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Volume 10, Number 6 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER March 23 April 5, 2001


Planning For New State Park In

Apalachicola


Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Franklin Briefs ................ 2 FSU Marine Lab ................ 7
Redistricting ................... 2 FCAN.............................. 8
Editorial & Commentary...3 Global Warming .............. 8
Allen Boyd Report ......... 3 Bird Watching .................. 9
FWC Schedule ..................3 Library Volunteers ...........9
Camp Gordon Johnston ....4 Dixie Theatre ..................
Second Circuit Court........ 5 Philaco Club .................. 10
Alligator Point.............. 5, 7 Bookshop ...................... 10
Franklin County District
School Board Annual Audit
.................................... 6, 9


By Tom Campbell
With the Orman House and sur-
rounding lands becoming a hub
of visitor activity, the Division of
Recreation and Parks (DRP) has
resumed planning for a new state
park in Apalachicola.
The Orman House was purchased
by the State of Florida, Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
on December 12, 2000. This was
a part of what is known as the
Pierce Mound Complex CARL
project, funded under the Division
of State Lands' (DSL) Land Acqui-
sition Workplan, comprising 1.38
acres of the Orman House and
grounds formerly owned by
Annegret E. and Douglas Gaidry
of Apalachicola. There is consid-
erably more acreage to be ac-
quired, including the balance of
a 10-acre addition to the Pierce
Mound Complex CARL project
that includes the Orman House.
The Orman House occupies 1.38
acres of the 10-acref'addition."
The Orman House, built in 1838,
is a significant state and local ex-
ample of typical early Florida
prosperity and vernacular Greek
Revival architecture in Florida.
The restoration, made by the
Gaidrys, won the Florida Trust for
Historic Preservation Award in
1997 for an outstanding restora-
tion. The acquisition plan, accord-
ing to state documentation, in-
cludes leasing the Chapman Bo-
tanical Gardens, adjacent to the
house, to the state of Florida.
However, while this idea had been
discussed with Apalachicola city
government some time ago, no
concrete proposals have been
made recently. Thus, the planning
phase has barely started, ex-
pressed mostly in government
memoranda and internal docu-
mentation.
State Park and Recreation officials
in Tallahassee emphasized to the
Chronicle that much remains to
be done in forming the Park on
paper and then in reality. In the
near future, meetings with the
Apalachicola community and lo--
cal government officials are an-
ticipated to facilitate the planning
process, and obtain perspectives
as to the composition of the park


and the other proposed acquisi-
tions. The Governor and Cabinet
sitting as the State of Florida
Board of Trustees have approved
the purchase of the Orman
House. 567.62 acres still remain
to be acquired, or otherwise in-
volved in the proposed park.
The Cabinet approved the pur-.
chase of 1.38 acres on the
Apalachicola River with its "el-
egant two-story home at this
week's, (December 15, 2000)
meeting in Melbourne as part of
Gov. Jeb Bush's Capital for a Day
program, designed to take govern-
ment to the people of Florida."
The Orman site, as reported by
the Tallahassee Democrat, won
the Florida Trust for Historic Pres-
ervation Award in 1997 as an out-
standing restoration. It was
bought "by the state for $810,000.
It includes the 3,875-square-foot
house and 1, 154 square feet of
open porches and a pool and gar-
den."
The property iricltides a barn,
slave quarters, wells and brick,
foundation remnants purported
to have been a convent, a school
and an infirmary during the Civil
War."
The property will be managed by
the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection's Division of Recre-
ation and Parks, according to the
report in the Democrat. The plan
is to have the house and state
park land with enough waterfront
property to provide visitors with
"access to the Apalachicola River,"
and it will also be used to accom-
modate special events. This ac-.
cess to the river is viewed as "an,
added tourist attraction."
Apalachicola's historian George
Chapel has said that "the historic
Orman home ... has stood tritts
bluff overlooking the town's
ante-bellum waterfront since
1838." Cut to measure near Syra-
cuse,. New York for Thomas
Orman, (1799-1880), a prominent
commission merchant, and
shipped by sailing vessel around
the Keys, the home was "as-
sembled and securely fastened
together on heavy cypress fram-

Continued on Page 10


Lighthouse Bills Now In Florida Senate

And House


By Tom Campbell
Good news for Florida Lighthouse
groups has recently been re-
ported. Kathy A. Fleming, Execu-
tive Director of the St. Augustine
Lighthouse and Museum, inc.,
reported last week that there is
"significant progress" with the.
.Lighthouse Study Bill. She said,
"The bill this year has been co-
sponsored by Senator Jack
Catvala and State Representatives
Doug Wiles and Charlie Justice."
Fleming continued, "With a bill in
the House and an identical one
in the Senate, ... (there is a good)
chance of making this study a
reality (in 2001)."
The study can mean funds for the
preservation of Florida Light-
houses. Fleming reported that
"the Florida Trust for Historic
Preservation has also added the
bill to its advisory, at her request.
Action and Bill Numbers are:
HB733, Representative Doug
Wiles and Charlie Justice. In the
Senate, SB1616, Senator Jack
Latvala.
In the House, the bill has been
referred to the Tourism, Trans-
portation and Economic Develop-
ment Appropriations; Council for
Competitive Commerce.


In the Senate, the Bill has been
prefiled and awaits assignment to
committee.
Fleming advises those who would
like to add their input to contact
members of the local legislative
delegation. 'Tell them you support
the Lighthouse Study Bills," said
Fleming. "Refer to the bill num-
bers and ask them to support
these bills. Your letters, phone
calls and/or e-mails can make a
difference."
Addresses can be found for the
legislative delegation at
www.leg.state.fl.us or in other
published locations, such as the
front of your phone book.
Fleming said, "HB733 passed the
Tourism committee with flying
colors. The vote was unanimous.
... We must now work on the
Transportation and Economic
Development Committee ...
Please let your locally elected leg-
islators know that Florida's Light
houses are important, both is-
torically and economically."
Franklin County resident Barbara
Revell, President of Carrabelle
Lighthouse Association, said, "We
believe the Crooked River Light
Station deserves preservation.
There are other lighthouses and
museums that deserve state fund-
ing for preservation. Florida's leg-
islature should take action to this
end."


River Keeper Now
Seeks "Amicable
Resolution"

Lawsuit Filed

Against Golf

Course

Development
County attorney says Keeper
Organization and other
plaintiffs lack standing, filed
an untimely litigation, failed
to allege sufficientfacts, and
failed to state a cause of
action.
The Apalachicola Bay and River
Keeper organization and three St.
James residents have filed litiga-
tion against the Franklin County
Commission and the developer of
the proposed golf course, Carra-
belle Properties, Ltd. on March
5th in the 2nd Circuit Court in
Franklin County.
The plaintiffs seek a declaration
from the Court and an injunction
to prevent the County Commis-
sion from taking action on devel-
opment orders they allege are in-
consistent with the county com-
prehensive plan. Specifically, they\
seek judgment declarifig Invalld
as inconsistent with the county
comprehensive plan, the
Commission's December.5, 2000
approval of the application from
Carrabelle Properties, Ltd. devel-
opment order. The order allowed
the construction of the St. James
Bay development on land in
Franklin County owned by Car-
rabelle Properties, Ltd. Plaintiffs
also seek a permanent injunction
to prevent Carrabelle Properties,
Ltd. from acting upon and imple-
menting the Development Order,
and also to enjoin the County
Commission to reverse the devel-
opment order.
Martha DuPont resides at 2946
98 East, about 550 feet southeast
of the Carrabelle Properties, Ltd.
land. JoAnn Dittmer and Jean
Parmelee own a home and real
property at 2848 Highway 98
East, about 66 feet south of the
Carrabelle Properties. Carrabelle
Properties, Ltd. is a Texas limited
partnership with their principal
place of business located in Dal-
las, Texas, and owns several par-
cels of land, which comprise the
378 acres of the St. James Bay
Development of Regional Impact.
The development includes 575
residential units, an 18 hole golf
course, 210,000 square feet of
commercial space on 20.82 acres
and a Homeowners Bay Recre-
ation facility.
The pleadings in the plaintiffs
complaint allege that the River
Keeper organization is an "ag-
grieved or adversely affected
party", and as a result of the com-
plained of action by the County
Commission, "...the Keeper and
its members will suffer adverse
effects to their interests in the
preservation and protection of
natural resources, including the
protection of the vital wetland re-
sources, which are interests pro-
tected by the Comprehensive
Plan..." The allegations also


Camp Gordon
Johnston Weekend,
March 9-11, 2001
The published photos on the
right are the highlights of the
parade and dedication de-
scribed more fully in an ar-
ticle by Rene Topping on
page 4 of this issue. More
pictures are included with
Rene's article, inside this
issue.


added, "The failure of the County
Commission to comply with its
policies of wetlands protection will
diminish the Keeper's members
enjoyment of the natural re-
sources adjacent to their prop-
erty." Those parties are: Dupree,
Dittmer and Parmelee.
Specifically, the Development Or-
der approved by the County Com-
mission is inconsistent with the
Comprehensive Plan in that the
development order allows devel-
opment of environmentally sensi-
tive lands within 50 feet of wet-
lands. The order is also inconsis-
tent with the comprehensive plan
in that the development order al-
lows alteration and clearing of
existing natural vegetation with-
out requiring Carrabelle Proper-*
ties, Ltd. to demonstrate that no
-reasonable use could be made of
the property without the alterna-
tion of clearing.
The Plaintiffs also allege that more
than 20% of the lots to be cov-
ered by impervious structures are
within 150 feet of wetlands.
The defendant in this litigation is
Carrabelle Properties, Ltd. and
the Franklin County Commission. .
On March 14th, defendant Car-
rabelle Properties Ltd. filed their
answer to the complaint, denying
that the Commission's action con-
stituted the "taking of action on a
development order" ... which ma-
terially alters the use or density
or intensity of use on a particular
piece of property as contemplated
by the Florida Statutes. Moreover,
Carrabelle Properties, Ltd. denies
that its development order is in-
consistent with the cited provi-
sions of the Comprehensive Plan.
As affirmative defenses, Carra-
belle Properties, Ltd. assert that
the plaintiff failed to state a cause
of action for declaratory relief, and
injunctive relief. Further, the
plaintiffs Dupree, Dittmer and
Parmelee do not have standing in
order to bring the lawsuit. Finally,
the defendant asserts that the liti-
gation was untimely filed.
The attorneys for the defendant
_Carrabelle Properties, Ltd. are
Lewis, Longman and Walker, P.A.
ofTallahassee. Plaintiffs attorney
is Andrew Jubal Smith of Talla-
hassee.
Franklin County filed their an-
swer to the lawsuit on March
16th. County Attorney Al Shuler
took issue with a number of alle-
gations in the complaint, includ-
ing the following:
1. The actions of Franklin County
described (in paragraph 11) do not

Continued on Page 2


The plaque dedicated to the Training Center & 4th Infantry Division.


Rev. Joseph Knight with his scout troop.

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Vicar Of Trinity Episcopal Installed


The Reverend Joseph Sturdevant
Knight was installed as Vicar of
Trinity Episcopal Church in
Apalachicola on Sunday evening
March 4 at 6:00 p.m. by The Rt.
Rev. Charles F. Duvall, Bishop of
the Episcopal Diocese of the Cen-
tral Gulf Coast. Clergy from sev-
eral dioceses participated in the
service athistoric Trinity Church.
Preaching the sermon was the
Rev. Douglas M. Carpenter of St.
Stephen's Episcopal Church in
Birmingham, AL. The Rev. Tom
Crittenden of Holy Comforter in
Episcopal Church in Tallahassee
and the Rev. Carl C. Bright of
Christ the King Episcopal Church
in Santa Rosa Beach also partici-
pated in the celebration of new
ministry.
Father Knight is a native of Selma,
Alabama. He holds a BS degree
in Business Administration from


Samford University, a Bachelor of
Divinity degree from New Orleans
Baptist Seminary, and a Master
of Public Administration degree
from Auburn University. His pro-
fessional background includes
serving as Economic Development
Director of the City of Birming-
ham, Executive Director of the
Southern Development Council
and Executive Director of the Ala-
bama Tombigbee Regional Com-
mission. He has been especially
active in community organiza-
tions pertaining to mental health,
economic development and senior
citizens.
Father Knight was Rector of the
Church of the Epiphany in Leeds,
Alabama before moving to
Apalachicola with his wife, Anne,
to assume his duties at Trinity
Church.


Captain Bob Kinder (left) and Jerry Howard.


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Franklin

Briefs

March 20, 2001
Present: Chairperson Eddie
Creamer Commissioners
Bevin Putnal, Clarance
Williams, Cheryl Sanders,
Jimmy Mosconis.
Bill Mahan, County
Extension Director
The Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services on March
8th adopted the Florida Vibrio
Vulnificus management plan.

