Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: August 24, 2001
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F$ tANK INI C-Ot1 Y COur lI ',L A'Nt IBN

Clerk of Court, Kendall Wade, shows an artist's rendition
of the plans for the proposed Franklin County Courthouse
Annex to the Board of Franklin County Commissioners on
Tuesday, August 21. Mr. Wade, at the Legislative Delegation
meeting Monday night, urged legislators to obtain $900,000
to finish the building.

Highway Prpuouls Create Stir In

Gulf County

Two proposals for altering highway 98 in Gulf County submitted to
the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) last November (2000)
by Opportunity Florida and only recently risen to public view, have
stimulated considerable concern and public discussion over the,

Gulf To Bay Highway
The first project is entitled "Gulf to Bay Highway" that would relocate
U. S. Highway 98 in Gulf and Bay Counties around St. Joe Beach,
Beacon Hill and Mexico Beach to a point south of Tyndall Air Force
Base. The secondproject proposal is the "Gulf Coast Parkway" that
would provide a new north/south high speed, controlled access four
lane roadway from U. S. 98 in Gulf County north to U. S. 231 in Bay
Opportunity Florida is an eight county coalition formed to market,
promote and provide economic development assistance to local com-
munities throughout the region. The member Counties include
Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and
Washington counties. They requested a Project Development and En-
vironment (PD&E) study to realign highway 98. The total estimated
cost of the "Gulf To Bay Highway Study was slated at $47,535,600.
The request for planning money for 2000-2001 was $1,450,000.
The proposal cited several reasons for the "Gulf to Bay Highway"
1. Improves regional mobility between Panama City and
Apalachicola including the coastal communities of the
St. Joe'peninsula, Port St. Joe, Highland View, St. Joe
Beach, Beacon Hill, Mexico Beach and Tyndall Air Force
Base, which are important to the economy and tax base
of the region.

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For additional reaction please see the
Wayne Childers editorial on Page 3.
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Inside This Issue O Pages
Franklin Briefs ............. ........................................ 2
Dixie Theatre ..................................................... .. 2
Redistricting Consultant ................... ................. 2. 2
Editorial and Commentary ......................*-............ 3
St. George Island Fire Station ............................... 4
Second Circuit Court Report .......................... 5, 6, 7
APECO .. ...... ............... ........................ .......... 7
Ise Newell Concert Series..................................... 7
10th Grade Graduation Scores ...... .................. 7
St. George Island Civic Club ................................. 8
FCAN ............ ...................................................... 8
Franklin Bulletin Board .... ................................... 10
APTA .............................................................. 10

Legislators Hear Plea

To "Save The Bay"

By Sue Cronkite
Requests for money are expected
at meetings of a legislative delega-
Stion, but Rep. Will Kendrick and
Sen. Al Lawson heard louder ap-
peals for help in saving the sea-
food industry of Franklin County.
After impassioned pleas from
oystermen, women, and elected
officials, Kendrick and Lawson
promised to do what they could.
""What it comes down to is people
making a living," said Kendrick.
"Letters, e-mail, phone calls, and
visits make a difference. They are
all considered."
The legislators. presented checks
for $112,500 for Sylvester Will-
iams Park improvements in
Apalachicola and $56,250 to pur-
chase land for Carrabelle Recre-
ation Park. Budget items included
Kendall Wade, clerk of court's re-
quest for $900,000 to complete
the courthouse annex, Apalachi-
cola Mayor Alan Pierce asked for
help in obtaining $250;000 for a
community center, which had
been vetoed before by Go'i. Jeb '
Bush. Rep. Kendrick told him to
give it a new name and resubmit.
"We'll walk you through these re-
quests, but you have to follow up,"
said Kendrick.
Pierce also said some funding will
be sought on Apalachicola's sewer
and water treatment projects. He
said Councilman Mitchell Bartley
is working with the Department
of Transportation on traffic con-
gestion problems. A request was
made for $100,000 to paint and
preserve the Carrabelle Light-
Van Lewis asked for money to be
put into the budget for ecological
mosquito control. He said chemi-
cal spray kills the fish, martins,
bats, and other mosquito preda-
tors and suggested an intern to
begin a program to fight the mos-
quito population explosion. David.
McLain, executive. director
Apalachicola Bay River Keepers
asked the legislators to use their
influence on Governor Bush not
to sign a bad agreement at the
Tri-State river meeting on Sep-
tember 12.
Reapportionment reared it's head,
with Sen. Lawson urging people
to attend a public hearing in
Panama City October 15. Doris,

Gibbs said she has enough money
from the state to pay for new vot-
ing machines and warned about
cutting across precinct lines with
Commission Chairman Eddie
Creamer, Commission Member
Cheryl Sanders, and Jennie
Trammell, secretary Seafood
Dealers, and several oyster men
and women voiced indignation at
slighting of Franklin County rep-
resentatives at a meeting in Nor-
folk, VA. "We want respect as
somebody," said Scott Shiver.
Sheriff Bruce Varnes asked for
$50,000 for inmate medical ex-
penses and added that if the
people in the seafood industry
don't go to work, they don't get
paid. "If you lose your heart you
die, if you lose the seafood indus-
try you die," he said. Commis-
sioner Bevin Putnal said he went
to Tallahassee and was "'embar-
Srassed by one of the people who
was supposed to help us,"
,Of the Virginia meeting, Creamer
said "the state of Florida was
fighting against us." Sanders said,
"we weren't allowed to represent
Franklin County in Virginia. I'm
not going to stand still when they
disrespect us. We've got to make
our voice known in Tallahassee."
As for solutions, "We need to
change direction on public rela-
tions for the seafood industry,
with emphasis on education of the
consumer," said Rep. Kendrick.-
"We appreciate seafood industry
people standing together," he
added. "I can assure we are going
to fight to keep this industry vi-
able," said Sen. Lawson.
School Supt. Jo Ann Gander re-
quested funds for the program to
reach children who "fall through
the cracks." She said enrollment
has dropped in Franklin County
schools. David Hinton, school
board member blamed the drop
in the new charter school. "We've
lost $100,000 in funding because
of the 20 students taken from
Chapman," he said.
Charles Brannon, president of the
St. George Island Civic Club asked
that the legislators help "right a
wrong" reference to rules and
regulations on use of aerobic sep-
tic tanks on the island.

Gander To Help MosconisOn

County Redistricting

2. Improves the only east-west access between the small
coastal towns and larger cities, such as Panama City and
Tallahassee, along the Northern Florida Gulf Coast.

3. Improves connectivity to important recreational facili-
ties along the Florida Gulf Coast such as St. Joe Bay and
the Cape San Bias peninsula, St. George Island, St. Marks
SNational Wildlife Refuge, St. Andrews State Recreation
Area (SRA), Grayton Beach and Henderson Beach SRAs,
and Gulf Islands National Seashore, thereby improving
prospects for tourism.
4. Improves the linkages between the Port of Port St. Joe
(the only deep-water port along the Florida Gulf Coast
between Panama City and Tampa) and other transporta-
tion facilities within the panhandle such as: FIHS road-
ways US 231, US 27, 1-10; US highways US 331, US
319; the Intracoastal Waterway; regional airports in Tal-
lahassee, Panama City, Okaloosa/Walton Counties, and
Pensacola; and railroad freight services in the region.
Improving mobility and decreasing travel time along the
US 98 corridor will increase the economic potential and
competitiveness of the Port of Port St. Joe.
Because US 98 provides the only east-west route along this section of
the Gulf Coast, it is a critical hurricane evacuation route. The re-
alignment of US 98 will provide a safer inland route for hurricane
evacuation for the coastal communities of St. Joe Beach, Beacon Hill,
Mexico Beach and Tyndall Airforce Base. The new route will also mini-
mize the need for coastal erosion protection and long term mainte-
nance of the existing highway, the proposal has argued.
Because US 98 provides the only east-west route along the North
Florida Gulf Coast, it provides an important means of access to the
many towns and, recreational facilities along the coast. An alternate
route around St. Joe Beach, Beacon Hill and Mexico Beach will pro-
Continued on Page 9

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
With outside help on redrawing
voter lines as a moot point, the
Franklin County School Board
appointed Chairman Jimmy Gan-
der to help County Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis with "home-
made" redrawing of district lines
at the Aug. 9, 2001 meeting. "The
price asked by Kurt Spitzer was
too high," said Mosconis, "We can
save that $30,000 by doing it
A new law and attorney general's
opinion which counts prison in-
mates as population, even though
they don't vote, has thrown
Franklin County into a dither over
how to separate the county along
equitable voter lines, said Atty.
Barbara Sanders. Mosconis told
School Board members and Supt.
Jo Ann Gander that cooperation
between the county and school
district so that the lines are the
same would make it much easier
for the elections supervisor.
Atty. Sanders reminded Mosconis
that the school board is under a
federal court order that sets the
district lines where they are now.
Mosconis said he had spoken with
the Leon County attorney and he
said they could do something un-
der the new census. "With redis-
tricting software the county can
do.its redistricting "in-house,"
said Mosconis. "We have the cen-
sus data. It's not going to be easy,
but it won't be as hard as a big

county, like Pinellas." He said he
and Chairman Gander would
meet with County Atty. Al Shuler
and determine how to set up the
Mosconis said the census, which
adds 350 prisoners and 150 staff
members to the Franklin County
count is being appealed. Member
Katie McKnight asked that Mosco-
nis and Gander report back to the
board before the board's next
scheduled public hearing.
Mosconis also asked for a letter
to the City of Apalachicola ex-
pressing the school board's appre-
ciation of-the fact that the Viet
Nam Veteran's Memorial Statue
would be used as an educational
tool for students. Apalachicola
High School Principal Denise But-
ler said the material prepared by
the memorial group is very well
written and excellent as a teach-
ing aid.
In reports from principals, Butler
told the board there was good rep-
resentation and response from
parents and the community on
the dress code, that students
seem interested and willing to
comply. She also thanked the
Franklin. County Work Camp for
the hours they have spent work-
ing at the school. ""They are a tre-
mendous benefit," she said. New
Carrabelle principal Nick O'Grady
was welcomed by the board.
Continued on Page 2

Board Declares Local Emergency

At the request of Dr. Shakra
Junejo, Director of the Franklin
County Health Department, the
Board of County Commissioners,
at their Tuesday meeting, 21 Au-
gust 2001, declared a local emer-
gency to address the public health
problem of the mosquito borne

diseases, Eastern Equine En-
cephalitis and West Nile Virus.
Although no human cases of ei-
ther Eastern Equine Encephali-
tis (EEE) or West Nile Virus (WNV)
have been reported in Franklin
County, there have been cases
reported in neighboring counties.
A bird in Carrabelle carried the
EEE. "The declaration of emer-
gency will help heighten aware-
ness of these diseases in the com-
munity and.the need for institut-
ing preventative measures; it will
also give us considerable access
to state and federal resources to
fight this epidemic effectively. The
resources include technical assis-

tance for surveillance of the virus
in birds, animals, and humans in
the community, educational ma-
terials, insecticides and aerial
spraying," Dr. Junejo wrote in her
memorandum to the County
She advised the Commissioners
that she and Tim Turner, along
with colleagues in neighboring
counties, have conferred with the
experts on effective means of re-
ducing the presence of mosqui-
toes in the community. She said
that the professionals had con-
vinced them that aerial spraying
and other measures are effective
in reducing the mosquito popu-
lation without adversely affecting
the environment. In Wakulla
County, she was advised that the
chemical Dibroin used in aerial
spraying did not kill or otherwise
negatively affect the fish or the
bees in the county.

State Of Florida Says: "Abandon

Timber Island DRI"

By Rene Topping
A special meeting was held Tues-
day, August 14 at 7 p.m. at the
Carrabelle City Hall to hear three
state administrators tell the city
commissioners that a good move
would be to abandon the old De-
velopment of Regional Impact
(DRI) that has been in effect since
early 1980's.
At the last city commission meet-
ing held August 2, a vote was
taken on abandoning the DRI.
Commissioner Frank Mathes
made the motion to have City At-
torney Doug Gaidry write a letter
to inform the State since the lease
has been taken back it was not
necessary anymore. Commission-
ers Frank Mathes and Phillip
Rankin voted for the motion and
Commissioners Rita Preston and
Raymond'Williams voted against.
Mayor Wilburn Curley Messer
broke the tie with a "for" vote
making it 3-2 vote for the motion;
SStephen Remke, Land Acquisition
Agent, Bureau of Public Lands
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) spoke first say-
ing that the reason for calling for
a meeting and coming was to talk
about the DRI and what the city
wanted to do.
The State of Florida had already
taken back the lease that had
been granted to the city. Despite
any amounts of hours given by
volunteer members of the Carra-
belle Port and Airport Authority,
nothing concrete in the way of de-
Svelopment was attained.
The only business on the prop-
erty on Timber Island that is
within the DRI, is Dockside Ma-
rina, owned by Tommy Bevis and
he is presently paying his lease
to the State. Previously he had
paid it through the CPAA. The
only other tenant is the Marine
Walter Manning of Department of
Community Affairs (DCA), said
that at the present time Remke is
the landlord. Manning went on to
explain that if the city abandoned
the DRI that there could be any
type of development. He men-
tioned that there were developers
who had contacted the State with
proposals from a hotel to a
The area on Timber Island under
the DRI is zoned Industrial and it
was proposed first of all to be a
Seafood Industrial Park. Remke
said that as long as it was abid-
ing with the comprehensive plan,
if the DRI would be lifted it would
leave the island open to any good
Commissioner Rita Preston asked
on doing away with the DRI -
"would that do anything if some-
body else wants to develop over
there? If we started at ground zero
would it be easier then?" Remke
said he believed that it would be
easier and the DRI was a hin-
drance to people. He added that
he felt that Timber island was an
unfulfilled resource and many a
small city would be pleased to
have it. He said, "It was the wrong
plan." He added "You need a new
plan for the Island," adding, "You
need to do away with the DRI."
Barbara Lyncheski, Department
of Community Affairs (DCA),
agreed saying "The threshold has
been increased on the DRI in
Franklin County now, by 250 per
cent." Commissioner Rita Preston
said, "You can raise the thresh-
olds higher or lower and you get
someone who is wanting to do the
same type of thing would be easier
if they have somewhere to grand-

father in? I'm just trying to cover
every base if we need to keep it
(DRI) for some reason. If we don't
then that is all right too."
Manning said "Let me go back to
the original question. The State
did you a big favor last year when
they were in session, when they
raised the development by 250 to
650. If somebody came along now
and said, "I would like to do a big
development you will not have to
go through a long program. The
reason they did it was they are
trying to stimulate economic
growth and development and ev-
erybody knows that the DRI was
an impediment."
Barbara Lynchesi said that she
knew that Franklin County relied
on the state agencies to help them
in knowing whether it was a good
or bad thing. She added that her
agency DCA would still give as-
sistance and advice if needed.
Raymond Williams raised the fact
that Franklin County does not
have much staff to do reviews.
Lyncheski assured him that DER
would be looking into it as would
all,the agencies.
Remke said "There is no serious
proposal on the table at this time."
He said that the state was not
ready at this time to do anything.
Williams asked what time frame
was the state looking.atto do
away with the DRI. The answer
was, "Your application goes to the
city and the Regional Planning
Council and they coordinate with
the state .and the regional plan-
ning. We all do it together."
He went on "You have our assur-
ance that the process will be fol-
lowed. As Barbara mentioned we
are right up the road. It doesn't
matter if you have a DRI or not
we are not cutting you loose. We're
not saying, 'They have not got a
DRI so we won't go to Carrabelle
any more.' You can't get rid of us
even if you wanted to."
Mayor Messer said, "With the DRI
on it (Timber Island) we could not
build public things like a motel
with that hanging over us. Is that
right?" He was told, "You have to
amend it or do away with it."
Preston asked about the idea that
at one time the state was going to
make a park with boat ramps on
15 acres. Lyncheski said that
could be possible and the city
could make an attachment to that
kind of thing.
Remke said "If we were to sell the
island, statute requires that we
notice the city and other govern-
ment agencies like the County to
give them the opportunity to pur-
chase it or lease it."
Preston asked "Do you have any-
thing like that proposed?"
Remke said "If we had we would
have to notify the city and the
county and State agencies. If we
had a proposal in place by a de-
veloper, prior to that we would
have to notice the county, the city
and about 53 State agencies to
come in to lease it or buy it."
Williams asked if the CPAA will
be abandoned. The state repre-
sentatives said it was between the
legislature and the city. Messer
made it clear that the Airport be-
longs to the city. Dr Ed Saunders
who was elected to join the com-
mission in September asked if the
city could make an attached

Continued on Page 9

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The Franklin Chronicle T



21 August 2001
Present: Chairperson
Eddie Creamer,
Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders, Commissioner
Bevin Putnal,
Commissioner Clarence
Absent: Commissioner
Jimmy Mosconis.

