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Volume 11, Number 10 A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER May 17- 30, 2002
Anger Boils Over Action Of
By Sue Cronkite
A large group of parents and students pleaded with the Franklin
County School Board to rescind the action of Supt. Jo Ann Gander in
not recommending that Apalachicola High School Principal Denise
Butler be rehired for the next school term. About 70 people attended
the meeting May 9 at Brown Elementary School.
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Denise Butler (file photo)
Testimonials as to the excellent leadership of Butler as principal fell
on deaf ears. Supt. Gander stated it was her "decision at this time not
to recommend ... it's just a decision. I don't have to have a reason."
As to how the'system works in Franklin County, the board votes on
someone who is recommended. "They have to have a recommenda-
tion," said Supt. Gander. "I appreciate the comments, she is a fine
lady, but at this time we have to move on."
"I heard about this for the first time today," said Board Member David
Hinton. "The board has no authority to select anyone." Board Chair-
man Jimmy Gander explained that "The superintendent does the
hiring. We either approve or disapprove those recommended." Butler
was not recommended.
Some of the more vocal supporters included June Wilson who called
Supt. Gander "vicious and malicious" and pledged to keep her from
being reelected in two years when her four-year term expires. Wilson.
said she has had a child in the school system longer than most, who
said Butler as principal "is the best that has happened here the past
three years." She said a reason should be "put before the people. How
many principals has this high school been through, also Carrabelle?"
Wilson said she has seen no bias from Butler. "She treats all students
as equal. She has stood behind her teachers. The high school has
gotten accreditation under her. We need more than a personal dis-
like. Tell us why she is being let go."
A letter to board members from 11th grader Jenny Edmiston said for
every reason the board could give, "I can easily give you five more
reasons that she should continue as our leader." She asked that the
board think seriously about "what you are doing to Apalachicola High
.... by taking away the most excellent principal we have ever known,
you are therefore condemning our school." Edmiston asked that But-
ler be allowed to continue as leader of Apalachicola High.
George Pruett, Assistant Chief, Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department.
said he supports Butler, that 'she's at every school function. I was
shocked when I was told she wasn't recommended for reinstatement.
I see her doing a great job. I heard the reason was political. I hope all
say something about this."
Mary Baird said she has a 6th grader and a 10th grader in the schools
and has seen lots of improvements in the high school. She asked that
Butler be given a chance.
Kathy Cox asked where each of the board members stand. "Why are
you taking out a person that cares? I don't see any of you in'the halls
except Mrs. (Teresa Ann) Martin. I don't see any of you at games.
Your butts are paid; you ought to be out there. If I was on the board,
I'd be out at that school caring."
Frances Campbell who said she is "semi-new. I've been here a year.
When a person moves, the first thing they look at is the school. Be-
cause of Mrs. Butler's kindness, interest, cooperation, and helping,
we wanted to come here. We walked in last year and she was at the
school by herself. She showed us the school. Herparticipation, inter-
est, care and concern for each individual student is obvious ... she
cares about accomplishments. You need to see what your community
Katie Galloway, student, said Mrs. Butler is "'always there to talk
one-on-one. I'm sure other students would say the same thing. Lisa
Continued on Page 7
2.2 Million Funded For Franklin
About 2,290,000 has been offi-
cially funded for Franklin County
projects in the 2002-2003 State
Budget passed on Monday, May
S13, 2002. The passage of the bud-
Sget ended a two-week special ses-
sion, and months of debates and
negotiations. The total budget of
$49 billion contains several
projects vital to north Florida
Funded were $350,000 for the
City Hall in Apalachicola. The
SFCO-Bald Point was funded for
S$370,000. The Apalachicola River
and Bay-SWIM program was ear-
marked for $970,000, and im-
provements for the Carrabelle
Wastewater system, $600,000.
"Overall I'm pleased with the way
.appropriations where handled
this year. Of course, there are
things I think should have gotten
better funding; but in light of the
slow economic recovery period the
state is presently in things turned
out better than many expected,"
said Senator Al Lawson, 3rd Dis-
Much needed increases in health
care and education are also pro-
vided in the current budget, A $22
million increase in Medicaid fund-
ing will allow nearly 70,000 more
individuals to receive helD pur-
chasing their prescription drugs
and a $1.1 billion increase in pub-
lic school funding will help build
several new schools in North
The current budget also contains
more than $40 million in student
financial assistance including an
$11.8 million increase in need
based financial aid, State work-
ers will also have access to finan-
cial assistance through the rein-
stated tuition fee waiver program
starting January 1, 2003.
"Financial assistance cannot be
underestimated when trying to
build an educated workforce.
Many of our state employees have
the desire to pursue higher edu-
cation but don't have the finances'
necessary to achieve that goal.
Now thanks to the tuition fee
waiver program state workers can
once again take up to six hours
of college credit per semester,"
said Senator Lawson.
Inside This Issue
Primer on St. Joe ...... 1, 4 APECO ...................... 5
Charter School .............. 1 Historic Homes Tour ... 6
School Board ............. 1, 7 FCAN......................... 8
Apalachicola City ...... 1, 8 Dixie Theatre ............9.
Franklin Briefs ............ 2 U.S. Forest Service Report
Editorial & Commentary 3 ............................... 10
Carrabelle ............... 10
Apalachicola Bay Charter School Receives
11.34 Acres Of Land rom St. Joe
The Apalachicola Bay Charter
School announced that 11.34,
acres of land owned by St. Joe,
Timberland LLC has been trans-
ferred to the hew public charter
school. For the past year, Arvida,
a St. Joe Company, worked
closely with the charter school to
- arrange for the land donation. The
property, located at the end of
Kevin Road between Apalachicola
and the Apalachicola Airport, was
donated for a 10,000 square foot
education facility to be in place
for the 2002 -2003 school year..
Charter schools are public
schools that operated under a
performance contract with the
school district. As part of the con-
tract, charter schools are held
strictly accountable for academic
and financial results. The
Apalachicola Bay Charter School
is the only charter school in
Franklin County. In its first year,
the school offers basic education
skills with a secondary emphasis'
on the humanities such as mu-
sic, Spanish and creative writing.
Currently, the Apalachicola Com-
munity Center serves as a tem-
porary school for the 63 students,
four fulltime teachers and five
support teachers providing edu-
cation for grades kindergarten
through third grade.
Mayor Alan Pierce, the City Clerk,
and all of our City Commission-
ers have offered tremendous sup-
port.as we worked to create an
additional public education Venue,
for our community. "Having ac-
cess to the Community Center
this first year has been an invalu-
able part of our success," said
Elizabeth Kirvin, a parent and
founding board member of the
charter school. Jeff Weiner, our
Principal/CEO and his staff have
done an outstanding job and have
rallied an enthusiastic response
from the students and parents.
We are amazed at the level of pa-
rental involvement. The synergy
of everyone's efforts and passion
to help children has served as the
impetus to proceed with our
Plans for the school include add-
ing one grade per year, beginning
with the fourth grade and an en-
rollment of 136 students in the
2002-2003 school year, up to the
eighth grade, The school operates
with extended hours, from 8:00
a.m. 3:00 p.m. An optional free
after-school program operates
until 4.00 p.m. Enrollment is
non-discriminatory and is offered
on a first come-first served basis.
"Arvida has a long history of sup-
porting education in the commu-
nities in which it is involved. We
are very appreciative that Arvida
and The St. Joe Company was
willing to assist Franklin County
with such an important commit-
ment to our children, which will
ultimately benefit our entire com-
munity," said Lee McLemore,
Chairman of the school's board of
"Arvida believes that a variety of
public education opportunities
provides a strong foundation for
a community's future. We are
happy to donate land that will
serve children and families of
Franklin County for generations
to come," said Doug Delano,
Arvida's capital region Vice Presi-
dent and Project Manager for
Supporting education has been
an ongoing effort for Arvida.
"Arvida has a history of being pro-
active and involved in collabora-
tive education endeavors that
benefit the local communities
where we do business. That long-
time commitment to education led
Arvida to establish Education
Partners LP," said Timothy D.
Edmond, Arvida's capital region
President. "Education Partners
enables us to give children access
to world-class education pro-
grams by providing parents and
educators with tools and informa-
tion from the nation's leading edu-
cation experts. Our interest goes
well beyond simply providing land
for a public school, we believe in
investing in programs that ben-
efit children's futures, which in
turn enhances any community.
We look forward to working with
the Franklin County School Dis-
trict in future education projects
that benefit the children of
Groundbreaking for the new
school is tentatively scheduled for
Apalachicola City Council
Has Marathon Meeting
By Tom Campbell
Tuesday, May 7, 2002, the Apa-
lachicola City Council met in
workshop at 5:30 p.m. at City
Hall, and continued at 6:00 p.m.
with their regular meeting, which
lasted until after 9:00 p.m. The
meeting room was packed with
visitors and city staff and there
was plenty of business to con-
Mayor Alan C. Pierce was present,
along with all the commissioners
and City Clerk Betty Taylor-Webb
and her assistant.
After prayer and pledge of alle-
giance, there was recognition of
visitors, several of which ex-
pressed concerns about items in
their particular neighborhoods.
The American Cancer Society re-
quested permission for road
blocks at two locations within the
city for May 11, in order to collect
donations from drivers along the
streets. Permission was granted
with the stipulation that they not
block Hwy. 98 traffic or cause
hazardous situations at "blind"
Fred Buchanan of Florida DOT
made a presentation concerning
"Community Traffic Safety Team,"
presenting a booklet by that
name. Buchanan emphasized
that the Community Traffic Safety
Program was started in Florida as
a "unified, multi-agency effort" by
various local city, county and
state agencies, along with various
private industries and citizens.
The major purpose is to "reduce
vehicle crash rates."
!Some of the Safety Campaigns
and Activities are: Child Safety
Seat Checks, Car Safety Check
Points by Law Enforcement, Bi-
cycle Rodeos, Battle of the Belts,
Click It or Ticket, School Bus
Safety Week and You Drink, You
Drive, You Lose.
Buchanan said there is money
available for various projects. He
gave an example of Carrabelle
School Sidewalks, which received
$181,000 for construction of side-
walks. He said the severity of the
hazard "determines how much
money you get for a project."
One citizen complained of a big
ditch in front of her house that
had snakes and alligators in it.
She was requesting the city to get
pipe and close the ditch. She was
promised actions as soon as pos-
sible. She said she hoped it would
be a matter of "days and not
Each of the neighborhood prob-
lems were heard by the city coun-
cil members and appropriate ac-
tion was promised.
