no reliable estimate of the amounts of marijuana or
designer drugs being transported through our State, but law enforce-
ment testimony leads us to believe that the volume is very high. Based
on the testimony we received, we believe billions of narco-dollars are
laundered through Florida's commercial and banking establishments
every year.
It is well-documented that "Florida's drug problem is dispropor-
tionately worse than the nation's as a whole." 1999 Florida Drug
Control Strategy, at 1-2. It is our belief that the law enforcement
response is hampered by a significant lack of interagency coop-
eration, technology, resources, and manpower, and by
time-consuming pre-trial depositions.

1. Florida's Seaports
The Office of Drug Control, with approval and funding from the Florida
Legislature, commissioned the first-ever study of Florida's seaports
to determine the risk posed by these facilities as it relates to the
trafficking of narcotics. Released in September, 2000, this study ex-
amined 14 seaports including Tampa, Miami, Port Everglades, West
Palm Beach, Jacksonville, and Port Canaveral, and reviewed the se-
curity situation on the Miami River.
The study concluded that:
There is no supervisory agency over all the seaports of the State
There are no federal or state security standards that govern their
operation and thus there are highly varied levels of security at the
State's seaports, some quite good and some nonexistent
Only two of the 14 seaports studied have sworn security
personnel on site'
No inter-company or inter-agency security forum exists for any of
the seaports studied; the owners of the properties in the seaports
Generally rely on their tenants to provide se curity rather than
taking responsibility for it
Only limited background checks&are-conduted'.on employees at-
the docks-convicted felons, some with arrests for drug-related
charges, work at the seaports
We also heard testimony that some dock workers carry firearms and
that intimidation by dock workers is used as a method of avoiding
detection of illegal drug activity. There is an atmosphere of fear at the
Miami seaport. Dock workers have been observed blocking law en-
forcement officers' vehicles with cargo containers and moving equip-
ment sweeping multi-ton containers in the air over officers' heads,
and actually dropping containers on their vehicles, including one that
held a drug detection dog. We heard that this same kind of harass-
ment was used against the members of the private entity conducting
Sthe Seaports Study. This shocking activity is designed to send a mes-
sage that the rule of law is not welcomed at the seaports. Further
testimony revealed that as many as 60 percent of the current dock
workers at the Port of Miami have felony arrests, with half of those on
drug-related charges.
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


12 January 2001 Paee 5


Drug Control from Page 4

Based on testimony received about the Seaports Study, its con-
clusions and recommendations, we believe that Florida's com-
mercial gateways are virtually unlocked, if not wide open, to traf-
fickers and money launderers, not to mention thieves, terror-
ists, and dealers in all manner of contraband. We also believe
that the majority of Florida's seaports are operated in a manner
that encourages unlawful behavior, rather than discouraging it.
If this lack of security exists to any similar degree at Florida's
airports, then the State is at even greater risk.
Therefore we recommend adoption of the security enhancements Pro-
posed by the Seaports Study, to wit:
The creation of a "State Seaport Authority" to regulate all
seaports in the State
The creation of minimum security standards for all seaports, to
include high-mast lighting, security cameras, photo identification
badges, secured entrance gates, sworn security officers, fencing of
adjacent rail yards, and the relocation of personally owned vehicles
away from dock operations
The creation and implementation of a security plan by the
operators of each seaport
The continued utilization of the Florida National Guard
for additional security
We also recommend:
Criminal background checks on all seaport employees, and
appropriate restrictions on certain employment activities for
convicted felons, but especially for drug traffickers
0 and money launderers
Limitations on the possession of firearms inside the secured areas
A comprehensive study of the level of security at all of
Florida's airports
Prosecution of dock workers who assault or attempt to intimidate
law enforcement officers in the execution of their duties

2. Miami River
Based on the testimony we received regarding the Miami River, we
believe it serves as a free entryway for illegal drugs into our State. We
believe the river should be regulated and made as secure as possible
against such activity. Most disturbing to us was the testimony of law
enforcement that "junk freighters" routinely dock for weeks at a time,
running up docking fees in amounts entirely disproportionate to the
value of their declared cargo, presumably waiting for the least law
enforcement presence and observation in order to off-load their ille-
gal cargo and take on illegal money shipments. Such traffic patterns
are so thoroughly antithetical to the ordinary business of moving goods
in commerce that law enforcement officials are convinced the pattern
has no other cause than the illegal movement of contraband into and
out of the State.
Therefore, we recommend the creation of a "Miami River Authority" to
regulate the operation of the docks. We understand that the docks
are privately owned and that the State must be careful to implement
only such time and place restrictions as are reasonably necessary to
the protection of the public.
We also urge the State to seek greater federal funding for law enforce-
ment personnel and other necessary resources at the river to ensure
routine inspections of both incoming and outgoing vessels, and we
further recommend the "scrapping" of those vessels determined to be
a nuisance. Money laundering on outbound vessels is as dangerous
to our great State as are the inbound drugs producing the lucre;
when the money is safely delivered to the owners of the shipments,
they are enabled to grow, produce, and ship again.


The "Analysis of Florida's Drug Control Efforts"
will be continued in the Chronicle issue of
January 26, 2001.


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Wake-Up Call Regarding The Dixie

Theatre

This is a wake-up call for commriutity-minded people in Franklin
County, especially Apalachicola, Eastpoint, St. George Island, Carra-
belle and Lanark Village. Even Alligator Point is not too far away to
drive on a Sunday afternoon to see a play, a live production onstage
in a matinee performance.
Many towns and cities would pay dearly to have a professional, live
theatre company like the Dixie Theatre.
SThis is the place where all the art forms come together in one place-
Smusic, dance, art, painting, living theatre-a truly cultural experi-
ence. Theatre encourages young people as well as adults to get in-
volved in worthwhile activities that develop mind, soul and body.
Education becomes a joyful experience!
The economic development of an area with a theatre is enhanced, as
people with money to spend will want to see the quality shows, will
visit the restaurants, and will stay-in the motels and inns.
Seven out of ten people in Franklin County, if asked, would probably
tell you, "Yes, it is good for our community to have the Dixie Theatre
here." .
But do you believe that seven out of ten people have attended the
wonderful shows at the DLce Theatre in the last three years?
The fact is that many of our citizens have not supported the Dixie
Theatre. Even though Rex, Cleo and DLixe Partington have spent most
of their lives working in professional theatre, their efforts to put on
quality plays here in our community have gone unnoticed and unap-
preciated.
The sad fact is that theatre must have the support of the local com-
munities in order to exist. Broadwa.-shows can get $50 to $ 100 for a
ticket and help pay expenses, but the Dixie Theatre charges only $15
per ticket. Season tickets can bring that price even lower.
The Dixie Theatre cannot survive without the support of Franklin
County's communities. Regional theatre everywhere depends on the
generous support of the citizens, 'the banks and corporations.
What a shame it would be if our beautiful Dixie Theatre is not able to
survive here in Franklin County, only because the citizens here sim-
ply did not care enough to supportbthe effort.
This is to plead with you-if you have not seen a play at the Dixie
Theatre, please make the effort to see one soon. And if you just don't
have time to go to the theatre to see a play, please make a
tax-deductible donation to the-Dixie Theatre Foundation. It's a
non-profit theatre, and the Partingtons are determined to bring us
quality theatre.
Please, care enough to see a play 40pn-or the time may come when
we do not have live theatre in FYanklin County where we can all go
and have a wonderful time. Please, don't allow this wake-up call to
fall on uncaring ears.
The time is now to do all that you can do: Please, help.
And thank you.
-Jerry Hall


