Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: January 11, 2002
Copyright Date: 2002
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
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Marvin Thomas V. Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission

County Judge Orders Fish And

Wildlife Commission To Pay

Fisherman For Seized Goods

Arrogant Commission Told To Pay Up, With Interest
County Judge J.C. Walker of the Second Judicial Circuit, Wakulla
County, ordered the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion to pay Marvin Thomas for fish seized in an earlier case in which
Thomas was found "Not Guilty". At the close of the criminal trial.
Thomas's attorney moved for return of fishing nets but failed to move
for return of the fish seized by marine patrol officers. Thomas him-
self, without the benefit of counsel, repeatedly made numerous de-
mands directly of FWC personnel, including the arresting officer, for
return of the seized fish or payment for the fish.
While the FWC response always was generally the same, (something
to the effect that they would look into the matter), no fish were re-
turned nor was payment made to plaintiff Thomas. Nor was a follow-up
response or denial of liability ever conveyed to Mr. Thomas.
It would appear that the FWC relied upon a provision in Florida law
that provides "...title to unclaimed evidence or unclaimed personal
property lawfully ... seized as evidence by and in the custody of a law
enforcement agency shall vest permanently in the law enforcement
agency." (Section 705.105, Fla. Stat. (2001)) For 60 days, FWC per-
sonnel in effect did nothing while Mr. Thomas awaited their reply. In
this particular case, the litigation started by Thomas against the FWC
seeking damages for the unreturned evidence, the lawyer represent-
ing the FWC asserted that the FWC would not make payment without
a court order. Interestingly, at the same time, FWC personnel did not
tell this to Mr. Thomas, that they would not take any action without a
court order.
At the conclusion of the 60-day period, FWC argued that because no
court order was signed within 60 days, the title to the evidence was
vested in the State.
Judge Walker, in her opinion signed on December 27, 2001. wrote
that "...The fish which are the subject of this action are NOT, and at
no time have they been, "unclaimed" property." Plaintiff Thomas has
repeatedly made claim to them. The requirement of the Court Order
was merely internal policy of the FWC and not required by statute.
The FWC was therefore ordered to pay Thomas the sum of $126 with
costs of $85.50 making a total of $211.50.

2001 Brings Large Increase In

Building Permits In Franklin

Permits for R-1 dwellings (single family, residential) for the year 2001
experienced a large increase over the previous year. In 2001, the county
planner's office issued 170 permits for single family residential; in
the previous year, 125 such permits were issued. Indeed, the trend of
R-1 permits has continued a steady climb upward since 1997, when
68 such permits were issued. Table 1 presents the data for a five-year

Table 1
Comparison of permits for R-1 dwellings and
mobile homes 1996-2000

Total Permits
R-1 Dwellings
Mobile Homes






The largest number of R-1 permits originated on St. George Island
with 87 issued by the county planner's office. The second highest
number originated in Eastpoint, with 32, followed by Carrabelle with
21. Table 2 presents the distribution of R-1 permits for other towns
in Franklin County. Apalachicola issues its own building permits for
properties located inside their city limits.

Table 2
Distribution of R-1 Building Permits
across Franklin County
Total R-1 Dwellings: 170
St. George Island 87
Apalachicola 4
Lanark Village 8
Dog Island 1
Eastpoint 32
Carrabelle Area 21
Alligator Point 12
City of Carrabelle 5
In the county planner's year-end report for 2001, the total number of
permits issued for Franklin County numbered an even 900. Most
were for additions, alterations, electrical work, site preparations and
demolitions. The distribution is described in Table 3, below.
Table 3
Distribution of other Permits issued within
Franklin County jurisdiction
This following is a break down of other permits in 2001:

Mobile Homes
Docks, Seawalls, Etc.
Swimming Pools


BrReadi Newt Reader Every Day



Franklin 50


Volume 11, Number 1 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER January 11 24,2002

Inside This Issue
10 Pages

Franklin Briefs ........ 2
United Way............. 2
Carrabelle Park......... 2
Editorial & Commentary
............................ 3, 4
SHORN! .................... 3
Responding To Reader's
Questions ................. 4

Carrabelle City ...... 4
New Year's Update ... 5
Frozen Pipes........... 5
Regional Planning
Council Primer .... 6, 7
Dixie Theatre ......... 7
FCAN.......... ......... 8
Bookshop ............ 10

Dr. Photis Nichols Expresses Concerns

About Weems Hospital Management
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During the very short Franklin
County Commission meeting on
Tuesday morning, January 2nd,
retired Apalachicola physician,
Dr. Photis Nichols expressed his
concerns about Weems Hospital
management before the Board.
He began,
"... I am concerned about the
practice of medicine in
Apalachicola and the direc-
tion that your hospital is go-
ing in ... I've watched these
people ... We've had several
managed-care people come in
and take over the hospital. I
can't see that I have been sat-
isfied the way this thing has
been operated. It looks like
we're not gaining any
He reminded the Commissioners
that several years earlier, Dr.
Nichols had asked the Commis-
sioners for a diagnostic center.
However, at present, years later,
"...This hospital does not have cat
scanners; they don't have
ultra-sound. Those are basics to-
day." He said that the hospital
was supposed to become a diag-
nostic center, but, "...it never hap-'
He related some professional ex-
periences that unfortunately
ended in death of a patient. One
involved an elderly lady with a
stroke who did not receive timely
treatment nor transportation at
Weems, and she eventually ex-
pired days later: "I don't know if

that lew minutes would have
made a difference or not. But look
at it this way. If she would have
got that medication here (in
Apalachicola) she would have
been two hours ahead with the
,Dr. Nichols urged the Commis-
sioners to re-evaluate their
:present contract with the present
"management of Weems Hospital.
He continued,.
"I'm very disappointed ... If
you have to take the hospital
back, don't freeze. You have
to have a good administrator.
That's the key point. I
strongly think you need to be
considering this. I don't know
where this hospital is
He invited questions from the
Board. Only Commissioner Eddie
Creamer responded, stating his
views that he was totally against
a new administration taking over
the hospital. "If the county does,
have to take it over, then let's do
it. We're not the only county that
would have to do that."
Dr. Nichols commented his belief
that the hospital was taking in
money but le did not know how
much was being put back into the
hospital itself. "The patients are
here. You send more patients out
of Apalachicola. One service that
could have been done. Get some-
body to deliver a few babies. You
can't be born in Apalachicola, and
von can't di. in Anqmlrlhrin nrl-rit"

Two County Residents Seriously

Injured In One Car Crash




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Michael Duane Henderson, 36,
and Debbie Flowers, 42, were se-
riously injured in a one car crash
on St. George Island on 28 De-
cember 2001 at 11:38 p.m.
Henderson was driving his 2001
Ford Mustang east on Gulf Beach
Road (County Highway 300),
about 2 miles east of state road
300 when he lost control of his
vehicle. The vehicle left the road-
way on the south side of county
road 300 for about 424 feet,
struck a trash receptacle. Mr.
Henderson apparently overcom-
pensated, steering his vehicle in
a northerly direction, crossing the
roadway leaving about 45 feet of
skid marks, and exiting the road-
way, continuing for another 92
feet. The vehicle struck a sand
dune causing the car to flip in the
air, back over front.
The vehicle was in the air for
about 31 feet, then landed on its
wheels striking a water spigot,
then striking two palm trees tear-
ing each of them in half. The ve-
hicle came to final rest on its
wheels facing a westerly direction,
underneath a house. Both per-
sons in the vehicle were trans-
ported to Bay Medical Center in
Panama City.
Damages to two houses was esti-
mated about $3,500. The damage
to the Ford Mustang was esti-
mated to be $35,000 or totaled.








JANUARY 21, 2002

Grand Opening Of Carrabelle

Branch, Franklin Public Liba y

Eighty permits were issued for swimming pools.
The number of permits for stationing mobile homes in the county
appears to trend downward. In Table 1 the peak in the last five years
occurred in 1998, with a steady decrease in 1999 and 2000, but a
sharp upward movement in numbers for 2001, at 84 (Table 3).
The fees collected by the Planning office appear to have struck an-
other record in 2001, with a grand total of $245,144.29 collected.
This trend has been a steady increase since 1996 as shown in
Table 4.

Table 4
Fees collected 1996-2000
Fee Collected:



The distribution of collected fees coming into the planner's office origi-
nated with projects permitted at the county level. Table 5 presents
the distribution of fee sources.

Table 5
Distribution of Sources for Permit Fees

Contractor's Reg.


County Clerk Kendall Wade, Commissioners Eddie Creamer
and Cheryl Sanders listen to Dr. Nichols.

Trio Internazionale At Newell Concert

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts, sponsored by the
Apalachicola Area Historical So-
ciety, will present the Trio
Internazionale in their annual
concert on Sunday, January 20,
at 4:00 p.m. E.S.T., at Historic
Trinity Church, Apalachicola.
The Trio Internazionale played
their first concert on the Ilse
Newell Concert Series on Janu-
ary 19, 1990. Their popularity has
endured and grown during the
intervening 13 years, and their
concerts always play to a full
Martha McPherson Gherardi re-
ceived a Master's degree from
Florida State University in Violin
Performance, and shortly after-
ward she went to Venezuela to
become a member of the Caracas
Symphony Orchestra. There she

met Luciano Gherardi, contra-
bass, who had come from Italy,
to play in the Symphony. They
were married and remained in
Caracas for a number of years.
Shortly after they returned to live
on St. George Island, Dr. R.
Bedford Watkins retired as Pro-
fessor of Piano at Illinois Wesleyan
University and settled in
Eastpoint. The Gherardis had
played in a trio in Caracas, and
they asked Dr. Watkins to join
them in a similar venture here.
They are in great demand for wed-
dings, receptions, and other fes-
tive gatherings,
The Trio is known for the variety
of its repertoire, from Baroque
classical to ethnic and folk music
of all kinds, and light classical
favorites. This year's concert will
Continued on Page 7

The Franklin County Public Li-
brary will be having a Grand
Opening Ceremony for the new
Carrabelle Branch at 311 St.
James Avenue beginning at 9:00
a.m. on Saturday, January 12,
Open House Activities are
planned for the entire day begin-
ning with guest speaker and in-
troductions from local, county
and state officials; musical pre-
sentations from library program
youths. The Ribbon Cutting Torch
Ceremony, and Grand Tour of the
new facilities which were made
possible by a grant from the State
Library of Florida and matching
local donations from library sup-
porters; and a Special Apprecia-
tion Ceremony. After a lunch
break there will be a fundraising
event featuring guest author
Connie May Fowler.
Donations for this event will be
used to purchase window cover-
ings for the new library. At 3:00
p.m, Hank Taylor from the Leon
County Public Library will present
a storytelling and fiddling pro-
gram for kids of all ages.
The Carrabelle Artists Association
is holding its Annual Art Exhibit
at the new Franklin County Li-
brary Carrabelle Branch. The
show features local artists with
paintings, sculpture, and crafts.
The show is open 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. on Saturday, January 12,
2002. Come and see the beauty
created by the Franklin County
artists and the new public library.
Everyone is invited, artists and
lovers of art. For information call
697-8298, Joe Kotzman,
President, Carrabelle Artists

