Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: April 20, 2001
Copyright Date: 2001
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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There was a combined Easter Sunrise service on the beach
at St. George Island with the First Baptist Church and the
St. George United Methodist Church.

Volume 10, Number 8

Much Ado

About The

Water System

By Rene Topping
Much of the April 5 regular meet-
ing of the Carrabelle City Commis-
sion was spent in discussion of
first the unfinished water system
and the beginnings of sewer
Three out of the five invoices that
were presented for payment by
Baskerville and Donovan Inc.
(BDI) were based on payments on
the water system. Commissioner
Rita Preston questioned Invoice
#65027 for $4336.50 for Regula-
tory Coordination asking if the
engineers had been on a hourly
or lump sum and was told it was.
a hourly.
Dan Keck said that he felt the best
of his knowledge this invoice
would make all the payments on
the coordination complete. He
said that the estimate bad been
$15,000 and he said that BDI had
come in substantially below that
Preston also questioned two oth-
ers, invoice #65042 in the amount
of $8,997.00, and #65060 in the
amount of $1,862.50 both for
Water System Improvements.
Commissioner Phillip Rankin said
that two others on the water sys-
tem were on Closeout on the
project and he said that they were
nowhere near to close out. Keck
said that he had an "As built" plan
that he needed to get to the city.
He apologized that it was late but
said that BDI got the information
late from the contractor, KMT.
Keck said that he felt they were
in line in asking for the fees. He
said "I do understand the con-
cerns you have; we have some
unfinished business with this job,
without a doubt." He said that
some of the fees came from hav-
ing to deal with a difficult contrac-
tor. He added "Those fees we are
entitled to under our contract,
and we've been working hard for
you and I am trying to explain
some of the expenses to you."
At this point Mock responded say-
ing, "So you're saying you're woik-
ing hard for us. but we don't have
a complete system, and we don't
have to pay you?"
Keck said "No." and when Mock
asked for an explanation Keck
said, "We have a contract and the
only dispute right now is between
the contractor and the city. I don't
believe there is a dispute between
the city and the engineers."
Mock said, "We don't have a com-
pleted job and you want your
money. We want the system com-
The discussion ended as Rankin
made a motion to hold back pay-
ment on the two invoices that
were on the closeout of the Water
project and the motion was
Keck said, "There is still more
money in the contract for close-
out services." "That's correct."
Preston said, "We need to get this
contract finished." Keck agreed
saying "We do have a plan to com-
plete the system,"
Rankin wanted to have Gaidry
write a letter to KMT. Keck said
"Let me give you a brief history of
where we are now. We had de-
cided as of February 11, if the
contractor had not completed the
work he would be terminated and
we would seek reparations from
the bonding company. That did
not happen because if you re-
member at the February meeting,
I had been contacted by the con-
tractor In a last ditch effort to try
to got the work completed."
"You all had authorized myself,
the attorney, Commissioner Will-
iams, to sit down with the con-
tractor, and try to come to some
agreement. That was I believe, on
February 10. At that meeting we
were not successful at coming to
terms. At that meeting the con-
tractor was still demanding from
the city $360,000. We all said "No,
you are crazy. Finish the work."
The contractor said "No, we are
not going to finish the work."
Keck said, "That left a little bit of
confusion in my mind as to
whether it was your wish for me
to go ahead and terminate, actu-
ally send a termination notice,
and that has not been done to
date, to the contractor and try to
got reparations from the bonding
company. The bonding company

Continued on Page 10


The lines formed in front of the Franklin County
April 11th.

Final Newell Tour

Concert For -

The Season

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts will present the fi-
nal concert of the 2000-2001 sea-
son, at 4:00 p.m. E.D.T. on April
22, in Lafayette Park. This con-
cert will present a return engage-
ment by Jim's Dixie Jammers,
who last appeared in October,
1999, at the Dixie Theater. This
very popular Dixieland Jazz Band
is composed of Fred Freedburg,
clarinet; Tom Turner, trumpet;
Elliot Toole, trombone; Dennis
Vale, piano; Mariano Rodreguez,
drums; and Jim Crozier, bass and
conductor. Conductor Crozier
says "This is just good old
Dixieland jazz with the best of the
favorites: "St. Louis Blues",
"Sweet Georgia Brown",
"Darktown Strutters Ball", I Got
Rhythm", "The Saints Go
Marchin' In" and many more! "
This .concert-is.free and open to
the public. Bring lawn chairs or
blankets. In case of rain the con-
cert will be held in Trinity Church.

Cuban Youth
Group To Visit

On Thursday, April 26th, a group
of seven young people from the
Central District of Cuba will visit
Apalachicola under the joint
sponsorship of the First United
Methodist Church ofApalachicola
and St. George Island United
Methodist Church. A covered dish
dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m.
at First United Methodist Church
in Apalachicola to welcome the
visitors, who will share their tes-
timonies and worship through
song and dance. Their pastor will
also be preaching at the church
which is located at 75 Fifth Street
in Apalaclhcola.
St. George Island United Method-
ist Church sponsors a sister
church in Cuba, the Ariza Meth-
odist Church, a small congrega-
tion of fourteen members, who
conduct praise and worship ser-
vices on Sundays and Wednesday
nights and who have an active
adult and youth Sunday School
program. The Methodist churches
are also encouraging sponsorship
programs for Cuban missionaries.
These cooperative programs are
called "Nuevo Pacto" or "New Cov-
enant" and are designed to foster
understanding and strengthen
the faith of people in both
Any interested members of the
community are cordially invited to
attend the program on April 26,
or may call either church for more
information (653-9530 in
Apalachicola or 927-2088 on St.
George Island).

Coast Guard



For Rescue

The Coast Guard Meritorious Unit
Commendation was awarded to
the crew of the Coast Guard Cut-
ter SEAHAWK (WPB 87323) at 10
a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 17,
2001, onboard the cutter in Car-
Congressman Allen Boyd, (D-FL-
2), presented the award to Mas-
ter Chief Boatswain's Mate,
George G. Wilson and his crew for
their efforts in saving the fishing
vessel MISS LINDA and her three
man crew in extremely rough seas
last December.
Continued on Page 10

servers for lunch, Wednesday,

Of Homes

Trinity Episcopal Church rectory was built in 1900 by
SGeorge Marshall in the Queen Anne style which was popular
in Apalachicola at the turn of the century. Mr. Marshall
was a lifelong Episcopal Church member, serving frequently
in the choir and on the vestry. The rectory is in current
use by the Vicar and his family as a residence. The building
has recently undergone extensive restoration under-the
guidance of church member Willis Kennedy.

10th Annual Apalachicola Tour Of

Historic Homes

The 10th Annual Apalachicola
Tour of Historic Homes will take
place Saturday, May 5th in this
scenic seaport town on the "for-
gotten coast." Sponsored by Trin-
ity Episcopal Church, the tour will
showcase 11 private homes and
4 historic churches, all of which
will be open to visitors from I to 5
p.m. (EDT).
New homes as well as favorites
from previous years will be open
for the event. All proceeds from
the tour go to the preservation
and restoration fund of the
164-year-old Trinity Church,
which will also be open for visi-
tors throughout the day.
Registration for the tour begins at
11 a.m. (EDT) at Trinity Episco-
pal Church, at the intersection of
Highway 98 and 6th Street in
Apalachicola. The ticket donation
for the event is $10.00 per per-
son. A delicious boxed lunch pre-
pared by Trinity's Episcopal
Church Women is also available
in the church parish hall from
11:30 to 1:00 for an additional
charge of $8.00.
The Trinity Church Rectory, also
know as the George Marshall
House after its builder, has just
undergone extensive restoration
and will be a featured home on
this year's tour. This turn of the
century Queen Anne style home
has been the residence, of the
Trinity's ministers and their fami-
lies for over a century. Its lovely
woodwork, unique-corner fire-
places and handsome stairway
have been carefully restored to
their original beauty.

The Wingate House on Bay Av-
enue is'new to the Tour of Homes
this year. Built around 1910, this
handsome yellow bungalow fac-
ing Apalachicola Bay has been
restored and renovated by Arlene
and David Wingate of Tallahassee.
Its wide, semi-enclosed porch has
large, arched open windows and
is an excellent example of the ver-
nacular architecture of the area.
A favorite tour showplace is the
Whiteside/Bickel Home. The Prai-
rie style of this house is seen in
its broad windows, wood shingle
siding, board and batten wain-
scoting, and built-in cabinetry.
Restored during the mid-1990s,
it is the residence of noted photo-
journalist Richard Bickel and his
wife Susan.
Also new this year is the Marks/
Clark Home, considered one of the
oldest homes in Apalachicola.
Originally built in Port St. Joe in
the early 1800s, it is believed to
be constructed of wood from an
English ship that landed there in
the late eighteenth century. The
house was moved from its origi-
nal site to Apalachicola in 1845
'following a yellow fever epidemic
and deadly hurricane in Port St.
Joe. The house again survived
destruction during Apalachicola's
destructive 1900 fire, but charred
beams from this fire can still be
seen in the attic of the home.
Another new attraction this year
is an art show honoring the 10th
Annual Tour of Homes. Noted lo-

Continued on Page 10

By Tom Campbell
There was plenty of delicious
Franklin County seafood for
elected representatives at the
Franklin County Day at the Capi-
tol in Tallahassee on Wednesday,
April 11, 2001. According to
Franklin County Planner Alan
Pierce, Harry Arnold of Executive
Office Supply in Tallahassee was
in charge of the cooking. Arnold
is also one of the organizers of the
St. George Island Chili Cookoff to
benefit the Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment on the island each year.
The Board of County Commis-
sioners approved a $1500 appro-
priation to help fund the Franklin
County Legislative Appreciation
Day. There was a seafood lun-
cheon for ticketed guests. Sena-
tor Lawson and Representative
Kendrick provided tickets to
The location of the event was the
open space between the old capi-
tol building and the new capitol.
A planning session was held at
Arnold's Executive Office Supply
store on South Monroe Street in
Tallahassee at 8:30 a.m., on
April 11.
Some of those who donated funds
for the Franklin County Day at the
Capitol, according to Pierce, are
Franklin County, Gulf State
Bank, Apalachicola Bank
and Apalachicola Chamber of
David Butler of Gulf State Com-
munity Bank in Carrabelle said
that information booths were set
up at the site of the Franklin
County Day event by Camp Gor-
don Johnston Association, Car-
rabelle Lighthouse Association,
Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce
and -Apalachieola Chamber of
State Senator Al Lawson and Rep-
resentative Will Kendrick at-
tended the event, which attracted
over 600 people. Harry Arnold
said, "600-plus were fed.