Winners Of

Carrabelle

Chamber's

Decorating

Contest
By Tom Campbell
The year 2000 marked the fourth
annual Holidays Decorating Con-
*test sponsored by the Carrabelle
Area Chamber of Commerce.
There was a division for Best
Decorated Home, and another for
Best Decorated Business. Judges
came from the Chamber and trav-
eled the area on the night of De-
cember 21, 2000.
All the judges remarked that there
were many excellent decorated
homes and businesses in the
community, but unfortunately
only those who had contacted the
Executive Director of the Cham-
ber, Bonnie Stephenson, and in-
formed her that they wanted to
enter the contest, could bejudged.
One of the rules was that each
home or business had to notify
the chamber of their desire to en-
Ster the competition.
First Prize for Best Decorated
SHome went to Joyce Purvis, of
1002 Highway 98 in Carrabelle.
Second Prize for Best Decorated
Home went to Franklin Mathes,
702 Georgia Avenue in Carrabelle.
Third Prize went to Margaret
Massey, 2626 Third Street in La-
nark Village. Honorable Mention
went to Charles and Mark Daniels
of Tallahassee Street and 112
Avenue D N.E.
Best Decorated Business First
Prize went to Carrabella Cove
Gallery. Second Prize went to The
Carrabelle House, Bed and Break-
fast.
Ms. Stephenson also announced
this week that the Chamber's
Annual Service Award "will"be
presented at the Annual Meeting
in January." The recipient will be
chosen from the winners of the
Service Awards during the year
2000. Those winners include: Bob
McDaris of Carrabelle High
School, Barbara Revell of the
Lighthouse Association, Mary
Ann Shields of the Fundraising
Committee For The Carrabelle
Branch Library, Ray Finn of the
Georgian Motel, Bayou Beer and
Bait, Friends of Carrabelle Chil-
dren, and Sandi Crowder of
C-Quarters Marina.
Ms. Stephenson also pointed out
that dues are now payable for all
members of the Carrabelle Cham-
ber for the new year, 2001.


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5th Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs

Sampler


The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce will host the 5th An-
nual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sam-
pler on Sunday, February 4,
2001, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Chefs from
all over the Apalachicola Bay area
will display their most creative
dishes at the historic Fort Coombs
Armory located on 4th Street and
Avenue D in Apalachicola.
In addition to a fantastic selection
of food from our area's most tal-
ented chefs, there will be a silent


Franklin:
Bulletin
Board 1


January 16 March 5, 2001
By Tom Campbell
January 16 and 18-Exercise classes
at the United Methodist Church on St.
George Island will be held each Tues-
day and Thursday, beginning Janu-
ary 16 and 18, from 11:00 a.m. to
12:00 noon. Cost is $1 per session.
These exercises are done without the
demanding physical activity which
some exercise programs offer. Deep
breathing anpd.. strqtchine l'rk in a
marvelous'v. A I.i'rcedli IJe improve
range of motion in joints and increase
stamina. Open to, all interested per-
sons. Other classes with more exer-
tion are also offered at St. George Is-
land United Methodist Church, with
Aerobics on Tuesday and Thursday
mornings at 7:45 a.m. and Step
Classes onMonday and Thursday eve-
nings at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome to
attend. For more information, please
call Marsha Smith at (850) 927-3350.
January 18-Town Meeting Sched-
uled On Minimizing Disaster Losses-
The American Red Cross is hosting a
"Town Meeting" on Disaster Prepared-
ness at 7 p.m. on Thursday. January
18, at the Franklin County Court-
house, All area residents-not just
those of the town of Apalachicola-are
encouraged to attend. Guest speak-
ers will share their expertise on disas-
ter preparedness, and those attend-
ing the meeting will have a chance to
have their specific questions ad-
dressed. The meeting will be emceed
by Gary Botts of the Capital Area
Chapter of the American Red Cross,
a specialist in education on disaster
issues. Guest speakers include Rob-
ert Amnoff.- an information officer of
the State of Florida Department of
Insurance, who will talk about how to
make your insurance coverage the
most effective for your disaster needs.
and Ken Gordon of the National For-
est Service, who will address the spe-
cial problems of living in forested ar-
eas, "at the forest/urban interface,"
The meeting is free, and expected to
last until 9 p.m. Those attending will
also have a chance to win valuable
door prizes, including a weather alert
radio.
January 20-Community invited to
Gaze at the Stars-The second annual
Star Watch at The Nature
Conservancy's Apalachicola Bluffs
and Ravines Preserve. Saturday.
January 20, 2001, 7 9 p.m. (East-
ern Standard Time). Apalachicola
Bluffs and Ravines Preserve office.
located north of Bristol on County
Road 270, 3 miles west of State Road
12 and 5 miles north of State Road
20 in Liberty County, Florida. Come
enjoy a wondrous evening for the
whole family. For more information,
contact Leigh Brooks, volunteer coor-
dinator at 850-643-2756.
January 21 25-Mark Your Calen-
dar!-Aquaculture 2001: The Trien-
nial Conference and Exposition of the
National Shellfisheries Association,
American Fisheries Society and World
Aquaculture Society, January 21-25,
2001, Disney's Coronado Springs Re-
sort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Call
760/432-4270 or e-mail
worldaqua@aol.com for information or
visit http://www.was.org.
January 29-Is Your Workplace Pre-
pared for A Disaster? It Should Be!-
This day long workshop provides
step-by-step advice on how to create
and maintain a comprehensive emer-
gency management (disaster) plan. It
can be used by manufacturers, cor-
porate offices, retailers, utilities, gov-
ernment agencies or any organization
where people work or gather. Whether
you operate from a high-rise building
or an industrial complex: whether you
own, rent or lease your property: or
whether you are a large or small or-
ganization the concepts in this work-
shop will apply. Sponsored by: Ameri-
can Red Cross: In Cooperation with
Leon County Division of Emergency
Management and Apalachee Regional
Planning Council: Date: January 29.


auction featuring weekend ac-
commodation packages, gift cer-
tificates and much, much more.
Tickets are $35.00 each and will
be available at the Chamber of-
fice. Call (850) 653-9419, or email
us at chamberl@digitalexp.com
for more information.
If you would like to purchase tick-
ets, stop by the Chamber office
or mail a check to: Apalachicola
Bay Chamber, 99 Market Street,
Apalachicola, Florida 32320.