Alan Pierce,
Administrative Director
The county is eligible for Flood
Mitigation Assistance funds, tra-
ditionally used to buy out, or el-
evate existing homes that have
been damaged by flood waters.
Deadline for applying is May 21st.
The county will receive a small
grant to help address coastal re-
source protection needs, a one
time allocation of federal funds
that will be available October 1,
2001. Mr. Pierce estimated
Franklin's share of funds would
be less than $10,000. The Board
has to submit a list of projects by
June 5th, with local input and
public participation when the list
is submitted. The Board approved
the project Pierce recommended,
which included (1) Improve drain-
age at Lanark Village and (2) re-
build the dune walkover at the
county park on St. George Island.
The county has received a letter
from the Department of Transpor-
tation requesting proposed
projects for Small County Out-
reach Program. The state provides
75% of construction costs for
projects that meet SCOP criteria.
Franklin County is participating
in this program with the resur-
facing of CR 67 that has yet to
begin. The county has the option
of listing two more projects for
funding in Fiscal Year 2002-2003.
David Kennedy, consulting engi-
neer for Franklin County, and
Alan Pierce, recommended to the
Board the submission of Patton
Drive (Eastpoint) which is the cut-
off between US 98 and Island
Drive, and C-30, which is the road
that leads from US 98 to Indian
Pass, The County could submit
these projects, or others, and then
the Department of Transportation
would evaluate and rank the
projects for funding. If the County
ranks high enough, but does not
have the funds, we do not have to
participate. But, the state pro-
vide's 75% of the cost, so Iif'mihy
be a good idea to participate.
The Board approved three dock
projects approved by Planning
and Zoning. These were in the
names of Nick Yonclas, Charles
Turner and Marty Draper.
A schedule of fines for violations
of county ordinances as approved
by the Construction Industry Li-
censing Board, was approved by
the Board.
The Board of County Commis-
sioners approved resubmission of
Phase III of the St. George Island
Bike Path for funding to the Dept.
of Transportation. If approved,
Phase III would extend the bike
path from 11th Street East to the
State Park.
The Board also approved the fi-
nal plat of the Kinja Bay Subdivi-
sion contingent upon Mr. Shuler
having reviewed the appropriate
documents including a bond for
construction of a road and final
plat letter.
The Board held a public hearing
and adopted an ordinance


amending the Franklin County
zoning ordinance to allow the
R-1A single family residential
subdivision district to be estab-
lished in the coastal building zone
when it would result in a reduc-
tion of density. A request for re-
zoning and land-use change C-4
Mixed Use residential commercial
to R-1A single family residential
subdivision district involving 1.71
acres in Lanark Village was also
approved.
Another public hearing was held
considering an ordinance prohib-
iting the operation of any motor
vehicle on, over, across or through
the dunes and beaches in
Franklin County, providing excep-
tions, penalties, and effective date
and repealing other ordinances on
the same subject. Board ap-
proved.
Weems Hospital and
Ambulance Services
Susan Ficklen, Administrator of
Weems, began a discussion on a
proposed contract with Emergy-
stat, Inc. for ambulance service
in Franklin County. Administra-
tors from Centennial (leasee of
Weems)- and Emergystat also at-
tended to respond to questions
from the Board. The lengthy dis-
cussion led to matters involving
proposals for pay schedules for
EMS personnel and other mat-
ters. The Board did not take any
approval action and instead, rec-
ommended to the administrators
that another proposal be submit-
ted.

Juvenile Justice
The Board passed a "Resolution
of Appreciation" proclaiming
March 25-31 as Juvenile Justice
Week in Franklin County, urging
all citizens to take part in stop-
ping or preventing juvenile delin-
quency, and to make a conscious
effort to learn more about the pro-
grams for prevention and inter-
vention, and join in the fight
against crime in the Franklin
community.

Senior Citizens, Volunteer
Appreciation Month
The Board recognized March as
Franklin County Senior Citizens
Council Donor/Volunteer Appre-
ciation Month, encouraging all
residents of Franklin County to
join in this celebration.

Supervisor of Elections,
Doris Gibbs
The Supervisor recommended
that the Board begin preparations
for reviewing the U.S. Census data
for possible redistricting in coop-
eration with the Franklin County
School Board when that data is
made available. See separate story
in this issue of the Chronicle. A
workshop with the School Board
was proposed. A letter from the
Board to the School District will
also propose a joint planning ef-
fort. Al Shuler will look into the
legal requirements of possible
options for single-member dis-
tricts and an "at large" seats for a
possible reconstituted Board.

Kendall Wade
The County Clerk announced
some updated information on the
new Web Site for the county, to
include minutes of past Board
meetings for a two year period,
upcoming agendas and other in-
formation for county residents.

County Attorney, Al Shuler
The County Attorney announced
that he had filed an answer to the
River Keeper litigation against the
County and Carrabelle Properties,
owners of the proposed golf
course. Please refer to a separate
story in this issue of the
Chronicle. A public hearing on a
proposal from the Keeper organi-
zation was scheduled for April
3rd.


St. George Island An island resi-
dent, Roger Butler, complained to
the Board about the ditch work
being done on the island, express-
ing concern over the presence of
a large ditch in front of his home
for water, citing the dangers of
having such a ditch very close to
the bike path. The work, autho-
rized by the Department of Trans-
portation, in support of runoff
from the now bridge to St. George
Island.

Lawsuit from Page 1
materially (alter) the density or
intensity of use on the subject
property, inconsistent with the
comprehensive plan.
2. Allegation 13 was also denied.
The answer stated, in part, "The
Comprehensive Plan for Franklin
County was amended in all nec-
essary respects at the same time.
the DRI Order complained of was
adopted. The DRI Order, Compre-
hensive Plan, change and Planned
Unit Development Order were all
adopted December 5, 2000 and
must be read together. The action
did not materially change the use
or density as intensity of use of
the subject property."
3. Allegation 14 was refuted with,
"...The subject property is not in
the watershed of the Apalachicola
River or Bay. Plaintiffs interest
does not exceed in degree beyond
the general interest in community
good shared by all persons."
4. In paragraph 14, the County
denied the allegation. "...The 50
feet setback is from wetlands de-
fined in the Comprehensive Plan
and not the currently defined wet-
lands. The action complained
does not materially affect the use,
density or intensity of use of the
property. Plaintiff interest therein
does not exceed the general inter-
est..."
The answer by Mr. Shuler also
pointed out that ... the plan is
good for the area, and has been
approved by the Dept. of Environ-
mental Protection."' Also,
"...Franklin County can change
setback requirements in a Devel-
opment of Regional Importance
and a Planned Unit Development.


For Franklin County, the affirma-
tive defenses were identified as
follows:
1. Plaintiffs filed their complaint
more than thirty days after
Franklin County notified them no
action would be taken on the veri-
fied complaint, and is therefore
untimely filed.
2. Plaintiffs have no interests
herein which exceed in degree the
general interest in community
good shared by all persons.
3. In the proposed development,
the land uses, densities, capacity
and size, timing and other aspects
of the development are compat-
ible with and further the objec-
tives, policies, land uses and den-
sities and intensities in the
Franklin County Comprehensive
Plan, and meets all other criteria
enumerated by the Franklin
County Board of County
Commissioners."
4. "Plaintiffs do not have stand-
ing.
5. "Plaintiffs failed to allege suffi-
cient fact upon which the relief
sought may be granted."
6. "Plaintiffs failed to state a cause
of action."
On March 20th, County Attorney
Shuler received a memorandum
from attorney Andrew Jubal
Smith, on behalf of River Keepers
declaring an intention "...to work
toward a settlement of Case No.
01-00067-CA. The message ended
with a veiled threat, namely, "...
you must keep in mind that the
Keeper will not settle this suit if it
determines that amendment lan-
guage is inadequate to ensure
protection of the resource and
enforcement thereof..."
On the same day as their answer,
attorneys Lewis, Longman and
Walker on behalf of the defen-
dants, filed a request for produc-
tion of numerous documents
within 30 days of their request. A
list of 19 distinctly identified cat-
egories of documents was con-
tained in their request, including
a complete membership list of the
River Keeper organization, cur-
riculum vitae of each expert wit-


Supervisor Of Elections Reminds County

Commission Of Possible Redistricting


Doris Shiver Gibbs, Franklin
County Supervisor of Elections,
has issued a memorandum dated
March 12, 2001, directed to the
Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners and the Franklin
County School Board that the
2000 census data for the pan-
handle counties, including
Franklin, will be released within
the next few weeks. Under. state.
law and tl, Florida Copstitution,.
after each decennial census the
Board of county commissioners
shall divide the county into dis-
tricts of contiguous territory as
nearly equal in population as
practicable.
The Supervisor of Elections is not
responsible for redistricting as
.this falls directly to the Franklin
County Board of County Commis-
sioners. The Board did not redis-
.trict the county at the last cen-
sus in 1990.
Gibbs expressed the hope that
both the Board of County Com-
missioners and the School Board
would develop any redistricting so
the lines for school board mem-
bers and county commission
members would remain the same
so as to avoid confusion of the
Voters, or reduce expenses for
ballot preparation. She urged
both boards to address these
matters as soon as possible so her
elections office might make any
changes to precinct lines that may
be required after redistricting.
In this connection, some citizens
have voiced opinions about re-
turning to some kind of variation
on county commission seats "at
large" along with the current five
electoral districts. When a District
Court decision mandated sub-
stantial changes in redistricting
years back, the "at large" slots
were eliminated in favor of
single-member districts, ensuring
fair representation of all county
residents. Not only were more
minority members elected to pub-
lic office, representation outside
of Apalachicola strengthened on
the boards, leading to the removal
of the countyjail on the west side
of the Apalachicola River, to its
present-day location. The county
commission legally fought these
changes and lost, costing the
county taxpayers nearly $50,000.


Selling the Pearl of the Panhandle
My Specialty area is Carrabelle Lanark -
S'- Carrabelle Beach St. Teresa St. James Eastpoint
Let me be your guide to finding your
"perfect pearl" of a property.
Please call Rene for all your real estate needs, buying or selling.


Rene
Topping
Associate
CARRABELLE REALTY
(the name says it all)
Office: (850) 697-2181
Home: (850) 697-2616
FAX: (850) 697-3870


3 BEDROOM/ONE BATH, living room, dining room. Has a swimming
pool, on 3 city lots. The property is fenced all around. This
property has a good rental history. Reduced to $50,000. AS IS.

ASK FOR RENE

3 BEDROOM, LIVING ROOM, 1-1/2 baths on two city lots, fenced all
around. Has add-ons of a Florida Room in front and an extra
room. Could be used as rental or make a great place for the
fisherman. Has large outside building. AS IS. $27,000.


"Conversations" Continue With Eastpoint
Water And Sewer On Supplying Water To


ness, all documents concerning
written or oral communications
between the plaintiff and any pub-
lic or private entity or its repre-
sentative, or any individual, con-
cerning the subject matter of this
proceeding, minutes of River
Keeper meetings at which the
subject matter of this proceeding
was discussed, all documents in-
dicating the boundary and/or hy-
drological characteristics* of the
Apalachicola watershed and ba-
sin, and many others.


St. George Island
Bob Harper, at the recent meet-
ing of the St. George Island Civic
Club, on Thursday evening,
March 15th, reported to the as-
sembled members about meetings
with the Eastpoint Water and
Sewer service on the subject of
supplying water to St. George Is-
land.
He said that he had been meeting
with Jim Sisung and the East-
point Water Board at their board
meetings, and "...they're still in-
terested..." in supplying service to
the island. Harper reported that
Mr. Brown, of the St.George Wa-
ter Management Company, did re-
ceiVe their low interest loan that
would bring down the projected
water costs to about $55 per
month, instead of much higher
rates due to the construction of a
new water line on the new bridge.
This was reported earlier in the
Franklin Chronicle.
"Our group is still dedicated as is
Eastpoint Water District to pro-
ceed, if we wish to do so. I think
there's still a lot of advantages for
us to continue working with them.
We don't pay Gene Brown's sal-
ary, which amounts to... consult-
ing fees he gets, to well over
. $100,000 a year, so in about eight
years, (he is) paid a million dol-


Correction
Donna Carol Dasher Glass of
Carrabelle is not the same party
as Donna Glass, described in
the Second Circuit Court Report
dated December 18, 2000,
charged with four counts of
worthless checks.


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Through Arts,

Crafts, Food,

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April 28, 2001 Saturday

The 11th annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2001, in
downtown Carrabelle, Florida. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Activities
will include: Arts Festivals, Maritime Crafts Exhibits and Demonstrations, Music and Food.

Picturesque Carrabelle is experiencing it's renaissance and this will be echoed in our Festival.
Visitors will enjoy the scenery, the beaches, and the charm of Florida's Forgotten Coast, with
entertainment all day long.
ARTS
Our art show will feature quality regional artists. Art exhibits will include originals, as well as
limited and open edition prints. Craft artists will exhibit and have available for sale authentic '
custom designed works including fine pottery, sculptures, unique metal art, custom woodcarv-
ing, yard art and many other fun things.

