Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publication Date: January 25, 2002
Copyright Date: 2002
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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Lee MeTlmore Helps Bring

Crawish From China

Volume 11, Number 2 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER January 25 February 7, 2002

Willie Speed
The Franklin County School
Board dedicated the Willie Speed
building on the grounds of the
Apalachicola High School on
Thursday, January 10, 2002.
School Board and county admin-
istrators, teachers and students
assembled for the unveiling of the
new sign dedicating the structure.
Each speaker extolled the dedi-
cation and hard work of Mr. Speed
throughout his teaching and ad-
ministrative career in the Franklin
County school system. Jimmy
Gander, Chairperson of the

Money Squeeze

School System "

By Sue Cronkite
School systems over the country
are having money problems. Supt.
Jo Ann Gander, Asst. School
Supt. Mikel Clark, Finance Direc-
tor Terry St. Cyr, and members of
the Franklin County School
Board, are searching for answers
on how to ease the money crunch.
At the first meeting of the year
2002, the board explored ways of
trimming expenditures, which
includes cutting out this year's
summer school, and discussion
on whether to try a four-day work
"Ninety-five percent of our. bud-
get comes from tax roll funds," St.
Cyr told the board at the Janu-
ary 10 meeting at Chapman El-
ementary School. "Since eighty
percent of that budget goes to
salaries, there's not much room
for adjustment," he added.
"There's no room for them to go
out there and try to reduce mate-
rials and supplies, because
they've already spent it. There's
no room to adjust energy costs,
that's set.
"Our property appraisal is so high
that the state only has to kick in
twenty percent," the finance di-
rector explained. "Our school
system's general fund budget is
eighty percent locally funded."
Declining enrollment is the
district's main revenue problem,
said St. Cyr. To offset the short-
fall, the school system borrowed
money in October and then repaid
it when tax and state funds came
in. "Our general fund payroll runs
$650,000 a month," said St. Cyr.
"That wipes out the fund balance."
St. Cyr said one short-term way
of juggling funds is to reduce the
tentative undesignated fund bal-
ance from $560,000 to approxi-
mately $350,000. "While this does
significant damage to the district's
financial recovery efforts, it effec-

School board, said, in part,
...Older people that have been
around and done that always
have a lot of knowledge to pass
on. I spent the last two or three
years really picking Mr. Speed's
Teresa Ann Martin exclaimed, "I
thank God for Mr. Speed." Super-
intendent Gander's introduction
included, "...Many students' lives
have been touched by you. You
will live on forever... Board mem-
ber David Hinton recalled his
teaching years at Carrabelle, and
Mr. Speed's frequent visits there.
"...He always had a smile, and he
loved children and loved to see
them make progress..."

Plagues Franklin

tively holds the schools harmless
for the unexpected decline in the
student enrollment." St. Cyr said
the state allocation shortfall this
term is $170,000.
The amended budget holds the
schools to a salary and benefits
allocation that is approximately
equal to the reduced revenue re-
sulting from the state special ses-
sion cuts, according to the bud-
get status summary. "It is up to
the schools to make up the re-
duced revenue," said St. Cyr. "We
have about squeezed out, maxed
out, salaries."
Under the general fund budget
$4.6 million is listed for instruc-
tion; $714,359 for instructional
support services; $203,751 for
school board; $199,502 for gen-
eral administration (superinten-
dent); $507,294 for school admin-
istration (principals); $254,603
for fiscal services; $334,942 for
central services; $395,796 for
pupil transportation; $765,145
for operation of plant; $235,487
for maintenance of plant, and
$309,409 transfer of funds. Food
services are listed at $533,000
under special revenue, other spe-
cial revenue listings include
$1,584,002 for instruction, with
smaller amounts for instructional
support services, and general ad-
ministration central services.
With half the year gone, about half
of the school system's money has
been spent. Out of a total budget
of $8,566,548, items include Sala-
ries $5,218,834; Benefits
$1,564,007; Purchased services
$770,777; Energy services
$269,439; Materials and supplies
$324,930; Capital outlay
$24,127; Other expenses
$85,024, and Transfers $309,409.
"Sounds like we're giving all our
money to the state," said Chair-
man Jimmy Gander, "then they're

George Thompson reminded the
youngsters present, "...You all are
going to be growing up real
quickly. ...If you want to follow in
somebody's footsteps, it should be
Mr. Speed's footsteps." Mikel
Clarke added, "...You have been
recognized for having been there
and done that... But, many do not
know that you have been there,
and you're still doin' it..."
Mr. Speed addressed the Liroup
after the unveiling of the sign,
thanking the school board, citing
members individually, and the
public. He said, "I certainly ap-
preciate what has been done this"


Carrabelle Plan

To Expand City

Sewer To St.

James Bay

By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City Commissioners
gave approval to Baskerville and
Donovan Inc (BDI.) to plan to ex-
pand their sewer service out be-
yond the city limits to Carrabelle
Beach, River Road, to the new
development of St. James Bay and
possibly to the prison on C67.
Dan Keck, one of BDI's engineers,
outlined the plan to the commis-
sion at a special meeting held
Tuesday, January 15 saying the
city could obtain 85 per cent grant
money in State funding for these
The City is in the midst of a reno-
vation at this time inside the city
limits in an effort to get every citi-
zen on sewer with a $3.5 million
grant program from the State.
Keck said that he had come to do
a reality check. He said that up
to now on the sewer program the
grant has been 100 per cent from
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection (FDEP). He said
there was possibilities of expand-
ing that grant from 3.5 million to
8.2 million.
This would provide the city with
an opportunity to expand the
sewer service into other areas that
had never been serviced before,
such as the Carrabelle Beach and
up into Lighthouse Estates.
He said the sewer that had been
planned to go over into Timber

Inside This


10 Pages
Franklin Briefs.. 2, 7, 9
Editorial & Commentary
................................. 3
Kendrick Letter on
Marina Plan .............. 3
Carrabelle Library Grand
Opening .................. 4
Connie May Fowler 4, 5
St. Joe Foundation ... 5
Franklin Bulletin Board
................................. 6
FCAN ...................... 8
Dixie Theatre............ 9
MSBU.................... 10
Bookshop................ 10

Three States

Agree In

Principle To

SShare Water
By Tom Campbell

After twelve years of dispute about
water sharing concerning the
ivers, the states of Alabama,
Florida, and Georgia announced
last week that they have reached
a tentative agreement. The three
states,agreed in 1996 to work to-
gether todevelop and implement
an interstate agreement to man-
age water in the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-F lint (ACF) Ri\er
Basin. : .
The following year (1997), legis-
lation creating the ACF Interstate
Compact was passed by the state
legislatures, ratified by the U.S.
Congress and signed into law by
then President Bill Clinton. The
Compact established a framework
and timeline for developing the
agreement. The Compact also cre--
-ated the ACF Commission, which
is comprised of the Governors of
the three states.
The ACF River Basin includes
nearly 20,000 square miles in the
three-state area. The surround-
ing land that drains into the riv-
ers and its tributaries are invalu-
able to the people of the three
The Chattahoochee River origi-
nates in North Georgia, flows
southwest through the state to
the border, then south between
the Georgia-Alabama state lines.
At the Florida border, the
Chattahoochee River meets the
Flint River of Georgia and be-
comes the Apalachicola River,
which flows through the pan-
handle and into the Apalachicola
The agreement reached by repre-
sentatives of the three states
would, in principle, if finalized,
allocate water in the ACF basin
for the next fifty years.
The agreement in principle would
provide the Apalachicola with an
abundance of water during wet-
ter months and a "sustainable
level during drier periods, includ-

By Sue Cronkite
If it crawls on the water bottom,
people eat it. Around the
Apalachicola Bay area it's shrimp
and blue crab. Over in Louisiana
they prefer crawfish. Some call
them crayfish, some call them
mudbugs. They look like little lob-
sters and taste like shrimp. The
bottom line is that people eat
them by the tons.
Lee McLemore lives in Apalach-
icola and sells crawfish which
come from halfway around the
world to a growing market in Loui-
siana, Mississippi, and Texas. The
crawfish are imported from a
packing plant in a small town six
hours from Shanghai, in China.
It had been operating six to seven
years when McLemore became
involved two years ago.

Nlc Lemore goes a couple of times
a year to start up the packing
plant:--'The people bring them in
by bicycles, carts, trucks," said
McLemore. The season is late
April to September. "The crawfish
are' batch-cooked, then frozen by
a cryogenic process developed by
a NASA scientist."
"They are packed in like soldiers,"
said McLemore, "all facing the
same direction. After they are
cooked they are packed in two-
pound and five-pound packages.
While they are still hot they are
put into trays and frozen with liq-
uid nitrogen. We receive the craw-
fish, they are cleaned, purged, or
washed, before cooking," said
McLemore. 'The vein doesn't have
dirt in it."
"In Louisiana, Texas, and Missis-
sippi the crawfish are competing
directly with the fresh product,"
said McLemore. "You can't tell the
difference from the cooked fresh
crawfish. We've had the greatest
success in the French Quarter in
New Orleans where they are well
received. They've been used in
catering. Somebody did a taste
test with Paul Prudhom and he
was embarrassed when he
couldn't tell the difference. We've

shipped about 750,000 pounds a
year for the past two years and
are looking at about two million
pounds a year this next season.
"Crawfish are a fresh water crea-
ture," said McLemore. "They can't
be in salt water. Those brought
in from China are the same spe-
cies we have in the United States.
The plant is a modern
American-style plant. We have a
testing lab-one of the most ad-
vanced there is. Ours is one of the
few companies which own its own
facility. We pack up a high qual-
ity product." The plant employs
120 people. Other partners in-
clude Alan Harp and Mike
Gallagher of Houston, Texas.
"We can also use the cryogenic
freezing process on shrimp, crab,
and other crustaceans. We've sold

crab in the crab market in Marn'-
land and they said they couldn't
tell the difference from the local
product. .Frozen,by the special
process the crawfish keep well..
Two years later they tasted the
same," said McLemore. "You could
feed the world." He said he is con-
sidering putting a plant on land
he owns across'from the Ormond
house and using the same pro-
cess in a freezing plant for local
"Why I got into this?," said
McLemore. "I love seafood. I like
living in Apalachicola. There's ac-
cess to water. I am constantly
amazed at the unspoiled beauty
of our area. The people here are
not pretentious-they're real
Helping establish the new
Apalachicola Bay Charter (ABC)
school was a great joy to
McLemore. Most days he can be
found at the school which now
rents space in the Community
Center building at Battery Park
but is planning to put up a build-
ing on property near the Airport.

