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Volume 10, Number 18 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


St. George Plantation Owners'

Association Faces Financial Problems

Debt Grows While Unbridled Spending Continues
A Report And Commentary By Tom W. Hoffer
Just about a week away from the date of this Chronicle issue, the
annual meeting of the St. George Plantation Owners' Association will
have an opportunity to address a critically important issue. The issue
involves MONEY and the survival of the "financial stability" of the
Plantation on St. George Island, a private, gated community.
A recent, and unsigned, newsletter from the "Board of Directors" sent
to Association members, explained the problem in this manner:
"...To: St. George Plantation Owners
From: Board of Directors
"Over the past five (5) years the Plantation has struc-
tured our operations budget through the use of a line of
credit offered to us by Gulf State Bank, our local bank-
ing institution. This line of credit originated as a loan in
the year of 1997 for the purpose of funding the rebuild-
ing of the five miles of Leisure Lane, construction of the
Plantation Fire Station, and the balance for operations
funds for that year."
"...Evolving from this loan, the Plantation relied upon
bank borrowings to complete each year's budget, and
therefore foregoing the need to increase dues significantly.
At the time, the use of borrowed funds seemed reason-
able as the Plantation was being charged a very low in-
terest rate."
"However, over the years since 1997, our operating ex-
penses have grown along with the need to spend each
year for capital improvements such as road paving, dune
walkover repair and replacement, etc."
"Dues increases over the last few years reflected only cost
of living increases (2.5%); therefore, our revenues soon
fell short and the need to draw on the line of credit in-
creased..."
While it would appear that the dues increases were "only" 2.5 percent
(per year), there have been several increases, going from just under
$1000 for homeowners in the early 1990s to over $1700 per annum
in 2000. Similar increases were made for lot owners as well. The con-
cept of a cost of living index paid to this private, government entity is
absurd way of referencing the increases, as if to justify and compare
the increases with a traditional pay scale.
Incidentally, any "tax" or dues increases usually follow a budget re-
view to determine the amount of funding needed for the next year. In
the case of the Association, for 2002, the financial situation seems to
be bad enough that the Board %.as simply compelled, to raise dues
anyway. with or without n approved budget. One riember tried to
get a copy of the DRAFT budget only to be told by the "front office"
that none existed. This was affirmed by a direct communication di-
rectly with the esteemed President of the Association, Richard
Plessinger. I
To contirfue the memo, it said:
"...The Plantation found itself using as much as
$400,000.00 from the upcoming years' revenues to cover
the funds borrowed to pay the previous year's expenses.
This cycle has continued until now when the interest rate
to borrow the line of credit funds has risen to where it is
no longer appropriate to borrow. Also, it is critical to
maintain the capital improvement program, which en-
sures a solid infrastructure. The Plantation also needs to
begin to fund a reserve account for replacement costs of
Continued on Page 4

County Passes Emergency Ordinance to

Clean Up Potential Mosquito Areas


During the presentation by Dr.
Shakra Junejo, Director of the
Franklin County Health Unit, the
Board of Franklin County Com-
missioners passed an emergency
ordinance providing for immedi-
ate cleanup of suspected mos-
quito breeding areas across the
county, to be enforced by the
Health Unit.
Dr. Junejo described Arboviral
Encephalitis as a serious inflam-
mation (swelling) of the brain,
caused by mosquito-borne vi-
ruses. In the United States, these
diseases include St. Louis en-
cephalitis (SLE), Eastern equine
encephalitis (EEE). Western
equine encephalitis, LaCrosse
encephalitis and recently, West
Nile (WN) virus encephalitis. SLE
is the most common of these dis-
eases in Florida.
When symptoms occur they may
include fever, headache, fatigue,
dizziness, weakness and confu-
sion. WN may also cause rash or


Dr. Shakra Junejo
muscle weakness. People 50 and
older tend to be more severely af-
fected by SLE or WN. The most
severe cases can lead to coma and
death. There are no human vac-
cines against SLE, EEE, or WN in
the United States.


Apalachicola Election
Tuesday, September 4, 2001, was General Election Day in the City of
Apalachicola for City Commissioner Seat 3 and Seat 4. Van W.
Johnson, Sr., received 62.48 percent of the vote for City Commis-
sioner Seat 3. Robert L. Davis received 45.74 percent of the vote for
City Commissioner Seat 4.
Doris Shiver Gibbs, Election Supervisor for the city and county, was
not available for comment as The Chronicle was preparing to go to
press, but in her absence, Deputy Supervisor Ida Elliott said that the
potential number of voters was 1755. There were 7 Under Votes. Num-
ber Over Votes was 2. Under Votes indicates those who did not vote
for a candidate. Over Votes indicates those who voted more than once.
Population of the city is over 7,000.
At the polls there were 671 voters. Absentee Ballots numbered 46.
Total Number Voting was 717.
Following is a list of how the votes were cast:
Voter Ballots
Total Number Voting 671
City Commissioner Seat 3


Jack E. Frye
Van W. Johnson, Sr.
City Commissioner Seat 4
Robert L. Davis
Boyd "Sandy" Howze
Grady Lowe


35.00%
62.48%


45.74%
35.00%
17.99%


September 7 20, 2001


Inside This Issue 10 Pages
Franklin Briefs ............................................ 2
Carrabelle ............................... .... ........... 2
Editorial & Commentary .......................... 3, 4
Lanark Village ............................................ 3
Mosquito Awareness ...................................... 5
Oyster Eloquence, continued ............... 6, 7 & 9
Franklin Bulletin Board .................................. 8
FCAN .................................... ......... ......... 8
Bookshop ...................................................... 10


Bill Crouch leads the training of new volunteers in Flotilla
15.

Coast Guard Flotilla 15
"Reinvigorated" In Apalachicola Area


Following a couple of years of dor-
mant status, the Apalachicola
Area U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary,
Flotilla 15, has been "reactivated"
with several new members, and
has embarked on a training pro-
gram.
Saturday,'August 25th, cadre
membefg' led new trainee-Volun-
teers into a training curriculiuni
explaining their responsibilities
and tasks in a Flotilla organiza-
tion designed to help the U.S.
Coast Guard in a variety of activi-
ties. Frank Stephens, Art Little,
Bill Crouch (Panama City Beach)
and Chuck Lardent were on hand
to welcome the new volunteers,
now totaling 27 in the new group.
Couch conducted most of the in-
doctrination sessions as depicted
in the photograph included with
this story.
With proper training, the Auxil-
iary will assist the U. S. Coast
Guard in a variety of missions
including Search and Rescue,
Port Safety and Security, Marine
environmental response, aids to
navigation, marine safety, defense
readiness and enforcement of
laws and treaties. The SAR
(Search and Rescue) is one of the
oldest of missions. Rescuing those
in peril on the seas has priority
over Coast Guard missions in
peacetime. The port safety and se-
curity is a program designed to
safeguard the nation's ports, wa-


terways, waterfront facilities, ves-
sels, personnel and property and
to prevent accidental damage or
intentional damage or disruption.
marine environmental response is
a program intended to lessen
,damage caused by pollutants re-
leased in a coastal zone.
The Aids to Navigation program
sets up, operates and maintains
aids to navigation throughout the
U. S. and in other areas of the
world. Two major activities em-
brace the marine safety program:
(1) Commercial Vessel Safety and
(2) Recreational Boating Safety.
The Defense Readiness program
ensures the Coast Guard can
function as an effective armed
force in both peace and war. In
the enforcement of laws and trea-
ties, the program has moved from
surpressing smuggling to drug
interdiction, migrant interdiction
and fisheries enforcement in a
more visible activity of the U. S.
Coast Guard.
'The Flotilla 15 will meet and train
on a monthly basis at the Emer-
gency Management Center,
Apalachicola airport. Those inter-
ested in joining the program are
invited to contact Art Little or
Frank Stephens, telephone
850-927-2174 and 850-670-8085
respectively.


Birds In Franklin County Tested Positive


For West Nile Virus

By Tom Campbell
The Franklin County Health De-
partment in Apalachicola has
confirmed that several sickly and
dead birds in the Carrabelle and
Lanark Village areas of Franklin
County have "tested positive for
West Nile Virus."
,Last week, Allyn Jasper, a mem-
ber of Lanark Village Association,
said that a dead Blue Jay had
been found in his yard. He re-
ported it to the Health Depart-
ment in Carrabelle, who referred
him to the Health Department in
Apalachicola, where there is an
Environmental Specialist, Brent
Mabrey.
The Jaspers live on Parker Avenue
in Lanark Village.
Jasper said he was told that a
number of sick birds have been
found in the neighborhood of Car-
rabelle and Lanark Village. The
spokesperson at the Apalachicola
Health Department said they had
seen enough dead birds from the
Lanark Village area, and there
was ample evidence that birds
tested positive for West Nile Virus
in the area.
A sign on the door of the U. S.
Post Office in Lanark Village last
week stated: "A dead Blue Jay
found on Arizona Street here in
Lanark Village ... has tested posi-
tive for the West Nile Virus. This
has been confirmed with the
Health Department. Take precau-
tions. Stay indoors during hours
Dusk and Dawn -- mosquitoes
favorite snack time. If you have


to go out, wear long pants and
long sleeve shirts. Use Insect Re-
pellant containing "Deet." Remove
any standing water on your prop-
erty. Remove feed from your bird
feeders during this time. This
Warning Posted by your Lanark
Village Association."
Ms. Louise Rowland, Staff Assis-
tant with Environmental Health,
Franklin County Health Depart-
ment in Apalachicola, said, "We
know we do have the West Nile
Virus and ensephalitis in the
Franklin County area." She ad-
vised that people should avoid
outdoor activities and "if you do
go outside," protect yourself from
mosquito bites.
Ms. Rowland said that two birds
had been confirmed as testing
positive for West Nile Virus-one
crow out of the Carrabelle area
and one Blue Jay out of the La-
nark Village area. Also, a pigeon
out of the Carrabelle area was
tested positive for ensephalitis.
Several citizens from the Lanark
Village area emphasized the point
that precautions should be taken,
in order to prevent mosquito bites
during this time.





NOW


Commissioner Charles Bronson

Commissioner Of Agriculture Charles
Bronson Receives An Earful


Franklin

Community Speaks

Eloquently, Proudly

Of Oyster Traditions

The Edge Of Anger Wears Off Some During
Courteous 'Town Meeting"
The Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Charles Bronson addressed a large group of Franklin County citizens
in the Courthouse on Monday evening, August 27th at the end of a
two+ hour "town meeting" consisting of 21 speakers and remarks
from Representative Will Kendrick and Senator Al Lawson.
The Commissioner asserted "I will fight the Federal government's is-
Ssue of closing down the oyster business ... That is not the solution to
way for us to come up to meet those goals and guidelines..."
The Commissioner spoke with sensitivity to the simmering contro-
versy that precipitated from the denial of Franklin County elected
officials speaking at a national meeting by one of his assistants. The
I thrust of the complaint had shifted by the end of the meeting to find-
ing solutions through cooperation between the Department of Agri-
Sculture and the oyster industry for meeting the goals established by
. outside forces acting upon the Florida industry, namely from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration,
and to a lesser degree, from the ISSC group.
But, the target of most criticism was still aimed at Sherman Wilhelm,
the assistant to the Commissioner of Agriculture, and to a lesser de-
gree, Martha Roberts. In the excerpted speeches that follow this sum-
mary, several individuals identified.particular instances justifying their
criticism.