Ms. Dolores Croom of the Recre-
ation Board thanked Ms. Betty
Taylor-Webb, City Clerk, and her
staff for all their help, and also
the city commissioners, and de-
scribed the complexities of the
work she has been doing in ser-
vice to the community. She em-
phasized the "same basic guide-
lines for all" should apply, for ex-
ample if one group pays for the
Continued on Page 8
A General Primer On St. Joe
First Quarter 2002 Results
For JOE Released
Five Year Outlook Presented
Peter Rummell, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the St.
Joe Company, said recently, "We're off to a strong start in 2002 as we
continue to build momentum in Northwest Florida." In announcing
results of the first quarter earnings of the St. Joe corporation, he
added, "First quarter sales and traffic were ahead of our projections."
He cited two major milestones for the company, the successful open-
ing of WaterColor Irn and a restaurant, and the groundbreaking for
Pier Park, a project in Panama City, Florida.
He added, "The high-end of the second and alternate-home markets
across Florida remains firm, and in Northwest Florida, we expect in-
creasing sales as we approach the spring and summer buying sea-
son..." Rummell was,, of course, engaged in those "forward-looking
statements" so typical of quarterly and annual stock reports aimed at
shareholders, and potentials. Readers are routinely given these warn-
ings in each press release of the company as they come from the
office of Jerry Ray, Vice President of Public Relations for the com-
pany. Each report contains a caveat similar to this language: "...Some
matters involve risk and uncertainty, and there can be no assurance
that the results described in such forward-looking statements will be
realized." However, for the first time in many months, the stock of St.
Joe is slowly inching to higher numbers, fulfilling Peter Rummell's
wish of accelerating "value creation." Earnings for the first quarter
2002 were.up by at least 32 percent, subject to some qualifications.
For example, the late April announcement phrased it this way: '"The
St. Joe Company ... announced that its earnings before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization (EDITDA) was $35.8 million, or $0.43
per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2002, compared with $27.1
million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2001..."
Citing what he called the "early success" of resort and residential
"products" in Northwest Florida, the company sees several opportu-
nities for additional development. For example, St. Joe has identified
and is actively marketing commercial and retail sites on high-traffic
corridors from Tallahassee westward to Destin. He said, "Several na-
tional and regional "big-box" retailers have expressed interest in these
locations." Rumimell added that low interest rates and an improving i
economy appear to be stimulating sales of primary homes, particu-
larly in South Weed in Tallahassee and St. Johns Golf and Country
Club outside of Jacksonville. The company continues to develop cre-
ative ways to market and sell'rural parcels, he said.
Here is another "forward-looking" statement contained in the !
company's late April press release. "Overall, our fundamentals for
creating value continue to strengthen ... The supply of high-quality
coastal and near-coastal land is rapidly diminishing at a time when
Baby.Boomers and driving demand for move-up, vacation and retire-.
ment homes. St.. Joe is well positioned to benefit from market forces
because we control a significant supply of high-quality, developable
coastal and near-coastal land in Northwest Florida." Any investor, or
concerned citizen would want to carefully ponder that statement be-
cause it clearly reveals the company strategy, their target audience,
and future plans in Northwest Florida, at least in more specific terms.
Of course, there is, always room for ambiguity, as in Mr. Rummell's
often spoken phrase, "...With focus on execution, JOE is turning its
vision into value for shareholders..." For months, this phrase appears
to have been directed to Wall Street investors as well as local citizens.
The stock has not been a "hot item" in the marketplace such as the
past frenzy given to high-tech investments which plummeted in price
last year. Nevertheless, activity appears to be moving ahead for JOE.
Five Year Outlook
Kevin M. Twomey, President and Chief Financial Officer, reiterated "a
continued focus of our efforts on our unique holdings and other com-
petitive advantages we have in Florida's Great Northwest." The pro-
jections ending in December 2006 include the company repurchas-
ing from $600 to $700 million of the company's common stock. By
2006, Twomey expects debt to be approximately even with the March
31, 2002 total of $410 million, including debt associated with the
operations of Arvida Realty Services, which has now been sold. Dur-
ing the next five years, Twomey said, the company will continue to
build residential, recreational, commercial and retain product "...and
continue our strategy of securing long-term Northwest Florida en-
titlements for portions of our remaining land." The vast majority of
St. Joe acreage is stillundeveloped and available. Peter Rurmmell ex-
pects about 90 percent of land for residential development to remain
available. By 2006, "...about half of our beachfront acreage will have
We expect such development to be a catalyst to drive value inland to
the near-coast land. After the five year period, our land inventory
would still include more than 3 miles of white-sand beaches, over 30
miles coastline on the Gulf of Mexico and hundreds of miles of water-
front acreage on the bays, waterways and rivers of the region..."
In addition to the land holdings, St. Joe expects to also hold the fol-
lowing assets by the end of 2006: (1) Over 4.0 million square feet of
office buildings; (2) Fifteen currently identified major residential
projects, including developments in various stages of maturity along
the Gulf Coast, south of Tallahassee and on the St. Johns River near
Jacksonville, (3) up to 6 River Camp projects.
The Panama City-Bay County International Airport Authority is cur-
rently projecting completion of the relocated Panama City-Bay County
International Airport. Twomey added, "...we expect this airport to
accelerate the economic growth and value of the region and our hold-
ings." Rummell also said, "In building this projection, we have as-
sumed gradual price increases and normal absorption rates." Both
gentlemen considered that the company, ST. JOE, is moving toward
a "tipping point" as discussed in the Annual Report, mailed in April.
"If we indeed reach a tipping point, the results could be far better."
Regional Infrastructure Update
The Paper Mill at Port St. Joe
The Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (SSCC) recently announced
that it will demolish the paper mill in Port St. Joe, Florida. SSCC and
'St. Joe have entered into an agreement to study the development
feasibility of the 125-acre mill site.
'"The demolition of the mill will clear the way for the economic rede-
velopment of this strategically located waterfront site, one of Gulf
County's most important natural assets," said Rummell. The demoli-
tion work is scheduled to get underway this month and is expected to
require up to 20 months to complete.
The West Bay Area Plan
Representatives of local government agencies, including Bay Courty
and the Panama City -Bay county Airport Authority, along with St.
Joe are currently working on the planning process for approximately
74,000 acres known as the "West Bay Area Plan." The plan includes
the proposed airport facilities for the relocated Panama City-Bay
County International Airport. St. Joe has offered 4,000 acres of land
for the construction of a replacement airport facility. St. Joe is also
proposing a number of new land uses that would allow the area to
support economic development adjacent to the proposed relocated
Health Care Delivery
In December 2002, Sacred Heart Health System is scheduled to open
a new 50-bed hospital in south Walton County, built on land donated
by St. Joe. The new facility includes 24-hour emergency care, an in-
tensive care suite and a chest pain center, in addition to a host of
comprehensive specialty services and is located near Watercolor and
other Arvida projects.
Realignment of US 98 in Gulf County
Early in the first quarter, St. Joe completed a right-of-way exchange
agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) that
paves the way for the first phase of the realignment of approximately
four miles of US 98 in Gulf County near WindMark Beach. The Pre-
liminary Design and Environmental (PD&E) phase is complete and
approved by the FDOT in the first quarter. Design is underway for
this first of three segments, and the PD&E phase is underway for
segments two and three. Last year the State of Florida appropriated
$1.4 million to complete the PD&E on segments two and three. The
realignment is intended to improve regional transportation between
Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe and improve development options for
approximately 3.5 miles of beachfront property north of Port St, Joe.
Continued on Page 4
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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSP-PER
The Franklin Chronicle
May 7, 2002
Present: Eddie Creamer,
Commissioner; Bevin Putnal.
Superintendent of Public
Hubert Chipman reported that
one of his drivers was ticketed for
having a limb out too far. Jimmy
Mosconis suggested that the
Commission pay the fine but lec-
tured the Superintendent about
briefing his drivers on safety pro-
Solid Waste Director
Van Johnson presented a draft
contract for the Commissioner's
approval between the County and
Waste Management. The contract
allows Waste Management to col-
lect commercial and residential
solid waste from the unincorpo-
rated areas of the county. The
only changes to the contract are
extending the contract for five full
years and requiring a local or toll
free telephone number instead of
an office. The agreement had been
reviewed by the County Attorney.
The Board approved the agree-
Chairperson Eddie Creamer
signed the certification of the an-
nual report and public notice en-
titled "Full Cost of Solid Waste
The report describes the full costs
incurred by Franklin County for
solid waste management services
provided during the fiscal year
2000/2001 which amounted to
$719,610. This represents a de-
crease from the last fiscal year
amount of $942,096. The report
is reproduced below as Figure 1.
SSt. George Island on Porter Street.
Commissioner Mosconis called for
more effort to open up other boat
ramp locations on the island. Ron
Butterworth pointed out the need
for a boat ramp on St. George Is-
land, reiterating the arguments
for it by Pameula Dodd, who also
addressed the County Commis-
sioners on the issue. futterworth
recommended the four hundred
foot waterfront park at ninth
street would make a good location
for such a boat ramp. Another citi-
zen pointed out that county regu-
lation prohibited a public ramp in
a residential area. Another com-
plained of congestion and high
traffic causing some erosion,
Some discussion was conducted
on finding an alternate site but
the question of what to do with
the currently closed Porter Street
ramp remained. The County At-
torney recommended keeping the
Porter Street ramp closed. This is
a continuing risk to the county of
allowing the ramp to be used. The
Board voted to "start the boat
ramp today," instructing the
County Planner to initiate action
to begin a new boat ramp, using
oyster shells to establish a tem-
porary ramp and parking.
Ms. Deborah R. Belcher of
Roumelis Planning and Develop-
ment Services presented the
CDBG (Community Development
Block Grant) Application. The
$ 69.82 Per HHYear
$ 2.62 Per CO. Yd. Disposed
$ 25.42 Per HH/Year
$ 118.21 PerTon Rqycled
1. Collection in the unincorporated area is performed outside the control of Franklin County.
2. Disposal costs includes the costs of all classes of waste delivered to the Solid Waste Facility.
3. In addition to the, unincorporated area,,recycling services are provided to the Cities of
Apalachicola and Carrabelle, and to Eastpoint.
4. Offsetting grant monies and materials revenues affected the per unit costs as follows:
Residential $ 61.85 Per HH/Year $ 15.26 Per HHYear
Non-Residential $ 2.32 Per Cu. Yd. $ 70.95 Per Ton
In accordance with the requirements of F.S. 403.7049 and 62-708 F.A.C., the Board of County
Commissioners is advising all users of solid waste management services in Franklin County of the
above information concerning the full cost of service. All workpapers and source documents
used in calculating this information are on file and available for public inspection during normal
The Board also approved the an- county is to apply for a $700,000
nual application for Financial As- Neighborhood Revitalization
surance for Closure and Long- Grant under the CDBG program.