Continued on Page 10

The Master's Men Quartet

Perform January 26 On

St. George Island

The St. George Island United
Methodist Church is pleased to
present "The Mastefs Men," a
southern Gospel quartet from
Pace, Florida, on Saturday, Janu-
ary 26th at 7:00 p.m. A covered
dish dinner will precede the con-
cert at 6:30 p.m. in the Church
Fellowship Hall, located at 201 E.
Gulf Beach Dr, on St. George Is-
There is no admission fee for this
F ~i .:l/ "music ministry, which is open to
the public. The quartet will also
be in concert on Sunday, Janu-
ary 27, at 9:30 a.m. during regu-
.' _lar worship service at St. George
Island United Methodist Church
The School Board entourage, from left, Ms. Charlotte Smith, Superintendent's Aide, Superintendent JoAnn Gander, and at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist
Assistant Superintendent Mikel Clarke, Board Members Teresa Ann Martin, Katie McKnight, Chairperson Jimmy Church on St. George Island.
Gander, David Hinton, George Thompson and Board Attorney Barbara Sanders. Members of The Master's Men
Quartet are Robert Frommel,

Eddie Smith. Terry Massey and
Manager Chuck Riley. All are
members of the Woodbine United
Methodist Church in Pace, Florida
a small community in the north-
west Florida panhandle. Forming
the quartet only three years ago
for Thursday night church
sing-alongs, this talented group
has now performed hundreds of
concerts and released several re-
cordings. While they claim to be
just "good old country boys," their
popularity with their audience
and award winning perfor-
mances, says otherwise, Their
proudest moment was placing
first in the group division at the
annual Gold City Quartet Talent
Search in Alabama in 2001. They
also took first place at The Spirit

Continued on Page 9



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"Been There And Done That"

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Paiz 2 25 lannuarv 2002


The Franklin Chronicle



Commissioners Present:
Cheryl Sanders; Bevin
Putnal; Jimmy Mosconis;
Clarence Williams. Com-
missioners Absent: Eddie
January 15, 2002

Airport Issues
Bevin Putnal made a proposal
designed to save the county some
fees involving supervision o f the
T-hangers at the airport. Alan
Pierce argued that he was not
qualified to perform supervisory
work, and that few were available
to review the site plan, and su-
pervise T-hanger construction.
Putnal stated that Preble-Rish
was not needed for a supervisory
role but was needed to review the
site plan. The building inspector
(county) was nominated to over-
see the construction. This would
save the county $1000 according
to Alan Pierce. Pierce pointed out
that the county was not .putting
any money into the airport im-
provements reviewed at the pre-
vious meeting, and the subject of
this unagended item. Pierce ar-
gued for "someone" to be in charge
of the overall project. Jimmy
Mosconis recommended that the
citizen advisory group meet and
review the issues so future
projects at the airport would not
be jeopardized. Ted Moesteller will
call a meeting of the advisory
group and "report back later."
Superintendent of Public
Herbert Chipman reported that
"the roads are wet." He requested
permission from the Board to
purchase equipment. Kendall
Wade reported that the county
"hadn't been cut the way we
thought we would have been..."
The Board approved the request.
Kendall Wade made an announce-
ment regarding payroll before the
Board concluded business with
public works. All county employ-
ees will have to have a checking
or savings account that can re-
ceive electronic transfers from the
county for their paychecks. No
date was given, but the new pay-
roll system will be implemented,
,soon. The new system will elimi-
nate writing checks.

gCounty. Extension Director
BilmlWTrFpifFdi6~Td d the'd"Bardi
with a news release fkom Dr. Mike
MartiTf, "tdi President for Agricul-
ture and Natural Resources re-
garding budget cutbacks and the
Institute of Food and Agricultural
,Sciences (IFAS). Unless the base
budget is restored soon, the long-
term consequences will be pro-
found and painful, he said. Ex-
cerpts of the Michael V. Martin
statement are as follows: _
"Research and development
by IFAS directly supports the
Florida's $54 billion per year
natural resource industries
sector; agriculture, forestry,
fisheries and aquaculture,
and some segments of tour-
ism. The IFAS research and
extension (R&E) budget is
about 0.2 percent of the an-
nual contributions of the sec-
tor that depends on it. While
it seems contradictory to re-
duce the state's commitment
to R&E at times like these,
that's what's happening.
The 2001 Legislature reduced
IFAS' base budget by $2.5
million. In the 2001 special
session, the base budget was
cut by.another $8.07 million.
One time add-backs of $4.23
million' will soften the
shoat-term.impacts. However,
tliis:means we must cut an
additional $3.84 million from
the current year budget (fis-
cal year 2001-2002) and pre-
pare to cut over $8 million
from next year's budget.
The sum of all this means
that we could well begin fis-
cal year 2002-2003 down
$10.5 million-from our bud-
get in 2000-2001.
So, unless the base budget is
restored soon, the long-term
consequences will be pro-
found and painful. Very hard
choices will have to be made.
Important, successful pro-
Sgrams will have to be elimi-
nated or curtailed. All parts
of IFAS will feel the effects of
base budget cuts and, thus,
every one we serve will be ad-
versely affected.
Let me briefly outline the con-
text in which we will have to
cope if the budget cuts now

in place stand as they are.
About 85 percent of our
money is in people; faculty,
support staff, technicians,
etc. The balance pays for utili-
ties, travel, computers, lab
equipment and a wide range
of essential operational costs.
Thus, the budget cannot be
cut without the loss of posi-
tions and jobs. It's simply a
mathematical reality.
We are absolutely committed
to excellence. That means we
will not do anything that we
cannot do well.
Across-the-board cuts are
inconsistent with this com-

mitment. To retain excel-
lence, a program/unit elimi-
nation or streamlining ap-
proach must be taken.
An independent review of our
19 research and education
centers (RECs) concluded the
system was not programmati-
cally or economically sustain-
able prior to the budget cuts
of 2001. The diffusion of ef-
fort, the cost of operating
multiple sites and $22 million
of deferred maintenance.
among other things, led the
review team-to recommend
long-term consolidation of the
To meet the initial cut of $2.5
million we froze 37 vacant fac-
ulty positions. Thus, the op-
tion of reducing staff through
attrition or open lines no
longer exists. Moreover, the
state's Deferred Retirement
Option Program (DROP) cre-
ated incentives for a number
of faculty and staff to commit
to retire June 30, 2003. Thus,
we are still 18 months away
from significant attrition.
All this leads to the following
First, if we intend to retain
and enhance 21st century
science and education to
serve Florida's 21st century
economy, the state will have
to make a prudent but mean-
ingful investment.
Second, unless or until this
happens, we will have to
make difficult and painful
choices that will shrink our
capacity and ability to serve.
In both instances, the in-
volvement of industry leaders,
state and local officials and
the concerned general public
is essential. Many will be un-
happy with the choices we will
have to make. Many of the
choices will draw the ire of
friends around the state; they
already have. But also, be
assured that whatever must
be done will be done to guar-
antee future Floridians that
IFAS will serve them in the
best possible, if more limited,
Mahan also reported that Con-
gressman Allen Boyd was able to
obtain $500,000 for research on
the post harvest treatment of oys-
ters through the U. S. Dept. of
Agriculture,(USDA). USDA also
notified.IFAS that about $374,000
would be available for research if
the University of Florida and In-
stitute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences submits a proposal to
them. The Oyster Dealers' Asso-
ciation has met with University of
Florida researchers indicating
th'eirpreferences for research, for
the short-term, on freezing:and in
the long-term, irradiation.
The Governor and Cabinet will
meet on January 29, 2002, to
approve the final list of lease ap-
plicants for Alligator Harbor Clam
Mahan has been asked by Dave
Harington (Georgia Sea Grant)
and Gary Graham (Texas Sea
Grant) to setup a meeting with
local shrimpers to discuss ways
to better document social and eco-
nomic impacts on the industry

due to regulation. These gentle-
men will be in town February 4-6
along with National Marine Fish-
eries economist Mike Travis to
meet with shrimp industry rep-
resentatives. A flyer directed to
shrimpers has been released, and
is partially quoted below, explain-
ing the project.
"An informal meeting is to be
conducted between NMFS
economist, Mike Travis, and
the shrimping industry re-
garding the potential methods
of collecting badly needed so-
cioeconomic data. In the past,
numerous members of the
shrimping industry have ex-
pressed concern regarding
economic information that
has been presented to the
general public. It is perceived
that the shrimping industry
has sometimes been depicted
as being an unimportant or
non-viable enterprise and this
inaccurate assumption can
lead to loss of support from
the general public as well as
key decision-makers. On an-
other note, some seafood in-
dustry members have indi-
cated that implementation of
certain regulations such as
BRDs and TEDs have not
fully taken into consideration
the potential for loss of net
profit because of inaccurate
economic data.
Your input into correcting
this perception or image
problem is vitally needed.
National Marine Fishery Ser-
vice plans to direct efforts in
the future to acquiring better
economic data and accurately
describing the shrimp fishery.
During this meeting. your
ideas regarding the best
method for acquiring socio-
economic information are to
be sought. This meeting will
seek your guidance and
thoughts regarding what
types of information should
be acquired, how it should be
collected, and who should do
the actual accumulation of
It should be stressed that

no plan of action has been
determined. Your input is
extremely important to de-
termine the future of this
process. It is hoped that
through this meeting,
methods can be developed
in which the shrimping in-
dustry can assist NMFS in
solving this dilemma and
create a plan that is accept-
able to all concerned. Please
give participation in this
activity your fullest consid-
The Board authorized the pur-
chase of signs not to exceed $500
for the Aquacultural site at Alli-
gator Point.
Dassee Community Health
Systems Administrator
Barry Gilbert reported to the
Board on issues involving the
George Weems Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Gilbert introduced himself as
the administrator of the hospital.
He joined Weems hospital as of
last July 2001. He told the Board
that the air conditioning and heat-
ing system has been installed. He
also wanted to share with the
Board some "...of the possible
plans for the growth and future
of the hospital." He cited the need
for a cat-scan machine and a di-
agnostic imaging system. He
called for questions. Jimmy
Mosconis said he visits the hos-
pital on a weekly basis and com-
mended the hospital administra-
tors and staff.
In mid-February, the opening of
the surgery suites are scheduled
to be opened. Gilbert also reported
that plans have been made to
physically situate the cat-scan
machine, requiring about
$20,000 of electrical service to
accommodate the device, when it
is procured and installed. "Over
the Christmas holidays, the
36-hour period, we saved three
community members, lives..." he
said. Cheryl Sanders asked Gil-
bert why the hospital had locked
doors during the night. Gilbert

Continued on Page 7

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25 January 2002 Page 3


Letter To The Editor

Carrabelle Library

First let me say how thrilling it was to be present at the grand open-
ing of the New Carrabelle library. It is really quite an accomplishment
for all of those involved. I must admit though I was a little disap-
pointed in both of our local newspapers for not repeating the wonder-'
ful fairy tale type story of how this library came about.
First, we start with Mister Paul Newman? Here is a successful Ameri-
can who instead of buying four more homes in London, Paris, Rome,
or New York, decides to give money away. Every year Paul gives mil-
lions and millions of dollars away to individuals and their favorite
charities via the profit from several of his successful business ideas.
You might say that our new Carrabelle library is a monument to Paul
Newman spaghetti sauce, or his gourmet popcorn because if it were
not for his contest, boasting a fifty thousand dollar first prize, this
project would more than likely never have even gotten off the ground.
I really find it hard to believe that Paul doesn't get more publicity or
credit for this generosity. I know that there are those skeptics out
there who say that he probably gets some sort of tax break. Yes, but
there are a million ways for rich people to side step the government,
besides giving their money away. Only the best caliber and the big-
gest hearts choose 'giving' their profits or fortunes to good causes.
These folk, in my opinion, deserve a big thank you and pat on the
Second in line for vision and praise is a little lady by the name of
Jackie Gay who became inspired one day while reading the contest
rules on the back of a Paul Newman spaghetti sauce can and racked
her brain for an idea. Through a lot of dedicated cooking and experi-
mentation, I have been told by her best press agent Mister 'Jackie'
Gay, formally known as Mickey, she came up with a perfectly deli-
cious fantastic, Franklin County gumbo. A number of months later
Mickey and Jackie were in New York City rubbing up against Joanne
Woodward and Paul what's his name. Can you believe it?! Jackie
then came up with the idea of a Carrabelle Library. A dream that she
had fantasized over for many a year as she checked in and out books
at the leaky, overcrowded, dilapidated, abandoned gym that had been
donated to the Carrabelle cause. Now because of Jackie's fifty thou-
sand donation via Paul Newman's spaghetti sauce, the State of Florida
provides matching funds and the little town of Carrabelle has 100,000
dollars. If there is anybody who doesn't think that Jackie's 'little' con-
tribution is all that important, let me ask you how far do you think
the Carrabelle library fund and association would have gotten with-
out her initial fifty/one hundred thousand? Jackie's favorite charity
could just have easily been the United Way, you know.
I don't mean to slight any of those who helped raise all of the addi-
tional funds necessary to make Jackie Gay's dream come true, but I
think that Paul Newman and Jackie should have their names on the
outside of that library in letters equal in size to those spelling out
Franklin County, and Carrabelle. That would be a small cost but
certainly a fitting tribute to two Americans who both went way be-
yond the call, to provide the rest of us with the opportunity to con-
tribute to something very, very special. Thank you Paul Newman and
Jackie Gay for your creative and generous gifts.
Richard E. Noble