.Artworks provided by the
Carrabelle Artists Association will
be on display throughout the day.
Members of this group will close
the day's events with ah
Artists-on-Art discussion and
demonstration, There will be re-
freshments and children's activi-
ties and library books and mate-
rials available for checking out.
The Carrabelle Branch will then
resume normal library hours-
Tuesday from 12-00 6:00 p.m.,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
from 9:00 5:00 p.m, and Satur-
day from 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Connie May Fowler will be spe-
cial guest author at the Franklin
County Public Library's
Carrabelle Branch Grand Open-
ing Festivities on Saturday, Janu-
ary 12, 2002 from 2:00 p.m. 3:00
p.m. Fowler hails from Franklin
County. She is an essayist,
screenwriter, and novelist whose
books include: Sugar Cage, River
of Hidden Dreams, Before Women
Had Wings and Remembering
Blue. She has won the Southern
Book Critics Circle Award, the
Chautauqua South Award for Fic-
tion, and Before Women Had
Wings was made into an "Oprah
'Winfrey Presents" TV movie.
Fowler's newest work of non-
fiction, When Katie Wakes: A
Memoir will be released by
Doubleday on January 15, 2002.
Her special presentation in
Carrabelle for the Franklin
County Public Library's Grand
Opening Celebration will be a
fundraising event, Donations will
be used to purchase window cov-
erings for the new library.

Page 2 11 January 2002



Prese,'n. C iomnlmissiilocr Eddil
Cr-cn'IIrr (n' CommissionrTr
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.Jirnmrr/i AL'OL0r1tS (-'O' 7rlntL,.
sionerr C(hernl Sanders- and
CommissiOc-l r Clarcnce
January 2. 2002

Superintendent of Public
Hubert Chipman informed the
Board that Rusty Putnal was
nominated to be the new me-
chanic and he needed Board ac-
tion to make him an entry level
mechanic position. The Board
approved. Raymond Hall recently
declared his intention to retire
from the Franklin County Public
Works Department.

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson informed the Board
that the contractor that removed
white good from the landfill for
recycling sent notice that they
would no longer be providing the
service outside of Tallahassee.
Only one contractor was located
that would offer this service,
Cumbaa Enterprises, Blounts-
town. Van Johnson recommended
his name to the Board for a con-
tract for one year to provide White
Goods removal at the landfill for
$5.00 per ton. The Board ap-
proved. The Board also approved
the purchasing of a dump truck,
tag-along-trailer and one pickup

Dr. Photis Nichols
Retired Apalachicola physician,
Dr. Photis Nichols, addressed the
Board of County Commissioners
at the Tuesday meeting. His re-
marks form the basis of a sepa-
rate story published elsewhere in
this issue of the Chronicle.

Director of Administrative.
Alan Pierce announced to the
Board that Franklin County's al-.
location of federal Coastal Impact
Assistance Program (CIAP) funds
had been received in late Decem-
ber. The notice of award was re-
ceived on December 30th and
amounts to $106,415. Pierce re-
minded the Board that they di-
rected him to write a letter of in-
tent accepting the award and that
the Board intended to apply all of

Area Churches

Act In Response

To Economic


As a result of generous contribu-'
tions, the Baptist churches of St.
George Island and Apalachicola
have established a Relief Fund to
meet the financial woes of mount-
ing bills for food, housing and
utilities among the hundreds of
persons struggling to survive the
loss of income resulting from the
prolonged closure of Apalachicola
Bay and the burning of the IGA
grocery store in Carrabelle.
Two accounts have been estab-
lished in order that the First Bap-
tist Church of St. George is able
to administer to the needs of
Eastpoint, Carrabelle and St.
George Island residents, The sec-
ond account is administered by
the First Baptist Church of
Apalachicola for helping the needs
of persons in Apalachicola.
From December 14th through the
22nd, $40,000 has been distrib'-
uted to 124 bay dependent fami-'
lies, but the needs remain and will
be on-going. Even though parts
of the Apalachicola Bay have been
reopened, attention to red tide has
impacted on the orders for prod-
uct with less demand. Many once
employed by processing houses
are now out of work.
The First Baptist churches of St.
George and Apalachicola are
working in conjunction with other
churches in the area such as the
United Methodist churches of St.
George Island, Apalachicola and
Eastpoint, as well as the Trinity
Episcopal Church of Apalach-
icola. They are working in concert
with the non-profit Helping Hands
Ministry as a source of-food. The
Methodist churches are a source
of food vouchers.
Trinity Episcopal and St. Patrick's
Catholic Churches will aid in try-
ing to accomplish rent reductions
and budget management as well
as financial counseling needs not
covered by the programs in place
for utilities, food necessities,
mortgages and utilities.
There are about 336 families di-
rectly affected in this crisis. If all
of the needs were completely met,
the cost would exceed a half mil-
lion dollars.
Persons desirous of being a part
of this community out-reach of
assistance can send contributions
to the First Baptist Church of St.
George Island, ear marked for the
"Relief Fund."

Fax: 697-4680


':--- ..

Raymond Hall (left) of the Public Works Department
received a Resolution commemorating his ten years of
service prior to his retirement. Eddie Creamer (right)
presented the Resolution to Mr. Hall.

the CIAP funds to the long term
recovery and shoreline stabiliza-
tion of Alligator Point. Pierce re-
ported that he expected to receive
better direction from the CIAP
program as to what they would
allow the funds to be spent on
within the Alligator Point plans.
The Board signed the award docu-
ment and returned it to the pro-
gram administrator. Pierce closed
the matter with his comment that
he expected these monies to be a
one time only allocation.
An information item was passed
to the Board concerning a letter
from the Dept. of Community Af-
fairs stating that the dept. ap-
proved the amounts for survey-
ing and environmental permitting
projected by Preble-Rish for the
CDBG project that would clean
out the big ditch in Apalachicola.
Pierce also reported that new
FEMA (Federal Emergency Man-
agement Act) flood maps for the
county have been approved and
are to be used immediately.
The Board approved a contract,
subject to review by the County
Attorney, from the Ingram Group,
for construction of the new court-
house annex.
Mr. Pierce reported that the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers will
place an Aid to Navigation at the
shoal at the junction of Scipio
Creek and the Apalachicola River.
The state-wide building code will
not be implemented until March
1, 2002 as Governor Bush has
delayed the implementation.
Franklin County planner Alan
Pierce has been asked to sit on a
six-member panel appointed by
the Secretary of State that will
review all state applications for
acquisition and development ap-
plications for historical re-
source grants. Mr. Pierce is the
only member on the panel from

the panhandle. Other members
are from Sarasota, West Palm
Beach, Deland and Coral Gables.
He will be in Tallahassee for three
days during the second week in
The Board approved acceptance
of a Supplemental Joint Partici-
pation Agreement with the De-
partment of Transportation for
additional funds to construct an
addition to the Maintenance
Hanger at the airport. The supple-
mental agreements increase the
DOT authorized costs from
$81,000 to $118,400. The project
had been bid but no contractor
bid on it.. An informal estimate
submitted by Poloronis Construc-
tion was well beyond the original
funds available. A second board
action was to have Mr. Pierce con-
tact Preble-Rish to negotiate a fee
for the joint administration. Pierce
is to negotiate fee for the JPA ad-
ministration and construction
supervision of this project.
The Board was advised that they
have received from the ARPC a
contract for Hazardous Waste As-
The Board also accepted a letter
of credit for road construction and
acceptance of the final plat sub-
ject to review from the Attorney,.
P and Z, the General Counsel.
County Clerk of Court, Kendall
Wade, reported that Dot See,
leasee of Weems Hospital, was two
months behind on their payments
or about $20,000.

6th Annual Forgotten Coast

Chef's Sampler

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of
Commerce will host the 6th An-
nual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sam-
pler on Sunday, February 10,
2002, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Chefs from
all over the Apalachicola Bay area
will display their most creative
dishes at the historic Fort Coombs
Armory located on 4hStreet and
Avenue D in Apalachicola. Partici-
pating restaurants include:
Apalachicola Seafood Grill, Chef
Wilhelm's Dock on the Bay, Chef
Eddie's Magnolia Grill, The Owl
Cafe, New Paradise Cafe, Finni's
Grill & Bar, Blue Parrot, the
Gibson Inn, the Red Top Cafe,
That Place On 98, and Tamara's
Cafe Floridita.

In addition to a fantastic selection
of food from our area's most tal-
ented chefs, there will be a silent
auction featuring weekend ac-
commodation packages, gift cer-
tificates and much, much more.
Tickets will be available at the
Chamber office. Call (850)
653-9419, or e-mail us at
chamber l@digitalexp.com for
more information.
If you would like to purchase tick-
ets, stop by the Chamber office
or mail a check to: Apalachicola
Bay Chamber, 99 Market Street,
Apalachicola, Florida 32320.

United Way

Campaign In

Franklin County

Needs Help
A meetinia 'was held beliore the
Il-,l idavs at Car:li new's Restai urnt
in Aplaca l:hicia ,:rconvened bli Ken
Armnsl.roin.. P re-s id-ent -i the
Linited \Va',: ofi the Bio Bend and
Anrna Johns-on. l. .rmer LI\V'BB
Campaiir.n Chairper-on and TV
anchor *...:mani \'.ho had minited
ni nlumbr .I' Franklin County
C'immuniy leaders L': meet to dis-
cuss whether United \Va\ fund-
ing was desired in Franklin
County. Hampered by the inabil-
ity to identify a local Franklin
County campaign chairman,
UWBB is concerned that there will
be no funding available for human
service agencies providing ser-
vices in Franklin County when the
2001 campaign is completed at
the end of this month.
From the local citizens attending,
a committee was formed which
decided to go forward with the
United Way effort and conduct a
2001 Franklin County campaign
in the short time remaining. Lo-
cal citizens Mason Bean, David
Butler, Anita Gregory and Rev.
Joseph Knight comprise this com-
mittee and former campaign
chairperson Shirley Hartley
agreed to serve as interim chair.
,A search is being conducted for a
chairperson for Franklin County
who would be interested in serv-
ing for the 2002 campaign in
Franklin County. Some compen-
sation may be available for this
position. Persons in the commu-
nity who would be interested in
applying should contact Shirley
Hartley at 927-3154.
An appeal is being made to
Franklin County citizens to sup-
port the United Way effort with
their tax-deductible contribu-
tions. Checks should be made
payable to United Way of the Big
Bend and sent to:
United Way Franklin County
P.O. Box 129
Eastpoint, FL 32328