Superintendent of Public
Hubert Chipman was sick. Mr.
Polorus reported that the insecti-
cide order after last meeting had
arrived. Alan Pierce reported that
Dr. Shakra Junejo, Director of the
Franklin County Health Dept. had
requested that the Board of
County Commissioners declare a
local emergency to address the
public health problem of the mos-
quito borne diseases. This is the
subject of a separate story. The
Board agreed and passed the
motion declaring .a local

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan announced that two
positions will be advertised soon.
One is for Program Extension
Agent I or II, Multi-County Florida
Yards and Neighbors Program for
Bay, Gulf and Franklin Counties.
The second position is for Pro-
gram Extension Agent I for
Wakulla and Franklin Counties.
Interested parties should contact
him at 850-653-9337.

Solid Waste Director
Van Jbhnsonwas asked about the
proposed animal control ordi-
nance by Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders. She asked that a work-
shop on the proposal be held and
this was scheduled for September
4th. The,public hearing on the
proposal is scheduled for Septem-
ber 18th.-
Director of Administrative
Mr. Pierce reviewed 22 items on
his four page memorandum to the
board. The highlights are given
1. Mr. Pierce verified with the
Emergystat ambulance service
that they do iot:.know of any
$25 O ,ilnspriastgB ta tp their,.
cormni.tij paon.qipnierlt trhata
pasJl ambulantcq d,'re.ctorwas
working on ih e onY' cormmuni-
cation improvement that
Emergystat is working on is in-
cluded'in the matching funds the
county gave for a new ambulance.
Therefore, I recommend the Board
authorize $25,000 of Emergency
Management grant funds for com-
munication equipment for the
Sheriffs Department. The Board
2. The Lanark Village Boat Club
has requested'the county to buy
at least one lot adjacent to the
Boat Club using P2000 (Florida
Forever) to a buffer for the Boat
Club and to provide over-flow
parking. The Board approved.
3. The St. George Island Bridge
stormwater improvements on
Gulf Beach Drive have been in-
spected and approved by DOT and
now belong to the county, re-
ported Mr. Pierce.
4. The Board voted to sign FRDAP
grant to buy Carrabelle Park. This,
represents $56,250 of state funds
and the county's match of
$18,750 for a total of $75,000.00.
The county's share has to be cash
and in this current year the match
was going to come out of Recre-
ation funds..
5. The Board approved and signed
the Community Rating System
form. Mark Curenton runs this
program, which allows property
owners in the county to save 5%
on their flood insurance premi-
6. The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission meet in' regular session
on August 14 and recommends
the following:
a) on action in the Critical
Shoreline: *(: .
recommend approval' for
David Dodson to construct a
private dock onLots 3, 4 & 5,
Block 15, Unit 3, Lanark Vil-
lage. The Board approved.
recommend Jacky Dodson
:: to construct a private dock on
'Lot 1, 2, Block 15, Unit 3,
Lanark Village. The Board
recommend Jill Sandler

construct a private dock on
SLot 27, Block E, Unit 2, Alli-
gator Harbor. The Board ap-
* recommend Bryan Day to
Construct a private dock on
Lot 21, Heron Bay Village, St.
George Island. The Board ap-
* recommend R.D. Morgan to
Construct a multi-family dock
on Tract 34, Kinja Bay, St.
George Island. This dock will
cover all the lots in the sub-
division so there will not be
individual docks. The Board

b) On commercial site plan re-
view, the Commission recom-
mends Doug Sherman and
Zeke Bardhi be approved to
construct a commercial restau-
rant on Lots 5 8, Block 7, Unit
1 West, St. George Island. This
approval is contingent upon the
Board of Adjustment granting
a variance for a small encroach-
ment because of the stairs ex-
tending into the front setback.
The Board approved.
c) on considerations for rezon-
ing requests, the Commission
recommends the following re-
quests be scheduled for public
consideration of a request
to rezone Lots 16, 17, 18 &
19, Block 268, Apalachicola,
from R-2 to R-8 Multi-Family
Medium Density. This partial
block is just behind and
across the street from the IGA
Grocery Store. There is a va-
riety of zoning designations in
the area. The Board's action
today would allow the public
advertising and notice be
given. The Board approved.
consideration of a request
to rezone Tract 3 and Tract
3a in Section 18, Township 8
South, Range 5 West from R-
6 to R-1. Again, the Board's
action would be to allow the
public advertising. The Board
d) on subdivision plat
recommend approval for a
cluster development and a
sketch plat for, an 8.15 acre
parcel described a Tract 46
and Lot 1 of Tract 45, East
End, St. George Island. The
subdivision will be known as
Clipper Bay Phase II. The
cluster development has not
been approved by the Board
of Adjustment yet, but they.
will hear in September.
recommend approval for a
preliminary plat for Magnolia
Ridge Subdivision, a 43 lot
subdivision located in East-
point and the intersection of
North Bayshore and Twin
Lakes Road. Request submit-
ted by Jeanne Bonds. The
Commission recommends ap-
proval contingent upon an
extra Lot 1 be removed.
recommend approval for a
final plat for a 4 lot subdivi-
sion call Sandy Shores Estate.
Subdivision, located in Sec-
tion 18, Township 8 South,
Range 5 West, submitted by
Nick Saporito. This just about
half way between Eastpoint
and Carrabelle. The Board
'bpprov\d the plit." '", '"
7. The Commission. he'aba',re-'
quest for a special exception to
allow a community house out on
BluffRoad north of Apalachicola.
The request is to establish a food
bank for distributing food in a
regional area. The Commission
recommended approval contin-
gent upon the existing building
being used only as a food bank
and if the food bank'ever closed it
would revert to the existing zon-
ing and not any other use. There
is no action for the County Com-
mission to take as special excep-
tions are considered by the Board
of Adjustment.
8. Mr. Pierce asked the Planning
and Zoning Commission for some
clarification on the definition of a
use in the C-1 commercial fish-
ing district. Docks with "special
provisions for commercial fishing
boats" are allowed as a principal
use. Marinas and tourist oriented
commercial facilities are special
exceptions. Special exceptions
have to go through additional re-
view. Mr. Dan Garlick has made
application to DEP for docks for
two clients in the C-1 district west
of Apalachicola-Donnie Wilson
and John Horan. The DEP appli-
cations show a layout of docks
and finger piers. I wrote a letter
to DEP on Mr. Horan's project
saying that in the C-l district
there has to be special provisions
for commercial fishing boats and
I did not see any provisions in the
DEP permit request. I felt justi-
fied in making such a case be-
cause the last dock request the
county saw in a C-1 district was
for Mr. Whaley Hughes in East-
point. In that case, Mr. Hughes
did not get his finger piers, partly
because the county wanted his
dock to be a wharf arrangement
where 'the boats could unload
broadside, as a traditional shrimp
boat would off-load.
The Commission did not vote on
the issue but a consensus was
reached that there is nothing
about the physical layout of dock
that would make it a commercial
dock or a recreational dock. The
Commission felt it was the use of
the dock and the surrounding
land that determines if it is com-
mercial or recreational.

The danger in that opinion is that
the protection of the C-1 district
comes down to use and once a
dock is built, the county does not
have a mechanism to record what
kind of boats are tying up at what
docks, or for how long.
I need guidance from the Board
on what special provisions for
commercial fishing boats are
needed for a principal use. An
option might be to presume that
if there are no special provisions
proposed then what it being built
is a marina and make the appli-
cant get a special exception for the
The Board decided to consider
such uses on a case by case

Land Use And Rezoning
A public hearing was held on land
use changes and rezoning for 6.18
acres in Eastpoint. The Board
approved the proposal from R-6
to R-1.
A public hearing was held on land
use changes and rezoning for
151.59 acres in Eastpoint from
single family residential/mobile.
home to single family residential.
The development is called Magno-
lia Ridge. The Board approved the
At the conclusion of the hearings,
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders
brought forward a new subject,
raising the question about afford-
able housing in Franklin County.
A number of responses were
heard from the audience and oth-
ers on this complex problem.

Clerk Of Court
During Kendall Wade's presenta-
tions, a vote was taken denying
payment of an Apalachee Regional
Planning Council bill for $1,465.
Mr. Wade presented a survey of
the available parking around the

Planner Richard

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Wakulla County

Kendall Wade sought the assis-
tance of the Apalachee Regional
Planning Council in the Franklin
County redistricting project. He
received approval from the ARPC
at the last Council meeting in July
to receive the services of planner
Richard Turner.
However, the Franklin redistrict-
ing process is currently awaiting,
resolution of a U. S. Census dis-
crepancy in District II. According
to Cheryl Sanders, that could take,
up to 12 weeks. But, in the mean-
time, action has been taken to
obtain expert assistance in re-
drawing county district lines and
the review of the final census
data, when available, by Mr.,
Turner. Mr. Turner was hired by
,.the BoardodfCountyiCormmission, -
;ers in WakuUa County to help in
;their redistritclng project. The
Board wrote'himfi'a letter of"obm-.;
mendation dated June 27, 2001
: that stated, in part:'
"The project was handled
in a professional and
timely manner..Your ef-
forts were conducted
within strict guidelines
and finished well ahead
of schedule. Thank you
for your diligent use of
time and professional at-
tributes. It is always a
pleasure to work with
dedicated individuals
such as yourself."
The letter was signed by the Re-
districting Committee Chair, Mike
Stewart, a Wakulla County Com-
missioner. He penned a postscript,
to the letter. "Richard: Without
you, this task would have been,
overwhelming. Thank you for your'
outstanding effort and profession-
alism." Signed, Mike.

Gander To Help from Page 1

Nan Collins reported that the
school board staff had met with
the staff of the Apalachicola Bay
Charter School and that "well
serve lunch, and they do break-
fast themselves. Board Member
David Hinton asked if the num-
ber of lunches served were tied to
a student cap. Chairman Gander
said there is a cap of 65 already
this year and Atty. Sanders said
the charter school is required to
give the school board a cap figure
every December.
Upon Hinton's suggestion that a
new high school be built for the
county, Mikel Clark, assistant
superintendent, said the county
is two years away from an educa-
tion plant survey.
A presentation to Principal Debra
Huckeba lauded Brown Elemen-
tary School for being an "A"
school. Under consent items stu-
dent transfers approved included
a 7th grader and a female student
from Carrabelle High School to
Apalachicola High School. Board
Member Hinton said he wanted it
understood that now is the time
to ask for transfers, that he wants
transfers slowed down and
stopped in the middle of the
school year.
Hinton also asked that approval
of minutes from July 5 board
meeting be tabled due to wording
he said misrepresented what he
actually said concerning the dress
code and when students were
under direct supervision of the
Under travel requests the board
approved Collins attending a
Home Education annual meeting.
Other items under the jurisdiction
of Collins which were approved
included the PAEC,.Contract, the
Safe and Drug-Free School Project
the -Community Action/
Head-Start Program Franklin
County Food Service Program
Contract, the Temporary Con-
tract, Early Child Services and
Franklin County Food Services,
and Nanny's Playhouse Meals and
Franklin County Food Service.
School bus schedules and school
routes were approved. A CES/
Curriculum Based Girl Scout Pro-
gram under the direction of I.
Meyer, 2000-2001 Annual Equity
Update Report, S. Wilson, BES/
Best Beams, After School Pro-
gram, D. Huckeba, Tentative Mas-
ter schedules, and Carrabelle
School Improvement plan, were
all approved.
A purchase order for buses from
Thomas Built Buses, Inc. and dis-
posing of two old buses were ap-
proved. Bid results for a line of
credit was approved, with Chair-
man Gander abstaining. Also un-
der consent items in the agenda
addendum approval was given for
visual l and Hearing Impairment
Services/ Wakulla C-ounty School
District, Sign Language and In-
terpreting Services/Cynthia
Wells; Physical Therapy Services/
ABC, Rehabilitation Services;
Transportation Services to
Gretchen Everhart/Croom's Inc.;
Speech/Language Services/
Pooser Comm. Services; Occupa-
tional Therapy Services/Sherry L.
Schiller OTR; Early Childhood
Services/Head Start Program;
Capital Area Community Action
Agency/Head Start Program;
Resolution/Chief Anderson Will-
iams; Franklin County Internet
Use Policy; Franklin County
School Food Services Bids, and
Students to be Transported by
Other Means Than School Buses.
In addition to approval of Carra-
belle Principal O'Grady, the res-
ignations of Bobby Humphries
and Tonya Brownell were ap-
proved, and the substitute list or
August, 2001.

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By Tom Campbell
Rex Partington, Producing Artis-
tic Director, announced last week
the final play of the 2001 Sum-
mer Season at the Dixie Theatre
in Historic Apalachicola. The fi-
nal attraction of this summer will
be two lively comedies by Anton
Chekhov, "A Marriage Proposal"
and 'The Celebration."
The plays opened Friday, August
17, at 8 p.m., and were thor-
oughly enjoyed. Starring were
Dixie Partington, Cleo Holladay,
Randy Thompson and Ed Tiley.
The plays were directed by Rex
The new performance schedule is
Friday and Saturday evenings at
8 p.m. and Saturday afternoons
at 2:30 p.m. Please note that there
will be no Sunday performance.
"A Marriage Proposal" concerns a
nervous young farmer who comes

to propose to his neignoor's
daughter. The two young people
get involved in some funny argu-
ments. The young man leaves and
later returns. He proposes, 'she
accepts and the two go on
The second play is "The Celebra-
tion." A bank president proposes
to celebrate the 15th anniversary
of the bank. Chaos ensues when
his wife returns from a visit to her
mother and a "woman-hating
bank clerk endeavors to complete
an overdue annual report."
"A Marriage Proposal" and "The
Celebration" are the final plays of
the 2001 Summer Season. Res-
ervations are suggested. Phone
850-653-3200 or visit the Dixie
Theatre during new Box Office
hours: Wednesday from 11 a.m.
until 2 p.m., and Friday and Sat-
urday from 2 until 5 p.m. and 7
until 8 p.m.