Text Of Kendrick Letter On

Marina Proposal At Summpr Camp
January 5, 2002
It is not very often that I get into the inter-workings of local politics. Actually,
many have advised me to stay out of it. However, when you believe in some-
thing as strong as I feel on the proposed marina at Turkey Point, I feel that I
need to once again state my view.
As you are aware, you will be given' an opportunity Tuesday night to take a
look at the drawings/sketches of what is proposed for the 98/319 area at
Turkey Point known as Summer Camp.
In the early stages of this idea, I supported the growth and the expansion of
infrastructure to this area, as I still do today without a marina. I went as far
as relating my dreams to the parties involved, as a child of one day seeing a
development in this area. I felt then and still today, that this is an area that
can environmentally absorb the costs of growth. However, I made it known to
the developers that I would in no way support the relocating of the existing Ed
Ball Florida State University Marine Lab and that I would not support a com-
niercial marina in this adjacent area or in any area adjacent to the aquatic
I believe the vision that the legendary Edward Ball had for the Florida State
University Marina Lab was a good thing 30 years ago and it is still a good
thing today. Matter of fact, we need as a legislature to continue to improve the
funding to such institutions in the wake of increased developments. We need
to insure that we keep the balance that is needed between growth and the
environment. This was even important to Ed Ball over 30 years ago, which
*resulted in the donating of the present land in question.
It distresses me to see what a man, who was just a common man, worked so
hard to preserve for the future and how the employees of that same company,
a company that has such a rich heritage throughout Florida, would be willing
to throw it ALL out the window for profits for none other than themselves.

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You see, this issue is clearly not about the environment, it is clearly not about
working with local communities and local leaders, it is not even about pro-
moting that same balance that Ed Ball believed in, as St Joe has done so well
over the past years in other parts of the state. St. Joe has always shown a
strong community commitment, where is that now?
The marina project that they have attached to Summer Camp is strictly about
the promises to those homeowners in Southwood and the dollars that will
flow into their pockets now, because they will be gone tomorrow and we here
in Franklin County and those who invest in property in our area, will lose
access to the only natural spawning ground for many species of fish. Some of
the most natural and best preserved grass beds in the state are in the Alliga-
tor Harbor Aquatic Preserve, thanks to the management plan of the aquatic
preserve by the Department of Environmental Protection and in conjunction
with Florida State University.
Does this mean that we can't use this area? Well, of course not. But we need
to insure that those using these areas respect and do not abuse them.
With the emerging of the aquaculture project in this area, we have no idea
what effect a high usage of this area would have. According to the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Agri-
culture, it would be a concern to them for a marina project adjacent to the
preserve, especially with commitment that the State has made to the aquacul-
ture project in Alligator Harbor.
Early in this project, I personally contacted St. Joe and offered to work with
them on this project to ensure that the local views and concerns were ad-
dressed early on, Over a year lapsed before I heard anything and that was a
result of me once again inquiring into the progress of the development.
I shared my concern on having the local people give input into this develop-
ment and etc. They had prior to this, one meeting in Apalachicola and since
that time have had one meeting in Eastpoint and also met with the Alligator
Taxpayers Association, but no other public meetings, as I suggested.
Is there a reason that they do not want to face the challenges of the people
directly related to this area? Why hasn't there been more meetings in the
Carrabelle/St. Teresa/Alligator Point area? Is there a reason that they would
not want to show me, a concerned citizen of Franklin County, a drawing of the
proposed development? Could it be because that they know that I do not
support the marina part of the development?
I am committed to seeing growth take place in the Franklin County area to the
extent that, knowing of the desire of being able to offer the property owners of
Southwood a marina package, I personally offered and committed to help
work a project that would work with the State securing land on Crooked River
and the possibility of a Timber island development. A project that would not
only work for those from the. Southwood development, but would be a real
commitment to the community in bringing a good, sound commitment to help
further develop the Carrabelle area, which is where the commercial marina
should be. Why not have it on the only natural deep water channel in this part
of the state?
After all, if a person is willing to drive 50 miles to the coast to go fishing or for
the weekend, another 10 miles to Carrabelle would hardly be noticed, espe-
cially given the opportunity to shop at some of the local stores and markets.
The best thing of all about the Timber Island idea, is the fact that this site has
already been through a large part of the DRI process with a marina included
in that process. You may or may not know that, the St. Joe Company was
successful at getting its company exempted from the DRI process last legisla-
tive session, because of it's large land holdings.
The long and the short of this letter is to express my personal concern to each
of you to ensure that you are about to become a very important instrument to
the St. Joe Company. An instrument that they will throw away once they get
what they want.
It is my understanding that there is a commitment in the process that the St.
Joe Company or one of its related companies has offered I million dollars to
the Florida State University dive program. But I also must tell you that Florida
State University has made no commitment,to transfer the land needed to St.
Joe Company, according to the University.'
I am sure with that type money falling out of the sky, something will work out.
I must admit, St. Joe Company did donate some very nice used furniture to
the Carrabelle Library. However, when the people of Franklin County really
needed help several weeks ago because of the-bay being closed, "they couldn't
free up nothing", according to what Doug Delano told Commissioner Cheryl
What's wrong with this picture? Do they not need anything from Franklin
County? Are they big enough to do what they want without the local planning
and zoning, county commissioners and even help from other citizens?
As I said earlier, I support St. Joe Company's attempt to develop the men-
.tioned property; But I do not believe that the marina component is one that is
either properly placed or well thought out by St. Joe Company. I have offered
numerous times to help and have never been called on until yesterday. The
lobbyist from Jacksonville wants to set up a meeting with Tim Edmonds and
me. Why is this direction coming from Jacksonville? Have they heard that I
plan to talk with each of you about this project? Probably so, I've made no
bones about it. I am as committed to helping St. Joe today as I was almost two
years ago.
I trust that you will take a look at the Management Plan for the Alligator
Harbor Aquatic Preserve and weigh the effects on the environment that this
project would have if a marina is included in your discussions and ultimately
approved. Be aware, if it is not spelled out plainly, once they get their foot in
the door, the planning and zoning will no longer be important to them or have
any jurisdiction over the project. I would urge you to approve this project
without the marina element and submit it for transmittal to the next level.
Thanks for your time and of your service to Franklin County.
Will S. Kendrick

Con Brio Trio At Newell Concert Feb. 10th

The Ilse Newell Fund for the perform-
ing Arts will present CON BRIO, a trio
from Enterprise Al at Historic Trinity
Church, Apalachicola, on Sunday,
February 10, at 4:00 p.m., E.S.T.
Members of the trio are Lenorah
McKee, flute, who is a member of the
U.S. Army Band at Fort Rucker, AL,
Ingrid Teclaw, violin, who has recently
moved to Enterprise from New York
City. She has performed extensively
with music festivals in Maine and
Utah, and Dr. Jean Bynam, pianist
and organist, a professor at Enterprise
State Junior College.

Included on the program will be solo
and trio sonatas by Telemann,
Quantz, Veracini, Godard, and other
composers of various styles and peri-
Following the concert, all contributors
to the concert series operating fund
are invited to a reception at Camellia
Hall on 5th St. just east of the
A $2 donation is requested at the door
for those not holding season member-
ships. For further information, call

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The USDA-Natural Resources
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Farm Service Agency (FSA) are
announcing the 2002 Environ-
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EQIP is a United States Depart-
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helps producers with the ex-
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practices on agricultural land.
Categories that are funded for this
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Wildlife, and Confined Livestock.

EQIP contracts have a minimum
life span of 5 years. All applica-
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Ranked applications will be ap-
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To sign-up, or find out more about
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Carrabelle Plan from Page 1

island under the Carrabelle River
is on hold. There have been de-
lays and if the developers on the
Timber Island Resort project
would falter the state would have
to pay for that and the commis-
sioners need to find out what is
happening. Commissioner
Raymond Williams asked, "Would
it be possible to figure that in the
Keck answered, "I would hope and
think they (FDEP) will do it. I al-
ways have good assurance before
I submit." He said he believed it
could be $750,000 per year. He
went on to say, "Ella Mosconis,
(the engineer on the present sewer
program) will come before you at
the next meeting for a change or-
der that has already been ap-
proved by FDEP for the funding,
for future improvements and the
contract has been approved ver-
bally so it won't cost any more
He then went on to say, "Lastly I
will talk about St. James Bay
Wastewater Project and I have
looked into finances. He offered
some projected series of flow pro-
jection for St. James and the other
areas, looking ahead for twenty
years. We estimate a 100,000 gal-
lons flow a day at the build out is
projected in 5 7 years that will
free up some additional revenue
for the city.
He also mentioned that the De-
partment of Corrections, (DOC)
have been talking to him on their
wastewater saying the first phase
of the prison will be ready in 2005,
second phase in 2006 and esti-
mated flow will be 825,000 gal-
lons per day. At the present ca-
pacity of the existing sewer plant
is 330,000 gallons per day the
plant will have to be upgraded.
The city will need more than the
20 acres of the present site. BDI
have found 100 acres nearby that
grows a certain species of grasses
and a spray field would be best
use of that particular parcel of
He then said, "That is why St.
James Bay is a good option for the
city," The city will have to be able
to treat the wastewater to an ad-
vanced stage for St. James rather
than the technically approved
environmental standard held on
the City waste water.
The DOC at the prison will reuse
some of the reclaimed waste wa-
ter for laundry.
Keck said that the proposal is a
master sewage lift station at the
plant. This would treat and pump
back the reclaimed water to the
golf course at St. James Bay. The
Capital cost..w.ould be $800,000.,.
He added that keeping up pres-
sure would be the biggest issue.
He added that it will cost more but
he "... was confident that we can
make up the difference." He stated
that the plan is the best for ev-
Saunders asked about discharge
of the secondary waste water

