Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: April 19, 2002
Copyright Date: 2002
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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Seed Clam Workshop Held April 11

Economic Impact Study Of Florida

Clam Industry Released

First Formal Study Undertaken

Volume 11, Number 8


April 19 May 2, 2002

Inside This Issue
10 Pages
Barry Gilbert Interview..... Editorial & Commentary
................................ 1, 10 ...................................... 3
S': Lee And Times Answer Filed Governor Stone ............... 3
..................................... Second Circuit Court ... 6, 7
Historic Home Tour ........ 1 AmVets, Lanark ....... 7, 9
Clam Aquaculture 1, 4, 5, 7 FDLE Crime Report ......... 9
Franklin Briefs ............... 2 Mariners Landing .......... 10

Barry Gilbert

Gilbert Brings Vision And Tenacity To

Administration Of Weems Hospital

By Tom Campbell
In order to better understand what the new administrator at George
E. I Weems Memorial Hospital in Apalachicola would like to imple-
ment in the way of future plans, The Franklin Chronicle interviewed
Mr. Barry Gilbert on Thursday, March 28, 2002. Gilbert, Administra-
tive Director, said he "joined the team here full time in August of
-2001." He had come on "an interim basis in early July."
He said he had been working with Blue Cross-Blue Shield in the
Medicaid program during the period of 1970-78. During that time, he
got into.hospital management, from 1978 to about 1980.
When he came to Apalachicola, Gilbert had been living in Starkville,
Mississippi, working for "a sister facility, at the time, Centennial Health
Care Corporation. I had been recruited and joined the team with Cen-
tennial in 1998, 1 think it was."
He joined with Pincus Warburg Nursing Homes and Das See Com-
pany, Community Health Systems for a while. Then from 1986 to
1991, he was Director of Business Services at Southern Baptist Hos-
pital in New Orleans. After that, he was with a small hospital in rural
Alabama from 1992-93. From 1993-97 he was in Amman, Jordan, as
Administrator in a new 260-bed hospital.
Speaking of Apalachicola, "My wife and I have visited this area before
and love it," Gilbert said. "We have always wanted to be on the coast."
They were happy with the opportunity to move to Franklin County.
Birmingham is his hometown. It's large, but New Orleans is a really
big city. The congestion is "out of sight there now." He said he and his
wife are very much enjoying the lifestyle in Franklin County and the
coastal area is wonderful.
He received his Masters Degree in Health Administration while he
was in New Orleans, from College of Saint Francis. He met a heart
surgeon there, while he was at Southern Baptist Hospital, which led
to the job in Amman, Jordan. "A lot of people had heart surgeries and
micro-surgeries out of the Latin countries," where "we did a lot of
marketing. ... We had some really happy world-wide patients." Meet-
ing the doctor was one of the opportunities that have come to Gilbert.
The doctor was building a hospital in Amman, Jordan. He said, "How
about coming over here?" So, Gilbert and his wife went overseas,, to
the Arab Center for Heart and Special Surgery. There was a "develop-
ing country who wanted to be on Western standards for the hospital.
... So we wrote the policies; we wrote the structure."
The 260-bed, "brand-new hospital" gave Gilbert the opportunity to
"put together the systems and the experience-and the fun opportu-
In 1998, he was talking with Centennial in Starkville, Mississippi,
and from that particular point, in 2000, Centennial wanted to "splin-
ter off," and then in 2001 the company was splintered away and
given the new name-Das See Community Health Systems, L.L.C.
that led to his coming to Apalachicola.
Chronicle: What are some of the main duties of a hospital adminis-

i m ....

Mr. Gilbert shows the nearly completed surgical suite at
Gilbert: In these small hospitals, a hospital administrator does a little
bit of everything. He makes sure that the health care services are
provided with a small level of integrity and quality. He has to insure
that there are financial resources to make sure payroll continues, the
lights continue, the bills get paid. ... Our vision here for the future is
to find out without a shadow of a doubt, what does the community
want? What does the community need? And how can I provide it?I
Continued on Page 10


John Lee And Apalachicola Times File

Answers To Lawsuit By Former


Allegations Denied
SAttorneys for John Lee and the
SApalachicola Times filed their an-
swer to the complaint of three
former employees that alleged in-
vasions of privacy and other torts
filed against defendant Lee and
the Apalachee Publishing Com-
pany in late February.
Citing six affirmative defenses,
John Lee requested the Circuit
Court of the Second Judicial Cir-
cuit to dismiss the plaintiffs com-
plaint with prejudice and enter
judgment in favor of Lee and
award the defendant Lee his
attorney's fees and court costs.
The plaintiffs in this case are Jes-
sica Paterson, Debra Elliot and
Cynthia Nations.
Lee's attorneys "admitted that
video cameras were installed
throughout the building and in
the ceiling of a restroom/dark-
room at the Apalachicola Times
for security purposes and that
such cameras were automatically
activated at night when no one
was in the building." The answer
also "admitted that the security
video cameras fed into monitors
located in the offices of defendant
Lee, the manager of the
Apalachicola Times..." Lee's an-
swer denied 'the allegations per-;
taining to invasion of privacy, neg-
ligent hiring of John Lee, negli-
Sgent retention of John Lee, inten-
tional infliction of emotional dis-
tress and invasion of the right to
The first affirmative defense
raised by Lee's attorney, Gary J.
Anton (Tallahassee) was the re-
sponse that the plaintiffs com-
plaint failed to state a cause of
Secondly, each cause of action,
claim and item of damages did not
accrue within the time prescribed
by law for them before this action
was brought. A third affirmative
defense claimed by defendant Lee
is that Florida does not recognize
a constitutional right to privacy

in the private sector. As a fourth
affirmative defense, the answer
avers that defendant Lee was "jus-
tified in establishing security
video cameras throughout the
Building because it substantively
furthered one or more counter-
vailing interests of defendants,
including but not limited to pro-
viding adequate security for the
employees and property of the
Apalachicola Times and the
Apalachee Publishing Company."
A fifth affirmative defense as-
serted that there was no invasion
of plaintiffs privacy since the
plaintiffs were not observed or
subject to surveillance by the se-
curity cameras, and that the cam-
eras were activated only when no
persons were in the building, and
there was no public disclosure or
publication of any acts, images or
pictures of plaintiffs. The answer
also claimed that the allegation of
an invasion of right to privacy
should be stricken as duplicative
of Count I, invasion of privacy.
The answer pleading of the
Apalachee Publishing Company
denied the allegations concerning
Mr. Lee but spoke to other aspects
of the case. The defendant com-
pany denied that the plaintiffs
were subjected to a harassing
work environment or required to
tolerate a harassing work environ-
ment. They also denied "...that
they were made aware of any dan-
gerous propensities on the part of
defendant John Lee." Their list of
affirmative defenses alleged that
the employee plaintiffs failed to
state a cause of action, and that
all or part of their claims are
barred by the applicable statute
of limitations. Moreover, Florida
does not recognize a constitu-
tional right to privacy in the pri-
vate sector. Attorney for the
Apalachee Publishing Company,
owned by Robert Lindsey (Sar-
asota) is Deborah Stephens
Minnis (Tallahassee).

Apalachirola Historic Homes

Tour Saturday, May 4

By Tom Campbell
The Apalachicola Historic Homes
Tour celebrates its eleventh year
on Saturday, May 4, from 1:00 to
5:00 p.m. The tour is sponsored
by the historic Trinity Episcopal
Church, which dates from the
1830's, was built in sections in
New York state and shipped down
the Atlantic Coast, around the
Florida Keys and up to Apalachi-
cola where it was assembled with
wooden pegs.
The tour's purpose is not only to
showcase some of the city's his-
toric and beautifully refurbished
and restored homes, but also to
benefit the preservation fund for
historic Trinity Episcopal Church,
one of Florida's oldest churches.
Many famous Floridians have
worshipped there, including the
"Great Floridian" John Gorrie,
M.D., the inventor of the ice ma-
Constructed in 1838 in upper
state New York, the structure was
floated in sections by schooner

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around the Florida Keys to
Apalachicola, where it was as-
sembled. The church will be open
for visitors throughout the day on
Saturday, May 4.
Florida First Lady Columba Bush
and friends recently rededicated
the Raney House Museum, which
has recently been refurbished,
under the careful sponsorship of
the Apalachicola Historic Society.
The tour showcases 14 historic
homes and four churches. Five of
the homes on the tour this year
have been fully restored to their
original beauty and have never
before been open to the public.
The award-winning Collins/
Lovett home, built in 1892, "has
been lovingly restored by Beverly
Austin and Tom Conner, formerly
of Atlanta," according to an-
nouncements. "The elegant
T-shaped house is in the Queen
Anne style with a unique octago-
nal front parlor and incredible
gingerbread detail on the exterior
Continued on Page 9
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At the Seed Clam Workshop held at Turkey Point on Thursday, April
11th, an economic study of the Florida Hard Clam Industry was re-
leased by presenter Leslie Sturmer. She and Bill Mahan conducted
the seed clam workshops for about 55 persons meeting at Turkey
Point at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 11th.
The Workshop presented numerous background papers on clam bag
suppliers, seed suppliers, working tables of data, instructions on how
to buy clam seed, information on joining the Florida Clam Industry
Forum, tipster sheets on registration procedures, seed buying and
bottom bag technology. Leslie Sturmer, MultiCounty Aquaculture
Extension Agent for the University of Florida, talked for nearly 2.3
hours, interrupted only by questions from the new group of hard
clam farmers anxious to learn more about seed, transporting and
S," -

The stream of information on a solid core of aquaculture experience
drawn from over a decade of farming clams and oysters was a far cry
from the loose state of knowledge many years earlier when the oyster
demonstration project was staged over a two-year period in Franklin
County. At Turkey Point, on April 11th, were assembled a new gen-
eration of farmers bristling with questions about the techniques of
growing hard clams. Not all the questions were answered because
conditions at the Alligator Point site were not the same as the arena
at Cedar Key where an earlier and successful project had been dem-
onstrated years earlier. There are some "unknowns" concerning the
potential for success at Alligator Point in hard clam aquaculture ac-
cording to Sturmer's warnings, yet the enthusiasm for knowledge
continued with the raising of informed questions by "students" who
had obviously done some "homework" in the literature of clam aquac-
ulture, including some that was distributed at the workshop.
This particular meeting seemed also an important milestone, clearly
demonstrating just how far the science of clam farming had come in
a few short years. Not only have the uncertainties of the status of
such activity been firmly established in the Florida Department of
Agriculture, with the establishment of an Aquaculture Division, and
the fledging industry had grown in the State of Florida to 19 per cent
of all aquaculture sales. Such growth in tangible dollars, and
farmer-interest did not exist two decades ago.
Another change, perhaps manifested in a more professional attitude
among the participants, was also obvious. The entire process of chang-
ing from "hunting" for seafood to the growing or farming of seafood
was not only fully accepted by most ofthose present, but welcomed
by them, as indicated by the number and quality of their questions
and comments. This transition from the traditional ways of harvest-
ing sea product to the farming of such product was a formidable
barrier in the acceptance of the innovation of adopting and adapting
techniques and tools as experienced directly in the Franklin County
project years ago. Change came hard in Franklin County. But else-
where, such re-orientation from "hunting" to "farming" such as the
Cedar Key experience, came more easily, likely due to lessons learned
in the earlier experiences in Franklin County. In Cedar Key, for ex-
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U.S. Forest Service

Schedules Bristol


Recreation Program to be
Forest Supervisor Marsha
Kearney has announced that the
U. S. Forest Service will hold a
. meeting at the Bristol Work Cen-
ter, Highway 12, south of Bristol,
on Friday, April 26th at 1 p.m.
The announced intention is to dis-
cuss "the status of the recreation
program on the Apalachicola Na-
tional Forest." Kearney added,
"Our main objective for this meet-
ing is to continue the discussion
from March 19 and update you
on what has happened since
then." For additional information
on the meeting, contact Andy
Colaninno at 850-643-2282.


Paep 2 19 Anril 2002



Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Present: Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders, as Acting
Chairperson; Commissioner
Clarence Williams:
Commissioner Bevin Putnal;
Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis; Absent:
Commissioner Eddie Creamer.

Superintendent of Public
Hubert Chipman informed the
Board that the County's new
backhoe arrived last Friday and
was being placed into service.

