Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: May 18, 2001
Copyright Date: 2001
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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No Free Water

Taps For

Timber Island

Condo Project

By Rene Topping
When Carrabelle City Commis-
sioners met on May 3 one of the
items on the agenda was the wa-
ter and sewer taps for the 171
condominium units Destin Devel-
oper Jerry Wallace is proposing for
Timber Island. Wallace came to
the meeting with a check for
$31,000 in his shirt pocket.
The commissioners had granted
Baskerville and Donoyan, In'c
(BDI) permission to work for
Wallace as they are the engineers
who will be working on the Sewer
Project just beginning. Wallace
and Dell Schneider have made
many appearances before the
commission to run a sewer pipe
under the Carrabelle River. BDI
will design and monitor work.
This appearance brought up a
long discussion when City Attor-
ney reviewed the agreement with
BDI saying that he had taken the
original agreement and "made
changes in the two phases." He
said the total price was $50,000
and the design and drawings will
come to $31,000. Gaidry added,
"The city will never be in the po-
sition of not having the money or
having to come out of it's own
pocket for the money." Commis-
sioner Rita Preston voiced her
concerns and said "...we should
have the money up front."
She was apparently satisfied and
Commissioner Raymond Williams
moved to approve the phasing and
the lift station and force main,"
and the motion was passed.
It was on the item water/sewer
taps that Wallace wanted to have
a discussion. His point was that
he had proposed the sewer project
in order to insure the success of
the condominiums as he heeded
to have the city provide the water
and sewer taps at no cost to the
developer in exchange for the Tim-
ber island lift station and force
main for the extension to Timber
- *Commissioner Rita Preston asked
Wallace if he was going to charge
tap fees to the buyers. The answer
from Wallace was "NO!" and added
they had included it in the cost of
the units. He said that it was now
going to cost him more.
He went on to say that he was
taking all the risks and putting
up the money. He added, "I feel I
should get water and sewer taps
for my subdivision since I am
opening up that whole west side
of the city for you. I'm giving it to
Although there were only 171
units Wallace and Schneider
asked for 178 taps. He said there
was to be a restaurant, an office
and a community building for ten-
ants. Preston said that they were
not on the preliminary plan.
The discussions went on and fi-
nally Wallace asked if he could get
a vote. Mayor Wilburn Messer
Continued on Page 10

Three States Still Seeking

Agreement On Water-Sharing

By Tom Campbell
Last week some lawmakers got
together for a tour down the
Apalachicola River to.see what the
Corps of Engineers has been do-
ing. The event was instigated by
Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL). Last
year (2000), Graham and others
called for an end to federal sup-
port for shipping on the Apalachi-
cola River, which many critics say
is "a waste of tax dollars" and does
environmental harm.
The tour also touched on the is-
sue of the continuing water-
sharing talks among Florida,
Georgia and Alabama.
Officials of the three states agreed
recently to extend the talks until
June 15. The Florida Department
of Environmental Protection is
writing "a proposed agreement to
present' to the states" for approval
later this month. Officials are re-
maining very closed-mouth about
any details of the proposed
The three states are aimed at find-
ing a consensus for a water allo-
cation formula for the
Rivers. Florida has begun sched-
uling its stakeholder meetings
again, and the states have ex-
pressed a desire to "consider cre-
ative solutions that would be
mutually beneficial to each, in-
stead of simply reiterating all of
the old positions stated during the
four years of public debate."
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection (DEP) Secretary
David B. Struhs has said, "We are
pleased to have made enough
progress to justify resuming meet-
ings with our stakeholders."
DEP intends to present a proposal
after its stakeholder meetings,
which will take place over the next

few weeks. It has also targeted the
date of May 25. 2001. to post a
draft proposal on its websile at
wwwiorndadep.org-probably to
"test the waters."
The next ACF Commissiorrmneet-
ing has been scheduled for June
14, 2001. If an agreement is
reached, the ACF Commission
may then commence a 60-day
public comment period. Only af-
ter the public comment period can
the ACF Commission sign an
agreement and forward it to the
Federal Commissioner, who then
has 255 days to accept or reject
it prior to it becoming federal law.
Florida began stakeholder meet-
ings about two weeks ago with
The Nature Conservancy, the Fed-
eral Commissioner for the ACF
Compact, and federal agencies. At
these meetings, the Florida rep-
resentatives reported the points
most recently discussed by the
states. A summary of those points
Water Supply Needs and
Reservoirs Levels
* Provide for water supply needs
for Georgia and Alabama.
* Stabilize reservoir levels.

Water Flow Requirements
* Variable minimum monthly
flows to be met yearly at the
Florida state-line.
* Variable minimum monthly
flows to be met on a five, ten and
25-year recurring basis at the
Florida state-line.
* Minimum weekly flows at the
Florida state-line to be met or ex-
ceeded at all times-even during
drought conditions.
Continued on Page 9

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
As Capt. Dennis Fink and Mate
Joe Colton fished on the Little
Helen, water around their feet
didn't upset them. They were busy
bringing in grouper. "She usually
had a wet deck, but not knee
deep,"' said Fink. When he felt the
boat list, he started below to
check the bilge pump and the
boat was full of water. "She was
already on her way," said Fink.
"All I could think was, we've got
to get out."
Fink and Colton untied the life
raft. "'We grabbed the EPIRB (ra-
dio beacon) first, jugs of water,
flashlight and dry clothes," said
Fink. "By that time the boat was
sinking so fast that it was start-
ing to go under. He and Colton
have many years fishing experi-
ence. Being out alone in a 30-foot
commercial fishing boat in the
Gulf of Mexico 70 miles offshore
of St. George Island was not new
to them. They'd been out on the
fiberglass boat twice before with
no problems.

"We've got to keep our heads,"
Capt. Fink said he told Colton.
Using the radio, Fink told Coast
Guard officials their position.
Master Chief George Wilson, cap-
tain of the Coast Guard cutter,
lauded the men he rescued. "The
last thing I heard him (Fink) say
was, 'I've got to get in my raft. My
boat's going down,'" said Wilson.
It only took about five minutes for
the Little Helen to go down, said
Fink. Wilson and his crew on the
cutter Seahawk out of Carrabelle
were about 47 miles north of the
sinking boat when they heard the
distress call. In about two hours
they came upon the two men in
the life raft, not far from where
their boat went down in 260 feet
of water.
Capt. Fink said he felt confident
they'd be rescued if they didn't get
too far from where the Little Helen
went down, but he was concerned
about how long the EPIRB bat-
tery, the flare kit and flashlight

Continued on Page 4

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One of three boats chartered by the Apalachicola Research
Reserve taking Senator Graham's entourage of lawmakers
- -to various sand disposal sites on the Apalachicola River.
Ted Hoehn, in the background, "narrated" the tour for those
in this craft.

Tour Provides Closeup Views

of Apalachicola River Habitat


U. S. Senator Bob Graham led a Congressional delegation on a tour
of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system Saturday, May
12th. The trip brought together lawmakers who have advocated an
end to dredging of the Apalachicola River and others who argue that
navigation of that waterway is a vital part of their districts' econo-
For 56 years, the Army Corps of Engineers has been dredging the
Apalachicola River to allow for limited barge traffic, trying to main-
tain a channel 9 feet deep and one hundred feet wide. For various
reasons, they have been able to accomplish this only about 56 per
cent of the time. Studies have shown that the dredging process is
expensive, and inflicts serious environmental damage.
The elaborate tour itinerary began at 7 a.m. in Washington, D. C. as
Congressional leaders and representatives of the Army Corps of En-
gineers departed Andrews Air Force Base, arriving by 9 a.m. at
LaGrange-Callaway Airport, joining more congressmen and Army,
engineering personnel. At West Point Lake, Congressman Bob Barr
presented a short program outlining how the Georgia district econo-
mies depend upon navigation of the tri-river system. From there, the
flight brought the group to Apalachicola airport, in time for lunch at
the Orman House for a Low Country Boil-Seafood luncheon. Another
program was presented during the luncheon, led by Senator Gra-
In his remarks, Senator Graham said, "...We are all trying to learn
together about the various interests of the communities in Alabama,
Georgia and Florida and this river system in the belief that if we all
have a common base of understanding we're more likely to come to a
common base of resolution of how we should move forward with this
river .system..."
Biologist Ted Hoehn of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission outlined the problem areas on the Apalachicola River.
He explained that the director of the Agency, Dr. Alan Egbert, was
unavoidably detained in Atlanta and could not attend the luncheon
due to tie-ups with airline connections. Hoehn gestured toward the
Congressmen and Senator Graham, thanking them for coming to
Florida to see first hand what the river problems have been.
Hoehn reminded his listeners that last year, through the efforts of
Senator Graham and others, Congress appropriated money to start
the restoration of the sloughs, tributaries and spring runs on the
Apalachicola River, but there were still roadblocks to progress.
First, there simply is not enough water in the ACF sys-
tem to maintain a nine foot navigable channel during
low flood periods. The cost to maintain the channel has
significant economic impacts. Fresh water fisheries have
declined due to the loss of spawning habitat, limited ac-
cess to spawning habitat due to blockages of sloughs and
tributaries and the rapid fluctuations in river levels due
to Corps operations.
He then reiterated,
"...The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission does
not necessarily oppose navigation on the system. What
we do oppose is the continued dredging and disposal prac-
tices the way they currently are operated. If commercial
navigation is to continue, the Corps must be given the
authority and the appropriations to do what they need to
do; to discontinue or reduce the amount of dredging on
the river. Restore the major tributaries, sloughs cutoffs
and old disposal sites; rejuvenate some of the existing
disposal sites like "Sand Mountain" so they can be per-
manently used as sand transfer locations."
Bob Bendick, Director of the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conserva-
tory, told the luncheon guests that a study conducted by the Nature
Conservatory cited two locations of biological diversity east of the
Mississippi,. and one was in the Panhandle, and at the heart of that
system was the Apalachicola River. He added,
Continued on Page 8

By Tom Campbell
Retired Coast Guard Captain and
part-time St. George Island resi-
dent Charles W. Koburger. Jr.. has
a new book out concerning The
Central Powers in the Adriatic
I ,Captain Koburger's new book cov-
ers the joint Austra-Hungarian
and German naval effort in the
narrow Adriatic Sea during .thq
First World War. It smrnmarizes
the joint Austro-German U-boat
effort there. He also touches on
U.S. wartime efforts in that area.
There are some interesting pho-
tographs and maps by Mark
This is Koburger's sixteenth book
on maritime matters, and he is
considered an expert on
sea-related warfare.
Koburger's writing style has been
described as "hard-hitting and
spare. As a result, his books are
easy to read." Economy of presen-
tation, however, does not mean
economy of insight. Like Ernest
Hemingway, Koburger has the gift
of saying a great deal in a few
Koburger is now an independent
consultant in maritime affairs,
specializing in Coast
Guard-related tasks.
He has been published many
times on both sides of the Atlan-
tic and has been translated into
French and Chinese. His office is
in Arlington, Virginia, but he lives
part-time on St. George Island. He
is now 78.