MARITIME
Maritime Crafts Exhibits and Demonstrations.

Enjoy a variety of talents all day Saturday, sponsored by Wicked Willies.
Enjoy a variety of talents all day Saturday, sponsored by Wicked Willies.


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FOOD
A wonderful array of local and outside (professional)
vendors will be available to provide Forgotten Coast
specialities and old-time favorites.


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lars ... There's also grants which
the Eastpoint Water District can
get because they're a governmen-
tal agency that he can't get, so we
can perhaps get some work
done..." There are those advan-
tages."
Harper reported that Jim Sisung,
former head of the Eastpoint Wa-
ter and Sewer District, asked if he,
Harper, "had a consensus" among
those living on the island about
continuing discussions on this
topic with the Eastpoint District,
and eventually "absorb the island
in our district," At that point,
Harper took a straw vote and
asked those who were in favor of
continuing the discussions to
raise their hands. About 70-75%
of those attending raised their
hands, amounting to about 75
persons attending the meeting.
Harper then said he would write
to the Eastpoint Water and Sewer
Board indicating that the civic
club would be in favor of continu-
ing discussions on being absorbed
by the Eastpoint Water District,
"...to see how far it would take
us...
Donald Gay is the new President
of the Eastpoint Water and Sewer
District, having been elected at
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23 March 2001 Page 3


From The Internet: Your Choice

We think our younger generation never notices anything, but (it's
possible) ... they notice more than we as adults do, and they notice
and understand more than we want to admit they do.
A Columbine student wrote this compelling essay, so appropriate on
the first anniversary of the tragedy.
"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings,
but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy it less.
... We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We
talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how
to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life, but not life to
years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble cross-
ing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We've conquered outer space, but not inner space. We've cleaned up
the air, but polluted the soul. We've split the atom, but not our preju-
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the days of two incomes, but more divorce; fancier houses, but bro-
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when you can choose either to make a difference and pass it on-or
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Hope your choice is a good one."
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Important Notice To The Florida

Shellfish Industry And Interested Parties


Commissioner of Agriculture,
Terry L. Rhodes, announced the
release of the "Interim Florida
Voluntary Vibrio vulnificus Risk
Reduction Plan For Shellfish".
The Interstate Shellfish Sanitation
Conference (ISSC), which pro-
vides the national uniform human
health guidelines for all states and
the shellfish industry to follow,
has been addressing illnesses and
deaths associated with consump-
tion of raw shellfish containing
the naturally occurring marine
bacteria Vibrio vulnificus. This
past July, the ISSC postponed the
implementation of a mandatory
"Vibrio vulnificus Illness Reduc-
tion Plan". Following the ISSC
meeting, the Department coordi-
nated meetings with selected.
members of the Florida shellfish
industry to discuss the idea of
developing a Draft Florida Plan
using the ISSC proposed Plan as


a guide. The consensus was that
it was preferable to take a leader-
ship. role and cooperatively de-
velop a Draft Florida Plan. A small
workgroup with broad represen-
tation (shellfish industry,
academia, seafood trade associa-
tion, federal health agency, and
state health agencies) met on two
occasions and came to consensus
on the "Draft Interim Florida Vol-
untary Vibrio vulnificus Risk Re-
duction Plan For Shellfish".
Public workshops to discuss this
"Draft Interim Florida Voluntary
Vibrio vulnificus Risk Reduction
Plan For Shellfish" were held in
Milton, Apalachicola, Cedar Key,
and St. Augustine (locations
where commercial oyster harvest
is occurring).
If you have any questions please
do not hesitate to call David Heil
at (850) 488-5471.


Panhandle Players Talent Search

The Panhandle Players will hold auditions to identify,vocal talent
for upcoming musical shows at the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola
Tuesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m.


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Vol. 10, No. 6


March 23, 2001


Publisher ......... Tom W. Hoffer
Contributors ......................... ........... Tom Campbell
............ Sue Cronkite
........... Barbara Revell
........... Rene Topping
.......... Jimmy Elliott

Sales ...................................................... Tom W H offer
........... Diane Beauvais Dyal

Advertising Design
and Production Artist.......................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Proofreader .......................... ................... Tom Cam pbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein......................................... Alligator Point
George Chapel ......................................... Apalachicola
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping .......................................... Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ............................................... C arrabelle
D avid Butler ........................................... C arrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
George Thompson ................................... Eastpoint
Pat M orrison ............................................ St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island



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St. George Island Bridge Project

NOTICE TO PUBLIC
The St. George Island Bridge Team is scheduled to SWITCH TRAF-
FIC over detour roads at both ends of the St. George Island Bridge
on TUESDAY, MARCH 20. The switch will assist with construc-
tion of the new bridge approaches, as well as roadway improve-
ments.
Two-way traffic will be maintained, however, the SPEED LIMIT.
WILL BE REDUCED TO 30 MPH in the area, throughout bridge
construction. The detours will remain in effect until the new bridge
is completed.
Please reduce speed as posted to protect the construction team,
as well as the traveling public.


The Florida Aquatic Preserve System

By Nancy Marcus
The Panhandle region of Florida is often referred to as the nature
coast. Indeed much of the coastline is included within the confines of
the Florida Aquatic Preserve System. Aquatic preserves were created
by the Florida Legislature to protect the valuable natural resources of
the coastal environment. The first preserve was established in 1966.
The Panhandle region is home to six of the States 41 preserves: the
Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve, the Apalachicola Bay Aquatic Pre-
serve, the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, the St.
Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve, the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Pre-
serve, and the Big Bend Sea Grasses Aquatic Preserve.
The preserve closest to Tallahassee, the Alligator Harbor Aquatic Pre-
serve was established in 1969 and its management plan was formal-
ized in 1986. The preserve stretches from Alligator Harbor to its west-
ern edge lying about 1 mile west of the FSU Marine Laboratory en-
compassing a region of approximately 14,000 acres. Preserve waters
extend approximately 2 miles offshore. Seagrass beds, salt marshes,
and submerged outcrops provide home to a rich variety of organisms
including species that are important for recreational fishing (tarpon,
redfish, sea trout, flounder, pompano, jack, bluefish, and Spanish
mackerel), commercial sale (shrimp and clams), and ecological func-
tion. The seagrass and salt marsh habitats are particularly impor-
tant as nursery grounds and refuges for the juvenile stages of these
important fish and invertebrates. In addition, these habitats are the
feeding grounds for the adult stage of several valuable game species
(e.g. sea trout and redfish). Birds also rely on the rich waters of Alli-
gator Harbor to provide food during their migrations across the Gulf
of Mexico and some like the piping plover actually utilize the sand
spit at the entrance to the harbor as a rest stop. Several threatened
and endangered species including the Atlantic loggerhead sea turtle,
Kemp's ridley turtle, the leatherback turtle, the Atlantic peregrine
falcon, bald eagle, least tern, and piping plover are found in the pre-
serve waters or associated with its terrestrial borders. The region also
contains a number of terrestrial and submerged cultural/archaeo-
logical sites including the Yent Mound (1,000 B.C. 500 A.D.). The
Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve is classified as an Outstanding
Florida Water Body, Class 11 Shellfish Harvesting Waters, and as an
EPA Gulf of Mexico Ecological Management Site. The outstanding
water quality of the preserve and the ecological importance and prox-
imity of its seagrass and salt marsh habitats have also made this
area an excellent location for the FSU Marine Laboratory. FSU fac-
ulty, students, and visitors have conducted studies in the region since
the 1940s. The original laboratory was located on the shore of Alliga-
tor Harbor; the present facility located at Turkey Point still within the
confines of the Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve was established in
1968.
Aquatic preserves are areas of aesthetic beauty and the natural re-
sources they harbor are of tremendous economic value to the State.
Unfortunately these regions are experiencing increased stress as more
and more people opt to live near or visit the coastal zone. While it
seems inevitable that development efforts will proceed alongFlorida's
*'coasgtlie it is essential that citizens, businesses, institutions and
government officials respect the aquatic preserve designation so that
the integrity and value of these systems are maintained for genera-
tions to come.
More information about Florida's Aquatic Preserve System can be
found on the following website www.dep.state.fl.us/cama/programs/
aquatic.htm


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Would The Last One To Leave,

Please Turn Out The Lights?

A Shocking Energy Report
By Congressman Alen Boyd
As one of the coldest winters in history continues, we have all felt the
direct impact of skyrocketing energy prices on our wallet. In this time
of national prosperity, we are now having to think twice before turn-
ing our heaters on for fear of the huge bill we'll receive at the end of
the month. And only to make matters worse, we continue to have
higher than normal prices at the gas pump. All of this is taking its toll
on the elderly with fixed incomes, working families, farmers, and small
business owners. It is time for a national energy policy that works.
OPEC's curtailing of their oil production, our nation's robust eco-
nomic growth, and high demand because of the colder than usual
winter have all contributed to the climbing energy costs across the
country. As visions of rolling blackouts and emergency generators
continue to haunt us, the California energy crisis serves as a warning
to what could happen if our nation does not develop a long term,
comprehensive energy policy. In order to prevent further economic
hardships for millions of Americans, Congress and the President must
act soon to ensure that our families and seniors do not have to make
a choice between keeping warm or buying food and medicine. Find-
ing a way to maintain an adequate and affordable supply of energy,
while increasing efficiency and conservation must become a priority.
I have heard from many of you, concerned and suspicious of the
recent hikes in the cost of natural gas. As your Congressman, I am
working with my colleagues to determine the cause. To that end, I
have co-sponsored H.R. 712, a bill that instructs the National Acad-
emy of'Sciences to study and report to Congress the specific causes
of the recent natural gas price increases. The goal of the report is to
identify what federal action may be necessary to improve' the na-
tional gas reserve supply for use during shortages and price increases
and discuss what, if any, federal or state policies, that may have helped
bring about the current situation.
More immediately, to help deal with the rising cost of our heating
bills, at the end of last year, Congress included an increase in fund-
ing for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Congress also established and funded a 2 million barrel Northeast
Oil Reserve to assist cold weather states if shortages develop and
push prices higher. Additionally, I have cosponsored two bills that
enable USDA to offer assistance to crop producers, livestock and poul-
try producers, and even greenhouse operators who have incurred
severe economic losses as a result of increased energy costs.
Beyond the squeeze on our pocketbooks, increased dependency on
foreign sources of fuel is a threat to our national security, and fur-
thermore, underscores our immediate need for a national energy policy
that works. Many have said that it is only during times of war that we
appreciate the strength of our military. I might add that, unfortu-
nately, only during times of high energy prices do we appreciate the
importance of having a stable, domestic source of energy.
In 1959, our nation imported about sixteen percent of its oil and
gas from foreign sources. In 2000, our imports were approximately
55 percent of all petroleum used in the nation. This level of depen-
dency on foreign fuel is unwise. It is clearly in our national interest to
increase our domestic production and explore alternative energy
sources. We can no longer afford to be at the mercy of international
cartels when it comes to our energy policy. While we should include
aggressive diplomacy with OPEC and other oil exporting countries for
increased production, we must have incentives to encourage the re-
opening of capped marginal oil and gas wells in the U.S. to increase
our own production. Finally, we must work with private companies to
develop alternative and renewable energy sources. To this end, I have
cosponsored legislation to provide a 5-year extension of the credit for
electricity produced'from wind. This is especially important for our
long term energy goals.
In closing, we should' look to California's situation and learn from
their mistake. As the debate continues b6i our overall energy strat-
egy we must work together to ensure a sound future for America's
energy supply.


FWC Schedules March 29-30

Meeting In Tallahassee
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con- changes concerning freshwater
servation Commission's March fishing. On the second day. th
29-30 (Thursday and Friday) agenda includes review and diE
meeting will take place in Talla- cussion of draft Brevard Couni
hassee. The March 29 meeting manatee protection rules.
will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the
Holiday Inn at 1355 Apalachee On Thursday, Commissione]
Parkway. The second day's meet- also will review and discuss a pr
ing will begin at 8 a.m. posal to purchase a new mitig
ing will begin at a.m. tion park in Hamilton County fc
The first day of the meeting, the development, activities in th
agenda focuses on wildlife man- Northeast and North Central rc
agement area administration, gional planning council bound
staff reports and regulation aries.
In other business concernir
wildlife and aquatic life, Commi
ST. GEORGE sioners will:
consider designating th
ISLAND flatwoods salamander as a spc
UNITED cies of special concern;
METHODIST consider a new rule to phase ot
the practice of allowing prival
CHURCH hunting preserves to release ma
Slards or black ducks for hunting
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Adult Sunday School 8:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 9:30 a.m.
Children's Sunday School
And Nursery during Morning
Worship

Phone: 927-2088
E-mail: sgiumc@gtcom.net
The Rev. T.E. Schiller, Sr., Pastor


first Japtis t Churc)
St. George Island
501 E. Bayshore Drive
850-927-2257
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.