Agencies to Benefit From
United Way Locally
A brief summary follows of the
agencies who will benefit from this
campaign, with the numbers of
persons served in Franklin
County in 2000 2001 in paren-
theses. Your support is greatly
vides emergency and disaster re-
lief services (Disaster Relief- 936;
Home Fire Relief: 73; Armed
o. Forces Services: 12'; Health and
Safety Training: 238.)
HIV/AIDS direct care (7) and pre-
vention services (35).
care to individuals with terminal
illness and counseling and emo-
tional support to bereaved fami-
lies (33).
TERS-Matches children in need
of additional adult support with
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Provides scouting and explor:r'r
Lrailnin and services 1 lor b,-,,
youilth aige- 6-2 I1 t10)
LIVING-Pro\ides support.i ado-
cacv aind accessibililv .:,r c es I''
persons wLh disabilities t,:, enable
them to live irdepend'ri.h\ iii I.hi rl
comTmunityl I.I
\ides homenitaker. cnilrLerilc,'
alerts. adult da\ i air.l- aduil.
health care. pers'r'nal care and
other series ':O rienable elders Iti.
live independent and pridiCluCt.e-
li\es (19 \'olLnl':Trs ,:i~sitl three
elders in Franklin County).
ATHLETES-Trains and equips
adult community leaders to estab-
lish and maintain "FCA Huddle
Groups" in schools to provide ex-
posure to positive role models,
identify and develop leaders
among young people, encourage
community service, provide help
dealing with issues of peer pres-
sure, etc. (65).
Provides informational, educa-
tional and cultural materials for
persons of all ages and serves as
a central focus point for commu-
nity activities. United Way sup-
port funds the WINGS program for
196 at-risk children in Franklin
GIRL SCOUTS-Trains leaders
and provides scouting programs
for 39 girls in Franklin County.
REFUGE HOUSE-Provides ser-
vices to victims of domestic vio-
lence and sexual assault and edu-
cational programs to help elimi-
nate conditions in society permit-
ting such violence to continue.
Services include emergency shel-
ter (4) and daycare and outreach
assistance (34).
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food to nonprofit organizations
which provide food for people in
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Naming Of A

New Park At

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By Rene Topping
Item number t\l.o ':n new bi.isiness
at the first rer,.il.ar nrleetilll e O the
Cirrabelle City Conimmssiln held
on January .3. \vas 'Discu.ssion
arnd Ac tion concerning rinanmiriL l
the triangle lot ori the e.ist eijnd I
Carrabelle Recommended name
Camp C'ordnin Johnstcn Mermornal
The park was not named at the
meeting and if you feel you would
like to have a hand in naming a
park, this is your opportunity.
Bring yourself and the name you
would choose, to the February 7
The item was read and the mayor
made the motion that the name
should be "Camp Gordon
Johnston Memorial Park." He was
seconded by Frank Mathes, and
the vote was immediately called
for by the Mayor and approved
with no discussion.
That might have been the end of
it, except for the intervention by
Josephine Woods, Past President
of the Sea Oats Garden Club, who
asked for discussion. She said
that she had only on that evening
heard that there was to be a nam-
ing of the park.
She stated that no member of the
Sea Oats Garden Club, who are
presently working on landscaping
the park, had been notified about
the naming. She asked the Mayor
and Commissioners to table the
naming until the February sev-
enth meeting.
Mayor Messer said that on the
transferring of ownership of the
triangular piece of ground, a
promise to the First Baptist
Church to name it Camp Gordon
Johnston Memorial Park and
dedicate it to the troops who had
passed through before going to
war in the Pacific or in Europe.
He added that the sign would have
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Will They Measure Up Or Down?

Only Bold, Rigorous And Dynamic Board
Actions Will Take The Plantation

Owners Association Out Of Debt

Imaginative, Gutsy Action Needed
There are probably not many persons too vitally interested in the
financial success or failure of another gated community, yet there are
a growing number of these unique organizations in Franklin County.
There are about 15,000 Homeowners Associations in Florida. Most
Franklin County persons are familiar with the Plantation Owners As-
sociation in the Plantation on St. George Island, founded in the early
1980s, and growing slowly with more owners living there year round.
The new golf course community called St. James plans another such
form of private governance to pay for the common areas such as
streets, curb and gutter, landscaping, numerous and various admin-
istrative details, occasionally organized with professional staffs of
administrators, handy men, gate personnel, and eventually persons
to staff the planned amenities such as grocery stores or restaurants.
This private form of governance usually involves a Board of Direc-
tors, often elected by the home and lot owner members, to set policy,
and perhaps provide day-to-day operational direction. There are ho-
meowner associations in the new developments in Eastpoint,
Carrabelle and Apalachicola as well. Most require some kind of dues
payment, including annual assessments on each home and lot owner,
to help finance maintenance costs and perhaps some capital improve-
In fact, across America, home owner associations provide operational
guidance to nearly 40 % of developing communities according to the
Wall Street Journal. As in Franklin County, the county government
also assesses taxes upon home and lot owners but that money goes
to the county treasury, not to the gated community treasury. So,
gated community members are "taxed" twice; once to their own pri-
vate association and annually to their county treasury.
This long introduction to the subject of this editorial is presented
here because all of the Franklin and northern Florida private
associations are going to encounter debt problems in their own
The Plantation Owner's Association on St. George Island is also an
employer having about 14 persons full-time and a number of part-time
employees during the tourist season. While county law does not stop
at the gate of the private community necessarily, nor does state law
for that matter, the spending of county tax money for roads and ameni-
ties does stop at the gate of the private community. The homeowner
association is designed to finance maintenance and capital improve-
ments inside the gate. The State of Florida loosely oversees the gover-
nance of the homeowner associations through section 720 or 617 of
the Florida Statutes, requiring, for example, the conduct of annual
meetings and reports to the membership of finances, and a few "rules"
allowing members access to their association's records.
The developers and their lobby groups have been largely successful
in controlling the degrees of freedom permitted inside these privately
operated governments. For example, there are few penalties imposed
for malfeasance or misfeasance in office by anyone sitting as a Board
of Director. Yet, anyone sitting on a city or county government, ac-
cused and convicted of such negligence or willful conduct, would be
subject to criminal penalties, if such actions were brought against
them, and the evidence met the burdens of proof.
These associations operate more upon a belief or trust among the
membership that all involved in the homeowner association are "do-
ing their duty:' and the Board members are serving with their public's
interest first and foremost in their decision-making. There is nothing
more to guarantee that their responsibilities are exercised to the full-
est, except through their own self-serving statements and actions.
In many instances, not all the information involving problems in these
associations is made public to their membership. There are token
efforts to provide some perspective through newsletters or web sites,
but a complete picture ot a particular problem, such as the $1-mil-
lion debt of the Plantation Owners Association of St. George, is sel-
dom presented. This association is facing a very disturbing problem,
and the actions taken thus far amount only to increasing revenues,
by gigantic increases in homeowner and lot owner assessments and
expansion of price for various services.
Only through a thorough report by the previous Treasurer, and an
oral presentation by the current Treasurer as to "priorities" has the
complete picture of Plantation finances been presented to the mem-
bership at public meetings. Few mail-outs and other printed materi-
als were distributed but many handouts from these presentations
are available from the Homeowner office in the Plantation. The mem-
bership has to get out of their lethargic mode and start raising ques-
tions to their Board.
For example, homeowners in 2002 are presented with a 38% increase
in assessments up to $2350 each.
Lot owner increases were similar but lower. Those homeowners who
choose to rent their homes for part of the year, have imposed upon
their rental fees, administered usually by a real estate firm, a 35
"processing fee." Last year, this fee, which the POA administration is
eager to point out, that the fee is imposed on the renter, not the ho-
meowner-was $25. However, this is not the way it works in practice.