quality and Keck said it would be
identical as it is at the Apalachi-
cola plant.
There will be a need for more staff
as the city will have to adhere to
some state applied mandates.
There will be a need for three more
St James Bay and River Road will
be a special taxing district as
would all others out of the city
limits. Williams remarked that
when you have a special district
the city can set the rates.
Keck then went into the financial
plan. He said '"This is the kicker.
This s the reason why this works.
This is the real reason why this
works. This is good for St. James
Bay and the City of Carrabelle.
"It's a win, win, win and I'll tell
you why."
He went to say, "The small cities
grant program does what? It dis-
tributes money at $700,000 per
year. How many years is going to
be before you would get 8.3 mil-
lion? The developer will agree it
would take 12 years. If you take
out the administrative services it
will be ore one year making it 13
years. The only way to make this
happen is to take out a state re-
volving fund loan and use the
grant payments to pay that back."
"If you look at it and this goes on
to the last section I gave you. Let
me give you some numbers. We
are talking about an 8 1/2 mil-
lion dollar grant. You're going to
take out an SRF loan of 9.8 mil-
lion dollars. That is in future dol-
lars ... excuse me. Let me put in
future dollars. You have an SRF
loan that basically was $5.3 mil-
lion dollars, the future value of
that loan when the City has paid
all the payments on it will be 9.6
million. You will have a new SRF
loan will be approximately 9 mil-
lion dollars, the future value of
that by the time that the city pays
it all off will be 15.9 million dol-
lars. You can see, even though you
have $3 million dollars sitting in
the bank you are going to be given
$8.5 million dollars.at $700,000
a year that those two together over
comes to only $12.2 million dol-
lars and that does not equal the
$24 million dollars you are going
to have to pay back the value of
the money.
The reason it works is we are able
to arbitrage that $3 million dol-
lars sitting there at the Bank at a
higher interest rate than the 3.05.
per cent than you are paying on
the SRF loan. But there is still a
deficit. The only way to make
Carrabelle whole is to accept the
tap fees from St James Bay has
agreed upon to give us to the tune
of $1.4 million dollars. It can sit
in the bank and draw interest
until you need it to pay back your
loan payments. Without that
there-isTnot enough mdnev in the
system to make Carrabelle.wh.ole.
Without that you would have to
supplement your loan payments
with the grant money and it would
run out before the loan was paid,
Does that make sense?"
The developer does not have their
part of the utilities complete. But
they are digging test wells that
Freda White, consultant to the
project, said are turning out good.


Pat Maier rose to speak saying, "I
am sure all of you have heard of
the Enron Corporation on the
news, and all of its projections,
and this and that was going on
with them. All I am hearing here
is,... IF the projections, and IF this
works, and IF what is going on
Timber island and IF James Bay
does and If That, If This works, If
this happens on Timber Island.
Whatever happened to the citizens
of Carrabelle you promised to look
after first before anybody else. The
people you are supposed to be
representing. What happened to
Keck said, "The State is the only
contingency and who holds the
purse's strings of this project. If
they say "No" nothing goes for-
ward. If they say "Yes" and ap-
prove the project and they are
willing to cough up the 8 1/2 mil-
lion to make it work they will not
release the money unless we can
show them that the revenues will
pay off the SRF loan." He added
that he or someone else from BDI
had been in contact with the state
every other day to make this work.
Maier said, "What about the DOC,
their project was projected in
2002 and now they have decided
they don't need it. The building is
not going ahead with the build-
ing according to the Governor."
Keck said, The DOC has been
provided with a special grant to
facilitate that building. And as
little as a week ago, the DOC fa-
cility will be built by 2005."
Messer said, "Let's get back to the
subject of this meeting. It Keck
said that the developer of St.
James Bay will provide a bond for
1.2 million before the contract is
written. Four hundred units at
$3,500 will be $1.4 million. If the
developer, fails the city would get
the money from the bond.
Keck was confident that the
money would be forth coming
from the State He was asked
what about Lanark Village and
Keck said that they were not in-
terested at that time.
There will be two lines from
Carrabelle to St. James Bay to
bring in the wastewater for treat-
ment to the plant and the other
will take it back to be used on the
golf course.
Raymond Williams asked about
the Timber Island Resort situation
saying that the city should revisit
the taps. He added, "It might fall
apart, "
Gaidry said that the developer told
him he was not able to get a loan
because the bank said Carrabelle
had a prior lien on the property.
White said that on the St. James
Bay project the state wanted a
water district to do their waste-
.water. It..;d-6uld have been
i:Sopchoppy; or Alligator Point. She
said she chose Carrabelle.
Saunders asked her who was
serving them with water. She said
that the St. James Bay developer
chose to put in his own wells.
.Messer said that "The Timber Is-
land Resort put up $30,000 that
was paid to Baskerville and
Donovan Inc.,for the design of the



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Public Library Shines Like Beauuni

Wdgri -
Denise Butler presents a bouquet of flowers to Jackie Gay,
one of the many notables recognized at the Carrabelle
Branch Library dedication.

By Tom Campbell
The front of the new Carrabelle
Branch of the Franklin County
Public Library features a
two-story tall representation of a
lighthouse. The structure is sym-
bolic and appropriate, as the li-
brary "shines like a beacon." The
guiding light suggests clearly how
the community should proceed
into the future.
Franklin Countians, old and new,
generally agree that the coopera-
tion, teamwork and generosity
which produced the new library
building certainly set the example
for what can be accomplished by
means of community service.
The list of benefactors is long and
on Opening Day last week many
of them were present to celebrate
the beautiful new structure.
Franklin County Public Library
Director Eileen Annie Ball named
and introduced some of them, in-
cluding Ben Watkins, Virginia
Gray of Dog Island,. Mary
Bloodworth, the Plessengers,
Kathleen Humphries, Cheryl
Turner, Sandra Lee Johnson, the
Marshes, Tom Adams, Cindy
Sullivan, Betty and Allen Roberts,
Rene Topping and many others.

piping under the water." It will
'cost $300,000 to do the work.
White asked if she had the go
ahead and Gaidry said he would
have a resolution ready for the
February meeting.

Jackie Gay made a pot of gumbo
and won $50,000 from Paul
Newman and Joanne Woodward
for the famous Franklih Seafood
Gumbo. When Jackie Gay do-
nated that $50,000 to the effort,
folks in the Carrabelle area took
up the challenge. Every time citi-
zens drive by or enter the new li-
brary, they should have a great
sense of satisfaction and be grate-
ful for the sense of community
service which is evidenced here.
Mary Ann Shields was Building
Co-Chairperson, who took her
job seriously. Her tirelessness
in fund-raising and her no-
nonsense, can-do attitude in-
spired hundreds of people to
"keep on going."
Cliff Butler, President of the
Friends of the Franklin County
Public Library gave expertise and
many hours behind the scenes,
making the library building a re-
Fran Rose and Sarah Marxsen are
long-time patrons of the library
and know how important a library
is to a community.
Director Eileen Annie Ball pro-
vided leadership and direction
over the long haul, and so many
people remain unnamed who gave
generously to the monumental
The Carrabelle Artists Association
provided an exhibit of local art-
ists for the opening January 12,
2002. Artists included Joe
Kotzman of Carrabelle, Kathleen
Heveran. Beth' Roberts and Sa-
rah Alison of Lanark village .

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Nancy Burgess and Evon Cooper
of Crawfordville, Roger Leonard of
Dog Island, Idell R. Gatchell and
Patricia L. Moore of Carrabelle
Beach. The work displayed a wide
range of local talent.
The young people had written
"thank you" notes to Jackie Gay,
which included many wishes,
some of which are quoted here:
"Miss Jackie,
We didn't know how to say thank
you for all you have done for us
and it was too many names to
add, so this is what we want to
Thank you
For always having time to listen
to our problems,
For making the library a place we
always wanted to be,
For loving us and never making
us feel like we failed you,
For showing us what life could be
like if we worked for it.
For never letting anybody see us
as black or white, but we were all
Just your kids. ...
The new library is nice but we
have so many memories of the old
one in our hearts.
We love you, Miss Jackie, and will
never forget. Please get well so we
can spend time with you again.
Your Kids In Carrabelle."

Connie May

Fowler Visits


Library On

Opening Day

By Rene Topping
Prominent local author Connie
May Fowler graced the opening
day at the new Carrabelle Branch
of the Franklin County Public Li-
brary on January 12. Library Di-
rector Eileen Annie Ball welcomed
her saying that Ms. Fowler and
she had tried three times before
to have her as a guest speaker,
but each time something hap-
pened. She said that our guest
was just so much more welcome
for her visit on the happy day of
the opening of the branch.
Fowler read excerpts from her
novel "Before Women Had Wings,"
a fictional novel telling a story that
was close to her heart, as she had
lived a childhood of domestic vio-
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25 January 2002 Page 5

Connie Fowler from Page 4
lence and much of her experi-
ences are in that book.
Once in the early '90s in her writ-
ing career she and her husband
Mika had lived on Alligator Point.
She has written and had pub-
lished four books.
Her first book was "Sugar Cage."
She went on to write "Before
Women Had Wings." This book
won the Southern Book Critics
Circle Award and was made into
a television movie by Oprah's
movie company.
Her other books are "River of Hid-
den Dreams" and "Remembering
Blue". The latter is a best seller
in Carrabelle as it is based on the
kind life lead by couple of local
shrimpers. In real life, the shrimp-
ers, Mayme and Jesse Millender
took her out with them and told
her much of the way of life of a

Connie said that Mayme claims
that everything in the book is true
except anything about sex.
Connie said that many of the
places she named in the area are
disappearing or are already gone.
She said, "I was shocked to see
that the I.G.A. was gone."
She has a winsome face and it was
evident that she was happy. She
was getting ready for her latest
book, "When Katie Wakes" which
will be out on Tuesday, January
16 and she will be in Tallahassee
for a book reading and signing at
the Antique Car Museum Banquet
Room at 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednes-
Her latest book is a memoir and
she says that she "...has told all."
All the days and nights when the
house was wracked by the noise
of her father coming home in a
violent rage. She hid herself in
cuddling up to her dog Katie, a
lab-mix, as she asked her sister
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didn't hear the raging voices.
"Another story. Please another
story," she would say.
She said Katie whose good nature,
and her ability to always let
Connie hold her close, was
Connie's safe haven. She knew
only undying love coming from
that dog.
She died two years ago, from a
stroke, at the age of 17 years, but
she was the one thing that
brought Connie through the dark
days of domestic violence.
Connie read from "Before Women
Had Wings" and she has a per-
fect voice to bring out all the emo-
tion, the terror, the ugly words
spoken, the physical violence, the
pain and all the unhappiness a
childhood of violence remembers
The violence even stretched out
to a time when she had left the
home and living with a man older
than herself who continued the
violence. He was a brutal man
who one time tried to strangle her
and another put out a lighted
cigarette on her cheek.
Someone asked her if she found
it hard to write these awful words.
She said, "The tears run down my
cheeks as I wrote."
She finally got up the courage to
leave and went on from this man
determined that she would go to
college, and bring herself up. She
worked on a small newspaper as
a first step out of the life she had
so hated.
She met Mika, a photographer
and she now had another person
to love her as she loved him. To-
gether they have formed the local
"Connie May Fowler Women With
Wings Foundation", an organiza-
tion that helps battered women
and children to safety and to im-,
prove their living conditions.
She was asked about meeting
Oprah and would she tell the au-
dience what happened. She
chuckled as she told the story. It
seems she was on Alligator Point.
She was working in the garden
and had a hoe in her hand when
the phone rang. She dropped the
hoe and she picked up the phone
she had dropped on the ground
and she heard a voice saying "I
know Bird" (the main character
in "After Women Had Wings"). She
said that she had several nasty
calls since the book was out, so
she said, "Who are you?" She
could hardly believe her ears.
Oprah was bubbling right along
about the book and about Bird.
She said they talked for 41 or so
minutes. It ended in the meeting
of the two women in Chicago.

