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Volume 11, Number 4 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER February 22 March 7, 2002


State Files Intent To Appeal

Judgment In Second Circuit Declares

FWC Rule Unconstitutional

Florida Fish And Conservation Commission Has
Denied Fishermen Their Rights To Equal Protection
Of The Laws And Due Process
A Report And Commentary By Tom W. Hoffer
After several months following trial court, Judge N. Sanders Sauls of
the Second Judicial Circuit Court in and for Wakulla County declared
that certain rules of the State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) were unconstitutional and "...thereby invalid
under the due process and equal protection of the laws provisions of
the Florida and United States Constitution."


Specifically, the Rule 46-4.0081 of the FWC prove
net must be constructed of uniform mesh no large
stretched is declared unconstitutional.


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Jonas Porter (left) and Ronald Crum holdii


hiding that a seine
er than two inches







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ng the decision.


Moreover, the net proposed by the plaintiffs, Ronald Crum and
Raymond S. Pringle, is 500 square feet or less '.ith inesh s.ie adjulst-
able for the species intended to b- captured .anid also conisLri.uted
of lawfultn-r'Irt rY'tiNai iZ i[c'haii ii2 t bil in order' lhat 1 \,-ill be coum-
mercially viable and avoid the v.asttiul iiexsa. .'i lu'i_-1,.tiL ,
gling of nonsought juvenile fish and other bhvca'ch "'J,_udoe Sauils
ruled that the Crum-Pringle net ". .doe.s i1nt -oljate Artic le XI Sectionri
16(b)(1) or (b) (2) of the Florida Constitution and may be lawfully used
in nearshore and inshore Florida waters..."
The State of FloridE, through attorneys Jonathan A. Glogau, Assis-
tant Attorney General, and Charles Shelfer, Deputy General Counsel
of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, argued
repeatedly the "'doctrines of primary jurisdiction, exhaustion of ad-
ministrative remedies, res judicata and collateral estoppel..." would
preclude any declarative judgment from the Saul's Court. The Judge
found No merit in such contentions in denying motions for summary
Judgment, and upon the final declaration, he concluded the state's
claims were without merit.
The action was started by Crum and Pringle in order to obtain a
declaration from the Court that their net was lawfully permitted un-
der the Constitutional Amendment contained in Article X, Section 16
of the Florida Constitution entitled "Limitation of Marine Net Fish-
ing." The State, defendants in this action, represented by Mr. Glogau
and Shelfer, contended that the Crum-Pringle net, if it were of adjust-
able mesh and twine size, then the net would be constitutionally pro-
hibited as a gill or entangling net, and accordingly, commercial vi-
ability was not an issue.
Pringle and Crum argued through their attorney, Ronald Mowrey of
Tallahassee and Crawfordville, that their net was neither a prohib-
ited gill or entangling net, nor was it a seine. Their net was a hybrid
net. The Court said, ".:.Among other matters, they point to the lan-
guage used in the Amendment itself' referencing and implicitly per-
mitting "seines and other rectangular -nets" as well as its implicit
authorization of trawl nets "and other bag'type nets."
The plaintiffs Pringle and Crum amended their complaint to further
allege that they were senior citizens over the age of 50, engaged in the.
business of mullet fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and were members
and officers of associations whose members included elderly, handi-
capped or physically impaired men and women. The "net-limitation"
Amendment to the Florida Constitution became effective July 1, 1995,
and applied equally to all citizens, including the elderly, handicapped
and physically impaired. The Amendment was designed to limit ma-
rine net fishing by limiting to 500 square feet of mesh area the size of
all nets of any kind used in nearshore and inshore water, and by a
limitation in the form of a prohibition on the use of any gill or entan-
gling net in any Florida waters.
The plaintiffs argued and presented evidence that there were no fur-
ther restrictions'on any,-gill or entangling nets \%%iIh r~epect to mesh,
and txtine sizes. The plaintiffs argued that any nei lor nlarine fishing
will in fact gill or entangle a fish, which, rakes amn. nei liltrall\ uLi-
lawful. This broad interpretation by the Fish and Wildlile Cons.erva-
tion Commission (FWC) and its division of law enforcement has lead
to overzealous enforcement and the making of arrests where acciden-
tal or incidental killing or entangling of fin fish and marine animals
has occurred in nongill/entangling nets. Further, they argued, the
Rules ad.ppted by the FWC have steadily decreased the types of
non-monofilament nets that are legal by enacting regulations reduc-
ing mesh sizes and types of twine thereby reducing the types of
non-gill/entangling nets that can be used in nearshore and inshore
waters.
These changes, the Plaintiffs argued, and Judge Sauls agreed, de-
feated the purpose of the Amendment in not considering their impact
on juvenile fish populations and such changes were contrary to stan-
dards requiring that they be based upon the best geological, socio-
logical and economic information available, "...permit means and
quantities of annual harvest consistent with maximum sustainable
stock abundance; and be fair and equitable to all."
Plaintiffs also argued that Subsection (c)(2) of the Amendment does
permit other rectangular nets that are non gill/entangling nets.-There
are no rules applicable to other rectangular nets except for rules that
apply to seine nets. Moreover, the plaintiffs argued that they were
constitutionally guaranteed due process and equal protection of the
laws, but the State of Florida through its defendant agency, the FWC,
has been intentionally interpreting and applying the Constitutional
Amendment in a manner denying due process and equal protection
of the laws.
The State has argued that cast nets are permitted. The Court and
Plaintiffs stated:
"(12). Cast nets which are gill/entangling nets are ex-
pressly excluded by the Amendment, so long as they are
Continued on Page 10


Franklin Briefs ............. 2
Franklin Planning and
Zoning-Arvida ............. 2
Editorial and Commentary
..................................... 3
Capital Update By Will
Kendrick ... ................... 4
Library ....................... 4
Dixie Theatre .............. 5


Oyster Initiatives ..........
Alligator Point ..............
School Board...............
FCAN......................
Bookshop ....................
SeCond Circuit Judicial
Decision and Appeal .... 1
Brian Goercke ........
Chili Cookoff ...............


In Response To State's Appeal Of The
Judge Souls Decision

Pringle-Crum Seek To

Vacate Automatic Stay

If granted, fishermen could use the approved net
through the period of appellate review
Thursday morning, February 21st, Plaintiffs Raymond Pringle, Jr.
and Ronald Crum, through their attorney Ronald Mowrey (Tallahas-
see and Crawfordville) will argue their motion to vacate the automatic
stay that falls into place when the losing defendant (in, this case, the
State of Florida) declares an intention to appeal a judicial decision.
The Judge Sauls decision, released last week, declares the
Crum-Pringle fishing net of about 500 square feet with two inch
stretched mesh to be Constitutional and permissible under the
so-called "net limitation" Amendment of the Florida Constitution..
The trial in the current case was completed on April 17, 2001. The
decision was released last week, on Friday, February 11, 2002. Only
three hours passed before the .State declared their intention to appeal
the decision, thereby locking in the automatic stay, that is to say, the
net may not be used until the appeal process has been concluded,
and only if the Sauls opinion is upheld by the District Court of Ap-
peal. Technically, during that three-hour period, the net could have
been legally used in Florida inshore and near shore waters.
The motion contained this language underscoring the reasons why
the Pringle-Crum net should be used through the appeal period.
"12. The instant case has constitutional dimensions involv-
ing individual citizens' n ghts to lawfully earn a living and
use a netunder the ConUstituitjinal Amendmrent contained in,
Art. X, 16 of the Florida Con-ri-,tiion This Court in render-
ing its judgment recognized these constitutional concerns and
stated the following:
Any interpretation of the Amendment language or
any implementing Rule, or for that matter any com-
panion Rule, that has the effect and operation com-
Continued on Page 10.


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Single family residence
Multiple family rental per unit
Mobile Home Park per unit

RV Park Rentals
over 16 spaces
Motels/Hotels/Inns/B&B's

Commercial Establishments.
Multiple Business Activities


Brian Goercke

Remembers Zi mhabwe

Part II
As Told To Tom Campbell and Tom Hoffer
As a nation, Zimbabwe is barely 20 years out of colonial bondage
from Great Britain and the commonwealth. The current president of
the country, Robert Mugabe, now seems determined to make it a
dictatorship. Brian Goercke was one of 43 volunteers who remained
in country until Zimbabwe's government denied work permits for
teacher trainees who had arrived three months earlier. Without work
permits, the trainees were unable to remain in country. The Peace
Corps/Zimbabwe Program subsequently suspended its program and
evacuated all volunteers to South Africa;
The Peace Corps continues to monitor the conditions in Zimbabwe to
determine whether its program may be re-opened in the future. A
great deal hinged on the outcome of Zimbabwe's presidential elec-
tion, which is scheduled for March 9-10. In 2001, violence occurring
during the country's parliamentary election campaign, caught the
attention of the international community. The Peace Corps/Zimba-
bwe Program was reduced by nearly two-thirds due to the country's
political instability. Since the first group of Peace Corps volunteers
arrived in Zimbabwe in 1991, over 350 volunteers had served in this
country.


Zimbabwe Government Warned
The Financial Times of January 29, 2002 published a story by
Judy Dempsey from Brussels that the European Foreign Minis-
ters decided to impose sanctions on the Zimbabwe government if
the President, Robert Mugabe, did not meet several conditions.
Diplomats said that the European Union warned the Mugabe
government to reinstate the rule of law, stop the political violence
against opposition forces, and stop "muzzling the media" before
national elections occurred in March. The U.S. Congress has
passed legislation to impose sanctions on the Harare government.
Zimbabwe may also be suspended from the Commonwealth of
Britian and its former colonies. This potentially would directly
affect trade, and possible financial support for the Mugabe gov-
ernment, which has been in power for over 20 years.
Mr. Goercke completed three years of service in Zimbabwe with the
U.S. Peace Corps. He began his service in the country's rural area of
Matsine in January of 1999. In May of 2000, be was evacuated from
his rural assignment and provided with an assignment m the capital
city of Harare. Mr. Goercke's third year of service came to an abrupt
close in November of 2001 due to the program's suspension.
Continued on Page 11


$42.00
$12.00
no maximum
$12.00
$125.00 minimum
$300.00 maximum
$75.00 minimum
$5.00 per unit
$300.00 maximum
$7.00 per unit
$75.00 minimum"
$300.00 maximum
$75.00 per building
$200.00 maximum
$250,00 minimum
$300.00 maximum


The proposal to have fees of $20 per platted lot was dismissed by the
commissioners who said that it needed more research as a small lot
was at the same rate as some of the much bigger landowners in the
county.
The Fire Fighters had spent the entire day at the courthouse with
signs. The cars and trucks blew a melody as they saw the men and
women.
Although the fire fighters had hoped for a bigger amount, their leader,
Steve Fling, said, "It is a step in the right direction."
They have worked for three years to gather evidence to present to the
commissioners and residents of Franklin County that they were strug-
gling to keep at least one of the departments from having to close its
doors.
Continued on Page 11

Apalachicola Water Rates

Going Down


By Sue Cronkite
Not many people showed up at a
city commission workshop on
Apalachicola water and sewer
rates, but an announcement that
a new, lower rate schedule will be
reflected in the April bill was met
with sighs of relief. A new billing
system goes into effect March 15,
with people charged for the
amount of water they use, instead
of the schedule designed to be
sure the city had $1.1 million for
the new sewer system.
A member of the audience was
jubilant at the prospect of lower
water bills. "As it is now I can't let
the water run while I brush my
teeth. It's crucial when you can't
do that."
'The reduction today is conser-
vative," Ella Mosconis told com-
missioners. She said the new rate
schedule will be ready for the
March 5 meeting. City Clerk Betty
Taylor-Webb said the schedule
will be ready for first reading by
then.


Mayor Alan Pierce said the drop
in charges for water and sewer
service is just one step, that in the
future people could look for addi-
tional reductions. "When the
sewer system goes on line, then
when the water system goes on
line," said Pierce. "In four months
we'll look at the rates again for
another opportunity to lower
rates."
Pierce said the city has been bill-
ing for 16 million gallons a year,
but that leaks are responsible for
much more water being pumped.
Recommendations for three new
wells are to be ready for consid-
eration by March 15, said
Mosconis.
Mosconis said lots of projections
were used to estimate how much
revenue was needed, and the nec-
essary revenue was raised. "We
are going from a rated structure
that wasn't based on usage to a
rate on how much water is used,"
said Mosconis. Commercial cus-
Continued on Page 11


John Gorrie

Proclaimed "Great Floridian"

At a celebration held in Florida's Historic Old Capitol on Thursday,
February 14, 2002, Secretary of State Katherine Harris proclaimed
six new "Great Floridians" and presented the Department of State's
Senator Bob Williams Award and Mary Call Darby Collins Award,
which honor individuals who have rendered outstanding service to
the cause of historic preservation in Florida.
In 1982, the Department of State established its "Great Floridian"
designation in order to memorialize for future generations the unique
and historic achievements of remarkable men and women who made
Florida their home. The six new designees whom Secretary Harris
proclaimed are:
General James Alward Van Fleet, a four-star general who led major
campaigns in World War II and the Korean War, including service as
Commander of the 8th U.S. Army and United Nations forces in Ko-
rea, and whom President Harry S. Truman praised as "the greatest
general we ever had..."
Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and activist who founded the
institution of higher learning that became Bethune Cookman Col-
lege, who promoted education and fundraising for the empowerment
of African-American first-time voters, who served as the first African
American woman to head a federal agency under President Franklin
D. Roosevelt and who served as a consultant to the United States
delegation involved in developing the United Nations charter;
Dr. John Gorrie, a nineteenth century physician, scientist, inventor
and humanitarian, who, through his experiments designed to cool
sickrooms in order to reduce the discomfort of feverish malaria pa-
tients, patented a machine to make ice and became the father of re-
frigeration and air conditioning, and who, without knowledge of mi-
crobiology, urged measures such as sleeping under mosquito netting
in -rder to prevent the spread of disease;






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Laura Mooc y, President of the Apalachicola Area Historical
Society, receives the Proclamation from Secretary of State
Katherine Harris (right) as Barry Burch, Director of St.
George Island State Park, looks on.
William Henry Getty (Bill) France, who organized the National As-
sociation of Stock Car Automobile Racing (NASCAR) in 1947, com-
plete with uniform rules, an insurance plan and guaranteed purses,
and guided it into the multimillion-dollar industry it is today, and
who opened the Daytona International Speedway in 1959;
Dick Pope, who with his wife, Julie, opened Florida's first theme
park, Cypress Gardens, located in Polk County on 200 acres with
sparkling lakes and ancient cypress trees and showcasing more than
8,000 varieties' of plants and flowers from more than 90 countries,
and who served as a dynamo of enthusiasm for and an international
ambassador for the Sunshine State; and
Senator Mallory E. Home, a dedicated and distinguished attorney
and public servant who represented the Tallahassee area in both the
Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate, Who be-
came the only person in the 20th century who served as both Speaker
of the Florida House and as President of the Florida Senate, and whom
the St. Petersburg Times named as the most valuable member of the
Florida House in 1963.