County Extension Director
Bill Mahan announced that Ms.
Shelly Allen (Tallahassee) was
hired to fill a new grant-funded
position in nutrition education for
Franklin and Wakulla counties.
Ms. Allen's position is 50% Fam-
ily Nutrition Program and 50%
Expanded Food Nutrition Educa-
tion. She began work two weeks
ago and is currently receiving
training in her job responsibilities
and learning about Franklin and
Wakulla counties.
Mahan also informed the Board
that the Clam Aquaculture work-
shop was held at the FSU Marine
Lab on April 11th. A separate
story about this workshop is pub-
lished elsewhere in this issue. A
second workshop on field tech-
niques will be held sometime in
The county extension director also
informed the Board he had been
studying the accessibility of boat
launching sites around Alligator
Harbor for the clam farmers. He
had also received some informa-
tion from Doug Delano of Arvida.
Given the current condition of the
launching site, Mahon's conclu-
sion was that the area could not
handle more than a few boats at
one time due to limited parking.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosonis
re-emphasized to Mahan the im-
portance of solving this problem
but Mahan said he did not have
complete authority in arranging
for parking sites. Mr. Mosconis
recalled some aspects of the oys-
ter demonstration project of ten
years ago, suggesting that even
the omission of a good parking
site would somehow damage the
prospects of a successful 'clam
aquaculture operation. In point of
fact, the demise of the oyster dem-
onstration project ended with a
close one vote at the Franklin
County Commission for not grant-
ing leases to oyster farmers in the
Bay and a variety of compound-
ing factors, none of which had
anything to do with parking of
autos for the farmers.

Solid Waste Director
The Board granted Waste Man-
agement a 45-day contract exten-
sion retroactive to April 2nd to
collect waste in the unincorpor-
ated areas of Franklin County.
The contract expired in April 2nd
and Van W. Johnson, Director, is
in the process of revising the 15-
page contract for legal review.

Weems Hospital and

Barry Gilbert appeared before the
Commissioners "...as a followup
to our last meeting...the first part
of April. The oversight committee
met to review the situation regard-
ing the ambulance service con-
tract and I'm back this morning
after having distributed some of
the information that's there, ask-
ing for your assistance and ask
for the pleasure of the Commis-
sioners ... seeking assistance with
that ambulance contract." Com-
missioner Mosconis asked Gilbert
what was the recommendation of
the oversight committee? Gilbert
said, "...The actual recommenda-
tion was recognizing that...there
is apparently a significant need in
the county for ambulance service,
and recognizing after looking at
the dollars and the cents ...
DasSee is not in a position to con-
tinue funding it as the ambulance
company is asking for. The rec-
ommendation was either or ... (1)
was to revise the contract between
the County and Emergystat with
an increase in the subsidy to a
monthly amount of 15-5 per
month... As you recall at our last
meeting that was questioned as
to some other possibilities of
in-kind service ... Still, the recom-
mendation was late as last night
was that that was still a recom-
mendation, (2) An alternate rec-
ommendation to that ... was that

the County Commission enforce
the contract with DasSee but pro-
vide for financial assistance from
the'County totaling $15,500 to
Emergystat ... Kendall Wade re-
minded the Commissioners that
"at the present time, we don't have
that kind of money..." The discus-
sion included some speculation
about obtaining the Dept. of
Transportation building on High-
way 98 for an in-kind "'relief of
expenses to reduce the need for
additional cash to Emergystat.
Bevin Putnal raised the question,
"Why can't each group give
$1000?" to relieve the need for an
additional $3000 subsidy? Gilbert
acknowledged that these had
been the discussion on breaking-
down the $3000 among the par-


ticipants to the problem. He re-
minded the Commissioners that
the Hospital was behind in pay-
ments to the County, but is now
"caught up." DasSee has similar
problems, according to Gilbert.
"What they are asking for is some
stability with that payment." Gil-
bert mentioned that Emergystat
has billed the hospital for another
month, putting the hospital in
arrears by two months payments.
"We will make that payment, as
we have made the payment," Gil-
bert said. Gilbert added, "...I don't
have the solution...If the ambu-
lance service says they walk,
DasSee is in serious trouble. If
DasSee in serious trouble, the
Hospital is exposed." Cheryl
Sanders asked Gilbert is he was
aware that the 2001 property
taxes were now delinquent. He
had received the invoice. Kendall
Wade reaffirmed that the taxes
were delinquent. Jimmy Mosconis
discussed his meeting with Joe
Donovan, the CEO of Emergystat.
Mosconis conveyed his impres-
sion that Emergystat was also try-
ing to expand their operations in.
this part of Florida. "If they can
get more counties around here..."
financial prospects might im-
prove. Mosconis recommended
providing $3000 more each
.month and complete arrange-
ments for Emergystat to occupy
the DOT building on highway 98.
Dr. Nichols raised the issue of
communicating the problem to
Centennial, the leasee of the Hos-
pital. "I think it's time to look into
that." Mosconis moved to increase
the subsidy to $3000 monthly,
and the county "acquire" the
building on Highway 98, to allow
the County Attorney to work out
the details. Also, the County At-
torney is to write Centennial to
"ask for their involvement in this
process." Putnal added, "We still
have a contract with Centennial."
The Board approved the motion.
The letter to Centennial is also to
remind them that the property
taxes are now due.
Grant Application for
SHealth Services
Jeff Lawson, Development Direc-
tor of North Florida Medical Cen-
ters, Inc., appeared before the
Commissioners to request sup-
port and endorsement of a federal
grant application promoting
health services in Franklin
County, initially for low-income
families not having any health
insurance. Several local area phy-
sicians were also at the meeting,
, raising objections to the proposal
as outlined by Mr. Lawson. While
Mr; Lawson mentioned that any
program would certainly involve
local physicians, there was a ne-
cessity to obtain medical business
from others in the county in ad-
dition to the unprotected,
low-income persons. One physi-
cian pointed out that the relation-
ship between the private doctors
and the government-funded
agency was not a symbiotic one,
but rather one of friction. He
opined that the presence of the
government-funded agency would
eventually have direct impact on
the practices of every physician,
likely forcing some to leave the

I Dr. Shezad Sanaullah, M.D.


Dr. Photis Nichols, M.D.

Another voiced the opinion that
there was not a big enough mar-
ket locally for the private physi-
cians to co-exist along with the
government-funded agency.

area in search of additional busi-
ness elsewhere.
Another voiced the opinion that
there was not a big enough mar-
ket locally for the private physi-
cians to co-exist along with the
government-funded agency.
Lawson continued to point out
that indigent care would still be,
the primary mission of the new
health services. Commissioner
Mosconis continued to ask the
group whether some balance
point might be found to balance
the competing values involved in
the proposal, A tentative resolu-
tion to the conflict emerged at the
end involving the appointment of
the County Health Director chair-
ing a committee made up of all
local physicians and Mr. Lawson
to work out a plan and report
back to the Commissioners.

Director of Administrative
Alan Pierce informed the Board
that he had received the legal de-
scription from St. Joe-Arvida for
the 49 acres of land the county
wants to buy in Eastpoint. The
appraiser's estimate is $2500,
and St. Joe-Arvida is satisfied
with the appraisal.
Mr. Joe Felice, a St. George Island.
resident, complained about the
continued use of an illegal boat
ramp on Porter St. The dirt ramp
that is now washing into Porter
Street might represent a liability
to the County. The problem was
put onhold pending the return of
Commissioner Eddie Creamer.
The Board approved the use of
part of St. George'Island State
Park for a fundraiser on May 25th
from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The
funds raised will be used for a
community playground. Partici-
pants in the event will include Boy
and Girl Scouts, the Estuarine
Research Reserve and the library.
Mr. Pierce reported to the Board
that the Corps of Engineers is
back at the two-mile Channel,
doing some clean-up dredging in
the channel and they will try to
extend the channel to the west to
allow for better flushing.
The consulting engineer, David
Kennedy, has advised the Road
Department of what needs to be
done to redo the modification to
sales at Timberwood Court, a
county road. These were modified
without the approval of the De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
Mr. David Kennedy and Mike
Dombrowski (Coastal Technolo-
gies) have been asked to, assist in
applying for a Department of En-
vironmental Protection (DEP)
Florida Beach Erosion Control
Program Project, due May 31st.
When Mr. Pierce has more infor-
mation on costs, he will advise the.
Commissioners further. No action
A public hearing on an amend-;
ment to the county flood mitiga-
tion ordinance to allow for 300
square feet of enclosed space in
V-zones would be held in the fu-
ture. Mr. Pierce furnished the
Commissioners a copy of the
Mr. Pierce informed the Board'
that the county was prepared to
cut a check to buy Mary Lee
Jolley's house on Alligator Point
but he learned that Ms. Jolley has
an outstanding mortgage nor has
she paid last year's taxes. When
these issues are resolved, the
county would close on the prop-
The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission met in regular session on
April 9, and recommends the fol-
lowing action:
A) On development within the

Critical Shoreline, the Commis-
sion recommends:
* Approval for Thomas Griffith to
construct a private dock on Lot
1, Block 54, St. George Island,
Unit 5.
* Approval for Roger Martin to
construct a private dock on Lot
23, Shell Harbor, -St. George Is-
* Approval for Augustus and
Ruthann Winchester to construct
a private dock at 2425 Hwy. 98
West, Carrabelle.
* Approval for Lee Mullis to con-
struct a private dock on Lots 10
and 11, Sandpiper Village, St.
George Island.
* Approval for Ralph Ed Proctor
to construct a private dock on Lot
6, Driftwood Subdivision, in the
St. James area.
B) On rezoning requests, the
Commission recommends rezon-
ing 22 acres in parcel in Section
3,' Township 8 South, range 5
West from R-2 to R-1, request
submitted by Nick Saporito, This
change does not change the den-
sity, but does prohibit mobile
homes. Bdard action would be to
set a public hearing. The Board
C) On small scale land use
changes and associated
rezonings, the Commission rec-
ommends Lot 6, Block 5, David
Brown Estates, submitted by
Joyce Estes, and Lot 5, Block 6,
David Brown Estates, submitted '
by Marci Vaselinda, be changed
from R-1 to C4. This is in the area
that the Board approved a change
a few weeks ago. Board set a pub-
lic hearing.
D) An additional small-scale land
use change on Bald Point was not
discussed at the request of the
E) On commercial review, the
Commission recommends
* Approval of a site plan for Home
Adventures Furniture Store lo-
cated it 117, Highway 98,
Eastpoint, or next to the Mexican
Restaurant. Request submitted
by Larry Taylor, agent. The Board
* Approval of a site plan for Tiffin's
Furniture Warehouse located at
256 Hatfield Street, Eastpoint.
The Board approved.
F) On subdivision approval, the
Commission tabled action on two
subdivisions for the following rea-
* On the request for final plat ap-
proval of a four lot subdivision
known as Doc's Sea Shores, Sec-
tion 35, Township 7 South, Range
5 West, the Commission tabled
the final plat in order to give the
developer's agent an opportunity
to talk to the developer about
placing one comrniunity dock on
the south side of US 98 for use by
all four lots, instead'of having four
individual docks. The Commis-
sion supports the creation of com-
munity docks instead of single
docks. In this case, the structure
to be built will most likely be an
observation platform rather than
a dock, because there most likely
is not enough water for a boat to
be tied to a dock.
* On a request for a sketch plat
approval for a nine lot subdivision
known as Tarpon Run in Section
18, Township 8 South, Range 5
West, the Commission tabled ac-
tion in order for the developer's
agent to discuss the issue of a
community dock instead of indi-
vidual docks, and in order for the
developer to revisit the size of one
of the lots. The Commission also
wanted information on how the
developer was going to restrict

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development on the south side ol
US 98.
SOn a request for a sketch plat
approval for Magnolia Ridge
Phase 2, in Eastpoint, the Com-
mission discussed several issues
with the developer, Mr. Jamie
Crum, and in the end Mr. Crum
withdrew the subdivision until
two things could be verified. One,
the designation of the critical
shoreline be placed on the sketch
plat because some of the lots
looked too small, but the scale
was such it was hard to tell for
sure. Two, there was a great deal
of discussion regarding the imple-
mentation of the requirement that
a lot be 100 feet wide. The zoning
code states that the lot width be
measured at the front setback.
The county has not enforced this
requirement because of the im-
pact it could have on lots on a
cul-de-sac. The county has re-
quired all lots be at least one acre.
in size, and that the lot be at least
100 feet wide at one end of the
lot. This allows for the creation of
pie shaped lots, and lots on curves
still be at least one acre. However,
depending on the cul-de-sac, re-
quiring a 100-foot width at the
front setback might mean a lot
would be significantly larger than
one acre. As an example some lots
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40 feet wide at the setback, but
do widen out to at least one hun-
dred feet.
G) The Commission disagreed
with a property owner on St.
George Island on whether the
county would allow a mobile Bar-
becue kitchen to be set up on a
commercial lot without a bath-
room available for either the em-
ployees or the public. The prop-
erty owner says the state allows
mobile units not to have bath-
rooms, but the Commission be-
lieves that while the structure is
mobile it is going to be parked on
the same lot and is therefore more
permanent and should have a
bathroom. Further, the county
zoning code says that you must
have proof of a septic tank per-
mit in order to get a building per-
mit and the property owner was
willing to get a building permit
because he wanted to build a nice
screen enclosure for people to wait
in while getting their carry out or-
der. No action was taken on this
item as the owner was not
The Board was informed that the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
permit for the airport road finally
arrived. This allows the county to
go back and finish the grubbing
and root raking of the entire
right-of-way. It also requires miti-
gation, some of which the county
is supposed to do.