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First United Methodist Church, 75 5th Street
The church building was constructed in 1901, after a fire
destroyed the original structure built in 1846. That fire
started next door in the sanctuary, and eventually spread
to seventy other buildings downtown. Before 1846, the
congregation shared the new Episcopal Church or met in
member's homes.

Ticket taker Alice Collins.

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The Franklin Chronicle



April 17, 2001
Present: Commissioner Chair-
person: Eddie Creamer, Com-
missioner Cheryl Sanders,
Commissioner Bevin Putnal,
Commissioner Clarence Will-
iams, Commissioner Jimmy

Buford Flowers
A sixty-year resident of Eastpoint
appeared before the Board of
County Commissioners complain-
ing about their treatment at the
Federal Reservation at Wright
Lake, up Highway 65, over the
weekend. A letter was to be writ-
ten to Congressman Alan Boyd
explaining the situation, and this
request was made again when Mr.
Boyd appeared before the Com-
missioners at the end of Tuesday's

Superintendent of Public
Hubert Chipman mentioned the
finding of a pistol holster in one
of the county vehicles, giving rise
to a general discussion about the
possibilities of a firearm being
carried by one of the employees,
although no direct evidence.of any
firearm was identified, Chipman
was instructed by the Board to
brief all of his employees that fire-
arms were not to be in their pos-
session, particularly when work
camp inmates were nearby.

County Extension and
Solid Waste Director
Did not issue any formal reports
at the meeting due to pressing
commitments out-of-town and
personnel shortages,

Swat Coordinator, Tobacco

Several students read proposed
ordinances designed to discour-
Sage placement and merchandis-
ing,of tobacco products to youth.
County Attorney Al Shuler is to
look over the proposals, and rec-
ommend one or more to the Board
for consideration at a future time.
Brittney Eleanor Simmons
(Apalachicola) read her letter
thanking the Commissioners for
helping fund her trip to the World
Conference of Florida's PRIDE, a
state-wide drug prevention pro-
gram for high schnnl 1v-1th

Refuge House Domes
Violence Center
Donna Hansell, Rural Cc
tor, appeared before the C
sion to request permission
ticipate in the county bud
cess. She present
2000-2001 budget, t
$1,593,797. Expenses
$55,870 "...allocated to 1
County..." The figures
sented below. The Board
make any commitment to
about budgeting any fune
Refuge House, but gener,
comed their participation
budget process.
FY 2000-2001 BUDGET



S AgencyTotal

TOTAL MISC.- Direct Client Ass
Sub-Total, Payroll
Sub-Total, Fringe

Every ten years, a new census is
Itic taken, and new election districts
are revised or created so each rep-
resentative in state and Federal
oordina- governments represent about the
;ommis- same numbers of population,
n to par- Spitzer said he would be happy
get pro- to review Franklin County's 2000
d the census data to determine if there
otaling were 10 per cent or greater dif-
totaled ferences among the various five
Franklin districts, and if so, that factor will
are pre- "trigger" a redrawing of district
did not lines. A letter is to be sent to the
SHansell School Board to ask them to share
ds to the n theestimated $2000 cost of this
ally wel- review. Bevin'Putnal voted against
n in the the motion to approve the census
review; the motion passed any-
way. The counties have only the
odd numbered years to finish
their review and redistrict
Agency Total functions.
192,728 Franklin County Revolving
26Z16 Loan Fund Program
24,282 Charles D. Blume and Ed
84.523 Blanton, Apalachee Regional
130,972 Planning Council Attorneys, ap-
44,474 peared before the Commissioners
24,757 providing a report on the status
3.48 of each loan in the County Revolv-
13,619 ing Loan Fund program. They
30,000 were to seek guidance from the
56.573 Board as to how to proceed. There
45,036 are 32 loans made, but 59% are
8,445 "not current", 9.4% of the borrow-
11,251 ers have filed bankruptcy, 9.4%
2,300 have paid off their loans, and 19%
23,476 pay installments on a timely cur-
2,125 rent basis.
17.,51 The outstanding loans and the
1,593.797 amounts are identified below: ,

30,049 1,517
22,400 1,500
13,900 350
5,700 50
26,600 200
59,393 2,036
1,269,078 35,940
5,576 60
15,872 804
61,383 1,275

TOTALTRAVEL 26,637 2.898
EXPENSES TOTAL 1.593.797 46,630

FranklinCo. 55870

Kurt Spitzer appeared before the
Board to describe his entrepre-
neurial services for reviewing cen-
sus data and designing possible
new voting districts if the census
data justified such revisions. This
is mandated by the Federal gov-
ernment and finds its basis in the
U. S. Constitution and case law.

Sherrill Carroll

$25,000 Not current

James and Brenda
Coulter $25,000 Noc current
Ronald and Jessee
Gilbert $10,000 Bankruptcy
Charles and Dedree $25,000 No current
Go-den address
James and Kathy $5,000 Not current

Kenneth Martina $8000.
Kevin Martina $8000
Eddie and Wanda $25.000
Devey Shiver $15,000
Thomas Turney $10.000
William and Glenda $12,500
WUilard Vinson 55,000
Annie ane Wilson $25,000
Terry Wilson $5.000
George Wade $25.000
Earl Coulcer $25,000
Shirley Dunaway $25,000
James T. Johnson $10,000
Timochy McClain $10.000
Stephen Nash $25.000
Susan Reeder $15,000
Randall nd Kimberly $10,000

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Continued on Page 9

School Board


April 12, 2001
Marcia M. Johnson appeared be-
fore the Board and distributed a
letter as a "...follow-up on verbal
requests for public records..." she
made earlier. Her inquiry was
about senior class rankings and
allegations about grade-changes.
The Board's legal counsel recom-
mended that Ms. Johnson ask for
a hearing on her allegations and
outlined the procedures for filing
such a request. The Board tabled
the matter until such time as a
formal request for Hearing was
filed with the Board.

Apalachicola High School
Principal Denise Butler advised
the Board that Parent Report
Card Pick-up will be held from 5-7
p.m. on April 23. College Night
was held on April 11th with five
area institutions represented with
"moderate attendance." Career
Day was held on April 12th in the
Media Center with 20 represen-
tatives from area businesses. On
April 10th, the Spring Sports had
an All-team cookout for parents.
Ms. Butler commended the main-
tenance dept. for the renovation
of the Alt Ed area and especially
Mike Malone for the painting job
he did to the walls of the area. On
April 11th, the Superintendent,
Chief of Police Andy Williams,
Sheriff Varnes and the Principal
of Apalachicola High School met
to discuss mutual concerns re-
garding thesafety of our students
and campus security. Chief Will-
iams and Mrs. Temolyene
Wyntons are in school each week
for tobacco intervention and
G.R.E.A.T programs. The Board
was invited to the Junior-Senior
Prom scheduled forApril 21 at the
Armory. The Blood Drive has been
rescheduled for May 17th. Ms.
Butler also reported to the Board
that she had addressed the
FHSAA Representative Assembly
in Gainesville on April 9-10 dis-
cussing her proposal to weight
private school enrollment to level
the playing field for small public
schools in the state championship
series for all sports. She also
stated that Apalachicola High
School has been nominated to
receive the FHSAA All-Sports
Sportsmanship.Award for the past
There was no report from the Car-
rabelle High School.

Other Matters
The articulation agreement be-
tween Franklin County School
Board and the University of

Florida with an updated Amend-
ment was approved by the Board.
The agreement provides the op-
portunity for Franklin County
students to attend the University
of Florida through the dual enroll-
ment/early admission program.
The Board also approved a letter
of agreement between the school
board and the Washington
County District School Board on
behalf of the Panhandle Even
Start Consortium. Even Start is a
federally funded project.
Applications for the 21st Century
Learning Grant were approved by
the Board. If approved on subse-
quent review, the grant would
provide for after school enrich-
ment activities throughout the
Franklin District including
fleldtrips, transportation and tu-
torial services in all schools. Sum-
mer enrichment activities would
also be planned. Adults would be
hired to facilitate planned pro-
gram activities throughout the
four schools in Franklin's district.
Tutorial assistance would be
available in mathematics, lan-
guage and reading. The grant was
written in conjunction with the
Bay, Gulf and Franklin Counties.
The Board also approved a grant
application under the Safe and
Drug Free Entitlement Grant that
provides for activities that dis-
courage the use of alcohol, to-
bacco and drugs. Conflict Reso-
lution or violence prevention is a
large part of this grant. Counse-
lors will be partially funded to
prepare curriculum, drug surveys
and other areas for the Drug Free
Grant. The amount requested was
A $500,000 competitive grant was
applied for and approved by the
Board, entitled 'Technology Lit-
eracy Challenge Grant." The ap-
plication is to provide additional
equipment, furniture, software,
technology resource personnel,
training and connectivity to the
Franklin County school system's
network and internet.
Terry St. Cyr, Director of Business
Services, submitted a memoran-
dum to the Board consisting of
Amendments to the budget. The
amendments required board ap-
proval to reflect audited beginning
fund balances, changes in rev-
enue projections, and corre-
sponding changes in appropria-
His memorandum is
quoted here. "Concerning
the General Fund: Bud-
geted revenue has been
reduced by $480,222.
Nearly $190,000 of that
total is accounted for in
the audited beginning
fund balance as reserve

for categoricals (this is
categorical revenue from
the FYE 6/30/00 that
was carried forward to
the current year). It in-
creases the fund balance
and has the same effect
(although restricted) as
new revenue. The overall
decrease in revenue and
other financing sources
from the original budget
is $244,757.
Most of the total decrease
in revenue and other fi-
nancing sources was an
overestimation of poten-
tial FEFP revenue. I did
not properly forecast the
large reduction in the
student population (FTE
Surveys) that has oc-
curred between the
1999-00 and 2000-01
school years. In addition,
certain other revenue
was budgeted at an
amount that will not be
realized by the fiscal year
end. The current pro-
posed revision to revenue
is properly based on the
3rd FEFP Calculation
from FDOE. These pro-
jections will remain ap-
proximately the same or
may increase slightly
(based on survey 3) for
the 4th calculation which
is our final funding cal-
culation for the fiscal
In accordance with the
reduced budgeted rev-
enue, appropriations
were lowered in certain
functional categories. It
appears, based on projec-
tions, that this amended
budget is conservative
and that total expendi-
tures at year-end may be
lower than amended ap-
propriations. Although
the ending fund balance
has decreased according
to this budget, we are op-
timistic that by year end
the district will actually
realize an increase in
general fund ending fund
balance due to unex-
pended appropriations
and proper accounting of
state and federal
projects. In addition, cer-
tain, unbudgeted rev-
enue, particularly local
tax revenue, will be in-
cluded in the final bud-
get and in the annual fi-
nancial statements. As
will always be the policy
of this finance office, dis-
cretionary spending will
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20 ADril 2001 Page 3