Veterans' Commission Challenges

Floridians To Help Establish A World

War II Memorial
FDVA Seeks To Honor 248,000 Floridians Who Served ,

Executive Director of the Florida,
Department of Veterans' Affairs
(FDVA) Jennifer Carroll an-
nounced a renewed commitment
by the Department towards the
establishment of Florida's World
War II Memorial at a recent meet-
ing of the Florida Commission on
Veterans' Affairs. The Commis-
sion unanimously approved her
"December 7, 2001 will mark the
60th anniversary of the attack on
Pearl Harbor," said Carroll. "It's
time for Floridians to help build a
memorial to those who served
their country with honor, acted
with heroism, and gave us the
priceless, ageless gift of freedom."
A committee has been established
to help raise funds for:
* A permanent Florida WWII Me-
morial adjacent to the Museum of
Florida History;
* A major traveling exhibit, due
to open in the Museum of Florida-
History in Tallahassee on Decem-
ber 7, 2001-that will be "on-loan"
to major museums around the
state for four months each;

sible to the public through the.

* A full-color publication on WWII
in Florida history as part of the
Florida Heritage Trail series,
which will identify more than' 150
sites and individuals throughout
the state and explain there sig-
nificance during World War II; and
* A public education program to
include a statewide supplemen-
tary curriculum, classroom ma-
terials, resource guides, commu-
nity events, and awareness and
preservation projects.
"The highest tribute we can give
our WWII veterans is to build a
comprehensive, educational living
memorial that will preserve the
accomplishments of those who
sacrificed for us," Carroll further
stated. The complete.project will
cost $1.9 million, all of which
must be funded with private or
corporate dollars.
During the war, 16 million'Ameri-
cans served in uniform, of which
248,000 were Floridians. 'Today,
more than 600,000 World War II
veterans claim residence in
Flnrida In addition tn the'veter-

* A permanent World War II ex- ans, thousands more contributed
hibit in the Museum of Florida to the war efforts at home, build-
History; ing roads, military installations
* A statewide networkk of Woritff and businesses that made Florida
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24 August 2001 Page 3


Reaction To The Gulf County Highway Projects

Nostalgic For The Old Soviet

Union? Move To Gulf County

A recent controversy has erupted in Gulf County over two proposed
new roads. The first is a 4 lane high speed highway which runs from
US Highway 231 somewhere around the Fountain-Youngstown area
to the north of Panama City and ends at the south end of St. Joe
Beach (Gulf Coast Parkway). The second is a relocation of Highway
98 from its present position on the coast in Gulf and Bay Counties to
apparently somewhere behind St. Joe Beach, Beacon Hill and Mexico
Applications for both of these projects were submitted to the Florida
Legislature by Opportunity Florida. It was formed to give economic
and development assistance to those communities found in these
counties and as such, apparently acted as the lead organization in
collating and distilling the various suggestions and demands of the
concerned communities in presenting them to the Legislature. As a
matter of fact, it appears that local State Representative Bev Kilmer
was elected head of this organization.
Several plans for both roads were discussed at the local level before
the applications were submitted. The plan for Highway 98, which
called for removing the roadway completely along some 3 miles of
beachfront between Port St, Joe and St. Joe Beach, ran into espe-
S cially heavy opposition from local residents, The removal of the read
would take away 3 public beach access points but was felt to be de-
sirable by the St. Joe Company or one of its subsidiaries, in order to
facilitate its proposed development within some 27,000 acres or 41
square miles in the immediate vicinity. It is understandable that St.
Joe Company would want to re-route the Highway much as was done.
at the Edgewater Beach development at Panama City Beach. The re-
moval of this roadway should add considerable value to their prop-
erty, perhaps in the hundreds of millions of dollars. However, after a
public meeting on the matter, the Department of Transportation (DOT)
indicated that no further work would be done without further pubic
The Gulf County Commission was therefore surprised to find that
applications had been made for the US 231 spur and according to the
DOTWebsite TOP Projects 2001-2002, $2,000,000 in funds had been
approved for a study on the proposed route, The total project is esti-
mated to cost $33,000,000. Further, it was mystifying to find that on
State Representative Bev Kilmer's Website, there was a congratula-
tory notice to the people of Port St. Joe who were getting a new "back
beach road". This Website is currently unavailable, It was only by
looking at the DOTs TOP Projects 2001-2002, that it was discovered
that this was the Highway 98 project which just a month earlier, DOT
representatives stated that they had no new knowledge of. This
prompted Gulf County Commissioner Carl Fox to ask if "these people"
had deliberately lied to the Commission.
To date, no one in Gulf County has seen the proposed new route for
Highway 98. The original discussions had mostly centered around
the removal of the 3 miles of beachfront road and replacement with a
three-mile bypass. Now, from the wording of the project on the DOT
Website, "Relocate US 98 in Gulf & Bay counties (Gulf to Bay High-
way)", it appears that the route has been chosen running through
both Bay and Gulf Counties. The amount appropriated for this relo-
cation project in 2001-2002 is $1,450,000 with a projected total of
$22,,000,000. While Richard Williams, director of Opportunity Florida
said in recent appearance before the Gulf County Commission, that
this money was only for a study, a statement in St. Joe Company's
Second Quarter 2001 Report states that it is for "design and engi-
neering" which might loosely be included in a study but may indi-
cated that the right of way has already been agreed upon and per-
haps is in the process of being transferred.
The problem is that no one apparently outside of the St. Joe Com-
pany knew where this highway is going to be located. One possibility
is the proposed plan presented in the 1970 Gulf County Comprehen-
sive Plan. This would'have had the'highway running behind both the
beaches and behind Port St. Joe, connecting to the existing Highway[i
98 at point northeast of the present Gulf Coast Community College
Gulf Franklin Center. The merchants in downtown Port St. Joe vigor-
ously opposed this or any plan which would divert traffic from the
city and the plan was shelved.
Another plan has been proposed by commanders at Tyndall Air Force
Base for a number of years.Concerned about security, they proposed
that Highway 98 be diverted to the north across East St. Andrews
Bay and connect to Highway 22 somewhere in the Sandy Creek area.
What was discussed with the officially designated representative or-
ganization for Gulf County, the Economic Development council (EDC),
was a three segment approach. The first segment bypassed the 3 mile
stretch of beachfront where St. Joe Company wishes to remove High-
way 98 and would simply dump the traffic onto the south end of St.
Joe Beach. The second segment would connect that segment with
State Highway 381 known locally as the Overstreet road. The third
segment would go behind Mexico Beach and reenter Highway 98 just
before it enters Tyndall Air Force Base. Whether this was the plan
that'was submitted is another question.
We here in the Gulf County area and especially in the Bay
County-Mexico Beach area, have only been peripherally included in
making these decisions. While one of the Gulf County Economic De-
velopment Council's members stated that he had seen a map of the

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Letter To The Editor

proposed US 231 spur, others had not and were sure that it had not
been discussed at'any length in EDC meetings if at all. They were all
aware that a proposal had been presented by St. Joe Company on
Highway 98. After considerable revision, this proposal was approved
by a majority of the EDC members and authority given Opportunity
Florida to pursue a planning grant but no one could state if the cur-
rent appropriation related to this or not. This seems to have been
done over a year ago and then nothing more seems to have been
heard on the matter. Even now, there has been no official notification
that these appropriations have been made. Further, until last week,
there had been no official notification that applications had even been
submitted on these projects.
This failure caused County Commission Chairman Nathan Peters to
fire off an angry letter to Opportunity Florida demanding to know
why St. Joe Company had been copied on the transmittal letter to
DOT for the application for the US 231 spur and yet the Gulf County
Commission had not even been informed that the application had
been submitted or indeed that it existed. He stated that the Gulf County
Board of County Commissioners would like Opportunity Florida to
know "that they work for Gulf County and the other seven counties
and not just the privatebusinesses who would benefit from this DOT
action". They also wanted a meeting with an Opportunity Florida rep-
resentative to discuss the matter. This caused the new director of
Opportunity Florida, Richard Williams, to appear before the board
and attempt to explain the old director's actions. His explanations
that we in Gulf County had been fully involved in everything except
submitting the application, came as a surprise to most of those who
were informed about the matter. But there were other surprises in
store for us as well.
St. Joe Company's unexpected recent announcement that the
Windmark Beach development north of Port St. Joe would be far larger
than anyone had dreamed, also causes some concern. As St. Joe
Company stated in its 2d quarter 2001 report, "Planning for Ruther
development along the remaining three miles of white-sand beachfront
is underway and will extend at least five miles back from the beach.
This planning area encompasses approximately 27,000 acres." This
potential 41 square mile development seems to be one of the largest
in Florida in some years. When this is added to the Rivercamps con-
cept being developed by St. Joe Company, the potential for large im-
mediate development becomes even greater. Some 12 of these devel-
opments are slated for Northwest Florida, encompassing some 40,OUU
acres. It can be assumed that at least some of these will be in Gulf
County and possibly Franklin County but as yet, none of us know
where they will be. However, one thing seems certain, that in 5 to 10
years the population of Gulf County will have increased exponen-
tially from the current 13,500 to a possible 50 to 100,000 persons or
more. Without information on these developments, there will be no
planning ahead to accommodate these changes and with the require-
ment to submit a Development of Regional Impact Study now waived,
there may no information to tell us what is going to occur.
Change is inevitable and in the end, the new highways are needed for
such things as hurricane evacuation if nothing else. Development is
coming to the area whether we like it or not. It is the idea that the
natives of this area and the current residents are being ignored and
swept aside like the Irish peasants in early to mid 19th century Ire-
land and the Scottish crofters of the 18th century as the great land-
owners converted their lands to grazing sheep and cattle or growing
wheat and left them with no place to go. As this area becomes the
"Yuppie Coast", perhaps there will be a reservation left for the locals.
An enclosed area of marginal land where the tourists and new resi-
dents can ride by and see us in our natural habitat with prominent
signs that say "Do Not Feed the Natives".
We would prefer on the other hand to be included in this process and
informed of what is going to happen here. We would like the opportu-
nity to plan for our lives and to have the chance to make adaptations
to these changes. We would like to be proactive in looking for solu-
tions rather than reactive in just trying to cope with the changes. As
long as we and our governmental officials are ignored and bypassed
and St. Joe Company fails to share its Plans with us and the State
government ignores us, we will continue to be unable to decide what
we should do and to make arrangements so that a majority of our
current citizens do not suffer from this change. St. Joe Company
should take a less aloof and adversarial position with the people here
and keep us informed of what is going to occur and allow us some
sort of input into the planning process. There should be more coop-
eration, information sharing and a closer relationship with the people
at all levels. With the closure of the paper mill and the economic
hardship that it brought, the people here have suffered enough. They
need to have their futures and their hopes of good paying jobs that
will let them stay here, considered as the development of this area
proceeds. They need to be informed and involved in what is going on.
But for now as far as involvement and being informed goes, if you
miss the old Soviet Union, move to Gulf County.
Wayne Childers
Port St. Joe

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SSpring Creek is an old fishing
'J community that is virtually
Unchanged over the last 50 years.
It is made up of three fish houses,
Creek Restaurant. Spring Creek
Restaurant is a family owned and
operated restaurant that has been
serving the finest of local seafood,
S AURA much caught by our own boats,
since 1977.
Soft shell crab caught in our local waters, fresh shrimp, bulldozer
lobster and crab cakes made from our local blue crabs, stone crabs
in season, mullet roe, and grilled jumbo shrimp are a few of our
items, along with our homemade chocolate peanut butter pie and
the best hush puppies you ever had.
From Apalachicola or St. George Island: Take 98 east to County
Road 375 (near Medart and Wakulla Schools) turn right on 375 and
when road "T's" with 365, turn right and continue to Spring Creek.

Call 850-926-3751 Read these stories and you will
Open 5 p.m. Mon. Fri. have struck thousands of
12 noon Sat. & Sun. pounds of mullet with a gill net,
hunted turkeys and deer, been
Purchase our new book stone crabbin' from before

"Spring Creek Chronicles" at daylite till dark, hauled grouper
Two Gulls gift shops in two-at-a-time in a rally off-
Apalachicola and on St. George shore, caught redfish, trout,
Island or the mail order sharks, pompano and amber-
par of the Frankln jack. You'll have had confronta-
department of the Franklin tions with snakes, alligators,
Chronicle. other fishermen and the law.

Van Johnson
Animal Control Director
210 Highway 65
Eastpoint, FL 32328
Dear Van,
I appreciate the concerns that people may have with the perceived
problems with dogs. I'm sure you have had several complaints. I just
want to voice my opposition to any ordinance that would create an
unfriendly environment for pet owners, both residents and visitors,
here in Franklin County. Many people that visit me do so because
this county has welcomed them and their pets. I have also spoken
with many visitors that express the same sentiment as I have walked
the beaches and roads with my lab.
I would like to point out that Florida Statutes make pet owners liable
for any damage that is incurred by their pets. I know from personal
experience because I was sued by a drunk that fell down while play-
ing with my dog. This statute protects people so there is no need for a
local ordinance to do the same thing. Second, who is going to enforce
this ordinance effectively? Our law enforcement officers and animal
control staff already have their hands full. Stray animals, are every-
where in the county. Will we have to raise taxes to provide enforce-
ment of this ordinance or will it be like so many other ordinances that
are selectively enforced because the county does not have'the re-
sources to deal with it. Third, you will alienate a significant portion of
visitors that come to the area because we are "pet friendly." Can we
afford to do this? It will directly impact our economy and the county
budget. Fourth, there are places in the county for residents and visi-
tors where dogs are not permitted. If having dogs on the beach, nega-
tively impacts a person's experience they have the option of going to
the State Park, Little St. George, or St. Vincent Island and other areas
where dogs are prohibited. There are also nearby communities such
as Mexico Beach that don't allow pets on the beach.
Please ask yourself a few questions before you propose any ordinance
that would make Franklin County unfriendly to pets and their own-
ers. Do we already have statutes that address the concerns? The
answer to this is yes; state law protects people from damage to their
property or person from pets; the leash law is designed to prevent
problems with pets; nuisance ordinances protect people from a vari-
ety of nuisances including those caused by pets. Next, are we effec-
tively enforcing the statutes we have? The answer is no, the county
does not have the resources to effectively enforce existing ordinances.
Last, who is going to pay for the ordinance? The answer is the resi-
dents and local business community. This ordinance will reduce rev-
enue coming into the county by alienating an important segment of
the population by removing the reason they come here. These people
have already been alienated from many other communities. The re-
duction in outside income to the community will put a huge burden
on the residents, in the form of increased taxation, to cover any cost
of enforcing a new ordinance.
Please reconsider your proposal and utilize the tools you already have
if you are sincere about this issue. Creating an ordinance for the
purpose of appeasing a few vocal constituents is not a reasonable
way to deal with their concerns. You do a disservice to them and the
community if that is your intention. Any concerns that people have
about this issue can be addressed within existing regulations if some-
one wants to. Please bring my concerns to the attention of the county
attorney and commissioners. Thank you for your attention to and
consideration of all points of view on this matter.
Thom Lewis
Apalachicola, FL

Keep Franklin County Beautiful needs volunteers to
participate in the Florida Coastal Cleanup 2001 on
Saturday, September 15, 2001. All participants will
receive cleanup supplies as well a 'a Keep Franklin
County Beautiful t-shirt. To volunteer, please call 927-
4326 or plan to attend the organizational meeting on
Monday, September 10th at the Eastpoint Fire Station
at 6:00 p.m. We need your support to help Keep Franklin
County Beautiful.