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19 April 2002 Page 3


Charter Schools Offer Help Now A
APTA Meeting
By Tom Campbell Hd L
Many school boards seem to regard charter schools in a similar way
that the movie moguls of the mid-1950's looked at the arrival of tele- Discussion On
vision-as the enemy that must be resisted at every turn.
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But while politicians tinker endlessly with the educational system in
this country, making only small, incremental changes, parents and
their children want important changes now. America's children need
help immediately-and charter schools offer the best opportunity to
get it quickly.
In an article last week by Arianna Huffington of the Tribune Media
Services, Huffington pointed out that "almost 600,000 students na-
tionwide are taking part in an education innovation that is flourish-
ing across the land: charter schools."
She continued, "charter schools have the potential to rescue an en-
tire generation of abandoned kids. There are currently 2,357 charter
schools operating in 34 states, plus the District of Columbia. And
while the charter school movement is still relatively new-the first
one opened in Minnesota in 1992-it has already proven what can be
achieved when much of the red tape imposed on traditional schools
is removed and when principals are free to hire and fire teachers
based on performance."
This is not a criticism of any particular public school teacher, princi-
pal or public school system. It is, rather, an opportunity to put free-
dom, responsibility and accountability in the forefront.
A new study by California State University found that "charter schools
are proving particularly successful at helping low-income, at-risk stu-
Freedom to hire and fire teachers based on merit is simply putting
the emphasis squarely on the shoulders of administrators, teachers
and principals. It makes responsibility to encourage the education
levels of the students t he very top priority of a school.
The strongest indicator that charter schools are working may be that
there'are long waiting lists for students to get into these innovative
schools. According to Ms. Huffington, "Parents all across the country
are clamoring to get their kids into successful charter schools."
So why aren't more of these charter schools springing up? Because of
insufficient funding and the resistance of school boards committed
to defending the status quo.
What better time than an election year could there possibly be to let
your congressman or senator know what you think? If charter schools
work and the emphasis is on the kids' learning and making the most
of their potential and talents, then what is wrong with that? America's
hope is in the minds of our young people. Let's get there the best way

The Governor Stone Celebrates

125th Year At Antique Boat Show

Thousands of man hours and
many thousands of dollars have
brought back the Gulf Coast
Schooner, "The Governor Stone"
as she gets ready to celebrate her
125th year in 2002. The restored
1877 vessel will be on display for
the first time since her restoration
at the Fourth Annual Apalach-
icola Antique Boat Show spon-
sored by the Apalachicola Bay
Chamber of Commerce on Satur-
day, April 27th.
The Governor Stone was built in
1877 in Pascagoula, Mississippi
at the site of the present Ingall's
shipbuilding yard. She has seen
duty as a coastal packet convey-
ing lumber, dry goods, passengers
and mail throughout the Gulf
Coast. The Governor Stone has
been used as a fishing boat, oys-
ter boat, merchant marine train-
ing ship and yacht club commit-
tee barge during her century and
a quarter of continuous use. She
is the oldest sailing vessel in use
on the Gulf Coast and is listed as
a National Historical Landmark.
The Governor Stone was donated
to the Apalachicola Maritime Mu-
seum, Inc., by Mr. John Curry of
TaponSprings, Florida. She has

undergone continual. mainte-
nance since she arrived in
Apalachicola and has just fin-
ished a complete restoration. All
appearances of the vessel will be
in conjunction with the Maritime
Museum's on-going fund raising
efforts to keep this proud vessel
The ship is named for John
Marshall Stone, the first elected
Governor of Mississippi after the*
Civil War. This gaff-rigged shallow
draft schooner represents a class
of sailing vessels unique to the
Gulf Coast.
Individuals and organizations
who are interested in preserving
our maritime history are invited
to send their fully tax deductible
contributions to: Apalachicola
Maritime, Museum, Inc, Post Of-
fice Box 625, Apalachicola,
Florida 32329. For further infor-
mation about the museum or the
Governor Stone, please contact
Dan Garlick, President, at 850-
653-8899 or Charles Will-iamson,
Restorations Coordinator at

SPhone: 850-927-2186
o y 850-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
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Vol. 11, No. 8

April 19, 2002

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

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Citizen's Advisory Group
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David Butler ..................... Carrabelle
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung ........................ Eastpoint
Bedford and Eugenia Watkins................. Eastpoint
George Thompson ........ Eastpoint
Pat M orrison ............................................ St. George Island
Dominic and Vilma Baragona .............. St. George Island

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By Rene Topping
The Alligator Point Taxpayers As-
sociation met at 9:00 a.m. on Sat-
urday, April 13. The members
were pleased to hear the good
news from their treasurer that
renewals of membership had
brought their numbers to 261.
The Membership Chairperson
Ann Maruszak said they will con-
tinue to talk to neighbors etc. to
make their goal of 300 members.
The main discussion began with
a draft of a letter from the com-
mittee members giving some op-
tions that they had discussed,
Waters said that he felt it or some
other form of it, should be sent to
County Planner Alan Pierce to give
him the feelings of the members
of APTA. The Beach Erosion com-
mittee head Dick waters had
brought this letter for the consid-
eration of all the members.
Basically the letter set forth that
there were only two viable options.
One was, "No further armoring
the shoreline with sheet piling and
T-groins at intervals." This has
not worked and probably would
not work in the future.
Pebble Risch who did an analysis
as to the best method to hold back
the erosion, are now saying that
the best option would be to move
the road. Later they could try the
sand web and sand fences.
However this in a remedy that was
turned down by a majority of the
people who crowded out the Fire
Station Conference Room. This
was in 1985 when hurricanes
Elena and Kate had wreaked
havoc on the beaches and shore
up completely the road in front of
the Carmpground. At that time of
Continued on Page 7

Library News

The next meeting for the Franklin
County Library Board will be on
Monday, May 20th at 5:30 p.m.
in the Eastpoint Branch of the
Library. The public is welcome to
attend all public library advisory
board meetings.
The 6th Annual Franklin County
Public Library Volunteer and Spe-
cial Friends Tea will be held on
Sunday, April 21st from 3:00 -
5:00 p.m. in the new Carrabelle
Branch of the Library on Highway
98. Volunteers who contribute so
much to the growth of our County
Library will be honored.
The Franklin County Public Li-
brary is presenting a very special
four week workshop-A Place At
The Table-for WINGS and TI-
GERS program youth and FROG
parents beginning this Tuesday at
the Program Center in the New
Life Center on 8th Street in
Apalachicola. The youth work-
shop will be attended by teen
council members from all three
library locations and will rotate-
April 9th in Apalachicola, April
16th in Carrabelle, April 23rd in
-Eastpoint-during regular pro-

gram alter school hours. Parent
sessions will be from 6:00 8:00
p.m. on the same days. The work-
shop, conducted by Elinor
Mount-Simmons, is designed to
explore the historical struggle for
equality through the eyes of our
youth, discover the struggles ex-
perienced in our community and
within our family structure, pro-
vide a forum to share experiences
as it relates to understanding and
tolerance of all people, initiate the
process that develops and pro-
motes steps for tolerance, accep-
tance and appreciation of all
people. Ms. Mount-Simmons is
scheduling the 4th session to be
parent and youth combined. Date
and time will be announced. For
more information, please call Li-
brary Director Eileen Annie at
670-8151 or Elinor Mount-
Simmons at 653-2784.
Frog Family Learning
The FROG Family Learning Pro-
grams proudly announce that
Pre-School Story Hour will now
take place each Saturday at the
Eastpoint and Carrabelle Branches
and at the Program Center on 8th
Street in Apalachicola. Story hour
begins at 10:30 a.m. Special read-
ing and parent and child activi-
ties make this a family enrich-
ment time. For more information,
please call 670-4423, 697-2091,
or 653-2784.
Also offered by the FROG Family
Learning Programs is an intro-
ductory two hour adult YOGA
Class on Saturday, April 20th
from 2:00 4:00 p.m. at the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County Public Library. There is no
cost to participants at any library
programs, but FROG registration
is required at this special class
and space is limited, Please call
697-2366 or 697-2091 no later
than April 19th to sign up for this
fantastic class to learn and expe-
rience the benefits of YOGA.
Childcare will be provided if re-
quested. Loose, comfortable cloth-
ing is recommended-towel and/
-or blanket is suggested.
The FROG Family Learning Pro-
grams are funded by a Governor's
Family Literacy Initiative for
Florida Grant, an LSTA and
Florida Library Literacy Grant,
and a mini-grant from Devereux
Kids/Department of Children &
Families. WINGS is a Department
of Juvenile Justice Community
Partnership Grant Project, and TI-
GERS is funded through a grant
from Gulf Coast Workforce Board.

Concert Pianist

At Trinity

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts is pleased to present
Concert Pianist Merijn van
Driesteni, from Holland and Ger-
many, on Sunday, April 21, at
4:00 p.m. EDT, at Trinity Episco-
pal Church, Apalachicola.
Mr. van Driesten studied piano at
conservatories in Hamburg, Ger-
many, and in Utrecht and
Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He
has given concerts and workshop
concerts as a soloist and accom-
panist in many European coun-
tries. Currently, he teaches, mu-
sic theory, history, and piano at
the Musikseminar in Hamburg.
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mini-workshop at 3:00 p.m., be-
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would like to attend, please call
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invited to attend a special recep-
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Newell Concert Series and the
Apalachicola Area Art Associa-
tion. This reception will honor Mr.
Van Driesten and also Mr. Ben
Konis, internationally acclaimed
painter and instructor, who will
be holding a five-day workshop
beginning on April 22, sponsored
by the Art Association. For fur-
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Timber Island

Yacht Club Ready

With Scholarship


By Tom Campbell
At their regular meeting on Fri-
day, April 5, 2002, the Timber Is-
land Yacht Club (TIYC) continued
their "commitment to our Youth."
This has become a tradition and
a tremendous aid in educating the
youth of Franklin County.
The group usually averages
"about 30 members and visitors,"
according to Secretary/Purser
Florence Coody. Preparations are
underway for the King Fish and
Spanish Mackerel Tournament
May 11, 2002, which benefits the
TIYC Scholarship Fund for
Franklin County students.
All profits from the tournament
"will benefit the TIYC Scholar-
ship," according to the announce-
ment. The names of sponsors will
appear on the commemorative t-
shirt, and each sponsor will re-
ceive a t-shirt and be recognized
in newspaper ads thanking the
Coody said the TIYC "is looking
for sponsors now." The amount of
donation is $100 and interested
persons may make out the check
to Timber Island Yacht Club, for
Scholarship Fund, and mail to
P.O. Box 313, Carrabelle, FL
Those who may have questions
may phone Millard Collins at
850-697-2446, or 697-8400
C-Quarters Marina.
The plan is to offer three $1,000
scholarships to Franklin County
high school seniors this year.
These students would not be able
to continue their education with-
out this help, according to Coody.
She also said she had contacted
last year's winners and they are
continuing their education at
their chosen institution of higher
learning and doing very well. "If
you were in the tournament last
year," she said, "we hope you will
return to fish in the tournament
again this year."
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A new category has been added
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men-Spanish Mackerel.
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co-sponsored by C-Quarters Ma-
rina. It will be held Saturday, May
11, 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Cash
Prizes: $500, $300, $200, $100
in each category. "Weigh One Fish
Per Boat," is the announced rule.
Entry Fee $100 per boat.
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and C-Quarters Marina to benefit
TIYC Scholarship Fund and cel-
ebrate C-Quarters 2nd Anniver-
sary with live entertainment, food,
and an auction.
Millard Collins is the Tournament
At the regular meeting on April 5,
Shirley and Milton Cox put to-
gether an excellent meal, includ-
ing delicious chicken pilaf and lots
of good stuff. Sid Winchester an-
nounced that the 1061st Engi-
neers Port Construction and Re-
pair Group "will have their re-
union on June 7, 8 and 9, 2002.
Cook-out at C-Quarters in the
open deck area. There will be
about 10 to 15 veterans and their
wives and families," according to
The regular meeting concluded
about 8:45 p.m.


