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Volume 10, Number 13 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
June 29 July 12, 2001
Apalachicola, Florida, has become
the first site in the nation to ob-
tain parts from the Vietnam Vet-
erans Memorial Fund to duplicate
the Three Servicemen Statue lo-
cated at the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial (better known as The
Wall) In Washington, D.C. This
duplicate, the first of five envi-
sioned to be placed around the
nation, will be placed in a land-
scaped park along Market Street.
It is anticipated that this statue
will. become a focal'point for
people throughout the Southeast
to visit and be reminded of the
sacrifices of the men and women
who served during the Vietnam
The late Frederick Hart sculpted
the original statue. The larger
than life sculpture features three
servicemen, representative of the
various ethnic groups that made
up America's fighting force in Viet-
nam. This will be the first
full-scale replica of a Washington
monument outside of our nation's
capital In the history of the
A nonprofit corporation, Three
Servicemen Statue South, Inc.,
has been organized to raise the
necessary funds and erect the
statue. Jimmy G. Mosconis is the
founder and president of this cor -
poration. He can be contacted at
850) 653-9294. It is anticipated
that sufficient funds will be do-
nated and the statue can be dedi-
cated in approximately eighteen
Jan Scruggs, the founder and
president ofthe Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Fund, and Dr. Harry
Robinson, the 'architect who de-
signed the site for the Three Ser-
vicemen Statue to Washington,
plan to visit Apalachicola this
summer to look at the proposed
site of the Apalachicola statue.'
Above The Knee Or Below The Knee.?
School Board Workshop
Attempts To Deal With
Dress Code Revisions
How Are You Going To Judge Tank Tops?
On Tuesday, June 19th, Brenda Wilson presented her report on the
proposed revisions to the 2001-2002 Code of Conduct for the various
schools within the Franklin District. She said that two workshops
S. had aliead: been held. soliciting viewpoints from parents, teachers
and administrators. The draft- code states school board police on-at-
tendance and nonenrollment, dress codes for high school and middle
school as well as elementary school dress, code, and disciplinary of-
fenses and actions. There were also sections on administration of
medication including forms for granting permission for giving medi-
Scations, as needed.
- A public hearing on the final draft of these plans must be held before
the school board formally approved a final draft. of the new Code of
Conduct. This will occur at the next regular school board meeting on
July 5th, 6 p.m..at Chapman Elementary.
Most of the attention was given -to the dress code and disciplinary
actions. David Hinton prefaced his comments by saying that it was
not the function of the school system to review fashions, but merely
to point out that there were clothing products available that would
meet the, requirements of the Code. The proposed changes for high
school anid middle school dress code was prefaced with this language:
"Students should not dress in clothes that are so revealing as to be
considered inappropriate or indecent. Then, a list was presented as
specific examples of dress... that are not allowed in the school sys-
The list:the board started to review contained these items:
1. Shorts above the knee
2. Mini-skirts, short skirts or dresses (2) (3) inches or
more above the knee
3. Shirts, blouses, skirts, pants or shorts that expose the
4. Pants worn below the waist with or without a belt
5. "See through" or net shirts or blouses
6. 'Tank Tops" of similar style shirts
7. Braless attire
8. Bare feet
9. Sandals in vocational or physical education classes
for safety reasons
10. Hats or inappropriate headgear
11. Clothing with writing or symbols will not be allowed
if the writing or symbols convey messages promoting rac-
ism, drugs, alcohol, sex, profanity, vulgarity or other simi-
lar concepts which are contrary to acceptable standards
for behavior and attitudes.
12. Wallet chains
.As the above list was being reviewed by the Board, the Superinten-
dent of Schools, Jo Ann Gander, remarked:
'This is one of the most time consuming and instruc-
tional time-wasting items that you can come across. It
just consumes an awful lot of instructional time when
you have to deal with the same issues day-after-day... By
the time you stop the class in dealing with this,
... (The code) has to be presented in a way that the par-
ents are going to "buy into it" because if the parents don't
"buy into it", (the matter) is a losing battle."
S Barbara Sanders, the Board's attorney, raised the question: "Do boys
have to wear bras?" David Hinton responded, almost without hesita-
tion, "I've questioned that for years..." (Laughter).
Some time was spent on discussion of how many inches above the
knees would shorts, or skirts be .prohibited. Hinton acknowledged
the same problem with Superintendent Gander, that is a dress code
does take away from teaching in school and "...with a dress code, the
more problems we will have." He was in favor of eliminating shorts
entirely to eliminate the interpretation of how much above or below
the knee, and the Board eventually agreed to strike that from the list
of permitted dress. Attorney Sanders pointed out that in the ad hoc
interpretations such as "what is a tank top" "How narrow does it get,"
etc. "Then you're on an ad hoc basis deciding that this one is O.K.
and that one is not... And, that draws everybody buggy." She argued
'for a more, generalized statement and designate the teacher or the
principal as the authority in deciding what is and is not indecent, or
inappropriate. "That still causes argument about the lee-way given
(discretion) but somebody has to exercise discretion. You cannot dress
Continued on Page 7
Franklin Briefs .... 2
Commentary ... 3, 4
Tyndall .............. 5
....................... 6, 7
Lanark Village ..... 8
Charter School .... 9
Bookshop .......... 10
By Tom Campbell
Rumors were floating around.
Apalachicola last week and, as
often is the case, were unfounded
in fact. It was reported that City
of Apalachicola water in the sys-
tem was in some cases 'black."
which started many and various
According to Mayor Alan Pierce;
the City of Apalachicola is re-
quired to maintain a certain level
of chlorine in the drinking water
in its system. Toward the end of
the lines, the chlorine "sometimes
fades." The "flushing of the hy-
drants allows for old water to be
released." Thus, the hydrants are
flushed to make room for new
water available which has the
proper amount of chlorine.
The flushing of the hydrants al-
lows for old water to be released.
The sediment in the old water is
caused in some cases by old
pipes, which may be as old as
"forty years," according to the.
mayor. The sediment is caused by
the corrosion of the old pipes and
may make the water "black." Any
discoloration is caused by the
"sediment in the old water."
Mayor Alan Pierce said that there
is no way that the water could be
polluted by a sewer back-up as
there is "no connection between
the two where such a back-up
The blackened water was caused
strictly by sediment from the cor-
rosion of the old pipes- which, in
some cases, appears "black," ac-
cording to the mayor.
Island State Park
Scheduled 9 July
The public is invited to participate
in the formation of a new man-
agement plan for the Dr. Julian
G. Bruce State Park on St. George
Island. The meeting is scheduled
to be held at the National Estua-
rine Research Reserve, 261 7th
Street in Apalachicola, on July
9th at 7 p.m.
A copy of the agenda may be ob-
tained by writing the Florida Dept.
of Environmental Protection, Di-
vision of Recreation and Parks,
SOffice of Park Planning, 3900
Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail
Station #525, Tallahassee, Fla.
Any person requiring special ac-
commodations to participate in
this meeting is asked to advise the
agency at least 48 hours before
the meeting by calling Barry
Burch, Park Manager, at
New Opportunities For Rural Florida
Allen Boyd's Small Business Seminar A Hit
Information-Packed Seminar Stimulates Entrepreneurs
About 130 participants attended
the Small Business Resources
Seminar at the Gulf Coast Com-
Smunity College on Monday, June
18th. Allen Boyd, co-sponsor and
U.S. Representative from the 2nd
District, Florida, welcomed the
entrepreneurs with these words:
"..We all know.that small busi-
ness is the backbone of this
American economy. It has been
ever since this country was estab-
lished ... In the decade of the
90s'where we have experienced
the'greatest economic growth rate
tp.-around 4 per cent, which is,
almost double what our
25-year-average was, and on the
small business side, most of that
growth came in 'the development,
and start of new small business
The seminar ran two duplicate
programs with a morning break,
so everyone would have a choice
of at least two programs, and time
to pick up literature on others.
The Rural Business Cooperative
Service Programs, and the Small
Business Administration pro-
grams were among the most
popular. Others included "7(a)
Loan Program with 504/CDC Pro-
gram", and programs by Commu-
nity Equity Investments. The Vet-
erans Administration was repre-
sented with "Veteran's Business
Concerns" presented by the Cen-
ter for Veterans Enterprise. Each
agency represented at the semi-
nar provided instruction on loan
applications, natural disaster pre-
paredness, agricultural issues,
and marketing strategies.
Opposition To Florida's Proposal
"Working To Improve Proposal, Says Barr
By Tom Campbell
Members of River Keepers,
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce and others who op-
posed Florida's proposal for
water-sharing among Georgia,
Alabama and Florida have caused
Florida to delay presenting its pro-
Sposal to the meeting of the
Tri-State Commission represent-
ing the three states. The greeting
was held in Atlanta Friday,
Bob Kerr, Georgia's chief negotia-
tor, said that he was disappointed
that the proposal was not ready
The Tristate Conservation Coali-
tion last week criticized Florida's
proposal in a letter to Department
of Environmental Protection offi-
cials, saying that the proposal
would "provide less water for
Florida than it has received in the
Doug Barr, who was Florida's only
representative at Friday's meet-
iing, said he was not aware of the
Barr said that Florida officials are
continuing to meet with opposi-
tion leaders, in an effort to "im-
prove Florida's proposal."
Florida, Alabama and Georgia had
been expected to decide Friday
whether to begin a 60-day public
comment period. Instead, Florida
officials delayed the proposal, say-
ing they want more time to dis-
cuss river issues and "sharing
water from the Apalachicola River
The three states have agreed to
extend the deadline for their talks
again. This time the new deadline
is set for July 30, with the next
meeting scheduled for July 13. If
the states don't agree on water
sharing, the dispute could be de-
cided in the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a letter dated June 1, 2001,
from Lindsay Thomas, Federal
Commissioner of the ACT/ACF
River Basin Commissions, he
stated: "The May 25th draft (of the
proposal) includes only a I 0-year
public review which will com-
. mence ... without adaptive modi-
fication of the formula. A more
responsive formula ... will en-
hance the ability of federal agen-
cies to conclude that obligations
of federal law can be met."
In that letter, Thomas also men-
tioned "water quality" and "mini-
mum flows at the state line."
He also stated: "Published mod-
eling results have analyzed the
impacts of river flows on the pro-
ductivity of the Bay and have
found that prolonged or frequent
periods of low fresh water flows
into the Bay have had negative
impacts on the oyster popula-
tions. Since such impacts would
potentially represent a loss of an
existing use, and a violation of
water quality standards, this as-
pect of the allocation formula
should be carefully modeled to
analyze the potential impacts that
could result from these flows."
He further stated that "Congress
has clearly marked that it expects
this Office's evaluation to take
applicable federal law into
He concluded: "For this reason,
as we continue to evaluate the
proposal we will want to study
carefully any provisions which'
might structure a particular in-
terplay between state and fed-
eral officers in their respective
roles under a formula."
The issues facing the three states
and the federal government are
complex, and there is some
speculation that the deadline of
July 30 which has now been set
may not allow enough time for all
aspects to be considered. The
three states have been involved in
a legal fight over water-sharing of
chee-Flint Basin since 1990.
There are many observers who
state they fear the only decision
on water-sharing will come from
the Supreme Court.
Two agencies (Rural Business-
Cooperative Service and SBA) had
provisions for financing aquacul-
The programs were run in the
morning, with the conclusion
coming at lunch. The seminar was
co-sponsored by the college's
Small Business Development
Center, 2500 Minnesota Avenue,
Lynn Haven 32444, telephone
850-271-1108 or 800-542-7232.
This community service enter of-
fers business owners assistance,
in developing successful, thriving
businesses. These items incliide
business plan development, mar-
keting research; patent searches,
technical assistance and com-
RV/MH Park and Motel
By Tom Campbell
Some citizens of Eastpoint in
Franklin County are claiming the
proposed new rates of the East-
point Water and Sewer District are
The proposed new rate for RV/MH
Parks, Motels, according to the
published rate sheets being cir-
culated, would be a "base rate"
$14.40 "for each MH Unit." Also,
$14.40 "for each RV @ 60 per-
Some citizens have reported they
"might have to go to court," in or-
der to get a fair decision.
One concerned citizen of East-
point said, "Charging for each unit
in a motel or RV park is like charg-
ing the rate for each room in a
home, including closets, but there
are more numbers involved. For
an RV Park, this could add up to
thousands of dollars per month,
even before they get the first drop
And Bob Alien of Sportsman
Lodge in Eastpoint said that he is
"afraid the new rates will be
adopted at the next meeting in
While citizens claiming injuries by
the "outrageous increase" were
willing to speak out, those con-
nected to the Eastpoint Water and
Sewer District were less willing to
talk. Several calls were made to
Betty Taylor-Webb, Administrator
of Eastpoint Water and Sewer,
who did not return the calls.