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January 11, 2002

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

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Proofreader ......................................... Tom Campbell
Citizen's Advisory Group
Rand Edelstein ................................. Alligator Point
Karen Cox-Dennis .............................. Apalachicola
Rene Topping ................................ Carrabelle
David Butler ..................... Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins ................. Eastpoint
George Thompson ........................... Eastpoint
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The rationale for introducing the fee was to pay for the POA's ex-
penses in document preparation, main gate maintenance and pro-
cessing, and associated expenses. Most of the membership voted and
agreed with that rationale. Now, the $10 increase is merely to "in-
crease revenue" because of the debt created by past loans for road
improvements, litigations in the past, and the growth and mainte-
nance of a bureaucracy that has high salaries for some, and corre-
sponding social security and retirement payments. There is little doubt
that many would argue that this was necessary. My comment here is
simply that the bureaucracy has grown so large that the Association
is now required to service its needs with continued higher assess-
The Board of Directors, as presently constituted, with perhaps one or
two exceptions, seems absolutely paralyzed to generate imaginative
ways to completely reduce the debt and set an administrative course
with dynamic, bold and rigorous solutions to the debt problem. There
is a built-in hesitancy to prioritize absolute needs of the association
and cleaver out all unnecessary expenditures the full force of a guil-
lotine action. If one stands back and listens to their deliberations at
various meetings, one does not obtain any sense of urgency that a $1
million debt might ordinarily require.
At a time when most government and private agencies are cutting
back on expenses due to tax shortfalls and the recession, the St.
George Plantation Owners Association is "moving ahead" with the
highest budget and assessments in their brief history. They have
turned a deaf ear to those on fixed incomes who are financially
strapped in trying to pay the escalated assessments. Indeed, they
have increased fees on those homeowners (landlords) who rent their
houses in order to make ends meet and payoff their mortgages. This
fee is a burden upon the homeowner yet the POA administration in-
sists that the fee is paid by the renter. Yes, the membership voted on
the idea initially-when the fee was at $25. But, in homeowner asso-
ciation decision-making, there is no ceiling on how high is high. Only
by electing new Board members who are responsive to local needs
would these abuses be curtailed-every three years or so.
Then again, not everyone is very well informed due to the nature of
the turnover on the Board.
For example, the Treasurer is apparently not aware that the Planta-
tion has owned a reverter process connected with the airport since
this was engineered by a former operations manager who purchased
this for $3000 from Vicky Wert years ago. This would enable the Board
to make revisions into airport operations, a proposal advanced below
with a combination of actions that would remove the Plantation from
the $1 million debt. The former general manager, incidentally, was
summarily fired one Christmas season by the Association President
for reasons never fully explained. This leads to another set of prob-
lems involving the Board; their hesitancy to allow a General Manager
his full authority to run the Plantation without constant checking
with the Board President or certain "liaison members." He is well
paid but he still has to "check with the Board on the most minor of
items" such as obtaining a copy of a letter to the St. George real
estate community announcing the fee increase of $35. That docu-
ment is fully open and available to any member so requesting, under
state law.
Thus, the Board's action in this latest crisis is merely to bleed white
the membership with higher assessments, and search for unimagi-
native and limited methods for increasing revenues. As a way of ex-
plaining these policies, one is told that these levels of assessments
and capitol expenditures are continuing, because "other associations
our size have similar charges..." These needless comparisons are quite
irrelevant to the economic, social, and political environment in the
northern panhandle. It is like saying postal fees in Great Britain are
$1.35 for a first class letter so they should be the same here. Such
reasoning is nonsense and irrelevant. But, perhaps the Board of Di-
rectors will awake to bold, imaginative opportunities if they get their
heads out of the sand and into the air.
For example, the sale of one tennis lot to a private entity would bring
in at least $100,000. I am thinking of the property the Association
paid nearly as much for in the Sea Dune Village, a property inciden-
tally that is largely unused now.
As to the airport, this plan has been advanced to some Board mem-
bers before, and I am merely repeating it from the lips of one of the
most successful entrepreneurs now living on the island.
But the details of this plan would require more than mere boldness
on the part of the Board. It would also require "burying the hatchet"
of past acrimony, litigation, and bad attitudes to the commercial en-
tity in the middle of the Plantation, Phipps Ventures. With coopera-
tion, not litigation, the POA might enter into a deal with Phipps Ven-
tures to sell the five acres owned by the Plantation at the end of the
airport runway, straighten out the large curve on Leisure Lane around
the airport, and cut up that acreage into five or more one acre
beachfront tracts and sell them at current real estate prices in coop-
eration with the commercial entity. Each would benefit $2 million or
more, and perhaps the deal might lead to other good works such as a
construction of a new clubhouse available to POA members and the
paying public. The Plantation POA would be out of debt, have a hefty
reserve fund so many argue for, and a head start on' a clubhouse
large enough for a membership of 800-odd lots. The power is there
because the reverter clause is owned by the Plantation itself.
What would become of the airport runway? Let's consider some facts.
The airport is not used by the entire membership; only 50 or so home
arid lot owners fly into the island airport. It could be closed. The
runway could become a long 3000' bike path and hiking trail, and
with cooperation with the Dept. of Environmental Protection, per-
haps a pier could be constructed at the entrance of the strip. The
pavement could be maintained from time-to-time and a boat storage
facility for every home in the Plantation would use the long 3000 feet
surface. There may be other common areas in the Plantation that
could be "traded" for environmentally sensitive land, as has been done
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And, to soften the blow created by closing the airport, those who do
use the airport could fly into Apalachicola, a much safer facility, met
by Crooms Transportation and driven to the island. A two year plan
would enable them to accommodate to the changed situation with
the Plantation paying for the taxi drive, probably not to exceed $2000
per year anyway, due to the light amount of air traffic headed for St.
George Island. As it stands now, the Board stubbornly persists in
keeping this expensive amenity that is clearly not needed, especially
in this time of recession and Plantation debt.
I don't suppose this idea will get anywhere, but when I first heard of
it from the island entrepreneur, I was shocked that the Board allowed
this to drop with the speed of the guillotine, in the wrong direction.
If the Board relies exclusively on a committee of members to get these
imaginative and bold projects developed, the debt is likely to get deeper.
Now is the time for strong, involving leadership, and the practice not
only to listen carefully, but to make decisions that will greatly
strengthen the financial structure, instead of bleeding white the mem-
bership with continued escalating assessments.
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By Brian Goercke
Over $2000 have been raised for Tariro Mushava's medical proce-
dure in South Africa. Tariro is a three year old Zimbabwean child
suffering from a life threatening heart defect; without the appropriate
medical attention, Tariro's chances of living beyond her teenage years
are suspect.
Tariro Mushava is expected to receive a VSD test at Morningside Clinic
in Johannesburg, South Africa in late January of 2002; this test will
measure the child's lung pressure to determine whether she is oper-
If Tariro does prove to be operable, she will be eligible to participate
in the Rotary Club's Gift of Life Program on Long Island, New York.
The Gift of Life Program would pay transportation costs to have the
mother and child flown to and from the United States; it would also
provide free open heart surgery at Stony Brook Hospital in Stony
Brook, New York.
Thanks to all who contributed to this medical procedure. Thank you
for your kind thoughts and prayers on behalf of Tariro.

Wishes .For The New Year

Rather than look at New Year's resolutions, here is a list of wishes for
you and the New Year.
May your hair, teeth, abs, and your stocks not fall; and may your
blood pressure, triclycerides, cholesterol, white blood count, and your
mortgage interest rate not rise.
May you find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere without a lot
of traffic, and when you get there may you find a parking space.
May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, doctor, psychia-
trist, and your plumber.
May what you see in the mirror delight you and what others see in
you delight tierr.
May the itelematketexvs;wbit'to call you after you finish dinner; may
your checkbook and your budget balance, and may they include gen-
erous amounts for charities and your church.
May you remember to say "I love you" at least once a day to your
spouse, your child, and your parents.
May we live as intended, in a world of peace with the awareness of the
beauty in every sunset, every flower's unfolding petals, every baby's
smile, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of your heart.
May you be blessed with every happiness, great health, peace, and
much love during this year and all that follow.
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New Park from Page 2

all the insignias of each unit dis-
played upon the sign.
He also described the sign that
would be displayed under the
heading of "Camp Gordon
Johnston Memorial Park." Messer
added, "Now, there's going to be
a lot more on there. You all will
be involved in the same sign.
That's the way the church and all
agreed to do it."
Saunders asked "Is this going to
be a plaque?" He was answered
in the affirmative. He added that
more than the commissioners
should have a part in a name.
Woods asked David Butler, who
is one of the executive board of
the Camp Gordon. Johnston As-
sociation, "David. You are with
camp Gordon Johnston. What
you think about it?" He replied
"Am I going to be dragged into
City Clerk Beckey Jackson said,
"How has it been done before? Do
some of the citizens come before
the city and recommend names?"
The Veteran's Park came into the
discussion as one of the city
parks. Tommy Jack Massey said
that it was named way back in
1946, by a request from the
American Legion.
Butler said, In answer to a pre-
vious question. MY view of this is
that a number of things are going
to be named. Camp Gordon
Johnston in the area." He added
that he had a problem with it as
it is an honorable thing but as it
is the entrance to the town there
might be other names. "I have told
that to you today and I have told
others before."
Rankin said," We need to have a
piece in the paper asking all con-
cerned citizens who want to have
a voice in naming the property to
do so. We need to give them a pe-
riod of time before the next meet-
It was pointed out that there was
no large sign saying "Welcome to
Carrabelle." Several People spoke
up on the fact that at one time
there was a highway sign saying
"so many miles to Lanark Village"
and not one said how far to

The mayor said that the sign
could be altered. Rankin said that
was not what was on the agenda-
it was the naming of the park only.
Both news reporters, Laurel
Newman and Rene Topping, said
they would write a piece asking
for concerned people to attend the
meeting and make offerings of
The Mayor said, "I am going to
withdraw my motion until next
meeting." Mathews took back his
It was decided that the naming
will be done at the next meeting
to be held on February 7. Do not
call the City Hall with names. You
must be present to have your
name considered.
The ultimate decision will be
made by the Mayor and Commis-

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The meeting was adjourned and
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By Rene Topping
There was a very small audience
for the first meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission on
the chilly night of January 3.
Four of the commissioners, Mayor
Wilburn Curley Messer, Commis-
sioners Phillip Rankin, Frank
Mathes and Dr. Edward (Ed)
Saunders. Raymond Williams was
ill and could not attend.
After a short prayer and the reci-
tation of the Pledge of Allegiance
the first item was the approval of
the minutes of April 17, 2001.
There was approval of several bills
with The City Attorney's pay re-
quest of $757.00
Also BDI was approved for a No-
vember invoice number 66441 of
$13,154.39 for Sanitary Sewer
System Improvements and a De-
cember invoice number 66565 of
$17,335.95 WWTP Expansion.
Royal American Co. was approved
for' their pay request 5 of
On Commissioner's Reports there
was only one from Rankin who
asked Baskerville and Donovan,
Inc (BDI) Engineer Ella Mosconis
to give the commissioners a re-
port on the sewer renewal pro-
gram. Mosconis said that she had
good news. "On the vacuum
building we were researching and
at that time we did not know
whether an odor control system
would be needed so we included
an odor control system in the
project." She went on to say that
they finally felt that the system
would not need it and that could
be deducted from the Royal
American bid and the amount of
$27,085 could be used for other
City Clerk Beckey Jackson an-
nounced that the workshop that
had been planned for the 17th of
January was changed to thel5th
of January at 6 p.m. at the City
Hall. The first workshop will be
with Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) and Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP)
in reference to the future of Tim-
ber Island and the second one will
be conducted by Ella Mosconis in
reference to the City Sewer Pro,.
Working as the Board of Adjust-
ment approved a variance re-
quested by Jimmy and Janice.
French to have their home located
10' from the right of way which is
3' at this time. The home is lo-
cated on Lot 10, Block C on Three
Rivers Subdivision on 803 Three
Rivers Road.
On the purchase of a Ford Ex-
plorer at a cost of $20,116 Gulf
State Bank bid an interest rate of
3.120 and Apalachicola Bank bid
5.00 APR. The commissioners
took the Gulf State Bank's bid.
Jackson said that Carrabelle Po-
lice Lt. Carl Renfroe had called her
and said that delivery would be
about mid-January so she asked
permission to have the resolution
made and signed at the February
The Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce were approved for use
of the Pavilion on Marine Street
for two days, April 27 and April
28, 2002 for the Carrabelle
Riverfront Festival.
After a short discussion the com-
missioners keeping the 1986 Ford
655A Industrial 4 DW Diesel Trac-
tor/Loader/Backhoe and having
it repaired.
The commissioners approved de-
claring the 1959 LA-FRANCE fire
truck and selling it to the highest

As for getting rid of sand spurs, there are two types: there is the field 2. 7. 0 Policy 2.2.2 shall read as
Southern sandbur; and then,, the sand spur, which is Coastal. They follows: 7.G Policy 2.2.2
are in the grass family, an annual. The seed head is a spiny bur. In Carrabelle shall limit the density
the South, these plants may live year-round. of new residential development
within the Coastal High-Hazard
To get rid of them, use an over-the-counter,, non-restricted herbi- Area to a maximum of two dwell-
cide. One example of a trade name is Image. ing units per gross acre (i.e. the
Us-o l-".4 a,"maximum density associated with
Use on well-established and, atively go\inploasses Do.,noi apq.', v the low intensity residential cat-
newly sodded grass or golf greens. eory described in the Land Use
The Genus name for sand spur is Greek, Echinatus, which means ment
"armed with spine." Seems appropriate,, as the thorny spine, can re- The ordinance was adopted at the
ally hurt if you get it stuck in your foot. hearing on December 28, 2001.