2001 FCAT


The Florida Dept. of Education
released the 2001 Florida Com-
Sprehensive Achievement Test
(FCAT) reading, writing and math
scores for 1.4 million students on
May 8th.
FCAT has been given in grades 4,
5, 8, and 10 since 1998. The re-
sults by subject are listed below.
Reading scores increased by at
least 5 points at each grade level.
> 4th Grade-The 2001 scores
increased from 293 to 298
> 8th Prade-The 2001 scores
increased from 290 to 295
>10th Grade-The 2001 scores
increased from 298 to 304
Mathematics scores improved in
grades 8 and 10
> 5th Grade-The 2001 score of
314 is the same as in 2000
> 8th Grade-The 2001 scores
increased from 303 to 308
>10th Grade-The 2001 scores
increased from 311 to 323
Writing Scores maintained 2000
levels with only minor fluctua-
tions that are not considered a
meaningful change in student
> 4th Grade-Combined mean
Score increased from 3.2 to 3.4
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Commissioners Putnal and Sanders "Unload" On

Weems Hospital Administration And Former Leasee


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Cheryl Sanders complained Representative Mike
to Weems Hospital Legal about possible closing

Attorney Mike Riley Commissioner Bevin Putnal
represented the new Weems expressed considerable
Hospital Administration and anger about the failure of
Centennial, the former --
hospital leasee.



May 15, 2001 Meeting
Present: Eddie Creamer, Chair-
person, Cheryl Sanders,
Clarence Williams, Bevin
Putnal, Jimmy Mosconis.
Cherrie Winthrop, St. George Is-
land, appeared before the Board,
asking them to reconsider their
earlier approval of paving a 200
foot strip on Sawyer Drive, St.
George. No action was taken.
Dennis Houseman also appeared
before the Board complaining
about a neighbor who had, chick-
ens making continuous noise in
his neighborhood.'The Board
asked the County Attorney to
check the ordinances to see if a
nuisance situation might exist in
that situation.
Bill Mahan, County
Extension Director
This year's Franklin County 4-H
Camp will be held June 11-15 at
Camp Timpoochee. The District
4-H Marine Camp will be held on
July 16-20th.
The Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services. Bureau
of Aquaculture has scheduled a
Clam Aquaculture Use Area Pub-
lic Workshop for May 21 from 6:00
p.m. 8 :00 p.m. at the Apalachi-
cola Community Center. This
workshop will review procedures
for applying for a clam aquacul-
ture lease. Two educational pro-
grams have also been scheduled.
The first program about clam
farming will be held on May 3'lst,
6:00-8:00 p.m. The second pro-
gram will be about clam lease
applications on 11 June, 6:00
p.m. 8:00 p.m. No site has been
determined for the last two pro-
grams yet.
Public Hearing
A public hearing on land use and
rezoning request to change from
residential to commercial, R-1 to


2nd Annual
Fishing Tournament
lune 5, 2001

C-4 mixed use residential com-
mercial for lots 5-12, Block T, at
Lanark Beaches was held. The
Board approved the changes.
Carrabelle Branch Library
Eileen Annie Ball, director of the
Franklin Library system, ap-
peared with Ben Withers, contrac-
tor, to request a change in the
Carrabelle Library construction
project. A Standing Seam Metal
Roof is to be added to the project,
with the deletion of shingles and
windows, adding $16,551.46 to
the building contract. The new
grand total for the new structure
is $437,622.37.

Mr. Dave Robertson of
Emergystat, the new ambulance
service operator, appeared before
the Board with some statistics
concerning an increase of payroll,
to' pay" eistifig w\ges versus
planned wages for emergency per-
sonnel. He calculated that exist-
ing pay scales for the emergency
personnel could be maintained if
they had an additional $2,384.20
per month. He pointed out to the
commissioners that he was not
asking for county subsidy, but
was responding with the data they
had requested at the previous
meeting.: Jimmy Mosconis moved
to provide about $2,500 monthly,
with quarterly reports from
Emergystat as to the financial
situation with the county subsidy.
The Board approved the proposal.
Kendall Wade, county clerk, said
that the money would have to
come from Contingency. An effec-
tive date of June 1st was selected
for the proposal to become effec-
tive. This would also affect next
year's budget.
Hospital Administration
Mike Riley, an attorney, was rep-
resenting Centennial, former
leasee ofWeems Hospital, and Dot
See, the new sub-leasee. Bevin
Putnal asked him a question
about Carrabelle medical facilities
and a rumor that he had heard
concerning possible closure of the
hospital's branch station in Car-
rabelle. Putnal said he felt that he
had been lied to when he asked if
the clinics would remain open.
Riley said, "...I understand that
there are very few people being


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Hospital Administration to
appear before the Board of
County Commissioners.

seen at the Carrabelle Clinic and
I understand further that Dot See
is looking at that issue..." Putnal
responded, "...You see, that's why
we asked them to come here. We
asked them specifically to talk to
some hospital people, not send-
ing an attorney that doesn't know
much more than we do. That's not
fair. That's what I'm talking about,
all the secrecy. We need some
people to stand up and tell us
what they are going to do, and
make a commitment ... Now, all
this secrecy stuff; it's not work-
ing. That's why they have to build
a reputation and trust with the
people out here..." Commissioner
Sanders spoke. "I've got some-
thing to say. And, Mr. Mosconis, I
may get on an emotional
roller-coaster today, and I may
well do that because this is a very
emotional issue ...
The people of Franklin County are
the people we represent on this
Board. And, if it gets emotional,
then so be it ... We need to get
real here ... I am very concerned...
Two weeks ago, if it had not been
for Dana Holton being in his of-
fice, (my relative) would have died.
That's my family member ...
She proceeded to lecture Mr. Riley
a bit. "...With the money and ev-
erything else, where do you fac-
tor in human life? Versus dollar
and cents. Where do you do it? I
want to know. This is something
that is real serious." She turned
to the county attorney Al Shuler
to ask some questions about in-
surance coverage and the hospi-
tal. Riley responded but was in-
terrupted by Jimmy Mosconis,
who suggested he "take some
notes" so he could raise these is-
sues with the hospital adminis-
tration. Kendall Wade mentioned
that one problem still persisted.
The hospital has not named
Franklin County as loss payee
on the insurance policy. He had
not received any answer to corre-
spondence addressed to the hos-
pital on that issue. Again, Mosco-
nis reiterated the same theme ad-
vanced by Putnal, "... Let's get
something from the Company in-,
stead of getting all of this from
other sources." Mr. Shuler,
County Attorney, added that he
has written the hospital on the in-
surance question and had not re-
ceived a response.
Jimmy Mosconis added, "...Cen-

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tennial left ... with some pending
obligations to (local) vendors ...
Have those vendors been taken
care of?" Riley responded that
Centennial agreed with Dot See
to take care of outstanding obli-
gations. If there is a specific ven-
dor out there who is complaining
because it is not receiving a re-
sponse, let me know..." Mosconis:
"Would you check with Centen-
nial to see if they have (taken care
of outstanding obligations)?"
"Yes Sir," responded Riley. Com-
missioner Sanders expressed con-
cern about the closing of the Car-
rabelle Clinic to two days a week.
"...I am very concerned about this
... because of our ambulance ser-
vice ... We need to make sure we
have adequate care for them,
whether it be Clinics, whether it
be ambulance (services), whether
it be WHATEVER. We need to
make sure we have adequate
medical attention to the people ..."
Dana Holton, Physician's Assis-
tant for the Clinic in Carrabelle,
said he was informed at the end
of April that the Clinic had 30
days and "they were going to get
out of the Clinic business." But
the plan was not to close the
Clinic but to turn it over to Dr.
Sannaulah and Dr. Nitisios who
would continue the Clinic two
days a week "...They never said
they were going to close it."
Harriett Beach of,the Lanark'Vil-
lage Association advised the Com-
missioners that "We have an older
population and we have a lot. of
medical emergencies...things that
can lead to stroke. They need that
Carrabelle Clinic."
Commissioner Creamer asked Mr.
Riley "Is this going to be an on
going thing, when we ask one of
them (hospital administrators) to
come to a Board meeting, and
they think they have other impor-
tant things to do?" Creamer reit-
erated, "They had two weeks to
let us know they weren't coming.
And, we get here this morning, we
have their attorney." Another
voice: "At the last meeting, Mr.
Williams asked that Mr. Michael
Lake and Mr. Gene Shuler to be
present at this meeting." Mosco-
nis: "I think they will get. that
message..." Bevin Putnal: "...If we
don't get to talk to them, it
ain't going to be very long be-
fore we have somebody else run-
ning that hospital..."
Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce informed the Board
that Kurt Spitzer will be getting
an agreement to the Board shortly
regarding the analysis of the
population shifts in the county,
to determine the need for redis-
The Board approved the writing
of a letter to the U. S. Army Corps
of Engineers regarding the re-
moval of the spoil areas that block
various creeks feeding into the
Apalachicola River.