Grassroots Growth At Dixie Theatre

Some grassroots growth is taking place at the Dixie Theatre, and
congratulations are in order to the Partingtons on their cooperation
with the Panhandle Players and the Wakulla Community Theatre.
The Dixie Theatre is expanding its reach into the Panhandle of Florida
by encouraging these community groups.
A number of interesting developments are taking place. The wider
community is immediately more aware of the Dixie Theatre because
of the numerous theatre patrons involved in the various community
activities. That kind of publicity is "word of mouth" and spreads the
good news quickly.
Good will spreads out and returns with manifold blessings as it in-
volves theatre lovers of all ages and complexions. They come to the
Dixie to see their "own" performing and discover a thoroughly de-
lightful place that they will probably want to visit again. Such de-
lights are contagious and, like honey, leave a good taste in the mouth.
The Wakulla Community Theatre has a long history of successful
musical productions. Last year it presented "Pajama Game," and in
years past has presented "Hello Dolly," "South Pacific," "My Fair Lady,"
and others. Musicals are generally popular, and this year's "Kiss Me,
Kate" certainly was.
With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, "Kiss Me, Kate" was given a
splendid production by the Wakulla Community Theatre, which is
"an activity of the Wakulla County School Board's Community Edu-
cation Program." This should give Franklin County's School Board a
good idea.
But, an idea is only a beginning. The arts need a renewed emphasis
in the Franklin County School system, and thetintention here is to
point out that a strong curriculum in performing arts is needed here
locally. Yes, it will take lots of time. But, the investment in teaching
vocal music, drama, and specific instrumentation such as strings,
piano, horns, and the like will payoff in the nurturing of young indi-
viduals, who are able to exploit knowledge and technique matched
with their own skills to better cope with the world beyond graduation.
Chances are if you find someone who excels in math and physics,
you will also find the seeds of a fine musician because music requires
mastery of fundamental concepts in the sciences.
If one knows proper breathing technique, and some physiology of the
"voice box," you are better equipped to speak publicly to a group of
your fellow electors, or theatre goers, for that matter. Very slowly,
America is waking up to the fact that the performing arts are good for
business too. Look at a few "dead downtown" that were revitalized
by the opening of performing arts centers, bringing back crowds to
patronize local shops before and after performances,
The performing arts are there for exploitation but the opportunities
to develop such skills should be available to anyone at the very young-
est of ages. The school system is one such place where these oppor-
tunities ought. to be available, but in Franklin County, for too long,
the performing arts have not been emphasized. School Board, please
take note.
On Saturday, April 7, 200 1, the musical "Kiss Me, Kate" was pre-
sented for one performance at the Dixie Theatre as a special event.
Hopefully there will be other such special events in the future, be-
cause everybody appeared to have a wonderful time.
Musical theatre is the best place for a community to witness the arts
coming together as a team effort. Music plays the central part, while
it gathers art through colors, costumes and motion. The voices don't
have to be well trained as long as there's something worth singing,
and words worth saying.
Students can readily experience the interaction of all the arts and the
benefits of such team effort.
'A good sense of fun pervaded the entire production of "Kiss Me, Kate,"
as did last fall's Panhandle Players' production of 'The Curious Sav-
age." These shows demonstrated that "education in the arts can be
fun as well as enlightening."
All the people involved from Wakulla County, the Panhandle Players
and the Dixie Theatre should be proud of their teamwork and should
be inspired to demonstrate the benefits of such efforts again in the
TomCampbell andTomIHoffer .'.. '.* '. -. : *
.Common Cause Applauds Senators

Bill Nelson And Bob Graham

: Common Cause Florida applauds Senators Bill Nelson and Bob Gra-
ham (D-FL) for supporting the bipartisan McCain-Feingold bill in the
Senate. Senators Nelson and Graham voted with Senators John
McCain and Russ Feingold at a critical juncture during the debate to
defeat an amendment that would have placed a "time bomb" on the
legislation and voted for the bill's final passage,
"We are pleased Senators Nelson and Graham voted for effective cam-
paign finance reform in the McCain-Feingold bill." said Common Cause
Florida Executive Director Ben'Wilcox. "On this vote, the voices of
average Americans spoke louder that the special interest dollars that
flood the system with soft money. By voting for McCain-Feingold,
Senators Nelson and Graham voted with the overwhelming number
of people that want a government they can be proud of."
'"he fight for effective campaign finance reform is not over, but there
is growing momentum across the country for meaningful real reform,"
Wilcox continued. "Last week's bipartisan victory in the Senate sends
a signal to the leadership of the House of Representatives that their
action-or inaction-on this issue will be watched."

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Vol. 10, No. 8

April 20, 2001

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

Sales Tom W. Hoffer
............ Diane Beauvais Dyal

Advertising Design
and Production Artist............................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Proofreader ..................... Tom Campbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein ......................................... Alligator Point
George Chapel .......... Apalachicola:
Karen Cox-Dennis. .... Apalachicola
Rene Topping Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ............ Carrabelle
David Butler ..................... Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
George Thompson ................................... Eastpoint
Pat Morrison ........................................... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
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Letter To The Editor
March 30, 2001, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) attempted to resolve the issues raised by the FWC Equal
Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act Commit-
tee by removing barriers to net fishing by persons with disabilities.
The FWC ADA (American Disabilities Act) Committee request cen-
tered mostly on the use of larger 500 sq. ft. rectangular nets and the
connection of such nets, as a way to allow disabled fishers to com-
pete with able-bodied harvesters using 500 sq. ft. cast nets.
The legal advice by the FWC Attorney was that it was a violation of
Article X, Section 16 of the State Constitution. At this point, the staff
recommends action to repeal rule 68B-4.004, F.A.C. to allow
power-assisted gear.
At the public hearing, the Wakulla Fishermen's Association delivered
documents and testimony supporting rectangular nets as legal within
Florida Statutes and Constitution; The WFA requested that the only
barrier to limit citizens was F.A.C. 68B-39.0047(IX2). This Adminis-
trative Code attempts to allow only specific gear to harvest and disal-
low rectangular nets. Clearly Article 10, Section 16 of Florida's Con-
stitution states seines and other rectangular nets are allowed. Clearly
Florida Statute 370.093 states that nets 500 sq. ft orless, constructed
of nylon are not included as gill & entanglement nets. Clearly 500 sq.
ft. nets made of monofilament or multistrand monofilament gills and
entangles as defined by F.S'370-093.
The WFA (Wakulla Fisherman's Association) presented that fishing
cases in 1995, 1996, and early 1997 raised inconsistencies in our
Constitution, Statutes, and Administrative Code as to creating un-
necessary killing and waste of illegal juvenile fish at the same time
creating barriers to handicapped women, senior citizens, and .citi-
zens. We then presented the passing of F.S.370-093 on May 1997
removing the inconsistencies at the same time achieving the goals
the people sought and perils sought to be prevented with Article 10,
Section 16 of our, Constitution. This goal is clear, manage the re-
source for all citizens by stopping the unnecessary killing, over fish-
ing, and waste.
The staff of thelFWC presented that the decision of the 1st District
Court of Appeals in 1998 & 1999 of the subject cases 1995 & 1997
takes precedence. Blinded by hate and prejudice the FWC staff can-
not accept that F.S.370-093 protected our environment and the civil
rights of American with Disabilities.
The public hearing of March 30th was almost a violent confrontation
between FWC staff and the WFA, but the Commissioners requested
us to tell them more. They voted to repeal rule 68B-4.004F.A.C. at
the Commissioners May meeting.
October 17, 2000 in Wakulla County I presented a rectangular net
cntcted constructed like the onthe FWC ADA Committee requested to the
FWC. I had the net on a small boat in the water whereby the Florida
Marine Patrol issued me six citations. The statement from Officer
Joiner to Officer Cook was to issue as many citations as he could.
This was done, but latter reduced to four citations with a possible
two years in jail and $12,000. 00 in fines.
This case was argued before Judge Jill Walker in Wakulla County
whereby three were judged not guilty and one guilty. My sentencing
will be April 12, 2001.
My nets were nylon, 500 sq. ft. and separated by seven inches. I will
never accept hate, prejudice and discrimination. I will never pay a
dollar of fine, but sit in the Wakulla County Jail in protest until I am
dead or the jail falls down around me.
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Discrimination must be tt6pped'
Ronald F. Crum
President, WFA

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Letter To The Editor
Dear Editor:
The voters in passing the high speed train initiative sent a strong
message that they want the state to proceed in ways other- than only
building more and wider highways. They also have stated they want a
higher speed rail network. And notwithstanding they may not have
known the exact price tag of the system to be built, the voters under-
stood that it will cost public money to build such a system (no such
thing as a free lunch.)
As the citizen's organization on transportation alternatives in Florida
for over 20 years who both helped create the first transcontinental
train ever and killed the previous bullet train proposal, due in part to
both its expense and its limited system, we were neutral and largely
silent during this past election campaign. Although this ballot pro-
posal had more to recommend it than the prior FOX proposal (the
system would go between the 5 largest urban areas, which we had
determined to be Jacksonville, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Tampa/
St. Petersburg, and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, but subsequent to the
election Doc Dockery proposed defining the urban areas in such a
way as to encompass the entire state), it also had the drawbacks of
not allowing use of the existing rail lines, which is what is being done
everywhere else in the country, and also still did not cover more com-
pletely the entire state.
We want to encourage the legislature and Governor to amend the
proposal which passed; we understand full well that part of the revi-
sion would have to be resubmitted to the voters at a future election.
Georgia, for example, passed last session a plan estimated to cost
only between $2-2.5 billion for 18 routes covering virtually the entire
state which will ultimately run up to 110 miles per hour (not much
different than the 120 mph mandate in this proposal); connects to
Florida at Tallahassee, Jacksonville and possibly Lake City; and runs
primarily on existing rail lines. This potentially major detail not being
allowed to use the existing rail lines is one the public may not have
picked up on and is the primary reason the costs of the new system
could otherwise range as much as $20 billion; some percentage of
this money will come from the public as no transportation system is
We would suggest that as a starting point the entire AMTRAK/FDOT
"Vision Plan" (released last year) be used with the following changes:
(1) add routes between Orlando Gainesville via Leesburg/Wildwood;
Marianna/Chipley-Panama City and Crestview-Ft. Walton Beach to
make a more complete statewide network: (2) have at least 6 round
trip trains/day on all routes so as to be competitive with autos and
airplanes and reduce.the need to expand roads and airports; (3) build
the system within 2-4 years using bonding to take maximum advan-
tage of operational efficiencies given more and longer routes connected
together can garner more ridership due to being able to stop at more
locations and offer people more travel options and reduce the amount
of state subside (after capital is excluded) necessary to run the sys-
tem. The AMTRAK/FDOT plan would already establish service be-
tween, Jacksonville-Melbourne-Miami; Orlando-Daytona
Beach-Jacksonville; Orlando-Cape Canaveral and Tampa-Sarasota-Ft.
Myers Ft. Lauderdale; and would run more frequent service on
Pensacola-Tallahassee-Jacksonville; Jacksonville-Orlando-Tampa;
and Tampa/Orlando-Miami.
We would also suggest that ways are needed to get people to and from
the proposed system other than cars and planes in order to make it
more effective.
As stated above, we believe the public's vote can be read more broadly
as also favoring the faster growth of.transportation alternatives such
as public transit, paratransit (door to door), sidewalks and bike paths.
With 37% of our population not able to drive a car (according to FDOT)
and many mor-e wanting the choice of.not driving a vehicle, there is a
clear majority behind expansion, as shown by the referendum, but
monies have previously lagged. Statewide, virtually every area has
experienced dramatic growth in people using the public transit. The
Transportation Disadvantaged community received no increase in
funding at all this last legislative session for door to door transit de-
spite having over 1,000,000 denied trips a year for illness and other
purposes for the Elderly, Disabled, and Ill. And all these needs will
only continue to increase in the future. For public transit, for ex-
ample, people in metropolitan areas have said previously in surveys
that they want service which runs: (1) at least every 15 minutes dur-
ing rush hours: (21 withinn 3 blocks of their homes, businesses, shop-
ping ahndihhtfdols fifth~ iafasonable.hours .including nights. week-
ends, and early mornirigs and (4) is reas6nably'pnced. It, of course,
takes money to make these things happen and you can gain the mon-
ies to do these things if, among other matters, you amend the high
speed system as stated above.
We stand ready to assist as these issues wind their way through the
legislative process this year and we trust the legislature and Gover-
nor will keep hearing from the voters that to stay on the right track
requires more than just using roads.
John Hedrick
People's Transit Organization
2748 North Sandalwood Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310