IRS's long standing rule that there is no way self-employed musi-
cians can classify their home as their principal place of business and
deduct household expenses since all of their actual work is done some
place else such as clubs, auditoriums, theaters, recording studios,
etc., etc., was shot down by Appeals Court in recent case where court
ruled that home was in fact the primary place of business. Reason
was that taxpayer' (violinist) spent twice as much time in her home
practicing than spent in concert halls, and other places where she
performed.that were not as well suited for practicing. Court also ruled
that practice was essential for a good performance, and was no dif-
ferent than actual performances. See Popov, No. 9970749 9th Cir.,
Apr. 17, 2001.

More About New Tax Bill
Even though new tax law just passed will expire in 2010, this means
absolutely nothing since Congress can always change laws, and none
are hardly ever set in concrete anyway. Even if they are, all it takes to
change them is a good jackhammer, and Congress can get plenty of
Should also be noted too, that a lot can happen between now and
2010, and there's no guarantee that even present laws and rules will
actually remain in effect for that long.
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The Franklin Chronicle

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Lanark Village

Water District

Holds Budget


By Rene Topping
On Monday, August 13, at 7 p.m.
the Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District (LVWSD) held,
what had been billed as a work-
shop, but turned into a debate
between Herschel Blanchette, the
present chairman of LVWSD and
Jack Dupriest, who is the owner
of the Gulf Waters Motel and
Also present was Commissioner
Jim Lawlor, office Manager
Bobbye Winchester and county
commissioner Cheryl Sanders.
Also present were two other resi-
dents, Mr. Frank Frink, who is the
new owner of Sea Breeze R.V.
Campground and Mike Hughes,
the owner of Ho-Hum R.V. Camp-
Dupriest started the debate by
saying, 'There is no way that you
can put meters on separate rooms
in a motel or sites in a camp-

ground." He went on to say that
this idea had been raised a de-
cade ago when Carl Bailey was on
the water board and had been
found impractical.
The discussion went into the his-
tory of the District and the prob-
lems that the commission, led by
Jim Lawlor with Jeanette Pedder
and Greg Yancey, had inherited
from that former Commissioner.
At one time, Mike Hughes asked
Lawlor, "why do you keep on
working here? It surely isn't for a
monetary reason." Lawlor ex-
plained that when he, Greg
Yancey wanted to leave their po-
sitions no-one wanted to become
a candidate. Lawlor said, "I
couldn't walk away."
Finally, Dupriest, Frink and
Hughes agreed to a 10 percent
extra charge on the bills at their
respective businesses.
With the metering of motels and
campgrounds out of the way there
was some suggestions coming
both from the commissioners and
members of the audience.
Blanchette started to sum up
what had taken place saying that
there were good suggestions and
went on to enumerate them,

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The new so-called "Tax Rebate" that is suppose to go to 90 plus mil-
lion people or roughly 76% of all Individuals who filed a tax return for
the year 2000 is looked upon as a joke by many people since vast
majority of the 90 million will get only a very small refund check (less
than $100) while only a very small percentage (25% at the most) will
get the maximum of $600 married, $500 Head of Household, and
$300 single. Low income people who owed no tax on total tax fine
after deducting nonrefundable tax credits (line 51 of 1040) will get
All individuals with rebates that exceed the maximum because of
new tax rates that start at 10% retroactive to Jan. 1, 2001 will get a
tax credit for the balance due them when they file their 2001 tax
Like percentages stated above, vast majority of these people will get
only a very small credit, if any since new rates for 28% bracket and
above is only 1/2 of 1 percent less than present rate.
Other changes (tax reduction) starting this year and in future years
include the following;
* Phaseout for personal exemptions that has been in effect since early
90's will be gradually eliminated over a five year period starting in
2006. Same also applies to itemized deduction phaseout that will
start in '06 and be completely eliminated by 2010.
* Standard deduction for married couples will increase in steps start-
ing in 2005 and ending in 2009 where it will amount to double the
amount allowed for single at that time.
* Starting 2002 more middle income couples will be able to claim
earned income credit which will be increased to cover higher income
couples presently excluded. Rates, amounts, limits, etc. were not re-
vealed by our sources, but are expected to be announced shortly.
* Education IRA's will be increased starting in 2002 where new limit
(contribution and deduction) will increase from present limit of $500
to $2000. Coverage will also change and basically apply to almost all
types of education including elementary and secondary education in
private and parochial schools, extended day care programs, computer
and internet access for children, etc., etc. Income limit for married
couples will increase to $190,000 which will be double amount al-
lowed for single. Deadline for payins will be expanded to April 15.
* The $5,250 exclusion for employer paid tuition will be made perma-
nent and will also cover graduate school courses starting next year.
* Income limits for phaseout of student loan interest deductions will
be increased to $100,000 to $130,000 for married couples and $50,000
to $65,000 for single starting in 2002. Present limit is'still only 60 to
$75,000 married and 40 to $55,000 single.
* A new $3,000 deduction will be allowed for college expenses start-
ing in 2002 and ending In 2006 where maximum will go up to $4,000
per year for '04 and '05. Not necessary to use Sch. A unless indi-
vidual itemizes. Income limits will be $130,000 married and $65,000
* Payin limits for IRA's and Roth's will be increased pretty much as
discussed in prior newsletters starting next year and continuing thru
* Child tax credit will be increased to $600 per child starting this year
and again in 2006 to 2010 where it will reach $1,000 per child. In-
come limits for credit which were also expected did not change and
still remain at $110,000 married and $75,000 single.
* Special tax credit for employers that provide free child care services
for children of employees at the rate of 25% of cost starting next year.
Cost includes initial investment in building and facilities only, and
not actual child care expenses which will be allowed an additional tax
credit of 10%. No limit was specified for latter, but former will have a
limit of $150,000 per year, per employer, per facility. No credit will be
allowed if only high paid employees can use the facility, and less than
30% of children using the facility are dependents of employees.
Above include most of major changes resulting from new tax bill passed
by Congress and signed by the president June, 2001 that affect aver-
age'individuals. It does not cover changes applicable to estates, trusts,
large corporations, and high income individuals. It also does not cover
the in depth details of each new law (the nitty gritty) that will come
later as IRS issues new guidelines as new laws take affect.

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the meeting room. The stairway is at the open area at mid-photo, next to the elevator.
the meeting room. The stairway is at the open area at mid-photo, next to the elevator.

1.The reality is that the budget
must be balanced. The present
income is not sufficient.
Blanchette said that the income
is $252,000 and the out go is
$268,000. They will look for
places they can conserve in. By
law, the District cannot present a
budget that is not balanced.
2. There has to be an increase of
10 percent on commercial and the
residential would remain the
same for the time being.
3. The commissioners seek a.
working manager who has a C li-
cense. This would eliminate the
financing of the work that is pres-
ently contracted out.
4. Try to improve LVWSD base by
piping water down Oak Street to
the west where it becomes Loui-
siana. This could serve a proposed
housing project for the old Parade
Grounds Area.
5. There was a suggestion that
Carrabelle be asked to take over
the district but that idea did not
seem to go far.
6. The district should get a grants

Pets Are

Therapeutic For

Elders And
According to studies conducted by
the Delta Society:
* Elders with dogs go to the doc-
tor less. Dogs are preventative and
therapeutic against everyday
* For people age 65-78, dogs are
a major topic of conversation with
new acquaintances.
* Companion animals elicit
friendly response from
* Pet owners have lower triglycer-
ide and cholesterol levels, and
higher one-year survival rates fol-
lowing the onset of coronary dis-
* Pet owners have fewer minor
health problems, lower medical
costs and better psychological

As the meeting ended Jim Lawlor,
Blanchette and Dupriest said they
felt that they were leaving the hall
with at least a few things resolved.
There were handshakes all
around and Blanchette said that
he would have liked Dupriest to

7. Bobbye Winchester suggested come on the board but, if not, at
that she would work less hours, least to come regularly to the
Blanchette said all these and meetings and make suggestions.
other things will be worked out
and there'will be one more public The LVWSD will hold its regular
meeting, at which he hopes a baI- meeting 6n August 21 at Chillas
anced budget can be approved. Hall at 7 p.m.

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Bi-nson To Speak

Commissioner of Agriculture
Charles Bronson will be available
to speak to citizens and elected
officials on Monday evening, 27
August, at 6:30 p.m. at the
County Courthouse. Mr. Bronson
was recently sent a letter from the
County Commission about Vibrio
Vulnificus matters and the denial
of speaking by Franklin Commis-
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Interstate Shellfish Commission
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Second Circuit

Court Report

July 16, 2001
By Sue Cronkite
The Honorable F. E. Steinmeyer
Prosecuting Attorney Adam Ruiz
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger

All persons listed below are presumeqinnocent until
found guilty in a court of law.