Fire Fighters Get Incease On

MSBU Funding

By Rene Topping
Franklin County's Fire Fighters got some relief from their financial
troubles when the County Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to revise the
MSBU. The motion made by Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis and sec-
onded by'Commissioner Cheryl Sanders. Bevin Putnal was the lone
nay. He had said in the discussion that he had been taking a great
deal of heat from his constituents in Carrabelle. The motion encom-
passed the following rates:


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Franklin

Briefs

February 19, 2002
Present: Chairperson
Eddie Creamer:
Commissioner Jimmy
Alosconis: Comnmissioner
Bev'in Putrial n
Commissioner Chenil
Sanders and
Commissioner Clarence
Williams.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan drafted a letter for the
Commission's endorsement and
signature in support of the Na-
tional Sea Grant Program remain-
ing in NOAA not being moved to
the-National Science Foundation.
The Board approved the draft to
be sent to U. S. Representative
Allen Boyd.
Mahan reported that the informal
survey by NMFS representatives
on the area's shrimp industry
went well.
Baskerville-Donavan representa-
tives met with Mark Berrigan from
the Dept. ofAquaculture and sev-
eral members of the lease survey
committee in Alligator Harbor to
begin survey work. A draft sur-
vey will be completed, drawn and
sent for review and approval.
When the draft is approved, the
corner poles for the leases will be
put into place and the final sur-
veys drawn.

Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson reported that the
pending legislation on solid waste
disposal had been drafted, ad-
dressing his concerns for small
counties expressed at the last
meeting.

Health Matters
Dr. Junejo, Franklin County
Health Department, asked that
publicity be given to a needs as-
sessment survey for a dialysis
program in Franklin County. The
survey is published in this issue
of the Chronicle elsewhere. Barry
Gilbert and Dr. Junejo were asked
to serve on a two-person commit-
tee to develop plans to bring a di-
alysis program to the county. The
survey is needed to determine the
need for the program and all of
those persons needing such ser-
vices should complete the survey
and send it to Dr. Junejo.
Dr. Juniejora'l. nhannounced. datt',
first animal cases olr\'est Nile Vi-
rus for 2002 have been reported
in Calhoun County in a wild tur-
key. A hawk in Alachua County
arid one sentinel chicken in
Volusia County and three horses
in Marion County have also tested
positive for West Nile Virus. She
urged everyone to minimize expo-
sure to mosquitoes.

Ambulance Services
Monty Moore of Emergystat, Inc.
reported to the Commissioners
that they were having financial
problems and that the risk of cur-
tailing ambulance services was
high. Commissioner Moscon'is re-
minded him that his organization
had a contract with Dassee Com-
munity Health Systems for.reim-
bursement, not the Franklin
County Commission, and that the,
Commission had already autho-
rized supplementary payments for
ambulance services.


Monty Moore

This led into a discussion of fi-
nances between the County Com-
mission and Dassee and the
former lease of the Weems Hos-
pital, Centennial, which is still, by
contract, legally responsible to the
Franklin County Commission. As
of March 1st, Dassee will be be-
hind in their lease payments by


Barry Gilbert (background)
Gayle Dodds (foreground)
$50,000 (to the county Commis-
sion), in addition to their pay-
ments to Emergystat, Inc. The
Board discussed at length the
implications of the problem and
decided to communicate by letter
to Dassee and Centennial remind-
ing them of their legal obligations
to the County. The County Attor-
ney recommended that the Com-
missioners develop a "Plan B"-
that is, develop leads for another
leasee to take over the Hospital
operations. A second motion was
made and approved to meet with
the Hospital Board to develop ad-
ditional alternatives to the crisis.
No other action was taken at the
meeting.

Director of Administrative
Services
Alan Pierce read through a
lengthy agenda, some of which is
excerpted in this report. A public
hearing was held on-"Hidden Har-
bor" at Alligator Point, and the
proposed ordinance relating to the
zoning code, approving the "Hid-
den Harbor" master development
plan. There are now 29.lots in the
new subdivision. The Commis-
sioners approved the ordinance
and the sketch plat.
Mr. Pierce advised the Board that
at the last meeting he had said
that the county would be signing
interlocal agreements with both
cities, but in fact the county is not
.required to sign with either city.
Everybody signs with the state,
and then the state coordinates
who helps who during a disaster.
Board approved the signing of the
stormwater permit at the airport
for the T-hangers. Dan Garlick is
doing this at no charge for the
county,
The Board was given a copy of the
bridge inspection report on
Syrup Branch Bridge on the'New
River Road. The report says the
Bridge is basically in good shape,
although there is some minor de-
cay of timber walls and caps that
need s protection: "- i, ." -
The Board signed the amended
FRDAP contract with the state, to
extend the completion date of the
acquisition of land in Carrabelle
to August 31, 2003. This gives the
county an additional year to ac-
quire some land.
At last Board meeting, Commis-
sioner Putnal asked' that Mark
Curenton and I meet with Mr.
Doug Delano, St. Joe/Arivda, and
look at some property around
Carrabelle for a proposed recre-
ation complex. Mark and I did
that and Mr. Delano is putting
together a proposed recreational
complex for the area that we could
give to a surveyor to create a le-
gal description.
Which in turn we would send to
the state and get permission to
buy this parcel. The Board ap-
proved. The Board directed the
Chairman to sign a letter and
form-to FDOT deactivating the.
heli-pad on St. George Island that
the county stopped using almost
two years ago. Within 60 days of
signing this letter the Board needs
to paint a big red "X" on the heli-
pad. The Board approved.
The Board was informed that an
additional $60,000 has been re-
ceived by the county from FEMA
for roadwork that the county
needs to do in Eastpoint. The
funds came unsolicited.
David Kennedy has informed Mr,
Pierce that the county needs a
more complete survey of the Alli-
gator Point Road before DEP will
issue the emergency permit the
county was required to apply for
last August when the county
placed rocks and dirt to prevent
the road from.washing out dur-
ing a storm event. I have told
David not to proceed with the sur-
vey at this time, because very
shortly we should be attempting
to buy the house on Alligator Point
called "My Blue Heaven" and if we
do we the county most likely will
be trying to place rocks in the gap
where My Blue Heaven is, which
will require a permit from DER
-Essentially, I am trying to keep


The Board has a \c- fulll aenrda
today, but in the near futIure the
Board will be cornlronted \.il.h re-
movinig Nl\ Blue Heaven and then
the Board will need to decide w\'hat
todo to ll iI that 100 feet of v.,:,od
v ill that v.1il most likely Ill down
when the house is remo,.ed
The Board asked 'fr thie distnbu.
tion L.I seats on the Plarininr and
Zunritng Conmission by count\
c:omnmisiuon district The current
miake. Lip of the Comimis0sion is
this Commissioner Sanders
Vicki Barrnett. Ton- Millleider.
Harrtlt. Beach. C nommiss io ne, r
Pumal: Gayle Dodds. Dan Rosler:
Commissioner Creamer. Mary
Lou Short, Jack Prophater; Com-
missioner Williams: Roxie Allen;
Commissioner Mosconis: Ruth
Schoelles.
There is a vacant seat for a mem-
ber at large and a seafood worker.
Either Ms. Beach or Mr. Rosier
could fill the vacant at large seat,
if the Board wanted to promote
one from alternate. Then there
would be an alternate and a sea-
food worker seat. No action was


The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission met in regular session on
Monday, February 18th and rec-
ommends the following actions,
which were approved by the
.Board on February 19th.
a) Recommend approval of the
following residential docks:
*Leonard McPherson to construct.
a private dock in Section 11,
Township 7 South, Range 5 West,
Carrabelle on the New River.
*Rick Donahoe to construct a pri-
vate dock in Eastpoint on High-
way 98, or on property as de-
scribed in Section 3, Township 8
south, Range 6 west.
*Elaine Woodward to construct a
'private dock on Lot 5, Sandpiper
Village, St. George Island.
*John Lee to construct a private
dock at 497 Mill Road in
Carrabelle. oin the N-ew River,.
*Thomas Block to construct a pri-
vate dock on Lot 13, Block 76,
Unit 5, St. George Island.
*William Schmidt to construct a
private dock in Lot 20, Bay Cove
Village, St. George Island.
*Jay Stelzenmuller to construct a
private dock Section 2, Township
7 south, Range 2 west, Alligator
Point.
b) Summer Camp. Mr. Pierce re-
quested the scheduling of a trans-
mittal hearing for a large-scale
land use change from Agriculture
to Mixed Use Residential. At the
meeting on Monday night, Febru-
ary 18th, Doug Delano officially
withdrew the marina from inclu-
sion of the proposed Mixed-Use
Residential, land use category.
While the public wanted to dis-
cuss the marina issue, the Com-
mission chose not to enter into a
long discussion on the item. The
Commission in a 4-1 vote recom-
mends the Board move forward on.
holding the transmittal hearing on
the proposed change to Mixed Use
Residential that does not include
a marina, and the Commission
withheld judgement on the ma-
rina and turned the marina issue
over to the Board with the expec-
tation the Board hold a public
hearing on that issue with suit-
able public testimony and expert
witnesses. The Board's action this
morning would be to authorize a
public hearing for the transmit-
tal hearing that is to be done,
Pierce recommends the Board set
the public hearing for the March
19th at 5:05 p.m., which is a
county commission meeting day.
Action is to include in this meet-
ing 3 other changes unrelated to
this project.
c) There was a request to rezone
10 acres of land from A-2 to R- I
for a single-family subdivision off
of Mill Road in Carrabelle. Sub-
mitted by Freda White. The Com-
mission recommends approval for
the rezoning and sketch plat. The
Board set a small scale public
hearing.


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d) The Board appro\vd the final
plat for Phase 11 Clipper Bay. a
subdlision on the east end of St
Georae Island. Submitted b\
Garlick Emironmental. agent for
Clilf Kennedy.
e) There is a request lor a small
scale land use from R-3 to R-1 lor
Lot I of The Soundings. and the
south half of lots 6.7.S. and 9 of
the Soundings. The Department
of Community Affairs placed a
requirement in the settlement of
the R-3 zoning that any future
zonine changemin this area would
require a camp plan change and
a leasibility study to determine
whether it would be feasible to run
central sewer and water to the
site. At this time I am still re-
searching what kind of feasibility
study DCA is going to require.
which may affect whether DCA is
going to require The Soundings to
be part.of a large scale change or
whether they can move forward
as a small scale change. The re-
quest was submitted by George
Heitman and family. The Commis-
sion recommends approval, and
'the Board can authorize the


scheduling of a public hearing bu
Pierce would not schedule the
hearing until he had determined
what kind of hearing the Boar
would need to hold.
Mr. Pierce will meet with the
county attorney first, and then
public hearing will be designated

Summer Camp
When we transmit the large-scal
land use change for Summe
Camp there are some othe
changes that need to be done t
Comprehensive Plan.
1) The county never updated th
plan to change the dates in th
Coastal/Conservation Element a
we proposed back.in 1999. Ob
jectives 1, 2, 3 and 7 all contain
an end date of 2000. That dat
needs to be removed from each c
them. The Board transmitted thi


change to the state in 1999 at the
same time we transmitted the
land use change for the state
prison site north of Carrabelle,
but we never adopted the change.
2) On September 19, 2000, the
Board adopted a resolution prom-
ising to amend the Comprehen-
sive Plan's Capital Improvement
Element to include the purchase
of the Carrabelle Recreational
Park. We have never done the
amendment. We need to include
the purchase of this land and any
additional land the County might
want to purchase for recreation
in the next 3-5 years. We will re-
ceive additional points in our fu-
ture grants for doing this.
3) There is a need to identify any
improvements the county might
want to make to existing parks in
the Comprehensive Plan. For ex-
ample, Janice Hicks has called
again about putting tennis courts
at Ned Porter Park. If this was
identified as a need .in the plan
_there would be more points when
-we apply for a grant. The county
needs to identify any improve-
t ments wanted on St. George Is-
e land, Eastpoint and Carrabelle.


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Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade reported to the
Board about various billings re-
ceived from the Apalachee Re-
gional Planning Council, conjec-
turing that perhaps the county
might consider dropping out of
the regional consortion.


Arvida Takes
Marina

Temporarily Out
Of Their Summer
Camp Agenda

By Rene Topping
The Courtroom at the Franklin
County Court house was filled to
almost the'brim with over 100
residents at the Planning and
Zoning meeting of February 18.
Most of the. crowd was there to
challenge the building of a marina
at the Arvida development named
"Summer Camp," located at the
Y where US 98 meets State 319.
'At first it seemed that early on in
'the day Arvida had taken out, by
amendment, the marina "at this
time," and the P and Z board
members would only tackle the
issue of the land change from
Agriculture to Mixed Use. Pierce
told the audience that this was a
public meeting but not a public
hearing.
Gayle Dodds advised those
present, "Please, when you are
allowed to ,speak be concise-be
gracious. I will not tolerate rude-
ness." However the large group of
people spoke out saying that they
would not be denied their oppor-
tunity to voice their feelings for
or against the proposed' marina.
Alan Pierce carefully described the
process. If the change of land use
change would get approval from.
the P and Z board members that
evening, Pierce would report it
and would recommend the
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WHEREAS, during recurrent outbreaks of malaria, Dr. Gorrie experi-
mented with ways to cool sickrooms to reduce the discomfort of fe-
verish patients; and
WHEREAS, on May 6, 1851, Dr. Gorrie was granted Patent No. 8080
for a machine to make ice; the original model of which is on display at
the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and
WHEREAS, with remarkable foresight and without knowledge of mi-
crobiology, Dr. Gorrie urged draining the swamps and sleeping under
mosquito netting to prevent disease; and
WHEREAS, John Gorrie, physician, scientist, inventor, and humani-
tarian, is considered the father of refrigeration and air-conditioning;
and
WHEREAS, Dr. Gorrie's significant achievements and unique contri-
butions are memorialized in the John Gorrie Museum in Apalachicola.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED, that I, Katherine Harris,
Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby recognize
Dr. John Gorrie
as a Great:Floridian and applaud his distinguished service to the
citizens of the State of Florida and to our nation.
, IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Katherine Harris, Secretary of State of
the State of Florida, have hereunto subscribed my name and caused
the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the
City of Tallahassee this 14th day of February, 2002.
KATHERINE HARRIS
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Letter to the Editor

10 February 2002
Florida Senate uses "FUZZY MATH"
On the front page of the February 8 -21 issue of the your paper was
"Table 10" provided by a Senate committee. This table provided the
data that was used to rank the school districts in Florida. Lets exam-
ine the Franklin County data more closely.
A schools 1 school @ 4 points each = 4 points
C schools 3 schools @ 2 points each = 6 points
D schools 2 schools @ 1 point each = 2 points