Term Care of the Franklin County The proposed projects are de-
Central Landfill. The report is to scribed in Figure 2 (below).
be filed with the Department of
Environmental Protection. The county voted to commit
$105,000 to the project.
The Board approved maintaining
the blockade of the boat ramp on The application will be filed by
May 15, 2002.
Residential, Waterfront & Dog Island Properties
Riverfront Property with 2.7 acres total. 1.54 is Commercial
with 2581 sq. ft. metal building on property. 1.16 is zoned
SF Residential with two bedroom 2.5 bath home on the
other side of property. All appliances are included with the
house. Over 100 ft of dockage on Carrabelle River and a
concrete boat ramp. $1,900,000.00.
1 Acre Lot On New River. This is a beautiful high lot on
pristine New River with deep water access to the Gulf of
Mexico. Tate's Hell State Forest is located across the river.
Don't miss out on this one!!!! $165,000.00.
Bayside Realty, Inc.
101 S. Marine Street P.O. Box 267 Carrabelle, FL 32322
Office: 850-697-9505* Fax: 850-697-9541 Mobile: 850-545-7714
E-Mail: Janatbayside@msn.com www.WaterfrontPropertybyJan.com
Jan Stoutamire-Realtor Freda White-Lie. Real Estate Broker
Raymond Williams-Lic. Real Estate Broker Jackie Golden-Realtor
Franklin County 2002 Neighborhood Revitaliztiin CDBG
The County will apply for a 5700,000 Neighborhood Revitaliation grant under the Florda Stai1
Cities Community Development Block Grant program. The proposed projects to be funad, vth
rough cost cstniates, are as follows.
Paving Twin Lakes Road $292,000 CDBG S80,000 County labor, rock
W rWildemess & Ridge Road
drainage S 5,000 CDBG* S 5,000 County labor
S 10,000 Contractor donate culvetsa
Lanark Village drainage 5150,000 CDBG
Eastpoint water extension** S 33,000 CDBG $ 3,750 Eastpoint Utility tap waiver
Sewer rehab** S 94,000 CDBG S County
Engineering $ 70,000 CDBG
Administration S 56,000 CDBG S 6,250 County labor, audit
Total S700,000 CDBG S105,000 County
*This figure represents sod or other costs, to include some CDBG dollars in the Eastpoint
drainage in order to be able to count labor and culverts as part of the CDBG project leverage.
**Bear Creek Road, including 3 new connections paid by the grant for low income households..
***Location to be determined by RPDS, staff, Preble-Rish, and approved by BCC Chairman
An extension of Eastpoint sewer down Ridge Road and Bear Creek Road (completion of service
to the subdivision) was considered, but the vacuum system capacity is not adequate to accept
more flow and additional length of line. This would be a good project for a future CDBG
application. Another income eligible service area offHwy. 65 could also be included in a future
Judge Van Russell talked briefly
with the Commissioners about
parking congestion around the
courthouse. Discussion was also
devoted to mold and congestion
in the air conditioning in the
Courthouse. Kendall Wade,
County Clerk, suggested contact-
ing a firm in Tallahassee that
holds a maintenance contract on
the systems. This would facilitate
faster service since there:is no
requirement for a bid when a
maintenance contract is involved.
Federally Qualified Health
What began as a discussion about
the North Florida Medical appli-
cation for a Federally Qualified
Health Center (FQHC) blended
into an announcement by Dr.
Junejo (Franklin County Health
Director) that the Franklin
County medical Society was ap-
plying for a FHQC themselves.
Alan Pierce reported to the Com-
missioners that he had spoken
"many times" with Clarence
Gissendanner and Mr. Joseph
Bertulfo about the county's efforts
to obtain an FQHC. Bertulfo
works in the Atlanta office of the
Bureau of Primary Health Care,
which is the agency that will re-
view an application for an FAHC
in Franklin County. According to
Dr. Gissendanner and Bertulfo it
is important that the Board, sup-
port the FQHC. Mr. Pierce told the
Board that he believed that North
F'lorida Medical told the Board,
that their support was not neces-
sary as an endorsement to sup-
port their application. Pierce said,
"If the Board wants the Bureau
of Primary Health Care to know
North Florida's attitude, the
Board should write a letter to Mr.
DickAwalt, Director of the Bureau
in Atlanta. There was some sus-
picion that North Florida Medical
had already submitted the grant
application before meeting with
the Board. Pierce then announced
that Gulf County had also applied
for their own FQHC but that they
might be of some service to
Franklin County. Suspicions were
raised further when North Florida
Medical did not provide a copy of
their application to Dr. Junejo. Dr.
Junjo said that the clinic would
be staffed with local doctors for
two hours weekly initially.
She expected the clinic to open
about July 1, 2002. Barry Gilbert,
pointed out that this was the first
time the Franklin County Medi-
cal Society organized and oper-
ated as a consenual group in
moving forward their application
for the FHQC. Bevin Putnal dis-
cussed his conversation with Dr.
Sanalullah and plans for a diag-
nostic center somewhere in the
county. The Board voted to send
a letter to Mr. Awalt endorsing the
local Medical Society proposal for
a FQHC, "...if Franklin County is
going to get one, that's the one we
Rodney Glass requested renewal
of his oyster house license for
another year at his home in Sandy
Acres. Mr. Pierce informed Mr.
Glass that the Planning and Zon-
ing Commission did not want to
expand seafood houses in resi-
dential areas and had preferred.
Glass to relocate. He said he could
not afford to relocate and that
none of his neighbors had com-,
plained about his business.,Thei
Board voted to approve Mr. Pierce,
,,to write a letter authorzing the
renewal of his oyster house -li-
cense for another year.
Mr. Pierce provided a copy of the
St. George Island utility DEP per-
mit for a Resort Village sewage
plant. No action was needed by
The Board approved $500 for a
traffic study to be performed by
Poole Engineering for the pro-
posed crosswalk on Bald.Point
Road. Preble-Rish recommended
a traffic study because the road
is a straight-away in that area and
David Kennedy wants to make
sure that the proper signage is
installed in this area.
A copy of a notice sent by the en-
gineering firm Post, Buckley,
Shuh and Jernigan was provided
to the Board providing advance
:notice of the firm's intent to do a
Project Development and Envi-
ronment Study for the relocation
of 1.4 miles of U.S: 98-319.
The Board approved advertising
for bids for the CDBG contract to
clean out the "Big Ditch" in
Apalachicola and additional work
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tice to Proceed authodrization from
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projects il.re.il.J the County In-
centive Grant Program (CIGPIL
The projects are: (l) widening and
resurfacing Patton Drive In
Eastpoint for 8$112,829- (2) wid-
ening and resurfacing South
Bayshore in i-p ',-irt for
$123,270.; and (3) Resurfacing
with drainage Improvements Wa-
ter Street in Apalachicola for
$110,900. No county funds are
involved in these pr',.: ,.
Because of Mark Currenton's con-
tinuing efforts on the Community
Rating System, all county prop-
erty owners who have flood insur-
ance will receive a 10% discount
in their flood premiums, up from
5%. A copy of the report was given
to the Board by Mr. Pierce.
The old highway patrol office on
98 was reviewed by Mr. Pierce.
Two representatives of the ambu-
lance service were present at the
meeting. They expressed concern
about security for some of their
supplies. Near the end of the
meeting, Commissioner Cheryl
Sanders read a letter from a
Carrabelle citizen complaining
about a delay in having an am-
bulance to take her to Tallahas-
see Memorial Hospital. The
Emergystat attendant told the
prospective patient that there was
nothing wrong with her. When she
was examined by her Tallahassee
physician, he determined that she
had a blood clot.
The Emergystat representatives at
the meeting explained the delay
was due to the hospital's refusal
-to accept the patient.'There were
related administrative matters
discussed, potentially involving
future problems in streamlining
paperwork and permissions.
Al Shuler's.motion to dismiss the
litigation involving a claim of own-
ership of a portion of the St.
George Island beachfront and
other areas was dismissed. He
said the county's answer had
been prepared and would be filed
shortly. There may be some pri-
vate intervenors into this litiga-
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders
voiced concerns about the
county's futures) such as plans
for St. Joe Company, the county's
Comprehensive Plan, and other
factors. She expressed an inter-
est in calling on state agencies
such as Community Affairs or
DEP. Commissioner Putnal ex-
pressed similar interests but
Chairperson Eddie Creamer
pointed out that "Anytime they
want to do something, they have
to come before this board." Putnal
claimed there were 55,000 hous-
ing units in the planning stages..
Alan Pierce stated he would re-
port back to the Commissioners
on the plans of a few select pri-
vate and state agencies. Commis-
sioner Mosconis pointed out that
the County's Comprehensive Plan
is a visionary statement for the
St. George Parking
The Board voted to write a letter
to the landlord and the tenant
regarding the parking of automo-
biles on the county right-of-way,
specifically to remove cars from
Gunn Street on St. George Island.
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17 May 2002 Page 3
.EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY
Hobson's Choice: Responsibility
What have the roles of the Franklin County School Board and the
Superintendent of Schools have in respect to the United States Navy?
Well, on the face of the matter, very few physical parallels exist. But.
dear reader, the answer is found at the beginning and end of this
That is because there are parallels in Leadership among those cho-
sen (or elected) few in our society. The Superintendent of Schools and
the School Board are elected to serve the people of Franklin County.
and the students in the Franklin County Schools.
I am not writing this to criticize the.decision of the Superintendent of
Schools, nor the inaction of the School Board in the face of consider-
able community and student support for a Principal of Apalachicola
High School, who is not being recommended to continue in her job.
Between the time this is written, and the lately announced Board
meeting, the entire matter may have been resolved, except for the
Leadership matters I am writing about in this editorial.
The refusal of the Superintendent to specifically identify the reasons
for not retaining the services of the well liked and student and com-
munity supported incumbent Principal is the source of my disagree-
ment with the process because the method of "non-retention" flies in
the face of accountability.
According to the leadership of the School Board Association in Florida.
Dr. Wayne Blanton, the Board can do very little but accept or reject
the recommendations of the Superintendent in personnel matters. If
they reject the recommendation, there is a very narrow window in
which they may operate, under the rubric "for just cause." Indeed,
the Superintendent is the responsible, recommending officer for all
personnel decisions in the school district, except for the attorney rep-
resenting the School Board. And, in those cases involving personnel
disputes between the Board and the Superintendent, the case law
comes down on the side of the Superintendent. This would seem to
preclude any independent action on the part of the School Board, if it
were comprised of a majority of independent, dynamic, minds.