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in the issue of April 6, 2001. Tim Turner is the current director of
Emergency Management.

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Pictorial Progress Report On The New St. George Fire

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The photo mosiac was taken on Saturday, April 7, 2001. The structure measures 50 feet
in width, 60 feet long and 33 feet in height.

Alligator Point


A ssoa Association

Ray Pringle (left) and
Ron Crum
In Wakulla County


Lawsuit In

Circuit Court

Revived To Test

Legality Of

Rectangular Nets

For Handicapped

Judge Sauls Decision'
As reported in the last issue of the
Chronicle (April 6), Ron F. Crum
(Wakulla County) was found
guilty of possessing a gill net on a
vessel less than 22 feet long in
County Judge Jill Walker's
Wakulla County Court. His sen-
tencing, scheduled for April 12,
was postponed.
The alleged illegal net he was
charged with possessing was the
same net in another pending case
but this one is being tried before
Judge N. Sanders Sauls, in the
Circuit Court of the Second Judi-
cial Circuit for Wakulla County.
The State, by Jonathan Glogau,
submitted the Walker decision to
Judge Sauls, requesting that he
take judicial notice of the deci-
sion, that a court of "competent
jurisdiction has found the
Pringle-Crum net a gill net" and
thus prohibited by the Constitu-
tional Amendment limiting net
The lawsuit before Judge Sauls
has been pending for well over one
year. Pringle and Crum initiated
their litigation against the State
of Florida, Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection, and a divi-
sion of law enforcement also
known as the Florida Marine Pa-
trol and the Florida Marine Fish-
eries Commission, as it was then
known. They charged that Marine
Fisheries Commission rule
changes, coupled with harsh en-
forcement of the Amendment by
the Florida Marine Patrol, has, in
effect, created a complete ban on
marine net fishing to citizens in-
capable of using commercially vi-
able hand thrown cast nets, thus
denying their rights. Through
their attorney Ron Mowrey,
Pringle and Crum argued that
they, the plaintiffs, be allowed to
use their rectangular net under
500 square feet. If the handi-
capped groups are denied use of
that net, they argued, the Consti-
tutional provisions that purport
to only limit net fishing becomes
an absolute ban on net fishing.
plaintiffs Crum and Pringle have
developed a rectangular net which
'they intend to use and generally
duplicate as a basis for creating
a commercially viable net that will
fully complete with the Amend-
ment, a net designed for specific
target species-specific finfish.
Their brief further elaborates criti-
cism of the Marine Fisheries Com-
mission rules that "...a small
mesh size, or no mesh size in the
case of tarpaulin-type nets cur-
rently authorized by the MFC
causes the entanglement of
smaller, juvenile fish and unin-
tended bycatch, resulting not only
in a premature depletion in the
population of juvenile stocks of
the targeted species but also the
unnecessary killing, over-fishing
and waste of non-targeted
bycatch and game fish.
Continued on Page 9

By Rene Topping
The Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation (APTA) met on April 14,
with president Bunky Atkinson
presiding. The membership cur-
rently is 149. Atkinson an-
nounced that the guest speaker
Tim Turner, of Franklin County
Emergency Services, was not able
to come to the meeting and would
be there on May 12.
Steve Fling, Alligator Point Volun-
teer Fire Department Chief, said
that there will be a parade on the
Fourth of July. He said'that the
Fire Department could not spon-
sor it because of the cost of in-
surance for the event. However he
said there was a group of people
who would have the parade. The
fireworks will go on as usual.
Atkinson announced a nomina-
tion for Link Barnett for a board
member to replace Rachel Lanier,
who had resigned:as she-has
moved to Crawfordville. There was
a motion to accept the nomina-
tion made by Joe Hambrose and
seconded by Frank Gibson and
the vote was unanimous to seat
Franklin County Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders made her report
to the members. She told people
that Franklin County residents
would have first chance on get-
ting a clam aquaculture lease,
with Wakulla residents second
and any other applicants after
She announced that she had ap-
pointed Paul Parker to be her rep-
resentative on the Hospital/Am-
bulance Board.
She asked if everyone had seen
the signs regarding the Jet Ski
ordinance. She said that residents
could help in having the ordi-
nance enforced if they would call
their complaints to 670 8640. One
resident said that he felt it was
only a matter of time before there
would be a child decapitated when
the jet ski' did not obey the "Idle
in and idle out law." Joe
Hambrose said that there had
been a Department of Environ-
ment Protection, (DEP) contrac-
tor in the bay using an air boat
and he thought that all air boats
were banned. Sanders said it had
been specially permitted. She
added that she felt there would


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be more laws coming that would
lessen the speed of boats in the
There was report on the extension
of water lines to the well on the
other side of U.S. 98. It was re-
ported that Taylor Moore had said
the lines should be in and the
shoulders put back along with all
driveways in a very short time.
Residents were asked for patience
with the air bubbles in the water
as it is due to the work being done.
She also said that there had been
cuts made on County funding
from the state for things such as
recycling and a lot of other things
affecting the small counties.
She said that on the applications
on the clam aquaculture leases
that were issued, they will not be
transferred to the lease owner
until they have worked a 3 year
period on their lease.
Roy Duverger spoke on his atten-
dance at the Sea Grass Confer-
ence. He said that the Alligator
Point Environmental and Conser-
vation Association (APECO) will
take part in putting up signs
showing people they are in pas-
sage over the marked sea grass
bed. He added that there is 645
acres of seagrafi s located off shore
from Alligator Poirt arid the mark-'
ers will be green and yellow. If the
water is low the yellow will show.
There will be information about
the usefulness of the sea grass in
being a nursery area for many
species and will be outlined on the
Atkinson said that Mike
Dumbrowski of Coastal Tech has
been working with the DEP in'a
study of the erosion on Alligator
Point. The study will be sent to
her sometime in the next week.
Liz Hurley asked the residents to
call in people who are doing ille-
gal burning. She said she has a
neighbor who lights an illegal fire
at night and then goes to bed leav-
ing it unattended. Fling told her
that he had been called on that
and a deputy had been sent down
to warn the offender.
An announcement was made that
May through September is Turtle
Nesting time. Bunky Atkinson
announced that sea oats plants
can be bought at Ace Hardware
in Crawfordville.
Barry Poole announced that he is
now the official owner of the Ma-
rine and is hard at work getting it
in shape. He said it was a compli-
cated five day closing. He told
Sanders that there is a check go-
ing to the county for $63,000 for
back taxes.
The next meeting of APTA will be
May 12 at 9 a.m.

Residents Hear A

Possible Solution

To Erosion On

Alligator Point
By Rene Topping
The members of the Alligator Point
Environmental and Conservation
Association, (APECO) listened in-
tently to a possible solution to the
erosion of the beaches at Alliga-
tor Point at their regular meeting
held at 10 a.m. April 14.
Colin Kelly and Wally Hager.
Parker Beach Restoration, Inc. of
Naples, came to speak on the
Sand Web System. This system
was discovered and demonstrated
by Bill Parker, a Naples Mullet
fisherman. He made the discov-
Sery, in 1986, when pulling in his
nets. He saw that he had not only
garnered mullets but also sand.
He tried to see if putting up nets
on poles to capture the sand that
was brought in on the rolling
waves would work. He found out
that there would be more sand,
particularly in the late Fall and
Winter storms. He saw that this
, was the way that would work if
he worked along with nature.
In a storm, the wave action car-
ries the sand out off shore and
deposits it in bars. Some of it
comes back naturally but is 'not
recaptured as it is in the nets. The
puinp and Dredge method in-
volves barges going to the bars
scooping up the sand, bringing it
to trucks, and deliver it to the
beaches. One problem is that the
sand is filled with shards of shells
and other debris.
This is not compatible to a beach
where people want to swim and
sunbathe. In fact several beaches
in South Florida have to put up
warning signs asking people to
use footwear.
Kelly said that the mesh of the
netting they use today is no longer
the mullet nets. They provided the
basic idea and it has been im-
proved upon.
Wally Hilliard, C.E.O. of the firm,
said that he was shocked when
he came to Alligator Pint and saw
just how much erosion there has
been, He said that he thought the
Point would be a place that could
benefit; however, he cautioned
that the system is not a panacea.
There are so many things to con-
sider such an currents, wave ac-
tion, the lay of the land. So he
asked the members if his firm
could do a study of the area for
three days to see if he was right.
The study would be done at no
cost to APECO or Franklin
'County. The members agreed to
This proposition and the firm will
send a'survey crew sometime next
week to conduct it.
They will then come back on May
12 and announce the findings and
give the members a more edu-
cated idea of the cost to do the
job. Duverger informed Hilliard

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that the County Commission
would be the entity that receives
grant for such projects and they
would have to approve it.
Right now the high tide comes
right into the rock revetment to a
depth of 4 feet. Bill Wargo, one of
the members of APECO said that
he has figures on the loss of beach
since the rock revetment was put
in and it is enormous.
Pumping and dredging has been
the most favored way to try to re-
store the beaches after storms.
However there are several places
on the Panhandle Coastline where
the use of the Nets have been
proven to work. One was illus-
trated by several "before and af-
ter" pictures which show a very
successful project the Net Groine
System at Eglin Air Force Base.
Before the project was started by
Benedict Engineering, Inc. using
a similar system, high tide was
washing under a recreational
building that was behind a wall.
The beach was restored between
December 1, 2000, when the 8
foot high poles were put in until
December 27, wheA there was
only 4 feet or so of net showing in
the pictures. By the following
January 8 the high tide was no
longer anywhere near the build-
The brochure said that the Sand
Web System was first imple-
mented at Pelican Bay, Naples in
1986. In 20 days a beach 70 feet

wide and 700 feet long was re-
Hilliard says that the system is
an environmentally sound
method of restoring, controlling,
and maintaining eroded beaches.