A portion of the audience at the town meeting.
The general theme voiced by many Franklin County citizens was that
the Department of Agriculture had become an adversary instead of
an advocate on behalf of the oyster business. For example, some state
administrators have held the view that the only way to reduce the
tragic outcome of Vibrio Vulnificus in oysters is to close down harvest-
ing during the warm summer months, or as the rumors persisted,
close down the entire industry for longer periods.
A number of oystermen pointedly argued that such actions were quite
unfair and unjustified, given the availability of product in many other
industries, their dangers, and the continued availability of that prod-
uct. Cigarettes, which have now been conclusively linked in the chain
of cause and effect, have contributed to thousands of deaths, yet the
product is still available to the public in packaging desigried to warn
users of the dangers. This type of public education campaign is what
the oyster industry has advocated in light of considerably fewer deaths
linked to Vibrio Vulnificus.
The "cigarette argument" was not commented upon by Commissioner
Bronson in his closing comments at the town meeting, but he stated
he would closely look into the chain of events regarding the handling,
storage and sale of oyster product by retailers. Many speakers con-
vincingly asserted that their oyster product was unfairly condemned
due to improper storage of product long after it left the docks on
Apalachicola Bay. Bevin Putnal reported the substance of an inter-
view with a local physician who emphatically stated that never in his
50 some years of local practice had he ever had a case of sickness as
a result of eating local oysters. Yet, outside agencies have reported up
to 16 deaths have been traced to oysters taken from Apalachicola
Bay, assuming that the oysters themselves were diseased. The Com-
missioner said he would have his investigators look into the storage
and distribution chain to see if most of the problems originated with
storage at the retail level.
Commissioner Bronson said "It is my intention that the
oyster business in Apalachicola Bay remain one of the
most prosperous oyster businesses in the United States
... I don't walk away from anything; if I did that, I wouldn't
be here tonight ... I feel the best way to handle things is
to get out among the people and handle things from there."
"... We have to deal with U.S.D.A (U.S. Department of
Agriculture), we have to deal with FDA (Food and Drug
Administration), because what will happen is, if we ig-
nore what they're telling us completely, they will come
down and shut you down. It won't be your State Depart-
ment of Agriculture. What I want to do is to try to find a
way to help you stay open. Help you keep your busi-
nesses going..."


Commissioner Cheryl Sanders testifies as Channel 13
records her remarks.
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Franklin

Briefs

September 4, 2001
Present: Chairperson Eddie
Creamer, Commissioner Bevin
Putnal, Commissioner
Clarence Williams,

Moscorli~. Commissioner
Chenjl Sanders -,
Franklin County Health
Unit
Dr. Shakra Junejo, Director of the
Franklin County Health Dept.,
described the symptoms of
mosquito-borne illnesses and dis-
tributed literature on how to treat
potential infestation areas. The
primary defense, she emphasized,
is on the personal level. This in-
cludes wearing long sleeves and
long slacks and trousers when
outdoors and the use of bug re-
pellants. A complete list is pub-
lished elsewhere in this issue of
the Chronicle. An emergency or-
dinance was proposed and
passed. Please see separate story
on this elsewhere in this issue.

Judge Steinmeyer
Judge Steinmeyer made a plea for
funds on behalf of abused chil-
dren in Franklin County, and a
court-administered program de-
signed to help them. He needed
$3,375. Dr. Junejo volunteered to
provide that money out of her new
budget as she strongly endorsed
the program. A paid position in
Franklin County would be gener-
ated through matching funds with
Franklin's share to be $3,375,to
the Guardian Ad Litem program.
Other counties have been partici-
pating in generating the match-
ing funds.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan reported that a total
of 67 applications have been re-
ceived requesting aquaculture
leases in Alligator Harbor.
Franklin County applicants num-
bered 48, and five were from
Wakulla County. The Dept. of Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
are currently verifying the resi-
dency status of the applicants. At
the present time, the Dept. is con-
sidering allowing 46 leases that
will be 1.5 acres in size. In Octo-
ber, a Lease Workshop will be


held, at which the applicants will
select their lease sites. The list of
leases and leases will go to the
Governor and Cabinet in Novem-
ber for approval.

Public Hearing
The Board unanimously passed
an ordinance prohibiting place-
ment of tobacco products in
self-service displays accessible to
minors.

Humane Society
Rene Topping and Gayle Dodds
appeared-on behalf of.the, county
IHuiane, Soc e y. ;Ms., -Topping's
remarks appear in the Editorial
and Commentary Section of the
current issue of the Chronicle.
The appearance of the two lead-
ers in the Humane Society was
due to reports that the Board of
County Commissioners planned
to reduce their budget from
$60,000 odd dollars to less than
$30,000. Ms. Dodds reported
budget information to the Com-
missioners indicating that about
$34,000 was needed for salaries.
Animal Control headed by Van
Johnson had a tentative approval
of about $80,000.
Gayle Dodds: I have come before
you for three years, and yes, ev-
ery year I have asked for more,
because there are more animals
to care for. We can't help the irre-
sponsible level of animal care by'
some people in this county is so
rampant. I wish it wasn't. I wish
we could close the shelter ahd say
"Everything's fine here..." but it
is not. And, I don't know what the
answer to that is ... Keeping that
in mind, I would like to run over
a couple of things with you.
From 10-04-00 until 08-31-01 we
collected $1,898.00 from 76
people for adoption money. These
were people that came in and were
able to give us what we asked
when we adopt animals out to
them. We adopted a total of 503
animals in the last nine months.
All the other animals, 427, we
have helped people pay for the
spay and neutering... This year,
for the Bow Wow Ball, we collected
$7,051.00 ... For the Sea Food
Festival ... we got $1,230. How-
ever, the lady that bought Tom
Tiffin's painting gave the painting
back to me and required her
check of $1,100 back because she
couldn't get it in her private
plane... Fortunately, a lady who
is in this audience, bought the
painting at the Bow Wow Ball and
that is part of the $7,061. ...1 have
approximately $875 left (and that)
... has gone to spay and neuter-
ing this year plus some surgery,
(and for) heartworm... Jeanie


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MacMillan does the Bow Wow
Ball, and she is entitled to a lot of
encouragement and Thanks for
that, and this year we got such a
great acceptance of people on the
island to help us ... The weather
got very cold...
That $875 for spay and neuter-
ing has to hold me until next Feb-
ruary... It is not going to...
My vet bills, because of that, and
the other things we do for people,
range between $500 and $700 a
month... This is part of profes-
sional services which for this year
is $5,101.00... Mrs. Dodds men-
tioned the veterinarians who work
with the animal shelter including
Dr. Hobson Fulmer, Dr. Nelson
(Port St. Joe), the Forest animal
clinic (Crawfordville) and Animal
Aid...
This year because of the amount
of animals we had, I put into this
budget no salary increases but
one extra hour because that's
what they're working. If you do
not see where that is right, then I
would cut it back to where it
was,... it would be $31,800 plus
$2,433 which would bring it up
to $34,000. That would mean that
my employees would get no raise,
and if they will stay longer, I thank
them for it... If not, I don't know
what we're going to do.
Utilities run me $800 a month.
There is heat, there is air condi-
tioning, sewer and water. Again,
because we're outside the district
and they really put it to us. A
question was raised by Mosconis
whether some arrangement to
share water with the landfill next
door would be possible.
Medicine supplies run about $600
monthly. Up to 30 gallons a week
of bleach are purchased. What
this does is that it stops the parvo.
We haven't had a parvo outbreak'
in three years given all the pup-
pies that we have.
Chairperson Eddie Creamer
raised the question about dona-
tions to the humane society. "I
talked to about three people, and
they told me that donations were
way over $13,000." Creamer ex-
claimed. Mrs. Dodds clarified the
donations. "We get $5000 from an
Anonymous donor in $2500 incre-
ments. The only other donations
that I get ... Royce and Martha
Hodges give me $1000 per year
in memory of their dog ... The
other donations that we get are
not earmarked for Spay and Neu-
ter...- Creamer responded, "I've
been approached by three people
that stated they gave a large do-
nation ... One of them is more
than $30,000...." (The crowd
slowly increased their laughter).
"...Another disclosed $20,000..."
(more laughter). Mrs. Dodds re-
sponded, "...All I can say to you
is that if I had that kind of money,,
I wouldn't be here." She also
added a few minutes later, "... Mr.
Watkins is the onl\ other donor
of large amounts of money ... I'm.
sorry. He's been anonymous foi
three years. He and the Hodges
are the only ones who donate
large sums to.the Humane Soci-
ety... Let me know who those do-
nors are. If they are, where is the
check? I'll take it in one second."
Mrs. Dodds adjusted the request
of the Humane Society to about
$48,000, down from the initial
request for nearly $70,000 to op-
erate the kennels. Commissioner
Mosconis, engineered a negotia-
tion meeting between Van
Johnson (animal control) and
Mrs. Dodds to occur sometime
Wednesday, September 5th. Ben
Watkins asked to be included in.
that meeting and the Board ap-.
proved. Out of this would come
another adjustment, and perhaps.
some cost-saving procedures to
be followed in the next budget
year.
The Board approved the abandon-
ment of part of Hathcock Road in,
Apalachicola, contingent upon
both owners exchanging ease-
ments.

Public Hearing
CDBG engineering services for,
Eastpoint and Apalachicola engi-
neering projects received one bid-'
from Preble-Rich Engineering.
The Board had appointed Alan;
Pierce and Mark Curenton as the
committee to review the bids. The
Board approved turning the bid
to the committee for review and
recommendation.
Director of Administrative
Services
Alan Pierce provided the Board a
preliminary damage assessment'
from Tropical Storm Barry. About
$250,000 was the damage esti-
mate.
Pierce also announced that the
hearings to create five more lots
in Casa Del Mar Phase II would
still be scheduled for the Septem-


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City Gives OK.

To Condo Plans

By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle City Commission
gave Jerry Wallace the O.K. at a
special meeting held at the city
hall on August 20, to build the
first 30 condominium units in the
Timber island Resort. It finally
had the unanimous vote of all the
entire commission despite some
hesitation on the part of Commis-
sioner Rita Preston. She stated
that she thought there was still
some things that had not been
made clear, but she finallyjoired
the other four commissioners in
the approval.
City Clerk Beckey Jackson read
out the list of items that needed
to be discussed by the commis-
sioners..
It was left to Alan Pierce to do the
outlining of things that he saw as
problems.
Jerry Wallace'said, "I can't stand
any more delay." and added that
he was anxious to get started. "It
was also revealed that the restau-
rant would be a Dell Schneider
project. He said that he would not
be starting in the near future.
Pierce started off by saying the
site plan has 338 parking places,
which is more than the city re-
quired, but there are no parking
spaces that would accommodate
a vehicle and a boat trailer. The
city requires only one parking
space per homestead. Mr. Wallace
has said that he will take the area
that will become a restaurant later
on and use it as temporary park-
ing lot.


ber 18th meeting. He said the
amendment to the St. George DRI
appears to be acceptable to all
parties, including the Plantation,
s6 the hearing should not last very
long.
The Board approved the prelimi-
nary plat for Magnolia Ridge Sub-
division.
The Board approved payment for
a right-of-way survey ofIowa and
Maine streets in Lanark Village.
The airport passed its most recent
inspection and received a license.
The fourth and last Joint Partici-
pation Agreement arrived for the
airport. This is to build mainte-
nance hangers along the side of
the existing main hanger. The cost
is $67,000 and the Department
of Transportation will provide
about $53,600. The Board ap-
proved the agreement.