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Marine Turtle Grants Program.
Regarding marine fisheries issues
on Friday's agenda, the FWC will
hold final hearings on proposed
rules to prohibit all fishing,
spearfishing and collection of
marine life in state waters in the
Tortugas Ecological Reserve and
delete the scheduled July I expi-
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HAIL AND FAREWELL TO CAMP GORDON JOHNSTON VETERANS


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Storage will sell, for cash, to
the highest bidder, the con-
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units, on April 71"2001. The
public sale will be conducted
at Bluff Road Storage, 1001
Bluff Road, Apalachicola,
Florida at 9:00 a.m. Owner
may redeem unit contents
prior to sale date and time,
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By Rene Topping
March 9, 2001 marked the begin-
ning of a weekend of events
planned for the veterans of WWII
who had received their amphibi-
ous training at Camp Gordon
Johnston. The veterans started to
arrive at the Franklin County Se-
nior Center to register and par-
take of the enticing food laid out
for the buffet style brunch that
was just the first of a three day
weekend full of events.
Franklin County Voting Supervi-
sor Doris Shiver Gibbs and
Franklin County Property Ap-
praiser Doris Pendleton registered
46 visitors.
Among those enjoying the break-
fast, was Bill and Rosemary
Dixon, who had traveled from
Phoenix, Arizona. to have reunion
with their comrades from the
1940's at the Camp Gordon
Johnston Reunion. Rosemary
said, "This is our Fifth Reunion
Year. What wonderful people to
make our stay so pleasant.
Thanks to all and God Bless."
Madison Cobb, who was a mem-
ber of the 2nd Battalion Rangers
was being interviewed by Matthew
'Lambert, a local student. He was
listening intently and made lots
of notes as he recorded Mr. Cobbs'
dramatic story during the early
hours of D-Day. Cobb is a deco-
rated veteran having earned nine
Congressional medals including
the Presidential Unit Citation to
all the Rangers in the 2nd Ranger
Battalion. The Cobbs are pres-
ently living in Now York.
Nola and Kenneth Elliott were
here from New Haven, Kentucky.
SMr. Elliott said that he was a
Ranger and he had been sent to
the South Pacific Theater. He said
he was with the 1st Infantry and
he saw action in New Guiana,
Layte and Luzon. He said he was
in the Carrabelle area in
1942-1943.
These men spent their youth
training to go either to the Euro-
pean Theater or the South Pacific.
Many of them can only now begin
to tell their stories.
After the brunch many of the vet-
erans took the boat rides to Dog
Island and the Nature Area of the
Carrabelle River. It started to rain
around 11 o'clock.
Some of the veterans attended the
Sea Oats Garden Club dedication
of their sundial in Veterans Park
to the City of Carrabelle and to
the honor of all the American vet-
erans of all the wars. Several of
them stepped forward and said a
few words.
The Parade Marshal was Robert
Dunbar. Among the local politi-
cians was State Representative
SWill Kendrick, Franklin County
Commissioners Bevan Putnal and
SCheryl Sanders, and Carrabelle
Mayor Wilburn (Curley) Messer.
Others in the parade were: the
Carrabelle, Apalachicola and La-
nark/St James Volunteer Fire De-


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apartments, Units of the Carrabelle
police Department, Franklin
County Sheriffs Department,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation, Sea Oats Garden Club,
pam Nobles Studio and The Tal-
lahassee Starlight Twirlers. Miss
Franklin County Le-Anne Boone
and the Timber Island Yacht Club.
There was loud applause for the
veterans, some still able to get into
their uniforms, when they came
marching smartly down U.S. 98.
The National Guard unit and the
vehicles, some of which have been
donated to the Camp Gordon
Johnston Museum, also were ap-
plauded.

Retired Lt. Colonel David Butler,
acted as master of ceremonies
and welcomed the veterans and
their families and people who he
said had worked hard on the re-
union. He gave special recognition
to those members who were in the
4th Infantry. CGJ Reunion Chap-
lain Gene Holstrom gave the in-
vocation.
Jerry Howard, himself a veteran
of Vietnam, came in from Bir-
mingham, Alabama. He has been
active in getting a marker to honor
the courage of the 4th Infantry,
on D-Day as they stormed on to
Utah Beachhead.
Howard said that the Carrabelle
Beach marker could not have
been done without the efforts of
Chester Cowan, Sid Winchester,
David Butler and Tony
Minichiello. He called for the
marker to be unveiled by the 4th
Infantry members present.
On June 5th, 2000, the Camp
Gordon Johnston Association ex-
tracted a small amount of soil
from this site and delivered it to
the National 4th Infantry Division
to be placed in the association's
monument in Arlington, Va. The
U.S, Department of Defense WW
II commemoration committee in
,1993 named the Camp Gordon
Johnston Association as official
"Commemorative Community."
Howard went on to give a brief
history of the 4th Infantry history.
He said it was raised in 1917 by a
General named Cameron from
Ireland, was commanded by the
War Department who said raise 4
Divisions and send them to Eu-
rope to help the English and
French fight the Germans. The
4th infantry had a patch with an
IV with a motto of "Steadfast and
Loyal" and this is the same today.
They fought very well on both
fronts and had the only division
whose commanding officer was
gassed. When it came to the sec-
ond front the 4th Division actu-
.ally held German soil on Armistice
Day.


After the war the 4th Infantry was
raised again as an experimental
division. They came down to
Florida to a town of Carrabelle and
with the help of the Engineers and
the Special Services they were
trained for the ordeal they would
face.
He went'on to say, "By a quirk of
weather on D-Day they missed the
area of the beach by 1,000 yards
and that was a lucky chance as
there were no Germans there, The
4th Division was the first unit to
establish a beach head." From
this he described how they cap-
tured the Port of Cherbourg and
following the break out at St. Lo
was lead by elements of the 4th
Infantry. They stood aside as they
allowed the French units to be
first into Paris.
Then he described the Battle of
the Ardennes Forest as the
"bloodiest battle of the war." He
said even the Germans could not
believe that the Forest could be
defended, never mind a unit fight-
ing through. Seventy-nine days of
day to day combat, much of it
hand to hand, pushed the Ger-
mans out of the forest.
The 4th Division stayed in Ger-
many until the "Wall" came on
down, The Division went on to
fight in Korea, Vietnam and until
this day.
He ended by saying that every
American should always remem-
ber that the reason we can live In
freedom is because on lonely out-
posts all across the world there
stands a lonely infantry man
keeping guard.
He gave his gratitude to Chester
Cowan who was the guiding light
on the marker. He had learned
only lately just what his father
had done in WWII. He had come
to Carrabelle to get the sand to
mix with all manner of soil that
the 4th Infantry had set foot on,
during WWII.
Next to be introduced was Cap-
tain Bob Kinder and his wife. He
attended the ceremony as a rep-
resentative of the present and fu-
ture 4th Infantry. He proudly
showed the ribbon that denoted
the courage of the 4th when they
took the beach at Utah.
He said that it might be asked why
would a company commander of
a unit in Colorado be here in Car-
rabelle. He said there are two rea-
sons. He said, One is to honor
the men and women Tom Brokaw
called the "Greatest Generation,"
and that is what this presentation
is all about. The men and women
of Camp Gordon Johnston who
gave in many ways. It was team-
work that brought them here and


teamwork that won the battles in
WWII. He said that the men and
women who are in the unit now
are prepared to do their duty just
as those soldiers did over 57 years
ago.
The ceremony came to an end and
Butler reminded the audience
that the marker will be placed at
the beach as soon as possible.

Sunday morning was a combined
meeting and breakfast. Rene Top-
ping gave a humorous (but true)
story of, "How she became an
American,"
The meeting was filled with sug-
gestions. One was that as soon as
the people had been served break-
fast the meeting should get un-
derway an many of the veterans
had many miles to go. One sug-
gestion from Doris Shiver Gibbs
was that banners be made next
year and strung across the U.S.98
about one month before the event.
There was also the suggestion
that there should be open vehicles
for those who would like to be in
the parade but could not walk the
distance.
Members asked for a list of all the
units that had so far been identi-
fied as having been at Camp Gor-
don Johnston for training.
Another suggestion was that at
the registration desk have a list
of veterans who have already
checked in and the places where
they were staying so that old bud-
dies could get together.
Veterans were asked to continue
sending in ideas. They liked the
vehicles that are being preserved.
Sid Winchester told the audience
that the association was trying to
get together a reference library of
true stories by veterans. He said
that the Association will have a
permanent display at the new
branch of the Franklin County
Public Library slated to be open
in September 2001.
On December 7, 2001 there will
be recognition of the servicemen
who did their duty in the South
Pacific area, There was talk of try-
ing to have a Rendezvous in New
Orleans at the D-Day Museum.
After the meeting some of the
units had their meetings.
The last event of the reunion was
a barbecue from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The local members bid farewell to
the 6th Reunion. Sid Winchester
said, "I feel we can say we were a
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Second Circuit

Court Report

January 5, 2001
By Barbara Revell
The Honorable F.E. Steinmeyer
Adam Ruiz Prosecuting Attorney
Kevin Steiger Assistant Public Defender
All persons are presumed innocent until otherwise found guilty
in a court of law.