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She was asked to go on the set
and she said she could hardly
believe her eyes. It was the house
that she had lived in, reincar-
nated. The emotions swept over
her as she relived some of the
horrible things that had happened
inside that closed door.

One of the members of the audi-
ence commented on the fact that
there was little male attendance.
She grinned and said that "My
books are called "chick books"."
She said that one person bought
three books at a book signing and
said that it was one for each of
her daughters and "the other one
was for her son." She wanted this
to be a lesson for them all but
especially she felt that the son
should read it.
'I have a personal insight to the
kindness and caring that is
wrapped up in this slight figure,
with the curly hair and the face
of a carefree young woman. Be-
hind the humor, she is trying to
help those who feel helplessly
doomed to a life of violence until
they die. Her books are beacons
to all women who help those who
are in that life style.
I first met.Connie in person when
she came over to the Humane
Society with Mika. She was fum-
ing at the wrongs an employee of
the County had done. The Shel-
ter had been taken over by the
County and was being run by

commissioners of both cities and
county government.
It turned out that after just a few
weeks of this, the man who had
been in charge, had left a shelter
that had to be locked up immedi-
ately and turned back to the
Franklin County Humane Society.
All around us was sick dogs and
cats, puppies dying or dead in
cages with no water and the shel-
ter had to be closed so that it
could be sterilized and disinfected
before the Humane Society could
carry on.
Connie and Mika had come to be
side by side with us in making the
shelter habitable. They joined in
all the work and while they were
doing it, their eyes kept on com-
ing back to a small hound dog
with a long-ago broken leg whom
we had given the name "Sweet
Lips". The animal was sitting in
the sand of a cat litter box. Sweet
Lips had found a home forever
when the two took pity on it.
So when I got a chance.to ask af-
ter "Sweet Lips" she said that the
pet is now named Lazarus for his
ability to come back from loom-
ing death to be a spirited happy
The world would be a much bet-
ter place if it was filled with
Connie's and Mika's. Connie went
into over time and stayed so we
could all have a short time with
her. She was sent off among some
really grateful "Thank you's" from
the audience."
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Franklin County

Sales at Arvida's SummerCamp to benefit
Northwest Florida communities

The Northwest Florida Improve-
ment Foundation (NFIF) an-
nounced today that it has ex-
panded its reach to include
Franklin County in addition to
Bay, Walton and Gulf counties
currently served.
The NFIF, an independent,
not-for-profit organization estab-
lished by The St. Joe Company in
1999, is funded by sales in Arvida
communities in Walton, Bay, Gulf
and now Franklin counties in
Northwest Florida. For example,
under this addition, real estate
sales at Arvida's proposed coastal
community, SummerCamp [near
Carrabelle], would generate con-
tributions to NFIF funding in
Franklin County.
"A community is about its people,"
said Chris Corr, NFIF board mem-
ber and vice president of public
affairs at St, Joe. "We will be suc-
cessful only when the community
is successful. The Foundation's
mission is to support initiatives
that enhance the quality of life of
the communities we serve, in
which Franklin Comity is a very
important part. In short, the
Foundation grows as Northwest
Florida grows."
The NFIF supports a variety of
regional and community projects,
designed to benefit Northwest

What's Your

Vision For

Timber Island?

By Rene Topping
Have you ever looked over at Tim-
ber Island and wondered why it
is still waiting to be discovered by
someone who would do something
that would bring economic good
to the city? This was the subject
of a State/City Commission meet-
ing held on Tuesday, January 15
at 6 p.m. at the Carrabelle Branch
Franklin County Public Library.
After all, that forty acres had lain
fallow for a good dozen or more
years. So make believe that you
are in charge of things. What if it
was up you to say what should
go on that wide-open tract that is
just waiting for something good
to happen?

Florida communities through in-
vestments in civic infrastructure,
community facilities and initia-
tives that fundamentally improve
the quality of life, as well as fos-
ter pride and appreciation of cul-
tural traditions of each of these
The Foundation is dedicated to
improving the quality of life for the
people of Northwest Florida
through programs that improve
education, health, parks and rec-
reation, art and culture and com-
munity spirit. Each year, the
Foundation's board priorities
their investment options, allocat-
ing a certain percentage of the
available funds between the vari-
ous categories in each of the par-
ticipating counties. They consider
their grants as investments, not
as charity or obligations, and look
for comprehensive investments
that pay long-term returns on the
quality of life within the region.
The Foundation is especially re-
sponsive to programs where foun-
dation efforts can be leveraged in
concert with others, so that the
community, working together, can
most effectively address the large,
pervasive challenges facing the
region. For more information
about the NFIF, contact the
Foundation's director, Pamela
Selton at 850.231.6558.

Watch for an announcement of
the public hearing date, probably
in early February.
Apparently, according to the State
of Florida-visioning is helping
citizens identify what they want
their communities to look like in
the future....and then make it
The questions the populace
should ask themselves are such
as ... Where are we now? Are we
happy with it?
If not...where would we like to be
in the future?
How do we got there?
The heads of two of the largest
Bureaus at Florida State had
come down to Carrabelle to get
some answers. One of them was
Michael Conrad, who is Chief of
the Bureau of State Lands and the
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Library Happenings

The Eastpoint Branch of the Franklin County Public Library will
be closed for inventory and re-organization until Tuesday, Janu-
ary 29, 2002. Please visit our new Carrabelle Branch on Highway
#98 in Carrabelle. Hours are Tuesday 12:00 6:00 p.m., Wednes-
day, Thursday and Friday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. and Saturday
from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. All WINGS, TIGERS, and FROG Pro-
grams will continue on the regular schedule. To reach Program
Coordinators in Eastpoint call 670-4423, in Carrabelle 697-9216,
in Apalachicola 653-2784. Please call Carolyn Sparks in Carrabelle
at 697-2366 for further library information.

January 23 Feb. 15, 2002
By Tom Campbell
Wednesday, January 23 and Febru-
ary 14-American Red Cross an-
nounces a course in Disaster Health
Services An Overview. The purpose
of this three-hour course is to assist
volunteers to organize and adminis-
ter the Disaster Health Services func-
tion on the local level and explain how
Disaster Health Services function is
initiated on a larger disaster opera-
tion. January 23. 6 p.m. at 187 Office
Plaza Drive. Tallahassee and Febru-
ary 14 at 6 p.m., 187 Office Plaza Drive
in Tallahassee. If you are a State of
Florida or City of Tallahassee em-
ployee, you can receive 15 days of paid
Disaster Leave to volunteer for the
American Red Cross in time of disas-
ter. For more information, please call
the Disaster Services Office of the
Capital Area Chapter in Tallahassee
at 894-6741.
Thursday, January 24-AARP says
that as Congress reconvenes, it is time
to let our elected officials know that
action on adding an affordable pre-
scription drug benefit to Medicare is
needed now. We expect meaningful
action soon or this will be a key elec-
tion issue this year. Call your elected
officials at 1-800-211-0910. To send
an e-mail to Congress or for more in-
formation, visit AARP web-
site at www.aarp.org/
prescriptiondrugs-and AARP says,
"Together we can make a difference!"
Thursday, January 24-With the
current terrorist threats on the U.S.,

the Capital Area of American Red
Cross has a website for information
on Domestic Preparedness and Secu-
rity on terrorism, anthrax, prepar-
ing your family, coping with attacks.
www.tallytown.com/redcross and you
will be prepared.
Saturday, January 26-Free Ameri-
can Red Cross Adult CPR Certifica-
tion 2-hour class. Must call to regis-
ter at 850-763-6587-on GCCC Gulf/
Franklin Campus.
Saturday, January 26-10 a.m. to 5
p.m.-Gulf States Intergalactic Bead
Festival. Tallahassee, FL-also on
Sunday. January 27-Elks Lodge, 276
N. Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee. 30
vendors from eleven states display an-
cient, antique, vintage and modem
handmade beads for sale. Demonstra-
tions, appraisals. etc. Admission
$5.00 Good for both days. For more
information, call 888-729-6904, www.
beadshows.com and we will answer
any questions.
Saturday, January 26-Tyndall Air
Force Base-CBS series highlights
BASE, FL-After nearly two years of
serving as a major filming location, the
Tyndall Air Force Base mission is
about to fly with full afterburners into
the living rooms of nearly 19 million
television viewers. Titled "American
Fighter Pilot." CBS signed on for eight
one-hour episodes of the reality-based
series that intimately followed the on-
and off-duty lives of three students as
they train to become F-15 pilots.
Scheduled for a late-January launch,
the series also features in-depth in-
terviews with the Instructor pilots and
academic instructors who trained
then student pilots, 1st Lt. Todd Giggy
and Capts. Marcus Gregory and Mike
Love. For more information, call
Tuesday, January 29-Research and
Monitoring in Apalachicola Reserve-
Guest Lecture Series 2002. For more
information contact Erik Lovestrand
at 850-653-8063. Come to the
Apalachicola Research Reserve at 261
7th street on Tuesday night, January

29, 2002. from 7-8 p.m. and listen to
Lee Edmiston. Research Coordinator
for the Apalachicola National Estua-
rine Research Reserve. Lee will talk
about ongoing research and monitor-
ing projects, including protected spe-
cies, long-term water quality studies
and benthic mapping of our bay bot-
tom. Come learn how these scientific
endeavors relate to our own
Apalachicola River and Bay System.
Wednesday, January 30-FOR
ADULTS ONLY! Education Encore, a
program of Lifelong Learning on the
Campus of Gulf Coast Community
College, Gulf/Franklin Center, has
opened registration for the spring
term. These non-credit classes are for
adults over 50 and offer a wide vari-
ety of topics. An informal reception will
be held at GCCC Gulf/Franklin Cen-
ter at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30,
to meet with the instructors and fel-
low classmates. Any questions? Call
Laura Moody 850-653-9851. Thanks
a lot.
Friday, February 1-BLACK HIS-
ebrate Black History Month in Febru-
ary, Gulf Coast Community College
feature the following events:

February 1

February 2

February 4

February 6
February 8

February 9

February 12

February 13

February 16

February 20
February 21

February 22

GCCC Library
Black History Book
Display February
Black Heritage
Art Exhibit
Soul Food Lunch
"Of Ebony Embers"
Music Theatre Per-
Black History
Film Series
Black History
Month Book Fair
Jazz Soul Food
Saturday Gospel
Fest -6 p.m.WKGC
Quiz Show
Soul Food Lunch
Black History
Film Series
Deadline for
Black American
Entertainer or
Sports Figure has
Done the Most to
Unify America?"