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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 04/04/01 Invoice No. 6248
Description of Vehicle: Make Nissan Model Stanza color Green
Tag No Year_ State_ Vin No. JN1HT21SXHT002454
To Owner: Melissa Diane Ranow To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 563
Eastpoint, FL 32328

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
04/03/01 at the request of Jimmy Meeks Owner of Property that
said vehicle is in its possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned
claim a lien for towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days
from the date of impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of
notice in the amount $ 191,00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of
$ 15.00 from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from
the lien of the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78,

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
SYou and each of you are hereby notified that on 05/10/01 at 12:(X) noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 461 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first he paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale, Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

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20 April 2001 Page 5



as told in a promotional book published in 1901

Part I

Publisher's Note: The Chronicle has embarked on a mini-series
of articles extracted from an old promotional guide entitled
Franklin County, Florida: Its Resources, Advantages, Possi-
bilities, circa 1901. Together with the photographs we are able
to upgrade to new digital technologies, the articles embrace a
large range of topics, some long forgotten, and a few "facts" with-
out corroboration, but woven into a mosaic of flowery prose typi-
cal of the era. There are, of course, several familiar family names
mentioned along the way, and a large number of sites and build-
ings, many long since vanished. The topics include the main towns
of Franklin County, the churches, local industries, products and
a few major businesses, such as Coombs and Co., the Cypress
Lumber Co., and others. The authors of the promotional guide
are unknown.

SITUATED at the mouth of the Apalachicola River-a noble stream,
136 miles in length, which is formed by the confluence of the Flint
and Chattahoochee Rivers, each more than five hundred miles in
length-is the city of Apalachicola, the county seat of Franklin County.
Its geographical position alone shows to the most superficial observer
its wonderful natural advantages and when to those is added an
unrivaled climate, a soil capable of producing in abundance anything,
(from the finest sea island cotton to the table delicacies, of strawber-
ries and pineapples,) a bay filled with the finest flavored oysters and
fish to be found on the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts, it will be seen that
Nature has been more than lavish of her bounty, and only man's
labor and investment are needed to reap four-fold the richest har-
That this was a locality peculiarly favored by the Indians, is shown in
the number of Indian mounds in the vicinity, and the many relics of
pottery, arms and utensils to be found even yet on the shores and

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islands near. These natives were scattered by the usurping white man,
and civilization, following fast in the steps of colonization, planted
cities and towns, while Commerce spread her white wings to bring to
them fortune and favor; thus Apalachicola, with her natural harbor
and sheltering islands, became one of the first important Gulf ports.
The rivers were then the great highways of the country, and the
Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, Flint and Chipola Rivers were the life
and food-supplying arteries to the heart of the vast inland portions of
the States of Georgia, Florida and Alabama. It was, therefore, as a
matter of course, that as early in the last century as 1836, Apalachi-
cola stood third in importance as a cotton port on the Gulf Coast.
The wealth of the South, up to the years of the Civil War, was repre-
sented by her cotton, and a large area of the cotton plantations of
Georgia and Alabama's fertile fields was adjacent to, or bordering on
the tributaries of the Apalachicola River, and this entire product found
its nearest market by way of the Gulf. Thus, the port o Apalachicola,
with the commerce of nations at her door, and the wealth of a vast
interior heaped in compressed whiteness on her streets, became a
veritable metropolis of the South, and during the months of the cot-
ton season was a scene of great financial activity. Buyers from North-
ern cities, from Liverpool, London, Paris, and many other foreign
markets competed with each other, and fortunes were made while
men slept. In the year 1860, the commerce of the city amounted to
fourteen millions of dollars.
Then came the dark days of the Civil War, when homes were deso-
lated and fortunes lost, when families were scattered, and mourning
filled the land. Apalachicola shared, with other cities of the South,
annihilation of business, privation and loss; but worse still for her
was the revolution in traffic and travel, which struck a death blow to
her cotton trade. Railroads, spanning the broad State of Georgia,
brought to the planter more speedy transportation for his cotton to
Atlantic ports, and placed him in daily communication with cities for
the necessities and supplies of his family and dependents. The slower,
and sometimes dangerous, transportation by river was almost' aban-
doned, and as time went on, steamers rotted at their moorings, and
the streets of this once populous city were grass-grown and silent,
while her brick warehouses and wharves became ruins.
But there were loyal hearts, who clung to and believed in her still,
and when the impoverished South, under sadly changed conditions,
faced the problem of a new future, here, as elsewhere', brave hearts
and strong wills won the victory.

D. Cldrede, m.D.
Jpalaclcola, Tlorida.

Office at the
Peop!'s Drug Store.

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An advertisement on Page 58 of the book, Franklin
County, Florida: It s Resources, Advantages and Possi-

Little more than three decades have gone by, and look again at the
city by the sea, which sat in ruins and lived but in retrospect. The
unlimited resources of Nature have been-invoked and from her bound-,
less store new sources of wealth have sprung up, which promise to
eclipse the past. The forests of cypress and yellow pine have become
the most valuable commodity of modern commerce, and again the
ships of all nations wait in her harbor to carry to all parts of the
civilized world the finished product of her mills and the valuable quan-
tities of naval stores, which are constantly in demand. Again the streets
of Apalachicola are filled with life and business activity. The roar and
clamor of steam sawmills, the shrieking whistles of tugs and steam-
ers towing logs and barges of lumber, the daily arriving and departing
steamers from points on the river and Gulf, the whistles of canning
factories, planing mills and sash, door and blind factories, are tan-
gible evidences of prosperity. Two large sawmills within the city limits
(one of them the largest in the South) and three more at distances
three to six miles up the river, each with an average daily product' of
fifty thousand feet of lumber, give employment to an army of skilled
and unskilled workmen, while in the important industry of catching,
canning and shipping oysters and fish a large fleet of boats and many
men are engaged. A daily steamer crosses the bay to Carrabelle, con-



Daily Freight and Passenger Service in Both Directions
Between TaIIahassee and Apalachicola, Fla.

Close Connection at Tallahassee With the Seaboard Air Line
For All Points

Cheap Sunmmer Excursion Rates to the Noted
Gulf Resort,


For information as to rates, etc., call' on or address any agent of the company
or the undersigned.
Vice-Pres. and Gen. Man., Gen. Pass. Agent
TLllahassee, Florida.

An advertisement on Page 60 of the book, Franklin
County, Florida: It s Resources, Advantages and Possi-

necting with the C.T.&G. Railroad, for the accommodation of passen-
gers and mail, besides the daily arriving and departing river steam-
ers, with passengers, mail and freight from Columbus, Ga., and all
intermediate points.
The population of Apalachicola, in common with the rest of the State
of Florida, has increased one third in the last decade, and the loyalty
and faith of those, who, since her dark days, have believed in her
future, and given brain and money to achieve it,, is:rewarded in her
constantly increasing prosperity.
The record of the past year is little short of wonderful. In May, 1900,
a destructive fire swept over the business part of the city, leaving it a
blackened waste of ruins. A church, opera house, two hotels, armory,
ice factory, warehouses, wharves, and sixty-five business houses were
completely destroyed. It was a catastrophe which tried the temper of
men's souls; but the loyalty and enterprise of the citizens, the true
American "grit," which never acknowledges defeat, were 'displayed in
that crisis, as everywhere. Before the ashes were cold, ground was
being cleared for rebuilding, and in less than one year much of the
burned district has been rebuilt in a superior and more substantial
manner than before, and work is still going on. Buildings erected
since the fire are estimated at a cost of $85,000, and those in course
of construction at $55,000.

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Offices In Apalachicola, Panama City
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A ttntme blenct of
antiques, ncutdcal ittems,
fuirtuvre, co[Lectlbles,
avt, books anc V tvano
more istinctdve accent

Photos cdrca 1900, of area
lighthouses at St. Marks, St.
George Islanct, Dog sland,
Cape San Btas.
Postcards, cdrca 1900, of old
Ap aLachdco la.
Extremely 'tnque navttcat
Ltems, architectwvo stare,
ttuttle Lamps andt mticch

Look fr the big tin shed on
170 Water Street along the
historic Apalachicola River.
170 Water Street
P.O. Box 9
Apalachicola, FL 32329
(850) 653-3635
Linda & Harruj Arnold, Owners

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The Franklin Chronicle

Franklin County History
from Page 5

An advertisement on Page 59 of the book, Franklin
County, Florida: Its Resources, Advantages and Possi-












An advertisement on Page 58 of the book, Franklin
County, Florida: Its Resources, Advantages and

The future of the city was never brighter, and there have been no
backward steps in the march of progress. It is but one year since the
electric lighting of the city was successfully accomplished, and now
the work of boring artesian wells for the supply of a water works
system is being carried on with energy and with every indication of
success. Most important, however, is the project for the deepening of
the channel to West Pass, the nearest and most direct outlet to the
Gulf. The immense benefit this would confer upon the city and entire
country adjacent is so apparent, that an association-has been formed
of representative business men of Florida, Georgia and Alabama, all
earnest, wide-awake men of the times, who are sanguine of seeing
ocean-going vessels at the wharves ofApalachicola at no distant day.
A survey ordered by Congress has been made for this channel with
the most favorable results, and the Senators of three States have
been memorialized to work for the necessary appropriation.
With deep water to the wharves, the commerce of the-city willbe,more
than doubled, and the whole territory bordering on four great rivers,
while contributing to its business activity, will itself receive immense
financial benefit. Atlanta will then not hesitate to cut a canal through
the seven, miles which separate her from the Chattahoochee River,
and so open a waterway for herself, via Apalachicola, to the ports of
the world.
The security of harbor and city from storms and gales is seen in the
long, low, sand islands lying between the bay and Gulf, which are
Nature's protection to the inland shores. They are nearly one-half
mile wide at the narrowest part, and furnish a bulwark, which re-
ceives the first shock of wind and wave, and thus protects the land
from the full fury of equatorial storms. No such horrible catastrophe
as the destruction of Galveston could ever devastate Apalachicola.
She sits secure behind a natural breakwater and wide intervening
The equable and healthful climate of this section is always a matter
of surprise to strangers. It is nowhere surpassed, and only equaled
by that of California, to which it is often compared by those who have
experienced both. The average temperature for the entire summer
months is 86 degrees, with an almost invariable, strong Gulf breeze,
which is healthful and toning and without the debilitating warmth,
which the proximity of the Gulf stream imparts, to the sea breezes of
the eastern coast; the maximum temperature is 96 to 98 degrees.
Sunstroke is unknown, and the death rate will compare favorably
with the most healthful city in the United .States, being an annual
twelve percent, per thousand. When there shall be had a Plant or
Flager to make known to the world the attractions and possibilities of
Western Florida, the commercial, agricultural and industrial devel-
opment of Franklin County will astonish even the proverbial old