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From Southeastern Fisheries

Association, Inc.

May 2001

SFA Joins Thirty Other Fishery Trade
Associations To Oppose Clinton's Marine
Protected Area Designation Executive Order
In letters to Commerce Secretary Evans and Interior Secretary Norton.
a coalition of commercial and recreational associations requested re-
consideration of the appointments to the MPA Task Force. Only one
commercial fisherman was appointed. The majority of appointments
went to environmental activists pushing to close down as much of
the ocean as possible to fishing. Whether or not it was a direct result
of the letter, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) pulled back a
scheduled briefing of the MPA Program to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery
Management Council and many of the ardent proponents of closing
off the ocean seem to be rethinking 20% ocean closures by the year
2020. Unless the MPA process is wide open and every voice has a
place at the table, chances for its survival seem slim under the Bush
Administration. The recreational fishing industry is adamantly op-
posed to any closures for them. Maybe MPA's in the Gulf of Mexico
might be traded for oil drilling in Alaska but those decisions are above
the pay grade of most of us.
Robert P. Jones
Executive Director

Letter To The Editor
May 7, 2001

United States Environmental Protection Agency
Region Four
Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960

We are a small informal group of Gulf County citizens who are greatly
concerned about an issue involving Saint Joe Corporation, the Port
Saint Joe wastewater treatment plant and the mill site in Port Saint
We believe that the mill site should be tested by EPA and cleanup be
planned and executed by EPA. The Saint Joe Corporation and Port
Saint Joe wastewater treatment plant have been self monitored for
many years to the degradation of marine life, wildlife and, most im-
portant, the health of the people of Gulf County.
According to the study made available to us recently, which was con-
ducted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in Panama City,
SFlorida, titled: "Environmental contaminants Evaluation of Saint Joe
Bay, Florida", contaminants were found in Saint Joe Bay. These con-
taminants are known to originate in paper mills. After the mill being
in production for sixty years, plus the high incidence of cancer, stroke,
diabetes, lung and kidney problems among the people in Gulf County,
it is very important that the EPA stands by its name-"Environmen-
tal Protection Agency".
Over the years we have gathered together a mass of documents from
Gulf County records; EPA; DEP in Tallahassee, Panama City,
Pensacola, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia; the Florida State Health
Department; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Game and Fish
Conservation Commission. A few undeniable facts emerge from all
this information. First, Saint Joe Corporation and Port Saint Joe
wastewater treatment plant have been allowed to monitor themselves
all along. They have been out of compliance a good percent of that
time. Human health has deteriorated and marine life has greatly de-
clined, while a large corporation has conducted its business of profit
making while disregarding the health and safety of the environment
' and the life within. .
SThere are people who believe that Saint Joe Corporation's proposal to
self monitor is a good thing. These are the people who would profit
from development. These people believe that the truth will only come
out if the mill site is added to the Superfund list. But the truth will
also come out when the health conditions of the people of Gulf County
are exposed. However, there are many more people who want the
contamination cleaned up as much as humanly possible, and this
process started as quickly as it can be, even if it takes as long as five
to ten years to complete the entire clean up...
Marilyn Blackwell
4812 County Road 381
Wewahitchka, Florida 32465

Phone: 850-927-2186
S850-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
NsFacsimile 850-385-0830

Vol. 10, No. 10




Dixie Theatre

Kellers of That Place On
S98 Begin Golf
Tournament Benefit
By Tom Campbell
Professional actress and Public
Relations Director of the Dixie
Theatre in Apalachicola, Dixie
Partington, announced last week
that Michael and Debbie Keller
donated a gift of nearly two thou-
sand dollars to the theatre. The
Kellers, owners of That Place On
98 in Eastpoint, presented a
check in the amount of $1,571,
the result of the "Dixie Open,"
.which took place on May 2, 2001.
Sponsors of the event, called
"That Place On 98 Dixie Open,"
were Apalachicola State Bank,
Century 21 Collins Realty, Anchor
Realty, Harbor House Bed and
Breakfast, Apalachicola Seafood
Grill, Finni's, That Place On. 98
Restaurant, The Owl Cafe,
Contractor's Depot, Prudential
Resort Realty, Piggly Wiggly, The

GibDson Inn, Magnona Grinll, Wild-
wood Country Club and Golf Pro
David Hoover and his staff.
The 18-Hole Golf Tournament at
Wildwood Country Club in
Crawfordville was followed by a
Shrimp and Crawfish Boil with
Beer and Wine. Michael Keller
said that he had been wanting to
have a golf tournament in the area
and is on the Apalachicola Cham-
ber of Commerce. "I know Dixie,"
he 'said, and he wanted to do
something to help the Dixie The-
atre, because it's "great that we
have this theatre here in Franklin
Keller said that 39 golfers partici-
pated in the tournamerit and
there were 62 people for the
Shrimp and Crawfish Boil. "There
was a fifty dollar donation."
He continued, "People have al-
ready asked when we'll do another
golf tournament, and we hope to
make it an annual event."
Dixie Partington said that it was
wonderful how the people of the
area are "embracing" the Dixie
Theatre. "Many people have al-
ready found ways of showing their
SLinda and Hirry Arnold owners
of The Tin Shed in Apalachicola,
have volunteered time and money
to refurbish seats for the theatre.
"The Gospel of Saint.Mark" do-
nated the funds received for their
performance as a benefit. Re-
cently, Professor of Piano at
Florida State University Leonidas
Lipovetsky offered performances
for students and the general pub-
lie. That presentation was spon-
sored by Anchor Realty and Mort-
gage Company. The presentation
offered piano, slides and a live
performance by Lipovetsky, un-
der the title of "Music and the

Many others have donated time,
energy and money to help the
Dixie Theatre. The Dixie Theatre
Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit
501 (c)(3) organization and as
such, all gifts are tax deductible.
Partington presented a few ideas
of how others might be "of great
assistance to live professional the-
Atre in Franklin County."
Some of those ideas are:
1.) Produce or Co-Produce a pro-
duction during the Dixie Theatre's
Professional Summer Repertory
Season. Producer cost starts at
approximately $10,000.
Co-Producer cost starts at ap-
proximately $5,000.
2.) Donate a Front Curtain for the
Proscenium of the Stage, approxi-
mately $2000.
3.) Donate theatre lights to illu-
minate the stage and actors, ap-
proximately $225 per light.
4.) Buy a Brick in the Wall of
Fame: brass plaque with name
you request affixed to brick inside
the theatre house, $100 per brick.
All donations and contributions
are listed in the Season Playbill.
For more information, phone the
box office at (850) 653-3200.


Tax Letter And

Social Security


It's not only difficult to believe that
anyone age 70-1/2 and over, does
not know that they must start
withdrawing money from IRA ac-
count/accounts in accordance
with a formula based on mortal-
ity tables (life expectancy) or they
will be subject to rather severe
penaltiess, but alimot impossible
to believe that they do not know
that they can not continue to put
money in an IRA and deduct it on
their tax return every year after
reaching this age. In spite of all
this, IRS claims that a compara-
tively large number of individuals
do this every year from both for-
getfulness, and even ignorance,
with latter being completely im-
possible to believe and especially
if individual is sophisticated
enough to accumulate a large
fund that generates thousands of
dollars of taxable income.
This very thing happened in one
recent case that we found impos-

May 18, 2001

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

Sales .................................................... Toni W Hoffer
........... Diane Beauvais Dyal

Advertising Design
and Production Artist.......................... Diane Beauvais Dyal
Production Associate ............................... Andy Dyal
Director of Circulation ............................ Andy Dyal
Proofreader ............................................. Tom Cam pbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein .............. Alligator Point
George Chapel ......................................... Apalachicola
Karen Cox-Dennis ................................... Apalachicola
Rene Topping ........ Carrabelle
Pam Lycett ................... 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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DOG ISLAND BAYFRONT-"Redfish Haven," 27 Cannonball. Fabulous
3BR/2BA home plus a guest house situated on 4 pristine acres. The main
house has a great room, wraparound deck, two gazebos (one with a hot tub).
modem bath with double vanity and dressing area, and so much more.
$550,000. MLS#8607.
Select Homesites
Carrabelle Riverfront-Lot 6, Mill Rd., approx. 1.46 acres on New River.
Deep water access to Gulf. $150,000. MLS#8675.
Dog Island-Lot 16, Unit 2, BI. 4, approx. 150' frontage x 106; Interior lot
just 450 ft. from the beach. $50,000. MLS#8581.

t/i Carrabelle Office
SPrudenial 101 Marine Street
Resort Realy850"697.-9500
Resort RealtToll Free: 800-809-0259
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Variable hours depending on need; $6-8 per hour OPS. Transporta-
tion and frequent travel in the area necessary. The bookmobile
serves Franklin, Jefferson, and Wakulla Counties. Under the
direction of the extension manager, this employee performs work
concerning the Wilderness Coast Public Libraries bookmobile
headquartered in Crawfordville. Flexible schedule-some weekend
and evening work required. QUALIFICATIONS: A class D driver's
license, and good driving record. Experience in bookmobile,
libraries, storytelling, and/or teaching a plus. A college or university
degree desired but not required. Drug test required. Able to lift and
carry boxes of books. Contact Wilderness Coast Public Libraries
Office at 850-926-4571 for an application. Open until filled.

sible to believe, where a retired
school teacher age 77 and still
working part time not only failed
to start withdrawals, but also con-
tinued to deduct contributions
(maximum amount) every year,
until fund trustee learned that
she had lied about her age, and
promptly explained the law. The
most interesting and unbelievable
part of this case is the fact that
taxpayer tried to plead ignorance
(blamed it on the trustee) which
IRS of course ignored and as-
sessed maximum tax, interest,
and penalty on not only omitted
withdrawals, but also on under-
stated income from illegal IRA
deductions. Total amount of tax,
interest and penalty was not dis-
closed, but probably required a
complete liquidation of entire
fund or funds to pay it, depend-
ing on total value.
Should also be noted in this case
that taxpayer also lied about her
age to paid preparer (showed birth
date on file copy that indicated
she was about 10 years, younger
than real age) which came as a
shock to preparer since she
looked even younger.
Individuals that wait until age 71
or even 72 to start withdrawals
can be subject to penalty but are
generally not penalized if proper
amount of withdrawal is reported
when they do start, and no de-
ductions are made for contribu-
tions. This is contrary to the rules
and another of those things that
IRS allows or permits without of-
ficially acknowledging it.