Bunyon, Jerry N.: Charged with sale of controlled stancec. According to
probable cause report, the following allegedly occur. On April 6. 2001. the
Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit was conducting contrled buys of illegal nar-
cotics. After meeting with a confidential informant. buy was made from a
person identified as the defendant, with positive notification of the sub-
stance as crack cocaine. Defendant entered a plea (no contest, was adjudi-
cated guilty and was sentenced to 65 days in Jail wh.65 days credit for time
served, two years probation, standard drug concdons, to pay $295 court
costs and $100 to Florida Department of Law Eprcement. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Chisholm, Terrell Wayne: Charged with aggravatebattery great bodily harm.
According to probable cause report, the followingIlegedly occurred: On May
26, 2001, an officer was flagged down and told t t the defendant's wife was
hiding behind a residence on Ridge Road. She w0 told to go to Weems Hospi-
tal where injuries to her foot and arm were e,*hined. In an interview the
officer was told that the fight started at a nightcl. Injuries were observed on
both the defendant and his wife. The state choscot prosecute. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Cooper, Charlie: Charged with sale of substare in lieu of cocaine and sale of
controlled substance. According to probable cUse report, the following alleg-
edly occurred: on Marchl, 2001, the Sheriffsffice Narcotics Unit conducted
controlled buys of illegal narcotics. A confiditial informant came into con-
tact with the defendant at the Apalachicola basketball court where crack co-
caine was purchased. Then on March 31,001, a purported buy of crack
cocaine was recorded by video camera ancaudio tape, and when examined
later was determined to be a small piece popcorn. The crack cocaine and
the popcorn were put into evidence at the franklin County Jail with the crack
cocaine sent to Florida Department of La Enforcement for further analysis.
Pretrial conference was set for Septembfr17, 2001, on both counts. The de-
fendant was also charged with uttering forged check, with trial set for Sep-
tember 17, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sander represented the defendant.
Critton, Samuel: Charged with sale'f controlled substance. According to
probable cause report, the followinglegedly occurred: On April 27, 2001.
the Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit co'ucted controlled buys of illegal narcot-
ics. A confidential informant came io contact with the defendant at the cor-
ner of 10th Street and Avenue H in ?alachicola where a substance was pur-
chased which later testing found toe crack cocaine. The defendant entered a
plea of not guilty after which pretid conference was set at August 20, 2001.
A motion for-pretrial release or /asonable bail was denied. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Dalton, Billy D.: Charged with session of outboard motor with serial num-
ber removed. According to prole cause report, the following allegedly oc-
curred: In a sworn statement Die Smith stated that the defendant borrowed
a boat from her, with no mow on the boat. Later, Jesse Lolley Jr. gave a
statement that he had seen outboard motor on the boat which after exami-
nation was determined to beis. Officers confiscated the motor and charged
the defendant. The deferidarentered a plea of not guilty. Pretrial conference
was set for August 20, 200)Steiger represented the defendant.
Daniels, Andre: Charged ,th three counts of sale of controlled substance.
According to probable cauFreport, the following allegedly occurred: On March
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controlled buys of illegal narcotics. A conticential informant came into con-
tact with the defendant on all three occasions where successful buys were
made. The substances bought were determined to be crack cocaine and sent
to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for further analysis. The buys
were made in Carrabelle at Southeast 7th Street, Southeast Avenue B, and on
Southeast Avenue D. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. In a separate
hearing defendant denied he had violated probation, with hearing set for Au-
gust 20, 2001. Pretrial conference on sale of controlled substances set for
August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Dykes, Clifford M. Jr.: Charged with possession of cannabis more than 20
grams, driving while license suspended or revoked, felony, and felony fleeing
or attempting to elude. According to probable cause report, the following al-
legedly occurred: On June 8, 2001, an officer on routine patrol observed a
small red car on Highway 98 at a high rate of speed, chased it with blue lights
flashing and arrested the defendant. The car was searched and three bags of
cannabis found which the defendant identified as his. Pretrial conference set
for August 20, 2001.
Ellis, David: Charged with grand theft third degree. Probable cause previ-
ously published. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. A public defender
was appointed and arraignment continued until August 20, 2001. Steiger rep-
resented the defendant.
English, William Lee: Charged with two counts sale of controlled substance.
According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On April
14, 2001, Franklin County Narcotics Unit made controlled buys on Southeast
7th Street in Carrabelle of substance tested positive as crack cocaine. The
defendant entered a plea of not guilty, with pretrial conference set at August
20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Geter, Lucille (Lucky): Charged with sale of controlled substance. According
to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: on April 4, 2001. a
confidential informant was given $60 to make a controlled buy in Carrabelle
by the Franklin County Narcotics Unit. When the informant came into con-
tact with the defendant on Southeast Avenue D, the defendant got into the
informant's vehicle and they drove east to a dark area, where the defendant
got out and returned several minutes later with a substance which tested
positive as crack cocaine. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pre-
trial conference set for August 20, 2001. An appointment was made with a
public defender.
Geter, Sylvia: Charged with sale of controlled substance. According to prob-
able cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On March 27f 2001. the
Franklin County Sheriffs office Narcotics Task Force made controlled buys in
the Carrabelle area. A confidential informant made contact with the defen-
dant on Southeast 7th Street and purchased a $60 "'buy" of a substance
which tested positive as crack cocaine. The defendant entered a plea of not
guilty and pretrial conference was set for September 17, 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Hayward, Warren L.: Charged with sale of controlled substance. According to
probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On April 24, 2001,
controlled buys of illegal narcotics were being made in the Apalachicola area.
A confidential informant made contact with the defendant on the corner of
11th Street and Avenue L and purchased a substance which tested positive as
crack cocaine. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. A motion for pre-trial
release or reasonable bail was denied and pretrial conference set for August
20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Hicks, Milan E.: Charged with violation of injunction for protection, child
abuse, and aggravated assault with deadly weapon. According to probable
cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On April 23, 2001, an officer
was told that the defendant used a vehicle in what appeared to be an effort to
drive the complainant's vehicle off the Apalachicola Bay Bridge on Highway
98. A witness said a young child was standing in the seat of the defendant's
truck during the incident. The defendant entered a written plea of not guilty.
Arraignment was continued to August 20, 2001. Atty. J. Gordon Shuler rep-
resented the defendant.
Houston, Eddie F.: Charged with two counts of sale of controlled substance.
According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On April
7 and April 12, 2001, a confidential informant of the Franklin County Sheriffs
Office Narcotics Unit purchased a substance which tested positive as crack
cocaine in the bathroom of the Oasis Bar in Apalachicola. On the first occa-
sion the defendant was arrested as he was getting on a bicycle. The defendant
entered a plea of not guilty and pretrial conference was set for August 20.
2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Jones, Johnny: Charged with two counts of sale of controlled substance and
one count aggravated assault with deadly weapon. According to probable cause
report, the following allegedly occurred: On April 2 and April 27, 2001. in
controlled buys on Southeast 7th Street in Carrabelle, a confidential infor-
mant purchased a substance which tested positive as crack cocaine. On May
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Kaim, Toni: Charged with possession of controlled substance. According to
probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: on June 6, 2001. Car-
rabelle police received a complaint from Donald Harper who stated that the
defendant, his wife, had stolen his prescription medicine. When police re-
trieved the bottle with nine pills missing, the defendant stated she had taken
them. Arraignment was set for August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the de-
Lilley, Donald J.: Charged with resisting arrest with violence. According to
probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On May 19, 2001.
Carrabelle officers were dispatched to a residence where a complaint was made
that the defendant had threatened a woman with a knife and took her child.
When officers attempted to retrieve the child, the defendant threatened to
drop the child, then was finally subdued with pepper spray. The defendant
entered a plea of not guilty and pretrial conference set at August 20, 2001.
Steiger represented the defendant.
McDonald, Michael: Charged with grand .theft and criminal mischief. Ac-
cording to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: on Septem-
ber 12, 1999 an officer took a report from an employee at Resort Realty on St.
George Island in reference to renters who had stolen merchandise from a
Starfish Apartments unit, trashed the unit, burned the bed, and broke a ceil-
ing fan. The defendant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty,
ordered to 46 days in jail with credit for time served of 46 days, two years
concurrent with any probation, $295 court costs and restitution. Steiger rep-
resented the defendant.
O'Neal, Michael: Charged with two counts sale of controlled substance and
one count possession of controlled substance, two counts arson first degree
and one count retaliation against a witness. According to probable cause re-
port, the following allegedly occurred: on January 26 and April 6, 2001, Nar-
cotics Unit officers made controlled buys of substances identified as crack
cocaine from the defendant in Apalachicola at the corner of 9th Street and
Martin Luther King Avenue and at the corner of Avenue E and Market Street.
The defendant entered a written plea of not guilty. On June 5, 2001, upon
searching the defendant's vehicle on outstanding warrant found substance
tested positive as crack cocaine. Pretrial conference was set for August 20.
2001. On the arson and retaliation charges pretrial conference set for August
20, 2001, and jury trial set for August 22, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders repre-
sented the defendant.
Pitts, James A.: Charged with burglary of a conveyance and petit theft. Ac-
cording to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On May 7.
2001, the defendant was said to have gone on a grouper boat docked at the
Carrabelle City Dock, went into the cabin area and took several items. Later
he was observed as he sold two rods and reels to a customer getting gas at the
Express Lane. The defendant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated
guilty, received six months jail sentence on first count with credit for 70 days
served and 12 months probation on second count, consecutive to count one,
and $295 court costs. Steiger represented the defendant.
Richards, Rodney J.: Charged with possession of controlled substance. De-
fendant had entered a written plea of not guilty May 23, 2001. At arraignment
entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty and received 11 months.
with credit for 29 days served, was found in violation of probation which was
revoked, and ordered to turn himself in by 6 p.m. on August 20. 2001. Atty. J.
Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Rogers, John: Charged with two counts of worthless check. According to
probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On May 27 and June
3, 1999, checks written by the defendant on Panhandle Seafood were received
on invoices No. 1102, 1181. and 1217, in the amounts of $5,400 and $3,600
by an employee of Median, 297 Sugarpine Dr., Gretna, LA. Pretrial conference
was set for August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Russ, Tyrone: Charged with six counts of sale of controlled substance. Ac-
cording to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: The Franklin
County Sheriffs office Narcotics Unit was conducting controlled buys in
Apalachicola of substances which tested positive as crack cocaine. The defen-
dant was charged after buys on April 10, 2001. at the corner of 10th Street
and Avenue L ard at the corner of 9th Street and Martin Luther King Blvd.: on
April 19, 2001, at the corner of 10th Street and Avenue L: on April 24, 2001.
at the corner of 9th Street and Avenue J, and at the corner of 10th Street and
Avenue K, and on April 27, 2001, at the corner of 4th Street and Avenue G.
The defendant entered a written plea of not guilty. Motion for pretrial release
denied. Pretrial hearing set for August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the de-
Salter, Albert J.: Charged with two counts of sale of controlled substance.
According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: on April
6, 2001, members of the Franklin County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit made
two controlled buys from the defendant at a service station at the corner of
Highway 98 and Market Street. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty
and pretrial conference was set at September, 17, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sand-
ers represented the defendant.
Sanders, Anthony: Charged with sale of controlled substance and sale of
substance in lieu of control substance. According to probable cause report.
the following allegedly occurred: The Franklin County Sheriffs Office Narcot-
ics Unit was conducting controlled buys in Apalachicola of substances which
tested positive as crack cocaine. The defendant was charged after buys in
Apalachicola on April 17, 2001, at a location on Avenue I, and April 18, 2001.
at the corner of 9th Street and Avenue J. The defendant entered a written plea
of not guilty and pretrial conference was set at August 20, 2001. Steiger rep-
resented the defendant.
Shiver, Ronald S.: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude, disorderly
intoxication, driving under the influence, expired driver license, and reckless
driving. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty and arraignment was
continued to August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Strops, Benny Ray: Charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On May
31, 2001, an officer was called and told that the defendant was with Ronnie
Strops and others when an argument erupted. The defendant was ejected
from the house and returned with a 2 by 4 and hit Ronnie Strops on his arm,
breaking it, and struck objects in the house, destroying the room. Officers
found the defendant hiding in a camper. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty
and pretrial conference was set for August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the
Taylor, Sammy L.: Charged with sale of controlled substance, possession of
controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of cannabis, and re-
sisting arrest without violence. According to probable cause report, the fol-
lowing allegedly occurred: On January 26. 2000, an officer stopped a vehicle
driven by the defendant. Upon checking registration of the vehicle, four open,
active warrants were found on the owner, Anders Devon Charlton, who was in
the passenger seat of the vehicle. After arresting Charlton, officers attempted
to handcuff the defendant who resisted. Searches of the vehicle revealed sub-
stances testing positive for crack cocaine and cannabis. Defendant was also
arrested in a controlled buy of illegal narcotics on Southeast 7th Street in
Carrabelle with a substance which tested positive as crack cocaine. Defen-
dant entered a written plea of not guilty and pretrial conference was set for
August 20, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Walden, Clara Alice: Charged with sale of controlled substance. According to
probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On April 3, 2001;
Franklin County Sheriffs Narcotics Task Force made a controlled buy at Av-
enue F and West 7th Street in Carrabelle of two pills found to be hydrocodone.
a schedule three controlled substance. The defendant entered a written plea
of not guilty and pretrial conference set for August 20, 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Wallace, Darren Lee: Charged with sale of controlled substance and grand
theft. According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On
April 25, 2001, Franklin County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit made a con-
trolled biuy in Apalachicola at 440 23rd Street of a substance which tested
positive as powder cocaine. On April 28, 2001, sheriffs officers and members
of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement attempted to make a controlled
buy of cocaine from the defendant who left the confidential informant at his
house, bought items with some of the identified cash and attempted to flee.
He and his girl friend were picked up in Gulf County and arrested. Arraign-
ment was continued until August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defen-

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Second Circuit Court Report from Page 5

Wallace, Kenny: Charged with sale of imitation crack cocaine and two counts
of sale of controlled substance. According to probable cause report, the fol-
lowing allegedly occurred: On April 10. 2001, Franklin County Sheriffs Office
Narcotics Unit was conducting controlled buys of illegal narcotics in Apalachi-
cola and a confidential informant purchased "'soap" imitation crack cocaine
outside a bar at the corner of Commerce Street and Avenue D. Late that same
date a controlled buy of a substance testing positive as crack cocaine was
purchased from a service station at Market Street and Highway 98. On April
13. 2001, in a controlled buy a confidential informant purchased from the
defendant a substance which tested positive as crack cocaine on 11th Street.
Defendant enLered a plea of not guilty and pretrial conference was set for
August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Weaver, Wendell W.: Charged with possession with intent to sell cannabis
and with resisting arrest with violence. According to probable cause report.
the following allegedly occurred: On May 29, 2001, an officer stopped a ve-
hicle to arrest the defendant on local warrants for writ of attachment. When
attempt was made to arrest defendant he kicked off his shoes and pants. At
the jail the defendant's pockets were searched and a large ziplock bag with 26
individually packaged bags of cannabis was found and placed into evidence.
Defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pretrial conference was set for
August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Williams, Evelyn: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon and
with battery domestic violence. According to probable cause report. the fol-
lowing allegedly occurred: On May 25. 2001, an officer was dispatched to 208
13th Street where he spoke with the defendant who told him she and her
husband had a fight. After talking with those at the scene the officer took the
husband to jail. When the officer had a conversation with the defendant's
family members it appeared that-the defendant and her sister had initiated
the row and that the defendant had chased her husband with a knife. The
husband was released. Arraignmentwas continued to August 20, 2001.
Wilsey, Frederick R.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon.
criminal mischief third degree felony, and disorderly intoxication established
only on criminal mischief offence. According to probable cause report, the
following allegedly occurred: On May 10, 2001, an officer was dispatched to a
residence in Eastpoint where the defendant was observed throwing a beer at
and punching a camper trailer with his fist. After talking with those at the
scene the defendant was arrested. At arraignment the state chose not to pros-
ecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Yon, James C.: Charged with sale of,controlled substance, battery on law
enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and possession of controlled
substance. According to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred:
On April 2. 2001, Franklin County Sheriffs office Narcotics Unit conducted a
controlled buy at a residence on Highway 98 in Eastpoint of a substance
tested positive as marijuana. On May 24, 2001, officers had to place hand and
leg restraints on the defendant after he kicked the top of the patrol car. When
the defendant was told to empty his pockets at the jail he threw a bag on the
counter with less than 20 grams of cannabis and nine pieces of a controlled
substance. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty and pretrial conference was
set for August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.

Ash, Cralg: Charged with possession of controlled substance with intent to
deliver, driving while license suspended or revoked, and resisting arrest with-
out violence. Probable cause previously published. Trial set for September 17.
2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Babbs, Cecil R.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon and
criminal mischief $200 to $1,000. Trial by jury continued to September 17,
2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Barber, Dallas Brent: Charged with agravated assault with deadly weapon,
two counts of resisting officer with violence, and two counts of battery. Prob-
able cause previously published. Trial set for September 17, 2001. Atty. John
C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Bethea, Marerio Valencia: Charged with driving while license suspended
felony. Probable cause previously published. Trial set for September 17, 2001.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Blanchard, John F.: Charged with possession of controlled substance. Prob-
able cause previously published. Trial set for September 17, 2001. Atty. Bar-
bara Sanders represented the defendant.
Braswell, Marvin D.: Charged with two counts of grand theft. Defendant en-
tered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty, received a sentence of 180
days with 50 days credit for time served, with two years probation, on both
counts to run concurrent, court Costs of $295 and standard drug conditions.
Atty. John C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Brown, Elijah: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, resisting arrest without
violence, and criminal mischief under $200. In violation of probation hearing
on charge of leaving scene of accident with injuries, a motion for continuance
was granted to August 20, 2001. Other charges set for jury trial August 20,
2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.


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Brown, Richard Calvin: Charged with forgery and uttering a forged check.
Trial date continued until August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defen-
Carmichael, James Lee: Charged with driving while license suspended felony
and driving under the influence. Pretrial conference continued to August 20,
2001, with trial by jury on August 22, 2001. Steiger represented the defen-
Chastain, James M.: Charged with delivery of a controlled substance to mi-
nor and criminal solicitation. Jury trial set for August 20, 2001. Atty. Barbara
Sanders represented the defendant.
Collins, William J.: Charged with grand theft. Pretrial conference continued
to August 20, 2001, with trial by jury set for August 22, 2001. Atty. John C.
Kenny represented the defendant.
Cooper, Charlie: Charged with uttering a forged check. In pretrial conference
bond reduced to $1,500 In this case only, with trial reset for September 17.
2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Creamer, Bobby G.: Charged with driving while license suspended felony.
Probable cause report previously published. In pretrial conference trial by
jury was set for August 20, 2001.,Steiger represented the defendant.
Croom, Twoyne S.: Charged with child abuse, battery domestic violence, and
criminal mischief third degree felony. Trial reset for September 17, 2001. Atty.
Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Davis, Clinton W.: Charged with dealing stolen property, possession of cony
trolled substance, Possession less than 20 grams marijuana, possession of
drug paraphernalia and battery on law enforcement officer, motion granted
for continuance until August 20, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented
Estes, Robert C.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon, kid-
napping, two counts of sexual battery by threats reasonably believed, and
aggravated battery with deadly weapon. Trial on aggravated assault set for
August 20, 2001, with hearing on other charges, and jury trial September
17-19, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Fitzgerald, Scan Patrick: Charged with murder second degree. Hearing and
trial set for August 20, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented defendant.
Griffin Eli David: Charged with three possession of controlled substance with
intent to deliver. In violation of probation hearing on burglary of structure
hearing was set for August 20, 2001. Trial by jury set for September 19, 2001.
Atty. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Griggs, Demar L: Charged with kidnapping to facilitate felony, sexual bat-
tery, lewd or lascivious molestation, and lewd lascivious act in presence of
child under 16. Jury trial reset for September 17, 2001. Steiger represented
the defendant.
Harris, Lataska: Charged with grand theft auto, felony fleeing or attempt to
elude and driving while license suspended or revoked. Jury trial continued
until August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Harris, Omarsharek: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude. In sepa-
'rate hearing probation evoked. Jury trial continued until August 20, 2001.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Johns, Royce Lee III: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and aggravated
battery with deadly weapon. Jury trial set for September 17, 2001. Atty. John
C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Joseph, Larry:. Charged with uttering a forged check. Jury trial continued to
September 17, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Larimore William E.: Charged with murder first degree. Trial by jury set for
September 17, 2001. Atty. Edward S. Staftnan represented the defendant.
Laye, Calvin: Charged with kidnapping to- facilitate felony, sexual battery.
and lewd or lascivious molestation. Motion granted for continuance to August
20, 2001. Atty. William Webster represented the defendant.
Martina, Alvin Glen Sr.: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer.
Pretrial 'conference continued to September 17, 2001, with trial September
19, 2001. Atty. William Webster represented the defendant.
McMahon, Glen: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Motion
for continuance granted to August 20, 2001. Atty. William Webster repre-
sented the defendant.
Mellor, Dennis: Charged with three counts of battery on law enforcement
officer and criminal mischief $200 to $1,000. Pretrial conference continued to
August 20, 2001 with trial set September 19, 2001. Steiger represented the
Noles, Thomas A.: Charged with grand theft auto, fraudulent driver license.
possession drugparaphernalia, and false report to law authority. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty, and state chose not to
prosecute on grand theft auto and false report to law authority charges. On