No Public Notice On CPAA Meeting

By Rene Topping
There was no public notice of the
first Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA) meeting called
for April 12. This was to be the
first time that all four new mem-
bers would be present. No one.
hung a meeting notice in the
usual place at the Post Office and
at City Hall. Only three members
turned out for the meeting, Will-
iam Massey, Marian Morris and
Donald Wood. Ivan Backerman
was sworn in but that did not
make a quorum. There were a
couple of visitors, City Attorney
Douglas Gaidry to do the swear-
ing in, and Commissioner
Raymond Williams. Freda White
joined the meeting by telephone
with Williams who acted as inter-

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preter both ways for the board
and for White. A tape of the meet-
ing is being made available for
reporters. Look for a fuller report
in the next edition of the'

Herewith is attached a report taken from the Custom House, show-
ing the amount of business transacted at Apalachicola. for twelve

Vessels entered from foreign ports .................................. 119
Vessels cleared for foreign ports................. .................. 77
Vessels entered from domestic ports ....................... ..... 24
Vessels cleared for domestic ports ........................ ........ 66

Rosin ................................ 52,761 barrels ......... $ 79,260 00
Turpentine ............. ......... 30,755 gallons ........... 14,558 00
Sawn timber ............ ........ 12,383 M. feet .......... 143,481 00
Hewn timber ...................... 16,482 cubic feet ........ 25,464 00
Boards, deals and planks .... 11,546 M. feet .......... 149,659 00
Shingles ............................. 84,000 .......... ................ 342 00
Scantling...................... ..........469 M. feet .......... 5,736 00
Miscellaneous ..... ... ... ........... ......10,166 00
Total Foreign .............................................. $428,666 00


Lumber ........................ 5,773 M. feet...... $457,730 00
Shingles ......................... 150,000 ............. 600 00
Rosin ..................... ..... 21,490 barrels.... 42.880 00
Total Coastwise ...................................... $501,310 00
Total Shipments, Foreign and Coastwise $929.976 00


Salt .............................. 15,198 sacks...... $10,000 00
Turtle shells ........................ 14 boxes.......... 1,211 00
Cocoanuts ............................... 22,000............ 214 00
Miscellaneous ..:................................... .. .... 220 00
Total...................... ...................... $11.797 00
Number of vessels arrived, which do not enter and clear.... 107
Tonnage ........................................................ 12,500
Number of vessels departing, which do not clear at Custom House
........................................................................................, 1.10
Tonnage ................................................................ 13,000
Estimated arrivals and departures of river steamers for Georgia
and Alabam a .................................................................... 750
Tonnage ....................... ...... ....................... ............. 90,000
Oysters and fish shipped ........................ ... 12,500 barrels .
The value of merchandise, lumber and other sources' of revenue,
of which the Custom House keeps no record, can be placed at
$1,250,000 to $1,500,000.

Part HI to be continued in Chronicle issue of May 4, 2001.

"Telestials" To

Per-fot m

St. George Island United Method-
ist Church is pleased to present
a wonderful group of singers-
called "The Telestials," who will
perform on Saturday, April 21st
at 6:30 p.m. at the Methodist
Church on St. George Island, lo-
cated at 201 E. Gulf Beach Drive.
Admission is free and all members
of the community are encouraged .
-to attend for a faith-filled evening
of music and devotion.

The "Telestials" have dedicated
over thirty years of their lives to
keeping a ministry alive. Founded
by Jim and Beth Glass, this gos-
pel group was established in 1963
when a trio, including Beth and
her sister, began singing at
church functions. Known then as
the Harmony Trio," they recorded
their first album in Atlanta in
Three male vocalists were added
in 1969 as the group expanded.
They have won Dove Award nomi-
nations for "Here They Cdme" in
1967, "One- Way Flight" in 1977;
and Free Indeed' in 1978. Other
songs which are consistent
chart-makers are "Holy High and
Lifted ip," "Help Wanted," and
"Somebody's Coming," all written
by members of the group.
Family has always been a strong
component for the "Telestials",
with Beth's husband Jim manag-
ing the group and the Glass chil-
dren and grandchildren carrying
on the family singing tradition.
-Current members are Jim and
Beth Glass, Jerry and Bethany
Brown, Caleb Brown and Matt
Hill. They record for "Morningstar
Records." Their latest project is
entitled, "Journey On".
St. George Island Methodist
Church is delighted to welcome
the 'Telestials" to our area. For
more information; please call the
Church office at (850) 927-2088.

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Real Estate


Century 21 Real Estate Corpora-
tion, franchiser of the world's larg-
est residential real estate sales
organization, has awarded the
Century 21 Collins Realty for their
continuous sales success.
recognizes CENTURY 21 offices
that earn $1,750,000 in adjusted
gross commissions or 275 award
units within a calendar year. A
customized trophy was presented
at their Regional annual awards
Century 21 Real Estate Corpora-
tion has also announced that
is the recipient of the prestigious
Quality Service Pinnacle Award.
The Quality Service Pinnacle
Award is an integral part of the
Century 21 System's commit-
ment to excellence and recognizes
office performance during the last
two years. To qualify, an office
must have a two-year Quality Ser-
vice Survey Index of at least 940
and at least 200 surveys: or, a two
year Quality Service Index of at
least 950, and at least 50 com-
pleted surveys. The qualifying
period is from November 16, 1998
through November 15, 2000.
will receive a customized glass
trophy, in addition to being rec-
ognized at the Century 21
System's International Conven-
Alice D. Collins, Owner/Broker of
CENTURY 21 Collins Realty, Inc.
of St. George Island would like to
congratulate Marilyn Bean, Ma-
son Bean and John Shelby for an
outstanding performance during
the year 2000.
Recently at the CENTURY 21 Re-
gional Awards Banquet Marilyn
Bean was presented with the
2000 Quality Service Producer
Award, for consistently providing
outstanding service to her cus-
tomers, the Double Centurion
Producer Award which is pre-
sented to associates that earn
over $350,000 in adjusted gross
commissions or 120 award units
within a calendar year. She also
is recognized in the 2000 Masters
Hall of Fame which is awarded to
individuals who achieve, for five
-of the last seven years, $175,000
to $525,000 in adjusted gross
commissions or between 60 and
180 closed sides during a calen-
dar year.
Mason Bean was presented with
the 2000 Quality Service Producer
Award, the 2000 Centurion Pro-
ducer Award which is received by
associates that earn over
$175,000 in adjusted gross com-
missions or 60 award units within
a calendar year.
Mason also achieved the 2000
Masters Emerald level which is
awarded to an agent who has met
minimum adjusted gross commis-
sions or unit requirements dur-
ing their third year of the Mas-
ters Program.
George Krein
Prudential Resort Realty,
Apalachicola Office is pleased to
announce the affiliation of George
Krein to their real estate team.

George was born and spent his
first 35 years in Europe where he
earned his university degrees. He
began his real estate career in
2000 after a highly successful
career in foreign trade on the Eu-
ropean and Canadian markets.
George and his wife, Sara, moved
to the area because of the mild
climate, relaxed lifestyle and en-
vironment. Call him at the
Apalachicola office: 653-2555.
Roger Pullium Joins
Century 21 Collins Realty
Roger is a resident of Carrabelle,
"home of some of the best fishing
in the world." He originally hails
from the Midwest and after trav-
eling to Florida several times a
year within the last two decades,
decided to settle in this area. He
and Judy had been looking for
just the right place to retire. His.
decision to relocate is based on
being young enough to enjoy the
more active sports of the area. He
enjoys fishing, boating, camping,
touring the area on one of his
motorcycles and collectible auto-
mobiles ... just enjoying life.
Roger's past endeavors have been
in Real Estate since his return
from Vietnam in the early seven-
ties. He holds a degree from Indi-
ana State University, where he
majored in Business Administra-
tion and concentrated in Real
Estate and Insurance. He also
attended Purdue University for
Graduate Studies. Prior to com-
ing to Florida he specialized in
commercial real estate with active
involvement in residential income
producing property. Roger can be
reached at CENTURY 21 Collins
Realty, 60 East Gulf Beach Drive,
St. George Island, FL 32328; (800)
333-2177 or (850) 927-3100.

FSU Marine Lab At

Turkey Point To

Celebrate Family

Day May 12

By Tom Campbell
Florida State University Marine
Laboratory (FSUML) announced
this week that it will hold Family
Day at the location at Turkey
Point on Saturday, May 12, 2001,
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00.p.m. The
event is sponsored by FSU "Sat-
urdays at the Sea," whose Direc-
tors are Dr. Barbara Shoplock and
Dr. Ellen Granger.
,Dr. John Hetron of the FSU Ma-
rine Lab said that the "Franklin
County area has always been very
supportive and we appreciate
these families." In past years,
these events have enjoyed a high
degree of success.
Located near the intersection of
Highways 98 and 319 between
Carrabelle and Panacea, the FSU
Marine Laboratory offers an edu-
cational and fun experience for
the whole family. It is open to the
open to the public and there is no
admission charge for "Family
Visitors are invited to enjoy the
"unspoiled treasures" of the bay,
and to board the FSUML research
boats for specimen collecting.
However, due to liability policies,
only individuals eleven (11) years
old or at least in the Sixth (6th)

Continued on Page 8

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Division Of


Sturgeon Culture Risk
Assessment Published
The Division organized a two-day
workshop in April 2000 to assess
the risks of culturing sturgeon in
Florida. The results of the work-
shop were used to develop appro-
priate aquaculture Best Manage-
ment Practices and provided in-
formation during the process to
gain permission to culture Atlan-
tic sturgeon. The Division has just
published a 330-page workshop
proceedings. it is available as a
hard copy or via the web as a
.pdf document. Contact
Ceda Rudd, 850-488-4033 or
ruddc@doacs.state.fl.us, for a
hard copy or visit the Division's
web site, http; //www.
FloridaAquaculture.com, to read
or download a copy.
Meet The New
Terry L. Rhodes has become
Florida's ninth Commissioner of
Agriculture following her appoint-
ment to this Cabinet post by Gov-
ernor Jeb Bush. Commissioner
Rhodes has worked for the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services since 1988,
serving as the assistant director
of administration before being
appointed Assistant Commis-
sioner. Prior to that, she worked
as the Departments chief of per-
sonnel management and as an
employee relations coordinator
and training administrator.
'Terry has been with the Depart-
ment of Agriculture for more than
13 years. She's well-respected and
has dealt with every aspect of the
services they provide to the citi-
zens of Florida," said Governor
Bush. "During this interim period,
Terry will bring much-needed
continuity and stability to the de-
partment and the people of
Florida, as the state continues to
deal with important, ongoing is-
sues such as citrus canker and
wildfire threats."
As the Commissioner, Rhodes will
direct the Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services'
statewide efforts to safeguard the
public and support Florida's ag-
ricultural economy through: the
inspection and testing of food
commodities; consumer protec-
tion, programs aimed to reduce
unfair and deceptive business
practices; assisting Florida's
farmers and agricultural indus-
tries with the production and pro-
motion of agricultural products;
and conserving and protecting the
state's agricultural and natural
resources by reducing wildfires
and managing public lands.