I think it is useful to review a little history in what is really a Leader-
ship problem among the elected officials responsible for the opera-
tion of the Franklin County Schools. The.editorial cited below was
published on the occasion of the collision of the USS Wasp and USS
Hobson many, many years ago. The Wall Street Journal published a
brilliant analysis of the problem of accountability that has served as
the opening.chapter in Leadership textbooks ever since.-
When you reflect on these statements, in the light of contemporary
events and politics, not much effort is needed to draw parallels to the
real problem of leadership and accountability in American public life.
The parallels exist in everyday operations such as the Board of Direc-
tors in gated communities'where members trust leaders to exercise
responsibilities and explain their actions in all operations including
the setting of reasonable assessments. The parallels also exist in
elected officials when they do not explain their actions in the conduct
of their office, especially in the face of public support for one position.
Such conduct communicates the notion that these elected officials
are not accountable to anyone. That is a danger to our society, as the
editorial from the Wall Street Journal argues, because chaos ensues
and operations of state fall into uncontrollable derelicts.
In Charleston, SC down at the Battery there is a monument in a
corer of the park that notes:
In 1952, USS HOBSON was in a collision with USS WASP (CVS-18)
during mid-Atlantic exercises. HOBSON sank in less than four min-
utes taking with her 176 crew members. Crew members are listed on
SSUMMARY : :
?Along with responsibility, as this famous editorial of 14 May 1952-
points out, must go accountability. Without accountability, having to
answer for what one has or has not done, either good or bad. one has
no responsibilities, If an officer has no responsibilities for which he
or she will be held accountable, followers will find it difficult, if not
impossible, to place their confidence and trust in that leader.
EXCERPTS FROM THE EDITORIAL
"One night past some thirty thousand tons of ships went
hurtling at each other through the darkness. When they
had met, two thousand tons of ship and a hundred and
seventy-six man lay at the bottom of the sea in a far off
Now comes the cruel business of accountability. Those
who were there, those who are left from those who were
there, must answer how it happened and whose was the
error that made it happen.
It is a cruel business because it was no wish of destruc-
tion that killed this ship and its hundred and seventy-six
men: the accountability lies with good men who erred in
judgment under stress so great that it is almost its own
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excuse. Cruel because no matter how deep the probe, it
cannot change the dead, because it cannot probe deeper
"...And it seems more cruel still, because all around
us in other places we see the plea accepted that what
is done is done beyond discussion, and that for good
men in their human errors there should be afterwards
"...Everywhere else we are told how inhuman it is to sub-
mit men to the ordeal of answering for themselves; to
haul before committees and badger them with questions
as to where they were and what they were doing while
the ship of state careened from one course to another.
The probing into the sea seems more merciless be-
cause almost everywhere else we have abandoned ac-
countability. What is done is done and why torture
men with asking them afterwards, why?
Who do we hold answerable for the sufferance of dishon-
esty in government, for the reckless waste of public mon-
ies, for the incompetence that wrecks the currency? We
can bring to bar the dishonest men, yes, But we are told
men should no longer be held accountable for what they,
do as well as for what they intend. To err is not on)y
human; it absolves responsibility.
Everywhere, that is, except on the sea. On the sea there
is a tradition older even than the traditions of the coun-
try itself and wiser in its age than this new custom. It is
the tradition that with responsibility goes authority and
with them goes accountability.
This accountability is not for the intention but for
the deed. The captain of a ship, like the captain of a
state, is given honor and privileges and trust beyond
other men. But let him set the wrong course, let him
touch ground, let him bring disaster to his ship or to
his men, and he must answer for what he has done.
No matter what, he cannot escape.
No one knows yet what happened on the sea after that
crash in the night. But nine men left the bridge of the
sinking ship and went into the darkness. Eight men came
back to tell what happened there. The ninth whatever
happened was not answer now because he has already.
answered for his accountability.
It is cruel, this accountability of good and well-intentioned
But the choice is that or an end to responsibilities
and, finally, as the cruel sea has taught, an end to
the confidence and trust in the men who lead the
men will not long trust leaders who feel themselves
beyond accountability for what they do.
And when men lose confidence and trust in those who
lead, order disintegrates into chaos and purposeful
ships into uncontrollable derelicts.
Tom W. Hoffer
Apalachicola High School
2002 Graduation Calendar
Appreciation to Ms. Cybil Kemper at Apalachicola High School
for providing the following information concerning the 2002 gradu-
Awards Ceremony-Friday, May 24, 9:00 a.m.
;Cafeteria, Apalachicola High School
Baccalaureate Service-Sunday, May 26, 1:00 p.m.
.Trinity Episcopal Church
Graduation-Saturday, June 1, 8:00 p.m.
Apalachicola High Football Stadium
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2002 Graduation Calendar
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Graduation will be on May 31st at 7:00 p.m. at CHS
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Update On Construction Projects In Franklin County
C. W. Roberts Construction crews are busy resurfacing US 98 and con-
structing a sidewalk from Ryan Drive to Three Rivers Road in Carrabelle.
Resurfacing begins Monday, May 20, on a section of roadway between CR
385 and 12th Street in Apalachicola. Work is ongoing on the sidewalk/
bicycle path in Carrabelle.
Congressman Boyd Supports
The Farm Bill
On May 2, 2002 the U.S. House of Representatives passed, with strong
bi-partisan support, the conference report for HR, 2646, the Farm
Security Act and Rural Investment Act. Congressman Allen Boyd
(D-North Florida) voted in support of this important bill that provides
$410 billion in mandatory spending over the next ten years for assis-
tance to farmers, conservation programs, rural development and
The 1996 Freedom to Farm Act made sweeping changes to federal
farm programs with the purpose of providing a more market-driven
economy for agricultural producers. However, consistently low prices
for agriculture products have resulted in annual payments to assist
farmers that go far beyond funds provided under current law. There
has been a general consensus among the agriculture community and
Members ofCongress that those early bailouts are attributable to the
failure of the Freedom to Farm Act.
Therefore, the House voted to pass a new farm bill in October of last
year, while the Senate passed its version in February of this year.
Conferees, selected members from the House and Senate Agriculture
Committees, have negotiated over the past two months to resolve the
differences between the House and Senate bills. Earlier this week.
the conferees came to an agreement that produced the final version
of the Farm Bill, which is what passed in the House on May 2nd. This
bill, or conference report; will now be sent to the Senate for passage.
and then on to the President for his signature.
Overall, the new Farm Bill is designed to bring predictability back to
the federal government's farm support programs while enlarging par-
ticipation in soil and water conservation and providing nutritional
assistance to needy families. Florida's farmers, as well as the entire
North Florida community, will greatly benefit from the provisions in
the Farm Bill.
Farmers that produce program crops, like cotton, will now have ai
safety net that was not provided in the 1996 Farm Bill. They include,
decoupled as well as countercyclical payments which will help farm-
ers with the ups and downs in the agriculture market. The agreement
also revises the peanut program by eliminating the quota system to
make it similar to that of other program crops, beginning in the 2002
Florida agriculture will also benefit in various ways from this bill,
such as: country of origin labeling, an increase to the Market Access
Program which helps U.S. farmers sell their goods in overseas mar-
kets, establishment of a three and a half year National Dairy Pro-
gram, and the bill reestablishment of the no-net-cost concept feature
of the sugar program.
Additionally, the conference agreement reauthorized the food stamp
program, and allows States to provide transitional benefits for five
months to families leaving welfare for work. It also restores food stamp
benefits to legal permanent residents who have lived in the country
for five years, recently arrived children, the disabled and refugees.
The Farm Bill also authorizes $200 million for the purchase of fruits
and vegetables for government nutrition programs, $50 million of
which will be used in school breakfast and lunch programs.
The agreement raises conservation spending by nearly 80%, to $17.1
billion. Specifically, this funding will be used to raise the enrollment
ceiling for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to 39.2 million
acres, increase funding.for the Environmental Quality Incentives Pro-
gram and several additional conservation programs. Furthermore, it
will provide over $2 billion for two new programs, the Conservation
Security Program and the Grasslands Reserve Program.
Finally, the Farm Bill provides $1 billion in funding for rural develop-
ment initiatives, such as: the Rural Development Backlog Program;
value-added market development grants; and a program to provide
broadband services to rural areas.
"Since the passage of the 1996 Farm Bill, Congress has been working
to address the shortcomings of the farm programs it established,"
said Boyd. "I believe this is a good first step in formulating a National
Farm Program for the 21st Century that will truly allow our American
producers to remain competitive in the global market."
Letter To The Editor
The Guardian ad Litem Program recruits and trains volunteers to be
court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children in the
courts. In the case of Rilya Wilson there was not an appointed Guard-
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ery child having a volunteer advocate.
A Guardian ad Litem is appointed to a case to monitor and ensure
that the child to whom they are appointed is properly cared for and
sees the child on a monthly basis. We are not appointed to every case
because there are not enough volunteers or staff. There is simply not
Residents of this community can be part of the solution by volunteer-
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The opening of the 60-room WaterColor Inn may become a very sig-
nificant development for JOE in future years. Rummell said the Inn
is designed to appeal to a broad range of Baby Boomers and upscale
beach vacationers providing new exposure to the full range of JOE
real estate products, and especially the beachfront communities at
WaterColor and WaterSound. The Inn is to become an integral part of
the regional marketing efforts of the company.
In the first quarter, contracts closed on 10 home sites and 11 hous-
ing units at WaterColor. Also during the quarter, contracts for an
additional eight home sites and six residences were accepted at aver-
age prices of $356,250 and $549,557, respectively. Since WaterColor's
inception, through March 3 1, 2002, contracts pending or closed to-
taled 217 units. As of March 31, 2002, there have been 54 multifam-
ily units built on the north side of Route 30-A. Thus far, contracts
have been accepted or closed for 33 of these units. We have with-
drawn six unsold beachfront and near-beach home sites 'from the
market for later sale at higher prices. These units would have gener-
ated sales proceeds of more than $5 million. WaterColor is expected
to have 1,140 units at build-out.
WaterColor Market, the community's local gourmet market offering a
wide range of foods, beverages and prepared meals, opened in March.
The market provides a central gathering spot in the town center and
is one of several retail locations to open in WaterColor.