Selected To

Head FWC

A three-month, nationwide search
for a new executive director for the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) is fin-
ished. Kenneth Haddad, Director
of the FWC's Florida Marine Re-
search Institute (FMRI) will accept
the position pending satisfactory
completion of a background
Haddad will replace Allan L.
Egbert, Ph.D., who has held the
post since 1993. Egbert was ex-
ecutive director of the former
Game and Fresh Water Fish Com-
mission (GFC) and continued to
serve when the agency merged
with the Marine Fisheries Com-
mission, FMRI and parts of the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection.
Haddad, 50, has been director of
FMRI since 1993. He also has
served as interim director of the
FWC's Division of Marine Fisher-
ies, a scientist and research ad-
ministrator with the former
Florida Department of Natural
Resources and Department of
Environmental Protection and as
a consultant in the private
The new executive director earned
his master's degree in marine sci-
ence at the University of South
Florida. He also has a bachelor's
degree in biology from Presbyte-
rian College in Clinton, S.C.
Haddad has authored more than
35 technical and popular publi-
He lists his hobbies as hunting,
fishing, ,hiking, exercising, jog-
ging, tennis and motorcycles.
FWC Chairman John D. Rood
said the agency received 60 ap-
plications from as far away as
Australia before narrowing the list
to six applicants-two of whom
withdrew from consideration.

"We were fortunate to have a large
pool of highly qualified appli-
cants," Rood said, "but we felt it
was vital that we select an appli-
cant with a background in scien-.
tific research, management and
leadership and a thorough knowl-
edge of the complexities of
Florida's resources. Kenneth
Haddad stood out in all those
Haddad will start work on April
"Ken will face a great challenge in
replacing Dr. Egbert and main-
taining the level of leadership that
has guided the FWC for the past
eight years," Rood said. "We have
every confidence that he can, and
will, measure up to the excellence
the people of Florida have grown
to expect from this agency dur-
ing, Dr. Egbert's years of service."
Egbert will step down April 30.
The new executive director is sub-
ject to confirmation by the Florida
Senate next year.

All seven Commissioners ex-
pressed their best wishes to Dr.
Egbert as he continues his dis-
tinguished career.
Haddad and his wife, Sharon, will
relocate to Tallahassee from St.



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Economic Impact Study from Page 1
ample, the County Commission was directly involved as a contract-
ing party to the project, making them more a participant in the pro-
cess. A major failure of the Franklin County project was the omission
of an anthropological component, often urged by the administrator of
the project, the late George Chapel. Then again, literally pushing so
many state and county agencies together in a multi-tasked process
for the first time, may have been too great a burden for a "demonstra-
tion project."
Yet, despite some euphoria over the giant strides aquaculture has
made in Franklin County, given the state of the Alligator Point Clam
farms, Leslie Sturmer cautioned the farmers that there were still many
uncertainties ahead. Her remarks followed those in the University of
Florida's "Shellfish Aquaculture" newsletter of February 2002, which
said, in part:
Seafood suppliers and white-tablecloth restaurants are
in for a tough year, according to the January 2002 issue
of the Seafood Business Magazine. Americans aren't eat-
ing out like they used to, and sales of high-end seafood
items are off by as much as 25 percent. ...
... The softened demand has taken a toll on the seafood
marketplace, sending prices for many products tumbling.
That's great news for casual restaurants, retail stores
and, ultimately, consumers, but tough on suppliers. Some
companies will not make it, and consolidation in the sea-
food industry is likely over the next year ...
... But there are some bright spots. Retail sales are hold-
ing, some even making big gains. Retailers have been
able to offer prices that were unthinkable just a year ago.
And several of the seafood industry's largest suppliers
say they have yet to see the recession take a bite out of
their bottom line.

The clam industry in Florida is also taking a 20 to 25
percent hit on dpckside and wholesale prices. The in-
dustry has not experienced such low prices since 1994
when the average price to the farmer dropped to 9 to 10
cents. The outlook for this year to tough to predict, espe-
cially with the increased number of clammers in busi-
ness today as opposed to eight years ago. In order to
weather the storm, wholesalers may benefit from the
national trend and begin to explore new markets at ca-
sual restaurants. Since many consumers are buying sea-
food for cooking at home, another focus could be grocery
and retail stores. This would be a long-term plus. Other
advice from Seafood Business includes emphasizing value
on sales pitches, keeping tabs on accounts receivable,
and scrutinizing the credit of new customers. One thing
is clear-2002 is sure to call upon the clam industry's
resourcefulness and talent for dealing with the unex-
Source: Seafood Business, January 2002, Vol. 21, No. 1,
Diversified Business Communications. Portland, ME

The Economic Study

Aquacultural products are an important sector within the Florida
economy, with $86 million in farm-gate sales in 1999 (FASS, 2000).
Cultured hard clams (Mercenaria mercenciria) were the second larg-
est component of these sales. Sales of cultured clams in Florida have
experienced tremendous growth over the past 15 years. In 1989, sales
of clams only represented less than one percent in market share of
total aquacultural product sales. By 1999, clams represented 19 per-
cent of the market share in sales. The tropical fish industry held 50
percent of aquaculture commodity sales in Florida and aquatic plants
ad 16 percent of the sales.
Several educational efforts during the 1991-98 period contributed to
this growth in sales. The Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) funded
a demonstration and training program, known as Project OCEAN,
that initially provided potential growers with information on the pro-
duction, market preparation, marketing, and business aspects of clam
culture. Subsequent programs, such as Project WAVE, Project CLAM
and Project OAK HILL, trained additional growers. These projects have
supplied the cultured clam industry with a firm foundation of techni-
cal support that has contributed to a,steady growth in production
and sales of Elorida cultured clams.
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Region 1

Region 3


.Florida regions for the cultured hard clam study, 1999.

Although the clam industry has grown dramatically over the
1993-1999 period, the economic impact of the industry on the region
or state has not been estimated. Not only does the clam industry
contribute in terms of employment and sales of products, it produces
a greater economic benefit to Florida because of the economic activity
it generates among the firms that provide inputs to the clam culture
firms. In addition, employees within the clam industry generate eco-
nomic activity when they spend their income on housing, food, and
other goods and services. Thus, the economic benefits resulting from
clam culture extend beyond the local culture area to the general Florida

The hard clam culture industry has a history extending back more
than 20 years in Florida. Attempts to culture hard clams in Florida
originated in the Indian River Lagoon during the late 1970s as a means
to create an alternative supply source to fluctuating wild hard clam
stocks. Techniques for producing seed clams had been developed
during the 1950s; and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
developed'the early grow-out culture technologies during the 1980s.
The development of the hard clam culture industry on the Gulf Coast
of Florida began in the early 1990s, primarily through job retraining
program efforts designed for displaced workers in the commercial
fishing industry. Soon, cultured clam production in the Big Bend
region increased dramatically, with industry growth rapidly shifting
from the east coast to the west coast of Florida. There are currently
about 600 leases comprising 1,600 acres in Florida. About 400 indi-
viduals are actively involved in commercially culturing hard clams.
Hard clams are, grown on coastal submerged lands leased from the
State of Florida. Successful clam fanning requires good quality water,
free from bacterial and industrial, contamination. The three distinct
steps that characterize the culture process, each requiring a specific
technology and set of inputs are: seed production, nursery, and
grow-out. The seed production, process occurs in land-based hatch-
eries. Brood stock clams are spawned in a controlled, indoor environ-
ment, and this is relatively capital intensive. Juvenile clams are kept
in the hatchery until they reach a size where they can be transferred
to a land-based or field nursery. There are about 12 hatcheries in the
The nursery component represents an intermediate step in the pro-
duction process, and provides the seed clams with, adequate food
supply and protection from predators. Nurseries can be designed ei-
ther as a land-base d or field-based facility. Landbased nurseries
are typically shallow raceways, whereas the field nurseries require
the seed to be planted on a submerged lease in small-meshed bags.

The seed clams are held in the nursery until they are ready to be
planted into the grow-out system., Grow-out typically requires the
nursery clams to be planted in soft-meshed polyester bags on the
bottom. The clams are left there until they reach market size. The
primary inputs into the process are the bags, seed clams, labor, boat
fuel, and boat maintenance. After the clams are harvested, they are
washed, graded by size, packed in shipping bags, and distributed, by
refrigerated transport to wholesale and retail buyers throughout
Florida and the United States.
The grow-out process has been shown to be potentially profitable, if
the business is properly managed and acceptable water quality con-
ditions persist during the culture period.

Economic Impact Analysis
Florida's hard clam industry impacts the state economy in three pri-
mary ways. First, as direct effects, the industry generates output,
value added, and provides employment and wages to employees. Value
added represents sales revenues less purchased inputs. Value added
is a good indicator of the net contribution of an industry to the
economy, since it reflects the increase in value from each stage of
processing and marketing, and avoids double counting the sales of
products from production sectors to the manufacturing and process-
,ing sectors which is inherent in the values for economic output.
Second, clam processing and wholesaling firms require inputs in or-
der to operate. For example, firms use electricity, fuel, ice, and other
supplies. The demand for clams generates demand for the inputs
into the processing of clams. The purchase of goods and services
such as inputs from other industries supports additional economic
activity in these industries, referred to as indirect effects. Lastly, per-
sonal consumption expenditures by direct and indirect industry em-
ployees boost Florida's economy, known as induced effects. The sum
of the direct, indirect, and induced effects yields total economic im-

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Economic Impact Study from Page 4
The results section will begin with an examination of the market struc-
ture of the Florida cultured hard clam industry. Then the sources of
clams will be examined, both in terms of the origin (personal lease,
other growers, or wholesale firms) and regional source. The distribu-
tion and prices of cultured clams by market channel and location will
be discussed. Finally, the economic impact of the Florida cultured
clam industry will be estimated for the state and for each region.
In 1999, approximately 143.1 million clams were sold by Florida clam
processing or wholesale firms. The value of these sales was over $21.8
million. The sales volume of the individual clam processing or whole-
saling firms varied considerably across Florida. The annual sales for
the smallest firm was 2000 clams, worth $208, while the largest firm
handled almost 25.5 million clams, worth $3.8 million in sales in
1999. There were 18 firms that' had less than $100,000 a year in
clam sales, which represents the largest size class of firms. Firms
with sales exceeding $1,000,000 a year represent the second largest
size class of firms.
Firms received Florida-cultured clams from three sources: their own
personal cases, other Florida growers, and other wholesalers. State-
wide, other growers provided 103.7 million (72.5 percent) of clams
sold; personal leases provided 28.4 million (almost 20 percent); and
other wholesalers account for the remaining 11 million clams (7.7
percent). About 7.7 million clams obtained from wholesalers we re
sold to other wholesalers, either within the firm's region (2.4 million)
or in another region in Florida (5.3 million). These 7.7 million clams
were not considered in the value of the receiving firms' sales to avoid
double counting.
Firms were asked to identify the number of clams that they received
from their own region and from each of the other Florida regions.
Clam firms in all three regions received most of their clams from
sources within their own region. For example, of the 92.3 million
clams handled by firms in Region I (Northwest Florida), 87.27 million
were obtained within Region 1. Firms in Region 2 (East Florida Coast)
obtained 24.57 million clams from sources in Region 2. Region 3
(Southwest Florida) firms obtained 17.5 million clams from within
Region 3, most of them (15.52 million) from growers.
The volume of clams obtained from outside a specific region varied by
region. For example, firms in Region I obtained 4.98 million clams (5
percent) from Regions 2 and 3 combined (Figure 6). Of these, 630,000
came from Region 2 and 4.35 million from Region 3. On the other
hand, firms in Region 2 obtained 9.72 million (26 percent) of their
clams from outside their own region. Of these, 7.66 million came
from Region I and 1.06 million from Region 3. Firms in Region 3
purchased 82,000 clams (0.5 percent) from outside their own region
(2,000 from Region I and 80,000 from Region 2).
Firms in each region obtained the majority of their clams from grow-
ers in their own region. Volumes of clams acquired from their own
leases or other wholesalers were less important.
Florida certified shellfish processors within the state of Florida sold
143.1 million cultured clams in 1999. Almost 51 percent (72.5 mil-
lion) of the clams were sold outside of Florida, including domestic