Totals 6 schools


12 points


Average points 12 points divided by 6 schools = 1.7 ???????
This "fuzzy math" incorrectly placed Franklin County Schools at a
Slower level of performance.
Maybe one of the difficulties that Franklin students are having with
the FCAT has to do with their inability to understand this "fuzzy math".
David Hinton
Response
Mr. Hinton is correct, as far as he goes. Mike Clark did provide some
revised data, accounting for the "no-grade" school..Clark's data did
show overall district performance to be 2.0, a slight difference of .3 of
a point.
The serious news is that these low scores ran for a second year in
a row, and that overall, Franklin County scores were in the sink-
hole of performance, especially when compared to the entire State
of Florida.
The revised data were depicted in two short tables on page 10 of the
February 8th issue of the Chronicle. The data were furnished the Sen-
ate Committee by the Department of Education, the Chronicle was
told, when an inquiry into the scores was made. There is a difference
of .3 in the tabulation.
The major concern is the continuing low performance of Franklin
County, especially when compared with surrounding counties.
Calhoun's overall performance ranked 3rd in the entire state of Florida;
Liberty county ranked 9th in 67 Florida counties; Wakulla ranked
2nd in 67 counties. Gulf County ranked 18th in 67 counties, and
Franklin county ranked 58th in 67 counties for 2001. In 2000, the
Franklin County rank was 62 in 67 counties.-
These data ought to "wake up" the School Board and the school ad-
ministrators into finding out why the results are so glaringly low over
a two year period. As a taxpayer in this county, I advocate that some
kind of plan be developed and executed in response to these embar-
rassing findings of persistent low scores.
This is everybody's business. The marginal performance is not go-
ing to impress any potential business or industry to relocate to a
county that has such educational performance, and that involves the
county's economic future. I am not proposing the dismantlement of
the current-system, but an independent investigation into the entire
process and the School Board could exercise the appropriate leader-
ship to ensure that something be done about these disgraceful re-
sults. The taxpayers are paying over $100,000 to the School Board,
since all board members are still collecting their pay.
Tom W. Hoffer
Publisher and Franklin County Taxpayer



February Is Black History Month

There is so much frustration in the world because we have relied on
gods rather than God. We have genuflected before the god of science
only to find that it-has given us the atomic bomb. We have worshipped
the god of pleasure only to discover that thrills play out and sensa-
tions are short-lived. We have bowed before the god of money only to
learn that there are such things as love and friendship that money
cannot buy and that, in a world of possible depressions, stock mar-
ket crashes and bad business investments, money is a rather uncer-
tain deity. These transitory gods are not able to. save or bring happi-
ness to the human heart. Only God is able. It is faith we must redis-
cover.
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January 24, 2002
Dear Community Members and Concerned Citizens,
The parents and people of our community are concerned about our
Carrabelle High graduating seniors.
Every year you read about young graduates having serious accidents
involving death or injury with a large majority related to the use of
alcohol or drugs. In an effort to keep our enthusiastic young gradu-
ates safe, concerned parents plan to have an all night celebration to
keep our children safe. With the generous support and donations, we
are able to gather from businesses and citizens in our community, we
hope to make this year's GRAD NITE 2002 a huge success.
If this event is responsible for saving one young person's life, all the
effort put forth will be worthwhile. We are respectfully requesting
donations of money or prizes to assist with making GRAD NITE 2002
possible. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please send
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Rene Topping ......................................... Carrabelle
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


Capitol Update: News From
Representative Will S. Kendrick


Robertson Rites Held


The important work of budgeting
begins this week as the newest
revenue estimates for the state are
announced. That means chair-
men of the various appropriations
subcommittees will discover how
much they have.to spend on edu-
cation, health and human ser-
vices, criminal justice and general
government. The current year's
budget of nearly $50 billion was
cut by almost a billion dollars late
last year because of revenue
shortfalls. My colleagues and I
hope for a better revenue forecast
so we can pump more money into
our children's classrooms.
I recently traveled to Jacksonville
and Miami for public hearings by
the House Select Committee on
Florida's Economic Future. That
panel is listening to what Florid-
ians have to say about tax reform
plans being discussed this Ses-
sion. The Senate has already ap-
proved a bill that would drop the
sales tax rate from 6 cents to 4.5
cents on the dollar, but would re-
move tax exemptions on many
items and services. The people' I
heard from were overwhelmingly
opposed to the plan. This week
two economists will tell our Se-
lect Committee about the impact
of the proposed tax reform..
The issue of school prayer will be
before the full House of Represen-
tatives. A bill would allow
student-led, nonsectarian and
non-proselytizing prayer at school
functions. A similar policy in the
Duval County school district has
been upheld as constitutional. I
supported this measure last year
and will vote for it again.
You may have been hearing about
reapportionment-the process by
which lines are drawn for legisla-
tive districts. I tried to pass an
amendment last week that would
have kept our district, District 10,
drawn much like it is now. The
plan as it now stands.would push
parts of Franklin and Wakulla
counties into the House district
to the west of District 10. Citizens
have told lawmakers they want
communities kept whole; and
they want communities of like in-
terest to be together. My question
to the committee was what does
the oyster capital of the world-
have in common with the most
beautiful beach in the world?
Other than water, Apalachicola
Bay and Panama City are very
different. Tourism and aquacul-
ture have very different needs. My
amendment was defeated. While
it seems not much of substance
is happening on this front, I think
each side is in a posturing mode
for the Courts to make the ulti-
mate decision.
Finally, I'm very concerned about
a bill that I believe will hurt many
hardworking men and women in
our communities. House Bill 217
forces school districts to do a
study to determine the cost of
school bus drivers, custodians
and lunchroom workers. The
school district must then request
bids from the private sector to see
if it can be done cheaper. That
might sound good, but these
people are already working hard
to make ends meet. The best way
for the private sector to provide
these services cheaper is to cut
employee benefits such as health
insurance. Do we really want to
cut those benefits for someone
who is trying to raise a family on
a bus driver's salary? I don't. I
believe in fiscal responsibility and
cutting fat, but taking from the
people who make the least bor-
ders on irresponsibility.
Florida state representatives will
soon have to vote on a bill that
would greatly expand the use of
private school vouchers. The bill
would give participating school
districts greater freedom in how
to spend state funds. In return,
any student who wants to attend
a private school would get a check
from the state. The legislation has
been dubbed the "No Strings At-
tached" bill.
Currently, vouchers are available
only to students in schools that
have received an "F" grade for two
out of four years. Fortunately, no
schools in Florida now merit the
failing label. I oppose this voucher
legislation because I believe it will
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expect to adequately tund our
Public school facilities if we're tak-
ing money away for students who
opt out of public education.
On a related note, some of my
colleagues and I would like to can-
cel voucher programs and corpo-
rate tax breaks for private school
scholarships and put all that
money toward our children's
classrooms. A four-year plan sup-
ported by some House members
would reduce class size to below
20 for grades K-3, would estab-
lish preschool for all 4-year-olds,
increase teacher's salaries and
training and improve technology
in classrooms. We'd have to bud-
get $260 million for each of the
next four years to build and ex-
pand schools and the education
budget would increase by $372
million. Our schools, which grow
by tens of thousands of new stu-
dents each year, require better
funding. I disagree with plans to
give public money away to pay for
students who want to attend pri-
vate school.-
School referees will enjoy greater
protection under my bill that
passed its first committee vote.
The legislation puts referees in the
same protected class as teachers
and coaches. So, if someone who
doesn't like their officiating as-
saults a referee at a high school
football game, the assailant would
face tougher punishment. I dealt
with this issue when I was a
Franklin County school board
member. The bill is heard by an-
other committee before going be-
fore the full House.
The House Select Committee on
Florida's Economic Future met for
the last time this Session and rec-
ommended that we review the
need for tax reform in this state.
As a member of that special com-
mittee, I traveled around the state
listening to what taxpayers had
to say about a plan to rollback the
sales tax from 6 cents on the dol-
lar to 4.5 cents while removing tax
exemptions from nearly a hun-
dred items and services. Commit-
tee member, found the following:
we're not in a tax crisis right now;
Floridians don't want this tax re-
form; it would not be in the best
interest of our business climate;
and that we should identify at-
tainable goals to broaden and sta-
bilize our tax base.
Finally, my bill to reform the con-
stitutional amendment process
passed the Procedural Council
unanimously and is now headed
to the Floor of the House. Among
other things, people collecting
petitions for changes to our state's
constitution would have to show
the financial impact of the amend-
ment they were pushing.


Youth Crime Watch
Of America Honors
Congressman Allen
Boyd As The Elected
Official Of The Year
On February 11, 2002, Youth
Crime Watch of America, a na-
tional and international move-
ment of youth-led crime preven-
tion, honored Congressman Allen
Boyd (DNorth Florida) as their
Elected Official of the Year.
Congressman Boyd was honored
because of his strong stands on
behalf of youth and youth-led
crime prevention for the benefit
of the nation as well as the youth
in his Congressional District. The
ceremony was held at Griffin
Middle School in Tallahassee,
Florida, due to the school's
longstanding commitment to
Youth Crime Watch and the de-
velopment of youth.
Congressman Boyd has secured
funding in the Justice Depart-


With great sadness, family and
friends bid farewell to Robert Allen
Robertson, 29, of St. George Is-
land, at services last week follow-
ing his death on Thursday, Feb-
ruary 7, 2002.
He is survived by his wife Can-
dida Robertson of St. George Is-
land. Mr. Robertson was a resi-
dent of St. George Island for
eleven years, employed as a gro-
cery manager at the Marketplace
on the island. He was a loyal and
dedicated member of the St.
George Island volunteer fire de-
partment.
A funeral Mass was held on Tues-
day, February 12th at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, Lanark
IVillage, with burial at St., Eliza-
Sbeth Ann Seton Cemetery in
Medart. Family received friends
late Monday afternoon at Kelley
Funeral home, Apalachicola. A
memorial service was held Sun-
day afternoon, February 10th, at.


the ot. George Island First Bap-
tist Church.
Memorial contributions may be
made to the Nurses Education
Fund, Big Bend Hospice, 1723
Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee,
FL 32308-5428 or the St. George
Island Volunteer Fire Department.
Other survivors include ,stepchil-
dren, Julia Wilhoit of Bogart, Ga.,
Robert Wilhoit of Lanark Village
and Corry Wilhoit of Beaufort,
S.C.; a brother, Richard
Robertson; a sister, Karen
Robertson of Crestview; his par-
ents, Roberta Robertson of Lanark
Village and Howard and Linda
Robertson of Winthrop, Mass; his
maternal -grandmother, Ann Pille
of Lanark Village; his paternal
grandmother, Virginia Robertson
of Lynn, Mass.; three nephews; a
niece; aunts, uncles and a host
of friends.


Letter To The Editor


Sunday, February 10, 2002, St. George Island truly became a com-
munity at a memorial service held for Robert Robertson at the First
Baptist Church, St. George Island.:
The clergy was there to offer consolation and prayers of hope. "No
man is an island," we were reminded.
The community was there. They called Robert: "Friend." A friend who
called them by name and smiled as he met their needs.
His family was there. They called him, "Beloved."
His second family from the Marketplace was there. They called him a
beloved friend, dependable and trustworthy. They mourned the loss
of his potential.
His comrades-VFD and EMT-were there. They mourned the loss of
a friend-a dedicated, compassionate, caring member of their team-
a formidable foe in sports-one who loved sporting activities. They
stood ringing the filled pews of the church as we became a commu-
nity remembering Robert.


ment appropriations for Youth
Crime Watch in recent years.
These.appropriations have en-
abled the initiative to engage tens
of thousands ofyouth in 30 states
in youth-led crime prevention ef-
forts that include crime reporting,
patrols, youth mentoring, conflict
resolution, and school and com-
munity action projects, among
other activities. The appropria-
tions, which have been used
largely to expand the
school-based crime prevention
effort, have permitted administra-
tors to encourage student partici-
pation and promote safety aware-
ness activities.
In addition, Congressman Boyd
has initiated a prevention out-
reach program to schools in his
District, formed Coalitions United
to bridge the communications gap
between drug abuse prevention
efforts in North Florida, secured
funding to keep two 4-H camps
open, and obtained resources for
the Florida Campus Compact. He


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


NUMBER ONE KILLER OF WOMEN- Currently in the
United States one'of every two women dies of heart
disease or stroke. Alarmingly, a recent survey of women
conducted by the American Heart Association reported that
only eight percent of American women considered heart
disease and stroke as their greatest health threats. Many
women, especially younger women still believe that cancer
is their number one health threat. However, statistics
show that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer
of women over the age of 25 both in the United States and
in Florida. For more information contact the American
Heart Association at 1-800-AHA-USA1.



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Join us as we praise and
worship the living Christ!

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

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The Franklin County Public Li-
brary Advisory Board will hold
their regular monthly meeting on
Monday, February 18th at 5:30
p.m., in the Eastpoint Branch of
the Library on Island Drive. The
public is welcome to attend.
Talking Books for the vision im-
paired will be available at the new
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County Public Library. Call
Carolyn Sparks at 697-2366 for
more information.
Frog Family Learning
Programs
New GED 2002 classes are being
offered through the FROG Fam-
ily Learning Programs at the
Carrabelle and Eastpoint
Branches of the Franklin County
Public Library and at the Library's
Program Center in the New Life
Center in Apalachicola. For more
information and scheduling,
please call Marlene Moore at
670-4423. The new GED 2002
books are now available at
Franklin County Public Library.
Basic .Get-Acquainted-With-A-
Computer workshops are being
scheduled at the Carrabelle and
Eastpoint Branches of the Library
and at the Program Center in
Apalachicola. There is no charge
for these or any other library
projects, but space is limited at
these sessions. Please call FROG
Family Learning Coordinator,
Marlene Moore at 670-4423 to
register. The FROG programs are
funded by a Governor's Family
Literacy Initiative for Florida
Grant, an LSTA and Florida Li-
brary Literacy Grant and a spe-


cial mini-grant from the Devereux
Kids/Department of Children &
Families.
Pre-School Story Hour is starting
up again at the Franklin County
Public Library. These special par-
times are held in the Carrabelle
Branch at 10:30 a.m. on the 1st
and 3rd Saturdays of each month.
On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays
Pre-Sjhool Story Hour begins at
10:30 a.m. in the Eastpoint
Branch and at 10:00 a.m. in the
Program Center in Apalachicola.
For more information, call
670-4423, 697-2091, or
653-2784.

Library Youth Programs
Special February Field Trips to
Tallahassee's Seven Days of
Opening Nights are planned for
participants in the Library's
WINGS and TIGERS youth pro-
grams. Students will be attend-
ing the Ronald K. Brown Dance
Company performance on Friday,
February 15th, Saturday Matinee
of the Arts on Saturday, Febru-
ary 23rd, and the special filming
of "Gettysburg" on Sunday, Feb-
ruary 24th. WINGS participants
and their parents will travel to the
Ruby Diamond Auditorium on
Saturday, February 16th for the
theatre performance 6f
Shakespeare's "The Tempest."
The popular award winning eight
year WINGS .youth program is
funded by a Juvenile Justice
Community Partnership grant
and the enhancement project TI-
GERS (Teens In Gear Enjoy Real-
ize Succeed) is funded by a grant
from the Gulf Coast Workforce
Board.