Boating facilities on the 220-acre Western Lake are complete. A ca-
sual lakeside restaurant, with family dining and an authentic, coastal
menu, is scheduled to open early this summer. A second community
pool and tennis courts are scheduled to be completed this summer,
with a tennis center and pro shop following.
Earnings from WaterColor are expected to continue for another seven
to nine years.
In the first quarter, contracts, were closed on 23 home sites at
WaterSound: During the quarter, additional contracts were accepted
for 27 home sites at an average price of $297,593. Since WaterSound's
inception, through March 31, 2002, contracts pending or closed to-
'taled 73 units. WaterSound is expected to have approximately 500
units at build-out.
Sales of 81 beachfront multi-family units, designed by Graham Gund,
are expected to begin this spring at an average price of $1.1 million
Earnings from WaterSound are expected to continue for another five
to six years.
In the first quarter, contracts were closed on 12 home sites and 18
homes at SouthWood. During the quarter, contracts for an additional
13 home sites and 27 housing units were accepted at SouthWood at
average prices of $102,992 and $189,920, respectively.
From SouthWood's inception', through March 31, 2002, contracts
pending or closed totaled 239 units. SouthWood is planned for more
than 4,250 homes plus a variety of retail shops, restaurants, com-
munity facilities, light industrial sites and professional offices. Set on
3,250 acres of tolling hills, open pastures, natural lakes and tower-
ing live oaks, SouthWood is located seven miles from Florida's capitol
A regional marketing campaign targeting families and pre-retirees in
other parts of Florida, the Southeast and Midwest is underway.
Earnings from SouthWood are expected for the next 18 to 20 years.
During the first quarter, contracts for 12 home sites were closed at
WindMark Beach, the first phase of WindMark in Gulf County. To
date through March 31, 2002, contracts for 43 home sites have been
accepted or closed at an average price of $204,535.
Arvida has started planning for WindMark, a beachfront community
adjacent to WindMark Beach in Gulf County. After the Gulf County
Commission voted in January to accept a St. Joe proposal to relocate
a portion of US Highway 98, a right-of-way exchange agreement was
signed with the Florida Department of Transportation, paving the
way for the future development of WindMark. The proposed new com-
munity requires a DRI and is being planned for approximately 1,500
units with a beach club and golf course on 1,000 acres of former
timberland. The proposed development includes two public beach
Planning and entitlements are underway for SummerCamp, a new
beachfront vacation community in southeastern Franklin County.
Located on about 650 acres of former St. Joe timberland 45 miles
south of Tallahassee, SummerCamp is a family destination on the
Gulf of Mexico. Current plans call for 499 housing units.
Sales are expected to begin in early 2003.
St. Johns Golf & Country Club
In the first quarter, contracts were closed on 10 home sites and 14
homes at St. Johns Golf & Country Club. During the quarter, con-
tracts for an additional 10 home sites and 29 homes at St Johns were
accepted at average prices of $36,400 for home sites and $301,471
Since St. Johns' inception, through March 31, 2002, contracts pend-
ing or closed totaled 243 units at this 799-unit residential develop-
ment just outside Jacksonville in St. Johns County. As a result, in-
frastructure construction is now underway on the second phase.
Earnings are expected to continue for four to five years.
A total of 18 contracts for homes were closed in the first quarter at
James Island in Jacksonville. Contracts were accepted during the
quarter tor an additional zz units witr nome prices averaging
309,650. With 77 units remaining in the 365-unit development, sales
at James Island are expected to be concluded in early 2003.
SContracts for one home site and nine homes were closed in the first
quarter at Victoria Park located between Orlando and Daytona Beach,,
set on 1,859 acres in the historic college town of De Land. Contracts
were accepted on one additional home site and 20 homes at an aver-
age price of $74,500 for the home site and $190,426 for the homes.
This mixed-use community is planned for approximately 4,000 resi-
dences built among parks, lakes and conservation areas.
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
EBITDA for St. Joe Commercial, which includes Advantis, the com-
mercial real estate services arm, totaled $2.5 million for the first quar-
ter of 2002, compared with $1.9 million for the same quarter of 2001.
At the end of the first quarter of 2002, St. Joe Commercial hid 257,000
square feet of office and industrial space under construction.
Northwest Florida Community Retail Centers
St. Joe Commercial is identifying and actively marketing commercial
and retail sites to national and regional 'big-box' retailers on high-traffic
corridors from Tallahassee westward to Destin.
In the first quarter of 2002, St. Joe Commercial began negotiations
with several supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, gas stations, retail-
ers (large and small) and others for purchase of possible sites on land
which had previously been classified as timberland. "In effect, we are
transforming land once valued for its timber and worth less than $
1,000 per acre to land that, in some cases, will bring in excess of
$400,000 per acre," said Twomey.
In March, local officials and area business leaders joined St. Joe Com-
mercial to break ground for Pier Park, a new regional retail complex
in Panama City Beach. Pier Park is a public/private venture between
St. Joe and the City of Panama City Beach. The project has been
designed to augment and revitalize the city's pier district.
Beckrich Office Park
The second office building in phase one of Beckrich Office Park, a
24-acre office and retail campus in Panama City Beach, is expected
to be completed in early May. It is more than 71 percent leased. The
two-story,. 35,000-square-foot mixed-usebuilding is designed to pro-
vide commercial retail space on the first floor and office space on the
first and second floors. St. Joe Commercial and Florida's Great North-
west, Inc. will also have offices in this building.
Beach Commerce Center
Beach Commerce Center is a state-of-the-art light industrial park in
SPanama City Beach. To date, seven parcels totaling 28 acres have
been sold and three additional parcels within the park have been
contracted for sale. Advantis is marketing the parcels within the
180-acre project to light industrial and warehouse users for prices
from $65,000 to $70,000 per acre for interior lots and up to $435,000
per acre for lots fronting on US 98. Interior lot pricing originally started
at $40,000 per acre. Beach Commerce Center is a model for addi-
tional light industrial park development in Northwest Florida. Plan-
ning is underway for several additional industrial parks throughout
Florida's Great Northwest.
Tree of Life at Golfway Center
In the first quarter of 2002, Tree of Life, a leading marketer and dis-
tributor of natural and specialty food products leased 100 percent of
the 72,000-square-foot building in St. Augustine. St. Joe Commer-
cial completed construction in December.
TNT Logistics North America
In the first quarter of 2002, TNT Logistics North America occupied its
new offices in the Deerwood Office Park in Jacksonville. St. Joe Com-
mercial completed construction on the 101,000 square-foot project.
TNT Logistics and other tenants have leased 71 percent of the build-
Investment Property Portfolio
St. Joe Commercial redeploys the proceeds of land sales by St. Joe
Land Company and St. Joe Commercial, as well as the proceeds from
the sale of conservation and other lands, in a tax-deferred manner
through the acquisition of commercial office buildings in the south-
eastern United States.
Continued on Page 5
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ST.JOE LAND COMPANY
St. Joe Land, excluding conservation land sales, had sales of $15.4
million in the first quarter of 2002 and EBITDA of $12.3 million, com-
pared to sales of $17.5 million and EBITDA of $14.6 million in the
first quarter of 2001. In the first quarter of 2002, St. Joe Land closed
a total of 37 transactions ranging from less than one acre to over
3,000 acres. Approximately 9,439 acres were sold during the first
quarter of this year for an average price of $1,632 per acre, compared
to an average price per acre of $2,318 in the first quarter of 2001.
"As we better understand the land, we are developing more ways to
segment our land products for different markets," said Twomey. "This
segmentation strategy matches product and marketing with specific
customers. For example, RiverCamps are being designed to appeal to
upscale customers seeking a vacation home in a natural environ-
ment with a package of amenities that include cabins, docks, trails
"In contrast, another set of customers are more interested in unde-
veloped land with few amenities," said Twomey, "In addition to on-going
marketing through brokers, another way to reach these customers is
through an auction process. In the second quarter, St. Joe Land is
set to auction approximately 130 parcels of rural land totaling roughly
10,000 acres. Approximately half the parcels are near Tallahassee in
Gadsden County and half are near Panama City in Bay and Washing-
RiverCamps are planned settlements in rustic settings throughout
Northwest Florida-each designed to respond to its unique location.
Positioned as a second-home real estate product that will provide
easy access to the beautiful river, bays and waterways of the region,
RiverCamps will offer consumers a personal retreat in a private, wood-
land preserve, with the services and activities to enjoy the property to
its fullest. Each RiverCamp is envisioned as a one to two-acre cabin
site sold fee simple, along with common properties including large
Potential RiverCamp sites, ranging in size from 1,500 to 7,500 acres.
are being evaluated. All have water access.
Initial' planning and entitlement activity now centers on three
RiverCamp locations across Northwest Florida, each with a different
personality responding to the land character of the property.
Conservation Land's EBITDA for the first quarter of 2002 was $6.1
million, compared with $(0.2) million'during the first quarter of 2001.
In the first quarter 7,008 acres in the Sweetwater Creek Ravines in
Liberty County were sold to the State of Florida for $7.3 million. The
Florida Department of Environmental Protection purchased the land
for an expansion of the state park system. Also in the first quarter, a
contract was signed for the sale of approximately 500 acres of con-
ST. JOE TIMERLAND COMPANY
EBITDA for the forestry segment totaled $2.9 million for the first quar-
ter of 2002, compared with $4.0 million in the respective 2001 pe-
riod. "St. Joe Timberland continues to perform as expected," said
ARVIDA REALTY SERVICES
Arvida Realty Services (ARS) had EBITDA of $4.2 million for the first
quarter of 2002, compared with $2.3 million in the first quarter of'
On April 17, 2002, St. Joe announced that it had sold ARS, the
company's residential real estate brokerage unit, to Cendant
Corporation's subsidiary, NRT, Inc., for approximately $170 million
including working capital, in an all-cash transaction.
The pre-tax gain from the sale of ARS should be about $35 million,
subject to final working capital adjustments and resolution of an is-
s -lr with an outside party over the use of the Arvida name.
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"We purchased the company over three years ago at a good price, and
have grown the business substantially both in geographic reach within
Florida as well as in the breadth of services ARS provides to its cus-
tomers. Strategically, the sale of ARS further tightens our focus on
JOE's assets in Northwest Florida, where we have unique competitive
advantage and the potential for outstanding long-term returns."
The reader is advised that the Chronicle holds an equity interest in the
St. JOE Company.
APECO To Partake In
Visioning With Wakulla And
By Rene Topping
President Roy Duverger ofAPECO
reported to the Executive Board
of that organization on May It that
their affiliation as Panhandle
Partner with 1000 Friends of
Florida has been announced.