charge of fraudnt driver license defendant received six months in jail and
$295 civil judgrrlmt; on possession of drug paraphernalia defendant received
138 days in jail \th 138 days credit for time served. Steiger represented the
Pedrick, Lewis: Oarged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell.
Defendant entereta plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty of Possession
of controlled subrance, received 45 days jail with 45 days credit for time
served, 18 monthsrobation with standard drug conditions, to pay $295 court
costs and $100 restution to Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Steiger
represented the deidant.
Roberts, Dona Ma~ : Charged with possession of controlled substance with
intent to deliver. Ca was set for jury trial, but state chose not to prosecute.
Steiger represented \e defendant.
Sanborn, Keith: Chaed with grand theft and grand theft of a firearm. Trial
by jury continued to ,ptember 17. 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented
the defendant.
Sanders, Carl: Charg9 with aggravated assault with deadly weapon. Trial
set for August 20, 200. Steiger represented the defendant.
Sanders, DeLanta Liotl: Charged with sale of crack cocaine, burglary of
structure while armed, ad possession qf controlled substance with intent to
sell. On burglary chargelefendant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudi-
cated guilty, received 48 months in Department of Corrections, with credit for
340 days of time served, Z95 court costs, and one year administrative proba-
tion. On possession charl sentencing deferred until codefendant case over.
was adjudicated 340 daysvith credit for 340 days time served, on sale charge
received 48 months in Doartment of Corrections, with credit for 340 days
time served, civil judgmel, with sentence to run concurrent with burglary
charge. Atty. John C. Kent represented the defendant.
Shaw, William Areld: Chared with'driving while license suspended felony.
Trial by jury continued to ugust 20, 2001. Steiger represented 'the defen-
Suddeth, Glenn L. Jr.: Chaied with armed robbery with firearm. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest'vas adjudicated guilty, received 48 months in
Department ofCorrections onmended charge of burglary of a structure while
armed with 311 days credit fctime served, received one year administrative
probation and $295 court cos. Defendant also found guilty of violation of
probation. Atty. Barbara Sand-s represented the defendant.
Thomas, Sherman R.: Chargecvith grand theft auto. Trial by jury continued
to August 20, 2001. Steiger repisented the defendant.
Thompson, Donnie H.: ChargedQith four counts of uttering a forged check,
resisting arrest without violence, tempted burglary of a structure, and crimi-
nal mischief $200 to $1,000. Defdant also found in violation of probation.
Trial by jury on all counts set for Agust 20, 2001. Atty. John C. Kenny rep-
resented the defendant.
Tirado, Jeremy Lee: Charged with sessionn of controlled substance. Trial
by jury set for August 20, 2001. AttyHoot Crawford represented the defen-
Tucker, Steven J.: Charged'with burgiy- of a dwelling. Trial by jury contin-
ued to September 17, 2001. Atty. Barfra Sanders represented the defen-
Wallace, Rufus: Charged with aggravatedssault on law enforcement officer,
aggravated assault with deadly weapon, ad resisting officer with violence.
Hearing set for August 20, with trial byjul August 22, 2001. Atty. Barbara
Sanders represented the defendant.
White, Damien: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Set for
jury trial August 20, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sarers represented the defendant.
Williams, Deon: Charged with battery on enforcement officer, resisting
officer with violence, and possession of less tha2 grams marijuana. Pretria
hearing set for August 20, with trial by jury Aust 22, 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.

Barfield, Michael W.: Charged with grand theft uto. Trial by jury set for
August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defend.
Brock, Kenneth: Charged with grand theft auto. Tl by jury set for August
20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Campbell, Eric Leo: Charged with grand theft andriminal mischief third
degree felony. Found in violation, adjudicated guilty, ith sentencing set for
August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Cross, James: Charged with criminal mischief third agree felony. Trial by
jury set for August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the d6ndant.
Daniels, Farrah: Charged with battery. Trial set for Augit 20, 2001. Steiger
represented the defendant.
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Second Circuit Court Report from Page 6

Flowers, Lance: Charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding police officer.
Defendant admitted violation of probation. adjudicated guilty, to serve 180
days with credit for 2 days credit for time served, is to turn himself in by 6
p.m. August 20. 2001. Atty. John C. Kenny represented the defendant.
Langley, George Franklin: Charged with lewd and lascivious assault or act.
Defendant found in violation. Probation modified to administrative for remain-
der of term to November 20. 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Madison, Sean R.: Charged with possession of crack cocaine. Bond cancelled
and warrant issued for arrest.
Parramore, Matthew: Charged with grand theft third degree. Defendant ad-
mitted violation of probation, adjudicated guilty, ordered to nine months in
jail with 131 days credit for time served. Atty. J. Gordon, Shuler represented
the defendant.
Pugh, Elex: Charged with sale of crack cocaine and sale of imitation crack
cocaine. An appointment given for a public defender, with trial set for August
20, 2001.
Richardson, Aldophous C.: Charged with murder second degree, and two
Counts of lewd and lascivious assault or act. Motion made for continuance
with trial set for August 20, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the
Sanders, Anthony: Charged with possession of controlled substance. Defen-
dant entered a written plea of not guilty Probation denied and trial set for
August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.'
Stephens, Melvin: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial set for
August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Townsend, Rufus E.: Charged with possession of controlled substance. Mo-
tion for pretrial release denied. Trial set for August 20, 2001. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
White, Nathaniel III: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial set for
August 20, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Woullard, Freddie: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Trial
set for August 20, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.

Becton, Tony J.: On motion for pretrial release or reasonable bail, bail re-
duced to $10,000 with electronic monitoring. Steiger represented the defen-
Brock, Kenneth: Motion to dismiss denied. Trial set for August 20, 2001.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Jones, Travis: A request to modify or remove electronic monitoring denied.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Kwanzaa, Ayokumie Osceola: Charged with resisting arrest with violence.
battery on law enforcement officer, and trespass structure or conveyance. On
motion for appointment of experts and production of evidence a hearing was
set for August 20, 2001. Charges of aggravated battery and corruption by
threat against public servant were also set for hearing on August 20, 2001.
Steiger represented the defendant.

Brown, Elijah: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, resisting arrest without
violence, and criminal mischief under $200. On motion for continuance jury
trial reset for August 20, 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defen-
Chastain, James M.: Charged with delivery of a controlled substance to mi-
nor and criminal solicitation. Motion made for continuance. Atty. Barbara
Sanders represented the defendant.
Estes, Robert C.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon, kid-
napping, two counts of sexual battery by threats reasonably believed, and
aggravated battery with deadly weapon. Motion made for continuance. Atty.
Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
O'Neal, Michael: Charged with two counts arson first degree and retaliation
against a witness. Motion made for continuance. Atty. Barbara:Sanders rep-
,resented the defendant.
Wallace, Rufus: Charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement officer,
aggravated assault with deadly weapon and resisting officer with violence.
Motion made for continuance. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defen-
White, Damien: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Motion
made for continuance. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.

State Board Of Education Sets ltOlr

Grade Graduation
The State Board of Education set
the 10th grade passing scores for
the Florida Comnprehensive As-
sessment Test;'(FCAT), marking
the next step 'toward making a
Florida high" school diploma rep-
resent that graduates are pre-
pared for the world beyond high
school. .. .
The decisionby the Florida Cabi-
net, sifting as the State Board of
Education, established the pass-
ing score students will have to
earn as one of the requirements
for receiving a regular high school
diploma. The scores will apply to
10th grade students who took the
test for the first time in the spring
of 2001, and' to subsequent
classes 6f 10th graders. Students
will have a total of six opportuni-
ties to take the test to earn a pass-
ing score prior to graduation in
the 12th grade.
The scores set by the Cabinet are
28.7 in reading and 295 in math
for students who took the test in
the Spring of 2001, and 300 for
both math and reading beginning
with students who take the test
after February of 2002.
The FCAT and the passing scores
have been developed in consulta-
tion with teachers, business lead&
ers, and other education profes-.
sionals to measure grade-level
reading and math skills. The test
is scored on a scale of 100 to 500.
The assessment test is both a
graduation requirement for stu-
dents and a resource for teach,
ers, providing important feedback
that helps gauge student learn-

ing betweeri the 10th and 12th
grade years. In addition to hav-
ing multiple opportunities to take
the test between the 10th and
12th grades, students who have
not yet achieved the standards
will receive targeted assistance in
specific areas of math and read-
ing to improve their proficiency in
those areas.
Education Commissioner Charlie
Crist and Secretary of Education
Jim Home have indicated their
determination to make every re-
source available that Is necessary
to enable students to achieve the
Crist annburiced during the Cabi-
net meeting that $2.5 million
would be available to districts to
assist students who are having
difficulty passing the test. Input
will be solicited from educators,
community partners, and the
department's Office of School im-
provement to determine the best
ways to assist these students.
Meetings will also be held with the
school superintendents to estab-
lish how the funds can best be
The FCAT cut scores approved by
; the State Board of Education re-
flect expected grade 10 reading
and math skills as defined by the
Sunshine State Standards. The
Sunshine State Standards have
been developed to represent what
students should know and be able
to do in general subject areas at
each grade level in order to be
prepared to move onto the next
grade and achieve a high school

APECO Makes Giant Strides

By Rene Topping
Alligator Point Environmental and
Conservation Association
(APECO) is relatively a new envi-
ronmental group with an active
group of members who have al-
ready made their presence noted
by Franklin County. APECO is
headed up by Roy Durverger, who
believes in being proactive and is
already getting results.
The area that APECO will be
working in is all of St. James Is-
land and that area which
stretches from the Ochlockonee
Bridge in Wakulla to the Tillie
Miller Bridge in Carrabelle. This
area is bounded by the Gulf of
Mexico to the Apalachee Bay, the
Carrabelle River and the Crooked
River and the Ochlockonee River
to the Ochlockonee Bay.
At their regular monthly meeting
held immediately following the
APTA meeting, Durverger ex-
plained some of the results and
the projects the Association will
begin to take on. At the top of the
list was the way that the associa-
tion had introduced the Sand Web
System to Franklin County and
have progressively worked on this
along with Franklin County Com-
missioners until it has been ac-
cepted by the Franklin County
Commission to give the system a
trial and who will soon put out
RFP's for contractors to bid on.
One of the members, Vicki
Burnett, also known as the Turtle
Lady, along with several other
members, will count and mark the
turtle nests. They have made Al-
ligator Point a haven for these
creatures. Vicki makes a Turtle
Patrol along the beach after dark
and has persuaded everyone to
obey the "lights out on the beach"
provision in order that the turtles
are not harmed by the lights.
Sadly in her report at the meet-
ing she had to report on damage
from Tropical Storm Barry. Out
of 21 nests, 8 nests were unaf-
fected, 7 others were washed over
at least once, 3 are totally gone.
There are 5 due to hatch out in
the coming week. One hatchling
they had a motion light come on
and 60 hatchlings died. There was
one adult female who had prob-
lems getting back into the water.

Top Six Facts
About FCAT
1. Students have six oppor-
tunities to pass the FCAT be-
tween grades 10 and their-
scheduled graduation date.
2. The percentage of students
who pass the test on subse-
quent takes increases by
about 50 percent each time.
Therefore, over the course of
six tries, it is expected that
over 98 percent of students
will earn a passing score by
their scheduled graduation
3. The FCAT is just one of the
requirements for graduation
from a Florida public high
school. Students must also
make passing grades in core
curriculum classes and an
overall 2.0 GPA, which are re-
flected in the Sunshine State
Standards and statewide as-
sessment material.
4. The cut score for the state-
wide assessment reflects
grade 10 skills in reading and
mathematics as defined by
the Sunshine State Stan-
5. The FCAT is based on the
Sunshine State Standards,
which represent what stu-
dents should know and be
able to do in reading and
mathematics in order to be
contributing members of so-
ciety in life beyond high
school. Both the Sunshine
State Standards and the
FCAT grade ten passing
scores were developed in con-
sultation with teachers, busi-
ness leaders, and other ap-
propriate professionals.
6. The original recommended
passing scores were distrib-
uted to districts in December


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501 E. Bayshore Drive
R. Michael Whaley, Pastor
Join us as we praise and
worship the living Christ!

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

"Walking in Christ"

Durverger said that if the Bureau
of Endangered Species see lights
being on they can fine a house-
holder. This is a federal law and
it is out of the county's hands as
to what they do.
Durverger has been investigating
to see if the Old Marine Lab on
the Point would come available
and found that FSU have uses for
'Members have been checking the
waters that surround the Point
and are doing water pollution
St. Joe Property and what Arvida
will be doing with it is a concern
of the Association. They will set
up a watchdog commission who
will work on a proactive attitude
if the developers will allow
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders
suggested that members write let-
ters to the Chris Corr who is in
Public Affairs for the Arvida Com-
pany. She said that she expects
the developers to abide strictly by
the Franklin.County Comprehen-
sive plan.
On the Marine Lab at Turkey
Point Durverger said that he had
heard that the St. Joe Company
are not thinking about a marina
there but are instead thinking
about the area known locally as
Port Edward. (This is the piece of
land on the south side of State.
319 and US 98 just west of the
junction of the two roads.)
There were three ladies from St.
Teresa and they too are concerned
as to what will be done in their
,There is concern about HB. 25
which was passed on the last ses-
sion. This bill has a clause that.a
developer may be able to develop
200 per cent over the up to 200
houses. The developer in a small
county such as Franklin where
staff support is small will be able
with the county commissioners'
vote to choose their out inspec-
tion company for their project.
As it stands now developments
come under the scrutiny of the
State-by way of agencies such as
Department of Environmental
Protection, Department of Com-
munity Affairs, Apalachicola Re-
gional, North West Florida Water
Management, along with the
:county Planner. If the developer
chooses his own inspector the
State Wiltl-not 'c6me Ir at all'. -
The next meeting of APECO will
be on September 8 immediately
following the regular APTA

Beginning with the pre-historic,
Native American occupation of the
land from Paleo-Indian to the re-
moval of many of the remaining
native peoples in 1837, Dr. Wayne
Childers will lead his students
into the history of Gulf and
Franklin counties as a course of-
fering fall semester. The course
began on August 20th at the
Gulf-Franklin Center of the Gulf

201 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

Adult Sunday School 8:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 9:30 a.m.
Children's Sunday School
And Nursery during Morning

Phone: 927-2088
E-mail: sgiumc@gtcom.net
Rev. James Trainer, Pastor




Highway 98 & 6th Street
EST. 1836
7:30 A.M.
10:30 A.M.