2UOl: Time: 8:30 a.m.; Location: 187
Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee. FL:
Cost: $125.00 (includes lunch): For
more information call: 850-878-6080.
February 4-5th Annual Forgotten
Coast Chefs Sampler-The Apalachi-
cola Bay Chamber of Commerce will
host the 5th Annual Forgotten Coast
Chefs Sampler on Sunday. February
4. 2001. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Chefs from
all over the Apalachicola Bay area will
display their most creative dishes at
the historic Fort Coombs Armory lo-
cated on 4th Street and Avenue D in
Apalachicola. In addition to a fantas-
tic selection of food from our area's
most talented chefs, there will be a
silent auction featuring weekend ac-
commodation packages, gift certifi-
cates and much, much more, Tickets
are $35.00 each and will be available
at the Chamber office. Call (850)
653-9419. or email us at
chamberl@digitalexp.com for more
Inform..iion 11 you ,'ouud like to pur-
,:hase rickets stop by the'Chamber
office'b'mail a c het k'io'Apalachicola
Bay Chamber, 99 Market Street.
Apalachicola, Florida 32320. For more
information contact: Anita Gregory at
850-653-9419.
February 21-FCAT Test Dates-
Education Commissioner Tom
Gallagher announced the dates of the
Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Test to be given during the 2000-2001
school year. According to Gallagher: *
the FCAT writing test will be admin-
istered February 21, 2001, with all
make-up tests completed by Febru-
ary 23; the FCAT reading and math
tests will be given from'March 12-15,
2001, with make-up dates on March
16 and 19. "My goal all along has been
to give educators the necessary time
to teach the Sunshine State Stan-
dards and students-the time to absorb
the knowledge needed to be success-
ful on the FCAT and beyond,"
Gallagher said, "With more time in the
classroom focusing on reading, writ-
ing and math, I am confident we will
continue to see tremendous student
gains." Gallagher said the Department
will work with any districts that have
a conflict with the March test dates
due to Spring Break vacations.
March 5-The deadline to apply for a
Gulf Coast Community College Foun-
dation Scholarships is March 5, 2001.
Foundation scholarships are awarded
to students demonstrating academic
excellence, extracurricular involve-
ment, academic potential, leadership
ability and financial need. Priority
consideration is given, by the Schol-
arship Committee to residents of the
GCCC service district. A scholarship
application may be obtained at the
Gulf Coast Community College Foun-
dation Office, 5230 West Highway 98,
Panama City, Florida 32401. For more
information, contact Alexandra Dal-.
las at 872-3809.



The Nature

Conservancy

Names New

President And

CEO

Organization Enters Its 50th
Anniversary Year With New
Leader
The Nature Conservancy, the
world's largest non-profit conser-
vation organization, named
Steven J. McCormick as its new
president and chief executive of-
ficer, overseeing operations across
the U.S. and in 27 other coun-
tries. McCormick will assume his
new position on February 1, 2001.
McCormick is a long-time veteran
of the Conservancy, having served
16 years as the executive direc-
tor of the organization's Califor-
nia chapter, its largest state pro-
gram. McCormick left the Califor-
nia chapter in 1999 to become a
partner in a new law firm special-
izing in conservation and natural
resources.


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Ballroom

Dancing

Resumes At

Dixie Theatre

Beginning Friday, January 12th
Ballroom Dancing will once again
enliven the Dixie Theatre in His-
i..kic Acalachicola. Florida.
At 7:O pan., there will be one half-
ita rofffee instruction for begin-
rfAit and veteran dancers alike,
bya0ngsrfessinnal Ball room Dance
illusitraiticitor
ibirera to t T., Fioxlr-:., Rumba,
TaraT._ 'hia Chba., Jm erbuc. and
-nlolre Cla-uint]ge wai continue un-

There wa1 lTbe non-alcoholic re-
ieshitents served during the
C-si-rie ah rningie
The 'whbae evening wifl cost just
$5..D per ptrsmn
Future dances at the Dixie The-
atre will be on Friday, February
9th and on Friday, March 9th.
Ballroom Dancing is enjoying re-
newed popularitythroughout the
world. It is seriously being con-
sidered as an event for the 2008
Ol\- pic uGames,
Everyone is welcome to join the
fun of Ballroom Danctni at the
Dixie Theatre January 12.: h, Feb-
ruary 9th and March 9th at
7:00 p.m.


Sam Mitchell

Aql'acl Iture

Farm

Blountstown

Catfish Goals
Beginning this year, the farm will
be conducting the growotit dem-
onstration of the channel/blue
catfish hybrid in ponds.
This work is part of a regional
project (southeast Alabama,
southwest Georgia and north
Florida) funded by USDA to dem-
onstrate the potential of the hy-
brid to improve farm income and
sustainability.
The channel/blue hybrid has
been shown to grow faster, is less
susceptible to certain stresses,
has a greater dressout percent-
age, and is easier to harvest by
seining. In addition to pond
growout, the farm will provide a
hatchery demonstration in, year
two of the project.

Catfish Kids
During autumn 2000, the Univer-
sity of Florida Sam Mitchell
Aquaculture Demonstration Farm
(UFSMADF) and the Northwest
Regional Office of the Florida Fish
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWCC) joined forces to put
on another hugely successful
Kids' Fishing Day. After filling all
pre-registration spots In just two
days, 211 children between the
ages of 1 and 15 fished during the
two Saturday sessions.


25,000 gallons of water. returned to their station at


With most children catching their
limit a total .*1 I '2 l-'i were taken
home.
Each child received a certificate
of participation with his or her
name on it, a Junior Fishing Li-
cense, a poster, and a goody bag.
A big thank you goes to FWCC for
all of their help!
Donations for the goody bags were
provided by PureFishing, the
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services Bureau
of Seafood and Aquaculture Mar-
keting, USDA Wildlife Services,
and The Catfish Institute. The
next Kids' Fishing Day is sched-
uled at UFSMADF Saturday,
April 7.

Goldfish Rush
On October 7 the District II 4-H
"Gold Rush" program kicked off
at UFSMADF. Participants in the
program picked up aquarium
supplies and spent the day learn-
ing about goldfish biology
aquarium setup, water quality,
and nutrition.
Over the next six months, stu-
dents will raise their own goldfish,
test water quality, and record
their observations and experience
in preparation for county district
events to be held in the spring.
For more information, call Debbie
Britt Pouder 850-674 3184.


Shellfish

Aquaculture

Cedar Key
Shellfish Aquaculture
Extension Program Expands
The most significant recent in-
creases in Florida aquaculture
have occurred in clam farming,
with 1999 sales of $15.9 million,
almost trlplllirn those reported in
1995,
Over the past five years, increased
collaboration between the univer-
sity and the clam farming com-
munity has been beneficial to
both, Unfortunately, extension
efforts have been limited to a
multi-county area.
With this in mind, goals for this
year's extension program include:
1) Establishing a network within
counties where clam farming is
ongoing, by working with county
marine agents;
2) Expanding the multi-county
shellfish aquaculture advisory
committee to a state-wide corm
mittee;
3) Conducting educational work-
shops, demonstrations and pro-
viding research results to other
areas of the state.
Proposed workshop topics for
2001:
* Introduction to remote water
quality monitoring systems and
weather stations to be deployed
at lease areas in six counties (eg,:
CLAMMRS).
* Clam Crop Software-dlstribu-
tion and explanation of sniplifted
computerized spreadsheets for
ni.lliln iniiji crop Inventories, for
recording planting and harvesting


activities, for calculating yields
and crop times, and for tracking
farm income and expenses.
* Enhanced Seed Production- ap-
plication of genetic breeding prac-
tices and remote setting tech-
niques for hatchery and nursery
operators.
* Pilot Crop Insurance Program-
review and evaluation of policy
provisions during the second year
of the pilot phase. Leslie Sturmer
352-543-5057


Obituaries

Milton Ray Hatfield
Milton Ray Hatfield, 31, of Eastpoint.
FL, died on December 28. 2000 while
working on the Apalachicola Bay.
Born in Apalachicola. Ray had lived
his life in Eastpoint. He was an
oysterman for most of his life and he
attended The Deliverance Tabernacle
Church in Eastpoirit. He is survived
by his mother, Glenda Hatfield ofEast-
point; his fiancee. Michele Provenzano
of Eastpoint; his children: Michael Ray
Hatfield, James Malachi Hatfield. Tho-
mas Provenzano, Lois May
Provenzano, and Stephaney
Provenzano, all of Eastpoint: two
brothers: Matt Hatfield of Eastpoint
and :Darren Hatfield of Bainbridge.
GA: two sisters: Heather Hatfield of
Eastpoint and Dodie Hatfield; many
aunts, uncles, cousins, three neph-
ews, one niece, other relatives, and
many dear friends. Ray was preceded
in death by his father, James Milton
Hatfield. Funeral services were held
on Tuesday, January 2, 2001 at The
Deliverance Tabernacle Church. In-
terment followed in The Eastpoint
Cemetery. Kelley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola, FL, in charge of arrange-
ments.