Pierce said he thought that the
city,couldpursue buying some of
the land formerly owned by the
state across the road from the res-
taurant for the parking for public
boat ramp.
Another problem is the Timber
Island Road. He suggested that
Wallace get a traffic count.
Wallace argued that he is only
building 30 units and feels he will
know much better how much traf-
fic is using the road after they are
built.
Flood Insurance is an important
issue for condo owners and the
city, in as much as the buildings
will be in "V" for Velocity zone and
Pierce was very uneasy about the
closed in garages under the con-
dos. Pierce said he was trying to
safe guard the city residents flood
damage insurance. The developer
will have to build it in such a way
that it will not interfere with the
city's flood insurance.
After more talk on a boat ramp
that has never been used Mayor
Messer said, *We need to give this
man some kind of a start. How
many years have you been com-
ing here?" Wallace answered,
"Eighteen months." "Messer said,
"I'm going to recommend to the
Board that the way I am thinking
is we give him a start."
Pat Maier said that Dan Keck had
been supposed to come and talk
to us about the problems, Messer
dismissed her saying that the de-
veloper had been coming to the
meeting.
Wallace said their title attorney
said that they can do what they
want with the easement. They had
talked with David Butler and Ben
Watkins had talked with Joe But-
ler. The only one is the state who
has a recorded easement. That
ended the discussion on the
easements.
Ella Mosconis said the developer
needs to address easements for
utilities and for water and sewer
and for the water meter at each
building.
The city has swapped with
Wallace the building of a lift sta-
tion and the sewer being run un-
der the Carrabelle River as a fair
exchange. All sewer taps will be
charged to the developer.
No work has started on the bor-
ing of the sewer pipe under the
Carrabelle River, although
Wallace did pay out of escrow the
design fee from BDI.
He will pay for 32 taps at present
and reserve the others until
needed. Commissioner Phillip
Rankin spoke on behalf of the
water and sewer and questioned
the sewer going under the river
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there. There will be another pump *
station on the Island side. He also
wanted to question the reserva-
tion on water. He worried about
another developer wanted to use
the taps right away where would
the city stand.
Wallace said he would pay for the
first 32 taps needed and asked the
city to hold all other taps in re-
serve.
The next item was the Pumping
Station on his waste water collec-
tion that will be pumped into the
city's sewer service that is pres-
ently not built'but is slated to be
under the Carrabelle River. He
reminded Wallace that the city
would need an easement to main-
tain the station.
All of this will have to set in writ-
ing and it will also be contingent
on getting DBP approval. Wallace
read the wording of a contract he
presented to the city.
In all, so far, the city will have al-
lowed three variances agreed on
a 4' raise on the office and club-
house; another on the blow out
walls, (preferably to be louvers on
the closed garages) and steel
columns.
After Williams tried to formulate
a motion, (which he called the
"mother of all motions,") the com-
missioners took the suggestion
that the city attorney formulate
all of their decisions into a favor-
able motion. They did vote and the
approval was unanimous.
Ella Mosconis, City Engineer from
BDI informed the commissioners
that the contractor on the vacuum
sewer project was ready to mobi-
lize on site on September 4. She
said that Mark Householder had
worked diligently on getting resi-
dents to sign the easements. She
added there was sufficient money
as far as the technical financing
in escrow to pay him to work an-
other two months.
Mosconis said that 25 more ease-
ments had been signed, "There is
no minimum number required."
A motion was made by Preston
and seconded by Mathes, to per-
mit to have Householder continue
to get more easements, with the
money to come out of the escrow."
Audrey Messer, "How long is it
going to take Mark to do it?" It
could take him six months. City
Clerk Beckey Jackson said that
Mark was getting people to sign
and he had been working a posi-
tive manner. Messer persisted
saying "How long will it take?"
until Mayor Curley Messer, who
is also her husband, banged his
gavel and said "Let's get on with
it."


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Frankly Speaking On Behalf Of The

Franklin County Animal Population

(Excerpts of testimony given by Rene Topping before the
Franklin County Commission on Tuesday, September 4,
2001).
I am really speaking on behalf of those who cannot speak, your four
footed, hairy and furry constituents, as they have a very serious stake
in your final decision. I remind you that how a community takes care
of the animals is a yard stick of that total community.
Forgive me, but I must now indulge in a little history of the Humane
Society and the animal shelter.
In the bad old days, in 1977, when I came to make this my final
home, things were really not too great. Animals were shot in the streets,
cats would be strung up between the branches of a tree and left to
die, there was always a pack of starving dogs at the door of every
store or restaurant, dogs stood by the side of the road waiting for the
man or woman who had abandoned them to come back, sick and
diseased animals roamed the streets and anyone like myself was given
"gifts" of puppies, kittens, thrown into our driveway.


17-- --.


Rene Topping
You could count the miles between Carrabelle and Apalachicola by
the numbers of bloated, fly infested, dead dogs and cats on the side of
Sthe road. People who drove through this beautiful county must have
wondered what kind of people lived here and they would allow these
things to happen.
So back then in the early 1982 the Humane Society was formed.
Seven people gathered at the courthouse and gradually we became
an organization. We began on our own to patrol the streets of the
county picking up and taking to Panama City, or to Tallahassee shel-
ters animals that we knew sadly would mostly be killed, within a few
days. We took baskets of kittens and puppies, with tears streaming
down our faces, all the way, because we knewithat we were taking
these little creatures to be killed. The grim statistic was very few ever
came out of the shelters to a loving home.
SWorking as the only animal control county-wide we eventually found
out that it was over burdening for the most stalwart man or woman.
We were the only people who would respond to problems. One time,
six of us were the only people who went over to Apalachicola to relieve
an elder woman who loved cats, but was overburdened. Her home
was the place where everybody abandoned their unwanted cats. There
were sick cats all over the place.
We were at ground zero until we had a county ordinance and a place
to take care of the animals. We finally got the first ordinance passed
in 1988, and apparently it will jtft be revised instead of'a new ordi-
nance being created now.
With the ordinance passed, we went on to lay the first plans for the
building of a shelter. From that day forward our Humane Society
members and me tin cupped our way across this county, gathering
small and larger donations. I would be amiss if I did not say we couldn't
have done it without the aid and wonderful help of Ben Watkins, and
his sweet companion dog, Lady, who Mr. Ben consulted daily on all
animal matters.


Something to Think About
Bevin Putnal is usually calling the prayer just
before each Franklin County Commission L
\ meeting, asking for Guidance from Divine
SIntervention. Perhaps the Commis-
sion will carefully remem-
ber, when it comes to cut- --
ting back funds for the
Humane Society that
DOG spelled back-
ward is GOD.


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Vol. 10, No. 18


September 7, 2001


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

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.......... Tom W. Hoffer
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Proofreader ................ Tom Campbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein ...... Alligator Point
George Chapel ......................................... Apalachicola
Karen Cox-Dennis Apalachicola
Rene Topping ... Carrabelle
David Butler Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
George Thompson ................................ Eastpoint
Pat Morrison .................................... St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona .............. St. George Island
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Over three or more weary years we managed to get together $65,000
dollars. I wonder how much that is in today's commerce? The county
donated us the site next to the landfill. We are grateful to those com-
missioners who felt that we had proven the need. This ground is dedi-
cated to always being a shelter for the animals.
We went through many a bump along the way. Commissioners, one
of those bumps has made me think you are about to make the biggest
mistake a commission can make in your effort to pinch the dollars. A
move had been made at that time that a commission be formed of one
commissioner from each town, one from the county, one from the
Sheriffs office and one Humane Society member.
It was a total disaster. With the Humane Society out-voted the com-
bined commission voted to hire a man from Texas to do animal con-
trol and take care of the shelter.
In just a few weeks the Humane Society got complaints that the shel-
ter was unclean and there were dead animals in the cages at the
shelter. We went over to inspect and found dead and dying animals. I
checked with Texas and their head state veterinarian said that his
certificate was not valid to do euthanasia. Yet he had attempted to
kill a beautiful big dog.
It was a cruel time for the animals. Disease was rampant.
Within a short time the Humane Society had the shelter back to take
care of the animals. The shelter had to be closed in order that we
could disinfect, and sterilize it. It took days before we could reopen.
By then the tears of the volunteers as they scrubbed had mitigated
the damage that was done. I do not want to dwell on this because I
still feel the pain.
The commission was dissolved and since then the Humane Society
has handled the shelter and brought it up to the excellent shelter itis
now.
So now when you go to the shelter, any day, any time you will be
pleased with the sweet smell, the happy animals playing in the fenced
in yard, the total cleanliness. That is one reason that people adopt so
.many of our animals these days.
Why now, when we have everything working well, are you choosing to
take away our financing?
Our President and Financial Administrator Gayle Dodds has worked
- unceasingly making additions to the building, working with the staff
and improving the quarters for the animals. The staff consists of our
Executive Assistant Leslie Taylor who has in the last nine months
adopted out 503 animals. Stand up and cheer. Who-will replace her?
I cannot believe that you would rather kill most of the animals! That
is one way and may be a little cheaper. But I am hanging on to the
belief that you will see the benefit in allowing us to continue as be-
fore. It is also my opinion that the animal lovers would rather have
you spend a little more of taxpayers money to see that many animals
get good homes.
We also have Shelter Manager Sharon Shiver and two weekend ken-
nel assistants Shirley Taylor and Brandy Carmichael. I believe they
do their job so well that animals from our shelter are always wanted.
In most shelters the personnel take an animal to care, knowing that
all the time that the animal will be on Death Row in a matter of days.
Do you even realize for one moment how difficult their job is even in
a shelter that has such a great record for adoptions?
I have heard you want to have us spend our Spay and Neuter money
we get from the Bow Wow Ball. That would decimate a fund that has
been held sacrosanct. Our mission is to keep down the over popula-
tion of the animals and we have pledged all that money to be spent on
spaying and neutering. The logical way to get out of the problem.
Under no conditions will we betray our trust to the people who do-
nate.
Please don't ask me to tin cup again amongst those who have already
given in part funds for a Shelter, a Library and a Senior Center, just
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You plan to use inmates to care for the animals. I would question
that. It has been found that people who have been sent to prison for
violence in the family many times started out breaking the back of a
small puppy or putting a small kitten on a hook and dropping it on a
line as crocodile bait. Don't tell me I am making this up. I have seen
it here in Franklin County with my own eyes.
I believe over the years, we have served this county well. Yet you
ambushed usl You spit on us! You did not respect us for our many
hours of labor But even now, all we want is just to have you keep us
doing what we have done so long-run the Shelter!
By the way. Jimmy, have you ever spent 15 minutes visiting the shel-
ter in order to see, and really know what we do. Bevin, have you ever
spent a while with us? Cheryl, I know you are busy but have you ever
spent 15 minutes visiting the shelter while you have been commis-
sioner? Mr. Clarence, how about you? Have you ever seen the inside
of the shelter? Mr. Ed, tell me, have you ever been there?
Have any of you ever in the last three years, when Gayle presented
her budget, asked a question or any statistic?
After all, you are spending the taxpayers money and it seems strange
that you would not take a break in your busy schedule, and go and
see why people say this shelter is one of the very best in the Pan-
handle.
I came here 24 years ago. Population has grown by leaps and bounds,
especially lately, and will continue to do so. Our tax base has also
accelerated by leaps and bounds. But these people demand having
some services, and they deserve them.
Franklin County is perceived to be a county that is friendly to dogs
and cats and that has made us a star of a place to live in, or visit. Do
you really believe you want that perception to be sent down the tubes?
'I think not!
Thank you for the opportunity to air my views. I would welcome any-
one to our shelter and if you are so inclined reach out and touch your
commissioner and let him or her know just where you stand on keep-
ing the financing of the animal shelter in the.budget.


Mrs. Gayle Dodds addresses the Board of County
Commissioners.


Two Employees

Resign From

LanarkWater



By Rene Topping
The Lanark Village Water and
Sewer District Board monthly
meeting'hld 6hii August 23 was
almost drawing to a close, when
Donny Griswold suddenly came
out of his seat ard threw down
his beeper and 'other articles in
front of Commissioner Jim
Lawlor. As he slammed his way
out the door, Lawlor said "Is that
your resignation." Griswold came
back into the hall in less than two
minutes and slammed the rest of
his equipment down on the end
of the table saying "Yes. I guess it
is."