Jim Sisung, member of the East-
point Water and Sewer board, re-
used to comment, referring the
matter to the administrator.
Chairman Donnie Gay of the
Eastpoint Water and Sewer Com-
mission answered questions,
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
The Frankln .hro.i.l
19 June 2001
Present: Commissioners Eddie
Creamer, Jimmy Mosconis.
Bevin Putnal, Cheryl Sanders
and Clarence Williams.
County Extension Director
Bill Mahan reported to the Com-
mission that about 50 persons
attended the second clam aquac-
ulture workshop on Monday,
June 11th. As of Monday, June
18th, the Dept. of Agriculture had
received 57 applications request-
ing leases in Alligator Harbor.
About 51 were applicants from
Franklin County. Kendall Wade
asked the Board to adopt some
personnel rules, and they ap-
proved the motion.
Bevin Putnal mentioned the high
startup costs for the clam farm-
ers. In a related article in this is-
sue the Alan Boyd Small Business
Conference in Panama City on
Monday, 18 June, provided some
information on farm financing.
Mr. Putnal raised a question to
Mr. Mahan about aquaculture
farming loans and loans for "wild
harvesters" of oysters. Jimmy
Mosconis took issue with the term
"wild harvesting" because tongers
were under state regulation.
Lucille Pilcher of Keep Franklin
County Beautiful appeared before
the Commission to furnish and
install trash receptacles on St.
George Island. The organization
would furnish all of the materi-
als, and the work camp would
provide labor. Ms. Pilcher asked
the Commissioner to provide
pickup services and permission to
station the receptacles. Cheryl
Sanders said that Alligator Point
residents would also like to have
trash receptacles as well. Com-
missioner Mosconis asked Van
Johnson to look into the funding
question for paying for the ser-
vices, and to report back to the
St. Vincents National
Terry Peacock presented the Com-
mission a check of $32,000 for
revenue-sharing with Franklin
County (applause). She invited
the Commissioners to visit the
refuge.: v. . .. .
Director of Administrative
Mr. Alan Pierce, County Planner,
advised the Board that an infor-
mal contact with the Department
of Community Affairs (DCA) indi-
cates that they will be agreeing
with the County that the compre-
hensive plan amendment for St.
James Bay is consistent with the
comprehensive plan. However, the
amendment for Bill Wells is not
consistent, he said.
Pierce also sought Board action
to approve a lease between the
Board and the Governor and
Cabinet for the use of the Dept.
of Transportation (DOT) complex
in Carrabelle. The lease is for 50
years, but a management plan
must be developed and approved
by DCA before the county may
alter the building. The Board ap-
proved the lease.
Mr. Pierce presented the Board
copies of the Lanark Village Drain-
age Improvements Feasibility
Study. The cost of all needed im-
provements is $170,000. The
main costs are replacing 1200 feet
of culverts and the reshaping of
560 feet of ditches. The Board
approved $15,008.82 for design-
ing and surveying the project.
Mr. Pierce contacted a majority of
Board members on June 7th and
it was declared an emergency ac-
tion that had to be taken to pro-
tect the Alligator Point road from
erosion. On June 8 and 11, rocks
were placed along 100 feet of road
to the east of "My Blue Heaven."
Dept. of Environmental Protection
was contacted and Pierce was
advised to have the area searched
for turtle nests prior to the plac-
ing of the rocks, and this was
done by Ms. Vickie Barnett. The
Board has 60 days to submit a
permit to DEP for rock revetment
at a cost not to exceed $7500. This
effort is intended to satisfy statu-
tory requirements that kick in
when the Board takes emergency
actions seaward of the coastal
The Board accepted $82,000 of
DEP funds for construction activi-
ties related to hurricane damage
on Alligator Point. These funds
became available to the county
because the county is doing wnat
DEP requires, which is to prepare
a Beach Erosion Control Study of
The Board decided to wait two
weeks to evaluate Mr. Pierce's pro-
posal to create a fulltime Emer-
gency Management Secretary po-
sition to assist Tim Turner.
Mr. Pierce reported to the Board
That their consultant on redistrict-
ing, Mr. Curt Spitzer, has done
preliminary analysis of the
county's population and he would
like to meet with interested
"elected officials" (Pierce's words).
Mr. Pierce recommended that
"each of you meet with him. I will
contact you after the meeting
(County Commission on June
19th) so that a time can be ar-
ranged. The school board and
superintendent will also be in-
cluded. Spitzer would like to come
down on July 9th. "This meeting
is just a preliminary presentation
of the data..."Pierce said. "He is
going to meet with the commis-
sioners individually, this is not
going to be a public workshop..."
Chronicle publisher Tom Hoffer
raised the question about the pri-
vate meetings. "I would like to
know why." Pierce responded, "My
understanding was that it would
be easier to do that (meet pri-
vately) with individual commis-
sioners and discuss what may be
appropriate questions, rather
than having some sort of public
workshop where at this time this
is just his crude analysis. There
are no maps, there's no lines. He's
not going to propose lines. He's
not going to do any of that. He's
just going to give them basic back-
ground data..." Cheryl Sanders
said, "...I know I made the mo-
tion..." Another said "We're going
to have to redraw the lines..."
Mosconis urged the commission-
ers to move on the issue. "time is
running out..." "If the courts,.get
a hold of this thing, you sure won't
be pleased with things..." Sand-
ers responded, "...You have to do
it in odd numbered years..." Mr.
Pierce reminded the Board that
Spitzer was going to do this for
the Board for two or three thou-
sand dollars (of public money)and
"he was just going to come down
and meet with you all and talk
over what he has done so far."
Pierce then moved to "item num-
ber 10 of his scenario without a
vote being taken by the Board; no
motions where made.
Mr. Pierce moved to his written
agenda menu announcing the re-
sults of the P and Z meeting with
recommendations in three cases.
The Board approved Dave Rabon
to construct a private dock on Lot
4, Block 68, Unit 5, St. George
Island. The Board approved Tim
and Christina Saunders to con-
struct a commercial seafood han-
dling operation at Pirates Land-
ing Marina on Timber Island. The
operation will specialize in pro-
The Board also approved a sub-
division of a 43 lot parcel called
"Magnolia Ridge" at the corner of
Bayshore Drive and Twin Lakes
Road for Jeanne Bonds and Jamie
Crum. The lots will be one acre
and the subdivision will have
Clerk of Court
Mr. Kendall Wade distributed cop-
ies of a letter to be sent by certi-
fied mail to those borrowing funds
pursuant to storm damage. Sev-
eral accounts have been seriously
delinquent according to the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council under signature of their
legal counsel, Mr. Blanton.
Mr. Wade also announced that the
Governor had vetoed all Article 5
monies that had been directed to
counties for 2001 and 2002. "This
means that the $100,000 we were
Pierce's remarks. Several at-
tempts have been made to remove
the verbal clutter, but what you
read is what was stated in open
meeting as nonsensical as it may
planning on getting next year, we
will not be getting that $100,000.
And, we had hoped to use that
money for the completion of the
courthouse annex." Also, funds
for court reporting have been cut-
back. Representative Kendrick
recommended a budget request
be put forward as soon as pos-
sible for next year's legislative ses-
sion. The deadline is August 1st.
Mr. Pierce reminded Commission-
ers that the Legislative session
has now been moved up to Janu-
ary 1st, 2002.
Jimmy Mosconis raised a ques-
tion about the wording of the col-
lection letter from the Regional
Planning Council concerning de-
linquent loans. A telephone call
was made to Blountstown to see
if the certified letter had gone out,
and a few minutes later Alan
Pierce reported back that the cer-
tified letters had been mailed.
A question has arisen about the
Sumatra cemetery, which is in
Franklin County. The community:
of Sumatra is in Liberty county.
A recommendation has been
made that a committee of citizens
from Sumatra and Franklin-
county administer the cemetery.
Mr. Shuler stated he had not seen
a deed, but appointing a cemetery,
authority might track down the
ownership of the facility. "You
might as well appoint a commit-
tee and get started on it," he said
to the Board of county commis-
sioners. The name of Bill Blanton
was moved forward. Mr. Putnal
said more research needed to be
done on the ownership of the cem-
etery and related matters before
an Authority would be created.
The Board approved,
Mr. Shuler stated that he had to
have a legal description of the
Profundis road to draft a "hold
harmless" agreement for use of
the road in a hurricane emer-
Mr. Shuler also mentioned that he
was still researching the CATV.
questions brought up at the last!
meeting. Bevin Putnal spoke:
about some channels being dis-
placed. He said, "...It seems that
the higher the rates, the poorer
the services..." He received several
calls during popular sporting
events. The county attorney was
not too hopeful that the Commis-
sioners could do much about the
Addendum on Redistricting
At the conclusion of the meeting;
the county attorney opined that
the individual meetings with a
commissioner and the consultant
is a legal meeting.
In response to the question about
the procedure involved, Mr. Alan
Pierce, County Planner said:
"...In defense of his strategy
(Spitzer, the consultant),;
which he will benefit, not men
he has a very minor ... con-
tract with the county fund tbo
supply the background data,
I would estimate that he was
going to look to do more work,
and this data is part of what
he's provided. He wants to
present it in a way that the
Board will feel necessary to
continue that contact with
him. Data that he has creL
.ated, and he wants to present
it in a way that we will see
.the need to continue to con-
tract with him...
Question: How would the "pub-
licness" of the forum affect
Pierce: Because, as you have
said, if you broadcast "redis7,.
tricting", this room would ji
full of people for which they
...(?) a great deal of misinfor-
mation bantered about, and
more people would be con-.
fused about what the county
was going to do until there is
some ... (jumbled language) ...
Commissioner Putnal ...
We're just doing some basic
background education as to
why we're in the process."*
*This is the best version of the
transcription from the audio tape
made by the Chronicle of Mr.
St. George Civic
Club Reviews Many
Issues In June 20th
The St. George Island Civic Club,
now numbering over 750 mem-
bers, first considered a report by
Lee Edmiston, Research Director
of the Apalachicola Research Re-
serve, concerning the upcoming
negotiations and meetings on the
Tri-River controversies, and the
recent Florida proposal to divide
the fresh water among Alabama,
Georgia and Florida. Changes in
meetings and procedures have
already been implemented with
the presentation date for the
Florida proposal changed to July
15, 2001. A number of local envi-
ronmental and other agencies
have expressed displeasure on the
draft proposal promulgated ear-
lier by the Dept. of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP). Much of the
criticism focused on the long
50-year-period contained in the
proposal with no opportunity to
"adjust" various factors impacting
on the flow of fresh water coming
into Florida. There will be a 60 day
public comment time period fol-
lowing the presentation of the
'Florida proposal on July 15th. In
recent days, the basic proposal
from Florida is undergoing some
revision due to the public outcry
over some of the proposed condi-
tions. Following the presentation
of the Florida proposal, there will
be an additional 256 day period
where the Federal government
and their agencies will have
time to comment on the draft
The Club agenda then turned to
a slide presentation by Tom Lewis
on wild flowers naturally occur-
ring on St. George Island.
Report On Water Matters
Bob Harper reported to the mem-
bers about a meeting he had with
County Attorney Al Shuler on the
subject of the Eastpoint Water
Company and the prospects that
the Eastpoint company could
supply utility needs for the island
community. The options were lim-
ited but included the prospect of
seeking condemnation of the
present privately owned utility.
The Chronicle has learned that in
this process, the "loser" in any
such bid would have to pay all
attorney's fees. A second option
included intervention by the Leg-
islature into the situation with the
creation of a new water district. A
petition normally starts this pro-
cess, and some entity would have
to be formed that would stimu-
late the drive to create the new
water district. The question of
cost, however, remains: -Where
would the money come from to
pay for a new system and upkeep?
Federal and perhaps state funds
have been available for public
utilities. A third option seems to
have been disposed and that
would be to buy the existing pri-
vately owned water company cur-
rently serving the island commu-
nity. Mr. Gene Brown, owner, has
publicly stated before the East-
point Water utility that his com-
pany was not for sale.
Charles Brannon read the
Treasurer's Report indicating that
there is a balance on hand of
$9,789.44 in the Civic Club trea-
New Club House
Bob Harper reported that various
plans for the interior design of the
new clubhouse have been moving
forward. The members approved
Gift Certificates Party Trays Fruit &
Gift Baskets Choice Beef Fresh.
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age through a rider coincident
with the policy of the fire depart-
Harper and Alan Pierce reviewed
some charts trying to determine
where to position a boat ramp
near the end of the new bridge.
"We've come to the conclusion
that the only place that would be
suitable would be somewhere
where the bridge ramps down
onto the island." DOT would not
condone traffic going across the
road. We're also told that the boat
ramp could not be placed on the
east side of the bridge because the
road would have to go over oyster
beds, and DEP would probably
not approve of that ... The ramp
would probably have to go on the
west side of the bridge.