Concert Series Announces

2001-2002 Program

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts has announced the 2001-
2002 program in their concert series.
The dates and programs are as follows:
November 4-The Capital Chordsmen-Tallahassee's Barbershop
Chorus, will start the season and add to the festivities of the Seafood
Festival with a concert on Sunday afternoon at the Dixie Theater.
December 9-The Annual Christmas Concert will present three com-
positions for the season by Antonio Vivaldi and performed by the Bay
Area Choral Society and instrumental groups.
January 20-The Trio Internazionale-a perennial favorite, will
present another popular concert by Martha Gherardi, violin, Bedford
Watkins, piano, and Luciano Gherardi, contrabass.
February 10-Con Brio-a trio of three charming young ladies from
the Dothan-Ozark area of Alabama will present a concert of music for
piano/organ, violin, and flute.
March 24-The Bay Area Choral Society and soloists present the
Lenten-Easter portion of Handel's Messiah, conducted by Dr. David
Nott, who has conducted the Choral Society spring concert on two
previous occasions.
April 7-A Family Affair will present approximately 20 musicians
and thespians ages 6 to 80, from a local family group, in a program of
vocal, choral and instrumental music,: and drama.
April 21-Meriyn von Driesten, concert pianist-Mr. von Driesten
is well known throughout the Netherlands and Germany for his "mu-
sic appreciation" workshops and inspiring concerts. We are very for-
tunate to be a part of his spring concert tour in the U.S.A.
May 5-The Concert In The Park-will present the Wakulla High
School band under the direction of Karl Lester, still a part-time resi-
dent of Apalachicola. This concert in Lafayette Park will be free and
open to the public, and if you would like to be a sponsor, please sign
in the appropriate place when you send your contribution. The con-
tributing individual, organization or business will be given special
recognition in our publicity and on the printed program.
A gift in the range of $50 to $99 entitles the donor to a membership
card admitting one person to each concert. A gift of $ 100 or more
provides a family membership card. All contributors will be honored
at a reception following the February 10 concert.
Check should be made payable to:
Apalachicola Area Historical Society
with Ilse Newell Fund noted on the check.
Mail to:
Ilse Newell Concert Series
Apalachicola Historical Society
c/o Mr. William Greer
P. 0. Box 342
Eastpoint, FL 32328

I would like to make a contribution as follows:

_ $ 1000+ Benefactor

$50 $99 Associate

$200 Sponsor (Concert in the Park) $25 $49 Friend

___$100 $199 Patron



City State Zip

Phone Number

Name(s) to appear on the program

Island Methodists

Sponsor 13th

Coast Community College.
Dr. Childers will also examine the
voyages of exploration and the
expeditions of Narvaez and de
Soto and their impact on this
area. The founding of St. Joe in
the late 1700s, the Spanish suc-
cession and its impact and the
abandonment of the first Euro-
pean settlement in the area will
The War of the Quadruple Alliance
and the re-establishment of the
mission chain with a fort and mis-
sion at present day Eastpoint will
be included. Other historical ep-
ochs will include the British fort
at present day Fort Gadsden, 'the
Forbes purchase and the rise of
Apalachicola and St. Joseph, the
Florida Constitution, the collapse
and destruction of St. Joe, the
Civil War, Florida land boom of the
1920s and the new land boom.
The course includes several field
trips to historic sites and is open
to anyone who wishes to enroll.
Contact the College at 227-9670
or 227-9671 for registration

Started thirteen years ago by early
founders, St. George Island
United Methodist Church will
hold its annual Labor Day
Fundraiser, a Fish Fry and Bake
Sale, on Saturday, September 1,
from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
For a $5.00 donation, you will be
served or can take out a fantastic
fried fish platter at the Church
Fellowship Hall, located at 201 E..
Gulf Beach Drive on St. George
Island. The Church's famous
Bake Sale will begin at 8:00 a.m.
and continue throughout the day.
The annual Yard Sale will be held
later in the Fall.
Proceeds from the annual
fundraiser support the Church
building fund. Thanks to earlier
Labor Day fundraisers, this year
a new parsonage was erected on
St. George Island where new pas-
tor Jim Trainer and his family
currently reside. To volunteer,
donate baked goods, or obtain
more information, please call
Fundraiser Chairman Frank
Latham at (850) 927-2981.

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Gulf-Franklin History To Be Presented Annual Fish Fry &

As A Course At Gulf-Franklin Center Bake Sale


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And Bill Mahan
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their voting records and electroni-
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central office in Apalachicola. The
mark sense, optical scan system
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Artificial lighting increases along
with development. Artificial light-
ing can cause sea turtles to aban-
don nesting and disorients
hatchlings drawing them away
from the gulf and to certain death.
Only I in 1000 hatchlings will
reach reproductive age (20-50
years). The harmful effect of arti-
ficial lighting can be reduced and
should be addressed on sea turtle
nesting beaches.
In an effort to preserve this im-
portant resource Apalachicola
Bay & River Keeper (ABARK) will
continue its "Turtle Friendly
Lighting Project" this year. Sixteen
dedicated volunteers participate
in this project. The beach is pa-
trolled about once a week to iden-
tify lighting problems. We notify
the property owner and offer to

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I am a Highway 20 resident who
is working on a book about old
'fishing lures. If you have any
lures that may have been made
before 1960, please let me take
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ested in lure boxes, lure litera-
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Thanks. Frank Carter 574-9718.

assist in solving the problem. We
hope to have more participation
from the business owners in the
commercial district in the center
of the island. This area has be-
come increasingly problematic for
sea turtles. Some business own-
ers have agreed to make lighting
Those of you who patronize island
businesses please encourage
them to participate in the pro-
gram. ABARK would like to thank
Joe A. Witt. Photography
(8 50-653 -2 608/website:
joeawitt.com) and Thor Baird
with Total Photo (850-927-3400)
for donating their services to our
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Highway Stir from Page 1
vide important opportunities to both protect the nature of these spe-
cial places-small coastal communities-and improve regional mobil-
ity. By linking recreational facilities along the coast, tourism in the
area would be expected to increase, with an accompanying increase
in economic benefit to the communities.
Coastal portions of Bay and Gulf County can expect growth similar to
other areas along the North Florida Gulf Coast. Future growth will
require additional traffic capacity on US 98. Widening existing US 98
will be extremely difficult and costly because of constrained adjacent
land use. A preliminary estimate to acquire right-of-way needed to
widen US 98 through St. Joe Beach and Mexico Beach to a four-lane
divide roadway is over $150 million. In contrast, realigning US 98
presents a unique opportunity to combine public funds with private
participation. The St. Joe Company is committed to prudent plan-
ning and is willing to donate right-of-way to realign US 98 and for
associated environmental mitigation. Of the estimated $47,535,500
total cost of Segments 1, 2, and 3, approximately $23,145,600, or
49%, will be provided through private participation.

The Gulf Parkwa
The Gulf Parkway

The Gulf Parkway
The second project t proposal is more ambitious and complex in a longer
time frame. Initiallv. the project is seeking funding to conduct a:cor-
ridor study to determine the feasibility of the parkway,. a-n.Wr


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types. The maximum gross density allowed
for new residential development in the
MR-1 district is 16 dwelling units per acre.
while the minimum gross density allowed
is 8 dwelling units per acre, unless
constraints of concurrency or 2. PrincpalUses
preservation and/or conservation (1) Community facilities
features preclude the attainment of the
minimum densities, religious facilities, police/
and high schools. Other
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north-south roadway between U. S. 98 and U. S. 231. The project
seeks to establish a new roadway that preserves and enhances re-
gional mobility through added traffic capacity, improved hurricane
evacuation, controlled access and higher operating speeds. The Park-
way would establish a new north-south high speed, controlled ac-
cess, four-lane divided roadway from U. S. 98 to U. S. 231. The Park-
way would connect to U. S. 231-a four-lane roadway on the Florida
Intrastate Highway System-that continues north and interchanges
with Interstate 10.
The new roadway would provide a north-south alternative to the ex-
isting two-lane rural Roadways SR 71 and SR 73. The new roadway
woufd relieve future traffic congestion in Wewahitchka and
Blountstown. The Parkway, so says the proposal, would provide a
vital link between the coastal communities along the North Florida
Gulf Coast from Panama City and Apalachicola and 1-10. Improved
mobility would enhance economic growth of this region.
Existing SR 71 and SR 73 are rural, two-lane roadways that pass
through several small towns including Wewahitchka and Blountstown.
These rural roadways provide the closest north-south access to 1- 10
- from the St. Joe peninsula, Port St. Joe, Highland View, St. Joe Beach,
Beacon Hill and Mexico Beach. Future growth in the region will in-
crease traffic on SR 71 and SR 73, ultimately resulting in increased
travel times, decreased travel speeds and degraded mobility, the pro-
posal argued.
The proposed Parkway will improve the quality of trips by increasing
the average travel speed from 53 miles per hour along SR 71 to 65
miles per hour along the Parkway. The Parkway will become an alter-
nate route to the two-lane rural SR 71 that passes through the towns
of Wewahitchka and Blountstown.

The Parkway As A Transportation Improvement

SThe proposal authored by Opportunity Florida cited five
reasons for the Parkway.
1. Improves and provides a safer hurricane evacuation
route since the Parkway would provide a high speed,
four-lane evacuation route as an alternative to the exist-
ing two-lane SR 71 and SR 3.routes.
2. Improves regional mobility between 1-10 and the North
Florida Gulf Coast from Panama City to Apalachicola in-
cluding the coastal communities of the St. Joe penin-
sula, Port St. Joe, Highland View, St. Joe Beach, Beacon
Hill, Mexico Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base, which
are important to the economy and tax base of the region.
3. Improves connectivity to important recreational facili-
ties along the North Florida Gulf Coast such as St. Joe
Bay and the Cape San Bias peninsula, St. George Island,
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, and St. Andrews State
Recreation Area (SRA), thereby improving prospects for
4. Improves the linkages between the Port of Port St. Joe
(the only deep-water port along the Florida Gulf Coast
between Panama City and Tampa) and other transporta-
tion facilities within the panhandle such as: FIHS road-
ways US 231, 1-10; the Intracoastal Waterway; regional
airports in Tallahassee, Panama City, Okaloosa/Walton
Counties, and Pensacola; and railroad freight services in
the region. Improving mobility by increasing capacity,
increasing travel speeds and decreasing travel time to
I-10 will increase the economic potential and competi-
tiveness of Port St Joe.
5. Continues and expands regional planning efforts of
the Panama City to Dothan Corridor Study that is in
progress for a high speed, limited access, four-lane road-
way from Panama City to Dothan, Alabama.
Because the proposed Gulf Coast Parkway would provide high speed
four-lane access to US 231 and ultimately I-10, it would provide a
much safer hurricane evacuation route compared with SR 71 and SR
73. SR 71 is a rural two-lane rural road that intersects with SR 22 a
two-lane inland east/west evacuation route-in Wewahitchka. The in-
tersection of these two hurricane evacuation routes is recognized
as a "bottle neck" that increases the evacuation time for the region.
The Parkway would provide an alternate route that avoids and re-
lieves this "bottle neck", thereby improving hurricane evacuation for
the coastal communities of the St. Joe peninsula, Port St. Joe, High-
land View, St. Joe Beach, Beacon Hill ,Mexico Beach- nd,TvnidllU,Air

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at and the city will be able to look
it over.
Williams said, "if we abandon the
DRI we need a plan." Remke said,
"In a sense you do have a plan in
that you gave a comprehensive


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plan In the future after the DRI
is gone other folks might come
forward with'some proposals and
then'the city can sit down and
decide which ones of these they
like or dislike in conjunction with
the owner of the property, which
is DEP.
I really think, I personally believe,
and with your control over (Tim-
ber Island), the possibility of
something positive happening on
the Island is greater than if the
DRI was there. Because folks will
step forward and say now that I
am not bound by that tight con-
trol of the DRI by that plan and
that development now the sky is
the limit. It is almost like throw-
ing it out on the open market
place and we'll let the market de-
termine what it is going to be."
Williams said that he had opposed
the idea of abandoning the DRI
at the last regular meeting be-
cause he wasn't sure of the pro-
cess. Now he thought possible
abandonment could be a good
Attorney Doug Gaidry said "Do
you all still want me to write that
letter in view of what you have
heard or wait until the applica-
tion comes up?" The mayor said,
"Yes, Sir." and Remke said "it
would be useful to know we have
your support."
Ben Watkins asked if the state
had anything they were working
on now. He was told that there
was no plans for Timber Island.
They did say that there had been
some discussion with St Joe Land
Development and someone in
Tallahassee on a marina. None of
them have been taken seriously
at the time.
Gaidry asked "If I send you a let-
ter saying that the commission-
ers are in favor of abandonment
does this preclude them chang-
ing their mind when you come
with the application?"
Remke said, "No. The last step in
the abandonment process is for
you all to have a public hearing,
and adopt a local ordinance to
abandon the property. You can
choose not to do it. You can get
up in the public hearing and
choose not to adopt that ordi-
nance." The mayor asked Remke
if he would like to get the letter
from the board, and he said it
would be useful that the city is
on the side of the trustees. The
motion stands as it was made for
Gaidry to write a letter.
The last question was from Pat
Maier who wanted to know what
would happen to the $80,000,
collected from Dockside Marina.
This needs to be looked into as
the CPAA had been the one who
collected the rent. The question
will be followed up.
There will be a meeting on another
project, Timber Island Resort, a
gated community of 172 condo-
miniums on August 27, at 6 p.m.
at the downstairs city hall.

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Force Base, as well as me inland rural areas served by SR 71.
Because the proposed Gulf Coast Parkway would provide improved
access to US 231 and ultimately 1-10, it would provide an important
means of access to the many communities and recreation facilities
along the North Florida Gulf Coast. By linking recreational facilities
along the coast with I-10, tourism in te region would be expected to
increase, with ah accompanying increase in the economic benefit to
the communities, the proposal has argued.
Coastal portions of Bay and Gulf County can expect growth similar to
other areas along the North Florida Gulf Coast. Future growth will
require improving north/south roadways such as SR 71 and SR 73,
or planning new roadways. The Panama City to Dothan Corridor Study
is underway to determine the feasibility of a new high speed, limited
access, four-lane divided roadway between Panama City and Dothan,
Alabama. The corridor study for the proposed Gulf Coast Parkway
would expand this planning initiative to evaluate alternatives to con-
nect US 98 to this new corridor, or to US 231.

Role of St. Joe Company
The St. Joe Company actively supports each of these planning initia-
tives-the Panama City to Dothan Corridor Study and Gulf Coast
Parkway Corridor Study-and has expressed interest in developing a
public private partnership if either of these initiatives are found to be
feasible. The St. Joe Company would consider donating right-of-way
for the roadway and environmental mitigation to advance these
Employment Prospects Created By The Parkway
The proposed Guff Coast Parkway will enhance the economic com-
petitiveness of the region and could be expected to increase jobs and
Associated new wages as follows.
Transportation, Communication, and Utilities .... 238
Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate .................. 110
Services ........................ ..................... 334
Governm ent ......................... .. ................ 1,484
Retail ............................................. .... ... ...........357
Indu strial ............................. ......................... 310
Total New Jobs............................ .. .......... 2,833
Total New Wages (annual) ................... $84,599,000
Total New Wages (hourly) ............................ $40,670
Source:-Fishkind and Associates. Total direct and indirect jobs pro-
jected over 15 year period for mid-range development at St. Joe Beach
and industrial park development near Port St. Joe.