Mary Louise Branch
Mary Louise Branch, of Apalachicola,
died on Saturday. December 30. 2000
in Apalachicola. A life-long resident of
Apalachicola, Louise was a home-
maker and Episcopalian by faith. She
is survived by two sons: Edward
Branch of Apalachicola. and Wayne
Branch of Eastpoint: six daughters:
Mary Williams of Eastpoint. Kathy
Johnson of Mobile, AL, Kristy Branch
of St. George Island, Brandi Branch
of Eastpoint, Carolyn Branch Hall of
Bristol, FL, and Mary Proctor of
Dothan, AL; three brothers: Troy Wil-
liams, Sr. of Apalachicola. Wayne Wil-
liams, Sr, of Eastpoint, and Leland
Williams, Jr. of Mobile, AL: three sis-
ters: Kitty Creamer of Apalachicola,
Ida Mae Hall of Houston, TX, and Mar-
garet Stidham of Humble, TX: twelve
grandchildren and 12 great-grandchil-
dren, Graveside services were held ori
Tuesday, January 2, 2001 at Magno-
lia Cemetery In Apalachicola. Kelley
Funeral Home, Apalachicola, FL, in
charge of arrangements.

Melvina Jones
Melvina Jones, 82, of Apalachicola,
died on Sunday, December 24. 2000
at Bay medical Center in Panama City.
A native of Glenwood, GA, Mrs. Jones
had lived In Apalachicola since 1953.
She was a retired seafood worker, and
she was a homemaker. She was a'
member of The First Born Church of
The' LI' 1h God. Survivors include her
husband, Mr. Ralph Jones of
Apalachlcola; two sons: Timothy.
Durden of Port Arthur, TX and Daniel
Durden olfOcala, FL: three daughters:
Margaret Jackson of Newark, NJ,
Johnnie Mae Vereen of Ocala. FL, and
Glenda Durden of Apalachicola; two
sisters, IlHazel Leaks and Annie Ruth
Hamilton, both of Ocala, FL;
twenty-nine grandchildren: twenty-six
great-grandchildren; and three
reat-gat-eat-grandchildren. Funeral
services were held on Saturday, De-


8 a.m.
The State Fire Marshall is
investigating the fire and
the results of the
investigation as to the cause
of the fire is not expected
until Friday, January 12th.



cember 30. 2000 at The First Born
Church of The Living God with inter-
ment in Magnolia Cemetery in
Apalachicola. Kelley Funeral Home.
Apalachicola, FL. in charge of all ar-
rangements.

Sarah Lela Daniels
Sarah Lela Daniels. 87. of Apalachi-
cola. died on Saturday. December 30.
2000 in Apalachicola. A native of
Bonifay, FL. Mrs. Daniels had lived in
Apalachicola for fifty years. She was
a retired seafood worker, was a home-
maker, and was a member of The First
Assembly of God Church in Apalachi-
cola. She is survived by her husband.
Mr. Fred Daniels of Apalachicola:
three daughters: Shirley Creamer of
Apalachicola. Ann Nelson of Sumatra.
and Ellen Sansbury of Panama City:
three sisters: Martha Moses of
Apalachicola. Reatha Adkins ofAltha.
and Frances James of Eastpoint:
twelve grandchildren, seventeen
great-grandchildren. and 6
great-great-grandchildren. Funeral
services were held on Wednesday.
January 3, 2000 at The First Assem-
bly of God Church in Apalachicola. In-i
terment followed in Magnolia Cenm-
etery in Apalachicola. Kelley Funeral
Rome, Apalachicola. FL, in charge of
arrangements.

Clara Bell Winfield
Clara Bell Winfield. 72, of Apalachi-
cola. died on Monday. January 1.
2001 in Apalachicola. A native of
Oakvale. Ms. Mrs. Winfield had lived
in Apalachicola for 54 years. She re-
tired from the housekeeping depart-
ment at Weems Memorial Hospital in
Apalachicola, and she was a member
of New Life Tabernacle by the Sea in
Apalachicola. She is survived by six
sons: Louis Lee Sanders. Ill (Nikki) of
Tunea, AK. Lionel Sanders of Talla-
hassee, Anthony Sanders. Donald
Sanders (Nellie), Calvin Harris, and
Dexter Harris, all of Apalachicola: five
daughters: Blondell Sanders Julius
(George), Stella Sanders Bryant.
O'Sheila Harris, and Melissa Winfield.
all of Apalachicola, and Lydell Sand-
ers of Ft. Pierce: one sister. Mrs.
Mamie Jefferson of New Orleans: two
special grandchildren: O'Marsharek
Harris and Antwanette Harris. both
of Apalachicola; 24 grandchildren; 7
great-grandchildren: 3 nieces, 2 neph-
ews; and a host of cousins and spe-
cial friends. Funeral services were
held at 2:00 p.m., Friday. January 5.
2001, St. Paul A.M.E. Church in
Apalachicola. Interment followed in
Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola.
Kelley Funeral Home. Apalachicola.

FL, in charge of arrangements.

George Moye "Massey"
Counts
George Moye "Massey" Counts. Jr..
born October 10, 1915 in Apalachi-
cola passed away on December 23.
2000 at the age of 85. He was a
life-long resident of Apalachicola.
Massey served as the City of Apalachi-
cola Chief of Police from 1946-1952
and he was a former shrimp boat cap-
tain. He served in the United States
Coast Guard during World War II and
was Episcopalian by faith. He is sur-
vived by three sisters: Margaret
Poitras of Winter Haven. FL. Virginia
McEleven of Arkansas, and Gwen
Counts of Winter Park, FL: one
brother, William "Sonny" Counts of
Port St. Joe. FL; fifteen nieces & neph-
ews; two very special friends: George
Wefing and, Johnny Martina. both of
Apalachicola, and so many other
friends; two daughters: Georgette
Counts and Terry Counts, both of Ft.
Lauderdale, FL: and one grandson. A


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Ronald Francis Ravenelle
Ronald Francis Ravenelle. 61, of
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2000 at his home. A native ofC
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Reflections On The Year 2000 And Futures

Events And Personalities In The News


Publisher's Note: Each year,
about this time, the Chronicle
has published a "Year in Re-
view" section emphasizing
noteworthy personalities and
events. In Franklin County,
given the hundreds of indi-
vidual stories published in
the last 12 months, the task
of selecting what might be-
come "noteworthy" is a com-
plicated one, indeed. So, our
staff has started with those
stories about certain events
that continue into the new
year, recognizing that a mere
transition (from 31 December
to 1 January) does not limit
the life of a news story, nor
does it necessarily place the
event into a new category or
raise it to some sort of "star
status." I would prefer to in-
dicate the matter that is iden-
tified here as items that bear
watching and updating, not
to celebrate a particular story
into some kind of category nor
make heroes out of the per-
sonalities involved in those
events. They are simply a part
of the local history as re-
corded at the time. Many of
the updated reports have a
future thrust or point, and we
have researched those events
with that in mind.
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The new 75-slip dock
built by Jimmie Crowder
improved the riverfront
in Carrabelle this past
year. Later, C-Quarters
were constructed on the
dock.
At left, Gene Brown, the
owner of the St. George
Water. Management
Company, St. George
Island, as he addressed
the Board of County
Commissioners on
Tuesday, January 2,
2001.