Mr. Harper consulted with county
attorney Shuler and planner Alan
Pierce about redistricting. The
county hired a consultant who is
supposed to meet with the com-
missioners. '"There are some com-
plications. Not an easy issue..."
The Commissioners have appar-
ently agreed to go into private
meetings with their consultant
without any public hearing.
Harper asked Tom Hoffer for ad-
ditional information, and he
stated that "Our attorney looked
up the case law, and the county
is in violation of the Open Meet-
ing law (the so-called Sunshine
statutes) by bringing this plan of
private meetings with the com-
missioners. "We don't really vary
from opinion held by anyone else
about this matter. We think the
ENTIRE process should be open
to the public because that con-
sultant is being paid by public tax
dollars ... and it ought to be a
completely open meeting. We have
raised the question twice going
back to the 1990s (when) the
county failed to redistrict ... after
the 1990 census. It is about time.
And the entire proceeding should
is the time to
subscribe to the
The Franklin Chronicle
be public, in our opinion..." It is
clear that there will eventually be
a public hearing but the Chronicle
opines that the entire process
should be open to the public.
Hoffer pointed out that as of June,
Wakulla County has already
drafted a map showing their pro-
posed boundaries in their redis-
tricting process. "They are way
ahead of Franklin in regard to
getting this job done."
Curtis Spangler volunteered to
follow through on the redistrict-
ing matter including contacting
the county's consultant.
Bob Harper also talked on the
public park and the need for vol-
unteers to help erect the pavilion
and restrooms. "It will go a lot
faster with a lot more help." About
6-8 persons show up most Sat-
urdays but more help is needed.
Mason is there every weekend.
We've even got some people com-
ing over from Apalachicola to
help... PLEASE come out Satur-
day mornings at 9:30 with ham-
mers. And, gloves. I found out very
quickly that you can't hammer
with bare hands for very long..."
Jay Abbott reported a number of
fires and accidents. He reminded
members that there is still a "no
burn" policy on the island. For the
Fourth of July, no fireworks are
permitted, unless these are taken
to the beach. Pine Straw, cur-
rently being brought onto St.
George Island, is a fire hazard.
Abbott recommended that "...If
you're going to use it, keep it at
least 30 feet away from your
The Franklin Chronicle
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
29 June 2001 Page 3
Publisher's Note: Retired U. S. Navy Captain Howard J. Kerr. a
long-time friend of the publisher, recently attended a dinner hon-
oring former President Gerald Ford at the Vice President's resi-
dence in Washington, D. C. His remarks recalled the little known
transition details about the assumption of the Presidency by Mr.
Ford in a pressure-cooker atmosphere of uncertainty in the clos-
ing days of Watergate.
It wasn't exactly d6ja vu all over again, as the former Yankee great
once said, but attending a dinner at Vice President Dick Cheney's
residence last week honoring former President Ford did bring back
When house minority leader Gerald Ford was confirmed as the first
Vice President under the 25th amendment following the resignation
of Spiro Agnew, efforts in the congress to provide a permanent resi-
dence for the Vice President were moved forward. The residence se-
lected was "Admiral's House" on the grounds of the Naval Observa-
tory, long the official home of the Chief of Naval Operations. Vice
President Ford and his family were scheduled to move from their
modest Alexandria home to Admiral's House following the departure
of Admiral E.R. Zumwalt in late summer, 1974. I was then the Naval
Aide to Vice President Ford and had been put in charge of coordinat-
ing the move between the Navy Department and the Vice President's
On August 7, 1974, the Vice President was scheduled to meet Mrs.
Ford, the curator of the White House and interior designers at Admiral's
House to make some preliminary color and pattern choices for the
redecorating of their new home. When I arrived at Mr. Ford's office to
brief him on the meeting and escort him to the house, I was told by
the receptionist not to go into his office. When I asked why. she ner-
vously said she couldn't tell me. I glanced at her appointment book
Sand saw that the name "Rogers Morton," then Chairman of the Re-
publican Party, was penciled in but I knew Rogers Morton was not on
the August 7 schedule. Just about then General Al Haig, Chief of
Staff to President Nixon, walked out of the Vice President's office and
asked what I was doing here. I reminded him that I worked here and
'that I had an appointment with Mr. Ford. Puffing furiously on a ciga-
rette, his blood shot eyes looked squarely at me as he sternly said,
"You did not see me here this morning." I waited a few minutes,
knocked on the Vice President'sdoor and went into his office. He was
alone standing in the far corner looking across West Executive Av-
enue at the White House. I got his attention and reminded him of his
appointment with Mrs. Ford. He said, "OK" but was clearly distracted.
Once in the car I began to brief a pensive Gerald Ford, on the pending
meeting at Admiral's House. Biut ... Rogers Morton ... Al Haig ... A
meeting the general didn't want anyone to know about ... The mount-
ing problems overtaking the Nixon Presidency ... The pressure cooker
environment surrounding the Vice President. It was hard to focus on
the briefing book. My mind kept wandering.
For two hours, the Vice President and Mrs. Ford listened'to interior
designers and toured the house looking at furniture and asking rou-
tine questions. Mrs. Ford was genuinely excited about the pending
move. Those attending the meeting would not have suspected there
was anything else on Mr. Ford's mind. The Vice President and I re-
turned to the old executive office building with Mr. Ford saying noth-
ing on the trip back. Two days later President Nixon resigned and the
Fords moved into the White House.
We now know that General Haig's morning visit on August 7 was to
inform the Vice President that President Nixon was contemplating
resignation and 'that he should begin to think about assuming the
presidency. I have often wondered what musthave been on.Vice Presi-
Sdent Ford's mind as he looked at materials and color schemes for two
hours following his, meeting with General Haig. He and Mrs. Ford
never had a private moment that morning so he wasnot even able to
disclose to her what he had just been told. Of course, canceling the
trip to Admiral's House was out of the question. Any change in his
schedule at that time would raise too many questions. He had no
alternative but to go through the two hour charade.
Talking to the former President before dinner last week I asked if he
remembered the August 7 trip to Admiral's House. Ford smiled and
Postscript: The June 4, 2001, dinner at Admiral's House was truly
memorable. The guest of honor, former President Gerald Ford, who
will be 88 years old this July was in great spirits and looked in good
health. While much of the conversation had to do with current events,
reminiscing was the order of the evening. The former President's re-
cent "Profiles ir Courage" Award from the John F. Kennedy Founda-
tion was a source of great pride for everyone there and a reminder of
what this common man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, gave to his
country. He stepped forward at almost precarious time in American
history, healed our wounds and restored honor and legitimacy to the
office of the President of the United States.
Howard J. Kerr
1,R1VE POST OFFICE BOX 590
St--, EASTPOINT, FLORIDA 32328
II 850-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
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THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHRONICLE, INC.
Vol. 10, No. 13
June 29, 2001
Publisher ................................................ Tom W Hoffer
Contributors ............................................ Tom Campbell
............ Sue Cronkite
............ Barbara Revell.
............ Rene Topping
............ Jimmy Elliott
Sales ......................... ............. Jessica Ard
............ Diane Beauvais Dyal
............ Tom W. Hoffer
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
D avid Butler ............................................ Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoirit
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
George Thompson ................................... Eastpoint
Pat Morrison .................................. ... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona ................. St. George Island
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Why Do The County Commissioners
Have To Meet "Privately" With A
Taxpayer-Paid Consultant, Away From
This question persists since County Planner and Administrator Alan
Pierce "recommended" to the Board of County Commissioners that
they meet "privately", one at a time to avoid the Sunshine Law re-
quirements, as articulated at their last meeting on June 19, 2001.
Well, Mr. Pierce did not state that reason in so many words, but sus-
picions run high that there is something the Commissioners want to
initially keep from the public. Please refer to Mr. Pierce's explanation
at the meeting on June 19th as to the reason this secret procedure is
so necessary. Here is the quote:
"In defense of his strategy (Spitzer, the consultant), which
he will benefit, not me, he has a very minor ... contract
with the county fund to supply the background data. I
would estimate that he was going to look to do more work,
and this data is part of what he's provided. He wants to
present it in a way that the Board will feel necessary to
continue that contact with him. Data that he has cre-
ated, and he wants to present it in a way that we will see
the need to continue to contract with him..."
Question: How would the publicnesss" of the forum af-
fect his abilities?
Pierce: Because, as you have said, if you broadcast "re-
districting", this room would be full of people for which
they ... (?) a great deal of misinformation bantered about,
afid more people would be confused about what the
county was going to do until there is some ... (jumbled
language) ... Commissioner Putnal ... We're just doing
some basic background education as to why we're in the
'The compelling reason appears to be that Mr. Spitzer can hire on for
additional work, in this "educational process."
I think there are other reasons, such as some possible "horse-trading"
among the elected officials, and the fellow who eventually will draw a
Draft of the lines. For example, if I may speculate, one commissioner
would like to gain 200 votes from the mainland so as to minimize the
future impact of an Island candidate. Another Commissioner would
like to do away with the redistricting process all together. A third is a
Likely candidate to "give-up" those 200 votes.
The County Attorney has helped them by reassuring the Commis-
sioners that what they are doing is legal.
We respectfully disagree with that conclusion but he stubbornly per-
sists with his advice. The'case law states some contrary conclusions.
Quoting from the 2001 Government In the Sunshine Manual, at page
17, which states:
The Sunshine Law is applicable to meetings between a
board member and an individual who is not a member of
the Board when that individual is being used as a liaison
between or to conduct a de facto meeting of board mem-
bers. (For example, a city manager is not a member of
the city council and thus, may meet with individual coun-
cil members; however, the manager may not act as liai-
son for board members by circulating information and
thoughts of individual council members)...
In a 1'979 case involving a school board of Orange county, the court
held that a series of scheduled successive meetings between the school
superintendent and individual members of the school board were
subject to the Sunshine Law. While normally meetings between the
school superintendent and an individual school board member would
i not be subject to (the Sunshine Law requirements) ... these meet-
ings were held in "rapid-fire succession" in order to avoid a pub-
lic airing of a controversial redistricting problem. They amounted
'to a de facto meeting of the school board in violation of s. 286.011,
In another case, this one in 1992, the court found that a series of
meetings between a school superintendent and individual school board
members which were scheduled by the superintendent to present
and consider staff recommendations concerning the administrative
structure of the school system and to privately address any objec-
tions or concerns that the board might have, should have been held
in the sunshine. Note this: The court said that its decision should
not be construed to prohibit individual board members from
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meeting privately with staff or the superintendent for informa-
tional purposes or on an ad hoc basis. However, "it shall be con-
strued to prohibit the scheduling of a series of such meetings
which concern a specific agenda." Thus the court enjoined the board
and its superintendent "from holding any further closed door meet-
ings to formulate board policy, discuss matters where Board action is
contemplated or otherwise conduct the public's business."
Redistricting is the public's business, not the private domain of the
elected Board of Franklin County Commissioners. The Commission-
ers are taking a substantial risk of further litigation involving fines.
prison sentences and removal from office by the Governor of the State
of Florida, if they proceed with these private meetings. Their counsel's
advice is clearly at variance with the case.law, and the commission-
ers need to act responsibly, in the public interest and not their
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher
More On The Alligator Point Erosion
Publisher's Note: Alligator Point resident Bill Wargo has been a property
owner since 1973, and resident on Alligator Point since 1980. In the in-
terest of providing many viewpoints on the erosion problem, the Chronicle
is pleased to present portions of Mr. Wargo's comments made at the pub-
lic workshop June 5th at the Franklin County Commission. In these ex-
cerpts for this issue, a brief history is provided followed by his proposal.
Brief History Of The Problem
Day one goes back to 1972 after Hurricane Agnes wreaked havoc on Alligator
Point. That storm re-arranged Alligator Point changing its whole character.
That's what led to making the first mistake. In a panic and out of a felt need to
protect the road Franklin County,'using the resources it had. dumped 650
feet of broken asphalt and concrete as armor against future erosion. Dump-
ing those rocks was an honest effort but still a mistake. Making honest mis-
takes isn't wrong. What's wrong is that a lesson wasn't learned from that
mistake and it was repeated andexpanded in 1994.
The proposal to build the revetment was written by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (USACE) in 1985. 1 was the only one who voiced a public objection
to that proposal. That was at a July 24, 1985. beach erosion workshop at the
. Alligator Point Fire Station. There is so official public record of that meeting
but Mr. Mosconis was there and: Renee Topping quoted me in the newspaper.
I'm here 16 years later to say that I still object to the placing of rocks and walls
on our beaches and in our waters. Furthermore, it is time to remove from
Southwest Cape and Bald Point all rocks, walls, bulkheads, and groins. It's
time to begin working with nature...