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Responding To A Reader's Questions

By Tom Campbell
Interesting letters often come from readers and the following is cer-
tainly provoking.
"I am a newcomer to this area and own a home on Alligator Point and
have fished in the gulf for only a few years now. I have enjoyed read-
ing your newspaper, and thought you might could be a source to help
me answer a few questions.
A couple of years ago I began to notice an occasional worm in the
flesh of red grouper. I never saw these worms except in the red grou-
per and initially it was only occasionally that I would find this preda-
tor. Recently however, every red grouper that I clean has worms and
last weekend for the first time I discovered a worm in the flesh of a
black grouper. Do you have any idea as to the type of worm I am
seeing and what is causing the increase that I have noticed in the fish
population? My second question should be much easier for you to
answer. How do you get rid of sand spurs? We have cut them, dug
them up, poisoned them with Round Up, and even burned them, and
they keep coming back. Any advice.
William E. Adams, M.D., F.A.C.S."
Thank you for your kind thoughts an'd the thought-provoking ques-
tions. For my answers, I turned to good friend and Franklin County
Extension Director Bill Mahan, who provided the following helpful
What you are seeing are round worm parasites, called nematodes.
found in all sorts of fish. These are not poisonous to humans when
the fish is frozen and/or cooked. The parasite gets in the fish and the
final host is warm mammals, turtles or birds.
An interesting factoid is that these parasites are often used to deter-
mine the specific area from which fish have come. Species of para--
sites are specific to a particulararaea, and have been used to prove
the poaching of salmon in U.S. waters. For example, if Japanese fish-
ermen sell salmon that have a particular species, which can be iden-
tified, the parasite can be used to prove poaching, as the parasite can
define the area where the fishing took place.
There are two general groups. The whitish or beige is the most com-
mon group,, known as anasakians. The less common variety of para-
sites are the redder ones.
Director Mahan told of an experience he had with codfish. He said he
could define whether they were Pacific codfish or Atlantic codfish.
Cod worms are also anasakians. They become incysted in the muscles.
These parasites may be seasonal and more common toward the end
of summer. Also the reader may be more accustomed to seeing them,
"better at spotting the parasites." As long as the fish is cooked, there
is no danger in eating the fish.
In Florida, raw fish, such as sushi, is required to be frozen in order to
kill parasites. Freezing or cooking kills the parasites. Humans may
eat them and may not know it, and it is safe, as long as the parasites
are frozen or cooked.

By Rene Topping
The Carrabelle City Commission
met on Friday, December 28,
2001 at 6 p.m. at the city hall to
have the final public hearing on a
change in the city's comprehen-
sive plan.
There was a wait because there
was no ordinance to be found. A
cassette that contained the first
meeting was sent for and then it
was revealed. There was no writ-
ten ordinance, as it was only the
first reading.
City Attorney Douglas Gaidry said
that he could write up an ordi-
nance while the commissioners
waited, He pulled up his yellow
legal pad and constructed the or-
dinance before this reporter and
the commissioner's very eyes.
Between the attorney and City
Clerk Beckey they read the com-
pleted work.
The gist of ordinance number 288
An ordinance amending the
Carrabelle Comprehensive Plan to
change the definition of Coastal
High Hazard Area and remove ref-
erence to the "FEMA VELOCITY
ZONE" from Paragraph 7.0 Policy
Whereas, the City of Carrabelle
finds it desirable to amend the
definition of Coastal High Hazard
Area in it's Comprehensive Plan
to make it consistent with Chap-
ter 9J-5, F.A.C. and
Whereas, the City of Carrabelle
finds it desirable to remove "FEMA
Velocity Zone" from 7 G Policy
Now, therefore, be it enacted by
the City Commission of the City
of Carrabelle that the comprehen-
sive plan be, and hereby is,
amended as follows:
1. 7. G Policy 2.1.5 shall read as
follows: 7.0 Policy 2.1.5 The
Coastal High Hazard Area is de-
fined as the evacuation zone for a
Category I hurricane as estab-
lished In the regional hurricane
evacuation study applicable to the
local government.



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Accomplishments For The Camp

Gordon Johnston Association During

The 2001 Year
1. Establishment of the CGJ Museum Fund
2. Moved the CGJA Museum to newer, larger facilities,
3. Placing of an Historic Marker, at Carrabelle Beach, honoring the
4th Infantry.
4. Partnering with the American Legion, Post 82, Camp Gordon
Johnston and Amvets Post 107, Carrabelle to dedicate the 4th Infan-
try Marker on Veteran's Day 2001.
5. Purchase of the site of the Officer's Club from the original Camp
Gordon Johnston.
6. Partnering with the State of Florida, Museum of Florida History to
loan items for a state-wide "Traveling Museum which will feature
"Florida in WWII."
7. Organized with local volunteers to keep the Museum (located at
the Carrabelle Mini-Mall) open 5 days a week,
8. Beginnings of a data-base to establish the military history of vari-
ous units and personnel.
9. Conducted the 6th annual Camp Gordon Johnston reunion and
parade on the second week-end of March, 2001.
10. Awarded $500.00 scholarship to CHS senior who was selected
amongst all Franklin County H.S. Senior applicants for writing essay
on Franklin County's role in WWII effort to preserve freedom.
11. Partnered with City of Carrabelle for establishing a Camp Gordon
Johnston Memorial Park at the east entrance to the city.
12. Established a library, at the Museum, both books and written
history as told by our veterans.

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February 10, 2002
6th Annual Forgotten Coast's Chef Sampler
Join us for the dining experience of the year! Area chefs will put out
their finest fare at the Armory in Apalachicola. Tickets are $35.00
each, proceeds will benefit the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Com-
merce. There will be a silent auction including original artwork, vaca-
tion packages, and much more. For More Information, call (850)
653-9419 or E-Mail: chamberl@digitalexp. com
February 23, 2002
Bow Wow Ball
A waxing full moon brings out a wild crowd for this annual howling
good time in support of the Franklin County Humane Society. A gour-
met buffet provided by the area's best restaurants with great live
music and dancing at Harry A's on Bayshore Drive, St. George Is-
land! $15 each or $25 per couple. Call (850) 670-8417 for informa-
March 2, 2002
St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff & Auction
Over sixty contestants square off in the largest Regional Chili Cookoff
in the nation. Music, a great auction and fun for the whole family.
Proceeds benefit St. George Island Volunteer Fire Dept. For more in-
formation contact the Fire Department at (850) 927-2753.
April 27, 2002
Historic Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show
Join us in beautiful historic downtown Apalachicola for the 4th an-
nual Classic & Antique Boat Show. Stroll along the streets of historic
Apalachicola where classic examples of traditional vessels and all types
of antique boats will be on display. Special highlights will include the
Governor Stone, a 63-foot gulf coast sailing schooner built in 1877,
authentic oyster boats, plus a wide array of small classic and antique
boats. Enjoy a display of antique outboard engines and a model boat
exhibit. For more information call (850) 653-9419. For More Informa- !
tion, E-Mail: chamberl@digitalexp. com
May 4, 2002
11th Annual Spring Tour of Historic Homes
2002 marks the 11th year Historic Trinity Episcopal Church Spring
Tour of Homes. The doors open to many private homes and buildings
that can generally only be viewed from the exterior. For a $10.00
donation take a guided tour through 12 private homes, 4 churches
and several commercial buildings, which have historic and architec-
tural significance. Benefits the Trinity Episcopal Restoration fund. -
Call (850) 653-9550.
November 1-3, 2002
39th Annual Florida Seafood Festival, Battery Park
If you love great seafood, arts & crafts, fine folks and wonderful en-
tertainment all wrapped into a magnificent family atmosphere, then
join us in Apalachicola for the 39th Annual Florida Seafood Festival.
The event will feature quality entertainment and maritime crafts pay-
in tribute to the Apalachicola Bay's commercial fishermen. For more
information call the office of the Florida Seafood Festival at
888-653-8011 or go to www.floridaseafoodfesfival.com.
November 29, 2002
Historic Apalachicola Annual Christmas Celebration
The Historic Apalachicola Christmas Celebration will light up
Apalachicola on November 29th. From 6:00-9:00 p.m. the streets of
downtown Apalachicola will be lined'with luminaries and filled with
holiday spirit. Merchants will be open late and the sounds of carolers
will echo through the streets filling the evening with Christmas spirit.
The highlight, of course, will be the big guy himself. Santa will arrive
on a shrimp boat at 6:00 p.m. at the City Dock on Water Street, across
from City Hall. Santa will hear children's Christmas wishes and car-
olers will sing. Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration!
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Frozen Pipes

By Chris Floyd, Disaster
Services Director, Capital
Area Chapter, American Red
Why Pipe Freezing Is A
Water has a unique property in
that it expands as it freezes. This
expansion puts tremendous pres-
sure on whatever is containing it,
including metal or plastic pipes.
No matter the "strength" of the
container, expanding water can
cause pipes to break, Pipes that
freeze most frequently are those
that are exposed to severe cold,
like outdoor hose bibs, swimming
pool supply lines, water supply
pipes in unheated interior areas
like basements and crawl spaces,
attics, garages or kitchen cabi-
nets. Also, pipes that run against
exterior walls that have little or
no insulation are also subject to

Preventing Frozen Pipes
Before the onset of cold weather,
prevent freezing of these water
supply lines and pipes by follow-
ing these recommendations:
* Drain water from swimming pool
and water sprinkler supply lines
following manufacturer's or
installer's directions. Do not put
antifreeze in these lines unless
directed. Antifreeze is environ-
mentally harmful and is danger-
ous to humans, pets, wildlife and
* Remove, drain and carefully
store hoses used outdoors. Close
inside valves supplying outdoor
hose bibs. Open the outside hose
taps to allow water to drain. Keep
the outside valve open so that any
water remaining in the pipe can
expand without causing the pipe
to break.
* Check around the home for
other areas where water supply
lines are located and are in un-
heated areas. Look in the base-
ment, crawl space, attic, garage
and under kitchen and bathroom
cabinets. Both hot and cold wa-
ter pipes in these areas should be
insulated. A hot water supply line
can freeze just as a cold water
supply line can freeze if the water
is not running through the pipe
and the water temperature in the
pipe is cold.
* Consider installing specific
products made to insulate water
pipes like a)"pipe sleeve" or install-
ing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat
cable" or similar materials on ex-
posed water pipes. Many products
are available at your local build-
ing supplies retailer. Pipes should
be carefully wrapped, with ends
butted tightly and joints wrapped
with tape. Follow manufacturer's
recommendations for installing
and using these products. News-
paper can provide some degree of
insulation and protection to ex-
posed pipes-even 1/4 inch of
newspaper can provide significant
protection in areas that usually
do not have frequent or prolonged
temperatures below freezing.