John James, outgoing property appraiser for Franklin County, stands by a two-
tiered list of Franklin property owners during a December meeting before the Board
of County Commissioners. He brought the 1999 and 2000 property lists before the
Commissioners to dramatically demonstrate the doubling of the work load of his
County office, now headed by Doris Pendleton.
The paper stack also represents the growth of property transactions in Franklin
County and larger number of new owners.


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to house the Franklin County
Health Department's clinic pro-
grams and administrative offices
were completed November 13,
2000. Representatives from the
Florida Department of Health's
Facility Management Office and
the architectural firm of Marshall
Elliot & Innes came to town to
meet with FCHD managers.
The 10,000 square foot, two-story ,
building was constructed on
county-owned land next to the
current Health Department build-
ing on 12th Street. according to
Dr. Shakra Junejo, FCHD's medi-
cal director.


Hospital administrator David
Paris attended the meeting with
Dr. Junejo, John Hayes of the
DOH Facility Management Office
and architect Dick Marshall.
Thanks to the efforts of State
Senator Pat Thomas and Repre-
sentative Janegale Boyd, the
Florida State Legislature gave the
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment $1 million 'to construct the
-new facility, Dr. Junejo said.
The FCHD had earlier received a
$500,000 planning grant, she
added.
All of the Franklin County agen-
cies are in the new building.


David Struhs, head of the Department of Environ-mental
Protection (State of Florida) and Douglas Barr, chief
negotiator in the Tri-River Talks representing Florida to
the states of Alabama, Georgia and Federal Representatives.
The talks have been extended to May 1, 2001 (Please see
story, page one this issue).


















At the 2000 Charity Chili Cookoff, some
samples of Nell and John Spratt's chicken
and dumplings before the crowd arrives.
The 2000 Cookoff grossed about
$140,000-a record year. The entire
project is operated by volunteers led by
Harry Arnold.


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The circular pilings are being brought into the
construction mix for the new $70 million bridge to St.
George Island in December 2000. The extra-wide
structure will hover from 25 to 65 feet above Apalachicola
Bay waters, also carry a new water line to island residents.
The cost of the $5 million line will be passed to water
company customers-a continuing source of controversy.


Gene Brown Of
St. George Water
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County
Commissioners
Gene Brown, owner of the Water
Management Services, St. George
Island, spoke to county commis-
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ered his extemporaneous re-
marks, excerpted below.
"It is my understanding that some
of our customers ... expressed
some concern about the water
company and the new bridge, and
more importantly, the destruction
of the old bridge, which of course,
necessitated the tearing down of
our water line ..."
"I'm not real sure what some of
our customers are so concerned
about. I read a few things in the
paper. I haven't been down here
as much as I used to be. Appar-
ently, they are concerned that we
can't get the work done. Number
two, if we do get it done, it will
cost too much money ...
"First of all, it is going to cost a
lot of money to put a new water
line across the bridge. There is no
question about that. We fought
this thing politically, and we
fought it legally. It is unaccept-
able to us, what the state is doing
in tearing the water line down and
not compensating us. We feel like
(these costs) should have been
included in the federal grant and
that the federal government
should be paying for this. It is
about a $70 or $80-million dollar
project, that another $5 million
spread across the taxpayers of the
United States wouldn't be quite
as bad as its gonna be to spread
itjust among 1400 rate-payers on
St. George Island. This is not a
problem of our making. But. we
have been dealing responsibly
with it. I think. First thing I did ...
we filed suit against the state DOT
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Sharks Defeat

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Bulldogs In

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By Jimmy Elliott
Friday the, 15th of December, the
Sharks basketball team traveled
to Bristol, Fla., to play against the
Liberty County Bulldogs in a dis-
trict game. The game started out
slow with both teams unable to
mount much of an offense and
with four minutes and forty-one
seconds left in the first period of
play the score was tied at 4 to 4.
The gym at Liberty County High
School is one of the nicest gyms
in the district. It has good space
and the floor is made from a rub-
berized material. Once the Sharks
got accustomed to thr gym and
te atmosphere of the many Bull-
dog fans, they got hot and they
took the lead ending the first pe-
riod of play with a commanding
lead of 14 to 6. The second period
found the Sharks still hot and the
Sharks took a big lead into the
locker room at the half 32 to 16.

The second half began almost like
the first half for the Sharks with
shots missing their mark and the
Bulldogs mounted somewhat of a
comeback by cutting the Shark
lead to 32-22 before the Sharks
found their range and the lead
began to grow ending the third
period 48 to 31 in favor of the
Sharks. The fourth period of play
found the Sharks hot and cold as
the Liberty County team tried to
mount a comeback to save the
game, but it was too little too late
and the Sharks of Apalachicola
High School won the game by the
score of 63 to 52. The Sharks
leading scorer was Timmy
Poloronis, with 20 points followed
by Patrick Lane with 17 and Willie
McNair with 12.


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Timmy Poloronis shoots a free throw in an earlier game
against Taylor County.





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Happy New Year

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GILBERT'S DOCK
ON THE BAY
EASTPOINT
Restaurant/Steam Bar &
Retail Market
wishes you a very Happy Holiday!

"TASTE THE DIFFERENCE"
IN THE NEW YEAR!!

Thanks to all of our man'y customers.
Have a safe and happy new year.
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The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


12 January 2001 Page 9


Gene Brown from Page 7
(Department of Transportation)
f6r inverse condemnation."
"We also filed suit to try to stop
them from tearing the bridge
down. We felt like it ought to have
been left there; it would be a great
bikeway and pedestrian-way, and
... 50 years from now, we'll look
back and regret that we tore it
down ... But, that decision has
been made, politically. It's a done
deal..."
'"The Circuit Court did deny our
complaint. And, we lost that. We
lost everything except the con-
demnation count. Mr. Nick
Yonklas is handling the litiga-
tion... We expect that to go to trial
later this year, within the next six
months. Of course, if Nick is suc-
cessful then this won't be a big
problem because most (of the
costs) will be passed along to the
taxpayers of the state, or probably
the federal government..."
"We couldn't stand still for that,
so we've been working with DOT
at the same time to build a new
line. To that end, in the last six
months or so, we've spent about
$300,000 on the approaches. We
have had to replace our lines on
the island side and on mainland
side because they're reworking
the roads on both sides. They're
i tearing out our lines. So, we put
in a line on both sides-and we've
done all of the engineering. .Mr.
Les Thomas has been working on
it for about a year... We've got the
line engineered."
"We've been working and fighting
with the state DOT (Department
of Transportation). They first in-
sisted we put it (the line) under
the middle of the bridge but that
was going to cost about $800,000
.. We fought that for several


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S // 446 Highway 98
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Z 850-670-5500
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Owners: Candace & Lou Simon
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TIMBER ISLAND REALTY
"WE HAVE THE WATER'S EDGE"
P.O. Box 1059 Carrabelle, FL 32322 1557 Highway 98
right across the road from "Julia Mae's"
850-697-3252
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hood." Just reduced, a real bargain at $14,000.