APECO will work with the two
Counties ofWakulla and Franklin
in a visioning process with the
The members of APECO have
been very busy in this last month,
attending three recent festivals;
Wakulla Songbirds. Carrabelle
Waterfront and Panacea Blue
Crab. Roy Duverger has spoken
at the Wakulla Rotary Club. The
organization will also be added to
the St. James Bay Development
Committee. APECO will also have
a working partnership with Bruce
Means' Coastal Plains Institute.
The Director's Planning Session
will be held at the Wakulla
Springs Lodge and a date will be
made by correspondence to the
board by E-Mail.
Beth Hayes announced the re-
Ceipt of a grant from Pettit Family
Foundation, a Community Fund
of Florida, to be applied to the St.
James Island Project.
Paul Johnson and Board member
Joy Frank will be .attending the
Department of Community Affairs
(DCA) May 16th meeting to dis-
cuss input received by DCA from
other agencies regarding the
transmittal of the proposed St.
Joe land use change.
Johnson also reported on the lat-
est news of a meeting on the Tide
Creek development in Wakulla,
where the Conflict Resolution
Consortium presided as modera-
tors. Fines are being imposed on
developers Walt Dickson, and J.
Don Nichols, and a restoration
plan must be in place and work-
ing before any additional develop-
ment can take place. The original
78 proposed lots have been re-
duced to 30 lots and both the
sewer lines and access roads
must be changed. There are still
some possible Federal wetlands
violations that are as yet not re-
Votes were taken on two by-laws
changes. One will create an Ex-
ecutive Director position which
will be held by APECO's President.
The second changed the voting
process to have organization busi-
ness issues will be decided by
Majority vote of Board members
rather than a member vote, Mem-
bers will still be asked to vote for
members of the board at the an-
nual meeting. The members
present approved both changes.
It was also decided that minutes
and financial report from the pre-
vious meeting would be made
available at membership meet-
ings, but they would not need to
be approved or read. Approval will
be required at Board meetings
only. There will a special Board
meeting announced to cover some
items due to time constraints
could not be covered at this meet-
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girls from France, Italy, Spain,
Portugal, Germany, the Newly In-
dependent States of the former
Soviet Union, Czech Republic,
Slovakia, .Switzerland, Mexico,
Japan, Thailand, and China, 15
to 18 years of age, coming to this
area for the upcoming high school
year. These personable and aca-
demically select exchange stu-
dents speak English, are bright,
curious and anxious to learn
about this country through living
as part of a family, attending high
school and sharing their own-cul-
ture and language with their
newly adopted host family.
The students are sponsored by
ASSE, a nonprofit, public benefit
organization, founded by the
Swedish Ministry of Education.
ASSE also cooperates with the
Canadian Provincial Ministries of
Education and is approved by the
Australian and New Zealand De-
partments of Education.
The students are well screened
and qualified by ASSE. Families
may select the youngster of their
choice from extensive student
applications, family photos and
biographical essays. Students
and families are encouraged to
begin corresponding prior to the
student's arrival. The exchange
students arrive from their home
country shortly before school be-
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Dedicated to the Memory
of George Leslie Chapel,
Former Senior Warden of
By Tom Campbell
The Saturday, May 4, 2002,
Apalachicola Historic Homes Tour
was another "big success," ac-
cording to sponsors of the event.
The tour is a fundraising event for
the preservation of Trinity Epis-
copal Church on 6th Street, just
off Avenue E (Highway 98). Each
year, different historic Apalach-
icola homes are selected for the
The congregation of Trinity
Church has been holding services
in its original building for over 160
years. Trinity is believed to be the
sixth oldest church in the state
of Florida, and the second oldest
still holding services. Joseph S.
Knight is the current Vicar.
Other Historic Churches on the
tour were First Baptist, First
United Methodist, and St.
Patrick's Roman Catholic. Some
of the oldest houses on this year's
tour included The Chapman
House, corner of Hwy. 98 and 6th
Street. The house of classical de-
sign was the residence built for
Alvan W. Chapman, internation-
ally known botanist, in the
mid- 1800's. Today it is owned by
Anchor Realty and Mortgage Cb.
The Grady Hodges/Willis House,
127 Bay Avenue, was built in
1873 by Henry Grady. Architec-
tural features include high ceil-
ings, heart pine floors, wide black
cypress molding and a great hall-
way. The home was restored to its
circa 1900 appearance in a
five-year renovation project com-
pleted in 1993. It is the private
residence of Kathy and Lee Willis.
Kathy is the great grandniece of
builder Henry Grady.
The Hawkins Cottage, 40 5th
Street, was the home of Florida's
first Supreme Court Justice,
George S. Hawkins. Built in the
Gulf Coast Cottage style about
1837, it was brought by barge
from St. Joseph in the 1840's af-
ter St. Joseph became a ghost
town following a yellow, fever epi-
demic and violent storms.
The Orman House State Park was
built in 1838 by Thomas Orman,
a cotton commission merchant.
The wood for this home was cut
to measure in New York and
shipped to Apalachicola during
the early 1800's, where it was as-
sembled on the high bluff over-
looking the broad estuary and bay
of the Apalachicola River. The
house and landscaped grounds
cover an entire city block.
The Raney House Museum on the
corner of Market Street and Av-
enue F was built by David G.
Raney and his wife Harriet, na-
tive Virginians, in 1838. Raney, a
successful cotton commission
merchant, was one of the city's
earliest city leaders and was in-
strumental in the founding of
Trinity Episcopal Church. The
Museum is leased to the Apalach-
icola Area Historical Society,
which gives tours on Fridays and
Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Alex Moody, who assists his wife
Laura with the weekend tours of
the Raney House, said "about 700
people bought tickets for the tour"
this year. From all reports, the
weather was perfect, the crowds
were large and very interested in
seeing the homes and all went
well. No accidents were reported.
The 2002 Historic Homes Tour
was "dedicated to the memory of
George Leslie Chapel, local histo-
rian and former Senior Warden of
Trinity Episcopal Church. George
Chapel'worked tirelessly for the
preservation and restoration
needs of Trinity Church," accord-
ing to the official program of the
tour, "and was a visionary influ-
ence in founding and initiating
numerous projects of the
Apalachicola Area Historical So-
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17 May 2002 Page 7
Anger Boils from Page 1
Munson, visibly upset, stated that the schools were the major rea-
sons she moved to the area. "Mrs. Butler knows every single student.
I'd never seen students go to the principal's office so much in my life.
She made me feel welcome. She answers phone calls. She really cares.
It is different from what I grew up with. I'd like to know the reason
behind the decision."
Chris Pesch said in the past three years the school has changed.
"'fights are down, discipline is high, students are proud of their school.
After September 11, inspirational messages come over the intercom,
talking about courage, trustworthiness, something to inspire us the
rest of the day. They are sometimes given by Mrs. Butler, other times
by teachers and students. The office is always open and students
talk to her. Mrs. Butler is always willing to hear both sides, of the
story and always fair."
'Jeff Weiner, Charter School Principal, stated that Mrs. Butler is a
I"wonderful, articulate woman; a product of the Franklin County School
Sybil Kempe cried as she spoke before the board. "When I see these
students, I can't not speak up," she said. "I've seen Mrs. Butler give
so much ... her workroom door is open, parents go right on back.
.When calls come in from parents I've tried to screen them because I
knew how busy she was, but she'd take the call ... no matter how
:long it took, she'd do it."
"What has happened to Mrs. Butler has been "like a heavy, dark cloud
over the school," said Mrs. Kempe. "We love her. We had parents in
this week, looking at the area, and she praised the schools, praised
the county, even though she has a broken heart. We are hurt. I want
my two girls to have a good education and have fun too. I want them
to have good memories. Sometimes change affects them. Ask your-
self. is it worth it? Graduation is under this cloud. It.has dimmed
gaturdaY, May 25th
Come enjoy the sun and the fun.
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Carnival, Games, Kids Activities
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Proceeds benefit the 5t; George
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graduation. Ask yourself if it is the best decision."
On the agenda of the board meeting was a video presentation of th(
Carrabelle Food Preparation and Cooking program. Teacher Chery
Creek and students explained how well the program is working, in
vited board members and parents to look over the facilities, and served
cinnamon rolls they had made after the board meeting.
Carrabelle Principal Nick O'Grady reported that sixth graders woulc
be left on the elementary side, but.treated like a middle school, with
On approval of travel requests, Board Member Hinton said he wasn'
able to determine if trips were being paid for from other sources. "Wi
have a freeze on travel," he said. Supt. Gander said most of the trave
is paid from special funds or replacement. Hinton asked that it be
more clear where funding comes from.
Other items recommended included proposals on Carrabelle Higl
School bleacher replacements, agreement on ranking order of archi
tectural firms, acceptance of grant applications, including those o
the Carl Perkins Secondary Vocational, the Carl Perkins Rural an
Sparsely Populated Area, a Florida Learn and Serve, and Adult Geo
Under plans were listed schools deletion list and disposal request
Finance Director Terry St. Cyr and J. Malone, and special project.
updates, Asst. Supt. Mikel Clark. Under policies, a school code re
write update by Supt. Gander was listed. Other items approved in
cluded substitutes, resignations and retirement, purchase orders ove
$10,000, monthly bills and budget amendments.
All Board members were present except Board Member Katie
McKnight. The board announced a special called meeting on May 15
. ; \
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I am currently a junior at
Apalachicola High School IAHS)
, I am evolved in many acuvitles
including cross-countn. track
and field. marching band. concert
' band. Student Government Asso-
ciation, National Honor Society,
Mu Alpha Theta, and National
Beta Club. I have.attended AHS
for five years now and have been
enrolled in the Franklin County
e school system since I began kin-
dergarten at Chapman Elemen-
- tary School. I have had at least
four different principals, two of
which since I have been at AHS.
I had Mrs. Butler as my teacher
in the seventh grade; she became
my principal shortly after. She has
t had an enormous impact on my
e being; not only has she improved
1 our school as a whole, but she has
e helped many of her students to
find their niche in life.
h Faced with the task of finding
opportunities to provide to her
if pupils, Mrs. Butler recently sent
j myself and two others to a lead-
ership conference in Tallahassee.
S We were taught that to stand up
for what you believe in, you must
have'the courage to take certain
s risks. We were asked not to hide
S behind others, instead to lead the
pack and do what we felt was
r right. So here I am. I'm using what
Mrs. Butler and so many others
wanted me to-my mind and my
e heart. I'm standing up for what I
. believe in; I'm standing up for
S Mrs. Butler and the numerous
students that she has touched as
I have no desire to know why you
feel that Mrs. Butler should not
be at AHS next year, because I
know that no matter what reason
you give me, I can easily give you
five more reasons that she should
continue to be our leader. The
only desire I have is for you to
think-seriously think, about
what you are doing to Apalach-
icola High School. In my opinion
and in so many others, by taking
away the most excellent principal
we have ever known, you are
therefore condemning our school.