Even though IRS has issued a let-
ter ruling, that permits corpora-
tions to use a mileage method for
depreciating autos that cost
$35,000 or less, rather than one
of the so called "time" methods,
no such provision has been made
for individuals. It's our under-
standing, however, that some in-
dividuals have used this method
on 2000 tax returns that resulted
in much larger deduction than
regular mileage method at
32-1/2 cents per mile, standard
straight line, and or accelerated
depreciation plus actual auto ex-
penses. Reason for the larger de-
duction is that actual expenses,
especially gasoline, were much
higher last year than any recent
prior year, and high mileage (over
50,000 miles) resulted in much
larger depreciation deduction.
Still hot known what to expect
here if any of these returns get
audited, and there is no letter
ruling by this time. Should also
be noted that new method can
also be disallowed for corpora-
tions if there is no scrap value
calculated into depreciation de-
duction, estimated life of vehicles
based on miles is set too low (all
vehicles that cost $35,000 or less
should last at least 150,000 miles
before major repairs according to
IRS's latest guidelines), and/or
vehicles become fully depreciated
within two or three years.
Owners of S corporations are gen-
erally allowed to lease personal
property such as buildings, equip-'
ment, etc. to the corp., and corp.
is allowed to deduct lease pay-
ments as an expense. Rule does
not apply, however, and deduction
is disallowed for the corp. if leased
property is used for entertainment



18 Mav 2001 Page 3

Feedback on statements made In
Jan. newsletter concerning lower
and even middle Income Individu-
als who pay more SS/Medicare
tax than income tax indicates that
this year (2000 tax returns) will
set a record for this trend includ-
ing the following;
* More lower Income Individuals
will not only pay no Income tax
this year, but actually got a re-
fund (earned Income credit) and
also got credit for paying thou-
sands of dollars in SS/Medicare
tax. In reality, most of these
people actually pay no SS/Medi-
care tax out of their own pocket
since the govt. subsidizes this
payment for them thru the earned
income credit. This year is ex-
pected to set a record for those
* More middle Income Individu-
als will pay little or no Income tax
this year after taking all allowable
tax credits including Child Care,
Child Tax Credit, and various
Education Credits, but still pay
maximum, or close to maximum
SS/Medicare tax. Adoption Tax
Credit is also expected to be more
widely used this year for lower half
of middle Income group since up-
per half do not quality based on
income limits. This could also
change this year.
More middle Income Individu-
als will pay much less Income tax
this year because of substantial
capital losses that resulted in
capital gains in prior yews, but
still pay maximum, or close to
maximum SS/Medicare since
capital losses have no effect on
these taxes. Large percentage of
middle income group is expected
to deduct some capital losses.
It has also been brought to our
attention thru this and other feed-
back that even some people who
have traditionally been in the
highest income group in past
years will pay more SS/Medicare
tax this year than in prior years
for reasons mentioned above
(capital losses and decrease in
capital gains due to stock market
decline) along with other reasons
that resulted in a decree in un-
earned income.
Updates on SS/Medicare tax
cases discussed in prior newslet-
ters that we advised were ap-
,pealed, indicate that a much
'larger percentage were won by
taxpayers or settled to their sat-
isfaction than we were led to be-
A fast growing, but still often over-
looked medical deduction is the
cost of attending special medical
seminars recommended by doc-
tors to parents of children with
special problems, usually in the
mental distress area, and to chil-
dren and grandchildren of elderly
with special problems common to
that group. Deduction includes all
expenses relating to seminars in-
cluding travel, meals, lodging, etc.
for both parents for those appli-
cable to children and to primary
person responsible for care of the

Continued on Page 10

Gift Certificates Party Trays Fruit &
Gift Baskets Choice Beef Fresh
Poultry .Fresh Seafood (in season)

We specialize in choice
Custom Cut Meats with a
Cold Cut Department.
Fresh Produce Groceries
Beer and Wine .

Mon. Sat.:
9 a.m. 6:30 p.m.
noon 6:30 p.m.

Pine Street Mini Complex 2nd and Pine East
St. George Island, Florida 850-927-2808


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The Franklin Chronicle

Tour Of Historic Apalachicola Homes

Generated Over $7000

The SaLttrd.i. -lan\ 5th Tour ol
Historic -Apal cIi cul i d-loTHomL; was
deemed a SIc- 1\ the hc rLarniz-
er' t and _Penrrait d \':-r _-7 T00 f i r
lie Trinit\ Episttpail Church
Biiildrlin Fund.
Abouil 500 pers.ons. paid ."StO to
LOLIr I -elect lI- iC I l .- m es
chllurch-es and inst.ulIion-l- build -
linl s fruin i1 | m I. tI(- '3 p Im loll- -
in lunch in Benedict I11all al the
Church. Selected inlternr and ex-
terior views i ilomes- nort normally
included in the annual event are
depicted hier-e. Illiuldin-g the re-
cei nitl\ relurbiL-.hed Trinity




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Interior view of the Ann and Wesley Chesnut home in Apalachicola.



Laura Moody, in traditional dress, poses in front
of Trinity Church. The building was shipped to'
Apalachicola from White Plains, New York, in:


A a A


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Interior view of the Orman House.

Interior view of the Orman House.


Exterior view of the south side of the
Orman House.


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subscibe o th


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Suite C
St. George Island, FL
(850) 927-2821

Sales and

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Property For
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Bedford Watkins playing the Henry Erben organ,
the only extant Erben in Florida, and the oldest
pipe organ in the state qf Florida. This organ
survived the Civil War unscathed. The Erben organ
was purchased by Trinity Church in 1859.

Mayday Signal from Page 1

would last. "We could have floated
out farther into the Gulf," he said.
"That would have made it harder
for the Coast Guard to find us."
Their food cooler had floated to
the surface and they retrieved it,
so they had food that Fink said
he thought would last about four
or five days. They eyed the sun,
hoping they would be rescued
before dark.
In addition to the 29-year-old fi-
berglass boat, Fink said fishing
tackle estimated at about $1,000,
and about 400 pounds of grou-
per worth about $1,000, was lost.
"It was our first day out on about
a week's trip," said Fink. Owner
of the boat Earl Levy said he didn't
have insurance on the boat. "In-

surance on a fishing boat is a real
problem," he said. "It is so high
the ordinary fisherman can't af-
ford it."
Colton said he was looking for-
ward to being out on the water
again. Fink said he isn't so sure.
It was a harrowing- experience.
Levy was upset at the loss of his
boat, but glad the fishermen es-
caped harm. Chief Wilson said the
fishermen were easier to locate
because they stayed close to
where their boat went down. Fink
commended the cutter crew.
"They extended every courtesy to
us," he said. Mark Rodgers at the
Rancho Inn was called and he
picked up the men. Levy and Dave
Stillwell came on a truck to take
the men and life-raft back to

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 05/11/01 Invoice No. 6484
Description of Vehicle: Make Dodge Model Colt Color White
Tag No Year 1988 stateFL. VinNo. JB3BA34K1JU027383
To Owner: Susan B. Causey To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 1174
Carrabelle, FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
05/07/01 at the request of FCSO 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
$ 356.00 plus storage charges occUring at the rate of S 20.00 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
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 06/14/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will bd sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670.8219

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 05/11/01 Invoice No. 6484
Description of Vehicle: Make Jeep Model Commancheclor Black
TagNo Year 1987 tate FL VinNo. 1JTML6316HT133807
To Owner: Richard J. Duncan To Lien Holder:
1122 Bluff Road
Apalachicola, FL 32329

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
05/07/01 at the request of FCSO 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
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 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
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 06/14/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219







Denise Butler



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18 May 2001 Page 5



as told in a promotional book published in 1901

Part III

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.