ARRAIGNMENTS
Allen, Curtis C., Jr.: Charged with trespass on property after warning/first
degree misdemeanor and aggravated assault with deadly weapon/third de-
gree felony. According to the probable cause report the following allegedly
occurred: On November 12, 2000, an officer was dispatched to 280 25" Ave. in
Apalachicola regarding someone attempting to run over someone. The-officer
spoke with the complainant, Mr. Raymond Kelley who advised the office-r-
that his next door neighbor, the defendant, had violated a trespass agree-
ment. The complainant stated that the defendant backed his truck onto his
r property and spun his tires in front of him. The complainant further said that
the defendant tried to run over him in his vehicle. There were two witnesses to
the incidents. The defendant entered a written plea of not guilty. Pretrial con-
ference was scheduled for February 19, 2001. Attorney Rachel Chesnut rep-
resented the defendant.
Anizon, LaWanda: Charged with four counts of uttering. According to the
probable cause the following allegedly occurred: On November 9. 2000, a cashier
at Gulfside IGA reported the store had received a forged check on Paul
Tillinghast's account with the Apalachicola State Bank in the amount of $100.
It is believed that the defendant cashed the check. On November 16, Market
Street Emporium reported a forged check. Ms Carol Robinson stated that the
defendant talked her into cashing the check for $100, which was on Tillinghast's
account. On November 22, the owner of Rick's BP in Eastpoint reported a
forged check for $100 on Tillinghast's account. On November 30th Fisherman's
Choice Bait and Tackle reported a forged check in the amount of $100 on
Tillinghast's account. Tillinghast signed affidavits of forgery for the above
checks. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty a pretrial conference set for
February 19, 2000. Steiger represented the defendant.
Buzbee, Christopher: Charged with three counts of burglary of a structure,
grand theft, criminal mischief, dealing in stolen property and petit theft. The
defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pretrial conference set for February
19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Clark, Jennifer: Charged with uttering a forged check. The defendant en-
tered a plea of not guilty and pretrial conference set for February 19, 2001.
Attorney Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Cox, John Wayne: Charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
Case was transferred to County Court. Attorney J. Gordon Shuler represented
the defendant.
Davis, Clint: Charged with dealing in stolen property and possession of a
controlled substance. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pretrial
conference set for February 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Griggs, Demar L.: Charged with kidnapping to facilitate felony, sexual bat-
tery, lewd or lascivious molestation and lewd or lascivious act in the presence
of a child under 16. According to the probable cause the following allegedly
occurred: On December 11, 2000, officers from Apalachicola, Police Depart-
ment and Franklin County Sheriffs Office investigated a complaint that a
13-year-old female had been sexually battered. After talking with the victim's
mother, the officers took a sworn written statement from the victim that she
had been raped by the defendant at an Apalachicola High School basketball
game. At some point the victim and the defendant went to the baseball field
dugout. The victim said that the defendant asked her to have sex with him
and began rubbing her breasts and between her legs. The victim said she told
him to stop but he would not. When the defendant started taking her clothes
off she resisted and the defendant requested his friend to hold her hands.
Several people attempted to intervene but were not successful. Later some of
the victim's friends found her and walked her home. All of the child's clothes.
were recovered and sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab
for further analysis. The child was transported to Weems Memorial Hospital
Emergency Room and treated. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and
pretrial set for February 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Kilgore, John B.: Charged with possession of vessel with no hull number.
The State dropped the charge. Steiger represented the defendant.
Laye, Calvin: Charged with kidnapping to facilitate felony, sexual battery and
lewd or lascivious molestation. According to the probable cause report the
following allegedly occurred: Officers from the Apalachicola Police Department
and Franklin County Sheriffs office investigated a complai tthat' a 3 I e ar
old female had been sexually battered. After speaking with the victim's mother
the officers took a sworn statement from the victim. The victim said that she
and the defendant were outside the gym when the defendant's friend asked '
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dugout. The defendant's friend began to rub the victim's breasts and vagina.
The victim told him to stop but he did not. When the victim resisted the
defendant's friend asked the defendant to hold her hands. Several people at-
tempted to intervene but were pushed away. The defendant continued to hold
the victim's hands while his friend had sexual intercourse with the child.
Then the defendant picked her up above his shoulders and carried her inside
the press box. She kept telling him to stop but he would not until some of her
friends found her. The friends walked her home and reported it to the child's
mother. The victim's clothes were recovered and sent to the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement Lab for analysis. The victim was transported to
Weems Memorial Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. Pretrial conference
set for February 19, 2001.
Lunsford, Autrey: Charged with D.U.I., driving while license suspended or
revoked and failure to sign summons or citation. Arraignment continued until
February 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
McKinney, Herbert Lee: Charged with possession of cocaine with intent to
sell, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug
paraphernalia. Pretrial conference set for February 19, 2001, and trial by jury
scheduled for February 21, 2001. Sanders represented the defendant.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES
Ahrent, Deidra; Charged with possession of firearm by convicted felon, pos-
session with intent to sell cannabis and possession of cannabis of more than
20 grams. Pretrial continued -until February 19, 2001. Attorney William
Webster represented the defendant.
Allen, Curtis C., Jr.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon.
Pretrial continued until February 19, 2001. Chesnut represented the defen-
dant.
Bell, Frank: Charged with violation of Florida litter law. Pretrial continued
until February 19, 2001.
Benjamin, Marvin Ray, Jr.: Charged with possession of controlled substance.
possession of cannabis and willful and wanton reckless driving. Pretrial con-
tinued until March 19 and jury trial set for March 21, 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Brown Elijah: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, resisting arrest without
violence and criminal mischief under $200. Pretrial continued until March
19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Castor, Scott: Charged with lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a child
under 16 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Pretrial continued
until February 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Chastain, James M.: Charged with delivery of a controlled substance to a
minor and criminal solicitation. Pretrial continued until February 19 and jury
trial set for February 21, 2001. Sanders represented the defendant.
Chester, Joseph Leonard: Charged with driving while license suspended felony.
The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. He was adjudicated guilty and
sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in the County Jail, $295 court costs,
one-year probation to follow incarceration. Defendant was given credit for 152
days served.
Clark, Jennifer: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer, resisting
officer with violence and battery. The State dropped the first and third charges.
The defendant entered a plea of not guilty to resisting officer with violence.
The defendant was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to two years of proba-
tion. 240 hours of community service, $300 court costs, letter of apology to
officer. Probation authorized to be transferred to Tennessee. Sanders repre-
sented the defendant.
Glass, John Leon: Charged with grand theft. Pretrial continued until Febru-
ary 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Glass, Luther: Charged with grand theft. Pretrial continued until February
19, 2001. Sanders represented the defendant.
Gloner, David Allen: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude and
grand theft of motor vehicle. The State dropped the charges. Sanders repre-
sented the defendant.
Harris, Lataska: Charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell.
Pretrial continued until February 19, 2001 and jury trial scheduled for Febru-
ary 21, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Houston, Eddie F.: Charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Case transferred to County Court. Steiger represented the defendant.
Martin, Chiquetta: Charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Pretrial
continued until February 19, 2001 aridjury trial set for February 21, 2001.
Sanders represented the defendant.
McAnally, David E.: Charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude and
driving while license suspended or revoked. The State dropped the latter charge.
The defendant entered a plea of no contest and adjudication was withheld.
The was sentenced to two years probation, six months in jail (to run concur-
rent with misdemeanor/violation of probation, $295 court costs., Credit granted
for 44'days served. The defendant admitted to violation of probation. Steiger
represented the defendant. ;.. '
Nichols, Donnie Gordon: Charged with discharge of a firearm from a vehicle.
Case transferred to County Court. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defen-
dant.


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O'Neal, Michael: Charged with two counts of first degree arson and retalia-
tion against a witness. Pretrial continued until March 19, 2001. Sanders rep-
resented the defendant.
Peden, Arthur L.: Charged with two counts sexual activity with a minor and
lewd and lascivious assault or act. Pretrial continued until March 19. 2001.
and jury trial set for March 21, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Pennington, Dustin Wayne: Charged with possession of a controlled sub-
stance. Pretrial continued until February 19. 2001, and jury trial set for Feb-
ruary 21, 2001. Attorney Clifford Davis represented the defendant.
Redding Charles Robert: Charged with D.U.I. manslaughter. D.U.I. with, se-
rious injuries and D.U.I./personal injury. Pretrial continued until February
19, 2001. Attorney Stephen S. Dobson, II represented the defendant.
Rogers, Douglas Hagood: Charged with sexual act with child under 16. Pre-
trial continued until March 19, 2001.
Sanders, Delanta Lionel: Burglary of a structure while armed and posses-
sion of crack cocaine with intent to sell. Pretrial continued until February 19.
2001. Attorney John C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Shipman, Athen Patrick: Charged with possession of a controlled substance,
possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of alcohol by
person under 21. Case transferred to County Court. Attorney Jan Hevier rep-
resented the defendant.
Smith, Keisha Nicole: Charged with forgery/altering a public record certifi-
cate, etc. and driving while license suspended or revoked/first offense. Pre-
trial continued until February 19, 2001. Sandersrepresented the defendant.
Strops, Billy Joe: Charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
Pretrial continued until February 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defen-
dant.
Thompson, Barry: Charged with stalking. Pretrial continued until February
19, 200I.Attorney Douglas W. Gaidry represented the.defendant.
Williams, Cathy Jean: Charged with worker's compensation fraud, pretrial
continued until March 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Wilson, Cathy: Charged with grand theft auto and grand theft. Pretrial con-
tinued until February 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Zabielski, Michael: Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The State dropped the charge. Sanders represented the defendant.
Zabielski, Michael: Charged with aggravated stalking. The defendant entered
a plea of no contest and was adjudicated guilty. He was sentenced to 152 days
in jail with credit for 152 days served, two years probation non-reporting, no
contact with victim or family and $295 court costs.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION/ARRAIGNMENT
Richardson, Aldophous C.: Charged with two counts lewd or lascivious as-
sault and second degree murder. Next hearing: February 19, 2001.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION/HEARINGS
Brackins, Samuel M.: Charged with sale of crack cocaine. The defendant
admitted to violation of probation and sentenced to the Florida Department of
Corrections for 24 months with credit for 333 days served. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Brown, Elijah: Charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
Hearing continued until March 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Martin, Henry, Jerome: Charged with attempted burglary of a dwelling and
battery on a law enforcement officer. Continued until February 19, 2001. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Miller, William B., IV: Charged with grand theft/third degree and burglary of
a structure. Continued until February 19, 2001. J. Gordon Shuler represented
the defendant.
Sanders, Delanta Lionel: Charged with sale of crack cocaine. Continued un-
til February 19, 2001. Kenny represented the defendant.
Strops, Michael John: Charged with D.U.I./third degree felony and driving
while license suspended or revoked. Continued until February 19, 2001. Sand-
ers represented the defendant.
Weaver, Wendell W.: Charged with sale of a controlled substance. The defen-
dant admitted to VOP and was sentenced to six months in the County Jail
with credit for 125 days served. Incarceration to be followed by probation with
all prior conditions re-imposed. Sanders represented the defendant.
Williams, Norman B.: Charged with two counts of burglary of a dwelling and
three counts of grand theft. Hearing continued until February 19, 2001. Steiger
represented the defendant.

HEARINGS/OTHER
Davis, Clint: C targed with dealing in stolen property. possession of a.con-
trolled substance, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession
of drug paraphernalia and battery on a law enforcement Motion for pretrial
release or reasonable bail. Bond set at $17,000. Steiger represented the de-
fendant.
Mathews, Douglas E.: Charged with grand theft. Hearing on motion to modify
probation continued until February 19, 2001. Steiger represented the defen-
dant.
Murray, Sonja Starr: Charged with driving while license suspended/felony.
Motion was filed to set bail. Defendant admitted to VOP and was sentenced to
60 days in the County Jail to be followed by probation. Credit given for three
days served. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.


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By Rene Topping
At the March 10 meeting of the
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Conservation Organization
(APECO), those attending were in-
troduced to a newly discovered
system to help erosion on the
beaches by allowing Nature to
heal itself. A system of nets are
strung out in the water near the
beach, trapping the sand that is
brought in on the tides. The nets
are set in place in November and
removed in early February. In one
trial test on 700 feet of beach at
Tyndall Air Force Base there was
2-5 feet high capture of sand for
100 feet offshore.
Members of APECO are already
getting ready to take part in the
April 21 Earth Day Dive In. This
means that members don scuba
or snorkels and go out to pick up
refuse under the offshore waters.
This will be the 31st Anniversary
of Earth Day.
On March 24 or 31, 2001, six vol-
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water samples in several spots
offshore from Alligator Point. The
sites chosen will be monitored by
GPS and samples will be taken
each month. Duverger said that
these samplings would form a
base to work from henceforth.
The members will start to moni-
tor the turtle nests late in April.
There are apparently grants un-
der the Beach renourishment pro-
gram to help fund the program.
The next meeting will be held on
April 21 after the APTA meeting
is concluded.


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Franklin County

District School Board

Excerpts From The Audit Report For The
Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2000

Overview of Current Education Funding
And Student Enrollment
This overview of funding and enrollment for The Franklin County
District School Board highlights the sources of current education,
funding and the changes in student enrollment for the most recent
five-year period.
Current Education Funding. The District receives funding for cur-
rent education from local, State, and Federal sources. Revenues from
local sources are primarily generated by local county ad valorem prop-
erty taxes. Revenues from State sources for current education opera-
tions are primarily received through the Florida Education Finance
Program (FEFP). The FEFP funding formula is designed to maintain
equity in funding across all Florida school districts, taking into con-
sideration the school district's local property tax base funding ability.
FEFP revenues are generated based on the reported numbers of
full-time equivalent (FTE) students in various program categories with
each of the program categories having a weight factor. The Florida
Legislature established the base FEFP funding level (State and local)
for the 1999-2000 fiscal year at $3,227.74 per full-time equivalent
student. Federal awards are received for the enhancement of various
educational programs, including Title 1, National School Lunch, and
others. During the 1999-2000 fiscal year, funding for current educa-
tion operations received from local, State, and Federal sources to-
taled $5,263,740, $2,893,209, and $1,413,023, representing 55 per-
cent, 30 percent, and 15 percent, respectively, of total current educa-
tion funding.
Student Enrollment. The District reported 1,442 unweighted full-time
equivalent students (UFTE) for the 1999-2000 fiscal year, represent-
ing a decrease of 42 UFTE students from the 1998-99 fiscal year.
Beginning with the 1997-98 fiscal year, the adult general and voca-
tional education programs are no longer funded based on full-time
equivalent counts but are funded based on performance output data
under the workforce development education program. Accordingly,
students enrolled in the adult general and vocational education pro-
grams beginning with and subsequent to the 1997-98 fiscal year are
not included in the reported UFTE for those years. UFTE students
reported for adult general and vocational education programs during
the 1996-97 fiscal year totaled approximately 29 UFTE students for
that year.
Beginning with the 1999-2000 fiscal year, summer school programs
other than juvenile justice are no longer funded based on full-time
equivalent counts but may be funded under the Supplemental Aca-
demic Instruction program. Accordingly, students enrolled in sum-
mer school programs other than juvenile justice are not included in
the reported UFTE for the 1999-2000 fiscal year. UFTE students re-
ported for the summer school programs during the 1998-1999 fiscal
year totaled 16 UFTE students for that year.
Number of Schools. The District operated five schools during the
1999-2000 fiscal year, including one K-12 school, one 7-12 school,
two elementary schools, and one adult school.