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The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


22 Fehr11rv2002 Page 5


By Tom Campbell
Original works of fifteen Franklin
County authors were presented at
the Dixie Theatre last week, as a
benefit for the theatre. Approxi-
mately seventy people attended
the evening of readings and more
than $200 was raised to benefit
Dixie Theatre Foundation.


Original Works Of


Fifteen Franklin


Panhandle Poets
And Writers Next
Meet February 27


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In panoramic photo, Franklin County Writers from left: Kathleen Heveran, actor
Randy Thompson, Dawn Evans Radford, actor Royce Rolstat III, Carolyn Hatcher,
Tom Campbell, Jean R. Paige, Rene Topping (at podium), Louise Hejnosz (seated
behind Rene), Ann Cowles, Earl McKinley, Vilma Baragona and musician Marilyn
McCann.


Vilma Baragona of St. George Is-
land read "Swine Flu," a poem by
Nora Collins, also of St. George
Island. Baragona also read a
poem called "Life" by Lola Seager,
among other selections.
Jean R. Paige, a published poet,
read selections from her book
"Whispers From a Silver Bracelet."
Paige is from Carrabelle..
Selections were read also by
Kathleen Heveran of Lanark Vil-
lage, and Rene Topping and


Panhandle Players

Set Audition Dates
The Panhandle Players will hold
auditions' for two one act plays
from Neil Simon's Plaza Suite,
Monday, February 25. and
Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
at the Dixie Theatre in'
Apalachicola. Cast for the plays
include three female and three
male parts.
In addition Monday night will be
a general audition for anyone in-
terested in future performances
with the Panhandle Players. All
talents, including acting, singing,
dancing, playing musical instru-
ments will be considered. To au-
dition simply put together a three
to four minute presentation of
your choosing.


Carolyn Hatcher of Carrabelle.
Ann Cowles read a portion of a
novel she is writing, called "The
Oystermen."
Dawn Evans Radford read "Uncle
Jim," her prize-winning story.
In all 'there were 15 Franklin
County authors represented. The
program lasted a little over two
hours with one intermission.


Spirit Gift

Workshop

February 2 23

Responding to popular request,
the Rev. Patricia D. Brown will re-
turn to the area to present her
"SpiritWorks" seminar on Friday
and Saturday, February 22 and
23, at St. George Island United
Methodist Church. The workshop
will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday
and continue on Saturday begin-
ning at 9:30 a.m. The workbook
cost of $6.00 will include lun-
cheon on Saturday. Rev. Brown
will also participate in Sunday
morning services at the St. George
Island United Methodist Church
which- is located at 201 E. Gulf
Beach Drive on St. George Island.


Pianist At Dixie

Theatre

February 24th
Ragtimist Bob Milne, the top rag-
time/bodgie-woogie pianist in the
country, will present "The Ameri-
can Rag" Concert at the Dixie
Theatre in Apalachicola, FL, on:
Sunday, February 24, 2002 at
3:00 p.m. ' ' -'
Bob Mlne is a full-time lourInn
artists, appearing on concert
stages across the U.S. and
Canada. Last fall, Bob completed
another cross-country tour that
took him from Bbstonto the West
Coast and many points in be-
tween. After performing in Japan
in December 2000, Mr. Milne was
regaled as "First Honorary Musi-
cal Citizen" by his new fans in
Kanancho. In return, Mr. Milne
has made Kanancho his "honor-
ary hometown" in Japan.
Bob Milne delights the audience
with his piano-plying "pyrotech-
nics" and with his infectious en-
thusiasm for the music and the
history behind the music.
Ticket price is $10.00'in advance
and $12.00 at the door, with open
seating. Advance seats are avail-
able by calling the Box Office at
850-653-3200. Leave your name
and address on the answering
machine and then send a check
to the Theatre to be credited with
advance. reservations. The Box
Office will be open two hours be-
fore the performance. The Dixie
Theatre is located at 21 Avenue
E, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320.


The United Methodist Women's
organization of St. George Island
United Methodist Church will
host a one-day Christian retreat
for women on Saturday, March
9th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
A registration fee of $10.00 in-
cludes a continental breakfast
and lunch. Space is limited, so
reservations are necessary.
The keynote speaker will be Su-
san Habib from Tallahassee,
Florida, a guest preacher who has
led numerous seminars, work-
shops and retreats. In 1983 Su-
san worked with Afghan-refugees
in.Pakistan. and hiked along-the
RQad to China, bringing the.Go-s-
pel and medical supplies to people
who lived in hidden villages. She
was one of a few women who par-
ticipated in the First International
Conference for Itinerant Evange-
lists, sponsored by the Billy Gra-
ham Association in Amsterdam,
and has spoken at various con-
ferences both internationally as
well as flationally in the areas of
missions and evangelization.
Susan has a degree from Syra-
cuse University in Marketing
Management and has worked as
a management research execu-
tive. She attended Gordon-
Conwell Theological Seminary in
Massachusetts and Regent Col-
lege in Vancouver, BC. Susan cur-
rently works for the United Meth-
odist Church District Office in
Tallahassee.
Reservation forms and informa-
tion can be obtained by calling
Lana Heady (850-927-3337) or
you may mail your check for
$10.00 to:
St. George Island United
Methodist Church
201 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328
Attn: Marsha Smith, Women's
Retreat Cood.


NEW GED 2002..

NEW BEGINNING

Class requirements of 20 hours (6 classes) + 2
hours to complete GED Preparation and Pre Test
with the FRANKLIN ADULT CENTERS or
complete a GED Program Preparation at the
Franklin County Literacy Program or Franklin
Library.

ENROLL TODAY

* Brown Elementary 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday

* Carrabelle High 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday

* Apalachicola Willie Speed Vocational Building
Every Day 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The students who will be testing with us will be
those who have covered new materials, such as
life skills, and trained on the electronic
calculators required for the new math.

Contact Nan Collins 653-8831 Ext. 107 for
information.

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Richard Bickel

Photographs On

Exhibit At The

Governor's Gallery
Secretary of State Katherine Har-
ris announced an exhibition of
black and white photographs by
Apalachicola artist, Richard
Bickel entitled, "The Last Great
Bay." The exhibition, on display
in the Governor's Gallery from
February- 2,0,-through Mla\ 18,
2002., ,is part- .qf.the Florida -De-
partment qf, State, Division,of
Cultural Affairs' Capitol Complex
Exhibition Program.
Photojournalist Richard Bickel
has created a powerful series of
works devoted to Apalachicola
Bay and the fisherman that in-
habit these waters. The artist de-
scribes his subject as "one of
Florida's last working waterfronts,
a place of wooden boats, rickety
wharves and hard hand labor
where men take a wage from the
Bay and Gulf as their fathers and
grandfathers did, and those be-
fore." Deeply threatened by devel-
opment and pollution, the future
of the bay and its watermen is
somewhat uncertain. In docu-
menting this subject through pho-
tography, the artist-hopes to raise
the public's awareness of the is-
sues that confront this Florida
community.
Richard Bickel's extensive career
as a photographer has earned him
numerous awards including a
Golden Quill for Photography and
a New York Art Directors Club
Award. His works have appeared
in The New York Times Magazine,
Travel and Leisure, The Los An-
geles Times Magazine and Is-
lands, and have also been in-
cluded in several group exhibi-
tions. Bickel resides in
Apalachicola where he is-cur-
rently working on a book entitled,
Apalachicola: Florida's Last Great
Bay.
The Governor's Gallery at the
Florida Capitol is not open to the
general public. Limited access is
available by invitation of the
Governor's Office only. For further
information, contact Sandy
Shaughnessy at the Division of
Cultural Affairs at 850/487-2980,
Ext. 118.


When the 2002-03 Florida hunt-
ing season opens next fall, the
public will see a reduction in pub-
lic hunting lands in the pan-
handle.
In a letter dated Feb. 6, St. Joe
Timberland Co. President Clay
Smallwood notified the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) that the com-
pany was removing its lands from
both Moore's Pasture and Point
Washington wildlife management
areas (WMAs) after the close of the
March 16 April. 21 Northwest
Region spring turkey season.
St. Joe lands in the two areas to-
tal more- than 69,000 acres,
mostly'in Bay County. '
Currently, the' Point Washington
WMA covers 55,245 acres in Bay,
Walton and Washington counties.
With the removal of the St. Joe
lands, Point Washington WMA
(state forest) will decrease to ap-
proximately 14,000 acres. The
area of Point Washington now
known as Pine Log State Forest
will become the Pine Log WMA.
"The reason these areas are be-
ing removed has to do with devel-
opment plans and the uncertainty
abbut the future of these areas,"
said Steve Shea, St. Joe Timber-
land Co. wildlife biologist. "Real
estate developments, under re-
view or on the drawing board, in-
clude a 4,000acre regional air-
port, business. park and upscale
waterfront development on West
Bay."
The St. Joe company still leases
approximately 150,000 acres, or
20 percent of its land holdings,
to the FWC for public hunting.
These areas include Ed Ball WMA
in Gulf County; Robert Brent
WMA in Gadsden and Liberty
counties; Flint Rock WMA in
Jefferson County; and a portion
of Aucilla WMA in Jefferson
County. The St. Joe company re-
mains one of the largest private
landowners leasing property to
the state for public hunting. Even
after current removals, St. Joe
leases three times more land for
public hunting than any other
landowner in north Florida.


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The Franklin Chronicle


EDITORIAL


AND


COMMENTARY


Specter Of Vibrio Vulnificus Pervades Programs


ent in a pastoral camaraderie;
namely united prayer, fellowship
and Christian service to our com-
munities. The coalition invited
pastors throughout the county to
attend the second official meet-
ing to be held on Thursday, Feb-
ruary 14, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at
the First Baptist Church in
Apalachicola, 46 Ninth Street. The
meeting began with a time of
prayer in the church sanctuary,
followed by lunch and a business
meeting in the church fellowship
hall.


Oyster Initiatives Meeting Held From Te Division Of

In Apalachicola Aquaculture


A Report And Commentary
By Tom W. Hoffer
Representatives of the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Division of Aquaculture met with
fewer than 20 seafood industry
owners and fisherpersons at the
Franklin County Courthouse on
Friday, February 8, 2002, "to lis-
ten" and discuss various initia-
tives the oyster industry could
undertake to finance their indus-
try and cope with various issues
confronting the industry.
From a marketing standpoint, the
Department representatives per-
ceived three issues facing the oys-
ter industry. (1) The need for fi-
nancial resources to implement
post harvest treatment; (2) In-
creased education to consumers
who want to eat non-treated raw
oysters; and (3) The development
of a market plan for post harvest
treated oysters.
For financial resources to imple-
ment post harvest treatment, fish-
ermen were recommended to con-
tact Albert Starr, 850-922-1883,
at the Department of Community
Affairs.
With regard to more consumer
education to the food service in-
dustry on the benefits of post har-
vest treated oysters, the Bureau
of Seafood and Aquaculture Mar-
keting outlined their campaign
plans to include trade show par-
ticipation, focus groups, develop-.
ment and printing of consumer
education materials and the de-
velopment of a website.
Paul Balthrop outlined the third
perception, the need to develop a
market for post harvest treated
oysters by developing a new prod-
uct with its own identity, name
and sauces instead of trying to
compare product to fresh, raw
oysters. Other methods were dis-
cussed includingthe development
of packaging for "white tablecloth"
restaurants and "party pack"
packaging.
The discussions eventually ar-
rived at the ISSC stimulated regu-
latory, recommendations, aided
and abetted by the Food and Drug
Administration with policies de-
signed to increase awareness of
vibrio vulnificus for the raw oys-
ter-consuming public, and those
most vulnerable to health prob-
lems. The oyster industry in the
three states most involved with
these regulatory recommenda-
tions, Texas, Louisiana and
Florida, will be required to change
their harvest and processing con-
ditions so as to reduce substan-
tially the numbers of deaths re-
corded from vibrio vulnificus in-
fections within the next few years.
This specific target focus has been
a bone of contention between
regulators and the outspoken
participants in the oyster indus-
try since the proposals were first
advanced, and particularly within
the Florida Department of Agri-
culture. These problems precipi-
tated last year when Sherman
Wilhelm of the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture did not per-
mit two elected Franklin County
Commissioners to address an
ISSC national meeting on the is-
sue, and many oyster industry
persons from Franklin com-
plained loudly against the
Department's Wilhelm. Moreover,


many continue to raise the ques-
tion about the lack of Federal and
regional regulation of toxic. sub-
stances such as cigarettes which
have a death rate attributed to
them hundreds of times greater
than vibrio vulnificus.
When Secretary Bronson ad-
dressed Franklin County fisher-
men in August 2001, he said
some investigation of that point
would be carried out, but thus far,
the dichotomy in policy and regu-
lation has continued with the oys-
ter industry being singled out as
to blame for vibrio deaths. In a
related issue, some oystermen
pointed out to David Heil from the
Division of Aquaculture that the
industry could hardly be respon-
sible for product handling from
the time it left industry control to
the time the product was stored
and sold by retailers. Heil said
some research on that time pe-
riod was being considered in the
future but he offered no current
data. Bad inventory maintenance
of oyster product has not been
adequately investigated thus far
in the field of recommended regu-
latory steps being promoted by
the Department in Florida. These
issues were openly discussed at
last year's meeting with Secretary
Bronson apparently without any
formal action on them being taken
since that meeting.
Several information sheets were
distributed from the office of Rep-
resentative Will Kendrick listing
sources of financial assistance.
Copies may be obtained by call-
ing 850-488-7870, his office in
Tallahassee. These include: Ma-
rine Fisheries Initiative (MARFIN),
Rural Business Enterprise
Grants; SBA Small and Disadvan-
taged Business Program; Busi-
ness and Industry Guaranteed
Loan Program; Local Organiza-
tions and Businesses; Entrepre-
neurship Education; Business
Analysis and Support and the
Economic Adjustment (Title IX)
Program and Fisheries Finance
Program (FFP).