H. D. MARKS, Proprietor.


Also Dealer in

Fancy GrocCriCs,

Confea tionerits, etc




Sooo* I IQ1 $I T Qote ?too 000

An advertisement on Page 41 of the book, Franklin
County, Florida: Its Resources, Advantages and Possi-

Good school facilities are afforded in Franklin County. Free schools
for the children of both races are provided. There are also a number
of private schools, notable among which is the Convent, presided
over by those devout women, the Sisters. The free schools are in op-
eration about six months of the year.
This is a fine grazing county. As there is very little fencing, the cattle
have almost the entire county to run in. In summer the wire-grass is
fine. There are also other summer grasses. In winter there is Ber-
muda and other winter grasses, and some cane. The cattle also feed
on the shrubbery, which they find in the swamps. The winters, as a
rule, are mild, and in summer the cattle get fat and are killed off the
range for market. There is an abundance of fresh water for them, and
there his never been any disease among the cattle in this section of
the State, and cattle and beef bring good prices.



thousand acres of land with sea front. and is establlishling it Cn-oi-
crativc colony there. The'' Association ireans toIrganize industry
in departments-like a huge department store, only on the co-op-
erative plan-so that all tli profits of industry go to the workers. Each
member must deposit $300 before he is guaranteed employment. This
0 ii may be paid in installments. l{etiring members arre funded their
The headquarters of the Association are in Lewiston, Maine. wilhre
an extensive co-operative work is carried on. 3lembners many lilav' a
choice of employment between I.c.- i-i.,-n. Maine, and East P'oint, Flor-
ida. Advanced educational work will be kept to the front in all tihe
colony advancement. The President is Bradford Peck, of Lewiston.
Maine, the Secretary Rev. Charles E. Lund, of Lewiston..Maine. Tih'
manager for Florida is Rev. Harry C. Vrooman. of East Point. Florida.
Send 10 cents for descriptive pamphlet or $1 for President Peck's book,
The World a Department Store."
Associate members, by paying an annual fee of $2. can enjoy all the
commercial and social advantages. By.mieans of a labor exchange and
individual ownership of farms adjacent to the colony site. many of thli
advantages of the Association are secured to those who do not yet wish
to change from the individual method of production. Such parties can
buy good land for farm, garden or fruit, fronting the sea if desired, near
good fishing and oystering. Local niarkets are excellent. Land sold on
installments or exchanged for labor. -Address
East Po:nt, Florida.

An advertisement on Page 37 of the book, Franklin
County, Florida: Its Resources, Advantages and Possi-
Has not been generally observed in this section, although we have a
number of very successful truckers. Vegetables grow here in abun-
dance and of a very superior kind. Our fruits are of a superior flavor.
In times past oranges were successfully grown here, but the repeated
cold winters retarded this industry. Grapes of superior excellence are
grown in this section.
The people of this section have demonstrated beyond dispute that
Franklin County, is a point where the apiarist gathers largely from
the returns. A number of our people are engaged in this profitable

industry, and everyone of them has made money out of the business.
The East Bay settlement is situated at the head of East Bay, twelve
miles from Apalachicola. There are several large creeks flowing into.
this bay. These creeks have their head waters far out in the
back-woods, flowing from thence through all the timbered lands to
the bay, thus giving good opportunities for wooding and lumbering.
These lands are well-timbered, giving an almost inexhaustible supply
of pine and light wood. Logging and wooding are very paying busi-
nesses and form very important factors among the moneymaking in-
dustries of this section of Franklin County. Pine logs bring from $5 to
$7.50 per one thousand superficial feet, and wood $2.50 per cord at
the market. Beside these sources of revenue, a better field for the
turpentine industry is not to be found within the State. The timber is
here in ample quantities to warrant the establishment of this busi-
ness, together with all the advantages necessary to warrant an easy
success in the business.

FANCY ANDoooooo,,

Jilso Teed Stffs in Carge or Small Quanttitis

Our goods are fresh, our weights are standard,"
and our methods of doing business have
built up for us a flourishing trade.

An advertisement on Page 43 of the book, Franklin
County, Florida: Its Resources, Advantages and Possi-

..Capital City Bank.

HJpalacicolna, Tlorida.

Sfl6ueral Baunkitng i
S Busintss transactd

Send us your Collections. Prompt attention
to JIll Banking matters.

An advertisement on Page 45 of the book, Franklin
County, Florida: Its Resources, Advantages and Possi-
Continued on Page 6,

New Holmes 250 Log Loader with grapple, trailer and delimber.
Can be seen at Holmes Manufacturing on St. Johns Road in
Bonifay, FL. 547-0700. 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

I -



Holmes Manufacturing Corp.
787 Saint Johns Road
Bonifay, Florida 32425
(850) 547-0700





"We are here to serve your logging needs."


N ri0i rj 1 v o C y,

Scale 1:3600

150 300 450 600 750 Feet
Zoned MR-1 Medium Density
Residential District

1. District Intent
TheMR-1 districts intendedto relocated
inPareas designated M2xed Use-A. B. or C
Zoned MR-I Medium Density

on the Future Land Use Map of the
Comprehensive Plan, in close proximity to
more intensive non-residential uses.
including commercial and office uses; and
to residentially compatible public facilities
such as schools, parks, and transit
facilities The MR-1 district shall provide
for a wide range of residential housing
types. The maximum gross density allowed
for new residential development in the
MR district is 16 dwelling units per acre.
while the minimum gross density allowed
is 8 dwelling units per acre, unless
constraints of concurrency or
preservation and/or conservation
features preclude the attainment of the
minimum densities,


r- Realty

S Of St. Georg
n 'z d^ Ln UeMa f

acres with 2100 sq. ft.
large storage building.
Old Bainbridge location

This property is a "developer's
dream!" There are no comparable
properties this size within the city

Listed exclusively with Marion Miley,
George Island, Inc., [850] 927-
2821. 61 West Gulf Beach Drive,
Suite C., St. George Island, Florida

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LANDS-The lands may be divided into two divisions, viz: pine land
and marsh land. The pine land is generally low and level.
SOIL-The soil is of a black and heavy character, being very produc-
tive. It is naturally adapted to the growth of the sugarcane, sweet
potatoes, melons and all kinds of vegetables, Apalachicola being a
ready market for all the farm products raised in this section of the
Formerly, and at present, the attention devoted to horticulture was,
and is, solely for the home markets; but there is no reason this busi-
ness cannot be expanded to reach the Northern markets. The great
quantities, to the acre, of all kinds of garden vegetables, which are,
and can be, produced; the accessibility to quick transportation, and
early spring crops, all go to prove beyond question- that gardening for
Northern markets can be developed and will bring satisfactory re-
SUGAR-CANE-This crop does wonderfully well. We have been in this
portion of the county for fourteen years, and have never seen a failure
in this crop. Though there have been some unfavorable seasons, yet
we can say, without the least hesitation, that we have never known
this crop to be very materially injured, as very good yields have al-
ways been given, even under unfavorable circumstances. The writer
saw sugar-cane on exhibition in Atlanta, in 1895, from the great
cane-growing State of Louisiana, and was never more surprised, as
the cane we left growing in the fields at East Bay (and it being the 1st
of December, at that) was so far ahead of any cane we saw there that
there was no comparison. We have seen cane growing here under
favorable conditions that would simply strike any man in the United
States with amazement. It was in tassel from center to circumfer-
ence, and the great height and diameter and quantity, to the acreage,
was wonderful to see. On entering very far into this cane patch, it
would make one feel as if he were in some forest-the habitation of
wild beasts. Statistics obtained from the most prominent farmers show
that 375 gallons of syrup to the acre are an average crop while 525
gallons have been produced. This syrup is of the finest flavor and
commands the highest prices in the market.
Watermelons grow very large and are of the highest grade, as to fla-
vor, etc. From eight hundred to one thousand salable melons are
produced to the acre. One hundred and fifty bushels of sweet pota-
toes are an average crop to the acre, and a much higher yield is often
obtained. Irish potatoes grow well; but little attention is given to their
culture. Onions are grown and sold by the bunch with tops on; $50
have been realized from less than one-eighth ,of an acre. Cucumbers,
squashes, cabbages, tomatoes and musk-melons all yield well and
bring good returns. Corn and cow peas can be raised to an advan-
tage. Grapes and scuppernongs, strawberries, pears, plums and other
fruits grow abundantly, with proper attention.
MARSH LANDS-While these lands are not utilized in any way, ex-
cept for grazing of herds of cattle, yet there are no better lands in the
United States for the cultivation of rice, and that in immense quanti-
ties. One nip, who possesses good and fair judgment, and who has
been among the great rice plantations of South Carolina since he was
a boy, on looking over these marsh lands, said that he never saw.
better advantages for the culture of rice in South Carolina nor any-


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city's best interests, and who died in April, 1899, at the advanced age
of ninety years. His fame, together withthat of Dr. John Goie, with
whom he was contemporary and friend, will confer lasting honor upon
the city of their adoption.
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setts, in 1809; graduated at Amherst College, in 1830; came to Florida
in 1835, and to Apalachicola in 1847, which was ever after his loved
home. In the practice of his profession as a physician he was most
successful and beloved, while by his scientific and botanical researches
he became known to the scientific world of two continents. His "Flora
of the Southern States," a volume of six hundred and twelve pages,
published in May, 1860, was received with the greatest favor and
commendation, both at home and abroad, and became at once the
leading authority. A second edition was published in 1882, and again,
in 1896, a third edition. This Flora will remain a lasting monu-
ment to his memory, and to his intimate knowledge of Southern plants.
In an article by Dr. Charles Mohr, of Mobile, Ala., published in the
Botanical Gazette, it is said of Dr. Chapman:
"With his demise, passed away the Nestor of American botanists: the
last of the great workers to whom the great progress made during the
past sixty years in the exploration and investigation of the flora of
this continent is to be ascribed."
His first and most complete herbarium became, some years ago, the
property of Columbia University, in New York. A later collection, to-
gether with most of his .library and the onginal manuscript of, his
"Flora," is owned at Biltmore. N. C., by the Vanderbilt estate. ..,
He is buried in the city cemetery; but it is the hope and expectation of
many of his friends and admirers and of the community in general to
erect some public memorial, and thus commemorate their honor and
affection for a truly good and great man.
The Monument to Dr. John Gorrie, inventor of the machine for the
manufacture of artificial ice, was unveiled April 30th, 1900, in the
central portion of the city, and is an ever present reminder to this
generation, and to those who shall come after, of the debt which sci-
ence and the world owe to one whom Apalachicola proudly claims as
her own.
John Gorrie was born in Charleston, South Carolina, October 3rd,
1803; was educated as a physician in a Northern college, and came
to Apalachicola in 1833, where he occupied many positions of public
trust, besides continuing the practice of his profession, until his death
in 1855.
He was a man of culture and deep learning, and it was in 1847 or
1848, while preparing a series of articles for The Lancet, (the fore-
most medicaljournal of those days,) on the subject of "Equilibrium of
Temperature as a Cure for Pulmonary Consumption," that one of his
chemical experiments on air cooling resulted in the making of artifi-
cial ice.