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Finding 1:
Financial Recovery Plan-Strategic Planning
The District's planning and budgeting procedures could be en-
hanced through the development of a comprehensive strategic
plan that establishes long-term and short-term (annual) goals and
priorities. In previous audit reports, most recently in audit report
No. 13602, we have addressed the District's declining financial con-
dition. Because of the decline in the District's General Fund balance
for the previous three fiscal years, the Florida Department of Educa-
tion directed the District to prepare a financial recovery plan and
contracted with an independent consultant to provide technical as-
sistance in the development of the plan. The consultant provided a
report to the District that identified 25 recommendations for the Dis-
trict to target in the development of its financial recovery plan.
In response to the consultant's recommendations, the Board approved
a financial recovery plan on May 24, 2000. The plan included direc-
tives for District personnel to monitor employer health insurance costs,
staffing and materials allocations based on FTE, projected student to
teacher ratios for the 2000-2001 fiscal year, and various other areas
that affect overall financial condition.
As of June 30, 2000, the total fund balance in the General Fund had
increased from $16,802 at June 30, 1999, to $388,295. The unre-
served fund balance in the General Fund at June 30, 2000, was ap-
proximately $200,400, or approximately 2-5 percent of General Fund
revenues. The unreserved portion represents the amount that can be
used with the most flexibility for emergencies and unforeseen situa-
tions. For comparison, the average level of General Fund unreserved
fund balance as a percent of revenues was in excess of 5 percent for
the 1998-99 fiscal year for Florida school districts.
While the guidance in the financial recovery plan should assist the
District in achieving its financial recovery goals, the plan could be
further enhanced through the development of a comprehensive stra-
tegic plan to ensure that planned expenditures are for activities that
will meet the Board's long-term strategic priorities. Examples of other
strategic priorities to include in a comprehensive strategic plan might
include long-term projections of student to teacher ratios, safety and
security issues, employee compensation and benefits issues, and an
appropriate level of unreserved fund balance to be maintained as a
"rainy day" fund. It would be advantageous for the Board to establish

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and prioritize their goals in a strategic plan so that in future years,
the Board's most important goals would be addressed in an orga-
nized and logical manner. Also, monthly financial reports provided to
the Board could be enhanced to include summary financial informa-
tion for monitoring the financial-related priorities set forth in the fi-
nancial recovery plan and the strategic plan.
Section 237.041, Florida Statutes, provides that the annual budget
shall be consistent with and contribute to the implementation of a
planned long-range school program for the District. The prioritization
of the Board's gbals in a strategic plan would provide guidance in
budget development and would assist the Board and administrators
when making spending decisions. With the Board's financial priori-
ties clearly defined, public awareness of these goals would be en-
hanced and a basis would be established to ensure continuity of these
goals in the event that administrative staff changes occurred.
Recommendation:
We recommend that the District continue to monitor its progress in
the implementation of its financial recovery plan. The Board should
also continue its efforts to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to
include a prioritization of long-term and short-term financial and
budgetary goals that will serve as a guide in developing the budget
and in making spending decisions. In addition, monthly financial re-
ports provided to the Board should be enhanced to include summary
financial information for monitoring the financial-related priorities
set forth in the financial recovery plan and the strategic plan.
District Response:,
The District is currently operating within the objectives of the finan-
cial recovery plan that was implemented in the prior fiscal year. In
conjunction with this plan, we will work to develop the recommended
strategic plan from which to guide the District' s future budgetary
process.
Finding 2:
Control Environment-Procedures Manual
The District could enhance its internal control system with the
development and maintenance comprehensive procedures manual
pertaining to the District's financial operations and related ac-
tivities. The District has established a business services function
and assigned and separated various business activities to promote a
system of internal control. District personnel had developed compo-
nents of the procedures manual for certain finance-related person-
nel; however, as of January 22, 2001, a comprehensive procedures
manual had not been completed. Procedures manuals are necessary
to ensure appropriate training of new staff as well as to provide an
aid in bridging the transition in the event of a loss of key business
services and finance-related personnel. Such procedures manuals'
serve to document the duties of key business services and
finance-related personnel and may also serve to communicate
management's commitment to and support of a strong system of in-
ternal control. A similar finding was noted in audit report No. 13602.
Recommendation:
We again recommend the District develop a comprehensive proce-
dures manual for financial operations and related activities.
District Response:
The District will begin preparing a comprehensive procedures manual
for financial operations and other activities not covered under exist-
ing policy. Currently, we are preparing certain personnel-related pro-
cedures for presentation to the school board.
Finding 3:
Land Acquisition
The District's internal controls could be improved for acquiring
real property. The Office of Educational Facilities (OEF) of the Florida
Department of Education, in its publication State Requirements For
Educational Facilities-1997, established certain guidelines which
district school boards should consider in acquiring land for educa-
tional facilities. Chapter 1, Section 1.4(2)(p) of this publication pro-
vides that the Board should determine that a site is clear of hazard-
ous material and underground contamination before the site is ac-
quired.
On January 24, 2000, the Board approved an even exchange of prop-
erty known as the "Old Carrabelle, Gym Property" for approximately
27 acres of land owned by the Franklin County Board of County Com-
missioners. District personnel could not provide documentation that
a determination was made that the site acquired was clear of hazard-
ous materials and underground contamination. In the absence of such
a determination, such as soil testing by a licensed engineer, there is
an increased risk that the District could' acquire a site that is not
suitable for educational purposes and potential liability may be as-
sumed by the District.
Recommendation:
We recommend that for future land acquisitions the District docu-
ment as a matter of public record, that a site. is clear of hazardous
material and underground contamination before the site is acquired.
District Response:
Future efforts will be made to ensure that the District is in compli-
ance-with the provisions of the Florida Department of Education pub-
lication State Requirements For Educational Facilities-1997. Spe-
cifically, proposed land acquisition sites will be deemed clear of haz-
ardous material and underground contamination.
Finding 4:
Budget Administration
The process of adopting and amending a budget should afford a gov-
ernmental entity with a mechanism to plan a level of expenditures to
meet its obligations while remaining within the financial resources
available to the entity to meet those obligations. If the budget is not
properly monitored and amended to meet changing financial circum-
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exceed the resources available to pay for the obligations incurred.
Our review of the District's budget process indicated that the
original budget was prepared and approved in accordance with
applicable laws and rules; however, as similarly noted in audit
report No. 13602, improvements were needed in the District's
budgetary control process.
Section 237.02, Florida Statutes, provides that expenditures shall be
limited to the amounts budgeted by accounts and to the total amount
of the budget after all amendments. We noted that, although suffi-
cient resources were available, budgetary categories in the Special
Revenue and Capital Projects Funds were overspent by amounts to-
taling $40,768.95 and $106,721, respectively, after Board approval
of the final budget amendments. The overexpended amount in the
Special Revenue Funds was due, in part, to audit adjustments total-
ing $23,502.34 to properly report school food service inventory and
Federal donated food expenditures. Effective budgetary procedures
would provide for monitoring of the budget to ensure that expendi-
tures do not exceed available resources and that resources are allo-
cated to programs and activities in accordance with law and the
Board's directives.
Recommendation:
We again recommend that the Board strengthen procedures designed
to ensure that expenditures are limited to the amounts budgeted and'
that any revisions to the budget are made in accordance with the
Board's directives and timely approved by the Board.
District Response:
Procedures will be strengthened to allow for timely School Board ap-
proval of budget revisions.
Finding 5:
Employee Compensation-Payment For
Accumulated Sick Leave
Improvements were needed in the District' s procedures for mak-
ing payments for accumulated sick leave to employees in the
Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP). DROP is a Florida
Retirement System plan that allows employees to defer retirement
benefits while continuing to work for up to five years. Section
231.40(3)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that a school board may, within
certain limitations, establish policies to provide terminal pay for ac-
cumulated sick leave to employees of the District. Board Policy File
No. GBC provides that District employees would be entitled to pay-
ment of accumulated sick leave at the time of termination of employ-
ment or retirement.
Our review of accumulated sick leave payments during the 1999-2000
'fiscal year to employees in the DROP disclosed that the timing of
such payments was inconsistent and may not have been consistent
with Board policy. We noted that one employee entered the DROP on
August 31, 1998, and received a 40 percent (approximately $23,900)
and a 20 percent (approximately $7,800) distribution for unused sick
leave on August 31. 1999, and May 31, 2000, respectively. We also

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Turkey Point

By John Hitron

Research Activities
The more things change the more
they stay the same. We are also
happy to announce that in addi-
tion to a very, very busy summer
schedule, there will be some new
faces at the FSU Marine Lab
(FSUML).
* Dr. Tom Gilmour, Department
of Biology, University of
Saskatchewan will be working at
the laboratory for several months
beginning in March. Dr. Gilmour's
research involves the structure
and function of suspension feed-
ing systems in mollusks.
* Mr. Ken Reynolds will also be
conducting research at the
FSUML beginning. in March. His
research will involve the following
two projects:
SHALLOW WATER, SHRIMP
TRAPPING
A shallow water shrimp-trapping
project will be conducted in the
Apalachicola Bay area from the
FSUML starting in the spring of
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is to develop a more efficient and
sustainable shrimp harvesting
method, while reducing by-catch
and habitat destruction.
By-catch onboard traditional
shrimp trawlers is often 80% of
the catch. Considerable habitat is
also rearranged and destroyed by
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tal investment and operational
cost. Several types of traps and
baits will be deployed and tested
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Records of season, location, wa-
ter temperature, salinity, trap
working intervals, catch ratios,
by-catch and hydrological/meteo-
rological conditions will be kept.
Underwater time-lapse photogra-
phy will also be utilized to exam-
ine trap efficiency. Galvanic time
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lease "fallout panels" will be used
'to discourage poachers, and to
protect against the possibility of
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comes from private sources.
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Phase 1 of this project will entail
reviewing data acquired by the
Mississippi/Alabama SeaGrant
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Hawaii Sea. Grant Extension Ser-
vice; taking specialized aquacul-
ture courses; and participating in
hands-on workshops and a dis-
tance learning course with the
Gemological Institute of America
(GIA). Various other informational
sources will also be utilized. Ma-
rine and freshwater pearl produc-


tion will be investigated, with sev-
eral different mollusks to be con-
sidered, including Crassostrea
virginica, the locally grown food
oyster. Some consideration will
also be given to the local produc-
tion of mussels whose shells are
used for approximately 90% of
cultured pearl nuclei worldwide.
These shells come from the south-
eastern U.S. and some of them are
now on the federal list of endan-
gered species. During the late
spring or early summer field trips
are planned to tour actual work-
ing pearl farms, study hands-on
procedures for nucleation and to
form a final business plan for es-
tablishing an experimental farm
at the FSUML. Funding for the
initial education and planning
phase, before planting begins, will'
be by private investors. Phase I is
expected to take approximately
six to nine months.

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On April 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
and April 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
the Gulf/Franklin center will reg-
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and B semesters. Students may
also register for the Fall 2001 term
at this time.
The summer A semester runs
from May 7 to June 16. Late reg-
istration for Summer A is on May
7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The
Summer B semester runs from
June 18 to July 28. Students may
register June 11-12 from 9 am.
to 6 p.m. Ute registration for Sum-
mer B is on June 18 and 19.
The Fall Semester runs from Au-
gust 20 until December 14. Stu-
dents may register for the Fall.
session April 12 and 13, July 11
and 12 and August 13 and 14.
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Fling Called Bay North Fire 'Worst Public Hearing

Case" On Downtown

Wi HM Revitalization


By Rene Topping
By far the most dramatic event at
the Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation, was when Volunteer
Fire Chief Steve Fling was asked
to tell the audience about the Day
North fire. He said, The fire at
Bay North was what we call a
worst case." we had a 30 40 knot
breeze, there was no adequate
water supply." He went on to add
"We could see the light brown
smoke coming up an we ap-
proached from the road, and we
know then that this was a sign
that the house had not ventilated.
An we arrived the doors and win-
dows blew out."
He went on to say that 10 fire de-
partments came from a 100 mile
range of Alligator Point. Some of
the men from the Wakulla depart-
ments told Fling that this was the
best training they had ever had.
He added that it was a hard fire
for volunteers such as himself. He
had nothing but praise for the
man of the surrounding volunteer
fire departments.
Bunky Atkinson told Fling, "I am
impressed. We all give our grati-
tude for the great job they all did."
She also asked Fling if it was the
sheetrock fire wall that saved one
side of one of the condominiums.
Fling said that it was true and the
sheetrock saved the day on that
one.
Fling said that there was a need
for better sources of water. He
made a plea for more money for
hydrants and other things to
make the job easier. Atkinson said
"Make a wish list and then you
can meet with the water depart-
ment and see if a plan can be de-
vised. There apparently is at least
one area of the point known an
Alligator Harbor, where there are
no hydrants.
'Someone said that they know
there were a number of hydrants
Sin a part named Hidden Harbor.
It was said there had boon hy-
drants there for at least 20 25
years but no residences and
people wondered if they could be
moved. Taylor Moore, who man-
ages the Water District said that
those hydrants were no good as
they are all rusted out. He said "I
would rather see us got newer
hydrants." Atkinson said. "O.K.