Ministerial

Coalition

Organized

The Franklin County Ministerial
.Coalition, an organization for ac-
tive and retired pastors, an-
nounces its formal organization.
This county-wide coalition of
clergy was organized out of prayer
meetings for pastors held at the
First Baptist Church in
Apalachicola. Recognizing. the
benefits of uniting together, the
clergy formally organized on
January 10, 2002 electing as its
executive team: Pastor Mike
Whaley of First Baptist Church of
St. George Island, President; Pas-
tor Carl Bailey of Friendship Bap-
tist, Apalachicola, Vice President;
Pastor Bill Plazarin of First Bap-
tist Church ofApalachicola, Trea-
surer; and Pastor James Trainer
of St. George Island United Meth-
odist Church, Secretary.
While the official purpose state-
ment of the coalition is in the de-
velopment stage, the group of
clergy intend for their organiza-
tion to reap the blessings inher-


Certification

Continues To

Grow

Any person engaging in aquacul-
ture in Florida must be certified
by the Department. The Aquac-
ulture Certification program,
which began in November of
1996, enables aquaculturists to
identify their products as an ag-
ricultural commodity making
them eligible for the rights, privi-
leges and regulations of any other
agricultural commodity. The bar
graph shows the increase in cer-
tifications through the years. At
the close of 2001 the Department
certified 957 facilities.
A staff of four.field inspectors con-
duct compliance visits on farms
to ensure that all appropriate Best
Management Practices are in use
on the farm. These visits are used
to ensure compliance with Aquac-
ulture Best Management Prac-
tices. The compliance rate to date
has been over 99 percent. The 617
aquaculture.leases on submerged
lands are inspected by the Divi-
sion to ensure compliance with
their lease conditions.
For more information on the Cer-
tification Program, contact Kal
Knickerbocker, 850-488.4033 or
knickek@doacs. state.fl.us.


Time For

Prescribed

Burns At Bald

Point State Park

By Rene Topping
Bald Point State Park Ranger
Bonnie Allen was the lead off
speaker of the trio of Allen, Alan
Pierce, County Planner and David
(Dave) McClain, Director of The
River Keepers, (ABARK).
Allen, said .she was.warning the:
residents that the weather is just
right for prescribed burnings on
1,300 acres of Bald Point State
Park and she had brought along
maps showing where the burns
will be undertaken.
The prescribed burns are done in
a way to mimic, if possible, the
natural fire regime that has been
nature's way of restoring native
grasses and permits more wild-
flowers to grow.
She said as a neighbor of Bald
Park State park residents will
benefit it. 1. The heavy build up
of fuel will be removed, thus elimi-
nating the possibility of a destruc-
tive wildfire that could damage
your property. 2. Scenic vistas
across the pine lands'will be re-
stored by removal of the under-
brush. 3. Wildflowers, birds and
wildlife will increase in abun-
dance.
She added park would distribute
a flier to let visitors know what
they are doing and why.
Allen then went on to projects and
said that a residence is nearly
complete and then she will move
in. The bids are out for the Sun-
rise beach access and picnic area


and a kiosk along with water.
There will not be a public
restroom there. She said that
there will probably be a person in
a motor home and will stay over-
nights. She said that unfortu-
nately they have had car break-
ins.
At the North End there will be 19
parking spots. There will be a
portalet but no water. You will be
able to launch your canoe or
kayak there. You will have a 6'
platform for birding looking out
ever the marsh land.
She thanked Jack Dozier and
John who have put in 72 hours
of volunteering, doing such things
as monitoring an alligator, trying
to determine if there is a snowy
plover, looking for sea turtle nests.
Bob Burnett is working up a bro-
chure. There is a trail around
Double Loop Pond.
There will be a celebration of
Earth Day, April 22 with
Children's programs, planting of
Sea oats and build sand fences.
She said that they have discov-
ered a giant Indian Mound, a
cattle vat from the 1920's, found.
one dip net. She said that there
will be good programs for the chil-
dren. How to use a cast net, bird
watching, adopt a beach, and
slide programs,
She thanked those residents who
had given so freely of their volun-
teer time spent in behalf of the
park.



Good Crowd At

February

Carrabelle City

Meeting

SBy Rene Topping
There was an overflow crowd at
the February 7 meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission
meeting held at the Franklin
County Senior Center. Four Com-
missioners Mayor Wilbur Curley
Messer, Commissioners Frank
Mathes, Raymond Williams and
Dr. Edward Saunders were
present. Commissioner Phillip
Rankin was absent.
What had been a very long agenda
was swiftly cut down as some
items were dispatched in seconds
while others were either tabled to
a special meeting .to be held on
the week starting February'18.
The actual date will be announced
later.
On approval of the bills; The City
Attorney had a pay request for
S$1,350. Baskerville and Donovanm
(BDI) had December invoices for
: the sanitary sewer system in the
amui6nt of'$15,3'8.57. Roy l
American Construction Co. had
pay request $570,688. Roumelis
Planning and Development Pay-
ment Request number one for
$2400. and Sign De-sign'"Resume
Speed" sign $150.
On a first reading of an ordinance
for rezoning and changing the
land use of a parcel located in
Section 19, Township 7 South,
Range 4 West, situated on the
East and West of Sandy Road and
South of River Road. The owner
is asking for a zoning change on
seven acres from R 5 limited resi-
dential to C 1, mixed use commer-
cial. The church will build a fam-
ily center. The final reading will
be held at a public meeting on
March 7, at 7 p.m.
There were two approvals on com-
mercial ventures. One was ap-
proval for Don Davis to rent out
Space in his building at 1617 West.
Highway for a Moose Lodge.
The second one was for Mike Free-
Sman to build a fruit and vegetable
stand a pole barn lots 1, 2, and
.3, Block 38 (27) Kelleys Plat, He


was approved for that site. He
then asked If he could move the
business to a piece of ground that
'he is trying to get a contract on
nearer to the town. He was asked
if it would be same plan and he
said "Yes." The commissioners will
hear it again at the next meeting.
Item number I in unfinished busi-
ness for a Joint Project Agreement
with the State of Florida, Depart-
ment of Transportation (DOT) for
the Carrabelle Sidewalk CTST
Safety Project Contract number
AL386. This project is being paid
from a $181,000 grant. The agree-
ment was approved unanimously
Item 2 was the final plat plan for
Mr. and Mrs. James Spencer
building a home on Block "A" Lot
22 of Baywood Estates. It was
approved unanimously. City At-
torney Doug Gaidry said, "About
time. We have put these poor
people through too many hoops."
The commissioners approved a
request by Otis Lazio, agent for
the owner, Troy Hodges to build
a private dock and a sea wall on
lot 1. Bayou Harbor.
There was a ripple of approval
from the audience on naming the
Kiddie park at 7th Street and Av-
enue "C" to be named "Classie
Lowery Park," be a dedication to
Classic Lowery's memory at the
park on May 11,2002. This lady
was well known for her kindness,
her care for children, and as one
person said, "We all ate some of
her good cooking." The Sea Oats
Garden Club have done plantings
at that park.
BDI was approved to do engineer-
ing services on the Downtown
Streetscape, Phase 2.
The commissioners approved the
Seat Oats Garden Club to land-
scape the park at the cast en-
trance to Carrabelle and also to
be in charge of naming the park.
Approval of the lease between the
City of Carrabelle and SBA on a
communications tower at the
sewer plant. Gaidry was approved
to send out the lease for SBA's
approval.
The City of Carrabelle and the
Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
agreed on a Concession Agree-
ment after Barbara Revell, presi
dent of the CLA, tweaked some ol
the phrases and arrived at an
amiable agreement with the city.
The commissioners gave approval
to the lease agreement between
the City of Carrabelle and First
Baptist Association.


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The commissioners approved a
Utility Work Agreement between
the City of Carrabelle and the
Florida Department of Transpor-
tation (FDOT ) for locating three
water lines on the west side of the
Tillie Miller Bridge. Water and
Supervisor Keith Mock will go
with FDOT employees and show
them where they cross the road
between the bridge and beach.
This will insure the city if a line
gets broken.
A request from Bob Caldwell and
Clifford Barton to change the zon-
ing of lots 3-10 of Block 192 (9)
located (9) Keough's Second Ad-
dition to the City Of Carrabelle
was tabled to the March 7 meet-
ing.
A request by the Carrabelle Vol-
unteer Fire Department to loan St
James/Lanark Fire Department
$1,000 from the MSBU funds.
(The Carrabelle firemen had voted
to grant this loan, contingent
upon the City Commissioners
.approval.)
The commissioners said that they
could not afford to do this and
voted unanimously to say "no".
They also voted to.put a 1995
Crown Victoria car up to sell at
auction instead of the other op-
tion to donate the vehicle to
Lanark/St. James Volunteer Fire
Department.
Lanark/St. James Fire Chief Bud
Evans said, "Our department
have answered over 300 calls in
the last year to fires and emer-
gency help from their first re-
sponders." He said he thanked the
Carrabelle Department for their
action but he said it felt as if the
commissioners had given him a
slap in the face. He added that he
would.not be answering calls for
help from Carrabelle.
The next regular meeting of the
City Commissioners will be at 7
p.m. on March 7th, at the
Franklin County Senior Center.












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forced to aMg ro ifg paW (xtn'fi"
road."'
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to get ffu would ed ai Wel Aii a Ofairtes'
Mr. Custag ii4]h tl iL eias
who has the &gn(tSet tt k i me te
houses tteat ae ~@isi d,, had
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went on toyrs,, 1". M lftli lcke
wants to se 1W p1 & asJ a nd lanldl
but the foksat IFMA gtay i;.,
will not pay for fya ltt i."'
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G om ez ',h. '.; .,.- '- i v ,-' ...' . f '-'
end of the ca, ground it reay
to sell his house and take t e
money. One resident said -tet
is still p.r i;. 'lC 'i ..r lfJgsI
from tih- .,r:r i''r-."- h. ,.: tid e=I-
taken down.
Some of the homes that are ated
to be taken down haLvewa @we
who are not satisfied with thea
appraisals and then the home
have to be demolished.
Pierce said ih-ai 1.!:._Lbehe catn ;-,
$81,000 and he can use that on
demolition, They will have to put
rocks in the hole that will be left
when My Blue Heaven is demol-
ished. There Is no money to come
from the state to -Irnu.ili.ib
Pierce sad that it might be pos
sible to buy the 100 feet or so
lacking to make an evacuation
m route. That would Join the land
that would have to be bought at
east end estate and make that
into a park.,
Dick Waters said, "Do you '-1lr-v e
it is the best solution?" Pierce said
emphatically, "Yes," The county
owns a road going through the
middle of the campground t il
the uxcl.i.iOr!n of about 100 feet
and it has always been opened up
by the park owner in times of
hurricanes. At other times it is
fenced in,
Pierce said that Net Grota se-ms
to have become a lost cause, The
two enagieering fJirms made
POftmiies theory cM ll~ldnitt Ahmile-..
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i--i'i i .1J tl.j ;Lraders there go
li,: llIl ,.I ilr n 'ir, r.;.r 110 high school.
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taitr to mitkddidle sch.ol.' said Greg

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. }-II 1.2 I"ol with a divider
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school from elementary. With
middle school-age kids mingling

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doed now t i- pretty much
itte S ;- '5 'i I li Ii -l A-r
are put .' J! r1.4l .-L, .1r- .
Board Chairman Jimmy Gander
suggested that Superintendent
Gander and C-r si.r Principal
O'GradJ i- .: rtotheboard,
"See if i t ;-;i tlr said Chair-
man Gander, 'and let's put this
on the agenda for the next meet-
ing,"
Commission member David
Hinton suggested that parents
attend advi fry committee meet-
inf to form a plan, "and the
b.1:1,1 i has to approve it." Member
Katie MKnght objected t tothe
Idea that the board would be re-
quired to go along with commit-

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said the board has land up High-
way 65 thatB mighttbe considered.
Atty. Sanders remindd the board
that the buildingisminthehistoric
district. Chapman School also
uses the auditorium of the build-
Ing,
In other business, the board ap-
proved travel requests for
Apalachicola High School teacher
Polly Edmisto toaccompany stu-
dents to a Junior Science, Engi-
neering and Humanities sympo-
sium and for Principal Denise
Butler and M. Reynolds to accom-
panyApalachicola High seniors to
Walt Disney Grad Nite May 3. A
resolution was approved to pro-
vide flexibility for categorical rev-
enue to St. Cyr; grants proposals;
plans for interim reports of ad-
equate progress for school im-
provement plans; list of substi-
tutes; a request to advertise for
paraprofessional for student with
disabilities; student transfers;
Franklin County Adult Day
School; Franklin Alumni Review
form; and School Board scholar-
ship.

Apalachicola early on the morn-
ing of February 6. Much of the
$79,200 structure off State Road
65 was destroyed and will have
to be replaced. Billy Sermons, the
FWC's regional wildlife biologist,
said the boardwalk, tower and
canoe/kayak launch were built
with Conservation and Recreation
Land (CARL) monies on the 5,000
acre tract as part of a broad ini-
tiative to encourage nature-based
recreation. The Sand Beach tract
is considered part of the
Apalachicola River Wildlife and
Environmental Area.
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Adoption


CALIFORNIA COUPLE PROMISES baby secure future. Lov-
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Auctions

AUCTION-EVERGLADES City, Florida. March 23rd. Club
Everglades, a residential land condominium. 24 waterfront build-
ing sites, 12 selling absolute. J.P. King Auction Company, Inc.
#AB0001199. (800)558-5464.
GIGANTIC 3 DAY Auction-February 28. March 1-2, 2002.
Montgomery. AL "9:00 am. Single, tandem, tri-axle dumps,
truck tractors, cowboys, crawler loaders, tractors,excavators,
motor graders & scrapers, backhoes, rubber tired loaders,
forklifts, paving, skidders, feller bunchers, log loaders, farm
equipment. J.M. Wood Auction Co., Inc. (334)264-3265.
Bryant Wood AL LIC # 1137.

AUCTION-HOMES & LOTS TO BE SOLD throughout
Florida in March. Neal Vanderee Auctioneers. (941)488-
1500. www.vanderee,com Lic.ReBroker:

Business Opportunities

M & M MARS ROUTE 53,000/mo. (proven) 20 local vending
sites, no competition, 6 hrs/mo. S 10,500 cash required. (800)268-
6601 (24 hrs.) AIN#99-007

ALL CASH CANDY ROUTE. Do you earn S800 in a day? Your
own local candy route. 30 Machines and Candy. All for $9,995.
Call (800)998-VEND. AIN#2000-033.

DYNAMO. OPERATE your own business as a distributor of a
unique outdoor commercial playground equipment product new
to the American market with a 20% to 25% manufacturer Dis-
count. Must be energetic and enthusiastic. Send resume: email
richard.martin20@sympatico or fax: (613)833-9990
www.dynamosports.com

Bank Drafting S2K/mo M-F 30/hr. week Call (800)595-1165.