Register For Shrimp
School 2001
The Aquatic Food Products Pro-
gram will conduct their annual
Shrimp School May 22-24 at the
University of Florida in

Gainesville. The 2001 program
includes training with sensory
indicators for shrimp decomposi-
tion, filth analysis hands-on train-
ing with automated monitoring for
quality and ammonia, discussion
on Salmonella in shrimp, meth-
ods to determine phosphates and
sulfites residuals, Sanitation Con-
trol Procedures with monitoring
methods, and a standardized cook
retention test for yields. Training
will be conducted by experienced
speakers from University of
Florida, Florida Department of
Agriculture end Consumer Ser-
vices, US Food and Drug Admin-
istration, National Fisheries Insti-
tute and the private industry. The
training win combine lectures
with daily laboratory experience
and demonstrations. This pro-
gram is useful for experienced and
new suppliers, processors, im-
porters, exporters, inspectors and
other private sectors, including
expertise from management
through production. For addi-
tional information call Laura
Garrido at 352-392-1991 exten-
sion 308 or visit http://
Toll-Free Shellfish
Number Changes
The toll-free automated shellfish
information telephone line was
changed on February 15. To pro-
vide a regionalized and timely ser-
vice, the open or closed status is
now available 24-hours each day
from each field office and the
Division's web site. Please save
the following phone numbers and
bookmark the Division's web site
for future reference.
Panama City Field Office (850-
747-5252) for shellfish areas from
Pensacola Bay in Escambia
County to East Bay in Bay
Apalachicola Field Office (850-
653-8317) from St. Joseph Bay to
Wakulla County.
Cedar Key Field Office (352-
543-518 1) for Horseshoe Beach
shellfish areas in Dixie and Cit-
rus Counties.
Murdock Field Office (941-
255-7405) for shellfish areas from
Boca Ciega Bay in Pinellas County
to the Ten Thousand Islands in
Collier County.
Palm Bay Field Office (321-
984-4890) .for all shellfish areas.
on the Atlantic coast from the
Tolomato River in St. Johns
County to the Fort Pierce Inlet in
St. Lucie County.
The open or closed status of shell-
fish areas is also available on the
Division's web site: http://
For additional information, please
contact Bob Thompson, 850-
488-5471 or
thompsrl@doacs.state.fl.us .
Division Of
The Division of Aquaculture is a
newest division within the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services and was cre-
ated by the Florida Legislature in
1998. Primary responsibilities in-
clude managing 1.5 million acres
of coastal waters for the harvest
or culture wholesome shellfish,
implementing the National Shell-
fish Sanitation Program through
periodic inspection of shellfish
processing plants and product,
issuing submerged sovereign land
leases for the culture shellfish or
live rock, certifying all legitimate
aquaculturists through an annual
registration and implementing a
program of aquaculture Best
Management Practices to meet
the State of Florida's environmen-
tal goals.
The aquaculture and shellfish in-
dustry can acquire information
through a variety of means. The
Division can be contacted by tele-
phone, 850-488-4033 or
488-5471, or fax 850-410-0893.
Tallahassee and the five district

office hours are live days a week
from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dis-
trict offices are located in
Apalachicola, Cedar Key,
Murdock, Palm Bay, Panama City
and Pensacola. Internet users can
visit the Division's web site at
http://www. FloridaAquaculture.

FWC Sorts

Through Rule


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission made some
important changes to the state's
fishing rules during its Thursday
and Friday meeting in Tallahas-
For starters, it no longer will be
legal to spearfish marine species
(including mullet) in freshwater
beginning July 1. Previously, a
law which allows spearfishing
marine species, contradicted a
rule which prohibited possession
of a speargun in freshwater.
Commissioners also approved a
new rule to prohibit all fishing,
spearfishing and collection of
marine life in state waters in the
Tortugas Ecological Reserve, ef-
fective July 1.
They also deleted the scheduled
-July 1 expiration of a rule which
allows food shrimp producers to
use skimmer trawls in specified
waters ofApalachicola Bay. Skim-
mer trawls are illegal elsewhere in
Florida, but the Commission has
authorized limited use of them in
a small area of Apalachicola Bay
and will continue to monitor their
effects on the bay.
Commissioners reviewed draft
rules to eliminate the mandatory
10-percent spiny lobster trap re-
duction this year. The rules, in-
stead, establish a "passive/active"
approach to reduce the number
of lobster traps in Florida waters
by 4 percent annually, until the
total number of traps is reduced
to 400,000. Passive reductions
apply first, including reducing the
number of trap certificates by 25
percent upon transfers outside
the immediate family, and forfei-
ture of certificates due to convic-
tion for spiny lobster trap theft or
nonpayment of certificate fees.
Active reductions will occur only
if passive reductions fail to reach
the 4 percent annual target, and
these reductions will be applied
fairly on a pro rata basis. A final
public hearing on these proposed
rules will take place in May.
Commissioners also reviewed
draft rules regarding the artificial
reefgrants-in-aid program, imple-
mentation of the appeals process
and other components of the
stone crab trap reduction pro-
gram, and removal of some poten-
tial barriers to net fishing by per-
sons with disabilities. Final pub-
lic hearings on these rules also
will take place in May.
In addition, the FWC approved a
federal conformance rule to with-
draw federal permit requirements
for the commercial harvest of sea
basses and red porgy in the Gulf
of Mexico.
Commissioners reviewed and dis-
cussed the draft Brevard County
manatee protection rules, which
will be the subject of two more
public hearings, including one in
Brevard County in May and one
at the FWC's May 23-25 meeting
at Palm Beach Gardens.
Regarding wildlife and freshwater
issues, the Commission adjusted
regulations for wildlife manage-
ment areas for the 2001-02 sea-
son and heard staff reports con-
cerning proposed changes to
freshwater fishing regulations.

Lady Sharks

Survive Lady

By Jimmy Elliott
The Apalachicola Lady Sharks
Softball team hosted the Lady
Panthers of Carrabelle March 28,
in what turned out to be one of
the most exciting games of the
season. Both teams were evenly
matched and both had a lot of
talent. In the first inning the Pan-
thers took an early lead of 2-0 fol-
lowing one base on balls, two hits
and one error. Panther Jennifer
Lawrence, the pitcher, allowed
one hit in the bottom of the first
inning, but struck out three
Shark batters to keep her team
ahead by two runs. Following a
walk the Shark defense allowed
only one hit and held the score at
Candace Varnes started the bot-
tom of the second inning by
bunting a base hit and reaching
first base safely. Varnes stole sec-
ond before Dakaya Floyd sacri-
ficed with a bunt to move her to
third base. With one out Jennifer
Lawrence struck out the next two
Shark batters to retire the sides
and maintain the 2-0 lead for the
The top of the third inning would
be a good one for the Panthers.
With two outs the Panther batters
got one hit and two walks to load
Sthe bases. A wild pitch sent a run-
ner home and seventh grader
Danielle Maxwell to the pitching
circle to relieve starting pitcher
Andrea Reeder, who was injured
the night before by a line drive
against the Wewa Gators. The
Panthers finished the top of the
third inning with a 5-0 advantage.
The bottom of the third inning was
a big one for the Sharks as they
managed three walks and four
hits to tighten the score to 5-3 as
the inning came to an end with a
strike out.
The Shark defense held in the top
of the fourth inning and allowed
no runs. The lead off batter for
the Sharks reached first base on
a walk and the second batter
Samantha Elliott, reached first on
a fielder's choice. Elliott stole sec-
ond and third before going home
on a throwing error to make it a
5-4 game as the fifth Shark bat-
ter struck out. The top of the fifth
found the Shark defense giving up
one hit, one error, but no runs as
the Sharks came in to start the
bottom of the inning. The Panther
defense shut out the Sharks in the
bottom of the fifth and came off
the field to begin the top of the
sixth holding on to a one run lead
'The top of the seventh inning'Was
non-productive for the Panthers
'as the first three batters went
three up and three down. The
Sharks came off the field behind
by one run to begin the final in-
ning of play. Dakaya Floyd singled
to start the inning and the next
two batters drew walks to load the
bases. Throughout the game the
rain fell on-aid-off at a drizzle but
as the fourth batter stood at the
plate the rain was falling harder.
A wild pitch scored the tying run
from third base and another wild
pitch scored the winning run for
the Sharks. It was raining and it
was cold but the girls on both
teams never gave up and played
with a determination second to
none. Fast pitch softball is one of
the most exciting sports in high
school and those who have never
seen the game should go out and
watch. See ya' at the next game.

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The Franklin Chronicle

Franklin Briefs from Page 2
$479,000 has been loaned to 32
businesses and individuals. As of
December 31, 2000, $357,489,59
is'still owing. Additional discus-
sions with the Board of County
Commissioners will be held in the
future to determine how to col-
lect the balance of the funds.