My plan is one that I believe will provide a solution for this multifaceted prob-
lem. It will solve the issues of saving the beach environment, having a safe
evacuation route, saving tax revenues, and restoring pride in Alligator Point.
It is a blend of engineering recommendations from the current feasibility study
as well as options from the 1985 beach erosion workshop, the sand web sys-
tem, and from my own research. It's a plan that will work for the environment
and people as well as the economy. It is as follows:
1. Remove the revetment and all other rocks, walls, and bulkheads. This is
rot an impossible task. In 1994, the original 650 foot wall was easily removed
in preparation for building the new revetment. In fact. it was moved twice.
first to the access road and then again from the access road. This will remove
an unsightly scourge from our community and will allow for the restoration of
a natural beach. Let nature re-direct its wave energy to cutting a natural inlet.
This will allow natural erosion to concentrate where nature, wants it to hap-
2. Build a high bridge over the inlet This will allow for natural shifting of the
beach environment and for traffic to pass safely above it. At the 1985 beach
erosion workshop this was considered to be the best engineering option. After
I stated my objection to building a revetment, one of the engineers said that
nature is trying to cut a natural inlet and the best thing to do is to remove all
the rocks, let the cutting happen, and bridge it.
3. Elevate the road to the highest feasible height. Elevating the road along
with protecting it with high sand dunes and a flat beach will allow for the safe
passage of traffic.
4. Build' protective dunes higher than the road using beach 'uadlit and.
Truck and/or barge in beach quality sand from the sources identified in the
feasibility study. This would take us back to the 1985 conditions when the
dunes were so high you couldn't see the water from the highway.
5. Use the sand web system to build the flat beach. Use the $1 million saved
from land acquisitions to pay for this system. There are several advantages to
this system: (1) It is performance-based. If it doesn't work, you don't pay for it.
(2) It is accountable for environmental and public safety through daily moni-
toring.: (3) Unlike armor, it works with natural environmental processes. not
against them. (4) It is unobtrusive and non-permanent. It's removable. (51
Unlike rock structures, it doesn't strew dangerous debris into the water. (6) It
is a living process, not static and intrusive. (7) It will restore wide beach to one
mile of shoreline thus extending scenic beauty and protection along Alligator
Point.. Will this system work for sure? It has a lot of logic to it and has already
worked in other coastal areas. I can't say with 100% certainty that it will
work. I can say with 100% certainty, however, that armoring our beaches
6. Vegetate the dunes and beach with sea oats and other compatible plants.
Use community volunteers to help with this process.
7. Install sand fencing in areas where it will:enhance the build-up of sand. Get
DEP advice regarding the best way of placing sand fencing.
S8. Plant palm trees along the road's edge for added strength and scenic beauty.
9. Develop a written agreement with the KOA owners to allow a back-up evacu-
ation route through their property from Tom.Roberts Road during times of
emergency. This will probably not be needed once all of the above is accom-
plished. However, an agreement is still advisable just in case it does become
Slow Down For Birds On St. George
On the St. George Island Bridge
Causeway in Franklin County it's
time to give the birds a brake,
A section of the Causeway be-
tween Eastpoint and St. George
Island is home right now to thou-
sands of pairs of nesting shore-
birds including laughing gulls,
least terns, royal terns, sandwich
terns and American oystercatch-
ers. The area is designated a Criti-
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specu limit has been dropped to
35 mph to protect the adult birds
that often swoop in low over the
highway to feed their young.
Management of the CWA is a joint
effort of the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC), and the Department of
Environmental Protection's (DEP)
Apalachicola National Estuarine
From now through early August
FWC law enforcement officers will
be enforcing the lowered speed
limit on the Causeway. The
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation has provided a large sta-
tionary LCD radar display and
motorists can see their speed dis-
Officers enforced the reduced
speed limit last summer and
wrote 248 warnings and citations.
Those who are cited face an auto-
matic traffic infraction fine.
"This is an extremely important
site for these nesting shorebirds,"
said Lee Edmiston, a research
coordinator with the Estuarine
Reserve. "It may be hard to see
but we've gone in and put up plas-
tic fencing to help alleviate the
problem of birds and their young
getting out on the roadway and
being struck by cars."
It's also illegal for motorists and
fishermen to pull over and ven-
ture into the nesting area along
the one mile of shell and grass
right-of-way. Legal parking areas
for motorists and anglers are
available at both the northern and
southern approaches to the
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Editorial and Commentary
Frankly Speaking In Franklin County
By Rene Topping
I would like to sound a wake up call for the members of Franklin
County Commission on the projected census redistricting, If I had a-
bugle I would stand on the courthouse steps and play reveille.
Here we are again. Deja vu! Shades of 1984!
Are we all being fair this time-or are we doing things in other places
than the commission chamber. After all, this is one time when the
public needs to know.
Only Jimmy Mosconis and Al Shuler are the lone two players still
around who were in the county commission in 1984. A Small band of
people living in the east side of the county began to discover that the
commissioners were unfairly dividing up the districts.
In those days if you lived east of Yent Bayou and all the way to Alliga-
tor Point you were part of District 5. This was the area of land where,
instead of one man-one vote-the powers that be then had it nicely
figured to one vote for two men.
Jimmy! I can remember well the obstructions that were put before
this group of people who only asked for an honest census. That would
have cost some where around $10,000 and you voted it down.
Jimmy! We both remember that the last time the district had seen
changes was after the 1950 census. Thirty years had gone by and it
was, and still is, the law that the districts be looked at after every
census to make sure that they are equal in residents.
In those years the east end of the county had been growing. We who
were affected knew that. We looked at those new lines and we knew
they were not fair.
So as long as the census was refused us, we decided to do a'citizen
census. With pad and pen in hand, but with great determination, the
people spread out. Marching down each highway and byway we
counted. All through that hot summer. The citizen census takers wore
out several pairs of shoes each and oozed with sweat as they tramped
over the roads and sought out every person.
Jimmy! You aroused a sleeping giant each time you put an obstruc-
tion in the way of these determined people as it only meant that more
people joined the effort.
Jimmy! I am hoping you learned from that experience and all tfhe':.
money it cost Franklin County to listen, nbt just to those constitu .
ents in Apalachicola, but also to be fair to all sections of the county.,
Jimmy and All I'm sure you both remember we were also in the midst
of righting another wrong. In Apalachicola, there were three commis-
sioners, all white, and down the years no black person had ever served
on the commission. And that was not fair .
Do you remember when Christine Rhodes stood up in a meeting and
said that the.black population was going to court to get the system
changed? Never underestimate the power of the people.
The rest of the county had two commissioners. Just not fair. -
Boyd To Host
Tricare For Life
Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) will be hosting
two seminars in Tallahassee and
Panama City for military retirees
regarding the new TRICARE for
Life program, Congressman Boyd
has extended an open invitation
to all military retirees and their
families throughout the 2nd Con-
gressional District to join him at
one of these two seminars.
TRICARE for Life is the new mili-
tary retiree health care benefit
that Congress enacted last year
which provides permanent life-
time TRICARE eligibility begin-
ning on October 1, 2001. General
information about the new ben-
efits available to military retirees,
their family members and survi-
vors will be presented at the
The first seminar will take place
Monday, July 2, 2001, at 2: 00
p.m. EDT, at-the Tallahassee
Community' College Auditorium.
The second seminar will take.
place Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at
10:00 a.m. CDT, at the Florida
State University-Panama City
You Can Use
Eating Well For Better
While it's true that research has
revealed the importance of genes
in determining our health pros-
pects it's well known that other
factors, such as diet and behav-
ior, play an important role as well.
For example, several large stud-
ies in Europe and in the United
States have shown that eating lots
of fruits and vegetables can sub-
stantially reduce the risk of heart
disease, stroke and cancer. Be-
cause of the varying health ben-
efits in the different kinds of pro-
duce available, the best diet for
good health lies in variety.
For cancer prevention, the Ameri-
can Institute for Cancer Research
recommends any foods in the cab-
bage family (which includes broc-
coli, cauliflower, and kale), deep
yellow-orange vegetables and
.fruits (like sweet potatoes and
cantaloupe), dried beans and peas
and dried fruits (like prunes and
Raisinss, and citrus fruits. They all
contain cancer-fighting chemi-
cals, like anti-oxidants, that block
the action of carcinogens.
Anti-oxidants occur naturally in
our bodies as a protection against
cancer, and adding to their num-
ber,helps protect us that much
S: A produce-rich diet can also help
: in preventing heart disease'and
S: stroke by inhibiting the formation
Children's PlayAt Dixie Theatre
By Tom Campbell
A Children's Play called "A Little Bit of Magic" will open at the Dixie
Theatre in Apalachicola on Thursday, July 5, at 10:00 a.m.
One-reviewer called the children's nlav "a hbriht andl snarkling nlav
For the first time Lanark Village and Alligator Point could have their "about your own magic."
own commissioner. - -
Sw c, ,o r :-- Perfofrmian'cese ire scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday morn-
All You surely remember when Judge Stafford said in 1985 that he wings, July 5 through July 21, 2001. Admission to "A Little Bit of NlaIcc.
would accept the census done by citizens over the so called official`' according to Artistic Producing Director Rex Partington,. is "bysug-
census. He complimented Margaret and Archie Holton and the merii gested donation of S3.00 for children and $5.00 for adults."
hers of the Concerned Citizens for the work they did on it.- .
Indeed, all the citizens of this east end of the county need to remem-
ber and honor the sacrifice of time. money and just the devotion to,
the fact that we have had a fair division in the districts made by so
many citizens in 1984 1985;
Al and Jimmy. Please don't allow anyone to mess with the process
this time. The fire that was started back then is banked but it is not
truly out. Remember the jail issue. We came close to moving the court-
house that time. .,
The best thing that the commission can do now is to understand that
the west end of the county is losing people. The east side of the river
is growing by leaps and bounds.
Jimmy! Cheryll Eddie! Bevin! and Clarence! We are all counting on.
you to be honest and fair and think county wide.
Oh, and may I suggest that it would be a good idea to dust off Judge
Stafford's ruling and have all the commissioners read it.
Reread the Judge Stafford's decision about the river.
G.J. Grace will be "Coming Soon" and applications
are being accepted for the following positions:'
for more information
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-The play runs approximately one hour. Lyrics from the opening song
give a glimpse of what delights are in store.
"There's a little bit of magic that's in everyone.
There's a little bit of something strange and fine.
It's the special thing you are
That lights you up just like a star'
And makes you feel as if the world's your Valentine."
Partington said that the play Is recommended for children approxi-
mately ages six to 12 or 14, The play is performed by "four young
professionals, directed by Beth Odom, who will also be performing in
"All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten." That play is "a
comic and tuneful dramatization of the writings of Robert Fulgharn."
It is scheduled to open Thursday, July 12 at the Dixie Theatre.
"A Little Bit of Magic" is a "sparkling play" and the perfect way to
introduce youngsters to the wonderful world of theatre. For more
information, phone the box office at 850-653-3200.
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* Underground Electrical
* 400ft Beach Area on River
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Each office indeoendentyowned and oeraled
R. AND R LAWN SERVICE
"We are here to meet your needs."
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PT Lumber and Marine Grade Pole Sale
2x4x8 PT .25 ........................................................... $ 3.21
2x6x8 PT .25 ........................................ ................. $ 3.94
5/4"x6x8 Decking .25 ............................................ $ 4.47
6-7" butt x 16 PT 2.5 Pole .........................................$ 37.50
6-7" butt x 20 PT 2.5 Pole .......................................$ 48.75
10" butt x 30 PT 2.5 Piling ................................... $142.50
8x8x12 PT 2.5 Piling ...............................................$ 70.40
Prices Good Through July 10th
Previously Owned Appliances
W ashers ................................... ........................... $ 140.00
D ryers ..................................... ........................... $160 .00
Refrigerators ........................ ................... $225.00
Air Conditioners ................... ............. ........$125.00
Electric Stoves ........................................................... $ 115.00
Mobile Home Supplies
Doors 32x72 .....................................................$102.63
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of blood clots and artery-clogging
cholesterol. Fruits rich in potas-
sium, like oranges and canta-
loupe, can help control high blood
pressure, reducing the risk of
both heart attacks and stroke.
One European study found a 25
percent reduction in stroke from
a high-produce diet, particularly
raw and leafy green vegetables.