OWN A DOLLAR STORE. (800)227-5314.
www.dollardiscount.com

HEAVENS BEST CARPET& Upholstery cleaning,Nation's
#1 Franchise. Exc. income oppty, equipment, training, pro-
tected territories & supplies. S15.9K. Some financing avail-
able (800)568-3605.
Computers For Sale

NEED A COMPUTER BUT NO CASH? You're approved.
Financing Guaranteed! No cash needed today! Bad Credit okay!
No credit check-no credit turndowns! (800)947-7988. www.pc-
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Education

FLORIDA TEACHER JOB FAIR SPRING 2002-Discover the
attraction ofOsceola School District. March 25,2002-8:00 a.m.,
Kissimmee Middle School, 2410 Dyer Blvd. Kissimmee, FI
34741. Must register to attend- Free admission. To register.
e'n .ta. ie kl.2 1 uscir(4071870-41O0u Opponrunrei include
El._cic,-al Educinicii L aLru e Aru. Mllin., Silanie S.iil
Et jci....-& cC- i-, a3reL:

Financial

*SSBEST LUMPSUM CASH 5495.00 bonus! Not a loan! Cash
for your Lottery payments, Structured Insurance Settlements,
Jackpots, Annuities, Sweepstakes Prizes, Insurance payouts.
(800)981-5969 www.ppicash.com


Financial

SSCASHSS ImmediateCash for structured settlements, annuities.
real estate, notes, private mortgage notes, accident cases, and
insurance payouts. (800)794-7310.


For Sale


DIRECTV SYSTEM FREE- W/installation kit! Pay.S14.95 S/H.
18" Dish. 3 months free HBO, Cinemax with 12 month commit-
ment of Total Choice programming. Details: call (800)859-0440.
www.RONSTV.com

SAWMILL S3895. NEWSUPER LUMBERMATE 2000. Larger
capacities, more options. Manufacturer of sawmills, edge's and
skidders. Norwood Sawmills. 252 Sonwil Drive, Buffalo, NY
14225. (800)578-1363 ext.300-N

DIRECTV SYSTEM FREE- W/installation kitl PayS 14.95 S/
H. 18" Dish. 3 months free HBO, Cinemax with 12 month
commitment of Total Choice programming. Details: call
(800)859-0440. www.I-LOVE-MY-FREE-DISH.com

AS LOW AS 1 cent/min. calling card, 7.9 cent/min. Mexico.
$S.00-520.00/each. M.O. or check & s.a.s.e.: E. Michener dis-
tributor, #243. 13799 Park Blvd. N., Seminole, FL 33776. Busi-
ness opportunity info. $14.95 includes card.


Health & Misc. For Sale


DIABETES? PAIN free testing. Get all your diabetic testing
supplies at little or no cost to you. Medicare, BCBS, GHI, etc.
Pharmacy Distributor Services (800)440-2417.

ALL NEW ELECTRIC. WHEELCHAIRS AND
POWERCHAIRS (scooter type) at "No cost to you if eligible."
Home delivered. Medicare accepted. Call 7 days, 9am-9pm
(800)869-0075.


Help Wanted

AVON. Entrepreneur wanted. Must be willing to work whenever
you want, be yourown boss, and enjoy unlimited earnings. Let's
talk (888)942-4053.

GOVERNMENT POSTAL JOBS. Up to $47,578. Now hiring.
Full benefits, training, and retirement. For application and info.
(800)337-9730 Dept. P-335. 8am-I lpm/7 days.

**ATTENTION**"Now hiring for 2002. Postal Jobs $13.21-
$24.50/hr. Full benefits/Paid Training/No experience nec. Ac-
cepting calls 7 days (888)490-9889 ext. 101.

DRIVERS Trainees needed! 250 jobs available! Earn S600-$800
perweek!Noexperience needed! 14 dayCDLtraining! (800)380-
0820.

PHLEBOTOMISTSAND MEDICALTECHNOLOGISTS. JOIN
THE TEAM! FT Tech position,6:30pm-05:00am. M- Th. Li-
cense and exp. ruined. FT Phlebotomy'posilioodays. Competi-
tive Salary. 401K/benefits. Madison County Hospital (850)973-
2271. Fax resume (850)973-2202.

JOIN OUR WEEKLY HIGH Earners Club $2,000-$5,500.
Weekly Goal Potential. Realistic $100,000-$150,000. Manage-
ment Opportunities await those who excel starting with 2-3 pre-
setq -life.dappls Did) A *ekIype.foranm cebasedjuarairee
ddar up Io $1000 i plus comm I I 12 eerks oacr 2? mllon
ir.mrer .iriqi;e: rdai Frequemlny hed l eI dekl aoaenereo-
iijtnaClIble3 T. PI,.i Mjlazjneij DtrecIl Mal Juir, e KergI
CI the Led B.,.;,e.:' Berieni a.-,alble t8s.litJ i.3la

ACT NOW!! Seriouspeople to work from any location. IK-7K+
per month. P/T & FIT. Call (888)207-9765.


BOW WOW BALL
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002
Harry A's Porch Club
St. George Island
7 PM 12 PM
$15/person or $25/couple donation
bonationi of -puppy or kitten food or supplies appreciated

The Georgian Motel in Carrabelle is sponsoring the live appearance.of T.
Scott Walker and Cruz Control direct from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Restaurant at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida. If you are a "Parrot
Head" you'll love this group,

Sponsored by FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY-
All proceeds go to the Spay & Neuter Fund


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 02/06/02 Invoice No. 7228

Description of Vehicle: Make Nissan/Datson Model PK Color White
TagNoCZ323Y ear 1983 state FL in No. JN6ND0253DW001278

To Owner: Michael Wade Barfield To Lien Holder:
391 Hummingbird Lane
Wewa, FL 32465


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


NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 03/07/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the" vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.

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


Help Wanted


Real Estate


EASY WORK! Great Payl Earn $500 plus a week. Mailing GOT A CAMPGROUND MEMBERSHIP or timeshare? Well
circulars & assembling products. Noexperience necessary. Call takeit! Selling, buyingor renting?Callthebest.Don'tusetherest!
toll free (800)267-3944, ext. 104, www.easywork-greatpay.com World Wide Vacations (800)423-5967. www.resortsales.com

MULTI MILLION dollar prefab housing company looking for SO DOWN HOMES Govt & Bank Foreclosures! HUD, VA,
local representative. Sales/Cost. Experience an assett! Details: FHA. No credit OK. For listings Now! (800)501-1777 ext 1699.
(888)755-2538.


COOL TRAVEL JOB. Entry level positions, 18+, no experience
necessary, 2 weeks paid training, transportation, lodging pro-
vided. $500 signing bonus to start. Toll Free (877)727-9856.


LAKE BARGAIN! 3+ ACRES $24,900. Free boat slip. Beauti-
fully wooded spectacular views, deeded access to 35,000 acre
recreational mountain lake inTennessee-near 18 hole golfcourse!
Paved roads, utilities, perked. Excellent financing. Call now
(800)704-3154, ext 277.


ATTENTION: Work from any location. Up to $500/monlh PT
$6500/month FT (888)240-1660 free info. NEW retirement home. 3 BR 2 BA, $89,900. Mild climate.
www.ToYourSuccess.net www.retireandlive.com


FRIENDLY TOYS AND GIFTS wishes to thank our customers,
hostesses, advisors for their record breaking 2001. Cash prizes,
trips. Join our Friendly Family. (800)488-4875

GOVERNMENT JOBS-146,000 Average Salary. Now Hiring.
Full benefits,Pension, job security, paid training. We guide you.
(800)261-0178 ext. 123.

BE YOUR OWN BOSS...Control hours! Increase income! Full
one-on-one training. Free information booklet. Call: (888)453.
6947 or visit website at: www.ultrahomebiz.com
AUTOMOTIVE MASTER TECH. Position open, excellent
compensation package. Import & Domestic Eastern Automo-
tive Service: Tallahassee, Florida. Ash for Chip or Scott
(850)224-7364.

ACT NOW! Work From Any Location. Earn S500-S 1500 P/T
- S3000-$8000 F/T.We'll train For Free Info Cgll 800-390-
1167 Or go to www.GalaxyProfits.com
DRIVER-TRUCK DRIVERS WANTED! TransForce is hir-
ingdrivers. CDL training available. Highly competitive wages
and benefits. Call (800)806-7859.

GROWING BUSINESS NEEDS HELP Work from any-
where. Mail-order/E.Commerce. $500+ week PT. $1000-
$4000/week FT. www.freedomdoor.com (888)515-7807.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY! Earn Excellent income processing
medical claims forlocaldoctors. Full trainingprovided. Computer
required. Physicians & Health Care Development. (800)772-
5933 ext. 4427.


WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS. Enjoy cool
NC Mountains and relax. Homes, cabins, acreage. Cherokee
Mountain Really Inc. 1285 W. US 64, Murphy, NC 28906. Call
for free brochure. (800)841-5868.
NEW LOG CABIN on 3 acres with free boat slip & private
lake access. Tennessee mountains. Near 18 hole golf course.
$69,900. Terms Call (800)704-3154 ext. 231.

SOUTHERN COLORADO MOUNTAIN RETREAT! 35
acres with well-S99,900. Pristine acreage near thousands of
acres of recreational land. Fabulous mountain views, fields,
trees. Near world-class flyfishing & rafting. Year round ac-
cess. Excellent financing. Call now (866)696-5263.


Schools/Instruction

MUSIC GOR YOUNG CHILDREN (TM)wants people who:
love teaching young children; have good piano skills. Innovative
Teaching techniques. Create own opportunity. Seminar informa-
tion available. (800)561-1692. www.myc.com

Steel Buildings

STEEL BUILDINGS AT BEST PRICES. 2002 New FL wind
codes at 2001 pricing. All sizes available! Example:
24x30x9=$5,278; 30x40x10=$6,379. United Structures.
(800)332-6430, www.usmb.com

TanningBeds/Misc for Sale


INCREASE YOUR INCOME! Controlyourhour. Full training. AFFORDABLE, CONVENIENT; WOLFF TANNING BEDS.
FREE booklet. www.dandyfreedom.com (888)229-6281. Low Monthly Investments. Home delivery. FREE Coior Catalog
Call TODAY (800)711-0158 www.np.etstan.com


Legal Services


DIVORCESI75.00* COVERS children, propertydivision, name
change, military, missing spouse, etc. Only one signature re-
quired. Excludes govt. fees, uncontested. Paperwork done for
you (800)522-6000 ext. 22. B. Divorced.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE Major Crimes. Professionals Accused,
White Collar, Rape, Manslaughter, Laundering. Confidential
Referrals for Professionals. A-A-A Attorney Referral Service.
(800)SEE-LEGAL, (800)733-5342 24hrs.
SERIOUSLY INJURED? Need a Lawyer? All accident and
negligenceclaims. Auto, Med.;Malpractice, Wrongful Death,
etc. A-A-A Attorney Referral Service. (800)733-LE-
GAL,(5342) 24hrs.


Vacation Rentals

LOW RATES ON FLORIDA BEACHFRONT Accommoda-
tions. Destin, Ft. Walton, Navarre, Beaches of South Walton &
West Panama City Beach. Free golf. www.destinresorts.com or
(800)336-9669.

Weddings/Personal

ROMANTICCANDLELIGHTWEDDINGS. OrdainedMin-
isters, Elegantly Decorated Full Service Chapel. Photos, vid-
eos, honeymoon cabins. Fourth night free. Gatlinburg. TN
(800)933-;74g4 v.r., iulgre ndrAedd.ng; comr e.mil
weddings@sugarlandweddings.com


Real Estate

WESTERN NC MOUNTAINS.Cool Mountain air, views &
streams.. Free brochure of Mountain Property Sales call
(800)642-5333,RealtyofMurphy,317 Peachtree St,Murphy,
NC 28906.


MARKS INSURANCE

AGENCY, INC.


WRITING:
Home, Auto, Life, Business, Marine, Bonds
and Other Lines of Insurance
See us for your insurance needs at:
61 Avenue E .
Apalachicola, Florida 32320
850-653-2161 800-586-1415







CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 02/11/02 Invoice No. 7242

Description of Vehicle: Make Geo Model Spectrum Color White
ag No B24XZC Year 1989 state TX vin No. J81RF217XK7542774

To Owner: "Louis I. Flores To Lien Holder:
8148 Little Creek Road
Mansfield, TX 76063


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
02/11/02 at the request of APD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 230.00 plus storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 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.


NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 03/21/02 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
charges.

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


The Chronicle is now s.a -rl-ii.i classified ads, up to 40 words each, for
$5.00 per ad. Please send your copy to: Franklin Chronicle. 2309 Old
Bainbridge Road. Tallahassee, FL 32303. by Monday on the week the
Chronicle is published. Type your ad, or print in block letters all the infor-
mation you desire in the ad. If the word and number count exceeds 40.
the cost will be an additional $5.00L Discount rates available. Please re-
member, the Chronicle is published twice .., r :.'.. with this issue carry-
ing the date of February 22, 2002. The next asue will be March 8. 2002.
Thus, ad copy, your check and your ',-'- '.!rE number must be received
by Tuesday. March 5. 2002. Please irl h' :- t.he category in which you
want your ad listed. Thanks.

DONATIONS NEEDED
Refuge House clients are in
need of the following in good
working condition: washer,
dryer, bunk beds and mat-
tresses, chest of drawers. If you
can provide any of the above,
please contact our office at 653-
3313. Thanks.
FOR SALE
5,815 sq. ft. commercial build-
ing with 7 storage units located
IT, on 215'x250' lot in the Lanark
Village Retirement Community.
S$238,000. Call 850-697-3395
,. (697-3183 nights/weekends).



LI


FOR SALE
Fostoria Glass, American Pat-
tern #2056, for eight persons,
clear. glass dishware housed in
cherry cabinet. Extensive set
priced at $2000. Must be seen
to be appreciated. Please ,call
850-385-4003 for appoint-
ment.


FOR SALE
Tea-cart of solid walnut with
fold out leaves and silverware
drawer, mounted on two wheels
and shelves made by Amana,
Iowa furniture makers. $375.
Please call 850-385-4003.


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 02/06/02 Invoice No. 7223

Description of Vehicle: Make Pontiac Model GrandAmColored
TagNoIY003C Year 1990 tate, FL Vin.No. IG2NE54UXLC263072

To Owner: Catherine Laye : To Lien Holder: Lowes Auto Sales.
299.1ILh Sueel .._ .. / .. ..,. PO Box 312
Apalachicola, FL 32320- ...' Lvnan Haven, FL 32444' '..


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
01/31/02 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.


NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78
You and each of you are hereby notified that on 03/07/02 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 447 HWY 98 EASTPOINT, FL From the proceeds will first be paid all
towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any excess
will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release of the
vehicle you must present personal identification. driver's license and PROOF
OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and pay the
charges.

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



CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE

Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 02/11/02 Invoice No. 7227
Description of Vehicle: Make Suzuki Model Sidekick olorBlack
Tag No U57AQG Year 1996 State FL vin No. 2S3TC02C4T6400605

To Owner: Christopher Dewight Rose II To Lien Holder: Apalachicola State Bank
301 Baywood Drive P.O Box 370
Carrabelle, FL 32322 Apalachicola, FL 32329


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was towed on
02/03/02 at the request of CPD that said vehicle is in its
possession at the address noted below. They the undersigned claim a lien for
towing, storage and cost, The vehicle will be sold after 35 days from the date of
impound free of prior liens. Payment by the above date of notice in the amount
$ 296.00 plus-storage charges occurring at the rate of $ 20.00 per
day from the date hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of
the lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.


NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 03/14/02 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
charges.
SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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FWC Rule Declared Unconstitutional from Page 1

hand thrown, and thus there are numerous such nets
with large mesh sizes that are lawful for use in Florida
waters. However inherent physical limitations of the plain-
tiffs and other members of their organizations who are
similarly situated and disadvantaged such as elderly,
handicapped or physically impaired women and men
make it impossible to use large, commercially viable, hand
thrown cast nets."
"(13) To allow such cast nets while denying larger mesh
size rectangular nets 500 square feet or less which are
not gill/entangling nets and which can be used in a com-
mercially viable manner denies equal protection and that
the actions of the Commission and its Division of Law
Enforcement have, in effect, created a total, absolute and
complete prohibition on marine net fishing as to those
incapable of using commercially viable hand thrown cast
nets, thus denying their means of livelihood constitu-
tionally guaranteed under due process."
Among the findings in this case by Judge Sauls, are the following:
"(5) The evidence presented before ... this Court, to-
gether with the technical publications submitted, ad-
ministrative order, administrative transcript, other
parts of the record and cases judicially noticed upon
the parties motions, clearly established that all nets
gill/entangle fish."
"Even the State has so admitted. Indeed, rather than giv-
ing the Amendment's language defining gill and entan-
gling nets its most literal interpretation which would have
prohibited all nets of any kind whatsoever thereby ren-
dering all the other language contained in the Amend-
ment to meaningless surplusage, the Commission con-
tinued its regulation of the fisheries of the State immedi-
ately after the Amendment without such interpretation.
Recognizing the differences in the various species of fish
and the varying particulars among them, the regulation
thereof historically has been species-specific.".
"(8) The evidence presented in the case at bar further
clearly established that a net cannot be defined and
classified by its design, mesh size, configuration and
construction alone. Its characterization and classifi-
cation also further depends on how it is used ... and
finally, and most importantly, by the resultant
catch..."
"(10) It is extremely difficult to grasp and fully under-
stand all of the many facets of the actual mechanics in-
volved in the construction, deployment and operation of
nets in commercial fishing. One need look no further than
the trial transcript herein. In reviewing it, it is confusing.
It is extremely difficult to understand what the witnesses
are attempting to explain and the terminology, based upon
custom, being used. For example, mesh size is commonly
and predominately referred to by its stretch size; i.e. the
length resulting from the stretching of 2 diagonal knots
of a square open mesh. Thus a square mesh in its open
state of one (1) inch across its top [or bar] is two (2) inches
when stretched. A 1-3/8 inch open square mesh has a
2-3/4 stretch size. Confusion of the witnesses by con-
fused counsel and the confusion of the record as to
other cases and the determinations therein is also
apparent. But,'as explained by the State's own expert,
the technical literature, and the other witnesses, a seine
net is an active fishing or encircling gear that acts as a
sieve; it is pulled actively through the water column. The
lead line of the seine lies on the bottom and it is pulled so
that the lead line does not rise up and the fish swim
underneath it. This is referred to as dragging the net,.
since it is dragged along and over the bottom. The gill/
entangling net, on the other hand, belongs to the class of
passive fishing or encircling gear; it is not pulled through
the water at all. At the time of capture the gill-entangling
net is stationary and the killing or entangling occurs as a
result of the fish swimming through or attempting to swim
through the net, especially if they become frightened in
some manner, as opposed to the net being pulled toward
the fish thro igh the water."'
the Judge agreed with the Plaintiffs that the evidence clearly
established that their proposed rectangular net of
non-monofilament 500 square foot net is neither a seine net nor
a gill/entangling net. As their net is only 2.25 feet in depth, if left
stationary in the water, the fish will simply go over or under it rather
than swimming into it to be gilled or entangled. The evidence also
established that 25% to 30% of the resultant catch might be gilled or
entangled. However, this is significantly different from at least 90%
up to almost 100% which occurred when gill or entangling nets were
used prior to prohibition. Again, it is simply too small, the Judge
reasoned.
"(14) As the plaintiffs have alleged and the evidence es-
tablishes, the subject net they propose-is not a gill/en-
tangling net nor is it a seine net. It is a hybrid net implic-
itly permitted by the language of the Constitutional
Amendment which specifically speaks of "seines and other
rectangular nets", as well as, "trawl nets and other bag
type nets" and "any other nets or combination type nets".
The definition of hybrid means something of mixed ori-
gin or composition; for example, a word whose elements
are derived from difference languages. Here the plain-
tiffs' netis something of mixed origin or composition and
derivation."
"(15) The opinions of the state experts that the sub-
ject net is a gill net is contradicted by the State's
own expert testimony."
The Sauls opinion reviewed the history of the Constitutional
Amendment, showing how the Amendment "drastically and dra-
matically" reduced the size of all nets in nearshore and inshore
Florida waters to a total of 500 square feet of mesh area. The
effect of the limitation was to reduce marine fishing nets by approxi-
mately 98% from the size of the netting that was typically employed
prior to the Amendment. This left fishermen with about 1.4% of what
they formerly fished with. The point he was outlining is that the
Amendment reduced the net size and catch by a substantial amount,
to about 97% of'what was used before the Amendment went-into
effect. Subsequent litigation and Supreme Court review had clearly
established that the Amendment was not to eliminate all net
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"(21) ... Commercial viability was a valid consider-
ation which was relevant in interpreting and constru-
ing the Amendment and its intendment..." in Dept.
of Environmental Protection v. Millender 666 So.2d,
882 (Fla. 1996).
"(21) In the case of trawl nets used in the shrimping fish-
ery, the. Florida Supreme Court in the case of Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection v. Millender, 666 So.2d,
882 (Fla. 1996), reviewed the trial court's interpretation
and construction of the Amendment. The Court expressly
recognized that commercial viability was a valid consid-
eration which was relevant in interpreting and constru-
ing the Amendment and its intendment. This was neces-
sary to harmonize and not render superfluous any of its
provisions thereby avoiding any construction leading to
an absurd or unreasonable result undermining the
Amendment's constitutionality. The State's construction
or interpretation of the Amendment in Millender would
have destroyed the commercial viability of the shrimping
net fishery and under, either constitutional strict scru-
tiny or rational basis analysis, the Amendment itself
would thus have been subject to being stricken,-as ap-
plied to the shrimp net fishery. The trial court's construc-
tion of the Amendment, which the Supreme Court agreed
with and adopted, avoided this."

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(Foreground) Walter Pine of the Center for Civil Rights
Advocacy and Jonas Porter.
"(22) The Florida Supreme Court ruling in Millender ex-
hibits that commercial viability was and is an important,
appropriate and relevant consideration in determining
how the Constitutional Amendment is to be interpreted.
So too is such consideration important, appropriate and
relevant herein; The evidence and record in this case also
clearly established that the interpretation and action of
the State through its rules would have the operation and
effect of completely eliminating any commercial viability
with respect to the commercial mullet fishery within which
the plaintiffs are engaged."
"(25) This process of reasoning and interpretation by
the Commission and administrative law judge over-
looks, first the great reductioxi in the size of all nets
to just 500 square feet which eliminated the future
ability to use any net, gill entangling, seine or other-
wise, as they were formerly used to achieve huge con-
centrated catches of fish, including mullet..."
"...secondly, the scope or magnitude of gilling/entangling
involving unwanted bycatch and other marine life was
also eliminated by the size reduction as to all nets; thirdly,
the type of gilling/entangling which formerly occurred
was the kind involving at least 90% of the fish, and usu-
ally almost 100% of them, being actually gilled/entangled;
and fourthly, the- 1997 legislative elimination of the use-- -
ofmonofilament greatly impacted the nondetectability of
netting and the deadly ability of monofilament to gill/
entangle. Fear of a return to the former practices and
the huge results thereof is a slender reed upon which to
lean to support the Commission's literal interpretation
and the administrative judge's adoption thereof. With the
final elimination of the use of monofilament by the legis-
lature, the only fear left was fear itself."
Finally, following a discussion oneonstrting Constitutional language,
the Judge concluded the following:
"...(33) The net at issue herein is clearly not a prohibited
net, and can not be considered a gill/entangling net in
accordance with the common and industry historical
understanding of what constituted a gill/entangling net
at the time of the Amendment. Any interpretation of the
Amendment language or any implementing Rule, or for
that matter any companion Rule, that has the effect and
operation of completely confiscating or taking the plain-
tiffs', and others similarly situated, constitutionally guar-
anteed rights to their means of earning a livelihood will
deny to them due process and the equalprotection of the
laws that is guaranteed to them under the Florida Con-
stitution and the Fourteenth Amendment to the United
States Constitution."
In reviewing a precedent case, Lane v. Chiles 698 So.2d 260 (Fla.
1997), Judge Sauls wrote:
"At this time, the factual situation, the conditions and
the interests or rights presented are significantly differ-
ent from those in Lane. With respect to these plaintiffs,
absent a reasonable interpretation of the provisions of
the Amendment, especially the definitional provisions,
those formerly constitutionally approved regulatory
means, in their application and through the subsequent
actions of the State in regard thereto, will operate not
only I discriminatorily, arbitrarily and oppressively but
will be totally unreasonable and confiscatory in violation
of their due process and equal protection rights..."
"...It is well settled that the right to a means of live-
lihood is a fundamental right and while it may be
subject to proper and reasonable exercise of govern-
mental power it may not lie completely taken away."
The Executive Director of the Southeastern Fisheries Association, Bob
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If yesterday's Circuit Court decision holds, and I pray it
will, you can take great pleasure knowing that you have
triumphed over those who support cultural genocide of
our people. The decision is powerful and well written.
Judge Sauls said it all on page 24, 40 paragraph where
he writes, "Finally, the sacrifice of fundamental rights
can never be justified or sanctioned merely to make it
more convenient or easier for the State to achieve a de-
sired end. The exercise of fundamental rights must be
without fear or oppression of arbitrary interpretation
and the hobnailed boot." (Emphasis added)
If the FWC is wise, it will accept the decision by Judge
Sauls. It should initiate discussions with you to develop
protocols for the use of this very small net, which main-
tains a sustainable mullet fishery and way of life.
The center, for civil rights advocacy stated in a press release,
"...Judge Sanders Saul entered an order in Wakulla
County that struck a blow for equal access to the natural
resources of Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FFWCC) is under federal investi-
gation for the failure to comply with the Americans with
Disabilities Act and violation of Floridians civil rights.
Under current FFWCC regulations persons with disabili-
ties are denied .equal access, opportunity, and benefit
from the resources. Fish houses serving the minority
communities have closed because the FFWCC has re-
fused to allow fishermen to use the equipment necessary
to harvest sufficient quantities low cost healthy and abun-
dant fish stocks historically consumed by the minority
consumer. The FFWCC has denied the residents of Florida
due process and equal protection under the law."
"...These statements and others significantly strengthen
the civil rights violations complaints residents have filed.
For the due process complaint the Judge proves the com-
plaint. There is obviously no doubt in this judge's mind
there are significant problems at the FFWCC."



Seek to Vacate Automatic Stay from Page 1

pletely confiscating or taking the plaintiffs' and other
similarly situated, constitutionally guaranteed rights
to their means of earning a livelihood will deny to
them due process and the equal protection of the
laws that is guaranteed to them under the Florida
Constitution and the Fourteenth Amendment to the
United Stated Constitution."
The motion added,
"14. Specifically, if the automatic stay is not vacated, fisher-
man fishing with the net in question will be arrested, searched
and have their property seized, even though it has been de-
clared legal and will be forced to continue to have their con-
stitutional rights violated, While any fisherman would have
the opportunity to defend themselves in a criminal action,
such a defense would be economically burdensome and cer-
tainly would not erase the emotional trauma that such ar-
rests cause. Further, pending the appellate court's decision,
the fisherman would not enjoy the benefit of this Court's dec-
laration that the net in question is lawful. Therefore, this
Court should exercise its discretion to vacate the stay in or-
der to prevent the criminal prosecution and possible adjudi-
cation of Individuals using a net already declared to be law-
ful, and to prevent the continued violation of the Plaintiffs'
and other fishermen's due process rights."




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Chronicle: Did you, have frequent meetings with all of the volun-
teers?
Mr. Goercke: No, we did not meet frequently. All of the members
from my training group were requiired to meet in Harare about twice
a year for in service training sessions. As the entire group dwindled
in size after May 2000, members from the different training groups
would be brought together for these twice-yearly meetings. Some of
these sessions were pretty good; some focused on coping strategies,
which helped volunteers deal with the stress of living abroad. The
female volunteers were subjected to a lot of verbal abuse in Zimbabwe's
male dominated society, so I think the sessions were especially help-
ful to them. Other sessions dealt with grant writing, identifying sec-
ondary.projects and working with the international donor commu-
nity.
Chronicle: Were the volunteers able to get together for social visits?
Mr. Goercke: If you worked in the same city, it was pretty easy to
arrange social outings. Unlike the rural areas, telephones were not a
rare commodity in the major cities. We'd usually call one another and
meet up every Friday at the Avondale Shopping Center to watch the
opening movie. I saw some of the worst movies of my life in that
country due to sheer boredom. I remember seeing a terrible movie
one blistering summer afternoon with a friend ... we knew it was
going to be a bad movie (remake of the Out Of Towners) but we also
knew that, the theatre was air conditioned so we spent our 50 zim
dollars to get out of the heat.
There were other things to do. Sometimes we'd go out bowling. I'm
not a drinker, but a fair number of volunteers spent their time in the
country's pubs. I'm pretty sure that some drank to dangerously ex-
cessive levels because they were unhappy with their assignments or
personal situations. That's another story altogether.
There were other special events such as the International Book Fair,
Art Exhibits and the International Film Festivals. These brought vol-
unteers together, also. One of my friends participated in a play. An-
other friend,sang in a church choir. Some others took French les-
sons. I spent a lot of my spare time volunteering at Chinyaradzo
Children's Home and studying for the Graduate Record Exam.
'Chronicle: What was tihe average volunteer age in your program?
' Mr. Goercke: I'd say about 24. 1 was the old man of the group. I
never really felt old until I joined the Peace Corps. I remember talking
about the1976 World Series with a volunteer from the New England
area. He stopped me in mid-sentence and said something like, "Hey,
man, I wasn't even born then."
Chronicle: Did you get the senior treatment?
Mr. Goercke: Not really ... age never seemed to be a barrier in devel-
oping some great friendships with the younger volunteers. As a third
year volunteer, I got the senior treatment\to some degree. Some of the
trainees would come to me for advice. I had a good deal of success
developing secondary projects, and some of the trainees would come
to me for ideas.
Actually, I was the same way as a trainee. I'd go to the third year
volunteers if I had questions. It can be pretty frightening being in a
third world country. Sometimes you just need assurance from some-
one who's been through the process.