Panhandle Players

Redirects Money

To Franklin County

The Board of Directors of the Pan-
handle Players had made the de-
cision in October to contribute the
total net proceeds from "American
Holiday" to the relief effort in New
Much has happened in Franklin
County in the last few months.
The red tide, closing of the bay
and now the recent fire at the
Carrabelle IGA has caused the
Board to rethink the destination
of these moneys. Board president
Royce Hodge felt that "the mon-
eys raised from the performance
could do a lot more good right
here in Franklin County". The
entire Board agreed and the
money will be given to Franklin,
County Emergency Management
to assist the out-of-work people
in Franklin County.
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His specialties include generator
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* Open kitchen and bathroom
cabinet doors to allow warmer air
to circulate around the plumbing.
Be sure to move any harmful
cleaners and household chemi-
cals up out of the reach of chil-
* When the weather is very cold
outside, let the cold water drip
from a faucet served by exposed
pipes. Running water through the
pipe even at a trickle helps pre-
vent pipes from freezing because
the temperature of the water run-
ning through it is above freezing.
* Keep the thermostat set to the
same temperature both during
the day and at night. By tempo-
rarily suspending the use of lower
nighttime temperatures, you may
incur a higher heating bill, but
you can prevent a much more
costly repair job if pipes freeze-and
* If you will be going away during
cold weather, leave the heat on in
your home. Set to a temperature
no lower than 55 degrees.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes
If you turn on a faucet and only a
trickle comes out, make sure your'
main water valve is turned on. If
so, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate
the suspected frozen area of the
water pipe. Likely places include
pipes running against exterior
walls or where your water service
enters your home through the
* Keep the faucet open, As you
treat the frozen pipe and the fro-
zen area begins to melt, water will
begin to flow through the frozen
area. Running water through the
pipe will help melt more ice in the
* Apply heat to the section of pipe
using an electric heating pad
wrapped around the pipe, electric
hair dryer, a portable space heater
(kept away from flammable ma-
terials) or wrapping pipes with
towels soaked in hot Later Doriot
use a bl:wtor h, kerosene ir pro-
pane iheatet ,).haiioolb stove or
other open flame device.
* Apply heat until full water pres-
sure is restored. If you are unable
to locate the frozen area, if the fro-
zen area is not accessible or if you
can not thaw the pipe, call a li-
censed plumber.
* Check all other faucets in your
home to find out if you have ad-
ditional frozen pipes.
For additional information on di-
saster planning and preparedness
or to become a Disaster Resistant
Neighborhood please contact the
Capital Area Chapter of the
American Red Cross in Tallahas-
see at 878-6080, in Perry at
584-6663, in Bristol at 643-2339,
in Monticello at 342-0211 or in
Apalachicola at 653-3952 or visit
our web site at www.

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Regional Planning Councils, A Primer


Publisher's Note: According to the Florida Regional Councils As-
sociation "vision statement", the regional planning councils are
key players in Florida's growth management system in the fu-
ture. They interpret their Strategic Regional Policy Plans (SRPP)
for the State, their cities and counties. The SRRPs that were de-
veloped in the mid-1990s have been updated to reflect the adop-
tion by the Legislature of the new State Land Development Plan.
The regional plans are the framework into which local plans fit,
so the planning councils play a key role in helping communities
formulate compatible visions that are original and local, yet con-
sistent with the State's commitment of financial resources and
planning priorities.
These councils are "consensus builders" and "problem solvers"
in their regions. They understand the "local situation." The plan-
ning councils, so says the Florida Regional Councils Association,
are the conveners of the region in that they help articulate those
multi-jurisdictional issues that need resolution. While growth
management "cook book" rules are gone, the planning councils
bear watching because they are another layer of bureaucracy in
the scheme of growth management practiced in Florida. The fol-
lowing article is edited from the 1999-2000 Joint Report of all of
Florida's Regional Planning Councils with a specific emphasis on
the Apalachee Council, of which Franklin County is a

A History of Florida's Regional Planning Councils
The regional council movement began in the United States in the
1950's and 1960's, primarily as a mechanism of the federal govern-
ment to organize and.coordinate the federal grants process at the
state and sub-state level. The federal government realized that re-
gional planning organizations allowed even the smallest units of gov-
ernment to recognize tremendous economies-of-scale by joining with
neighboring communities to solve problems and provide services to
their residents.

Over time, regional councils, also known as Councils of Governments
(COGs), began forming on their own throughout the United States as
local governments realized that they needed to work together rather
than be driven by circumstances on an ad hoc basis. Today, 547
COGs cover 47 of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia
(the exceptions are the states of Delaware, Rhode Island, and Ha-
In Florida,COGs formed primarily under the name of "regional plan-
ning councils" (RPCs). By 1979, 64 of Florida's 67 counties had en-
tered into voluntary interlocal agreements (most commonly under
163.01, Florida Statutes) in forming such councils. This created for
the first time in Florida, a consistent geographic framework within
which planning and technical assistance activities could be devel-
oped and implemented., ,In addition to carrying out these regional
services, as determined by their-local government membership, the
first RPCs also focused on fulfilling a variety of responsibilities for
state and federal agencies. Consequently, RPCs do not exist be-
cause of state mandates or by virtue of a state appropriation.
Rather, they exist as a response to area wide or regional circum-
stances and needs.
With the passage of the 1972 Environmental Land and Water Man-
agement Act, and the subsequent Local Government Comprehensive
Planning Act of 1975, Florida's RPCs were given an increasingly larger
role in growth management. RPCs were given the authority to exer-
cise responsibilities under specific state programs. Among these was
their role in reviewing Developments of Regional Impact to mitigate
the impact of development on natural resources and neighboring
The Florida State and Regional Planning Act of 1984 increased the
role and responsibilities of RPCs, designating them as the primary
organizations to address problems of greater than local concern. The
Act also required RPCs to prepare and adopt by rule Comprehensive
Regional Policy Plans (CRPPs), consistent with the State Comprehen-
sive Plan. Local Government Comprehensive Plans were required to
be consistent with CRPPs, and the CRPPs were used as the basis for
a RPC's review of a plan, plan amendment, or Development of Re-
gional Impact. All were in place by the late 1980s.
The 1990s brought about a new direction in regional cooperation. In
1991, Governor Lawton Chiles created the Environmental Land Man-
agement Study Committee (ELMS III), to evaluate Florida's growth
Management programs. ELMS III concluded that the Florida Regional
Planning Council Act (Chapter 186, F.S.), should be re-enacted with
' changes intended to make RPCs more effective in planning for and
coordinating solutions to regional concerns; ELMS III further con-
cluded that some of the quasi-regulatory responsibilities performed
by RPCs (i.e., appeal of Developments of Regional Impact), overshad-
owed their primary mission as planning and coordinating entities.
The ELMS III report stated that the role and responsibilities of RPCs
should be refined to emphasize the contributions that regional plan-
ning can make in addressing regional concerns and to reduce dupli-
cative activities.
The role of RPCs in resolving interjurisdictional problems was rein-
forced by ELMS III, and reaffirmed by the 1993 Legislature in their
recognition of RPCs as "Florida's only multi-purpose regional entity
that is in a position to plan for and coordinate intergovernmental solu-
tions to growth-related problems on greater-than-local issues, provide
technical assistance to local governments, and meet other needs of the
communities in each region."
Furthermore, the role of RPCs in strategic planning for natural re
sources, housing, emergency management, transportation, and eco-
nomic development were heightened, through the replacement of
CRPPs with Strategic Regional'Policy Plans. Other recommendations
by ELMS III specific to RPCs and enacted by the 1993 Legislature
included the following:
* require RPCs to conduct a cross-acceptance process with local gov-
ernments regarding inconsistencies between local and regional plans;
enhance the role of RPCs in addressing regional transportation is-
sues to help coordinate land use and transportation policies in a
manner that fosters region-wide transportation systems; and
require.RPCs to establish a process for dispute resolution and me-
Sdiation for reconciling differences on growth management issues
between local governments and/or regional agencies.
Florida's policymakers learned that the philosophy of regionalism, an
approach which recognizes the value of dealing with issues and needs
of greater than local concern by incorporating the concerns of many
affected communities, will help Florida and its communities discuss
and attempt to resolve the mutual challenges of growth on a state-
wide basis.

Florida's Regional Planning Councils Today
Today, RPCs continue to develop regional initiatives that are respon-
sive to the needs of their local governments. Over time, many of
Florida's local governments developed confidence in the capacity of
RPCs to develop and implement cooperative policies. Most have acted
to fund and develop the professional skills and expertise of RPC staff
to provide specialized technical assistance. Although the list below is
by no means exhaustive, during the past year, these initiatives in-
cluded the following:

* Implementing economic development programs through the federal
designation of eight RPCs as Economic Development Districts;
making loans through three Certified Development Companies and
several Revolving Loan Funds;
forming alternative fuels/clean cities coalitions;
promoting maternal and child health care;
conducting multi-jurisdictional lake basin planning initiatives;
establishing tourism and ecotourism initiatives;
staffing five metropolitan planning organizations;
serving as designated official planning staff for the Transportation
Disadvantaged Program;
utilizing state of the art economic models to assist communities in
predicting and analyzing the fiscal impacts or full cost of develop-
ment decisions;
providing hazardous materials training for local emergency response
staffing two National Estuary Programs;
promoting downtown redevelopment and urban infill programs; and
facilitating rural transportation planning.
While the services and programs of RPCs are ever-changing to meet
regional needs, so is the role of RPCs in growth management. Today,
RPCs fulfill that role in accordance with the legislation resulting from
ELMS Ill. On July 3, 2000, Govern6r Jeb Bush created the Growth
Management Study Commission to once again review Florida's cur-
rent system of managing growth. The Commission was tasked with
finding solutions that meet the needs of Florida's growing popula-
tion, varied landscape, and water resources in a better and more
efficient manner. Among its more specific charges, Governor Bush
asked the Commission to consider the respective roles of state, re-
gional, and local governments in the local government comprehen-
sive planning process, as well as determine whether the Develop-
ment of Regional Impact program should be repealed or modified. It
is the coming set of recommendations that will have the greatest im-
pact on the future role of RPCs in the growth management arena.
Regardless of this policy outcome, RPCs continue to be the only en-
tity.in the State of Florida charged with examining multijurisdictional
impacts. RPC Boards are made up of focal government elected offi-
cials, Governor's appointees, and non-voting state agency represen-
tatives who work with each other individually and through intergov-
ernmental coordination. RPCs are primarily by, of, and for local
governments, and strive to build on this philosophy by becoming
"conveners" of their Regions. It is their desire to further articulate
those multi-jurisdictional issues that need resolution in order to cham-
pion the unique themes of Florida's Regions.