Next morning, his brother Kenny,
came into the District office and
., --"- surrendered his equipment and
/. 1 gave in his resignation.
_F- '_ Lawlor had stated dissatisfaction
SV.- with both employees. At the be-
ginning of the meeting he had re-
The Commissioners listen to remarks by Mrs. Gayle Dodds. ported to the board members that
the two employees had been head-
ing towards Lanark Village just
before eight o'clock one morning
with their children riding in-the
rear of the district's truck. Lawlor
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District Attorney Sc*ott Smiley
agreed with Lawlor, saying that
the district would be liable for any
problems arising from that.
Griswold said that it would not
happen again.
Griswold reported that the road
side adjacent to the Driftwood
project had been filled in and
grassed but everything had
washed down into the road by the
rains. The debris made little chan-
nels and the Florida Department
of Transportation, FDOT, want
the district to remedy it. Griswold
was asked to clean up the road,
seed and sprinkle the area with
millet.
The next item on the employees
report was that the grass mower
is broken. It would cost $371 to
fix and it is six years old. The
mover is a 40 inch riding ma-
.chine. Commission Chairman
Greg Yancey said that this was the
third time they had to replace
parts.
Lawlor asked why they could not
ask the Golf Club to cut the grass
in lieu of rent for the storage of
their machine. He said maybe
they would make a swap. He also
said that the Major at the State
Work Camp had been approached
to have the inmates do some work
without any success. Lawlor also
said that the weeds and grass
near the office needs to be done
with a weed whacker.
A motion to repair the mower for
$ 371 and then look into other
options for next year was ap-
proved.
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Letter To The Editor
August 30, 2001
Dear Editor:
Keep Franklin County Beautiful has again been working hard to make
our county a better place to live and a more attractive vacation spot
for our visitors. Recently over 50 picket fence trash enclosures were
placed throughout the county replacing those that hadworn out and
providing new ones as well. Twenty eight trash receptacles were also
delivered to St. George Island and placed near public accesses to the
beach. We understand that enclosures will eventually be built there
too.
We want to thank Lucile Pilcher of Keep Franklin County Beautiful
for obtaining grant money to buy the materials to build the enclo-
sures. Lucile also coordinated the efforts of Randy Cook and the
Franklin County Work Camp to build the enclosures and Van Johnson
and his crew to put them up.
Many thanks from your Chamber of Commerce for ajob well done to
everyone who worked on this beautification project. We appreciate
your hard work.
Anita Gregory
Executive Director
Apalacl -ola Bay Chamber of Commerce


The Boyd Report

The Incredible Shrinking Surplus

By Congressman Allen Boyd
Yesterday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released its
budget estimate for 2001 which shows that the $114 billion non-Social
Security and Medicare Trust Fund budget surplus has vanished. In
fact, we will have to use the entire Medicare Trust Fund surplus and
$9 billion of the $158 billion Social Security surplus just to cover the
general operating expenses, of the federal government. The question
on everyone's mind: Where did this $122 billion surplus go? Accord-
ing to the CBO, two-thirds of the surplus, or about $80,5 billion was
used to cover the cost of the President's tax cut package this year.
The rest of the reduction was a result of slower than expected eco-
nomic growth.
Earlier this year, while the debate over the President's budget priori-
ties was still going on, I joined my colleagues in the Blue Dog Coali-
tion to warn that we should not commit so much of the surplus to
new spending programs or tax cuts. Unfortunately, that recommen-
dation fell on deaf ears. While the surplus has evaporated, President
Bush still has $18.3 billion in additional defense spending proposals,
$23 billion in new education spending proposals, $33 billion in en-
ergy tax credit legislation, and $13.3 billion in tax credits for chari-
table choice pending before Congress with no resources outside of
the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for his new spending requests.
When you first sent me to Congress to serve as your representative I
told you that working to protect the Social Security and Medicare
Trust Funds would be one of my top priorities. This meant that there
were times that I did not support popular spending programs or tax
cuts because I did not believe they were responsible in light of our
$5.6 trillion national debt and our long term commitment to Social
Security and Medicare. Because of this, I have always supported the
Blue Dog budget which devoted at least 50% of the non'-Social Secu-
rity and Medicare Trust Fund surpluses to paying down the debt,
with 25% going to tax cuts and 25% going to priority programs like
education, defense, veterans' health care, and agriculture.
In 1934, our nation made a commitment to America's senior citizens
that Social Security would be there for them when they retired. You
can ,.paassured .that as Congress continues ,their wor,k, q4~ the
President's additional tax cut and spending proposals that'I will: re-
fully 'eigh their impact on Social Security before I support any of
them.;


St. George Plantation continued from Phge 1
our major facilities such as the Clubhouse, pool, tennis
courts, etc. A planned and funded reserve account will
protect against sudden adverse financial impacts."
"Based upon the need to reduce the use of borrowing to
pay expenses, to maintain our infrastructure, and to
implement a planned reserve fund, the Board of Direc-
tors determined that there is a need to increase dues.
These added revenues will allow the Plantation to begin
a debt repayment program, and to place the Plantation
on a solid financial footing. Extensive borrowing can no
longer continue..."
There is a strange odor about those foregoing statements, as if the
Board has lost control over the budget. Matters may now become a
tad clearer that an agenda of spending remains in place by the cur-
rent and past Boards of Directors but there is still not much defini-
tion as to expenses in the Association.
The spending continued, while the source venues began to decline.
Somewhere, sometime, most of us were nurtured with the idea that
one spent only within the confines of the money available. Yet, the
bureaucracy at the Plantation continued to grow, almost in an ines-
capable cycle of events that could not be easily controlled.
A case in point, to illustrate the point about bureaucracy. A long time
ago, in a land far, far away there existed a smaller Plantation with a
Security gate, and a small staff of workers. A few members complained
about too much traffic coming into the Plantation, so an elaborate
paper scheme of passes was "invented" by a small committee with at
least four color-coded, categories. Advance to a few years later, when
the Plantation was searching for revenue sources to relieve itself of a
growing level of indebtedness, and "Presto", someone schemed to add
additional fees on houses rented, and the Association collected a few
bucks on each rental. Of course, more forms were required. As rent-
als increased, more traffic occurred, and soon, additional personnel
were needed at the gate to "process" and "sort out" the transient visi-
tors who rented, and the homeowner or lot owner who wanted through
the gate. The additional personnel, and the additional paper cost


Panhandle Players
Announce Musical
The Panhandle Players will per-
form the musical PUMP BOYS
AND DINETTES the first weekend
in December. The cast includes
four men (Pump Boys) who run a
gas station and two sisters (Di-
nettes) who own a Dinette. Pump
Boys and Dinettes is a country
musical revue and features solo
songs as well as duets and the
entire ensemble. Singing ability is
a necessity and playing the piano,
bass or guitar would be helpful.
Auditions will be held Monday,
October 8 and Wednesday, Octo-
ber 10 at 7 p:m. at the Dixie The-
atre in Apalachicola. Rehearsals
will start Monday October 15 and
will be held each Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday evening
at 7 p.m. If you have any ques-
tions please call Liz Sisung at
670-8261.





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money, and the bureaucracy grew by leaps and bounds. More per-
sonnel meant greater levels of matching FICA payments, wages, re-
tirement perks, and so forth. While this scenario is but a small slice
of the changes in the growth of the Plantation, today we have a secu-
rity gate staffed with two persons per shift, and in the main office, a
part-time assistant helping out the fulltime secretary three days a
week and a General Manager. Just a small fragment of a bureaucracy
nearly out-of-control.
Keep in mind, in regard to the growing indebtedness, and the "new"
configuration of financing Plantation operations, as explained by cur-
rent Treasurer Harry Topliss (Please see quotes below), the debt hole
was growing deeper and much wider as unbridled spending contin-
ues.
Back in 1999, the Association memberships was not informed
fully about the implications for these changes made by the Board
of Directors. Was the Board asleep on this issue and didn't know
any better? Was there some degree of misfeasance in their fiduciary
responsibility to the Association and the Membership by failing to
recognize what was coming? Was there a clear-cut attempt to keep
expenses within the amount of income (through the dues and
interest-bearing accounts)?
The Board politely points out that Capital expenditures such as road
building, and repairs and construction of dune walk-overs were un-
expected expenses. Now, the members are asked to brace for a "re-
serve fund" falling under the rubric of "maintaining the infrastruc-
ture". The memo continued:
"The Board of Directors therefore has voted to increase
the dues on a house to $2,350.00 and on a lot to
$1,068.00. These increases will become effective as of
January 1, 2002."
"An approved 2002 operations budget will be mailed to
you shortly and will be on the agenda for discussion at
the upcoming Annual Meeting on September 15, 2001."
"The Board wishes to communicate to the members that
this dues increase is needed to ensure the Plantation's
continued positive growth, maintenance of our infrastruc-
ture, freedom from debt, and the development of a long
overdue reserve fund."
"We welcome your comments and questions and encour-
age you to feel free to contact any Board Director via
phone or e-mail."
Then, the remainder of the page was blank, without any names, phone
numbers or addresses. Is the Board running for cover?
In the meantime, one Board member, Harry Topliss, send out a letter
to some members, and excerpts from that letter are quoted here.
"...Financial Condition:
"Do you know that for the last several years, 40% or more
of the dues you pay each year have been needed to pay
for prior years' obligations .The last Audit report you were
furnished, as of December 31, 1999, showed some $400
prepaid dues, 2000 dues collected In 1999. In fact about
$400,000 of dues for the year 2000 were collected early
and needed and used to pay 1999 bills and payroll..."
"Do you know that the POA ran out of money in early
July of this year and has had to borrow from the bank to
continue to pay our payroll and other bills. All of this will
have to be repaid by your future dues."
"In each of the last several years you have been shown a
"balanced" budget showing revenue in the area of one
million dollars and operating expenses and capital im-
provements of about the same. In each of those years, as
noted above, a substantial amount of that revenue, your
dues, has been needed to pay the prior years costs and
expenses.."
"Some:prior members of our Board have been finan-
cially irrespoiisible. Your~irrent Board has taken some
bold steps to collect these deiliciencie- over the 'ext few ':-' '''
years., Please support them..."

Throughout the 1990s, the Association members were advised that
the reduction and eventual elimination of legal fees would help the
Association treasury considerably, as if to lift the financial burden to
enable the Board of Directors to plant more Palm trees, or landscape
Leisure Lane, or embark on an ambitious program of connecting the
bike paths. Surveys were taken, but nothing was said about another
option. Such as, "If you knew that the treasury was going broke,
what improvements to the infrastructure would you like to have in
the Plantation?" No such option.
Keep in mind, when litigation expenses fell to very low levels, memo-
randa and press releases extolled the euphoria that all lawsuits were
settled, and at last, the Plantation is in Alice's Wunderlant of contin-
ued "financial stability," complimented with waving palm trees.
In the last decade, the Association has paid out more than $400,000
.in legal fees largely due to. a Board of Directors that kept litigation
going, sometimes simply on a macho basis, "so we can show the world
not to mess with the Plantation!"
The occasional level of discourse about local political forums such as
unbridled.criticism of County Government, and certain personalities
was heard often in Board meetings.'Yes, there are tapes of such dia-
tribes uttered by persons masquerading as "gentlemen."
If you find this unbelievable, ask Gene Brown for a copy of an affida-
vit from a witness who overheard Board members scheming to block
Mr. Brown's business prospects at the Cut, when he threatened to
sue them for tortuous interference. Well, now, how dare he assert his
rights. The witness was a lay minister, undoubtedly the best kind of
witness anyone could ever hope for in a litigation for conspiracy.
Often in such cases there are no witnesses!! Mr. Brown sent word of
his intentions, and a copy of the affidavit of the witness, and eventu-
ally the Board of Directors sent back what he wanted-a check of
settlement for $100,000. This particular matter also illustrates an-
other caveat in regard to the Boai-d. Watch the spin they sometimes
place on things, and in this case, they blamed Gene Brown for the
debt of $100,000111
They extolled the settlement of the so-called Ben Johnston litigation,
mentioning that the insurance company paid by the Board paid Mr.
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all, and the Board was liable for not honoring that agreement. Note
the spin placed on fault and liability.
Finally, the members have been advised that a final budget will be
mailed in time for the annual meeting. There is no meeting scheduled
according to conversations with one Board member, and a call to the
main office produced only rumors of one. Yet state law says that any
and all Board meetings should be publicly noticed.
One more comment here, and that is about the phrase "property val-
ues." Members will encounter this phrase in the context of "threats"
and "dangers" to the financial stability of the Plantation. Keep in mind
that the Administration of the Plantation is merely man-made; a con-
trivance that can be revised, changed, eliminated, or rejected. There
is absolutely nothing valuable about this configured organization.
But, when it comes to land, ah-we can take a cue from "Gone With
the Wind" and Scarlett's father who told her that land is the only
thing that matters, and I would add, when there is only so much of it.
Remember, too, the American public has a romance with the water.
Seventy per cent of the U. S. population lives within 100 miles of an
ocean. They travel to those oceans in droves. In fact, the state of
Florida is building a new 70-million dollar bridge to bring even more
of them from the mainland.
There may be a small lower ripple in values surrounding controversy
in the Plantation but because of the scarcity of land on barrier island,
the demand will only grow larger and larger. Those who seek to frighten
you into conforming to their arguments use this phrase "a threat to
your property values," knowing that you will panic, and eventually
conform. That probably applies to many persons within the fences of
the Plantation because there is perceived to be so much "fear" of the
outside world of Franklin County-that many seek so much from the
security gate. The phrase is simply a PHONEY ARGUMENT.
Check the trend of property values, even through the most problem-
atic of times, post-hurricane periods. "After a hurricane" is the time
to shop for land around here, if one is only interested in slightly lower
prices. Even so, hundreds of others have done that too, bought bar-
rier island land following a major storm, capitalizing on the sell-out
mentality many people come to after a storm. After all, one of the
"masters" of this technique sits on the Board of Directors presently.
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Mosquitoes generally are more prevalent in wooded and swampy areas, and tend to be most active
during dawn and dusk hours.
However, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, introduced into Florida in 1986, feeds during the day and is
found in close proximity to human habitation. If you notice biting mosquitoes during the day, follow
the same recommendations as those for high-risk times and places.
Wear protective clothing, long pants, long-sleeve shirt, shoes and socks during times and in locations
of high mosquito incidence. Be aware mosquitoes can bite through T-shirts and other lightweight,
tight-fitting clothing.
During periods of high mosquito incidence, stay indoors as much
Sas possible.