Audie E. Langston Licensed Real Estate Broker
Sales Associates
Janet Stoutamire 697-8648 Mike Langston 962-1170



CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/02/01 Invoice No. '7183
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model Taurus Color Champagne
TagNo IY6406 Year 1986 tate Florida VinNo. IFABP30U4GA161194
To Owner: Aileen Wilson & To Lien Holder:
Mellisa Hutchins
P.O. Box 289
Carrabelle, FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/25/00 at the request of EZ Serve that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 191.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 15.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 02/08/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 461 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


months. They finally did let us
move to the outside (of the bridge).
But, be that as it may, it's still a
12 inch ductile, iron line, triple
coated with special ... stainless
steel hangers that are a little over
$100 a piece just for one hanger.
It's an expensive proposition. And,
somebody is going to have to pay
for it..."
"As you know, we are a PSC (Pub-
lic Service Commission) regulated
utility... We get a return on our
investment. The law allows us get
11% on the actual money invested
plus the reimbursement of our
actual costs. There's not a lot of
money in this business. I sorta
backed into it years ago when the
island had to have a water sys-
tem. So, we built a water system
starting about 1972 ..."
"We worked hard to built this
company up. It's not sale. We
don't feel like there's any justifi-
cation for talking about your
(county) attorney to research how
it could be taken away ... and
turned over to a public entity.
Some people feel like public enti-
ties always do better with these
type things. I for one don't. We can
get the job done just as well as
any public body can; maybe even
better."
We've already received about 11
per cent rate increase to pay for
this initial approach work. We've
already spent about $300,000. In
the next 3-4 months we're gonna
spend another $500,000 on re-
working all the lines around East-
point, and tying in a fourth well
... We're also going out for bid on
these final plans within the next
30-60 days. We've got four bidders
that have expressed an interest
in that: Trawick, Roberts,
Solomon Brothers and Withers ...
We bid out the first work; we had
three bidders. We gave it to the
low bidder. He completed the work


on time and it's been a nice job..."
"The bottom line of all this is, the
rates went up with this initial in-
crease from an average water bill
of $33 per month to $36-$37 per
month... We have a loan worked
up, and assuming that loan
comes through, and assuming
that the cost of the work is as high
as the engineers estimate (about
$5,000,000) that will result in a
rate increase from about $36 to
about $57 per month for an aver-
age water bill on St. George Is-
land. I know that's high, but it is
a fact of life. It costs a lot of money
to live on St. George Island..."
Jimmy Mosconis asked: "When
do you anticipate this cost com-
ing down?"
Gene Brown: "In about 20 or 30
years.
Mosconis: "There is concern
about adequate water for fire pro-
tection."
Brown: "We've heard that con-
cern, and to that end we have
employed Mr. Thomas,I asked him
several months ago to design a fire
protection plan which would pro-
vide a 1000 gallons per minute for
a two hour duration in the com-
mercial area, and 500 gallons per
minute in all the residential area,
which is a good standard for fire
protection level. The overall cost
of that is going to be in the
$300,000 range. That is not a di-
rect responsibility of the water
company, although we are trying
to address that. We frankly feel
that some of that cost should be
borne by all of the island residents
as a whole because fire protection
over there increases everyone's
property values. It is a benefit to
everybody including those on
shallow wells... I've asked Hank
to talk with Jay Abbott to see if a
plan might be devised where the
money that is paid for fire protec-
tion, maybe that could be in-
creased and paid among all the
property owners on the island..."
Mr. Brown, in responding to an-
other question, acknowledged
that he has addressed the island
Civic Club on the water issues.
Brown:"... The first phase of three
consists of approach work, the
engineering design and the up-
grading work around Eastpoint.
Phase Two is the money to run
the line across the bridge... This
will be a rate to enable the com-
pany to service the construction
oan interest during this period of
construction ... rates would likely
go up from $36 to $57 per month,
on average. The final rate will be
a "true-up" rate. That's after the
work is done, and a complete au-
dit ... then the PSC will set the
permanent rate and at that point,
they include depreciation in the
rate ..."


Doris Shiver Gibbs, Election Supervisor, running
unopposed in the 2000 elections.


Wilburn Messer


Carrabelle politics involved the hiring and firing of a Police
Chief and a City Commissioner led by Wilburn "Curley"
Messer.
Planning Office Reports Record

Year For Building Permits And Fees

The Franklin County Planning Office released their annual report of
building permits and other permits for 2000, indicating a total of. 125
single-family residential units were starting construction in 2000. 71
of 125 were for new homes on St. George Island. The second busiest
location for new building of single-fam il h,-using-ir is in Eastpoint with
20 permits issued, followed by Alligator Po int \.'th 10.,,, .. .
In reviewing the numbers of permits across the past five years, the
number of new building permits jumped from 102 in 1999 to 125 in
2000. Numbers were down in 1997, compared to 1996, but aside
from that dip, the numbers of R-1 permits since 1997 has been a
steady climb to 125 in 2000. Interestingly, the fees collected by the
county for those permits in the categories indicated has climbed to
$205,264.01 a record figure over the past five years, since 1996.

2000 Year End Report
Total Permits Issued:
County 3
City 66
Total Fees Collected:


County
City
BOA
Reg Fee
Copies
Total


$156,097.28
5,050.78
4,300.00
36,445.00
3.370.95
205,264.01


Total R-1 Dwellings 125
St. G eorge Island ........................................ 71
Apalachicola ............................................... 8
Lanark Area ............................................. 7
D og Island ...................... ................ ........... 1
Eastpoint ................................ ............ ..... 20
Carrabelle Area .......................................... 5
Alligator Point ........................................ 10
City of Carrabelle ..................... .................... 3
The following is a break down of other permits: .
M obile Hom es ......... ....... ............ ............................. 66
Additions/Alterations .............................................. 115
Repairs .................. ..... .... ...... ............. ..... ........... 59
Commercial ..................... ....................... 11
Docks, Seawalls, etc, ................................................... 50
Electrical ....... ........................... 141
Storage ....... ............ ......... .................... .......... 29
Other ....... ................... .... ................ 139
The following is a comparison of the past five years:


Views of the final stages of the model home of James
DeMonia, St. George Island, constructed using insulated
concrete forms. The Reward Wall System combines the
strength of steel reinforced concrete with the insulating
properties of expanded polystrene.


Lighthouse Lp Sales and
SLighthouse Long Term

Realty Rentals

Of St. George Island, Inc.


61 West Gulf Beach Dr.
Suite C
St. George Island, FL
32328
(850) 927-2821



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Lovely Apalacbicola lHome
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Total Permits

R- 1 Dwellings
Mobile Homes
Fees Collected:


2000
1999
1999
1997
1996


2000 1999 1998 1997 1996

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students are engaged in a sus-
tained silent reading period for
reading textbooks, library book
selections and magazines. Re-
search has shown thateven one
hour per day can improve a
student's reading level.
Please bring magazines and jour-
nals to the school office located '
at Avenue J and 14th Street. If
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Sheriff Varnes and his staff hosted an open
house, typical of many luncheons and get-
togethers of the holiday season, bringing
old friends together once again. Former
Sheriff Warren Roddenberry visited the jail,
hosted in part by Major Mock and Maxine
Creamer. (Below)


Architect Greg Kelley (Tallahassee) with
the drawings fo the new branch library in
Carrabelle. A community-wide fund-raising
effort brought the matching money to the
$500,000 level, including assistance form
a state grant. Mary Ann Shields chaired
the fund-raising effort. The County
Commission approved the plans in
November. Now, after the destruction of
the old gym, the cleared land awaits
construction of the new facility.
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Final preparations for
construction, of the new
Carrabelle Branch Library
have been completed. The
debris of the old gym was
cleared by Jimmie Crowder.