Steve and Taylor, It's your ball -
go run with it."
APTA gained 12 now members for
the month just past. Atkinson
said that the cuts in the highway
and the driveways are all sup-
posed .to be returned to the way
they were at some time during the
next week. Atkinson asked Tay-
lor Moore to write a report on the
water project for the "Down to the
Point," a publication put out
quarterly to all members.
Roy Duverger said that the St.
James Bay Golf Course had been
approved with a 25 foot setback
from the wetlands. He added that
the state has a new policy and
now. wetlands are defined an to
the plant material. This will ap-
ply from now on.
To clear up rumors that Barry
Poole's Marina project was hav-
ing problems, Atkinson said that
there were two different surveys
and they did not gibe, and Poole
had told her it was not going to
be a problem. She said a letter will
be in the newsletter.
Fling told the members that the
Plea Market and Parade are off for
this year for July 4th celebration.
He said the firemen would still do
the fireworks display but it will be
on June 30, the Saturday before
the fourth.
Taylor Moore said a box full of
street addresses had been found
at. the water department. Num-
bers can be picked up at the of-
fice or the water district workers
will leave them on doorsteps when
the motors are being read.
The Clam Aquaculture program
was reported to have been tenta-
tively approved by the Governor
and Cabinet. The next meeting
will be in South Florida. Persons
can make applications and a
choice will be made in a lottery
drawing. There is a lack of a place
for a boat ramp. It was suggested
if St. Joe Land Development could
work it out with the Department
of Transportation. a parking lot
could be built on the North side
of the road, across form the ex-
isting ramp that is on U.S. 98..
The next regular meeting of the
APTA will be held on April 14 at 9
a.m.


St. George Civic Club Hears From

Nature Conservancy


II


By Rene Topping
Julian Webb, of Julian Webb and
Associates, held a public hearing
at the Franklin County Senior
Center, on Thursday, March 8, on
Phase Two of the downtown revi-
talization program started about
three years ago.
The first phase that has just been
closed out was on Marine Street,
where planters filled with plants
were alternated with parking
spaces. Decorative lamps show a
pleasing Slow after dark.
Webb said that the next phase will
concentrate on US 98 from Ma-
rine Street to the Tillie Miller
Bridge on the West end of town.
Webb started off by saying that
parking facilities was a real pri-
ority along with sidewalks on both
sides of US 98 and pedestrian
malls. He added that he felt that
there was room on both sides for
plantings.
The only citizen that was present
was George Jackson and he sug-
gested that palm trees might be
used. He also had a suggestion
on the parking. He said on the
north side of the U.S, 98 the
streets are in a commercial zone.
He said on Eighth Street he has
already made space for parking
nose end into the city right of way.
He added that the other side, on
the east side of the IGA store,
could be made to handle parking,
as could several of other streets
off U.S. 98. Webb took notice of
the suggestions. Webb said that
if at allpossible he would like to
see all utilities underground.
Webb said that he expects to be
able to act a grant of somewhere
around $550,000 for the project.
He said that he would have some
drawings made to bring to an-
other regular meeting of the city.
There will be another public hear-
ing held in the future.



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Utility Work-Public.&
Private


An expert in land management,
the Conservancy oversees the cam
of nearly 43,000 acres in Florida.
The Conservancy also designs
and implements strategies to
manage thousands of acres of
public land.
Sound science, partnerships and
innovation are the hallmarks of
Conservancy work. Conservancy
staff work independently and in
partnership with more than 30
public and private organizations
to ensure that natural-areas man-
agement is based on understand-
ing the species and systems that
we manage. Monitoring of species,
communities and natural pro-
cesses is coupled with research
to support their adaptive manage-
ment program. Much of this in-
formation is shared with other
land managers through the Natu-
ral Areas Training Academy, a
collaborative effort between The
Nature Conservancy, University of
Florida Institute of Food and Ag-
ricultural Sciences, and Valencia
Community College.
The Florida Chapter has identi-
fied 11 key conservation areas as
the state's most threatened natu-
ral communities. conservation ef-
forts are focused on the Apalachi-
cola River and Bay, Everglades,
Florida Keys, Indian River Lagoon,
Kissimmee Valley, Lake Wales
Ridge, Panhandle Longleaf Pine,
Southwest Rivers and Flatwoods,
St. Marys/Sea Islands, Orlando-
Ocala Springs and Red Hills.
In recognition for its conservation
successes, the Florida Chapter
received the 1998 Outstanding
Chapter Award-the highest
honor bestowed upon a Nature
Conservancy chapter.
Locally, the Conservancy may be
reached by calling 653-3111. In
Tallahassee, they may be reached
at 222-0199.


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FWC from Page 3
trawls in specified waters of
Apalachicola Bay.
A rule proposal to prohibit
spearfishing of marine species (in-
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scheduled for consideration dur-
ing Thursday's meeting.


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Progress photo of the new
county library at Carrabelle.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) will conduct final hear-
ings on two proposed rule
changes a day earlier than
announced previously. The
proposed rules would pro-
hibit all fishing, spearfishing
and collection of marine life
in state waters in the
Tortugas Ecological Reserve
and delete the scheduled July
I expiration of the allowance
for food shrimp producers to
use skimmer trawls in speci-
fied waters of Apalachicola
Bay.
The hearings will take place
during the agency's March 29
meeting at the Holiday Inn at
1355 Apalachee Parkway,
Tallahassee. In a March 15
news release, the FWC an-
nounced the hearings would
be on March 30.

The agency apologizes for any
inconvenience caused by the
error.

In other action on Friday, Com-
missioners will review and dis-
cuss a draft rule that would elimi-
nate the mandatory 10-percent
spiny lobster trap reduction this
year. The rule would instead es-
tablish a "passive/active" ap-
proach to reduce the number of
lobster traps in Florida waters by
4 percent annually, until the to-
tal number of traps is reduced to
400,000. Passive reductions
Continued on Page 10


FOR SALE
Tea-cart of solid walnut with
fold out leaves and silverware
drawer, mounted on two wheels
and shelves made by Amana,
Iowa furniture makers. Please
call 850-385-4003.
FOR SALE
Fostoria Glass, American Pat-
tern #2056, for eight persons,
clear glass dishware housed in
cherry cabinet. Extensive set
priced not less than $1500.
Must be seen to be appreciated.
Please call 850-385-4003 for
appointment.


DONATIONS NEEDED
Refuge House clients are in
need of the following in good
working condition: washer,
dryer, bunk beds and mat-
tresses, chest of drawers. If you
can provide any of the above,
please contact our office at 653-
3313.Thanks.

FOR SALE
5,815 sq. ft. commercial build-
ing with 7 storage units located
on 215'x250' lot in the Lanark
Village Retirement Community.
$238,000. Call 850-697-3395
(697-3183 nights/weekends).


Oceanfront
property?

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No Doomsday Scenarios Yet


"Global Warming: Is It Real?" Dr.

Jeffrey Chanton Says "Yes" And

ERpliains Why At The FSU Marine Lab

Dr. Jeffrey Chanton, Professor of Oceanography and a research spe-
cialist in Greenhouse gas issues, framed his opening statement in a
historical context, citing the world's population growth as a
pre-condition for the accelerated increase of carbon dioxide (CO2).
He spoke at the FSU Marine Laboratory, also known as the Ed Ball
Marine Laboratory, nearing the intersection of Highways 98 and 319
in eastern Franklin County on Wednesday evening, March 14th.

His opening question was simple enough: "Global Warming: Is It Real?"
His answer was a qualified "Yes". The very beginning of the global'
warming cycles is world-wide population growth. The warming is the
result of many factors including earth's orbit around the sun, but his
point was that warming has been accelerated only in recent decades
because of the increased uses of fossil fuels and other processes that
give off CO2.
He described research into cores of ice drilled1rto the polar ice caps
that has revealed the basis of correlated temperature and CO2 data
that have clearly demonstrated distinct trends in the rise of global
warming or temperatures. Thus, scientists now have scientific data
going back 160,000 years, reflecting the increases of CO2, and tem-
peratures on the rise. By analyzing the ice cores taken at various
intervals of depth, scientists can calculate temperatures of the air at
the time the snow was precipitated. Two isotopes of hydrogen found
in water vary depending upon temperature, and the study of those
isotopes can reveal a historical record of temperature. The ratio tells
scientists-what the temperature was when the ice was deposited.
Thus, when concentrations of CO2 are high as recorded in trapped
bubbles in the ice, the temperatures were also high. This correlation
of carbon dioxide and temperature are the keys to the growth of what
has been called in recent years as global warming.

The world has experienced about ten cycles of glaciers and warming
periods, but the ice cores revealed higher temperatures and larger
quantities of C02 frozen in the ice that have served also to identify
these epochs of warming: The carbon dioxide forms an invisible shell
around the earth helping to enclose warmer air instead of escaping
in to space, with corresponding increases in warming and melting ice
5- that gives rise to the sea levels. The rising carbon dioxide also accom-
a panies changes in the earth's orbital parameters; some scientists hy-
. pothesize that the connection is a causal one, not limited to a corre-
laton. Chanton takes the view, "...We can only say that these things
run together..." or make a correlation.

There are other factors working to contribute to the rise in the world's
oceans. Often these factors are overlooked in favor of a more alarmist
conclusion, as in the example published in the Miami Herald showing
a considerably revised map of Florida should there be a rise of 20 feet
or more in the surrounding seas. In that doomsday scenario, Talla-
hassee would become a new seaport, with most of the panhandle
submerged. A 16 degree rise in temperature could raise the ocean as
much as 20 feet.

-* In data gathered at Cedar Key, the rise in levels in the last four de-
cades has been much more modest. From 1938, there has been a
steady rise, in the average levels but there is also a great deal of
variation in the level. A recession analysis of the data, however, clearly
shows a steady rise of about 1.3 millimeters per year, or about one
twentieth of an inch per year. Since 1938, this could be a total rise of
three inches in the past 60 years.

Dr. Chanton presented some generalizations that portend some omi-
nous trends in global warming. For example, there has been a 1 de-
gree Fahrenheit rise in temperature in the last century, but the 20th
century was the warmest century in 1000 years. Climate variability
has been extremely low in the last 10,000 years. Relative to past
climatic fluctuations, there has been an extremely stable climate for
the rise of our civilization..

However, there is a projected 20-60 Fahrenheit increase in tempera-
ture by the year 2100. This increase will be greater at the poles. Melt-
ing ice caps will further raise global sea levels.

In glacial times, temperatures were 90 Fahrenheit lower and then,
there were ice sheets as far south as New York City. In the last 100
years, temperature change has been as much as has occurred in the
last 1000-10,000 years of natural change. The projected 2o-6 Fahr-
enheit temperature rise would be similar to 60 million years ago when
there were no ice caps and dinosaurs.

But, the larger concern is the acceleration of sea level rise in the next
century, expected to occur exponentially due to the greater increases
in temperatures and other factors. In a White House report issued
last June 2000, the prediction was for a 16 inch rise in seas in the
next 100 years. The measured rise in sea levels was about 6 inches in
the last 100 years on average.

Dr. Chanton then raised the rhetorical question, "What can we do?"
These trends are not hopeless. "We, as Americans, are responsible for
a great deal of the sea-level rise around the world. We have about 4%
of the world's population, but we produce 25% of the carbon dioxide."
The main source is found in transportation (automobiles in particu-
lar) and household operations (heating, air conditioning, hot water
consumption, etc.).

"We have made gains in fuel efficiency since 1973, but these have
been wiped out by the choices of consumers because we now drive
bigger cars and live in larger houses." He sees one major solution in
slowing the growth of C02 in the atmosphere through energy effi-
ciency and conservation.


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School Board Audit from Page 6
noted that another employee entered the DROP on June 30,1999,
and received a 20 percent (approximately $9,000) distribution on
August 31, 1999, and payment for the remainder (approximately
$37,900) of the unused sick leave when the employee terminated
employment with the District on June 30, 2000. Inquiry with District
personnel disclosed that the timing of these payments were based on
the discretion of District administrative staff.

Recommendation:
We recommend that the Board clarify the intent of its policy regard-
ing the timing of payments for accumulated sick leave for DROP par-
ticipants to provide a consistent methodology for making such pay-
ments.

District Response:
The District will review the current DROP policy for payment of accu-
mulated sick leave and provide a consistent format for making such
payments. The District's goal is to provide yearly lump sum payments
of a portion of each participant' s sick leave balance in order to re-
duce the liability at the end of the DROP period.

Finding 6:
Employee Compensation--Salary Schedules
Improvements were needed in the District's procedures for pro-
cessing salary payments. Section 236.02(4), Florida Statutes, re-
quires the Board to expend funds for salaries in accordance with a
salary schedule or schedules adopted by the school board in accor-
dance with the provisions of law and regulations of the Commissioner.
State Board of Education Rule 6A-1.052 Florida Administrative Code,
requires that each board shall annually adopt a salary schedule or
schedules for employees of the district school system and that the
schedules so adopted shall be the sole instrument used in determin-
ing compensation for employees of the board. The Board adopted a
salary schedule for the 1999-2000 fiscal year as required by law and
rule.
Our tests disclosed that two District employees were paid during the
1999-2000 fiscal year based on a salary schedule that, according to
District records, had not been approved 'by the Board. As a result,
each of the two employees was overpaid by $979.96 for a total over-
payment of $1,959.92. As of January 22, 2001, the District had not
attempted to recover these overpayments.

Recommendation:
The District should improve internal control procedures over salary
payments to ensure that employees are compensated based on
Board-approved salary schedules. In addition, the District should take
appropriate action to recover the overpayments ($979.96 each) to the
two employees noted above.