County Finance Officer
Ruth Williams. appeared before
the Board to urge department
heads to get ready for the new
budget year. Some discussion was
made about "line item budgeting",
and the Board approved that in-
struction to go to all department
heads for the new budget year,
Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce reported that the Alli-
gator Point Road and revetment
is suffering problems at both the
east and west end. At the west
end, 48 feet of concrete cap needs
to be removed, more sand filled
in and the cap replaced and re-
joined to the asphalt road. David
Kennedy, consulting engineering,
calculates that with the county
doing the work, it would cost ap-
proximately $1000 for the neces-
sary concrete. This action may not
solve the underlying problem that
there might be a tear in the filter
fabric but investigating where
there might be a tear under sev-
eral tons of rocks, cannot be done
with county equipment.
At the east end, the county has
approximately 200 feet of road
that will be undermined by even
the slightest series of high water.
Part of the road was threatened
last September and the county
placed rock and sand in an emer-
gency action, "which I reported to
the Board and was challenged by
the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP). Last week,
the county placed just fill mate-
rial in another section of the road
and the county is going to be cited
by DEP for placing fill seaward of
the Coastal Control Line (CCCL)
that is not compatible with beach
material. The sand we used is too
yellow." The County's consulting
engineer, David Kennedy, is re-
searching the feasibility of plac-
ing sand along this 200 foot sec-
tion of road, covering with a
geotechnical fabric that is impreg-
nated with seeds of various
grasses that will germinate and
help stabilize the shore. Sea oats

would further vegetate the area.
The Board urged Pierce to seek
the permit from DEP.
The Board approved docks for the
following property owners: James
Troyan, Stephen Gross and Dan
Stallings. They also approved a
site plan for Tom Tiffin to build
an addition to his existing build-
ing on Island Drive, Eastpoint,
The Board also approved a sketch
plat for Marina Sunset, a five-lot
subdivision in Lanark Village sub-
mitted by Shawn Logan.
Alan Pierce provided the Board a
copy of the Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection Permit is-
sued to David Wilder, St. George
Island Utilities and Resort Village,
for the continued construction of
the sewage treatment plant at
Resort Village, The document ap-
pears to clarify the ownership of
the sewage plant and the absorp-
tion beds, Pierce said. No action
was necessary.
The Board approved repairing
stormwater retention pond at the
Carrabelle Public Health Unit by
replacing washed out sand, and
building a concrete spillway for
overflow of the pond.

SHIP Program
The Board approved a new SHIP
plan described generally by Beth
Bohannon who helped write the
plan for the SHIP committee. Be-
cause of the long list of applicants,
no new applications are to be
taken. The housing assistance
plan will be implemented by the
Franklin County Senior Citizen
Center, the SHIP administrator
and the Franklin County SHIP
Advisory Committee, The SHIP
office is located in the Senior Cen-
ter (Post Office Box 814, Carra-
belle, Fl 32322). The Board of
County Commissioners con-
tracted with the Franklin County
Senior Citizens Council, Board of
Directors, in 1997 to administer
the SHIP Program, The Plan pro-
vides for affordable housing reha-
bilitation and new construction as
well as for emergency/weatheriza-
tion assistance and down pay-
ment closing cost assistance. The
Local Housing Assistance Plan for
fiscal years 2001-2004 was sub-
mitted by the'Administrator for
approval in April. The county re-
ceives $350,000 to implement the
program annually. At this time,
it is anticipated to receive $10,000
from interest and recaptured
funds. The distribution of the an-
nual SHIP allocation will be as

1. 46% for rehabilitation of
owner-occupied housing
2. 21% for construction of one
owner-occupied housing for a
high-risk low-income applicant
3. 10.5% for down payment/clos-
ing cost assistance for first time
home buyers.
4. 12.5% for emergency or weath-
erization repairs to
owner-occupied housing units
5. 10% for program administra-

Seminar On


Medicare Rights
By Tom Campbell
Seniors and their families are in-.
vited to attend a free seminar on
Medicare rights at the Franklin
County Senior Center at 201 Av-
enue F in Carrabelle on Tuesday,
April 24, 200 1, at 10:00 a.m. The
seminar is sponsored by the
Franklin County Senior Citizen
Important information is available
on where to file a Medicare com-
plaint, regarding quality of care
issues, and what to do if a hospi-
tal tries to discharge you before
you feel ready. Speakers are from
the Medicare Peer Review Orga-
nization for the U.S. Federal Gov-
Some of the questions to be an-
swered are: Ifyou are on Medi-
care and you feel you are being
discharged from the hospital too
soon, what should you do? If you
suspect fraud or abuse of Medi-
care, who should you call? What
is the difference between Medicare
Part A and Part B? What should
you look for in choosing one of the
new Medicare Choices for Medi-
care coverage?
A speaker from FMQAI, the Medi-
care PRO, will answer these ques-
tions and more. Other topics to
be covered include:
* Your Rights under Medicare
* Future Changes in Medicare
* Traditional and HMO Medicare
* What to Know Before You
Choose an HMO

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Franklin County Day at the

-, Legislature April 11, 2001

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* Get to Know the New Medicare
Choices That Are Coming
* Detecting Fraud and Abuse
* Coverages, Premiums and Ben-
efits for Medicare Part A and
Part B.
Florida Medical Quality Assur-
ance (FMQAI) is the Medicare Peer
Review Organization (PRO) in the
State of Florida. Its mission is to
ensure high quality care for ev-
eryone on Medicare. As part of
Medicare, it protects and safe-
guards the Medicare Rights of
each beneficiary in Florida.
There will be time after the talk
to answer questions from citizens.
All Seniors are encouraged to

The charge would seem to add
credibility to the rising criti-
cism of the state agency that
"...they do not know what they
are doing,"
Pringle and Crum argued that to
prevent unnecessary killing,
over-fishing and waste the
Amendment seeks to curtail, al-
lowances must be made for the
type of fish targeted in relation to
the net, twine and mesh size used.
Such an approach provides for
more species-specific fishing, al-
lows the replenishment of de-
pleted marine resources, and ac-
counts for seasonable variation
and differing development periods
for certain targeted fish. Thus, the
plaintiffs seek to have their net
declared a "legal net" in conform-
ance with the Constitutional
Amendment limiting marine net
The State made a motion before
Judge Sauls for summary judg-
ment in the Pringle-Crum lawsuit,
but the Judge denied the motion
on April 10th, two days before
Crum was to be sentenced in
Judge Walker's Court. So, the
case before Judge Sauls contin-
ues in Wakulla Circuit Court, and
this was scheduled for Monday,
April 16th. The issue now is
whether the net possessed by Ron
F. Crum, tried before Judge
Walker, is a legal net.
The Constitutional Amendment,
effective since July 1995, out-
lawed gill nets and the former
Marine Fisheries Commission,
now merged to create the Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion, established a rule requiring
seine nets have mesh sizes no
larger than two inches stretched.
Larger mesh sizes are considered
by the State to be consistent with
gill nets, i.e. illegal.
The hearing on the Pringle-Crum
lawsuit before Judge Sauls began
at 9 a.m. Monday, April 16th, and
lasted until about 6 p.m., much
longer than anticipated. Attorneys
for the plaintiffs and the State will
have ten days to submit written
briefs, with some additional de-
lay, before a decision on the le-
gality of the Pringle-Crum rectan-
gular net will be issued.

Mike Vasilinda, Florida News Network,
interviews Franklin County Planner Alan

Lrmu, I

Mary Ann Shields and Barbara Revell

Doris Shriver Gibbs

On April 5, 2001, Rep. Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) voted for two
measures that would provide es-
tate tax relief to family owned
farms and businesses.
The bill which passed today,
phases in a rate reduction of
55-39 percent over 9 years, and
is a small, slow step toward the
goal of eventually eliminating the
estate tax. "The practice of taxing
a lifetime of hard work after an
individual passes is wrong," said
Rep. Boyd. "For too long, family
farmers and small business own-
ers have been forced to liquidate
their businesses "in order to pay
the estate tax and all too fre-

quently this results in loss for
hardworking families."
The debate in the U.S. House of
Representatives was over two
plans to provide estate tax relief
or American families. Boyd
strongly supported a plan that
provided immediate relief to more
than 95 percent of those affected
by the tax. In 1998, of the 155,000
deaths in Florida, only 8,886
Florida decedents filed estate tax
returns and only 4,144 returns
resulted in an estate tax liability.
.This plan, which was defeated,
would've immediately increased
the exemption to $4 million for

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Page 4 Boyd Supports Estate Tax Relief


Page 10 20 April 2001


The Franklin Chronicle

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after a 41-foot rescue boat crew
from Coast Guard Station
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the MISS LINDA due to high seas.

For hours, the cutter SEAHAWK
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still 12 miles away when the mas-
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With only one shot, the cutter ex-
pertly maneuvered near the foun-
dering fishing vessel and success-
fully passed the towline, as heavy
seas were pummeling crewmen on
the cutter, The SEAHAWK then
towed the MISS LINDA out of the
surf zone and through heavy seas
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Boyd from Page 9
couples and would have elimi-
nated the estate tax on a vast
majority of the Florida estates that
owed taxes. Furthermore, the
plan increased the exemption
from $4 million to $5 million over
ten years. This would eliminate
the estate tax on all but 253 eli-
gible filers.
The estate tax plan that passed
and Boyd supported, phases-in
complete repeal of the tax over ten
years. "This plan, despite its good
intent, does little to provide relief
until 2011," said Boyd. "I whole-
heartedly support correcting the
estate tax, but the bill that passed
today falls short of providing im-
mediate relief for our family farm-
ers and small business owners.
My vote today was based on the
fact that this problem needs to be
addressed and by supporting it I
would essentially help to ensure
that the discussion surrounding
estate tax relief will continue. I
recognize the flaws in this bill and
hope that the Senate version will
be modified to honestly address
the problems in the House bill
before I have to vote on a confer-
ence report later this year..."


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Much Ado from Page 1
had sent me a letter that it was
their understanding that we were
going to try to work something out
with the contractor and until such
time as we notified them other-
wise that basically the contract
was terminated and they would
no longer have any involvement."
He went on, "I discussed this is-
sue with Ms. Jackson and Mr.
iaidry. We were a little bit unwill-
ing to proceed without you hav-
ing some input into that decision.
At this point there still is the pos-
sibility that we could draw the
bonding company into this and
they could provide some financial
assistance in accomplishing this
work. Keep it in mind the bond-
ing company is a financial instru-
ment only. They are not a contrac-
tor. They may elect to hire a con-
tractor to finish it off or they may
make a cash payment or they may
say we aren't going to give you
anything." He added that it was
not realistic to think that the
bonding company are going to fix
this problem.
He went on, "Also the contractor
has notified the city and DDI that
they are going to sue us. That has
not happened. I don't think they
have filed suit yet. Right now it is
a stalemate. I think it in your best
interest to terminate the contract
and send that to the bonding com-
pany. Try to got something from
He then said, "I have talked with
Keith about this. I know he is ex-
tremely frustrated because he has
a system now that is one the con-
tractor will not warranty and he
(the contractor) is in violation of
his contract when he refuses to'
do the work and you all know the
city's water loss is high because
the two systems haven't met. He
ended by saying he felt that his
company have been working hard
for the city and should be paid
On a motion from Commissioner
Phillip Rankin the two invoices on
the Master plan were held back.
Commissioners decided to pay the
other three.

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