You are giving your student body
a message that to be great at
something is to lose. There is a
Season there are people called fol-
Slowers: they follow those that lead.
I The school board in itself is in a
high leadership position, and by
saying to the scholars in our com-
munity and at AHS that our great-
est guide, Mrs. Butler, should lead
no longer, you send a message to
your students that to lead'some-
one is to threaten. Do you wish
for all of the students to grow up
with that motto? People follow
those that lead, sometimes for the
best and sometimes for the worst.
However, if you take away the
leaders that do good, we will even-
tually all lose hope.
Please do not let the future lead-
ers of this world lose hope, it will
devastate those that follow. I only
ask you to do the, right thing. It is
what I have been taught and what
I will continue to do. Mrs. Butler
is the premium of our community,
she is the best thing that has ever
happened to my school and I wish
with all my heart you will allow
her to continue being the leader
Jennifer L. Edmiston
Class of 2003
cc: George Thompson, Jimmy
Gander, Katie McKnight, Theresa
Ann Martin, David Hinton, Denise
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A -workshop to seek input on
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use of the recreation facility, then
all should pay. It was decided that
the "business should be con-
trolled at City Hall."
Baskerville Donovan Engineers
Report was presented by Ms. Ella
Mosconis, putting forth the idea
that the suitable way for the city
to move was to "privatize the wa-
ter system." The two companies
who qualify are OMI and U.S. Fil-
ter. City Attorney Patrick Floyd
said that the "city should proceed
expeditiously." The city might ac-
cept the contractor but still nego-
tiate the price, with emphasis on
"protecting city employeess" The
city must come into "full compli-
ance" according to regulations
between January 2003 and
March/April 2003. The city wants
to privatize. U.S. Filter assured
Ms. Mosconis that they "will pro-
tect city employees," and at
Commissioner Johnson made a
motion that the city "invite both
groups for a Q and A, ASAP." The
motion carried unanimously. The
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By Tom Campbell
Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, of
the Florida Conference of the
United Methodist Church, visited
the Eastpoint Methodist Church
at Patton Drive and David Street
on Thursday, May 9, 2002. A re-
ception was given for him at 1:00
p.m. at the church.
The group from Lakeland came
over to Eastpoint and toured
Franklin County while they were
here. The Bishop and his group
wanted to show their appreciation
to the Disaster Relief Team, which
helped local people in Franklin
County during the terrible times
they suffered because of the red
Pastor Lou Patmore of the East-
point Methodist Church said that
at least 400 people had been
helped during those times when
people needed help so badly. "I
couldn't tell you how many fami-
lies were helped," he said. In ad-
dition to food, money was donated
for mortgages, utilities, whatever
bills needed paying. "The people
of Franklin County are generous
and gave generously when the
need was great," he said.
The United Conference on Relief
and the Disaster Relief Team co-
operated in providing food, utili-
ties, rent and mortgage payments
for families suffering because of
the red tide.-Some of the families
who received relief were at the
reception, which was followed by
a closed meeting regarding disas-
ter relief in the future. It was ex-
pected that Bishop Walker, after
that closed meeting, would then
Minister Jim Trainer of the St.
George Island United Methodist
Church was also present at the
reception, as were other local min-
isters, including Rev. Drew
City Now Up To
Dollars In State
By Rene Topping
Carrabelle City Commissioners
were given an update at their May
2nd meeting on the financing and
new plans to have the City pro-
vide water and sewer service to
the proposed St James Bay sub-
division. Baskerville and Dono-
van, Inc. (BDI) Engineer Dan Keck
said he had "good news." He
stated that BDI met with Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP), to finalize the grant pack-
age for this year and they have
decided to expand the grant pro-
gram. He said, "It is very good,
news. Actually, they are going to
expand'the grant program to in-
clude the existing work and con-
struction right now. It will all be
covered by the grant program.
What they have done is approve
the grant on the original applica-
tion, 3.5 million dollars, and are
now committed to almost 14 mil-
lion dollars. That is a wonderful
windfall to the City of Carrabelle."
The City will -get the enlarged
grants at 85 percent grant and the
City will be responsible for the
other 15 percent of money. He
went on to say that BDI had re-
quested that the money be put in
an escrow account and it will be
Keck stated, "DEP has come to us
with a request to upsize the force
main going to St. James Bay in
anticipation of future demand.
They are anticipating future
growth in that area. They already
know St. Joe has future plans out
there and they don't want to have
to come and do it twice." He said
on their request there will not be
any cost to the city in fees.
He said he hopes that they will be
approved by July of this year if
DEP, DCA and the other agencies
can get together and look over the
plans. Commissioner Raymond
Williams asked, "How much
trouble is it to consider putting
additional connections along the
way to St. James Bay and maybe
on the other side of St. James
Keck said, "On the other side of
St. James Bay there is no mecha-
nism for the main to get it to St
James pumping station. It is not
included in the present work and
in fact it is explicitly excluded
from the grant program."
City Commissioner Phillip Ran-
kin, who is the water and sewer
commissioner asked if with the
extra grant money, will all the
people inside the city be served
with sewer. Commissioner Ed'
asked the same question. He was
answered by a statement that
practically all citizens will have ac-
cess to the sewer.
Under Attorney Report City Attor-
ney Doug Gaidry offered a pro-
posed PUD-PLANNED UNIT DE-
VELOPMENT DISTRICT. Gaidry
outlined the intent of this Ordi-
nance in the paragraph headed
"The provisions of this district are
intended to apply to planned resi-
dential, commercial and indus-
trial uses that will occur in accor-
dance with limitations of use, de-
sign, density, height, coverage,
phasing and other limitations
stipulated on an approved devel-
opment plan. It is the intent of the
Planned Unit Development (PUD)
process to reduce improvement
costs through a move efficient use
of land, to preserve natural
amenities and environmental as-
sets by permitting a more eco-
nomical use of building areas to
provide maximum opportunity for
the application of innovative con-
cepts and generally more flexibil-
ity for sound planning than may
be achieved in other zoning dis-
Gaidry said that the draft was not
to be taken as "written in cement"
and that it was not drawn spe-
cifically for any particular project
and the commissioners should
look it over and bring changes
that they might want to input. He
also said that there will be two
public hearings at which the pub-
lic can speak. Gaidry said that
S"This is the general ordinance that
permits us to set up PUDs but not
The draft was approved and Com-
missioner Raymond Williams said
the commissioners needed to set
meeting dates. The commission-
ers decided that the hearings
could be a part of their regular
meetings, and only If needed, they
would go to special meetings.
Under Pay requests: Approvals
were made on payments to the
Ben Withers requested payment
#4 for $24,326.50 on the
Roumelis Planning and Develop-
ment Services Inc requested In-
voice #3 for $2,400.
Baskerville and Donovan Inc re-
quest for $3,500 on Invoice 66797
on US98 Carrabelle CDBG.
Baskerville and Donovan on In-
voice 66794 for $1,000 on FRDAP
Baskerville and Donovan on In-
voice 66891 for $21,086.35 for
sanitary sewer systems.
Royal American requested pay-
ment 9 of $214,933.00 on sewer
Attorney Doug Gaidry requested
$1240.50 for attorney's fees.
Under Commercial Hearings:
Clerk Beckey Jackson read a re-
quest from Don Green to con-
struct a boat storage facility on a
site where the large dune used to
be and is about 1/2 mile on the
north side of U-SD. 98. The site
is zoned Cl. Green was not
present but Freda white said she
could answer any questions. The
commission approved the con-
An amendment to the contract
between City of Carrabelle and
Roumelis Planning and Develop-
ment Services Downtown Street-
scape Phase II on U.S. 98 was
David Keith as Agent for Mr. Stan
Morse was approved on construc-
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tion of private dock with a 360'x
4", 32' x 8' platform. This dock is
located in Bayou Harbor, Lot 13.
Mr. Jack Davidson, Agent for Dr.
loveless addressed the commis-
sion concerning opening West
Second Street at Avenue H. The
request was approved.
There was a request from Bill
McCartney for permission to with-
draw a loan request from FDEP
for a stormwater SRF loan. The
commissioners approved the
Bill McCartney said that there is
a need for a survey on fees that
will have to be paid. There is pres-
ently a fee of $300. Rankin said
that he felt that engine Ella
Mosconis should be approved to
evaluate the fees and that a work-
shop would be called for in the
near future. It was unanimously
approved by the commissioners.
The Commission approved a re-
quest from Mary Jane Kitamura
for the non-qualified Florida Re-
tirement System Contribution of
$1,035.51 paid in for years 1991-
The commissioners approved a
title company to do a title search
for Lot 1. Block 57(D) owned by
the First Baptist Church of
Commissioners approved a new
Bid Policy that calls for a $3000
threshold at which a bid is man-
datory. In addition, the policy
states that bids are necessary
when multiples of the same thing
are ordered exceeds the $3000.
Also on cost of a group of items
for one project, if the cost reflects
more than $3000 on a single item
from one supplier, the cost of one
item or a group of items regularly
purchased shall exceed $3000 in
a three month period.
The only times this will not be
used is an emergency, or there is
only one source for the item, or
goods and services are purchased
rom a source on the State list, or
the commissioners determine it is
in the best interest of the City to
purchase from a GSA, Federal or
State or other Government con-
tract, or the City Commission to
purchase goods or services or
materials from a particular sup-
plier where special conditions pre-
vail such that the Commission
deems it to be more cost effective
or finds that some other clear ad-
vantage to foregoing the normal
bid practice, or The Carrabelle
City Commission determines that
it is in the best interest.6f the City
to negotiate the purchase of a ve-
hicle were chosen as dates. Ad-
vertisements will be in the news-
The July meeting will be changed
I from July 4 to the 1 lth. The next
regular meeting of the Commis-
Ssion will be held on June 6 at the.
< Senior Center at 7 p.ni. "
By Tom Campbell.
For the final performance of the
16th Season, the Ilse Newell Fund
for the Performing Arts gave, as
usual, their free concert in
Lafayette Park in Apalachicola on
Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. Fea-
tured was the 17-member
Wakulla High School Jazz Band
and they are a very talented group
of musicians. Conducted by Karl
Lester, who once taught music at
Apalachicola High, the Wakulla
jazz group entertained for an
The audience of about a hundred,
who brought chairs or spread
blankets on the grass in the park,
warmly received the musicians
who played about ten selections,
including Misty, As Time Goes By
(from the movie "Casablanca"), I
Got Plenty of Nuthin' (from "Porgy
and Bess"), Latin Lesson and If I
Only Had a Brain (from the movie
"Wizard of Oz").