Harry Buzzett loudly hawks
the virtues of their seafood
luncheon at the Apalach-
icola Catholic Parish during
the Seafood Festival in early
November 2000.


2000 was a good year at the Dixie
Theatre-The Summer Season
iI. plays were well received.
In addition the Dixie Theatre was
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Dying Oaks In Apalachicola's Lafayette Park
Earlier Report In Apalachicola Times Contradicted By Forest
Pathologist:

Excessive Watering Was The

Cause For Tree Demise


* Ballroom Dancing.
* A Political Forum (2 sessions).
* A Classic Guitar and Violin Ben-
efit Concert.
* Two Ilse Newell Concert Series
Shows: Tallahassee Boys Choir
and Optimystics from Panama
City.
* Return of "The Folk Revival."
* "An Evening of Awareness," a
Stop Violence Meeting and Dis-
cussion presented by Refuge
House.
* Two performances of "The Curi-
ous Savage," The New Panhandle
Players' initial production.
* Pam Nobles Studio Christmas
Dance Recital.
* The first reading of a new play
"The Ice Man" by Tom Campbell.
2001 is shaping up to be even bet-
ter:
* Ballroom Dancing is scheduled
for January, February and March.
* Friday, February 23 at 8 p.m. is
a Ragtime Piano Concert by Na-
tionally Famous Pianist Bob
Milne.
* Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m.-Ilse
Newell Concert Series presents
the "Collegians"-FSU Men's Cho-
rus.
* March and April should bring
two surprise attractions.
* The Fourth Summer Season of
six plays opens June I and runs
through Labor Day, 2001.
* "The Folk Revival" returns in
October.
* The Panhandle Players produc-
tion takes place in November,
2001.
* Pam Nobles Studio Christmas
Dance Recital early in December.
* Mid-December-A Christmas
Play.


rotic (yellowing) foliage. I indicated.
then that these symptoms are'
commonly expressed by pines
stressed by overwatering and high.
soil pH values. The soil samples'
appear to have validated my:
hunch, and the expressed symp-,
toms are compatible with an ex-'
cessive irrigation etiology."
Barnard dismissed the notion.
that the tree mortality was caused'
by the brick walkways, the light-
ing system or the irrigation sys-
tem itself.
He added some advice regarding:
the installation of new trees when
they are planted in the park.
"With respect to the pathogens'
and posts I observed on or asso-
ciated with some of the dead/dy-
ing oaks and pointed out to you
on the 26th, let me offer the fol-
lowing comments for the record
and for your reference. The
Hypoxylon sp. is a stress-misted
"after effect," not a primary killer,
and the Phellinus sp. observed on
some trees is not a killer either.
The later fungus is, at best, a
heart rot organism. Its presence
might cause sorno internal wood
decay, but it does not kill trees.
As for the Armillaria (tabescens
?) observed at the bases of some
trees and stumps, my read is that
although this fungus Is some-
times a killer, it is typically a
"pathogen of opportunity." I do
not suspect this is a primary or
major factor in the death of the
oaks in the park. Of interest was
the presence of Kermes scale or
the younger, re-established oaks
This insect can and has become
problematic In certain situations
in recent years, and it can serif
ously damage oaks. This bear$
vigilant observation, and tress ac|
quired for purposes of replanting
the park should be carefully in,
spected so as not to introduce
large numbers of this insect into
the park. Normally, Kermes spp:
are not serious problems, but
caution is advised. High popula-
tions of high levels of associated
damage can result from routine'
and/or ill-advised pesticide use as,
pesticides often decimate natural
predator and parasite populations:
while not controlling Kermes spp.".
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Math class at Apalachicola High School launches balloons
under the watchful eyes of the instructor and principal.

Archaeology Day at the Research Reserve, with Dr. Nancy
White, Department of Anthropology (right). She is reviewing
samples brought to her by Karen Cox-Dennis.

Coastal Petroleum Exhausts Appeals On
Denial Of Drilling Permit

The Issue Of Unlawful Taking Of

Coastal's Leased Property Is Still

Unsettled

The First District Court of Appeals, in 1999, heard an appeal from
Coastal Petroleum of Apalachicola about the drilling permit denial by
the Dept. of Environmental Protection. On appeal, the First District
Appeals Court affirmed the administrative decision to deny the per-
mit. Coastal had argued that the Administrative Order should be re-
versed because DEP's interpretation of the applicable statute would
result in an unconstitutional taking of Coastal's leased property. The
appeals court said, in part:
"...There is no dispute that the appellant (Coastal) has a vi-
able contract with the State of Florida to explore for and ex-
tract oil from submerged sovereignty lands. DEP's interpre-,
tation and application of the permitting statute, based on its
determination that there is a compelling public purpose in
not allowing the appellant to drill off shore, effectively pre-
vents thd appellant from exercising its rights under the con-
tract. DEP's action would be unconstitutional only if just com-
pensation is not paid for what is taken. Fla. Const. Art. X, S
6. This is a matter to be resolved in the circuit court.
AFFIRMED.
BOOTH and WOLF, JJ., CONCUR."
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) then filed mo-
tions for rehearing, clarification or certification, but the appeals court
dismissed the matter. The court said:
"...Whether DEP's denial of the permit constitutes a taking
for which compensation is due is not before us, and we de-
cline to comment on the merits of that issue, leaving it to be
resolved in the circuit court.
Thus, within the next few weeks, it is likely another round of legal
activity will be announced. This may be the final demand for com-
pensation to Coastal, and the determination of "unlawful taking" by
not approving of their drilling application off of St. George Island.


Dominic Baragona-
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Archaeology Day at the Research Reserve, with Dr. Nancy
White, Department of Anthropology (right). She is reviewing
samples brought to her by Karen Cox-Dennis.
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U.S. District Court,
Tallahassee, site of the trial
of Nita Molsbee and Maxie
Carroll. The women have
since been convicted of
Medicare fraud, sentenced
and filed an intent to appeal.
A hearing is scheduled soon
to determine if they may
remain free during their
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In early September, a published
report blamed "bad landscaping",
the brick walkway, underground
utilities for lights, the irrigation
system and "the grassing" as con-
tributing to the demise of about
70 oak trees in the park. The rea-
sons were given by a Tallahassee
landscape architect Patrick
Hodges.
Then, in early November, a For-
est Pathologist of the Florida Dept.
of Agriculture, Dr. Ed Barnard,
Forest Health Program, was dis-
patched to the scene to collect and
process samples to determine the
reason for the oak deaths. His let-
ter is quoted here: "... It appears
to me that the primary (and for
all intents and purposes sole)
cause of the oak mortality is sim-
ply excessive watering/irrigation.
The subject oaks are, to begin
with, sand live oaks ... This spe-
cies is adapted to deep, infertile
and typically well-drained sandy
soils; excessive irrigation would
undoubtedly alter root aeration
and, if prolonged, represent a se-
vere physiological stress to the
trees."
Dr. Barnard indicated further that
excessive irrigation was indicated
by two factors: (1) the preponder-
ance of a Hydrocotyle spp. in the
park's turf and (2) very high soil
pH values measured in four com-
posite soil samples he collected (at
the site). He wrote further,
"...Hydrocotyle spp.'("water pen-
nywort" or "navelwort") prefer and
are favored by wet environmental
conditions. Under "normal" envi-
ronmental conditions one would
not expect the abundance and/
or proliferation of Hydrocotyle
spp. to approach those observed
in the park, especially beneath
sand live oaks. The high soil pH
values are very likely a function
of accumulated basic cations ...
resulting from repeated and ex-
cessive irrigation with water hav-
ing a high mineral content and
associated pH ..."
In his letter directed to Willoughby
Marshal, Dr. Barnard stated:
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in the park with you, I pointed out
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presented their work in Franklin County as indicated in
typical weekend display at Joyce Estes' St. George Island
shop managed by Jean Collins


TV satellite media surround-
ed Florida's capital during
the month-long legal mach-
inations, including units as
far away as the NHK System,
the Japanese National TV
network.