Use insect repellant before going into high-risk areas or when
outside during high-risk times. Spray clothing with repellents
containing permethrin or DEET since mosquitoes may bite through
thin clothing. Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin.
An effective repellent will contain 35% DEET
(NN-diethyl-meta-toluamide). DEET in high concentrations
(greater than 35%) provides no additional protection. Repellents
S may irritate the eyes and mouth, so avoid applying repellent to the
hands of children. When used on small children, DEET should
Ii not contain more than 10% active ingredient. Whenever you use
S I ;;: an insecticide or insect repellent, be sure to read and follow the
manufacturer's directions for use as printed on the product. Note:
Vitamin B and "ultrasonic" devices are not effective in preventing
mosquito bites.

FPlorida Deputment of APioiure sad Coasmer Sv When in high-risk locations or during high-risk times, do not wear
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attract mosquitoes.

Keep window screens and screened rooms in good repair
Screen doors should open outward and have automatic closing devices and latches to prevent
them from being accidentally left ajar.
Extra care should be given with children under age 5, adults over age 55, and those with weakened
immune systems due to chronic illness. Those populations are at a greater risk from mosquito-
borne diseases.
Call the environmental health unit of your county health department to find out if there is a
mosquito abatement program (spraying) in your area. If not, extra care in following these
recommendations may be warranted.
Studies have shown that those who take precautions are much less likely to be at risk from
mosquito-borne diseases.


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The objective is to eliminate all sites where mosquitoes can breed. Remember, some species of mosquitoes
can breed in as little as one-half inch of standing water.

Some mosquitoes can hatch in as little as one week. Where water must be available -- as for pets and other
animals -- it is necessary to change the water and flush out the container at least twice a week to disrupt
the breeding cycle of mosquitoes.

Things you can do to reduce mosquito breeding grounds on your property:

Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters.
Remove old tires or drill holes in those used for playground equip-
ment to allow them to drain.
Turn over or remove plastic pots.
Pick up broken, unused or discarded toys.
Remove all beverage containers and cups.
Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water in
x pockets or indentations.

Pump out bilges on boats.
S:: V Replace water in birdbaths at least twice a week
::: : '* Replace water in pest or other animal feeding dishes or troughs at
X least twice a week.
Dispose of broken or unused kiddie pools
: I Pick up plastic wrappers used for food or other products;
mosquitoes can breed even in a discarded potato chip bag that has
artment of Agriculture and Consumer Services collected water.
IARLES H. BRONSON, Commissioner
Don't leave garbage can lids lying around upside down.

* Check plants with large leaves that may collect water in axils, where the leaves join the stem. Eliminate the plant,
keep it inside, or flush it out with a spray of water or tip the plant over to empty stagnant water at least twice a week
" Check holes in trees or stumps that may collect water, remove stumps, plug holes with sand or cement, or flush out
with spray of water at least twice a ieek
Change water in bottom of plant containers, induding hanging plants, at least twice a week
Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches that prevent the flow of water.
Fix dripping outdoor faucets that create pools of water.


Two Employees from Page 3
Yancey asked for a report on the
aerator and Griswold said he will
wire the two aerators together to
make a temporary fix. He said the
wiring on each of the aerators is
more complicated that he wants
to try.
Blanchette asked for a ball park
figure to get a permanent fix and
made a motion to that effect al-
lowing $500 to be spent on the
repair. The motion was approved.
Srisold said that the vello\iw
_ruck owniea y the district could
get the transmission fixed for
around $250 with the two employ-
ees taking it out and getting to the
repair bringing it back and put-
ting it back in.
Blanchette asked Griswold if there
was facilities at which he could
work. Griswold answered that he
had facilities at his house and he
would take it there. He would take
the transmission out and put it
back in on his own time for $100.
Yancey said he had no problems
with that but he was concerned
about the age of the truck.
Blanchette asked, "Do we need
two trucks?" Yancey said "Yes."
but Lawlor disagreed. He said that
"When we only had one truck the
two men went in it together. Now
we have two trucks and one fol-
lows the other around the village.
My question, "Why do we need two
trucks?" Blanchette asked to table


it to the next month. The attor-
ney advised that if they had the
employee do the work at his home
there might be problems for the
District ifhe was injured.
The district Engineer Richard
Musgrove said he had asked St
Joe for final plans on the Drift-
wood installations as it is impera-
tive for the District to know where
everything is.
In answer to a question from
Blanchette, the attorney said that
the impact fees need to be kept
`separate: from the. general ac-
:count, thesimpact fees need to'be
in a restricted account and the
commissioners should have a
special ordinance written.
Lawlor said that because they
were special district he believed
that it is already in an ordinance
and it has to be upgraded each
year. Changes to the existing or-
dinance will be presented in a
special budget meeting prior to
the next meeting.
The next regular meeting will be
on September 18. It was decided
that the special meting could be
held on the same day.
So the special meeting time will
be 7 p.m. on September 18.When
it has been adjourned the regu-
lar meeting will be held.
Do I have permission to terminate
this employee?" The attorney told
Lawlor that it would have to be a
decision of the full board.
Blanchette said that they should
use reprimands.


"You cannot terminate without
written reprimands." Blanchette
said he suggested that the district
follow state rulings with two writ-
ten reprimands. Lawlor said, "Do
I understand Donny Griswold is
staying as supervisor and approv-
ing Kenny Griswold's call out
time?" It was at this time Kenny
Griswold stomped out of the Hall
saying that it was his resignation.
Blanchette immediately made a
motion that an ad be placed in the
local paper for an employee as
soon as possible .: I ; :.
The engineer and operator then
began conversation \wth the com-
missioners on what the district
would do if indeed' Donny
Griswold would resign the next
day. The discussion went on to try
to get solutions for the next 20
minutes or so.
The next meeting will be held at
the Chillas Hall on September 18
at 7 p.m. This meeting will start
with a special meeting on the bud-
get and on the- updating of the
ordinance followed by the regu-
lar meeting.


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Oyster Eloquence continued from Page 1
With regard to post-harvest treatment, the Commissioner said he
would favor radiation treatment as a post-harvest method. "... I would
caution you, however, despite the success with treating milk with a
shelf life of many weeks, some consumers do not accept radiation
treatment easily. You may be creating another problem for yourselves.
We gotta be very careful about how we do this..."
With regard to Sherman Wilhelm, the Commissioner has stated that
Wilhelm did admit he was wrong to deny the Franklin County offi-
cials from addressing the General Assembly. He was the first to ad-
mit this when the Commissioner asked him about it.
At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Bronson presented a check
to Willard Vinson for $73,699.50 for oyster relaying. About $250,000
will eventually be paid to the Seafood Workers Association in a con-
tract with the Department of Agriculture and Department of Trans-
portation.
At the beginning of the 'Town Meeting" Will Kendrick introduced
Charles Bronson. (Applause). Bronson said,
"Thank you Representative Kendrick. I appreciate the op-
portunity to come down and talk with all the good people
of Franklin County... I came into the Florida Senate in
1994. (It) was right after the vote to do away with net
fishing in Florida... I knew this was going to be a .real,
real hardship for a lot of the people in this area who,
probably like I was, generation after generation in the
cattle business, generation after generation in the fish-
ing industry... which then meant you had to try and find
other avenues to get into, if you were going to stay in the
fishing industry field, especially if you were going to have
to something totally different from what most people have
done, which is oyster, or one of the other shell fish busi-
nesses.
The issue of me coming down here is the result of ... a
number of issues. Number one, I need to get out and see
real people, real faces that have realjobs... trying to make
a living. I know what that's like. ... Every generation of
my family has been in agriculture since 1635 in this coun-
try. We stuck with, it. I know what it's like to try to stick
with a business where it's marginal, whether you make a
profit one year, and don't make a profit the next year, I
know what that's like. Being in the cattle business, it's
like a five to seven year cycle. You make good money one
year and then you're almost flat line for four or five years,
and I know what that's all about...
I'm going to be listening to what you have to say to start
with so that we can get everybody who wants to speak-
no matter what that issue is-as long as I can help you
with that issue... I did serve seven years in the Senate. I
do have a lot of House and Senate members whom I've
made acquaintances with, and have known over the years.
I consider them friends... I'm in and out of the office
all 1 the time, traveling the State, meeting others just like
yourselves, trying to learn what their businesses are all
about and the problems in the State of Florida. It is a
BIG state, believe me ... I found that out real quick. I'm
going to listen to what you have to say on the various
issues... When everybody is through telling me what they
want me to know and hear, then I'l make some responses,
on what I might be able to help you with... I'm going to
keep notes as we go along...
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C. Sanders


E. Creamer


Cheryl Sanders, County Commissioner:
"... We have some real issues that you need to hear about
... Please open your ears, open your mind, and listen to
what people tell you tonight. These are the people that
know what is going on, and they can let you know."
She explained that she was one of the two Commissioners that were
not allowed to speak at the ISSC meeting. She read portions of her
letter previously published.
Commissioner Sanders concluded with:
"... This is your response. You are serious about what
has happened. And, I appreciate that. At the same time,
I hope ... that Mr. Sherman Wilhelm will have nothing to
do with Franklin County as far as voting (on) an issue
that concerns Franklin County. (Applause).
...Nonetheless this is a very serious matter. We represent
the people of Franklin County... It may just be one per-
son standing up here but we got 10,000 people right be-
hind us." (Loud Applause).

Commission Chairperson Eddie Creamer:
"While we were in Virginia, we were told that he didn't
have any recourse.., that he had to vote "yes" on 0 0 2 1
because he got instruction from the higher ups. I would
say that would be from you, Mr. Bronson. He (Sherman
Wilhelm) stated to us that he was the head Cheese in
Tallahassee and if anything were ever done or said, it
had to go through him first. I'm just letting you know
what kind of employee you have got on staff there ..."
But, Mr. Bronson, this will affect the seafood industry.;.
...I believe we're gonna hold the Dept. of'Agriculture re-
sponsible for what was done.... I have a job to do. I'm
elected to do. And, I went to Virginia to do it. And, at the
General Assembly, it was necessary that we be recog-
nized, and we was not... We do not want Sherman Wilhelm
having ... anything to do with the agriculture in Franklin
County. (Applause). ...I personally ask you to remove
(Sherman Wilhelm) from his position. (Applause).


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"I own a restaurant in Panama City called Schukams
Oyster Prize. We've been in business for 20 years ... since
1967. We employ 86 employees. If this is passed, then
we won't have a chance... It's just the people here, people
in the industry that also sell the oysters they catch..."