February 23

February 26

February 27

February 28

Black History
Film Series
Fashion Show -
10 a.m.
Soul Food Lunch
Black History Es-
say Contest Win-
ners Announced

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trade in the Pensacola area which gave
him the opportunity to apply artistic
talents in the building industry. He
founded StoneHaus in 1977 thereby
creating the first pottery studio in
America dedicated to producing
one-of-kind architectural ceramics.
He went on to publish various articles
and taught a workshop. For more in-
formation call 850-872-3886.
Wednesday, February 13-Franklin
County School Readiness Coalition--
Wednesday, February 13, 2002;
Time: 11:00 a.m. EST; Location:
Franklin County Emergency Manage-
ment Office, Apalachicola; Agenda: *
Financial Report, Report on Num-
ber of Children Served, Multi-County
Coalition Discussion, Strategic Plan-
ning Session. INFORMATION: For ad-
ditional information regarding the
meeting or agenda, contact Sue
Adams at Early Childhood Services,
Inc. 872-7550, ext. 2223.
Thursday, February 14-SEVEN
festival, to run February 14-24, will
include performances by violinist
Joshua Bell, pianist Garrick Ohlsson,
the readings of Joyce Carol Oates, and
performances by The Aquila Theatre
Company and Ronald K. Brown's
dance company, Evidence. Other fes-
tival events include a showcase of art
from the Ringling and Appleton Mu-
seums and a screening of the film,
Gettysburg. For more information, call
Fran Conaway at (850) 644-2913 or
(850) 545-8337.
Friday, February 15-7:00 p.m. Dixie
Theatre Benefit-Panhandle Poets and
Writers present short stories, poems,
etc.-all original work by local au-
thors. No admission fee, but tax de-
ductible donations to benefit Dixie
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Open House At Gulf
Coast Community

Gulf Coast Community will hold
Open House on February 7, 2002
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on
the second floor of the Student
Union East building on campus.
This event is designed to give the
public an opportunity to find out
more about Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College, as well as informa-
tion on how to finance a college
education. Representatives will be
on hand from all areas on cam-
pus-Admissions, Financial Aid,
Career Center, Counseling De-
partment, Success Center and
Lifelong Learning to answer ques-
tions. Faculty from all the aca-
demic departments will also be
available, in addition to represen-
tatives from several financial in-
stitutions, to provide information
about funding a college degree.
Several scholarships will be given
away during the evening. Food
and drinks will be provided.
For more information call Lorna
Wolfkill, admissions specialist,
(850) 747-3200 or Judy Mitchell,
director of financial aid, (850)

For more information call 872-3864.
Saturday, February 2-CPR DAY AT
LEGE-Gulf Coast Community Col-
lege in conjunction with the Ameri-
can Heart Association and the Florida
College of Emergency Physicians will
present CPR Day on February 2, 2002
in the Student Union Conference Cen-
ter on campus. The classes are de-
signed to teach the life-saving tech-
niques of CPR for cardiac emergen-
cies. The courses are two hours each,
starting every hour from 8 a.m. to I
p.m., and are free to the public. Train-
ing and volunteers will be provided by
Bay Medical Center and Gulf Coast
Medical Center. The classes are de-
signed for the general public and do
not include certification for healthcare
providers. For more information, call
Sherrie Whitley at 872-3819.
Friday, February 7-OPEN HOUSE
LEGE-Gulf Coast Community will
hold Open House on February 7, 2002
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the
second floor of the Student Union East
building on campus. This event is de-
signed to give the public an opportu-
nity to find out more about Gulf Coast
Community College, as well as infor-
mation on how to finance a college
education. Representatives will be on
hand from all areas on campus -Ad-
missions, Financial Aid, Career Cen-
ter, Counseling Department, Success
Center and Lifelong Learning to an-
swer questions. Faculty from all the
academic departments will also be
available, in addition to representa-
tives from several financial institu-
tions, to provide information about
funding a college degree. Several
scholarships will be given away dur-
ifig the evening. Food and drinks will
be provided. For more information call
Lorna Wolfkill, admissions specialist,
(850) 747-3200 or Judy Mitchell, di-
rector offinancial aid, (850) 872-3846.
Friday, February 7-ART SHOW AT
CERAMICS-The Visual and Perform-
ing Arts Division of Gulf Coast Com-
munity College will feature the work
of Peter King and Xinia Marin in the
Amelia Center Gallery from'February
8 to March 9, 2002. The reception will
take place February 8 from 5:30 p.m.
to 7:30 p.m. Peter King and his wife
Xinia Marin have been producing
original forms of architectural orna-
mentation for a number of years.
Marin's inspiration dates back to her
early years in Costa Rica where she
acquired the skills of producing tra-
ditional pottery from the native popu-
lation. She later earned scholarships
in Costa Rica and Brazil where she
expanded on her knowledge of
pre-Columbian techniques. Marin has
won a number of awards for her ce-
ramic work and has participated in
numerous exhibitions. Peter King
earned his associate of arts degree
from St.. Petersburg Junior College
Sand his B.A. from the University of
West Florida in 1973. Subsequently
he was involved in 'the construction

Research and Monitoring in the

Apalachicola Reserve Guest Lecture

Series 2002
APALACHICOLA RESERVE-Just what kind of research are those
state biologists doing in our bay? They've been collecting data for
years now. What good is this data collecting doing for the health and
use of our bay? Come to the Apalachicola Reserve at 261 7th street
on Tuesday night, January 29, 2002, from 7-8 p.m. and listen to Lee
Edmiston, Research Coordinator for the Apalachicola National Es-
tuarine Research Reserve. Lee will talk about ongoing research and
monitoring, projects, including protected species, long-term water
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25 January 2002 Page 7

In background, Barry Gilbert
as Dr. Photis Nichols
(foreground) listens.

Fax: 697-4680

Franklin Briefs from Page 2

explained that the doors are
locked when the front room is
used for storage of equipment, but
he pointed out that "it is not our
intent to lock down the front
door..." He needed some specific
dates and times to look into the
locked doors. Sanders asked if the
company were financially sound,
citing the two-month rent in ar-
rears. Gilbert said a letter signed
by Dasee President Lake might be
a better response to her question.
The letter is as follows, as read
by Mr. Gilbert:
"Dear Board Members. I was in-
formed today that in the newspa-
per and on the radio it was an-
nounced that I would be at the
county commissioners meeting on
January 15, 2002. If I was in-
formed, I just did not get the mes-
sage. Please accept my apology for
this mistake. However, based on
what I was told, the Commission
wants an update on when Dasee
will bring its lease payments cur-
rent and to address some con-
cerns expressed by Dr. Nichols at
the Board meeting. As to the lease
payments, Dasee will have all of
the back payments current within
30 to 45 days. If the Board would
place in writing those concerns
expressed by Dr. Nichols and oth-
ers, then, with Board approval, I
will be at the next Board meeting
to address each one."

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Dr. Nichols reminded the Com-
missioners of the earlier state-
ments made concerning new tech-
nologies when plans were made
to develop a diagnostic center.
Jimmy Mosconis stated that in
the last six years, the county com-
mission has not placed funds into
the leased hospital. He cited some
examples of funds spent by Cen-
tennial, the previous leasee. Dr.
Nichols asked the Commissioners
if the lease was obligated to re-
port financial information con-L
cerning operations to the Board-
of County Commissioners, but the
county attorney, Al Shuler said he
would be glad to read the contract
to determine ah answer to that..
question. Mosconis reviewed the
previous five-year history, con-
cluding that the financial situa-
tion of the hospital was better now
than five years earlier. Mosconis,
also reviewed his involvement in
the discussions over the diagnos-
tic center, indicating that he
would vote to match any monies
to be available for the purchase,
of a cat-scan x-ray. The county
attorney added that Centennial:
still had obligations under the::
lease agreement but if there were.
a dispute over that responsibility.l
the matter would be litigated,
Some discussion was made over.'
to whom the Commission's letter:
over the back rent should be,
sent-Centennial or Dotsee.
Dotsee has sub-leased the hospi-
tal from Centennial. Letters would
be sent to both addressees. Mr.
Gilbert reviewed where the new
equipment would be placed.
Prope-y Appraiser"
Doris Pendleton, Property Ap-.
praiser,- requested clarification of
the legal status of the Sumatra
Cemetery,: located in Franklin,"
County,'just south of Sumatra.
She described the problems and
tonl-usion over ownership of the '
burinal grounds. A private owner.
apparently; review's "applications"'
for use of the bural grounds. Out
of a 300-acre tract, two acres are
' T,:, ..

the Army Corps. of Engineers and
DEP concerning the problem. He
characterized the matter as "Gov-
ernment at its worst." The Corps.
will take only a "minor interest"
in the Eastpoint channel because
in their terms the problem does
not meet their federal require-
ments. If Franklin County can get
money out of Congress, the Corps
would be glad to do it. The DEP
will not allow spoil to be placed

Doris Pendleton
devoted to the cemetery. Mr. Drew
Branch, Sr. was the previous
owner, who conveyed the larger
tract to his son. The property ap-
praiser could not determine who
owns the two-acre burial grounds.
Bevin Putnal asked the County
Attorney to research the problem
and report back to the Commis-
sion as to who owns the burial
ground. Mr. Shuler, county attor-
ney, looked into the problem
sometime earlier. He recom-
mended ordering a title report to
see if a professional title searcher
could find anything more. The
Board directed Mr. Shuler to re-
search the problem.

Travis Miliender
He raised a question concerning
dredging the Eastpoint channel
and boats running aground. The
Department of Environmental
Protection will not allow the chan-
nel to be dredged until a location
for the spoil is identified; Alan
Pierce described his meetings with

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on the shore, alongside the break-
water. The Board approved send-
ing correspondence to the county
Congressional delegation and
DEP requesting a meeting over the

Administrative Services
Alan' Pierce reported to the Board
that Representative Will Kendrick
would appeal the FEMA decision
to deny Franklin County disaster
status by the President.
He also reported data indicating
building permits for single-family
residential homes in 2001..An
article on this subject was pub-
lished in the Chronicle in the is-
sue of 11 January 2002.
Mr. Pierce also informed the
Board that Senator Graham re-
sponded to Board letter about
sand going to south Florida, and
he said he is looking into it.
Mr. Pierce gave the Board letter
from DOT authorizing Notice to
Proceed.on airport project.
The Board approved the Notice to
Proceed to C.WV. Roberts for con-
struction of airport road.
The Board authorized Mr. Pierce

signing on behalf of the Chairman
on the contract for the Ingram
Group to build the courthouse
annex. The Chairman was un-
available and Mr. Shuler had ap-
proved the contract, and rather
than making a representative
come back another day I called
the Chairman and received his
permission to sign his name, but
Mr. Shuler informed me I needed
Board action authorizing the
Chairman to designate me to sign
his name on this particular con-
The Board received a copy of time
extension on the St. George Island
Park approved by DEP. The Ex-
tension has been granted until
June 30, 2002.
The Board authorized the submis-
sion by Preble-Rish of three
projects tor some leftover DOT
funds from the County Inc e n -
tive Grant Program. The County
Incentive Grant Program (CIGP)
program pays 35% of the cost of
construction of roads that reduce
congestion on state highways.
Since the county is paying to have
CR 67 resurfaced Pierce asked
David to look around the other
parts of the county that might
have roads that 'qualify.' He rec-
ommends we submit for funding
for Patton Drive in Eastpoint,
which is the cut-off from U.S. 98
to Island Drive, South Bayshore
Drive in Eastpoint, which also
connects Island Drive with U.S.
98 towards Apalachicola, and
Water Street in Apalachicola,
which serves as an alternate for
commercial traffic operating in
The strategy David Kennedy rec-
ommends the Board follow is to
apply for the 35% funding for the
cost of the project and then also
apply for the waiver of the county
match, This means that if these
projects are funded, the county
will receive 35% of the oftcounty es-
timated construction costs from
the state, and then the county
would be responsible for the other
65%. If we get the waiver we would
then have 35% of the funds and
with the waiver we would not be
responsible for funding the other
65%, which means we would then
do as much paving on these three
roads as we could with the state
funds. If the county wanted to
kick in county funds it could, but
it would not be obligated. If we
apply for the 35% and do not ask
for the waiver then we will be re-
quired to put up our 65%, which
might take most of the county's
gas tax moneyon just those three
Continued on 'age 9