and international destinations. The remaining 70.6 million (49 per-
cent) were sold within Florida, 35.1 million of them within the selling
firm's region and 35.5 million to other regions within the state.
Clam sales were distributed through four major market channels:
wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, and consumers. Sales to whole-
salers dominated both Regions 1 and 3. In Region 1, almost 91 per-
cent of sales were to wholesalers; 4.1 percent of the sales were to
restaurants, and 5.1 percent to retailers. About a tenth of a percent
of clams were sold directly to consumers by firms located in Region 1.
Region 3 bad a sales pattern similar to that of Region 1.
Within Region Sales. The number of clams sold within the respec-
tive regions in Florida totaled 35.1 million. Of these, the number of
clams sold to the four marketing channels differed with respect to
regional location of the clam firm. Of the 22.1 million clams sold by
firms in Region I to buyers within Region 1, wholesalers purchased
90 percent (19.93 million) and the remaining 10 percent of clams
were sold to restaurants (1.95 million), retailers (110,000), and con-
sumers (70,000).
The distribution of clams among the marketing channels differed in
Region 2 from the other two regions. Firms in Region 2 marketed
12.1 million clams within the region; however, a larger proportion
went to restaurants and consumers. Firms sold 6.25 million clams
(52 percent) of these to restaurants and 4.52 million clams (37 per-
cent) to wholesalers. Retailers purchased almost 430,000 clams (4
percent) and consumers bought about 880,000 clams (7 percent).
The dominance of restaurants and consumers in this region is plau-
sible, given the tourism and population density of the region.
Between Region Sales. The number of clams sold by firms in one
region to another totaled 35.5 million. Wholesalers in all three re-
gions were the dominant destination for the between region sales.
Region 1 sold 21.54 million clams (80.5 percent) and Region 3 sold
5.85 million clams (85.8 percent) to wholesalers in other regions. Firms
in Region 2 sold 1.82 million clariis (96.5 percent) to wholesalers in
other regions. For Region 1, retailers in other regions represented the
second most important marketing channel (3.37 million clams). How-
ever,. sales to restaurants were the next most important marketing
channel for inter-regional sales by firms in Regions 2 and 3 (58,000
and 708,000 clams, respectively). Clam firms in Regions 1 and 2 did
not sell any clams to consumers outside their region, whereas firms
in Region 3 sold 158,000 clams (2.3 percent) to consumers.
Sales Outside of Florida. The total number of clams sold outside of
Florida (domestic and international sales) was 72.5 million. In terms
of these export sales, firms in Region 2 distributed their clams quite
differently from those in Regions I and 3. Region 2 sold 8.0 million
clams'(41.4 percent) to restaurants and 7.33 million clams (37.9 per-
cent) to wholesalers outside of Florida. Firms in Regions 1 and 3
attributed a greater percentage of their out-of-state sales to wholesal-
Clam firms reported the prices they received in each region by each
market channel. Average prices, weighted by volume, were' calcu-
lated for each region and each. destination. (Note that any regional
variations in prices received")or clams may reflect the different sizes
of clams produced per region. Variable clam sizes sell at different
prices, which is not addressed in this study.) Overall, the weighted
average price of clams across all regions and market channels in 1999
was $0.16 per clam.
Wholesale prices ranged from $0.14 per clam to $0.19 per clam.(Table
2). Wholesalers within Florida paid, on average, between $0.14 and

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$0.16 per clam, both when purchasing from a local tirm or a firm in
another region. Overall, out-of-state wholesalers paid an average of
$0.18 per clam; however, firms in Region 2 received an average of
$0.15 per clam from out-of-state wholesalers.
Statewide, Florida retailers also paid between $0.13 and $0.24 per
clam, with an overall average of $0.14 per clam. Again, firms in Re-
gion 2 received the highest average price from buyers outside their
own region as well as the lowest average price from out-of-state buy-
ers. Prices received by firms in Region 3 were the least variable, rang-
ing from $0.17 to $0.19 per clam.
Consistent with general expectations, consumers paid the highest
price for clams. Consumers overall paid an average of $0.23 per clam,
ranging from $0.21 per clam in Region I to $0.26 in Region 3. Region
3 was the only region that sold clams to consumers outside its re-
gion. Consumers within Region 3 paid $0.26 per clam, while con-
sumers from outside Region 3 paid 4 cents less per clam.
Florida clam firms had $21.84 million in sales of hard cultured clams
to wholesalers, restaurants, retailers, and consumers in 1999. A to-
tal of $9.46 million of clam sales were to buyers within Florida (whole-
salers, restaurants, retailers, and consumers).and $12.38 million in
sales were to buyers outside, Florida, including international buyers.
Wholesale and restaurant buyers were the most important markets,
both in-state and out-of-state, for Florida clam firms. Retail buyers
and direct sales to consumers were significantly less important.
However, the $21.84 million in sales of Florida cultured hard clams
represents only the direct economic output of the clam wholesale
industry. The economic impact to the Florida economy resulting from
the hard clam culture industry requires a more complete assessment
of the indirect and induced, as well as direct impacts to include the
broad economic impacts associated with the hard clam culture in-
dustry for each region and the state as a whole.

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The Franklin Chronicle

Second Circuit

Court Report

January 11, 2002
By Sue Cronkite
The Honorable F. E. Steinmeyer
Prosecuting Attorney Adam Ruiz
Assistant Public Defender Kevin Steiger
All persons listed below are presumed innocent
until found guilty in a court of law.

Barfield, Michael W.: Charged with burglary of structure and petit theft. Ac-
cording to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On Novem-
ber 17, 2001, officers saw a person matching the description of the defendant
exit a building in Carrabelle. Later it was reported that a cash box containing
$80 had been stolen from an office where the defendant had asked for change.
Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty. Pretrial conference set for Feb-
ruary 18, 2002. Atty. Charles E. Hobbs II represented the defendant.
Brown, James Paul: Charged with burglary of a dwelling. Probable cause
previously published. Defendant entered a plea of hot guilty. Pretrial confer-
ence continued to February 18, 2001. Steiger represented the defendant.
Brown, Richard Calvin: Charged with dealing stolen property. According to
probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On November 26. 2001.
officers were advised that a grinder stolen from Buddy Ward Seafood had
been found at Franklin Gun and Pawn. Doug Creamer stated defendant had
sold the grinder to him. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty. Pretrial
conference set for February 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Davis, Dwayne L.: Charged with sexual battery. Probable cause previously
published. Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty. Pretrial conference
set for March 18, 2002. Atty. Rachel Chesnut represented the defendant.
Ford, Tamela: Charged with grand theft. According to probable cause report,
the following allegedly occurred: On December 6, 2001, an officer conducting
an investigation of theft that had occurred at Magnolia Medical in Apalachicola
was told that defendant had knowledge that a money bag was to have been
picked up by courier. Another officer was given checks made out to Magnolia
Medical found in a garbage can at Botanical Gardens. Officer observed can-
celed check with defendant's name and money order receipt made out to Georgia
State Probation. Officers stated they believe defendant went back to Magnolia
Medical, used her key, and removed the bag. Defendant entered a written plea
of not guilty. Arraignment was continued to February 18, 2002. Atty. Rachel
Chesnut represented the defendant.
Harris, Lataska: Charged with sale of controlled substance. According to prob-
able cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On October 11. 2001. of-
ficers making controlled buys of illegal narcotics purchased a substance which
tested positive to be cocaine at 9th Street and Avenue L in Apalachicola: De-
fendant entered a plea of not guilty. Pretrial conference was set for February
18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Johnson, Angela R.: Charged with child neglect. Probable cause previously
published. Arraignment was continued to February 18, 2002.
Jones, Johnny: Charged with resisting officer with violence. According to
probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On December 8, 2001.
officers working narcotics investigation on Southeast 7th Street in Carrabelle
warned defendant not to interfere. Defendant made threats, cursed at offic-
ers, warned vehicles approaching the area, then resisted with violence when
officers arrested him. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Pretrial confer-
ence set for February 18, 2002. Atty. Ryan R. Davis represented the defen-
Longway, James Joseph Jr.: Charged with driving while license suspended
felony. Probable cause previously published. Arraignment continued to Feb-
ruary 18. 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Mathis, Raymond: Charged with possession of firearm by convicted felon
and discharge of firearm in public. Probable cause previously published. De-
fendant entered written plea of not guilty. Pretrial conference set for February
18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
McMahon, Glen: Charged with sale of controlled substance. According to
probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On September 8, 2001.
members of the Franklin County Narcotics Task Force conducted controlled
buys of illegal narcotics in Apalachicola. A leafy substance which tested posi-
tive for cannabis was purchased from the defendant at the corner of Avenue J
and 9th Street. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty. A public defender ap-
pointment was made with pretrial conference set for February 18, 2002.
Nunez, Luis R.: Charged with grand theft of motor vehicle. According to pirob-
Sable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On November 24, 2001,
an officer was dispatched to 153 4th Street in Apalachicola where it was stated
that a 1994 Nissan pickup had been taken from front yard. After missing
vehicle report issued, officers spotted the truck. When approached, defendant
Attempted to flee on foot. Defendant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudi-
cated guilty, was sentenced to 48 days in jail, with credit for time served 48
days, two years probation, $295 court costs and restitution. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Ochala, Robert Paul: Charged with attempted first degree murder and bur-
glary while armed. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty with pretrial confer-
ence set for February 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Ostrowski, Theresa M.: Deferred prosecution agreement made on December
S18, 2000. Arraignment continued to February 18, 2002. Steigerrepresented
the defendant.
.Pearson, Thelma: Charged with driving while license suspended felony. Ac-
'.cording to probable cause report, the following allegedly occurred: On Decem-
.-ber 6, 2001, an officer on routine patrol observed the defendant drive up to
'gas Pumps at a Junior Mart. Upon checking, the officer learned that defendant's
,'drivers license had been suspended indefinitely. Case was transferred to county'
.court. Steiger represented the defendant.
.Smith, Jerral Dwayne: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm.,
Defendant entered a written plea of not guilty. Motion to reduce bond denied.
Pretrial conference set for March 18, 2002. Atty. Waylon Graham represented
the defendant.

Ard, Carl Wayne: Charged with escape. Pretrial conference continued to Feb-
ruary 18, 2002, with trial set for February 20, 2002. Steiger represented the
Banks, Claude F.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon. Pre-
trial conference continued to February 18, 2002, with trial February 20, 2002.
Steiger represented the defendant.

Benjamin, Marvin Ray Jr.: Charged with aggravated assault on law enforce-
ment officer, possession of controlled substance, and sale of controlled sub-
stance. Trial set for February 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Brannan, Shirl Evans: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer. State
chose not to prosecute. Steiger represented the defendant.
Brown, Elijah: Charged with burglary of a dwelling, burglary of a structure.
resisting arrest without violence, criminal mischief under $200. three counts
sale of controlled substance, dealing stolen property, and grand theft from
retail merchant. In violation of probation hearing charged with leaving scene
of accident with injuries. Pretrial conference continued to February 18, 2002.
with trial set for February 20, 2002. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the
Brown, Shawn V.: Charged with resisting officer with violence, battery of law
enforcement officer, willful and wanton reckless driving. Set for jury trial on
February 18, 2002. Atty. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Buzbee, Christopher: Charged with criminal mischief third degree felony.
burglary of a structure, and violation of probation on four counts of uttering a
forged check. Trial continued to February 18, 2002. Steiger represented the
Campbell, Robert L.: Charged with obtaining or attempting to obtain con-
trolled substance by fraud. Defendant entered plea of no contest, was adjudi-
cated guilty, received two years probation, with credit for time served 170
days, to pay $295 court costs, $100 Florida Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE), standard drug evaluation and conditions. Atty. Barbara Sanders rep-
resented the defendant.
Cargill, Stephon: charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial set for Feb-
ruary 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Collins, William J.: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Defendant
entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty, received 73 days, with
credit for time served 73 days, two years probation, standard drug conditions.
inpatient and aftercare, remain in jail until bed available, to pay $145.04 cost.
Atty. Ryan R. Davis represented the defendant.
Creek, Jason Lee: Charged with grand theft. Jury trial set for January 23.
2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Culpepper, Dennis: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer and Driving
While Intoxicated (DUI). Trial set for March 18, 2002. Steiger represented the
Davis, Clinton W.: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Pretrial confer-
ence continued to February 18, 2002, with trial set for February 20, 2001.
Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Ducker, Rekiya: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial set for March
18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Dykes, Clifford M. Jr.: Charged with two counts possession of cannabis more
than 20 grams, driving while license suspended felony, felony fleeing or at-
tempt to elude, cultivation of cannabis, possession drug paraphernalia. Trial
by jury continued to March 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Ellis, David: Charged with grand theft third degree. Trial set for February 18.
2002. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Estes, Gloria Vickery: Charged with three counts of tampering with a wit-
ness. Trial continued to March 18, 2002. Atty. J. Gordon Shuler represented
the defendant.
Farmer, Harold: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial set for Feb-
ruary 18, 2002. Atty. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Fender, Carl: Charged with driving while license suspended felony. Trial set
for February 18, 2002. Atty. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Frink, Frank Elgie, Sr.: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon
and criminal mischief. Pretrial conference continued to March 18, 2002, with
trial set for March 20, 2002. Atty. Jan Hevier represented the defendant.
Geter, Sylvia: Charged with grand theft. Trial continued to February 18, 2002.
Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
iGloner, David Allen: Charged with grand theft of motor vehicle. On motion
for conflict counsel trial continued to February 18, 2002.
Golden, James Keith: Charged with possession outboard motor serial num-
ber removed. Trial continued to February 18, 2002. Atty. Barbara Sanders
represented the defendant.
Harrell, Deneen C.: Charged with grand theft. On motion for conflict counsel
trial continued to February 18, 2002.
Jackson, Del Romel: Charged with driving while license suspended felony.
Failed to show up for pretrial conference, bond forfeited, warrant issued for
arrest, set for jury trial. Steiger represented the defendant.
James, Jason Paul: Charged with possession outboard motor serial number
removed. Trial set for Februar IS 2002. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented
the defendant.