The Comprehensive Plan
The proposed Gulf Coast Parkway is not part of the Gulf County Com-
prehensive Plan and the Parkway falls outside the present planning
boundaries of the Panama City Urbanized Area Metropolitan Plan-
ning'Organization (MPO). As part of the ongoing 2020 Plan Update
for the Panama City Urbanized Area MPO, public outreach has incor-
porated outlying areas of Bay County and has adopted a project from
US 98 north to SR 22, the "Tyndall Bypass", as part of the 2020
Needs Plan. This project is similar to Segment 1 of the Gulf Coast
The Gulf Coast Parkway is presently in the early planning stages and
if funded, the corridor study would begin the process of local govern-
mental coordination of transportation issues relating to the Gulf
County Comprehensive Plan, Bay County Comprehensive Plan and
the Panama City Urbanized Area Metropolitan Planning

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Tuesday, August' 28-Gulf of
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to review "Draft Amendment 10
to the Fishery Management Plan
for the Shrimp Fishery of Gulf of
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mental Assessment, Regulatory
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AARP's legislative work in Talla-
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involved in the efforts. Meeting 6
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Monday, September 3-Holi-
day-The Florida State University
will be closed in observance of
Labor Day.
Thursday, September 6-
Franklin County School Board
meets at Brown Elementary at
6:00 p.m.
October 5 14-The Visual and
Performing Arts Division of Gulf
Coast Community College will of-
fer as its first play of the season
the comedy "The Compleat Works
of Wilm Shkspr (Abridged)." This
will also he Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College's entry for the
Kennedy Center American College
Theatre Festival. Performances
are scheduled in the Amelia Cen-
ter Theatre Lab before going on
tour. Local production dates are
October 5 14. For more infor-
mation, phone 850-872-3886.
Tuesday, August 28-Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission has scheduled a se-
ries of public workshops regard-
ing the two-day spiny lobster
sport season. The Commission is
encouraging public comment on
whether this special season
should be retained, eliminated or
changed. Workshops will takes
place: Tuesday, August 28 I to 3
p.m., Key Largo Library, 101485
Overseas Highway (Trade Wind
Shop 'n Center), Key Largo.
Wednesday, Aug. 29 2 until 4
p.m., Old City Hall, 512 Greene
St., Key West. Anyone requiring
special accommodations to par-
ticipate should advise the agency
five calendar days before the
workshop by contacting Cindy
Hoffman at 850-488-6411. For
further information, contact Lee
'Schlesinger at 850-487-0554.
Friday, August 31-Congress-
man Allen Boyd (D-North Florida),
along with Congresswoman Karen
Thurman (D FL), will be hosting
a seminar for military retirees re-
garding the new TRICARE for Life
program. This is the third semi-
nar hosted by Congressman
Boyd. Earlier meetings .were in
Tallahassee and Panama City.
Please accept this open invitation
to all military retirees and their
families throughout the 2nd Con-
gressional District to join the
seminar. TRICARE for Life is the
new military retiree health care
benefit that Congress enacted last
year which provides permanent
lifetime eligibility beginning on
October 1, 2001. Information
About the new benefits Available
to military retirees, their family
members and survivors will be
presented at the seminars. 2:30
.p.m. Eastern Time, Lake City
Community College, Alfonso Levy
Performing Arts Center, Building
6, East Highway 90 in Lake City,
Saturday, September 1-St.
George Island United Methodist
Church will hold its annual La-
bor Day Fundraiser, a Fish Fry
and Bake Sale, on Saturday, Sep-
tember 1, from 11:00 a.m. until
3:00 p.m. For a $5.00 donation,
you will be served or can take out
a fantastic fried fish platter at the
Church Fellowship Hall, located
at 201 E. Gulf Beach Drive on St.
George Island. The Church's fa-
mous Bake Sale will begin at 8:00
a.m. and continue throughout'the
September 10-The Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management
Council (Council) elected not to
take final action on Reef Fish
Amendment 18 primarily because
of discrepancies in the data that
had been presented at public

hearings and inadequate or in-
complete portions of the Draft
Supplemental Environmental Im-
pact Statement (DSEIS). Also,
additional alternatives and analy-
ses have been requested. The
Council will review progress on
the draft document at its Septem-
ber 10 13 meeting in New Or-
leans, Louisiana and may con-
sider additional alternatives or
proposals. Final action will'be
taken on Amendment 18 at the
Council's November, 2001 meet-
ing in Biloxi, Mississippi, follow-
ing a review by the Reef Fish AP,
the Scientific and Statistical Com-
mittee, and additional public
hearings scheduled for mid Octo-
ber 200 1. Copies of the current
draft' Reef Fish Amendment 18.
and the draft SEIS can be ob-
tained by contacting the Gulf

Council office at 813-228-2815
or email at gulfcouncil@
gulfcouncil.org. Gulf of Mexico
Fishery Management Council pre-
pares fishery management plans
that are designed to manage fish-
ery resources in the U.S. Gulf of
September 12-Gulf of Mexico
Fishery Management Council
(Council) will take final action on
Draft Shrimp Amendment I O/EA,
September 12 at its meeting at the
W New Orleans Hotel. Public tes-
timony on this issue is scheduled
from 1:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, September 12, 2001.
Persons testifying must register
before the start of the testimony
period. The meeting will begin in
closed session on Monday morn-
ing at 11:00 a.m. to review litiga-
tion affecting fishery management
plan (FMP) amendments. The
Council is one of 8 regional fish-
ery management councils that
were established in 1976.
September 13-The Gulf Coast
Community College Culinary
Management Program and the
GCCC College Foundation, in
conjunction with TECO-People's
Gas, will be hosting the 14th An-
nual Culinary Classic on Septem-
ber 13 from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
in the Student Union East build-
ing on campus. The gastronomic
classic, now in its 14th year,
showcases area restaurants by
providing the public with samples
of items typically found on restau-
rant menus as well as the chefs
special creations. Some of the res-
taurants participating this year
are 30 Degree Blue/Panama City
Beach, Buffalo Rock Catering,
Marriott, Cafe 30-A and the
Governor's Club/Tallahassee.
Tickets can be purchased in ad-
vance for $30 from the Culinary
Management Office, or $35 at the
door, to fund scholarships for cu-
linary students. For more infor-
mation, call 872-3850.
Friday, September 21-The Life-
long Learning Division of Gulf
Coast Community College will of-
fer Education Encore courses be-
ginning on Friday, September 21,
2001. This is an education oppor-
tunity providing personal, social,
academic and cultural develop-
ment for adults age 50 and older.
Courses offered include: music,
computers, memoir writing, pho-
tography, health exercises, his-
tory, investing, gardening, water
color among others, in a stress
free format with no tests and no
grades. Registration for these
non-credit enrichment courses
begins.Monday, August 27. Dead-
line is September 20. For more
information, call 872-3823 or visit

APTA Members

Had Several

Questions For'

Cheryl Sanders

By Rene Topping
The Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation, (APTA) held their regu-
lar monthly meeting at the Alli-
gator Point Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment building at 9 a.m. on Au-
.gust 11.
The members who attended the
August 7 Franklin County Com-
mission meeting reported the
items that had significance to the,
residents of the Point. First and
foremost was the fact that the
commissioners had approved a
project to help improve the ero-
sion of the beach across from the
KOA R.V. Park, namely a Sand.
Web approach and it was said
there is $3M in funding at The
Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP).
Second, it was revealed that cen-
sus numbers on District 2 were
inflated and now the numbers will
have to be redone. In addition a
proposed ordinance that will pro-
hibit dogs on any beaches in the
county was discussed.
Volunteer Fire Chief Steve Fling
informed the residents saying,
"Burning can only be done dur-
ing the hours of 9 a.m. until 6
p.m. A pit with a grate or a drum
must be used and persons burn-
ing will be held responsible if the
fire gets away." He also said that
all fires are banned, except for
cooking food outside. Residents
were told if they saw someone
with a bonfire they should report
it to the sheriffs office or to the
local fire department.
Water Department Manager Tay-
lor Moore said that the water
pipes will be completed by the
17th of August and two of the
three wells should be working by
Labor Day. He added that a third
well is not doing well and a new
one is proposed to be drilled be-
tween the two working wells.

Taylor also stated that Tom
Vanderplatts was commissioned
by the Governor to fill the vacancy
of the resignation of Fred McCord,
who had served for several years.
President Bunky Atkinson asked
County Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders if she had a report say-
ing "Ms. Cheryl, I know you have
something to tell us this morn-
ing." Sanders agreed, First the
RFBs (Request for bids) will be
sent out by Pebble Rish on the
Sand Web System project.
Sanders told the residents that
she had found that there had
been no trash pickup and sug-
gested that the residents call Van
Johnson at the land fill as she has
made requests. She also said that
she was working on getting bet-

ter communications when an
evacuation is called.
She said she had now found out
why she had so many more bo-
nus people in her district, They
had it that I had 1,200 people in
McIntyre and they had me with a
male population of males 18 and
above." She added that Mcintyre
has a population of 7 people in
reality. Sanders said, "I knew they
were talking about a prison. So I
got on the phone to Washington."
She added, "It means that unless
the numbers can be made correct
very soon there cannot be a re-
districting in Franklin County
until 2003 as redistricting can
only be done in odd numbered
Members asked about the county
budgets. She said that they had
to cut $27,000 from proposed
department budgets. Some part
of this is because of the proposed
$300,000 for the new annex to the
court house. She added that the
Governor vetoed a lot of small
counties on some funding.
Sanders then was asked about
the Jet Skis that had been buzz-
ing all around on August 4 and
5. Residents said calls to the
Sheriff got answers of, ",Not in our
area, call the Florida Marine Pa-
trol." Calls to the Florida Marine
Patrol received the answer that it
is a county problem and the State
cannot enforce.
Sanders said maybe it is time to
have the Sheriff visit and talk with
the residents. There was also
complaints of crimes becoming
more common on the Point and
they seldom see a deputy.
Atkinson said when residents call
she recommends that they ask for
the Sheriff or for Major Mock.
Another thing on Sanders mind
was the first dead bird, a pigeon
carrying the Encephalitis Virus
has been found in the Carrabelle
area. She said the County will
step up mosquito control.
Taylor Moore read out the slate
of officers for the 2001-2 term
selected by the nominating com-
mittee. President: Linc Burnett,
Vice President John Murphy, Sec-
ond Vice President: Joe
Hambrose, Treasurer: Bob
Burnett, Secretary: Beth Hayes,
and to replace Line Burnett on the
board of directors: Mary Thomas.
Other directors nominated Dick
Walters. Bunky Atkinson, two
year term: Richard Frank Gibson.
Ballots will be taken right up to
the beginning of the meeting.
Nominations will be taken from
the floor and write in votes will be
accepted. Atkinson reminded the
members that the annual meet-
ing is held on the First Saturday,
September I and will start at 10
am. She also stated the next regu-
lar meeting will be hold on Au-
gust 8 at 9 a.m.

Medical. News

You Can Use

New Internet Program
Connects Seniors With
You're planning to have surgery
and know you'll need help when
you come home from the hospi-
tal, but wonder where you might
find it. Or, your rental apartment
is going condo and you'd like to
know if you qualify for senior
housing assistance. These are
just two of the kinds of questions
often faced by older persons in
need of particular services; getting
the right answers can be a frus-
trating, time-consuming experi-
ence; Using modern technology,
the National Council on the Ag-
ing (NCOA) is making the search
a whole lot easier by providing
easy access to community re-
sources through a new free
Internet service called
BenefitsCheckUp. The program
was originally developed by USHC
under the name BOSS, for Ben-
efits Outreach and Screening
Software, and adopted by organi-
zations throughout the country
with great success.
Like BOSS, the object of the NCOA
program is to connect older men
and women with the various ser-
vices offered in their communi-
ties. It's*a collaborative effort in
which anyone can participate.
Here's how it works: First, you
locate the nearest computer with
Internet access. Ask for assis
tance on a computer at a local li-
brary or senior center. Go to the
website www.benefitscheckup.org;
a questionnaire will appear on the
screen which asks several ques-
tions designed to find out what
services you're interested in or
might need. You're not asked for
your name, address, or social se-
curity number just your zip code
in order to pinpoint services of-
fered in your area. When com-
pleted, the questionnaire has pro-
vided a personal profile from
which the program can produce
a custom-tailored plan.
Within minutes, you'll get a report
showing the various programs
available where you live, and,
based on the information you've
provided, the ones for which
you're eligible, along with a range
of services you may not even have
known about. You'll also learn

where and how to apply. Pro-
grams covered include health
care, financial aid, housing, home
energy, and nutrition and employ-
ment programs, to name just a
few. BenefitsCheckUp may be ac-
cessed at any time by anyone, in-
cluding family members,
caregivers or friends concerned
about an elderly person who
needs help. It should prove a valu-
able tool in getting it.
Legislative Update
As expected, two legislative items
of major concern to seniors pre-
scription drug coverage and a
patients bill of rights were on the
Congressional agenda early in the
new session. Although both were
taken up by the previous Con-
gress, stalemates arising from dif-
erences on key provisions pre-
vented any final action from be-
ing taken.
On prescription drugs, there are
still important differences in ap-
proach, with Democrats favoring
inclusion of prescription drugs as
part of the Medicare program,
available to all beneficiaries, and
the Bush Administration propos-
ing to cover drug costs of needy
seniors only, through block grants
to states.
A patients rights bill that allows
individuals to sue their HMOs was
introduced in the Senate in Feb-
ruary, with the bi-partisan spon-
sorship of Senators John McCain
(R-AZ) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA).
This provision was contained in
a bill passed by the House last
year, but its absence in the Sen-
ate bill helped bring about the
stalemate that occurred. Like the
Norwood-Dingell bill passed last
year in the House, the
McCain-Kennedy proposal would
cover all 160 million privately in-
sured Americans and would guar-
antee access to emergency room
care and visits to specialists. In
mid-May a new proposal to safe-
guard patients' rights in managed
care plans was introduced with
support from the White House.
This proposal, sponsored by
Senators Bill Frist (R-TN), John
Breaux (D-1A) and Jim Jeffords
(R-VI), will slightly increase the
ability of patients to sue their
HMOs but would impose .a
two-stage method of seeking a
remedy and limit economic dam-
ages to $500,000.
Soy Lowers
Cholesterol Levels
Seniors concerned about their
cholesterol levels and any num-
ber above 200 is cause for con-
cern,, doctors say they may want
to take advantage of the
cholesterol-lowering benefits of
soy, now available in many prod-
ucts on the market. It's not just
in tofu anymore which, at one
time seemed like the only recom-
mended source of soy protein but
can be found in cookies, bread,
muffins, soups, and, of course, in
the now ubiquitous soy burger. Its
growing, popularity as a health
food'is undoubtedly because mul-
tiple studies, reported in the New
England Journal of Medicine and
elsewhere, have shown that the
addition of soy protein to one's
diet appears to be a potent
cholesterol-lowering factor.
A unique quality of soy is that it
reduces only the "bad"
cholesterol-low-density lipopro-
tein (LDL)-without reducing the
good high-density type (HDL).
Drug Costs Boost
Medigap Premiums
Medigap plans that offer prescrip-
tion drugs have boosted their pre-
miums dramatically over the past
three years, with increases going
well above inflation. While premi-
ums went up for all Medigap
plans, those with prescription
drug coverage were among the
steepest rate increases, averaging
37.2 percent, as compared with a
15.5 percent average for other
Medigap plans. Of the ten stan-
dard plans on the market, only
three plans, H, 1, and J-provide
any prescription drug coverage.
Published from United
Seniors Health Report
(Spring 2001) Vol. 17, No. 2.

USHC, 409 Third Street, SW
#200, Washington, DC 20024

Veterans from Page 2

Stating that the time has come for
Floridians to remember and honor
the sacrifices made by the state's
veterans, Governor Jeb Bush
signed a law providing for the cre-
ation of a Florida World War II
"I believe that we can never ad-
equatelv repay them for their sac-
ri lces" expressed Joe Martory,
chairman of the Florida Commis-
si on nVeterans' Affairs. "Estab-
lishing a memorial and exhibit will
express our appreciation for their
noble heroism, patriotism and
their passion for liberty."
in,,lttktilt t i-, are fully tax de-
tri, I'elhr in addition, contribu-
tor,' names will be placed in a
!t,,',K of Remembrance" which
will be kept in the Museum of
Florida History in Tallahassee.
( li, k, may be made payable to:
The Florida WWII Memorial Trust
Fund, and sent to: FDVA, Fiscal
Officer, Mary Grizzle Office Build-
ing, 11351 Ulmerton Rd., Suite'
331-K, Largo, FL 33778-1630 or
may be turned in at any SunTrust
For more information, call (727)
518-3202, ext. 508 or visit online
at www.floridavets.org.

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