He was immediately impressed with the great value of the discovery,
and at once set about perfecting it, with the result that the first ice
machine ever made and operated was done in Paris, France, which
city once claimed the discovery.
Apalachicola is indebted to Captain George H. Whiteside for promul-
gating the idea, and doing most of the work of securing this memo-
rial, and also to the generosity of the members of the Southern Ice
Exchange who, at the solicitation of Captain Whiteside, each donated
the proceeds of one ton of ice on July 4th, 1897.
It is one of the few instances in which a world's benefactor is honored
by a grateful posterity and those who are benefited by his genius, and
Apalachicola is profoundly thankful and honored to be the custodian
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18 May 2001 Pa2e 7

FCAT from Page 1

> 8th Grade-Same mean scores
as in 2000 3.7
>10th Grade-Combined mean
score decreased from 3.9 to 3.8
FCAT reading and mathematics
results are reported as scale
scores ranging from 100 to 500
at each grade. These scores are
divided into 5 achievement levels
with Level 5 being the highest. The
percentage of students scoring in
each achievement level, along
with state and district mean
scores, are reported to districts
and schools. FGAT writing is
scored on a 0 to 6 point scale.
Performance items are part of the
reading and math tests for grades
4, 5. 8, and 10. Students must
demonstrate how they arrived at
an answer by drawing a diagram,
showing a mathematics solution,
or writing a paragraph. Only the
results of the machine-scored
items and the FCAT writing test
are included in the scores re-
leased May 8th and will be used
for school grades. Machine-scored
items include multiple-choice and
gridded-response questions. For
gridded-response items, students
must calculate the response to
math questions and bubble in
their answer. In late July students
will receive scores for perfor-
mance items as well as, for the
first time, examples of their re-
sponses to some of these items.
This year, for the first time, stu-
dents in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and
9 took the new FCAT test. These
results are reported as mean
scores on the same 100 to 500
scale as the other FCAT tests.
Committees composed of educa-
tors, parents, citizens, and rep-
resentatives. of the business com-
munity will develop recommended
achievement levels. Final achieve-
ment levels will be adopted by the
State Board of Education. These
results will not be used this year
for school grading purposes. The
mean scores for these grade lev-
els are as follows:
> Reading score means ranged
from a high of 292 to a low of 282,
only a 10 points difference across
all grades. The low score of 282
was at grade 5 and the high score
of 292 was at grades 6.and 7.
> Mathematics score means also
are consistent across grades and
differ by only 6 points across all
grades. The low score of 284 was
at grade 9 and the high score of
291 was at grades 3 and 6.
Students who score at achieve-
ment level 5 on FCAT reading and
math or score a 5 or above (4th
grade) or a 5.5 or above (8th and
S10th grades) in writing will receive
a Certificate of Achievement in
recognition of their outstanding
performance. This year we saw a
6% increase in the number of 4th
graders in writing, 3% increase in
4th graders in reading, and a 4%
increase in 10th graders in math-
ematics who have qualified for

Table 1

2001 FCAT Writing Assessment

District Report Of School Means And
Score Point Distributions

Chapman Elementary
Expository 2.9
Narrative/Persuasive 3.7
Combined 3.3

Carrabelle High
Expository 3.6 3.3 3.5
Narrative/Persuasive 3.1 3.8 3.2
Combined 3.4 3.6 3.3

Brown Elementary
Expository 4.5
Narrative/Persuasive 3.5
Combined 4.0

Apalachicola High
Expository 3.7 3.7
Persuasive 3.5 3.6
Combined 3.6 3.7

Franklin District
Expository 3.7 3.6 3.6
Narrative/Persuasive 3.5 3.6 3.4
Combined 3.6 3.6 3.5

Stage Averages
Expository 3.5 3.8 4.0
Narrative/Persuasive 3.4 3.5 3.7
Combined 3.4 3.7 3.8

In Table 1, at the 4th grade level, two schools in the
Franklin District met or exceeded state averages. Carrabelle
grades had a combined score of 3.4 out of a possible 6
points average. Brown Elementary exceeded state averages
with 4.0 out of a possible 6 points. Overall, the Franklin
District exceeded state averages at the grade 4 level with
a 3.6. The state average for combined scores was 3.4.
You may note that the state averages increase as the grade
level increases for the combined scores in writing. In the
Carrabelle grade school, the combined average drops some
to a 3.3, down in contrast to the state average combined
score of 3.8. While the Apalachicola high school averages
climb to a 3.7, the combined score at the state level is still
higher at 3.8.



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Table 2 depicts average scores for FCAT reading and mathematics results for grades 4, 5,
6, 7, 8 and 9. The state averages for these grades are at the bottom of the table. Grade 4
averages are a fewpoizits higher than the state averages in reading. But, in mathematics,
the averages are below state levels at Carrabelle elementary and Carrabelle middle school.
(281, 269 respectively). At Brown Elementary, grade 4, scores exceed the state averages.
State averages for grades 7 and 8 in Reading are fairly stable and Apalachicola High
School and Carrabelle High School students match fairly closely those averages, except
for grade 9 which sinks to 271 and 279. The state average is 286.
In mathematics, the average scores for high school students in Apalachicola and Carrabelle
(grades 7 and 8) are better with Carrabelle High Students registering an average of 332 in
contrast to the state average of 308.

Table 3
District 2001 FCAT Reading and Mathematics Results
All Curriculum Groups

District or
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Table 3 compares score averages for three selected grades among nearby counties starting
with Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Liberty, Wakulla, and two laboratory schools, FSU and
FAMU, plus the state averages. Note that the math scores for grade 3, 8 and 10 progress
from 291, 308 and 323 respectively. The same trend occurs in the state averages for
reading scores. (289, 295 and 304 respectively). The FAMU laboratory school falls down
in their averages in contrast to state averages in grade 8 and 10 reading, and grade 8
math. The FSU lab school results exceed state averages in every category in this Table 3.
The Bay, Calhoun and Wakulla county averages for grade 10 led the other counties in
averages for mathematics. Franklin County grade 3 averages in math and reading exceeded
the state averages (289, 291) and matched state averages in mathematics at the grade 8
level. Their reading averages were slightly above state averages for the grade 8 level. But,
the grade 10 levels for reading and mathematics among 10th graders in Franklin were
below state averages.

Franklin Briefs
from Page 2
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission met in regular session on
May 8, and recommended the fol-
lowing actions:
a) on development within the
Critical Shoreline District, the
Commission recommends:
approval for Greg Prickett to
construct a private dock on Lot
20, Block 7 1, Unit 5, St. George\
approval for Bill Jones to con-
struct a private dock and two boat
lifts on Lot 16, Block 71, Unit 5,
' St. George Island.
* approval for Gary Bennett to
construct a private dock on Lot
27, Shell Harbor, St. George Is-
* approval for Ada Long to con-
struct a private dock on Lot 15,
Block 76, Unit 5, St. George Is-
b) on commercial site plan ap-.
proval, the Commission recom-
mends approval for S&S Proper-
ties to construct a commercial
building and open shed on a 2.39
acre parcel on Begonia Street. The
building will be used as a build-
ing supply store and an open stor-
age shed for lumber.
c) on subdivision plat review, the
Commission recommends:
* approval for the final plat of
Marina Sunset, a 5 lot subdivi-
sion in Lanark Village.
* approval for a final plat for
Breezy Point subdivision, an 8 lot
subdivision on Mill Road, which
runs along the New River. Ap-
proval is contingent upon the zon-
ing being corrected for Lot 8,
which appears to be outside of the
area that had previously been re-
zoned for the subdivision. The
rezoning took place in 1998.

* approval for a sketch plat for a
4 lot subdivision on the north side
of US 98 between Eastpoint and
Carrabelle, requested by Nick
Saporito, agent for Mary Beth
Worfel. This area is part of the old
City of St. George and is currently
zoned residential
d) on rezoning requests, the Com-
mission recommends:
* approval for rezoning a parcel
of land between Old Ferry Dock
Road and Power Drive in East-
point from R-2 to R-4 Home In-
dustry, request submitted by
Eddie Creamer.
The Board made all of the above
The Board tabled the recommen-
dation to approve rezoning and
land use change of a parcel de-
scribed as the Old Officer's Club
and adjacent areas in Lanark Vil-
lage from R-1 to Z-1, Public Fa-
cilities, requested by Sid Winches-
ter, agent for the Camp Gordon
Johnston Association Museum
Fund. There was a question about
a liquor license involved with the
The Board approved the submis-
sion of a project for $106,415 of
Coastal Assistance Impact funds
for Franklin County, the long term
recovery and shoreline stabiliza-
tion of Alligator Point:
The county actually has at least
one year, and perhaps as many
as three years, to spend the funds.
The DEP recommends the county
use the funds in conjunction with
whatever funds DEP might have
for the same purpose. Board
The Board approved the submis-
sion of 3 Flood Mitigation Assis-
tance grants to FEMA for the pur-
chase of 3 houses on the water
side of Alligator Drive on Alligator
Point. The three houses are- the

Jolley house (My Blue Heaven),
the Middlebrook house (next to
My Blue Heaven), and Dr.
Gomez's corporate house (at the
very west end of the revetment).
FEMA will provide up to 75% of
the appraised value of these
houses for the county to pur-
chase, and DEP has funds avail-
able to demolish the houses once
they become public property. The
owners are paying for appraisals
to be done, but since the acquisi-
tion is voluntary the owners can
back out if they think the price is
too low.