Structure, Administration, And Fiscal Information
Florida's 11 RPCs each have a Board of Directors which sets its
Council's work program and budget. These governing boards range
in size from 18 to 42 members. Florida's 67 counties are represented
on the RPCs, along with approximately 100 of Florida's municipali-
The typical make-up of the Board of Directors includes three repre-
sentatives from each member county, two of which are elected offi-
cials and one an appointee of the Governor. One elected official repre-
sents the respective county and the other the cities within that county.
In addition, the Board of Directors includes at least four ex-officio,
non-voting members representing the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection, the Florida Department of Transportation, the

With the pooling of its program resources, each RPC is able to employ
a staff of professionals with the specific skills needed for their region's
work program. The size and nature of an RPC staff is determined by
the Board of Directors and budget, and is based'on the particular
needs, priorities, and capabilities of the region. With staffs ranging in
size from 11 to 49, an estimated 245 persons statewide contribute to
the technical work of the RPCs.
With regard to finances, RPC funding may be broken down into three
categories: local dues and government contracts, federal funding, and
a state appropriation.
Due to their membership structure, RPCs have a strong direct public
policy and fiscal accountability to the local governments they serve.
Although local financial support of the RPCs varies in each region, all
counties and some municipalities pay annual dues to support their
RPC. In addition, various levels of government contract with an RPC
for services on an at-cost basis. Federal funding, much of which sup-
ports economic development programs, resource protection activi-
ties, and transportation initiatives, also make up a significant por-
tion of RPC budgets. .... .
On the issue of state appropriations, RPCs have received funds from
the Florida Legislature since ttie early 1970s. From the early 1980s
through Fiscal Year 1997-98, the RPC appropriation came from
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by the Legislature for their annual appropriation. The RPC annual
appropriation is passed through the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs as a vehicle for the RPCs to carry out their statutorily
mandated obligations and responsibilities.
It should be noted that each year, 70% of the annual appropriation is
split evenly among the eleven RPCs, while the remaining 30% is split
based on each region's proportionate share of the state's population.
The RPCs remain supportive of this traditional fund split.
The funding level for RPCs has on average, remained constant at
$2.3 million statewide since 1985, in spite of increasing regional
needs, workload, and the cost of doing business. Furthermore,
local governments across the state continue to subsidize the
Legislature's annual appropriation to the RPCs. In 1999, this sub-
sidy came to a total of $3,772,079, or 62.8% of the actual cost of
implementing RPCs' mandated responsibilities, including the state's
growth management initiatives and related planning and technical
assistance. While this subsidy allows the necessary planning func-
tions related to growth management to be carried out, there are many
other regional programs and initiatives that go unfunded or are inad-
equately funded because these local reserves are not available.
As in years past, the RPCs will continue to seek an increase in their
state funding. An increase in funding will allow the RPCs to fulfill
their statutory obligations without subsidizing those activities
with local reserves, which would otherwise compromise RPCs,
ability to meet many of the necessary economic, transportation,
affordable housing, and emergency preparedness needs of the
local governments within their region. Furthermore, as Florida's
only multi-purpose regional entity, RPCs' mission is crucial to the
ability of the Executive Office of the Governor, the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs, and other state agencies to successfully
implement their statutory obligations related to growth management
as well as implementation of RPC Strategic Regional Policy Plans and
the State Comprehensive Plan. Increased funding will also result
in increased services to Florida's local governments, particularly
with respect to planning and technical assistance needs, enhanced
performance of RPCs, and heightened compliance with Chapter
186, F.S.

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Planning Councils from Page 6

Florida Regional Councils Association
The Florida Regional Councils Association (FRCA), is a joint organi-
zation of the 11 RPCs. The purpose and intent of the organization is
* ensure RPCs are effective service organizations to the local govern-
ments of Florida and the citizens they serve;
* ensure RPCs are consensus builders and problem solvers, and serve
as conveners of the region by helping to articulate those
multi-jurisdictional issues that need resolution;
* encourage and promote opportunities for RPCs to become partners
in state programs and initiatives, while promoting the unique themes
of each region within the state and legislative environments;
* monitor substantive state and federal legislative.issues for the ben-
efit of its members, and promote mutually supportive policy posi-
tions among the RPCs;
* represent Florida's RPCs in national organizations, such as the
National Association of Regional Councils, National Association of
Development Organizations, and Southeast Regional Directors' In-
stitute; and
The 11 RPC Executive Directors serve as an advisory committee to
the Policy Board. The Committee meets monthly in locations through-
out the state, its primary function is to inform and advise the Policy
Board about issues and problems that require action. The Commit-
tee also serves as a resource, provides a central point of communica-
tion for state agencies and other statewide organizations, resolves
problems, and addresses issues of statewide importance that may
affect RPCs, the regions, and Florida's local governments.

Apalachee Regional Planning Council

Year Established
1999 Population Estimate:
Governing Board Size:
Staff Size:
1999-00 Budget:
Board Meetings:

5,855 sq. mi.
Monthly; Fourth (4th) Thursday

The Apalachee Region remains one of Florida's most picturesque ar-
eas of the state. The Apalachicola River and Bay is one of the most
biologically productive estuarine systems in the nation. There are
also numerous resource based recreational opportunities within the
'Region. Federal recreational lands include the Apalachicola National
Estuarine, Apalachicola National Forest, and the Bradwell Bay and
St. Mark's National Wilderness Areas.
The Region's economic base relies heavily on natural resource based
industriessuch as forestry, fishing, and agriculture. Government and
services sectors also play a significant role. The three largest employ-
ers in the Region are state government, Florida State University, and
Leon County Schools. Due to the efforts of such entities as the St.
Joe Company and the National High Magnetic Field Lab.oratory at
Florida State University, high tech jobs are growing at a rapid rate.
Continuing efforts to encourage economic development and recruit
businesses not only in Leon County but throughout the rural com-
munities are crucial to preserving and enhancing the Region's qual-
ity of life.
With eight of nine rural counties in the region-Calhoun, Franklin,
Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson; Liberty, and Wakulla, the
Apalachee RPC is continually challenged in its service to those eight
counties while meeting the needs of urbanized Leon County and the
City of Tallahassee-home to the Capital of the State of Florida and to
two nationally renowned Universities.
Through its federal designation as an Economic Development Dis-
trict, the Council provides technical assistance to its local govern-
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fund targeted to small business owners interested in start-up capital.
Rural community needs are also met through other forms of techni-
cal assistance associated with comprehensive planning activities, rural
transportation planning, transportation disadvantaged functions, and
disaster assistance and mitigation planning.
The more urban areas of Leon County and the City of Tallahassee are
also well served by the Council. Over the past year, the Council as-
sisted Leon County in coordinating the flow of information to sur-
rounding counties during times of disaster; assisted both the city
and county to coordinate training and exercises for the emergency
response agencies; assisted the county in preparing its hazards analy-
sis; and serves on the Leon County Metropolitan Planning
Organization's technical committees.
In addition, due to its proximity to the state capital, the Council houses
a position that is shared among the state's 11 RPCs, to staff the Florida
Regional Councils Association.
Finally, the Council's mission is to serve its citizens and local govern-
ments by providing technical assistance-and a forum for communica-
tion and collaboration, to preserve and enhance the economic, natu-
ral, man-made; and social environments of the Apalachee Region.
The Council's Board of Directors remains committed to this mission
and continually strives to meet the changing needs of this unique
Region of Florida.


Woman Spring



Women who want to learn how to
fight a big fish, bag a wild turkey
or canoe a river will want to make
a note of this. The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) Will host two "Be-
coming an Outdoors Woman",
(BOW) workshops soon.
Instructors-most ,of them fe-
males-will conduct workshops
April 26-28 at the Hunter Educa-
tion Training Center in the Ocala
National Forest and Feb. 22-24 at
the Everglades Youth Conserva,
tion Camp at West Palm Beach.
The FWC prefers to use female,
instructors for BOW workshops to,
help participants feel more at ease
and to eliminate the impatience,
women sometimes encounter!
when they try to learn outdoor
skills from their husbands, boy-
friends or brothers.
"I think that's the main reason the
BOW program has been so suc-
cessful," said Lynne Hawk, direc-
tor of the program. "Nobody is
there to intimidate or rush the
During the seven years the FWC
has offered BOW workshops,
2,000 women have signed up for
them, and the reviews have been
Organizers expect all the available
slots to fill up with reservations
within a few days. The cost is.'
$150, which includes food and;i
lodging at the FWC's camps; plis
materials and instruction. Work-
shops are limited to 100 partici-
pants each. A limited number of
partial scholarships are available
for low-income females who would
like to take part in BOW work-
shops. Scholarship information is
available on workshop applica-
"The 'program is primarily for
women, 18 or older, who want to
learn outdoor skills associated
with hunting and fishing, but it
also includes training that is use-,
ful for many other.outdoor pur-
suits," Mrs. Hawk said. "Partici,.
pants will be able to choose four

of the 19 topics offered and will
spend four hours on each topic
they choose."
Topics include: Introduction to
panfishing, basic fly-fishing tech-
niques, intermediate flyfishing,
introduction to bass fishing, the
primitive chef, boating basics,
canoeing/kayaking, deer hunting
basics, small-game and duck
hunting basics, turkey hunting
basics, introduction to the shoot-
ing sports, introduction to hand-
gun shooting and hunting, devel-
oping archery and bowhunting
skills, basic camping and back-
packing skills, outdoor photogra-
phy, bird-watching, reading the
woods, developing wilderness
survival skills and personal
For a brochure and registration
form, contact the FWCs West
Palm Beach regional office at 561-

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Program At Dixie Theatre

By Tom Campbell
The Panhandle Poets and Writers
Association, which meets regu-
larly at the Episcopal Church in
Carrabelle on the last Wednesday
evening of each month at 7 p.m.,
is preparing a program to be pre-
sented at the Dixie Theatre in
Selected poems, short stories, and
other writings by members of the
group will be presented as a ben-
efit for the Dixie Theatre Founda-
tion on Friday, February 15,
2002, at 7 p.m.
The program should last about
two hours with one intermission.
Each writer will choose one or two
of his/her writings to be pre-

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feature arrangements of music by
Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms
and popular selections from
Gypsy repertoire.
A $2 donation is requested at the
door for those not holding season
memberships. For further infor-
mation, call 350-670-8038.