Duane Reeder
"...I've harvested oysters about 8 years. Also worked for
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at the FSU
Marine lab, with the oyster farm demonstration project.
So, I know the shellfish industry fairly well... We have
other people at other oyster bars that have no idea about
this resolution. No idea. What we're trying to do now is to
get some people on that side of the industry... in other
words, people at half-shell bars, and if we have to form
an association or whatever, we'll do that. Just to make
sure that we are heard The implication of this law they're
trying to push through will have far-reaching implica-
tions beyond the harvesters here. There are a lot of jobs,
a lot of people out there... There are so many other op-
tions that we can do besides saying "we're just going to
shut the whole industry down." I hope you guys will lis-
ten to us and let's see if we can't all work together to get
this resolved...




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B. Varnes W. Vinson
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"I've been asked to come to represent the Seafood Work-
ers Association... We want to see oysters stay at 12 months
out of the year. When you start shutting the bay down
for six months out of the year, I used to work oystering 9
months, shut down three, and it took a month or two to
get your orders back... People work hard; they want to
work. ... I would like to see the State of Florida and the
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and the Oystermen's Association--ie asked me to do this,
since he had to be out-of-town. Our concern is this. You
have an employee up there.., get Mr. Al Lawson to call
there, and they told Mr. Al Lawson, Mr. Wilhelm told him
"they would have the check ready tomorrow..." O.K. To-
morrow. Nothing happened. The next day, he takes off
on his campaign tour, walks over there and says "I've
come to pick up the check." They said 'Tomorrow" He
said, "No. I'm ready for it today." He got it ready in 30
minutes after Vinson mentioned that Bob Crawford was
a golfing partner.
We had the same problem this year... We talked to Mr.
Wilhelm. It makes you wonder if he's got something
against the seafood industry... Part of that money came
from oyster licensing. The rest of it comes from the Leg-
islature. They appropriated that money. The Senate
signed off on it. I don't want to tell you how to staff your
office but seems like to me that you moved some people
out of the front line that had been associated with sea-
food for a long time. ... You put somebody up there with
less experience ... It could be that why we're having this
problem.
And another thing, I was told by a state inspector, "You
keep the Feds out of your oyster houses and out of the
State of Florida as long as you can because once they're
here, your industry is going down."
What I don't want the State of Florida to do is to be (in
bed) with the Feds. They say, "We want to save one life,
right?" But, on the other hand, somebody's dying of can-
cer and there's a drug that might save them, or ease the
pain, and they don't want them to buy it until after they
have fiddled with it for 6 or 8 years. So, I have a problem
with that. After somebody's went out and ruined their
immune system, they drank, boozed it up, shot drugs,
and they got a bad liver, then they want the people that's
healthy-,they want to deny-them the right to buy oysters
anytime during the year. (Applause).
They used to say the same thing about glucose. You have
a diabetic, and they don't know it, and they shoot him
full of glucose; and then they likely die. Its happened
time and time again. We need that. We don't need to do
away with it. I think we should keep the industry going
as long as we can and not necessarily agree "I want to
put Florida first at the expense of its citizens."
I've been around a long time. And, I'm going to tell you
this, Mr. Bronson. You aggravate a few people here, cor-
rectional office there, school teachers here, oyster indus-
try here, the black community there, pretty soon those
folks add up.
And, like I told the Dean of the Senate one time (Dempsey
Barren), I said you're on the wrong boat. If you don't
change courses, it could cost you in a close election. Mr.
Dempsey lost in a close election because he couldn't turn
it around in time. The environmentalists got a hold of it
... it cost him the race. Thank you very much. (applause).

Sandra Allen
"I am a commercial fisher person born and raised in
Franklin County. I was appalled that your representa-
tive, Mr. Wilhelm, took our representative's rights ... We
have a right for representation and to speak freely. I can
assure you that had the Dept. of Agriculture taken my
rights, I would be screaming foul play...
Look around this room, sir. These are your true scien-
tists. They are the scientists of our bay. We've been study-
ing these waters for years. And, although we might not
know the name of a fish, or a shell, I can assure you, if
we look on the restricted species list, we can find it. We
know where it's at. (Applause). We study our waters and
sample our product... 24-7. We know every bump, lump
and hill in our waters. We know because our fathers
taught us, as their fathers taught them. In 1985, we had
three major hurricanes that came through our area. The
churning of our waters during these hurricanes buried
our oyster bars in sand. The State of Florida wouldn't
allow us to work and unbur' the o\'sters that we knew,
needed to be unbuned. We advised many Florida agen-
cies that if we didn't work our bay, that our bay would
die. Several months later, when we did go back to work,
our oyster beds were dead, our oysters were dead and
our beds destroyed. It's taken years for our bay to come
back and many smaller bars are gone. They never recov-
ered. Had the state listened to our two reasons, our bars
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Oyster Eloquence continued from Page 6
would have survived. It's common sense. 1t you cover it
up and leave it uncultivated, it will die, and not be able
to thrive and multiply. We are truly farmers, sir. And, we
help the ecology of our bay. If we don't work, cultivate
and rotate our crops, it will be smothered out and die.
The state agencies kill our oysters with their rules and
regulations, and by not listening to reason. (I've lost my
place.)
From the look of things, history is repeating itself. We,
the local people, should have a right to have more input
to the State, concerning our Bay, the ecology. Not only
are our livelihoods being threatened but also our heri-
tage. My family alone has worked in these waters for 150
years.
I was in a grocery store in Tallahassee last year. There
were containers of Apalachicola Bay oysters in the con-
tainers, in tubs of cool water. No ice, just cool water. Had
someone eaten these oysters, and gotten sick, or worse
yet, died, that illness would have been reverted back to
the seafood company and that sold them the product,
and our Bay. We had been educated in the proper han-
dling and care of our product. We comply with a multi-
tude of agencies, county, state and governmental levels.
But, once our product leaves our possession, we can't be
held responsible for the way it is handled, the illnesses
should not be added against our industry, or to our sta-
tistics...
Well, you should know this. There are over 60 deaths in
1999 from the consumption of beef, alone. 73,000 ill-
nesses... How many deaths this year are attributed to
the use of tobacco? Our numbers in the seafood industry
are minute, compared. Tobacco has not been outlawed.
The only thing required is a warning label of the possible
dangers of the product. Why should the shellfish indus-
try be treated any differently? We have one label on all of
our products and product containers...
I hope that I have said something that would help you
understand our concerns for our industry and our liveli-
hood. Hopefully, help you see that we try to comply with
all the laws for the safety of the public. I can assure you
that our intentions are to produce a safe, healthy prod-
uct year around, because our lives in this area depend
on it. We are the true endangered species and you should
be fighting to protect us.
Will Kendrick introduces Senator Al Lawson.

Al Lawson
"I'm just very happy to have the Commissioner here...I
served with him in the Senate and he is probably as well
versed in agriculture as most anyone I know in the State.
... He is the kind of person that is concerned..."
He said hearing from generations of families in seafood were espe-
cially valuable perspective for the Commissioner to understand how
State regulation impacts these families and traditions.

Steve Rash
"...I own Waterstreet Seafood here in Apalachicola. I own
a restaurant out on St. George Island named the Blue
'Parrott. My seafood business is not primarily an oyster
business but we do distribute a lot of oysters ... Custom-
ers all over the country because of the quality of the oys-
ters and because of the safety of the oysters. In 15 years
in the seafood distribution and wholesale business, and
about 8 years of restaurant business, never had any re-
ported illness whatsoever from Apalachicola oysters ...
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lations that the fishing industry has seen the net-ban,
restrictions on almost every fish you can think of that
swims, jobs are getting real hard to come by around here.
People. You keep taking and taking. The market we have
with the oysters is a strong market here. Oysters now
bring premium prices. Bottom line. Recalls apples used
to be dangerous. You had to eat something like 300 Ibs..
of apples a day before.
The new regulations are good, The warnings that are our
there let people know. "If you've got a problem, don't eat
these oysters. When I walk across the street, and I get
hit, I run the risk. We don't close down the highways.
Government feeds Government. It's pretty frustrating.
Things are going with the Apalachicola River ... Georgia
and Lake Lanier could possibly make this a waste of time.,
I think people need to get their'priorities straight. Look
at what's going on. Quit wasting taxpayer's money. (Ap-
plause)

Danny Rose
"Mr. Bronson, when you opened up to the people, you
told them how many years you've been in the cattle busi-
ness. I'm 59 years old. I've caught oysters for 50 cents a
bag, 85 cents a gallon. That's how long I've been in this
business. This is my livelihood ... If you take my liveli-
hood what am I going to do? There's nobody that will
invest money in a 59-year-old man to retrain because I
can't get the money back. i've seen this .Bay run red with
freshwater.
"... It's not our end. It's the retailer, it always falls back
on us. I had a trucking business a few years ago. ... There
were some people who got sick on some oysters. There
were 69 people in Alabama,, Florida and Georgia. The
oysters come from inshore, Cat Point. When you load a
seafood truck, 50-60 bags of oysters will go to two or
three stops. There's no way that those oysters from in-
shore Cat point could have made 69 people sick in three
different states.
We've got a lab down here. We've got technicians. We
begged them to take a meat sample. They said "no"...
Whatgood is a lab if we can't use it. This put me out of
business. I didn't have enough money to overcome the
oysters I had to pick up. There was nothing wrong with
the oysters. Come to find out, people were sick from the
flu. But the oysters got the rap for it. It always falls back
on us. It's never on the retailer, it's never on the con-
sumer.
Hear on the news the other day. Sixteen to eighteen chil-
dren died in playground accidents. You never hear about
the closing of playgrounds. It seems ...that the State of
Florida is working so hard to put the seafood people out
of business. What are we gonna do? (He urges opening
up the entire bay).
Don't do to uts like you did the other fishe'rmen. Don't
promise us you're going to send'us to school and help us
to get another trade. Then, suddenly, the money is all
gone. That's what happened to the mullet fishermen...
















B. Varnes R. Crum

Sheriff Bruce Varnes
"Mr. Bronson, I just want to tell you I think you're a pretty
good man to want to come here and listen to our issues.
We do have some very critical issues that face this county.
I am the sheriff of the county but that is not the reason
I'm here. My family has worked in the Seafood industry
as far back as I can remember. I grew up in that profes-
sion, but I didn't choose it."


"In this profession some of the hardest working people
that you'll ever see on the face of this earth is right here
in Franklin County (applause). If you only knew what it
is to have to go out there ... the elements that they have
to face. The harsh winters; the heated summers ... and
cultivate their product. And, then have to worry about
these other issues, it does become a problem for them..."
"If I miss a day of work, I got sick leave, or I got annual
leave. I could take a vacation- If they miss any work, they
don't get paid for that, so they have to work... What I'm
saying as the Sheriff and as a concerned citizen, the sea-
food industry will affect everything in this county. It will
affect many businesses beyond this county. It is essen-
tial that we get behind the people in this county and keep
this seafood industry alive because it is one natural re-
source that we definitely need."

Ronald Fred Crum
You know, in this courtroom, it is a state historical courtroom.
Judge Davey held that the Amendment was a limitation
not a ban on net fishing... The State had the mentality of
a "net-ban." What we need is our state protecting our
industry.
"It's Over with Boys, Get you a Job." This view was held
by the old Marine Fisheries Commission and the Depart-
ment of Agriculture.
I think we can live with it. The will of the people works. I
think we have to remarket it.
There is a lot of things we can do if our philosophy is
different... We're killing our industry..."
"...You know, Commissioner Bronson, I want you as a
friend. You're very important to us. These people can share
a wealth of information... The fellow who went to Virginia
had the same philosophy, "It's over boys, get you an-
other job." We need our development, but we need our
seafood industry to sell... it limited, higher quality. But,
what we need is to get past the mentality. "It's over with
boys, get you another job..."