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Chronicle: What were some of the difficult things about your volun-
teer service?
Mr. Goercke: Saw some very young children die. It was upsetting. I
plan to write about one of the children that some friends and I tried to
help. His name was Desire. (Because he had a great "desire" to live.)
Chronicle: Anything else?
Mr. Goercke: We lost a volunteer in the later part of 2001. She was
about 60 years old. She was murdered in her home. It really upset
many of the volunteers, One volunteer left the country shortly after-
wards. There are definite risks living in an economically devastated
country. You have to rid your mind of the notion that the Peace Corps
is just an adventure. People will hurt you in these countries just to
steal some fairly-inexpensive items. They arrested a secondary school
student in this crime. He stole her mobile telephone, radio and cam-
era. The kid used the stolen telephone after the murder and they
tracked him down a day later. Not the smartest criminal.
Chronicle: What did the country director do to keep the volunteers
safe?
Mr. Goercke: During our workshops, the country director would bring
in someone, from the embassy, to speak to us about safety and secu-
rity issues. She would also distribute a fortnightly newsletter to keep
us informed of security issues. If the matter were urgent, we'd be
contacted directly at work. When there were political demonstrations
in the city or something that might be dangerous to volunteers, we
would receive a directive from our Peace Corps supervisor.
Chronicle: Just how bad is Zimbabwe's economy?
Mr. Goercke: When I came to the country, the exchange rate was 33
Zimbabwe dollars to one U.S. doll. When I left, it was 350 Zimba-
bwe dollars to one U.S. dollar. During my time in that country, a
black market emerged. Every third person you met on the streets
Asked if you wanted to exchange U.S. dollars.
Chronicle: Did volunteers ever put themselves in danger of political
or criminal violence or things like AIDS?
-Mr. Goercke: Unfortunately, they did. Many put themselves in harm's
way by walking around the city alone or in small groups. This did not
make the country director happy. It must be devastating to a country
director to have a volunteer seriously hurt on his/her watch. Sure
they can't help butTeel some responsibility. It just makes no sense to
be out on the streets there late at night. Zimbabweans just assumed
that we were rich because we're from America. That's what happened
to the lady who was murdered. It could have easily happened to the
other volunteers.
In regard to volunteers exposing themselves to HIV-some did so. Some
people engaged in pretty risky behavior. When you're in a country
where one out of every three sexually active adults are HIV positive,
you just have to exercise some caution. A lot of the volunteers are
young. They don't think that anything will happen to them. That's a
dangerous mindset.
During training, the Peace Corps showed us a video about four HIV
*positive volunteers who served in different countries. It was haunt-
ing. These volunteers spoke about their relationships to host country
nationals and how they failed to protect themselves. I know that sev-
eral of the volunteers tated Zimbabweans. I hope they protected them-
selves. It's rumored that some volunteers even went to prostitutes,
which is nothing short of suicide. I imagine that 99 percent of the
prostitutes are infected with AIDS. The Peace Corps nurse told me
that at least one volunteer in my three years of service had gone
home HIV positive. I fear that more volunteers may have been af-
' fected.
Chronicle: Just how are the people of Zimbabwe dealing with this
epidemic?
Mr. Goercke: UNICEF predicts a zero percent growth rate in
Zimbabwe's population next year.: Do you understand what this
means? People are dying faster than the rate of reproduction. The
message is being sent out to the people about-this AIDS epidemic
through non-governmental and governmental organizations, but the
people are just not responding to the message. Their philosophy seems
to be, "I'm poor and I'm going to die poor. I'm not going to deny myself
the one thing that I truly enjoy." So they're dying poor and physically
ravaged. Families are being devastated. And the superstition of the
country and continent is claiming many of the innocents. In South
Africa, three or four men were arrested last year for; gaig raping an
infant; An infant! It's hard to remaifc ulturally sensitive w\\hen hear-
ing such things. Some things are just Trong. They believe Lhat hav-
ing sex with a virgin will cure AIDS, so they expose nine-month-old
infants to AIDS. How do you deal with that? It's absolutely disgusting
behavior and it unfortunately seems to repeat itself.
Chronicle: How did the Zimbabwean government respond to the Peace
Corps leaving its country?
Mr. Goercke: Hard to tell ... it's too busy terrorizing its own citizens
who dare to voice differing political opinions. I really can't say enough
about the culpability of Zimbabwe's ruling government in causing
mass suffering among its people. They blame all its woes on colonial
rule, which ended over twenty years ago. I don't argue that colonial
rule was oppressive and exploitative. However, the Zimbabwe govern-
ment never seems to take responsibility for its own failures ... such
as twenty years of corruption, misinformation and human rights
abuses.
Chronicle: Why do people join the Peace Corps?
_Mr. Goercke: Varies from person to person. I hate to say it, but some
people join because it's an inexpensive way to see the world. Some do
have humanitarian reasons. For me, I really felt it was nothing short
of a calling ... it was something I had to do ... but I wasn't absolutely
sure why I had to do it. Anyway, it's changed my life. It's helped me to
understand myself better. And it's helped me to understand other
people. When you deal with so much suffering it's bound to open
your eyes. I've discovered the things that are important in my life.
The petty problems just fade away. This was a draining experience. It
took a lot but of me ... but I'm a better person for the experience.
Chronicle: What's next for you?
Mr. Goercke: My impulse is to work in community development within
urban America. I'm not sure what sector at this point. I'm hoping
that graduate school will give me more focus in this regard..I also
have an interest in international development work, but I think I want
to start in-urban America and see what happens. That's my real call-
ing at this .point.

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President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, while allowing observers
into the country, has said he does not want monitors from six
European Union countries including Sweden and the United King-
dom. In early February, Former Swedish government minister
Pierre Schori flew into Zimbabwe for talks to stay, against the
wishes of Mugabe.
The European Union has warned Zimbabwe's government there
will be sanctions taken against it if the poll of the presidential
elections is found not to be free and fair. The arrival of observers
coincided with petrol bomb attacks on a provincial office of
Zimbabwe's only private daily newspaper and a company print-
ing'opposition election campaign material. The opposition is the
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). The MDC said that more
than 100 of its supporters had been killed during a violent two-year
campaign which began with the invasion of white-owned farms
in February 2000. Schori, who oversaw Zimbabwe's last parlia-
mentary elections in 2000, said he expected to carry out his work
despite Harare's objections. Mugabe has objected to other elec-
tion observers from Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Neth-
erlands. The elections are scheduled for early March 2002.


Apalachicola Water Rates from Page 1


tomers were charged on the size
of the meter.
The waste water plant's vacuum
system begins operation of sys-
tems C and D Friday at 7.p.m.,
said Mosconis. The area includes
some downtown buildings along
Highway 98 and back toward
Lafayette Park. The RKT installa-
tion workers will put door, out


door hangers so that people will
know when to expect their con-
nections to be made.
City policies, including the police
manual, purchasing, personnel,
safe workplace, and drug free
workplace were discussed, with
changes to be reviewed for adop-
tion at the next commission
meeting.


MSBU Continued from Page 1
Fling led off the discussion by calling on several residents of Alligator
Point who had come to testify as to their feelings for the fire depart-
ment. He called on Elaine Morton who said that her family had been
benefactors of emergency help from the Alligator Point first respond-
ers at three emergency times.
The responders are first on the scene and their help saved the lives of
all three of her family. Ms. Morton said that she had serious respira-
tory problem, her husband Earl had a heart attack and her grandson
Shad an emergency appendicitis. Ruth Hamborse had a serious stroke
and.she testified that she would not have been alive but for the first
responders.
One by one, the chiefs of each department made their case for raising
the rates.
Bud Evans Chief of the Lanark/St. James Department said that his
department was deep in debt and he could no longer keep going un-
less he had ,more money,, Evans is well known. in the Lanark, St.
James and Carrabelle area as a first responder who is many.times
the first person on the scene.
Evans said, "It is time to make a decision. We can't keep going on this
way. We have got to have something."
One problem that was brought up by Jay Abbot of the St. George
Island. He said if you live in a place that has buildings more than five
houses on pilings it is mandatory that the department have a ladder
truck. The only one; an old but trustworthy truck, is owned at Lanark,
Chief Evans said, "I take it all over the county." There is a negative
problem on the fire insurance if a department does not have this
equipment.
One by one the people had their turn to address the commissioners
on approval or disapproval. Some who disapproved offered other
methods to find a source of money.
The one most heard was a one percent sales tax be put on Franklin
County. Commissioner Putnal said he had been told that would raise
one million dollars in revenue in one year. In the discussion he pro-
posed that it could be split between the fire departments and the
ambulance service (a private company).
Among these who spoke was Jack Dupriest, owner of the Gulf Waters
Motel. He spoke in opposition to the proposal. Marilyn Johnson, Joan
Lang and Ursula Stratton of Eastpoint, Charles Schultz, who had
volunteer fire service in another place, was for the proposal. Ambu-
lance Personnel gave praise to all the volunteers and said that their
job would be much more difficult without their help. Roy shields of
Carrabelle, said he has to rely on the first responders to help him
with an ailing wife. These were Just a few of the speakers. The audi-
ence seemed to be divided, about half approving and the others
disapproving.
The commissioners listened patiently as Firemen and residents had
their say up. However when it came to their time to speak they were
all unanimous that the proposal was too high. They discussed vari-
ous things. One was from an older man who lives way out on small
income and said he would have to give up his medicine to pay. He
was assured that "No one will take your house. The county will put a
lien on the house when the home is sold and only then."
After almost two hours the commissioners made their motion. A new
county ordinance will be drawn up and brought to the commission-
ers for signatures at the next meeting.


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have a Public hearing. If at the
hearing the county commission-
ers were satisfied that what they
would like to do is to have the
project, they would require Pierce
Sto do a transmittal to the state in
effect saying to State, "we are
looking at this proposal, what do
you think?"
When it reaches DCA and they
look it over, their staff would send
out the proposal to all the other
agencies such as DEP, DOT, Fish
and Game Commission, North
West Florida Water District, -De-
partment of Florida State Histori-
cal Resources and any other
agency who have concerns in
large scale developments.
After 35 45 days have elapsed
the agencies will send a report
back to DCA. This report is known
as an ORC report. The 0 stand-
ing for objections, the R for Re-
marks, C for Complaints. The only
part of the return documents that
would be of concern to the county,
would be the objections. All these
reports are sent to the county and
they then have a second public
hearing.
The commissioners have to thle,
adopt a "Crude Zoning Category".
and start to make all the param-
eters they want. There will be a
second public hearing. After ev:
ery one is satisfied, an ordinance
will be drawn up and the project
can start.
Pierce said, "Because of the size;'
of this development, it is a
two-step project. What is being
considered tonight is a proposal
to change the land from agricul-
tural to Mixed use. The P and Z
will hear this tonight and make
some recommendation for or
against, or table for more
information."
After discussion, and after the
board had finished their question:
ing, the floor was opened and rep-.
resentatives spoke for or against
the proposed development. Mo-
tion was made and seconded for
a land use change from Agricul-
tural to Mixed Residential. The
members of the board had de-
cided they did not have enough
expertise to deal with the marina
and so they are passing that on
the County Commission. They
made the suggestion that a pub-
lic hearing should have experts on
each side of whether a marina can
or cannot safely built on that par-
ticular land.
Douglas (Doug) Delano said they
had decided at the last moment,
to pull the marina from the
evening's agenda.
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said, Summer Camp is being
proposed by Arvida, St. Joe Com-
pany. It is supposed to be on a
Master plan of mixed use commu-
nity, that will occupy approxi-
mately 784 acres near the Florida
Marine Lab. We have established
our intent to have no more than
499 detached low rise homes. The
concept will be primarily a vaca-
tion community. Along with the
essential buildings there will be
some small scale neighborhood
businesses. There will also be a
significant area of land devoted to
conservation-recreation and
open spaces. In fact 60 per cent
of the land will be so specific."
The concept of Summer Camp is
to provide a low key, informal,
rustic kind of community. one
that reflects the history of the
area, and is appreciative of the
beautiful natural surroundings in
that area. A community Water
and Sewer System is planned-
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"It is noted the original applica-
tion included a marina, but we
have filed an amendment to our
application. We believe that ma-
rina requires more study," he
.said.
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talked; to you earlier I was under
Sthe impression that you saw there
was so much animosity if you will,
Sor resistance to a marina that you
were going to take the marina out
of the project. I don't recall in that
conversation that you would come
.back at a later time. Because I
have said to you all along while
the land use change does not con-
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! does...because ol where it Is."
Dodds said that she would as-
sume that what he was saying
was that he would come back at
a later timee" Delano said we are
not asking for it at this time."
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nresenited \icki Barnett as the
newest member on the board He
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against the.marina."
Paul Johnson, spoke for APECO
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should be well aware; even though
ARVIDA has removed the marina
from the land use change that will
in no way remove the marina from
the Planned Urban Development
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guage that we recommend, "No
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shall be part of this Mixed. Use
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Pierce said that the marina had
been in from the start. He said it
has been taken out for now. But
he added, We have seen the sub-
traction. The State of Florida
won't-they won't have."
When the discussion was over
between the members of the
board Dodds said she would open
the floor for someone who wanted
the marina and then they would
make their decision.
An older gentleman jumped up,
saying, "-this is a public court-
house and I demand to be able to
speak to this group. I will
not be pushed aside or you may
call the Sheriff."
Before Dodds could intercede. Bill
Hernkind spoke saying, "I have
taught at the FSU Lab for 35
years. That water out there, in
front of it and the oyster beds and
the sea grass beds-we can reach
out in the classrooms I teach in.
They have the habitat of the or-
ganisms; all become our models
or scientific study. What I see
when I see this map, over and
above the marina-there is not
enough of a buffer around my
classroom to protect it." I can tell
you for my point of view there is
not enough protection."
Linc Barnett, APTA President
said, "Whether we say it or not,
we have a stealth marina in our
presence. We all understand that.
It is APTA's position that a ma-
rina is prohibited-not un-
wanted-prohibited on Summer
Camp properties.
The Summer Camp entire shore-
line falls "within the Alligator Har-
bor Aquatic Reserve. Mr. Delano
has acknowledged that the
Aquatic Preserve extends the to-
tal length of the proposed devel-
opment. Marinas are prohibited
in class I and Class 2 Resource
Pi-otection Areas of the Alligator
Harbor Aquatic Management
Plan,
The County must review all new
marina applications for consis-
tency with the Alligator Harbor
Aquatic Management Plan as re-
quired by policy 6,3 of the Con-
servation, Coastal Management
Element'" of the Comprehensive
Plan for Franklin County.
There was some more discussion
as the board members came to
make the motion to approve the
Land Use Change from Agricul-
tural to Mixed Use with the ca-
veat of the marina. One gentle-
man said that he felt the process
used was wrong. He said that he
felt the discussion that could not
be heard was improper. Also he
felt that business should be con-
ducted in public.'
The members then went back to
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