The most entertaining and profes-
sional of the musical selections
were Black Magic Woman and
Channel One Suite, both of which
featured a smooth and real jazz
saxophone solo by' Ricky
Bateman, who said he has been
playing saxophone "for five years."
All the musicians are talented but
Bateman is a star.
The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts was founded in 1986
and is sponsored by the
Apalachicola Area Historical So-
ciety. Concerts are held in Trin-
ity Church, the Dixie Theatre and
Lafayette Park. Laura Moody is
President of the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society and Eugenia
Watkins is Chairman of the Ilse
Newell Concert Series. In Septem-
ber there will be a member drive
for next season.
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Talking with Rex Partington, Ar-
tistic Producing Director of the
Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola, on
Monday revealed his excitement
over the new season planned for
this summer. "Jewel Thieves!" is
sure to be a delight., according to
this master of living theatre, be-
cause "it is a wonderful play-a
"Jewel Thieves!' by Norman Beim
tells the story of what happens
when the "legendary Mandarin
necklace disappears out of former
film. star Gloria Desmond's safe.
It becomes apparent," said Rex
Partington, "that the Countess,
the new butler and the mysteri-
ous stranger with car trouble may
not be who they claim to be."
The comedy/mystery is a delight-
ful evening of theatre, which has
its Gala Opening June 7, 2002,
at 8:00 p.m. There will be a party
following the opening perfor-
mance and the party is an. addi-
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for the party must be made in
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p.m. For reservations, please
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second play of the summer and
is a musical play. The third play
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Report From The
U.S. Forest Service
After considering all input re-
ceived, we have identified several
courses of action for the areas
listed below. Although the infor-
mation provided here may ad-
dress more than you were inter-
ested in, we want to ensure ev-
eryone has all the facts on each
area. The following summarizes
Blue Sink Day Use Area
Due to ecological concerns. Blue
Sink will be closed for 120 days,
after Memorial Day, 2002. The
Forest Service has a responsibil-
ity to ensure resource damage is
abated. Sheer numbers of users
and illegal use of all-terrain ve-
hicles in the area has resulted in
substantial erosion of soil into the
sink that interferes with the flow
of water. The Forest Hydrologist
and the Senior Biologist for the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection have recom-
mended that the area be closed
for evaluation and rehabilitation.
After evaluation, additional clo-
sure time may be needed. Public
input will be solicited prior to any
decision on the future manage-
ment of the area. During the clo-
sure, alternative areas for swim-
ming will be recommended.
No boat ramps will be closed.
Plans are to construct docks that
are accessible to people with dis-
abilities at Mack Landing, White-
head Landing, and Hickory Land-
ing. Not only will this meet Ameri-
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Repairs to the ramps at Wood
Landing, Hickory Landing, and
Hitchcock Landing are needed.
Fees are charged only at boat
ramps that also have permanent
Camel Lake Recreation
Area (fee area)
Camel Lake will continue as a day
use area. A new bathhouse is
planned to replace the existing
facilities. After an evaluation from
appropriate Forest Service spe-
cialists, a decision about camp-
ing will be made prior to the area's
temporary closure for bathhouse
Camel Lake will close temporarily
following Labor Day, 2002 for
about one year. During this time,
a fully accessible restroom and a
new parking area will be con-
structed in the day use area. The
old restroom, although still func-
tional, is in poor condition, re-
quires expensive maintenance,
and is not accessible to persons
with disabilities. For these rea-
sons, a new restroom that is fully
accessible to persons with dis-
abilities is being built. The park-
ing area is being relocated to avoid
sensitive areas that have been
identified since the original con-
struction. The host site will be
relocated to accommodate the
new parking area.
Fort Gadsden Historic Area
This area will continue to be open
as a day use, area. The only
change currently proposed for
Fort Gadsden is an administra-
tive switch from the staff with
overall responsibility for that site
from recreation to heritage. Our
heritage staff has the background
and expertise to better under-
stand the complexities of manag-
ing an historical site. Recreation
personnel will continue to oper-
ate and maintain the area with
major assistance from our volun-
teers. Forest Service specialists
will study Fort Gadsden, under
the guidance of the Forest arche-
ologist, to determine future man-
agement direction for the area.
Public input will be a part of this
process. A decision is expected by
2004. A new restroom replaced
the old restroom that was not ac-
cessible to people with disabilities.
A vault restroom was chosen over
a flush restroom as the vault
restrooms require less mainte-
nance, less investment, and are
more environmentally friendly.
Hickory Landing (fee area)
Hickory Landing will continue to
be open as a day use and camp-
ing area. We will continue to im-
prove the boat ramp and the ex-
isting campsites. A new restroom
has replaced the old restroom that
was not accessible to people with
disabilities. Some trees have been
removed as requested to allow
easier access for the larger RVs
to campsites. Additional harden-
ing and grading of the area
around the new restroom will be
No hunt camps will be closed.
Existing picnic tables and fire
rings will be removed at Cotton
Landing, Hitchcock Landing, Por-
ter Lake, and Wood Lake, as these
areas are now primitive camping
areas (no fee and no facilities).
These areas will continue to be
open for camping year round.
The existing restrooms were
closed in 2001 and will be re-
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moved in 2003. The restrooms
were closed because they use
chemicals that require special
handling and storage. An inter-
nal review identified the need to
discontinue use of these chemi-
cals. Portable restrooms will be
provided at some hunt camps
during hunting season courtesy
of the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Lost Lake Day Use Area
Lost Lake will continue to be open
as a day use area. The restrooms
and water system will remain
closed, as they have been since
2000. (See Trout Pond below.)
Trout Pond Day Use Area
Trout Pond will continue to be
Both Lost Lake and Trout Pond
are potential trailheads (parking
areas) for the GF&A Trail in Leon
County. We expect construction
on the GF&A Trail to be completed
in 2003. In 2003, a site plan (de-
sign) will be developed which will
identify any needed improve-
ments in these two areas. Public
input regarding this proposal will
Silver Lake Recreation
Area (fee area)
Silver Lake will continue to be
open as a day use area. There is
no camping at Silver Lake and
none is planned for the future.
The entrance station and the large
. picnic shelter are scheduled for
renovation in 2003 and 2004.
Wright Lake Recreation
Wright Lake will continue to be
open for both day use and camp-
ing. Wright Lake will not be used
as a volunteer camp and no elec-
trical hookups will be added. An
independent study will be made
of Wright Lake. The study will
determine who the users are, how
many users there are, and when
they use this area. This data will
enable us to make better deci-
sions on the future management.
If you provided comments to more
than one Forest Service official,
this letter will serve as our
agency's response to all your let-
ters and emails. Please direct any
other concerns or questions to the
Apalachicola National Forest at
850-926-3561 or 850-643-2282.
Victim Of An Old
By Rene Topping
Odie Laszlo was a contented man
with his lot in Kelleys Plat until
he decided to fence all around. He
hired Thurman Roddenberry to
do a survey of his 50 feet x 100
He said that weeks and weeks
went by and no survey, so he
called Roddenberry. To his dis-
may, Roddenberry told him that
he had a problem. He said in the
days of yore surveyors started out,
some from Tallahassee and oth-
ers from Pensacola to survey all
the land between. They should
have met on a meridian in Car-
rabelle. But somehow or other
they were eight feet apart.
Laszlo said "Guess where that
eight feet is-right on my place.
He went on to say that, "Rather
than taking off eight feet from my
lot he (Roddenberry) suggested
that he take four feet off mine and
the other 4 feet from the neigh-
bor across the alley."
He came to the City Commission
for some help because his lot was
no longer 100 x 50, not only that
he said that all the lots in that
block would suffer the same way.
He had collected the names and
addresses on each of his block
and handed them in to City Clerk
Beckey Jackson. He said that his
neighbors had asked him to rep-
resent them. The request from all
of them was if the city closed the
alley between that, would that fix
the problem. Laszlo said there are
16 lots in the block but the alley
does not have any of the utilities
Commissioner Raymond Williams
said that Apalachicola has some
of the same problems only in their
case it is twenty feet. Laszlo
asked, "What are they doing about
it?" Williams said he did not know.
Laszlo said that north of him is a
swamp and south is another
swamp. He added that he was
only asking for his block and the
others would have to do it for
Saunders made a motion to close
the alley and divide it down the
middle. He failed to get a second
and Laszlo asked, "What are
you going to do?" Commissioner
Frank Mathes said "We ain't go-
ing to do it."-
When Jim Phillips was a city com-
missioner, the city never closed an
alley. However, since then there
have been several closings of sev-
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This was not the only problem
with a plot of ground in Carra=
belle. It seems that the Florida;
Department of Transportation.
came by and looked at the small'
triangle east of Carrabelle that
had been slated to become a wel-'
come to Carrabelle Park.
City Clerk Beckey Jackson said'
that the rope fence around the.
land is actually 13 feet into the-
right of way on U.S. 98. She also"
said that it might be on the side:
next to the Georgian Motel.
By Rene Topping
The City of Carrabelle approved
the reading and adopting of a
proclamation to declare the
month of May Civility and called
upon all citizens to'be civil to one
The proclamation was worded as
Whereas, the open exchange of
public discourse is essential to the
democratic system of government,
Whereas, as a cornerstone of de-
mocracy, Americans have ob-
served certain rules of behavior
known as civility, and
Whereas, civility, derived from the
Latin word "Civitas" meaning city
and "civis" meaning citizen, Is
behavior worthy of citizens living
in a community, or in common
with others, and
Whereas, displays of anger, rude-
ness, impatience, and a lack of
respect and personal attacks de-
tract from the open exchange of
idea, prevent fair discussion of the
issues, and can discourage indi-
viduals from participation in gov-
Whereas, civility can assist in
reaching consensus on diverse
issues and allow for mutually re-,
spectful ongoing relationships,
Whereas, civility can uplift our,
daily life and make it more pleas-
ant to live in an organized soci-
Whereas, the City, County and'
Local Government-Law Section of
the Florida Bar urges the adop-
tion of a pledge of civility by all
citizens in the State of Florida.
Now, therefore, be it resolved, by
the City Commission of that the
month of May, is proclaimed as
Civility Month, and calls upon all'
citizens to exercise civility toward
each other. The proclamation was
passed and adopted and bears the
signature of the mayor.
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