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Harriett Smith
"I'mfrom.Cedar Key. I'm a certified shellfish processor. I
represent a group of certified shellfish processors in Ce-
dar Key who make up about 25% of the total state num-.
ber of certified shellfish processors. We've had a number
of meetings about the problems with the Division of
Aquaculture and-I wanted to let you know that the people
of Franklin County are not the only ones having prob-
lems with the Division. It is everywhere....
We met with Representative Kendrick. We met with Mr.
Wilhelm a couple of weeks ago. And, we feel that the Di-
vision of Aquaculture should act as an advocate, not as
an adversary. We feel we have an adversary relationship
and what we need is an advocate with the FDA (Food and
Drug Administration), an Advocate with other states, and
an advocate with consumer groups to show these people
that we provide a wholesome product. We find that the
Division of Aquaculture ignores input from industry and
they don't ask before asking ... or they don't consider the
effects of their actions on the industry. There are prob-
lems in the Division that I can't even talk about because
there are people who come to me with their concerns,
and I couldn't reveal that because then they would be in
trouble... But there are deep problems within that Divi-
sion.
We need a different management. We need somebody who
is willing to learn what our business is, to be concerned
with our future. And, to plan the future with us. (Ap-
plause)."

Wayne Page
"I'm just wondering where we could find the perfect food.
The Garden of Eden didn't have it... You gotta stacked
deck against you...
We were here first.. We run the Indians out (laughter).
Now, we are the only ones left.
I don't want to have to move. I've moved too many times.
That's the reason I have to work right now. I spent every-
thing I could get a hold on because I spent everything I
could get a hold of moving back and forth. I tried my best
to get both my kids to go to school and learn something
else but they don't want to do it. I do this work because I
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CHURCH FURNITURE. Does your church need pews, pulpit
set, baptistery, steeple, windows, carpet, lighting? Big sale on
new cushioned pews/upholstery for hard pews. (800)231-8360.

KISS YOUR CABLE GOODBYE! Dish Network is installing
free deluxe 2-receiver satellite systems. Free 1st month program-
ming. Activation fee only $49. Call for details. (888)292-4836.

AMAZING LIQUIDATION OPPORTUNITY! BuilderDefault:
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Help Wanted

SALES. S5,500 Weekly Goal Potential. Ifsomeonedid it, so can
you! 2-3 confined appointnieiitsdaily! Benefits Available...Call
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GOVERNMENT POSTAL JOBS. Upto $47,578 or more. Now
hiring. Full benefits, training, and retirement. For application and
info. (800)337-9730 Dept. P-335.
RN'S NEDEED immediately forJacksonville, Florida, area. $30-
535.00 per hour. Call Gayle @ (888)696-9568 or cell (228)547-
3603.

MYSTERY SHOPPERS needed for local area businesses. Get
paid to shop. Plus, get free meals, merchandise and more! For
details and application, send #10 SASE to: S+J Marketing Ser-
vices, Florida Shoppers Division, 10151 University BLVD. Or-
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CAREER OPPORTUNITY! Earn Excellent income processing
medical claims for local doctors. Full raining provided. Computer
required. Physicians & Health Care Development. (800)772-
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AMAZING INCOME OPPORTUNITY! Multi-million dollar
prefab housing manufacturer since 1979 seeks local area repre-
sentative. Applicant chosen forthisprestigious position must star
immediately. Details (888)235-0769.

Thursday, September 13-Business
After Hours-Apalachicola Bay Cham-
ber of Commerce 5:30 p.m. to 7
p.m.-Putt-N-Fuss Fun Park, 236
U.S. Hwy. 98, Eastpoint.
Thursday, September 13-The Gulf
Coast Community College Culinary
Management Program and the GCCC
College Foundation, in conjunction
with TECO-People's Gas, willbe host-
ing the 14th Annual Culinary Classic
on September 13 from 5 p.m. to 8:15
p,m. in the Student Union East build-
ing on campus. The gastronomic clas-
sic, now in its 14th year, showcases
area restaurants by providing the
public with samples of items typically
found on restaurant menus as well as
the chefs special creations.
Thursday, September 13-A
healthy-cooking demonstration will,
begin at 11 a.m. in the Tyndall Health
and Wellness Center. Staff will pro-
vide an assortment of healthy recipes
with a Mexican theme. Individuals
attending will have the opportunity to
sample some demonstrated recipes.
The class is free and open to anyone
authorized to enter the base. For more:
information, phone 2nd Lt. Ed Lenos
at 283-3826.


Help Wanted
$BIG MONEYSN.T.S. Placement Company Needs Drivers!!!
Inexperienced up to $600. Experiencedup to $1000. Pay up to.42
cpm. PaidTraining,ifyou qualify. (888)781-8556.TractorTrailer
Training.

FRIENDLY TOYS AND GIFTS has openings for party plan
advisors and managers. Home decor, gifts, toys, Christmas. Earn
cash, trips, recognition. Free catalog, infonnation (800)488-4875

MEDICAL BILLING DATE ENTRY. FT/PT Excellent income.
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1000 Envelopes $3,000. Receive $3 for every envelope stuffed
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EASY WORK! Great Pay! Earn $500 plus a week. Mailing
circulars & assembling products. No experience necessary. Call
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ABOVE AVERAGE EARNINGS, Benefits Ist year! SWIFT '
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EXCELLENT INCOME! Mail order business. $1500/montl PT
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Lease purchase available. Boyd Bros. (800)543-8923.

TRUCK DRIVERS EARN 535,000/year vitll full benefits. No
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financing available. Call the CDLSchool today for more infonna-
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Land for Sale

PRIME HUNTING AND TIMBER INVESTMENT land. 100to
4000acresncarGeorgia'sStateRecordNon-typical Buck.51100.-
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Legal Services

DIVORCE$ 175.00 *COVERS children, property division, name
change, military, missing spouse, etc. Only one signature re-
quired. 'Excludes govt. fees, uncontested. Paperwork done for
you (800)522-6000. B. Divorced.

Medical Services

New Electric Wheelchairs. "NO COST' to you if eligible. Medi-
care Accepted (800)411-7406


Real Estate


WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Enjoy cool
NC Mountains anid'relax: Homes, cabiib, acreage. Cherokeei:
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for free brochure. (800)841-5868.

NEW LAKEFRONT LOG HOME 3.4 ac/$69,900. Beautiful
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on pristine 50,000 acre Lake Cumberland, KY. Paved rd, under-
ground utilities & excellent financing! Tollfree! (866)770-9311
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Friday, September 14-Punt, pass,
kick compeition-The Tyndall Youth
Center staff will host a local competi-
tion for the National Football League/
Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick start-
ing at 4 p.m. The competition is open
to any active duty, retired military or
Department of Defense dependent
boys or girls ages 8 to 15 years. Sign
up is free. For more information,
phone 283-4366.
Saturday, September 15-Travel
Film Exploring Florida's Natural Won-
ders will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on
Saturday, September 15, at Dixie The-
atre in Apalachicola. Noted natural-
ist/filmmaker Rich Kern will show his
film Exploring Wild Florida. This is a
photographic exploration of North,
Florida's Suwannee River system and
the salt water world of South Florida's
Biscayne National Park and the
Florida Keys. Kern personally narrates
his film from on stage. One of Kern's
most frightening experiences was an
unexpected encounter with an alliga'-
tor. Kern pursues the big reptile un-
derwater through aquatic weeds be-
cause he knew the footage would be
rare and unusual. It is. There are
other exciting segments as well. The
result is a rich cinematic study that
includes some of the world's rarest


Real Estate
NC MOUNTAINS BEST BUY! Bryson City 6 secluded acres
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Owner financing. Call owner (800)810-1590
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Colorado Ranch CLOSEOUT SALE 35 Ac -$79,900 Just I hour
to Colorado Springs. Owner must sell last 5 properties at unbeliev-
able prices! 360* views of the Rockies. Very private, minutes to
1,000's acres of BLM land. Call Red Creek Ranch toll- free
(877)676-6367
LAKE BARGATN! 3+ ACRES $24,900. Free boat slip. Beaust-
fully wooded spectacular views, deeded access to 35,000 acre
recreational mountain lakein Tennessee -near I8 hole golf course'
Paved roads, utilities, perked Excellent financing. Call now
(800)704-3154, ext 166

EXCITING Cascading Waters on Holly Creek Falls. 2 plus
wooded acres-Breathtaking views. Located in Tennessee. TN # I
small town. Call(800)628-9073.

Escape the: Florida heat! TENNESSEE LAKEFRONT $59,900.
Spectacularwaterfrontacreagewith gorgeous mountain/ lakeviews.
In the cool mountains close to Nashville! An upscale lakefront
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FORECLOSED GOVT HOMES! $0 or Low down! Tax repos
and bankruptcies. HUD; VA, FHA. Low or no down! O.K. Credit.
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Resort/ MT. Cabin

GATLINBURG/SMOKEY MOUNTAIN Cabins. Spectacular
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more atTimberTops Luxury ResortCabins. www.yourcabin.com
(800)295-0395.
ESCAPE THE HEAT. NORTH GA Mountains 1-4 Bedroom
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Steel Buildings

STEEL'BUILDING FACTORY GRAND OPENING.
24x30x9=S4178; 30x40x10-=5278; 40x60x12=S9477;
50x100xt4=$15,942. 100x100x19=S29,877. Serious Inquiries
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TanningBeds/Mise for Sale

WOLFF TANNING BEDS TAN AT HOME! Buy Direct and
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Vacation Rentals

DESTIN, Fort Waltoi Beach & Navarre, FLORIDA. Enjoy late
season rates on luxury Gulf front homes, condominiums, cottages
and economical efficiences. vww.destinresons,com or(800)336-
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Weddings/Personal


ROMANTIC CANDLELIGHT WEDDINGS. Ordained Minis-
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"YESTERDAY IN FLORIDA" Stories and rare, vintage photos
of Florida's yestcryears! Now available il Gale and Fast Track
stores. ORsubscribe-6 issues=S24.00 -"Yesterday", P.O. 38546,
Tallahassee, Florida 32315

and most fascinating creatures: the
manatee, American crocodile, bald
eagle, loggerhead sea turtle, spooky
octopus, barracuda and- others, in-
cluding the brilliant tropical fish that
dwell on North America's only living
coral reefs that lie adjacent to the
keys. Kern's photos have been printed
in National Geographic and his
prize-winning films have appeared on
a number of TV series. Phone
850-653-3200 for information. Con-
tact is Rex Partington of Dixie The-
atre in Apalachicola.
Saturday, September 15-And every
Saturday in September-Yard Sale to
Benefit the "Children at Christmas"
fund. Held at Bayou Beer and Bait on
Highway 98 west of Carrabelle.
Wednesday, September 19-Help
American Red Cross prepare Comfort
Kits to be distributed to victims of
hurricanes, floods, etc. They need the
help of your school or organization in
helping American Red Cross to "re-
build their supply of Comfort Kits,"
which is now very low in number. If
our organization is willing, determine
how many kits you can put together
and call Red Cross in Tallahassee at

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FOR SALE
Tea-cart of solid walnut with
fold out leaves and silverware
drawer, mounted on two wheels
and shelves made by Amana,
Iowa furniture makers. Please
call 850-385-4003.

FOR SALE
Fostoria Glass, American Pat-
tern #2056, for eight persons,
clear glass dishware housed in
cherry cabinet. Extensive set
priced not less than $1500.
Must be seen to be appreciated.
Please call 850-385-4003 for
appointment.

WANTED
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
a look at them. I am also inter-
ested in lure boxes, lure litera-
ture, or any information you
may have about old lures.
Thanks. Frank Carter 574-9718.


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


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


FOR SALE
Single wide mobile home 2BR/
2BA Diplomat and 1/3 acre
property. Near school system.
On paved road in Woodville.
'Has central heat & air and a
gas stove. Fenced in backyard
and circular driveway in front.
$25,000 obo. 850-421-2182.


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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 08/17/01 InvoiceNo. 6952,
Description of Vehicle: Make ChevyModel Suburban Color White
Tag No U83BIJ Year 1985 statFL VinNo. 1G8EC16L6FF124570

To Owner: Larry Gaines To Lien Holder:
1009 Booker Avenue
West Palm Beach. FL 33401


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
08/10/01 '. at the request of FCSO that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.


NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 09/13/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.

SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Nolice 08/17/01 Invoice No. 6949

Description of Vehicle: Make Mercury Model Cougar Color Red
TagNo EL199V Year 1996 state FL __ inNo. IMELM6241TH620364

To Owner: Jerry Hicks To Lien Holder: Centrex Capital Corp. of Florida
P.O. Box 164' 270 South Service Road
Eastpoint, FL 32328 Melville, NY 11747


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
08/10/01 at the request of Air Patrol that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 473.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.


NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 09/13/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.

SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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Oyster Eloquence continued from Page 7

Anita Gregory
"...My whole point is that I'm trying to get your atten-
tion...
Your employee Martha Roberts instructed her employee
to vote against the issue. Martha Roberts was controlling
this committee (working on the proposal for Florida sea-
food). She has never made it a secret that raw oysters
should never be sold, period. I didn't think she should be
in charge of this committee drafting the position state-
ment for the seafood industries in the state and oyster-
ing in particular. When we had the Dept. of Environmen-
tal Protection, working with the industry, there was a
working relationship. Now, its an adversarial relation-
ship...."

Roxie Allen
"My husband and I are owners of Allen Brothers Seafood
in Eastpoint, Florida. Speaking for our business and the
Seafood Dealers Assn., we would like to see irridation as
an acceptable post-harvest treatment ... It would take
about $500,000 just to build one freezer for one busi-
ness one irradiation chamber might be built for use by
the community. We need a representative at the ISSC
meetings that knows the oyster industry."


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 08/27/01 Invoice No. 6979
Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy ModelCorvette olorRed
TagNo T33KEM Year 1987 State FL VinNo. G1YY2189H5111343
To Owner: Phillip E. McElravey To Lien Holder:
1170 Bluff Road
Apalachicola, FL 32320


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
08/27/01 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10/04/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971,
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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TALLAHASSEE TRACT


Parcel 2122200110000 Leon County, FL
Scale 1:3600

0 150 300 450 600 750 Feet

Zoned MR-1 Medium Density
Residential District

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


centers. [3) Golf courses. [4] Multiple-family dwellings. (5) Nurs-
SL igh tho u e ing homes and.other residential care facilities. [6) Passive and
S LiiLghth o e active recreational facilities. (7] Single-family attached dwellings.
R eal y (8) Single-family detached dwellings. (9] Two-family dwellings.
-- lt (10) Zero-lot line single-family detached dwellings.

IOf St. George Island, Inc.

- (850] 927-2821 office/(850) 927-2314 fax


Win'.


T. Millender G. Leavins


R. Allen

Travis Millender


"I don't know if I'm winning or losing. When are we going
to know before we stop all this foolishness and we un-
derstand what our life is about. I mean, you get tired of
running. Are we to become thieves? Robbers?
You see on TV you got Viagra. At the end of the commer-
cial, it says if you have.heart problems, don't take it. You
got this, don't take it. Am I right? (laughter and applause).
So many don't heed the warning. They take it. But they
die. Do they stop Viagra? (laughter). No! They keep on.
They keep on. Why can't it keep going on?
Who is responsible? The dealers. We need help."

Grady Levins
"...I think we have not only Franklin County, we have
Bay County, Levy County, Dixie County and Gulf County
represented here ... That expresses magnitude of the prob-
lem we have represented here.
I am concerned about the number of people that your
Department of Agriculture has lost. I think the number
is ten... Two people., One was Bob Thompson. Bob is re-
sponsible for water quality throughout Florida. He left
the dept. at better than $60,000 a year and took a job
making just more than $20,000 per year. He had to be a
very dissatisfied individual, rumor has it, that he was
pressured into quitting. Mr. Wilhelm informed me that
Thompson's position would not be reinstated. Victor
Garita. He was very important to the State of Florida. He
was liaison between industry and regulatory. He was pres-
sured into quitting and took a job somewhere else. He
said he didn't need the pressures he had to endure...
Those were two serious losses.
I questioned Mr. Wilhelm about the inspection staff of
the State of Florida. He informed me, I have witnesses,
who were with me for breakfast, there was presently four
inspectors for the State of Florida... Three inspectors
worked Franklin County, where most of the action is
anyway, and (f was informed) we had one too many.
Should one be terminated, that position would not be
replaced... He was going to put them inspecting food
stores because they did not have enough to do anyway.
Well, there is more than enough to do in Franklin county...
I am really concerned.
That night, I invited our FDA (Food and Drug Adminis-
tration) inspector to have dinner ... He's the one to come
into the State of Florida to evaluate the State's program.
Miles Note is his name. I said, "Miles, I need to know
honestly what you think and where we stand." He said,
"Grady, I'm extremely concerned "because everyone here
remembers a couple of years ago and the problem we
had with FDA and almost lost our certification... It was
then politics. Simple as that. Between a state inspector
and a federal inspector. We don't have either one of them
anymore, thank God. But, Miles to Grady, "When I come.,
iI"'"I ".


S, Shiver


into the"State ot Florida to do my evaluation, I am going
to write it up as I see it, and I don't see it as being very
good for you people because of the reduction in staff ...
key people that have been lost." So I am concerned. This
is my living. This is every one of our living here. And, not
only am I expressing my concern but we have all these
other people here from other counties..."
(With respect to post-harvest treatment, Grady Levins
told the Commissioner that pasteurization and high pres-
sure treatment have made 20 people sick in Las Vegas.
What's wrong with the old fashioned way of doing things
if these two have created problems for consumer? (Ap-
plause). Irradiation would be a good way for the State of
Florida to pursue for post-harvest treatment.

Scott Shiver
"I'm gonna be one of them that will express what's on my.
mind. I smell a skunk. Somebody is stinking up the Capi-
tol and you're carrying the burden of it. Now, either you're
behind it or you're not ... These people are going to yell
pretty loud... I've been in this courtroom too many times
protecting this bay. ... If you don't do something for us
right here in the State of Florida, right now -- not six
months from now-Not until 2004, you'd better start' load-
ng your guns right now. We've done spoken to these two
fellows sitting' on your right and your left, and I just want
to tell you the same thing. I want some respect. These
people want some respect, and we gonna get it. We gonna
get it through the voice that this great country was
founded on. We, the people. (applause).

Bevin Putnal

"I appreciate you coming down here to listen to us. I've
been an oysterman for 42 years. And, I enjoy it. just like
all these folks out there. They love their jobs, We don't
want to see it taken away from us because of some people
who really don't know what is going on, and trying to tell
us what to do,..
I talked to Dr. Nichols a long time, before I went to a
meeting in Tallahassee ... He said "I've had a clinic in
Franklin County for over 50 years, and I've never had
one person come in here sick from eating an oyster." "I
don't know of anybody who has ever gotten sick or died
from eating an oyster in Franklin County!" So, the prob-
lem is not here in Franklin County. The problem is some-
where between. where we catch 'em and where they're
goin' to...' If there is a problem.
I went to Tallahassee and got embarrassed by one of your
employees because I said that the only time someone got
hurt by an oyster is when their immune system has al-
ready been destroyed by some kind of illness or disease.
Man, I thought they were going to beat me up. It was a
lady... I walked out of that meeting before I did some-
thing that I would be sorry for later..."


This may be a health issue, but it is also a social and
political issue ... I see this as an attack on the working
people. They put the oil on the gears and turn the wheels
of this economy. We are using the health issue to deprive
these people of their livelihood..,,"

Doris Shiver Gibbs


I'm Supervisor of Elections for Franklin County-:.. I
shucked oysters before I was elected. I have been asked
by the other Constitutional Officers in this Courthouse
to let you know that we stand behind the sea food work- :
ers of this county, We want you to know that we support
them as elected officials of this county ... ve're not a
large number of Voters in this county, but believe me. I
know from this past year, that 537 votes will make-a big`
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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 08/27/01 Invoice No. 6976
Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy Model Berretta Color Gray
TagNo UJY51J Year1988 stateFL in No. IGILVI11W9JE304643
To Owner: Julia E. Baker To Lien Holder:
5808 East Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32404


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
08/25/01 at the request of Prop, Owner that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 from
the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10/04/01 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.
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P.O. Box 971
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religious facilities, police/fire stations, and elementary, middle.
and high schools. Other community facilities may be allowed in
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Franklin Bulletin
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878-6080. Chris Floyd, Disaster Ser-
vices Director. Project leader can ob-
tain empty Comfort Kit bags and sup-
plies. including toothbrush, tissues.
shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant.
washcloth, soap. shampoo. razor, etc.
If you are interested in helping the
American Red Cross with this project.
please phone today 878-6080.
Wednesday, September 19-
Part-time Correctional Officer Basic
Standards course at North Bay Cen-
ter, offered by The Criminal Justice
Training Academy at Gulf Coast Com-
,munity Center. This course will meet
four nights a week. four hours a night.
through mid-July 2002. A full-time
Correctional Officer Basic Standards
course will start at the North Bay Cen-
ter on Tuesday. October 2. 2001.
Courses require advance application.
For more information, phone Lome
Brooks or Jackie Vaughn at the North
Bay Center at 850-747-3233. Monday
to Friday.
Thursday, September 20-Carra-
belle Area Chamber of Commerce
monthly meeting at C-Quarters Res-
taurant Meeting Room. 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 20-Gulf
Coast Community College will host
"College Night" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
on the second floor of the Student
Union East building on campus. Rep-
resentatives from over fifty college and
universities will offer students an op-
portunity to inquire about programs
offered at their institutions of choice
and to discuss concerns about admis-
sion and transfer requirements, finan-
cial aid and housing. College Night is
free and open to the public. For more
information, call Loma Wolfkill at
747-3200.
Friday, September 2 1-Grady White
Fishing Tournament-Friday, Satur-
day and Sunday, September 21, 22.
and 23. Carrabelle Marina.
Friday, September 21-The Life-long
Learning Division of Gulf Coast Com-
munity College will offer Education
Encore courses beginning on Friday,
September 21. 2001. This is an edu-
cation opportunity providing personal.
social, academic and cultural devel-
opment for adults age 50 and older.
Courses offered include: music, com-
puters, memoir writing, photography,
health exercises, history, investing,
gardening, watercolor, among others,
in a stress-free format with no tests
and no grades. Registration for these
non-credit enrichment courses begins
Monday, August 27. Deadline is Sep-
tember 20. For more information, call
872-3823 or visit www.gc.cc.fl.us/
encore.


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Photos circa 1900, of area
lighthouses at St. Marks, St.
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Postcards, circa 1900, oofold
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Saturday, September 22-Congress-
man Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) will
host an open house for high school
juniors and seniors who are interested
in attending one of the U.S. military
academies. Students will have the
opportunity to learn more about the
application process and meet with
representatives of each academy and
the ROTC units of Florida State Uni-
versity and Florida A and M Univer-
sity. As part of the application pro-
cess, students are required to have a
Congressional nomination submitted
on their behalf. Parents are encour-
aged to attend. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.. Leon
County Courthouse, Rotunda/Plaza
Level. 301 South Monroe Street, Tal-
lahassee.
Saturday, September 22-Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) is offering a free boat-
ing safety class to the public on Sat-
urday, Sept. 22. 9 a.m. to 4. p.m. and
will take place at the FWC's Farris
Bryant Building., covering such top-
ics as legal requirements, navigation
rules, effects of alcohol, trailoring and
other related subjects. Complies with
the Oct. 1 law change requiring all
persons providing pre-rental or
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offer a reduction in price for boating
policies. Contact the FWC at
850-488-5600 Extension 170. Paul
Ouellette, contact.
Thursday, September 27-Carra-
belle Lighthouse Association meet-
ing-6:30 p.m. at C-Quarters Restau-
rant.
October 3-Monthly Business Lun-
cheon of Apalachicola Bay Chamber
of Commerce, noon, at Tamara's Cafe
Floridita, Apalachicola.
Thursday, October 1--"The Forgot-
ten Coast Tri-County Chamber of
Commerce Business Social" will be
held at C-Quarters Restaurant from
6 to 8:00 p.m. Invited Chambers from
Apalachicola. Gulf County, Wakulla
and the Mexico Beach CDC. For more
information, phone Executive Direc-
tor Bonnie Stephenson at Carrabelle
Chamber, 850-697-2585.


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