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Jones, Johnny: Charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon, pos-
session of controlled substance, cultivation of cannabis, possession less than
20 grams marijuana, and possession drug paraphernalia. Pretrial conference
continued to February 18, 2002, with trial set for February 20, 2002. Atty.
Ryan R. Davis represented the defendant.
Keith, Jason Derrick: Charged with burglary of a dwelling and dealing stolen
property. Trial continued to February 18, 2002. Atty. Barbara Sanders repre-
sented the defendant.
Larimore, William E.: Charged with murder first degree. Trial set for March
18, 2002. Atty. Edward S. Staffman represented the defendant.
Lee, Christopher Brian: Charged with cultivation of cannabis, possession of
Cannabis more than 20 grams, and possession controlled substance intent to
deliver. Trial continued to February 18, 2002. Atty. J. Gordon Shuler repre-
sented the defendant.
Neel, Kimberly J.: Charged with aggravated battery, drug possession mari-
juana under 20 grams, drug paraphernalia use or possession, and trespass.
Trial continued to February 18. 2001. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the
O'Neal, Lorenzo: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial set for Feb-
ruary 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
O'Neal, Michael: On charge of sale of controlled substance, defendant en-
tered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty, received 220 days, with
credit for time served 220 days, upon release, six month C/C, followed by twoi
years probation, to a pay $295 court costs. State chose not to prosecute pos-
session of controlled substance. Atty. Robert Rand represented the defendant
on sale of controlled substance. On possession of controlled substance. Atty.
Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Pearson, Jabara D.: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial set for
March 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Prince, Edward: Charged with grand theft. Pretrial conference continued to
March 18, 2002, with trial by jury March 20, 2002. Steiger represented the
Pullam,. Timothy: Charged with two counts of sexual battery. Trial set for
March 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Reeves, Danny Lee: Charged with sexual battery upon a child under 12.
Trial set for March 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Rogers, John: Charged with two counts worthless checks over $150. Pretrial
conference continued to February 18, 2002, with trial February 20, 2002.
Steiger represented the defendant.
Salter, Albert, Jr.: Charged with two counts sale of controlled substance.
Pretrial conference continued to March 18, 2002, with trial on March 20.
2002. Atty. Ryan R. Davis represented the defendant.
Sanders, Mark Paul: Charged with grand theft of motor vehicle and grand
theft. Trial set for February 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Shiver, Johnny: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial set for March
18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Shiver, Kelly A.: Charged with battery of law enforcement officer, resisting
officer with violence, DUI, and disorderly intoxication. Pretrial conference con-
tinued to February 18, 2002, with trial set for February 20, 2002. Atty. Rendi
Katalinic represented the defendant.
Tarantino, Thomas C.: Charged with three counts of dealing stolen property.
On first count defendant entered a plea of no contest, adjudicated guilty, re-

Continued on Page 7


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Second Circuit Court from Page 6

ceived four years probation, standard drug conditions, inpatient treatment
(long term) secure or non-secure, held in jail until longer term treatment avail-
able-no longer than one year, to pay restitution of $320. On other two counts
state chose not to prosecute. Atty. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defen-
Thomas, Fred W.: Charged with five counts of worthless checks over $150.
and five counts of grand theft. Trial set for February 18. 2002. Atty. Steven P.
Glazer represented the defendant.
Thomas, Marlo M.: Charged with aggravated battery with deadly weapon.
Trial reset for February 18. 2002. Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the de-
Walden, Lisa Ann: Charged with grand theft. Pretrial conference continued to
March 18, 2002. with trial set for March 20, 2002. Steiger represented the
Weldon, Richard Thomas, Jr.: Charged with DUI with serious injuries, driv-
ing while license suspended or revoked, and reckless driving. Trial set for
February 18. 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
White, Arthur S.: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Defen-
dant entered a plea of no contest, was adjudicated guilty, received 142 days.
with credit for time served 142 days. Steiger represented the defendant.
Williams, Alex D: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Trial set for
February 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Wood, Eric Elton: Charged with cultivation of cannabis and possession of
cannabis more than 20 grams. Trial set for February 18, 2002. Atty. Chuck
Hobbs represented the defendant.
Zabielski, Michael: Charged with possession of firearm by convicted felon.
Pretrial conference continued to February 18, 2002, with trial set for Febru-
ary 20, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.

Ash, Craig: Charged with possession of controlled substance. Hearing re-
set for February 18, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Harris, Lataska: Charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude. Defendant
entered a denial. Hearing reset for February 18, 2002. Steiger represented the
Jones, Travis N.: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Defendant en-
tered a denial. Hearing reset for February 18, 2002. Steiger represented the
SMelton, George Lindsey: Charged with false imprisonment. Defendant en-
tered a written denial. Hearing reset for February 18, 2002. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
White, Damlen: Charged with possession less than 20 grams marijuana. De-
fendant entered a denial. Hearing reset for February 18, 2002. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Dillon, Ray C. Jr.: Charged with possession of controlled substance with
intent. Defendant entered written denial. Hearing reset for February 18, 2002.
Steiger represented the defendant.

Cargill, Holly Marie: Charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell
and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine. Hearing reset for February 18, 2002.
Atty. Barbara Sanders represented the defendant.
Dillon, Robert J.: Charged with manslaughter by auto culpable negligence
and two counts of DUI with serious injuries. Motion to set bond denied. Hear-
ing reset for March 18, 2002. Atty. Robert Rand represented the defendant.
Edgecomb, Kristen R.: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Defen-
dant admitted violation, was adjudicated guilty, received new terms 16 months
C/C, four years probation, all prior conditions reimposed, with credit for time
served 24 days. Steiger represented the defendant.
Brannan, Shirl Evans: Defendant admitted violation of probation, adjudi-
cated guilty, probation terminated, new term of two years, inpatient medical
and aftercare, remain in jail until bed available, any O/S obligation as part of
new term. Steiger represented the defendant.

Jackson, Kenneth R.: Charged with grand theft. Defendant admitted viola-
tion, adjudicated guilty, received two years probation as part of probation, all
prior conditions, 11 months, 29 days, Franklin County Jail, with credit for
time served 112 days, to pay $330.93 cost as part of probation. Steiger repre-
sented the defendant.
Keith, Jason Derrick: Charge ..ith le.anrig scene of accident i'.-1th Iniuries.,
Hearing reset for February 18, 2002 Atty Barbar.a Sanders represented the"
Lowery, Clarence: Charged with two counts dealing in stolen property and
cultivation of cannabis. Pled in chambers January 8, 2002. Atty. Steve M.
Watkins II represented the defendant.
McDonald, Michael: Charged with grand theft. Admitted violation, adjudi-
cated guilty, received six months C/C following release from custody, followed
by 18 months probation. Steiger represented the defendant.

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Tarantino, Thomas: Charged with grand theft. Admitted violation, adjudi-
cated guilty, received 14 months probation, with credit for time served 14
months. Atty. J. Gordon Shuler represented the defendant.
Woullard, Freddie: Charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm. Failed
to appear. Warrant issued for arrest. Steiger represented the defendant.
Zabielski, Michael: Charged with stalking. Hearing reset for February 18.
2002. Steiger represented the defendant.

Fedd, Jermaine: Motion to set bond denied.
Kennedy, Derrick E.: Motion made for post conviction relief. Hearing contin-
ued. Atty. John C. Kennedy represented the defendant.
Kwanzaa, Ayokunie 0.: Charged with resisting arrest with violence, battery
on law enforcement officer, trespass structure or conveyance and corruption
by threat against public servant. Hearings reset for March 18. 2002. Steiger
represented the defendant.
Salter, Albert Jr.: Motion for reconsideration and rehearing. Atty. Barbara
Sanders represented the defendant.
Reeves, Danny L.: Charged with sexual battery on child under age 12. Mo-
tion to exclude witnesses from depositions granted. Steiger represented the
Turrell, Ben I: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Motion to modify
pretrial release conditions withdrawn. Steiger represented the defendant.
Robinson, Alpha Omega: Charged with sale of controlled substance. Motion
to modify pretrial release conditions withdrawn. Steiger represented the de-

Creek, Jason Lee: Charged with grand theft. Trial by jury reset for January
23, 2002. Steiger represented the defendant.
Jackson, Del Romel: Charged with driving while license suspended felony.
Failed to appear. Warrant issued for arrest. Steiger represented the defen-

APTA from Page 3
FEMA part of threw up their arms
and the rock revetments was
Franklin County's decision.
Three more of the houses are go-
ing to be moved from their dan-
gerous sites with their pilings in
the water at all times.
Moving them will make the prob-
lem move along the coastline, and
so it is becoming an emergency.
The problem is that in a bad storm
the breaking waves start to erode
an area that has a natural canal
made by nature. More houses
have been built according to one
resident of Harbor Circle and they
have mowed the grass that was
at least a little defense against the
Linc Burnett laid out the two op-
tions, Number 1, no more
armoring the shoreline except for
sea walls at the junction with the
canals. The three houses that are
literally on the water will be de-
molished or moved, and move the
Waters said. that very probably
nature would cut a waterway
through at the weakest point and
FEMA would build a bridge over
the natural waterway. Tom
Vanderplaats said, "What about
the boats be in able to get in and,:
out?" He added, "that it would
probably lose the flow in and out
of the harbor." Roy Duverger said
that he had talked to the FSU
Marine Lab and they said the
channel was flushing out the

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Ii, the end, the poll revealed there
was a large majority for no more
Armoring. When the directors
were asked to vote, they passed
the position not to arm the beach
and later other things can be
Burnett said that the members of
APTA cannot authorize anything
that will be the job for the'
Franklin County to do..
On Tarpon Bay, the developers
went to the Board of Adjustment
(BOA) and changed the lot front
size to less that 100. The change
was challenged and then the BOA
attorney told the BOA members
that their first decision would
have to stand unless they were
willing to sue themselves.
Alligator Point Fire Chief Steve
Fling said that "We almost lost the
old marine lab on the Point. It was
a miscommunication. There was
a grass fire blazing away. We were
on our way to the Turkey Point
'"he other was on last Saturday
and three houses were endan-
gered by a man lighting a fire on
this Site." He said, "Let's all be
very careful." One resident said
That it should be very possible to
get a board that gives you the sev-
eral stages of the danger of fire. It
was soon approved by those
,present and they said that there
would be volunteers to keep it up.