District Response:
The District has begun to improve its internal control procedures
over salary payments prior to the issuance of this report. In addition,
plans are underway by the School Board to recover the salary over-
payments from the noted employees.
Other Matters:
New Government Financial Reporting Model
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board has recently issued
Statement No. 34, Basic Financial Statements-and Management
Discussion and Analysis-for State and Local Governments, which
first becomes applicable for the 2001-2002 fiscal year. This State-
ment establishes a new financial reporting structure and requires
significant changes in the financial information that governments have
presented in the past. The Florida Department of Education is pro-
viding an implementation guide to assist districts in the transition to
the new reporting model. Because of the significant changes required


by iis Statement, advance planning ana preparation by the District
for the implementation of these new reporting requirements will serve
to reduce the difficulties in making the transition.

District Response:
Advance planning, preparation, and education are underway for the
implementation of GASB Statement No. 34 for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 2002.

PRIOR AUDIT FINDINGS


Except as discussed in the preceding paragraphs, the
rected the deficiencies cited in audit report No. 13602.


District cor-


Calling All Bird-Watchers

Of Franklin County


By Tom Campbell
Here's great news for all the
bird-watchers of Franklin County
and surrounding area. The Great
Florida Birding Trail is a program
of the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, and it
has plans for expanding into the
Panhandle.
For more information or to be
added to the mailing list for the
Great Florida Birding Trail, you
may visit the Trail's Web site at
www.floridabirdingtrail.com or
write to their mailing address:
Great Florida Birding Trail
(GFBT), 620 South Meridian
Street, Tallahassee, FL
32399-1600.
Their news includes updates on
the Trail's progress and birding
events across the state. Informa-
tion is also available regarding
nominations for the upcoming
sections, including West Florida
and Panhandle sections, tips for
better birding and the economic
impact of this flourishing pastime.
As the Trail's brochure explains,
Florida is a birder's paradise, be-
cause of its diversity of habitats,
its location on migration routes,
the extent of its remaining wild-
lands (especially here in Franklin
County), and its geographic span
of both temperate and subtropi-
cal climates.
The result of this fertile paradise
for birds is that "more than 470
verified species occur here in
Florida, including such sought-
after birds as the rare Florida
burrowing owl, the Florida
scrub-jay, the snail kite and
Florida's wealth of wading birds."
The Birding Trail makes it easy
for all birders-both casual and
expert, local and tourist-to find
new and productive birding sites
throughout the state of Florida.
Trail guides and maps detail what
species to expect at each site, and
what kind of experience each of-
fers: a quick stop versus an all-
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programs and events.
It has been explained that
birdwatchers contribute signifi-
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ing in motels overnight, eating in
restaurants, traveling by air-
planes, renting cars and buying
gasoline, buying photographic
equipment and binoculars, pur-
chasing mementos of their jour-
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birdwatchers benefit local econo-
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A 1993-94 study found that
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timated that birding generates
$477 million in retail sales in
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Anybody can nominate a site-
birders, citizen conservationists,
Chambers of Commerce, tourism
executives or land managers. To
get in on the Trail's mailing list,
in order to participate and receive
regular updates and learn when
the nomination process is open in
Franklin County, all a person
needs to do is write to the address
above, or search the Web site
listed above.
Birders are a great market, ac-
cording to the coordinators, who
encourage local Chambers of
Commerce to get involved. "They
(the birders) spend more money,
and impact your local community
less, than most other "tourists,"
say the coordinators. "The more
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Honored


By Rene Topping
A Tea was held at the Eastpoint
Volunteer Fire Department build-
ing by Franklin County Public Li-
brary (FCPL), on Sunday, March
4, to honor Fifty-Nine volunteers
who work with the library. The
affair was attended by three of the
Franklin County Commissioners,
Bevin Putnal, who is a member of
the Advisory Board, Cheryl Sand-
ers for her work with the Govern-
ing Board of the Franklin,
Jefferson and Wakulla Libraries
known as the Wilderness Coast
Library Board and Clarence
Willliams, who has been a' con-
stant supporter of the library and
its programs.
The Tea was provided by the Li-
brary with members of the TI-
GERS and WINGS members who
acted as Hosts and Hostesses.
Along with Eileen Annie Ball,
Franklin County Public Library
Director, were Santana Myers,
Roderick Robinson, Ashley Webb,
Khazmannn Thomas, Chris
Petsch, Simone Lucas and Jessica
Tatum.
Eileen Annie read a poem to start
off the event. Denise Butler was
recognized for her long term as-
sociation with the library, which
she said was born of an idea from
Marian Morris and several other
people, in the very building the
affair was being held.
Clarence Williams gave the
Inspiration.
Eileen Annie is very proud of the
TIGERS and the WINGS kids. She
noted that 53 young people had
worked this past year as interns
and got valuable work experience.


The volunteers in addition to the
three commissioners, are honored
in alphabetical order: Tom
Adams, Ryan Billingsly, Walt
Bonscek, Cliff Butler, David But-
ler, Denise Butler, Nancy Chorba,
Rita Culbertson, Carmella Davis,
Jane Davis, Bob Deibel, JoAnn
Deibel, Vera Dudley, Lou Ellis,
Ollie Gunn, Bob Guris, Anita
rand, Alison Hartley, Shirley
Hartley, Larry Hatfield, Peggy
Higgins, Christine Hinton, Karen
Kite, Jim Lashley, Christopher
Litton, Andrea Lucas, Carol
McLeod, Don MacLean, Sandy
Madson, Sarah Marich, Marie
Marshall, Sara Marxsen, David
Meyer, Jeanette Miller, Jim Miller,
Marian Morris, Ron Morris, Jean
Nichols, Nancy Parssinen, Connie
Phillips, Barbara Polous, Alicia
Pouncey, Joe Pouncey, Ray Quist,
Barbara Reed, Betty Roberts, Pam
-Rush, Cora Russ, Mary Ann
Shields, Tom Shields, Bernadine
Smith, William Stanton. Rene
Topping, Richard Vilasi, Keith
Walker and Carolyn Williams.
These people have done all kinds
of volunteer work from serving on
the two advisory boards, working
on the ways and means for ob-
taining funds for a new library
branch, and as Friends of the
Public Library, serving in the li-
brary itself, working with the com-
puters to install them and keep
them running, teaching Literacy
and GED. The staff members were
thanked for their work in the Li-
braries, WINGS, TIGERS, FROG
and FAMILY LITERACY.


Dixie Theatre Announces Possible

2001 SunmerI Seaso, of Plays


By Tom Campbell
Some changes and an exciting list
of potential plays for the 2001
Season at the Dixie Theatre in
Apalachicola were announced last
week by the management.
Some of the possible plays include
"Catch Me If You Can," a fasci-
nating murder mystery with more
than a few bizarre twists; "Plaza
Suite," one of Neil Simon's best
comedies, concerning three
couples who occupy a suite at the
Plaza in New York; and "All I Re-
ally Need To Know I Learned In
Kindergarten," a Musical Comedy
adaptation of Robert Fulghum's
best-selling book.
Other plays mentioned as possi-
bilities are: "The Cemetery Club,"
a touching and funny play about
three widows; "The Owl and The
Pussycat," a comedy; and "Blithe
Spirit," Noel Coward's farce that
is about as cockeyed as a play can
possibly be.
The Dixie Theatre is managed by
Rex, Cleo and Dixie Partington,
who each have long professional
careers in theatre.


"Already, the Trail is enjoying in-
credible popularity. ... We're off
and running on the next section
of the state already. West Florida!"
The coordinators point out, "It
may only be (March). but Florida's
water birds are already nesting!"
Consider the nesting birds on the
causeway to St. George Island.
The coordinators point out that
everyone should "respect wading
bird rookeries and the nest sites
of beach-nesting birds by not ap-
Sproaching too closely. Disturbing
the adults can expose eggs and
chicks to sun, cold, predators and
their own clumsiness (as they fall
from nests trying to escape)."
At the north Florida St. August-
ine Alligator Farm, adults birds
in rookeries at this site are accus-
tomed to humans admiring them
from nearby boardwalks and so
can be observed rather close (little
more than arm's length).
Panhandle sites will be coming up
for nominations in the near fu-
ture, so Franklin County
birdwatchers should get involved
now. Many counties are inter-
ested in working with, and in
some cases compensating, birders
who can help them compile bird
lists and identify sites for nomi-
nation.


The Partingtons announced some
"changes for the coming season,"
which include the addition of a
Saturday matinee.
Performances this summer will be
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at
8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday
matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Single ticket prices will be $15 for
Orchestra (first floor) and Side
Balcony. The best seats in the
house (Mezzanine and Center
Balcony) will be $17.
Regular Season Tickets will be
$75 for Orchestra and Side Bal-
cony. Preferred Season Tickets
will be $85 for Mezzanine and
Center Balcony. Season Tickets
went on sale March 1st and may
be purchased by contacting the
Box Office by mail, telephone or
in person. Box Office hours dur-
ing March, April and early May
wi be Wednesday and Friday
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone
850-653-3200 for tickets or fur-
ther information.
If anyone wishes to write, you may
address your correspondence to:
-Dixie Theatre, P.O. Box 220,
Apalachicola, FL 32329.
Dixie Theatre will begin its fourth
season of professional theatre
with a perfect record of excellent
entertainment. The Tallahassee
Democrat has been quoted as say-
ing: "Always count on Dixie The-
atre in Apalachicola for outstand-
,ing entertainment." Don't miss
your opportunity to support
Franklin County's first-rate pro-
fessional entertainment.
Other plays under consideration
for performance in 2001 include
"Turn of the Screw," "Art," a re-
cent classic comedy hit, and
"Scapin."

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Former slave quarters on the
Orman grounds.
Ormon House from Page 1
ing timbers which were nela oy
large wooden pegs and hawsers...
(which) may still be seen at the
junctures in the attic today."
Chapel continues his description:
"A two story building with Federal
lines and Greek Revival features,
it expresses the 19th century ro-
mantic eclecticism that was start-
ing to develop from Georgian ar-
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quiet dignified facade and delicate
detail of the Federal period."'
Commission merchants such as
Thomas Orman were pivotal in
the operations of an 1840's south-
ern cotton port. Through such
men as he, credit from bankers
and cotton mills in New England
and Great Britain was extended
through New York to be advanced
to the cotton planters and trad-
ers.
Serving the cotton lands of the
Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and
Flint River system of Florida, Ala-
bama and Georgia, Apalachicola
became the third largest port on
. the Gulf Coast, behind New Or-
leans and Mobile.
According to historical records,
Thomas Orman came to Florida
at age 18 from Salina, New York,
a town later absorbed by Syra-
cuse. He eventually wound up at
Webville, north of Marianna,
where he married his wife, Sarah,
a local belle. Their only child, Wil-
liam Thomas Orman, was born
there.
In 1834, Orman left the Marianna
area and barged down the Chipola
River to the recently incorporated
town and the Franklin County
seat of Apalachicola. The popula-
tion of Apalachicola at that time
would fluctuate, according to;
trade and yellow fever conditions.
At times, the population might
5 grow to 4000, .and then might
shrink to a hundred. Cotton was '
' shipped mainly from January-
S through March and, at those
times, the population of Apalachi-
cola would swell. The Thomas
Orman business records are some
of the best in the South.
George Chapel said, "In my opin-
ion, the Orman business records
should be on display (as a part of
the state park), but that's for them
(the planners) to decide."
'The observation has been made
that, along with the John Gorrie
Museum, the Orman House State
Park and the waterfront property
on the river will make Historic
Apalachicola a "must-see tourist
spot" in Franklin County and the
Panhandle.


FWC from Page 8
would apply first, including re-
ducing the number of trap certifi-
cates by 25 percent upon trans-
fers outside the immediate fam-
ily, and forfeiture of certificates
due to conviction for spiny lobster
trap theft or nonpayment of cer-
tificate fees. Active reductions
would occur only if passive reduc-
tions fail to reach the 4 percent
annual target, and these reduc-
tions would be applied fairly on a
pro rata basis.
Commissioners will also review
and discuss draft rules regarding
the artificial reef grants-in-aid
program, implementation of the
appeals process and other com-
ponents of the stone crab trap
reduction program, and removal
of some potential barriers to net
fishing by persons with disabili-
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our February luncheon meeting
featuring Miss Kenia Anzaldi, a
Vista volunteer in the Franklin
County Literacy Program who
spoke of women's lives in Hondu-
ras. Donations of $60.00 were
collected to send to UNICEF, the
United Nations Children's Fund.
Glen Siler and the Education
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Brown Elementary and Chapman
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Philaco Woman's Club members
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The Philaco Woman's Club has
been extremely active during the
waning days of winter. Pictured
above, representatives beam with
pride as Philaco brought home six
blue ribbons from the District Arts
and Craft Show held in Panama
City this month. First place win-
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