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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/10/02 Invoice No. 6687
Description of Vehicle: Make Cadillac Model _Color Blue
TagNo3DTL857 Year 1986 Sta CA 'VinNo. 1G6CD478XG4317097
To Owner: Frank Alfonso To Lien Holder:
10218 Paramount Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
0.1/06/02 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
$. 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 02/14/02 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
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Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/10/02 Invoice No. 6686
Description of Vehicle: Make Ford Model Taurus Color Green
Tg No E30WCA Year 1999 a FL in No. IFAFP53UOXA202722

To oie: David Eugene Jackson ToLien Holder Gulf State Bank
PO. Box 522 P.O. Box GG
C -r i JII-. L :- 22 Carrabele,FL 32322

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
01/04/02 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 ofr pticr liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 308.00 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.i *. l.. Statute 7 1. .
You and e.,ch Of, ....r i. I('0 i ~toineiel tnon matt VPOW02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described abwe will e sold ,t public auction
at: 4-7 HW~) E \STFV~.l'Ni Fo urmic pIl\iccd, will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs tneluding cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Ct Oek ofet ite-rcu Court.
You and each of you ae utar :ed,' .i.kir. ..tinti,.ii\ .inrl.ne'cmeiilN to pay all
charges and take possession of he sad Wvehicle. jI order to obtain a release of the
vehicle .,,u i11t,:i I.'I 'i'.l :.'li .,.v...4 identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, t,) at the address below and pay the
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 671-8219

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/0702 Invoice No. 6681
Decription o hile: Ma Ford Model Escort Colr Black
aTgNo A15ZVI Y 2ar98 stat FL ViNo. 3FALP1138WR114799
To Owner: Brandis Evena Paul To Lien Holder: Tyndall Federal Credit Union
PO. Box 894 P.O. Box 59760
Apalachicola, FL 32329 Panama City, FL 32412

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
01/01/02 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 319.00 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 IHWY 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 ofyou 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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25 January 2002 Page 9

Poets And Writers

At Dixie Theatre

By Tom Campbell
More than a dozen local poets and
writers will present some of their
original work at the Dixie Theatre
Friday, February 15, 2002, at
7:00 p.m. There will be no admis-
sion fee, but a tax-deductible do-
nation to the Dixie Theatre is
The Panhandle Poets and Writers
offer a variety of works, some
funny, some thought-provoking,
some sad. There will be short sto-
ries, poems, singing, story-telling
and scenes from a play. Local ac-
tor Randy Thompson has agreed
to take the part of Dr. John Gorrie
in the new play called "The Ice
Man," suggested by the life of the
famous Apalachicola doctor who
invented the ice-making machine.
Two scenes from the new play will
be read.
Dr. Earl McKinley will delight the
audience with his down-home
stories. He is a professional
story-teller who relates his own
original stories filled with great
Jean Paige of Carrabelle will read
some of her wonderful poems,
which are full of insight and are
"deliciously witty," according to
one critic.
Marilyn Pusateri, of St. George

Island, will play and sing some of
her inspired songs. Critics have
praised her music as "fresh as
spring rain."
Apalachicola's Dawn Radford, a
published writer, will read selec-
tions from her new novel.
Other members of the poets and
writers group include Rene Top-
ping, Marian Morris, Carolyn
Hatcher and others from
Carrabelle. From Lanark Village,
Kathleen Heveran, Van B. Waulk,
Allen and Betty Roberts, and
Also from St. George Island are
Nora Collins, Jean Cozens, Louise
Hejnosz, Shirley Causey, Connie
Flint, Therese Driscoll, and Lola

Chapel Singers
To Perform In
From the simplicity of ancient plain-
song to the complexity of a contem-
porary 6-part motet. The Chapel Sing-
ers of the University of Redlands,
Redlands, California, bring a unique
choral experience to Trinity Episco-
pal Church, 79 6th Street, on Friday.
February 8th beginning at 7:30 p.m.
This presentation is free of charge, al-
though a free-will offering will be re-
ceived to help The Chapel Singers
meet the expenses of this presenta-
A select ensemble of 21 voices directed
by Jeffrey H. Rickard, The Chapel
Singers are the principal touring choir
of the University of Redlands.
Redlands, California. Formed in 1965
as a small choral ensemble dedicated
to the perpetuation ofplainchant, they
have developed their repertoire and
personnel to the point that in the past
several years they have toured exten-
sively throughout the Western and
Southern United States, the East
Coast, and the western part of
Canada, This appearance in
Apalachicola is part of their fifth tour
of the Deep South.

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Chamber 2001


Service Award To

David Butler
By Tom Campbell
Last week the Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce desig-
nated David Butler as the winner
of the year 2001 Community Ser-
vice Award. It was pointed out
that Butler, head of the Carrabelle
Branch of the Gulf State Commu-
nity Bank, "always seemed to
know the most helpful way to
serve his community and to al-
ways be busy doing it."
The Awards Committee of the
Carrabelle Chamber is comprised
of four members, Sheila Hauser,
Tom Campbell, Barbara Revell
and Skip Frink. They act at the
pleasure of the Board of Directors
and Executive Director Bonnie
In other actions, Advertising
Chairman Kathi Jones an-
nounced that the 2001 Carrabelle
Riverfront Festival "made a profit"
and was highly successful. The
12th Annual Carrabelle Riverfront
Festival will be held this year as a
two-day affair, Saturday and Sun-
day, April 27 and 28, 2002.
The 2002 Chamber magazirie
should be available in about two
weeks, according to Executive
Director Stephenson.
Approximately thirty members
and guests attended the meeting
held at the Carrabelle Beach RV
Park Recreation Center and were
served seafood, cheese and crack-
ers and other tasty finger foods.

Elliott Makes

FSU Dean's List

Alexis Celeste Elliott, a sopho-
more at Florida State University,
was recently congratulated by
Sandra Rackley, Dean of Under-
graduate Studies, on making
the Dean's List for the 2001 fall
In early December Celeste was
also honored by being chosen to
travel to Costa Rica this summer
to participate hi 'Beyond Borders,'
a university-to-university ex-
change program that provides
opportunities for students to en-
gage in intensive, short-term in-
tercultural experiences while per-
forming community service. Cur-
rently FSU has exchanges with
the University of Costa Rica, and
the University of the West Indies.
Participants live with local fami-
lies or in university facilities and
serve as volunteers in projects
organized by the host institutions.
All FSU students are eligible to
apply, but groups are limited to
10 12 students.
Celeste was also notified in late
December that Commissioner of
Education, Charlie Crist, had
named her as Franklin County's
Academic Top Scholar for 2001.
Her selection was based on her
Bright Futures GPA and high
SAT/ACT scores. In addition to
receiving full tuition and $3100
toward books each semester, she
will also be receiving an additional
$750 per semester to use on col-
lege-related expenses.

Celeste is the daughter of Jimmy
and Debra Elliott ofApalachicola.

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 01/08/02 Invoice No. 6690
Description of Vehicle: Make Acura Model Integra Color Black
Tag No Year 1990 State FL in No. JH4DA9354LS021404
ToOwner: Erin Thursby To Lien Holder:
P.O. Box 109
Dora, AL 35062

You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on.
01/07/02 at the request of FCSO/Anchor Realty that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 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 02/14/02 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
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Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219

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other is Greg Wilson, who is Bu-
reau Chief of the Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP).
Conrad said that the state is not
going to leave Carrabelle in the
lurch, and they are offering as-
sistance if the Community wants
to take advantage of the offer. He
added "You are in control."
In Will Kendrick's letter elsewhere
in this issue, he suggests a ma-
rina built by the St. Joe Company.

Franklin Briefs from Page 7

roads. If the waiver is denied the
Board can always refuse the CIGP
Since these are leftover funds
DOT has given the county until
February 1, and only 8 counties
are eligible to apply, and we are
one of them.
The Board approved Mr.
Kennedy's recommendations.
Mr. Pierce informed the Board
that the Fish and Wildlife Com-
mission informed Mark Curenton
that the Board will receive
$70,000 instead of $7,000 for
Derelict Vessel removal. We are
waiting for the revised contract.
Mr. Pierce also informed the
Board that the Planning Office
has received another complaint
about Mr. Randy Harrelson oper-
ating a motorcycle repair shop in
Lanark Village.

The Board authorized a letter that
would turnover the matter to the
State's Attorney.
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission met in regular session on
January 8 and recommends the
following action:
A) On docks in the Critical Shore-
line District the Commission rec-
ommends approval of
*Alice Collins to construct a pri-
vate dock on Lot 1, Block B, Mag-
nolia Bluff, Eastpoint.
*Robert Wilgres to construct a
private dock on Lot 6, Block L,
Peninsular Point, Unit 2, Alliga-
tor Point.
* Roger & Dale Holleger to con-
structa private dock on Lot 13.of
Watkin's Cove Subdivision, St.
George Island.
* Peter Cromwell to construct a
private dock on Lot 2 1, Block A,
Gulf Wynn Subdivision, Lanark
The Board approved all of the
above recommendations.
B) On rezoning requests the
Board heard a long discussion
concerning the rezoning and land
use of 46 acres of property in
Eastpoint owned by Jimmy Miller.
The first part of the 46 acres had
been rezoned to R-2 from R4 al-
most two years ago, and a subdi-
vision had been approved, but Mr.

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In summing up the meeting
Lescinsky said, "Think about vi-
sioning as a first step, DCA will
help with Carrabelle." She added
that if the State sold Timber is-
land it should have a caveat that
they start developing it as soon
as possible. She added that the
City Commissioners would have
the help of the DCA and staff and
she would be available all the
time. At any time along the way
the city could also depend upon
the staff of Public Lands and the

Miller is now not going to finish
the subdivision and instead now
wants to redivide the property into
nine five acre tracts for commer-
cial storage and warehousing. The
request is to change the 15 acres
of R-2 to C4 and the remaining
30 acres of R4 to C4. In a 4 3
vote the Commission recom-
mends rezoning all of the 46 acres
to C4. The difference between R4
and C4 is that R-4 requires some-
one to live on the property and C4
does not. Board action to set pub-
lic hearing on rezoning and land
use on the property as recom-
mended by the Commission.
If Mr. Miller chooses to do all 46
acres at once he will have to deed
it out in 10 acres parcels to avoid
it being a large-scale land use
The Board tabled the matter un-
til the next meeting.
C) The Commission recommends
another small rezoning and land
use from R- I to C-4 on Lots 5,7,8,
& 9, Block 7, David Brown Es-
tates, Eastpoint, request submit-
ted by Eddie Creamer. The Board
set public hearing.
D) The Commission also approved
the final plat for Magnolia Ridge
Subdivision. There is no action by
the Board as you approved it last
meeting contingent upon Plan-
ning and Zoning. However, there
is a need by the Board to direct
its Road Department and engi-
neering firm to realign Twin Lakes
Road so that it is in the middle of
its right-of-way and so that it in-
tersects North Bayshore Drive
properly. Board action to relocate
the road, which is currently un-
paved, but the developers might
be paving. The Board approved.
E) The Commission recommends
the Board recognize a scrivener's
error on a single lot at I Pirie'Drive
west of A hlaachicola. The lot has
been continuously used by the
John and Roxie Allen as a truck-
ing repair area, and storage area.
The zoning map shows the area
R-4, but nobody has ever lived on
the property and yet there has
been a business on the property
continuously for over twenty
years. The Commission recom-
mends the Board direct the
County Attorney to consult with
the County Planner to determine
whether its best to designate the
lot C-4, like the surrounding land,
or Industrial which is more in
keeping with the lot's actual use.
The Board approved the recom-
mendation and authorized Mr.
Pierce to meet with one county
attorney to settle the issue.
F) The Commission discussed the
Rodney Glass situation and the
consensus was that his property
not be rezoned to allow seafood
processing in a residential area,
but to instead seek ways to cre-
ate some C- I zoning off the wa-
terfront. Although the Commis-
sion is highly concerned that by
moving traditional seafood uses
off the waterfront will open up the
Eastpoint waterfront to other
uses, such as restaurants, and
other tourist uses. The Board took
no formal action.
G) One final item was dealt with
at the end of the meeting, .the
Commission recommends ap-
proval for Jim Green for a sketch
plat called Green Land Subdivi-
sion a 32-lot subdivision in
Lanark Village. The property is
already zoned R-1. The Board
approved the sketch plat.