News Of The AMVETS American

Veterans Post 107, Lanark Village
On April 25, at 6:00 p.m. at the Korea, between Korea and Viet-
Franklin County Senior Citizens, nam, between Vietnam and the
in Carrabelle, FL, AMVETS Post Gulf War, are not eligible for mem-
107, will hold a POST SOCIAL bership in other National Veter-
MEETING to welcome new mem- ans Organizations such as the
bers or help Veterans start their AMERICAN LEGION and VETER-

AMVETS POST 107 is the only
AMVETS POST between Panama
City and Jacksonville along the
Florida/Georgia border within the
Counties of Wakulla, Gadsden,
Franklin, Liberty, Gulf, Calhoun,
Jackson, Lafayette, Taylor, Madi-
son, Jefferson, Leon, Baker,
Hamilton, Suwannee, Columbia
and Union.
Continued on Page 9

Economic Impact Study from Page 5

Economic Impact of the Cultured Clam Industry to the Florida
Economy. The total economic impacts of the cultured clam industry
to the Florida economy include $33.9 million in output, $9.0 million
in labor income, and $12.1 million in value added. The direct eco-
nomic impacts accounted for 64 percent of total output impacts. 43
percent of total labor income impacts, and 39 percent of total value
added impacts to the Florida economy. The indirect economic im-
pacts represented 14 percent of total output impacts, 23 percent of
labor income impacts, and 21 percent of value-added impacts. The
induced effects accounted for 22 percent of total' output impacts, 34
percent of labor income impacts, and 40 percent of value-added im-
Economic Impact of the Cultured Clam Industry on a Regional
Basis. It is important to recognize the sum of economic impacts by
Regions 1, 2, and 3 will exceed the economic impacts of the state of
Florida (the geographical entity comprised of Regions 1, 2, and 3).

Approximately 143 million cultured clams were sold by the Florida
clam processing and wholesaling firms in 1999. Northwest Florida
(Region 1) handled the largest number of cultured clams (92.3 mil-
lion). The eastern coast of Florida (Region 2) handled 33.2 million
clams and the southwestern portion of the state (Region 3) handled
17.6 million. The firms obtained their clams from within their own
region as well as from the other two regions in Florida. Most of them
came from either personal leases (20 percent) or other growers (73
The survey results indicate that the Florida clam industry is spread
out over a number of firms of varying sizes. The smallest firm handled
only 2,000 clams and the largest handled almost 25.5 million clams.
The Florida clam industry is made up of a number of small firms and
the market share, or percent sold by any one firm, was relatively
small, typically under 5 percent.
The Florida cultured hard clam wholesale and processing industry
had $21.8 million in sales in 1999. Around 43 percent of these sales
were within the state and 57 percent of them were to out-of-state
locations, including international destinations. Regardless of the geo-
graphic destination of the cultured clams sold by clam firms, the
majority (78 percent) were sold to other wholesalers.
The total economic impact of the clam industry onr Florida, after ac-
counting for direct, indirect, and induced impacts, was $33.9 million
in output, $9.0 million in labor income, and $12.1 million in value
added. The total economic impacts were also calculated for each re-
gion. In Region I the clam industry generated a total of $24 million, in
output, $6.5 million in labor income, and $8.8 million in value -added.
In Region 2, the total economic impact of the clam industry was $5.5,
million in output, $1.4 million in labor income, and $1.9 million in
value added. In Region 3 the total economic impact was estimated to
be $4.9 million in output, $1..4 million in labor income, and $1 .8
million in value added.



sq. ft.

Parcel 2122200110000 Leon County, FL
Scale 1:3600

0 150 300 450 600 750 Feet

Zoned MR-1 Medium Density
Residential District

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

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2. Principal Uses
(1] Community facilities related to residential uses. including
religious facilities, police/fire stations, and elementary, middle,
and high schools. Other community facilities may be allowed in
accordance with Section 1 8.1 of these regulations. (2] Day care

centers. (3) Golf courses. (4) Multiple-family dwellings. (5) Nurs-
L ighth o use ing homes and other residential care facilities. (6) Passive and
Lighth o u se active recreational facilities. (7) Single-family attached dwellings.
(8] Single-family detached dwellings. (9) Twofamily dwellings.
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quires 10 Veterans in Honorable
standing to start a Post.
AMVETS POST 107, would like to
invite all Veterans to this Social
Meeting and be honored to have
them become a member of Post
107 or assist in the formation of
an AMVETS POST within their
Veterans who only served in Peace
time between World War II and

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The Franklin Chronicle


19 April 2002 Page 9

FDLE Annual

Crime Report


Franklin Up

Most of the Increase in
Larceny and Burglary

Franklin County Sheriffs Office
Apalachicola Police Department
Carrabelle Police Department
Franklin-DEP Div of Law Enforce
Franklin-Florida Game Comm
FHP Apalachicola

Wakulla County Sheriffs Office
Wakulla-DEP Div of Law Enforce
Wakulla-Florida Game Comm
FHP Wakulla Co

Liberty County Sheriffs Office
Liberty-DEP Div of Law Enforce
Liberty-Florida Game Conmm
FHP Liberty Co

Gulf County Sheriffs Office
Port St. Joe Police Department
Gulf-DEP Div of Law Enforce
Gulf-Florida Game Conmm
FHP Gulf Co

Calhoun County Sheriffs Office
*Altha Police Department
Blountstown Police Department
Calhotn-DEP Div of Law Enforce
Calhoun-Florida Game Comm
FHP Calhoun Co

T6tal .
Population Index Murder

[Forcible ..... Aggravated
Rape Robbery Assault i'urglary


Motor Crime
Vehicle Rate/
. Theft 100,000

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2000 15,982,378'895,'I 890.. 6,952 31,392 '88,807 170,131 509,616 87,920 5,604.35
2001 16,331,739 911,292 i867 . 6,630 132,808; .90;018 175,671 515,501 89,797 5,579.88

Franklin County .
2000 11,057 263; 0 1. 2 17 29 202 12 2,378.58
2001 11,197 622.. 2 :5 -'6 47 79 451 32 5,555.06

2001 7,569 322 .i 2 :. 2 .33. 50 -206 24 '.4,254.19
2001 2,323 .:' 0 1 8 11 133 3 6,715.45
2001. 1,305 1. .0 .0. 3 6 17 109 .4 .10,651.34
2001 0 .5 .: 0 0 1 3 1 0.00
2001 .0 0..0 0 0 0. 0 0* 0.00
2001 0 0 0 0 0. 0 0 0.00
..... .
- Wakulla County :. '
2000 '- 22,863 709 0 4 92 151 400 i. .54 3,101.08
2001 23,807 715 2; 22 "'10. 124 187 331 39 .3,003.32'

20011 23,807 715 2 22. 10: 124 187 331 39 3,003.32
200o1 0 ..o 0 0 0 0 00.00
001 0. 0. 0 .0 0.: .0 0 0 0 0.00
2001 0 0 :0.'. :-.0' 0 0. 0 0 0 0.00

SLiberty County
2000 7,021 96 0 00 0 1 .8 22 47 9 1,367.33
2001 7,132 95 "0 3- 1 25 30 29 7 1,332.02

2001 7,132 95 0 3 1 25 30' 29 7 1,332.02
2001 0 0 :-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
2001 0 0 0 0 ~0 0 0 0 0 0.00
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Gulf County .; .
2000 .13,332 310 .0 6 3 52 67 161 21 2,325.23
2001 14,952 271 0 6 1. 50 68 125 21 1,812.47

2001 11;337 213. 0 6 1 40 44 102 20 1,878.80
-2001 3,615 58 0 0 0 10 24 .23 1 1,604.43
2001 0 .0 0 0 0 0 0 .0 0 0.00
2001 0 0 0' 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
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Calnoun county
2000 13,017 0
2001 13,073 87

2001 10,077 124
2001 528 0
2001 2.468 63
2001 0 0
2001 0 0
2001 0 0 :

Total %
Crime CI
Population Index 200(
Florida 2000 15,982,378 895,708
FL 2001 16,331,739 911,292





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well spent, for within two weeks
the Post received a letter of ap-
preciation from the Department of
SVeterans Affairs in Biloxi and a big
"thank you" letter from Billie
Goodwin with pictures of Veter-
ans holding a sign thanking the

8The Wandering Star Quilters in
890 6,952 31,392 88,807 170,131 509,616 87,920 5,604.35 Lanark Village were in a dilemma.
1.74 867 6,630 32,808 90,018 175,671 515,501 89,797 5,579.88 They were having a quilt show and
had no one to feed the hundreds
o.f visitors they hoped would show
up. Two local groups had turned
.AmVets fromi',Page- 7. them down at the last minute and
..,I In .y the posters had already gone out
A call went out from the Veterans stating they would have food.

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Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS)
Representative Billie J.Goodwin,
for District IV, which covers all
AMVETS Post from Pensacola to
Carrabelle, to Jim Lawlor, Com-
mander of AMVETS Post 107 in
The VCR at the VA Medical Cen-
ter Recreation room in the Biloxi
VA Hospital had broken down and
a new one was needed.
Being the members of AMVETS
POST 107 are always glad to help
fellow Veterans, he gave the OK
to replace the VCR and send the
bill to Post 107 It was $50.00


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more distinctive accent

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Postcards, circa 1900, of old
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Lookjbr the big tin shec on
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Carole Lawlor, Chairman of the
Quilt Show, asked her husband
Jim, Commander of POST 107, if
the local AMVETS Post could help
out. This sounded like a good fund
drive to help the Post, so he got
in touch with his 1st Vice Com-
mander, Sid Winchester, who
Jim, Sid and two other Post mem-
bers, Butch Baker and Earl Over-
man along with a Lanark Village
resident, Marie Buster, put on a
feed that was enjoyed by all.

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After all was finished and a dona-
tion was given to the Quilting
group and a VCR was given to the -
Biloxi Veterans Hospital, Post 107
had earned $250.00 for Post ac-
Every year, the Camp Gordon
Johnston Association, located in
Carrabelle hold a reunion for the
Veterans who were stationed at
Camp Gordon Johnston during
World War II.
As part of the weekend reunion,
there is a parade for these Veter-
ans along Hwy. 98 in Carrabelle.
This year, AMVETS Post 107 of
Carrabelle which was formed in
October 2000, contacted AMVETS
Department of Florida and the
POST 78 in Valparaiso to lead the
This was the first time the Parade
was led ,by a Veterans Honor
Guard and the first time AMVETS
and POST 107 participated in the
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The Florida Department of Law
Enforcement released their an-
nual statistical aggregations of
numerous Florida agencies for the
year 2001, showing statewide, a
similar "crime rate" per 100,000
for 2000 and 2001. In the state of
Florida, the most cited crimes re-
main larceny, followed by bur-
glary followed by aggravated as-
sault. The pattern for 2000 and
2001 follows in Franklin County
as well. Crime rates are up state-
wide, however.
The most startling increase in re-
ported crimes in Franklin, as ag-
gregated in the FDLE data, goes
from 263 in 2000 to 622 in 2001.
352 reports originated in the
Sheriffs office, 156 from the
.Apalachicola Police Department
and 139 from Carrabelle. Al-
though there is some problem
with the reported total county
population (listed at 11,197 in
2001, but since "corrected" by the
Bureau of Census to about
9,800), it would appear that the
two county towns are about the
same, with Apalachicola leading
by 17 reports. Larceny and bur-
glary are the leading crimes in the
two communities as well as the
Motor vehicle theft nearly tripled
in Franklin County last year. In
2000 there were 12 such reports;
in 2001, 32 motor vehicle thefts
were reported.
Overall averages for Wakulla, Lib-
erty, Gulf and Calhoun counties
are reported in Table 1. In Lib-
erty, just north of Franklin, the
total crime index is considerably
lower, 96, with about 2000 fewer
population. In Gulf County, the
average is much lower from 2000,
below 300 for 2001, with 14,952
persons. The crime rate per
100,000 population is much lower
than that reported statewide.
Calhoun County reported an in-
crease to 187 in 2001 with most
handled by the Calhoun Sheriffs
office and Blountstown Police
Interestingly, there were no re-
ports of arrests by the Florida
Game Commission in any of the