County Clerk
Kendall Wade reported to the
Board that the annual audit is
now available from Ruth Williams
in the Finance Office.



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Table 2

Franklin County

2001 FCAT Reading and Mathematics Results

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Habitat Destruction from Page 1

"...Over 30 years of study, the greatest lesson we have
learned is one of connectedness. That all of the pieces of
this system stretching up into Georgia are connected;
what happens in one place affects another ... here is a
place where people are still connected to the water and
the land, through commercial fishing to forestry and to
harvesting other forest products through recreation and
enjoyment of the landscape. This is very different from
the world around us. Certainly very different from Wash-
ington and from much of Florida today ...
The State of Florida has coordinated with the U. S. Army Corps of
Engineers since the late 1970s to develop a cost-effective and envi-
ronmentally acceptable means of providing a navigation channel on
the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River system. The initial
authorization for the 9 x 100 foot channel was provided through the
Rivers and Harbors Act of 1945. But, after 50 years, it is apparent
that there is insufficient water to provide the authorized channel.
When the current project was authorized, it was believed that the
channel could be provided at a 9,300 (cubic feet per second, cfs) flow
at Blountstown on an annual basis. After significant modifications to
the river, 16,000 cfs is currently required to provide the authorized
channel dimensions after dredging. And, the flow available 95% of
the time is about 7,000 cfs, not 9,300 cfs. Despite these limitations,
the Corps of Engineers has been able to provide the authorized di-
mensions of the channel about half the time over the last ten years.
This restricted level of availability has led to the channel having a
reputation of being unreliable and barge traffic on the river being far
less than predicted.
Florida agencies are now requesting actions that would reverse im-
pacts to the Apalachicola's environment. Alternative management
strategies to preclude further degradation, or to enhance the current
situation, include the following:

Authorize a high-water navigation season to reduce
dredging quantities and costs.
Authorization and funding are needed to implement
periodic rejuvenation of disposal sites. Site rejuvenation
eliminates the need for additional within bank disposal
sites and allows for the beneficial use of the disposal

Authorization and funding are needed to continue res-
toration activities and undertake larger restoration

Redefine authorized uses of operation and maintenance
funds to allow the Corps the capacity and flexibility to
implement permit conditions and other restoration ac-

Modify the ACF federal project purposes to include pres-
ervation of the diversity and productivity of the Apalachi-
cola River and Bay and to reflect changes to the naviga-
tion project noted above.
Discontinue destructive practices such as navigation
In response to Senator Graham and U. S. Representative Bob Barr's
proposal to end navigation on the ACF river system, stakeholders in
the Lower Middle Chattahoochee and Lower Chattahoochee water-
shed, the Flint River and the Apalachicola River launched the ACF
Alliance. The Alliance consists of a group of concerned stakeholders
Representing elected leaders from southwest Georgia, southeast Ala-
bama and northwest Florida, as well as industrial, commercial, agri-
cultural, recreational and environmental interests fighting to preserve
navigation on the ACF system.
The Alliance points out that continued navigation on the ACF River
system holds the promise of potential economic prosperity for the
impoverished regions, including southwest Georgia. They argue that
the economic justification of deauthorization advocated by Graham,
Barr and others focuses on tonnage of material recently moved on
the system. This does not take into consideration the total economic
value of the system including current and future development of rec-
reation and substantial nature/heritage-based tourism efforts un-
derway on the ACF watershed. Their position papers hammer away
at this theme:
"...With all stakeholders at the table, navigation on the

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ACF is not only economically justified and potentially
environmentally defensible but is essential for economic
development in southwest Georgia, southeast Alabama
and northwest Florida. Continued navigation including
recreational navigation and sensitive, sustainable nature/
heritage-based tourism represents a bright star on the
horizon and an answer to less environmentally friendly
economic development in this region..."
The Alliance believes that the prevailing channel maintenance prac-
tices have spawned the current crisis. They argue, "...These mainte-
nance practices that have evolved over the last 20 years and the use
of navigation windows to avoid maintenance concerns have imposed
many problems on the upstream and downstream users of the sys-
tem and that these problems have significantly decreased reliability
and support of the system and have caused environmental damage
to areas in Florida."
Over the last several years, Alabama, Florida, and Geor-
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tourism as a top focus of their economic development
plans. According to sources at the Georgia Department
of Industry Tourism and Trade, Georgia is committed to
economic development in Georgia's rural areas rather
than emphasizing the Atlanta metro area and more than
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they visited Georgia were because of their interest in na-
ture and heritage sites. With this emphasis on rural ar-
eas that are virtually unspoiled environmentally and with
the heritage of the Old South that looms around each
river bend the assets of this region become priceless.
The Chattahoochee Valley area (SW Georgia and SE Ala-
bama) is one of the undiscovered tourism markets in the

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Three States from Page 1
* Minimum weekly flow at Colum-
bus, Georgia.

* A definition of drought condi-
tions and a drought management
plan for the entire ACF basin.
Implementation and
Management of the Plan
* Development and adoption of a
new water control plan by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers for the
management of federal reservoirs
in the ACF basin to implement the
Monitoring and
Enforcement of the
* Regular monitoring and report-
ing of flow data, water quality
data, reservoir elevations and re-
leases, among others.
* Scientific advisory panel to re-
view data and make recommen-
dations to the ACF Committee.
Environmental and
Economic Values for
In terms of the volume, the
Apalachicola River is the largest
river in Florida. The river and the
surrounding expanses of undevel-
oped land provide a natural habi-
tat for a large number of rare,
threatened and endangered plant
and animal species. The area
around the upper reaches of the
Apalachicola River has the high-
est species density of amphibians
and reptiles on the continent
north of Mexico. The Gulf Stur-
geon, Gulf Striped Bass, and two
endangered mussels are among
the many species that use the
river to spawn offspring.
Nationally Recognized
Nationally recognized as one of
the most important and produc-
tive estuaries in the country, the
Apalachicola Bay is currently des-
ignated as a National Estuarine
Research Reserve, International
Biosphere Reserve, a State
Aquatic Preserve and a State Out-
standing Florida Water.
The bay supports an excellent rec-
reational and commercial fish-
ery-producing Florida's third
largest shrimp harvest and 90
percent of the state's oysters. This
represents ten percent of the na-
tional harvest of oysters. The lo-
cal economy depends on the fish-
ery, with annual seafood landings
reaching millions of dollars
More than 100,000 acres of land
in the Apalachicola Basin is pub-
Slicly owned for conservation

nation and the counties in this area are exploring new
economic markets. In lieu of less environmentally friendly
development, the Chattahoochee Valley has fallen in line
with the national trend and has targeted sensitive, sus-
tainable nature/heritage- based tourism as a golden op-
portunity to improve economic conditions in this region
and to maintain their population base. The Region 8 De-
velopment Council in Georgia, which includes 16 coun-
ties in SW Georgia, has identified and voted nature/heri-
tage-based tourism as one of their primary areas of fo-
cus for 2000-2001.
Navigation on the ACF is a valuable economic develop-
ment tool to the area. The ACF serves as the prime source
of recruitment for economic development projects in the
region. The City of Columbus is planning a $10 million
marina facility. Similar facilities are planned for
Georgetown, Georgia and Eufaula, Alabama. The port
facilities at Columbus and Bainbridge generated over $40
million in revenue, contributed over $15 million in local
wages and over $1 million in local tax revenue during a
year when drought reduced the availability of the chan-
nel significantly. In addition to the economic development
value, the availability of commercial navigation helps keep
rail and over-the-road rates competitive in the region.
The Graham "forces" continue to use an economic argument to place
limitations on the Army Corps of Engineers dredging operations. As-
sistant Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal, in an August 2000
letter to Senator Graham wrote, "...Maintaining navigation on the ACF
is not economically justified or environmentally defensible." It is also
important to note that the Corps of Engineers does not engage in
these practices on its own initiative. The Corps is subject to review
and oversight by Congress, and it is Congress that is responsible for
Corps internal domestic activities. The Corps is merely trying to fol-
low the edict of the 1945 legislation authorizing the dredging.
The river tour began at the Wewahitchka Boat Ramp and lasted about
an hour. Three boats took the lawmakers, their staffs, the press, and
other visitors down the river to look over sand bars and the "Sand
Mountain". By 4 p.m. the tour returned to the boat ramp and Con-
gressional visitors were given special gift bags including tupelo honey
as a memento of their visit.

Richard Bickel and Kendall Wade discuss Richard's

The luncheon was sponsored and coordinated by the
Nature Conservancy. Others joined in sponsoring the
luncheon including Gordon and Jan Adkins, the
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve,
Apalachicola Bay and River Keeper, Inc., Apalachicola
State Bank, Mason & Marilyn Bean, Benign Boat Works,
Richard Bickel Photography, Big Mouth Trading
Company, Coombs House Inn, B.F. Spohrer, Delores'
Sweet Shop, First American Title Insurance Company,
Florida Park Service, Garlick Environmental Associates,
Inc., Gulf State Community Bank, LLW Building Limited
Partnership, Save the Apalachicola, Charles Whitehead,
Wombat Sound Music Store.

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jfu ltLure, collectibles,
art, books and mango
more distinctLve accent.