Another such study, this one at
Harvard, topped that impressive
number, reporting that the risk
could be reduced by as much as
The American Dietetic Association
supports these findings on ways
to prevent cancer, stroke and
heart attack, but adds that a diet
rich in fruits and vegetables can
help ward off a number of other
physical ailments as well, particu-
larly those affecting older people,
like macular degeneration and
cataracts, osteoporosis, and in-
While any single research study
can be suspect, there now ap-
pears to be abundant proof that
what you eat does matter when it
comes to staying healthy.Accord-
ing to health writer Jane Brody,
for optimal benefits the recom-
mended amount of fruits and veg-
etables is from five to nine serv-
ings a day. She says that's not as
hard as it sounds, noting that a
serving can be just six ounces of
a fruit or vegetable juice, one me-
dium apple, banana or orange, a
cup of raw greens, or a half-cup
of cooked vegetables or cut-up
raw vegetables or cut-up or
cooked fruit. Use fresh, canned or
frozen toods. Sprinkle fruit on
your breakfast cereal and include
a salad with lunch or dinner as
often as possible. And, for a snack
while watching TV. or reading, or
out for a drive, keep fresh or dried
Generic drugs have been on the
market for a long time, but there
still exists some confusion and
uncertainty about them. Any drug
sold as a generic equivalent of a
brand-name drug must contain
exactly the same ingredients as
the brand-name product and
meet other guarantees of safety
and efficacy. Although they gen-
erally cost less, they're not allowed
on the market until after the
patent on the original drug has
expired-a period of about 17 years
or more. For more information,
send for the National Consumers
League free brochure, "Consum-
ers Guide to Generic Drugs." Call
(202) 835-3323, or visit their
website, www. Nclnet.org. To or-
der by mail, the NCL address is
1701 K Street N.W., Washington,
Published from United
Seniors Health Report
(Spring 2001) Vol. 17, No. 2.
USHC, 409 Third Street, SW
#200, Washington, DC 20024
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The Franklin Chronicle
A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
29 June 2001 Pane 5
Independence Celebi-aion Open To Public
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The Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission has scheduled
a series of public workshops to
gather testimony regarding the
ishery for black or striped mul-
let. The Commission wishes to
receive comment on a proposal to
reopen commercial mullet har-
vesting from 4 p.m. until midnight
on Friday and midnight until 8
a.m. on Mondays between July 1
and January 31 each year. The
Commission also is interested in
hearing comment regarding man-
agement goals for the mullet fish-
ery. The Commission encourages
all interested persons to partici-
pate at the workshops, which take
place as follows:
Thursday, June 28
Florida Marine Research Institute
Third Floor, 100 Eighth Ave. S.E.
Friday, June 29
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pine Island Public Library
10700 Russell Rd.
SMonday, July 2
Gulf Coast Community College
Student Union Building
5230 W. Highway 98
Tuesday, July 3
Port Orange Regional Library
1005 City Center Circle
Disabled persons requiring spe-
cial accommodation to participate
in this workshop should Andrena'
Knicely at (850) 487-1406 at least"
five days in advance. Hearing- or
speech-impaired individuals can
arrange'assistance by calling
Celebrate American Indepen-
dence on July 3 at Tyndall Air
Force Base's Heritage Park from
4-10 p.m. Free admission in-
cludes entertainment by live
bands, children's activities and
fireworks. Heritage Day will also
feature food and beverage booths.
The yearly celebration is open to
the public with plenty of free
More than 12,000 visitors and
military families enjoyed the Heri-
tage Day line-up last year. This
year's entertainment is slated to
be bigger and better.
At Gulf Coast
The Counrseling Center:at Gulf
Coast Community College will be
conducting a series of Preview
Days for all in-coming students
for the fall 2001 semester. Preview
Days will be held in the Amelia G:
Tapper Center for the Arts on the
main campus on Friday July 6;
from 10 a'.m. to 12 noon, Friday;
July 13, from I p.m. to 3 p.m. and
Friday; July 20, from 10 a.m. to.
It is recommended that all
in-coming freshmen attend a
,GCCC Preview Day prior to regis-
tering for Fall 2001, classes. All.
students must have completed an'.
application for admission' and.
have taken the placement test,
before attending a preview day.
July registration will be held July:
9 to July 20 on the main campus
and July 11 to July 12 at the
Gulf/Franklin Center. Students
may also register on-line at
For more information, call
769-1551, ext.. 3211, ext. 4861 or
',! '?, ,?,, : ? .77, f ;', i -
\ Heritage Day 2001
Cl' [ hanel Radio Jail
( I iPirate 94.5* I 1 "
Booth (21) Moonwalk
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Festivities will start with the Na-
tional Anthem and park opening
at 3:55 p.m. Band groups will in-
clude Hand Honey, Steel Breeze,
Biscuits & Groovy and Stephanie
Pettis & Rio. The Postal Service
will hold a "Second Day of Issue"
for the "Honoring Veterans"
stamp. The Eagles & Chiefs base-
ball game will begin at 6: 10 p.m.
with game-side seats for everyone.
Flynn's Highland Dancers will
entertain visitors starting at
Throughout the afternoon, food
and beverage booths will have
many traditional foods for sale.
There will be a 325th Security
Force Squadron working dog
team, kite flying and Tae Kwon Do
demonstrations for visitors of all
ages. Special youth activities will
include a dunking booth, jail and
bail booth, Skinny Bob & Dora
Face Painting/Balloon Animals,
Home Depot's helicopters and bug
house crafts,. a moonwalk, and
various other free children's ac-
The fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
For more information, call
4 Stamp & Pavilion
Coin Exhibit Stage
Illinois Ave. Main Gate
SDV / Handicapped Parking
First Aid Cingular The Real
s A Wireless Yellow Pages
^ Heritage Day Activities
Activity Schedule July 3, 2001
Time Show Place
3:55 -4 p.m. National Anthem / Park Open' Main Stage
4-4:45 p.m. Hand Honey Band.- AlternativeMusic Main Stage
5 5:45 p.m. Steel Breeze Band Island Music Main Stage
6 6:05 p.m. General's Welcoming Comments: Main Stage
6:05 p.m. Honoring Veterans Stamp Unveiling Main Stage
6:05 p.m. Tae Kwon Do Demo Pavilion Stage
6:10 7 p.m. : Eagles & Chiefs Baseball Game Heritage Field
6:10- 6:45 p.m. Biscuits & Groovy Band- Rock Music Main Stage
6:30 p.m SFS Working Dog Demonstration Main Stage
7p.m. Kite Flying Demonstration Water's Edge
7 -7:45 p.m. Flynn's Highland Dancers Main Stage
8 9 p.m. Stephanie Pettis & Rio Band Latin / Jazz Music Main Stage
9:15 9:35 p.m.. Fireworks Main Stage
10 p.m. kClsd ," MainStage
1 2ndFS hd PSopNm m Soca Tff-SrtsWVtches
2 83rd FWS Buse rHotDofsfl0si pSFsModaWC
3 35th CS Hot DoCsNiioc/Soda
4 325thCES .. SawobcrySh 9 ,..: .
5 325th TRS ; Ba WibllsOiin ldedichp Soda/fl-Slis/Coi
6 AFCESA Hot Do9s5mmoked StsageSoda
7 TOP3 .. BBQd .. -
8 325th OSS fajitellcfppcSa-
9 325thSVS SrowCorns
310 395thSFS, ... CoonCandy/PopcanSodoater,
11. .OL-A/16.E S,. Pizz/Soda ter
12 Chiefs Group .. .Sausage.Dg/HGot DogCi Dogtese FriesbhsSodkenCeeam
13 SEADS Smao edB sle/Com on i(Cot kd BeoanaSoda .
14 DET1/85TES 'Polish SagChslip1Soda '
15 Marina Club ..,i,,. i&ChipsWaltemelon .
16 SVSBusinessFit., s lBSeer".
17 1stFS Funl Ca /Fizza/CurlyFriesnoConWCesSodff-Shirts/ickers
18 Skinny Bob & Dora Fage Painting/Balloon Animals (sponsored by: USPA & IRA')
19 Children's Toys and.Cndy (sponsored by: American-Amicable iUf Insurance Company*)
20 SFS Jail & Bail
21 325th SVS Moonwalk
. ,'u i u '..rt. Dunk n. Boot
23 HICh.:-c.t. 83 H.ju ;x'f Craft 1src:6'crd b, Home Depor')
.I ctri ,.p H.,-n, I itraw Ind D. ofhi'l e 8 COlins Eh'OID I
A shuttle bus will run
from the Youth Center
to Heritage Park starting
at 3:15 p.m. and leaving
hourly until 8:15 p.m.
Return buses will run
from Heritage Park
beginning at 9:45 p.m.
and running every 15
minutes until 10:90 p.m.
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2001 Legislative Session Review
2001 LEGISLATIVE SESSION REVIEW
Approved a $48.6 billion budget that boosts education funding b\
$739 milUion and still provides tax relief for our families.
Dear Friends: Updated Florida's voting systems to restore confidence that ecer\
Te 21 Lgi e Se'.ion is behind us and I vote counts in our elections. Secured state funding to help counties
ehoyed working on your concerns during my first \ear nmeet the demands of upgrading voting equipment
enjas your Rcprset"tive. High:ts the 2001
as y(:Ir State Representative. Hig .. Reformed prescription drug laws to make more safe and affordable
Session include' generic drugs available to consumers.
Increased funding for schools COUNCIL/COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS
NursinQ home care improvements' Agriculture & Consumer Atfairs, Vice Chair
Election reform Council for Competiti\e Commerce
o State Administration
Next \ear the Legislature begins eson in a Fiscal Responsibility Council
because of rediricn Whiule 1 hIave begun ork onounl
sbecane of red uns not al ed thi. past session, I General Government Appropriations
wesand concer nr neot address thle 2002 ,ession. Please Procedural & Redistricting Council
contact me nII)% ,o that %%c call be prepared to address
taem bcfore delegation heanu' nd committee eetdng, REDISTRICTING PUBLIC HEARING
thbegnfoe d umer. I appreciate te oppornhitY toe work All District 10 citizens invited!
begaln tiis summer. I app reatThursdaN, July 12, 10:00 a.m
on behalf Ot iu and vour fami1 Room 212, Knott Building, Tallahassee
Tuesday, August 7, 1:30 p.m.
I ur N C tsvice, ),:ala
S\oursCentral Florida Community College, Ocala
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER
An Old Community Promotion, Circa 1920
Apalachicola Stock Promotion
Publisher's Note: The piece entitled "Apalachicola Stock Promo-
tion" comes out of the past, most-likely the 1920s as suggested
by the internal evidence in the document, This flyer or brochure
promoted a scheme for exploiting the oyster industry in the area.
organized by the gentlemen listed under the "Officers and Direc-
tors." Each share carried an undivided interest in 60,000 acres
of water bottom, something the State of Florida would revise into
statutes. The photos used here are also from the same sales piece,
demonstrating for the newcomer the virtues and advantages of
Apalachicola. The brochure was found stuffed inside a copy of
the promotional book excerpted in the last four issues of the
Chronicle, Franklin County. Florida: Its Resources, Advantages and
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On the Lagoon Beach, fifteen miles from Apalachic
As for the oysters-Apalachicola oysters are already noted for their
large size and succulency-there will be no difficulty in selling the
crops, as we will have a first-class selling organization, composed
largely of our own stockholders. You may be sure that this important
item will not be overlooked. It will be developed, along approved lines
and will be worked intelligently and energetically by those who are
directly interested in the dividend end of the company.
Why Form a Stock Company
Our primary object in forming a stock company is duo-fold.
We want to raise the money promptly and in sufficient quantity to
proceed with our plans at once, and while a great deal has been sub-
scribed already here at home by men who are well acquainted with
the possibilities as well as the difficulties of the proposition, and while
these men are willing and ready to put up the balance of the finances.
we believe the development of this port and our business will be more
certain if outside capital becomes morelv closely identified with
sis, in addition to the profit-making possibilities, on which we ask
We are not going to make any great big promises as to profits. All we
say it that we intend to conduct this business in the most modern,
efficient and economical manner possible:- that we will keep down the
S overhead expenses to a minimum, and that every stockholder will
share alike in the prosperity which will certainly accrue.
Come in with us. The time is opportune. It takes very little actual
cash, and we want you with us in order that we may use you as a
booster in the distribution of our enormous output of sea foods and
fertilizer; also that you may share in the abundant profits.
The opportunity is yours today. Tomorrow may be too late. With sub-
scriptions coming in at the rate of from sixty to seventy per day, the
allotment will soon be sold.
Sign the subscription blank, indicating the number of shares you
-ola. want, and forward it to the home office at once...
Apalachicola Stock Promotion
Our Officers and Directors
Our President, Mr. H. L. Flowers, is president of Flowers Brothers &
Jones, also of the Consolidated Fish Company. He is second
vice-president of the American Exchange Bank and an ex-city com-
missioner of Apalachicola. He has lived here twelve years, has been
actively connected with the oyster industry for a number of years,
and certainly ought to be well posted on the possibilities.