Spring Turkey

Quota Hunt




Attentidri turkey hunters! Spring
turkey quota hunt permit appli-
cations will be available beginning.
December 26 at the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's (FWC) Panama City
office, and at county tax collec-
tors' offices. The applications
must be submitted to the FWC's
quota hunt office in Tallahassee
from January 7-17 in order to be
eligible for the random drawing.
Applications received before.
January 7 will be returned to the
After the random drawing the
FWC will issue any remaining
permits 'on a first-come,
first-served basis.
Quota hunt permits are not nec-
essary on private lands and many
public wildlife management areas
WMAs). However you will need
one if you plan to hunt any of the
following WMAs located in the
FWC's Northwest Region:
* Bradwell Unit of Apalachicola
WMA (March 16 17 and March
29 -3 1).
Hutton Unit of Blackwater WMA
(March 16 18, March 29 -31
and April 12 14).
Tate's Hell WMA (March 16 -
April 21).
Womack Creek Unit of Tate's
Hell WMA (March 16- 17, March
23 24, March 30 31 and April
In addition to possessing a spring
Turkey quota hunt permit, hunt-
ers must also possess a valid
Florida hunting license; a wild
turkey stamp and a wildlife man-
agement area stamp to hunt on
above list areas. On the Aucilla
and Joe Budd WMAs, daily hunt
permits issued at the check sta-
tion are required on open days.
For further information, contact
Lt. Stan Kirkland at 850-265-

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

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Morning Worship 9:30 a.m.
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sented. All the work will be origi-
The writers and poets are
Franklin County residents, al-
though some are "snow birds,"
coming to the county to escape
the snow and ice of the north dur-
ing the winter. St. George Island,
Carrabelle,. Eastpoint and
Apalachicola will be represented
by writers from that area.
There will be no admission fee,
but donations to benefit the Dixie
Theatre are requested, and those
donations are tax-deductible.
For more information, phone:
Carolyn Hatcher, Vice President,
of the group, at 850-697-2251.

Lee County Man

Charged For
Illegal Alligator

An 11 -month investigation into
the illegal taking of alligators has
led to the arrest of a Lee County,
man on 67 felony counts. Jack
Ridley Harper, 57, of 222 Harbor
Dr., Boca Grande, has been
charged with uttering a forged
instrument, trafficking in stolen
property, identity theft and un-
lawful harvest of alligators.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) and
.the office of Statewide Prosecutor
Melanie Ann Hines filed the com-
plaints against Harper in Polk and
Lee counties. Wildlife officials dis-
covered, irregularities in records
of last' year s 'Public Waters Alli-
gator Hunt: tTiiigenng the joint
investigation by the FWC and
Hines' office in Ft. Myers.
Harper is charged with one count
of dealing in stolen property (alli-
gator), a first-degree felony pun-
ishable by up to 30 years in prison
and/or a $10,000 fine. Additional.
offenses, 45 counts of unlawful
harvest of alligators, 17 counts of
uttering forged documents and
four counts of fraudulent use of
personal identity information are
all third-degree felonies, each
punishable by up to five years in
prison and/or fines of up to
The Florida Administrative Code
requires permitees for public al-
ligator hunts to affix a Conven-
tion on International Trade in En-
dangered Species (CITES) tag to
the carcass and complete a report
on each alligator harvested.
Permitees are issued tags which
can only be used on a specific
body of water. Unused tags must
be accounted for. Permits are is-
sued for the Public Waters Alliga-
tor Harvest through a random
computer drawing of applicants.
The state alleges that Harper was
engaged in illegally obtaining al-
ligator harvest permits, in 1999
and 2000, by forging signatures
and paying for permits, using the
names of others. Also, he is
charged with using illegally ob-
tained permits to harvest about
60 reptiles and selling them to an
alligator products dealer. Harper
could not account for all the
CITES tags issued to him.
Alligators are not an endangered
species in Florida. The state alli-
gator population estimate is about
1.5 million adult animals. How-
ever, alligators are protected by
law and are harvested only by,
permit, either as nuisances or
during tightly regulated hunts,
such as the Public Waters Alliga-
tor Harvest which occurs each.
"'While we believe the case against
Mr. Harper is solid, it should be
remembered that criminal
charges are allegations, and a
defendant is innocent until
proven guilty," said John Duryea,
Assistant Statewide Prosecutor in
Lee County.
Interested persons can visit the
FWC Web site at: www.
floridaconservation.org for more
information about alligators and
alligator hunting in Florida.

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THE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a Public Meeting at
the Chillas Hall in Lanark Village, Florida, located at the intersec-
tion ofPine Streetand Heffemon Street, offU.S. Highway98 from
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2001. The meeting
will begin with a short formal presentation followed by a question
and answer period. Corps of Engineers personnel will be avail-
able following the session to answer questions. The purpose for
the meeting is to present the findings and recommendations of the
Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) study for the
former Camp Gordon Johnston, Carrabelle, Franklin County,
Florida. The formal comment period for the study will close 30
days after the public meeting. Camp Gordon Johnston operated
as an amphibious gaining center from 1942 until 1945 before
closing in 1946. By 1948, all property of the former Camp had
been transferred, sold, or returned to lessors, ending the Army's
ole. The Air Force later reacquired a small part of the former
Camp's land in Carrabelle that now serves as a tracking station to
support the Tyndall Air Force Base. The remainder of the former
Camp is now primarily uninhabited timberland intermixed with
residential areas. In 1995, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
began an investigation into the historical use of the property and
recommended an ordnance and explosive (OE) investigation be
conducted to ascertain the presence or absence of residual OE
contamination. The EE/CA study confirmed the presence of
various OE items on portions of the former Camp Gordon
Johnston property. These findings confirmed the need for further
Govemment response at this site. The local community is invited
to attend the meeting to review the results of past effort and
provide input for future work at the Camp Gordon Johnston. For
additional information or if you are unable to attend and wish a
copy of the meeting materials, please contact Mr. Barry Vorse,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Public
Affairs Office at 904-232-2236, or the Huntsville Center Public
Affairs Office at 256-895-1692. The EE/CA Report is available
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Date of this Notice 12/14/01 Invoice N,, 6848

Description of Vehicle: Make Mazda \odel626 LX' Color Gold
Tag No No Tag Year 1985 st FL_ vi, ,o. JMIGC2410F1710944

To Owner: Francis Arleen Rhodes Tiio.icn Iloder:
P.O. Box 525
Panacea, FL 32346

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/11/01 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
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$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per.
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor: that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/17/02 at 12:00 noon
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You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78'(3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/03/02 Invoice No. 6680

Description of Vehicle: Make Toyota Model Sienna Color Champagne
Tg NoF139174 TempYear 2002 tate IN Vin No. 4T3ZF19C52U456535

To owner: William Chin & Wendy Zhang To Lien Holder: Toyota Motor Credit
7805 Pineview Court 1111 W. 22nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 42560 Suite 420
Oakbrook, IL 60521

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/31/01 at the request of FHP 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
$ 314.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 02/07/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670.8219

Fostoria Glass, American Pat- S '- -
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clear glass dishware housed in FOR SALE
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No
Date of his Notice 01/04/02 Inoice No. 6684
Description of Vehicle: Make Chevy Model 4 dr Color Blue
Tag No No Tag Year 1980 Sae FL vinNo IW19KAR469310

.To Owner: Willa Frances Eaton Ti Lien Holder:
2315 Oak Street
Lanark Village,FL 32323

' You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/21/01 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
.$ 332.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/24/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT. FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration: etc.) at the address below and pay the

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


Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 12/31/01 Invoice No. 6744
Description of Vehicle: Make PontiaC Model Olds Color Gray
Tag'No T71BRE Year 1984 State FL vinNo. G3AV69Y2E9727032

To Owner: Mary Johnson Lawrence To Lien Holder:
1803 Flower Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/27/01 at the request of FHP' 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
$ 296.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/31/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the

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

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11 January 2002 Page 9


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Rose Drye Elected
President Of Realtor
Site of former IGA Assocition Of Franklin And
Grocery in Carrabelle Gulf Counties
as of last week. Rose Drye, Prudential Resort'Re-

alty president, broker, and gen-
eral manager, was installed as the
president of the Realtor Associa-
tion of Franklin and Gulf Coun-


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65 West Gorrie Dr. -'i
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) rle No.
Date ofthis Notice 01/03/02 I iN. 6671
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford lMustang Color Red
TagNo E27ZZD Year 2001 slate FL vn No. IFAFP46VXIF251189
To Owner: Michael Duane Henderson roLIen Iolda: Ford Motor Credit
444 22nd Avenue P.O. Box 105704
Apalachicola. FL 32329 Atlanta, GA 30348

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/28/01 at the request of FHP 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
$ 660.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/31/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT. FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/03/02 Invoice No. 6669
Description ot Vehicle: Make Ford Model PK olor White
Tag N NoTag Year 1978 State FL inNo. F14HRBA1008
To Owner: Hugh C. Lindsey To Lien Holder:,
P.O. Box 504
Wewa. FL 32465

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
12/28/01 at the request of FHP 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
S 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor: that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 01/31/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

ties at a luncheon held in Port St.
Joe Tuesday, December 11th. Ms.
Drye, a Certified Real Estate Bro-
kerage Manager (CRB), started
her real estate career on St.
George Island in 1978. She has
maintained an active role in the

St. George Island and
Apalachicola communities having
held leadership positions with
area Chambers of Commerce, St.
George Island Civic Club, St.
George Island Volunteer Fire De-
partment, and the Florida Asso-
ciation of Realtors.

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Egbert Resigns From
Florida Fish And
Wildlife Conservation
Without stating a specific reason
for his resignation, Allan Egbert,
executive director of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, will leave his posi-
tion next spring.
In his resignation letter, Egbert
stated that it was time to do some-
thing else, having spent 24 years

in the agency and its predeces-
sor, the Game and Fresh Water
Fish Commission. His resignation
will be effective April 30, 2002.
'Egbert joined the old game and
fish commission in 1977 as a bi-
ologist and worked his way to the
top of the hierarchy. He was ex-
ecutive director of the new agency
during the mergers. Budgeted at
$160 million, the agency controls
hunting and fresh and saltwater
fishing and enforces conservation
laws including the so-called "net
ban" Amendment to the Florida



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(22) University Of Alabama
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Antebellium Cotton Trade
Of The Apalachicola-
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(295) A Family Place: A
Man Returns To The Cen-
ter Of His Life. By Charles
Gaines. Published by Atlan-
tic Monthly Press, 1994,
196 pp. Hardcover. Here is
a beautifully written, mov-
ing chronicle about father-
hood and family, marriage
and love and what it means
to create a "family place"-
a home. In the summer of
1990, Gaines and his wife
bought 160 acres of wild
land on the northeast coast
of Nova Scotia. Eventually,
their family constructed a
home as a family venture.
This is the story of that
project, drawing a portrait
of the community of farm-
ers and lobster fishermen
surrounding their land. A
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(192) Vivian Sherlock's bi-
ography of John Gorrie,
The Fever Man, is available
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out-of-print for more than
a decade. This is the story
of John Gorrie, young phy-
sician who invented an "ice
machine" that many argue
was a forerunner to air con-
ditioning dozens of years
later. His cooling device was
developed to provide relief
to his suffering yellow fever
patients. A museum in
Apalachicola to this day
marks the work of John
Gorrie just across from his
last resting place in Gorrie
Square, down from Trinity
Church. This book tells
what is now known about
Dr. Gorrie, his work and his
ice machine. Paperback,
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(290) I'll Be Right Back by
Mike Douglas. Simon and
Schuster, 2000, 317 pp.
Hardcover. Mike Douglas
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sionally mischievous anec-
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283 pp. With today's fluctuating real estate prices, hous-
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(21) Outposts on the Gulf
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