B (Left) Dr. Maurice Rameriz,
dressed in his familiar clown
attire at the Charity Chile
Cookoff, relocated his
medical practice in Kiss-
issimee in January 2000.


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The Franklin Chronicle


Representative Will
Kendrick "Busy
With The People's
Business"


Many Franklin County homes demonstrated a full array of colorful lights and holiday
designs despite rising power and fuel costs.


at least about three-fourths of it,
to his constituents. He showed a
map of his district, which
stretches 280 miles from tip to tip.
"800 miles in circumference." he
said. He showed his lap top com-
puter schedule for the next few
weeks, an impressive gadget pro-
vided by the state of Florida, and
the schedule is about full already.
Meetings, training sessions, pa-
rades, speeches, appearances-
you name it-anything in the area
of communication and service.
He laughed. "The easiest part of
this job is driving from Carrabelle
to Tallahassee." It's also easy to
find a parking place in downtown
Tallahassee, because the state
provides a parking space for mem-
bers of the House of Representa-
tives. Nobody else can find a park-
ing space in downtown Tallahas-
see without driving around for at
least thirty minutes.


Timber Island

Lease In Limbo

While Tommy Bevis and Associ-
ates won the lawsuit between
them and the City of Carrabelle
in 2000, the most noteworthy de-
velopment is yet to occur. The
State Lands division of the De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection held a workshop in No-
vember to consider the prospect
of terminating the lease of Tim-
ber Island with the City of Carra-
belle. As of Monday, January 8th,
representatives at DEP have in-
formed the Chronicle that the
Timber Island matters is "tenta-
tively scheduled" to be reviewed
by the Governor and Cabinet, sit-
ting as the Board of Trustees, at
their next meeting in Tallahassee,
Tuesday, January 23rd, starting
at 9 a.m." There is more than one
option" a representative told the
Chronicle and a final decision as
to whether to terminate the lease
has not been formally made as of
January 8th.


The site of the accident suffered by Connie Phillips, now
in litigation. When attorneys certify the end of mediation,
directed by Judge Steinmeyer, a trail date will be set.
Ms. Phillips and her husband are suing Anchor Realty
and Mortgage, owned by Olivier Monod.

Grief and Anger from Page 2
Several local fishermen had dispatched their boats into the Bay be-
fore the arrival of the Coast Guard and FWCC. The Franklin County
Sheriffs office had also responded earlier in weather described as
(poor conditions).
As the discussion unfolded, Turner stated: "... I was not even con-
tacted ... This kind of thing should not happen ... At this time of year,
during cold water conditions, we have one hour ... at the most, to
respond and rescue a person on this bay, because of hypothermia ..."
... The reason we spent a trillion dollars last year in Emergency Man-
agement was simply because we did not have coordination between
agencies in the past ... Right now, what we've got is a system where
nobody communicates with me. The Marine Patrol doesn't coordinate
with anybody, The Sheriffs Department and I coordinate pretty good,
but the Marine Patrol and the Coast Guard, they don't communicate
at all." Later, he added, "I called and notified them that we were there;
we wanted to help. But, I have not received a call ... I'm talking about
the Marine Patrol."
The Commissioners voted to write a letter to the Coast Guard, the
Florida Marine Patrol and FWCC asking for cooperation in coordinat-
ing among themselves in future disasters. They also authorized the
use of Emergency Management funds to create a search and rescue
team as a part of their program.
Other complaints were presented. "It took 5 hours and 40 minutes to
et the Coast Guard here. They brought out a little, rubber raft with
our men on it. They were out there 3-1/2 hours ... I feel that the
Coast Guard wasn't here when we needed them. The FWC? It took 3
hours and 15 minutes for them to get put in the water. This needs to
be addressed; we need immediate response ..
"I called the Marine Patrol and they told me that they did not have a
boat in this county to put in the water."
A closing comment, paraphrased here, raised the observation that
the Florida Marine Patrol was numerous on the water when it came
to enforcing the net limitation Amendment, but they were very scarce
when the task turned to immediate search and rescue.
.Two months ago, there was a seafood truck stopped in Gulf County.
Twelve FWC men-officers-were there ...
They were there in minutes, checking for undersize oysters. Why
weren't these men (the deceased) treated with half the urgency that
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Ron Crum,
Wakulla Fisherman


Sitting in the office of State Rep-
resentative Will Kendrick in the
House Building in Tallahassee
and listening to him talk about
"responding to the needs of the
constituents" was a gratifying ex-
perience. Here is a politician who
has vowed to "communicate" with
the people he represents.
"Communication is the biggest
.key," he said. "You've got to be a
communicator. I know where I
come from, how I got here, and
where I go back to." This is one
reason he is already friends with
Speaker of the House Tom
Feeney.
"My favorite part of this job is re-
sponding to the needs of the
people in my district (District
Number 10). 1 see this office as a
conduit." He is and will remain a
conduit for information and com-
munication.
He estimates that he now repre-
sents "close to 90,000 people in
ten counties and parts of Leon,
Gilchrist, Marian and Alachua."
He said he has "a lot to learn" and
has, been busy learning. "You
can't read it out of a book," he
smiled. "You have to get to know
who pushes what button, and
who pulls what strings." If you
want to get something done, you
have to find the most effective and
direct way of going about it.
He said that an early decision for
him was a big challenge. "The
Presidential decision," he said. "I
wanted to be sure that the ma-
jority of my constituents, the
people I represent, were heard.
Seven out of ten counties voted
for Bush, and there was not
enough evidence for me that the
people I represent had been dis-
enfranchised." So he made the
decision to vote for Bush as
President.
Kendrick said that his newjob as
Representative for District 10 was
"eye opening." His life is not re-
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and served delicious treats (such as pineapple cake) for
political fund-raisers and voter solicitations in the 2000
campaigns.


LeRoy Hall responds to a point during a discussion of the
Vibrio Vulnificus draft plan now the subject of several
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Wakulla fishermen protested at the site of the First
District Court of Appeals over the Net Limitation issues.
Their leadership has protested the Florida Net Limitation
policies in denying access to the fishing medium for those
who are handicapped. Another legal case has been revived
and may be argued by March that could potentially and
finally define a legal net.
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R. Michael Whaley, Pastor
Join us as we praise and
worship the living Christ!

Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
Worship & Praise 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Night 7:00 p.m.
Wed. "Power Hour" 7:00 p.m.

"Walking in Christ"


GENERAL CONTRACTORS
RG0055056


Tractor Work 4
* Aerobic Sewage Treatment Systems
Marine Construction
Septics Coastal Hauling


Foundation Pilings
Commercial Construction
Utility Work-Public &
Private


I8TE K' ELECTRONICS
OM RADIO
ICOM RADIOS


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AUCTION
ITEMS
NEEDED
850-927-2753
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