Our First Vice-President, Mr. H. D. Marks, was born and raised in
Apalachicola. He is president of the Marks Brokerage Company, presi-
dent of the American Exchange Bank and a.trustee of the Southern
Mr. S. E. Rice, Jr., our Second Vice-President, was also born and
raised in this city, and has been .connected with the fishing industry
for years. He is president of the Rice Brothers Packing Company,
packers of the famous "Apalachee" brand of shrimp, and a member of
the advisory board of the city commission,
Mr. H. B. Robbins, our Third Vice-President, is a naval stores opera-
tor and president of the Pooser Drug Company.
Mr. Jos. Messina, who is the Fourth Vice-President of our company,
was also born and raised in Apalachicola, and has had as much ex-
perience iii the fishing industry, perhaps, as any man in the county.
He is president of the Bay City Packing Company, packers of the
well-known "Pearl" brand of shrimp, and he is also president of the
Greenwood Peanut Company of Marianna. Fla.
Our Fifth Vice-President, Mr. C. E. Smith, is another man who has
had wide experience in the fishing business in and around Apalachi-
cola. He is now president of the Reliable Fish and Oyster Company.
And is secretary-treasurer of E. B. Smith & Sons, machine shop.
Mr. J. J. Abbott, wh9 is Secretary and Manager of the company, has
been in Apalachicola for only about two years, but in that time he has
become identified in no small way with the growth of the city and the
growth of the fish and oyster industry. He is president of the St. Georges
Cooperative Colony, Inc., which owns St. Georges Island, and is sec-
retary of the Florida Cooperative Colony. He is identified with the fish
industry and is president of Sheally & Co., seafood distributors.
Mr. R. R. Rice, the Treasurer of this company, is the chairman of the
board of county commissioners foi this county and is secretary and
treasurer of the Rice Brothers Packing Company. He is a well known
man in the fishing industry, and his standing in the community is
attested by the fact that he is chairman of the county commissioners.
W. H. Collier, our Assistant Secretary and Treasurer. is closely iden-
tified with the fishing industry of this city through being
secretary-treasurer of Sheally & Co., with the development of the
county through the St. Georges Cooperative Colony and the Florida
Cooperative Colony, and through the general business life of the city
through being vice-president of the Apalachicola Chamber of Com-
You will note that all of our Officers and Directors are closely identi-
fied with the development of the county and its leading industries.
Their prominence in social, political, and business lines attests the
care with which we have selected the men who head our organiza-
tion. This care is your guarantee of square treatment and is the ba-
Mr. C.W. Hagerman
Class July 7
By Tom Campbell
Timber Island Yacht Club has
announced the Fourth Annual
TIYC Youth Fishing Class which
is scheduled for July 7, 2001.
The class is open to children be-
tween the ages of seven and fif-
teen. Boating safety, regulations,
knot tying, baits and casting will
be taught. If possible, students
should bring a rod and reel with
them for hands-on practice.
Scribe/Purser of TIYC Florence
Coody said that refreshments will
TIYC Youth Fishing Class will be
held on July 7 at Pirates Landing
Marina on Timber Island in Car-
rabelle. The class will begin at 1
p.m. and end at 4 p.m. There is
no charge for the class.
Phone Florence Coody at
697-8149 to register participants
in the class, or to get more
g For Sale
One of few remaining pre-
mium estate-size waterfront
lots located on Apalach's East
Bay. Exclusive private
neighborhood with state and
government preserves to north
2.16 ac. +/-, 173 ft. water/
street x 540 ft. with vinyl
seawall and dock permit.
Cleared, ready to build. Bring
your plans. $298,500.
North from 98 on Bayshore Dr. to
end, left to East Bay Dr. on left,
Eastpoint, FL. 850-269-2824
Demand the 3 E'sfor your next
Real Estate transaction!
Contact John Shelby.
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... Why Not Do It Right?
"Why these inefficient methods?" will probably be your first question.
"State laws" is the answer. No modern methods of harvesting in large
quantities by machinery have been permitted and propagation was
"nobody's business" because, the law did not vest the title to sub-
merged lands in the owners of riparian rights.
Now all this is changed. New laws were passed at the session of the
legislature which adjourned in June, 1921.
Mechanical means for oyster harvesting are now legal and the own-
ers of riparian rights can develop' oyster bars with this knowledge
that they are developing something over which they have property
rights and from which they can keep competing fishing companies.
We now have, together with our associates, about sixty thousand acres
of oyster bottoms, and our oyster fishing equipment this season will
consist of one dredge boat equipped with the most modern machin-
ery. It will have a capacity of 1,500 barrels per day. (working three
eight-hour shifts), which capacity would give us approximately 4,500
gallons of oysters per day.
The oyster season, exclusive of Sundays, is 165 days. This means a
capacity production of 692,000 gallons of the finest oysters in the
South every year.
Shrimp Fishing Efficiently Operated
We will harvest shrimp with high-powered boats which will stay on
the fishing grounds and will be served by special boats made to-bring
the catches in and to take:supplies out.
This will enable the shrimp fishers to fish more economically by being
right on the grounds while the "run" of shrimp is at its height.
Preservation of the Catch
The chief difficulty at present experienced at Apalachicola is the short-
age of an adequate ice supply. A plentiful supply will eliminate loss
from spoilage very generally, and to supply this ice we will erect a
fifty-ton capacity plant. The local wholesale price of ice is $6.00 per,
ton. This ice will be used extensively in refrigerating fish and oyster
shipments which we estimate will take about fifteen tons a day-the
balance will be sold.
To take care of the shrimp catch, a canning plant will be erected. This
plant is to have a capacity of 150,000 cans a day of twenty-four hours.
We will probably run but one shift this season, which should give us
a daily output of 50,000 cans for the two hundred and sixty-five days
of the shrimp season-a total capacity of 13.500,000 cans per season.
The fish and shrimp offal will be dried in our own dryer. This makes
what is commercially known as "Fish Scrap." It is a very valuable
fertilizer material', the present market price being $67.00 per ton.
Marketing Our Products
There are established markets for all of these products and the prices
of oysters and shrimp have proved to be more nearly stable than
almost any other food commodities during the past years.
The shrimp will be put up under our own attractive labels and the
pack will be pf such high quality as to command its own market be-
cause Apalachicola shrimp are larger bodied and better than those of
almost any other fish-shrimping section. Our harvesting methods will
insure absolutely fresh shrimp of the better grades found in the deeper
waters and our packing facilities will enable us to handle the catch
while it is fresh.
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Apalachicola Stock Promotion from Page 6
Apalachicola business interests.
The other reason is to have as many people as possible interested in
OUR brands of oysters and shrimps so that. wherever possible, we
will have consumer-boosters who will take a real interest in develop-
ing the demand.
What Profits May Be Expected
There is no definite way to tell just what CAN be done with modern
methods because in the past these methods have not been possible
of operation in this section. We can only estimate, using cost figures
as they now apply to present methods. This gives us the following
wonderful results which we have figured at only ONE-HALF CAPAC-
Production, figured at only one-half
capacity, 2,250 gallons per day at
Cost of production:
Shucking .......................... 562.50
Ice and house expense...... 450.00
Gross daily profits......................$3,337.50
Production, figured at only one-half
capacity, 25,000 cans day at 14
cents ................... .......................$3,500.00
Cost of production:
18,000 pounds shrimp at
3 cents ............. ............ $540.00
Peeling, ice and house ex-
pense ......................... 325.00
Cans .................................... 750.00
Gross daily profits...................$1,885.00
Estimated daily profits from past experi-
ence ....... ............. ... ............. 100.00
Total daily profit....... .......................$5,322.50
Fish scrap not included.
Jce surplus not included.
Yearly Profits For An Average Season
Oysters, 165 days at $3,337.50 per day................. $ 550,687.50
Shrimp, 265 days at $1,885.00 per day ........................ 499,525.00
Fish, 300 days at $100.00 per day............................ 30.000.00
Remember that this gross profit-less very small overhead expenses-will
be divided among 2,500 shares only. These expenses will be small
because none of the officers will draw any salaries and the only things
not already figured in "cost of production" are the selling expenses.
bookkeepers and a few little necessary "odds and ends"'which cannot
be estimated in advance.
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Bayside charmer offers 3BR/3BA with all the extras. Features include:
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possibility to divide in 1+ acre lots zoned RI residential. Great investment
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These figures cover operations during the coming season only. We
expect to double our fishing fleet very soon and work the plants much
nearer capacity than has been figured.
These figures look preposterous-we admit it-but old fishermen and
shippers here claim our cost of production figures are too high and
our c., 11 t1n production estimates are in line.
We do not make any pretense;of saying that we expect to pay 100 per
cent dividends because this is emphatically NOT a "get rich quick"
scheme, but we 1-oi\v. that we are absolutely right in saying that there
are enormous plolits in store for this company as sufficient capital
will be:raised promptly without a doubt.
The Method of Financing
We are offering for sale only one-fourth of the capital stock of this
million dollar corporation at par value of S100.00 per share, the re-
mainder to stay in as Treasury Stock to be eventually sold above par
to new investors, unless those who buy now want more, and not over
fifty shares each.
Apalachicola Northern' Railroad Crossing River.
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When so sold'the par value of the stock will go into further develop-
ment of the estate, and everything'.reeived above par will go as divi-
dends to original owners of the first 2,500 shares.
Each share carries with it an. undivided interest in approximately
60,000 acres of water bottom, 9,000 acres of bay shore land, a $30,000
packing house for handling shrimp, fish and oysters, a $10,000 dredge
boat, a $40,000 ice plant, a $10,000.fish scrap dryer, and about 400
feet of river front on the Apalachicola side of the river.
Each share carries with it one vote,'rid all the stock is common.
Abs.olutelv no assessments 'can be lied against your stock at any
Musical "Peter Pan" At Tallahassee
Complete With Professional "Flying" Equipment
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Theatre A La Carte and Tallahas-
S' see Little Theatre join forces for a
co-production of the beloved mu-
Ssical classic, "Peter Pan." Perfor-
mances have been scheduled for
June 28 through July 8, Thurs-
.day, Friday and Saturday at 8
p.m. and Sunday matinees at
.Adapted by Jerome Robbins from
the story by J. M. Barrie, "Peter
Pan" was first produced on Broad-
way starring Mary Martin. This
continues to be one of the world's
S';most celebrated musical hits.
'It has been 20 years since "Peter
Pan" was last produced in Talla-
'hassee. One of the greatest fam-,
ily musicals of all time, the show
features a large cast with a live
Orchestra and the "special effects
.' 'wizardry of industry pioneer Fly-
ing by Foy."
Phone Tallahassee Little Theatre
i:at 224-8474 for reserved seating
or more information.
Franklin County Successes Due
To Kendrick's Efforts
Rural County Concerns Topped Freshman
T .oi-clrntr'-'c T ic
The ten largely rural counties
comprising House District 10 will
see more funding for local
projects, thanks to the work of
freshman state representative Will
S. Kendrick. The first term law-
maker focused his efforts on hold-
ing rural counties harmless
against state mandates and se-
curing money for necessary infra-
structure like roads, bridges and
"I learned a lot during this first
session and feel like I accom-
plished a good bit for District 10,"
said Kendrick. "While my sights
were on legislation to help rural
counties, I knew the most impor-
tant task was to bring state fund-
ing home, I'm thankful to the
people in our local communities
who helped me identify which lo-
cal projects needed financial as-
sistance from the state."
One of the biggest wins of the
2001 Session was persuading the
state to pay for voting equipment
upgrades required by election re-
form legislation that passed.
Originally, state officials wanted
to offer loans to counties for their
system upgrades, Kendrick
pushed for and got the state to
pay for the improvements.
"Forcing local counties to pay for
new equipment would have been
an unfounded mandate from the
state and that's unconstitutional,"
explained Kendrick. "That could
have broken the bank for many
of our small counties. Convincing'
state officials to pay for local vot-
ing system upgrades was the big-
gest win of the session, I believe."
The update of Florida's voting sys-
tems eliminates punch card, pa-
per ballots and mechanical lever
machines. Lawmakers believe this
will address the concerns-raised
in the previous election and en-
sure fair and equal treatment of
all of Florida's voters.
Other critical issues during the
2001. Legislative Session included
education funding, health care
and nursing home improvements
Franklin County schools received
an additional $243,951 bringing
er student funding to just over
5,260. Other funding successes
for Franklin County include:
* $88,694 for one-time bonuses
to help recruit and retain teach-
* A $14,728 increase, for instruc-
tional materials funding for a, to-
tai' of, 23, i43;, 4 ,: ... .