Plkotos crca 1900, of area
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Dixie Theatre

Gala Opening

Friday, June 1st

Rehearsals began this week for
the Dixie Theatre's Fourth Big
Summer Season.
Performance times this year are
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at
8:00 PM and Saturday and Sun-
day at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket prices are $15.00 and
$17,00, Season tickets, which are
on sale until May 31st are $75.00
and $85.00. Season tickets allow
the holder to see all six plays for
the price of five.
For information and reservations
call 850-653-3200.
The first play to be presented this
summer is "Vanities" by Jack
The Friday, June 1st Gala open-
ing of "Vanities" will be followed
by a champagne supper party at
the Apalachicola Seafood Grill.
Tickets for the Gala Opening are
$30.00 per person and include a
reserved seat for the opening per-
formance, the party afterwards
and an opportunity to meet the
cast of "Vanities" and the other
members of the 2001 Summer
Repertory Company.
Season ticket holders will have
already paid for the performance
and will receive a substantial dis-
Scounit for the party ,
"Vanities", which runs through
Sunday June 10th, is the story of
three Texas girls who grow up to-
gether. We meet them first as high
school cheerleaders. Five years
later they are sorority sisters in
college. Finally, six years after
college they have a long awaited
reunion. We realize how their lives
have taken very different direc-
tions. New York magazine found
the bittersweet comedy "Uncom-
monly attractive," and "...funny
and fast moving" was Newsweek's

Timber Island

Yacht Club

Working For

Franklin Youth

Twenty-four boats left ramps in
the Carrabelle area on Saturday,
May 12, in search of King Mack-
erel to benefit the Timber Island
Yacht Club Scholarship. Clear
skies made for great fishing.
Winners were paid in four places:
Dolph Wintker with 27.9 pounds,
$500.00; Troy Hamberger/Ron
Trygar with 21.3 pounds,
$300.00; Tim Saunders with 16.4
pounds, $200.00; Ron Moody
with 12.9 pounds, $100.00.
Todd Baroody was presented a
hand held GPS in a drawing of
those who pre-registered for the
An auction of items donated by
friends of Timber Island Yacht
Club raised profits to the Timber
Island Yacht Club Scholarship to
Two qualifying Franklin County
high school seniors were granted
scholarships this year to ftirther
their education in college or vo-
cational school.
Timber Island Yacht Club is dedi-
cated to enhancing the lives of the
youth of Franklin County. To this
end, the Club sponsors a youth
fishing class and a youth fishing
tournament-both in July. In De-
cember a lighted boat parade is
held on the Carrabelle River.

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FSU-Ed Ball Marine Lab Holds Open
House May 12

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"A day of exploration and discov-
ery" was the billing for the Florida
State University-Ed Ball Marine
Laboratory Open House on Sat-
urday, May 12th.
Visitors discovered that their fa-
miliar marine habitat-the swim-
ming beach-had close links to
many other habitats in the ma-
rine environment. The seagrass
sealife was one place to start, eS-
pecially for those taking a boat
.tour. There were many displays of
sealife found in seagrass beds.
The salt' marshes were also fea-
tured underscoring the ecological
values of those habitats. "Seaside
Chats" at various intervals were
presented; stories and anecdotes
about life in the Gulf, or "Armor
to Suit a Snail, Predators and
Prey" for example. Sea urchins for
handling, microscopic' views of a
crab's eye, or a pontoon boat ride
were included in the activities.
The program was patterned after
the popular "Saturdav-At-The-

Sea" presentations, an'introduc-
tion to marine biology for
middle-school-aged youth, an
educational science program
sponsored by Marine Biology at
FSU. Each Saturday, 24 partici-
pants spend the day at the Ma-

rine Lab where the staff intro-
duces them to a rich variety of
marine creatures of the Gulf of
The program aims to initiate un-
derstanding of the biological re-
lationships the sea creatures have
to each other and to their physi-
cal environment. Moreover, the
staff endeavors to stimulate the
participants in an awareness of
the interdependency of the people
in this region and the sea life in
the estuaries and bays.
Since 1985, when the program
began, more than 10,000 stu-
dents from the Florida Panhandle
have attended the "Saturday-At-
The-Sea" presentations.

Governor Jeb Bush and Lt. Gov-
ernor Frank Brogan will hold open
office hours on Thursday, May 24
in Port St. Joe..


The 9th Annual Reunion of those
who attended New Hope School
in North Holmes County, Florida,
is Saturday, May 26, beginning at
10 a.m. at the Masonic Hall on
the old school site, south of high-
way 2 on 179A, the Geneva-
Westville road. Thousands of stu-
dents, many of who live in the
Florida-Alabama-Georgia tri-state
area, attended New Hope School
which was operated from the
1890s to 1963. A covered-dish
luncheon is held at noon. For
more info, please contact Foy Deal
at (850) 956-2496, Gordon
Huggins (850) 956-1234 or
Roberta Capps (850) 526-5635.
The annual Mears family reunion
and descendants of Levin Mears,
born 1800 in Dobbs/Bladen
County, North Carolina, will be
held on Memorial Day weekend,
May 26th and May 27th, 2001.
On May 27, go to the Bonifay Ag-
ricultural Center, South U. S. Hwy
90. Bring your favorite
covered-dish creation. On Satur-
day, May 27, meet for breakfast
in or near Bonifay.'Contact Ellen
Stewart (850)-547-3140 for de-
'tails. Other info: Carol and Buddy.
Mears -(817) 430-4324 or Charles
and Etta Mears Parker (850)
674-2485. When calling Tivoli Inn
or Bonifay Inn, ask for "reunion
rate." (850) 547-4251 and (850)
547-9345 respectively.

Stump and root grind-
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job too small or large.
Call Clarence DeWade in
Lanark Village at 697-

.The Governor ana Lt.
Governor's office hours, will take
place from:
8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 24, 2001
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elderly for those applicable to that
group. There is no limit on actual
number of seminars attended and
deducted each year, and same
taxpayers can have deductions
including both children and eld-
erly seminars every year if both
are involved.
Mobile buildings such as mobile
homes and offices, metal or
wooden sheds on skids, etc. gen-
erally qualify as equipment rather
than as buildings which also
qualifies them to be included in
first year expensing ($20,000
maximum for 2000) if put in ser-
vice by or before Dec. 31. Gener-
ally classified as buildings sub-
ject to building depreciation rules
if put on permanent, concrete
foundation that makes building
difficult and costly to move. Even
then, entire cost can be expense
if major part of total cost applies
to motors, equipment, meters, etc.
that can not be housed in regular
building for reasons including
safety, legal restrictions, expedi-
ency, etc., etc.
Taxpayers (self prepared returns)
and even some tax preparer/prac-
titioners who think they save

money by adding their children's
income to their return generally
overpay since they are almost al-
ways in a higher tax bracket than
their child, and child's Income
causes parents to get lower de-
ductions in the medical, casualty
loss, and misc. section of Sch. A.
Reason is that this increases their
adjusted gross income which au-
tomatically reduces above deduc-
. tions.. Can also have a negative
Effect for other things as well de-
pending on total income at both
Extremes (earned income credit at
low end and penalty on Itemized
deductions at high end, for ex-
ample) plus other tax breaks that
could be lost. Should also be
noted that parents can not claim
child's income on their return
unless child is under 14 and in-
come consists only of dividends
and interest. Must also be less
than $7,000 for the year, and
there can be no withholding .or
estimated tax paid during the
On the other side of the coin, child
generally pays no tax if income is
less than $700 while parents
could pay several hundred dollars
on same amount of income de-
pending on their tax bracket if
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"Wonder Boys"


Seizes Drug


On May 8, 2001, at 6:00 a.m.,
Franklin County Sheriff Bruce
Varnes and his Drug Task Force,
along with the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement,
Apalachicola Police Department
and the Carrabelle Police Depart-
ment ended an extensive investi-
gation that has been ongoing for
a number of months.
Operation "Wonder Boys" resulted
in 19 arrests for sale and/or pos-
session of controlled substances
such as crack cocaine and mari-
juana. The operation included the
Apalachicola, Eastpoint and Car-
rabelle areas of Franklin County.
The following people were located
and arrested in the early morn-
ing sweep, other arrests are pend-
Willie English, Andrae Daniels,
Sylvia Geter, Lucille Geter. and
Clare Alice Waldon of Carrabelle.
Samuel Critton, Travis Jones,
Tyrone Russ, Sammie Taylor,
Warren Heyward, Charlie Cooper,
Albert Salter Jr., Eddie Houston,
Mike Oneal, Rufus Towensend,
Jerry Bunyon, Melvin Stevens,
and one juvenile, all of
Anthony J. Sanders surrendered
himself to authorities earlier this
week. Eight additional suspects
are still at large as of press time

Carrabelle City from Page 1
asked, "What do you want?",
Wallace renewed his request for
171 sewer and water taps. Will-
iams, Preston and Messer said
absolutely no. Preston said, "Now
there are three against the water."
Wallace finally conceded and the
motion was made in a preliminary
form to allow 171 sewer taps for
the upgraded sewer system con-
tingent upon meeting all county,
state and federal regulations.
BDI Engineer Ella Mosconus re-
marked that the city would "own
the lift station and force main and
rights to seek additional taps.
Beckey Jackson said that the City
has not as yet managed to get
2/3 of the residents' approval on

the easement letter. She sug-
gested that it would cost residents
to tap on and maybe as this was
a real burden on many of the resi-
dents they could lower the tap on
to $50 or $75. She believed then
that they would sign. BDI sug-
gested that they would try to see
if that was possible.
Ray Messer complained about the
level of noise from the bands play-
ing in town. It turned into a dis-
cussion of noises from boom
boxes being carried or in automo-
biles and other sources. It seems
there is an ordinance from 1948
that had never been taken off the
books. It was suggested that a
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