Apalachicola Historic
Homes from Page 1
and porch."
The Bess Porter home, a bunga-
low style cottage built by cel-
ebrated Apalachicola builder
George Marshall for his daughter,
has been lovingly restored as the
residence of Dean and Hollis Vail.
The stones around the. well were
brought from England as ballast
for ships sailing into the port of
The Creekmore house, overlook-
ing Apalachicola Bay, is another
late 19th Century gem which has
undergone a two-year restoration
by owners Thorpe and Frances
McKenzie of Lookout Mountain,.
Tennessee. The colonial revival
style house with wood exterior
shingles has been exquisitely fur-
nished and landscaped.
"Upstairs at 17 Avenue E" is the
hidden treasure of the Blair Build-
ing. The second floor of this
century-old commercial building
has been painstakingly restored
as elegant apartments by owners
Curt and Beth Blair with the as-
sistance of renowned Key West
architect Tom Pope.
Registration for the tour begins at
11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal
Church located near the comer of
Highway 98 and 6th Street in
Apalachicola. A delicious lunch is
served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00
p.m. in Benedict Hall, adjacent to
the church. Cost for the lunch is
eight dollars. Tickets for the tour
are $12.00.
Tour sites are centrally located in
the Apalachicola Historic Dis-
trict-an easy walk, bike ride, or
drive to every site on the tour.
Local art galleries, boutiques, an-
tique shops and restaurants will
be open all day for those who want
to enjoy more of this unique sea-
port town. The experience is one
that you will remember all your
The city's historic district covers
over two square miles and there
are more than 200 historically
and architecturally significant
For additional information, phone
Trinity Church at 850-653-9550
or the Apalachicola Bay Area
Chamber of Commerce at
850-653-9419. 1

PaOg 10 -19 AnDril 2002


The Franklin Chronicle

Barry Gilbert from Page 1
came here with an issue of looking for an opportunity. 1 was looking
for some rewards, and I was looking for a stable future. I'm 58 years
old. I'm a marathon runner. I want to be running when I'm 68. And I
have found a community that has embraced me enough that says,
"yes, let's support him and see how far we can get this moving." And
in seven months, we have come a long way. We have stabilized the
atmosphere within the building. ... When I first walked into this build-
ing, there were no ceilings and no air conditioning. There were ques-
tions as to what kind of attitudes did the staff have? ... I'm not goingI
to try to promote to the community that we have arrived. It's a jour-
ney.' Success is a continuous journey --just like quality improvement
is a consistent, every day effort. Whatever good I did yesterday, I've
got to do that good and better today, in order to continue facing the
challenges in health care. The same is true financially. ... We want to
expand the services. We want to bond the community. This is their
hospital, not mine. I just have the pleasure and good fortune to be its
manager. And I want to recognize what the community wants, and to
provide what they need and want.
Chronicle: How many medical doctors are on the staff now?
Gilbert: There's actually five-probably six doctors. There could be
as many as seven, if you are considering our courtesy staff, our hon-
orary staff and such as that. ... Dr. Nichols is still on staff; even though
he is in process of stepping down and retiring.
Chronicle: How many RN's do you have?
Gilbert: That number will fluctuate from time to time, but I would
venture to say that we've got probably 12 RN's that are on the payroll.
A number of LPN's. That number too drifts up and down. You've got
fifteen, maybe sixteen LPN's. There's half a dozen-six or seven-aids
that will supplement. ... It takes nine RN's just to hold down a sched-
ule of 24/7. So if anybody gets sick, then you have to double up. ...
These numbers vary. But we would like to recruit more nursing pro-
fessionals, and medical professionals, in general-laboratory techs,
radiology techs, respiratory techs, physical therapy. We have them
here by contract-physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational
therapy. They are here by contract. We do have our own in-house
respiratory therapy department. ... All of these specialties we con-
tinuously look for, but the question is, what can we afford in the
community? ... Groups like Franklin Promise ... people from the
County Commission who voice their opinions... I am trying to sched-
ule.more of my time to be involved in these committees-that can
hear what do the people want? ... I hate to say that health care comes
to a point where it's dollars... but there is an equation that goes along
with it.
Chronicle: What do you look for when you are recruiting these people
other than what you have mentioned already?
Gilbert: I am generally trying to find a person's lifestyle. That likes
the coastal region. ... But you find individuals that you believe will fit
into this cultural mix-they are experienced in their fields and inter-
ested in getting out of the rat race, and high traffic congestion. We
think that 98 is congested during the tourist season, but truly we
have a wonderful community. You canl go to Pensacola, Panama City
or Tallahassee ... These are some of the things we use to recruit with.
We look for a person who wants to make 'a change, or has dreamed
-about being able to sit on the beach every weekend. Or relax and rest
and have family down.
Chronicle: How many Physician Assistants do you have on board
Gilbert: I actually don't have any. The ER and the Physician Assis-
tants are provided under contract. ... We are a Critical Access Hospi-
Stal. The Emergency Room is under contract, but for us as a for-profit
company, the Emergency Room is the gateway to the admission. People
come in-find out-with all this intestinal flu going on right now-
they are dehydrated, weak, disoriented. They need to come in-get
some fluids, some antibiotic fluids. They leave in a day or so,, feeling
better. If they leave it alone, they are going to find themselves weak
exhausted, and they could be looking at other health issues. ... If
they have poor kidneys, poor circulation, poor heart-respiration-
some of these things can get life-threatening, if they get so weak that
their bodies can't throw it off. So those are the issues-why we say
the Emergency Room is the gateway to admission. And also -the gate-
way to a stable, healthy community life-There needs to be an Emer-
ency Room. There needs to be a close-by, local method to spend a
ew days in the hospital as.needed. ... If you look and you talk, people
are surprised many times that they see the transitions that we are
going through now, and we will get the new wall paper and the new
this and that ... we will get there, but we need the community to
support us, in order to make the funds, instead of just providing the
bare necessities, we want to get to a point that we've gotten our finan-
cial stability as such that we can then go into some of the "extra
Chronicle: Where would you say your financial stability is right now?
Gilbert: I'm progressing. I've got numbers over a thirteen-month pe-
riod. And in that thirteen-month period, we've only had three months
that we've really truly had our cash exceed our expenses. But the
good part is -I came mid-year, and I've seen a turn during that period
of time -- When I first walked in the door, we were looking at a census
of two or three average, and now, our census average this week-
even with people taking vacations and holidays-I've averaged six.

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Two or three weeks ago. I was averaging eleven and twe
week. Month to month, that number has to average-if
average of six paying customers, I'll break even. But in
part of the year, I wasn't averaging six. I was averaging or
and zero. So-when you look at the financial posture-it o
age takes us about $250 to $300,000 a month, in hard
penses, to keep the doors open. I'm not talking about ret
I'm just talking about paying for what I need on an on-g
-including utilities, the payroll, the supplies, all these thil
where in that $250 to $300,000 per month.
When you start looking at the last few months, I've had s
good months, and I'm sitting here with $550 $600,000
put on the books. But it's like in any other business, what
the books and what you collect are two different things.
you start seeing that I only had three months where I exc
$300,000-the other'nine months, I'm in the red .... Eve
right now, I'm putting $600,000 on the books, chances a
600-I'm actually going to walk away with a little over 3.
Now, what makes up that difference is what we're trying tc
these various committees about-to understand. What is
pay mix, what is the indigent care mix? We have a respo
the community to do a certain portion of that. But the (
has to understand-if they think that we are just rolling
they need-we need to find a way to be able to share-The
to provide health care. And right now, we haven't grown t
where we are making that consistent margin of profit so t
invest that back into the company-back into the commu
investing-those little monies that we made above, during
months, had to go back into offset our losses during the
months. The expectation is that we are now moving up an
averaging more paying patients-not just to have a person
I can get them in the bed, because people are sick and t:
but we need to pay for the service timely.
Chronicle: Do you have sufficient funds to do what you i
Gilbert: I think, in summation, the answer would be, y
necessary funds to meet the needs. Do I have a 'bottom
meet the wants and desires? -not yet. But on a day to c
have not missed a payroll. 1 have not gone for a period of
I do not have food in the hospital. I have not gone for a pei
where I do not have drugs in the facility. Now, let me quali
there times when my inventory on a particular drug or
supply-is-very low? Or I might find myself on a given da
particular antibiotic-yes. But any doctor, any pharmac
down and see-I'm out of (a particular drug). But I've got a
... It's either a generic or it's something that will do the s
We share that with the medical doctor and they make 1
ment. I believe we have what we need to meet the need. B
we do with the things that we want? We want a CATSCAI
DIALYSIS. We want ULTRASOUND. We want all of these
state of the art technologies. But they cost consideral
Chronicle: Where do these funds come from-other than
Gilbert: Right now, we have access to some state gran
participate in a disproportionate share -- I don't know wh;
it in Florida-it's got a name, I'm.sure. But these are fund
state makes available based on the'amount of Medicaid an
that we' have. That's not included in our budget. They
projects that the state allows ... We have to qualify for t
primarily, if it's not coming out of operations, and we c
grant to do it-if we can't find a joint venture. .; We've bee
on two issues recently-CATSCAN and Dialysis. The Dialys
22 patients a day to be able to get ajoint venture put together
County doesn't have 20 people a day. Now, with two court
pears that there is enough. The venture capitalist is goi
forward and put that money up-now dictates where that
ing to be placed. Is it going to be in Franklin County? Is it
in Gulf County? Where is it going to be located? The in
.make that choice.
We have a place in the hospital right now that is alrea,
already constructed for CATSCAN. We did it in this last co
piece. So that once we got that grant and we can put that
in-all we've got to do is roll it in, set it in place, have their
and build one little wall-isolate it.
You can see things on a CT that you can't see on normal ra
we know we want to go there, but it's getting the funds a
the support.
Chronicle: What are some of your other goals while you a

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At the April 4 meeting of the
Carrabelle City Commission a
condominium project called
Mariner's Landing was displayed
by Freda White, Consultant to
Mary Lawhon and Mark
Thurman, of Wakulla County,
who are the developers. The pro-
posed project will be built on part
of the Millender and Sons Seafood
House, well known locally for
years as the "Old Flour Dock." The
proposed first building will be on
the area that is fenced in and is
known as the "Boat-Yard." The
deal is not complete at the time
of this writing, as Lawhon and
Thurman, have an option only on
the land.
White said that everyone knows
that the seafood industry is in
trouble, she said she felt the own-
ers of the property were selling it
for the highest and best use for
their land.
In a statement white said she
wanted to make it clear that she
was only a consultant to the de-
velopers and was not a partner in
the development.
The proposed condominiums will
be built in three phases with 120
units at build out. Each phase will
have 40 units. It will be four sto-
ries and will be up to 63 feet high.
The entire building will be
equipped with a sprinkler system.
She said there was docking for 54
boats and another 42 will be in
ground storage on trailers, and
there will be two swimming pools
and tennis courts.
After looking over the plans and
seeing a visual rendition of the
completed building, the commis-
sioners voted unanimously to give
it a conceptual approval. White
said she will have more complete
,plans for the next meeting.
Because it will be a PUD develop-
ment, there will.have to be an or-
dinance written. Commission At-
torney Doug Gaidry said that he

Mayor Wilburn (Curley) Messer
requested that a letter be sent to
Governor Jeb Bush saying that
the city commissioners were all
against the splitting of the county
in the proposed redistricting. The
commissioners agreed.
On a public hearing on a request
from Joe Butler to rezone six lots
from residential to commercial,
two people had come to the meet-
ing to oppose the request. One
man was fearful that the water
from a heavy rain might run onto
his land. Butler responded that
the land sloped uphill from the
back and he said It was probably
not going to flow up hill. Also the
other resident man asked for the
back lots be kept in.residential as
a buffer.
The second hearing will be held
at the next meeting.
All the items proposed for two city
parks, by the recreation commit-
tee headed up by Dan Rosier were
approved. The improvements in-
clude 1 T-swing with two enclosed
seats, for the newly named
"Classie Lowrey Park" at a cost of
$773.00, 3 Bleachers for George
Sands Field, $5,989, 2 Round
style Picnic Tables, one for Classie
Lowery Park and one for Tillie
Miller Park, $1,340, and 1 Bronze
Plaque for naming and dedicat-
ing the east side park to the
memory of Classie Lowery, $800.
Commissioner Raymond Williams
said that he knew they had the
money in the fund but questioned
the use of a bronze plaque. He
said all other parks had been
wooden signs. The commission-
ers voted to keep it as it was listed.

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I have an
the earlier Chronicle: You want to add anything to those?
ne and two
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I, fixed ex- medical staff. Updating each one of the patient rooms. It's an end-
iring debt. less-Everything that we can see that can improve the service...
gson basse Chronicle: Is there a message you would like to get out to Franklin
some really Gilbert: I think we are doing it right now. We're getting that message
of revenue out to them by being able to share with them. I think the biggest
you put on thing I would like to say is-Thanks to the community.... To find
And when acceptance... They have cut me a great deal of slack. I'm a new kid on
neededd that the block..... The community has come to my aid and my defense,
en though, and for that I say, 'Thank you." I hope I can earn and deserve the
re-if I put respect they have given me.

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