* $21,006 for teacher training to
improve professional develop-
* $335,312 to assist students who
are falling behind in class;
* $64,313 for Safe School initia-
* $173,716 for student transpor-
tation including an increase of
* Nearly $36,420 for computer
hardware and software purchases
for the classroom;
* $600,763 in Exceptional Stu-
dent Education funds. This
money helps pay for special
classes for gifted students and
those with low to moderate handi-
* $464,474 for Franklin County's
Sparsity Supplement. This fund-
ing goes to school districts with
fewer than 20,000 students to
help cover challenges created by
small district size;
* $69,206 for the Orman House;
* $1,050,000 for Carrabelle
* $1,140,559 for repair and reha-
bilitation of the Apalachicola Bay
* $1,507,288 to resurface SR 30
from CR 65 to SR 65;
* $2,687,466 to resurface SR 30
from SR 377 to the Ochlockonee
* $2,308,077 to widen and resur-
face SR 30 from east of CR 385 to
* $350,000 for Apalachicola City
* $187,600 for the Fry-Conter
* $56,250 for the Carrabelle Rec-
* $112,500' for improvements to
Sylvester Williams Park;
* $970,000 for Apalachicola River
and Bay restoration; and
* $61,132 for workforce develop-
ment through the school district.
Florida's prescription drug laws
make more safe and affordable
generic drugs available to con-
sumers. Patients will now have
access to more generic drugs that
have been approved by the Food
and Drug Administration. This
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Code of Conduct from Page 1
for every single thing this is going to be a problem or not be a problem
for the dress code... (short of) having uniforms. And then ... you will
have girls that hype them up, cut the hems, don't wash them..." Sand-
ers pointed out that the teachers want something in the Code that is
Another pointed out that male teachers did not to say anything about
female students' dress because of harassment. Those teachers feel
threatened when they have to judge what a girl is wearing. The teacher
also stated that she had to dress to the standards of her professional
role, and students should be held accountable in the same.way. "You
all have got to make the decision ... Say NO SHORTS... No sleeveless
attire. You're gonna have to,do something. You can't leave it to the
discretion of the teachers!!" ,
We have so much to do as it is. We have to be Mom, Dad,
Ministers sometimes. Kids look up to US. If we're the
one's judging them, they're not gonna. listen to us in what
we're trying to teach them.... Make the rules, and make
them clear so everyone understands .... If we have to judge
what they're wearing, that is just a little too much.
Another: "We worked for days on this.' I'd hate to see it go to waste."
"There's nothing in here about exposed underwear," said another.
Chairperson Jimmy Gander added, "we need to change braless attire
to "braless attire for women." The Code would apply only to class-
room activities. Another complained that the Code occupies more pri-
ority than the central mission of the school: instruction. "There are a
small number of students who will try to break the code; they tend to
be the same persons over time. This is not a huge issue." Someone
pointed out that being sent home to change clothes was a desired
outcome on the part of the violator. Pnncipal Denise Butler reiterated
this and she instituted placing another garment over the offensive
fashion instead of giving the rule-breaker a break from classes.
Mr. Hinton recommended revising the list by using the word "gar-
ment" instead of shorts, since shorts appeared to have been elimi-
nated. One could still wear shorts "below the knee."
Mr. Hinton brought the discussion back to one central point that
could have been mentioned at the very outset of the review, perhaps
saving time. What he said certainly reflected on the statement of the
Superintendent about wasting time. The problem here was that
Hinton's comment came about 50 minutes after the workshop started.
My concern is this. And, it has happened. What are we
going to do when the principal or the teacher tells the
child that (their dress) is inappropriate, and they go home,
and they tell their parents. The parents call the school
board member and the school board member says "I don't
see anything wrong with that dress..." Barbara Sanders:
WHAT are you going to do? Hinton: Well, we need to de-
cide as the school board what we're going to say is ac-
ceptable so we won't have that problem. (If) you leave it
to arbitrary decisions ... you're going to have conflicts of
interest. I personally want to support the teachers...
Chairman Gander: ...No matter what we do.
commonsense has got to prevail.
Later, some discussion was given over to the punishments for viola-
tions of the rule.
Would the revised code apply to school activities, or the cheerlead-
ers? Hinton opined that he did not think this would apply to the
basketball teams. The cheerleaders would normally wear a top with
their garments. The rules would apply to classroom activities and to
school-age attenders to school-sponsored events. The test as to the
applicability of the dress code seemed to be, according to the counse-
lor Barbara Sanders, is whether the school would normally be re-
sponsible for student behavior.
On the other hand, board member George Thompson identified situ-
ations seemingly outside of the school events such as the Junior-Senior
Prom. Should the Dress Code apply at that event? The discussion
heated up again, especially from Mr. Thompson's revelations about
fashions at the last Prom which appeared to have shocked him.
The dress code and other parts of the Code of Conduct will be revised
again, and presented for a formal approval at the next school board
meeting, now scheduled for July 5, 2001.
The Board, encountering many more problems with Proms. decided
to deal with those matters in a separate undertaking.
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By Rene Topping
Herschell Blanchett, of Lanark
Beach, was seated at the June
15th meeting of the Lanark Wa-
ter and Sewer District Board,
(LVWSD). Chairman Jim Lawlor
welcomed him and asked him if
he would prefer the seat of Chair-
man or Finance. Blanchett chose
Finance. For the first time in
many months the LVWSD had a
Under the Chairman's report
Lawlor said the audit was com-
plete and they would get the writ-
ten report for the next meeting.
He explained for the new
commissioner's benefit the
LVWSD customer base is not sup-
porting the budget. He also added
the LVWSD is listed at State as
being under a Financial Emer-
gency, which he said is not the
case, but the commissioners have
not been able to got that wording
The Field Report Gerald Worley of
Utility Services, Inc. gave a report
on the inspection of the water
tank. He stated there were places
where rust has started, He stated
that the ladders are not safe. The
tank has not been painted for
eight years and it is having prob-
lems from lack of maintenance.
He proposed that he would write
out a contract, detailing all of the
problems and the cost of internal
and external painting of the tank.
He added," Here in the south east
painting is done about every eight
years. It does need some mainte-
nance." He had photos to docu-
ment the problems.
Some of them were "There is no
fence screen and that needs to be
corrected. Displacement is a prob-
lem as it used to keep contami-
nants off. There is rust. The re-
tainer ring is rusted in two and
needs replacing. There is a need
to keep people from climbing the
tank as the district is still liable.
Several items would be safety
Utility Services Inc. will contract
to do the painting and cure all
problems and then maintain the
tank with the cost spread out over
two or three years.
After each commissioner, includ-
ing Field Manager Commissioner
Greg Yancey, the district engineer
Richard Musgrove and the opera-
tor James (Jim) Phillips, asked
questions, it was decided to allow
the proposal be made in contract
form to be discussed and a pro-
posal at the next meeting in July.
The commissioners decided to
purchase a new Number 2 aera-
tor at cost not to exceed $2,000.
The old one was seven years old.
They also voted to replace a Well
Pump that Donny Griswold said
was only I phase. Blanchett said
he felt although a 3 Phase pump
was more expensive. In the end it
would be the better buy because
of the savings in the cost of elec-
tricity over time. The other two
On the Fox pipe line Kenny
Griswold said they are ready to
start installing a 1" line. Yancey
suggested a larger line such as 2"
as the next home might want wa-
ter and then they would be able
to do it. Blanchett made the mo-
tion, seconded by Yancey to use
the 2" pipe and it was approved.
On the Buffer tank for the Yancey
Tract, Engineer Richard
Musgrove reported that it would
supply water and sewer to the
Driftwood Estates and they would
be able to serve up to 13 custom-
ers. Musgrove said the plan would
be to get Crowder Equipment Co.
to drop it in place and have the
employees hook it up. The cost
would be approximately $4.000.
Yancey moved that they approve
the project with a cost cap of
$4,500. Blanchett seconded the
motion and it was passed.
Field employee Donny Griswold
Continued on Page 10
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29 June 2001 Page 9
Looks To Future!
Jeff L. Weiner, the new principal
for the Apalachicola Bay Charter
(ABC) school asked parents to
meet with him on June 14th at
the Community Center. Over 80%
of the parents attended. They
were given a preview of the com-
"First I want to thank the
Apalachicola community for mak-
ing my wife and I feel so wel-
comed. And secondly, I want to
let the community know I am very
happy to be working so closely
with the Franklin County School
authorities. They are very sup-
portive, and why not? This new
charter school, as any school., is
about the kids, and that's what
education is all about." Weiner
There is still some confusion as
to exactly what a Charter school
is. The ABC school is a free pub-
lic elementary school for grades
K-3 this coming school year. Each
year thereafter one grade will he
added up to the 8th grade. It has
to abide by all public policy laws
and rules as the other Franklin
L County schools, including state
testing. Any child who resides in
Franklin County can attend for
free and expect the same services
that are provided at any other
Franklin County elementary
school, i.e. hot lunches, transpor-
tation, quality materials, books,
teachers, facilities etc, So then
one may ask, why do we need a
"ABC will have some unique as-
pects. For instance, the school will
write its own curriculum specific
to the schools and the children's
needs. Not only will it place con-
sideration on Florida academic
standards, but national stan-
dards as well. In addition, the
curriculum will be developed to
address the whole child, academic
and social, I myself will be teach-
ing social skills classes to all stu-
dents, The academic school day
will be longer, and an optional
academic based hands on after
school program will be available
Monday to Thursday. Further,
every new student will be as-
sessed at the beginning of the
school year. Based on that assess-
ment of each child's strengths and
weaknesses, a personalized
school plan for each child will be
created and presented to the par-
ent.. As a result, a new position
"General Education Teacher" has
been created. This certified
teacher would be responsible for
overseeing every child's personal-
ized plan. A review at the end of
e the year will be based on the very
same pre-assessment given at the
beginning of the year. The parent
and student can then see for
themselves bow well they are do-
ing. This process allows the ABC
school to be more accountable
from the get-go. "We will be able
to refine our curriculum, and sup-
port our teacher's education pro-
gram more readily," Weiner said.
Another important ingredient for
successful students at ABC is the
commitment to empowerment
and providing for authority to ev-
eryone involved with the school.
Students, parents, teachers, and
staff members will be involved in
the decision making process. This
will be a "very hands on and open
door policed school," Weiner said.
All teachers are or will be certi-
Wanda Trainer will be teaching
Kindergarten. She holds a Bach-
elors of Science in Elementary
Education and is certified K-8.
She has 11 years of elementary
experience. She is moving to St.
George Island in mid-June with
her husband who will be a Pastor
on the Island.
Lisa Evans will be teaching the
1st/ 2nd grades class. She holds
a Masters of Arts in Education
along with a Bachelor of Science
in Education. She is certified K-8
with an emphasis in Math. She
and her husband are moving to
the area from Tennessee. The 3rd
grade as well as the general edu-
cation position, has not been filled
In addition to the "core" classroom
teachers and general education
teacher, special teaching positions
in Spanish, Creative Writing,
Music, Art and Drama are antici-
pated and will be offered to all stu-
Weiner comes to the ABC school
with a background of wide expe-
rience in business, law, and edu-
cation both in the United States
and abroad. Most recently he was
director and owner and teacher
at Kids R Special, a North Ameri-
can curriculum school in
Maracaibo, Venezuela. He owned
and operated the private school
from 1996 to 2000. He taught 4th
and 5th grades at Antilles School
in the United States Virgin Islands
from 1990 to 1992. It was a love
for teaching that took him to St.
Thomas, Venezuela and now
He went into the field of educa-
tion after a very successful busi-
ness career. Weiner, a native of St.
Louis, Missouri, graduated from
the University of Missouri-St.
Louis, then went into business.
President of his own J.L.W. Finan-
cial Inc., J.D. Properties and
World Class Travel Ltd., he
worked in investment planning,
real estate development, and cor-
porate travel. He won the Missouri
Entrepreneur of the Year for 1988
by the U.S. Small Business Ad-
ministration in Washington DC.
He also won the Governor's Sa-
lute Award for Young Entrepre-
neur in Missouri.
He.left business in 1990 to teach
in the Virgin Islands, then re-
turned to the mainland, where he
studied Law at Texas Wesleyan
University School of Law in Fort
He operated the school in Venezu-
ela until September 2000, closing
it due to political and economic
instability in that country.
"We closed at out peak, rather
than waiting to see what a new
government would do," he said.
He and his wife temporarily relo-
cated to Honduras, where the
ABC School search committee
found him. He was an educational
consultant for a 1500 student
American International school in
San Pedro, Honduras, his wife's
Face Up To
By Rene Topping
The upstairs meeting Room at the
Alligator Point Fireho.use was
filled to capacity at 9 a.m. on June
23 for a Community meeting
sponsored by the Alligator Point
Environmental and Conservation
Organization, (APECO) the
organization's Secretary Beth
Hayes said that the count of par-
ticipants was over 100 persons.
In addition to a presentation by
the Benedict Company of their
Removable Porous Groyne System
the residents had been asked by
Franklin County Commissioner
Cheryl Sanders to express their
views on the various solutions to
the daily erosion of the beaches,
particularly in front of the KOA
R.V. Campground. Sanders was
the sole commissioner present.