Master's Men Quartet from
Page 1

of the buwannee Music Festival
in Live Oak in June.
The Master's Men Quartet has
been featured in the national
magazine "The Singing News" and
participated in a live radio inter-
view with a Southern gospel ra-
dio host. Local radio stations in
Eastpoint (WOCY 106.5) and Port
St. Joe (WFCT 105.5) have been
airing their CD's recently on Sun-
day mornings from 7:00 to 11:00
The Master's Men sing a wide va-
riety of southern Gospel favorites,
from "toe-tappers" such as "Can
He, Could He. Would He" and
"Goodbye World Goodbye," to
those good old time "convention
Style" songs like "I'm Free Again"
and "Oh Happy Day," to beauti-
ful songs that proclaim God's
goodness such as "God on the
Mountain" and "What A Wonder-
ful Lord." Their CD's are entitled
"Glory to His Name" and "I'm Free
Again." For more information
please call St. George Island
United Methodist Church at (850)

Timber Island from Page 5

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counter tops. Unique sun room which opens to a large deck. Many custom features
with first rate construction. Large storage room with parking underneath. A great
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SAlligator Point! Beachfront! 3BR/1BA, 1121 sq. ft., CHA, large open Old Florida
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eGorgeous Lot! Alligator Point! 50x535+/- w/10' deeded easement to bay to build a
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The Franklin Chronicle

Money Squeeze from
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dishing it back to us, and we're
starving down here."
Supt. Gander said school admin-
istration personnel have wracked
their brains trying to come up
with solutions. "We definitely
won't have summer school this
year," she said. "And a four-day
work week would cut down some
on energy costs, and bus ex-
Board Member Katie McKnight
stressed that "we aren't saying
we're going to a four-day week, we
are merely discussing it." When
Board Member Hinton polled in-
dividual members on how they felt
about a four-day work week,
McKnight and George Thompson
said they had no problem with the
concept, Teresa Martin said she
wanted it checked into more, and
Chairman Gander said he would
be willing to follow recommenda-
tions of the administration.
"I'd like for you to bring back to
us your ideas," said Chairman
Gander. "We've got the Sunshine
law. We got a little questionnaire
and the last question it asked one
thing that would make the board
work better and I put 'eliminate
the Sunshine law.' We can't call
one another and discuss how we'd
like to do one thing or another.
I'm not happy with that last work-
shop. If we could have the school
board members and superinten-
dent discuss issues. We have a
whole lot of opinions. We never
had cuts like those after Septem-
ber 11."
In reply to a question from Chair-
man Gander, Asst. Supt. Mikel
Clark said that computer net-
working between the schools has
"not gotten off the ground yet, but
that work is being done on it. I'm
excited about it. We're farther
along than we were. We've almost
had to reinvent ourselves each
The budget amendments brought
by St. Cyr were approved. Other
items on the agenda approved in-
cluded a student transfer from
Brown Elementary to Chapman
Elementary; agreements on trans-
portation of student with disabili-
ties and school advisory council
membership for Carrabelle High
School; Even Start Federal Project
#4502, and Pre-Kindergarten
Early Intervention Program; sub-
stitute list; resignation of Sandra
Cook from Carrabelle High
School; supplements for
Carrabelle High for Ann Mann,
junior varsity girls basketball
coach, Donna Glass, girls basket-
ball head coach, and Joe Hayes,
boys basketball head coach and
junior varsity coach.
Roof replacement for vocational-
technical building, at Carrabelle
High and hiring an architectural
service were discussed. Board
Atty. Barbara Sanders reminded
St. Cyr that bids are to be adver-
tised on the roof work. Board
member Hinton asked Brenda
Wilson about the update on
2000-2001 school public ac-
countability reports. "The report
reflects FCAT scores, absentees,
and can be used for school im-
provement for coming year," said
Wilson. "We get most of the infor-
mation in October, it goes to the
principals, then they correct it
and send it back to me. It has to
be out by November 15, but we
can work on it all year. It is actu-
ally a report on what you've done
the previous year. Schools can
keep up with some of the data,
like absentees."

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Lee McLemore from Page 1
McLemore owns the Piggly Wig-
gly grocery store on Highway 98,
and his wife Tricia owns Bridges
South on Commerce Street. They,
and their three children LeGrand,
7, Morton, 6, and Kate, 21
months, are restoring the old con-
vent building on Bay Avenue. "It
was Mary Star of the Sea of the
Archdiocese of Mobile," said
McLemore. "We bought it nine
years ago. It's neat. There was a
Catholic parochial school down-
stairs-it still has the chalk
boards, and lots of people from
this area have memories of at-
tending school there."
Three States Agree from
Page 1
ing droughts." The Apalachicola
Bay supports an excellent recre-
ational and commercial fishery-
producing 90 percent of Florida's
oysters and the state's
third-largest shrimp harvest, rep-
resenting a significant portion of
the region's economy.
Department of Environmental
Protection Secretary David B.
Struhs said, 'This product (agree-
ment) represents the good faith
efforts of the three states, to de-
velop a fair solution that shares
abundance as well as adversity.
Those who enjoy and depend on
the Apalachicola River and Bay
will be pleased with this result,
as will our neighbors in Alabama
and Georgia."
Florida officials said the proposed
agreement will "protect endan-
gered species along the
Apalachicola River and the oys-
ters in Apalachicola Bay." Secre-
tary Struhs said, "We are confi-
dent we have done that."
Representatives of the three states
will meet by March 18 to vote on
formally accepting the proposed
Officials nationally and locally
were calling the agreement "his-
toric." The Nature Conservancy
said it was "encouraged."
Bob Benedick; southeast division
director of The Nature Conser-
vancy, said his group particularly
liked the agreement's recognition
of the "need to manage for vari-
able river flows that are similar
to the natural flow regime."
The agreement would extend to
the year 2050, and force the At-
lanta region to took for new wa-
ter supplies when it uses up its
available water by 2030.
The proposed,agreement would
also require a drought plan to be
approved by 2005. Until then, a
committee will meet when needed
to determine when drought con-
ditions exist..
Also established would be a sci-
entific advisory panel to "measure
biological changes in the river sys-
tem, in response to changes in
water flow."
As regards what happens next,
after 60 days,: the ACF Commis-
sion would then vote on a formal
agreement. A unanimous vote
would be followed by a 60-day
public comment period, during
which the agreement may be
modified. At the conclusion of the
public comment period, the three
governors must sign the final
agreement and submit it to the
Federal Commissioner. The Fed-
eral Commissioner then has 255
days to review and modify it. If he
accepts the agreement or takes no
action, the allocation formula be-
comes federal law.
The U.S. Corps of Engineers and
the three states would be respon-
sible for implementation. A new
ACF Committee, comprised of
representatives of each state,
would monitor and assess reports
from the basin. Findings and rec-
ommendations would be reported
annually. By the 10th and 20th
anniversaries of the agreement,
the ACF Commission would fully
evaluate and publish reports on
the overall implementation and
effectiveness of the agreement.

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By Rene Topping
The commission room at the
Franklin County Courthouse on
January 15, was filled to capac-
ity as members of the various Vol-
unteer Fire Departments from all
over Franklin gathered to make
their plea to commissioners. The
meeting went on for almost two
hours as the Fire Chief of each of
the departments reported they
could no longer keep up the level
of service both in fire fighting and
in emergency services for the an-
nual amount of $28.00 from each
residence. They also pointed out
that the amount had never
changed or increased for 17 years.
The Franklin Fire Fighters Asso-
ciation have been talking to the
commissioners for over three
years on getting this need to the
people of Franklin County.
Jimmie Mosconis made a motion
and it was seconded by Clarence
Williams that the commissioners
would agree to phasing in the $70
per residence over two years.
There was no change in the as-
sessment on commercial build-
ings. The commissioners agreed
to look into assessment on lots of
any size that have access by road
to see what kind of problems that
might cause for the assessor and
the tax collector.
It was pointed out that there
would not be any immediate pay-
ment due from residents. The first
assessment on the 2002 tax will
be forty-nine dollars and would be
due at the end of 2002 and the
other assessment of $21 more
dollars would only come in at the
end of 2003.
The assessment not only covers
the fire fighting but also the work
the fire fighters do as First Re-
sponders. Over the years since the
assessment was started in 1985
at the rate of $28.00 on all resi-
dences there has never been any
St. James/Lanark Fire Chief Bud
Evans made an emotional plea to
the commissioners. He said that
the St. James/Lanark Fire De-
partment was at this.time $7,000
in debt on their insurance. De-
spite the fact that they have
worked hard they have a small
area to get donations. He said that
he would have to lock up the Fire
House if help did not come soon.
The St. James /Lanark depart-
ment provide the majority of the
First Responder calls in
Carrabelle, Lanark and St. James.
There are 100 first responders in
the county. The fireman asked
how much a life was worth. The
firemen aim to be able to have
someone on the scene in five min-
utes. They also aid one another
when there is need.
Fire Chief Boatenrider who is in
charge on Dog Island said that
when he pays the insurance there
is little left over for other needs.
Steve Fling, Alligator/St. Teresa
Fire Chief, who has been the lead-
ing spark plug person in the ef-
fort to get the MSBU raised. He
spoke eloquently as he made the
points that the commissioners
and the Residents need to think.
For one thing, he said $70 a year
is just over $6.00 a month.
He also made the point that fire-
men are no longer just fire fight-
ers, they go out on toxic and haz-
ardous materials spills, go to any
accident where there is spills of
gas or injuries, they stay with the
patient until they can hand them
over to the ambulance or Life
Flight. He wondered how much
that was worth to the residents.
Although the fire fighters present
applauded the commissioners for
their vote of confidence, it still will
not help Fire Chief Bud Owens.
He said that he cannot hang on
until the end of the year. The Chief
of the Dog Island Fire Department
was another one for whom the
extra funding may come too late.
Without insurance the fire depart-
ments cannot keep on and Steve
Fling of Alligator Point said that
he would call a special meeting of
the FFFA and see what can be
The motion was passed on a vote
of 3 1 with Cheryl Sanders,
Jimmie Mosconis and Clarence
Williams voting for it and Bevan
Putnal against. He expressed his
feeling that there was too many
people in his district that would
not be able to pay for the increase.
He said he felt there had to be a
better way.
While there was a formal vote
taken at the Workshop, it should
be carefully noted that this was
merely an expression of intention
of the assembled Commissioners

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the Clerk's Office for the public
to review as a document planned
for adoption by the Commission,
and only after legal advertising
has been completed. As of
Chronicle press time, no filing of
a proposed ordinance has been
made. The Commission did estab-
lish the date of February 19, at
5:30 p.m. for the formal public
hearing and vote on the draft or-
dinance. Until a filing has been
made, no advertising of the pro-
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is to be submitted, may be differ-
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