The Benedict Company was rep-
resented by Jim Dobbs. He had a
laptop computer exhibit of the
project they are involved in at the
present time in Eglin Air Force
Base. One part of the project is in
front of the N.C.O.'s Club which
is now called the Beach Club. This
building had a solid wall between
it and the water. They call this
Project Al. The second one is 2
miles down the beach and is
known as A3. On this one the Air
Force building there houses the
missile tracking and has a sea
wall that was built about 6 years
ago. The water came right up to
the wall. They were able to gain
38.7 percent of beach over one
They are no longer using nets. The
product they have found is a poly-
ethylene material and it is stiff
material and does not sag. It has
small holes and is set between two
pipes. The polyethylene is bird
and fish friendly and according to
their monitoring they have never
had any creature getting en-
tangled. The sections are set at
an angle to the beach.
Dobbs showed the growth of the
sand. He said that a biologist is
on duty and particularly in sea
turtle nesting time. He said they
tracked the nests and made sure
the baby turtles had a clear line
to the sea.
They used an area of 1500 feet
wide .on the two beach areas at
Eglin. The proposal for Alligator
Point would be or a mile or maybe
a little wider if they should be con-
tracted to do it. Dobbs said it is
rated experimental and all areas
After the lap top show was over
the questions came fast and furi-
ous. Many of the residents
present have lived on Alligator
Point for enough years to remem-
ber back to a hurricane named
Agnes in 1972, It was then that
the first use of rocks to shore up
the road in front of the KOA was
One resident said that at that time
there was terrific shift of sand
down to the west end of the Point.
Dobbs said that in a storm there
is a flow of sand and that was
what happened at the Point. He
said barrier island and peninsu-
las have a tendency to elongate
and become a narrower piece of
Bill Wargo, a resident who has
been there before Agnes has been
an opponent of making a rock re-
vetment since the time of that
hurricane. At that time the
county, with a need to.protect the
road, dumped 650 feet of broken
concrete and broken asphalt.
In a written observation Wargo
*has documented some of the his-
toric data that would support his
statement. (See Page 3).
Wargo was the only resident who
spoke out against the revetment
and has continued to do so down
the years. Each time the rocks are
brought in he has pointed but the
erosion is extended along the
Cost of the revetment was esti-
mated to be $348,000, with the
county having to provide $98,000
and it was supported by Franklin
County, Corps of Engineers, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S
EPA, National Marine Fisheries,
Florida DEP. and Florida Game
and Freshwater Fish Commis-
In addition the condition on which
the money was granted was that
the local interests would hold the.
United States free of damages due
to the construction of the revet-
ment when not the fault of the
United States or its contractors.
FRMA have also said that there
is no more money to shore up the
In 1994 a 1000 foot revetment
was constructed. In October,
1998 Hurricane Opal was the first
storm to breach the wall. Earl
once more breached the wall.
In September of 2000 more rocks
were added and the erosion was
worse. Now in 2001 one house
has been removed and two oth-
ers are under consideration as
they are now right on the water
and the waves beat at their foun-
Wargo speaking at the meeting
said, "The beach cannot recover
if the wall is still there-It would
be almost futile to do it with the
walls in place."
Dobbs responded, "Any hard
structure messes with the flow of
the material and messes with the
current and the natural action of
the beach. Will the system accrete
sand? We have shown it in will in
front of a sea wall. Will a big storm
come through and erode it away?
Wargo spoke about the rocks that
have been scattered after past
storms and that is stopping the
sand from coming in.
A resident asked if the Eglin
project created any erosion on ei-
ther side. Dobbs said that none
Dobbs said that the rocks would
have to stay as the road is not
going to be moved, but that was
between the residents and the
county. He did not want to get into
There is a lot of sand after a
storm. Dobbs said that the
groynes could be left out as long
as the polyethylene holds up.
Dobbs also said that planting sea
oats and allowing other vegetation
to grow works well with the sand
web system. One man responded
that he had personal knowledge
as he had plantings in front of his
One of the engineers said that a
permanent or semi-permanent
system if left, and there was
enough sand out there, will con-
One resident said, "This is going
to break down to an economic
question. We have some people
here who keep insisting we have
to move the rock wall, and we
have got to move the road, and if
we insist on that we will get noth-
Tom VanderPlatts asked, "How big
a storm would it stand for it to all
go away?" Dobbs said, "The cal-
culations we did for the initial
permit submitted was for a Cat-
egory one hurricane 70 mile
winds and 4 foot storm surge." He
added the Eglin project had with-
stood Allison with over 50 mph
winds and six foot waves.
Wargo said, "As they extend the
rocks further and further, the ero-
sion gets worse and worse, and
that means the road problem gets
worse and worse." He added,
"O.K., if you are going to leave the
rocks there, fine, but let's not put
any more in."
When Dobbs said, "We are not
going to put any rocks in." Wargo
said "It's not you I am worried
about. I'm worried about Franklin
County. They come down here
and that's their answer to every-
thing, Dump rocksl They are the
worst violators of the environment
of anyone down her."
That remark brought Cheryl
Sanders to her feet. "I beg your
pardon, Mr. Wargo. I have sat here
long enough. I'm Cheryl Sanders
and I am Franklin County Com-
missipner for this area. I have
done everything in my power to
keep, that road together. And I will
continue to do so.
This meeting is being held be-
cause I asked the board to get it
together. I want some ideas. We
had some options come up in the
coastal tech survey. I was not in
an agreement with them. Move
the road. Beach renourishment.
In Franklin County we do not
have the economic funds to sup-
port it. So I am trying to get some-
thing in here to help us out and
save the road at the same give us
some beach out there."
"I want Mr. Wargo to realize this
Iif this project goes through, or a
project similar to that, we will not
only restore this out here but we
are going to restore yours, too."
Sanders went on, "Mr. Wargo let's
try to work together rather than
apart. Because I am one member
on a five member board, that is
dominated by men. There was
laughter and applause. She prom-
ised that as long as she is in of-
fice she will stand up for her con-
stituents; "I have researched ev-
ery funding source there is in the
whole United States of America,
and there is funding but it takes
Sanders said that she had gone
to the extent of E-mailing the Gov-
ernor myself asking him "If you
Were a commissioner in Franklin
SCounty how would you handle
this situation? The next day I get
a call from DEP. I said "Hold an a
minute, DEP. Did I E-Mail you?'
SThey said, "No." I said you have
been half of the problem down
there. I want to know this from
the Governor. Where can we get
some funds and don't you have a
S"rainy day fund?"
She said that any program would
have to bid out by law. "You have
got to be united" was the plea
advice she gave the residents.
A man broke in and said, "Excuse
me, but I think that you versus
four men on the commission
makes it about even."
There seems to be another ben-
efit of the groynes according to the
Benedict Company and that is
they have a large effect on the rip
After the meeting, Sanders said
that she would take the opinions
of the Alligator Point residents to
the commission and she will con-
tinue to work diligently on find-
Wargo said that it would be bet-
ter if all the rocks could be re-
moved, but he feels the more
natural way using the groynes is
a step in the right direction.
In the meantime, Alligator Point
residents will hold their breath on
the chance of a hurricane coming
ashore before a solution is found.
Eastpoint Water from Page 1
Chronicle: Is it correct that no
sewer connections will be made
until the drain field has been ex-
Donnie Gay: Yes. We are still un-
der the moratorium. But we are
hopeful it will be as soon as pos-
Chronicle: When is the schedule
of proposed new rate increases to
Donnie Gay: We don't know, but
I can say that the Board wants to
be as fair as possible'with all the
citizens, and we will work on that
until we reach a point where it is
fair with all concerned. We have
a two million dollar plant that has
to be paid for and the people of
Eastpoint will have to pay for it.
He added that he believed "it is
not going to be $14 per unit. We
are still working on a rate struc-
ture. The rate structure now
states $14.40 for each RV at 60
percent, which amounts to six out
of ten units. We want to be fair
with all the citizens."
As regards the expected comple-
tion date of the drain field, Donnie
Gay said that it "should be less
than a year as we would like it
and the construction company
would like it too."
He said there may be a workshop
meeting announced before the
next meeting in July, so the pub-
lic can have input.
The next meeting of the Eastpoint
Water and Sewer District is sched-
uled for July 17,'2001 at 4:00
p.m. at the Eastpoint Water and
Sewer District Building on Island
Drive in Eastpoint.
Following is a list of the Eastpoint
Water and Sewer District Pro-
posed New Rate Increase:
EASTPOINT WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT
C1: Commercial Retail
R2: Seafood Houses
R3: Other Uses
C2: RV/MH Parks, Motels
(Not Individually Metered)
WO: Water Only
S2: Commercial Retail
S3: Seafood Houses
S4: Other Uses
S5: RV/MH Parks & Motels
(Not Individually Metered)
$14.40 FIRST 2000 GALS
$ 1.30 EACH ADD 1000 GAL
$14.40 FIRST 2000 GALS
$ 1.30 EACH ADD 1000 GAL
$42.35 FIRST 30,000 GALS
$ 1.30 EACH ADD 1000 GAL
$14.40 FIRST 2000 GALS
$ 1.30 EACH ADD 1000 GAL
$1.30 PER 1000 GALS
$16.75 BASE PLUS
$1.50 PER 1000 GALS
TIMES 0.75 (1.125)
$16.75 BASE PLUS
$1.50 PER 1000 GALS
PROPOSED NEW RATE
$14.40 FIRST 2000 GALS
$ 1.50 EACH ADD 1000 GAL
$14.40 FIRST 2000 GALS
$ 1.50 EACH ADD 1000 GAL
$14.40 FIRST 2000 GALS
$ 1.50 EACH ADD 1000 GAL
Note: C 1 R2 & R3 will become one
category listed as C1.
$14.40 FIRST 2000 GALS
$ 1.50 EACH ADD 1000 GAL
$14.40 FOR EACH MH UNIT
$14.40 FOR EACH RV @ 60% ,
$ 1.50 EACH 1000 GAL USED
(LESS CREDIT FOR 2,000 GALS PER UNIT)
$ 1.50 PER 1000 GALS
$12.40 BASE PLUS
$ 1.50 PER 1000 GALS
$19.50 BASE PLUS
$ 2.00 PER 1000 GALS
$19.50 BASE PLUS
$ 2.00 PER 1000 GALS
Note: Residential Sewer Only Customers
will be billed based on # in household.
Note: S2. S3 & S4 will become one'
category listed as S2.
$19.50 BASE PLUS
$ 2.00 PER 1000 GALS
$12.40 FOR EACH MH UNIT
$12.40 FOR .EACH RV @ 60%
$ 1.50 EACH 1000 GAL USED
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Lanark Village from Page 8
said that the #2 Aerator was out
'of operation and was seven years
old. Motion was made to replace
the Aerator at a cost of less that
On Fox water Line project they are
ready put in a 1" line. Yancey said
that he thought it would be bet-
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another lot that could be serviced
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Yancey made the motion to ap-
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Musgrove said that he had
checked out Gulf Terrace and
found that, "...we are treating
more water than we are supply-
ing." He explained this was be-
cause the manholes were leaking.
He stated that the district really
needed to abandon the sixty year.
old military system. He said he
would connect up with Rural De-
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the money left over from the Vil-
lage metering project to abandon
the old system. He said there is a
product known as Hydro-Powder
which will cure the leaks. They
offer a sample for testing.
Lawlor updated the new commis-
sioner on the problems in Gulf
Terrace. He said they had videoed'
the system but it was not raining
at that time. He said it was fortu-
nate that Musgrove and the main-
tenance men just happened to
check it on the right time since it
has rained. Blanchett stated that
he would like to get the
Hydro-Powder, try it and report
back next month.
One other issue was quickly
solved. Yancey has been promoted.
on his job and he can no longer
come to the Friday afternoon
meeting. After some discussion it
seemed that the best night for
meeting would be to hold it at 7
p.m. on the third Tuesday of ev-
ery month at Chillas Hall.
Lawlor stated, "We need a Man-
ager that knows this operation to
stay on top of all that is going on
and needs to be done here."
Engineer Wayne Conrad is in
agreement with Lawlor. He said a
part time operator being On site
would be good and is working ip
a proposal. "Both Blanchett and
Yancey were in agreement.
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Lawlor went on to explain that the
present customer base was af-
ected by decisions made by the
previous commissions. He said
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offset the cost."
Lawlor said that he understood
that St. James Bay project is put-
ting in their own system. He said
the developers are going to make
their own arrangement for water
and sewer at their new project. He
stated that he would not support
any project that will cost the
present customer base any more
The next meeting will be held on
Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at
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tios, and stiffer fines for
poor-performing nursing homes
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